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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

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

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

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

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

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

Keith Melchior wonders if fans angry about current state of Orioles

ORIOLES:

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

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

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

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

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

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

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Haughian winner as Ironbirds topped Williamsport

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

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

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

Virginian-Pilot says Russ Ortiz shut down Tides for Yankees

RAVENS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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

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

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

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

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

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

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

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

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

NAVY FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

UMES BASKETBALL:

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

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

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

HORSE RACING:

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

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

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

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says 5 Mariners honored by AIFA

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

It’s been a while; so here are some “Weekend Picks”…..

AC Milan 2, Chelsea 1

There is of course no reason for me to pick an exhibition match; but I’m an Italian soccer fan, so I’m going with the Rossoneri.

Red Sox take 2 of 3 from the O’s

Jeremy Guthrie or Brad Bergesen will figure out a way to get a win somehow this weekend. Combined, they’re one pretty good pitcher.

Drew Bennett IS the receiver the Ravens sign

I don’t think they really have any interest in Joe Horn to be honest.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Rich Hill appears to be pitching giving way for Tillman

Nestor Aparicio excited for NFL Draft to move to primetime

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds stand to ‘benefit’ from Spring Training move to Sarasota

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec thinks Baez ‘good bet’ to be traded

The Sun says Cubs interested in acquiring Zaun

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says getting out of Ft. Lauderdale ‘major leap forward’ for organization

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Red Sox haven’t been much better than Birds since All-Star break

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck remembers Ft. Lauderdale fondly

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Baez preparing to celebrate 10 year anniversary since defection from Cuba

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Tillman likely to replace Berken or Hill in rotation

ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark says O’s want to be ‘overwhelmed’ to deal Sherrill

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Tillman struggled as Tides fell to Gwinnett

Bowie Baysox Official Site says finale with Harrisburg washed out

Frederick Keys Official Site says Tyler Henson’s 2 run double not enough as Keys fell to Salem

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Kolodny homered for Shorebirds in win over Greenville

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Justin Dalles tallied game winning RBI as Ironbirds topped Hudson Valley

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Hobgood gave up 3 runs (1 earned) over 2 innings as Orioles fell to Greeneville

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Steve Bumbry went 2-3 with double, SB, RBI in Ironbirds’ win over Renegades

Frederick News-Post says Beato took loss as Keys fell to Red Sox

Virginian-Pilot says Justin Turner had 3 hits, 2B, RBI for Tides in loss to Braves

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh thinks Mason ‘honorable’ to not just come to practice and fake enthusiasm

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh ‘loves and cares about’ Mason

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Newsome wants to know if Mason has ‘passion, love’ for game

USA Today’s Gary Mihoces says Steelers Ravens’ ‘biggest roadblock’ to winning AFC North

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager says Peerman has chance to get playing time in Ravens backfield

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says former recruit Edet committed to North Carolina A&T

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Terps 52nd in preseason poll

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps stronger inside on D-Line than outside

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have 9th best DB’s in ACC

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have 3rd best special teams unit in ACC

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces freshman kicker Nick Ferrara (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces freshman RB Porzel (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says James Padgett will wear #35 previously worn by Dave Neal

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jordan Williams will wear #20

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The AP says former Terp Langhorne had 16 points, 10 boards for Mystics in win over Sky Thursday night

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says lunch series with Niumatalolo starts again September 1

The Official Site says safety Emmett Merchant ‘most looking forward to’ Ohio State game

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says USAA sponsorship ‘great’ deal for Mids

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Mike Farrell says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra, Belmont winner Summer Bird to race for $1.25 million purse at Haskell

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe and Frank Angst say Monmouth officials pumped up purse for Haskell by $250,000

SWIMMING:

The AP says Phelps arrived in Rome for World Championships Thursday

USA Today’s Vicki Michaelis says US Swimming Coach Schubert expects Phelps to be on 4×100 relay team

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Palace ‘in the hunt’ for USL-2 playoffs

SOCCER:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says thousands of fans showed off soccer ‘passion’ despite cancelled practices Thursday

The Sun’s Gabriella LaVerghetta offers history lesson on AC Milan

The Sun’s Danielle Chazen compiles history lesson on Chelsea

The Sun’s Ken Murray says international players at Towson, Loyola, UMBC all excited for WFC match

Washington Post’s Steven Goff says Sherwood grad Onyewu ‘emotional’ about playing with AC Milan before tonight’s friendly with Chelsea at M&T Bank Stadium

Washington Post says Chelsea topped AC Milan 2-nil at Rose Bowl earlier this week

Washington Times’ Tim Lemke says European events like tonight’s World Football Challenge ‘raise bar’ for MLS in United States

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Don’t like the NFL’s decision to move the Draft to a Thursday night; but fully understand it. The NFL has every right to try to create a ratings juggernaut and bring home mega advertising dollars; but it doesn’t necessarily mean it is the best thing for football fans. Much like the way Ravens fans gather on Sundays for what I can only describe as fellowship amongst fans; Draft weekends have created the same type of fellowship amongst fans. The NFL had that. They won’t anymore.

-Tonight’s match is particularly important for the city as the US tries to bring in a future World Cup. Having the best tickets of any of the stops on this World Football Challenge tour sets up well for getting future World Cup qualifiers or even a World Cup match. Baltimore may NOT be the best soccer market in the county, but being centrally located amongst east coast cities certainly gives us the advantage when it comes to being an ideal location for soccer fans to travel to.

-I don’t question Drew’s sources at all; and firmly believe that he is accurate. That being said; I will still be STUNNED if Andy MacPhail gives up on Rich Hill before Jason Berken.

Talk to you this weekend.

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 29 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLL: Long Island Lizards @ Washington Bayhawks (Saturday 6:15 Naval-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium), IRL Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen (Sunday 1pm from Watkins Glen live on ABC) U.S. Open Cup: DC United vs. Ocean City Barons (Tuesday 7:30pm Maryland Soccerplex)

10. Greater Kingsville Civic Association 4th of July Parade (Saturday 9am Bradshaw Rd. to Jerusalem Rd.); Inner Harbor Fireworks Display (Saturday 9:30pm)

Look, on behalf of all of us who grew up in Kingsville, there are only a couple of days all year that anything going on in town actually matters. Our golf course has gone to hell, I think they actually closed the High’s, and I couldn’t even tell you when the St. Steven’s Fair is anymore. But the 4th of July; that’s our day. The only other place in town that provides any actual entertainment the rest of the year would be this place…….

kingscourt

….an establishment that might as well change their motto to “Serving Sex Industry Workers Exclusively”

9. Eastbound & Down Season 1 available on DVD (Tuesday, wherever fine-and not so fine-DVD’s are sold)

I am going to have to admit that because WNST pays me in firm handshakes only; I cannot afford HBO-and therefore have never seen the show. But I’ve heard good things, or at least things that make me think it might be slightly more watchable than “The Real World: Cancun.”

Let’s compare. Here’s “Eastbound and Down”……….

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

Pretty good. Now here’s “The Real World: Cancun”……..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYUL12fappM[/youtube]

You know, I might have to take that back. The Real World looks really good.

Okay, here’s a last minute dark horse candidate. How about the Oxygen Network’s “Dance Your Ass Off?”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfDNtqtzha8&feature=related[/youtube]

Yeah, that’s your winner.

8. Disc Golf: Tour De Calvert (Sunday 9:30am Old Calvert Park-College Park)

Here are the one-liners I considered for this entry….

“This will of course provide the strongest marijuana odor to have come from College Park since Marcus Vick’s last trip”
“Everyone participating in this event is at least as much of an athlete as Dave Neal”
“I would have been a better disc golfer, but I thought it involved too much strenuous physical activity”
“Easily the most interesting golf-related activity happening in the DC Metro area this weekend.”
“Chris Turner hit 52% percent of greens in regulation; which was about 2 percent higher than his completion percentage last season.”

Just go with whichever one gave you a chuckle. If none of them gave you a chuckle; go suck an egg. (I still remember to this day the time Justin Simmons told everyone in my 3rd grade class to go suck an egg. It changed my life.)

7. FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships (Tuesday-Saturday 5am from Stavanger, Norway live on Universal Sports)

Blah blah blah hot chicks rolling around on the sand….

sand

6. Tour De France (Saturday 9:30am, Sunday 8:30am, Monday 8:30am live on VERSUS)

It ain’t a great week, folks. Look, I rooted for Lance Armstrong like every other red-blooded American; but did I ever actually watch a stage of cycling on TV? Ummm……of course not. But that’s not really because I had a whole lot of other great things going on; it’s mostly because every time I see a man sit on this…..

seat

……I have painful memories and cringe a lot. Sometimes I whimper. But don’t tell anyone.

5. Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola (Saturday 7:30pm from Daytona live on TNT)

I will admit that I don’t really enjoy NASCAR; but there’s always been something about Daytona that I’ve been partial to. I mean, there’s so much history there; it is the Lambeau Field of stock car racing, really.

You know what, I’m just going to post a picture of the Daytona Beach Hooters chicks. I don’t care about this race; and don’t plan on watching it. But I DO enjoy Hooters, and plan to frequent their establishment before I ever attend another NASCAR race.

hooters

On a side note, how can Coke Zero and Coca-Cola be sponsoring the same event? I thought they were involved in some sort of litigation?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qy4-zcGgxeI[/youtube]

4. CONCACAF Gold Cup: USA vs. Grenada (Saturday 9pm from Seattle live on Fox Soccer Channel)

It’s funny, because I looked up “momentum killer” on Dictionary.com, and found this…..

“When a sport dominates the national conscience for a short time period after fledgling in obscurity for a number of years, only to hold their very next match on a cable channel no one has ever seen and practically no one ever knew existed.”

3. AT&T National (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS; all action from Congressional)

You know what this means……DADDY’S ON TV THIS WEEKEND!!!!!!!

gary

Do I get the Benz while you’re out “recruiting” this weekend, daddy?

(As a note: I have no idea if Gary is doing the Comcast SportsNet stuff this week because I only watch CSN when there’s a guarantee I’ll see Brent Harris’ hair. But he’s always doing TV in my mind…..)

2. Wimbledon (Tuesday, Wednesday 7am & 1pm live on ESPN2, 10am live on NBC; Thursday 7am live on ESPN2, 12pm live on NBC; Friday 7am live on ESPN2, 12pm live on NBC; Saturday-women’s final-9am Live on NBC; Sunday-men’s final-9am live on NBC.)

I just don’t care how nice of a guy he is or how much you want me to root for him. Unless Federer suddenly changes his name to “Spadea”, I’m not rooting for the guy.

fed

Agassi would’ve kicked his ass.

1. Nathan’s Famous 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest (Saturday noon from New York live on ESPN)

Name one other country where we allow a man who normally looks like this…..

takeru

to end up looking like this in about 15 minutes…….

kobayashi

……..and consider it a great athletic accomplishment?

I don’t know how else to explain this to you. If you don’t watch this contest on Saturday; you’re not only a poor sports fan; you’re absolutely anti-American. I mean, you REALLY hate America. In fact, if you had to ask me who was a greater American hero; I’d pick this man…..

joey

even before I’d pick this man…….

gijoe

JO-EY! JO-EY! JO-EY!!!!!!

Thank you, and God Bless America.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 22 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA: Washington Mystics vs. Phoenix Mercury (Thursday 7pm Verizon Center), Baltimore Mariners vs. D.C. Armor (Saturday 7pm First Mariner Arena), Crystal Palace USA vs. Real Maryland (Thursday 7:30pm Broadneck High School), PGA Travelers Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel; Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS-all thrilling golf action from Cromwell, Connecticut), US Outdoor Track & Field Championships (Friday 8pm, Saturday 7:30pm live on ESPN; Sunday 4pm live on NBC from Eugene, OR)

10-Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen opens in theaters (Wednesday-anywhere you want to give up hundreds of dollars just to see a flick)

You’re thinking to yourself: what the hell does this have to do with sports?
I’m thinking to myself: here’s a picture of Megan Fox….

fox

9-WWE “The Bash” (Sunday 8pm from Sacramento live on Pay-Per-View)

bash

Unlike the last “Bash” held in Northern California; this one comes steroids free.

LOL…..they’re pro wrestlers, people! At the bar last night I overheard one of them order a Captain and stanozolol.

8-Boxing-Victor Ortiz vs. Marcos Maidana, Chris John vs. Rocky Jaurez (Saturday 10pm from Los Angeles live on HBO), Fight Night Round 4 available in stores (Tuesday wherever you want to give up hundreds of dollars just to play a game), Fight Force International-Ultimate Chaos: Bobby Lashley vs. Bob Sapp (Saturday 6pm from Biloxi, MS)

Lots of good fighting this week, but NOTHING is better than the idea of this man……

lashley

Fighting this man……

sapp

I do not believe a single belt is on the line in this fight. Mostly because EVERY belt is on the line in this fight.

7-IRL SunTrust Indy Challenge (Saturday 8pm from Richmond International Raceway, live on VERSUS); NASCAR Lenox Industrial Tools 301 (Sunday 1:30pm from New Hampshire live on TNT)

I love Danica Patrick and all, but when GoDaddy.com advertised that they had an unrated commercial online, I was expecting a LITTLE bit more than this…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_5CaJqv9rM[/youtube]

I take it all back. And I need a sofa pillow.

6-Under Armour All-America Lacrosse (Girls Game Saturday 5:30pm, Boys Game Saturday 8pm Live on ESPNU; both games from Unitas Stadium)

I always tried to hang out with the lacrosse team in college; but they had this thing about not hanging out with people who bought most of their underwear at Goodwill.

It’s really comfortable underwear though.

5-NHL Entry Draft (Friday 7pm live on VERSUS, Saturday 10am live on NHL Network; Draft live from Montreal)

Who knew that only a few years ago, THIS…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZPNU9UHiqA[/youtube]

Would lead to THIS……

sid

Do you think the Cup prefers to be the big spoon or the little spoon???

4-Wimbledon (Tuesday-Friday 7am live on ESPN2; Saturday 8am live on ESPN2, 3pm live on NBC; Monday 7am live on ESPN2, 10am live on NBC)

Wimbledon is reportedly trying to ban female players from grunting. If you support this rule, you are no friend of mine, sir.

Exhibit A:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVfCcBzMeA0[/youtube]

I need a shower.

3-NBA Draft (Thursday 8pm from New York live on ESPN)

Let’s go to Commissioner David Stern with the pick….

“With the 5th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards select……

neal

2-FIFA Confederations Cup (Semifinals Wednesday-Spain vs. USA & Thursday-Brazil vs. South Africa 2:30pm ESPN; 3rd place Sunday 9am ESPN2; Final Sunday 2:30pm ESPN2. All matches from South Africa)

This story is so good I don’t even know where to start. The Americans were able to advance to the knockout stage of the Confederations Cup because……team Egypt was too distracted by having had all of their belongings stolen by hookers they had invited back to their hotel rooms the night before?????

(Thanks to Deadspin-who almost always remembers to look their things up when hookers come to visit.)

I’d like to take this time to thank God for allowing me to be alive at a time when something like this could happen.

Also, who didn’t have nightmare flashbacks of 8th grade when they saw this during last week’s action in South Africa…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=triWS5KqJT8&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Oh, just me?

1-“Poet Pride” screening (Thursday Sports Legends at Camden Yards), Kurk Lee/Sam Cassell Charity Game (Saturday 5:15pm Towson Center)

We thought about making a movie about the great basketball history at Perry Hall High School; but unfortunately THIS was the only athlete in program history the filmmakers could find….

fat

That’s weird, I didn’t realize Ray Bachman was a Gator…..

You guys have been fantastic. Please thank my fantastic doorman Ricky Barnes on your way out.
-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 27 May 2009 by Glenn Clark

I’m as excited about Matt Wieters as just about anyone else; but let’s keep things in perspective. The Orioles are STILL going to be terrible this season. Matt Wieters is not going to be the AL MVP.

BUT……things should get more exciting; and we’ve been desperate for that.

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester can’t help but ‘wonder’ about power numbers of Adam Jones, etc.

Nestor Aparicio wonders how Orioles fans feel about Wieters’ promotion

Bob Haynie says Wieters ‘most anticipated’ Oriole since Ben McDonald

Thyrl Nelson wonders what Baltimore sports fans are doing if not going to Orioles games

Chris Bonetti says Wieters should hit 6th or 7th in Birds’ lineup

Drew Forrester says Sarasota, Lee County in battle with O’s over Spring Training

Rex Snider says Stephanie Zaner “Cal Ripken” of Maryland school attendance

Nestor Aparicio says KOBST finale tonight at Padonia Station

Ed Frankovic says Federov, Kozlov could leave Caps for Russia

Ed Frankovic says Hershey Bears (Caps’ AHL affiliate) on to Calder Cup Finals

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Berken ‘bailed out’ Birds with big start in first Major League win

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Rich Hill, Birds go for sweep tonight against Halladay, Blue Jays

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara will skip start Thursday with hamstring injury

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Montanez to miss two months after thumb surgery

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Wieters to make debut Friday vs. Tigers

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jeff Seidel says Romero gave up three home runs in loss to Birds

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Ross Wolf got win over Toledo in relief

Frederick Keys Official Site says Matusz got tough luck no decision in 1-0 loss to Wilmington

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says MacPhail not bringing Wieters up ‘to sit’

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Reimold, Jones, Huff all homer for Birds in win over Jays

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Wieters announcement comes ‘coincidentally’ on same night of smallest crowd in Camden Yards history (10,130)

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Rich Hill thinks Wieters ‘really polished’

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says crowd at OPACY ‘seemed much lower’ than announced record low

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says David Hernandez ‘slated’ to make Uehara’s start Thursday

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Markakis, wife announce “Right Side Foundation”

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Pinckney homered for Tides in win

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Berken’s success should give ‘shot in the arm’ to other players who don’t get Spring Training invites

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says MacPhail made Wieters announcement during MASN game broadcast

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Hendrickson, Bass would be candidates to make Uehara’s start if he doesn’t have to go to DL

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Mr. and Mrs. Markakis plan to move from Georgia to Baltimore

Examiner Jay Trucker says Baez MVP of Orioles’ week

Examiner Steve DeClue says Dave Stockstill gave Wieters news before last night’s game

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Trembley thought Berken had ‘good poise’ in win

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Wieters went 4-4 for Tides after being informed of promotion

The AP says Wieters brings .285 average for Norfolk to big leagues

The AP says Jim Johnson pitched final scoreless 2 innings to record first save

The AP says Trembley ‘not sure’ whether Uehara will go to DL

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says Tides’ manager Gary Allenson not ready to put together Wieters’ Hall of Fame plaque just yet

Toronto Globe and Mail’s Robert MacLeod says Jays’ losing streak extends to 8

Toronto Sun’s Bob Elliott says Vernon Wells thought conditions, Jays’ performance ‘ugly’ in loss

Toronto Star’s Morgan Campbell says Jays hit Berken early, but he settled down to guide O’s to win

ESPN.com’s Tristan Cockcroft says Wieters will have ‘instant impact’ fantasy-wise for O’s

Fox Sports’ Dayn Perry thinks Cubs should trade Samardzija to Orioles for Roberts

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Orioles 23rd in power rankings

Frederick News-Post says Blue Rocks hold Keys to 6 hits in loss

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Ravens sign UTEP UFA C/G Robby Felix

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Felix ‘intriguing’ because he had solid career for Miners before suffering stroke

Examiner Steve DeClue says 52 still viewed amongst best LB’s in NFL

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Sypniewski working back from ACL injury

ESPN.com has Ravens 6th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Sypniewski’s spot on roster ‘at risk’ this summer

ESPN.com’s James Walker picked Ravens 7th in power rankings

HORSE RACING:

Belmont Official Site says Mr. Hot Stuff worked 5 furlongs at Keeneland in preparation for third leg of Triple Crown

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Mr. Hot Stuff looking to follow unlikely winners Jazil, Da’Tara in winning Belmont

Thoroughbred Times’ Ron Parker says Derby winner Mine That Bird favorite in Belmont poll

Thoroughbred Times says Prado trying to win third Belmont after winning previously with Sarava, Birdstone

Thoroughbred Times says Desormeaux to have Summer Bird mount in Belmont

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Examiner Steve DeClue says Florida wouldn’t give Stephenson chance to play for NCAA Championship

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Dave Neal ‘legendary’ in College Park

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps interested in underclassman guard prospect from Sidwell Friends School (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman and Will Montgomery say Mychal Parker has Terps, Hurricanes as top two

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says despite Robinson’s ‘impressive Spring’, Terps’ backup QB’s amongst worst in ACC

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Alabama DE prospect visits College Park (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Terps hoping Ohio OL follows Andrew Crummey, Travis Baltz from Buckeye state to Maryland (must subscribe)

Scout.com’s Bob Lichtenfels says target J.R. Ferguson to enroll at Hargrave Military Academy (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says former Terp Langhorne wins European Title with TEO Vilnius

Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg says Marissa Coleman still hates Duke even now with Mystics

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey has Terps 7th in VERY early 2010 poll, based on Brian Phipps’ return from off-season knee surgery

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Randall Cooper honored by ESPN the Magazine

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Seaman’s Tigers should be ‘promising’ in 2010

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site says P.T. Ricci honored by Laxpower.com

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Jays 7th in final poll of season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Orange beat out Jays to be ‘Team of the Decade’

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Braxton Banks, Lawrence Brewer, Jeremy Glover, James Meade, Shaka Miller, Terrell White named All-Academic by MEAC

NAVY BASKETBALL:

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Mids weren’t quite as good as record dictated

UMES FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Roger Brown inducted to College Football Hall of Fame

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Good for you, Nick Markakis. That’s the right thing. Please talk to Michael Phelps about doing something similar.

-David Hernandez is also exciting, but his promotion would likely be less permanent.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer (and Boldin)

Posted on 17 April 2009 by Glenn Clark

Having covered Anquan Boldin for 2 seasons with the Cardinals during my exile to Phoenix; I have made my feelings for “Q” very evident during my time with WNST. I think Anquan is not only an outstanding Wide Receiver, I also think he is a tremendous human being.

Acquiring Anquan Boldin would-in my mind-make the Ravens a legitimate Super Bowl contender again, on par with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, and Indianapolis Colts in the AFC. A first and third round pick does not seem to be an excessive price to pay for him, either.

But if gets much beyond a first and third, I could certainly understand the Ravens choosing to hold on to their picks and trust their ‘process.’

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says potential Boldin deal could shape Ravens’ Draft

Thyrl Nelson says Montanez remains hot at Norfolk, adding 2 hits in win

Keith Melchior not exactly in love with DHB

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says oft-injured LB Burgess feels he has ‘something to prove’ in ‘09

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says schedule tougher than strength of schedule lets on

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens interested in pursuing Cardinals’ Boldin

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Madden told Ravens’ ‘PR guy’ Byrne he got into coaching to be ‘teacher’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Eagles, Giants likely competition to land Boldin

Examiner Tony Wisniewski thinks Ravens should make move to acquire Boldin

Examiner Phil Macek thinks Ravens should Draft DHB

Examiner Steve DeClue doesn’t think Ravens ‘enthralled’ with Boldin

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Newsome semi-confirms interest in Boldin

ESPN.com’s James Walker wonders if Ravens have ‘enough firepower’ to acquire Boldin

ESPN.com’s James Walker doesn’t think Ravens view CB as ‘position of need’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says James Harrison’s contract could impact Suggs

Sporting News War Room mocks Rutgers WR Britt, Florida TE Ingram, Hawaii DE Veikune, Purdue RB Sheets, North Carolina OT Reynolds, Arkansas TE Davie to Ravens

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche mocks Heyward-Bey to Ravens

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Walker feels healthy, ‘confident’

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Roberts, Jones, Markakis, Huff ‘terrorizing’ baseball

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Ellsbury, Pedroia, Ortiz struggling at top of Red Sox lineup

The Sun’s Childs Walker says despite slow start, Wieters still has fantasy possibilities

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Wieters smacked first home run of season for Norfolk

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Patton threw 6 scoreless innings in Baysox home opener

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Bergesen’s trip to Baltimore ‘fast approaching’

Examiner Steve DeClue hopes Birds used off day to ‘regroup’

Virginian-Pilot says Waters went 6 innings for Tides in win over Charlotte

Frederick News-Post says Bordes picks up win in relief for Keys in Myrtle Beach

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Bascom to start home opener tonight vs. Salem for Keys

Boston Globe says Jones enters Sox series red hot

SI’s Ted Keith has O’s 13th in power rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says D. Scott’s TD pass to T. Smith highlighted 10th practice of Spring

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph didn’t appear particularly ‘thrilled’ with practice

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph not overly thrilled with progress of backup QB Robinson

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph thinks post-DHB wideouts ‘haven’t stood out at all’

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says El Cajon (California) QB prospect visited Thursday (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Dan Hilbert says Petersburg (VA) DB Eric Magruder has Terps ‘high on list’ (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews tomorrows trip to Penn at Franklin Field

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Brian Farrell to sit out remainder of season, redshirt

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Cottle didn’t want Farrell trying to ‘play hurt’
The Diamondback’s Michael Katz
says Reed ‘likely’ to start for Terps against Quakers

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says loss of Farrell part of why Terps have struggled

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Vasquez, Neal share Team MVP award

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hayes has been Williams’ ‘finisher’

STEVENSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Mustangs trounce Wesley, will host CAC Championship Game Sunday

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Gulls avenge loss; trounce St. Mary’s to advance to CAC title rematch with Stevenson

The Sun says DeLillo scored 5 goals, Berkman 2 to help Gulls to CAC semifinal victory

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Christian Brothers Academy guard Brian Neller signs with Retrievers

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Monroe interested in St. Frances guard Jason Jones

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says fans can vote for Blevins, Poillon as America East Player of the Year

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews Tigers-Hens at Delaware Saturday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Tigers lock up number 2 seed in CAA Tournament with win over Delaware

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Mids trying to snap 35 game losing streak to Hopkins Saturday

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says OC Jasper, Slotbacks coach DuPaix help offensive coaches drop weight

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Eers have schedule advantage to make MAAC Tournament

HORSE RACING:

Pimlico Official Site says 10 races, Darryl Worley concert scheduled for Opening Day tomorrow

Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty says short Pimlico session highlighted by Preakness, Black Eyed Susan

Thoroughbred Times says Mafaaz won’t run in Kentucky Derby

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Pimlico opens with ‘clouded’ future due to Magna bankruptcy

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Sun’s Todd Karpovich says Palace opens USL-2 season tonight vs. Riverhounds

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Do you think Jeremy Guthrie goes to the hill tonight at Fenway Park thinking “if I don’t win tonight, we might not win again for a week”?

-Navy 11, Hopkins 8. The streak ends Saturday, thanks to a strong performance by Tommy Phelan.
-Maryland 13, Penn 6. If the Terps were to somehow lose in Philadelphia, they’d go right to the NCAA Tournament bubble.
-Loyola 12, Fairfield 6. This SHOULD be a mismatch.
-UMBC 9, Hartford 5. The Retrievers are trying to prove more and more that they are a legitimate Final Four contender. That won’t change this weekend.
-Delaware 8, Towson 6. If Tony Seaman can get his team to turn things around before the end of the season, if will go down as one of his best coaching jobs.
-Salisbury 15, Stevenson 13. No one is beating the Gulls twice in one season.

Talk to you this weekend.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 25 March 2009 by Glenn Clark

Please check out my Toliver vs. Dixon blog from last night. It was a great night at Comcast Center; and it has been a lot of fun attending women’s games while Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman have played there. REALLY special in fact.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Chris Bonetti surprised to hear Terp women ‘eat kids’ (HUH?)

Glenn Clark wonders if Juan Dixon or Toliver had greater Maryland career

Drew Forrester wonders if fans will choose to buy Orioles tickets

Nestor Aparicio ate breakfast with John Harbaugh

Nestor Aparicio says PSL owners get first chance to buy AC Milan-Chelsea tickets

Thyrl Nelson would have rather Ravens want to play opener at Heinz Field

Bryan Powell says Gulls had just one goal lead late in win over York

Ed Frankovic says Caps fall to Maple Leafs in shootout north of the border

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara solid, but Birds falls to Nats

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Baines to enter Orioles Hall of Fame

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara shows no lingering effects from injury

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Eaton, Baez, Hendrickson, Simon, Penn, Bass final candidates for rotation spots

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says loss to Nationals 7th straight in Spring Training for O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds playing intrasquad game today with Sherrill, Bass, Pauley, Liz, Hill, Walker, Waters, McCrory, Mickolio all pitching (anybody else available?)

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Pauley now out of mix for rotation

The Sun says former Oriole/Brooks Robinson mentor George Kell passes away

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Simon, Wieters continue strong Grapefruit League play

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Baines hit .301 in parts of 7 seasons during Orioles tenure

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Kranitz happy with Uehara’s performance

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Uehara worked in new changeup during outing

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Nationals’ Shairon Martis dominated Birds

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Kell finished Hall of Fame career with Orioles

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says 52 in Owings Mills for offseason conditioning work

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says L.J. Smith feels ‘renewed’ by joining Ravens

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Gooden has ‘big shoes to fill’ in replacing Scott

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Gaither gets performance bonus of $300,000

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens have reason to be concerned about Pace

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Steelers’ Tomlin thinks Ravens favorite in AFC North

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The AP says Coleman, Toliver winners in final Comcast Center game to advance to Sweet 16

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win over Utah

The Official Site says Coleman, Toliver Wade Award nominees

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says 10,000+ see Terps advance in NCAA Tournament

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Vanderbilt next for Terps after win over Utes

Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Tournament run now heads to Raleigh

Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel disappointed crowd at Comcast Center wasn’t bigger last night

Washington Post’s Mike Wise says Coleman, Toliver finish career with 65-3 record at home in College Park

Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg says women’s locker room very different than men’s at Comcast Center

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Terps head to RBC Center next to face Commodores

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps best with Strickland on floor vs. Utes

DC Examiner’s Craig Stouffer says Coleman scored 18 points, grabbed 18 boards in win

ESPN.com’s Mechelle Voepel says Terps only ACC team left in Sweet 16

Turtle Sports Report’s Seth Hoffman says Utes never got closer than 14 in 2nd half

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Franklin has $1 million guarantee to succeed Friedgen

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Kenny Tate decides to stay at safety

Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says QB Turner leads group of 14 seniors in final Spring session

Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps trying to replace 31 seniors, DHB

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Jamarr Robinson trying to nail down backup QB job this Spring

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Moten only veteran at LB this Spring

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says LB Jeff Clement won’t return for Fall

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dion Armstrong, Bruce Campbell studying this Spring, not practicing

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says with Tate back; Terps have plenty of depth at safety

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Meggett, Tate, Perez amongst players switching numbers

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Kerr practices for first time as Terp Tuesday (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary gets $300,000 from school for making appearances

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Neal performed in ACC season despite being ‘overmatched’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps need to get more ‘consistency’ from Bowie

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps were best with Hayes on floor this season

Turtle Sports Report’s Brian Kapur catches up with big man prospect Will Regan (must subscribe)

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Rob Wheeler makes 14 stops as Tigers get past Bucknell

UMBC LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy thinks Wimer midseason All-American

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews’ Hounds-Syracuse showdown Saturday

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Gulls squeak by York to remain undefeated

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site
says Fang Mitchell to enter Gloucester County (NJ) Hall of Fame

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says plebe Brady DeMell listed as starter at center

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Midshipmen QB’s behind Dobbs have no experience

SOCCER:

Ravens Official Site says Chelsea-AC Milan tickets range from $35-$125

The Sun’s Childs Walker says M&T Bank Stadium friendly to be broadcast by ESPN

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site’s John Wolfe previews trip to face Stampede is Harrisburg this weekend

HORSE RACING:

Examiner Steve DeClue hopes state renews Pimlico, keeps Preakness in town

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Was REALLY impressed by Sean Smith this morning with Drew. I don’t know that the Ravens should still be targeting a CB in the 1st Round, but Smith has the size and clearly has personality. That was good stuff.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Memphis Ends Maryland’s Season With 89-70 Beatdown

Posted on 21 March 2009 by Glenn Clark

Maryland’s season came to a screeching halt with an 89-70 loss to Memphis Saturday in the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers were outstanding in all phases of the game; and possibly inspired by questionable comments made earlier in the week by Maryland star Greivis Vasquez. 

The season ends for the Terps with a 21-14 record; highlighted by 3 wins over Top 10 teams and the 3rd trip to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament in their last 3 appearances. But that’s where the good news ends. 

Critics will point out that the Terps again finished their season without reaching the Sweet 16; making it a 6th straight season they’ve failed to reach that plateau. They will also point out that the team suffered another double digit loss to end the season; their 7th such loss this season. The Terps were considered a “bubble team” right up until Selection Sunday; finished under .500 in ACC play (even including a pair of wins in the ACC Tournament), and failed to produce a first team All-ACC Selection. 

Those who defend this Maryland program will likely point out that this was arguably Gary Williams’ best coaching job of his career at his alma mater; taking a team that lacked much in the way of special talent and coaching them into being one of the final 32 teams competing for a National championship. 

The season will be remembered by all as a season of great ups and downs; which kept fans and detractors entertained throughout. But with the end of the season; the Terps will now face a number of questions….

-Will Greivis Vasquez return for his senior season?
-Will high school superstar Lance Stephenson choose to join the program? 
-Will Braxton Dupree or other underperforming players choose to transfer elsewhere?
-Will players who showed unpolished talent (Landon Milbourne, Adrian Bowie, Sean Mosley) progress into more all-around players with leadership capability? 
-What will incoming freshmen James Padgett and Jordan Williams do for this team’s almost completely absent frontcourt?
-Will there be any changes to the coaching staff? 

There will be one question no one will have to bother to ask; even though some will undoubtedly want to anyway….

-Will Gary Williams remain the head coach?

Whatever happens between now and Midnight Madness will be supervised by Gary Williams (save for some completely unlikely turn of events); and he will be able to do what he chooses without answering questions about his passion, desire, and ability for……at least a couple of days. 

It will be an interesting stretch for this Maryland program; and will likely lead to another interesting season. 

-G

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Final Stats:

Tyreke Evans lead the Tigers with a game high 19 points. Doneal Mack scored 17, Robert Dozier 17 with 8 rebounds. Shawn Taggart added 14 with a game high 11 rebounds; Roburt Sallie scored 13. Antonio Anderson finished with a game high 11 assists; the Tigers tallied 21 as a team to go with 3 blocks. The Tigers out-rebounded the Terps 33-23. They shot 31-53 from the field (58.5%), 10-19 from beyond the arc (52.6%), and 17-22 from the free throw line (77.3%). 

Greivis Vasquez lead the Terps with a team high 18 points and 4 assists. Adrian Bowie added 11 points, Eric Hayes 10. Dave Neal finished his college career with 9 points and a team high 4 rebounds. Landon Milbourne added 8 points and Sean Mosley 7. The Terps finished with 9 assists and collected 3 blocks. They shot 27-62 from the field (43.5%), 5-14 from beyond the arc (35.7%), and 11-19 (57.9%) from the free throw line. 

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5:24-Adrian Bowie finishes scoring; Terps fall 89-70. Terps finish the season with a 21-14 record. I’ll wrap this up in a second. 

5:21-Braxton Dupree in the game; you wonder if this is his final minute in the Under Armour threads. Preston Laird into the game for the Tigers. Yeah, me neither. 

5:20-My good friend and former Raven Tommy Knight chimes in via text-”Tickets for NCAA Tournament in Glendale? You coming?” Thanks for rubbing salt in the wounds pal….

5:18-Is Tim Brando calling Jin Soo Kim “Jun Soo Kim”? Really? Hoop from Mosley gets the Terps within 20; they can put some polish on this turd in the last 2 minutes by getting it under 15. 

5:14-I will certainly miss these live blogs. I have enjoyed doing them all season; even when it was just me & Rich bouncing stuff off each other. They have been a lot of fun. I will likely miss Maryland’s Spring Football Game due to the NFL Draft; so our next blog probably won’t happen until Maryland visits Cal in the fall to open football season. (Of course; given the state of sports media; let’s just hope we’re all still here in August!)

Drew Forrester chimes in via text…..”This one is over.” Forrester FOR THE WIN! I guess I’ll let my friends in Arizona know they don’t have to get me any Spring Training tickets for next weekend. 

Jin Soo Kim into the game. 

5:13-Dave Neal with the 3; he’ll enjoy the final few minutes of his college career. It was a special season for Neal; who Gary Williams wants to remind you was “All-Met.” 

5:11-The “bucket and the bruise” for Bowie (thanks Lamont Germany!). Tyreke Evans exits to a nice ovation; and Bowie completes the 3 point play. If the Terps can somehow get this below 20 in the final 4 minutes, they might confuse people into thinking this one wasn’t as bad as it was. 

5:10-Memphis fans with the “A-C-C” chant FTW. That’s good stuff from them; knowing that the ACC will now have just two teams left in the NCAA Tournament (North Carolina and Duke). 

5:09-Add another 3 from Mack; and Memphis’ lead is 29. Gary needs to go to the bench to get Memphis to call off the dogs too. 

5:07-Antonio Anderson finally gets on the board; and Shawn Taggart reaches 10 rebounds while sitting on the floor. Unreal. 

Rich; I have heard many of the same things about Memphis; but certainly have to say I am impressed by what John Calipari has done there. He proved a season ago that it is possible to win a National Championship from outside the power conferences; and may one day do so. I doubt it will be this season however. 

5:03-I haven’t flipped on the radio to hear what Johnny Holliday is talking about; but you imagine he’s trying to sell fans on what this team will look like next season with Jordan Williams and James Padgett joining the frontcourt. 

The bigger question would be who the scoring responsibility falls on if Greivis Vasquez does indeed end up in the NBA Draft. Obviously Maryland fans are hoping Lance Stephenson will be the option (or a returning Vasquez); but the reality is that a combination of Milbourne, Mosley, and Bowie might have to be where the scoring goes. None of them are good shooters. 

4:58-Maybe I should take it as a sign of mercy that my internet isn’t working. Sallie with another 3 to re-extend Memphis’ lead to 22 at 77-55. Vasquez called for a technical; he’s clearly showing his frustration here. I wonder if Vasquez is doing what Steve Francis allegedly did in his final Maryland game (a Tournament loss to St. John’s); and talking about how much money he’ll make in the NBA next season. About 8 minutes left in the season for Maryland; and Gary sends Vasquez to the bench. 

4:45-Greivis now with 16 on the day; and might put up a pretty number before it is all said and done. But if it comes in a blowout; it might not mean much.

By the way; when I said “hoop and the harm” recently; I couldn’t help but think of Morgan State Play by Play voice Lamont Germany. If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing Lamont call a game; you’re missing out. His voice is outstanding; and goes with “the bucket and the bruise” as his basket and foul call. LOVE hearing Lamont call a game; and especially loved hearing his excitement as the Bears clinched the MEAC title. 

4:44-Lead right back to 20 after a 3 from Sallie. Evans fouled on the floor on the other way by Hayes. Terps with some fury; but still trail by 20 at the first official timeout of the 2nd half.

4:41-Doneal Mack FINALLY misses a 3. Vasquez feeds Milbourne inside on the other end; and Milbourne misses badly. Vasquez is fouled; then finally feeds Milbourne for the hoop. Vasquez drills a 3 after a Memphis turnover; but Memphis gets an alleyop. Terps and Tigers trade buckets before another 3 by Greivis; then two more traded hoops. 65-48 Memphis; and Maryland is pressing too hard and getting exposed in the halfcourt right now.

4:40-Ed; please refer to my blog from Friday. Vasquez put himself in this position. This is who he is; and it will certainly be part of his legacy.

4:36-Tyreke Evans with the hoop and the harm; but misses the free throw. 59-34 Tigers. Vasquez gets his first bucket of the 2nd half; and then the Tigers have to call a timeout when they can’t inbound the ball. Terps trail by 23.

4:35-Mosley called for the travel; he’ll sit down in favor of Hayes. We’re not too far from seeing Jin Soo Kim and Braxton Dupree……I think.

4:34-What did I say about Mosley and Bowie needing to make their free throws? Mosley makes just one of 2 this time. Taggart fouled inside by Dave Neal; and the Terps appear to be just about willing to accept their fate thus far in the 2nd half. Taggart makes both; and Memphis now has their biggest lead at 24; 57-34.

4:33-Vasquez misses his first jumper of the half; while Evans connects again. 17 for Evans; Tigers by 22. Mosley fouled going to the hoop next time down.

4:27-Seth Davis tabbed Adrian Bowie with the “Ba-Ba-Bowie” nickname during CBS’ halftime show; and I have to admit I chuckled. Although I imagine Davis didn’t exactly come up with that one. Greg Anthony dismissed Maryland’s chances before the game; and thus far he’s dead on.

This game is reminding me of the last Maryland-Memphis game (in 2004) I spoke of before tip-off. Except of course for the fact that MEMPHIS is playing the flawless basketball.

This might very well be the last 20 minutes of Greivis Vasquez’s career in College Park; and you can’t help but wonder about his legacy in comparison to his numbers. I guess I shouldn’t get ahead of myself; but………

Halftime stats: Tyreke Evans lead Memphis with a game high 15 points and 3 assists. Doneal Mack added 14. 8 points and 4 boards from Robert Dozier; 6 points and a game high 5 boards from Shawn Taggart. Roburt Sallie added 6 off the bench; and while Antonio Anderson was scoreless; he has a game high 7 assists. The Tigers out-rebounded Maryland 15-13. The tallied 11 assists and 1 block. They shot 19-27 from the field (an UNREAL 70.4%), 8-11 from beyond the arc (an even more unreal 72.7%), and 7-8 from the free throw line (87.5%).

Dave Neal and Greivis Vasquez each had 6 points ot lead the Terps; Adrian Bowie, Cliff Tucker, and Eric Hayes all added 5. No Terp had more than 2 rebounds or 1 assist. The Terps tallied just 2 assists and 1 block in the first 20 minutes. They shot 14-36 from the field (38.9%), 1-9 from beyond the arc (11.1%), and 4-6 from the free throw line (66.7%).

None of those numbers are pretty.

4:11-Eric Hayes FINALLY gets Maryland’s first 3; and Memphis will take a 53-33 lead to the break. I will say this much……Maryland is NOT playing as poorly as they played in the blowout loss at Duke. Memphis is just playing VERY inspired basketball. I’ll be back shortly…..because I have to. Glad I didn’t book my flight to Phoenix!

4:09-Vasquez and Tucker miss 3′s; Tucker’s was an airball. 1 minute to play after Tyreke Evans is called for the offensive foul. Terps BADLY need to score here; but Vasquez will turn it over instead.

4:08-Mack gets the roll on the floater inside; Vasquez goes to the hoop the other way. Kemp knocks down a 3; and Gary needs ANOTHER timeout. 53-30 Memphis; and this Tigers team can’t do ANYTHING wrong so far. This one is UGLY.

4:07-Willie Kemp makes one of two at the line; then Vasquez misses a 3 badly. Vasquez hears it from the Memphis fans; Terps trail by 20.

4:03-Rich; we might have to entertain ourselves in the 2nd half.

Sean Mosley misses the front end of the 1 and 1; then Mack nails ANOTHER 3. Mack gave Vasquez a look after the 3; you think the Memphis players heard what Greivis said yesterday?

Putback dunk for Gregory gets the Terps back within 19; then Neal misses another 3 after stepping up. Terps 0-5 from outside so far; and frustration is setting in as Gregory is called for a foul.

4:01-Sallie hit with the foul before the final official timeout of the first half. This story has played out one too many times this season. One team is just MUCH better than the Terps. This one looks like it will be the same story. Unfortunately; that’s the problem with not have the same talent level.

3:59-Neal hits both at the line; cutting the Memphis lead to 13. Tigers break the press again and get a dunk from Dozier. WAAAY too many easy buckets. Tigers by 15. Neal misses a turnaround; Mack drills another 3. Just when things were going right for a minute…..Tigers 44-26 now. 9 for Mack. Timeout Terps; and Drew Forrester might as well let us know this one is over. Tigers can’t miss.

3:57-Doneal Mack shoots over the zone; and he drills the 3. 36-21 Tigers. Tucker goes to the hoop this time down; he finishes and is fouled by Taggart. Tucker appears to have a black eye; don’t know what the story might be there. He hits the free throw; he has 5 points and heads to the bench for Hayes. Terps might need him on the floor for offense. Tigers break the press and get ANOTHER 3 from Mack. Neal fouled inside by Dozier. 39-24 Memphis.

3:55-You imagine this will be the only year Memphis has a player like Tyreke Evans; but it is certainly worthwhile. Evans puts home the layup after the alley-oop pass wasn’t there; he has 15. Mosley then blocks Evans in transition the next time down. Mosley gets the ball inside on an offensive rebound and is fouled by Sallie. 33-19 Memphis. Tucker tips one back in off a Milbourne miss; and the lead is 12 for Memphis again.

3:54-I will admit that I have really enjoyed the State Farm commercials during the Tournament. The hot dog vendor that doesn’t have buns; and the popsicle vendor that doesn’t have sticks-that’s good stuff. Much better than the game thus far.

3:51-CBS tells us that Memphis has an 11-7 rebounding advantage so far. You get the feeling that number would be more lop-sided if Memphis was actually missing a few shots.

Terps to the zone; and Bowie called for the foul away from the basket. We hit the 3rd official timeout of the half; Terps trail by 12.

3:49-Putback slam from Robert Dozier; and Memphis has their biggest lead at 31-15. Lots of Memphis fans in KC today apparently; and Maryland is doing little to quiet them.

Tough hoop from Dave Neal; then Bowie with the layup off the steal. John Calipari will take a timeout as the Terps cut the lead to 12. 5 points for Bowie to lead the Terps so far.

3:46-As a reminder; Tyreke Evans is NOT the troubled player Maryland recruited before problems within the athletic department kept him from getting to College Park. That player was TyREE Evans, who ended up at Tennessee.

TyREKE Evans makes both freebies; he has 13; Tigers by 14. Pierre Henderson-Niles called for the offensive foul on the other end. Bowie misses one inside; then Anderson is fouled driving. Cliff Tucker into the game; he HAS to give the Terps some offense.

3:45-Roburt Sallie AGAIN from 3…….is there a Roburt Sallie on Maryland’s bench somewhere??? Evans drives and is fouled by Hayes; Evans will go to the line with Memphis ahead by 12. Things don’t appear to be getting better. 6 for Sallie.

3:43-This will be another key today. A guy like Bowie CANNOT struggle at the line the way he has in the past. They can recover from things like that against lesser teams; but Bowie and Mosley have to get to the line; and they have to connect.

As I say that, Bowie front-irons his first attempt. He makes his 2nd; 24-15 Memphis.

3:40-Badly missed hook from Dino Gregory there. If he wants to be an ACC big man; that has to be in his arsenal. Bowie fouled; Tyreke Evans will re-enter. Bowie to the line with the Terps trailing by 10; 9:53 to play in the half after the 2nd official timeout.

3:39-Just when I mentioned Roburt Sallie…….there’s his first 3. Vasquez answers with a runner; 22-14 Memphis. Terps have to get a better defensive option. Can’t give a guy like Robert Dozier the room to hit a jumper like he just did. 24-14 Memphis.

3:37-Rich, too many missed layups all season. If you can’t shoot from outside; you can’t fail at the basket as well. They have done that WAAAY too much.

Brando and Gminski say Neal must be the “X Factor”; but I think they need to find a way to get Neal and Gregory both on the floor.

Jumper from Milbourne, then a drive and finish from Bowie; and it’s 19-12 Memphis.

3:35-A reminder that Tigers’ reserve guard Roburt Sallie went off for 35 points the other day thanks to hitting TEN 3 point attempts. Sallie has been a minimal factor throughout the season; but if he starts getting shots; this could get REALLY brutal. Of course, if the Terps don’t settle down, they might not even need that.

3:33-Vasquez into the lane for his first bucket; 17-8 Terps. Evans finds Taggart inside for a hoop the other way. Mosley steals a rebound from Anderson and Vasquez splits the defenders; but he misses the layup. I haven’t been counting the misses at the bucket in recent games; but I might start. Maryland gets the ball back after the first official timeout; but they already trail 19-8. Not good.

3:30-Vasquez gets into the lane; but misses the floater off the curl. On the other end; Evans goes right to the basket for a layup. Vasquez is stripped on the other end; and Evans gets another chip shot. 15-0 run for the Tigers; 11 points for Evans. Hayes FINALLY ends the run with a layup; and Maryland trails 17-6.

3:28-Greivis will have to be the man to carry the Terps through these tough stretches; although Memphis can neutralize that if they keep making every shot. Greivis is being defended by Antonio Anderson; who is amongst the best defensive guards in the country; and won the Defensive Player of the Year award in Conference USA.

3:27-Evans to the line; he hits both. 11-4 Tigers. Tigers go to the press; Eric Hayes into the game. Terps break it; but Milbourne misses a jumper. Dozier gets an easy hoop inside; and the Terps trail 13-4. I’ve seen one too many games start this way this season…..Gary takes his first timeout.

3:25-Mosley can’t find the jumper from the free throw line. I imagine he might get that shot a few times today. Evans banks in a long 2…..those are the type of shots that go in when it’s “your day.” Bowie drives and throws up a wild airball on the layup attempt; then Mosley fouls Evans as he drives. This one could get ugly quick…

3:24-Misses from Milbourne and Bowie on one end; then Taggart hits the jumper. Vasquez fouled in the backcourt; 7-4 Tigers.

3:23-Taggart makes both free throws; we’re tied at 2. Memphis is going to have a size advantage; the Terps will have to be scrappy on the boards. Mid-range jumper from Milbourne; then a 3 from Evans; and it’s 5-4 Tigers.

3:20-Maryland’s lineup remains Dave Neal/Landon Milbourne/Sean Mosley/Adrian Bowie/Greivis Vasquez. Memphis goes with Shawn Taggart/Robert Dozier/Antonio Anderson/Tyreke Evans/Doneal Mack.

Good defense from the Terps on the first possession; getting a steal at the end of the shot clock. Neal with the layup; and Brando calls him “The YMCA future star”…..brilliant. Vasquez fouls a driving Evans the opposite way; then Taggart is fouled by Neal fighting for a rebound.

Pre-game: After the debacle in Owings Mills the other day; I have returned to the Glenn Clark compound in White Marsh; where I will be joining you today.

The #10 seed Maryland Terrapins tangle with the #2 seed Memphis Tigers today in the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament; a quarterfinal in the Tournament’s West Region. The winner of today’s game will advance to face the winner of tomorrow’s Missouri/Marquette matchup in the Sweet 16 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ next weekend.

Gary Williams’ Terps bring a 21-13 record into today’s game; while John Calipari’s Tigers are 32-3. The teams have two common opponents on the season; with Memphis losing in overtime to Georgetown in December; and collecting a double digit win over Gonzaga in February. Maryland suffered double digit losses to both teams at the Old Spice Classic in November. Today’s game is being played at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

To get here, Memphis tallied an 81-70 win over Cal State-Northridge in the first round; while Maryland beat Cal 84-71. The Terps have not reached the Sweet 16 since 2003; when Drew Nicholas’ Terps beat Xavier in the 2nd Round before falling to Michigan State in the round of 16.

The last time Williams and Calipari faced-off in the NCAA Tournament was in 1994; when Joe Smith and the #10 seed Terps stunned Marcus Camby and the #2 seed UMass Minutemen 95-87 in the 2nd round. Sound familiar?

The biggest storyline entering today’s game certainly has to be the comments made by Maryland’s leading everything Greivis Vasquez yesterday regarding the strength of the ACC in comparison to Conference USA. You can read about the comments in my blog from last night.

Today’s game can be seen on CBS-WJZ 13 in Baltimore (Channel 23 on Comcast in Baltimore County). The game is also available streaming online via CBSSports.com, thanks to “March Madness on Demand.” Tim Brando and Mike Gminski will call the action.

The Terps and Tigers have played just once in their long respective basketball histories. The game was played at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA to start the 2004-05 season. Maryland was thoroughly dominant in one of the most impressive basketball games the school has ever played; routing the Tigers 84-61. John Gilchrist and Chris McCray each had 16 points to lead the Terps; Gilchrist and Travis Garrison 10 rebounds each.

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Amateur (dumb) mistakes by Vasquez and Neal

Posted on 21 March 2009 by Drew Forrester

Everyone is all up in arms about the dumb comments made by Greivis Vasquez and Dave Neal yesterday, where both took shots at Memphis and Conference USA during the press conference to ready us all for the Terps-Tigers Round of 32 showdown today in Kansas City.

You didn’t hear Gary Williams say anything dumb, did you?

In fact, Lane Kiffen not withstanding, you NEVER hear coaches say something inflammatory about teams that will appear on their schedule – whether the game is the next day, next month or next season.

Williams wasn’t born yesterday.  It’s hard enough to beat Memphis when all of your chakras are in line, let alone when a couple of your best players spout off about the quality of competition they face.

Gary is a professional.  He’s been around the block.

Vasquez and Neal are kids.  They’re amateurs.

I’m not necessarily excusing what they said.  It was dumb, no doubt.  I’m sure Gary isn’t thrilled with having to read and hear that junk today.  It’s just not “sports-smart” to whizz on your (better) opponent 24 or so hours before the game.

But the reasoning behind it is simple?  They’re amateurs.  

It might make life a little tougher for Gary today.  If Memphis is up by 11 with 23.2 seconds left, I could see them going for one final 3 pointer or a monster slam just to drive the point home to Greivis and Dave Neal.

Then again, maybe Maryland wins by 8 and those two are right.

What do I think?

I think Gary’s chakras better be in line.

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Just Greivis Being Greivis

Posted on 20 March 2009 by Glenn Clark

Once again; Maryland’s star guard Greivis Vasquez is saying things that Gary Williams might rather he keep to himself. In a press confernce today in Kansas City for the Terps’ NCAA Tournament 2nd Round game; Vasquez took shots at Maryland’s next opponent Memphis; specifically the Tigers’ schedule in Conference USA. From Jeff Barker over at The Sun…..

“They’d have a losing record in the league – probably win all of their games outside the league, losing record in the league,” Vasquez said. “The ACC is too tough. You can’t just win games night in and night out because you’re so athletic.”

He repeated similar sentiments a couple of times, and repeatedly called Memphis’ conference “questionable.”

It was a popular line of questioning from the Memphis reporters. Dave Neal was a bit more careful with his words, though he did suggest Memphis would be “fourth or fifth” in the ACC.

This isn’t the first time Vasquez has said some things that maybe he would have been best off avoiding. Before Maryland’s trip to Duke; Greivis boasted the comment “that’s my house” in talking about Cameron Indoor Stadium. The man Tim Brando dubbed “The Vivacious Venezuelan” had won at Duke just once in his career; and was particularly humbled in a historically embarrassing 85-44 defeat at the hands of the Blue Devils.

After the game; I asked Gary Williams about Vasquez’s comments. As you can read from my post-game story that fateful day; Gary was not happy with Greivis’ comments; and Greivis had much smarter things to say before Duke came to visit Comcast Center.

But Greivis’ emotions have not been any more downplayed since the embarrassment in Durham. His play has been at an all-world type of level; but he has remained particularly emotional; in both wins and losses. The one thing he HAD done a nice job of avoiding in recent weeks though is offering bulletin board material. Obviously that is until today.

Despite Gary’s displeasure with Greivis’ comments before the trip to Cameron; he admitted afterward that the comments had nothing to due with what happened on the floor-as Duke just flat out outplayed Maryland throughout the game. And should John Calapari’s Tigers beat Maryland tomorrow; I doubt it will have much to go with anything Greivis said to the media. But that doesn’t make it a good idea to give them any fuel.

We all know the ACC is worlds better than Conference USA. In fact; many of us in the media have taken the time to mention that when talking about Memphis-as we don’t REALLY know how good we are since the only good team we saw them play in ’09 was Gonzaga (who they thoroughly beat on a “neutral” floor in Washington). I would be willing to bet that few (if any) members of the media assembled in KC needed Greivis’ reminder of the schedule Memphis played this season.

But this Tigers team features a number of the parts that were just seconds away from a NCAA Championship one season ago. They are a VERY good team. They don’t need help.

But that’s Greivis. Or, as Manny Ramirez might say; that’s “Just Greivis being Greivis.” He’s an exceptional player; and he isn’t always the most polished. He’s rough around the edges, he’s emotional, he’s sometimes particularly out of control.

If he scores 35 points and posts a triple double tomorrow in a Maryland win; no one will remember what he said on Friday. But he scores 8 points and struggles throughout a blowout loss at the hands of the Tigers; Maryland fans won’t be soon to forget-especially as tomorrow could be the last time the junior dons the Under Armour Maryland jersey.

-G

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