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So long, Melvin, and hold your head up

Posted on 30 September 2009 by Luke Jones

As the Orioles fall toward the 100-loss mark with seemingly little resistance over the final week of the season, their elder statesman winds down his 10-year stay with an organization fixed in what feels like an endless era of losing.

Melvin Mora arrived in the Charm City after being traded with three others from the New York Mets for shortstop Mike Bordick in Syd Thrift’s infamous fire sale of 2000.  The 28-year old utility player was coming to a struggling team with a future Hall of Famer (Cal Ripken) winding down his career and its best hitter (Albert Belle) only months away from retirement due to a degenerative hip condition.  The Orioles were completing their third-straight losing season in 2000. Change was needed.

Mora’s addition, along with the 13 others acquired in the five summer deals, would pump youthful energy into an aging organization and eventually bring the Orioles back to where they belonged at the top of the standings, right?

If only.

Of course, we all know the story. Despite the quantity of players coming to the organization for veterans such as Bordick, Charles Johnson, B.J. Surhoff, and Harold Baines, Mora would be the only acquisition to contribute beyond the next couple seasons. Most would never contribute at all.

Mora debuted with the team as a role player on an 88-loss club and will take his final bow this weekend on a club trying to avoid becoming the third team to lose 100 games in the 56-year history of the franchise (1954 and 1988 were the others). In his 10 years, the Orioles averaged 92 losses a year, finished in fourth place seven times, and landed in the basement twice—one of those this year.

He played for four different managers, five different general managers (or whatever the organization was calling the job at the time), and saw the beautiful Oriole Park at Camden Yards transform from one of the chic places to be (3.1 million fans in 2000) on a summer night to a mostly desolate palace (less than 2 million fans in 2009) infiltrated by Boston and New York fans 18 times a year.

During Mora’s 10-year stay in the Charm City, the Orioles finished in third only once (2004), but the high-water mark came in the early stages of 2005.

The Orioles enjoyed a two-month reign at the top of the American League East, and the long rebuilding process appeared to be on the right track. However, Mora saw his team collapse in the second half with a disgraced teammate’s steroid suspension (Rafael Palmeiro), injuries, and management’s failure to improve the team down the stretch (trading Larry Bigbie for Eric Byrnes is going to get you over the hump?).

Needless to say, Mora has had little to smile about in his 10 years with the Orioles. You almost have to feel sorry for the guy.

As he is resigned to the reality of this almost certainly being his last season in Baltimore (the club will not use a $8 million club option for 2010), people will overstate the importance of his disappointing 2009 season—at age 37, mind you—and his mid-summer spat with Dave Trembley when judging his 10 years as an Oriole.

His disappointing final season cannot—and should not—shortchange his accomplishments playing in an absolutely miserable era of Orioles baseball.

The super-utility player that came to Baltimore flashing the leather at a variety of positions—left field, center field, and shortstop to name a few—steadily improved his game and eventually became an All Star, albeit for a bad club needing a representative in 2003. Mora would earn a second trip to the Midsummer Classic in 2005.

Ironically, Mora was excluded from the All-Star squad in 2004 despite being the best third baseman in baseball that season. Yes, before you ask, better than that guy wearing pinstripes in the Bronx.

It was the best season of his career and one of the finest seasons ever by an Oriole.  His .340 average was, and still is, the best single-season clip in club history. Mora also led the American League with a .419 on-base percentage and finished in the AL’s top 10 in batting average (behind only Ichiro Suzuki), slugging percentage, runs, hits, total bases, and doubles. His play earned him the Silver Slugger award (awarded to the best offensive player at each position) and solidified his status as an everyday player.

While Mora would never approach his tremendous 2004 numbers again, he would continue to provide solid numbers and steady defense in his remaining years in Baltimore, even throwing in an amazing second half of the 2008 season for good measure.

Regardless of the sour aftertaste created by his 2009 campaign, Mora is unquestionably an Orioles Hall of Famer, ranking in the franchise’s career top 10 in home runs, hits, doubles, runs batted in, and runs. And with apologies to Doug DeCinces’ fans, Mora may rank as the second-best third baseman in club history (The 1979 hero’s best years came with the California Angels).

Perhaps more important than his diamond achievements when pondering his legacy in Baltimore is the fact that Mora truly embraced the Charm City and adopted it as his home. Mora and his wife Gisel had their famed quintuplets in Baltimore—and chose to raise their six children right here.

While nearly every Oriole of the past decade waved goodbye to the city at the end of September and didn’t return until the new baseball season in April, Mora and his family stayed in Fallston—and plan to continue doing so.

Others wanted little to do with the community or even went as far as to demean the city (Aubrey Huff), but Mora thought highly enough of it to make it his home.

Make no mistake, the organization treated Mora very well financially (probably too well), but he understood the importance of sharing that good fortune with the local community through various charitable endeavors.

Simply put, Mora got ”it.”

It’s an idea not to be taken for granted in this modern age of so many high-paid mercenaries completely void of any pride, philanthropy, or connection for the city in which they play.

Mora’s role in the community was never more apparent than in late-December 2005. Longtime bullpen coach and leading community ambassador Elrod Hendricks had passed away just a few days shy of Christmas, yet Mora was the only active Oriole to attend the coach’s funeral on December 29.

It was more an indictment on the sorry state of the organization than a tremendous gesture, but at least Mora WAS there. It was something the 24 others could not say, regardless of the pathetic excuses claiming it was too close to the holidays.

As an Orioles fan, I chastised the missing players but also appreciated Mora being there to represent the current team, pathetic as it was. Mora understood not only what Hendricks meant to the organization but to the entire city.

One might say it doesn’t take much effort to embrace the local community, so why such praise for Mora? He was being paid millions, right?

Well, easy as it might be, he was one of the few to care enough to actually do it.

Even in his final weeks with the Orioles, Mora demonstrated one more example of understanding what it means to be a Baltimorean. When learning the organization planned to honor him for playing the second-most games at third base in franchise history, Mora requested the man ahead of him on the list, Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, to be present.

So, despite little publicity or fanfare (a different issue entirely), Mr. Oriole was there to celebrate the accomplishment with the Orioles’ current third baseman. Who knows if Mora can tell you how many Gold Gloves Robinson won at the hot corner or what year he even retired, but he knew enough to understand Brooks needed to be there. That’s saying something.

Unlike Brooksie, who played a large portion of his career in the Orioles’ glory days, Mora is likely to be remembered as the figurehead—along with another good player and nice guy, Brian Roberts—for the franchise’s miserable era of losing baseball that is yet to end here at the conclusion of the 2009 season.

“Mora had to stink, or the Orioles would have won while he was here, right?”

But let’s admit, save for the infancy of his career and a two-year window of fantasy baseball in 1996 and 1997, Ripken didn’t exactly play in the Orioles’ glory years either.

The truth is though Mora certainly wasn’t the type of player that could carry a winning team by himself, he also wasn’t the reason the team stunk for the decade he was with the organization. In his best years, Mora undoubtedly would have been a valuable member of a contending club.

No one will suggest that Mora belongs in the same stratosphere as the Orioles’ royalty of the Robinsons, Ripken, Palmer, and Murray. Not even close.

And even the casual fan would never confuse his baserunning prowess with the legendary Rickey Henderson, or even Willie “Mays” Hayes for that matter.

Mora may not have always said the right thing, but he was occasionally willing to speak up in a way so many frustrated fans could admire. His declaration that some Orioles didn’t know what it took to win in 2007 and his famed “Who is going to pitch for us?” query in 2005 may have ruffled some feathers in the Warehouse, but it was music to the ears of fans wanting a terrible organization to take accountability.

Ultimately, Mora should be remembered as a good player and one of the few to perform admirably through a miserable period of Orioles baseball.

He represented the city with pride and is one of the few I felt proud to cheer over the last decade.

So long, Melvin, but we’ll see you around town.

It’s a shame we didn’t have much fun at the ballpark.

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Brooks at OPACY but no one knew about it

Posted on 18 September 2009 by Drew Forrester

Chalk up tonight’s appearance by Brooks Robinson as yet another odd marketing endeavor by the O’s.

Robinson was in attendance this evening to take part in a ceremony honoring Melvin Mora, who recently surpassed Doug DeCinces for 2nd place on the team’s all-time games played list at third base.

The only problem?  Well, there were two, actually.

No one in town really knew Robinson was showing up tonight.  

80% of the 26,000 people in attendance this evening were Red Sox fans. 

Brooks has sort of been on the outside-looking-in over the last decade or so — in fact, when asked why he doesn’t visit OPACY more often, #5 quipped, “I think the O’s lost my phone number.”  I’m sure that comment he made to the Baltimore media won’t go over well in The Warehouse, but on occasion when Robinson has talked with on WNST he has mentioned that his relationship with the club isn’t all that great.

Yep, even the best third baseman in franchise history gets overlooked.  I don’t feel so bad, now.

I have no idea why the club wouldn’t have promoted Robinson’s appearance tonight.  It falls in line with most of their puzzling marketing decisions, frankly, but Brooks would have made the rounds on the various talk shows throughout the week and called in to promote not only his visit but the game itself.

Alas, no one knew about his participation in the ceremony tonight. 

As for the game, the O’s bats decided to “cease and desist” this evening, putting together a 5-hit effort in a 3-1 loss to the surging Red Sox.

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 16 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

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

Insane.

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

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

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

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

Nestor Aparicio offers photographic evidence of how empty Camden Yards

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

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

Brian Billick to speak with John Harbaugh on FoxSports.com

ORIOLES:

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

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

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

RAVENS:

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

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

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

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

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

The Official Site says Flacco, Oher up for weekly awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NFL.com has Ravens 6th in power rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge frustrated with penalties

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

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

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

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

NAVY FOOTBALL:

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

Pitt Official Site previews Saturday’s showdown at Heinz Field

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go Mids updates seasons for Mids’ opponents

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

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

UMES BASKETBALL:

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

HORSE RACING:

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

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

SWIMMING:

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

GOLF:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Our pledge: we’ll continue to try to “help” the Orioles

Posted on 10 September 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

So since Greg Bader and the Orioles’ last remaining flunkies and apologists have again begun to spread “anti-WNST” venom in the web community with lies and false allegations about my integrity or intentions, I suppose it’s my turn to “react” and spew venom. Sorry, I’m not going to get caught up in it and, honestly, I have no time for negativity and nastiness.

The Steelers are playing tonight and we’ve got two events – Donna’s in Dundalk and the Twestival at Ramshead. The Ravens are playing on Sunday. I’m honestly feeling really good about WNST and Baltimore and the changing weather. I’m in a good mood. I’m not going to allow the Orioles and their shallow souls and mean-spiritedness to wreck Opening Week of the NFL season.

The blog that Drew put a lot of effort and words into properly tells the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

As has been our stated mission from inception: we wanted to help the Orioles. We wanted to extend an olive branch. We wanted to take them up on THEIR offer to come to the ballpark for $1. We wanted to show our sincerity by donating to Nick Markakis’ Foundation. (Drew DID leave out one big issue in his blog. I wanted to give half of the charity money to Living Classrooms Foundation but Drew talked me out of that, saying the “critics” would say there was something beneficial or self-serving on our part by giving money to our own charity.)

Once again, the Orioles have spurned and aggressively rejected (if you doubt that, I’ll post the official “cease and desist” letter we got from MLB’s legal eagles) our heartfelt, sincere and completely transparent attempt to help them fill a few seats in their empty ballpark while they’re 34 games back in the AL East.

All we wanted to do was once again publicly state our support for the city, for the future hope of the Orioles and try to be, as Charley Eckman would say, “right guys.”

So much for kindness but what do you expect in a country where elected officials stand up and scream “LIAR” at the President of The United States and get away with it?

Civility and forgiveness are not always concepts I’ve embraced or possessed but they’re certainly character traits that I’ve improved upon every day over my nearly 41 years on the planet.

My track record for building bridges and sincerity speaks for itself.

I CLEARLY had major problems with the Washington Capitals for a decade. Now, Ted Leonsis and I are email and Facebook friends and he understands my sincerity and love of hockey because he finally took an hour to hear what I had to say. And, I’m overjoyed to participate and help the Caps and NHL become a part of the Baltimore sports landscape. I love hockey. I’ve always loved hockey.

We are currently partners with Towson, UMBC, Loyola, Stevenson and virtually anyone else who would reach out to us and ask for help.

I’ve had a 17-year partnership and goodwill with the Blast — and before them the Spirit.

I have tried time and time again to reach out to the Maryland Jockey Club with very spotty results. Like the Orioles, they have a brand that is a husk of what it used to be but I’ve always maintained that the Preakness is the most significant sporting event we have in Baltimore. The MJC has routinely spent gobs of money supporting virtually every media entity in town except for WNST. But, if they call today and ask for help with the Maryland Million later in the month, we’ll do all we can to help them because we think it’s important for the community.

My relationship with the Ravens has always been more-than-strong over the years, and quite frankly we’ve ALWAYS pissed off their media partners because I expose their general laziness and malaise which has oft-times created friction. (Truth be told we’re the REAL “R****s Radio” and have been since Nov. 1995). Oh, well. We do tell the truth.

Oh, and the former Super Bowl-winning head coach is my business partner and great friend.

I don’t feel the need to list my resume or charitable contributions item-by-item or how many things we’ve done to support the community and be a great partner to hundreds of businesses and people over my 25 years in the media — going back to The News American and The Sun in the mid-1980′s.

We don’t just TALK about making the city a better place — we live it every day in every aspect of our company. We promote Baltimore sports and have great and sincere enthusiasm for it.

And, honestly, my biggest problem over the years has been being TOO honest when there’s always corporate pressure to lie and ignore the orange elephant in the middle of the city full of empty green seats.

But, I leave the bulls***ing to the rest of the charlatans who sell media around the city like WBAL, CBS Radio, Pressbox, The Sun and anyone else who takes a check as “hush” money for the miserable state of the city due to the devastation of a baseball team that drew 3.7 million into the city in 1996 and now draws a little more than 1 million over 80 dates.

So, now after 25 years I’m going to jeopardize my credibility by scamming, scheming and a lying over $1 tickets to a miserable last place team’s baseball games? When there wasn’t a penny to be earned and when I probably “deep down” knew that the Orioles would act like the vindictive, petty people that they are?

And during the biggest football week of the year when it would have been perfectly acceptable to ignore them? (Their own flagship radio station has been ignoring them for six weeks now!)

Like somehow, WNST was “secretly” plotting some ugly event on Tuesday night at the ballpark? Trust me if we wanted to do a “protest,” we’d just do one like we did in 2006.

We’ve tried to use the carrot. We’ve tried the stick. We’ve tried the olive branch. We’ve tried emails. We’ve tried phone calls. We’ve used every means of communication possible to reach these people but they continue to ignore us because they think we’re “unimportant” just like their leader said three years ago.

But no one can EVER say that we haven’t tried. Time and time again, we’ve tried to be civil to these corporate thugs and try to find a way to make them understand that we love the baseball team more than they do.

Well, we’re NEVER going to give up. That much is assured.

But we’re never going to lie for them or accept their false allegations about my character or my intentions or WNST’s purpose or mission to “fix” the team.

We’ll try to bring them another olive branch in April and see if they piss on us again.

Like they always do.

My phone line is open. All they have to do is call. I do email, text, Twitter, Facebook, radio, etc. As most of you know, I’m probably the most accessible human being in the city.

But it’s not their style or their intention to “make up.”

They only know about war and lawsuits and battle. Check THEIR track record on that!

They don’t believe in peace and goodwill and partnerships and trust — and in my mind, that’s the REAL reason the stadium is sitting empty with another last place team in 2009.

They can’t even get along with Cal Ripken and Brooks Robinson.

What prayer do I have?

On to the purple weekend…

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

I will have my “mock roster” up later today. I feel like I’m heavy on RB’s and D-Line right now. I may have to play around with that.

Let’s see what everyone has to say……

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh has ‘thought about’ not playing some starters tomorrow night

Nestor Aparicio says WNST giving away trip to Foxboro

Rex Snider says A-Rod partnered with Elijah Cummings to deliver speech at Milford Mill

Keith Melchior says Hendrickson, Reimold best Birds in August

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Ray loser in relief as Birds fell to Yankees

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jason Berken takes hill tonight vs. Sabathia, Yanks

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Fiorentino, Albers, Sarfate, Castillo joined Birds with rosters expanded

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Bergesen shut down for season

Yankees Official Site’s Bryan Hoch says Posada homered Twice as Bombers topped Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Luke Scott’s 3 run bomb not enough as Birds fell to Yanks

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says MacPhail doing right thing with pitchers, but could hurt Trembley in process

The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Arin Gencer say while in town playing Birds, Alex Rodriguez spoke at Milford Mill Academy

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Yankees bullpen held Orioles scoreless, Orioles bullpen struggled vs. Yanks

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says x-rays on Adam Jones’ ankle negative

The Sun says Babe Ruth Museum to honor Brooks Robinson

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Felix Pie homered for Birds in loss

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says O’s expected to add 3 or 4 more players to roster next Monday

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Markakis team’s nominee for Roberto Clemente Award

The AP says David Hernandez gave Birds ‘uneven’ pitching performance, got no decision

New York Post’s George A. King says Swisher, Hinske hit back to back homers for Yanks in win

New York Times’ Tyler Kepner says Yanks survived poor effort from AJ Burnett to win

New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says Damaso Marte winner in relief as Yanks topped Birds

Newsday’s Erik Boland says Mariano Rivera pitched 9th inning to record 38th save

Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Cano also homered for Yanks in win

Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera says Luke Scott’s homer 57th homer hit to Eutaw Street at OPACY

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 26th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Andy Mitchell winner as Tides shut out Charlotte in Game 2 of doubleheader

Norfolk Tides Official Site says David Pauley loser as Tides shut out by Knights in Game 1 of doubleheader

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Steve Johnson winner as Baysox topped Binghamton

Frederick Keys Official Site says Bobby Stevens’ solo HR only scoring as Keys fell to Kinston

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Steven Bumbry homered for Ironbirds in win over Tri-City

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Shane Mathews loser in relief as Lake County topped Shorebirds

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Hobgood loser as Orioles fell to Burlington

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waring homered for Baysox in win over Mets

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waring, Matt Angle, Florimon, Brian Parker also called up to Bowie

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Chorye Spoone struggled for Keys in loss to Indians

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy
says Cleo Lemon cut, Ravens roster down to 75

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Derrick Martin amongst players ‘fighting’ for jobs Thursday night at Falcons

The Official Site says Harbaugh thinks injured players like LB Ellerbe “Can’t make the club in the tub”

The Official Site says players to have weekend off after Thursday’s trip to Atlanta

The Sun’s Ken Murray says keeping Hauschka as only kicker could open up roster spot for someone like Talavou, Lawrence, Parmele, or Derrick Martin

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley and Ed Lee says Suggs will test his heel Thursday night at Falcons

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says teammates beat up Suggs upon return to practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ed Reed did not practice Tuesday afternoon

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens have 3 QB’s left-Flacco, Troy Smith, John Beck

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Suggs not sure how long he’ll play Thursday night in Georgia Dome

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says CB Chris Carr, OT Jared Gaither, RB’s Matt Lawrence and Cedric Peerman all returned to practice

The AP says Derrick Mason thinks offense will ‘move the chains, score touchdowns’

Atlanta Falcons Official Site says Falcons traded for Tye Hill ahead of Ravens game

Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Mark Bradley says Tye Hill acquisition similar to acquisition of Foxworth last season for Falcons

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Ravens have 21st best QB’s in league

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks thinks Ravens will finish 11-5, win AFC North-all other analysts think Ravens will finish 2nd

Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki says Ravens ‘need’ to trade for Brandon Marshall

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Heap’s ‘health’ will determine success this season

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens have ‘decent’ emergency plan behind Flacco at QB

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Chiefs imploding before opener with Ravens

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says kickers Mike Barbour, Nick Ferrara haven’t been able to separate from each other

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph knows Golden Bears will be looking for ‘revenge’ vs. Terps

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Tedford thinks Terps ‘dangerous’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph counting on ‘youthful arrogance’ from Terps

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says O-Line out to prove inexperience not a problem

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps haven’t scored defensive TD since Erin Henderson in ‘06

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Ralph thinks practices aren’t always great after school starts

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Cal has offensive question marks beyond Jahvid Best

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says WR Coach Lee Hull thinks things have ‘finally clicked’ for Adrian Cannon

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says DHB told Cannon to ‘be better’ than him

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen has been in ‘phenomenal mood’ during summer

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Bears coach Tedford thinks QB Kevin Riley better than last year when he visited College Park

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tedford knows Terps have ‘balance’ offensively

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says kicker will be ‘game-time decision’ for Ralph

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Phil Costa tends to be prepared early

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner will have 70+ family and friends in Berkeley Saturday night

Washington Examiner’s Rick Snider says Chris Turner gets chance to return home to native California

San Francisco Chronicle’s Ray Ratto says Don Brown’s defense will provide ‘interesting first test’ for Cal QB Kevin Riley

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Turner, Scott ‘key’ to Terps’ success

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Bears using last year’s loss as ‘motivation’ vs. Terps

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles freshmen QB’s CJ Brown, Danny O’Brien (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Ralph doesn’t want to see penalties, turnovers in Berkeley (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Tobias Harris visited College Park again (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Bill The Goat to participate in Capital One All-America Mascot Challenge

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids Brady DeMell, Bobby Doyle, Doug Furman also returning to native Ohio

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says scout team Ohio natives Mike McCarthy, Matthew Kelley, Scott Blasinsky, Josh Dowling-Fitzpatrick also making trip to Ohio Stadium

Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist says Navy DL Chase Burge will have supporters in native Ohio

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tigers have little chance of beating Northwestern

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Bozeman expecting Joe Davis, Anthony Anderson, DeWayne Jackson to make impact replacing Bears’ departures

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Woodward Stakes could be last race for Preakness champ Rachel Alexandra

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt worries USL-1 expansion could water down USL-2

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Luke Scott’s bomb was impressive last night. A win would have been more impressive.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 16 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

If your reaction to the Terrell Suggs contract is “I can’t believe how much money he got considering he’s not even the best player at his position”; I fully understand where you’re coming from. While Suggs clearly received his market value, that value does seem to be a bit pricey. I’d rather him get that value wearing purple and black than in San Diego’s baby blue however.
If your reaction to the Terrell Suggs contract is “athletes make too much money”, I think you are probably better off not being a sports fan.

This is the way things work. The guys get what the market dictates. As a fan, you’ll probably have to adapt to it.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Suggs can report to Training Camp on time after signing extension

Drew Forrester says Adam Jones ‘gets it’

Rex Snider doesn’t think fans ‘jealous’ of Suggs’ contract

Jason Jubb remembers Earl Weaver’s last game

Ed Frankovic says Caps to open ’09-’10 season at Bruins

Drew Forrester says Bassler won Maryland Open

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jones 1st half MVP

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says ‘MacPhail’s rebuilding plan seems to be working’

The Sun gives highest midseason praise to Bergesen, Scott

The AP says Jones got plenty of text messages after All-Star game performance

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says MacPhail has decisions to make regarding Sherrill, Baez, Mora, Huff

Carroll County Times’ Jeff Yelton includes Brooks, Cal, Palmer on all-time Orioles All-Star team

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Bergesen building on Rookie of the Year credentials

USA Today’s Paul White says Huff ‘best power bat’ amongst players on trading block

CBS Sports gives Birds ‘C’ for first half of season

ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick says Sherrill, Baez, Huff will all be names thrown around in upcoming trade discussion

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Baysox Official Site says Miguel Abreu named MVP of Eastern League All-Star Game

Frederick Keys Official Site says Zagone, Eddie Gamboa combined to shut down Kinston

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Ryan O’Shea winner as Shorebirds topped Lexington

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Kenny Moreland loser as Ironbirds fell to Lowell

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Jesse Beal loser as Bluefield fell to Bristol

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Tides’ Jim Miller gave up one run on one hit in 1/3 inning in AAA All-Star Game

NBC Sports’ Aaron Gleeman says Tillman could be ‘sleeper’ in 2nd half of season

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens make Suggs highest paid LB of all time with new deal

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh has been texting Mason, plans to meet with him soon

The Official Site says Newsome thinks Suggs deal ‘consistent’ with other contracts Ravens have given their Pro Bowl talent

The Official Site says Suggs ‘would love to’ have Mason back with Ravens

The AP’s Frederic Frommer says Foxworth amongst NFL players who spent day lobbying at Capitol for Union support

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Suggs’ deal worth $63 million over 6 years

The Sun’s Ken Murray says former Skins GM Casserly thinks Suggs signing part of proof Ravens are ‘model organization’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Suggs deal ‘smart’ move for Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says team source thinks Mason’s retirement may have to do with ‘family situation’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Suggs needs to ‘deliver’ after breaking bank

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Suggs gets $33 million in bonuses

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says most free agent WR’s haven’t heard from Ravens

The AP says Suggs believes ‘best years ahead of (him)’

The AP says McNair’s widow files motion to oversee his estate because no will exists

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco says Reed top safety in NFL

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens continue to invest defensively, which is crucial in AFC North

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens not ‘fully convinced’ Mason retiring

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Steelers’ Harrison voted ‘tougher’ than Ray Lewis

ESPN.com’s James Walker says with Suggs deal done, Ravens can turn attention to WR

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says DB’s Anthony Wiseman, Nolan Carroll, Jamari McCullough, Terrell Skinner will provide Terps ‘veteran leadership’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner, Carroll to attend ACC Media Day

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Torrey Smith, Ronnie Tyler amongst WR unit that is 2nd best in ACC

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Terps amongst 6 teams who have offered junior DeMatha OL Kouandijo (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says prospect Josh Furman had ‘great bond’ with Terps coaching staff (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Big Ten/ACC Challenge showdown with Indiana to be shown on ESPN2

The Sun says Terps, Hoosiers to tip at 7:30

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says ESPN2 treatment better than ESPNU last year

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Burney’s career in jeopardy due to string of injuries

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says return vs. Clemson last year was particularly important to Burney

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says prospect Mychal Parker ‘still lists Terps as favorite’ (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty says ’11 prospect Quinn Cook wants Maryland offer (must subscribe)

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Randall Cooper awarded post-graduate scholarship

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says safety Kwesi Mitchell ‘most looking forward to’ Ohio State game

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina checks in with FB Alex Teich (must subscribe)

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun says former DB Nelson Munsey passed away at 61 from heart disease

SWIMMING:

Sporting News’ Dan Shanoff says Phelps won 5 ESPY awards

HORSE RACING:

The Sun says trainer Tim Ice excited for Belmont winner Summer Bird to face off again with Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra at Haskell

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-As far as my own personal Orioles report card; I’d give my highest praise to Luke Scott, Brad Bergesen, and Adam Jones; who all deserve A’s in my mind. George Sherrill would get an A-, and that would be the extent of my high grades.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 May 2009 by Glenn Clark

The excitement tonight is for all of us. But don’t get carried away.

Matt Wieters alone does NOT make the Orioles a playoff team……certainly not yet anyway.

But this IS a major piece in what we can only hope will be a major change in the organization.

Enjoy this tonight. TRY to keep it in perspective though.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio hosting “Welcome Matt” party tonight at The Nest downtown

Drew Forrester thinks all fans should check out Wieters, Orioles this weekend

Bob Haynie says Chris Ray needs to work on ‘command’ with Tides

Rex Snider says he and Thyrl Nelson taking NASCAR bus to Dover Sunday

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Scott homers twice, drives in 4 as Birds top Tigers

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds’ Bergesen taking on Tigers’ Willis on “Wieters Night” tonight

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says road to MLB debut not ‘normal’ for Wieters

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Ray optioned to Norfolk to make room for Hernandez

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Trembley forced to choose between Zaun, Moeller

Tigers Official Site’s Pete Kerzel says Galarraga tough, but Tigers fall to Birds

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Jolbert Cabrera singled home winning run as Tides beat Toledo in 10

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Arrieta pitches well, but Baysox fall to Altoona

Frederick Keys Official Site says Britton pitches well, but Keys fall to Wilmington

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Shorebirds rally late to top Hickory

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Hernandez goes 5 2/3 to beat Detroit for first major league win

The Sun’s Dan Connolly told by Greg Bader O’s would consider Tucson Spring Training offer

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Wieters’ debut has more fanfare than even Ben McDonald

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman looks back on Orioles’ debuts of Ripken, Brooks, Palmer, etc.

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says prospect Chris Tillman ‘loves throwing to’ Wieters

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Drabowsky amongst Orioles’ greatest ‘characters’

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Adam Jones had great mentor during youth in San Diego

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Moeller may be willing to go to Norfolk if he clears waivers

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley knows O’s having ‘fun’ winning

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Livingston promoted from Bowie to Norfolk

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

Examiner Jay Trucker says Wieters ‘big draw’ tonight at Camden Yards

Examiner Jay Trucker says Hernandez has to prove himself with Uehara due back soon

Examiner Steve DeClue says Hernandez struck out Miguel Cabrera twice in win

Examiner Steve DeClue says Montanez appears to be out for season

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says 12,000 saw Birds top Tigers at OPACY

The AP says Tigers’ starter Willis plans to ‘attack strike zone’ tonight vs. Wieters

The AP says Ray thinks he ‘needed’ demotion

The AP says Ryan Perry gave up 3 run bomb to Scott to blow win open for O’s

Frederick News-Post says Blue Rocks beat Keys’ Bordes in relief

Washington Post’s Zach Berman says Tigers starter Willis ‘having fun again’

Washington Times’ Tim Lemke says Jones should be leading AL Centerfielders in All-Star balloting

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says Jim Miller blew save, but was credited with win over Mud Hens

Detroit Free-Press’s John Lowe says Tigers couldn’t take advantage of early opportunities against Hernandez

Detroit News’ Tom Gage says Leyland ‘steamed’ about Tigers’ performance in loss

SI’s Ted Keith has O’s 24th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark says not all scouts see Wieters as catcher in future

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Carr, Figurs battling for return job

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Demetrius Williams ‘well on his way’ to being healthy

The Official Site announces 52’s schedule for “Ray’s Summer Days” events next weekend

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Ravens 5th best organization in NFL

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco says 52 amongst ‘meanest’ players in NFL

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens dealing with injury issues at TE

HORSE RACING:

Belmont Official Site’s Francis LaBelle Jr. says Stakes not only race on card at Belmont Park next Saturday

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Woolley thinks Borel worth waiting for

Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty says Friesan Fire was expected to take two months off after 10th place finish in Preakness

Thoroughbred Times’ Whitney Harrod says Woolley in no rush to make jockey decision on Derby winner Mine That Bird

Thoroughbred Times’ Steve Bailey says Friesan Fire to miss two months with stress fracture

Washington Times’ Ryan O’Halloran says Rachel Alexandra could become 4th filly to win Belmont

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles Stuarts Draft (Virginia) DE prospect (must subscribe)

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Poillon, Blevins, Hopmann selected in MLL Draft

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Ricci, Koppens selected in MLL Draft

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Hounds will be flying more with new teams joining ECAC next season

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Toomey will have to replace Koppens’ scoring in 2010

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Hounds’ men’s athletic program wins Commissioner’s Cup

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says OG Asei Asante most looking forward to Air Force game this season

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina chats with DC Buddy Green

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Mids honored for media guide

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Mids 13th in VERY early 2010 poll

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kylor Berkman selected by Bayhawks in MLL Draft

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site previews tomorrow’s showdown with D.C. Armor at 1st Mariner Arena

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The Ravens are ABSOLUTELY deserving of being ranked in the Top 5 organizations in the NFL by Pete Prisco. I can’t say enough about how great of a group of people they are over there.

Talk to you this weekend.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 18 May 2009 by Glenn Clark

I’m sorry I won’t be able to make the Yankee Stadium trip tomorrow; but I guess if I want to hang out with 40,000 Yankees fans, I’ll just have to wait until their next trip to Camden Yards.

(Insert drum clash here).

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Bob Haynie says Hill, Guthrie, Uehara COULD be ‘respectable’ front of rotation

Glenn Clark says InfieldFest ‘failed’

Drew Forrester says Pimlico didn’t have ‘hangover’ effect Sunday morning

Glenn Clark says Arrieta, David Hernandez combined for 12+ shutout innings over weekend

G. Q. says crowd of 77,000 ‘promising’ for Preakness

Peter Dilutis says Trembley not properly managing bullpen

Ed Frankovic says Hershey rallied to even playoff series with Providence

Drew Forrester thinks Crosby, Ovechkin ‘strongly dislike’ each other

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Robert Falkoff says Uehara ‘wobbled’ in 6th inning as Birds fall to Royals

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

MLB.com’s Robert Falkoff says after day off today; Bergesen, Birds visit Sabathia, Yanks tomorrow night

MLB.com’s Robert Falkoff says Adam Jones ‘likely’ to return from hamstring strain Tuesday at Yankee Stadium

MLB.com’s Robert Falkoff says with Scott on DL, Reimold gets extra time at big league level

Royals Official Site’s Dick Kaegel says Buck gets GW RBI triple to help Royals past O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Johnson took loss as Birds fell in Kansas City

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Pie drove RBI triple in 2nd inning of loss

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Izturis’ availability for Tuesday’s Yankees game now in question due to groin strain

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Baysox 1B Snyder looking to prove he can more than ‘just hit’

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Bobby Livingston improves to 4-1 with win for Bowie

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Scott ‘not happy about’ being placed on DL

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck not getting too excited about Rich Hill just yet

The AP says Juan Cruz picked up win for Royals

Kansas City Star’s Sam Mellinger says win over Orioles may be ‘just what (Royals) needed’

RAVENS:

Examiner Phil Macek says Flacco ‘growing’ as leader

ESPN.com’s James Walker ‘curious’ to see how Boller does in St. Louis

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan has Ravens 6th in power rankings

NFL.com’s Thomas George says former Raven Lorenzo Neal expected to bring ‘excellence’ to Raiders

HORSE RACING:

Preakness Official Site says Asmussen to watch Rachel Alexandra work at Churchill Downs before owners make decision on Belmont

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Mine That Bird in, Rachel Alexandra not ‘guarantee’ for Belmont

Thoroughbred Times’ Phil Janack says NYRA ‘thrilled’ to have Derby winner committed to third jewel of Triple Crown

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Woolley welcome to rematch between Derby, Preakness winners at Belmont

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Rachel Alexandra most exciting female since Susan Boyle

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Mike Smith to remain aboard Mine That Bird for Belmont

Examiner Steve DeClue says Maryland Jockey Club should be ‘ashamed’ for Preakness attendance

The AP says owner Jess Jackson wants to see how Rachel Alexandra ‘rebounds’ from Preakness

Washington Examiner’s Jim Williams thought NBC did outstanding job of covering Preakness

New York Post’s Ray Kerrison says Rachel Alexandra ‘brilliant’ in Preakness win

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Virginia jumps out early, cruises to win over Hopkins in Tournament quarterfinals

Inside Lacrosse’s John Jiloty says Shamel Bratton tallied career high 5 goals for Hoos in win over Blue Jays

The Sun’s Mike Preston says 12,142 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium saw Jays’ worst Tournament loss ever

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says loss matched worst of Pietramala’s career

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Steele Stanwick scored 7 points for Cavs in win over Jays

STEVENSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Stangs’ historic season ends in semifinals with loss to Gettysburg

Inside Lacrosse says Kyle McGrath tallied 5 points for Bullets in win over Mustangs

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Bullets goalie Zach Furshman made 15 saves in win

The Sun’s Edward Lee says leading scorers Dailey, Kazimer, Richie Ford all return for Cantabene’s Mustangs next season

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says former Terp Shaun Hill in ‘battle’ for 49ers’ starting QB job

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph down 80 pounds

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Dwight Galt thinks Bruce Campbell ‘Vernon Davis-like’

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina catches up with Niumatalolo post-Spring (must subscribe)

Examiner Tom Flynn says Mids have 8 national TV games on fall schedule

SWIMMING:

The AP’s Paul Newberry says Phelps loses 100 meter freestyle to Bousquet Sunday night

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Phelps won two events, finished 2nd in two events, and didn’t compete in another at Charlotte UltraSwim

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The end of College Lacrosse season locally and the passing of Preakness is a staggering reminder of how miserable the summer may well be for the local sports scene. Ugh.

-Happy Birthday to Brooks Robinson.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Ray Lewis holding off Father Time

Posted on 15 May 2009 by Luke Jones

In case you haven’t heard, the incomparable Ray Lewis turned 34 today. 

It’s hard to believe the 21-year-old kid that taught Baltimore how to “raise the roof” at Memorial Stadium in 1996 and continues to create absolute mayhem during player introductions at M&T Bank Stadium is now entering his 14th season with the Ravens. 

Lewis came to Baltimore an undersized middle linebacker from the University of Miami, and despite a tumultuous offseason in which his departure via free agency was a distinct possibility, he will now finish his career as the greatest player in franchise history and a first-ballot Hall of Famer in Baltimore.  

His legacy—and statue across from the Johnny Unitas one outside M&T Bank Stadium—is a foregone conclusion. 

As someone who grew up without football until age 13, I had learned to cherish the legend of Unitas, Gino Marchetti, Lenny Moore, and Bert Jones, but it wasn’t the same because I had not experienced it.  I wanted—and needed—my own football legend (and team) to follow, and Lewis immediately became the Unitas of my generation, even if his persona was the polar opposite. 

The middle linebacker’s flashy—and at times cryptic—personality may not place him on the same pedestal as the revered Unitas, Brooks Robinson, or Cal Ripken, but he is every bit as good as anyone to play any sport in this city’s proud history.  If Lewis can put together another season or two at a high level, his status will only be trumped by Unitas in terms of achievement on the field. 

Though he may not be the same terrifying force that led the Ravens to a Super Bowl championship, he continues to stand as one of the best inside linebackers in the league at an age when most linebackers have already taken off the shoulder pads for the final time.

At 34, Lewis has already played longer than Jack Lambert or Dick Butkus and will play at the same age when Mike Singletary and Lawrence Taylor left the game.  If Lewis wants to set a goal in terms of playing as long as other legendary linebackers, he can aim for Ray Nitschke (age 36 when he retired) or Junior Seau (age 40 and still not finished?).  The sheer ferocity with which Lewis has played makes it almost unfathomable that he continues to play—and play well—into his mid-30s. 

Though a step or two slower than he was several years ago, Lewis has done an amazing job fighting off Father Time.  What he’s lost physically is compensated with mental preparation.  Though often overlooked in favor of his car-wreck hits and flashy dancing, Lewis’ cerebral approach to the game is rivaled only by Peyton Manning. 

At this point in his career, Lewis’ mental approach is even more valuable to the Ravens than his continued high level of play.  Understudies Tavares Gooden and Jameel McClain have spent time this offseason watching film with the veteran linebacker, soaking up 13 years of experience and knowledge.  And with the departure of Rex Ryan, Lewis’ intellect will ease the transition for new defensive coordinator Greg Mattison.

Regardless of how much Lewis has left in the tank, he has little left to prove other than to continue to be the force reigning over the Baltimore defense.  Ravens and defense are two words that go together.  Others have contributed to the lore, but there has only been one constant.

Number 52.

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 15 April 2009 by Glenn Clark

Stop whining about 10 teams getting more primetime games than the Ravens. The Ravens DON’T WANT primetime games. In fact, they’re probably not thrilled about having 3. The players don’t like them, the staff doesn’t like them, and they tend to struggle in them. In a perfect world, the Ravens would play 16 games at 1pm.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs

Nestor Aparicio says bullpen ‘delivered’ in win, with exception of Sherrill

Nestor Aparicio planning bus trips to New England, Pittsburgh, and Green Bay

Drew Forrester says Matusz interview info deleted by Orioles Hangout

Thyrl Nelson says Berken picked up first win for Baysox

Vince Fiduccia says Birds need more ‘quality starts’

Matt Duggins says Sherrill ‘playing with fire’

Nestor Aparicio opens voting for KOBST

Ed Frankovic thinks Caps’ Theodore gets too much criticism

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Steelers to visit M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday Night Football

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Gaither knows his performance is crucial to development of Flacco

The Official Site says Flacco will receive honor as ‘emerging leader’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says schedule also includes Monday Night Football games at Browns, Packers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says former Raven Daren Stone suspended 4 games by NFL

The Sun’s Ray Frager says failed Ravens Draft pick Ryan Sutter found success instead on reality TV

The Sun’s Ron Fritz says Ravens’ bye scheduled for Week 7

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ravens meeting with Penn State DE/Mount Hebron product Maybin (Aaron Maybin will also be meeting with Nestor Aparicio this afternoon at 4:30)

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says non-playoff teams Broncos, Bears, Patriots get more prime time games than Ravens

Examiner Steve DeClue says Ravens host Chiefs in Sept. 13 opener

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco to travel to UNC with team to work out WR Nicks, TE Richard Quinn

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says 7 of 8 home games scheduled for 1pm kickoff

Bloomberg’s Curtis Eichelberger says Ravens President Cass thinks NFL should allow liquor ads

ESPN.com’s James Walker doesn’t think Browns would trade Edwards to Ravens

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens get afternoon game at Heinz Field

Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki says Newsome’s recent Draft haven’t been that successful

SI’s Don Banks says AFC Championship rematch amongst best games of regular season

Sporting News’ Albert Breer thinks Ravens have 2nd easiest schedule in NFL

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco excited about Ravens’ trips to Minnesota, Pittsburgh

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Ravens will face tough conditions with late season trip to Green Bay

Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole says Colts, Steelers, Bears games at M&T Bank Stadium amongst best of schedule

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says Ravens-Steelers games both at tail end of season

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks says Flacco, Ravens will face tough non-conference defenses

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jones crushed 2 run HR, Scott added 2 run 2B to give Birds win in 10th

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Hendrickson, Birds look for sweep tonight vs. Benson, Rangers

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Hill rehabs, could be back in month

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Simon left game with right elbow ‘discomfort’

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Sherrill showing ‘moxie’ by working out of jams

Rangers Official Site’s T.R. Sullivan says Guardado gave up 4 runs in 10th inning of loss to Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 14k at Ballpark in Arlington to see Birds beat Rangers

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Sarfate threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings after Simon left with injury

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Mora headed to DL, Albers to be recalled

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks if Simon headed to DL, Scott Moore will replace him

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck would like to see David Hernandez get shot at long relief role

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Brooks Robinson to sign at Pikesville Hilton Sunday

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman checks in with Dee Pillette-who pitched O’s to first modern day win

The Sun’s Ray Frager says O’s voice Thorne also voicing video game

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Matusz gets first career victory in organization last night for Frederick

Examiner Jay Trucker says Huff, Scott also homered in victory

Examiner Steve DeClue says Bergesen, Pauley, Waters could replace Simon in rotation

The AP says Jim Johnson threw 2 scoreless innings to record win over Rangers

Frederick News Post says Matusz gave 4 hits, 3 earned runs over 5 innings to pick up win in Myrtle Beach

Dallas Morning News’ Jeff Wilson says Michael Young, Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis all hit homers in loss to Birds

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has O’s 15th in power rankings

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says seniors combine for 9 goals in win over Binghamton during final game in College Park

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Cottle thinks Yeatman could return for ACC Tournament

The Sun says Terps become 5th D1 program to reach 700 wins in history (Hopkins, Navy, Army, Syracuse)

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Cottle expects decision ‘soon’ on whether team will redshirt Brian Ferrell

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Halayko, Danny Gallagher each tallied first goal of season in win over Bearcats

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps snap 3 game losing streak with win at Ludwig Field

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Yeatman may return as early as Saturday vs. Penn

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says offensive line struggling in Spring

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Tuesday practice postponed due to rain

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen says Nick Wallace ‘leading candidate’ for kicker job (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem checks in with Lincoln High School product Watson (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps offer Forestville WR (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens expects Bowie to spend offseason trying to develop ‘reliable perimeter game’

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps checked out DeMatha target Oladipo (must subscribe)

Scout.com’s Evan Daniels scouts target Will Barton at Boo Williams event (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Dan Hilbert says 2 sport star Matt Robinson to visit College Park again (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Strickland hasn’t decided where she’s transferring

The Sun’s Matt Bracken recaps season for Maryland commit Tianna Hawkins

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s showdown with Navy at Homewood Field

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Webster’s viewing Wednesday & Thursday in Randallstown, funeral Friday at Greater New Hope Baptist Church

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site’s Ricky Dobbs says Mids must ‘protect hallowed ground’ of Navy-Marine Corps Stadium

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says DC Buddy Green thought defense ‘flew around’ in scrimmage

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews MAAC contest with St. Joseph’s today

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Laura Smitherman and Gadi Dechter say O’Malley signs ‘eminent domain’ Preakness bill into law

BLAST:

The Official Site says Blast to hold NISL Championship celebration Thursday in CantonISL Ch

REAL MARYLAND:

Washington Post’s Steven Goff says former DC United developmental players Cordeiro, Jeff Carroll, Pat Carroll all sign with Real Maryland

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I have an ex who lives in Dallas……I wonder if she’s taking a broom to the Ballpark today?

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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