Welcome to Episode 35 of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with site owner Jake McDonnell, editor Nolan McGraw, and author Ian Schultz.

It’s very fitting that we reached episode 35 the same week that Mike Mussina got voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Because of this we decided to move our weekly numbers segment to the top of the show and talk about Mussina’s time in Baltimore (5:15).

After that we dove right into the recent reports that John Harbaugh and the Ravens are close to reaching a deal for a contract extension (22:10). We have all been vocal about bringing Harbaugh back and this new information has us even more hopeful.

Outside of Baltimore the biggest topic this week has to be the conference championship round that took place this past weekend. The Patriots and the Rams both won in overtime thrillers and will now be moving on to face each other in Super Bowl 53. We broke down both matchups while doing our best to sift through all the officiating controversy that has come as a result of the games (26:55).

Tim Barbalace from 105.7 The Fan was nice enough to come on the show this week to talk about the conference championship round as well as some other Ravens topics (49:30). Tim is the producer for the Vinny & Haynie show but also occasionally hosts his own show on The Fan. Jake also talked to Tim about what it’s been like to host his own shows as well as working with Vinny and Haynie.

Lastly we had to talk about the Terps and their recent road games at Ohio State and Michigan State (1:13:40). Maryland’s seven-game win streak was snapped on Monday but that didn’t stop us from feeling confident in this young team. We also took a brief look ahead the Terps next few games.

Episode 35 wraps up with a new segment (1:20:20). While working at The Fan, Jake and Nolan have come across many texts from listeners. As you might have guessed, some of the texts don’t make much sense and there is always plenty of hot takes so we decided to showcase some of the more humorous ones here on the podcast.

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