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Monday Morning’s Purple Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Ravens Report Card:

Quarterback: B+

If we were grading the 2nd half, it would be an A+. Joe was BRILLIANT in the 2nd half, even if he wasn’t trying to throw the ball particularly far downfield.

Running Backs: A-

LOVED seeing Cam Cameron go to Le’Ron McClain in the 2nd half. That’s how this team needs to finish off football games.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: B

It wasn’t an overly impressive statistical performance, but these guys were big when they needed to be. Kelley Washington continues to make plays on 3rd down, and Mark Clayton made an awesome catch on the sideline.

Offensive Line: A

Did anyone even hear Elvis Dumervil’s name all day? Neither did I. Another great performance, this team is really special with Gaither and Oher together.

Defensive Line: A-

They got pressure, and they limited what Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter were able to do. What else can we ask for?

Linebackers: A

Jarret Johnson was AWESOME. The rest of the unit was really good too.

Secondary: A

Who would have thought?

Special Teams: A+

Great day for everyone, really.

Coaching: A

Clearly the bye week was big for the entire staff.

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ravens’ win over Broncos wasn’t “must”, but close

Drew Forrester says win over Broncos proves Ravens ‘are back’

Keith Melchior wasn’t happy with Mishael Miller’s national anthem

And from the rest of the world…..

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens snapped 3 game losing streak with win over Denver

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata suffered ankle injury, x-rays were negative

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Hauschka bounced back from late miss against Vikings with big day in win

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Lardarius Webb returned opening kick of 2nd half for TD in Ravens win

The Official Site says Harbaugh continued to be impressed by Ray Rice in win

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Oher, Gaither provide ‘great tandem’ for Ravens at OT

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Mark Clayton’s leaping catch caught eyes

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Domonique Foxworth, Fabian Washington had solid coverage for Ravens in win

Denver Broncos Official Site’s Zach Eisendrath says Kyle Orton threw for 152 yards in loss

Denver Broncos Official Site’s Gray Caldwell says Josh McDaniels knows Broncos will have to look at themselves ‘in mirror’ after loss

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Flacco tied team record by connecting on 80 percent of passes in win

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Derrick Mason’s early flare-up part of ‘attitude’ Ravens brought to game

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Jerry Rosburg’s special teams unit had big day in win

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ed Reed, Brian Dawkins traded jerseys (World Cup-style) after game

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Frank Walker was deactivated for Sunday’s game

The Sun’s Mike Preston gives high praise to LB’s, secondary, special teams in win

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Harbs was working the crowd in 2nd half

The Sun’s Ron Fritz says officials missed more calls in Ravens’ win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Jarret Johnson’s early sack set tone for entire win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson gives highest praise to Special Teams in win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Nakamura strained stomach muscle in win

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Ravens’ win ‘arguably best performance of John Harbaugh era’

Carroll County Times’ Ryan Chell says Jared Gaither, O-Line came up big against Dumervil, Broncos

The AP says Ravens moved within a game of Steelers, Bengals for first place in AFC North with win

Denver Post’s Mike Klis says Broncos won’t be matching ’72 Dolphins after suffering first loss

USA Today’s Jarrett Bell says Derrick Mason, Ray Rice scored big 2nd half TD’s in win

SI’s Don Banks says Greg Mattison ‘finally hit his stride’ in replacing Rex Ryan

SI’s Peter King says Ravens in stretch where they’re playing 7 first place teams in 8 weeks

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer says Ravens went away from Champ Bailey in win

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says Ray Lewis warned rest of NFL last night after win

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says November will ‘make or break’ Ravens

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks says Ravens got pressure with  front four

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Ravens didn’t give up play bigger than 23 yards all day

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Oher knows Dumervil amongst best in NFL

Fanhouse/AOL Sports’ Kevin Blackistone says Ravens ‘exposed’ Broncos

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Ravens kept Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal in front of them

ESPN.com’s James Walker says 52 knows everything ‘in front of’ Ravens

Talk to you later today from Owings Mills.

-G

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After Tough 33-31 loss to Vikings, Ravens Must Regroup During Bye

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After Tough 33-31 loss to Vikings, Ravens Must Regroup During Bye

Posted on 18 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

The Ravens’ 33-31 loss to the Vikings Sunday was particularly painful for a number of reasons, not the least being the way the team rallied from down 17 in the 2nd half to have a look at a last-second game winning field goal.

Unfortunately, it was a painful loss-one that drops the Ravens to 3-3 after a 3-0 start to the season.

The good news for the Ravens is that they’ll have 14 days before they have to take the field again.

14 days to mull over a 3 game losing streak might be a bad thing for a lot of teams, but looks particularly necessary for this team. For a number of reasons.

First of all-this team needs to get away.

It will be tempting for John Harbaugh to want his guys to come out and practice during the week, but they need to clear their heads for a few days. They have not played poorly, they have lost to 3 good teams in the final minutes of each game. It is the type of stretch that unfortunately happens sometimes, even to good football teams.

Getting away from the facility and away from football should help take the edge off a bit. It is particularly difficult during a slide like this to remember that you are only playing against 1 opponent. When losses pile up, teams have a tendency to feel like they need to win 4 games because they’re carrying a 3 game losing streak. Getting away from football gives you the chance to remember that there is only one opponent on the other side of the field.

Secondly-Greg Mattison, Cam Cameron, Jerry Rosburg and John Harbaugh really need to look at their play-calling and overall gameplanning.

When there is an opponent to prepare for, it is a bit more difficult to adjust what your team does without doing it in consideration for what you expect from the other team.

Greg Mattison has to look at pass rush schemes, the 2nd layer of his run defense, and corrections that can be made to keep his corners from being left 1 on 1 with taller receivers. 2 straight running backs have carved up yards, which has allowed teams to throw the ball at will with the defense on it’s heels. The bulk have that yardage has come on big plays, which means the 2nd layer of run stopping hasn’t always been in place. When teams are able to throw at will, they’ll find success, but the Ravens have NOT found a way to create turnovers, either off QB sacks or interceptions. The team may be forced to take a few more chances.

Cam Cameron needs to try to see how the offense can compensate for the lack of a big, physical receiver. Having the same 3 receivers on the field at all times has appeared a bit detrimental-we expected to see Troy Smith, Ray Rice, Willis McGahee and Demetrius Williams lined up wide a bit more this season. Trying to force the run in the middle of the field was particularly tough against the Vikings. It was surprising to see a lack of screens in the 2nd half Sunday in Minneapolis.

Jerry Rosburg’s unit isn’t without blame either. They will have to figure out how to work David Tyree into the game, and will certainly have to work on keeping composure in stressful situations. He’s going to have to keep a young kicker’s mind in the game-and may be forced to bring in a kicker for a “competition” to remind his young kicker that nothing is given in this league.

Third-this team needs some time to really look at the makeup of their roster.

It is not surprising to anyone to hear that the organization has been discussing potential trades with teams who may be willing to part ways with a receiver. This team could REALLY use a sizable option at the position to extend the field offensively. This does not mean the organization should mortgage their future to bring in a guy like Mike Sims-Walker, but it remains necessary to consider all options.

The Ravens must also analyze other places on their roster. The secondary has underperformed, thanks in part to the lack of a pass rush. While the pieces certainly seem to be there for an improved pass rush, the secondary probably could use some sort of an upgrade. Again, this does not mean that the Ravens could trade for a corner even if they wanted to-but it is a position they need to look at.

There are other personnel questions on the team-including the JACK linebacker position, and what the expectations are there. Tavares Gooden played a pretty good game Sunday, but might not fill the position quite the way it needs to be filled in this defense. The Ravens have gotten little from any Tight End not named Todd Heap. The 53 man roster is unlikely to look much different on November 1st against the Broncos, but they must look at it.

Fourth-this team can use the time to improve their health.

The obvious example of this is Jared Gaither-who should be ready to return against Denver, but Samari Rolle is also eligible to return following the bye-and could possibly help the team. Jarret Johnson has been playing with a shoulder injury, and Haloti Ngata has played with a back injury. These guys can use the time to regain strength and quickness. There are countless other bumps and bruises that can be addressed as well.

The important thing to recognize is just how close this team is to being a really good team. They’ve been very effective most of the time, and at least somewhat effective nearly every minute of the season. Their 3 losses have been by a combined 11 points. 2 of the 3 have been on the road, and all 3 have been at the hands of a team that appears to be playoff-bound. They’ve VERY close.

The pain of Sunday’s loss will linger, but this is the best possible time to have a break.

-G

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4:24-To expand, that was a bad snap from Katula. Saw that as soon as the ball was released. If the Ravens had a timeout there, they could have moved the ball to the middle of the field. You almost wish Ray Rice would have just moved the ball to the middle of the field on the play before.

4:20-Boy was this a bad week for Matt Stover to have signed in Indianapolis……unbelievable……

4:19-Greg Gumbel knows the Vikings can’t call back to back timeouts, right?

4:18-No pressure Steve Hauschka…….

4:15-This will probably be the last time I invite Drew to watch a game at my house. “The Ravens are gonna win this one” is the last thing I want to hear right now.

4:13-It’s all on Joe here. He couldn’t quite finish it against New England, but he doesn’t need a TD this time. A sack would be particularly bad as the Ravens have no timeouts. Everything is 4 down territory.

4:09-So here’s the game. If Longwell misses, game over. If he hits, Joe has 1:52 to try to win the game for the Ravens. He’s never rallied them from BEHIND in the final 2 minutes of a game before. And no pressure for Steve Hauschka or anything……

4:06-HAVE to stop them here and force them to try a field goal after the 2 minute warning. If so, Flacco would have 2 minutes to try to win the game……

4:05-What a great play call by the Vikings there. Can’t have single coverage on Sidney Rice AND give him that much time. Unbelievable. This game turns again……

4:01-This can’t be happening. HOLY FREAKING CRAP.

3:58-That’s a big tackle there by Kelly Gregg. Followed by a HUGE sack from 52. THIS is seizing momentum. Wow.

3:57-It really is remarkable that the Ravens are still alive in this one. They need to get off the field without giving up more than one first down-or allowing a big play to put the Vikes in field goal position.

3:55-Ray Rice and Derrick Mason are heroes on that drive, and this is still a football game. Wow.

3:49-Big play there by Dannell Ellerbe. Even with 3 here, the Ravens could make this a one possession game again if they can get 7 quickly. Of course, I’m basically dreaming at this point…..

3:46-And as Drew likes to say, if my Aunt had a penis, she’d be my Uncle. Thanks to Tavares Gooden for not giving up on that one; if they can make a stop it would still be a 2 possession game after the FG.

3:45-Big play by Mark Clayton, if the Ravens can get the Vikings off the field quickly, this might turn into a football game again….

3:40-This will stay a catch. Not like it matters……..

3:37-There you go guys, Demetrius Williams is in the game! (Edit: Please dear God let Kelley Washington be okay….)

3:28-And with that, the Ravens’ decision to punt the ball on the previous drive becomes the wrong decision. The Dawan Landry haters will be out in full force now……

3:24-Drew is absolutely FURIOUS that we had former Morgan State Bear Visanthe Shiancoe on the show Thursday morning and now Shiancoe is killing us.

I guess that was interference, but it wasn’t brutal. Frank Walker wasn’t looking for the ball, which makes it tough. This one is about over….

3:22-Drew would like to point out that both he and I picked the Texans to beat the Bengals today. I would ALSO like to point out that I chose the Saints to beat the Giants by double digits…..Drew laughed at me when I made that pick…..

3:21-The reason to call timeout there? I’m not sure….

3:20-Just as I say it…..

3:17-Drew and I are yelling at each other about this; but I WOULD have gone for it on 4th and 5. On the chart, that’s a 50-50 situation……the Ravens only netted 25 yards on the punt. If they pin the Vikings inside the 5, they made a good decision. Decisions are ALWAYS judged by their success or failure.

Big tackle by T-Sizzle there. Ravens have to get off the field quickly to have a chance in a 2 possession game.

3:13-I know Joe was excited to throw that ball, but double coverage to Mason???

3:12-Lardarius Webb is showing himself to be a real weapon. The Ravens might want to consider having him in on a couple offensive plays later in the season. Seriously.

3:10-Great play call there by the Vikes on 3rd down, thank God Brett overthrew Sidney Rice on that one…..but it’s a 2 possession game again, so the pressure goes right back on Flacco’s shoulders.

3:08-Ed Reed unfortunately picked Fabian Washington himself there. Remember what I said about momentum? Gone…..

3:03-Now there’s a little pressure on the Vikings to do something offensively. The Ravens could use a turnover BADLY. When you start to turn momentum, you have to absolutely seize it…….

3:01-THANK FREAKING GOD!!!!!!

2:59-Ravens have been doing little to nothing on 1st down…..I think anyway…..don’t have stats handed to me every quarter.

Great job of getting rid of that one there by Joe Cool.

2:58-Remember when the Ravens ran a successful screen play to Jared Allen’s side of the field? Where do you think that play went?

2:52-At least holding them to a Ryan Longwell field goal means this is still a 2 possession game, but they HAVE to get something going offensively.

2:49-The Ravens absolutely HAVE to make tackles…….that was unacceptable. The Vikings will try to keep the ball on the ground in the 2nd half; ground the rest of the clock away……

2:48-I understand everyone’s frustration watching this game……trust me.

This is a big play here. 3rd and 2….the Ravens HAVE to get off the field somehow…

2:42-Does anyone know who the penalty was on there on Lardarius Webb’s kick return? Did he say #29? Would like to know…just a terrible way to start the first half. You have a chance to take momentum, and just give it away completely.

2:24-Hauschka gets his first FG attempt in weeks to get the Ravens on the board. If they can get points on their first drive of the 2nd half; they can make this a 1 possession game and at least make this interesting…..

2:23-TERRIBLE decision there. Just TERRIBLE.

2:22-If they had been effective earlier on this drive, they would have 3 shots at the endzone.

2:21-We knew the Ravens were going to miss Jared Gaither. Michael Oher hasn’t played poorly, but this is just a REALLY tough assignment for him….

2:20-HORRIFIC 2 minute offense. Just absolutely unacceptable in every way.

2:18-Mark Clayton HAS to get out of bounds there. HAS TO. Damn….

Also, how bout that? The officials corrected their missed spot? Would have liked to have seen that a week ago……

2:16-Why would Ed Reed pick up the ball there????

2:10-On a day like this, the only good news can be the site that the Redskins trail the Chiefs 3-0…….

2:09-I’m not sure I agree with that………

2:08-They’ll have field position here. If a team EVER needed a 3 and out badly……..

2:04-Great catch by Derrick Mason after a push-off. Hey, if Randy Moss can get away with them, Derrick should be able to as well…..

2:01-Chris Carr probably should have let that one go. At least they have the football. If Joe can get something together, he could make this a 1 possession game……

1:58-Pass rush “creativity” is not just bringing extra men. That wasn’t particularly good…..

1:56-Ray Lewis had 6 points there if he can find that ball……

1:53-Dan Dierdorf says what everyone else was thinking……looked like the Vikes jumped. It might have been nothing more than an anticipated snap count; but it looked brutal.

1:52-At least Mike Carey saw that correctly the 2nd time. Geez…..

1:50-This is a fumble if Joe’s hand was empty when it came forward. It was not. This is a forward pass….Jared Allen was just on Joe’s arm as he was throwing it forward.

1:49-If Mike Carey can’t see Joe threw the ball there, I’m not sure what he’s watching…….

1:48-That was an incomplete pass……..NO WAY that was a fumble……

1:46-Who missed the block on that screen? Looked like Ben Grubbs. That might well be the difference between that being a first down gain and being a 6 yard gain…..

1:43-Greg Mattison’s adjustments solid after a disastrous start early. Let’s see if Cam Cameron can make similar solid adjustments….

1:41-Jared Allen apparently isn’t aware that he stepped on the most important foot in the state of Maryland. Someone should probably let him know…..

1:35-Cam Cameron’s in-game adjustments have not been outstanding this season. He will not be able to just assume that Ray Rice/Willis McGahee/Le’Ron McClain can run the ball in the middle of the field with Kevin and Pat Williams waiting for them. They have to use passes to Ray Rice in the flat to try to GET the middle of the field. (I say this as if Cam doesn’t already know it….)

1:32-Domonique Foxworth may have just made the best play he’s made all season. Dierdorf rightly points out it was a good no-call. Chris Kluwe does Ravens no favors on punt….

1:31-Greg Gumbel mistakenly called John Harbaugh “Jim Harbaugh” earlier in the game……..John Harbaugh might be wishing he were Jim Harbaugh right now……

1:30-Sam Koch takes a dive. Worth the shot…….

1:29-There was a TD to Derrick Mason-if Mason was 5 years younger…….

1:24-Bernard Barrian TD…..14-0…..this could be a disaster if the Ravens don’t adjust QUICKLY

1:18-This is a classic chess match issue…Darrell Bevell noticed that the Ravens would probably adjust to the big plays outside and up top, so they went to the middle strikes on quick throws. Instead of putting touch on the ball-expecting Greg Mattison to move his safeties outside for help-he’s taking advantage of quick developing passing lanes.

Hint: It’s working.

1:17-Wait, the Ravens had the ball? I must have missed it……..

1:07-This doesn’t bode well for my pick. Christ. Visanthe Shiancoe scores a TD on a play where Kelly Gregg (Justin Bannan?) was offsides anyway. Favre with the quick strikes to both Shiancoe and Rice on the drive after AP’s big run. The only highlight was Terrell Suggs’ tackle of Chester Taylor in the backfield. 7-0 Vikes, and this could get brutal if adjustments aren’t made.

1:03-Tackling at the point of attack is the only way to stop Adrian Peterson. That HURTS. It also hurt that Fabian Washington was blocked by a ref, but I doubt he would have brought down “All Day” either.

Also, Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf on the call today. Gumbel says Ray Lewis called Brett Favre “The Ultimate Warrior.” Apologies to this guy???

warrior

12:50-I have been informed that Jay Glazer said today that the Ravens called the Bills regarding Terrell Owens’ status-a story that has gained traction over at PFT.

I would like to point out that this does NOT mean the Ravens were interested in trading for Terrell Owens. Quite simply, a call made to the Bills could have been nothing more than a gauge regarding the value of receivers on the open market. If the Bills had been willing to part with T.O. for a 5th round pick, the Ravens may have told the Chiefs they were looking for too much in return for Dwayne Bowe.

Glazer did a nice job of making the Terrell Owens story more sensational for FOX; but we do NOT know enough about the nature of the conversation to assume that the Ravens were truly trying to make a play for Owens. I would assume that Bills WR Roscoe Parrish would be a better fit for the Ravens.

12:40-On Friday’s Comcast Morning Show, I picked the Ravens to win 24-13, despite the fact that they have lost 2 straight games and have a TON of question marks.

That being said, the positions where the Ravens are vulnerable are NOT the positions where the Vikings are particularly strong.

The teams that have had success throwing the football against the Ravens are the teams that have had big, physical receivers to throw the football to up top. The Vikes have just one receiver (Sidney Rice) who is taller than 6’1″. While Chris Henry was the only Bengal over 6’1″ (6’4″), 6’1″ Chad Ochocinco’s remarkable leaping ability made him play taller than his height. Bernard Berrian does not offer the same threat.

On the other side of the football, the Ravens were done in last week by a Bengals defense that cheated with their safeties because they were comfortable putting Leon Hall and Jonathan Joseph in one-on-one situations with the Ravens’ Wide Receivers. Putting 5’9″ Antoine Winfield in the same position would be VERY dangerous for Brad Childress’ team. I think the Vikings will be forced to drop their safeties back to help in coverage against Mark Clayton and Kelley Washington, which SHOULD keep the middle of the field somewhat more open for Derrick Mason and Todd Heap-although each will draw extra attention.

Michael Oher will have a tough assignment with Jared Allen, and I think Joe Flacco’s jersey will get dirty today. If Joe can hold onto the football, the Ravens should survive whatever havoc Jared Allen creates. On the other side of the ball, the Ravens will face a tall talk on the Vikings’ left side of the offensive line, where Bryant McKinnie and Steve Hutchinson rarely let defenders through. But the right side of the line is more suspect (A banged up Phil Loadholt and Anthony Herrera), and Jarret Johnson should be able to get into the backfield.

Plus, you’re heard my thoughts on how the Ravens like to rally behind players and coaches to create an emotional “chip on their shoulder” type of edge. Matt Birk is coming back to Minnesota, and Greg Mattison and Cam Cameron have been maligned throughout the week. This team should certainly have their edge back.

12:32-For the record, Percy Harvin IS active today.

12:21-The weekend has been marked by trade rumors revolving around the Ravens. Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe was linked by ESPN on Friday. The NFL Network linked Pats WR Joey Galloway last night. Even today, NBC Sports somewhat linked Jaguars WR Mike Sims-Walker.

The conversation I had with a team source yesterday left me feeling as though a trade for Bowe (or any trade of significance) would be unlikely. However, Galloway would likely be available for little more than a conditional 7th round pick-so I wouldn’t eliminate it.

That being said, the Ravens SHOULD be willing to deal for a player like Bowe or Sims-Walker. They may not be as tall as some of the receivers around the NFL (both are 6’2″), but they can stretch the field-which the Ravens lack right now. The rumor surrounding Bowe was a 2nd & 5th round pick-which I just don’t see Ozzie Newsome doing. I was surprised Kansas City would make that deal as well-as Bowe was a 1st round pick himself, and teams RARELY trade away a 1st round pick without getting one back. That being said, the Bucs traded Gaines Adams (4th overall pick) to the Bears for a 2nd rounder. That might have hurt the Chiefs in what they were hoping for-even though Adams and Bowe play different positions.

12:11-James Brown (of CBS) just offered condolences to CBS Sports President Sean McManus on the death of his mother (Margaret Dempsey McManus) Thursday. McManus was of course the wife of the great Jim McKay. Sean McManus joined Drew Forrester just two Thursdays ago on The Comcast Morning Show-and I know that I enjoy seeing the success of Sean McManus due to the great pride I have in what Jim McKay meant to the city of Baltimore. I would also like to pass along my condolences to Sean for his loss.

11:41-Here are your scratches:

Baltimore:
QB John Beck (3rd QB)
RB Jalen Parmele
LB Antwan Barnes
DE/LB Paul Kruger
WR/ST David Tyree
OT Oniel Cousins
OT Jared Gaither
DT Kelly Talavou

Minnesota:
QB Sage Rosenfels (3rd QB)
WR/KR Darius Reynaud
RB Albert Young
CB Asher Allen
LB Erin Henderson
C Jon Cooper
DT Letroy Guion
DE Jayme Mitchell

11:20-Greetings from……my couch. Yep, I’ll be joining you at home; live at The Glenn Clark compound (we call it “Summer Camp”) in Rosedale. Nestor Aparicio is keeping me updated from the Metrodome in Minneapolis; and Drew Forrester and Luke Jones will also be checking in here and via Twitter (@WNST) during the game. The Ravens are 3-2 and have lost back to back games (@New England, vs. Cincinnati); the Vikes are 5-0 with wins over the Browns, Lions, 49ers, Packers and Rams.

The biggest question marks on the injury report are Jared Gaither (doubtful) and Minnesota’s Percy Harvin (questionable). Mostly a guess, but I think we’ll see Harvin active-Gaither inactive.

Back shortly with your inactive list….

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 16 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Much like on Monday, only Purple links today. My intern was out this morning, so my productivity was particularly limited. Super Jack might have the bubbling personality of Joe Flacco some days, but he’s definitely helpful to have around. If you’re Jones-ing for information from yesterday’s Maryland basketball Media Day, please check out Patrick Stevens’ “D1SCOURSE” blog at WashingtonTimes.com Also, all of the audio from Media Day (including Gary Williams) is in the Audio Vault at WNST.net.

Here are our picks for Sunday’s game….

Drew: Vikings 29, Ravens 26 (OT)

Drew says Minnesota will get the ball first in overtime and take it right downfield for the winning score.

Me: Ravens 24, Vikings 13

This team is ALWAYS better up against the wall and when they have a chip on their shoulder. They’re going to rally around the criticism of Greg Mattison this week, and this defense is going to show up in a big way.

I think. I hope.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Mattison has ‘great confidence’ in secondary

Nestor Aparicio says Stover concerned about being considered ‘traitor’ for signing with Indianapolis but never wanted to leave Baltimore

Mark Suchy says “The Band That Wouldn’t Die” brought back painful memories as Baltimore NFL fan

Rex Snider thinks Jim Irsay hypocritical for thoughts on Limbaugh after family’s history with Baltimore football

And from the rest of the world…..

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Matt Birk will be ‘enemy’ in native Minnesota

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Jarret Johnson, Haloti Ngata returned to practice Thursday

The Official Site’s Patrick Gleason says Ray Rice 2nd in NFL with 114.4 yards from scrimmage per game this season (only Tennessee’s Chris Johnson has more)

The Official Site says Cam Cameron believes getting Derrick Mason football his ‘responsibility’

The Official Site says Oher knows he has to ‘work hard’ against Vikes’ Jared Allen

The Official Site says Heap, Clayton, Oher hosting Halloween event at Dave & Buster’s in Arundel Mills Mall

Vikings Official Site’s Mike Wobschall says Percy Harvin limited in practice Thursday

Vikings Official Site’s Mike Wobschall says Ed Reed ‘game changer’ for Ravens

Vikings Official Site’s Mike Wobschall says Harbaugh knows slowing Peterson will take ‘team effort’

Vikings Official Site’s Mike Wobschall says Leslie Frazier thinks Benny Sapp fitting in ‘nicely’ in Minnesota

The AP’s Jon Krawczynski says 52, Favre share ‘respect’ for each other

The AP’s Jon Krawczynski says Vikings offense more than just Peterson

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens must defend run, slow down Jared Allen, succeed on 3rd down

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can’t struggle in red zone; let Harvin, Reynaud break long returns; allow Favre to catch fire

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens just 2-5 under Harbs in games decided by 6 points or less

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says fans can’t blame Billick for Flacco’s interceptions

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Favre has been ‘unpredictable’ historically against Ravens

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens’ defense clearly misses Bart Scott

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Vikings TE Shiancoe ‘proud’ to represent Morgan State (who got a big win last night over Howard-Congratulations to Coach Hill-Eley)

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Vikes’ Loadholt, Tahi, Ray Edwards, Steve Hutchinson, Percy Harvin all limited in practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Edgar Jones (hamstring) practiced again Thursday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Cam Cameron defended play-calling

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Cam Cameron ‘guaranteed’ Mason wouldn’t be shut out again

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Cameron thinks Demetrius Williams not getting playing time just because he’s “4th guy”

The Sun remembers Boller’s Christmas Day win over Vikings in ‘05

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens will be ‘tested’ by A.P. after being gauged by Cedric Benson last week

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Jared Gaither didn’t practice again Thursday

Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Sid Hartman says Leslie Frazier excited for Matt Birk-Pat Williams matchup

St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Sean Jensen says Pat Williams ‘doesn’t care’ about Birk, Baltimore

SI’s Peter King picks Vikings 30-23 (mea culpa for earlier mis-quote)

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Ravens will win Sunday, be tied with Bengals again atop AFC North come Monday

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens trying to start new streak against “All Day”

ESPN.com’s James Walker says pass defense will be ‘difference’ for Ravens in AFC North success the rest of the season

Here are the rest of our Football picks for the weekend:

Towson/Delaware:

Drew 21-7 Delaware, Glenn 13-3 Delaware

Navy/SMU:

Drew 33-30 Navy, Glenn 28-20 Navy

Maryland/Virginia:

Drew 19-13 Virginia, Glenn 21-17 Virginia

Rest of our NFL picks:

Drew:
Chiefs 19-17
Texans 24-20
Steelers 34-13
Jaguars 24-10
Giants 27-17
Buccaneers 17-16
Packers 36-20
Eagles 34-10
Cardinals 30-27
Jets 20-13
Patriots 30-17
Falcons 27-21
Chargers 23-17

Glenn:
Redskins 16-7
Texans 31-20
Steelers 24-6
Jaguars 17-7
Saints 38-28
Panthers 20-6
Packers 35-23
Eagles 23-10
Cardinals 30-20
Jets 26-10
Patriots 19-10
Falcons 24-16
Chargers 26-21

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 15 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

SI’s John Lopez throws out an intriguing trade possibility for the Ravens.

DT Brandon McKinney and a draft pick for Texans’ CB Dunta Robinson.

For the record, John Lopez is from Houston, and has covered the Texans. That doesn’t necessarily mean he has any inside sources in the organization; but it is possible.

It couldn’t POSSIBLY make more sense for the Ravens. Trade from strength (D-Line) to try to address a need (Secondary). Does it make sense for the Texans? Maybe.

It’s interesting if nothing else.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Derrick Mason accepted responsibility for no catches in loss to Bengals

Luke Jones says Cam Cameron’s offense needs to carry Ravens

Keith Melchior thinks Ravens fans should be ‘passionate’ but ‘grounded’

Lawson Lambert says defense must be ‘priority number 1’ for Friedgen in offseason

Thyrl Nelson doesn’t really think McGahee, Ray Rice great fantasy plays this week against Vikes

Nestor Aparicio says Blast will play rivals Milwaukee Wave four times this season

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says addition of David Tyree will help Special Teams unit that recently lost Brendon Ayanbadejo

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Stover signing in Indianapolis brings reality to fact that his career in Baltimore is over

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says players thinking about Minnesota, not avoiding 3 game losing streak going into bye

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Gaither, Ngata, Jarret Johnson all missed practice

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Vikings haven’t exactly been beating NFL’s best teams this season

The Official Site says Childress doesn’t think Vikings fans will be ‘mean-spirited’ towards Birk in return to Metrodome

The Official Site says Birk doesn’t know what to expect in return to Minnesota

The Official Site’s Mallory Steinberg says Ray Rice, Mark Clayton, Kelley Washington were out in community this week

Vikings Official Site’s Mike Wobschall says St. Paul native Birk ‘doesn’t regret’ leaving Vikings

Vikings Official Site’s Mike Wobschall says Ray Edwards, Steve Hutchinson, Loadholt, Reynaud, Tahi all limited in practice for Vikes

Vikings Official Site’s Mike Wobschall says Childress thinks Birk benefitting from facing Ngata in practice

The AP says Percy Harvin missed practice for Minnesota with shoulder injury

The AP says Vikes added OL Oldenburg for depth with starting RT Loadholt battling ankle injury

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh, Childress have friendship stemming from time in Philadelphia

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Tyree in Baltimore ‘primarily to fill the void on special teams left by Brendon Ayanbadejo’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Stover went to Indianapolis for chance to kick for Super Bowl contender

4 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. and Matt Bracken clean up after me

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Flacco, Ravens facing tough challenge with trip to Metrodome

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Greg Mattison should think about going back to 3-4

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Childress, Harbs different types of coaches

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Edgar Jones (hamstring) limited in practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Minneapolis only NFL city Ravens haven’t visited in regular season

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Jared Allen represents ‘daunting task’ for Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says 52 expects to be fined for hit on Ochocinco

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Birk’s favorite Metrodome memory was attending Twins game on 5th birthday

Frederick News-Post’s Nick Knowsitall picks Ravens 24-21

The AP’s Michael Marot says Stover filling in for Colts while Vinatieri injured

Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad says future Hall of Famers Ray Lewis, Favre have great respect for one another

St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Rick Alonzo says Ravens’ pass defense hasn’t been same without Chris McAlister, Samari Rolle

SI’s John P. Lopez thinks Ravens should try to package Brandon McKinney to acquire Texans CB Dunta Robinson

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 12th in power rankings

5 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens

USA Today has Ravens 12th in power rankings

NFL Network says Sterling Sharpe, Joe Theismann think Ravens will win; Brian Baldinger thinks Vikes will win

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Vikes 24-20

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Virginia Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to College Park

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Phil Costa, Terps know they’ll be playing in front of a number of alumni with Homecoming this weekend

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Chris Turner averaging 3.5 yards per carry on plays where he isn’t sacked

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge would rather not play Pete White

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says UVa beat writer Jeff White thinks Cavs have basically scrapped spread offense

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Don Brown knows Terps struggling on 3rd and long

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says John Donovan thinks Haroon Brown improving in recent weeks

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Demetrius Hartsfield continues to practice in preparation for Hoos

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Danny O’Brien closing in on Jamarr Robinson according to Ralph

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Cavs 27-21

Richmond Times Dispatch’s Michael Phillips says Cavaliers RB Mikell Simpson broke out against Maryland 2 years ago

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Wahoos 21-17

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says a return from Bruce Campbell would help Terps ‘tremendously’ in protecting Chris Turner

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Friedgen thinks Jamarr Robinson could play Saturday (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Adrian Cannon got to end zone in loss to Wake Forest (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Maryland CB Chism lost cousin in car accident this week (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Alkire says Oscar F. Smith (VA) prospect Darius Jennings likes Maryland, Florida State

Turtle Sports Report’s Danny Miller says ’11 prospect Landon Turner considering Maryland, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio State

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Alkire says Maryland, Temple, Rutgers all interested in Dillon Romain

Turtle Sports Report’s Jeremy Schneider checks in with ’11 QB prospect C.J. Uzomah (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Frese knows Terps face challenge with Marissa Coleman, Toliver gone

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says Lori Bjork only senior on young Maryland team

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says Frese knows everyone besides Kizer facing steep learning curve

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Bjork both veteran and rookie as transfer from Illinois

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Bosh won court battle to get web name rights back for players like Greivis Vasquez

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids ‘unfazed’ by SMU’s high powered offense

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mike Walsh giving Mids depth at NG

Go Mids’ David Ausiello breaks down individual performances thus far for Midshipmen (must subscribe)

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site
previews tonight’s ESPNU showdown with Howard

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

Howard Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Hughes Stadium

Washington Post says Bison come into game struggling offensively

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Examiner Matthew Schlissel
says Tigers-Blue Hens will give Unitas Stadium one of biggest crowds in history

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Pat Kennedy’s Tigers begin practice Friday

UMBC LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says Don Zimmerman working in 19 freshmen during Retrievers’ fall practice

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Green Terror want TE Woody Butler on field as much as possible

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Terry Crowley coming back for 12th straight season-only Elrod Hendricks, Harry Breechen, Billy Hunter had longer tenures as coaches in Baltimore

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says prospect Waring homered in Arizona Fall League debut

BLAST:

The Official Site says defending NISL Champions to open season against Rockford Rampage November 13

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ former Colt Marchetti

TENNIS:

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Oudin, Isner to play in Pam Shriver’s event at 1st Mariner Arena December 9

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Hanah Cho says bankruptcy judge approved Magna’s plan to auction Pimlico, Laurel early next year

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Has a great time on the Bus Trip to RFK Stadium last night for USA-Costa Rica. The match was awesome too, and the end ranks up amongst the greatest game ending moments I’ve seen live. WOW.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Monday Morning’s PURPLE Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Doing things a bit differently around here on Mondays from now on. I will ONLY be posting Ravens-based links. You know, because it’s Monday.

I’ll start with a Report Card:

Quarterback: C-

It wasn’t as if Joe played like Derek Anderson yesterday, but he wasn’t good. Part of the problem was that his pocket collapsed a bit. Part of the problem was that the lack of a deep threat kept Derrick Mason from being able to get open. But Joe deserves PLENTY of blame in the loss.

Running Backs: B

The only complaint is that Willis McGahee wasn’t used enough. Ray Rice played really well, showing the jets that make him so dangerous in the open field. You really can’t blame Ray Rice, but you can certainly question how the backs were used.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: D+

It’s hard to give a unit a grade when they’re barely involved, but this is on them. Lacking a deep threat has REALLY hurt this team, as the Bengals’ safeties cheated down to take Mason out of the game. It was really a pathetic performance from the unit.

Offensive Line: B-

I actually thought Michael Oher was very good on the day, but Joe Flacco did NOT have enough to throw the ball for the most part. The Ravens also had to go outside to find running room, as there weren’t holes up the middle.

Defensive Line: C

Cedric Benson could have ran all day. I thought Greg Mattison rotated guys out WAY too much, but the guys who were on the field weren’t doing a whole hell of a lot. Haloti Ngata was the one guy who played well.

Linebackers: C

Ray Lewis’ hit was obscene. It was REALLY brutal. He was trying to win the football game with one hit instead of just making a play. It has worked before, but it didn’t work this time. Jarret Johnson was a bright spot, but the unit offered little otherwise.

Secondary: D

Just awful. In fairness, Carson Palmer had PLENTY of time to make throws. But this was a poor performance from this unit; save for Ed Reed’s playmaking.

Coaching: D

This team REALLY appeared out-coached. The Bengals looked better prepared, they looked like they had a better gameplan, and they looked like they made better adjustments.

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

Best of WNST’s Blogs:

Glenn Clark says loss had ‘nothing to do with officiating’

Drew Forrester says Ray Lewis made ‘uncharacteristic mistake’ on final drive

Luke Jones says Ngata thought giving up 100 yard rusher ‘sucked’

Rex Snider thinks Harbaugh owes answers regarding Chris McAlister

Glenn Clark says 52 wasn’t talking to anyone after the game

Now from the rest of the World….

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Rice’s 4th quarter TD not enough as Ravens fell to Cincinnati

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Cedric Benson snapped Ravens’ 39 game streak of not allowing 100 yard rusher

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ed Reed also forced Ochocinco fumble in loss

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Ed Reed returned pick for 13th career overall TD in loss

The Official Site says Harbaugh thought ‘game decided on the field’

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Frank Walker disagreed with PI call, but knew it didn’t affect outcome of game

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Palmer found Andre Caldwell for game winning with 22 seconds left

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Carson Palmer, Bengals got emotional win for DC Mike Zimmer

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says after big day, Cedric Benson now NFL’s leading rusher

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says 71,161 saw Ravens fall at M&T Bank Stadium

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Reed frustrated, but knew officials didn’t decide game

The Sun’s Mike Preston gives harshest criticism to D-Line, Secondary

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Chris Carr, Domonique Foxworth too ‘soft’

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Bengals won ‘fair and square’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McGahee confused by having just two touches in loss

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Foxworth, Fabian Washington ‘need help’

The Sun’s Edward Lee isn’t sure how Ravens will beat Steelers if they can’t beat Bengals

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Oher held his own against Antwan Odom

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Suggs thinks Ravens need to play ‘all-around better football’

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Ochocinco, Chris Henry, Andre Caldwell combined for 12 catches, 219 yards in Bengals’ win

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Carson Palmer thinks there’s ‘nothing like winning’ in Baltimore

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Paul Daugherty says Ochocinco had 7 catches for 94 yards in win

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Bengals in first place in AFC North after win

CNati.com’s Matt Palmer says Marvin Lewis thought win would have made Vikki Zimmer proud

LA Times’ Sam Farmer says Carson Palmer converted crucial 4th and 1 on Bengals’ final drive via feet

USA Today’s Jon Saraceno says Benson first to run for 100 on Ravens since Larry Johnson in 2006

SI’s Don Banks says Flacco intercepted twice in Ravens’ loss

SI’s Peter King says Maualuga, Leon Hall, Jonathan Joseph helping make Bengals solid defensively

Sporting News’ Albert Breer says Kelly Gregg thought Ravens missed tackles

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer says Carson Palmer ‘clutch’ in win

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says schedule sets up well for Bengals moving forward

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche says Bengals have won 7 of last 10 against Ravens

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Ravens’ defense ‘embarrassing’ at end

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Ravens’ loss ‘stunning’

Fox Sports’ Jimmy Johnson says Bengals can’t be ‘overlooked’ moving forward

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Bengals happy with ‘underdog’ role

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens need better pass rush, coverage

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Keith Rivers thought Zimmer ‘amazing’ for being there for team

Talk to you later this afternoon from 1 Winning Drive!

-G

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15-7-0

Posted on 12 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

You deserve props……

1-Mark Teixeira and Vladimir Guerrero

BOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, we sure told him back in April, didn’t we???

texx

Look-I’m not rooting for the Yankees like ol’ Drew Forrester is (he might as well be a communist)……but I couldn’t help but giggle when Tex crushed that homer Friday night. Seriously, does it get worse for us? Why don’t they just have Jeffrey Maier hit a game winner??????

And since they were my favorite baseball team last week in beating the Red Sox, The Angels will CERTAINLY be my favorite team this week when they face the Yanks. My choice for ALCS MVP? Danny Hemmerling…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0r6YLnPOY4&feature=related[/youtube]

2-Ahmad Bradshaw, Adrian Peterson and Michael Turner

Boy, they all looked pretty good. Remember when the Ravens used to look pretty good?

Anyhoo, apparently Brett Favre turned 40. This man declared it “The Most Important Day in American History”…..

madden

3-Ricky Dobbs, Peter Athens and Devan James

I’m not sure if you noticed; but all of the above players play for teams in the state of Maryland; yet NONE of them play for the team CALLED Maryland. That’s because Maryland DIDN’T PLAY this weekend.

Yep, nothing happened. Don’t try asking me about it, because there was no game.

I was excited about Towson’s big win over Rhode Island, and couldn’t wait to get home and read about it in their student newspaper, The Towerlight. But WAIT A SECOND WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?!?!?!?

A STORY ABOUT SEX IN A STUDENT NEWSPAPER?!?!? UNACCEPTABLE!

Next thing you know, some blogger on a sports site will start posting gratuitous pictures of hot chicks in their underwear. What the hell is this country coming to? Oh wait……

underwear

4-Benson Henderson

Congrats to Benson Henderson for his big win at the WEC event Saturday night. I hope he gets to face Jamie Varner in Phoenix now. That’s a great MMA market.

Meanwhile, Tito Ortiz is apparently going to face Forrest Griffin at UFC 106; now that Forrest has moved past that whole “running out of Philadelphia like a bitch” thing. This is great news, as now I can post a picture of Jenna Jameson and it can KINDA have relevance to something; even if not at all. We’re all winners here.

jenna

5-Jeremy Maclin, Austin Collie and Miles Austin

Jesus, how can the Titans have gone from “Le Awesome” to “Le Suck” so quickly? They didn’t even look like a football team Sunday night.

There hasn’t been such a freefall in Nashville since Garth Brooks had an idea……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7fM_jAmpWw[/youtube]

6-Josh Nesbitt and Ryan Williams

From the world of “I guess somebody has to win the ACC”, Georgia Tech got a big win at Florida State while the whole world was waiting for Bobby Bowden to resign, and Virginia Tech treated Boston College like Boston University in a thrashing in Blacksburg.

A reminder to get your spot on our bus trip to College Park for Maryland-Virginia next week. Sure, “Mr. October” Al Groh has his team playing well and “Mr. Medifast” Ralph Friedgen didn’t have the best of weekends, but maybe we’ll see this on the trip…

uva

7-Tiger Woods

Look, I didn’t give HALF a crap about golf this weekend, but I can ALWAYS get behind America winning things. For example, if we don’t turn things around and start winning THIS particular championship in the future, there will be hell to pay….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwNy-q10rrY[/youtube]

8-Kurt Warner, Matt Hasselbeck, Ben Roethlisberger and Kyle Orton

You think Josh McDaniels was excited??? It probably had EVERYTHING to do with the fact that he realized he would NEVER have to see his Broncos wear these uniforms again….

broncos

9-Jimmie Johnson and Dario Franchitti

Congratulations to Dario Franchitti for winning this year’s IndyCar title. His prize? Ummmm…..winner gets to put extra vowels in their last name????

10-Alphonce Yatich and Iulia Arkhipova

I was actually going to run in this year’s Baltimore Running Festival. Unfortunately, I don’t believe I would have made it past Harborque……

harborq

11-Carmelo Anthony and Stephen Curry

Does anyone else actually think playing a game at Indian Wells is kinda cool?

indianwells

And I’m not sure how things are going to work at the NBA level, but I can only hope leaving Davidson doesn’t mean we’ll see less of Stephen Curry’s mom…….

steph

12-Gina Carano

If you never win another fight, trust me when I say that you’ve still accomplished plenty here on Earth…..

gina

13-Novak Djokkovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Eh, what the hell? Here’s Serena Williams’ ESPN The Body Issue cover since we’re talking about tennis*

(*We were KINDA talking about tennis….)

tennis

14-Saturday Night Live

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3HEmUAKWjE[/youtube]

Borderline funny AGAIN. This is getting dangerous, NBC. Plus, I’m totally coming around on The Office. Can this network do anything better?

Oh, RIGHT!!!!!!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEqW-aWr_f8[/youtube]

15-Bud Light Golden Wheat

bud

If I have to stomach through one of the worst football games of all time AND ESPN360, I’m going to drink in the process. In fact, I’m going to drink so heavily that I think Wake Forest is actually playing for both teams; and Tim Duncan is having a hell of a game. But why does Dave Odom keep insist on letting Josh Howard punt? Dude, I love you. I know this is a crappy night and the Terps look like snowmobiles, but I’m glad you’re here. Let’s order a pizza, the other one disappeared……I ate it? You’re FUNNY! 

You got lucky……

1-Tim Howard

Remember what I was saying about America kicking ass? It’s much easier to kick ass when your opponent is bailing you out as if you were a Detroit automaker. Tim Howard’s reaction after this ball sails over the goal is priceless…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Kr8_KfdybU[/youtube]

I know this look. This is the EXACT same look I had when I was 13, had my parents come into my room to yell at me for something else; and realized that hadn’t even noticed the Playboy I accidentally left at the end of my bed.

Whew…..

2-Golf and Rugby

You know what else should be an Olympic sport? That’s right…..

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

3-Owen Schmitt

That West Virginia education is sure looking good, huh?

owen

“OH MAN, I’M EXCITED! LET ME BEAT MYSELF OVER THE HEAD WITH MY HELMET!”

I laugh, but the Mountaineers would kick the Terps’ ass right now, so I don’t really have anything else to say.

4-Anyone who got the chance to talk to Albert Pujols or Ray Lewis this weekend

Even with the superstars in town yesterday, no one could track down ol’ 52 after the game. That’s right, not my gal Rachel Nichols (who made trying to get work done REALLY difficult),

rachel

and not even Hall of Famer John Clayton…..

clayton

(Editor’s note: Say what you want about Sean Salisbury, but he was DEAD ON with that one….get it……DEAD on……you people suck.)

And since we’re talking about ESPN; what the hell was Christine Taylor doing on the “Mayne Event” with Kenny Mayne yesterday morning?

taylor

I mean, BESIDES making me drool…….Christine Taylor on the TV and Rachel Nichols a row down from me made me trying to do any work in the M&T Bank Stadium Press Box about as likely as Dave Trembley winning the 2009 Manager of the Year Award.

5-Randy Hanson

AND FINALLY WE HAVE A FIGHT WORTH WATCHING…..

In the red corner, Tom Cable……….

cable

And in the blue corner, Kimbo Slice………

kimbo

This is worth paying money for. Unlike everything else my man Kimbo has done since he got off YouTube….

6-Tomas Holmstrom

Did the Red Wings get lucky to score a Power Play goal Saturday night against the Capitals? How the eff would I know? There was college football on TV! NO CHANCE I would watch a NHL game.

Was Wings Center Henrik Zetterberg (or any other man) lucky to bag Emma Andersson? Umm, yes.

emma

7-The Prankster Friend of Mine who Got Me GOOD Friday Night

This was EPIC.

I’m not sure how closely you follow the WNST staff on Facebook; but we have a bit of a game we like to play with each other. If one of us leaves our Facebook page up on a computer and walks away, we like to change the status to say something really mature like “I love my boyfriend.”

Yeah, we’re a classy group.

Well, such mature games carry over to other groups of my friends, which leads me to what happened to me Friday night.

I was with a buddy of mine (who happens to be from New Jersey), and we were watching the Yankees-Twins game. I was also talking to a friend of mine (who happens to be a VERY attractive gal), who I was planning on meeting up with later at a house party.

I hung up the phone, set it down, and went to the bathroom before leaving my friend (we’ll call him “Anthony” from now on)’s company for the company of the very pretty gal (we’ll call her “Michelle” from now on) and other friends.

When I came back, I had a text from “Michelle” saying “Was that intentional?”

To which I responded “What the eff?” in my head, but then decided I should probably figure out what was going on.

OH. CRAP.

You see, “Anthony”-who has been the victim of a number of my incredibly mature Facebook and Twitter pranks-he had gotten me back.

He went through my phone, found a picture of a gal in a state of undress, and texted it to the most recent phone number I had dialed, thinking it was my girlfriend.

Problem is, the recipient was NOT my girlfriend. But the picture….was.

Therefore, “Michelle”-who is a FRIEND of mine and a beautiful girl; now had a picture of “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet”‘s boobs.

Anthony’s explanation?

“I was hoping to send a picture of your junk; but you didn’t have any in your phone.”

Sorry to let you down?

And “Anthony”, I owe you one. Probably something like this…..

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You’re a zero……

Everyone in the country who was forced to watch the Browns play the Bills or the Panthers play the Redskins

I would have rather watched anything. Literally, anything. Christ, I would have rather watched this…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbfhb-43UNQ[/youtube]

Which got about a 3% on RottenTomatoes.com by the way. And is still 3% more than “Semi-Pro.”

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983……

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

This e-mail I got from a listener this morning was worth passing along….

“Do you think that with Dez Bryant ineligible now there’s a chance he could slip in the Draft and be available for the Ravens?”

God, we can only hope.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Flacco didn’t feel need to talk to Clayton after costly drop in Patriots game

Drew Forrester rooting for Yankees in hopes of keeping Orioles ‘honest’

Derek Arnold says Terrell Suggs ‘played like a Raven’ against Pats

Rex Snider says Ochocinco running his mouth on Twitter

Tom Federline thinks Baltimore fans should watch “The Band That Wouldn’t Die” movie about Baltimore Colts marching band

Corey Johns says UMBC soccer bounced back with 2-0 win over Stony Brook

Paul Hoke thinks Glenn Clark should be supportive of Capitals (If they were the “Maryland” Caps, trust me-I would be!)

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ochocinco already prepared to pay NFL fine for “The Ricky Bobby” dance he’ll do Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh remembered Tony Fein as ‘really good teammate, tremendous American’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says despite neck brace, Jared Gaither won’t rule out return Sunday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Oher could be forced to face Antwan Odom Sunday with Jared Gaither possibly out

The Official Site says Ochocinco ‘targeting’ Ed Reed, Dawan Landry, Fabian Washington, Domonique Foxworth

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says for a change, Marvin Lewis’ team comes in strong defensively, John Harbaugh’s with powerful offense

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Matt Birk thinks O-Line can survive even if Gaither can’t go

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says 52 ‘laughed’ off comments made by Ochocinco

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Todd Heap, Chris Carr Ravens’ new player reps

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley and Justin Fenton say no foul play believed in Fein’s death

7 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ochocinco challenged Terrell Suggs to boxing match

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Gaither has history of playing hurt

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Fein’s death apparently a suicide according to attorney Warren A. Brown

Carroll County Times’ Patrick Stoetzer says Troy Smith bringing big crowds to Westminster

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Ray Lewis remembers Fein as “humble young man”

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Paul Daugherty says Bengals unknown commodity through 4 games this season

The AP’s Joe Kay says Carson Palmer continues to perform well in most important moments

8 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens

4 of 6 CBS Sports analysts pick Ravens

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 28-22

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker
says Friedgen plans to put Jack Heise’s initials on Maryland helmets

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Heise attended almost every game for over 50 years

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says D.J. Adams, Caleb Porzel not concerned about burning redshirts

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says sacking Kyle Parker helped Demetrius Hartsfield ‘make his name’

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says James Franklin wanted to use Gary Douglas even before Da’Rel Scott hurt

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamari McCullough playing at about 90 percent

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Tom Brattan expecting to have Bruce Campbell Saturday in Winston-Salem

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen’s decision to go for it on 4th down from own 29 in Clemson game inspired Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Don Brown believes defense has come a ‘long way’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says both California, Middle Tennessee State struggling after beating Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says WFU’s Grobe thought loss to Maryland last year ‘embarrassing’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Don Brown went with simple base defense against Tigers

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tony Logan just 5th Terp in Friedgen era to return punt 43+ yards

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Wake really good when Riley Skinner doesn’t get intercepted

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph likely to give bulk of work to Meggett, Douglas

Winston-Salem Journal says Jim Grobe concerned with Terps WR Torrey Smith

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Fridge expects Davin Meggett, Gary Douglas, D.J. Adams, Caleb Porzel to fill in admirably for Da’Rel Scott (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles freshman OL deSouza (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says things ‘coming together’ for Demetrius Hartsfield

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site announces details for next Friday’s “Maryland Madness” event

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary Williams doing fine after disc surgery

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Desmond Hubert visited College Park over weekend (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Navy, SMU to play for Gansz Trophy, named after Frank Gansz

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says trip to Texas big for Navy recruiting

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says injuries to Chase Burge, Shane Bothel leave Mids ‘thin’ at nose guard

Go Mids’ Chris Rohe breaks down matchups between Mids, Owls (must subscribe)

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says former Midshipman Hugh Kilmartin to be honored by New England Hoops Hall of Fame

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Rhode Island Official Site previews Saturday’s showdown with Tigers

Rhode Island Official Site offers complete Rams-Tigers release (pdf)

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with North Carolina A&T at Hughes Stadium

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

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Dickinson

The Official Site offers complete Blue Jays-Red Devils release (pdf)

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Midnight Madness highlights Homecoming celebration next weekend

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Tigers assistant Nadelen promoted to associate head coach

BLAST:

The Official Site says Blast to open season Nov. 13 at First Mariner Arena

Examiner Richard Crabbe says Blast opener will feature concert by band Kutless

ORIOLES:

Examiner Jay Trucker says getting to Detroit couldn’t turn Aubrey Huff into winner

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team signed former Penn State/Linganore standout Lucian

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Mine That Bird looking for first win since Kentucky Derby in Goodwood Stakes

RUNNING:

The Sun’s Candus Thomson says Brian Boyle running Baltimore Marathon after nearly dying in car crash

The Sun’s Anica Butler offers details on what’s new this year at Baltimore Running Festival

The Sun’s Anica Butler says Lee Corrigan expects 20,000 runners this year

The Sun’s Meredith Cohn says marathon trying to limit trash left on course

SOCCER:

Washington Times’ Tim Lemke says DC United almost certainly not moving to Baltimore

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I talked to some important advisors within Sheila Dixon’s office yesterday; and I think the one important thing I took away from my conversations about the possibility of an MLS team here in Charm City is what it could mean for Baltimore’s potential inclusion in the 2018 U.S. World Cup bid. Having World Cup matches here in Baltimore could mean somewhere in the range of a BILLION dollars, and a soccer stadium/MLS team could go a long way towards proving Baltimore as a viable soccer market.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 07 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

So many Ravens tidbits yesterday-my comments were spread out on the air on AM1570, on Twitter, etc. Let me consolidate them here.

Tony Fein’s death: Tony was one of the better guys to be around in Westminster during Training Camp. Sadly, he will be best remembered for an incident in the Inner Harbor (a source there that night called the incident “complete overreaction” on both parties) that probably would have been dismissed, which is unfortunate. Tony’s service to his country and his dedication to the game of football were really special. He was friends with fellow former Ole Miss Rebels Jason Cook and Michael Oher; I imagine Oher is hurting today.

Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs NOT fined: I think it is important to remember that the comments made by these players were more about the RULES themselves than about the actual calls made by Ron Winter’s crew Sunday in Foxborough. Had T-Sizzle said something like “Ron Winter is blind”, he definitely would have been fined. Instead, all players talked about how quarterbacks are overprotected. They’re probably right.

Brendon Ayanbadejo OFFICIALLY to IR, Prescott Burgess OFFICIALLY brought back: Least surprising move I’ve ever seen. Burgess will join Antwan Barnes and Dannell Ellerbe as guys who will be counted on to contribute on both special teams and defense. We all knew this was coming; now Prescott gets his chance to prove himself again.

Chad Ochocinco gets into Twitter fight with Domonique Foxworth, Fabian Washington: Chad Ochocinco is an entertainer. Dom and Fabe (is that a good name for a pop group?) just need to be football players. Everything said yesterday was in good fun; and I actually LOVE 85’s “Kiss Da Baby” line, and none if the back and forth will matter if the Ravens’ corners play well Sunday.

Matt Stover tries out with Giants: I really thought the Browns would have tried to get Matt to kick for a day when they came to town with Phil Dawson hurt 2 weeks ago. New York is a close enough commute that I believe Matt would consider doing it if he was offered. However, it looks like Lawrence Tynes will remain in New York.

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Thyrl Nelson says Belichick appeared ‘truly giddy’ to beat Ravens

Luke Jones says Fein was teammates with Oher, Jason Cook at Ole Miss

Glenn Clark remembers great Maryland-Wake Forest moment

Ed Frankovic says Caps fell to Flyers 6-5 in OT

Drew Forrester not taking Capitals’ loss well

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens officially brought back Prescott Burgess from Patriots’ practice squad

The Official Site says Ayanbadejo placed on IR to make room for Burgess

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says NFL chose not to fine Ray Lewis, Ed Reed for officiating comments

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh standing by Mark Clayton

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Pats zeroed in on Derrick Mason after early success Sunday

The Official Site says Chris Carr doesn’t think he could play NHL hockey

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says TE J.P. Foschi playing like ‘pro’ for Cincinnati

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says no details known in death of former Ravens LB hopeful Tony Fein

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ayanbadejo to have surgery after meeting with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelley Washington excited to face former team Saturday

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Clayton ‘tough’ through adversity of late drop

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

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ochocinco, Dominique Foxworth, Fabian Washington fought on Twitter Tuesday

The Sun’s Ron Fritz says Matt Stover tried out with Giants

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Burgess had been playing very well before being traded to NE

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Dannell Ellerbe got off to ‘strong’ start for Ravens in first action against New England

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says VP of football operations Ray Anderson did not believe comments by 52, Reed warranted fines

The AP says Fein’s agent Milton Hobbs said player was working out in Port Orchard, WA in hopes of playing football again

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy says Bengals hoping to have Tank Johnson, Roy Williams back for Sunday’s game

USA Today has Ravens 5th in power rankings

Sporting News says Baltimore 28th best sports city in country

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver has Ravens 7th in power rankings

NFL.com has Ravens 4th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 8th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 7th in power rankings

ESPN.com has Ravens 7th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens have stayed high on Dannell Ellerbe

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ayanbadejo will be a ‘significant loss’

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens deserve to be ahead of Jets in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ray Rice hot, Mark Clayton not so much

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Wake Forest Official Site previews Demon Deacons’ game against Maryland Saturday

Wake Forest Official Site offers complete Deacs-Terps release (pdf)

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Fridge wouldn’t rule Campbell out for Saturday in Winston-Salem

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph doesn’t appear to be looking to Morgan Green for help at RB

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Pinegar working as starter with Bruce Campbell hurt

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says things finally clicking for Don Brown’s defense

The AP says Friedgen knows Terps can’t ‘relax’ after win over Clemson

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Nick Klemm or Pete deSouza could be forced into action with Bruce Campbell’s injury

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Demetrius Hartsfield nominated for AT&T All-America Player of the Week Award

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Campbell likely to be game time decision against Wake

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says supporter Jack Heise passed away

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cam Chism has contributed earlier that he was expected to

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner bounced back from rough performance against Rutgers

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tony Logan listed ahead of Anthony Wiseman on depth chart at punt returner

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Travis Baltz, Louis Berman, Nolan Carroll, Da’Rel Scott, Joe Vellano definitely OUT Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph prefers D.J. Adams, Caleb Porzel to Morgan Green

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jack Heise’s death came shortly after fellow supporter Bob Novak’s death

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin admitted Terps need to go with younger backs because Morgan Green just hasn’t shown enough

Winston-Salem Journal’s Dan Collins says RB Kevin Harris, TE’s Cameron Ford, Ben Wooster not expected to play Saturday against Terps

ESPN.com’s Pat Forde offers Clemson ‘apology’ for loss to Maryland

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Terps better to have Jordan Williams issue resolved before Maryland Madness

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Niumatalolo believes Teich doubtful for Saturday against Rice

Annapolis Capital’s Gerry Jackson says Navy football fans don’t have much to complain about with Niumatalolo’s Midshipmen

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Joe Buckley getting special treatment in Annapolis after big kick

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Vince Murray to start at Fullback for Mids against Rice

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says MASN, CBS College Sports will carry 5 Midshipmen games this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former Mid David Robinson named to CAA’s 25th anniversary team

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Wieters brought ‘poise, persistence’ to O’s in rookie campaign

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck doesn’t see Juan Samuel leaving club

USA Today has Birds 28th in final power rankings

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 28th in final power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Pedro Florimon top SS in organization

SOCCER:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg and Lorraine Mirabella say Sheila Dixon interested in building soccer stadium downtown to try to lure DC United to Baltimore

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Dixon wants stadium near Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium

Washington Post’s Steve Goff says United recognizes Baltimore’s ability to build ‘world-class’ sports facilities

Washington Times’ Tim Lemke says United ‘look forward’ to results of Maryland Stadium Authority’s study of Baltimore as possible new home

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Having Bruce Campbell would make a WORLD of difference for Maryland Saturday against WFU. Davin Meggett will have to shoulder a load, and Chris Turner HAS to stay on his feet. With no offense to Paul Pinegar, they could REALLY use Bruce Campbell.

-I am ALL FOR the city of Baltimore building a “secondary stadium” with hopes of having MLS as a primary tenant. Much like Drew Forrester, I think an arena is a more PRESSING priority; but cities across the country are building stadiums like this, and Baltimore has the chance to make money off of an immediate professional sports franchise that needs a new home.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 05 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Sorry for no 15-7-0 and Ravens Report Card this morning. I’m going to try to get them done during the day, but I’m still recovering from our bus trip to Boston and Foxborough this weekend. I had a great time, and thanks to everyone who was a part of the trip.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Brady bested Flacco as Pats topped Ravens

Drew Forrester won’t blame officials for Ravens’ loss

Glenn Clark offers video of 52’s meltdown

Drew Forrester says Ravens, Patriots played ‘helluva game’

Bob Haynie says Ravens made too many ‘mistakes’ in loss

Keith Melchior says Ravens ‘didn’t make the plays’ when they needed to

Rex Snider says Le’Ron McClain ‘missing’

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mark Clayton’s drop inside 10 yard line in final seconds cost Ravens as they fell to Patriots

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says tests on Jared Gaither negative after he went down with neck/shoulder injury

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Suggs made big sack to force fumble, recovered by Dwan Edwards for TD

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe saw first action of NFL career in loss

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Chris Carr’s early fumble set tone for mistake-plagued game

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says roughing the passer calls on Ngata, Terrell Suggs hurt Ravens in loss

Patriots Official Site’s Erik Scalavino says Leigh Bodden made first New England interception in win over Ravens

Patriots Official Site says Gary Guyton knew 4th down stops ‘big’ for Pats in their victory

Patriots Official Site says Flacco accepted responsibility for INT before half

The AP’s Howard Ulman says Randy Moss scored 137th TD of career as Pats won

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens now tied with Bengals for first place in AFC North after loss

The Sun’s Mike Preston gives highest praise to defensive line in loss

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cam Cameron’s play calling was particularly pass happy

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Brendon Ayanbadejo could be done for year with torn quadricep

The Sun’s Edward Lee says 52 called officiating ‘embarrassing’ in loss

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck expects Ray Lewis to be fined for comments after loss

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh thought Ravens ‘played their hearts out, but it wasn’t good enough to win the game’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says with Gaither hurt; Marshal Yanda came into game, Oher moved to LT

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson gives highest praise to Running Backs, Linebackers in loss

The AP says Gaither was taken to Mass General after being hurt in loss

Boston Globe’s Michael Vega says 68,756 at Gillette Stadium saw Patriots top Ravens

Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan says Patriots both ‘lucky and good’ in win

Boston Herald’s Ian Rapoport says Brady finished 21-32 for 258 yards and a TD in Pats’ win

Providence Journal’s Shalise Manza Young says Gostkowski’s 32 yard field goal put Patriots ahead early

Worcester Telegram’s Jennifer Toland says Belichick said he ‘couldn’t be prouder’ of Patriots after loss

ESPNBoston.com’s Tedy Bruschi says Kevin Faulk, Sammy Morris, Fred Taylor, Laurence Maroney did enough running the ball to keep Ravens ‘honest’

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says T-Sizzle suggested teams could use ‘two hand touch’ in going for sacks to protect QB’s

SI’s Don Banks says Patriots’ red zone offense got healthy against Ravens

SI’s Andrew Perloff says Ravens have to feel like they could beat Patriots if they match up in AFC playoffs

Sporting News’ Albert Breer says Patriots ‘fortunate’ in win

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says NBC’s Rodney Harrison thought Tom Brady should ‘take the skirt off’ after win over Ravens

NFL.com’s Vic Carucci says Patriots proved themselves to be Super Bowl contenders with win

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Darius Butler deserves credit in Pats’ win

CBS Sports’ Mike Freeman says Ray Lewis’ comments about officiating were ‘right’

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says post-game comments ‘overshadowed’ Ravens-Patriots

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Ray Rice ran for over 100 yards despite team calling only 17 running plays

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Patriots defense brought ‘constant blitzes’ on Flacco

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Michael Aubrey scored in 11th to give Birds season-ending win over Blue Jays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of sweep

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Melvin Mora probably played final game in Orioles uniform Sunday

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says O’s had better ’09 season than record showed (no they didn’t)

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Wieters, Reimold, etc give Orioles ‘hope’

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says Ricky Romero solid, got no decision in Jays’ loss to Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 17,969 at Camden Yards saw Birds top Jays

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Dave Trembley claimed tribute to Mora ‘spontaneous’

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Orioles set new season low attendance record at OPACY this season

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Albers winner in final game of season

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Mora likely headed to Orioles Hall of Fame

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says bullpen was ‘painful’ after Sherrill traded

Washington Times’ Jay LeBlanc profiles Orioles prospects headed to Arizona Fall League

Toronto Sun’s Ken Fidlin says Brandon League committed 2 errors in 11th to cost Toronto season finale

Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin says Vernon Wells hurt himself again in loss

The Canadian Press says Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, John McDonald all homered for Jays in loss

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Da’Rel Scott will miss at least 5 games with broken wrist

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ronnie Tyler’s TD may not have been

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Don Brown’s defense appears to be improving

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps find themselves in first place in ACC Atlantic

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Pinegar must be counted on with Campbell hurt

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Ferrara was ‘triple threat’ against Clemson with kicking, punting, kickoffs

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Bruce Campbell ‘definitely’ out at Wake Forest

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph Friedgen thinks Terps can overcome Scott injury with RB depth

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Da’Rel Scott could be back for Florida State game in November

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin wanted to go for it on 4th and 1 from Maryland’s own 29 in win over Clemson

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Davin Meggett, Morgan Green, Gary Douglas will be as good as Maryland’s O-Line ‘allows them to’ be

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 2nd quarter against Tigers was Terps’ best quarter of season

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich has Terps 10th in ACC power rankings

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Fridge concerned about possibility Campbell could have torn MCL

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Porzel, D.J. Adams ‘could play this season (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin chats with Maryland commit Matt Robinson (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Scott Kornberg chats with Maryland commit Tyler Cheeseboro (must subscribe)

GOLF:

The AP says Jay Haas topped Tom Watson to win Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Haas’ comeback amongst greatest round in Champions Tour history

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Haas tied Baltimore Country Club record in final round of major championship

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Bruce Campbell would be a DEVASTATING loss for Maryland. Da’Rel Scott’s injury is something they can overcome.

-So long Orioles baseball. You’re that thing that existed for the last few months even though no one cared.

Talk to you later.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 22 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

I will repeat what I said about Dave Trembley this morning on The Comcast Morning Show with Drew Forrester.

Should the Orioles bring back Dave Trembley? I don’t know.
Will the Orioles bring back Dave Trembley? I think so.
Could Dave Trembley say to the Orioles “Thanks but no thanks”? Yes, absolutely.

Dave Trembley (or ANY OTHER MANAGER for that matter given the current state of the organization) CANNOT go into a season as a lame duck. If a manager wants this group of rag tag players to respect him, he has to have the respect of Peter Angelos and Andy MacPhail. A manager left with young and/or undesirable players will NOT earn the respect of his group if the players know management is only employing him “until the team gets good.”

If Dave Trembley were to be told “we’re bringing you back, and you have to earn it next season”, I wouldn’t blame him if he responded “thanks, but no thanks.”

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh told Ray Lewis after tackle of Sproles: “We’re not paying you enough”

Glenn Clark and Drew Forrester both say Ray Lewis best Raven in Week 2

Nestor Aparicio looks back on how O’s have changed in 3 years since “Free The Birds”

Drew Forrester says Gary Williams ‘earned’ year extension in College Park

Thyrl Nelson thinks Kelley Washington, Brady Quinn could be good fantasy plays this week

Glenn Clark says Maryland/Rutgers represents battle between good (The Old Line State) and evil (New Jersey)

Glenn Clark offers chance to win prize by captioning picture of Brian Roberts

Rex Snider doesn’t think Gary ‘earned’ extension

Ed Frankovic says Caps fell to Sabres in preseason home opener

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says third inning doomed Chris Tillman in loss to Toronto

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Hendrickson takes hill tonight at Rogers Centre vs. Tallet, Jays

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis fighting through slump

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says Purcey pitched Jays past Birds

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds 30 games under .500 for first time since 2001

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Reimold got extra ‘wiggle room’ for recovery from surgery

The AP says Lyle Overbay, John McDonald homered for Jays in win

Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin says 11,598 at Rogers Centre saw Jays top Birds (that’s a Camden Yards crowd!)

Toronto Globe and Mail’s Robert MacLeod says Adam Lind added 2 run single for Jays in win

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 27th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Frederick News-Post says Frederick Keys lead Carolina League in attendance

RAVENS:

The Official Site says John Harbaugh believes pass defense ‘very correctable’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh thought ‘a play had to be made’ when 52 made final tackle vs. Chargers

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison cleans up after me

Cleveland Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says Mangini sticking with Brady Quinn under center Sunday in Baltimore

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says win in San Diego 8th win in last 10 road games for Ravens

The Sun breaks down how Ravens have fared in each of last 10 trips on road

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Dawan Landry knew secondary play ‘wasn’t pretty’ in win over Chargers

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh ‘doesn’t care’ that NFL Network analyst Mariucci thinks Ravens ‘team to beat’ in AFC

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh thought Flacco smart to take late sack vs. Bolts

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh, Ravens ‘proud’ of Rex Ryan, Mike Pettine, Jim Leonhard, Bart Scott, Jets

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh ‘not comfortable’ with favorite status amongst NFL teams

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Domonique Foxworth believes secondary ‘better than what (they) showed’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh stated Fabian Washington will ‘have a chance to play’ Sunday as he battles back from concussion

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says Mangini knows O-Linemen Alex Mack, John St. Clair hurting Browns right now

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says Braylon Edwards described Browns as ‘shocked’ after blowout loss to Broncos

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Flacco, Matt Ryan not suffering from ‘sophomore jinx’

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens ‘B’ for performance in Sunday’s win

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 5th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki thinks Norv Turner made mistake running on 4th and 2

ESPN.com’s James Walker says facing Browns will give Ravens chance to get healthy on pass defense

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens were ‘tremendous’ in red zone against SD

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Maryland-Rutgers Saturday

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Scarlet Knights release (pdf)

The Official Site says Maryland/Clemson to kick off at noon on 10/3

Rutgers Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Byrd Stadium

Rutgers Official Site offers complete Terps-Knights release (pdf)

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Tyler Smith had big weekend

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Terps 9th in ACC offensively with 8 turnovers

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps trying to ‘move on’ from loss to Blue Raiders

Washington Post’s John Feinstein says ‘buck stops with’ Ralph Friedgen when it comes to Maryland’s success

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps-Tigers to air on ESPNU

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen happy with Cam Chism in first start

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Scarlet Knights come to Maryland looking particularly similar to Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Virginia/North Carolina, Florida State/Boston College, Oklahoma/Miami got better TV scenarios than Maryland/Clemson

Newark Star-Ledger’s Tom Luicci says freshman QB Tom Savage getting ‘first career road test’ Saturday

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Chris Turner getting beat up behind line of scrimmage (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says future Terp Titus Till ready to hit Capital One Field (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Debbie Yow announced Gary earned additional year on contract thanks to ‘competitive and academic benchmarks’

The Sun says Gary’s deal worth more than $2 million annually

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire says Yow declared ’09-’10 season ‘has the potential to be one of the best in recent memory’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary has one more chance to extend contract this season

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary enters season as 6th winningest active coach

Washington Times says Gary extended deal for second time

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary’s extension ‘absolutely no surprise at all’

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in with Stu Vetter regarding Terps prospects at Montrose Christian (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Navy-Western Kentucky Saturday

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

The Official Site says Midshipmen to celebrate 50th anniversary of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Saturday against WKU

Western Kentucky Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Annapolis

Western Kentucky Official Site offers complete Toppers-Terps release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo, players all accepted blame for loss to Panthers

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Kriss Proctor returned to practice Monday

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids will wear throwback jerseys Saturday to celebrate stadium anniversary

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids haven’t opened season 1-3 since Paul Johnson’s first year

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy and Jeffrey Tomik say life should be easier for Ricky Dobbs against Toppers than against Panthers (sacked 6 times)

Go Mids’ Matt Zemek says Pitt’s Bill Stull did in Midshipmen again

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Peter Athens honored by CAA

The Sun says Athens split award with JMU’s Justin Thorpe

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says George Howard honored by MEAC

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Kase honored by Centennial Conference

UMBC BASKETBALL:

Examiner Alexander Pyles says losing Chauncey Gilliam might ‘devastating’ for Retrievers

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Cynewski honored by ACFC

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Mary Rampellini says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird breezed in Albuquerque Monday

BALTIMORE COLTS:

Indianapolis Star’s Bob Kravitz thinks Unitas would have enjoyed watching Peyton Manning break his Colts career wins record last night

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Gary Williams ABSOLUTELY deserved the extra year he was given yesterday. Beyond the fact that it is in his contract, he earned it by getting that group of players to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament last year.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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