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Top 25 Local Sports Figures of the Decade

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Top 25 Local Sports Figures of the Decade

Posted on 23 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Others Considered: Todd Bozeman, Randy Monroe, Steve Bisciotti, Kimmie Meissner, Fang Mitchell, Dave Trembley, Katie Hoff, Brenda Frese, Kevin Plank, Jimmy Patsos, Lee Mazzilli, Sam Perlozzo, Todd Heap, Barbaro, Carmelo Anthony, Terrell Suggs, Joe DeFrancis, Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa, Mike Flanagan, Pam Shriver, Haloti Ngata, Derrick Mason, Scott McBrien, Matt Stover, Steve Blake, Melvin Mora, Steve McNair, Michael McCrary, Ray Rice, Erik Bedard, Sidney Ponson, John Rallo, Shawne Merriman, Pat Kennedy

25-Joe Flacco

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24-Nick Markakis

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23-Ed Hale

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22-Kyle Boller

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21-John Harbaugh

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20-Trent Dilfer

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19-Cal Ripken Jr.

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18-Chris McAlister

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17-Dave Pietramala

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16-Brian Roberts

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15-Paul Johnson

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14-Ralph Friedgen

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13-Art Modell

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12-Hasim Rahman

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11-Ed Reed

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10-Jamal Lewis

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The greatest offensive skill position in Ravens history-a former Rookie of the Year, NFL Player of the Year, 2,000 yard rusher, Super Bowl Champion, and single game rushing record holder. He’ll be in the Ring of Honor in the next 12 months too….

9-Juan Dixon

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He’s from Baltimore. He carried Maryland to a NCAA Championship. He’s Top 3 in Glenn Clark’s book…..

8-Brian Billick

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He won the Super Bowl as head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, but became a polarizing figure until his firing due to his inability to groom a franchise quarterback. I’m not sure I could have stomached hearing the words “offensive genius” again however….

7-Debbie Yow

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Her place on this list is based on a mix of her accomplishments as Athletic Director (national championships in men’s and women’s basketball, new arena, and somehow managing to balance the budget in College Park) and how many people despise her due to her testy relationship with a fella who is still to come on this list……

6-Ozzie Newsome

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Jamal Lewis. Todd Heap. Ed Reed. Terrell Suggs. Haloti Ngata. Ben Grubbs. Joe Flacco. Michael Oher.

Unfortunately, this decade also included Kyle Boller and Travis Taylor…..

5-Jonathan Ogden

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He will soon be the first player to go to Canton AS a Baltimore Raven, and some would argue he’s the most important player in franchise history. Those people have a legitimate argument.

4-Michael Phelps

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He’s won 14 gold medals in Olympic competition. No one else ever has. I’d explain more-but if you don’t get it, you never will.

3-Peter Angelos

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Not since Bob Irsay has there been a local sports figure so universally disdained by the entire town. If this were pro wrestling, Sgt. Slaughter would have looked like a babyface during his Iraq support days in compared to the level of seething hate directed towards the city’s baseball dictator. He’s killed an entire sport in a city where baseball was king. His failures are so epic I’m not certain ANYONE could have accomplished anything similar.

2-Gary Williams

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If it weren’t for the necessity of corporate sponsoring, it would be Gary Williams Arena-not Comcast Center. The guy will find himself in the Basketball Hall of Fame, and only Earl Weaver is ahead of him in the list of the greatest head coaches in local sports history. And while some might accuse me of blasphemy, he may be greater than even Earl.

1-Ray Lewis

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When #52 does something, says something, thinks something, etc…..it is ABSOLUTELY more meaningful than when anyone else in town does. He will eventually have a statue at M&T Bank Stadium-somewhere in the neighborhood of Johnny Unitas I assume. Do I need to explain further?

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Top 25 Local Sports Moments of 2009

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Top 25 Local Sports Moments of 2009

Posted on 15 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

I will be doing a national version of this list on Wednesday. I did my best to make these INDIVIDUAL moments, but it was such a long list it was somewhat tough. I did not consider the Capitals in my list-as they have the word “Washington” in front of their name.

Honorable Mention: Orioles trade for Kevin Millwood, UMBC & Mt. St. Mary’s reach conference championship games-Towson almost joins them, Hopkins football gets buzzer beating win in NCAA Tournament, Ravens sign Matt Birk and Baltimore’s own Domonique Foxworth, Maryland soccer reaches Elite 8 in NCAA Tournament, Eastern Tech wins first state title, Ralph Friedgen remains at Maryland, Debbie Yow offers “full support” to Gary Williams, Gary nabs highly rated recruiting class, Mark “TNT” Tucker wins USBO belt, Ray Rice scores first career TD, Rod Woodson first Raven in Hall of Fame, Orioles extend contracts of Markakis and Roberts

25-“The Band That Wouldn’t Die” airs on ESPN

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWw-hewFfq0[/youtube]

24-Loyola soccer returns to NCAA Tournament

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmfgiKVAh9E[/youtube]

23-Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman make MLB debuts

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22-Calvert Hall snaps Loyola’s streak in Turkey Bowl

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21-Hopkins, Towson play lax thriller at Unitas Stadium

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbVdSEWTsQ8[/youtube]

20-Maryland beats Cal in NCAA Tournament opener

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19-Ravens go to Miami for first playoff win since ’02

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18-Maryland, Virginia play 7OT thriller in lacrosse

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KesWW9FPFd8[/youtube]

17-Phelps beats Cavic in Swimming classic

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bzckll19nU[/youtube]

16-MMA Makes Baltimore Debut

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOYOuubzg5Q[/youtube]

15-Baltimore Blast claim another NISL title

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kM6KXaErKs0[/youtube]

14-Orioles rally from down 10-1 to beat Red Sox

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13-Maryland Women win ACC Tournament

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKHqqwYkjQQ[/youtube]

12-Navy gets 2nd win at Notre Dame in as many tries

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z82mcA0EOD0[/youtube]

11-Steve McNair murdered in Nashville

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAzUFVZe7kk[/youtube]

Was it technically a “local” story? No. But did it reverberate here in Baltimore? Big time. Other notable local sports deaths this year included former Ravens LB Tony Fein, Former Bullets owner Abe Pollin, Former Colts LB Mike Woods, Perry Hall High track coach Jerry Martin, “The Human Eraser” Marvin Webster, Hall of Fame 3B George Kell, Former Maryland football coach Lou Saban, Mervo track coach William Vaughan, River Hill lineman Steven Dankos and former Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart.

10-Maryland beats Wake Forest to “clinch” another trip to NCAA Tournament

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After a loss to Virginia in Charlottesville, the Terrapins NEEDED a win over Wake in the ACC Tournament to punch their ticket to March Madness. Not only did they get it, they got it emphatically.

9-Ravens Draft Michael Oher

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How many times do you know EXACTLY as much about the 23rd pick in the NFL Draft as you do about the 1st pick? Of course, this moment might not have meant as much had Oher not gone on to play at arguably a Pro Bowl level in 2009. And this thing……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pu8zYsz04oE[/youtube]

8-Orioles Fans Boo Teixeira, Cheer on Win over Yankees on Opening Day

As Bob Haynie said, it felt like Memorial Stadium on Opening Day….

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And there is NO DOUBT that this is one of the lasting images of the season……

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7-Morgan State wins MEAC Tournament, Advances to NCAA Tournament

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It wasn’t JUST a revival for Todd Bozeman. It was the moment that completed the revival for the entire Bears program. For a school with a significant athletic history, a moment like this was notably missing from their resume.

6-Ray Lewis makes “The Tackle” in San Diego

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIuMQTC1D5c[/youtube]

Greatest play in team history? Quite possibly. The more significant thing to discuss would be whether or not this might be the lasting image we have over #52 as we reach the tail-end of his career.

5-Chelsea, AC Milan turn Baltimore into soccer town for one night

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WEcMD6ze1Y[/youtube]

It wasn’t just a special night for soccer fans. It was a special night for ANY Baltimore sports fan who has wanted something to do over the summer. While Oriole Park at Camden Yards remains barren after April unless the Red Sox or Yankees come to town, M&T Bank Stadium was PACKED for a night that was in a word-awesome. You probably don’t remember who won the match (Chelsea), but you might remember thinking to yourself after you left “Maybe I WOULD support a MLS team if they moved here.”

4-Rachel Alexandra wins Preakness with captivating performance

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12Trbs6huAY[/youtube]

Unbelievably, there was actually one thing that could take our attention from the bigger story-which was the MAJOR drop in attendance at Pimlico due to the decision to ban alcohol on the infield by the Maryland Jockey Club. BUT-the performance of Rachel Alexandra, and the opportunity for Calvin Borel personally to pursue the Triple Crown actually made us interested in THE SPORT of horse racing again. It was an incredible year for the sport all around-as Rachel was even more dominant in the Kentucky Oaks, Mine That Bird won an improbable Kentucky Derby, and another filly in Zenyatta was breathtaking in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

3-Matt Wieters makes MLB Debut

He created a rainbow for crying out loud……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj7N-xn14R4[/youtube]

I’m not sure there’s ever been a more anticipated debut for an Orioles player…..ever. Ben McDonald? Jeffrey Hammonds? They were anticipated, but not like this. After 12 years of misery, O’s fans just needed hope. It wouldn’t mean the team was going on to win the World Series, but it was at least a positive step…..

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2-Maryland stuns #3 ranked North Carolina

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Twice I was moved to tears by a local sports moment this season. This was one of them. Greivis Vasquez put together what I called his “Mona Lisa” in recording a triple double and leading the Terps back from down double digits late to beat UNC. It was one of the more breathtaking individual efforts we had ever seen from a Maryland player. There was a time when the College Park faithful wouldn’t have been so disappointed to see Vasquez depart for the NBA Draft, but this was clearly the moment that turned him from a polarizing figure to a player who is carving his own place amongst the great players in Maryland history.

1-Ravens beat Titans to advance to the AFC Championship Game

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOMnLysElj8[/youtube]

In a season that was built on emotion, it was the ultimate emotional game. As I wrote at WNST.net after the final gun, I was in tears. They didn’t make the Super Bowl, but there is no doubt that we will look back fondly on that team for years. The way they rallied around OJ Brigance, the win in Dallas, two playoffs wins-and all of it done with a first year head coach and rookie QB. It was some kind of special. On top of all of that, this would be the last time we’d see a meaningful kick from one of the most popular athletes in the history of Charm City…..

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 04 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Villanova 80, Maryland 73

The Terps aren’t a bad team, but Villanova is a GREAT team. This DOES have the feeling of the years when Maryland would stun teams like Stanford and Kansas at Verizon Center; but I just can’t make the pick.

Morgan State 69, Coppin State 57

If the Bears hadn’t lost 2 straight coming in, I’d probably pick the Eagles to win their opener in their new building. I just don’t think I could see Todd Bozeman’s club losing 3 straight.

Hofstra 84, Towson 72

Charles Jenkins will have 31 points for the Pride, who are just a bit better than the Tigers.

Toledo 72, UMBC 68

I think this one will be remarkably similar to some other losses the Retrievers have suffered this season.

Loyola 77, Canisius 71

But the “Golden Griffins” are still one of the cooler names in college hoops…

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Jarret Johnson followed Packers, rooted for Reggie White growing up

Nestor Aparicio says WNST holding 2 ‘indoor tailgates’ in Green Bay

Bob Haynie wonders whether Greg Mattison or Cam Cameron has done better job in ‘09

Mark Suchy hopes Nets surpass Orioles’ 0-21 start

Ed Frankovic says Semin tallied 4 points for Caps in win over Panthers

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Charles Woodson big part of reason why Packers have Number 1 defense

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis thinks Green Bay has addressed O-Line issues

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbs doesn’t think former Packer Tony Moll can help Ravens any more than former Raven Derrick Martin can help Packers

The Official Site says Packers coach Mike McCarthy loves playing in cold, snow

The Official Site says Mark Clayton doesn’t ‘even think about’ drop in New England

The Official Site says Harbaugh thinks Dom Capers has been ‘creative’ in leading Packers defense to #1 ranking in NFL

Packers Official Site’s Mike Spofford says Ryan Grant knows Packers must take care of football vs. Ravens

Packers Official Site’s Tom Fanning says Greg Jennings knows Packers will have to run ball in cold weather

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ray Rice learning from Ray Lewis, Willis McGahee

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can’t fail to get to Aaron Rodgers, let Charles Woodson change game, struggle in first half

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens need to ride Ray Rice, force turnovers, get production from Chris Carr

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Paul Kruger still ‘developmental player’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Domonique Foxworth believes secondary battling Packers AND elements Monday night at Lambeau Field

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says it’s too early to judge Ravens’ performance in ’09 NFL Draft

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens need to go with Rice, McGahee, McClain to reach playoffs

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ngata, Dwan Edwards battled over “Civil War” in Ravens locker room

The Sun’s Ken Murray says coming out of game with head injury would be ‘hard decision’ for 52

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, Le’Ron McClain, Jared Gaither, Kelley Washington, LJ Smith, Prescott Burgess, KJ Gerard all missed practice Thursday

6 of 7 Sun analysts pick Packers

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco thinks ankle ‘feels really good’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens averaging just 1.9 sacks per game this season

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says former Raven Gano succeeded in UFL

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Ray Lewis looks at end of Jamal Lewis’ career fondly

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein says Aaron Rodgers has troubling memories of Monday Night Football debut against Ravens in ‘05

Green Bay Press Gazette’s Rob Demovsky says Brandon Jackson giving Packers ‘spark’ on 3rd down

Wisconsin State Journal’s Tom Oates says Ravens, Packers both like playing ‘physical football’

SI’s Peter King picks Ravens 29-17

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 27-23

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Packers can determine AFC Wild Card race

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens ‘hit’ on Oher, Kruger, Webb

ESPN.com’s James Walker says most experts don’t see Jamal Lewis as Hall of Fame-worthy

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says BB&T Classic close to ‘sellout’

Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg says former Terp Byron Mouton still beloved in area

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The AP says Terps topped Minnesota in Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Comcast Center

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says just one Golden Gopher reached double digits in loss to Maryland

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Kim Rodgers lead Terps with 14 points in win

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Kizer chipped in 10 points in win

Turtle Sports Report’s Josh Vitale says Tchatchouang scored 13 points in win over Gophers

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken recaps season for commit Nate Clarke

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says ’09 season ‘particularly gruesome’ for Ralph

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Debbie Yow will be in same situation next year if Terps don’t go 7-5

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Fridge met with QB commit Devin Burns (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Travis Ivey was ‘emotional’ on Senior Day (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says tickets on sale now for Tigers football banquet

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s MAAC opener at Canisius

The Official Site offers complete Greyhounds-Golden Griffins release (pdf)

STEVENSON LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Jon Brand says Mustangs picked 2nd in pre-season D3 poll

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Jimmy Dailey, Steve Kazimer preseason All-Americans

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mountaineers fell to Robert Morris in rematch of last year’s NEC Championship Game

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

Frederick News-Post says Jeremy Goode lead Eers with 15 points in defeat

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with Penn

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Quakers release (pdf)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Navy AD Gladchuk believes moving game back a week allows rivalry to be ‘focal point nationally’

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says new Army coach Rich Ellerson gives new ‘life’ to Army/Navy rivalry

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Mids could have moved into Top 25 with win over Hawaii (must subscribe)

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Mike Gonzalez, Jose Valverde could be free agent closer options for Birds

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says Palace partnering with WNST, Craig Willinger Fund for World Cup Draw party today at Della Rose’s

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Palace/WNST event will include $1.50 Bud Light draft specials

BALTIMORE BULLETS:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ Gene Shue

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Kudos to Nick Markakis, Jeremy Guthrie and Brad Bergesen for being involved in the community over these 14 days.

Talk to you later from Owings Mills.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are some picks for tonight:

Maryland 80, Cincinnati 69

The Lance Stephenson storyline makes this game more interesting, but Maryland is just better. Cincinnati will compete, but Maryland should win.

UMBC 64, Coppin State 58

In a matchup of two teams struggling to replace their go-to guys (UMBC’s Darryl Proctor and Jay Greene; Coppin’s Tywain McKee); I’ll give the edge to the Retrievers at RAC Arena.

Navy 71, Towson 70

Just because the game is at Alumni Hall.

Morgan State 83, Arkansas 81

Not kidding. I know Drew picked this as well. I really believe Todd Bozeman’s crew wins on the road against their SEC foe.

Loyola 75, Dartmouth 63

But I will admit that I don’t know much at all about the Greyhounds’ opponent.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Ray Lewis, Ed Reed need to speak to media after games

Glenn Clark says Ravens will have to use Chris Carr, Frank Walker more with Fabian Washington out

Luke Jones says Terps rebounded from slow start to beat Silverswords

Glenn Clark says Ray Rice best Raven in loss, Drew Forrester says Jared Gaither, Derrick Mason best

Drew Forrester says Ravens’ win over Eagles this time last year proof everyone still in playoff picture

Derek Arnold says Flacco relying on ‘security blanket’ Mason too much (with one of the better photoshop jobs we’ve ever had at WNST.net)

Tom Clayton thinks Birds should have Michael Aubrey, Mark DeRosa at corner infield spots in 2010

Glenn Clark says Turkey Bowl amongst highlights of week

Bob Haynie celebrating 30th anniversary of ACC regular season title

Glenn Clark wonders if Michael Oher better high school football player than Charles Jefferson from Ridgemont High

Ed Frankovic says Capitals ‘collapsed’ in loss to Senators

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s John Eisenberg says loss to Colts proves ‘magic’ gone for Ravens

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Fabian Washington will miss rest of season with ACL tear

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh was happy with ‘communication’ from officials in loss to Indianapolis

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens still very much alive in AFC Wild Card hunt

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Terrell Suggs didn’t agree with ESPN report saying he’d miss at least a month

The Official Site says Harbs believes Lardarius Webb will be ‘big part’ of Ravens plans to replace Fabian Washington

The Official Site says Ravens partnering with Under Armour, Wounded Warrior Project to give away rally towels before Sunday Night Football game at M&T Bank Stadium

Steelers Official Site says Charlie Batch battling wrist injury

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cam Cameron needs to open up bag of tricks again

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Dennis Dixon may have to start for Pittsburgh if Roethlisberger can’t play

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Freeney claimed Ravens gave Gaither, Oher help to shut Colts’ pass rushers out

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Dawan Landry ‘downplayed’ team lead in interceptions

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Flacco still bothered by ankle injury

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Fabian Washington hurt himself trying to tackle Addai

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg dives deeper into the issue of 52, Reed not talking to media after games

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Harbs still thinks Ravens ‘good football team’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens to give away own version of “Terrible Towel”

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Art Modell signed autographs at Sunday’s game

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Chris Chester, Matt Birk ‘struggling’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Steelers, Jaguars, Broncos 1 game ahead of Ravens in playoff race

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh met with Ed Reed Monday morning to discuss ‘lateral’

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Cundiff may have settled kicking situation, but Ravens haven’t solved red zone issues

The AP says Matt Birk knows Ravens must improve ‘execution’ offensively

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette says Big Ben should be okay, Steelers likely to sign Tyler Palko for QB insurance

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Scott Brown says Roethlisberger did well on IMPACT test

Beaver County Times’ Mike Bires couldn’t confirm Cleo Lemon, Jeff Garcia worked out for Steelers

The AP says Chris Kemoeatu will miss game for Steelers with sprained knee ligament

SI’s Peter King says Addai TD run ‘embarrassing’ for Ray Lewis

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche says offense looked ‘Boller-ish’ in loss to Indy

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco says Webb may be ‘rushed’ into major role

ESPN.com’s James Walker gives Steelers little chance to beat Ravens without Big Ben

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco appeared to throw into triple coverage on Gary Brackett INT

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The AP says Mosley’s 19 lead Terps to win over Chaminade in 1st round of Maui Invitational

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The AP says Terps moved up to 21st in poll

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Eric Hayes added 12 points for Terps in win

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Vanderbilt (who lost last night) was only other ranked team in Maui Invitational field

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Chaminade coach Mahar knew Terps would ‘wear (Silverswords) down’

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Jin Soo Choi, Steve Goins, Ersin Levent all played for Terps in win

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Jordan Williams chipped in 10 rebounds for Terps in win

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says James Padgett added another 6 rebounds after halftime

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps 20th best team in country

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s contest with Samford

The Official Site offers complete Maryland-Samford release (pdf)

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s Senior Day battle with Boston College

The Official Site offers complete Terrapins-Eagles release (pdf)

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Devin Burns still alive in Georgia high school playoffs

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner could ‘try’ to play Saturday vs. BC

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Debbie Yow has not offered ‘full support’ to Friedgen the way she did for Gary Williams

Sporting News’ Matt Hayes has Terps 12th in power rankings

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Ian Evans could be ‘sleeper’ prospect for 2010 (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings says Jamarr Robinson, Da’Rel Scott were positives in Florida State loss

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday night’s trip to Hawaii

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Warriors release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Buddy Green getting video faster thanks to new software

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Honolulu trip allows Niumatalolo chance to face alma mater

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says 16 Midshipmen seniors headed to Marine Corps

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with Towson

The Official Site offers complete Mids-Tigers release (pdf)

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Annapolis

The Official Site offers complete Tigers-Mids release (pdf)

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s battle with Coppin State on MASN

The Official Site offers complete Retrievers-Eagles release (pdf)

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Dartmouth

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Arkansas

The Official Site offers complete Bears-Razorbacks release (pdf)

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says athletic department honored Kevin White

The Official Site says Kevin White named to Hispanic College Fund Challenge All-Tournament team

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Jeremy Goode honored by NEC

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Blue Jays 6th in pre-preseason rankings

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says coaches have Jays 5th in pre-preseason rankings

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck wouldn’t dismiss Birds’ pursuit of Carlos Delgado

Examiner Jay Trucker surprised Andino got no votes for American League MVP

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says Palace will play in new league called NASL

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says 9 teams will play in North American Soccer League

SWIMMING:

SwimNetwork.com’s Andrew Silver thinks Michael Phelps hosed with Lochte’s win at Golden Goggles

The AP says “Duel in the Pool” in Manchester, England Phelps’ final meet of 2009

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Dave Litfin says Quality Road worked out at Belmont in hopes to return following Breeders’ Cup Classic scratch

BOXING:

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mark “TNT” Tucker to defend USBO belt December 11 in Westminster

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-DO NOT LIKE the towel giveaway. Will talk more about it tomorrow.

Talk to you later.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Purple Crabs and Beer

Posted on 20 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Colts 34, Ravens 20

I have a VERY bad feeling that Peyton Manning will find a way to score on the Colts’ first 3 drives of the game. Seriously, VERY bad feeling. That being said-I bet this will be a 17-10 game at the half; and will be a 27-20 game in the 4th quarter. However, I will take Peyton Manning over Joe Flacco. With NO offense to Joe, Peyton Manning is a Hall of Famer.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Matt Lawrence left 1 Winning Drive on crutches with knee injury

Nestor Aparicio says John Harbaugh’s brother (Jim Harbaugh) now a ‘rock star’ in Palo Alto

And the rest of the world….

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Matt Stover believes it will be ‘strange’ to stand on other sideline at M&T Bank Stadium

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens haven’t beat Indianapolis since 2001

The Official Site says Kruger benefits from going up against Jared Gaither in practice

The Official Site says Cam Cameron ‘not concerned’ about Heap, but has plenty of confidence in LJ Smith anyway

Colts Official Site’s Matt Dollinger says Jim Caldwell expects ‘fever pitch’ from Baltimore fans

Colts Official Site’s Matt Dollinger says Melvin Bullitt thinks Colts have ‘momentum’ thanks to win over Patriots

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Paul Kruger, Antwan Barnes getting chance to try to make noise in backfield with Terrell Suggs out

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbs knows Colts rotate Addai, Donald Brown, Chad Simpson well even if Colts not overwhelming with rushing numbers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens must get off to quicker offensive start, convert 3rd down opportunities, pressure Peyton Manning

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can’t let Freeney, Robert Mathis ‘tee off’, Reggie Wayne torch secondary, allow Stover to get ‘payback’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens have had just two ‘big plays’ in last two games

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens expect Cundiff to be solid on kickoffs

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Oher, Gaither excited for matchup with Colts’ pass rushers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens will try to take advantage of rookie CB’s Jerraud Powers, Jacob Lacey

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Mattison reported Ravens ‘knew about’ Browns getting 4th timeout

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Matt Birk returned to practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Suggs reports knee injury not season-ending

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Suggs hasn’t watched Quinn hit on film, wouldn’t say whether hit was dirty or not

7 of 7 Sun writers pick Colts

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Greg Mattison looking forward to seeing Kruger ‘under fire’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says T-Sizzle wouldn’t rule himself out of Steelers game next week (can we do it for him?)

Indianapolis Star’s Phillip B. Wilson says Flacco ‘more comfortable’ in 2nd season

5 of 5 Indianapolis Star analysts pick Colts

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Brady Quinn hit ‘felt like’ dirty hit to Suggs

SI’s Peter King picks Colts 27-23

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche picks Colts

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt looking forward to Oher-Mathis matchup

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora will enjoy matchup of wits between Peyton Manning, Ray Lewis

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Hauschka will ultimately be reason why Ravens miss playoffs

ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter says 52 ‘creates jobs’

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Ravens will remember blowout losses to Indy over last 2 years

ESPN.com’s James Walker says tiebreakers over Broncos, Chargers will be helpful to Ravens’ Wild Card chances

I CANNOT believe Drew agreed to this bet with Merton From Indianapolis. If I have to sing that damn song Monday morning…..ugh.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Cundiff IN, Suggs OUT Sunday, Nakamura OUT For Season, Gerard to Active Roster

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Live From Owings Mills: Cundiff IN, Suggs OUT Sunday, Nakamura OUT For Season, Gerard to Active Roster

Posted on 18 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

7:30- INJURY REPORT- Ravens:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE:
C Matt Birk (neck)
TE Todd Heap (chest)
RB Matt Lawrence (knee)
LB Terrell Suggs (knee)

LIMITED:
DT Haloti Ngata (ankle)

FULL:
QB Joe Flacco (knee)
LB Tavares Gooden (head)
LB Jarret Johnson (shoulder)

Colts:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE:
WR Hank Baskett (illness)
DB Antoine Bethea (foot)
OT Dan Fedrkeil (concussion)
DT Eric Foster (back)
DB Aaron Francisco (ankle)
DE Dwight Freeney (not injury related)
WR Pierre Garcon (ankle)
WR Anthony Gonzalez (knee)
DB Kelvin Hayden (knee)
TE Gijon Robinson (concussion)
LS Justin Snow (elbow)
QB Jim Sorgi (right shoulder)
K Adam Vinatieri (right knee)

5:15-The Ravens have just announced that they have added DB Marcus Paschal to their practice squad, after KJ Gerard was promoted to the active roster. Paschal is 6’0″, 201 pounds; and is in his 2nd year out of Iowa.

3:03-Other things heard around the complex today worth passing along….

-John Harbaugh and Derrick Mason each implored the fans at M&T Bank Stadium to be brutally loud Sunday afternoon to try to distract Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis offense.
-Ray Lewis pointed out that the pre-snap motions he and Manning make are sometimes just “a bunch of bologna”, and part of the chess match between the players.
-Joe Flacco pointed out that he still doesn’t “have all movement” in his foot stemming from the ankle injury he suffered in Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings. He followed that up by saying “but it isn’t affecting me.”
-John Harbaugh appeared to support Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s decision to go for it on 4th and 2 Sunday night at Lucas Oil Stadium; saying the “odds were probably” with the Pats’ coach.
-There was plenty of praise going around for the Colts. Lewis said they were “probably the best team in football.” He added individual praise for Joseph Addai and Dallas Clark-who he thinks is “probably the most important piece” the Colts have offensively besides Reggie Wayne. Harbaugh said Dwight Freeney is “tremendously relentless”, but Flacco said he has “confidence” in the ability of Jared Gaither and Michael Oher to protect him.

2:56-KJ Gerard will be immediately expected to step in for Haruki Nakamura with Nakamura out for the season due to a broken ankle suffered on the opening kickoff Monday night at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

For those who aren’t familiar with Gerard, he is a 6’1″ rookie UFA out of Northern Arizona who has impressed this organization since arriving for his first minicamp in the spring. He has worked with the special teams units, and there shouldn’t be a great drop-off, although Nakamura is obviously a veteran who has carved out a nice niche on this football team. He used to have really fun hair…..

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…..but has since cut it off. The move opens up a spot on the practice squad, John Harbaugh mentioned the team had worked out a few safeties this morning.

2:46-Addressing the loss of Terrell Suggs…..

-Harbaugh confirmed T-Sizzle would miss Sunday’s game due to a “sprained ligament” in his knee stemming from the hit he took from Brady Quinn after Chris Carr’s interception Monday night. Suggs is expected to miss more time, but no one in the organization will confirm anything beyond Sunday. The head coach said Suggs will have to heal “on his own”, and that there was no procedure to help the healing process.

-Harbaugh added that Suggs’ injury provided an “opportunity” for other players, especially Paul Kruger-who is slated to start in Suggs’ stead after filling in for him previously during Training Camp. He also said the injury could provide an opportunity to Antwan Barnes. Harbaugh said that Kruger-who has been active for just 2 games all season-is “still learning nuances” of defense at the NFL level. Ray Lewis reminded the media that the team has a “next man up” mentality, and Kruger “does have to step up.”

-Harbaugh wouldn’t dive too deep into the issue of whether or not Brady Quinn’s hit was a cheap shot-only to say that the hit was “disappointing.” Ray Lewis stood by the frustrated comments he made Monday night, adding that the hit wasn’t “good football.” Upon learning that Brady Quinn had been fined “a good amount” by the NFL for the hit, #52 was quick to remind that there is “no dollar amount” that can be placed on losing the team’s best pass rusher.

2:22-Now the elephant in the room…..the return of Matt Stover.

-Harbaugh said the decision to not bring Matt Stover back had nothing to do with having to carry two kickers, and that the team is “not opposed to carrying two kickers (even) now.” He said the Ravens were just “unable to get” Stover signed. He added “if we could have had Matt here, we would have had Matt here.”

Clearly these comments only lead to more questions regarding what happened between Stover and the Ravens in the offseason. I have heard a couple different things from a few people around the organization, and they vary so much that I don’t really want to speculate on them too much. It does appear as though the organization at least had SOME interest in retaining Matt Stover-but the extent of that interest is not really known. Also, the team DID have the option to go with Stover right up until Adam Vinatieri was injured and Stover signed in Indy. Harbaugh was willing to admit that he’d rather have Stover kicking for him Sunday than against him; and the only thing that IS clear is that the decision to go with Hauschka was a failure; despite him beating out Graham Gano in Training Camp.

-John Harbaugh admitted that “it will be strange” to see Stover on the opposing sideline Sunday; but added that “it will be great too.” Derrick Mason said “it’ll be weird” to see Stover in Blue and White, but that Sunday will be a “special experience” for the former Ravens kicker. Mason himself knows about that having had the chance to return to return to Nashville after playing the bulk of his career with the Titans. Ray Lewis chimed in to add that it will be “weird” to play against Stover, and that his former teammate is “one of the better men I’ve been around in my life” and “just a class guy.”

2:14-Okay, let’s dive into these things a bit more. Starting with the decision that was made at kicker:

-John Harbaugh said the Ravens chose Billy Cundiff over Mike Nugent mostly because of “kickoffs.” Harbaugh saw Cundiff up close and personal when the Browns visited Baltimore in Week 3; and Cundiff booted a kickoff about 9 yards deep into the endzone. John added that the two kickers were “really close.” The kickoff situation was not an area where the Ravens were disappointed in Steve Hauschka, as a few people in the organization reminded me that were happy with the hang time Hauschka got on kickoffs, and believed it was part of the reason why the Ravens had done a good job of containing dangerous return men like Eddie Royal, Darren Sproles, Joshua Cribbs and Percy Harvin.

-Harbaugh believes Hauschka was “just not ready yet” to kick at this level, he didn’t have what it takes mentally. Harbs said it is “usually a process” for young kickers to adapt at this level, he mentioned that David Akers had been cut by 3 teams before catching on with the Eagles and becoming one of the better kickers of the last 20 years. Harbaugh certainly got to know Akers well while he was Special Teams coordinator in Philadelphia. Derrick Mason chimed in with support for Hauschka, adding “I enjoyed having Steve here. One player in particular doesn’t win or lose games.”

-Billy Cundiff said he got the call around 2pm Pacific time yesterday, and immediately headed towards Baltimore from Phoenix. He had actually gone back to school at Arizona State in recent years-getting a MBA and was working in an accounting firm while waiting for his next shot in the NFL. He said that as far as replacing Hauschka (and Matt Stover) is concerned; “the NFL is a replacement league.” He admitted to having watched some of the MNF game against the Browns knowing there was a chance he could end up with the Ravens. He would have watched more, but his young daughter was taking his attention.

1:05-Hear from the following NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net:

Coach John Harbaugh
QB Joe Flacco
RB Ray Rice
WR Derrick Mason
LB Ray Lewis
CB Domonique Foxworth
K Billy Cundiff

Additionally, Ravens Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta joined Drew Forrester on “The Comcast Morning Show” this morning at 7am. You can hear from him in the Audio Vault as well.

The Ravens have also altered their practice schedule following the Monday Night Football game in Cleveland. They will not practice until 4pm today; essentially allowing for an additional “half day” to recover from the game against the Browns. This could be helpful for guys like Haloti Ngata (ankle), Tavares Gooden (concussion) and Todd Heap (chest) especially.

12:42-Here’s a rundown of what’s happened today:

-Billy Cundiff has been signed as the new kicker.
-Haruki Nakamura has been placed on IR (broken ankle); rookie KJ Gerard has been signed to the active roster from the practice squad
-Terrell Suggs is OUT for Sunday (at least)
-Matt “Jack Hunter” Lawrence missed Monday night’s game with a “knee issue”, there is no timetable for his return

Back to elaborate shortly…..

10:50-We are hearing rumblings that Cundiff is the kicker-via the Twitter account of his representation. Thanks to Aaron Wilson for the tip.

10:46-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where the Baltimore Ravens begin preparation for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium. We are scheduled to hear from John Harbaugh, Ray Lewis, Derrick Mason, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, and others today; and we will hope to hear from a new kicker-Mike Nugent or Billy Cundiff is expected to be named as Steve Hauschka’s replacement today.

The Colts are making Jim Caldwell and Peyton Manning available via conference call, although most reporters would have preferred to talk to Matt Stover.

Remember to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates from today’s availability.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 13 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are your weekend picks…..

Ravens 27, Browns 13

It SHOULDN’T be this close. It might be closer. We’ll see if Brady Quinn can do anything.

Virginia Tech 27, Maryland 16

With no offense to Maryland, they’re not as good as Virginia Tech.

Navy 31, Delaware 18

There is an argument that the Midshipmen should be a Top 25 team.

Villanova 41, Towson 14

I hope the Wildcats don’t run up the score more than this.

South Carolina State 23, Morgan State 16

Donald Hill-Eley’s team has struggled for the last few weeks since looking like the best team in the MEAC a month ago.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Todd Heap, Ed Reed, Haruki Nakamura, Jarret Johnson, Kelley Washington practicing fully

Bob Haynie wonders if Jamal Lewis Hall of Fame worthy

Drew Forrester says local media needs to do better job of covering Towson, UMBC, Loyola, Morgan State and Coppin State hoops

Nestor Aparicio wonders whether Baltimore more interested in Wizards or Capitals

Ed Frankovic says Caps 3-1 without Ovechkin

Eric Aaronson says Wizards added Earl Boykins

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis (foot), Haloti Ngata (ankle), Fabian Washington (thigh) all missed practice yesterday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Lardarius Webb-Fabian Washington situation likely to be ‘game time decision’ for John Harbaugh

The Official Site says Justin Bannan not thinking about being in final year of contract

Browns Official Site’s Matt Florjancic says rookies Veikune, Robiskie excited for first chance to play on Monday Night Football

Browns Official Site says team will distribute remaining tickets for Monday night’s game at Cleveland Browns Stadium to avoid blackout

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Jamal Lewis getting ‘one more shot’ at former team Monday night

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens must get ball to Derrick Mason, contain Jamal Lewis, pound run

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can’t let Cribbs run wild, Browns rally around Mangini, show ‘no sense of urgency’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens didn’t look at Ty Law, Chris Chambers because neither would have been ‘upgrade’ over current players

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ray Rice thinks responsibility on players to get off to better start

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Pagano reports Chris Carr, Frank Walker, Lardarius Webb would all play Monday if Fabian Washington can’t go

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ed Reed’s 52 yard TD return Ravens’ only INT in last 5 games

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens don’t want to have to play ‘catch up’ against Browns like they did against Bengals, Vikings

The Sun’s Edward Lee says losing streak on Monday Night Football ‘disturbing’ to Terrell Suggs

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ray Lewis thinks Hauschka’s missed FG’s no bigger ‘mistake’ than dropping catch, missing assignment

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jared Gaither (neck) was limited in practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbs views both Trevor Pryce and Dwan Edwards as starters

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh wants Hauschka to make kicks ‘right now’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Pagano believes pass interference penalties coming in ‘panic situations’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says 52 doesn’t want to see Jamal Lewis retire

The Sun remembers when Ravens rallied to beat Browns a season ago

7 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Chris Carr, Dannell Ellerbe missed practice Thursday due to illness

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Todd Heap knows getting off to better starts an offensive ‘goal’ for Ravens

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Terrell Suggs not hitting ‘panic button’ despite struggles

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Jamal Lewis took Mangini to task for ‘practice regimen’

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says David Bowens thinks practice same now as it was with Jets under Mangini

SI’s Peter King picks Ravens 33-9

Fox Sports’ Brian Billick still thinks Ravens ‘very good team’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Steve Heiden, Chansi Stuckey missed practice for Browns

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens fighting with Steelers/Bengals, Texans, Jets, Jaguars for Wild Card spot in AFC

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Drew Gloster, Cory Jackson will carry flags to field before tomorrow’s game against Virginia Tech

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph Friedgen wouldn’t rule out running option next season

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner ‘doubtful’ for tomorrow’s game against Hokies

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Don Brown had been ‘thoroughly impressed’ by Isaiah Ross this season before injury

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamarr Robinson prepared to make first career start tomorrow against Va Tech

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Da’Rel Scott OUT Saturday

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Scott Van Pelt, Stephon Heyer defended Fridge

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Danny O’Brien, CJ Brown ‘in the mix’ to play tomorrow

Washington Post’s Mark Viera says Michael Via likely to start at center again for Hokies

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph reiterated that he’ll play Danny O’Brien if necessary tomorrow

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Caleb Porzel could return kicks with Torrey Smith

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ronnie Tyler, Austin Walker questionable for Saturday

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Terps wearing camo uniforms for tomorrow’s game at Byrd Stadium to support Wounded Warrior Project

Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Darryl Slater says Va Tech’s Brent Bowden amongst best punters in country

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Demetrius Hartsfield will play vs. VT (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Phil Costa has been offensive ‘lynchpin’ for Terps (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says RJ Dill particularly frustrated with how NC State game ended

Turtle Sports Report’s Allen Wallace says prospect Ifill to visit College Park December 19 (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Scott Kornberg checks in with Archbishop Carroll LB prospect Attaochu (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s season opener against Charleston Southern

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Bucs release (pdf)

Charleston Southern Official Site offers complete Buccaneers-Terrapins release (pdf)

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Gary Williams believes Terps have ‘5 good guards’

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says James Padgett could start for Terps tonight

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Gary Williams had no update on Dino Gregory

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps hoping for more from Sean Mosley

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says tonight’s season opener can be seen on Comcast SportsNet

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Goins has not been able to practice due to knee injury

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says last year’s leading scorer Jamarco Warren leads Bucs into Comcast Center tonight

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says adding muscle could help Jin Soo Choi make impact off bench

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Greivis Vasquez preseason All-ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez enters senior season much more mature

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary wouldn’t commit to James Padgett or Jordan Williams as starter if Dino Gregory doesn’t play

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps looking at St. Frances prospect Greg Lewis (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Memphis ‘slightly better fit’ for Tsafack than Maryland (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says commit Whitney Bays missing senior season of high school recovering from torn ACL

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph previews season opener against North Carolina Central

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says tickets still available for Saturday’s game against Delaware

Delaware Official Site offers complete Blue Hens-Midshipmen release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner thinks Irish DC Corwin Brown’s comments make him ‘an idiot’

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Ram Vela plays bigger than size

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Pospisil, 31 other seniors will be honored tomorrow for Senior Day in Annapolis

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Niumatalolo, Midshipmen had to shift focus to Delaware quickly after ND win

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Mids must put Fighting Irish win behind them with Hens up next (must subscribe)

Go Mids’ David Ausiello tells tale of learning Mids defeated Notre Dame (must subscribe)

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s season opener against Miami (Ohio)

Miami (Ohio) Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Towson Center

Miami (Ohio) Official Site offers complete Tigers-Redhawks release (pdf)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Tigers facing another Top 5 opponent in Villanova

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s season opener against Vermont

Vermont Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Reitz Arena to face Hounds

Vermont Official Site offers complete Catamounts-Greyhounds release (pdf)

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Shane Walker finds ‘similarities’ between Gary Williams, Jimmy Patsos

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to South Carolina State

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tomorrow’s season opener at Oklahoma

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Mountaineers open season trying to shake off loss in NEC Championship Game last year

Frederick News-Post’s Greg Swatek says Eers got ‘close’ to beating Virginia Tech, Georgetown last year; but don’t want to just stay ‘close’ anymore

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell 2-5 with 3 RBI for Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play

BLAST:

The Sun’s Glenn Graham says Aristodemo announced as Blast captain

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Go see a college hoops, college football, or Blast game this weekend. They can all use your support.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 11 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Congratulations to Adam Jones for winning a Gold Glove award. It really doesn’t matter if he was the most “deserving” CF in the American League, as the award clearly often goes to the player who had the most “WOW” moments or has the best reputation. Either of those honors is just as good as being the best statistical defender.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Nugent was 2/6 this season with Buccaneers, Cundiff made field goal for Browns against Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium

Luke Jones thinks Harbaugh needs to let McGahee, Kruger, Demetrius Williams play

Derek Arnold says Oher, Gaither, Birk, Grubbs, Chester all struggled against Cincy

Drew Forrester humorously quips Ravens could cut Frank Walker, sign Elizabeth Lambert

Tom Clayton picks Terps 4th in ACC

Drew Forrester thinks Markakis should have won Gold Glove as well

Chris Bonetti says Adam Jones first Oriole to win Gold Glove since Mike Mussina

Drew Forrester sticking with Merton From Indianapolis despite some in Baltimore wanting him gone

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Rice’s 3rd down conversion in 4th quarter team’s only pickup in 10 tries

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Dwan Edwards listed ahead of Trevor Pryce on depth chart

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco hoping to bounce back in Cleveland from tough performance in Cincinnati

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says team reportedly tried out kickers Mike Nugent, Billy Cundiff

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Ed Reed’s injury major topic of conversation

The Official Site says Ngata thinks Fabian Washington has best reflexes, Kelley Washington thinks Mark Clayton has best reflexes

Browns Official Site’s Matt Florjancic says Browns 15-13 all time on Monday Night Football

Browns Official Site says LB Eric Barton placed on IR

The Sun’s Mike Preston thought Lardarius Webb ‘outstanding’ against Bengals

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg talks long snapping with Katula

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Tavares Gooden ‘learned a lot’ from Bart Scott

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Ravens need wake-up call from Ray Lewis

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens held kicking tryouts after bad misses from Hauschka against Vikings, Bengals

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Kamerion Wimbley only Brown playing well right now

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says fans hoping to see Mattison fired ‘delusional’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Nugent tried out for Ravens for 2nd time

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Pro Football Weekly honored Ngata, Grubbs

The Sun’s Ron Fritz says Mangini expected to name Quinn as starter after Derek Anderson’s struggles against Bears

The Sun’s Ron Fritz compares Hauschka to Matt Stover

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Domonique Foxworth has been Ravens’ ‘biggest disappointment’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbs still thinks Hauschka ‘best option’

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Brady Quinn ‘likely’ to start Monday night at Cleveland Browns Stadium

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says Trusnik will play more with Barton on IR

The AP says Steve McNair’s widow authorized to sell his restaurant

Sporting News’ Michael Tunison says Ray Rice ‘criminally underused’

SI’s Jim Trotter thinks Steelers will sweep Ravens

SI’s Don Banks says 52’s tackle of Sproles in San Diego best defensive play of year

SI’s Peter King names Oher to All-Pro team for first half of season

USA Today has Ravens 13th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 15th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Ravens far from looking like ‘best team in NFL’ as they did after Week 3

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 11th in power rankings

Fanhouse’s Josh Alper has Ravens 14th in power rankings

ESPN.com has Ravens 14th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says ‘talent’ reason why Ravens still in top half of power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco, Ravens secondary struggling right now

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Adam Jones honored with first Gold Glove award

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Jones first Birds OF to win Gold Glove since Paul Blair

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds signed former Rays catcher Michel Hernandez

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Eddie Gamboa, Josh Perrault each tossed scoreless inning for Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play

Examiner Jay Trucker says Jones joins Ichiro, Torii Hunter as American League Gold Glove winners

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says O’s have now won 59 total Gold Gloves, second most in American League to Yankees

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Fridge reported Jamarr Robinson ‘will play’ whether or not he starts

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler thinks Chris Turner deserves to play Saturday despite not practicing this week according to James Franklin

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Wujciak happy to wear camo uniforms

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Chris Turner still ‘questionable’ for game against Hokies

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Demetrius Hartsfield may return Saturday

Washington Post’s Mark Viera says Darren Evans returned to practice Monday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Friedgen prepared to pull Danny O’Brien’s redshirt if necessary

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Da’Rel Scott returned to practice, ‘unlikely’ for Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps had to pay $76,500 to get pry Don Brown, James Franklin away from UMass, Kansas State respectively

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Wujciak’s return against Wolfpack longest TD return for Terps since Randall Jones in 2000 against Wake Forest

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says C.J. Brown ‘unlikely’ to see field against VT

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ben Pooler has played well in Hartsfield’s absence

Richmond Times Dispatch’s Darryl Slater says Nosal giving Va Tech ‘boost’ on O-Line

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps could still technically make Orange Bowl

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps paying Ralph $1,877,095 for 2-7 record

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps assistants making $1,817,490 this season

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Devin Burns planning early arrival in College Park (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Friedgen using ‘gamesmanship’ at QB with Frank Beamer (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen says Herbert Law gave Terps glimpse of future in JV game (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings says Porzel solid in limited action against NC State

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Vasquez, Terps won’t be underdogs much this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Terps 23rd in first poll

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens and Barker Davis say Vasquez 2nd team All-American

ESPN.com’s Andy Katz says Terps ‘believe they can make NCAA Tournament’

Turtle Sports Report’s Ethan Rothstein doesn’t expect to see much of Steve Goins this season

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Tianna Hawkins, Jackie Nared each had double-double as Terps posted exhibition win over Catholic University

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site says Frese wanted Dara Taylor, Terps to work on ‘communication’

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says Tchatchouang scored 16 for Terps in win

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dara Taylor finished with 7 assists and just 1 turnover in win

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon says Georgetown Prep attackman Dobyns committed to Maryland

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo concerned about ‘letdown’ against Delaware after win over Notre Dame

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Joe Buckley’s miss in South Bend may be affecting him moving forward

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says after last win over Fighting Irish, Mids BARELY held on to beat North Texas

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Ricky Dobbs ‘feels good’ after beating Irish

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo ‘hopeful’ Marcus Curry can play against Blue Hens

Go Mids updates season for Midshipmen opponents

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mids will be on TV 5 times this season between CBS College Sports and MASN

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens expects Romeo Garcia to be ‘breakout player’ for Navy

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s showdown with Villanova at Unitas Stadium

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Maryland Racing Commission approved 150 days of racing, expects bigger purses from slots revenue

Thoroughbred Times’ John Scheinman says Laurel Park approved for 58 days of live racing in Winter meet

SWIMMING:

The AP says Michael Phelps qualified for 200 meter medley final at Stockholm World Cup event

The Sun says Baltimore’s Elizabeth Pelton finished 8th in women’s 200 backstroke

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Not surprised the Ravens are sticking with Steve Hauschka. They still think he can kick, but he has to prove it every time he goes out there.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Purple Crabs and Beer

Posted on 06 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Ravens 28, Bengals 20

I DON’T think the Bengals WR’s should give the Ravens fits the way some people think they will. Yes, Chris Henry is tall. Yes, Chad Ochocinco is good. But this will be more about the pass rush. If the Ravens get to Carson Palmer, I don’t think he’ll be able to just throw the ball downfield.

Drew went with 24-20 Bengals. But he’s a rat fink.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Katula, Ngata missed practice again Thursday

Bob Haynie still taking score picks for Ravens-Bengals

And from the rest of the world…..

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Kelley Washington ‘making major impact’ for Ravens

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Laveraneus Coles, Chris Henry, Andre Caldwell give Bengals targets beyond Ochocinco

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says McGahee was working as long snapper in practice with Katula hurt

The Official Site says Mattison has ‘very good feeling’ about chances for Ngata to play

The Official Site says Hauschka unfazed by Ravens bringing in kickers to try out last week

The Official Site’s Mallory Steinberg says Derrick Mason was out singing karaoke again with elderly in community this week

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Ochocinco sent box of deodorant to Ravens defense

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Michael Johnson still looking for first career sack

Bengals Official Site says team was given 24 hour extension to sell last 3,000 tickets for Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium

The Sun’s Ken Murray says K. Washington believes he’s ‘more mature’, ‘more professional’ than when he was in Cincy

6 out of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens must stop Cedric Benson, get Derrick Mason involved, have Flacco hold on to ball

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens lose if Carson Palmer has big game, team doesn’t handle ball well or start slow offensively

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Domonique Foxworth knows secondary needs to be ‘consistent’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Flacco amongst best 4th quarter QB’s in NFL

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Kokinis, Savage unlikely to rejoin Ravens unless Eric DeCosta takes GM job elsewhere

The Sun’s Mike Preston says culture of Marvin Lewis’ Bengals team has changed

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Rosburg not sure how Reed didn’t block Mitch Berger punt in win over Broncos

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Burgess, Nakamura, Zbikowski, Walker all returned to practice Thursday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Katula thinks injury ‘not a big deal’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Justin Harper playing role of Ochocinco in practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Frank Walker thought scratch ‘no big deal’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco ‘unflappable’ in no huddle offense

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Justin Bannan would start if Ngata can’t go Sunday

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy says status for Andre Smith Sunday remains ‘unsettled’

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy says Bengals have sold out 48 straight home games

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Chick Ludwig not ‘concerned’ about Ravens

Dayton Daily News’ Ken Paxson says Bengals might ‘sell out’ even if they don’t sell out

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Ochocinco sent deodorant to Suggs, Ray Lewis, secondary

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 10th in power rankings

SI’s Peter King picks Ravens 23-13

5 of 7 Sporting News analysts pick Ravens

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt looking forward to seeing how Mike Zimmer defends Ray Rice

NFL.com says Bengals’ Chris Crocker looking for INT in 3rd straight game

NBC Sports’ Michael David Smith says 52 not sorry for hit on 85 in first game

ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter says Flacco on pace to reach 4,000 yards

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Bengals ‘have had (Ravens’) number’ in recent history

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘deep up front’ beyond Ngata

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Carson Palmer 7-3 all-time against Ravens

Fox Sports’ Charles Davis says Bengals ‘built for’ AFC North

Here are the rest of our picks for the weekend…..

Chiefs/Jaguars: Me-Jacksonville 10-6, Drew-Kansas City 20-17
Texans/Colts: Me-Indianapolis 31-24, Drew-Houston 27-20
Packers/Buccaneers: Me-Green Bay 30-9, Drew-Green Bay 27-16
Redskins/Falcons: Me-Atlanta 24-10, Drew-Atlanta 31-7
Cardinals/Bears: Me-Arizona 37-24, Drew-Arizona 30-20
Dolphins/Patriots: Me-New England 26-23, Drew-New England 35-21 (if they wear the old helmets), New England 31-21 (if the wear the new helmets)
Panthers/Saints: Me-New Orleans 31-23, Drew-New Orleans 35-24
Lions/Seahawks: Me-Detroit 20-12, Drew-Seattle 21-17
Titans/49ers: Me-San Francisco 24-16, Drew-San Francisco 27-10
Chargers/Giants: Me-San Diego 27-20, Drew-New York 38-17
Cowboys/Eagles: Me-Philadelphia 28-21, Drew-Philadelphia 31-24
Broncos/Steelers: Me-Denver 23-20, Drew-Denver 20-19

Morgan State/Norfolk State: Me-Bears 17-12, Drew-Bears 19-10
Towson/William & Mary: Me-Tribe 36-17, Drew-Tribe 38-17
Navy/Notre Dame: Me-Irish 37-26, Drew-Irish 30-27
Maryland/NC State: Me-Terps 31-30, Drew 44-31 Wolfpack

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 05 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

I had the opportunity to go to an advance screening of “The Blind Side” last night at The Charles Theater-thanks to Warner Brothers for the invitation. I have to first say that this movie is going to be absolutely HUGE. It is a perfect Thanksgiving football flick, and as big as it is going to be in Baltimore; it will be big throughout the country as well.

If you’re not familiar-the movie is based on the excellent book of the same name by Michael Lewis. The story chronicles Ravens 1st round pick Michael Oher. The book itself was more about football in general-but the transcendent story of Oher is easily movie-worthy. And while John Lee Hancock’s movie does change certain things about the story (an incident at Ole Miss is moved into Oher’s former home in the Memphis projects; the name of Oher’s Christian school is different, etc.); he does no injustice to the very human aspect of Oher’s journey.

The only shame of the movie is that in trying to keep it a family film-the darkness of Oher’s upbringing is merely referenced, not told vividly. This isn’t to say the movie failed-as the book references that Michael didn’t talk much about his past. The picture painted of Michael’s youth in the book is significantly more frightening than the more family-friendly picture painted by the film.

While the tragedy may not have been fully painted, nothing is taken away from the triumph. I’m going to be honest-if you cry during great sports movies (think “Remember the Titans”); you’re going to cry during this flick. It’s a remarkable story told very well.

The star of the film is clearly Sandra Bullock, whose turn as Leigh Anne Tuohy comes off akin to Julia Roberts’ Erin Brockovich. While this film is more fun and even a bit goofier than the very serious-natured “Brockovich”, your wives and girlfriends will immediately love Bullock’s Tuohy.

It’s not going to win an Academy Award-but it’s not supposed to be that kind of movie. It’s the kind of movie your family can go see at the end of the month when you’re off school/work for 4 days. It’s the kind of movie that you’re going to put on your purple and rally your neighbors to go see. This city is going to LOVE this movie. Whether you’ve read the book or not, you will just eat it up.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ed Reed not reading Ochocinco tweets

Drew Forrester hopes O’s try to win as hard as Yankees did

Thyrl Nelson says Flacco, Ray Rice Top 10 Fantasy plays Sunday

Ed Frankovic says Caps fell 3-2 to Devils

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata, Katula, Nakamura, Walker, Burgess, Zbikowski all didn’t practice Wednesday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh still has plans for McGahee

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens looking to create 100 yard streak against Cedric Benson-who recently broke their long one

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says young LB’s Tavares Gooden, Jameel McClain, Dannell Ellerbe getting chance to run alongside 52

The Official Site says Marvin Lewis thinks Greg Mattison has done ‘excellent job’

The Official Site says Harbs thinks Ravens will be motivated by ‘hotly contested’ AFC North race

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says team okay with being underdogs-even at home to team they’ve already beat this season

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Marvin Lewis wanted Kelley Washington back in Cincy

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Maualuga wants to be like Ray Lewis

Bengals Official Site says 3,500 tickets remain for Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium

Bengals Official Site says Marvin Lewis won’t commit to Andre Smith dressing Sunday

Bengals Official Site says Carson Palmer knows Baltimore week ‘always a real big deal’ for Bengals

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason will be plenty motivated to face Bengals team that held him without catch over last 2 games

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelly Gregg sees Benson as ‘big back, nifty on feet’

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Flacco Ravens’ MVP

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. cleans up after me

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason prefers quiet players like Marvin Harrison to big talkers

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens using Le’Ron McClain again to pound ball

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Todd Heap, Le’Ron McClain limited in practice

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Marvin Lewis modeling Bengals after Ravens, Steelers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ochocinco sent package to Ravens defense

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Reed doesn’t check Ochocinco on Twitter

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ray Lewis not changing how he hits after first meeting with Bengals

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason doesn’t think he can be covered with single coverage

The Sun’s Edward Lee says T-Sizzle thinks Ravens ‘humbled’ by Bengals in first game

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Terrell Suggs knows Benson having ‘really good year’ even beyond game against Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Bannan would start if Ngata can’t go

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Oher making ‘impression’ in rookie season with Ravens

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Chick Ludwig says Bengals should play Andre Smith Sunday

Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Erardi says Bengals WR Andre Caldwell wants wins more than catches

6 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens

USA Today’s Nate Davis says defense must ‘shore up’ before facing Roethlisberger, etc.

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 20-16

NBC Sports’ Steve Silverman gives Ravens ‘C’ thus far

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ray Rice would be another possible team MVP candidate

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens secondary ‘rejuvenated’ by performance against Broncos

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

NC State Official Site’s Tim Peeler says Wolfpack to honor former WR Jerricho Cotchery at Saturday’s game

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says New Mexico only other FBS school in on Rashaan Moore

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamari McCullough finds losing ‘devastating’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph knows NCSU offense ‘explosive’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Demetrius Hartsfield remains ‘on-track’ to return November 21 against Florida State

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Terps 29-28

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Pack 31-17

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says NC State, Maryland have bowl chances on ‘life support’

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Chris Turner spent bye week in Fort Lauderdale with girlfriend (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says North Carolina DT prospect Kilgo pledged to Terps (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Ross Leonhart checks in with commit Kilgo (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says James Padgett, Jordan Williams will get ‘extended playing time’ if Dino Gregory’s suspension continues

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Vasquez thinks Terps can be ‘special’

The Diamondback’s Jakob Engelke says athletic department scrapping new student ticket policy at Comcast Center

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Jin Soo Choi struggled inside against IUP

Washington Post’s Michael Wilbon says use of Bias video aided Kirk Fraser’s “30 for 30” documentary

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Sean Mosley said he was fine after getting knocked down twice against Crimson Hawks

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Adrian Bowie amongst those who expected reverse roles for Padgett, Williams

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps in Sun Belt territory being relegated to ESPN360

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Sean Mosley improved from floor in exhibition opener (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings checks in with prospect Tsafack (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Tianna Hawkins’ double-double lead Terps in exhibition win over Bowie State

The Official Site provides statistical evidence of win

The Official Site says Frese thought Terps were ‘focused and ready’ for exhibition game

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says Kim Rodgers scored 18 points in 16 minutes in win

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ram Vela, Mids still remember ’07 win in South Bend fondly

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mike Stukel practicing at QB, will return to Slotback when Kriss Proctor gets healthy

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids need one more win to book trip to Texas Bowl

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo knows Mids missed chances against Temple, especially on 3rd down

South Bend Tribune’s Al Lesar says Dan Wenger expected to start at RG for Fighting Irish

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says AD Gladchuk wants to see continued success from Midshipmen (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says fans can purchase $13 ticket for BOTH Miami (Ohio) hoops game and Villanova football game next weekend

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s Senior Night battle against Norfolk State

The Official Site offers complete Morgan State-Norfolk State release (pdf)

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s game against Franklin & Marshall

The Official Site offers complete Johns Hopkins/Franklin & Marshall release (pdf)

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tomorrow night’s exhibition opener against Adelphi

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mountaineers picked to win NEC again

The Sun says Jeremy Goode named to All-NEC team

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Josh Rutter has been good fit for Terror staff

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Birds want to re-sign Mark Hendrickson, Danys Baez

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waring 1-4 with run scored in Arizona Fall League play Wednesday

Examiner Jay Trucker says Guillermo Rodriguez, Rich Hill, Jeff Fiorentino didn’t really have place with Orioles anyway

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team signed former Maryland QB Statham

BLAST:

Examiner Richard Crabbe says NISL changed name to MISL

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Rip Van Winkle comes into Breeders’ Cup Classic battling foot issue

Daily Racing Form’s Marcus Hersh says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra will spend winter in New Orleans

The AP’s Andrew Dalton says Baffert doesn’t ‘mind getting beat by Zenyatta’ in Classic

GOLF:

The Sun’s Don Markus says Senior Players Championship moving to Potomac next season, returning to Baltimore in 2011

Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga says Constellation Energy event to be held at Avenel next year

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Champions Tour had hinted event may move to DC during this year’s event

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Frank Walker has an illness, huh? Insert your own joke here.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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