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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 06 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Good morning to you! I’d like to take this time to thank the mother of “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet” for providing me with one of the all-time great Christmas gifts of all time this year…..

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I’d like to invite ANYONE in the city of Baltimore to stop the Glenn Clark compound to have their ass kicked……

Let’s see what’s being said this morning…..

1. The Sun’s Michael Dresser says WNST bus trip amongst ways Ravens fans getting to Foxborough

And as Michael Dresser accurately points out, the best reason to be on the WNST bus trip is the chance to hang out with Drew Forrester and Glenn Clark from The Comcast Morning Show.

I know this sounds like nothing more than a cheap plug (and it mostly is), but I can’t stress how those of you who are trying to figure out how to do this trip on your own would be much happier to just get on the bus. The drive alone is a nightmare. Parking is more of a nightmare. For $400 apiece, you and 3 buddies get the bus, plenty of Miller Lite, Chick-Fil-A breakfast Saturday morning, dinner Saturday night, a party at Dave & Busters with hundreds of other Ravens fans, breakfast Sunday morning, tailgating, tickets to the game, and did I mention plenty of Miller Lite?

Don’t forget, our P.O.T. today is a spot on the bus to go with us to Foxborough. I remind because if I don’t, I will be accused of not reminding you enough.

I mentioned Chick-Fil-A breakfast, right?

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2. Boston Globe’s Albert Breer says Cam Cameron has had some success against Pats in past

Great.

I’ll trade that for more success in the present.

I don’t think Cam needs to go crazy on Sunday. I expect a heavy dose of Ray Rice-even if Bill Belichick and company know it’s coming. This is the type of team the Ravens are. If Ray Rice gets going early, they’ll be able to do something with their passing game. If not, they might well be playing from 10-0 down.

3. ESPN.com Scouts Inc.’s Jeremy Green names Michael Oher his Rookie of the Year

Do I think Michael Oher is more deserving of RoY honors than say, Percy Harvin? No, probably not. But do I think Michael Oher is deserving of recognition? ABSOLUTELY.

I can’t stress enough how difficult it is to move from RT to LT to RT to LT to RT (and who knows where he might be next) the way Michael Oher has this season. It just isn’t something you see players do in the NFL-especially not on good teams with effective offenses. Michael Oher has done it, and done it at a VERY high level against very good defenses.

He’s deserving of the recognition for that.

4. Seattle Times’ Danny O’Neill says Eric DeCosta amongst 4 finalists for Seahawks’ GM job

Drew keeps telling be that he doesn’t believe Eric is going to Seattle. I will add in that I will be “surprised” if it ends up happening. Not because he wanted be a good choice, but just because I’m not sure it’s the right fit necessarily.

If Eric DeCosta WERE to depart, there would certainly be an argument that Phil Savage or George Kokinis could return to take his position. While I wouldn’t rule either of those scenarios out, I also wouldn’t just assume either will absolutely happen.

5. The AP’s Ronald Blum says Hirschbeck hopes former Orioles 2B Roberto Alomar gets elected to Hall of Fame today

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Roberto Alomar and John Hirschbeck made their peace years ago, so this comes as no surprise whatsoever. Look, I’ve said it a thousand times-and I mean it. If Roberto Alomar isn’t elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame today, I’ll stop watching baseball. He’s ABSOLUTELY the greatest player I’ve ever rooted for, and he and Derek Jeter are the greatest players I’ve ever watched in my life.

6. WNST.net’s Dan Soderberg “disappointed” Matt Holliday headed back to St. Louis instead of joining O’s

That makes two of us. Not necessarily because the Birds missed on Matt Holliday, but because the Birds missed on a good player who could have made their team better. He’s not the first. Of course, when I took to our Twitter account (@WNST) last night to lament, I was greeted with the typical apologists who were ready to tell me about how the Orioles CAN’T spend money on Matt Holliday because they MIGHT be able to spend money on Ryan Howard or Cliff Lee in the future.

Ugh. I guess it will never get any better.

7. The Sun’s Andrea K. Walker says Pimlico, Laurel auction postponed to January 21

As Drew mentioned on the show this morning, this has EVERYTHING to do with the fact that Penn National only wanted to commit to keeping the Preakness in Baltimore for the next 10 years. It’s not acceptable. The state of Maryland HAS to protect Preakness as much as possible-and Magna is working to cooperate. It’s a shame that the industry is left up in the air for another 13 days, but it is vital to make sure everything that is possible is done to protect the most important day of the year in both the city and the state.

8. The AP’s Jeff Latzke says Michael Harper’s 21 not enough as Oklahoma State topped Coppin State

Fang Mitchell’s club was never going to really have a chance in this one. Luckily, this is the end of their annual nightmare schedule, they now move on to MEAC play starting Saturday at Hampton. The Eagles have gotten off to rough starts before; and have built character en route to two NCAA Tournament appearances. I don’t think it will happen this year, but there’s a method to Fang’s madness schedule-wise. There’s also a lot of money in games like last night’s in Stillwater.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says departure of Jin Soo Choi not really big deal for Terps

Patrick accurately points out that the biggest concern has to be the fact that with Steve Goins hurt, the Terps are now going to be working with just 11 guys in practice-meaning they’ll have just one sub during 5 on 5 drills.

Also, Gary Williams will have to fill the scholarship-hopefully with a player who will offer a bit more than the less than 1 point per game they got from Jin Soo.

10. UMBC Official Site says Retrievers will be without Justin Fry, Jamar Wertz all season; host Penn tonight at RAC Arena

The Justin Fry and Jamar Wertz news is not a surprise-the Dogs have been playing without those guys all season. They could really use a win tonight, especially considering the fact that the Quakers have won ZERO games this season (which is one less than the number of games Randy Monroe’s team has won). I’d trade some UMBC wins for not having to hear Drew’s commercial again…..ever.

11. Towson Official Site says Tigers visit Hofstra tonight in CAA play

As Pat Kennedy told Drew this morning, he’ll be forced to miss tonight’s game after being ejected from the Old Dominion game Monday night. I’m not sure Pat would make much of a difference, Charles Jenkins is a BEAST for Tom Pecora’s club.

12. The Sun’s Jeff Seidel says Eric Atkins’ 20 points lead Mt. St. Joseph past St. Frances

This is a big win for Mt. St. Joe after they lost to St. Frances last week in South Carolina. Eric Atkins will be a test for my “root for Baltimore kids” philosophy, as I love to root for these guys no matter WHERE they go to school. I was the biggest Jack McClinton fan in the world when he was at Miami, I am always checking on Kimmie English at Missouri, and I even find myself pulling for Malcolm Delaney at Virginia Tech-as long as they aren’t playing Maryland. Unfortunately, I REALLY don’t like Notre Dame, so this will be a test for me as far as whether or not I can root for Atkins…..

And I leave you with this…..Julian Casablancas (from the Strokes) released his first solo CD yesterday, “Phrazes for the Young.” Here he is back in December on Jimmy Fallon’s show doing “Out of the Blue” with The Roots….

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And while we’re well past the holidays, I still think you’ll enjoy this. Here’s Julian doing “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” with The Roots, Fallon, and Horatio Sanz. You’ll recognize this as an old Saturday Night Live skit at first….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0CPdyP6GWA[/youtube]

Good stuff. Talk to you later.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 05 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Thanks for your feedback on our new format for Crabs and Beer. I’m having a Happy Tuesday because our own Barry Aparicio decided to stop at Bojangles yesterday in Prince George’s County to bring me a gift…

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Out.Standing.

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Ravens already in “playoff mode” before playoffs open

I don’t take much from this. I’d rather be a good team than a team that’s won “must win” games coming in. I guess if there was a way to be both (sorta similar to the Cowboys maybe), that would be ideal. I really don’t think a “must” win in Oakland helps out much when a team has to go to Gillette Stadium to beat Tom Brady and company.

2. The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh will stick with Katula Sunday in Foxborough

I think this is a mistake. I know the Ravens are continuing to say that Katula’s issues are NOT due to his elbow injury, but this is getting to be about a 50-50 proposition with Katula regarding whether or not his snap will be on target. The Ravens wouldn’t have to sign someone “off the street” as they have a snapper (Nick Sundberg-a rookie out of Cal) who has been working with Billy Cundiff and Sam Koch in practice. The Ravens would have to let go of a player like Keith Fitzhugh or place Katula on IR to make this move-but I don’t think they can afford to just keep trusting Katula at this point.

If “Ice Box” from Little Giants was available, I’d take her….

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3.  Ravens Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens will host Denver, visit Houston as 2010 opponents finalized

Here’s how the opponents list shakes out for 2010…..

Home:
Pittsburgh
Cleveland
Cincinnati
Buffalo
Miami
Denver
New Orleans
Tampa Bay

Away:
Pittsburgh
Cleveland
Cincinnati
Houston
Atlanta
Carolina
New England
New York Jets

The best news there is that the only trip that absolutely REQUIRES a flight is Houston. The bad news is there are 11 games on that schedule that look particularly difficult right now-and who knows how that might play out next season.

4. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh hasn’t heard from Bills about Cam Cameron

John Harbaugh is right to want Cam Cameron to stick around. Of course, if he doesn’t; why wouldn’t John just hire Jack Harbaugh or Jim Harbaugh to take the job?

Additionally, in an interview with Drew Forrester on AM1570 WNST Tuesday morning, Ravens Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta wouldn’t confirm any discussions with other NFL teams about GM openings (we’ve heard rumors about Seattle specifically), but instead said “I believe in this team” and “I want to bring many Super Bowls to Baltimore.”

And with rumors swirling regarding our own Brian Billick being a candidate for the job in Buffalo, the coach said the following yesterday on NFL Network, per ProFootballTalk.com:

“I’ve not had any contact with the Bills as of yet”

If you want to ask Coach Billick about the rumors yourself, make sure to come on out to Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square on Thursday night. I’ll be the guy with 8-10 Spicy Chicken sandwiches and a gallon of sweat tea in front of him.

5. Boston Globe’s Monique Walker says Julian Edelman expected to make playoff debut for Pats with Wes Welker hurt

Bill Belichick will of course not confirm anything….ever….but with New England’s only other option being Sam Aiken, I think this is a pretty safe bet that Edelman will be the guy. I know a lot of Ravens fans have been celebrating the Wes Welker injury this week, but don’t downplay Julian Edelman. The guy can play.

6. Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says Ravens expect to ‘grind’ opponents in AFC playoffs

Of course, they HAVE to expect to “grind” opponents, because Joe Flacco hasn’t played well enough against good teams for them to expect to do much of anything else. I’d be pleasantly surprised if that changed Sunday though…

7. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says three teams interested in former Orioles 3B Melvin Mora

I will be rooting OPENLY for Melvin Mora wherever he ends up next season. His agent told Connolly that none of the teams that are interested are in the AL East or NL East, which means Melvin won’t be able to stay close to his family in Bel Air-which is unfortunate. Melvin Mora was a class act in a time when nothing baseball-wise in Baltimore was really even worth noticing.

8. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Gerald Lee did Towson in as Old Dominion cruised to victory

Old Dominion is a pretty good team (remember, they have a win over Georgetown already), but the Tigers HAVE to be able to win home games in the CAA-or this is just going to be the same old story for Pat Kennedy and company. It seems like the Tigers can’t put together a solid effort from both Robert Nwankwo inside and one of their guards outside. Towson is back in action Wednesday night at Hofstra.

9. Loyola Official Site says Hounds couldn’t hang with Siena without Brett Harvey

Clearly, this is a mix of the Saints being REALLY good, and the Greyhounds being in a really bad spot without Brett Harvey. Jimmy Patsos’ team wouldn’t have been the only team to lose to Siena in those circumstances, but certainly they missed on an opportunity to make a statement in the MAAC. Clarence Jackson (24 points) is a PLAYER for Siena. Loyola is at Fairfield Friday night, that game is on ESPNU.

10. The AP says Kevin Thompson’s 19 not enough as Morgan State fell at Robert Morris

It’s hard to tell if these are games the Bears should be winning. Obviously a 78-75 final means Todd Bozeman’s crew was in it until the end (it was the final minute when RMU pulled away), but you would think Robert Morris would be the type of team Morgan should beat. I guess we have to temper the fact that they’ve won a lot of big games with the fact that they’re still in the lowly MEAC; but it does feel like a game they should have won. Tough schedule for Morgan-they’re at Baylor Wednesday night.

11. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Gary Williams not happy with Terps having to open ACC play with 2 games in 3 days

I guess there’s an argument to be made that playing at Wake Forest just 48 hours after playing Florida State at home is a bit unfair, but ACC teams will all have to do this at some point. Having a bye to open conference season probably is less than helpful as well, but it’s just scheduling. Gary does love to point these things out though. Somewhere today, he’s reminding someone that the Terrapins beat both Michigan State and North Carolina last season…..

12. Korea Times’ Yoon Chul says Jin Soo Choi to leave Maryland, hopes to play professionally in Korea

And thus ends a noble experiment that just didn’t pan out. Jin Soo was going to have academic struggles in a place like College Park no matter what-as he barely spoke the language to begin with. Gary Williams’ hope was that he’d turn out to be a good enough player to make the extra work they’d have to do with him worthwhile. Obviously, it didn’t work out that way.

And as Patrick Stevens mentioned on Twitter, I appreciate Jin Soo’s honesty…

“Studying causes me a lot of stress. I only want to play basketball, I don’t want to have to think about studying.”

Well said.

-I leave you with the moment I will admit I had no idea would ever happen. If you’ve ever been a fan of pro wrestling, I think you had to get goosebumps watching Bret Hart return last night on RAW and seeing Vince McMahon turn on him to set up whatever might happen in the future…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV3tcnU8P4o[/youtube]

Awesome. Talk to you tomorrow.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Are you headed to New England this weekend?

Posted on 05 January 2010 by Nestor Aparicio

It’s no secret that this is our favorite time of the year. The Ravens are in the playoffs, with the possibility of surprising the NFL and shocking the world, and we’re headed to New England this weekend for drinks, smiles, cheers and some postseason, chilly football in Foxborough. If you (or someone you know or love) is headed to the Ravens-Patriots game this weekend, please share this blog and have them join our Facebook group called “I’m going to New England this weekend.”

We are finalizing all of our party plans today and will announce it all via WNST AM 1570, our Twitter feed (@WNST) and on our group Facebook page over the next few days.

We still have seats left on our 2nd Miller Lite Purple Playoff bus as well.

If anyone needs me directly, I can be reached here (nasty@wnst.net) or on Facebook at Nestor J. Aparicio.

As our baseball owner once said: “I’m a very available individual…”

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Accomplishment of 2nd Straight Playoff Trip Can’t Go Unnoticed

Posted on 03 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

I understand why the excitement isn’t what it was a season ago.

A season ago, the Baltimore Ravens began the season with a rookie QB, a first year head coach and no expectations; which made a return to the playoffs particularly sweet for fans throughout Charm City.

But entering this season, last year’s run to the AFC Championship Game lead many fans to adopt a “Super Bowl or bust” type motto. Amazingly, the Ravens will be one of just 12 teams who will be alive in the race for the Vince Lombardi Trophy come Monday morning-despite the “I’m not sure they even belong” attitude a number of fans have adopted.

There’s reason for the less than enthusiastic emotions that fans in town have adopted. This Ravens team has been less than overwhelming this season-beating just one playoff team (San Diego in Week 2) en route to clinching a Wild Card berth against the Raiders Sunday in Oakland. The Ravens finished the season with 6 straight losses against teams who qualified for postseason play, and mixed in a loss to the Steelers-who will miss the playoffs despite posting a record equal to the 9-7 mark the Ravens posted this season. Joe Flacco appeared to regress in his 2nd season, and John Harbaugh made the type of mental mistakes that coaches probably SHOULDN’T make in their second season. The Ravens’ Wide Receivers have been troubling, and their secondary has been terrible at times.

The remarkable thing about all of this is that all of the problems the Ravens have been forced to overcome have happened during a season in which they reached the playoffs for a 2nd straight year for only the 2nd time in franchise history.

There’s a slew of players and coaches around the NFL who aren’t going to be participating in a 2nd straight postseason. The list includes Matt Ryan, Mike Smith, Tony Sparano, Brett Favre, Mike Tomlin, Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer, Marvin Lewis, Tony Romo, Wade Phillips, Tom Coughlin, Eli Manning, Jeff Fisher, Chris Johnson, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Drew Brees, Sean Payton and John Fox. (Others-like Matt Hasselbeck, Mike Singletary and more will fail to reach even a single postseason over the 24 month span.)

Get the point?

Reaching the postseason in back to back seasons is a MAJOR accomplishment. The Ravens will be able to make money, gain exposure and build on their franchise history over at least the next week if not the next month. It will be remarkably difficult for them to go to Foxborough and beat the Patriots, but they might. Whether or not they do, they will have had an outstanding season.

It doesn’t change the problems this team faces. They will still need to overhaul their receivers in the offseason-but they will be doing it in an offseason where they are coming off a 2nd straight trip to the playoffs. The Steelers can’t say the same thing about their secondary overhaul this offseason.

It’s a big deal.

It’ll be a bigger deal if they’re still alive in 7 days.

-G

(If you’d like to join us at Gillette Stadium next Saturday, click the “Trips” tab at WNST.net)

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Friday Morning’s Purple Crabs & Beer, Weekend Picks

Posted on 11 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Ravens 31, Lions 17

Make no mistake-the Lions’ ability to play jump ball with Calvin Johnson will allow them to score; but this will be a one possession game in the 2nd half. The Ravens will win the game, but NO ONE will feel better about their Wild Card chances come Monday-even though they’ll be back above .500.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Cundiff, McKinney, Suggs all limited in practice

Rex Snider thinks Harbaugh should be more like Belichick

And from the rest of the world….

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Cam Cameron knows Lions will give Flacco ‘single coverage’ looks he should be able to take advantage of

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says John Harbaugh particularly defensive of brother Jim Harbaugh, father Jack Harbaugh on sideline

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says T-Sizzle practicing, but not certain of status for Sunday yet

The Official Site says Ray Rice, Lardarius Webb, Jared Gaither, Joe Flacco, Adam Terry, Ray Lewis will be out in community next week

The Official Site says Ngata honored by USA Football, NFLPA for ‘fundamentals’

The Official Site says Zbikowski was getting advice from Ed Reed on sideline during Monday Night Football game

Lions Official Site’s Chrissie Wywrot says safety Delmas models himself after Ed Reed

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Mt. St. Joseph grad Jim Schwartz to make ‘homecoming’ Sunday in Baltimore

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens 7-2 against backup QB’s since ’07, including wins over Dennis Dixon, Brodie Croyle this season

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can’t have too many penalties, allow Calvin Johnson to go crazy, be hurt too much by injuries to Ed Reed, Fabian Washington, Terrell Suggs etc.

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens must get improved play from Flacco, hold on to ball in red zone, keep focus

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ed Reed, Jarret Johnson, Mark Clayton, Jared Gaither, David Hale, LJ Smith all didn’t practice again yesterday

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ben Grubbs thinks O-Line needs to be more ‘consistent’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Le’Ron McClain not in ‘doghouse’

7 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens

The Sun remembers Ravens’ 1998 win over Lions in Marchibroda’s final game

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Grady Jackson, Matthew Stafford didn’t practice for Detroit

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Greg Mattison believes Ngata solid combination of talent, fundamentals

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Suggs couldn’t talk about restraining order, lawsuit

The Sun’s Edward Lee says 4 UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters from Maryland National Guard will flyover M&T Bank Stadium Sunday

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Suggs sued for $70 million by Candace Williams

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Matt Birk has ‘confidence’ O-Line will bounce back

Detroit Free Press’ Nicholas J. Cotsonika says Jim Schwartz has no explanation for Lions’ 3rd quarter issues

Detroit Free Press’ Nicholas J. Cotsonika says Lions staff thinks Kevin Smith deserves more credit for ‘tough’ running

Detroit News’ Tim Twentyman says team being ‘cautious’ regarding TE Casey FitzSimmons

Detroit News’ Tim Twentyman says Drew Stanton will get chance to backup Daunte Culpepper Sunday

SI’s Peter King picks Ravens 30-10

3 of 3 Yahoo! Sports analysts pick Ravens

NFL.com’s Vic Carucci says Ravens look like they ‘don’t belong’ in AFC playoffs

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt looking forward to Calvin Johnson-Lardarius Webb matchup

Fanhouse.com’s Dave Goldberg picks Ravens 31-20

Fanhouse.com’s R.J. White thinks Ray Rice tremendous fantasy play

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Ravens’ struggles about execution, not coaching

ESPN.com’s James Walker picks Ravens 27-10

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ray Lewis one tackle away from 12th 100 tackle season

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-My other weekend picks:

Navy 27, Army 23

This is a better Black Knights team than the Mids have faced in recent years. Rich Ellerson has implemented the option, and it is working to at least some level. But the Midshipmen are still better right now; and will prove that again tomorrow afternoon in Philadelphia. I’ll be at Lincoln Financial Field to talk to you during the game at WNST.net.

Maryland 81, Eastern Kentucky 63

If they were playing Western Kentucky, the game would be single digits.

George Washington 81, Towson 70

I’m not certain the Tigers can keep it this close, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.

Rider 75, UMBC 69

I’ll make this bet-Randy Monroe’s Retrievers won’t go winless this season.

Morgan State 74, Manhattan 62

How much has this Bears team that we were talking up as world beaters fallen off since their Arkansas/Louisville trip? They need to win, and they will.

West Virginia 101, Coppin State 68

It probably WON’T be this close.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 19 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Sorry, nothing to add today. Have to get to 1 Winning Drive. It’s coordinators day!

Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says John Harbaugh, Derrick Mason implored fans to be louder than usual at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday

Derek Arnold says Dawan Landry ‘Played Like a Raven’ Monday night in Cleveland

Drew Forrester says 2,500 packed RAC Arena to see Loyola top UMBC

Bob Haynie says fans beginning to show confidence in Ravens for Sunday’s game against Colts

Thyrl Nelson thinks Flacco bad play, Ray Rice solid play this weekend in Fantasy Football

Eric Aaronson says Gilbert Arenas-Shaquille O’Neal drama overshadowed Wizards-Cavaliers last night

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens signed Billy Cundiff to replace Steve Hauschka

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Matt Birk knows offense must improve ‘execution’

The Official Site says Ravens placed Nakamura on IR with ankle injury

The Official Site says Le’Ron McClain, Jarret Johnson, Dannell Ellerbe have no one more famous than Ray Lewis in their cell phone

The Official Site says Ravens’ wives to hold food drive benefitting Maryland Food Bank before Sunday’s game against Indianapolis

The Official Site says Jim Caldwell believes Colts ‘not concerned’ with finishing season with perfect record

The Official Site says Matt Lawrence needs ‘about another week’ to figure out knee issue according to Harbs

Colts Official Site’s John Oehser says Manning views matchup with Baltimore as ‘physical and mental challenge’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Matt Stover hopes Baltimore fans will remember him favorably when he returns to Charm City

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens picked Cundiff over Mike Nugent due to kickoff abilities

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens unlikely to beat AFC’s best Colts

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck doesn’t think Ravens can keep thinks ‘particularly close’ with Colts Sunday

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

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says sprained knee ligament will force Suggs to miss first game(s) of career

The Sun’s Mike Preston expects Cam Cameron to try to dominate time of possession Sunday with run

The Sun’s Mike Preston expects Kruger to be ‘tested’ by Colts

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason, John Harbaugh, Sam Koch all had kind words for Hauschka after departure

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ngata limited in practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says KJ Gerard takes Nakamura’s spot on active roster

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Tavares Gooden wouldn’t talk about concussion

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh seemed to support Belichick’s decision against Colts

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Kruger hasn’t gotten official word from Harbaugh

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Dwan Edwards fined $5,000 for hit on Joshua Cribbs

The AP says Saints hoping Chris McAlister can be ready to play for them Sunday

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ray Lewis, Derrick Mason each think seeing Stover on opposing sideline will be ‘weird’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Brady Quinn fined $10,000 for hit on Suggs

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Ravens ‘needed veteran kicker like Stover’ to pursue Super Bowl dreams

Washington Times’ Bob Cohn says Oher yet to see The Blind Side

Indianapolis Star’s Mike Chappell says Dallas Clark can break John Mackey’s franchise record for career catches by tight end Sunday

Indianapolis Star’s Phil Richards says Rutgers alum Gary Brackett used to consider Ray Rice protégé

USA Today’s Gary Mihoces says Paul Kruger, Antwan Barnes expected to fill in for T-Sizzle

7 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Colts

USA Today’s Pete O’Brien picks Ravens 24-23

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer picks Colts 27-21

6 of 7 Sporting News analysts pick Colts

Sporting News’ Russ Lande mocks Jermaine Gresham to Ravens

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 13th in power rankings

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche says Ravens must ‘man up’ to get into Wild Card picture

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco picks Colts 31-28

6 of 6 CBS Sports analysts pick Colts

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio and Gregg Rosenthal pick Colts 31-28

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Colts 33-24

Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez thinks Flacco progressing better than Matt Ryan

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens made ‘mistake’ in not bringing back Matt Stover

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Matt Birk, Todd Heap also didn’t practice Wednesday

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs’ injury similar to Polamalu’s

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Florida State Official Site says Bobby Bowden thinks Jamarr Robinson ‘dangerous quarterback’

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says becoming a father has forced Terrell Skinner to mature

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Travis Baltz will miss rest of season after undergoing surgery on broken finger

Florida Times-Union has Maryland 11th in ACC power rankings

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Seminoles 35-17

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Jamarr Robinson could be hitting ground a few times in Tallahassee

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says James Franklin impressed by how Da’Rel Scott has been practicing (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Terps should have ‘inside presence’ with Jordan Williams, James Padgett

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Gary Williams to address Dino Gregory report today

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Sean Mosley believes Terps playing same type of defense that lead them to NCAA Tournament last year

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Greivis Vasquez thought Eric Hayes was ‘unbelievable’ in win over Stags

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Fairfield coach Ed Cooley knew turnovers killed any chances Stags had in College Park Tuesday night

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says teammates view Eric Hayes as ‘laid back guy’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Milbourne wasn’t tired despite playing a ton of minutes early on Tuesday night

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps were best against Stags with James Padgett on floor

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Vasquez, Milbourne lifting weights more with eyes on NBA future

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Terps lifted by Eric Hayes in win over Fairfield (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Gary Williams ‘expects defense to be there every night’

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with Old Dominion in College Park

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says tonight’s game against Monarchs should give Kizer, Oyefuwa, Essence Townsend good barometer to see how they handle better interior players

TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The Sun’s Todd Karpovich says Hounds hoping to avenge ’07 NCAA Tournament loss to Terps tonight at Ludwig Field

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says 93% of football players in Annapolis graduate

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Niumatalolo not interested in leaving Mids

Go Mids’ David Ausiello wonders what would happen if Midshipmen were to face off with Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech team (must subscribe)

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s home opener against Buffalo at Alumni Hall

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Jamal Barney scored 21 to lift Greyhounds past Retrievers in Catonsville

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of victory

The Sun’s Jeff Seidel says Brett Harvey made 4 big free throws late to clinch win for Loyola

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Chauncey Gilliam’s 22 points not enough as Retrievers fell to Hounds at RAC Arena

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with East Tennessee State at Hill Field House

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

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s season finale at Hampton

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

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers’ athletic teams 2nd in CAA in graduation rate

Examiner’s Matthew Schlissel previews Saturday’s trip to James Madison

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews NCAA Tournament opener at Hampden-Sydney

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

STEVENSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Ed Hottle introduced as first head coach in Mustangs history

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Jeremy Goode’s 17 lead Mountaineers in win at American

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The AP says Beidler added 14 for ‘Eers in win over Eagles

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Adrian Beltre, Pedro Feliz, Chone Figgins, Hank Blalock, Russell Branyan, Troy Glaus could be options for Birds at corner infield positions

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says O’s to wait until free agency to re-open talks with Hendrickson

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Blake Davis, Steve Johnson will be exposed to Rule 5 Draft

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Matt Angle hit a 2 run single for Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I’ll say Coppin State 74, Washington Adventist 59; and Morgan State 67, East Tennessee 60 tonight.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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

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

Posted on 18 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

7:30- INJURY REPORT- Ravens:

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

LIMITED:
DT Haloti Ngata (ankle)

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

Colts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Back to elaborate shortly…..

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

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

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

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

-G

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15-7-0

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15-7-0

Posted on 16 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

You get props……

1-Kurt Warner, Aaron Rodgers, and Brett Favre

I’d like to be any of these people. Or Tim Tebow. More Tim Tebow, but apparently the role is already filled.

Speaking of Tim Tebow (and any time a quarterback’s name is brought up, we ARE speaking about Tim Tebow); I’m not sure when they do the voting for TIME Magazine’s Man of the Year; but I’m reasonably certain there are only 3 viable candidates….

-Jay-Z
-Tim Tebow
-Sergio from the drive-thru at the Chick-Fil-A in Owings Mills

And while you’re thinking I’m leaning towards Sergio; I’m not. There’s only one answer to this riddle…..

tebow

2-Landon Milbourne, Reggie Holmes, Calvin Lee, Kareem Brown and Brett Harvey

After 2 solid road wins (Albany and UMBC), rumor has it Todd Bozeman has decided to up his wardrobe a bit. Here’s what he’s planning on wearing Thursday night against East Tennessee State…..

pjs

You know what, that WOULD be an upgrade!

(Editor’s note: How funny is it that I make fun of how Todd Bozeman dresses considering the fact that I went to church this week wearing a Blast jersey and warm-up pants!)

3-Manny Pacquiao and Randy Couture

After dismantling Miguel Cotto, rumor has it the Pac-Man will face Floyd Mayweather next, and the rumor is the fight could happen at Yankee Stadium. Which was previously only home to people who abuse steroids and have purple lips……

arod

(Editor’s note: This is a good place for me to remind you this. F*ck the Yankees.)

4-Jonathan Stewart, Ricky Williams, Maurice Jones-Drew, Jamaal Charles, LaDainian Tomlinson and Chris Johnson

It was a great weekend for Running Backs. Except Running Backs who play for Maryland. For them it was a great weekend to say “AAAAAHHHH!!!!!!”

Meanwhile, what the hell was Bud Adams thinking when he starting flipping everyone off at the Titans-Bills game yesterday?

Maybe he was trying to do his best Stone Cold Steve Austin impression???

stonecold

5-Jimmie Johnson

Won the NASCAR Race 500 Sunday in Phoenix. Although reportedly the fans in the Valley of the Sun would have preferred seeing Jeff Gordon win.

Relax Arizona, you still have plenty of things going for you…..

asugirl

6-Tobias Harris

Even if Tobias Harris ends up committing to come to College Park; I still think I’m going to end up preferring Tobias Funke…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDSqcCPRsW0[/youtube]

7-Bernard Scott, Hunter Smith and Courtney Roby

So I’m confused…..do the Redskins NOT suck now? And as far as the Broncos are concerned-I know they started the season 6-0 and all; but if a team lines up for a 53 yard field goal, calls timeout, and THEN puts a pass-catching tight end on the field; do you REALLY not know that they are going to run a fake???

And while I am NOT happy to see the Bengals winning, anything that makes these people suffer is okay by me….

steelers

8-Jonathan Dwyer, Ryan Williams, Jim Harbaugh and Ricky Dobbs

As much as it bothers me that the Terps stink, I guess if I have to put up with thousands of opposing fans coming to Byrd Stadium, there could be worse groups than Virginia Tech…..

9-Tiger Woods, Michelle Wie and Stephen Ames

One of these names doesn’t belong…….

…..That’s right Michelle Wie, get out!

I’m kidding, this is golf! Michelle Wie should be MUCH more proud of her accomplishments than either of those other two. You’re men! Hit someone!

By the way-Michelle Wie IS old enough for me to stare at by now, right?

wie

If not, please insert your own “JAILBAIT” sign underneath this picture and continue…..

10-Zach Waller, Jake Gibson and Nathan Ayers

I want to sit here and tell you about how Dunbar and company won their High School Football playoff games this weekend, but I’m just not able to follow anymore. And since the “Jailbait” bit is a “Top 10 Baseball Distractions” staple, I might have to dig deep here.

A quick note here, because I have NO IDEA where else to put this in. I have a friend who attended Oklahoma-and she was lamenting to me that she had to look ALL THE WAY to the 2nd page to find out what time the Sooners played Saturday because they’re no longer ranked in the AP poll. I asked her if she was able to find the Maryland-Virginia Tech internet listing somewhere on page 357.

Hmmm…..what else do I have to throw in here? Ashley Tisdale from High School Musical seems lovely…..

ashley

Okay, that’s about all I got. And again, Congratulations to all of the High School football winners. Rich from Westminster will want me to point out that Linganore won again. Now I have. Which means I can get on with something else. Like Jenga!

11-Semyon Varlamov

This is worth pointing out-what with Star Wars in Concert coming to 1st Mariner Arena this week and all. “Varl” is apparently the home world to the Hutts-according to “Wookiepedia.” Not kidding.

And this Star Wars note is also a PERFECT excuse for me to include a picture of a gal in a Princess Leia costume. Yay! This blog just keeps getting better!

leia

12-Brandon Jennings and Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony said the Nuggets’ win over the Lakers was a very big deal. Similarly, Lakers forward Lamar Odom commented that his sister-in-law has a very big ass…..

kimk

13-Eddie Gamboa

The Orioles prospect got his first save in Arizona Fall League play. He was upset to hear that the save alone will not earn him free agency.

And when it comes to Eddies, I’ll always prefer this one……

eddie

14-Parks and Recreation

It airs Thursdays. I usually watch TV shows a day later thanks to Comcast DVR or Hulu. Therefore, it happened over the weekend. Bite me.

Anyway, I’ve totally come around. This show is hilarious. Almost as funny as 30 Rock, certainly funnier than The Office. Maybe not as captivating as “The Hills”, but what can be?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yknG2cRW_c[/youtube]

Great freaking show.

15-Orange Chicken

orange

Chinese places that don’t serve it aren’t worth a lick. I sometimes don’t know whether to eat it or whether to bathe in it. Wow.

You got lucky…..

1-Peter Angelos

Cuba, huh? Where do I even begin?

-When reached for comment, Fidel Castro responded “Baltimore? BALTIMORE? Isn’t Kansas City available? Maybe Pawtucket?”

-In fairness, maybe Mr. A should be a little less concerned about getting people in Havana to watch the O’s, and a little more concerned about getting people who go to Little Havana to watch the O’s.

-When hearing that Angelos might be coming to their country, the fine people of Cuba decided unanimously that Fidel maybe wasn’t such a bad guy after all.

More?

-The trip might not be the greatest idea of all time. We’ve heard rumors that Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters are considering a defection to the oppressed nation.

-Castro pointed out that he was confident in his country’s chances to beat the Birds, mostly because no one who pitches for Baltimore would be good enough to make his team.

Okay, I think I’ve made my point. Norm MacDonald is up next.

2-Matt Tyrie

And what is Loyola rewarded for their troubles of winning the MAAC and advancing to the NCAA Tournament? Only the defending NCAA Champions……

terps

And with no offense to Mark Mettrick, Jimmy Patsos, Charley Toomey, Shane Koppens, or Chris Bonetti……

Suck it Greyhounds! Let’s go Maryland!

3-LeBron James

Literally the only good thing happening in Cleveland at all. Trust me, I’m there.

Seriously…..THIS was the representation of Cleveland that made it to ABC…..

mimi

4-Peyton Manning

Bill Belichick made the WORST DECISION IN THE HISTORY OF FOOTBALL. I’m not kidding. And I would know a thing or two about bad decisions. For example, THIS was my date to junior prom……

prom

I’m not really sure either…..

5-All swimmers not named Michael Phelps

Easy to beat a guy when he’s not really trying, huh? Phelps was basically playing THIS role in Stockholm and Berlin last week….

brawler

6-EJ Henderson

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/5795409[/vimeo]

Nice little wedding you had there, EJ. I know you’ve become a star up in Minnesota and everything; but I’m a little surprised you didn’t give your old pal Glenn Clark an invite. Sure, you’ve become a playmaker on one of the best defenses in the NFL; but I’m not sure if you heard this-I’ve become “The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Radio Entertainment Today.” Which-I’m pretty sure-is just as awesome. Plus, I could’ve totally gotten you a Jack LaLanne juicer as a gift. If you already had one, you could just give it back to me!

7-Bruce Springsteen

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EW-x2kUSX00[/youtube]

In fairness-if I had to choose between being in Cleveland or being in Detroit; I might pick Indianapolis. Ugh.

You’re a zero……

The Towing Industry

I parked legally at Town Hall Lounge Friday night in College Park after the Terps throttled Charleston Southern. Somehow, it ended up costing me $150 to take my car home that night. I wasn’t drinking.

So to PME Towing…..get bent. You’re terrible people. I call back Bud Adams to pass along my feelings…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTxHuUGG_2c[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: John Harbaugh’s Weekly Press Conference

Posted on 26 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

4:04-Hear from John Harbaugh NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net!

3:41-Some highlights from Coach Harbs:

-”Nothing new” on injury front, everyone practicing
-Ravens hosted player development seminar with former Colts DL Joe Ehrmann
-Regarding possibility of Oher staying at LT: “All things are possible.”
-He reached out to Samari Rolle, but has not heard back from him
-Brian Dawkins brings “great leadership” to Broncos
-Some coaches were working over weekend even after team mandated they take time off
-#Flacco “looked good” in practice……”he’s fine.”
-”We can change any amount we want from one week to the next.”
-”We control as a football team our destiny.”
-Hiring Josh McDaniels “has paid off” for the Broncos, there are “similarities” between his team and Bill Belichick’s Patriots.
-Eddie Royal is “extremely quick and extremely fast.”
-Spent bye Sunday with family, watching daughter’s soccer game
-He mentioned Flacco had a new haircut. That’s neat.

3:29-The Broncos made a roster move today, according to ProFootballTalk/NBC Sports. Punter Brett Kern was dismissed in favor of veteran free agent Mitch Berger. And now you know.

3:16-Welcome back from bye week, where we are gathered at 1 Winning Drive for Coach Harbaugh’s weekly press conference. With no game over the weekend, today’s conversation should be mostly geared towards Sunday’s game at M&T Bank Stadium against the Denver Broncos. I am going to guess there will probably be a fair amount of conversation about the AFC North as well.

As always, no news during a bye weekend is GOOD NEWS, as it means no players were getting themselves in trouble. Ray Rice was seen at Saturday night’s “Shogun Fights” event at 1st Mariner Arena, and a number of players were attending high school or college football games at their own alma maters.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer, Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 20 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Intern Super Jack is out today (swine flu, I believe)-so I’ll handle the Tuesday Top 7 within Crabs and Beer. Like Bob Haynie always says, we “improvise and adapt” at WNST.

Here’s MY Tuesday Top 7 for the Ravens’ 33-31 loss to Minnesota…..

7-Lardarius Webb
6-Michael Oher
5-Mark Clayton
4-Ray Lewis
3-Derrick Mason
2-Joe Flacco
1-Ray Rice

And Drew’s Top 7….

7-Marshal Yanda
6-Michael Oher
5-Trevor Pryce
4-Derrick Mason
3-Ray Lewis
2-Ray Rice
1-Joe Flacco

Now our season totals, starting with mine…..

19t-Frank Walker (1 point)
19t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)
19t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)
19t-Lardarius Webb (1 point)
19t-Sam Koch (1 point)
17t-Matt Birk (2 points)
17t-Kelley Washington (2 points)
15t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)
15t-Domonique Foxworth (3 points)
13t-Chris Chester (4 points)
13t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)
10t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)
10t-Jared Gaither (6 points)
10t-Mark Clayton (6 points)
9-Ed Reed (7 points)
8-Todd Heap (9 points)
7-Ray Lewis (11 points)
6-Willis McGahee (12 points)
5-Derrick Mason (14 points)
4-Jarret Johnson (16 points)
3-Michael Oher (19 points)
2-Joe Flacco (21 points)
1-Ray Rice (22 points)

And Drew’s season totals……

18t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)
18t-Frank Walker (1 point)
18t-Sam Koch (1 point)
15t-Dawan Landry (2 points)
15t-Kelley Washington (2 points)
15t-Matt Birk (2 points)
10t-Chris Chester (4 points)
10t-Todd Heap (4 points)
10t-Domonique Foxworth (4 points)
10t-Mark Clayton (4 points)
10t-Jared Gaither (4 points)
8t-Michael Oher (6 points)
8t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)
6t-Willis McGahee (11 points)
6t-Jarret Johnson (11 points)
5-Derrick Mason (12 points)
4-Ed Reed (13 points)
3-Ray Lewis (20 points)
2-Ray Rice (27 points)
1-Joe Flacco (31 points)

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Ravens staffer told him trades ‘unlikely’ before today’s 4pm NFL trade deadline

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh thinks Ravens ‘need’ to play Lardarius Webb more at CB

Chris Bonetti says today final day to sign up for WNST’s trip to Lambeau Field

Rex Snider says Harbaugh doing best Belichick impression

Bob Haynie says bye week adjustments won’t involve firing Mattison OR cutting Hauschka

Keith Melchior says not even Stover automatic from 44 yards

Glenn Clark says Shogun Fights best event of week

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh ‘not very optimistic’ Samari Rolle will return

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh thought Oher ‘acquitted himself well’

The Official Site says Flacco told media his ankle ‘great’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbs confirmed Webb ‘officially’ kick returner

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh standing by Hauschka

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Greg Mattison’s defense no longer ‘strikes fear’ in opponents

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh ‘expects’ Gaither to play against Broncos

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Ravens should consider using ‘fresh legs’ of Antwan Barnes, Paul Kruger, Jameel McClain in pass rush

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh admitted Katula’s snap ‘not perfect’ on missed FG

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh has history with T.O. from Philadelphia

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jared Gaither was ‘close’ to being able to go Sunday against Vikings

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Ravens have bigger need at CB than WR

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens corners ‘can’t cover OR tackle’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ozzie Newsome wouldn’t rule out chances of making trade

The Sun cleans up after me

The AP’s Lucas L. Johnson II says Kazemi texted McNair looking for money before murder

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says NFL Network’s Deion Sanders says Ravens don’t have ‘playoff-caliber defense’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh spoke kindly about Terrell Owens, but doesn’t think anything ‘happening’ on that front

The AP says Harbaugh believes ‘big plays the problem’

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Ravens don’t want to ‘mess around’ with Rolle’s neck

The Tennessean’s Kate Howard says McNair had transferred money to Kazemi’s account-explaining why Armen Keteyian found $2,500 in her bank account

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 12th in power rankings

Sporting News’ Albert Breer says Ravens should go after Dwayne Bowe

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Harbaugh’s T.O. comments ‘flirted with tampering’

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco thinks Ravens may be missing Stover

Pro Football Weekly wonders if Ravens interested in Ted Ginn Jr.

ESPN.com’s James Walker doesn’t see how Ravens would be interested in T.O.

ESPN.com’s James Walker not sure if Dwayne Bowe rumors have any ‘traction’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says all 3 of Ravens’ losses have come to first-place teams

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Duke

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

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner, Terps must find ‘new inspiration’ this season

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Danny O’Brien looking like he’ll be starter in ‘10

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Travis Ivey thinks Terps might have to score defensively due to offensive struggles

The Diamondback has Terps 12th in power rankings

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps will be underdogs rest of season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Blue Devils favored for just 9th time in last 118 games against ACC opponents

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Rutgers, Boston College also after Connor Wujciak (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says prospect Ashton Pankey to visit College Park Friday (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Jordan Williams ‘should have’ chance to seize starting center position for Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse says Terps to face Duke, Loyola to face Notre Dame, Hopkins to face Princeton at Face-Off Classic March 6 at M&T Bank Stadium

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s Homecoming contest with Wake Forest

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

The Official Site’s Bob Socci says LB Nechak not typical for kid from Malibu

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo going with Vince Murray as starting fullback

Go Mids honors Vince Murray, Tyler Simmons, Michael Walsh for win over SMU

Go Mids’ David Ausiello grades Mids defensively through first half of season (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Northeastern Official Site previews Saturday’s visit from Towson

Northeastern Official Site offers complete Tigers-Huskies release (pdf)

Carroll County Times’ Patrick Stoetzer says Mark Orlando honored by Tigers by entering school’s Hall of Fame

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says punter Nicholas Adams honored by MEAC

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Robert Emrich says Josh Bell ripping cover off ball in Arizona Fall League

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brandon Snyder hitting over .400 in AFL play

Examiner Jay Trucker hopes Birds sign Branyan or Delgado to improve lineup

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team signed former Terps, Redskins OL Scott Burley

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times’ Mike Curry says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird worked out in preparation for Breeders’ Cup Classic

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Dan Rodricks remembers Ricig’s Robert Irsay dummy

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-For the record, my question of John Harbaugh at the end of yesterday’s press conference (regarding Greg Mattison) was NOT asked to be an ass-or to put the coach “on the spot.” It was asked because one of the biggest storylines of the last 10 days has been Greg Mattison-with half of the city of Baltimore calling for Mattison’s head. I NEVER want to bring attention to myself during a press conference, I am just there doing a job. I needed a statement on the record from the Head Coach regarding his embattled Defensive Coordinator; and when challenged-I needed to make sure the Head Coach knew I was not going to let him belittle a relevant question. Please stop with your conspiracy “you just hate John Harbaugh” crap. I am a Ravens fan. I care about one thing, and one thing only. I want the Ravens to win. Other than that, I have a job to do as the Ravens analyst here at WNST.net.

Talk to you later today from 1 Winning Drive.

-G

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