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Top 10 Games In Comcast Center History

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Top 10 Games In Comcast Center History

Posted on 12 November 2011 by Glenn Clark

The University of Maryland will open their tenth season of basketball play at Comcast Center Sunday night when they face UNC Wilmington. The 2002-2003 campaign was the first at the new arena in College Park, as the Terrapins moved after claiming the only NCAA Championship in school history during their final season at Cole Field House.

In honor of the start of the tenth season, I decided to put together a list of the Top 10 Games in Comcast Center history (at least in my humble opinion). And while both the men’s and women’s basketball teams call Comcast Center home, this list will focus only on the men. I will admit that I missed a few women’s games along the road.

10. Pe’Shon Howard plays savior (November 10, 2010)

I’m not sure which is more memorable about the Terps’ win over College of Charleston-Howard’s winning shot or the look on Gary Williams’ face that said “we probably shouldn’t have won this one.”

Either way, it was a surprisingly exciting night in a 2K Sports Classic victory over the Cougars.

9. Morgan State shocker (January 7, 2009)

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If Greivis Vasquez is the greatest player in the history of the building, perhaps there is an argument Reggie Holmes checks in at Number 2?

The Bears guard was brilliant while the Terps fell apart in one of the more stunning losses in program history.

I still can’t believe this actually happened.

8. Great Vermont escape (November 21, 2008)

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I would assume then Catamounts coach Mike Lonergan (now at George Washington) probably still hasn’t figured out why he didn’t just have his team give a foul late instead of allowing Greivis Vasquez to knock down the game-tying three.

It was all Terps in the extra frame, and Dave Neal’s ten points in the game were a sign of positive things to come for the senior.

7. Florida ends Maryland streak (December 14, 2002)

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I remember this game for my introduction to John Gilchrist, my beliefs that Ryan Randle might be a pretty good player and my realization that I didn’t much care for Anthony Roberson.

The contest against Florida was the first ever battle between two ranked teams in the Terps’ new building and the loss would snap Maryland’s then 87 game home winning streak against non-conference opponents. It was a hell of a Saturday afternoon though.

6. Cliff Tucker the hero (February 20,2010)

This game was of course MORE awesome because Tucker’s game winner came after a would-be game winner from Greivis Vasquez was waived off due to a timeout.

Look, this is simple math. If a buzzer beater is involved, it will probably end up on the list.

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Former Terps ready to hit court in first Maryland Madness under Turgeon

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Former Terps ready to hit court in first Maryland Madness under Turgeon

Posted on 14 October 2011 by Ryan Chell

The 40th anniversary of Maryland Midnight Madness starts tonight at the Comcast Center at 9:30PM, and while most occurred under Gary Williams’ tenure at College Park, Mark Turgeon is ready  approach his first as basketball coach of the Terps.

Festivities include the Alumni Game, featuring several prominent members of the 2002 National Championship Team including Juan Dixon, Steve Blake, Chris Wilcox, and Byron Mouton.

The game is set to honor the ten year anniversary of the National Championship-the school’s first in program history.

Terps from other squads include Steve Francis, Greivis Vasquez, Johnny Rhodes, Eric Hayes, Dave Neal, and Eric Hayes.

“We’ll be having a really good list of players playing,” Hayes (2006-2010) said to Thyrl Nelson Wednesday. “With guys like Steve Blake, Juan Dixon, Wilcox, Steve Francis…I’ve heard Greivis is coming to play…it should be a pretty star-studded alumni game.”

Chris Wilcox

“It’s definitely going to be great going back to see those guys,” Chris Wilcox (2000-2002)-a key piece of the National Title team-told Glenn Clark on “The Reality Check” Thursday. “It’s going to be a great re-union, and it will be a great time.

Some of them-like Wilcox and Grizzlies guard Greivis Vasquez-are current NBA stars, and with the league in labor limbo, this is the only basketball they’re able to experience at this point.

“It’s working out and getting better,” Vasquez said. “Obviously it’s affecting me, but all of us wants to play and unfamiliar…this is something that I’m not used to.”

“Tomorrow is going to be special,” Vasquez added. “I was there for Maryland Madness the last time and now I’m going for the first time not as a college player. It’s going to be fun, and I know it’s going to be a great environment.”

“It gives me an opportunity to work on my game more, so I won’t complain,” Wilcox said. “But at the end of the day, I definitely wouldn’t mind playing and getting the season started.”

Hayes meanwhile,-who has played overseas in Lithuania and Spain since leaving College Park-it’s an opportunity to come home.

Eric Hayes & Greivis Vasquez

“It’s one of those nights that you look forward toward participating in,” Hayes added.

While in College Park, all of them have been  asked by new coach Mark Turgeon and some of the current Terps to pass on his knowledge and insight of the game having been in the league for 11 seasons.

“I’ll be down here for a couple days so I can get a chance to just go in there,” Wilcox said. “They’re going to have a couple practices and maybe I can get in there and just work out with them. I need to work out too…so maybe I can help them out.”

Wilcox was also one of those who felt like it was important for the old players to maintain close relationships with Turgeon and the new regime as opposed to holding a grudge or taking time to develop a relationship.

“They have invitations set up at Walt Williams’ house for everybody to come in and greet the new coach,” Wilcox explained. “I had a lot of time on my hands from this lockout that I was like, ‘Well, hey, let me go up there and meet the new coach’.”

Wilcox said with the pressure of replacing a legend in Gary Williams, Turgeon already has his hands full and Wilcox felt like he needed all the help he could get.

“I wanted to give him our support,” Wilcox said, “to let him know that we were backing him.”

Eric Hayes agreed, and sees good things out of the new coach.

“I am real excited,” Hayes said. “He has a great first couple months at Maryland recruiting-wise. He has done a great job and in a short period of time we’ll end being a good team.”

If anything, bringing a compilation of the 22-year run of Gary Williams at Maryland all at once should be quite the tribute to their former Coach Friday night.

“It’s about time,” Hayes said. “I think with him retiring and all the things he has done for the school…I think it’s only fitting.

There probably isn’t a player coming back Friday night that doesn’t love Gary more than Greivis Vasquez.

“I hope to see Gary there,” Vasquez said. “I haven’t seen Gary in a long time. I want to talk to Coach and say, ‘what’s up?’ I want to see the fans and everybody there. It’s going to be a big time and I’m really excited about that.”

“Gary is the most legendary character in Maryland to me, so that’s big time. I’m happy for him. Gary and I are always friends, and he’s like a dad to me. I’m always going to support him no matter what.”

And playing in the game will allow guys like Wilcox to dust off the championship rings and show them off one more time.

“I usually just keep it tucked away,” Wilcox said. “I don’t even wear it…just in case someone starts talking trash.”

WNST-We Never Stop Talking Baltimore Sports!

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 November 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because I (like every Wednesday), can add two songs to the “Greatest Song of All Time This Week” category.

The new honor goes to Dave Matthews Band, who KILLED “Squirm” when I saw them in Charlottesville last Friday. As I’ve said before, there was a time when I didn’t think “Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King” was deserving of the Album of the Year nod it was given by the Grammy Awards. I was TOTALLY wrong…

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And TGSOATTW “Retro” version is a nod to the “family” event that is Thanksgiving. Here’s “Dance to the Music” by Sly & The Family Stone…

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Michael Oher, Le’Ron McClain, Haloti Ngata leading Pro Bowl voting at respective positions

Of this group, only McClain and Ngata have REALLY been the best players at their position in the AFC this season. Lewis has played at a Pro Bowl level but is leading in votes by reputation. Ed Reed has barely played but also has a reputation. Oher has had an up and down season, but there was a movie made about him.

Duffy points out that other Ravens are deserving of consideration for a trip to Hawaii. Joe Flacco, Anquan Boldin, Ray Rice and Billy Cundiff are certainly deserving of being in the conversation, Terrell Suggs might be as well.

The good news (for people who care about this type of thing) is that the reputation of the organization alone will get more players to the Pro Bowl.

I don’t necessarily care much about which players make the Pro Bowl, unless a deserving player comes up short (like was the case with Jarret Johnson a year ago). Only Ngata and McClain really look like “must” Pro Bowlers this season, so I don’t think I’ll be disappointed when the teams are announced.

2. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens signed former Kansas City Chiefs OL Colin Brown to practice squad

Unreal.

You mean to tell me there was an open spot on the Ravens’ practice squad (after they promoted Bryan Mattison and released Scott Kooistra) and yet they DIDN’T sign Emanuela de Paula? RIDICULOUS! (Thanks Guyism!)

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3. ESPN.com has Ravens 3rd in power rankings

And at 3rd, the Ravens are ahead of every other 7-3 team and even the 8-2 New York Jets. Just keep that in mind.

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

-We’ll be out at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills today as the Ravens return to practice. We’re expecting to hear from John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis and more around noon. Make sure you’re tuned in to AM1570 WNST, following us on Twitter @WNST and checking out WNST.net throughout the day!

-Did you miss Ravens Director of Player Personnel Eric Decosta with Drew Forrester Wednesday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today to check it out. Some other things you can hear in the Audio Vault today include…

  • Johnny Holliday (Legendary Terps PBP Voice)-who talked Terrapins football and basketball with Drew Wednesday
  • Sean Salisbury (“Sean Unfiltered”-Voice America Sports Radio)-who went around the NFL with Drew Wednesday
  • Joe Beninati (Washington Capitals Play by Play-Comcast SportsNet)-who talked puck with Drew Wednesday
  • Our Morning Reaction “Cheap Shots from the Bleachers”, as Drew resorted to BEGGING for the Orioles to get better players, and I got soft as I reflected on the community at Thanksgiving
  • Postgame audio from Maryland’s win over Delaware State Tuesday night, including Gary Williams, Cliff Tucker, Adrian Bowie and Dino Gregory
  • Jamey Eisenberg (CBSSports.com)-who talked Fantasy Football with Rex Snider Tuesday on “The Afternoon Drive”
  • Jorge Ortiz (USA Today) and Craig Calcaterra (“HardballTalk”-NBCSports.com)-who joined Allen McCallum and Rex Tuesday on “The MLB Report”
  • Andrew Perloff (Sports Illustrated)-who went around the AFC with Rex Wednesday
  • John Rallo (Shogun Fights)-who joined Thyrl Nelson for “The MMA Report” Tuesday

It’s all in the Audio Vault, so I’d get over there…like…ASAP…to check it all out. You’ve got a long weekend ahead. ENJOY!

4. WNST.net’s Ryan Chell says Orioles add bench coach Willie Randolph to staff

There’s a natural “I’ve heard of this guy so I’m excited about him” mentality that comes with hiring a former MLB manager for a coaching position.

My gut says that Willie Randolph will be a nice addition to Buck Showalter’s staff. That being said, we don’t really have any tangible reason to expect that Willie Randolph will make any sort of significant difference in Charm City.

Unless of course he could play first base and hit 40 home runs.

Of course, the Orioles were looking at Victor Martinez to do those things, right? Ummm…..

5. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Victor Martinez passed on O’s offer, signed with Detroit Tigers

Argh.

As I said this morning, I’m not going to give Andy MacPhail a pass here. If everything we’ve been told is true (the O’s offered 48 million and Martinez accepted 50 million in Motown without giving the O’s the chance to counter), I hope MacPhail learned a lesson.

That lesson is that no player REALLY cares about the team’s late season growth under Showalter and their decent young nucleus.

REAL players want to win and want to make money.

Simply competitive offers won’t get it done. The team is going to have to OVERPAY.

The Tigers themselves had to do it to get Magglio Ordonez and Ivan Rodriguez a few years back. It didn’t seem like smart business at the time, but it eventually helped the Tigers reach the World Series.

They knew what they had to do to get players. Andy MacPhail and the Orioles will have to do the same thing this year.

6. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Birds chose not to offer arbitration to Koji Uehara, Kevin Millwood

Obviously Millwood was never coming back, but I don’t know what to make of the Koji decision.

The good news here? With one (or both) of these guys gone, maybe the team can consider F.P. Santangelo…..’s future wife Michelle McLaughlin. (Thanks Busted Coverage!)

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7. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Cliff Tucker lead way with 15 points as Maryland topped Delaware State at Comcast Center

A lot of folks were upset that last night’s tilt with the Hornets wasn’t available on TV.

Don’t be upset. You didn’t miss a DAMN thing.

This one was never pretty, and seemed downright strange in the second half. DSU actually outscored the Terps 33-32 after halftime, but that was mostly because Gary Williams decided to play with some strange lineup combos, including one stretch where he had nothing but reserves on the floor.

Berend Weijs had a nice night last night. I don’t think Berend Weijs is REALLY an ACC player however. Then again, I didn’t think Dave Neal was an ACC player either.

Maryland returns to action Friday night against Elon, Luke Jones will host a “Turtle Power” live chat during the game.

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Terrapins OL Pete DeSouza hoping to return from accident in time for spring practice

This would be a very cool story if it were to play out that way. There was a thought that DeSouza’s football future wasn’t guaranteed in ANY way when he suffered the accident.

Should he return in the spring, it could provide a MAJOR lift to the entire program.

9. The AP says Aric Brooks scored 17 points to lead Morgan State past Western Illinois in Cancun

Kudos to Todd Bozeman and the Bears. If I was in Cancun, I’m not sure how focused I would be on the task at hand. Then again, the “Palace Arena” might help to humble me…

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A ballroom. An effing ballroom. Unbelievable. Eh…you’re still in Cancun.

10. The AP says Michael Harper lead way with 21 points as Coppin State topped UMBC as CSPEC

A couple of games today featuring local teams. Morgan plays a second game in as many days at the Cancun Challenge, as they face North Florida. Towson hosts Navy tonight at the Towson Center-that game tips at 7. Loyola visits Mike Lonergan and Vermont, that game tips at 7 as well.

And if all of that isn’t enough, here’s a picture of Monica Leigh, too! (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)

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And finally, I leave you with this.

The Miz won the WWE Championship?!?!? AWE.SOME.!!!!!!!!!!!

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Reality Sets In After Maryland Crushed at Duke

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Reality Sets In After Maryland Crushed at Duke

Posted on 13 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Durham, NC Coming in, it had the feeling of a Maryland-Duke classic.

Before Saturday’s Maryland-Duke game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, there was a real sense that the Maryland-Duke rivalry was regaining significance both atop the ACC and throughout the country. It had the feel of those games from 1999-2003 where when Maryland and Duke met, it really meant something. Not only in the race for the ACC Championship, but in the race for seeding in the NCAA Tournament and a run to the Final Four.

Of course, immediately after tip-off, all of those fuzzy feelings went away.

Before you could say “13-0″, the Blue Devils used a 13-0 run to go ahead 20-6, and the Terrapins never really had much of an answer en route to a humbling 77-56 loss that dropped them to 16-7 overall, 6-3 in the ACC.

It’s all tooeasy to say that the visions of a run to the ACC Championship were nothing more than a pipe dream. It’s all too easy to say that analysts both locally and nationally had set their sights too high and Maryland proved exactly what they were made of at Cameron Indoor. It’s all too easy to say that the loss to Duke brought Maryland “back to reality.”

It’s easy because that’s exactly what happened. Saturday’s loss to Duke brought Maryland back to reality.

Needing to get in one final shot before leaving Cameron Indoor Stadium for the last time, Greivis Vasquez made a stupid comment that actually had a nugget of truth in it. Given that Vasquez just finished his career 1-3 at Cameron, with the last two losses coming by a combined 62 points, he really shouldn’t have said anything at all. But when given the chance to spout off, he said, “They’re going to come to our house…and our fans are going to do what their fans did…better.”

Whether Duke’s fans are “better” than Marylands’ is completely irrelevant, but Vasquez actually made a good point in the first half of that statement.

Duke still has to play Maryland. And if the Terps can beat Duke at the Comcast Center, then Saturday’s bruising won’t matter.

Starting Monday night, when it hosts Virginia, the Maryland squad will have a lot of work to do to meet their goals for the rest of the season. But it’s work that can be done

No matter what else happens this weekend, the Terps will be no more than 1 game back of Duke in the loss column in the ACC standings, as the Devils improved to 9-2. So the Terps will maintain control of their destiny, raising the possibility ofat least sharing the ACC regular season title-and more importantly, clinching one of the Top 4 seeds in the ACC Tournament, avoiding having to play on Thursday in Greensboro. They’re not a “lock” to make the NCAA Tournament by any stretch of the imagination; but they’re still just 3 victories away from 9 in the ACC, a number which has historically meant teams should consider themselves safe.

What happened Saturday at Duke  does not change what Maryland has done to prove what type of team it is. We know it’s a team that struggles on the road. Maryland is now just 5-6 away from Comcast Center (with 4 of those wins coming over Chaminade, Indiana, UNC-Greensboro and Boston College). We know it’s a team whose shooters aren’t natural enough to thwart runs from opponents who can hit consecutive outside jumpers. We saw that when Kyle Singler and Jon Scheyer made consecutive threes to extend Duke’s lead to 30-14 after Maryland had gotten back within 10 in the first half. We know Maryland is a team that has to work its way to the free throw line to be successful. The Terps did not get a single free throw attempt in the first half en route to scoring just 24 points.

But we know that this Maryland team IS tough inside. Despite 17 rebounds from Brian Zoubek, the Terps were out-rebounded just 39-34 by the Devils. We know Maryland is capable of shooting from the outside and scoring in bunches at home. They’ve scored at least 77 points in each of their last 6 games at Comcast Center. And we know this team still has one of the most dynamic leaders in the conference, and arguably in the country. Despite one of the worst 1st halfs in his entire career, Greivis Vasquez still managed to score 17 points Saturday and help the Terps shave a 22-point Duke lead back down to 10 before the Devils pulled away for good.

Nothing is handed out in ACC basketball. While Gary Williams defended his team’s focus before the game, it certainly appeared as though the Terps thought they were good enough to stay close with the Blue Devils even if they struggled early. They appeared to be frustrated at multiple times by what they saw from the Devils, despite Gary Williams asking “What’s frustrating about playing a college basketball game on national television?” following the defeat. What Gary Williams said after asking that question may have been the most important statement he made today:

“Grow up!”

After their 41-point loss at Duke last season, the Terps needed to grow up to keep from reaching rock bottom. This season, the Terps need to grow up to stay on track for what are still very attainable goals.

It all starts Monday night against Virginia.

-G

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2:58-James Padgett just got in the books with a bucket, and Adrian Bowie ALMOST hit a jumper. Which is about as good as making a jumper when we’re talking about Adrian Bowie.

77-56 is your final. Back with more after Gary…

2:55-The band and fans here in Durham love the song “Everytime We Touch” by Maggie Reilly/Cascada. It’s a bit strange. It’s a bit weird to use a love song to get pumped up, but I guess if you’re going to win games by 20+ points, you can use whatever song you want. I prefer it when they play “Devil With a Blue Dress” by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels myself.

Is there still a basketball game going on???

2:53-I hope you’re following us on Twitter (@WNST). It’s probably the only way to stomach this type of manhandling….

2:49-Zoubek now has 14 points and 15 boards. I actually thought he had 40 points and 50 boards…

2:44-Brian Zoubek might as well just go ahead and retire. The Maryland games are his opus…

2:43-Instead of practicing how to MAKE free throws, you think it might be time for Maryland to have Jordan Williams start practicing how to miss them in a way that the ball will come right back to him?

2:40-Contrary to poular belief, Greivis Vasquez can’t do it by himself. If the Terps are going to overcome a 14 point deficit in the final 7:48, he’ll need help. Maryland just can’t afford to miss 3 shots in at the hoop like they just did…

2:38-Duke ends the Maryland run with a Singler bucket, and Tucker misses an open 3 from the corner. Maryland had a real chance to get within single digits there….

2:36-Another mini-run, as Greivis Vasquez wakes up to reel off 7 straight, including Maryland’s first 3 point make of the game. He now has 11 (just like that he leads the team), and the Terps are within 12-the closest they’ve been in the 2nd half.

2:31-I’ve seen Maryland rally from down 22 before (January 8, 1997 against North Carolina in Chapel Hill)…Duke’s largest lead today has been 22. Of course, that Maryland team was better (lead by Obinna Ekezie and current assistant coach Keith Booth), and that Carolina team wasn’t as good (they were forced to play without an injured Vince Carter).

2:27-Allen Iverson might be “The Answer”, but Nolan Smith was just “The Answer” to Maryland’s last mini-run. Duke lead back to 20 at 54-24, and Gary needs another timeout. He might have to start calling timeouts from other games…

2:22-Some signs of life for Maryland as they get the lead back down to 16 with Eric Hayes headed to the free throw line. Duke actually forced to call a timeout before the freebies make it 48-34 Devils. Closest Terps have been in 2nd half.

2:20-Maryland hasn’t gone a game without a 3 pointer since ’99 against Virginia. (Thanks Pat Stevens!) That streak might be in jeopardy.

2:18-At what point are Johnny Holliday and Chris Knoche allowed to just start drinking? 48-28 at the first official timeout of the 2nd half. 15:23 to play. Only because we must…

2:15-It was former Baltimore Sun columnist David Steele who coined the “Kareem Abdul-Zoubek” nickname a season ago here in Durham….

2:11-Terps showing the type of fire to start the 2nd half that makes you wonder why they even bothered to come back out of the locker room….

2:06-Stats don’t always tell the story, but sometimes stats tell the entire story. Maryland was 0-7 from beyond the arc in the first half, and did not attempt a SINGLE free throw. Duke was 5-10 from 3 point land, 7-9 from the free throw line. For the math majors, that’s a difference of 22 points.

2:02-Matt-check out this picture….

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If you look at the top of the picture, above the stands-you will see where Verne Lunquist and Clark Kellogg are doing the CBS broadcast from. They can see the floor, but they are clearly removed from the action. This facility just really isn’t meant to be a major college basketball arena…

1:52-Now we know they won’t. They just need it to be 15 or fewer. Maryland could have held for the final shot of the first half-but with Greivis Vasquez on the bench, Duke will instead get to the free throw line. Is Steve Bisciotti letting John Harbaugh give Gary Williams tips on how to finish a half?

A bucket from Tucker (who leads Maryland with 8) makes it 40-24 at half. Hey, that’s 9 points better than it was a season ago here!

Scheyer leads the Devils with 11.

1:49-Adrian Bowie with maybe the best play of his entire Maryland career-but somehow Nolan Smith snaked free for a putback on the other end. When the lead gets down to 12, you start to think “if only they can get this under 10 before the half…”

I don’t think they will.

1:46-The truly troubling part about today’s game is that it ABSOLUTELY could be worse. 34-20 Devils. I told Eric Aaronson on “Section 410″ just before the game that if Maryland scores 25 points or fewer in the first helf, they’d lose. Maybe they’re just trying to make me look good???

1:42-Thanks to our friend Patrick Stevens (late Washington Times, now D1scourse.typepad.com & InsideMDSports.com) for letting me know that was a 2 for Kelly. I’m not sure where my head is at, but my stomach isn’t in a happy place, that’s for sure. It still doesn’t mean the Terps have a 3 point make yet.

As a reminder, you can hear Patrick on “The Comcast Morning Show” on AM1570 every Tuesday at 8:05. I plug because I love.

1:40-Greivis Vasquez FINALLY gets on the board. Meanwhile, 6’10″ Ryan Kelly (who I had HONESLY never heard of) has more 3 pointers than the Terps do currently. 32-20 Devils after the first points for Milbourne as well. Milbourne just picked up his 2nd personal foul.

1:34-The only thing I can say about the Jordan Williams-Dino Gregory-Sean Mosley-Cliff Tucker-Adrian Bowie lineup that was out on the floor is that it is probably a look at the 2010-2011 Terps. The seniors will certainly have to re-enter, with the only question being….will it matter?

1:31-Greivis Vasquez sits, Adrian Bowie enters. Brian Zoubek re-enters. This usually wouldn’t be good, but Tucker’s driving ability is really helping Maryland right now. Unfortunately, Duke’s outside shooting is always the difference-as back to back 3-balls from Singler and Scheyer re-extend the lead to 30-14. Gary forced to take another timeout. He might not have any in the 2nd half.

1:28-Maryland FINALLY breaks a 13-0 Duke run with a Tucker hoop. Problem is, Duke hasn’t stopped scoring. The ONLY good news is that Tucker is getting inside, which may force the Devils to bring their defense back in.

1:23-Cliff Tucker checks in for Sean Mosley, giving Maryland a BIT more size against Singler. Of course, NO ONE has an answer for Brian Zoubek, who I’m starting to think was only given a scholarship for these games. 20-6 with 6 for Zoubek, and the Terps are PAINFULLY lost offensively.

1:20-The impressive part about the Duke bigs is that theyr’e disciplined and they’re good free throw shooters. Dino Gregory is forced back into service-and Duke is now extending their defense all the way to half-court. This has killed Maryland in the past. 16-6 at the 2nd official timeout with 12:46 to play in the half, and this one could get even uglier in a hurry…

1:18-Haven’t we seen this before? Duke just works right inside, knowing that even though Jordan Williams is an upgrade over Dave Neal-they have WAAAY more size than Maryland does? Jordan is in trouble early, and Sean Mosley is really getting beat up by Kyle Singler’s versatility. It’s 14-6 Duke; and after Greivis Vasquez missed a “Greivis special” and Eric Hayes missed a 3 in transition, this is feeling an awful lot like the trip to Cameron Indoor a season ago…

1:15-9-6 Duke at the first official timeout of the half, 15:57 to play. Maryland clearly struggling offensively, which happens all too often away from Comcast Center. Terps can’t afford to play from multiple possessions behind throughout this one.

1:09-Maryland’s poor shooting outside of College Park continues with Landon Milbourne, Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes all missing early jumpers. Hayes has all 4 of Maryland’s points to make it 5-4.

Gary Williams stands to give instructions, earning the first “Sweat Gary Sweat” chant from the crowd. A Sean Mosley jumper (which they’ll need him to make) makes it 6-5; but Duke works right back inside to Zoubek for a 7-6 Devils lead. Dino Gregory is the first Maryland player off the bench, replacing Jordan Williams. Mason AND Miles Plumlee just checked in for Duke.

1:08-Wouldn’t you know…..there’s Lance Thomas. Funny how these things work. His two free throws make it 5-2 Duke. I guess you never know…

1:04-A lot of pomp and circumstance in the arena today surrounding the 63rd birthday and 1,000th Blue Devils game for head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Students were given t-shirts that read “Celebrating Coach K’s 1,000th game.”

As you may have heard, Jerome Burney is active today-after we were basically under the assumption his career was over and he was now no more than an assistant coach. Burney’s activation may have something to do with today’s officiating crew, and the number of fouls they like to call. Do not expect Burney to play. He is no more than an emergency insurance policy.

1:01-I have absolutely NEVER understood why Duke fans yell the “OH” during the Star Spangled Banner, but I’ll worry about that later.

Maryland lineup is being introduced right now, with each player greeted by a “Hi ____!” from the fans. Greivis Vasquez got a different greeting than Eric Hayes, Sean Mosley, Landon Milbourne or Jordan Williams. It wasn’t an ovation.

A change for the Devils, as Brian Zoubek starts in place of the injured Lance Thomas. Joining Zoubek in the Duke lineup are Kyle Singler, Miles Plumlee, Nolan Smith and Jon Scheyer.

12:58-Greetings from Cameron Indoor Stadium, where I am getting absolutely cozy with a number of Duke students right behind my neck. Maryland and Duke will tip off in just moments, and I’m not sure I’ll even have enough room to stand for the national anthem. Luke Jones is joining me on Twitter (@WNST). First place in the ACC is on the line as the Terrapins (16-6, 6-2) battle the Blue Devils (20-4, 8-2).

Back shortly with more.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because I’m on my way to Durham this afternoon to (hopefully) see Maryland kick the snot out of Duke! Cameron Indoor Stadium is always one of my favorite trips, even if it didn’t work out so well a season ago….

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Hey, as long as Maryland doesn’t lose by 41 this year, I guess we’ve made progress!

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. The AP says Duke forward Lance Thomas doubtful for tomorrow afternoon against Maryland

This would of course be GOOD NEWS for Maryland-as Lance Thomas is absolutely one of the better all-around basketball players the Blue Devils have (along with Nolan Smith and arguably Jon Scheyer-although I think he’s probably more of a system guy.) My guess is that the Devils will go tough inside by giving as many of Thomas’ minutes as possible to Brian Zoubek. If you remember, Zoubek was so dominant against Dave Neal and the Terps inside a season ago that former Sun columnist David Steele nicknamed him “Kareem Abdul-Zoubek.”

Brutal.

(Official prediction: 79-74 Duke. Please don’t kill me.)

2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says current Terps don’t have great history at Cameron Indoor Stadium

In fairness, Greivis Vasquez scored 13 points for Maryland in an 85-77 victory at Cameron Indoor during his freshman season back in ’07. But the Terps haven’t won there since, and obviously last year’s loss was the ugliest.

Of course, a number of Maryland players in the past have left their greatest legacy at Cameron Indoor (including Nic Caner-Medley, who survived the chants of “You Can’t Beat Me, I’m From Maryland” to lead the Terps to a big victory), which reminds me of something…

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(Edit from GMC: By the way, I lost my copy of the Duke “severed head” picture, can someone direct me to it, or email it to me at glenn@wnst.net? Thanks!)

3. The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terrapins will fight new NCAA rule limiting James Franklin’s ability to recruit

As they should, because this is borderline INSANE. Why an assistant would be more limited in recruiting than other assistants in college football just because they have a “coach in waiting” title is BEYOND ME. I’m sure there are schools that might find a way to bend the rules with a coach in waiting, but it just makes no sense to me to punish a school for deciding to use the “coach in waiting” program (whether or not you agree with it.)

4. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Chad Tomko did in Towson as Tigers fell to UNC-Wilmington

That’s a bad loss. It certainly hurt Pat Kennedy’s bunch to play without Jarrel Smith, but this should have been a win for them. They’ll get back at it Saturday with another winnable game against Georgia State at 4pm over at the Towson Center, but it’s hard to say anything positive about the situation over there right now.

5. UMBC Official Site says De La Rosa, Gilliam combined for 48 points as Retrievers won at Hartford

Congratulations to Randy Monroe and the Retrievers for gutting out a road win against a Hawks team that had been playing pretty well. What would REALLY be nice now would be if they could come back to Catonsville and win a game inside RAC Arena. They return to action Saturday night at 7pm against Albany-a team that actually has a WORSE America East record than they do.

6. Washington Post says Brenda Frese got 250th career victory last night as Maryland women beat Wake Forest

As I said earlier in the week, it will take a drastic turnaround for the Terps to have a shot at making the NCAA Tournament, but they have to start by winning. Getting a tough victory in Winston-Salem can help start the ball rolling, but they have to keep getting wins, knowing that they still have shots at good wins with Duke and Florida State still up on the schedule. They return to action Sunday at 2pm against Clemson at Comcast Center.

7. Loyola Official Site says Greyhounds’ game against St. Peter’s tonight postponed until Wednesday night at 7pm

Which absolutely has to be considered the right decision all things considered. The MAAC was in a situation where-with no TV-they could make the call to move the game and play it when it makes more sense. Jimmy Patsos’ Hounds now will gear up for a trip to Iona Sunday at 2pm, that game can be seen on MASN.

8. The Sun’s Edward Lee says state of Maryland losing grip on lacrosse power to state of New York

There’s just no doubt about this; but that doesn’t mean there’s suddenly less interest in lacrosse in Maryland-it’s just that the success of the bigger programs in the northeast has hurt the power in Maryland. With just two potential lacrosse “powers” (Maryland and Johns Hopkins) in the Old Line State, New York can compete with Syracuse, Hofstra, etc. to keep interest and power. It falls on the other schools in the state of Maryland (UMBC, Loyola, Towson, etc.) to help compete with the likes of Cornell, Albany, etc.

9. Examiner Jay Trucker says Orioles pitcher Bergesen injured filming MASN commercial

You may or may not have seen it, mostly because there’s not really much to be watching on MASN right now (except a few good college hoops games)…

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I want to offer some real analysis on this, but I just can’t help but laugh. “This is Birdland!”

Fortunately, Bergesen will not miss much of Spring Training, and should be back in the mix to compete for the #3 spot in the rotation with Brian Matusz (or maybe the #2 spot with Jeremy Guthrie).

10. MLB.com’s Spencer Fordin says Adam Jones, Miguel Tejada, Nolan Reimold may all be options for cleanup spot

This is the issue when it comes to the Birds. Garrett Atkins is going to be playing out of position this season. Miguel Tejada is going to be playing out of position this year. And whoever ends up being placed in the cleanup role is going to be hitting out of position this year. It’s just not what MLB teams do. You don’t just go acquire players and say “well, SOMEONE will fill this spot.”

That being said, we all HOPE Matt Wieters can develop into the guy-but I’m not sure that’s a fair expectation. I think Wieters will always be a solid doubles and average hitter, but I am not expecting him to suddenly become Mike Piazza. I just don’t think that’s a fair assumption.

11. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Kyle Wilson, Jermaine Gresham, Brandon LaFell, Syd’Quan Thompson, Golden Tate, Arrelious Benn, Damian Williams amongst those mocked to Ravens

Couple of things….

I don’t see the Ravens taking a sub-5’11″ cornerback with their first pick. Trust me, they want help at the position, but they want help with size, or they just want to add capable players later on. I do not see them investing 1st round money in a corner the same size as Domonique Foxworth, Chris Carr and Lardarius Webb.

I ALSO don’t see the Ravens taking a sub-6 foot receiver with their first pick. It’s priority #1, but size HAS to matter.

12. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark profiles Maryland DT Travis Ivey amongst potential Ravens targets after “Texas vs. The Nation” All-Star Game

These are obviously Saturday guys in the Draft, but there are players on that list that have Ray Rice or Lardarius Webb-type potential. Worth taking a look….

And finally, I leave you with this.

Thanks to “What Would Tyler Durden Do” for directing me to pictures of Anne Hathaway in the upcoming issue of GQ. It has brightened my day.

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If you’re not on the Anne Hathaway bandwagon, I can make room.

Make sure you hang out with us at WNST.net tomorrow, as I’ll be blogging and Tweeting (follow us @WNST) during Maryland-Duke at 1pm.

Talk to you then.

-G

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This Much we Know-Williams Changes Terps Down Low

Posted on 23 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

College Park, MD The stats won’t tell the story.

In Maryland’s 88-64 win over NC State Saturday night at Comcast Center; Terrapins forward Jordan Williams scored just 9 points and 9 rebounds; while Wolfpack big man Tracy Smith (who Williams was asked to guard on many occasions) tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds.

To channel Bob Haynie-the stats make it appear as though the Maryland freshman from Torrington, CT “got worked” by his NCSU counterpart. But the stats don’t really do a fair job of explaining what happened in the game.

Early on, Maryland went inside on multiple possessions, establishing a presence down low. Of the Terps’ first 8 points, 4 came from putback opportunities for Jordan Williams. Williams went to the break with 8 points and 4 rebounds (playing 16 minutes), while Tracy Smith had just 6 points and 3 rebounds (while playing 18 minutes). Landon Milbourne (who often helped Williams double down on Tracy Smith) has also picked up 10 points and 4 boards. The Terps used that presence inside to establish a 41-33 advantage at intermission.

By the time Tracy Smith was able to find some better matchups, the Terps had started to make the game a laugher.

Maryland going inside early and often in the 1st half forced NC State to change how they played the game-packing their defense in and giving their guards a chance to shine. Shine they did, as Greivis Vasquez (who had scored just 2 points in the first half) exploded for 17 points after the halftime break; to lead all scorers with 19.

It all happened pretty quickly.

A season ago, Gary WIlliams was forced to use a combination of players in the post that didn’t really have what it took to muscle up against the best players in the ACC. Dave Neal was undersized, Dino Gregory had health troubles and appeared to be a bit soft, and Landon Milbourne was probably more of a 4 (if not a 3). None of them were ready to defend the Tyler Hansbroughs of the world, or even the Brian Zoubeks for that matter.

This season, Jordan Williams has given this Maryland team a legitimate big man in the post, who is capable of throwing his body around against the league’s best. Maryland ended up out-rebounding NCSU 39-37 tonight, and they pulled down 12 offensive boards on 25 missed FG’s. Williams lead the way, as he has all season-which has drastically changed a team that was forced to rely on guards to lead them in rebounding a season ago.

Williams admitted he is playing with much more confidence following the game. “Me being more confident has a lot to do with my teammates. I just credit them.” In a game where his team was forced to trust Williams early in order to break down the ‘Pack defense, that confidence paid off for all parties.

It’s not a perfect equation just yet. As Gary Williams said of his freshman big after the game, “he’s learning.” There’s no doubt of that, as he still isn’t involved actively in many offensive sets-and he can improve at the free throw line.

But for a team that is now tied for 1st place in the ACC (Virginia is also 3-1), there is no doubt that Jordan Williams is passing his first classes in this “education.”

It can only serve to help the entire program.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 14 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

My life has reached both a new high and a new low. If you and I are friends on Facebook (just search my name), you already saw this. Bear with me.

I pulled into the drive-thru at the Chick-Fil-A in Owings Mills yesterday, as I do many days on my way to 1 Winning Drive. I placed my order-which is basically the same thing I order most days at Chick-Fil-A. I then pulled around to the window, where my buddy Sergio and a young lady were smiling. They told me to look at my receipt…..

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……and then informed me that they had named my order “The Glen.” (Of course they didn’t spell it right!)

I’m a mix of honored and totally terrified that my addiction to Spicy Chicken is now so well known that if you were to make my order, you’d be ordering “The Glenn.”

This rocks. And this is really uncomfortable. Sorta like the first time I was with a girl.

Let’s see what everyone has to say……

1. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester looks back on circumstances that lead to Matt Stover’s departure from Baltimore

I can’t believe this-as I think the WORLD of Matt Stover-but I am OPENLY rooting for him to screw up on Saturday night.

Not just because he plays for the Indianapolis Colts, and I don’t want to see them have any success.

But more because I just think this city needs closure-and nothing would provide closure for the Matt Stover era like a crucial late miss in a playoff game.

If it goes the other way, I don’t really even want to think about how this city will react.

2. Ravens Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens need to take advantage of red zone chances

Do this math in your head.

The Ravens reach the red zone 3 times and score, the Colts reach the red zone 5 times and score….yet the Ravens score more than the Colts.

The way the Ravens win in Indy Saturday night is by getting to the ENDZONE when they reach the red zone. 3 touchdowns in 3 chances is 21 points. If the Colts get there 5 times and the Ravens can hold them to 4 field goals and 1 TD, that would be just 19 points. Ravens win 21-19.

Peyton Manning is going to get his team into the red zone Saturday night, there’s almost no doubt of that. The way this game will be determined is by what the Ravens defense does when he gets there-and whether or not Joe Flacco is able to lead the offense to points in the redzone himself.

3. The Sun’s Ken Murray says Jared Gaither missed practice with ankle injury

Clearly this is a concern. Jared was unable to play down the stretch due to his ankle, and while Oniel Cousins played well at times, he really struggled against Pittsburgh. The Colts present a much better pass rush (does this guy look familiar?)….

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…than even the Steelers-so the Ravens would be well served to have Gaither on the field. If for some reason Jared can’t go, the Ravens also might want to think about moving Marshal Yanda to RT and having Chris Chester play RG. We don’t get to watch those types of drills in practice, unfortunately.

4. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco not even listed on Wednesday injury report

Well then, everything must be okay, huh?

Joe Flacco can tell us he feels great as much as he wants, but clearly it’s an issue.

Hopefully, he’s dealing with the pain so well that he’s not really affected on Saturday night.

5. Indianapolis Star’s Mike Chappell says Colts have worst rushing offense in NFL

It is a bit weird that just one week after the Ravens beat the Patriots it what was a shining example of a typical, smash-mouth January football game; they now will be involved in what will likely be just the opposite.

The Colts haven’t needed to run the ball this season because they’ve had incredible success moving to the ball around to the likes of Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie, Tom Santi and of course Dallas Clark. With this game being played indoors, you would imagine they’d like to do about the same thing.

The Ravens however would like to go immediately to the ground, and allow Ray Rice to control this game.

It makes getting the ball first to dictate pace all the more important.

6. ESPN.com’s James Walker says unless new CBA signed, Ravens will have hands tied in free agency

I’m assuming there will NOT be a new CBA, and this could be a bit of trouble for the Ravens-especially if they were hoping to upgrade at WR or CB via free agency. The Ravens obviously have a number of players at WR who may depart themselves, but the “Final 8″ penalty may hurt them if they were looking for a premiere player at either position.

I’d still rather be playing for a shot at the AFC Championship Game.

7. Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says lost in Tuesday night’s defeat at Wake Forest, Maryland won rebounding battle

I don’t think this can be overlooked.

I know quite a bit of the rebounding came from Sean Mosley and Greivis Vasquez, but Wake Forest is a team that is REALLY big, so this IS an accomplishment, especially considering how well (for the most part) Jordan Williams played.

Clearly this time is MUCH improved from their center play a season ago-with no offense to this guy….

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8. The Diamondback’s Jeremy Schneider says Pe’Shon Howard should help to ‘fill void’ left by decommitment of Terrence Ross

I certainly hope so.

I don’t have much more to add about Pe’Shon, mostly because he kinda came in a bit off the radar-and I’ve never seen him play. Hopefully he can shoot a bit better than some of the guards currently on the roster.

However, when I hear the name “Pe’Shon Howard”, for some reason I IMMEDIATELY think of “P-Nut Wills” from 311. Then I think of this….

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9. The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Rich Hill likely to decline Orioles’ minor league offer, sign elsewhere

Remember all of the “it was definitely worth taking a chance on Rich Hill” people?

It would have definitely been worth taking a chance on CC Sabathia.

Rich Hill was a throw away player who maybe should have gotten a Spring Training invite with a team that already had a complete staff and no pressure whatsoever. Hopefully he’ll find that this year.

10. The AP says Towson rallied to get close, but ultimately fell to Drexel

The Tigers are now 0-6 in CAA play with a trip to Delaware looming Saturday. The Blue Hens are 5-12 overall and 1-5 in conference, so this is clearly a good shot for Pat Kennedy’s club to get a conference win.

And they need it. At some point, they’re going to need a win just because they’re in danger of going winless in conference play.

11. UMBC Official Site previews tonight’s America East tilt with Hartford at RAC Arena

Speaking of needing a win to just make sure they don’t go winless in conference play, Randy Monroe’s Retrievers are facing a Hawks team tonight that is basically as bad as they are.

There isn’t pressure on Randy the way there is on Pat at Towson, but he certainly would like to get to 2 wins before he gets to 15 losses.

12. The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says concussion discussion will be major point of this weekend’s US Lacrosse National Convention in Baltimore

Yeah, but will there be a lesson on how to perfectly run the “Hidden Ball Trick”?

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In all seriousness, good for the sport of lacrosse for trying to do the right thing in the head injury area. Every sport needs to improve this.

And I leave you with this…..

Images leaked this week from Megan Fox’s Armani underwear ad campaign. I’d tell you more, but apparently you missed the part where I said “Megan Fox underwear.”

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Like we needed more proof that is the greatest country on the face of the planet.

Talk to you later from 1 Winning Drive.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Terps roll in second half, crush Charleston Southern

Posted on 13 November 2009 by Luke Jones

**Note: Be sure to check out the WNST.net Audio Vault to hear Gary Williams’ post-game press conference.**

Jordan Williams was the first freshman to start at center in a season opener for Maryland since Joe Smith made his debut against Georgetown in a historic upset victory at the Capital Centre in 1993.

Was the 6-foot-10 freshman excited to be linked to the No. 1 pick of the 1995 NBA Draft and one of the most important wins in the history of Maryland basketball? Apparently not.

According to a quip from Gary Williams, the freshman asked, “Who’s he?” when his coach told him about the connection with Smith.

Despite failing the history lesson, the opening grades were positive for Williams and fellow freshman James Padgett as the Terps rolled in their season opener against Charleston Southern, 89-51.

Williams scored 12 points—10 coming in the first half—and grabbed nine rebounds, showing toughness in the paint and a better offensive repertoire than he displayed during the preseason. Padgett scored 10 points and secured eight rebounds while bringing the crowd to its feet with a couple thunderous dunks.

“Their effort was outstanding,” senior guard Greivis Vasquez said. “They played extremely hard. You can see, when you see those guys face-to-face, they are winners.”

Landon Milbourne led the Terps with 16 points and had seven rebounds while Sean Mosley added 15 points and five rebounds.

Mosley, the sophomore guard from Baltimore, worked to improve his perimeter shooting in the offseason, and his fruits were on display in the opener as he hit several jump shots including a three-pointer.

“I want him to shoot,” Williams said. “Sean is too good of a player not to use that part of his game and he earned the right to shoot this year. . .When he’s open, he’s got to shoot the ball to help us.”

After struggling with their rebounding and leading by only 12 at the half, the Terps surged to a 7-0 run to start the second half and never looked back as their pressure defense overwhelmed the Buccaneers, forcing 22 turnovers on the night.

Williams was pleased with his players’ ability to maintain their intensity after growing the lead in the second half.

“When the margin got bigger, we still played hard,” he said.

Maryland passed the ball extremely well throughout the game with Vasquez trying to get his teammates involved in the offense. Despite scoring only nine points, the Terps’ leading scorer—and distributor—from last season dished out a game-high 13 assists.

“It’s not about me scoring 25 points a game [for the team to win],” he said.

The biggest disappointment of the night was the loss of Jin Soo Choi to injury, adding another question mark to a shallow frontcourt. The sophomore from South Korea sprained his right ankle and had to be helped to the locker room. His status is unclear for the team’s next game against Fairfield on Tuesday night.

Choi’s injury—compounded with the suspension of Dino Gregory and the absence of Steve Goins (knee)—leaves the Terps even thinner in the frontcourt and forces them to rely even more on the two freshmen bigs.

“It is going to be inconsistent and is not going to be pretty all the time, but [Williams and Padgett] worked well together when they were out there tonight, which is good to see,” Williams said.

Despite Charleston Southern not exactly providing a major test to the Terps, it was an impressive start to the 2009-10 campaign and to the collegiate careers of Padgett and Williams.

- Maryland struggled from the three-point line in the first half, going 0-for-7, but rebounded in the second half as Eric Hayes hit three three-pointers to lead the 6-for-10 second-half shooting from beyond the arc.

- The Terps earned their 100th all-time victory at Comcast Center with the season-opening win on Friday night. Maryland holds a 100-20 record at the facility, now opening its eighth season.

Check out the box score here and the live blog below.

10:00 p.m. — This one is in the books.

Terps win, 89-51.

Back with the post-game a little later.

9:58 p.m. — Pearman scores on the layup. Good for him, and the students are loving it.

9:56 p.m. — David Pearman and Ersin Levent are at the table, set to check in.

Tankelewicz hits the three-pointer, but Mosley answers with a three on the other end.

87-51.

9:55 p.m. — Padgett and Williams now on the floor at the same time. Unfortunately, with the lack of depth inside, we probably won’t see them at the same time.

Choi’s injury does even more to cloud the frontcourt.

9:51 p.m. — Padgett grabs two offensive rebounds and gets the bucket.

Yes, it’s only Charleston Southern, but the early returns on both Williams and Padgett are VERY positive. There’s certainly room for growth with each, but that’s to be expected.

9:48 p.m. — Padgett with the flush. He is definitely the more explosive of the two forwards. Gary Williams has compared him to more of a Chris Wilcox-type athlete.

9:47 p.m. — Tom Tankelewicz is now in the game for the Buccaneers. Just thought you’d like to know.

9:45 p.m. — Honorat hits the trey, and it’s a 25-point game.

Mosley hits a wide-open Tucker underneath for two points. The ball movement has been very good tonight.

Cliff Tucker with the flush on another assist by Vasquez and the lead’s back up to 29 points.

Timeout with 5:38 to go.

9:42 p.m. — Choi was just helped to the locker room, and it doesn’t look good. It certainly puts a damper on an otherwise great second half of play for the Terps.

Milbourne has 16 points in the game and has really played tough inside.

9:40 p.m. — And THAT’S what we were looking for just a minute ago.

Official timeout with 6:49 remaining.

Maryland leads, 70-42.

9:40 p.m. — Padgett misses the layup on the fast break. I REALLY thought he was going to dunk that one, and the crowd was anticipating it.

Milbourne scores to put the Terps up again by 28.

Under 8 minutes to go.

9:37 p.m. — Tucker hits the three-ball, and the Terps are now up by 28 points.

CSU takes a 30-second timeout with 9:15 to go in this one.

It would be a big blow to the Terps to lose Choi. Though he doesn’t provide much offensively, at 6-foot-8, it’s another blow to the frontcourt.

9:35 p.m. — Choi with the steal and nice pass to Vasquez but the senior blows the layup.

Mitchell stuffs Vasquez inside, and Jin Soo Choi is shaken up. Looks to be his right knee. Not good to lose another bigger body.

9:32 p.m. — We’ve reached the under-12 timeout, and the Terps lead by 26.

Hayes with the steal. Choi misses the three, as he still looks to be short-arming his long-range shot.

Tucker picks up the foul as Sexton goes to the hole. He’ll go to the line for two shots, making one of two.

9:27 p.m. — Vasquez with another dime, throwing it to Mosley for the lay-in. Vasquez only has 9 points, but I’ve been REALLY impressed with his passing.

9:25 p.m. — Vasquez hits the three, and the Terps have found their touch from the arc after going 0 for 7 in the first half.

With the lead up to 22, CSU desperately needs to go on a run if they want to make this one respectable. Maryland is simply running away with it.

Williams gets the ball inside again but goes up too strong. However, he gets the board on the other end.

Hayes with ANOTHER three. He has three in the half.

Maryland is just running the Buccaneers off the plank (yes, that was REALLY corny) as the lead was up to 27 before Sexton hits a three for CSU.

9:20 p.m. — We have an official timeout, and the Terps have come out red-hot in the second half, building their lead to 51-32 with 15:51 to play.

9:19 p.m. — Hayes with his second three in a row, as the senior looks to be getting on track with his long-range shot.

Vasquez with a SILLY behind-the-back pass to Milbourne for the bucket. The senior is putting on a show with his passing tonight.

On the other end, Vasquez is whistled and the crowd is unhappy with the call.

Warren makes them both.

9:17 p.m. — Jeremy Sexton’s three ends the 7-0 run for the Terps to begin the second half.

Milbourne with the great offensive rebound and the put-back. COUNT IT—and the foul.

He’s certainly undersized as a 4, but Milbourne plays tough inside.

On the other end, Martin gets the bucket and is fouled by Williams, his second foul. Martin misses the freebie.

9:13 p.m. — Hayes FINALLY hits a three.

Wow, that was some razzle-dazzle—and then some—from Vasquez as he finds Mosley for the layup on the fast break.

9:11 p.m. — The Terps get the ball to start the second half, but Vasquez misses the jumper.

A possession later, Milbourne hits a jumper for the first points of the second half.

9:09 p.m. — The Terps are back on the floor as we’re seconds away from the start of the second half.

Jordan Williams leads the team with 10 points while Milbourne, Mosley, and Vasquez have 6 each.

Maryland is 0 for 7 from the three-point line and is shooting 47% from the field.

8:54 p.m. — Mosley picks up his second foul, and it’s the Terps’ seventh team foul. Warren hits a pair of free throws to cut the lead to eight.

Bowie is now handling the point with Hayes on the bench. Vasquez backs inside and misses the short jump hook. However, Kenny Mitchell is whistled for the foul on the offensive end.

Hayes is back in with a minute to play. Williams gets it inside, misses a shot, but then scores on the second-chance. He doesn’t look flashy like Padgett, but he plays tough inside.

Williams grabs another board, and Cliff Tucker takes the other way for the layup.

We’ve reached the end of the first half. Maryland 37, Charleston Southern 25

You have to like the first half by Padgett and especially Williams who has 10 points.

8:50 p.m. — Vasquez gets the steal as we’re going the other way. He finds Padgett inside but the freshman is stuffed by Blackmon.

After another CSU miss, Vasquez misses another three. Maryland cannot buy one from downtown.

Martin scores off another second-chance opportunity. Way too many offensive rebounds being surrendered.

8:48 p.m. — Milbourne just swatted one into the first row. The Terps are definitely showing aggression inside, but they just need to do a better job boxing out.

Charleston Southern takes a timeout.

8:44 p.m. — Vasquez hits two shots from the line to give him 6 points for the game. Very evenly-distributed scoring for the Terps in the first half.

James Padgett just received his “Welcome to Maryland” moment as he finished off the fast break with a thunderous dunk. He then blocks a shot on the opposite end.

You have to be pleased with the inside presence the two freshmen are showing so far.

We’ve reached the “under-4″ timeout with the Terps leading, 33-21.

8:42 p.m. — Another second-chance bucket as Blackmon tips one in. Maryland is giving up too many offensive rebounds.

Vasquez scores on the other end, moving the lead back to 10.

Warren hangs and hits the jumper. He has 10 points to lead CSU.

8:40 p.m. — Gary Williams calls a 30-second timeout as he couldn’t be happy with his team allowing two second-chance opportunities as Quinton Goods tips one in for the Bucs.

Hayes throws one away but Kelvin Martin loses the handle going up for the layup.

8:39 p.m. — With Gregory’s absence it will be critical for Milbourne to continue to provide strong minutes at the 4. Williams and Padgett will rarely see the court at the same time due to the absences of Gregory and Goins.

Bowie scores inside and the Terps lead by 10.

Williams again shows aggression inside, drawing the foul on the shot. He hits both freebies. The big man shows VERY nice touch.

After a Charleston Southern turnover, Milbourne hits the deep jumper.

However, Kelvin Martin throws down the highlight dunk, quieting the raucous crowd at the Comcast Center.

8:33 p.m. — Williams checks back in for Padgett, so we’ll see if the frosh can build on his early points.

Warren hits a three for CSU as the shot clock expires. Again, he is a very dangerous shooter if you leave him open.

Hayes leans in for a jumper and is fouled by Honorat on the play. The senior will go to the line for two and he makes them one of two. I was just going to type how nearly automatic he is at the charity stripe. That’s what I get for assuming.

Timeout on the floor. 7:56 remaining in the first half with the Terps leading 19-13. The pace has slowed considerably in the last few minutes as Maryland struggles with its outside shooting.

8:30 p.m. — I’m interested to see how Choi looks within the parameters of the offense. He has looked much more aggressive on the defensive end, but I have yet to see any considerable improvement offensively from the sophomore.

Hayes throws a bullet inside to Cliff Tucker who is fouled on the play.

Hayes sisses the three, but Padgett is there for the rebound. However, Bowie misses another three. It’s safe to say the three-point shooting has been nonexistent.

8:27 p.m. –The Terps have shown some outstanding passing early on.

Jin Soo Choi and Cliff Tucker check into the game.

Padgett had some trouble catching that entry pass, as the big man definitely looks to be the shakier of the two freshmen so far.

Timeout on the floor with 9:47 remaining. Terps lead, 18-10.

8:24 p.m. — Padgett looked a bit out of control as he went up for that layup, but it’s obvious these two guys will be nervous in their first game.

Adrian Bowie not showing much touch on that three.

WOW! Bowie just made up for it with a SICK alley-oop to Mosley. Already a play-of-the-year candidate there!

8:22 p.m. — James Padgett has checked in for his first action as Blackmon goes to the line for two.

The 6-foot- senior misses a pair, as CSU looks completely overmatched right now.

Mosley comes off the curl and hits the jumper from the foul line. Two jumpers from the sophomore is a VERY good sign.

Good ball movement from the Buccaneers as Stanley Honorat hits the three.

8:18 p.m. — Terps look VERY aggressive on the defensive end, as CSU is struggling to simply get into the flow of its offense.

As I type that, Williams is called for the foul inside.

We have our first official timeout. Terps lead, 12-5, with 13:36 remaining.

Williams is certainly the story with 6 points in the early stages of the first half.

8:17 p.m. — Warren hits a three, and following a Terps miss, Landon Milbourne STUFFS the living you-know-what out of Blackmon.

Williams with the put-back after a missed shot. This is definitely the best Wiliams has looked in any of the times I’ve seen him as a Terp.

8:15 p.m. — Quinton Goods misses a pair of freebies, but the Terps turn it over on the other end.

The Bucs sub in three players early, trying to find a combination of players that can hang with Maryland’s athleticism.

Mosley is called for over-the-back on Billy Blackmon’s missed jumper. Despite the two freshmen forwards, rebounding will continue to be a concern with this team.

Vasquez finds a cutting Williams for another layup. Nice start for the big man.

8:13 p.m. — After Milbourne was whistled for a player control foul, Warren misses the jumper. Mosley gets the long rebounded and hits a jumper on the other end.

If Mosley can consistently hit the mid-range jumper, he becomes a very dangerous player for the Terps this year.

He worked on his shooting throughout the summer, trying to develop more arc on his shot.

8:11 p.m. — While it’s not a full house, the student section is certainly bringing a ton of energy as they exploded on Vasquez’s first jumper.

The airball on a three, however, did not draw the same praise.

Vasquez has missed his first two three’s of the night.

8:09 p.m. — A great start for Jordan Williams’ college career as he takes the pass from Sean Mosley and scores the first bucket as a Terp.

Huge ovation for the frosh.

8:01 p.m. — Here are your starting lineups.

For CSU, Kelvin Martin, Jamarco Warren, Quinton Goods, Austin Johnson, and Kenny Mitchell.

For the Terps, Landon Milbourne, Eric Hayes, Sean Mosley, Jordan Williams, and Greivis Vasquez will be the starting five.

7:59 p.m. — Gary Williams comes out to a huge ovation as we’re only a few minutes away from tip-off.

Again, Jordan Williams looks to be getting the start. A bit of a surprise considering James Padgett has looked to be the more polished of the two freshmen but hardly a surprise.

With Dino Gregory suspended and Steve Goins out with a knee injury, both forwards will see plenty of minutes tonight.

7:57 p.m. — With the game being shown on Comcast SportsNet, I will be providing less play-by-play and more analysis of what’s going on during tonight’s game.

And, as Rich from Westminster just pointed out, it’s FINALLY time for hoops season after a very disappointing football season begins to wind down.

7:53 p.m. — Just another note of interest to pass along as we wait for the start of this one.

While it looks like Jordan Williams will get the start in tonight’s opener, it will mark the first time since November 1993 that a freshman has started at forward for the Terps. Freshmen Keith Booth and Joe Smith got the start in the Terps’ upset win over Georgetown at the Capital Centre.

Credit goes to the Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens (a good friend of WNST)

7:40 p.m. — CSU’s best player Jamarco Warren is a little guy at 5-foot-11, but the Terps cannot allow him to get hot. Warren set the school’s single-season record for made three-point field goals last season with 99.

The Terps have just taken the floor, and we’re about 20 minutes away from tip-off. Steve Goins will not play (knee) and no sign of Dino Gregory as his status remains up in the air.

7:30 p.m. –The Terps’ student section just recognized recruit Tobias Harris who is visiting Maryland tonight with chants of “We Want Harris!” as he walked by.

The 6-foot-8 forward has listed Maryland along with Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Syracuse, Tennessee, and West Virginia as schools he’s considering.

Let’s hope the Terps give a good showing tonight.

The Terps enter tonight’s game looking for the 100th victory at Comcast Center. Maryland is 99-20 in the seven years it’s played in the new building.

It seems like only yesterday the Terps were closing down Cole Field House—and raising a National Championship banner in the process.

7:15 p.m. — Happy Friday from the Comcast Center as the Terps are set to tip off their 2009-10 season against Charleston Southern University out of the Big South Conference at 8:00 p.m.

The Terps have high expectations after advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament a year ago and finishing with a 21-14 record. Maryland’s only significant loss was the graduation of starting center Dave Neal, but the arrival of freshmen James Padgett and Jordan Williams brings much excitement to the future of Gary Williams’ frontcourt after the team struggled in the paint a year ago.

Three seniors lead this year’s squad with the most notable being second-team All-ACC guard Greivis Vasquez. After declaring for the NBA Draft but deciding to return to College Park last summer, Vasquez will once again be the unquestioned leader of the Terrapins and led the team in scoring (17.5), rebounding (5.4), assists (5.0), steals (1.4), and minutes (34.6).

Forward Landon Milbourne (11.4 ppg) and guard Eric Hayes (10.3 ppg) are the Terps’ other seniors and, along with Vasquez, will be expected to provide strong leadership for an inexperienced, frontcourt.

Charleston Southern was picked to finish 9th out of ten teams in the Preseason Big South Poll and is led by head coach Barclay Radebaugh. The Buccaneers were 9-20 a year ago and finished 4-14 in the Big South.

Junior guard Jamarco Warren leads the Buccaneers and was voted to Preseason All-Big South team by the league’s head coaches and media. Warren averaged 17.8 ppg and shot 39.8% from three-point range last season.

Needless to say, tonight’s game looks like a mismatch on paper, but the Terps would like to come out strong after a somewhat lackluster effort in their lone preseason game, being outrebounded by Division II power Indiana University (Pa.) in a 75-54 victory last Tuesday night.

This is the first-ever meeting between CSU and Maryland. The Buccaneers are 1-40 all-time against current ACC schools. Their only ACC victory came against Georgia Tech in the 1980-81 season.

I know you were dying to know that, too.

Tonight’s game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet with former Orioles play-by-play guy Micheal Reghi (“See ya later!”) and Ron Thompson providing the call. It’s a welcome change from the football season actually having a game televised and not being sent to the flagship of University of Maryland football—ESPN360.

Not to fret, however, as tomorrow’s game (1:00 p.m. kickoff) between the Terps and Virginia Tech will be shown on 360.

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 04 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Losing Dino Gregory would REALLY hurt the Terps. It wouldn’t be a season-killer since the team FINALLY has some interior depth; but it would hurt.

Sorry I don’t have more to add this morning. Gotta get to Owings Mills.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Dino Gregory sat out Maryland’s exhibition win due to suspension

Mark Suchy says ’30 for 30’ series brought back plenty of Len Bias memories

Derek Arnold says Jarret Johnson ‘Played Like a Raven’ against Broncos

Gary Quill says Zenyatta ‘headliner’ for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic

Glenn Clark names Eddie Murray, Roberto Alomar to mythical World Series team

Nestor Aparicio says Blast added former MLS players Dyachenko, Dello-Russo

Drew Forrester says Teixeira not earning money with postseason bat

Ed Frankovic says NHL should do something about Ken Hitchcock going after Ovechkin

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh still views Frank Walker as ‘big part of team’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says no huddle was ‘no problem’ for Flacco, Ravens

The Official Site says Lardarius Webb finalist for Rookie of the Week honor

The Official Site says Grubbs impressed by David Hale’s moustache

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Willie Anderson thinks Sunday’s game ‘most even’ Cincinnati-Baltimore game he can remember

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says team let Kooistra go, apparently to make room for Vakapuna

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says LJ Smith waiting for chance to make impact

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McGahee knows Ray Rice ‘future of’ Ravens

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cam Cameron sticking with ‘hot hand’ in Ray Rice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Oher admitted to making mistake in getting penalty

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason apologized for, but didn’t regret outburst Sunday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbs still expecting contributions from Demetrius Williams, Le’Ron McClain

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Kelley Washington big for Ravens on 3rd down

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy says Bengals added Gerald Cadogan to practice squad

Dayton Daily News’ Carlos Holmes says Chase Coffman could be close to joining lineup for Bengals

USA Today has Ravens 10th in power rankings

NFL.com has Ravens anywhere from 5th-13th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 8th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 10th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens ‘A’ for win over Denver

ESPN.com has Ravens 10th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says pass rush must step up again this week against Carson Palmer, Bengals

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The AP says Milbourne, Mosley lead way with 14 each as Terps won exhibition game against Indiana University (Pennsylvania)

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site says Gary Williams knows Terps need to ‘learn’ from win over IUP

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says James Padgett started with Dino Gregory suspended

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Jordan Williams contributed 7 points, 6 boards for Terps in win

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terps outrebounded by Crimson Hawks in win

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says even walk-on Ersin Levent scored in win

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Gary thinks Terps miss Dave Neal defensively

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says no further details known regarding Dino Gregory suspension

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps better off than Syracuse-who lost to D2 team at home

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gregory had previously worried about eligibility due to academic dishonesty

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Steve Goins also sat out win over IUP

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dino Gregory wasn’t even on Comcast Center bench for game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps shot 2-13 from beyond the arc in win

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Greivis Vasquez added 13 points for Terps in win (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Washington Post previews tonight’s exhibition opener against Bowie State

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

NC State Official Site’s Tim Peeler says coach Tom O’Brien thinks Wolfpack need ‘break’ against Terps

NC State Official Site offers complete Terps-Pack release (pdf)

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Terps could still win ACC Championship

The AP says Terps would have to win 4 straight starting with NCSU to get bowl eligible

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Fridge ‘tired of losing’

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps got away during bye week

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Fridge wants to get ball to Torrey Smith more

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Rashaan Moore wanted to come to College Park since he was 9 (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Friedgen spent bye week recruiting (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Notre Dame Official Site previews Mids’ trip to South Bend Saturday

Notre Dame Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Fighting Irish release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo knows Irish better than Temple team Navy lost to Saturday

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo reported Ricky Dobbs ‘fine’

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Charlie Weis thinks current Navy defense ‘best’ he’s seen

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Marcus Curry ‘probable’ for Mids

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says EagleBank Bowl has backup plan with Big 12 if Navy doesn’t get eligible in ‘11

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says memories of ’07 win at Notre Dame Stadium still fresh for Midshipmen

Go Mids says Navy back to EagleBank Bowl in 2011, Army 2012

Go Mids updates opponents for Midshipmen

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Randy Monroe Show to start again

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to William & Mary

The Official Site profiles TE Godlasky

William & Mary Official Site offers complete Tribe-Tigers release (pdf)

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Pat Kennedy hasn’t settled on starting lineup

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Rich Hill, Jeff Fiorentino, Guillermo Rodriguez refused Norfolk, chose free agency

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Brandon Snyder hoping to reach major league level this season

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Alfredo Simon accepted assignment to Norfolk

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Perrault suffered loss for Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Erbe, Snyder selected for AFL All-Star event

BLAST:

The Official Site says team added 6 players to roster, including return of Lucio Gonzaga

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Rip Van Winkle 2nd choice for Classic behind Zenyatta

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Bob Baffert brings Richard’s Kid into Classic

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Belmont winner Summer Bird third choice for Classic

SOCCER:

The Sun’s Lorraine Mirabella says city considering two stadium options-smaller stadium to host Crystal Palace USA or bigger stadium to try to lure DC United

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Hopefully John Harbaugh will be willing to talk about Haloti Ngata today, but I doubt it.

Talk to you from 1 Winning Drive.

-G

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15-7-0

Posted on 26 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

You deserve props……

1-Peyton Manning, Tony Romo and Tom Brady

It was a hell of a weekend to be a quarterback. Unless of course you were Hall of Fame QB Bob Griese, who thought that his assignment as color analyst for the Ohio State-Minnesota game Saturday would be an appropriate time to make a racist joke at the expense of driver Juan Pablo Montoya……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE4XhdgjD64[/youtube]

…..but since we’re talking about tacos, anybody want to share their thoughts on this spicy number???

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2-James Padgett

There hasn’t been this much anticipation for something in College Park since they introduced Thirsty Thursdays at Cornerstone-or since Busta Rhymes hit Santa Fe Cafe. Both were big nights.

I’m not trying to over-hype James Padgett’s arrival as some sort of interior salvation for Gary Williams, but the big man play over the last couple years has made me really wonder if this guy might have some eligibility left…..

buck

(Edit from GMC: You don’t have to remind me that Buck Williams is 50 years old. The Terrapins started Dave Neal at center last year. Dave Neal made Mike Mardesich LOOK LIKE Buck Williams.)

3-Tavon Austin, Anthony Allen, Kyle Parker, Vince Murray, Graham Zug, Allen Bradford, Jordan Shipley and Golden Tate

In other College Football news, I noticed that Alabama needed a miracle to survive a 12-10 win over (3-4) Tennessee at HOME. At the same time, Texas absolutely pasted (4-3) Missouri by 34 points on the ROAD. So why wouldn’t the Crimson Tide still be #2 in the newest BCS rankings????

I know he needed work, but was it really the right idea to name this guy BCS President?

bush

4-Ryan Grant, Cedric Benson, Beanie Wells and Shonn Greene

Did Arizona REALLY go to New York and beat the Giants? REALLY? They know they’re Arizona, don’t they?

Congratulations to the Bengals on a huge win over the Bears Sunday as well. That being said, I’m not certain I trust getting my news from this man……

ocho

5-Andy Pettitte

Pettitte pitched the Yankees past the Angels and back to the World Series. In a related story, “F*ck the Yankees.”

(Editor’s note: What? F*ck the Yankees.)

6-Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson

Apparently Hamlin won this weekend’s NASCAR Race 500; but Jimmie Johnson is somehow better for it. Do I understand? Of course not. Do I need to? Not at all. There’s a lot of confusing stuff going on in the world. For example, anyone know why Michael Beasley (who had to go to rehab over the summer) was hanging out on a boat with alcohol???

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He looks tired. He was probably trying to watch “The Chase for the Cup.” It’ll do that to you.

7-Owen Daniels, Vincent Jackson and Jeremy Shockey

Word is the Saints-Dolphins game yesterday was a hell of a football game. I say “word is” because I actually didn’t spend as much time watching NFL football as I thought I might this weekend. Not because I had a lot of cool plans or hot dates, but more because I heard Shayne Lamas had a new show on E!……..

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8-Brooks Laich

Rumor has it the Capitals got an overtime win over the Islanders Saturday night. It’s a rumor because I just don’t care much what the Caps do. Sorry. No matter how much this girl thinks I should……

caps

Oh crap. Is there a chance I could root for a team’s dancers without rooting for the team?

Also, did the Atlanta Thrashers REALLY allow Jeff Schultz to score THIS goal last week? How embarrassing…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kqIjx0WoOA[/youtube]

9-Peja Stojakovich

When I saw Peja’s name on the front page of Deadspin Sunday, I honest to God couldn’t remember which team he played for. The Kings? No, he hasn’t been there for awhile. The Magic? No, that’s Hedo Turkoglu. Apparently it’s the Hornets, but that’s really not the point here. The point is, this is allegedly what Peja was doing on Friday night……

sienna

Whereas THIS is what I was doing Friday night……

yahtzee

10-LaMarr Woodley and Jairus Byrd

When I had heard that Minnesota was facing Pittsburgh, I had just naturally assumed it was in a “who has bigger women?” contest.

And with no offense to those representing the Vikings……

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I think the Steelers still take this one…….

ben

(Edit from GMC: I get it. You’ve seen the picture before. But I can only work with what I have. I can’t force you to go out and take more pictures of ugly female Steelers fans. But trust me, they’re out there.)

11-Vineyard Haven

I’d love to tell you about what happened at Laurel Park Saturday, but I’d much RATHER tell you about Lorel-AI Gilmore…….

Gilmore

And save me the “Dude, you watched the Gilmore Girls?” crap. Of COURSE I watched the Gilmore Girls. We ALL watched the Gilmore Girls. Just hoping…..

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

12-John Rallo and Binky Jones

Was Saturday night’s Shogun Fights event perfect? Far from it. But was it cool to have Mixed Martial Arts in Baltimore, with some mega-celebrities (like Rickey Henderson) sitting ringside to watch? Very cool. That being said, if Rallo REALLY wants to impress me, he’ll get this guy to step inside the circled circle with him next time……

angelos

13-Corn Mazes

I visited one of these establishments Sunday-it was allegedly in Shrewsbury, PA. I say “allegedly” because I’m pretty certain it was actually in “Nowheresville, PA.” I don’t think I helped my group get around the maze much, but I did a HELL of a job of telling maze jokes, drinking apple cider, and sneaking peaks at the mother’s of small children who were enjoying their time in the maze.

For the record, if every maze looked like this, I’d go daily……

cal

14-Maxwell and Common

If you aren’t listening to Maxwell, I don’t know what to say to you. He’s in a dogfight with Kings of Leon and Jay-Z for “Artist of the Year” in this guy’s mind, but an easy choice right now for a lot of honors, like “Artist Most Likely to Help You Get Laid.” Suggest you start with “Help Somebody” in your discovery……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXop4f3nkWM[/youtube]

And Common was INSANE doing “Testify” at 1st Mariner Arena Friday night. Wow. There’s no video, but here’s the song if you aren’t familiar. You should be…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WebILJKDms8[/youtube]

15-Lindeman’s Framboise and Pumpkin Cheesecake

framboisecheesecake

Spare me your comments about how I drink fruity beer, or about how it’s a bit girly for me to geek out about a dessert I had. My dinner was better than yours Saturday night. Deal with it.

You got lucky…..

1-Anyone who roots for a College Football team OTHER THAN Maryland

Maryland was PATHETIC in their loss to Duke down in Durham Saturday. Just pathetic. It was PAINFUL to watch. At this point, I’m reasonably certain THIS team could beat the Terps…….

giants

Speaking of which-remember “Icebox” from the Little Giants? Her name is Shawna Waldron, and she has aged nicely…….

icebox

Back to college football for a second because I think we’re done with it after this-you know who else got lucky this weekend? Ricky Stanzi and Iowa……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p9xT-7-UkU[/youtube]

2-Mark McGwire and Manny Acta

The Indians hired MANNY FREAKING ACTA? Was Dave Trembley not available???

(Editor’s note: For a second, I had almost totally forgot that the Orioles had actually brought Trembley back. Not kidding.)

And hey look, Mark McGwire is coming back to be the hitting coach for the Cardinals. Which I think is a GREAT idea. Yep. And I also think the Charm City’s own Mario should consider hiring one of these guys as a vocal coach……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwrL9MV6jSk[/youtube]

(Edit from GMC: I know half of Milli Vanilli is no longer with us. I’m doing shtick here, people.)

3-Lyoto Machida and Cain Velasquez

I actually didn’t watch UFC 104 Saturday night. I had a long day (that involved a nice trip to Home Depot and Bed, Bath and Beyond) and decided to fall asleep watching Arizona State/Stanford on Comcast SportsNet. That being said, the word is that Shogun Rua should have actually beat Machida, and Velasquez WOULD HAVE beat Ben Rothwell, but got a stoppage at a strange point.

The more important thing here is that while I was watching the Sun Devils get trounced by the Cardinal, knowing that an ASU alum in Velasquez was fighting on Pay-Per-View; I started to wonder what Tempe must look like this time of year……

asu

4-Ryan Rosenbaum

This will be the first (and only) time I ever mention SMU Soccer in a 15-7-0. But WOW this shot against Tulsa was something……

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

However, Brazil’s Falcao isn’t impressed…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4dnj03tBZs[/youtube]

Neither is Shane Falco, for the record.

falco

5-Jim Zorn

Congratulations Redskins fans! Couldn’t happen to a better group of people…..

skins

6-Gymnasts NOT named Jessica Gil Ortiz

But I prefer gymnasts who are NAMED Jessica Gil Ortiz……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P531w-_qhk8[/youtube]

7-Anyone who already has their Halloween Costume Figured Out

So, “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet” and I thought maybe we’d do a couples costume this year. I usually think those types of things are stupid, but this year I figured she’s done a nice job of waiting on my every need and making sure she’s quiet when men are talking, so I thought I’d throw her a bone. At first, we thought we’d be this lovely couple……

kanye

But my hair is much too nice for that type of thing. Then, we considered this couple for their connection to Baltimore…..

boller

But we weren’t certain anyone would get the reference. One of our friends suggested this famous couple……

scott

But I’m just not sure TLDGOTFOTP has a suit that looks like Garceau’s. We finally settled on a popular movie couple from Summer ’09. I’d be Captain Kirk……

kirk

And she’d be his friend…….

green

Alas, in our first test run, the green didn’t come out for weeks. So we’ve got nothing. Ideas?

You’re a zero…….

ESPN

Breaking news: People have sex. More breaking news: People have sex with people OTHER THAN the people they are supposed to be having sex with. It happens. If a girl goes psycho, you shouldn’t be fired over it.

And it’s easy to sit here and say “I wouldn’t have sex with MY office assistant”, but your office assistant isn’t a hot piece of ass like Brooke Hundley is……

brooke

Intern Super Jack is more attractive.

(Editor’s note: You’re probably thinking…..”Glenn, you just ruined a relevant sports opinion by objectifying a woman based on her physical attractiveness.” And you know what, I’m going to do it again. This gal’s name is Stacy Keibler, and she used to be an intern at WNST. Any one of us would have been willing to risk being fired by Coach Billick……)

stacy

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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