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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 27 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because somebody decided to make my week yesterday and alter the Perry Hall High School Wikipedia page. As you know, there was an update made yesterday morning to note the significance of the “Apologist of the Year” award won by Steve Melewski…

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But later in the day; someone (and if you’re reading, I can only say “Thank You”) decided to update the PHHS page again to add an additional member to the “Notable Alumni” section…

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You better believe it’s going on my resume.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Ravens LB Sergio Kindle will miss Training Camp with fractured skull

I don’t know how much I can add here. Like I said yesterday-this is terrible news to start the season. Not season-defining news necessarily, but terrible news nonetheless.

Before being dismissive of the significance of Kindle’s injury, I would suggest you take a look at the roster from a personnel standpoint. This team gave up over 207 yards per game from a passing defense standpoint last year. That was still worthy of a Top 10 defensive ranking; but it’s a number that needs to improve as this team tries to win the AFC North and reach Dallas to play in the Super Bowl.

Sergio Kindle was (almost certainly) not going to step in here and post double digit sacks the way someone like Shawne Merriman did; but he was going to give them depth at OLB and a speedy, athletic look opposite Terrell Suggs when he was on the field. The team CLEARLY hoped his presence would help improve the pass rush; even if he wasn’t solely responsible for posting big sack numbers.

The Ravens really don’t have much depth at OLB. Suggs and Jarret Johnson are the starters; but other than Kindle-the depth includes Edgar Jones (a converted TE/ILB/FB/Centerfielder?), Paul Kruger (who the team had bulk up in the offseason for a move to DE), and both Antwan Barnes and Prescott Burgess. They could also ask another of their many ILB’s to move outside (Jameel McClain comes to mind); but none would be likely to help the pass rush even at the level Kindle could have.

That’s just reality.

The other thing I’ve heard a lot in the immediacy of the Kindle injury is “well, Paul Kruger didn’t do anything for us last year after HE was a 2nd round pick.”

True, sure. But you have to understand that the Ravens were UNBELIEVABLY disappointed in what they got from Paul Kruger last season. We’ll always remember his interception against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but that was about it from the rookie from Utah last season. The organization has MUCH higher expectations from players selected that high in the NFL Draft.

Man, two straight days we start this thing on such a downer. Good news ahead?

2. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Ravens reported to Westminster ‘built for Super Bowl run’

Despite the reality of the Sergio Kindle situation and the month-long Ed Reed distraction, the Troy Smith drama and Cary Williams’ suspension; the Ravens are STILL opening the season with Super Bowl aspirations, and rightfully so.

I had an interesting Twitter conversation with former Ravens TE Dan Wilcox (you can follow him @83DEGREEZ and us @WNST) a few weeks ago about what it takes to win a Super Bowl. I argued that having the right players made up about 80% of the formula for winning the title; with coaching and chemistry making up the other 20% of the formula. Dan disagreed, arguing that chemistry and mental approach made up MUCH more of the formula than I was giving it credit for.

Clearly this isn’t scientific, but Dan WOULD know a thing or two about being part of a winning team-having reached the AFC Championship Game in his final season just two years ago.

If my formula is right, the Ravens have the athletes to win and should make a real push.

If Dan’s formula is right, well, I’m not so sure.

3. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Ravens agreed to 3 year deal with 2nd round pick Terrence Cody

Go ahead and get all of your jokes out right now…

“I heard the Westminster Chick-Fil-A had to call the National Guard for reserves.”
“Are there enough delivery drivers in Carroll County to keep the big man happy?”

Cody didn’t look to have put on any more weight, but hopefully we’ll find out today (Luke Jones is on the field at McDaniel College as I type) exactly what Cody’s weight is as Camp begins.

And then hopefully moving forward we won’t have to continuously update this.

(Edit from GMC: UPDATE. He failed his conditioning test. Awesome news.)

4. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ed Reed, Fabian Washington, Lardarius Webb amongst those who will start camp on PUP list

None of that is surprising-it will be more interesting to see who else MIGHT end up on the PUP list while returning from injury.

By the way, a reminder that this ISN’T the “miss the first 6 weeks of the season” PUP list; this is a PUP list for Training Camp-and there are some clerical matters involved. These guys can go on the PUP list now but be removed before Monday Night Football on September 13.

I’m REALLY hoping that the team DOESN’T put Sofia Vergara on the PUP list. That would be criminal (Thanks Guyism!)…

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5. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says John Harbaugh plans to ‘work out’ issues with Ed Reed

And before we move on from the Ravens, a couple of things:

-If you missed Drew Forrester’s chat with veteran NFL agent Ralph Cindrich this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST-it was really interesting. They discussed Sergio Kindle, his former client Troy Smith and the agent issues currently surrounding USC and NCAA Football in general. The conversation is in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net if you want to check it out. Ravens rookie WR David Reed joined Thyrl Nelson on “The Mobtown Sports Beat”, you can check that out as well.

-The Ravens are back on the practice field today; with an afternoon practice at 3:30pm. John Harbaugh, Cam Cameron and Joe Flacco are all scheduled to meet with the media following practice this morning-we’ll have it all in the Audio Vault, and you can hear all of it throughout the day with Thyrl Nelson and Nestor Aparicio on AM1570 WNST.

6. The AP says Wieters had first career multi-HR game, but Orioles dropped series opener to Blue Jays in Toronto

In fairness, the Birds played REALLY well…after they were down 8-0.

A rough outing for Brad Bergesen, who I guess thought Chris Tillman’s demotion last week meant he had nothing to worry about moving forward. Ugh.

Jose Bautista hit his Major League Baseball-leading 28th home run of the year last night. I know Matt Garza threw the 5th no-hitter of the season last night, but are we sure guys stopped using steroids?

At first blush, I couldn’t believe that was Matt Wieters’ first multi-homer game of his career. When I thought about it more, it made plenty of sense.

Are the Matt Wieters Facts not funny anymore? I’ve had so much taken from me as an O’s fan, I can’t stomach the idea of losing this as well!

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

By the way, I have NO IDEA why Juan Samuel brought Brad Bergesen back out to start the 6th inning last night. At first blush, I thought it was shameful. When Samuel pulled him a batter later, I DEFINITELY thought it was shameful.

But as always, you REALLY don’t want to look at the numbers from last night. Instead, look at Adrianne Curry dressed as Princess Leia at Comic-Con in San Diego (Thanks Don Chavez!). We’ll regroup after that…

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8. MLB.com’s James Hall says Wigginton’s suspension reduced to two games

Which forced the O’s to play Jake Fox at first last night and have just Julio Lugo and Corey Patterson on the bench.

I’d be concerned, but what does it really matter?

No word on whether or not the O’s are considering a roster move to get another player on the bench tonight; but it might be a good idea. Just a thought-but a backup catcher (Craig Tatum comes to mind) could be helpful.

9. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell went 0-7 in Norfolk Tides’ loss on farm

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

-The Birds are back in action tonight; facing the Jays at Rogers Centre. First pitch between Kevin Millwood and Ricky Romero is at 7:07pm, the game can be seen on MASN. I don’t like the Birds’ chances against Romero. They don’t do well against lefties. Or anyone.

-Congratulations to Luke Scott for being named the American League Player of the Month. Hopefully that will impress the New York Mets. Or Detroit Tigers. Or San Diego Padres. Or anyone…

-If you missed former Orioles Executive and current SiriusXM MLB Network Radio analyst Jim Duquette with Drew Forrester this morning, make sure you hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to check it out. Delmarva Shorebirds field coach/former O’s CF/my personal hero Mike Devereaux was also on the show, as well as former Maryland lacrosse coach and current Chesapeake Bayhawks consultant Dave Cottle. It’s all in the Audio Vault.

10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Ralph Friedgen confirmed Jamarr Robinson will start under center for Terrapins

Which we basically knew; but this just settles anyone who thought the job could be available for Danny O’Brien or C.J. Brown to win this summer in College Park.

If Kimberly Phillips shows up in camp however-I’d let her win whatever job she wanted (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)…

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11. ACC Official Site says Terps picked to finish last in Atlantic Division by media assembled in Greensboro

Ehh…2nd…4th…6th…doesn’t matter to me. It’s like Ricky Bobby says…

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And finally, I leave you with this.

Did Kings of Leon really cancel a show in St. Louis when there was an…umm…seagull incident?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siIQmp4KUoE[/youtube]

I’d be more concerned if they weren’t the band that did “Be Somebody.” That earns them something…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7dQTqBGASU[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 07 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because the Netherlands beat Uruguay and advanced to Sunday’s World Cup Final. This means Rafael Van Der Vaart gets to play another significant game in South Africa.

Why is that good news? Well…apparently you don’t know that Rafael Van Der Vaart is married to Sylvie Van Der Vaart…

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Like I said, this is good news.

Of course, had Uruguay won-we would have been talking more about Diego Forlan-WAG Zaira Nara, and there wouldn’t have been anything bad about that either…

zairanara

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says Johnny Damon crushed walk-off homer to lift Tigers past Orioles in Detroit

Look, let’s go ahead and get this out of the way. I WAS named “Apologist of the Morning” by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester. I said it last night on Twitter (follow us @WNST), and I’ll stick by it…

Here’s where I’ll be fair. Sometimes the other team tries too.”

I should have prefaced that. I should have said that if the Orioles were a good team, they’d earn the benefit of the doubt that sometimes the other team tries too.

I didn’t feel as though the Orioles didn’t try last night, or as if anything in particular was a glaring reason for why they LOST the game. I really DID feel as though the Tigers were just much better.

Of course, I should be fair. They AREN’T any good. This is what happens when you aren’t any good. Even when you play well (Jake Arrieta pitched well, the Orioles added runs in the 8th and 9th inning, etc), the teams you play against can figure out ways to beat you.

Maybe another Tweet I sent out last night was more fitting for this team…

“Well, the Orioles managed to find a way to lose again. Just like a season long kick in the nuts…

It really is.

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

Matt Wieters had both a double and a triple in last night’s game. Rumor has it that afterwards he IMMEDIATELY needed an IV.

Credit Arrieta for pitching well…6 and 1/3 innings, 1 earned run, 7 hits, 4 strikeouts, 2 walks. Hopefully he won’t give up hope. I’m not exactly sure how he couldn’t, but I hope he won’t.

You know what, you REALLY don’t want to look at the numbers. Instead, look at this video that SecretSauce.TV put together called “Twilight for Guys.”

(Editor’s Note: Warning. This video involves girls in their underwear making out with each other. Or in other words, don’t watch mom.)

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

3. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Felix Pie activated, Kevin Millwood sent to DL

And Felix Pie had two hits last night. Although he couldn’t move Matt Wieters (trust me, I think it was terrible baserunning from Wieters too) to 3rd base-or score him-in a key situation; but I’ll leave that alone.

By the way, he didn’t win AOTM-but I wanted to address something Peter Schmuck wrote. Schmuck wrote…

“For his trouble, he waited 21/2 months for enough offensive support to earn his first victory of the year and now appears to be wilting under the weight of this discouraging season.

How else could you explain his performance Monday in Detroit, where he lasted just one inning, threw 45 pitches and allowed five runs? It was the third-shortest outing of his 14-year career and the sixth time in his past eight starts that he gave up at least five runs.

I understand that Millwood did a decent job to start the season, but are we really surprised that he’s struggling???

Kevin Millwood is a solid MLB pitcher who was poorly cast by Andy MacPhail as a front of the rotation starter on a bad team. He’s a good pitcher, but he’s a good pitcher who should be the 3rd or 4th starter on a good team.

He’s a pitcher who was 48-46 over his last 4 seasons (all with the Texas Rangers) before being traded to Baltimore. He averaged a 4.67 ERA over those 4 seasons as well.

He was GOING TO STRUGGLE this season. He isn’t Roy Halladay. He isn’t Felix Hernandez. He isn’t Andy Pettitte! He’s a veteran starter who has been good in his career; but has struggled at times.

It’s frustrating because it almost eliminates his trade value as we approach the July 31 deadline; but it isn’t surprising. It’s what happens when a team acquires “a guy” instead of “the guy.”

We know all too much about that here in Charm City.

4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Garrett Atkins officially released by Birds

Now here’s the part where we all sit around and think about our memories of Garrett Atkins…

-There was the time he hit his home run
-There was the time he went to London and brought Aldous Snow back to the Greek Theater
-There was the time he blew up that BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico
-There was the time he blew the call on Maurice Edu’s goal in the Team USA-Slovenia match
-There was the time he announced Mary Kane as his running mate in his campaign to replace Martin O’Malley as governor of Maryland

I’m not sure why everyone was down on him, it was a hell of a run.

(Edit from GMC: Apparently only the 1 home run was true amongst the things on that list. I could have sworn…)

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Zach Britton, Ryohei Tanaka struggled for O’s on farm

Before we move on, a couple of things…

-The Birds are back in action tonight as they try to avoid the sweep at Comerica Park. First pitch between Brad Bergesen and Max Scherzer is at 7:05pm on MASN. My guess? The Tigers will finish the sweep. But I always assume the other team will win.

-Did you miss Bowie Baysox pitcher and Orioles prospect Steve Johnson on “The Morning Reaction” this morning on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net today to check it out. We also had ESPN analyst and former Rangers/Cubs/etc OF Doug Glanville (author of the new book “The Game From Where I Stand”) and former Terrapins/Blast star Desmond Armstrong to talk World Cup on the show this morning-make sure you check them out as well.

6. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Ed Reed likely to be out until October

This wouldn’t surprise me necessarily. I know that Ed is wanting to get back on the field; but I wouldn’t exactly be stunned if he missed Training Camp. Should he miss Training Camp, there would be a major question as to whether or not he should be PUP’ed.

There are some simple facts here. 1-While Ken Hamlin and Tom Zbikowski give the Ravens depth at safety, neither are Ed Reed. 2-There are CLEARLY other issues involved in this, with Ed bringing up his contract multiple times during an interview on “The Morning Reaction” last Friday.

I’ll guess that Reed’s situation will be the story we’re most interested in while we’re in Westminster. In fact, I hope it is. A Joe Flacco injury would be a more interesting story. I’m not looking for something like that.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s John Eisenberg says costly moves show Ravens commmitted to making run towards Super Bowl

I would counter with the same thing I’ve said a hundred times before. The moment the Ravens traded for Anquan Boldin, they showed me they were intent on getting to Dallas and hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy. I’m not worked up about the additions of Marc Bulger, Ken Hamlin or Walt Harris. Any NFL team could make those types of moves.

Acquiring Anquan Boldin? That’s a Super Bowl-type move.

By the way, John Eisenberg will join Rex Snider this afternoon on AM1570 WNST at 3:30pm.

8. NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks says Ravens offense now in ‘spotlight’ thanks to offseason moves

This is very similar to what I told Mike Florio in his ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports season preview magazine. There is a shift here. Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and Michael Oher are the nucleus of a unit that should make the Ravens winners for years to come.

They’ve added pieces like Matt Birk and Anquan Boldin to that. They’ve kept pieces like Derrick Mason and Todd Heap with that.

And they’ve done it without sacrificing much of anything defensively.

There’s a reason why they’re considered a “Rolls Royce” of professional organizations.

By the way, I’d like to put something in the “spotlight” myself. Something named Rhian Sugden. (Thanks Guyism!)

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9. Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says former Terps coach Dave Cottle removes name from consideration for Harvard lacrosse job

I said from the jump that I wasn’t sold on this being a good fit for Dave Cottle. He really has no background in the northeast, and having to get kids to an Ivy League school isn’t as easy as the success Princeton has had would make you think it was.

The Penn State job would have been a great gig for Cottle-but the Nittany Lions found their man. Instead, he’s probably better suited sitting it out and seeing what might open up in the next year or two. He’s MUCH better off in the Mid-Atlantic. Had Towson parted ways with Tony Seaman (which they rightly didn’t), that might have been a good fit.

10. UMTerps.com says Comcast Center to host Women’s NCAA Tournament games on Sunday, March 20 & Tuesday, March 22 2011

I’ve attended Women’s Tournament games in College Park, and they do an outstanding job of hosting the event. Hopefully, Brenda Freses’s team won’t be on the outside looking in during March Madness this year.

Question: Is there any chance Laura Leigh Siani could be part of the Tournament??? (Thanks Brosome/Busted Coverage!)

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And finally, I leave you with this.

Is it even safe for the Orioles to go to the Ballpark in Arlington this weekend??? Not only are fans falling from the upper deck (I’m not even going to bother re-posting that video), but even fans in the outfield are pinning kids against fences to try to steal cheap souvenirs…

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Heat does crazy things to people…

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because someone found a YouTube video of a guy holding an AK-47 and lip-syncing or singing a karaoke version of “Hello” by Lionel Richie. There’s absolutely no reason for me to enjoy this video, but yet I do…

I have no idea WHY I’d enjoy this video so much, but for some reason…yeah…this…this is just fine.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pGBu6wYYkI[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Jason Berken, Ty Wigginton, Nick Markakis likely All-Star Game candidates for Orioles, Juan Samuel supports Adam Jones

And with that, congratulations to the Birds’ interim manager for winning his first ever “Apologist of the Morning” honor, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester. I’m well aware that Adam Jones is on an absolutely TORRID pace right now, but hitting well for a few weeks does not a season make. (How was that for poetry?)

Jones’ OBP is just .296. I know he’s hit 12 home runs this season, but he has just 8 walks. Those are NOT All-Star numbers. If the team had done anything before the last 5 days, I’d say he should be a candidate for American League Player of the Month; but getting hot quickly doesn’t qualify you to be an All-Star. Sorry Juan Samuel. Wigginton is in a similar boat. Hitting well to start the season and then falling off the face of the planet doesn’t qualify you as an All-Star either.

The reality is that if the player who has been the best for the O’s all season were to go to Anaheim, it would be Berken. He’s given up 8 earned runs all season, with just 12 walks and 32 strikeouts. He’s absolutely been fantastic. Does he have the pedigree of an All-Star? Of course not. But has he been the team’s “best” player this season from Opening Day until June 29th? I think there’s no doubt about that.

My choice to go to Angel Stadium remains Markakis. As far as someone who “belongs”, Markakis fits the bill. He’s been consistent throughout the season, although he clearly has lacked in the HR and RBI department. The fact remains that this team SHOULDN’T have an All-Star representative, but rules dictate that someone has to go. If someone has to go, I would certainly feel most comfortable with that player being Markakis.

2. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Garrett Atkins not interested in accepting AAA assignment to Norfolk

And as Drew stated so well via Twitter last night (follow us @WNST), the Tides reportedly responded by saying “Somehow, we’ll survive…”

In fairness, Norfolk already has a few Garrett Atkins’ on their roster in Nolan Reimold and Brandon Snyder. I’m not sure that this organization really needs another Garrett Atkins around. It just didn’t work here. For all parties involved (especially one Andy MacPhail), it’s probably best that the sides part ways cleanly.

As a note, I saw the Sun report that Brady Anderson is working with Nolan Reimold. I don’t know that it will make Nolan Reimold a major league baseball player again this season; but I certainly see no reason why it wouldn’t be a good idea. Having the likes of Brady Anderson, BJ Surhoff, Mike Bordick, etc. around is a perfectly good idea in my eyes.

3. The AP/STATS’ Mike Lipka previews O’s-A’s series starting tonight at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

First pitch tonight at OPACY is at 7:05pm, with Dallas Braden facing Brian Matusz. If you’re like me and not really interested in dealing with the heat; you can check the game out on MASN2. As Drew and I discussed this morning; the amazing thing here is that despite the fact that we’ve already seen Oakland 6 times this season-I still can’t name more than 5 or 6 position players off the top of my head.

Rajai Davis can ground out into a triple, I know him. Kevin Kouzmanoff has as many letters in his last name as he does significant hits in his career. Daric Barton is the only human being on the face of the planet with the name Daric. Kurt Suzuki is a worse option to hit cleanup than anyone Baltimore has trotted out this season. I’m pretty sure they have a Sweeney as well…Ryan Sweeney if I remember right.

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head. Is Mark Ellis still on the roster? I know Eric Chavez got hurt, I used to be able to name him. I know the A’s pitchers have been pretty good this season. But in reality, the Birds still have a realistic shot at winning a few more games this week.

Of course, I’ve found myself thinking that before.

4. Virginian-Pilot says Chris George rocked in Tides’ loss to Louisville Monday night on farm

You know what else got rocked? MY MIND when I heard WWTDD had pictures of Kelly Brook from her vacation…

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5. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens 6th round pick (Morehouse State OT) Ramon Harewood agreed to 3 year deal

This now leaves the Ravens with more SIGNED picks (Harewood, Dennis Pitta, Arthur Jones and David Reed) than they do UNSIGNED (Sergio Kindle, Terrence Cody, Ed Dickson). Nothing surprising here; as I’ve stated before that there’s no reason to think the team will have any trouble getting their picks signed this year.

As far as where Harewood fits in with the Ravens; he’s going to have an uphill climb to be on the roster Week 1 when the Ravens face the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. Michael Oher and Jared Gaither (who I’ve said before is expected to be on the roster come Week 1) are entrenched at the starting tackle positions. Behind them, Oniel Cousins has shown himself to be the #3 guy. Marshal Yanda’s flexibility kept Tony Moll from dressing much last season, but he was on the roster all season after being acquired from Green Bay.

The simple answer would for me to say that Harewood is competing with Moll for a roster spot. That’s not entirely true. Moll has some ability to go inside, which makes him more valuable on Cam Cameron’s offense-even if his natural ability isn’t at the same level as some others on the roster. Harewood is also going to be coming off a knee injury suffered in minicamp when he reports to Westminster. There is ABSOLUTELY a chance that the team could try to store him on IR or the practice squad.

Stefan Rodgers and Joe Reitz are also options at Tackle, and Harewood would have to stay ahead of them to have a shot at making the 53 out of Training Camp. I had him JUST off the bubble on my initial mock roster, I doubt that will change as we get closer to reporting to McDaniel College.

6. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Greg Mattison thinks Tom Zbikowski playing like Ed Reed

And there isn’t much of anyone better in the world for Zbikowski to model himself after. Similarly, I try to get my girlfriend (you may be familiar with her-”The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet”), to try to be more and more like Mallilany Malin (Thanks Guyism!)…

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7. Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole says Ravens have 2nd best D-Line in NFL

With the Minnesota Vikings at Number 1, I can’t possibly argue with either of the rankings. Clearly the line with Kevin Williams, Pat Williams and Jared Allen HAS to be considered the best in the National Football League; but the Ravens have built something that deserves recognition as well.

Clearly the Ravens’ D-Line is anchored inside out; with the likes of Haloti Ngata, Terrence Cody and Kelly Gregg holding down the middle. The depth the team has built inside with the likes of Kelly Talavou, Brandon McKinney, Arthur Jones and Lamar Divens behind that.

The reason the Ravens couldn’t really even be CONSIDERED ahead of the Vikes is the lack of a true premier rush end. There was a time that Trevor Pryce WAS that guy, but he isn’t anymore. The team believes that Pryce and Cory Redding can combine to anchor the position moving forward; and I don’t doubt that they can. There’s still a hope that Paul Kruger can develop into a true rush end; but obviously he isn’t there yet.

8. UMTerps.com says Randy Eaton named interim Athletic Director at Maryland

Which is a MUCH too logical decision for the University to make. Eaton has been VERY involved with the program in the role of CFO in recent years, and has been hands on in important decisions with finances, scheduling and personnel. There is no question that if there is someone on staff who at least deserves CONSIDERATION for the job permanently, it would be Eaton.

If you’re interested, Eaton will join Drew Forrester tomorrow morning at 9:00am to talk about his new role. I think Eaton will do a great job in the role, which he could have to fill for some time. With no timetable to complete the search to replace C.D. Mote as University President, the search to find a new Athletic Director could certainly extend into the academic year.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Debbie Yow will make basically same salary at NC State as she did in College Park

If you missed Debbie Yow’s appearance this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, it is absolutely worth the listen. You can head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net now to check it out.

Maryland soccer coach Sasho Cirvoski joined the show to go around the World Cup, and Washington Capitals GM George McPhee recapped the NHL Entry Draft as well. It’s all there in the Audio Vault if you want to check it out.

Also, the new weekly episode of the “D1scast” with myself and Patrick Stevens is also available now in the Audio Vault. We talk at length about Debbie Yow, Randy Eaton, Greivis Vasquez, the NBA Draft, and the great 4th of July scene in “The Sandlot.” It’s must listen…if you must.

10. Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says former Terrapins lacrosse coach Dave Cottle has interviewed at Harvard

I have no idea if Cottle would be a good fit in the Ivy League. Regionally, he has no coaching experience in New England-but he IS a hell of a coach.

As sad as he was to leave his players, do you get the feeling Dave Cottle felt WORSE about leaving when he found out that the girls in the Undie Run were hanging out with Testudo???

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And finally, I leave you with this.

If you haven’t picked up Drake’s new disc “Thank Me Later”, I suggest you do. I’m FEELING “Miss Me”, even if I’d fight Drake over his desire to marry Nicki Minaj…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84N0xXE_WjM[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

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While Area Lax Program Sticks With What Works, Terps Turns Page with New Hire

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While Area Lax Program Sticks With What Works, Terps Turns Page with New Hire

Posted on 23 June 2010 by Ryan Chell

Towson University and the University of Maryland always seem to be very competitive when it comes to mens lacrosse. Both are two of the elite programs in the area and they always seem to be in the thick of it when it comes down to the end of the season and the playoffs begin.

But each program fell short of expectations this year and have struggled as of late, and both schools this off season began  actively looking to either replace or re-evaluate their coaches.

Longtime Maryland coach Dave Cottle resigned at the end of the season this year, after his #3 seeded Terrapins were upset by Notre Dame in the second round of the NCAA playoffs.

With his contract up at the end of the year anyhow, rumors floated around that Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow and the Maryland Athletics Department were not going to guarantee Cottle an extension unless the team went deep into the playoffs.

That left Maryland with a gaping hole in its coaching staff, one that the Terps felt like they needed to fill quickly in order to keep an edge on recruiting and preparing for next spring.

Cottle had been in College Park since 2002 after an 18-year stay at Loyola. Cottle in his nine years at MD led the Terps to .630 winning percentage per season, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament eight times. He won two ACC titles, but that NCAA Championship-which has eluded the program since 1975-is what may have worn out Cottle’s welcome.

But now, Yow and the Terps athletic administration feel like they now have one of the top young coaches in the country now with the hire of John Tillman, who has coached Harvard the last three years.

John Tillman

And for Tillman, he wants to make sure that while Maryland fans are probably calling for a championship now, Tillman said is a guy who takes it one day at a time and there is only so much he can control.

“I try to block all that stuff out,” Tillman told “The Morning Reaction” Wednesday. “Obviously a championship has eluded Maryland for a number of decades, and that is something that has taken place before I got here. What we can control is the 2011 team and the men in the locker room.”

Tillman even said that the team’s focus may have been the issue for Cottle over the last several seasons.

“Instead of worrying about what’s going to happen in May, we need to make sure we do the little things and having the right attitude every day before May.”

“I know everyone wants that trophy at the end, but you have to make sure you’re willing to make the sacrifices…and do the things you need to do everyday before then or you put yourself in a bad spot.”

Tillman’s record at Harvard was 20-19, but don’t be fooled by those numbers. Tillman rebuilt the program from the ground up, and finished the 2009 campaign with a record of 8-5, which was the highest for the school in almost a decade.

His recruiting methods are also considered second-to-none as his latest recruiting class at Harvard was rated 3rd best in the nation by Inside Lacrosse.

Tillman is the ninth coach in MD’s 85-year lacrosse program, and he is more than honored to have the job placed in his lap.

Tillman was actually surprised by the call because he felt like he was a few candidates down the list and he was too tuned into his job at Harvard.

“I wasn’t looking for another job,” Tillman said. “Then I got the call, and with the tradition here that Maryland has and the prestige of the program, it’s always something you have to consider…it was too good to turn down.”

What really caught Maryland’s eye was the stats that just seemed to surround Tillman’s resume.

He raised the Crimson’s offensive rank to 40th in the nation in the first two years while reaching 15th best in the country in his final year. His defense was third in the nation last spring.  He has wins over Duke and Princeton in his career, who Harvard had not beaten in the last two decades.

What got Tillman to Harvard, and eventually to College Park was his outstanding work as a top assistant coach at Navy, where he spent 12 years. While there, Navy went 104-63 with Tillman serving as offensive coordinator and assistant coach for much of the time.

His prowess on the sidelines was nationally recognized in 2004, when the Midshipmen made a run at the title. On the way, Tillman directed the third-best scoring offense in the nation and for his efforts, he was awarded his first Collegiate Lacrosse Assistant Coach of the Year Award.

All in all, Tillman knows he has big shoes to fill, but he assures the Terps’ fans and administration that even if his team struggles, their effort will be like a Top 5 team.

“I can guarantee that we’ll work very hard, that these guys will develop as young men, and they’ll give everything they can for the University of Maryland.”

Tony Seaman back in the fold for another 3 years

Meanwhile, up the road in Towson, with 12-year coach Tony Seaman’s contract up and the team not having a winning season since the 2006 campaign, questions remained about Seaman’s future as Tigers head coach.

But fourth year athletic director Mike Hermann brought Seaman back into the fold with a three year deal, which was announced two weeks back. But questions arose this week when Hermann himself resigned with no reasonable answer given at this time.

While that may be the most concern in Towson for the foreseeable future, the Towson athletic program stood behind Seaman, who is 96-83 over his dozen years at the school, and put any rumors about him being fired off to the wayside for the team being.

Seaman, who has also coached Hopkins and Penn, is eighth all-time in wins (253) and winning percentage.  During his time coaching the Tigers, he has won four conference championships.

One question fans and outsiders had begun to wonder was with Towson’s struggles over the last four years, why was Seaman continuing to schedule the top notch programs, who just continued to come in and beat them to a pulpit?

Seaman defended his actions said that is makes his team better in the long run, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“We ended up with the 3rd toughest schedule at the end of the year,” he said. “But everybody we play around here we need to play. We need to play the teams that are in Maryland. They all happen to be very good.”

Seaman understood why the school might have had to think about his future, but he felt relieved that the school had enough confidence in him to allow him to coach the team for another three years.

“We battle on. It’s a great place to work…and we’ll move on from there.”

Tune into “The Morning Reaction” to hear more interviews with coaches from all over the Baltimore area! WNST-We Never Stop Talking Baltimore Sports!

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 17 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because I’m not sure why my friends thought I’d enjoy a picture of Alexander Ovechkin dancing in his underwear with an attractive young women…but I do.

ovechkin

I’ll even spare all of the “funny that he was doing that while Patrick Kane was hoisting the Stanley Cup” comments that I’m tempted to make.

Eh…I can’t help myself. Ha ha Washington Capitals fans!

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says Jeremy Guthrie fell apart in 6th as Orioles lost to Giants

As I said yesterday via Twitter (follow us @WNST), it was a bit disturbing to see Jeremy Guthrie suddenly turn into the 2009 version of Jeremy Guthrie, as he looked more like a Home Run Derby pitcher than the confident pitcher we’ve seen for the better part of the 2010 season.

It was especially disturbing for Aubrey Huff to park one in McCovey Cove. I don’t blame him for wanting to get out of Baltimore and this unthinkably dreadful organization, but I haven’t forgiven him either. He called Baltimore a “horsesh*t city.” Screw him.

Taking 1 out of 3 in San Francisco was about as much as the Orioles could have asked for. I never thought they had a chance to beat Tim Lincecum, although I guess Lincecum was actually fairly beatable yesterday despite putting together 10 strikeouts.

They’re off today. Thank God for that.

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

How bout that Julio Lugo??? I hope he didn’t leave AT&T Park without getting a baseball signed by ol’ Cy Young Lincecum. Thank God Scott Moore was scratched!

And Nick Markakis continued his parade (if you forget about his 8th inning at bat) towards a first trip to the All-Star Game, he had 2 hits and a walk. Miguel Tejada had a couple of hits but also a couple of strikeouts; but Corey Patterson finished the day 0-4 with 3 K’s.

That’s all the positive from yesterday. Well, that and of course the fact that Guyism introduced me to Tina Wallman…

wallman

3. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Buck Showalter expected to interview with O’s next week

I guess the good news is that if the Orioles DO hire Buck Showalter, they can almost be assured that their NEXT manager will help them win a World Series. (See “Joe Torre, Yankees” and “Bob Brenly, Diamondbacks.”)

Color me unmoved by Buck Showalter. I know he’s had success as a manager, and maybe he could be good again. I don’t REALLY see him leaving ESPN for the type of work it’s going to take to revitalize this community and organization; and I don’t know how much he would really LOVE being the manager of the Orioles as much as he might want one more ride in the sun at the MLB level.

I assume that’s exactly what Andy MacPhail is going to find out in the interview. If he ever gets around to asking. He hasn’t gotten around to some other things around here…you know…like the “building” part of rebuilding.

4. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds have interest in Jake Fox, decision to make on Garrett Atkins

Boy…the excitement never ends.

In fairness, the Atkins decision shouldn’t be too difficult. I know it will probably hurt Andy MacPhail to admit he was wrong; but Juan Samuel apparently has no use for Atkins. With that in mind, there’s really no point in keeping him here.

That being said, I’m not sure what the point would be in bringing Garrett Atkins II (or Jake Fox) to Baltimore. We’ve been down this road before. Could Jake Fox turn out to be a guy who could bring a semi-decent bat off the bench to a team? Yeah…maybe? But is that what the Orioles are missing right now?

The Orioles already have those guys. Their names are Ty Wigginton and Luke Scott. Problem is, the team is so incomplete that they are forced to play them every day.

Ugh…this is really bringing me down again.

5. Baysox.com says Brandon Waring swung bit bat as Bowie won slugfest over Reading on farm

And before we move on from the Orioles, a couple of things to keep in mind…

-The Birds are off today before heading to San Diego and opening a weekend series with the Padres at Petco Park. Brian Matusz, Kevin Millwood and Jake Arrieta will throw this weekend for the Birds against Wade LeBlanc, Clayton Richard and Jon Garland for the Fathers.

-Congratulations to Adam Jones, who was selected as “Apologist of the Morning” by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester this morning. I’m not trying to pile on the fact that Nestor Aparicio has been beating him up on Twitter, either. It’s more about the fact that he said THIS after yesterday’s loss…

“It was a tough one. We left alot of men on base. We gonna get them in though. It’s gonna happen.

Which leaves me to ask the important question of “WHEN?!?!?!?!?”

-Did you miss former Oriole Mike Bordick on “The Morning Reaction” today on AM1570 WNST? If so, make sure you head on over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net to check it out. Other interviews this morning included…

  • A look around the World Cup with former USMNT star Eric Wynalda of Yahoo! Sports and Fox Soccer Channel
  • Bowie Baysox reliever Pat Egan, who is off to an OUTSTANDING start this season
  • and Alan Bastable-the senior editor of Golf Magazine who previewed the U.S. OpenIt’s all in the Audio Vault, check it out!

6. UMTerps.com announces former Harvard coach John Tillman officially hired as lacrosse coach

“Should have been Gary Gait!”

I’m kidding, of course.

No pressure on John Tillman-but as my buddy Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse on Twitter) reminded us, Associate AD Michael Lipitz said the school still has NCAA Championship aspirations.

It’s only been since 1975. No pressure or anything.

7. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Maryland lacrosse ‘needs to win’ under Tillman

Which was going to be the case whether the Terps hired Mike Pressler, Paul Cantabene, Don Zimmerman, Jeff Tambroni, Scott Marr, Marc Van Arsdale, Lars Tiffany, Leland Rogers or ANYONE ELSE to replace Dave Cottle.

The point is that by not getting one of the sexier names (like Pressler or Tambroni), they won’t get an initial spark of interest. Winning-starting with the talented team they return this season-will be crucial to not lose or win over casual fans.

8. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says John Harbaugh expects Ravens to sign ‘at least one’ of Walt Harris/Ken Lucas/Ken Hamlin group

The coaches really seemed to like Harris when he tried out in Owings Mills; but it’s worth remembering that Harris will turn 36 during Training Camp. I’m not sure what an unemployed 36 year old corner would really bring to this team, but that doesn’t dismiss his chance of showing up at McDaniel College either. My preference would be Lucas, but that’s just me.

There have been rumors floating around that other players will be cut soon, as the team tries to figure out the group that will report to Westminster. If there’s any room on the roster, I would ask that the team consider signing Elin Grindemyr. It would make my job a lot more interesting! (Thanks Barstool Sports!)

elin

9. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Bengals WR Ochocinco doesn’t believe Ravens best in AFC North

As a Ravens fan, I will admit to sometimes forgetting that Cincinnati IS the team to beat in the AFC North this season, considering they won the division a season ago and swept the Ravens & Pittsburgh Steelers in doing so. We tend to forget that because they were dismissed on Wild Card weekend by the New York Jets while the Ravens soundly beat the New England Patriots; but the Bengals WERE the better team, and they ARE the team to beat.

That doesn’t mean I necessarily expect the Bengals to win the division this year. But I know they’ve gotten better this offseason-and they’re a Super Bowl contender just like the Ravens are.

Let’s avoid revisionist history if possible.

10. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ray Lewis against expanding NFL season to 18 games

I don’t like it either for the record.

You know what I do like? Whoever these girls are. (Thanks Beer Goggler/Busted Coverage!)

girls

And finally, I leave you with this.

As I said yesterday on Facebook, I am ashamed to admit that I have never tried Lake Trout before in my life. I have a friend in town from Texas, so we’re changing that today. We’re headed here…any advice?

trout

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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In Tillman Hire, Terps Hoping Results Greater Than Buzz

Posted on 16 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

It wasn’t exactly the sexiest of hires.

The University of Maryland officially announced the hiring of John Tillman as the 9th head lacrosse coach in school history Wednesday, replacing Dave Cottle-who parted ways with the program following an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal loss to Notre Dame in May.

While Cottle’s departure was called for by many amongst the alumni base and overall fan base of the Terrapins, there was a sense that the school would have their choice of any candidate to replace the coach who took the Terps to the Final Four three times in nine seasons.

Yet as the coaching search unfolded, it became clear that College Park might not be the destination some lacrosse fans thought it was. High profile coaches like Cornell’s Jeff Tambroni and Bryant’s Mike Pressler (the head coach at Duke prior to the 2006 incident in which all parties were ultimately exonerated) removed their names from consideration. Syracuse women’s coach Gary Gait also took his name off the list-although there was no real reason to believe Maryland was interested in him this time after passing over him to hire Cottle in 2002.

Other candidates Maryland supporters had hoped would be connected to the opening were never contacted, including Notre Dame’s Kevin Corrigan, UMBC’s Don Zimmerman, Albany’s Scott Marr,  Stevenson’s Paul Cantabene and Syracuse assistant Leland Rogers. In fact, the only other known interview was Virginia assistant Marc Van Arsdale.

As I said earlier this week on Twitter of Van Arsdale and Tillman-I’ve seen sexier groups on “The Biggest Loser.” There were no “Bring Tillman to Maryland” domain names registered or Facebook groups started, not that lacrosse hires always go viral. Yet the news of who had interviewed appeared to be greeted with more of a “oh…okay” than an “OKAY!” response.

In John Tillman, Maryland gets a coach with three years head coaching experience at Harvard. Prior to that, Tillman spent 12 years in Annapolis as the top assistant at Navy. He knows the area and he’s worked with higher class kids to try to bring them to the Ivy League. In that way, Maryland appears to have made a solid choice, as they need someone to go into the homes of top MIAA talent in Baltimore and try to keep them in state.

Of course, Tillman has no NCAA Tournament experience at went just 20-19 as head coach of the Crimson; meaning the label “unproven” would not be unfair for a fanbase to attach.

I get the feeling the folks in the Maryland athletic office didn’t field too many phone calls Wednesday from fans looking to find out how much it would cost to lease a suite at Byrd Stadium for the 2011 lacrosse season.

Tillman will every chance to prove himself early in his tenure, as the Terps return the majority of the players that lead them to the 3rd seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. In fact, an early poll for 2011 from Inside Lacrosse this week had Maryland ranked 5th before a head coach was ever hired. The Terps retain the bulk of their offensive talent, with their biggest loss being goalie Brian Phipps.

Tillman’s hire appears to reflect a bigger need within the lacrosse program at Maryland. Simply put, it seems to reflect the need to win. Maryland officials could have tried to change the mind of one of the bigger names in the college game by offering a bunch of money, knowing that a splashy hire could help to generate buzz around the program.

Instead, they simply hired the man they felt could the team win. That may be even more significant.

When Maryland hired Dave Cottle from Loyola in 2002, Athletic Director Debbie Yow spoke immediately of NCAA Championship expectations in the University’s press release. As D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens pointed out today via Twitter, the only Championship reference from a Maryland source in the John Tillman press release was from former Terps attackman Joe Walters (“Coach Tillman is an outstanding person and a credible guy, who I believe can lead Maryland to a national championship”), possibly the best player of the Dave Cottle era in College Park.

Maryland isn’t looking for buzz in this hire. They’re clearly looking for results. It has become apparent that the fans in this area simply want to see the team compete at a very high level-as frustration had mounted over not making the Final Four in the last four seasons and a NCAA Championship drought that dates back to 1975.

Maryland needs to win to generate excitement. They feel like they have a chance to do that under John Tillman. If they do, no one will remember the names that were overlooked or the names that looked past Maryland before Tillman was hired.

If they don’t, “should have been Paul Cantabene” could become an even more popular rallying cry than “they should have never skipped over Gary Gait” has been.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 16 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because for some reason, folks keep sending me awesome viral videos this week. The BP Coffee Spill is amongst the best…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AAa0gd7ClM[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says Jake Arrieta strong, David Hernandez finished it up as Birds topped Giants in San Francisco

Can these two just pitch every game the rest of the week in San Fran? And then maybe all of the games this weekend in San Diego?

Being completely fair, we’ve desperately needed something to be excited about in Baltimore. Only 3 wins here in June, and Arrieta has two of them-with Hernandez finishing both of those. It’s unbelievable to consider that a guy who has been on the roster for less than a week has been responsible for more than 10% of the team’s wins on the season. But…it’s true.

Enough with the negative stuff, the Orioles won! I might not get to say that again until Jake Arrieta’s next start (or later), so I’m celebrating. Cue Kool & The Gang!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GwjfUFyY6M[/youtube]

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

Two RBI groundouts from Ty Wigginton, two doubles from Nick Markakis (who combined with Corey Patterson and Miguel Tejada to produce SEVEN hits at the top of the lineup) and even a home run from Adam Jones! What’s not to like???

Spare me any comments like “how bout having the team do it with some sort of regularity.” I know they stink, I’m just celebrating today.

Going back to Hernandez for a second, I’ll follow up on something Roch Kubatko mentioned on his blog last night. I know Juan Samuel continues to say that Alfredo Simon is in the mix at closer, but I don’t know why. David Hernandez has shown EXACTLY what the team should want from closer; as he’s been confident in his appearances and has been overwhelming with his stuff-especially his velocity.

If Hernandez ISN’T the primary option as closer right now, he should be.

3. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Birds will remove Chris Tillman from rotation at least for now

And after his most recent batting practice session, this seems to be a bit of a no-brainer right now. The word is that the team will use the off days tomorrow and Monday to make it a 4 man rotation, then re-insert either Tillman or Brad Bergesen against the Nationals next weekend.

I guess you HAVE to be concerned that Tillman was promoted again without being ready-but we have to keep the perspective that he’s only 22 years old; and has at times shown the signs that he could very well turn into a solid major league pitcher.

That being said-as of right now, he’s clearly behind Arrieta and Brian Matusz.

4. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Bobby Valentine had more questions than Andy MacPhail during interview with O’s

NOTHING surprising about this. While some managerial candidates will certainly come to Baltimore and be ready to say all of the right things in hopes of finding employment (most of us are assuming Eric Wedge is one of those guys), but Bobby V isn’t one of them. Valentine is one of those guys who would need exactly the right circumstance to get back into the game (a la Brian Billick in football). When Valentine comes to Baltimore (or anywhere else), he wants to know that the situation IS perfect.

I’m guessing that working for Peter Angelos probably ISN’T that type of situation.

This brings us to our “Apologist of the Morning.” Steve Davis is currently filling in for Mark Viviano over on 105.7. When a caller suggested yesterday that “no one” would want the Orioles managerial gig, he responded by saying “anyone” would want the Orioles job. He even included Phil Garner on the list of guys who would jump at the chance to manage the team.

Apparently Steve wasn’t listening when Phil Garner was on with “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester last week. Garner was less than excited about the chance to come to Charm City.

I hope everyone understands that. This ISN’T a desirable gig. It’s a managerial graveyard. Only Mike Hargrove has gone on to get another MLB managerial gig since the organization began their 13 season era of losing in 1998. This isn’t a place that ANY realistic managerial candidate looks at and says “yeah, I think that’s a great gig.” No one is excited about MacPhail’s “plan.”

This is the reality of the situation. Someone will take the job, because there are a slew of managers in the world who just want a gig. But most of those guys are guys who want a gig ANYWHERE…not necessarily Baltimore.

You can spin it however you want, including trying to describe it as a coveted job. It just isn’t.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Tim Bascom, Rhyne Hughes struggled mightily in Norfolk Tides’ loss on farm

And before we move on from the Orioles, a couple of notes.

-The Birds and Giants wrap up their 3 game series this afternoon at AT&T Park. First pitch on MASN is at 3:45pm. Jeremy Guthrie goes to the hill against Tim “Cy Young Award” Lincecum. No pressure Jeremy!

-Apparently Brian Roberts is going to be able to return in 4-6 weeks. I have a funny feeling we’ll hear the word “setback” in the next 4-6 weeks myself.

6. Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Harvard coach/former Navy assistant John Tillman to replace Dave Cottle as Maryland lacrosse coach

Okay then….he’s the guy.

Am I jumping up and down as a Terrapins alum about the hiring of John Tillman? Not exactly. But will I be rooting like hell for John Tillman to succeed in College Park? You better believe it.

Hopefully Tillman’s background in the Ivy League will help his attempts to get MIAA kids. It’s certainly not a slam dunk-but he clearly knows how to talk to privileged kids/families; and he knows the area from having coached in Annapolis. Those are both good qualities.

Rumors are that he got a 7 year deal. That seems like a bit much, but if it’s what it took to get the right guy, that’s fine.

Me personally…I’d give Minki van der Westhuizen a 7 year deal if she wanted one. (Thanks Busted Coverage!)

minki

7. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Towson finalized three year deal with Tony Seaman

And while this isn’t necessarily “news” considering it was finalized weeks ago, we’re still happy for Tony, and think this was a great move by Mike Hermann and the Tigers.

I know a thing or two about great moves, myself. For example, I spent the better part of my day looking at pictures of Izabel Goulart over at Guyism…

izabel

8. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Terrence Cody, Sergio Kindle aren’t considering Training Camp holdout(s)

Nor should they be…ESPECIALLY considering they were both 2nd round picks in the NFL Draft. There’s no reason it should even take too long to get the deals done.

If you missed Ravens rookie CB Prince Miller (UFA out of Georgia) this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, make sure you head on over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net to check it out. Other guests this morning included:

-Former Ravens DT Tony Siragusa (who compared Anquan Boldin to a LB at WR)
-DC United midfielder/striker Santino Quaranta (the former Archbishop Curley and part-time USMNT player as well; who went around the World Cup and talked some MLS)
-Former Terps Forward Landon Milbourne (who discussed his workouts with the Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers as he prepares for the NBA Draft)
-and MLB Network analyst Bill Ripken (who discussed his potential candidacy to replace Dave Trembley)

They’re all in the Audio Vault if you want to check them out.

9. USA Today’s Jim Corbett says Jim Zorn hoping to turn Joe Flacco into Pro Bowl caliber, Super Bowl winning QB

And as far as I’m concerned…I hope he does.

That being said, Joe had a very good relationship with Hue Jackson-and Zorn will have to work to earn a level of faith.

It would take faith for me to have a relationship with Nathalia Melo, who is over at Barstool Sports and looks like she could kick my ass…

melo

10. The Sun’s Lorraine Mirabella says Inner Harbor ESPN Zone closed last night

And to think…I had 5 bucks left on my card! I could have played another game of Daytona USA!!!

And finally, I leave you with this.

In honor of our upcoming “My Italian Dinner with Bruno Sammartino” event, I figured I’d pass along this Bruno Sammartino-Freddie Blassie gem from YouTube. Can’t wait for the event…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t89xWOg23t8[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 14 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because this happened yesterday…

crabs

Need I explain more? The “Luckiest Dang Little Sister on the Face of the Planet” had a birthday, and I reaped the benefits.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Kevin Millwood roughed up as Orioles swept by Mets

I decided to peek at Stephen Strasburg for a bit yesterday over on MASN2 as the Nats played in Cleveland-just because I didn’t want to be the only guy in the world NOT talking about him.

By the time I realized I had forgot to flip over and watch the start of the Birds game, it was already 5-0 in the first. At least it made it easier to stop watching and head outside for crabs and Moosehead.

I’m well aware that the game got back to 5-3 at one point; but the Orioles really DIDN’T ever have a chance. A special thanks to Mark Hendrickson for making sure it wasn’t AT ALL interesting at any point after he came in.

I’d like to say something poignant here to wrap this up. I think I’ll go with “The Orioles stink.” How’d that sound?

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

The crazy thing is that the team has been getting some hits recently. Over the last 6 games, they’ve collected 62 hits. Sadly, they’ve rarely turned into runs.

Of course, when you let the one RBI producer you have go (Aubrey Huff) and don’t replace him with someone who’s an acceptable replacement (like Matt Holliday or Jason Bay); this is what you get. It’s been piss poor all season. I don’t know why I’d bother being frustrated by it now.

I don’t know if you can tell by my tone early on, but this wasn’t exactly fun this weekend. I was hoping the World Cup would help to improve my spirits towards sports in general-but I got a bit too much sun Saturday, and then my allergies came racing back yesterday.

I still blame the Orioles. Why wouldn’t I?

3. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says with sweep, O’s now continue historic poor pace

There is no doubt that over the next few months, there will be plenty of attention paid to the Orioles’ potential assault of the 1962 New York Mets’ record for futility. I’m not the type of person that hopes they DO pursue the record down the stretch just to keep the season entertaining-as I don’t really want to have any part of that. The Mets have that record. I hope they keep it.

That being said, those that support the Orioles going on to finish with the worst record in baseball so that the team can finish with the #1 overall pick in next year’s MLB Entry Draft-I can probably get behind that. I won’t root for them to lose (of course, I can’t bring myself to watch the games at ALL half the time anyway), but I understand that losing games could help the team more than winning can after the All-Star Game.

This just keeps getting more and more depressing. Let’s take a look at a picture of January Jones (who may or may not have been involved in a car crash?) from over at WWTDD and then we’ll regroup and move forward.

janjones

4. MLB.com’s Noah Rosenstein says Birds activated Alfredo Simon, sent down Brad Bergesen

So we’ve got that much going for us, which is nice. Juan Samuel says he’ll use Alfredo Simon primarily as the closer. I’d probably prefer to keep using David Hernandez myself, but I think I’ll just accept EVER having another save situation again first.

As far as Brad Bergesen goes; this is a numbers game. Of the 4 young pitchers in the “cavalry”, he’s got the lesser pedigree of the bunch. It probably goes Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta then Bergesen. With the other 3 up and both Millwood and Jeremy Guthrie having not been dealt yet. That’s 6 guys for 5 spots. While Hernandez is probably best suited for the bullpen in the long term, Bergesen should probably remain a starter. In order to do that, he has to go to Norfolk, at least for now.

5. Baysox.com says Pasadena native Chorye Spoone matched MLB pitcher Ross Detweiler in Bowie’s win over Harrisburg on farm

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

-A reminder that the Birds are back in action tonight, facing the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. First pitch between Chris Tillman and Jonathan Sanchez is at 10:15pm. The other starters for the Orioles this week are Arrieta and Guthrie; the Giants counter with Joe Martinez and Tim Lincecum. The hopes for a Madison Bumgarner-Jake Arrieta showdown were nice, but appear to be all but gone.

-Congratulations to our “Apologist of the Morning”, a former winner-”Neal S.” from The Loss Column. Neal was selected by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester. For a change, today’s winner didn’t win because of “apology”, but instead for being an apologist yet having the stones to say the right thing. Neal said…

“I’m getting frustrated with Andy MacPhail’s ultra-conservative, deliberate approach. I’m not getting at any larger point, necessarily, it’s just what it is. Frustration with an approach that seems to be growing less effective by the day.”

It’s time the uber-defenders of “The Plan” wise up and accept facts. The fact is, the manager has been fired but the team still stinks. Either that means there are two bad managers, or the general manager put a bad club together. I think I know which one it was in this case.

I don’t think Peter Angelos should FIRE Andy MacPhail, but I ABSOLUTELY believe his feet need to be held to the fire to MAKE THE TEAM BETTER.

I hope others will join Neal S. in having the courage to stand up and say “this isn’t okay.”

-While Bobby Valentine and Eric Wedge remain the only managers known to have interviewed for the job, I think there’s an obvious choice for the next interview. As I posted Saturday on Facebook, the recent meltdown from one time would-be Arizona Diamondbacks manager Wally Backman HAS to earn him an interview, correct?

(Edit from GMC: This video is ABSOLUTELY NSFW. Unless you work at a place that has the F word in the name of the company. If that’s the case, I would imagine the video is probably okay.)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PJJUc2u0bs[/youtube]

6. The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ravens S Nakamura ‘well ahead of schedule’ in return from injury

The organization has to be happy with the quick returns from injury not only for Nakamura-but also for Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb. Washington & Webb still aren’t 100 percent, but all of these players have remained ahead of schedule. That’s good news for ALL Ravens fans.

A reminder that we will NOT be out at 1 Winning Drive for Passing Camp this week-because the NFL took away Passing Camp this week. The Ravens are still doing formal work with their rookies, but there is no availability for us. But as any news comes from Owings Mills, we’ll be sure to get it to you via Twitter (follow us @WNST), WNST.net and on air at AM1570.

7. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says only ‘money’ would make sense in potential Terrapins move to Big Ten

This is a great read from Patrick regarding the entire conference situation. I have said a few times that I don’t think it helps the Terps to go to the Big Ten, and I won’t waiver on that. That being said, if Big Ten commish Jim Delaney has $20 million a year to throw at the University for free, it would have to be considered by C.D. Mote or whoever replaces as him-even if it ends up going against the wishes of Debbie Yow.

We talked some college sports this morning on “The Morning Reaction”, as Morgan State Bears head coach Todd Bozeman joined the program to respond to the news of recent scholarship losses. If you missed the chat, you can head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net to listen, as Drew and Todd also discussed the Boston Celtics’ 3-2 lead on the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. Other guests this morning were Baseball Prospectus’ Jay Jaffe and UMBC Soccer Coach Pete Caringi-who recapped the United States-England match, as well as all other things World Cup.

8. Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns has Maryland 5th, Johns Hopkins 11th, Loyola 15th in ‘way early’ 2011 lacrosse poll

The Dave Cottle defenders of the world pointed out that he deserved the chance to coach one more season, as this Maryland team is arguably the best he would have had.

Maybe so, but that’s of course not an option anymore. Speaking of which, nothing new on the Maryland lacrosse search front this weekend.

Speaking of which-if we’re going to put together ridiculous lists at the wrong time, I want to make a list of “gals from Australia who made the cover of Ralph Magazine and I would like to get to know better.” Gianna Pattison is number 1. (Thanks Guyism!)

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9. The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Baltimore County World Soccer Festival part of “World Cup fever” coming over Charm City

If you didn’t come out to Patriot Plaza in Towson for the event Saturday, it was a GREAT time, even if the match ended in a fairly fortunate draw. Here’s a look courtesy of WNSTv…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJQ6uakWUQs[/youtube]

We will be out at Amicci’s in Little Italy this afternoon for Italy-Paraguay. The food is GREAT, the beer is cold, it’s going to be an awesome day. Forza Azzurri!!!

10. BaltimoreMariners.com says Mariners topped Erie on last second FG

Thankfully their long snapper isn’t named Matt Katula.

I’m kidding!!!! Matt’s a good man, and hopefully has moved past his elbow issues. Hopefully.

You know, I completely forgot to mention this when we were discussing World Cup, but have you seen Cristiano Ronaldo WAG Irina Shayk? Thanks Busted Coverage…

shayk

And finally, I leave you with this.

If you haven’t been paying attention to WWE Raw, you might not have noticed that they’ve been having guest hosts on the show every week. Some of been great (notably Shaquille O’Neal and Bob Barker), others have been Ashton Kutcher. My buddy Brandon Holthaus started a group on Facebook to try to get Kevin Smith to host the show. Check the group out here.

And how can THIS guy NOT make a good host? (Edit from GMC: Once again, this video is ABSOLUTELY NSFW. Unless you work for Kevin Smith. Or the WWE presumably.)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-xKUU5sWS4[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 11 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because 1-I’ve got Arrieta fever (and the only way to fix it is more cowbell?), 2-The World Cup starts today, so for the first couple of weeks anyway, I’m more of a patriot than Lee Greenwood…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-9_fDEsv-Q[/youtube]

…and then of course after Team USA is eliminated, it’s Forza Azzurri for me!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw3i1Wrlhvw[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Arrieta, David Hernandez give Orioles fans ‘moment of hope’ in win over Yankees

Jake Arrieta wasn’t exactly “Strasburgian” last night, but since the Orioles have beat the Yanks recently about as often as I’ve been called an “all around good guy”, I understand the excitement.

To be fair, Arrieta probably should have been here earlier-but I don’t care if it took too long for him to get here as long as he keeps pitching well while he’s here. He certainly had ice in his veins when he struck out Marcus Thames…but then again…it’s Marcus Thames.

I guess the word is that Juan Samuel intends to stick with Alfredo Simon as closer when he gets healthy, but I think David Hernandez has a MUCH better pedigree for a potential closer. That being said, I’m not entirely certain the team will have another save situation before the All-Star Game. If they do, I think they should let Hernandez try again.

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

With an O-fer last night, I’d like to thank Cesar Izturis for winning me a dollar in a bet with Drew Forrester. It feels much better to win that type of bet in a Birds win. Frankly it feels better just to say the words “Birds win” in any sort of reference.

Scott Moore hit a home run last night. I wonder if I’ll ever type those words again in my life. I feel as though it might be more likely that I’ll type the words “and that’s how my date with Angel Locsin went” in the future than typing that again. (Thanks Busted Coverage/FHM!)

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3. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Luke Scott acted like a ‘loser’ in O’s win

Hard to argue with that.

If you missed it, in the 7th inning; Scott lifted a fly ball to right field that Nick Swisher couldn’t find until it hit the wall. Scott thought he had hit a lazy fly ball for an out, but ended up with a triple. It would have been an inside the park home run for SURE had Scott actually been running out of the box, but instead he pouted and leisurely jogged towards first base before taking off.

Gary Thorne LOST HIS MIND. Scott would wind up scoring on an Adam Jones double; and when he got to the dugout-he heard it from Juan Samuel. Thorne (and Jim Palmer to a lesser extent) was enraged to see the two of them laughing in the dugout. For as much as I appreciated Thorne getting animated, I had the feeling John Angelos (or Peter Angelos or whoever else is paying attention to MASN right now) might be cringing while it was happening.

Thorne was right though. After Scott failed to hustle this weekend against the Red Sox and then failed to hustle again last night against the Bronx Bombers; there’s clearly an issue. It has to be addressed. Luke Scott has a role on this team, but the lack of hustle is completely unacceptable.

4. The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Don Markus say Bobby Valentine to interview with Andy MacPhail today

Rumor has it Bobby V will NOT come to the interview dressed this way…

bobbyv

Bobby Valentine certainly wouldn’t be my first choice for the gig-but if he can make the team win, I’d take him. He really loved his gig in Japan, it will be interesting to find out if he still has the passion to make things work in MLB.

Selfishly, I kinda want Skeeter Valentine from “Doug” a little bit more than Bobby Valentine…

skeeter

5. Virginian-Pilot’s Jared Diamond says Tim Bascom very good for Norfolk Tides, but couldn’t top Chris Resop’s 1 hitter for Gwinnett

A couple of things before we move on from the Orioles…

-A reminder that the Orioles are back in action tonight at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, with an interleague visit from the New York Mets. First pitch between R.A. Dickey and Jeremy Guthrie is at 7:05pm. For the rest of the weekend, Hisanori Takahashi faces Brian Matusz and Mike Pelfrey (how in the hell is HE 8-1?) takes on Kevin Millwood.

-Congratulations to our “Apologist of the Morning”, caller Bryce from Park Heights. If you’ve never heard a call from Bryce you might not understand-but he’s pretty special. He was selected by “The Great Arbitrator” or “Mr. Fair” if you will-Drew Forrester.

6. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Shayne Graham, Billy Cundiff both nailed 60 yard kicks on final day of Passing Camp in Owings Mills

Look, a 60 year field goal at 1 Winning Drive in June does not compare to a 50 yard attempt at M&T Bank Stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers in December, but it’s certainly still fun to see these guys pushing each other.

If you missed Shayne this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, make sure you head on over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net to check it out. Other guests this morning included new Maryland Terrapins assistant hoops coach (and St. Frances alum) Bino Ranson, Former Terps/Blast/USMNT player Desmond Armstrong (who helped us preview the World Cup), Bowie Baysox 3B Joel Guzman, and Craig Calcaterra from HardballTalk over at NBCSports.com, who went around MLB with Drew. All interviews, plus Rick from Reisterstown’s “call” of the final race in our “Month of Jerks.”

7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens cut WR’s Chris Hannon, Maurice Price

And as I pointed out yesterday via Twitter (follow us @WNST), Maurice Price had to know something was up when the team assigned Shayne Graham his number (17) and never bothered to give him a new one.

Hannon and Price were guys who had no real chance of making the team, and the team still has PLENTY of WR’s to use during Training Camp this summer in Westminster.

Here’s a question for you. With these guys gone, is there room for the team to consider acquiring Katrina Law and/or Lesley-Ann Brandt from the show “Spartacus” on Starz??? (Thanks BarStool Sports!)

spartacus

8. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says John Harbaugh happy with tryout from DB’s Ken Lucas, Walt Harris and Ken Hamlin

Thanks to my buddy Derek Arnold from WNST.net, Charm City Current and of course B-More Birds Nest for reminding me about the unquestioned highlight of Ken Hamlin’s career…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzGRUNJorz8[/youtube]

No word if Hamlin still gets Christmas cards from Le’Ron McClain.

9. The Sun’s Glenn Graham says Baltimore County World Soccer Festival amongst best places to watch World Cup

Who’s buying my first Peroni???

It’s going to be a great day tomorrow at Patriot Plaza in Towson. I won’t be there at 7:30am for the Greece/South Korea match, but I’ll stroll in at some point before 2:30. Save me a beer…or 37.

10. Inside Lacrosse’s John Jiloty says former Maryland lacrosse coach Dave Cottle hasn’t heard from Penn State

He’d be a great hire for the Nittany Lions, which is why I hope they don’t hire him. I don’t much care for anything in State College myself.

Meanwhile, after contacting Virginia assistant Marc Van Arsdale, there is nothing new happening in College Park as the Terps try to hire a new coach. Still no contact with Stevenson’s Paul Cantabene and no progress towards Albany’s Scott Marr either. I’m starting to think they should consider Roxanne Pallett for the gig. (Thanks Guyism!)

pallett

And finally, I leave you with this…

I’m not sure what I like more from the world of sports yesterday. The pronunciation of Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Nate Robinson from the Boston Celtics being like “Shrek and Donkey”….

shrek

Or Lady Gaga flipping off Mets fans at Citi Field…

gaga

I’ll be doing the same thing Saturday night at OPACY.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because I really find Aziz Ansari from “Parks and Recreation” to be quite funny. Not enough to spend hours watching the MTV Movie Awards, but certainly enough to head over to YouTube and giggle at this clip of him and Zach Galifianakis…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4T__lCzZgk[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Orioles picked Miami Brito HS SS Manny Machado with 3rd overall pick in MLB Entry Draft

It isn’t that I’m not excited about Manny Machado, it’s just that I’m not really excited about any 17 year old anywhere.

(Edit from GMC: Please spare me your “Jailbait” comments. I’ve already thought of all of them.)

I hope that at some point Machado becomes a Baltimore Oriole, and if he does I hope he turns out to be a really good player. I also hope that Machado isn’t sitting in Frederick in 4 years the way Billy Rowell currently is.

I guess I’m just trying to keep things in perspective. Believe me, even I think it’s crazy that I’M trying to offer perspective-but getting excited about a kid who isn’t even old enough to VOTE might be okay for NBA fans, but not for baseball fans.

Hopefully we’re ALL excited about him in a few years though. It burns the HELL out of me that fans in Washington have something to be excited about tonight.

2. Miami Herald’s Manny Navarro says Machado has been compared to A-Rod, will now try to be next Cal Ripken

I pray to God that Manny Machado is a THIRD of the player either one of these guys has been.

The Orioles will continue making picks in the MLB Entry Draft today, starting with the 85th overall pick-the 3rd pick in the 3rd round. Luke Jones will check in with profiles on the players the team selects throughout the day.

I would do it myself…but…umm…I’d rather sit and watch clothes circle around my washing machine??? Hell, I’d rather watch the Orioles play.

If you need a distraction, consider Lorraine Van Wyk-who Busted Coverage let me know existed yesterday…

vanwyk

3. STATS’ Kate Hedlin previews O’s-Yankees series starting tonight at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

First pitch tonight is at 7:05pm at OPACY, Phil Hughes faces Kevin Millwood-if you’d like to avoid the 20,000 New York fans who will be in attendance you can check the game out on MASN. Luke Jones will be hosting our “Orange Crush” chat tonight at WNST.net.

I’d say I was picking the Orioles to win tonight…If I thought the Orioles were capable of winning tonight.

If you missed YES Network Yanks analyst Ken Singleton this morning with Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault and check it out. Other guests this morning included Baseball Prospectus Draft analyst Kevin Goldstein and Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, who won his first Belmont Stakes (or Triple Crown race at all) with Drosselmeyer Saturday.

4. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Troy Patton, Rhyne Hughes had big night for Birds on farm

And before we move on from the Orioles, a couple of things:

-Brian Roberts’ return has been delayed…again…and I get the feeling I’m not the only one who’s wondering if Brian Roberts will EVER be the same. In his Sun blog, Peter Schmuck pointed out that surgery is commonly an option with those dealing with herniated discs. If surgery is an option for B-Rob at this point, I have NO IDEA why the organization wouldn’t just have him go ahead and get it done.

-Congratulations to our “Apologist of the Morning”, from the Weaver’s Tantrum Blog…”Dave Mc”, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator”. Dave wrote something comparing Will Ohman this year to George Sherrill last year in terms of trade value. Here’s what he said in closing…

“I think we will find that Sherrill gets a healthier return than Ohman, but there are still plenty of teams that will put together a quality package for Ohman this year.”

And if by “quality package” he meant “player to be named later”, I think I’d agree with him.

5. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Ravens lose a week of OTA practices due to ‘inadvertant’ whistle-blower

Well…this is weird.

There was rampant speculation yesterday about who in the locker room out in Owings Mills may have been the one to blow the whistle on John Harbaugh and staff; with guesses ranging from Jared Gaither to Willis McGahee to even Rex Ryan. The word is that NONE of them were the guilty party, and that’s why I was a bit uncomfortable with speculating to begin with.

I’m really unmoved by this. A number of teams have been accused of running practices too long, or being too tough in practice, or something along those lines. In fact, a number of Cleveland Browns players were unhappy with Eric Mangini for something along those lines.

The only real issue here is whether or not John Harbaugh has run the risk of losing the locker room by being particularly tough in practice. It doesn’t appear as though that’s the case, so this shouldn’t REALLY end up being much of a big deal.

Credit where credit’s due: there’s a fake Juan Samuel on Twitter (@NotJuanSamuel) who Tweeted us last night (follow us @WNST) to say “Do not think too much “intensity” in practice will be a problem for my team. Or games for that matter.

Well done.

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Jared Gaither signed one year restricted tender

Which means Gaither should get a week of practice in now after injuring his foot, and before the team heads over to McDaniel College to get back to work at Training Camp in late July.

Apparently Gaither’s deal is worth $2.396 million. If I had $2.396 million, I feel like I could impress Catrinel Menghia. Maybe??? (Thanks Guyism!)

menghia

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s John Eisenberg says Lardarius Webb looking at injury as ‘blessing in disguise’

There’s always a right way to say everything.

Before we move on from the Ravens, a reminder that we’ll be out there today at 1 Winning Drive for Passing Camp; and you will be able to hear all of the thoughts from John Harbaugh, as well as the players who are gathered out there today. Make sure you’re tuned in with Rex Snider and Ray Bachman throughout the day. Despite it now being the final week of OTA practices, I’m not expecting to see the likes of Ray Lewis and company present today.

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Cornell’s Jeff Tambroni off Maryland lacrosse candidate list

Which will be a sign to some that maybe the Maryland job wasn’t quite the “anyone would want this job” gig some in College Park thought it might be.

In fact, in talking with Patrick and others who cover lacrosse, I’ve heard a few times that folks really believe the Big Red job is a BETTER job than the one that Dave Cottle just left.

It might be tough to stomach, but considering the fact that Cornell has reached the last two Final Fours and has clearly shown they are capable of winning a NCAA Championship; I think I might believe it.

9. The Sun’s Mike Preston says Stevenson coach Paul Cantabene has not been contacted regarding Terrapins job

Most in the lacrosse circles believe Cantabene, Albany coach Scott Marr and Syracuse assistant Lelan Rogers to be the three top candidates now that Tambroni and Mike Pressler have passed. I would assume that Maryland will get ONE of those three guys, but I’m guess Cantabene is probably third on the list.

My guess? Scott Marr gets the gig.

10. Testudo Times’ Ben Goldstein says former Terps forward Tahj Holden taking assistant job at Monmouth (via Adam Zagoria)

With Holden being a New Jersey guy, everything about this makes sense. Tahj is VERY bright, and should do a good job transitioning into the coaching profession.

A better fit than Tahj Holden taking a gig in the Garden State? How about the bikini Hayden Panettiere wore to the beach? (Thanks again, Guyism!)

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And finally, I leave you with this.

Deadspin posted some sort of video of Mexican Wrestling today. I don’t understand it, but I love it…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH7SXtpj9SE[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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