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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 06 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because I’m still basking in a 4th of July weekend trip to Chicago. If you missed any of my very important updates via Twitter/Twitpic (follow us @WNST), here are the most significant highlights…

I was in the Philadelphia airport Saturday morning preparing to fly when I wandered into the closest “Hudson News” stand I could find. I picked up the ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports NFL season preview, and flipped to the Baltimore Ravens section to see what I would find. I was a BIT surprised…

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I forwarded that picture to my parents…but I’m not sure they were impressed. In fact, I think the response was “when are you going to get a real job?”

When I finally got settled in the Windy City Saturday afternoon; our first stop was an early dinner at Lou Malnati’s. I was a little confused as to why we needed to get to dinner no later than 5pm…right up until I saw maybe 100 folks waiting in line for deep dish pizza after we had been there for a few minutes. We ordered a Chicago-Style Classic and a 312 Brew from Goose Island Brewing Company. I wasn’t disappointed in either…not even a little bit.

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We then hit the Hancock Tower. Apparently the Sears Tower is bigger, but their observatory isn’t as far up as the one at the Hancock. I have no comment, as math was never something I was particularly good at. What I do know is that this view was pretty freaking cool…

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Saturday night was a stop at the Second City comedy club. If you’re not familiar, this is the improv factory that produced the likes of Chris Farley, John Belushi, John Candy, Gilda Radner, Steve Carrell, Tina Fey and the majority of the current/former stars of SNL. Sadly, I didn’t get any pictures. My bad.

I thought the purpose of going to Taste of Chicago this weekend was to see Robert Randolph and The Family Band Sunday afternoon. While that was still the major highlight; I knew my experience in Grant Park (you’ll remember Grant Park was the large area where Barack Obama made his acceptance speech on Election Night in 2008) was going to be outstanding when this was the image that greeted me…

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And that was BEFORE I hit the Harry Caray’s booth. I’ve had potato chips before, but I’ve never had THESE…

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These ended up getting some cajun seasoning and hot sauce as well; and were REALLY.FREAKING.GOOD. Another highlight? The watermelon at the Dominick’s stand was BIGGER THAN MY FREAKING HEAD…

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After wandering through Taste of Chicago for a few hours and adding on 4-6,000,000 calories; we hit up Millenium Park. The place has some really cool artwork, including this mirror-art thingy that probably has a much better name than what I’m giving it right now…

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The Independence Day festivities wrapped up at Navy Pier, where I just so happened to bump into Ravens DT Brandon McKinney; who let me know that he had been cleared (back) to fully return to practice and would be ready to go when the team reports to McDaniel College for Training Camp.

Good news.

Good trip.

When it hits 104 today, I might go right back.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says Kevin Millwood roughed up as Orioles lost shootout to Tigers in Motown

Because I mentioned Motown and I’m gonna be depressed by talking about the O’s, let’s start today with “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5…

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Speaking of which-Hey Kevin Millwood that started the season looking like a pitcher that might be able to get the Orioles something at the trade deadline: I WANT YOU BACK.

We’ll get back to Millwood shortly, as it wasn’t ONLY his fault yesterday. In fact, despite the fact that Millwood pitched only 1 inning, the Orioles actually came back to take the lead. Mark Hendrickson was particularly brutal after that, and the nine runs the Orioles managed to score didn’t much matter-although it is nice to see Jake Fox get another home run for a first baseman.

Geez…I’m excited about Jake Fox. What’s next? Getting excited about an indoor football game?

(Edit from GMC: I’m VERY excited for Saturday night’s AIFA Eastern Conference Championship Game between the Baltimore Mariners and Harrisburg Stampede at 1st Mariner Arena. I’ve always been an exception to the rules though.)

2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of loss

Here’s the thing. How could these teams have combined for 31 hits without Nick Markakis getting A SINGLE ONE OF THEM?!?!?!?

It puzzles me.

It would be like Kelly Brook posing for Ultimo Lingerie and me not posting pictures! (Thanks, Tim D!)

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3. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds have talked to Buck Showalter again, but he has not been offered job

But everyone seems to agree that he has moved past Eric Wedge and emerged as the front-runner. With no offense to Showalter, Wedge or anyone else involved in the process; this isn’t exactly like being the frontrunner in the Kentucky Derby. This is probably a little more like being the frontrunner in a race called by Rick from Reisterstown.

I have no idea what to make of this whole managerial search. It seemed like the team would be wise to let Juan Samuel finish things out this season and then make a hire after going through the full process in the offseason. Now it looks like they’re going to hire “The Best of What’s Around” (I’m going to see Dave Matthews Band Friday night, please forgive me) now.

I’d be surprised, but this is the Orioles we’re talking about. But don’t worry, Andy MacPhail is in charge and NOT Peter Angelos. Peter Angelos is totally out of the process, remember?

Remember?

Meanwhile-while the other candidates were busy being managerial candidates; Rick Dempsey was singing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. God bless him…

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4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says injury concerns could land Millwood on DL

Well……FRICK.

The Birds were NEVER going to fleece a team in a Kevin Millwood trade before July 31; but there was at least a hope that they could get something more than the Chris Ray they gave up for him…or a player that had a CHANCE to be more than Chris Ray.

Given the way he’s fallen off the face of the planet and now could end up on the DL, hopes of that are starting to slim.

Millwood was the team’s best chance to get SOMETHING before the Trade Deadline. Ty Wigginton, Miguel Tejada, Luke Scott, Will Ohman, Cesar Izturis and even Hendrickson could all be dealt, but none are being dealt for anything significant. Tejada is the team’s 2nd best hope-but Tejada now says he wants to stick around in Charm City.

With no offense to Miguel, but I doubt that’s because he’s EXCITED about losing in Baltimore. My guess is that it’s because he realizes he’s unlikely to be an every day player for a team with a real chance at winning the World Series.

That’s where we are.

5. Virginian-Pilot says Chris Tillman brilliant in 1 hit performance for Norfolk Tides in win over Charlotte Knights on farm

Of course, with Tillman throwing another gem (this follows up on his earlier no hitter this season) at AAA; there will be more clamoring for Tillman to get called up. Should Kevin Millwood end up on the DL, there’s almost no chance he DOESN’T get called up.

I don’t think any of us will be as excited about it this time, but the organization will eventually have to find out if Tillman is anything more than a 4A guy.

Before we move on from the Orioles, a reminder that they’re back in action tonight against the Detroit Tigers again at Comerica Park. First pitch on MASN between Jake Arrieta and Armando Galarraga is at 7:05pm.

Look…there’s nothing else on. Not even “Glee.” Just watch the game. None of the rest of us want to do it either, we just don’t have much of a choice.

6. ABC2′s Christian Shaffer says Mt. Carmel basketball star John Crowder murdered in Baltimore

Now we enter the part of Crabs and Beer today that I absolutely like the least. This is a TERRIBLY tragic tale in a city full of terribly tragic tales.

This one will hit home, especially considering there was a chance Crowder could have ended up getting a scholarship from Gary Williams and playing in College Park.

No matter where his life WAS going, it appears as though he hung out with some guys that were less than savory. Of course, all of the rest of us have hung out with some less than desirables ourselves at one point or another.

My heart goes out to John Crowder’s family and friends, as well as everyone surrounding the athletic department at Mt. Carmel.

There’s a bigger problem in Baltimore…that much we know for sure.

7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says former Ravens QB Steve McNair remembered Sunday on anniversary of death

I was wandering around Grant Park Sunday in Chi-Town when I saw someone approaching me wearing a Ravens jersey. Excited, I yelled out “Go Ravens!”

I didn’t get the response I was looking for.

The young man was wearing a Steve McNair jersey, and was not a Ravens fan as much as he was honoring a great NFL player on the anniversary of his murder.

For such an open and shut case, it feels as though little closure has come in the year since McNair’s death. I was unmoved by CBS’ investigation last fall that insinuated the Nashville police hadn’t been as thorough in their investigation as they should have been.

Armen Keteyian’s was chocked full of friends of Sahel Kazemi saying she “wasn’t a violent person” and “didn’t have this in her.” I’m not sure how many friends and family members of murder suspects/convicted murderers usually say “Yeah, I always assumed this would happen.”

There isn’t much more to be said, other than very clearly Steve McNair is still missed not only in Baltimore and Nashville, but also throughout the country.

Thus ends the sad part of today’s Crabs and Beer. Back to sports and hot chicks…

8. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says ’10 offseason amongst best in Ravens history

I don’t disagree with this AT ALL. In fact, it could end up being THE greatest offseason in franchise history if Anquan Boldin helps hoist the Vince Lombari Trophy in Dallas in the winter.

Clearly the moves made before the Super Bowl win have to be viewed as the best offseason in franchise history; but I’m not sure they’ve ever made a more PERFECT move than acquiring a player like Boldin this year.

They still COULD make it the best offseason in franchise history with one simple move. Just go get Kim Feenstra. (Thanks FHM/Guyism!)

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9. The Sun’s Don Markus says NCAA-sanctioned Baltimore Summer League opens tonight at Reitz Arena

This is awesome. Amongst the players who are committed to playing in this event are Morgan State’s Kevin Thompson, Missouri’s Kimmie English and Ricky Harris-who just finished his career at UMass. The event is VERY similar to the Kenner League at Georgetown, with current and former college standouts from Baltimore highlighting the field.

Thayne Gould put the entire event together at Loyola, he joined Drew Forrester this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. If you missed it, make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today to check it out.

Will Carroll (Baseball Prospectus) also joined Drew to go around Major League Baseball, and Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network went not only around football-but also around the World Cup with Drew as well. We also replayed Friday’s interview with Ed Reed (we heard someone else was having him on 5 days later…); if you missed ANY of that, check it out in the Audio Vault as well.

10. Athlon Sports’ Eric Prisbell says 2010 likely final stand for Ralph Friedgen

There’s simply no question about that. If the Terps don’t show marked improvement (even 7-5 might not be enough for a new athletic director), things are set to change in College Park. The decision to keep Ralph and continue the succession plan with James Franklin was Debbie Yow’s. Another Athletic Director could be given more flexibility to go in another direction.

If there IS a coaching search in the future, I would like to be the first to suggest that the Terrapins consider Sheridyn Fisher… (Thanks Busted Coverage/Coed Magazine!)

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And finally, I leave you with this.

While I’m frustrated that he didn’t play it Sunday afternoon; it’s not going to keep me from naming Robert Randolph’s “Walk Don’t Walk” this week’s “The Greatest Song of All Time This Week.” If you haven’t picked up the new disc “We Walk This Road” yet, you’re only hurting yourself.

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 01 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because as of right now, I still haven’t had to eat any hot dogs yet. That’s a win.

I apologize for my tardiness with this, but here’s John Isner reading the Top Ten the other night with David Letterman…we’ll re-group after that.

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Orioles belted 5 home runs in win over Athletics

So much for it being the season of the pitcher…

At the beginning of the season, Kevin Millwood pitched well-but the Birds couldn’t score, and it usually ended up leaving the team doomed to another loss.

Now that Millwood is struggling, the team is finally figuring out how to win. I’ll take that.

Adam Jones, Corey Patterson, Ty Wigginton, Luke Scott and Miguel Tejada all homered last night (we’ll get back to Scott’s later). Where the hell has that been all season?

The Orioles will now have a chance to win back to back series tonight, which is almost as good as playing meaningful games. Small victories, right?

2. The AP/WNST.net provide numerical evidence of win

I guess we DO need to address that Millwood went just 5 innings last night, giving up 6 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits against an Oakland team that’s roughly as capable of hitting as some of my young cousins. Granted, there was unbelievable trouble in the field-but Millwood wasn’t good.

Will it significantly hurt his trade value moving towards July 31? I doubt that. I was never convinced that Andy MacPhail was going to be able to fleece another organization in a Millwood deal, unless somehow Millwood had stunned everyone with a 10-0 start and sub 3 ERA.

There will still be teams who will want a veteran starter to try to help their run to the playoffs. Plenty of teams in fact. Someone is going to give up SOMETHING for Millwood-and I’m guessing it might be a LITTLE bit more than Chris Ray. Not MUCH more, but a little bit more.

Trading Millwood is not going to improve the future of the franchise in Baltimore. But it will get them SOMETHING…hopefully something that matters at least a little bit.

I’m personally hoping we can trade him for Susan Coffey (Thanks Barstool Sports!)…

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3. MLB.com’s Noah Rosenstein says Luke Scott hurt running bases after go-ahead HR in win

How does this always happen to us?!?!?!?

It was a little funny listening to Juan Samuel say that Scott was going to try to leg it into a triple if it didn’t leave the yard. Funny because we all know Luke Scott isn’t going to be confused with Pete Rose any time soon when it comes to “hustle.”

There’s good news. Felix Pie is apparently going to be ready to go if Scott ends up on the DL. So…did you see the mistake Corey Patterson made last night? Expect more of that soon!

(Edit from GMC: Hopefully not. But I’m way to realistic to be too hopeful.)

4. The Sun’s Steve Gould says Frederick Keys pitcher Nathan Moreau threw no-hitter on farm

Did you miss Nathan this morning with Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net NOW to check it out! Other guests this morning included:

-Great American Champion Joey Chestnut, who gave me some hot dog eating tips ahead of his pursuit of a 4th straight Nathan’s Famous 4th of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest title Sunday in New York.
-Dan Steinberg from the Washington Post’s “DC Sports Bog”, who re-hashed the John Riggins MASN commercial controversy I stirred up last week.
-Baltimore Blast Coach Danny Kelly, who went around the USMNT and all things World Cup.

A few other O’s-related notes before we move on…

-Congratulations to our pal Steve Melewski, who claimed another “Apologist of the Morning” title today, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator.” I’m still convinced that Brian Matusz is going to have a bright future in Charm City myself; but to say his season hasn’t been “disappointing” is absolute apology.

-The O’s are back in action tonight, trying to wrap up back to back series wins against the A’s. First pitch at Oriole Park at Camden Yards is at 7:05pm, the game can again be seen on MASN2. Trevor Cahill goes for the A’s against Jake Arrieta and the O’s.

5. ABC2′s Lamont Williams says Cal Ripken and Bill Ripken broke ground on new youth park at Memorial Stadium site

What an awesome day to be out at 33rd Street yesterday. Kudos to Ripken Baseball, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and everyone else involved with the groundbreaking event.

If you missed any of our coverage at WNSTV, here’s your chance to catch up. First we bothered Cal Ripken, who is clearly much too important to be talking to myself, Luke Jones OR Nestor Aparicio…

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Brooks Robinson was hanging out, and took a small shot at what’s going on these days at OPACY…

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And then Brady Anderson reminded us that he’s much better looking than we are…

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6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens LB Terrell Suggs not concerned about missing OTA’s

As long as “T-Sizzle” has a good season, none of this will matter. If he struggles; his failure to report to Owings Mills will be something that fans and analysts alike will bring up all year.

John Harbaugh clearly wasn’t happy Suggs wasn’t there; but he handled it the best way possible. Suggs should have been at 1 Winning Drive; at least for SOME of the OTA’s. It’s a simple gesture. Maybe he’s doing enough work in Arizona that it won’t matter, but maybe he isn’t. We just don’t know.

Hopefully it won’t be an issue.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Sergio Kindle, Ravens rookies thought NFL symposium ‘great experience’

You know what else is a good experience? Checking out pictures of the cheerleaders for the Oregon Ducks over at Busted Coverage…

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8. USA Today’s Skip Wood says Ravens popular preseason Super Bowl choice

Like I said then, when Ozzie Newsome and company acquired Anquan Boldin; it IMMEDIATELY made them a contender to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

But as I’ve also tried to remind in the months since then, there are other teams in the AFC that are legitimate Super Bowl contenders, including the Cincinnati Bengals right in the AFC North.

The Ravens aren’t the “favorites” to win the Super Bowl in my book; but they are AMONGST the favorites. Now they just have to go get to Dallas. No pressure there or anything…

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says 6 future lacrosse Terps, 4 future Johns Hopkins Blue Jays playing in Saturday’s Under Armour All-America Game

I have a pair of tickets for Saturday night’s game at Unitas Stadium in Towson; for the first person that emails glenn@wnst.net with “I want tickets” in the subject.

If you don’t have plans for Saturday night-it’s worth going over and checking out the game. The girls play early evening, followed by the guys. These are the best high school lacrosse players in the country; and they will be stars of the college game for years to come.

I’d be there, but I DO have plans Saturday night. Sadly, nothing more than looking at pictures of Paula Prendes from FHM Spain over at Guyism…

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10. WNST.net’s Ryan Chell says interim Maryland AD looking to keep Terrapins going in ‘same direction’

I’m hoping it’s the “RIGHT direction” myself. And cue Robert Randolph…

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And finally, I leave you with this.

The R. Lee Ermey GEICO commercial? Awesome…

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Maybe even better than the Andres Cantor spot. Maybe.

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Morning Millwood

Posted on 09 December 2009 by dansoderberg

I gotta admit I really like the Millwood deal for the Orioles. I don’t care what that stick in the mud Keith Law over at ESPN thinks of the trade. I’ve been skeptical of the team’s off-season intentions, but I’ll give credit where it’s due. They’re finally spending some of that MASN money and that’s at least something to get excited about.

In my blog yesterday I questioned the strategy of giving up a pitching prospect to acquire Millwood with just one year left on his contract. Giving up Chris Ray is a completely different scenario. Ray has never lived up the club’s expectations for him and he’s now in line to receive larger paydays through arbitration. The deal opens up Ray’s role for a younger, cheaper pitcher like David Hernandez or Kam Mickolio.

Yesterday I suggested the Orioles sign a free agent starter like Jon Garland, but Millwood was already under contract and will be pitching for a new deal. The other benefit of dealing for Millwood is that he had no ability to block the deal. We all remember the “Confederate Money” quote from the Syd Thrift days, but frankly the Orioles haven’t been a very appealing option for free agents. If a player has options he ain’t coming to Baltimore. Millwood had no such options.

It has been reported that the Orioles traded the 3rd pick in tomorrow’s Rule 5 draft to the Rangers as part of the Millwood deal. My guess is the pick is used to select Bowie BaySox Right Hander Steven Johnson, thus making the final deal Millwood plus $3 million for Chris Ray and Steven Johnson.

Welcome to Baltimore Kevin. Hopefully this is the first of many moves for Mr. MacPhail.

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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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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

From everything I’ve gathered, the Jordan Williams situation is not a big deal for the Terps. Certainly it is embarrassing, but it doesn’t appear to be anything that will affect Jordan Williams moving forward on the court. In fact, the charges can possibly be dismissed if Jordan agrees to participate in an anger management program.

I do not know the details of the arrest (nor does anyone else), but from what I could gather in speaking to people yesterday who know about law enforcement, these are usually the types of charges that come from minor incidents where a fight was involved. It shouldn’t reflect on Jordan Williams being some sort of violent character.

With all of that being said, it is NOT okay for a Division 1 athlete to put himself in those types of situations. Jordan Williams is an important part of what is expected to be a renaissance for Gary Williams’ program. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jordan was suspended for the exhibition game this season (similar to how Greivis Vasquez was last season), but I would find any further punishment unlikely.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester believes Ravens will win in Foxborough Sunday

Glenn Clark says Trevor Pryce knows Ravens most pressure Tom Brady even if they can’t sack him

Drew Forrester says McGahee has been Ravens’ ‘best’ player thus far in ’09

Glenn Clark says Oher was best Raven on field Sunday, Drew Forrester says Flacco

Nestor Aparicio says 100 losses would be particularly embarrassing for Orioles

Drew Forrester hearing rumblings about Tom Kelly around Baltimore

Glenn Clark hopes to visit Samuel Adams Brewery while in Boston with Ravens this weekend

Bob Haynie wonders if Ravens fans still root for Kyle Boller

Ed Frankovic breaks down likely opening night roster for Capitals

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says bullpen couldn’t back up Hendrickson as Birds fell in Tampa Bay

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of 11th straight loss

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Jeremy Guthrie to face Wade Davis, Rays tonight

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Brian Roberts now one of just 5 players in MLB history to register 25 stolen bases, 50 doubles, 70 walks, 100 runs scored in 3 straight seasons

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Orioles shut down Chris Tillman for season

Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says 10,352 at Tropicana Field to see Rays rally past O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says MacPhail met with Peter Angelos last week to discuss Trembley’s future

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says after 11th straight loss, Markakis said ‘there’s only so much we can do’

The Sun’s Candus Thomson remembers “Why Not?” Birds 20 years later

The Sun’s Candus Thomson talks about memories of ’89 Orioles with Dave Johnson

The Sun’s Candus Thomson talks about memories of ’89 Orioles with Bill Ripken

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jim Johnson, Chris Ray will ‘probably’ compete for closer job in ‘10

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds would be better off beating out Pirates for Number 2 pick in Draft

Examiner Jay Trucker says Albers, Danys Baez, Chris Ray all struggled out of pen for Birds

The AP says Dave Trembley not feeling sorry for (him)self despite Orioles’ 11 game losing streak

St. Petersburg Times’ Joe Smith says Zobrist homered for Rays in win

Tampa Tribune’s Tony Fabrizio says Willy Aybar connected for 3 run HR in Rays’ win

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 28th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 29th in power rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh credited coached John Matsko and Andy Moeller for O-Line success

The Official Site says Harbaugh reports team dealing with ‘new concussions’, does not identify which players

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says John Eisenberg joined BaltimoreRavens.com as columnist

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis was back out at 1 Winning Drive Monday for meetings after suffering stinger Sunday vs. Browns

New England Patriots Official Site says team waived Prescott Burgess, added DL Terdell Sands

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Cam Cameron has offense ‘firing on all cylinders’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Patriots, Bengals, Vikings will all ‘test’ Ravens

The Sun’s Edward Lee says defensive backs happy coaching staff didn’t adjust strategy for Cleveland game after struggles against Chargers

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Harbaugh ‘complimentary’ towards Belichick in Monday press conference

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Derrick Mason credited Steve McNair after reaching 800 catch milestone

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco on pace for 4,474 yards passing; 32 TD’s and 10 picks

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Kruger’s agent denied report rookie DE/LB doesn’t want to play Special Teams

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says only Ravens QB’s to throw as much as Flacco were Grbac, Testaverde-who made more mistakes than Joe Cool

Boston Globe’s Christopher L. Gasper says Fred Taylor happy to lead RB by committee group for New England

Boston Herald’s Ian Rapoport says Wilfork diagnosed with ankle sprain, status for Sunday unknown

Worcester Telegram’s Rich Garven says Patriots amongst NFL leaders defensively

Providence Journal’s Shalise Manza Young says Jerod Mayo was off crutches in Pats locker room Monday

ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss says Patriots don’t have to give up Draft pick to Ravens for Burgess because Burgess didn’t play Sunday against Falcons

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 4th in power rankings

NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi imagines Ravens will be in AFC Championship Game in January

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gave Ravens B+ for performance in win Sunday

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens will learn about Patriots from Jets, Rex Ryan

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Domonique Foxworth, secondary bounced back well after struggles in San Diego

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s ACC opener against Clemson

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Tigers release (pdf)

Clemson Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Byrd Stadium

Clemson Official Site offers complete Tigers-Terps release (pdf)

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Titus Till returned to field over weekend

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Friedgen ‘dismayed’ by mistakes Terps making

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps must fix -10 turnover margin

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Adrian Moten, Wujciak playing tough despite struggles

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge thinks Chris Turner a bit ‘skittish’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps, Deacs to kick off at 6:30 on October 10

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says money owed to Ralph, James Franklin makes situation tricky for Debbie Yow

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Maryland on ESPN360 again against Wake Forest

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Wujciak moved into EJ Henderson, Erin Henderson area of individual game tackling performances in Friedgen era

Charleston Post and Courier’s Travis Sawchik says Xavier Dye, Dwayne Allen also unhappy about roles with Tigers

Columbia State’s Paul Strelow says Clemson QB Willy Korn ‘wants to play’

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Virginia has more reason for ‘hope’ than Maryland

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Boys Latin CB prospect Michael Turner visited College Park (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says WR Kerry Boykins getting attention for blocking (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Wujciak had big day for Terps in loss to Rutgers (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Carlos Olazagasti updates season for Maryland opponents

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Register Citizen’s Ronald DeRosa says Jordan Williams turned himself in on charges of breach of peace, third degree assault

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Jordan Williams was arrested with four other defendants for an incident near a mall

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says details of Jordan Williams arrest not available due to sealed warrant

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Jordan Williams turned himself into Torrington (CT) police Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jordan Williams due back in court Monday for arraignment

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says charges against Jordan Williams stemmed from incident last month

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary Williams released statement saying Terps will ‘let judicial system run its course’ in Jordan Williams case

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says George Howard honored again by MEAC

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with Air Force

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen/Falcons release (pdf)

Air Force Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Annapolis

Air Force Official Site offers complete Falcons/Mids release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo understands Commander-in-Chief Trophy makes game with AFA more important

Washington Post’s Camille Powell looks back on close games during Navy’s 6 game win streak over Air Force

Colorado Springs Gazette’s Jack Schaller says game against Midshipmen may be ‘most important’ game in Troy Calhoun’s tenure in Colorado Springs

Go Mids breaks down performances of Mids in win over Western Kentucky (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Rob Ambrose believes Tigers ‘getting a little better each and every week’

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Sean Kelly, Brandon Hudson honored by ACFC

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Steve Anderson says Borel to ride Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in Goodwood Stakes

GOLF:

The Sun’s Don Markus says Tom Watson will be ‘star’ of Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in Timonium this week

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team brought back Brian Bradford

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I hear Drew talking about how the Orioles should be a 70+ win next season, and I can only think to myself “with what players?” Having Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz take a step forward would only solve PART of this organization’s problem.

-Tom Kelly? I guess. Certainly he’s a guy who knows a thing or two about winning, but I think if the Orioles are really committed to winning, they need to go with a younger guy who can grow with the players but already knows about winning. I said before that Bob Melvin would be my guy, and I still think he should be.

-The Ravens WILL have interest in bringing back Prescott Burgess, but I doubt he ends up back in Baltimore. Burgess was let go because the team just didn’t have room for him on the roster anymore. They don’t suddenly have any.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Dave Trembley: What should the O’s do with him?

Posted on 24 September 2009 by Drew Forrester

In three weeks or so, the Orioles will announce their managerial plans for 2010.

The big question?  Dave Trembley — does he return, or not?

The answer?  Who knows…

Here we are, September 24, and the club hasn’t announced whether or not they’re going to exercise the one-year option they have on Trembley’s existing agreement.

I think that’s bush-league, personally, but I’m not running the club.

It’s also business as usual for the O’s, who never seem to do anything in “standard format”.  

Letting Dave Trembley manage these last 30 games from hell with a Bad-News-Bears-lineup and a bunch of AAAA players is bad enough — making him do so without knowing if he’ll be back next year is just plain wrong.  

Based on that and that alone – not publicly acknowledging that they’re renewing his deal – I’d say the signs are pointing to DT not returning next year.

I bet he’ll be heartbroken if that’s the case.

OK, maybe not.

Realistically, though, what are they supposed to do with the manager’s position?

They can bring Trembley back, of course.  Some would say it’s only fair, given what they’ve put him through since he picked up the gig in the summer of ’07 after the players got Sam Perlozzo fired.

Anyone who listens to The Comcast Morning Show knows what I think about Dave Trembley.  I don’t think he’s a great manager — and I don’t think he’s a bad manager.  I think he’s in between.  He reminds me of a gin joint in L.A. — there’s one of ‘em on every corner.  

I think the best thing he EVER did was call out the organization two weeks ago after a home loss (who was it again? there have been so many…) – citing the franchise for “lack of professionalism” during his post-game press conference.  He’s been dealing with that kind of stuff all year.  It was good to see him give us all a quick glimpse into the nightly fiasco he handles while having to manage this last place outfit. 

But that’s not enough for me to say “bring him back”.

It would be EASY for the Orioles to re-sign Dave Trembley.  In all fairness, how can you blame him for what’s transpired under his stewardship?  The team has shipped out a handful of quality players in an effort to trim payroll and replenished the lineup with minor leaguers, re-treads and a smattering of young, promising players who have learned the oldest sports axiom in the book:  ”you can’t win ‘em all…”

I’ve never been a huge fan of Trembley’s in-game management style, but to say he’s been even PARTIALLY to blame for the team’s woes over the last 26 months would be unfair.  He might have cost the team 6 games this year.  Bad pitching, bad baserunning and bad players cost them about 26 games.  Joe Torre, Bill Belichick and Dr. Phil couldn’t have guided this club to a 75-win season if all three were on the bench every night.

So why fire him?

Make that, why “re-hire” him?  

Of course, if they do part company with him, the O’s won’t admit to “firing him”.  They’ll merely say, “We’ve elected to NOT renew the option on Dave’s contract.”

It’s code word for: firing.  But Lord knows the O’s haven’t exactly been up front on hirings and firings over the years.  They “accepted Davey Johnson’s resignation”, “reluctantly allowed Jon Miller to go to San Francisco” and “have no idea what you all are talking about with regard to Andy MacPhail” as the O’s held a press conference at OPACY and Mike Flanagan addressed the media while the words: “O’s hire Andy MacPhail as team VP” scrolled across the bottom of the MASN screen.

Seriously, though, why SHOULD they fire Trembley?

And if they do, who they gonna get?

Really?  Who’s coming here to take this gig?  Anyone with a brain would block incoming calls from “410″ on their cell phone.

But someone has to manage the team in ’10 if Trembley gets the heave-ho.

I’d seek out Bob Melvin or Larry Bowa, among those currently not managing big league clubs.  

But that’s just me.

Here’s the truth: I’m not really sure what they should do with Trembley.

One part of me says, “What the hell, let him go and bring in someone else to put his stamp on the team.”

The other part says, “Trembley can’t be held responsible for this sandlot team they’ve handed him this season…it’s almost un-American to not bring him back.”

Either way, I’m good.

If the O’s DO bring Trembley back, I’m not going to pitch a fit.

If the O’s go ahead and give him the boot, I’m not going to pitch a fit.

I’m cool with it either way.

One thing for sure.  There’s a really good chance the O’s are gonna f*** it up somehow.

I’m not sure how…but it’s even money in Vegas that the Birds botch the Trembley decision.

Here’s one thing I DO know.  If Trembley comes back, give the man some ballplayers.  And give him a multi-year deal so he has a little authority in the locker room.

Come to think of it, give the fans some ballplayers too.

Enough of Bob McCrory.  And Chris Ray.  And Chad Moeller.  

No Ty Wigginton’s at third base next April.  Please.

With all due respect to Luke Scott, let’s end the first base experiment and make a deal in the 0ff-season for a real glove and a real bat.  

Get a closer.  Jim Johnson has failed closer-class, unfortunately.

Give the manager – Trembley or whomever – something to work with, please.

Don’t ask the skipper to make chicken salad out of chicken s***.

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

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

Let’s see what everyone has to say……

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

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

Nestor Aparicio says WNST giving away trip to Foxboro

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

Keith Melchior says Hendrickson, Reimold best Birds in August

ORIOLES:

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

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sun says Babe Ruth Museum to honor Brooks Robinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RAVENS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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

NAVY FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

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

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

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

HORSE RACING:

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

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Growing the Arms, Pie in the Sky, and Goodbye to an Un-American Eyesore

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Growing the Arms, Pie in the Sky, and Goodbye to an Un-American Eyesore

Posted on 30 August 2009 by Sam Angell

OUT NUMBER ONE

The past ten games have shown us something about these 2009 Orioles. This year’s record may not show it, but this is not the same team that has put up losing campaigns the last 12 seasons. This year’s team has fight – and isn’t done putting up some positively exciting results. That may not have been more evident than Sunday afternoon, when rookie Brian Matusz set new career highs with eight strikeouts and seven innings pitched. After five starts in which he showed flashes of brilliance but couldn’t put everything together, Matusz knew he was going to have a better day on Sunday, and told teammates and reports to expect it.

He was right.

Matusz seems to be showing an incredible sense of self-awareness. His ability to identify and correct his mechanical flaws with the help of pitching coach Rick Kranitz will prove invaluable over the course of his career, and could help him avoid prolonged stretches of poor outings. There will undoubtedly be more missteps along the way for Matusz, and the team he dominated on Sunday was not exactly one of the Major League’s most potent offenses. But the Indians – especially Andy Marte, who went 0-3 against Matusz – had shown a knack for delivering some painful knockout blows during the four-game series at Camden Yards this weekend. Even when the Birds could retire the Indians, it seemed like they had to put a little extra work in, as center fielder Adam Jones twice robbed Indians of home runs on Saturday night. Matusz shut the Tribe down. It will take time to know for sure, but he certainly looks like he could turn into the top-of-the-rotation ace that the Orioles hoped he would be when they selected him in the first round last year.

Matusz hasn’t been the only Oriole looking good lately. Chris Tillman has continued to impress over his first few Major League outings, and although David Hernandez has suffered a few setbacks recently, he bounced back with a solid effort on Thursday night in a no-decision. Jeremy Guthrie, the anointed ace of the staff coming into the year, has looked like the Guthrie of old in his last two outings. Even Jason Berken, who wallowed through much of the campaign and seemed like a strong candidate for demotion before the injury to Brad “R.O.Y.” Bergesen, has won his last two starts and three of his last five, giving up no more than three earned runs in each outing.

For the most part, these guys are keeping the team in the game. There have been a few hiccups from the bullpen, but they are also showing signs of an emerging confidence and dependability. George Sherrill put up a tremendous year-and-a-half for the Birds, and could have rightfully added an All-Star appearance this year to go along with what should have been an All-Star Game M.V.P. outing last season. But Kam Mickolio has shown a calm under pressure and an ability to throw strikes – something that sounds simple but may end up making him one of the most valuable pieces the Orioles got for Erik Bedard two offseasons ago. Thursday night’s blown save notwithstanding, Jim Johnson has looked like a more than capable replacement for Sherrill in the closer role, with a sinking fastball that can reach the upper-nineties and keep batters from making solid contact. Even Chris Ray, who appeared to some as a lost cause at least twice this season, may have finally gotten his mechanical issues figured out on his last trip down to Norfolk.

“Grow the arms and buy the bats.” That has been the philosophy of Andy MacPhail all along. Maybe he’s been on to something.

OUT NUMBER TWO

Speaking of the Orioles’ bats, who saw this coming from Felix Pie? The baserunning mistakes are still there, painful even for tee ball-playing little leaguers to watch. But he has been lethal at the plate lately. More and more often, Pie has sent rockets out of the Yard, allowing him the freedom to circle the basepaths at his leisure. Sunday’s opposite field blast to open up a 3-0 lead on the Indians was impressive, but perhaps his most jaw-dropping bomb of the year came last week in Minnesota, when he teed off on a Twinkie pitch and sent it soaring beyond the deep center field wall at the Metrodome. Cal Ripken got his 3,000th hit at the Metrodome, and the Orioles have always played well there. But that might have been the most impressive shot I have ever seen at that place. This guy can hit, folks. He’s clearly got a lot of work to do, but maybe he was worth keeping around after all. Hopefully he comes back in the spring with a little more understanding of the subtleties of the game.

OUT NUMBER THREE

Since we’re on the subject of the Metrodome, the Orioles’ win on Wednesday night marked the end of their time in that abomination of a ballpark. Although the Birds generally fared well there and it was, as I mentioned, the site of Cal Ripken’s 3,000th hit, it was a lousy place for a ballgame. Oriole Park has the Warehouse. Wrigley has the Ivy. Fenway has the Green Monster. The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome had sandwich bags that had been left in Kirby Puckett’s locker hanging from the rafters in right field. The roof wreaked havoc on fly balls, and ground balls hit on the ultra-fast, ultra-hard artificial surface weren’t much more fun. The Mall of America stands where the Twins’ former home, Metropolitan Stadium, once existed. With its sterile, fluorescent environment and deteriorating amenities (on a recent visit, my parents were shocked to find that the place didn’t even bother to sell Twins hats!), there aren’t many more Un-American ballparks in the Major Leagues. Even Toronto’s SkyDome, with its Hard Rock Cafe, McDonalds, and swanky hotel, is more American than that place. And that’s without even bringing up the swastika that perpetually hovers over the cool, clear Minneapolis sky.

 

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That’s all for me today. Happy belated Birthday, Michael.

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 27 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

At this point, I’d say Terrell Suggs’ injury is a concern. The guys aren’t at Training Camp anymore; they’re back in their own beds and at the castle in Westminster, so there’s no reason for Sizzle to be trying to get out of practice at this point.

I’d be concerned. And “monitoring.”

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester wishes he could be ‘front running’ Orioles fan

Glenn Clark says Derrick Mason was again wearing #9 jersey to honor McNair

Rex Snider looks back on Sunday Morning Blitz

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie strong as Birds avoided sweep in Minnesota

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez takes mound tonight vs. Aaron Laffey, Indians

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Trembley accepts some blame, says some falls on players for baserunning mistakes

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Matusz trying to make game ‘slow down’

Minnesota Twins Official Site’s Tyler Mason says Morneau’s RBI double only run scored by Twins in loss to Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Pie homered for O’s in win over Twinkies

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Tribe comes to Baltimore very different than team that began season in Cleveland

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Trembley, Juan Samuel think players should be more ‘accountable’

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Chris Ray ‘regained form’ by changing mechanics

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says 4-5 road trip ‘respectable’ for Orioles (I guess)

The AP says Moeller doubled, singled, walked in win at Metrodome

Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Joe Christensen says Nick Blackburn struggled in loss to Birds

St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Brian Murphy says Alexi Casilla made two spectacular plays at 2B in Twins’ loss

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says David Pauley loser as Tides fell to Durham

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Steve Johnson, Eddie Gamboa winners as Baysox swept doubleheader from Akron

Frederick Keys Official Site says Chorye Spoone went into 5th, earned no decision as Keys fell to Kinston

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Travis Keating loser in relief as Shorebirds fell to Lake County

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Jacob Smith loser in relied as Ironbirds fell to Lowell

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Hobgood worked into 5th, received no decision as Bluefield topped Princeton

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Ouellette finished off Game 2 of doubleheader for 5th save as Baysox swept Aeros

Examiner Jay Trucker took trip to Prince George’s Stadium to see Baysox

Virginian-Pilot’s Jim Hodges says Rhyne Hughes hit first homer as Tide in loss to Bulls

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mark Clayton returned to practice field Wednesday

The Official Site says Harbaugh believes LJ Smith’s hamstring pull ‘a concern’

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Birk proud of Harvard background

The Sun’s Edward Lee and Jamison Hensley say LJ Smith, Kelly Gregg ‘questionable’ for remainder of preseason

The Sun’s Edward Lee says KJ Gerard chopped off dreadlocks

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Harbaugh should stop throwing around Stover’s name with Hauschka, Gano

The Sun’s Edward Lee says trip to Charlotte quasi homecoming for Hauschka

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Kelley Washington learned better ‘work ethic’ in New England

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Chris Chester also didn’t practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens don’t have to make first roster cuts until Sept. 1

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh didn’t have much to say about Bart Scott’s comments

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says LB’s J. McClain, Gooden ‘learning fast’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Oniel Cousins (ankle) expects to be ready for trip to Carolina

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘pretty much ignored’ trash talk with Jets

ESPN.com’s James Walker says ‘chemistry’ still there between Flacco, Mason

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tommy Galt impressive during Wednesday’s practice

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gloria, Friedgen family don’t talk to Ralph after losses

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Ralph thinks safety Kenny Tate ‘a force’

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Gonnella will see ‘a lot of snaps’ in ‘09

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says James Franklin believes Terps made ‘mistake’ by not tabbing Chris Turner as starting QB in ‘08

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fulper ‘making strides’ after switching positions

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Kenny Tate considered move back to WR during offseason

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph hoping to have Terps go 4 quarters in Thursday’s scrimmage

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Demetrius Hartsfield returns home when Terps play NC State, Duke this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens reports ST Coordinator Bankins says Terps giving Barbour chance to ‘lose’ kicking job

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Brandon Jackson-Mills, Thomas Wright amongst Terps on cut line to make travel team

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Lamar Young has been battling shoulder injury

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph has history of splitting carries in recent years

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Ralph thinks Bruce Campbell needs to improve at run-blocking

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says WR LaQuan Williams considered quitting football last season (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Phil Costa has become ‘offensive leader’ for Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Ralph really finalizing last 3 spots on roster for travel to Cal next week (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Darin Drakeford changed eating habits to get into better shape

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Frese interested in West Virginia prospect Whitney Bays (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The AP says Ohio State wants fans to respect Midshipmen when they visit Columbus

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says QB Kriss Proctor to miss 4 weeks after leg surgery

CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd says Navy ‘could be’ best of independent programs, including Notre Dame

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Phelps headlines roster for USA Swimming national team

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Summer Bird trainer Tim Ice ‘can’t feel good about’ Woolley having to pull Mine That Bird from Travers Stakes

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Goodwood Stakes at Santa Anita eyed as next race for Derby winner Mine That Bird

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Quality Road morning line favorite for Shadwell Travers

The Sun says Maryland State Fair session opens tomorrow in Timonium

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The Birds are back home tonight! Who’s excited?!?!?!

No?

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 06 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here is the list of Free Agents at the positions the Orioles may have needs at this offseason. This list is pulled directly from the outstanding site MLBTradeRumors.com……

First basemen
Rich Aurilia (38)
Russell Branyan (34)
Miguel Cairo (36)
Frank Catalanotto (36) – $5MM club option with a $2MM buyout
Tony Clark (38)
Carlos Delgado (38)
Nomar Garciaparra (36)
Ross Gload (34) – $2.6MM club option
Eric Hinske (32)
Nick Johnson (31)
Adam LaRoche (30)
Doug Mientkiewicz (36)
Kevin Millar (38)
Chad Tracy (30) – $7MM option with a $1MM buyout
Daryle Ward (35)
Dmitri Young (36)  -$6MM option vests with 500 PAs in ’09

Third basemen
Rich Aurilia (38)
Adrian Beltre (31)
Geoff Blum (37)
Aaron Boone (37)
Craig Counsell (39)
Joe Crede (32)
Pedro Feliz (35) – $5MM club option with a $500K buyout
Chone Figgins (32)
Nomar Garciaparra (36)
Troy Glaus (33)
Mike Lamb (34)
Melvin Mora (38) – $8MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Pablo Ozuna (35)
Robb Quinlan (33)
Juan Uribe (31)

Designated hitters
Hank Blalock (29)
Jason Giambi (39) – $6.5MM club option with a $1.25MM buyout
Ken Griffey Jr. (40)
Aubrey Huff (33)
Hideki Matsui (36)
Gary Sheffield (41)
Matt Stairs (42)
Mike Sweeney (36)
Jim Thome (39)

Any names jump out at you? Jim Thome, Nick Johnson, Joe Crede, Adam LaRoche and Hank Blalock are the names Drew and I have discussed as some combination of “players we’d be interested in” or “players we think the Orioles might be willing to consider given the money”

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Ravens added DT Nader Abdallah to roster

Chris Pika says NFL concerned about how Ravens players, rest of league uses Twitter

Luke Jones says Lardarius Webb ‘lock’ to make team, Frank Walker on ‘bubble’

Glenn Clark says Joe Smith vs. Georgetown best ‘debut’

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says solid start from Jeremy Guthrie not enough as Birds fell to Tigers

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says ‘devastating changeup’ part of Matusz’s impressive debut

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez takes ball for Birds this afternoon vs. Porcello for finale in Detroit

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Ray ‘gaining confidence’ back in bullpen

Tigers Official Site’s Jason Beck says Edwin Jackson dominant as Tigers topped O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Trembley thought Guthrie pitched like he’s ‘expected to pitch’ in loss

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Berken will definitely make Friday start vs. Blue Jays

The Sun says former Oriole Hoiles stepped down as manager of York Revolution

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Fernando Rodney struck out Gregg Zaun to end win for Tigers

The AP says Adam Jones hit late homer for Birds’ only runs in loss

Washington Post’s CJ Holley says Matusz’s debut gives Orioles fans ‘tangible hopes’ for future

Detroit Free Press’ George Sipple says Leyland admitted to making ‘mistake’ in sending Jackson back out for 9th in win

Detroit News’ Tom Gage says Magglio Ordonez homered for Tigers in win

AOL Sports’ Matt Snyder has Birds 21st in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Chris Waters earned win in relief as Tides topped Pawtucket

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Beato lost first AA start as Baysox shut out by New Hampshire

Frederick Keys Official Site says Gleason overcame early struggles to get win for Keys over Potomac

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Moreau winner as Shorebirds topped Hagerstown

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Haughian winner as Ironbirds topped State College

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Helmick had 2B, 3B for Bluefield in win over Greeneville

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Keys players were watching former teammate Matusz’s big league debut closely

Virginian-Pilot says Pinckney went 4-5 with 2 doubles for Tides in win over Red Sox

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Kevin Byrne says Harbaugh rooming with father Jack at Training Camp

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says McGahee, Rice ‘pushing each other’ in RB competition

The Official Site says Harbaugh thinks Rolle will be back ‘real soon’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says additions of Foxworth, Carr make Ravens believe cornerbacks ‘strength’ of roster

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Rolle expected to wear red ‘no contact’ jersey after being de-PUP’ed

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says staff needs preseason games to determine whether Hauschka, Gano will replace Stover as kicker

The Sun’s Edward Lee says defense ruled practice Wednesday despite 52, Reed, Pryce, Gregg having day off with “over 30 club”

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Cam Cameron thinks Ravens could use McGahee, Rice, McClain on field at same time

The Sun’s Mike Preston says rookie Kruger helping to give D-Line ‘depth’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McGahee, Figurs battling over who’s ‘faster’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Rosburg will run Friday’s practice while Harbaugh attends Jim Johnson’s memorial service

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Gaither ‘expected to excel on weekly basis’

Carroll County Times’ Daniel Henderson says Jayson Foster trying to ‘beat odds’, make team

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Oglesby missed practice after suffering concussion

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Suggs traded in Yankees hat for Orioles hat after Ravens invested in him long term

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Titans will honor McNair with helmet decal (in fact, that’s EXACTLY what he said. I probably should have put it in quotes. Sorry Mike.)

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Rod Woodson believes Ed Reed ‘more aggressive’ than he was

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says punter Baltz named to Ray Guy Award watch list

The Official Site says Terps deep at WR with Torrey Smith, Ronnie Tyler, Adrian Cannon, Quintin McCree, Tony Logan, Kevin Dorsey, Kerry Boykins, Emani Lee-Odai and LaQuan Williams

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps have sold 40 of 64 luxury suites at Byrd Stadium

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps allowing no more than 96 beer bottles in Tyser Tower suites

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Yow called rumors of Big East courting Maryland, Boston College ‘silliness’

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says inexperienced LB’s like Ben Pooler, Demetrius Hartsfield need to step up next to Wujciak

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire says Jared Harrell was star of show in speaking to Boys and Girls Club in Washington

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Yow claimed Big East made ‘no contact’ with Terps about switching conferences

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says West Virginia players excited to revive rivalry with Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Justin Lewis may be ‘answer’ for Terps at RG

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Baltz ‘probably Maryland’s most realistic awards candidate’

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Goree, Mackall only Terps missing from summer session (both going to prep school)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Bishop McNamara WR prospect Brandon Coleman ‘shut down’ recruitment until after senior season concludes (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Wisconsin prospect Josh Gasser ‘surprised’ by offer from Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Frese, assistant David Atkins watched country’s best underclassman talent at USJN Championships in College Park (must subscribe)

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Jays picked to finish first in Centennial preseason poll

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Jays picked ahead of Dickinson, Muhlenberg in poll

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Tigers have offered Wise DE-TE prospect Rashaan Moore

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Fang Mitchell must replace one of school’s greatest players in Tywain McKee

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Niumatalolo knows Dobbs will get hit, but wants him to be hit ‘up high’

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids’ tough schedule includes 8 opponents that played in Bowl games last year

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says facing Big Ten foe Ohio State personal thrill for Pospisil

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says OL Osei Asante “man who would be prince”

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Niumatalolo’s ‘goal’ is again Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy (must subscribe)

NAVY BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Seton Hall toughest opponent on Mids’ schedule

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Milan Brown wants this year’s Mountaineers to again be ‘good defensive team’

SWIMMING:

Washington Post’s Ishita Singh says Phelps’ star power bringing best young swimmers to NBAC meet

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Drew and I talked about Cornerback depth this morning; and I really buy into it. There is NO ONE on the team who is NEARLY as good as Chris McAlister. But instead of having 1 great corner, 1 good corner, and 3 guys who are about as talented as you and I (as they had 2 seasons ago); they instead have a group of 5 or so guys who can ALL play. There won’t be a Corey Ivy-David Pittman secondary at any point. This group can work.

-There would be no reason for Maryland to move to the Big East. The Big East is on the same level as the ACC in both football and basketball, and Maryland would lose key money-making games. That particular rumor is insane.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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