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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 04 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because…well…because it’s Friday. Sure, I got kicked out of Yankee Stadium yesterday just for being an Orioles fan…which SHOULD be an “ejectable offense” the more I think about how silly it is to root for this team.

Before we get to “Trembley Watch 2010”, how about we start this thing on a positive? Deadspin posted a soccer goal the other day that makes me think even I could participate in the World Cup…

I can play goalie AT LEAST as well as that guy.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s Mike Fitzpatrick says A-Rod homered, Rivera closed out solid Sabathia start as Yanks finished sweep of Birds

Well, the few innings that I got to see of it-it looked just like Orioles baseball to me.

It was hard to even be excited when Luke Scott and Adam Jones homered, as we knew it meant a rally wasn’t coming. Kevin Millwood wasn’t up to the level of effectiveness that we’ve come to expect from him this season, but who can blame him?

Plus, the Yankees ARE really good. Alex Rodriguez wasn’t even TRYING to hit a homerun when he did. They have a lineup that is so good that a guy who would quite possibly be the AL MVP right now (Robinson Cano) is hitting 5th! They have a lineup that is so good Mark Teixeira is barely hitting better than Mark Wahlberg thus far, and the team is mostly unconcerned.

It doesn’t make it unfair that the Orioles have to compete against the Yankees in the AL East. It makes it unfair that the Orioles don’t TRY to compete against the Yankees in the AL East.

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

Three hits again yesterday. Or in other words, fewer hits than Third Eye Blind had…ON THEIR FIRST ALBUM.

(Edit from GMC: Of 3eb’s hits, my personal favorite was “How’s It Gonna Be”…)

And by the way, don’t take a look at the MLB standings at any point (unless for some strange reason you absolutely have to). The only thing you’ll see is that the Birds are currently 15.5 games back…of FOURTH PLACE.

Can’t we just start Training Camp tomorrow?

3. ESPN.com says Trembley to be fired, Juan Samuel to take over as manager

So…get excited!

In the end, there will be no crying over the end of Dave Trembley’s tenure, as no one REALLY thinks Dave Trembley is a good manager. That being said, he was never given a respectable group of players capable of actually winning…anything.

No sadness today for Dave Trembley, who might well be a nice guy (as Roch Kubatko said), but never really showed himself to be capable of managing.

As far as Juan Samuel is concerned…umm…okay? I know this isn’t a permanent move, but it isn’t inspiring long term OR short term. The Orioles will presumably start looking for a manager in the Bob Melvin/Buck Showalter/Tom Kelly/etc. crowd, although there is an argument that they should let Samuel finish the season and then actually conduct a FULL search in the offseason.

For the record, I’d sign off on Bob Melvin being hired. Having covered him in Phoenix when he managed the Arizona Diamondbacks, I’ve seen him take a team to the NLCS whose best players were Chris Young and Eric Byrnes. That being said, no one should have any reason to believe the team will get any THIS season under any manager. They’re not a good team, and some of the players who HAVE performed may well be shipped elsewhere.

Hopefully there will be both a respectable manager in the dugout and a respectable team on the field come Opening Day 2011. In the meantime, this remains hopeless no matter who’s managing.

4. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says if Trembley fired, Andy MacPhail replaces him on hot seat

And I had him on my hot seat even before now.

The blood is on MacPhail’s hands. He’s in charge, and he didn’t give the manager a REAL chance to win-despite the fact that the manager really wasn’t any good.

MacPhail’s “plan” looks almost laughable at this point, with only the young pitchers (and Nick Markakis) looking like actual major league players right now. This is a CRUCIAL offseason for MacPhail, as the team HAS to be better next season for there to be any reason for any of us to believe that MacPhail actually does know what he’s doing in Baltimore.

Yes, I’m talking about the offseason 54 games into this season. What else would I do?

It’s like a broken damn record, but GOD does it ever suck to be an Orioles fan right now.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says night on farm headlined by Tides’ Brandon Erbe falling to 0-9

And before we move on from the Orioles…

-Congratulations to “Apologist of the Morning” Peter DiLutis, who we have decided that we will also “fire” from AOTM consideration today. Peter has toed the line of “Apologist” and “Idiot” for the better part of the season, and today’s thoughts that the Trembley firing would “spark fan interest” went down the “idiotic” role. Drew Forrester “The Great Arbitrator” selected him over Roch Kubatko AND Dave Trembley, and I will apologize to both of them for being mentioned in the same sentence as the kid.

-The Orioles actually DO play again tonight, but only because they have to. They’ll open a weekend set with the Boston Red Sox; with first pitch on MASN from Oriole Park at Camden Yards at 7:05pm. Chris Tillman makes the start for the Birds, Clay Buchholz opposes him for the Sox. I’ll assume a sweep-but I would probably assume a sweep against just about anyone.

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens sign kicker Shayne Graham, give him $1.5 million base salary


As I said yesterday via Twitter (follow us @WNST), it is safe to call Graham the favorite in his competition against Billy Cundiff this summer in Training Camp; but he’ll have to show that he’s moved past the issues that lead him to miss two big kicks in the Cincinnati Bengals’ Wild Card loss to the New York Jets. If he struggles, Cundiff will still have a chance to leave Westminster with NFL employment.

Graham has the chance to make up to $2.5 million this season via incentives. Hopefully those incentives include NOT MISSING KICKS.

And with all of this said, there’s still another part of the equation here. Matt Katula HAS to have a better season snapping the ball. If he struggles again, this could look very similar to the Steve Hauschka – Graham Gano competition from a year ago.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says John Harbaugh believes ‘pass coverage’ Sergio Kindle’s “Achilles’ heel”

Which is sorta why my expectations (FOR THIS SEASON) are higher for Terrence Cody than they are for Sergio Kindle. He has to learn a new position (as he was mostly a pass rusher at Texas) that is particularly complicated. I think Sergio Kindle is going to be a very impressive player, I just don’t know that it’s going to be at the Rookie of the Year caliber level that he is hoping to perform at this season.

By the way, if you missed Sergio Kindle (and Terrence Cody and Ed Dickson and Arthur Jones) at our Miller Lite Purple Rookies Show Wednesday night at Casey’s in Towson; you can hear from ALL of them in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault right here at WNST.net.

8. WNST.net’s Ryan Chell says Texas State QB Brad George tried out Thursday at 1 Winning Drive during Ravens Rookie Camp

Brad George’s chances of making the team?

Let’s just say I have a better shot at getting to know Karina Flores (Thanks Busted Coverage!)…


9. Inside Lacrosse’s John Jiloty says Gary Gait not a candidate to replace Dave Cottle as Maryland lacrosse coach

Not that he ever really WAS a candidate this time around. Gait has done a nice job coaching the women at Syracuse, but his coaching experience just really doesn’t fit the bill of what’s necessary for the Terps as they look to replace Dave Cottle.

Also cross Rick Sowell off the list, as the Stony Brook coach received a contract extension to stay put there.

The list is still LONG. Kevin Corrigan, Mike Pressler, Jeff Tambroni and Don Zimmerman are still probably the most likely candidates…probably. At least maybe.

You know…who knows???

10. UMTerps.com says Terrapins senior Caitlyn McFadden claimed Women’s Tewaaraton award

And Duke’s Ned Crotty won the award on the men’s side. Crotty was clearly the best player in the game this year, I just couldn’t have voted for him because I am particularly opposed to the 5th year Blue Devils.

That being said, both are very deserving honors for the best players in college lacrosse.

And we’re very deserving of looking at pictures of Rose Byrne from GQ, as posted by Guyism…


11. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland-Morgan State will kickoff at 6pm on ESPN3.com, Maryland-West Virginia will kickoff at 12pm on ESPNU

Effing ESPN3.

I understand why ESPN3 if good for the ACC and company, but the league needs to work out a way that games shown on ESPN3 can also be shown over the air in local markets. For example, if the game is on ESPN3 (the old ESPN360)-there should be an option for Comcast SportsNet to carry the ESPN broadcast.

ESPNU is good for no one…unless of course you have ESPNU. I do not. And I’m the most important person here.

12. WNST.net’s G.Q. picks Fly Down to win tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes

For a differing opinion, Rick from Reisterstown selected the favorite (Ice Box) to win when he called the race this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. I’ll pick Make Music For Me, mostly because he has the best name in the race.

If you missed Rick this morning, you can hear it in the Audio Vault. It will be available later via WNSTv. Other guests from this morning you can hear in the Audio Vault include Baseball America’s Jim Callis, NBC Sports’ Craig Calcaterra (HardBallTalk) and NESN Sox pre-game host Tom Caron.

I prefer Rick myself.

And finally, I leave you with this.

“Get Him To The Greek” opens today. I have fairly high hopes…

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 27 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because my girl Intern Genna just won’t quit. Sure, she’s leaving us for a summer in Ocean City-but I guess she wanted to make sure she wasn’t gone from our hearts…


Attention prospective employers: Genna has graduated from Towson University, and she’s available to bring a level of sophistication to your company. If you’re interested, feel free to get in touch with me, and I’ll set up a meeting.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Matusz struggled, Cahill wowed as Orioles fell to Athletics

Well…that happened.

Adam Rosales is still running somewhere right now in fear that someone will tell him Brian Matusz didn’t REALLY groove a pitch up in the zone with 2 strikes and 2 outs in the bottom of the 1st.

I had no idea Trevor Cahill’s scouting report said “don’t bother trying.”


This is why the team’s struggles are so effing frustrating. What the hell do you say about that last night? “I mean, I know Matusz stunk, but hey-he DID retire 10 straight at one point!”

The O’s weren’t in that game for even a minute. First pitch was at 7:05, and I could’ve watched Wheel of Fortune or The Office at 7:30. Hell, I could have flipped over to Jeopardy! at 7:10.

15-32. They’re 15-32. It makes even the wins seem irrelevant.

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

Rajai Davis might the only player who can ground out into a triple. Don’t believe me? In the 7th inning, he grounded out to short, but beat out the throw. I know Dave Trembley argued, but Davis got there at the same time as the throw, and the safe call was correct.

He then stole second base (his 3rd of 3 stolen bases on the night). He never actually GOT to third base, but after stealing 3rd earlier in the game and scoring 2 runs, I feel pretty comfortable in assuming he could have done it again.

He’s no Rickey Henderson, but he looked like Rickey last night.

I have no idea if Felix Pie was watching last night, but if he was-I hope he was taking notes.

3. Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Brian Roberts still expects to play in 2010

I feel like there should have been a “…but admits he really has no idea” at the end of that headline.

Look, clearly B-Rob’s absence has hurt the Birds this season. Would having him in the lineup give the Orioles someone who could drive in runs? Nope. But would it mean that Scott Moore, Julio Lugo or Garrett Atkins WOULDN’T be in the lineup? Yes, and that would be particularly helpful.

I pray to God Brian Roberts returns…ever. But I’m not so sure he’ll ever have a season again in his career where he doesn’t deal with health issues.

4. Edmonton Journal’s John MacKinnon says former Oriole Larry Bigbie has ‘moved past’ own steroid use


Bigbie is now playing for the Edmonton Capitals, who start their season in 5 days. After the season starts, it is believed that the Capitals will win 3 of their first 4, then proceed to completely choke in dropping 3 games to Montreal.


Look, I don’t want to say I’m “unmoved” by Bigbie’s thoughts, but what else is a guy who was so heavily involved in PED use supposed to say? “I’m still thinking about using PED’s sometimes”? I mean, this is better than asking the reporter if he knew where Kirk Radomski and David Segui were hanging out these days.

So…I’m not “unmoved”, I’m just moved MORE by Mariana Weickert, who Guyism points out is on the cover of Maxim in Brazil…


5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Zach Britton, Rick Zagone had big night for Birds on farm

And before we move on from the Orioles, I couple of things worth noting:

-Congratulations to “Roar From 34”, who won their 2nd “Apologist of the Morning” honor today, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester. RF34 points out that Kevin Millwood, David Hernandez, Brian Matusz and Jeremy Guthrie are amongst the league leaders is “tough losses.” For the record, I’m amongst the league leaders in “that girl ALMOST came home with me”s.

-Nick Markakis will not be available tonight (wife giving birth), and Dave Trembley made it seem during the MASN “Wired Wednesday” segment last night that he didn’t want to play Luke Scott again tonight. This could well mean that the lineup tonight will include Scott Moore, Garrett Atkins, Cesar Izturis AND Lou Montanez. I’d suggest prayer.

-The Orioles will try again to get their 3rd series victory of the year tonight; as Brad Bergesen faces Gio Gonzalez at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. First pitch on MASN2 is at 7:05pm.

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says former Ravens scout Daniel Jeremiah joining Eagles’ staff

You might know Daniel Jeremiah from Twitter, where he goes by @MoveTheSticks and offers great NFL commentary. He was heard every Friday last fall on AM1570 with Ray Bachman, Nestor Aparicio, Rex Snider, Thyrl Nelson, Rick from Reisterstown or whoever the hell else was hosting the show that day. He was also a part of ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft, and has worked with Phil Savage both in Baltimore and in Cleveland.

It’s a great hire for Philly. The only way they could have made a better hire is if they found a way to nab Alana Blanchard, who Barstool Sports says is a pro surfer…


7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says team agreed to deal with exclusive rights free agent LB Jameel McClain

Who is in a mess of players on this team at the LB position. Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Jarret Johnson, Dannell Ellerbe, Tavares Gooden, Sergio Kindle, Antwan Barnes, Prescott Burgess, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Jason Phillips and Edgar Jones are also on the roster at LB, with Paul Kruger a DE/LB. I expect Jameel McClain will make the team, and I expect most of the other 12 will have a shot to make the team as well.

Of course, there can only be 53. I’ll do my first mock roster soon.

8. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Troy Smith, John Beck ‘battling’ according to Cam Cameron

And there’s an element of truth to that.

Look, Troy Smith is the Ravens’ backup quarterback. But should Troy have a TERRIBLE Training Camp and play poorly in the preseason while John Beck excelled, Beck would of course have a chance to move up the depth chart to the #2 role.

That being said, should Todd Heap have a miserable Training Camp and struggle in the preseason while Ed Dickson excelled, Ed Dickson would have a chance to move up the depth chart at TE. Is it realistic to even discuss? No. But when Cam Cameron was asked the question, he answered it honestly.

Cam Cameron DOES have history with John Beck in Miami, but Troy Smith is well liked by Ozzie Newsome. Troy Smith has NOT fallen out of favor over in Owings Mills, despite what some people might want to think.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens looks back on games that ‘doomed’ Dave Cottle

This is a very good list, and very relevant when looking back on what went wrong during Cottle’s tenure at Maryland. There were plenty of chances for him to win “the big game”, it just didn’t work out for one reason or another. Couple that with some really bad losses (punctuated by the defeat at the hands of Notre Dame this year), and Cottle’s fate was sealed.

You know what’s going to doom me from getting any work done today? The picture of Lexxie Robinson they have at Busted Coverage today…


10. SI’s Grant Wahl says former Terps Clarence Goodson, Maurice Edu selected for Team USA World Cup roster

If you missed it, ESPN Radio Play by Play voice JP Dellacamera joined Drew this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST to break down the roster. Other guests included WNST’s own Luke Jones and Johns Hopkins baseball coach (they’re headed to the College World Series!) Bob Babb. You can hear all of it in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net.

And finally, I leave you with this.

I missed the Blue Angels in Annapolis yesterday. But I did NOT miss the chance to listen to some Blues Traveler…

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 25 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because while everyone else in the world is down on the lineup announcement for the comeback of the HFStival…I actually think the event was made just for me, as I’m pretty sure I’ve seen ALL of these bands at Merriweather Post Pavilion before…

Third Eye Blind? Check.

Everclear? Check.

Fuel? You know it.

Look, there’s NO chance this is a festival worth paying $25-$40 and service charges to go see-and it’s a little embarrassing that they’re trying to pass it off as if it is, but if they decide they want to do it for free like Virgin Fest did last year, I’m all in! I LOVED the 90’s!

Hell, I might even call my 10th grade girlfriend to see if she wants to go with me again. Or at least to see if her husband is out of jail yet and if she knows where her kids are.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Dave Trembley survived off day, continues as O’s manager

And as of 8:30 Tuesday morning, he was STILL the manager.

Are we going to do this all season? Every time the Orioles come home, or every time they have an off day we speculate about the future of Dave Trembley?

I understand the team is 14-31. I wouldn’t be the LEAST bit upset if they decided to dismiss Dave Trembley and let Juan Samuel handle things the rest of the way. But I wouldn’t sign off on bringing in Tom Kelly right now and keeping the team from doing a FULL managerial search in the offseason.

Word is that Andy MacPhail and Peter Angelos met yesterday to discuss the team, and according to The Sun’s Dan Connolly, they’ve been meeting a bit more often recently. So, at least we have that going for us. Who knows, maybe one day all of the meetings will result in some sort of progress?!

But at least they’re meeting, which means…..Peter Angelos is still aware he owns the ballclub? I checked in with UnPeterAngelos on Twitter for his update…

“Heated meeting today. McPhail keeps fighting me on my idea to outsource Dave Trembley’s position to India. They can do anything over there.


2. The AP/STATS’ Mike Lipka previews Orioles-Athletics series starting tonight

Yeah, THIS is the guy who’s starting for the A’s tonight…


Apparently Dallas Braden is very proud of his background in Stockton, California. He, his tattoo AND his thumb will all be on display tonight at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, when he faces Jeremy Guthrie and the Birds. First pitch on MASN is at 7:05pm.

I’m guessing announced attendance at OPACY will be about 15,000. The weather is nice. So nice that Drew Forrester and Nestor Aparicio are trying to convince me to go to the game with them tomorrow night. They might even get me to go.

3. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Chris Tillman, Steve Bumbry had big night on farm for Birds

And apparently the Nofolk Tides did NOT use Frank Mata in a save situation last night, leading many people to believe that he may be on his way to Charm City to replace Alfredo Simon, who is likely DL bound. Koji Uehara is also likely DL bound, and it looks more and more likely that David Hernandez will head to the bullpen, and either Tillman or Jake Arrieta will be coming up to replace him in the rotation.

Hernandez is scheduled to face Gio Gonzalez Thursday, and obviously Chris Tillman wouldn’t be ready to make that start. Given yesterday’s off day-the Birds could move up Brad Bergesen to Thursday, and slide in Tillman this weekend.

Doesn’t this all just sound so exciting?!?!?!

And before we move on from the Orioles, congratulations to Peter Schmuck, whose “you win some and you lose some” blog about Koji Uehara yesterday made him a RUNAWAY winner for Apologist of the Morning. “The Great Arbitrator” didn’t have much of a selection this morning, as Peter’s offering was a RUNAWAY winner.

4. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens CB Lardarius Webb ‘on schedule’ after visit to Dr. James Andrews

Which means we remain at status quo. “On schedule” doesn’t mean he can take the field at McDaniel College in late July necessarily, but it MIGHT mean he can take the field September 13th in East Rutherford.

Of course, if he misses the August 12th exhibition opener against the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium, he might not be alone. O.A.R. and Citizen Cope are playing Merriweather that night, so I’ve been thinking about tagging out to Luke Jones.

Don’t judge.

5. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Fabian Washington also visited Birmingham, says he’ll be ready for Training Camp

Which is a shame for him, because if he was at home-he’d have more time to check out the pictures of Candice Swanepoel over at Guyism…


Of course, having Fabian Washington back will be good news for the Ravens, as they will have him, Domonique Foxworth and Chris Carr for sure-as well as POSSIBLY Lardarius Webb; and some mix of Cary Williams and/or Travis Fisher, and maybe even Marcus Paschal and/or Prince Miller-and you’d THINK there’s a COMPETENT group of corners in there.

I say competent because it obviously still looks like the team’s biggest area of weakness. Not that I’m trying to be a buzzkill or anything.

6. USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Ravens won’t support Super Bowl in New York

And neither does Mike Florio from ProFootballTalk.com and NBC Sports, which he told Drew this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. If you missed it, make sure you check it out in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault.

Other guests this morning included Terry Hasseltine (The Executive Director of Sports Marketing in Maryland), Delmarva Shorebirds pitcher (and former Orioles 1st round pick) Matt Hobgood, Deadspin founder Will Leitch, and WNST’s own Luke Jones. Check all of it out in the Audio Vault as well.

For the record, I’m NOT in favor of a New York (New Jersey) Super Bowl either, for much of the same reason as Steve Bisciotti. If a storm hits The Garden State that weekend the way a storm hit Baltimore on Super Bowl weekend this year, we’d be looking at playing the most significant sporting event in the world in “state of emergency” conditions.

It’s a cool idea, but I’m siding with Steve Bisciotti on this one. And not just because he has better hair than me.

7. NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Ravens in 2nd tier of NFL teams

I’d probably be in agreement with him, but he also has the Dallas Cowboys in Tier 1. I understand they look good on paper, but I’m not ready to include them in that group yet.

Before we move on from the Ravens, a reminder that I’ll be out at 1 Winning Drive today for Ravens Passing Camp. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter (@WNST) for news from Owings Mills, including whether or not Jared Gaither is back on the field. I’ll also be on this afternoon with Rex Snider and Ray Bachman, so stay tuned to AM1570.

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Division 1 coaching experience ‘is not going to be a requirement’ for new Maryland lacrosse coach

I personally don’t think Paul Cantabene is the coach Debbie Yow and Michael Lipitz are looking for, but I think it would be smart for them to give Stevenson’s head man a phone call.

Kevin Corrigan (Notre Dame), Jeff Tambroni (Cornell), Mike Pressler (Bryant, former Duke), Scott Marr (Albany) and Don Zimmerman (UMBC) seem like they have to be the TOP guys on the list-but I’m telling you that without having had the chance to chat with any of the decision makers with the department since Dave Cottle resigned. I could be WAY off on what it is that the school is looking for.

I just don’t get the feeling that after letting a coach go for not making the Final Four in the last four years, hiring a coach who doesn’t know a thing or two about the NCAA Tournament would probably be a mistake.

9. Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says Tom and Matt Palasek granted release from Johns Hopkins, will transfer

The weird thing about this story is that growing up in New York, apparently the Palaseks were OBSESSED with becoming Blue Jays. There isn’t much known about why the Palaseks are departing the program, but there’s a thought that it might have something to do with Dave Pietramala’s coaching style.

Since I don’t know that for sure, I won’t pounce on the kids. But if it is, it’s absolutely amazing that two kids would leave a program because they didn’t like the style of a coach who has won two NCAA Championships.

We’ll see.

10. ESPN.com Scouts Inc’s Paul Biancardi gives Gary Williams ‘A-‘ for basketball recruiting class

You know who else is an A- at worst? Dutzen Kroes… (Thanks Busted Coverage!)


And finally, I leave you with this.

As someone who celebrates Championships in every variety, a Tip of the Cap to the Philadelphia Flyers for winning the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals. This one’s for Drew!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because my cousin Jeff is in town from Las Vegas, which meant yesterday was a perfect day to do this…


I can still smell Old Bay on my fingertips. Of course, I guess I should have showered last night.

Oh, and the Phoenix Suns won! It was a LITTLE awkward that I was sitting on my couch and chanting “Beat LA!”, but it was a fun night all around.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says Willingham’s walkoff homer lifted Nationals past Orioles

Not even phased.

Hell, “Knocked Up” was on E! yesterday afternoon, and I’m pretty sure I watched more of Katherine Heigl than I did Kevin Millwood yesterday.

(Edit from GMC: That might not be true, but if it is-can you blame me?)


Millwood had one bad inning again-and this time he got it out of the way early. I will admit that I didn’t expect Julio Lugo to extend things into extra innings, but as Rob Dibble effectively explained-the Birds can partially thank Jim Riggleman for that-as he didn’t bring Justin Maxwell to play shallow RF against a hitter with about as much power as me.

I mostly didn’t care for Rob Dibble this weekend-and the forced MASN combo broadcast was just as dreadful as I always remember it being. By the way-Gary Thorne IS coming back, right? If he just quit and left us with Jim Hunter moving forward, I may never forgive him.

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

What’s remarkable is that it took until the 45th game of the season for the team’s cleanup hitter (Ty Wigginton) to actually move to the 4th spot in the lineup.

Meanwhile, Garrett Atkins made an appearance yesterday. I feel like Atkins might as well just walk to home plate with his middle finger directly in the air; and then personally direct it towards every Orioles fan in attendance at every game.

Miguel Tejada was 0-5 with 4 LOB. In baseball terms, we call that “Playing Like an Oriole.”

3. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester doesn’t think Dave Trembley will be fired today

Neither do I, for the record. I don’t think Terry Crowley will be fired either, but I think it’s more likely he falls on the sword than the manager does.

There is part of me that wonders whether or not it is okay for the team to basically pass along the message of “losing is okay” by NOT firing the manager; but I will also be the first to get in the “this isn’t the manager’s fault” line.

I don’t think Dave Trembley is a good manager, but I don’t think ANY manager could win with the woefully incomplete roster Andy MacPhail put together this season.

If you think Dave Trembley should be fired-I think that’s fine, but you have to be willing to accept the fact that the roster wasn’t built for winning the way some wanted us to believe it was before the season.

I’m really indifferent as to whether or not Trembley DOES get fired-as none of Rick Dempsey, Juan Samuel, BJ Surhoff, Mike Bordick or Brad Komminsk will make this team a winner; and I generally think coaching changes are best made in the offseason-when a full search of all candidates-including those currently employed by other MLB teams-can be considered. Of course, I would assume that none of them could do WORSE than Trembley, but isn’t that an example of “famous last words”?

As far as whether or not Dave Trembley WILL be fired? My gut remains “no.”

4. Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Uehara ‘likely’ DL bound again

If you missed Rich’s chat with Drew Forrester this morning, make sure you head on over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net.

The question at this point regards what roster moves MIGHT be made before the Orioles open up their 3 game set with the Athletics tomorrow night at OPACY.

Should Uehara need to head to the DL (as it appears he will), presumably Alberto Castillo would be the most likely to get the call back up. With questions surrounding the health of Alfredo Simon after he was pulled in the 10th inning yesterday; the Birds may be forced to call up someone along the lines of Kam Mickolio to close.

The next question regards what to do about Garrett Atkins. The team appears to be just about done with him, but it is unlikely they’d want to start Scott Moore at 1B or DH. Michael Aubrey (who we thought would come up from Norfolk last week) could be the man to replace him, but this would involve MacPhail having to admit that the Atkins really WAS a mistake.

A bigger mistake? Sending Garrett Atkins to the plate against Oakland at any point this week.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brandon Erbe, Matt Hobgood had rough day on farm for O’s Sunday

The O’s are off today, they return to action tomorrow night against the A’s. Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Matusz and David Hernandez are scheduled to go for the Birds against Dallas Braden, Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez.

Congratulations to our pal “The Professor”, Pete DiLutis. Don’t ever change Pete. He’s our “Apologist of the Morning” with an assist from Fangraphs, as chosen by “The Great Arbitrator” today on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. Pete “highly disagrees” with the idea that Koji Uehara is a bust; which is an interesting proclimation to make considering the overwhelming evidence otherwise.

Pete goes on to point out that according to Fangraphs, Uehara was worth $7.3 million last season. This of course goes to prove that Fangraphs is not a practical way to measure ANYTHING baseball-related. Not only was Koji not worth 7.3 million DOLLARS last season, he wasn’t worth 7.3 million PENNIES.

You have to PITCH to be worth something. This is why stats only tell half the story. According to Fangraphs, Uehara was worth $7.3 million because a pitcher who made twice as many starts with similar numbers would have been worth roughly $14 million.

The problem is-no team is interested in giving a pitcher ANY money for half a season’s worth of work.

Sometimes you have to actually use your EYES to figure out if a pitcher is valuable-not just what a math equation says.

6. The Sun’s Ken Murray says Flacco in ‘learning mode’ once more now with new receivers Boldin, Stallworth

Which is why the team has so many of these “Passing Camp” type events like the one they’re back at this morning out at 1 Winning Drive. This gives Flacco, Boldin, Stallworth, etc. the chance to run routes and learn about each other’s tendencies. They’re not the most crucial of the OTA events, but they’re certainly helpful for these situations in particular.

Plus, why WOULDN’T they want to be in Owings Mills this week? Where else would they be? On the beach with Nina Dobrev? (Thanks CelebSlam via Busted Coverage)…


7. UMTerps.com says Dave Cottle stepped down as Maryland lacrosse coach

And as I wrote yesterday-while Cottle is by no means a bad coach, this was an inevitable and likely necessary split following the completely unacceptable performance Saturday in a loss to Notre Dame.

For me, all of the juice is gone from this weekend’s Final Four; which SUCKS considering it’s happening RIGHT HERE. Sure there’s excitement for the Virginia-Duke game, but…umm…I don’t like EITHER of those teams, nor would I be particularly comfortable with seeing either of them win. Cornell-Notre Dame is about as exciting to me as the D2 title game between C.W. Post and Le Moyne. And while I have plenty of friends who went to Salisbury…no thanks to their showdown with Tufts for the D3 crown.

Just a major letdown without Maryland.

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Cottle believes he made Terps’ lacrosse program ‘better’ during tenure

That might be true. Of course, the program was in good shape under Dick Edell-he just failed to deliver the NCAA Championship that also eluded Cottle. I’m not sure how much Cottle actually improved the program, but he’s certainly leaving it in very good shape.

The atmosphere around the program now shifts to the coaching search for Debbie Yow and Michael Lipitz. Plenty of names have been thrown about-ranging from UMBC coach Don Zimmerman, Loyola coach Charley Toomey, Albany coach Scott Marr, Bayhawks coach John Tucker, Bryant coach (and former Duke coach) Mike Pressler, and Stevenson coach Paul Cantabene. Speaking of which…

9. GoMustangSports.com says Stevenson fell to Salisbury in NCAA Tournament semifinals

Cantabene told Drew Forrester this morning that he’s “not thinking about” the Maryland job, but instead looking toward the 2011 season for the Mustangs; which will hopefully be one in which they finally get over the hump and reach the NCAA Championship Game.

The real shame about yesterday’s game is that the two best teams in the country played at Sea Gull Stadium instead of playing at M&T Bank Stadium. It isn’t an excuse for why the ‘Stangs lost, but they should have had the chance to play the game on a neutral field with a title on the line.

Salisbury was the only team to defeat Stevenson this season, unfortunately they did it twice-including once when it mattered most.

10. HopkinsSports.com says Blue Jays topped Kean to advance to D3 College World Series in Wisconsin

I’m not going to pretend to know anything at all about D3 College Baseball, and my knowledge of Wisconsin is pretty much limited to That 70’s Show…

…but I’m happy for JHU. Mostly because I need something to be happy about right now.

11. MIAASports.net’s Joe DiBlasi says Larry Sheets’ Gilman club topped Calvert Hall to claim ‘A’ conference title

In a related story, Guyism had pictures of Esha Janssen…


That’s not related? Sorry, I’m not any good at this, am I?

And finally, I leave you with this.

Here’s the Scott Hall mugshot…


…I’d laugh, but I’m actually fairly sad.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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Maryland Makes Necessary Move with Cottle Reportedly Out as Coach

Posted on 23 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Dave Cottle is by no means a bad guy, and certainly by no means a bad lacrosse coach.

With that being said, Debbie Yow and the University of Maryland had little choice than to part ways with the man who has won 99 games as head lacrosse coach, as reported Sunday by regular WNST contributor Patrick Stevens as well as The Baltimore Sun. The Sun reported the break was a resignation, which may be nothing more than semantics.

Cottle’s contract ended following the season that concluded Saturday with a 7-5 loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, so this is not a “firing”, but instead a decision to not retain Cottle with a new contract. Cottle had been on the “hot seat” with Maryland fans for some time, but as I had reportedly previously-there were differing opinions about the safety of Cottle’s job within the athletic department.

The school decided to bring back Cottle following a somewhat disappointing 2009 season for multiple reasons-with money being among them. The athletic department also felt as though there was a significant amount of young talent returning, and that the 2010 Terps would have a great chance to get back to the Final Four for the first time since 2006-and compete for a NCAA Championship.

And despite a very successful regular season that earned them the #3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the loss to the Fighting Irish meant that this year’s Maryland seniors would end their run in College Park without making the Final Four-becoming the first graduating class since 1971 to do so.

There was little choice here. The program was stagnant-and the fanbase (whether their understanding and appreciation of lacrosse exists or not) was helping to make the decision easier. The fact that Maryland hasn’t won a NCAA Championship since 1975 despite being in the hotbed of lacrosse talent is only part of the problem. (It doesn’t help that Johns Hopkins was won 8 titles in that timeframe.)

A major part of the problem remains the fact that Maryland needs to win to generate interest amongst those who don’t live and die for the sport of lacrosse. Fewer than 2,000 fans attended the Maryland-Virginia ACC Championship Game at Byrd Stadium this season. And while the game wasn’t included in the season ticket package, the interest in such a game should be greater at a school where potential interest in lacrosse is equal if not greater than the biggest programs in the sport (Princeton, Syracuse, Virginia, Hopkins).

Cottle did himself no favors in the most important situations. He was 4-5 against Navy, just 7-7 against Duke, 5-12 against Virginia, 2-7 against Hopkins. He won just 2 regular season ACC Championships and 2 ACC Tournament Championships in 9 years.

Cottle defenders will point out that there is no guarantee that his successor will reach the NCAA Championship heights that the program hopes to reach, and there is no guarantee his successor will be guaranteed to continue the programs consecutive winning season streak, which has continued since the sport’s inception at the University in 1924.

With that being said, the school was forced to take that risk in hopes of future growth and development. Needing to sell suites inside Byrd Stadium, the school has to do something to try to spark interest. The names that will be rumored to be included on their upcoming search will be highlighted by current Stevenson coach Paul Cantabene, current Loyola coach Charley Toomey, and current Chesapeake Bayhawks coach John Tucker.

The biggest issue facing the next Terrapins lacrosse coach-no matter who it is-will be the need to attract the top in-state talent to the state university. It will be especially important to attract the top talent from the MIAA-which was part of the reason Cottle was hired from Loyola originally, and a job he did well to an extent.

MIAA families (whether they want to admit if publicly or not) have had a history of thinking they were better than the public in-state school. MIAA families have decided at times to send their kids to a school like Hopkins, Loyola, Princeton or Virginia-where the school experience rivals that of a typical Maryland public institution.

It isn’t an easy task for anyone who might take the job, but it is a necessary challenge.

The Maryland lacrosse team is by no means guaranteed to be better with a new coach, but if nothing else, the program is guaranteed a new level of excitement.

Excitement that will last until at least the first time the new coach faces Johns Hopkins.


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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 17 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

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

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

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which probably saved him around 6 earned runs.

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

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

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

Here’s what you need to know:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Maybe a questionable decision.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

And finally, I leave you with this.

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


Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 14 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

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

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

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…

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

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


It’s actually pretty impressive.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That was POOR yesterday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Does that qualify me for Apologist of the Morning?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Do you think he knows Esha Janssen?


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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

Here are my quick picks for the weekend…

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

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

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

Hopefully this young lady will be there…


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

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

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

And finally, I leave you with this.

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

I love me some O.A.R….

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 10 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because I checked out Carolina Liar last night at Recher Theatre, and they were quite good. I will admit to having only known “I’m Not Over” and “Show Me What I’m Looking For” before the show, but I was really sleeping on them. They’re REALLY good. It’s a shame only about 30-40 others of you decided to come to the show.

Check out “Beautiful World.” It’s pretty good…

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says Orioles got nothing going against Nick Blackburn in 6-0 loss to Twins

Ugh. Nick Blackburn? He didn’t even throw a strikeout!

What do I do here? Do I lament another Orioles loss? Do I yell and scream and try to figure out why the team is so freaking dreadful offensively, or do I say something along the lines of “another stellar effort from the Orioles?”

I’m not sure I have the energy today.

The Birds took 2 of 4 at Target Field, which wouldn’t seem so bad if it weren’t for the fact that they really only mustered any offense in ONE of the 4 games (which stunningly came against Francisco Liriano). Of course, Luke Scott DID hit a home run Saturday night that landed somewhere in Fargo, which was just one more example of MASN’s awesome timing in their “I Want to Be Luke Scott’s Bat!” campaign.


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

I told my mom we couldn’t go out for lunch yesterday; but we instead needed to celebrate Mother’s Day at my house, so that I could keep the Orioles game on in the background.

Mom had a couple of reactions. First she said “Why? The Orioles are terrible.”

Moms really DO know everything, don’t they?

Her second response was “Why is this game so important in particular?”

“Well mom, Brian Matusz is pitching. He’s the next Tom Glavine!”

Being the baseball fan she is, mom understood that she couldn’t miss the chance to see a pitcher like that. About halfway through a piece of BBQ chicken she looked back at me and said “THIS IS THE PITCHER YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT?!?!?!?”

Sorry mom.

It was a tough day for Brian yesterday-but things will get better. (Edit from GMC: Things WILL get better, right?) He’s much too good for me to be too worked up yesterday.

Besides, I spent the better part of the day yesterday recovering from a Betty White hangover anyway. The “Thank You For Being a Friend” bit was FAR from the best thing they did, it was just the only clip available on YouTube…

3. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Adam Jones, Orioles have hit ‘brick wall’

I brought this up with Drew Forrester this morning on AM1570 WNST, but I think it’s worth repeating.

It’s time for him to take the trip to Norfolk.

I understand that he’s the face of the future for this team, and I understand that his athleticism is unquestionable.

But he’s jaded, and he isn’t trying right now.

It’s not JUST that he isn’t hitting. It’s not JUST that he’s figured out ways to misplay balls into triples. It’s the laziness he’s shown on fly balls with runners on 3rd base that says to me he just doesn’t really want to give it that much of an effort.

A run-in with Dave Trembley early in the season is well circulated, and not surprising. It’s partially the team’s fault for having a lame-duck manager. It’s more the team’s fault for not putting a team together that would actually inspire players to want to win.

But it is STILL Adam Jones’ fault for not trying. It’s shameful. And there should be a price to pay for it. I understand that the team “isn’t trying to win anyway”, and that some fans think they should just stick it out with Adam until he gets it turned around.

But I will NEVER sign off on a move that is made because a team “isn’t trying to win anyway.”

4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Birds could make roster moves now that road trip is over

The most obvious move to be made would be to send Lou Montanez back to the Tides and bring up Corey Patterson. YAY! COREY PATTERSON!!!

For the record, I’d be in complete support of that move. It’s just a little frightening to think about this team improving by having Corey Patterson on the roster.

Luke Scott should be a candidate to be jettisoned, but I assume he won’t be. Garrett Atkins got a few hits last week, but I’m pretty sure I’d still prefer Garrett Gomez to him.

But if the Orioles REALLY wanted to make a statement, I think they should add Collien Fernandes (Thanks Busted Coverage!)


5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Chris Tillman excelled, Zach Britton struggled for O’s on farm

Before we move on from the Orioles, a couple more things to mention…

-Congratulations to our Apologist of the Morning-as selected by The Great Arbitrator this morning on “The Morning Reaction.” The winner was “Heath” from Dempsey’s Army, who despite being too gutless to put a last name on what he writes-took the time to declare that “Free The Birds” was nothing more than a marketing/publicity stunt from Nestor Aparicio.

Keep believing that crap instead of holding an organization’s feet to the fire for becoming a civic embarrassment over the last 13 years. Keep that up. It makes plenty of sense. The 1,500+ people who have already joined the Facebook group probably support the theory too. You’re “on watch.”

-The Orioles are off tonight before opening a 3 game set with the Seattle Mariners tomorrow night at Camden Yards. A reminder that we’re just a week away from “Free The Birds”, which goes down Monday night when the Orioles host the Kansas City Royals. If Chris Stoner makes it out, the first beer is on me.

6. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says John Harbaugh (at least sorta) believes Jared Gaither battling toe/foot injury, not skipping practice out of protest

What an ordeal this has become.

“The Bills are interested.”

“Ozzie Newsome says he hasn’t gotten any offers.”

“Maybe Marshal Yanda could play Right Tackle.”

“The team can’t make a deal now that Ramon Harewood is hurt.”

“This is all Drew Rosenhaus’ doing.”

“Maybe Gaither really is hurt. I mean, he does have an injury history.”

“The Ravens probably should have just left Michael Oher at RT for the season and tried to win the Super Bowl.”

“Why don’t they just sign Flozell Adams?”

My head is SPINNING. My guess is that Jared Gaither IS dealing with something foot-related, but probably COULD have practiced through it out in Owings Mills this weekend if he had wanted to.

My other guess is that Jared Gaither WILL still be on this team come September 13 against the New York Jets. I just don’t see another NFL team (be it Buffalo, Washington, Oakland, Denver or anyone else) stepping up and making an offer that the Ravens would deem worthwhile to trade away a bookend tackle from a team that expects to compete for the AFC North title this season.

Of course, a first round pick could change ALL of that.

7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ngata tore pec in Pro Bowl, will miss another month and a half to two months

Of course, there was quite a bit of hullaballoo when The Sun (and then linked to PFT) misquoted Ngata as saying it happened when he was “trying to hurt someone” in Miami. Ngata had actually said he was trying to NOT hurt anyone.

You can hear from Ngata in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault right here at WNST.net. You can also hear from John Harbaugh, Anquan Boldin, Jim Zorn, Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison, Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco, Terrell Suggs and others this weekend from Ravens mini-camp.

OR….OR….you can look at this picture of Madison Welch that I found over at Guyism. I think either would be an acceptable use of your time…


8. ProFootballTalk/NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says part of North Ave. to be renamed “Ray Lewis Way”

Spare me the North Ave. related jokes, PLEASE. I get it. There IS humor there, I understand it.

This won’t be the last honor Ray Lewis receives in the city of Baltimore. He’ll end up in the Ring of Honor, and he’ll get a statue out near Johnny Unitas, etc. etc. etc.

Plus…you know…he’ll always be in our hearts. For whatever that’s worth.

9. The Sun’s Edward Lee says Maryland will face Hofstra, Hopkins will face Duke, Loyola will face Cornell, Mt. St. Mary’s will face Virginia in Round 1 of Men’s lacrosse NCAA Tournament

Couple of things:

-Despite the emotions surrounding the Cavaliers lacrosse program, MSM won’t have any chance of pulling off the Round 1 stunner. In fact, UVa has a pretty easy run to the Final Four, so you can expect to see them at M&T Bank Stadium. There will be plenty of scrutiny surrounding their program, but their overwhelming talent will outweigh those outside factors-at least until they get to the semifinals.

-Dave Cottle and Maryland will (rightly) gripe about getting the #3 seed instead of the 2-which went to Syracuse. In fairness to Cottle, the Terps face a VERY tough Hofstra team in Round 1, then have a likely showdown with Princeton AT Princeton in Round 2. That will be BRUTAL.

-If Pierce Bassett continues to play well and Johns Hopkins builds on what they did in wins over Towson and Loyola to end the season-they’ll have a shot to beat Duke. I’m not saying they will, but they’ll have a shot. That grouping (Duke/Hopkins and Carolina/Delaware) is much more open than most lax fans will give it credit for being. It’s easy to presume Duke or North Carolina ends up in the Final Four-and they probably will-but the Blue Jays and Hens have just enough talent (I got to see the Hens’ Curtis Dickson live for the first time this weekend-WOW) to make things interesting.

-Loyola will have a hard time grinding out a win at Cornell, especially if they play like they played down the stretch against Denver and JHU. They have the offensive talent, but they cannot take the ridiculous shots I saw them take at Ridley Athletic Complex Saturday.

10. Inside Lacrosse’s Tommy Kehoe says Stevenson #2 seed, Salisbury #1 seed in D3 Tournament

I’ll say it so that Paul Cantabene doesn’t have to.

This is ridiculous.

The Mustangs are the #1 team in the country and a #2 seed in their region. I understand that the seeding probably has more to do with geography than lacrosse, but the ‘Stangs and Sea Gulls shouldn’t be forced to face each other until the NCAA Championship Game.

Instead, for the Stangs to have a shot at playing for the national title, they’ll likely have to try to win a second game AT Salisbury en route.

Not cool.

These are the best teams in the country. They should be able to play for the national title.

Not much else to say about it.

11. LaxPower.com says Maryland will face Marist, Navy will face North Carolina and Towson will face Virginia in Round 1 of women’s lacrosse NCAA Tournament

You have to feel for the Tigers, as THE ENTIRE COUNTRY will be rooting against them when they face the ‘Hoos in the first game since Yeardley Love’s tragic death.

Maryland goes into the Tournament as the favorite, and it would be nice to see the Terrapins claim the title for the first time since 2001.

Hell-it would be nice to see ANYONE besides Northwestern win the thing. What the hell do they know about lacrosse in Chicago anyway???

12. Maryland Jockey Club says Mission Impazible took to Facebook to declare himself a possible Preakness starter

Holy crap a horse has a Facebook page? PLEASE DON’T LET MY GIRLFRIEND (You know her, “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet”) FIND OUT ABOUT THIS!!!!

I was going to check out Mission Impazible’s page, but I was too busy looking at Seanna Mitchell’s page (Thanks Barstool Sports!)…


And finally, I leave you with this.

Here’s the Golf Channel explaining why Tiger Woods “pulled out” (love it) of The Players’ Championship yesterday. If you haven’t seen the clip yesterday-it was SUPPOSED to be “bulging disc.” It eventually was…

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because it’s the culmination of “Green Week”, and I really feel as though I’ve made a difference. I don’t get involved with too many causes, but I think the picture of Ashley Greene, the video of Green Day doing “I Fought The Law”, the video of Al Green & Dave Matthews Band doing “Take Me To The River” and the video of Seth Green as “Special K” in “Can’t Hardly Wait” have really helped promote whatever the cause is behind “Green Week” in Charm City.

And-as you could have guessed, it wouldn’t be “Green Week” for me unless I tied it up with the picture of Diora Baird as the sexy Orion from “Star Trek”…


I LOVE “Green Week.”

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Ravens traded 25th overall pick to Broncos for 43rd, 70th, 114th overall picks

Clearly, the decision to trade out of the 1st round left a number of football fans in Baltimore with a feeling comparable to when they were 16 and their girlfriend told them “I’m not ready yet.”

It’s not just disasppointment. It’s ABSOLUTE discomfort.

I think NFL fans across the country are probably a bit more fond of the NFL Draft’s move to primetime this morning than fans in Baltimore. I think there’s a handful of fans in Baltimore who are probably thinking to themselves, “Damn. I missed 30 Rock for THIS?”

It’s hard to keep big picture perspective when most of us want nothing more than instant gratification. The good news is that we can safely assume that this IS a big picture here…unlike some other local sports franchises that have failed to give us ANY level of gratification in recent years.

I’ll do my best to leave that alone at this point.

2. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Ozzie Newsome and company sent ‘mixed signals’ by trading out of 1st Round of NFL Draft

I’ve heard a lot of fans/analysts make statements about how it must be remembered that trading the 3rd & 4th round picks initially landed the team Anquan Boldin, so it could be said that the team dealt their 1st round pick for Anquan Boldin and a 2nd round pick.

That sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

But what I wrote about last night has much more to do with the idea that the team is working under the premise of “need to win now”, and trading out of the 1st round may not necessarily be the best reflection of that premise.

And if the goal is to do everything possible to make sure the 2010 season culminates with John Harbaugh hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy at Cowboys Stadium, I wonder if the combination of Anquan Boldin and Dan Williams, Anquan Boldin and Kyle Wilson, or Anquan Boldin and Sergio Kindle (who is still available) would have ultimately proved to be a better Draft haul than the group of players the Ravens end up walking away with.

Again, the idea is that the team “needs to win now.”

On Friday morning, I don’t feel as though the team is in better shape to do that than they were 24 hours ago.

Hopefully I’ll have a different feeling 24 hours from now.

3. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens had chance to trade up and select Dez Bryant, say they ‘probably’ wouldn’t have taken Bryant at 25

And in poking around, I get the sense that they were being honest. It looks like Denver’s offer was too much (in their minds) to ignore. As Eric DeCosta said last night, and as both Drew Forrester and I speculated all along, they wanted more picks.

Dez Bryant was clearly the most complete receiver on the board, despite the fact that Demaryius Thomas was selected ahead of him. Dez Bryant may be as talented as Michael Crabtree (or MORE talented), and if he turns out to be a rock star, the organization may regret not making the swap to pair him with Anquan Boldin for the next 4 years.

But I don’t think it would be fair to judge this decision simply on the fact that the Ravens DIDN’T end up with Dez Bryant. Maybe it would have been fair to do so if he had slipped to 25, but not given where he was picked.

4. CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco mocks Alabama DT Terrence Cody, Oklahoma CB Dominique Franks to Ravens in Round 2

And each are likely choices.

Terrence Cody is ABSOLUTELY a mountain of a man. He is ABSOLUTELY a gap stuffer, and would ABSOLUTELY fit in with the “Play Like a Raven” mentality.

So why is it that so many of us have been uneasy about the thought of him donning purple?

I’ll say Virginia CB Chris Cook and Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski are the 2nd round choices myself, but that could be wishful thinking. It is VERY possible that both players are gone before the Ravens make their respective picks-especially with both Kyle Wilson and Devin McCourty coming off the board late in the 1st round-leaving teams like the Vikings more suited to take Cook.

They’re going to get talent. If it ends up being Sergio Kindle, do I still get my chinese lunch?

If so, I’m choosing the Orange Peel Chicken…


5. Fanhouse’s R.J. White gives Ravens “B+” for 1st Round trade

I don’t know that I would give them ANY sort of grade yet, but I guess I can get behind a “B+.” Using the Jimmy Johnson NFL Draft trade value chart, they picked up 776 points and traded away 720. If you’re a nerd, that will mean something to you.

I’ll tell you who’s AT LEAST a B+ (but probably better). Jessica Jane Clement, who Guyism.com found some video of….

Before we move on from the Draft, a reminder that Round 2 starts at 6 tonight, with coverage on both ESPN & NFL Network. I’ll be out at Owings Mills to collect the scuttlebutt, and we’ll be discussing the Draft in our “Purple Haze”/”Orange Crush”/”Red Rocks” live chat at WNST.net. I’ll be more than willing to discuss any of those things, except of course the Washington Capitals. The Ravens are scheduled to make the 43rd, 57th and 70th overall picks.

6. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says O’s players defensive of Dave Trembley

And why wouldn’t they?!?!? As long as he’s the manager, they don’t really have to try!

I’ve said before that I don’t think Andy McPhail is interested in making a managerial change this season. I still don’t think he’s interested. At some point he’s going to have no choice, but I don’t think he wants to actually hire someone until the end of the season at EARLIEST.

The weirdest thing about this story was when Andy McPhail called Dave Trembley to say “Don’t worry Dave…you’re safe” and Trembley responded “are you sure you don’t want to reconsider?”

7. STATS’ Nicolino DiBenedetto previews Orioles-Red Sox series opening tonight at Fenway Park

I’d usually like to take this time to stir up some old fashioned Boston hate, but what’s the point? They’re struggling, but they’re still much better than the Birds.

Instead, I’ll celebrate Boston. Not the place of course-because the place is so dreadful I can’t even begin to put it into words. Instead, I’ll celebrate the band.

And a note from our pal Steve Melewski, who pointed out (in all seriousness), that if the Orioles were to sweep the Red Sox this weekend, they’d be just a game behind Boston for 4th place in the AL East.

That’s solid analysis, Steve.

And if pigs were to fly out of my ass, my ass would probably hurt.

8. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Billy Rowell homered, Brandon Erbe struggled for Birds on farm

I feel like the Orioles have been waiting on Billy Rowell longer than I’ve been waiting on Busted Coverage to post pictures of Dorota Gardias, who is some sort of weather person in Poland…


Staying on the Orioles, Jeremy Guthrie faces Jon Lester tonight-first pitch is at 7:10 and the game can be seen on MASN.

9. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Adam Jones wants to be ‘role model’ for young African-Americans

I would prefer that Adam Jones would choose to be a role model to other baseball players by actually being…you know…good.

And before we leave the Orioles completely, a hearty congratulations to Jen Royle from 105.7 for being named today’s “Apologist of the Morning.” Her thoughts included:

“To lose 14 of the last 16 games and have a record of 2-14… something, to me, just isn’t adding up.

The answer of course is wins. She adds…

“Let me quote my favorite movie, Bull Durham: “A good friend of mine used to say, ‘This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.’ Think about that for a while.”
– Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh

Luke Scott said he’s praying things get better — I think the entire city of Baltimore is as well. If things were only as simple as the movies, huh?”

Certainly would. For example, if things were as simple as the movies, I’d of course be with Mila Kunis…


10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Terps Grant Catalino, Ryan Young, Brett Schmidt, Brian Phipps named to All-ACC lacrosse team

I have a special place in my heart for Brian Phipps. He’s a big Ravens fan, and came to our AFC Championship Game party in Pittsburgh last year. He even let me borrow his iPod when I was looking for music.

I also have a special place in my heart for Erin Normoyle. Thanks Barstool Sports!


11. UMTerps.com previews ACC Tournament opener with North Carolina tonight at Byrd Stadium

This is big for Dave Cottle’s team tonight. If they want to prove that they are a contender to win a NCAA Championship, getting revenge on the Tar Heels would be a good way to start.

Winning a NCAA Championship would be a good way to follow up, for the record.

And finally, I leave you with this…

Here’s the Madden 11 cover with Drew Brees. It’s pretty awesome…


Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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Jays Might Be Down, But Win Still Significant for Cottle’s Terps

Posted on 17 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

BALTIMORE Rarely will a 1 goal win over a team that sits squarely on the bubble of the NCAA Tournament mean this much. After all, teams ranked in the Top 5 probably should win neutral site games against .500 opponents.

Yet Maryland’s 10-9 win over Johns Hopkins Saturday night at M&T Bank Stadium has the feel of something much more important.

There is absolutely no doubt that this Terrapins squad SHOULD have beaten this Blue Jays squad. The Terps have been a Top 5 team throughout the season and have wins over the likes of Georgetown & Duke, while the Jays have been in the area of .500 throughout the season and no wins better than Delaware or Siena.

That being said, wins over Duke and Georgetown have not wholly pacified a fan base in College Park and throughout the state that admittedly carries a sense of entitlement that has outweighed the performance of the program.

“Duke? Great. Georgetown? Great too. But what happened against Hopkins?”

Johns Hopkins will absolutely not be the best team Maryland will play this season. In fact, the Blue Jays will likely not be amongst the five best teams Maryland plays this season. But no team works as a measuring stick for Maryland quite the same way Hopkins does.

Consider that even with the win Saturday night at the 2nd annual “Day of Rivals” event, Maryland merely cut JHU’s all-time advantage in the series to 67-38-1.

The rivalry had been particularly lop-sided as of late. The Jays had won 3 straight, and 12 of the last 15 against Maryland before Saturday night. Even Maryland coach Dave Cottle admitted after the game that “you can’t have a rivalry if one team never wins.”

I guess it can be considered a rivalry again.

Cottle’s statement reflects something more significant when it comes to the series, however. Whether he wants to delve too far into it or not, his teams will always be judged not just by how they finish the season, but also by how they perform against Hopkins.

Before Saturday night, the Terrapins had won just 1 of their 8 meetings with Hopkins under Cottle. Combining that with a failure to reach the Final Four over the last 3 seasons-and Cottle faced plenty of scrutiny not only from fans-but from analysts and columnists throughout the region, present company included.

Whether Cottle wants to delve into it or not, the Hopkins game will always be part of the way his performance is judged as lacrosse coach at Maryland.

It may be nothing more than a desire to not be judged on a resume that lacks success in this series, but Cottle attempted to dismiss the significance following the game, toeing the line of “every week is a rival” and suggesting that Hopkins can’t be distinguished from a schedule that includes the likes of Virginia and Navy.

And while Cottle is correct to suggest that Maryland plays a number of big games during their season-NONE are as significant as Johns Hopkins.

Not one.

It was easy to sense that on the faces of senior Travis Reed (Boys Latin), Junior Brian Farrell (Boys Latin-and whose father Mike Farrell was an All-American defender at Maryland) and senior Brian Phipps (Severn, and admittedly a big Baltimore Ravens fan). They all knew what they had done Saturday night was more significant than other games. Both Phipps and Farrell even mentioned the disdain they had for Hopkins growing up as Maryland fans.

This game just means more.

For Cottle, it means a respite from those who had approached or crossed the line of “he’s never going to make it work here.”

John Cooper was 111-43-4 during his career as the football coach at Ohio State. Yet his firing in Columbus was widely believed to be more of a reflection on his 2-10-1 record against Michigan than it was any other factor.

Ohio State had other big games, and regularly beat the likes of Penn State, Wisconsin, and Iowa. But one game on the Buckeyes’ schedule meant more than the others.

That’s the neighborhood Dave Cottle had been approaching as a head coach. While wins against other big teams are nice, his record against Johns Hopkins had begun to define him as a head coach.

That criticism won’t disappear, but it also won’t hang over the program during the most important stretch of the season.

The Terrapins still have to prove that they are an ACC or NCAA Championship contender. They’ll host the ACC Tournament at Byrd Stadium next weekend, starting Friday night at 7:30 against a North Carolina team that handed them a 9-7 defeat in Chapel Hill on March 27th. Should they beat the Tar Heels, they would face the Duke-Virginia winner Sunday afternoon at 3:30. It will likely be the Cavaliers, who handed Maryland their only other defeat this season; 11-10 on April 3rd in College Park.

Beating Johns Hopkins is just the first step for Dave Cottle’s team. Winning another ACC Championship, returning to the Final Four and finally breaking through for the school’s first national championship in over 30 years are all significant goals that fans of the Terrapins will want to see reached.

However, this is a major first step. If the ultimate goal for Cottle’s Terrapins is 8 stories high, they likely climbed the first 3 just with their win Saturday night alone.

A win that was little more-on paper-than a closer than expected contest against an young opponent that has not lived up to expectations Sunday.

In this sport, only a Hopkins-Maryland game could mean so much.


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