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Thursday’s PM Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 01 April 2010 by Chris Bonetti

Suggested Reading

WNST.net: “Wigginton has 2 hit, 2 RBI in Orioles win.” Jake Arrieta, who’ll start this season at Triple-A Norfolk, tossed four innings and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out four in the Birds 4-3 win over Tampa today in Port Charlotte.  Tomorrow’s game in Tampa against the Yankees will be shown on ESPN starting at 1:05pm.

WNST.net: Glenn Clark was at the Donte Stallworth Introduction Press Conference today.  You can hear it all live in the Buy-a-Toyota.com Audio Vault.

SI.com:  It’s April Fools Day.  Here’s George Plimpton’s, “The Curious Case of Sidd Finch.” I can still remember my Dad telling me the story and reading it for the first time.  Awesome stuff.

SI.com: Senior Baseball Writer Tom Verducci, like myself a Seton Hall Preparatory School alumnus, give us his, “Top 10 for ’10: What I’m most looking forward to this season.” Rookies Jason Heyward of the Braves and the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg are Tom’s #1 and #2 storylines respectively.  My take on that… hmmm not sure.

FanHouse: Ed Price compiles an incredible list of, “Baseball’s Best Promotions of 2010,” while offering his own one liners that make the giveaways sound even more ridiculous than they already are.  Some favorites: “Orioles, April 11th – Plush Chick-Fil-A cows. Mooo rhymes with booo.”  “Reds, April 24th – Grow your own pot of Great American Ball Park turf.” Tim Lincecum doesn’t need it, thank you.”  “White Sox, Sept. 17th – Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day. Green White Sox caps given away. Ozzie O’Guillen throws out the first pitch.” “Nationals, Sept. 24th – Team photo and “early bird” 2011 schedule. Because it’s always better for Nats fans to look ahead.”  It’s a long list.

CBSSportsline.com: Breaking News here late… more “behavior” issues for the NFL.  “Browns’ Rogers bust at airport for loaded gun in luggage.” Good.  That’s good.

Deadspin.com:  “Last night’s Winner: Newark, NJ,” I’d just like to say… good for you, Newark, NJ.

Video of the Day

Kevin Garnett thinks Kevin Durant is, “Michael f*cking Jordan.”  Yikes not for the kids!  I don’t think his tone was complimentary there.  KG was clearly not happy with his team (and the refs!) giving up 37 points, including 15-15 FT shooting, to Durant on the parquet.

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Tweets of the Day

The Nasty One himself, Nestor Aparicio – WNST

Nestor: Never ceases to amaze me that #Capitals have grown fan base like this. The sea of red here in D.C. is a marvel! #Ovechkin #Caps

Comcast Morning Show Producer, Glenn Clark – WNST

GMC: By the way, Greivis #Vasquez WAS officially announced as Bob #Cousy Award winner-nation’s top point guard. #Terps

Live from the Donte Stallworth Press Conference at 1 Winning Drive today, Glenn Clark – WNST

#Stallworth: “I’ve become a better decision maker”…”making one bad decision can snowball into a whole terrible incident.” #Ravens

The Sporting News Senior College Basketball Writer, Mike DeCourcey – tsnmike

Can’t imagine a better way to spend 90 minutes than watching “The Street Stops Here.” What an impressive film. If it’s rerun, don’t miss.

CBS College Basketball Analyst, Seth Davis – SethDavisHoops

Worst AD in America? Holy Cross’s Richard Regan Jr. fired coach Sean Kearney after ONE season. Since Regan hired him, he should resign too.

FoxSports.com Senior College Basketball Writer, Jeff Goodman – goodmanonfox

Wake Forest’s Al-Farouq Aminu has declared for the NBA Draft AND will hire an agent.

New York Newsday New York Knicks Beat Writer, Alan Hahn – alanhahn

Either the BlazerDancers are unquestionably loaded with nines or this has already been a looong road trip.

ESPN Personality, Skip Bayless – RealSkipBayless

Rams should take Suh, then hope Colt there top of 2nd. Bradford little better than Colt, but Suh much better than Sam. Colt tough leader.

ESPN NFL Insider, Adam Schefter – Adam_Schefter

Herm Edwards on NFL Live suggested 49ers trade for Donovan McNabb AND Brandon Marshall. And they still would have a leftover 1st-rd pick!

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Boldin to B-More not as much of a “no-brainer” as you think

Posted on 04 March 2010 by Tom Clayton

Baltimore has become intoxicated with the possibility of bringing in Anquan Boldin for only a third round pick; and I see a lot of value in only losing a third rounder for a 3-time Pro Bowl receiver. On the other hand I have a lot of hesitations about signing him to a BIG, long term deal; something he is going to expect before he jumps on a flight to Charm City.

First of all, Boldin is not a spring chicken anymore, he will be 30 on October 3rd so he isn’t exactly the young stud that Joe Flacco is going to grow and develop with. Boldin has seven NFL seasons under his belt so he has developed into what he will become, and that may not be a bad thing….I just really want to see a young, stud receiver that Joe can create a connection with for the next 6-7 seasons.

Not only is Boldin going to be 30 this season but there is an awful lot of wear and tear on his 30 year old body. Boldin is a rugged, tough runner after the catch that has a tendency to take huge shots that have directly led to numerous injuries. And staying on the topic Boldin has had some serious problems staying on the field throughout his career; over the past three seasons he has missed 11 of his teams 48 regular season games.

Granted Boldin is a beast after the catch but he isn’t the deep threat that is going to stretch the field. Boldin is more of a catch a slant and gain 12 yards after the catch player than a burner that is going to catch a 56-yard touchdown by blowing past his defender down the sideline.

I have heard many people say the Ravens NEED a big wide receiver but Boldin doesn’t solve that problem, he is physical specimen at 6’1”, 217lbs. but he isn’t a huge red zone target that is going to catch the fade over a smaller defensive back.

People have criticized the Ravens receiving corps and said Boldin will be the answer to an obvious lack of talent; but his numbers are surprisingly similar to Derrick Mason.

Boldin and Mason have both averaged 12.8 yards per catch over their careers and in fact Mason averaged nearly 2-yards per catch more than Boldin in 2009.

As I mentioned Boldin has struggled to stay on the field while Mason refuses to come off of it. Actually Mason has played in 113 consecutive games or hasn’t missed a game in over 7 seasons! It is awfully tough for a receiver to help Joe develop if he isn’t on the field and if you want to say anything about Derrick it is that he WILL be on the field.

Now there are some areas where Boldin is the superior receiver including and perhaps most importantly he is 6 years younger. Boldin is also 3” taller, is much more dangerous after the catch, and gets in the end zone 2 more times per season on average. But Boldin has had the opportunity to lineup along side Larry Firtzgerald leaving him open an awful lot while Derrick has had……ummm…….Mark Clayton taking attention away from him.

There certainly are some things that make Boldin appealing but I just hope that fans can look at everything objectively. Boldin is a good receiver and has flourished in a receiver friendly offense in Arizona but he isn’t a great receiver by any means although he will want to get paid like a great receiver.

If the Ravens are going to spend a lot of money on a stud wide receiver it should be Brandon Marshall, but that’s a story for another day.

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 04 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me not only for the obvious reason, but also because I got a text from a buddy yesterday that said “Do you like the whole Timbaland/Daughtry thing?”

To which I responded: “What, did they get into some sort of beef?”

It’s amazing how unbelievably un-hip I am. Apparently Daughtry helped Timbaland on a track called “Long Way Down” for his new record “Shock Value II.” I can see why….

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Maryland pulled even with Duke in ACC race thanks to 79-72 win at Comcast Center

Gee, that was fun.

There are games that are intense, then there are games like that one last night. Games where the actual event couldn’t POSSIBLY match the buildup, yet somehow they do anyway.

Just a tremendous game from both teams. Maryland was red hot to start out, then Coach K made some great adjustments (specifically a zone), and allowed Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith to take advantage of mismatches and erase a 14 point lead before building their own lead in the 2nd half. But Maryland got answers from unlikely sources, including Adrian Bowie to scratch back in it.

The final 5 minutes were exactly what you’d want from a big college basketball game. The entire game changed on every individual trip down the floor. The Terrapins and Blue Devils traded big shots, before Greivis Vasquez’s miracle floater iced things away with :37 to play.

Wow.

If you were there, I’m sure the hairs on your arms stood up. If you weren’t there, I’m sure your heart was still racing at a speed that would have crushed Jamie McMurray at Daytona. Just incredible.

Maryland now knows that they can clinch AT LEAST a share of the regular season ACC title with a win Saturday afternoon against Virginia in Charlottesville.

(Edit from GMC: I heard a couple of people say that they thought Jordan Williams should have been called for a charge on his RIDICULOUS dunk. I guess defenders don’t have to get set anymore? Not only was Scheyer not set, he was already working on how he was going to fall down. It was pretty funny.)

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2. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Greivis Vasquez closed out home career in fitting way

It really couldn’t have been more of an exact science. The moment itself was just amazing. I’m not sure there’s been a player in Maryland history that has induced more “what are you doing?” thoughts and exclamations from fans, and the shot at the end of the game was one more of those.

I’m also not sure there’s been a player in Maryland (or ACC) history that has induced more “oh Thank God” thoughts and exclamations from fans AFTER a “What are you doing?” type of shot; yet there it was once again.

It’s just tough to say much more about the moment. For someone who has been as scrutinized as Vasquez has for four years, I think it’s safe to say he “deserved” it.

NOW….the point is to try to sustain the momentum, not crash after such an emotional peak. That is of course easier said than done.

3. ESPN.com’s Dana O’Neil says Vasquez proved himself as best player in ACC

I don’t think there’s much of an argument left here. There’s no doubt that Scheyer is the 2nd best player in the league and VERY deserving of All-ACC status, but Vasquez won the ACC Player of the Year award last night.

There will still be a bunch of votes for Scheyer. Remember, the bulk of the media that votes for the award is BASED in North Carolina, and they just see more of players like Scheyer than they do players like Vasquez. However, I can’t FATHOM that it will be enough to carry him to the award; even if Duke clinches the #1 seed in the ACC Tournament by beating North Carolina.

Dana said something else that I liked in her column. I described the moment as “poetry” when Vasquez hit the floater. She described it as “theater in motion” instead of poetry. That’s a much better description. Vasquez’s game will never be labeled as “beautiful”, which is the concept of “poetry in motion.” Len Bias was poetry in motion. Vasquez just has this unbelievable flair for dramatic moments, which has made for captivating theater.

4. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says fans have to hope for Maryland-Duke 3 in Greensboro for ACC Championship

Obviously, this is the best possible scenario for basketball fans in the area. The game at Cameron Indoor Stadium wasn’t brilliant by any stretch of the imagination; but after seeing the game last night, you’d have to want to see these two teams play again 10 days from now.

That being said, a Duke win Saturday night would clinch the 2 seed for Maryland and the 10 seed for UNC. If Wake Forest wins or Georgia Tech loses (follow Patrick on Twitter @D1scourse for info on these scenarios), the Yellow Jackets would get the 7 seed. If Georgia Tech plays North Carolina next Thursday, I would tend to assume that the Jackets would be victorious.

An ACC Tournament opener against GT would really be “less than desirable” for Maryland. As we all remember, it took a Cliff Tucker miracle for the Terps to win the first matchup.

I guess we need to take things one step at a time, though. Maybe Roy Williams and crew will play the game of their season in Durham Saturday night and stun the Devils; giving Maryland a shot at the #1 seed. Who knows?

Before I move on from the Maryland game, I want to point out that after I asked Patrick Stevens to look this up last night, he delivered me a stat I absolutely couldn’t believe. The Terps have now defeated a Top 6 ranked team in the country at least once in FOURTEEN straight seasons now.

Once again….wow.

5. Morgan State Official Site previews tonight’s Senior Night visit from Coppin State at Hill Field House

I can’t say enough how much I would implore you to go to this game tonight. Especially if you’ve never been able to see Reggie Holmes play live over the last 4 years, you have no idea what you’re missing. The guy is legitimately one of the best players in the country.

On top of that, it’s ALWAYS special when the Bears face the Eagles. There’s just an incredible level of intensity in the building. I spent a lot of time talking to Fang Mitchell following Coppin’s loss to Norfolk State Monday night, and you could just sense it in him. He’s happy for Todd Bozeman, and he’s looking forward to the challenge of going up against him-both on the floor and in pursuit of kids around Baltimore and throughout the region.

There’s nothing REALLY on the line tonight-as Morgan clinched the #1 seed in the MEAC Tournament some time ago, and the Eagles are going to finish in last place-whether they finish in last by themselves or they share last place. But it won’t diminish the atmosphere tonight, in the closest thing Charm City has to anything like the Bayou Classic.

So let’s “Tweet Up” tonight. I’ll be sitting along press row. If you come by and see me, I’ll have a Steve’s Deli gift certificate for you. Hope to see you tonight, please “ReTweet” to your friends.

6. Loyola Official Site says Collin Finnerty scored 5 goals to pace Greyhounds in win over Bellarmine

You mean to tell me that not only did Dave Cottle’s Terps go to Louisville to play lacrosse, but Charley Toomey’s Greyhounds did as well?

Is Marty Bass scheduling games for the lacrosse teams in town these days?!?!?!?

That being said, it’s good to see an offense outburst from Finnerty, as the Hounds will need him to keep scoring as the schedule gets tougher (starting Saturday against Notre Dame at M&T Bank Stadium).

But since I’m thinking about it….do you think he’ll run again???

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7. Stevenson Official Site says Geoff Hebert posted career high 15 saves as Mustangs trounced RIT at Caves Athletic Complex

Thanks to those of you who came out to Owings Mills for my first real “Tweetup” of the lacrosse season. There were only a couple of you braved the cold and wet conditions, but I appreciated seeing you. As the weather warms up, we’ll do this a few more times at Stevenson and around the area.

The Mustangs looked REALLY impressive offensively, they can score goals in bunches. Unfortunately, they have the potential to go on defensive lapses. It won’t hurt them against teams like RIT, but it will hurt them in games against teams like Salisbury (who they play on April 3).

Unlike Louisville, Rochester LOVES lacrosse. But the question is-do they love lacrosse more than they love their own Savanna Samson? You may know her from….ummm….movies you don’t want your kids watching…..

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8. The AP says Josh Bell, Rhyne Hughes each homered twice to lead Orioles to win over Rays in Spring Training debut

Just go ahead and make your World Series plans accordingly.

In all seriousness, it is MUCH better to be scoring 12 runs in Spring Training games than to be giving up 12 runs in Spring Training games.

Of course, no one is REALLY concerned about the O’s lineup. There’s the lack of a natural power bat, but I think most Birds fans feel as though there’s good balanced pop throughout the lineup, and the team will be able to score runs.

The issue is the pitching. Jeremy Guthrie was good yesterday, but he barely pitched. Brian Matusz goes today for the Birds against Tampa’s Jeff Niemann in Port Charlotte.

9. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Nolan Reimold left out of Birds’ lineup, Dave Trembley gave no timetable for debut

Doesn’t appear to be any cause for concern here, but I guess it’s easy for me to say that. You want to see Reimold get out there and get some action, but the team has no reason to rush him this early in March.

This is a big season for Reimold, who was red hot when he first got to Camden Yards last year, but cooled off. He has to prove he can sustain his production over an entire season, and you don’t want to see him lose a ton of at bats in the Spring as he works toward that.

10. The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Miguel Tejada hit cleanup for first in first Grapefruit League game

I have long assumed that Tejada would be in this role come Opening Day, but there are certainly plenty of other options. It will be interesting to see if Tejada continues to bat cleanup as Trembley gives him the chance to seize the role or fail in the opportunity; or if he gives Matt Wieters, Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold, Garrett Atkins, Luke Scott or others the chance over the next couple of weeks.

Also…I believe this guy is still available to hit cleanup if necessary….

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11. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Jared Gaither, Le’Ron McClain, Fabian Washington assigned 1st round tenders by Ravens

I wonder what kind of tender the Ravens would have used on have used on former DB Ryan Sutter had they known what his wife Trista was going to look like at 37 years old…

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That being said-nothing surprising here. Fabian Washington is CLOSE to a surprise-but as an affordable option at corner, it makes sense to not just let him walk away. Jared Gaither is the only player on that list that teams might even THINK about for that level of compensation, but he’s coming up on a big contract and has a semi-questionable injury history.

Mark Clayton is expected to get the first round tender as well, which is again a case of “he’s affordable, let’s hold on to him. It makes sense.

12. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens “could be interested” in Brandon Marshall with Broncos assigning just the 1st round tender

VERY unlikely. The Ravens just aren’t interested in giving away 1st round picks. If there was some sort of pick swap involved, they might be-but trading a 1st round pick for a player-even if it WAS Larry Fitzgerald-would seem unlikely to me.

Anquan Boldin for a 3rd round pick (as reported by Michael Lombardi on the NFL Network) is certainly interesting however.

And finally, I leave you with this.

Was it weird to see a 10 minute delay so the staff at Comcast Center could fix a snapped net last night? Yeah. Was it as weird as a goalie in Germany scoring an own goal because the wind picked the ball back up and blew it right in to the net? No, it wasn’t as weird as that….

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 03 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because this blog I am posting today is exactly the 1,000th blog I have posted here at WNST.net. What did you get me? The easy choice would have been to just give me $1,000 to celebrate 1,000 blogs; but I can understand if you failed to do so. It’s not like you’ve never let me down before.

Of course, you could have gotten me tickets to see the Beach Boys at Pier Six. I don’t care how old they are, I don’t care who’s in the band anymore (is John Stamos in the band?), THIS is still one of the greatest things to ever happen in the history of music….

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Okay, I’m kidding. But I’m not kidding about the fact that Pet Sounds changed my life….

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So….it would be a nice gift…..just saying….

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. Maryland Official Site previews tonight’s showdown with Duke on Senior Night at Comcast Center

Not a whole lot more I can say about this game tonight that hasn’t already been said. Everyone knows it’s the game of the year in the ACC. Everyone knows it’s the biggest game the Terrapins have played in about 5 years.

We’re just hoping it goes much more like this…

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Than this…..

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2. The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says tonight final chance for College Park faithful to celebrate Greivis Vasquez

As I mentioned yesterday, his jersey won’t go up in the rafters tonight-but it will eventually. Much like the game itself, there’s not too much more that can be said about Vasquez’s tenure in College Park. He has ABSOLUTELY been the best player in the history of the Comcast Center, and the relationship between himself, Gary Williams, Maryland fans and the building itself has been pretty special.

As he was coming off the floor the night of the Clemson game, you could tell it was getting emotional for him. He loves that place. He loves the fans. He loves the atmosphere. As our buddy Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse on Twitter) mentioned yesterday, he loves college basketball- “Tomorrow is going to be such a good day just to play basketball. Let’s play some ball.”

Also, the game tonight is apparently going to be shown live in Venezuela. Like I said, big deal.

3. Winston-Salem Journal’s Bill Cole says Blue Devils can clinch ACC title outright tonight-they haven’t won regular season title since ’05-’06

I guess that’s the one thing we’re conveniently forgetting about tonight’s game. It isn’t just a big deal for the Terps, it’s a big deal for Coach K’s Blue Devils as well. They’ve been having to play 2nd fiddle to North Carolina in the ACC over the last couple of years, and these players (Jon Scheyer especially) don’t know what it’s like to win a regular season title. That’s in their mind.

Coach K isn’t the type of person to do too much forward thinking, so it’s a bit surprising that he’s actually taken time this year to talk about the significance of winning a regular season title.

For both teams, it’s another banner. Even if Maryland only ends up splitting the regular season title, that’s another banner that will hang in the Comcast Center rafters that these players will be able to back and see any time they come to a game.

4. Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says tonight also night to honor Landon Milbourne and Eric Hayes

Not to be forgotten tonight-these two players have made MAJOR contributions to this program over the last few years-and will be SORELY missed next season. The evolution that Eric Hayes has gone through as an ACC basketball player is absolutely incredible. Remember, it was just two years ago when there was a real thought that Hayes would have to transfer out because he couldn’t handle this level of play.

I also expect Jerome Burney to be honored tonight. He’s going to graduate in May and move on after a foot injury ended his career early. He’s been valuable to the team as a player-assistant, and even took time to hand out stats to members of the media last week, which was appreciated.

5. Navy Official Site says Midshipmen bounced back to pick up lacrosse win at Lehigh last night

Beating a team like Lehigh should be expected from the Mids, but after two tough losses, there was always a chance they might struggle to snap their funk. It doesn’t get much easier for the Mids, as they now have to face a Bucknell team that beat Towson and nearly beat Duke earlier this season on Saturday afternoon at 3 over in Annapolis at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Speaking of lacrosse, I’m organizing a “Tweet-Up” (follow us on Twitter @WNST) this afternoon at Caves Athletic Complex in Owings Mills-where Stevenson is holding their true home opener against RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology). If you’re a local lax fan, I’d love to have you come hang out. Keep following us, as I’ll give you details on where we’ll meet before the game. I’m hoping to hit Steve’s Deli after the game for sure. And please re-tweet to your lacrosse friends.

6. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and Peter Schmuck say Will Ohman, Matt Albers expected to pitch behind Jeremy Guthrie in Spring Training opener today vs. Rays

Every outing is important for both pitchers-but especially Ohman, who is on the outside looking in right now when it comes to the Birds’ bullpen.

Unfortunately, today’s game is not on TV; as I guess MASN is going to show an outdoors show-or a radio show (that I don’t think would even be on today since they’re airing the game on the radio), or an old Big East Tournament game replay, or something like that.

If you need something to look at without the game being on, may I suggest the new pictures of Audrina Patridge in the British version of FHM….

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You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.

7. USA Today’s Mel Antonen says O’s not thrilled about playing 16 of 32 Grapefruit League games against AL East opponents

They also were wondering if they could change their AL East schedule to not have to play so many games against AL East opponents.

LOL.

Now, this is an actual problem. The Orioles would much rather play the Cardinals in the preseason, for the same reasons the Ravens would never play the Browns, Bengals or Steelers in the preseason. They don’t want to allow their most common opponents to get to know too much about their team.

However, they knew this would be part of the equation when they got out of Ft. Lauderdale and got to Sarasota, so they can’t REALLY complain about it. They just might want to schedule some more of their longshot pitchers on days where they face the Rays, Red Sox, Yankees and Blue Jays.

8. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester mocks Boise State CB Kyle Wilson to Ravens

The only concern with Kyle Wilson is that he’s a little undersized (5’10″), and he didn’t have to face premiere wide receivers in the WAC. Where as Oklahoma CB Dominique Franks and Oklahoma State CB Perrish Cox have had to face the likes of Michael Crabtree, Dez Bryant, Dezmon Briscoe and Danario Alexander in the Big 12, Wilson didn’t face the same types of receivers when he was with the Broncos.

Wilson’s game is comparable to Lardarius Webb-but he doesn’t quite have the pedigree. He’s got TONS of speed and can make an impact in the return game. He’s a nice player. I just get the feeling the Ravens might be looking for more of a big, physical cornerback.

9. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says T.O., Kevin Walter, Antonio Bryant and Mushin Muhammad are all UFA options at WR for Ravens

Which means…..it’s time for free agent porn!!!

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Look, none of these guys are ideal. But Larry Fitzgerald isn’t available. SOMEONE has to play WR next season. I just hope it isn’t Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton and Donte’ Stallworth.

10. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Brandon Marshall, Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd and Miles Austin are all RFA options at WR for Ravens

I’ll save the “RFA WR Porn” for another day, but I will mention that I don’t think Miles Austin or Brandon Marshall are REAL options, and Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd won’t come easy.

Again….somebody has to play receiver.

11. Yahoo! Sports’ Doug Farrar mocks Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas to Ravens

There’s a polite and an impolite word for this.

The polite word is “stretch.” The impolite word is “insane.”

Either one works.

(Edit from GMC: He was a borderline guy BEFORE he got hurt again. How would that make him IMPROVE his status?)

12. The Sun says Crystal Palace Baltimore, Loyola to raise money to benefit Haiti at next Wednesday’s exhibition match

I think this is awesome. And since there’s not much else for me to say about it, I’ll post a picture of Ice T’s wife CoCo that What Would Tyler Durden Do posted yesterday. It’s like “ReTweeting”, just without the Twitter….

Coco


And finally, I leave you with this.

I was never an Allen Iverson fan. He went to Georgetown. He played for the 76ers. The only team I root for in Philadelphia is the Flyers. BUT….if this is it for him, he was a hell of a player. Plus, we’ll always have this….

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me 1-because I’ve been out of Indianapolis for nearly 36 hours. No offense, but it ain’t good.

2-Nobody decided to drive their car into a tree this morning and knock out power to the radio station and everyone else who resides on Hart Rd…

3-It may have not been in time for National Chili Day, but our buddy John West delivered with one of the greatest breakfasts in the history of AM1570 WNST yesterday morning….

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Yeah, that’s lump crab meat, and it’s called “Chesapeake Chili”…and it’s better than what you had for breakfast today.

Let’s see what everyone has to say……

1. Maryland Official Site says Terps 22nd in AP poll, 23rd in ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll

It’s funny, because Patrick Stevens (follow him on Twitter @D1scourse) had him 18th in his weekly poll this week-and I first thought to myself “that seems high”…I actually thought they should be in the range where they are in the polls…somewhere in the low 20′s. That being said, I haven’t been NEARLY as concerned about Maryland cracking the Top 25 as everyone else in town apparently is, as I know that racking up wins will get a team the respect it needs moving towards the NCAA Tournament.

That being said, what else can be said about this team right now? The win Saturday night was just tremendous. Being “gutty” is as important if not more important than being “good.” This team has more “Guts” than Mike O’Malley and Moira Quirk….

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If you get that reference, marry me. (Edit from GMC: If you’re a female. Or if you’re Andy Roddick.)

2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Greivis Vasquez named ACC Player of the Week, Jordan Williams named ACC Freshman of the Week

At this point, I’m not sure why they don’t just call it the “Greivis Vasquez ACC Player of the Week Award.” I guess Jon Scheyer could still win ACC Player of the Year (especially if Greivis were to struggle against the Blue Devils Wednesday night), but I don’t think I could necessarily agree with it. He’s been the best player in the conference all season, there just really isn’t any doubt about that. Now-the bulk of the media that votes for the award is based in North Carolina. Like it or not, they’ve probably seen more of Scheyer.

It will be an interesting vote.

Also worth noting, I was given confirmation that Greivis Vasquez’s jersey number will NOT be honored in the Comcast Center rafters tomorrow night. The school is choosing to honor all 3 seniors (Vasquez, Landon Milbourne and Eric Hayes) the same way tomorrow night, which makes sense considering all three have been major contributors to the program.

I assume (although it has yet to be confirmed) that Vasquez’s jersey WILL enter the rafters next to Steve Blake’s, but it looks like they will wait until early next season to do so. This could help them get some juice for an early season game against Bethune-Cookman…or Longwood…or Long & Foster…or whoever they play.

3. The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Maryland fans desperate for tickets to Duke game Wednesday

This is ABSOLUTELY the biggest game in College Park since the 2005 game against Duke-the Saturday night game when ESPN’s “College Gameday” did a live broadcast, John Gilchrist went off, 5 Blue Devils fouled out, the Terps won in overtime and went on to miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time after 11 straight appearances.

There have been exciting games in College Park since then (including North Carolina a season ago), but none have been this big, and CERTAINLY none of them have been this significant. A chance to split the ACC regular season title is on the line, as well as an OUTSIDE chance at an outright title and the top seed in the ACC Tournament (if UNC can beat Duke).

It’s a big deal. Big enough that Erin Andrews is showing up (with Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas) before her Dancing With the Stars gig…..

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4. ESPN.com’s Andy Katz says Gary Williams continues to “maximize what (Terrapins) players can do”

That Andy Katz….classic Gary Williams apologist.

I won’t go down the “I told you so” route when it comes to those of you who called for Gary Williams’ head a season ago, mostly because I wasn’t even slightly moved by the argument. Some people say things like “fire the coach” out of panic, because they don’t really know how to analyze a situation. I actually sympathize with those people. While I’ve never called for Maryland to fire Dave Cottle as lacrosse coach, I remain on the “he has to win” campaign.

Gary Williams is winning. A lot of people expected he would. It will be a struggle again a season from now, there’s no doubt about that. That’s the mark of a Gary Williams program in this era of college basketball.

But as Katz pointed out, there’s just no way in the world that anyone not named Gary Williams should be coaching this team right now.

5. The AP says Reggie Holmes’ 32 lead Morgan State to win over North Carolina A&T at Hill Field House

Have you been to see Reggie Holmes yet? I don’t ask because I want to say “shame on you” for not getting out yet, I ask because I’m sorry you haven’t had the chance. He’s REALLY one of the best players on the entire east coast. He’s just been so special to watch for four years now, and he’s obviously changed Todd Bozeman’s entire program.

You’ve got one more chance to see him here locally. The Bears host Coppin State in a “bucket list” type of rivalry game Thursday night. If you love Baltimore sports, you really owe it to yourself to get to a Morgan-Coppin game at least once. I’ll be there for sure, and can’t wait for the game.

6. The AP says Michael Harper’s 14 not enough as Coppin State fell to Norfolk State in home finale

The story of my first trip to the Coppin State Physical Education Complex wasn’t the team (which is just missing a lot of pieces right now), but the building itself. The building is PHENOMENAL. I mean, it’s absolutely unreal. If you ever attended a game at the Coppin Center, you won’t BELIEVE what a world of difference there is now at the CSPEC. It’s night and day-really. It’s just a bright, beautiful, state of the art facility that deserves to have outstanding teams and big crowds fill it.

That being said, Fang Mitchell’s Eagles are tough to watch. They go long stretches without scoring, they lack leadership and poise, and they have no go-to players. It is obvious that they miss Tywain McKee, who was one of the greatest players in school history a season ago, and Fang was quick to point out that they’ll get Lee Jordan back next season to help with a lot of that.

Can Coppin make a run in the MEAC Tournament similar to what they did two seasons ago? I don’t think so. They might win a game in Winston-Salem, but they have too many holes to push for a title.

7. Burlington Free Press’ John A. Fantino says Binghamton out of America East Tournament, UMBC to face Vermont

Which means that the Retrievers are guaranteed to remain in Hartford until Saturday, and all but guaranteed to be gone by Saturday night.

It is ABSOLUTELY the right thing that Binghamton is not participating in any sort of postseason contests this year, and there need to be many more sanctions moving forward. What happened with the Bearcats last season is so UNBELIEVABLY reprehensible that I’m not certain how they even fielded a team this season. In fact, it’s embarrassing that they did.

And while I love Randy Monroe, I just don’t give his team much of a chance to beat Mike Lonergan’s Catamounts.

8. Ravens Official Site’s John Eisenberg thinks team should really think about pursuring “divas” like Terrell Owens, Brandon Marshall, Anquan Boldin and Antonio Bryant

Apparently a local blogger in town tried saying that John Harbaugh was “laughing” when he talked about the Ravens’ interest in T.O. Maybe that local blogger shouldn’t talk about things he doesn’t know about….

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Look, John Harbaugh was just as condescending in Indy as he is any other time. BUT-the organization IS interested in Terrell Owens. John Harbaugh saying it publicly is NOT the first time we found that out. If you followed us on Twitter (@WNST), you’d know that we had gotten word about the team’s interest from other sources late last week, and Drew Forrester wrote about it Saturday morning.

Are the Ravens MOST interested in Terrell Owens? No. Would they like to find another wide receiver INSTEAD of Terrell Owens? Yes. But are they going to AVOID Terrell Owens? Absolutely not. They need receivers, and there are only so many available. Owens is 6’3″, and still played well in Buffalo a season ago. If the likes of Anquan Boldin, Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd, etc are too expensive or just won’t work (which is a total possibility), they might end up going with Owens.

Those are just the facts.

9. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens expected to give high tenders to RFA’s Sam Koch, Jared Gaither, Le’Ron McClain, Fabian Washington, Mark Clayton, Marshal Yanda and Troy Smith

The interesting point here is a reminder that while fans in Baltimore don’t seem to think that highly of Troy Smith, the organization absolutely DOES. John Beck is expected to get a low tender, meaning that while the Ravens would like to have him back, they are much more concerned about bringing back Smith than Beck.

Once again, those are just the facts.

10. ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says George Kokinis seen with Ravens contingency at NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis

Yeah, but take it from me-don’t ask John Harbaugh about it.

I guess the secrecy surrounding George Kokinis’ role with the Ravens has something to do with his departure from Cleveland, but it’s very strange. If he’s back, welcome back. If not, I don’t know exactly what to say.

11. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta amongst O’s pitchers who impressed in intrasquad scrimmage

It IS a good sign that Tillman’s back is apparently holding up well in his early Spring Training work.

That being said, I think Ingrid Ulrich had a better on Busted Coverage Monday than Tillman, Arrieta or even Jim Palmer ever could have…

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12. The Sun says former Bird BJ Surhoff to be inducted into College Baseball Hall of Fame

I don’t have much analysis to add here, other than to say congratulations to one of my favorite O’s of all time.

And since I don’t have any more analysis here, I’ll instead offer the video for the song “Bedrock” by Young Money. I like it.

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And finally, I leave you with this.

I promise that this will be the last time I write about anything Olympics-related. I PROMISE. I just missed yesterday’s post-so I have to get this all out of me.

Did it bother me that Canada topped Team USA in hockey Sunday? Damn right it did. I might not live and breathe hockey, but I sure as hell live and breathe the red, white and blue. (Until I re-adopt Italy again in the World Cup this summer if and when Team USA is eliminated. Look, I’m Italian-so spare me.) Does it bother me that Sidney Crosby got to be the hero in the process? Sure. Not because I root for Alexander Ovechkin or the Capitals, but because Pittsburgh sucks, and everything that comes from Pittsburgh should be a failure-not a great success.

That being said, for our friends to the north-you might have won the gold medal in hockey, but we won the gold in the bobsled, which we all know is more important. While you have Roberto Luongo-we have Steve FREAKING Holcomb, who I’m hoping I can go out for 2-375 beers with very soon….

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But-since this is your big week, enjoy it with some Our Lady Peace. You see, I don’t hate everything from your country….

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 18 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me, because after discovering Christina Hendricks yesterday, some of you did the right thing and directed me to some of the other hottest chicks on TV, including Kaley Cuoco from “The Big Bang Theory”….

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Please…..PLEASE…..to be directing me to others that I might not know of yet.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Ravens taking chance on ‘troubled’ WR Donte’ Stallworth

Which has obviously lead to a day’s worth of discussion regarding whether or not A-Stallworth deserves a 2nd chance after pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter last year, and B-Stallworth is good enough for the Ravens to consider him an “upgrade” over their current receivers.

Let me address the 2nd part of that first (naturally). While Stallworth has never had 1,000 yards in any of his 7 seasons with the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns; he DOES have 32 career TD grabs. In their careers; Mark Clayton, Kelley Washington and Demetrius Williams have combined for 27.

This move works football-wise if it is paired with the return of Derrick Mason and the acquisition of a taller wide receiver.

As far as whether or not he deserves the second chance, I’m in general the type of person who believes in second chances. For example, when I heard Tara Reid was going to pose in Playboy, I was willing to give her a second chance despite how brutal she had looked in recent years….and that move paid off….

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(Edit from GMC: Someone is currently thinking “Are you making a joke about a situation that involved a man dying? The answer is no. I’m making a joke about Tara Reid. Don’t sweat the details.)

2. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Ravens taking ‘gamble’, but not ‘major gamble’ on Stallworth

In my story yesterday, I wrote about some conversations I had with former Stallworth teammates (including current Ravens TE LJ Smith-who was teammates with Stallworth in Philly, and Saints TE Darnell Dinkins, who was teammates with Stallworth in Cleveland). I also had conversations with other former teammates that I can’t make public, and I heard the conversation Ray Bachman and Rex Snider had with Stallworth’s former Saints teammate Spencer Folau yesterday.

Every single conversation has netted the following reaction:

“Great guy, made a bad decision. He deserves the second chance.”

The best news for the Ravens is that Stallworth cost them only $900,000; and if he can’t play, they’ll let him go after Training Camp. He’s a low risk guy, as the only risk (which Drew points out) is a level of fan backlash. The good news for the Ravens is that they’re in a place right now where Ozzie Newsome and company will PROBABLY be given the benefit of the doubt from the fanbase if the signing doesn’t work out.

3. The Sun’s Mike Preston says Stallworth ‘not the answer’ for Ravens

There’s just no doubt about this. Stallworth has been a good player, but he’s 6’0″. The Ravens didn’t lack for undersized receivers whether they brought back Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton or not. What they lack is a size guy. They need someone who can just go up and be counted on grabbing the football, and they just don’t have that yet.

Brandon Marshall (6’4″) is out there-but unlikely. Malcolm Floyd (6’5″) is out there-and the chances of him ending up in Baltimore have everything to do with what the cost will be. Dez Bryant (6’2″) could end up slipping a bit in the NFL Draft. Danario Alexander (6’5″) from Missouri and Demaryius Thomas (6’4″) from Georgia Tech will likely both slide into later rounds of the Draft, especially after Thomas broke his foot yesterday.

The point is, without grabbing a receiver with size, the Ravens will leave themselves in a very bad place even with a guy like Donte’ Stallworth.

4. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says team released TE Sypniewski after he failed physical

I think a lot of people who enjoy hard-nosed football were really disappointed to hear this, as Sypniewski was certainly a hard-nosed player. He was a tough, physical guy who the Ravens liked enough to hold on to him despite the fact that he missed the last two seasons. Unfortunately, the knee injury ultimately did him in even after another recent cleanup procedure.

With Sypniewski gone, I guess the “best hair” award now defaults to Adam Terry???

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5. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens discussing new deal with Derrick Mason

I’m not COMPLETELY certain that Derrick Mason will return to Baltimore, but I would lean that way, that’s for sure. I get less of a feeling every day that he’s coming back and going to Tennessee to re-join the Titans, I know that much. I still think there’s a real chance he retires, but I’m more than 50% on him coming back to Baltimore.

Addressing the other big discussion point from yesterday regarding the Ravens (and I already addressed this on Twitter, so make sure you follow us @WNST); the Ravens will NOT be dealing Willis McGahee for Antonio Cromartie. I get that the Chargers have dangled Cromartie and they’re looking for a Running Back; but NO ONE is interested in trading anything legitimate for McGahee.

Could McGahee be a throwaway to make the money work in a deal for Cromartie? Maybe. But the deal would have to be a Draft pick for Cromartie, and I don’t see the Ravens being interested in dealing a Thursday or Friday night pick (Rounds 1-3) for a Corner right now. Even beyond that, Cromartie was a first round pick, so I think the Chargers will be looking for 1st round equivalency. Tashard Choice and a draft pick seems like a much more likely combo to possibly head to San Diego.

6. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Maryland overcame ‘tired’ first half performance to rally past NC State in Raleigh

Clearly the sting of playing 3 games in 5 days was showing for this Maryland team for the first 25-30 minutes of their trip to the RBC Center. After a strong start from the field, they really struggled late in the first half; and once again failed to score 70 points on the road en route to a 67-58 victory.

Once again, Jordan Williams was a HUGE difference maker last night. When the Terps couldn’t get their feet under them and were struggling from the field, he didn’t let Tracy Smith establish himself inside, pulled down some boards and got some easy hoops. Once Greivis Vasquez (and Adrian Bowie) got something going offensively, Williams had kept things close enough that the Terps could pull away.

Sometimes conference road games are tougher than they should be. It was fitting that on the same night, Duke had to rally from down 12 in the second half to beat Miami. These types of things happen.

They get some rest now-but not much. 61 hours exactly before Saturday’s tilt with Georgia Tech.

7. The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Gary Williams thought Vasquez wasn’t “going to let (Terps) lose”

Obviously this was a showing of will from the Venezuelan senior in the 2nd half, as he was totally determined to make sure his team didn’t fall to the worst team in the ACC. He isn’t the first Maryland guard during the Gary Williams era to do those types of things, as John Gilchrist and Juan Dixon helped carry their teams to Championships doing almost the exact same thing.

Of course, there were also a couple times last night when Vasquez chucked up a wild 3 in transition or in a totally unnecessary situation. That’s the Vasquez lore. The one he hit at the shot clock buzzer was pretty impressive.

Now at 8-3 in ACC play, the Terps are in great shape. I know that a certain host of the “Comcast Morning Show” speculated this morning that the Terps needed to win 11 or 12 ACC games to clinch a trip to the NCAA Tournament; but there appears to be no chance of that being true. Given the lack of teams with Tournament resumes in the power conferences, there is just no chance an ACC team that wins 10 conference games will be left out of March Madness. However, I will say there is a chance that if the Terps were to lose 4 of their last 5 and finish 9-7 (unless the win is over Duke); they’ll get left out.

There’s just not enough teams elsewhere in the country to leave a 10 win ACC team out of the picture, even if the ACC is going through a down year. The Tournament committee won’t just take another CAA or Horizon League team just for the sake of taking someone else. A CAA team with one win over an ACC team earlier in the season does not have the resume of an ACC team with 10 wins over other ACC teams.

8. Raleigh News & Observer’s J.P. Giglio says Wolfpack blew double digit 2nd half lead in loss to Terrapins

There was ALMOST a moment last night where you felt bad for Sidney Lowe.

Look, he’s clearly not cut out for a big time job in the ACC, or what you imagine the ‘Pack want from a head coach. When a couple of things went Maryland’s way in the 2nd half, he just didn’t have an answer. He had no switches, he had no ideas, he really had nothing. His players acted accordingly.

I have to imagine that despite the fact that he’s an alum, they’re going to give him the Sendek treatment down there, right? If so, does he get to keep his jacket???

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9. Morgan State Official Site says 17 from Reggie Holmes, double double from Kevin Thompson lead Bears to win at Delaware State

I got a text from Todd Bozeman after the game last night, he described it simply as “hard fought.” Which is exactly what he had to expect from a Hornets team that had MEAC Championship dreams of their own.

With just one more conference win, the Bears will clinch at least a tie for the MEAC regular season championship. Not to play spoiler, but they’re going to get it.

They’re back in action Saturday with a BRUTAL trip to Kentucky to face Murray State in an ESPN BracketBuster matchup. The game tips at noon and can be seen on ESPNU.

10. The AP says J’Hared Hall lead Loyola with 12, but Hounds fell to St. Peter’s at Reitz Arena

That’s another really tough loss for Jimmy Patsos’ crew. I’m not going to try to paint a picture that I’m a Greyhounds expert, but it looks like there’s an issue when the guys coming off your bench tend to be your leading scorers, and the most points you’re getting from a starter are Shane Walker’s 10.

They now fall to 5-11 in MAAC play after their loss to the Peacocks. They step out of conference play for an ESPN BracketBuster matchup against New Hampshire at home Saturday.

11. The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says former Boston College fundraiser Jim Paquette to replace Joe Boylan as Loyola Athletic Director

His experience in the catholic environment at BC will certainly help him make this transition; but raising money might be a bit more difficult here due to the fact that he won’t have football to fall back on.

I don’t know too much about Paquette, but we’ll be getting him on the air shortly here at WNST to make sure we introduce him to Baltimore.

12. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Bergesen to return to mound for Orioles within 2 weeks

There is no doubt that Andy MacPhail and every human being in the entire O’s organization is hoping for the exact same thing. The quicker he returns to the mound in Spring Training, the less “MASN commercial” jokes we can make.

For the record, pitchers and catchers reported yesterday. I really do wish I was in Sarasota.

And finally, I leave you with this.

The lineup for Bonnaroo 2010 was announced yesterday, and umm….it’s not too bad.

Dave Matthews Band, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Weezer, Tenacious D, Nas, Damian Marley, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Flaming Lips, Norah Jones, John Fogerty, Jeff Beck, Dropkick Murphys, Wale, Zac Brown Band, The Dead Weather, Tori Amos, Rise Against, and so many more. One of those more is Kings of Leon, who is…not even a little bit bad….

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 15 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because…frankly…I went to Bojangles on Friday night….

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Look, there’s not a whole lot of reasons to go to Cameron Indoor Stadium, but the stop in Henderson, NC on the way to Durham isn’t a bad stop at all. If you make it, I also suggest Smithfield’s Barbecue.

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Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Gary Williams didn’t have Terps revisit blowout loss to Duke during short prep for Virginia game

How many times do you think football players have wished that their coach would say something along the lines of “Let’s just go ahead and throw out that tape”?

The only good thing about having to play the Cavs just 2 days after a blowout loss to the Blue Devils is that there just really isn’t time for the players to have every little thing they did in a terrible game dissected and reviewed. Instead, they got to spend their Saturday night and Sunday looking at UVa tape and preparing for a tough ACC opponent. If they beat Virginia, it’s (almost) as if the Duke loss never happened.

If they lose….

Issues.

2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Tony Bennett hoping to before only 4th ACC coach to beat Gary Williams-lead team in initial attempt

Usually when an ACC team makes a head coaching move, it’s because the team isn’t particularly any good. Therefore, it shouldn’t be surprising that Gary Williams is 16-3 against those coaches in his first try. That being said, there is clearly at least a bit more talent in Charlottesville (or if nothing else, they have a more outstanding guard in Sylvan Landesberg) than most teams have when a coach is fired.

Of course, seeing as how one of the 3 coaches to have defeated Gary was this guy…

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I guess anything is possible.

3. The Sun’s Don Markus says Maryland president C.D. Mote would ‘gladly’ extend contract of Athletic Director Debbie Yow

Which won’t thrill the craziest of Maryland fans, but must be considered the right thing.

It’s easy to beat up Debbie Yow due to her frosty relationship with Gary Williams and the fact that the football team hasn’t won 10 games since I was (barely) attending class, but she has cleared up the “big picture” in College Park better than anyone could have asked for.

That being said, she could be facing the toughest test of her tenure if the football team DOESN’T improve this season under Ralph Friedgen-as she’ll have to choose between a head coach in waiting (James Franklin) that those surrounding the program really want to see become the next head man; or paying big money to fire an alum (Fridge) and hire a coach in hopes to “fix” the problem.

She also has to continue to figure out a way to continue to at least co-exist with Gary Williams. It ain’t easy…

4. Virginia Official Site previews Cavaliers’ battle with Terrapins tonight at Comcast Center

My official prediction: Terps 81, Wahoos 67.

As tough as playing 2 games in 3 days will be for the Terps, the Hoos are forced to play 2 games in 3 NIGHTS-both away from home. After seeing how they lost at Virginia Tech Saturday night, I get the feeling that something similar could be expected in College Park-but I think Maryland will be a bit more crisp.

Hell, I don’t really care what the final score is as long as Maryland comes out on top. I just can’t stomach seeing these idiots happy….

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Look, I hate Duke as much as anyone, but I know their students are (probably) better than the rest of us. Virginia students just THINK they’re better than the rest of us….

5. Loyola Official Site says J’Hared Hall’s 14 points not enough as Greyhounds fell at Iona

Which is unfortunate, because Jimmy Patsos’ Hounds had a chance to win 3 straight MAAC games and improve to 6-9 in the conference. That doesn’t seem like all that much, but with seeding for the MAAC Tournament an issue, a win certainly would have done wonders for that team-knowing that their final 3 conference games are all at Reitz Arena; giving them a chance to finish .500.

The Greyhounds are back in action Wednesday night; making up the game against St. Peter’s that was scheduled last week.

6. Washington Post’s Kathy Orton says Maryland women blew out Clemson for most lopsided ACC victory of season

Which means that a win at Duke Sunday would get them right back into the NCAA Tournament picture.

Of course, that means having to win at Duke……

At 5-6 in the ACC, Brenda Frese’s team isn’t out of the NCAA Tournament picture. But with only one real win to sing about (beating Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena), they HAVE to win at Cameron Indoor Sunday to feel like they have any real chance of dancing for a 6th straight year.

Should they lose that game, they’ll sit at 5-7 in the ACC, needing to win at Boston College and beat Florida State at home just in order to be able to make the ACC Tournament some sort of resume builder.

7. South Carolina State Official Site previews tonight’s battle with Morgan State at Hill Field House on ESPNU

I’m sorry I won’t make it out there tonight. I had planned to, but the postponement of Maryland-Virginia will take me to College Park instead of Hill Field House. That being said, I would encourage everyone to try to get over there for the game, as the Bears are a team that are SERIOUSLY worth going to see.

As far as staying perfect in the MEAC is concerned, South Carolina State will pose a threat, as they are a tough 7-4 in conference play. That being said, they are coming off a loss to Coppin State Friday night. I expect Morgan to remain perfect; I’ll say 84-72.

8. Winston-Salem State Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with Coppin State at CSPEC

Wouldn’t you know….Fang Mitchell’s team is improving at the end of the season.

I don’t expect the Eagles to make a run towards the MEAC Championship or NCAA Tournament, but I’m not surprised that (even without a major go-to scoring threat), they are improving down the stretch. They’ll beat WSSU tonight, and they’ll have a chance to keep building the rest of the way.

9. Blast Official Site says Baltimore blow out 25-10 on road by Monterrey La Raza

I have not been able to get out to see the Blast AT ALL this season (I’ve tried-but the weather has stopped me), so I can’t REALLY comment on what’s gone wrong with them; but I know something has. They’ve now lost 5 in a row and 6 of their last 7 to fall to 5-7 overall.

They return to action with a rematch against La Raza Friday night at 1st Mariner Arena.

10. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Bisciotti willing to take chance on troubled player like Brandon Marshall, Vincent Jackson

I don’t think this assessment should catch anyone off guard. There is no doubt in my mind that Steve Bisciotti wants to be more of a “splashy” owner. He made a splash in trying to trade for Terrell Owens, and he ABSOLUTELY wanted to hire “sexy” coaching candidate Jason Garrett before the Ravens hired John Harbaugh.

The question for the Ravens will be whether or not John Harbaugh, Ozzie Newsome and even Dick Cass think it is worthwhile to take a chance on guys like Marshall and Jackson. Does Harbaugh think he can work with a guy like Marshall? Does Ozzie Newsome think Marshall will fit with the rest of the Ravens’ roster? Does Dick Cass think Vincent Jackson will avoid embarrassing the franchise and city?

If those men are satisfied with the answers, then the Ravens might make this type of splash. If not, it is doubtful any will end up in Charm City.

11. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says team’s biggest needs are WR, CB, TE, S, DE

Which is BASICALLY what I have been saying here at WNST.net over the last few weeks. We all know receiver is the biggest area of need for the Ravens, but it is not the ONLY need. The Ravens WILL NOT just take a WR in the first round of the NFL Draft for the sake of taking a WR, but it would clearly be helpful if a WR was the best player available at 25.

Expect the Ravens to value size not only at WR, but also at TE and CB.

12. MLB.com’s Spencer Fordin says some Orioles players already in Sarasota for Spring Training

Hopefully none of them are shooting any commercials.

What, too soon???

And finally, I leave you with this…

Believe it or not, I actually did poke at both the Daytona 500 and NBA All-Star Game for a few minutes yesterday, despite the fact that they are amongst the absolute most unwatchable big events in all of sports. Actually, throw the Winter Olympics in there as well, which include some of the most unwatchable sports….ever. But I DID poke at all 3 of them for about 5 minutes yesterday. Fortunately for me, the 5 minutes that I poked at the NBA All-Star Game were during halftime. If you missed it, Shakira looked like this…

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And Alicia Keys performed like this….

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As I said last night on Facebook (search “Glenn Clark” and please feel free to add me as a friend), “Do you think I spend more time thinking about Alicia Keys or Alicia Keys spends more time thinking about me?”

Talk to you later….

-G

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Ravens 2010 Offseason – To Spend or Not To Spend?

Posted on 13 February 2010 by Alex Thomas

As the 2010 NFL offseason moves forward, the Baltimore Ravens, like the other 31 teams in the NFL, are looking to improve their team through the free agent market.

With an uncapped year looming, free agency as we know it has been turned on its ear. Over 200 players who were originally slated to be Unrestricted Free Agents are now Restricted Free Agents under the current collective bargaining agreement. Obviously, this could hamper the Ravens’ ability to address their needs through the free agent market.

Sure, owners may use this uncapped year to rid themselves of some big salaries, but the Ravens are not in a position to go out and get one of those big name/big dollar free agents.

For example, if you think the Ravens are going to sign Julius Peppers, I have a purple unicorn that I’ll sell you on the cheap.

For starters, let’s all agree that the Ravens have three main areas of concern: wide receiver, tight end, and a defensive upgrade (either a pass rusher or a defensive back).

It’s no secret that the Ravens’ secondary struggled at times last year. Sometimes coverages were blown, but many times mistakes in the front seven (i.e. lack of a pass rush) left corners and safeties vulnerable. If the Ravens add another pass rusher to complement Suggs, that would take a lot of pressure off of the defensive backs to have to cover receivers for long periods of time.

And if you go back and look at the tape, especially toward the end of the season, the Ravens secondary made some significant improvements in every facet of the game. Greg Mattison and the coaching staff did a better job of scheming and making mid-game adjustments, and the players themselves put forth a better overall effort as far as tackling and coverage. Frankly, they just looked more focused.

But most importantly, they improved as a unit despite the slew of injuries. I guess the emergence of Lardarius Webb certainly didn’t hurt either.

This may be unpopular in some circles, but the DB position is probably not the Ravens’ main concern in this year’s free agent market.

And it shouldn’t be.

Defensive back talent is at a premium in the league, and teams tend to overpay for tenured veterans at that position (see also the Dominique Foxworth signing last year). The Ravens should choose to address that position in the draft, and probably will not do so until the later rounds.

The Ravens should also choose to address the tight end position in the upcoming draft instead of the free agent market. This year’s wide receiver class is not as deep as it has been in years past, and the Ravens are more likely to get a game-changing tight end at #25 than a top-notch wide receiver at that draft spot. Dez Bryant won’t fall that far, and after him, I wouldn’t waste a first-round pick on Golden Tate and the like.

As far as pass rushers go, it would be nice to have Julius Peppers on the roster.

It would also be nice if I didn’t have to pay taxes.

Peppers is simply out of the Ravens price range and is an unrealistic option at this point.

Richard Seymour? Pass. Too old.

Jason Taylor? Pass. See above.

Kyle Vanden Bosch? Eh…tempting. But he’s 31 and his stats took a dive this past year. Maybe due to injury, but maybe he’s entering the November of his career. Pass.

Aaron Kampman would be a good pick up…two years ago. His recently torn ACL makes him a liability.

If I were Ozzie Newsome, I would make sure that I re-sign Justin Bannan and try to address this position in the draft as well. Penn State’s Jared Ordick could still be there at #25.

The current free agent wide receiver list looks like a Christmas wish list if you’re a Ravens fan. But we have to look at the big picture here.

Miles Austin? Vincent Jackson? Too pricey. Both will probably end up re-signing with their current teams.

Brandon Marshall? A wonderful talent, but a locker room cancer. I like to call him T.O. Jr. for short, mainly because B.M. doesn’t really register appropriate with most people.

All of the previously listed free agents  just don’t fit the mold for what the Ravens need. Whether it’s a financial matter or a matter of having the proper personnel in place, the cupboard looks bare in the free agency market for the Ravens at these positions.

Except for Malcom Floyd…yeah, the other tall athletic guy from the Chargers.

He fits the profile of what the Ravens are looking for: young, tall, athletic, and fast. And he won’t be nearly as expensive as his counterpart Jackson.

Ding ding ding, we have a winner!

The Sun’s Mike Preston wrote a great column on Malcom Floyd a few days ago, and I agree with him. Floyd fits the “right player, right price” model that has worked so well for the Ravens over the past decade.

At the end of the day, this is all just speculation. There isn’t a potion or tonic to magically fix all of the Ravens’ problems over night, or over one off-season for that matter. And nobody has a crystal ball that can tell us exactly how the draft will shake out, despite what Todd McShay and Mel Kiper may think.

But, it’s certainly fun to talk about. If nothing else, the pending uncapped year will give us something to think about besides the weather forecast.

At least until pitchers and catchers report.

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 22 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a happy Friday for me-because I have a new addition to announce in the Glenn Clark household.

That’s right, the day finally arrived-and we couldn’t be happier.

About 42 inches and 50 pounds….really my one true bundle of joy. Isn’t she beautiful?

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

1. The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens QB coach Hue Jackson may well be interviewing for Raiders Head Coaching position after all

Well, who didn’t see this coming….

We know Jim Harbaugh is another candidate, and we think Jim Fassel is a candidate, but who else might be? I have some suggestions….

Lane Kiffin

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I mean, they brought back Art Shell after they fired him originally, and we all know Lane Kiffin doesn’t mind leaving somewhere after not putting in enough time, so this makes sense. And frankly, I’m not certain the “hot wife” angle was played up enough during Kiffin’s original tenure in Oakland.

Bill Romanowski

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Why not Romo? The guy might be the only maniac in the world who is actually crazy enough to work with Al Davis. Speaking of which….

Al Davis

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Why the hell not? Someone has to deal with the guy, so why not just cut out the middle man?

This guy…..

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There’s an argument he might be more qualified than Tom Cable was.

I’ll say it now-and I’ll say it a million times…..Hue Jackson, DON’T TAKE THIS JOB!

2. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says John Harbaugh will travel with Ravens’ contingency to next week’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL

They’ll have a little bit of talent to look at while they’re there. Namely…..

Javier Arenas
Terrence Cody
Riley Cooper
Mardy Gilyard
Jimmy Graham
Stafon Johnson
Brandon LaFell
Taylor Mays
Tony Pike
Myron Rolle
Charles Scott
George Selvie
Terrell Skinner
Tim Tebow
Syd’Quan Thompson

This may not be a year where the Draft is as deep with first round receivers as it was a year ago, but there is PLENTY of talent available at positions where the Ravens have a need. They’ll have a chance to look at a number of those guys next week.

3. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Vincent Jackson, Brandon Marshall, Miles Austin, Steve Breaston, Malcolm Floyd may all be available as FA’s

You want to get excited about the chances of one of these premiere talents coming to Charm City, but the question marks surrounding the CBA and the possibility of an uncapped year make me feel more and more every day like none of this can happen-and the Ravens will have to get more creative in how they acquire receiver talent.

Boy Steve Breaston would look good in purple though…

4. ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ed Reed likely to pass on playing in Pro Bowl

If he’s hurt to the point where he’s questioning whether or not he can play in the future, I’m not sure why he’d bother to play meaningless football in Miami next weekend. Other than-of course-the fact that it would give him a chance to play in Miami, and we all know how much that area means to Ed.

That being said, I would be surprised if he was on the field. There’s just no need for it.

5. WANE (Fort Wayne) says Indiana governor Mitch Daniels not happy Martin O’Malley waived Baltimore Colts flag instead of Indianapolis Colts flag after losing bet

Look, NONE of us ever want to give MO’M any credit (usually because he probably doesn’t deserve it), but this was a solid zinger…..

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Now go fix the problems in the state.

6. The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says some former Colts believe team may have stayed in Baltimore if not for Super Bowl III loss to Jets

Great read.

Who knows what might have happened had the Colts won Super Bowl III, but clearly it was a crushing defeat for the franchise. That being said, the franchise won a Super Bowl just 2 years later-so it’s hard to say that one loss-even if it did tear the relationship between Don Shula and Carroll Rosenbloom.

Also, NFL Network will be replaying Super Bowl III tomorrow night since the Jets are playing the Colts in the AFC Championship Game Sunday. And people wonder why we can’t get over it in this town.

(For the record, Drew Forrester and I both picked the Colts and Saints to play in Super Bowl XLIV during our “Picks and Comment” segment this morning on “The Comcast Morning Show.”)

7. UMBC Official Site says Chauncey Gilliam’s 16 points not enough as Retrievers fell to New Hampshire at RAC Arena

Like so many of their 18 losses this season-this was a close game for Randy Monroe’s crew.

A year ago, Jay Greene and Darryl Proctor would have lead the way down the stretch-and every possession would have gone through their hands.

This season, they’re clearly struggling to figure out who’s supposed to have the ball during crucial possessions. And it’s left them winless in the America East….still. They’ll try to change that Sunday when Boston University comes to Catonsville.

8. The AP says Loyola lead at half, but ultimately fell to MAAC leading Siena

Showing signs of life against a tough Saints team is good for Jimmy Patsos’ ballclub, but signs of life HAVE to turn into consistent wins pretty soon. They’ll try to improve upon their current 2-7 MAAC record tomorrow night when they travel to Poughkeepsie for a date with Marist.

9. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Maryland women had 48 game win streak at Comcast Center snapped by Miami

Brenda Frese’s club is going though something very similar to what Randy Monroe’s team is. A season ago, they knew that they could turn to Marissa Coleman or Kristi Toliver to bail them out during close games. But when the Hurricanes started raining threes late, the Terps didn’t have anyone to turn to in order to pull out a win.

It goes no easier for Maryland, as Duke invades Comcast Center Sunday night for a game you can see on Comcast SportsNet.

10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says NC State trying to snap 5 game losing streak to Maryland tomorrow

I didn’t think the Wolfpack had a prayer before watching them trounce the Blue Devils Wednesday night.

That being said, the Devils were struggling to buy a jumper during the 2nd half in Raleigh.

This will be a good matchup for Jordan Williams, as he’ll have to manage Tracy Smith down low. Sidney Lowe’s club is tough, but this is not a game the Terrapins should struggle with in College Park.

11. MLB.com’s Spencer Fordin says Birds to raise money for Haiti at FanFest

Which means they’re doing the right thing. I like to try to pass that type of thing along. I’ll even spare you the “because it doesn’t tend to happen nearly enough” addendum to that statement.

Well, I tried to spare you anyway.

12. The Sun’s Peter Schmuck wouldn’t be surprised if O’s acquired Miguel Tejada or Joe Crede this weekend

The O’s had to be thanking their lucky stars that the Ravens lost in Indianapolis last Sunday, or else the small crowds that will make their way to the Baltimore Convention Center for FanFest would be even smaller with half of the city in New York/New Jersey this weekend for the AFC title game.

I’d be all for bringing back Miguel Tejada. Mostly because even if he’s not a third baseman, he’d be better than the guy the Orioles currently have….

No one.

And finally, I leave you with this….

If you like watching TV on Friday night, 1-Really? 2-You’ll be watching the “Hope for Haiti” telethon tonight, as it will be airing on EVERY network in the world. This of course makes me remember the “America: A Tribute to Heroes” telethon that aired just after 9/11. That was a pretty stirring night. Remembering U2…..

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Bruce Springsteen….

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and Wyclef Jean, amongst others…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3FZ5v_fhYc[/youtube]

Pretty moving stuff.

Talk to you this weekend.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 19 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me, mostly because I saw a picture of Christina Hendricks from the TV show “Mad Men” at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards….

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I can’t figure out what it is I like about her… (Thanks WWTDD for the picture)

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says final 5 minutes killed Ravens throughout season

Don’t believe me? Take a look at the season breakdown I included in the blog. In all 8 losses this season, the Ravens lost the final 5 minutes of each half. That’s 16 halves where the team shot themselves in the foot in the must crucial stages-all of which lead to losses.

I can’t make this stuff up.

Look, the handful of people (and it’s not NEARLY as many as you think) who really think John Harbaugh should be fired are INSANE. But the people who think John Harbaugh is above criticism are also off-base. The final 5 minutes of a half are EXACTLY the place where the head coach is most necessary; as he has to be able to manage the situations while the coordinators make the calls.

Also, I’m NOT rooting for Rex Ryan. Mostly because I want to know that the Ravens made the right choice.

2. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Mason retired, then didn’t, then did, then didn’t, and we’re pretty sure he isn’t

But he might be.

Seriously, this was by far and away the STRANGEST press gathering I could have imagined Derrick holding. Please check it out in the Audio Vault at WNST.net.

I wasn’t really surprised AT ALL when Derrick opened his gathering by saying “I’m done.” Frankly, there was a part of me that expected it. I still think that in order of likelihood; retirement, returning to the Titans and returning to the Ravens are the only things Mase will do at this point.

But I have no idea what he was thinking yesterday. You really have to hear it.

3. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Flacco standing by story that injuries ‘didn’t affect’ how he played

And I’m standing by the story I told my ex-girlfriend that I only slept with my friend Christina once when I was drunk.

I’ll try one more time to get John Harbaugh to talk about this today. After that, we’ll just have to wonder what was really going on with Joe.

4. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says aside from Mason; Clayton, K Washington and D Williams all face uncertain futures

Which means I can introduce a new segment to my blogging. In the past, I of course included Hot chick “porn” and Food “porn”, but I now add Wide Receiver “porn”…..

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Yeah, that’s hot.

5. SI’s Peter King “really hopes” Ed Reed won’t retire

Which makes two of us.

And it’s not the first time Peter King and I have been compared favorably, either.

The Ravens are NOT as good with Tom Zbikowski playing as they are with Ed Reed, no matter what some people in town (who I’m only guessing are still wearing their Notre Dame pajamas right now) have tried to exclaim.

The Ravens are an IMPOSING defense when Ed Reed is in the secondary.

6. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Crede, Tejada options for Orioles at 3rd base

This is sorta like the flip side of the Ravens’ “Wide Receiver porn” segment. Over in Andy MacPhail’s office today, here’s the “Corner Infield porn” they’re looking at….

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Not exactly hot.

In fact, it would be kinda like finding out you have a friend in 9th grade who is taping up pictures of Amy Winehouse in their locker…

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While everyone else has pictures up of Kyle Boller’s girlfriend….

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7. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Josh Thornton’s 23 not enough for Towson to hold off St. Joseph’s in Philly

Not that anyone expected Towson to beat St. Joe’s; but if there was ever going to be a year where the Tigers could go to Philadelphia and beat Phil Martelli’s bunch-this would have been the year.

The other news is that Troy Franklin has left the team-which can’t be surprising either considering the fact that Troy hasn’t been playing recently.

So, there’s that.

8. The AP says Chauncey Gilliam lead Retrievers with 24 in loss to Stony Brook

Again, at some point-this season for UMBC is going to be about little more than trying to get an America East win for Randy Monroe’s bunch. It’s a trying season, and it makes Drew Forrester’s commercial sound even more ridiculous-which makes me giggle.

9. Maryland Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with Longwood

Yes, this should be a 30 point pounding-but no, nothing is given. Especially considering the fact that the Lancers will be starting 2 players from the Old Line State tonight-and will be playing others from the DC area who likely dreamed of playing for Gary Williams and on the Comcast Center floor. It is always tough to gauge a group of players who think that their next game is the Super Bowl against a group of players who think their next game is against a team with a funny name.

Of course, it IS a funny name.

10. ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi says Terps amongst first four teams OUT of NCAA Tournament right now

Which is exactly where they should be…..right now.

The good news is that Maryland will completely control their postseason destiny. As long as they don’t finish 8-8 or worse in an ACC that is pretty open, they’ll be fine. But as of right now, their best win is over Florida State. You can’t call that a Tournament-worthy resume just yet.

11. Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra won Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year

Which was the right choice. With no offense to Zenyatta and a big win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Rachel Alexandra’s run for the Black Eyed Susans and her dominance in the Kentucky Oaks as well was more than enough for me to say she was a worthy winner.

12. Universal Sports says Michael Phelps wrapped up SoCal Grand Prix with gold, bronze on Monday night

Michael Phelps athletic accomplishments < Michael Phelps sexual conquests and recreational drug use.

At least until the 2012 Olympics anyway.

And finally, I leave you with this.

I’ve been hot and cold on The Ting Tings since they first hit the scene, but their performance of “That’s Not My Name” on Saturday Night Live KILLED.

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

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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