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Horse Racing Progress: GQ and “Mel” Join Forces

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Horse Racing Progress: GQ and “Mel” Join Forces

Posted on 07 March 2013 by Gary Quill

Progress. Webster defines progress, “positive development, usually of a gradual kind, toward achieving a goal or reaching a higher standard”.  In the 40+ years that I’ve been an enthusiastic thoroughbred horse racing fan, there has been plenty of progress. Racing surfaces, medications, jockey and horse equipment, tote systems and types of wagers have all been part of the progress in terms of safety and the quality of the horse racing product.

From a fans standpoint, there has been progress on many fronts. Information is one example. Now there are multiple sources from where one can obtain Past Performances (PPs) instead of just one. The PPs provide additional statistics such as jockey win percentages at a specific tracks’ meet and YTD, with a trainer for the current meet and YTD; a trainers’ win percentage with “Shippers”, “3rd off Layoff”, “1st time Blinkers” and so on. A horses’ record on a fast dirt track v. off track v. turf v. synthetic surfaces is at your fingertips, unlike yesteryear when one needed the memory of an elephant to recall if Port Conway Lane liked an off track or not. The only hint was seeing an asterisk (“*”),”X” or an X inside a circle, to the right of the horse name, which indicated his/her prowess on an off track. Are you old enough to remember those?

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A true speed rating used to require simple addition of the Speed Rating plus Track Variant. Now anyone under the age of 35 thinks Beyer (or Bris) Speed Figures are “bible” and find it impossible to pick winners without them. Same is true with Tomlinson (or Bris) Pedigree numbers. Fractions were measured in 5th’s, not 100th’s of a second and unless you were at the track to witness every race ever run, you didn’t have a clue if any of the top 3 finishers of a given race came back to win their next start.

Even with all of this progress, there is a one aspect of thoroughbred horse racing that, until now, had fallen by the wayside, an equine cartoonist. For 53 years (1955-2008) Pierre Bellocq aka Peb” was the staff cartoonist for the Daily Racing Form. This French-American’s cartoons and caricatures earned him recognition worldwide. As a kid in the 60’s when my Dad would buy “The Form”, I’d look forward to seeing his work on the cover of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes editions. But that ended in December 2008.

Enter Marcy Leonard, aka “Mel”. In my humble opinion, Mel fills the void left when Peb retired. Thanks to social media, Twitter to be specific, I recently discovered Mel which led me to Daily Racing Funnies DOTCOM (www.dailyracingfunnies.com). The website features all of Mel’s equine drawings. From Aqueduct to Woodbine and many tracks in between, her gallery is impressive considering she didn’t draw her first (equine) “Funnie” until 2011.

Daily Racing Funnie

In an effort to give Mel’s “Funnies” exposure they truly deserve, I offered to use them in my blogs. After trading numerous emails of negotiating (not really) with Mel and her better half Rick, we settled on a “relationship” which is basically an old-fashion, “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine” arrangement. Because after all, GQ wants, needs and deserves (tongue in cheek) more exposure too.

It is my hope that you will join me in welcoming Mel into OUR horse racing inner circle and $upport her (and my) passion for this sport we all love, as she expresses it through art for our enjoyment.

My BEST BET of 2013: The Daily Racing Form or Bloodhorse come knocking on Mel’s door with contract in hand, leaving GQ out in the cold. Dooooohhhhhllllll!!!!!!

* Daily Racing Funnies are courtesy of Mel should not to be copied or produced and distributed without Mel’s written consent.

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Secretariat’s 1973 Preakness winning time to be reviewed

Posted on 12 June 2012 by WNST Staff

MARYLAND RACING COMMISSION AGREES TO REVIEW TIMING OF SECRETARIAT’S 1973 PREAKNESS STAKES
New Evidence to Be Presented at June 19 Meeting

BALTIMORE, Md. (June 12, 2012) – Penny Chenery, the owner of Secretariat and Thomas Chuckas, the President of the Maryland Jockey Club have requested that the Maryland Racing Commission conduct a hearing to consider “compelling” evidence, based upon advances in modern video technology, regarding the long-standing controversy surrounding Secretariat’s winning time in the 1973 Preakness Stakes. The Commission has agreed to do so and it will consider the request at its upcoming meeting on June 19th at Laurel Park.
The electronic timer in use at Pimlico for the 1973 Preakness recorded a winning time of 1:55—a clocking that quickly became the source of controversy after two independent clockers from the Daily Racing Form had individually hand-timed the race at a much faster 1:53 2/5. In the days following the 1973 Preakness, the stewards at Pimlico, and later the Commission, concluded that there were “extenuating circumstances” attendant to the electronic timer’s recording.  As a result, the official time was subsequently changed to that reported by Pimlico’s official hand clocker — 1:54 2/5.
Had Secretariat’s time been officially recorded as 1:53 2/5 – the time still recognized today by the Daily Racing Form - he would have beaten Canonero II’s track record of 1:54 for the 1 3/16-mile distance, set during the 1971 Preakness Stakes. Instead, the Preakness wound up being the only ”jewel” of Secretariat’s three Triple Crown race victories in which he did not establish a new track record.
“For me, revisiting this dispute on a new day is matter of resolution – for historians, for sportswriters and for racing fans,” said Mrs. Chenery. “Their voices are supported by sound evidence, and they deserve to be heard.”
The Maryland Jockey Club, which operates Pimlico Race Course, agrees that the time has come to settle the issue.
“During the last 40 years, video technology has been accepted in other professional sports as a supportive mechanism for officials to ensure fairness and accuracy in their decisions,” said Maryland Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas. “It is important for horse racing and the record books to confirm the correct time in this historical race. It is the appropriate thing to do.”
In later runnings of the second leg of the Triple Crown, Tank’s Prospect (1985), Louis Quatorze (1996) and Curlin (2007) separately established the current, officially – recognized Preakness Stakes record time of 1:53 2/5. The track record at Pimlico for 1 3/16 miles is held by Farma Way with a time of 1:52 2/5 when he won the 1991 Pimlico Special.
The June 19 Maryland Racing Commission meeting will be held at Laurel Park beginning at 1:00 pm and is open to the public.

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2011 Belmont Stakes Was A Cruel Lesson For The Casual Fan

Posted on 12 June 2011 by Gary Quill

Allowing 24 hours to pass since 24-1 longshot Ruler On Ice won the 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes, beating 17-1 Stay Thirsty by 3/4 length, believe it or not the outcome was not as far-fetched as the media has suggested. Phrases like “shocking upset”, “most improbable outcome” and “bank-busting bomb” littered media copy in describing the victory.

 

Yes, to the casual or novice horse racing fan who is only interested in having action on the Triple Crown races because they are shown on network TV, would have had a hard time making an argument for Ruler On Ice to score the victory. Unfortunately, the fans who paid no attention to the races run over the sloppy track at Belmont prior to the big race, were ignorant to the fact that all of the winners were those who were either on the lead or within 3 lengths of the lead at any point in the race. Check out the charts. In horse racing this phenomenon is known as the track having a “Speed Bias”.

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Note to novices, first learn how to read Brisnet or Daily Racing Form  Past Performances (PP’s). Next, make it a habit to watch races prior to the big race or at least review the race Result Charts (available online at Equibase).

 

Having the knowledge of the tracks Speed Bias, you didn’t have to be Einstein to figure out that late runners (aka Closers) like Animal Kingdom, Nehro and any others who would be content to be more than 3 lengths off the pace WOULD NOT WIN this race on THIS DAY. I refused to throw too much money into this race because all of my horses, based on handicapping for a fast, “fair” track, were Closers (see Belmont Stakes Analysis blog). The ONLY bet I made was Win, Place, Show on Shackleford who would be on the lead for sure and had a chance on this surface to wire the field. He lasted longer than he would have on a fast track, but who were the 2 who were just behind him for the first 1 mile+ ? Answer: Ruler On Ice and Stay Thirsty… HELLO! WINNING!

 

Long before the Belmont Stakes, the best bet of the day was BETTING AGAINST the heavy 3-5 M/L favorite, Turbulent Descent in the 6th race, the first race of the $1,000,000 guaranteed Pick-6. In her past performances, she never showed early speed, yet I’m certain that she was a single (i.e. only horse picked in that race) on over 70% of the Pick-6 tickets held by the so-called experts. In that race you had 2 other options… either the #3 – Savvy Supreme who took the early lead OR #4 – It’s Tricky,  the other speed horse who was within striking distance and went onto to hold off the favorite in deep stretch to win at 10-1.

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It’s amazing that there were NO PICK-6 WINNING TICKETS even with a number of horse racing website “Player Pools” who construct $100,000 worth of tickets along with smaller wagering syndicates. Anyone having 5 out of 6 still paid over $20,000! .Shame on any seasoned handicapper who stuck to their guns and refused to recognize the track Speed Bias or believed that somehow it would change for the Belmont Stakes race.

 

Hindsight being 20-20, along with the Speed Bias, here are a few reasons (all found in the past performances) why one could have used Ruler On Ice in your exotic wagers or even put a few bills on him to win… his trainer Kelly Breen wins with 29% of his starters when adding BLNKERS; he had 2 bullet workouts prior to the Belmont (obviously with blinkers on); he was 1 of only 5 runners to have ever run on an OFF TRACK, and did it successfully (1st & 2nd in 2 races); he had earned improving Brisnet (and Beyer) Speed Figures over his last 4 races; he had never lost ground in the stretch in his 6 race career; he was a fast-closing 3rd in Sunland Derby (2 races back), just missed get by Astrology, who ran 3rd third in the Preakness; and finally though not documented in the PP comment line, he had some type of issue in the Tesio Stakes (his last race) when he failed as the 3-2 favorite, but managed to be runner-up. With all those positives, which I took into consideration when handicapping the race, there was one negative fact that outweighed them. He was carrying 8 lbs. more than he did in his last race which is why I eventually tossed him. Horsemen will tell you that adding just 5 lbs. in a distance race is enough to “stop a train”. Travelling 1 ½ miles seemed too much to overcome on a level playing surface.

 

As far as how Stay Thirsty figured to be in the exotic wager equation… even though I predicted a last place finish for him in my Belmont Stakes Analysis, I offered a positive spin on him, “On the positive side, like his owner (Mike Repole), he loves New York as he’s never been worse than second in 4 races on New York state tracks (Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga) while off the board in his 3 races in other states.”.

 

Lesson learned?! Cheer up everyone. You have about 7 weeks to replenish your horse racing bankroll for the next big race, the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Sunday, August 4th… which hopefully will be run on a surface that is “playing fair”. But if it’s not, this time around you should be well aware of it before you make your wagers. 

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because I get to start the week out with the “Greatest Song(s) of All Time This Week.” The NEW version of TGSOATTW goes to Eric Church (the song is called “Guys Like Me”) because I saw the dude play Sunday night at Merriweather Post Pavilion with my girl, you know her as “Boomer Sooner”. (Yes, I went to WPOC’s “Sunday in the Country”, live with it.) He’s pretty freaking good…

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And the retro version is also “Sunday in the Country”-related, as it was covered by headliner Lady Antebellum. While they’re very talented and played a very enjoyable show-including a decent cover-Lady Antebellum certainly isn’t Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers…

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Before we move on-let it be said that the great Free Fallin’ cover of all time was done by John Mayer…

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Ravens WR Derrick Mason has happiness in own hands

I couldn’t agree more.

This isn’t about Cam Cameron finding a way to get the ball to Derrick Mason more. It isn’t about Joe Flacco making sure the ball ends up in Mason’s hands. It certainly isn’t about whether or not Anquan Boldin is showing the proper respect to Mason as far as leadership in the locker room.

This is entirely up to Derrick Mason.

If Derrick Mason needs to be a #1 receiver for a good NFL team in order to be happy, he’s not going to be happy ever again. That time has come and gone. Frankly, he was only still the #1 receiver in Charm City by default in recent years-as there simply wasn’t anyone else in town.

Derrick has done a VERY good job over the years as the #1 receiver in Baltimore. Fans in this area will always be grateful for that. But he isn’t that guy anymore, nor will he be ever again barring some sort of terribly unfortunate injury.

If being a good receiver on a good team is enough for Derrick to be happy, he’ll be fine. If it isn’t, it could be a terribly long season.

But if Derrick thinks that by being a malcontent he’ll become the team’s top receiver again, he’s out of his mind.

I THINK he’s smarter than that.

2. The AP’s Alan Robinson says Pittsburgh Steelers will start QB Charlie Batch Sunday vs. Ravens at Heinz Field

And as I said yesterday on Twitter (follow us @WNST), if I’m the Ravens-I’m okay with that.

With no offense to Charlie Batch, but there’s nothing about him that would concern me if I was Greg Mattison. That doesn’t mean the Ravens don’t have to play good defense on Sunday, it just means he doesn’t present any sort of dynamic level that Ben Roethlisberger or Dennis Dixon could have.

Of course, Charlie Batch can still win football games-especially for a team as good as the Pittsburgh Steelers. We saw that Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He’s still capable even if he isn’t necessarily dynamic.

But he’s NOT the type of quarterback that should be beating the Baltimore Ravens. Doesn’t mean he won’t, just means he shouldn’t.

3. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ray Rice took to Twitter to proclaim knee ‘better’

And since this clarifies absolutely nothing, let’s plan on discussing this again tomorrow.

In the meantime, you know who else has knees that look “better”? Sherri Tiara Lansang. (Thanks F-Listed via Busted Coverage!)

lansang

(Edit from GMC: I’m kidding. Who the hell knows if Sherri Tiara Lansang has any knees?!?!?)

4. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall ‘poses repeat threat’ for Ravens

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

-The Ravens return to the practice field today at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills. We will be out there to report on Ray Rice, Cory Redding and EVERYTHING going on today. We’re expected to hear from John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco for sure; as well as conference calls with Mike Tomlin and Rashard Mendenhall. Make sure you’re tuned in to AM1570, following us on Twitter @WNST and checking WNST.net for updates.

-The Ravens HAVE terminated the contract of Trevor Pryce and re-signed safety Ken Hamlin. Stunning news despite the lack of production from Pryce this season. We’ll have more throughout the day on this developing story.

-Did you miss Jim Nantz (CBS) this morning with Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Jim and Phil Simms are calling Ravens/Steelers Sunday; and Jim told us they’ll have Ravens/Patriots in Foxborough as well. Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net today if you missed it! Other things you can find in the Audio Vault include:

  • Rob Ambrose (Towson Tigers football coach)-who previewed Saturday’s showdown against UMass with Drew Wednesday morning
  • Mike Bires (Beaver County Times)-who updated Drew on all things black and yellow from the Steel City
  • Leonard Garcia (WEC Fighter)-who joined Thyrl Nelson and John Rallo on “The MMA Report” Tuesday
  • Dario Franchitti & Will Power (IndyCar Series drivers)-who previewed Saturday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami with Thryl on “The Mobtown Sports Beat” Tuesday
  • Gary Graves (USA Today) and Eric Edholm (Pro Football Weekly)-who talked Ravens and all things NFL with Rex Snider on “The Afternoon Drive” Tuesday

It’s all in the Audio Vault-so enjoy your afternoon. Don’t ever say I haven’t done anything for you…

5. The AP’s Fred Goodall says David Price masterful as Tampa Bay Rays beat Orioles at Tropicana Field to clinch playoff spot

David Price HAS to win the Cy Young Award, right?

I know some folks are going to say “Felix Hernandez leads the American League in everything”…but I guess those people think 13-12 doesn’t matter. I think Hernandez belongs in the discussion, but I’m pretty sure his record would leave him third on my ballot behind Price and Jon Lester.

As far as the O’s are concerned, they got worked over by a really good pitcher last night. That’s going to happen to a lot of teams. If they win one more game this week they’ll avoid 100 losses. I think they’ll do that. Once they do, who cares what else happens?

By the way-spare me the “maybe it was good for the young players to see the Rays celebrate in front of them” stuff, MASN. Who freaking cares? Every player-old or young-wants to be able to pour champagne on their teammates. They don’t need to see it in front of them to understand that.

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

Brad Bergesen had been pitching really well for awhile until that last night. 5IP, 5ER, 6H, 3BB, 2K. Not good. Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters doubled; but that was about it. Tough night for Adam Jones-he went 0-4 with a pair of K’s.

You don’t want to look at the numbers. Trust me on that. Instead-look at Ancilla Tilia. We’ll still be here when you get back. (Thanks Macenstein!)

macenstein

7. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli & Bill Chastain say Andy MacPhail, Buck Showalter visited new Spring Training facility in Sarasota

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

-The Birds and Rays wrap up their 3 game series tonight in St. Petersburg. First pitch between Kevin Millwood and Jeff Niemann is at 7:10pm, the game can be seen on MASN2.

-Apparently they’re giving away 20,000 tickets at The Trop tonight. I’d settle for just having to ever see Dick Vitale again if I were a fan of the Rays.

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland QB Jamarr Robinson “limited”, Danny O’Brien likely to start against Duke

My gut feeling is that this is for the best. The longer Jamarr Robinson can’t play because he’s still recovering, the easier it is for Ralph Friedgen to move Danny O’Brien into the starting QB role long term.

Really, I don’t care WHO plays quarterback. Just don’t lose to the Blue Devils. Not again anyway…

9. The Sun says Cincinnati Associate AD Mike Waddell to be named Athletic Director at Towson today

Here’s what former Bearcats LB Brad Jackson said about the news when we passed it along on Twitter yesterday…

“Towson will definately be better with Michael Waddell as A.D.! He was huge in taking Cincy to next level!”

I hope he’s right.

10. Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty says 1998 Preakness and Kentucky Derby winner dead at 15

In other horse racing news, former Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra has been retired from racing and will be bred to another great champion in Curlin. Must be a nice life there-Curlin.

In other news that’s much more significant to me-here’s a picture of Selita Ebanks. (Thanks Guyism!)

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And finally, I leave you with this.

Here’s the Katy Perry SNL “Sesame Street” spoof everyone is talking about. Now I’ve passed it along…

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 19 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because I just got my copy of Justin Halpern’s book “Sh*t My Dad Says.” If you’re now familiar with his Twitter account, it’s absolutely BRILLIANT. The dude is 29 and lives with his 74 year old father, and his 74 year old father may be the greatest human being on the face of the planet…


-”A parent’s only as good as their dumbest kid. If one wins a Nobel Prize but the other gets robbed by a hooker, you failed.”
-“I lost 20 pounds…How? I drank bear piss and took up fencing. How the f*ck you think, son? I exercised.”
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“I didn’t say you were ugly. I said your girlfriend is better looking than you, and standing next to her, you look ugly.”
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“Do people your age know how to comb their hair? It looks like two squirrels crawled on their heads and started f*cking.”
-“I’m not sure you can call that roughing it, son… Well, for one, there was a f*cking minivan parked forty feet from your sleeping bags.”

I’m crying. Apparently the Twitter account/book are going to become a CBS sitcom starring William Shattner. Could anything…in the world…ever be better?

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Orioles touched up Royals bullpen after Greinke departed for 10 inning win

No, the Orioles did not “beat” Zack Greinke, despite what someone over at 105.7 (cough Jen Royle cough) said. They did however win a game started by Zack Greinke, which is ALMOST just as good.

(Edit from GMC: Some might say I’m obsessed with her. They’re right. It’s similar to how many of us are obsessed with “Snooki” from Jersey Shore. It’s just such a disaster that how can you possibly turn away? The reality is that as much as I say I want Jen Royle to do her job better, I probably REALLY don’t want her to.)

Those “I want to be Luke Scott’s bat” on MASN look really good this week. Of course, Everything related to Luke Scott usually looks really good for a week-or maybe even a month. Usually not for too much longer than that though.

Is it too late to get Corey Patterson on the ballot for the All-Star Game?

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

9,715 packed their way into Oriole Park at Camden Yards last night. I guess it was really 3,000 who packed their way in, but there were 9,715 tickets sold.

But our “Apologist of the Morning” as selected by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester is still going. Here’s his take…

“For my part, I’ll say again that the best response to the losing is to continue to support the team. Go to a few games and cheer loudly (or, as is my wont, get a Lucas Clap going). Proudly (defiantly?) rock the black-and-orange. Take what joy you can from this mess and discard the rest.

It’s not that hard. Despite the conditions last night I still enjoyed myself. All it takes to do that is wanting to do that. Some do, some don’t, but it’s simple either way.

Whichever way you go, the baseball they play will improve. It just will.”

It just will.

The question is, will it be while we’re still alive?

Or should the question be: “Will it get better before the crowds get so small that the team is forced to move to Nashville?”

3. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Kevin Millwood still hasn’t picked up first victory of season despite Birds win

A quality outing from Kevin Millwood last night, but he once again had an inning that was particularly troubling.

I have an idea.

The next time Kevin Millwood pitches at OPACY, the guys in the production department should just go ahead and take down the inning number when the game gets to the 5th inning. They don’t need to put up a “6″ or anything like that, they just need to take down any electronic references to what inning it is. Pretend the 5th inning just doesn’t happen at all.

It might not work, and it might be laughed at over at sites like Deadspin-but Christ, they’re 13-27! Why not???

4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli and Pete Kerzel say Adam Jones’ dealings with ‘frustration’ lead to his helmet toss Monday night

If Adam Jones is so frustrated that he’s throwing his helmet, what’s the appropriate response from those of us who have been forced to watch him play this year?

Maybe something similar to this???

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5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brandon Erbe, Brandon Snyder had rough night, Michael Aubrey had big night for O’s on farm

Before we move on from our beloved Baltimore Orioles; a few things.

-The Orioles finished their 8 game homestand with the Mariners, Indians and Royals at 4-4. I think anyone who tried to dismiss the early season struggles of the Orioles as being nothing more than a “tough schedule” might have learned something over the last 8 days.

-The Orioles return to action tonight in Arlington, Texas at the appropriately named Ballpark in Arlington against the Texas Rangers. First pitch on MASN2 is at 8:05pm, Jeremy Guthrie faces Rich Harden. The Rangers are in 1st place in the AL West and haven’t struggled-AT ALL-to score runs. The Birds of course have. Hopefully those trends will change.

6. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Jared Gaither (foot), Troy Smith (tonsilitis) amongst those absent from Ravens Passing Camp in Owings Mills

I wouldn’t read anything in to the timing of Troy Smith having his tonsils taken out now as some of you have. This is really the least important of the offseason work the Ravens are doing, so if this WAS something that had timing flexibility, this is a good time for him to have done it. Harbaugh said that the tonsilitis may have stemmed from his bout with the black plague or whatever it was back in 2008.

And Gaither is clearly dealing with SOMETHING with his foot, and while he almost certainly could be practicing (and would be playing), I don’t think it’s the end of the world that he isn’t on the field. I know they’d rather have him out there (Oniel Cousins was COMPLETELY beat a couple of times yesterday), but not the end of the world.

As far as the veterans that missed Camp are concerned; Ray Lewis and Derrick Mason can do whatever they want. Trevor Pryce is probably in that group as well. I would imagine John Harbaugh is pretty disappointed that Terrell Suggs isn’t there, but when you make as much money as Ol’ “T-Sizzle” does, you get your own rules. And Willis McGahee can only be hurting himself every time he doesn’t show up.

7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Lardarius Webb ‘significantly ahead of schedule’ according to John Harbaugh

I’m not a doctor, so don’t take anything I say too seriously; but the work Lardarius Webb was doing yesterday at 1 Winning Drive (in fairness-it was only running); made it look like he really MIGHT be ready to go before the end of Training Camp; and might have a shot to be on the field in East Rutherford on Monday Night Football against the New York Jets.

Before moving on from the Ravens-head on over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net to hear from John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Billy Cundiff and Sergio Kindle yesterday at Passing Camp.

While you’re there, new Ravens CB Travis Fisher joined “The Morning Reaction” today on AM1570 WNST-make sure you check him out as well. Other guests this morning you can hear from include Maryland football Coach Ralph Friedgen (who will be at Field House in Canton tonight with Debbie Yow, Keith Booth and Brenda Frese for “Terps on Tour”), Bowie Baysox pitcher Steve Johnson, Washington Capitals GM George McPhee and Orlando Magic Executive VP Pat Williams. Check it all out!

8. GoMustangSports.com previews today’s DIII NCAA Tournament quarterfinal between Stevenson and Roanoke

I once dated a gal who went to Roanoke. The celebrity she most resembled was Adriana Lima (Thanks Busted Coverage!)…

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I’m kidding of course, but she was a lovely gal. I think I got a parking ticket at Roanoke once, on a weekend trip where we ended up going to see John Mayer and Maroon 5 in Virginia Beach. I remember the show was on a Sunday and I was despondent because I had remembered there being a Chick-Fil-A on the way in to the venue, but forgot that it would be closed on Sunday.

Now you know the story of my life. Was there something about a lacrosse game?

(Edit from GMC: I’m kidding. I’ll be out at Caves Athletic Complex this afternoon at 4pm, come by and say hello. Let’s go Stangs!)

9. Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon says Boys Latin, St. Paul’s win MIAA ‘A’ Conference semis, will rematch for title at Unitas Stadium Saturday

I don’t know too much about the MIAA. As a proud Perry Hall High School alum, MIAA gals usually weren’t allowed to hand around guys like me. Humorously, “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet” is actually a NDP alum.

When I found out she had graduated from Notre Dame Prep, I immediately had the wheels turning. “Catholic School Girl? This has potential.”

However, it did not. The NDP uniform looks like this…

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I of course was hoping for this…

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Why doesn’t it ever look like that?

10. Daily Racing Form’s Glenye Cain Oakford says 1986 Preakness winner Snow Chief dead at 27

This subject is a little sensitive for me. Not because there’s a dead horse, but because it involves the word snow. After this winter, the word “snow” alone makes me tremble…

And finally, I leave you with this.

Everybody is making a big deal about NBA official Joe DeRosa throwing the ball at a fan at the Orlando Magic-Boston Celtics game last night. It doesn’t look that bad to me…

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You know what’s a big deal to me? The pictures of Blake Lively that Guyism found…

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 18 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because Free The Birds was a great time last night. Despite the crowd of less than 2,000 in the stadium, despite the god awful weather, and despite the baseball game (which-as I said on Facebook this morning-will go down as one of the worst sports-related products I have ever witnessed); we still had fun.

Whether it was heckling the Royals behind their dugout (or heckling Dave Trembley for walking Mitch effing Maier), cheering for Corey Patterson from the upper deck in left field, or watching a lemonade vendor walk around the stadium to sell exactly his THIRD lemonade of the night; it was fun.

And thank God it was, or else this AP image would have been our lasting memory of the night…

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Un.Freaking.Real.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says ‘same old’ Orioles lost again to Royals last night at OPACY

You see, when they loaded the bases on Joakim Soria (whose nickname “The Mexicutioner” is ABSOLUTELY the best in MLB) in the 9th, I REALLY thought they were breaking the funk.

Not necessarily because I thought Ty Wigginton was going to channel Luke Scott and go yard for a game-winning slam; but because I REALLY felt as though he’d get a sac fly and at LEAST tie things up.

1-12 with runners in scoring position. The only hit was an accidental dribbler from Miguel Tejada in the 1st.

If we were surprised, we’d be surprised.

How can Garrett Atkins still be on this team?!?!?

I’ve got nothing else. I was there. It was miserable. It also wasn’t even the least bit surprising.

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

I still can’t fathom how the Orioles couldn’t manage a SINGLE EXTRA BASE HIT against Kyle Davies.

Of course, with the success they’ve had bunting recently-I’m not sure why they don’t just bet every time up.

Brad Bergesen-who apparently used his designation to the minors as a chance to set himself up to start every game in the rain the rest of the season-was pretty good again last night. Pretty good though. Not REALLY good, as some might try to say. He was pretty good, and gave the team a slight chance to win.

I’m running out of things to say about the games. I really am. We know the problems, they’re just not getting fixed. Of course, they’re not getting fixed because the team just isn’t good enough.

Now I’m getting angry again. Watching the Orioles is more dramatic than watching The Hills.

3. WNST.net’s Nestor Aparicio says less than 2,000 spectators took in O’s loss at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

The announced crowd last night was 9,299. I don’t remember them playing “Guess the Attendance”, which might have been because they knew fans could cheat and count the attendance themselves.

Of course, if they HAD counted-the number they would have come up with would have been nowhere NEAR 9,299. The Birds may have legitimately sold 9,299 tickets to last night’s game (who knows?), but they certainly didn’t have that many eyeballs in the stands.

Nestor didn’t take that picture BEFORE the game.

As I said this morning, when I was sideline reporter for the Arizona Rattlers, I attended Arena Football League games that LEGITIMATELY had 5 times as many fans in attendance.

You know, this is much too depressing. I need to lighten this up.

This is Daniela Pane. We went to Perry Hall High School together. I think there’s an argument as to whether she or I has gone on to be the best looking member of the Class of 2001…

daniela

Yeah, it’s a close call.

4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli and Pete Kerzel say Trembley considering Uehara as closer

…or at least finding a more prominent role for his sideburns.

I know Mike Gonzalez is working his way back, and I know Alfredo Simon hadn’t blown a save before Saturday night. That being said, do any of us believe either of them will be legitimate options to close games…you know…should the Orioles have another situation where they need a closer this season?

I’d be fine with seeing Uehara close. He has to do something-he’s on the payroll for the remainder of the year.

If it doesn’t work, I’m sure Andy MacPhail has a plan. He always does.

5. Virginian-Pilot says Michael Aubrey homered, Troy Patton roughed up as Norfolk Tides fell to Buffalo Bisons on farm

Michael Aubrey has to be headed towards Charm City pretty soon, right?

Before we move on (mercifully) from the Birds, a couple of things:

-Congratulations to “Sgt.” Jen Royle, who was AGAIN selected by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester as our “Apologist of the Morning.” Drew honored Jen for these thoughts she left over at 105.7…

I went to the Kansas City side post game and listened to their new manager, Ned Yost, compliment the pesky Patterson up top and then heard Billy Butler, who when 2-for-4 with two RBI, praise Bergesen. The O’s got compliments from their opponents but unfortunately, that doesn’t help in the win column.

I could have dissected the Orioles’ pre-game meal and it would have been exactly as relevant. Wow.

-The O’s and Royals are back at it tonight; with Kevin Millwood facing reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke. First pitch on MASN2 is at 7:05pm. Join Luke Jones in our “Orange Crush” chat right here at WNST.net; and make sure you’re following us on Twitter (@WNST).

-If you missed Luke, Soren Petro from 810 WHB in KC, VERSUS NHL reporter Bob Harwood, or IndyCar Series commercial President Terry Angstadt today on “The Morning Reaction”, make sure you check them out in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault.

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens signed CB Travis Fisher, S Brad Jones

Fisher’s NFL experience and the injuries to Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington will give him some chance of making the 53 man roster. Giving him a contract is PROBABLY the final nail for Frank Walker as well, barring further injuries.

Brad Jones-an undrafted free agent safety from Cincinnati-is a much longer shot to make the team. With Ed Reed and Haruki Nakamura expected to be healthy, the Ravens aren’t going to be hurting for safety depth. Of course, there is a chance Jones could shine in Training Camp and make the practice squad-which would probably be a good gig for him.

7. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Jared Gaither present at Ravens Passing Camp, but not known whether or not he practiced

I’ll be out in Owings Mills today, although I’m not sure whether or not I’m allowed to let you know if Jared Gaither hits the 1 Winning Drive practice field or not. We’ll see!

You’ll be able to hear from John Harbaugh and others later today with Rex Snider and Ray Bachman.

I’ll be able to watch John Beck throw passes.

Lucky me!

You know who else is lucky? F.P. Santangelo. Apparently former Playboy chick Michelle McLaughlin belongs to him (Thanks Busted Coverage!)…

mmc

8. Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Preakness runner-up First Dude will run Belmont, fellow Dale Romans horse Paddy O’Prado also likely to run

Is winning a Belmont Stakes without the Kentucky Derby winner or Preakness winner SORTA like being named “Most Valuable Oriole”?

Kinda.

Do you think Dale Romans is ready to do his best Brian Roberts impersonation?

Yeah I think he is.

I’ll be pulling for Romans at the Belmont, as he’s a great guy. Sometimes you gotta get your first Triple Crown win however you possibly can.

9. The AP’s Richard Rosenblatt says no Triple Crown threat hurts NYRA already hurting for money

I have an idea for how they can raise money…sell Irina Sheik calendars…

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As far as horse racing-related ideas for raising money? Don’t take advice from anyone in the state of Maryland. That’s all I’ve got.

10. Washington Examiner’s Jim Williams says Maryland amongst topics being discussed at Big Ten meetings

I never had a major issue with the Big East rumors. I’m not sure the Big Ten would be a good idea for the Terps, however. Doesn’t help them in football OR basketball, with the exception of getting Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan games in College Park.

The flip is that they’d lose those games (and others in the conference), and getting Michigan State and Indiana in basketball doesn’t make up for losing North Carolina and Duke.

I hate everything about this whole “expansion” topic. I sorta just wish it would go away…

And finally, I leave you with this…

Bret Hart won the United States Championship last night on WWE Monday Night Raw. I don’t care that “The Hitman” is 52 years old and even I might be able to beat him in a fight at this point. He RULES…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqqhQVIPj7A[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 17 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because I (FINALLY) get to name another “Greatest Song of All Time This Week” again this week. Robert Randolph is back (Thank God), with a record called “We Walk This Road” that drops June 22nd. If any of you work at Best Buy, Target, iTunes, or anywhere else that you could get me a copy of the record beforehand-there will be something in it for you. Probably something related to Chick-Fil-A.

Anyway, the first single is “If I Had My Way” featuring Ben Harper. Change of pace? Yes. Awesome change of pace? Oh yeah.

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Jake Westbrook shut down Orioles in Indians’ win

It’s gonna be hard for the O’s to compete when they have to go up against pitchers like CC Sabathia, John Lackey, David Price AND JAKE WESTBROOK?!?!?

In fairness, Mark Hendrickson pitched better than I expected him to in an emergency situation. And Jake Westbrook pitched well, but not well enough that the Orioles should have been able to score just one run (Luke Scott’s solo bomb with 2 outs in the 9th) despite collecting NINE HITS!

I understand that Westbrook’s sinker makes him more of a candidate to get double plays, but the Birds that couldn’t get clutch hits for the better part of the season reared their ugly heads again this over the last 3 games after what looked to be a stretch where they had finally figured out how to.

So, the Tribe took 2 of 3. It’s kinda unfair though. Jack Parkman has always owned OPACY…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqBFhF4haXM[/youtube]

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

It took 4 days, but someone finally cooled off Corey Patterson; who was 0-3 with 2 strikeouts. Until yesterday, I was starting to think he had replaced Adam Jones as the face of the franchise.

Ray Bachman offered some classic text messages for me this weekend regarding Patterson. Here are some of the best…

-Did you know Corey Patterson’s tears could cure cancer? It’s just a shame Corey Patterson has never cried.
-I know who’s going to win the Preakness….Corey Patterson.
-There are only 3 things guaranteed in life: death, taxes and Corey Patterson.
-Is it bad when you stand up and your stomach is still in bed?

Okay, he didn’t send the last one. But he could have. If you missed Ray Bachman singing “Manic Monday” with Don Scott and Marty Bass to help promote Casey Cares this morning on WJZ, I can’t possibly explain to you what you missed. There was a mascot in the group that was fatter than the Philly Phanatic, but yet Ray still was somehow the fattest in the bunch.

I’m hilarious. What was it that the pot called the kettle again?

3. Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says David Hernandez scratched from start with shoulder injury

Which probably saved him around 6 earned runs.

Apparently Dave Trembley and company aren’t particularly concerned, and they think Hernandez will make his next start.

The real question remains “Who will make David Hernandez’s following start? Chris Tillman? Jason Berken? Jake Arrieta?”

4. WNST.net’s Nestor Aparicio says Free The Birds on tonight rain or shine

Here’s what you need to know:

We’re meeting at Phillips Seafood in Harborplace at 4pm, with free crabcake minis and other appetizers and 3 dollar beers. After that, we’ll poke around a few local watering holes and then head over to Oriole Park at Camden Yards to watch Kyle Davies and the Kansas City Royals face Brad Bergesen and our Baltimore Orioles.

We’re doing it rain or shine. If the game is rained out before it ever starts, we’ll hang and watch the NBA playoffs and whatever other baseball games are on. Dress appropriately, as Weather.com (The Weather Channel) says 54 degrees and rain.

You think we’ll ever get a summer in Charm City?

5. Virginian-Pilot says Nolan Reimold homered, played first base for Norfolk Tides in win over Buffalo

And according to today’s Apologist of the Morning (Peter DiLutis), he’ll go learn first base in a month and then he’ll be good to come on back to Baltimore and become the team’s power hitting first baseman of the future. Pete can thank “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester for the honor-as he was selected this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST.

The reaction to Reimold playing first base yesterday makes me think there’s some revisionist history going on. Reimold’s problem wasn’t that he didn’t have a position, it was that he wasn’t hitting!

All that matters with Reimold in Norfolk is whether or not he hits. He can play 1B, LF, RF, SS, Catcher, or Rover. I don’t care. Can he hit? He looked like he could a season ago, but as pitchers got more comfortable with him, he started to struggle.

If he wants to hit at 1B, that’s great news. The Orioles will still need to find a Leftfielder. (Spare me the “Felix Pie” comments. He has 8 hits this season. He MIGHT be able to become a quality everyday Leftfielder at the MLB level, but he isn’t one yet.) If he wants to hit and play LF, the Orioles will need to find a 1B. But if he doesn’t hit, it doesn’t matter where he plays.

The issue with Nolan Reimold wasn’t position. The issue with Nolan Reimold was his bat.

Losing makes us get excited about some strange things around these parts.

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens to give contract to UFA Cincinnati CB/S Brad Jones after mini-camp tryout

Let me make sure you understand what this means. This doesn’t mean Brad Jones will be on the roster when the Ravens visit the New York Jets come Week 1. It means he COULD be. It means he did just enough in his first tryout that John Harbaugh and company thought it was worth bringing him back, and keeping him around through Training Camp.

If he does enough between now and that Monday Night Football game, he’ll be on the roster. There are a number of other players who are in the same boat.

7. SI’s Peter King thinks Ravens’ moves could lead them to AFC Championship Game

When it comes to the Ravens, I always get a bit concerned that things will be overhyped. I think they’ll be good, but I’m maintaining that the Cincinnati Bengals are the team to beat in the AFC North.

You know what could never possibly be overhyped? Gisele Bundchen. (Thanks Busted Coverage!)

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8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland to face Notre Dame next Saturday at 12pm in NCAA Tournament

Could Dave Cottle’s team have gotten better news yesterday? The road to M&T Bank Stadium on Memorial Day just COMPLETELY opened up. Having to play Princeton at Princeton next Saturday would have been tough. Instead, they’ll play the Irish, who barely squeaked into the field. It doesn’t mean it’s a walkover, but it not as imposing as it could be.

After that, a potential date with Cornell in the Final Four is by no means easy, but not nearly as difficult as a date with Syracuse would have been had they not lost to Army yesterday.

No pressure on Dave Cottle or anything, but an early exit would look particularly bad on his resume this season.

9. Washington Post’s Zach Berman says Towson women edged by Virginia in emotional NCAA Tournament win

Our buddy Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse on Twitter) was in Charlottesville yesterday, and he said they played “Do You Believe In Life After Love” by Cher right before the start of the game.

Maybe a questionable decision.

I think the “One Love” stuff is great by the way. Sadly, I also liked the version of “One” by U2 they did on Glee last week. Please don’t judge…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y68KTcuu2V8[/youtube]

10. Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky will skip Belmont

You have to feel bad for the NYRA. On Saturday morning, they were thinking about a possible Super Saver pursuit of the Triple Crown, and the insanity that would ensue in the excitement and buildup.

On Saturday night, they were thinking about marketing a Super Saver-Lookin At Lucky showdown with likely “Horse of the Year” award ramifications. It would have been on ESPN and ABC to help hype, but it still could have been a major event.

Now, they’re trying to figure out how to market a race between “the other guys.”

I have an idea. There are still good horses in the field, just not the best. Compare it to a group of hot chicks. Sure, Jessica Biel and Jessica Alba might not be there, but Veronika London still is, and that ain’t bad. (Thanks Guyism!)

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11. The Sun’s David Zurawik says NBC’s Preakness ratings down from last year

I wonder how much their SNL ratings were down from last week when they had Betty White as host? Alec Baldwin wasn’t bad, but Kristen Wiig was. By the way, the open from the show was actually REALLY funny.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUyLBA8mUUQ[/youtube]

By the way, if you missed Maryland Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas, NBC Track Announcer Tom Durkin, or Bears O-Line Coach/Former Vikings Coach/Former Terrapins QB Mike Tice-who explained WHY he was in the Winners’ Circle at Pimlico Saturday with Drew Forrester this morning, check out the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault.

And finally, I leave you with this.

I don’t always take listener requests, but this one was worth it. Thanks to Dan Karr, who figured out what Tiger Woods is doing while recovering from his injury…

tiger

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 14 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me…of course…because it’s Preakness weekend. I’ll eat more crabcakes and drink more Black-Eyed Susans over the next 3 days then anyone else would ever want to. In fact, I’m not even sure WHY I’ll do it, just for the hell of it I guess. What the hell else would I do this weekend? Go to Dover for the NASCAR race? No thanks…

The point of all of this is that I may be running a bit slow come Monday morning’s show. In fact, there’s a chance I’ll be running even slower than Bengie Molina (Thanks Deadspin!)…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbR-qslk87g[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Luke Scott crushed grand slam to lift Orioles to late win over Mariners

In celebration of the win, a group of people stood outside the Maryland Science Center to express their joy…

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It’s actually pretty impressive.

As ballpark reporter here at WNST, Glenn Clark is now 1-0. If you want to raise some funds to make sure I head out to OPACY more often, I’ll be more than willing to accept your money.

It was a LOT of fun yesterday-at least the last half hour of the game. Being more than fair to the staff of the O’s, “Field Trip Day” is a great idea. There was some actual energy in the building thanks to the 8,000 or so kids that were brought in to fill the upper deck, and when Luke Scott crushed the grand slam, the building was rocking.

I’ll just go ahead and assume that Dave Trembley already sent Don Wakamatsu a bottle of champagne today as a Thank You gesture for pulling Felix Hernandez, leaving Brandon League in after giving up a home run and loading the bases; and then watching 3rd base coach Mike Brumley send Josh Wilson when Corey Patterson was basically playing “deep short” in the 9th inning.

You take them however you can get them, folks. Especially when you’re sitting on 11.

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

Since Dave Trembley, Tom Davis and Dave Johnson were all ready to apologize for Kevin Millwood yesterday, I’ll be the one to say the truth.

He was BRUTAL yesterday. He gave up 5ER on 7 hits over 6 2/3 innings; including THREE HOME RUNS.

Mike Sweeney can’t hit ANYTHING and he hit a home run yesterday. Ichiro (who is AMAZING by the way) hit his first home run of the YEAR yesterday. Michael Saunders hasn’t even heard of Michael Saunders and he hit a home run yesterday.

It’s unacceptable for ANY pitcher to have given up a MLB-leading 10 home runs this season, but it’s especially unacceptable for the guy who is supposed to be the team’s #1 pitcher. Pitching well for 3 innings isn’t enough.

That was POOR yesterday.

Of course, over on 105.7 Tom Davis and Dave Johnson were busy dismissing the fact that Millwood has been taking over the Jeremy Guthrie role of giving up home runs this season.

And thanks to that, Tom and Dave were the winners of today’s “Apologist of the Morning” award, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator” (and defending winner) Drew Forrester today on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570.

3. Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Dave Trembley not considering removing David Hernandez from rotation

Hopefully we can end that statement with…”for now.”

I think most of us assume that David Hernandez is best suited for some sort of long relief role; but apparently Trembley (and I’m assuming Andy MacPhail as well) want to see a bit more from him.

I know the masses in Baltimore are clamoring to see Chris Tillman and/or Jake Arrieta at the big league level. I probably think it’s about time for one of them to come up as well. BUT, I’d be willing to give it another start or two from Hernandez before I call for his head.

Does that qualify me for Apologist of the Morning?

4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Jim Johnson to miss 8-10 weeks with elbow tear

Nothing good EVER comes from a visit to Dr. James Andrews.

Has ANYONE ever gone to Birmingham for a visit and came back saying “nope, it turns out it was just a sprain”?

My guess? Jimmie Johnson will win more NASCAR races the rest of the season than Jim Johnson will make appearances before September.

5. The Sun’s Dean Dones Jr. says Brandon Erbe had big night, Matt Hobgood struggled on farm

Before we move on from the Birds; a reminder that they open a series with the Cleveland Indians tonight at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Jeremy Guthrie faces Justin Masterson, first pitch on MASN is at 7:05pm.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s shameful that the Orioles are in town on Preakness weekend. But I’ll save that for another line of thought. Apparently Luke Jones is in Atlantic City this weekend (he does know tomorrow is Preakness, right?), but we’ll be chatting on Twitter and “Orange Crush”-ing it up as well.

6. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Ray Lewis hosting “Ray’s Summer Days” event this weekend

I will admit that I also find the timing of this event strange, but there’s still a chance I’ll give Chuck in Bel Air a call this afternoon after the BES and stop by Perry Hall Lanes to hang out with the gang.

I’m expecting Chuck to handle John Turturro’s role tonight…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqDhKFqDk34[/youtube]

7. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland added Harcum College PF Berend Weijs to class of ’10

Ummm….yay?!?!?

Weijs averaged 6.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game for the Bears last season. He doesn’t jump at me as someone who is going to really get any minutes and make any impact for Gary Williams’ team, but hey-how many teams can say they have a 6’10″ center from The Netherlands on their roster?!?!?

Do you think he knows Esha Janssen?

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8. CSNWashington.com says Landon Milbourne worked out with Wizards yesterday

I think NBA scouts will probably see about the same thing in Landon Milbourne that we saw from him as Terrapins fans over the last few years. He really looks like he can play, but what exactly is his position?!?!?!

Milbourne might be able to play the 3 at the next level, but he’ll have to move quicker. With some more muscle he MIGHT be able to play the 4, but I’m skeptical at best.

There’s little to no chance he gets picked in the NBA Draft, but I certainly think he has a chance to go to Las Vegas and get on a Summer League roster, or end up in Training Camp with a NBA team. Sometimes all you need is a foot in the door. Ending up in Washington wouldn’t surprise me at all, as a number of former Terps (Steve Blake and Juan Dixon being the most prominent) have ended up there in the past.

9. The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Calvert Hall’s Jonathan Graham commit to Penn State

I think the fact that Jonathan is Ernie Graham’s son will leave a lot of folks asking “why isn’t he headed to College Park?”

The thing is, no one really wanted him. So…of course…he went where all of the other undesirables went. Western Pennsylvania.

LOL.

I’ll be (somewhat) pulling for Jonathan. I can’t POSSIBLY root for anything related to Happy Valley, but I’ll be happy myself if he scores 20 points in a Maryland win next November at the Bryce Jordan Center.

For the record, I’m rooting for Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper) more than I’m rooting for Jonathan Graham. Thanks Busted Coverage!

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10. Lacrosse Magazine’s Joel Censer says Terps’ Will Yeatman can be difference maker in NCAA Tournament

AND I PRAY TO GOD HE IS!!!

I don’t think Dave Cottle’s squad will have much difficulty with Hofstra this weekend, but I do think playing Princeton AT Princeton could be trouble, and obviously Syracuse and Virginia are also looming should the Terps reach the Final Four at M&T Bank Stadium.

They’ll need a difference maker on attack. Yeatman can be that difference maker.

Here are my quick picks for the weekend…

Maryland 13, Hofstra 10
Cornell 9, Loyola 7
Duke 12, Johns Hopkins 11
Virginia 16, Mt. St. Mary’s 6

11. WNST.net’s Gary Quill says Black-Eyed Susan Stakes highlights Friday at Pimlico

I’ll be out there today. Apparently we’re supposed to wear pink.

Hopefully this young lady will be there…

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12. Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver not getting overwhelming support heading into Preakness

I’ll be putting my money on Lookin At Lucky tomorrow, with Super Saver and Paddy O’Prado behind. Yep, I’m REALLY going off the board, aren’t I?

If you missed First Dude jockey Mike Smith with Drew Forrester this morning (or Governor Martin O’Malley discussing Preakness); click the Audio Tab above and head on over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to check it out.

And finally, I leave you with this.

Jerry DePizzo from O.A.R. will be on with Rex Snider and Ray Bachman this afternoon to talk about their InfieldFest gig.

I love me some O.A.R….

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

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

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

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGUqjO5Lf3g[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

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

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

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

It really IS a description of the ballclub in general.

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

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

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

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

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

That happens too.

There are no excuses.

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

Hopefully.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

praver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etl9kkIGaHo[/youtube]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I kid.

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

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

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

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

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

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

vanityfair

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

Of course, we haven’t changed it yet…

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

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

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

decker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

briana

And finally, I leave you with this.

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

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTVJTt-Gfx8[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 07 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because in lieu of sleep last night, I instead ventured over the The Avenue in White Marsh to see Iron Man 2. It was the right decision. There is NOTHING better than Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, except for MAYBE Scarlett Johannson taking off her shirt in the back of a car. In fact, the movie could really have used more of her…

scarjo

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s Dave Campbell says Wigginton homered, Bergesen shined as Birds topped Twins at Target Field

Was there a little bit of an “it’s pouring down rain, let’s just swing the bat and get this over with” situation last night for both teams? Yeah, probably. But sometimes you win games like that. In fact, almost every team NOT named the Orioles had probably won a game like that this season. It’s like banking in a 3 point shot…it still counts.

If Ty Wigginton played for any other team in Major League Baseball, we’d probably request that he be steroid tested. For example, Kelly Johnson has hit 10 home runs for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season. I’d like to see him steroid tested.

But as far as Ty Wigginton is concerned, let’s stick with Brady Anderson’s “athletic opus” and just avoid the conversation moving forward.

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

What jumps out at me from the box score last night are two things…

A-Brad Bergesen retired 20 hitters last night, yet didn’t post a single strikeout. Before we go too far down the “This was the Brad Bergsen of 2009″ path, let’s keep in mind that it was rainy and cold in Minnesota last night (I STILL don’t understand a completely open-air stadium there); and players-on both sides-were SWINGING. That being said, Bergesen was VERY effective, and hopefully can build on the start moving forward.

B-The Twinkies didn’t have a SINGLE leadoff hitter reach base last night in ANY inning. There’s no more simple formula for pitchers winning games than keeping leadoff hitters off base.

Now, two runs probably won’t win a whole ton of games this season-so forgive me if I’m not jumping off walls. It still felt good to get a win in a game that was completely uninteresting.

3. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Uehara effective in return to Orioles

What was goofier last night: Koji Uehara’s sideburns…

koji

Or the goofy “Silver Elvis” wig Scott Olsen was wearing that apparently Washington Nationals players have been wearing all season…

silverelvis

Welcome back Koji. You can keep the sideburns, just don’t ever do what the Nats do.

4. The AP’s Rob Maaddi says Hall of Fame pitcher, former Oriole Robin Roberts passed away at 83

The news probably hit Jim Palmer as hard as anyone yesterday, as Roberts was a mentor to Cakes when the two were roommates early in Palmer’s career.

For obvious reasons, I don’t remember Robin Roberts as an Oriole, nor do I remember any of his MLB career. That being said, Roberts was an outstanding pitcher-and he clearly made an impact on Palmer, spurring his own HOF career. For that, I’m particularly grateful.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell homered, Chorye Spoone struggled for O’s on farm

And before we move on-a couple of things:

A. The Orioles and Twins are back at it tonight; first pitch from Target Field is at 8:10pm on MASN2. Kevin Millwood is slated to face Francisco Liriano-who has been UNREAL this season. If the Orioles lose just ONE of the next 3 games, I get a chinese lunch from Drew Forrester. I’m rooting for them to not lose ANY of them.

B. Congratulations to our “Apologists of the Morning”, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator” this morning on AM1570 WNST’s “The Morning Reaction.” Scott Garceau and Jeremy Conn had Andy MacPhail on their show yesterday on 105.7, and a softball game broke out. They included such gems as “it’s no fun losing, huh?” and “You probably didn’t expect to see Lou Montanez in Centerfield this year, did you?”

Jennie Finch would have been proud…

jenniefinch

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Reed, Ngata, Washington, Webb, Nakamura won’t participate in Owings Mills this weekend; Oher expected to work at LT

Yay! Mini-camp!

Ugh.

After getting about 2 hours of sleep so I could see Iron Man last night, I’m going to be about as excited to stand out there and watch Donte’ Stallworth catch balls as I would be to go down to Camden Yards at this point in the season.

And of course John Harbaugh will actually let us watch all of practice this weekend, the one time of the year when I have no interest in actually watching all of practice.

Obviously, there are plenty of things to pay attention to. We’ll have to see just how serious the Ravens may be about flipping Michael Oher and Jared Gaither. We’ll also be watching to see how the snaps are divided at WR behind Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason and Stallworth. On top of that, we’ll watch to see how quickly guys like Terrence Cody and Sergio Kindle adapt to Greg Mattison’s defense.

And then we’ll remember that it is May 7th.

Football season can’t come quickly enough.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Paul Kruger to work exclusively at DE during weekend minicamp at 1 Winning Drive

This will be something else worth watching this weekend. As I mentioned the other day, there is a TON of depth at LB for this team going into Training Camp, which makes this move seem like it may pay off. Of course, we’ll have to see if Kruger’s bulked up frame really translates into more “oomph” if you will, as the team can use ANY HELP THEY CAN GET when it comes to getting to the quarterback.

Well, any help besides Lawrence Taylor that is.

What? Too soon?

8. The Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt says former Ravens CB Samari Rolle will officially retire from NFL

As I said before, Samari is in the Derrick Mason/Rod Woodson/Trevor Pryce/Michael McCrary mix amongst the greatest free agent signings in Ravens history.

Similarly, Sara Galimberti is in the mix amongst the greatest track athletes in the history of Italy (Thanks Busted Coverage!)…

sara

9. LoyolaGreyhounds.com previews tomorrow afternoon’s showdown with Johns Hopkins at Ridley Athletic Complex

It isn’t quite Morgan State-Coppin State basketball, but this really is a great example of BALTIMORE college sports. Both teams have a lot on the line, as JHU can’t make the NCAA Tournament without a win, and Loyola could be in Tournament danger with a loss.

(Edit from GMC: They’ll make the Tournament with a loss, but they’ll be a LONG way away from the Final Four sleeper status many of us felt they had attained weeks ago).

I’m stoked. I know Chris Bonetti is stoked. What the hell else are you going to do tomorrow? Lay out on the beach in Ocean City and check out chicks? Lame…

Oh wait, no. No, that’s not lame at all. But not as cool as the Greyhounds and Blue Jays. A game that you can hear right here on AM1570 WNST.

10. The Sun’s Mike Preston says onus on Towson attack to top Delaware tomorrow in CAA Tournament final

And with the improved play of Travis Love in the cage for the Tigers, I would tend to agree with Mike.

If you missed Tigers coach Tony Seaman on with Drew this morning, check out the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at the top of the page.

I suggest you go to Loyola-Hopkins, then haul down Charles Street to check out Towson-Delaware.

I also suggest you check out pictures of Edurne Garcia from FHM Spain, and give a tip of the cap to Guyism for passing them along to us…

edurne

11. Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Schoolyard Dreams could challenge Super Saver in Preakness

Most of my schoolyard dreams involved Topanga of course…

topanga

And finally, I leave you with this…

How I forgot to post the Ke$ha intro from The Simpsons last weekend is beyond me. I will correct that mistake now.

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

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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