Podcast Episode 8: Orioles mid-season awards & Ravens defensive preview

Welcome to Episode 8 of the new Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with site owner Jake McDonnell and editor Nolan McGraw.

As usual the podcast opens with the weekly numbers segment (1:55). This week Jake and Nolan dive into the famous and not so famous number 8’s in Baltimore sports history. After this the duo transitions into a brief recap of the Orioles recent wins over the Texas Rangers as well as some more developments in the Manny Machado trade news (19:45). Be sure to check out Jake’s article highlighting the top 10 moments of Manny Machado’s career in Baltimore.

Last week on the podcast the Ravens offense was examined in depth so this week Nolan and Jake put the defense under the microscope and give their thoughts as the season approaches (50:00). The podcast concludes with a story from Jake about his recent vacation but the conversation quickly dissolves into a rant about the frustrations of driving (1:16:45).

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Podcast Episode 4: Pop the champagne, Chris Davis has been benched!

Welcome to Episode 4 of the new Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with Nolan McGraw and Jake McDonnell. Things sound a little different this week with Nolan hosting the show as Jake enjoys his vacation.

The podcast begins with a look at a few of the famous figures in Baltimore to wear the number four in their career. The guys follow that up by diving right into a few of the big Orioles stories from this past weekend, including Chris Davis being benched and the Orioles interviewing Ned Colletti.

After discussing the tough news surrounding Richard Bleier and his injury, the guys transition into some Ravens talk. Lamar Jackson got the opportunity to run the offense during practice this past Thursday which quickly caught the attention of the national media. Nolan and Jake give their opinions on Jackson’s progress thus far and comment on the media circus forming around the rookie QB and starter, Joe Flacco.

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Podcast: Nolan and Jake talk about the future of the Ravens following brutal loss to Bears

Welcome to the latest episode of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast! On tonight’s episode, Nolan McGraw and Jake McDonnell recap what was a brutal loss for the Baltimore Ravens; a 27-24 overtime defeat to the Chicago Bears.

Whether it was the turnovers, a lack of explosion/urgency on offense, or poor run defense, the Bears were the better team on Sunday. What went wrong? After such an inspiring performance on the road last week against the Raiders, why did the Ravens fall flat? The guys give their input.

There is plenty of blame to go around for the Ravens’ shaky 3-3 start, but who deserves most of the blame? Is it Joe Flacco? John Harbaugh and the coaching staff? Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens’ brass? Hear what Jake and Nolan think.

Sunday marked another example of an attendance problem at M&T Bank Stadium. What is causing the increased amount of empty chairs? Is there a solution to get more butts in seats?

Three of the Ravens’ next four games take place on the road, but the opponents are not forbidding. Can the Ravens turn things around, or will they continue their downward spiral? All of this and more on tonight’s episode.

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Podcast: Brett Hollander – WBAL Radio Host & Anchor

Welcome to the latest episode of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast! On today’s episode, WBAL Radio Host and Anchor, Brett Hollander, joins Jake McDonnell.

On Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens opened up their 2017 season with a 20-0 rout over the Cincinnati Bengals. What did the Ravens do that impressed Brett? How will the Danny Woodhead injury impact Baltimore’s offense? What are the keys to beating the Cleveland Browns on Sunday? Football is back in Baltimore, hear Brett and Jake break all of this down.

The Ravens are not the only professional sports team in Baltimore that has hopes of making the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Orioles have lost six straight and must win a big chunk of their remaining games to even have a fighting chance at snagging a Wild Card spot. Where did the 2017 season go wrong? Why is Buck Showalter not giving players like Austin Hays and Chance Sisco some playing time? The O’s season is wrapping up, hear Brett’s assessment of where the team is heading.

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Podcast: Baltimore Ravens Columnist John Eisenberg

Welcome to another episode of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast! On today’s edition, Baltimore Ravens Columnist John Eisenberg joins the program.

Recently, Eisenberg wrote his ninth book, The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and Baseball’s Most Historic RecordEisenberg’s book dives into the record that will never be broken; Cal Ripken’s streak of 2,632 consecutive games played. Ripken surpassed Lou Gehrig’s record by 502 games. Ripken breaking the record at 2,131 games is perhaps the most significant record in Baltimore Sports history. After completing this project, what has the reaction been out of Baltimore and around the baseball world? What was the hardest part of writing this book? Does John have any other projects in the works? Hear this and more.

After talking about the book, Eisenberg gives us a breakdown of the Ravens as they get ready to face the Redskins on Thursday. What’s up with Joe Flacco? Will Ozzie Newsome make another addition with having the least amount of salary cap space in the NFL? How impressive does the defense look in camp? This makes for another jam-packed episode.

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