Tag Archive | "fenway park"

Tags: , , ,

Red Sox Nation: Best fans in baseball?

Posted on 22 September 2010 by Domenic Vadala

Every fan base in every sport will argue that they’re the best fans in the world. We do it at Camden Yards, and odds are they do it at every other sports venue in America. The Boston Red Sox take this to another level with the whole “Red Sox Nation” movement and so forth. We’re all sick of their fans coming to Camden Yards and acting like it’s their home park. That’s why these past couple of nights at Fenway have struck me so much. Anyone that’s watched the O’s and Red Sox on MASN the past two nights has noticed something that’s not normally seen at the Fens during Red Sox games: red seats.

Gary Thorne even pointed it out on MASN on Monday night. While the games are listed as sellouts because the tickets were already sold, this is a phenomenon known around sports as no-shows. The funniest thing to me is that while the Red Sox are probably destined for an early winter just like the O’s, they’re technically still in contention. That means that some people bought their tickets and decided not to come to the game(s) since they were essentially meaningless. Hmmm…is it possible that Red Sox Nation is truly no better than any other country around MLB or sports? That sounds a lot like Oriole fans not wanting to come out to the yard to see a team out of contention. The only difference s that the Red Sox have already sold the tickets so they still get the gate revenue. However they don’t collect as much concessions money, souvenir sales, etc.

Each time the Orioles have set Camden Yards all-time attendance lows, it’s generally been an early season game early in the week and early in the season where it’s been cold. However that doesn’t stop the media (ie-ESPN) from reporting the fact that the Orioles set an attendance low for an entire day. Does anyone among us think that any national media outlet is going to highlight the Red Sox no-shows? Probably not, especially seeing that the game is listed as a sellout. However anyone that watched Monday’s game heard Gary Thorne and Jim Palmer highlight how chilly it was in New England, and saw people bundled up in the stands. So apparently if you combine cold weather with a team that’s probably not going anywhere, even New Englanders might not necessarily be interested.

I’m not trying to pile on the Red Sox as much as you might think. I’ve seen the O’s at Fenway Park, and it’s one of the most amazing places in sports. Furthermore, to anyone that’s never seen a game there I’ll tell you that the Fenway Faithful are nothing like the pink hatters that come to Oriole Park to root on the Red Sox. Not only was I not taunted for wearing my Oriole cap and pullover (it was mid-April when I went in 2009 so it was cold), but many people came flying up to me to literally welcome me to their ballpark and their city. I might agree that the fans at Fenway Park are some of the best in baseball. My point is that as much as teams like the Orioles are made into laughingstocks about attendance (or lackthereof), not even the mighty Red Sox are above issues in this department.

Admittedly, the Red Sox “attendance problems” are not anything like what we see at Camden Yards. The Orioles at times struggle to put 12k people in the seats during mid-week series’. However, the premise is pretty much the same; most people don’t want to see an uncompetitive team. (I’ve been to at least twenty Oriole games thus far this year, but most casual fans won’t come out to the games unless the team’s in contention.) I take heavy umbrage when hear people say that Baltimore isn’t a very good baseball town, or that the community doesn’t support the team. The fact is that Baltimore is a baseball town, and it’s as good as any other. However the team’s fallen on lean years, which will eventually turn people away (and don’t get me wrong, a column on bandwagon fans is a whole other argument, but that’s for another day).

If the Orioles were to start winning again, I think that people would return stronger than ever. Time loves a hero, and the people of Baltimore will latch onto this team in coming years if the trend of the second half continues into 2011. I even noticed an absence of the normal “die-hard” Red Sox fans at Oriole Park when Boston was in town a few weeks ago. Similarly, when the Yankees weren’t going to the playoffs a few years ago their fans didn’t fill the yard either. (The difference was that hey did sell out continually at home because it was the last season in Yankee Stadium.) So am I trying to say that Boston Red Sox fans aren’t as good as Oriole fans? No, not in the least. But the fact is that they’re no different in that when the team’s not in contention people (casual fans) just might decide to do something else as opposed to going to the ballpark.

Comments Off on Red Sox Nation: Best fans in baseball?


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 22 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because Joaquin Phoenix is back on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight on CBS. Why is this a big deal? You may remember their last get together…

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says NFL fined Ravens coach John Harbaugh $15,000 for striking official in Sunday’s loss to Cincinnati Bengals

I know a lot of folks are fired up because New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs only got a $10,000 fine for throwing his helmet in the stands. I wouldn’t be so fired up. The league has to make a statement that it is not okay to make physical contact with an official. The way they do that is by levying heavy fines.

John Harbaugh knew he was wrong when he made physical contact with an official. It doesn’t mean his argument wasn’t valid, it doesn’t mean he was trying to harm the official he made contact with.

It just means he was wrong to do it. He’ll remember that the next time he approaches an official with frustration.

2. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Jared Gaither not expected to play Sunday vs. Cleveland Browns

And if I was in the Baltimore Ravens’ front office, I would admittedly be getting frustrated with not having Jared Gaither on the field. If this was supposed to be a 6 week injury, it is hard to stomach him not being able to get back out on the field.

That being said, no one in the organization is debating whether or not Gaither is hurt. He’s clearly dealing with a fairly significant injury, or at least an injury to a significant part of his body.

At this point, the Ravens probably must consider getting Oniel Cousins and/or Tony Moll on the field more. Marshal Yanda is still expected to be the starter with Chris Chester at RG, but thus far the results of that experiment have been uneven at best.

3. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Ravens released OT Devin Tyler, CB David Pender from practice squad

We’ll always have the memories.

Looks like the Ravens will need some practice squad help this week. NFP said Tuesday the team tried out OL Xavier Fulton and Marc Dile; as well as CB’s John Bowie, Coye Francies and Ray Fisher.

But if the Ravens REALLY need practice squad help, I think Helen Lindes would make a fine option. (Thanks Guyism!)


4. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Tavares Gooden could miss 4-6 weeks with shoulder injury

And a few more things before we move on from the Ravens…

-There was no announcement regarding the roster move made by the Ravens to activate CB Cary Williams from suspension. There was a 4pm deadline yesterday. The team hasn’t said a thing. I’m sure we’ll find out by the time John Harbaugh speaks to the media today.

-The Ravens return to practice at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills today, with their focus shifted to their home opener Sunday against the Browns at M&T Bank Stadium. We will have full coverage throughout the day on AM1570 WNST, at WNST.net and on Twitter (@WNST). We’re expected to hear from Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis and many more Ravens players; as well as conference calls with Eric Mangini and Joshua Cribbs. Make sure you stick with us!

5. The AP’s Howard Ulman says Ty Wigginton homered as Orioles crushed Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park

They didn’t just win, they punished the Red Sox in every single way. So much so that even Glenn Clark managed to drag himself away from the season premiere of “Glee” to watch the game a bit.

I’m kidding. I didn’t watch any of Glee last night. It’s still waiting on my DVR.

What else can I say here? This late summer version of Spring Training has been a lot of fun. When they play another real game, I hope it’s just as exciting!

6. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of win

The Birds got help from some other folks besides Wigginton last night.

Brad Bergesen gave up just one run on five hits in six innings (plus four walks) to improve to 8-10.
Adam Jones was 3-4 and scored a pair of runs.
Nick Markakis was 2-5 and also scored a pair of runs.
Brian Roberts went 1-3 and walked twice, also scoring two runs.

So go look at the numbers. Then come right back here. Divya Lalitha will be waiting for you. (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)


7. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Brian Roberts injured shoulder but didn’t exit Tuesday night win over Sox

And before we move on from the O’s, a couple of things…

-INF Julio Lugo rejoined the team last night in Beantown after dealing with a pinched nerve. According to MLB.com, Buck Showalter is in no rush to get him back on the field.

-The Birds will try to polish off a sweep of the Sox tonight at Fenway Park. First pitch between John Lackey and Kevin Millwood is at 7:10pm and the game can be seen on MASN.

8. Baltimore Business Journal’s Ryan Sharrow says M&T Bank Stadium awarded 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Final Four

Did you miss Drew Forrester’s chat with Maryland Office of Sports Marketing director Terry Hasseltine Wednesday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net to hear Hasseltine’s thoughts on the Final Four, the World Cup, IndyCar racing, etc.

Some other things you can hear in the Audio Vault include:

  • Rich Dubroff (Carroll County Times)-who talked Ravens and Orioles with Drew Wednesday morning
  • Mike Wilkening (Pro Football Weekly)-who went around the NFL with Drew Wednesday morning
  • Rex Hoggard (Golf Channel)-who previewed the TOUR Championship and Ryder Cup with Drew Wednesday morning
  • Matt Mitrione (UFC Fighter) and Reed Harris (WEC General Manager)-who joined John Rallo and Thyrl Nelson on “The MMA Report” Tuesday
  • Johnny Rhodes (Former Terrapins Guard)-who discussed the upcoming Gary Williams event at Sports Legends at Camden Yards with Thyrl Tuesday
  • Gregg Rosenthal (ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports)-who went around the NFL with Rex Snider Tuesday

It’s all in the Audio Vault. Once again, I’ve planned your day for you. Just send all checks to 1550 Hart Rd.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland OL Justin Gilbert out for season, RJ Dill and Pete DeSouza to start at OT

Clearly Ralph Friedgen’s Terps could use some help on the O-Line. I think they should seriously consider Christina De Kerpel. (Thanks Busted Coverage!)


10. NavySports.com says Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland to host Midshipmen clash with Notre Dame in 2012

I’d REALLY like to go on this trip. Mostly for this reason…


And finally, I leave you with this.

It’s time to think about “The Greatest Song of All Time This Week.” Here’s my new version of TGSOATTW; as John Legend and The Roots got together to record a new cover album called “Wake Up!” The song is called “Hard Times”, and it is QUITE good…

And the “retro” version of The Greatest Song of All Time This Week? In honor of Barry Aparicio’s 26th birthday today-he told me his favorite Michael Jackson song of all time is “Man in the Mirror.” It’s a good song, he’s a good man, so happy birthday Barry…

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


Comments Off on Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Tags: , , , , , ,

The “productization” of sports

Posted on 16 August 2010 by Domenic Vadala

We hear a term thrown around today with regard to sports that frosts me a bit: on-field product. When I think of a “product,” I think of something that I can buy at my local neighborhood supermarket, such as Crest toothpaste. I’m not sure where you people are from, but in my hometown a sporting event is a game. Crest = product, Orioles = game; capisce? However this is not how sporting events are marketed any longer. Nowadays it’s all about the “gameday experience,” and the “on-field product.” When my Dad used to take me to Memorial Stadium to see the O’s when I was a kid, nobody gave two hoots about the “gameday experience.” Speaking for myself, I could do without all of the swanky luxury suites and so forth. Yeah sure they might be nice and the food might be good, but is that really how sports were meant to be watched? The NFL in December is all about being out in the cold rooting on your team, not sitting on your hands in a suite asking someone to pass the Grey Poupon. By today’s standards, the Memorial Stadium “gameday experience” flat out stunk; but does that mean that things are better today?

I think that society is much more demanding today than it was when I was a kid (in the 1980’s) and prior. In some cases that’s a good thing, however not in this case. If a baseball stadium doesn’t have cushioned seats in the lower bowl between first and third along, it’s outdated. The same holds true for a football stadium that doesn’t have a temperature controled club level with a waitress to bring food to your seat. I went up to Boston last spring to see the O’s play at Fenway Park, which is still very much as it was when it was built in 1912. Sure the seats were a bit uncomfortable and the sight lines weren’t perfect, but it was a great park. The times I saw the Washington Nationals play the Orioles at RFK Stadium were much more enjoyable than what they have now at Nationals Park.

So again, we hear this term on-field product all the time. Basically, if the team stinks the people aren’t going to show up at the games. Again, sports is not a product, it’s a game. That means that you go out to the ballpark/stadium on gameday with your friends, kids, wife, husband, etc and have a good time at the game. Rooting for a winning team is certainly much easier than the alternative, however you shouldn’t let a “poor on-field product” dissuade you from being a fan. Furthermore, we keep hearing that product term…might that be why people are so fickle in their fandom nowadays? If you’ve consistently used Crest toothpaste and it ceases to be effective for you, odds are you’re going to switch PRODUCTS and start to use Colgate or Aquafresh. So if the Orioles lose enough and you deem that the PRODUCT has ceased to be effective, does that mean you’re going to switch your fandom to another PRODUCT? I suppose I’m still cut from the ilk which says that your favorite team in any given sport is very much a part of who you are. That doesn’t mean that I’m a loser because I root for the Orioles, but it does mean that I have an invested stake in the fortunes of that team. The same can be said for any Ravens fan, Yankees, Capitals, Redskins, etc.

We all have stories as to why we root for who we do. I guess what I’m saying is that you shouldn’t let a poor “product” sway you one way or the other. Back to the stadium issue for a moment; these new stadiums are being built to accomodate the more affluent members of our society. With sports’ salaries at an all-time high, owners need to be able to charge ridiculous prices for tickets and concessions. (Plus the ticket and concessions prices have to be high to help to finance and pay for the new state-of-the-art stadiums.) However have you noticed that as a result the atmosphere at games is different now? I’ll freely admitt that I’m a “seat poacher” when I go to games in that I pay for cheaper seats and identify a better area to which to move. I attended a game a few years ago between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets where I pulled this stunt. I stood up to boo a bad call at first base, and the lady in front of me turned around and asked me to be quiet. Furthermore, she looked at my friend and I and decided that we weren’t the type of people that would pay for seats in that section, and she called security. (Again I was poaching the seat, however if nobody’s sitting there why exactly is it a problem?) When you charge big money for tickets, expect that you’re going to be pricing out the blue collar fans that are truly the backbone of any fan base. Most people like that don’t go to games to support the team; they go to be entertained, and if the on-field product isn’t up to snuff they won’t be entertained and they’ll look elsewhere.

I’m not saying that putting a good team on the field is a bad thing, because winning’s the name of the game. However through the 1950’s and 60’s, the Washington Redskins had trouble winning and yet they still sold their games out. Nowadays if you have one lackluster season people start complaining; this is all due to the fact that they’re being conditioned by ticket prices and expensive merchandise to expect a superior product. You can call it whatever you want, but to me it’s a game and win, lose, or draw, you should support your favorite team.

Comments Off on The “productization” of sports

Tags: ,

Orioles Insanity: Watching Pitiful Baseball Is For The Birds

Posted on 28 July 2010 by Jay Trucker

Standing in the lobby area of a horrendously overpriced Yawkey bar at an Orioles – Sox game at Fenway Park last year, I thought I had identified a kindred spirit. He was wearing an old-fashioned cartoon bird hat that immediately stood out from the otherwise thoroughly Bostonian crowd sporting their beloved Bosox red and blue. I made a bee line to his bar stool to share in Oriole miseries and perhaps complain about the lack of Natty Boh on tap. But I would soon discover that this Bird brain was not an Orioles fan at all, just some Massachusetts contrarian who enjoyed wearing the gear of whatever team was in town to face the home team that week. Apparently, he has hats for every team in the AL East and most AL teams in general, and he goes down to the stadium area of Boston at least once per series just to stand out in quiet, accessory-based opposition to the Red Sox. In this way, he’s not a fan of any team at all. He defines himself exclusively through his hatred of the Red Sox; the origins of his ire he left completely unexplained during our brief conversation. In talking to him, it wasn’t even clear to me that Mr. Anti Boston was a fan of the game of baseball at all.

I thought to myself, “Is this guy crazy?”

Then I realized I had paid two hundred dollars for a flight and a hundred for two tickets to sit in the nosebleeds of Fenway’s crumbling, almost comically uncomfortable bleacher section. Worse yet, the Orioles had put pitiful salvage lot belly itcher Adam Eaton on the mound to face then-ace Josh Beckett. The fix was in before I even touched down in New England town. Yet there I was, covered head to toe in bright orange, paying $10 a beer, waiting semi-patiently for first pitch.

Then I thought to myself, “Am I crazy?”

The only thing more embarrassing than watching the Orioles is watching the Orioles out of state. There is a certain familiarity here in the Baltimore region. When two fans wearing O’s gear pass each other on the street, they can nod glumly towards one another, acknowledging the sad bond that they share like a pair strangers at a funeral. But when you’re traveling, watching a team like The Birds is a shameful act. It requires planning of some sort and prioritizing a team that clearly doesn’t prioritize itself. Making awful baseball a priority has got to indicate some sort of mental problem, doesn’t it?

As Ravens training camp opens, it’s time to ask those of you still watching a borderline historically bad baseball team, why you are torturing yourself with terrible baseball?

Is it like watching a train wreck or a car fire, we just can’t look away from the disaster?

Are we so desperate for escapism nearly anything is better than the alternative, real life?

Are we simply intensely loyal, like old Coors Light drinkers who refuse to acknowledge their beer is now just water in a silver can?

Perhaps you are looking for signs of hope on a team whose bright young core now looks like a smoldering pit of dust?

Tonight, the Orioles take on the Blue Jays, who are 11-0 against them on the season. I keep telling myself that the Orioles have to win at least one against the 4th place Jays this year, even if by accident. I’ll be tuned in at 7, lining MASN and Mr. Angelos’ pockets with my viewership, watching the same Luna and Just For Men commercials I’ve been enduring since April. “Your stache is trash!”

Will you be watching, too?

You must be crazy.

Comments Off on Orioles Insanity: Watching Pitiful Baseball Is For The Birds


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because DESPITE the fact that the Phoenix Coyotes were eliminated last night, it was still a REMARKABLE season for me as a hockey fan. Not having a team here to root for, I created a slew of memories following a bad team in Phoenix, only to have it pay off with this incredible run.

And as I always say, there’s plenty still going on for sports fans in Arizona…


Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says O’s hung on to beat Yanks for first win all season at OPACY


For everyone who has said something like “they weren’t going to lose EVERY game they played at Camden Yards this season”, the only response I could think of was “Are you sure?”

There was an announced paid crowd of 20,000 at The Yard last night, and maybe the number of fans was somewhere in that neighborhood. It was good to see most of them go home unhappy.

I’ve heard a lot of praise for Kevin Millwood’s effort last night, but I’ll go ahead and be the one to say it. 5 and a third from your number 1 pitcher is not good enough, by any stretch of the imagination. They need more than that.

But I guess when you’re 4-16, getting 2 wins is enough for now.

2. The AP/WNST.net provide numerical evidence of win

Another disturbing number from last night’s game was the combined 1-16 effort the Orioles got from the first four hitters in their lineup (Adam Jones had a double and Matt Wieters had two walks; Nick Markakis and Miguel Tejada completely failed to reach base).

With the team having found some offensive success recently, I understand that Dave Trembley is looking for a little bit of continuity. With that in mind, I’m not suggesting any sort of offensive shakeup. But I AM suggesting that the players at the top of the lineup GET ON BASE.

This is a very simple game. Just ask Crash Davis.

3. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Alfredo Simon recalled in time to pick up first career save for Birds


I guess the team has discovered the solution though-make sure you’re ahead by at least 3 runs before you get to the 9th inning!

Cesar Izturis apparently wanted to make sure he found a way to make everyone forget about his 2-3, 3 RBI performance. Not running to first base on a ground ball in Seattle and not moving runners on 1st and 2nd over at Fenway Park would have been NOTHING compared to the beating he would have taken for that last night had Alex Rodriguez came through for the Bombers.

Alfredo Simon is (I guess), the guy for a little while. Apparently there was an epic moment before the game when Trembley asked Simon “Are you scared?”. Christ. Why didn’t he just go all the way and channel Gerard Butler???

4. Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Dave Trembley can’t be blamed for Orioles’ slow start

But even this effort couldn’t wrap up “Apologist of the Morning” honors for Stan, as “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester instead selected Steve Heiser from the York Dispatch; who offered “pity” for the Birds because they have to compete with the Red Sox and Yankees in the AL East.


Moving back to what Stan wrote-I don’t COMPLETELY disagree with him. This ISN’T Dave Trembley’s fault alone. The problem is, Goldberg doesn’t suggest accountability for others in the organization who feigned interest in “wins and losses” this season despite not having any interest in putting together a legitimate major league roster.

It’s one thing to say “this isn’t Dave Trembley’s fault”, as it isn’t Dave Trembley’s fault ALONE. However, Trembley CAN be blamed for mismanaging a bullpen, questionable decisions about baserunning, insane lineup shuffling, and for a noticeable lack of fire in the collective belly of the team.

If you want to spare Trembley that blame, you have to be willing to place fault on Andy MacPhail and the leadership of the franchise. This isn’t just “unfortunate circumstances” or “bad luck.” This is a dreadful baseball team-so dreadful that winning 2 straight games was celebrated last night in the way some cities might celebrate the World Series.

5. Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Yankees bullpen ineffective in loss

Apparently Boone Logan was confused by the sign hanging in the bullpen that said “Play Like an Oriole.”

If you missed Ken Singleton (YES Network) with Drew Forrester this morning on AM1570, make sure you check out the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net.

And to the rest of the Yankees fans staying here in Charm City, I offer you some Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz. Don’t say I never did anything for you…

6. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brandon Erbe struggled, Koji Uehara appeared on farm

And to channel Ray Bachman….KO-JI!!!!!!!!!!!!

Before we move on from the Orioles, a reminder that CC Sabathia faces Jeremy Guthrie tonight at Yankee Stadium south; first pitch is at 7:05, and the game can be seen on MASN. If someone paid their bill, the game might be seen on MASN-HD tonight as well!

(Edit from GMC: Thanks for that last night.)

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Shayne Graham, Matt Stover, Shaun Suisham only free agent kickers available on market

And Shayne Graham has clearly been considered a shoe-in around the organization to be brought in and compete with Billy Cundiff for the gig.

Of course, it isn’t exactly a sexy list. It’s like having to pick a concert to go to from Nickelback, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears. I GUESS I’m going to Nickelback, but I’m not exactly excited about it.

I expect Graham to be signed before mini-camp next weekend. They’ll want to give him an equal chance to make the team even before Training Camp. And if he wants to make the team, I’d suggest one thing…


8. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Willis McGahee to be grand marshal for Preakness parade

With no offense to Willis, if I was picking someone to be the grand marshal of the race-I probably would have gone with Candice Boucher (Thanks Brosome.com!). I guess we just all have different ideas of what to look for in a grand marshal.


9. UMTerps.com says ‘national search’ for Chuck Driesell’s replacement to begin immediately

Add Duane Simpkins to the list of coaches who will say publicly (at least to me-and I believe he’ll be saying it on the air tomorrow with Bob Haynie on AM1570 tomorrow) that he wants the job. He’s currently coaching at St. Alban’s in Washington-and a lot of people hope he’ll help tap the DC recruiting pipeline more than Gary Williams’ staff has recently.

And don’t eliminate Xavier assistant Bino Ranson from the discussion. Despite once having Nestor Aparicio as a youth ball coach, the Baltimore product has quickly moved up the coaching pipeline; and had success this season under Chris Mack with the Musketeers. The Terps already have a Baltimore-based assistant in Keith Booth, but I’m not sure they’re completely thrilled with the endroads they’ve made here.

Still, it would very difficult for me to accept that someone coaching for the Terrapins was once coached by the Nasty One. He’s overcome greater obstacles than Michael Oher!

10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens previews tonight’s Hopkins-Towson game at Homewood Field

Should be a great atmosphere tonight, as Dave Pietramala’s Blue Jays are playing for their NCAA Tournament lives.

Tony Seaman’s Tigers can basically guarantee themselves at least an at-large spot with a win.

Look, it’s not like you’re going to be going to the Orioles game. Go watch some lacrosse!

11. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester has no problem with “Get Your Preak On”

And neither do I. Especially if I’m getting “my Preak on” with Ellen Petri (Thanks Guyism!)…


Oh, it’s another thing.

12. Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Bob Baffert looking for 4th Kentucky Derby win with Lookin At Lucky

It would be about time something good happened for that guy.

And finally, I leave you with this…

I’m not REALLY sure what happened during the end of the NLB Final between Cibona and Partizan. Go to Deadspin and read up if you want. All I know is that it was amazing.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


Comments Off on Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 26 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because even though I missed yesterday’s “Earth Day Climate Rally” on the National Mall, I heard about a new rave that’s sweeping the nation…

Sexy Na’vi Costumes!


I like EVERYTHING about this. This will be especially helpful at Halloween, as I was getting sick of only ever seeing sexy nurses and sexy cops and things of that nature. It was about time ladies stepped up their game.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says Cla Meredith picked up first career save as Birds hung on to beat Red Sox

I know I’m not the first to make this joke-but when the Orioles couldn’t win on Sundays and everyone was getting pissed off-it wasn’t because we wanted the Orioles to ONLY win on Sundays!

The reaction to yesterday’s win has been a bit odd. The players (and manager) gave quotes akin to having won a World Series. Mostly-fans have been well aware that one win REALLY doesn’t mean that much.

But it feels good to get a win. Especially when 16 of the other 18 games the team has played have been losses.

The wins are almost more difficult to analyze than the losses, as it feels like it took a miracle to get it. Even the line drive at the end of the game appeared to be headed over Ty Wigginton’s head and into the territory of more heartbreak.

David Hernandez had a great start to his outing, but things started to come apart. The bullpen was up and down, but Cla Meredith (who had amazingly NEVER recorded a single save in his career) allowed the entire city to breathe a sigh of relief.

All over ONE WIN.


You know-if Dave Trembley HAD decided to puff on a cigar after the game during his MASN interview, I probably would have given him a pass.

2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of win

No one will want to talk about this, but during the course of the game-the hitters in the O’s lineup combined to leave 26 men on base.


That doesn’t mean 26 physical men were left on base, but that the batters in the lineup combined to leave 26 freaking men on base.

That almost seems impossible.

Some of those runs could have really mattered, too. When they went up 7-4 in the 10th inning; I personally assumed Jim Johnson would step back in and slam the door on the Sox. But had Julio Lugo actually been able to lay down a bunt and more the runners over, maybe the lead could have been extended to 9-4 and things would have never gotten interesting.

These runners ALWAYS matter. Julio Lugo was crucified by a number of people in town (starting with Jim Palmer) when he didn’t run out a ground ball. Where’s the accountability for failing to get runners over in the 10th?

Is it okay because the Orioles won?

Wasn’t okay by me.

3. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Orioles should step up to ‘challenge’

The challenge of winning 50 games this season?

What Drew is saying is very relevant. You can go to the Audio Vault this morning at WNST.net and hear from Eric DeCosta, who joined “The Morning Reaction” for a chat with Drew Forrester on AM1570 WNST to recap what the team did this weekend during the NFL Draft.

That’s right, the Ravens’ #2 decision maker when it comes to personnel joined Drew Forrester this morning, with the understanding that he had to hold himself accountable for the decisions the organization made-including trading out of the #25 spot, selecting Sergio Kindle at 43, adding Terrence Cody, and drafting two tight ends. He also answered questions about players they didn’t select-including Dez Bryant and Rob Gronkowski.

It IS important that all sports franchises make themselves available to be held accountable for their decisions. When you ask people in the city to invest their money in your franchise, you need to be accountable. Allowing 105.7 and MASN to say things like “that was a tough one today skip” isn’t accountability.

It’s a fair argument-which is strange considering Drew made it. Usually I only apperciate his arguments when they have to do with Denzel Washington, John Mayer or this subject…


4. Springfield Republican’s Dan Lamothe says despite taking 2 of 3 from Birds, still plenty of questions about Red Sox

You know, I really thought this was the biggest story line of the weekend. Despite the fact that Boston won 2 of the 3 games at Fenway Park, I think this weekend really proved that the Red Sox just aren’t that good.

Who is going to drive in runs for that team?

I understand that they’re playing with Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron. I understand that the Orioles’ starters threw some good innings this weekend. But the Red Sox-to me, don’t look like a team that can win the American League Wild Card (as I predicted they would do before the season) and CERTAINLY not the type of team that can compete against the Yankees and Rays in the AL East.

Unless of course they find a way to add a big run producer in the middle of their lineup. Which-given the fact that their ownership, decision makers and fans all want to WIN-I wouldn’t doubt them doing.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Bergesen excelled, Hobgood & Spoone struggled on farm

Before we wrap up our portion of today’s news dedicated to the Orioles, a reminder that they are off tonight-and will return to action tomorrow night against the Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. If you’re heading to the game, be sure to say hello to the 15,000-25,000 fans from New York who will be joining you; as well as the 3,000-5,000 fans from Baltimore who will be in attendance.

Also, congratulations to “Camden Crazies”, whose musings on Twitter yesterday have earned “Apologist of the Morning” honors. His musings included comments about the Orioles being better than their record and that the relievers weren’t that bad because “sometimes hits fall in.”

They certainly do. Sadly, the fall in much more often against the Orioles.

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Boston College LB Mike McLaughlin, Tennessee LS Morgan Cox amongst UFA’s Ravens have agreed to terms with

And McLaughlin (who is probably the best overall player of the group the Ravens have signed post-Draft) joined the great Glenn Clark Sunday during NFL Draft coverage on AM1570-you can also hear that interview in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault.

Morgan Cox may have the best chances of making the team of any player in the group. We all know how badly Matt Katula struggled a season ago; and if those struggles are still evident when the team reports to McDaniel College in July, Cox could steal the job.

Sorta similar to how NIKKI Cox once stole my heart…


7. Carroll County Times’ Haruki Nakamura believes Ravens’ NFL Draft was ‘tremendous success’

Well, I wouldn’t exactly expect Haruki to say that Ozzie Newsome failed the team during the Draft; but I certainly got the idea that Ravens players were happy with the moves the team made over the weekend.

Ravens LB Jameel McClain appears to be happy that the team added fellow Syracuse Orange defensive player Arthur Jones. And for the record, I’m happy Arthur Jones is a Raven too. Please pass that along to his brother Jon “Bones” Jones so that he doesn’t kick my ass…

8. USA Today’s Jarrett Bell gives Ravens “B+” for Draft

And while Draft grades are totally silly, this appears to be about what most people think about the Draft.

My thoughts on the Draft? ESPN should really use Jenn Brown more often…


9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Terps fell to Virginia in ACC Championship Game without Will Yeatman

We know this much…the Cavs are the best team in the country-despite their setback at Duke.

It really is a shame that Maryland was forced to play without Yeatman, as the teams were separated by just a single goal the first time they met at Byrd Stadium, and things certainly had a chance to be just as interesting this time around.

Instead of getting off on one of their notorious slow starts, the Terrapins started the game well, but lost firepower down the stretch against Wahoos goalie Adam Ghitelman.

The one thing I’ll say about yesterday’s game is that it didn’t prove to me that they are incapable of beating UVa. Should the teams meet again at M&T Bank Stadium in the Final Four-I think they’ll have a chance…IF they have Will Yeatman.

10. Inside Lacrosse says Maryland 3rd, Loyola 6th, Towson 11th in Nike/Inside Lacrosse Top 20 poll

Loyola didn’t exactly throttle Hobart on Saturday, but they won comfortably to extend one of the more impressive hot streaks I can ever remember from the Greyhounds. Tony Seaman’s Tigers beat Penn State Saturday to extend a winning streak of their own.

Of course-the bad news for local lax fans came when Johns Hopkins fell to Navy; as it looks more and more like the Blue Jays may end up being left out of the NCAA Tournament altogether. A loss to Towson Wednesday night or to the Hounds at Ridley Athletic Complex on May 8 would shut the door completely.

11. WNST.net’s Gary Quill says likely Kentucky Derby favorite Eskendereya scratched

And with that, Lookin’ At Lucky will likely be the morning line favorite Saturday at Churchill Downs. I’ll be there, and I could REALLY use a cotton seersucker suit to take with me. If you’re a business owner (or just a guy) who would like to either donate/allow me to borrow/allow me to rent/or sell cheap something that looks like this…


…you’ll have a new best friend. I’ll buy you something from Louisville.

And finally, I leave you with this…

This is Kara Tointon. She’s from England. This picture was at Guyism.com. Enjoy how you will.


Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


Comments Off on Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because it’s the culmination of “Green Week”, and I really feel as though I’ve made a difference. I don’t get involved with too many causes, but I think the picture of Ashley Greene, the video of Green Day doing “I Fought The Law”, the video of Al Green & Dave Matthews Band doing “Take Me To The River” and the video of Seth Green as “Special K” in “Can’t Hardly Wait” have really helped promote whatever the cause is behind “Green Week” in Charm City.

And-as you could have guessed, it wouldn’t be “Green Week” for me unless I tied it up with the picture of Diora Baird as the sexy Orion from “Star Trek”…


I LOVE “Green Week.”

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Ravens traded 25th overall pick to Broncos for 43rd, 70th, 114th overall picks

Clearly, the decision to trade out of the 1st round left a number of football fans in Baltimore with a feeling comparable to when they were 16 and their girlfriend told them “I’m not ready yet.”

It’s not just disasppointment. It’s ABSOLUTE discomfort.

I think NFL fans across the country are probably a bit more fond of the NFL Draft’s move to primetime this morning than fans in Baltimore. I think there’s a handful of fans in Baltimore who are probably thinking to themselves, “Damn. I missed 30 Rock for THIS?”

It’s hard to keep big picture perspective when most of us want nothing more than instant gratification. The good news is that we can safely assume that this IS a big picture here…unlike some other local sports franchises that have failed to give us ANY level of gratification in recent years.

I’ll do my best to leave that alone at this point.

2. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Ozzie Newsome and company sent ‘mixed signals’ by trading out of 1st Round of NFL Draft

I’ve heard a lot of fans/analysts make statements about how it must be remembered that trading the 3rd & 4th round picks initially landed the team Anquan Boldin, so it could be said that the team dealt their 1st round pick for Anquan Boldin and a 2nd round pick.

That sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

But what I wrote about last night has much more to do with the idea that the team is working under the premise of “need to win now”, and trading out of the 1st round may not necessarily be the best reflection of that premise.

And if the goal is to do everything possible to make sure the 2010 season culminates with John Harbaugh hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy at Cowboys Stadium, I wonder if the combination of Anquan Boldin and Dan Williams, Anquan Boldin and Kyle Wilson, or Anquan Boldin and Sergio Kindle (who is still available) would have ultimately proved to be a better Draft haul than the group of players the Ravens end up walking away with.

Again, the idea is that the team “needs to win now.”

On Friday morning, I don’t feel as though the team is in better shape to do that than they were 24 hours ago.

Hopefully I’ll have a different feeling 24 hours from now.

3. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens had chance to trade up and select Dez Bryant, say they ‘probably’ wouldn’t have taken Bryant at 25

And in poking around, I get the sense that they were being honest. It looks like Denver’s offer was too much (in their minds) to ignore. As Eric DeCosta said last night, and as both Drew Forrester and I speculated all along, they wanted more picks.

Dez Bryant was clearly the most complete receiver on the board, despite the fact that Demaryius Thomas was selected ahead of him. Dez Bryant may be as talented as Michael Crabtree (or MORE talented), and if he turns out to be a rock star, the organization may regret not making the swap to pair him with Anquan Boldin for the next 4 years.

But I don’t think it would be fair to judge this decision simply on the fact that the Ravens DIDN’T end up with Dez Bryant. Maybe it would have been fair to do so if he had slipped to 25, but not given where he was picked.

4. CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco mocks Alabama DT Terrence Cody, Oklahoma CB Dominique Franks to Ravens in Round 2

And each are likely choices.

Terrence Cody is ABSOLUTELY a mountain of a man. He is ABSOLUTELY a gap stuffer, and would ABSOLUTELY fit in with the “Play Like a Raven” mentality.

So why is it that so many of us have been uneasy about the thought of him donning purple?

I’ll say Virginia CB Chris Cook and Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski are the 2nd round choices myself, but that could be wishful thinking. It is VERY possible that both players are gone before the Ravens make their respective picks-especially with both Kyle Wilson and Devin McCourty coming off the board late in the 1st round-leaving teams like the Vikings more suited to take Cook.

They’re going to get talent. If it ends up being Sergio Kindle, do I still get my chinese lunch?

If so, I’m choosing the Orange Peel Chicken…


5. Fanhouse’s R.J. White gives Ravens “B+” for 1st Round trade

I don’t know that I would give them ANY sort of grade yet, but I guess I can get behind a “B+.” Using the Jimmy Johnson NFL Draft trade value chart, they picked up 776 points and traded away 720. If you’re a nerd, that will mean something to you.

I’ll tell you who’s AT LEAST a B+ (but probably better). Jessica Jane Clement, who Guyism.com found some video of….

Before we move on from the Draft, a reminder that Round 2 starts at 6 tonight, with coverage on both ESPN & NFL Network. I’ll be out at Owings Mills to collect the scuttlebutt, and we’ll be discussing the Draft in our “Purple Haze”/”Orange Crush”/”Red Rocks” live chat at WNST.net. I’ll be more than willing to discuss any of those things, except of course the Washington Capitals. The Ravens are scheduled to make the 43rd, 57th and 70th overall picks.

6. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says O’s players defensive of Dave Trembley

And why wouldn’t they?!?!? As long as he’s the manager, they don’t really have to try!

I’ve said before that I don’t think Andy McPhail is interested in making a managerial change this season. I still don’t think he’s interested. At some point he’s going to have no choice, but I don’t think he wants to actually hire someone until the end of the season at EARLIEST.

The weirdest thing about this story was when Andy McPhail called Dave Trembley to say “Don’t worry Dave…you’re safe” and Trembley responded “are you sure you don’t want to reconsider?”

7. STATS’ Nicolino DiBenedetto previews Orioles-Red Sox series opening tonight at Fenway Park

I’d usually like to take this time to stir up some old fashioned Boston hate, but what’s the point? They’re struggling, but they’re still much better than the Birds.

Instead, I’ll celebrate Boston. Not the place of course-because the place is so dreadful I can’t even begin to put it into words. Instead, I’ll celebrate the band.

And a note from our pal Steve Melewski, who pointed out (in all seriousness), that if the Orioles were to sweep the Red Sox this weekend, they’d be just a game behind Boston for 4th place in the AL East.

That’s solid analysis, Steve.

And if pigs were to fly out of my ass, my ass would probably hurt.

8. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Billy Rowell homered, Brandon Erbe struggled for Birds on farm

I feel like the Orioles have been waiting on Billy Rowell longer than I’ve been waiting on Busted Coverage to post pictures of Dorota Gardias, who is some sort of weather person in Poland…


Staying on the Orioles, Jeremy Guthrie faces Jon Lester tonight-first pitch is at 7:10 and the game can be seen on MASN.

9. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Adam Jones wants to be ‘role model’ for young African-Americans

I would prefer that Adam Jones would choose to be a role model to other baseball players by actually being…you know…good.

And before we leave the Orioles completely, a hearty congratulations to Jen Royle from 105.7 for being named today’s “Apologist of the Morning.” Her thoughts included:

“To lose 14 of the last 16 games and have a record of 2-14… something, to me, just isn’t adding up.

The answer of course is wins. She adds…

“Let me quote my favorite movie, Bull Durham: “A good friend of mine used to say, ‘This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.’ Think about that for a while.”
– Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh

Luke Scott said he’s praying things get better — I think the entire city of Baltimore is as well. If things were only as simple as the movies, huh?”

Certainly would. For example, if things were as simple as the movies, I’d of course be with Mila Kunis…


10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Terps Grant Catalino, Ryan Young, Brett Schmidt, Brian Phipps named to All-ACC lacrosse team

I have a special place in my heart for Brian Phipps. He’s a big Ravens fan, and came to our AFC Championship Game party in Pittsburgh last year. He even let me borrow his iPod when I was looking for music.

I also have a special place in my heart for Erin Normoyle. Thanks Barstool Sports!


11. UMTerps.com previews ACC Tournament opener with North Carolina tonight at Byrd Stadium

This is big for Dave Cottle’s team tonight. If they want to prove that they are a contender to win a NCAA Championship, getting revenge on the Tar Heels would be a good way to start.

Winning a NCAA Championship would be a good way to follow up, for the record.

And finally, I leave you with this…

Here’s the Madden 11 cover with Drew Brees. It’s pretty awesome…


Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


Comments Off on Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because this weekend’s trip to Charlottesville was MUCH better than some of the other trips to Charlottesville I’ve made for football and basketball games in recent years. Did it get interesting late? Sure. Was it still a big win to clinch a share of the ACC regular season title? You bet your ass.

Plus, I made a pit stop in DC Friday night, and I wasn’t cut by the Redskins! (That’s a funnier joke if you know that the Skins cut 10 players last week. Of course, that only means that life got BETTER for 10 NFL players last week.) After a long evening of drinking heavily having responsible fun, a friend looked at me at about 3am and said “do you want an empanada?” Of course I responded with “I’ve never wanted anything more.”

So, she directed us to something called “Julia’s Empanadas” in Adams Morgan. I ordered a saltenas empanada….


…and continued to howl in delight with a mix of chicken, potato, green peas, hard boiled egg, raisins, green olives and onion swirling in my gullet.

But I’m sure your Friday night was good too….

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Maryland to face Georgia Tech/North Carolina winner in ACC Tournament quarterfinals Friday night

Which gives me an excuse (like it did for Luke) to watch the video of Cliff Tucker’s shot again….

I could watch that video all day.


It would NOT be a good matchup for the Terps if they had to face Georgia Tech Friday night. The reason Cliff Tucker HAD to hit that miraculous shot was because the Terps couldn’t put away the tough interior of the Wreck, who killed them on the glass. The Yellow Jackets may also be in a potentially similar situation as the Terrapins were going into the ACC Tournament a season ago, needing two wins to be able to sleep easier going into Selection Sunday. The Terps used that motivation to knock off Wake Forest last year.

That being said, Maryland would be well served to face a Paul Hewitt team that was playing a second game in as many nights. A less-rested Derrick Favors would likely not be as effective against a well-rested Jordan Williams.

And if Maryland were to be fortunate to face Carolina…..what are the mercy rules for college hoops?

2. ACCSports.com’s Jim Young picks Greivis Vasquez ACC Player of the Year, Gary Williams ACC Coach of the Year

Homer Simpson I might be, but I’m in complete agreement.

Look, if there were another candidate for ACC Coach of the Year, I’d consider it. Seth Greenberg had this award on ice before the Hokies dropped 3 straight a couple weeks ago, same for Tony Bennett before closing the season with 9 straight losses. Dino Gaudio and Oliver Purnell actually didn’t reach the heights they were expected to, and Paul Hewitt’s team never really got over the hump.

Apparently Mike Gminski nominated Coach K last night during the FSN broadcast of Clemson-Wake Forest, and I won’t be quite so dismissive here. Sometimes the award just SHOULD go to the coach of the best team in the conference. But seeing as how Duke had superior talent and higher expectations yet finished tied with Maryland; it’s hard to see how Mike Krzyzewski could be labeled as having been a BETTER coach than Gary Williams this season.

As far as Player of the Year is concerned, the guy that drilled 3 HUGE 3-balls in the 2nd half down in Charlottesville Saturday is well-deserving. If he splits it with Jon Scheyer (similar to how Shane Battier and Joe Forte did in ’00-’01), I won’t be nearly as enraged as some of you apparently would be.

3. The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps using yesterday, today to rest after grueling stretch, with trip to Greensboro looming

As Gary Williams pointed out following Saturday’s game in the bowels of John Paul Jones Arena-the Wednesday/Saturday turnaround seems a lot longer than it really is when you play at 9pm Wednesday and 1:30pm Saturday.

The Terps can use a few days off before preparing for GT and UNC. You could tell at different times over the last 3 weeks that they were losing their legs a bit-which makes you wonder how things may have been worse had the team not hired new strength coach Paul Ricci.

You know who probably DOESN’T need a new strength coach??? Shakira….


4. Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Tony Bennett’s technical Saturday different situation than when Gary Williams tossed his jacket against Georgia Tech

In the end, you just can’t show up officials. Yanda points out (and Maryland fans everywhere probably REFUSE to believe that Steve would defend Gary Williams-but he DID) that when Gary tossed his jacket, he did it because he was frustrated with how the Yellow Jackets were just beating the tar out of the Terps on the glass.

When Tony Bennett threw his jacket Saturday, he did it immediately after a Jerome Meyinsse foul call that he apparently thought should have been a charge on Sean Mosley. Whether the call was right or not (and in fairness-it was questionable), every coach has to know he can’t show up an official in that moment. He can disagree, and he can try to get the official’s attention for an explanation. But he can’t show up an official.

It really doesn’t matter that much to Maryland fans-as it wasn’t THE reason why the Terps won the game-it just made the final moments much more comfortable than they could have been had the Cavaliers managed to get the ball back down just 3-especially with once-College Park bound Jeff Jones having been red hot in the 2nd half.

Fortunately, we’ll never have to know how that situation would have played out.

5. Mt. St. Mary’s Official Site says Mountaineers’ hopes of returning to NCAA Tournament dashed by Robert Morris in NEC Tournament semis

Milan Brown’s ‘Eers had a chance to do what Randy Monroe’s UMBC Retrievers couldn’t and what Todd Bozeman’s Morgan State Bears will try to do-play for a 3rd straight conference championship.

While he fell short, MSM was very competitive again this season, and Brown has continued to do an OUTSTANDING job since replacing the legendary Jim Phelan.

Emmittsburg is a tough place to be noticed, but hopefully Brown is. He deserves some consideration for a job at a higher level. Not an ACC or  even a Conference USA level gig necessarily, but certainly consideration for jobs in conferences like the America East or the MAAC. If he’s interested in moving up to those levels that is.

6. Stevenson Official Site says Richie Ford scored 3 goals as Mustangs topped Western New England

Congratulations to Paul Cantabene’s ‘Stangs-who actually showed some defense yesterday in improving to 4-0 to start the lacrosse season. If you follow us on Twitter (@WNST), you’d know that my weekly “OldLineLax7” poll (of the 7 D1 lacrosse schools in the state of Maryland) looks like this following this weekend’s action, including the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic…

2-Johns Hopkins
7-Mt. St. Mary’s

I’m not trying to say the Mustangs could necessarily beat the Tigers or Mountaineers, but I will say that neither of those teams have won a game yet….

7. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Nick Markakis homered, but Birds lost to Red Sox

Knowing that the O’s would be playing the BoSox yesterday, I decided to be a professional reporter and went to the “Boston” page at BarstoolSports.com for info about the team. I spent about 15 minutes really studying up on pictures of Casey Batchelor….


….what position will she be manning at Fenway Park this season?

8. Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Jason Berken off to solid start in Spring Training

At times, it actually really did look like Jason Berken was capable of pitching last season. I don’t know it for sure, but he definitely at least APPEARED capable of being able to pitch, at least after his WOEFUL start.

That being said, it’s too easy to call his role “long relief and spot starts” and just expect that he’ll experience some sort of renaissance this season. He’s gonna be in for a battle again, and it will certainly be interesting to see how he performs.

9. ESPN The Magazine’s Tim Kurkjian says Orioles ‘could flirt with .500’

Insert the name of many other national baseball writers where the name “Tim Kurkjian” is, and you can see the general tone many analysts have when it comes to this year’s Orioles.

The problem is-while they address what the Orioles have done to improve, they don’t really address how the Orioles stack up against the Yankees, Red Sox, Rays and Jays in the AL East. The same writers who say they think the Orioles can finish around .500 are usually writers for publications who think the Orioles will finish no better than 4th in the division.

Is it possible that 4 teams in the AL East could all finish at .500 or better? I guess. Is it likely? No.

.500 would be a REMARKABLE accomplishment for this Orioles team, not something that should be expected.

10. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Marlin Jackson will visit Eagles after visiting Ravens Tuesday

Which means Marlin Jackson probably isn’t the type of player that will get a contract offer from Ozzie Newsome Tuesday and call Philadelphia to say “forget it, I’m signing here!”

If the Ravens are looking to add a CB, Jackson would at least give them a little bit more size (the CB’s on their current roster are all sub-6’0″) even if his health remains a question mark. But the Ravens will be looking to get him for a bargain, meaning a contract offer for big money won’t be coming. He’ll go to Philly for another visit, and he might not end up deciding on Charm City.

11. LA Times’ John Horn says Sandra Bullock won Academy Award for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy-adoptive mother of Michael Oher

Which was maybe the least surprising thing….ever.

And as much as I loved “The Blind Side” (I really did-even if it was a chick flick), where was the love for the green chick from “Star Trek” in this category???


12. The Sun’s Ken Murray says international soccer to return to M&T Bank Stadium July 25

Love the idea…don’t love the date. This would either be a Sunday night match, or a July afternoon match. They did a Real Mardrid-DC United match at FedEx Field last summer, and I was told it was about 187 degrees on the field at the time of kickoff.


But otherwise, I’m all in. Love the idea, especially as the city tries to earn a bid to host World Cup games.

And finally, I leave you with this.

Here’s a video Busted Coverage had of two young ladies expressing their feelings for each other at a Chicago Bulls game. Now the explanation ends and the video begins….

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….


Comments Off on Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Harlem Globetrotters (Tuesday 7pm Patriot Center, Wednesday 7pm Verizon Center), Baltimore Blast @ Milwaukee Wave (Thursday 3pm streamed live on B2liveTV.com); NBA: Thunder @ Wizards (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Spurs @ Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet)

10-Little Feat (Thursday 8pm Recher Theatre), The Roots (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (Thursday 9pm 9:30 Club), Wale (Friday 8pm & 11:30pm 9:30 Club), Third Eye Blind (Thursday 8:30pm DC Grand Hyatt), Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Thursday 9pm Sheraton Inner Harbor)

Oh my God how can I attend all of these events?!?!?!? I’m pretty sure I came out of the womb singing this tune…..

I’m sure they’re making great money, but has there ever been a bigger waste than partnering these guys with Jimmy freaking Fallon???

Not familiar with this gal? You should be……

This rapper is the only good thing to have ever come out of the District of Columbia…..

This band was one of the only reasons why I was ever able to get girls in high school…..

And if I have to explain this to you, get out……

9-Women’s College Basketball: UNC-Wilmington @ Maryland (Tuesday 7pm Comcast Center), St. Joseph’s @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center)

Maryland/UNC-Wilmington, huh? I feel like these teams have played before…….

8-UFC 108: Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva (Saturday 10pm from Las Vegas live on Pay-Per-View)

According to my friends at Bloody Elbow, Dana White told the Las Vegas Sun that he thinks the UFC “will be the biggest sport in the world by 2020.

Apparently Dana White has never heard of Marshmallow Blaster wars……


7-WWE: Bret Hart scheduled to host Monday Night RAW (Monday 9pm from Dayton, Ohio live on USA Network), TNA Wrestling: Hulk Hogan debuts on TNA iMPACT! (Monday 8pm from Orlando live on SpikeTV)

First of all, what decade is this????

Second-I’m excited about the return of “The Hit Man”, but this might be a bit awkward, huh?

AND, I don’t care how old he is-I will NEVER not be excited to see this man…..


6-PBR Built Ford Tough Series (Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm 1st Mariner Arena live on VERSUS)

As someone who-I’m not kidding about this-has attended a Pro Bull Riders event before, I’m excited to see the PBR come back to town. You see, it’s like NASCAR-but MUCH shorter, much less boring, and with WAAAY more wrecks. Enjoy…..

5-Ports America New Year’s Eve Spectacular (Thursday 7pm Inner Harbor)

When was the first time I ever saw fireworks? Well, what does the name Phoebe Cates mean to you????


4-College Basketball: William & Mary @ Maryland (Wednesday 7:30pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Maryland @ UNC-Greensboro (Sunday 1pm from Greensboro live on Comcast SportsNet), Bowling Green @ Towson (Wednesday 7pm Towson Center), Rider @ Loyola (Saturday 1pm Reitz Arena), Siena @ Loyola (Monday 7pm Reitz Arena), Coppin State @ Navy (Wednesday 7pm Alumni Hall)

A lot of people didn’t think the Terps were particularly impressive in their win Sunday over Florida Atlantic. They may be right. But you know who IS impressive? Florida Atlantic alum Mary Carey……


3-Ravens @ Raiders (Sunday 4:15pm from Oakland live on CBS)

They CAN’T lose to these idiots, right???


2-Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic: Flyers @ Bruins (Friday 1pm from Fenway Park live on NBC), NHL: Capitals @ Sharks (Wednesday 10pm from San Jose live on Comcast SportsNet), Capitals @ Kings (Saturday 4pm from Los Angeles live on Comcast SportsNet)

Look, Boston stinks. It’s just terrible. I don’t like anything about it. If I had my way, Fenway Park would implode in the middle of a Red Sox-Yankees game. Or with the entire population of Beantown gathered for some sort of meeting. But THIS does look pretty cool…..


1-College Football-Texas Bowl: Navy vs. Missouri (Thursday 3:30pm from Houston live on ESPN), EagleBank Bowl: Temple vs. UCLA (Tuesday 4:30pm from RFK Stadium live on ESPN), Champs Sports Bowl: Miami vs. Wisconsin (Tuesday 8pm from Orlando live on ESPN), Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl: Bowling Green vs. Idaho (Wednesday 4:30pm from Boise live on ESPN), Pacific Life Holiday Bowl: Arizona vs. Nebraska (Wednesday 8pm from San Diego live on ESPN), Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Houston vs. Air Force (Thursday 12pm from Fort Worth live on ESPN), Brut Sun Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Stanford (Thursday 2pm from El Paso live on CBS), Minnesota vs. Iowa State (Thursday 6pm from Tempe, AZ live on NFL Network), Chick-Fil-A Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee (Thursday 7:30pm from Atlanta live on ESPN), Outback Bowl: Northwestern vs. Auburn (Friday 11am from Tampa Bay live on ESPN), Capital One Bowl: Penn State vs. LSU (Friday 1pm from Orlando live on ABC), Konica Minolta Gator Bowl: West Virginia vs. Florida State (Friday 1pm from Jacksonville live on CBS), Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Ohio State (Friday 4:30pm from Pasadena, CA live on ABC), Allstate Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. Cincinnati (Friday 8:30pm from New Orleans live on FOX), International Bowl: South Florida vs. Northern Illinois (Saturday 12pm from Toronto live on ESPN2), AT&T Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss (Saturday 2pm from Dallas live on FOX), PapaJohns.com Bowl: South Carolina vs. UConn (Saturday 2pm from Birmingham live on ESPN), AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Arkansas vs. East Carolina (Saturday 5:30pm from Memphis live on ESPN), Valero Alamo Bowl: Michigan State vs. Texas Tech (Saturday 9pm from San Antonio live on ESPN), Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Boise State vs. TCU (Monday 8pm from Glendale, AZ live on FOX)

And you say there are too many bowl games! Psh…….

Speaking of which, Tennessee and Virginia Tech are playing in what is BY FAR the best bowl game of them all.

Why you ask?

Think of what might me readily available at a game with that name……


Also, I remember Tennessee playing in this game a few years back….Casey Clausen would probably remember it too if not for a certain fella named EJ Henderson……

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…….


Comments Off on Top 10 Baseball Distractions


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 20 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Since there are a lot of variables to the Ravens game this week (namely HOW THE HELL AM I GETTING THERE AND BACK?), I’m not sure when I’ll get to this week’s 15-7-0. So I decided to get this out a bit early. This is for the week starting Tuesday, December 22 and going through Monday, December 28. All times are eastern.

Honorable Mention:
Baltimore Blast @ Rockford Rampage (Sunday 6:05pm from Rockford streamed live on Depor13.com), All Mighty Senators (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club), Terrapin Classic: Maryland Women vs. Stony Brook (Sunday 6pm Comcast Center)

10-Glenn Clark’s Christmas Plans (Thursday night-Friday afternoon, various locations throughout Baltimore and Baltimore County)

Look, not a whole lot going on in the world of sports this week, so indulge me. My Christmas plans begin Christmas Eve in Little Italy, with an annual dinner at Chippiarelli’s, home of the greatest salad of all time ever….


Then we’ll go to church. I’m not sure where, but I know it won’t be the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Towson. Not because it’s a bad church; but because my girlfriend (“The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet”)’s roommate convinced me to go with her last year, and it was a DISASTER. Upon being seated, I was greeted by some sort of guido who said “Hey buddy, we’re gonna do this-it’s gonna be great. My guys, they’re all out tonight, so I’m gonna need your help. It’s gonna be great. Gonna be great. What’s gonna happen is this guy’s gonna get up there and he’s gonna speak at you-you know, the homily-thing. It’s gonna be great. Then, wait for my cue-and I mean that-wait for my cue. I can’t stress that enough. We get up there, he’ll speak at you some more, then we collect the moneys. It’s gonna be great.”

Of course I said yes, mostly because I originally thought the guy was gonna try to sell me some stolen cable, but eventually started fearing for my safety. I walked to the front to do the collecting and everyone was making hand signals. I felt lost. I survived, but just barely. So that’s the end of that.

I guess we’re doing Christmas breakfast at TLDGOTFOTP’s Mom’s house, which hopefully means this…….


And the absolute HIGHLIGHT of Christmas will absolutely be the great Karen Clark’s traditional Christmas dinner…..


That’s right. It’s Christmas. So we eat shells. That’s how it is.

9-Sherlock Holmes in theaters (Friday) Family Guy Presents: Something Something Something Dark Side available on DVD and Blu-Ray (Tuesday)

Well, this doesn’t look hilarious or anything…….

8-24 Hours of A Christmas Story (Thursday 8pm-Friday 8pm on TNT)

Everyone you know has this on DVD. Yet everyone you know watches it on TNT anyway. I’m guessing I’ll end up watching it around 10am on Friday, but if not-I’ll watch it at some point. Trust me on that. And when Drew Forrester and I go for Chinese in Owings Mills Monday, we will request this…..

7-Duel in the Pool (Sunday 2pm from Manchester, England on NBC)

This already happened, but you’ll think it’s live because it’s swimming and no one cares enough to have checked to see the results!

(Editor’s note: Spoiler alert! The Americans won. Like we do in everything. Because America kicks ass. Mostly because Olivia Munn is American…..)


6-NHL: Sabres @ Capitals (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Devils @ Capitals (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Hurricanes @ Capitals (Monday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet)

Good news, next week we can actually talk about a hockey game I care about, but only because it’s my beloved Flyers getting a chance to beat a Boston team at Fenway Park. In the meantime, I have to do my best to fake interest. I like to read Yahoo!’s Puck Daddy blog; and I was enjoying Greg’s list of the Top 10 biggest hockey bloopers of the last decade. Here’s his Number 1….

This is where you’d expect me to offer some sort of analysis-or at least decent shtick-regarding the previous clip. But sadly, showing you a blooper was really just what I was doing out of laziness. Sorta like when it would rain in 6th grade and my gym teacher would force us to watch some 1980’s blooper tape featuring NBA players in shorts that were actually somehow shorter than his……


5-NBA: 76ers @ Wizards (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Wizards @ Bucks (Wednesday 8pm from Milwaukee live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS), Wizards @ Timberwolves (Saturday 8pm from Minneapolis live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS & NBA TV), Wizards @ Grizzlies (Monday 8pm from Memphis live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS & NBA TV); Christmas Day NBA Quintuuple Header: Heat @ Knicks (Friday 12pm from New York live on ESPN), Celtics @ Magic (Friday 2:30pm from Orlando live on ABC), Cavaliers @ Lakers (Friday 5pm from Los Angeles live on ABC), Clippers @ Suns (Friday 8pm from Phoenix live on ESPN), Nuggets @ Trailblazers (Friday 10:30pm from Portland live on ESPN)

I guess since Kobe and LeBron actually WILL be playing this time (unlike the NBA Finals), we’ll have to stomach through plenty of these……

And we all KNOW those puppets had nothing on Chris Rock and Lil’ Penny……

4-Harlem Globetrotters 2010 Magical Memories World Tour (Saturday 2pm & 7pm 1st Mariner Arena)

Is it Curly Neal and Meadowlark Lemon? No. But are the Globetrotters still one of the coolest teams in the world to watch live? Yes. Exhibit A: Curly Boo Johnson……

3-College Football: Maaco Las Vegas Bowl: Oregon State vs. BYU (Tuesday 8pm from Las Vegas live on ESPN), San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Utah vs. California (Wednesday 8pm from San Diego live on ESPN), Sheraton Hawaii Bowl: Nevada vs. SMU (Thursday 8pm from Honolulu live on ESPN), Little Caesars Bowl: Marshall vs. Ohio (Saturday 1pm from Detroit live on ESPN), Meineke Car Care Bowl: Pitt vs. North Carolina (Saturday 4:30pm from Charlotte live on ESPN), Emerald Bowl: Boston College vs. USC (Saturday 8pm from San Francisco live on ESPN), Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl: Kentucky vs. Clemson (Sunday 8:30pm from Nashville live on ESPN), Advocare V100 Independence Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Georgia (Monday 5pm from Shreveport, Louisiana live on ESPN2)

Okay look, I don’t really care for Pete Carroll or anything they’re doing at Southern Cal, but just TRY watching this story about Jake Olson and not crying…..

Also, I am INCENSED that I was not able to find video of the Capital One Bowl Week music. If you can help me, that would be Jim Rome would describe as “Phenomenal”……

2-College Basketball-Winston Salem State @ Maryland (Tuesday 8pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS), Florida Atlantic @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center), Towson @ Morgan State (Tuesday 7pm Hill Field House), UMBC @ Virginia Tech (Tuesday 7pm Blacksburg), Loyola @ Indiana (Tuesday 6:30pm from Bloomington live on Big Ten Network), Coppin State @ Michigan (Tuesday 7pm Ann Arbor)

I couldn’t be more happy to root against the teams that local schools are playing this week. For example….

Michigan….go screw. You ran a coach out of town because he couldn’t beat Ohio State, and you ended up with a cheater who can’t beat anyone. You deserve everything that’s come to you.

Virginia Tech…..get bent. Your mascot is some sort of weird turkey. Which is exactly what your football coach looks like. Your fans act as though you are one of the great football powerhouses, when you’ve won fewer national championships than even the Terps.

Indiana…….up yours. You didn’t belong on the same FLOOR as my Terrapins back in 2002, but I had to put up with all of the national attention being thrown your away because of your history. Screw history, go Terps. Not only did you run one of the greatest head coaches of all time out of town, but you ALSO ran the coach out of town who brought you BACK to the Final Four.  And Tom Coverdale was dreadful.

Florida Atlantic………don’t even get me started on the sins of Florida Atlantic.

1-Ravens @ Steelers (Sunday 1pm from Pittsburgh live on CBS)

Where do I even freaking start?!?!?


I don’t just hope they lose, I hope their city implodes.

(Edit from GMC: You know, after all of us who make the trip leave…..)

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..


Comments Off on Top 10 Baseball Distractions