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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because Tina Fey hosted Saturday Night Live. And when they weren’t bust trying to shove Justin Beiber or Kristen Wiig down my throat (Wiig is TERRIBLE by the way), the show was actually very funny. Especially this…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgE8QsB_HHU[/youtube]

…if she runs for President, they have to bring her back as a permanent cast member, right???

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Blue Jays got to Kevin Millwood late to finish off weekend sweep

So…how was YOUR weekend?

To call a weekend sweep at the hands of Cito Gaston and the Jays “frustrating” wouldn’t do justice. To call it “unthinkable” would be much more appropriate.

I don’t know how else to say this. When you don’t REALLY try to put together a winning team, you’re not going to get a winning team. They don’t just come together by accident. When you decide that instead of going out and getting a REAL third baseman to replace Melvin Mora-you’ll just go get a stop gap to fill time until Josh Bell is ready, you get a converted SS who gobbles one up every now and then.

Should Miguel Tejada have made that play in the 8th inning? Probably. But it was a very hard hit ball and left him in a tough spot. It is forgiveable if it happens in the 2nd inning-but in that spot, it turned the entire game.

Not that Chone Figgins would make the Orioles winners (or even that he would have been a good signing for this team), but would he have been able to make that play there? Probably. Would other third basemen have been able to make that play there? Probably.

But when you just sign SOMEONE and assume they can play the position, or hit at a certain spot in the lineup, or fill a certain role in the bullpen or rotation-this is what you get.

“Woefully incomplete.”

Just knowing that Matt Wieters, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Brian Matusz are pretty good is good enough for some people. I want a team that is WINNING, or is trying damn hard to do just that.

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

Alex Gonzalez hit 2 home runs yesterday.

Alex FREAKING Gonzalez hit 2 home runs yesterday.

On in other words, as many as this guy hit in his CAREER…

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(Edit from GMC: You’re thinking to yourself, “that’s a strange Guillermo Quiroz reference”…and it is! But I literally thought to myself “what former O’s might only have 2 career home runs?”, and my 1st guess was Guillermo Quiroz. Unbelievably, I was right. Do I get some sort of medal for that?)

3. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Birds continuing to lose ‘game of inches’

You know what else is a game of inches?

hungry hippos

It means a lot to a lot of people that the Orioles have been fairly close in some of these games. As if “near misses” might somehow count as half of a win, or a third of a win. It’s as if by losing 4 or 5 close games early in the season, they actually get credit for an extra win or 2.

I mean seriously, what kind of lame; 2nd rate sport would give a team credit for LOSING, just because it was a close game and maybe tied late?

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Oh. Right.

4. Fanhouse’s Andrew Johnson says Brian Roberts likely headed to DL, Justin Turner to come up from Norfolk

What’s that quote again? The rich just keep getting richer?

Julio Lugo was asked for his thoughts on the Roberts injury, and he was rumored to have said “this is the best news that has ever happened.”

(Edit from GMC: He may or may not have actually said that. But you KNOW he was thinking it.)

Look, NO ONE is crying for ol’ B-Rob; considering THIS is what he’ll be doing for the next 15 days…

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You thought I was going to post a picture of his wife in some form of undress. I love to keep you on your toes.

5. The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Dave Trembley shouldn’t be blamed for Orioles’ problems

But he’s going to be. If 1-5 balloons to 9-23 through this brutal stretch to start the season, you better believe that Andy MacPhail will have to think about walking into Dave Trembley’s office and saying “sorry skip, we just have to do something to shake things up.”

Look, I don’t REALLY think Dave Trembley is much of a manager. I think he was the guy that would work for a cheap and be a good soldier while the team sold this “2011 plan” to fans. I don’t know how ANY player in the clubhouse can really take him seriously, considering the ORGANIZATION doesn’t take him seriously enough to commit to him and extend him moving forward.

If he tried lighting a fire under one of these guys asses, there’s no reason for that player to not start chuckling. “Really, skip? I’m Adam Jones. I’ll blow gum if I want to. Haven’t you seen my t-shirt?”

Before I move on from the Orioles, a reminder that they’re back in action tonight (mostly because they have to) at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. First pitch against the Rays is at 7:05pm, and the game can be seen on MASN2. Jeremy Guthrie faces Matt Garza, meaning we’ll get to see more of that strange growth on Garza’s chin…

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And congratulations to Damon Yaffe from The Fan for winning today’s “Apologist of the Morning” award. Damon said Sunday that despite the 1-5 start, he “can’t divert (his) attention from some of the positives.” Noble. Those positives you ask?

-”Camden Yards is still a gem”

Okay, sure…

-”Orioles fans are still passionate and hungry”

Right…

-”Matt Wieters”

Now we’re talking…

-”The Young Arms”

Would like to see some more…

-”MASN really taking flight”

And NOW is where I spit out my Vitamin Water.

“MASN really taking flight?” We’re talking about a network that spends a better part of their day simulcasting ANOTHER network that I already have on my Comcast or Xfinity or whatever the hell it’s called these days.

“MASN really taking flight?” This is a network that is so dreadful, a simulcast of Scott Garceau’s radio show is considered the best programming they have to offer!

As I was saying to Drew Forrester this morning on AM1570 WNST, I was watching the “East Carolina Basketball Show” and then a lacrosse game between Denver and Quinnipiac over the weekend on MASN and thinking to myself, “you know, this network is really starting to take flight.”

Christ.

6. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says California (Pennsylvania) CB Terrence Johnson visited 1 Winning Drive

The Ravens have also looked into Indiana (Pennsylvania) CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah; so if you’re a Cornerback playing at Kentucky (Pennsylvania), Kansas (Pennsylvania) or Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania), be ready for a call from Ozzie Newsome. Corners from California, Indiana, Kentucky or Kansas need not apply.

Being serious, Johnson is a 5’9″ CB who most NFL Draft analysts don’t believe will hear his name called. Just because the Ravens have hosted a player, it doesn’t mean they’re going to take him. And on the flip side, just because the Ravens haven’t shown too much interest in a player, it doesn’t mean they won’t pick him (Lardarius Webb says hello).

The biggest thing Terrence Johnson has going for him is that he was teammates with former Maryland QB Josh Portis at California PA. If anything about Portis rubbed off on him, he’ll be REALLY GOOD in every game that doesn’t count.

7. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Steelers helped Ravens by trading Santonio Holmes to Jets

The “Santoniowastradedfor _____” hastag thread on Twitter last night (follow us @WNST) was HILARIOUS. Before I saw the thread had started, I wondered why the Ravens hadn’t offered Frank Walker for Holmes.

(Edit from GMC: I KNOW Walker isn’t under contract. This is shtick. Please work with me people.)

After seeing that the thread HAD started, my suggestion was…”#santoniowastradedfor Mike Gonzalez.”

It would have been worth about as much to Pittsburgh as a 5th round pick, right?

I’m not sure why the Rooneys just decided to give up on Holmes-who is a HELL of a talent. I know he’s a bit of an ass-clown, but, um…..have they seen their quarterback or their kicker???

8. Waterbury Republican American’s Kevin Litten says those who knew Jordan Williams in Connecticut didn’t all expect his success in College Park

In a (semi) related story, I heard there were new pictures of Heidi Montag in a bikini linked in over at Busted Coverage, and I thought “you know, she’s probably not that good looking…”

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Sometimes, we’re all wrong about certain things.

To be serious, this is a great read. It includes stories about racist threats Williams’ family received during his high school career in Torrington, and how the community has sort of rallied around him now that he’s had success with the Terrapins. Definitely worth the read.

9. Inside Lacrosse has Terps 4th, Loyola 9th, Hopkins 16th in Nike/IL Top 20 poll

Here’s a look at my “OldLineLax7 Poll”, since I feel as though everything I do is more important than everything everyone else does.

1-Maryland
2-Loyola
3-Johns Hopkins
4-Towson
5-Navy
6-Mt. St. Mary’s (I get it. They’re 6-3 and 2-0 in the MAAC. But do I REALLY think they’re better than Towson or Navy???)
7-UMBC

This all builds up to Loyola-Geogetown, Army-Navy and Maryland-Hopkins Saturday. I’ll be wandering around Charm City with Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse) watching the games. This is fun to us, people.

10. The Sun says Baltimore Mariners improved to 5-0 with win over New Jersey Revolution

It’s not that I’m NOT interested in this. It’s just that I’d be MORE interested if it involved “J-Woww” from “Jersey Shore.”

jwoww

And finally, I leave you with this…

“The Greatest Song of All Time This Week” for this week? Probably not a popular choice, but “Bumpin’ Fresh” by Virginia Coalition. It’s a WIN.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q96A4eWFN_A[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 10 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because there was a Chick-Fil-A platter delivered yesterday afternoon during Rex Snider & Ray Bachman’s show. There may have only been a few chicken nuggets left by the time I drove as fast as I could to get back to 1550 Hart Rd., but it was well worth it.

Oh and also, it’s a Happy Wednesday for me because I finally got around to watching Zach Galifianakis host Saturday Night Live. I had to watch it on Hulu because my roommate (thanks pal) forgot to record it on our brand new Comcast DVR. It wasn’t QUITE as good as Jon Hamm, but it certainly had some moments….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQDqH7l3Co4[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Greivis Vasquez named ACC Player of the Year, Gary Williams ACC Coach of the Year

Boy, this picture Luke included with his blog says a lot….

greivis

Hopefully this story isn’t the watershed moment in the Greivis Vasquez-Gary Williams story. But even if it is; the story will be a tremendous one to tell for Maryland fans to tell over the course of the next generation.

Both Greivis and Gary were OVERLY deserving of these honors, and the voting portrayed exactly that. Vasquez was a runaway victor-with his performance against Jon Scheyer and the Blue Devils last week at Comcast Center clearly fresh on the minds of voters. Gary also won with a big margin over Coach K, his 2nd such honor during his 21 seasons in College Park.

Jordan Williams was 2nd in ACC Rookie of the Year voting (behind a VERY deserving Derrick Favors from Georgia Tech), leaving the Terps just short of an ACC awards sweep.

2. Washington Post’s Michael Wilbon says having veteran players could help Terrapins make run in NCAA Tournament

And of course he’s right about that. The trio of seniors (Vasquez, Eric Hayes and even Landon Milbourne); as well as veterans Adrian Bowie, Cliff Tucker, and Dino Gregory off the bench will ABSOLUTELY help the Terps in the Big Dance.

BUT….other teams have good players too.

AND….other teams might be even more talented.

OR….other teams might go off for 60% shooting from beyond the arc in a strange atmosphere on a Saturday afternoon in Spokane.

Just having upperclassmen doesn’t guarantee great success in March. But it sure does help.

As a side note, Deadspin offered this yesterday…apparently from the Raycom broadcast of the Maryland/Georgia Tech game a few weeks ago. It humorously points out that the graphic looks similar to a certain part of the female anatomy. I wouldn’t giggle if it weren’t funny…

telestratorvag

3. The Sun says Terps, Texas given ‘reprieve’ from new rule limiting “coach in waiting” involvement in recruiting

The only thing I don’t understand in this whole process is why the NCAA would adopt a rule basically preventing teams from using the “coach in waiting” system, but not just ban the “coach in waiting” system altogether?

James Franklin (like the Longhorns’ Wil Muschamp) is an ASSISTANT coach. Ralph Friedgen is the head coach, like Mack Brown in Austin. Franklin and Muschamp should be allowed to recruit the same way every other ASSISTANT coach in the country is.

Nothing about this rule makes any sense to me. Giving these coaches ‘reprieve’ for one season isn’t the answer, either. Either ban the entire system, or let the coaches recruit the way they should be allowed to.

4. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Bruce Campbell, Nolan Carroll, Chris Turner, Cory Jackson to work out at Maryland’s Pro Day today in College Park

You know what’s a LITTLE bit weird? NFL Scouts are going to be looking at Bruce Campbell today the same way I look at “Big Bang Theory” star Kaley Cuoco…

Cuoco

…Okay, maybe not the SAME way, but you get the point.

Today is biggest for CB Nolan Carroll, who scouts like-but haven’t seen do anything on a football field after Week 2-when he broke his leg. He was in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine, but only for the private meetings and medical checks, he didn’t actually work out.

It’s a big day for Chris Turner too. Not because he has any chance of reaching the NFL (I’m not sure he’s even really concerned about TRYING to reach the NFL-he has an idea about what he wants to do for the rest of his life), but because he would REALLY like for the scouts in the room to know him as something OTHER than the dude who looks like Napoleon Dynamite.

5. Morgan State Official Site previews tonight’s MEAC Tournament quarterfinal matchup with North Carolina A&T

I’m a LITTLE confused as to why the MEAC sets up their tournament to have some teams playing their first round games today and other teams playing quarterfinal games tonight, but it does appear as though it is set up to benefit the #1 seeded Bears. If they win tonight (as they should against an A&T team that had to play Howard last night), they’ll be off tomorrow night, and won’t have to play 3 games in 3 days to win the MEAC title and the automatic bid.

Instead, they’ll have to play Friday night and Saturday afternoon-which is still a difficult task, but not nearly as daunting as playing 3 times in 3 days.

6. Coppin State Official Site previews this afternoon’s MEAC Tournament opener against UMES

Fang Mitchell told me after the Eagles lost to Norfolk State last week that he was pretty sure he had never finished last in the MEAC until this season. The pain of that could be dulled a bit by getting a first round victory over the Hawks, although clearly not completely erased.

On the flip side, the job that Frankie Allen has done in Princess Anne cannot go unnoticed. That program struggled to win ANY games, but the former UMBC assistant has gone out there and brought a level of respectability to that program. I’m not sure it translates for long term success THERE-but hopefully it translates to long term success for Allen SOMEWHERE.

7. Inside Lacrosse says Steven Boyle, Kyle Wharton, Michael Kimmel and Zach Palmer all scored 3 goals as Johns Hopkins topped UMBC at Homewood Field

Good win for the Blue Jays-who needed a good win after their tough loss to Princeton Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. They’re not going to get 4 hat tricks every time out, but if they can continue to get a more balanced effort from their attack unit, they’ll be in great shape.

They return to action Saturday night at Hofstra (expect a big crowd there on Long Island). Things get NO easier for the 1-3 Retrievers, as they visit Princeton Saturday afternoon.

8. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Chad Moeller homered, but Birds fell to Rays

Chris Tillman gave up 2 runs (1 earned) over 2 1/3 innings of work. As Brittany points out, no Orioles pitcher has managed to go 3 innings yet during Spring Training. That’s not overly concerning-but consider the fact that Jeff Niemann appeared to go an effortless 4 innings yesterday for Tampa. Also, the O’s committed 5 errors yesterday. That’s not good….at all.

What IS good? Well, as we first showed you yesterday on Twitter (follow us @WNST), Matt Wieters will grace the cover of next Monday’s issue of SI. Say what you want about a jinx, but having an Oriole on the cover of SI for the first time in 13 years is pretty cool…

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Hell, there’s an argument that the picture is more attractive than even this picture of Trish Richardson that I found yesterday at Barstool Sports….

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9. Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Andy MacPhail ‘admitted concern’ regarding Brian Roberts injury

This whole situation with Brian Roberts has been weird since Day 1. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that Brian was dealing with kidney stones, which was immediately shot down by Dave Trembley-who described it as a “lower back issue.” Almost immediately after that, it was diagnosed as a “herniated disc”, with a moderate level of concern.

Now, he’s having bad reactions to medication and the organization is concerned that he might not be ready even by Opening Day.

Does it make you wonder if maybe the initial report from Buster Olney was more accurate than the Orioles wanted us to think it was?

10. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says ‘no deal expected’ for Marlin Jackson after visit with Ravens

Not surprising. Marlin Jackson was in town yesterday (even though he apparently didn’t make it to Martin’s West), so it made sense for him to visit Owings Mills while he was in town. That being said, the Ravens would not be offering Marlin Jackson a money contract and a guaranteed spot to make the team. I doubt the Philadelphia Eagles will be doing that either. Frankly, I doubt any NFL will be doing that with a player who has been injured more over the last two seasons than he has been on the field.

That being said, I imagine (and I don’t have anyone reporting this to me) the conversation probably went something like “Look, we’re more than willing to let you come to Training Camp and prove you can be a part of this team-but we’re not going to promise you anything.”

11. USA Today’s Jim Corbett says Kurt Warner thinks Ravens got ‘another Ray Lewis’ with Anquan Boldin acquisition

And if there’s someone in that conversation who would know, it would be Kurt Warner. The same way that Boldin embodies the idea of “Play Like a Raven”, so does Kurt Warner. These guys are tough, they’re “warriors”, and they respect each other a great deal.

As I said yesterday, it really IS a “perfect fit.”

12. WNST.net’s Nestor Aparicio says in midst of controversy, Michael Vick did good at Ed Block Courage Awards

If you haven’t read this blog yet, PLEASE do so. And check out this video from WNSTv that accompanies it….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vmp-fMr31c0[/youtube]

I don’t think it would necessarily CHANGE your opinion about Michael Vick, especially if you were one of THESE people….

vickprotest

….but I still think it’s worth the time to read.

And finally, I leave you with this.

RIP Corey Haim. Lost Boys meant a lot to all of us….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-epc4kzkKF4[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Caps Win Over Pens Sets Comcast Single Game Ratings Record

Posted on 22 January 2010 by Ed Frankovic

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic posted all-time record ratings for regular-season Washington Capitals coverage – earning a 3.3 household rating and a 6.5 rating in the key Men 25-54 demographic – during last night’s (Jan. 21) road game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The National Hockey League’s premier rivalry attracted an average of 88,000 combined households in the Washington (76,000) and Baltimore (12,000) markets during the Capitals 6-3 win over the Penguins. During the third period, the game earned peak ratings of 4.2 in Washington and 1.5 in Baltimore, which equates to 113,000 combined households.

In the key demographic categories of Adults 25-54 (4.3), Men 18-49 (5.9) and Men 25-54 (6.5), Comcast SportsNet was the highest-rated television network in the Washington market during last night’s game and ranked second among Adults 18-49.

Last night’s record viewership shattered the previous single-game high for a Capitals regular-season game on Comcast SportsNet, set on April 5, 2008 against the Florida Panthers. The overall household rating eclipsed the previous mark by 32% and the 6.5 rating registered in the Men 25-54 demo was an increase of more than 117% over the previous record. Among Men 18-49, last night’s 5.9 rating broke the previous high by 64%. 

Through 46 games on Comcast SportsNet this season, the Capitals household ratings have seen a 15% increase compared to the same time-period last season and an increase of 149% versus 2007-08.

COMMENT: The Caps are no doubt a regional team in this area, as evidenced by these ratings. I applaud the hockey fans of Baltimore for supporting a club that has its best chance ever to win a Stanley Cup in 2010. I think every Baltimore sports fan would agree that beating Pittsburgh in ANY sport is always entertaining and fun! Also, kudos to the Washington Capitals organization for having the vision to reach out to the Baltimore sports fan.

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 21 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a happy Thursday for me because the blog site Mister Irrelevant found this picture of Cal Ripken and Eddie Murray from the SI Vault….

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Greatest picture ever? Greatest picture ever.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

1. Pro Football Talk/NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Ravens QB Coach Hue Jackson interviewing for Offensive Coordinator job in Oakland

Right.

Jim Zorn once interviewed for the OC job with the Redskins, too.

I’m not trying to say that I know the Raiders are seecretly interviewing other candidates for Tom Cable’s job-but you have to earn the benefit of the doubt to get it.

The word is now that Jim Fassel DIDN’T interview in Oakland-which makes it seem more likely that maybe Al Davis ISN’T interviewing head coaching candidates.

But I don’t trust that to be the case.

The Ravens could have blocked Hue Jackson from interviewing with the Silver & Black, but since this would be a promotion; Steve Bisciotti and John Harbaugh did the right thing to let him interview. The Raiders clearly see Jackson as having the chance to improve JaMarcus Russell in the same way he worked wonders with Carson Palmer and Joe Flacco.

I still think Jackson is in a better place in Baltimore than he would be with EITHER job in Oakland, but that’s just me.

2. The Sun’s Edward Lee says Parmele ‘hopes’ to be in mix for KR job next season

And of course, he should be.

He shouldn’t be GIVEN the job-there should absolutely be a competition for the gig, involving him and Lardarius Webb-and anyone else they bring in this offseason who has an appropriate resume.

Unless your name is Devin Hester or Joshua Cribbs-you should probably be competing for a KR job EVERY year. If Lardarius Webb is going to be a starting CB for this team (which he might well be), or Cam Cameron is going to try to figure out a way to get him the ball offensively (which there are no plans for as of now-but certainly it would make sense); maybe Parmele would be a better option-as he could focus on the job primarily.

Of course, Cribbs is also likely to be available this offseason-and showed himself to be a capable offensive player at times as well.

Maybe?

3. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens hope to bring back both Dwan Edwards, Justin Bannan next season

I hope they do too, but I don’t see it. Both guys earned the right to make real money on their next deal, and are just waiting for someone to give it to them. Maybe the CBA trouble will help to make it difficult for them to find work elsewhere in the NFL-but I would imagine someone will be willing to give one (or both) of these guys big bucks.

Remember, Marques Douglas never had trouble finding work. Neither did Tony Weaver. Or Abrayo Franklin. And the Ravens have more linemen behind this group. There’s a reason why they kept Kelly Talavou and Brandon McKinney coming out of Training Camp last season-despite the fact that they didn’t need D-Linemen at the time.

They knew what was coming.

4. WGRZ (Buffalo)’s Aaron Saykin says Brian Billick couldn’t understand why Bills GM Buddy Nix didn’t reach out to him about coaching vacancy

And neither do I.

I really never got the idea that Brian particularly wanted the job, but I can understand why he would want the phone call/interview/etc. Buffalo likely would never have had the economic backbone to even make it interesting for Coach Billick, who is still getting $4 million from the Baltimore Ravens over each of the next two seasons provided he doesn’t end up employed elsewhere.

The point for Brian is that in 2 years, he’d like to be coming off a span where he was a hot name in the coaching world. Where teams had shown interest in him, and he had been asked to be a part of the hiring process, even if he didn’t end up taking any coaching jobs.

There was no reason for the Bills NOT to talk to Coach Billick. If he determined it wasn’t the right fit for him (which I’m guessing he would have), it couldn’t possibly have hurt to have discussed where the franchise was heading with a Super Bowl winner.

5. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Josh Brown’s 14 not nearly enough as Towson blown out by Northeastern

Look, I wasn’t there-so I don’t want to say the wrong thing here, but this looks like maybe one team started to give up in the 2nd half at Towson Center last night.

Pat Kennedy has his work cut out for him. Fans who went to the Towson Center for the first time last night could not possibly have left feeling good about the product they paid to see. Losing games to good teams on the road is one thing-getting blown out at home is another.

6. The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says rebounding, experience starting to set Terps apart from others in ACC

Agreed, but they still have problems has well. Their lack of pure outside shooting hurts them, no matter how capable they are in other areas.

And things won’t be easy for Maryland. The NC State team they’re playing Saturday night that everyone thought they’d beat in a walk just took it to a Top 10 Duke team last night. They play North Carolina on Super Bowl Sunday-and the Heels are going to be close to desperation mode, after losing a 3rd straight ACC contest to Wake Forest last night.

There are wins to be had in this conference this season-but the Terrapins have to go get them. Nothing will come easy.

7. UMBC Official Site previews Retrievers’ contest with New Hampshire tonight at RAC Arena (pdf)

Here’s my conundrum. I love Randy Monroe and his guys, but the following people are from the great state of New Hampshire….

mandy

silverman

….so maybe I’m rooting for the Wildcats?

8. Loyola Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Siena

Again, I’m not trying to offend Jimmy Patsos or anyone on his staff-but it appears likely that the Greyhounds will fall to 2-7 in MAAC play tonight.

That’s not good enough. Not for a coach who has recruited all of the players on the team.

This isn’t a “Jimmy Patsos has to go” statement-not in the least bit. But this IS a statement that Jimmy Patsos needs to be better. Losing tonight at Siena is really no big deal-as the Saints are REALLY good. But the Hounds have to find wins. They just have to win games. They can’t be 2-7 in the MAAC.

It just isn’t good enough.

9. Inside Lacrosse’s Danielle Bernstein says IL analysts think Maryland, Hopkins could end up in Final Four

And Dave Cottle might NEED to get back to the Final Four.

Maryland started practice on Monday-and they’ll be back inside Byrd Stadium (or Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium if you will) this season, so the “no home field” excuse won’t be in play any longer.

There’s only 2-3 programs in the country that should be able to compete with the University of Maryland when it comes to lacrosse. Syracuse has a talent base and financial backing, as does Virginia. Johns Hopkins has a passionate fanbase and a program that builds itself around lacrosse. Same can be said for Princeton-but neither the Jays not the Tigers have the financial backing that Dave Cottle has in College Park.

Dave Cottle can’t just be reaching the NCAA Tournament. He HAS to be reaching the level of the Final Four-and in the mix to win national championships.

Unlike my statement about Jimmy Patsos-this IS a “Dave Cottle must go” argument…IF the Terps aren’t playing at M&T Bank Stadium come Memorial Day weekend.

10. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Luke Scott would rather play in field, not be full-time DH

And I’d like someone to bring me a plate full of the shrimp vindaloo from the indian joint Drew Forrester and I went to in Indianapolis Friday night…..

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Sing it with me….”You can’t always get what you want….”

I’m not sure where Luke Scott wants to play. I think he wants to play Left Field, but that’s absolutely Nolan Reimold’s spot. If he wants to play First Base-I guess he has just as good of an argument as ANYONE who is currently on the roster-but he’s not a first baseman either.

Maybe he should just be happy that he’s getting 4 and a half million bucks after hitting no better than .258 in any of his last 3 seasons.

I’m just saying.

11. MLB.com’s Spencer Fordin says Jake Arrieta, Caleb Joseph, Alfredo Simon, Chad Moeller amongst Birds’ non-roster Spring Training invites

The only name on this list that is AT ALL interesting to me is Arrieta, who I couldn’t figure out why he didn’t get a look at the end of the season last year. Arrieta is the “next” of the group of young pitchers, and may be closer to being ready than we realize. If David Hernandez and Jason Berken are in the mix for the 5th spot (behind Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman); why shouldn’t Arrieta be?

12. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Pimlico/Laurel auction delayed until February 10

If I was David Cordish right now, I would probably look like this….

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The guy paid his money for slots. He got into the bidding process. He got zoning rights for his slots. Why the hell should he have to wait for the chance to try to win the tracks?

In other horse racing news, Jeff Seder told Drew this morning in an interview on “The Comcast Morning Show” on AM1570 WNST that if his group were to win the tracks, he WOULD change the rule to allow outside alcohol to be brought in on Preakness Saturday. David Cordish had also said he would change that rule. We are assuming that Joe DeFrancis would NOT change the rule, as we are assuming that the Maryland Jockey Club would maintain control of the event.

And finally, I leave you with this.

We DVR a lot of things in the Glenn Clark home. 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, The Office, SNL, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Man vs. Wild with Bear Grylls, WWE Raw, the ESPN 30 for 30 Series, and for some reason Charm School with Ricki Lake are amongst the programs you’ll find on our Comcast DVR. But maybe my favorite show on the DVR is “True Life” on MTV. Yesterday, the episode “True Life: I’m Deaf” was on my DVR, and while I’ve seen the episode before-I decided to watch it again.

If you never saw the episode, you can watch it here.

The episode is about a gal named Amanda from Towson University, who attempted to tryout to be a Baltimore Ravens dance squad member despite the fact that she’s deaf. At the end of the episode, you find out that despite the fact that she didn’t make the Ravens squad, she tried out to be a Baltimore Blast cheerleader and made the team.

All of this was basically a buildup for me posting pictures of a hot Blast cheerleader and saying something along the lines of “maybe you should get to a game”…..

blastamanda

BUT!!!! There’s another update! Amanda has since moved on to a new gig…..she’s a…..PHILADELPHIA EAGLES CHEERLEADER?!?!?!?

Ugh.

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I thought these stories were supposed to have happy endings!

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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A Completely New Look at Crabs and Beer

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A Completely New Look at Crabs and Beer

Posted on 04 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Welcome to the 2010 version of “Crabs and Beer.” Instead of the tedious process of linking EVERY.SINGLE.LOCAL.SPORTS.RELATED.STORY.IN.THE.WORLD., I will now focus on the most important “Bullet Points” of the day, commenting on them individually. It will mean more of me-which I think we can all agree is the best possible thing. Most days, I will bullet point 10 items-while on Mondays I will probably bullet point 15 items to recap the entire weekend. Here we go……

1. The AP’s Josh Dubow says Ravens clinched AFC Wild Card with win in Oakland

As I said yesterday here at WNST.net, it is a significant accomplishment to reach to the playoffs, an even more significant accomplishment to reach the playoffs for 2 straight seasons. Steve Bisciotti, Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh can all breathe a bit easier today, as the critics who have said “that’s nice, but let me see them do it consistently” can no longer point out that the Ravens haven’t reached the playoffs in back to back seasons since 2000 & 20001. They’re in, and it is a major statement.

2. NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora says Ravens will look for first ever win over New England in AFC Wild Card round

Obviously, everyone inside the building at 1 Winning Drive was hoping for a trip to Cincinnati instead of a trip to Foxborough-and for good reason. The Ravens are 0-5 all time against the Pats, including a 27-21 loss earlier this season at Gillette Stadium that Mark Clayton would rather forget. I’m well aware of Tom Brady’s 3 broken ribs and broken finger, but I’m also well aware that he’s REALLY good in January. Like, historically good. Like, 3 Super Bowl rings good. Like, 4 AFC Championships good. The only good news is that the game is at 1pm on Sunday, which EVERYONE in Owings Mills prefers. It also means the game will be back on CBS with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on the call, so Drew Forrester needs to put his pants back on.

3. The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Willis McGahee put Ravens on back for 3 TD’s in win

My buddy Bill Romanowski is a Raiders postgame analyst for Comcast SportsNet in San Francisco. I think he said it best on Facebook yesterday….

“Hiram Eugene just got bitch slapped on a 77 yd run by McGahee.”

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It was a hell of an effort from Willis yesterday. There’s NO argument that he should be the starter over a Pro Bowl back like Ray Rice, and there’s little validity that he should be getting more playing time. But it’s nice to know that there is a quality NFL running back to go in when Ray Rice comes off the field.

4. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Dannell Ellerbe “outstanding” with INT, fumble recovery in win

With no offense to JaMarcus Russell-the moment I saw Charlie Frye was going to be forced out of the game, my initial thought was “this one’s over.” JaMarcus Russell is just terrible, and obviously Dannell played the best game of his very short career here in Baltimore. Here’s a question for you-which was the better performance Sunday: Dannell Ellerbe or Charlie Daniels in the GEICO commercial???

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Of course, the Ed “Too Tall” Jones one isn’t too bad, either…..

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5. The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens won despite fact that Flacco “looked lost” on field

It was NOT his best performance. But as Preston also accurately pointed out, at least he didn’t turn the ball over. 102 passing yards won’t beat the Patriots next Sunday, that much I can say with assurance. It was a rather pedestrian performance if not poor, and has become all too common during the second season of the “Joe Cool” era. The play where he ran past the line of scrimmage and STILL overthrew Ray Rice was pretty bad. But with all of that being said, Joe Flacco will be leading a team into the playoffs for the 2nd time in his 2 year career-which is twice more than Kyle Boller…..

6. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Terps blew out UNC-Greensboro in ACC Tournament preview trip

The only thing that really came from this win was the fact that the Terps were able to look at Greensboro Coliseum before they return in March. Greivis Vasquez and Landon Milbourne were outstanding, but they should have been-the Spartans stink. Maryland has a week off now to prepare for their ACC opener Sunday night against Florida State in College Park, and they will have to improve their play against better teams. They finish the bulk of their non-conference schedule 9-4, with the only win of note coming at Indiana-you know, the same Indiana that lost to Loyola. Ugh.

We do know that it is a MUCH nicer morning in College Park than it is for ACC for NC State, where the name Chandler Parsons will forever be remembered as a dirty word in Raleigh…..

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7. Bob Haynie says Terps got better news Saturday than they did earlier in the week with commitment from Pe’Shon Howard

Does it make up for the loss of Terrence Ross? No, probably not. But certainly Pe’Shon Howard is a regarded talent out of Oak Hill Academy who would have been much more desired if not for his 6’2″ frame. He’s a natural point guard with the ability to play the 2 if necessary, although I’d be a bit worried he could be out-matched size-wise by a number of guards in the ACC. As I mentioned Saturday night (if you follow us on Twitter), the Terps will have 2 point guards in this class (Tucson’s Terrell Stoglin is the other), which has mostly worked with Eric Hayes and Greivis Vasquez.

The Sun’s Matt Bracken tracked down some Pe’Shon Howard highlights if you’d like to take a look.

8. Drew Forrester says Peter Angelos joined with Blow Horn Equity’s Jeff Seder in hopes to win Pimlico, Laurel auction

PLEASE.DEAR.GOD.NO.

How can on our ongoing civic nightmare get worse?!?!?

Look, I still think that in the end-it will either be David Cordish or the Penn National group that wins this auction, as the tracks are just MORE VALUABLE to someone who owns a slots license than they are to someone who doesn’t. But Peter Angelos won’t be short on cash (check your Comcast or DirecTV statement to see the money he’s scraping so you can watch the Orioles on MASN), and clearly wants in. Friday is going to be a VERY interesting day.

9. Philadelphia Daily News says former Oriole Danys Baez spent weekend moving boxes up I-95 after signing with Phillies

No word on whether or not he’ll just leave the “S” in his name here in Charm City.

Look, Danys was not particularly good for the Birds last season, but they DEFINITELY could have had worse. For example, they could have had this guy…..

benitez

10. Corey Johns says UMBC opened America East play Saturday with loss at Vermont

Very clearly, Mike Lonergan’s Catamounts are an outstanding team and they are going to beat a LOT of teams at home-but the Retrievers are going to have to start winning games soon if they’re going to turn things around at all this season. It’s not as if they don’t have good players-Chauncey Gilliam and Chris De La Rosa are both very good, and Robbie Jackson should be able to overcome what he might not have in talent with his overwhelming size. But they have to figure out how to win. A visit from winless Penn Wednesday night will hopefully provide an elixir.

11. Towson Official Site says Tigers dropped CAA battle at Georgia State Saturday night

The impressive thing about Saturday night’s game was that the Tigers rallied from down 15 to get back into the game in Atlanta. The unimpressive thing about Saturday night’s game was that Pat Kennedy’s team couldn’t keep it going down the stretch. The Tigers shot just 34% from the field, and no Tiger scored more than Josh Thornton’s 14. The Tigers get a chance to wipe the taste of that loss away quickly with tonight’s tussle with Old Dominion at the Towson Center.

12. The AP says Loyola got 1st MAAC victory of season Saturday over Rider

This is a VERY good win for the Greyhounds. The mark of a program that is establishing itself as a team to beat is that they beat the other good conference teams at home. Jimmy Patsos’ Hounds made a statement by beating the Hoosiers, but games against Rider (and tonight’s opponent Siena) at Reitz Arena are MUCH more important in the long run. If they can finish the sweep tonight, they’ll be in a good place to make a conference run.

13. Maryland Official Site says Terrapins Women wrapped non-conference schedule with win over St. Joseph’s

The Terps finish their non-conference schedule 12-2 with no particularly impressive wins (only Minnesota could even be considered) and 2 arguably bad losses (the loss at Mississippi State is “bad” because it came by 29 points, the loss at Towson is forgivable, but still bad). Certainly the development of Diandra Tchatchouang (25 points Sunday) has been nice for Brenda Frese’s club.

14. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski details gun fun Washington Wizards are having

OH.MY.GOD.THIS.STORY.IS.AMAZING.

This isn’t technically “local” in my book, but I would occasionally mix in something about the Capitals-so I’ll give the same courtesy to the Wiz, especially considering the surreal nature of this story.

Thanks to Gilbert Arenas for making my “most overrated athlete of the decade” pick look better by the moment…..

15. Morgan State Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Robert Morris

Not much to accomplish here, but I feel bad for Todd Bozeman’s crew for having to make a trip to Pittsburgh this time of year…..or any time of year. Also, please to be checking this out.

I leave you with this……Kanye West doing “Heartless” on his Vh1 Storytellers show. The show is out on CD tomorrow. Spoiler alert: It’s really good.

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Talk to you tomorrow.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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In Game About “More Than Football”, Navy Continues to Dominate Football Side

Posted on 12 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Philadelphia, PA Ken Niumatalolo ABSOLUTELY had it right when he was asked about the “spectacle” surrounding Saturday’s Army-Navy game. Niumatalolo was asked if he was surprised by the fact that the game had so much hoopla and overall excitement despite the lack of true football significance, and he responded…

“I think most people understand what this game is about. It’s more than football.”

There’s no doubt that he’s correct in that statement.

Navy defeated Army 17-3 Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in a game that actually did have some real football significance, but the game continued to be about so much more than football. Ken Niumatalolo talked glowingly afterwards about the young men who chose to come to Annapolis or West Point, noting that the men on the field were there to become “better leaders” for this nation in a time of war against multiple enemies.

Nearly 70,000 fans packed “The Linc” for what has been nicknamed “America’s Game” by new presenting sponsor USAA. Millions more watched at home from the United States and around the world via CBS, as families everywhere were reminded of how their lives were affected so much by the decision of a loved one to defend this country and serve in one of these branches of the military.

The game is clearly not just a college football institution, but a cultural institution for those around the world. The city of Baltimore would be well served to continue to campaign for future installments of the rivalry; M&T Bank Stadium is scheduled to play host again in 2014 and 2016.

And with all of that said, the actual football side of the rivalry continues to be totally one-sided.

The Mids improved to 9-4 with their victory, and have the chance to win 10 games for the first time since 2004 under Paul Johnson when they play Missouri December 31 at Reliant Stadium. They also won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy outright for the 7th consecutive year by sweeping Army and Air Force; establishing a new record for the series. They also prevented Army from clinching a berth in the EagleBank Bowl, which would have been their first bowl appearance since the 1996 Independence Bowl.

Even more impressively; the Midshipmen got the job done Saturday against an improved Army team, who appears to be closing the gap under first year head coach Rich Ellerson. While this was the 3rd straight year that Navy held Army without a touchdown in the game; this year they needed every single defensive stand.

The Midshipmen were uncharacteristic in turning the ball over twice in the first half, allowing Army to put points on the board and take a 3-0 lead to the locker room. Ricky Dobbs rallied his team to open the 2nd half; converting a crucial 4th and 1 before finding Marcus Curry for a 25 yard TD that would give the Mids a lead they would never relinquish.

With the win, the Midshipmen have now outscored the Midshipmen 89-6 over the last 3 seasons. In winning 8 straight over the Black Knights, all 8 wins have been by double digit figures.

Even more impressively, 5 full classes of seniors will now graduate from the Naval Academy having never known what it was like to lose to Army.

But this game ISN’T just about football. It just isn’t.

And the United States Military Academy couldn’t be more thankful for that.

-G

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You can check out the stats from today’s game here. Ken Niumatalolo’s postgame press conference is available in the Audio Vault at WNST.net.

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5:50-The final stand for Army fails to produce even a single first down. Navy will win this one 17-3; extending their win streak over Army to 8 and winning their 7th straight outright Commader-In-Chief’s Trophy. Senior QB Greg Zingler takes the final knee.

Ricky Dobbs named game’s MVP.

I’ll be back with more shortly.

5:48-Navy will be forced to punt with under 2 minutes to play, Army will have no timeouts left when they get the ball. Navy seniors have brooms with them in the stands to signify that they are going to “sweep” all 4 games from another Army senior class. Navy students and fans jumping up and down and chanting during the previous timeout.

5:43-Steelman tried to find a quadruple-covered Villanueva in the endzone on 4th and 8 from the Navy 9; but the ball was tipped and intercepted by Ram Vela. Navy takes over at the 20 with 2:36 to play; this one is OVER.

5:40-Army is staying in this one by throwing the football on this drive. They’re inside the Navy 10 with just under 3 minutes to play and they have all 3 of their timeouts left.

5:36-Ross Pospisil received my vote for game MVP today. Had I been able to name Offensive and Defensive MVP’s, Ricky Dobbs would have been my offensive MVP.

5:30-Dobbs keeps it himself and plunges in from 1 yard out, extending Navy’s lead to 17-3 with 6:15 to play here in the 4th quarter. This one is just about over.

Dobbs has just broke a NCAA record with his 24th rushing TD by a quarterback this season. He has scored a TD in every game he started this season.

5:27-Ricky Dobbs averts a near disaster, recovering a fumble at Army’s 1 yard line. It’s 2nd and goal from there with 6:34 to play in this one.

5:25-Well, the exact opposite happened. Ross Pospisil forced a Kingsley Ehie fumble, which was picked up by Craig Schaefer and brought down to the Army 11 yard line. A score here might just end this one….

5:20-Big stop for Army forces Navy to punt. Josh Jones’ return gives Army the ball at their own 34 yard line with 8:20 to play in this one.

5:17-Army’s drive is halted at the 15, and they decide to kick to try to cut Navy’s lead.

Unfortunately, Alex Carlton’s 34 yard try was NEVER on line, missing badly to the left. Navy will take over from their own 20 holding on to a 10-3 lead.

5:14-Ali Villanueva fumbles after a hit by Emmett Merchant, but Army recovers at the Navy 21.

Ali Villanueva has 2 catches on this drive, and is tough for ANYONE IN THE WORLD to cover. Why? Probably because he’s 6’10″ and 283 pounds.

5:11-Remember when Kevin Edwards was doubtful to return? So much for that. He’s back in as Army is driving. A first down pass to Ali Villanueva gets Army to the Mids’ 41. Villanueva? He’s just 6’10 and 283 pounds; so no trouble bringing him down…

5:03-Facing a 4th and 4 from the 19 yard line, Ken Niumatalolo opted to kick. Joe Buckley connected from 36, giving the Midshipmen a 10-3 lead with 0:11 to play in the 3rd quarter.

4:59-On this drive, Navy QB Ricky Dobbs has surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the season. He becomes the 3rd Navy QB in history to do so; joining Chris McCoy and Craig Candeto.

Navy CB Kevin Edwards is doubtful to return with a shoulder injury.

4:51-Navy AGAIN forces Army to punt, and the Mids will take over from their own 26 with 7:05 to play in the 3rd. After failing to score for the first 36 minutes of the game; a TD on this drive could break this wide open for Navy.

4:47-Navy/Army spirit videos continue on the big screens here at The Linc, with the highlights including a Navy “RickRoll”, having guys in Army outfits dancing in a very feminine way to “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley.

Army had the head of Navy mascot “Bill The Goat” (the fake one, not the real one) being tossed around by Cadets before the game-the two schools often have legendary prank wars to go with the spirit videos.

4:41-Navy FINALLY breaks through. Dobbs finds a WIDE OPEN Marcus Curry in the endzone for his 3rd TD catch of the season….a 25 yard strike. Joe Buckey’s XP makes it 7-3 Midshipmen with 8:55 to play in the 3rd quarter.

That’s Dobbs’ first passing TD since a strike to Greg Jones in a win over the Fighting Irish.

4:39-The Mids DID end up going for it, and Ricky Dobbs managed to pick up the first down at the Army 27 yard line. Midshipmen could make a HUGE statement by punching this in for 6.

4:36-Navy now faces 4th and 1 from the Army 30, and they lined up to go for it. Ken Niumatalolo since took timeout. This would be about a 47 yard FG attempt for Jon Teague if they choose to kick.

4:32-HUGE 15 yard completion from Ricky Dobbs to Bobby Doyle on 3rd and 9 as the 2nd half is underway. The Midshipmen were in serious danger of a 3 and out to set the tone for the 2nd half. They need things to turn around in a hurry.

4:28-For the record, only ONE other Baltimore media member here today, as Kevin Cowherd from The Sun will write a column as well (they are using Camille Powell’s Washington Post game story). A season ago there were two Sun writers, as well as 2 writers from the now defunct Baltimore Examiner in attendance. I know there is a Maryland basketball game today and a Ravens game tomorrow; but given the success Navy has had this season and the fact that Philly is NOT that far away-I’m surprised no local TV people make this trip. Of course, they rarely do stand-ups at any event anymore…

4:07-First scoreless first half from Navy in Army-Navy game since 1993. I’ll be back with more shortly.

4:05-Navy went conservative; and were forced to punt from their own 40. Army will take over at their own 21 with 55 seconds left and no timeouts, I doubt they’ll try to do too much.

4:03-Big defensive plays allow Navy to get the ball back with no timeouts in the waning moments of the 1st half. They face 3rd and 11 from their own 38 with 1:09 to play.

3:56-Taking a look at the Navy games that will be played outside of Annapolis over the next couple of years….

Army-Navy:
2010 Philadelphia
2011 Washington (FedEx Field)
2012 & 2013 Philadelphia
2014 Baltimore
2015 Philadelphia
2016 Baltimore
2017 Philadelphia

Navy-Notre Dame:
2010 East Rutherford, NJ (new Meadowlands Stadium)
2011 South Bend
2012 Dubin, Ireland
2013 South Bend
(All odd years played at Notre Dame stadium, no locations have been determined for 2014 and beyond.)

Navy-Maryland
2010 Baltimore
(The schools would like to meet again in 2014-Ralph Friedgen has said he’d like to play annually-but Chet Gladchuk and Debbie Yow have yet to reach an agreement on a 2014 game.)

Navy-Ohio State
2014 TBD (It appears unlikely that the Buckeyes game will be in Baltimore, as Navy plays Army in Baltimore the same season. My guess is that the game will go to FedEx Field; but there have been rumors that OSU would be okay with playing the game at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium; which seems even more unlikely.)

3:54 A holding penalty negates ANOTHER big pass, this one from Dobbs to Mario Washington. And Navy will be forced to punt AGAIN, this time from their own 42.

Army takes over at their own 16 with 2:55 to play in the first half.

3:50-Navy is moving the ball a bit, really needing a score to get this offense going again before halftime. For a game where we always say “take the over”, this game has clearly been a defensive struggle. 5 minutes to play in 2nd quarter; Navy faces a 2nd & 10 from their own 40 after taking their 2nd timeout of the half.

3:44-Damion Hunter tried to throw the ball to Trent Steelman downfield, but the pass was nearly intercepted by Wyatt Middleton. Nice to see a little razzle-dazzle from Rich Ellerson’s team though; wouldn’t mind seeing more from Cam Cameron in fact.

3:39-Sorry for the break, I had to go write up the Ravens’ activation of Justin Harper and waiving of Charles Ali. I’m back now.

Needing a big play to jump start their offense, Ricky Dobbs thought he had it with a BOMB brought in by Nick Henderson that would have gotten them inside the Army 10 yard line. But a holding call negated the play, and the Mids were eventually forced to punt. The Knights will take over at their own 19 about midway through the 2nd quarter.

3:24-One play later, disaster strikes Navy’s offense again. Vince Murray is hit and Andrew Rodriguez forces a fumble, which is recovered by Chris Swain at the Army 47. Great field position again for the Black Knights.

That’s the first fumble Vince Murray has lost in his career.

3:22-Navy hasn’t gone this long without scoring since a scoreless streak of 5 quarters back in the ’06 season.

Big pass from Dobbs to Vince Murray picks up a Navy first down; but a block in the back will force Navy back 10 yards to the Army 49.

3:17-After solid defensive plays by Wyatt Middleton and Ross Pospisil, Steelman through high to Ali Villanueva on a fade route in the endzone. Alex Carlton came in and connected from 23 yards out; giving Army a 3-0 lead. It is the first time Army has scored against Navy in the last 7 quarters between the two teams; it is the first time Army has lead Navy since the first quarter of the 2006 game. Alex Carlton’s 18th field goal ties a school record set by Jay Parker in 1996.

It’s 3-0 Army at the end of the first quarter. This means that Navy hasn’t scored in their last 3 quarters-dating back to the Hawaii game. That’s their longest streak of the season.

Alex Teich’s return gives Navy the ball at the Army 35.

3:14-A MAJOR momentum swing here, as Navy QB Ricky Dobbs was intercepted by Steven Erzinger, who returned the ball to the Navy 12 yard line in the final minute of the first quarter. It looked like Erzinger was going to get to the endzone, but he was stopped short. Navy defense must dig deep.

3:12-Ram Vela picks up his first sack of the season, forcing Army to punt. Navy will take over at their own 28 with 1:28 to play in the first quarter after a short return from Mario Washington.

3:08-Navy’s drive stalled at the Army 44, they were forced to punt. Delahooke didn’t get much on the punt, allowing Army to start from their own 28. Hard running from Patrick Mealy for the Knights thus far.

3:01-Army’s drive stalled at the Navy 30; where Alex Carlton entered and missed a 47 yard FG attempt. We remain scoreless.

On 2nd down, Marcus Curry springs a 16 yard run, and Navy has the ball at midfield.

2:52-Kyle Delahooke DID enter the game and punt, Army will take over on the Navy 42.

Odd note: both Army coach Rich Ellerson and Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo are Hawaii alumni. This week, Niumatalolo told a story of how Ellerson helped recruit him to play for the Warriors.

2:48-Navy managed to force Army to punt on their first drive. The Knights started with outstanding position, and tried to get QB Trent Steelman going early in the option, but were unable to make it work.

Navy lined up to go for it on 4th and 1 from their own 27, but called timeout before the play. Expect them to punt.

2:36-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates joined the teams on the field for today’s coin flip. Navy won the toss and chose to defer to the 2nd half. President George W. Bush attended last year’s game in his final year in office-he watched one half on the Army side of the field and the other half on the Navy side of the field. I do not believe President Obama is in attendance today; he of course was in Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize this week.

I am struck by how much Philly wants this game here annually. They have started a website, PhillyLovesArmyNavy.com, and Mayor Michael Nutter has spoken about keeping the game here permanently. The city of Baltimore and Sheila Dixon really need to step up to make sure M&T Bank Stadium remains in major rotation for the game. Of course, she has some other things on her mind…..

2:20-Greetings from the press box at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, where the 8-4 Navy Midshipmen tangle with the 5-6 Army Black Knights in the 110th Army-Navy game. The Mids are looking for their 7th straight victory over the Knights; and looking to wrap up a record 7th consecutive outright Commander-In-Chief’s trophy. Ken Niumatalolo is looking to become the first head coach in Service Academy history to claim the C-I-C Trophy in each of his first two seasons as head coach. The Midshipmen have already accepted a bid to the Texas Bowl to face Missouri on New Year’s Eve in Houston; but the Black Knights need a win today to clinch a bid to face Temple in the EagleBank Bowl at RFK Stadium. Should they lose, UCLA would take their bid; which means Rick Neuheisel is just about the biggest Navy fan on the face of the planet today.

The pre-game festivities have been OUTSTANDING thus far, and I am looking forward to the in-game spirit videos that will be shown on the screens at The Linc. Today’s game can be seen on CBS (WJZ 13 in Baltimore, Channel 23 on Comcast cable in Baltimore County); Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson have the call.

You can follow me on Twitter during the game (@WNST).

-G

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Posted on 16 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

You get props……

1-Kurt Warner, Aaron Rodgers, and Brett Favre

I’d like to be any of these people. Or Tim Tebow. More Tim Tebow, but apparently the role is already filled.

Speaking of Tim Tebow (and any time a quarterback’s name is brought up, we ARE speaking about Tim Tebow); I’m not sure when they do the voting for TIME Magazine’s Man of the Year; but I’m reasonably certain there are only 3 viable candidates….

-Jay-Z
-Tim Tebow
-Sergio from the drive-thru at the Chick-Fil-A in Owings Mills

And while you’re thinking I’m leaning towards Sergio; I’m not. There’s only one answer to this riddle…..

tebow

2-Landon Milbourne, Reggie Holmes, Calvin Lee, Kareem Brown and Brett Harvey

After 2 solid road wins (Albany and UMBC), rumor has it Todd Bozeman has decided to up his wardrobe a bit. Here’s what he’s planning on wearing Thursday night against East Tennessee State…..

pjs

You know what, that WOULD be an upgrade!

(Editor’s note: How funny is it that I make fun of how Todd Bozeman dresses considering the fact that I went to church this week wearing a Blast jersey and warm-up pants!)

3-Manny Pacquiao and Randy Couture

After dismantling Miguel Cotto, rumor has it the Pac-Man will face Floyd Mayweather next, and the rumor is the fight could happen at Yankee Stadium. Which was previously only home to people who abuse steroids and have purple lips……

arod

(Editor’s note: This is a good place for me to remind you this. F*ck the Yankees.)

4-Jonathan Stewart, Ricky Williams, Maurice Jones-Drew, Jamaal Charles, LaDainian Tomlinson and Chris Johnson

It was a great weekend for Running Backs. Except Running Backs who play for Maryland. For them it was a great weekend to say “AAAAAHHHH!!!!!!”

Meanwhile, what the hell was Bud Adams thinking when he starting flipping everyone off at the Titans-Bills game yesterday?

Maybe he was trying to do his best Stone Cold Steve Austin impression???

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5-Jimmie Johnson

Won the NASCAR Race 500 Sunday in Phoenix. Although reportedly the fans in the Valley of the Sun would have preferred seeing Jeff Gordon win.

Relax Arizona, you still have plenty of things going for you…..

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6-Tobias Harris

Even if Tobias Harris ends up committing to come to College Park; I still think I’m going to end up preferring Tobias Funke…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDSqcCPRsW0[/youtube]

7-Bernard Scott, Hunter Smith and Courtney Roby

So I’m confused…..do the Redskins NOT suck now? And as far as the Broncos are concerned-I know they started the season 6-0 and all; but if a team lines up for a 53 yard field goal, calls timeout, and THEN puts a pass-catching tight end on the field; do you REALLY not know that they are going to run a fake???

And while I am NOT happy to see the Bengals winning, anything that makes these people suffer is okay by me….

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8-Jonathan Dwyer, Ryan Williams, Jim Harbaugh and Ricky Dobbs

As much as it bothers me that the Terps stink, I guess if I have to put up with thousands of opposing fans coming to Byrd Stadium, there could be worse groups than Virginia Tech…..

9-Tiger Woods, Michelle Wie and Stephen Ames

One of these names doesn’t belong…….

…..That’s right Michelle Wie, get out!

I’m kidding, this is golf! Michelle Wie should be MUCH more proud of her accomplishments than either of those other two. You’re men! Hit someone!

By the way-Michelle Wie IS old enough for me to stare at by now, right?

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If not, please insert your own “JAILBAIT” sign underneath this picture and continue…..

10-Zach Waller, Jake Gibson and Nathan Ayers

I want to sit here and tell you about how Dunbar and company won their High School Football playoff games this weekend, but I’m just not able to follow anymore. And since the “Jailbait” bit is a “Top 10 Baseball Distractions” staple, I might have to dig deep here.

A quick note here, because I have NO IDEA where else to put this in. I have a friend who attended Oklahoma-and she was lamenting to me that she had to look ALL THE WAY to the 2nd page to find out what time the Sooners played Saturday because they’re no longer ranked in the AP poll. I asked her if she was able to find the Maryland-Virginia Tech internet listing somewhere on page 357.

Hmmm…..what else do I have to throw in here? Ashley Tisdale from High School Musical seems lovely…..

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Okay, that’s about all I got. And again, Congratulations to all of the High School football winners. Rich from Westminster will want me to point out that Linganore won again. Now I have. Which means I can get on with something else. Like Jenga!

11-Semyon Varlamov

This is worth pointing out-what with Star Wars in Concert coming to 1st Mariner Arena this week and all. “Varl” is apparently the home world to the Hutts-according to “Wookiepedia.” Not kidding.

And this Star Wars note is also a PERFECT excuse for me to include a picture of a gal in a Princess Leia costume. Yay! This blog just keeps getting better!

leia

12-Brandon Jennings and Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony said the Nuggets’ win over the Lakers was a very big deal. Similarly, Lakers forward Lamar Odom commented that his sister-in-law has a very big ass…..

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13-Eddie Gamboa

The Orioles prospect got his first save in Arizona Fall League play. He was upset to hear that the save alone will not earn him free agency.

And when it comes to Eddies, I’ll always prefer this one……

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14-Parks and Recreation

It airs Thursdays. I usually watch TV shows a day later thanks to Comcast DVR or Hulu. Therefore, it happened over the weekend. Bite me.

Anyway, I’ve totally come around. This show is hilarious. Almost as funny as 30 Rock, certainly funnier than The Office. Maybe not as captivating as “The Hills”, but what can be?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yknG2cRW_c[/youtube]

Great freaking show.

15-Orange Chicken

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Chinese places that don’t serve it aren’t worth a lick. I sometimes don’t know whether to eat it or whether to bathe in it. Wow.

You got lucky…..

1-Peter Angelos

Cuba, huh? Where do I even begin?

-When reached for comment, Fidel Castro responded “Baltimore? BALTIMORE? Isn’t Kansas City available? Maybe Pawtucket?”

-In fairness, maybe Mr. A should be a little less concerned about getting people in Havana to watch the O’s, and a little more concerned about getting people who go to Little Havana to watch the O’s.

-When hearing that Angelos might be coming to their country, the fine people of Cuba decided unanimously that Fidel maybe wasn’t such a bad guy after all.

More?

-The trip might not be the greatest idea of all time. We’ve heard rumors that Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters are considering a defection to the oppressed nation.

-Castro pointed out that he was confident in his country’s chances to beat the Birds, mostly because no one who pitches for Baltimore would be good enough to make his team.

Okay, I think I’ve made my point. Norm MacDonald is up next.

2-Matt Tyrie

And what is Loyola rewarded for their troubles of winning the MAAC and advancing to the NCAA Tournament? Only the defending NCAA Champions……

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And with no offense to Mark Mettrick, Jimmy Patsos, Charley Toomey, Shane Koppens, or Chris Bonetti……

Suck it Greyhounds! Let’s go Maryland!

3-LeBron James

Literally the only good thing happening in Cleveland at all. Trust me, I’m there.

Seriously…..THIS was the representation of Cleveland that made it to ABC…..

mimi

4-Peyton Manning

Bill Belichick made the WORST DECISION IN THE HISTORY OF FOOTBALL. I’m not kidding. And I would know a thing or two about bad decisions. For example, THIS was my date to junior prom……

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I’m not really sure either…..

5-All swimmers not named Michael Phelps

Easy to beat a guy when he’s not really trying, huh? Phelps was basically playing THIS role in Stockholm and Berlin last week….

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6-EJ Henderson

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/5795409[/vimeo]

Nice little wedding you had there, EJ. I know you’ve become a star up in Minnesota and everything; but I’m a little surprised you didn’t give your old pal Glenn Clark an invite. Sure, you’ve become a playmaker on one of the best defenses in the NFL; but I’m not sure if you heard this-I’ve become “The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Radio Entertainment Today.” Which-I’m pretty sure-is just as awesome. Plus, I could’ve totally gotten you a Jack LaLanne juicer as a gift. If you already had one, you could just give it back to me!

7-Bruce Springsteen

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EW-x2kUSX00[/youtube]

In fairness-if I had to choose between being in Cleveland or being in Detroit; I might pick Indianapolis. Ugh.

You’re a zero……

The Towing Industry

I parked legally at Town Hall Lounge Friday night in College Park after the Terps throttled Charleston Southern. Somehow, it ended up costing me $150 to take my car home that night. I wasn’t drinking.

So to PME Towing…..get bent. You’re terrible people. I call back Bud Adams to pass along my feelings…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTxHuUGG_2c[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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And the Orioles continue South with more “neighborly” love for Sarasota…

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And the Orioles continue South with more “neighborly” love for Sarasota…

Posted on 31 October 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

I just got pinged by a friend who tells me that WBAL slipped out a quiet report a few days ago that the Orioles have again made one of their more outlandish moves of 2009. (And that’s saying something, when you consider the kind of season they slept-walked through this summer.)

Remember a few years ago, when Angelos and the boys set up camp in Farragut Square near their “Orioles Store” in downtown Washington, D.C., to feign interest in the market after holding it hostage for five years in exchange for the MASN TV rights that were supposed to buy the Orioles some semblance of respectful balance on the playing field in the AL East. That day — with a 7:05 game looming in another summer of distress — they shipped the entire roster on a bus down to a big city square and served free ice cream and hot dogs and soda to everyone in the park.

We, of course, opined that the Orioles have NEVER given away free hot dogs and ice cream in Baltimore. And Angelos’ true interest in D.C. extended about as far as how much he could extort out of Bud Selig and MLB, then Comcast, then pass it along to each and every one of you who pay a cable TV bill in the state of Maryland. Angelos is in your pocket for a few bucks a month and 90% of people in the Free State don’t even KNOW it.

The result: the Orioles lost 98 games this season, will spend nearly NOTHING on free agents this winter, Andy MacPhail will pocket a big “bonus” check for his role in the profiteering and Angelos and Co. will make upward of $40 million in profit this calendar year while continuing to eschew common decency toward its own community and heroes and continuing as the worst franchise in North American sports.

Now, after holding Fort Lauderdale up for well over a decade and playing a political shell game with half of the real estate from Orlando to the Florida Keys — at long last Sarasota, Florida is getting the Orioles for spring training. I’m not sure if that’s considered “good fortune” or stupid politicians who will live to regret working with this ownership group, like everyone else in their wake.

Here’s a dream photo of what the project is supposed to look like at its finish:

So WBAL via an Orioles press release announced that an offseason “Fan Fest” will be held in two weeks in Florida with a bunch of Orioles players and dignitaries.

“In celebration of their new spring training home, the Baltimore Orioles will join with The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau to host Orioles Family FanFest-a free event for the entire community-at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday, November 14 from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. The afternoon will feature autograph sessions with current and former Orioles players, Orioles giveaways, fan forums, a variety of kid-friendly family activities, including Kids Run the Bases, and a free hot dog and soda for every person in attendance.”

So, for all of about 250 people who might be interested in seeing the worst team in MLB over the past decade with the WORST reputation for hijacking Floridian communities in modern sports, come to their town to bring “civic spirit and cheer.”

Fact: there are a LOT of pissed off Sarasota residents that this deal was ever done and a lot of speculation about its merits in the community. The Orioles already have a problem before they dig dirt at Ed Smith Stadium. (Not to mention their reputation in their own community, which is apparent to everyone but the local “journalists” — or propagandists — who look the other way past the stench to draw a paycheck).

Maybe, the Orioles could ask that everyone brings a covered dish?

The report says that “Orioles Manager DAVE TREMBLEY, centerfielder and 2009 All-Star ADAM JONES, outfielder NOLAN REIMOLD, pitchers BRAD BERGESEN and JIM JOHNSON, and Hall of Fame pitcher and current MASN broadcaster JIM PALMER, are expected to attend the event. The Oriole Bird will also be on hand to greet families throughout the afternoon. Free parking will be available for all fans.”

Well, a little civic spirit might’ve been nice last Monday night here in their “branded hometown” of BALTIMORE when the most celebrated Oriole of all time was being honored for the final time of his life at the Meyerhoff and the franchise couldn’t find a way to get one single heartbeat to the event to speak on behalf of the current players and their respect for the brand and franchise that Brooks Robinson and his ilk built for our parents that’s now been left for dead by the Angelos family and this last 15 years of civic-hostage baseball.

Meanwhile, they’ve taken what formerly was a weekend-long, sold-out, line-down-Pratt-Street event in Baltimore known as “Fan Fest” (and before that, “Moonlight Madness”) and destroyed every ounce of goodwill guys like Brooks Robinson spent their entire adult lives dedicated to building and preserving and turned it into a half-assed, thrown-together “day before the season begins” chilly disaster that isn’t cheap, but somehow FEELS cheap. Like an “obligation” before the season begins…and the same refrains of “improvement.”

The team follows it up with disgraces from Aubrey Huff to the manager calling out the organization’s professionalism during a post-game press conference. And MASN shows goofy house ad after goody house ad. I’m glad the season ended just so I could regroup after seeing those two chicks trying to hit on the Oriole Bird six times a night for six months. And that’s BEFORE they lost 98 more games…

And the owner never shows his face, never spends money, never answers questions and the team never wins. And Red Sox and Yankees fans take over the city (and, once again, THIS is the biggest disgrace in the whole dreadful fiasco of the last 15 years — just disgraceful!). And the downtown business district — sorely in need of assistance — is left for dead except when half of the Northeast quadrant of the United States descends upon the Harbor for the routine of pinstripes and chowder.

Oh, and while Daniel Snyder is down the B/W Parkway banning signs and threatening the media and suing the fans, Angelos is here doing the same thing here and no one dares talks about or ask questions of any substance.

I wonder when Snyder will tell The Washington Post they no longer have media access. (But, apparently that wouldn’t happen because the NFL wouldn’t allow it.)

Shame, shame, shame…

I watched Bud Selig squirm in David Letterman’s chair the other night and it’s no wonder MLB is a damaged brand despite the innate greatness of the game of baseball, which has been decimated over the last 15 years since the strike in many ways (steroids, Hall of Fame, bad pitching, greedy owners, sleezy agents, difficult “heroes” like Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez, Albert Belle and their ilk, All Star fiascos, Pete Rose, World Series games in November, etc.) but is printing money. Just like Angelos is here.

They’re all ringing the cash register so that justifies it all.

Just like MacPhail — a leading candidate in baseball’s collusion in the late 1980s and whose sole function as President of the Chicago Cubs was to field cheap baseball teams to make the Tribune money (yeah, that company once wasn’t in bankruptcy like they are on Calvert Street these days) for fans who were too drunk to care and who were addicted to Wrigley Field and lore of the loveble, fuzzy, loser Cubbies. The Cubs fans ACCEPTED losing a birthright and a way of life as MacPhail padded the pockets of the shareholders.

It’s all pretty well documented but here’s the worst-kept secret in Major League Baseball:

MacPhail is reading Selig’s cue cards for the direction of the game so as to be able to take the throne when Selig decides to walk away from his $18 million-a-year job. (We’ve written many times: Selig doesn’t own a computer, doesn’t have email and doesn’t have a Black Berry. Just take a second and THINK about that in 2009 if you’re the C.E.O. of of of the biggest brands in America?)

Think Andy MacPhail would be interested in an $18 million-a-year position in 2012? (Me too…)

But as we’ve pointed out many times, they have no shame. Or common sense or decency. But they DO know how to make money. And they do have anti-trust exemptions by our federal government that are so laughable it completely masks the corruption.

Just look at the product on the field here in Baltimore. And look at the empty stands. And the amount of “house ads” on MASN.

To STUPID people, they look “broke.” But they’re not. FAAAAAR from it!

And watch all of the “Confederate money” that MacPhail won’t be waving in free agency in a few weeks. All of sudden, they’re “building through the farm system” which is the code word for “pocketing the goodwill of the Maryland people.”

The REAL money is going in their pockets and no one sees it or talks about it or writes about. And more $$$ is about to come out of the pockets of the good people in Sarasota. Just wait. This will end badly. It always does.

Not a low blow, just a fact.

UPDATE: 1:01 — Searching the web, I found a wonderfully delusional blog here from a Sarasota newspaper columnist named Doug Fernandes:

We’re getting two renovated public assets that desperately need rehabbing, we’re getting the Orioles to pay for their operation and maintenance, we’re getting it funded primarily through tourism tax revenue, and we’re getting it far south of Baltimore’s original demand.

I don’t know about you, but I call that savvy negotiating. And to those who label the $31.2 million expenditure as too exorbitant amid this crummy economy, I respond thusly:

The economy will turn, it always has, and a far greater burden would have been the cost of losing spring training.

So it appears safe for stadium czar Pat Calhoon to begin purchasing gallon upon gallon of black and orange paint.”

We’ll see how “tourism dollars” equates in Sarasota. The Orioles can’t get people to come to BALTIMORE to see them for $1 on summer nights. How the hell are they gonna get fans to Sarasota in March? Mark my words: the crowds will be DOWN from Fort Lauderdale, and that’s really saying something…

Just take a look at the comments under this blog. People in Sarasota are apparently VERY up in arms about the $32 million sweetheart deal that Peter Angelos got from the good people of Florida.

One more city about to be held hostage…just wait and see!

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Live From My Couch: Cuts, College Football & Cup Qualifying

Posted on 05 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

This is going to be a bit of a social experiment today. After a long night last night in Timonium at the State Fair, I woke up this morning suffering from a a bit of a case of what I would call “Dragginass.” SO, I have decided to settle down for the day. I will be monitoring cuts from all NFL teams-waiting for word from the Baltimore Ravens-which must come by 6pm tonight. I will ALSO be watching a LOT of college football (including Navy-Ohio State, Towson-Northwestern, Alabama-Virginia Tech and Maryland-Cal); as well as US Open Tennis, and the World Cup qualifier tonight between Team USA and El Salvador. It’s Labor Day weekend, I know. The weather is nice outside, I know. But today is going to be spent on my couch. And I’m going to share my thoughts with you as I go.

8:01-I’m gonna sign off this pretty soon to make way for Luke Jones’ Maryland/Cal live blog. I’m going to flip over to ESPN Classic for the World Cup qualifier and continue to watch Roddick and Isner (now in the 4th) on USOpen.org. I’ll check in on Luke Jones’ blog as I get the chance.

7:05-The Chiefs have cut WR Ashley Lelie. Drew used to think he’d be a good fit with the Ravens. He does share an agent with Derrick Mason.

7:01-The music that is serving as the soundtrack for college football coverage on ESPN/ESPN2/ABC/ESPNU/ESPN Classic/ESPN360/ESPN Deportes/ESPN.com/ESPN8 “The Ocho” is a theme song from Kenny Chesney and then multiple songs from Dave Matthews Band. Not too bad.

6:53-Ralph Friedgen knows the test Dabo Swinney is facing right now. Clemson leads Middle Tennessee State just 10-7 in the 2nd quarter today. The Terps get their chance for revenge against MTSU in 2 weeks in College Park.

6:52-I found this neat video of a smart, funny, good-looking sports talk analyst chatting with Maryland safety Antwine Perez. I think it’s worth looking at…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmwOHx-0sFo[/youtube]

6:50-Isner has taken the first TWO sets against Andy Roddick. This is starting to be a bit of a disaster. I’m not in panic mode yet, but if he gets a break I’ll be officially freaking out.

6:41-John Isner is up a break in the 2nd set; now leading 5-2. Andy is in trouble.

Baylor wins their first road game since 2007, hanging on to beat WFU 24-21. Bad loss for everyone in the ACC.

6:27-Of course, Andrew Parker catches a TD, and the Deacs are still alive, now trailing by 3 with under 4 minutes left.

Also, the Eagles have held on to all 7 receivers, meaning no one from the group of Brandon Gibson, Jason Avant, Hank Baskett or Reggie Brown would be available for the Ravens unless Ozzie Newsome were willing to swing a deal with John Harbaugh’s former team.

6:16-Andy Roddick ends the first set with an EMBARRASSING whiff on Isner’s serve. Isner goes up a set, which isn’t good news for American tennis fans. Love John Isner and all, but he has no chance of winning the tournament. At least A-Rod has a chance.

Melvin Mora is having a nice day as the O’s are up 5-4 in the 7th. Brian Matusz is in line for a win, which would REALLY help this team in trying to avoid losing 100 games, as Josh Lewin and Mark Grace note.

I guess I cursed the Deacs when talking about them rallying. A Riley Skinner INT later, and they’re in serious trouble with 5:02 to play.

6:14-Former Terps OL Andrew Crummey was cut by the Bengals today. As Bob Haynie mentioned earlier today, he joins former Terps C Melvin Fowler (Cardinals) amongst Terps looking for new NFL homes.

6:11-The video quality on USOpen.org is OUTSTANDING. Isner and Roddick in a 1st set tiebreak. Don’t know who is calling the match, but they’re underwhelming.

Couple of notes: Wake has fought back against Baylor; they trail 24-14 with 9:32 to play, but they’re driving. They need to keep the pace moving. This would be a bad loss for the conference.

Illinois is getting hammered by Missouri; and I don’t mind. I think Ron Zook relied on Mike Locksley’s recruiting early, but will be exposed moving forward. Locksley deserves a big time job in a BCS conference.

5:53-Apparently I can watch the matches from Arthur Ashe Stadium on USOpen.org. Thank God. Bad news for American tennis fans; as Sam Querrey joins Jesse Witten amongst American men going home today. Querrey was probably the next best hope for an American to survive to Week 2 beyond Andy Roddick. James Blake will have a tough test tonight with Robredo, and there’s almost no chance Taylor Dent beats Andy Murray.

5:49-US Open coverage switches to Tennis Channel at 6pm? Boo. I can’t believe I forgot to mention that Oudin ousted Sharapova earlier in 3 sets. Nice to have an American playing well besides Venus & Serena Williams.

5:40-Isner-Roddick on now. Everything is okay. I was kinda freaking out there for a minute!

Wake Forest trails Baylor 24-7 in the 2nd half in Winston-Salem. This is not good news for ANYONE in the ACC.

5:37-Why is Fernando Verdasco-Tommy Haas the match that I am seeing right now on CBS? Isn’t Sam Querrey playing Robin Soderling right now?

5:25-Bad afternoon for local college football teams. Johns Hopkins opened their season with a 23-7 loss to Delaware Valley.

5:09-Sorry for the time away from the blog. Check HERE for analysis on the Ravens’ roster.

4:46-Mike Duffy (of BaltimoreRavens.com fame) says Ravens’ roster will be released at 5pm. We will post it for you ASAP at WNST.net and I will text out the important notes.

4:42-RAVENS: Add Will Johnson and Evan Oglesby to the list of cuts. Neither are surprises.

Meanwhile, Melvin Mora has just homered to pull the Orioles within 3-2 of the Rangers. The Orioles are wearing the uniforms of the Baltimore Elite Giants, an old Negro League team. They actually look pretty sharp.

4:04-Derrick has confirmed to WNST that he was traded to the Packers. We do not know anything yet about what the Ravens received, but AW reports it is likely a conditional pick in 2010.

3:58-I am working on the Derrick Martin to the Packers story. Derrick couldn’t comment on it yet when I asked him, but we will assume it is true. Aaron Wilson has confirmed it, so we’ll go with it. This is a place where the Ravens had depth, as Martin would have been 6th corner or 5th safety.

3:34-The afternoon slows down for me at least College Football-wise at this point. Nevada-Notre Dame is on NBC, Melanie Oudin and Maria Sharapova are headed to a 3rd set on CBS (James Blake-Tommy Robredo amongst later action), Orioles-Rangers on FOX (I declined Nestor Aparicio’s invitation to join him at Camden Yards), Baylor-Wake Forest on ABC (was there no Raycom game this week?), San Jose State-USC on Fox Sports Net (locally on CSN), Missouri-Illinois on ESPN, Georgia-Oklahoma State on ESPN2 (after Minnesota-Syracuse finishes), and if you’re into Golf (why the hell would you be?) there’s the 2nd round of the Deutsche Bank Championship on Golf Channel. Apparently that’s part of the FedEx Cup playoffs, which doesn’t make me any more interested. Northeastern-Boston College and Western Michigan-Michigan are on ESPN360 as well.

3:23-One of my favorite things about college football is watching former college football players freak out thinking about their alma maters. I mentioned Tommy Knight earlier, as he probably JUST started breathing again after Iowa blocked the NIU FG attempt to win; and the Hawkeyes escaped 17-16. Now, my pal Qadry Ismail on Facebook says he’s ‘uneasy’ watching Syracuse down the stretch against Minnesota. Fabian Washington Tweeted today that he’s in Lincoln for Nebraska-Florida Atlantic tonight, and Derrick Martin told me he’s just gearing up for Wyoming’s showdown with Texas next week.

3:03-I forgot to mention that Northwestern finished off Towson 47-14 earlier. Rob Ambrose will have two weeks to prepare for Coastal Carolina at Unitas Stadium and will have to convince his team that this one didn’t matter.

RAVENS: Hearing from a few sources (including AW) that David Hale will make the Ravens roster. I actually didn’t even have him on the bubble.

3:00-This one is over. Ohio State will win 31-27. Navy made a statement today, but that statement will not be fulfilling at ALL after getting so close. Great group of young men playing ball in Annapolis.

2:57-What a disaster for Navy. After getting the TD run from Ricky Dobbs; he was intercepted and returned for two points the other way. Ohio State takes over up 31-27 with 2:23 to play. The Buckeyes get the ball in GREAT field position after a failed onside kick. Just one timeout for Navy to try to get the ball back needing a TD to win.

2:42-Dobbs to Marcus Curry for a LONG TD, RIGHT AFTER Ohio State went for it on 4th and 2 instead of trying a Field Goal that would have given them a 3 possession lead. If Navy comes back, Jim Tressel will have to answer questions about that decision. It’s 29-21; a one possession game now with 6:15 to play.

2:41-Novak Djokovic finished off Jesse Witten in the 4th set, 6-4. Witten’s serving doomed him all day. Andy Roddick-John Isner still to come at Arthur Ashe Stadium today.

2:38-RAVENS: Aaron Wilson confirms what I thought would happen all week. WR Justin Harper has been cut by the Ravens. This certainly leads to the opinion that the team is probably looking for WR help this weekend.

2:35-If it wasn’t over before, it is now. Kurt Coleman picks Ricky Dobbs and Ohio State takes over leading by 15 with under 10 minutes to play.

2:35-Scott Concannon adds another rushing TD, and Northwestern extends their lead over Towson to 47-14. Brutal day for the Tigers; but (I can’t believe I’m saying this) it could have been worse.

2:29-And just like that, the dream may be over for the Mids. Dan Herron plunged in for a TD, extending Ohio State’s lead to 29-14. Aaron Pettrey inexplicably missed the extra point.

2:28-That will probably be a CRUSHING turnover for Navy. Mario Washington made the catch, but Kurt Coleman stripped the ball, and Dexter Larimore recovered for the Buckeyes. 2 plays later, Ohio State is now inside the 10 yard line looking to extend this to a 16 point lead.

2:24-The Steelers have cut CB Anthony Madison. No Ravens ties there, expect for the fact that I hate the Steelers.

2:22-Can the Ravens add Aaron Pettrey to kick? He just booted a 52 yard FG to put Ohio State ahead by 9 at 23-14. And it would have been good from WELL past 52. What a kick. Navy has to respond here in the 4th quarter.

2:18-Northwestern has extended their lead over Towson to 40-14. Wildcats are well on their way. Meanwhile, my good buddy and former Ravens CB Tommy Knight is FREAKING OUT, as his Iowa Hawkeyes (the number 22 team in the country) are trailing Northern Iowa 13-10 in the 2nd half. Former Ravens assistant Kirk Ferentz needs to get things turned around there quickly to avoid the loss to Kurt Warner’s alma mater.

2:16-RAVENS: WNST confirms Yamon Figurs has been cut. Also not a surprise. The writing was on the wall for him when Carr and Webb were named the returners.

2:13-16 yard TD grab for Marcus Curry and it’s a 1 possession game in Columbus. What a MASTERFUL 99 YARD DRIVE by Ricky Dobbs. 20-14 Ohio State now as the 3rd quarter is winding down. HUGE drive for the Mids.

2:09-RAVENS: Now hearing that Kelly Talavou has made the team. He was the safest of my “bubble” guys. Graham Gano has been cut. That basically had to happen after Steve Hauschka won the job. Gano is in positive spirits today, this much I know.

Ricky Dobbs has Navy driving again on their first possession of the 2nd half. Peter Athens found David Newsom for a TD, Towson trails Northwestern 37-14 now.

2:04-RAVENS:Not all players are aware of their fate yet. One player told me he is on a “2 hour countdown” to hear the news. AW also added that Robby Felix has been cut. That’s not a surprise either.

Roger Federer DID eliminate Lleyton Hewitt by the way. Maria Sharapova vs. Melanie Oudin next.

1:56-RAVENS: Here are two names that we might be a bit surprising. Aaron Wilson now says Edgar Jones and Dannell Ellerbe have MADE the Ravens’ 53 man roster. This would be POTENTIALLY bad news for guys like Davon Drew, Jason Phillips, Prescott Burgess, and Antwan Barnes.

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic beat Jesse Witten in a 3rd set tiebreak. This one appears to be over as well. Today was SETTING UP to be special, but has turned a bit.

1:50-I’ll go ahead and give this a confirmation; even though we all knew it was coming. Steve Hauschka HAS made the team.

1:41-Maybe my speculation about David Tyree earlier wasn’t so unfounded. Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times says via Twitter that the Ravens have “serious interest” in the former New York Giant. This isn’t insane, considering the Ravens need to replace Marcus Smith, who was expected to be more of a special teams

1:38-Just stepped away for a few minutes to talk to some of the guys on the Ravens bubble via text. No news to pass along there; but I will say that the collective attitude seems to have remained positive.

Jesse Witten has broken Novak Djokovic in the 3rd and has a chance to serve for a 2 sets to one lead. Federer was serving for the match against Hewitt, but Hewitt broke him. Federer still leads by a break in the 4th, and will look to finish off Lleyton Hewitt.

1:27-It is halftime at Ryan Field, and Northwestern has extended their lead back to 30 thanks to a 21 yard TD run by Scott Concannon.

It’s halftime at The Horseshoe as well, and Ohio State extended their lead to 20-7 with a 25 yard field goal by Aaron Pettrey.

1:22-WNST has confirmed 2 cuts from the Baltimore Ravens, and they’re the two that were my final TWO in on my mock roster. FB Jason Cook and WR Jayson Foster have been cut.

1:17-Roger Federer picked up a break to open the 4th set. I’ll say this one ends at 6-2 in the 4th.

DJ Shockley’s play against the Ravens Thursday night will likely be his last in a Atlanta Falcons uniform, as he has been cut by the team. The Falcons will go with Matt Ryan, former Raven Chris Redman, and John Parker Wilson under center.

1:15-Jesse Witten dropped the 2nd set to Novak Djokovic. Witten has struggled with his serve against the former Australian Open champion.

Drew Forrester just sent me his final score pick for Towson-Northwestern. It isn’t favorable for the Tigers.

1:11-Tremayne Dameron scores the first points of the Rob Ambrose era; a 1 yard TD to cut Northwestern’s lead to 30-7.

Joe Bauserman is in the game for Ohio State, the Buckeyes usually play their backup QB in the first half of their first game to get him some work.

Roger Federer wins the 3rd set 7-5. He’ll finish off Hewitt in 4 for sure.

1:06-Don’t look now, but Peter Athens has driven Towson into Northwestern territory. Also, Navy was forced to punt again.

Roger Federer just came up with a break of Lleyton Hewitt’s serve; so he’ll have a chance to serve for the 3rd set now ahead 6-5.

1:03-Facebook comment of the day comes from former Maryland Terrapin Tahj Holden:

“Paulus throws his first collegiate TD and afterwards he go hugs the ref. How appropriate.”

12:59-Greg Paulus has thrown for his first career TD already, but the former Duke point guard is trailing 14-10 in his first game as Syracuse QB.

Bad news elsewhere. Terrelle Pryor rushes for a TD, and Ohio State now leads Navy 17-7 in the 2nd quarter. In Chicago, a safety has extended Northwestern’s lead to 30-0 over Towson. A correction, as the passing TD earlier was NOT thrown by Mike Kafka, but instead Dan Persa.

12:55-Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets kick off at 1pm today against Jacksonville State; that game is on ESPN360 as well if for some unknown reason you’d want to watch.

Terrelle Pryor with some very athletic plays as the Buckeyes are driving again. Cris Carter’s kid had a really nice catch on the drive; and the Bucks are now inside the 10 yard line.

12:50-Mike Kafka has just found Andrew Brewer for a 72 yard TD in the 2nd quarter, and Northwestern leads Towson 28-0. Just brutal. Josh Hall is producing today’s game in the studios of AM1570 WNST on Hart Rd., and he just checked in via text to tell me that calling Towson “terrible” might not quite fit the bill. It’s not going to be an easy turnaround for Rob Ambrose replacing Gordy Combs.

A Ricky Dobbs fumble gives Ohio State good field position with a 10-7 lead in the 2nd quarter in Columbus.

12:45-Navy lined up to go for it on 4th and 2 from their own territory early in the 2nd quarter; but called timeout when they couldn’t draw the Buckeyes offsides. Bob Davie thought going for it would have been a terrible idea for Navy, but trailing 10-7 with Buddy Green’s defense likely to continue to struggle; I might have agreed with the Mids trying to continue a drive.

Did Perry Hall REALLY lose 33-7 at Joppatowne last night? Christ, I’m never picking any more PH games again. Come on, Gators!

12:39-Nightmarish start to the Rob Ambrose era in Chicago; as Arby Fields has gone in AGAIN-this time from 22 yards-to extend Northwestern’s 1st quarter lead to 21-0.

Also, as a note. I credited Mike Florio for the work over at PFT today earlier; but it looks like it’s a staff effort over there. Gregg Rosenthal is also chiming in. He says there is a question mark as to whether or not former Maryland RB LaMont Jordan will make the roster with the Broncos. Denver will not keep RB Darius Walker.

12:34-If you have DirecTV, Dish Network, or whatever other satellite service carries Big Ten Network, there are actually four other live games on right now. Penn State leads Akron 14-0, Iowa and Northern Iowa are tied at 3, Purdue leads Toledo 14-0, and Michigan State leads Montana State 7-0. If you’re from the midwest (or you’re a Nittany Lion alum living in Baltimore), I will admit that BTN kicks ass.

Aaron Pettrey has connected from 23 yards to give Ohio State a 10-7 lead over Navy late in the first quarter.

12:32-OSU is driving again up at The Horseshoe, Buddy Green’s defense could be in for a long day.

Another note from TU-N’western; apparently both Tiger QB’s have played early on; with neither of them having any success. Tommy Chroniger came in late in the first quarter.

12:26-I don’t see the Ravens being interested in him, but the Rams have cut WR Ronald Curry. Curry has had minimal success during his career with the Raiders and Lions; but has had flashes since his North Carolina days ended. I think it’s a lock he would already be better than Justin Harper or Jayson Foster though.
The Browns have cut former Ravens CB Corey Ivy. Given the team’s depth in the secondary, I would say a return to Baltimore would be “unlikely” at best. (I really mean “not happening.”)

More bad news from Ryan Field, as Northwestern has extended their lead to 14-0 over Towson thanks to a TD run by Arby Fields.

12:24-Lleyton Hewitt had a break point to get back in the 2nd set; but he sent a shot JUST long, and Federer took the set 6-3. Doubt he’ll lose another set today.

A reminder that I will be shutting this blog down before tonight’s Maryland-Cal game. Our new Terps reporter Luke Jones will host a live blog during Terps-Bears.

12:21-Really impressive drive from Dobbs, who finished it off with a 16 yard TD run. Joe Buckley is Navy’s kicker (apparently beating Jon Teague), and he connected on the extra point to make things 7-7. 80 yards methodically for the Mids on that drive.

12:16-Peter Athens is under center for the Tigers today, answering the question Rob Ambrose couldn’t answer on The Comcast Morning Show Wednesday morning. It might not matter, as Jacob Schmidt plunged in for a 2 yard TD to give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead early. Ricky Dobbs has put together 3 first downs to get Navy driving at Ohio Stadium.

12:11-Anything surprising here? Federer is up 4-1 in the 2nd set on Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt.

The Buckeyes drew first blood in Columbus, with Terrelle Pryor connecting with Dane Sanzenbacher for a 38 yard TD. 7-0 Bucks. Ken Niumatalolo’s offense came out throwing to start their first possession, and QB Ricky Dobbs will certainly be a better throwing option than any of their recent QB’s.

12:09-Back to cut day. Our friends to the south (The Washington Redskins-who are ABSOLUTELY AWFUL) have had a QB controversy on their hands this preseason, with a debate between popular 2nd year QB Colt Brennan (Hawaii) and popular rookie UFA Chase Daniel (Missouri). Turns out neither will be on the team. Brennan will head to IR, Daniel will be let go. Your team stinks. Enjoy Jason Campbell. Thanks PFT.

12:05-An update to the games you can watch. West Virginia-Liberty is available on ESPN360, which if you have Comcast (and you should!), you can enjoy on your computer.

Arizona Cardinals Play by Play voice Dave Pasch on the call for Ohio State-Navy. He’s very good at everything he does. The Buckeyes used a reverse to get into Mids territory on the opening kickoff. Ohio State is going to be more talented than the Midshipmen. The boys from Annapolis must be smarter and CANNOT miss assignments.

Jesse Witten did NOT serve out the set, but has a 5-2 lead in the tiebreak. Let’s put the first set into Witten’s column with a 7-2 tiebreak. AWESOME stuff.

11:58-Couple other games you can watch early today:

Appalachian State @ East Carolina (MASN)
Minnesota @ Syracuse-the debut of Greg Paulus for the Orange (ESPN2)
Western Kentucky @ Tennessee-Lane Kiffin’s debut for the Vols (Comcast SportsNet)

Lee Corso picked the Crimson Tide to top the Hokies tonight for the record. So did Braves 3B Chipper Jones.

11:52-Two teams in action locally early on today; here’s how you can enjoy the games. Navy-Ohio State will be on ESPN, so that’s easy. Towson-Northwestern will be on the Big Ten Network (which is AWESOME if you have satellite, but not so great if you have basic Comcast like me). My friend Matt Rosen (the son of the GREAT Sam Rosen) is on the call. Therefore, do what I’m doing. Go right up to the top of WNST.net and enjoy the call from Chicago with Spiro Morekas and Tom Judd. I have no ties to the school; but Go Tigers!

Notes from tennis: Lleyton Hewitt took the first set from Federer 6-4. And Jesse Witten (a qualifier from Kentucky) is tied at 5 games apiece in the first set with Novak Djokovic. While still unlikely, the day appears to be special early in New York. Witten just broke Djokovic, he’ll have a chance to serve for the first set.

11:42-I not only WANT to hate Roger Federer, I absolutely find myself rooting against him. He’s great, there’s no doubt about that. But he’s not a compelling figure like many great tennis players were. He’s somewhat boring to watch because he’s just so calculating. He’s tied at 4 apiece in the first set with Lleyton Hewitt today (match on CBS), and I will be pulling for Hewitt to oust him and end his reign at Flushing Meadows.

Yesterday at the Open, Taylor Dent advanced to the 3rd round in a 5 set thriller. I root for all of the American players, but Dent’s injury history has kept him out of action for a few years in New York, and I will be particularly pulling for him in the 3rd round against Andy Murray.

Hewitt has just broken Fed. He’s up 5-4 and has a chance to serve for the first set. I already know how this match will end, but it’s exciting to think someone could top Fed.

11:27-I’m totally the type of guy who would LOVE to hate Tim Tebow. But Jesus that guy is great. We all remember his words after Florida lost to Ole Miss last year…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sGv2Zw-WQw[/youtube]

But Gameday just showed his speech at halftime of the BCS National Championship Game, and it was as good if not better. It isn’t available yet on YouTube, but it is GOOD.

Tim Tebow-as much as I want to not like him-is why I love college football.

11:16-Checking in with our pal Mike Florio from NBC Sports/ProFootballTalk.com (who will join Drew Forrester at 8:30am every Friday during football season), a few notes from cuts to pass around early.

-The Titans have cut Baltimore native Jason Murphy (Edmondson), an offensive lineman. Murphy is still very active in the Baltimore community (and lives here), but I don’t know if he would be a good addition to the Ravens team. Murphy has struggled to get on the field during his NFL career, but maybe playing at home could help him focus. I have David Hale currently as the last interior lineman on the Ravens’ roster, but couldn’t guarantee that Murphy would be better than Hale.
-The Giants have cut former Super Bowl hero David Tyree. Tyree has not played during the preseason, and probably has more hope of being a special teams player than a contributor at WR this year. But the Ravens do love a good special teams player. There’s no reason to speculate the Ravens being interested in Tyree, but any team could use a player that can do this…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-aKfTK2LiM[/youtube]

11:12-Thus far I’ve spent my morning watching “College Gameday” on ESPN, and was reminded of why I love College Football. The piece they did on Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford that was QUITE good. This really is the absolute best thing ESPN does. What a thorough program, entertaining, involving, informative. They don’t do everything right at the Worldwide Leader anymore, but they certainly still do this the right way.

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Posted on 03 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

You get props…..

1-Michael Phelps

Are you freaking kidding me? I don’t care what you think about Mike Phelps, that was downright nasty. In beating Milorad Cavic at the World Championships in Rome; Phelps not only beat his biggest rival; he did it in inferior gear.

Of course, compared to Daniel Craig as James Bond in “Casino Royale”, we ALL have inferior gear…..

craig

…..Christ.

2-Jacoby Ellsbury, Josh Beckett and Victor Martinez

“In other news, the Orioles still suck. Yep. In fact, the only team they’ve beaten this year was the New York Knicks!

Ouch.

And did you guys hear about this? Apparently Melvin Mora feels “disrespected” by Dave Trembley.

Uh-huh, that’s true.

And it’s funny, because Dave Trembley feels disrespected by having to manage the Orioles!

Paul, give me some Dave Trembley music….”

(So…..how’s my Letterman?)

3-Terrell Suggs

Way to be a hero, Sizzle…….

Suggs

……also, with Suggs’ dramatic return to Training Camp; can we bring back “King Ugly” already???

4-Tiger Woods, Fred Funk, and Catriona Matthew

Did anyone notice the names in the rest of the Top 10 at the Buick Open?

Roland Thatcher
Greg Chalmers
John Senden
Y.E. Yang
Ben Crane
Michael Letzig
Brian Vranesh
John Rollins
Bob Heintz

WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? I think half of these people went to Chapel Hill Elementary School with me.

Can Tiger Woods actually beat real golfers anymore?

5-Andrew McCutchen, Matt Holliday, Melky Cabrera, Angel Pagan, Cody Ross, and Kendry Morales

Elsewhere in baseball news this weekend, two Red Sox employees were fired last year due to steroid implications. I was a little bit surprised to find out that one of the juicing employees was Pedro Martinez’s midget friend….

midget

…….although that guy did always kinda seem like a juicer.

6-Nikolay Davydenko, Sam Querrey and Marion Bartoli

You’re on your own on Bartoli. I’m not really a fair judge on these things, mostly because I’m way too good for girls like her. Sure; she’s an attractive, successful professional athlete and I’m a doughy guy who makes minimum wage….but they ALL want me. I have to be more choosy. But again, your call……

bartoli

7-Ashley Fiolek and Kenny Brack

Do I watch the X Games? No. Do I think it’s cool that a chick who can’t hear is kicking everyone’s ass at Motocross? Yeah.

Here’s this……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjiBg87vmb0[/youtube]

Jesus, do I have to be sappy? Can’t this whole thing just be about poop and fart jokes? I mean, how do I make a joke here?

Rex Snider sucks.

Okay, now I feel better.

8-Jeff Fiorentino, Eric Crozier, Joseph Mahoney, Brian Ward, and Mike Flacco

In other Orioles organization news, there is a “strong possibility” Brian Matusz will be called up to make Tuesday’s start in Detroit after he was pulled from his start Saturday in Bowie after 1 inning.

However, when someone pulled Brian and said “dude, this is so cool. You get to go to Detroit and you’re gonna pitch for the Baltimore Orioles”, Matusz reportedly admitted to having second thoughts.

9-Rachel Alexandra and Soul Warrior

This is particularly difficult for me. I’ve used up all of my “Sarah Jessica Parker looks like a horse” jokes, and I don’t really have anything else to go back to now that Rachel Alexandra has won the Haskell Invitational.

Strike that! It’s time to crown a “King of the Rachels”, and my roommate (“The Luckiest Dang Roommate On The Face of the Planet”?) is my competitor. Let’s go…..

I’ll start with Rachael Ray……

ray

Matt: “Well played Glenn. But how about actress Rachael Leigh Cook?”

cook

Me: “You son of a bitch, you know I have a thing for that girl. Okay, how about a delicious Rachel sandwich?”

rachel

Matt: “Ahh yes, I hear Bachman has 13 of those a day. How about actress Rachel Bilson?”

bilson

Me: “Man. I’ve gotta dig deep here. Oh, I know……Rachel Blanchard!”

Matt: “Who?”

Me: “You know, Rachel Blanchard. The girl who replaced Alicia Silverstone as Cher when they turned the movie Clueless into a TV show!”

blanchard

Matt: “You know what Glenn, you’re the king of the Rachaels.”

Me: “YES!”

Matt: “And the King of the dudes who have no chance of getting laid tonight.”

Me: “oh……”

10-James Franklin and Devin Burns

Former Georgia QB recruit Devin Burns is headed to College Park, and I have to take this time to recommend Cluck-U as his personal indulgence of choice. (By the way-the great thing about College Park during the summer is that the line at Cluck-U at 3am is WAAAAY shorter than you’re used to.)

While I didn’t go with the usual 3am order of “Put as many Little Romans as you can in a bag and bring them over here”; I did enjoy a tasty BBQ cluckwich, and stole about half of my friend’s cajun cluckwich. And if you don’t think this thing looks better than anything you’ve seen all weekend, you can go back to Michigan or whatever hell-hole you came from, Fred.

cluck

11-Jason Schmidt, Cliff Lee, Jeff Niemann, Chris Carpenter, Tim Lincecum, Carl Pavano, Brian Bannister, and Bud Norris

That guy’s name is Bud Norris. Holy crap. It’s like the greatest name in the history of sports. You know, other than…..

dick

12-Ryan Briscoe

Normally I pair the weekly IRL winner with the weekly NASCAR winner; but apparently NASCAR had to postpone their race this week (anyone? I’ll go with the “Guys Who’ve Never Paid For an Oil Change 400″) until Monday because of rain.

Funny story. When I was 15 and trying to get my learner’s permit; I failed my first test because I missed the question about when a road was most dangerous after rain.

Wait, that wasn’t a funny story at all. Jesus, why are you reading this? Shouldn’t you be reading the newspaper or something? Oh right……..

13-Comcast

NOT ONLY are they the smartest radio show sponsor of all time (a completely unrelated reminder to tune into “The Comcast Morning Show” tomorrow morning from 6-10), but they’re also doing me the GREATEST FAVOR ANYONE HAS EVER DONE.

ESPNU and ESPN360?!?!?!?!?!?

Never again will I be forced to miss a single Nevada-Utah State showdown!

(Editor’s note: As if I had missed one before……)

14-“Shining Down” by Lupe Fiasco & Matthew Santos

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-p44MdNV5Q&feature=related[/youtube]

How this song has been around for a month and a half without me knowing is quite possibly the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me in my life. There was the whole “crying in the bathroom in 4th grade because Laura B didn’t like me” thing, but if you knew Laura B; you would have been crying too.

Lupe says his new album (entitled “Lasers”) “will be the best received album of (his) career.”

Similarly, I believe when Guns N Roses released “Chinese Democracy”, Axl basically said “It probably sucks, but you waited 20 years. Why don’t you just buy the stupid thing?”

15-Megan Wants A Millionaire

You sons of bitches at Vh1 have done it again. I REALLY don’t care about some reality TV show contestant’s attempts to mate with a man who is worth a bunch of money; but I’m going to be watching. You know why?

megan

Why don’t they just call the show “Tall, attractive blonde does whatever the hell she wants, just because she can.”

You got lucky……

1-Ozzie Newsome

You can give me as many “we knew he was coming back” and “in Ozzie we trust” statements you want. If Derrick Mason hadn’t come back, the first you saw Kelley Washington and Yamon Figurs lined up at WR, you wouldn’t have been so understanding.

I guess this probably means the Ravens are no longer in the market for another receiver. However, I happen to think they still should be. And this is it. My one final plea. Add one more veteran receiver to make this team a Super Bowl contender. I know the answer…….

fred

2-Tito Ortiz

So Tito Ortiz is back in the UFC…..and I’m supposed to be excited. Which makes sense and all, seeing as how The Huntington Beach Bad Boy has defeated all of ZERO relevant fighters in 3 and a half years.

BUT, Tito Ortiz being back in the UFC MAY mean that this person will be at UFC 101 next Saturday when we take our bus trip up to Philadelphia next Saturday…….

jenna

“Excuse me, Ms. Jameson; could you take a look at something for me?”

3-Kenny Williams

Good for him, because there’s no chance that he’d convince Glenn Clark to leave San Diego for Chicago. Or leave San Diego for Dallas. Or leave San Diego for ANYWHERE ON THE PLANET.

HAVE YOU BEEN THERE?!?!?!?

And if Jake Peavy can help a team that took 3 of 4 from the Yankees this weekend, he’s got a new fan.

4-Emma Newbiggin

And by “lucky”, I mean the type of “lucky” that is sort of like how my own lovely girlfriend (You’ve heard of her, “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet”) is “lucky”. You know, the “Not actually lucky at all” type of “lucky.”

Emma Newbiggin is married to this charming fellow; pro boxer Rob Newbiggin-who also happens to be the sparring partner of boxing superstar Ricky Hatton.

newbiggin

At 44, Rob is at a crossroads in his life. He will not be able to continue fighting for much longer; but can’t stomach the thought of retirement. But unlike the rest of us, Rob has a plan.

He’s becoming a woman. And he’s going to continue to fight as a female named Mercedes.

And, “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet Part 2″ is going to stick with him/her.

And with that being said; I’d like to officially pass along my honorary pimp hand to Mr./Ms. Newbiggin.

That my friend, is STRONG.

5-Michael Bishop

I have no idea why Comcast SportsNet was showing a CFL doubleheader Saturday; but OH MY GOD THANK YOU THERE’S SOMETHING TO WATCH BESIDES BASEBALL!

Remember when Michael Bishop was supposed to be greater than Michael Vick? When Patriots fans wanted him to start in place of Drew Bledsoe? So do I…..mostly because I know damn well I couldn’t do these things…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA9S9SR53cc[/youtube][youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrmwoDSbyRY&feature=related[/youtube][youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwB2T5-lTWg[/youtube]

Well, for some reason; despite the fact that the dude is more amazing than ANYONE I HAVE EVER SEEN, he’s never been able to hold down a job. But the Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed him last week, he practiced maybe 3 times, and then went out and beat the Toronto Argonauts.

Meanwhile, the Patriots think they should sign Cleo freaking Lemon.

Okay…..

6-Michelle Wie

When asked why Michelle Wie was named one of her Captain’s choices for Solheim Cup play, Beth Daniel said “Look, I can pronounce her name.”

7-Blue Moon

bluemoon

Is it at ALL surprising that one day after Sgt. Crowley drank Blue Moon at the White House “Beer Summit” with Barack Obama; MillerCoors announced that sales for Blue Moon are up in 2009?

With this whole “Beer Summit” in mind, I decided to hold a few “Beer Summits” of my own this weekend. We used to call them “Friday” around the apartment, but now they’re diplomatic!

You’re a zero……

The demise of the Arena Football League

Ahh yes, why would we want the AFL around? I mean, instead……..WNBA?

By the way, if the greatest thing that ever came from this league was this Chicago Rush commercial with my buddy Sherdrick Bonner; it was well worth it……

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

-G

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