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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 06 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Maryland @ Loyola (Tuesday 7pm Reitz Arena), UMBC @ Maryland (Friday 7pm Comcast Center); Golf: PGA Tour Shark Shootout (Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday 4pm Sunday 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Naples, FL); High School Basketball: Edmondson @ Perry Hall (Wednesday 6:30pm), Perry Hall @ Dulaney (Friday 7pm)

10. Matisyahu (Tuesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Hinder/Saving Abel/My Darkest Days/Default (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Old 97′s (Tuesday 7pm Recher Theatre), Nonpoint (Thursday 7pm Recher Theatre); Usher (Wednesday 8pm 1st Mariner Arena); Better Than Ezra (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), G. Love & Special Sauce (Monday 8pm 9:30 Club); National Tree Lighting Ceremony feat. B.B. King, Maroon 5, Sara Bareilles (Thursday 5pm President’s Park); Mint Condition (Thursday & Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); T.I. “No Mercy” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday); Mid-Atlantic Holiday Beer Tasting (Saturday 12pm The Brewer’s Art)

With this being Hanukkah, I will mention that I LOVE Matisyahu…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS9uTiEY9ag[/youtube]

Haven’t heard of Old 97′s? Maybe it’s time to take a minute…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDDyD0Hj5n0[/youtube]

Maybe Nonpoint should invite Ray Lewis over to Recher Theatre for their Phil Collins cover…

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

Better Than Ezra is the type of band that has had a much bigger impact on my life than I might really recognize. Between Empire Records and THIS classic, I’m really grateful for the boys from New Orleans…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9-FD5un87M[/youtube]

9. Inception“, “Shrek Forever After” and “Boy Meets World Season 4” available in stores (Tuesday)

You know why Season 4 of Boy Meets World was the best one? It was the season that featured the “Sixteen Candles and 400 Pound Men” episode. You know, where Cory Matthews had to help his friend Frankie with his father (Vader)’s match against Jake “The Snake” Roberts while also being there to dance with Topanga Lawrence at her 16th birthday party.

Yeah, I’m a nerd. But this is a great episode. It’s an ode to The Flintstones episode where Fred Flintstone has to be in two places at once. Here’s the end of the episode…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ue284USuKQ[/youtube]

8. Boxing: IBF/WBO Heavyweight Championship-Vladimir Klitschko vs. Dereck Chisora (Saturday 5pm from Mannheim, Germany live on ESPN3.com), Yonnhy Perez vs. Joseph Agbeko, Abner Mares vs. Vic Darchinyan (Saturday 9pm from Tacoma, Washington live on Showtime)

I’ll be forced to admit that I could not have told you who held the IBF, WBO, WBA, HBO, NBA, NWA, OPP, TLC, IWIF, MIAA, NAACP or UNICEF heavyweight titles.

And frankly, I have nothing to offer to a boxing discussion that would be of value. Except that the “Floyd Wetherton” character on Family Guy was an amazing combination of both very sad and very funny…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyFRtqxFE6k[/youtube]

7. Soccer: MISL-Missouri Comets @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm 1st Mariner Arena); College Soccer: NCAA Championship Game (Sunday 4pm from Santa Barbara, CA live on ESPN2)

Obviously there’s little to no interest in the College Cup now because Maryland lost to Michigan Saturday, eliminating the Terrapins from the NCAA Tournament.

I’d like to give you another reason to watch Friday and Sunday, but I honestly don’t have it.

Instead, I’ll discuss something much more significant in the world of soccer. A recent news story about the breakout soccer star of 2010.

You’ll remember Larissa Riquelme as the Paraguay soccer fan who captivated the attention of the world during this summer’s World Cup. NOW you’ll remember her as the girl who recently wore this dress…

riquelme

6. NBA: Washington Wizards @ Los Angeles Lakers (Tuesday 10:30pm from LA live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Sacramento Kings (Wednesday 10pm from Sacramento live on Comcast SportsNet), New York Knicks @ Washington Wizards (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet)

If you’re a fan of the ‘Zards (I’ve heard a rumor there are a handful of you out there somewhere, but I haven’t actually MET any of you in my life), I suggest you not watch their game with me Tuesday night. I’ll be rooting hard for the Lakers.

Not because I’m some sort of bandwagon Lakers fan, trust me.

I’ll be rooting hard for the Lakers because this guy plays for them…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2UUyAzKLMg[/youtube]

Steve Blake will always be a hero to me.

5. NHL: Carolina Hurricanes @ Washington Capitals (Thursday 7pm from Verizon Center live on VERSUS & Comcast SportsNet), Colorado Avalanche @ Washington Capitals (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers (Sunday 7pm from New York live on Comcast SportsNet & NHL Network)

You already know I’m not a fan of the Caps, so let’s just move on from that.

I’m not sure if this particular dress…

rangersdress

…is available in a Phoenix Coyotes style, I know what “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet” will be getting for Christmas this year. And will be wearing to every function we attend in 2011.

4. Mixed Martial Arts: UFC 124-Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck (Saturday 10pm from Montreal live on Pay-Per-View)

Since the fight is happening in Montreal, I know damn well who I’m picking to win…

youppi

Youppi is awesome. Oh…of course I’m picking GSP to win. He’s fighting Josh Koscheck. Who the hell am I supposed to pick there?

3. College Basketball: UNC-Greensboro @ Maryland (Wednesday 7:30pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Boston College @ Maryland (Sunday 4pm from Comcast Center live on Fox Sports Net-CSN locally in Charm City); Towson @ UMBC (Saturday 7pm RAC Arena); Towson @ George Washington (Wednesday 7pm Smith Center); Navy @ Coppin State (Tuesday 7:30pm Coppin State Physical Education Complex), West Virginia Tech @ Coppin State (Saturday 4pm Coppin State Physical Education Complex); Loyola @ George Mason (Wednesday 7pm from Patriot Center live on MASN), Mt. St. Mary’s @ Loyola (Saturday 4pm Reitz Arena)

I’m torn here. On one side, I’m very happy to see the start of ACC season. On the other side, the Terps’ loss to Temple in the BB&T Classic leaves me just a bit concerned.

I know this much. If I see ANY of you wearing this shirt this week, I might very well take a swing at you…

superfan

2. College Football: Army/Navy Game (Saturday 2:30pm from Philadelphia live on CBS); Heisman Trophy Presentation (Saturday 8pm from New York live on ESPN)

My ABSOLUTE favorite game of the year in any sport.

I doubt they’ll show this video up at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday, but if they did-I’m not sure how the Midshipmen COULDN’T be inspired…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqKS7gmC444[/youtube]

1. NFL: Baltimore Ravens @ Houston Texans (Monday 8:30pm from Houston live on ESPN)

The Monday Night Football trip will be my first to Houston.

For anyone who has made the trip before, can you tell me anything about this place? I’m told I HAVE to hit it while I’m there…

feast

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Randy Moss: has baggage …. will travel

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Randy Moss: has baggage …. will travel

Posted on 02 November 2010 by Rex Snider

Just go ahead and admit it …..

As soon as you’re convinced Bill Belichick has finally outsmarted himself and pulled the trigger on a dumb deal, he figuratively fools all of us and snookers another sucker.

Tomorrow marks the one month anniversary of the very public divorce between Randy Moss and the New England Patriots. It’s offically been 27 days, so my conflicted memory still recalls the morning the news broke, quite vividly.

While the deal was not an earth-shattering shocker, it did fuel reaction from a lot of sideline critics. As the football world learned Bill Belichick dealt his sole deep threat receiver to the Minnesota Vikings, a collective bewildering day of sports talk commenced.

Randy Moss was returning HOME, to the team and city where his Hall Of Fame career began. And, all seemed right in Minneapolis ….

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre and wide receiver Randy Moss slap hands after a completion against the New England Patriots in the third quarter of their NFL football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts October 31, 2010.    REUTERS/Adam Hunger   (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Brett Favre was being teamed with a guy who could catch those Sportscenter-highlighted touchdowns.

Brad Childress was acquiring the player who could validate all the effort devoted to kissing Favre’s ass for an entire offseason.

And, poor Bill Belichick was selling on the “short” …. while walking away with just a measly 3rd round pick in next April’s NFL draft.

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Where will the Ravens be in January?

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Where will the Ravens be in January?

Posted on 28 October 2010 by Rex Snider

Fast forward yourself a couple months to the week following Christmas. You will most likely be experiencing the typical holiday happenings – your kids are complaining about the things Santa did NOT leave under the tree …. your wife is counting down the days until school returns from the seasonal break …. and you’re simply trying to survive such an ordeal.

Oh yeah, and you’re also digesting the Ravens latest win, against the Cleveland Browns, in the final road game of the regular season. It will probably be a little tougher than most of us originally imagined, but beating the Browns will be a mandatory formality.

And, as certain as many parents are looking ahead to the second half of the school year, many of us are looking ahead to some pretty exciting circumstances …..

College football’s biggest bowl games are approaching …..

New Years festivities are being planned …..

Rex Snider is watching his new HAIR as it’s starting to grow …..
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And, the Ravens will be readying for the ultimate arrival of the Cincinnati Bengals in the season finale’ …..

Now, bring yourself back to this 28th day of October …..

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 27 August 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because tonight is my annual Fantasy Football Draft; or as I like to call it-”August Christmas.” Thanks to my buddy Chris Appel for arranging the event at Mountain Branch for our “Full House League”, where I’m assuming these things will be on the menu…

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I have the 6th pick in this year’s draft. I’m mortified. Clearly Chris Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew will be gone; with Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson likely behind them. That will likely put me in an uncomfortable spot where the best options are Frank Gore, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Michael Turner.

I have no idea what I’d do in that situation.

I guess Team “Jesse and the Rippers” probably end up having to take this guy…

BOLLER

And as a quick personal note; my condolences go out to Chris Appel (and former WNST.net blogger BJ Appel-the Commish in our league); whose grandfather “Big” Will Appel passed away last night. Big Will was an amazing dude who will be missed. Thoughts and prayers all around, it certainly weighs heavy on an otherwise glorious day.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Terrence Cody (knee), Demetrius Williams (ankle) missed practice again Thursday ahead of Ravens-Giants game

Neither are major concerns, and neither have ruled themselves out for tomorrow night-although it would surprise me if either were on the field after missing practice for all (Williams) or the majority (Cody) of the week.

The Ravens will almost certainly be without O-Linemen Jared Gaither (back), Oniel Cousins (concussion), David Hale (tailbone) and Daniel Sanders (shoulder) tomorrow night; as well as CB Marcus Paschal (leg).

WR Eron Riley (back) and DT Brandon McKinney (knee) are question marks having missed a few practices this week; and I would be surprised if CB Lardarius Webb played on the turf at “The Bank” after returning from the PUP list just this Monday.

It sorta feels weird to talk about injuries before a game and not mention LJ Smith. I hope he’s doing well…

2. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says ‘ball security’ very important for Cam Cameron, Ravens against New York

And after 8 fumbles in the first two preseason games against the Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins, it seems like a pretty logical thing to work on.

You know what else seems pretty logical? Posting this picture of Ninel Conde from Don Chavez….

conde

3. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome to be inducted in Cleveland Browns Ring of Honor

I’m not sure if the Browns are planning on inviting guys to town to be honored the weekend of the induction, and it likely wouldn’t matter; as the Ravens visit the Cincinnati Bengals that day and I’m sure Ozzie will be in The Queen City, not The Comeback City.

But hypothetically, imagine the Browns holding an event on a day where Newsome had been able to attend. I am certain there would be at least a level of awkwardness at Cleveland Browns Stadium. I don’t think the majority of fans would be foolish enough to-say-boo the man whose Cleveland career made him a Hall of Fame TE. But I do think there would be a handful of fans (especially younger fans who might not remember Newsome on the field) who would be uncomfortable with honoring the GM of the team that abandoned Cleveland and now regular comes back to kick the Browns in the ass.

And there’s also the whole “he works for Art Modell” thing.

They’re doing the right thing. And it is probably best that it will happen on a day where they can avoid any level of awkwardness.

4. New York Daily News’ Ebenezer Samuel says G-Men center Shaun O’Hara to miss tomorrow night’s game

Before we move on from the Ravens, a couple of things…

-The Ravens are holding a walkthrough today that is CLOSED to the media out at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills. They’ll kickoff against the Giants at 7:30 tomorrow night at M&T Bank Stadium. The game can be seen live on WBAL11.

-Did you miss Ravens LB Jason Phillips with Drew Forrester today on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Jason discussed his road to making the 53 man roster after missing last season. You can hear it in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault right here at WNST.net. Some other things you can hear in the Audio Vault include…

  • Howard Cross (New York Giants sideline reporter/former TE)-who previewed tomorrow night’s preseason showdown with the Ravens
  • Domonique Foxworth (Ravens CB)-who joined Drew to talk about his recovery and preview the Maryland-Navy get together at M&T Bank Stadium on Labor Day
  • TJ Rives (Tampa Bay Buccaneers sideline reporter)-who previewed the Bucs with Drew as we continued to look at all of the Ravens’ 2010 opponents
  • Roger Lodge (Host of “The Sports Lodge” on AM830 in Los Angeles and the former host of “Blind Date”)-who joined Drew to preview the Angels
  • All sorts of audio from Owings Mills Thursday-including Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison, Jerry Rosburg and Ray Rice
  • Steve Hauschka (former Ravens, now Detroit Lions kicker)-who joined Thyrl Nelson Thursday on “The Mobtown Sports Beat”
  • Joe Maese (former Ravens Long Snapper)-who joined Rex Snider Thursday on “The Afternoon Drive” to talk about Matt Katula/Morgan Cox as well as his new career as a Howard County firefighter
  • Len Pasquarelli (CBSSports.com)-who checked in live from the NFL Owners Meetings in Atlanta with Rex Thursday

Plus much much more. It’s all in the Audio Vault, so once again I’ve planned your day completely. I’m getting sick of carrying you like this.

5. The AP’s Jay Cohen says Edwin Jackson masterful as Orioles lost to Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field

Not a whole heck of a lot more that can be said about this.

Jackson was TREMENDOUS last night. The type of tremendous that sorta makes you wonder how he can ever be bad.

I almost said “I’m glad Edwin Jackson doesn’t pitch for my team, because it would be frustrating to watch him.” But I don’t mean that. I’d take Edwin Jackson my team 10 times out of 10. He’s better than anyone we have.

Nights like these happen sometimes. They’re frustrating, but they happen. Hopefully there will be fewer and fewer of them in 2011.

Hopefully.

6. The AP/WNST.net provide numerical evidence of loss

Jackson’s line: 8 shutout innings, 3 hits, 10 strikeouts

Jake Arrieta’s line: 4 IP, 4 ER, 7 hits, 3BB, 2K

You REALLY don’t want to look at these numbers.

Instead, look at Olivia Wilde. She’s much more pleasant to look at. Thanks Guyism!

oliviawilde

7. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Armando Gabino optioned to Norfolk after loss, Jim Johnson expected before tonight’s game in Anaheim

And when it comes to Gabino, we’ll always have the memories. Like…

I’m happy for Jim Johnson to finally be getting back. I think there was a real chance of him having his spirits dampened after such a dreadful season thus far.

You know what tends to help me when my spirits are dampened? Robert Randolph…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kABK_CDZal8[/youtube]

8. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Chris Tillman roughed up, but Norfolk Tides managed to beat Charlotte Knights on farm

And before we move on from the O’s, a couple of things…

-The Birds left the Windy City last night for Anaheim, where they’ll open a weekend series with the Angels tonight. First pitch between Brad Bergesen and Trevor Bell is at 10:05pm, and the game can be seen on MASN2. Kevin Millwood and Jeremy Guthrie face Scott Kazmir and Jered Weaver the rest of the weekend.

-Adam Jones missed another game last night, but was available in an emergency situation. Still not considered a longterm issue.

-While Tillman still seems to be a guy who will be headed to Charm City next week, it does not look like Buck Showalter and Andy MacPhail will be giving Zach Britton the call. Might be the right move, but still kinda disappointing.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says LaQuan Williams, Justin Lewis, Matt Furstenburg now listed as starters for Terrapins

And yet somehow Shannon James STILL isn’t starting. WHERE IS THE JUSTICE IN COLLEGE PARK?!?!?!? (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)

shannonjames

10. ESPN.com’s Wayne Drehs says Michael Phelps has rededicated himself to Swimming after visiting this year’s Vancouver Olympics

Thank God, as I can’t take seeing Michael Phelps lose anymore.

I mean, if Phelps is losing-I’m pretty sure THIS man defaults back to being the face of Baltimore sports…

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

And finally, I leave you with this.

The Maryland State Fair is underway in Timonium. It means plenty of wonderful things all around. Amongst them? DEEP FRIED POP TARTS! (Thanks Fox 45!)

poptart

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 28 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because after a weekend in Ocean City, I spent the evening literally BATHING in aloe vera. I’m not kidding, I think I looked like Justin Bartha in “The Hangover”…

justinbartha

The thing is, it doesn’t hurt until you’re sober.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Miguel Tejada singled home winning run to lift O’s to sweep of Nationals

I didn’t think it was possible.

I especially didn’t think it was possible after Julio Lugo doubled with one out in the 8th and then proceded to get picked off 2nd base by Wil Nieves.

Shows what I know.

I’m well aware that it was the Nats, but it’s still a sweep. Around here, that’s almost as good as winning the World Series.

It’s been particularly nice to see the Birds put together some rallies and come back from early deficits in these games-but it would be nicer to see starting pitchers be a bit more effective. We’ll get back to that.

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

Jeremy Guthrie wasn’t bad yesterday. 6 innings, 3 earned runs on 3 hits with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. He certainly wasn’t GREAT, but he wasn’t bad. Compared to some of the other starting efforts we’ve seen at Camden Yards recently, it was really good.

Only Tejada had two hits amongst Orioles players yesterday, but that’s all that was needed. Maybe these guys are hitting better because Nick Markakis called them out publicly. Maybe they’re hitting better because they know the July 31 trade deadline is coming up and this is their chance to get out of Charm City.

I don’t really care why they’re hitting better. I just want them to keep doing it.

3. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Buck Showalter told ESPN Orioles have ‘some great pieces’

Yeah…like Markakis…and….ummm….Adam Jones for a week?

Clearly having watched the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks win World Series titles AFTER he left has made Showalter badly want another MLB gig. Of course, if he thinks he’s going to reach that level under Peter Angelos, he’ll probably be disappointed.

You know who DOES have some great pieces? Zaira Nara. (Thanks Guyism/Remix Magazine!)

zaira

4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Andy MacPhail finally cut ties, DFA’ed Garrett Atkins

I’m trying to figure out the right way to say this. Nick Markakis and Brian Roberts were here before MacPhail got here. Adam Jones has been marginally successful. Matt Wieters, Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta all look like they’re talented but haven’t necessarily shown it yet.

As far as a “face” of the MacPhail era is concerned, umm….Atkins is about as good a choice as any.

This was a failure from Day 1. It represented the fact that the team decided to sign a lesser player instead of going out and actually signing a real impact player. That’s the real impact of the MacPhail era.

Maybe the marketing folks at the Warehouse should put together a “Mt. Rushmore”-type photo of Atkins, Rich Hill, Adam Eaton and Koji Uehara (who returned with the Atkins DFA). Could be a hot seller this Christmas. If I was better at Photoshop, I’d do it for them.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Felix Pie 2-4 with RBI, two runs for Frederick Keys on farm

Me, I’d put Felix Pie on the “Mt. Rushmore”, but someone would try to convince me that his 8 hits earlier this season mean he’s a good player. If Jake Fox was an offseason acquisition, he’d make it for sure. In the meantime, a few more things before we move on from the Orioles…

-Congratulations to our “Apologist of the Morning”, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester. “Heath” from Dempsey’s Army is no stranger to the AOTM-but this morning he received the award for citing Fangraphs in opining that Juan Samuel was wrong for trying to have Matt Wieters bunt last week. I don’t often credit Drew for being funny, but labeling a group of people as “Fangraph-sexuals” was pretty damn humorous.

-The Orioles are off today, but return to action tomorrow night opening a 3 game series against the Oakland Athletics at OPACY. Matusz, Kevin Millwood and Arrieta take the hill for the Orioles; Dallas Braden, Ben Sheets and Trevor Cahill go for the A’s.

-Thanks to Joe Sheehan from Baseball Prospectus for joining us this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST to talk some baseball. If you missed it, head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today to check it out. Other guests this morning were SI’s Jon Wertheim (live from Wimbledon) and UMBC soccer coach Pete Caringi (who went around the World Cup). It’s all up in the Audio Vault.

6. National Football Post’s Matt Bowen says Ravens without Ed Reed would be like Pittsburgh Steelers without Polamalu

As a commenter eloquently scribed after Bowen’s piece (why do all of the good commenters post at NFP?), the Ed Reed situation really IS the “elephant in the room.”

If the Ravens are going to be Super Bowl contenders (and I believe they will be), it is hard to imagine them doing it with Dawan Landry and Ken Hamlin at safety. They need Reed to be some sort of difference maker in the secondary.

My assumption remains that Ed does intend to come back, and will sit out the majority of Training Camp-part for health reasons and part because he probably doesn’t have that much interest in spending his August sweating it out in Westminster.

We know Ed WANTS to return. It SEEMS like he’ll be healthy enough to return. Now we just need to keep our fingers crossed that he IS.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says new LB coaches Dean Pees, Ted Monachino making impact in offseason

Maybe so, but even the Arizona State connection couldn’t help Monachino get Terrell Suggs to Owings Mills this offseason.

You know who’s REALLY made an impact this offseason? Wendy Braga. (Thanks Don Chavez/Busted Coverage!)

wendy

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens has Maryland 68th in offseason college football rankings

Boy.

I have had a bad feeling about this Terrapins club since the end of last season.

I know that luck played a role in 2-10 last season. I know that they lost close games throughout the season, and certainly had a chance to beat the likes of Middle Tennessee State, Rutgers, Virginia, Duke, etc. That being said, they still have a real lack of talent at crucial spots (namely O-Line and D-Line), and Jamarr Robinson is unproven at best under center.

There is talent on this team. A team with as many decent running backs (Da’Rel Scott, Davin Meggett, Caleb Porzel, D.J. Adams, Gary Douglas) and WR’s (Torrey Smith, Emani Lee-Odai, Tony Logan, Quintin McCree, LaQuan Williams, Ronnie Tyler, Adrian Cannon, Kevin Dorsey, Kerry Boykins) as Maryland does, they should really be better offensively.

If this IS Ralph Friedgen’s last season in College Park-it COULD be a long one.

9. Testudo Times’ Ben Broman says Eric Hayes will join Washington Wizards’ Summer League roster, Landon Milbourne joins Atlanta Hawks’ Summer League roster

And as I passed along yesterday via Twitter (follow us @WNST), Morgan State’s Reggie Holmes will join Greivis Vasquez with the Memphis Grizzlies’ Summer League team in Las Vegas. I should also know about Jermaine Dixon (who graduated at Pitt but is from Baltimore and is the younger brother of Juan Dixon) and his NBA future later today.

I will obviously be rooting for all of these guys this summer, but understand it will be a longshot for any of them to end up on a roster (other than Vasquez of course). The one thing that could help Hayes or Holmes is if their respective squads just simply want a player who can come off the bench and provide deadly accuracy from beyond the arc. I don’t know how those guys would do defending NBA guards, but I certainly know they can shoot against anyone.

And geez-the ‘Zards have Quinton Ross and James Singleton on their roster. You mean to tell me Eric Hayes isn’t better than THEM?

10. The AP’s Samuel Petrequin says Michael Phelps received ‘wakeup call’ at Paris Open meet

I’d personally prefer my own wake-up call in France to come from Emanuelle Chriqui from “Entourage” (Thanks Barstool Sports!)…

chriqui

And finally, I leave you with this.

I know that Team USA’s loss to Ghana in South Africa really limits the excitement fans have about soccer; but I’ll pass along these YouTube clips anyway for the 4 or 5 of you who haven’t already seen them.

Here’s the epic “world reaction” to Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria. ABC used it in the setup for the Ghana match…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbn3rOPmR9w[/youtube]

Now here’s Andres Cantor calling the Donovan goal…

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

Is the awesome Andres Cantor GEICO commercial available on YouTube yet? I could really use it.

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 11 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because 1-I’ve got Arrieta fever (and the only way to fix it is more cowbell?), 2-The World Cup starts today, so for the first couple of weeks anyway, I’m more of a patriot than Lee Greenwood…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-9_fDEsv-Q[/youtube]

…and then of course after Team USA is eliminated, it’s Forza Azzurri for me!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw3i1Wrlhvw[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Arrieta, David Hernandez give Orioles fans ‘moment of hope’ in win over Yankees

Jake Arrieta wasn’t exactly “Strasburgian” last night, but since the Orioles have beat the Yanks recently about as often as I’ve been called an “all around good guy”, I understand the excitement.

To be fair, Arrieta probably should have been here earlier-but I don’t care if it took too long for him to get here as long as he keeps pitching well while he’s here. He certainly had ice in his veins when he struck out Marcus Thames…but then again…it’s Marcus Thames.

I guess the word is that Juan Samuel intends to stick with Alfredo Simon as closer when he gets healthy, but I think David Hernandez has a MUCH better pedigree for a potential closer. That being said, I’m not entirely certain the team will have another save situation before the All-Star Game. If they do, I think they should let Hernandez try again.

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

With an O-fer last night, I’d like to thank Cesar Izturis for winning me a dollar in a bet with Drew Forrester. It feels much better to win that type of bet in a Birds win. Frankly it feels better just to say the words “Birds win” in any sort of reference.

Scott Moore hit a home run last night. I wonder if I’ll ever type those words again in my life. I feel as though it might be more likely that I’ll type the words “and that’s how my date with Angel Locsin went” in the future than typing that again. (Thanks Busted Coverage/FHM!)

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3. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Luke Scott acted like a ‘loser’ in O’s win

Hard to argue with that.

If you missed it, in the 7th inning; Scott lifted a fly ball to right field that Nick Swisher couldn’t find until it hit the wall. Scott thought he had hit a lazy fly ball for an out, but ended up with a triple. It would have been an inside the park home run for SURE had Scott actually been running out of the box, but instead he pouted and leisurely jogged towards first base before taking off.

Gary Thorne LOST HIS MIND. Scott would wind up scoring on an Adam Jones double; and when he got to the dugout-he heard it from Juan Samuel. Thorne (and Jim Palmer to a lesser extent) was enraged to see the two of them laughing in the dugout. For as much as I appreciated Thorne getting animated, I had the feeling John Angelos (or Peter Angelos or whoever else is paying attention to MASN right now) might be cringing while it was happening.

Thorne was right though. After Scott failed to hustle this weekend against the Red Sox and then failed to hustle again last night against the Bronx Bombers; there’s clearly an issue. It has to be addressed. Luke Scott has a role on this team, but the lack of hustle is completely unacceptable.

4. The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Don Markus say Bobby Valentine to interview with Andy MacPhail today

Rumor has it Bobby V will NOT come to the interview dressed this way…

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Bobby Valentine certainly wouldn’t be my first choice for the gig-but if he can make the team win, I’d take him. He really loved his gig in Japan, it will be interesting to find out if he still has the passion to make things work in MLB.

Selfishly, I kinda want Skeeter Valentine from “Doug” a little bit more than Bobby Valentine…

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5. Virginian-Pilot’s Jared Diamond says Tim Bascom very good for Norfolk Tides, but couldn’t top Chris Resop’s 1 hitter for Gwinnett

A couple of things before we move on from the Orioles…

-A reminder that the Orioles are back in action tonight at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, with an interleague visit from the New York Mets. First pitch between R.A. Dickey and Jeremy Guthrie is at 7:05pm. For the rest of the weekend, Hisanori Takahashi faces Brian Matusz and Mike Pelfrey (how in the hell is HE 8-1?) takes on Kevin Millwood.

-Congratulations to our “Apologist of the Morning”, caller Bryce from Park Heights. If you’ve never heard a call from Bryce you might not understand-but he’s pretty special. He was selected by “The Great Arbitrator” or “Mr. Fair” if you will-Drew Forrester.

6. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Shayne Graham, Billy Cundiff both nailed 60 yard kicks on final day of Passing Camp in Owings Mills

Look, a 60 year field goal at 1 Winning Drive in June does not compare to a 50 yard attempt at M&T Bank Stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers in December, but it’s certainly still fun to see these guys pushing each other.

If you missed Shayne this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, make sure you head on over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net to check it out. Other guests this morning included new Maryland Terrapins assistant hoops coach (and St. Frances alum) Bino Ranson, Former Terps/Blast/USMNT player Desmond Armstrong (who helped us preview the World Cup), Bowie Baysox 3B Joel Guzman, and Craig Calcaterra from HardballTalk over at NBCSports.com, who went around MLB with Drew. All interviews, plus Rick from Reisterstown’s “call” of the final race in our “Month of Jerks.”

7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens cut WR’s Chris Hannon, Maurice Price

And as I pointed out yesterday via Twitter (follow us @WNST), Maurice Price had to know something was up when the team assigned Shayne Graham his number (17) and never bothered to give him a new one.

Hannon and Price were guys who had no real chance of making the team, and the team still has PLENTY of WR’s to use during Training Camp this summer in Westminster.

Here’s a question for you. With these guys gone, is there room for the team to consider acquiring Katrina Law and/or Lesley-Ann Brandt from the show “Spartacus” on Starz??? (Thanks BarStool Sports!)

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8. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says John Harbaugh happy with tryout from DB’s Ken Lucas, Walt Harris and Ken Hamlin

Thanks to my buddy Derek Arnold from WNST.net, Charm City Current and of course B-More Birds Nest for reminding me about the unquestioned highlight of Ken Hamlin’s career…

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No word if Hamlin still gets Christmas cards from Le’Ron McClain.

9. The Sun’s Glenn Graham says Baltimore County World Soccer Festival amongst best places to watch World Cup

Who’s buying my first Peroni???

It’s going to be a great day tomorrow at Patriot Plaza in Towson. I won’t be there at 7:30am for the Greece/South Korea match, but I’ll stroll in at some point before 2:30. Save me a beer…or 37.

10. Inside Lacrosse’s John Jiloty says former Maryland lacrosse coach Dave Cottle hasn’t heard from Penn State

He’d be a great hire for the Nittany Lions, which is why I hope they don’t hire him. I don’t much care for anything in State College myself.

Meanwhile, after contacting Virginia assistant Marc Van Arsdale, there is nothing new happening in College Park as the Terps try to hire a new coach. Still no contact with Stevenson’s Paul Cantabene and no progress towards Albany’s Scott Marr either. I’m starting to think they should consider Roxanne Pallett for the gig. (Thanks Guyism!)

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And finally, I leave you with this…

I’m not sure what I like more from the world of sports yesterday. The pronunciation of Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Nate Robinson from the Boston Celtics being like “Shrek and Donkey”….

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Or Lady Gaga flipping off Mets fans at Citi Field…

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I’ll be doing the same thing Saturday night at OPACY.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because Ray Bachman passed this along to me, and it might be the most hilarious thing I’ve ever seen.

Kenny “K-Strass” Strasser was apparently supposed to be some sort of yo-yo champion. It’s a 5 minute video, but it’s probably worth it to find out that he might not be what he was advertised to be…

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Birds never got going against Cliff Lee in loss to Mariners

That last night was a PERFECT example of 2010 Orioles baseball.

The hitting was completely absent, the defense was lost at times, the intensity was practicaly non-existent, the pitching was not QUITE good enough, and at no point was the game either relevant or fun.

It really IS a description of the ballclub in general.

Steve Melewski said David Hernandez “must be wondering what he has to do to get a win.”

If he is (which I doubt), I have a suggestion…PITCH BETTER.

The offense DIDN’T offer much help last night, but it doesn’t suddenly mean that Hernandez offered a quality start. He benefitted early from the fact that the M’s were “swinging in the rain” (Cute, huh? I just came up with it. I’m so awesome.), sorta like the Twins were last week when they faced Brad Bergesen. Once Seattle started making contact with their swings, he had some control issues and then came apart.

Sometimes pitchers are going to have to go up against the likes of Cliff Lee, Felix Hernandez, CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Justin Verlander, Zack Greinke, etc. When that happens, pitchers are asked to elevate.

Of course, Orioles pitchers have even been asked to elevate against the likes of Dana Eveland and Jeff Niemann this season due to the struggles of the offense.

That happens too.

There are no excuses.

The hitters need to hit. The pitchers need to pitch. Last night, both sides failed. Hopefully it won’t happen again tonight.

Hopefully.

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

Nick Markakis had a couple of hits last night, thank God for him. Oh, and Jason Berken threw 2 and a third innings of scoreless relief. That’s good too!

Otherwise…umm…probably not something you really want to look much at.

The team announced 12,614 last night. Given the fact that Brian Matusz t-shirts probably upped the number and the weather probably lessened the number; it’s probably a very accurate count of tickets sold based on level of interest. Certainly not an accurate count of fans in seats (I was told that number was closer to 5,000); but I think it reflects how much interest there really was in last night’s game.

To quote Ian Eagle, “it’s not a low blow. It’s just a fact.”

3. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Dave Trembley made his lack of confidence in Nolan Reimold evident after loss to Seattle

Which only means that Dave Trembley confirmed what EVERYONE IN THE WORLD KNEW.

Nolan Reimold has been about as effective as Times Square security in 2010. With Dan Connolly’s statement this morning that Corey Patterson’s “arrival is imminent” from Norfolk (by way of Syracuse), I think the comments from Dave Trembley make it evident that Reimold (not Lou Montanez) will be headed down.

Of course, Andy MacPhail could feel completely different-and no one would blame anyone in the organization if it was Montanez who was shipped back to the Tides instead of Reimold. Hell, I’d be okay if it was Adam Jones. It’s a no-win situation.

Which might as well be the motto for the 2010 Orioles.

4. Augusta Chronicle’s Billy Byler says Cal Ripken still talking to Orioles about role with team

Sadly, Cal Ripken accomplishes about as much in talks with Peter Angelos as I do whenever Guyism posts pictures of Tori Praver…

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In fairness, how should I be expected to accomplish anything given the circumstances?

I remain torn when it comes to Cal Ripken’s involvement. I THINK I want him involved in the organization; but there’s another part of me that says “why should he be forced into this mess?”

I still think more Cal Ripken is better for the franchise, I’m just not sure it’s good for Cal Ripken.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Joey Gathright, Brandon Waring had solid night for O’s on farm

And before we move on from the Orioles, a few things…

A-Congratulations to our “Apologist of the Morning” as selected by The Great Arbitrator on AM1570 WNST’s “The Morning Reaction.” It isn’t the first time Jen Royle has claimed the award, but it’s one of the funnier efforts from her this season. Via MASNSports.com…

“You think the Orioles have problems? Compared to the Mariners, they really don’t.

Hmm…Cliff Lee last night-was he a problem for the Mariners? Or for the Orioles?

The statement is obviously ludicrous. The Orioles not only have as many (if not MORE) problems than the Mariners, they have more problems than Jay-Z…

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B-The Birds are back in action tonight against the M’s; first pitch from Oriole Park at Camden Yards is at 7:05pm, and the game can be seen on MASN. We’ll be chatting about it in the “Orange Crush” at WNST.net, Luke Jones is live at OPACY.

C-Riddle me this. The Nationals are playing the Mets today at 1:10pm on MASN. The Orioles are playing the Mariners at 7:05pm, also on MASN. So why can’t this Syracuse-Norfolk Steven Strasburg-Troy Patton matchup be shown live on MASN2 instead of being shown on tape delay after the Orioles’ postgame show? I’m the sure the answer has to do with not wanting competition for the Orioles game-but it’s unfair to the Nats fans who want to see Strasburg pitch; or to the Orioles fans who want to see ANYTHING ELSE ON THEIR TV.

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says veteran CB Travis Fisher will return for next OTA, likely to receive contract

Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network speculated yesterday on Bob Haynie’s show (if you missed it, check the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault) that Fisher could be a sleeper to make the Ravens’ roster; considering the injuries Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington are coming back from.

The Ravens would probably be quick to point out that Jim Leonhard was a tryout guy who stuck around through Training Camp and ended up being a really good player. Fisher is a 5’10″ Corner who has had SOME success during his career with the Rams, Lions and most recently the Seahawks. Is he “the answer” at Corner? I REALLY doubt it. But could he be in the picture as the team looks for depth? No doubt about it.

I feel like most people in Charm City will just be happy to see anyone besides Frank Walker.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says “Ray Lewis Way” officially unveiled yesterday in Baltimore

When asked for comment, #52 said “Bottom line is that Ray Lewis Way is going to be a tough street to drive on.”

I kid.

Very deserving honor for one of the greatest athletes in the history of the city of Baltimore, and certainly will be the first of many.

Before we move on from the Ravens, if you missed 3rd round pick Ed Dickson (Oregon TE) with Rex Snider and Ray Bachman yesterday; or 5th round pick Arthur Jones (Syracuse DT) with Bob Haynie and John Rallo; make sure you click the Audio Tab above and check them out.

8. Baltimore Business Journal’s Ryan Sharrow says Manchester City, Inter Milan to face off at M&T Bank Stadium July 31

Which was pretty much the worst kept secret in the city over the last few weeks.

It certainly isn’t as sexy as Chelsea/AC Milan was last year, but these are two major international clubs, and we will be coming right off the excitement of the World Cup. I’ll be there, but I’m desperate for things to talk about over the summer besides the baseball team.

And since we’re on the topic, our director of quality control-the lovely Ms. Emily Agueda posted this picture as the desktop image on the computer in the control room here at 1550 Hart Rd…..

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Look, I enjoy Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba as much as the next guy, but I will have to admit that the picture made everyone here a bit uncomfortable.

Of course, we haven’t changed it yet…

9. LoyolaGreyhounds.com says Cooper MacDonnell, Jake Hagelin received top honors from ECAC

Hopefully Jake Hagelin will play more like the ECAC goalie of the year than the player that was pulled during the Johns Hopkins game when the Hounds face Cornell this weekend. If not, it will be a quick stay for them in the NCAA Tournament.

Which WOULD give them more time to look at pictures of Brooklyn Decker from What Would Tyler Durden Do…

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10. Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says with A Little Warm out, Preakness has no ‘pacesetter’

We played the first rounds of “Band, Horse or Movie” today, and kudos to our winners for knowing that Genuine Risk was a horse and Hoobastank was a band. Drew Forrester DIDN’T know that Bottoms Up was a movie.

We’ll play much more of it tomorrow, with Preakness tickets on the line.

G.Q. (and quite possibly myself as well) will be out at Pimlico for the Preakness Post Position Draw today at 5pm. I’m sure G.Q. will have plenty of analysis afterwards. I’m just hoping for free black-eyed susans myself.

Maryland Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas was on with Drew this morning, that’s available in the Audio Vault as well.

11. Newark Star-Ledger’s Jerry Izenberg says Preakness an event Baltimore ‘respects but does not worship’

I really couldn’t agree with that statement any more, especially after going to Louisville to see the Kentucky Derby. In Baltimore, Preakness is a horse race. In Louisville, the Derby is Christmas.

And while we don’t necessarily worship Preakness here in town, we MIGHT worship Briana Lee (Thanks Busted Coverage!) now that we’ve found pictures of her…

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And finally, I leave you with this.

There is NO EXCUSE for me to enjoy the song “California Gurls” by Katy Perry. SO WHY DO I?!?!?

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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A Photo/Video Journal from the Kentucky Derby

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A Photo/Video Journal from the Kentucky Derby

Posted on 04 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

LOUISVILLE, Ky. I was going to write a lengthy piece describing my first experience of attending/covering a Kentucky Derby Sunday. Unfortunately, as the words started to come off my fingers, I felt it was more poetry than any form of true journalism.

My Kentucky Derby experience was SPECIAL, there’s simply no doubt about that. But in hopes to avoid gushing, I’m going to try to tell the story with photos and videos, which I will follow with explanations and/or thoughts. I hope you’ll enjoy.

Thursday:

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Louisville is such a cool place during Derby week. Upon landing, I was greeted by representatives from Woodford Reserve, who were bearing gifts of “Bourbon Balls”, a candy composed of chocolate, bourbon and a pecan. It’s a thoughtful gift, take my word for it.

As hopeful as I was to start the trip, the first person I bumped into at the airport was Shane Battier. Ugh. Sadly my FlipCam was packed up, or the conversation we had about Duke losing to Maryland on his Senior Night at Cameron Indoor Stadium would have been recorded for prosperity. We would have edited out the part about how the Blue Devils went on to beat the Terps in the ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament semifinals that same year.

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I was told my multiple Kentucky residents that there are tracks more beautiful than Churchill Downs (including Keeneland in Lexington); but it didn’t look that way Thursday night. As the sun was just leaving it’s highest point-the view from 6 floors above was breathtaking. Of course, I had been informed that morning on “The Morning Reaction” that there was record rain in the forecast for the Derby, so I composed some thoughts…

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There was a crew from HRTV on the same balcony. They told me they weren’t surprised to hear I was from Baltimore. Not sure what that meant, but I was both offended and proud at once.

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Probably the most iconic Kentucky Derby champion of my lifetime, Barbaro is remembered outside the front gate of Churchill Downs. It would be nice if he could direct the post-race traffic on Kentucky Derby day, but he’s doing a fine job nonetheless.

On my way out of the track I bumped into a fella you may have heard of named Calvin Borel. He told me he had ran “Super Saver” at Churchill Downs in the mud a year earlier, and the horse loved the slop. He also called me “sir” a lot. He’s won 3 of the last 4 Kentucky Derbies, and 3 of the last 4 Triple Crown races overall. I’ve won “worst dressed” at informal Harford County Farm Fair polls at least 4-5 times in my life.

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Lyle and Linda Graham were my hosts for the weekend. They’re outstanding people, which is remarkable considering their relation to “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet.” The first mint julep came Thursday night with dinner. I was almost at the floor after just 3 sips. They sell them for 10 bucks at the track on Derby day and they’re made with Early Times whiskey. The same Early Times that is 40% alcohol by volume. I’m reasonably certain that in Kentucky, bourbon is consumed starting at the age of 13. Instead of chocolate milk in your 8th grade lunch, it’s straight bourbon.

I was told by a number of folks that mint juleps aren’t popular other than during Derby season. Other things that are popular during Derby season:

1-Losing keys
2-Losing clothes
3-Losing inhibitions
4-Losing your mind

The bourbon thing will baffle me for years. As a beer drinker, I don’t much care for a “sipping” drink. Of course, no one was “sipping” Mint Juleps. They were drinking them as if they would make the pretty girls like them more.

Friday:

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In covering “The Run for the Roses”, there’s no more exciting time than Friday morning between 5:30 and 8am. NBC broadcasts “The Today Show” live from the backstretch, as does every local morning show based in Louisville. Multiple radio stations broadcast live as well, and there’s something cool about watching the sun come up at The Twin Spires. I’m trying to avoid the poetry, I swear. Al Roker looks good these days. I asked him if he had any tips for Ray Bachman and he said “Duke sucks.” (That may or may not have actually happened.)

They just installed the lights at Churchill Downs for night racing a year ago. Before that, horses would apparently just run in the dark. I suggested they re-consider the decision. Had the lights been off, I may have had a chance at talking to some of the girls in Kentucky.

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Apparently, if you wear a nice shirt on the morning of the Kentucky Oaks, important people will talk to you. Not only did Bob Baffert chat with me, but Nick Zito and Todd Pletcher gave me a few moments off-camera as well. Baffert made it clear that he wasn’t happy about Lookin’ At Lucky on the slop and with the bad post draw; and Zito appeared concerned about Ice Box; eventually ending our chat and telling me we’d talk again in Baltimore. I passed all of that information along to you-and sure enough, Ice Box struggled (even though he eventually rallied), and Lookin at Lucky had an awful trip. If only John Harbaugh could be this honest when I talked to him…

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Sometimes an interview isn’t JUST an interview. Colonel Sanders is much more than an interview. He’s an icon. As someone who has inhaled original recipe and Honey BBQ Wings for the better part of his life, I was almost speechless in his presence. Until-of course-he ruined it for me by telling me his name was Bob Thompson before we started recording. Bob Thompson?!?!? UGH. That’s like Santa Claus telling little Ralphie “Hi there, Steve Kellerman. What can I get you for Christmas?” I couldn’t even call him Colonel Sanders when I talked to him. I just called him “The Colonel.”

Matt Hobbs from WHAS 11 in Louisville told me the interview gets me a “hood pass.” The gal from KFC told me the interview gets me a coupon for a free “Double Down Sandwich.” Hobbs told me they’re the same thing. Matt is a qualified authority on this. Just trust me.

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When it comes to debauchery, there’s no one that knows more than Nestor Aparicio. I don’t always trust “The Nasty One” about everything, but this was an area where I ABSOLUTELY trusted him. He directed me to leave the track by 8:30 Friday morning, and to head over to Lynn’s Paradise Cafe. BEST.DECISION.EVER.

bloodymary

When you ask a pretty girl for a recommendation upon sitting down and she says “How about a Bloody Mary?”, the answer is YES. The next response is to sit back and order ANYTHING she thinks you should…

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That’s right. “TLDGOTFOTP” and I enjoyed a breakfast of Crabs Benedict, Bourbon French Toast, Home Fries, Cheese Grits and Bloody Maries with Bob Dylan playing in the background. I hope to know what Heaven is at some point, but I find it hard to believe it could be any better than this. Oh-and there were FLAMENCO DANCERS…

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…the scene in front of me was so amazing that even Adam Duritz couldn’t put it into a song. Worth noting, there is an outstanding modern art shop next to Lynn’s called Regalo that has sells fleur-de-lis (I’m not really certain what the plural form of that is) in every possible formation. Cool place.

Also, there were a slew of joggers who ran barefoot through the streets of Louisville Friday morning. Try that in Charm City and you’d probably have to learn about treatments for Hepatitis. Yikes.

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You really can’t stroll through Louisville without stopping at the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum. Mostly because while you’re strolling through Louisville, it’s hard to avoid a bat so large only Godzilla could possibly swing it. Anne Jewell is the executive director of the museum, she gave me the scoop on the bat…

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As you know, I am by no means baseball geek, but this was an issue for me. Ol’ “Lucky” got to hold Babe Ruth’s bat. That’s right, she got to hold BABE RUTH’S BAT. It’s just a shame she HAD NO IDEA HOW TO HOLD IT…

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Ugh. They showed me how the bats were made there, but only after I put on some awesome goggles…

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…apparently they make Miguel Tejada’s bats at Louisville Slugger…

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…but I wasn’t sure what the vile labeled “B12″ sitting by his section was all about. I guess it’s a mystery.

In all seriousness, the Louisville Slugger museum and factory is very cool, despite the fact that they have to hit you with this ton of bricks on the way out…

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You can see Eddie Murray’s 501st home run bat (and if you’re like me-when you saw the thing, you IMMEDIATELY remembered that 501 was a grand slam in September 1996 on a night where the team got just 2 hits); as well as bats used by Cal Ripken, Frank Robinson and even good players from OTHER teams (I just don’t care about them), including teams that are actually good currently.

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The Muhammad Ali Center is also on the water in Louisville. I didn’t get to spend much time there, but I’m still pretty certain it was a better experience than Shane Mosley had in Las Vegas later that night.

Oaks

Kentucky Oaks day is special. Nothing like Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico. There were 116,000 fans in attendance at Churchill Downs Friday, and I’m pretty sure that 80,000 of them were freaking GORGEOUS women. In fact, the line for the women’s bathroom was one of the best places to be all day, as you could just take in the imagery. I wandered to the infield to gather my thoughts…

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Why didn’t I bring sunglasses to Louisville? I have no idea. Maybe I was too concerned with things like alcohol and women. Trust me, there was good reason to be concerned with those things. Lucky preferred the Kentucky Oaks Lily to the Mint Julep; probably because it tasted like Kool-Aid. Amongst the 116,000 in attendance-I somehow managed to find some family members…

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Despite being an overwhelming favorite, we bet on Blind Luck to win. She won. We made money. Not much, but we made money. It’s a better result than the other 364 days of my year. Apparently the locals love Kentucky Oaks day in Louisville-so much so that they actual close schools to celebrate. That’s right, they close schools for a horse race. And apparently most businesses allow a “floater” day for Friday. These are GOOD things. The women of the city SHOULD be allowed to take the day, drink, wear sundresses and hug strangers. The men of the city should me allowed to do the same…you know, if they want.

phoenixhill

Dinner was at a joint called “Monkeywrench” in the arts district Friday night. The place had RIDICULOUSLY good Fried Green Tomatoes, but sadly my phone wasn’t charged. Life goes on. We stopped by a place called “4th Street Live” downtown (if I said it was Power Plant Live, you’d be looking at the same place). 3 Doors Down was there. We watched for less than a song. Other acts in town that night included Puddle of Mudd, Uncle Kracker, Candlebox, Young Buck and Drowning Pool. I saw none of them. Instead, I took Nestor’s advice again and wandered into a bar called “Phoenix Hill Tavern.” This was another good decision.

velcro

There’s so much to say about The Velcro Pygmies. They play every year on the nights leading up to the Derby at Phoenix Hill. They are almost as much a part of the Derby as seersucker suits. Celebrities come to see the Pygmies on Derby Eve. I was told that one year Dave Matthews himself strolled into Phoenix Hill just to see the Pygmies. I bumped into the guys from Puddle of Mudd who had come by to see the Pygmies because they wanted to see the group’s version of their own “She Hates Me.”

I consider myself a fan of Mr. Greengenes, and I never skipped a Metalhead show when I lived in Arizona-but on Derby weekend there isn’t a better cover band in the world. Their version of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” is better than Poison’s. I’m not sure David Allan Coe can do justice to THEIR version of “You Never Even Called Me By My Name.” Especially not in Kentucky on the night before the Derby.

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I’m not sure if you can tell this by the picture, but there is underwear hanging from the ceiling fan in the middle of the floor. Plenty of it in fact. The Pygmies have no trouble convincing gals to disrobe right in the middle of the bar. It’s an impressive feet. We should consider something like a Congressional medal for the accomplishment.

The best part about Derby Eve is that despite last call already being at 4AM, the bars don’t hide the fact that they’re staying open until 6 or 7AM that night. Having been up at 5am to get to the track and being used to a 2AM last call, I didn’t see last call Friday night. There were conflicting reports Saturday morning regarding whether or not there ever WAS a last call.

As a note to government leaders in Baltimore and the state of Maryland. If you want to make Preakness a bigger event that attracts more folks from out of state, consider something similar. Of course Preakness will never match the Derby, but having a 4AM last call on Friday night could attract more folks to come in on Friday and spend the weekend instead of coming down Saturday morning.

It isn’t rocket science.

Saturday:

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The thing about the liberal last call on Derby Eve is that it sets up well for a late arrival on Saturday afternoon. Unless you have some particular desire to spend your entire morning betting, there’s no need to get to the track particularly early. I used Saturday morning as a chance to sleep in before heading over to Uptown Cafe in the arts district for lunch.

The point of going to Uptown Cafe was that I had been told I needed to try a “Hot Brown” while I was in Kentucky. But when our waitress recommended that I give “Kentucky Burgoo Soup” a try, I took the bait. The payoff was a combination of chicken, duck, pork and beef that was more “odyssey” than “appetizer.” I have no idea why the thing is called “Burgoo”, but I know that you could call the thing “Don’tEatThisEverIt’sDisgusting” and it would STILL be delicious.

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The Food Network has spent plenty of time in Louisville, particularly for the show “Throwdown with Bobby Flay.” One episode was about the legendary Hot Brown, which deserves not only an episode of a cable TV show, but quite possibly an entire Ken Burns PBS Documentary series.

The Brown Hotel in Louisville apparently came up with the Hot Brown to provide patrons another late night food option. Which is strange, because I was pretty certain they came up with it to help Jesus feed 5,000 people in The Bible.

A Hot Brown is a magical combination of bread, turkey, cheese and tomatoes baked together and then covered with more cheese. It’s called a sandwich by some, but it is really more like an experience. It isn’t JUST delicious, it’s completely life-changing. In fact, just go ahead and insert your own adjectives here; because I could use just about all of them.

To steal the great line from “Superbad”, it really was “like the first time I heard the Beatles.” Or had a crab pretzel. Or had a crab pretzel while listening to the Beatles.

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Sean Schmidt is a WNST listener and avid Ravens fan who now lives in Ohio. Two funny things there-didn’t the Orioles say we only had one listener? Sean’s girlfriend told me she listened every morning too. That’s two! And I could have sworn I heard Bruce Cunningham say that you couldn’t hear the station outside of Baltimore County? Sean listens in Ohio!!!

In all seriousness, Sean and his family were great. They stayed in Frankfort Friday night and were at the track by about 8am. They bought me an 8 dollar Budweiser, which makes them even better in my book. You can put me in a fancy suit, but it won’t change my desire to drink beer as if I was pitching horseshoes at the Angle Inn over in Dundalk.

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The only frustrating moments of my weekend came when I found out that I wouldn’t be able to access the red carpet because I didn’t get the right credential. Oh well, lesson learned. I tried to position myself between the red carpet and “Millionaire’s Row”, but the mix of the weather and the fact that the only people who came by were some gal from “The Real Housewives of Whatever Town They’re In This Time” and former NBA big man Kevin Willis convinced me it wasn’t worth waiting.

By chance, I bumped into Ravens LB Ray Lewis, we chatted for about a minute before he was ushered into the exclusive part of the track. Apparently Cal Ripken made it to the race, but I never saw him. I did see Chris Redman, as the former Louisville Cardinals QB was gripping and greeting at the exclusive entrance. You’d never believe how popular he is there.

As far as the celebrity pictured above? Beats me. I was told he was a boxer, but I have no idea. Someone walking with him asked me if I would pose for a picture because we were wearing the same suit. I bet his cost more than mine. He wasn’t the last person to ask me to pose for a picture that day.

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Maybe I should dress nice more often. Or at least clean underwear. I composed my thoughts…

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That’s right, I told you to bet the 4. I hope you listened.

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I thought my hat was awesome, but I’ll give credit where credit is due. This was the hat of the day. There were 150,000+ people at the track Saturday (twice as many as attended Preakness a year ago, but who’s counting?), and this guy was the winner. Well, this guy and the guy who went home with Diane Lane. A few winners at the track Saturday.

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In a word…sexy. It rained all day Saturday-right up until about 15 minutes before post time. The infield was a MESS. As you’d expect, there were plenty of high school and college kids on the infield, and they celebrated appropriately. The rain continued throughout the weekend-in fact the storms were so bad that the Louisville Courier-Journal couldn’t print their Sunday issue…only the most important newspaper of their year.

Who says the industry is struggling?!?!?

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Special thanks to Lucky for getting the action shots in the mud while I purchased and smoked a cigar. We have a happy relationship. After this picture, a cougar in the grandstand hit on me for 20 minutes while Lucky cleaned her shoes and feet. I call what we have your typical “Give and Take.”

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I think I posed for this picture about 15 times before leaving the infield. In one picture, a dude asked me to flip him off. Hey-anything for a fan.

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Our Derby seats were tremendous. First box seats behind the grandstand at somewhere near the 8th mile pole. By the time it stopped raining, they were amongst the best seats at the track. We bet a bunch of money on Super Saver, which left me breathing a little heavier. Rascal Flatts did the national anthem (meh-Little Big Town was MUCH better the day before).

“My Old Kentucky Home” is one of those goosebump moments that are just so rare in sports. I remember how I felt the first time I saw the walk-on of the Briage of Midshipmen at a Navy game; and I remember how particularly special it was when the Brigade came on the field before the Maryland/Navy game at M&T Bank Stadium in 2005.

This is even more than that. 150,000 people-all of whom would never want to be ANYWHERE but Louisville on the first Saturday in May. The same people whose lives practically shut down for the week leading up to the race in celebration of their town, their traditions, and their event. I’ve sang “Maryland My Maryland” with TREMENDOUS pride many times on Preakness Saturday…but even I was overwhelmed by the significance of the moment.

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The guys sitting a row ahead of us for the race just gave all of Baltimore an idea for Preakness Saturday. Nicely played. Outside alcohol is banned from the Derby, but as these gentlemen pointed out-it IS 10 bucks for a Mint Julep.

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Even by the time the post parade began, the sun was already starting to poke through. By the time the race was over, the sun was almost glaring. The race was ELECTRIC, as the 150,000 in attendance were hollering throughout. Super Saver won me a bunch of money, and I was NEVER in doubt.

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Todd Pletcher was practically stoic despite finally breaking through for his first Kentucky Derby victory. The staff of Chuchill Downs wasn’t quote as subdued, offering him a raucous ovation after introducing him as “Kentucky Derby Winning Trainer Todd Pletcher.” In a radio interview with The Fan 1060 (KDUS) in Arizona Saturday morning, I told Mike Grose and Damien Anderson that Todd Pletcher was GOING to win a Kentucky Derby. I don’t think anyone ever doubted it.

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Calvin Borel was late to the post-race press conference because he rode another horse after winning the Kentucky Derby. Of course he did. In the meantime, his beautiful bride engaged reporters (including the hard-working Kevin Van Valkenburg of The Sun, who is now the Triple Crown reporter for all of Tribune Newspapers) with stories about Preakness 2009 Champion Rachel Alexandra, who had lost to Unrivaled Belle in the La Troienne just a day earlier.

Glen Fullerton won $800,000 on a $100,000 “Derby Dream Bet” via CNBC. When he met Calvin Borel in the Media Center, I was reasonably certain they’d never stop hugging. I don’t know why they would have.

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Dinner Saturday night was late at the Bluegrass Brewing Company in St. Matthews. And while the Beer is Food there (I recommend the American Pale Ale and the Nut Brown Ale amongst others), the Food is Food as well. I actually ordered something called the “Sausage Fest.” It was quite the party.

There isn’t as much reveling in Louisville on Saturday night. The parties are nothing like the lavish VIP events (including the legendary Barnstable Brown party) on Friday night. Saturday night is more of a night to wind down. Much of the city watched the Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley fight, and I was told that the city roundly took in the Floyd Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya tilt on Derby night in 2006 as well. It’s a good way to wind down. Plus, it’s legal. Not every effective way to wind down is.

Sunday:

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If Friday is a day for civic jubilation in Louisville, Sunday is a day for civic recovery. Brunch was at Hunting Creek Country Club, followed by the VERY popular Derby Pie desert.

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They now how to do things in Louisville. Chocolate, walnuts, pecans, chocolate chips, bourbon and caramel are all potential ingredients in Derby Pie. Derby Pie is now a common ingredient in Glenn Clark’s heart.

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Even to the last moments of the trip…classy. What else would I have expected?

There it is. I know I gushed, but I hope you were still able to follow.

Go to the Derby. I seriously can’t recommend it enough. Just go. Figure out what it will take-cut some corners as necessary-just go.

There’s seriously nothing like it.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 19 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because ol’ Drew Forrester was a man of his word and painted his face Morgan State colors this morning to keep a promise to Todd Bozeman after the Bears won the MEAC Tournament title. Many thanks to our friend Kia (follow her on Twitter @Ms15StepsAhead) for coming in to paint his face. Here’s the artist and the final product…

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And here’s a closeup of the final product….

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This is the best Drew has looked in years.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. Maryland Official Site previews tonight’s NCAA Tournament opener in Spokane against Houston

Oh thank God it’s finally here.

I want to encourage everyone to head out to The Nest on Pratt Street tonight to watch the game with the WNST gang.

Unfortunately, I will not be there.

As I said this morning on “The Comcast Morning Show”, I am not going be to be able to watch the game in public. I mean, hopefully it won’t be a close game-but my guess is that it will be. And if it is, I’ll be a WRECK. This is why it is MUCH better for me to be on the road with the team, as I’m forced to try to control my emotions.

Don’t even bother asking me for a prediction, either. I know that Maryland is about 10-12 points better than Houston. But this is March Madness. It’s a different animal.

2. The AP’s Nicholas K. Geranios says Greivis Vasquez-Aubrey Coleman showdown highlights Terps-Cougars

Obviously, it’s a tremendous matchup between gifted guards. That being said, this CANNOT just be a matchup of guards. If it is, Maryland is playing into the hands of what Tom Penders’ team wants to do.

Maryland is the type of team that WANTS to dictate pace, but they have to be smart about it. Instead of JUST being up and down all day, they ABSOLUTELY need to try to get the ball inside and let Jordan Williams have his way as often as possible.

Also, the Houston guards will try to go to the rim-so Williams, Milbourne and Mosley will need to have active hands. The Terrapins do a tremendous job of getting blocks when opposing guards penetrate, and that needs to be the case again tonight. If you FORCE a team to start throwing up 3 pointers, the results will likely be in your favor.

3. Washington Post’s Mike Wise says Eric Hayes has made ‘crucial’ contributions for Terrapins

And there’s just no doubt about that. Is he Steve Blake? Of course not. But has he been an invaluable member of one of Gary Williams’ best teams? Absolutely.

And for the record, Holly Madison has made ‘crucial’ contributions to the awkward feeling I have in my pants….

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(Thanks What Would Tyler Durden Do)

4. Morgan State Official Site previews NCAA Tournament opener with West Virginia this afternoon in Buffalo

Look, do I think Todd Bozeman’s team is going to be able to pull the stunner of all stunners today? No, I really don’t. BUT-do I think that with big games from Reggie Holmes and Kevin Thompson they could at least make it interesting? Sure. Sure they could.

No matter what, it is ABSOLUTELY awesome to have a chance to watch the Bears in the Big Dance.

5. The AP’s John Wawrow says last year’s early exit fueling Mountaineers against Bears

Oh, and having De’Sean Butler will help as well.

Having Bob Huggins on the show this week helped remind me that I hate WVU, but my hate for them goes back much farther than that. Never was it more evident than a trip to Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl. I just hope ‘Eers fans are as miserable today as they were back then, when Steve Suter helped add to the misery….

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6. WNST.net’s G.Q. says Preakness beer ban to continue, but O.A.R. & Zac Brown Band to play infield; $20 gets you all you can drink

Look-I STILL think the beer ban is a mistake, but I do give the Maryland Jockey Club credit. This is BETTER than what they did last year.

Allowing fans to bring coolers in this year is a GOOD decision. Forcing fans to purchase chicken fingers and the like last year was a mistake. Does this mean that someone will sneak in a watermelon soaked in vodka? Of course it does. But they just don’t want fans bringing in beer cans and throwing them at each others’ heads. I get it.

AND….is there ANYTHING BETTER THAN O.A.R.?????

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7. Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says “Mr. Preakness” Chick Lang dead at 83

Man. I can’t even IMAGINE a Preakness without Chick Lang.

My knowledge of Chick Lang really doesn’t date as far back as many of yours, but listening to him on WBAL even as a VERY young person, I could hear the passion in his voice.

He was a champion of not only the Preakness and Pimlico, but also just of horse racing in general. He will unquestionably be missed.

8. MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian says Jeremy Guthrie roughed up as Orioles fell to Blue Jays

As Ray Bachman said on Facebook yesterday, “Jeremy Guthrie has just been named starting pitcher for this years Home Run Derby.”

It was getting so ridiculous yesterday that I actually think even this guy homered for the Jays….

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And as I responded to Ray on Facebook, please remember that the O’s’ Number 2 starter has a career 27-34 record.

You don’t want that.

9. The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Uehara injured hamstring during loss to Toronto

Remember when Kevin Nash and Scott Hall came back to WWE after Vince McMahon put the nWo back together? Nash ended up blowing out his knee in the middle of a match on Monday Night RAW-screaming in pain in the corner as the other performers continued around him. Was ANYONE surprised???

That’s how I felt when I head Koji Uehara hurt his hamstring again. Absolutely NO SURPRISE.

10. The AP says Adam Jones, Matt Wieters homered for Birds in loss

Until that, Matt Wieters was in the Nolan Reimold-Eric Massa argument as far as who was having the worst Spring.

Why do I have the feeling there will be a lot more solo homeruns coming this season?

11. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Jared Odrick, Carlos Dunlap amongst players Ravens have watched in Pro Days recently

Jared Odrick is a name I’ve heard a lot recently. Does that mean he’s going to be the Ravens’ pick in the NFL Draft? No. It’s just a name I’ve heard a lot.

I’ve also heard the name Joslyn James a lot recently.

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(Edit from GMC: Did you read her text messages with Tiger Woods? Freaking awesome.)

12. Yahoo! Sports’ Doug Farrar mocks Golden Tate to Baltimore

I would be STUNNED if this happened. STUNNED.

And finally, I leave you with this.

To no one’s surprise, the first day of the NCAA Tournament was ABSOLUTELY the best day of the year. Just freaking awesome throughout. I used to do a series called “The Men of March” on a show I hosted in Phoenix. We’d bring on the likes of Drew Nicholas, Christian Laettner, James Forrest, Bryce Drew, etc. and talk about those amazing things they had done in the NCAA Tournament. There are a few more “Men of March” today….

Ali Farokhmanesh

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Danero Thomas

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Ish Smith

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Quincy Pondexter

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and MORE.

The Tournament is so crazy that I’m starting to think we’ll end up seeing Essex Community College in the Sweet 16.

This is better than Christmas.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 25 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because Intern Super Jack said to me yesterday before we left the studios at 1550 Hart Rd. “Did you see the Vince Carter shot?”

Somehow, I had not. Now everyone will….

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I feel like if I tried long enough, I could throw the ball from that some spot and….get it to the opposite free throw line? Maybe?

Maybe not.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Terps fought back from 15 points down to beat Clemson at Comcast Center

In a word, “gutty.”

What was interesting about last night’s game was that despite falling behind by 15, I never got the sense that the crowd in College Park (or those of us there covering the game) thought that the Terrapins were out of it-despite the struggles (related to a stomach bug) that Greivis Vasquez was going through, scoring just 2 points in the first half.

Of course, Greivis Vasquez found other ways to contribute (Thanks Mr. Irrelevant!)….

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2. The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps figuring out new ways to win games every time out

Which is the mark of a team that is built on senior leadership even if not overwhelming talent. I think it’s also the mark of good coaching, but then again-I’m just a Gary Williams apologist, right?

Maryland will have to keep figuring out new ways to win games down the stretch and into both the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. It might not be Cliff Tucker hitting a miraculous shot or Sean Mosley coming to life-it might be a game where Landon Milbourne has to go off for 28 points. It might be a game where James Padgett has to play 25 minutes due to foul trouble for Jordan Williams and Dino Gregory.

Just count on Maryland needing to find new ways to win the rest of the way.

3. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Sean Mosley’s slump over with 20 point output in win over Tigers

Nothing makes me happier than when the idiots who say “Maryland is a DC school” have to watch a Baltimore kid (St. Frances) lead the way for the Terps. I guess as a reporter/columnist I’m not supposed to root for individual players, but no one has EVER accused me of being either “ethical” or “good”, so why should I start now?

Maryland returns to action Saturday at Virginia Tech (4pm-Raycom Sports-WNUV 54 locally), which sets up the Catholic League showdown between Mosley and the Hokies’ Malcolm Delaney (Towson Catholic), who was somehow left off the Naismith Award candidates list yesterday (Greivis Vasquez remained on the list) despite the fact that he is a legitimate candidate for ACC Player of the Year.

And how the hell did Virginia Tech get worked at Boston College last night? I’m not sure if that means the Eagles exposed Va Tech as pretenders, or if Seth Greenberg’s team will be especially amped to prove themselves Saturday in Blacksburg.

4. CSN Washington’s Chris Knoche says win ‘went a long way’ to ensuring Terps first round bye in ACC Tournament

With a win Saturday at Cassell Coliseum, Maryland will clinch that off day in Greensboro. That’s good news for me, as I only got my hotel room for Friday and Saturday night-and I’m not sure the WNST expense account can cover another night at the Hilton. I of course only stay at the Hilton, as I am a VERY big deal.

Getting a first round bye is a big deal, too. It is almost IMPOSSIBLE to win 4 games in 4 days in an event like the ACC Tournament (although I believe Syracuse did it in the Big East Tournament recently), but with a first round bye the Terps would have to be considered a favorite to at least REACH the ACC Championship Game, where they might end up with a rematch of that 2004 Title Game…..

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5. The AP says Chris De La Rosa scored 23 as UMBC blew out New Hampshire on road

Well, don’t I feel dumb….

Congratulations to Randy Monroe and the Retrievers, as this was a great win for them last night. I’m not sure it means they can advance at all in the America East Tournament, but they’ll at least have some confidence. They’re off this weekend before getting things underway in Hartford next week.

6. Towson Official Site says Tigers stunned William & Mary in CAA action in Williamsburg

Once again…..I feel dumb.

A great win for Pat Kennedy’s Tigers, they now have a date with Delaware Saturday at Towson Center before they head to Richmond for the CAA Tournament.

Of course, this is a “good news bad news” situation for CAA fans in the area, as they got a stunning win from Towson last night-but the Tribe loss means they are COMPLETELY out of the discussion for an at large berth come Selection Sunday. If Old Dominion wins the Tournament, that will be a 1 bid league.

7. Maryland Official Site previews womens basketball’s visit to Boston College tonight

And as I’ve said before, Brenda Frese’s team absolutely MUST win out for any shot at an NCAA Tournament at large bid, and they’ll probably still need to make some noise in the ACC Tournament. The Terps were 72-65 winners when the teams first met, but BC has played MUCH better basketball since then, including wins over Duke and North Carolina. This will be tough for the Terps in Chestnut Hill…

8. Navy Official Site previews tonight’s lacrosse showdown in Annapolis with North Carolina on CBS College Sports

Some great lax action tonight at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, as the Midshipmen are trying to bounce back from their loss to Loyola Saturday against a Tar Heels team that has won their first 3 to open the season.

UNC of course has a bit of an unfair advantage due to this…..

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I bet she’s been watching a lot of the Olympics…

9. The Towerlight’s Kevin Hess says bill forcing Maryland to play Towson, Morgan State in football ‘unlikely to pass’ thanks to lack of support from Mike Hermann

Good for Mike Hermann. Not only is it silly for a government official to try to influence college football scheduling, but he deserves to be called out for the silliness. Maryland has both Morgan State and Towson on the schedule in the next 4 years, and they want to keep scheduling them (as well as Navy) for regional purposes. They also want to schedule West Virginia, Pitt, Rutgers, Villanova, Delaware, William & Mary and other teams in the region that they might be going up against for recruits.

No team should be pigeon-holed into HAVING to play certain schools. On the flip side, Towson and Morgan shouldn’t be FORCED to play Maryland either. Morgan can get more money from a trip to Rutgers than a trip to Maryland, and since the entire University system gets funding from Maryland athletics, all of the programs are actually making money no matter WHO Maryland plays.

And for Mike Hermann, should Rob Ambrose turn things around in the next couple years for the Tigers-they shouldn’t be forced to have to schedule a Maryland team (that we assume) would be an almost impossible victory every year-last season not withstanding. If the Tigers would prefer to play a D1 team they might have a better chance at beating (say….Kent State?), they should be able to do that.

10. The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Chris Tillman had ‘very positive’ bullpen session yesterday

Which is a good sign. If Tillman is going to lock up the 5th spot in the rotation instead of heading back to Norfolk, he has to be able to actually pitch in Sarasota.

Of course, the next step is to pitch well. Hopefully that’s coming.

11. SI’s Jon Heyman says Orioles skipper Dave Trembley ‘on hot seat’

That’s obvious. Fair or not, the O’s HAVE to improve in the win-loss department for Trembley to feel comfortable about returning in 2011.

If he wants to make a splash, I say he channels “The Hangover” for his pre-game speech on Opening Day….

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(Edit from GMC: Was this just an excuse for me to work in a “How bout that ride in? I guess that’s why they call it Sin City” reference? Yes, yes it was. I also made it my Facebook status. And I think I said it to Intern Super Jack about 50 times this morning. I didn’t get much sleep last night…)

12. ESPN.com says former Browns GM Kokinis expected to rejoin Ravens’ personnel department

Sort of a no-brainer. Kokinis was very successful in Baltimore, and should be able to return without much of a power struggle. There is a real question as to whether Eric DeCosta is waiting for Ozzie Newsome to retire or whether he will pursue GM openings in the future, but having Kokinis back in the picture helps the Ravens with their personnel system entirely.

And finally, I leave you with this.

I received one of the most important e-mails of my entire life yesterday. How is it even a LITTLE BIT POSSIBLE that I didn’t know today….

IS NATIONAL CHILI DAY!!!!!

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As I said about the “HoagieFest” event a certain establishment held last year, this is more significant than Christmas!

My first thought is to drive down to College Park to stop by Hard Times Cafe (where I’ve heard a rumor they’re giving away free chili today to celebrate), and indulge in their Chili Mac-which helped me survive many tough nights in College Park….

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I’ve also thought about driving all the way down to the District of Columbia, as there are few places to celebrate chili like you can at Ben’s Chili Bowl….

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BUT…..I would like to celebrate this wonderful day here in Charm City if possible. SO….I put it to you….the fine reader (is there more than one? I think my dad pokes at this every now and then) of “Crabs and Beer” to direct me to the best chili in town.

This is a lot of responsibility for you guys. Frankly, I don’t think you can handle it. But I’m willing to give you a shot. Please don’t let me down.

As a note, I would prefer a place that both serves chili AND has great beer. Again, I’m not asking for much.

Talk to you later.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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