Welcome back to the Wednesday Wheelhouse, where we discuss anything and everything that’s on your mind. It’s been a few weeks since the last edition, so let’s jump right into it.
-Yesterday morning, Nestor, Brad, and I were playing with the new commercial software on the Apple Mini, and I overheard Drew and Glenn discussing who was their Ravens MVP. The media has voted on Ed Reed, and it’s hard to argue with that selection. But I’d have to go with Derrick Mason. My decision is based more on the guts than the glory of Mason’s performance this year, but he’s been nothing but reliable and a consummate professional for this Ravens team. Granted, we wouldn’t be 11-5 without Joe Flacco…but Joe Flacco wouldn’t be who he is today without Derrick Mason.
-So…Mark Hendrickson, huh? That’s the Orioles big off-season signing? Way to mount a strong comeback after dropping the ball with Mark Teixiera. When you’re a bad team, you have to overpay for free agents…bottom line. The sooner the Orioles realize that, the better off we’ll all be.
-It’s been a while since we talked about the English Premier League, so here’s an update for those who don’t follow soccer. The top five are as follows: 1. Liverpool (45 points…without Fernando Torres) 2. Chelsea (42 points) 3. Manchester United (38 points +19). 4. Aston Villa (38 points +11) 5. Arsenal (35 points). As a Manchester United supporter, I’m pretty stoked. The Red Devils sit in 3rd place with 38 points and a +19 goal differential, and they’ve played two fewer games than the rest of the top five. Mainly because they were busy winning the Fifa Club World Cup, beating Ecuador’s LDU Quito 1-0 in a match that should not have been that close. ManU dominated the game, but couldn’t finish their chances until a Wayne Rooney bullet found the back of the net in the second half.
-In swimming news, Michael Phelps was named U.S. Sports Academy’s Athlete of the Year after his ridiculous performance in Beijing this past summer. I swam with Michael for a few years at NBAC, and actually beat him in the 50 yard Breaststroke at the Maryland All-Star Meet when I was 10 years old…I don’t mean to brag, but after swimming for 18 years that’s still my claim to fame (LOL)! Locally, the Loyola Dons completed their annual holiday 100 mile swim for charity. In past years, the Dons have sent their fund-raiser money to Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center, Christo Rey House, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society among others. Head Coach Keith Schertle does an excellent job with this event, and the Dons are poised to win yet another MIAA swimming championship…at this point, it’s too many consecutive wins to count. While Calvert Hall has dominated water polo for the past decade, Loyola has been just as dominant in swimming.
-For the second year, Yellow Taxi is providing free taxi rides for the inebriated during the New Year’s Eve holiday. Those who live in the Baltimore area should use the “Tipsy? Taxi!” program. This event is sponsored by AAA Mid-Atlantic, and covers up to $50 in cab fares. Any fee over $50 will be the passenger’s responsibility. Those who are interested should call 1-877-963-TAXI…you might want to save that number in your phone now, because as the night progresses, that cell phone screen seems to increase in blurriness. “Is this thing on?”
Have a very happy New Year, and please be safe tonight. Don’t be stupid. Have you seen all of those DUI commercials on TV? DUI check points will be all over the place tonight. My advice: go somewhere and stay there.
Talk to you in 2009!