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February 05, 2014 | Dwayne Showalter

Random thoughts on a cold, icy, windy night in the Northern Harford County area:

Denver has been whipped 5 times in the Super Bowl.  They were stifled by Dallas in SB XI.  The Giants and Redskins pounded them before being embarrassed by Joe Montana and the 49ers in SBXXIV.  Now again, with Peyton Manning and a record setting offense, they get blown out again.  Sure they have won twice but how do those two wins compare to the pain of losing 5 times….like that?  Anyone???

The Wizards are over .500 in February!  They sit as the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference.  Alas, it doesn’t matter really.  They’d be out of the playoffs in the West as the 10th seed, only one-half game from being the 12th seed.  The Heat and Pacers seemed destined to meet for the East crown.  Four or five teams could win the West but its still not enough to make me watch a full NBA game.

Alex Ovechkin is having a tremendous season with the Capitals, leading the NHL with 39 goals (Wisconsin-born and Sochi Olympian Phil Kessel is second with 30).  Incredibly, the Caps have had 21 of their 57 games go into overtime, fifteen on those ended in a shootout.  Call me old school, but i was always fine with ties in the NHL.  I’d rather see a 10 minute OT period and no shootout personally.  When the game goes to a shootout, i usually turn the channel.

Spring training starts soon.  Did you know in Vegas, you can get the Orioles to win the 2014 World Series at 40-1?  Do you how the Ravens opened for Super Bowl XLIX?  40-1!   My guess is the Orioles will get an over/under of about 83 wins.  So that’d mean the Ravens will be about an over/under of eight.

The Maryland lacrosse team embarks on what will be a high-powered run through the ACC one last time this spring.  Ranked sixth, they’ll face Duke (1), Syracuse (2), UNC (3), Notre Dame (5) and Virginia (8) as conference foes this season.  Throw in ranked opponents Villanova and Hopkins, and the ACC tournament, i think they’ll be happy to move into the Big 10 next season.  There, they will only have to face Penn St (7), Ohio State (9) along with rival Hopkins (who will play as an affiliate member).  With Rutgers and Michigan already playing D-I lacrosse, the Big 10 should get an automatic bid to the tournament.  I keep hearing Michigan State may go D-I .  Minnesota is thought to be kicking the tires as well.  Purdue and Indiana sport solid club teams as well.  The B1G could a player before long.

Coach Edsall meanwhile is probably hoping Ralph Friedgen stays on his couch rather than prowling the Scarlet Knights’ sideline next fall.  It’d be a scream to watch them go at it in the 2014 season’s final week with a job bowl bid on the line.  Speaking of jobs on the line, I’d think Maryland would go into the B1G with Mark Turgeon no matter what happens in the final weeks of this season, but i don’t think he’ll last long with a losing record in the new conference.  Here’s to hoping both teams can get things going in the right direction.  A word of advice: stop worrying about looking good (yes, Under Armour, please give it a rest) and start worrying about playing better.

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