Ravens: 4th and 29

November 26, 2012 1 comment

I’m just going to come out and say it. I don’t think Ray Rice actually made it to the first down marker. Not trying to hate on the Ravens of course, but just being real. The first down marker he had to reach was the 34 yard line. Rice’s knee went down at the 35 yard line with his body falling forward. The ball is tucked into his chest. The original spot they gave him was the 33 yard line, meaning the ball was six feet past the 35 where the knee touched. Like I said, ball tucked into the chest, and Rice is only 5′ 8″. So it’s impossible for the ball to have been six feet ahead of his knees.

Now, that’s why there is replay, to get these things right. The refs then decide to back it up to the “33 1/2 yard line,” I don’t think there is four and half feet between Rice’s knee and the middle of his chest. But then they spot it just in front of the 34 yard line, measure, first down.

I’m 6′ 1″, five inches taller than Ray Rice. From my knees to my chest is about 32 inches. I find it hard to believe that it would be three feet from knees to chest on him.

I don’t want to discount anything he did on that play, because any lesser player is getting tackled about 15 yards short. But the Ravens are quite lucky to have had this call go their way. Had this been a goal line play where the camera looks right down the line, the replay may have been more clear, and the spot maybe not as favorable.

Just saying. Then again, they have gotten by on luck more than once this season.

Talking about the offense and the play calling and the lack of protection from the O-line is just getting old. It’s beating a dead horse, so I figured I’d take the route of “lucky” today.

Football. It’s a game of inches.

Everyone Contributed: #11 Robert Andino

November 17, 2012 1 comment

On we go with our honoring of each member of the 2012 Baltimore Orioles. Each player who contributed towards the 93-win, playoff bound season. We’re up to #11, second baseman, Robert Andino.

“The Curse of the Andino.” “The Other Big Shot Bob.” Robert Andino wrote the introduction to the story that is the 2012 Orioles, with his heroic ending to the 2011 campaign. He etched the Orioles name on a positive note in history for the first time in a long time. Boston fans squirm in their seats when they hear the name Robert Andino. His clutch hits against the Red Sox in the closing days of the season, including the coup de grace, eliminating them from playoff contention. A blow to the team that sent them into a tailspin that they have yet to recover from. Firing a great manager in Terry Francona, hiring a clown in Bobby Valentine, trading away probably the biggest fan favorite in Kevin Youkilis, all thanks to Robert Andino.

Even the goofy Bud Selig, with his inclusion of a fifth playoff team, almost ensuring a Red Sox/Yankees matchup somewhere in the postseason and boo-koo bucks going into his pockets, didn’t help Boston get into the postseason.

At least that’s my opinion.

The former 2nd round pick by the Florida Marlins saw his numbers drop off considerably however in 2012. He started off very hot bating .311 through April, and even upped that to .342 at one point in May. Finishing the season at .211 leaves a lot left to be desired.

Robert Andino is a personal favorite of mine however, numbers aside. He has fun out there as you can often find him being Adam Jones’ sidekick as the shaving cream bandits after a win. Also in sports, some athletes have this certain thing called “swagger”. It’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Robert Andino walks that fine line without being an arrogant prick. It’s a quality I like in a player.

As for now, Andino will be competing with Ryan Flaherty and Brian Roberts, who is under contract for one more year, for the starting role at 2nd base in 2013.


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