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Towson Lacrosse Adds Gilardi to Staff

Posted on 08 September 2011 by WNST Staff

ANTHONY GILARDI NAMED AS ASSISTANT COACH AT TOWSON

Ohio State Graduate Joins Tigers After Three Years at Navy

TOWSON, Md. Anthony Gilardi, who spent the last three years as an assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy, has been named as an assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Towson University, it has been announced by Head Coach Shawn Nadelen.

A 2004 graduate of Ohio State University, Gilardi will serve as the Tigers’ offensive coordinator.

“I am ecstatic to have Anthony Gilardi and his wife, Jess, become part of our Towson family,” Nadelen said. “Anthony brings a great deal of passion, energy and knowledge for the game of lacrosse to Towson. He will challenge our young men every day to increase their work ethic as well as teach them the proper way to work efficiently.

“Anthony possesses tremendous knowledge and resources in regards to recruiting and is tenacious in his efforts to find the best person and player for our program,” Nadelen added. “I have complete trust in knowing that everything he will instill in our personnel will allow us to be very dangerous in every game we play. I couldn’t be more pleased to have Anthony join our staff.”

In three years at Navy, Gilardi helped the Midshipmen earn a pair of Patriot League Tournament appearances and the 2009 Patriot League championship. As the Mids’ offensive coordinator, he guided a Navy offense that ranked fourth in the Patriot League by averaging 9.08 goals per game last year. In addition, Navy ranked third in the Patriot League by scoring 19 extra-man goals in 13 games, a 1.46 average.

Prior to joining the Navy staff, Gilardi spent four years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, helping the Buckeyes to the 2008 NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes ranked third in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 13.18 goals per game. They also scored on 32.7 per cent of their extra-man opportunities, which also ranked third in NCAA Division I.

In 2005, the Baldwin, N.Y. native helped Denison College reach the NCAA Division III Tournament as the Big Red’s co-offensive coordinator. He was responsible for creating game plans and film breakdown while developing and implementing speed and agility programs.

A two-time All-Great Western Lacrosse League selection, Gilardi led the Buckeyes to NCAA Tournament appearances as a junior and senior. The Buckeyes’ Offensive MVP in 2004, he ranks 13th in Ohio State history with 133 points after scoring 75 goals with 58 assists. He is also ninth on the Buckeyes’ all-time assist list.

In addition, Gilardi was a scholar-athlete who received Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2003 and 2004. He earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in History and was the recipient of the prestigious Corwin A. Fergus Postgraduate Scholar-Athlete Scholarship from Ohio State.

Gilardi also played for the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse for two seasons, helping the Lizards reach the 2005 MLL Championship Game.

I am extremely excited and thankful for the opportunity to be a part of Towson University and the Tiger men’s lacrosse program,” Gilardi said. “I am looking forward to working with Coach Nadelen and Coach [Dan] Cocchi as we embark on writing the next chapter of Towson lacrosse through hard work and dedication.”

Gilardi is married to the former Jessica Coridan.

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The Ballad of Jim Tressel: The Mafioso of Mafi-O-S-U

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The Ballad of Jim Tressel: The Mafioso of Mafi-O-S-U

Posted on 31 May 2011 by Thyrl Nelson

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You know the story if you want to run the Big 10

You gotta dig in, scheme to bury Michigan

If you want success then you’ve gotta bring the best in

They brought the Tress in, they brought The Vest in

And soon to follow brought Clarrett and the rest in

Say what you want but that group won the BCS man

Who gives a damn if you could throw it in the trashcan?

They got the stats man, they got the cash man

You think you understand? Then try and argue that man

That’s why they laugh when cats are trippin over tats man

Tressel got the slapped hand, he’s sitting vs. Ak-ran

And laughing….

 

 

Chorus

He runs the Big 10 like the wild, wild  west

A cold-blooded gangster in a sweater vest

Like him or not he begets success

And his program reflects Tressel’s lawlessness

 

He runs the Buckeye crime family

Free from all culpability

The money’s in the bank before the truth comes through

He’s the Mafioso of Mafi-O-S-U

 

 

 

We got the real story from Gordon Gee

Who slipped when he said kind of jokingly

“Fire him? I hope Tressel won’t fire me”

And gave us a peek at the hierarchy

Of the Ohio State University

Although he did so inadvertently

It was more of a glimpse of reality

Than they probably really wanted anyone to see

Slapped Tressel’s wrist very publicly

The whole thing played out kind of farcically

And quickly turned in to a pep rally

The Vest runs the show and it’s plain to see

 

 

Chorus

 

 

So let me warn you if you want to try the Buckeyes

Good luck guys, nothing’s ever stuck guys

Before you go around there trying to rake that muck guys

Keep in mind they’re making money by the truck size

Tressel took the podium and told a couple more lies

And no surprise…he only half apologized

Gee gave the Vest two games on the shelf

Then the real man in charge dropped the hammer on himself

Added three games in the name of solidarity

Played true to form in this farcical parody

Hopes the NCAA throws him some charity

And lets him move on like it all played fairly

 

 

Chorus

 

 

A chilly gangster with a vest on made of Teflon

Think not you’re dead wrong…slip and you’ll get stepped on

Mistake his look and you’ll get took to school the long way

The strong way they run their ship the wrong way

Or some say the right way for the payday

Trade paydays for great plays

Trade trophies for jewelry

Trade footballs and jerseys

To ink out their bodies

To slick out their wardrobes and whip Maseratis

Cash rules everything around said the Wu

And cash rules everything in football too

The team makes the cash and the cash is the glue

That holds the team together at the O-S-U

The kids make the cash and the kids risk their health

When they’re Buckeyes the kids get a share of the wealth

‘Cause the Vest understands when the kids go for self

‘Cause they all go for self

Buckeyes ball for their wealth

 

 

Chorus

 

 

So let’s review that you don’t want to screw the Buckeyes

You’d be advised to sic your spies on the Illinis

Beat up the Boiler Makers hassle the Hoosiers

Badger the Badgers ’cause rules are for losers

Everybody else needs to just stop crying

Penn State has the Nittanys but Buckeyes got lying

Down to a science no denying they’re beyond reproach

Just like the Tress just like the Vest just like the head coach

The Spartans and Hawkeyes and Gophers they’ve got that

And O-S-U outnumbers Northwestern’s wild cats

Everybody knows how it goes vs. Michigan

Surely now we don’t have to go over this again

The Buckeyes are so far in front it’s not funny

And Tressel’s crime syndicate keeps printing money

So as I said “You sure you wanna test the Buckeyes?”

God luck guys…nothing’s ever stuck guys.

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Favorite “Dirty Players”

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Favorite “Dirty Players”

Posted on 31 May 2011 by Glenn Clark

In honor of the Memorial Day departure of Ohio State Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel, today’s “Tuesday Top 7″ topic was “The Top 7 Favorite) Dirty Players.”

Self-explanatory, right? It always is.

Glenn Clark’s list…

7. Vlade Divac

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6. Sean Avery

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5. Evander Holyfield

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4. Eddie Harris (Major League)

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3. Cortland Finnegan

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2. Dennis Rodman

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1. Ric Flair

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Drew Forrester’s list…

7. Shaun Rogers

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6. Bobby Knight

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5. Pat Summitt

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4. Gaylord Perry

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3. Nolan Ryan

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2. Dennis Rodman

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1. Hines Ward

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If you missed the explanation of why these made the list on “The Morning Reaction” Tuesday on AM1570 WNST, hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Maryland Rout of Virginia Highlights Saturday Lacrosse Action

Posted on 02 April 2011 by WNST Staff

Here are the official recaps of this weekend’s lacrosse action-courtesy of the schools’ Sports Information Departments…

#10 Terps Topple #4 Virginia, 12-7

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior Ryan Young led the No. 10 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team with six points on two goals and four assists, while junior Joe Cummings and sophomore John Haus each scored four goals, in the Terps’ 12-7 victory over No. 4 Virginia in front of 10,545 at Scott Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Cavaliers (7-3, 0-1 ACC) drew first blood less than four minutes into the first quarter with some help from a fortunate bounce. Steele Stanwick wrapped around the left side of the Maryland goal and threw a wild shot over his shoulder. Terp redshirt freshman goalie Niko Amato got his stick on it, but the ball trickled into the net for a 1-0 Wahoo lead.

The Terps (7-2, 1-2 ACC) tied the game at the 5:30 mark when sophomore John Haus finished a nice feed to the crease by Young. Young dodged Virginia defender Scott McWilliams behind the cage and junior Drew Snider set a great pick to give Young the extra step he needed to get off a pinpoint pass to Haus for the one-timer.

Young then gave Maryland its first lead of the game on a terrific individual effort. Sophomore Jesse Bernhardt pushed the ball in transition, but Wahoo goalie Adam Ghitelman made the save. The rebound went to the Cavaliers’ Matt Lovejoy, who tried to get the ball to Ghitelman behind the net for the clear. But, Young picked off the pass and scored easily into the open net with 2:16 to go in the first.

But Virginia came out shooting at the start of the second and got unassisted goals from Colin Briggs and John Haldy less than a minute apart to take a 3-2 lead with 13:16 to go in second.

The Terps looked to be in a bit of a jam at the 11:26 mark when they were assessed two non-releasable unnecessary roughness penalties. But Maryland’s man-down unit proved up to the challenge and killed off the penalties.

Virginia, however, quickly built its lead to 4-2 when Rhamel Bratton hit a running left-hander from 10 yards outside the hash marks at the 9:31 mark,

Maryland got back on the board less than three minutes later thanks to its vaunted transition game. Jesse Bernhardt caused a turnover and pushed the ball into the Terps’ offensive zone. Bernhardt then flipped a back-handed pass to Blye on the right wing and Blye ripped an eight-yard shot to make it a 4-3 game.

Bratton scored again to make it a 5-3 game with 5:30 left, but a penalty on McWilliams gave the Terps their first extra-man advantage and Maryland didn’t let it go to waste. Blye quickly found Cummings on the crease and Cummings one-timed it into the Virginia net to cut the deficit back to a goal with 4:37 left in the second.

The Terps opened the third quarter with a nice pick-and-roll play with Haus and Young that resulted in Haus getting a feed from Young on the crease and Haus finished it inside the left pipe to tie the game at 5-5 at the 13:33 mark.

Maryland regained the lead for the first time in 17:25 on another brilliant feed from Young that was finished by Cummings. Young had the ball well behind the cage when he spotted Cummings cutting toward the goal. Young’s pass hit Cummings in stride and Cummings finished with a quick shot from seven yards out.

Cummings scored his third of the game at the 4:02 mark of the third to extend the Maryland lead to 7-5. Cummings dodged from behind the cage and ducked under his defender to create some space for himself in front of the net. He then used multiple ball-fakes to make Ghitelman commit before finishing with a quick shot.

Cummings completed the natural hat trick with just six seconds left in the third when he scored another unassisted goal to make it an 8-5 Maryland lead heading into the fourth.

Maryland’s offense continued to roll in the fourth with Haus finishing another score from just outside the crease. This time it was Blye picking up the assist to make it a 9-5 game.

Textbook transition offense extended the lead for the Terps at the 10:44 mark. Amato made another brilliant save and his outlet pass was just as nice, hitting Jesse Bernhardt in stride. Bernhardt then fed Blye on the right wing for a rip from six yards out.

Virginia finally broke up the Maryland scoring run on Chris Bocklett’s goal at the 10:09 mark.

But the Terps refused to let the Cavaliers gain any momentum. Young’s amazing day continued with a marvelous cross-field pass to Haus, who tiptoed the crease line and finished inside the far pipe to make it an 11-6 game.

Young put the finishing touches on the game for the Terps with his second goal of the game to give Maryland a 12-6 lead at the 2:58 mark.

Virginia tacked on a late extra-man goal by Bocklett to make it a 12-7 final.

Maryland’s defensive effort was spotlighted by 12 saves from Amato. Senior long pole Brian Farrell was solid with four groundballs, while the close defense unit of seniors Ryder Bohlander, Brett Schmidt and Max Schmidt held the Virginia attackmen Stanwick, Bocklett and Nick O’Reilly to just three goals, with two of those coming late in the fourth quarter.

Another major contributor for the Terps was sophomore face-off man Curtis Holmes, who won 14-of-22 face-offs and had a team-leading five groundballs.

Maryland returns to action on Friday night in Annapolis, Md., vs. Navy. The Terps and the Midshipmen are slated for a 7 p.m. start at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Game Notes:
• With the 12-7 win Maryland is now 45-41 all-time vs. Virginia.
• The five-goal margin of victory is Maryland’s largest in Charlottesville since 1987 when the Terps won 12-5.
• With six points on two goals and four assists, senior Ryan Young now has 43 multi-point, 20 multi-goal and 25 multi-assist games for his career.
• Young’s six points ties his career high and gives him 142 for his career, moving him past him with Brendan Hanley (140, 1985-88) for 22nd place on the Terps’ all-time points list.
• Young’s four assists gives him 84 for his career, moving him past John Lamon (83, 1976-79) for 12th place on the Terps’ all-time assists list. Young also passed Frank Urso (1973-76) and Jim Wilkerson (1980-83), who each had 81 during their Maryland careers.
• With four points on four goals, junior Joe Cummings now has five hat tricks, 17 multi-point and 12 multi-goal games for his career.
• The four goals tied Cummings’ career high.
• With a career-best four goals, sophomore John Haus now has three hat tricks, eight multi-point and five multi-goal games for his career.
• With five points on two goals and a career-best three assists, sophomore Owen Blye now has five multi-point, three multi-goal and four multi-assist games for his career.
• The Terps held the Cavaliers scoreless in the third quarter, marking the eighth time this season that Maryland has held an opponent without a goal for an entire quarter.
• The Terps held Virginia scoreless for 25:21, from 5:30 of the second to 10:09 of the fourth, marking the fifth time this season that Maryland has held an opponent scoreless for 20 or more minutes.

Palmer Scores Five, Loyola Holds Off #17/19 Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Loyola University Maryland’s Chris Palmer scored a career-high five goals, and Josh Hawkins tallied a goal and two assists in transition, as the Greyhounds defeated No. 17/19 Ohio State University, 12-9, in ECAC Lacrosse League action on Saturday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Palmer, who is using his fifth-year of athletic eligibility as a Loyola graduate student after playing his first three seasons at Bucknell, scored three of his five goals after half time, helping the Greyhounds (5-3 overall, 2-2 ECAC) hold off the Buckeyes (5-5, 0-1).

Loyola led 9-4 with 5:17 to play in the third quarter after Patrick Fanshaw scored an extra-man goal, but Ohio State came racing back, scoring four in a row to pull within a pair, 9-7, less than 2:30 into the fourth quarter.

Palmer pushed the Greyhounds’ cushion back to three, 10-7, with 5:57 to play, but Nick Liddil and Tyler Frederick tallied consecutive Ohio State goals to make it 10-9 exactly two minutes later.

Loyola face-off man John Schiavone pushed the ensuing restart forward and picked up the ground ball himself, stepping into the offensive zone and dishing a pass to Mike Sawyer.

Sawyer, who was scoreless at the time, dodged a Buckeyes defender and scored with 3:41 left in regulation to give Loyola a 11-9 advantage.

Ohio State gained possession on the next face-off, but the teams traded turnovers, and the Buckeyes gained an extra-man opportunity on an offsides’ call against Loyola during a clearing situation with 1:33 on the fourth-quarter clock.

The Buckeyes worked the ball inside to Jeff Tundo, but Joe Fletcher checked the ball from Tundo’s stick, and Fletcher picked up the loose ball, and Loyola cleared it successfully to the offensive end.

Hawkins carried it into the zone and found Palmer who scored his fifth goal with 48 ticks left to secure the victory.

Palmer, who scored his first two goals in a Loyola uniform last Saturday in a win at Mount St. Mary’s, had not scored more than two goals in a game as a collegian. He is the second player this season to score five in a contest for Loyola. Mike Sawyer accomplished the feat against both Bellarmine and Duke.

Hawkins, a short-stick defensive midfielder, helped key Loyola’s transition game, scoring a goal and assisting on two others. He also picked up four ground balls, helping the Greyhounds control the possession battle.

Schiavone led all players with eight ground balls and won 17-of-24 face-offs for Loyola. In the last two seasons against Ohio State – both Loyola wins – Schiavone has picked up 17 ground balls and been successful on 33-of-47 face-offs (.702).

During the game, Schiavone crossed the 200-ground ball and 400-face-off win marks. He now has 207 and 406, respectively.

The Greyhounds’ defense did its part, as well, holding Ohio State’s two leading scorers, Tundo and Logan Schuss, to just one goal. Schuss entered Saturday’s game with 20 goals, and Tundo had 17.

Jake Hagelin was credited with five saves in goal for the Greyhounds, and he also caused two Buckeyes turnovers. Loyola held Ohio State to just 21 shots, matching its second lowest output of the year.

Loyola started quickly in the first quarter, jumping out to a 3-0 lead as Matt Langan, Palmer and Hawkins scored unassisted goals in the first 6:08 of action. After neither team scored in the final 8:51 of the first 15 minutes, Ohio State scored three-straight to start the second quarter.

Dan Wertz’s unassisted tally with 7:20 to play before halftime drew the teams even at 3-3. Palmer broke through for Loyola, scoring off a Langan assist, with 2:37 left before the break, and the Greyhounds took a 4-3 advantage into the locker room.

Schiavone flipped the opening face-off of the second half out where long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff picked it up, raced toward the goal and scored 13 second into the third stanza. It was Ratliff’s second goal in as many games. He earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors last Monday after scoring a goal and assisting on two others while picking up six ground balls last Saturday at Mount St. Mary’s. In addition to his second-half opening goal against Ohio State, he also had three ground balls.

Minutes later, Dylan Grimm picked up a ground ball after a Tundo turnover, and Loyola cleared it successfully to its offensive end. The Greyhounds ran nearly 90 seconds of offense before Langan fed a pass to Palmer who scored his third of the game.

The Buckeyes closed the game back to two, 6-4, on a Michael Italiano’s goal with 10:12 to play, but Langan scored back-to-back goals, leading up to Fanshaw’s tally that gave the Greyhounds a 9-4 advantage with 5:17 remaining.

Langan’s second goal in the stretch, as well as Fanshaw’s, came after Ohio State’s Mike Pires was whistled for an unreleasable illegal body check penalty, putting Loyola on extra-man for two minutes.

Langan finished the game with three goals and two assists for his second-straight five-point game.

The Greyhounds continue ECAC action next Saturday when they return to Ridley Athletic Complex for a 1 o’clock game against Fairfield.

#10 Hofstra Defeats Towson, 12-5

TOWSON, Md. – Senior attackman Jamie Lincoln matched his season high by scoring five goals, including three in the second half, as 10th-ranked Hofstra University (8-1, 2-1) used a strong second half effort to win its third game in a row, a 12-5 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Tigers (2-6, 0-2) at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Lincoln, who leads the Pride with 19 goals, recorded his second five-goal game of the season as the Pride outscored the Tigers by a 9-2 margin in the second half en route to the victory.

“Hofstra certainly showed why they are one of the better teams in the country today, especially in the second half,” Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. “We contributed to that by making some poor decisions in our transition game, which hurt us today.”

After junior attackman Matt Lamon gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead on an extra-man goal with 12:32 left in the first quarter, the Pride used a pair of Lincoln goals to take a 2-1 advantage with 2:41 left in the period.

But, the Tigers answered with back-to-back goals from Lamon and senior midfielder Peter Mezzanotte to regain the one-goal cushion with 2:09 left in the first half. However, senior midfielder Steven DeNapoli tied the game just 10 seconds later when he scored an unassisted goal past senior goalkeeper Travis Love.

Led by two goals from Lincoln, the Pride scored six unanswered goals in the third quarter to take a commanding 9-3 lead while holding the Tigers scoreless for nearly 18 minutes. Sophomore midfielder Ian Braddish also contributed a goal with an assist during the run.

Just 29 seconds into the fourth quarter, junior attackman Sean Maguire ended the Tigers’ scoring drought when he scored his fourth goal of the season off a feed from Mezzanotte. But, the Pride put the game out of reach by scoring three goals over a nine-minute span, upping the Hofstra cushion to 12-4.

Senior midfielder Elliott Domanic scored his first goal of the season with 3:14 remaining to narrow the gap to 12-5, but the Tigers were unable to get any closer.

While Lincoln scored a game-high five goals, senior attackman Stephen Bentz added two goals and an assist for the Pride, which outshot Towson by a 37-30 margin.

Lamon scored two goals for the Tigers in a losing effort while Mezzanotte and Domanic each contributed a goal with an assist. Love made 11 saves for Towson, which has dropped four of its last five games.

The Tigers will travel to UMBC on Wednesday evening for a 7:30 p.m. non-conference game against the Retrievers before resuming CAA play against Massachusetts on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Pride will host Manhattan College on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Post-Game Notes:
- The Tigers and the Pride were meeting for the 42nd time on Saturday afternoon … Hofstra has won the last four games against Towson and now leads the series by a 24-18 margin.
- The Tigers played a nationally-ranked opponent for the fifth time in eight games on Saturday … All five of those games have come at Towson … The Tigers are now 1-4 against ranked opponents this season.
- The Tigers were called for two penalties in the loss against Hofstra on Saturday, ending a streak of 122 minutes, 49 seconds without a penalty … Prior to Saturday, the Tigers had not been called for a penalty since the third quarter of their win over Stony Brook on March 19.
- Lincoln recorded his third “hat trick” of the season and had his second five-goal game of the year … He also had five goals against Harvard on March 5.
- Sophomore attackman Matt Hughes had his 10-game point-scoring streak snapped … The Tigers’ leading scorer with 12 goals and four assists this season, Hughes had also scored a goal in three straight games.
- Mezzanotte scored his first goal since May 1, 2010 when he tallied his lone goal of the season against Hofstra in a 12-10 loss at Shuart Stadium … Of Mezzanotte’s five career goals, two of them have been scored against the Pride.
- Mezzanotte also recorded the second multi-point game of his career … He had two assists in the Tigers’ win over Mount St. Mary’s on March 5.
- Domanic scored the second goal of his college career against the Pride on Saturday … It was his first goal since April 26, 2009 against Penn at Unitas Stadium.

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With Combine in Rear View Mirror, Draft Season Heads to School

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With Combine in Rear View Mirror, Draft Season Heads to School

Posted on 10 March 2011 by Glenn Clark

We’re over ten days removed from the National Football League’s annual Scouting Combine at LucasOil Stadium in Indianapolis.

I apologize for the delay in updates, a trip to Sarasota for Orioles Spring Training is to blame.

Now draft season heads back to campus, as schools host Pro Timing Days for their NFL Draft hopefuls.

The Baltimore Ravens brought a significant contingent of personnel folks to the premiere event during Draft season, including General Manager Ozzie Newsome, Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta, Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz and Head Coach John Harbaugh. The group was very active over the weekend with meetings and workouts.

Before I continue, I remind you of the players we have already profiled during Draft season.

QB-Ricky Dobbs (Navy), Pat Devlin (Delaware), Colin Kaepernick (Nevada), Josh Portis (California-Pennsylvania), Taylor Potts (Texas Tech), Christian Ponder (Florida State), Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech)
FB
-Anthony Sherman (Connecticut), Owen Marecic (Stanford)
RB
-Evan Royster (Penn State), Da’Rel Scott (Maryland), DeMarco Murray (Oklahoma), Damien Berry (Miami), Kendall Hunter (Oklahoma State), Roy Helu Jr. (Nebraska), Alex Green (Hawaii), Shane Vereen (Cal), Jordan Todman (UConn)
WR
-Lester Jean (Florida Atlantic), Terrence Toliver (LSU), Leonard Hankerson (Miami), Austin Pettis (Boise State), Denarius Moore (Tennessee), Owen Spencer (North Carolina State), Jock Sanders (West Virginia), Titus Young (Boise State), Vincent Brown (San Diego State), Ryan Whalen (Stanford), Torrey Smith (Maryland), Randall Cobb (Kentucky), Jon Baldwin (Pittsburgh), Greg Salas (Hawaii)
TE-Will Yeatman (Maryland)
OT
-Matthew O’Donnell (Queens University Canada), Gabe Carimi (Wisconsin), Nate Solder (Colorado), Anthony Costanzo (Boston College), Joseph Barksdale (LSU)
C-Zane Taylor (Utah), Kris O’Dowd (Southern Cal)
DE
-Justin Trattou (Florida), Allen Bailey (Miami), Eddie Jones (Texas), Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue), Brooks Reed (Arizona), Cliff Matthews (South Carolina), JJ Watt (Wisconsin)
LB
-Mark Herzlich (Boston College), Casey Matthews (Oregon), Adrian Moten (Maryland), Nate Irving (NC State)
S
-Jermale Hines (Ohio State), Jaiquawn Jarrett (Temple), Maurice Rolle (Louisiana-Lafayette), Rahim Moore (UCLA), Ahmad Black (Florida)
CB-Anthony Gaitor (Florida International), Aaron Williams (Texas), Jalil Brown (Colorado), Jimmy Smith (Colorado)

If you missed any of those profiles, you can check them out in the archives here at WNST.net.

Part 1-A look at players who participated in the East West Shrine Game in Orlando, Florida
Part 2-A look at players who participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama
Part 3-A look at players who participated in the NFLPA Game (former Texas vs. The Nation Game) in San Antonio, Texas
Parts 4, 5 & 6-Previews of players ahead of the Combine

The Baltimore Ravens made no personnel changes this week, so my team needs remain the same…

1. Defensive End
2. Offensive Tackle
3. Wide Receiver
4. Cornerback
5. Fullback
6. Inside Linebacker
7. Safety
8. Center
9. Running Back
10. Quarterback

Here are ten more prospects to keep an eye on as we move from the Combine to Pro Timing Days.

Thanks to CBSSports.com/NFLDraftScout.com, NFLDraftBible.com, WNST.net (The AP), ESPN.com, Wikipedia, YouTube and various official athletic websites for helping to put together the profiles.

DE Cameron Heyward (Ohio State)

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Remember when former Buckeyes LB James Laurinaitis was headed towards the 2009 NFL Draft and his name couldn’t come up without a mention of his father Joe Laurinaitis (the former WWF star “Road Warrior Animal”)?

Be prepared for the same now with Cameron Heyward-the son of former New Orleans Saints RB Craig “Ironhead” Heyward.

Much like Lauriniatis, Heyward heads toward the Draft as a marquee prospect.

Heyward measured in at 6’5″, 294 pounds in Indy. The only disappointing part of his weekend was that an offseason elbow surgery prevented him from being able to lift, where he would have been expected to show off great upper body strength.

Heyward probably won’t be able to lift between now and the Draft, which could allow him to slip to late in the first round or completely out of the first round altogether. He did take time however to show reporters assembled in Indianapolis that he was fully capable of bending his arm at the elbow and had a full range of motion in his arm.

The most impressive part of Heyward’s trip to Indy was his session with the media. Heyward was very impressive in talking to reporters, thinking back on a life growing up around the NFL.

The question for the Ravens will be whether or not Heyward can consistently pressure quarterbacks. He tallied just four sacks during his senior year in Columbus, 15 sacks overall during four seasons at OSU.

The Ravens NEED a rush end, we all know that. But they need a rush end who they can count on to truly generate…well…a rush. There’s certainly a chance Heyward could be that player.

WR Cecil Shorts III (Mount Union)

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Shorts just joined Thyrl Nelson Monday on “The Mobtown Sports Beat” on AM1570 WNST. If you missed it, I suggest you check it out in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net.

Shorts found immediate superstardom in Charm City over Combine weekend, as the Ravens didn’t hide from their interest in him. Shorts in fact confirmed to WNST.net that he had met with the team’s entire coaching staff and Newsome.

Shorts is smart to bring up the name Pierre Garcon every time he speaks, as the fellow former Purple Raiders receiver has found immediate success with the Colts.

For as much attention as was paid to Shorts during Combine weekend, his 40 time and measurements hurt. He was listed as 6’2″ during college, but measured in at 6’0″. For a speed receiver, his 4.53 time in the forty was disappointing.

Shorts finished his college career with 4,615 yards receiving, which is nothing to sneeze at. He of course posted those numbers at a Division III school, although Mt. Union was one of the premiere programs at the D3 level.

He’s not going to be a Thursday night pick…or a Friday night pick. And Shorts is certainly not “the answer” for the Ravens in terms of upgrading their WR corps. But he could become a solid complementary piece in Cam Cameron’s offense, and could certainly be an option in the team’s return game.

RB Dion Lewis (Pitt)

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Has there been a more confusing early NFL Draft entry in recent years than Lewis?

Lewis is not a prototypical every down back. He’s much closer to a Ray Rice type of undersized back who will have to be involved in the passing game to really make an impact at the next level.

Of course, that’s an overly fair comparison. No one in the NFL thinks Dion Lewis is the next Ray Rice right now, which is why he could still be an intriguing option late in the Draft.

Lewis (5’7″, 193 pounds) played for just two seasons with the Panthers before departing for the NFL. His (redshirt) freshman season was incredible, as his 1,799 rushing yards and 5.5 yards per carry average made fans in Western Pennsylvania forget about LeSean McCoy, who had been drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles.

But his production in his sophomore season didn’t quite reach the same level, as he ran for just 1,061 yards and his average fell to 4.8 yards per carry.

Certainly part of the reason McCoy left school is because of the way running backs are now used in the NFL. There is a common thought that teams are looking for backs with more “tread left on the tires”, as the average shelf life for a back is much shorter than it once was.

Lewis would NOT be a “replacement” for Willis McGahee should the Ravens cut tie with the veteran as expected. But the Ravens could be looking to add multiple pieces to their backfield. As the Draft gets later, Lewis could be an option.

CB DeMarcus Van Dyke (Miami)

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You’re thinking to yourself…”I know that name!”

You do. Van Dyke became one of the more recognizable names of Draft season when he posted a blazing 4.28 forty yard dash at the Combine, making him the fastest man in Indianapolis.

On top of his speed, scouts clearly like Van Dyke’s size. The former Hurricanes DB measured in at 6’1″, 176 pounds in Indianapolis.

Unfortunately, speed and size alone do not make a player a legitimate NFL prospect. Van Dyke collected three interceptions during his career in Coral Gables, but struggled underneath and in zone situations, only really showing true ability in deep man coverages.

If he wasn’t 6’1″ and blazing fast, Van Dyke wouldn’t be a prospect AT ALL. Because of his size and speed, a team is going to be willing to take a late round chance on his as a developmental prospect.

The Ravens have questions in their secondary; as Chris Carr, Josh Wilson and Fabian Washington are all unrestricted free agents. On top of that, Cary Williams is an exclusive rights free agent and Domonique Foxworth is coming off an ACL injury.

Van Dyke is NOT a player the Ravens could take at the top of the Draft and plug in to play next season. But he could be allowed to progress behind veteran corners in Chuck Pagano’s defense.

DE Dontay Moch (Nevada)

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What we know is that Moch is FAST.

How fast?

He posted a 4.44 time in the forty at the Combine, easily the fastest amongst D-Linemen and Linebackers. What’s crazier is that Moch had previously recorded a 4.20 forty time at a Pro Timing Day in Reno as a junior.

The question for scouts now is whether or not Moch can match his speed with defensive skill.

Moch is a 6’1″, 248 pound end who many folks believe will have to be converted to an OLB at the next level. That would obviously limit his value to a team like the Ravens, who are in desperate need of D-End help.

Moch definitely showed an ability to get to the QB during his four seasons with the Wolf Pack, collecting 29 sacks during his career. He’s also intelligent, composing a NFL Draft diary during the process for the website SB Nation Arizona (he’s a Chandler, Arizona native).

If the Ravens feel he can team with LB Terrell Suggs and provide pressure from the edge, he could very well be a Friday night choice.

QB Jake Locker (Washington)

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If there was any thought process that somehow Jake Locker could slip far enough in the Draft that he could end up being an option for the Ravens, it’s certainly gone now.

While there are still questions about his throwing accuracy, Locker’s 4.52 time in the 40 yard dash and overall Combine performance confirmed that he’ll be a 2nd round pick at worst. That’s far too early for the Ravens to consider a quarterback with an established starter in Joe Flacco.

Locker will not be the Top 10 pick we once thought he would be, but the former Huskies QB seems more and more likely to be picked 25th by his hometown Seattle Seahawks.

Wherever he ends up, he’ll bring 53 TD passes as a Pac 10 quarterback and a solid 6’3″, 231 pound frame.

But unless something were to happen to Flacco between now and the end of April, he won’t be bringing those attributes to Baltimore.

C Rodney Hudson (Florida State)

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The bad news? Hudson was a guard (and actually played some tackle as well) in Tallahassee, and was a bit undersized even for a very talented ACC Offensive Lineman.

The good news? Hudson is expected to play center at the NFL level, reported to the Combine ten pounds heavier than when he played in the Senior Bowl and would have at least a season (fingers crossed for good health) to study under veteran Matt Birk.

Hudson checked in at 6’2″, 299 pounds in Indianapolis, and the only downside for the Ravens is that he’s continuously risen on Draft boards.

He won’t be taken before Mike Pouncey, but he might not last long enough for the Ravens to get him with the 59th pick in the draft.

Most scouts think Hudson could play immediately. If the Ravens can call his name in New York, they might have the benefit of not having to find out.

LB Colin McCarthy (Miami)

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Looking to the Canes for defensive help wouldn’t be something new for the Ravens organization.

At times, their success has reached a historic level (see Ray Lewis & Ed Reed). At other times, the jury is still out (see Tavares Gooden).

Interesting to mention the names of Gooden and Lewis, as both play a role in why McCarthy might be a legitimate choice for the Ravens.

Gooden is part of a trio (Dannell Ellerbe and Jameel McClain are the others) who have failed to solidify the WILL backer spot next to Lewis in the team’s 3-4 scheme. And as Harbaugh pointed out in a town hall conference call with fans this week, the team is aware that they have to start considering a long term replacement for Lewis at the MIKE backer spot.

McCarthy could be an option for either role…or perhaps both.

McCarthy is a 6’1″, 238 pound linebacker with decent speed who was a tackle machine (120 in his senior season, 297 for his career) during his time playing for Randy Shannon at “The U.”

On top of being a solid football player, he’s also a smart kid. If you missed his interview with Drew Forrester Wednesday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, I would encourage you to check it out in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net.

He’s going to go somewhere between the second and fourth rounds of the Draft. It might very well end up that he finds his way to Baltimore.

QB Greg McElroy (Alabama)

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Despite the fact it was a 43 he posted on the Wonderlic and not a 48, we know that McElroy is intelligent.

We also know that he’s a winner-which helped him win a BCS Championship as a junior with the Crimson Tide.

He also posted fairly impressive numbers in Tuscaloosa, throwing for 5,495 yards and 17 TD’s combined between his junior and senior seasons.

McElroy might not be a future franchise quarterback and will likely stay on the board well into Saturday. That’s exactly where the Ravens might be looking for a quarterback to play behind Flacco with Marc Bulger’s future in question.

He’s got pretty good size, measuring in at 6’2″, 220 pounds at the Combine. We know that Newsome LOVES to draft players from Alabama.

I don’t think it would be a surprise to anyone if McElroy ended up in purple and black.

LB Martez Wilson (Illinois)

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As we mentioned with McCarthy, the Ravens are definitely in the market for ILB help.

Wilson is considered by most scouts (including our own Brian Billick) to be the best inside backer available this year. He posted an impressive 4.49 time in the forty at the Combine, making him the fastest backer in the Draft.

Wilson measured in at 6’4″, 250 pounds in Indy; and had an impressive 111 tackles during his final season with the Illini.

The Ravens are going to need ILB help in this Draft. The question will be whether or not they will want to address it as early as will be necessary to walk away with Wilson. He’s going to have a chance to go as early as late in the first round (the Ravens pick 26th) or early in the second round.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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A Tale of Two Johns: Like Cooper Had to Beat Michigan, Harbaugh Has to Beat Steelers

Posted on 08 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

2-5 isn’t quite 2-10-1.

That being said, 2-5 might not be a totally fair representation.

Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh has learned a tough lesson this week following his team’s heartbreaking 13-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday.

In Baltimore-much like in Columbus, Ohio-fans simply won’t accept rivalry losses.

John Cooper was a tremendous college football coach. During a head coaching career at Tulsa, Arizona State, and Ohio State that spanned from 1977-2000; Cooper posted a 192-84-6 record and tallied nine conference championships.

Cooper was the head coach of the Buckeyes from 1988-2000. He went 111-43-4 during that span, claiming three Big Ten titles. Cooper guided the Buckeyes to bowl appearances in 11 of his 13 seasons and finished with a losing record only once-his first season in Columbus. Cooper counted wins in both the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl during his time as the Buckeyes’ head man, and played in bowl games on New Year’s Day or later an impressive nine times.

Cooper had incredible success as the Head Coach at Ohio State. The type of success that might have earned him the right to determine his own fate. “Might have” if not for one glaring problem.

2-10-1.

As head man in Columbus, Cooper’s Buckeyes posted just a 2-10-1 record against the Michigan Wolverines, Ohio State’s biggest rival.

It wasn’t just that Cooper’s teams struggled in their regular season finale against the opponent alumni and fans despised the most. The bigger problem was that Ohio State’s battles with Michigan regularly determined the final outcome for the Buckeyes’ season.

In 1993, Ohio State entered the Michigan game with a 9-0-1 record, but a 28-0 loss in Ann Arbor cost them an outright conference title. In 1995, Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George lead the Buckeyes back to Ann Arbor with an undefeated record and national title dreams. After a 31-23 defeat, the Buckeyes were sent to the Citrus Bowl instead.

1996 provided the greatest heartbreak for the Buckeyes in the John Cooper era, as they entered the Michigan game again undefeated and ranked #2 in the country. The Buckeyes had a 9-0 lead at halftime against Lloyd Carr’s Wolverines, but ultimately fell 13-9 at home.

OSU would eventually win another game against Michigan under Cooper in 1998, but they never posted back to back wins in the series under his guide. Cooper was fired following an 8-4 campaign in 2000. While academic and off-field troubles surrounding the program played a role in his firing, his record against Michigan ultimately played a major role.

In fact, when new coach Jim Tressel took over in Columbus he made a point to put special emphasis on the Michigan rivalry. After the former Youngstown State head coach was hired by the Buckeyes, he made a memorable halftime speech at a Ohio State-Michigan basketball game, according to ESPN.com…

“I can assure you that you will be proud of our young people, in the classroom, in the community, and most especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan on the football field.”

Following Sunday’s loss, Harbaugh now holds a 2-5 record against the Ravens’ heated AFC North rivals, including the 2009 AFC Championship Game.

(Every Ravens fan knows that both of Harbaugh’s wins in the rivalry came in games where Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was not on the field. That’s why the 2-5 record may not be such a fair representation.)

In 2008, Harbaugh’s second loss to the Steelers cost the Ravens a shot at the division title and forced them to hit the road in the playoffs. After a hard fought divisional round win over the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, the Ravens appeared flat when they hit the field for the conference title game at Heinz Field. Harbaugh’s third loss to the Steelers cost the Ravens a trip to Tampa Bay to face the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.

(Harbaugh’s first loss to the Steelers-a Week 4 Monday Night Football defeat early in 2008-was also a loss that could have earned the Ravens home field advantage had they won the game. Week 4 losses just don’t tend to be quite as agonizing as losses in Week 15.)

Harbaugh’s fourth loss to the Steelers wasn’t quite as crushing. Despite losing in the Steel City in late 2009, the Ravens held on to earn a Wild Card playoff berth via a tiebreaker after the teams finished with matching 9-7 records.

Harbaugh’s fifth loss in the series shapes up to be as crushing if not more than any of the others. Had the Ravens held on for a Week 13 win over the Steelers, they would have controlled their own destiny (and actually held a one game margin of error) to win the division, receive a first round bye and host a playoff game in the divisional round.

The Ravens were a home win over the Steelers away from having a significantly clearer path to Dallas and a chance to again play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy this season.

We know now that the path isn’t so clear.

Had Sunday’s loss been to the Cincinnati Bengals or Cleveland Browns, it would have been difficult for fans to stomach. Sunday’s loss was particularly costly, and it would have left a dark cloud hanging over Charm City no matter who the opponent had been.

Yet because it was a rivalry loss, because it was the Steelers, there is simply no doubt that the black cloud left by the defeat remains darker than anything that came from fires on The Block or in Mt. Vernon.

(As an aside, does anyone see symbolism in the fact that the city has dealt with multiple REAL black clouds after a Steelers loss?)

The fact is, this fanbase CANNOT stomach losses to the Steelers, especially not losses of such magnitude. Losses hurt, but losses to the Steelers are absolute gut punches.

As Drew Forrester and I opined last week on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, this city doesn’t look at a Ravens loss to the Steelers as a NFL loss. The city tends to look at such losses as a loss to the city of Pittsburgh in general. There’s a natural feeling that it wasn’t a football team that won on Sunday night, but instead the entire Western Pennsylvania area.

It leads to frustration, pain and anger. As I wrote immediately following Sunday night’s game, the ability for fans to be rational goes completely out the window after a loss to the Steelers.

Harbaugh found that out Tuesday night during his radio show on WBAL.

A caller to the show questioned Harbaugh on the job status of DL Coach Clarence Brooks, one of the more respected assistants on the Ravens’ staff.

Harbaugh didn’t handle the question well, chiming back “Clarence Brooks does a great job. We will fight our tails off. If that’s not enough, then find another team to root for” according to the National Football Post.

It wasn’t the only time Harbaugh lost his cool during the show. Again according to NFP, Harbaugh also explained at one point: “if you’re not proud of this football team, then you don’t know football.”

Harbaugh probably didn’t handle the questions the best way he could have. There’s no doubt that his frustration reflected poorly with the fans who were listening, even if his answers were fair.

But the problem wasn’t the response. The problem was the result.

Ravens fans are NEVER going to be accepting of losses to the Steelers.

When the Ravens lose to the Steelers, the fanbase is going to respond poorly. This won’t be the last time a John Harbaugh-coached Ravens team plays the Steelers with major AFC North or overall playoff ramifications. In fact, the majority of the games the two teams will play against each other will be played with a lot on the line.

While college football and the NFL aren’t similar in many ways, this is an area where the rivalry is much like Ohio State-Michigan.

It isn’t just a rivalry because the two teams (or fanbases) don’t like each other. Ole Miss and Mississippi State don’t like each other, but their games rarely mean much of anything in the SEC. Ravens-Steelers games regularly mean a lot in the AFC.

The comparison is something John Harbaugh should really understand. John went to Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. His father (Jack Harbaugh) was an assistant under Bo Schembechler at Michigan. His brother (Jim Harbaugh) was a quarterback for the Maize and Blue. (Jim’s teams were 3-1 against Ohio State.) Ohio State-Michigan is in John Harbaugh’s blood.

In that way, Harbaugh probably understands well what happened to Cooper at Ohio State. Hopefully that understanding can be transcendent.

If John Harbaugh is going to succeed as the Head Coach of the Baltimore Ravens, he is going to HAVE to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.

There’s just no getting around that.

Harbaugh is not in jeopardy of being run out of town like Cooper was at Ohio State.

I repeat, Harbaugh’s job is NOT in jeopardy. Certainly not at this point anyway.

But if he’s going to succeed here long-term, he’s going to HAVE to beat the Steelers. If not, a few annoying calls to a radio show will turn into general discontent, and eventually a much more vitriolic fanbase.

That’s what happened to Cooper in Columbus.

Harbaugh doesn’t have to win EVERY game against the Steelers. Since taking over at Ohio State, Tressel has gone 9-1 against the rival Wolverines, which isn’t a realistic expectation for Harbaugh against the Steelers.

But he has to start winning SOME meaningful games against the Steelers, or the Ravens won’t accomplish the things they need to for Harbaugh to be successful as a Head Coach.

And if 2-5 is a pace that continues for Harbaugh against the Steelers, Harbaugh’s story will likely have a similar ending as Cooper’s.

-G

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (1/7/09)

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (1/7/09)

Posted on 07 January 2010 by Jack McManus

9:48-

Jim Nantz who will call the Ravens-Patriots playoff matchup this weekend comes on with Drew. Nantz invites Drew to see him before the game. He talks about the teams’ previous game that was the Raven’s first loss of the season. Nantz next explains how the league has turned into an offensive league. He states that through the draft and hiring decisions the Ravens have adjusted well to this change. After talking to Harbaugh, Nantz says that the coach believes that team is better at every aspect of the game.

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Sean Salisbury now joins Drew. He says that he is looking forward to a hard-hitting, good game between the Ravens and the Patriots. Drew tells Sean that he is sticking with his Super Bowl pick of the Chargers over the Packers in the Super Bowl. Drew states that he thinks the winner of the Green Bay-Arizona game will defeat the Saints. Sean agrees that a physical team could take down the Saints.

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Devin Barclay is the next guest. He is a Maryland-native and was the kicker for Ohio State this past college football season. Barclay is a former professional soccer player. After his short career, he walked on at Ohio State and began to kick field goals. He talks about the pressure of playing for such a prominent national power house, like the Buckeyes. He next discusses why his soccer career did not pan out. He states that one thing can never determine one’s career. He explains that a multitude of factors led him to step away from the sport when he did.
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9:00-

Steve from Pimlico calls in. He brings up the fact that a team’s quarterback makes or breaks the coach. He gives the example of Bill Belichick before and after Tom Brady was the starting QB.

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Drew talks about a comment Mike Paskoff made on his blog this morning. Mike then calls in and the two get in a heated discussion. They talk about Drew’s decision to lose a game on purpose

8:09-

Brian Billick makes his weekly appearance. He begins by discussing the excitement of wild card weekend and the uncertainty for some head coaches. He next talks about the Cleveland Browns’ situation. The team is carrying some momentum into the offseason by winning its last four games. Brian explains that he is not sure what direction Mike Holmgren will take with coach Eric Mangini. Drew reminds Brian that the Buffalo Bills play the Ravens next season. Brian responds that he believes the Bills will find a top young coordinator to the head coach. Before he leaves, Brian says that Dallas will beat Philly, Green Bay will beat Arizona, the Ravens will beat New England, and New York will beat Cincinnati.

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Jalen Parmele of the Ravens joins Drew early this morning. He starts off by talking about how it is exciting for him to able to make a name for himself in the NFL. He also states that he hopes to be a part of the mix for the kick returning job next year. Next, Parmele explains how the game this upcoming weekend will be special, since it is his first ever playoff. He also discusses the difference between returning punts and kicks. He states that he has not returned punts since high school. On the topic of preparation for the Patriots, Parmele says that the team is doing  essentially the same thing as the other weeks.
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In Game About “More Than Football”, Navy Continues to Dominate Football Side

Posted on 12 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Philadelphia, PA Ken Niumatalolo ABSOLUTELY had it right when he was asked about the “spectacle” surrounding Saturday’s Army-Navy game. Niumatalolo was asked if he was surprised by the fact that the game had so much hoopla and overall excitement despite the lack of true football significance, and he responded…

“I think most people understand what this game is about. It’s more than football.”

There’s no doubt that he’s correct in that statement.

Navy defeated Army 17-3 Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in a game that actually did have some real football significance, but the game continued to be about so much more than football. Ken Niumatalolo talked glowingly afterwards about the young men who chose to come to Annapolis or West Point, noting that the men on the field were there to become “better leaders” for this nation in a time of war against multiple enemies.

Nearly 70,000 fans packed “The Linc” for what has been nicknamed “America’s Game” by new presenting sponsor USAA. Millions more watched at home from the United States and around the world via CBS, as families everywhere were reminded of how their lives were affected so much by the decision of a loved one to defend this country and serve in one of these branches of the military.

The game is clearly not just a college football institution, but a cultural institution for those around the world. The city of Baltimore would be well served to continue to campaign for future installments of the rivalry; M&T Bank Stadium is scheduled to play host again in 2014 and 2016.

And with all of that said, the actual football side of the rivalry continues to be totally one-sided.

The Mids improved to 9-4 with their victory, and have the chance to win 10 games for the first time since 2004 under Paul Johnson when they play Missouri December 31 at Reliant Stadium. They also won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy outright for the 7th consecutive year by sweeping Army and Air Force; establishing a new record for the series. They also prevented Army from clinching a berth in the EagleBank Bowl, which would have been their first bowl appearance since the 1996 Independence Bowl.

Even more impressively; the Midshipmen got the job done Saturday against an improved Army team, who appears to be closing the gap under first year head coach Rich Ellerson. While this was the 3rd straight year that Navy held Army without a touchdown in the game; this year they needed every single defensive stand.

The Midshipmen were uncharacteristic in turning the ball over twice in the first half, allowing Army to put points on the board and take a 3-0 lead to the locker room. Ricky Dobbs rallied his team to open the 2nd half; converting a crucial 4th and 1 before finding Marcus Curry for a 25 yard TD that would give the Mids a lead they would never relinquish.

With the win, the Midshipmen have now outscored the Midshipmen 89-6 over the last 3 seasons. In winning 8 straight over the Black Knights, all 8 wins have been by double digit figures.

Even more impressively, 5 full classes of seniors will now graduate from the Naval Academy having never known what it was like to lose to Army.

But this game ISN’T just about football. It just isn’t.

And the United States Military Academy couldn’t be more thankful for that.

-G

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You can check out the stats from today’s game here. Ken Niumatalolo’s postgame press conference is available in the Audio Vault at WNST.net.

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5:50-The final stand for Army fails to produce even a single first down. Navy will win this one 17-3; extending their win streak over Army to 8 and winning their 7th straight outright Commader-In-Chief’s Trophy. Senior QB Greg Zingler takes the final knee.

Ricky Dobbs named game’s MVP.

I’ll be back with more shortly.

5:48-Navy will be forced to punt with under 2 minutes to play, Army will have no timeouts left when they get the ball. Navy seniors have brooms with them in the stands to signify that they are going to “sweep” all 4 games from another Army senior class. Navy students and fans jumping up and down and chanting during the previous timeout.

5:43-Steelman tried to find a quadruple-covered Villanueva in the endzone on 4th and 8 from the Navy 9; but the ball was tipped and intercepted by Ram Vela. Navy takes over at the 20 with 2:36 to play; this one is OVER.

5:40-Army is staying in this one by throwing the football on this drive. They’re inside the Navy 10 with just under 3 minutes to play and they have all 3 of their timeouts left.

5:36-Ross Pospisil received my vote for game MVP today. Had I been able to name Offensive and Defensive MVP’s, Ricky Dobbs would have been my offensive MVP.

5:30-Dobbs keeps it himself and plunges in from 1 yard out, extending Navy’s lead to 17-3 with 6:15 to play here in the 4th quarter. This one is just about over.

Dobbs has just broke a NCAA record with his 24th rushing TD by a quarterback this season. He has scored a TD in every game he started this season.

5:27-Ricky Dobbs averts a near disaster, recovering a fumble at Army’s 1 yard line. It’s 2nd and goal from there with 6:34 to play in this one.

5:25-Well, the exact opposite happened. Ross Pospisil forced a Kingsley Ehie fumble, which was picked up by Craig Schaefer and brought down to the Army 11 yard line. A score here might just end this one….

5:20-Big stop for Army forces Navy to punt. Josh Jones’ return gives Army the ball at their own 34 yard line with 8:20 to play in this one.

5:17-Army’s drive is halted at the 15, and they decide to kick to try to cut Navy’s lead.

Unfortunately, Alex Carlton’s 34 yard try was NEVER on line, missing badly to the left. Navy will take over from their own 20 holding on to a 10-3 lead.

5:14-Ali Villanueva fumbles after a hit by Emmett Merchant, but Army recovers at the Navy 21.

Ali Villanueva has 2 catches on this drive, and is tough for ANYONE IN THE WORLD to cover. Why? Probably because he’s 6’10″ and 283 pounds.

5:11-Remember when Kevin Edwards was doubtful to return? So much for that. He’s back in as Army is driving. A first down pass to Ali Villanueva gets Army to the Mids’ 41. Villanueva? He’s just 6’10 and 283 pounds; so no trouble bringing him down…

5:03-Facing a 4th and 4 from the 19 yard line, Ken Niumatalolo opted to kick. Joe Buckley connected from 36, giving the Midshipmen a 10-3 lead with 0:11 to play in the 3rd quarter.

4:59-On this drive, Navy QB Ricky Dobbs has surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the season. He becomes the 3rd Navy QB in history to do so; joining Chris McCoy and Craig Candeto.

Navy CB Kevin Edwards is doubtful to return with a shoulder injury.

4:51-Navy AGAIN forces Army to punt, and the Mids will take over from their own 26 with 7:05 to play in the 3rd. After failing to score for the first 36 minutes of the game; a TD on this drive could break this wide open for Navy.

4:47-Navy/Army spirit videos continue on the big screens here at The Linc, with the highlights including a Navy “RickRoll”, having guys in Army outfits dancing in a very feminine way to “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley.

Army had the head of Navy mascot “Bill The Goat” (the fake one, not the real one) being tossed around by Cadets before the game-the two schools often have legendary prank wars to go with the spirit videos.

4:41-Navy FINALLY breaks through. Dobbs finds a WIDE OPEN Marcus Curry in the endzone for his 3rd TD catch of the season….a 25 yard strike. Joe Buckey’s XP makes it 7-3 Midshipmen with 8:55 to play in the 3rd quarter.

That’s Dobbs’ first passing TD since a strike to Greg Jones in a win over the Fighting Irish.

4:39-The Mids DID end up going for it, and Ricky Dobbs managed to pick up the first down at the Army 27 yard line. Midshipmen could make a HUGE statement by punching this in for 6.

4:36-Navy now faces 4th and 1 from the Army 30, and they lined up to go for it. Ken Niumatalolo since took timeout. This would be about a 47 yard FG attempt for Jon Teague if they choose to kick.

4:32-HUGE 15 yard completion from Ricky Dobbs to Bobby Doyle on 3rd and 9 as the 2nd half is underway. The Midshipmen were in serious danger of a 3 and out to set the tone for the 2nd half. They need things to turn around in a hurry.

4:28-For the record, only ONE other Baltimore media member here today, as Kevin Cowherd from The Sun will write a column as well (they are using Camille Powell’s Washington Post game story). A season ago there were two Sun writers, as well as 2 writers from the now defunct Baltimore Examiner in attendance. I know there is a Maryland basketball game today and a Ravens game tomorrow; but given the success Navy has had this season and the fact that Philly is NOT that far away-I’m surprised no local TV people make this trip. Of course, they rarely do stand-ups at any event anymore…

4:07-First scoreless first half from Navy in Army-Navy game since 1993. I’ll be back with more shortly.

4:05-Navy went conservative; and were forced to punt from their own 40. Army will take over at their own 21 with 55 seconds left and no timeouts, I doubt they’ll try to do too much.

4:03-Big defensive plays allow Navy to get the ball back with no timeouts in the waning moments of the 1st half. They face 3rd and 11 from their own 38 with 1:09 to play.

3:56-Taking a look at the Navy games that will be played outside of Annapolis over the next couple of years….

Army-Navy:
2010 Philadelphia
2011 Washington (FedEx Field)
2012 & 2013 Philadelphia
2014 Baltimore
2015 Philadelphia
2016 Baltimore
2017 Philadelphia

Navy-Notre Dame:
2010 East Rutherford, NJ (new Meadowlands Stadium)
2011 South Bend
2012 Dubin, Ireland
2013 South Bend
(All odd years played at Notre Dame stadium, no locations have been determined for 2014 and beyond.)

Navy-Maryland
2010 Baltimore
(The schools would like to meet again in 2014-Ralph Friedgen has said he’d like to play annually-but Chet Gladchuk and Debbie Yow have yet to reach an agreement on a 2014 game.)

Navy-Ohio State
2014 TBD (It appears unlikely that the Buckeyes game will be in Baltimore, as Navy plays Army in Baltimore the same season. My guess is that the game will go to FedEx Field; but there have been rumors that OSU would be okay with playing the game at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium; which seems even more unlikely.)

3:54 A holding penalty negates ANOTHER big pass, this one from Dobbs to Mario Washington. And Navy will be forced to punt AGAIN, this time from their own 42.

Army takes over at their own 16 with 2:55 to play in the first half.

3:50-Navy is moving the ball a bit, really needing a score to get this offense going again before halftime. For a game where we always say “take the over”, this game has clearly been a defensive struggle. 5 minutes to play in 2nd quarter; Navy faces a 2nd & 10 from their own 40 after taking their 2nd timeout of the half.

3:44-Damion Hunter tried to throw the ball to Trent Steelman downfield, but the pass was nearly intercepted by Wyatt Middleton. Nice to see a little razzle-dazzle from Rich Ellerson’s team though; wouldn’t mind seeing more from Cam Cameron in fact.

3:39-Sorry for the break, I had to go write up the Ravens’ activation of Justin Harper and waiving of Charles Ali. I’m back now.

Needing a big play to jump start their offense, Ricky Dobbs thought he had it with a BOMB brought in by Nick Henderson that would have gotten them inside the Army 10 yard line. But a holding call negated the play, and the Mids were eventually forced to punt. The Knights will take over at their own 19 about midway through the 2nd quarter.

3:24-One play later, disaster strikes Navy’s offense again. Vince Murray is hit and Andrew Rodriguez forces a fumble, which is recovered by Chris Swain at the Army 47. Great field position again for the Black Knights.

That’s the first fumble Vince Murray has lost in his career.

3:22-Navy hasn’t gone this long without scoring since a scoreless streak of 5 quarters back in the ’06 season.

Big pass from Dobbs to Vince Murray picks up a Navy first down; but a block in the back will force Navy back 10 yards to the Army 49.

3:17-After solid defensive plays by Wyatt Middleton and Ross Pospisil, Steelman through high to Ali Villanueva on a fade route in the endzone. Alex Carlton came in and connected from 23 yards out; giving Army a 3-0 lead. It is the first time Army has scored against Navy in the last 7 quarters between the two teams; it is the first time Army has lead Navy since the first quarter of the 2006 game. Alex Carlton’s 18th field goal ties a school record set by Jay Parker in 1996.

It’s 3-0 Army at the end of the first quarter. This means that Navy hasn’t scored in their last 3 quarters-dating back to the Hawaii game. That’s their longest streak of the season.

Alex Teich’s return gives Navy the ball at the Army 35.

3:14-A MAJOR momentum swing here, as Navy QB Ricky Dobbs was intercepted by Steven Erzinger, who returned the ball to the Navy 12 yard line in the final minute of the first quarter. It looked like Erzinger was going to get to the endzone, but he was stopped short. Navy defense must dig deep.

3:12-Ram Vela picks up his first sack of the season, forcing Army to punt. Navy will take over at their own 28 with 1:28 to play in the first quarter after a short return from Mario Washington.

3:08-Navy’s drive stalled at the Army 44, they were forced to punt. Delahooke didn’t get much on the punt, allowing Army to start from their own 28. Hard running from Patrick Mealy for the Knights thus far.

3:01-Army’s drive stalled at the Navy 30; where Alex Carlton entered and missed a 47 yard FG attempt. We remain scoreless.

On 2nd down, Marcus Curry springs a 16 yard run, and Navy has the ball at midfield.

2:52-Kyle Delahooke DID enter the game and punt, Army will take over on the Navy 42.

Odd note: both Army coach Rich Ellerson and Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo are Hawaii alumni. This week, Niumatalolo told a story of how Ellerson helped recruit him to play for the Warriors.

2:48-Navy managed to force Army to punt on their first drive. The Knights started with outstanding position, and tried to get QB Trent Steelman going early in the option, but were unable to make it work.

Navy lined up to go for it on 4th and 1 from their own 27, but called timeout before the play. Expect them to punt.

2:36-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates joined the teams on the field for today’s coin flip. Navy won the toss and chose to defer to the 2nd half. President George W. Bush attended last year’s game in his final year in office-he watched one half on the Army side of the field and the other half on the Navy side of the field. I do not believe President Obama is in attendance today; he of course was in Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize this week.

I am struck by how much Philly wants this game here annually. They have started a website, PhillyLovesArmyNavy.com, and Mayor Michael Nutter has spoken about keeping the game here permanently. The city of Baltimore and Sheila Dixon really need to step up to make sure M&T Bank Stadium remains in major rotation for the game. Of course, she has some other things on her mind…..

2:20-Greetings from the press box at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, where the 8-4 Navy Midshipmen tangle with the 5-6 Army Black Knights in the 110th Army-Navy game. The Mids are looking for their 7th straight victory over the Knights; and looking to wrap up a record 7th consecutive outright Commander-In-Chief’s trophy. Ken Niumatalolo is looking to become the first head coach in Service Academy history to claim the C-I-C Trophy in each of his first two seasons as head coach. The Midshipmen have already accepted a bid to the Texas Bowl to face Missouri on New Year’s Eve in Houston; but the Black Knights need a win today to clinch a bid to face Temple in the EagleBank Bowl at RFK Stadium. Should they lose, UCLA would take their bid; which means Rick Neuheisel is just about the biggest Navy fan on the face of the planet today.

The pre-game festivities have been OUTSTANDING thus far, and I am looking forward to the in-game spirit videos that will be shown on the screens at The Linc. Today’s game can be seen on CBS (WJZ 13 in Baltimore, Channel 23 on Comcast cable in Baltimore County); Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson have the call.

You can follow me on Twitter during the game (@WNST).

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 15 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

I’m doing things a LITTLE BIT different this week. The Distractions are hitting on Sunday night, and the 15-7-0 will hit sometime tomorrow. Sorry for the confusion, this trip to Cleveland is screwing up my schedule a bit.

Honorable Mention:
NBA: Cavaliers @ Wizards (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet and ESPN), Wizards @ Thunder (Friday 8pm from Oklahoma City live on Comcast SportsNet Plus), Wizards @ Spurs (Saturday 8:30pm from San Antonio live on Comcast SportsNet and NBA TV); Boxing: Mikkel Kessler vs. Andre Ward (Saturday 10pm from Oakland live on Showtime); NHL: Capitals @ Rangers (Tuesday 7pm from New York live on VERSUS), Canadiens @ Capitals (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Capitals @ Maple Leafs (Saturday 7pm from Toronto live on Comcast SportsNet Plus & NHL Network), Capitals @ Senators (Monday 7pm from Ottawa live on Comcast SportsNet); NCAA Field Hockey Final Four: Maryland vs. Princeton (Friday 2pm from Winston-Salem live on CBS College Sports. Championship Game Sunday at 12pm.); “Star Trek” available in stores on DVD and Blu-Ray (Tuesday); Dave Matthews Band musical guest on Saturday Night Live (Saturday 11:30pm NBC)

10-Chesapeake Oyster & Beer Festival (Friday 6pm Timonium Fairgrounds)

You mean to tell me that you plan to combine all of this……

oysters

With all of this????

beer

I don’t just want to attend this event. Nay, I want to somehow make this my religion!

9-High School Football Regional Finals: 4A North Final: Patterson vs. Thomas Johnson (Friday 7pm Poly High School), 3A North Final: Franklin @ Hereford (Friday 7pm), 2A North: Chesapeake-Baltimore County vs. Eastern Tech (Friday 7pm CCBC Dundalk), 1A East Final: Havre de Grace @ Joppatowne (Friday 7pm)

There’s a rumor that Chesapeake and ET are playing for the rights to the word “Vo.”

And as always-a reminder. If you’re going to high school football game this weekend in Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Harford County or elsewhere, please remember……

jailbait

8-Soccer: NCAA Tournament Selection Show (Monday 5:30pm ESPNews); Baltimore Blast vs. Philadelphia KiXX (Saturday 7:35pm 1st Mariner Arena), Team USA vs. Denmark (Wednesday 2:30pm from Aarhus)

It will be kinda difficult for me to root for The Red White and Blue Wednesday afternoon. Not because I don’t LOVE America (trust me-I chant U-S-A even at some very inappropriate times); but because…..you know…..who doesn’t love the Danish?

danish

7-NASCAR Ford 400 (Sunday 2:30pm from Homestead Miami live on ABC)

A small percentage of the country is going to celebrate the crowning of the Sprint Cup champion Sunday in South Florida. The majority of the country is going to celebrate the fact that we will no longer be forced to watch NASCAR highlights during SportsCenter. Either way, it’s really a win-win.

By the way, I’ve always been impressed with how NASCAR finds just the right locations to hold their major events. I mean, nothing says NASCAR quite like this place, huh?

miami

6-Mixed Martial Arts: WEC: Mike Brown vs. Jose Aldo (Wednesday 9pm from Las Vegas live on VERSUS), Strikeforce Challengers: Tyron Woodley vs. Rudy Bears (Friday 11pm from Kansas City live on Showtime), UFC 106: Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin 2 (Saturday 10pm from Las Vegas live on Pay-Per-View)

We could screw around here and talk about how there are a ton of great MMA fights this week that everyone should be excited about; or we can get to the point. Let’s all be thankful that Tito Ortiz is fighting Saturday night; as we will certainly be treated to PLENTY of gratuitous footage of his lovely bride Jenna……

jenna

5-College Football: Maryland @ Florida State (Saturday 12pm from Tallahassee live on Raycom, WJZ 13 locally), Towson @ James Madison (Saturday 3pm-coverage on AM1570 WNST begins at 2:45pm), Ohio State @ Michigan (Saturday 12pm from Ann Arbor live on ABC)

I HATE the Seminoles; but they DO have two things going for them. 1-This song is actually very cool…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STPWd6-HUAQ[/youtube]

2-Their biggest fan-Jenn Sterger-seems like a very nice gal…..

sterger

Moving forward-whoever “Nicole” is; she went to JMU. That does not make me a fan of the Dukes-but it makes me consider it.

nicole

And finally; Ohio State-Michigan is one of my favorite rivalries in sports. I know OSU’s win over Iowa makes this somewhat meaningless because the Buckeyes have already punched their ticket to The Rose Bowl; but don’t tell Rich Rodriguez that. A Wolverines loss will put him SQUARELY on the hot seat amongst their fans; while a victory might be enough to get a a statue of R-Rod built outside The Big House. I tend to pull for Ohio State when these teams play. With no offense to “Let’s Go Blue”, this is one of THE greatest songs in all of sports…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouZxOa7kSv4[/youtube]

And for the record, this was probably the greatest commercial ESPN ever made……

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

4-WWE Survivor Series (Sunday 8pm from Verizon Center live on Pay-Per-View)

You know why I’m going to watch? One word. Maryse……

Maryse

3-College Basketball: Fairfield @ Maryland (Tuesday 8pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet), New Hampshire @ Maryland (Friday 8pm Comcast Center), Buffalo @ Towson (Saturday 1pm Towson Center), Loyola @ UMBC (Wednesday 7:30pm from RAC Arena live on MASN), UMBC @ George Washington (Saturday 2pm Smith Center), Loyola @ Mt. St. Mary’s (Saturday 2pm Knott Arena), East Tennessee State @ Morgan State (Thursday 7pm Hill Field House), Washington Adventist University @ Coppin State (Thursday 7:30pm Coppin Center)

On top of all that, Terps prospects Tobias Harris and Ashton Pankey are each expected to make their college commitments this week. Harris was in attendance as the Terrapins topped Charleston Southern Friday night. Pankey is choosing between College Park and Houston-and with no offense to ANY group named “Cougars”, I get the feeling the ACC might be a better choice.

That being said; I’ve always wanted to be a part of a recruiting visit. Kinda like Jesus Shuttlesworth in He Got Game. And by that, I mean-I’d like to be brought into a room where two nice young ladies were there to do anything I wanted. Of course, I’d probably choose these two……

padmarachael

And the activity I chose would probably have something to do with Hummus. But that’s not the point here…….

2-Bruce Springsteen (Friday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena), Star Wars in Concert (Wednesday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena), Daughtry (Thursday 7pm Patriot Center), Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live), Matisyahu (Saturday 7pm Sonar), Jim Gaffigan (Friday 8pm & 10:30pm Lyric Opera House)

This is CLEARLY the strangest week of concerts in the history of the Charm City area. First of all, this guy is funny…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9c9lAfXQHs[/youtube]

Second, this guy shreds……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-7KtdtZeG0[/youtube]

Third, THIS GUY……..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciXyuNae5No[/youtube]
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE8hfc7DH7U[/youtube]

Somehow lost to THIS GUY on American Idol…….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uzD–noRE8[/youtube]

Fourth, THIS guy may or may not bathe…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxxuSiC4wNw[/youtube]

Fifth, WTF IS THIS?!?!?!?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQ7xs8dGCfc[/youtube]

And Sixth, this goes up there with U2 back in 2001 in the running for the Biggest Act to Ever Play in our fine city. Which makes this convenient…….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVdZ0Rdm8zI[/youtube]

1-Colts @ Ravens (Sunday 1pm from M&T Bank Stadium live on CBS), “The Blind Side” opens in theaters (Friday)

Man, the Ravens are facing a really crucial part of their schedule. Good thing they don’t have to play any good teams or anything like that.

By the way, I would give any amount of money to watch this game with Bob from Parkville. “You son of a bitch, you are not John Unitas!”

Also-for the record-Sandra Bullock looks AMAZING in The Blind Side…..

bullock

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 09 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

I really mean it.

I’m over it.

I understand how hurt everyone is by how wretched the Orioles have been on and off the field for what is not the 12th straight year.

But I’m over it.

I’ve replaced them.

I still LOVE the Orioles; but they’re just not important enough for me to pay attention to anymore. I can’t justify getting so involved with the Orioles when they aren’t important enough.

Hey, I love the Baltimore Blast too. And they actually are both A-a model franchise and B-constant winners.

But I couldn’t justify investing my entire sports fandom in the Blast either.

The Orioles are…..irrelevant. And they continue to prove that they don’t want to change. They’ll be hundreds of fans at Camden Yards next week, and they don’t care. They’re not concerned about getting more people there.

And you know what? I don’t care either.

I’m over it.

Baseball has been replaced for me. UFC Fights, U.S. Open Tennis, The NFL Draft, College Lacrosse, UEFA Champions League, The Gold Cup, World Cup Qualifying, Michael Phelps in Rome, The Triple Crown, the rare occasions when Tiger Woods makes golf semi-interesting, Training Camp, Fantasy Drafts, Spring Football, the Nathan’s 4th of July Hot Dog Contest, even a Kings of Leon concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion last night.

They’ve all replaced the emotion I used to invest in Baseball.

And it’s okay.

Will I be back if things change for the Orioles?

Sure.

But it won’t be the same.

To Drew, Bob, Nestor; and everyone else who still lives and dies over it; I’m sorry.

12 straight losing seasons is unacceptable. An organization that continues to embarrass itself by denying the chance to have hundreds, maybe THOUSANDS of extra fans at a September game against the Rays is unacceptable.

But emotionally, I’m checked out. I used to be angry.

But I’m over it.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Orioles won’t allow WNST listeners to “See The Birds”

Drew Forrester says ‘unprofessionalism’ continues from Orioles

Bob Haynie says “Birdland” is now 12 years of losing

Brian Billick says he’ll be hosting online show with FOX

Luke Jones says ‘sky is limit’ for ’09 Ravens

Thyrl Nelson doesn’t think Flacco, Rice, Mason particularly great fantasy plays in Week 1

Lawson Lambert thinks Navy’s Dobbs ‘star in the making’

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says Hernandez gave up 4 home runs in loss to Sox

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says Jason Berken takes hill tonight at Fenway Park vs. Paul Byrd

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says Birds called up Bob McCrory, Chris Waters, Chris Lambert, Justin Turner, Guillermo Rodriguez from Norfolk

Red Sox Official Site’s John Barone says Pedroia homered twice in win over Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says with loss, O’s clinched 12th consecutive losing season

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds acquired reliever Sean Henn from Twins

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Henn previously pitched with Yankees, Padres

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Adam Jones placed on 15 day DL; Bergesen, Montanez transferred to 60 day DL

The AP says Pedroia had 2 of 6 homers for BoSox in win

Boston Globe’s Adam Kilgore says Clay Buchholz baffled Birds in win

Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman says Ortiz, Youkilis, Drew, Alex Gonzalez also homered in win

Providence Journal’s Kevin McNamara says Michael Bowden pitched final 2 innings to finish win for Sox

Worcester Telegram’s Bill Ballou says 37,647 at Fenway Park saw Sox top O’s

SI’s Tom Verducci says Brian Roberts has shot at 60 doubles

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 27th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg impressed by Matt Angle, Zach Britton, Pedro Florimon, Eddie Gamboa, Tyler Henson, Caleb Joseph, Brian Matusz, Billy Rowell, Brandon Waring, Robbie Widlansky during Keys’ campaign

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens worked out former Giants WR David Tyree

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Cam Cameron’s offense could open up in the air

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Baltimore native Foxworth has more ticket requests than available tickets for Sunday’s game

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mason hinting towards retirement at end of season

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh took time to inspire Gilman team during win over Bear Creek (Colorado) at Unitas Stadium

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says first John Harbaugh Show aired last night on MASN

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says team introduced new live mascots Rise and Conquer

The Official Site says Harbaugh, Flacco, 52, Reed, Rice, Suggs all to speak to media today

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site’s Pete Moris says Todd Haley hoping to become first KC coach to win debut since Frank Gansz (’87)

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says sports fans in Baltimore get ‘ego’ back with regular season opener for Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley and Mike Preston say Tyree passed physical while in town for visit

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Oher expects to be ‘great’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Stover wished Hauschka, Ravens ‘nothing but the best’

The Sun’s Mike Preston doesn’t agree with Harbaugh’s assessment of Frank Walker

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Ravens remain ‘healthy’ economically despite recession

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says biggest health ‘question marks’ are LJ Smith, Marshal Yanda

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens have no ‘immediate’ plans to sign Tyree

3 of 8 USA Today analysts picked Ravens to win AFC North (4 of 8 picked Ravens to miss playoffs altogether, 1 of 8 picked Ravens to win Super Bowl)

USA Today has Ravens 6th in power rankings

USA Today’s Tom Pedulla says Ravens-Packers, Ravens-Steelers amongst best games of season

Sporting News’ Jeff D’Alessio says Reed named 7th best player in NFL by SN; Ray Lewis 11th, Suggs 45th, Ngata 92nd

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 12th in power rankings

Pro Football Weekly has Ravens 10th in power rankings

ESPN.com has Ravens 10th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Oher ‘will be fine’ making first NFL start Sunday

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘on the cusp of being an elite team’

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein picks Ravens to win AFC North

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein thinks Ngata will be NFL Defensive Player of the Year

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terrell Skinner, Nolan Carroll held defensive players only meeting after blowout loss to Golden Bears

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Don Brown defended defense, took responsibility for struggles in Berkeley

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph knows Terps weren’t ‘at best’ Saturday night

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph wouldn’t address Campbell’s injury

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph was pleased with Kenny Tate returning punts with Tony Logan out

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps ‘concerned’ about swine flu

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Terrell Skinner knows Terps can still compete for ACC Championship

The AP says Ralph wants players to ‘grow from’ blowout loss at Cal

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps will be without Bruce Campbell when they face James Madison Saturday

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Phil Costa confirmed Campbell out, Pinegar to LT, R.J. Dill to start at RT

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says future Terp Titus Till dealing with fractured shoulder blade

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 41,000 tickets at Byrd Stadium sold for Saturday’s opener vs. Dukes

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens offers photographic evidence of change from Chevy Chase Bank Field to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph will wait until Thursday to address Jamari McCullough’s ankle injury

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph doesn’t want to ‘panic’ about swine flu

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph expects Tony Logan to be ready to go against Madison

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps won only previous meeting with JMU

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin wouldn’t rule out Turner running option

Washington Examiner’s Rick Snider says losing to JMU could ‘cripple’ Terps’ season

Sporting News’ Matt Hayes has Terps 10th in ACC power rankings

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich has Terps 10th in ACC power rankings

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Terps hope ‘jitters’ gone after California loss (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles freshman OG Pete White (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings gives only praise from Cal loss to Nick Ferrara, Travis Baltz, Torrey Smith

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter gauges Terps’ interest in prospect Tsafack (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers to honor Towson community September 19 during home opener against Coastal Carolina

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s opener at Akron

The Official Site offers complete Bears/Zips release (pdf)

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Patsos looking forward to what Shane Walker will bring to Hounds

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon says Eddie Shuerr (Somers, NY) committed to Jays

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says fans can vote for Dobbs for Davey O’Brien Award

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo doesn’t want Midshipmen feeling too ‘hyped’ after loss to Ohio State

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Buddy Green pleased with Blake Carter, Ross Pospisil specifically from loss to Buckeyes

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Tyler Simmons playing key role spelling Pospisil, Tony Haberer

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina breaks down Navy/Louisiana Tech (must subscribe)

Go Mids updates seasons for Mids’ opponents

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Gulls’ Kowalick honored by ACFC

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team bringing back QB Nemeth

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I’m not particularly excited about a possible David Tyree acquisition. He would be little more than a special teams contributor. I think his story is incredible, but I don’t think he’d offer much to the Ravens.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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