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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 13 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are your weekend picks…..

Ravens 27, Browns 13

It SHOULDN’T be this close. It might be closer. We’ll see if Brady Quinn can do anything.

Virginia Tech 27, Maryland 16

With no offense to Maryland, they’re not as good as Virginia Tech.

Navy 31, Delaware 18

There is an argument that the Midshipmen should be a Top 25 team.

Villanova 41, Towson 14

I hope the Wildcats don’t run up the score more than this.

South Carolina State 23, Morgan State 16

Donald Hill-Eley’s team has struggled for the last few weeks since looking like the best team in the MEAC a month ago.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Todd Heap, Ed Reed, Haruki Nakamura, Jarret Johnson, Kelley Washington practicing fully

Bob Haynie wonders if Jamal Lewis Hall of Fame worthy

Drew Forrester says local media needs to do better job of covering Towson, UMBC, Loyola, Morgan State and Coppin State hoops

Nestor Aparicio wonders whether Baltimore more interested in Wizards or Capitals

Ed Frankovic says Caps 3-1 without Ovechkin

Eric Aaronson says Wizards added Earl Boykins

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis (foot), Haloti Ngata (ankle), Fabian Washington (thigh) all missed practice yesterday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Lardarius Webb-Fabian Washington situation likely to be ‘game time decision’ for John Harbaugh

The Official Site says Justin Bannan not thinking about being in final year of contract

Browns Official Site’s Matt Florjancic says rookies Veikune, Robiskie excited for first chance to play on Monday Night Football

Browns Official Site says team will distribute remaining tickets for Monday night’s game at Cleveland Browns Stadium to avoid blackout

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Jamal Lewis getting ‘one more shot’ at former team Monday night

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens must get ball to Derrick Mason, contain Jamal Lewis, pound run

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can’t let Cribbs run wild, Browns rally around Mangini, show ‘no sense of urgency’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens didn’t look at Ty Law, Chris Chambers because neither would have been ‘upgrade’ over current players

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ray Rice thinks responsibility on players to get off to better start

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Pagano reports Chris Carr, Frank Walker, Lardarius Webb would all play Monday if Fabian Washington can’t go

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ed Reed’s 52 yard TD return Ravens’ only INT in last 5 games

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens don’t want to have to play ‘catch up’ against Browns like they did against Bengals, Vikings

The Sun’s Edward Lee says losing streak on Monday Night Football ‘disturbing’ to Terrell Suggs

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ray Lewis thinks Hauschka’s missed FG’s no bigger ‘mistake’ than dropping catch, missing assignment

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jared Gaither (neck) was limited in practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbs views both Trevor Pryce and Dwan Edwards as starters

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh wants Hauschka to make kicks ‘right now’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Pagano believes pass interference penalties coming in ‘panic situations’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says 52 doesn’t want to see Jamal Lewis retire

The Sun remembers when Ravens rallied to beat Browns a season ago

7 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Chris Carr, Dannell Ellerbe missed practice Thursday due to illness

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Todd Heap knows getting off to better starts an offensive ‘goal’ for Ravens

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Terrell Suggs not hitting ‘panic button’ despite struggles

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Jamal Lewis took Mangini to task for ‘practice regimen’

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says David Bowens thinks practice same now as it was with Jets under Mangini

SI’s Peter King picks Ravens 33-9

Fox Sports’ Brian Billick still thinks Ravens ‘very good team’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Steve Heiden, Chansi Stuckey missed practice for Browns

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens fighting with Steelers/Bengals, Texans, Jets, Jaguars for Wild Card spot in AFC

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Drew Gloster, Cory Jackson will carry flags to field before tomorrow’s game against Virginia Tech

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph Friedgen wouldn’t rule out running option next season

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner ‘doubtful’ for tomorrow’s game against Hokies

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Don Brown had been ‘thoroughly impressed’ by Isaiah Ross this season before injury

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamarr Robinson prepared to make first career start tomorrow against Va Tech

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Da’Rel Scott OUT Saturday

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Scott Van Pelt, Stephon Heyer defended Fridge

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Danny O’Brien, CJ Brown ‘in the mix’ to play tomorrow

Washington Post’s Mark Viera says Michael Via likely to start at center again for Hokies

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph reiterated that he’ll play Danny O’Brien if necessary tomorrow

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Caleb Porzel could return kicks with Torrey Smith

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ronnie Tyler, Austin Walker questionable for Saturday

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Terps wearing camo uniforms for tomorrow’s game at Byrd Stadium to support Wounded Warrior Project

Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Darryl Slater says Va Tech’s Brent Bowden amongst best punters in country

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Demetrius Hartsfield will play vs. VT (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Phil Costa has been offensive ‘lynchpin’ for Terps (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says RJ Dill particularly frustrated with how NC State game ended

Turtle Sports Report’s Allen Wallace says prospect Ifill to visit College Park December 19 (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Scott Kornberg checks in with Archbishop Carroll LB prospect Attaochu (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s season opener against Charleston Southern

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

Charleston Southern Official Site offers complete Buccaneers-Terrapins release (pdf)

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Gary Williams believes Terps have ‘5 good guards’

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says James Padgett could start for Terps tonight

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Gary Williams had no update on Dino Gregory

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps hoping for more from Sean Mosley

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says tonight’s season opener can be seen on Comcast SportsNet

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Goins has not been able to practice due to knee injury

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says last year’s leading scorer Jamarco Warren leads Bucs into Comcast Center tonight

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says adding muscle could help Jin Soo Choi make impact off bench

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Greivis Vasquez preseason All-ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez enters senior season much more mature

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary wouldn’t commit to James Padgett or Jordan Williams as starter if Dino Gregory doesn’t play

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps looking at St. Frances prospect Greg Lewis (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Memphis ‘slightly better fit’ for Tsafack than Maryland (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says commit Whitney Bays missing senior season of high school recovering from torn ACL

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph previews season opener against North Carolina Central

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says tickets still available for Saturday’s game against Delaware

Delaware Official Site offers complete Blue Hens-Midshipmen release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner thinks Irish DC Corwin Brown’s comments make him ‘an idiot’

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Ram Vela plays bigger than size

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Pospisil, 31 other seniors will be honored tomorrow for Senior Day in Annapolis

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Niumatalolo, Midshipmen had to shift focus to Delaware quickly after ND win

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Mids must put Fighting Irish win behind them with Hens up next (must subscribe)

Go Mids’ David Ausiello tells tale of learning Mids defeated Notre Dame (must subscribe)

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s season opener against Miami (Ohio)

Miami (Ohio) Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Towson Center

Miami (Ohio) Official Site offers complete Tigers-Redhawks release (pdf)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Tigers facing another Top 5 opponent in Villanova

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s season opener against Vermont

Vermont Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Reitz Arena to face Hounds

Vermont Official Site offers complete Catamounts-Greyhounds release (pdf)

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Shane Walker finds ‘similarities’ between Gary Williams, Jimmy Patsos

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to South Carolina State

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tomorrow’s season opener at Oklahoma

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Mountaineers open season trying to shake off loss in NEC Championship Game last year

Frederick News-Post’s Greg Swatek says Eers got ‘close’ to beating Virginia Tech, Georgetown last year; but don’t want to just stay ‘close’ anymore

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell 2-5 with 3 RBI for Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play

BLAST:

The Sun’s Glenn Graham says Aristodemo announced as Blast captain

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Go see a college hoops, college football, or Blast game this weekend. They can all use your support.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

A couple of things I was told by a member of the Ravens organization yesterday regarding their decision to keep Steve Hauschka…

-They are very pleased with Steve in kickoffs. Even when he hasn’t gotten the best distance, they’ve been happy with the hang time he’s given them to allow their coverage unit to get downfield and make plays.
-They had a feeling Steve was going to struggle on the road. New NFL kickers often struggle to learn stadiums around the league-and how to kick at those stadiums. Steve mentioned that he mis-judged the wind at Paul Brown Stadium and where to aim the kick.
-They WANT Steve Hauschka to be the kicker-not just for this week, but for the rest of the season and the seasons to come. They’ve been willing to give him the benefit of the doubt; but another costly kick could change that.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Fabian Washington had ‘no idea’ if he’d be back from thigh injury in time for Cleveland game

Derek Arnold thinks Ravens fans should ‘back (away) from the ledge’

Bob Haynie says hoops prospect Tsafack chose Memphis over Maryland

Thyrl Nelson thinks Ray Rice good fantasy play, Flacco maybe not so much

Nestor Aparicio says O’s still haven’t signed on officially in Sarasota

Ed Frankovic says Caps topped Islanders in shootout

Eric Aaronson says Wizards struggling to get wins, health

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens 4-7 all-time on Monday Night Football

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Hauschka still feels support from veterans in locker room

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ed Reed missed tackles against Bengals because he was trying to force fumbles

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Harbaugh doesn’t think no huddle killing Ravens in terms of time of possession

The Official Site’s Mallory Steinberg says Domonique Foxworth, Ray Rice, McGahee, Heap, Clayton, Flacco amongst Ravens involved in community this week

The Official Site says Mangini thought Kokinis firing ‘difficult’

Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says Mangini named Brady Quinn starter for Monday night

Browns Official Site says Mangini announced Josh Stamer signed to active roster

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Sam Koch thinks Hauschka needs to ‘trust himself’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ed Reed claims worse pain this year not reason for struggles Sunday in Cincinnati

The Sun’s Ken Murray and Edward Lee say Dwan Edwards had one of the best games of his career Sunday

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jarret Johnson thinks Ravens have ‘got to win’ Monday night at Cleveland Browns Stadium

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. cleans up after me

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Browns suffering from curse of Art Modell

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Mangini sympathetic of Browns fans

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Mangini thought Browns ‘best to move on’ from Kokinis

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says neither Quinn nor Derek Anderson was effective in Ravens’ Week 3 win over Browns

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Jamal Lewis ‘confident’ in decision to retire

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Lardarius Webb hasn’t been informed if he’ll have bigger role Monday night

8 of 8 Sporting News analysts pick Ravens

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 14th in power rankings

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora says Browns game ‘must win’ for Ravens

NFL.com has Ravens 14th in power rankings

NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano wouldn’t sit Ray Rice in fantasy football

NBC Sports’ Gregg Rosenthal and Mike Florio pick Ravens 31-10

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 30-0

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Jamal Lewis will remember his career as a Raven more than as a Brown

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Domonique Foxworth, Fabian Washington, Chris Carr, Frank Walker have all been ‘disappointing’ for Ravens

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says student tickets still available for Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech at Byrd Stadium

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says James Franklin amongst highest paid assistants in college football

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Phil Costa only O-Lineman Terps will lose this season

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen thinks Terps could be 7-1 or 6-2

Washington Post’s Matt Bonesteel says Lowe’s giving away towels to Maryland students at Saturday’s game

Washington Post’s Mark Viera says Hokies QB Tyrod Taylor ‘has grown’ as passer

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner remains questionable for Saturday’s game against VT

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner only Maryland QB since ’96 to have any real success in first career start

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Hokies 24-13

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Hokies 17-14

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Torrey Smith still worth watching

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have been hurt by injuries, youth

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says James Franklin 2nd highest paid assistant in ACC

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh gets QB, offensive analysis from James Franklin (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Jamarr Robinson expects Saturday to be start of something big for him in College Park (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Don Brown expects Richard Taylor to play more Saturday against Va Tech (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps must get to free throw line, improve rebounding margin, protect Comcast Center, shoot better from beyond arc, and see growth from Landon Milbourne

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps ‘still seem like underdog’

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Gary Williams part of reason ACC best conference in America

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Vasquez believes Terps can do ‘something special’ this season

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says James Padgett, Jordan Williams ‘big piece’ of Maryland’s ‘puzzle’ this season

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Vasquez thinks it’s ‘too early’ to know if Terps could make Final Four run

The Diamondback’s Jeremy Schneider says Mychal Parker, Terrence Ross, Terrell Stoglin make up impressive recruiting class for Terps

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda honors Rick Mosley (Sean Mosley’s father) on Veteran’s Day

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says only Lynetta Kizer experienced on Terps roster

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Sean McGuire, Brian Cooper committed to Maryland

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Niumatalolo, Gladchuk making national media appearances

The AP’s Tom Coyne says Irish DC Brown thought Nick Henderson’s hit on Robert Blanton ‘very malicious’

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Gladchuk claims USA Today’s report on Niumatalolo’s salary incorrect

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner offers video of Notre Dame co-DC Corwin Brown taking shot at Niumatalolo

Go Mids breaks down matchups against Delaware (must subscribe)

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Midshipmen open season at Radford

NAVY LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says former Mid Thomas Zimmerman now in flight training in Pensacola

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Villanova Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Unitas Stadium

Villanova Official Site offers complete Wildcats-Tigers release (pdf)

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Cephas Oglesby, Jamel Flash committed to Tigers

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Wichita State, Bradley were in the mix for Oglesby

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Bears dedicating season to teammate Anthony Anderson-who’s battling leukemia

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Justin Drummond committed to Greyhounds

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Shane Walker excited to restart career with Hounds

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews Friday’s season opener with Lincoln (PA)

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Todd Karpovich says Mountaineers will be forced to replace Sam Atupem, Markus Mitchell

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror coach Tim Keating thinks Mike Weick ‘absolutely essential’ player for team

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says O’s interested in Adrian Beltre, Mark DeRosa, Pedro Feliz

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Adam Jones benefitted from flawed Gold Glove voting system

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brandon Snyder left Arizona Fall League because Orioles satisfied with his progress

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Baysox giving away Matusz bobblehead with season tickets

USA Today had Orioles 27th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi say Orioles, Giants interested in Marlins’ Uggla

SWIMMING:

SwimNetwork.com’s Mike Gustafson says Phelps makes swimming ‘cool’

The Sun says Mark Spitz ‘not resentful’ of Phelps breaking his record

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Phelps finished with one silver, one bronze at World Cup event in Stockholm

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

Terps in the NFL Week 9 update…..

-49ers TE Vernon Davis had 10 catches for 102 yards in a 34-27 loss to the Titans
-Eagles LB Moise Fokou had 1 tackle (1 solo) in a 20-16 loss to the Cowboys
-Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth had 5 tackles (4 solo) in a 17-7 loss to the Bengals
-Dolphins TE Joey Haynos had 3 catches for 29 yards and a TD in a 27-17 loss to the Patriots
-Chargers LB Shawne Merriman had 3 tackles (2 solo, 2 sacks) in a 21-20 win over the Giants
-Jaguars P Adam Podlesh punted 4 times for 177 yards (44.3 avg, 2 touchbacks) in a 24-21 win over the Chiefs
-Dolphins DT Randy Starks had 2 tackles (2 solo) in a 27-17 loss to the Patriots
-Seahawks CB Josh Wilson had 5 tackles (4 solo), defended 3 passes, and returned an INT 61 yards for a TD in a 32-20 win over the Lions

-Former Morgan State RB Chad Simpson rushed 2 times for 3 yards in the Colts’ 20-17 win over the Texans

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 11 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Congratulations to Adam Jones for winning a Gold Glove award. It really doesn’t matter if he was the most “deserving” CF in the American League, as the award clearly often goes to the player who had the most “WOW” moments or has the best reputation. Either of those honors is just as good as being the best statistical defender.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Nugent was 2/6 this season with Buccaneers, Cundiff made field goal for Browns against Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium

Luke Jones thinks Harbaugh needs to let McGahee, Kruger, Demetrius Williams play

Derek Arnold says Oher, Gaither, Birk, Grubbs, Chester all struggled against Cincy

Drew Forrester humorously quips Ravens could cut Frank Walker, sign Elizabeth Lambert

Tom Clayton picks Terps 4th in ACC

Drew Forrester thinks Markakis should have won Gold Glove as well

Chris Bonetti says Adam Jones first Oriole to win Gold Glove since Mike Mussina

Drew Forrester sticking with Merton From Indianapolis despite some in Baltimore wanting him gone

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Rice’s 3rd down conversion in 4th quarter team’s only pickup in 10 tries

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Dwan Edwards listed ahead of Trevor Pryce on depth chart

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco hoping to bounce back in Cleveland from tough performance in Cincinnati

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says team reportedly tried out kickers Mike Nugent, Billy Cundiff

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Ed Reed’s injury major topic of conversation

The Official Site says Ngata thinks Fabian Washington has best reflexes, Kelley Washington thinks Mark Clayton has best reflexes

Browns Official Site’s Matt Florjancic says Browns 15-13 all time on Monday Night Football

Browns Official Site says LB Eric Barton placed on IR

The Sun’s Mike Preston thought Lardarius Webb ‘outstanding’ against Bengals

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg talks long snapping with Katula

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Tavares Gooden ‘learned a lot’ from Bart Scott

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Ravens need wake-up call from Ray Lewis

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens held kicking tryouts after bad misses from Hauschka against Vikings, Bengals

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Kamerion Wimbley only Brown playing well right now

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says fans hoping to see Mattison fired ‘delusional’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Nugent tried out for Ravens for 2nd time

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Pro Football Weekly honored Ngata, Grubbs

The Sun’s Ron Fritz says Mangini expected to name Quinn as starter after Derek Anderson’s struggles against Bears

The Sun’s Ron Fritz compares Hauschka to Matt Stover

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Domonique Foxworth has been Ravens’ ‘biggest disappointment’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbs still thinks Hauschka ‘best option’

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Brady Quinn ‘likely’ to start Monday night at Cleveland Browns Stadium

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says Trusnik will play more with Barton on IR

The AP says Steve McNair’s widow authorized to sell his restaurant

Sporting News’ Michael Tunison says Ray Rice ‘criminally underused’

SI’s Jim Trotter thinks Steelers will sweep Ravens

SI’s Don Banks says 52’s tackle of Sproles in San Diego best defensive play of year

SI’s Peter King names Oher to All-Pro team for first half of season

USA Today has Ravens 13th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 15th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Ravens far from looking like ‘best team in NFL’ as they did after Week 3

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 11th in power rankings

Fanhouse’s Josh Alper has Ravens 14th in power rankings

ESPN.com has Ravens 14th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says ‘talent’ reason why Ravens still in top half of power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco, Ravens secondary struggling right now

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Adam Jones honored with first Gold Glove award

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Jones first Birds OF to win Gold Glove since Paul Blair

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds signed former Rays catcher Michel Hernandez

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Eddie Gamboa, Josh Perrault each tossed scoreless inning for Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play

Examiner Jay Trucker says Jones joins Ichiro, Torii Hunter as American League Gold Glove winners

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says O’s have now won 59 total Gold Gloves, second most in American League to Yankees

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Fridge reported Jamarr Robinson ‘will play’ whether or not he starts

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler thinks Chris Turner deserves to play Saturday despite not practicing this week according to James Franklin

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Wujciak happy to wear camo uniforms

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Chris Turner still ‘questionable’ for game against Hokies

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Demetrius Hartsfield may return Saturday

Washington Post’s Mark Viera says Darren Evans returned to practice Monday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Friedgen prepared to pull Danny O’Brien’s redshirt if necessary

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Da’Rel Scott returned to practice, ‘unlikely’ for Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps had to pay $76,500 to get pry Don Brown, James Franklin away from UMass, Kansas State respectively

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Wujciak’s return against Wolfpack longest TD return for Terps since Randall Jones in 2000 against Wake Forest

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says C.J. Brown ‘unlikely’ to see field against VT

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ben Pooler has played well in Hartsfield’s absence

Richmond Times Dispatch’s Darryl Slater says Nosal giving Va Tech ‘boost’ on O-Line

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps could still technically make Orange Bowl

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps paying Ralph $1,877,095 for 2-7 record

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps assistants making $1,817,490 this season

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Devin Burns planning early arrival in College Park (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Friedgen using ‘gamesmanship’ at QB with Frank Beamer (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen says Herbert Law gave Terps glimpse of future in JV game (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings says Porzel solid in limited action against NC State

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Vasquez, Terps won’t be underdogs much this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Terps 23rd in first poll

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens and Barker Davis say Vasquez 2nd team All-American

ESPN.com’s Andy Katz says Terps ‘believe they can make NCAA Tournament’

Turtle Sports Report’s Ethan Rothstein doesn’t expect to see much of Steve Goins this season

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Tianna Hawkins, Jackie Nared each had double-double as Terps posted exhibition win over Catholic University

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site says Frese wanted Dara Taylor, Terps to work on ‘communication’

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says Tchatchouang scored 16 for Terps in win

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dara Taylor finished with 7 assists and just 1 turnover in win

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon says Georgetown Prep attackman Dobyns committed to Maryland

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo concerned about ‘letdown’ against Delaware after win over Notre Dame

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Joe Buckley’s miss in South Bend may be affecting him moving forward

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says after last win over Fighting Irish, Mids BARELY held on to beat North Texas

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Ricky Dobbs ‘feels good’ after beating Irish

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo ‘hopeful’ Marcus Curry can play against Blue Hens

Go Mids updates season for Midshipmen opponents

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mids will be on TV 5 times this season between CBS College Sports and MASN

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens expects Romeo Garcia to be ‘breakout player’ for Navy

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s showdown with Villanova at Unitas Stadium

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Maryland Racing Commission approved 150 days of racing, expects bigger purses from slots revenue

Thoroughbred Times’ John Scheinman says Laurel Park approved for 58 days of live racing in Winter meet

SWIMMING:

The AP says Michael Phelps qualified for 200 meter medley final at Stockholm World Cup event

The Sun says Baltimore’s Elizabeth Pelton finished 8th in women’s 200 backstroke

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Not surprised the Ravens are sticking with Steve Hauschka. They still think he can kick, but he has to prove it every time he goes out there.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 10 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Don’t have much time to contribute today. I was surprised by John Harbaugh’s candor yesterday, but it was a refreshing change of pace. I still think he needs to cool down on being so rough around the edges. I know it seems trivial, but I truly believe uptight coaches tend to not handle adversity quite as well.

But good for Harbs for taking responsibility for the team’s struggles, emphatically stating that HE needed to improve, and admitting that he screwed up in making the comments he made about Dallas and Philadelphia.

Now he just has to figure the football part out. No problem, right?

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Ravens ‘exposed’ in Queen City

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh had no update on Fabian Washington, Ngata

Drew Forrester gets feeling Ravens will bring in Mike Nugent or another kicker this week

Glenn Clark doesn’t understand Cam Cameron’s jump ball calls

Drew Forrester believes Ravens’ biggest offseason mistake not acquiring better CB

Glenn Clark says Ray Rice best Raven in Cincinnati game, Drew Forrester picked Lardarius Webb

Bob Haynie now taking score picks for Monday Night Football game

Glenn Clark wishes John Harbaugh would stop trying to be Andy Reid

Derek Arnold says Ray Rice only offensive player who showed up against Cincy

Keith Melchior particularly critical of Frank Walker, Hauschka, Chris Carr, Terrell Suggs, Dawan Landry, Domonique Foxworth at midway point of season

Drew Forrester says Gabino could be O’s next Jeremy Guthrie

Glenn Clark says Blast home opener against Rockford Rampage Jacksons amongst highlights of non-football week

Ed Frankovic says Ovechkin skated, but will miss Islanders game for Caps

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s John Eisenberg says Leon Hall, Jonathan Joseph biggest difference between Ravens, Bengals

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata felt like he could play Sunday in Cincinnati with sprained ankle

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh vague on Hauschka’s future

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbs accepted blame for team’s struggles

The Official Site says Harbaugh ‘disappointed’ by comments he made about Cowboys, reached out to Jerry Jones to make amends

Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says LB Marcus Bernard promoted from practice squad to active roster

Browns Official Site says Mangini will make QB decision Wednesday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says NFL history suggests Ravens still very alive for postseason at 4-4

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh doesn’t believe Ed Reed ‘playing hurt’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Marvin Lewis took Derrick Mason, Kelley Washington out of game

The Sun’s Ken Murray says despite bad game, Reed still had 5 tackles, forced Ochocinco fumble in loss

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Hauschka ‘struggling’ to replace Matt Stover

The Sun’s Ken Murray says NBC’s Rodney Harrison thinks Ravens on ‘life support’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Todd Heap knows ‘every game huge’ rest of season

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco had worst game of season against Bengals

The AP says schedule still includes Colts, Packers, Steelers twice as Ravens try to battle for playoff spot

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says Mangini already made decision between Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn; but hadn’t informed QB yet

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says 3-4,000 tickets left for Monday night’s game at Cleveland Browns Stadium against Ravens

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Browns could be blacked out for first time since return to NFL

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 13th in power rankings

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer says Ravens ‘out of contention’ in AFC North

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Ravens defense ‘lost mojo’

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens C- for performance against Bengals

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio has Ravens 13th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker still thinks Ravens alive

ESPN.com’s James Walker expects Brady Quinn to start Monday night

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds claimed RHP Armando Gabino from Twins

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Jones, Markakis hoping to win Gold Glove Awards

The Sun says Gabino went 6-4 at Rochester last season

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brandon Snyder doubled for Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League action

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with Virginia Tech

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

Virginia Tech Official Site offers complete MD-Va Tech release (pdf)

Virginia Tech Official Site says Hokies will wear new Nike Pro Combat uniforms

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner questionable for VT game

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps strangely similar to Redskins

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Devin Burns had big weekend for Carver (Georgia)

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamarr Robinson had ‘up and down’ performance against NC State

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire has Terps 12th in ACC power rankings

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Florida State will be without Christian Ponder when they play Maryland

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says no TV time announced for game against Seminoles

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Torrey Smith honored by ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hokies wearing white to contrast Maryland’s black

Sporting News’ Matt Hayes has Terps 12th in ACC power rankings

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says future Terp Tyler Smith can become Pennsylvania’s all-time leading passer shortly (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Atholton commit Matt Robinson could be diamond in rough for Maryland (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Athletic Department changed student ticket policy before season opener against Charleston Southern

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps will need James Padgett to be ‘reliable option’ if Dino Gregory remains suspended

Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman says having Greivis Vasquez back should help Gary Williams’ push to another NCAA Tournament

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says St. Anthony prospect Ashton Pankey nearing decision (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site
previews Saturday’s Senior Day contest against Delaware

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Blue Hens release (pdf)

The Official Site’s Bob Socci says Pospisil has family history in Annapolis

The Official Site says Paul Johnson, George Welsh, Wayne Hardin best coaches in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium history

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo expects Eric Douglass to start at center again

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Weis now 3-2 against Navy, 5-3 against service academies

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Mids 25th best team in country

Go Mids breaks down win over Notre Dame (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers DT Ibia honored for academics

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Devin Hewlett, Andrew Kase honored by Centennial Conference

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Rabil, Kyle Harrison amongst best players of decade

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Jeremy Goode has been a nice ‘fit’ for Mountaineers

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Regents Cup game against Frostburg Saturday pushed back to 4pm start

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team signed former Flacco college teammate Kheon Hendricks

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra in fight for Horse of the Year

Thoroughbred Times’ Mike Curry says Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Zenyatta, Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra each have impressive credentials in debate

SWIMMING:

The AP says Michael Phelps missed two finals in World Cup event in Stockholm

POKER:

The AP says Garrett County’s Darvin Moon fell to Joe Cada in finals of World Series of Poker

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Maryland is just as well to have Jamarr Robinson start Saturday. Not because he’ll be any better than Chris Turner, but hopefully his wheels will at least keep him alive.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 05 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

I had the opportunity to go to an advance screening of “The Blind Side” last night at The Charles Theater-thanks to Warner Brothers for the invitation. I have to first say that this movie is going to be absolutely HUGE. It is a perfect Thanksgiving football flick, and as big as it is going to be in Baltimore; it will be big throughout the country as well.

If you’re not familiar-the movie is based on the excellent book of the same name by Michael Lewis. The story chronicles Ravens 1st round pick Michael Oher. The book itself was more about football in general-but the transcendent story of Oher is easily movie-worthy. And while John Lee Hancock’s movie does change certain things about the story (an incident at Ole Miss is moved into Oher’s former home in the Memphis projects; the name of Oher’s Christian school is different, etc.); he does no injustice to the very human aspect of Oher’s journey.

The only shame of the movie is that in trying to keep it a family film-the darkness of Oher’s upbringing is merely referenced, not told vividly. This isn’t to say the movie failed-as the book references that Michael didn’t talk much about his past. The picture painted of Michael’s youth in the book is significantly more frightening than the more family-friendly picture painted by the film.

While the tragedy may not have been fully painted, nothing is taken away from the triumph. I’m going to be honest-if you cry during great sports movies (think “Remember the Titans”); you’re going to cry during this flick. It’s a remarkable story told very well.

The star of the film is clearly Sandra Bullock, whose turn as Leigh Anne Tuohy comes off akin to Julia Roberts’ Erin Brockovich. While this film is more fun and even a bit goofier than the very serious-natured “Brockovich”, your wives and girlfriends will immediately love Bullock’s Tuohy.

It’s not going to win an Academy Award-but it’s not supposed to be that kind of movie. It’s the kind of movie your family can go see at the end of the month when you’re off school/work for 4 days. It’s the kind of movie that you’re going to put on your purple and rally your neighbors to go see. This city is going to LOVE this movie. Whether you’ve read the book or not, you will just eat it up.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ed Reed not reading Ochocinco tweets

Drew Forrester hopes O’s try to win as hard as Yankees did

Thyrl Nelson says Flacco, Ray Rice Top 10 Fantasy plays Sunday

Ed Frankovic says Caps fell 3-2 to Devils

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata, Katula, Nakamura, Walker, Burgess, Zbikowski all didn’t practice Wednesday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh still has plans for McGahee

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens looking to create 100 yard streak against Cedric Benson-who recently broke their long one

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says young LB’s Tavares Gooden, Jameel McClain, Dannell Ellerbe getting chance to run alongside 52

The Official Site says Marvin Lewis thinks Greg Mattison has done ‘excellent job’

The Official Site says Harbs thinks Ravens will be motivated by ‘hotly contested’ AFC North race

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says team okay with being underdogs-even at home to team they’ve already beat this season

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Marvin Lewis wanted Kelley Washington back in Cincy

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Maualuga wants to be like Ray Lewis

Bengals Official Site says 3,500 tickets remain for Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium

Bengals Official Site says Marvin Lewis won’t commit to Andre Smith dressing Sunday

Bengals Official Site says Carson Palmer knows Baltimore week ‘always a real big deal’ for Bengals

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason will be plenty motivated to face Bengals team that held him without catch over last 2 games

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelly Gregg sees Benson as ‘big back, nifty on feet’

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Flacco Ravens’ MVP

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. cleans up after me

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason prefers quiet players like Marvin Harrison to big talkers

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens using Le’Ron McClain again to pound ball

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Todd Heap, Le’Ron McClain limited in practice

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Marvin Lewis modeling Bengals after Ravens, Steelers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ochocinco sent package to Ravens defense

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Reed doesn’t check Ochocinco on Twitter

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ray Lewis not changing how he hits after first meeting with Bengals

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason doesn’t think he can be covered with single coverage

The Sun’s Edward Lee says T-Sizzle thinks Ravens ‘humbled’ by Bengals in first game

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Terrell Suggs knows Benson having ‘really good year’ even beyond game against Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Bannan would start if Ngata can’t go

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Oher making ‘impression’ in rookie season with Ravens

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Chick Ludwig says Bengals should play Andre Smith Sunday

Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Erardi says Bengals WR Andre Caldwell wants wins more than catches

6 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens

USA Today’s Nate Davis says defense must ‘shore up’ before facing Roethlisberger, etc.

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 20-16

NBC Sports’ Steve Silverman gives Ravens ‘C’ thus far

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ray Rice would be another possible team MVP candidate

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens secondary ‘rejuvenated’ by performance against Broncos

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

NC State Official Site’s Tim Peeler says Wolfpack to honor former WR Jerricho Cotchery at Saturday’s game

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says New Mexico only other FBS school in on Rashaan Moore

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamari McCullough finds losing ‘devastating’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph knows NCSU offense ‘explosive’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Demetrius Hartsfield remains ‘on-track’ to return November 21 against Florida State

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Terps 29-28

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Pack 31-17

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says NC State, Maryland have bowl chances on ‘life support’

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Chris Turner spent bye week in Fort Lauderdale with girlfriend (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says North Carolina DT prospect Kilgo pledged to Terps (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Ross Leonhart checks in with commit Kilgo (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says James Padgett, Jordan Williams will get ‘extended playing time’ if Dino Gregory’s suspension continues

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Vasquez thinks Terps can be ‘special’

The Diamondback’s Jakob Engelke says athletic department scrapping new student ticket policy at Comcast Center

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Jin Soo Choi struggled inside against IUP

Washington Post’s Michael Wilbon says use of Bias video aided Kirk Fraser’s “30 for 30” documentary

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Sean Mosley said he was fine after getting knocked down twice against Crimson Hawks

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Adrian Bowie amongst those who expected reverse roles for Padgett, Williams

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps in Sun Belt territory being relegated to ESPN360

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Sean Mosley improved from floor in exhibition opener (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings checks in with prospect Tsafack (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Tianna Hawkins’ double-double lead Terps in exhibition win over Bowie State

The Official Site provides statistical evidence of win

The Official Site says Frese thought Terps were ‘focused and ready’ for exhibition game

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says Kim Rodgers scored 18 points in 16 minutes in win

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ram Vela, Mids still remember ’07 win in South Bend fondly

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mike Stukel practicing at QB, will return to Slotback when Kriss Proctor gets healthy

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids need one more win to book trip to Texas Bowl

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo knows Mids missed chances against Temple, especially on 3rd down

South Bend Tribune’s Al Lesar says Dan Wenger expected to start at RG for Fighting Irish

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says AD Gladchuk wants to see continued success from Midshipmen (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says fans can purchase $13 ticket for BOTH Miami (Ohio) hoops game and Villanova football game next weekend

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s Senior Night battle against Norfolk State

The Official Site offers complete Morgan State-Norfolk State release (pdf)

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s game against Franklin & Marshall

The Official Site offers complete Johns Hopkins/Franklin & Marshall release (pdf)

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tomorrow night’s exhibition opener against Adelphi

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mountaineers picked to win NEC again

The Sun says Jeremy Goode named to All-NEC team

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Josh Rutter has been good fit for Terror staff

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Birds want to re-sign Mark Hendrickson, Danys Baez

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waring 1-4 with run scored in Arizona Fall League play Wednesday

Examiner Jay Trucker says Guillermo Rodriguez, Rich Hill, Jeff Fiorentino didn’t really have place with Orioles anyway

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team signed former Maryland QB Statham

BLAST:

Examiner Richard Crabbe says NISL changed name to MISL

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Rip Van Winkle comes into Breeders’ Cup Classic battling foot issue

Daily Racing Form’s Marcus Hersh says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra will spend winter in New Orleans

The AP’s Andrew Dalton says Baffert doesn’t ‘mind getting beat by Zenyatta’ in Classic

GOLF:

The Sun’s Don Markus says Senior Players Championship moving to Potomac next season, returning to Baltimore in 2011

Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga says Constellation Energy event to be held at Avenel next year

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Champions Tour had hinted event may move to DC during this year’s event

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Frank Walker has an illness, huh? Insert your own joke here.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 03 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

The Maryland basketball season doesn’t TECHNICALLY tip off until next Friday against Charleston Southern; but even an exhibition game tonight has me salivating. I LOVE College Hoops. And for the first time in a few years, I have a real genuine excitement about the long-term potential for this Maryland team. Here’s my thought process….

As far as the ACC is concerned, the Terps do NOT have the talent of North Carolina, and Duke is built better than they are. They have the capability to compete with any team in the league, but they should absolutely finish somewhere between 3rd and 5th in the league-with Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida State and Wake Forest also in the mix.

This team will need to get more consistent outside shooting from Greivis Vasquez, Adrian Bowie, Cliff Tucker and Sean Mosley to compete for a conference title. Mosley especially might never be a natural shooter, but he at least must be a threat. They’ll need to muscle up inside as well, as Jordan Williams and James Padgett will help-but Dino Gregory and Landon Milbourne will be the guys to start.

And the team will ultimately revolve around Greivis Vasquez. This is his team. As we saw last season, when everything went wrong (remember the home game against UNC), sometimes Greivis could still save things. He’s much more mature than when he came to College Park, and this is his chance to leave a legacy.

I’ll say the Terps finish 4th in the ACC and end up in the Sweet 16. I reserve the right to change my mind anytime between now and March.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark doesn’t know if Chris Chambers would necessarily be a great fit in Baltimore

Chris Pika says Ravens lead NFL in penalty yards

Glenn Clark, Drew Forrester say Flacco was best Raven in win over Broncos

Nestor Aparicio says former Ravens Exec Kokinis joins Phil Savage in being fired by Browns

Glenn Clark gives highest praise to special teams for win over Denver

Bob Haynie wonders who has been ‘most surprising Raven’ in ‘09

Derek Arnold says Ravens didn’t want to let another game ‘slip through (their) hands’

Glenn Clark can’t blame Jamal Lewis for wanting to get out of Cleveland

Glenn Clark says start of college hoops season at Maryland, UMBC, Loyola amongst highlights of week

Drew Forrester says Nestor Aparicio dispatched of Denise Koch in Baltimore Sun contest

Ed Frankovic says Ovechkin ‘week to week’ with upper body strain

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s John Eisenberg says Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, Kelley Washington team’s new ‘three headed monster’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Jared Gaither’s neck ‘felt fine’ after win over Broncos

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh told Derrick Mason to let him handle officials

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Lardarius Webb TD ‘just one highlight’ for Ravens’ special teams unit

The Official Site says Harbaugh declined comment on Ngata’s injury during Monday press conference

The Official Site says Ravens partnered with Shoppers Food and Pharmacy, Maryland Food Bank

Bengals Official Site says team needs to sell 4,500 more tickets to Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium to avoid blackout

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Roy Williams returned to practice Monday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says no rest for Ravens defense with Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Green Bay coming up

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens 3rd in NFL (behind Colts, Dolphins) in converting 3rd downs

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Carson Palmer and Cincinnati will ‘challenge’ Ravens’ secondary with downfield passing

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbs told media Hauschka put in extra work on 43 yard FG try

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ngata injury not considered ‘serious’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Josh McDaniels was really impressed with Flacco

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Domonique Foxworth knows Ravens can’t get ‘too high’ after win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says players credited Kelley Washington for win over Broncos

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Kelley Washington thought win over Broncos ‘stress reliever’

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy says Andre Smith could make NFL debut Sunday for Bengals

The AP’s Joe Kay says Cedric Benson, Jeremi Johnson healed during bye week

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 10th in power rankings

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio has Ravens 9th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens were 11/18 on third down in win over Broncos

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Lardarius Webb ‘star’ for Ravens in win

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens may have done ‘favor’ to Steelers by exposing Broncos

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Terrell Suggs thought Jarret Johnson’s early sack ‘really big’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Raleigh

The Official Site offers complete Maryland-NC State release (pdf)

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Don Brown’s D-Line has improved throughout season

The Diamondback has Terps 12th in ACC

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Maryland/Virginia Tech to kick off at 1pm next Saturday

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps, Wolfpack battling to avoid being worst team in ACC

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Wise DE Rashaan Moore committed to Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps-Hokies headed to ESPN360

Sporting News’ Matt Hayes has Terps 12th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich has Terps 11th in power rankings

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Charles Bankins thinks Travis Baltz ‘cerebral’ (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles freshman Travis Hawkins (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Birchenough says Bergen Catholic lineman Zach Sparber has been ‘hearing from’ Maryland (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s exhibition opener with Indiana University (Pennsylvania)

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Crimson Hawks preview (pdf)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker expects more inside scoring from Dino Gregory

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Vasquez was surprised to see Cal, Georgia Tech ranked ahead of Maryland in AP poll

The Sun’s David Zurawik says ESPN’s “30 For 30” series tackling Len Bias death tonight

Examiner Matthew Bouchard not happy with University’s new policy for student ticket scanning

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Joe Lombardi’s IUP team should be ‘pretty good’ this season

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Greivis Vasquez knows Terps ‘can’t wait’ to face someone else tonight

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says games like tonight’s becoming rare as teams shift to more closed scrimmages

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hawks’ roster includes Boston College transfer Akida McLain

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez, Eric Hayes impressed by improvement of Gregory, Adrian Bowie

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Goins won’t play or practice until talking to his doctor

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Lakewood (NJ) prospect Jarrod Davis could be on Terps’ 2011 radar (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says whether or not to start Eric Hayes biggest question facing Gary Williams in exhibition game

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says former Tiger Dwayne Purnell passed away last week

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Tigers assistant Nadelen named to Team USA

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to South Bend

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

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids lost to Owls ‘in trenches’

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Marcus Curry probable for Notre Dame Saturday

South Bend Tribune’s Jim Meenan says Ricky Dobbs, Midshipmen will bring ‘confidence’ to game against Irish

Go Mids offers Navy-Temple report card (must subscribe)

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says former Retrievers Westervelt, Mundorf named to Team USA

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Andrew Geisert honored by ACFC

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says former Sea Gull Eric Martin named to 2010 US National Team

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird worked 5 furlongs Monday in preparation for this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Classic

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Woolley thought Mine That Bird ‘sharper’ in Monday work at Santa Anita

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team re-signed Jamaal Stokes

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

Terps in the NFL Week 8……

-Browns LB Eric Barton had 2 tackles in a 30-6 loss to the Bears
-49ers TE Vernon Davis had 3 catches for 20 yards and a TD in an 18-14 loss to the Colts
-Vikings TE Jeff Dugan had 1 catch for 2 yards and a TD in a 38-26 win over the Packers
-Eagles LB Moise Fokou had 2 tackles (1 solo) in a 40-17 win over the Giants
-Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth had 2 tackles (2 solo) and defended 2 passes in a 30-7 win over the Broncos
-Dolphins TE Joey Haynos had 2 catches for 20 yards and a TD in a 30-25 win over the Jets
-Vikings LB E.J. Henderson had 2 tackles (2 solo) in a 38-26 win over the Packers
-Vikings LB Erin Henderson had 2 tackles (2 solo) in a 38-26 win over the Packers
-Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey had 1 catch for 10 yards in a 24-16 loss to the Chargers
-Chargers LB Shawne Merriman had 7 tackles (7 solo, 2 sacks) in a 24-16 win over the Raiders
-Jaguars P Adam Podlesh punted 7 times for 309 yards (44.1 avg) and 2 inside the 20 in a 30-13 loss to the Titans
-Dolphins DT Randy Starks had 7 tackles (7 solo, 1 sack) in a 30-25 win over the Jets
-Vikings S Madieu Williams had 5 tackles (4 solo) in a 38-26 win over the Packers
-Seahawks CB Josh Wilson had 2 tackles (1 solo) and defended a pass in a 38-17 loss to the Cowboys

-Former Morgan State TE Visanthe Shiancoe had 1 catch for 12 yards and a TD in the Vikings’ 38-26 win over the Packers
-Former Morgan State RB Chad Simpson had 1 catch for -1 yards in the Colts’ 18-14 win over the 49ers

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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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer, Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 20 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Intern Super Jack is out today (swine flu, I believe)-so I’ll handle the Tuesday Top 7 within Crabs and Beer. Like Bob Haynie always says, we “improvise and adapt” at WNST.

Here’s MY Tuesday Top 7 for the Ravens’ 33-31 loss to Minnesota…..

7-Lardarius Webb
6-Michael Oher
5-Mark Clayton
4-Ray Lewis
3-Derrick Mason
2-Joe Flacco
1-Ray Rice

And Drew’s Top 7….

7-Marshal Yanda
6-Michael Oher
5-Trevor Pryce
4-Derrick Mason
3-Ray Lewis
2-Ray Rice
1-Joe Flacco

Now our season totals, starting with mine…..

19t-Frank Walker (1 point)
19t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)
19t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)
19t-Lardarius Webb (1 point)
19t-Sam Koch (1 point)
17t-Matt Birk (2 points)
17t-Kelley Washington (2 points)
15t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)
15t-Domonique Foxworth (3 points)
13t-Chris Chester (4 points)
13t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)
10t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)
10t-Jared Gaither (6 points)
10t-Mark Clayton (6 points)
9-Ed Reed (7 points)
8-Todd Heap (9 points)
7-Ray Lewis (11 points)
6-Willis McGahee (12 points)
5-Derrick Mason (14 points)
4-Jarret Johnson (16 points)
3-Michael Oher (19 points)
2-Joe Flacco (21 points)
1-Ray Rice (22 points)

And Drew’s season totals……

18t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)
18t-Frank Walker (1 point)
18t-Sam Koch (1 point)
15t-Dawan Landry (2 points)
15t-Kelley Washington (2 points)
15t-Matt Birk (2 points)
10t-Chris Chester (4 points)
10t-Todd Heap (4 points)
10t-Domonique Foxworth (4 points)
10t-Mark Clayton (4 points)
10t-Jared Gaither (4 points)
8t-Michael Oher (6 points)
8t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)
6t-Willis McGahee (11 points)
6t-Jarret Johnson (11 points)
5-Derrick Mason (12 points)
4-Ed Reed (13 points)
3-Ray Lewis (20 points)
2-Ray Rice (27 points)
1-Joe Flacco (31 points)

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Ravens staffer told him trades ‘unlikely’ before today’s 4pm NFL trade deadline

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh thinks Ravens ‘need’ to play Lardarius Webb more at CB

Chris Bonetti says today final day to sign up for WNST’s trip to Lambeau Field

Rex Snider says Harbaugh doing best Belichick impression

Bob Haynie says bye week adjustments won’t involve firing Mattison OR cutting Hauschka

Keith Melchior says not even Stover automatic from 44 yards

Glenn Clark says Shogun Fights best event of week

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh ‘not very optimistic’ Samari Rolle will return

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh thought Oher ‘acquitted himself well’

The Official Site says Flacco told media his ankle ‘great’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbs confirmed Webb ‘officially’ kick returner

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh standing by Hauschka

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Greg Mattison’s defense no longer ‘strikes fear’ in opponents

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh ‘expects’ Gaither to play against Broncos

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Ravens should consider using ‘fresh legs’ of Antwan Barnes, Paul Kruger, Jameel McClain in pass rush

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh admitted Katula’s snap ‘not perfect’ on missed FG

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh has history with T.O. from Philadelphia

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jared Gaither was ‘close’ to being able to go Sunday against Vikings

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Ravens have bigger need at CB than WR

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens corners ‘can’t cover OR tackle’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ozzie Newsome wouldn’t rule out chances of making trade

The Sun cleans up after me

The AP’s Lucas L. Johnson II says Kazemi texted McNair looking for money before murder

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says NFL Network’s Deion Sanders says Ravens don’t have ‘playoff-caliber defense’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh spoke kindly about Terrell Owens, but doesn’t think anything ‘happening’ on that front

The AP says Harbaugh believes ‘big plays the problem’

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Ravens don’t want to ‘mess around’ with Rolle’s neck

The Tennessean’s Kate Howard says McNair had transferred money to Kazemi’s account-explaining why Armen Keteyian found $2,500 in her bank account

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 12th in power rankings

Sporting News’ Albert Breer says Ravens should go after Dwayne Bowe

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Harbaugh’s T.O. comments ‘flirted with tampering’

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco thinks Ravens may be missing Stover

Pro Football Weekly wonders if Ravens interested in Ted Ginn Jr.

ESPN.com’s James Walker doesn’t see how Ravens would be interested in T.O.

ESPN.com’s James Walker not sure if Dwayne Bowe rumors have any ‘traction’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says all 3 of Ravens’ losses have come to first-place teams

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Duke

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

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner, Terps must find ‘new inspiration’ this season

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Danny O’Brien looking like he’ll be starter in ‘10

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Travis Ivey thinks Terps might have to score defensively due to offensive struggles

The Diamondback has Terps 12th in power rankings

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps will be underdogs rest of season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Blue Devils favored for just 9th time in last 118 games against ACC opponents

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Rutgers, Boston College also after Connor Wujciak (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says prospect Ashton Pankey to visit College Park Friday (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Jordan Williams ‘should have’ chance to seize starting center position for Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse says Terps to face Duke, Loyola to face Notre Dame, Hopkins to face Princeton at Face-Off Classic March 6 at M&T Bank Stadium

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s Homecoming contest with Wake Forest

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Demon Deacons release (pdf)

The Official Site’s Bob Socci says LB Nechak not typical for kid from Malibu

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo going with Vince Murray as starting fullback

Go Mids honors Vince Murray, Tyler Simmons, Michael Walsh for win over SMU

Go Mids’ David Ausiello grades Mids defensively through first half of season (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Northeastern Official Site previews Saturday’s visit from Towson

Northeastern Official Site offers complete Tigers-Huskies release (pdf)

Carroll County Times’ Patrick Stoetzer says Mark Orlando honored by Tigers by entering school’s Hall of Fame

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says punter Nicholas Adams honored by MEAC

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Robert Emrich says Josh Bell ripping cover off ball in Arizona Fall League

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brandon Snyder hitting over .400 in AFL play

Examiner Jay Trucker hopes Birds sign Branyan or Delgado to improve lineup

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team signed former Terps, Redskins OL Scott Burley

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times’ Mike Curry says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird worked out in preparation for Breeders’ Cup Classic

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Dan Rodricks remembers Ricig’s Robert Irsay dummy

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-For the record, my question of John Harbaugh at the end of yesterday’s press conference (regarding Greg Mattison) was NOT asked to be an ass-or to put the coach “on the spot.” It was asked because one of the biggest storylines of the last 10 days has been Greg Mattison-with half of the city of Baltimore calling for Mattison’s head. I NEVER want to bring attention to myself during a press conference, I am just there doing a job. I needed a statement on the record from the Head Coach regarding his embattled Defensive Coordinator; and when challenged-I needed to make sure the Head Coach knew I was not going to let him belittle a relevant question. Please stop with your conspiracy “you just hate John Harbaugh” crap. I am a Ravens fan. I care about one thing, and one thing only. I want the Ravens to win. Other than that, I have a job to do as the Ravens analyst here at WNST.net.

Talk to you later today from 1 Winning Drive.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 09 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are your weekend picks:

Ravens 24, Bengals 16

Everything comes down to red zone defense. If the Ravens keep Ochocinco and Benson out of the end zone, they’ll win. If they don’t…..this one could be close.

Wake Forest 30, Maryland 27

I think Maryland is improving; but they have ALWAYS struggled with outside running. If Wake can get the ball outside early, the Terps will be in trouble.

Navy 34, Rice 17

Rice is not any good at all. Navy hasn’t been putting up points the way they have in the past; but they won’t have a problem against the Owls.

Towson 10, Rhode Island 9

It won’t be pretty. But I think Rob Ambrose’s spirit can will his team to another win Saturday.

Morgan State 23, North Carolina A&T 10

The Bears are playing good football. They won’t lose at Hughes Stadium.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Le’Ron McClain ‘disappointed’ he hasn’t been on field in big short yardage situations

Rex Snider suggests ideas for 2010 promotions at Camden Yards

Bob Haynie wonders if Flacco or Palmer will have more passing yards Sunday

Thyrl Nelson thinks Flacco, McGahee, Mason Top 10 Fantasy plays vs. Cincy

Rex Snider still would take Terrell Owens with Ravens

Tom Clayton says Ravens need ‘big play’ from Ed Reed

Ed Frankovic says Caps ‘lethargic’ in 4-3 loss to Rangers

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Chris Carr, Lardarius Webb will continue to be involved in return game

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Jarret Johnson, Derrick Mason returned to practice; Jared Gaither, Demetrius Williams remained out

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Reed will be ‘tested’ by Carson Palmer

The Official Site says Rosburg believes Ayanbadejo will return to team to work as ‘assistant coach’

The Official Site says Terrell Suggs knows Ravens ‘can’t stop being aggressive’ even with penalties against New England

The Official Site says Bengals returned 250 tickets for Sunday’s game; available via Ticketmaster

Bengals Official Site says Cedric Benson would like to be 2nd Cincinnati RB to snap long Ravens streak of not allowing 100 yard rusher (Corey Dillon snapped a 50 game streak in ’01)

The Sun’s Ken Murray says high draft picks Keith Rivers, Maualuga, Leon Hall, Jonathan Joseph paying off for Bengals

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens need to run football, protect Flacco, get big returns

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens must avoid turnovers, stay strong defensively in red zone, and can’t allow Bengals to put together dramatic drive late

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Jeff Triplette’s crew will officiate Ravens-Bengals Sunday; crew led NFL in holding calls last season

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says defense trying to ‘mesh’ with Greg Mattison

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Lardarius Webb will be primary kick returner Sunday

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Jarret Johnson knows defense supports Mattison

The Sun’s Mike Preston wonders if Tavares Gooden better served playing safety

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Lardarius Webb can get ‘wild’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Reed, Ngata, Gooden fully practiced

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Tavares Gooden, Jameel McClain, Dannell Ellerbe will all play Sunday

The Sun remembers Flacco winning NFL debut last season against Cincinnati in Baltimore

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens ‘comfortable’ if Oher has to start at LT

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Chris Carr remains primary punt returner, nickel back

Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Erardi says Bengals DT Tank Johnson believes Ravens capable of running for 300 yards or throwing for 300 yards

Dayton Daily News’ Kyle Nagel says Ray Lewis believes there’s still something special about facing Marvin Lewis

NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger and Joe Theismann picked Ravens, Shannon Sharpe picked Bengals

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt looking forward to seeing Bengals’ Andrew Whitworth vs. Ravens’ Terrell Suggs

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer picks Ravens 27-13

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens B+ for first 4 games of season

ESPN.com’s Mike Sando has Flacco 8th in MVP rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker doubts Benson can reach 100 yards

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Kelley Washington has something to show against former team

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Davin Meggett, Demetrius Hartsfield will carry flags for Terps before Wake kickoff

Wake Forest Official Site says Terps trying to avenge choke job in last trip to Winston-Salem back in ‘07

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Bruce Campbell OUT for tomorrow’s game

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Fridge believes Morgan Green ‘hasn’t really progressed’

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps have chance to contend in ACC Atlantic if they beat WFU

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says O-Line has allowed ACC-high 18 sacks this season

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Friedgen knows Jim Grobe likes to ‘think outside the box’ offensively

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Mike Barbour out tomorrow, David May to travel as backup kicker

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell picks Wake 26-23

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Pinegar, RJ Dill to start at OT positions

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says freshmen D-Linemen Isaiah Ross, A.J. Francis, Zach Kerr, Carl Russell give Terps ‘bright future’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Terps 21-20

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps lead all-time series with Wake 41-15-1

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Travis Baltz ‘questionable’ for next week against Virginia

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps likely to ‘lean heavy’ on Da’Rel Scott, Gary Douglas this week

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Terps must slow down Wake combo of Riley Skinner, Marshall Williams

Winston-Salem Journal’s Dan Collins says CB Kenny Okoro to make first start for Deacs Saturday against Terps

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Grobe believes Chris Turner ‘owned’ Deacs last season

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have won 6 of last 8 with Wake

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have offered Connor Wujciak (Alex’s little brother)

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Deacs 21-14

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Nick Ferrara putting together impressive resume with Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says backup center Danny Edwards will miss tomorrow’s game with concussion (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings breaks down Terrapins-Demon Deacons

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty says Maryland interested in ’11 prospect Lamonte Clark (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Germany native/Point Pleasant Beach (NJ) prospect Jarelle Reischel visiting campus (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says commit Whitney Bays had ‘comfort level’ in College Park (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Teich won’t rule himself out of Rice game in native Houston

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Buddy Green ‘preaching preparation’ for Mids

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Tuani leader on field even if he isn’t stats guy

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Pospisil ‘emotional leader’ for Navy

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Mids showing ‘improvement’ defensively even without Nate Frazier

Go Mids breaks down “need to know” facts about Midshipmen, Owls

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Tigers, Rhode Island each looking for first CAA win tomorrow

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Greyhounds AD Joe Boylan will end 19 year run as Athletic Director next year with retirement

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Washington Examiner’s Brian McNally says former Blue Jay Rabil amongst greatest athletes in DeMatha history

ORIOLES:

The Sun says Markakis finalist for Hutch award

Examiner Jay Trucker thinks Matusz, Guthrie, Tillman, Bergesen looks for Birds’ rotation in ‘10

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell top 3B in organization

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says Palace hosting Team USA’s U-17 squad next Saturday at Loyola

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird reunited with jockey Borel for Goodwood Stakes

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Hovdey says New Mexico has rallied behind Mine That Bird trainer Woolley

RUNNING:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Ellicott City’s Timothy Kirby to race ‘shadow’ run in Iraq while marathon held tomorrow

FIGURE SKATING:

The Sun’s Candus Thomson says Meissner withdraws from competition for spot on 2010 Olympics team

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Might as well give Lardarius Webb a shot to return kicks. It won’t change the team, but it’s worth the look.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

This e-mail I got from a listener this morning was worth passing along….

“Do you think that with Dez Bryant ineligible now there’s a chance he could slip in the Draft and be available for the Ravens?”

God, we can only hope.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Flacco didn’t feel need to talk to Clayton after costly drop in Patriots game

Drew Forrester rooting for Yankees in hopes of keeping Orioles ‘honest’

Derek Arnold says Terrell Suggs ‘played like a Raven’ against Pats

Rex Snider says Ochocinco running his mouth on Twitter

Tom Federline thinks Baltimore fans should watch “The Band That Wouldn’t Die” movie about Baltimore Colts marching band

Corey Johns says UMBC soccer bounced back with 2-0 win over Stony Brook

Paul Hoke thinks Glenn Clark should be supportive of Capitals (If they were the “Maryland” Caps, trust me-I would be!)

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ochocinco already prepared to pay NFL fine for “The Ricky Bobby” dance he’ll do Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh remembered Tony Fein as ‘really good teammate, tremendous American’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says despite neck brace, Jared Gaither won’t rule out return Sunday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Oher could be forced to face Antwan Odom Sunday with Jared Gaither possibly out

The Official Site says Ochocinco ‘targeting’ Ed Reed, Dawan Landry, Fabian Washington, Domonique Foxworth

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says for a change, Marvin Lewis’ team comes in strong defensively, John Harbaugh’s with powerful offense

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Matt Birk thinks O-Line can survive even if Gaither can’t go

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says 52 ‘laughed’ off comments made by Ochocinco

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Todd Heap, Chris Carr Ravens’ new player reps

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley and Justin Fenton say no foul play believed in Fein’s death

7 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ochocinco challenged Terrell Suggs to boxing match

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Gaither has history of playing hurt

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Fein’s death apparently a suicide according to attorney Warren A. Brown

Carroll County Times’ Patrick Stoetzer says Troy Smith bringing big crowds to Westminster

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Ray Lewis remembers Fein as “humble young man”

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Paul Daugherty says Bengals unknown commodity through 4 games this season

The AP’s Joe Kay says Carson Palmer continues to perform well in most important moments

8 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens

4 of 6 CBS Sports analysts pick Ravens

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 28-22

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker
says Friedgen plans to put Jack Heise’s initials on Maryland helmets

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Heise attended almost every game for over 50 years

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says D.J. Adams, Caleb Porzel not concerned about burning redshirts

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says sacking Kyle Parker helped Demetrius Hartsfield ‘make his name’

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says James Franklin wanted to use Gary Douglas even before Da’Rel Scott hurt

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamari McCullough playing at about 90 percent

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Tom Brattan expecting to have Bruce Campbell Saturday in Winston-Salem

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen’s decision to go for it on 4th down from own 29 in Clemson game inspired Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Don Brown believes defense has come a ‘long way’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says both California, Middle Tennessee State struggling after beating Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says WFU’s Grobe thought loss to Maryland last year ‘embarrassing’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Don Brown went with simple base defense against Tigers

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tony Logan just 5th Terp in Friedgen era to return punt 43+ yards

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Wake really good when Riley Skinner doesn’t get intercepted

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph likely to give bulk of work to Meggett, Douglas

Winston-Salem Journal says Jim Grobe concerned with Terps WR Torrey Smith

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Fridge expects Davin Meggett, Gary Douglas, D.J. Adams, Caleb Porzel to fill in admirably for Da’Rel Scott (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles freshman OL deSouza (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says things ‘coming together’ for Demetrius Hartsfield

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site announces details for next Friday’s “Maryland Madness” event

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary Williams doing fine after disc surgery

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Desmond Hubert visited College Park over weekend (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Navy, SMU to play for Gansz Trophy, named after Frank Gansz

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says trip to Texas big for Navy recruiting

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says injuries to Chase Burge, Shane Bothel leave Mids ‘thin’ at nose guard

Go Mids’ Chris Rohe breaks down matchups between Mids, Owls (must subscribe)

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says former Midshipman Hugh Kilmartin to be honored by New England Hoops Hall of Fame

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Rhode Island Official Site previews Saturday’s showdown with Tigers

Rhode Island Official Site offers complete Rams-Tigers release (pdf)

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with North Carolina A&T at Hughes Stadium

The Official Site offers complete Bears-Aggies release (pdf)

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Dickinson

The Official Site offers complete Blue Jays-Red Devils release (pdf)

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Midnight Madness highlights Homecoming celebration next weekend

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Tigers assistant Nadelen promoted to associate head coach

BLAST:

The Official Site says Blast to open season Nov. 13 at First Mariner Arena

Examiner Richard Crabbe says Blast opener will feature concert by band Kutless

ORIOLES:

Examiner Jay Trucker says getting to Detroit couldn’t turn Aubrey Huff into winner

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team signed former Penn State/Linganore standout Lucian

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Mine That Bird looking for first win since Kentucky Derby in Goodwood Stakes

RUNNING:

The Sun’s Candus Thomson says Brian Boyle running Baltimore Marathon after nearly dying in car crash

The Sun’s Anica Butler offers details on what’s new this year at Baltimore Running Festival

The Sun’s Anica Butler says Lee Corrigan expects 20,000 runners this year

The Sun’s Meredith Cohn says marathon trying to limit trash left on course

SOCCER:

Washington Times’ Tim Lemke says DC United almost certainly not moving to Baltimore

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I talked to some important advisors within Sheila Dixon’s office yesterday; and I think the one important thing I took away from my conversations about the possibility of an MLS team here in Charm City is what it could mean for Baltimore’s potential inclusion in the 2018 U.S. World Cup bid. Having World Cup matches here in Baltimore could mean somewhere in the range of a BILLION dollars, and a soccer stadium/MLS team could go a long way towards proving Baltimore as a viable soccer market.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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