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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 06 October 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because I again get to name a couple of “Greatest Song(s) of All Time This Week.” I live for this stuff.

The NEW TGSOATTW is “Runaway” by Kanye West and Pusha T. He did the song on Saturday Night Live this past weekend…

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And here’s the RETRO song…John Lennon’s version of “Stand By Me.” I saw a commercial last night for the “Power to the People” issue that’s hitting stores and it featured this song prominently. His version is REALLY underrated…

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Of course, the greatest EVER version of “Stand By Me” is the one the Playing For Change gang did…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us-TVg40ExM[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Ryan Chell says Ravens cut CB Prince Miller, signed OL Scott Kooistra

This was clearly the move Ozzie Newsome and company had intended to make to get Trevor Pryce back this week. Of course, that was before Rex Ryan (rightfully) jumped in.

Scott Kooistra likely won’t be active Sunday when the Ravens face the Denver Broncos. If I’m guessing-unless there’s an additional injury along the O-Line, Scott Kooistra doesn’t get active at all this season. But he does give the Ravens some flexibility, which is much needed at this point.

As far as Prince Miller is concerned, the team wanted him on the practice squad when they originally cut the roster to 53. Unfortunately, the New England Patriots stepped in. It looks like they’re going to make it work this time; which will allow the undersized corner to develop; and will give them a reserve returner should Tom Zbikowski (and/or others) get hurt.

Logical decision. Not life-changing, but logical. I could use a lesson in this type of decision-making.

2. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says OT Jared Gaither not cleared to play in visit to California back specialist

So…more good news, huh?

The word is that after visiting Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles; Gaither is “improving”, but will remain week-to-week.

GREAT.

John Harbaugh and company will eventually have to make a tough decision regarding Gaither. If he doesn’t REALLY show improvement in terms of getting back on the football field (one day of limited practice doesn’t represent improvement), they’ll have to consider placing him on Injured Reserve.

If I’m guessing, Jared Gaither will play for the Ravens at some point this season. But I’m certainly not getting the type of response that makes me feel good about that guess.

3. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says DE Paul Kruger confirmed to miss at least two weeks

He’ll be missed, as Greg Mattison will have to flip around Haloti Ngata, Cory Redding and Brandon McKinney to adjust to not having Kruger.

And since the Ravens could use the help at rush end, I have to suggest they consider Lucia Dvorska. I mean…just take a look. (Thanks Guyism!)

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4. ESPN.com has Ravens 6th in power rankings

As we discussed on the show this morning, this is particularly tough. The reality is that power rankings JUST DON’T MATTER. Like…at all. This isn’t college football’s AP poll. Power ranking can have no bearing on what happens in the NFL whatsoever.

But with that being said, it is ABSOLUTELY a bit goofy that the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets are ranked ahead of the Ravens despite the Ravens having defeated both teams on the road this season.

Not getting worked up about it. It simply doesn’t matter. It’s just a bit goofy, that’s all.

5. b’s Matt Vensel says RB Willis McGahee romantically linked to “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star

So now you know.

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

-We’ll be out in Owings Mills today, as the Ravens return to work at 1 Winning Drive. We’re expected to hear from Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Ray Lewis and others; as well as conference calls with Kyle Orton and Josh McDaniels. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates throughout the day.

-Make no mistake-the Pats trading Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings for a 3rd round pick is GOOD NEWS for the Ravens. They’re much better off not having to face Moss when they wander up to Foxborough for a Week 6 showdown at Gillette Stadium. It doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily win, as the Pats will STILL have Tom Brady under center-but it does make matchups a bit more in the Ravens’ favor.

6. MLB.com’s Thomas Boorstein says Adam Jones believes ‘accountability and credibility’ reasons why Orioles improved under Buck Showalter

The question is-why does Adam Jones think there wasn’t accountability under Juan Samuel or Dave Trembley? If he’s simply trying to blame those managers and not accept responsibility for himself and his teammates, he’s not being fair.

The other question is-why was Adam Jones touring Bristol, Connecticut; New York; and Seacaucus, New Jersey Tuesday? Why was Adam doing appearances on MLB Network, ESPN Radio and SI.com?

Is it because the O’s have such a hold of the Charm City market that they simply don’t need the promotion? It’s good promotion for ADAM-no doubt about that. But how did it help the Birds?

It’s a legitimate question.

7. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester gives highest O’s grades to Ty Wigginton, Luke Scott, Jeremy Guthrie and Corey Patterson

As I told him this morning, it’s a bit laughable to give Ty Wigginton and Corey Patterson the same grades as Luke Scott and Jeremy Guthrie; but I’m all for Drew looking dumb.

My highest grades this year? They mostly went to Molly Simms. (Thanks Don Chavez!)

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8. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly say Juan Samuel to interview with Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates

I’ll be rooting for Juan Samuel…but my guess is that he’s not REALLY a good manager. It will be much harder if he ends up in the Steel City than if he ends up in Milwaukee too.

Did you miss former Orioles broadcaster Buck Martinez (now with TBS) previewing the Rays/Rangers series and talking playoffs in general with Drew Forrester Wednesday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net today to check it out. Other things you can hear in the Audio Vault include…

  • Jeff Passan (Yahoo! Sports)-who went around the postseason and also discussed his new book “Death of the BCS” with Drew Wednesday
  • DJ King (Washington Capitals enforcer)-who previewed this weekend’s start to the regular season with Drew Wednesday
  • Jon Ladd (Baltimore Municipal Golf)-who discussed Ryder Cup and breast cancer awareness with Drew Wednesday
  • Jamey Eisenberg (CBSSports.com)-who talked Fantasy Football with Rex Snider Tuesday on “The Afternoon Drive”
  • Josh Thomson (Strikeforce fighter)-who previewed his Saturday night clash against JZ Cavalcante in San Jose with Thyrl Nelson and John Rallo Tuesday on “The MMA Report”
  • Pete Prisco (CBSSports.com) and Gary Mihoces (USA Today) who each joined Thyrl Tuesday on “The Mobtown Sports Beat” to discuss what they saw at Heinz Field Sunday

It’s all in the Audio Vault, so I’ve got your day planned out again for you. YOU’RE WELCOME BALTIMORE!!!

9. Winston-Salem Journal’s Dan Collins says Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe won’t pick starting QB between Tanner Price and Skylar Jones for Saturday’s Navy game until later in the week

No matter who plays QB for the Demon Deacons, Ken Niumatololo’s Midshipmen MUST get going offensively. This was supposed to be the best group of talent they’ve had since the Roger Staubach era. It hasn’t looked like it thus far…

10. UMTerps.com says Maryland soccer topped #2 UConn as Ludwig Field

Awesome. But then again, awesome is basically what we expect from Sasho Cirovski’s Terrapins.

To celebrate a big Terps win, here’s a completely unrelated picture of Jewel Santini! (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)

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And finally, I leave you with this.

Thanks to both former WNST intern Meredith Morris and my sorta-roommate Aubrie Veydt for pointing this out on Facebook (search Glenn Clark, add the best looking guy you find). I think the kid’s name is Keenan Cahill. He’s a YouTube superstar.

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Back to Back Bears Bring “Baltimore Toughness” to Tourney Return

Posted on 13 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Winston-Salem, NC “Never quit.”

When a reporter asked Morgan State star guard Reggie Holmes what “Baltimore Toughness” was following the Bears’ 68-61 victory over South Carolina State in the finals of the MEAC Basketball Tournament, he didn’t hesitate to answer.

“There were plenty of times when we were down, I just looked up at the scoreboard and never quit.”

Morgan State’s performance in Saturday afternoon’s final at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum was by no means a thing of beauty. After taking an early 30-20 advantage, the Bears had every opportunity to blow the Bulldogs away. Instead, they watched the Bulldogs run off the game’s next 11 points and settled in for a battle to the final wire.

Things haven’t gone easily for Todd Bozeman’s Morgan State squad this season, and they’ve been forced to look directly into the face of adversity multiple times.

They came into the season as two-time defending regular season champions and defending MEAC Tournament champions. There was a bulls-eye on their back every time they stepped on the floor.

They had to replace nearly 30 points per game they received a season ago from Jermaine “Itchy” Bolden, Marquise Kately and Rogers Barnes.

They had to re-group after finding out that freshman Anthony “Big Ant” Anderson would miss the season after he was diagnosed with leukemia.

All of this came before the season even began.

After opening the season, they had to respond to a disappointing 8-7 stretch to open the season, which included surprising losses to teams like Loyola, Appalachian State and Eastern Kentucky.

Twice this season they had games scheduled for Saturday that were forced to be played on Sunday due to snowstorms in the Baltimore area. In both cases, they ended up having to play games on back to back nights.

With a perfect regular season in MEAC play clearly a goal, they again had to regroup when they lost a heartbreaker to South Carolina State February 15th at Hill Field House.

Even during the MEAC Tournament they were tested. Not only by South Carolina State in the title game, but also by Hampton in the semifinals Friday night.

Every time, they were forced to dig deep and show a real level of fortitude.

Those in basketball circles might well call it “Baltimore Toughness.”

Morgan State has been lead all season by the school’s new all-time leading scorer-Reggie Holmes. Holmes hails from Cherry Hill, played at St. Frances, and exemplifies everything you’d expect from an undersized baller from Charm City.

Grit. Determination. A chip on the shoulder. Baltimore Toughness.

We’ve seen it before from players like Juan Dixon, Muggsy Bogues, Shawnta Rogers, Kenny Hasbrouck, Jack McClinton, Sam Cassell, Malcolm Delaney, Kurk Lee and currently from Maryland’s Sean Mosley.

None were taller than 6’3″ (Holmes is actually the biggest-he’s listed at a VERY favorable 6’4″), few had the type of “complete” game that coaches desire. Yet all had a certain something that separated them from the guys they would go up against.

We call it Baltimore Toughness.

“It’s a grittiness that Baltimore players have, definitely. It’s a toughness that comes with growing up in the city. I love it. I love that part of it” described coach Todd Bozeman. It comes out. You see it in the player, you see it in practice, you see it in how they compete. I mean, Cherry Hill’s tough, West Baltimore’s tough. It’s a tough place, and it really reflects in their play.”

It would of little surprise to know that the three biggest leaders on Bozeman’s team would all hail from a city that made them tough.

Besides Holmes, fellow senior Troy Smith is a Baltimore product (Douglass). Also 6’4″, Smith is often the glue that holds the Bears together-similar to Byron Mouton from the 2002 National Championship Maryland team. He dives after balls, he scraps with any player that will go after him. And when the game is on the line, he wants to go right to the rim.

With South Carolina State crawled back within 6 points in the 2nd half of Morgan’s win Saturday-Smith went right to the hoop. He would finish the day with 12 points, and the Bulldogs would get no closer than within 6 the rest of the game.

Forward Kevin Thompson is also from Baltimore (Walbrook), but is clearly not small. At 6’9″, he represents a different type of Baltimore Toughness. Thompson wasn’t particularly pursued coming out of high school-and had to overcome some academic troubles.

Yet he’s stood toe to toe with adversity throughout his career at Morgan State, including Saturday.

The Bears had a clear game plan to work inside against an undersized SC State squad. After two early hoops to open the game, the Bulldogs responded. Thompson took just 6 points to the locker room at the break.

Facing adversity, Thompson dug deep. He finished the game with 18 points and 10 rebounds thanks to a dominant 2nd half, and was named MEAC Tournament MVP.

Yet it isn’t just those players (or the others from Baltimore on the roster) that show toughness. “As a leader, it spreads to the whole team” said Holmes.

There may be no greater example of this than 6’0″ Ohio guard Joe Davis. Some near the program have said that Joe Davis brought a more laid back attitude into his junior season. After being close to guys like Troy Smith and Reggie Holmes, that toughness apparently rubbed off.

In the Championship game alone, Davis finished with 7 points and 6 rebounds. All of those numbers (expect for 1 rebound) came in the second half.

7 points and 5 rebounds from a 6’0″ guard in ONE HALF of a conference championship game. That’s toughness.

The Bears will need this type of toughness moving forward. After a Selection Sunday celebration on campus, they’ll have to prepare to face a team that will almost undoubtedly be amongst the 10 best teams in the country. They faced a similar task a season ago, and were crushed 82-54 by Blake Griffin and the Oklahoma Sooners in Kansas City.

Are the Bears primed to join the likes of Coppin State and Hampton amongst MEAC teams who have pulled stunning upsets in the NCAA Tournament? Maybe not.

But we can be sure that if nothing else, this Bears team will be a “tough” out regardless of who their opponent is.

-G

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Winston-Salem, NC
To steal a line from Morgan State Play-by-Play voice Lamont Germany, I am “worldwide courtside” here at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem for the 2010 MEAC Tournament Championship Game. The Morgan State Bears battle the South Carolina State Bulldogs, with the conference title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament on the line.

After a 15-1 MEAC regular season, Todd Bozeman’s Bears are looking to clinch their 2nd consecutive trip to the Big Dance. Not only would it be the first time in school history they would make consecutive Tournament appearances, it would also be the first time ANY Baltimore school would make consecutive Tournament appearances (Coppin State leads the way for most overall Tournament appearances with 4).

This is by no means an easy win for the Bears, as their only blemish during conference play this season was a 71-68 defeat at the hands of SC State back on February 15th at Hill Field House. They enter tonight’s game on a 6 game win streak, including victories over North Carolina A&T and a tough fought win over Hampton last night here in the MEAC Tournament.

Follow below for updates throughout this afternoon’s contest. You can see today’s game on ESPN2 and chat while the game is being played. You can also follow us on Twitter (@WNST), as I’ll post updates there as well.

-G

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4:07pm-That’s it. 68-61 is your final. Morgan wins the MEAC Tournament, advances to their 2nd straight NCAA Tournament!

4:06pm-Let the celebration begin…..

4:05pm-65-59 now with 32 seconds left to play in the game. Morgan just has to make their freebies…

4:02pm-15 now for Reggie Holmes. 65-54 Bears. 1:03 to play. Morgan fans in attendance are feeling it….

….but Khalif Toombs drills a big 3 to make it 65-57 with 56 seconds to play. Bears have more free throw shooting to do here….

4:00pm-That’s a big 11 points now for Joe Davis, and Morgan is just 92 seconds away from Dancing again. 63-54 Bears.

3:58pm-A timeout from Todd Bozeman with 2:21 to play and his team up 8. Wants to make sure they stay settled…

3:53pm-John Long got the big rebound, but couldn’t connect from the free throw line. It’s great to have a senior be able to give you minutes off the bench, but you can’t have a senior (or anyone else) missing the front end of a 1 and 1 at this point.

Kevin Thompson has just absolutely dominated here in the 2nd half….

3:51pm-It’s 57-48 Morgan with 3:39 to play as we reach our final official timeout. The Bears will need to make sure they make free throws down the stretch…

3:47pm-You had to know SC State wasn’t going away. Todd Bozeman takes a timeout with 4:45 to play and his team up 56-46. They can taste it, but they can’t let the Bulldogs keep getting open jumpers.

3:41pm-DeWayne Jackson with the dunk on the breakaway, then a turnover forced inside, and the Bears can taste it up 52-40 with 6:52 to play. Todd Bozeman doesn’t feel comfortable quite yet though….

CHECK THAT. Foul called there. Interesting decision. That’s Kevin Thompson’s 3rd personal, 6th team foul on MSU.

3:39pm-I just had to turn in my MVP Vote-which I gave to Reggie Holmes, but might regret not giving to Kevin Thompson. He’s been outstanding today, and has 16 points now on the day. I also gave a Tournament team vote to DeWayne Jackson.

50-40 Morgan with 7:39 to play. They’ll want to start working clock…

3:30pm-12 points now for Kevin Thompson-he and Reggie Holmes each have a dozen to lead the way. 46-38 Bears with under 10 minutes to play.

3:24pm-A big stretch here for Morgan, as they extend their lead to 42-34 thanks to a GREAT fake by Troy Smith. They need to put this away now, as SC State calls another timeout with 12:24 to play.

3:20pm-Certainly the focus and intensity required to win a conference title wasn’t there for Morgan to start the 2nd half. Their 3 point shooting is the great equalizer, but they can’t force that. 36-34 Bears now with 14 minutes to play.

3:18pm-Apparently drinking Sprite is ALSO not okay at the MEAC Tournament (the humorous part is that I NEVER drink soda), as the same MEAC official asked me to pour it into a Pepsi cup.

Is my laptop okay, or will they tell me I need to put a sticker over the HP brand name???

3:15pm-Not the way Morgan wanted to start the 2nd half. They’re down 32-31 at the first official timeout, 15:59 to play.

Watching Todd Bozeman’s facial expressions is almost as entertaining as watching the game. He hasn’t been happy much here in the 2nd half, where his team has been outscored 9-2.

3:12pm-The Bulldogs had tied things up by scoring the first 5 points of the half, but a Reggie Holmes jumper gives Morgan the lead right back-it’s 31-29. That’s 10 for Holmes.

3:01pm-DeWayne Jackson leads all scorers with 9 points, Reggie Holmes also has 8 for the Bears. No Bulldogs have more than 5 points-both Brandon Smalls and Westley Telfare. Bears were out-rebounded 17-15 in the first half.

A humorous moment at halftime-as a MEAC official asked me to take off my hat. If you’ve seen me out anywhere, you know I wear a plain black hat with a small Under Armour logo on the side to every event I attend (including church). I’ve been asked to take it off at plenty of bars/clubs; but never at a game, including NFL playoffs, NCAA Tournament, NBA playoffs, etc. I don’t care that much (it’s a hat); but it is strange to know that the MEAC wants media covering their event to appear “grown and sexy” the same way club owners do.

2:52pm-Reggie Holmes can’t finish his last drive of the half, and Morgan State will take a 5 point lead to the break. 29-24 Bears. I’ll be back shortly.

2:49pm-Danny Smith, Rodney Stokes and Joe Davis have all gotten off the bench for the Bears today, but none of them has been able to reach the scoreboard. DeWayne Jackson certainly has though…he now has 9 to lead the way.

SC State Coach Tim Carter takes a timeout with his team down 5 and 41 seconds to play in the half. There’s a 10 difference between the shot clock and game clock.

2:40pm-Troy Smith finally ends what was an 11-0 run for the Bulldogs. We’re at the final official timeout of the first half; Morgan leads 22-21. 3:58 to play.

2:35pm-7 unanswered from the Bulldogs, and this is a 3 point game again. Bears had a real chance to run away and hide….

2:29pm-Great finish there by Douglass’ own Troy Smith to extend Morgan’s advantage to 20-10. I thought he had gotten in the air a bit too early, but he did a great job to roll that one in. We’re at our 3rd official timeout of the half with 7:30 to play.

2:27pm-Being this close, you can hear the entire conversation between players and officials. Clearly Reggie Holmes was fouled going after that loose ball, but the officials got together to make sure it was known that he had stepped out of bounds BEFORE he was fouled. Good communication.

DeWayne Jackson with a pair of 3 balls now, and Morgan is up 18-10.

2:25pm-With Sean Thomas in trouble, the Bears take their first timeout. They’re up 12-7 after a DEEP 3-ball from Reggie Holmes. Anything inside 40 has to be considered in his range…

2:21pm-Morgan State maintains their 9-7 advantage at the 2nd official timeout; 11:48 to play in the half. With the Bulldogs shooting just 2/11 from the field early on, you’d imagine the Bears should have more than just their current 2 point lead.

2:19pm-The Bears finally get their first jumper-a 3 ball in the corner from Reggie Holmes. If he gets hot, the Bears could build a big lead quickly. It’s 9-7 Morgan early on.

2:16pm-Reggie Holmes finally hit a jumper-but it was waived off due to a foul on the Bears. They move back ahead thanks to a layip from Sean Thomas. Still looking to hit their first jump shot, DeWayne Jackson has checked in.

2:13pm-South Carolina State up 5-4 at first official TO with 15:58 to play in half. #Bears yet to hit a jumper. They’ve tried to get inside every time down-which is smart-but it hasn’t gotten them points since the 2nd possession of the game.

2:04pm-Brandon Smalls actually got the starts for SC State, not Carrio Bennett. Bears will look to go inside to Kevin Thompson-the MEAC’s premiere big man.

1:56pm-Your South Carolina State starters are Darnell Porter, Jason Flagler, Rio Pitt, Khalif Tombs and Carrio Bennett.

Morgan State starters are Ameer Ali, Kevin Thompson, Troy Smith, Reggie Holmes and Sean Thomas.

1:52pm-You’ll know where the Morgan State fans are in the crowd here at the LJVM today when you hear the “Woot Woot” chant, especially Reggie Holmes hits a jump shot.

1:31pm-The atmosphere here in Winston-Salem isn’t quite as electric as it was last night in Greensboro at the ACC Tournament, but it still has a big game feel. The arena here is the home of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons-and holds some 14,000+ seats. They won’t all be filled for this one, but quite a bit of the lower bowl is expected to be full.

There is a DJ spinning behind the baseline to my left (I’m courtside looking at the floor the same way it will be shown on TV); which is a pretty cool touch. The Morgan band is behind the baseline to my right, which is the only disappointing part of my seat-as the SC State band is immediately to my left.

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Dog Day Afternoon

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Dog Day Afternoon

Posted on 12 March 2010 by Thyrl Nelson

If you were in need of a convenient reminder that March Madness is more than just a catchy nick name, you got it in spades on Thursday, as upsets abounded in both the ACC and Big East Tournaments. If Thursday’s action is any indication of what the rest of the weekend, and the coming weekends as the Big Dance gets underway, will have in store, then brace yourself for a bumpy and likely unforgettable ride.

 

Maybe the Big East will have to rethink their tournament strategy again, as the double byes, designed to perpetuate the fortunes of the league’s top four seeds, turned out to be just that for three of the four teams lucky enough to receive them. In the Big East this season, bye + bye = bye-bye for #3 Syracuse, #10 Villanova and #16 Pittsburgh all suffering close but disappointing losses to lesser seeded teams who seem to have benefited from getting a warm up game on the previous night. In fairness, in order to pull off those upsets, the Hoyas, Golden Eagles and Fighting Irish respectively, all had to fight off teams that had played and won the previous night too, and didn’t seem to have any trouble with it. Only #6 West Virginia managed to take advantage of their double bye, and perhaps it’s no coincidence that they were the only double bye team to face a team with two tournament games already to their credit. The Bearcats were game, but just didn’t have what it took to finish down the stretch.

 

Day four of the Big East Tourney begins today at 7:00, when the Georgetown tips off against Marquette. The Golden Eagles are a game better in conference play, and a higher seed, but it’s the Hoyas who sport the little number next to their name, ranked 22nd in the nation. The Hoyas lost their only previous meeting this season, 62-59 at Marquette in January.

 

In the nightcap, at 9:00, the 6th ranked Mountaineers will try to deal with Notre Dame, their “new” 6th man extraordinaire in Luke Harangody, and their painfully methodical style of offense. West Virginia lost their only other meeting with the Irish, 70-68, in January. On paper, both games look like potential barnburners, but little has worked out the way that it looked on paper so far in the Big East.

 

In much the same way, day one of the ACC Tourney began with upsets being the prevailing theme. And just like in the Big East, the lower seeded teams won three of the four ACC games held on Thursday. With Virginia, Miami, and NC State, knocking off Boston College, Wake Forest and Clemson respectively, only the match up to determine the Terps’ opening round opponent, between Carolina and Georgia Tech went the way that it was supposed to.

 

Raise your hand if you would have ever dreamt that you’d wake up on Thursday pulling for the Tar Heels. Indeed there were few even willing to concede early on that Carolina might be playing in a Thursday play in game at all. But when the Tar Heels took the court against Georgia Tech yesterday, given the way that the Terps had performed against both teams, Carolina definitely looked like the lesser of two evils from a Terps fan’s perspective. As the game wore on however, and Carolina seized and exerted their control from down 13-7, to up 24-13, the realization that both of these teams were far more talented than either of their records would indicate began to set in; as did the creeping feeling that a Carolina / Georgia Tech winner in their opener is a heck of a reward for winning a co-conference title. In the end, I found myself cheering for overtimes, lots and lots of overtimes. Instead, if the Terps are going to win, they’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way, and earn it.

 

All things considered, the Terps probably would have been better off facing a Carolina team that they not only had their way with this season, but also one that for all intents and purposes had nothing left to play for. Instead, they’ll get a Yellow Jackets club that matches up really well with them, one that still has NCAA Tournament aspirations and could really use another resume building win, and also one probably feels like the Terps may have stolen one from them in their last meeting with improbable and unforgettable heroics.

 

The Jackets are tough up front with Gani Lawal and All-World freshman Derrick Favors. Jordan Williams will have his hands full with whichever of those two Tech decides to impose on his side of the lane, but it’ll take a bigger than average effort defensively from Milbourne or whomever draws the other side of the post to keep their other options in check. If the Terps can successfully defend the frontcourt, they’ll still have their work cut out for them in containing Tech’s shooters. Peacock, Oliver, Bell and Rice all play significant minutes for Tech and all shoot 40% or better from 3-point land. Moreover, Shumpert and Udofia both seemed to find a bit of rhythm in last night’s opener, and along with D’Andre Bell provide the Yellow Jackets with a number of possible perimeter options.

 

Starting quickly will likely be a key to the Terps fortunes. It seems that even over their current 7-game winning streak, the Terps have been lethargic and somewhat disinterested at times. They seem to be operating under the pretense that they can turn it on whenever they need to, and so far they’ve been able to do just that, the likelihood of that continuing through the weekend and beyond though, gets slimmer as the price of poker continues to go up. The Terps will have to survive Tech’s early barrage, and whatever rhythm they may carry over from last night’s win, in order to be able to wear them down and take advantage of fresh legs in the end game.

 

In today’s other ACC action, the Cavaliers will try to capitalize on their momentum when they open the day at noon against #4 Duke. The Blue Devils were an 18-point winner in their only other meeting this season.

 

At 2:00, Miami will try to keep things rolling after an impressive win on Thursday. They’ll face a Virginia Tech team with whom they split home wins, with the Hokies winning 81-66 at home in January, and Miami returning the favor 82-75 in Miami two weeks later.

 

After the Terps play at 7:00, the Wolfpack will try to extend their season at 9:00 against the Seminoles of Florida State. The Wolfpack took the only meeting between the two clubs this season, beating the Noles, 88-81 in Raleigh.

 

All tolled, ESPN is listing 38 games on the tournament schedule for Friday, after 47 on Thursday. There are conference tourneys going on all over the country, and up and down your TV dial. And the real madness has yet to even begin, hold on, it should be quite a ride.

 

 

 

 

 

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Live From Indianapolis: Combine Open Thread

Posted on 28 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Indianapolis, IN Greetings from LucasOil Stadium here in Indianapolis, where we continue our coverage of the annual NFL Scouting Combine. We were able to meet with a number of Defensive Linemen & Linebackers yesterday, as well as a few Quarterbacks, Running Backs and Wide Receivers. We were also able to talk to Ravens head coach John Harbaugh; after we had let everyone know that the team was interested in free agent Wide Receiver Terrell Owens. If you missed it, check out the Audio Vault here on the front page of WNST.net.

Today, we are going to meet with some more Defensive Linemen and Linebackers; then make way for Defensive Backs. Please keep in mind that we are not in the stadium watching the workouts you are seeing on the NFL Network’s coverage, but we do have those screens to monitor what is going on. Please feel free to ask any questions about players the Ravens may or may not be interested in, or things that might happen this week leading up to the start of free agency.

-G

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3:54pm-If you haven’t seen my interview with former Terrapins CB Nolan Carroll yet-take a look…

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3:43pm-Notre Dame safety Kyle McCarthy says he never scrapped with Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski (a former Fighting Irish teammate) in South Bend because the former boxer “didn’t want to” fight him. He was kidding. I think. McCarthy later told me Zbikowski was “a good buddy”, who he figured would be campaigning to get him to Charm City. He has already met with the Ravens.

UCLA CB Alterraun Verner told me he believes he will meet with the Ravens tonight, he previously spoke to the team briefly at the Shrine Game.

LSU Safety Chad Jones says he’s met with the Ravens, amongst a number of teams he’s talked to here in Indianapolis. Jones-who also played baseball for the Tigers-was previously drafted by the Houston Astros. He is thought of as one of the best Safety prospects in Indianapolis.

Virginia Tech safety Kam Chancellor says that when he talked to the Ravens in Orlando, they were most interested in knowing what he’d run in the 40 here at the Combine. He told me he expects to run a high 4.4.

Ole Miss DE Greg Hardy HAS spoke with the Ravens, and he told them he’s playing at 100% after missing time due to foot and wrist injuries last year. He still talks to former Rebels teammate Michael Oher, and believes he can either stand up or play with his hand in the dirt in the NFL.

3:36pm-South Florida CB Jerome Murphy told us he’s had “informal” contact with the Ravens. The former Bulls star spent the better part of his conversation talking about his gold teeth, including fielding questions about how he brushes them. His size (6’1″) will make him interesting for the Ravens.

Former Rutgers CB Devin McCourty chatted with me for a while, after he joined me as a guest on AM1570 WNST from Ft. Lauderdale the week of the Super Bowl. McCourty says he hasn’t talked to the Ravens yet, but has been in contact with former Scarlet Knights RB Ray Rice plenty during the process. I also talked to Indiana (Pennsylvania) CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, who we had talked to from Radio Row as well.

Cal CB Syd’Quan Thompson won’t be able to run here at the Combine due to a hamstring injury, but he’ll do everything else. He’d be a smaller CB option (5’9″), but might end up on the Ravens radar-although he hasn’t talked to them yet.

3:32pm-Some players come to the Combine and wow teams with their personality and interview skills. Others are forced to let their football do the talking. In the case of Florida State teammates Patrick Robinson and Myron Rolle-we’ve seen both.

Rolle bowled the room over with his engaging personality and undeniable intelligence. This wasn’t unexpected, Rolle was a Rhodes Scholar who studied at Oxford last year. Yet Rolle (the cousin of Ravens CB Samari Rolle) still managed to impress, telling tales of how he wants to become a neurosurgeon after his NFL career and is inspired by Johns Hopkins doctor Ben Carson.

On the flip side, Patrick Robinson unfortunately suffers from a speech disorder that causes him to stutter. He was very polite, but wasn’t able to answer long questions. This won’t lead to a team not picking him, but it didn’t give him the opportunity to blow teams away that might be on the fence about him. He did convey that he aspires to be like former Seminoles (and Ravens) CB Deion Sanders.

3:21pm-I hope you’ve been following us on Twitter (@WNST), as I’ve been run ragged trying to keep up today. Let me try to update you…

Oregon safety T.J. Ward told me he has a “very similar game ” to Patriots Safety (and former Ducks teammate) Patrick Chung. Chung worked out with the Ravens in Owings Mills last year. Ward talked to the Ravens at the East West Shrine Game in Orlando, and was told his ankle checked out “100%.”

Arizona CB Devin Ross says he’s “watched plenty of film” on former Wildcats/Ravens CB Chris Diego, Anoine Cason, TucMcAlister, but says his game is more similar to San Diego Chargers CB Antoine Cason (who was a teammate of Ross’ in Tucson). He expects to meet with the Ravens tonight.

12:05pm-Eric Berry from Tennessee is taking up most of the attention in the room right now-but since he’s unlikely to end up in Baltimore, I’ll take a few minutes to catch up:

Most of the Defensive Backs here in Indy won’t have a chance for formal meetings with teams until tonight, and the bulk of them aren’t entirely sure who they’ll be meeting with. Count Alabama CB Kareem Jackson in that group, but he’s gotten plenty of attention from NFL scouts. He told us that the toughest receiver he faced during his college career was LSU’s Brandon LaFell. Both players are on the Ravens’ radar-and you always know Ozzie Newsome is paying close attention to every Crimson Tide player available.

Toledo’s Barry Church will be available on Saturday, and will be an interesting option. He says he talked to the Ravens at the East West Shrine Game in Orlando, where they told him they wanted him to improve on his “ball skills” and playing the ball at the “highest point.”

Wake Forest’s Brandon Ghee believes he’ll be meeting with the Ravens tonight. He’ll ultimately be compared with Denver Broncos CB (and fellow former Demon Deacon) Alphonso Smith, who was drafted a year ago. Ghee is bigger than Smith, but probably won’t be selected as high.

Fresno State’s AJ Jefferson told me he’d “love to play alongside Ray Lewis” and the Baltimore defense-many defensive players here have said something similar.

Nebraska safety Larry Asante is overshadowed here by his Cornhuskers teammate Ndamukong Suh. He’s totally okay with that, and could be an interesting option on Friday or Saturday night-even for a Ravens team that doesn’t REALLY need safety help.

Maryland CB Nolan Carroll chatted with us for a few minutes…but if you want to know what he had to say about interest from the Ravens, recovering from a broken leg, and the Terps basketball team; you’ll have to check it out at WNSTV!

11:03am-Oklahoma DB Dominique Franks and Oklahoma State DB Perrish Cox are both very much on the Ravens’ radar, and each have stopped by this morning.

Cox HAS met with the Ravens, and described Ozzie Newsome as “intense.” He’s a Thursday or Friday night pick at this point, believes he can prove himself worthy of a high choice. He has had the experience of going up against fellow former Cowboys WR Dez Bryant in practice, which will help him at the NFL level.

Franks did not want to let us know which teams he had met with (only Sam Bradford-a fellow Sooner had previously also chose not to discuss the teams he had talked to), but let us know he measured in at 5’11″, 194 pounds. He said he needed to improve his “technique”, saying he has relied on “playing on ability” during his career in Norman.

10:30am-Clemson CB Crezdon Butler was the first DB in the room. He wasn’t too happy when I reminded him that the Tigers were the only FBS team Maryland beat this season (or that Maryland came from behind to win in Death Valley in 2008). He said the Ravens have shown interest. He’s got decent size (6’0″), but isn’t exactly a big time prospect here.

9:16am-Some interesting names we’re expecting to see stroll through the media center today include Virginia CB Chris Cook, Florida State CB Patrick Robinson, Boise State CB Kyle Wilson, Rutgers CB Devin McCourty, Wake Forest CB Brandon Ghee, Alabama CB Javier Arenas, Arizona CB Devin Ross, Virginia Tech FS Kam Chancellor, Maryland FS Terrell Skinner, Oregon SS T.J. Ward, Ohio State SS Kurt Coleman, and Florida State SS Myron Rolle.

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 13 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

Admittedly, it is a BIT difficult to have a Happy Wednesday after a soul-crushing loss like the one the Terps suffered last night. But like any good soldier, I move forward.

“The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet” was able to watch the live-and-die moments of the late 2nd half and overtime with me last night, although I’m not sure whether she was watching more of the game or more of my reactions to it. I’m a total wreck during games like that, I imagine I probably look a bit like this person…..

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

1. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Steve Bisciotti should give John Harbaugh contract extension

Correct.

Also, I should get Brittany Gastineau’s (who is apparently the daughter of Mark Gastineau according to our early morning conversation on “The Comcast Morning Show”) phone number…..

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Hopefully all of these things will work out.

Look, I don’t mean to be so dismissive of this, it just seems like a no-brainer to me. The guy you hired to come here and win came here and won. He’s won playoff games in back to back seasons for just the 2nd time in franchise history, and he has a chance to become the first coach in franchise history to reach back to back AFC Championship Games.

What else can you ask for? (I mean, besides winning the Super Bowl.)

Give him an extension.

2. Ravens’ Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Matt Stover knows he could break all hearts in Baltimore with winning kick for Colts

If this happens, I would simply ask that SOMEONE ELSE come in to sit in with Drew Forrester on AM1570 Monday morning. I don’t think I could handle it.

I really don’t want to have any part in conversation about the decision to go in a different direction at kicker. The Ravens made the decision, and it was PROBABLY the right one at the time, it just didn’t land the right kicker to start the season.

I PRAY that Billy Cundiff kicks the winner-or Stover misses one. I love Matt Stover, but I will absolutely feel better if Matt Stover misses a game winner than if Billy Cundiff HIT a game winner. In Baltimore, we need closure.

3. The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Heap practiced, Flacco was limping

For some reason, we never got an injury report yesterday. I would assume Todd was listed as limited, but I guess we’ll never know.

As far as Joe Flacco is concerned, count on him limping for the better part of the week. He’s hurt. But he’s tough, there’s no doubt about that.

4. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbs has ties to Indiana due to brother Jim, brother-in-law Tom Crean

Jim Harbaugh is in the Colts’ Hall of Fame??? Really?

I know he had a good run, but for some reason this surprises me.

I think Jim was probably smart to schedule a Stanford recruiting trip this weekend, as hanging out on the Ravens sideline would probably not go ever well with the fans in Indianapolis.

However, Tom Crean’s Hoosiers have a home game on Sunday afternoon-so he could be in a tough spot Saturday night. I would imagine we’d see him at LucasOil Stadium, which might not be the right thing to do politically in Indy.

5. Indianapolis Star’s Mike Chappell says Colts would like to limit Ray Rice, Willis McGahee

And I’d like Steve Pavlovsky to offer me an endless supply of Chicken Minis from Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square….

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….but like the Rolling Stones say, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

Look, we all know that if the Ravens want to beat Peyton Manning and company, they HAVE to control the ball on the ground-preferably with long drives of 10+ plays and solid defense. If they do that, I think they’ll win. If they don’t, I’m not sure they can pull it off.

6. Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel says Ray Lewis remains Ravens’ leader in league of quarterbacks

I thought about this after the win over the Patriots. It HAD to burn Ray that he had never beaten Tom Brady. As far as “players who transcend football” go, Ray Lewis is in that category with the likes of Brady, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Ben Roethlisberger, etc. But he had beaten all of the other guys on the list besides Brady.

Now he’s beaten all of the guys on that list.

BUT…..he’s never won in Indy.

There’s no doubt he’d like to change that, too.

7. Orioles Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Spring Training tickets in Sarasota go on sale Saturday at 10am

STEP RIGHT UP AND GET YOUR TICKETS!!!!!

I’m really not trying to poo-poo this, but the level of excitement the O’s provided by acquiring Kevin Milwood and the small additional excitement that came from the additions of Garrett Atkins and Mike Gonzalez is gone.

The Birds would be well served to host some “come watch the Ravens with the Orioles” parties this weekend-sending Adam Jones and Matt Wieters and Brian Matusz out to local establishments to root on the Ravens with members of the sporting community.

That would build excitement.

Signing a 1st baseman might too.

Let’s move on, I don’t want to do this.

8. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Al-Farouq Aminu wore down Terps in OT win for Wake Forest

Jordan Williams really manned up last night, despite the missed free throws in OT.

But the Terrapins offer ONE big man right now who is capable of playing tough in key situations. The Demon Deacons offered 100.

The frustrating part about last night’s loss was the fact that Wake played EXACTLY how I expected them to play. They were tough inside and made some runs, but they were never able to deliver a knockout blow because they aren’t a very good shooting team.

Maryland SHOULD have taken advantage. As ACC play continues Saturday at Boston College (4pm), they really NEED to.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says biggest shots in loss to Deacs were again from Vasquez’s hands

“Beautifully erratic.”

Thank God for Greivis, because when this team most desperately needs someone to put games on their shoulders, he’s about the only one capable of doing it.

Unfortunately, that often leads to a number of poor shots, like some of the ones Greivis hoisted last night.

It doesn’t make me angry anymore. This is what you get from Greivis. It will always be remembered that he was a gutty, tough player who wore his heart on his shoulders and helped Maryland to a number of wins. It will also always be remembered that he was a flamboyant, emotional player who sometimes forgot what the team was trying to accomplish on a play and instead forced something that wasn’t there.

It’s part of his legacy. But I’d still rather have him than not.

10. The AP says Jake Wasco tallied double-double, but UMBC fell to 1-14 with loss at Boston U

Drew’s quote to me last night after I asked him how the Retrievers were doing: “Jake Wasco had 12 points! That’s like you having 12 points!”

While I have no doubt that Jake Wasco is more talented than Glenn Clark, clearly what Drew was trying to say was that it ISN’T a good sign.

No rest for the weary Retrievers-who are playing 4 games in 7 days, including a battle with Hartford tomorrow night at RAC Arena.

11. Towson Official Site previews tonight’s CAA tilt with Drexel at Towson Center

There’s no such thing as “must win” for a team that can’t get an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament, but falling to 0-6 in conference play with a home game tonight would be really freaking tough. This Tigers team has played tough (despite their record), but tough play MUST translate to wins at some point.

Or…..Pat Kennedy is going to be in trouble. I think there’s no doubt about that.

12. Washington Post’s Steven Goff says Baltimore, Washington each amongst final 18 cities selected for World Cup bids in 2018, 2022

The idea of the World Cup in Baltimore is as exciting to me as a home playoff game for the Ravens. Not kidding.

This would be so big I couldn’t put it into words.

For the record, it would be the United States that would win the bid, and the country would have to then select the 12 cities to host matches.

Chicago was eliminated before Baltimore-despite being a frequent home to Team USA matches and hosting the opening of the 1994 World Cup at Soldier Field.

Suck it, Chicago!

Also, M&T Bank Stadium is a MUCH better option for soccer than FedEx Field and their awkward 90,000 seats would be. But I’d be happy to see both cities selected.

And finally, I leave you with this….

I guess the GEICO Commercials featuring the Gecko and The Cavemen were very popular, but these new commercials kick ass, especially this brand new one with The Waltons…..

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Talk to you shortly from 1 Winning Drive.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Scrappy Terps come up short in OT, fall to Wake Forest, 85-83

Posted on 12 January 2010 by Luke Jones

Over the final 25 minutes of regulation, the Terps played the “rope-a-dope” against the bigger Demon Deacons.

After the Terps jumped out to a 23-15 lead in the first half, a 15-4 Wake Forest run erased the advantage and seemingly put Maryland on the verge of a blowout loss. However, every time it appeared Wake Forest was ready to seize complete control and put Maryland away, the Terps grabbed the loose ball, capitalized with a put-back, or forced a turnover, keeping themselves within striking distance despite shooting only 40 percent from the field and struggling with their half-court offense.

The scrappy effort—and huge 3-point baskets by Landon Milbourne and Eric Hayes in the final minutes—landed the Terps temporary leads and eventually into overtime before Maryland lost its punching power, falling to Wake Forest, 85-83.

As has been the case for much of his four-year career in College Park, Greivis Vasquez kept the Terps (10-5, 1-1) in the game seemingly by himself, scoring 30 points and handing out seven assists. Unfortunately, even Vasquez ran out of gas in overtime, shooting only 1-for-6 and missing a key free throw. The senior missed a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining before Sean Mosley missed another, ending Maryland’s hopes of stealing a huge ACC road win.

Expectations were relatively high for this year’s team with experts pointing to the Terps’ experience—led by seniors Vasquez, Hayes, and Milbourne—as the main reason, but none of the three had what it took to get Maryland over the hump in overtime, as they combined for only three points in the extra period.

Aside from their late second-half heroics, Milbourne and Hayes were quiet throughout the night, as the undersized Milbourne (11 points on 5-for-15 shooting) wore down against the Deacons’ frontcourt and Hayes (8 points) never got into the flow of the game after first-half foul trouble.

And while Mosley (8 points, 13 rebounds) looked to be emerging earlier in the season as a consistent scoring option to complement Vasquez, the sophomore hasn’t looked the same since spraining his ankle in practice on Christmas night. Mosley has averaged just 8 points per game since coming back from the injury, though his defensive prowess cannot be overlooked.

So, once again, it was Vasquez needing to do it. It’s no secret the Terps live and die with the senior from Caracas, Venezuela, but it’s clear no one other than Vasquez could step up to help secure the win Tuesday night. To his credit, freshman Jordan Williams (12 points) stood his ground against the imposing Wake big men, but it was hardly enough to compensate for the Terps’ other deficiencies in the paint.

Maryland clearly lacks the talent of a young big man such as Al-Farouq Aminu (24 points and 13 rebounds) who can seemingly take over a game in the low post, so it must rely on its transition game and experience to come up big on the road. And while Vasquez did it for most of the night, his effort alone wasn’t enough.

It may not have been a game the Terps were expected—or even needed—to win, but it hurts knowing they came so painfully close to the knockout and a road win, something the Terps will need to do at least a few times this season if they want to be “dancing” in March.

Tuesday night could have been an impressive win to jump-start another NCAA tournament push, but instead, it will simply go down as a blown opportunity for the Terrapins.

Check out the final stats right here and the live blog below.

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10:28 p.m. — SO close, but the Terps come up just short.

Mosley got a great look on the 3-pointer off the dribble after grabbing the rebound off the Vasquez miss.

Maryland falls in overtime, 85-83.

I agree with Gary Williams’ decision to go for the victory there. Just wish it had been a different result.

Back shortly with some final post-game thoughts.

10:24 p.m. — Smith hits the off-balanced runner to give Wake the lead at 85-83.

I don’t know how he made that.

Timeout, Maryland, with 14.8 seconds remaining. You would have to think Vasquez gets the ball here.

10:22 p.m. — A Vasquez foul sends Aminu to the line for two. He makes 1-of-2.

On the other end, Jordan Williams gets the tip-in off the Vasquez miss to tie it at 83!

10:20 p.m. — Two poor shots by Vasquez on that possession. No other way to describe it.

Maryland trails 82-81 with 1:01 remaining.

10:19 p.m. — Maryland gets out in transition, and Mosley takes it to the hole and draws the foul.

Can we PLEASE make our free throws?

Mosley drains both of them to make it a one-point game.

10:17 p.m. — Aminu picks up his fourth foul, sending Vasquez to the line. The senior misses the first but gets the second. Free throw shooting letting the Terps down here in overtime.

10:16 p.m. — Vasquez tries to draw the foul and puts up an air ball. Mosley grabs the offensive board but steps on the line. Gary Williams does not like the call.

Stewart hits another jumper, and Wake leads by 4.

10:14 p.m. — Ari Stewart gets the jumper to fall to give Wake a lead of 80-78 with 3:09 remaining. Timeout, Maryland.

10:13 p.m. — Williams misses two free throws. That hurts.

10:12 p.m. — Aminu hits a pair of freebies, and we’re tied at 78 with 3:45 to play.

10:10 p.m. — Vasquez hits the first basket of overtime to give Maryland the lead.

Wake cannot generate any offense on the other end, but the Deacons grab the offensive board. Following another miss, Milbourne pulls the board but travels with it.

Jordan Williams returns, giving Maryland a big lineup, but a few seconds later, Gregory fouls out. So much for the big lineup.

10:08 p.m. — As Glenn Clark pointed out on our Twitter feed (@WNST), it was hard not to think about another contest down in Winston-Salem when Laron Profit hit a game-winnter against Wake. Too bad we didn’t see a similar ending, but we’ll take overtime.

10:05 p.m. — OVERTIME. You’d like to get a better look than a Sean Mosley fadeaway jumper, but it was the right play by Vasquez to dish it to him.

10:04 p.m. — Aminu hits the free throw to tie the game. Timeout is called by Dino Gaudio.

10:03 p.m. — Vasquez with a huge jumper to regain the lead for the Terps.

A few moments later, Aminu pump fakes and draws a foul from Milbourne on a 3-point shot. A terrible play from a senior in that spot.

Aminu misses the first, makes the second, and Gary Williams will use a timeout to ice the sophomore on the third one.

10:00 p.m. — McFarland gets the tip-in off the Smith miss. Tie game.

9:59 p.m. — Hayes with a big three to give Maryland a 74-72 lead.

Maryland’s other seniors have finally emerged after quiet nights.

9:58 p.m. — Harris is fouled by Vasquez, and the frosh hits both free throws to give Wake a two-point lead.

Hayes cannot hit a deep three, but Milbourne chases it down. A moment later, Milbourne hits a THREE to give Maryland a one-point lead!

9:55 p.m. — Milbourne with a HUGE jumper from the corner to tie it at 65.

Harris hits another three to immediately grab the lead back, but Vasquez hits a three of his own. WOW!

9:53 p.m. — We’ve reached the final media timeout of the second half with Maryland trailing Wake, 65-63, with 3:54 to play.

What more could the Terps ask for despite shooting only 38 percent from the field in this one?

9:51 p.m. — Vasquez almost hits the runner in the lane after being fouled by L.D. Williams, his fifth foul. That’s a big loss for the Deacons.

The senior hits both free throws, cutting the lead to two. Maryland continues to hang right there despite their offensive woes.

9:49 p.m. — Another offensive rebound for the Deacons will send L.D. Williams to the charity stripe. He makes 1-of-2 to push the lead to four points.

9:47 p.m. — Vasquez has now gone ice cold. It’s just hard to envision the Terps pulling this one out with no one shooting well at this point.

9:45 p.m. — Does anyone else get the feeling the deficit is bigger than only five? This game has the feel of Wake being in complete control, but the Terps are one big run away from retaking the lead.

9:43 p.m. — We’ve reached the under-8 timeout with Wake Forest leading by five points. Maryland is just doing nothing on the offensive end.

9:41 p.m. – Smith drains a jumper, and the senior now has 12.

With Vasquez out of the game, it’s clear no one wants to take the shot. Following the block on Bowie, Wake finishes in transition with an Aminu dunk. Ugh.

9:39 p.m. — With Vasquez now cooling off, it’s imperative that SOMEONE steps up for the Terps.

A beautiful look from Vasquez on the in-bounds play leads to a layup for Jordan Williams. Maryland trails by three points at 60-57.

9:36 p.m. — Great anticipation from Bowie, grabbing the steal and going the distance for the layup, giving him 10 points for the game.

Perhaps that play can get the Terps going with 10 minutes to play.

9:35 p.m. — We’ve reached an official timeout with Wake leading the Terps, 58-53.

Though Mosley is the Terps’ leading rebounding with eight in the game, I’m beginning to wonder what toll the sprained ankle sustained on Christmas night has taken on the sophomore. The improved shooting stroke and offensive production we saw early in the year has disappeared.

Mosley has averaged only 8.0 ppg since the injury going into tonight, and he only has four in this one. He appeared to be the best candidate to become that second scoring option behind Vasquez, but it simply hasn’t happened since the injury.

9:30 p.m. — Padgett simply NEEDS to play stronger in the paint. Efforts like that are not going to draw any calls from officials—or any more playing time from Gary Williams.

Someone has to step up for the Terps other than Vasquez. Just nothing going offensively.

9:27 p.m. — Woods just ERASED that shot from Vasquez. Maryland then has trouble getting the ball in and has to throw it to the backcourt.

Vasquez turns it over, leading to a layup for Smith.

Timeout, Maryland. Wake leads by six as the Terps are having trouble generating much of anything on the offensive end.

9:23 p.m. — Smith hits a jumper from behind the free throw line. He’s been quite tonight.

Following a Mosley miss, Woods gets the jam and Wake leads by six. Danger time for the Terps here.

9:21 p.m. — A very smart play by Vasquez to draw the foul on the long jumper (foot on the line), leading to L.D. Williams picking up his third foul.

9:19 p.m. — Maryland is REALLY struggling on the glass now as the bigger Demon Deacons are beginning to show why they’re the top rebounding team in the conference.

We’ve reached our first official timeout of the second half with Wake Forest leading the Terps, 50-47.

9:17 p.m. — The one-handed runner by Vasquez cuts the lead to three. The Terps will need their leader to have a similar effort to what he showed against Florida State on Sunday.

9:15 p.m. — Mosley with a nice offensive board and finds Williams for a close-range shot. However, McFarland drains a long one for Wake.

Mosley with a beautiful pass to Milbourne, but the senior forward blows the layup. You cannot miss that shot.

9:14 p.m. — Hayes loses the ball out of bounds, Maryland’s ninth turnover. The Terps did a better job protecting the ball as the first half progressed, but it’s been a sloppy effort overall.

Aminu’s one-handed jam gives Wake a five-point advantage.

9:12 p.m. — Mike Gminski REALLY doesn’t have HD television? Wow, I thought I was the last one before finally seeing the light a couple months ago.

9:00 p.m. — Check out the first half stats right here.

8:55 p.m. — Gregory picks up his third foul with five seconds to go in the half. Not good, but I suppose it’s better than Jordan Williams picking it up.

Following a timeout, Vasquez misses a long three at the buzzer to close out the first half.

Wake Forest leads Maryland, 42-39. Definitely a disappointing finish to the half as the Terps had control of this one up until the seven-minute mark.

8:53 p.m. — Vasquez grabs the offensive rebound and is fouled. In the double bonus, Vasquez drains a pair of free throws for the Terps.

Smith misses a layup, and the Terps get out in transition, leading to Bowie being fouled on the layup attempt. The junior hits both freebies, giving him eight points. Bowie has played some quality minutes in Hayes’ absence due to foul trouble.

8:51 p.m. — Foul trouble is clearly plaguing the Terps as Williams, Gregory, and Hayes are all stuck on the bench with two fouls. It’s not coincidence the Deacons–and Aminu–began to wake up after that.

Harris hits a long triple to give Wake a five-point advantage. However, Bowie hits a RARE 3-pointer on the other end.

C.J. Harris just drilled ANOTHER triple from Raleigh to give him 13 points for the game. He’s only averaging 11.6 a game.

Timeout, Maryland.

8:47 p.m. — Remember when I said Aminu was hung over from Saturday’s loss? So much for that as the sophomore now has 11 points.

8:42 p.m. — A 6-0 run followed by a 7-0 run a couple minutes later has turned an eight-point lead into a 3-point lead for Wake.

The Deacons are on a 15-4 run since the Terps lead 23-15 with just over seven minutes to go in the half.

8:41 p.m. — Chas McFarland with a nice play, keeping the loose ball alive, which leads to the Harris layup. That looked more like a volleyball game than anything.

Harris hits a 3-pointer and Maryland’s lead is gone. Wake leads 28-27 with 4:15 to go.

8:37 p.m. — Maryland is beaten in transition again, leading to a Gary Clark layup and Hayes’ second foul. Clark completes the three-point play to shave the lead to five points.

Milbourne’s shot is blocked by Aminu, and the big sophomore scores on the other end plus the foul. Aminu hits the free throw, and the momentum has clearly shifted in favor of the Deacons.

Timeout, Maryland.

8:34 p.m. — The Terps continue to impress, holding a 23-15 lead and rebounding advantage against the Demon Deacons as we reach the under-8 timeout.

8:31 p.m. — Tony Woods with the big two-handed dunk, drawing a second foul on Williams as the freshman was beaten on the baseline. I guess my previous compliment jinxed the big man.

Gregory is fouled on the other end and makes a pair of free throws after a lane violation gives him a second chance.

8:30 p.m. — Aminu is definitely showing a bit of a hangover from his poor effort against Miami. The star sophomore only has two free throws and has not made a field goal in the game’s first 10 minutes.

8:28 p.m. — Jordan Williams with the block, forcing the jump ball. He’s continuing to be more assertive in the paint as a frosh.

8:26 p.m. — Vasquez throws it away as he was clearly anticipating that Gregory would cut to the basket. I know Gary Williams loves the junior forward’s energy, but he has to show a bit more of an offensive game near the basket.

8:24 p.m. — Smith is off to a quick start of his own against the Terps as the senior has six points.

Milbourne scores on the other end to push the lead back up to four points.

Following a Smith miss on the other end, a huge scrum with multiple players diving for the loose ball results in it going out of bounds to Wake. The Terps weren’t able to secure the loose ball off the long rebound, but it’s nice to see the effort after some uninspiring rebounding efforts earlier in the year.

8:21 p.m. — Adrian Bowie and Dino Gregory have checked in as Vasquez drains another three. The Venezuelan is en fuego with eight points already!

Maryland leads Wake, 15-11, with 11:47 remaining at the second media timeout.

8:19 p.m. — Vasquez drives the lane and finds a wide-open Jordan Williams on the dunk, an absolutely beautiful look!

8:18 p.m. — Smith drains the long jumper and the Deacons regain the lead. Vasquez answers with a 3-ball.

L.D. Williams hits a triple of his own as we’re seeing a bit of a shootout right now.

8:17 p.m. — Vasquez posts up and hits the jump hook, taking advantage of the mismatch.

After Hayes picks up a foul, Ari Stewart misses a shot and it goes out of bounds to Maryland. Vasquez’s shot is blocked, but the Terps will keep it and then immediately turn it over.

Very sloppy start for the Terps in the turnover department.

8:12 p.m. — Aminu settles for another long jumper and misses. On the other end, Hayes splashes a triple.

We’ve reached our first official timeout with Wake leading the Terps, 6-5.

8:11 p.m. — Mosley with the foul on Aminu, sending the big sophomore to the line. He makes a pair of freebies, and the Deacons lead 4-0.

Hayes with a beautiful dish to a wide-open Jordan Williams for the dunk, but the Terps are beat on the other end for a L.D. Williams layup. The Terps CANNOT get beat in transition if they want a chance in this one.

8:09 p.m. — Maryland with two turnovers in about 10 seconds. Not taking care of the basketball early with three turnovers in a little over a minute.

Jordan Williams did a great job defending the Williams dunk, but Milbourne misses the jumper on the other end. Maryland scoreless in the first 2+ minutes of the game.

8:07 p.m. — Maryland grabs the opening tip (dressed in red). Mosley misses the first shot of the game, but Aminu takes a three on the other end and misses. He can stay out there all day long if it were up to me.

Williams is called for the offensive foul a possession later.

8:00 p.m. — Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Maryland
G Greivis Vasquez
G Eric Hayes
G Sean Mosley
F Landon Milbourne
C Jordan Williams

Wake Forest
G Ishmael Smith
G C.J. Harris
G L.D. Williams
F Al-Farouq Aminu
C David Weaver

Steve Martin (no, not THAT one) and Mike Gminski will provide the call for Raycom Sports.

7:47 p.m. — As Terps fanatic and WNST host Bob Haynie astutely pointed out, the Demon Deacons’ size figures to be a serious concern for Gary Williams’s squad, but the Deacons are coming off a poor rebounding effort against Miami in which Gaudio criticized his team’s effort in boxing out.

The Terps won the rebounding effort against the Seminoles, an effort they will need to duplicate against Wake. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gary Williams show some bigger looks at times tonight by using Jordan Williams and Dino Gregory or James Padgett at the same time, with Milbourne sliding down to the 3.

7:35 p.m. — Good evening, Terps fans, and Happy Festivus as we await the start of Maryland’s ACC road opener in Winston-Salem against Dino Gaudio’s Demon Deacons (11-3, 1-1). The Terps (10-4, 1-0) are fresh off a conference-opening 77-68 victory over Florida State at the Comcast Center on Sunday evening. My apologies for the lack of coverage as I was returning from Foxborough after the Ravens’ huge playoff victory over the Patriots.

Wake Forest will try to rebound from a disappointing 67-66 loss at Miami on Saturday. The Demon Deacons are led by sophomore forward Al-Farouq Aminu who leads the team in both points (16.8 per game) and rebounds (11.6 per game). The 6-foot-9 big man—along with 7-footer Chas McFarland—will clearly provide a huge challenge to Jordan Williams, Landon Milbourne, and the Maryland frontcourt.

Greivis Vasquez, as he’s done so many times in his four years in College Park, saved the Terps in the second half with a 17-point effort and 22 for the game, his sixth-straight game with 20 or more points. The senior drilled a 3-pointer with 2:23 remaining to push the Terps’ advantage to nine points after the Seminoles were trying to climb back into the game in the final minutes.

Maryland has an opportunity to post its most impressive win of the season if it can steal an ACC road victory after a quick turnaround from Sunday’s game. Interestingly enough, both the Terps and Demon Deacons have lost to William & Mary this season, so both schools would clearly like to earn a win against an opponent expected to be in the upper half of the conference this season.

Senior Eric Hayes needs only seven points to become the 48th Terp to reach the 1000-point mark in school history. The guard scored 17 points against the Seminoles in Sunday’s win.

Tonight’s game can be seen on WNUV-TV in Baltimore (the Raycom Sports network) at 8:00 p.m.

And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for thoughts and updates throughout the contest.

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

Look, I’m trying to figure out how I feel about this whole steroids situation personally. I mean, clearly Mark McGwire has been embarrassed by having to finally publicly admit to steroid use, and there is little to no chance he will ever be able to shake it off and enter Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

BUT-using steroids to hit all of those home runs did help him get this……

mcg

So….they can’t be all bad, right?

Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Ravens taking similar path this year as they did last

With his point being that a season ago, the Ravens went on the road to blow out the AFC East champs, then went on the road to beat the #1 seed in the AFC. The Ravens have a chance to do the same thing this year, but I don’t think the comparison is fair. With no offense to Chad Pennington and Kerry Collins, I think it says a lot that the quarterbacks the Ravens beat last year are each currently NOT starters in the NFL.

The opponents the Ravens are facing this year are MUCH better than the ones they faced last year-and it absolutely starts at the QB position. The Ravens made a major statement by beating a team with an elite QB (Tom Brady is ABSOLUTELY “elite”), and that could help them build confidence as they look to beat an elite QB in Peyton Manning this week as well.

Me personally, I’d much rather be facing this guy in the playoffs…..

stoney

2. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh believes Flacco ‘healthy enough to play well’

I really don’t have much of an idea of just how bad things are for Joe Flacco. We can ALL tell that he’s laboring, but none of us really know just how bad it is because Joe and the coach of the team continue to dismiss it.

It is well understood that come playoff time-everyone in the league is banged up. But having your quarterback banged up and having a starting cornerback banged up are two VERY different things. This isn’t a case of whether or not Joe can play-obviously he can. But this IS a question of “what might happen?” if the Ravens trail 31-26 with 1:16 left and 1 timeout.

It could be an issue.

3. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Todd Heap ‘expected to play’ Saturday night

ESPN.com’s James Walker added last night that the x-rays on Todd’s back came back negative, which is good news for everyone. Todd Heap won’t be the difference in Saturday night’s game, but we all know the Ravens are better off with a healthy Todd Heap than they are without one.

4. Indianapolis Star’s Mike Chappell says Colts have never won playoff game after first round bye

I think this is a completely relevant statistic that CANNOT be overlooked. Peyton Manning has NEVER won a playoff game after shutting things down or getting out of rhythm late in the season. Maybe the Colts will just be better at turning things back on under Jim Caldwell than they were under Jim Mora and Tony Dungy, but I somehow doubt it.

More importantly, whoever wins the toss in this game really needs to take the ball. If the Ravens can come out and dictate pace the way they did in Foxborough, a Colts offense that hasn’t tried to score points in weeks might be in a position to struggle a bit more.

We can at least hope.

5. NFL.com’s Vic Carucci says Colts most ‘vulnerable’ of home teams in 2nd round

Sure.

But they’re also the only home team in the 2nd round of the playoffs with Peyton Manning at quarterback and Reggie Wayne at wide receiver.

Look, the Colts are beatable. But not beatable with a big margin for error. Just beatable. As in, it’s possible.

6. WNST.net’s Nestor Aparicio announces Purple Playoff Parties in Broad Ripple section of Indy Friday night and Saturday afternoon

And who WOULDN’T want to come out and hang with a group of jerks like this???

trip

Here’s what you should know about this picture:

1-Chris Bonetti (the fella on the right whose voice you’ve heard on commercials during the day on AM1570) IS a Jets fan, but they don’t play until Sunday-so you won’t have to worry about him rambling on. Also, he’s ABSOLUTELY rooting for the Ravens on Sunday night (partly because it helps New York), so he’s one of us.

2-Mike Gross (the 2nd guy on the right) is the webmaster at WNST.net. He also lost a game of Pop-A-Shot basketball to his girlfriend by a score of 22-4 on Saturday night at Dave & Buster’s. Is that relevant? No. Did I want to share it anyway? Of course I did.

7. Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Al-Farouq Aminu leads way as Wake Forest hosts Maryland tonight

The good news again here is that much like Florida State, the Demon Deacons are unlikely to reel off 12-16 points in a row thanks to outside shooting. The Terrapins can’t completely take away Wake’s size, but they should be able to stay close throughout. It’s a tall order to go to Winston-Salem just 48 hours after a big ACC win.

Boy.

75-71 Deacs.

But who knows.

8. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester wonders why Orioles haven’t signed Adam LaRoche

I have no problem with the Birds signing Adam LaRoche. Mostly because he’s capable of playing baseball.

Drew’s right, LaRoche is better than a number of the guys that are available-which of course means he probably wants some money-or maybe 2-3 years.

I get the feeling that might not work here.

9. The AP says Reggie Holmes’ 16 lead Morgan State in win over Hampton

This is what we expect from Todd Bozeman’s team, it’s MEAC season and they are VERY capable of winning any game they play. The combination of Holmes and Thompson will present problems for everyone in the conference. If they play well, they’ll beat everyone in the league.

10. Loyola Official Site says 22 turnovers doom Greyhounds in loss to Iona

As they would if Loyola was playing Stevenson, for the record.

Jimmy Patsos’ bunch is in a tough spot now in the MAAC. They had a great chance to make some noise early on in conference play, but very quickly they’re now 1-5.

I don’t think I need to be the one to tell anyone that 1-5 isn’t a good place to be.

11. The AP says Coppin fell to 5-9 overall after loss to Howard

This isn’t a “bad” loss for Fang Mitchell’s crew-but they certainly can’t afford to think that they can just turn things on come MEAC Tournament time. Replacing Tywain McKee’s scoring continues to be an issue for the Eagles.

12. The AP says Maryland women hung on late to beat ranked Cavaliers in Charlottesville

By far the best win of the season for Brenda Frese’s crew, even if it wasn’t overly impressive. When Tchatchouang missed those freebies at the end of the game, I really wished I could pronounce her name better when I was cursing it.

And finally, I offer this.

It wasn’t exactly Bret Hart, but the WWE managed to keep my interest last night by bringing in Iron Mike Tyson to guest “host” RAW. He even decided to step in the ring and tag with Chris Jericho to take on Shawn Michaels and HHH at the end of the night. It did provide one pretty cool moment….

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

Talk to you later.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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After Maryland’s Pathetic Loss to Duke, Time For Ralph to Move on From Chris Turner Era

Posted on 24 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Maryland was pathetic in their 17-13 loss to Duke on Saturday.

The play-calling was pathetic. The play-execution was pathetic. They rotated being pathetic offensively, defensively, and on special teams.

It was an embarrassing loss for a team that has made a season out of embarrassment.

They’re just not good enough.

And with the loss, it is time for Ralph Friedgen to let go of his trust in and respect for Senior QB Chris Turner and begin to look at the future.

Being 2-6 this season (1-3 ACC) is NOT Chris Turner’s fault alone. Moreover, if we were putting together a Drew Forrester “percentage pie” to assign blame for why this team has been so bad this season, Turner would probably get less than half of the pie. Not because he’s been good this season (he hasn’t), but because there are MANY more areas of blame. The defense was bad early in the season. The offensive line has been bad THROUGHOUT the season. Da’Rel Scott and Davin Meggett have been much too “fumble-y” for talented Running Backs.

However, those are areas where the current players NEED to play. The defense is young and has improved vastly. The offensive line is young, and the veterans are actual NFL prospects (Phil Costa and Bruce Campbell). Da’Rel Scott (junior) and Davin Meggett (sophomore) will each be back next season. Quarterback is the only position where this team isn’t building for the future of building a player for his own football future.

Chris Turner is not going to be a professional football player. The next 4 games will not help get him ready for the NFL Draft. They will not make him a better option for the CFL. Chris just isn’t good enough to play professionally. While Ralph Friedgen may feel as though he “owes it” to Chris to continue to play him, it will do nothing for either party other than help the QB’s pride. Chris has carved his place in Maryland’s record books, and he will always be remembered as the quarterback who helped the Terps to some VERY big wins (@Rutgers, Boston College, Cal, North Carolina, etc.). But the Terps don’t need a big game winner anymore. Hopes of an EagleBank Bowl trip have about as much life in them as Y.A. Tittle did on The Comcast Morning Show Friday.

The first question to be asked will be “What do Jamarr Robinson and Danny O’Brien have to gain by facing NC State, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Boston College? The only possible answer is that the quarterbacks will at least have game experience before taking the field in September. One of these guys is going to HAVE to play. This isn’t the same as sticking a QB in to be a sacrificial lamb. One of them HAS to play, and the offensive line will not suddenly be WORLDS better next season. Robinson would presumably be the better choice given the fact that this is his 3rd year in the system, he can’t get a redshirt year, and he is a bit more mobile.

The Terps will play Fork Union in a JV game this week. These games are known as chances for head coaches to learn about what they have for the future. My suggestion is that this coaching staff-which has had no problem going with younger players (like Caleb Porzel) at other positions now add quarterback to the list of positions they take time to evaluate.

-G

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4:36-Scratch that. What a disaster. Duke can run out the rest of the clock after a Tony Logan muff. 17-13 Devils. I’ll put the finishing thoughts on this one in a minute.

4:35-Hey now! A big defensive play! Duke has to punt! Maryland gets one more chance! Good luck Chris!

4:34-Duke faces 3rd and 18 after a holding call. I’m sorry I’m not updating much, I guess I just have a feeling about how this story will end…..

4:28-I just poked over to InsideMDSports.com to see if John Turner had any thoughts on the 4th quarter. Nothing that I’ve seen so far.

I thought we were going to see Jamarr Robinson in this game?

4:24-A first down on a penalty is still a first down.

An interception is NOT a first down. Vincent Ray intercepts Chris Turner, and Duke takes over with 4:09 to play in the game.

Chris Turner is not exactly re-writing his legacy…..

4:19-Great play by Jared Harrell, and Duke forced to punt. Maryland will take over at their own 21. 5:03 to play, I say this is 4 down territory. But few care about what I say.

4:12-Maryland forced to punt, and Duke will take over from their own 40 with under 7 minutes to play in the game. Not sure why Maryland has insisted on trying to run when it has done basically nothing for them.

4:10-Big pass interference call drawn by LaQuan Williams. Maryland gets a first down at the 14. I would probably be throwing more on this drive.

Drew-maybe just react accordingly?

4:06-I can’t tell if it was a fumble or not. I guess they can’t overturn it.

4:03-With under 10 minutes to play, Thad Lewis took off for the goal line-and HUGE DEFENSIVE PLAY! MARYLAND BALL! Wow, I didn’t even see the fumble. What a big play.

3:58-And a great screen play to Jay Hollingsworth. Argh.

3:57-Conner Vernon goes over 100 yards receiving, and Thad Lewis had plenty of time to throw the ball. Frustrating.

3:54-Nice play by Vince Oghobaase to knock down that pass, and Maryland will be forced to punt. Of course…….

3:50-BIG throw by Chris Turner and BIG catch by Adrian Cannon for a first down. Maryland is actually moving the ball….

3:49-And instead of a 10 yard gain for Porzel, the Terps go backwards due to a holding call. 2 plays later, it’s 3rd and long again. Think they have another Davin Meggett screen in them?

3:47-Hey now! A 3 and out from the Maryland defense, and they’ll take over at their own 34. Tony Foster with a nice spceial teams play for Duke.

3:43-Chris Turner now has 6.284 career passing yards. He surpasses Boomer Esiason on the all-time career passing yards list in Maryland history, now 2nd all-time just behind Scott Milanovich. (Thanks ESPN360!) Also, Maryland scored their first TD since the 4th quarter against the Demon Deacons.

3:41-And I spoke too soon. Davin Meggett breaks off a 67 yard TD score on 3rd and long; and they cut the lead to 17-13. Thank God.

3:40-This is not an offense. This is nothing.

3:36-Great catch by Danny Parker on the 2 yard TD pass by Thad Lewis. I have to keep watching because????? 17-6 Duke.

3:29-The 360 guys are pretty certain Conner Vernon pushed off there. Don’t know that it matters.

3:28-At least they’ve been able to get some sacks in recent weeks. There’s a nice one from Ben Pooler.

3:26-Deege Galt is down; but was able to get back up and leave the field under his own power. Maybe just had the wind knocked out of him.

3:23-Big downfield pass from Thad Lewis to Johnny Williams. Would like to see the team wearing white make some nice downfield passes.

3:20-Caleb Porzel is best used in a Ray Rice type of role. James Franklin needs to continue to do a better job of getting Porzel the ball in space. He cannot expect Porzel to be successful with the same plays Da’Rel Scott is successful with.

3:12-Hey, the 2nd half started. That’s neat. Chris Turner was 0/1 in the 2nd quarter. That isn’t good. Porzel 11 rushes for 21 yards? He actually has had some good runs, too. Genyk thinks Tom Brattan was probably pretty angry at halftime. I bet he’s right.

2:47-Snyderwine field goal made it 10-6 Duke. Maryland has to find their way into the end zone at some point.

2:38-It has been a long time since this team has scored a TD. 4th quarter against Wake.

Duke faces 3rd and 5. PLEASE GET THEM OFF THE FIELD!

2:34-Duke with a screen for 35 on 3rd and 5. Do I have to keep doing this?

2:29-Terps again get nothing going and are forced to settle for a 40 yard FG from Ferrara. 7-6 Duke.

2:26-Pass intended for Conner Vernon intercepted by Cam Chism, who I think has shown serious signs of being a future star for this team. If the Devils are going to continue to force the ball through the air, the Terps MUST force turnovers.

2:22-Probably the right decision to have Chris Turner run there, and a GREAT special teams play by Trenton Hughes.

2:21-I’m happy to see Ralph play Porzel, but that doesn’t mean he should ONLY play Porzel, right? Davin Meggett and Morgan Green DID make the trip. Terps face 3rd and 14….

2:20-Bruce Campbell described as “answering the bell.” At least someone is….

2:18-FINALLY a big defensive play, as the Terps recover a fumble and take over at their own 28.

Some solid running from Caleb Porzel thus far. I’ve said before that they need to call him Caleb “Touches” Porzel.

RJ Dill started at Right Tackle today? Maybe Fridge should wander around campus one day looking for a big guy…..

2:16-Can I take this time to remind everyone that they care so much about football in Durham that they actually use Wallace Wade Stadium as a parking lot for Cameron Indoor Stadium?

2:14-Bubble screen to Austin Kelly gets Devils inside the 40 as the 1st quarter comes to a close. It might as well.

2:10-Antwine Perez is going to have to be taken off the field via stretcher. More bad news for Terps’ defense.

2:06-Thaddeus Lewis is a HELL of an athlete. Terps must be careful to not let him get things going on the ground, either.

It’s raining in Durham. I don’t feel bad for anyone there after the nightmare we had at Byrd Stadium last week.

There’s a big throw to Donovan Varner. Of course there is. And Antwine Perez is down. Good news all around.

2:03-Chris Turner can’t find Adrian Cannon in the endzone, and the Terps are forced to settle for a Nick Ferrara field goal to make things 7-3 Duke. Good to see Ferrara make his first kick after missing his last 2 against the Cavaliers in the rain. Ferrara should benefit from having Travis Baltz able to punt again this week, as that should allow him to approve on kickoffs.

2:00-Very successful passing drive here. Completions to Adrian Cannon, Kevin Dorsey, Porzel, and Torrey Smith have the Terps inside the 10. The “Wild Turtle” play by Torrey Smith got nothing.

1:52-Solid defensive play by Adrian Moten, but not a play later Lewis finds Brandon King on a slant, and he takes it in to give Duke an early 7-0 lead. Christ.

1:50-Duke wasn’t afraid to go right back to Donovan Varner, and they have the ball to Maryland’s 30. David Cutcliffe’s Devils aren’t going to be afraid to throw the ball today; so they Maryland defense is going to need to force some turnovers.

1:49-Great play by Cam Chism to force Duke into a 3rd and 7. Donovan Varner must be HURTING.

1:47-The Terps would be more than willing to let Thad Lewis throw the ball into triple coverage all day.

1:45-Some commercials today on ESPN360. Weird.

1:43-Terps have REALLY struggled on 4th down conversions. Porzel (who is SMALL) stopped well short on 4th and 1 by Vincent Ray, and Duke takes over.

1:41-Terps went to Porzel for their first 4 offensive plays of the game, including a 15 yard reception from Chris Turner on 3rd down. Terps worked their way to the Devils’ 40, where Turner’s pass to Ronnie Tyler left them a yard short.

I’d go for it here.

1:39-Don Brown’s defense with a big 3 and out against a fairly powerful Duke offense. Thaddeus Lewis had plenty of time to throw, though.

Nice punt return by Tony Logan, and Caleb Porzel is your first back into the game. The team is playing without both Da’Rel Scott and Gary Douglas. Think Davin Meggett’s fumbles are the reason Ralph Friedgen and James Franklin started the freshman?

1:22-Luke Jones is in College Park today for the Maryland basketball scrimmage, so I am here on my couch to keep you company as the Terrapins battle Duke in Durham. The Terps come into the game 2-5 (1-2 ACC) after back to back losses to Wake Forest and Virginia. The Devils come into the game 3-3 (1-1) ACC off a bye week following a 49-28 win over NC State.

The game can be seen live on ESPN360 with Bob Weekley and Jeff Genyk on the call.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are your weekend picks….

Maryland 23, Duke 13

I don’t care what Eron Riley (and everyone else) says. Maryland is NOT losing a football game to Duke. They’re NOT. I refuse to believe so.

Wake Forest 28, Navy 17

I think losing Ricky Dobbs REALLY hurts the Mids.

Towson 16, Northeastern 6

The Huskies are TERRIBLE. Rob Ambrose’s bunch can’t lose games that are should-win, since there are only a couple on the schedule.

Morgan State 20, Delaware State 12

The Bears are playing REALLY good football right now.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Bob Haynie wonders who Ravens’ MVP is 6 weeks in

Drew Forrester calls out nameless commentators

Ed Frankovic says Caps 5-4 winners over Thrashers

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata believes defense needs to play ‘technically-sound football’

The Official Site says Ray Lewis, Todd Heap, Domonique Foxworth nominated for Community Service Award

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Dwan Edwards making difference after undergoing spinal fusion

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Samari Rolle believes secondary needs to ‘make plays’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Dwan Edwards made most of chance to start for Trevor Pryce

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco says Ravens do NOT have dominant defense

ESPN.com’s James Walker interested in seeing how much secondary improves during bye week

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Terrell Skinner, Danny Edwards will carry flags on field for tomorrow’s trip to Duke

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary Douglas OUT, Davin Meggett and Caleb Porzel will have to shoulder load at RB

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner explained squabble with Friedgen as ‘misunderstanding’

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Bruce Campbell’s injury has really hurt Chris Turner

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Kerry Boykins, Bennett Fulper will also miss tomorrow’s game against Devils

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge may have to choose between giving Morgan Green another shot or burning D.J. Adams’ redshirt

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Turner thinks Terps will be ‘loaded’ at QB in Spring

Washington Post’s Matt Bonesteel says Linganore OL prospect Havenstein picked Wisconsin over Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps facing Devils for first time in 5 years

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Duke 28-21

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says RB Re’quan Boyette, LB Abraham Kromah, WR Tyree Watkins will all miss tomorrow’s game for Duke

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says class of ’08 already panning out

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary Douglas will miss game with shoulder injury

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Stephen St. John not moving up to varsity yet, will play in JV game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Lansford Watson will also miss game

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Maryland, Duke battling to avoid being worst team in ACC

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Duke 28-20

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Carl Russell has improved this season (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says TE Schlothhauer called up to varsity, will travel to Durham (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings offers quick facts for Terps, Blue Devils

Turtle Sports Report’s Pete Volk says Tyler Smith still fully committed to Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Dino Gregory likely to be 5th starter

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Adrian Bowie, Cliff Tucker, Dino Gregory worked out with trainer Jay Hernandez in offseason

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary Williams doesn’t want to stick around too long, ‘cheat’ college basketball

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terrence Ross hung with future teammates James Padgett, Jordan Williams earlier this month (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says guard prospect Kenny Chery playing for former Terps assistant Michael Adams at Archbishop Carroll (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports’ Report’s Pete Volk checks in with ’10 prospect Tsafack (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter expects Dara Taylor, Anjale Barrett, Lynetta Kizer, Essence Townsend, Diandra Tchatchouang to be starting 5 for Terps (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says kicker Joe Buckley hot right now

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dobbs OUT for tomorrow’s game against Wake

Washington Post’s Camille Powell stacks up Proctor against Wake Forest QB Riley Skinner

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Kriss Proctor will start for Dobbs

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dobbs hurt himself on 2nd play of win over SMU

Winston-Salem Journal says Niumatalolo has ‘confidence’ in Proctor

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Dobbs could return next week against Temple

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Mids will need ‘resiliency’ to beat Demon Deacons (must subscribe)

Go Mids offers quick facts for Terps, Deacs

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site checks in with Midshipmen during first week of practice

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site’s Dan O’Connell remembers Tigers’ ’92 thriller over Northeastern

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says 4 Retrievers games will air on MASN

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Birds must make decisions on free agents Danys Baez, Mark Hendrickson

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Perrault threw scoreless inning of relief in Arizona Fall League

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Laurel-based Ravalo happy to be running at home in De Francis Dash

SWIMMING:

UK Press says Phelps headed to Great Britain for first time in December for ‘Duel in the Pool’

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-John Turner asked that we not discuss anything further, but here is what I can share with you from him….

“It’s gotten WAY too much attention. It’s a message board. Never meant for it to go to the media.

There have been other threads on the same topic and it was never publicized. I should have kept quiet. It’s embarrassing me and my family.”

I’m not gonna bother to go any farther than this. John needs to know that his public comments on a message board are available for ANYONE to see; but he was right to say he “should have kept quiet.”

-I was talking to a NFC Scout yesterday-who played for 10 years as a defensive player in the NFL. He said this to me about the blame everyone through towards Frank Walker in the 2nd half of the loss to the Vikings….

“Blaming Frank Walker for what happened in that game would be akin to blaming a wide receiver for not catching a football that is thrown 2 feet over his head. In those situations, there is nothing else a cornerback can do. The ball is WAY over his head because a play has broken down due to missed assignments and too much time for a CB to throw the ball.”

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 22 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

The invitation is out there. If John Turner would like to come on with us (or just respond personally to my follow-up email) regarding our questions about his statements regarding Debbie Yow, I’d be happy to rescind my statements regarding him. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, I invite you to head over to the Audio Vault at WNST.net to listen to this morning’s “Cheap Shots From The Bleachers” segment.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh originally planned to have Ravens practice today as well

Drew Forrester says Ravens fans need bye week as much as Ravens players

Derek Arnold says Flacco, Ray Rice ‘played like a Raven’ in loss to Vikings

Ed Frankovic says Semin may miss Caps’ game against Thrashers tonight

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco missed practice this week with swollen ankle

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Frank Walker knows he needs to ‘improve’ after 2 pass interference calls in loss to Vikings

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Rice so good even some people in front office surprised

The Official Site says Harbs went out of his way to defend Oher in final press conference before bye week

The Official Site says Lardarius Webb has been learning from Ed Reed, Domonique Foxworth, Fabian Washington, Frank Walker

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Flacco rolled right ankle after Jared Allen stepped on left ankle

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ray Rice leads NFL with 766 yards from scrimmage

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Derrick Mason brings passion to football field AND radio show

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh thinks Oher has ‘tremendous respect’ for Jared Allen

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Le’Ron McClain has reached out to Lorenzo Neal for advice

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens smart to mix in young D-Linemen Brandon McKinney, Dwan Edwards

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Webb getting ‘comfortable’ in kick return, nickel back roles

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says contracts restructured for Kelly Gregg, Jarret Johnson

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Harbaugh doesn’t necessarily think Ravens have become throwing team

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Flacco thinks ankle ‘not a big deal’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco competing with Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer to make Pro Bowl behind Tom Brady, Peyton Manning

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Foxworth amongst biggest ‘underachievers’ in AFC North

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Nancy Johnston thinks school should stick with “Fear The Turtle”

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Debbie Yow surprised by John Turner’s comments

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Fridge still thinks Terps can be Top 25 annually

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin doesn’t think Terps better with Jamarr Robinson under center than Chris Turner

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps may run more ‘Wild Turtle’ with Torrey Smith

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cavaliers wouldn’t kick towards Torrey Smith last Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Charles Bankins thinks Nick Ferrara will benefit from having Travis Baltz back

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner just ‘misunderstood’ Ralph’s comments about Robinson, Danny O’Brien

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Pinegar went from walk-on hopeful to O-Line commodity in short time period

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Devils might put a ton of points up Saturday in Durham

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Terps will win ‘1 or 2’ more games

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Adrian Moten lifted spirits in practice Monday by crashing offensive huddle (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Turner admitted to feeling ‘insecure’ after loss to Cavs (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Ben Pooler stepping up for Terps (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Duke’s Thaddeus Lewis will provide Terps with another ‘test’ defensively

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings says Porzel rare highlight in Maryland’s loss to Virginia

Turtle Sports Report’s Scott Kornberg checks in with ’11 prospect Ron Buchanan-Vernon Davis’ cousin (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Scott Kornberg says ’11 prospect Sheldon Royster interested in Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary Williams feels Lindy’s ranking ‘vindication’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jack Heise to be honored by team daily in practice

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps to participate in next year’s Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary wants to fly to away games besides UVa

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Gbinije amongst best of ’11 prospects (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Midshipmen to celebrate Halloween against Temple next Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ricky Dobbs could still play Saturday against WFU

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo to make decision on Ricky Dobbs today

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids 12th in NCAA on 3rd down

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids have lost 3 straight Homecoming games-all to BCS opponents

Winston-Salem Journal’s Dan Collins says Josh Bush succeeding at safety for Demon Deacons

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Ivin Jasper thinks Kriss Proctor similar to Kaheaku-Enhada

Go Mids’ Chris Rohe breaks down individual Navy-Wake Forest matchups (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers to go ‘Green’ next Saturday against Richmond

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Bears RB Devan James thinks George Howard playing like ‘monster’

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror still ‘adjusting’ to new DC Mike Dailey

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Josh Bell, Brandon Snyder making strong case for Birds’ open corner infield positions in Arizona Fall League

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says scout Deron Rombach left organization to join Braves

The Sun says Cal Ripken to attend Brooks Robinson tribute

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Snyder homered twice, drove in 7 for Phoenix Desert Dogs in win

Examiner Jay Trucker says Bell’s success in AFL, Sherrill’s struggles in NLCS making trade look pretty good for O’s

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Saturday’s De Francis Dash at Laurel Park ‘2nd chance’ for Vineyard Haven

The Sun says Fleet Valid 2nd choice for De Francis Dash behind Vineyard Haven

SWIMMING:

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Michael Phelps endorses PureSport even amidst questions about supplements

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team named front office posts

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-No reason to be concerned about Joe Flacco’s ankle. Which is kinda difficult to say because he has the most important ankles in the entire city of Baltimore.

Here’s an update on Terps in the NFL through Week 6…..

-Browns LB Eric Barton has tallied 49 tackles (31 solo, 1 TFL) and 2 pass defenses
-49ers TE Vernon Davis has 22 catches for 262 yards and 3 TD’s
-Vikings TE Jeff Dugan has 2 catches for 26 yards and 2 rushes for 7 yards
-Eagles LB Moise Fokou has 2 tackles (2 solo)
-Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth has 13 tackles (1 TFL), 1 INT (13 return yards) and 6 pass defenses
-Dolphins TE Joey Haynos has 2 catches for 38 yards
-Vikings LB E.J. Henderson has 47 tackles (36 solo, 3 TFL)
-Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey has 2 catches for 36 yards and 2 rushes for 19 yards
-49ers QB Shaun Hill is 81/144 for 898 yards, 5 TD’s and 2 INT’s
-Browns LB D’Qwell Jackson has 59 tackles (46 solo, 2 TFL), forced 1 fumble, and has 2 pass defenses
-Jets DT Kris Jenkins has 13 tackles (11 solo, 4 TFL)-but will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL
-Broncos RB LaMont Jordan has rushed 20 times for 59 yards
-Chargers LB Shawne Merriman has 13 tackles (6 solo)
-Jaguars P Adam Podlesh has punted 27 times for 1,103 yards (40.9 yard average), inside 20 8 times
-Dolphins DT Randy Starks has 12 tackles (11 solo, 1 TFL)
-Vikings S Madieu Williams has 26 tackles (24 solo, 1 TFL) and defended 1 pass
-Seahawks CB Josh Wilson has 16 tackles (15 solo), 1 sack and defended 4 passes
-Redskins CB Kevin Barnes, Raiders LS Jon Condo, Ravens OT Jared Gaither, Vikings LB Erin Henderson, Redskins OT Stephon Heyer, Buccaneers DT Dre Moore, and Redskins OL Edwin Williams have not tallied statistics or play positions that don’t tally statistics

Also….
-Former Morgan State TE Visanthe Shiancoe has 17 catches for 164 yards and 5 TD’s for the Vikings
-Former Morgan State RB Chad Simpson has rushed 3 times for 9 yards for the Colts

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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