The Wednesday Wheelhouse – Ruminations On All Things Sports and Otherwise

November 12, 2008 |

Welcome to the first edition of the Wednesday Wheelhouse, where we’ll discuss anything and everything that’s on your mind.

Here’s what I’m thinking about on this beautiful Wednesday in Towson, Baltimore:

-By this point, most of you know about my weekly prediction blog. Not that I’m trying to upstage Bob Haynie’s “Pick The Score”; like Drew says when he asks for listener predictions: “you can’t replace the King.” But I really like to interact with our listening/reading audience and I think it’s important to gauge what the Baltimore public is thinking about the upcoming Ravens match up. Usually by Monday I have an idea of what I’m going to write, and by Tuesday I start breaking down the match up (I usually post this blog on Thursdays). But this game against the New York Football Giants has befuddled me. Both the Giants and Ravens have been playing excellent football recently. This game has been the most difficult to predict thus far. But the Giants did lose to the Browns at home, who we beat twice.

-Jesus H. Christ those new Oriole hats are dreadful. They made the new hat logo worse than the old hat logo! The bird already looks paralyzed, and adding more orange color to the black background on a stagnant oriole only makes it stand out more. BUT…the new road jerseys look sick, and the word around town is that they’ll don a Maryland flag on the sleeve. This won’t correct the abysmal play on the field, but as far as re-connecting with the fans, this is certainly a step in the right direction.

-Our ::ahem:: “local” hockey team has looked pretty good recently. If #8 gets on track, this team could be very dangerous come February/March to position themselves for the playoffs, especially with Semin playing at a high level. And I LOVED the addition of Sergei Federov to the roster. He may be old, but he’s still Federov. Yeah, the same guy that played for the Red Wings and destroyed defenses for most of his career. He’s lost some speed, but he’s gained knowledge and instinct as he has aged.

-The Towson Tigers basketball team will open their promising season this Friday with a home game against the US Naval Academy. I’ll be there to cover the opener for WNST and I hope to see some of you at the game. Things are looking good for the Tigers in 2008, but as is the case in football, they play in a very tough conference. I’m predicting VCU to win the conference title this season, with George Mason finishing second and the Tigers in third. I hope I’m wrong because I’d love to see Towson in the dance. The Tigers have a lot of talent, including a promising freshman point guard in Troy Franklin from Mt. Carmel High School.

-Manchester United is reeling a bit, and considering I’m a Red Devil fan, this has not been a good week for me. They tied Celtic FC, a team they should have defeated EASILY in the UEFA Champions League, and lost 2-1 this past Saturday to Arsenal in the English Premier League. I have a lot of respect for Arsenal, but with Rooney, Ronaldo, Berbatov, and Tevez on the front line, ManU should have posed more of a problem for Arsenal. Raphael played very well in the match against QPR in the Carling Cup portion of the schedule, but defeating a lowly team like Queen’s Park by a 1-0 margin is unacceptable for an elite team like Manchester United.

-I think that the recent presidential election was more of a homecoming king election than an actual political election. This election was more personal than political. But I can’t blame the American public for voting for Obama considering that the current President has set the Republican party back by decades. But what many people fail to realize is that Bush has enacted a liberal spending policy over the last 6 years or so, which is a big reason why the economy has tanked. So I guess electing another liberal spender into office was a good move? Only time will tell. To tell you the truth…I hate politics because it brings out the worst in people (see also: Kratovil/Harris), but considering this was a ground-breaking election, I wanted to chip in my two cents.

-This new season of Entourage has been the best yet. Will Vince bounce back? Does Eric get back together with Sloan? Entourage is the male equivalent of Sex and the City. I hope HBO renews their contract with Doug Ellin, Mark Wahlberg, and the rest of the Entourage crew.

-All I want for Thanksgiving is a Loyola upset in the Turkey Bowl. Unfortunately, the Dons are poised to smack the Cardinals around for the 5th straight year. At least we have baseball and water polo…

What’s on your mind? Drop me a comment…