Simply put, this was ugly. From the game to the barking fans, there was nothing pretty about this one.
The Browns name seems to fit now more than ever. They’re certainly leaving their “mark” all over the NFL this season. Week by week, city by city, they are stinking it up. I’ve seen better special-ed football teams. And the faith I had in Ravens kicker, Steve Hauschka is gone. Just like the faith I used to have that Whitney Houston would get her shit together. I’m every woman…on crack
My sources tell me that Hauschka kicked his way off the Ravens last night and most likely out of the NFL. He missed another easy field goal and had an extra point blocked. I’m not gonna sit here and pity a kicker but the irony in the NFL is, well, ironic. Brady Quinn still has his job today after a miserable season. Derek Anderson still has his job after a miserable season. And, for some reason, Frank Walker still has his job after a miserable career. It doesn’t work that way for a kicker. You make em? You stay. You miss em? You’re giving back-alley hand jobs for a nickel.
Hauschka doesn’t have the mental toughness to kick out of this rut. He’s replacing one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history on a team that was a game away from the Super Bowl last year. Three points is huge in the NFL. Hell, three inches is huge in the NFL, which is the same thing I tell my girlfriend when we’re gettin busy but she ain’t buyin it. Just ask the Patriots what a difference a few inches makes after Belichick’s bonehead call cost them a game.
The one bright spot was Lardarius Webb. The dude was all over the field on defense and special teams. Ozzie may have found another gem. The verdict is still out on Lardarius and the Ravens and the next two weeks are gonna show us who this team really is.
Next up, Indianapolis. If Peyton Manning doesn’t rip our secondary apart, I have a weird feeling Matt Stover is gonna trot out on the field at the end of the game and attempt to do what he did for us all those years.
I’ve been sick with the flu for a week now. Feel like I’ve been nailed to my bed. Not nailed in it but nailed to it – the difference between the two is HUGE. Just like the difference between a good Ravens football team and a lousy one.
Sunday, I scraped myself out of bed and made my way to the couch to watch the Birds. I wasn’t sure if I’d see the dominating team that beat the Broncos or the team that lost to the Bengals earlier in the season. I got my answer. The Ravens played like I felt. Like absolute dog shit. From week to week, I have no idea which team is going to take the field. The Ravens are still holding on – and I don’t mean holding on to a shot at the playoffs – I mean holding on to the jerseys of every player that runs right past them. And this time it wasn’t just the defense. The offense had their share of problems too. But the DB’s on this team are some of the worst I’ve ever seen play for the Ravens.
*Note to any NFL quarterback: if you wanna move the ball down the field on Baltimore, just put it in the air. You probably won’t get a touchdown that way, but you’ll get a slew of pass interference penalties that will set you up nicely inside the red zone. Then, you’ll get the TD.
After the game, I went out on my balcony for some sun and fresh air and a little bird landed next to me. We got to talkin. He told me things were kinda rough in his life right now, not to mention winter is coming. He just lost a close friend in a freak accident. Said he was headed to FLA to chill and relax and think about things for a little while. Then he flew away. Just like that. His friend’s name? Playoffs. Run down, run over and run into the ground
This season isn’t totally over but winning the AFC North is. There’s a lot of football left to play and the Ravens can turn things around. They need to get a grip on themselves and not every player on the opposing team.
Next up, Cleveland. I know you think this is an easy one. Guess again…
The Birds got a big win against the Broncos on Sunday and everything is back to normal. Quick note: Frank Walker was on the bench. Coincidence? No way. (See my WEEK 6 BLOG for further details)
The offense looked great. Joe Flacco was nearly flawless and Ray Rice is proving to be unstoppable. The D was back to doing what it does, limiting the Broncos to 200 total yards. And the Special Teams finally showed up. Hauschka bounced back with three FG’s and a big congrats to Lardarius Webb for his 95-yard kick return for a TD. The Ravens were hitting on all cylinders.
Throughout the bye week I heard a lot of the media say that the Ravens were only 3 plays away from being 6-0 and that the Broncos were soft. Guess what? Shoulda, woulda, coulda. I’m only three payments away from being six months behind on my credit cards or else I’d have good credit. And my grandmother is soft. Soft as they come. But she can still bring the wood. Has moves like Jimmy Snuka. I’m just sayin, it wouldn’t be odd to see her try this shit off her kitchen table. Superfly
We’re 4-3. The good news is that we know the Ravens are capable of beating anyone in the league. The only way to prove it? Buckle down, kick some ass and make the playoffs!
It starts next week with a huge division game against the Bengals. See ya’s in Cincy.
44 yards out. For the win. In a dome. Perfect conditions. Wide left. I have two words for you. MATT STOVER. Now, I don’t want to put ALL the blame on Steve Hauschka because, frankly, Frank Walker deserves MOST of it. I have faith that Steve Hauschka will make game winning kicks. But Frank Walker? Frank Walker sucks! Plain and simple. I don’t even know how to be nice about it. If he were a little kid in a Pop Warner game, I wouldn’t know how to sugar coat it (honesty is a character flaw). I’d have to tell the kid, “Hey. I know you’re hurting…and you should be. You stunk it up out there today.” Walker should’ve been benched after the Bengals game for his sorry play. And he should be cut after his “performance” against the Minnesota Vikings. Frank Walker couldn’t cover a book! Right now, I could put on a Ravens uniform, in the shape I’m in, and do the same job Frank Walker does. How do you cause pass interference the way he does and STILL let the guy catch the damn ball?? I’m telling you. I can do that. I can hold jerseys and ride a guy’s back like a pack mule. And I don’t make the money Frank Walker makes. If you were paying me to make mistakes, like we pay Frank, I’d be rich!
My sources tell me this guy is still available. Cut Frank Walker, sign this dude and let him do his thang!
*Quick thought: This guy is smiling and having a good time in his adidas. What’s wrong with the lady in pink? Look at her mug. You can’t be happy for him? I hate haters.
3-3 is not where I’d thought we’d be going into the bye week. The pass defense is a mess! Any QB in the league can pass on us. Kyle Boller would look like Johnny Unitas against this defense.
I’m working on being positive (It’s a new year’s resolution that’s still hanging around) and I have faith in the Birds. Our offense looks great and I know John Harbaugh, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed will get this thing figured out. It’s not a sprint. It’s a marathon. I just wish Frank Walker would run his ass off of our team.
Next up, the undefeated Broncos. Stay positive, Ryan…