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Capitals Playoff Puck Bus now on sale via TRIPS tab

Posted on 05 April 2010 by WNST Staff

Join the WNST “Rock The Red” Baltimore crew for an “all aboard” Playoff Puck Bus for Game 1 of the Washington Capitals run to the Stanley Cup at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

Game time, opponent & date are TBA but this is for their FIRST home game vs. the No. 8 seed.

Our bus will leave three hours prior to gametime from the White Marsh Park and Ride and make a stop 150 minutes before gametime at the UMBC Park & Ride in Catonsville, just off of I-95.

If you’ve been on our Puck Buses in the past, you know how much fun the Caps and NHL Hockey can be. The playoffs are the BEST!

Sign up now and avoid rate hikes to the price of the trip!!! These seats will go FAST!

Seats on the bus are $150 each and include a limited supply of Yuengling, plenty of Chick-fil-A and snack as well as an air-conditioned ride on a Gunther Motorcoach and Caps videos & giveaways on the bus.

Hope you join us for the fun!

Here’s video with highlights of what a Caps Puck Bus looks like on gamenight…

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because some of you have really jumped on the crusade to point me in the direction of attractive women on TV I did not know about before…Thanks to Chad Lamasa for letting me know about Yvonne Strahovsky from NBC’s “Chuck”…

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…who seems nice. As does Constance Zimmer, who was on HBO’s “Entourage.” Thanks to Brandon Holthaus for pointing her out to me….

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Is there someone I still don’t know about? Let me know via comments, Facebook, Twitter, or Pony Express. Preferably Pony Express, just because I think it’s an awesome way to do this.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. Maryland Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with Clemson at Comcast Center

As the Terps play for things like a 1st round bye in the ACC Tournament, seeding for the NCAA Tournament, and still a shot at a regular season ACC Championship, this game is a “need to win” given their next three.

While the regular season finale at Virginia looks like the MOST winnable game of the bunch, the Terrapins have struggled mightily in season finales down in Charlottesville. Before that, the trip to Virginia Tech and home date with Duke are REALLY tough games; meaning the Terps can’t assume anything.

This is no easy task, either. Oliver Purnell’s Tigers haven’t exactly lived up to their lofty early season expectations in the ACC, but they still present a unique challenge in Trevor Booker, combined with plenty of talent in the backcourt.

I’ll say 83-79 Maryland, but it’s shaky. The good news is that the Terps will have had 75 hours between games to get ready, so the players who appeared to be fatigued late in the game Saturday against Georgia Tech should have fresh legs.

2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Greivis Vasquez REALLY unlikely to reach Juan Dixon’s career record, but not impossible

As Patrick points out (and is anyone surprised that a topic about numbers was addressed by Patrick?), if the Terps play 10 more games (they have 4 regular season games left, so they’d need to reach the ACC Tournament championship game and the Sweet 16 to play 10) he’ll need to average 25.7 points per game to top Juan Dixon’s career record of 2,269.

Likely? Not at all. Impossible? Not at all.

As Patrick pointed out yesterday on his Twitter feed (@D1scourse), there IS something poetic about Juan Dixon being the school’s all-time leading scorer. He’s a Baltimore kid, he was an underdog, he lead the school to their first ever Final Four appearance and their first ever NCAA Championship. Does that mean that Maryland fans should root AGAINST the senior from Venezuela clipping Dixon’s record? Of course not. BUT-I don’t think Maryland fans would be too upset if Vasquez fell short.

3. Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says playing Clemson will help Terps ‘gauge progress’ since loss at Littlejohn Coliseum

Which is somewhat true. Maryland struggles on the road in general, so beating Clemson at home after a dismal performance on the road might be more of an indication of the way Gary Williams’ club just performs better in College Park than it is an indication of how much they’ve improved since losing 62-53 back on January 31.

The one area where Maryland can gauge progress is how they handle Jerai Grant; who scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the first meeting. If Grant has similar success this time out-that’s bad news for the Terps.

And before we get off the topic, we’re sure Terrence Oglesby has no eligibility left, right?

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

Sorry to even bring it back up…

4. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Terps don’t need to get to 11 or 12 ACC wins to reach NCAA Tournament

And as others (like SI’s Andy Glockner) have recently mentioned, teams that finish 9-7 or better in a league like the ACC will get IN. There just aren’t enough other teams around the country with legitimate NCAA Tournament resumes to take the spots. The ACC is the 3rd power ranked conference in the country RPI-wise, so the detractors that have claimed the league is “down” aren’t REALLY looking much past the fact that North Carolina has been dreadful and there is only one team currently ranked in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Top 25.

You know why else teams in the ACC will get the benefit of the doubt on Selection Sunday? Because this young lady exists…..

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5. Towson Official Site previews tonight’s final road trip of regular season at William & Mary

William & Mary beat Wake Forest and Maryland this season. Towson lost games by 59 points and 42 points this season.

I’m not trying to say that I’m some sort of sorcerer, but I think I know how this one ends.

It would be tough to judge the Tigers by whatever happens tonight at Kaplan Arena, mostly because almost every CAA team would be expected to lose there. Pat Kennedy and his gang will almost certainly be judged by how they perform in Richmond during the CAA Tournament, where they put together a nice run a season ago.

6. UMBC Official Site previews America East regular season finale tonight at New Hampshire

Not a whole lot else to say here. I hope Randy Monroe’s Retrievers team can squeak out one more win this season (either tonight or in the America East Tournament) to build some spirits over there in Catonsville. If I had to guess though, they probably won’t.

While we’re on the subject of UMBC, what is the point of Drew Forrester hanging out with Phil Stern if Phil hasn’t introduced me to Kim Browning yet???

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7. Inside Lacrosse says Michael Kimmel, Kyle Wharton and Steven Boyle had big days as Johns Hopkins crushed Delaware 15-7

This is a very impressive victory for Dave Pietramala’s Blue Jays, as the Blue Hens were coming into the game off a win at UMBC Stadium on Saturday. To push past a Delaware team as easy as Hopkins did yesterday makes a statement about just how much separation there is between them and other teams in college lacrosse.

The Jays return to action Friday night at Homewood Field against Siena, another game that can be seen on ESPNU. If I wasn’t headed to Indianapolis, I’d be there.

8. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Chris Tillman to throw side session today, Brian Roberts expects to be able to take live batting practice next week

Both of these things obviously appear to be good signs, but we should probably let them play out before we assume that everyone is out of the woods. If Tillman or Bergesen has long term effects from their injuries, it will hurt a team that for once appears to be coming into the season with a set rotation.

9. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Tejada reported to Spring Training Tuesday ‘comfortable’ at 3B

Good to know.

(Sorry, it doesn’t move me much to know that a player feels “comfortable” coming into Sarasota needing to move positions. Glad he’s there. Not much else to say.)

10. Ravens Official Site says team hires Monachino as OLB Coach, reuniting him with Terrell Suggs

I really think this is a sign to me that John Harbaugh and staff are serious about getting T-Sizzle in shape. The team was NOT happy with Suggs’ conditioning after getting hurt in Training Camp, and bringing in a coach he worked with at Arizona State is a likely sign they need more from him this season. They believe in Suggs (to the tune of 60 million dollars), but they’re not going to give him a free pass anymore.

11. NFL.com’s Vic Carucci says Ravens have needs at WR, TE, CB, DE going into NFL Draft

Agreed. In fact, I’d bet 4 Chinese lunches that their first round pick is at one of those positions.

As Drew Forrester and I discussed this morning, there is one player on the Ravens board that will NOT be available at 25-but I wouldn’t be even a BIT surprised to see them move up and get. I’d tell you who it was, but I’d have to kill you.

(Hint: It is NOT Jimmy Clausen.)

12. The Sun’s Glenn Graham says despite Josh Selby’s 45, Edmondson stunned Lake Clifton to win Baltimore City hoops title

Josh Selby is a hell of a player, and that’s a hell of a win for Edmondson. Congratulations to both.

And finally, I leave you with this.

Have you seen this? Scott Van Pelt duped live on SportsCenter last night by Captain Janks from the Howard Stern Show, claiming to be Brian Westbrook? No idea how ESPN got had like this….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1cQ-3IQKx8[/youtube]

Talk to you later.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 16 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because Tracy Morgan was on “The Late Show with David Letterman” last night. There should be a law forcing these two to work together more often…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4_zEYoonWQ[/youtube]

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

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Greivis Vasquez scored 30 points as Terps trounced Virginia

It doesn’t make the Duke loss irrelevant, but it confirms exactly what I wrote about Maryland following the loss in Durham. They’re just a MUCH better shooting team in College Park than they are away. They play with a MUCH higher level of confidence in College Park than they do away. Playing better at home is a normal thing for college basketball teams, but the difference for Maryland this season is much greater than it is for most teams in many years.

2. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Vasquez certainly greatest player in Comcast Center history

It was a hotly contested battle between Vasquez and this guy…

grinnon

I’m well aware that Mike Grinnon jokes are probably only funny to me. But since when was I supposed to care about anyone else?

Anyway, it really was just one more unbelievable performance from Greivis Vasquez, whose legacy will always include a “but”, “BUT” he’s been pretty damn good.

3. The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps overcame short rest to pick up win over Cavaliers

No rest for the weary (or for the wicked if you ask Cage the Elephant), as the Terps get right back at it tomorrow night in Raleigh against NC State. The game has a Fox Sports regional broadcast, and will be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet. Going back on the road with a short turnaround like this will be tough for the Terps, but clearly a team like the Wolfpack are a team that Gary Williams’ bunch SHOULD be able to beat.

4. Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Michael Phillips says slowing down Cavs offensively not impressive for Terrapins, but breaking down UVa defense is

As my friend Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse on Twitter) and I discussed last night, it wouldn’t have been surprising for the Terps to beat a Tony Bennett-coached Hoos team by a score of 64-50. But it WAS surprising for them to score 52 points in the first half en route to an 85-66 victory; as Virginia has been a strong defensive team this season-which is the staple of a Tony Bennett or Dick Bennett-coached team.

Look, it wasn’t a “great” victory for the Terps, as I don’t think Virginia will ultimately end up being an NCAA Tournament team (or even a “bubble” team frankly). But it was exactly the type of performance you’d want from a team like Maryland in that situation.

5. The AP says long win streaks in MEAC play and at Hill Field House for Morgan State snapped by loss to South Carolina State

Boy, I REALLY thought that after getting past the Bethune-Cookman battle last Monday the Bears were on their way to an undefeated conference season. I will admit that I was surprised to see them lose, even to a pretty good SC State team.

That being said, the loss will be completely meaningless if Todd Bozeman’s team gets right back on the horse and marches to the MEAC regular season and MEAC Tournament titles. If the loss (and some close games recently) are an indication of a team that is cracking a bit, this could be a VERY bad sign.

The Bears return to action Wednesday night at Delaware State-another tough conference foe.

6. Coppin State Official Site says Quinston Reggins’ 15 points not enough as Eagles fell to Winston-Salem State

There’s really no excusing this type of loss. The Rams are not NEARLY good enough that they should be able to come to Baltimore and beat a Fang Mitchell-coached team, especially a team that appeared to be playing better basketball as of late.

The biggest issue for the Eagles continues to be the fact that no single player has stepped up to be a guy who can be counted on the 2nd half of games. They have 4 players who score between 9-11 points per game (Lenny Young, Kareem Brown, Michael Harper, Vince Goldsberry); and at times they have other players (like Reggins last night) who take the high water mark beyond that.

Coppin returns to action Saturday afternoon in Princess Anne when they visit UMES.

7. Towson Official Site previews Tigers’ trip to Old Dominion tonight

According to Sportsbook.com, the Monarchs are 22 point favorites in this game. Drew Forrester seemed surprised by that, which only makes me wonder if Drew Forrester is somehow not familiar with Towson basketball despite seeing them more than anyone who is not actually part of the team.

Obviously, this would be a great victory for Pat Kennedy’s bunch if they could go down to the Ted Constant Convocation Center and win. It would take a minor miracle though.

8. UMBC Official Site previews Matt Spadafora’s Senior Night tonight at RAC Arena against Stony Brook

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2 days ago, if you had given me 12 guesses, I’m not sure I could have told you that the Sea Wolves were atop the America East standings. (That was a joke about how I wouldn’t have known the Sea Wolves were even in America East. Like I always say, if you want my jokes to make more than just ME laugh, you people better start paying me more.)

And much like Towson, a win tonight would be a really good win for Randy Monroe’s crew, especially considering that it is their final chance to win even a single game in Catonsville this season. Unfortunately, also a lot like Towson-it is unlikely.

9. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says even more responsibility resting on Wieters’ shoulders in first full season with Orioles

Yeah, but….

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(Thanks Matt Wieters Facts!)

In all seriousness, there are clearly a lot of expectations surrounding Matt Wieters this season, both fair and unfair. He will have a lot of responsibility with a young pitching staff that this organization is clearly hoping will become a viable MLB staff by the end of the year. On top of that, there are a number of people very close to the organization that are hoping he’ll prove himself to be a middle of the lineup-type hitter; especially considering the team lacks players like that.

Is it too much to ask? I guess we’ll find out.

10. Ravens Official Site’s Mike Duffy says former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah believes Flacco has “Top 5 arm”

Great. Kyle Boller had an arm so strong that he threw a ball 60 yards through the uprights. It didn’t keep him from also doing this…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9n4DlmibDQ[/youtube]

Look, we ALL know Joe Flacco has a strong arm. But having a strong arm and having the mental capability to be a great NFL quarterback are too very different things. It also helps to have NFL-ready playmakers for a QB with a strong arm to throw the ball too.

Over the next 4-5 years, we will likely begin to find out if Joe Flacco is a QB with a strong arm or a GREAT NFL QB with a strong arm.

11. ESPN.com’s James Walker expects Ravens to ‘push’ to keep at least one of Justin Bannan, Dwan Edwards on roster

There’s no reason NOT to expect this, as the organization is very happy with both players, and expects them to continue to develop.

That being said, keeping players like Brandon McKinney and Kelly Talavou out of Training Camp a season has to be considered part of an insurance policy should they not be able to hold onto players like Bannan and Edwards.

12. Thoroughbred Times’ Frank Angst says Magna still looking for ‘stalking horse’ bid

Which sorta goes against what Jeff Seder from Blow Horn Equity had stated previously on AM1570 WNST, that his group had the “stalking horse bid.” This whole situation is really getting to be damningly frustrating. PNC Bank wants to get the money back that they loaned Magna; and they SHOULD be able to get it back. The other bidders want to know more about the future of their potential investment, the state wants to make sure it is keeping the Preakness, and the Maryland Jockey Club REALLY doesn’t want slots at Arundel Mills.

The bottom line….to all of this….is that SOMEONE needs to own and run the tracks and help horse racing in this state move forward. Right now, that is the only thing that ISN’T happening.

And finally, I leave you with this.

With Dave Matthews Band coming to Nationals Park July 23rd, a friend recently asked me if I could name my favorite Dave Matthews Band songs of all time.

I couldn’t.

I know “Louisiana Bayou” is in the mix, as are “Angel” and “So Right”, but there has to be an older song that gets on the list, and I’m not sure which one it would be. “Two Step” I guess. The point of all of this rambling is that I realized recently that a song on “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King” has made its way into my Top 5.

“Seven”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWAk9lyW_Ic[/youtube]

It’s just THAT good. Of course, maybe it’s the song title; as the Prince song of the same name was pretty good too…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMjZm_C4Hhs[/youtube]

Talk to you later.

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 12 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because I’m on my way to Durham this afternoon to (hopefully) see Maryland kick the snot out of Duke! Cameron Indoor Stadium is always one of my favorite trips, even if it didn’t work out so well a season ago….

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Hey, as long as Maryland doesn’t lose by 41 this year, I guess we’ve made progress!

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. The AP says Duke forward Lance Thomas doubtful for tomorrow afternoon against Maryland

This would of course be GOOD NEWS for Maryland-as Lance Thomas is absolutely one of the better all-around basketball players the Blue Devils have (along with Nolan Smith and arguably Jon Scheyer-although I think he’s probably more of a system guy.) My guess is that the Devils will go tough inside by giving as many of Thomas’ minutes as possible to Brian Zoubek. If you remember, Zoubek was so dominant against Dave Neal and the Terps inside a season ago that former Sun columnist David Steele nicknamed him “Kareem Abdul-Zoubek.”

Brutal.

(Official prediction: 79-74 Duke. Please don’t kill me.)

2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says current Terps don’t have great history at Cameron Indoor Stadium

In fairness, Greivis Vasquez scored 13 points for Maryland in an 85-77 victory at Cameron Indoor during his freshman season back in ’07. But the Terps haven’t won there since, and obviously last year’s loss was the ugliest.

Of course, a number of Maryland players in the past have left their greatest legacy at Cameron Indoor (including Nic Caner-Medley, who survived the chants of “You Can’t Beat Me, I’m From Maryland” to lead the Terps to a big victory), which reminds me of something…

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(Edit from GMC: By the way, I lost my copy of the Duke “severed head” picture, can someone direct me to it, or email it to me at glenn@wnst.net? Thanks!)

3. The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terrapins will fight new NCAA rule limiting James Franklin’s ability to recruit

As they should, because this is borderline INSANE. Why an assistant would be more limited in recruiting than other assistants in college football just because they have a “coach in waiting” title is BEYOND ME. I’m sure there are schools that might find a way to bend the rules with a coach in waiting, but it just makes no sense to me to punish a school for deciding to use the “coach in waiting” program (whether or not you agree with it.)

4. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Chad Tomko did in Towson as Tigers fell to UNC-Wilmington

That’s a bad loss. It certainly hurt Pat Kennedy’s bunch to play without Jarrel Smith, but this should have been a win for them. They’ll get back at it Saturday with another winnable game against Georgia State at 4pm over at the Towson Center, but it’s hard to say anything positive about the situation over there right now.

5. UMBC Official Site says De La Rosa, Gilliam combined for 48 points as Retrievers won at Hartford

Congratulations to Randy Monroe and the Retrievers for gutting out a road win against a Hawks team that had been playing pretty well. What would REALLY be nice now would be if they could come back to Catonsville and win a game inside RAC Arena. They return to action Saturday night at 7pm against Albany-a team that actually has a WORSE America East record than they do.

6. Washington Post says Brenda Frese got 250th career victory last night as Maryland women beat Wake Forest

As I said earlier in the week, it will take a drastic turnaround for the Terps to have a shot at making the NCAA Tournament, but they have to start by winning. Getting a tough victory in Winston-Salem can help start the ball rolling, but they have to keep getting wins, knowing that they still have shots at good wins with Duke and Florida State still up on the schedule. They return to action Sunday at 2pm against Clemson at Comcast Center.

7. Loyola Official Site says Greyhounds’ game against St. Peter’s tonight postponed until Wednesday night at 7pm

Which absolutely has to be considered the right decision all things considered. The MAAC was in a situation where-with no TV-they could make the call to move the game and play it when it makes more sense. Jimmy Patsos’ Hounds now will gear up for a trip to Iona Sunday at 2pm, that game can be seen on MASN.

8. The Sun’s Edward Lee says state of Maryland losing grip on lacrosse power to state of New York

There’s just no doubt about this; but that doesn’t mean there’s suddenly less interest in lacrosse in Maryland-it’s just that the success of the bigger programs in the northeast has hurt the power in Maryland. With just two potential lacrosse “powers” (Maryland and Johns Hopkins) in the Old Line State, New York can compete with Syracuse, Hofstra, etc. to keep interest and power. It falls on the other schools in the state of Maryland (UMBC, Loyola, Towson, etc.) to help compete with the likes of Cornell, Albany, etc.

9. Examiner Jay Trucker says Orioles pitcher Bergesen injured filming MASN commercial

You may or may not have seen it, mostly because there’s not really much to be watching on MASN right now (except a few good college hoops games)…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCxxd8MVwTA[/youtube]

I want to offer some real analysis on this, but I just can’t help but laugh. “This is Birdland!”

Fortunately, Bergesen will not miss much of Spring Training, and should be back in the mix to compete for the #3 spot in the rotation with Brian Matusz (or maybe the #2 spot with Jeremy Guthrie).

10. MLB.com’s Spencer Fordin says Adam Jones, Miguel Tejada, Nolan Reimold may all be options for cleanup spot

This is the issue when it comes to the Birds. Garrett Atkins is going to be playing out of position this season. Miguel Tejada is going to be playing out of position this year. And whoever ends up being placed in the cleanup role is going to be hitting out of position this year. It’s just not what MLB teams do. You don’t just go acquire players and say “well, SOMEONE will fill this spot.”

That being said, we all HOPE Matt Wieters can develop into the guy-but I’m not sure that’s a fair expectation. I think Wieters will always be a solid doubles and average hitter, but I am not expecting him to suddenly become Mike Piazza. I just don’t think that’s a fair assumption.

11. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Kyle Wilson, Jermaine Gresham, Brandon LaFell, Syd’Quan Thompson, Golden Tate, Arrelious Benn, Damian Williams amongst those mocked to Ravens

Couple of things….

I don’t see the Ravens taking a sub-5’11″ cornerback with their first pick. Trust me, they want help at the position, but they want help with size, or they just want to add capable players later on. I do not see them investing 1st round money in a corner the same size as Domonique Foxworth, Chris Carr and Lardarius Webb.

I ALSO don’t see the Ravens taking a sub-6 foot receiver with their first pick. It’s priority #1, but size HAS to matter.

12. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark profiles Maryland DT Travis Ivey amongst potential Ravens targets after “Texas vs. The Nation” All-Star Game

These are obviously Saturday guys in the Draft, but there are players on that list that have Ray Rice or Lardarius Webb-type potential. Worth taking a look….

And finally, I leave you with this.

Thanks to “What Would Tyler Durden Do” for directing me to pictures of Anne Hathaway in the upcoming issue of GQ. It has brightened my day.

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If you’re not on the Anne Hathaway bandwagon, I can make room.

Make sure you hang out with us at WNST.net tomorrow, as I’ll be blogging and Tweeting (follow us @WNST) during Maryland-Duke at 1pm.

Talk to you then.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a happy Monday for me for a few reasons (obviously), with the Terps winning and the Colts losing being chief among them. But don’t underestimate how good of a day it was thanks to “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet”, who not only made breakfast and then buffalo chicken dip for the Super Bowl, she also delivered me this little number…

grand cru

I don’t know what “Grand Cru” means….other than it means “DELICIOUS.”

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Vasquez scored 26, added 11 assists for Terps in win over Tar Heels

It wasn’t QUITE the “Mona Lisa”-type performance he put together last season in posting a triple double to beat the Heels, but he was pretty damn impressive yesterday. Clearly, the most impressive part of his day was his 6-11 shooting from beyond the arc, part of a 6-11 outside shooting day overall for the team.

The amazing thing is, for as many times as I’ve heard someone say “Maryland is a good shooting team”, they’re actually not. In fact, outside of Eric Hayes they’re probably a POOR outside shooting team. But something has happened this season that has turned them into good shooters when they’re at home. They still struggle from 3 point land away from College Park, but they’ve gotten so comfortable in shooting at home that they’ve really become a pretty good shooting team.

HOWEVER-For as great a day as Greivis had, I know someone who’s day was better….

puppybowl

How Jake beat Fava for Puppy Bowl MVP honors will be a mystery that might well take me years to solve.

2. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Gary Williams thought atmosphere in Comcast Center “amazing” as Terps crushed Carolina

It was really pretty surreal.

I’m not sure any atmosphere will ever match the intensity of the Maryland-Duke game in 2005,where there were some 21,000 people inside a 17,000 seat building. You’ll remember this as the night the Terps swept the Devils in OT and John Gilchrist just recently stopped his postgame jubilation. That being said, there was a very special intensity inside Comcast Center yesterday thanks to the school allowing extra students not only in the building, but allowing them to move down and help surround the court.

Hopefully the students saved SOME of their energy for Wednseday night, as Tony Bennett gets his first crack at Maryland. Sylvan Landesberg really can flat out play, and Virginia will be no easy out for this Maryland team.

3. Raleigh News & Observer’s Patrick Stevens says Terps handed Heels worst loss in Roy Williams era

The funniest thing about yesterday’s game was that UNC actually played about as well as they were capable of playing. They shaved a 16 point Maryland lead in the first half all the way down to 3 early on in the second half, and there were a few players and coaches who were a bit concerned as they watched on.

North Carolina is not a good team. They just aren’t. But it isn’t because they don’t have talent. Deon Thompson can PLAY. Ed Davis is tough. But their backcourt is just VERY disappointing. A team with Wayne Ellington and Ty Lawson can just shoot their way to a victory over Maryland, a team with Larry Drew II and Will Graves just can’t.

If anything, this game was remarkably similar to last year’s game in Chapel Hill where the Terps fell 108-91 to the Heels. It wasn’t that Maryland was terrible, it was just that Carolina was that much better. This Carolina team isn’t terrible-in fact, a Maryland official said to me after the game yesterday “they’re gonna get better. Thank God we don’t have to go down to the Dean Smith Center this year.”

That being said, I think the difference in coaching styles between Gary Williams and Roy Williams is particularly evident right now. Maryland IS a better team, but I’m not totally convinced they’re a more talented team. Roy has his work cut out for him.

4. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Gary Williams emotional in aftermath of Terrapins’ win

You can beat him up all you want, but this is the beauty of college sports. College sports aren’t about stats and rankings, college sports are about emotions. When the greatest coach in the history of a program is also an alum, there are going to be emotions; much like there are for every other alum and fan of the program worldwide.

Was this as big of a win over Carolina as some of the others the Terps have had in recent years? Of course not. But was it a win over Carolina in trying circumstances? Yeah it was. Were those of you that are Maryland alumni proud of the team after the game? That was what was reflected in Gary Williams’ emotions.

I couldn’t help but think back on another night where Gary got pretty emotional after a win over Carolina…..

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5. Morgan State Official Site says Reggie Holmes, Dewayne Jackson each scored 25 as Bears blew out Florida A&M

As I said on Twitter (follow us @WNST) after the game, “I sometimes wonder why MEAC teams even bother showing up at Hill Field House.”

That being said, the Bears now face what will likely be their toughest home test of the season. Bethune-Cookman visits Hill Field House tonight, meaning Morgan will have to play games on consecutive days for the 2nd time in as many weekends. The Wildcats have been off since a Friday night win over Coppin State-and they come into the game tied for 2nd place in the conference.

Todd Bozeman’s team knows it won’t be easy to try to finish with an undefeated MEAC record, but this is even a bit tougher than they likely expected.

On the flip side, Coppin gets a good chance to pick up their first conference victory, as they host FAMU tonight at the Coppin State Physical Education Complex. The Rattlers not only have struggled throughout MEAC play, but they are having to play back to back road games within a 25 hour span. If Fang Mitchell’s Eagles don’t get a win tonight, they might not get a win at all.

6. The AP says Shane Walker’s double double paced Loyola in victory at Manhattan

It doesn’t look like a huge victory because they’re only 5-9 now in MAAC play, but beating the Jaspers on the road was exactly what Jimmy Patsos’ crew needed. They now have off until Friday before hosting St. Peter’s at Reitz Arena, with a chance to improve their seed going into the MAAC Tournament.

Shane Walker’s transfer was probably expected to produce more for the Greyhounds than Andre Collins or Hassan Fofana, as Walker was more desired at Maryland than either of the other two. That only makes his struggles with the Hounds more disappointing, as he should be able to be a serious impact player in that league. Seeing Shane Walker get a double double really shouldn’t be so irregular.

7. Towson Official Site previews Tigers’ contest with James Madison tonight at Towson Center

You think there’s anyone in the entire Baltimore metro area that rooted for snow more than Pat Kennedy? After 59 and 42 point losses in the last two weeks, I just don’t think the Tigers were in a rush to play ANYONE this weekend. That being said, a home game against JMU is at least WINNABLE for Pat’s Cats, and there is nothing Pat needs more than a win.

8. Maine Official Site preivews tonight’s trip to Catonsville to face UMBC

Speaking of coaches who probably wouldn’t mind if another 20 inches of snow hit TODAY, I don’t think Randy Monroe is in a rush to face the Black Bears tonight at RAC Arena. I know the Retrievers actually managed to beat Maine on the road, but this will be a tough task tonight, especially knowing the Bears have that loss fresh on their mind.

I just hope UMBC doesn’t end up feeling like Betty White and Abe Vigoda this evening…

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9. Maryland Official Site previews womens’ battle with Virginia tonight in College Park

Brenda Frese’s team needs a win, especially after a heartbreaking loss to Georgia Tech Friday afternoon. They beat the Cavaliers in Charlottesville earlier this season, but the Cavs have been a much more consistent team during ACC play.

There’s all the analysis you’re getting from me. Now let’s go back to Super Bowl-related things. I really liked the National Lampoon Vacation spoof…

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10. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says former Raven Matt Stover missed big FG in Colts’ SB loss to Saints

As I said last night, did ANYONE (not named Jim Caldwell) think Stover could make that kick? Even Jim Nantz noted a play earlier that Indianapolis was putting him on the edge of his range. I love Matt, but I was openly rooting against him yesterday and absolutely knew he couldn’t make that kick.

The one thing Matt wouldn’t answer for me last week was whether or not this trip to Miami would be it for him. He said he hadn’t really thought about his future, but wasn’t going to announce his retirement when questioned. Personally, I sorta hope this is it. It’s time for Matt to enjoy retirement and let us celebrate him and put him up in the Ring of Honor. In fact, I hope the Ravens can honor him and Jamal Lewis at the same game next season. I think that would be pretty special.

And before we move on from Super Bowl-related things, congratulations to Reggie Bush. Not just because he’s getting a ring-but because apparently this is a friend of his BEYOND the well known Kim Kardashian….

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I bet she’s nice.

And finally, I leave you with this.

To everyone who complained that The Who are “old”, maybe you missed their ass-kicking last night. Sure, “Pinball Wizard” was a struggle at first, but they rocked for 13 minutes. Here’s the show in 2 parts….

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I tell you what. Maybe Avril Lavigne is available to do next year’s halftime show. She’s not “too old.” Geez.

On second thought, that might not be so bad…..

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Talk to you later.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 25 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a happy Monday for me because I was able to take my new TV out for a walk yesterday with the AFC & NFC Championship Games, and added about 3-450 of these guys to the equation….

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If the team isn’t playing, at least I drink to them. And I DID!

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. Ravens Official Site says available TE’s include Ben Watson (unrestricted); Owen Daniels, Bo Scaife, Tony Scheffler (all restricted)

I believe it to be much less likely that the Ravens sign a TE than it is that they sign a WR-and the likelihood of even that is probably based on the entire CBA/cap situation, and who knows what might happen there. As I wrote in my Draft update blog yesterday, keep an eye on Jimmy Graham out of Miami-the former hoops player who still has a chance to develop into a special type of player. He’s at the Senior Bowl this week and fits the bill for what the Ravens will more likely be looking at when it comes to TE. Todd Heap will remain this team’s top guy at the position, but they want a player who can contribute and develop into a better target moving forward.

2. The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Ravens will lose level of leadership if Ed Reed retires

I think KVV makes a very good point here-and it adds to the multitude of reasons that I’ve said the Ravens would be DRASTICALLY hurt by losing Ed Reed. While Ed is NOT a “rah rah” guy or necessarily even a vocal “leader” type, his filmstudy and desire to make an impact on the football field is absolutely infectious. He sees things in the film room and knows he can make them translate on the field. He outsmarts QB’s, and he incorporates other defensive players to help.

All that being said, Ed is still a goof. Despite the fact that we saw him “coaching” on the sideline this season while he was injured, he is not going to come back here to coach Ravens safeties in the future. That’s just not in his nature. But the aspects of leadership he brings to a football team will be missed if that night in Indianapolis is the last we see of him.

3. UMBC Official Site says Chris De La Rosa’s 18 not enough as Retrievers fell to Boston University

Yep.

There’s a half a chance this team could even beat the Retrievers……

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I’m kidding of course.

There’s not much else to say about Randy Monroe’s ballclub. They need to try to get an America East victory, and hope that some of their guys will continue to develop towards next season. Their next shot at a victory is against Binghamton Wednesday night back in Catonsville.

4. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Duke women held on late for 58-57 win over Terps at Comcast Center

Brenda Frese’s team had won 48 straight games at Comcast Center before this week, then lost back to back games to Miami and Duke.

There’s clearly talent in College Park, just not the type of talent to carry that team down the stretch in games that they need to put away. The Terrapins had their chances in the final minute last night, but they did not have a player to carry them with everything on the line.

Two home losses puts a lot of pressure on a team that is trying to continue a streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. They return to action Thursday night at Virginia Tech.

5. The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Gary Williams’ Terps have ‘staying power’

Watching them play over the last few weeks, it’s hard to argue with that. They are doing things the right way right now, playing tough inside to mix with solid defense and (believe it or not), timely shooting. They’ve played some REALLY good basketball over the last 16 days-starting with their win over Florida State, a win that may end up having staying power thanks to the ‘Noles sweep of Georgia Tech.

6. Terrapin Trail’s Aaron Kraut says Cliff Tucker in ‘comfort zone’ right now

Cliff has admitted in the past that he has struggled in practice-which has lead to seeing his minutes diminished as Gary Williams lost faith in him. But as he continues to practice well and make good decisions on the floor, he will continue to get minutes. If he tries to do too much or doesn’t practice the way he’s supposed to play, he’ll see his role limited again.

7. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens has Terps IN NCAA Tournament now

I guess….

I still don’t think Maryland necessarily has the resume to say they’re IN, but i do belief they’re a safe bet to GET in, barring an unfortunate collapse.

That’s the difficult part of projecting a 65 team field. I think Maryland will get in, but the lack of quality wins would hurt their resume if the season were over today. After facing Miami Tuesday night-they get their next shot at a “quality” victory Sunday night at Clemson.

8. Morgan State Official Site previews tonight’s showdown with UMES at Hill Field House

I couldn’t fathom the Hawks giving the Bears any sort of test tonight-but I’ll head over there anyway. The idea of a perfect season in MEAC play isn’t crazy. I really believe Todd Bozeman’s team is capable of doing it, but I don’t necessarily think it will happen.

9. Delaware State Official Site previews tonight’s MEAC battle with Coppin State in Baltimore

On the flip side, the Eagles are certainly approaching UMBC territory in terms of DESPERATELY needing a conference win to salvage as much as they can this season. The Hornets are certainly a beatable opponent.

10. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says moving to third base won’t be ‘easy’ for Tejada

Of course it won’t.

That being said, if I’m a betting man-I’d say Tejada handles the move just fine for the 4 or so months he’s back in Charm City. I’d also say he hits about .296 during that stretch-and maybe helps the team to acquire SOMETHING.

Is it a good move? Sure. Is it a move that get the Orioles closer to contending? I’m absolutely not convinced of that.

And finally, I leave you with this.

A couple of really important things came with the Saints’ win over the Vikings in New Orleans yesterday.

1-We’ll never again have to hear the song “Purple and Gold” that Prince wrote for the Vikes, which only proves that sometimes geniuses can still miss….

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2-Having Reggie Bush and the Saints in the Super Bowl of course means two more weeks of Kim Kardashian, which is absolutely NOT.A.PROBLEM.

kimk

Talk to you later today.

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 22 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

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

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

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

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

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

Well, who didn’t see this coming….

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

Lane Kiffin

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

Bill Romanowski

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

Al Davis

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

This guy…..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boy Steve Breaston would look good in purple though…

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

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

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

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

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

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Now go fix the problems in the state.

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

Great read.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well, I tried to spare you anyway.

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

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

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

No one.

And finally, I leave you with this….

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

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Bruce Springsteen….

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and Wyclef Jean, amongst others…..

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Pretty moving stuff.

Talk to you this weekend.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 25 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Didn’t quite get everything in today, sorry about that. Have to get out to 1 Winning Drive to hear from John Harbaugh and company…..

For the record; I’ll say Maryland 68, Wisconsin 62 today. But I’m not exactly comfortable.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Terps must shake off loss to Cincinnati, prove they can beat good teams away from Comcast Center before ACC play begins

Derek Arnold says Jared Gaither, Michael Oher ‘Played like Ravens’ in loss to Indianapolis

Bob Haynie says Ravens need to ‘defend home turf’ Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium

Glenn Clark says Ravens signed Cary Williams from Titans practice squad

Glenn Clark says FB Charles Ali takes Matt Lawrence’s roster spot

Thyrl Nelson doesn’t particularly like Flacco, Ray Rice as fantasy plays against Pittsburgh

Ed Frankovic offers thoughts from Capitals owner Leonsis on passing of Pollin

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Fabian Washington, Matt Lawrence placed on IR

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh believes Reed’s fumble ‘not reason (Ravens) lost’ to Colts

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco ‘struggling’ to find receivers not named Derrick Mason, Ray Rice

The Official Site says Ray Rice, VanDeSteeg, Paul Kruger say Ngata, McKinney could put away most turkey on Thanksgiving

Steelers Official Site’s Bob Labriola says Tomlin reported Roethlisberger ‘symptom-free’ after head injury in loss to Chiefs

Steelers Official Site’s Teresa Varley says Tomlin knows turnovers, special teams play killing Steelers despite ranking very high in AFC in offense, defense

Steelers Official Site says team signed Rocky Boiman, Corey Ivy

The Sun’s Mike Preston throws some blame towards Ngata for unnecessary roughness penalty in loss to Indy

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says other teams around AFC helping Ravens stay in Wild Card picture

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Mason having ‘up and down’ season-similar to rest of team

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Grubbs not even aware he had been honored by Pro Football Weekly

The Sun says Big Ben will play as long as he continues to pass concussion tests this week

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says former kicker Hauschka tried out for Falcons

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says death of former Ravens hopeful Tony Fein ruled accidental

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette says Polamalu ‘not likely’ to play Sunday

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Scott Brown says Dennis Dixon will back up Roethlisberger Sunday night

USA Today has Ravens 14th in power rankings

5 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Steelers

USA Today’s Pete O’Brien picks Steelers 17-16

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks says Ravens playoff chances hinge on health of Terrell Suggs

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 17th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 8th in power rankings

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Greivis Vasquez scored 19, but Terps fell to Cincinnati in semifinals of Maui Invitational

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The AP says Gary Williams knew Terps were hurt by Cincy’s Yancy Gates inside

The AP says Terps will face Wisconsin in 3rd place game today at 4:30

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says former Maryland target Lance Stephenson chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds for Cats

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Mick Cronin wanted Bearcats to get inside to Yancy Gates

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Landon Milbourne struggling in Maui

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says James Padgett played well in loss

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Bill Koch says Deonta Vaughn tallied double double for Bearcats in win over Terps

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The AP
says Kizer scored 20 as Terps topped Samford

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says Frese pleased with how Terps bounced back from first loss of season

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Terps shook off loss to Mississippi State with big performance in win over Bulldogs

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Laura Smitherman and Don Markus say Martin O’Malley doesn’t want public funds spent on buyout for Fridge

The Sun’s Jeff Barker wonders how Byrd Stadium fans will react to Friedgen Saturday

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Archbishop Carroll LB prospect Attaochu interested in Terps

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says associate AD Brian Ullmann claimed school hasn’t asked for public funds

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Gloria Friedgen, Debbie Yow attended Ralph’s Tuesday press conference

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Friedgen wouldn’t talk about future Tuesday, only Boston College game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner, Kenny Tate ‘questionable’ for Saturday’s game against BC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph would prefer not to play Danny O’Brien Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terrell Skinner will play in East-West Shrine Game; Travis Ivey, Cory Jackson will play in “Texas vs. The Nation” all-star game in El Paso

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin expects both Chris Turner, Jamarr Robinson to be available Saturday

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Dave Shinskie, Maryland QB’s likely to combine for a number of turnovers Saturday

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says John Dowd named Academic All-American by ESPN The Magazine

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo trying to keep Mids focused on football during Thanksgiving trip to Hawaii

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says former Navy assistant Jeff Monken appears poised to accept Georgia Southern job

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says game at Aloha Stadium allows 5 Hawaii natives on Navy team to play at home

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Chris Harris, Jordan Sugars combined for 61 points as Mids topped Towson at Alumni Hall

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Romeo Garcia dished out 9 assists for Mids in win

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says RaShawn Polk’s 19 not enough as Tigers fell to Midshipmen

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The AP says Jarrel Smith added 15 points in loss for Tigers

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Reggie Holmes tallied 34 points as Bears won stunner at Arkansas

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

Arkansas Official Site says Rotnei Clarke’s 26 not enough as Razorbacks fell to Morgan in Fayetteville

The AP says Joe Davis scored 18 points for Razorbacks in win

Arkansas Democrat Gazette’s Bob Holt says Reggie Holmes’ big game against Hogs came just 2 days after tough performance in loss to Louisville

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Vince Goldsberry lead way with 18 as Eagles beat UMBC in Catonsville

The AP says Kareem Brown scored 17 points for Eagles in win

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Chauncey Gilliam scored 20 points, but Retrievers fell to Coppin at RAC Arena

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Shane Walker tallied double double as Greyhounds topped Dartmouth

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The AP says Brett Harvey chipped in 10 points for Hounds in win

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Mike Stoffel, Steve Levinson named Academic All-American by ESPN The Magazine

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s battle with Niagara at Knott Arena

The Official Site offers complete Mountaineers-Purple Eagles release (pdf)

COLLEGE OF NOTRE DAME BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says cancellation of season ‘heartbreaking’ for Gators

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Ray thinks ‘offseason regimen’ will have him in better shape in 2010

MLB.com’s Lisa Winston says Birds ‘exercising patience’ organizationally (REALLY?)

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly say former Nationals reliever Mike Hinckley signed minor league deal with O’s

The Sun says former bench coach Jauss gets same job with Mets

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra back to work

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS:

Frederick News-Post’s Joshua R. Smith says Hagerstown fighters Jacob, Joey Kirwan; Myersville fighter Paul Mann looking to make mark in local MMA scene

BALTIMORE BULLETS:

The AP’s Joseph White says Bullets/Wizards owner Abe Pollin passed away from cancer at 85

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Welcome to Baltimore Charles Ali and Cary Williams. If one of you ends up making a contribution, it will be a very pleasant surprise.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 18 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Very impressed by what I saw in College Park DEFENSIVELY last night. Sean Mosley is going to make a run at Defensive Player of the Year in the ACC. They are VERY solid defensively.

The halfcourt offense MUST improve.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says fans who boo Matt Stover Sunday ‘jerks’

Glenn Clark says Ray Rice best Raven in win over Browns, Drew Forrester chooses Dawan Landry

Drew Forrester says Ravens must ‘step it up’ against Indy Sunday

Derek Arnold says effort Ravens gave against Cleveland wouldn’t have been enough to beat most NFL teams

Drew Forrester says Ravens ‘must’ go 2-1 against Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Green Bay over next 3 weeks

Glenn Clark says Ozzie Newsome, Ravens expected ‘growing pains’ from Hauschka to start NFL career

Nestor Aparicio takes Jon Gruden to task for comments made during Monday Night Football broadcast

Luke Jones says Terps managed to overcome 14 rebounds from Fairfield’s Anthony Johnson

Bob Haynie says Terps commit Terrence Ross waiting to sign LOI

Keith Melchior compares Hauschka to Doug DeCinces

Ed Frankovic says Ovechkin returned, scored in Capitals’ win over Rangers

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s John Eisenberg says Browns served as ‘warm-up’ for Ravens as they face ‘test’ with Colts, Steelers, Packers

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens released Hauschka

The Official Site says Ozzie Newsome believes ‘Ravens need better’ than Hauschka at kicker

Colts Official Site’s Matt Dollinger says young players Jacob Lacey, Jerraud Powers, Kyle DeVan getting valuable playing time for Indianapolis

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ray Lewis wants Brady Quinn fined for hit on Terrell Suggs

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley and Edward Lee say releasing Hauschka ‘acknowledges’ failure to replace Matt Stover

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Suggs injury likely means more playing time for Paul Kruger

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Oher didn’t attend New York premiere of The Blind Side

The Sun breaks down possible kickers Mike Nugent, Billy Cundiff

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd hopes Hauschka finds another NFL job

The Sun’s Jay Hancock says Oher, Ray Rice to sign autographs at M&T Bank Stadium event tonight

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbs was progressively more disappointed in Hauschka

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Derrick Mason thinks offense needs to ‘step up’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Hauschka ‘disappointed’ with being released

The Sun says Chris McAlister reportedly signed with Saints

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Brady Quinn apologized to T-Sizzle, Ravens for hit

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says John Harbaugh still thinks Hauschka will be ‘good kicker’

The AP says big misses against Vikings, Bengals worked to doom Hauschka

Washington Post’s Mark Maske says Hauschka was 9/13 on FG attempts, 27/28 on XP attempts this season

Indianapolis Star’s Phillip B. Wilson says Charlie Johnson has answered questions that faced him all season

USA Today’s Jon Saraceno says Ravens have daunting task ahead with Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers coming up

USA Today’s Tom Pedulla says Oher hopes to play at Pro Bowl level, win multiple Super Bowls during career

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Mangini accepted Brady Quinn’s explanation of Terrell Suggs hit

USA Today has Ravens 11th in power rankings

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 11th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 15th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 7th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens likely to play without Suggs for ‘extended period’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens have been ‘streaky and inconsistent’

ESPN.com has Ravens 11th in power rankings

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Eric Hayes’ 14 lead Terps past Fairfield 71-42

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site says Gary Williams knows Greivis Vasquez a ‘marked man’ for opponents

The Official Site says Vasquez became 38th Terrapin to reach 500 rebounds in win

Fairfield Official Site says Needham’s 15 not enough as Stags fell to Maryland

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps were ‘thin’ up front against Fairfield with Dino Gregory, Jin Soo Choi, Steve Goins out

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Walt Williams officially joined Johnny Holliday, Chris Knoche on radio broadcasts

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Milbourne added 8 boards for Terps in win

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Steve Francis Ashton Pankey’s all-time favorite Terp

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terps had to use 15-0 run in first half to put Stags away at Comcast Center

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Ersin Levent scored first career point in final minute of win

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says playing time now will pay off for James Padgett, Jordan Williams

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Greivis tried to pull a Juan Dixon by switching shoes after first half struggles

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps need more ‘patience’ in half court offense

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps actually had to rally from first half deficit against MAAC opponent

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says despite struggles from field, Greivis has 19 assists through first 2 games against Charleston Southern, Fairfield

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps gave up fewest points since ’04 against UMES

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says despite ugly nature of win, Terps accomplished goals against Fairfield

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Sean Mosley added 13 points in victory

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Landon Milbourne scored 10 points in win

Turtle Sports Report’s Danny Miller chats with new Terp Ashton Pankey (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps were ‘uneven’ in win over New Hampshire (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Florida State Official Site says Seminoles to honor Mickey Andrews at Saturday’s game against Terps

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner will miss second straight game Saturday at FSU

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Da’Rel Scott likely to return Saturday against Noles

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamarr Robinson will make second straight start Saturday in Tallahassee

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Travis Ivey playing hard for NFL Draft hopes

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin getting comfortable working from sideline

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Clemson win Saturday will mean more money for James Franklin

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Travis Baltz could be ‘emergency option’ for Terps Saturday

Tallahassee Democrat’s Corey Clark says Jermaine Thomas hoping to be first back to run for 1,000 yards at Florida State since Warrick Dunn

USA Today’s Steve Wieberg says FSU’s Bobby Bowden could be coaching final game at Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Wujciak has been best Terp

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles freshman TE Stinebaugh (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Jamarr Robinson improving (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The Official Site previews Thursday’s NCAA Tournament opener against Loyola

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo trying to get Mids ready for next week’s trip to Hawaii during bye week

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy keeps Midshipmen 24th in Top 25

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Tigers’ season finale at James Madison Saturday

James Madison Official Site previews Saturday’s game against Towson

James Madison Official Site offers complete Dukes-Tigers release (pdf)

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s battle with Loyola at RAC Arena

The Official Site offers complete Retrievers-Greyhounds release (pdf)

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Catonsville on MASN

The Official Site offers complete Hounds-Retrievers release (pdf)

STEVENSON FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Galludet’s Ed Hottle to be named first head coach in Mustangs history

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Andrew Kase, Colin Wixted honored by Centennial Conference

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to American

The Official Site offers complete Mountaineers-Eagles release (pdf)

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says McDaniel hopes to ‘build’ on this year’s .500 season

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror players Mike Weick, Matt Cahill, Mike Ford, Austin Herr, Sam Cox, Travis Wenrich all honored by Centennial Conference

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Hillary Haley’s 22 points not enough as Hawks fell to Marquette

Marquette Official Site says 28 points from Lazar Haywood lead Golden Eagles past Hawks

The Sun says Mark Robertson added 15 for Hawks in loss

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Gulls’ Kowalick honored by ACFC

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Erbe, Gamboa, Perrault finding success for Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Birds should pursue Adrian Beltre

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says O’s prospect Josh Bell doubled Monday in AFL play

BLAST:

The Sun says all games to be streamed online by B2 Networks

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I’ll say Loyola 64, UMBC 61 tonight. Losing the way they did Sunday at RAC Arena makes me think that might linger.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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15-7-0

Posted on 08 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

You deserve props……

1-Jahvid Best, Daryll Clark, Mark Ingram, Michael Floyd and Andrew Brewer

So……that whole return trip to Berkeley thing didn’t work out so well, did it?

In fairness, Maryland’s loss to Cal Saturday night was embarrassing, but I guess it could have been worse? It could have been like this……….

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2-Melanie Oudin

While Andy Roddick was busy losing to the tallest man in the history of the world, James Blake was busy polishing off a career of disappointment, and Sam Querrey was busy not living up to the hype; at least ONE American was actually making me not want to throw things at my TV. Oudin has been inspiring to watch; especially considering that she has regularly had to rally from a set down to advance at the US Open. The only bad news was that to make this run, she had to take out this person…..

maria

Also, props to John McEnroe and Novak Djokovic for doing this…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNjNyVAVYR0[/youtube]

3-Scott Feldman, Brian Matusz and Jeremy Guthrie

HOLY FREAKING CRAP THE ORIOLES WON BACK TO BACK GAMES!!!!!!!!!

Should we just throw them a ticker tape parade? It ain’t getting any better this season, folks.

Also, the Baltimore Elite Giants jerseys looked particularly sharp……

giants

Seriously, this might have been the best weekend for the Orioles since 1997. Melewski hasn’t bothered to put pants on yet.

4-Steve Stricker, Jeff Sluman and Suzann Pettersen

Golf happened. Tiger Woods was apparently not a factor. Or maybe he was. Who freaking cares? There was football on. Congratulations to Steve Stricker for doing SOMETHING.

(Editor’s note: Of course I at least Google Image Searched Suzann Pettersen to find out if she was hot. Problem is, I can’t really tell…..

pett

…..attention LPGA: want me to pay attention to you? How about bikini Fridays on tour?)

5-Kasey Kahne

Speaking of things I can only pretend to give a crap about; Kasey Kahne won the NASCAR race this weekend in…..Atlanta, was it? Yeah, I guess. Anyhoo, there was actually important racing news this weekend, because apparently THIS is coming to NASCAR……

danica

…..when something in auto racing NOT named Danica Patrick becomes interesting, I’ll follow that too.

6-Dave Krynzel, Brandon Erbe, Robbie Widlansky, Gary Helmick and Tyler Sexton

When informed that his first season with the Orioles organization had ended, I can neither confirm nor deny rumors that Norfolk Tides catcher Robby Hammock said “Oh thank God” Monday.

I can also neither confirm nor deny reports that after he was told there was a chance he might be called up to Baltimore Tuesday; Hammock said “Can’t you just tell them I’ve got a bad ankle or something?”

7-Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore

The goal? Loved it. The Stanky Leg?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERhTXG3330k[/youtube]

Please Jozy!

8-Tyler Smith, Dominic Harper, and Joseph Blackwell

If you’re considering attending a high school football game-whether in Glen Burnie, Bel Air, Perryville, Catonsville, or wherever, please remember this one thing…..

jailbait

9-Mark Teixeira, Derrek Lee, Billy Butler, Juan Uribe, Chris Carpenter, Ryan Zimmerman, Prince Fielder, Gavin Floyd, Jose Contreras, Scott Baker, Roy Halladay, Wade LeBlanc, Wandy Rodriguez, Jered Weaver, Bronson Arroyo, Seth Smith and Chris Young

Elsewhere in baseball this weekend, the Diamondbacks trotted out a new pitcher……

dcab

……who was just as awesome as you remember.

10-Nate Kaeding, Jacoby Jones and Ian Johnson

Elsewhere in the NFL, thank God these games start counting soon. This last week was absolutely BRUTAL.

Ian Johnson didn’t make the Vikings’ 53 man roster, he was instead named to Minnesota’s practice squad.

Do they KNOW who he is?????

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6fMU1UCYKA[/youtube]

11-Carmelo Anthony and Mario

Melo-way to do the right thing. Of course, your recent history includes more right things than it used to….

lala

12-Ichiro

How freaking good is this guy? Baseball stinks, but this guy is AWESOME. In fact, he’s the 2nd greatest athlete to ever come from Japan. Only behind……

kobayashi

13-Bill Belichick

It’s borderline unfair. Richard Seymour deserves better. If he never shows up in Oakland, I won’t blame him. But the Patriots, they’re amazing. I hate them, but they’re amazing.

14-PeopleOfWalmart.com

walmart

I didn’t get onboard for a long time; but damn I’m glad I did.

15-Smoked Turkey Legs, Zero Gravity Rides and the Birthing Center at the Maryland State Fair

smoked

As I stated on Facebook, my Friday was better than yours.

You got lucky…..

1-Jim Tressel and Bronco Mendenhall

“I see we’re up 15 and can make this a 3 possession game. Ehh, our quarterback who hasn’t accomplished a thing in his career yet wants to go for it, so let’s do that.”

Nice call, Jim.

Also, I have a friend who graduated from Oklahoma. I like to poke fun at her (which is kinda tough given the fact that the school I went to lost by 39 points this weekend), and called in backup last week. I asked Ravens WR Mark Clayton to help me mess with her. He said to me, “ask her what a Sooner is.” I said to Mark “okay, but what IS a Sooner?” Mark responded “just ask her.”

I asked her, “What’s a Sooner?” She responded “I can’t tell you that.”

So after a week of debate, I finally figured it out. A “Sooner” is a QB that would have been better off leaving for the NFL “Sooner” than later…….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZxrQB3BgpA[/youtube]

2-Tila Tequila

If Shawne Merriman’s story is true, than Tila Tequila is lucky her friend tried to help her. If Tila Tequila’s story is true, than she’s lucky to be relevant.

tila

3-Anyone who had a ticket to see the New Westminster Salmonbellies play the Brampton Excelsiors in Canada’s Mann Cup

Thanks, Deadspin. The game of lacrosse has apparently only come so far in Canada….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV9vVAKlnlw[/youtube]

4-Matt Lawrence, David Hale, Kelly Talavou, Steve Hauschka, Prescott Burgess, Dannell Ellerbe, Antwan Barnes, Edgar Jones and Brandon McKinney

And a shout-out to Jamison Hensley of The Sun, who decided to make John Harbaugh’s first weekly press conference of the regular season a LITTLE bit more awkward. When Harbaugh asked the media how everyone’s weekend was, Hensley responded….

“Better than 22 other guys”

…..ouch. Also, I had been texting throughout the day Saturday with Derrick Martin before he received the word that he had been traded to the Packers. Knowing his Wyoming Cowboys were playing Weber State, I asked him if they had bothered to schedule any real teams this season.

He let me know they were facing Texas next week.

Sorry, Derrick. You’ll be missed here.

5-Byron Hout

Why didn’t Chris Petersen just come out and say “We’re not suspending Byron Hout because we want to win”?

I would have at least appreciated the honesty.

6-Fans of Women’s Pro Football

And I’m not talking about whatever it was that Anita Marks used to do. That would be unwatchable. I am of course speaking of the Lingerie Football League, which played it’s first ever regular season game Friday night. The winners were the Chicago Bliss….

bliss

…..and (of course) everyone else in the world everywhere.

7-Jerry Lewis and Bob Barker

I hate to say that someone is “lucky” to be alive, but that’s only because you’d be offended if I did. Otherwise, I’d just say it.

Here’s Bob “hosting” WWE’s Monday Night RAW (I thought he was great, by the way)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxj7wN_WdRE[/youtube]

Jerry was back at it with the MDA Telethon this Labor Day weekend; and was just as great as always (Possibly NSFW. Not if you work at the Bingo Hall on Route 1 though……anything goes there.)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIW1-ms-48w[/youtube]

You’re a zero…..

ACC Football

Leave it to Feinstein. I’m glad you wrote what the rest of us were thinking. As Scott Van Pelt said on SportsCenter Monday night, the Atlantic Coast Conference “needed” the Miami-Florida State thriller after such an embarrassing weekend.

I needed an update on my favorite Florida State fan, the lovely Miss Jenn Sterger…..

sterger

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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