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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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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 05 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

I had the opportunity to go to an advance screening of “The Blind Side” last night at The Charles Theater-thanks to Warner Brothers for the invitation. I have to first say that this movie is going to be absolutely HUGE. It is a perfect Thanksgiving football flick, and as big as it is going to be in Baltimore; it will be big throughout the country as well.

If you’re not familiar-the movie is based on the excellent book of the same name by Michael Lewis. The story chronicles Ravens 1st round pick Michael Oher. The book itself was more about football in general-but the transcendent story of Oher is easily movie-worthy. And while John Lee Hancock’s movie does change certain things about the story (an incident at Ole Miss is moved into Oher’s former home in the Memphis projects; the name of Oher’s Christian school is different, etc.); he does no injustice to the very human aspect of Oher’s journey.

The only shame of the movie is that in trying to keep it a family film-the darkness of Oher’s upbringing is merely referenced, not told vividly. This isn’t to say the movie failed-as the book references that Michael didn’t talk much about his past. The picture painted of Michael’s youth in the book is significantly more frightening than the more family-friendly picture painted by the film.

While the tragedy may not have been fully painted, nothing is taken away from the triumph. I’m going to be honest-if you cry during great sports movies (think “Remember the Titans”); you’re going to cry during this flick. It’s a remarkable story told very well.

The star of the film is clearly Sandra Bullock, whose turn as Leigh Anne Tuohy comes off akin to Julia Roberts’ Erin Brockovich. While this film is more fun and even a bit goofier than the very serious-natured “Brockovich”, your wives and girlfriends will immediately love Bullock’s Tuohy.

It’s not going to win an Academy Award-but it’s not supposed to be that kind of movie. It’s the kind of movie your family can go see at the end of the month when you’re off school/work for 4 days. It’s the kind of movie that you’re going to put on your purple and rally your neighbors to go see. This city is going to LOVE this movie. Whether you’ve read the book or not, you will just eat it up.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ed Reed not reading Ochocinco tweets

Drew Forrester hopes O’s try to win as hard as Yankees did

Thyrl Nelson says Flacco, Ray Rice Top 10 Fantasy plays Sunday

Ed Frankovic says Caps fell 3-2 to Devils

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata, Katula, Nakamura, Walker, Burgess, Zbikowski all didn’t practice Wednesday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh still has plans for McGahee

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens looking to create 100 yard streak against Cedric Benson-who recently broke their long one

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says young LB’s Tavares Gooden, Jameel McClain, Dannell Ellerbe getting chance to run alongside 52

The Official Site says Marvin Lewis thinks Greg Mattison has done ‘excellent job’

The Official Site says Harbs thinks Ravens will be motivated by ‘hotly contested’ AFC North race

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says team okay with being underdogs-even at home to team they’ve already beat this season

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Marvin Lewis wanted Kelley Washington back in Cincy

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Maualuga wants to be like Ray Lewis

Bengals Official Site says 3,500 tickets remain for Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium

Bengals Official Site says Marvin Lewis won’t commit to Andre Smith dressing Sunday

Bengals Official Site says Carson Palmer knows Baltimore week ‘always a real big deal’ for Bengals

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason will be plenty motivated to face Bengals team that held him without catch over last 2 games

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelly Gregg sees Benson as ‘big back, nifty on feet’

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Flacco Ravens’ MVP

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. cleans up after me

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason prefers quiet players like Marvin Harrison to big talkers

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens using Le’Ron McClain again to pound ball

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Todd Heap, Le’Ron McClain limited in practice

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Marvin Lewis modeling Bengals after Ravens, Steelers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ochocinco sent package to Ravens defense

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Reed doesn’t check Ochocinco on Twitter

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ray Lewis not changing how he hits after first meeting with Bengals

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason doesn’t think he can be covered with single coverage

The Sun’s Edward Lee says T-Sizzle thinks Ravens ‘humbled’ by Bengals in first game

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Terrell Suggs knows Benson having ‘really good year’ even beyond game against Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Bannan would start if Ngata can’t go

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Oher making ‘impression’ in rookie season with Ravens

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Chick Ludwig says Bengals should play Andre Smith Sunday

Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Erardi says Bengals WR Andre Caldwell wants wins more than catches

6 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens

USA Today’s Nate Davis says defense must ‘shore up’ before facing Roethlisberger, etc.

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 20-16

NBC Sports’ Steve Silverman gives Ravens ‘C’ thus far

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ray Rice would be another possible team MVP candidate

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens secondary ‘rejuvenated’ by performance against Broncos

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

NC State Official Site’s Tim Peeler says Wolfpack to honor former WR Jerricho Cotchery at Saturday’s game

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says New Mexico only other FBS school in on Rashaan Moore

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamari McCullough finds losing ‘devastating’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph knows NCSU offense ‘explosive’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Demetrius Hartsfield remains ‘on-track’ to return November 21 against Florida State

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Terps 29-28

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Pack 31-17

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says NC State, Maryland have bowl chances on ‘life support’

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Chris Turner spent bye week in Fort Lauderdale with girlfriend (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says North Carolina DT prospect Kilgo pledged to Terps (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Ross Leonhart checks in with commit Kilgo (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says James Padgett, Jordan Williams will get ‘extended playing time’ if Dino Gregory’s suspension continues

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Vasquez thinks Terps can be ‘special’

The Diamondback’s Jakob Engelke says athletic department scrapping new student ticket policy at Comcast Center

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Jin Soo Choi struggled inside against IUP

Washington Post’s Michael Wilbon says use of Bias video aided Kirk Fraser’s “30 for 30” documentary

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Sean Mosley said he was fine after getting knocked down twice against Crimson Hawks

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Adrian Bowie amongst those who expected reverse roles for Padgett, Williams

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps in Sun Belt territory being relegated to ESPN360

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Sean Mosley improved from floor in exhibition opener (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings checks in with prospect Tsafack (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Tianna Hawkins’ double-double lead Terps in exhibition win over Bowie State

The Official Site provides statistical evidence of win

The Official Site says Frese thought Terps were ‘focused and ready’ for exhibition game

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says Kim Rodgers scored 18 points in 16 minutes in win

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ram Vela, Mids still remember ’07 win in South Bend fondly

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mike Stukel practicing at QB, will return to Slotback when Kriss Proctor gets healthy

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids need one more win to book trip to Texas Bowl

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo knows Mids missed chances against Temple, especially on 3rd down

South Bend Tribune’s Al Lesar says Dan Wenger expected to start at RG for Fighting Irish

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says AD Gladchuk wants to see continued success from Midshipmen (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says fans can purchase $13 ticket for BOTH Miami (Ohio) hoops game and Villanova football game next weekend

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s Senior Night battle against Norfolk State

The Official Site offers complete Morgan State-Norfolk State release (pdf)

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s game against Franklin & Marshall

The Official Site offers complete Johns Hopkins/Franklin & Marshall release (pdf)

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tomorrow night’s exhibition opener against Adelphi

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mountaineers picked to win NEC again

The Sun says Jeremy Goode named to All-NEC team

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Josh Rutter has been good fit for Terror staff

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Birds want to re-sign Mark Hendrickson, Danys Baez

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waring 1-4 with run scored in Arizona Fall League play Wednesday

Examiner Jay Trucker says Guillermo Rodriguez, Rich Hill, Jeff Fiorentino didn’t really have place with Orioles anyway

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team signed former Maryland QB Statham

BLAST:

Examiner Richard Crabbe says NISL changed name to MISL

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Rip Van Winkle comes into Breeders’ Cup Classic battling foot issue

Daily Racing Form’s Marcus Hersh says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra will spend winter in New Orleans

The AP’s Andrew Dalton says Baffert doesn’t ‘mind getting beat by Zenyatta’ in Classic

GOLF:

The Sun’s Don Markus says Senior Players Championship moving to Potomac next season, returning to Baltimore in 2011

Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga says Constellation Energy event to be held at Avenel next year

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Champions Tour had hinted event may move to DC during this year’s event

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Frank Walker has an illness, huh? Insert your own joke here.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are your weekend picks….

Maryland 23, Duke 13

I don’t care what Eron Riley (and everyone else) says. Maryland is NOT losing a football game to Duke. They’re NOT. I refuse to believe so.

Wake Forest 28, Navy 17

I think losing Ricky Dobbs REALLY hurts the Mids.

Towson 16, Northeastern 6

The Huskies are TERRIBLE. Rob Ambrose’s bunch can’t lose games that are should-win, since there are only a couple on the schedule.

Morgan State 20, Delaware State 12

The Bears are playing REALLY good football right now.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Bob Haynie wonders who Ravens’ MVP is 6 weeks in

Drew Forrester calls out nameless commentators

Ed Frankovic says Caps 5-4 winners over Thrashers

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata believes defense needs to play ‘technically-sound football’

The Official Site says Ray Lewis, Todd Heap, Domonique Foxworth nominated for Community Service Award

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Dwan Edwards making difference after undergoing spinal fusion

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Samari Rolle believes secondary needs to ‘make plays’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Dwan Edwards made most of chance to start for Trevor Pryce

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco says Ravens do NOT have dominant defense

ESPN.com’s James Walker interested in seeing how much secondary improves during bye week

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Terrell Skinner, Danny Edwards will carry flags on field for tomorrow’s trip to Duke

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary Douglas OUT, Davin Meggett and Caleb Porzel will have to shoulder load at RB

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner explained squabble with Friedgen as ‘misunderstanding’

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Bruce Campbell’s injury has really hurt Chris Turner

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Kerry Boykins, Bennett Fulper will also miss tomorrow’s game against Devils

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge may have to choose between giving Morgan Green another shot or burning D.J. Adams’ redshirt

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Turner thinks Terps will be ‘loaded’ at QB in Spring

Washington Post’s Matt Bonesteel says Linganore OL prospect Havenstein picked Wisconsin over Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps facing Devils for first time in 5 years

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Duke 28-21

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says RB Re’quan Boyette, LB Abraham Kromah, WR Tyree Watkins will all miss tomorrow’s game for Duke

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says class of ’08 already panning out

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary Douglas will miss game with shoulder injury

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Stephen St. John not moving up to varsity yet, will play in JV game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Lansford Watson will also miss game

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Maryland, Duke battling to avoid being worst team in ACC

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Duke 28-20

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Carl Russell has improved this season (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says TE Schlothhauer called up to varsity, will travel to Durham (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings offers quick facts for Terps, Blue Devils

Turtle Sports Report’s Pete Volk says Tyler Smith still fully committed to Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Dino Gregory likely to be 5th starter

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Adrian Bowie, Cliff Tucker, Dino Gregory worked out with trainer Jay Hernandez in offseason

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary Williams doesn’t want to stick around too long, ‘cheat’ college basketball

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terrence Ross hung with future teammates James Padgett, Jordan Williams earlier this month (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says guard prospect Kenny Chery playing for former Terps assistant Michael Adams at Archbishop Carroll (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports’ Report’s Pete Volk checks in with ’10 prospect Tsafack (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter expects Dara Taylor, Anjale Barrett, Lynetta Kizer, Essence Townsend, Diandra Tchatchouang to be starting 5 for Terps (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says kicker Joe Buckley hot right now

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dobbs OUT for tomorrow’s game against Wake

Washington Post’s Camille Powell stacks up Proctor against Wake Forest QB Riley Skinner

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Kriss Proctor will start for Dobbs

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dobbs hurt himself on 2nd play of win over SMU

Winston-Salem Journal says Niumatalolo has ‘confidence’ in Proctor

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Dobbs could return next week against Temple

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Mids will need ‘resiliency’ to beat Demon Deacons (must subscribe)

Go Mids offers quick facts for Terps, Deacs

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site checks in with Midshipmen during first week of practice

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site’s Dan O’Connell remembers Tigers’ ’92 thriller over Northeastern

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says 4 Retrievers games will air on MASN

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Birds must make decisions on free agents Danys Baez, Mark Hendrickson

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Perrault threw scoreless inning of relief in Arizona Fall League

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Laurel-based Ravalo happy to be running at home in De Francis Dash

SWIMMING:

UK Press says Phelps headed to Great Britain for first time in December for ‘Duel in the Pool’

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-John Turner asked that we not discuss anything further, but here is what I can share with you from him….

“It’s gotten WAY too much attention. It’s a message board. Never meant for it to go to the media.

There have been other threads on the same topic and it was never publicized. I should have kept quiet. It’s embarrassing me and my family.”

I’m not gonna bother to go any farther than this. John needs to know that his public comments on a message board are available for ANYONE to see; but he was right to say he “should have kept quiet.”

-I was talking to a NFC Scout yesterday-who played for 10 years as a defensive player in the NFL. He said this to me about the blame everyone through towards Frank Walker in the 2nd half of the loss to the Vikings….

“Blaming Frank Walker for what happened in that game would be akin to blaming a wide receiver for not catching a football that is thrown 2 feet over his head. In those situations, there is nothing else a cornerback can do. The ball is WAY over his head because a play has broken down due to missed assignments and too much time for a CB to throw the ball.”

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

From everything I’ve gathered, the Jordan Williams situation is not a big deal for the Terps. Certainly it is embarrassing, but it doesn’t appear to be anything that will affect Jordan Williams moving forward on the court. In fact, the charges can possibly be dismissed if Jordan agrees to participate in an anger management program.

I do not know the details of the arrest (nor does anyone else), but from what I could gather in speaking to people yesterday who know about law enforcement, these are usually the types of charges that come from minor incidents where a fight was involved. It shouldn’t reflect on Jordan Williams being some sort of violent character.

With all of that being said, it is NOT okay for a Division 1 athlete to put himself in those types of situations. Jordan Williams is an important part of what is expected to be a renaissance for Gary Williams’ program. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jordan was suspended for the exhibition game this season (similar to how Greivis Vasquez was last season), but I would find any further punishment unlikely.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester believes Ravens will win in Foxborough Sunday

Glenn Clark says Trevor Pryce knows Ravens most pressure Tom Brady even if they can’t sack him

Drew Forrester says McGahee has been Ravens’ ‘best’ player thus far in ’09

Glenn Clark says Oher was best Raven on field Sunday, Drew Forrester says Flacco

Nestor Aparicio says 100 losses would be particularly embarrassing for Orioles

Drew Forrester hearing rumblings about Tom Kelly around Baltimore

Glenn Clark hopes to visit Samuel Adams Brewery while in Boston with Ravens this weekend

Bob Haynie wonders if Ravens fans still root for Kyle Boller

Ed Frankovic breaks down likely opening night roster for Capitals

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says bullpen couldn’t back up Hendrickson as Birds fell in Tampa Bay

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of 11th straight loss

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Jeremy Guthrie to face Wade Davis, Rays tonight

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Brian Roberts now one of just 5 players in MLB history to register 25 stolen bases, 50 doubles, 70 walks, 100 runs scored in 3 straight seasons

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Orioles shut down Chris Tillman for season

Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says 10,352 at Tropicana Field to see Rays rally past O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says MacPhail met with Peter Angelos last week to discuss Trembley’s future

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says after 11th straight loss, Markakis said ‘there’s only so much we can do’

The Sun’s Candus Thomson remembers “Why Not?” Birds 20 years later

The Sun’s Candus Thomson talks about memories of ’89 Orioles with Dave Johnson

The Sun’s Candus Thomson talks about memories of ’89 Orioles with Bill Ripken

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jim Johnson, Chris Ray will ‘probably’ compete for closer job in ‘10

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds would be better off beating out Pirates for Number 2 pick in Draft

Examiner Jay Trucker says Albers, Danys Baez, Chris Ray all struggled out of pen for Birds

The AP says Dave Trembley not feeling sorry for (him)self despite Orioles’ 11 game losing streak

St. Petersburg Times’ Joe Smith says Zobrist homered for Rays in win

Tampa Tribune’s Tony Fabrizio says Willy Aybar connected for 3 run HR in Rays’ win

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 28th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 29th in power rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh credited coached John Matsko and Andy Moeller for O-Line success

The Official Site says Harbaugh reports team dealing with ‘new concussions’, does not identify which players

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says John Eisenberg joined BaltimoreRavens.com as columnist

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis was back out at 1 Winning Drive Monday for meetings after suffering stinger Sunday vs. Browns

New England Patriots Official Site says team waived Prescott Burgess, added DL Terdell Sands

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Cam Cameron has offense ‘firing on all cylinders’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Patriots, Bengals, Vikings will all ‘test’ Ravens

The Sun’s Edward Lee says defensive backs happy coaching staff didn’t adjust strategy for Cleveland game after struggles against Chargers

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Harbaugh ‘complimentary’ towards Belichick in Monday press conference

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Derrick Mason credited Steve McNair after reaching 800 catch milestone

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco on pace for 4,474 yards passing; 32 TD’s and 10 picks

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Kruger’s agent denied report rookie DE/LB doesn’t want to play Special Teams

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says only Ravens QB’s to throw as much as Flacco were Grbac, Testaverde-who made more mistakes than Joe Cool

Boston Globe’s Christopher L. Gasper says Fred Taylor happy to lead RB by committee group for New England

Boston Herald’s Ian Rapoport says Wilfork diagnosed with ankle sprain, status for Sunday unknown

Worcester Telegram’s Rich Garven says Patriots amongst NFL leaders defensively

Providence Journal’s Shalise Manza Young says Jerod Mayo was off crutches in Pats locker room Monday

ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss says Patriots don’t have to give up Draft pick to Ravens for Burgess because Burgess didn’t play Sunday against Falcons

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 4th in power rankings

NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi imagines Ravens will be in AFC Championship Game in January

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gave Ravens B+ for performance in win Sunday

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens will learn about Patriots from Jets, Rex Ryan

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Domonique Foxworth, secondary bounced back well after struggles in San Diego

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s ACC opener against Clemson

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Tigers release (pdf)

Clemson Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Byrd Stadium

Clemson Official Site offers complete Tigers-Terps release (pdf)

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Titus Till returned to field over weekend

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Friedgen ‘dismayed’ by mistakes Terps making

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps must fix -10 turnover margin

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Adrian Moten, Wujciak playing tough despite struggles

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge thinks Chris Turner a bit ‘skittish’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps, Deacs to kick off at 6:30 on October 10

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says money owed to Ralph, James Franklin makes situation tricky for Debbie Yow

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Maryland on ESPN360 again against Wake Forest

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Wujciak moved into EJ Henderson, Erin Henderson area of individual game tackling performances in Friedgen era

Charleston Post and Courier’s Travis Sawchik says Xavier Dye, Dwayne Allen also unhappy about roles with Tigers

Columbia State’s Paul Strelow says Clemson QB Willy Korn ‘wants to play’

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Virginia has more reason for ‘hope’ than Maryland

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Boys Latin CB prospect Michael Turner visited College Park (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says WR Kerry Boykins getting attention for blocking (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Wujciak had big day for Terps in loss to Rutgers (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Carlos Olazagasti updates season for Maryland opponents

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Register Citizen’s Ronald DeRosa says Jordan Williams turned himself in on charges of breach of peace, third degree assault

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Jordan Williams was arrested with four other defendants for an incident near a mall

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says details of Jordan Williams arrest not available due to sealed warrant

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Jordan Williams turned himself into Torrington (CT) police Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jordan Williams due back in court Monday for arraignment

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says charges against Jordan Williams stemmed from incident last month

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary Williams released statement saying Terps will ‘let judicial system run its course’ in Jordan Williams case

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says George Howard honored again by MEAC

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with Air Force

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen/Falcons release (pdf)

Air Force Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Annapolis

Air Force Official Site offers complete Falcons/Mids release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo understands Commander-in-Chief Trophy makes game with AFA more important

Washington Post’s Camille Powell looks back on close games during Navy’s 6 game win streak over Air Force

Colorado Springs Gazette’s Jack Schaller says game against Midshipmen may be ‘most important’ game in Troy Calhoun’s tenure in Colorado Springs

Go Mids breaks down performances of Mids in win over Western Kentucky (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Rob Ambrose believes Tigers ‘getting a little better each and every week’

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Sean Kelly, Brandon Hudson honored by ACFC

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Steve Anderson says Borel to ride Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in Goodwood Stakes

GOLF:

The Sun’s Don Markus says Tom Watson will be ‘star’ of Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in Timonium this week

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team brought back Brian Bradford

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I hear Drew talking about how the Orioles should be a 70+ win next season, and I can only think to myself “with what players?” Having Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz take a step forward would only solve PART of this organization’s problem.

-Tom Kelly? I guess. Certainly he’s a guy who knows a thing or two about winning, but I think if the Orioles are really committed to winning, they need to go with a younger guy who can grow with the players but already knows about winning. I said before that Bob Melvin would be my guy, and I still think he should be.

-The Ravens WILL have interest in bringing back Prescott Burgess, but I doubt he ends up back in Baltimore. Burgess was let go because the team just didn’t have room for him on the roster anymore. They don’t suddenly have any.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Please get over to BCF.org to buy tickets to next Tuesday’s “2 Rings for O.J.” event to honor O.J. Brigance. WNST is in no way affiliated with the event, but we firmly support everything we can do to honor the great O.J. Brigance.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker to call Sunday’s game for CBS

Tom Clayton says Flacco, Matt Ryan continuing ‘meteoric ascension’ amongst QB’s

G.Q. says Sleigh Rider ‘Best Bet’ today at Laurel

Ed Frankovic says Caps assigned 6 players to Hershey

Nestor Aparicio says WNST.net now Alexa rated amongst top 100,000 most visited websites in world

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Dave Trembley particularly short with media following loss

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jeremy Guthrie takes hill tonight at Rogers Centre against Scott Richmond, Toronto

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis missed just second start of season

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Brian Roberts tied Berkman’s record for doubles by switch hitter with 55th

Toronto Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says Aaron Hill won game for Jays with walkoff double

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Danys Baez, Jim Johnson struggled before Sarfate took loss out of pen for O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Trembley going with Michael Aubrey at first to improve defense

Examiner Jay Trucker says Jay Gibbons’ contract finally about to come ‘off the books’

The AP says Shawn Camp got win for Jays in relief

Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin says Edwin Encarnacion homered for Jays in win

Toronto Globe and Mail’s Robert MacLeod says Jose Bautista scored winning run for Jays in 11th

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 26th in power rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens traded Burgess to Patriots for 7th round pick

The Official Site says team signed veteran TE Tony Curtis

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh ‘happy’ to have Kelley Washington contribute at WR, not just on Special Teams

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens bounced back from long road trip to San Diego

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Deion Sanders thought Ray’s tackle 2nd best play of weekend

The Official Site says Flacco enjoyed trip to San Diego

Cleveland Browns Official Site says Browns waived Martin Rucker, Marquis Floyd; added Anthony Madison, Greg Estandia

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Tony Curtis gives Ravens TE depth while LJ Smith recovers from hamstring injury

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Gaither uses cooking to build team ‘camaraderie’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelly Gregg’s knee ‘going good’

The Sun’s Mike Preston calls Chargers QB Phillip Rivers ‘a child’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Browns were going to claim Prescott Burgess off waivers

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Burgess, Lardarius Webb each made solid special teams plays against Bolts Sunday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelley Washington decided he’ll no longer do “The Squirrel”

The Sun’s Edward Lee says LJ Smith thought he ‘had a shot’ to play in SD, but couldn’t have played ’50,60 plays’ if Todd Heap had been hurt

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Rex Ryan learned to stop going to prevent after leaving Baltimore for Jets

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says McGahee learned not to have ‘hard head’ from ’08 season

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Tony Curtis nearly made Eagles roster out of Training Camp

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Ravens now ‘more dangerous’ with Flacco as QB

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Browns added CB/ST Anthony Madison, TE Greg Estandia to roster

Akron Beacon Journal’s Patrick McManamon says Brady Quinn ‘needs time’ to develop, but Browns ‘desperately need a win’

USA Today’s Jim Corbett says Ravens turning into ‘balanced championship contender capable of overtaking’ Steelers

USA Today has Ravens 2nd in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 10th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Ray Lewis’ tackle ‘ultimate blend of athleticism and brains’

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 5th in power rankings

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says 52 not thinking about Rex Ryan, last year

NBC Sports has Ravens 5th in power rankings

ESPN.com has Ravens 1st in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker expects Prescott Burgess to help New England

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens fans can’t claim ‘disrespect’ after team lifted to #1 in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Cam Cameron’s stock ‘rising’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Kenny Tate, Terrell Skinner each had to play 80+ plays Saturday against Blue Raiders

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph sticking with Da’Rel Scott despite two fumbles against Middle Tennessee

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps might have to face backup QB Jabu Lovelace

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terrell Skinner thought Terps wouldn’t have to go back on defense at end of MTSU game

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Fridge thinks Terps have found ‘hard luck’ early on

The AP says Don Brown’s defense ‘in transition’ still

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Ralph expects Da’Rel Scott to resume role as featured back Saturday

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Ralph reported Terps making mistakes in games that don’t occur during practice

The Diamondback has Terps 11th in ACC power rankings

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Adrian Cannon has just 10 catches when thrown to 21 times thus far this season

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says James Franklin thinks Terps would have blown out Raiders if not for turnovers, missed assignments

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell and Steve Yanda say Middle Tennessee State game had smallest crowd at Byrd Stadium since 2002

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Da’Rel Scott still 2nd in ACC in yards per game

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps would need to beat Rutgers, Virginia, Duke, Boston College, Wake Forest to reach bowl game

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell thinks Dan Hawkins, Charlie Weis should be on hotter seat than Ralph

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Maryland, Rutgers battling for recruiting presence in Washington, Baltimore, New Jersey, etc.

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner facing Rutgers safety Lefeged again after Lefeged’s hit on Steffy forced Turner into action for first time

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph had no update on injury status of Bruce Campbell or Jamari McCullough

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Eric Franklin to be 7th true freshman to play in ‘09

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin wants ball in Torrey Smith’s hands

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Terps got off to similar start in ’08

Newark Star-Ledger’s Tom Luicci says Rutgers coach Schiano reported freshman QB Tom Savage might not be good to go Saturday after suffering head injury against Florida International

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps can’t go into Rutgers showdown off back to back losses

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps, Virginia, Boston College make it unlikely ACC will fill bowl tie-ins

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Ralph knows Terps in ‘tough situation’ going into game against Scarlet Knights (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen says DE Justin Anderson ‘lucky to be alive’ (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings recaps best and worst moments from MTSU game (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Carlos Olazagasti updates season for Terps’ 2009 opponents (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy says Greivis Vasquez 2nd best shooting guard in country

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says St. Anthony (NJ) forward prospect Devon Collier thinks ACC would be ‘good fit’ (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says ‘ambition’ drove Sasho Cirovski to College Soccer greatness

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says MASN to air Navy’s trip to SMU 10/17

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo believes Midshipmen have ‘backs against the wall’ Saturday against Western Kentucky

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Joe Buckley, Jon Teague again competing for kicker job

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says OC Ivin Jasper ‘visibly frustrated’ with Ricky Dobbs’ decisions in loss to Pitt

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Teague competing with Buckley again because Buckley missed 2 FG’s against Panthers

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says with Southern Methodist game on MASN, all games to be televised

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Buddy Green’s defense ‘struggling on opening drives’

Go Mids updates Mids’ 2009 opponents

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Navy, Army, Georgia Tech not dominating on ground with triple option (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Tigers’ trip to Morgan State Saturday

UMBC SOCCER:

The Official Site says Andrew Bulls scored to lift Retrievers past Loyola 1-0

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tim Miller named to Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Glenye Cain Oakford says 1990 Preakness winner Summer Squall euthanized

BOXING:

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mark “TNT” Tucker fighting for USBO Championship Friday night at Carroll County Agricultural Center

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Orioles lose tonight and Drew Forrester owes me another Chinese lunch. Believe it or not, I’ll be rooting for the Birds.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 10 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Didn’t have time to finish posting links this morning; VERY SORRY. Heading out to Owings Mills now, will post our NFL picks later today.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester explains how “See The Birds” came about

Nestor Aparicio says WNST will continue to ‘help’ Orioles

Glenn Clark says Ravens wearing new “53 Mighty Men of Baltimore” jackets

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says Brian Roberts’ 50th double not enough as Birds fell to BoSox

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says B-Rob joined former Hall of Famers Tris Speaker, Paul Waner, Stan Musial as only players with 3 or more 50+ double seasons

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says after day off tonight, Chris Tillman to face Andy Pettitte tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says Henn, Uehara added to roster

Red Sox Official Site’s John Barone says Victor Martinez’s pinch hit, bases clearing double lifted Sox past Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds fell to 1-8 at Fenway Park this season in front of 37,712

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Adam Jones moved to 60 day DL, will miss rest of season

The Sun’s Peter Hermann says 4 men arrested after stealing #8 statue honoring Cal Ripken outside Camden Yards

The Sun says Janet Marie Smith named VP of planning and development

The AP says Albers took loss, Danys Baez gave up Martinez’s 2B

Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin says Paul Byrd started, got no decision for Red Sox in win over O’s

Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman says Delcarmen struggled out of pen for Sox in win

Providence Journal’s Kevin McNamara says Billy Wagner gave Sox lift out of pen, picked up win

Worcester Telegram’s Bill Ballou says Birds, Sox combined for 27 hits; 22 of which were singles

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh impressed by free agent Tyree, team will continue to monitor his health

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mark Clayton not on Ravens’ first injury report

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says new GM (Pioli), new coach (Haley), new QB (Cassel) give Chiefs element of ‘surprise’

The Official Site says KC Coach Haley thinks Harbaugh, Dolphins coach Sparano ‘set bar high’ for first year coaches

The Official Site says Chris Carr left Titans for Baltimore to play Ravens’ ‘style of defense’

The Official Site’s Mallory Steinberg says Clayton made appearance Tuesday at SEED School

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site says Haley not sure if team will have answer on Cassel until gametime

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site says CB Brandon Flowers, RB Jackie Battle joined Cassel as ‘limited’ in practice

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site says Larry Johnson ‘not mad’ at Terrell Suggs for taunting him in last matchup

The Sun’s Ken Murray says acquiring players like Oher, Foxworth shows Ravens’ desire for ‘speed’

The Sun’s Lorraine Mirabella says Pizza Hut, Reebok amongst companies seeing commercial value in Flacco

The Sun’s Matt Bracken cleans up after me

The Sun’s Edward Lee says new OL Moll was ‘surprised’ to be traded from Packers to Ravens

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Haley thought Harbaugh did ‘tremendous job’ as first year coach in ‘08

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Sporting News sees Reed, Ray Lewis, Birk, Suggs, Ngata amongst best 100 players in NFL

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Harbaugh lost his cool during practice thinking TV cameras were recording parts of practice he didn’t want filmed

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh said Ravens would ‘take it slow’ with David Tyree

The Sun’s Edward Lee says LJ Smith only Raven to not ‘fully’ participate in practice

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Larry Johnson last back to rush for 100 yards against Ravens

7 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens to beat Chiefs

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Derrick Mason believes offense will be ‘light years ahead’ of where they were last year

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Yanda ‘feels good’, expects Chester to start at RG

The AP says even without Rex Ryan, Ravens defense might be ‘better’

Washington Times’ Bob Cohn says Harbaugh, Ravens ready to ‘build’ on last year’s trip to AFC Championship Game

Kansas City Star’s Adam Teicher says Todd Haley ‘encouraged’ with Clancy Pendergast’s defense

8 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens to top Chiefs

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 4th in power rankings

SI’s Ross Tucker thinks Ray Rice will have ‘breakout’ season

5 of 7 Sporting News analysts pick Ravens to make playoffs

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says Brandon Marshall could ‘learn’ from McGahee

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says McNair was ‘more than player’ to Titans coach Jeff Fisher

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager says former Ravens coach Billick knows he ‘missed’ with Boller

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps will be ‘inconsistent’ again this season

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Tom Brattan confirmed Bruce Campbell will miss James Madison game Saturday

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says players truly believed they weren’t far from being competitive against Bears

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says RJ Dill will make first career start at RT vs. Dukes

Washington Post’s Kathy Orton says Madison win over Terps would be another feather in CAA’s cap

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Campbell could miss ‘more time’ dealing with turf toe

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen unsure of whether sick football player dealing with swine flu

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell noticing less ‘fan interest’ in Terps this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps trying to ‘learn’ from blowout loss at California

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says JMU beat writer Mike Barber thinks Dukes must avoid turnovers to have shot at beating Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Adrian Cannon was most ‘targeted’ WR in Berkeley (5 catches of 10 balls thrown to him)

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tyler Bowen, Pete deSouza could fit in OT mix

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says WR LaQuan Williams (Poly) almost went to Madison

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former DL Dion Armstrong ended up at Butler Community College in Kansas

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Justin Gilbert will also be in mix to replace Campbell

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tony Logan was ‘limited’ again in practice, meaning Kenny Tate could end up handling punt returns again

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says James Franklin already had ‘answers’ ready for questions regarding offensive performance at Cal (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Ralph going with youngsters like Bennett Fulper, Isaiah Ross (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Mychal Parker excited to make another visit to College Park (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says tickets still available for Saturday’s home opener against Louisiana Tech

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says safety Emmett Merchant started improvement once he felt he ‘belonged’

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ivin Jasper admitted to ‘second guessing’ play call on 2 point conversion attempt that would have tied Ohio State

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says last year’s leading rusher Shun White working with Mids’ slotbacks

Shreveport Times’ Jimmy Watson says La Tech LB Adrien Cole ‘impressed’ with Midshipmen

Go Mids’ Chris Rohe breaks down individual matchups with Louisiana Tech (must subscribe)

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says WR Matt Cahill showing ability in senior season

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Billera helping Terror in return game

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Tigers amongst teams interested in Dunbar prospect Derrell Edwards

UMBC LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Bob Chavez says former Retriever Poillon selected by Philadelphia Wings in NLL Draft

STEVENSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Mustangs up for LaxWorld honors

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Speedo extended deal with Michael Phelps through 2013

GOLF:

The Sun says John Cook, Jay Haas, Nick Price, Jeff Sluman all committed to Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Glenye Cain Oakford says Pioneerof The Nile retired to stud at Vinery in Lexington

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Drew and I both picked the Titans tonight FWIW.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

I cannot confirm the Philadelphia Daily News story that says the Ravens have been interested in any WR’s that might be freed up by the Eagles; but I CAN say that the story is COMPLETELY logical.

Guys like Hank Baskett or Reggie Brown would already come in with familiarity towards John Harbaugh, and a likely willingness to contribute on special teams.

The Ravens DON’T have a 5th receiver on this roster right now. Justin Harper just isn’t consistent enough. Jayson Foster is too small. Yamon Figurs is not good enough without contributing as a returner.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Clayton told him he thought he’d be ready for Saturday’s game in Charlotte

Luke Jones wonders if Samari Rolle’s career may be over

Drew Forrester says Reimold should have tried to make play on Marte’s HR in 9th

Bob Haynie says Terps have 14 commitments now after adding PA O-Lineman

G.Q. says Timonium to host racing on 7 of 11 days during Maryland State Fair

Michael Schilling credits Sun for taking Orioles baserunning to task

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jim Johnson blows game in 9th as Birds fell to Indians

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Adam Jones ‘close’ to returning

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Robby Hammock, Sarfate, Uehara amongst likely September 1 roster additions

Indians Official Site’s Jeff Seidel says Andy Marte homered in 9th to lift Tribe past O’s

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says home run ruined solid effort from David Hernandez

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Trembley believes Jones ‘close’ to returning

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Baines to join Steve Barber, Cal Ripken Sr. & Jr. as Maryland natives in Orioles Hall

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Danys Baez also had bullpen issues after looking ‘unhittable’

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says nearly 14,000 at Camden Yards saw Birds blow game late

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Harold Baines will be inducted into Orioles Hall of Fame this weekend

The AP says Mora, Wieters homered for Birds in loss

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes says Tribe’s rally got Cumberland native Laffey off the hook

Akron Beacon Journal’s Sheldon Ocker says Matt LaPorta had key hit before Marte hit winning HR

SI’s Ted Keith has Birds 29th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Scott Miller says Trembley’s future in Baltimore ‘uncertain’

ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark says Bergesen, Reimold still alive in race for AL Rookie of the Year

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Bob McCrory loser as Durham’s Chris Richard homered in 9th to top Tides

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Freddy Deza loser as Bowie fell to Akron

Frederick Keys Official Site says Keys eliminated from playoff contention with loss to Kinston, Wilmington’s win

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says McCurry threw 6 shutout innings as Shorebirds blanked Lake County

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Joshua Dowdy loser in relief as Aberdeen blanked by Vermont

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Fabrizio loser as Orioles fell to Danville

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Tides’ Gathright went 2-3 with walk, stolen base in loss to Durham

Examiner Jay Trucker says Prince George’s Stadium offers good beer selection, opportunities for kids

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Shorebirds’ 6’7”, 255 pound 1B Joe Mahoney has 29 stolen bases

Frederick News-Post says Sean Gleason took loss as Frederick fell to Kinston

Virginian-Pilot says Chris George stellar in Harbor Park debut, but Bulls beat Tides’ bullpen late

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens happy to be back in Owings Mills

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh plans to give all return reps to Carr, Webb

The Official Site says Harbaugh confirms starters will at least go whole first half vs. Carolina

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Bart Scott didn’t intend to ‘disrespect’ John Harbaugh with post-game quotes Monday night

The Sun’s Ken Murray and Edward Lee say Mark Clayton won’t play Saturday at Panthers

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Figurs, Foster likely out of running for return job

The Sun’s Michael Sragow says “Blind Side” director John Lee Hancock realized Oher’s story movie-worthy 50 pages into Michael Lewis’ book

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Frank Walker joined Terrell Suggs in wearing anti-Steelers gear

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Clayton feels no pain in hamstring

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mark Clayton could return for Atlanta game next Thursday

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Oher will be ‘tested’ by Carolina’s Peppers

ESPN.com’s James Walker says former Raven Boller played well for Rams in win over Bengals

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Cam Cameron always adding ‘new wrinkles’ to Ravens offense

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Torrey Smith’s kick return TD amongst highlights of Thursday night’s scrimmage at Byrd Stadium

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph thinks Scott, Meggett both ‘Number 1 tailbacks’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says WR’s Adrian Cannon, Torrey Smith, Ronnie Tyler, Kevin Dorsey, Quintin McCree, LaQuan Williams, Kerry Boykins, Tony Logan, Emani Lee-Odai to travel to Berkley

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says D.J. Adams lead Terps in rushing in scrimmage with 59 yards

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says James Franklin not thrilled with TE play

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Anthony Green returned INT 71 yards for TD in scrimmage

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps have no current plans to play game at FedEx Field (which will host Boise State-Virginia Tech and Penn State-Indiana in coming years)

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Abington Heights (PA) O-Lineman Conaboy commit to Terps

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says freshmen QB’s Danny O’Brien, C.J. Brown ‘impressing’ in camp

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Travis Ivey ‘not concerned’ about team’s D-Line depth

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Ferrara, Barbour each made long kicks in Thursday night’s scrimmage

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says camp has been described as fun, relaxed

Washington Post’s Mike Wise says Ralph has weight problems under ‘control’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph thinks O’Brien ‘grasps offense’ better than Brown

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Justin Lewis, Lamar Young, Bennett Fulper to all get playing time on O-Line

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph thinks Turner ‘mature’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Carl Russell, Jared Harrell, Derek Drummond will also rotate in at DE

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell wonders if Ralph will still be in good mood next week as Terps prepare for Cal

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says freshman Isaiah Ross could make impact for Terps at DE

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Coach Lempa thinks safeties McCullough, Tate ‘smart’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Travis Baltz ‘sharp’ in scrimmage

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former Terp Josh Portis lost first start with California (PA)

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Adrian Cannon was leading receiver in scrimmage

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Bruce Campbell likely to be highest Terp selected in 2010 NFL Draft

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Sule, Wujciak forced turnovers in scrimmage

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Gary Douglas tied with Morgan Green for 3rd RB spot (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Ralph particularly happy about Terps in camp (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Deege Galt comfortable at ‘anchor end’ in Don Brown’s defense (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Jeff Ermann says Conaboy picked Terps over Pitt, Rutgers, Minnesota, Temple, West Virginia, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, New Mexico State, Illinois, Akron, UConn, Michigan State, Marshall, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, and Oregon

Turtle Sports Report’s Allen Wallace says Conaboy ’99 percent committed’ to Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps interested in St. Anthony (Jersey City) prospect Devon Collier (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Rob Ambrose, senior players spoke at kickoff luncheon on campus Wednesday

The Official Site says Tiger players helped students move in across campus

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says tickets available for Sept. 12 opener at Akron

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Slotback Marcus Curry returning to ‘form’ after early health issues

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says coaches getting after new center DeMell

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says John Angelo doesn’t remember hit that knocked him out of Wake Forest game last season

Go Mids’ Matt Zemek says fans shouldn’t worry if Midshipmen struggle to open season

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Eagles to open new arena Dec. 5 vs. Morgan

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Hawks players helped students move in on Princess Anne campus

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says 6’8” TE Woody Butler ‘freak’ on offense for Terror

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Belmont winner Summer Bird could take step towards Eclipse Award with win in Travers Stakes

Thoroughbred Times’ Phil Janack says Quality Road, Kensei getting more hype at Shadwell Travers than Summer Bird

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS:

The Sun’s Childs Walker and Kevin Van Valkenburg say Binky Jones to headline Shogun Fights card at First Mariner Arena in October

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s David Zurawik says Levinson’s documentary on Colts marching band to premiere on ESPN Oct. 13

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Want a pick for tomorrow night? Panthers 20, Ravens 17. But I might just be picking the Panthers because teams that go 4-0 in the preseason don’t have a great history of Super Bowl success.

-It was funny to watch the meltdown of fans on Facebook and Twitter last night after the Indians beat the Orioles. Mostly because the only thing I could think was “are you surprised?”

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

David Hernandez will have some value for the Orioles in the offseason should they choose to trade him. I’m not certain that he will ever pan out to be a great pitcher, but last night’s game was an example of the promise he’s shown at this level that could make him a legitimate trade chip.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Mark Clayton, Terrell Suggs won’t play vs. Washington Thursday

Nestor Aparicio says Ravens should just say ‘no thanks’ to Vick

Matt Duggins says Teixeira better off having signed with Yankees than Birds

Keith Melchior wonders if fans angry about current state of Orioles

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez impressive as Birds topped Athletics

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jason Berken takes hill in finale vs. Mazzaro, A’s

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara eyeing September return in bullpen

Athletics Official Site’s Brian Eller says Cahill solid, but O’s topped Oakland

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says 23,000 saw Birds top A’s at Camden Yards

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck imagines MacPhail defending himself to fans

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Brian Roberts made very bad baserunning blunder

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says team holding “State of the Orioles” event before Angels game Saturday

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Markakis extended streak to 32 straight games reaching base

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley was happy with relief efforts from Albers, Danys Baez, Jim Johnson in win

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ former Oriole Tettleton

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Birds reportedly agree to terms with draft picks Ashur Tolliver, Randy Henry, Ryan Berry

Examiner Jay Trucker says Tillman may be great pitcher, may be Hayden Penn

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Jim Johnson pitched 9th for 4th save of year

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says ‘lack of options’ amongst reasons Trembley won’t take Guthrie out of rotation

The AP says Birds beat A’s for first time in over 2 years

San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser says Adam Kennedy, Scott Hairston homered for A’s in loss

Oakland Tribune’s Curtis Pashelka says Chad Moeller’s 5th inning single ignited Athletics’ winning rally

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 26th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says David Pauley loser as Birds shut out by Scranton

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Ouellette winner in relief as Baysox topped New Hampshire

Frederick Keys Official Site says Sean Gleason loser as Keys fell to Potomac

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Salberg loser as Shorebirds fell to Charleston

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Haughian winner as Ironbirds topped Williamsport

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Justin Moore winner as Bluefield topped Pulaski

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell had 3 hits for Baysox in win over Fisher Cats

Frederick News-Post says Waring’s 3 run bomb accounted for all runs in Keys’ loss to Potomac

Virginian-Pilot says Russ Ortiz shut down Tides for Yankees

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens OK with Flacco throwing picks in practice, don’t want him throwing picks in preseason games

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh believes Redskins game ‘extension of Training Camp’

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Training Camp in Westminster dates back to Colts

The Official Site says Harbaugh won’t name players who will miss Thursday’s game

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Troy Smith had been victim of fake Twitter account

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Figurs, Edgar Jones made stellar catches Tuesday at McDaniel College

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Derrick Mason dislocated right middle finger during practice

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Frank Walker, Figurs got into scuffle during Tuesday practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Hauschka to be kicker of record in first half, Gano in 2nd half of first preseason game

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Frank Walker thinks fights happen because players competing for roster spots

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jonathan Ogden thinks Oher ‘tremendous athlete’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says despite rumors, Ravens shoot down interest in signing free agent QB Michael Vick

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh said Reed took off red jersey for ‘strategy’ against Flacco

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says besides Mason; WR’s Clayton, Williams also dealing with injuries

The Sun’s Edward Lee says J.O. has ‘no regrets’ about retirement

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says McGahee has ‘healthy body and attitude’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mason’s injury ‘not regarded as serious’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Demetrius Williams, Jared Gaither, Todd Heap all plan to take field at M&T Bank Stadium Thursday night

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says new DC Greg Mattison in ‘tough situation’ taking over job

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Ravens will be ‘limited’ at WR vs. Skins

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Terrell Suggs compared Ray Rice to Barry Sanders

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Justin Harper, Marcus Smith should get reps in Thursday night’s game

ESPN.com’s Sal Paolantonio says Ravens know they must pressure Roethlisberger to beat Steelers

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says RB Gary Douglas impressive on Day 2 of practice

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps cut $300,000 from football budget

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph doesn’t know how much new RB’s Porzel, D.J. Adams might see field

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Mike Barbour, Nick Wallace ahead of Nick Ferrera in kicking competition

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Don Brown thinks Terps’ defense similar to Skins’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Kevin Lempa believes Kenny Tate ‘biggest safety (he’s ) ever coached’

Examiner Matthew Bouchard thinks Maryland’s relationship with Under Armour should continue to develop

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Travis Hawkins, Caleb Porzel will also get chances to return punts

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Baltz great player, but no one wants to see him on field

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Don Brown ‘talks with pinkie’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph thinks Don Brown’s defense could be ‘intense and patient’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Da’Rel Scott appears to have added muscle

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Cal favored by 21.5 points over Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says A.J. Francis will start at nose tackle if Dion Armstrong can’t get eligible

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says OL Gonnella doesn’t think line will use ‘inexperience as crutch’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says kicking situation similar to ’05, ’06 battles between Egekeze, Ennis

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner’s, Scott’s jerseys available in campus bookstore

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Adams, Porzel will get more work in scrimmage than starter Scott

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Armstrong has physical issues beyond academic ones

Washington Times’ David Elfin says Edwin Williams, Scott Burley most recent former Terps to join Joe Bugel’s O-Line with Skins

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Terps headed to EagleBank Bowl

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says freshman LB’s Darin Drakeford, Avery Murray might make ‘impact’ (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps ready to put pads on, start hitting (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty says O-Line ‘young’, ‘inexperienced’ besides Bruce Campbell, Phil Costa

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former Terp Dave Neal headed to Ireland for more school, hoops

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps recently offered DeMatha combo guard Jerian Grant (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Crystal Langhorne thinks ‘confidence’ reason for strong 2nd season with Washington Mystics

Tribune Newspapers’ Fred Mitchell says former Terp Toliver has played ‘sparingly’ for WNBA’s Chicago Sky

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Arundel QB Billy Cosh chose Kansas State with father (Chris) over joining Tigers

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers to visit Morgan State, Navy this season

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Niumatalolo impressed by freshman De’Von Richardson

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says QB Dobbs must go from ‘flashy’ to starter

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says sophomore QB’s Kameron Smith, Kriss Proctor show ‘promise’

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Naval Academy continues open practice policy

UMES BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says American highlights Hawks’ home schedule

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror return very experienced team

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra worked out at Saratoga

Thoroughbred Times’ Phil Janack says Rachel Alexandra put in first work since winning Haskell Invitational

The AP’s Beth Harris says Baffert going to Hall of Fame ‘on high’

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says 5 Mariners honored by AIFA

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Brian Rowland, Paul Robson honored by USL-2

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The Ravens need SOMEONE to play at WR tomorrow night. They need Joe Flacco to get some confidence in his first legitimate passes of the year, and I’m not sure Jayson Foster can do that for them.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Some Worthless Observations On A Worthless Night For Baseball ….

Posted on 10 August 2009 by Rex Snider

I’m not about to double-talk or spew words out of both sides of my mouth. That’s right, no politics for me …..

I’ve been a staunch supporter of Andy MacPhail’s renovation project. I’m still a supporter. In fact, this is the easiest time to jump ship and join the masses of those who believe Baltimore will not host a baseball game, in Mid-October, before Barack Obama’s presidency ends.

With my optimism intact, tonight is hard to take. The Oakland A’s ??? Are you freakin’ kidding me ??? They’ve got the worst offensive attack in the game, and most of the team’s original power (Holliday, Giambi, Cabrera) has exited, since they last visited Baltimore, a couple months ago.

Yet, this watered-down version of the A’s is laying an ass-kickin’ on the Orioles. THANK GOD for thunderstorms, huh?

Let’s look at it this way …..

I could devote the remainder of this blog to my thoughts on how the Orioles played another lackluster game, but who really wants to read that? We all know it. Instead, I’m gonna mention a few things that came to mind while watching the game.

I hope you enjoy …..

• Is there anything worse than sitting in humid, blistering heat, while watching a horrible baseball game? The MASN broadcast showed plenty of fans, whose shirts were drenched in sweat. And, how about the little kids going shirtless? It reminded me of the Memorial Stadium decorum – one of the night’s lighter moments.

• It’s official, Aubrey Huff, Danys Baez and Melvin Mora have cleared waivers. All three players are free agents following the season (Mora has a buyout option), and contenders still don’t want ‘em.

• For some reason, Jason Jubb had a devout interest in personally observing tonite’s game between two very bad baseball teams. During the NASTY thunderstorm, he sent me a text message, wishing the formally-attired dude who held Snoop Dogg’s umbrella at Ravens Camp, last week, was nearby.

• Why would anyone go to an Orioles game during this series? I’ll bet the casual Orioles fan cannot name a single player in the A’s starting lineup.

• If I was the Orioles equipment manager, I’d bend the visor portion of every new hat before issuing them to players. I really HATE that stupid, flat look.

• Last week, Drew Forrester jokingly suggested the Orioles should hold a “reverse jerseys” night and wear the road grey uniform for a home game, against the Red Sox. Honestly, after attending Orioles games for 35 years, I can say I’ve never seen the grey roadies, in person. Yes, I would go to a game against the A’s, if they wore these uniforms.

• Speaking of GREY, someone needs to get Jim Palmer’s attention. No offense, but 63 year old men don’t have full heads of brown hair. It’s time to work in a little bit of grey.

• I watched Dave Trembley’s postgame news conference. I looked for something to exploit, as “worthless” for this blog. But, I didn’t have a problem with any of his answers. His team gave a worthless performance and there is no way of defending it.

• The announced attendance was 14,688 (30% full capacity), which must have included the 10,000 fans at Ravens Camp ANY DAY, last week. Do the Orioles really think we’re so STUPID ???

• I can think of worse things than an Orioles vs. A’s game. Doubt it? Perhaps, I’ll remind you, next January, when we’re cleaning ice off our windshields in the pre-dawn hours.

HAVE A GOOD NIGHT …..

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 10 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

In the same way that I was not overwhelmed by Brian Matusz’s victory over the Tigers, I’m not overly down about his loss yesterday. He’s not a great pitcher yet……but maybe he will become one. If he does, it won’t be tomorrow.

Matusz is the first kid whose timing I’ve been concerned about a bit. This is a bad time for someone to be up. Once the rosters expand in September, the season becomes “silly season” for EVERY team in baseball. But in August, being in Baltimore is just strange-and that probably hurts young players a bit. They’re not sure if they’re supposed to really be giving their entire effort, or if they’re supposed to just try to go out and do what they did at the minor league level.

That’s what comes with losing baseball. This is Birdland!

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw rumored to be making appearance at Training Camp

Luke Jones doesn’t think too much can be made from Flacco’s performance in Training Camp

Glenn Clark doubts Zaun too unhappy about leaving for Tampa Bay

Tom Clayton loves Camden Yards memories, but feels like ‘broken’ baseball fan now

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Erika Gilbert says Matusz hit hard in loss to Blue Jays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

MLB.com’s Erika Gilbert says Markakis reached base in 30th straight game

MLB.com’s Erika Gilbert says Jeremy Guthrie to take hill tonight vs. Gio Gonzalez, Athletics

MLB.com’s Erika Gilbert says Roberts had day off Sunday, Trembley hopes he can play tonight

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 27,464 at Rogers Centre saw Birds lose series to Jays

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Aubrey Huff, Melvin Mora, Danys Baez cleared waivers

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says A’s come to Baltimore struggling, dumping veterans

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Tillman dealing with mildly strained groin

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Matusz threw 62 pitches in just 2 2/3 innings in loss

The AP says Wells, Scutaro, Millar homered for Blue Jays in win over Birds

Toronto Star’s Mark Zwolinski says Halladay received run support to help improve to 12-5

Toronto Sun’s Mike Rutsey says Halladay now 20-4 in career against O’s

Toronto Globe and Mail’s Tim Wharnsby says Scutaro finished with 4 hits in Toronto’s win

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Tanaka loser as Baysox swept by Portland

Frederick Keys Official Site says Waring, Widlansky, Crancer homered for Keys in win over Winston-Salem

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says series finale between Ironbirds, Doubledays suspended in 2nd due to rain

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Gary Helmick 2-4 with 2 runs scored as Orioles topped Elizabethtown

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Tides’ Andy Mitchell still waiting chance to pitch in Baltimore

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell hit first HR since being acquired in loss to Sea Dogs

Frederick News-Post’s Adam Pohl says Moreland winner for Keys over Dash

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Rod Woodson said he was ‘proud to be a Raven’ in Hall of Fame induction speech

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens have great depth on D-Line with Gregg, Ngata, Bannan, Divens, Edwards, Pryce, McKinney, etc.

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Grubbs, Oher, Cousins, Ayanbadejo all practiced Sunday

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says ‘heat and physical demands’ of Training Camp nothing for Iraq veteran, rookie LB Tony Fein

The Sun’s Mike Preston says WR Justin Harper ‘lighting up the turf’ at McDaniel College

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says center Birk ‘feels like rookie’ in new system

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco not building house in Westminster

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Figurs fighting to make roster spot in Training Camp this year

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Birk will be ‘great fit’ in AFC North

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tony Logan will get first chance to replace Danny Oquendo as punt returner

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph trying to get Terps back to status they reached in his first 3 seasons in College Park

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says new DC Don Brown giving Terps defensive ‘makeover’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says getting Dion Armstrong back would be ‘bonus’ for Don Brown

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former UMass head man Brown wouldn’t eliminate potential interest in future head coaching opportunities

USA Today’s Skip Wood says nothing surprising about former Terp DHB’s struggles in Oakland

Inside MD Sports’ Jeff Ermann says future Terp Titus Till ‘head smacker’

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty says Bishop McNamara WR prospect Brandon Coleman knows who he likes, but not in rush to make decision (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo allowed plebes to spend time with parents Friday

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Marcus Curry ‘ready for spotlight’ (must subscribe)

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Aaron Wright says Bears return 14 starters when opening practice today

BALTIMORE COLTS:

SI’s Peter King says holding Unitas’ contract amongst highlights of Hall of Fame visit

NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora says Unitas greatest Hall of Famer ever

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I’ll be down in College Park for Maryland football Media Day today; and will hope to get you guys some video over the next couple weeks with a few players. This will really be the “season of Chris Turner”, as the senior QB is in his 2nd season under James Franklin-and the two should be familiar with each other. He also has very good talent at his disposal at RB, and has the chance to throw to a very deep group of WR’s. O-Line play could still be the team’s Achilles heel, but this one is on Turner to figure things out.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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