Posted on 02 November 2009 by Chad Lamasa
Posted on 01 November 2009 by dansoderberg
I’ll get to McCarver in a moment. First off, the Orioles are selling hope based on the Arizona Fall League performances of prospects Josh Bell and Brandon Snyder. The two corner infield prospects have combined for 4 HRs and 25 RBI and their first 93 ABs in Arizona. The power showing of Snyder is encouraging (3 HRs in 51 ABs) given that he hit only 2 HRs in 262 ABs after a mid-season promotion to Norfolk. When the Orioles fail to acquire a power hitting 1st or 3rd basemen this offseason, rest assured that Bell and Snyder will be sold as the saviors.
I’d hate to be the pitching rubber at Citizens Bank Park tonight. Blanton is listed at 225 lbs. and that’s selling him short. Sabathia is listed at 250 and he looks like he should be playing left tackle for the Jets.
Every October (now November) baseball fans are forced to put up with Fox’s broadcast coupling of the smug Joe Buck and the perpetually clueless Tim McCarver. My distaste for McCarver goes back to my childhood when he was the color analyst on the Mets’ broadcasts on WWOR. Each game was filled with McCarver’s inane, pointless stories and Ralph Kiner’s obvious drunkenness. Listening to McCarver blather on for 3 innings tonight about how he didn’t think Blanton hit A-Rod intentionally made me long for Kiner to burst into the booth with a bottle of Jack. Blanton hit A-Rod for 2 reasons: 1. First base was open and it’s easier to hit him with one pitch than waste 4 to walk him; and 2. It sends a message and gets Sabathia warned before he ever takes the mound. Now if only Blanton would lob one up into the TV booth.
Posted on 05 October 2009 by Glenn Clark
You get props……
I can only imagine how the conversation went when Andy MacPhail told Melvin Mora they wouldn’t be exercising his option for 2010…..
AM: “Mel, I gotta be honest with you; given how we’re financially preparing for the future around here-I’m not sure you’re going to really fit into our plans.”
MM: “That’s too bad, Andy.”
AM: “But Mel, we want you to know how much you’ve meant to us; we’re sure this is really difficult for you.”
MM: “I get to go somewhere else, right Andy?”
AM: “Yes, but I know how much Baltimore has meant to you….”
MM: “I think I’ll be okay.”
In fairness, if you looked up “good soldier” at Dictionary.com, I believe there’s a picture of Melvin. Well, maybe not, but there CERTAINLY isn’t a picture of this guy……
When the hell did Bachman join the Army, anyway?
NHL season is underway for real, which means Flyers fans…..well……are right back to stabbing each other????
What the hell, Philadelphia?!?!?!
Why don’t you guys go back to what you do well?
Yeah, this is pretty much the only thing I can think of…..
Why is it that for every AWESOME commercial Peyton Manning makes (I posted the Sony commercials last week)……
There’s another that just sucks……
It’s not that I’m not a fan of the man who won this weekend’s NASCAR race in……ummm…….Burlington? Canada? Jupiter?
It’s just that I find it more interesting to talk about Kimberly Stewart……
Is it weird that when I look at this picture, all I can think is “gee, that’s a weird belly button!”
Wanna know how to make ACC Football look better? Have ACC teams play OTHER ACC TEAMS!
Of course, that didn’t make North Carolina look better……but this does……
And in honor of Ronnie Brown; let’s talk about Fins cheerleader Lilly Robbins….of course, by “talk about” I mean “check out sexy pictures of”……
(Editor’s note: For those of you who want to point out that The Big Lead did the same thing yesterday……you’re right. You see, I enjoy The Big Lead; but didn’t even notice it until after I had already posted this. Believe it or not, I’m not the only blogger in the world who hears “Miami Dolpins” and thinks “tits”.
And after 3 straight pictures of hot chicks, I feel like I should do something for the ladies since A-Rod hit a couple of homers the other night……
You know what, maybe that one was for us too…….
Not much from the world of fights this weekend. If you went down and checked out UWC at Patriot Center; you kick ass. If you didn’t, maybe you’ll enjoy this just as much……
Did the officials cost the Ravens against the Patriots? No.
Is Tom Brady a bitch? Probably.
Thanks to Rich From Westminster for passing this one along, apparently he was able to find the NFL’s OFFICIAL definition of “roughing the passer”……..
Dude, if Common DIDN’T know Brady Quinn was in the crowd-this story isn’t quite as cool. But I’m gonna assume that Common DID know Brady Quinn was in the crowd; because in general-Common kicks ass……
AND……Brady Quinn deserves it, trust me……
Yeah, way to go Federal Bureau of Investigation! We CANNOT have our nation’s sideline princesses be at risk of crazy stalkers filming them through hotel peepholes!!!!!
(Edit from GMC: Oh wait, they’re not reading this? WHAT THE HELL FBI?!?!?!? You arrested an American hero!)
They won a match at WWE’s “Hell in a Cell” Pay-Per-View. I believe they defeated Bruno Sammartino and Bill Goldberg. But I’m not certain. Anyway, I remember when these guys did this, which was really funny. (Editor’s note: Language NSFW. Unless you work at Wal-Mart. You can pretty much do anything you want there.)
13-Fenway Park dining
Look. Boston stinks. Their team is named after an article of clothing. Their mascot is a Wall. Everything about their existence is just awful. But after scarfing down a Lobster Roll Saturday night, I almost washed my face with the clam chowder. It was HISTORICALLY good.
To think-I just proclaimed Maxwell as the greatest song of 2009-3009, but we have another early challenger!!!!!!!
You think there will ever be another movie that comes out that you say “OH MY GOD I HAVE TO SEE THIS” when you see the trailer?
I mean, BESIDES this one……
You got lucky……
Coach, I love you. But 4th and 1 from YOUR OWN 29?!?!?!? I thought Don Brown was this team’s new coordinator, not Norv Turner…….
In Annapolis, Navy needed overtime to get past Air Force. I tend to root for Navy because…..well……
Your team’s in a battle for the final playoff spot……and you’re out getting drunk and having your wife scratch your face up????
Nick Harper is unimpressed.
But if you think you’re the most disappointing athlete in Detroit Miggy; you owe these guys a BIG thank you for returning to form Sunday…..
Although the rest of us maybe weren’t as lucky……
I mean, do you think we would have missed any Washington fans??????
In an event that LITERALLY only Drew Forrester cared about, Jay Haas won the Champions Tour event at Baltimore Country Club.
Rumor has it Tom Watson thought he could have used a better caddy on Sunday…….
In the end, I think this was an easy decision.
Rio offered Adriana Lima………
Chicago offered Dennis Franz……
I mean, no offense NYPD Blue fans……
I swear to God that gal looks exactly like I remember this one 5th grade teacher from Chapel Hill Elementary School. And Rod Barajas looks like he’s pulling off a move that only EVERYONE I went to 5th grade with attempted to pull off at some point accidentally.
“Oh, Ms. Miller, I dropped something on the other side of the playground wal…….WOAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!……….”
I guess this joke isn’t quite as funny these days as it was back before teachers started sleeping with students. Of course, it’s still cool when female teachers sleep with their male students, right?
7-Everyone who hasn’t felt sick yet this Fall
Because-good lord-you’re going to need it. Walked outside in the morning recently? I’m pretty sure I’ve already beaten off 3 colds since October started, and definitely beaten off the flu at least twice. And if you’re heading to the WNST Neighborhood Tour with us anytime soon; please don’t be freaked out when I order a Jack and Airborne.
But no need to freak out about the change in weather or anything. Unless you’re the Baltimore Ravens……
You’re a zero…….
Glenn Clark: Fantasy Football Owner
I got Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, and Steve Breaston. They got me ONE win in the first three weeks. Then they had a bye. And Mark Sanchez did his best impression of Kyle Boller.
We’re 1-3 in the Glenn Clark compound. If Maryland hadn’t won this might’ve been it for me.
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..
Posted on 14 September 2009 by Glenn Clark
My overall grade for the Ravens yesterday was a C+. They were really good at times. REALLY good in fact. But they let their guard down way too often. That can’t happen against the best teams in the AFC. It was a decent performance for a Week 1 game, but not brilliant.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say….
Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:
Drew Forrester thought Chris Chester had ‘unheralded’ performance in win
Glenn Clark says Terps, ACC teams got ‘lucky’ over weekend
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens put up team record 501 total yards of offense in 38-24 win over Chiefs
The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Todd Heap made 5 catches for 74 yards and a TD in win
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Rice went over 100 yards rushing in win
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Larry Johnson fell well short of 100 yards in loss to Ravens
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Hauschka hit from 44, missed from 41 in win
Kansas City Chiefs Official Site’s Luke Shanno says Derrick Johnson got Chiefs going in 2nd half with INT, 70 yard return
Kansas City Chiefs Official Site’s Pete Moris says Jon McGraw got Chiefs on board with blocked punt recovered in endzone
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Mark Clayton caught 31 yard ‘decisive’ TD
The Sun’s Childs Walker says 71,099 fans took in Ravens’ win at M&T Bank Stadium
The Sun’s Mike Preston gives highest praise to O-Line, RB’s, WR’s in win
The Sun’s Ken Murray says ST Coordinator Rosburg thinks Ravens have ‘lot to work on’
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jarret Johnson had 2 sacks, bad personal foul
The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Greg Mattison ‘might want to blitz more’ in future
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Cam Cameron may have been throwing Chiefs ‘curve’ with passing attack
The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens running backs ‘embarrassed’ veteran Chiefs LB Vrabel
The Sun’s Mike Preston thought Chiefs WR Mark Bradley looked like a ‘wimp’ in loss
The Sun’s Mike Preston thought Ravens won ‘ugly’
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ed Reed thought win ‘shouldn’t have been (that) hard’
Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Le’Ron McClain added TD for Ravens in win
Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says long snapper Katula thought he was ‘shaky’ in Ravens’ win
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Kelly Gregg, Ray Lewis tied for team lead in tackles in win
Kansas City Star’s Adam Teicher says Brodie Croyle threw for 2 TD’s in loss
Kansas City Star’s Jason Whitlock saw impact of Al Saunders on Ravens’ offense
Kansas City Star’s Adam Teicher and Kent Babb say (would-be Raven) Succop drilled 53 yard FG for Chiefs in loss
USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Flacco ‘unlikely gunslinger’ in win
USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt says new Linemen Oher, Matt Birk contributed in Ravens’ win
SI’s Don Banks says Flacco found 7 different receivers in win
SI’s Peter King has Ravens 11th in power rankings
CBS Sports’ Clark Judge thinks Ravens 5th best team in NFL
ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Flacco ‘looked more mobile than ever’
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco ‘ready to carry’ Ravens offensively
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Haley held Cassel out of Chiefs’ loss to Ravens
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie stayed competitive through struggles, pen couldn’t keep Birds in loss to Yanks
The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez takes on David Price, Rays tonight at Camden Yards
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says MacPhail reports decision on Matusz likely to come today
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds weighing value of Moeller for future
Yankees Official Site’s Anthony DiComo says Hideki Matsui hit late 3 run homer to put O’s away
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Chris Waters, Bob McCrory struggled out of pen for Birds in loss
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Melvin Mora was a late scratch (sore right elbow)
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jeremy Guthrie allowed 15 baserunners in 5 2/3 innings
New York Post’s George A. King III says A-Rod, Girardi ejected from win over Birds
New York Times’ Ben Shpigel says Sabathia picked up AL-leading 17th win
New York Daily News’ Anthony McCarron says Melky Cabrera tallied 4 RBI for Bombers in win
Newsday’s Erik Boland says Alex Rodriguez thought Marty Foster ‘unprofessional’ with ejection in Yanks’ win
Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Yanks ‘survived’ boneheaded play by Johnny Damon in win
Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera says Yanks prevented Orioles’ first sweep in Bronx since ‘86
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Cameron Chism expected to help replace injured Nolan Carroll
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Trenton Hughes also amongst players who will have to step up in Carroll’s absence
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Nolan Carroll had surgery to insert screw, stabilize bone in broken leg
Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Terps must ‘improve quickly’ before Saturday’s game against Middle Tennessee State
The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Friedgen ‘able to joke about’ close win over JMU
The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Ralph thinks Jamari McCullough, Bruce Campbell probably won’t be ready for MTSU
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says teammate Derek Drummond caused Carroll’s injury
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps, Duke, BC, Wake most likely candidates to play in EagleBank Bowl
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 14 play TD drive against Dukes amongst longest of season
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph also thinks Richard Taylor can help in Nolan Carroll’s absence
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph impressed with Nick Ferrara
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thought Tyler Bowen ‘solid’ for Terps at RT
Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps likely to burn CB Dexter McDougle’s redshirt with Nolan Carroll out for season (must subscribe)
Turtle Sports Report’s Danny Miller gives Terps ‘C’ for ‘overall’ performance in win over James Madison
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-Losing Nolan Carroll will be a significant detriment for the Terps. If they are going to continue to pursue in the backfield, they cannot allow themselves to become vulnerable to teams who want to throw over the top. They don’t face a TON of teams with big play throwing capability, but not having Carroll against those teams will hurt them.
Talk to you tomorrow.
Posted on 12 September 2009 by dansoderberg
Derek Jeter collected 2 hits tonight against the Orioles to pass Lou Gehrig and become the Yankee’s all-time hits leader. ESPN has spent the better part of the last week talking about the oncoming feat and celebrating Jeter’s greatness. I don’t argue that Jeter is a great player. He’s a HOFer with multiple championships, there’s no argument. Let’s cut the hero worship though.
He received a standing ovation tonight and will hold a post game press conference for moving into 53rd place on the All Time hit list with 2722. Yes, he now ranks ahead of Lou Gehrig, and just behind Roberto Alomar. Maybe my memory is fuzzy, but I don’t recall Alomar holding a press conference when he collected his 2724th career hit. I’ll celebrate Jeter’s accomplishment when he actually gets to a number that matters, like 3000 hits, which will probably occur sometime in the 2011 season.
Ken Griffey Jr. is MLB’s active hits leader at 2752. He is reportedly interested in returning next season for another season with the Mariners, but it is doubtful he’ll stick around long enough to reach 3000. Alex Rodriguez currently has 2512 hits at the age of 33 and is a virtual lock to reach 300o hits, probably sometime during the 2012 season.
Strangely enough the next active player with next best chance to get to 3000 could be Ichiro. He currently has 2001 hits at the age of 35. Ichiro is a hit machine averaging over 200 hits per season in his big league career. If he maintains his current pace and stays healthy Ichiro could reach 3000 hits around his 40th birthday. Counting the 1278 hits he collected in Japan Ichiro currently has 3279 professional hits and if he reaches 3000 MLB hits he would also surpass Pete Rose and his record of 4256 professional hits.
Posted on 05 September 2009 by Glenn Clark
This is going to be a bit of a social experiment today. After a long night last night in Timonium at the State Fair, I woke up this morning suffering from a a bit of a case of what I would call “Dragginass.” SO, I have decided to settle down for the day. I will be monitoring cuts from all NFL teams-waiting for word from the Baltimore Ravens-which must come by 6pm tonight. I will ALSO be watching a LOT of college football (including Navy-Ohio State, Towson-Northwestern, Alabama-Virginia Tech and Maryland-Cal); as well as US Open Tennis, and the World Cup qualifier tonight between Team USA and El Salvador. It’s Labor Day weekend, I know. The weather is nice outside, I know. But today is going to be spent on my couch. And I’m going to share my thoughts with you as I go.
8:01-I’m gonna sign off this pretty soon to make way for Luke Jones’ Maryland/Cal live blog. I’m going to flip over to ESPN Classic for the World Cup qualifier and continue to watch Roddick and Isner (now in the 4th) on USOpen.org. I’ll check in on Luke Jones’ blog as I get the chance.
7:05-The Chiefs have cut WR Ashley Lelie. Drew used to think he’d be a good fit with the Ravens. He does share an agent with Derrick Mason.
7:01-The music that is serving as the soundtrack for college football coverage on ESPN/ESPN2/ABC/ESPNU/ESPN Classic/ESPN360/ESPN Deportes/ESPN.com/ESPN8 “The Ocho” is a theme song from Kenny Chesney and then multiple songs from Dave Matthews Band. Not too bad.
6:53-Ralph Friedgen knows the test Dabo Swinney is facing right now. Clemson leads Middle Tennessee State just 10-7 in the 2nd quarter today. The Terps get their chance for revenge against MTSU in 2 weeks in College Park.
6:52-I found this neat video of a smart, funny, good-looking sports talk analyst chatting with Maryland safety Antwine Perez. I think it’s worth looking at…..
6:50-Isner has taken the first TWO sets against Andy Roddick. This is starting to be a bit of a disaster. I’m not in panic mode yet, but if he gets a break I’ll be officially freaking out.
6:41-John Isner is up a break in the 2nd set; now leading 5-2. Andy is in trouble.
Baylor wins their first road game since 2007, hanging on to beat WFU 24-21. Bad loss for everyone in the ACC.
6:27-Of course, Andrew Parker catches a TD, and the Deacs are still alive, now trailing by 3 with under 4 minutes left.
Also, the Eagles have held on to all 7 receivers, meaning no one from the group of Brandon Gibson, Jason Avant, Hank Baskett or Reggie Brown would be available for the Ravens unless Ozzie Newsome were willing to swing a deal with John Harbaugh’s former team.
6:16-Andy Roddick ends the first set with an EMBARRASSING whiff on Isner’s serve. Isner goes up a set, which isn’t good news for American tennis fans. Love John Isner and all, but he has no chance of winning the tournament. At least A-Rod has a chance.
Melvin Mora is having a nice day as the O’s are up 5-4 in the 7th. Brian Matusz is in line for a win, which would REALLY help this team in trying to avoid losing 100 games, as Josh Lewin and Mark Grace note.
I guess I cursed the Deacs when talking about them rallying. A Riley Skinner INT later, and they’re in serious trouble with 5:02 to play.
6:14-Former Terps OL Andrew Crummey was cut by the Bengals today. As Bob Haynie mentioned earlier today, he joins former Terps C Melvin Fowler (Cardinals) amongst Terps looking for new NFL homes.
6:11-The video quality on USOpen.org is OUTSTANDING. Isner and Roddick in a 1st set tiebreak. Don’t know who is calling the match, but they’re underwhelming.
Couple of notes: Wake has fought back against Baylor; they trail 24-14 with 9:32 to play, but they’re driving. They need to keep the pace moving. This would be a bad loss for the conference.
Illinois is getting hammered by Missouri; and I don’t mind. I think Ron Zook relied on Mike Locksley’s recruiting early, but will be exposed moving forward. Locksley deserves a big time job in a BCS conference.
5:53-Apparently I can watch the matches from Arthur Ashe Stadium on USOpen.org. Thank God. Bad news for American tennis fans; as Sam Querrey joins Jesse Witten amongst American men going home today. Querrey was probably the next best hope for an American to survive to Week 2 beyond Andy Roddick. James Blake will have a tough test tonight with Robredo, and there’s almost no chance Taylor Dent beats Andy Murray.
5:49-US Open coverage switches to Tennis Channel at 6pm? Boo. I can’t believe I forgot to mention that Oudin ousted Sharapova earlier in 3 sets. Nice to have an American playing well besides Venus & Serena Williams.
5:40-Isner-Roddick on now. Everything is okay. I was kinda freaking out there for a minute!
Wake Forest trails Baylor 24-7 in the 2nd half in Winston-Salem. This is not good news for ANYONE in the ACC.
5:37-Why is Fernando Verdasco-Tommy Haas the match that I am seeing right now on CBS? Isn’t Sam Querrey playing Robin Soderling right now?
5:25-Bad afternoon for local college football teams. Johns Hopkins opened their season with a 23-7 loss to Delaware Valley.
5:09-Sorry for the time away from the blog. Check HERE for analysis on the Ravens’ roster.
4:46-Mike Duffy (of BaltimoreRavens.com fame) says Ravens’ roster will be released at 5pm. We will post it for you ASAP at WNST.net and I will text out the important notes.
4:42-RAVENS: Add Will Johnson and Evan Oglesby to the list of cuts. Neither are surprises.
Meanwhile, Melvin Mora has just homered to pull the Orioles within 3-2 of the Rangers. The Orioles are wearing the uniforms of the Baltimore Elite Giants, an old Negro League team. They actually look pretty sharp.
4:04-Derrick has confirmed to WNST that he was traded to the Packers. We do not know anything yet about what the Ravens received, but AW reports it is likely a conditional pick in 2010.
3:58-I am working on the Derrick Martin to the Packers story. Derrick couldn’t comment on it yet when I asked him, but we will assume it is true. Aaron Wilson has confirmed it, so we’ll go with it. This is a place where the Ravens had depth, as Martin would have been 6th corner or 5th safety.
3:34-The afternoon slows down for me at least College Football-wise at this point. Nevada-Notre Dame is on NBC, Melanie Oudin and Maria Sharapova are headed to a 3rd set on CBS (James Blake-Tommy Robredo amongst later action), Orioles-Rangers on FOX (I declined Nestor Aparicio’s invitation to join him at Camden Yards), Baylor-Wake Forest on ABC (was there no Raycom game this week?), San Jose State-USC on Fox Sports Net (locally on CSN), Missouri-Illinois on ESPN, Georgia-Oklahoma State on ESPN2 (after Minnesota-Syracuse finishes), and if you’re into Golf (why the hell would you be?) there’s the 2nd round of the Deutsche Bank Championship on Golf Channel. Apparently that’s part of the FedEx Cup playoffs, which doesn’t make me any more interested. Northeastern-Boston College and Western Michigan-Michigan are on ESPN360 as well.
3:23-One of my favorite things about college football is watching former college football players freak out thinking about their alma maters. I mentioned Tommy Knight earlier, as he probably JUST started breathing again after Iowa blocked the NIU FG attempt to win; and the Hawkeyes escaped 17-16. Now, my pal Qadry Ismail on Facebook says he’s ‘uneasy’ watching Syracuse down the stretch against Minnesota. Fabian Washington Tweeted today that he’s in Lincoln for Nebraska-Florida Atlantic tonight, and Derrick Martin told me he’s just gearing up for Wyoming’s showdown with Texas next week.
3:03-I forgot to mention that Northwestern finished off Towson 47-14 earlier. Rob Ambrose will have two weeks to prepare for Coastal Carolina at Unitas Stadium and will have to convince his team that this one didn’t matter.
RAVENS: Hearing from a few sources (including AW) that David Hale will make the Ravens roster. I actually didn’t even have him on the bubble.
3:00-This one is over. Ohio State will win 31-27. Navy made a statement today, but that statement will not be fulfilling at ALL after getting so close. Great group of young men playing ball in Annapolis.
2:57-What a disaster for Navy. After getting the TD run from Ricky Dobbs; he was intercepted and returned for two points the other way. Ohio State takes over up 31-27 with 2:23 to play. The Buckeyes get the ball in GREAT field position after a failed onside kick. Just one timeout for Navy to try to get the ball back needing a TD to win.
2:42-Dobbs to Marcus Curry for a LONG TD, RIGHT AFTER Ohio State went for it on 4th and 2 instead of trying a Field Goal that would have given them a 3 possession lead. If Navy comes back, Jim Tressel will have to answer questions about that decision. It’s 29-21; a one possession game now with 6:15 to play.
2:41-Novak Djokovic finished off Jesse Witten in the 4th set, 6-4. Witten’s serving doomed him all day. Andy Roddick-John Isner still to come at Arthur Ashe Stadium today.
2:38-RAVENS: Aaron Wilson confirms what I thought would happen all week. WR Justin Harper has been cut by the Ravens. This certainly leads to the opinion that the team is probably looking for WR help this weekend.
2:35-If it wasn’t over before, it is now. Kurt Coleman picks Ricky Dobbs and Ohio State takes over leading by 15 with under 10 minutes to play.
2:35-Scott Concannon adds another rushing TD, and Northwestern extends their lead over Towson to 47-14. Brutal day for the Tigers; but (I can’t believe I’m saying this) it could have been worse.
2:29-And just like that, the dream may be over for the Mids. Dan Herron plunged in for a TD, extending Ohio State’s lead to 29-14. Aaron Pettrey inexplicably missed the extra point.
2:28-That will probably be a CRUSHING turnover for Navy. Mario Washington made the catch, but Kurt Coleman stripped the ball, and Dexter Larimore recovered for the Buckeyes. 2 plays later, Ohio State is now inside the 10 yard line looking to extend this to a 16 point lead.
2:24-The Steelers have cut CB Anthony Madison. No Ravens ties there, expect for the fact that I hate the Steelers.
2:22-Can the Ravens add Aaron Pettrey to kick? He just booted a 52 yard FG to put Ohio State ahead by 9 at 23-14. And it would have been good from WELL past 52. What a kick. Navy has to respond here in the 4th quarter.
2:18-Northwestern has extended their lead over Towson to 40-14. Wildcats are well on their way. Meanwhile, my good buddy and former Ravens CB Tommy Knight is FREAKING OUT, as his Iowa Hawkeyes (the number 22 team in the country) are trailing Northern Iowa 13-10 in the 2nd half. Former Ravens assistant Kirk Ferentz needs to get things turned around there quickly to avoid the loss to Kurt Warner’s alma mater.
2:16-RAVENS: WNST confirms Yamon Figurs has been cut. Also not a surprise. The writing was on the wall for him when Carr and Webb were named the returners.
2:13-16 yard TD grab for Marcus Curry and it’s a 1 possession game in Columbus. What a MASTERFUL 99 YARD DRIVE by Ricky Dobbs. 20-14 Ohio State now as the 3rd quarter is winding down. HUGE drive for the Mids.
2:09-RAVENS: Now hearing that Kelly Talavou has made the team. He was the safest of my “bubble” guys. Graham Gano has been cut. That basically had to happen after Steve Hauschka won the job. Gano is in positive spirits today, this much I know.
Ricky Dobbs has Navy driving again on their first possession of the 2nd half. Peter Athens found David Newsom for a TD, Towson trails Northwestern 37-14 now.
2:04-RAVENS:Not all players are aware of their fate yet. One player told me he is on a “2 hour countdown” to hear the news. AW also added that Robby Felix has been cut. That’s not a surprise either.
Roger Federer DID eliminate Lleyton Hewitt by the way. Maria Sharapova vs. Melanie Oudin next.
1:56-RAVENS: Here are two names that we might be a bit surprising. Aaron Wilson now says Edgar Jones and Dannell Ellerbe have MADE the Ravens’ 53 man roster. This would be POTENTIALLY bad news for guys like Davon Drew, Jason Phillips, Prescott Burgess, and Antwan Barnes.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic beat Jesse Witten in a 3rd set tiebreak. This one appears to be over as well. Today was SETTING UP to be special, but has turned a bit.
1:50-I’ll go ahead and give this a confirmation; even though we all knew it was coming. Steve Hauschka HAS made the team.
1:41-Maybe my speculation about David Tyree earlier wasn’t so unfounded. Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times says via Twitter that the Ravens have “serious interest” in the former New York Giant. This isn’t insane, considering the Ravens need to replace Marcus Smith, who was expected to be more of a special teams
1:38-Just stepped away for a few minutes to talk to some of the guys on the Ravens bubble via text. No news to pass along there; but I will say that the collective attitude seems to have remained positive.
Jesse Witten has broken Novak Djokovic in the 3rd and has a chance to serve for a 2 sets to one lead. Federer was serving for the match against Hewitt, but Hewitt broke him. Federer still leads by a break in the 4th, and will look to finish off Lleyton Hewitt.
1:27-It is halftime at Ryan Field, and Northwestern has extended their lead back to 30 thanks to a 21 yard TD run by Scott Concannon.
It’s halftime at The Horseshoe as well, and Ohio State extended their lead to 20-7 with a 25 yard field goal by Aaron Pettrey.
1:22-WNST has confirmed 2 cuts from the Baltimore Ravens, and they’re the two that were my final TWO in on my mock roster. FB Jason Cook and WR Jayson Foster have been cut.
1:17-Roger Federer picked up a break to open the 4th set. I’ll say this one ends at 6-2 in the 4th.
DJ Shockley’s play against the Ravens Thursday night will likely be his last in a Atlanta Falcons uniform, as he has been cut by the team. The Falcons will go with Matt Ryan, former Raven Chris Redman, and John Parker Wilson under center.
1:15-Jesse Witten dropped the 2nd set to Novak Djokovic. Witten has struggled with his serve against the former Australian Open champion.
Drew Forrester just sent me his final score pick for Towson-Northwestern. It isn’t favorable for the Tigers.
1:11-Tremayne Dameron scores the first points of the Rob Ambrose era; a 1 yard TD to cut Northwestern’s lead to 30-7.
Joe Bauserman is in the game for Ohio State, the Buckeyes usually play their backup QB in the first half of their first game to get him some work.
Roger Federer wins the 3rd set 7-5. He’ll finish off Hewitt in 4 for sure.
1:06-Don’t look now, but Peter Athens has driven Towson into Northwestern territory. Also, Navy was forced to punt again.
Roger Federer just came up with a break of Lleyton Hewitt’s serve; so he’ll have a chance to serve for the 3rd set now ahead 6-5.
1:03-Facebook comment of the day comes from former Maryland Terrapin Tahj Holden:
12:59-Greg Paulus has thrown for his first career TD already, but the former Duke point guard is trailing 14-10 in his first game as Syracuse QB.
Bad news elsewhere. Terrelle Pryor rushes for a TD, and Ohio State now leads Navy 17-7 in the 2nd quarter. In Chicago, a safety has extended Northwestern’s lead to 30-0 over Towson. A correction, as the passing TD earlier was NOT thrown by Mike Kafka, but instead Dan Persa.
12:55-Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets kick off at 1pm today against Jacksonville State; that game is on ESPN360 as well if for some unknown reason you’d want to watch.
Terrelle Pryor with some very athletic plays as the Buckeyes are driving again. Cris Carter’s kid had a really nice catch on the drive; and the Bucks are now inside the 10 yard line.
12:50-Mike Kafka has just found Andrew Brewer for a 72 yard TD in the 2nd quarter, and Northwestern leads Towson 28-0. Just brutal. Josh Hall is producing today’s game in the studios of AM1570 WNST on Hart Rd., and he just checked in via text to tell me that calling Towson “terrible” might not quite fit the bill. It’s not going to be an easy turnaround for Rob Ambrose replacing Gordy Combs.
A Ricky Dobbs fumble gives Ohio State good field position with a 10-7 lead in the 2nd quarter in Columbus.
12:45-Navy lined up to go for it on 4th and 2 from their own territory early in the 2nd quarter; but called timeout when they couldn’t draw the Buckeyes offsides. Bob Davie thought going for it would have been a terrible idea for Navy, but trailing 10-7 with Buddy Green’s defense likely to continue to struggle; I might have agreed with the Mids trying to continue a drive.
Did Perry Hall REALLY lose 33-7 at Joppatowne last night? Christ, I’m never picking any more PH games again. Come on, Gators!
12:39-Nightmarish start to the Rob Ambrose era in Chicago; as Arby Fields has gone in AGAIN-this time from 22 yards-to extend Northwestern’s 1st quarter lead to 21-0.
Also, as a note. I credited Mike Florio for the work over at PFT today earlier; but it looks like it’s a staff effort over there. Gregg Rosenthal is also chiming in. He says there is a question mark as to whether or not former Maryland RB LaMont Jordan will make the roster with the Broncos. Denver will not keep RB Darius Walker.
12:34-If you have DirecTV, Dish Network, or whatever other satellite service carries Big Ten Network, there are actually four other live games on right now. Penn State leads Akron 14-0, Iowa and Northern Iowa are tied at 3, Purdue leads Toledo 14-0, and Michigan State leads Montana State 7-0. If you’re from the midwest (or you’re a Nittany Lion alum living in Baltimore), I will admit that BTN kicks ass.
Aaron Pettrey has connected from 23 yards to give Ohio State a 10-7 lead over Navy late in the first quarter.
12:32-OSU is driving again up at The Horseshoe, Buddy Green’s defense could be in for a long day.
Another note from TU-N’western; apparently both Tiger QB’s have played early on; with neither of them having any success. Tommy Chroniger came in late in the first quarter.
12:26-I don’t see the Ravens being interested in him, but the Rams have cut WR Ronald Curry. Curry has had minimal success during his career with the Raiders and Lions; but has had flashes since his North Carolina days ended. I think it’s a lock he would already be better than Justin Harper or Jayson Foster though.
The Browns have cut former Ravens CB Corey Ivy. Given the team’s depth in the secondary, I would say a return to Baltimore would be “unlikely” at best. (I really mean “not happening.”)
More bad news from Ryan Field, as Northwestern has extended their lead to 14-0 over Towson thanks to a TD run by Arby Fields.
12:24-Lleyton Hewitt had a break point to get back in the 2nd set; but he sent a shot JUST long, and Federer took the set 6-3. Doubt he’ll lose another set today.
A reminder that I will be shutting this blog down before tonight’s Maryland-Cal game. Our new Terps reporter Luke Jones will host a live blog during Terps-Bears.
12:21-Really impressive drive from Dobbs, who finished it off with a 16 yard TD run. Joe Buckley is Navy’s kicker (apparently beating Jon Teague), and he connected on the extra point to make things 7-7. 80 yards methodically for the Mids on that drive.
12:16-Peter Athens is under center for the Tigers today, answering the question Rob Ambrose couldn’t answer on The Comcast Morning Show Wednesday morning. It might not matter, as Jacob Schmidt plunged in for a 2 yard TD to give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead early. Ricky Dobbs has put together 3 first downs to get Navy driving at Ohio Stadium.
12:11-Anything surprising here? Federer is up 4-1 in the 2nd set on Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt.
The Buckeyes drew first blood in Columbus, with Terrelle Pryor connecting with Dane Sanzenbacher for a 38 yard TD. 7-0 Bucks. Ken Niumatalolo’s offense came out throwing to start their first possession, and QB Ricky Dobbs will certainly be a better throwing option than any of their recent QB’s.
12:09-Back to cut day. Our friends to the south (The Washington Redskins-who are ABSOLUTELY AWFUL) have had a QB controversy on their hands this preseason, with a debate between popular 2nd year QB Colt Brennan (Hawaii) and popular rookie UFA Chase Daniel (Missouri). Turns out neither will be on the team. Brennan will head to IR, Daniel will be let go. Your team stinks. Enjoy Jason Campbell. Thanks PFT.
12:05-An update to the games you can watch. West Virginia-Liberty is available on ESPN360, which if you have Comcast (and you should!), you can enjoy on your computer.
Arizona Cardinals Play by Play voice Dave Pasch on the call for Ohio State-Navy. He’s very good at everything he does. The Buckeyes used a reverse to get into Mids territory on the opening kickoff. Ohio State is going to be more talented than the Midshipmen. The boys from Annapolis must be smarter and CANNOT miss assignments.
Jesse Witten did NOT serve out the set, but has a 5-2 lead in the tiebreak. Let’s put the first set into Witten’s column with a 7-2 tiebreak. AWESOME stuff.
11:58-Couple other games you can watch early today:
Appalachian State @ East Carolina (MASN)
Minnesota @ Syracuse-the debut of Greg Paulus for the Orange (ESPN2)
Western Kentucky @ Tennessee-Lane Kiffin’s debut for the Vols (Comcast SportsNet)
Lee Corso picked the Crimson Tide to top the Hokies tonight for the record. So did Braves 3B Chipper Jones.
11:52-Two teams in action locally early on today; here’s how you can enjoy the games. Navy-Ohio State will be on ESPN, so that’s easy. Towson-Northwestern will be on the Big Ten Network (which is AWESOME if you have satellite, but not so great if you have basic Comcast like me). My friend Matt Rosen (the son of the GREAT Sam Rosen) is on the call. Therefore, do what I’m doing. Go right up to the top of WNST.net and enjoy the call from Chicago with Spiro Morekas and Tom Judd. I have no ties to the school; but Go Tigers!
Notes from tennis: Lleyton Hewitt took the first set from Federer 6-4. And Jesse Witten (a qualifier from Kentucky) is tied at 5 games apiece in the first set with Novak Djokovic. While still unlikely, the day appears to be special early in New York. Witten just broke Djokovic, he’ll have a chance to serve for the first set.
11:42-I not only WANT to hate Roger Federer, I absolutely find myself rooting against him. He’s great, there’s no doubt about that. But he’s not a compelling figure like many great tennis players were. He’s somewhat boring to watch because he’s just so calculating. He’s tied at 4 apiece in the first set with Lleyton Hewitt today (match on CBS), and I will be pulling for Hewitt to oust him and end his reign at Flushing Meadows.
Yesterday at the Open, Taylor Dent advanced to the 3rd round in a 5 set thriller. I root for all of the American players, but Dent’s injury history has kept him out of action for a few years in New York, and I will be particularly pulling for him in the 3rd round against Andy Murray.
Hewitt has just broken Fed. He’s up 5-4 and has a chance to serve for the first set. I already know how this match will end, but it’s exciting to think someone could top Fed.
11:27-I’m totally the type of guy who would LOVE to hate Tim Tebow. But Jesus that guy is great. We all remember his words after Florida lost to Ole Miss last year…..
But Gameday just showed his speech at halftime of the BCS National Championship Game, and it was as good if not better. It isn’t available yet on YouTube, but it is GOOD.
Tim Tebow-as much as I want to not like him-is why I love college football.
11:16-Checking in with our pal Mike Florio from NBC Sports/ProFootballTalk.com (who will join Drew Forrester at 8:30am every Friday during football season), a few notes from cuts to pass around early.
-The Titans have cut Baltimore native Jason Murphy (Edmondson), an offensive lineman. Murphy is still very active in the Baltimore community (and lives here), but I don’t know if he would be a good addition to the Ravens team. Murphy has struggled to get on the field during his NFL career, but maybe playing at home could help him focus. I have David Hale currently as the last interior lineman on the Ravens’ roster, but couldn’t guarantee that Murphy would be better than Hale.
-The Giants have cut former Super Bowl hero David Tyree. Tyree has not played during the preseason, and probably has more hope of being a special teams player than a contributor at WR this year. But the Ravens do love a good special teams player. There’s no reason to speculate the Ravens being interested in Tyree, but any team could use a player that can do this…..
11:12-Thus far I’ve spent my morning watching “College Gameday” on ESPN, and was reminded of why I love College Football. The piece they did on Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford that was QUITE good. This really is the absolute best thing ESPN does. What a thorough program, entertaining, involving, informative. They don’t do everything right at the Worldwide Leader anymore, but they certainly still do this the right way.
Posted on 03 September 2009 by Glenn Clark
What happened during Dave Trembley’s press conference last night on MASN really is unacceptable, and DT had every right to act accordingly. Some member of the Orioles’ Public Relations staff should have gone to the hallway in an attempt to quiet the people standing there.
It’s a frustrating season for Dave. Would the Orioles be better with a different manager? Probably not MUCH better….they’re just a bad baseball team. But I understand Dave’s frustration.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..
Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:
Nestor Aparicio says Orioles ‘irrelevant’
Nestor Aparicio says WNST.net hosting “Purple Haze” live blog for Ravens-Falcons
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Sarfate, Jim Johnson battered as Yanks finished off sweep of Birds
The Official Site provides numerical evidence of sweep
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says after night off, Chris Tillman takes hill tomorrow vs. Scott Feldman, Rangers
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says O’s could be without Adam Jones for rest of season
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis tabbed as Roberto Clemente Award nominee
Yankees Official Site’s Bryan Hoch says Sabathia shut down O’s as Bombers finished sweep
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 21,000 saw Yanks polish off sweep at Camden Yards
The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Albers trying to improve ‘mental approach’
The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Yanks ‘haves’, Birds ‘have nots’
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds could have used 20 more pitches from Berken in loss to Yanks
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Birds might regret trading away Gathright
Examiner Jay Trucker humorously wonders how favorite Orioles will celebrate Baltimore Beer Week
Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says bullpen couldn’t pick up Jason Berken after solid 5.1 innings
New York Post’s George A. King III says Sabathia impressive in picking up 16th win
New York Times’ Tyler Kepner says Phil Hughes earned save with Mariano Rivera getting night off
New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says A-Rod’s big night included 2,500th career hit
Newsday’s Erik Boland says Hinske added homer for Yanks in win over O’s
Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Johnny Damon went 4-5 with 2 runs for Yanks in win
Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera says Yanks now 7 ½ games up on Red Sox in AL East after win
ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick says Dodgers’ acquisition of Sherrill amongst best trades made
ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:
Norfolk Tides Official Site says Ambiorix Concepcion hit grand slam as Tides topped Gwinnett
Bowie Baysox Official Site says Tanaka loser as Baysox fell to Binghamton
Frederick Keys Official Site says Sean Gleason loser as Keys fell to Kinston
Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Haughian loser as Shorebirds fell to Lake County
Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Joshua Dowdy loser as Ironbirds fell to Staten Island
The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Montanez tallied 2 hits in Keys’ loss to Captains during rehab assignment
Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Zach Britton, Brandon Waring get top season honors from Carolina League
Virginian-Pilot’s Jim Hodges says Rhyne Hughes also homered for Tides in win over Braves
The Official Site’s Kevin Byrne says Harbaugh ‘feels for’ players about to get cut
Atlanta Falcons Official Site’s John Manasso says veterans John Abraham, Todd McClure may not play at all tonight
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Justin Harper, Yamon Figurs amongst receivers ‘on bubble’
The Sun’s Mike Preston says Kelley Washington has moved ahead of Demetrius Williams on depth chart
The Sun’s Ken Murray says ST coordinator Jerry Rosburg knows kickers need to hit at ’90 percent’ clip
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says bubble players like Talavou feeling ‘tense’
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Hauschka can lock up kicking job tonight at Georgia Dome
Frederick News-Post’s Adam Behsudi says DL Brandon McKinney ‘battling’ to make roster
Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter says Flacco will give Falcons CB’s Chris Houston, Brent Grimes ‘decent test’
USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Flacco, Brandon Marshall could have ‘nice long-term marriage’
SI’s Peter King picks Ravens to go 9-7, lose in first round of playoffs (to Steelers)
CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco says Ravens will finish 2nd in AFC North, need Flacco to be more of ‘passer’
ESPN.com’s James Walker says teammates let Suggs have it when he returned to practice
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph ‘hopes’ players motivated by being big underdogs to Cal
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph confirmed QB Clay Belton transferred from Miami (Ohio) to Maryland
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Nick Ferrara ‘kicker of the future’
The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Phil Costa not ‘stressed’ by classes
The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Ralph would like to have 24’s Jack Bauer on his team
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Don Brown ‘can’t expect too much’ from D-Line
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps face ‘long night’ Saturday flying home from Berkeley
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Maryland staff will begin watching James Madison film on flight back from California
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says DJ Adams playing role of Jahvid Best for Terps in practice
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph thinks Terps need to be ‘blue-collar team’
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph thinks Terps will get Cal’s ‘best shot’
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says OT Bruce Campbell is ‘sizable presence’
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps will finish 7-5, 4-4 in ACC
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 28 Terps have never played college football game before
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 21 points largest dogs Terps have ever been under Fridge
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former Terp Kevin Glover to be honored by ACC
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cal beat writer Okanes reports Best ‘not 100 percent’
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Ralph might try similar motivation with Middle Tennessee State
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph has made choice between Nick Ferrara, Mike Barbour; but won’t announce it yet
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Belton wasn’t overly impressive with RedHawks
San Francisco Chronicle’s Ron Kroichick says Syd’Quan Thompson providing leadership for Cal in secondary
Oakland Tribune’s Jonathan Okanes says Cal’s Tyson Alualu, Cameron Jordan ‘bolster’ defense
CBS Sports says Terps 57th best team in country
CBS Sports picks Terps to play in EagleBank Bowl
ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich wonders how Don Brown’s defense will match up against Heisman Trophy candidate Jahvid Best
ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Glover to be honored at ACC Championship Game
ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says prospect Uzomah expects scholarship offer from Terps
Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Lamar Young ‘X Factor’ on Terps’ O-Line (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Friedgen reminding players they’re 21 point dogs to Golden Bears (must subscribe)
Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman/Bear Insider’s Jim McGill break down individual Terps/Bears matchups
Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says 2011 prospect Sterling Gibbs to visit College Park (must subscribe)
Inside Lacrosse says former Terp Feifs joined staff at North Carolina
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids ‘concerned’ with Bucks QB Terrelle Pryor
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo still undecided between Jon Teague, Joe Buckley at kicker
Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dobbs ‘more accomplished passer’ than previous Navy QB’s
Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids haven’t played Top 6 team (other than Notre Dame) since beating South Carolina in ‘84
Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Jon Teague will handle kickoffs
Columbus Dispatch’s Todd Dallas Lamb torn between OSU fandom, Navy support
Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Navy fans need to ‘take it easy’ on QB Ricky Dobbs
Go Mids’ Adam Nettina previews Navy-Ohio State (must subscribe)
Go Mids’ Chris Rohe breaks down individual Mids/Buckeyes matchups (must subscribe)
The Official Site says Midshipmen to host two Fall Ball events this year
The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Ambrose knows Tigers jumping in ‘deep end’ by playing Wildcats
Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Northwestern will provide ‘stern test’ for Rob Ambrose’s Tigers Saturday
The Official Site says Jays open season Saturday at Delaware Valley
The Official Site offers complete JHU/Del Val release (pdf)
The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Jays have good shot to win Centennial Conference for first time since ‘05
Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra continuing to look for ‘racing immortality’ at Woodward Stakes
Daily Racing Form’s Mary Rampellini says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird returned to Woolley’s stable at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico
Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Dominic Terry continues to ride Rachel Alexandra in workouts
Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Woodward Stakes field includes 2008 Belmont champ Da’Tara
Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says next year’s Championship Game at M&T Bank Stadium moved back to 3:30pm on Memorial Day
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Saturday games in Final Four will now face off at 4pm, 6:30pm
The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Carmelo Anthony back in town for charity weekend with singer Mario
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-I’ll say Falcons 23, Ravens 10 tonight. The backup units haven’t been overly impressive for the Ravens, and I think DJ Shockley and Chris Redman could have a big night.
Talk to you tomorrow.
Posted on 02 September 2009 by Glenn Clark
I will have my “mock roster” up later today. I feel like I’m heavy on RB’s and D-Line right now. I may have to play around with that.
Let’s see what everyone has to say……
Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:
Nestor Aparicio says WNST giving away trip to Foxboro
Keith Melchior says Hendrickson, Reimold best Birds in August
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Ray loser in relief as Birds fell to Yankees
The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jason Berken takes hill tonight vs. Sabathia, Yanks
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Fiorentino, Albers, Sarfate, Castillo joined Birds with rosters expanded
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Bergesen shut down for season
Yankees Official Site’s Bryan Hoch says Posada homered Twice as Bombers topped Birds
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Luke Scott’s 3 run bomb not enough as Birds fell to Yanks
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says MacPhail doing right thing with pitchers, but could hurt Trembley in process
The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Arin Gencer say while in town playing Birds, Alex Rodriguez spoke at Milford Mill Academy
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Yankees bullpen held Orioles scoreless, Orioles bullpen struggled vs. Yanks
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says x-rays on Adam Jones’ ankle negative
Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Felix Pie homered for Birds in loss
Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says O’s expected to add 3 or 4 more players to roster next Monday
Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Markakis team’s nominee for Roberto Clemente Award
New York Post’s George A. King says Swisher, Hinske hit back to back homers for Yanks in win
New York Times’ Tyler Kepner says Yanks survived poor effort from AJ Burnett to win
New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says Damaso Marte winner in relief as Yanks topped Birds
Newsday’s Erik Boland says Mariano Rivera pitched 9th inning to record 38th save
Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Cano also homered for Yanks in win
Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera says Luke Scott’s homer 57th homer hit to Eutaw Street at OPACY
CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 26th in power rankings
ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:
Norfolk Tides Official Site says Andy Mitchell winner as Tides shut out Charlotte in Game 2 of doubleheader
Norfolk Tides Official Site says David Pauley loser as Tides shut out by Knights in Game 1 of doubleheader
Bowie Baysox Official Site says Steve Johnson winner as Baysox topped Binghamton
Frederick Keys Official Site says Bobby Stevens’ solo HR only scoring as Keys fell to Kinston
Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Steven Bumbry homered for Ironbirds in win over Tri-City
Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Shane Mathews loser in relief as Lake County topped Shorebirds
Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Hobgood loser as Orioles fell to Burlington
The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waring homered for Baysox in win over Mets
The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waring, Matt Angle, Florimon, Brian Parker also called up to Bowie
Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Chorye Spoone struggled for Keys in loss to Indians
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Cleo Lemon cut, Ravens roster down to 75
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Derrick Martin amongst players ‘fighting’ for jobs Thursday night at Falcons
The Official Site says players to have weekend off after Thursday’s trip to Atlanta
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley and Ed Lee says Suggs will test his heel Thursday night at Falcons
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says teammates beat up Suggs upon return to practice
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ed Reed did not practice Tuesday afternoon
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens have 3 QB’s left-Flacco, Troy Smith, John Beck
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Suggs not sure how long he’ll play Thursday night in Georgia Dome
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says CB Chris Carr, OT Jared Gaither, RB’s Matt Lawrence and Cedric Peerman all returned to practice
Atlanta Falcons Official Site says Falcons traded for Tye Hill ahead of Ravens game
Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Mark Bradley says Tye Hill acquisition similar to acquisition of Foxworth last season for Falcons
NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Ravens have 21st best QB’s in league
Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki says Ravens ‘need’ to trade for Brandon Marshall
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Heap’s ‘health’ will determine success this season
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens have ‘decent’ emergency plan behind Flacco at QB
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Chiefs imploding before opener with Ravens
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says kickers Mike Barbour, Nick Ferrara haven’t been able to separate from each other
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph knows Golden Bears will be looking for ‘revenge’ vs. Terps
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Tedford thinks Terps ‘dangerous’
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph counting on ‘youthful arrogance’ from Terps
The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says O-Line out to prove inexperience not a problem
The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps haven’t scored defensive TD since Erin Henderson in ‘06
The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Ralph thinks practices aren’t always great after school starts
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Cal has offensive question marks beyond Jahvid Best
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says WR Coach Lee Hull thinks things have ‘finally clicked’ for Adrian Cannon
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says DHB told Cannon to ‘be better’ than him
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen has been in ‘phenomenal mood’ during summer
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Bears coach Tedford thinks QB Kevin Riley better than last year when he visited College Park
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tedford knows Terps have ‘balance’ offensively
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says kicker will be ‘game-time decision’ for Ralph
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Phil Costa tends to be prepared early
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner will have 70+ family and friends in Berkeley Saturday night
Washington Examiner’s Rick Snider says Chris Turner gets chance to return home to native California
San Francisco Chronicle’s Ray Ratto says Don Brown’s defense will provide ‘interesting first test’ for Cal QB Kevin Riley
ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Turner, Scott ‘key’ to Terps’ success
ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Bears using last year’s loss as ‘motivation’ vs. Terps
Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles freshmen QB’s CJ Brown, Danny O’Brien (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Ralph doesn’t want to see penalties, turnovers in Berkeley (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Tobias Harris visited College Park again (must subscribe)
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids Brady DeMell, Bobby Doyle, Doug Furman also returning to native Ohio
Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist says Navy DL Chase Burge will have supporters in native Ohio
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tigers have little chance of beating Northwestern
Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Woodward Stakes could be last race for Preakness champ Rachel Alexandra
CRYSTAL PALACE USA:
Examiner Jeff Hemelt worries USL-1 expansion could water down USL-2
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-Luke Scott’s bomb was impressive last night. A win would have been more impressive.
Talk to you tomorrow.
Posted on 01 September 2009 by Glenn Clark
You know you’re an Orioles fan if…..
….An opposing pitcher is throwing a perfect game, and you’re completely unmoved
….You’ve braved hostile crowds, name calling, battery throwing, and obscenity chanting from opposing fans……..to enjoy a game at Camden Yards
….You used to enjoy a drink while watching a game, but now the drinks have become a necessity to stomach the game
….At least 15 times a year there’s someone in your team’s starting lineup that you can honestly admit you’ve never heard of
….Your child’s Little League team regularly makes more significant offseason additions than your favorite Major League baseball team
….you’ve looked at the TV, the other had more than 225 runs, and you thought “Yeah, that’s about right.”
….Every Spring Training, “if” becomes your new favorite word (CB in Northeast)
….Your car’s MPG is lower than your favorite pitcher’s ERA (Christopher Edwards)
….You’ve ever paid money to go to a Major League Baseball game and your Designated Hitter bunted (John in Towson)
….“Cash for Clunkers” represents your team’s offseason free agent acquisitions (Tim in Overlea)
….Your favorite team’s colors are black, orange, and shame (Alex Thomas)
….When you hear that “no lead is safe”, you understand that TRULY, no lead is safe (Erienne)
….You miss Aubrey Huff (texter “5750”)
….You still respect Rick Dempsey (Mark in Nottingham)
….when “Orioles Magic” is still something that happens….but only to your wallet (Brandon in Abingdon)
….a 4th place finish sounds fantastic (Ken Phillips)
….you’re not sure if you should be proud or embarrassed when your favorite team adds “Baltimore” to the front of their away uniforms (Intern Jack)
Let’s see what everyone else has to say….
Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:
Drew Forrester says Trembley thought Birds ‘never gave up’ in loss
Drew Forrester offers comical take on Orioles improving
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis broke up Pettitte’s no-hitter in 7th, but Yankees still topped Birds
The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez takes hill tonight vs. AJ Burnett, Yanks
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara could return before season ends
Yankees Official Site’s Bryan Hoch says Hairston error in 7th ended Pettitte’s bid for perfect game
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 25,000 fans at Camden Yards saw Bombers top O’s (I won’t even bother to remind you that most of them were New York fans. Oh wait…..)
The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec say Tillman, Matusz will make 2-3 more starts before being shut down for season
The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Orioles expected to call up Sarfate, Fiorentino, Albers, Castillo today
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds should be ‘encouraged’ by “Guts”’ performance
Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Jeremy Guthrie fell to 9-13 after loss to Yanks last night
Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Roberts not sure how Birds finish really that important
New York Post’s George A. King III says Mariano Rivera pitched 9th for 37th save
New York Times’ Tyler Kepner says Nick Swisher homered for Yanks in win
New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says skipper Girardi thought Pettitte pitched ‘great game’ despite losing no hitter
Newsday’s Erik Boland says Cano added 2 run double in win
Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Pettitte picked up 16th career win at OPACY, 26th career win over Birds
Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera says A-Rod sat out Yankees’ win Monday night
Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 26th in power rankings
ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:
Bowie Baysox Official Site says Oullette, Deza took losses as Reading swept Bowie in doubleheader
Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Bordes winner as Shorebirds topped Lake County
Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Kantakevich winner as Ironbirds topped Tri-City
Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Mechaw winner as Orioles topped Burlington
The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Shorebirds’ Ronnie Welty, Joe Mahoney hit back to back homers in win over Captains
The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Shorebirds’ Welty honored by South Atlantic League
Laurel Leader’s David Driver says new Keys pitcher Brett Jacobson has found adjustment from Tigers organization ‘difficult’
Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Keys’ Caleb Joseph out of ‘nightmare’ 0-28 slump
Washington Times’ Jay LeBlanc says Arrieta, Britton, Erbe organization’s top prospects
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Rolle will spend first 6 weeks of season on PUP list
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says despite miss vs. Panthers, Harbaugh still gives Hauschka ‘edge’ in kicking competition
Falcons Official Site’s John Manasso says RB Jerious Norwood ‘most likely’ won’t play Thursday, S William Moore definitely won’t
The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Brendon Ayanbadejo excels not only on football field, but also in other areas of life
The Sun’s Edward Lee and Jamison Hensley say Suggs returned to practice Monday
The Sun’s Mike Preston says organization hoping Heap can return to previous form
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelly Gregg returned to practice yesterday, ‘intends’ to play vs. Falcons
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Chris Carr, Oniel Cousins also did not practice
The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh not particularly hopeful about Mark Clayton playing Thursday night
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Rolle told Ozzie Newsome he intended to play this season
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says QB Drew Willy, WR’s Bradon Godfrey, Biren Ealy Ravens’ first cuts
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Billick’s book not about Ravens
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Heap again looking like ‘playmaker’
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson reports Harbaugh said Rolle won’t play if playing presents ‘any risk at all’
Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Orlando Ledbetter says Falcons coach Mike Smith confirms reserves will play majority of Ravens game
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs could use work Thursday night
The Official Site previews Saturday’s open in Berkeley
The Official Site offers complete Terrapins/Golden Bears release (pdf)
Cal Official Site previews Saturday’s opener vs. Maryland
Cal Official Site offers complete Bears/Terps release (pdf)
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph thinks ‘ignorance is bliss’ when it comes to young players
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says young O-Linemen Gonnella, Pinegar have each played before
The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Maryland commit Devin Burns opened ’09 season with big game
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Adrian Cannon became different player after making big TD catch in Humanitarian Bowl
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says O-Line, TE, Kicker likely Terps’ ‘biggest concerns’
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Don Brown’s defense made more than 50 picks in camp
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph holds responsibility of program ‘CEO’
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Phil Costa, Chris Turner, Nolan Carroll, Adrian Moten ‘sworn in’ as team captains
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps may wait until gametime to pick kicker between Mike Barbour, Nick Ferrara
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says players happy to be big underdogs against Pac 10 foe
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terrell Skinner knows Adrian Cannon ‘great player’
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps won only previous meeting with Cal (last year)
San Francisco Chronicle’s Ron Kroichick says Cal returns 8 starters from ’08 team
Oakland Tribune’s Jonathan Okanes says RB Jahvid Best beginning Heisman Trophy campaign Saturday night
ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says O-Line ‘most unsettled’ position for Terps
Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Bishop McNamara WR prospect Brandon Coleman has other schools higher on list than Maryland (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says DL Ivey drawing comparisons to former Terp Randy Starks (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Isaiah Miles and John Crowder amongst Baltimore recruits Terps pursuing (must subscribe)
Washington Times’ Ben Goessling says former Terp Justin Maxwell may be getting last shot with Nationals
The Official Site previews Saturday’s opener at Ohio State
The Official Site offers complete Buckeyes/Midshipmen release (pdf)
Ohio State Official Site previews Saturday’s opener vs. Navy
Ohio State Official Site offers complete Bucks/Mids release
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ohio State, Wake Forest, Pitt, Notre Dame make Mids’ schedule ‘most challenging’ Niumatalolo has seen
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says kickers Jon Teague, Joe Buckley will both travel to Columbus with Mids
Washington Post’s Camille Powell says center DeMell to make college debut Saturday at Ohio Stadium
Columbus Dispatch’s Rob Oller says Navy seniors dealing with futures beyond football this week
The Official Site previews Saturday’s opener at Northwestern
The Official Site offers complete Tigers/Wildcats release (pdf)
Northwestern Official Site previews Saturday’s opener vs. Tigers
Northwestern Official Site offers complete Wildcats/Tigers release (pdf)
The Official Site offers complete preview of 2009 Blue Jays
Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Borel to mount Derby winner Mine That Bird again in Goodwood Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Classic
Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Belmont, Travers winner Summer Bird in good position to win 3 year old Championship
Daily Racing Form’s Mike Welsch says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra put in final breeze at Saratoga before Saturday’s Woodward Stakes
Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says trainer Woolley likes Borel because rider ‘knows’ Kentucky Derby winner
Thoroughbred Times’ Phil Janack says trainer Steve Asmussen says Rachel Alexandra ‘happy, loose’ in workout
CRYSTAL PALACE USA:
The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ former Colt Bob Vogel
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-Gotta get to Owings Mills today. Add your own analysis.
Talk to you tomorrow.
Posted on 23 July 2009 by Glenn Clark
It was an uninspired, lifeless performance in the Bronx this week…..for the most part. But it wasn’t unexpected. July is the time of year when this team just struggles mightily because the season just feels silly to them. There’s nothing to play for, the excitement of a new season is gone, they don’t have a break to get to anytime soon; and they’re all worried about whether or not they’re going to need to move come July 31.
When you’re a bad baseball team, this is usually the most difficult time of the season. Sadly, August and September are rarely much better around here even if they are for other losing teams.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say……
Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:
Drew Forrester says O’s fell to 15-32 on road after sweep at Yankee Stadium
Drew Forrester says Drew Bennett Ravens ‘preferred choice’ amongst WR’s
Drew Forrester says Mason still hasn’t made comment since “retirement”
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Berken struggles as Birds swept in New York
The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says after day off today; Bergesen, Birds visit Penny, Red Sox tomorrow
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds make Sarasota official Spring Training home
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Virginia native Meredith happy to join team he grew up following
Yankees Official Site’s Anthony DiComo says Burnett takes care of business for Yanks in win
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says O’s suffered 5th loss in 6 games since All-Star break
The Sun’s Dan Connolly says John Angelos looking forward to joining ‘civic fabric’ of Sarasota
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Sarasota move appears to be ‘win-win’
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jones, Markakis hit solo HR’s in 9th to make things close
Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says moving to Sarasota will give Orioles better access to important opponents
New York Post’s George A. King says 47,000 at Yankee Stadium (including Orioles fans on the WNST bus) saw Yankees sweep Birds
New York Times’ Joe LaPointe says Swisher star at plate, in field for Bombers in victory
New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says Mariano Rivera saved Bruney to pick up 28th save of season
Newsday’s Evan Drellich says Swisher appeared ‘comfortable’ in RF during win
Newark Star-Ledger’s Matt Gelb says A-Rod, Cano each had RBI hits for Yanks in win
Bergen Record’s Al Iannazzone says Girardi thought Burnett ‘excellent’ in Yanks’ victory
ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:
Norfolk Tides Official Site says Chris Waters hit around in loss to Gwinnett
Bowie Baysox Official Site says Liz threw 7 shutout innings as Baysox topped Harrisburg
Frederick Keys Official Site says Florimon homered for Keys in loss to Salem
Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Welty homered for Shorebirds in win over Greenville
Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Colin Allen takes loss as Ironbirds shutout by Mahoning Valley
Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Gary Helmick went 3-4 with 3 runs scored in win over Greeneville
The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Miguel Abreu had 3 hits, 3 RBI for Baysox in win over Senators
Frederick News-Post says Jake Stevens took loss as Keys fell to Red Sox
Virginian-Pilot says Fiorentino homered for Tides in loss
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says 2nd year WR Marcus Smith feels like starting job ‘right in front of (his) face’
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says McGahee trying to claim back starting job from Ray Rice
The Official Site says Flacco turning heads with Reebok video
(If you haven’t seen the video yet……)
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says fans were excited to meet McGahee downtown at Boost Mobile
The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Ravens ‘worried’ about WR’s even if Mason comes back
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens reached out to Joe Horn
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says McGahee ‘feels great’ going into Training Camp
Washington Post’s Mark Maske reports Harbaugh says Mason wants to be in ‘right frame of mind’
CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco thinks Gooden will start next to 52 at ILB
NBC Sports’ Gregg Rosenthal says Mason told Harbaugh he’s ‘ready physically’
Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 12th in power rankings
SI’s Ross Tucker would be ‘angry’ if he were one of Mason’s teammates
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Horn must prove he ‘has it’ for Ravens to sign him
ESPN.com’s James Walker can’t gauge degree of success Ravens will have in trying to talk Mason out of retirement
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Mark Clayton on ‘hot seat’ in Baltimore
The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Turner may have QB spot solidified, but WR questions remain
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Moten, Wujciak give Terps ‘sure things’ at LB
ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have 7th best LB group in ACC
Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces freshman safety Eric Franklin (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces freshman QB Danny O’Brien (must subscribe)
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says early prognosticators high on Terps
TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:
Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says journey to Lithuania helped former Terp Langhorne
The Official Site says Brett Harvey helps Team USA claim gold at Maccabiah Games
Examiner Alexander Pyles explains mascot True Grit
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-Drew Bennett is apparently the Ravens’ ‘preferred choice’ at WR. I have had a few ‘preferred choices’ at the end of a long night of drinking that actually WEREN’T as pretty as Drew Bennett. He probably wouldn’t make a major difference, but the Ravens SHOULD bring him in, whether Mason returns or not. If he can’t play, the team will probably be able to tell that before September 13.
-The move to Sarasota is a positive thing. Certainly should have happened a few years ago, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t a positive upgrade for this organization.
-If you don’t understand the significance of Friday night’s soccer match; you probably aren’t a downtown business owner, or anyone who profits off of civic events. The World Football Challenge is a big deal. Artscape is a big deal. Preakness is a big deal. Ravens games are a big deal. The American Idol concert at the Arena is a big deal. Having more of these events come to downtown (or anywhere else in the region) would be a big deal. If there was a NASCAR track built in Aberdeen; THAT would be a big deal. We NEED these events. I’ll write more about it tomorrow for sure.
Talk to you tomorrow.