Podcast Episode 31: Ravens Holiday Special: Will Baltimore host an NFL playoff game for the first time in six years?

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Welcome to Episode 31 of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with site owner Jake McDonnell, editor Nolan McGraw, and author Ian Schultz.

At the top of the show, we revisit the Ravens’ monumental 22-10 win over the Los Angeles Chargers from Saturday night (6:23). Along with breaking down the Ravens’ playoff picture, we analyze the Ravens’ decision to retain head coach John Harbaugh following Friday night’s announcement (18:12). As always, we tell you Who’s Trending (28:41) and go over some things to watch for in week 17 when the Ravens take on the Browns (39:51) to try to clinch the AFC North and their first trip to the playoffs since 2014.

At the bottom of the show, we dive into our weekly numbers segment, taking a look at the best Baltimore sports athletes to wear the number 31 (52:37).

You can find the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast on SoundCloudiTunes, and Google Play. Please leave us a review on iTunes, we love to hear your feedback and may read it on a future episode. Happy Holidays and thank you for listening!

The Charm City Bird Watch Podcast is brought to you by Seven Sports Bar & Grille. For a limited time only on behalf on Charm City Bird Watch, you can receive a 10% discount off any entree dish when you tell your server (including Jimmy) or bartender the promo code ‘Charm City.’ 

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Podcast Episode 30: Ravens head west with season likely on-the-line; Brandon Hyde era begins in Baltimore

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Welcome to Episode 30 of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with site owner Jake McDonnell, editor Nolan McGraw, and author Ian Schultz.

Kicking off the show this week is over 50 minutes of Ravens talk following Baltimore’s 20-12 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday (4:30). We discuss some nuggets from John Harbaugh’s Monday press conference (16:27), tell you Who’s Trending (29:19), and go over some things to watch for on Saturday night when the Ravens go to war with the 11-3 Los Angeles Chargers (39:44). The Chargers have the home field and two extra days of rest, and the Ravens’ playoff chances are likely on the line. Don’t worry, we called out the NFL’s poor scheduling for ‘Don’t Be A Jerk’ and broke down the Ravens’ playoff scenarios depending on what happens this weekend.

Up next, Jake welcomes in this week’s guest, server Jimmy Colliflower of Seven Sports Bar & Grille (54:50). Since Jimmy is an Eagles fan, we talked plenty of Nick Foles and the Eagles’ impressive 30-23 win over the LA Rams on Sunday Night Football. Jimmy & Jake also discussed this year’s playoff picture and Lamar Jackson‘s development.

For our Orioles segment this week, Nolan & Jake went over the key quotes from Monday’s press conference with general manager Mike Elias introducing Brandon Hyde, the 20th manager in team history (1:13:16). Communication between the front office and the coaching staff was clearly an issue when Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette worked together, but all indications are that communication will no longer be a problem with Elias and Hyde at the forefront of the Orioles’ rebuild. Hyde was the first name mentioned by several contacts Elias reached out to during his managerial search. There’s still tons of work to do this offseason, but this looks like another great hire by the O’s.

To wrap up the show, we dive into our weekly numbers segment, taking a look at the best Baltimore sports athletes to wear the number 30 (1:27:23).

You can find the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast on SoundCloudiTunes, and Google Play. Please leave us a review on iTunes, we love to hear your feedback and may read it on a future episode. Thank you for listening!

The Charm City Bird Watch Podcast is brought to you by Seven Sports Bar & Grille. For a limited time only on behalf on Charm City Bird Watch, you can receive a 10% discount off any entree dish when you tell your server (including Jimmy) or bartender the promo code Charm City.’

*Offer expires after the new year*

Podcast Episode 29: Baltimore Sports whip-around with 105.7 The Fan late-night host Terry Ford

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Welcome to Episode 29 of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with site owner Jake McDonnell, editor Nolan McGraw, and author Ian Schultz.

Following a a heartbreaking 27-24 overtime loss to the Chiefs, the top of Episode 29 revisits the Ravens’ valiant effort at arrowhead stadium (3:20). We’ll also take a look at recent quotes from Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (18:23), reveal our lists for Who’s Trending (32:20), and go over some things to watch for on Sunday when the Ravens return to M&T Bank Stadium to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (45:42).

Up next, we welcome in this week’s guest, 105.7 The Fan late night talk show host Terry Ford (54:58). In our exclusive interview with Uncle Terry, you’ll hear his takeaways from the Ravens loss and his thoughts on the six managerial candidates for the Orioles (interview was recorded hours before the Brandon Hyde story broke). At the end of our conversation with Terry, he shares some interesting stories from his long radio career, such as the strangest phone call he’s ever taken on the air.

After Mr. Ford hops off the phone line, we get you caught up with all things Maryland Basketball (1:11:07). Both Nolan and Jake got a chance to watch the Terps in-person from the Royal Farms Arena on Saturday when the Terps took down Loyola Chicago 55-41. With the Terps now at 9-2, does this team have what it takes to make some noise in March?

To wrap up the show, we dive into our weekly numbers segment, taking a look at the best Baltimore sports athletes to wear the number 29 (1:20:51). In addition, you’ll hear our raw reactions to the Orioles reportedly hiring their new manager, Chicago Cubs Bench Coach Brandon Hyde, as the story broke in the middle of the numbers segment.

You can find the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast on SoundCloudiTunes, and Google Play. Please leave us a review on iTunes, we love to hear your feedback and may read it on a future episode. Thank you for listening!

The Charm City Bird Watch Podcast is brought to you by Seven Sports Bar & Grille. For a limited time only on behalf on Charm City Bird Watch, you can receive a 10% discount off any entree dish when you tell your server or bartender the promo code ‘Charm City.’