50 words or less …. College Station vs. College Park

May 10, 2011 |

Well, the search comes to a pretty interesting end as the University of Maryland has nabbed their man. Okay …. so he was a few “men” down on the list. Nonetheless, Mark Turgeon is the Terrapins new coach.

If he wins, nothing else matters. Funny …. that’s what we keep preaching about the Orioles, huh?

Welcome to Tuesday, here’s today’s edition of “50 Words Or Less ….”
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The Future
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The Orioles lineup is likely to have its hands full tonight. Given the team’s early season woes, such an assessment might not mean much, but the birds will face a very talented rookie, in Seattle’s Michael Pineda.

How impressive? Well, he’s been better than even Zach Britton. At 6-5″, he brings heat in the mid/high 90′s, which is complimented by a nice changeup. Pineda has amassed 39 strikeouts in 38 innings, while compiling a 2.58 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.

Any predictions on Mark Reynolds’ strikeouts tonight? I’m going with 3 …..
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College Station, Texas
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So, Mark Turgeon is leaving Texas A&M University for the opportunity to coach in the ACC and fill Gary Williams’ legendary shoes. A significant step up? A slight step up? A lateral move?

One thing is for certain …..

This could be a bit of a culture shock for Coach Turgeon. After all, he’s leaving the friendly community confines of the “11th Most Educated City In America” for Prince George’s County. Good luck, coach.
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Breaking Out The Razor
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Follow me on this one …..

Mike Fisher plays for the Nashville Predators. He is also married to Carrie Underwood. That’s right, the smokin’ hot Carrie Underwood of American Idol and country music stardom.

During a recent postseason run, Fisher unified with teammates and grew a “playoff beard”. Underwood is not a fan of facial hair, and “intimacy” came to a halt.

No offense to my team, but if I stood in Fisher’s shoes, I would’ve shaved my face with a jag of broken glass. Ironically, the Predators were eliminated, last night. And, I suspect Mike Fisher has a smoothly shaven face, this morning.
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15 Minutes Of Blame
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Everyone’s favorite tattoo-faced heavyweight champion was in the area, last weekend. Yep, Iron Mike Tyson appeared at an autograph signing on behalf of a boxing gym, in Bethesda. He posed for photos and scribbled his signature for a full 15 minutes …. but, he was retained to appear for an hour.

The problem? Well, here’s the statement from the gym and promoters:

“Unfortunately, the schedule and behavior of our guests is outside of our immediate control, Mr. Tyson’s abrupt departure was unexpected, regrettable and unfortunate.”
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Tuesday Top-7
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I heard Drew and Glenn discussing “things in sports that used to be a big deal, but aren’t any longer” during today’s Tuesday Top-7. Thus, I’ve decided to contribute and eat some humble pie. My pick:

NASCAR

We’re nearly a decade beyond stock car racing’s explosion on the American sports scene. While I think numerous reasons exist for the sport’s reduced popularity, my assessment is the two guys, pictured above, are essential to Victory Lane.

Without their contributions to the competitive balance, nearly 80% of fans lose interest. It is what it is …..
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More Rock & Roll Fallout
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Whenever the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame’s induction process is analyzed, many music lovers question the absence of KISS, Hall & Oates, Rush and Deep Purple. Such arguments are warranted and deserving of answers.

In recent years, artists who don’t necessarily contribute to the “rock element” have gained entry among the so-called immortals. Madonna, Abba and Run DMC all gained induction over the last decade, regardless of their prominence in other genres.

Yet, true pioneers, such as, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson (he’s written a lot of hits) remain on the outside. Sinatra? Are you kidding me? That’s a bigger snub than any of the earlier mentioned acts.

I’ll chat with you, at 2pm …..

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