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Live From Owings Mills: Harbaugh Says Cameron Will Remain Offensive Coordinator

Posted on 17 January 2011 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (13-5) returned to 1 Winning Drive Monday, less than 48 hours after their season ended with a 31-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers (13-4) at Heinz Field in an AFC Divisional Round playoff game.

Head Coach John Harbaugh put to rest any rumors he would consider firing Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron Monday.

“Cam Cameron is our offensive coordinator” said Harbaugh. “That’s how we’re going forward. I know Cam is a tremendous coach.”

Harbaugh indicated no other coaches would be at risk of losing their jobs based on the team’s performance.

“I really like our coaching staff” said Harbaugh. “I think we have a great, great coaching staff. Top to bottom-that includes all three coordinators, that includes every one of our position coaches, there’s not a guy that I’m disappointed in.”

The Ravens finished just 22nd in the NFL in total offense in 2010, despite the additions of WR’s Anquan Boldin, TJ Houshmandzadeh and Donte’ Stallworth in the offseason, as well as the draft selections of TE’s Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta

Harbaugh said the statistics didn’t affect his decision process with Cameron.

“He’s the same guy that was the offensive coordinator three years ago when everybody said we (outperformed) our expectations, and even last year. We had a tough year statistically, but we did win a lot of football games with that offense. There are things we can do a lot better, and we’re going to go to work on those things.”

FOCUS ON FREE AGENTS: The Ravens enter an offseason which will be based in as much uncertainty as the league itself.

The team has 17 unrestricted free agents, eight additional restricted free agents and five exclusive rights free agents.

The team’s unrestricted free agents are Houshmandzadeh, Stallworth, DT Haloti Ngata, FB Le’Ron McClain, CB Josh Wilson, CB Chris Carr, OT Jared Gaither, OL Marshal Yanda, OL Chris Chester, OL Tony Moll, S Dawan Landry, CB Fabian Washington, K Billy Cundiff, P Sam Koch, QB Marc Bulger, LB Prescott Burgess and LS Kevin Houser.

The restricted free agents are S Tom Zbikowski, S Haruki Nakamura, LB Tavares Gooden, LB Jameel McClain, WR Marcus Smith, OT Oniel Cousins, DT Lamar Divens and RB Jalen Parmele. LB Sergio Kindle, DT Kelly Talavou, TE Davon Drew, CB Cary Williams and LB Dannell Ellerbe are exclusive rights free agents.

Harbaugh said Monday the team will focus offseason plans on retaining their own free agents.

“We’re going to try to get back as many of these guys as we possibly can” said the coach. “Because we like our players.”

Harbaugh said he had high hopes that many of the team’s free agents would return.

“Talking to the guys today, the vast majority of guys really want to be here.”

Coming off a second straight Pro Bowl selection and a season in which he was voted the team’s MVP, Ngata is the most important player to get back according to Harbaugh.

“I believe Haloti Ngata will be a Raven for life” said the coach. “That’s the goal. He’s told me he wants to be here. I believe the organization wants him here. It’s priority number one to have Haloti Ngata here.”

Houshmandzadeh said he’d like to return to Charm City, but admitted an expanded role would play a significant part in making his decision.

“I want to come back because I had fun here and I enjoyed myself” said the receiver. “I do want to be a starter. I do because that’s what I’ve been. It’s hard to adjust.”

Free agency cannot begin until owners and the NFLPA agree to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Houshmandzadeh, L. McClain, Houshmandzadeh, Stallworth, Cundiff, Koch, Washington, Wilson, Kindle, Bulger, QB Joe Flacco, LB Ray Lewis, LB Jarret Johnson, C Matt Birk and WR Derrick Mason now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……L. McClain joined Rex Snider Monday on “The Afternoon Drive” on AM1570 WNST, that chat is also available in the Audio Vault……The Ravens will select 26th in the 2011 NFL Draft……A team source told WNST’s Drew Forrester a contract extension for Harbaugh should be considered “imminent”……The Ravens signed all seven practice squad players to reserve/future contracts. WR Justin Harper, RB Curtis Steele, CB Danny Gorrer, QB Hunter Cantwell, OL Andre Ramsey, OL Brady Bond and LB Albert McClellan joined former Buffalo Bills WR James Hardy in getting such contracts……Harbaugh, GM Ozzie Newsome, Team President Dick Cass and owner Steve Bisciotti will hold their season review press conference Thursday afternoon in Owings Mills


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Live From Owings Mills: Reed’s Brother Missing, Harbaugh Reacts to Jim’s Hiring, Suggs & Ngata Questionable

Posted on 07 January 2011 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (12-4) held their final open practice Friday at 1 Winning Drive ahead of Sunday’s AFC Wild Card playoff showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs (10-6) at Arrowhead Stadium.

The brother of Ravens safety Ed Reed (Brian Reed) went missing Friday in Louisiana, according to WWL-TV in New Orleans.

The younger Reed reportedly jumped into the Mississippi River in St. Charles, La. to elude authorities. Police attempted to stop Brian Reed Friday morning when his car matched the description of a car believed to have driven another car off the road.

According to the WWL report, police believe the younger Reed may have been driving a stolen car.

When reached for comment Friday by WNST.net, a source very close to Ed Reed said the Pro Bowl safety had no comment and was continuing to gather information.

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said in a Friday night conference call he had not yet had a chance to talk to his star defender.

“I love Ed Reed” said Harbaugh. “Our thoughts and our prayers are with the Reed family. We’re just praying like crazy that Ed’s brother is okay.”

INJURY REPORT: After missing practice Wednesday & Thursday, DT Haloti Ngata (thigh) and LB Terrell Suggs (knee) both returned to practice Friday.

Harbaugh said Friday “I feel good about them” and added “I think they’ll be okay” for Sunday’s game.

Suggs was a bit more coy about his status for Sunday’s game, claiming he was “50-50” to play.

Ngata and Suggs were both listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, as were S Tom Zbikowski (back), LB Dannell Ellerbe (head), LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder), CB Josh Wilson (head) and S Ed Reed (chest). Those six were all listed as limited participants Thursday.

Five Ravens were listed as probable for Sunday’s game; LB Jameel McClain (back), C Matt Birk (knee), WR Derrick Mason (abs/ankle), OT Michael Oher (knee/ankle) and WR/KR David Reed (wrist).

For the Chiefs, G Brian Waters (illness) and WR Quinten Lawrence (illness) were listed as probable for Sunday’s game.

HARBAUGH’S BROTHER JOINS NFL RANKS: Jim Harbaugh, the younger brother of John Harbaugh and a former Ravens quarterback; agreed Friday to a five year deal to leave Stanford and become the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

“I’m very happy he’s not in the AFC” the elder Harbaugh said Friday night in a conference call.

With the Ravens slated to face the NFC West next season, the two coaches will have a chance to face off in Charm City.

“My dad (former Western Michigan & Western Kentucky coach Jack Harbaugh) said he’s just going to take a walk during that one” John Harbaugh joked.

Harbaugh told reporters his younger brother consulted with Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti during his decision making process.

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Suggs and Oher now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……OL Marshal Yanda joined Drew Forrester Friday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that chat is available in the Audio Vault as well……The Ravens practiced indoors Friday after practicing outside Wednesday & Thursday. The Ravens were in good spirits; with many players wearing each others’ jerseys. LB Ray Lewis and LB Jarret Johnson swapped jerseys, as did S Dawan Landry and DT Haloti Ngata. S Ed Reed wore QB Joe Flacco’s jersey, Suggs wore P Sam Koch’s jersey……Suggs was fined $15,000 for punching Bengals WR Jerome Simpson in the team’s Week 17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium……Weather.com/The Weather Channel predicts 34 degrees and snow showers for Sunday’s game in KC……The Ravens will hold a walkthrough Saturday morning before traveling to Kansas City Saturday night. Saturday’s walkthrough will be closed to the media


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Live From Owings Mills: Ravens Know What They’re Up Against Sunday

Posted on 13 October 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (4-1) returned to work at 1 Winning Drive Wednesday, shifting their focus to Sunday’s visit to Foxborough to face the New England Patriots (3-1) at Gillette Stadium.

RB Ray Rice was amongst the Ravens players who met with the media Wednesday. Rice played a prominent role in the team’s 33-14 victory in the Wild Card round of the AFC playoffs in January, and understands what a matchup against an organization that has won three Super Bowls in the last 8 years means.

“We don’t want to single out the Patriots, but the success that they’ve had-you can’t forget that” said Rice. “They have a long-term history of success. This is the kind of game you really don’t have to ramp yourself up for.”

Ravens players went back and forth as to whether or not they thought the Pats would have January’s loss fresh on their minds when the teams got together again Sunday. Rice said “I think it has to be in the back of their heads because what we did last year was uncommon for that kind of team.” However, LB Ray Lewis said “every year is a new year and every game is a new game.” He added “I don’t think they’re going back that far to think about it that much. I just think the bottom line for them is to try to get a win, just like for us this week is to try to get a win.”

In a conference call with members of the Charm City media, Pats DT Vince Wilfork probably summed up his team’s feelings about Sunday’s game by saying the Ravens “are one of the best teams in the NFL right now and we’ve got our hands full.”

“BRADY RULE” NOT A CONCERN: The Ravens were 27-21 losers to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium last October, but the game was not without controversy. LB Terrell Suggs and DT Haloti Ngata were each flagged for questionable hits on New England QB Tom Brady, which lead many fans and analysts to claim NFL officials were working with some sort of “Tom Brady Rule.”

For their part, Ravens defenders seemed unconcerned about potentially beneficial treatment for the five time Pro Bowl QB.

“We don’t even think about that” said Lewis. “You can’t think playing this game, you’ve got to react. Whatever comes with it, comes with it. You just always hope the game is called fair.”

LB Jarret Johnson added “you can’t worry about it…you’ve just got to be more aware of your surroundings and you can’t be careless out there.” Johnson said he didn’t think Brady received preferential treatment, noting the league does “protect quarterbacks” and defensive players need to maintain control of their bodies when they’re in the area of QB’s.

HARBAUGH PAYS OFF A BET: Ravens coach John Harbaugh is the older brother of Stanford Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. When Stanford faced Oregon two Saturdays ago, Harbaugh was involved in wagers with two members of the Ravens roster.

Former Ducks defensive standout Ngata made a cash bet with Harbaugh, the terms of the bet went undisclosed. Rookie TE Ed Dickson (a fellow Oregon alum) instead made a wager that involved the loser having to don gear from the winner’s team during practice. Because Oregon rallied for a 52-31 win over the Cardinal, Harbaugh was forced to pay off the bet Wednesday…


…if you can’t tell, Harbaugh is wearing a t-shirt that says “I love my Ducks” and has a duck whistle around his neck.

“There are ramifications for losses that ring all the way across from coast to coast” said Harbaugh. “I’ve got to give the Ducks their due, they’ve got a heck of a club.” Harbaugh also joked that the Cardinals and Ducks could meet again in the BCS Championship Game.

: WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot), OT Jared Gaither (back) and LB Tavares Gooden (back) did not practice Wednesday, all have been ruled out for Sunday’s game.

Also missing practice Wednesday was Ngata, who injured his knee on the Ravens’ failed 4th and goal play from the 1 yard line during the first quarter of their Week 5 win over the Denver Broncos. DE Paul Kruger (knee), FB Le’Ron McClain (shoulder/knee), Rice (knee) and CB Josh Wilson (hamstring) all did not participate in practice Wednesday either. Only Kruger is a known risk to miss Sunday’s game as of now.

LB Edgar Jones (thigh) and LB Jameel McClain (knee) were both listed as limited in practice Wednesday. S Tom Zbikowski had his ribs wrapped following Sunday’s win over the Broncos-but was not listed on the Injury Report.

Ravens majority owner Steve Bisciotti and former majority owner Art Modell were each spectators for practice Wednesday.

For the Patriots, RB Fred Taylor (toe) did not participate in practice Wednesday. Brady and CB Terrence Wheatley (foot) were both listed as full participants in practice. No other Patriots were listed on the injury report.

: Hear from Harbaugh, Rice, Lewis, Johnson, QB Joe Flacco, CB Fabian Washington and WR Derrick Mason NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……New OL Scott Kooistra is scheduled to join Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” Thursday at 7:15am on AM1570 WNST……Suggs confirmed WNST.net’s Tuesday night report that he had not accepted money or inappropriate benefits from agent Gary Wichard or former Wichard associate Josh Luchs while in college at Arizona State. Suggs simply told Baltimore reporters “Gary didn’t give me sh*t.” Luchs said he and Wichard did not give money or benefits to former client/Ravens TE Todd Heap during his Sun Devils career either……The Ravens return to the practice field Thursday; coordinators Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison and Jerry Rosburg are scheduled to meet with the media following practice

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Live From Owings Mills: Harbaugh “Highly Doubts” Kindle Plays This Season

Posted on 17 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens had their final media availability Friday morning at 1 Winning Drive before Sunday’s AFC North showdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

The session was highlighted by significant news from head coach John Harbaugh concerning unsigned rookie LB Sergio Kindle. Harbaugh said that after Baltimore doctors put Kindle through a “battery of tests” from independent doctors in Charm City; it has been determined that Kindle is dealing with “serious (head) issues.” Harbaugh admitted “I think the chances of him playing this year are slim.”

Kindle suffered a fractured skull in an accident at a friend’s house in Austin, Texas the week before the team was to report to Training Camp at McDaniel College in Westminster.

Harbaugh said the team still intends to sign Kindle to “some form of a deal that reflects the situation”, admitting that the team is both trying to “protect Steve (Bisciotti)’s investment” in their 2nd round pick; but also give the rookie “an opportunity” to get into the facility and around the team. The team will work with the NFL and the NFLPA regarding the contract, a team official said they do not know of a precedent as to how the contract will be formulated.

Harbaugh said he expected Kindle to be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, but said he “highly doubts” Kindle will play in 2010. While on PUP or IR, Kindle would still be able to participate in team meetings, work out at the Owings Mills facility and be monitored by team doctors.

While the team wants to get Kindle signed as quickly as possible, the Ravens would not face a league deadline to sign Kindle as they do not intend for him to play in 2010. Should they not sign him before the 2011 NFL Draft, they would lose the exclusive rights to negotiate with him and he would be eligible to be selected by another team.

INJURY UPDATE: WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot) and OT Jared Gaither (back) have already been ruled out for the game, so it was no surprise to not see them on the practice field during the portion open to the media.

The more alarming news for the Ravens was that LB Jarret Johnson (back spasms) was on the field but did not participate for a 2nd straight day.

Johnson was listed as “questionable” for Sunday’s game on the team’s final injury report. Should he be unable to play Sunday in Cincy, LB Prescott Burgess would be likely to start in his place. LB Edgar Jones and DE Paul Kruger could also be asked to help fill the void.

Johnson has played in all but one game during his career since being selected in the 4th round of the 2003 NFL Draft out of Alabama. When asked whether Johnson had a good chance to get on the Sunday, Harbaugh said simply “I think he does.” Johnson also said he “should be” good to get on the field.

Five Ravens were listed as “limited” participants on Friday’s injury report. LB Ray Lewis (foot), LB Jameel McClain (knee), TE Todd Heap (shoulder), LB Tavares Gooden (thigh), WR Anquan Boldin (thigh) and DT Terrence Cody (knee) were all limited participants Friday, but are all listed as “questionable for Sunday”. Heap and Cody are the only players on that list whose status is a legitimate concern for Sunday’s game; but Cody has practiced all week and Heap has practiced on back to back days.

When asked about his chances of getting on the field Sunday, Cody said the “only thing that could stop me is if the coaches won’t let me play.” Cody however stopped short of declaring himself a lock for Sunday’s game. When asked if he would definitely see the field, Cody responded “I don’t know.”

When asked about his shoulder injury, Heap said “I feel good right now, we’ll have to see how it feels on Sunday.” Heap reaffirmed that he “should be good” to play.

WR Anquan Boldin (thigh) and WR Marcus Smith (knee) were full participants in practice Friday and are listed as “probable” to play Sunday.

CB Lardarius Webb (knee) has not been listed on any of this week’s injury reports and was a full participant in every practice leading up to the Week 1 win over the New York Jets. Webb did not play in Week 1, and there is no guarantee he will play Sunday. Harbaugh offered only a response of “I don’t know” when asked about the 2nd year corner from Nicholls State; but said “I think there’s a chance (he plays).”

For the Bengals, DE Jonathan Fanene (hamstring) has been ruled out of Sunday’s game. RB Brian Leonard (foot) and LB Keith Rivers (foot) are listed as probable.

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Heap, Cody and Johnson NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Bisciotti watched practice Friday morning from the field at 1 Winning Drive, he spent part of practice chatting with Harbaugh……The Ravens will hold a walkthrough Saturday and then travel to the Queen City Saturday night. Saturday’s walkthrough is not open to the media……P Sam Koch joined Drew Forrester Friday morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that conversation can be heard in the Audio Vault as well……For the quickest and most significant Ravens updates respectively, follow WNST on Twitter (@WNST) and make sure you’re signed up for the WNST Text Service.


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Live From Owings Mills: Ayanbadejo “Most Likely” Will Start Season on PUP List

Posted on 25 August 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens LB Brendon Ayanbadejo is currently on the Training Camp Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) as he recovers from a torn quadriceps tendon he suffered during the 2009 season.

It doesn’t appear as though the former Pro Bowler will be activated any time soon.

Head Coach John Harbaugh admitted Wednesday he was “less confident now at this time” that Ayanbadejo would be available early in the 2010 season. Harbaugh conceded that “the fact that he hasn’t been able to practice all through Camp means it’s probably pushed back to some extent.”

Harbaugh said the 8th year Special Teams ace out of UCLA is working out and training, but practice is the “main work” necessary to get ready for the season. According to Harbaugh, the team will have to make a decision in “the next week” regarding Ayanbadejo’s status for the start of the season.

As far as Ayanbadejo is concerned, the decision is all but made.

When asked whether he’d be ready for the Sept. 13 opener against the New York Jets, Ayanbadejo said “there’s still a slight chance, but I doubt it.” He admitted it was “most likely” he’d begin the season on the PUP list. “Coming back after Week 6 looks like it’s more likely what the scenario is going to be.”

Ayanbadejo appeared frustrated with the healing process, adding “some days I feel great and then go out there and the next day don’t feel as good.”

Ayanbadejo suffered the injury during a loss to the New England Patriots in Foxborough Week 4 of last season. National Football Post reported he had a minor procedure in August to help accelerate the healing process.

Ayanbadejo is not the only tricky roster decision the Ravens face; as multiple players like Jared Gaither, Lardarius Webb and others could miss Week 1 but might not be forced to miss 6 weeks.

“It’s gonna be a tough decision” said the coach. “We’re just gonna have to balance out their progress with the other players that we have available to play and try to do what’s best for the team for the first 6 or 7 weeks of the season.”

KNEE ISSUE FOR CODY: Rookie DT Terrence Cody missed practice Tuesday (and was not present again Wednesday) with what Harbaugh described as “bursa (sac) swelling” and a “slight issue in the cartilage on the outside” of his knee.

Harbaugh said the injury wouldn’t require surgery, and Cody can “definitely get through the season” with the injury.

Cody believes he can return to practice tomorrow and “should be” on the field Saturday night at M&T Bank Stadium when the Ravens square off with the New York Giants. He said he’s been “icing” the knee for the last two days and keeping a compression wrap on it. Cody was optimistic that the injury wouldn’t linger this season.

“I feel (like) it might go away” said the former Alabama Crimson Tide defender. “I already feel like it’s getting better.”

NINE RAVENS NOT PRACTICING: Aside from Cody, DT Brandon McKinney (knee), WR Demetrius Williams (ankle), OL Daniel Sanders (shoulder), OT Oniel Cousins (concussion), OL David Hale (tailbone) CB Marcus Paschal (leg) and WR Eron Riley (unknown) were not present or not participating during the portion of practice open to the media.

Ayanbadejo, S Ed Reed, RB Matt Lawrence and LB Sergio Kindle remain on the PUP list.


  • Harbaugh reiterated that while Kindle could return to play for the Ravens this season, they “don’t know” whether or not he will. “It’s just a matter of how fast the neurologists look at that stuff and clear him to play” according to the coach. He added “I wouldn’t rule it out.”
  • Harbaugh declined to share his opinion on potential NFL 18 game schedule; an issue owners are currently discussing in Atlanta. He did say he had discussed the topic with Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti
  • Hear from Harbaugh, Cody, Ayanbadejo, QB Marc Bulger, OL Tony Moll, LB Jarret Johnson and DL Cory Redding NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net
  • LB Dannell Ellerbe joined Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST Wednesday morning, that interview is available in the Audio Vault as well. LB Tavares Gooden is scheduled to join Forrester at 7:30am Thursday.

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Here’s Buck…so where’s Peter?

Posted on 02 August 2010 by Nestor Aparicio

As we watch the next press conference welcoming yet another Orioles manager to Baltimore amidst more rhetoric about the farm system, young players and how “tough” things are in the AL East, I’ll be wondering where the owner of the team is to take accountability for this 2010 meltdown.

Now in their 13th year of nonstop losing one thing has remained constant — the man who is responsible for all of this civic tragedy, Peter Angelos, will be absent once again.

And once again, Angelos’ many employees in the media will be front and center to ask their newest co-worker, Buck Showalter, softball questions and lay-ups while the team flounders, the downtown business community decays and the team is 32-73.

Today will once again illuminate the difference between the baseball team and the football team.

When the Ravens hire, fire or take on water, owner Steve Bisciotti shows up for the press conference and sometimes painfully has to accept responsibility for failures at season’s end.

Today, with the Orioles 13 years into a black hole, their owner Peter Angelos and his family will act the roles of cowards and  scarecrows — fingers pointed in every direction except the mirror — and be absent from the front of the company and brand that they’ve systematically wrecked and then profiteered from via the cable TV gods and the ineptitude of Bud Selig and the MLB ownership group.

Baltimore continues to suffer the loss of its baseball heritage and joy.

Today is another stark, clear reminder of why the Orioles are a mess and the city is empty.

And Peter Angelos won’t be on the podium today to answer questions when he most certainly should be.

And WNST.net will be the ONLY media entity that publicly challenges this as unacceptable.

And until the ownership accepts accountability, things will never change for Baltimore baseball.

Let’s hear what Buck has to say about “saving” the Orioles today at noon.

But, really, what difference does it make? Anyone with any sense — and that often doesn’t include the people who are still watching this disgrace nine innings a night, seven nights a week — knows that no matter what “power” was promised to Showalter will soon be proven to be a lie, like all of the rest.

Only one man is in charge of the Orioles and he won’t be present today to answer questions from the real media or his employees and henchmen.

Welcome to Baltimore, Buck. You took the job.

And we all know what happens when you lay down with dogs…

Just because we’re betting against you doesn’t mean that we’re not pulling for you.

The smart money says you can’t fix this, Buck. But you probably already know that.

Of course, it’ll feel a lot better every two weeks when you get your direct deposit check.

But it won’t make you sleep better next May when this broken record gets replayed again and you’re the one in the dugout losing instead of poor Dave Trembley or Juan Samuel.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 30 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because after the Ultimate Frisbee highlight on Deadspin the other day that I posted in my “Top 10 Baseball Distractions” column; apparently Deadspin got the idea that Ultimate Frisbee highlights may be even cooler than videos of guys getting dunked on…

Freaking awesome. I want to be exactly like Beaufort Kittredge. Other than the name-as long as I get to keep the trust fund.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Orioles ‘finally’ hired Buck Showalter as manager

I’ll save you the “I told you they’d hire him after the Ravens reported to Westminster” comments. Wait. Sorry!

I guess the “breaking” part of this “breaking news” is lessened because we knew this was coming-having been reported by Ken Rosenthal as a “done deal” before the All-Star Game. (Edit from GMC: Ken Rosenthal would know.) But it is still significant when a team hires a manager, even if it is a team that hasn’t played a meaningful game in well over a decade.

A handful of folks in town are excited about Showalter. The rest of the folks in town would only be excited if he could play CB. Count me in the group that’s interested, but by no means excited. I’d be excited if he was bringing Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling with him; as well as Mark Teixeira and Nelson Cruz. Otherwise, I’ll withhold excitement until I know that they’re going to get some real players.

Connie Mack would need better players to win in Charm City-and from everything I can tell, Buck Showalter is no Connie Mack. But I’d love to see him don a similar hat…

2. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Birds hoping Showalter can be ‘miracle worker’

There is a significant question about how much control Showalter is going to have of the organization, specifically personnel. He’s been known to be a control freak, but he’s going to be working for a President of Baseball Operations (Andy MacPhail) who laid the groundwork for the team’s “Plan”, and an owner (Peter Angelos) who has a history of meddling even when it’s been said that he gave up control.

Of course, this is where some will make the argument that the addition of Showalter could be a signal of the end of the MacPhail regime. That could very well be true. I’m not yet sure whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing yet.

If it’s a “miracle worker” the Birds were looking for, I’m not sure why they didn’t consider Francesca Frigo (Thanks Next Round!)…


3. The AP’s Bernie Wilson says O’s traded Miguel Tejada to San Diego Padres for RHP prospect Wynn Pelzer

In the words of Veronica Corningstone: Miguel Tejada, “Thanks for stopping by.”

There won’t really be too many memories of the 2nd Miguel Tejada tenure in Baltimore-although he played exactly as many meaningful games this time around as he did the first; but the team does get a player in exchange that could end up turning into…something?

Pelzer is by no means a “top prospect” in the Pads’ organization, but is a guy who could offer something moving forward. I talked to a couple of MLB personnel guys last night about Pelzer-and the responses I got ranged from “good arm” to “live arm” to “will be better as a reliever than as a starter” to “big league ready soon” to “needs to match mentally what he has physically.”

I never get too excited about a minor league player (no matter who they are), and that won’t change with Pelzer. Although-he IS a South Carolina guy, so hopefully we can chat about Hootie & The Blowfish. There just isn’t enough of that in the world.

4. WNST.net’s Ryan Chell says part of Andy MacPhail’s reasoning for Tejada trade was to get Josh Bell back to Baltimore

Which is fine-as long as the organization isn’t thinking that they have “the answer” at 3B and can’t consider an upgrade in the offseason. Josh Bell may end up being a very good player; but if the team wants to win-they need real major league players at every position; not a group of guys who might end up being real major league players.

That being said, my guess is that the organization’s brass will do everything in their power to make sure that Bell is the Opening Day 3B in April. If that’s the case, I hope he spends the rest of the year looking like Matt Williams.

I just have a bad feeling it might not happen.

5. The AP says Corey Patterson’s homer, Ty Wigginton’s sac fly lead Birds past Kansas City Royals in 11 innings

Hey Hey! That’s win number 1 after the season ended on Sunday-and it only took extra innings against one of the OTHER worst teams in baseball to get it done!

Brian Matusz threw 3 innings of no-hit ball last night. I’m not really sure what happened after that, but the three innings were really good! (Edit from GMC: Thank God we stopped the whole “Apologist of the Morning” thing. I’d win going away…)

Nice to see Corey Patterson playing the role of “hero” again after that grand slam to tie things up against the Texas Rangers in the 9th a few weeks ago in Arlington. He’ll savor these memories when he’s doing…whatever it is he’ll be doing…next season.

Of course, despite the new regime…I wouldn’t be stunned at all if Corey Patterson lined up in Left Field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in April 2011…or at least on the bench. He’s exactly the type of player the organization loves.

6. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of win

I have no idea how to handle this. I’m so used to saying “you don’t want to look at this” that I don’t know how to go about saying “you might actually want to look at this.”

Nick Markakis also homered last night-which has been much to rare this season.

You know what, look at the numbers-celebrate them-and then take a look at Jakki Degg. It’s a win-win! (Thanks Barstool Sports!)


7. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Chris Tillman struggled for Norfolk Tides, Joel Guzman homered for Bowie Baysox on farm

Before we move on from the Orioles, a few things:

-The O’s and Royals are back at it in KC tonight. Jake Arrieta faces Sean O’Sullivan-with first pitch from Kauffman Stadium at 8:10pm on MASN2. Like I said yesterday, I’ll go with a split this weekend.

-Did you miss former MLB Scout Frankie Piliere on “The Morning Reaction” with Drew Forrester on AM1570 WNST discussing Wynn Pelzer and other trade deadline stuff? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today to check it out. Other guests included:

  • Craig Calcaterra (NBCSports.com “HardballTalk”)-who went around MLB, touching on Strasburg, Oswalt, etc.
  • Rich Dubroff (Carroll County Times)-who discussed the Showalter hiring and the impact it will have on the Birds
  • Dan Wilcox (Former Ravens TE)-who discussed Training Camp and more

It’s all in the Audio Vault if you want to check it out.

8. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Todd Heap placed on non-football illness list, Rodelin Anthony & Fabian Washington activated from PUP list

The Fabian Washington news is REALLY good news, and the Todd Heap news really isn’t that bad. The Rodelin Anthony news happened.

This team needs their top corners healthy. With no offense to Cary Williams or Travis Fisher or Walt Harris, they’re just not great options. At least one of them will end up making the team-but this organization is certainly better off not having any of them suit up.

Of course-early reports from practice today say neither Fabian nor Dominique Foxworth were practicing; so we’ll have to follow that. Just when all of the news was starting to be good…

9. USA Today’s Gary Graves says Ravens not ‘shying away’ from Super Bowl discussion as full Training Camp begins at McDaniel College

Nor should they be. They’ve been a Super Bowl contender ever since they acquired Anquan Boldin.

For the record, I’m not shying away from the fact that Shannon James is ridiculously hot despite the fact that she’s wearing a Philadelphia Phillies shirt (Thanks Busted Coverage!)…


10. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Ravens owner Bisciotti believes Sergio Kindle will be with Ravens for ‘long time’

Which is why the conversations about liability, etc. earlier this week were so ridiculous. The Ravens want to give Sergio Kindle a contract and are GOING to give Sergio Kindle a contract. He’s going to get plenty of money-but they’re not going to pay him for the time he wasn’t working. The contract structure will be the same, it will just reflect the fact that he wasn’t working for a while.

Questions continue regarding Kindle’s accident. It seems as though folks are accepting the possible narcolepsy explanation from his former Longhorns coach Mack Brown as a factual explanation-which is just as dangerous as accepting any of the possible explanations regarding alcohol, etc. that were thrown around earlier this week.

The fact remains that we still don’t know. Hopefully we will know soon.

11. ESPNNewYork.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk says former ST/WR David Tyree to retire with New York Giants

Eh, one more time, why not?

(Edit from GMC: Watching that again just reminds me how terrible Joe Buck is. It was one of the greatest moments in Super Bowl history and he treated it like it was a routine first down in a regular season game. Ugh.)

And finally, I leave you with this.

“Dinner For Schmucks” opens tonight. It isn’t getting great reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, but Zach Galifianakis is HILARIOUS…

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because my roommate’s girlfriend (“The Luckiest Dang Roommate’s Girlfriend on the Face of the Planet”?) dropped off a gift at our apartment (“Summer Camp”) last night. Let’s just say it was thoughtful…


And while I’m at it, my roommate and I are currently searching for a new home base-looking for a bit more space than our current 2 bedroom apartment. I asked this on Facebook yesterday, but I might as well ask again here. Does anyone rent townhouses in Baltimore County?

I’m looking for something with a little space and fairly priced. There’s only two of us, so I can’t pay $1600. I’ll take a nice place in a solid neighborhood, or I’ll take a dump with THIS in the basement…


Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Ravens DT Terrence Cody failed conditioning test, missed practice Tuesday


Look, this ISN’T the earth-shattering news some folks in town wanted to think it was. Players fail the conditioning test in Westminster every year. Is it a BIT more concerning because the biggest issue Terrence Cody has faced in his life IS conditioning? Sure. But this isn’t a “stop the presses” type of issue.

My guess is that Terrence Cody will take the test again in the next day or two and will pass. After that, he’ll hit the practice field at McDaniel College after that.

My other guess? This won’t be the last time Terrence Cody’s conditioning is questioned while he’s in Charm City.

Just guesses.

(Edit from GMC: UPDATE-I was right. Cody passed his test and returned to the practice field Tuesday morning. Our long civic nightmare is over. And the news was first reported…by Fabian Washington on Twitter. Of course it was. They call Fabian “the most trusted name in news”, don’t they?)

2. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Cody, Ed Reed, Fabian Washington, Lardarius Webb amongst 10 Ravens on Training Camp PUP list

No one on this list is particularly surprising-I don’t think we knew much about Oniel Cousins’ throat surgery; and I’m not really sure what’s going on with Prince Miller or Rodelin Anthony (and both are likely longshots to make the roster anyway).

And as our own Luke Jones wrote later last night, it is IMPORTANT to remember that this ISN’T the “miss 6 weeks of the season” PUP list-just the active list to start Camp. As these guys are ready-they’ll practice.

(Edit from GMC: UPDATE-Prince Miller returned to practice today as well. Thank God!)

I’m just grateful the team didn’t end up putting Asimina Koutsounouri on PUP. That would have been devastating (Thanks Don Chavez/Totally Crap!)…


3. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Steve Bisciotti should be considering contract extension for John Harbaugh

And I’ll go ahead on the other side and say…and the end of the season.

There’s no question that the organization CANNOT allow Coach Harbs to go into next season with it being the final year of his contract (see: Trembley, Dave). That being said, there’s no reason to necessarily do this right now, as the focus should be on the team and trying to reach the Super Bowl.

Of course, the opposing argument would be “but then what do you do if everything goes wrong this season and the team somehow ends up 5-11? You either reward him for a bad season or you allow him to enter the final year of his contract.”

That would be the issue, yes. Let’s worry about that when it happens.

4. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Cam Cameron thinks Troy Smith-John Beck decision will be ‘pretty obvious’

Before we move on from the Ravens, a couple of things…

-Two more practices for the Ravens today, with this afternoon’s session scheduled for 3:30pm. After the morning session; John Harbaugh, Terrence Cody and Ed Dickson are scheduled to meet with the media. Sergio Kindle was originally scheduled as well-but it’s safe to say that won’t happen. Luke Jones is on the scene, he’ll be checking in with reports throughout the day with Thyrl Nelson and Nestor Aparicio on AM1570 WNST.

-Brian Baldinger (NFL Network) said Haloti Ngata was the 5th best player in the entire NFL. Sorta makes me look silly for saying he’s the #3 guy on the Ravens’ roster… (Joe Flacco, Michael Oher).

5. The AP says Jose Bautista homered twice as Blue Jays crushed Orioles in Toronto

Thank God Jose Bautista only plays the Birds 18 times a year, or the Hall of Fame folks would already be working on his plaque in Cooperstown.

I will be forced to admit that I turned the game off after Bautista’s 1st inning homer. Why the Orioles let Kevin Millwood even pitch in the first inning is beyond me. It just isn’t going to go well.

Remember when we thought Kevin Millwood was going to have trade value? I still think he does, I just think they need to lower their expectations for what they can get for him. In fact, their best bets may be Isuro Tanaka and/or Rube Baker from the Cleveland Indians.

6. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of loss

Nick Markakis went 2-4 with a double and RBI…BUT…Felix Pie, Jake Fox and Cesar Izturis combined for an 0-fer with 2K’s each.

You know you don’t want to look at this.

My recommendation would be to look at Nikoletta Ralli instead. (Thanks Busted Coverage/Brosome!)


7. MLB.com’s James Hall says Zach Britton rumored for Saturday start vs. Royals, Juan Samuel doesn’t want to send Bergesen back to Norfolk

I’m going to try my hardest to say something here besides “I don’t really care”, but it’s hard for me to think of much of anything else.

If Bergesen stays in the rotation, he’ll probably get hit around. Kansas City stinks, but they can still hit. There’s nothing about his performance recently that suggests he’ll suddenly come alive. I don’t know that he REALLY gains anything from going back to Norfolk, but maybe he does.

Zach Britton probably ISN’T ready to reach the big league level yet-but it would be a pressure-less situation on the road against a terrible KC team at a time when no one in either town is particularly concerned about what’s going on baseball-wise.

My gut says Bergesen makes the start-and my gut says that’s probably for the best right now.

My gut ALSO says that the 3rd Berger Cookie was a bad choice last night. I rarely listen to my gut.

8. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Britton solid in Tides’ loss, Billy Rowell solid in Frederick Keys’ loss on farm

Before we move on from the on-field O’s, a couple of things…

-The Orioles are back in action tonight, wrapping up their 3 game set in Canada. Jeremy Guthrie (who MIGHT have some trade value) goes against the Jays’ Brad Mills (who will be making his first start). First pitch at Rogers Centre is at 7:07pm, and the game can be seen on MASN2.

-If you missed Bowie Baysox 1B Joe Mahoney today on “The Morning Reaction” with Drew Forrester on AM1570 WNST; make sure you check out the chat with the Eastern League Player of the Week in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net. Other guests this morning were:

  • Clark Judge (CBSSports.com), who went around the NFL with Drew-discussing Terrell Owens, the Ravens and who he liked in the AFC.
  • Ovie Mughelli (Atlanta Falcons FB, former Raven), who discussed his recent trip to the Gulf Coast and football in general with Drew.
  • Luke Jones, who checked in live from the practice field at McDaniel College with news about Terrence Cody, Matt Birk, etc.

They’re all in the Audio Vault as well if you want to check them out!

9. ESPN.com’s Matt Lindner says Birds should consider racing Muppets at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Why did I include this in Crabs and Beer? Honestly, I have no idea. Probably because it’s a funny read (and we can use something like that when we talk about the Orioles); and it gives me an excuse to include this classic version of “Bohemian Rhapsody”…

10. FoxSports.com’s Jeff Goodman says Gary Williams got ‘new lease on life’ when Debbie Yow left for NC State

Which would surprise…like…no one.

Jeff will be on with Thyrl at 10:40am today to talk about this story and other college basketball-related items. Check it out live or later today in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault.

Also make sure you check out this week’s edition of the “D1scast”, as myself and Patrick Stevens (D1scourse) discuss everything going on in the world of college sports-including a wrap of this weekend’s ACC Kickoff event in Greensboro. You can listen to the D1scast in the Audio Vault as well.

I got a new “lease on life” myself when I saw pictures of Carolina Baldini over at Guyism this morning…


And finally, I leave you with this.

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because I was reminded that the Harford County Farm Fair gets underway tomorrow. Which reminds me-I need to run out and pick up some chewing tobacco today. Not for me to actually use, just to help me feel more comfortable.

Much like the Maryland State Fair in Timonium, there’s one simple thing that I enjoy most about the Hazzard County Fair. Plain and simple…PIG RACES…

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Live From Owings Mills: Notes from Ravens Passing Camp

Posted on 25 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Baltimore Ravens are back in action this week with another round of Passing Camp OTA’s. Here are some news and notes from around 1 Winning Drive today:

-QB Troy Smith (tonsils) and S Haruki Nakamura (leg) were the notable players to return to practice. Nakamura has been at the facility, but was finally able to get back to practice fully on Monday. Nakamura said he felt “pretty good” yesterday and “even better” today. WR Mark Clayton (shoulder) has also returned to practice, he had been here and working on the side after undergoing a procedure earlier in the offseason.

-Veterans not present today (presumably just skipping this voluntary camp) were DL Cory Redding, WR Anquan Boldin, LB Ray Lewis, RB Willis McGahee, DE Trevor Pryce and LB Terrell Suggs. WR Derrick Mason was in attendance today after skipping last week, he was impressed by the throwing arm of QB Coach Jim Zorn-who took a few reps during practice today.

-Players who missed practice due to injury included DT Haloti Ngata (chest), DT Kelly Gregg (shoulder), LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (quad), CB Fabian Washington (knee), DT Brandon McKinney (back), OT Ramon Harewood (knee) and WR Maurice Price (ankle).

-Also, OT Oniel Cousins is out this week due to strep throat-Tony Moll was working in his place. OT Jared Gaither (foot) is at the facility but didn’t practice. “He’s working…we’ll probably take our time, I think he’s anxious to get back” said John Harbaugh.

-CB Lardarius Webb (knee) is here again this week, but isn’t expected to practice until at least Training Camp. S Ed Reed (groin/hip) is not present, and still has not formally informed the team that he will play this season.

-RB Matt Lawrence (knee) and WR Marcus Smith (knee) remained limited in practice, DE Paul Kruger and DT Terrence Cody were each practicing after missing last Tuesday for unspecified reasons. LB Jarret Johnson (shoulder) and TE Todd Heap were also limited, Heap did not appear to be a concern.

-K Billy Cundiff has been kicking “very well” according to John Harbaugh (he made all but one kick today). There is still no competition for Cundiff on the roster, he was just short on a 60 yard try right before the end of practice.

-WR Demetrius Williams fell on his face during practice, he did not return as a “precautionary” measure according to Harbaugh.

-RB Ray Rice says he’s been dealing with an injured jaw, he has been unable to drink through a straw. He’s working with the injury and says it’s getting better. It apparently came from banging his jaw against a helmet.

-John Harbaugh says he has talked with FB Le’Ron McClain about his “McClain for RB” Twitter campaign. Harbaugh says the campaign is “lighthearted”, but added that he “wants (McClain) to want more carries. You like guys that want to play.” McClain also laughed about the campaign, but said he is having t-shirts made up about the campaign. McClain is scheduled to join Drew Forrester at 6:50am tomorrow on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST.

-LB Dannell Ellerbe-a presumed starter-was working with the 2nd team today, while Tavares Gooden was working with the 1st team defense. Both Harbaugh and Ellerbe dismissed the significance of it, and Harbaugh said no starter has been determined to join Lewis, Suggs and Johnson.

-Steve Bisciotti has said the Ravens will vote against holding the Super Bowl in New York in 2014. John Harbaugh said Bisciotti didn’t consult him prior to making that decision, and that he supports the idea as “it means Baltimore might get one.” He added “Baltimore build a stadium…I think we want one, but the main thing we’re worried about is getting into the Super Bowl.”

-Hear from John Harbaugh, Haruki Nakamura and Derrick Mason NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault right here at WNST.net.


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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 25 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because while everyone else in the world is down on the lineup announcement for the comeback of the HFStival…I actually think the event was made just for me, as I’m pretty sure I’ve seen ALL of these bands at Merriweather Post Pavilion before…

Third Eye Blind? Check.

Everclear? Check.

Fuel? You know it.

Look, there’s NO chance this is a festival worth paying $25-$40 and service charges to go see-and it’s a little embarrassing that they’re trying to pass it off as if it is, but if they decide they want to do it for free like Virgin Fest did last year, I’m all in! I LOVED the 90’s!

Hell, I might even call my 10th grade girlfriend to see if she wants to go with me again. Or at least to see if her husband is out of jail yet and if she knows where her kids are.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Dave Trembley survived off day, continues as O’s manager

And as of 8:30 Tuesday morning, he was STILL the manager.

Are we going to do this all season? Every time the Orioles come home, or every time they have an off day we speculate about the future of Dave Trembley?

I understand the team is 14-31. I wouldn’t be the LEAST bit upset if they decided to dismiss Dave Trembley and let Juan Samuel handle things the rest of the way. But I wouldn’t sign off on bringing in Tom Kelly right now and keeping the team from doing a FULL managerial search in the offseason.

Word is that Andy MacPhail and Peter Angelos met yesterday to discuss the team, and according to The Sun’s Dan Connolly, they’ve been meeting a bit more often recently. So, at least we have that going for us. Who knows, maybe one day all of the meetings will result in some sort of progress?!

But at least they’re meeting, which means…..Peter Angelos is still aware he owns the ballclub? I checked in with UnPeterAngelos on Twitter for his update…

“Heated meeting today. McPhail keeps fighting me on my idea to outsource Dave Trembley’s position to India. They can do anything over there.


2. The AP/STATS’ Mike Lipka previews Orioles-Athletics series starting tonight

Yeah, THIS is the guy who’s starting for the A’s tonight…


Apparently Dallas Braden is very proud of his background in Stockton, California. He, his tattoo AND his thumb will all be on display tonight at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, when he faces Jeremy Guthrie and the Birds. First pitch on MASN is at 7:05pm.

I’m guessing announced attendance at OPACY will be about 15,000. The weather is nice. So nice that Drew Forrester and Nestor Aparicio are trying to convince me to go to the game with them tomorrow night. They might even get me to go.

3. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Chris Tillman, Steve Bumbry had big night on farm for Birds

And apparently the Nofolk Tides did NOT use Frank Mata in a save situation last night, leading many people to believe that he may be on his way to Charm City to replace Alfredo Simon, who is likely DL bound. Koji Uehara is also likely DL bound, and it looks more and more likely that David Hernandez will head to the bullpen, and either Tillman or Jake Arrieta will be coming up to replace him in the rotation.

Hernandez is scheduled to face Gio Gonzalez Thursday, and obviously Chris Tillman wouldn’t be ready to make that start. Given yesterday’s off day-the Birds could move up Brad Bergesen to Thursday, and slide in Tillman this weekend.

Doesn’t this all just sound so exciting?!?!?!

And before we move on from the Orioles, congratulations to Peter Schmuck, whose “you win some and you lose some” blog about Koji Uehara yesterday made him a RUNAWAY winner for Apologist of the Morning. “The Great Arbitrator” didn’t have much of a selection this morning, as Peter’s offering was a RUNAWAY winner.

4. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens CB Lardarius Webb ‘on schedule’ after visit to Dr. James Andrews

Which means we remain at status quo. “On schedule” doesn’t mean he can take the field at McDaniel College in late July necessarily, but it MIGHT mean he can take the field September 13th in East Rutherford.

Of course, if he misses the August 12th exhibition opener against the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium, he might not be alone. O.A.R. and Citizen Cope are playing Merriweather that night, so I’ve been thinking about tagging out to Luke Jones.

Don’t judge.

5. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Fabian Washington also visited Birmingham, says he’ll be ready for Training Camp

Which is a shame for him, because if he was at home-he’d have more time to check out the pictures of Candice Swanepoel over at Guyism…


Of course, having Fabian Washington back will be good news for the Ravens, as they will have him, Domonique Foxworth and Chris Carr for sure-as well as POSSIBLY Lardarius Webb; and some mix of Cary Williams and/or Travis Fisher, and maybe even Marcus Paschal and/or Prince Miller-and you’d THINK there’s a COMPETENT group of corners in there.

I say competent because it obviously still looks like the team’s biggest area of weakness. Not that I’m trying to be a buzzkill or anything.

6. USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Ravens won’t support Super Bowl in New York

And neither does Mike Florio from ProFootballTalk.com and NBC Sports, which he told Drew this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. If you missed it, make sure you check it out in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault.

Other guests this morning included Terry Hasseltine (The Executive Director of Sports Marketing in Maryland), Delmarva Shorebirds pitcher (and former Orioles 1st round pick) Matt Hobgood, Deadspin founder Will Leitch, and WNST’s own Luke Jones. Check all of it out in the Audio Vault as well.

For the record, I’m NOT in favor of a New York (New Jersey) Super Bowl either, for much of the same reason as Steve Bisciotti. If a storm hits The Garden State that weekend the way a storm hit Baltimore on Super Bowl weekend this year, we’d be looking at playing the most significant sporting event in the world in “state of emergency” conditions.

It’s a cool idea, but I’m siding with Steve Bisciotti on this one. And not just because he has better hair than me.

7. NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Ravens in 2nd tier of NFL teams

I’d probably be in agreement with him, but he also has the Dallas Cowboys in Tier 1. I understand they look good on paper, but I’m not ready to include them in that group yet.

Before we move on from the Ravens, a reminder that I’ll be out at 1 Winning Drive today for Ravens Passing Camp. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter (@WNST) for news from Owings Mills, including whether or not Jared Gaither is back on the field. I’ll also be on this afternoon with Rex Snider and Ray Bachman, so stay tuned to AM1570.

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Division 1 coaching experience ‘is not going to be a requirement’ for new Maryland lacrosse coach

I personally don’t think Paul Cantabene is the coach Debbie Yow and Michael Lipitz are looking for, but I think it would be smart for them to give Stevenson’s head man a phone call.

Kevin Corrigan (Notre Dame), Jeff Tambroni (Cornell), Mike Pressler (Bryant, former Duke), Scott Marr (Albany) and Don Zimmerman (UMBC) seem like they have to be the TOP guys on the list-but I’m telling you that without having had the chance to chat with any of the decision makers with the department since Dave Cottle resigned. I could be WAY off on what it is that the school is looking for.

I just don’t get the feeling that after letting a coach go for not making the Final Four in the last four years, hiring a coach who doesn’t know a thing or two about the NCAA Tournament would probably be a mistake.

9. Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says Tom and Matt Palasek granted release from Johns Hopkins, will transfer

The weird thing about this story is that growing up in New York, apparently the Palaseks were OBSESSED with becoming Blue Jays. There isn’t much known about why the Palaseks are departing the program, but there’s a thought that it might have something to do with Dave Pietramala’s coaching style.

Since I don’t know that for sure, I won’t pounce on the kids. But if it is, it’s absolutely amazing that two kids would leave a program because they didn’t like the style of a coach who has won two NCAA Championships.

We’ll see.

10. ESPN.com Scouts Inc’s Paul Biancardi gives Gary Williams ‘A-‘ for basketball recruiting class

You know who else is an A- at worst? Dutzen Kroes… (Thanks Busted Coverage!)


And finally, I leave you with this.

As someone who celebrates Championships in every variety, a Tip of the Cap to the Philadelphia Flyers for winning the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals. This one’s for Drew!

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