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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:

balls

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.

churchill

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.

barbaro

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.

lynns

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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bourbonfrenchtoast
cheesegrits

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…

flamencodancers

…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.

sluggerbat

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…

tejada

…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…

clown

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.

underwear

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:

burgoo

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.

hotbrown

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.

seans

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.

boxer

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.

suit

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.

lego

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.

mud

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?!?!?

margfoot

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.”

cigar

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.

seats

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.

postparade

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:

derbypie

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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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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!)

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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

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?)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ckcw8hhwgE&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

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…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvB9Li2rUoA&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

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….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF3Qmz7UoIM[/youtube]

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

tomclark

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….

ring

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….

wrestling

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.

reynolds

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?

rain

Okay yes.

-G

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