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The Best Player in the NBA

Posted on 22 February 2011 by Chad Lamasa

The best player in the NBA is not LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, or even Kobe Bryant.

Clearly,  it’s former Duke defensive standout,  Shelden Williams.

How is that possible you ask?

Well, he was a part of the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks. He was also traded for such talents as Mike Bibby, Rashad McCants, and Calvin Booth.

He is now on his sixth team in just his fourth season in the NBA. LeBron and Melo have only been on two teams in over 7 years. Kobe has just been on one. Although he tried to get traded a few years ago.

If all these teams keep trading for him, he’s got to be the best player in the league, right? Why trade for someone that is just going to ride the bench and give you about 15 minutes a game.

Oh wait, that’s right, the NBA has that goofy rule where the trade has to have equal money going to both teams. Or maybe Shelden has made a promise to himself that somehow, someway, he’s going to play at least one game for every team in the league. Six down, 24 to go.

There are still two days before the trade deadline expires. There is a possibility that he could make it to his seventh team.

He does have one thing going for him. He’s married to Candace Parker, who is arguably the best player in the WNBA.

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Tuesday 3-Pointer: McGahee’s End Lets Ravens Spend, Is LT Last of the H.O.F. RBs? & Melo-Dramatic Ending

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Tuesday 3-Pointer: McGahee’s End Lets Ravens Spend, Is LT Last of the H.O.F. RBs? & Melo-Dramatic Ending

Posted on 22 February 2011 by Thyrl Nelson

Tuesday 3-Pointer

#1 – McGahee’s End Could Help Ravens Spend

This is one crazy NFL off-season already, and with fans forced to face up the reality of the impending labor strife, it seems that any opportunity to turn their collective focus toward anything moderately on-field related will have NFL fans jumping in with both feet. For evidence of that look no further than the apparent stir caused among Ravens fans yesterday based on the speculation by the Sun’s Mike Preston that the Ravens are likely to release Willis McGahee.

The reaction was a much bigger surprise after all than the realization regarding McGahee itself should have been. McGahee’s original deal with the Ravens, was reported to be a 7-year deal structured to be 3 years, meaning that by the end of the third season McGahee’s salary cap number would likely be preclusive to the team’s ability to keep him around beyond that time. The fact that Willis was a Raven at all in 2010 should have been a moderate surprise in the first place, and is likely at least somewhat attributable to the absence of a salary cap last season. Add to that the Ravens apparent wait and see approach, indicating that no players were likely to be released before the expiration of the league’s collective bargaining agreement in March, and it’s apparent that fans are dying for something…anything unrelated to labor negotiations to talk about.

Given the recent trends at the running back position league-wide, and the apparent wear and tear that has been exacted on Ray Rice of late, it’s easy to envision the Ravens looking to get younger at running back for 2011. What’s more, the failure of a number of recent highly drafted running back prospects, and success of almost as many undrafted free agents in recent seasons could lead to a bounty of running back talent in the late rounds of this year’s NFL draft and beyond. Say what you want about Ozzie’s recent draft record, but his success at finding running backs has been consistent throughout his tenure with the Ravens.

The league, in recent seasons, has shown a willingness to use running backs for all they’re worth while they’re young and relatively cheap, seemingly exhausting most of their talent before having to commit to big, long-term paydays. In the modern salary cap environment (presumably coming back in 2011) facilitating a position like running back “on the cheap” might free teams up to spend outlandish money for the types of talent that’s tougher to come by through free agency.

While I can’t envision the Ravens looking to break the bank and salary cap on a player like Nnamdi Asomugha, it’s reasonable to think that they could afford to if they were sure they could cover the running back position credibly with 3 low paid options. They might look elsewhere in the system too, to places like tight end and/or safety, places where they’ve always been able to find inexpensive, late round talent, at positions that are propped up to a degree by the system, and places where they’re reasonably certain that they could maintain strength in that system without committing a ton of money to the effort. If Joe Flacco matures and becomes a reliable top-10 in the league quarterback instead of a top-5 QB, that too could mean a savings of $5-$8 million per season, in this NFL, where corners and rush ends have seemingly been recognized as the most valuable defensive commodities, spending through free agency might be the only way outside of finishing 2-14 of coming by these types of players.

#2 – LT - Last of the Hall of Fame Running Backs?

Speaking of the plight of Willis McGahee, or the plight of the modern running back in general for that matter, it seems that we may be moving quickly toward the end of the Hall of Fame running back era.

There are 28 players in the Pro-Football Hall of Fame listed as modern era halfbacks (more than any other position but offensive and defensive line) with Marshall Faulk on his way in 2011. There are another handful of hopefuls who are retired and waiting hopefully on the call for induction, and there’s LaDanian Tomlinson. After that, it might be quite a while before we see another halfback able to put together the type of career that merits induction into the NFL’s hallowed hall.

In this modern landscape of multi-headed backfields, and where running backs are being employed more and more in short, over the middle passing options that wide receivers used to build their reputations on, the league seems to be chewing up and spitting out running backs at a record pace. While guys like Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson might be well on their way, at this point they’ve done little more (or arguably less) than Terrell Davis, who is still waiting on a call from the hall, and unlikely to get it in the minds of most or Jamal Lewis for that matter.

I’d encourage you to enjoy LT while you still have the chance, it may be a long time before you see another hall of fame running back.

#3 – Melo-Dramatic Ending

At long last, and after countless speculation, offers, counter-offers, and innuendo, the Knicks and Nuggets have finally agreed to a deal that will deliver Melo to his stated destination of choice in New York. There he’ll join forces with Amar’e Stoudemire to form their own “little big 2“, with arguably nothing else to speak of.

In getting the deal done, and thanks to the pressure provided by the Nets, the Knicks parted company with Timofey Mozgov, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari, along with a bevy of draft picks (only 1 first rounder), and some cash to boot. The Nets, for their trouble are reportedly set to get Mozgov and one of the Nuggets’ other new acquisitions for a pair of first round picks that were central to those two teams’ own Carmelo talks. The Knicks will also reportedly send Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph to Minnesota for Corey Brewer.

That leaves the Knicks with 2/3 of their own big 3 in the making in Anthony and Stoudemire, along with uber-second round pick Landry Fields, Brewer and Chauncey Billups if he reports for duty with the Knicks in the backcourt, but next to nothing in support of Amar’e up front. Rony Turiaf remains from the Knicks original roster and he’ll be supported, lightly, by Renaldo Balkman and Shelden Williams (also acquired in the Anthony deal).

The Knicks were a nice early story, and will ultimately benefit from the attraction that is Anthony and Stoudemire, but for this season at least, they look to have taken a pretty significant step backward. Felton could be viewed as found money by the Knicks, but was one of the most effective (and seemingly quickest) point guards through the first half of the season in Dantoni’s system. Gallinari was having a disappointing season, but was a legitimate threat from the outside with a developing post game, and Mozgov is a reasonably skilled 7-footer with a pretty legitimate upside; he’ll be a welcome addition in New Jersey. But since New York had no real stake in the Eastern Conference this season anyway, it may be one step backward with the intent of taking two big steps forward with two franchise forwards in tow.

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Regarding LeBron: How Would We Have Felt?

Posted on 13 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

If I chime in on LeBron James, does that officially mean that EVERY columnist/blogger in the world of sports media would have dedicated print/type to the subject?

I will admit that I have much less moved by the LeBron James saga than the large majority of this country. I was unmoved by his free agent courting process, I was unmoved by ESPN’s “The Decision” special, I was unmoved by his decision to bolt Cleveland for Miami, and I was unmoved by Dan Gilbert losing his mind Thursday night.

I will also admit that rarely am I particularly moved in any way by a subject in sports that doesn’t garner any sort of emotional investment from me. With no offense to the Boston Celtics or Los Angeles Lakers, my level of involvement in the NBA Finals was minimal at best. If I was home and the games were on, I watched them. I certainly did not plan my month of June around making sure I was home to see Kobe Bryant go up against Paul Pierce.

I have no emotional investment when it comes to LeBron James. I have enjoyed watching him play at times (his masterpiece against the Detroit Pistons in the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals was special), but I have never been much too concerned about what he was doing on or off the floor.

Apparently I’m one of the few.

The most compelling thing about the LeBron saga for me has been the reaction-both in Cleveland and across the country. Be it fans burning LBJ jerseys in “The Comeback City” or Jesse Jackson forcing himself into the topic, I have been intrigued by all of the attention that has been placed on the subject.

Heck, even my partner on “The Morning Reaction” Drew Forrester has been inspired to talk about the NBA, a subject I couldn’t even ask him to discuss the other 11 months of the year.

Obviously the most irrational reaction has come from the shores of Lake Erie, where sports fans have not only burned jerseys; but have made much more dangerous threats and have compared the man they previously called “The King” to their other most despised sports figure-former Baltimore Ravens majority owner Art Modell.

Also amongst the reaction have been the inevitable comparisons to heartbreak-or potential heartbreak-in other cities. For example, Yahoo! Sports’ Les Carpenter (formerly of the Washington Post) wrote a column comparing James’ decision to depart Cleveland to the decision Cal Ripken made in 1988 to re-sign with the Baltimore Orioles.

It’s a fair comparison. Both were local products who achieved great success early in their career with their hometown team. There are also key differences.

Had Cal Ripken walked away from Charm City following the 1988 season, he would have been doing it in an era where fan reaction would have been much more difficult to gauge.

There were no sports talk radio stations in Baltimore in 1988. Blogging didn’t exist. Only the columnists at the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post would have REALLY had a chance to express the feelings about Ripken’s decision in a way that could have been knowledge to the man who would eventually become a Hall of Fame-caliber player.

There are also career differences-as Cal Ripken had helped lead the Birds to victory in the 1983 World Series, while LeBron James had never reached the mountaintop with the Cavs. Cleveland fans are starved for a championship at this point considering the many near misses of not only the Cavs, but also the near misses of the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians over the last 25 years.

Part of the angst felt by Cleveland fans certainly has something to do with the fact that they had to be convinced James would be part of the solution to finally end the city’s title drought. In reality, it’s hard for fans in ANY city in the country to really understand the mental makeup of a fanbase that hasn’t claimed a major pro sports title since 1964. Heck, in Baltimore alone we’ve won 5 titles since then, despite having only two pro sports-one of which was missing for over a decade.

However, I don’t necessarily think it’s unfair to try to consider how we’d feel in the situation. It’s with that in mind that I offer this hypothetical, which may or may not have any real validity in the big picture.

Let’s imagine that the Baltimore Bullets never left town. Instead of moving the team to Washington, Abe Pollin was granted an expansion team in DC and sold the Bullets to local ownership. Let’s also consider that instead of the Bullets franchise winning the 1978 NBA Championship; the “Washington Wizards” expansion team won the title.

Stay with me.

Let’s continue with the hypothetical and say that the Baltimore Bullets franchise during the 80′s and 90′s had about the same success level as the team that ACTUALLY moved in the nation’s capital did. The Bullets/Wizards franchise made just one playoff appearance between 1988 and 2004-a 1st round sweep at the hands of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in 1997.

Now let’s consider that in the mid-1990′s, the team had moved out of the clearly defunct Baltimore Arena and into a new building, potentially where M&T Bank Stadium now sits. The building is now known as the “Under Armour Center”, but was previously known as “PSINet Arena.”

Still with me? I hope so. I’ve laid the groundwork for the “Baltimore Crabs” (the NBA still forced a name change due to the violent nature of the name “Bullets”); a team that has existed since 1963 without winning a NBA Championship and has at times struggled to survive given the organization’s struggles and the level of pro competition in both Baltimore and DC.

Now, let’s have that organization meet a significant player. Let’s say that Towson Catholic graduate Carmelo Anthony decided that instead of going to Syracuse, he would follow in the footsteps of fellow Catholic League star Juan Dixon and could commit to Maryland. During the ’02-’03 season; ‘Melo would join with Steve Blake and Drew Nicholas to lead Gary Williams’ Terrapins to a 2nd consecutive NCAA Championship and then bolt to the NBA.

Look, I said this was a hypothetical. I probably should have said “dream sequence.” But let’s not split hairs here. I know Carmelo was BORN in New York and has always been fascinated with The Big Apple, but let’s pretend he was MORE fascinated with staying home. It works better here.

Being one of the poorer teams in the ’02-’03 season, the Crabs obtained the #2 (or #3) overall pick in the NBA Draft; where they were able to select Carmelo after the Cavaliers selected LeBron James.

Suddenly, a franchise with no direction and no hope becomes a team with a local star player-a player that would quickly develop into a perennial All-Star and would lead his team to the playoffs year in and year out.

Games at the Under Armour Center are now sold out before the season after previously being attended at O’s-like rates. Businesses near the Inner Harbor boom 50+ nights a year when the Crabs are at home. Crabs jerseys with the Number 15 on them are as popular sellers as Ravens jerseys with the Number 52.

On top of all of that, the Crabs really put things together in 2010-2011, and Carmelo eventually leads the Crabs to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history-where they unfortunately lose to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Did you stay with me?

It’s the summer of 2010. The Baltimore Crabs have acquired some solid players, but were fortunate to get past the Miami Heat in ’11 because Chris Bosh was hurt early in the season. With a healthy Bosh teaming with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the Heat are again viewed as the significant favorites to win the East. Amare Stoudemire had a stellar season for the Knicks, and rumors swirl that New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul will join him at Madison Square Garden to try to make a run at the Heat.

Carmelo Anthony is now facing free agency. He’s beloved in Baltimore, where his family and friends have enjoyed watching him play night in and night out. The people of Baltimore view him as an icon, but he’s not sure he can get over the hump and win a championship given the commitment level from ownership.

With all of that in mind, Carmelo bolts. He signs a max deal to join Amare and Chris Paul in New York, where a welcome party is held in Times Square and he’s given a key to the city by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Now here’s the question.

How do you feel?

Are you burning a jersey in the street?

Are you calling Carmelo a “coward” or a “traitor” or “Benedict Anthony”?

Are you ready to picket outside the Carmelo Anthony Youth Center?

Or are you willing to say “he’s still a hometown guy, and I’ll always be grateful for what he did here”?

I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer.

The reality is that I might be closer to “burning a jersey in the street” than I would be to “thanking him for the years he gave to the city.”

How would you react? How would Baltimore have felt if this were OUR star?

It’s worth considering.

-G

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Monday’s PM Crab Cakes and Light Beer

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Monday’s PM Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 29 March 2010 by Chris Bonetti

The Swinging Bunt

And then there were Four.  It seems like you can always go back.  The college basketball world will once again have its attention fixated on Indianapolis, IN, the site for next weekend’s Final Four.  The whole thing started 15 days ago in Indy at NCAA Headquarters when Dan Guerrero, Chair of the NCAA Men’s NCAA Tournament Committee, announced the names of 65 schools to compete for this year’s national championship.  This morning only four coaches woke up with a trip to Indianapolis with their teams on their agendas for later this week.  One is Tom Izzo.  Izzo will go back to the Final Four for his second appearance in as many years, and for his 6th time in 12 seasons as coach at Michigan State.  Another is Bob Huggins.  This will be Huggy-Bear’s first time back on his profession’s grandest stage since taking Cincinnati in 1993; this time he’ll bring his alma mater, West Virginia.  Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, he’s a Final Four regular; 2010 will mark his astounding 11th trip.  However, to me, it’s Brad Steven’s trip that’s the most impressive full-circle story of them all.  Stevens and his Butler Bulldogs returned to Indianapolis from Salt Lake City early Sunday morning as West Region Champions and with an opportunity to potentially claim the school’s first national championship next Monday night less than 10 miles from their beds.  Butler has won 16 home games this season inside historic Hinkle Fieldhouse located on-campus at 510 West 49th Street, Indianapolis, IN.  If Brad Stevens and his team can register two more victories just down the road at Lucas Oil Stadium, than the other three coaches will be booking themselves very disappointing return flights back to wherever they call home.

Scanning the Blogosphere

WNST.net: Drew Forrester reports and comments, “The Steelers invade Harford County… and evidently it’s OK.” Yikes.  I don’t like that, not one iota.

WNST.net: Rex Snider gives his account of, “A Rednecks Wrestlemania Report.”

MLB.com: Orioles Beat Writer Britt Ghiroli reports, “Matusz sails through his intrasquad outing.”

TheBigLead: “Final Four Storylines: Tom Izzo is the Best, Coach K’s Surprising Run, Bob Huggins’ Tracksuits, and Hoosiers.”

BaltimoreRavens.com: John Eisenberg calls the Ravens, “Still a Run-Oriented Offense.”

ESPN.com/Deadspin: Same story, two distinct headlines, ESPN: “Holmes on lawsuit: ‘I didn’t do anything.” Deadspin: “Santonio Holmes shows Steeler solidarity, gets sued by woman he met in nightclub.”

ESPN.com: “Real life Chiefs leaving Johnstown.” Whaaaaat!  Subtitle: ‘Life imitates movie: Town that inspired ‘Slap Shot’ losing team inspired by film.’

ESPN.com: Jayson Stark examines what winning MLB managers and players are made of in, “Ingredients for winning require rare mix.”

SportsByBrooks:  “Urban Meyer apologizes to reporter for outburst.”

Deadspin: “Augusta’s Chauvinism enabled Tiger, says Masters Rabble Rouser.” Jeez.  Martha Burke, blast from the not-too-distant past.

SportsByBrooks: “Tiger TV to be delayed, but Masters site now live.”

FanHouse: Tim Povtak says Baltimore’s Carmelo Anthony, “Puts team, two-seed on his shoulders.”

Video of the Day

“Jim Playfair just broke a stick over the ice – he has lost his mind!  Jim Playfair is throwing the stick on the ice, Unbelievable, he has thrown his jacket off.  Jim Playfair is going nuts on Jaime Koharsky (son of Don Koharsky) right now!  … Jim Playfair has absolutely lost it with this referree!” — Ya think?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrkR7ih6f3M[/youtube]

Tweets of the Day

Ravens OT, Jared Gaither – jaredgaither

good workout just got to the crib glad to be back in the house wit the ravens

ESPN NFL Insider, Adam Schefter – Adam_Schefter

Interesting point by ESPN draft guru Todd McShay: The difference between QB Sam Bradford going No. 1 or No. 4 is roughly $15 million.

CBS College Basketball Analyst, Seth Davis – SethDavisHoops

Watched second half of Duke-Baylor this morning. Smith was the leading scorer, but Lance Thomas was MVP. His off rebs made the difference.

CBS College Basketball Insider, Gary Parrish – GaryParrishCBS

Credit Brian Zoubek for being honest. Here’s how he described the charge he drew on Quincy Acy: “That was a lucky blow of the whistle.”

ESPN College Basketball Insider, Andy Katz – ESPNAndyKatz

Don’t get: Schools/media report MSU’s Tom Izzo as a candidate. He’s an icon at MSU, 6 Final Fours. He’s going to go to Oregon? Please.

CBS College Basketball Analyst, Seth Davis – SethDavisHoops

For the record I still think Tubby will be Oregon’s next head coach. Then again, I went oh-for-4 in regional final picks this weekend.

The Sporting News College Basketball Insider, Mike DeCourcey – tsnmike

AP voters making DeMarcus Cousins first team A-A got it wrong. Marvelous talent, great player. Can’t be first-team in 23.5 minutes per game.

WNST Comcast Morning Show Producer, Glenn Clark – WNST

GMC: Presumably, #Iowa hiring Fran #McCaffery is good news for #Loyola and the rest of the #MAAC. Presumably.

WNST Comcast Morning Show Producer, Glenn Clark – WNST

GMC: Greivis #Vasquez named #AP 2nd-team All-American. Wall, Turner, Cousins, Wes Johnson, Scottie Reynolds on 1st team. #Terps

SI NFL Columnist, Peter King – SI_PeterKing

Hard to believe it’ll be the top of the fourth at Fenway, Yanks-Sox, exactly a week from now.

Comcast Morning Show Host, Drew Forrester – WNST

Drew: This is hilarious. People are e-mailing me yelling at ME for writing an anti-Steelers blog in Baltimore! WTF is going on here?

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 15 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Wladimir Klitschko vs. Eddie Chambers (Saturday 6pm from Dusseldorf, Germany streamed live at Klitschko.com), Bowling: PBA Go RVing Match Play Championship (Sunday 1pm from Norwich, CT live on ESPN); Golf: PGA Tour Transitions Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel; Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on NBC. Every stroke from Tampa Bay), MISL: Baltimore Blast @ Philadelphia KiXX (Sunday 4:05pm from Philly streamed live at B2LiveTV.com), AIFA: Fayetteville Guard @ Baltimore Mariners (Sunday 4pm 1st Mariner Arena), NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament (Saturday-Monday from various locations live on ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU/ESPN360)

10. Pietasters (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Charm City Devils (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live), Mat Kearney (Saturday 7pm Rams Head Live), Daughtry/Lifehouse/Cavo (Thursday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena), Mike Epps & Bruce Bruce (Saturday 8pm 1st Mariner Arena), Alkaline Trio (Tuesday 7pm Recher Theatre), O’Malley’s March (Saturday 8pm Recher Theatre), The Ataris (Tuesday 7pm Ottobar)

It’s not the most overwhelming lineup of music to come through town, but it does include some strong moments. Like when the Ataris channel Don Henley…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmKrlGU53qE[/youtube]

Or when Chris Daughtry does….well….just about anything…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqT4VnnEU0M[/youtube]

Or when Alkaline Trio uses some naughty words that are clearly NSFW (unless of course you work at The Ottobar. In which case your 6 year old might well already be singing this song)…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdVSJZ3HBhQ[/youtube]

9. TNA “Destination X” (Sunday 8pm from Orlando live on Pay-Per-View)

You can say WHATEVER YOU WANT. Understand that I fully support the idea of competition in an industry. But I’m not buying into TNA as a legitimate threat to WWE. I AM however buying into TNA Knockout Velvet Sky as a legitimate threat to my pants feeling a bit tighter…..

velvetsky

8. NASCAR Food City 500 (Sunday 1pm from Bristol, TN live on FOX)

I’ve been to Bristol. Did you know that Bristol, Tennessee is known as “The Birthplace of Country Music”? Apparently Queens, New York finished just outside the Top 5 in voting.

And while I’m SOMEWHAT interested in The Birthplace of Country Music, I’d be much more interested in the Current place of Country Music star Kellie Pickler….

pickler

(Edit from GMC: I bet she has good hygiene.)

7. NBA: Wizards @ Nuggets (Tuesday 9pm from Denver live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS), Wizards @ Trailblazers (Friday 10pm from Portland live on Comcast SportsNet), Wizards @ Lakers (Sunday 9:30pm from Los Angeles live on Comcast SportsNet)

Wait, the ‘Zards are playing against Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant this week? SOMEONE MIGHT ACTUALLY WATCH THEM!!!!

And….the reason none of you jerks let me know about there being a new version of NBA JAM coming out for Nintendo Wii was?????…….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1epX0BAPeE[/youtube]

6. NHL: Capitals @ Panthers (Tuesday 7:30pm from Sunrise, FL live on Comcast SportsNet), Capitals @ Hurricanes(Thursday 7pm from Raleigh live on Comcast SportsNet), Capitals @ Lightning (Saturday 7:30pm from Tampa Bay live on Comcast SportsNet)

After his most recent cheap shot and suspension, some Caps fans are starting to wonder if Alex Ovechkin is a “dirty” player. Hell, I care about as much about the Caps as I do the Tokyo Giants, yet even I wonder about the guy sometimes.

Of course, it’s hard to say someone like “The Great 8″ is dirty, especially in comparison to others throughout sports history who were ABSOLUTELY dirty. For example, someone like Eddie Guerero…who was so dirty he untied his boot knowing Kurt Angle would go for “The Ankle Lock” at WrestleMania….

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

5. Tennis: ATP BNP Paribas Open (Tuesday-Saturday 3pm live on Tennis Channel, Sunday 3pm live on Comcast SportsNet locally/Fox Sports Net nationally. All tennis from Indian Wells, CA)

I don’t care WHY it happened. All I know is that for a brief moment this weekend, my life was more “awesome” than “awkward” again….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QSK9t6OrgU[/youtube]

For the record- Andre Agassi >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Pete Sampras. Agassi OWNS.

4. College Lacrosse: Maryland @ UMBC (Saturday 12pm from UMBC Stadium live on WMAR 2 & ESPNU), Syracuse @ Johns Hopkins (Saturday 8pm from Homewood Field live on ESPNU), Navy @ Towson (Tuesday 7pm Unitas Stadium), Virginia @ Towson (Sunday 12pm from Unitas Stadium live on WMAR 2 & ESPNU), Air Force @ Loyola (Saturday 1pm from Ridley Athletic Complex live on AM1570 WNST & MASN), Holy Cross @ Navy (Saturday 12pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium), Stevens @ Stevenson (Wednesday 4pm Caves Athletic Complex)

I went to a handful of colleges during my career as “Guy Who Isn’t Ready to Figure Out What to do With His Life”, but Towson University wasn’t one of them. Essex Community College, UMBC, and of course the University of Maryland were all amongst them; but Towson wasn’t.

With that being said, there will be NO bigger fan of Tony Seaman and the Tigers….EVER….this weekend than your boy.

Virginia SUCKS. Virginia traffic sucks. Virginia students suck. Virginia laws suck (you can’t buy beer at liquor stores! WTF?!?)

In fact, the only thing about Virginia that doesn’t suck was that tune by Train….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDIFD6for4A[/youtube]

And that’s only a technicality, because the “Hey Soul Sister” song by Train that everyone likes these days is freaking awful too.

3. Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Live (Sunday 9pm from Broomfield, CO live on VERSUS)

Look, I trust Dana White as much as any other MMA fan in the world, but hiring James Toney….

toney

is ONLY a good idea if it is setting up for a future mixed fight/canoli eating competition against Roy Nelson….

roynelson

….otherwise…..not a fan…..

2. St. Patrick’s Day (Wednesday)

Here’s what I see in my future….

bangers
greenbeer
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YOEO7jtIs4[/youtube]

I’m not Irish and I’m not going to pretend to be. I’m just going to pretend to be sober.

1. NCAA Basketball Tournament (Thursday-Sunday from multiple locations live on CBS); Maryland vs. Houston (Friday 9:40pm from Spokane, WA live on CBS), Morgan State vs. West Virginia (Friday 12:15pm from Buffalo live on CBS)

Is there a more beautiful sound than the sound CBS uses to show that a score update is coming on the bottom of the screen during March Madness??? I think not. Well, maybe this….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4o_FZZ_Ccs[/youtube]

Or I guess Gus Johnson’s voice…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBFFJb9KSdc[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 19 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because it’s a big weekend. I think I might check out Carmelo Anthony against the Wizards tonight (not because I give even a HALF a crap about the Washington team, but because I love all things Baltimore-and ‘Melo is Baltimore); I’ll definitely be at the Maryland-Georgia Tech game tomorrow afternoon, and I’ll either be at John Mayer tomorrow night at Verizon Center or I’ll be checking out Minotauro Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez at UFC 110.

And while part of the reason I’m excited about UFC 110 is because I got to know Velasquez a bit when I was working out in Phoenix (he wrestled at Arizona State), but also because I am a BIG fan of Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste (thanks to NextRound.net/UFC Magazine)…

celeste

I wonder if she’s Team Lysacek or Team Plushenko?

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. Georgia Tech Official Site previews tomorrow’s trip to College Park to face Terps

Georgia Tech is the type of team that Maryland SHOULD be able to have success with. While they’ll be tough inside with Derrick Favors and Gani Lawal (similar to how Duke was tough inside a week ago), but they just don’t have the guard play and shooters to carry them on long scoring runs that finish off the Terps. In fact, if Maryland is able to get up by 8-12 points, I think it will probably be ballgame.

Of course, Paul Hewitt is a MUCH better coach than some in the ACC (specifically Sidney Lowe and Dino Gaudio; he’s also a MUCH better in-game coach than Roy Williams), so the Wreck will make the adjustments they need to compete.

My call? 80-74 Terrapins.

2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens thinks Terps need 3 more wins to feel ‘really safe’ on Selection Sunday

I think we’re discussing semantics here. I’ve maintained that Maryland will get in the NCAA Tournament if they go 10-6 in conference play (and 9-7 if the other win comes against the Blue Devils). However, if they want to feel SAFE, getting another win would be helpful; especially considering that the committee won’t even look at their win over Division II Chaminade out in Maui.

But they’ll get in at 10-6. With the Pac 10 likely being a 1 bid league this year and other leagues not being as deep as most years, the committee won’t be able to turn down a 10 win ACC team. Also, to get to 10 conference wins, they’ll have to beat Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Clemson or Duke-any of which would be a better win than their best two currently (the Florida State sweep).

3. Murray State Official Site previews tomorrow’s ESPN BracketBusters showdown with Morgan State on ESPNU

This is a REALLY tough task for Todd Bozeman’s Bears. The Racers are 25-3 on the season, they’re perfect at home in front of the Regional Special Events Center crowd; they’ve won 16 in a row, and their only losses are to Western Kentucky, Louisiana Tech and a 5 point loss to Cal. They’re good. My guess is that they’ll beat Morgan State. But Reggie Holmes and company have surprised me before (even though both Drew Forrester and I picked them to win at Arkansas).

All of this being said, I think it’s fine time that a local sports hero had a University named after him….

eddie

4. LaxPower previews Johns Hopkins’ lacrosse opener tonight vs. Manhattan at Homewood Field

I love this idea. A 5pm start against the Jaspers, then a night out on the town. In fact, if you were looking for a cheap date tonight, I’d suggest taking a gal over to the Walters Art Museum around 3:30, then going to see the Blue Jays open their season with a win, and adding dinner (wish the Spice Company was still open) after the game. I’m starting to question whether or not my decision to see the Wiz and Nuggets tonight was a good idea after all.

For the record, Dave Pietramala’s Jays SHOULDN’T struggle tonight at all. That being said, Duke shouldn’t have struggled with Bucknell last week either.

5. The Sun’s Mike Preston says Loyola, UMBC will need strong 1st quarters in tomorrow’s lacrosse openers against Navy, Delaware respectively

I think the Retrievers have a really good chance to beat the Blue Hens and open the season 1-0. I’m not sure if I feel the same way for the Greyhounds against Navy. The Midshipmen remain a tough defensive squad under Richie Meade, and while the Hounds will likely have more success than the 5 goals VMI scored in Annapolis last week; it won’t be easy.

The real shame is that somehow this is the first time the Mids and Hounds have met since 1993. Good for Coach Meade and Charley Toomey for getting these teams back together.

6. The Diamondback’s Kate Yanchulis previews Maryland’s lacrosse opener at Belarmine tomorrow

Did you know that lacrosse was played in Louisville, Kentucky? Neither did I!

This season begins very similarly to last season for Dave Cottle’s team. They have plenty of talent, and they have to translate it into victories. They were able to save some face by beating Notre Dame in the first round of the Tournament last year, but they were a team with Final Four talent. They’re plenty talented again this year, and they’re back inside Byrd Stadium, which should allow them to get a bit more comfortable.

The talent in College Park starts with attackman Will Yeatman, a monster of a man who should be an offensive superstar. But he’s not the only one, and it is Dave Cottle’s responsibility to make the unit work cohesively.

7. Stevenson Official Site says season opener at Widener pushed back to Sunday, moved to Eastern University due to lingering blizzard effects

Does this have any impact on the Mustangs? I don’t think so. BUT, the weather (at least temperature wise) will effect every lacrosse team that plays this weekend, as having cold fields will change the way the ball bounces for sure.

The ‘Stangs shouldn’t have much of an issue in their opener, but sometimes less talented teams can win games in weird situations. This might be a weird situation Sunday.

8. Ravens Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Derrick Mason will only return to Baltimore if he gets 2 year deal

Derrick Mason has EVERY RIGHT to look at Ozzie Newsome, Eric DeCosta and John Harbaugh and say “I’m not Patrick Johnson. I’m not a scrub. You HAVE to show me some respect.”

And on the flip side, the Ravens brass has every right to either say “okay, no problem; we want you here” or “sorry, we just can’t do it.”

My guess will still be that he ends up coming back.

9. ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports’ Mike Florio mocks Florida DE Carlos Dunlap to Ravens

What an interesting mock this is. This is the first (legitimate) NFL source that has mocked Dunlap to the Ravens, and there’s no doubt he’d be a hell of a talent. Given his personal issues, I don’t think he’d be a guy the Ravens would take-but they just signed a player in Donte’ Stallworth after a DUI manslaughter.

It will be interesting to see how Dunlap’s personal troubles affect where he ends up in the NFL Draft. My guess? He slides into the second round.

But he’s intriguing, no doubt about that.

10. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Orioles 2B Brian Roberts expects to be ready for Spring Training next week after battling back spasms

What a weird story. ESPN.com’s Buter Olney reported B-Rob had kidney stones? Then Dave Trembley said “no, I think it’s back spasms”?

I’m not sure there isn’t a level of truth somewhere in between. If Roberts is ready to go in Sarasota next week, I guess this isn’t an issue. But it sure seems strange.

11. USA Today’s Michael McCarthy says Michael Phelps signs endorsement deal with Under Armour

The ONLY thing I could think when I heard this was “What took so long?” I would have assumed Kevin Plank would have sunk his teeth into a sports star like Phelps from Charm City some time ago.

If he’s smart, Plank will gobble up Amanda Beard next….

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12. The Sun’s Glenn Graham previews Blast’s matchup with Monterrey La Raza tonight at 1st Mariner Arena

This is pretty close to “must win” for the Blast, who are mired in a really troubling losing streak.

And finally, I leave you with this.

I have a new clubhouse leader for “Best Song of the Decade.” It’s “In My Head” by Jason DeRulo….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyG1FG3H6rY[/youtube]

Absolutely excellent.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 15 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: NASCAR: Auto Club 500 (Sunday 3pm from Fontana, CA live on FOX); Monterrey La Raza @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from 1st Mariner Arena streamed live on B2liveTV.com); Women’s College Basketball: Maryland @ Duke (Sunday 1pm from Durham, NC live on Comcast SportsNet)

10. Martina McBride & Trace Adkins (Saturday 7:30pm First Mariner Arena), John Mayer (Saturday 8pm Verizon Center), Chrisette Michele (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live), Citizen Cope (Monday 7pm Recher Theatre), Harry Connick Jr. (Thursday 8pm Lyric Opera House), Lewis Black (Friday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Shutter Island opens in theaters (Friday)

I wasn’t thrilled when the Cope show was pushed back to Monday night, but I think I’ll deal with it. Especially if he does that song from “The Wire”….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3jRiE9kw4E[/youtube]

I haven’t decided for certain yet which show I’m going to Saturday night, but I think either one is a winner.

There’s Chrisette Michele…

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And there’s some fella named John Mayer. I heard he’s good….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hib8m8umA08[/youtube]

Yeah, he’s pretty good.

9. PBA Bowling: 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open (Final Sunday 12:30 from Indianapolis live on ESPN)

I knew they had the Final Four and the Super Bowl, but you mean to tell me Indy has the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open TOO?!?!? It’s just not fair!!!

For the record, I’m picking Ernie McCracken…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci6YPGQedr0[/youtube]

8. Tennis: ATP/WTA Regions Morgan Keegan Championships (Finals Sunday 4pm from Memphis live on MASN)

Blah blah blah Andy Roddick lost again, to Fernando Verdasco in the San Jose final Sunday. Blah blah blah Andy Roddick has a pretty wife…

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7. Golf: WGC Accenture Match Play Championships (Wed-Friday 2pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am live on Golf Channel; Saturday & Sunday 2pm live on CBS. All golf from Marana, AZ); PGA Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun (Thursday-Saturday 6:30pm, Sunday 7pm from Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico live on Golf Channel); LPGA Honda PTT Thailand (Friday 10am, Saturday & Sunday 4:30pm from Chonburi, Thailand live on Golf Channel); Champions Tour Allianz Championship (Friday 11:30am, Saturday & Sunday 2pm from Boca Raton, FL live on Golf Channel)

Do I (or does anyone else) care about this event in Tucson this weekend? Of course not. BUT, do I care what the event is if it gives me the chance to fill out brackets?

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Of course I don’t.

I’d literally fill out a bracket about which Twilight characters would be voted the most popular. Or about which Chick-Fil-A menu items would win taste tests.

Come to think of it, is that bracket available???

6. WWE “Elimination Chamber” (Sunday 8pm from St. Louis live on Pay-Per-View)

Yes, I think this event is for me….

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

But if it’s not for you, how about Gail Kim???

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5. UFC 110: Minotauro Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez (Saturday 10pm from Sydney, AUS live on Pay-Per-View)

I tend to root for Cain Velasquez. It has a lot to do with the fact that Cain Velasquez went to Arizona State. Which has a lot to do with the fact that this young lady went to Arizona State….

asu

4. NBA: Timberwolves @ Wizards (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Nuggets @ Wizards (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Wizards @ Raptors (Saturday 7pm from Toronto live on Comcast SportsNet), Bulls @ Wizards (Monday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet & NBA TV)

Finally, a reason to go root at a ‘Zards game! Carmelo is coming!!!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlrbJ6oG7OM[/youtube]

Before I go, can anyone tell me anyone who plays for the Wizards? I guess it would be nice to know…

3. College Lacrosse: Manhattan @ Johns Hopkins (Friday 5pm from Homewood Field live on ESPNU), Delaware @ UMBC (Saturday 1pm UMBC Stadium), Loyola @ Navy (Saturday 12pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium)

You know what’s missing from the college lacrosse game that they have in the pro indoor game?

Dancers….

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I think I’m going to root for the Chicago Shamrox in the future…

2. Winter Olympics (Live coverage Tuesday 3pm & 8pm NBC, 12pm USA, 5:30pm MSNBC, 5pm CNBC; Wednesday 3pm & 8pm NBC, 12pm USA, 3pm MSNBC, 5pm CNBC; Thursday 3pm & 8pm NBC, 12pm USA, 5:30pm MSNBC, 5pm CNBC; Friday 3pm & 8pm NBC, 12pm USA, 3pm MSNBC, 5pm CNBC; Saturday 1pm & 8pm NBC, 12pm & 7:30pm MSNBC, 5pm & 10pm CNBC; Sunday 12pm & 7pm NBC, 12pm & 7pm MSNBC, 5pm & 10pm CNBC; Monday 3pm & 8pm NBC, 12pm USA, 5pm CNBC. All Olympic goodness from Vancouver.)

I should have never made fun of Canada as much as I have. How could I possibly forget about what the great white north has given us….

pamanderson

1. College Basketball: Maryland @ NC State (Wednesday 9pm from Raleigh live on Comcast SportsNet), Georgia Tech @ Maryland (Saturday 2pm from Comcast Center live on Racyom, WNUV 54 locally); ESPN BracketBuster: Morgan State @ Murray State (Saturday noon from Murray, KY live on ESPNU), Morgan State @ UMES (Monday 7:30pm from Princess Anne); Stony Brook @ UMBC (Tuesday 7pm RAC Arena); St. Peter’s @ Loyola (Wednesday 7pm Reitz Arena), New Hampshire @ Loyola (Saturday 1pm Reitz Arena); Coppin State @ UMES (Saturday 4pm from Princess Anne)

I can only hope this trip goes as well as some other trips to NCSU….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GQAxI9q5dI[/youtube]

PhiLLLLIP!!!!!!!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Top 25 Local Sports Figures of the Decade

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Top 25 Local Sports Figures of the Decade

Posted on 23 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Others Considered: Todd Bozeman, Randy Monroe, Steve Bisciotti, Kimmie Meissner, Fang Mitchell, Dave Trembley, Katie Hoff, Brenda Frese, Kevin Plank, Jimmy Patsos, Lee Mazzilli, Sam Perlozzo, Todd Heap, Barbaro, Carmelo Anthony, Terrell Suggs, Joe DeFrancis, Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa, Mike Flanagan, Pam Shriver, Haloti Ngata, Derrick Mason, Scott McBrien, Matt Stover, Steve Blake, Melvin Mora, Steve McNair, Michael McCrary, Ray Rice, Erik Bedard, Sidney Ponson, John Rallo, Shawne Merriman, Pat Kennedy

25-Joe Flacco

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24-Nick Markakis

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23-Ed Hale

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22-Kyle Boller

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21-John Harbaugh

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20-Trent Dilfer

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19-Cal Ripken Jr.

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18-Chris McAlister

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17-Dave Pietramala

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16-Brian Roberts

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15-Paul Johnson

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14-Ralph Friedgen

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13-Art Modell

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12-Hasim Rahman

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11-Ed Reed

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10-Jamal Lewis

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The greatest offensive skill position in Ravens history-a former Rookie of the Year, NFL Player of the Year, 2,000 yard rusher, Super Bowl Champion, and single game rushing record holder. He’ll be in the Ring of Honor in the next 12 months too….

9-Juan Dixon

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He’s from Baltimore. He carried Maryland to a NCAA Championship. He’s Top 3 in Glenn Clark’s book…..

8-Brian Billick

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He won the Super Bowl as head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, but became a polarizing figure until his firing due to his inability to groom a franchise quarterback. I’m not sure I could have stomached hearing the words “offensive genius” again however….

7-Debbie Yow

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Her place on this list is based on a mix of her accomplishments as Athletic Director (national championships in men’s and women’s basketball, new arena, and somehow managing to balance the budget in College Park) and how many people despise her due to her testy relationship with a fella who is still to come on this list……

6-Ozzie Newsome

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Jamal Lewis. Todd Heap. Ed Reed. Terrell Suggs. Haloti Ngata. Ben Grubbs. Joe Flacco. Michael Oher.

Unfortunately, this decade also included Kyle Boller and Travis Taylor…..

5-Jonathan Ogden

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He will soon be the first player to go to Canton AS a Baltimore Raven, and some would argue he’s the most important player in franchise history. Those people have a legitimate argument.

4-Michael Phelps

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He’s won 14 gold medals in Olympic competition. No one else ever has. I’d explain more-but if you don’t get it, you never will.

3-Peter Angelos

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Not since Bob Irsay has there been a local sports figure so universally disdained by the entire town. If this were pro wrestling, Sgt. Slaughter would have looked like a babyface during his Iraq support days in compared to the level of seething hate directed towards the city’s baseball dictator. He’s killed an entire sport in a city where baseball was king. His failures are so epic I’m not certain ANYONE could have accomplished anything similar.

2-Gary Williams

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If it weren’t for the necessity of corporate sponsoring, it would be Gary Williams Arena-not Comcast Center. The guy will find himself in the Basketball Hall of Fame, and only Earl Weaver is ahead of him in the list of the greatest head coaches in local sports history. And while some might accuse me of blasphemy, he may be greater than even Earl.

1-Ray Lewis

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When #52 does something, says something, thinks something, etc…..it is ABSOLUTELY more meaningful than when anyone else in town does. He will eventually have a statue at M&T Bank Stadium-somewhere in the neighborhood of Johnny Unitas I assume. Do I need to explain further?

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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15-7-0

Posted on 14 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Ravens Tuesday. It’s the Tuesday Top 7. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of it.

You deserve props…..

1-Drew Brees, Jason Campbell and Donovan McNabb

Holy crap the Redskins won!!!!!! HOLY CRAP WHOA OH MY GOD THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!

In all seriousness though, Congratulations to the Redskins for beating the Raiders. It’s a lot like that one time I beat Steve Butler in 9th grade in a 1 mile race. It would have been a greater accomplishment if Steve Butler didn’t resemble Ray Bachman…

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2-BJ Penn and Frank Mir

Look, I know some big things happened at UFC 107 Saturday night in Memphis-but the world of Mixed Martial Arts was flipped upside down this weekend. Why you ask? Because “Alabama Pride” was……..canceled. WHAT THE HELL?

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THIS WAS SHAPING UP TO BE THE GREATEST NIGHT IN THE HISTORY OF MMA!!!!

Butterbean vs. Tank Abbott? DMX vs. ANYONE? I’d pay $1,000 for this card if I had to.

But apparently DMX wanted to fix the fight so he’d win. And then all of a sudden the Butterbean fight wasn’t happening either. Suddenly the card looked like this…..

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WAIT……COOLIO?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? I STILL HAVE TO WATCH THIS!!!! COOLIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BbB8b0wgPg[/youtube]

But according to The Big Lead, the card was CANCELLED!!!

I’ve never wanted a single thing investigated more in my life….

3-Alexander Semin

Okay, so the Capitals won a game, then they lost a game. I watched neither-as……I needed to catch up on the episodes of “Glee” I still had on my DVR???

In other hockey news, did anyone else know that Bemidji State was ranked #4 in the country?!?!?! HOLY CRAP LET’S GO BEAVERS! (Thanks to Puck Daddy for the tip.) And also, how…..in the world……did this video exist without me ever knowing??

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MFaA6koXIk[/youtube]

4-Ryan Grant, Ricky Williams, Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson, Fred Jackson and Thomas Jones

So the Dolphins somehow managed to beat the Jaguars in a game that helped and hurt the Ravens’ AFC Wild Card chances at the same time. The game was attended by 60,000 fans at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. That doesn’t seem that bad; except when you consider that the game was played in BEAUTIFUL weather in a city where there was NOTHING else going on, and there were MAJOR playoff implications. And, um, Ohh! Jacksonville Municipal Stadium holds over 70,000; CAN hold over 80,000 for big games, but only HAS to hold 67,000 to be a sellout. YET SOMEHOW THEY CAN’T FIGURE OUT A WAY TO SELL THE FREAKING GAMES OUT!!!!!!

Somewhere, there’s an a-hole who still thinks putting a NFL team in Jacksonville was a good idea……

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5-Patrick Patterson, Julian Vaughn, Juan Fernandez and Reggie Holmes

Watching college basketball this weekend reminded me of something. SOMEHOW I COMPLETELY FORGOT TO POST THIS LAST WEEK!!!!

Thanks to WNST’s Chris Bonetti for letting me know about it. It didn’t count, but Boston College’s Reggie Jackson might as well be called “Mr. December”……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCxEY-lgf2w[/youtube]

6-Vitali Klitschko, Paulie Malignaggi, Timothy Bradley and Vic Darchinyan and Mark “TNT” Tucker

All of these people won boxing matches this weekend. Tucker won his in Westminster. It was clearly the most exciting thing that has happened in Westminster since…..

……ever.

7-Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Vincent Jackson and Wes Welker

Brandon Marshall set a record in a loss. Which seems just about ABSOLUTELY RIGHT for Brandon Marshall.

Meanwhile in Foxborough, Panthers players claimed Randy Moss “quit” on the Patriots. That may be true, but it isn’t a concern for me. What IS a concern for me is that I haven’t posted a single picture of Gisele Bundchen yet to celebrate the birth of her and Tom Brady’s child……

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8-Ricky Dobbs

I went to Philadelphia Saturday to enjoy the 110th Army/Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field. I didn’t know I was in Philly until I dropped a pen on my way in and was booed by the entire city.

And kudos to the staff at The Linc for supplying not only cheesesteaks in the press box, but also these……

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9-Rudy Gay and Carmelo Anthony

I don’t root for the Wizards. Partly because they’re terrible-but more because they play in Washington. You see, the Redskins play in Washington. Therefore, I despise everything about the place. (Except for this gal I know who lives in Columbia Heights. But that’s only because she’s not REALLY from DC. If she were REALLY from DC-I’d probably despise her as much as I do the rest of the city. OH! Except Ben’s Chili Bowl too. Boy I’m rambling again…..)

The point of all of this is that because I don’t have a NBA team to root for, I usually just root for players who went to Maryland or who are from Baltimore. Sadly, with Juan Dixon now out of the league-I’m forced to choose a new favorite player. Melo was the easy choice, but after Rudy Gay’s 41 in a win over the Heat……I might have to think about this some more.

Melo…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBRcsPbQfU0[/youtube]

Rudy Gay……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sa4Di22UWvU[/youtube]

OR……….The Birdman?

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

(Edit from GMC: Clearly, after accepting Jim Calhoun’s money there is NO chance I would root for Rudy Gay more than Melo. I still root for Rudy because I love Charm City; but screw Jimmy C-Note and screw UConn.)

10-Lucio Gonzaga

Elsewhere in soccer, Virginia topped Akron to win the College Cup. Which leads me to another thought.

F*ck the Hoos.

Seriously, how could anyone ever by okay with a group of people that looked like this……

virginia

11-Turner Gill and Jim Harbaugh

Cincinnati is going to need a new head coach. I don’t think they’re going to hire Brad Jackson as I previously recommended, so I offered another suggestion…..

ickey

12-Sheamus

A guy who I have never heard of before (and who apparently has never seen the sun before…..)

sheamus

Is now the WWE Champion. HUH?!?!?!?!?

Also, Michelle McCool did something at the WWE “TLC” event Sunday night. What was it? No one cares…..

mccool

13-The Clark Family “Cookie Baking Day”

I’m not really sure how every year I manage to skip out on the part where the cookies are made, yet end up taking home a BOX of cookies. Sorry I missed the baking to watch Navy win another Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, but thanks for making sure I ended up with plenty of pizzelles!

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14-Jason Derulo

The song of the fall. I don’t really even know the words, but I’m hooked….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBI3lc18k8Q[/youtube]

15-Jason Sudeikis

Unfortunately, we do NOT have the ability to embed videos from Hulu on here-so I have no choice but to direct you HERE to view his OUTSTANDING performance as PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem.

The bad news from SNL Saturday night? Bon Jovi is TERRIBLE. And I mean TERRIBLE. I know they used to be really good, but they just aren’t anymore. It’s not enough to say they’ve gotten “bad”, either. They are unthinkably terrible. It lead me to ask this question on Facebook Saturday night: “Do you think Bon Jovi’s sole purpose at this point is to make sure they beat Aerosmith in a ‘which band got worse at the end of their career’ contest?”

You make the call. Bon Jovi…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCg2BoKiuOM[/youtube]

Aerosmith…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLRLhV9U0kQ[/youtube]

Ugh.

You got lucky…….

1-Golfers not named Tiger Woods

I guess the party’s back on???

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bla3LPb1fzs[/youtube]

2-Greivis Vasquez

I love GV and I’m happy the Terps beat Eastern Kentucky; but since we’re talking about Venezuela (and we are!), I have no choice but to post a picture of the Avellan twins. You’ll thank me later.

avellan

Good lord.

3-Mo Williams

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oXC0jqHu_o[/youtube]

Yeah, but he’s no Rex Chapman…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mE5RGClCDp4[/youtube]

4-Mark Ingram

Dude…..there wasn’t REALLY someone sending a text right behind Mark Ingram while he was winning the Heisman Trophy, was there?

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This country is amazing.

5-Matt Albers and Cla Meredith

Cla Meredith is missing a “Y” in his name. You know who ISN’T missing a Y in their name? Yasmine Bleeth…..

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6-The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet

Guess who spent her weekend laying around the house hopped up on pain pills after having surgery to insert a plate and NINE pins into her shoulder? That’s right, Ol’ Droopy Eye…..

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Yep, there she is. Ol’ Droopy Eye. Lookin’ good. And as if THAT wasn’t enough, TLDGOTFOTP even got to take “The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Radio Entertainment Today” to dinner!

Someone’s living the American dream…

7-Kate Hudson

Letterman was WAAAY too nice to her…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8Z1yImGxPY[/youtube]

Of course, I guess when you look like this…..

kate

You get preferential treatment to someone who looks like this…..

joaquin

You’re a zero…….

Roy Williams

roy

As if I needed another reason to hate this clown. Welcome to Coach K-ville, ass.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983……

-G

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15-7-0

Posted on 07 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

You deserve props…..

1-Michael Vick, Bruce Gradkowski, Matt Hasselbeck, David Garrard and Chad Henne

Um, this is a WEIRD list of quarterbacks. Sorta reminds me of a bad “Mix 106″-type of Holiday concert. (Not Mix 106 specifically, but stations like that.) You know, stations across the country that are promoting something like a “Holiday Havoc” concert this December at their local arena and boast of lineup that features one fairly big act that isn’t necessarily big anymore, like……then matches it up with a rock act that had one pop hit but whose music otherwise probably wouldn’t go over so well with the “Mix” crowd…….then throws in a country singer who has a couple of hits and feels really out of place trying to fire up a crowd…….and throws in a R&B act that you really had no idea was even still playing music; then mixes it with a pop act that absolutely no one is interested in seeing because their one hit came at the beginning of the year and they have followed it up with NOTHING. And they finish it off with ONE relevant act whose music no one is familiar with. So, it would basically be like this…..

“SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY! Mix 96 invites you down to Memorial Arena for Holiday Havoc, the HOTTEST SHOW TO EVER HIT THE METROPOLITAN AREA! Starring…..”

BUSTA RHYMES………

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg_f2r8gAzU[/youtube]

BREAKING BENJAMIN……..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFHN0gcMUf0[/youtube]

DARIUS RUCKER……..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WO7uoZZ2MQ[/youtube]

BLACKSTREET…….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6YkVlI5VSU[/youtube]

ASHER ROTH…….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrDrCF-T88g[/youtube]

and special guest OWL CITY!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMr52bCXNdU[/youtube]

You know what-I probably would have been confused into going to that show at some point in my life.

2-Roy “Big Country” Nelson and Kimbo Slice

You mean to tell me that Bachman managed to WIN The Ultimate Fighter???

bigcountry

3-Greg McElroy and Mark Ingram

Wha….whaddya think Mark Ingram will wear to his Heisman Trophy presentation?

Alabama’s win over Florida in the SEC Championship Game was the most exciting thing that happened in Tuscaloosa since the discovery of indoor plumbing.

Last week.

(Edit from GMC: I’m kidding. Lot of good things have come from Alabama. Almost all of which are in the picture below.)

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4-Jonathan Stewart, Matt Forte and Brandon Jacobs

So……the Giants swept the Cowboys, huh? Had to be the most exciting thing that happened in New Jersey this week, right? I mean, other than when this guy took his shirt off……

jersey

5-Marc Mesaros

As a proud Perry Hall alum, I will admit that I can’t REALLY root for Eastern Tech. BUT-I guess I can feel happy for the Mavericks……mostly because they’re the only school near Rossville Blvd. that has lights on their tennis courts-which means a LOT to this guy right here. PLUS, EVT is pretty close to a certain establishment on Route 40 that I have been known to frequent due to their delicious hoagie sandwiches. They’re not a sponsor, so I won’t refer to them by name-let’s just call them “Awaw.”

AND let’s just say that this is arguably their greatest creation…..

wawa

6-Scottie Reynolds, Patrick Patterson, Kyle Singler and Reggie Holmes

There was a moment in Sunday night’s Maryland-Villanova game at Verizon Center where fans in the Terrapins student section noticed someone rooting for the Wildcats and chanted the ever-classy “Ass-hole! Ass-hole!” It gave me a moment to stand up and yell “Yeah, no one should ever root for a team other than mine ever!”

And while I still don’t care for Villanova, I WILL admit to being a fan of Villanova grad Jackie…..

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7-Chad Ochocinco, Antonio Gates, Larry Fitzgerald, Pierre Garcon and Brandon Marshall

Yeah, why not……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt2dnWnlA6k[/youtube]

And apparently there’s a song, too. It’s a shame they announced the Grammy nominees before now……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NxSuqivw3c[/youtube]

8-Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Brook Lopez

THE NETS WON! THE NETS WON! THE NETS WON! (And then lost again) BUT WHO CARES THE NETS WON!

And with all due respect to Brook Lopez, I tend to prefer Brooke Burke….

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9-Nicklas Backstrom

Boy, I guess that Ovechkin fella really isn’t that necessary, huh? I don’t know a whole heck of a lot about the NHL, but I know that winning by a score of 8-2 is pretty good. Or at least better than losing 8-2.

Not that I’m worried about my Flyers, because we still look AWESOME in our new commercial…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iegTcjyJcs[/youtube]

10-Tianna Hawkins and Elena Delle Donne

I’m posing the Elena Delle Donne dilemma to you. I can’t say anything about a lazy eye; because I know someone who has an eye lazier than Ray Bachman….

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But as far as the Delaware hoops star is concerned…..it’s up to you…….

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11-Jim Furyk

Won Tiger Woods’ golf tournament this weekend. But there was a much bigger story this weekend in the world of golf. A MUCH bigger story in the world of golf. We all know what I’m talking about.

That’s right, the PGA Tour is coming to Malaysia for the Asia Pacific Golf Classic!!!!

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It is truly a great time to be a golf fan!

12-Pete Carroll

You’re probably thinking “But Glenn, didn’t USC somehow manage to LOSE to Arizona-forcing them to have to accept a bid to the Emerald Bowl???” Yes they did. But that wasn’t NEARLY the biggest Trojans-related story this week. (My apologies for using the term “biggest” before discussing Charlie Weis. PURELY coincidence.) But outgoing Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis allegedly claimed Pete Carroll was living with a student out in Malibu!

Carroll denied the claims-but if they’re accurate, would anyone blame him???

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13-Sandra Bullock and Quinton Aaron

The Blind Side overtook New Moon for the #1 spot this weekend at the box office-which is actually AMAZING. Like, REALLY amazing all things considered.

I’m not sure what’s more amazing-The Blind Side becoming Number 1, or the fact that there’s a new movie coming out called “Nine” I’ve never heard of where Penelope Cruz looks like THIS……

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14-Saturday Night Live

Look, the Tiger Woods thing was funny…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeTrs-X6FPs[/youtube]

But in the world Kenan Thompson, it can’t TOUCH “What Up With That?”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLY-FLnkNoc[/youtube]

The highlight of the night however was CLEARLY Rihanna and Shy Ronnie…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cfX0j7sMeY[/youtube]

And the Muppets/Blake Lively weren’t too bad either….

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

15-Smoked Turkey BBQ, Jalapeno Cornbread and Shiner Bock

(I forgot to take pictures of my dinner Sunday night. My apologies!)

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cornbread
shiner

While in Chinatown last night for the BB&T Classic, my friend (who went to Oklahoma but is actually a mostly good person!) suggested we go for BBQ. While I questioned the idea of Capital Q BBQ there in Chinatown—I must give her props. Except for the fact that she is now 0-1 in Terps games she has watched with me.

You got lucky……

1-Drew Brees and Robert Meachem

Ummm……REALLY?!?!?!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdmfE5YIE80[/youtube]

Look-I’m rooting for the Ravens, period. But if for some reason this goes the wrong way, I’m rooting for the Saints. Either way, I’m laughing at the Redskins.

2-Hunter Lawrence and Devan Cunningham

No…….

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

No!!!!!!!!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHQ7uEj1tqM[/youtube]

Seriously, Now Bachman’s gonna think HE could catch a winning 2 point conversion in a college football game!

3-Joakim Noah

I know Joakim Noah won two NCAA Tournament titles at Florida, but what the hell is he thinking here????

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kroxmCZUgQ4[/youtube]

Joakim-LeBron James is SIGNIFICANTLY better than you. As in, your names should NEVER be spoken in the same sentence. Just shut up, clown.

4-Tony Pike and Jonathan Dwyer

In honor of Georgia Tech winning the ACC Championship, here’s some OutKast….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q0wNUutTUw[/youtube]

Is that a cop out for me? Yes. It’s been a long weekend…..

5-Bob Bradley

USA-England in the World Cup?!?!?! This one’s a no-brainer…..

Kelly Osbourne is British…..

kelly

Carrie Underwood is American……

carrie

6-Jamie Jungers

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Good for you, Eldrick.

7-Everyone who was NOT thrown from a horse at some point this weekend

You’re doing better than “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet”…..

tldgotfotp

(Edit from GMC: That’s her shoulder, kids.)

I guess it could be worse. For example, you could be EJ Henderson…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Tb12jQtskE[/youtube]

Or Greg Oden……

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

You’re a zero……..

The BCS

Look, Alabama-Texas is the right matchup; there’s no doubt about that. But tell that to Cincinnati, TCU and Boise State fans……like Chrissy Popadics…..

chrissy

I’ve changed my mind. Let the Broncos play for the title. Or just give it to them.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…….

-G

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