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Flacco Shows He’s Not Quite Tom Brady in Ravens’ Loss to Patriots

Posted on 04 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

There were a number of reasons why the New England Patriots were able to hold on and defeat the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in Foxborough, but there is one that can’t help but stick out at me with the game now in the books.

When the final horn sounded today, it was still evident to me that even considering how much progress Joe Flacco has made as an NFL quarterback, he’s still not quite on Tom Brady’s level.

Consider the plays on the game’s two most important drives:

After Dwan Edwards recovered a fumble to put the Ravens within 3 at 17-14 in the 3rd quarter; the Patriots went 79 yards in 6 plays to re-take a 10 point lead.

-Pass to Fred Taylor for 13 yards
-Pass to Sam Aiken for 26 yards
-Pass to Randy Moss for 20 yards
-Fred Taylor rush for 4 yards
-Kevin Faulk rush for 2 yards
-Pass to Randy Moss for 14 yard TD

Compare that to the Ravens’ final drive, which ended with a drop by Mark Clayton:

-Pass to Mark Clayton for 12 yards
-Pass to Derrick Mason for 11 yards
-Pass incomplete to Todd Heap (dangerous pass under pressure)
-Pass to Mark Clayton for 9 yards
-Flacco rush for 2 yards
-Pass to Clayton for 9 yards
-Ray Rice rush for 4 yards
-Flacco incomplete to Ray Rice (thrown high, in danger of being picked)
-Flacco to Rice for 13 yards
-Flacco incomplete to Clayton
-Pass to Kelley Washington for 6 yards
-Flacco incomplete to Mason (thrown to back arm)
-Flacco incomplete to Clayton

It isn’t as if Flacco played poorly on the Ravens’ final drive. In fact, he played ALMOST well enough to beat one of the AFC’s best teams on the road. But not quite.  Flacco threw dangerous passes twice, and put his receivers in tough spots at other times.

Flacco is REALLY good.

Brady is GREAT.

As of right now, that’s the biggest difference in why the New England Patriots are ahead* of the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC. (*via tiebreaker)

When the Patriots most desperately needed their QB to come through today, he did-in a BIG way.

When the Ravens most desperately needed their QB to come through today, he came JUST a bit short.

The Ravens are still 3-1, and will remain atop the AFC North-but I can comfortably say that this will not be the last time the Ravens will desperately need their QB to come through this season. And there might well be much more on the line the next time.

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-Following today’s loss, John Harbaugh chose not to openly criticize the officiating (for fear of the NFL office), but made it clear he wasn’t overly thrilled with the calls. Ray Lewis DID criticize the officiating, calling it “embarrassing”; and saying “I have kids just like Tom Brady has kids”, and he wants the same level of ‘respect’ that is given to the Patriots’ star QB.

-Brendon Ayanbadejo is likely done for the year with a torn quadricep tendon.
-Jared Gaither’s injury does not appear to be serious, but John Harbaugh did not set a timetable for his return.

-Hear from John Harbaugh, Terrell Suggs, and Joe Flacco in the Audio Vault at WNST.net. Ray Lewis’ comments are available at WNST.net via WNSTv

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4:27-Patriots will hold on for a 27-21 win after that drop. I’ll be back following the game.

4:25-Just when I was praising Derrick Mason……

4:24-Well, this isn’t exciting at all, is it? I almost don’t want to type-just enjoy.

4:22-The knock on Joe Flacco is that he’s never had to lead his team in a situation exactly like this. The only situation that was close was the end of the playoff game against the Titans, but that was a tie game-where they always had overtime to fall back on. This is a “touchdown or lose” situation. No pressure, Joe Cool.

4:21-Derrick Mason looks the player that I named my team MVP a season ago…..and that was a good move after the catch by Mark Clayton as well.

4:18-My apologies for the delay, I had to switch computers as this game closes. Huge defensive stand to get the ball back; now they can’t worry about getting cute-but can’t just chuck the ball on every play, either.

Good movement so far. They don’t want to leave the Patriots much time if they DO score either.

4:14-Having a review there would have been helpful, it appears.

4:13-The Ravens may REALLY wish they had a challenge left here in the 4th quarter.

4:10-Ray Rice on 3rd and 1? Don’t like that call. On 3rd and 2 you need someone who can get space. On 3rd and 1, you need to bull someone over. That’s not Ray Rice.

4:07-Didn’t like that challenge from Harbaugh. It came off as a challenge out of frustration instead of an intelligent decision based on what he truly believed happened on the play.

Pats extend their lead to 27-21, but the Ravens are still in this game-which MAY end before the Chargers and Steelers kick off tonight.

4:02-Ron Winter is not doing a good job of explaining this situation-either to John Harbaugh or to the crowd. I’m still even a bit concerned on the rule myself, here. Clearly by going to the booth, it means the play CAN be overruled; so what was he telling Harbs the first time they talked?

4:01-I think that was a GREAT place for Belichick to make that call. It didn’t end up working, but that was the EXACT place for him to make that call.

4:00-REALLY big play there by Suggs. Ravens have a chance.

3:58-The Patriots have not struggled to move the ball at all today. In order for teams to beat the Ravens; they have to establish some sort of ground game and THEN throw the ball. The Patriots have done that-unlike the Chargers.

3:55-If there was ever a time to make a stop on 3rd and short…….

3:53-He caught that ball (I think). Although, the Patriots aren’t showing the replay on the jumbotron like they did with the Bodden INT; which makes me think it’s pretty questionable. We’ll see.

3:50-Looks like Ayanbadejo’s left leg.

And the Skins held on to beat the Bucs. Damn.

7 here might ice this one for New England. There’s a lot of time, but having to rally from down 10 3 different times might be a bit too much.

3:47-I say the Ravens need to get off the field on 3rd down and they don’t. I say they can’t let the Patriots get across midfield and they’re already up to the Baltimore 35.

If I say the Ravens should let the Patriots score a TD will something good happen?

Brendon Ayanbadejo hurt. Ugh.

3:44-This is a huge down for the Ravens’ defense. Getting off the field would make a WORLD of difference.

3:40-And we have a ball game. Flacco to McGahee, and the Ravens are within 3. Hopefully the rest did this defense well. They need to keep the Patriots on THEIR side of the football field on this drive.

3:38-Some signs of life offensively; and they have allowed the defense to rest; which is the most important thing here. If they can punch this in for 7, we’ll actually have a ball game here in the 4th.

3:33-I’m usually the LAST person to buy into the “there have been a lot of bad calls today” theory, but did Leigh Bodden just somehow manage to get an offensive pass interference call there by just asking for one?

Questionable officiating. QUESTIONABLE. Nothing more.

3:28-Am I the kiss of death? Randy Moss with the very smart push on Domonique Foxworth-forcing him away from where Brady was going with the ball. That’s hard to defend for anyone. It could REALLY put the Ravens behind the 8 ball here in the 2nd half.

3:27-Ravens HAVE to make a stop here. They need to keep this a 1 possession game after getting the momentum from that fumble recovery.

3:25-So, this Tom Brady fella is pretty good. Nothing like having a QB who can REALLY rally his team after their opponent seizes momentum.

Ravens defense has been on the field a LOT today.

3:20-AND ALL AT ONCE EVERYTHING CHANGES! More pressure equals more success!

Terrell Suggs with the big sack. Dwan Edwards the TD. Suggs (437) is now the team’s all time leader in sack yardage.

The Ravens are alive again. Wow.

3:09-Why are the Patriots up 10 right now?

Ravens: 7 penalties for 70 yards
Patriots: 4 penalties for 35 yards

Also, if we ignore the Patriots’ final possession right before the half; New England has had 5 possessions. Three have resulted directly in scores; and the Patriots have had the ball on Baltimore’s side of the field on ALL FIVE.

Leigh Bodden was in a very fortunate position right there. Nice play by Haruki Nakamura to try to get something going on Special Teams.

3:04-Scott/Drew: This team has looked particularly rattled today. We don’t really know much about the emotions of this team yet because until now, nothing had gone wrong. Drew-the way you like to say that the hardest thing in the world to do is “stop losing”, sometimes it is just as hard to stop negative momentum when things are going wrong.

Jarret Johnson with the big sack there to get the defense off the field. Ravens REALLY need to get something going.

3:01-Regarding Gaither; apparently the CBS team said he was carted off for “precautionary reasons.” This would be good news, and certainly make me retract my earlier statement of the injury being a potential “season-changer.”

Also worth noting (maybe): I have had a couple of people tell me that they saw John Harbaugh mouth the words “he’s OK” to Ravens players as Gaither was carted off the field.

2:51-As painful as this has been, are the Titans really losing 27-3 to Jacksonville? Jeff Fisher can only do so much without having any really good players…..

2:40-Jared Gaither was taken to Mass General Hospital in Boston for tests on his neck and shoulders. He has movement in all of his extremities.

2:39-Leigh Bodden with the pick there, and it really did appear as though he got both feet down. What an AWFUL way for for this drive to end; as the Ravens now will go to the half in a world of trouble.

2:37-Statement drive from the Ravens thus far. They really need to answer here, especially with New England getting the ball to open the 2nd half. Safety James Sanders was helped off the field for the Patriots.

2:35-I’m not certain how that could have been anything but a catch from Kelley Washington. Maybe there’s something I’m not seeing?

2:32-Big effort from Ray Rice there to get the first down. The Ravens REALLY need to score here before the half.

Jared Gaither has apparently been taken to a hospital here in Boston. (Editor’s note: This was something I overheard, but was unable to confirm.)

2:28-The Ravens were bailed out there by a personal foul call on Mike Wright. I think Cam Cameron was smart to go back to the ground to start this drive. Clearly Joe has been rattled by struggles and the injury to Gaither.

2:21-Terrell Suggs called for another roughing the passer; as he apparently went to Brady’s knees. Again……I guess……

It looked like T-Sizzle may have gone towards Brady’s knees, but it didn’t appear as though he actually got them. This team is struggling right now, and needs to settle down.

2:15-It clearly appears to be a neck injury with Gaither, and they are working with particular concern for the big man. Already well-wishing is coming in at JG’s Twitter page.

Joe did the right thing there in getting rid of the ball, but you HAVE to get the ball back to the line of scrimmage to avoid intentional grounding. With the Gaither injury and things unraveling a bit recently offensively; the defense REALLY needs a hold here.

2:12-Overheard from Ravens’ PR staff: “He’s moving everything.”

This has the potential to be a season-changing injury for the Ravens. They are not deep at OT, it was one of the major concerns for this team coming out of Training Camp. You wonder if Willie Anderson has worked to get himself into game condition….

2:08-It is a MAJOR concern to see Jared Gaither down like this. Marshal Yanda would have to be the next man in with Oniel Cousins and Tony Moll inactive.

This looks VERY bad. VERY concerning.

2:04-The good news: Randy Moss’ mauling of Domonique Foxworth was the first time we’ve heard Moss’ name today. The bad news: the Ravens should have been off the field MUCH earlier on that drive, but allowed Sammy Morris to convert a major first down. The other good news: Ray Lewis and Dwan Edwards each got good hits on Flacco on that drive; and Ed Reed didn’t let Benjamin Watson get free.

1:52-Derrick Mason is not a jump ball receiver. I don’t know why they insist on trying to throw it to him that way.

1:47-We can use some good news:

Buccaneers 7, Redskins 0

Okay, I feel better.

1:45-The Ravens MUST get more pressure, clearly. But it is easier said than done against an all-world QB.

A lot of people are Tweeting/Facebooking that Brady didn’t get in. We are in the opposite endzone from them, so I couldn’t offer any perspective on that.

1:42-Two things about the end of the quarter:

1-I do NOT know what Ray Lewis was doing there. Stop asking.
2-The refs should not have measured, and it DID give Bill Belichick a free timeout. If you win 3 Super Bowls, you will also likely get advantages other coaches do not.

1:26-Okay, with Mason getting up, hopefully he will be okay. That looked awful live AND on the replay. But the Ravens are up 7-3 after that fantastic catch.

I don’t think I need to explain that the Ravens are a MUCH better team with Derrick Mason healthy. Hauschk was true on the XP to cap off a 15 play, 81 yard, 6:35 TD drive.

1:22-After all of the red zone success early in the season, this has looked more like a Billick/Boller trip inside the 20.

Congratulations to Michael Oher for his first career catch. Wish it would have been helpful.

HOLY CRAP Derrick Mason with the great catch. But he’s down and is in a lot of trouble it appears……..

1:21-Not sure I understood that 3rd down play call; but it worked-so it was a good call. The lob to Clayton wasn’t pretty.

1:15-Does it look like Flacco is zeroed in on Mason early on to anyone else? This offense is better when Joe is spreading the ball around to Washington, Clayton, Heap, etc.

Ray Rice is “shifty.” That’s why he’s dangerous.

1:14-I’m a little surprised Jared Gaither was called for a false start early, as it isn’t particularly loud here at Gillette Stadium.

1:11-The offensive line continues to do a HELL of a job keeping Joe Flacco’s jersey clean. He had ALL DAY to find Derrick Mason on that 3rd down pass.

1:10-The usually VERY composed Joe Flacco looked particularly rattled on his first two pass attempts. I’m surprised Cam Cameron would open via the air on the road.

Willis McGahee was the first running back in the game today, not Ray Rice.

1:08-That was only the 2nd time all season Tom Brady has been sacked, for the record.

1:06-The Pats may have taken an early 3-0 lead, but that’s a win for the Ravens. They HAVE to keep New England out of the endzone when they get inside the 20.

Sam Aiken started in place of Wes Welker; Kevin Faulk started in place of Fred Taylor; Chris Baker started in place of Benjamin Watson today for the Pats.

1:04-Ravens get an early test of exactly what I thought they would have to do to win the game. They have to hold the Pats to field goal tries in the red zone.

Also, Chris Carr is REALLY struggling at the KR position. He should never have even came out of the endzone there, even before he fumbled.

1:00-The atmosphere at Gillette Stadium is really awful. No electricity in the stadium before the game. This is truly one of the 5 towns left in the country where baseball comes first and everything else is just a nice distraction.

The “O” in the National Athem was VERY loud, and the Patriots fans have been stunned by the number of Ravens fans in town everywhere we’ve gone.

Stephen Gostkowski is set to kick off to Chris Carr. Pats won the toss, deferred to the 2nd half.

12:53-As if I need to remind you, the Ravens are 0-4 all-time against the Patriots. In the pre-game video presentation, highlights from the Patriots’ come from behind win in 2007 at M&T Bank Stadium (the Rex Ryan timeout game) were shown prominently. It is also kinda humorous to see a “16-0″ banner hanging in one corner of the stadium in a similar way to how the team has hung their Super Bowl banners. If I had played on that team, I’m not sure I would want that reminder of losing to the Giants out in Glendale constantly hanging in front of my face.

12:42-The only bad thing about making road trips is finding out how a song you love has become synonymous with a team you hate. For example, it is VERY difficult for me to hear “Renegade” by Styx (a GREAT song) because of how significant the tune is for the Steelers at Heinz Field. It is also particularly difficult for me to hear “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond considering that the Sawx have made it part of the experience at Fenway.

The Patriots just started playing “Baba O’Reilly” by The Who before introductions, and I was a bit concerned it might leave a foul taste in my mouth. It doesn’t appear as though they are using it in a particularly prominent way.

12:27-It is Breast Cancer Awareness weekend around the NFL….here is the note from the Patriots:

“The NFL and the Patriots are using today’s game to raise awareness about breast cancer. Throughout the league, games will feature players, coaches and referees wearing pink game apparel to raise awareness for the campaign, as well as on-field pink ribbon stencials, special K-balls and pink coins.

At Gillette Stadium, several Patriots players will be wearing pink apparel, the goalpost padding will be pink and the cheerleaders will be in pink. In partnership with Re/Max of New England and Mass. affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, staff throughout Gillette Stadium will be wearing pink ribbons and fans will have the opportunity to donate to breast cancer research. Fans will receive a pink ribbon for $2 or a pink rally towel for $5. Also, 10 breast cancer survivors will be the Patriots’ guests today and take part in a pregame ceremony.”

The Ravens told me that Matt Birk, Kelley Washington, Todd Heap, Derrick Mason, Joe Flacco and John Harbaugh’s entire coaching staff will be wearing pink cleats, gloves, hat bills, wristbands, etc. to recognize breast cancer awareness.

12:24-A reminder that Jim Nantz and Phil Simms have the call for today’s game on CBS. If you are out of town and not getting Ravens-Patriots on CBS; the game is broadcast nationally on radio via the Sports USA Radio Network; check for your local affiliate. Bob Fitzgerald, Ross Tucker, and Tony Graziani have the call for that broadcast.

12:21 The weather in Foxborough is cloudy (I guess you could call this overcast), but no rain really so far today. According to The Weather Channel, the temperatures should stay in the 60′s, and there is only a 10-20 percent chance of rain. Shouldn’t really have much of any impact on the game. Winds are only blowing at about 2 mph; not a whole lot of movement from the flags on the goalposts.

12:14-We are slowly getting pictures up from our New England Bus Trip via our Twitter account (@WNST), YouTube, and WNST.net. We had a great time at Fenway Park last night (as well as Newbury Comics, Daisy Buchanon’s, Cask & Flagon, and the other stops we made in Boston). The highlight for me was the line Brian from my bus gave upon pulling into Beantown:

“Look at all the Red Sox fans……I feel like I’m in Baltimore!”

Well played. The lobster rolls and Legal Sea Food Clam Chowder at Fenway was pretty good too.

12:11-One of the notes that a few Patriots reporters pointed out to me today was that Brian Hoyer (rookie-Michigan State) is one turned ankle away from being “the guy” for the New England Patriots. Matt Cassel handled the situation well last season when Tom Brady got hurt, but Cassel had been in the system for a while. Bill Belichick is putting a lot of trust (or maybe a lot of ego) into his rookie QB-who the Ravens actually took a look at before the Draft, and who shares an agent (Joe Linta) with Joe Flacco.

12:05-DT Vince Wilfork (ankle) and WR Wes Welker (knee) are both active for the Patriots; they were both question marks throughout the week. It will be interesting to see how much they can go. For the Ravens, DE Trevor Pryce, WR Derrick Mason and QB Troy Smith all battled the flu bug this week.

11:45 And now the Baltimore scratches:

QB John Beck (3rd QB)
RB Jalen Parmele
LB Tavares Gooden (head-possible concussion from Browns game)
OL Tony Moll
OT Oniel Cousins
TE Tony Curtis
DT Brandon McKinney
DT Kelly Talavou

This means OLB/DE Paul Kruger IS dressed for the first time in his rookie season. Also, Jameel McClain will start in place of Gooden; who suffered his injury on the same play where Ray Lewis got hurt last week against Cleveland (hit by “friendly fire” from Haloti Ngata.)

11:36-Greetings from the Press Box here at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, where the Baltimore Ravens put their 3-0 record on the line against the 2-1 New England Patriots.

Here are your scratches for the Pats:

WR Joey Galloway
CB Terrence Wheatley
DB Bret Lockett
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis
LB Jerod Mayo
OL Rich Ohrnberger
G Kendall Simmons
DL Ron Brace

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Washington Wizards Training Camp Opens (Tuesday Richmond, VA), AHL Hershey Bears Home Opener vs. Norfolk Admirals (Saturday 7pm from Giant Center in Hershey, PA)

10-U2 (Tuesday 7pm from FedEx Field), Fells Point Fun Fest (Saturday and Sunday 11am)

Jimi Haha’s other band-Jarflys-will be at the Fun Fest. I know that in comparison to U2 this doesn’t even register as a blip on the radar screen, but indulge me. They’re really good.

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That being said, the greatest band on the face of the planet is in Washington, DC Tuesday night. Dan Snyder has already offered The Edge the opportunity to take over as head coach. He declined, as well he should. I was going to go to this show, but I’m reasonably certain no one has ever gone to FedEx Field and still had the will to live. Plus, there’s NO chance it will be as great as the night Bono and the boys came to Baltimore Arena/First Mariner Arena back in 2001. Which is amazing it itself, as that sentence I just said involved the words “great” and “First Mariner Arena.” But I digress. If you don’t think “Where The Streets Have No Name” is one of the greatest songs in the history of recorded music, I do not respect you as a human being.

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9-NASCAR Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods (Sunday 1pm from Kansas Motor Speedway live on ABC)

As if NASCAR could get more exciting…..they’re going to KANSAS!!!!!!! YOWZAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was hoping to write something witty and interesting here about NASCA……Christ, I couldn’t even finish that without busting into laughter. I’ll pick Bill Elliott to win this one.

Do the NASCAR people KNOW that football games are played on Sundays?

8-CONCACAF Champions League: DC United vs. San Juan Jabloteh (Wednesday 8pm from RFK Stadium live on Fox Soccer Channel), MLS: DC United vs. Chivas USA (Saturday 7:30pm from RFK Stadium live on The Comcast Network)

Am I excited about either of these soccer matches? Of course not. Is this an excuse for me to introduce you to an American soccer WAG? Of course.

This is Bianca Kajlich, wife of Landon Donovan…..

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Who says the USA doesn’t know a thing or two about The Beautiful Game?

7-High School Football: Kenwood @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm), Broadneck @ Glen Burnie (Friday 6:30pm)

Have we seriously lost to both Joppatowne AND Parkville this season? What the hell, Gators? How in the hell am I supposed to take solace in Maryland’s failures if you guys are equally failing? (Editor’s note: NO ONE is failing at a Maryland-level right now. You know, BESIDES the Orioles.)

Anyway, for those of you headed to a high school football game this weekend; please remember that NO MATTER what they look like…..

jailbait

6-WWE “Hell In A Cell” (Sunday 8pm from Newark live on Pay-Per-View), “A Decade Of Smackdown” (Friday 8pm MyNetwork 24)

I can’t think of a single reason why ANYONE would want to watch this PPV Sunday night…..I mean, other than…..

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But, you guys don’t seem like the type to get excited about violence and high-flying excitement. Nah, me neither. A night at home watching “Desperate Housewives” will be just fine for me.

Come to think of it, maybe I could be convinced……..

eva

5-NHL: Capitals Home Opener vs. Maple Leafs (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet)

I will admit, it is difficult for me to root for the Caps as they play in Washington-and I dislike Washington a LOT. That being said, I can get behind them Saturday night, as everything about Canada is weird. Of course, nothing about Canada is weirder than Donnie Dumphy……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQS1Rwo5vp0[/youtube]

4-MMA-UWC 7: Redemption (Saturday 7pm from Patriot Center), UFC: The Ultimate Fighter: Kimbo Slice vs. Roy “Big Country” Nelson (Wednesday 10pm SpikeTV)

HOLY CRAP THEY’RE FORCING RAY BACHMAN TO FIGHT KIMBO?!?!?!?!?!

roy

You’re in my prayers, Ray.

3-Golf: Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship (Thursday-Sunday from Baltimore Country Club. Live on Golf Channel Thursday & Friday 1pm; Live on NBC Saturday 1:30pm, Sunday 4pm), PGA Turning Stone Resort Championship (Thursday-Sunday 3pm from Verona, NY live on Golf Channel), Navistar LPGA Classic (Thursday-Sunday 8:30pm from Prattville, AL live on Golf Channel)

I actually think the Champions Tour has really done a hell of a job marketing their stop in Baltimore. But I will admit that I think there is one thing they have failed to adequately promote about the final major championship of the year. That would of course be the pure, unfiltered sex appeal of Tom Kite…..

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I mean, either you want to sell tickets or you don’t.

2-College Football: Clemson @ Maryland (Saturday noon from Byrd Stadium live on ESPNU), New Hampshire @ Towson (Saturday 3:30pm from Unitas Stadium live on AM1570 WNST and Comcast SportsNet), Air Force @ Navy (Saturday 3:30pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on CBS College Sports)

This creates a fundamental problem for me. You see, no matter how bad things get; I’m not going to turn my back on the Terps. But when it comes to the Tigers…..well…..they DO have this……

clemson

And in honor of the Academy showdown Saturday in Annapolis, this still doesn’t suck…..

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1-Ravens @ Patriots (Sunday 1pm from Foxborough live on CBS), 2 Rings For O.J. (Tuesday 7pm M&T Bank Stadium)

You know how I feel about the event to celebrate O.J. Brigance’s 40th birthday. Please go honor him appropriately. But as far as our trip to New England this weekend is concerned; I have a couple of things that I would like to accomplish before the weekend is over.

1-Tour this place, enjoy 3-400 Octoberfests afterwards

samadams

2-Exclaim this very loudly at Fenway Park

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3-”What’s Our Name?” Everybody knows it’s “Ravens” here…

cheers

4-See this as I’m leaving Gillette Stadium…..

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983……

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 18 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are your weekend picks:

Chargers 23, Ravens 20 (OT)

This is my fancy way of saying that I think this game is a COMPLETE toss-up. I’m picking overtime, and I’m giving the home team the AUTOMATIC 3 points. I wouldn’t bet this game if you begged me to. Of course, I don’t bet on football (really), so I’m probably not the guy whose opinion matters. These are two good football teams. San Diego has the advantage because the Ravens are going to the other side of the country. That’s all.

Maryland 31, Middle Tennessee State 20

Losing Phillip Tanner will hurt the Blue Raiders, who I think would have been a MUCH more legitimate upset candidate with their starting RB. They’ll still give the Terps a mighty scare, but Maryland won’t fall at home.

Coastal Carolina 31, Towson 17

This will be a more competitive game than the score indicates, but the Chanticleers are better than Rob Ambrose’s Tigers right now.

Pitt 38, Navy 27

Navy is better than they were last year. Pitt isn’t as good as they were last year. But this game is still at Heinz Field, and the Panthers will get the home win.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Week 2 game could have AFC playoff ramifications

Bob Haynie wonders if Maryland or Navy will win more games this season

Glenn Clark impressed by story of Vince Young doing right thing for McNair’s kids

Ed Frankovic says Caps topped Sabres in preseason opener

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Rays’ Wade Davis shut out Birds in win

The Official Site offers numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jeremy Guthrie takes hill tonight at Camden Yards against Clay Buchholz, Red Sox

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Mickolio to DL with shoulder inflammation

Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says 12,000 at OPACY saw Rays top O’s

Red Sox Official Site’s John Barone says BoSox come to Baltimore with poor 34-37 record away from Fenway Park

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Hendrickson went just 3 1/3 innings in taking loss to Rays

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Chris Tillman to make two more starts before being shut down

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Sox bring 6 game lead over Rangers in Wild Card race to weekend series

Examiner Jay Trucker says Birds to visit San Diego, San Francisco next season

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Dave Trembley thought Wade Davis’ complete game ‘tremendous accomplishment’

The AP says Michael Aubrey had two hits for Birds in loss to Rays

St. Petersburg Times’ Marc Topkin says Joe Maddon allowed Davis to throw 124 pitches to finish shutout

Tampa Tribune’s Marc Lancaster says Carl Crawford, Evan Longoria had RBI singles for Tampa Bay in win

SI’s Ted Keith has Birds 27th in power rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Brandon McKinney heaviest of Ravens group that includes most 300+ pounders in NFL

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Tavares Gooden, Terrell Suggs, Ed Reed all expected to play Sunday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens know they have to get pressure on Phillip Rivers

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens know they’re facing ‘outstanding’ back in Sproles even if Tomlinson can’t play

The Official Site’s Patrick Gleason says Derrick Mason can become 23rd ever player to reach 800 catches with 6 Sunday in San Diego

The Official Site says Cam Cameron doesn’t think time spent in San Diego gives him advantage Sunday

Chargers Official Site’s Casey Pearce says LB’s Shawne Merriman, Shaun Phillips expect to see plenty of blockers left in on pass protection

Chargers Official Site says Bolts have until 4:15 EST today to sell remaining 1,100 tickets, avoid blackout

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Heap ‘relieved’ to be healthy again

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Suggs, Gooden practiced fully; Smith, Reed limited in practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens have history of struggling against Antonio Gates

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens must dominate Chargers’ O-Line, keep secondary ‘in sync’, spread ball around to receivers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens could be hurt by Gates, losing field position battle, failing to ‘contain’ Merriman

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Fabian Washington knows Bolts will ‘take their shots’ downfield Sunday

The Sun remembers Ravens only ever win at Qualcomm Stadium in ‘03

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens to wear purple at M&T Bank Stadium for rest of home games except black against Bears

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Zbikowski missed practice Thursday (concussion)

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says “Lights Out” trying to move past injuries, Tila Tequila distraction

San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee says DC Ron Rivera wants pass rush to result in more sacks

SI’s Peter King picks Chargers 23-21 (Edit from GMC: Thanks NM.)

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt looking forward to Suggs-McNeill matchup

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco picks Chargers 24-17

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says T-Sizzle will be ‘probable at worst’ for Sunday

ESPN.com’s John Clayton thinks Ravens-Chargers 5th best game of week

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Pinegar, Wujciak to carry flags tomorrow at Byrd Stadium

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Tony Logan ‘probable’ against Blue Raiders

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Don Brown’s defense yet to force turnover this season

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps trying to avenge last year’s trip to Murfreesboro

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Chris Turner is ‘glue’ holding Terps together

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Chris Turner’s running now ‘regular feature’ in offense

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut picks Terps 33-24

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell picks Terps 33-30

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Kenny Tate, Anthony Wiseman likely to return punts vs. Raiders

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Stephon Heyer, Jared Gaither, Bruce Campbell only freshmen before Fulper to start this decade

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Terps 31-30

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Yeatman would count against football scholarship limit if he played in ‘10

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Friedgen ran no-huddle in practice to prepare for MTSU’s offense

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have allowed injured players to travel before (including Jaimie Thomas in ’07)

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps will be better with Bruce Campbell, Jamari McCullough

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Raiders will have ‘confidence’ after win over Terps last year

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Nolan Carroll’s injury this year similar to Kevin Barnes’ injury last year (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Nolan Carroll to be at midfield for coin flip before MTSU game (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Birchenough thinks Terps will try to ‘pound the ball’ with Da’Rel Scott and Davin Meggett

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Pitt Official Site says Greg Williams still ‘adjusting’ to LB role

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says punter Delahooke cementing legacy in Annapolis

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says DE Michael Walsh still battling back from surgery after nice game against Louisiana Tech

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo taking Wes Henderson on trip to Pitt along with brother Nick since family lives in area

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Navy was comfortable trying to come from behind against Ohio State thanks to rallies against Notre Dame, Tempe last year

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Zingler finally contributed during win over Bulldogs

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Marcus Curry making impact for Mids at Slotback position

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Mids trying to avenge last year’s loss to Pitt at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Paul Zeise
says Panthers OC Cignetti wants to go downfield more

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Ralph Paulk says Mids know ‘duty’ comes first

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says WR Cegles trying to answer detractors

HORSE RACING:

The Sun says Maryland Jockey Club unveiled logo for 2010 Preakness

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says former Milford Mill, Virginia Tech star Richard Johnson re-signed with AIFA team

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Kudos to Perry Hall for naming their track after Coach Jerry Martin last night. More kudos for a 14-9 win over Tuscarora.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 10 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Didn’t have time to finish posting links this morning; VERY SORRY. Heading out to Owings Mills now, will post our NFL picks later today.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester explains how “See The Birds” came about

Nestor Aparicio says WNST will continue to ‘help’ Orioles

Glenn Clark says Ravens wearing new “53 Mighty Men of Baltimore” jackets

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says Brian Roberts’ 50th double not enough as Birds fell to BoSox

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says B-Rob joined former Hall of Famers Tris Speaker, Paul Waner, Stan Musial as only players with 3 or more 50+ double seasons

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says after day off tonight, Chris Tillman to face Andy Pettitte tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says Henn, Uehara added to roster

Red Sox Official Site’s John Barone says Victor Martinez’s pinch hit, bases clearing double lifted Sox past Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds fell to 1-8 at Fenway Park this season in front of 37,712

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Adam Jones moved to 60 day DL, will miss rest of season

The Sun’s Peter Hermann says 4 men arrested after stealing #8 statue honoring Cal Ripken outside Camden Yards

The Sun says Janet Marie Smith named VP of planning and development

The AP says Albers took loss, Danys Baez gave up Martinez’s 2B

Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin says Paul Byrd started, got no decision for Red Sox in win over O’s

Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman says Delcarmen struggled out of pen for Sox in win

Providence Journal’s Kevin McNamara says Billy Wagner gave Sox lift out of pen, picked up win

Worcester Telegram’s Bill Ballou says Birds, Sox combined for 27 hits; 22 of which were singles

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh impressed by free agent Tyree, team will continue to monitor his health

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mark Clayton not on Ravens’ first injury report

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says new GM (Pioli), new coach (Haley), new QB (Cassel) give Chiefs element of ‘surprise’

The Official Site says KC Coach Haley thinks Harbaugh, Dolphins coach Sparano ‘set bar high’ for first year coaches

The Official Site says Chris Carr left Titans for Baltimore to play Ravens’ ‘style of defense’

The Official Site’s Mallory Steinberg says Clayton made appearance Tuesday at SEED School

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site says Haley not sure if team will have answer on Cassel until gametime

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site says CB Brandon Flowers, RB Jackie Battle joined Cassel as ‘limited’ in practice

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site says Larry Johnson ‘not mad’ at Terrell Suggs for taunting him in last matchup

The Sun’s Ken Murray says acquiring players like Oher, Foxworth shows Ravens’ desire for ‘speed’

The Sun’s Lorraine Mirabella says Pizza Hut, Reebok amongst companies seeing commercial value in Flacco

The Sun’s Matt Bracken cleans up after me

The Sun’s Edward Lee says new OL Moll was ‘surprised’ to be traded from Packers to Ravens

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Haley thought Harbaugh did ‘tremendous job’ as first year coach in ‘08

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Sporting News sees Reed, Ray Lewis, Birk, Suggs, Ngata amongst best 100 players in NFL

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Harbaugh lost his cool during practice thinking TV cameras were recording parts of practice he didn’t want filmed

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh said Ravens would ‘take it slow’ with David Tyree

The Sun’s Edward Lee says LJ Smith only Raven to not ‘fully’ participate in practice

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Larry Johnson last back to rush for 100 yards against Ravens

7 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens to beat Chiefs

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Derrick Mason believes offense will be ‘light years ahead’ of where they were last year

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Yanda ‘feels good’, expects Chester to start at RG

The AP says even without Rex Ryan, Ravens defense might be ‘better’

Washington Times’ Bob Cohn says Harbaugh, Ravens ready to ‘build’ on last year’s trip to AFC Championship Game

Kansas City Star’s Adam Teicher says Todd Haley ‘encouraged’ with Clancy Pendergast’s defense

8 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens to top Chiefs

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 4th in power rankings

SI’s Ross Tucker thinks Ray Rice will have ‘breakout’ season

5 of 7 Sporting News analysts pick Ravens to make playoffs

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says Brandon Marshall could ‘learn’ from McGahee

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says McNair was ‘more than player’ to Titans coach Jeff Fisher

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager says former Ravens coach Billick knows he ‘missed’ with Boller

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps will be ‘inconsistent’ again this season

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Tom Brattan confirmed Bruce Campbell will miss James Madison game Saturday

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says players truly believed they weren’t far from being competitive against Bears

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says RJ Dill will make first career start at RT vs. Dukes

Washington Post’s Kathy Orton says Madison win over Terps would be another feather in CAA’s cap

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Campbell could miss ‘more time’ dealing with turf toe

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen unsure of whether sick football player dealing with swine flu

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell noticing less ‘fan interest’ in Terps this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps trying to ‘learn’ from blowout loss at California

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says JMU beat writer Mike Barber thinks Dukes must avoid turnovers to have shot at beating Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Adrian Cannon was most ‘targeted’ WR in Berkeley (5 catches of 10 balls thrown to him)

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tyler Bowen, Pete deSouza could fit in OT mix

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says WR LaQuan Williams (Poly) almost went to Madison

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former DL Dion Armstrong ended up at Butler Community College in Kansas

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Justin Gilbert will also be in mix to replace Campbell

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tony Logan was ‘limited’ again in practice, meaning Kenny Tate could end up handling punt returns again

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says James Franklin already had ‘answers’ ready for questions regarding offensive performance at Cal (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Ralph going with youngsters like Bennett Fulper, Isaiah Ross (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Mychal Parker excited to make another visit to College Park (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says tickets still available for Saturday’s home opener against Louisiana Tech

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says safety Emmett Merchant started improvement once he felt he ‘belonged’

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ivin Jasper admitted to ‘second guessing’ play call on 2 point conversion attempt that would have tied Ohio State

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says last year’s leading rusher Shun White working with Mids’ slotbacks

Shreveport Times’ Jimmy Watson says La Tech LB Adrien Cole ‘impressed’ with Midshipmen

Go Mids’ Chris Rohe breaks down individual matchups with Louisiana Tech (must subscribe)

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says WR Matt Cahill showing ability in senior season

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Billera helping Terror in return game

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Tigers amongst teams interested in Dunbar prospect Derrell Edwards

UMBC LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Bob Chavez says former Retriever Poillon selected by Philadelphia Wings in NLL Draft

STEVENSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Mustangs up for LaxWorld honors

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Speedo extended deal with Michael Phelps through 2013

GOLF:

The Sun says John Cook, Jay Haas, Nick Price, Jeff Sluman all committed to Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Glenye Cain Oakford says Pioneerof The Nile retired to stud at Vinery in Lexington

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Drew and I both picked the Titans tonight FWIW.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 09 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

I really mean it.

I’m over it.

I understand how hurt everyone is by how wretched the Orioles have been on and off the field for what is not the 12th straight year.

But I’m over it.

I’ve replaced them.

I still LOVE the Orioles; but they’re just not important enough for me to pay attention to anymore. I can’t justify getting so involved with the Orioles when they aren’t important enough.

Hey, I love the Baltimore Blast too. And they actually are both A-a model franchise and B-constant winners.

But I couldn’t justify investing my entire sports fandom in the Blast either.

The Orioles are…..irrelevant. And they continue to prove that they don’t want to change. They’ll be hundreds of fans at Camden Yards next week, and they don’t care. They’re not concerned about getting more people there.

And you know what? I don’t care either.

I’m over it.

Baseball has been replaced for me. UFC Fights, U.S. Open Tennis, The NFL Draft, College Lacrosse, UEFA Champions League, The Gold Cup, World Cup Qualifying, Michael Phelps in Rome, The Triple Crown, the rare occasions when Tiger Woods makes golf semi-interesting, Training Camp, Fantasy Drafts, Spring Football, the Nathan’s 4th of July Hot Dog Contest, even a Kings of Leon concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion last night.

They’ve all replaced the emotion I used to invest in Baseball.

And it’s okay.

Will I be back if things change for the Orioles?

Sure.

But it won’t be the same.

To Drew, Bob, Nestor; and everyone else who still lives and dies over it; I’m sorry.

12 straight losing seasons is unacceptable. An organization that continues to embarrass itself by denying the chance to have hundreds, maybe THOUSANDS of extra fans at a September game against the Rays is unacceptable.

But emotionally, I’m checked out. I used to be angry.

But I’m over it.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Orioles won’t allow WNST listeners to “See The Birds”

Drew Forrester says ‘unprofessionalism’ continues from Orioles

Bob Haynie says “Birdland” is now 12 years of losing

Brian Billick says he’ll be hosting online show with FOX

Luke Jones says ‘sky is limit’ for ’09 Ravens

Thyrl Nelson doesn’t think Flacco, Rice, Mason particularly great fantasy plays in Week 1

Lawson Lambert thinks Navy’s Dobbs ‘star in the making’

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says Hernandez gave up 4 home runs in loss to Sox

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says Jason Berken takes hill tonight at Fenway Park vs. Paul Byrd

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says Birds called up Bob McCrory, Chris Waters, Chris Lambert, Justin Turner, Guillermo Rodriguez from Norfolk

Red Sox Official Site’s John Barone says Pedroia homered twice in win over Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says with loss, O’s clinched 12th consecutive losing season

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds acquired reliever Sean Henn from Twins

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Henn previously pitched with Yankees, Padres

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Adam Jones placed on 15 day DL; Bergesen, Montanez transferred to 60 day DL

The AP says Pedroia had 2 of 6 homers for BoSox in win

Boston Globe’s Adam Kilgore says Clay Buchholz baffled Birds in win

Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman says Ortiz, Youkilis, Drew, Alex Gonzalez also homered in win

Providence Journal’s Kevin McNamara says Michael Bowden pitched final 2 innings to finish win for Sox

Worcester Telegram’s Bill Ballou says 37,647 at Fenway Park saw Sox top O’s

SI’s Tom Verducci says Brian Roberts has shot at 60 doubles

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg impressed by Matt Angle, Zach Britton, Pedro Florimon, Eddie Gamboa, Tyler Henson, Caleb Joseph, Brian Matusz, Billy Rowell, Brandon Waring, Robbie Widlansky during Keys’ campaign

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens worked out former Giants WR David Tyree

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Cam Cameron’s offense could open up in the air

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Baltimore native Foxworth has more ticket requests than available tickets for Sunday’s game

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mason hinting towards retirement at end of season

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh took time to inspire Gilman team during win over Bear Creek (Colorado) at Unitas Stadium

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says first John Harbaugh Show aired last night on MASN

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says team introduced new live mascots Rise and Conquer

The Official Site says Harbaugh, Flacco, 52, Reed, Rice, Suggs all to speak to media today

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site’s Pete Moris says Todd Haley hoping to become first KC coach to win debut since Frank Gansz (’87)

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says sports fans in Baltimore get ‘ego’ back with regular season opener for Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley and Mike Preston say Tyree passed physical while in town for visit

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Oher expects to be ‘great’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Stover wished Hauschka, Ravens ‘nothing but the best’

The Sun’s Mike Preston doesn’t agree with Harbaugh’s assessment of Frank Walker

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Ravens remain ‘healthy’ economically despite recession

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says biggest health ‘question marks’ are LJ Smith, Marshal Yanda

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens have no ‘immediate’ plans to sign Tyree

3 of 8 USA Today analysts picked Ravens to win AFC North (4 of 8 picked Ravens to miss playoffs altogether, 1 of 8 picked Ravens to win Super Bowl)

USA Today has Ravens 6th in power rankings

USA Today’s Tom Pedulla says Ravens-Packers, Ravens-Steelers amongst best games of season

Sporting News’ Jeff D’Alessio says Reed named 7th best player in NFL by SN; Ray Lewis 11th, Suggs 45th, Ngata 92nd

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 12th in power rankings

Pro Football Weekly has Ravens 10th in power rankings

ESPN.com has Ravens 10th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Oher ‘will be fine’ making first NFL start Sunday

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘on the cusp of being an elite team’

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein picks Ravens to win AFC North

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein thinks Ngata will be NFL Defensive Player of the Year

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terrell Skinner, Nolan Carroll held defensive players only meeting after blowout loss to Golden Bears

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Don Brown defended defense, took responsibility for struggles in Berkeley

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph knows Terps weren’t ‘at best’ Saturday night

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph wouldn’t address Campbell’s injury

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph was pleased with Kenny Tate returning punts with Tony Logan out

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps ‘concerned’ about swine flu

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Terrell Skinner knows Terps can still compete for ACC Championship

The AP says Ralph wants players to ‘grow from’ blowout loss at Cal

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps will be without Bruce Campbell when they face James Madison Saturday

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Phil Costa confirmed Campbell out, Pinegar to LT, R.J. Dill to start at RT

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says future Terp Titus Till dealing with fractured shoulder blade

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 41,000 tickets at Byrd Stadium sold for Saturday’s opener vs. Dukes

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens offers photographic evidence of change from Chevy Chase Bank Field to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph will wait until Thursday to address Jamari McCullough’s ankle injury

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph doesn’t want to ‘panic’ about swine flu

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph expects Tony Logan to be ready to go against Madison

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps won only previous meeting with JMU

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin wouldn’t rule out Turner running option

Washington Examiner’s Rick Snider says losing to JMU could ‘cripple’ Terps’ season

Sporting News’ Matt Hayes has Terps 10th in ACC power rankings

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich has Terps 10th in ACC power rankings

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Terps hope ‘jitters’ gone after California loss (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles freshman OG Pete White (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings gives only praise from Cal loss to Nick Ferrara, Travis Baltz, Torrey Smith

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter gauges Terps’ interest in prospect Tsafack (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers to honor Towson community September 19 during home opener against Coastal Carolina

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s opener at Akron

The Official Site offers complete Bears/Zips release (pdf)

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Patsos looking forward to what Shane Walker will bring to Hounds

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon says Eddie Shuerr (Somers, NY) committed to Jays

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says fans can vote for Dobbs for Davey O’Brien Award

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo doesn’t want Midshipmen feeling too ‘hyped’ after loss to Ohio State

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Buddy Green pleased with Blake Carter, Ross Pospisil specifically from loss to Buckeyes

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Tyler Simmons playing key role spelling Pospisil, Tony Haberer

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina breaks down Navy/Louisiana Tech (must subscribe)

Go Mids updates seasons for Mids’ opponents

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Gulls’ Kowalick honored by ACFC

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team bringing back QB Nemeth

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I’m not particularly excited about a possible David Tyree acquisition. He would be little more than a special teams contributor. I think his story is incredible, but I don’t think he’d offer much to the Ravens.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

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

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

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

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

Drew Forrester says WNST going back to Camden Yards next Tuesday

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

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

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

ORIOLES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RAVENS:

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

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site previews Chiefs-Ravens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Maryland-James Madison

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

JMU Official Site previews Madison-Maryland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Navy-Louisiana Tech Saturday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NAVY BASKETBALL:

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

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

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

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

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site
offers details on open tryouts

HORSE RACING:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Comcast Morning Show Top 5′s

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Comcast Morning Show Top 5′s

Posted on 28 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

Tuesday morning Drew Forrester and I faced a daunting task. With the recent studio upgrade (kudos to Paul Kopelke, Nestor & Jen Aparicio, The Koko Brothers, etc!), we had 4 hours of radio to do at 6 in the morning and no available phone lines. Making things more difficult, Drew was battling a particularly nasty summer cold.

At about 6:10am, Drew made a proclamation that we were going to put together 24 “Top 5″ lists, similar to our former “Wednesday Top 5″ format. The 24 reflected the number of points the Ravens had scored in their win over the Jets.

We didn’t make it to 24. Not even close, really. But we did do a number of Top 5 lists that morning; and I thought I’d take the time to share them with you……

Top 5 Movie Comedies:

Drew-
5. White Men Can’t Jump
4. Birdcage
3. Big Lebowski
2. Wedding Crashers (video NSFW. Unless you work in your underwear. Sinner.)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK0pKyrBMl8[/youtube]

1. Caddyshack

Glenn-
5. Anchorman
4. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
3. Big Lebowski
2. Princess Bride
1. Tommy Boy

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSrKfe_lfE4[/youtube]

Top 5 Worst Ravens:
(Please spare me. This is a fun list. Do not get angry about any of these guys. In fact, I really love some of the guys on the lists.)

Glenn-
5. Kyle Boller

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cur_3DSpOH4[/youtube]

4. Travis Taylor
3. Patrick Johnson
2. Daren Stone
1. Elvis Grbac

Drew-
5. Kyle Boller
4. Frank Sanders
3. Ron Johnson
2. Scott Mitchell

mitchell

1. Alvin Porter

Top 5 Current College Basketball Coaches:

Glenn-
5. Roy Williams
4. Billy Donovan
3. Jim Boeheim
2. Tom Izzo
1. Coach K

k

Drew-
5. Tom Izzo
4. Gary Williams

gary

3. Mark Few
2. Jim Boeheim
1. Coach K

Top 5 Radio Personalities

Glenn-
5. Fran Lane
4. Tony Kornheiser
3. Bob Haynie

bob

2. Don & Mike
1. Dr. Drew & Adam Carolla

Drew-
5. Charley Eckman
4. Chris “Mad Dog” Russo

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM_8AQwk4gY[/youtube]

3. Jim Rome
2. Howard Stern
1. Greaseman

Top 5 American Sports Venues

Glenn-
5. Homewood Field

homewood

4. Cameron Indoor Stadium
3. Indianapolis Motor Speedway
2. Lambeau Field
1. US Tennis Center-Flushing Meadows

Drew-
5. Madison Square Garden
4. US Tennis Center
3. Joe Louis Arena
2. Augusta National

augusta

1. Fenway Park

Top 5 Changes You’d Make To Sports

Glenn-
5. New arena opens in Baltimore TOMORROW with a new Arena Football League team; both owned by Steve Bisciotti
4. Dana White take over boxing

dana

3. Push back start of NBA season
2. College football playoff system
1. New Orioles owner

Drew-
5. Coin flip in OT in NFL gone

nfl

4. MLB season 120 games
3. 5 point shot in basketball, raise the rim
2. PGA Tour event where players put up OWN $2 million
1. Open sports betting

Top 5 Play by Play Voices

Glenn-
5. Lamont Germany
4. Johnny Holliday
3. Chuck Thompson

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsXmJ_9Jyzs[/youtube]

2. Vin Scully
1. Jack Buck

Drew-
5. Jim Nantz doing football
4. Jim Nantz doing college basketball
3. Jim Nantz doing tennis
2. Jim Nantz doing the Olympics
1. Jim Nantz doing golf

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af2zHvVKWh8[/youtube]

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 27 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

Does the Drew Bennett thing remind anyone else of Marcus Spears’ phantom signing in 2002? Spears agreed to a deal and then backed out the next day to sign a lesser deal in Kansas City.

Who was a Raven longer? Spears, Bennett, or Terrell Owens? Leon Searcy actually had more tenure than all of them.

What should the Ravens do now at WR? I still don’t think Plaxico Burress should be ignored, but he isn’t the answer. Of course, no one left on the scrap heap is the “answer”, but Amani Toomer and Marvin Harrison still look like the best options.

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Matt Jones, Reggie Williams, Marvin Harrison, Joe Horn, Plaxico Burress, Ashley Lelie could all be WR options for Ravens with Bennett gone

Luke Jones says Flacco needs to take ‘next step’ this season

Drew Forrester reminds us he said Tillman would make start this week

Glenn Clark says Onyewu best part of World Football Challenge

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Hernandez went career high 7 innings in win over Red Sox

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Rich Hill goes to hill tonight for Birds vs. Bruce Chen, Royals

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says despite Guthrie’s success with Zaun, Trembley will still pair him with Wieters

Red Sox Official Site’s John Barone says Smoltz hit hard as Birds topped BoSox

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 37,606 at Fenway Park saw Sox top Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says ‘best guy’ Markakis succeeded hitting cleanup for O’s

The Sun says Birds have had success when returning home to Camden Yards

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Royals come to Baltimore struggling mightily

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Hernandez has put together back to back good starts at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park

The AP says Birds won despite Andino going 0-4 with 3 strikeouts

Washington Times’ Harrison Goodman says former Oriole Alomar amongst best newcomers with Hall of Fame candidacy next year

Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin says Francona sticking with Smoltz despite struggles

Boston Herald’s John Tomase says Hernandez recorded 21 fly ball outs in win

Providence Journal’s Robert Lee says Lowrie, Pedroia had only RBI for Sox in loss

Worcester Telegram’s Bill Ballou says Youkilis, Ortiz, Bay all went 0-4 in loss

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Sarfate loser in relief as Durham topped Norfolk

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Tim Bascom tough luck loser as Baysox fell to Reading

Frederick Keys Official Site says Sean Gleason hit hard as Lynchburg beat Frederick

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Kolodny lead Shorebirds with 4 hits in win over Asheville

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Haughian winner as Ironbirds topped Hudson Valley

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Corey Thomas paced Orioles offensively in win over Danville

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Eddie Gamboa picked up Game 1 win in relief as Keys topped Hillcats

Virginian-Pilot says Chad Moeller had 2RBI for Tides in loss to Bulls

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says new WR Drew Bennett retired unexpectedly

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Bennett cited knee injury in decision to retire

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Mason situation will be ‘distraction’ while Ravens at Training Camp

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens like Kruger’s ‘aggressiveness’

The Sun says Kruger comes from athletic background

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Westminster to blossom again during Training Camp

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens again left with just Clayton, Williams, Smith, Washington at WR

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says L.J. Smith trying to ‘regain form’ after battling injuries

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Bennett finishes 8 year NFL career with 307 catches, 4,412 yards

SI’s Peter King thinks Ravens should sign Toomer

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Rice should give McGahee ‘serious challenge’ at RB

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Bennett thanked Harbaugh, Cameron, Newsome in retirement statement

ESPN.com’s James Walker wonders if Bennett’s retirement will affect Mason’s decision

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Chris Turner, Nolan Carroll participated in ACC Media Day Sunday

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Carroll becoming ‘leader’ on defense

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps won’t run print media guide this season

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Turner interned for congressman Steny Hoyer

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Chris Turner has been interning on Capitol Hill

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says CB Nolan Carroll ‘prefers’ Don Brown’s style to Cosh’s

Washington Post’s Gene Wang says Turner ‘comfortable and confident’ with Torrey Smith

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps looking for ‘consistency’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Bruce Campbell listed as starter at LT despite academic issues

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says scrapping media guide ‘cost cutting’ measure for Terps in bad economy

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picked Terps 5th in preseason Atlantic Division ballot

Inside MD Sports’ Jeff Ermann says Terps going after Good Counsel DE prospect Vincent Croce

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Turner offers ‘no excuses’ for Terps’ offense to not succeed this season

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids says Wyatt Middleton showing himself to be ‘leader’ of defense (must subscribe)

UMBC BASKETBALL:

Examiner Alexander Pyles says former Retriever Ray Barbosa having success in Puerto Rico

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Mike Farrell says Belmont winner Summer Bird put in final work Sunday for Haskell Invitational

Thoroughbred Times says Desormeaux was on board Summer Bird for Sunday breeze

SWIMMING:

SwimNetwork.com says Phelps’ team pulls off stunning upset over France in relay at World Championships

The AP’s Andrew Dampf says Biedermann put up faster time than Phelps in 200 free trials

Tribune Newspapers’ Lisa Dillman says Team USA won relay even without Lezak

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Phelps not particularly impressive in first leg of relay

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Phelps thinks swimming ‘will be swimming again’ after changes to suit

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Palace kept ‘slim playoff hopes alive’ with draw Saturday

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Happy Birthday to our friend Rick in Reisterstown! This is the last week for his suspension, and I can’t wait to have him back.

-Bruce Chen was actually one of the better guys to be around. Plus, he REALLY enjoyed being a part of the World Baseball Classic. There had to be one, right?

-Just make Gregg Zaun the personal catcher for Jeremy Guthrie already. Clearly it works.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tonight’s Orioles – Red Sox Lineups

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Tonight’s Orioles – Red Sox Lineups

Posted on 24 July 2009 by Chris Bonetti

Tonight at 7:10pm at Fenway Park the Orioles will play the Red Sox in the opener the teams’ three game weekend series in Boston.  The Orioles’ road woes against A.L. East foes has continued as they’ve dropped 14 of 15 this season and dating back to last, 25 of their last 27.  However since the All-Star break both teams have struggled the same; both the O’s and Sox, now 2.5 games back of 1st place, have matching records of 1-5 since the Midsummer Classic in St. Louis.

This evening’s pitching matchup will pit a pair of right-handers with identical 6-4 records against one another.  O’s rookie Brad Bergesen will make his 18th start of the season and look to improve on his 3.51 ERA, while Boston will counter with veteran Brad Penney, who has been up-and-down this season in pitching to an ERA of 5.02.

Here are the starting sides for tonight’s game:

Orioles

Brian Roberts 2B
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Aubrey Huff 1B
Nolan Reimold LF
Luke Scott DH
Melvin Mora 3B
Matt Wieters C
Cesar Izturis SS

Red Sox

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
David Ortiz DH
Jason Bay LF
J. D. Drew RF
Mike Lowell 3B
Jason Varitek C
Jed Lowrie SS

Bergesen was solid in his last outing, allowing only two runs over six innings, but took the defeat in the 4-3 Orioles loss to the White Sox in Chicago six days ago (Courtesy:AP)

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 21 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

It was funny to see the angry reactions from fans watching last night’s game while I was poking around Facebook and Twitter. Funny mostly because I honestly was completely emotionless when I saw Hideki Matsui crush the game winner. I basically just expected it.

Hard to get angry when you’re watching your favorite team play a team that is plainly better than them.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Izturis’ base-running blunder ‘costly’ as Birds lost to Yankees

Luke Jones says Mason situation will make start of Training Camp ‘interesting’

Glenn Clark says World Football Challenge highlight of non-baseball week

Bob Haynie wonders if fans concerned about Flacco in 2nd season

Tom Clayton says Ravens need healthy Demetrius Williams with or without Mason

Jerry Reinhardt thinks Ravens should be pursuing Matt Jones

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Roberts called out at home in close play that helped determine Yankees’ 2-1 win

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Hill goes to it tonight vs. Mitre, Yanks

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Ray, Sarfate to ready to being rehab assignments

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Wieters excited to visit ‘cathedrals’ Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park

Yankees Official Site’s Bryan Hoch says Matsui won game for Bombers with walkoff homer in bottom of 9th

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Jim Johnson gave up Godzilla’s walkoff bomb, took loss

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Sherrill doesn’t want to be traded

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says with Hill, Berken slated for rest of series; Birds could suffer ‘three day mugging’ in Bronx

Tribune Newspapers’ Ron Shelton says former Oriole Dalkowski ‘hardest thrower who ever lived’

The AP says Markakis homered for Birds in loss

Washington Times’ Mark Zuckerman and Ben Goessling say Reimold AL Rookie of the Year candidate ‘to watch’

New York Post’s George A. King says Pettitte was incredible getting no decision in Yanks’ win

New York Times’ Tyler Kepner says Hinske also homered for Yanks in win

New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says Aceves got victory for Yankees

Newsday’s Anthony Rieber says Yanks tied Red Sox for first place in AL East thanks to win

Newark Star-Ledger’s Matt Gelb says Yanks won 3rd straight game by 2-1 score

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 23rd in power rankings

ESPN.com has O’s 23rd in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 23rd in power rankings

Fanhouse’s Ed Price says David Hernandez threw 35 pitches in first inning alone

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Victor Diaz’s 3 run homer not enough as Tides fell to Gwinnett

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Freddy Deza took loss as Baysox fell to Harrisburg

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Kyle Hudson tallied only RBI as Shorebirds fell to Bowling Green

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Kenny Moreland winner as Ironbirds topped Mahoning Valley

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says David Walters took loss as Orioles fell to Johnson City

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Shorebirds’ Welty ‘turning heads’ with .303 average, 7 home runs

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Patton roughed up by Braves’ Johnson in Tides’ loss

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

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Keys’ Widlansky worked through disappointment of staying in Sarasota through Spring Training

Virginian-Pilot says Braves’ 2B Kelly Johnson tallied all 7 RBI for Gwinnett in rehab assignment victory over Tides

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says former Panther DJ Hackett amongst next round of WR tryouts

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Rice bringing ‘added bulk’ to Training Camp

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Drew Bennett will also try out Friday

The AP says McNair had blood alcohol level twice the legal limit at time of murder

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says McCareins, Tab Perry, Amani Toomer not invited to workout

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens paid Suggs for versatility

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Milford Mill WR Cheeseboro picked Terps over Virginia, Rutgers, Pitt, West Virginia, Syracuse, UConn

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Terps’ ‘unwritten rivalry’ with Penn State continues

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have worst D-Line in ACC

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Chris Turner will have ‘most consistent’ season in ‘09

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces freshman CB Avery Graham (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces freshman OL Fulper (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Oakton (Virginia) kicker Ray Goins getting extra looks from coaching staff (must subscribe)

UMBC BASKETBALL:

Examiner Alexander Pyles says Retrievers will have to play this season without Rich Flemming

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Brett Harvey leading Team USA at Maccabiah Games

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Margraff makes small changes to coaching staff

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says USAA to sponsor Army-Navy game

The Sun says USAA signs 10 year deal to sponsor Mids’ game with Black Knights

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says St. John’s forward Troy King amongst recruiting class of 5

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Sun says Naval-Marine Corps Stadium to host 2010 MIAA lacrosse championships

SWIMMING:

SwimNetwork.com says Phelps’ team unlikely to win 400m free relay

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Dave Litfin says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra worked out at Saratoga

Daily Racing Form’s Mike Farrell says Papa Clem worked out for first time since 3rd place finish at Belmont

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird breezed at Churchill Downs

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-DJ Hackett, huh? Okay……

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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