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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 14 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: TNA “No Surrender” (Sunday 8pm from Orlando live on Pay-Per-View), High School Football: Tuscarora at Perry Hall (Thursday 7pm), College Soccer: Towson @ UMBC (Wednesday 4pm) Golf: Champions Tour Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn (Friday-Sunday 3:30pm live on Golf Channel from Conover, NC) LPGA Samsung World Championship (Thursday & Friday 8:30pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday 1:30pm and Sunday 4pm live on NBC. All action from San Diego.)

10-The Informant! Opens in Theaters

Why does this stupid movie look so funny to me? Am I a little brain? You know what, strike that last question. This really DOES look like a good flick though. Maybe not Ocean’s 11 good, but certainly a hell of a lot better than Ocean’s 12, right? Although, there’s a chance Gigli was better than Ocean’s 12.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR-YaikU_x4[/youtube]

9-WNBA Playoffs: Washington Mystics vs. Indiana Fever (Thursday 7pm from Comcast Center live on ESPN2, Saturday 7pm from Indianapolis live on NBA TV, Monday 8pm from Indianapolis live on ESPN2)

Two reasons why I’m rooting for the Washington Mystics. One, they’re playing their playoff games at Comcast Center-which would give me an excuse to spend some more time in College Park. You know who lives in College Park?

playboy

That’s right; Noel Simone, Connie Du and Jessica Lynn who all appeared in the “Girls of the ACC” section of the most recent issue of Playboy. I know because I spent an hour in the bathroom with the issue the other night I was reading about them in The Diamondback the other day.

Second, Marissa Coleman plays for the Mystics. And frankly, I’d like her name to be Marissa Clark in the future.

coleman

8-Delmarva Bike Week (Thursday-Sunday, Ocean City) Robert Randolph & The Family Band (Friday 8pm Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach)

Bike Week looks like this, RIGHT?

bikeweek

And if you’re in Ocean City for Bike Week, I SERIOUSLY suggest you go see Robert Randolph while you’re in town. In case for some UNFREAKINGBELIEVABLE reason you missed him at Artscape, he can do this…….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qtdU8XWTBM[/youtube]

7-NASCAR-Chase for the Cup: Sylvania 300 (Sunday 1pm from New Hampshire live on ABC), IRL Indy Japan 300 (Saturday 10:30pm from Twin Ring Motegi live on VERSUS)

So, NASCAR is apparently going to start their playoffs this week. I’d be excited if I were excited.

But this is difficult for me. Do I want some awesome playoff racing, or do I watch…..ummm…..lawnmower racing????

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

6-Preseason NHL: Sabres @ Capitals (Monday 7pm Verizon Center)

I guess it is about time for Hockey season again; what with last season ending last week and all. I was going to try to offer you some analysis of what to expect from the Caps this season; but they’re called the Washington Caps, so I basically don’t give a crap. Instead, I thought we could take some time to discuss the hottest hockey wives and girlfriends; since-well, that’s what we do here.

Willa Ford (wife of Mike Modano)

ford

You know, I’d keep going here…..but……Jesus……..

5-Boxing: Floyd Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (Saturday 9pm from Las Vegas live on HBO PPV)

Holy crap we actually have to pay attention to boxing again this weekend? What the hell is going on in the world?

And does it matter if Floyd Mayweather can beat Juan Manuel Marquez? We all know he already lost to the only competition that matters……..

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

Also, I have an idea of who Floyd should take on next. Someone more along Mayweather’s size. Someone like……..Hornswoggle?

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

4-College Football: Middle Tennessee State @ Maryland (Saturday 3:30pm from Byrd Stadium live on ESPN360), Coastal Carolina @ Towson (Saturday 7pm from Unitas Stadium live on AM1570 WNST), Navy @ Pitt (Saturday 6pm live on ESPN360), Morgan State vs. Winston-Salem State (Saturday 2pm from East Rutherford, NJ), Nebraska @ Virginia Tech (Saturday 3:30pm from Blacksburg live on ABC)

If we know one thing, the Terps CERTAINLY aren’t going to lose to a team called the Blue Raiders, right? Oh……

If MTSU somehow figures out a way to top Maryland again, PLEASE keep me away from this place…..

bridge

3-Ravens @ Chargers (Sunday 4:15pm from San Diego live on CBS)

I’ll be rooting for the Ravens. And I cannot confirm or deny that is has anything to do with the fact that Perry Hall High alum Heather Sheldon roots for the Ravens…….

ravens

2-Maryland Cornhole Cup (Saturday 10am Navy-Marine Corps Stadium)

This is your last chance, Melewski. Me and you. Team Gator Bites. Let’s do PH proud.

If you won’t, I might have to go with Ray Bachman as my partner……

fatguy

1-UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard (Wednesday 8pm from Oklahoma City live on SpikeTV), The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights debuts (Wednesday following Fight Night live on SpikeTV), UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort (Saturday 10pm from Dallas live on Pay-Per-View)

Look, I’m as excited about this guy as ANYONE else…..

slice

But is it REALLY a good idea for one of the bigger weeks in MMA history to be based around a guy whose last fight looked like this……..?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5ZxpbtcC8A[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Not a whole lot to add today. I’d appreciate if you checked my 15-7-0 and Top 10 Baseball Distractions from yesterday. All the good shtick is there. Today I’m just catching up.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says ‘calm’ feeling at 1 Winning Drive surrounding start to regular season

Glenn Clark thinks signing former Eagles WR Greg Lewis ‘would make sense’ for Ravens

Drew Forrester says WNST going back to Camden Yards next Tuesday

Glenn Clark says home opener at M&T Bank Stadium highlights non-baseball week

Glenn Clark thinks O’s looked sharp in Elite Giants uniforms Saturday

Ed Frankovic says Caps opened Rookie Camp Monday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Pie ‘fulfilling potential’

Red Sox Official Site’s Ian Browne says Clay Buchholz takes mound tonight for Sox vs. David Hernandez at Fenway Park

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Roberts staying ‘even keel’

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says BoSox come to Baltimore with ‘slim chances’ in AL East race, 2 ½ game lead over Rangers for Wild Card

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Uehara, Waters, McCrory to rejoin Birds today; Justin Turner, Guillermo Rodriguez to start first stint with Birds

The Sun’s Phil Rogers has Birds 30th in power rankings

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Brian Roberts ‘not afraid to stand up for’ Dave Trembley

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Matusz doesn’t want rookie season to end

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Fiorentino finally made return to Baltimore over weekend

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 27th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 27th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Krynzel homered to lift Tides past Durham in season finale

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Tanaka loser as Baysox fell to Harrisburg in season finale

Frederick Keys Official Site says Sean Gleason got no decision as Keys shut out by Wilmington in season finale

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Mattaliano loser as Shorebirds fell to Lakewood

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell homered for Baysox in loss to Senators

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Waring, Britton got rare sweep of Carolina League awards

Frederick News-Post says Keys’ Widlansky won batting title in Carolina League

Virginian-Pilot says Jim Miller got win in relief for Tides over Bulls

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says John Harbaugh ‘all but ruled out’ chance of Willie Anderson returning to Baltimore

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site previews Chiefs-Ravens

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site offers complete Baltimore-KC release (pdf)

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site says Haley thought Cassel getting on practice field ‘positive’ sign he might play Sunday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Chiefs in similar place as Ravens were last year heading into Bengals game

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Western Tech alum Foxworth getting ‘hundreds’ of ticket requests for opener

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens hope Tony Moll at least ‘serviceable’ for O-Line

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ozzie Newsome ‘wasn’t willing to part with’ defensive talent to add another receiver

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will oversee care for live mascots Rise and Conquer

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Suggs’ stance only difference in Greg Mattison’s defense

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Chiefs coming to Baltimore ‘rife with uncertainties’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh ‘confident’ in Hauschka

Kansas City Star’s Adam Teicher says Haley ‘wouldn’t commit’ to Cassel being ready to play Sunday against Ravens

SI’s Peter King says Ravens made ‘no news’ on cut day, could still add David Tyree

Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez says 52 again ‘leader’ for Ravens defense

All ESPN.com analysts pick Ravens to finish 2nd in AFC North-except Paul Kuharsky & Len Pasquarelli (1st), Seth Wickersham (3rd)

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco ‘looks like real deal’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens-Chiefs amongst bigger ‘mismatches’ of Week 1

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Maryland-James Madison

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

JMU Official Site previews Madison-Maryland

JMU Official Site offers complete Dukes-Terps release (pdf)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Kevin Barnes, Edwin Williams, Stephon Heyer made Skins roster, Scott Burley did not

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says loss to James Madison or Middle Tennessee State could be ‘season-breaker’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Bruce Campbell dealing with turf toe

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Tyler Smith had big weekend

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says loss to Bears second worst of Friedgen’s tenure

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Force3 to give away shirts at Clemson game

Washington Post’s John Feinstein says Terps part of ‘Irrelevant’ ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens doesn’t expect Terps to get many more primetime games

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Madison using Drew Dudzik, Justin Thorpe at QB

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Moise Fokou (Philadelphia), Edwin Williams (Washington) making teams means 24 former Terps on active NFL rosters

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Terps have decent chance of being upset by Madison

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Don Brown’s defense gave up most yards by Terps unit since Orange Bowl vs. Florida in January ‘02

USA Today’s Andy Gardiner says Terps, ACC ‘struggled’ early on

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says prospect Doug Furman ready to start campus visits (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Navy-Louisiana Tech Saturday

The Official Site says tickets available for Saturday’s home opener at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium

The Official Site says Antron Harper, Anthony Gaskins amongst best O-Linemen in last 50 years for Midshipmen

The Official Site says Niumatalolo trying to get Mids to ‘turn the page’ from Ohio State loss

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says DB Darius Terry suspended for at least 4 weeks

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids hoping they learned lessons in Columbus that will help them for rest of season

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Dobbs was ‘spectacular’ for Mids in loss to Bucks

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina offers final breakdown of Buckeyes-Mids (must subscribe)

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says ESPN, NBA TV to televise David Robinson’s induction to Hall of Fame Friday night

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says trips to Oklahoma, Georgetown highlight schedule for Mountaineers

Frederick News-Post says Eers’ home opener November 21 vs. Greyhounds

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site
offers details on open tryouts

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says owner Jess Jackson believes Rachel Alexandra ‘not likely’ to race again in ‘09

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Forrester is INSANE for thinking the Birds won’t get swept in Boston this week. Sorry fellas.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 03 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

What happened during Dave Trembley’s press conference last night on MASN really is unacceptable, and DT had every right to act accordingly. Some member of the Orioles’ Public Relations staff should have gone to the hallway in an attempt to quiet the people standing there.

It’s a frustrating season for Dave. Would the Orioles be better with a different manager? Probably not MUCH better….they’re just a bad baseball team. But I understand Dave’s frustration.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark thinks Lawrence, Phillips, Cook, Drew last Ravens IN, Ellerbe, Foster, Peerman, E. Jones first Ravens OUT

Drew Forrester says Trembley thought organization ‘lacked professionalism’ after loss

Luke Jones says some Ravens getting ‘final chance’ to make roster vs. Falcons

Bob Haynie wonders if Terps will cover 21 point spread at Cal

Nestor Aparicio says Orioles ‘irrelevant’

Nestor Aparicio says WNST.net hosting “Purple Haze” live blog for Ravens-Falcons

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Sarfate, Jim Johnson battered as Yanks finished off sweep of Birds

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of sweep

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says after night off, Chris Tillman takes hill tomorrow vs. Scott Feldman, Rangers

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says O’s could be without Adam Jones for rest of season

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis tabbed as Roberto Clemente Award nominee

Yankees Official Site’s Bryan Hoch says Sabathia shut down O’s as Bombers finished sweep

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 21,000 saw Yanks polish off sweep at Camden Yards

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Albers trying to improve ‘mental approach’

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Yanks ‘haves’, Birds ‘have nots’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds could have used 20 more pitches from Berken in loss to Yanks

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Birds might regret trading away Gathright

Examiner Jay Trucker humorously wonders how favorite Orioles will celebrate Baltimore Beer Week

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says bullpen couldn’t pick up Jason Berken after solid 5.1 innings

The AP says Reimold homered for Birds in loss

The AP says Pie to play bulk of time in CF with Adam Jones out

New York Post’s George A. King III says Sabathia impressive in picking up 16th win

New York Times’ Tyler Kepner says Phil Hughes earned save with Mariano Rivera getting night off

New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says A-Rod’s big night included 2,500th career hit

Newsday’s Erik Boland says Hinske added homer for Yanks in win over O’s

Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Johnny Damon went 4-5 with 2 runs for Yanks in win

Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera says Yanks now 7 ½ games up on Red Sox in AL East after win

ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick says Dodgers’ acquisition of Sherrill amongst best trades made

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Ambiorix Concepcion hit grand slam as Tides topped Gwinnett

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Tanaka loser as Baysox fell to Binghamton

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

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Haughian loser as Shorebirds fell to Lake County

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Joshua Dowdy loser as Ironbirds fell to Staten Island

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Montanez tallied 2 hits in Keys’ loss to Captains during rehab assignment

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Zach Britton, Brandon Waring get top season honors from Carolina League

Virginian-Pilot’s Jim Hodges says Rhyne Hughes also homered for Tides in win over Braves

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Kevin Byrne says Harbaugh ‘feels for’ players about to get cut

The Official Site says McGahee listens to ‘down south music’, eats chicken to prepare for games

Atlanta Falcons Official Site’s John Manasso says veterans John Abraham, Todd McClure may not play at all tonight

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says rookie LB Jason Phillips plans to ‘take advantage’ of chance to make plays tonight before Saturday’s cuts

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Justin Harper, Yamon Figurs amongst receivers ‘on bubble’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Kelley Washington has moved ahead of Demetrius Williams on depth chart

The Sun’s Ken Murray says NBC analyst Dungy wonders if Ravens will lose ‘aggressiveness, cohesiveness’ with Rex Ryan gone

The Sun’s Ken Murray says ST coordinator Jerry Rosburg knows kickers need to hit at ’90 percent’ clip

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says bubble players like Talavou feeling ‘tense’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Hauschka can lock up kicking job tonight at Georgia Dome

Frederick News-Post’s Adam Behsudi says DL Brandon McKinney ‘battling’ to make roster

Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter says Flacco will give Falcons CB’s Chris Houston, Brent Grimes ‘decent test’

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Flacco, Brandon Marshall could have ‘nice long-term marriage’

SI’s Peter King picks Ravens to go 9-7, lose in first round of playoffs (to Steelers)

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco says Ravens will finish 2nd in AFC North, need Flacco to be more of ‘passer’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says teammates let Suggs have it when he returned to practice

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph ‘hopes’ players motivated by being big underdogs to Cal

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph confirmed QB Clay Belton transferred from Miami (Ohio) to Maryland

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says staff doesn’t want players sleeping on flight to Cal, hopes to help team adjust to time difference

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Nick Ferrara ‘kicker of the future’

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Phil Costa not ‘stressed’ by classes

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Ralph would like to have 24’s Jack Bauer on his team

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Don Brown ‘can’t expect too much’ from D-Line

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps face ‘long night’ Saturday flying home from Berkeley

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Maryland staff will begin watching James Madison film on flight back from California

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says DJ Adams playing role of Jahvid Best for Terps in practice

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph thinks Terps need to be ‘blue-collar team’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph thinks Terps will get Cal’s ‘best shot’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says OT Bruce Campbell is ‘sizable presence’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps will finish 7-5, 4-4 in ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 28 Terps have never played college football game before

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 21 points largest dogs Terps have ever been under Fridge

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former Terp Kevin Glover to be honored by ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cal beat writer Okanes reports Best ‘not 100 percent’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Ralph might try similar motivation with Middle Tennessee State

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph has made choice between Nick Ferrara, Mike Barbour; but won’t announce it yet

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Belton wasn’t overly impressive with RedHawks

San Francisco Chronicle’s Ron Kroichick says Syd’Quan Thompson providing leadership for Cal in secondary

Oakland Tribune’s Jonathan Okanes says Cal’s Tyson Alualu, Cameron Jordan ‘bolster’ defense

CBS Sports says Terps 57th best team in country

CBS Sports picks Terps to play in EagleBank Bowl

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich wonders how Don Brown’s defense will match up against Heisman Trophy candidate Jahvid Best

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Glover to be honored at ACC Championship Game

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says prospect Uzomah expects scholarship offer from Terps

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Lamar Young ‘X Factor’ on Terps’ O-Line (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Friedgen reminding players they’re 21 point dogs to Golden Bears (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman/Bear Insider’s Jim McGill break down individual Terps/Bears matchups

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says 2011 prospect Sterling Gibbs to visit College Park (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse says former Terp Feifs joined staff at North Carolina

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids ‘concerned’ with Bucks QB Terrelle Pryor

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo still undecided between Jon Teague, Joe Buckley at kicker

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dobbs ‘more accomplished passer’ than previous Navy QB’s

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids haven’t played Top 6 team (other than Notre Dame) since beating South Carolina in ‘84

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Jon Teague will handle kickoffs

Columbus Dispatch’s Todd Dallas Lamb torn between OSU fandom, Navy support

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Navy fans need to ‘take it easy’ on QB Ricky Dobbs

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina previews Navy-Ohio State (must subscribe)

Go Mids’ Chris Rohe breaks down individual Mids/Buckeyes matchups (must subscribe)

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Midshipmen to host two Fall Ball events this year

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Ambrose knows Tigers jumping in ‘deep end’ by playing Wildcats

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Northwestern will provide ‘stern test’ for Rob Ambrose’s Tigers Saturday

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Jays open season Saturday at Delaware Valley

The Official Site offers complete JHU/Del Val release (pdf)

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Jays have good shot to win Centennial Conference for first time since ‘05

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra continuing to look for ‘racing immortality’ at Woodward Stakes

Daily Racing Form’s Mary Rampellini says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird returned to Woolley’s stable at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Dominic Terry continues to ride Rachel Alexandra in workouts

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Woodward Stakes field includes 2008 Belmont champ Da’Tara

COLLEGE LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says next year’s Championship Game at M&T Bank Stadium moved back to 3:30pm on Memorial Day

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Saturday games in Final Four will now face off at 4pm, 6:30pm

NBA:

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Carmelo Anthony back in town for charity weekend with singer Mario

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I’ll say Falcons 23, Ravens 10 tonight. The backup units haven’t been overly impressive for the Ravens, and I think DJ Shockley and Chris Redman could have a big night.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

I will have my “mock roster” up later today. I feel like I’m heavy on RB’s and D-Line right now. I may have to play around with that.

Let’s see what everyone has to say……

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh has ‘thought about’ not playing some starters tomorrow night

Nestor Aparicio says WNST giving away trip to Foxboro

Rex Snider says A-Rod partnered with Elijah Cummings to deliver speech at Milford Mill

Keith Melchior says Hendrickson, Reimold best Birds in August

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Ray loser in relief as Birds fell to Yankees

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jason Berken takes hill tonight vs. Sabathia, Yanks

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Fiorentino, Albers, Sarfate, Castillo joined Birds with rosters expanded

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Bergesen shut down for season

Yankees Official Site’s Bryan Hoch says Posada homered Twice as Bombers topped Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Luke Scott’s 3 run bomb not enough as Birds fell to Yanks

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says MacPhail doing right thing with pitchers, but could hurt Trembley in process

The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Arin Gencer say while in town playing Birds, Alex Rodriguez spoke at Milford Mill Academy

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Yankees bullpen held Orioles scoreless, Orioles bullpen struggled vs. Yanks

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says x-rays on Adam Jones’ ankle negative

The Sun says Babe Ruth Museum to honor Brooks Robinson

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Felix Pie homered for Birds in loss

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says O’s expected to add 3 or 4 more players to roster next Monday

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Markakis team’s nominee for Roberto Clemente Award

The AP says David Hernandez gave Birds ‘uneven’ pitching performance, got no decision

New York Post’s George A. King says Swisher, Hinske hit back to back homers for Yanks in win

New York Times’ Tyler Kepner says Yanks survived poor effort from AJ Burnett to win

New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says Damaso Marte winner in relief as Yanks topped Birds

Newsday’s Erik Boland says Mariano Rivera pitched 9th inning to record 38th save

Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Cano also homered for Yanks in win

Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera says Luke Scott’s homer 57th homer hit to Eutaw Street at OPACY

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Andy Mitchell winner as Tides shut out Charlotte in Game 2 of doubleheader

Norfolk Tides Official Site says David Pauley loser as Tides shut out by Knights in Game 1 of doubleheader

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Steve Johnson winner as Baysox topped Binghamton

Frederick Keys Official Site says Bobby Stevens’ solo HR only scoring as Keys fell to Kinston

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Steven Bumbry homered for Ironbirds in win over Tri-City

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Shane Mathews loser in relief as Lake County topped Shorebirds

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Hobgood loser as Orioles fell to Burlington

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waring homered for Baysox in win over Mets

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waring, Matt Angle, Florimon, Brian Parker also called up to Bowie

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Chorye Spoone struggled for Keys in loss to Indians

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy
says Cleo Lemon cut, Ravens roster down to 75

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Derrick Martin amongst players ‘fighting’ for jobs Thursday night at Falcons

The Official Site says Harbaugh thinks injured players like LB Ellerbe “Can’t make the club in the tub”

The Official Site says players to have weekend off after Thursday’s trip to Atlanta

The Sun’s Ken Murray says keeping Hauschka as only kicker could open up roster spot for someone like Talavou, Lawrence, Parmele, or Derrick Martin

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley and Ed Lee says Suggs will test his heel Thursday night at Falcons

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says teammates beat up Suggs upon return to practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ed Reed did not practice Tuesday afternoon

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens have 3 QB’s left-Flacco, Troy Smith, John Beck

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Suggs not sure how long he’ll play Thursday night in Georgia Dome

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says CB Chris Carr, OT Jared Gaither, RB’s Matt Lawrence and Cedric Peerman all returned to practice

The AP says Derrick Mason thinks offense will ‘move the chains, score touchdowns’

Atlanta Falcons Official Site says Falcons traded for Tye Hill ahead of Ravens game

Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Mark Bradley says Tye Hill acquisition similar to acquisition of Foxworth last season for Falcons

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Ravens have 21st best QB’s in league

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks thinks Ravens will finish 11-5, win AFC North-all other analysts think Ravens will finish 2nd

Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki says Ravens ‘need’ to trade for Brandon Marshall

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Heap’s ‘health’ will determine success this season

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens have ‘decent’ emergency plan behind Flacco at QB

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Chiefs imploding before opener with Ravens

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says kickers Mike Barbour, Nick Ferrara haven’t been able to separate from each other

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph knows Golden Bears will be looking for ‘revenge’ vs. Terps

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Tedford thinks Terps ‘dangerous’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph counting on ‘youthful arrogance’ from Terps

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says O-Line out to prove inexperience not a problem

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps haven’t scored defensive TD since Erin Henderson in ‘06

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Ralph thinks practices aren’t always great after school starts

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Cal has offensive question marks beyond Jahvid Best

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says WR Coach Lee Hull thinks things have ‘finally clicked’ for Adrian Cannon

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says DHB told Cannon to ‘be better’ than him

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen has been in ‘phenomenal mood’ during summer

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Bears coach Tedford thinks QB Kevin Riley better than last year when he visited College Park

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tedford knows Terps have ‘balance’ offensively

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says kicker will be ‘game-time decision’ for Ralph

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Phil Costa tends to be prepared early

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner will have 70+ family and friends in Berkeley Saturday night

Washington Examiner’s Rick Snider says Chris Turner gets chance to return home to native California

San Francisco Chronicle’s Ray Ratto says Don Brown’s defense will provide ‘interesting first test’ for Cal QB Kevin Riley

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Turner, Scott ‘key’ to Terps’ success

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Bears using last year’s loss as ‘motivation’ vs. Terps

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles freshmen QB’s CJ Brown, Danny O’Brien (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Ralph doesn’t want to see penalties, turnovers in Berkeley (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Tobias Harris visited College Park again (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Bill The Goat to participate in Capital One All-America Mascot Challenge

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids Brady DeMell, Bobby Doyle, Doug Furman also returning to native Ohio

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says scout team Ohio natives Mike McCarthy, Matthew Kelley, Scott Blasinsky, Josh Dowling-Fitzpatrick also making trip to Ohio Stadium

Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist says Navy DL Chase Burge will have supporters in native Ohio

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tigers have little chance of beating Northwestern

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Bozeman expecting Joe Davis, Anthony Anderson, DeWayne Jackson to make impact replacing Bears’ departures

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Woodward Stakes could be last race for Preakness champ Rachel Alexandra

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt worries USL-1 expansion could water down USL-2

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Luke Scott’s bomb was impressive last night. A win would have been more impressive.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 01 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

You know you’re an Orioles fan if…..

….An opposing pitcher is throwing a perfect game, and you’re completely unmoved

….You’ve braved hostile crowds, name calling, battery throwing, and obscenity chanting from opposing fans……..to enjoy a game at Camden Yards

….You used to enjoy a drink while watching a game, but now the drinks have become a necessity to stomach the game

….At least 15 times a year there’s someone in your team’s starting lineup that you can honestly admit you’ve never heard of

….Your child’s Little League team regularly makes more significant offseason additions than your favorite Major League baseball team

….you’ve looked at the TV, the other had more than 225 runs, and you thought “Yeah, that’s about right.”

….Every Spring Training, “if” becomes your new favorite word (CB in Northeast)

….Your car’s MPG is lower than your favorite pitcher’s ERA (Christopher Edwards)

….You’ve ever paid money to go to a Major League Baseball game and your Designated Hitter bunted (John in Towson)

….“Cash for Clunkers” represents your team’s offseason free agent acquisitions (Tim in Overlea)

….Your favorite team’s colors are black, orange, and shame (Alex Thomas)

….When you hear that “no lead is safe”, you understand that TRULY, no lead is safe (Erienne)

….You miss Aubrey Huff (texter “5750”)

….You still respect Rick Dempsey (Mark in Nottingham)

….when “Orioles Magic” is still something that happens….but only to your wallet (Brandon in Abingdon)

….a 4th place finish sounds fantastic (Ken Phillips)

….you’re not sure if you should be proud or embarrassed when your favorite team adds “Baltimore” to the front of their away uniforms (Intern Jack)

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ravens CB Foxworth looking forward to seeing ‘old friends’ Thursday night in Atlanta

Drew Forrester says Trembley thought Birds ‘never gave up’ in loss

Drew Forrester offers comical take on Orioles improving

Rex Snider says NBC’s Dateline profiled McNair murder last night

Glenn Clark would like an Ed Reed jersey (from the WNST.net store) for his birthday

Bob Haynie took responsibility for jinxing Pettitte last night

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis broke up Pettitte’s no-hitter in 7th, but Yankees still topped Birds

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez takes hill tonight vs. AJ Burnett, Yanks

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara could return before season ends

Yankees Official Site’s Bryan Hoch says Hairston error in 7th ended Pettitte’s bid for perfect game

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 25,000 fans at Camden Yards saw Bombers top O’s (I won’t even bother to remind you that most of them were New York fans. Oh wait…..)

The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec say Tillman, Matusz will make 2-3 more starts before being shut down for season

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Orioles expected to call up Sarfate, Fiorentino, Albers, Castillo today

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds should be ‘encouraged’ by “Guts”’ performance

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Jeremy Guthrie fell to 9-13 after loss to Yanks last night

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Roberts not sure how Birds finish really that important

The AP says Melvin Mora homered to break up shutout

New York Post’s George A. King III says Mariano Rivera pitched 9th for 37th save

New York Times’ Tyler Kepner says Nick Swisher homered for Yanks in win

New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says skipper Girardi thought Pettitte pitched ‘great game’ despite losing no hitter

Newsday’s Erik Boland says Cano added 2 run double in win

Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Pettitte picked up 16th career win at OPACY, 26th career win over Birds

Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera says A-Rod sat out Yankees’ win Monday night

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 26th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Oullette, Deza took losses as Reading swept Bowie in doubleheader

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Bordes winner as Shorebirds topped Lake County

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Kantakevich winner as Ironbirds topped Tri-City

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Mechaw winner as Orioles topped Burlington

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Shorebirds’ Ronnie Welty, Joe Mahoney hit back to back homers in win over Captains

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Shorebirds’ Welty honored by South Atlantic League

Laurel Leader’s David Driver says new Keys pitcher Brett Jacobson has found adjustment from Tigers organization ‘difficult’

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Keys’ Caleb Joseph out of ‘nightmare’ 0-28 slump

Washington Times’ Jay LeBlanc says Arrieta, Britton, Erbe organization’s top prospects

Virginian-Pilot says Tides, Charlotte rained out last night; to play doubleheader today

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Rolle will spend first 6 weeks of season on PUP list

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis practiced after elbow scare in Carolina; LB Ellerbe, DT Gregg, OL Chester, OT Rodgers all returned to practice

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says despite miss vs. Panthers, Harbaugh still gives Hauschka ‘edge’ in kicking competition

Falcons Official Site’s John Manasso says RB Jerious Norwood ‘most likely’ won’t play Thursday, S William Moore definitely won’t

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Brendon Ayanbadejo excels not only on football field, but also in other areas of life

The Sun’s Edward Lee and Jamison Hensley say Suggs returned to practice Monday

The Sun’s Mike Preston says organization hoping Heap can return to previous form

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelly Gregg returned to practice yesterday, ‘intends’ to play vs. Falcons

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Chris Carr, Oniel Cousins also did not practice

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh not particularly hopeful about Mark Clayton playing Thursday night

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Rolle told Ozzie Newsome he intended to play this season

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says QB Drew Willy, WR’s Bradon Godfrey, Biren Ealy Ravens’ first cuts

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Billick’s book not about Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Heap again looking like ‘playmaker’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson reports Harbaugh said Rolle won’t play if playing presents ‘any risk at all’

The AP says teammate, friend Derrick Mason thinks ‘Samari just wants to play’

Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Orlando Ledbetter says Falcons coach Mike Smith confirms reserves will play majority of Ravens game

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs could use work Thursday night

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s open in Berkeley

The Official Site offers complete Terrapins/Golden Bears release (pdf)

Cal Official Site previews Saturday’s opener vs. Maryland

Cal Official Site offers complete Bears/Terps release (pdf)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph thinks ‘ignorance is bliss’ when it comes to young players

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says young O-Linemen Gonnella, Pinegar have each played before

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Maryland commit Devin Burns opened ’09 season with big game

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Adrian Cannon became different player after making big TD catch in Humanitarian Bowl

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says O-Line, TE, Kicker likely Terps’ ‘biggest concerns’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Don Brown’s defense made more than 50 picks in camp

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph holds responsibility of program ‘CEO’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Phil Costa, Chris Turner, Nolan Carroll, Adrian Moten ‘sworn in’ as team captains

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps may wait until gametime to pick kicker between Mike Barbour, Nick Ferrara

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says players happy to be big underdogs against Pac 10 foe

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terrell Skinner knows Adrian Cannon ‘great player’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps won only previous meeting with Cal (last year)

San Francisco Chronicle’s Ron Kroichick says Cal returns 8 starters from ’08 team

Oakland Tribune’s Jonathan Okanes says RB Jahvid Best beginning Heisman Trophy campaign Saturday night

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says O-Line ‘most unsettled’ position for Terps

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Bishop McNamara WR prospect Brandon Coleman has other schools higher on list than Maryland (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says DL Ivey drawing comparisons to former Terp Randy Starks (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Isaiah Miles and John Crowder amongst Baltimore recruits Terps pursuing (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASEBALL:

Washington Times’ Ben Goessling says former Terp Justin Maxwell may be getting last shot with Nationals

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s opener at Ohio State

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

Ohio State Official Site previews Saturday’s opener vs. Navy

Ohio State Official Site offers complete Bucks/Mids release

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ohio State, Wake Forest, Pitt, Notre Dame make Mids’ schedule ‘most challenging’ Niumatalolo has seen

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says kickers Jon Teague, Joe Buckley will both travel to Columbus with Mids

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says center DeMell to make college debut Saturday at Ohio Stadium

Columbus Dispatch’s Rob Oller says Navy seniors dealing with futures beyond football this week

Scout.com names Pospisil, Tuani, Middleton, Blake Carter to all-service academy defensive team

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s opener at Northwestern

The Official Site offers complete Tigers/Wildcats release (pdf)

Northwestern Official Site previews Saturday’s opener vs. Tigers

Northwestern Official Site offers complete Wildcats/Tigers release (pdf)

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site offers complete preview of 2009 Blue Jays

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Borel to mount Derby winner Mine That Bird again in Goodwood Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Classic

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Belmont, Travers winner Summer Bird in good position to win 3 year old Championship

Daily Racing Form’s Mike Welsch says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra put in final breeze at Saratoga before Saturday’s Woodward Stakes

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says trainer Woolley likes Borel because rider ‘knows’ Kentucky Derby winner

Thoroughbred Times’ Phil Janack says trainer Steve Asmussen says Rachel Alexandra ‘happy, loose’ in workout

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Brian Rowland, Val Teixeira, Paul Robson Palace players most honored by USL-2 this season

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ former Colt Bob Vogel

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Gotta get to Owings Mills today. Add your own analysis.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 31 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

I was really impressed by Brian Matusz yesterday (and was actually out at OPACY to see him pitch live! Take THAT Melewski!), and have said all along that I truly believe he could turn out to be a very good pitcher at some point in his career. Even here in Baltimore!

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester believes Ravens really Super Bowl contenders

Bob Haynie believes Ravens will be ‘very dangerous playoff team’

Nestor Aparicio doubts Ravens going back to Stover

Glenn Clark would like a Joe Flacco bobblehead for his birthday (which is Sunday if somehow you forgot)

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Pete Kerzel says Matusz stellar as Birds topped Indians

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Pete Kerzel says Guthrie takes hill tonight vs. Andy Pettitte, Yankees

The Official Site’s Pete Kerzel says Birds won’t call up Arrieta or Snyder

The Official Site’s Pete Kerzel says Tillman amongst pitchers ‘hitting wall’ with career highs in innings

Indians Official Site’s Lisa Winston says Justin Masterson loser as Tribe fell to O’s

Yankees Official Site’s Anthony DiComo says Johnny Damon comes to Baltimore swinging hot bat

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Trembley thought Sunday ‘vintage’ performance from Matusz

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and Dean Jones Jr. say Pie homered again for Birds in win

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says former Oriole Jerry Hairston Jr. amongst hot Yankees coming to Camden Yards

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck was worried Adam Jones may have hurt himself again

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Wieters thought Matusz ‘outstanding’

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Birds face brutal stretch against Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, Rays

Examiner Jay Trucker says trading away Gathright may help Birds give Pie more AB’s in September

The AP says Jim Johnson pitched 9th inning of win over Cleveland for 7th save

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes says Tribe didn’t get hit off of Matusz until Peralta in 5th

Akron Beacon Journal’s Sheldon Ocker says Wedge declared Masterson starter despite loss to Birds

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Chris Waters loser as Tides fell to Charlotte

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Beato, Erbe winners as Baysox swept doubleheader from Reading

Frederick Keys Official Site says Caleb Joseph homered twice as Keys topped Myrtle Beach

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Chris Salberg loser as Shorebirds fell to Hagerstown

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Colin Allen loser as Ironbirds fell to Tri-City

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Jesse Beal loser as Orioles fell to Burlington

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brett Jacobson thinks Orioles organization similar to Tigers organization

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Crozier hit inside the park homer in winning Game 1 of doubleheader against Phillies

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Keys pitcher Chorye Spoone still trying to battle back from injuries

Frederick News-Post’s Adam Pohl says Zach Britton had to leave win over Pelicans after 2 innings with injury

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Sean Patrick Byrne says ‘Heap’s focus is on the future and a successful upcoming season’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Flacco, offense disappointed they didn’t get TD’s on all 3 red zone drives against Panthers

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Hauschka finds Stover talk ‘unsettling’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Harbaugh, Newsome not buying into idea that adding one WR changes team drastically

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Ravens should bring back Stover

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ray Rice used ‘elusiveness’ to impress at Carolina

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Gaither thought Oher did ‘great job’ vs. Peppers

SI’s Peter King says Flacco won’t have ‘sophomore slump’ (As Drew always says, from his lips to God’s ears)

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Cam Cameron ‘confident’ Ravens offense will go to next level

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Andrew Gonnella, Paul Pinegar earned scholarships from Terps

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says school considering bringing “Special K” back to Byrd Stadium

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Ralph has ‘fresh outlook’ thanks to weight loss, new role

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Turner displaying ‘confidence’ as unquestioned starting QB

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Adrian Cannon, Torrey Smith, Ronnie Tyler appear to be starting WR’s

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says life gets more difficult for players today as classes start in College Park

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Vasquez’s Venezuela team eliminated from FIBA Americas tournament despite his ‘solid play’

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo knows Mids will go as far as Dobbs takes them

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Buddy Green pleased with CB David Wright

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Army-Navy amongst must see games this Fall

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina breaks down special teams (must subscribe)

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Summer Bird on track to run Gold Cup at Belmont Park Oct. 3

Thoroughbred Times’ Phil Janack says trainer Tim Ice believes Belmont, Travers winner Summer Bird best 3 year old male in country

The Sun offers Timonium results from Maryland Jockey Club

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says Moyseenko to return to Mariners as Offensive Coordinator

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-How much more of Matt Stover do we have to hear about this week? I’d just like for this team to get a damn kicker.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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15-7-0

Posted on 31 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

You get props:

1-Joe Flacco and Derrick Mason

Yeah, they’re pretty good. Maybe not Brandon Marshall good; but pretty damn good nonetheless. (Editor’s note: LOL!)

On a side note, my birthday is next Sunday. As you’re sitting there thinking to yourself, “Geez, I haven’t even asked Glenn what he wants for his birthday!”, I say “fear not! I have a suggestion”…..

flacco

The real one has better eyebrows.

2-Jason Berken, Andy Marte, and Brian Matusz

I have been waiting an ENTIRE SEASON to put Jason Berken on this list. Thank GOD I was finally able to.

In other Orioles news this weekend, Joey Gathright was traded to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later. This would be more interesting, but sadly the player to be named will likely be no more talented than this man…..

fallon

(Editor’s note: Could NBC have been pumping Jay Leno any harder during the Bears/Broncos game Sunday night? And how could they have made a promo out of his “Headlines” bit that wasn’t even a LITTLE bit funny?)

3-Antonio Nogueira

Minotauro was pretty dominant in what was a DAMN good fight out in Portland, OR. For the record, most 46 year olds don’t look like Randy Couture…..

couture

Christ, I’m only about to turn 26 and I look more like Ray Bachman (pictured below) than Couture…..

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4-Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, James Farrior, and Mark Sanchez

In other NFL News this weekend, Fantasy Football owners worldwide are breathing easier after hearing that Tom Brady’s shoulder is not seriously injured.

When reached for comment regarding the good news on Brady, Jets coach Rex Ryan is rumored to have said “Good, I hope Tom Brady is gonna play. What the hell has he ever done in this league? I know this much, he hasn’t won a single AFC East title since I’ve been in the division.”

5-Pedro Beato, Caleb Joseph, and Nick Haughian

Unfortunately, the Norfolk Tides, Delmarva Shorebirds, and Bluefield Orioles combined to win no games over the weekend.

Which is actually more remarkable, seeing as how a lot of organizations really struggle to use their minor league teams to appropriately prepare for what to expect at the big league level.

(Editor’s note: I apologize, that’s the 2nd time I’ve made a joke like that. But it’s a pretty funny bit. Even Melewski would have to admit that. But he’s probably too busy preparing for the playof……..OH MY GOD I TRIED BUT I COULDN’T STOP LAUGHING I’M SORRY!)

6-Fernando Verdasco and Caroline Wozniacki

Also happening last week at the Pilot Pen, Sam Querrey locked up the US Open Series Championship. Which means I owe the sport of Golf an apology, as there apparently IS a Championship less interesting than the FedEx Cup.

The US Open starts this week. Which means we’ll get to see more of the Bondarenko sisters……

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7-NFL Films

If you watched WBAL11′s pregame coverage of Ravens-Panthers Saturday night; you probably saw the 2008 Ravens Yearbook from NFL Films that aired before Pete Gilbert & Qadry Ismail’s pregame show. If you did, you may have spent at least part of the hour before the game crying. I know damn well I did…….especially when they showed OJ Brigance’s speech following the win over the Jaguars that clinched the Wild Card berth.

I don’t have the video; but this highlight package is a nice appetizer. Scott Graham may not be Harry Kalas, but the combination of Graham and Steve Sabol’s team…..you know the results. Well worth whatever you’d have to pay for the DVD.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFXXH8d3UUE[/youtube]

8-Zack Greinke, Paul Byrd, Sergio Mitre, Scott Feldman, Jon Garland, Ryan Howard, Tim Lincecum and Kendry Morales

Elsewhere in baseball this weekend, Mark Teixeira moved past the 100 RBI mark for the season as the Yankees beat the White Sox Sunday.

If you haven’t heard the perverted calls of Yankees Play by Play voice John Sterling; here’s a Youtube clip of Mike Francesca listening to them. (Editor’s note: ?)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdW-vrJSCS4[/youtube]

I swear to God I hate EVERYTHING about this. Not only does this clown say “Swishalicious” when Nick Swisher homers, he says “It’s a Johnny Rocket” when Johnny Damon homers.

Christ. It is an embarrassment to say that this clown used to call Baltimore Bullets and Morgan State games.

Back to Tex, 101 RBI-huh? Good thing the Orioles didn’t make a legitimate offer……

9-Tim James

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Kudos to Dan Le Batard for writing about James. I will admit I have always been particularly inspired by Pat Tillman; and spent a lot of my time in Arizona working with the Pat Tillman Foundation. I had no idea Tim James was serving in the Army over in Iraq; and I think this is an awesome story.

Nothing funny here. Tim James kicks ass. I am spending my evening posting hot pictures of the Bondarenko sisters online. He’s spending his evening trying to keep our country safe. I’m a clown.

10-Chris Turner, Phil Costa, Nolan Carroll and Adrian Moten

The closest I came to being named Captain of a football team was on our Club Team at UMBC; where I was named “Fattest Guy on the Team.”

Of course, my club career in Catonsville nearly resulted in a Championship. This is a good story. A local website picked our team (which we appropriately nicknamed “The Bums”) to lose in the Final; and so I (clearly inspired by the upstart Bears team of that season), prepared a whiteboard message saying “Do They Still Doubt Us?”

I broke out an inspirational speech before the game, and unleashed the whiteboard. When our team was up by 10 at the half; I failed everyone by not having anything else prepared.

We were of course railroaded in the 2nd half; but received nice beer glasses for our efforts. I’ve always felt as though I’ve never let anyone down more in my life than I did that day by not preparing a halftime speech.

Do I still have any time left, or should I get off the couch Doc?

11-The Stars and Stripes

Was it weird that during Sunday’s Little League World Series final, I was so overcome with patriotism that I actually started shouting “Kill him! Kill him! MURDER HIM!” at the TV?

Okay, that’s a joke. I would never do such a thing It’s a kids’ game, for god sakes.

I could sit here and tell you more about a LLWS game, or I could give you another clip from The Sandlot. That’s what I thought. As a reminder before I leave, America kicks ass. Your countries are stupid*.

(*Not Italy. Italy is awesome.)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACXta-oH1lU[/youtube]

12-Juan Urango

I’d love to tell you about this boxing match from Friday night, but then I’d have to have watched boxing. Since boxing died years ago, I certainly did not.

Here’s a video of Floyd Mayweather training Vince McMahon backstage on WWE’s Monday Night Raw this past week, which is the most interesting thing that’s happened in boxing in the last 10 years or so.

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

13-Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman

18 points and 10 boards for Langhorne, 11 points for Coleman in a win for the Washington Mystics Sunday. I can’t believe I’m writing about the WNBA, but a Terp’s a Terp.

While we’re on the subject; here’s a gift for Forrester. I’m a thoughtful person.

shay

14-Richard Branson

virgin

Full disclosure here. I had tickets to Virgin Mobile FreeFest Sunday; and those tickets are still sitting on my desk. My cousin’s future husband had his bachelor party Sunday, and that took precedence. Plus, the lineup of Blink 182 & Weezer (no thanks), Jet (seen ‘em once with Oasis), Franz Ferdinand (saw them at HFStival), and Public Enemy (I WOULD have liked to have seen them actually) didn’t inspire me all that much.

But the thing is; 35,000 people were at Merriweather Sunday, meaning this state’s economy was once again fortified by a major concert sponsored by Branson and Virgin Mobile. You know what that means? It means Branson KICKS ASS.

(Editor’s note: Apparently Oasis broke up again Friday because Noel and Liam Gallagher just absolutely CANNOT stop trying to kill each other. The Black Crowes were at Rams Head Live Sunday night, where Chris and Rich Robinson were quoted as saying “those guys should really look into family counseling. If you’re going to be in a band with your brother, you should really get along like we do!”)

15-Nachos

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God is there anything in the world greater than nachos? You can put anything on them. They’re freaking WONDERFUL. You want chicken, beef, crab meat, jalapenos, onions, salsa, etc? I say yes to “all of the above.”

You think there’s a chance I could convince the people at Chick-Fil-A to start serving nachos?

You got lucky……

1-Heath Slocum, Loren Roberts, and M.J. Hur

As I told Forrester Sunday night after Slocum won The Barclays; it is NOT a good thing for some zero to beat Tiger Woods at the end of a golf tournament…….again. Might be good for the 2-3 nerds who would enjoy watching golf anyway; but not for someone like me, who might actually have a life. Key word there is “might.”

And for the record, I prefer Loren’s cousin Julia…..

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2-Dominican Baseball Players

Did anyone who read this story think to themselves: “That can’t be right, there’s no way a guy like Miguel Tejada did something like this.”

Didn’t think so.

(Editor’s note: I was going to say we didn’t miss him, but who are we kidding. Our team sucks and he can actually play.)

3-Carl Edwards and Ryan Briscoe

In racing news that is SIGNIFICANTLY more interesting than anything I can tell you about NASCAR or the IRL, Danica Patrick will not confirm that she will be participating in ESPN’s upcoming “Nude” magazine.

(Editor’s note: Apparently “nude” actually means a celebration of the athletic body. Thanks Deadspin for really killing all of my possible excitement about this “Body Issue.” Also, thanks for another sexual innuendo I can use next weekend. “Hey baby, why don’t you come back to my place and celebrate my athletic body.”)

Thanks also to Deadspin for linking this photo with their tip…..

danica

4-Andre Smith

This is good again. I can break down Smith’s contract with the Bengals; or we can watch the video from Andre Smith’s Pro Day.

As a reminder, this video may actually be NSFW.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF2nYd2NOys[/youtube]

5-Ohio State fans

I think Rich Rodriguez sucks too; so I’ll enjoy this as much as you will. Here’s another gift from me to you. I won’t be so generous next week; I hope Navy kicks your ass.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouZxOa7kSv4[/youtube]

6-Manchester United

I actually love the fact that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger tried to watch the end of the match from the crowd after being thrown out. I heard a rumor that after it didn’t work, he was going to try the Bobby Valentine approach……

bobby

7-Anyone who hasn’t heard “I’ve Got a Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas so many times they want to rip their car radio out of the dash panel

This might be the one to set you off……

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

I’ll make a call next weekend; but I think this MIGHT beat out Maino for Official Summer Jam. Mazel Tov!

You’re a zero…..

Summer Ending

For the younger 15-7-0 readers who go back to school today, I feel for you. Last night was the worst night of the year. Totally understood.

Also to those readers, the next time Uncle Glenn asks you to bring him a “Blue Moon Cola”, please make sure to remember NOT to drink any of it before bringing it to him.

If I can TRY to brighten your day, remember that you’ll spend most of it just writing your name, and MAYBE, just MAYBE, this will happen today……

teacher

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

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

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

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

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Schilling credits Sun for taking Orioles baserunning to task

ORIOLES:

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

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The AP says Mora, Wieters homered for Birds in loss

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

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

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

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

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RAVENS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

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

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

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

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

NAVY FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

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

UMES BASKETBALL:

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

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

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

HORSE RACING:

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

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

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS:

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

BALTIMORE COLTS:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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

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

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 27 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

At this point, I’d say Terrell Suggs’ injury is a concern. The guys aren’t at Training Camp anymore; they’re back in their own beds and at the castle in Westminster, so there’s no reason for Sizzle to be trying to get out of practice at this point.

I’d be concerned. And “monitoring.”

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester wishes he could be ‘front running’ Orioles fan

Glenn Clark says Derrick Mason was again wearing #9 jersey to honor McNair

Rex Snider looks back on Sunday Morning Blitz

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie strong as Birds avoided sweep in Minnesota

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez takes mound tonight vs. Aaron Laffey, Indians

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Trembley accepts some blame, says some falls on players for baserunning mistakes

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Matusz trying to make game ‘slow down’

Minnesota Twins Official Site’s Tyler Mason says Morneau’s RBI double only run scored by Twins in loss to Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Pie homered for O’s in win over Twinkies

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Tribe comes to Baltimore very different than team that began season in Cleveland

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Trembley, Juan Samuel think players should be more ‘accountable’

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Chris Ray ‘regained form’ by changing mechanics

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says 4-5 road trip ‘respectable’ for Orioles (I guess)

The AP says Moeller doubled, singled, walked in win at Metrodome

Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Joe Christensen says Nick Blackburn struggled in loss to Birds

St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Brian Murphy says Alexi Casilla made two spectacular plays at 2B in Twins’ loss

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says David Pauley loser as Tides fell to Durham

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Steve Johnson, Eddie Gamboa winners as Baysox swept doubleheader from Akron

Frederick Keys Official Site says Chorye Spoone went into 5th, earned no decision as Keys fell to Kinston

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Travis Keating loser in relief as Shorebirds fell to Lake County

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Jacob Smith loser in relied as Ironbirds fell to Lowell

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Hobgood worked into 5th, received no decision as Bluefield topped Princeton

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Ouellette finished off Game 2 of doubleheader for 5th save as Baysox swept Aeros

Examiner Jay Trucker took trip to Prince George’s Stadium to see Baysox

Virginian-Pilot’s Jim Hodges says Rhyne Hughes hit first homer as Tide in loss to Bulls

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mark Clayton returned to practice field Wednesday

The Official Site says Harbaugh believes LJ Smith’s hamstring pull ‘a concern’

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Birk proud of Harvard background

The Sun’s Edward Lee and Jamison Hensley say LJ Smith, Kelly Gregg ‘questionable’ for remainder of preseason

The Sun’s Edward Lee says KJ Gerard chopped off dreadlocks

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Harbaugh should stop throwing around Stover’s name with Hauschka, Gano

The Sun’s Edward Lee says trip to Charlotte quasi homecoming for Hauschka

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Kelley Washington learned better ‘work ethic’ in New England

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Chris Chester also didn’t practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens don’t have to make first roster cuts until Sept. 1

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh didn’t have much to say about Bart Scott’s comments

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says LB’s J. McClain, Gooden ‘learning fast’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Oniel Cousins (ankle) expects to be ready for trip to Carolina

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘pretty much ignored’ trash talk with Jets

ESPN.com’s James Walker says ‘chemistry’ still there between Flacco, Mason

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tommy Galt impressive during Wednesday’s practice

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gloria, Friedgen family don’t talk to Ralph after losses

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Ralph thinks safety Kenny Tate ‘a force’

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Gonnella will see ‘a lot of snaps’ in ‘09

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says James Franklin believes Terps made ‘mistake’ by not tabbing Chris Turner as starting QB in ‘08

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fulper ‘making strides’ after switching positions

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Kenny Tate considered move back to WR during offseason

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph hoping to have Terps go 4 quarters in Thursday’s scrimmage

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Demetrius Hartsfield returns home when Terps play NC State, Duke this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens reports ST Coordinator Bankins says Terps giving Barbour chance to ‘lose’ kicking job

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Brandon Jackson-Mills, Thomas Wright amongst Terps on cut line to make travel team

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Lamar Young has been battling shoulder injury

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph has history of splitting carries in recent years

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Ralph thinks Bruce Campbell needs to improve at run-blocking

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says WR LaQuan Williams considered quitting football last season (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Phil Costa has become ‘offensive leader’ for Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Ralph really finalizing last 3 spots on roster for travel to Cal next week (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Darin Drakeford changed eating habits to get into better shape

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Frese interested in West Virginia prospect Whitney Bays (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The AP says Ohio State wants fans to respect Midshipmen when they visit Columbus

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says QB Kriss Proctor to miss 4 weeks after leg surgery

CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd says Navy ‘could be’ best of independent programs, including Notre Dame

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Phelps headlines roster for USA Swimming national team

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Summer Bird trainer Tim Ice ‘can’t feel good about’ Woolley having to pull Mine That Bird from Travers Stakes

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Goodwood Stakes at Santa Anita eyed as next race for Derby winner Mine That Bird

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Quality Road morning line favorite for Shadwell Travers

The Sun says Maryland State Fair session opens tomorrow in Timonium

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The Birds are back home tonight! Who’s excited?!?!?!

No?

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 26 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

The “Matt Stover factor” is overrated. The Ravens are committed to having one of these guys kick against the Chiefs on September 13.

Matt Stover might well end up kicking again later this season. But it will come only if the Hauschka-Gano winner (likely Hauschka at this point) gets hurt or proves incapable of kicking.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Terps “open” season with Nov. 3 exhibition against Indiana (PA)

Bob Haynie can’t fathom anyone thinking Troy Smith > Flacco

Glenn Clark says Ravens-Panthers highlights non-baseball week

Paul Hoke doesn’t think Brian Roberts will ever play meaningful game at Camden Yards

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Trembley didn’t think Orioles ‘gave it away’ in loss to Twins

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jeremy Guthrie takes hill tonight vs. Nick Blackburn looking to avoid sweep

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Adam Jones will miss rest of series in Minnesota

Twins Official Site’s Tyler Mason says Delmon Young provided walk-off single to give Twins win over O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Mickolio loser for Birds in relief

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says MacPhail plans on meeting with Trembley, Kranitz to limit innings for young starters

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says loss to Twins similar to others Birds have suffered at Metrodome before

The AP says Michael Aubrey doubled, tallied 3 RBI for Orioles in loss to Twins

Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s La Velle Neal says Twins now tied for 2nd in AL Central after win

St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Brian Murphy says Michael Cuddyer scored winning run for Twinkies

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 27th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Orioles Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Josh Bell, Brandon Erbe, Brandon Snyder amongst Birds headed to Arizona Fall League

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Jeff Fiorentino tripled, homered for Tides in win over Rochester

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Hoey loser in relief as Baysox fell to Akron

Frederick Keys Official Site says Zach Britton strong in win over Kinston

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Salberg winner as Shorebirds topped Lake County

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Kantakevich loser as Lowell topped Ironbirds

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Gary Helmick scored twice, but Orioles fell to Pulaski

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Andy Mitchell picked up win in relief as Tides topped Red Wings

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Ryohei Tanaka, Matt Angle, Brandon Waring also headed to AFL

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Keys’ Rowell ‘stuck’ in attempt to make it to Baltimore

Frederick News-Post says Crancer homered for Keys in win

Virginian-Pilot says Freddy Guzman had 3 hits for Tides in win

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Frank Walker owned up to ‘rough’ performance vs. Jets

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Hauschka may have won kicking competition in 2nd quarter vs. Jets Monday night

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens didn’t show themselves to be Super Bowl shoe-in

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Lardarius Webb ‘redeemed himself’ with late play on 2 point conversion in win over Jets

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh still has ‘confidence’ in Walker

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Stover ‘looming’ over competition between Gano, Hauschka

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Ngata showed ‘versatility’ with INT return for TD

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Greg Mattison not taking himself too seriously as DC

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora picks Ravens to win Wild Card again

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Rex Ryan picked on his former player Frank Walker in 2nd half

ESPN.com’s James Walker doesn’t believe Ravens would be interested in Lorenzo Neal

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Harbaugh throws Stover’s name around with Rosburg to fire up kickers

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Ralph has given rest to players like Wujciak, Cory Jackson, Phil Costa during fall camp

The Official Site says Virginia Tech game already sold out

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner views Gloria Friedgen as ‘permanent team mom’

The AP says former Terp Heyer Skins’ ‘answer’ at RT

The Diamondback has Terps 9th in ACC power rankings

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Ralph claims Meggett challenging Da’Rel Scott as top RB

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says safety Kenny Tate ‘turning heads’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell thinks Terps will finish somewhere between 5-7 and 7-5

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Nick Wallace appears to be out of kicking competition

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says redshirt freshman LB Demetrius Hartsfield ‘ready to contribute’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Uncle J.D. Maarleveld helped prepare Gonnella for College Park

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Meggett dropped weight, improved speed

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says tickets for game against Hokies still available via season ticket, suite packages

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph happy with Fulper’s move from center to guard

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Richard Taylor has been with Terps longest

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says suites still available at Byrd Stadium

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says DeMatha grad Tate having ‘sensational’ Camp

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich surprised VT game sold out after Hokies crushed Terps in Blacksburg last year

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have 15 commits, no ESPNU top 150 guys

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says scrimmage didn’t help settle Mike Barbour-Nick Ferrara kicking competition (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Don Brown ‘pleased’ with Nolan Carroll, Anthony Wiseman (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says DL Travis Ivey returned to practice (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Gary ‘looks forward to’ schedule featuring Indiana, Villanova, Duke, UNC, Maui Invitational

The Sun says Terps’ schedule doesn’t include visit to Carolina

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Greivis’ Senior Night will be against Duke

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terrapins have 5 regular season games scheduled with no TV as of yet

The Diamondback says Terps open season Nov. 13 against Charleston Southern

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terps open ACC play January 10 vs. Florida State at Comcast Center

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps to face 12 teams who went to postseason last year

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have 5 9pm ACC tip-offs

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps on ESPN 3 times this season (Duke 14 times)

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps should be no worse than 11-3 entering ACC play

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says DeMell remains starting center

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says unpredictable triple option should benefit Mids vs. Ohio State

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Josh Thornton excelled for Tigers in tour of Canada

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Sun says former Blue Jay Conor Ford hired at Drexel

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Derby winner Mine That Bird ‘uncertain’ for Travers Stakes

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says after missing Triple Crown series, Quality Road again ‘striking fear’ into opponents going into Shadwell Travers

Thoroughbred Times’ Phil Janack says trainer Woolley thought Mine That Bird looked ‘pretty sharp’ in Tuesday workout at Saratoga

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says Harada called up to parent club in London

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says former Morgan State Bear Joe Taylor returns to Mariners

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I don’t see the Ravens re-considering Lorenzo Neal. But I’m not opposed to it.

-Maryland’s hoops schedule is very winnable. Losing more than 2 games before the ACC season begins is basically inconceivable.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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