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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because a Washington sports team suffered an unthinkably bad loss last night! Woo hoo!!!

(Edit from GMC: I’ve tried to hold back my disdain for the Washington Capitals for a few weeks. I can’t do it anymore. Screw them, and screw all of the people in DC who root for them. They’re the same people who root for the Redskins. I HATE the Redskins. And those insufferable fans down there, who TRULY believe they are real, authentic sports fans and deserve something from their pathetic, worthless sports franchises.)

There’s nothing that pleases me more than knowing that this old woman is probably crying again this morning…

sadskins

She might want to keep those Kleenex nearby when Donovan McNabb gets hurt in Week 3. (Edit from GMC: I just knocked on wood out of fear that Joe Flacco might get hurt. PLEASE don’t get hurt Joe.)

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Sabathia stymied Orioles in 8-3 Yankees win

Watching CC Sabathia pitch last night, I had a couple of thoughts:

1-Boy would it be nice to be able to root for a guy like this on MY team

2-He looks like a skinny Ray Bachman!

CC gave the Yankees just about what they paid for last night. He’s not always going to be perfect, but he’s going to win a lot more than he’s going to lose. He gave up more hits than I would have expected, but he was effective after he gave up hits. Not perfect, but damn good.

Jeremy Guthrie? Well, I didn’t like the Jeremy Guthrie I saw last night. He’s pitched well for the better part of the season. I hope we see more of that.

I also hope we see more of this…

tracymorgan

As Tracy Morgan is the best thing that’s happened to MASN in like….ever.

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

At this point, I believe even THIS MAN is having a better month than Adam Jones…

ovie

I’m not suggesting that Adam Jones be benched, but I do think it’s about time ANYONE ELSE leads off.

I mean, I’d even consider Craig Tatum at this point.

3. Fanhouse’s Andrew Johnson says ‘bitterness, cynicism, anger’ have come over Camden Yards fanbase

Which is incorrect.

Bitterness and cynicism happened in 2002. This is just plain indifference.

I can’t believe “Neal S” from The Loss Column somehow didn’t win “Apologist of the Morning” after this small piece of genius…

“I will say this, though: the horrendous start is not further proof of why folks are justified in staying away. Quite the opposite. Now is exactly the time to be there, More so than ever. That more fans don’t think this way is truly sad.”

Yep, people should feel bad because they choose not to pay a day of game service charge and a “premium game” service charge to sit with 20,000 fans from New York and watch a 4-17 team.

Yep, that’s the fans’ fault.

Wow.

4. New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says Yanks skipper Girardi not happy about Guthrie plunking Posada

Very obviously Guthrie wasn’t TRYING to plunk Posada. That being said, when a team is forced to go from Jorge Posada to Fransico Cervelli, I can understand the frustration.

There are like 5,100,888 “unwritten” rules in baseball, so I’m guessing AJ Burnett will probably have to plunk…Ty Wigginton?? Wow, has it come to that? Maybe it’ll be Matt Wieters, but someone is getting thrown behind tonight.

And people wonder why other sports have become more popular than baseball.

5. ESPN.com’s Rob Neyer says Chris Tillman threw no-hitter for Norfolk Tides

And this is LEGITIMATELY one of the most significant things that has happened for this organization since Cal Ripken’s retirement.

I’m not kidding either.

Rafael Palmeiro’s 3,000th hit would probably have to be the landmark “moment” since 2001-with maybe the expection of Miguel Tejada winning the All-Star Game MVP honors in 2005.

But this goes in the Top 10, if not the Top 5.

Seriously.

That’s what it’s come to.

As I noted on Twitter last night (feel free to follow us @WNST); Tillman now joins exclusive company in throwing an Orioles minor league no-hitter. Exclusive company like…RADHAMES LIZ!!!

I just hope it’s the last time…EVER…that the two pitchers are compared favorably.

(Note: Liz was a combined no-no with the Frederick Keys; I’m well aware.)

6. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Tim Bascom, Cole McCurry struggled on farm

And before we move on from the Orioles, a reminder that they’re back at it tonight at OPACY-as Brian Matusz faces AJ Burnett at 7:05pm. We’ll be “Orange Crush”-ing at WNST.net.

And congratulations to the MASN staff (we chose Adam Dembeck to accept on their behalf) for being named “Apologist of the Morning.” Nick Markakis was a nominee for Game MVP last night. A game where the Orioles got their asses kicked.

Of course he was.

7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens cut FB Charles Ali, will try Edgar Jones, Mike McLaughlin at FB

And you would have already known McLaughlin and Edgar Jones were Fullback options had you been listening to our live NFL Draft coverage here on AM1570 over the past weekend.

I’m not really sure that many people in Charm City were even aware there was someone named Charles Ali on the team. Laila Ali would be much more interesting…

Laila Ali

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Johns Hopkins kept NCAA Tournament hopes alive with win over Towson

Sometimes your big brother has to remind you that he’s still your big brother, huh?

Tony Seaman’s Tigers were down 8-0 to the Blue Jays AT HALF.

The Jays will still have to go to Loyola next Saturday and beat the Greyhounds to get into the Tournament, while the Tigers have to beat Hofstra to have a shot at an at-large berth. Towson could still get an automatic bid if they could win the CAA Tournament-and they’ll have the advantage of playing games at Unitas Stadium.

And if you’re a Towson fan who wants to feel better today, I think I can help you. Trust me on this-you’re still a winner. How? Well, let’s take a look at a picture of upcoming Towson grad and current WNST intern Genna to figure out how…

genna

9. WNST.net’s Gary Quill says Endorsement out, Make Music for Me in Kentucky Derby

“Make Music for Me” is a much better name for a horse anyway. Endorsement isn’t a horse, it’s a political event!

I haven’t decided who I think is going to win this thing yet-but I know I’m going to look sharp walking the grounds in Louisville. I’ll be Twitpic-ing and Facebook-ing pictures (Add me as a friend if you’d like, just search “Glenn Clark.” I’ll be the guy labeled as “The Complete Package.”), so you’ll fully understand shortly.

The only way someone could look better is if Lizzy Caplan from True Blood showed up at Churchill Downs. (Thanks Guyism!)

lizzy

10. Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Derby favorite Lookin At Lucky will start at rail

Immediately after the draw, Bob Baffert’s team got a note from jockey Calvin Borel. It read:

“Don’t get comfortable. I’ll be headed there shortly.”

And finally, I leave you with this…

There’s something interesting about Wendy Combattente. I just can’t quite put my pe finger on it (Thanks Busted Coverage!)…

wendy

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Derby 136 Post Position Draw; Endorsement OUT, Make Music For Me IN

Posted on 28 April 2010 by Gary Quill

With just hours prior to the noon Post Position Draw for the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands, another contender went down with an injury. Winstar Farm’s Endorsement, winner of the Sunland Derby suffered a non-displaced lateral condylar fracture of the right front ankle, according to Dr. Bo Landry, the attending veterinarian. The injury occurred during the colts’ final pre-race workout on Wednesday morning.

 

The defection of Endorsement made way for the California based Make Music For Me, to complete the full field of 20 (18 colts, 1 gelding and 1 filly). With the unfortunate injury to Eskendereya on Saturday, who would have been the clear cut Morning Line (M/L) favorite, that label now belongs to Lookin At Lucky at 3-1. The 2 year old Champion, trained by 3-time Derby winning trainer Bob Baffert, drew the No. 8 Post. The entire field will break from the gate as follows…

               

PP            Horse                      Jockey / Trainer                      M/L    GQAPT odds*

 1    Lookin At Lucky               G. Gomez / B. Baffert               3-1          7-2

 2    Ice Box                             J. Lezcano / N. Zito                 10-1         13-1

 3    Noble’s Promise                W. Martinez / K. McPeek         12-1         17-1

 4    Super Saver                     C. Borel / T. Pletcher               15-1         15-1

 5    Line of David                    R. Bejarano / J. Sadler            30-1         40-1

 6    Stately Victor                   A. Garcia / M. Maker               30-1         39-1

 7    American Lion                  D. Flores / E. Harty                  30-1         24-1

 8    Dean’s Kitten                    R. Albarado / M. Maker            50-1         57-1

 9    Make Music For Me          J. Rosario / A. Barba               50-1         35-1

10   Paddy O’Prado                 K. Desormeaux / D. Romans   20-1         18-1

11   Devil May Care (f)            J. Velazquez / T. Pletcher       10-1         11-1

12   Conveyance                     M. Garcia / B. Baffert              12-1         29-1

13   Jackson Bend                  M. Smith / N. Zito                     15-1         18-1

14   Mission Impazible             R. Maragh / T. Pletcher            20-1         22-1

15   Discreetly Mine                 J. Castellano / T. Pletcher        30-1         33-1

16   Awesome Act                  J. Leparoux / J. Noseda          10-1         8-1

17   Dublin                               T. Thompson / D. W. Lukas     12-1         21-1

18   Backtalk                            M. Mena / T. Amoss                50-1         51-1

19   Homeboykris                    R. Dominguez / R. Dutrow       50-1         65-1

20   Sidney’s Candy                 J. Talamo / J. Sadler                5-1          5-1

 

(f) – filly                   * – G.Q.’s Anticipated Post Time odds

 

There are more handicapping angles when trying to figure out who will win the Derby than you can shake a stick at, but here’s one that I discovered after browsing through the Past Performances which contradicts the belief of many handicappers, including myself.

 

Over the past years, many tracks have changed over from conventional dirt surfaces to various types of synthetic racing surfaces (Poly-Track, Tapeta, Pro-Ride). IN the Past Performances these are identified as All-Weather (AW). In it’s short history, these types of surfaces tend to favor horses with turf runners in their bloodlines.

 

Of the 20 potential Derby starters, 8 of them began their racing career either on the turf or synthetic surface. When each of them made their initial start on conventional dirt, the result might surprise you…

 

1)       Lookin At Lucky – Won G2 Rebel Stakes (Oaklawn Park)

2)       Noble’s Promise – 2nd by a head to Lookin At Lucky in G2 Rebel Stakes (Oaklawn Park)

3)       Line Of David – Won G1 Arkansas Derby (Oaklawn Park)

4)       Mission Impazible – 3rd by 2¾ in G3 Kentucky Juvenile (Churchill Downs)

5)       Conveyance – Won G3 Southwest Stakes (Oaklawn Park)

6)       American Lion – Won G3 Illinois Derby (Hawthorne Park)

7)       Dean’s Kitten – 5th, 33 lengths behind the winner (Eskendereya) in $150k stakes race on a “good” (Belmont Park) track in Oct. ‘09

8 )       Awesome Act – Won G3 Gotham Stakes (Belmont Park)     


There are two (2) Derby starters who have not run a race on a conventional dirt surface, Sidney’s Candy and Make Music For Me.

 

Now before you decide that I’ve just narrowed down the potential winner Derby to one of these two colts,  consider this…of all 20 Derby starters, Sidney’s Candy has the highest Tomlinson Rating Number (372) for the Turf. This rating system gives one a gauge for a horses potential liking of that surface. With that being said, the only runner who failed to run well in his turf/synthetic-to-dirt debut, Dean’s Kitten, holds the 3rd highest Turf number (335), just behind Backtalk (339). Make Music For Me just made it into the Derby field, a few hours before the Post Position Draw due to the defection of Endorsement (broken ankle). Though a longshot, he has run second twice to Derby favorite Lookin At Lucky  by less than one length, but in Sprint races last Summer. Getting the 1¼ mile Derby distance will be a challenge for Make Music For Me  whose broodmare sire was a Sprinter (Carson City).

 

More trends, my analysis and selections for Derby 136 will be posted on Friday evening.
 
 

 

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 26 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because even though I missed yesterday’s “Earth Day Climate Rally” on the National Mall, I heard about a new rave that’s sweeping the nation…

Sexy Na’vi Costumes!

na'vi

I like EVERYTHING about this. This will be especially helpful at Halloween, as I was getting sick of only ever seeing sexy nurses and sexy cops and things of that nature. It was about time ladies stepped up their game.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says Cla Meredith picked up first career save as Birds hung on to beat Red Sox

I know I’m not the first to make this joke-but when the Orioles couldn’t win on Sundays and everyone was getting pissed off-it wasn’t because we wanted the Orioles to ONLY win on Sundays!

The reaction to yesterday’s win has been a bit odd. The players (and manager) gave quotes akin to having won a World Series. Mostly-fans have been well aware that one win REALLY doesn’t mean that much.

But it feels good to get a win. Especially when 16 of the other 18 games the team has played have been losses.

The wins are almost more difficult to analyze than the losses, as it feels like it took a miracle to get it. Even the line drive at the end of the game appeared to be headed over Ty Wigginton’s head and into the territory of more heartbreak.

David Hernandez had a great start to his outing, but things started to come apart. The bullpen was up and down, but Cla Meredith (who had amazingly NEVER recorded a single save in his career) allowed the entire city to breathe a sigh of relief.

All over ONE WIN.

ONE WIN.

You know-if Dave Trembley HAD decided to puff on a cigar after the game during his MASN interview, I probably would have given him a pass.

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

No one will want to talk about this, but during the course of the game-the hitters in the O’s lineup combined to leave 26 men on base.

26.

That doesn’t mean 26 physical men were left on base, but that the batters in the lineup combined to leave 26 freaking men on base.

That almost seems impossible.

Some of those runs could have really mattered, too. When they went up 7-4 in the 10th inning; I personally assumed Jim Johnson would step back in and slam the door on the Sox. But had Julio Lugo actually been able to lay down a bunt and more the runners over, maybe the lead could have been extended to 9-4 and things would have never gotten interesting.

These runners ALWAYS matter. Julio Lugo was crucified by a number of people in town (starting with Jim Palmer) when he didn’t run out a ground ball. Where’s the accountability for failing to get runners over in the 10th?

Is it okay because the Orioles won?

Wasn’t okay by me.

3. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Orioles should step up to ‘challenge’

The challenge of winning 50 games this season?

What Drew is saying is very relevant. You can go to the Audio Vault this morning at WNST.net and hear from Eric DeCosta, who joined “The Morning Reaction” for a chat with Drew Forrester on AM1570 WNST to recap what the team did this weekend during the NFL Draft.

That’s right, the Ravens’ #2 decision maker when it comes to personnel joined Drew Forrester this morning, with the understanding that he had to hold himself accountable for the decisions the organization made-including trading out of the #25 spot, selecting Sergio Kindle at 43, adding Terrence Cody, and drafting two tight ends. He also answered questions about players they didn’t select-including Dez Bryant and Rob Gronkowski.

It IS important that all sports franchises make themselves available to be held accountable for their decisions. When you ask people in the city to invest their money in your franchise, you need to be accountable. Allowing 105.7 and MASN to say things like “that was a tough one today skip” isn’t accountability.

It’s a fair argument-which is strange considering Drew made it. Usually I only apperciate his arguments when they have to do with Denzel Washington, John Mayer or this subject…

steak

4. Springfield Republican’s Dan Lamothe says despite taking 2 of 3 from Birds, still plenty of questions about Red Sox

You know, I really thought this was the biggest story line of the weekend. Despite the fact that Boston won 2 of the 3 games at Fenway Park, I think this weekend really proved that the Red Sox just aren’t that good.

Who is going to drive in runs for that team?

I understand that they’re playing with Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron. I understand that the Orioles’ starters threw some good innings this weekend. But the Red Sox-to me, don’t look like a team that can win the American League Wild Card (as I predicted they would do before the season) and CERTAINLY not the type of team that can compete against the Yankees and Rays in the AL East.

Unless of course they find a way to add a big run producer in the middle of their lineup. Which-given the fact that their ownership, decision makers and fans all want to WIN-I wouldn’t doubt them doing.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Bergesen excelled, Hobgood & Spoone struggled on farm

Before we wrap up our portion of today’s news dedicated to the Orioles, a reminder that they are off tonight-and will return to action tomorrow night against the Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. If you’re heading to the game, be sure to say hello to the 15,000-25,000 fans from New York who will be joining you; as well as the 3,000-5,000 fans from Baltimore who will be in attendance.

Also, congratulations to “Camden Crazies”, whose musings on Twitter yesterday have earned “Apologist of the Morning” honors. His musings included comments about the Orioles being better than their record and that the relievers weren’t that bad because “sometimes hits fall in.”

They certainly do. Sadly, the fall in much more often against the Orioles.

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Boston College LB Mike McLaughlin, Tennessee LS Morgan Cox amongst UFA’s Ravens have agreed to terms with

And McLaughlin (who is probably the best overall player of the group the Ravens have signed post-Draft) joined the great Glenn Clark Sunday during NFL Draft coverage on AM1570-you can also hear that interview in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault.

Morgan Cox may have the best chances of making the team of any player in the group. We all know how badly Matt Katula struggled a season ago; and if those struggles are still evident when the team reports to McDaniel College in July, Cox could steal the job.

Sorta similar to how NIKKI Cox once stole my heart…

nikkicox

7. Carroll County Times’ Haruki Nakamura believes Ravens’ NFL Draft was ‘tremendous success’

Well, I wouldn’t exactly expect Haruki to say that Ozzie Newsome failed the team during the Draft; but I certainly got the idea that Ravens players were happy with the moves the team made over the weekend.

Ravens LB Jameel McClain appears to be happy that the team added fellow Syracuse Orange defensive player Arthur Jones. And for the record, I’m happy Arthur Jones is a Raven too. Please pass that along to his brother Jon “Bones” Jones so that he doesn’t kick my ass…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyA6e2OJqC8[/youtube]

8. USA Today’s Jarrett Bell gives Ravens “B+” for Draft

And while Draft grades are totally silly, this appears to be about what most people think about the Draft.

My thoughts on the Draft? ESPN should really use Jenn Brown more often…

jennbrown

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Terps fell to Virginia in ACC Championship Game without Will Yeatman

We know this much…the Cavs are the best team in the country-despite their setback at Duke.

It really is a shame that Maryland was forced to play without Yeatman, as the teams were separated by just a single goal the first time they met at Byrd Stadium, and things certainly had a chance to be just as interesting this time around.

Instead of getting off on one of their notorious slow starts, the Terrapins started the game well, but lost firepower down the stretch against Wahoos goalie Adam Ghitelman.

The one thing I’ll say about yesterday’s game is that it didn’t prove to me that they are incapable of beating UVa. Should the teams meet again at M&T Bank Stadium in the Final Four-I think they’ll have a chance…IF they have Will Yeatman.

10. Inside Lacrosse says Maryland 3rd, Loyola 6th, Towson 11th in Nike/Inside Lacrosse Top 20 poll

Loyola didn’t exactly throttle Hobart on Saturday, but they won comfortably to extend one of the more impressive hot streaks I can ever remember from the Greyhounds. Tony Seaman’s Tigers beat Penn State Saturday to extend a winning streak of their own.

Of course-the bad news for local lax fans came when Johns Hopkins fell to Navy; as it looks more and more like the Blue Jays may end up being left out of the NCAA Tournament altogether. A loss to Towson Wednesday night or to the Hounds at Ridley Athletic Complex on May 8 would shut the door completely.

11. WNST.net’s Gary Quill says likely Kentucky Derby favorite Eskendereya scratched

And with that, Lookin’ At Lucky will likely be the morning line favorite Saturday at Churchill Downs. I’ll be there, and I could REALLY use a cotton seersucker suit to take with me. If you’re a business owner (or just a guy) who would like to either donate/allow me to borrow/allow me to rent/or sell cheap something that looks like this…

suit

…you’ll have a new best friend. I’ll buy you something from Louisville.

And finally, I leave you with this…

This is Kara Tointon. She’s from England. This picture was at Guyism.com. Enjoy how you will.

tointon

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 21 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

It was funny to see the angry reactions from fans watching last night’s game while I was poking around Facebook and Twitter. Funny mostly because I honestly was completely emotionless when I saw Hideki Matsui crush the game winner. I basically just expected it.

Hard to get angry when you’re watching your favorite team play a team that is plainly better than them.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Izturis’ base-running blunder ‘costly’ as Birds lost to Yankees

Luke Jones says Mason situation will make start of Training Camp ‘interesting’

Glenn Clark says World Football Challenge highlight of non-baseball week

Bob Haynie wonders if fans concerned about Flacco in 2nd season

Tom Clayton says Ravens need healthy Demetrius Williams with or without Mason

Jerry Reinhardt thinks Ravens should be pursuing Matt Jones

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Roberts called out at home in close play that helped determine Yankees’ 2-1 win

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Hill goes to it tonight vs. Mitre, Yanks

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Ray, Sarfate to ready to being rehab assignments

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Wieters excited to visit ‘cathedrals’ Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park

Yankees Official Site’s Bryan Hoch says Matsui won game for Bombers with walkoff homer in bottom of 9th

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Jim Johnson gave up Godzilla’s walkoff bomb, took loss

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Sherrill doesn’t want to be traded

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says with Hill, Berken slated for rest of series; Birds could suffer ‘three day mugging’ in Bronx

Tribune Newspapers’ Ron Shelton says former Oriole Dalkowski ‘hardest thrower who ever lived’

The AP says Markakis homered for Birds in loss

Washington Times’ Mark Zuckerman and Ben Goessling say Reimold AL Rookie of the Year candidate ‘to watch’

New York Post’s George A. King says Pettitte was incredible getting no decision in Yanks’ win

New York Times’ Tyler Kepner says Hinske also homered for Yanks in win

New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says Aceves got victory for Yankees

Newsday’s Anthony Rieber says Yanks tied Red Sox for first place in AL East thanks to win

Newark Star-Ledger’s Matt Gelb says Yanks won 3rd straight game by 2-1 score

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 23rd in power rankings

ESPN.com has O’s 23rd in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 23rd in power rankings

Fanhouse’s Ed Price says David Hernandez threw 35 pitches in first inning alone

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Victor Diaz’s 3 run homer not enough as Tides fell to Gwinnett

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Freddy Deza took loss as Baysox fell to Harrisburg

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Kyle Hudson tallied only RBI as Shorebirds fell to Bowling Green

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Kenny Moreland winner as Ironbirds topped Mahoning Valley

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says David Walters took loss as Orioles fell to Johnson City

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Shorebirds’ Welty ‘turning heads’ with .303 average, 7 home runs

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Patton roughed up by Braves’ Johnson in Tides’ loss

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Shorebirds pitcher Moreau honored by South Atlantic League

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Keys’ Widlansky worked through disappointment of staying in Sarasota through Spring Training

Virginian-Pilot says Braves’ 2B Kelly Johnson tallied all 7 RBI for Gwinnett in rehab assignment victory over Tides

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says former Panther DJ Hackett amongst next round of WR tryouts

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Rice bringing ‘added bulk’ to Training Camp

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Drew Bennett will also try out Friday

The AP says McNair had blood alcohol level twice the legal limit at time of murder

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says McCareins, Tab Perry, Amani Toomer not invited to workout

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens paid Suggs for versatility

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Milford Mill WR Cheeseboro picked Terps over Virginia, Rutgers, Pitt, West Virginia, Syracuse, UConn

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Terps’ ‘unwritten rivalry’ with Penn State continues

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have worst D-Line in ACC

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Chris Turner will have ‘most consistent’ season in ‘09

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces freshman CB Avery Graham (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces freshman OL Fulper (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Oakton (Virginia) kicker Ray Goins getting extra looks from coaching staff (must subscribe)

UMBC BASKETBALL:

Examiner Alexander Pyles says Retrievers will have to play this season without Rich Flemming

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Brett Harvey leading Team USA at Maccabiah Games

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Margraff makes small changes to coaching staff

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says USAA to sponsor Army-Navy game

The Sun says USAA signs 10 year deal to sponsor Mids’ game with Black Knights

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says St. John’s forward Troy King amongst recruiting class of 5

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Sun says Naval-Marine Corps Stadium to host 2010 MIAA lacrosse championships

SWIMMING:

SwimNetwork.com says Phelps’ team unlikely to win 400m free relay

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Dave Litfin says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra worked out at Saratoga

Daily Racing Form’s Mike Farrell says Papa Clem worked out for first time since 3rd place finish at Belmont

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird breezed at Churchill Downs

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-DJ Hackett, huh? Okay……

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 14 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

Did Derrick Mason retire yesterday? Yes. Will Derrick Mason remain retired? I’d lean to no. Not because I know anything, that’s just an emotion I have.

But I know this much. The Ravens needed to address the WR position BEFORE Derrick Mason announced his retirement. They have nothing under contract beyond this season, and I didn’t think the group was a Super Bowl-caliber group BEFORE Mason’s retirement.

I’ve tossed Plaxico Burress’ name around a lot recently because I have talked to a NUMBER of people who have played and worked with Plaxico in the past; and they’ve all basically told me the same thing….

“He’s not the smartest guy in the world, but he’s not an a**hole.”

The basic vibe I get from those in the NFL world is that Burress is a guy who people like having on their team. He’s not a cancer, he’s not divisive, and he’s not going to tear your locker room apart.

But Burress is clearly a question mark based around the fact that his ability to actually see the field is up in the air. Should Plaxico be suspended for the first 8 games of the NFL season (that’s just a number, no fact to it whatsoever), would the Ravens benefit from hoping the guy can just slide in and put up numbers in the 2nd half of the season?

I think there’s an argument that the Ravens truly believe Joe Flacco has improved to the point where he can make the players around him better. That’s not insane. Miles Austin wasn’t a guy you’d pencil in as a reliable WR, but the Cowboys trusted Tony Romo could make him better. That move certainly appears to be working. Can we just assume that Flacco will make Demetrius Williams or Marcus Smith better?

I’m not going to go out on that limb just yet.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester wonders how much Ravens fans ‘trust’ Newsome

Nestor Aparicio says retirement may be ‘negotiating ploy’

Glenn Clark wouldn’t be surprised if Raven announces retirement via Facebook in future

Drew Forrester ‘not buying’ Mason’s retirement

Luke Jones says Marty Booker, DJ Hackett, Jerry Porter could also be options for Ravens

Jerry Reinhardt thinks Mason ‘hurt and grieving’

Tom Clayton says O’s ‘where he expected them’ to be at All-Star break

Glenn Clark says Phelps will be on TV plenty this week

Glenn Clark excited for Baysox ‘pillow fight’

Rex Snider says ‘Thank You’ for supporting Curing Cancer One Call at a Time

Ed Frankovic says Boyd Gordon returning to Caps

RAVENS:

JOCKLife.com says Mason retiring because he’s no longer ‘enthused’ to play football

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mason reportedly set to retire, but hasn’t filed paperwork

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says 52 ‘only’ Raven to take podium at McNair’s funeral

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says deadline to extend Suggs tomorrow

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Flacco not over the top about expectations for season

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Mason won’t change his mind based on anything to do with Ravens

The Sun says Mason 9th amongst active players in receiving yards, receptions

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says ‘no signs’ exist that Ravens, Suggs will reach agreement before deadline

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Mason seemed ‘less sure’ about decision in ESPN News interview

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Newsome on vacation this week while Suggs contemplates signing deal

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says teammate Le’Ron McClain wondered if Mason just ‘emotional’

The AP says Mason’s agent C. Lamont Smith reports WR won’t field media requests for next 2 weeks

Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt says many analysts think coming up ‘yard short’ in Super Bowl could keep McNair out of Hall of Fame

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Marvin Harrison, Amani Toomer, Matt Jones could be options for Ravens

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Mason’s agent previously listed as ‘creator’ of JOCKLife.com

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio (it looks weird to me) says Fabian Washington took to Twitter to voice unhappiness about Mason’s retirement

ESPN.com’s James Walker says starting Clayton, Williams ‘won’t cut it’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says WR depth was ‘weakness’ for Ravens before Mason retirement

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs can choose to sit out part of Training Camp again

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin and Jonathan Mayo say Jones ‘thrilled’ to represent Baltimore at All-Star Game

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Jones will be first Bird since ’72 to wear ‘Baltimore’ on chest at ASG

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Jones not getting ‘worked up’ about St. Louis trip

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Pinckney homered for Baysox in win over Altoona

Frederick Keys Official Site says Billy Rowell’s RBI single not enough in loss to Indians

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Joseph Mahoney homered for Shorebirds in 19-0 win over Lexington

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Justin Moore loser as Orioles fell to Princeton

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says David Hernandez allowed just 1 run over 4 innings but got no decision as Baysox topped Curve

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says David Hernandez won’t stay in Bowie

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Matusz may receive every honor from organization

Frederick News-Post’s Greg Swatek says Ryan Adams’ blunder in 10th helped Kinston past Frederick

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Sarfate to make rehab appearance with Keys tonight

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says return game should be set with Torrey Smith, etc.

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps, Duke getting no love from preseason publications

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says QB prospect Connor Eck camped with Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Terps interested in Northwestern WR prospect Daniel Adams (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says incoming kicker Ferrara participated in New York All-Star Game (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty says Terps interested in 2010 safety prospect Phillip George

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says target Cezar Guerrero getting comparisons to Vasquez

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Jin Soo Kim changed name to Jin Soo Choi

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Toliver finally had ‘breakthrough’ game for Chicago Sky in young WNBA career

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says OT Stoffel recognized by preseason publication

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Sun says Sept. 19 game at Pitt to kick off at 6pm, Oct. 10 game at Rice to kick off at 2:30pm

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says TV details not announced yet for game at Heinz Field

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Gulls set to join Empire 8 Conference in 2011

BLAST:

The Official Site says Bascome to host players in Bermuda

The Official Site says players to participate in ESPNZone event

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra worked out at Saratoga Monday

Daily Racing Form’s Marcus Hersh says Acoma won’t run in Delaware Handicap if Rachel Alexandra does

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Derby winner Mine That Bird breezed Monday at Churchill Downs

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Mine That Bird getting ready for West Virginia Derby next

SWIMMING:

Washington Post’s John Feinstein says Phelps, Woods, Federer, Armstrong all-time greats all competing this July

TENNIS:

Tribune Newspapers’ Chuck Culpepper says Wimbledon was ‘learning experience’ for Ellicott City’s Capra

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Adam Jones is participating in the All-Star Game tonight. I hope I’ll be able to stick around long enough to see him get into the game.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

Is anyone else confused as to why the Orioles are shopping Oscar Salazar instead of Ty Wigginton?

I mean, I wouldn’t be stunned if Wigginton just had no value; but Salazar does WAY more for me than Wigginton does.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Scott had most RBI for Birds in single game since Ramon Hernandez in ‘06

Bob Haynie wonders if Birds should be interested in Halladay

Thyrl Nelson says ‘indifference’ issue for Birds

Marco Romanell says Birds have struggled vs. lefties

Cliff Saunders disagrees with how Jay Mariotti handled McNair death

Keith Melchior has had enough of McNair news

Rex Snider says Hall of Famers to participate in Curing Cancer One Win at a Time

Nestor Aparicio says WNST.net now home for AP stats

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Doug Miller says Scott (7 RBI) lead way as Birds trounced Mariners

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Doug Miller says David Hernandez takes mound tonight in series finale vs. Jason Vargas in Seattle

The Official Site’s Doug Miller says Trembley ejected for arguing early in win

The Official Site’s Doug Miller says Birds will listen to teams interested in Pie, Salazar

The Official Site’s Doug Miller says ‘flu symptoms’ kept Roberts out of lineup in win

Mariners Official Site’s Christian Caple says 19,000 saw M’s fall to O’s at Safeco Field

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Guthrie forced to leave in 3rd inning of win due to ‘dizziness’

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Trembley believed Reimold, defended him leading to ejection

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds had conversations with White Sox regarding Pie

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Scott finished double short of cycle in win

Seattle Times’ Tom Wyrwich says Bedard showed good stuff before leaving game after 4 innings

The AP says Jakubauskas took loss for Mariners in relief

Everett Herald’s Kirby Arnold says Hendrickson picked up win for Birds in relief

SI’s Tom Verducci has Bergesen 3rd amongst American League Rookie of the Year candidates

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 25th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick says Reimold, Markakis, Jones give Birds ‘high hopes’ in OF

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Arrieta winner as Tides topped Charlotte

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Matusz threw 8 innings of shutout, 1 hit ball in win over Senators

MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Matusz added 11 strikeouts in win for Baysox

Frederick Keys Official Site says Widlansky homered twice for Keys in win over Kinston

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says McCurry loser as Shorebirds fell to Kannapolis

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Kantakevich loser as Ironbirds fell to Brooklyn

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Jorge Almanzar loser as Bluefield fell to Burlington

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Izturis 2-3, with SB and 2 runs for Bowie in rehab assignment

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Ouellette pitched scoreless 9th to finish off Bowie’s win over Harrisburg

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Caleb Joseph often sleeps at clubhouse instead of home

Frederick News-Post says Joe Esposito picked up first win of season for Keys

Virginian-Pilot says Jolbert Cabrera crushed 3 run homer for Tides in win

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Mason remembers former teammate McNair’s ‘passion for the game’

The Official Site breaks down timeline of McNair incident

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says McNair ‘unlikely’ to get support for Hall enshrinement

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mark Clayton remembered McNair as football camp opened at McDaniel

The AP says ‘lack of motive’ slowing ruling in McNair case

Tennessean’s Gary Estwick says McNair’s death ‘big blow’ to Mount Olive, Mississippi

Tennessean says Titans to hold tribute to McNair today and tomorrow at LP Field

Nashville City Paper’s Ken Whitehouse and Sam Claycombe say Kazemi’s ex wrote rap song about murder

Nashville City Paper’s Nate Rau says Nashville authorities awaiting ballistics test results to determine cause of Kazemi’s death

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche says McNair’s life ‘hard to decipher’

Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock doesn’t think McNair necessarily ‘hero’

ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky says McNair had good fortune to not be forced to start on Day 1

ESPN.com’s James Walker says some in AFC North believe Flacco will ‘break out’ this season

ESPN.com Page 2’s Tim Keown says Holly Robinson Peete took to Twitter for McNair thoughts

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Good Counsel DE/TE prospect Vincent Croce camped with Terps (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Allen Wallace says Havenstein was Maryland fan before becoming Maryland commit (must subscribe)

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says midfielder Drew Collins to transfer from Penn to Blue Jays

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Ambrose, other Tigers coaches to make appearance in Federal Hill next week

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina catches up with CB Blake Carter

SWIMMING:

SwimNetwork.com’s Andrew Silver says Phelps getting ‘all buzz’ in Indianapolis

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says struggles continued for Katie Hoff in Indianapolis

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Derby winner Mine That Bird breezed Tuesday at Churchill Downs

Thoroughbred Times says trainer Woolley thought Mine That Bird ‘looked perfect’ in workout

INDYCAR RACING:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says potential Baltimore Grand Prix organizers believe race would be ‘safe’

SOCCER:

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says 65,000 tickets already sold for Chelsea-AC Milan at M&T Bank Stadium

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Overpaying for a free agent pitcher > overpaying and overtrading for a current big name pitcher. I’d love to see Roy Halladay in Baltimore, but I don’t think they can afford to pay both costs.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

The Koji Uehara situation is going to come to a head sooner than the Orioles wanted it to. As a few callers mentioned this morning, Koji looked VERY uncomfortable pitching in the heat last night in South Florida, and I don’t think that’s something that he’s just going to come around to feeling comfortable with. If he couldn’t go deep in games when he wasn’t uncomfortable pitching; how will he be able to work into games when he is CLEARLY uncomfortable?

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Bob Haynie wonders if Birds can get to .500

Drew Forrester not surprised by comments made by O’s employee Melewski

Thyrl Nelson says Birds need lefty specialist in bullpen

Marco Romanell thinks Birds can win 4 of next 5 against Marlins, Nationals

Glenn Clark says Adam Jones no longer amongst Top 7 hitters in American League

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds rallied in 9th but fell to Marlins in 12th

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Berken, Birds square off with Nolasco, Marlins tonight

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jones, Markakis amongst O’s still vying for All-Star nods

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Izturis began rehab work in Miami with teammates

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Ray happy to contribute however he can now back with O’s

Marlins Official Site’s Joe Frisaro says Cantu gets walk-off RBI as Fish top Birds

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Tillman gave up 2 runs over 6 innings but took no decision as Pawtucket rallied to top Tides

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Bascom winner as Baysox topped Binghamton

Aberdeen IronBirds Official Site says Haughian took loss as Ironbirds fell to Staten Island

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 10,000 saw Marlins top Birds at Land Shark Stadium

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Uehara’s ‘mistake’ lead to Uggla home run

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Trembley thinks Ray has improved ‘delivery’, ‘finish’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Birds should hold on to Huff, Izturis; consider dealing Sherrill

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Guthrie scored run in 9th as pinch runner

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Wigginton made costly baserunning blunder in loss

Examiner Jay Trucker says Wieters connected on 2nd career home run in loss

The AP says Brian Bass took loss for Birds

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Matusz on ‘fast track’ following time spent with Keys this season

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says Jim Miller blew save as Tides fell to Red Sox

South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Juan Rodriguez says Hanley Ramirez hit grand slam for Marlins in win

Palm Beach Post’s Tom D’Angelo says Matt Lindstrom blew save opportunity for Fish

Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer says Andrew Miller had been ‘impressive’ early on before Birds got to Marlins’ bullpen

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 22nd in power rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Figurs plans to be ready for Training Camp

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says D. Williams, Rice, Gooden, Terry, Ngata must take ‘next step’ this season

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Reed, 52, Ogden honored by ESPN

Examiner Phil Macek says Ravens, Steelers remain ‘toast of’ AFC North

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ogden, Lorenzo Neal amongst best offensive players of decade

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Diamondback’s Michael LeMaire says Scout.com thinks Terps 59th best team in country

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says DE/TE Delic took ‘unlikely path’ to College Park (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Jakob Engelke offers photo of what next year’s Under Armour shoe could look like

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terrence Morris 10th best player of Gary’s 20 years

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Greivis 9th best player of Gary’s 20 years

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says ’11 prospect Gbinje impressed during NBA Top 100 Camp (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says ’10 SG prospect Mincy committed to Terps over Georgia, Rutgers

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says FB Torri Preston ‘looking forward to’ Ohio State game

The Official Site says Mids picked to go 9-4 by Lindy’s

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Melbourne (FL) DT Thomas Stone ‘first known commitment’ in Navy’s 2010 class

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Chris Harris received academic honor from Patriot League

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Cullinane, Kyle Cottrell pick up ECAC Academic honors

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says tickets for Saturday night’s game available for $10

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with D.C. Armor

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Mike Welsch says Haskell Stakes at Monmouth, West Virginia Derby could be options for Big Drama

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Churchill Downs to expand staff for next night racing card

The Sun’s Hanah Cho says former owner Mark Vogel to buy back Rosecroft Raceway

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Looking at ESPN.com’s “All-Decade team”, I am struck by how well the people with the Worldwide Leader in putting together the list. Jon Ogden, Ed Reed, and Ray Lewis were all particularly deserving; and no other Ravens were. The other players who made the cut were also good selections.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

When did Robert Andino become Jose Reyes?

The undying affection I’ve heard in the last week about Robert Andino is a bit much.

Andino has been a particularly serviceable shortstop with Cesar Izturis hurt, and at times he’s looked borderline good.

But he’s NOT a franchise shortstop. He’s NOT a guy to pencil in for the future. And he’s NOT even as good as Cesar Izturis.

He’s a .255 hitter who gets on base at a .290 clip; has stolen 2 bases in 4 attempts, and has a mighty 7 RBI on the season. He also has made more than his fair share of plays; although he has also made defensive miscues, and his timing hasn’t been perfect.

Serviceable. The Orioles have made do with him while their regular has been hurt.

I guess years of Luis Hernandez and Freddie Bynum will make some of us lose perspective.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Thyrl Nelson wonders if MacPhail, Birds will be in ‘sell’ mode at deadline again this year

Bob Haynie wonders if Terps deserve to be in Top 25

Marco Romanell thinks Andino should replace Izturis as starting SS

Glenn Clark says Dunbar documentary, Kurk Lee/Sam Cassell charity game highlights of non-baseball week

Drew Forrester thinks Melewski, Dave Johnson good on radio…..maybe not so much on Facebook

Ed Frankovic says Caps add Hershey Bears coach Bob Woods to Boudreau’s staff

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Brian Eller says first round pick Hobgood honors memory of father

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says former Marlin Andino playing well headed into series in Miami

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec updates Marlins before series at Dolphin Stadium

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Sherrill, Jones, Markakis, Huff, Roberts could be All-Stars

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Garabez Rosa hit 2 run homer to lift IronBirds to win over Yankees

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Arrieta removed after first inning rain delay, Tides’ bullpen hammered in loss to Lehigh Valley

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Kenny Moreland leads Ironbirds in shutout win over Staten Island

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Uehara appeared more ‘comfortable’ in Philadelphia without Japanese media around

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says Tides manager Gary Allenson happy to not have to play final three innings in blowout loss

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 22nd in power rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says McGahee, Heap, Landry, Gregg, Pryce ‘must return to form’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Harbaugh in complete control of team

Examiner Steve DeClue wonders if Ravens might be interested in Plaxico

ESPN.com’s Mike Sando says 52, Reed amongst best defensive players of decade

ESPN.com’s James Walker says 52, Reed ‘no-brainers’ amongst best defensive players of decade

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Marshall to Ravens rumors dying down, WR likely to stay in Denver

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Wilcox 13th greatest player of Gary’s 20 years

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says John Gilchrist 12th greatest player of Gary’s 20 years

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Laron Profit 11th greatest player of Gary’s 20 years

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter profiles New Mexico center prospect Alex Kirk (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem breaks down special teams unit with Charles Bankins (must subscribe)

Scout.com’s John Wallpher profiles ’10 WR prospect Matt Robinson (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina profiles LB/FB prospect Rob Lombardo (must subscribe)

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says three horses to challenge Preakness champ Rachel Alexandra in Mother Goose Stakes

Thoroughbred Times says Rachel Alexandra worked Monday at Churchill Downs in preparation for Saturday’s race at Belmont Park

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ former safety Ray Brown

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Patrick Stevens’ list has been VERY good thus far; but I think Drew Nicholas was better than anyone on his list thus far, with MAYBE the exception of John Gilchrist.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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15-7-0

Posted on 22 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

You get props…..

1-David Duval

Did you say you’re NOT rooting for David Duval on Monday? You know, I guess I can understand that. I mean, if I’m qualifying my understanding by assuming that you also….

-Hate apple pie
-Don’t enjoy fireworks
-Are a communist
-Don’t know the words to the chorus of “Beer for my horses” by Toby Keith
-Haven’t seen the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”
-Leave the 4th of July party before the fireworks

That’s right, if you’re not rooting for David Duval; you’re anti-American. How bout being a patriot, damnit?

2-Wladimir Klitschko

The least exciting great heavyweight champion of all time defended his belts again this weekend. You probably didn’t notice, mostly because the guy he beat wasn’t named “Ruslan Chagaev” instead of “Evander Holyfield.”

Here’s a list of fighters the great Wladimir Klitschko has faced in the last 10 years….

-Axel Schulz
-Phil Jackson (I’m surprised we missed that…..)
-Lajos Eros
-Paea Wolfgramm
-David Bostice (still claims he never used steroids…..)
-Monte Barrett
-Chris Byrd
-Derrick Jefferson
-Charles Shufford
-Francois Botha
-Ray Mercer (who was past his prime….7 years ago)
-Jameel McCline
-Corrie Sanders (who he somehow LOST to)
-Fabio Moli
-Dannell Nicholson
-Lamon Brewster (lost to this guy too!)
-DaVarryl Williamson
-Eliseo Castillo
-Samuel Peter
-Chris Byrd again
-Calvin Brock (who had a brief career as an Orioles reliever you may have missed)
-Ray Austin
-Lamon Brewster again
-Sultan Ibragimov
-Tony Thompson
-Hasim Rahman (how does he keep getting fights?)
-Ruslan Chagaev

I believe where I come from, we call that a “Who’s who”

3-David Villa and Luis Fabiano

Spain and Brazil are on a collision course for the Finals of the Federations Cup. Which means it is time for me to start thinking about Spanish WAGs. And the only thing I learned is that Spanish WAGs were PARTICULARLY disappointing. Fortunately defender Gerard Pique previously dated a gal named Lisa Lazarus; who lucky for us looks like this…..

lisa

4-Albert Pujols and Tony La Russa

Favorite prison rape joke in Family Guy history?

“Hey Brian, who’s your favorite baseball player, Albert Poo-holes?”

And since we’re here, let’s remember that while he HAS won 2,500 games…..he hasn’t always known all of the letters of the alphabet. (But frankly, who has?)

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5-Diego Sanchez, James Wilks, and Chris Lytle

ufc

It wasn’t a good night to be Kevin Burns. Or to be Clay Guida. Or to be Ryan Leaf. But I guess that’s unrelated.

6-LSU and Texas

How do you decide who to root for in the College World Series? Ummm……how else?

Here’s an LSU exhibit from “Poon of the SEC”…..

lsu

Then I Google image searched “Colt McCoy’s girlfriend” and found this…..I don’t know if she’s the one on the right or left, and I don’t care. I’m rooting for both teams…..

glandorf

7-Kurt Angle

I think TNA was very clever in naming their biggest PPV of the year “Slammiversary.” You seem, because sometimes one wrestler slams another one!

One of my personal favorite “slammers” is Kurt Angle, who won TNA’s Heavyweight Championship Sunday night. Why do I love Kurt Angle? Little things like this…..

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8-Kasey Kahne, Richard Petty and Dario Franchitti

Now that Richard Petty has finally won a race, I believe the only other owner who hasn’t won in 10 or more years is this guy….

pete

9-Joe Villasenor and Tim Kennedy

Tim Kennedy is officially my favorite solider since…..

farley

“I want Holyfield!!!!!”

10-Jeff Fiorentino, Troy Patton, Eric Crozier, Brandon Waring, and Steven Bumbry

In Steven Bumbry’s first pro game he connected for a Home Run. He was applauded by fans and teammates alike, but his boss seemed uninterested, saying “Solo home run, huh? Let me know when you hit 400 more and play in 2,500 consecutive games.”

Speaking of which, Ryan Howard’s streak of consecutive games was snapped at 343. Upon hearing the news; Cal Ripken giggle and muttered under his breath “did they say streak?”

11-Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps went to Canada this week to kick everyone else’s ass in swimming. Montreal, huh?

In a completely unrelated story, the website WeBeHigh.com rates Montreal a 5 out of 5 in terms of pot “smoking tolerance.”

COMPLETELY unrelated.

12-Crystal Langhorne

I know, I included something from the WNBA. Look, it’s a rough time of year. I mean, it’s either the WNBA or like, minor league bullfighting. And I looked for the bullfighting, trust me.

How can I salvage this?

Let’s talk about Brittany Jackson. Brittany never made it to the WNBA; but she had a hell of a career for the Volunteers down at Tennessee. She then began a career as a model; where she posed for pictures like this…..

jackson

……which couldn’t confuse me any more. I mean, is she hot or not??? I hate it when chicks take pictures in little-to-no clothing and you can’t tell if it’s okay that you’re scrambling for a sofa pillow. I mean, don’t get me wrong; I’ve ripped apart my living room trying to find one-but should I be ashamed of this?

There, now I posted something about women’s pro basketball AND kept your attention. I’ll take my gold medal now thank you.

13-Fake Umpires

Look, if you’re at a baseball game; there has to be SOMETHING that makes you not want to jump from the rail of the upper deck, right? These guys are funny. And losers. But funny losers. Sorta like McLovin. Fast-forward a bit to get to them. And something about John Tesh….

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14-Dan Jenkins

Here’s what you’re thinking:

“Glenn, who is Dan Jenkins?”

And the answer my dear friends, from Wikipedia:

Jenkins was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, where he attended R.L. Paschal High School and Texas Christian University, where he played on the varsity golf team. Jenkins has worked for many publications including the Fort Worth Press, Dallas Times Herald, Sports Illustrated, and Playboy. In 1985, he retired and began writing books full time, although he maintains a monthly column in Golf Digest magazine.

Larry L. King has called Jenkins “the quintessential Sports Illustrated writer” and “the best sportswriter in America.”

On top of that, here’s what Deadspin founder Will Leitch told Jenkins’ daughter Sally (who writes for the Washington Post) over the weekend about Jenkins “Twittering” at the U.S. Open….

“It’s kind of unbelievable Twitter existed without him. Proves my theory: Had he started a blog before Deadspin, I’d be flipping burgers.”

Now you’re thinking to yourself, “Gosh Glenn, I guess I really should have known who Dan Jenkins is, huh?”

And the answer my dear friends is….

No. He writes about golf. Who cares.

15-The Great Tom Clark

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That’s my father and I posing before our upcoming showdown on HBO from Atlantic City. Dad, you’re a good man; but there’s zippy chance you can beat me at Tiger Woods 2010.

You got lucky:

1-Brad Bergesen, Danys Baez and Brian Roberts

Nothing like getting bailed out by a last strike home run. What a weekend in Philadelphia though! I don’t know how many trips to Geno’s it takes to get rid of the taste of a sweep at the hands of the Orioles; but deal with it. And oh yeah, there’s still this….

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2-Roger Federer

The saddest thing about this is the fact that the toughest challenge to Roger Federer breaking Pete Sampras’ record may now be Andy Roddick.

3-The guy who hits the “Go Cubs Go” button at Wrigley Field

Lou Piniella says he doesn’t need to be a “dragon” to manage the Cubs; and they started to prove him right over the last few games. So sing along Cubs fans; elimination is still a few weeks to months away….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS3llgyGZ68[/youtube]

4-Bob Bradley

Are you serious??????????

The Americans are on to the semifinals because they beat a squad from Egypt (who with a gun to my head I couldn’t have told you even fielded a soccer team about a month ago) and managed to score ONE GOAL in a blowout loss to Italy; who then somehow managed to figure out a way to LOSE to that same Egypt team. They might be uninspired and listless, but in 7 days they might be uninspired and listless champions.

5-John Hyden and Sean Scott, Jennifer Kessy and April Ross

Why are these people lucky? Mostly because the sand at the AVP Tour’s Ocean City Open probably made a beach volleyball tournament look more like a slop volleyball tournament. Of course, there’s nothing wrong about two women diving around in slop. And when I say “nothing” wrong, I mean “NOTHING” wrong….

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6-Hold the Cruiser

Sometimes I don’t feel like carrying 100 pounds of weight on my back either…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vd2VNpI00w[/youtube]

In other horse racing news; Churchill Downs began night racing Friday night. In a related story, Pimlico is considering racing at all in the future.

7-Sandra Bullock

She had never had a movie open with more than $20 million in her career until “The Proposal” this weekend; and that hardly counts because most of those ticket sales can be credited to Betty White and Ryan Reynolds’ abs.

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Good thing I held on to that sofa pillow!!!!!

You’re a zero…..

Rain

I have huge news everyone! Over the next 10 days, Weather.com is only predicting rain for two.

Which means we will be enjoying it for at least 6.

How the hell can Eddie Bauer go bankrupt at a time like this??????

Could any good come from this misery?

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Okay yes.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 18 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

Of COURSE the Orioles should move Koji Uehara to the bullpen. They cannot just accept the fact that one of their pitchers will only give them 5 innings. I know Allen McCallum thinks it is important for the Orioles to maintain their honesty to Uehara after telling him he’d be a starter; but Uehara actually has to be able to start.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Rex Snider says Perry Hall resident Sam Mayfield caught Wieters’ first HR ball

Bob Haynie was at Memorial Stadium to see Ripken hit first HR

Rex Snider says MacPhail has questions to answer regarding Sosa

Ed Frankovic expects Ovechkin to have big night at NHL Awards Show

Glenn Clark has almost-Raven Lawrence Phillips amongst most ‘troubled’ athletes

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Wieters hit first career HR as Birds topped Mets

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

MLB.com’s Brian Eller says Wieters took curtain call after hitting first HR

MLB.com’s Brian Eller says Berken, Birds try to win series tonight vs. Hernandez, Mets

Mets Official Site’s Anthony DiComo says Feliciano took loss for Mets in relief

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Arrieta struggled again as Tides fell to Louisville

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Matusz particularly impressive as Baysox beat Reading

Frederick Keys Official Site says Wally Crancer went 3-4, homered; but Keys fell to Winston-Salem

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Nathan Moreau took tough loss as Delmarva fell to Lake County

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Huff’s 2 run homer carried O’s past Mets

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Uehara effective, but took no decision as bullpen struggled

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Alberto Castillo not getting job done as left-handed specialist

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Matusz was ‘nervous’ making first start for Baysox

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says former Oriole Sosa ‘most unlikeable professional athlete (he’s) ever briefly encountered’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says autographed bat and ball enough to get Wieters’ first HR ball back from fan

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley thought Hendrickson got ‘big’ double play with bases loaded

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Markakis thinks hitting ‘contagious’

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Tuesday HR helped Markakis break funk

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says nearly 32,000 saw Birds top Mets at Camden Yards

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Markakis went 4-4 for Birds in win

The AP says home run also gave Wieters first career RBI

Frederick News-Post says Jake Stevens took loss as Keys fell to Dash

Virginian-Pilot says Steve Torrealba, Jeff Fiorentino picked up RBI for Tides in loss

New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch says Mets got ‘up and down start’ from Tim Redding in loss

New York Times’ Ben Shpigel says Sheffield homered for Mets in loss

New York Daily News’ Adam Rubin says lefties had been hitting .125 off Feliciano before Huff’s game winner

Newsday’s David Lennon says Huff may have been auditioning to be acquired by Mets this season

Newark Star-Ledger’s Brian Costa says Daniel Murphy went 3-4 with RBI in Mets’ loss

Bergen Record’s Steve Popper says Wright 0-4, snapped 11 game hitting streak in loss

ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick says Scott has improved at ‘reading breaking balls’

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Oher has shown ‘superb mobility’ in OTA’s

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Kruger has taken starting reps with Suggs not in Baltimore

The Official Site says Ravens reach partnership agreement with Maryland lottery

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Demetrius Williams’ potential not enough for Ravens anymore

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Draft picks Oher, Webb, Kruger, Phillips remain unsigned

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens scratch-off ticket to be available before first preseason game against Redskins

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens agreed to terms with 6th round pick Peerman

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks says Ravens defense will be ‘tested’ after losing Rex Ryan, Leonhard, Bart Scott

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks more teams will follow Ravens’ lead in trying to find ways to make money

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Maryland commit Titus Till amongst players participating in ’09 Crab Bowl

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says former commit Teddy Dargan ended up at Arizona Western College

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says if Terps make ACC Championship, game to kick off at 8pm

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Sherwood DT prospect Greg Grant visited College Park (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ekezie 18th best player of Gary’s 20 years

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Burns 17th best player of Gary’s 20 years

Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman says Terps ‘Top 40 team’

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Florida, Virginia, Miami, Ohio State all still in mix for Terps target Mychal Parker (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Jeremy Pick added to strength and conditioning staff

TOWSON LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Quint Kessenich says Ingerman could be amongst breakout sophomores in ‘10

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site’s Steve Settembrino
checks in from Retrievers’ trip to Japan

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site offers season recap for Jays

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids breaks down Navy’s ‘09 opponents

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says LB Matt Barnes, OL Josh Berman, OL Tim Hackmann, DB Greg Miletic named to NFF Honor Society

WOMEN’S COLLEGE LACROSSE:

Towson Official Site says Unitas Stadium selected to host Final Four again in 2010

The Sun says Tigers felt they could host event one more year before construction began on new arena

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says ‘unity’ on road trips has helped Mariners win

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra confirmed to race again at Mother Goose Stakes

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Mother Goose Stakes to be run at Belmont Park

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Churchill Downs holding first ever night racing card Friday

BOXING:

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mark “TNT” Tucker to face Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams July 17 at Carroll County Agricultural Center

SWIMMING:

The AP says Phelps got new endorsement deal with San Diego-based H2O Audio

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Why shouldn’t the Ravens partner with the Maryland lottery? If partnering with the Maryland lottery means it will be another year before ticket prices are raised, it is a boon for Ravens fans.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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