Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

March 26, 2009 | Glenn Clark

Did Channel 13 REALLY lead their 11pm news last night with the James Franklin $1 million guarantee story???

REALLY?

I understand that we’re at a place in the economy right now where we are quick to question the salary anyone makes…..but this isn’t even a SALARY. This is just an amount that Franklin has been guaranteed should he not be hired as head coach.

Maryland did what they had to do to keep James Franklin in College Park; and they certainly have the financial structure within the athletic department to do so WITHOUT spending taxpayer money.

I think there might be better things to get outraged about these days, honestly.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say……

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Thyrl Nelson says O’s writing off season before rebuilding can begin

Bob Haynie says Gilchrist, Evans, Maze, Jennings would have helped Terps

Drew Forrester not upset Baez left out of rotation

Glenn Clark says Juan Dixon is March Madness ‘hero’

Nestor Aparicio says Ravens still have stellar coaching tree

Darren Rudham says Blast GM Healey could imagine soccer events ‘every 2 years’ in Baltimore

Ed Frankovic says Caps clinch playoff berth

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Mickolio, Waters, McCrory sent to Norfolk

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Baez out of rotation mix, back to bullpen

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Penn, Eaton, Hendrickson, Simon, Bass final candidates for 3 rotation spots

The Sun says Wieters remains in big league camp

The AP’s Dennis Waszak says former Oriole Palmeiro headed to College Baseball Hall of Fame

The Sun’s Childs Walker says Hill might be showing signs of NEVER regaining form

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Frederick to give away Wieters, Markakis bobbleheads

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Baez ‘disappointed’ to be left out of rotation mix

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Hennessey, Parrish also sent to minor league camp

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Hill plunked two; gave up 3 run bomb to Scott in intrasquad game

Examiner Jay Trucker thinks Wieters will hit .283 with 17 homers at big league level this season

Examiner Steve DeClue thinks Hendrickson, Eaton will be 3rd & 4th starters

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says MacPhail feels Uehara has brought ‘spark’ to Spring Training

The AP says Donnie Murphy, Justin Turner, Justin Christian also sent to minor league camp

Fox Sports’ Dayn Perry says Orioles need ‘rotation to be far better than any reasonable expectation’ for success

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Newsome getting national credit for free agent moves

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Bengals’ Lewis picks Ravens behind Steelers

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Lorenzo Neal wants to return to Ravens

Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Ravens show ‘commitment’ to DHB interest by bringing Flacco

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens will have tough time deciding if 38 year old Neal worth bringing back again

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken recaps season for commit Alyssa Thomas

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Terps ‘comfortable’ heading to Raleigh

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Maryland, LSU, UConn only schools to win bowl game, men’s Tournament game, women’s Tournament game this year

ESPN.com’s Graham Hays and Mechelle Voepel each pick Terps to top Commodores

ESPN.com’s Graham Hays says Toliver, Coleman showing ‘leadership’

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s David Steele says relationship between Gary, Yow appears to have ‘cooled’

Examiner Steve DeClue thinks Yow would be fine not having Gary as coach anymore

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda thinks ‘accuracy’ will improve for Mosley

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda wonders how Milbourne’s role will change with Williams, Padgett in tow

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Ken Murray says DHB trying to raise public profile

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Franklin not at fault for 7 figure guarantee

The AP says Turner spending first Spring already knowing he’ll be starter

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Dewey Schmitt may have chance to play at next level (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles Spring TE’s (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Jon Brand says Terps would be seeded 7th in Tournament started today

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Tigers’ play improving as of late

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Ambrose opens first Spring practice Friday

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Toomey not set on Hagelin or Alex Peaty in goal vs. Syracuse yet

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site recaps historic season

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Saturday’s game at Georgetown to be carried by MASN

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site introduces OT Battipaglia

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo worked Mids hard in practice

Go Mids sits down with incumbent QB Dobbs (must subscribe)

SOCCER:

Ravens Official Site says M&T Bank Stadium to have natural grass surface for Chelsea-AC Milan

Examiner Steve DeClue thinks Baltimore could be in play for future of D.C. United based on success of international match (I doubt it)

FIGURE SKATING:

The Sun’s Candus Thomson says Meissner working in Toronto instead of fighting for World Championship in Los Angeles

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I’ll ask the question again. Jim Calhoun has won 2 national championships and might well win a 3rd; but finds himself mired in a major scandal after being linked to lesser scandals in the past. Gary Williams squeezed into the Tournament after going to the NIT two of the last 3 years; but has avoided scandal almost entirely throughout his career.

Would you trade places?

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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