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Greatest Ravens by jersey number (41-60)

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Greatest Ravens by jersey number (41-60)

Posted on 27 August 2010 by Luke Jones

With Sports Illustrated releasing its list of all-time best NFL players by jersey number this week, I decided to look back at the 15-year history of the Baltimore Ravens to construct a list of the greatest players for Nos. 1-99.

Part 1 and Part 2 covered jersey numbers 1 through 40 if you missed them.

Part 3 (41-60) presents the most obvious choice on the list—who was also chosen as the greatest player to wear his number in the history of the National Football League—as well as two of the most obscure numbers in team history.

41 Frank Walker (2008-09)

He was never popular among fans due to his propensity for drawing penalty flags, but Walker was not as bad as some made him out to be. Injuries often forced the backup into starter duty where his weaknesses were exposed.

His only competition for this number was Ralph Staten, a once-promising safety who was jettisoned from the team due to character issues in the spring of 1999. Regardless of where you stand with Walker, he is a pretty clear choice and has at least one big fan on YouTube.

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Knowing Walker, it would not be a complete shock to find out he made this video himself.

42 Anthony Mitchell (2000-02)

I went back and forth between Mitchell and fullback Lorenzo Neal, but Mitchell’s three seasons in Baltimore allowed him to grab the honor. Mitchell spent his first two seasons with the Ravens as a special teams contributor before his workload in the secondary increased in 2002, starting six games and grabbing three interceptions.

Of course, the mere mention of Mitchell makes Baltimore think about a certain blocked field goal return in Nashville (check the 3:30 mark).

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43 Haruki Nakamura (2008-present)

Despite a promising future, Nakamura has done little to distinguish himself other than contributing on special teams in his first two seasons. However, it tops the work of other defensive backs like Vashone Adams and Anthony Poindexter.

44 Jason Brookins (2000-01)

The big tailback rushed for 551 yards in 2001, beating out the likes of Tony Vinson and Willie Gaston. Brookins is most remembered for leaving the Packers camp a year later after the staff asked him for his playbook, the traditional sign that a player is being cut. It turns out the coaching staff only wanted to add some new plays and by the time Brookins received the message, Green Bay coach Mike Sherman decided to cut the running back.

And the Baltimore coaching staff questioned his decision-making and intelligence while with the Ravens. Imagine that.

45 Corey Harris (1998-2001)

Harris

Harris spent most of his Ravens career as a backup and solid return man, but stepped up in a big way when safety Kim Herring went down with a sprained ankle in the 2000 playoffs. He started against Tennessee and Oakland and started all 16 at strong safety the following season.

46 B.J. Ward (2005)

The Florida State safety played in 15 games in 2005, making 11 tackles and forcing a fumble. Why is he the pick at No. 46? There is no record of any other player wearing the number in the regular season for the Ravens.

47 Will Demps (2002-2005)

The undrafted rookie was the surprise of training camp in 2002, not only winning a roster spot but becoming a starting safety next to Ed Reed for four seasons. Demps returned an interception for a touchdown in the Ravens’ only playoff game during his time in Baltimore, a 20-17 loss to the Titans in January 2004.

48 Frank Hartley (1996)

If linebacker Edgar Jones — who had previously worn Nos. 91 and 84 before switching to 48 this offseason — makes the 53-man roster this season, he immediately grabs the distinction. Until then, the tight end Hartley holds this spot despite never making a catch in eight games in 1996.

Don’t worry, I didn’t remember him either.

49 Chad Williams (2002-05)

Chad Williams

Williams is the easy choice after playing four seasons in Baltimore, registering eight interceptions and scoring three touchdowns as a backup safety.

50 Antwan Barnes (2007-present)

Though Dunbar graduate Tommy Polley and reserve linebacker Brad Jackson earn strong consideration, Barnes wins the honor with five career sacks and strong special teams play over his first three seasons with the Ravens. Despite a high ceiling, Barnes has yet to provide a consist impact as a pass rusher off the edge, something he hopes to change this season.

51 Cornell Brown (1997-2000, 2002-04)

Some will argue special teams standout Brendon Ayanbadejo for this spot, but Cornell Brown is the obvious choice despite wearing No. 90 in his second stint with the Ravens. Brown made 25 starts and was very good against the run, ofter sharing time with Peter Boulware when the Pro Bowl linebacker was ailing.

52 Ray Lewis (1996-present)

Never mind that Lewis was selected by SI.com as the best ever to wear the jersey number in the NFL. When you think of the Baltimore Ravens, No. 52 is the image that overwhelmingly comes to mind.

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One of the greatest defensive players ever.

53 Jameel McClain (2008-present)

Tyrell Peters, T.J. Slaughter, and the injury-cursed Dan Cody also wore the number, but McClain has done just enough in special teams and passing downs to grab the distinction. His stature can rise even higher if he earns the starting job at inside linebacker this season.

54 Roderick Green (2004-05)

Green never realized his full potential as a Raven, but he is a marginally-better choice than Tyrus McCloud, Shannon Taylor, or current linebacker Prescott Burgess for No. 54.

55 Terrell Suggs (2003-present)

Many feel Suggs has never lived up the hype or the record-setting contract inked in 2009, but he is one of the most complete outside linebackers in the league when healthy and motivated. His two-sack performance against the Steelers in the AFC Championship two seasons ago was borderline heroic after sustaining a shoulder injury against the Titans a week earlier.

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More sentimental fans will argue for Jamie Sharper — who would be a unanimous choice for any linebacker number other than 55, 52, or 58 — but Suggs has had the superior career.

56 Ed Hartwell (2001-04)

Hartwell put his name on the Baltimore linebacker map when he led the team in tackles in 2002 after Ray Lewis was sidelined with a shoulder injury. A good linebacker in his own right, Hartwell was overshadowed in his last two seasons with the Ravens, a palpable frustration he even voiced before departing for Atlanta in 2005.

57 Bart Scott (2002-08)

Just as popular with the media as he was with the fans, Scott was an undrafted linebacker who made himself into a Pro Bowl force during his seven seasons with the Ravens. His “hot sauce” tackle of Reggie Bush gained notoriety, but the linebacker will always be remembered for a hit he laid on a certain Pittsburgh quarterback.

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The number is currently reserved in honor of the heroic O.J. Brigance — who is certainly deserving as he continues to fight ALS — but Brigance would be the first to tell you Scott is the greatest Raven to don the No. 57.

58 Peter Boulware (1997-2005)

Boulware

The franchise’s all-time sack leader dealt with knee and shoulder injuries during his career, but he was a force as a pass rusher and made himself into an every-down linebacker after playing defensive end at Florida State. Boulware earned four trips to the Pro Bowl, won the 1997 Defensive Rookie of the Year, and is a member of the Ravens Ring of Honor.

59 Dannell Ellerbe (2009-present)

Ellerbe

Prior to the 2009 season, long snapper Joe Maese (2001-04) was the clear-cut selection here, but the undrafted Ellerbe made the 53-man roster and eventually wrestled away the starting inside linebacker spot from Tavares Gooden in the final month of his rookie season. Ellerbe’s interception against Oakland in Week 17 helped preserve a 21-13 win and a postseason berth for the 9-7 Ravens.

60 Jason Brown (2005-08)

Super Bowl-winning center Jeff Mitchell was blossoming into a Pro Bowl-caliber player before signing with the Carolina Panthers in 2001, allowing Jason Brown to seize recognition for this number. Drafted in the fourth round in 2005, Brown began his NFL career at left guard before moving to his college position of center in 2008. It earned him a huge payday with the St. Louis Rams the following offseason, as the Ravens could not afford to keep Brown.

Next up: For numbers 61-80, we will dive into the trenches with the offensive line, with a few obvious choices and several integers where we need to look long and hard to find a representative.

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GAMEDAY: Five compelling Ravens to watch tonight

Posted on 12 August 2010 by Luke Jones

With the pregame buzz of a nationally-televised game inevitably wearing off shortly after the actual game begins (the first preseason game always provides that letdown, doesn’t it?), fans must channel their focus on individual standouts among many with no chance of making the 53-man roster in early September.

Stars such as Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco, and Ray Rice will only be making cameo appearances, but the stakes are much higher for lesser-known players yet to make their name popular in the Charm City. A few are battling for starting positions while others are simply contending for a spot on the 53-man roster, with the Ravens or one of the other 31 teams in the National Football League.

Below is a list of five players to watch in tonight’s game against the Carolina Panthers. A couple of familiar names are trying to enhance their stature while the others have stood out in training camp and can improve their position for making the squad—in Baltimore or elsewhere—with strong performances in the preseason.

1. LB Jameel McClain

We all expected a battle between Tavares Gooden and Dannell Ellerbe for the inside linebacker spot next to Lewis, but McClain has emerged as the biggest surprise of training camp. The third-year linebacker was a special teams standout in his first two seasons with the Ravens, but he’s taken an overwhelming majority of the reps with the starting defense while Gooden and Ellerbe have worked with the second team.

McClain is beginning to draw comparisons to former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott in that both went undrafted, played multiple positions in college, and earned their money via special teams in the infancy of their respective careers. McClain can play all four linebacker positions in the Ravens’ 3-4 scheme, but he credits being able to focus on the inside spot as a major factor for his new-found status as a defensive starter.

Of course, being a starter in training camp doesn’t mean he’ll start in September, but it’s apparent how far McClain has progressed from the summer of 2008 when he was a nondescript linebacker-defensive end trying to make the team. His steady play in all aspects of the game makes him a valuable asset to the defense.

“That’s what [McClain] is, he’s consistent,” coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s physical between the tackles. He’s solid in pass coverage.”

2. OT Oniel Cousins

The 2008 third-round draft choice has drawn the ire of many in his brief opportunities to play in his first two seasons, but this is a critical preseason—and season—for Cousins. With Jared Gaither’s status up in the air, physically and contractually, tonight will be a valuable first step for Cousins to alleviate concerns at the right tackle position and convince the coaching staff he can eventually be an NFL starter.

Cousins began training camp on the non-football illness list after having a procedure to remove a cyst in his throat earlier in the summer, but one wouldn’t know he only returned to the practice field a week ago by the way he’s played.

“I think what [Cousins] has done has been pretty amazing,” Harbaugh said. “He’s just made up so much ground in the last week that he’s practiced. He looks good, so he should play quite a bit [on Thursday].”

With Gaither still sidelined with back spasms and other tackles (Tony Moll, Ramon Harewood, and Stefan Rodgers) banged up, Cousins will receive extensive playing time against the Panthers.

3. CB Prince Miller

At 5-foot-8, the diminutive cornerback has listened to doubters throughout his football career. It didn’t stop Miller from making 31 career starts at Georgia and matching up against the best receivers the highly-competitive SEC had to offer.

Miller has struggled in camp against taller receivers such as Anquan Boldin and Demetrius Williams, but shows good athleticism and an impressive skill-set in special teams, a critical factor for any player on the roster bubble.

The rookie was away from camp for two days to witness the birth of his first child but has played the nickel and dime positions with the first-team defense, largely because of the team’s health issues in the secondary.

With Chris Carr likely out and Fabian Washington a game-time decision, Miller will likely man the nickel with the starting defense in the first quarter and play extensively when the starters are removed.

“We gave him a couple days off [to be in Georgia for his child's birth], and he did have fresh legs [Tuesday],” Harbaugh said. “I think it helped him. He kind of had the little bounce in his step, but he’ll play a lot on Thursday night along with those other young guys.”

4. LB Albert McClellan

The Ravens scouting department manages to find an impressive “hybrid” on the rookie free agent list seemingly every year, and McClellan fits that description this summer. The defensive end-linebacker has performed admirably in Westminster, even picking off Troy Smith and returning it for a touchdown in a red zone drill.

It’s no secret McClellan faces an uphill battle to make the team with such a deep linebacker unit already in place, but the same was said about McClain in 2008 before the Syracuse rookie won a roster spot with big performances in the preseason.

McClellan was a three-time captain at Marshall and accumulated 19.5 sacks in his collegiate career as a defensive end, earning second team All-Conference USA honors as a senior and first-team honors as a junior. Even if he doesn’t make the 53-man roster, McClellan figures to have a good chance to catch on elsewhere or make the developmental squad.

5. DT Lamar Divens

With the Ravens drafting defensive linemen Terrence Cody and Arthur Jones in April, the 343-pound Divens has become a forgotten man in a very deep group of defensive linemen. Durability is an issue with the third-year tackle, finishing the season on Injured Reserve in 2008 (shoulder) and spending the entire 2009 campaign on IR (shoulder).

Divens has impressed during training camp, constantly getting to the offensive backfield while playing on the second and third defensive units. With so many defensive tackles on the roster, he is a long-shot to stick with the Ravens, but a strong preseason improves his chances to catch on elsewhere.

He will receive extensive playing time in the second half.

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 11 August 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because myself, the lovely “Boomer Sooner”, “The Luckiest Dang Roommate on the Face of the Planet” and “The Luckiest Dang Roommate’s Girlfriend on the Face of the Planet” all wandered up to Camden, New Jersey (which might be the single WORST place on the face of the planet) to check out the great Jimmy Buffett.

I would sit here and sing the praises of Jimmy Buffett (and/or the multiple Coronas we downed beforehand), but you already know just how great he is. Instead, I’ll let you know that my personal favorite Jimmy Buffett live song is “Southern Cross”…

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And yes, you ARE allowed to pick a cover as your favorite song to see live. Of course, now that I found out that it is ALSO Boomer Sooner’s favorite song; I think I’m going to have to consider another. I mean, this is still relatively new for me. I can’t let her think that I respect/value her opinion, can I? She’s a girl!

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says Birds crushed 4 homers against Justin Masterson, bullpen in win over Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field

WHO ARE THESE GUYS?!?!?!?

Felix Pie, Corey Patterson, Matt Wieters and Luke Scott all homered last night (Luke Scott did something on the road?); and the team survived a shaky performance from Jake Arrieta to win their 7th in their last 8.

I don’t know what else to say. The fact is it DOESN’T matter as the team has won 7 of 8 but STILL has the worst record in Major League Baseball-although they’re just a half game in front (behind) of the Pittsburgh Pirates in that race. However, it is really nice to have a stretch like this. They’re not going to win 87.5% of their games the rest of the way; but if they can compete to stay around .500 the rest of the way, we’d all be entertained.

But it still wouldn’t REALLY matter.

What matters is what happens this offseason, and what happens next spring.

But if we’re going to have to watch the games, I guess we might as well be entertained. It’s either this or watching YouTube clips “Come On” highlights from Arrested Development and South Park…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5BMQ-xpTog[/youtube]

Okay, that clip was more entertaining. Sorry to the O’s…

2. The AP/WNST.net provide numerical evidence of another win

By the way, Arrieta’s final line last night was 6IP, 6R (5ER), 6H, 2BB, 3K. I feel like I’m going to hear someone describe his start as “gutty” at some point today.

You know the (new) drill here. You actually DO want to look at the numbers now, which is stunning. Do that, then look at this picture of Nikki Mitchell from The Smoking Jacket/Busted Coverage. Win/win I call it!

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3. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Mike Gonzalez, Koji Uehara could take save opportunities from Alfredo Simon

I know Buck Showalter is all about winning games (and trust me, I’m GRATEFUL for that); but I don’t think Uehara makes sense.

Uehara’s 2 year, $10 million deal ends in a month and a half; and I just can’t fathom Andy MacPhail having future plans for him in Charm City. Then again, MacPhail was the guy who gave him stupid money and a stupid promised start in the rotation originally.

If Showalter wants to find out whether or not he has a closer on the roster for next season (and I’m guessing he doesn’t), he should go with Simon and Gonzalez. If he’s just hellbent on making sure Steve in Homeland loses his bet with Drew Forrester; maybe it’s worth taking a shot on ol’ “Sideburns.”

4. Seattle Times’ Geoff Baker says former Mariners manager Wakamatsu could join Buck Showalter’s Orioles staff

Apparently these two have a history that dates back to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and this would be a natural fit. I’d be fine with it, but I’d prefer they go out and get an actual PLAYER from the Emerald City. For example, is Ichiro available?

This of course is part of the question surrounding what the Orioles’ staff will look like a season from now. Few in Baltimore would be saddened to see Terry Crowley depart, but baseball minds will tell you he’s still amongst the better true hitting coaches in baseball. There’s an argument that the young pitchers on the Orioles staff would be better suited to have Rick Kranitz stick around for continuity, but there’s also an argument he hasn’t earned that right just yet.

With no offense to Gary Allenson, T-Bone Shelby or Jeff Datz; those jobs really aren’t significant enough to worry about who handles them. Should Buck Showalter have someone from his past (Toronto Blue Jays 3B Coach Brian Butterfield comes to mind) that he wants to fill the role; that’s fine. Should he decide to keep one or more of the current guys in place, that would be fine as well.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Scott Moore homered in Norfolk Tides’ loss to Indianapolis Indians on farm

And before we move on from the Orioles, a few things:

-The Birds and Tribe face off again tonight, with first pitch from the Comeback City at 7:05pm on MASN. Brad Bergesen faces Josh Tomlin-whoever that is.

-Did you miss Hall of Famer Earl Weaver with Drew Forrester this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Drew and Earl talked about Buck Showalter, the anniversary of Cal Ripken’s MLB debut and much more. Head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today to check it out. Some other things you can hear in the Audio Vault include…

  • Chorye Spoone (Bowie Baysox pitcher)-who joined Drew this morning to discuss his season in the O’s system
  • Orlando Alzugary (WQAM Miami)-who previewed the Miami Dolphins as we continue to preview AFC East teams this week in our look at the Baltimore Ravens’ schedule
  • Purple reports from Westminster with Luke Jones; as well as sound from McDaniel College Tuesday with John Harbaugh, Jameel McClain and Tom Zbikowski
  • Chris Chester (Ravens OL)-who joined Thyrl Nelson following practice Tuesday
  • Ken Singleton (YES Network)-who discussed the anniversary of Cal’s debut and some New York Yankees baseball with Rex Tuesday
  • Ryan Couture (Strikeforce fighter, son of Randy Couture) and Reed Harris (WEC General Manager)-who both joined Thyrl Nelson and John Rallo Tuesday during “The MMA Report”

It’s all there in the Audio Vault, meaning once again you have your day taken care of for you. As always, you’re welcome.

6. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Chris Carr, Jared Gaither likely to miss Ravens preseason opener tomorrow night vs. Carolina Panthers

We still don’t know about some of the other question marks on the roster, including Fabian Washington-who could be sat to protect him from the M&T Bank Stadium turf.

If Washington & Carr can’t play, it would be likely that Travis Fisher and Cary Williams would start. Wow.

They could still go out and make an acquisition. For example, I believe Paulina Stanek is available. (Thanks Don Chavez!)

stanek

7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Domonique Foxworth underwent knee surgery Tuesday performed by Dr. James Andrews

That’s right, the ugliest name in all of sports medicine-which also so happens to be one of the best.

It’s a long road back from an ACL tear-but there’s no question in my mind that Domonique can handle it both mentally and physically. Because of the timing of it, he should be in good shape to be back in time for Training Camp next season.

In the meantime…umm…does he maybe have a cousin who can come play for the Ravens???

8. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Shayne Graham, Billy Cundiff to alternate kicks tomorrow night

And before we move on from the Ravens, a couple of things:

-Training Camp is CLOSED to the public (and to the media) today, so if you head up to Carroll County-a trip to Chick-Fil-A will be about your only option. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Luke Jones will still be checking in throughout the day with Thyrl Nelson and Rex Snider today on AM1570 WNST as we prepare for the Ravens’ preseason opener tomorrow night.

-This morning’s “Training Camp Top 5″ was “If you were to get in a fight with Pittsburgh Steelers fans in the upper deck at Heinz Field, which current or former Ravens would you want on your side?”

Here’s my list:

  1. Orlando Brown
  2. Steve McNair
  3. Bart Scott
  4. Tom Zbikowski
  5. Arthur Jones

Here’s Drew’s list:

  1. Rex Ryan
  2. Kelly Gregg
  3. Ray Lewis
  4. Jarret Johnson
  5. Frank Walker

And via Twitter (follow us @WNST), here’s Nestor Aparicio’s list…

  1. Orlando Brown
  2. Bob Sapp
  3. Sam Adams
  4. James Trapp
  5. Ray Lewis

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Terrapins De’Onte Arnett, Taylor Watson to miss Training Camp in College Park

The Terps held their football Media Day yesterday at Byrd Stadium, and you will be able to hear from plenty of players (including Jamarr Robinson, Da’Rel Scott, Alex Wujciak, Poly’s LaQuan Williams, Antwine Perez, Torrey Smith and more) via WNSTv in the next few days/weeks.

It was a slightly awkward day at Media Day yesterday, as the cloud of last year’s 2-10 record and the uncertainty surrounding Ralph Friedgen and James Franklin (the man tabbed to be the program’s next head coach) remains. It will remain that way until (unless?) Maryland turns things around this season.

The other news to come out of Media Day was that LB Avery Murray has left the team for personal reasons, and Zach Kerr & Ronnie Tyler are still in summer school.

Patrick and I discuss Maryland’s O-Line, preview North Carolina and North Carolina State; and get into a spirited discussion regarding Navy football in this week’s “D1scast”-which you can hear now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault.

10. LA Times’ Chris Dufresne names Navy 24th best team in country

What Patrick and I discussed yesterday surrounded the nature that this is CLEARLY the best team in Annapolis since maybe as far back as the Roger Staubach era; but all of the positive feelings could go away should Ken Niumatalolo’s Midshipmen lose just the season opener against Maryland.

Their schedule doesn’t allow for them to make too much noise the rest of the way (they face other ACC bottom-feeders like Duke and Wake Forest as well as a Notre Dame team that may or may not be a factor in the BCS this season). Should they suffer an early costly loss, it will be hard to maintain a Top 25 (or Top 25-range) status.

That being said, this is a FANTASTIC problem for the Mids to have.

You know who won’t have trouble staying in the Top 25 this season? Sophie Reade. (Thanks Guyism!)

sophie

And finally, I leave you with this.

I named “The Greatest Song of All Time This Week” earlier this week on Facebook (you can add me as a friend-just search for “Glenn Clark” and add the goofy looking guy sipping Orange Kool-Aid because he lost a bet to Ed in Park Heights). “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison isn’t just A comeback song, it is THE comeback song…

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Ravens Trio of LBs McClain, Gooden and Ellerbe Testament to Depth

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Ravens Trio of LBs McClain, Gooden and Ellerbe Testament to Depth

Posted on 19 July 2010 by Ryan Chell

Ray Lewis is arguably the best in his craft when it comes to middle linebackers in the NFL. He has dominated the league since he was drafted by the Ravens in the first round back in 1996.

Many linebackers over the years have come and gone through the Ravens organization( Ed Hartwell, Bart Scott) and rode “Ray Ray’s” coat tails to success, but over the last two seasons, the Ravens feel like they have a versatile trio-each capable of doing different things- to supplement their All-Pro linebacker.

And with training camp less than a week away, all three of those linebackers-third year men in Tavares Gooden and Jameel McClain, as well as second-year veteran Dannell Ellerbe, feel good about the moves the Ravens did in the off-season and are ready to go prepare themselves for the upcoming 2010 year.

“We’ve made a lot of key additions,”  Ellerbe, who made the squad last year after signing as a rookie free agent out of Georgia, told Rex Snider on his “Curing Cancer One Call at a Time Marathon” on Saturday.  “We feel like we’re a Super Bowl contender. We have a lot of great guys.”

Dannell Ellerbe

Jameel McClain, who saw time at both inside and outside linebacker over the last two seasons, says that while the team has some new faces, every single player added to this team has the ability to “Play Like a Raven” already ingrained in them.

“Being so close is hard, because everyone on this team is a competitor and everyone on this team works hard. We just want to go beyond. We want to be playing football until you can’t play football anymore,” McClain also told Snider Saturday night.

Jameel McClain

And while Gooden, Ellerbe, and McClain all have different skill sets, their desire to get beyond the second or third round of the AFC Playoffs-all the way to the Super Bowl-is consistent among these three, as well as the whole team.

“We had a lot of great guys last year… it just didnt go in our favor,” Ellerbe said.” A lot of people are putting pressure on us to win it, and that’s what we try and go out and do every year…win a Super Bowl.”

McClain agreed with his fellow teammate.

“There is a new attitude that,’ It’s time to get it done’. It’s time to get there. It’s time to take our game to the next step.”

And Gooden, the only one of the three to get drafted, said the only way they can prepare themselves to grind it out for a Super Bowl run is to fight it out in the intense, scorching heat next week at training camp at McDaniel College.

And if the team can become a more cohesive team quicker than any other team in the league, they’re one step ahead of the rest of the NFL-and one step closer-to another Super Bowl title that has eluded this franchise since the start of the decade, he says.

“You’ve got to make it smart and competitive at the same time. That way, you guys gel. The team that gels the fastest and can keep it together is the team that usually wins the Super Bowl,” Gooden said to Snider. “And I really feel like we have a plan for this off-season where we’re going to go in there and be smart this camp because we have a complete team this year.”

Tavares Gooden-the next Ray Lewis?

And that is exactly what Ellerbe, who started three games last year for the Ravens and registered 41 tackles and recorded one interception, McClain (30 tackles), and Gooden all have been doing by seeing more game action on Sundays.

They have contributed and become just another piece of the puzzle known as the Ravens defense, which very few teams in the league have been able to solve.

And with all these three, they attribute their success to the man they play next to, or behind, in Ray Lewis.

“Everybody in the NFL respects Ray Lewis for what’s he’s  done…and what he’s accomplished,” McClain said, “but he is a good man in general and such a great teacher.  He’ll take the information and make it easier for you to process.”

“It’s his motivational skills and his knowledge of the game. And if you could see how someone like that works, and you see how he got to the pedestal that he’s at, it’s only common sense that you would want to walk in those same footsteps,” McClain continued.

Ellerbe said that it has been guidance from a guy like Lewis that turned him from a dazed and confused rookie out of Georgia to an NFL linebacker capable of starting in the league.

“Last year, I came in blind and didn’t know what to do. It was just going with the flow. This year, I know how everything’s mapped out.”

Really, if you look at the entire Ravens team as a whole, these three, along with the entire linebacker corps, are a testament to how much depth the Ravens have at every position.

“We have three-deep at every position, so its going to be tough for teams to come into M&T Bank Stadium and get wins,” Gooden said. “And Im talking, we need to win every home game. That should be a top priority. When teams come into Baltimore, they should fear us.”

McClain said his versatility has been a great asset to Coach Greg Mattison and Rex Ryan over the last two years.

I’m just trying to put myself in a perfect position out here,” McClain said. “Mainly it’s a lot of linebacker specific and making sure I have the knowledge of the defense in a lot of positions so I’ll be able to go wherever I’m told to go whenever I’m called.”

For years, the Ravens defense has been known for its ability to create mismatches through substitutions. Now Gooden said with the additions of Anquan Boldin, Donte Stallworth, Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson in the off-season, the Ravens offense may be taking a page out of their book.

“On offense, it’s tough for another defense to withstand all that firepower. And I really think Boldin and Stallworth are going to add to it. We’re going to catch them on their heels. They’re going to be tired.  It’s going to be fun…that’s all I’m going to say,” replied Gooden.

“I know Cam has some packages and some plays to feature some of these guys. How can you prepare to defend 10-11 different guys? People are going to have to really worry about our offense this year.”

And while opposing offensive coordinators now also have to worry and focus on Ray Lewis’ backups, these same three players aren’t about to let that success go to their head.

“I think at the end of the day you always have to improve yourself because the game changes and your body changes too,” McClain said. “With me understanding more of this game, it’s just understanding a defense.”

Ellerbe agreed.

“I know I’m right there ready to go, but there’s always something to learn. You never perfect at what you do. I’m just going to study as much as I can, and try and get more offensive recognition down.

For Gooden, his situation last year was much different than McClain or Ellerbe because more was expected out of him.  Both he and the Ravens knew the potential was there. His problem was just being healthy on the field, which he was able to do for the first time last year after the Ravens drafted him in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

“You can’t do anything when it comes down to injury. That’s just all God’s will,” Gooden said to Snider.

“There was a little bit of pressure last year. I went out there and competed with people for a job, and I ended up winning the job. It’s going to be the same thing every year. I know I have the physical capabiltiies to do what a lot of linebackers in the NFL can’t do.”

Gooden responded with 47 tackles in 12 starts next to Ray Lewis.

And when Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta both saw their Raven youngsters producing last fall, and said “Hey…let’s make sure this keeps happening.”

So, in order for that to remain “status quo”, Newsome in the offseason went out and signed Cory Redding away from the Lions, once the highest-paid lineman in the NFL.

And then they drafted Arthur Jones in the fifth round out of Syracuse, who had day-one talent, and Terrence aka “Mount” Cody out of Alabama to make sure that their D-line collapses the pocket and allows these linebackers to roam free.

These three linebackers thank Newsome every day for those moves, and they are ready to respond even more by their play on the field.

“When you’ve got a big guy like Haloti [Ngata] that eat up one or two lineman…you get to make plays,” Ellerbe said. “Football is a lot harder when you have to get off lineman to make plays. It easier when you get to roam free.”

Keep them off me,” Gooden said in the off-season. “That was one of the things I struggled with.”

“Those bigger guys are going to help me out tremendously, at a standpoint of keeping those offensive guards off me and letting me run around and show off the 4.4 speed.”

McClain had previous experience with one of these three lineman in particular in Arthur Jones, who McClain played with at Syracuse. And when the Ravens came to him in March asking about his potential, McClain had nothing but good things to say about his former Orange teammate, who is now clad in purple with him.

“I have a personal experience with Arthur… and I know this guy is a force to be reckoned with,” McClain said.

Gooden meanwhile is most happy to see the immovable object known only as the 360 lb-plus Mount Cody, who could take up two, maybe even three defensive lineman, on a single play just to hold in place.

“When you have Big Cody taking up a least two people, that’s two extra guys who arent able to come off to the linebackers and make a play because of his size and his athleticism. I cant wait to get into trianing camp and see how these guys hold up in pads also,” Gooden said, hearing the anticipation in his voice.

These three players actually seem to be excited to be going to training camp next week in a way. But don’t get your hopes up. They all said next week is going to be start of a grind and a living hell, but it’s the necessary work they have to put in to earn the Super Bowl title at the end of the road.

McClain said he has just been thinking about other things to get his mind off the July and August heat at McDaniel. One thing in particular has really cooled his mind.

“I’ve been thinking about it the last three weeks. The only thing I can think about is the Best Western,” McClain said, referring to the hotel the Ravens stay at on Route 140 off McDaniel’s campus. I don’t know how I’m going to get by, but I’m going to get by… You get to see the fans and the fans get to see you practice, but man…that Best Western.”

Westminster Best Western

WNST thanks Raven linebackers Dannell Ellerbe, Tavares Gooden, and Jameel McClain for their appearances during Rex Snider’s “Curing Cancer-One Call At A Time” Marathon on Saturday benefiting Harbor Hospital’s Cancer Center.

WNST and You helped raise over 11,000 dollars for Harbor Hospital. The telethon ended Saturday, but there is still chances to give. Follow the link here if you feel the need to help those in need.

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s another one of those “I THINK it’s a Happy” days today, as season allergies hit me like 6 tons of bricks last night. I have to get healthy before tomorrow night, because “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet” and I are supposed to go see Alicia Keys at 1st Mariner Arena.

I can’t miss that.

I need your remedy ideas. What will get me healthy again? I’ve been taking the Benadryl Allergy stuff at night, but it makes me drowsy-so I can’t do it during the day. Or at least not when I’m working.

I need ideas. Apparently blood spinning won’t help me, but I’m willing to give it a try. Hell, I’m willing to try anything if it will make me feel better. So far I’ve tried this….

moosehead

And while it’s made me feel better…I’m not totally certain it’s working.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Ravens added veteran DL Cory Redding with 2 year deal

This appears to be a good acquisition.

Although nothing is guaranteed, Redding has a (mostly) solid track record-and we have reason to believe he might well be BETTER than Dwan Edwards. That being said, Edwards CERTAINLY had a better 2009 season than Redding did.

It appears as though Redding will slide in at Edwards’ position, possibly rotating out for Trevor Pryce in obvious passing situations.

I still expect the Ravens to pursue pass rush help in the NFL Draft-either at DE or OLB. BUT-I think this is a good addition for a team that needed D-Line help.

Although, my first choice of people to steal from Seattle would probably have been this guy….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Pt03oU6RHI[/youtube]

Damn.

2. Seattle Times’ Danny O’Neil says Redding struggled to start season in Seattle last year, but was one of Seahawks’ ‘better linemen’ down the stretch

I’ve heard a few people say something along the lines of “are we sure Redding was always giving his all in Detroit?”

For the record, I’m not.

That being said, I’m not sure I expect someone playing for the Lions to always give it everything he has on every play. I also know that things were VERY awkward in Seattle a season ago, with Jim Mora finally taking over, struggling, and going on to be fired.

It’s REALLY hard to judge what happened last season there.

I’m certainly willing to give Redding the benefit of the doubt, especially knowing that he’s coming to a MUCH better system. In talking with Redding yesterday, you could certainly sense the excitement he had about playing alongside the likes of Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata, etc. If you missed Redding on “The Bob Haynie Show” With “Hoops” & Mark Suchy yesterday-check it out in the Audio Vault at WNST.net.

(Edit from GMC: That makes back to back times that the Ravens have acquired a player and I was the first reporter in town to talk to the player, after Anquan Boldin a few weeks back. I don’t say that to brag or boast. I say that because I hope you’ll continue to turn to us for Ravens information-as well as information on all local sports.)

3. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens receive no compensatory picks in NFL Draft

Which we knew was coming. Unfortunately-for all of the players they lost (Jason Brown, Kyle Boller, Bart Scott, etc.); they also signed their own free agents (Domonique Foxworth, Matt Birk, LJ Smith, etc.).

The Ravens will still look to acquire 3rd or 4th round picks between now and when the Draft starts about a month from now.

I’ll look to acquire Olivia Munn’s phone number myself. I just can’t guarantee that either of us will be successful, but I probably have more faith in Ozzie Newsome and company. (Thanks Busted Coverage.)

munn

4. Philadelphia Daily News’ Bernard Fernandez says Zbikowski would consider boxing return if NFL has work stoppage

zbi

I had never thought about this.

First of all, I GENUINELY don’t believe there will be a work stoppage in the NFL. I really don’t. I think this will get worked out.

BUT-should there be a work stoppage, I just can’t see Tom Zbikowski REALLY use the time to step inside a ring; unless his relationship with the Ravens is somehow damaged between now and then.

Just because they might have to step away for a short time doesn’t mean they won’t ever have to play football again. While I doubt Tom Zbikowski WOULD be injured in a boxing ring, he’d certainly be putting himself at risk.

It would be pretty freaking cool, though.

5. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Bisciotti currently AGAINST changes to OT rules

In fairness, I don’t necessarily think that the new OT rules are perfect, but I DO think they’re a better option than the current system.

Really, I’m fine with just about any system (really, I am) as long as games don’t end in ties. As we all know, tying is like kissing your sister.

Which is only okay if your sister looks like Angie Quesada…

quesada

6. Carroll County Times says former managers Johnny Oates, Ray Miller elected to Orioles Hall of Fame

Johnny Oates is clearly getting in because he was a great guy who sadly met his demise due to a brain tumor. He ABSOLUTELY did not do enough as a manager or player to warrant consideration for the honor.

Ray Miller was a very good pitching coach and not a good manager. I guess someone had to get in this year.

And apparently this guy didn’t get a whole heck of a lot of consideration….

cordova

7. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Bordick will try to teach Birds’ minor leaguers ‘little things’

Like…which town has groupies you might want to stay away from? (Edit from GMC: I’m looking at you, Pawtucket.)

It’s great to have Mike Bordick back with the organization. I’d like to see even MORE former players involved with the organization somehow. Bordick is a guy who can certainly bring a quality perspective on defense, bunting, timely hitting, moving runners over, etc.

All of those things are really good for young ballplayers. Or veteran ballplayers for that matter. Like the ones playing in Baltimore for example.

8. Washington Post’s Dave Sheinin says O’s ‘full of hope’ this season

I think we should play a game: “Who’s going to write this story tomorrow?”

I’ll say Stan McNeal from the Sporting News. But it wouldn’t surprise me if it was someone from USA Today…or CBSSports.com…or wherever.

Here’s my only question. What side of the hill does Mr. “Hope” throw from? Does he have a win-loss record better than Jeremy Guthrie’s?

If so, I’ll take him.

9. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Jordan Williams, Sean Mosley will be ‘most integral’ parts for 2010-11 Terrapins

And the team is going to NEED scoring from Adrian Bowie and/or Cliff Tucker.

And they’re going to need Dino Gregory to develop into a more all-around power forward.

And they’re going to need James Padgett and Ashton Pankey to be able to give them some minutes up front off the bench.

And they’re going to need the freshmen guards (Terrell Stoglin, P’Shon Howard, Mychal Parker) to give them SOME sort of contribution. Parker is clearly the most likely to do that, but Stoglin could end up working into the rotation as the point guard of the future.

Of course, we’re some 7 months even from Midnight Madness. Maybe we should calm down a bit.

10. Inside Lacrosse says Terps 4th in poll, Hopkins falls out of Top 10

It is definitely WEIRD to see the Blue Jays outside the Top 10, but you have to beat SOMEONE of note to be considered a top-tier team. (Edit from GMC: I’m terribly afraid that win will come against Maryland.)

What’s also weird is that no other local team (with MAYBE the exception of Loyola) is even a threat to get NEAR the Top 10.

Let’s step it up boys. It’s about time this town is recognized for something besides selling X-Boxes that were once evidence in a major trial on eBay.

And finally, I leave you with this.

For whatever reason, my Facebook and Twitter feeds were taken up by comments on “Dancing With The Stars” last night. You people do know that wrestling airs on Mondays, don’t you???

Here’s Chad Ochocinco…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw781NxOge4[/youtube]

And Here’s Erin Andrews…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2PX87DJRps[/youtube]

If I see your testicles lying around, I’ll try to return them to you.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 26 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a happy Tuesday for me (DESPITE staying up until 3am just to see Andy Roddick collapse again in the 5th set) because we had a great night at Hill Field House last night watching Morgan State paste UMES. The Morgan State band is always one of the highlights of a trip to see the Bears, and last night was no different. I didn’t get any new video of the band, but their highlight last night was a version of “Lollipop” by Lil’ Wayne. Thanks to the guy who filmed them doing it during football season….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46SHhjrf1LE[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. Pro Football Talk/NBC Sports’ Mike Florio reports former Patriots DC Dean Pees to become new Ravens LB Coach

Pees has a track record as a capable coach, even if his stint as Pats DC wasn’t as successful as fans in New England had hoped for. I think Pees would be a very nice addition to this Ravens staff, whether or not he is just taking the job in hopes of getting the old “Ray Lewis rub” that a number of coaches have gotten.

Pees’ link to John Harbaugh is via Miami (Ohio) University, where Harbaugh played CB under Pees as defensive coordinator. So far, I have found no link between either coach and Wally Szczerbiak, but I wish there was….

wally

2. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Vic Fangio could still have future with Ravens even if Pees hired to coach LB’s

I saw a lot of comments yesterday like “It’s a shame Vic Fangio had to learn he was getting fired this way”, but I just don’t know that we can assume that. Fangio came to this team in an undefined defensive assistant role, and I think it is safe to think that he might stay on in a defensive assistant role, with a focus on quality control.

For a team that struggled with small situations last year (need we relive the timeout disasters, review mistakes and the loss of 5 yards on a ball spot blunder), maybe having a single coach focused directly on quality control would be a good idea.

Remember, this is just me speculating. But Fangio is a Harbaugh guy, and I just don’t see him being given his walking papers to make way for Dean Pees. Something tells me this was worked out beforehand.

3. Chicago Tribune’s Vaughn McClure says Hue Jackson won’t interview with Bears

According to information obtained by WNST this morning, we expect Jackson to accept the Offensive Coordinator job with the Raiders.

And why not?

The Raiders have JaMarcus Russell, Chaz Schilens and Al Davis!

Best of luck to Hue Jackson. I’m just not certain this is a great move for him.

I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Drew’s speculation surrounding Al Saunders moving into Jackson’s role ended up being accurate, either.

4. Ravens Official Site’s Mike Duffy says team would be best to keep Derrick Mason

I understand Duff’s thought process here. With a likely uncapped year, the “Final 8″ rules will really hurt Ozzie Newsome’s pursuit of a legitimate playmaker at WR. With that in mind, Mason is a known commodity who has constantly put up numbers and been a reliable target right here in Charm City.

It makes sense.

Problem is, Derrick has to be willing to accept that he’s not getting the typical “big money” deal that many #1 wideouts would get. He also has to be willing to accept that the team wants to upgrade at WR, bringing in a new #1 threat that will likely take away from the number of times Joe Flacco goes to Mason.

I don’t necessarily think bringing back Derrick Mason would be a bad idea. In fact, I think the Ravens could be well served to have him for another season as they try to push towards a Super Bowl. But I don’t think it will be as easy as saying “we want you back.”

5. ESPN.com’s James Walker says losing Bart Scott, Jason Brown, Jim Leonhard and Marques Douglas could land Ravens multiple compensatory NFL Draft picks

Which makes the preparation the Ravens did last week in Orlando and this week at the Senior Bowl all the more important. This team is going to have to find some NFL-ready players in April’s Draft, as they will be hard pressed to keep all of the guys facing free agency, and they are a bit handcuffed by the Final 8 rules.

I couldn’t help but notice that Kyle Boller wasn’t on that list. He’s not an impact player per se, but isn’t he worth something?!?!?

6. Morgan State Official Site says Reggie Holmes, Troy Smith combined for 40 as Bears pasted UMES at Hill Field House

Just an overwhelming performance from Todd Bozeman’s crew last night. Troy Smith has really come on for them, responding after an incident in December that Todd Bozeman would only describe as a “transgression” postgame.

I guess you have to consider the fact that UMES was the opponent, but Frankie Allen has made improvements in Princess Anne, and the Hawks were coming off a win at Coppin State on Saturday. They had absolutely NOTHING to offer against Morgan last night.

The Bears return to action Saturday evening at Norfolk State, as they continue their quest for a perfect season in MEAC play. If you missed Todd Bozeman with Drew Forrester on “The Comcast Morning Show” this morning, check out the Audio Vault at WNST.net.

7. The AP says Quinston Reggins scored 14, but Coppin State fell to Delaware State at CSPEC

This was one of the Eagles’ best chances to make sure they got a win in conference play this season. They will be fighting to get a victory the rest of the way. They return to action Saturday afternoon at North Carolina A&T.

8. Maryland Official Site previews tonight’s ACC tilt with Miami at Comcast Center

It’s WAAAY too easy to say that the Terps shouldn’t lose to the ‘Canes tonight. We all know the Terps shouldn’t lose to the ‘Canes tonight. But there is certainly a danger to how well the Terrapins have been playing recently, as they need to remain focused. Frank Haith has had good success against Gary Williams, but usually with a more veteran team.

If I had to guess, I’d say 81-70 Maryland.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Jordan Williams excelling because he takes pride in playing with ‘back to basket’

I’m running out of adjectives to use to describe Jordan Williams-and his career is 18 games old.

As he progresses, this team can continue to go far this season. If he continues to improve during ACC play-the Sweet 16 aspirations this team had before the season could be very legitimate. If he levels off, this team will likely end up back on the NCAA Tournament bubble.

10. Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg remembers former Maryland AD Jim Kehoe

I wish I had gotten to know Jim Kehoe before he passed away. He certainly did a tremendous job as Athletic Director at Maryland, and he was honored with a moment of silence before Saturday night’s win over NC State.

I’d like to add more here, I am just forced to admit that I don’t know a whole lot more about Jim than what you can read in Stan’s story.

11. The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec say Jeremy Guthrie doesn’t think anything changes for him with Kevin Millwood joining staff

And other than not starting on Opening Day, he’s right. He will still have high expectations this season, and he will have to perform better than he did a season ago to remain a mainstay in an Orioles rotation with a lot of young pitchers coming up.

Here’s a more important question. When the Birds decided NOT to persue FA pitcher Brad Penny this offseason, were they aware he was dating Karina Smirnoff???

smirnoff

12. ESPN.com’s Eric Karabell says O’s lineup full of fantasy “sleepers”

He’s exactly right. This team is full of “sleepers.” If they all turn out to be rock stars, this team will be in good shape. If they turn out to be sleep-ing, they’ll be in trouble. But a lineup with Brian Roberts, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Miguel Tejada, Garrett Atkins, Matt Wieters, Nolan Reimold, Luke Scott and Cesar Izturis looks on paper like it might be credible.

At least if someone in that group turns out to be a power hitter.

And finally, I leave you with this.

I have NO IDEA how I missed this, but thank God it was directed back to me. Back when Bruce Springsteen was honored by the Kennedy Center, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder did a version of the Boss’ outstanding tune “My City of Ruins”….

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

WOW.

Apparently you can buy the song on iTunes to help some sort of charity. Maybe Haiti. Maybe cancer. I should’ve done more research here. Go buy the tune.

Talk to you tonight from College Park.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 18 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention-Women’s College Basketball: Miami @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center), Duke @ Maryland (Sunday 8pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet locally/Fox Sports Net nationally); Boxing: Steve Luevano vs. Juan Manuel Lopez (Saturday 9:45pm from New York live on HBO); High School Basketball: Carver @ Perry Hall (Tuesday 5:15pm), C. Milton Wright @ Aberdeen (Tuesday 6:45pm), Edgewood @ Havre de Grace (Tuesday 6:45pm)

10-Jeff Dunham (Thursday 7:30pm Verizon Center), Cheap Trick (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live), Cheech & Chong (Saturday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall), George Strait and Reba McEntire (Friday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena)

Yeah, so, these guys are pretty funny……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndaXQeRPO0g[/youtube]

And these guys are ABSOLUTELY one of the most underrated bands in American history….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th370QmFtk8[/youtube]

And while I have NO interest in seeing Reba, I’ve needed an excuse to post this little piece of SNL brilliance in a blog….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg85BxArn7M[/youtube]

9-Maryland State Cheer & Dance Championship (Saturday 8am 1st Mariner Arena)

Look, if the people involved in this competition looked like this, this would be Number 1 on the list…

cheerleader

But since I’m PRETTY sure the people are involved are going to look more like this…..

cheer

…..so only Ray Bachman will be excited.

And NOT because he’s a pedophile-his girl coaches cheerleaders, so he’s sorta been forced into their world.

You guys are sick.

8-College Football: East West Shrine Game (Saturday 3pm from Orlando live on ESPN2)

OH MY GOD IT’S NFL DRAFT SEASON!!!!!!!!!

Maybe you guys aren’t as big of Draft nerds as I am, but you should be. I mean, what if Blair White completely goes off on Saturday? Could he be a Baltimore Raven next season? Holy crap I’m excited.

Maybe even more excited than when we stopped near Columbus for food Friday on the way to Indianapolis and I managed to find this……

greek

Wow.

7-Golf: Bob Hope Classic (Wednesday-Friday 3pm, Saturday & Sunday 4pm from La Quinta, CA live on Golf Channel)

Oh, Bob Hope…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgUlWIq3b3w[/youtube]

Wait, did I just put Golf on this list? GOLF? There better be a Tiger Woods whore picture coming….

HEY! Here’s Loredana Jolie!!!!

loredana

Everything is better now.

6-NBA: Mavericks @ Wizards (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Heat @ Wizards (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Clippers @ Wizards (Sunday 1pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet)

Since the ‘Zards stink, I have an idea of how they can still make our WNST bus trip to DC entertaining. I think Flip Saunders just channel WWE Champion Sheamus and put Mark Cuban THROUGH A TABLE……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMotWBNkb3c[/youtube]

Of course, it’s not quite as good as when the Dudley Boyz used to put 80 year old women through tables…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jgt95pDXuM[/youtube]

5-NHL: Red Wings @ Capitals (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Capitals @ Penguins (Thursday 7:30pm from Pittsburgh live on Comcast SportsNet and NHL Network), Coyotes @ Capitals (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet)

Ugh. I don’t even root for the Caps and I feel bad for them for having to go to Pittsburgh. What an awful place.

I mean seriously, what the hell is THIS?!?!?!

pitt

Have you heard the story about how people have gone to see the movie Avatar and then gone into depression because our world isn’t like Pandora? Pittsburgh is a lot like that. People go there and immediately don’t want to kill themselves anymore because they realize life isn’t so bad.

And since we’re talking about Avatar, here’s a picture of Zoe Saldana. Don’t say I never did anything for you.

oe

4-Soccer: Team USA vs. Honduras (Saturday 9pm from Carson, CA live on Fox Soccer Channel), Baltimore Blast @ Milwaukee Wave (Saturday 7pm streamed live on B2liveTV.com)

Can things get worse for the Red, White & Blue? First Charlie Davies, then Oguchi Onyewu, now Clint Dempsey? Who the hell is gonna be left to play? Soccer Dog?!?!?

soccerdog

3-Tennis: Australian Open (Tuesday 3am & 9pm, Wednesday 3am & 11pm, Thursday & Friday 3am & 9pm, Saturday 3am & 10pm, Sunday 3am & 7pm, Monday 3:30am & 9pm live on ESPN2; Tuesday-Monday 7pm live on Tennis Channel. All tennis from Melbourne, AUS)

Thank god Andy Roddick is still around, because I was about ready to give up after Maria Sharapova was eliminated.

Of course, my all time favorite Australian Open eye candy remains former champion Mary Pierce…..

pierce

And no, it’s NOT just because she was engaged to Roberto Alomar….

2-College Basketball: Longwood @ Maryland (Tuesday 8pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS), NC State @ Maryland (Saturday 6pm from Comcast Center live on ESPN2); Northeastern @ Towson (Wednesday 7pm Towson Center), George Mason @ Towson (Saturday 4pm from Towson Center live on MASN); New Hampshire @ UMBC (Thursday 7pm RAC Arena), Boston U @ UMBC (Sunday 1pm RAC Arena); Delaware State @ Morgan State (Saturday 4pm Hill Field House), UMES @ Morgan State (Monday 7:30pm Hill Field House); UMES @ Coppin State (Saturday 4pm Coppin State Physical Education Complex), Delaware State @ Coppin State (Monday 7:30pm Coppin State Physical Education Complex)

Heh. You said “Longwood.”

Oh, North Carolina State. Remember when your fans were SO EXCITED to see Sidney Lowe replace Herb Sendek? How’s that worked out for you???

You know, other than no longer having a coach who looked like he was from Whoville……

whowho

1-NFL Playoffs: AFC Championship Game: Jets @ Colts (Sunday 3:30pm from Indianapolis live on CBS), NFC Championship Game: Vikings @ Saints (Sunday 6:40pm from New Orleans live on FOX)

Unlike the rest of Charm City, I’m really NOT rooting for Rex Ryan, Bart Scott, Jim Leonhard, etc. You see, they play in New York-and that’s where the Yankees play. That being said, I would never……EVER…..root for the Colts. Ever. So I’ll be rooting for both teams to lose.

In the NFC, I actually really still dig Brett Favre, so it’s hard to root against him. BUT, Heather Rothstein roots for the Saints…..

rothstein

So…..WHO DAT?!?!?!?

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983……

-G

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The Decade’s Best

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The Decade’s Best

Posted on 01 January 2010 by Sam Angell

The day was January 1, 2000. The Baltimore Ravens were wrapping up the first non-losing season in franchise history and entered Week 17 with a glimmer of hope that they would make the postseason for the first time. For perhaps the first time (other than those first few games when just having a team was worth celebrating), Baltimore was truly embracing the Ravens. Still, Baltimore was predominantly a baseball town back then. Cal Ripken still manned the hot corner for the Orioles, a team which was stacked with big-name talent and had fans hoping that the brief, two-year absence from the playoffs was about to end.

Meanwhile, college fans wondered if Gary Williams’ Terps would ever break through the almighty Sweet 16 barrier, while Ron Vanderlinden’s Terps had recently completed yet another bowl-less season.

The decade came to an end yesterday, and while none of the area teams has transformed into a superpower, the past ten years have certainly been memorable for area sports fans. There were ACC championships in football and basketball for the Terps, accomplishments unseen in the decade previous. Fans who dared not even entertain the thought of a national title for Maryland hoops woke up on April 1, 2002 supremely confident that their team was about to be crowned the best in the land – and thanks to a tenacious and unstoppable guard from Baltimore, they were.

The losing did not stop for the Orioles, not with Albert Belle, Miguel Tejada or Javy Lopez. Not with Chris Richard, Matt Riley or Jay Gibbons. Ripken retired and followed Eddie Murray into Cooperstown, bringing with him the thousands who used to pack Oriole Park. And when the Ravens’ record-setting defense led the Colts’ successors to the Super Bowl XXXV title, Baltimore’s status as a football town was returned and unchallenged for the remainder of the decade.

Today’s blog takes a look back at three of the most memorable moments of the decade for the Ravens, Orioles and Terps. Because the choice to include the Terps’ 64-52 title victory over Indiana or the Ravens’ 34-7 romp over the Giants would be too easy, I am limiting this to games that did not win a championship (including ACC titles). So without further ado, the Games of the Decade.

OUT NUMBER ONE – ORIOLES

Fittingly, the Orioles’ inclusion on this list was not a great individual achievment or jaw-dropping victory (though those happened over the past 10 years, believe it or not). Instead, the most recent game on our list is a look towards the future for a team desperately hoping that the next ten years outshines the last.

May 29, 2009: Orioles 7, Tigers 2.

The Birds didn’t help poor Dontrelle Willis’ anxiety issues as they battered the former Marlins’ phenom for an easy early-summer victory over a team that, at the time, looked destined for the American League Central crown. The win came in the midst of one of the hottest streaks of the year for the Orioles, but it wasn’t the win itself that puts this game on the list. It was the official arrival of Matt Wieters, the top-rated prospect in all of baseball and the player viewed by many Orioles fans as the savior of the franchise.

Wieters did not smash a window in the warehouse on his first at-bat. He didn’t even get a hit that night, or run away with the American League Rookie of the Year Award. But as the season progressed, it became more and more evident that this was not a young man who was going to wilt under the pressure. Catching a roster full of young pitching talent, he balanced his defensive duties with offensive progression and displayed a maturity that left Orioles fans cautiously optimistic for the next decade. Paired with the likes of Brad Bergesen and Nolan Reimold – who also starred that night – as well as Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman, Wieters ushered in new hope for the Orioles during the final season of an otherwise all-too forgettable decade.

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Runners Up: July 1, 2009: Orioles 11, Red Sox 10 in franchise’s biggest comeback. October 6, 2001: Red Sox 5, Orioles 1 in Cal Ripken’s finale. July 10, 2001: American League 4, National League 1 in Cal Ripken’s final All-Star Game. May 20, 2008: Orioles 12, Yankees 2 as Mussina fails to complete an inning. April 4, 2004: Orioles 7, Red Sox 2 as the Birds open the season with a win on national TV. May 27, 2009: Orioles 12, Blue Jays 10 as Nolan Reimold delivers a walk-off.

OUT NUMBER TWO – RAVENS

November 12, 2001: Ravens 16, Titans 10.

Before the Ravens and Steelers teamed up to create the best rivalry in today’s NFL, the Titans were the team Baltimore fans loved to hate. In another classic installment of that rivalry (the last before the realignment that left the teams in different divisions), the Ravens traveled to Tennessee for the first Monday Night Football game in team history. Remarkably, the event came in Week 9, not the traditional Week 1 showcase afforded the defending champions. Still, as Brian Billick was quick to point out afterwards, it was well worth the wait.

Although it had been the previous year’s version of the defense which set records, the 2001 Ravens were no slouch. So with the team leading 16-10 in the final seconds, the champs stepped up to provide one of the craziest and most thrilling Monday Night Football finishes in the 40-year history of the production.

After Jamie Sharper and Duane Starks stopped Kevin Dyson on the one yard line (did the poor guy ever actually SCORE a touchdown?), the Titans had to rush to the line and try to push their way across the plane with no time outs and the final seconds ticking off the clock. The late great Steve McNair took the handoff, pushed behind his center, and seemed to give his team the touchdown it needed as the clock hit triple zeroes. But even when it messed up, the Ravens defense in those days could do no wrong. Peter Boulware had tried to rush back onside for the final play, and in the process grabbed McNair’s head as he leapt back across the line. The contact resulted in encroachment, a dead ball which nullified the previous play and set up an untimed play from the half yard line.

The final play was the signature of the Baltimore Ravens defense of the first decade of the millennium. Unable and unwilling to give up even an inch, Tony Siragusa and Sam Adams forced their way through the Tennessee offensive line, and as Steve McNair tried to escape around the corner, it was Ray Lewis who put the final hit on the gritty Air McNair. The win was preserved, the defense’s reputation was intact, and the Ravens had made their presence felt in their first foray onto Monday Night Football.

I’m guessing that Brian Billick is still waiting for that check from ABC.

Honorable mention: November 23, 2003: Ravens 44, Seahawks 41 (OT) in the greatest comeback in team history. December 20, 2008: Ravens 33, Cowboys 24 as Baltimore closes Texas Stadium by keeping its playoff hopes alive. December 31, 2000: Ravens 21, Broncos 3 in Baltimore in the first playoff game since football returned to Baltimore. January 29, 2009: Ravens 13, Titans 10 as the Ravens set up an AFC Championship game showdown with the Steelers. November 26, 2006: Ravens 27, Steelers 0 in a game that will forever be known for Bart Scott’s bonecrushing hit on Ben Roethlisberger.

OUT NUMBER THREE – TERPS

March 24, 2002: Maryland 90, Connecticut 82

A little more than a week later, it would be all but a guarantee in many Terps fans’ minds that their team was finally going to win its first national championship. They were facing a fifth-seeded Indiana team that was no match for Juan Dixon and company. But more importantly, the Terps had already proven that they could withstand any test, something they did when they knocked out UConn at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse in the Elite Eight.

It was a slugfest, two teams which had played each other earlier in the season at the BB&T Classic (Maryland won that matchup 77-65). Although a battle with fellow-No. 1 seed Kansas awaited in the Final Four, it was the only time all tournament that the confidence of Maryland fans may have been shaken.

Fortunately, no one was shaking the confidence of Steve Blake and Juan Dixon. With the Terps down by three late in the fourth quarter, Dixon calmly received a pass deep beyond the three-point line at the top of the key and smoothly sunk the shot, tying the game. Maryland clawed its way to a three-point lead in the final minute, and with the shot clock winding down and less than 30 seconds on the clock, Steve Blake took his only shot of the game, a three-pointer that served as a dagger to the hearts of the Huskies. The bucket gave Maryland an 86-80 lead, and all but assured the Terps of their second consecutive Final Four appearance. This time, there was no stopping the Terps as they won Gary Williams his first national championship.

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Honorable mention: February 17, 2002: Maryland 87, Duke 73 in a game that can be summed up in three words: OH HE STEAL! (and the only Honorable mention game that earns a YouTube post: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4YxXRRLbQc&feature=related[/youtube]

March 13, 2004: Maryland 85, NC State 82 as the Terps overcome a 19-point halftime deficit to propel themselves back to the ACC Championship game. February 25, 2007: Maryland 89, North Carolina 87 in yet another victory over #1 for Gary Williams and the Terps. February 9, 2000: Maryland 98, Duke 87 as the Terps invade Cameron–err…Dixon–Indoor Stadium and come out with a win, the first visiting team to do so in a season and a half. February 21, 2009: Maryland 88, North Carolina 85 (OT) as Greivis Vasquez puts together a triple-double in an upset that propelled the Terps back to the NCAA Tournament. October 11, 2001: Maryland 20, Georgia Tech 17 as Ralph Friedgen and the Terps officially announce their return to relevance. December 31, 2002: Maryland 30, Tennessee 3 as the Year of the Terp was capped by a dominant Peach Bowl victory. October 30, 2004: Maryland 20, Florida State 17 as the Terps finally beat the Noles in an otherwise forgettable campaign.

Happy New Year everyone. Here’s hoping for many more great memories for the Ravens, Terps AND Orioles in the next decade.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

….to no one in particular! So here’s a look back at the video that served as the official pump-up song for every championship team of 2000-01. Unfortunately, video of Art Modell dancing to this at the parade doesn’t appear to be on YouTube.

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Why Didn’t Ravens Tell Us They Hired Two New Coaches?

Posted on 09 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

“Greetings” from the studios of AM 1570 WNST here at 1550 Hart Rd. in Towson, where I am stationed following a stop at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills earlier today. I apologize that I have missed a few “Live From” blogs due to injuries my girlfriend sustained in a horse riding accident last Friday, followed by a strange practice schedule today that lead to Nestor and I having to leave immediately following Ravens availability.

There were a lot of interesting things that came from today’s session at 1 Winning Drive. In the Audio Vault at WNST.net you can hear from John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Derrick Mason and Ray Lewis to find out their thoughts on Monday night’s loss to the Green Bay Packers and Sunday’s showdown with the Detroit Lions.

The news that Daunte Culpepper would start Sunday in place of Matthew Stafford is particularly interesting because: 1-It means there’s a team in the NFL that actually doesn’t think they need to lie about injuries for purposes of “competitive edge” and 2-Domonique Foxworth’s was absolutely correct in pointing out that Culpepper has played at a Pro Bowl level in this league, and isn’t that drastically different than Stafford. Foxworth was right to point out that switching from Stafford to a QB like Michael Vick would cause legitimate problems-as Vick would be a drastically different QB.

It was also interesting that Derrick Mason made the point to let Roger Goodell know “you can fine me if you want to” before calling Walt Anderon’s crew “ridiculous” for their flag-happy officiating of the Monday Night Football contest at Lambeau Field. Mason admitted he should have “kept his composure and moved on” after getting hit with the offensive pass interference flag in the 2nd half; but his initial comments will almost certainly earn him that fine from the New York office-to go along with the cringe I saw on the face of at least one Ravens staffer.

But the MOST interesting thing that came from today’s session for me was the semi-arrogant answer John Harbaugh gave to a question and follow up regarding the presence of his brother (Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh) and his father (former Western Michigan and Western Kentucky coach Jack Harbaugh) on the sidelines Monday night at Lambeau Field.

Let’s start with the initial question-which was asked by Jerry Coleman (full disclosure)…”John, we know it was an emotional game for you, how ’bout Jim? It seems like he was losing it out there.” John’s response (after chuckling) was “Yeah, we gotta get Coach Harbaugh under control-but it’s the other one, right? One time I turned around and we were having a debate about the two minute time management situation out there that the officials handled a certain way and I looked back and there’s Jim there screaming at the officials. I’m like ‘you can’t be out here’, you know, back up!”

He then asked Senior VP Kevin Byrne if the team had heard from the league about Jim Harbaugh’s outburst, and Byrne responded that they had not. John confirmed that they expected to hear from the league.

Our own Nestor Aparicio quickly followed up by saying “Why are they down there and what role do they serve as far as being on the field versus watching the game upstairs?”

Harbaugh responded “Cause I want them there. They’re coaches. If you go back to the Championship Game and the run we had last year-the Dallas game when Jim was down there. Every now and then I’ll go back and say ‘what do you think?’ Jim has grabbed Cam on a thing here or there, my dad’s grabbed me on a thing here or there; so it’s a good thing.”

Maybe.

There’s no arguing that Jack Harbaugh’s cry of “What’s Our Name?” was an emotional rallying point for the 2008 Baltimore Ravens as they marched to the AFC Championship Game in John Harbaugh’s first season as head coach. The ’08 Ravens were a particularly emotional team, including a very emotional defensive coordinator in Rex Ryan, and a very emotional LB in Bart Scott. They were a group that fed off any emotional edge they could get. The ’09 edition does not appear to feed similarly off emotional rallying points.

The more troubling part is that the ’09 edition has appeared to suffer from something no coaching staff can afford to suffer from-a lack of attention to detail. This is the same staff that failed to notice a loss of 5 yards on a spot after a Mark Clayton catch in a Week 5 loss to the Bengals, called for a challenge AND a timeout in the waning moments of a Week 11 loss to the Colts, and failed to call timeout before the 2 minute warning in a Week 13 loss to the Packers amongst other things.

While John Harbaugh was chatting with his brother Jim before the 2 minute warning Monday night, was quality control man Vic Fangio trying to let him know he needed to call timeout? While Jim was yelling at the officials, could John have stopped by to chat with Joe Flacco about the strategy that would use on their ensuing drive? (You remember, the drive that appeared more like a 2-hour drill than a 2-minute drill.)

I don’t have a problem with John Harbaugh keeping his family on the sideline at games. He should ABSOLUTELY have two veteran, experienced coaches on the sideline if they’re available……just as soon as he gives them a contract and officially adds them to his staff. Until then, those guys SHOULD NOT be involved in coaching situations. The people who know this roster best are the people who coach these players on a day-to-day basis. If I were Cam Cameron and Jim Harbaugh came to me to offer “advice”, I would probably look back at him and say “Thanks, but I’m not really thinking about Toby Gerhart’s potential NFL Draft future.”

The worst part is the fact that Harbs responded so matter-of-factly, as if no one should question him about the semi “frat party” atmosphere that was created on the sideline Monday while the team was suffering a loss that could be potentially crushing in the race for the final AFC Wild Card spot. It makes it seem like he doesn’t realize that fans are getting tired of his lapses in attention to detail.

With no offense to John, I’d like to have my dad and my grandmother sit with me every time I blog. My dad was a very good writer before deciding to get a real job and work for a living, my grandmother was a journalism professor at Morgan State for nearly 50 years. Sadly, neither would be appropriate-as I have a JOB to do.

Jack and Jim Harbaugh would be VERY qualified coaches to patrol the Ravens sideline with John Harbaugh. And if he wants to have them there in the future-John should do the right thing and give them a contract. I’ve heard a rumor Jim might be interested in new work….

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 11 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

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

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

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

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

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

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

Tom Clayton picks Terps 4th in ACC

Drew Forrester thinks Markakis should have won Gold Glove as well

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

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

RAVENS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Browns Official Site says LB Eric Barton placed on IR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sun’s Ron Fritz compares Hauschka to Matt Stover

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

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

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

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

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

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

SI’s Jim Trotter thinks Steelers will sweep Ravens

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

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

USA Today has Ravens 13th in power rankings

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

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

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

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

ESPN.com has Ravens 14th in power rankings

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

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

ORIOLES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

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

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

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

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

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

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

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

NAVY FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

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

Go Mids updates season for Midshipmen opponents

NAVY BASKETBALL:

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

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

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

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

HORSE RACING:

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

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

SWIMMING:

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

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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