Posted on 24 November 2011 by WNSTV
Posted on 22 November 2011 by WNSTV
Posted on 29 May 2011 by WNST Staff
Here is the official release, courtesy of Towson’s Sports Information Department…
SHAWN NADELEN NAMED AS TOWSON HEAD MEN’S LACROSSE COACH
A Champion at All Levels as a Player and Coach, Nadelen Set to be Seventh Bench Boss in Program’s History
TOWSON, Md. – A highly-decorated and respected collegiate and professional player and current Associate Head Coach at Towson University, Shawn Nadelen has been tabbed to take over the Tiger men’s lacrosse program, Director of Athletics Mike Waddell and Interim President Marcia G. Welsh announced Sunday.
“Shawn’s championship experience at the collegiate, professional and international levels as both a player and a coach make him the ideal leader for Towson Lacrosse,” Waddell says. “When you look in his eyes, there is the intensity of a CHAMPION and a resolve which will bring the most out of our student-athletes on and off the field. He is the perfect choice to continue the coaching legacies of Carl Runk and Tony Seaman.
“While at Towson, Shawn has solidified himself as part of the collegiate lacrosse landscape here in Baltimore and across the county as this sport continues to expand from coast to coast,” Waddell added. “As someone who is still active as an athlete, Shawn has great name recognition with the lacrosse community. We look forward to keeping him and his wife, Mary, a professor at Towson, here as key members of our Tiger family.”
Nadelen just completed his seventh season at Towson and his second at the team’s associate head coach and defensive coordinator. Since Nadelen arrived at Towson in 2004, he has sparked a defensive resurgence in which the Tigers have allowed an average of nine or fewer goals four times and finished among the nation’s top 20 defenses twice, including this year when the Tigers allowed 8.23 goals per game.
During his first year at Towson, the Tigers ranked ninth in NCAA Division I in scoring defense, allowing just 7.88 goals per game. It was the Tigers’ best goals against average since the 1974 season when the Tigers won the Division II national championship with a 7.3 goals against average. In 2006, the Tigers ranked third in the CAA with an 8.42 goals against average while holding opponents to under 10 goals nine times. In 2008, the Tigers were fourth in the CAA with an 8.48 average. Towson has recruited and developed many talented players during Nadelen’s tenure, including 17 first-team and 17 second-team all-Colonial Athletic Association performers. In addition, eight freshmen have been selected to the CAA All-Rookie squad.
Prior to joining the Towson staff, Nadelen spent three years as an assistant coach for Coach Bill Tierney at Princeton and was a member of three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams. Princeton won the NCAA Division I title in 2002 and reached the semi-finals in 2004.
A four-year starter and a captain for the Blue Jays as a senior, Nadelen moved from the midfield position to close defense as a junior. He led the Blue Jays to the NCAA semi-finals twice during his playing career and was named an all-American in 2001.
In addition to coaching, Nadelen has continued his playing career at the indoor and outdoor professional level. A three-time Major League Lacrosse champion with the Chesapeake Bayhawks, Nadelen is currently in his 11th season with the franchise. He is the only player to have all played in all 11 years of the team’s existence.
Nadelen also completed his 10th season as a player in the National Lacrosse League. He has played seven seasons for the Philadelphia Wings after stints with the New Jersey Storm and Minnesota Swarm. One of his greatest highlights as a player came in the Summer of 2010 when he recovered from a serious knee injury to help Team USA win the gold medal at the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships in England. A native of Rochester, N.Y., Nadelen is married to the former Mary Ciolek, who is a certified athletic trainer and a member of Towson’s kinesiology faculty. The couple resides in the Baltimore area.
“Our search committee did an outstanding job of reviewing many qualified candidates while providing great insight into what Towson Lacrosse has been and what we hope to be in the future,” Waddell says. “I want to thank these folks and the many generous coaches around the country on the high school, college and professional levels for their counsel during this process.”
The members of the search committee included:
Greg LaCour (Committee Co-Chair): Director of Development, Major Gifts at Towson and former men’s lacrosse student-athlete
(Committee Co-Chair): Senior Associate Director of Athletics, External Relations and men’s lacrosse oversight
Carl Runk: Retired Head Men’s Lacrosse and Football Coach, Towson University
: Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, Towson University
Heather Crowe: Kinesiology Professor at Towson University and men’s lacrosse Faculty Fellow
Steve Heaney: Lecturer in English at Towson University and men’s lacrosse Faculty Fellow
Norm Engelke: Cornell alumnus and two-time United States National Team World Games player
Bob Shriver: Washington College alumnus and head boys’ lacrosse coach at Boys’ Latin School
Tim Barger: Towson University alumnus and former men’s lacrosse and soccer student-athlete
“Towson University is committed to the sport of lacrosse and with the tandem of Shawn Nadelen andleading our teams, I feel as if we have two of the finest coaches in the nation leading our Tigers on and off the field,” Waddell said.
Shawn Nadelen Coaching Timeline
Year School Position Record Highlights
2001 Princeton University Assistant Coach 14‐1 NCAA Champions; Ivy League Champions
2002 Princeton University Assistant Coach 10‐5 Ivy League Champions; NCAA Semi‐finalists
2003 Princeton University Assistant Coach 11‐4 Ivy League Champions; NCAA Quarter‐finalists
2004 Towson University Assistant Coach 11‐5 CAA Champions; NCAA Tournament
2005 Towson University Assistant Coach 11‐5 CAA Champions; NCAA Tournament
2006 Towson University Assistant Coach 8‐6
2007 Towson University Assistant Coach 9‐7 Tigers earn NCAA Tournament at‐large berth
2008 Towson University Assistant Coach 5‐9
2009 Towson University Assistant Coach 7‐10 CAA runners‐up
2010 Towson University Associate Head Coach 7‐8 CAA runners‐up; CAA regular season champions
2011 Towson University Associate Head Coach 3‐10
What They’re Saying About Shawn Nadelen
Former Towson Men’s Lacrosse Coach Tony Seaman
“I am very proud that Shawn has been named as the head coach at Towson. I think they hired the right person for the job and I know Shawn will do a great job as the next head coach of Towson Lacrosse.”
Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse Coach Dave Pietramala
“When I think of Shawn, I think of the word class. From the time I met him during his senior year in high school to his senior year at Johns Hopkins when he played for me, he has been a first class individual. He has continued to do things the right way as a coach and really cares about the kids and wants to be successful. Towson made a great choice in hiring not only a good coach, but an even better person.”
United States National Team and Bryant University Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Mike Pressler
“I am very ecstatic for Shawn. In all of my time as a coach at the collegiate and international levels, I have never come across someone who is more of a competitor and is more selfless than Shawn. He is a tremendous individual who has a lot of character. What he did in five months to come back from his knee injury and play at the level he did in the World Championships last year is one of the most remarkable and incredible things I have ever seen as a coach. To see Shawn named as the head coach at Towson is very exciting for not only Shawn, but for Towson as well because they got a great young coach and an outstanding young man that the players will look up to. Congratulations to Towson on an outstanding hire.”
Posted on 08 July 2010 by Corey Johns
After all of the speculation and incredible amount of interest in the NBA over the last two days it is 100% official that LeBron James will team up with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami in hopes to finally win a championship. While the NBA became the most popular sport in the country for a few hours as possibly the most sought after free agent in the history of sports was making his decision, it did come at a price.
With Baltimore not having a team I’m just a general NBA fan. Sure, I like certain teams and certain players more than others, but I really just want to see the best I can in the NBA. This free agency period was supposed to make the NBA a much better and more balanced league all around, and while some (Mike Wilbon) believe it has, I’m still not convinced that right now the NBA is better than it was last season.
Before I get to far I want to say that I don’t blame anybody for anything that happened. LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and Pat Riley are worried about winning championships, not how competitive the NBA is. Some people think LeBron James sold his soul by leaving his home town to go win someplace else, but in all honesty, people wouldn’t be angry at all (at least outside of Cleveland) if he weren’t drafted by the Cavaliers and then passed them in free agency. The three guys want to win, and Pat Riley’s job is to put a team together. The New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets decisions to clear up all of their cap space to get LeBron may have backfired on them, but it is something that those franchises must live with as they knew there was a chance that James could be headed somewhere else. The NBA may not be what it could have been, but it will at least be fun to watch the biggest three night in and night out.
In my dream scenario for the NBA (in terms of making it as balanced as it could be) free agency would have looked like this:
Miami: Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh
New York: Amar’e Stoudemire, Joe Johnson
Chicago: Carlos Boozer
New Jersey: Rudy Gay, David Lee
Cleveland: LeBron James
Houston: Yao Ming
Dallas: Dirk Nowitzki
That would have made for a very balanced Eastern Conference, while the West would not have been hit too bad.
Once again, I don’t think that the Western Conference is going to be effected by this much. Utah lost a very good player in Boozer, but they certainly have the talent still on the team to be competitive, especially with Deron Williams’ continued development. Same goes for Phoenix. Stoudemire is a big loss, but Jared Dudley has been developing into a guy more than capable of filling his spot on the team.
But as for the Eastern Conference, last season there were only really three teams that were contenders for an NBA championship: Cleveland, Orlando, and Boston. Orlando and Boston got out of this mess completely unscathed, and are still serious contenders for next year, but Cleveland has dropped in a big way. While it did take more than LeBron James to have the leagues best record the last two seasons, his loss really hurt them, and all that really happened was Miami replaced Cleveland on that list and Chicago moved in as well. Slight improvement from last year, but if the above scenario would have happened you would have had contenders out of Cleveland, Orlando, Boston, New York, Chicago, Miami, and New Jersey, so instead of seven it is now four competitive teams.
Maybe I’m nitpicking, from an outside perspective that is my opinion on the matter. I may think differently if there were a moment in my life that I lived in a city that actually cared about the NBA– Baltimore has it’s basketball fans, but it is nowhere near the atmosphere like it is in a city that supports an NBA franchise–but as just a guy that wants to see the best out of the NBA I possibly can, I don’t think I have.
But then again, I don’t think it will be too bad. It is easy to just say that the Miami Heat will run away with a championship next season, but can three superstars and nine minimum salary players do enough to win? To really be competitive in the NBA you probably need to score around 97 points per game. If James, Wade, and Bosh can all manage to scored at 25 per game, where will the extra 22 points come from each night? A bench full of minimum salary players? It takes more than three superstars on a team to get a championship. Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce still had a solid supporting case around them. Kobe Bryant has a stellar team with Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Ron Artest, Andrew Bynum, and Derek Fisher to help out.
Right now, I still think the team to beat in the NBA is Los Angeles, even if they can’t get Fisher, or more importantly Phil Jackson back, they still have the depth and talent to be a serious contender. I don’t see that in Miami, unless the three take significantly enough money to lure in two or three mid-level players to supplement what the Heat have on their roster right now.
Posted on 16 June 2010 by Glenn Clark
It wasn’t exactly the sexiest of hires.
The University of Maryland officially announced the hiring of John Tillman as the 9th head lacrosse coach in school history Wednesday, replacing Dave Cottle-who parted ways with the program following an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal loss to Notre Dame in May.
While Cottle’s departure was called for by many amongst the alumni base and overall fan base of the Terrapins, there was a sense that the school would have their choice of any candidate to replace the coach who took the Terps to the Final Four three times in nine seasons.
Yet as the coaching search unfolded, it became clear that College Park might not be the destination some lacrosse fans thought it was. High profile coaches like Cornell’s Jeff Tambroni and Bryant’s Mike Pressler (the head coach at Duke prior to the 2006 incident in which all parties were ultimately exonerated) removed their names from consideration. Syracuse women’s coach Gary Gait also took his name off the list-although there was no real reason to believe Maryland was interested in him this time after passing over him to hire Cottle in 2002.
Other candidates Maryland supporters had hoped would be connected to the opening were never contacted, including Notre Dame’s Kevin Corrigan, UMBC’s Don Zimmerman, Albany’s Scott Marr, Stevenson’s Paul Cantabene and Syracuse assistant Leland Rogers. In fact, the only other known interview was Virginia assistant Marc Van Arsdale.
As I said earlier this week on Twitter of Van Arsdale and Tillman-I’ve seen sexier groups on “The Biggest Loser.” There were no “Bring Tillman to Maryland” domain names registered or Facebook groups started, not that lacrosse hires always go viral. Yet the news of who had interviewed appeared to be greeted with more of a “oh…okay” than an “OKAY!” response.
In John Tillman, Maryland gets a coach with three years head coaching experience at Harvard. Prior to that, Tillman spent 12 years in Annapolis as the top assistant at Navy. He knows the area and he’s worked with higher class kids to try to bring them to the Ivy League. In that way, Maryland appears to have made a solid choice, as they need someone to go into the homes of top MIAA talent in Baltimore and try to keep them in state.
Of course, Tillman has no NCAA Tournament experience at went just 20-19 as head coach of the Crimson; meaning the label “unproven” would not be unfair for a fanbase to attach.
I get the feeling the folks in the Maryland athletic office didn’t field too many phone calls Wednesday from fans looking to find out how much it would cost to lease a suite at Byrd Stadium for the 2011 lacrosse season.
Tillman will every chance to prove himself early in his tenure, as the Terps return the majority of the players that lead them to the 3rd seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. In fact, an early poll for 2011 from Inside Lacrosse this week had Maryland ranked 5th before a head coach was ever hired. The Terps retain the bulk of their offensive talent, with their biggest loss being goalie Brian Phipps.
Tillman’s hire appears to reflect a bigger need within the lacrosse program at Maryland. Simply put, it seems to reflect the need to win. Maryland officials could have tried to change the mind of one of the bigger names in the college game by offering a bunch of money, knowing that a splashy hire could help to generate buzz around the program.
Instead, they simply hired the man they felt could the team win. That may be even more significant.
When Maryland hired Dave Cottle from Loyola in 2002, Athletic Director Debbie Yow spoke immediately of NCAA Championship expectations in the University’s press release. As D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens pointed out today via Twitter, the only Championship reference from a Maryland source in the John Tillman press release was from former Terps attackman Joe Walters (“Coach Tillman is an outstanding person and a credible guy, who I believe can lead Maryland to a national championship”), possibly the best player of the Dave Cottle era in College Park.
Maryland isn’t looking for buzz in this hire. They’re clearly looking for results. It has become apparent that the fans in this area simply want to see the team compete at a very high level-as frustration had mounted over not making the Final Four in the last four seasons and a NCAA Championship drought that dates back to 1975.
Maryland needs to win to generate excitement. They feel like they have a chance to do that under John Tillman. If they do, no one will remember the names that were overlooked or the names that looked past Maryland before Tillman was hired.
If they don’t, “should have been Paul Cantabene” could become an even more popular rallying cry than “they should have never skipped over Gary Gait” has been.
Posted on 25 May 2010 by Glenn Clark
It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because while everyone else in the world is down on the lineup announcement for the comeback of the HFStival…I actually think the event was made just for me, as I’m pretty sure I’ve seen ALL of these bands at Merriweather Post Pavilion before…
Third Eye Blind? Check.
Fuel? You know it.
Look, there’s NO chance this is a festival worth paying $25-$40 and service charges to go see-and it’s a little embarrassing that they’re trying to pass it off as if it is, but if they decide they want to do it for free like Virgin Fest did last year, I’m all in! I LOVED the 90′s!
Hell, I might even call my 10th grade girlfriend to see if she wants to go with me again. Or at least to see if her husband is out of jail yet and if she knows where her kids are.
Let’s see what everyone has to say…
1. Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Dave Trembley survived off day, continues as O’s manager
And as of 8:30 Tuesday morning, he was STILL the manager.
Are we going to do this all season? Every time the Orioles come home, or every time they have an off day we speculate about the future of Dave Trembley?
I understand the team is 14-31. I wouldn’t be the LEAST bit upset if they decided to dismiss Dave Trembley and let Juan Samuel handle things the rest of the way. But I wouldn’t sign off on bringing in Tom Kelly right now and keeping the team from doing a FULL managerial search in the offseason.
Word is that Andy MacPhail and Peter Angelos met yesterday to discuss the team, and according to The Sun’s Dan Connolly, they’ve been meeting a bit more often recently. So, at least we have that going for us. Who knows, maybe one day all of the meetings will result in some sort of progress?!
But at least they’re meeting, which means…..Peter Angelos is still aware he owns the ballclub? I checked in with UnPeterAngelos on Twitter for his update…
“Heated meeting today. McPhail keeps fighting me on my idea to outsource Dave Trembley’s position to India. They can do anything over there.“
2. The AP/STATS’ Mike Lipka previews Orioles-Athletics series starting tonight
Yeah, THIS is the guy who’s starting for the A’s tonight…
Apparently Dallas Braden is very proud of his background in Stockton, California. He, his tattoo AND his thumb will all be on display tonight at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, when he faces Jeremy Guthrie and the Birds. First pitch on MASN is at 7:05pm.
I’m guessing announced attendance at OPACY will be about 15,000. The weather is nice. So nice that Drew Forrester and Nestor Aparicio are trying to convince me to go to the game with them tomorrow night. They might even get me to go.
3. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Chris Tillman, Steve Bumbry had big night on farm for Birds
And apparently the Nofolk Tides did NOT use Frank Mata in a save situation last night, leading many people to believe that he may be on his way to Charm City to replace Alfredo Simon, who is likely DL bound. Koji Uehara is also likely DL bound, and it looks more and more likely that David Hernandez will head to the bullpen, and either Tillman or Jake Arrieta will be coming up to replace him in the rotation.
Hernandez is scheduled to face Gio Gonzalez Thursday, and obviously Chris Tillman wouldn’t be ready to make that start. Given yesterday’s off day-the Birds could move up Brad Bergesen to Thursday, and slide in Tillman this weekend.
Doesn’t this all just sound so exciting?!?!?!
And before we move on from the Orioles, congratulations to Peter Schmuck, whose “you win some and you lose some” blog about Koji Uehara yesterday made him a RUNAWAY winner for Apologist of the Morning. “The Great Arbitrator” didn’t have much of a selection this morning, as Peter’s offering was a RUNAWAY winner.
4. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens CB Lardarius Webb ‘on schedule’ after visit to Dr. James Andrews
Which means we remain at status quo. “On schedule” doesn’t mean he can take the field at McDaniel College in late July necessarily, but it MIGHT mean he can take the field September 13th in East Rutherford.
Of course, if he misses the August 12th exhibition opener against the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium, he might not be alone. O.A.R. and Citizen Cope are playing Merriweather that night, so I’ve been thinking about tagging out to Luke Jones.
5. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Fabian Washington also visited Birmingham, says he’ll be ready for Training Camp
Which is a shame for him, because if he was at home-he’d have more time to check out the pictures of Candice Swanepoel over at Guyism…
Of course, having Fabian Washington back will be good news for the Ravens, as they will have him, Domonique Foxworth and Chris Carr for sure-as well as POSSIBLY Lardarius Webb; and some mix of Cary Williams and/or Travis Fisher, and maybe even Marcus Paschal and/or Prince Miller-and you’d THINK there’s a COMPETENT group of corners in there.
I say competent because it obviously still looks like the team’s biggest area of weakness. Not that I’m trying to be a buzzkill or anything.
6. USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Ravens won’t support Super Bowl in New York
And neither does Mike Florio from ProFootballTalk.com and NBC Sports, which he told Drew this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. If you missed it, make sure you check it out in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault.
Other guests this morning included Terry Hasseltine (The Executive Director of Sports Marketing in Maryland), Delmarva Shorebirds pitcher (and former Orioles 1st round pick) Matt Hobgood, Deadspin founder Will Leitch, and WNST’s own Luke Jones. Check all of it out in the Audio Vault as well.
For the record, I’m NOT in favor of a New York (New Jersey) Super Bowl either, for much of the same reason as Steve Bisciotti. If a storm hits The Garden State that weekend the way a storm hit Baltimore on Super Bowl weekend this year, we’d be looking at playing the most significant sporting event in the world in “state of emergency” conditions.
It’s a cool idea, but I’m siding with Steve Bisciotti on this one. And not just because he has better hair than me.
7. NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Ravens in 2nd tier of NFL teams
I’d probably be in agreement with him, but he also has the Dallas Cowboys in Tier 1. I understand they look good on paper, but I’m not ready to include them in that group yet.
Before we move on from the Ravens, a reminder that I’ll be out at 1 Winning Drive today for Ravens Passing Camp. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter (@WNST) for news from Owings Mills, including whether or not Jared Gaither is back on the field. I’ll also be on this afternoon with Rex Snider and Ray Bachman, so stay tuned to AM1570.
8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Division 1 coaching experience ‘is not going to be a requirement’ for new Maryland lacrosse coach
I personally don’t think Paul Cantabene is the coach Debbie Yow and Michael Lipitz are looking for, but I think it would be smart for them to give Stevenson’s head man a phone call.
Kevin Corrigan (Notre Dame), Jeff Tambroni (Cornell), Mike Pressler (Bryant, former Duke), Scott Marr (Albany) and Don Zimmerman (UMBC) seem like they have to be the TOP guys on the list-but I’m telling you that without having had the chance to chat with any of the decision makers with the department since Dave Cottle resigned. I could be WAY off on what it is that the school is looking for.
I just don’t get the feeling that after letting a coach go for not making the Final Four in the last four years, hiring a coach who doesn’t know a thing or two about the NCAA Tournament would probably be a mistake.
9. Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says Tom and Matt Palasek granted release from Johns Hopkins, will transfer
The weird thing about this story is that growing up in New York, apparently the Palaseks were OBSESSED with becoming Blue Jays. There isn’t much known about why the Palaseks are departing the program, but there’s a thought that it might have something to do with Dave Pietramala’s coaching style.
Since I don’t know that for sure, I won’t pounce on the kids. But if it is, it’s absolutely amazing that two kids would leave a program because they didn’t like the style of a coach who has won two NCAA Championships.
10. ESPN.com Scouts Inc’s Paul Biancardi gives Gary Williams ‘A-’ for basketball recruiting class
You know who else is an A- at worst? Dutzen Kroes… (Thanks Busted Coverage!)
And finally, I leave you with this.
As someone who celebrates Championships in every variety, a Tip of the Cap to the Philadelphia Flyers for winning the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals. This one’s for Drew!
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…
Posted on 24 May 2010 by Glenn Clark
It’s a Happy Monday for me because my cousin Jeff is in town from Las Vegas, which meant yesterday was a perfect day to do this…
I can still smell Old Bay on my fingertips. Of course, I guess I should have showered last night.
Oh, and the Phoenix Suns won! It was a LITTLE awkward that I was sitting on my couch and chanting “Beat LA!”, but it was a fun night all around.
Let’s see what everyone has to say…
Not even phased.
Hell, “Knocked Up” was on E! yesterday afternoon, and I’m pretty sure I watched more of Katherine Heigl than I did Kevin Millwood yesterday.
(Edit from GMC: That might not be true, but if it is-can you blame me?)
Millwood had one bad inning again-and this time he got it out of the way early. I will admit that I didn’t expect Julio Lugo to extend things into extra innings, but as Rob Dibble effectively explained-the Birds can partially thank Jim Riggleman for that-as he didn’t bring Justin Maxwell to play shallow RF against a hitter with about as much power as me.
I mostly didn’t care for Rob Dibble this weekend-and the forced MASN combo broadcast was just as dreadful as I always remember it being. By the way-Gary Thorne IS coming back, right? If he just quit and left us with Jim Hunter moving forward, I may never forgive him.
2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of loss
What’s remarkable is that it took until the 45th game of the season for the team’s cleanup hitter (Ty Wigginton) to actually move to the 4th spot in the lineup.
Meanwhile, Garrett Atkins made an appearance yesterday. I feel like Atkins might as well just walk to home plate with his middle finger directly in the air; and then personally direct it towards every Orioles fan in attendance at every game.
Miguel Tejada was 0-5 with 4 LOB. In baseball terms, we call that “Playing Like an Oriole.”
3. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester doesn’t think Dave Trembley will be fired today
Neither do I, for the record. I don’t think Terry Crowley will be fired either, but I think it’s more likely he falls on the sword than the manager does.
There is part of me that wonders whether or not it is okay for the team to basically pass along the message of “losing is okay” by NOT firing the manager; but I will also be the first to get in the “this isn’t the manager’s fault” line.
I don’t think Dave Trembley is a good manager, but I don’t think ANY manager could win with the woefully incomplete roster Andy MacPhail put together this season.
If you think Dave Trembley should be fired-I think that’s fine, but you have to be willing to accept the fact that the roster wasn’t built for winning the way some wanted us to believe it was before the season.
I’m really indifferent as to whether or not Trembley DOES get fired-as none of Rick Dempsey, Juan Samuel, BJ Surhoff, Mike Bordick or Brad Komminsk will make this team a winner; and I generally think coaching changes are best made in the offseason-when a full search of all candidates-including those currently employed by other MLB teams-can be considered. Of course, I would assume that none of them could do WORSE than Trembley, but isn’t that an example of “famous last words”?
As far as whether or not Dave Trembley WILL be fired? My gut remains “no.”
4. Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Uehara ‘likely’ DL bound again
If you missed Rich’s chat with Drew Forrester this morning, make sure you head on over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net.
The question at this point regards what roster moves MIGHT be made before the Orioles open up their 3 game set with the Athletics tomorrow night at OPACY.
Should Uehara need to head to the DL (as it appears he will), presumably Alberto Castillo would be the most likely to get the call back up. With questions surrounding the health of Alfredo Simon after he was pulled in the 10th inning yesterday; the Birds may be forced to call up someone along the lines of Kam Mickolio to close.
The next question regards what to do about Garrett Atkins. The team appears to be just about done with him, but it is unlikely they’d want to start Scott Moore at 1B or DH. Michael Aubrey (who we thought would come up from Norfolk last week) could be the man to replace him, but this would involve MacPhail having to admit that the Atkins really WAS a mistake.
A bigger mistake? Sending Garrett Atkins to the plate against Oakland at any point this week.
5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brandon Erbe, Matt Hobgood had rough day on farm for O’s Sunday
The O’s are off today, they return to action tomorrow night against the A’s. Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Matusz and David Hernandez are scheduled to go for the Birds against Dallas Braden, Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez.
Congratulations to our pal “The Professor”, Pete DiLutis. Don’t ever change Pete. He’s our “Apologist of the Morning” with an assist from Fangraphs, as chosen by “The Great Arbitrator” today on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. Pete “highly disagrees” with the idea that Koji Uehara is a bust; which is an interesting proclimation to make considering the overwhelming evidence otherwise.
Pete goes on to point out that according to Fangraphs, Uehara was worth $7.3 million last season. This of course goes to prove that Fangraphs is not a practical way to measure ANYTHING baseball-related. Not only was Koji not worth 7.3 million DOLLARS last season, he wasn’t worth 7.3 million PENNIES.
You have to PITCH to be worth something. This is why stats only tell half the story. According to Fangraphs, Uehara was worth $7.3 million because a pitcher who made twice as many starts with similar numbers would have been worth roughly $14 million.
The problem is-no team is interested in giving a pitcher ANY money for half a season’s worth of work.
Sometimes you have to actually use your EYES to figure out if a pitcher is valuable-not just what a math equation says.
6. The Sun’s Ken Murray says Flacco in ‘learning mode’ once more now with new receivers Boldin, Stallworth
Which is why the team has so many of these “Passing Camp” type events like the one they’re back at this morning out at 1 Winning Drive. This gives Flacco, Boldin, Stallworth, etc. the chance to run routes and learn about each other’s tendencies. They’re not the most crucial of the OTA events, but they’re certainly helpful for these situations in particular.
Plus, why WOULDN’T they want to be in Owings Mills this week? Where else would they be? On the beach with Nina Dobrev? (Thanks CelebSlam via Busted Coverage)…
7. UMTerps.com says Dave Cottle stepped down as Maryland lacrosse coach
And as I wrote yesterday-while Cottle is by no means a bad coach, this was an inevitable and likely necessary split following the completely unacceptable performance Saturday in a loss to Notre Dame.
For me, all of the juice is gone from this weekend’s Final Four; which SUCKS considering it’s happening RIGHT HERE. Sure there’s excitement for the Virginia-Duke game, but…umm…I don’t like EITHER of those teams, nor would I be particularly comfortable with seeing either of them win. Cornell-Notre Dame is about as exciting to me as the D2 title game between C.W. Post and Le Moyne. And while I have plenty of friends who went to Salisbury…no thanks to their showdown with Tufts for the D3 crown.
Just a major letdown without Maryland.
8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Cottle believes he made Terps’ lacrosse program ‘better’ during tenure
That might be true. Of course, the program was in good shape under Dick Edell-he just failed to deliver the NCAA Championship that also eluded Cottle. I’m not sure how much Cottle actually improved the program, but he’s certainly leaving it in very good shape.
The atmosphere around the program now shifts to the coaching search for Debbie Yow and Michael Lipitz. Plenty of names have been thrown about-ranging from UMBC coach Don Zimmerman, Loyola coach Charley Toomey, Albany coach Scott Marr, Bayhawks coach John Tucker, Bryant coach (and former Duke coach) Mike Pressler, and Stevenson coach Paul Cantabene. Speaking of which…
9. GoMustangSports.com says Stevenson fell to Salisbury in NCAA Tournament semifinals
Cantabene told Drew Forrester this morning that he’s “not thinking about” the Maryland job, but instead looking toward the 2011 season for the Mustangs; which will hopefully be one in which they finally get over the hump and reach the NCAA Championship Game.
The real shame about yesterday’s game is that the two best teams in the country played at Sea Gull Stadium instead of playing at M&T Bank Stadium. It isn’t an excuse for why the ‘Stangs lost, but they should have had the chance to play the game on a neutral field with a title on the line.
Salisbury was the only team to defeat Stevenson this season, unfortunately they did it twice-including once when it mattered most.
10. HopkinsSports.com says Blue Jays topped Kean to advance to D3 College World Series in Wisconsin
I’m not going to pretend to know anything at all about D3 College Baseball, and my knowledge of Wisconsin is pretty much limited to That 70′s Show…
…but I’m happy for JHU. Mostly because I need something to be happy about right now.
11. MIAASports.net’s Joe DiBlasi says Larry Sheets’ Gilman club topped Calvert Hall to claim ‘A’ conference title
In a related story, Guyism had pictures of Esha Janssen…
That’s not related? Sorry, I’m not any good at this, am I?
And finally, I leave you with this.
Here’s the Scott Hall mugshot…
…I’d laugh, but I’m actually fairly sad.
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…
Posted on 16 March 2009 by Glenn Clark
How much more fun did you have filling out your brackets today when Maryland was one of the schools on the list?
Let’s see what everyone else has to say……
Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:
Drew Forrester thinks Bozeman’s story better than Gary’s
Drew Forrester thinks Gary probably smirked after getting in
Nestor Aparicio wonders if Bisciotti will hang with 52 or Terps on Thursday
Drew Forrester thinks facing Cal ‘fair if not favorable’ for Terps
Rex Snider offers career advice to Jay Gibbons
Drew Forrester says Jim Johnson’s injury of concern-because he can pitch
Nestor Aparicio posts Chapter 9 from his book on Orioles, WNST
Chris Bonetti says Cal has interesting choices as a school
The Official Site says Terps to face Cal in first round of NCAA Tournament Thursday
The Sun’s Ken Murray and Rick Maese say Hayes think moment ‘nerve racking’ leading up to Selection Sunday announcement
The Sun’s Rick Maese says Terps bring ‘momentum’ into Tournament
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Golden Bears could hurt Terps’ zone with outside shooting
The Sun’s Rick Maese says Vasquez thought selection announcement amongst ‘best moments of (his) life’
The Sun’s Rick Maese says Terps in West region (Sweet 16 would be played in Glendale, AZ)
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Hayes left off ACC Tournament team
LA Times’ Chris Dufresne says health of St. Mary’s Mills could have kept Terps out
Examiner Steve DeClue thinks Terps’ draw ‘solid’
Examiner Dylan Waugh thinks Terps ‘should be thrilled’ with Tournament matchup
Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Neal was on ‘Cloud 9’ after hearing Terps in
The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says ‘loud roar’ came from Comcast Center lounge when Terps announced IN NCAA Tournament
Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Bowie’s nerves ‘jolted’ by Mississippi State’s win over Tennessee
Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg doesn’t think Gary deserving of harshest of criticism, highest of praise
Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps were ‘worried’ when they saw Arizona selected
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps avoid 4th NIT appearance in last 5 years
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary will receive a ‘bump’ through 2013 for reaching Tournament
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps ‘elated’, ‘relieved’
San Francisco Chronicle’s Rusty Simmons says Montgomery gets Bears to Tournament in 1st year in Berkeley
ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach says Terps wouldn’t have had great argument had they been left out
ESPN.com’s Andy Katz says Terps example of committee wanting strong non-conference schedule
SI’s Luke Winn excited for potential Vasquez-Tyreke Evans showdown
Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy says Maryland had better wins than teams like St. Mary’s
Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Gary ‘choked back tears’ after finding out team was back in Tournament (must subscribe)
Terp Center’s Seth Hoffman says Terps in Tournament for 2nd time in last 3 years
Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin says Terps/Cal winner will face Memphis/Cal State-Northridge winner in 2nd round
TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:
The Official Site offers information on Women’s Summer Camp
Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Terps expected to receive #1 seed tonight
The Official Site says Catalino scores 5 as Terps beat Bryant
Inside Lacrosse says Terps fall out of Top 10 in coaches’ poll
The Sun’s David Steele says scene at Morgan full of ‘joy’ on Selection Sunday
Washington Post’s Mike Wise says Bozeman, Maryland’s Williams each get to Tournament after facing great scrutiny
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Bears have ‘no answer’ for Blake Griffin
Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel thinks Bozeman ‘great story’
Inside Lacrosse says Retrievers up to 6th in new media poll
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Retrievers were ‘laid back’ going into Maryland game
Inside Lacrosse’s Quint Kessenich says Blue Jays ‘legitimate contender’ to reach Championship weekend
MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Rich Hill throws bullpen session in hopes to work back by Opening Day
The Official Site’s Anthony DiComo says Reimold homered to help Birds top Red Sox
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Hill felt ‘no pain’ during side session
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly say Jim Johnson will miss at least week with right shoulder impingement
The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waters threw 3 scoreless innings in win
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Guthrie would pitch Wednesday if Americans still in World Baseball Classic
Examiner Jay Trucker says former Orioles Cintron, Castro playing well in Spring Training
Frederick News-Post says Matusz assigned to Keys
ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens will spend money saved on Rolle to extend Suggs
SI’s Peter King ‘loves’ Ravens addition of Carr
NFL.com’s Charles Davis mocks Laurinaitis to Ravens
The Official Site’s David Harrington says Mariners open season with win over Erie at First Mariner Arena
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Jessica Harlee; who scored 19 of her 28 points in the 4th quarter to lift Fallston to the 3A state basketball title this weekend in Catonsville. You know I love the Cougars.
Talk to you tomorrow.
Posted on 11 March 2009 by Glenn Clark
Two Orioles-related notes I’ve been reading about in recent days….
1- I wanted the Orioles to go get pitching; and Pedro Martinez can possibly pitch. At this point; guys like Rich Hill and Mark Hendrickson might not be in the rotation anyway; so maybe the Birds are just as well going with a combination of Albers, Pauley, and Penn at the end of their rotation. But if Pedro comes here and pitches for a while; the Orioles could be able to move him. I wouldn’t have a problem with them adding him at a reasonable to semi-risk cost.
2-Dumping veterans is ALWAYS a good idea for this team; so if the Yankees would be interested enough if Melvin Mora to make a true offer; they’d have to entertain it. But I LOVE Melvin Mora; and I’m not completely sold on Scott Moore just yet. Maybe keeping Moore up here is a good idea and trying to move Mora in July would be more prudent.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..
Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:
Nestor Aparicio says Brown’s deal with Rams disapproved by NFL
Drew Forrester says McAlister could end up with Steelers
Nestor Aparicio says 52’s deal has $16.5 million guaranteed
Nestor Aparicio offers Chapter 6 of book on love of Orioles
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara will miss at least one start with hamstring strain
MLB.com’s Ian Browne says Moore homers to lift Birds past Red Sox
The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Huff has improved from tough circumstances
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Uehara thinks he might miss ‘1 or 2 starts’
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Pauley goes for Birds today vs. Glen Perkins, Twins
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Uehara had history of leg problems in Japan
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck wonders if Pedro conversations will start again should Hill not get active again
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Uehara wouldn’t attribute struggles in last start to injury
The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Wieters 0-2 with strikeout in win over Red Sox
The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. lists promotions for Delmarva, Bowie
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Newsome thinks Mason will remain with Ravens
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says team working to schedule Ray Lewis press conference
The Sun’s Mike Preston says fans still supportive of Stover
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says contract for 52 officially 7 year deal
Examiner Tony Wisniewski thinks Holt would make ‘perfect sense’ for Ravens
Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Mason situation ‘could change’ if club signs Holt, drafts receiver
Examiner Steve DeClue says 3 year extension ‘out of the question’ for Mason
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Lewis under contract with Ravens until 2015
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ray will likely play 3-4 years of his 7 year deal
ESPN.com’s James Walker says former Packers CB Jarrett Bush to visit Ravens
ESPN.com’s James Walker says DHB on Ravens’ ‘radar’
Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer says Jets’ signing of Scott best in offseason
The Official Site previews ACC Tournament opener vs. NC State
The Official Site offers complete Terps-Pack release (pdf)
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary thinks Terps ‘in good shape’ for NCAA Tournament with two wins in Atlanta
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps have attempted just 8 free throws in last 2 games (both losses)
The Sun’s Jeff Barker ‘shudders’ at thought of Terps without Vasquez
Examiner Steve DeClue ‘can’t get over’ loss to Virginia
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Cleveland State beating Butler will hurt teams like Terps
Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary’s last trip to Georgia Dome ended with national championship
Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps all taking ‘one game at a time’ approach
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Terps as 1 seed………in NIT
ESPN.com’s Andy Katz says beating Wake likely ‘prerequisite’ for making Tournament
Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in with prospect Mychal Parker (must subscribe)
Terp Center’s Seth Hoffman says Neal watching other ‘bubble’ teams closely
TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:
The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says some think Terps capable of beating mighty UConn
Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Terps ‘peaking at right time’
The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says all-senior midfield getting ‘notice’
The Sun’s Ken Murray says former Terp Fokou trying to finish ‘improbable journey’ from Frostburg to NFL
Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem discusses Spring LB’s with Seamonson (must subscribe)
Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Alkire says Terps have offered ’10 prospect Dominique Easley (must subscribe)
Turtle Sports Report’s John Wallpher says in-state prospect Ezell wants to remain ‘local’ (must subscribe)
The Official Site says Mids rally from 4 goals down to top Lehigh
The Official Site says Kina honored by NABC
Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says battle to backup Dobbs will engage this spring (must subscribe)
The Sun’s Rick Maese says Bears made mistake by not locking up Bozeman
ESPN.com’s Pat Forde says Bears have ‘heavy burden’ to get first NCAA Tournament berth
The Official Site says Koppens tallies 9 points as Greyhounds beat Bryant
Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Ricci added 3 points, 13 ground balls in win
The Sun’s John Weaver says Bryant’s Greer continuing ‘brilliant’ play in Loyola game
Inside Lacrosse’s Dave Ryan says Hofstra’s Tierney has evident Hopkins ties
The Official Site says Hairston named to CAA All-Tournament team
MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:
The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says ‘Eers made turnaround from early 4-8 NEC record to get to Championship battle tonight
Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Eers ‘expected’ to be playing in 2nd straight NEC Championship game
Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Mount looking to beat Robert Morris in NEC Tournament for 3rd straight year
MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Mountaineers have been solid defensively despite lack of wins
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Eers trying to find more offense
Thoroughbred Times says Pimlico spring meet reduced to 20 days
The Sun’s Bill Ordine says $2 million ‘shortfall’ lead to limit of racing at Pimlico
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-Mt. St. Mary’s 71, Robert Morris 61. I’ll go with the team that has been there recently. But it won’t be easy.
Talk to you tomorrow.
Posted on 10 March 2009 by Glenn Clark
I understand why the Ravens are wary of giving a 35 year old receiver any sort of extension; I really do. But in the case of Derrick Mason, I think they’d do the right thing by adding an extra year to his contract. The Ravens have an issue at wide receiver right now; and they don’t have even as much as ONE wide receiver under contract past this season. I can’t see signing Derrick Mason as the type of thing that breaks the bank; and I don’t think Ozzie has anything to prove by ignoring him.
It really isn’t uncommon for a player going into the final year of his contract to want some more security. Even at 35, it isn’t unreasonable for the player who I believe was this team’s most valuable a season ago to not want to go into the final year of his deal.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say….
Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:
Thyrl Nelson wonders if Mason situation even an ‘issue’
Glenn Clark looks at players Ravens might consider in Draft
Drew Forrester offers Part 2 of Orioles Hangout interview
Nestor Aparicio looks back on years when Colts were gone, Ravens not here yet
Mark Mussina still thinks Ravens should have grabbed T.O.
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez ‘impressing’ Birds
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara roughed up in 2nd inning of loss to Mets
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds no closer to roster decisions
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley hasn’t decided how many pitchers O’s will carry
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Bass goes for Birds today against Red Sox
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Wigginton homered for Birds in loss to Mets
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Alberto Castillo gave up late grand slam in loss
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Uehara not ‘discouraged’ by poor outing
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Mora hitting well in World Baseball Classic
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Dolphins’ Parcells, Sparano make Spring Training appearance
The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Gomez’s struggles continue in Spring Training
Examiner Jay Trucker thinks Birds should explore Mora to Yankees possibilities
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Mason might want to leave Baltimore if he doesn’t receive contract extension
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mason wants one or two more years added to current deal
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says 52 officially signs contract
ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens will draft Tight End, not sign one in free agency
ESPN.com’s James Walker says free agency, draft, Stover all options for Ravens at kicker
Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says McAlister best 30+ free agent still available
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says leaving Comcast Center has hurt Terps this season
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says former GW coach surprised Gary under fire
The Sun’s Matt Bracken says commit Padgett, target Stephenson roll into NY semifinals
The Sun’s Matt Bracken says St. Frances’ Vinson has Terps in final four
The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Terps continue struggles vs. zone
Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Vasquez named 2nd team All-ACC
Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Wolfpack fans haven’t forgotten Vasquez’s meaningless 3
ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi says Terps amongst ‘Next Four Out’
SI’s Andy Glockner keeps Terps OUT
SI’s Andy Glockner says Terps need ‘deep Tournament run’ to get in
Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy says Terps, Hokies could be hurt by dominance of ACC’s top teams
Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps looking at Delaware prospect (must subscribe)
TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:
The Official Site says Comcast SportsNet to replay ACC Championship win Sunday
The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Strickland gave former football Terp Jordan part of Greensboro net
The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps could be benefitting from lack of depth
Washington Post’s Camille Powell says ESPN thinks Terps ‘definitely’ 1 seed
Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps ‘very high’ with H.D. Woodson CB prospect (must subscribe)
The Official Site says Bozeman MEAC Coach of the Year, Holmes All-MEAC first team
The Sun’s Ken Murray says Bears, Coppin Eagles lead by defense
The Official Site says McKee named MEAC Player of the Year
The Sun’s David Steele says Fall opening of new arena gives Eagles reason for more hope
The Official Site offers ticket information for America East championship game
Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says face-offs hurting Retrievers during current 2 game slide
MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:
The Official Site says tomorrow’s NEC title game tip moved to 8:30pm
The Official Site says Nick Robinson to replace Shawn Smith on Frankie Allen’s staff
The Official Site previews today’s showdown with Bryant
The Official Site previews Mids’ trip to Lehigh tonight
The Official Site says Gulls #1 in D3 poll for 3rd straight week
Thoroughbred Times says Magna to be delisted by NASDAQ
Thoroughbred Times’ Ron Parker says I Want Revenge getting triple crown consideration
The Official Site says NISL Championship tickets on sale tomorrow
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL:
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-No Suntrust Athlete of the Morning; but I appreciate everyone who offered suggestions for Spring Athletes of the Morning; as I was able to learn about some of the lacrosse, baseball, and softball players I’ll need to know more about this season.
-Loyola 9, Bryant 5. Bryant beat Mt. St. Mary’s, but Loyola is a better team than Mount.
-Navy 8, Lehigh 5. It probably shouldn’t be this close; but a mid-week road trip doesn’t always lend to best performances.
Talk to you tomorrow.