Breaking News: Ravens Fire Billick

Monday, December 31, 2007


This isn't normally in my line of posting, but Jay Glazer just broke the news that the Ravens have fired Billick and I want to do a little test. I got the information at about 1:30, so I'm going to see how long it takes Chris Mortensen to "break" the news himself. The over/under is set at 2:15pm.

Here's the story from Glazer....

Despite his insistence that his job was safe, the Brian Billick era in Baltimore is over.

The team fired their head coach Monday, FOXSports.com has learned, capping an extremely disappointing season.

This comes one day after FOX Sports reported that the players and other employees informed team owner Steve Biscotti that Billick had completely lost the locker room and could not win them back
The clock is ticking Mort.....

Sources: Ravens fire Billick after disappointing year (Fox Sports)

P.S.- It's about time.

UPDATE: The official time is 2:07pm on the first ESPN report. Len Pasquarelli was just on ESPN News and there was no mention of who broke the story. Here we go.....
"Less than a year after signing him to a contract extension through 2010, the Baltimore Ravens on Monday fired coach Brian Billick. The dismissal of Billick was confirmed to ESPN's Chris Mortensen by owner Steve Bisciotti and to ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli by an assistant coach and a front office official."
Just about a full hour after Jay Glazer's report. Unbelievable.

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 1:47 PM

10 Comments:

Unlike Mr. Mortensen, Glazer always gets his stories straight and on time.

Good call by the Ravens brass. Just promote Rex Ryan to HC and bring in some hot shot OC to revamp that offensive game plan.

Dec 31, 2007, 2:05:00 PM  

first!

i could care less either way about the ravens, but billick was always a smug SOB and i'm glad he's gone just for that.

-dan

dan said...
Dec 31, 2007, 2:10:00 PM  

crap, stupid phone rang. not first after all :o/

-dan

Dec 31, 2007, 2:10:00 PM  

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3175037

2:09 PM. Close.

Scranton said...
Dec 31, 2007, 2:12:00 PM  

So close....I really thought it was going to be after 2:15. It basically took them an hour because PFT had the item at 1:20. Mort must be already drunk.

Dec 31, 2007, 2:16:00 PM  

those semantics are their way of getting around saying they did not break the story. I don't have a problem with it. It also verifies the sources.

Breaking stories is totally overrated anyhow. It's not 1970.

The Zoner said...
Dec 31, 2007, 2:28:00 PM  

I always wondered why Billick was still employed...well, I wonder no more.

Way to go, Baltimore!!!

GMoney said...
Dec 31, 2007, 4:11:00 PM  

In the pool, I had Mortensen coming in at 2:00 reporting that Billick was signed to an extension followed by another ESPN reporter contradicting him at 2:30.

Anonymous said...
Dec 31, 2007, 4:56:00 PM  

Ha...now that's funny.

Dec 31, 2007, 5:03:00 PM  

Breaking stories may be overrated, but ESPN and all other news outlets still love to brag about all the scandals or stories they uncovered first. It builds up credibility and reputation, and clearly ESPN could use a little of both.

dickey simpkins said...
Dec 31, 2007, 7:31:00 PM  

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