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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 06 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

RAVENS REPORT CARD:

Quarterback: B

I actually was going to give Joe a “B+” for the game, but after talking to national scouts and some people with the Ravens; I was told I was being OVERLY fair. Joe really struggled in the first half, looking nervous early on. He targeted Derrick Mason too much early on, and then zeroed in on his first receivers too much the rest of the game, not finishing progression. But he played well, almost well enough to win.

Running Backs/Fullbacks: B

Just a shame they didn’t get the ball more. Ray Rice had some stumbling problems, and they didn’t get one yard when they needed it most.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: C+

This was tough, as Derrick Mason was great early, but didn’t get going much the rest of the way. Kelley Washington and Todd Heap weren’t targeted much, and we all know what happened with Mark Clayton. It wasn’t as if they played poorly, but there wasn’t enough there to give them a high grade.

Offensive Line: B+

What Michael Oher did in moving from one side to the other was REALLY impressive, but it wasn’t the best game of the season for this unit otherwise. Chris Chester had a tough time after playing the best football of his career for the first 3 games.

Defensive Line: B

Actually a very good effort from this unit, but they did allow the Patriots some 6-9 yard rushes early in the game that opened things up for Tom Brady. The pressure was better though.

Linebackers: A-

I thought this group played really well. They got pressure; Terrell Suggs and Jarret Johnson made big plays, and Ray Lewis was all over the field. Even Dannell Ellerbe contributed in his first game action.

Secondary: B-

The safeties are not usually the issue in this unit. But Domonique Foxworth played pretty well (other than when Randy Moss pushed him out of the way) and Frank Walker made another really nice play.

Special Teams: B

Chris Carr’s gaffe really set the tone for the game, and it was a bad tone. Lardarius Webb played well. They’ll miss Brendon Ayanbadejo.

Coaching: B-

The play-calling was CLEARLY suspect from Cam Cameron. It might not have lost the game, but it didn’t help.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh claimed Ravens ‘not disappointed’ in Chris Carr

Drew Forrester says with Orioles season over, MacPhail should face media

Glenn Clark says Derrick Mason best Raven in loss, Drew Forrester picks Jarret Johnson

Nestor Aparicio says Birk doing community work in Baltimore AND Minnesota

Tom Clayton says Cam Cameron seemed to have ‘no interest’ in establishing control of ground game

Glenn Clark says Friedgen, Niumatalolo got ‘lucky’ over weekend

Rex Snider lost respect for Tom Brady after Ravens’ loss

Derek Arnold says Derrick Mason showing up everywhere

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s John Eisenberg says Patriots’ limited mistakes reason Ravens left New England on losing end

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens expected to bring back Prescott Burgess with Ayanbadejo’s season believed to be over

The Official Site says Harbaugh just wants officiating to be ‘fair and consistent’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh ‘hopeful’ to have Jared Gaither Sunday against Cincinnati

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco thought Ravens ‘took what (Patriots) gave (them)’ as far as play-calling was concerned

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Marvin Lewis expects all players to be available Sunday besides Andre Smith

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh noted Flacco was hit 5 times, Pats got just 1 roughing call

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley breaks down roughing penalties that have gone against Ravens

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens ‘more balanced and physical’ than New England

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh didn’t define returner between Chris Carr, Lardarius Webb moving forward

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh continued to describe Gaither’s injury as ‘not serious’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says NFL Network to re-broadcast Ravens-Patriots tonight

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens took to Twitter after loss in Foxborough

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbs doesn’t believe Ravens’ ‘reputation’ affects how games are called

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens not blaming Mark Clayton for loss to Patriots

The AP says Birk knows Ravens can’t dwell on officiating

The AP says Harbaugh knows Ayanbadejo a costly loss for Ravens

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy says Bengals will come to Baltimore struggling offensively

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Belichick had informed Pats that Ron Winter’s crew was quick to throw flags

SI’s Peter King dropped Ravens to 8th in power rankings

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown drops Ravens to 9th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens ‘B-‘ for effort in loss

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio has Ravens 6th in power rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site
previews Saturday’s trip to Winston-Salem to face Wake Forest

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Demon Deacons release (pdf)

The Official Site says Nick Ferrara, Demetrius Hartsfield honored by ACC

The Sun says Terps, Cavs will kick off at 4pm on 10/17 (GET ON THE BUS!!!!)

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Tyler Smith bounced back with big weekend

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says win over Clemson may have ‘saved’ season for Maryland

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Bruce Campbell underwent MRI yesterday, results expected in Ralph Friedgen’s press conference today

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps can’t rely on ‘luck’ moving forward (must subscribe)

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Ferrara shared specialist honor with Virginia’s Robert Randolph (ROBERT RANDOLPH?!?!?)

The Diamondback has Terps 8th in ACC power rankings

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps two games up on Florida State, Clemson in loss column early on

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Adrian Moten lead players only meeting last week

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Chris Turner ‘settled down’ in Clemson victory

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Torrey Smith continues to shine for Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ryan Donohue got first action against Clemson

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Lamar Young, Andrew Gonnella played well Saturday against Clemson

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps, ‘Hoos will be on ESPNU

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hartsfield first freshman Terp to be honored since DHB

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Davin Meggett had most touches for Terps in win

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Terps trust Don Brown

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Fridge got ‘cocky’ after Maryland’s win

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Hartsfield locked up weekly honor with final sack, strip of Kyle Parker

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says players-only meeting helped Terps get ‘focus’ for game against Tigers (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Adrian Moten ‘proud’ of Demetrius Hartsfield (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Pete Volk says Jeremiah Wilson’s commitment ‘unwavering’

Scout.com’s John Wallpher profiles ’11 DeMatha prospect Kouandjio (must subscribe)

Scout.com’s John Wallpher profiles ’10 Gwynn Park prospect Khalek Shepherd (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says charges dropped against Maryland freshman Jordan Williams

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Gary Williams ‘happy’ Jordan Williams issue is over

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Jordan Williams’ attorney Bill Stevens noted Jordan appeared to be trying to play role of peacemaker in incident

Washington Times’ Tim Lemke says film about Len Bias’ death will be part of ESPN Films’ “30 for 30” series

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary defended Jordan Williams as ‘outstanding person’, ‘great representative of (their) basketball team’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jordan Williams ‘expected to contend for playing time’ with Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says ESPN named Terps 14th best team of 2000’s

The AP says prosecutor Stilson says all parties in Jordan Williams case wanted charges dropped

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says St. Anthony prospect Ashton Pankey to visit College Park Oct. 16 (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says future Terp Alicia DeVaughn got ‘motherly’ feeling from Brenda Frese (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Houston to face Rice

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Owls preview (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Greg Jones, Ross Pospisil recognized by coaching staff from win over AFA

Go Mids says Joe Buckley, Wyatt Middleton, Jon Teague top players from Air Force game

Go Mids grades Mids’ win over Falcons (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Tigers’ trip to Rhode Island Saturday to face CAA foe

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says George Howard, Kemar Scarlett honored by MEAC

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Alex Lachman honored by Centennial Conference

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site
says Brandon Norwood, Brandon Hudson, Paul Cynewski all honored by ACFC

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Russell Branyan, Hank Blalock, Mark DeRosa, Prince Fielder could be offseason bat options for Birds to pursue

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Bergesen top Oriole in ‘09

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Brian Roberts Orioles’ MVP

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says John Lackey, Rich Harden, Randy Wolf, Jason Marquis, Tim Hudson, Erik Bedard, Ben Sheets could be offseason pitching options for O’s to pursue

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Uehara Birds’ ‘biggest disappointment’

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team added Jason Blackman, Ron Meehan, Bryan Milburn to coaching staff

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-For the record, Brian Roberts would have been my Orioles MVP as well.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Ravens 21, Patriots 19

Before the season, I would have said the Ravens had NO CHANCE to win in Foxborough. But they have a chance. I think the Patriots will struggle in the red zone. If the Ravens can keep Randy Moss and Benjamin Watson in check; they get a BIG win.

Clemson 30, Maryland 20

This pains me. I hope I’m wrong. I’m probably glad I won’t be in College Park tomorrow.

Navy 35, Air Force 30

As Drew Forrester said, “take the over.”

New Hampshire 41, Towson 17

Love Rob Ambrose, but it could be a long day tomorrow at Unitas Stadium

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Ravens won’t put Brigance in Ring of Honor

Glenn Clark says trip to Gillette Stadium could be ‘big’ for Hauschka

Drew Forrester says Orioles should allow fans to come to OPACY for free this weekend

Bob Haynie says Orioles ‘getting hot at wrong time of season’

Tom Clayton picks Ravens to beat Patriots

Lawson Lambert says Maryland ‘not a good football team’

Ed Frankovic says Caps opened season with win in Boston

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Cam Cameron believes Pats giving teams more of a 4-3 defensive look

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens 0-4 all time against New England

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Trevor Pryce returned to practice, Troy Smith remained out with illness

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Flacco/Brady being billed as matchup of ‘elite’ quarterbacks

The Official Site says Ray Rice thought scoring first TD ‘unbelievable feeling’

The Official Site says Kruger’s punt rush abilities in practice have been ‘really encouraging’ to Rosburg

The Official Site says Ray Lewis partnered with Gameloft to announce iPhone application

Patriots Official Site’s Erik Scalavino says Kaczur returned to practice; Mayo, Wilfork remained out

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh ‘admires’ Belichick, Patriots

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Hauschka must keep cool, Ravens must pressure Brady, and red-zone defense must continue to step up

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Pats can beat Ravens by getting ahead early, holding on to football, throwing jump balls to Randy Moss

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can ‘take advantage’ of Pats’ injuries in Foxborough Sunday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Fabian Washington, Domonique Foxworth have history in AFC West with Randy Moss

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Antwan Barnes getting nod over Paul Kruger as Suggs’ backup

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Ravens’ secondary will struggle with Patriots’ WR’s

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Kelley Washington grateful for chance he had with New England

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Demetrius Williams, Lardarius Webb have made big plays on Sam Koch punts

5 of 7 Sun analysts pick Patriots to beat Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says ‘chess match’ between Brady, Reed worth watching

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Patriots’ Adalius Thomas bucking trend of defensive players struggling after leaving Baltimore

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Heap believes Flacco ‘special’

Boston Globe’s Michael Vega says Terdell Sands expected to ‘bolster’ Pats’ D-Line with Wilfork banged up

Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian says Randy Moss revealed he was dealing with intense back pain against Falcons last week

Providence Journal’s Shalise Manza Young says Tom Brady expects Ravens to be different defensively than Rex Ryan’s Jets

Worcester Telegram’s Jennifer Toland says Flacco third straight solid young QB (Mark Sanchez, Matt Ryan) Patriots have faced

ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss says CBS’ Esiason likes Patriots Sunday

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt says Cam Cameron has done ‘nice job developing’ Flacco

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says despite future Hall of Fame players on field, Flacco will be best player Sunday

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Ravens, Patriots each throwing ball more

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Reed, Brady ‘cerebral’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens can legitimately discuss Super Bowl

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Waters stellar as Birds snapped 13 game funk with win over Rays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jason Berken takes Camden Yards mound tonight against David Purcey, Blue Jays

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Luke Scott missed Thursday’s game with sore left foot

Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says Garza’s quality effort not enough as Rays fell to O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Dave Trembley particularly celebratory after Birds broke losing streak

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Jays come to OPACY playing hot baseball

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says he’s not protecting Peter Angelos

The AP says Waters beat Rays in front of family from nearby Lakeland, FL

SI’s Ted Keith has Birds 28th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Justin Turner best 2B prospect in organization

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Friedgen thought Chris Turner particularly good in practice this week gearing up for Clemson

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Adrian Cannon trying to ‘zone’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Da’Rel Scott walking around campus with football this week

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Torrey Smith believes Terps could easily be 3-1 right now

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says students even avoiding Byrd Stadium during struggles

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Lamar Young, Andrew Gonnella will start at Guard for Terps

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps will be hard pressed to turn things around in ACC play

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps inspired by Johnny Holliday’s grandson Jack Rolle-who is battling cancer

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Bruce Campbell ‘blanked out’ when he drew personal foul against Rutgers

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Swinney expects Ralph to have Terps ‘ready to play’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps missed in O-Line recruiting with Evan Eastburn, Zach Marshall, Joe Faiella, Bearthur Johnson

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Clemson 23-7

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ferrara will kick, punt, handle kickoffs

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says visiting team has won last four Clemson-Maryland matchups

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Fulper will backup Gonnella

Charleston Post and Courier’s Travis Sawchik says baseball helped Tigers QB Kyle Parker improve

Columbia State’s Paul Strelow says Swinney will rely on CJ Spiller, Jacoby Ford offensively

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have no idea what backup QB Jamarr Robinson would bring to field

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps don’t want to play themselves out of Clemson game with turnovers, penalties (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Lempa plans to start McCullough Saturday (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says McCullough’s return Saturday ‘pivotal’ for Terps

Turtle Sports Report’s Ross Leonhart says Fridge worked with Da’Rel Scott on fumbles this week

Turtle Sports Report’s Ethan Rothstein chats with Maryland prospect Josh Furman (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Stoglin ‘loves’ Comcast Center

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps interested in 6’11 Ontario (Canada) prospect Nastic, a native of Serbia (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site’s Bob Socci says contest with Air Force about Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, not ‘mind games’

The Official Site says Pospisil semifinalist for National Football Foundation’s Bill Campbell Award-to be given to nation’s top scholar athlete

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Dobbs, Air Force QB Tim Jefferson each have Atlanta background

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo, Troy Calhoun battling for recruits

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dobbs (Douglas County), Jefferson (Woodward Academy) went to rival high schools in Georgia

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Air Force more ‘pivotal’ than Army for Midshipmen with C-i-C Trophy on the line

Denver Post’s John Henderson says Ricky Dobbs wants to beat Falcons, become President

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina breaks down Navy-AFA tomorrow (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says New Hampshire 5-0 all-time against Tigers

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Carroll County natives Brady Smith, Dan Bridges making impact for Tigers

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Muhlenberg

The Official Site offers complete Jays-Mules release (pdf)

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Hawks took lanes with highly regarded women’s bowling team

GOLF:

The AP says Lonnie Nielsen shot 65 to lead Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship through one round at Baltimore Country Club

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Tom Watson one stroke back on Five Farms course

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Jay Haas also one stroke back of Nielsen

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Belmont winner Summer Bird returns to track Saturday for Jockey Club Gold Cup

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Summer Bird will face older horses in Gold Cup at Belmont Park

The Sun says Luis Garcia could reach 1,000 career wins today at Laurel

BLAST:

Examiner Richard Crabbe says future of Blast, NISL in question

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team re-signed former Hereford star Goloboski

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The Orioles WILL lose 100 games this season. No chance they win 2 this weekend.

Talk to you this weekend.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 01 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

I get an incomplete again today. My apologies. Have to get out to 1 Winning Drive to find out if Troy Smith and Trevor Pryce are felling better.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ravens had to dismiss outsider trying to watch practice yesterday at 1 Winning Drive

Drew Forrester says Orioles NEED to win before end of season

Luke Jones says Melvin Mora should leave Baltimore with pride

Drew Forrester says Joe Angel took stab at Red Sox

Tom Clayton chose Golden Girls over Orioles (I would too)

Derek Arnold says Ravens have won their last 10 games against teams not named “Steelers”

Rex Snider says Ravens haven’t been world beaters against NFL’s best in recent years

Thyrl Nelson says Flacco, McGahee pretty good fantasy plays Sunday

Ed Frankovic picks Capitals 2nd in Eastern Conference

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez struggled as Rays beat Birds again

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of 13th straight loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Waters takes hill tonight at Tropicana Field against Matt Garza, Tampa Bay

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Bob McCrory to undergo surgery for torn labrum Friday

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says MacPhail, executives visited new Spring Training home in Sarasota

Rays Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says James Shields strong as Rays topped O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Wigginton crushed 2 run bomb in loss

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Bergesen can’t run 2 months after injury

The AP says Luke Scott left game with strained muscle in left foot

St. Petersburg Times’ Marc Topkin says Zobrist drilled 3 run homer in victory

Tampa Tribune’s Marc Lancaster says Carl Crawford also homered in win for Rays

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis, Tavares Gooden, Jarret Johnson, Todd Heap, Justin Bannan, Kelley Washington all ‘limited’ in practice

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh, Ravens want to be like Belichick, Patriots

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Paul Kruger willing to do anything to get on field

The Official Site says Harbaugh expects ‘chess match’ between Tom Brady, Ed Reed

The Official Site says Adalius Thomas not thinking about Baltimore anymore

The Official Site’s Mallory Steinberg says Heap, Flacco, Birk, Ayanbadejo, Frank Walker, Jameel McClain amongst Ravens involved in community this week

Patriots Official Site’s Erik Scalavino says practice squad TE Robbie Agnone thinks Flacco “same old dude” he was when two were teammates at Delaware, Pitt

Patriots Official Site says Prescott Burgess came back to practice squad

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jarret Johnson views A.D. as ‘playmaker’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Kruger continues to work on Special Teams, offered to play Tight End

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Derrick Mason can’t even think about ’07 loss to Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Domonique Foxworth knows Randy Moss ‘great player’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Trevor Pryce, Troy Smith didn’t practice due to injury

Boston Globe’s Michael Whitmer says Tom Brady thinks Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, Ravens defense ‘instinctive’

Boston Herald’s Ian Rapoport says Terrell Suggs thinks Tom Brady ‘one hell of a quarterback’

Providence Journal’s Shalise Manza Young says credit for Ravens’ offensive success belongs to Flacco, Cam Cameron

Worcester Telegram’s Rich Garven says Pats struggling in red zone

ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss says Wilfork, Kaczur, Mayo did not practice; Moss, Welker, D. Butler, M. Slater, Springs, Wilhite, M. Wright all limited for New England Wednesday

SI’s Don Banks keeps Ravens 1st in power rankings

4 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens to beat Patriots

NFL.com has Ravens 2nd in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 27-26

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Play by Play Voice Johnny Holliday to enter Athletics Hall of Fame tonight

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says CJ Spiller comes into Maryland game struggling

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says James Franklin thinks Chris Turner needs to improve when pass protection breaks down

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Nick Ferrara will handle punting responsibilities for Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph thinks Da’Rel Scott ‘hurting’ over fumbles

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph believes QB’s need to be ‘tough suckers’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says only Miami (Ohio) has turned ball over more than Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge ‘not overjoyed’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Nolan Carroll wants to be near Byrd Stadium field to watch games

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph Friedgen told ACC teleconference he held team meeting Tuesday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Pinegar will apparently be available Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Clemson beat writer Larry Williams thinks Swinney’s personality helping him through struggles

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says career over for OT Tyler Bowen

Charleston Post and Courier’s Travis Sawchik says Swinney wants Tigers to ‘stay the course’

Columbia State’s Paul Strelow says DC Kevin Steele knows Tigers’ red zone defense must improve

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Clemson 31-14

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps must avoid ‘turnovers and penalties’

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Terps get shot for “2nd season” as ACC play opens up Sunday (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Maurice Hampton ‘blossoming’ on O-Line for Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Tyler Bowen to be student-coach now (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Birchenough says practice ‘light’ Wednesday as Terps gear up for Tigers

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens offers changes to hoops schedule, including UNC Greensboro game on Comcast SportsNet

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Terps added French forward Tchatchouang

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says center Curtis Bass will have his hands full with AFA’s Ben Garland

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says lacrosse team to give away “rally towels” at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Saturday

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Bobby Doyle does a lot with a few carries

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Joe Buckley will handle kicking against Falcons

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Gee Gee Greene will continue to return kicks for Midshipmen

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Blake Carter regularly has big games against Air Force

Colorado Springs Gazette’s David Ramsey says Falcons have lost 6 straight in Commander-in-Chief Trophy series because Midshipmen have beat them in ‘clutch’

Go Mids picks Navy 28-27 over Air Force

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Bears’ MEAC opener Saturday at Bethune-Cookman

The Official Site offers complete Bears-Wildcats preview (pdf)

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says home games against Navy, Virginia highlight Tigers’ 2010 schedule

The Official Site offers complete 2010 schedule (pdf)

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site announces Don Zimmerman’s incoming class of 19

GOLF:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Fred Funk wants to win Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in front of home fans

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Nick Price, Loren Roberts, Larry Mize, Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara all have good shots this week

The Sun offers Tournament details for this week at Baltimore Country Club

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Should Dave Trembley come back? No, he’s not any good. Will he definitely get fired? I won’t say definitely, but my gut is that he does.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

From everything I’ve gathered, the Jordan Williams situation is not a big deal for the Terps. Certainly it is embarrassing, but it doesn’t appear to be anything that will affect Jordan Williams moving forward on the court. In fact, the charges can possibly be dismissed if Jordan agrees to participate in an anger management program.

I do not know the details of the arrest (nor does anyone else), but from what I could gather in speaking to people yesterday who know about law enforcement, these are usually the types of charges that come from minor incidents where a fight was involved. It shouldn’t reflect on Jordan Williams being some sort of violent character.

With all of that being said, it is NOT okay for a Division 1 athlete to put himself in those types of situations. Jordan Williams is an important part of what is expected to be a renaissance for Gary Williams’ program. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jordan was suspended for the exhibition game this season (similar to how Greivis Vasquez was last season), but I would find any further punishment unlikely.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester believes Ravens will win in Foxborough Sunday

Glenn Clark says Trevor Pryce knows Ravens most pressure Tom Brady even if they can’t sack him

Drew Forrester says McGahee has been Ravens’ ‘best’ player thus far in ’09

Glenn Clark says Oher was best Raven on field Sunday, Drew Forrester says Flacco

Nestor Aparicio says 100 losses would be particularly embarrassing for Orioles

Drew Forrester hearing rumblings about Tom Kelly around Baltimore

Glenn Clark hopes to visit Samuel Adams Brewery while in Boston with Ravens this weekend

Bob Haynie wonders if Ravens fans still root for Kyle Boller

Ed Frankovic breaks down likely opening night roster for Capitals

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says bullpen couldn’t back up Hendrickson as Birds fell in Tampa Bay

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of 11th straight loss

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Jeremy Guthrie to face Wade Davis, Rays tonight

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Brian Roberts now one of just 5 players in MLB history to register 25 stolen bases, 50 doubles, 70 walks, 100 runs scored in 3 straight seasons

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Orioles shut down Chris Tillman for season

Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says 10,352 at Tropicana Field to see Rays rally past O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says MacPhail met with Peter Angelos last week to discuss Trembley’s future

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says after 11th straight loss, Markakis said ‘there’s only so much we can do’

The Sun’s Candus Thomson remembers “Why Not?” Birds 20 years later

The Sun’s Candus Thomson talks about memories of ’89 Orioles with Dave Johnson

The Sun’s Candus Thomson talks about memories of ’89 Orioles with Bill Ripken

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jim Johnson, Chris Ray will ‘probably’ compete for closer job in ‘10

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds would be better off beating out Pirates for Number 2 pick in Draft

Examiner Jay Trucker says Albers, Danys Baez, Chris Ray all struggled out of pen for Birds

The AP says Dave Trembley not feeling sorry for (him)self despite Orioles’ 11 game losing streak

St. Petersburg Times’ Joe Smith says Zobrist homered for Rays in win

Tampa Tribune’s Tony Fabrizio says Willy Aybar connected for 3 run HR in Rays’ win

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 28th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 29th in power rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh credited coached John Matsko and Andy Moeller for O-Line success

The Official Site says Harbaugh reports team dealing with ‘new concussions’, does not identify which players

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says John Eisenberg joined BaltimoreRavens.com as columnist

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis was back out at 1 Winning Drive Monday for meetings after suffering stinger Sunday vs. Browns

New England Patriots Official Site says team waived Prescott Burgess, added DL Terdell Sands

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Cam Cameron has offense ‘firing on all cylinders’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Patriots, Bengals, Vikings will all ‘test’ Ravens

The Sun’s Edward Lee says defensive backs happy coaching staff didn’t adjust strategy for Cleveland game after struggles against Chargers

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Harbaugh ‘complimentary’ towards Belichick in Monday press conference

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Derrick Mason credited Steve McNair after reaching 800 catch milestone

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco on pace for 4,474 yards passing; 32 TD’s and 10 picks

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Kruger’s agent denied report rookie DE/LB doesn’t want to play Special Teams

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says only Ravens QB’s to throw as much as Flacco were Grbac, Testaverde-who made more mistakes than Joe Cool

Boston Globe’s Christopher L. Gasper says Fred Taylor happy to lead RB by committee group for New England

Boston Herald’s Ian Rapoport says Wilfork diagnosed with ankle sprain, status for Sunday unknown

Worcester Telegram’s Rich Garven says Patriots amongst NFL leaders defensively

Providence Journal’s Shalise Manza Young says Jerod Mayo was off crutches in Pats locker room Monday

ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss says Patriots don’t have to give up Draft pick to Ravens for Burgess because Burgess didn’t play Sunday against Falcons

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 4th in power rankings

NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi imagines Ravens will be in AFC Championship Game in January

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gave Ravens B+ for performance in win Sunday

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens will learn about Patriots from Jets, Rex Ryan

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Domonique Foxworth, secondary bounced back well after struggles in San Diego

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s ACC opener against Clemson

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

Clemson Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Byrd Stadium

Clemson Official Site offers complete Tigers-Terps release (pdf)

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Titus Till returned to field over weekend

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Friedgen ‘dismayed’ by mistakes Terps making

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps must fix -10 turnover margin

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Adrian Moten, Wujciak playing tough despite struggles

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge thinks Chris Turner a bit ‘skittish’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps, Deacs to kick off at 6:30 on October 10

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says money owed to Ralph, James Franklin makes situation tricky for Debbie Yow

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Maryland on ESPN360 again against Wake Forest

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Wujciak moved into EJ Henderson, Erin Henderson area of individual game tackling performances in Friedgen era

Charleston Post and Courier’s Travis Sawchik says Xavier Dye, Dwayne Allen also unhappy about roles with Tigers

Columbia State’s Paul Strelow says Clemson QB Willy Korn ‘wants to play’

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Virginia has more reason for ‘hope’ than Maryland

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Boys Latin CB prospect Michael Turner visited College Park (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says WR Kerry Boykins getting attention for blocking (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Wujciak had big day for Terps in loss to Rutgers (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Carlos Olazagasti updates season for Maryland opponents

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Register Citizen’s Ronald DeRosa says Jordan Williams turned himself in on charges of breach of peace, third degree assault

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Jordan Williams was arrested with four other defendants for an incident near a mall

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says details of Jordan Williams arrest not available due to sealed warrant

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Jordan Williams turned himself into Torrington (CT) police Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jordan Williams due back in court Monday for arraignment

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says charges against Jordan Williams stemmed from incident last month

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary Williams released statement saying Terps will ‘let judicial system run its course’ in Jordan Williams case

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says George Howard honored again by MEAC

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with Air Force

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen/Falcons release (pdf)

Air Force Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Annapolis

Air Force Official Site offers complete Falcons/Mids release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo understands Commander-in-Chief Trophy makes game with AFA more important

Washington Post’s Camille Powell looks back on close games during Navy’s 6 game win streak over Air Force

Colorado Springs Gazette’s Jack Schaller says game against Midshipmen may be ‘most important’ game in Troy Calhoun’s tenure in Colorado Springs

Go Mids breaks down performances of Mids in win over Western Kentucky (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Rob Ambrose believes Tigers ‘getting a little better each and every week’

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Sean Kelly, Brandon Hudson honored by ACFC

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Steve Anderson says Borel to ride Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in Goodwood Stakes

GOLF:

The Sun’s Don Markus says Tom Watson will be ‘star’ of Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in Timonium this week

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team brought back Brian Bradford

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I hear Drew talking about how the Orioles should be a 70+ win next season, and I can only think to myself “with what players?” Having Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz take a step forward would only solve PART of this organization’s problem.

-Tom Kelly? I guess. Certainly he’s a guy who knows a thing or two about winning, but I think if the Orioles are really committed to winning, they need to go with a younger guy who can grow with the players but already knows about winning. I said before that Bob Melvin would be my guy, and I still think he should be.

-The Ravens WILL have interest in bringing back Prescott Burgess, but I doubt he ends up back in Baltimore. Burgess was let go because the team just didn’t have room for him on the roster anymore. They don’t suddenly have any.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here’s your Ravens Report Card for their win over the Browns:

Quarterback: A-

I know he put up a personal record 342 yards in the victory, but there WERE areas where Joe could improve. He STILL seems to overthrow Ray Rice in dangerous spots on the field; but he has been very good otherwise.

Running Backs: A

In fairness, Drew and I could have probably run behind the holes that offensive line was giving them. The only area that this unit could improve is seeing more explosiveness from space from Ray Rice. That will come with his touches. Willis McGahee has been absolutely tremendous.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: A-

Kelley Washington and Derrick Mason were tremendous again yesterday. It was nice to see LJ Smith get involved as well. It is still frustrating to not see Demetrius Williams contribute.

Offensive Line: A+

I would put more pluses on this if I could. That was one of the most impressive performances I have EVER seen from an offensive line. Only Jared Gaither’s penalty was a mistake. Through three weeks, this has been the team’s best unit.

Defensive Line: A

Not that I thought the Browns would run on this team, but they didn’t. There could still be more pressure here, but we’re basically nitpicking.

Linebackers: A-

Need more pressure, and they cannot lose their assignments like they did a couple times yesterday on short passing plays. Otherwise, this was another very good game for their unit.

Secondary: B+

This is going to look like a bad grade, but it isn’t. Ed Reed with a bad penalty on Joshua Cribbs (he said he thought the ball was uncatchable, but he clearly mistimed that hit), and Mike Furrey wiggled free a few times. But they really did play well.

Special Teams: B+

Again, B+ is a REALLY good grade. Don’t forget that. This team needs to figure out what’s going on in the return game. They really need more explosiveness, and ability to use returns as an offensive weapon. Chris Carr has been disappointing. He doesn’t need TD’s, he just needs to create.

Coaching: A

I thought (like Drew) that John Harbaugh left Joe Flacco in the game too long. Other than that, it is hard to criticize a win like that.

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says play up front from Oher, Gaither, Birk, etc. making Ravens look like Super Bowl contenders

Drew Forrester says Ravens ‘very good’, Browns ‘very bad’

Glenn Clark can’t imagine how anyone watched any Orioles-Indians this weekend

Ed Frankovic says Caps topped Rangers in final preseason game

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco threw for career high 342 yards and TD as Ravens trounced Browns

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Cameron, Flacco ‘comfortable with opening playbook to fullest extent’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Rice finally breaks through for first career TD

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mason hauled in 800th career reception in win

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says McGahee’s 2 TD’s made him leading scorer in NFL

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison wonders if McGahee should be Ravens’ top back

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Foxworth set tone for good day from secondary with early INT

The Official Site says Harbaugh happy with win, thinks Ravens ‘can play better’

Cleveland Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says 29 yard FG from Cundiff only good news of day for Browns

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens stayed in first place in AFC North with win

The Sun’s Mike Preston says LJ Smith made first catch in purple in victory

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Brendon Ayanbadejo added 2nd INT of career in victory

The Sun’s Mike Preston gives especially high praise to all Ravens units for performance against Cleveland

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Derrick Mason abused Brandon McDonald and Abram Elam on 72 yard TD

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Patriots up next for red hot Ravens

6 of 6 Sun analysts thought Browns woeful in defeat

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says 70,950 at M&T Bank Stadium saw Ravens spank Browns

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Dawan Landry added pick for Ravens in win

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says ’09 Ravens looking like ’00 Super Bowl champion Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Ryan Chell says Cribbs ‘very disappointed’ with inability to get anything going against Ravens

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says neither Brady Quinn nor Derek Anderson could get anything going for Brownies

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says D’Qwell Jackson thought Flacco ‘much better in person’ than on film

Canton Repository’s Steve Doerschuk says Mangini wouldn’t settle on QB after loss

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Ravens have allowed just 153 rushing yards through 3 games

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer says Mason proving to be more than just ‘possession’ receiver

SI’s Don Banks imagines Ravens will remain atop power rankings

SI’s Peter King says Ravens best team in NFL

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says McGahee ‘difference maker’ for Ravens

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says McGahee helped himself by staying in Owings Mills this offseason

CBS Sports’ Gregg Doyel thinks Browns could be quitting

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens will stay on top of power rankings

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Matt O’Donnell
says Chris Tillman rocked as Birds swept by Tribe

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of sweep

The Official Site’s Matt O’Donnell says Hendrickson takes Tropicana Field mound tonight against Niemann, Rays

Indians Official Site’s Anthony Castrovince says David Huff outstanding as Indians shut out O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 29,930 at Progressive Field saw Tribe sweep Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Tillman shut down after losing to Indians

The AP says Trembley thinks streak ‘rough 10 games’ for Birds (It’s been a ‘rough 10 years’ for Orioles fans)

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Dennis Manoloff says Shoppach crushed 3 run bomb for Indians in win

Akron Beacon Journal’s Sheldon Ocker says David Huff made strong case to Mark Shapiro to start in 2010 with performance Sunday

Canton Repository’s Josh Weir says LaPorta also homered for Tribe in win

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph expects Travis Baltz to miss 2 weeks

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ferrara ‘likely’ to punt in place of injured Baltz

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Terps still haven’t beaten FBS team this season

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps off to worst start since 1997

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Ralph reported Pinegar had ‘bruised butt’

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps not necessarily dead in the water in awful ACC

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps were ‘lifeless’ at end of loss to Rutgers

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Chris Turner, Da’Rel Scott, Adrian Cannon have been disappointments for Maryland

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge ‘plans on getting better’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says OG’s Bennett Fulper, Lamar Young both nicked up

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps as bad statistically as they’ve been on field

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have -10 turnover ratio right now

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps allowing way too many points off turnovers

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens looks back on lowest moments for Chris Turner

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Friedgen imagines Jamari McCullough will be back at ‘full strength’ against Clemson

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich has Terps 11th in power rankings

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Birchenough says ’10 prospect Max Garcia interested in Terps (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says CB Blake Carter leader for Midshipmen

The Official Site says Staubach, Kaheaku-Enhada amongst best players in Navy-Marine Corps Stadium history

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Academy auctioning off uniforms worn by Mids against Toppers

Go Mids’ Matt Zemek says Mids were particularly good on 3rd down against Hilltoppers

Go Mids recognizes Ricky Dobbs, Kwesi Mitchell, Brian Ackerman for their play in win over Western Kentucky

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Not having Travis Baltz for 2 weeks is bad news . If they’re 1-5 going into the Virginia game that we’re taking the bus trip to, I might kill myself.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Just to follow up on something we were talking about this morning….

Ralph Friedgen is not going to be fired. James Franklin will be the next head coach.

They have a contract that stipulates that. The country, the state, and the school are all in a recession. I don’t think Ralph Friedgen SHOULD be fired, but the poin I’m trying to make is that it doesn’t matter. He’s not going to be.
James Franklin will be the next head coach unless James Franklin decides not to be (or something particularly crazy happens).

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Mangini has special memories of spending inaugural season (’96) with Ravens

Thyrl Nelson thinks Flacco good play Sunday vs. Browns

Brian Billick enjoyed catching up with Rex Ryan before making appearance at Mother’s in Federal Hill

Ed Frankovic says former Caps goalie Kolzig retired

Ed Frankovic says Capitals beat Blackhawks 6-2 in preseason contest

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie loser again as Birds swept by Blue Jays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says after day off today, David Hernandez takes Progressive Field mound against Fausto Carmona, Indians

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Reimold had successful Achilles surgery Wednesday

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says Scott Richmond went 5 innings to lead Jays past O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Michael Aubrey, Wieters homered for Birds in loss

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Trembley believes Reimold should be ready to return for Spring Training

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Brian Roberts, Melvin Mora had Wednesday off

Examiner Jay Trucker says Andy MacPhail not talking about Dave Trembley decision

The AP says Travis Snider homered for Jays in win

Toronto Star’s Dave Perkins says 13,743 at Rogers Centre saw Jays sweep Birds

Toronto Globe and Mail’s Robert MacLeod says British Columbia native Richmond wasn’t perfect in victory

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says LJ Smith (hamstring), Zbikowski (concussion) fully practiced Wednesday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis expects former teammate Jamal Lewis to ‘run hard’ Sunday returning to Baltimore

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Derrick Mason not concerned with Ravens’ status in power rankings

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Frank Walker thinks Ravens need to forget about Chargers’ passing performance Sunday

The Official Site says Browns coach Mangini thinks DC Rob Ryan ‘similar to’ former Ravens DC Rex Ryan

Cleveland Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says Brady Quinn making first AFC North division start at ‘unfriendly’ M&T Bank Stadium

Cleveland Browns Official Site’s Matt Florjancic says FB Lawrence Vickers knows Ravens’ defense must be stopped at ‘point of attack’

Cleveland Browns Official Site’s Matt Florjancic says Jamal Lewis trying to snap Ravens’ 37 game streak of not allowing 100 yard rusher

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Jarret Johnson (shoulder), Fabian Washington (illness), Jared Gaither (illness)

The Sun’s Ken Murray says McGahee ‘new man’ in ‘09

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Demetrius Williams wants to ‘make impact’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Domonique Foxworth has particularly ‘short memory’

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says former Raven Brigance to be honored on 40th birthday next week

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says national media outlets on Ravens ‘bandwagon’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Oher, Chester playing particularly well together

7 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens over Browns

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Kelley Washington brings ‘swagger’ to field

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Justin Bannan (knee) limited in practice

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says James Davis, Jerome Harrison would ‘share the load’ if Jamal Lewis can’t go Sunday in Baltimore

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Brady Quinn thinks Browns can ‘work through’ offensive issues

Akron Beacon Journal’s Stephanie Storm says Tackle John St. Clair knows Browns must go ‘back to drawing board’ to stop pass rush

Canton Repository’s Steve Doerschuk says Mangini continues to let go of Phil Savage’s Draft picks

8 out of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens over Browns

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 1st in power rankings

NFL.com has Ravens 2nd in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 34-17

Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez says Ravens must beat Steelers to contend

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Kelley Washington’s emergence has hurt Demetrius Williams

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps last in ACC in run defense, scoring defense

The Sun’s Jeff Barker waiting for Davin Meggett to ‘break out’

The AP says Tom Savage will be Rutgers’ starter at QB if he’s healthy

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says ACC Championship not out of picture for Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says James Franklin believes Adrian Cannon has ‘disappeared’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Knights trying to avenge 2007 loss to Terps in Piscataway

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens breaks down all plays that could have changed Middle Tennessee State game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Rutgers beat writer Keith Sargeant believes Maryland game ‘most important test’ for Scarlet Knights

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 7 Terps originally from New Jersey

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says missing Jamari McCullough means Terps missing one of ‘smartest’ players

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Schiano still uncertain of Tom Savage’s status

Newark Star-Ledger’s Brendan Prunty says Ralph believes ‘inexperience’ hurting Terps

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Isaiah Ross amongst freshmen who could see expanded roles

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Fridge doesn’t regret going a bit softer on Terps over summer

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps believe MTSU ‘underestimated’

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Rutgers 20-17

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Cameron Chism worth watching

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Tyler Bowen facing up and down battle with health (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps seeing ‘glimpses’ from WR Kevin Dorsey (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Chris Turner has ‘good memories’ of Scarlet Knights (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin says Terps have been much better at Byrd Stadium in recent years

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Examiner Matthew Schlissel
says Tigers haven’t lost to Bears since 2003-a game also at Hughes Stadium

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Midshipmen getting less production from FB position with Teich

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Jon Teague will handle kicking against Western Kentucky

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Teich ‘more comfortable’ at FB position

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Wyatt Middleton pitching in at OLB

Go Mids’ Chris Rohe breaks down individual matchups with Western Kentucky (must subscribe)

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest against Towson

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

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror could be without WR’s Nick Bender, Matt Cahill

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site announces ’09-’10 schedule, including opener vs. Lonergan, Vermont

BALTIMORE COLTS:

Ravens Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Levinson to premiere Colts Marching Band documentary at M&T Bank Stadium

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Peyton Manning not as great as Unitas

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Broadway Producer favorite for Maryland Million Classic

BOXING:

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mark “TNT” Tucker, Strohl to weigh-in tonight at Carroll County Agricultural Center

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-It was fun doing “fake Orioles radio” this morning. If only we could do real Orioles radio. Check out the Audio Vault at WNST.net.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-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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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 18 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are your weekend picks:

Chargers 23, Ravens 20 (OT)

This is my fancy way of saying that I think this game is a COMPLETE toss-up. I’m picking overtime, and I’m giving the home team the AUTOMATIC 3 points. I wouldn’t bet this game if you begged me to. Of course, I don’t bet on football (really), so I’m probably not the guy whose opinion matters. These are two good football teams. San Diego has the advantage because the Ravens are going to the other side of the country. That’s all.

Maryland 31, Middle Tennessee State 20

Losing Phillip Tanner will hurt the Blue Raiders, who I think would have been a MUCH more legitimate upset candidate with their starting RB. They’ll still give the Terps a mighty scare, but Maryland won’t fall at home.

Coastal Carolina 31, Towson 17

This will be a more competitive game than the score indicates, but the Chanticleers are better than Rob Ambrose’s Tigers right now.

Pitt 38, Navy 27

Navy is better than they were last year. Pitt isn’t as good as they were last year. But this game is still at Heinz Field, and the Panthers will get the home win.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Week 2 game could have AFC playoff ramifications

Bob Haynie wonders if Maryland or Navy will win more games this season

Glenn Clark impressed by story of Vince Young doing right thing for McNair’s kids

Ed Frankovic says Caps topped Sabres in preseason opener

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Rays’ Wade Davis shut out Birds in win

The Official Site offers numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jeremy Guthrie takes hill tonight at Camden Yards against Clay Buchholz, Red Sox

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Mickolio to DL with shoulder inflammation

Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says 12,000 at OPACY saw Rays top O’s

Red Sox Official Site’s John Barone says BoSox come to Baltimore with poor 34-37 record away from Fenway Park

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Hendrickson went just 3 1/3 innings in taking loss to Rays

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Chris Tillman to make two more starts before being shut down

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Sox bring 6 game lead over Rangers in Wild Card race to weekend series

Examiner Jay Trucker says Birds to visit San Diego, San Francisco next season

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Dave Trembley thought Wade Davis’ complete game ‘tremendous accomplishment’

The AP says Michael Aubrey had two hits for Birds in loss to Rays

St. Petersburg Times’ Marc Topkin says Joe Maddon allowed Davis to throw 124 pitches to finish shutout

Tampa Tribune’s Marc Lancaster says Carl Crawford, Evan Longoria had RBI singles for Tampa Bay in win

SI’s Ted Keith has Birds 27th in power rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Brandon McKinney heaviest of Ravens group that includes most 300+ pounders in NFL

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Tavares Gooden, Terrell Suggs, Ed Reed all expected to play Sunday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens know they have to get pressure on Phillip Rivers

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens know they’re facing ‘outstanding’ back in Sproles even if Tomlinson can’t play

The Official Site’s Patrick Gleason says Derrick Mason can become 23rd ever player to reach 800 catches with 6 Sunday in San Diego

The Official Site says Cam Cameron doesn’t think time spent in San Diego gives him advantage Sunday

Chargers Official Site’s Casey Pearce says LB’s Shawne Merriman, Shaun Phillips expect to see plenty of blockers left in on pass protection

Chargers Official Site says Bolts have until 4:15 EST today to sell remaining 1,100 tickets, avoid blackout

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Heap ‘relieved’ to be healthy again

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Suggs, Gooden practiced fully; Smith, Reed limited in practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens have history of struggling against Antonio Gates

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens must dominate Chargers’ O-Line, keep secondary ‘in sync’, spread ball around to receivers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens could be hurt by Gates, losing field position battle, failing to ‘contain’ Merriman

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Fabian Washington knows Bolts will ‘take their shots’ downfield Sunday

The Sun remembers Ravens only ever win at Qualcomm Stadium in ‘03

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens to wear purple at M&T Bank Stadium for rest of home games except black against Bears

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Zbikowski missed practice Thursday (concussion)

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says “Lights Out” trying to move past injuries, Tila Tequila distraction

San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee says DC Ron Rivera wants pass rush to result in more sacks

SI’s Peter King picks Chargers 23-21 (Edit from GMC: Thanks NM.)

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt looking forward to Suggs-McNeill matchup

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco picks Chargers 24-17

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says T-Sizzle will be ‘probable at worst’ for Sunday

ESPN.com’s John Clayton thinks Ravens-Chargers 5th best game of week

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Pinegar, Wujciak to carry flags tomorrow at Byrd Stadium

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Tony Logan ‘probable’ against Blue Raiders

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Don Brown’s defense yet to force turnover this season

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps trying to avenge last year’s trip to Murfreesboro

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Chris Turner is ‘glue’ holding Terps together

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Chris Turner’s running now ‘regular feature’ in offense

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut picks Terps 33-24

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell picks Terps 33-30

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Kenny Tate, Anthony Wiseman likely to return punts vs. Raiders

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Stephon Heyer, Jared Gaither, Bruce Campbell only freshmen before Fulper to start this decade

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Terps 31-30

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Yeatman would count against football scholarship limit if he played in ‘10

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Friedgen ran no-huddle in practice to prepare for MTSU’s offense

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have allowed injured players to travel before (including Jaimie Thomas in ’07)

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps will be better with Bruce Campbell, Jamari McCullough

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Raiders will have ‘confidence’ after win over Terps last year

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Nolan Carroll’s injury this year similar to Kevin Barnes’ injury last year (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Nolan Carroll to be at midfield for coin flip before MTSU game (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Birchenough thinks Terps will try to ‘pound the ball’ with Da’Rel Scott and Davin Meggett

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Pitt Official Site says Greg Williams still ‘adjusting’ to LB role

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says punter Delahooke cementing legacy in Annapolis

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says DE Michael Walsh still battling back from surgery after nice game against Louisiana Tech

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo taking Wes Henderson on trip to Pitt along with brother Nick since family lives in area

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Navy was comfortable trying to come from behind against Ohio State thanks to rallies against Notre Dame, Tempe last year

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Zingler finally contributed during win over Bulldogs

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Marcus Curry making impact for Mids at Slotback position

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Mids trying to avenge last year’s loss to Pitt at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Paul Zeise
says Panthers OC Cignetti wants to go downfield more

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Ralph Paulk says Mids know ‘duty’ comes first

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says WR Cegles trying to answer detractors

HORSE RACING:

The Sun says Maryland Jockey Club unveiled logo for 2010 Preakness

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says former Milford Mill, Virginia Tech star Richard Johnson re-signed with AIFA team

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Kudos to Perry Hall for naming their track after Coach Jerry Martin last night. More kudos for a 14-9 win over Tuscarora.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 16 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Internet issues here at 1550 Hart Rd. (my fault, not anyone’s here) this morning kept me from polishing off Crabs and Beer this morning, so I didn’t get to comment on Lisa Horne’s note on FoxSports.com that Maryland & Virginia would be in a bidding war for the services of Jeff Jagodzinski as head coach.

Insane.

Maryland has a succession plan. James Franklin will be the next head coach. Economically, even a 2-10 season couldn’t change such plans. That’s just where they’re at.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Ravens ‘potentially’ interested in free agent WR Baskett

Glenn Clark says Cedric Peerman now only Ravens Draft pick not under team control

Nestor Aparicio offers photographic evidence of how empty Camden Yards

Drew Forrester says ‘no one’ at Orioles-Rays game last night

Drew Forrester offers free tickets for Towson-Coastal Carolina tailgate party Saturday night

Brian Billick to speak with John Harbaugh on FoxSports.com

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Wieters tallied 5 RBI for Birds in win over Rays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Tillman takes hill tonight against Andy Sonnanstine, Rays at Camden Yards

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Pie returned to lineup, hit leadoff

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Brian Roberts, Roberto Alomar locked in battle at 2B in all-time lineup

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds to open ’10 season in Tampa Bay, host Blue Jays in home opener April 9

Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says Zobrist doubled, tripled for Rays in loss to O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Jason Berken won 3rd straight start as Birds topped Rays

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Mora played 793rd game at third base with Birds, passing Doug DeCinces for 2nd all time in organization’s history (behind Brooks Robinson)

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds should get off to better start next year facing AL Central, AL West opponents

The Sun says Birds to face Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Giants, Padres in interleague play in 2010

The Sun says B-Rob broke own single season doubles record

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says 11,575 saw Birds top Rays at OPACY

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Trembley sat Reimold to reward Jeff Fiorentino

The AP says Brian Roberts tallied 52nd double in 3rd inning, setting new franchise record

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 25th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Frederick News-Post’s Adam Behsudi says Keys’ Caleb Joseph won Orioles’ Elrod Hendricks Award for Community Service

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says 5th round pick Davon Drew rejoined Ravens via practice squad

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Harbaugh knows Ravens will answer critics “on Sunday”(s)

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Chargers’ Tomlinson, Nick Hardwick, Louis Vasquez, Luis Castillo, Jamal Williams, Antwan Applewhite all hurt during win over Raiders

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Special Teams likely determining factor in why Kruger didn’t dress for Chiefs game

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Antwan Barnes, Brendon Ayanbadejo honored Brigance with dance after Special Teams tackle

The Official Site says Flacco, Oher up for weekly awards

The Official Site offers thoughts on Kanye West-Taylor Swift battle from Brandon McKinney, Dannell Ellerbe, Brendon Ayanbadejo

Chargers Official Site’s Casey Pearce says tickets still available for Ravens game Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium

The Sun’s Mike Preston hopes Ravens don’t ‘rely’ too much on Flacco

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jarret Johnson beat up for not taking down former Alabama teammate Brodie Croyle harder Sunday

The Sun says Isaac Smolko waived to make room for Davon Drew

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says OL Chris Chester ‘total package’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Oher wants to be viewed as football player, not subject of book, movie “The Blind Side”

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens, Chargers particularly ‘similar’

The Sun’s Gus Sentementes says Ray Lewis opening MVP Entertainment facility in Hunt Valley

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says other than Gaither giving up sack to Hali, O-Line was particularly impressive against Kansas City

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says OL Brian Johnson received injury settlement from Ravens

San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee says Nick Hardwick ‘most likely’ Bolt to miss Sunday’s game

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Norv Turner will use Michael Bennett as ‘backup plan’ if LT can’t go

NFL.com has Ravens 6th in power rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Middle Tennessee State Official Site says Coach Rick Stockstill thinks Maryland fans want ‘revenge’ on Blue Raiders more than Maryland players

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner showing off ability on ground

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Middle Tennessee QB Dwight Dasher should give Terps good ‘preview’ off mobile ACC QB’s like Tyrod Taylor

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Terps get another shot at slowing down spread offense vs. MTSU

The AP says Anthony Wiseman knows last year’s loss will make Terps ‘respect’ Raiders this year

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Ralph Friedgen admits Nolan Carroll ‘almost certainly’ will not get extra year of eligibility

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says despite hype, freshmen Caleb Porzel, D.J. Adams, Dexter McDougle, Eric Franklin, Avery Murray yet to see field

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge frustrated with penalties

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says fans concerned about how loud marching band was during JMU game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps had just 5 ‘explosive’ plays against James Madison

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Caleb Porzel, Louis Berman will remain OUT vs. Raiders

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cameron Chism listed as CB starter opposite Anthony Wiseman on depth chart

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Don Brown in no rush to get McDougle on field

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Don Brown saw ‘positive signs’ from defense in win over Madison

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Terps need to take ‘pressure’ to pursuit of QB’s (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles CB Dexter McDougle (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Seton Hall Prep (NJ) PG prospect Sterling Gibbs impressed with visit to College Park (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says former Terps Crystal Langhorne, Marissa Coleman returning to Comcast Center for WNBA playoffs with Washington Mystics

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Don Markus says former Tiger Tamir Goodman retiring from basketball to take job as Director of Haifa Hoops for Kids

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Buddy Green, staff recognized for defensive performance against Louisiana Tech

Pitt Official Site previews Saturday’s showdown at Heinz Field

Pitt Official Site offers complete Midshipmen/Panthers release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Panthers similar to team who beat up Mids in Annapolis last year

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Marcus Curry, Jabaree Tuani, Gary Myers named Team MVP’s from Louisiana Tech game

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Marcus Curry bounced back from preseason illness, making impact for Mids

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says 43 yarder against Bulldogs helped calm kicker Joe Buckley

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo thinks Panthers ‘big, strong, fast’

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Paul Zeise says O-Line opening up holes for Dion Lewis thus far

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Kevin Gorman says Greg Cross playing role of Ricky Dobbs in practice for Panthers

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina breaks down Saturday’s trip to Pittsburgh (must subscribe)

Go Mids updates seasons for Mids’ opponents

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Oct. 15 game against Howard to be televised on ESPNU

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Frankie Allen announces Kevin White, Jamal Edwards, Lyvann Obame, Sean Berry, James Cotton as recruiting class

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Dave Litfin says Belmont winner Summer Bird breezed Tuesday with Desormeaux on board

Thoroughbred Times says ESPN to televise Goodwood Stakes (with Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird) or Lady’s Secret Stakes (with undefeated Zenyatta) October 10

SWIMMING:

Loyola Official Site says Michael Phelps topped Shaquille O’Neal in “Shaq Vs.” episode taped in Loyola pool

GOLF:

The Sun says Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Gil Morgan, Jim Thorpe all commit to Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to Brian Roberts for his franchise record 52nd double of the season. We’re sorry none of it matters.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 15 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

To everyone who says “the Chargers didn’t look that good last night, I think the Ravens are gonna roll them” after watching the Raiders scare the living daylight out of the Bolts; please think again.

The Chargers are a good football team. In fact, they’re a VERY good football team. They will continue to get better week in and week out; even with Norv Turner as their coach. They will likely figure out a way to get LaDainian Tomlinson more involved in the offense.

And the Ravens are traveling across the country. Good teams RARELY lose at home against teams that travel across the country. The Ravens will be in for an absolute DOGFIGHT Sunday and face a VERY uphill climb.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark thought Heap best Raven in Week 1, Drew Forrester chose Flacco

Glenn Clark says Enberg and Fouts will have Ravens/Chargers call on CBS

Luke Jones says Ravens got ground game going when ‘needed’ against Chiefs

Nestor Aparicio has details on events in San Diego this weekend for Ravens fans

Bob Haynie says Cam Cameron will have offense prepared ‘accordingly’ for each opponent

Drew Forrester has feeling Terps might fall to Middle Tennessee

Rex Snider thinks M&T Bank Stadium needs to try new approach to Star Spangled Banner (I don’t know what’s funnier here-someone complaining about a VERY GOOD singer singing the national anthem, or the fact that I’ve heard other dummies say the same thing.)

Chris Pika says Heap ‘back in a big way’ in win over KC

Glenn Clark says Maryland Cornhole Cup amongst highlights of non-baseball week

Eric Aaronson says staying healthy big for Ravens in Week 1 win

Drew Forrester holding event at Mount Pleasant to raise money for “First Tee” program

Eric Aaronson enjoyed hanging out with everyone in Dundalk for WNST Neighborhood Tour

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez ‘knocked out early’ for 5th time in last 9 starts as Birds fell to Rays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss to Rays

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jason Berken takes mound tonight at Camden Yards against Jeff Niemann

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds shut down rookie Matusz for season

Tampa Bay Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says Brignac hit first career homer for Rays in win over O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Kranitz thinks Hernandez ‘not making good pitches’

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Trembley thinks shutting Matusz down ‘right thing to do’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley reported ‘September fatigue’ NOT reason for David Hernandez’s problems

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Matusz will be eligible to win Rookie of the Year next season

Examiner Jay Trucker says having Matusz shut down means one less reason for fans to watch Orioles

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says 10,000 fans at OPACY saw Birds fall to Rays

The AP says Mora, Wieters, Scott had RBI singles in loss

St. Petersburg Times’ Marc Topkin says David Price winner as Rays topped Birds

Tampa Tribune’s Marc Lancaster says BJ Upton added homer for Rays in win

SI’s Ted Keith names Brian Roberts amongst most ‘underrated’ players

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

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 27th in power rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh reported Gooden has ‘mild’ knee sprain

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Matt Birk to donate brain for research following death

The Official Site says Harbaugh reported Zbikowski ‘should be fine…..just a matter of his head clearing up’ after concussion

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh thought issues on blocked punt ‘very identifiable and very easily corrected’

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison looking forward to seeing what Ravens rushing attack can do against Browns in 2 weeks

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says defense still ‘dominating and effective’ without Rex Ryan, Bart Scott, Jim Leonhard

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Flacco’s TD pass to McGahee biggest ‘highlight’ of win over Chiefs

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says only Arizona Cardinals threw football more than Ravens amongst NFL teams Sunday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McGahee views Running Backs as “Fantastic Three”

The Sun’s Mike Preston enjoyed Ravens’ passing attack, but knows offense needs to start on ground

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Seahawks’ Tatupu, Cardinals’ Morey also donating brains

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jameel McClain likely would start if Tavares Gooden can’t go Sunday in San Diego

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens ‘solid’ in win over Kansas City

The Sun says NFL Network to re-air Ravens-Chiefs tonight

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Todd Heap thought offensive outburst ‘fun’ in win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens ‘targeting’ Sunday against Chargers as return for TE LJ Smith

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Todd Heap, Mark Clayton ‘answered questions’ in win over Kansas City

The AP says Birk, Tatupu, Morey donating brains to Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Gooden’s career ‘injury plagued’ thus far

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Hauschka resembles Entourage star Kevin Connolly

ESPN.com’s James Walker expects Rosburg, Harbaugh ‘to make special teams an even bigger point of emphasis’ this week

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Flacco and Matt Ryan showed they won’t ‘unravel’ in 2nd NFL season

NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi says Ravens now have ‘complete offense’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with Middle Tennessee State

The Official Site offers complete Terrapins/Blue Raiders release (pdf)

The Sun says Rutgers game to kick off at 3:30, air on ESPN360

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire has Terps 10th in power rankings

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says LB Wujciak thinks loss of Nolan Carroll will ‘hurt’ Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says MTSU RB Phillip Tanner to miss Saturday’s game

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says James Franklin had Chris Turner throw so many WR screens to get ‘free access’ to outside of defense

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Turner’s pass to Ronnie Tyler on 4th down big for Terps in win over JMU

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Blue Raiders expected to play D.D. Kyles at RB

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps got just 4th win in Friedgen era when giving up 200+ yards rushing

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Fulper 15th true freshman to play in Friedgen era

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Scarlet Knights game will be 3rd straight game on ESPN360

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says reserve QB Brent Burnette also OUT for Raiders

Sporting News’ Matt Hayes has Terps 10th in ACC power rankings

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says kicker Nick Ferrara carries himself like ‘seasoned veteran’ despite having played just 2 college football games (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Da’Rel Scott played Saturday against James Madison battling strep throat bug (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says James Johnson committed to Virginia despite having offer from Terps

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Pittsburgh

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen/Pitt release

The Official Site says Mids-Panthers to air on ESPN360

Pitt Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with Navy at Heinz Field

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says former Navy OL Antron Harper ‘humbled’ by being named amongst best players of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium history

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dobbs much different QB than player Pitt saw last year

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Paul Zeise says Wannstedt knows Panthers defense can’t struggle like they did in giving up 500+ yards to Buffalo last week

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s John Grupp says safety Elijah Fields will have ‘increased role’ starting with Navy Saturday

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Pitt coach Wannstedt ‘concerned’ about Dobbs’ arm (must subscribe)

Go Mids’ Matt Zemek says Niumatalolo’s team showed ability to bounce back with win over Louisiana Tech following loss to Ohio State

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s opener against Coastal Carolina

USA Today’s Robert Klemko says deaf LB Bonheyo playing with ‘chip on his shoulder’

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Gulls punter Andrew Geisert honored by ACFC

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team signs former Terp Henry Scott

SWIMMING:

Loyola Official Site says Michael Phelps’ episode of “Shaq vs.” airs tonight on ABC-taped in Loyola pool

BALTIMORE COLTS:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Brian Matusz might be eligible to win the Rookie of the Year award again next season; but I will guess he doesn’t. Matusz might have a stellar season, but unless the Orioles go out and get some pop in the lineup he will struggle to put up 12-14 wins.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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