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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because a Washington sports team suffered an unthinkably bad loss last night! Woo hoo!!!

(Edit from GMC: I’ve tried to hold back my disdain for the Washington Capitals for a few weeks. I can’t do it anymore. Screw them, and screw all of the people in DC who root for them. They’re the same people who root for the Redskins. I HATE the Redskins. And those insufferable fans down there, who TRULY believe they are real, authentic sports fans and deserve something from their pathetic, worthless sports franchises.)

There’s nothing that pleases me more than knowing that this old woman is probably crying again this morning…

sadskins

She might want to keep those Kleenex nearby when Donovan McNabb gets hurt in Week 3. (Edit from GMC: I just knocked on wood out of fear that Joe Flacco might get hurt. PLEASE don’t get hurt Joe.)

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Sabathia stymied Orioles in 8-3 Yankees win

Watching CC Sabathia pitch last night, I had a couple of thoughts:

1-Boy would it be nice to be able to root for a guy like this on MY team

2-He looks like a skinny Ray Bachman!

CC gave the Yankees just about what they paid for last night. He’s not always going to be perfect, but he’s going to win a lot more than he’s going to lose. He gave up more hits than I would have expected, but he was effective after he gave up hits. Not perfect, but damn good.

Jeremy Guthrie? Well, I didn’t like the Jeremy Guthrie I saw last night. He’s pitched well for the better part of the season. I hope we see more of that.

I also hope we see more of this…

tracymorgan

As Tracy Morgan is the best thing that’s happened to MASN in like….ever.

2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of Birds’ loss

At this point, I believe even THIS MAN is having a better month than Adam Jones…

ovie

I’m not suggesting that Adam Jones be benched, but I do think it’s about time ANYONE ELSE leads off.

I mean, I’d even consider Craig Tatum at this point.

3. Fanhouse’s Andrew Johnson says ‘bitterness, cynicism, anger’ have come over Camden Yards fanbase

Which is incorrect.

Bitterness and cynicism happened in 2002. This is just plain indifference.

I can’t believe “Neal S” from The Loss Column somehow didn’t win “Apologist of the Morning” after this small piece of genius…

“I will say this, though: the horrendous start is not further proof of why folks are justified in staying away. Quite the opposite. Now is exactly the time to be there, More so than ever. That more fans don’t think this way is truly sad.”

Yep, people should feel bad because they choose not to pay a day of game service charge and a “premium game” service charge to sit with 20,000 fans from New York and watch a 4-17 team.

Yep, that’s the fans’ fault.

Wow.

4. New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says Yanks skipper Girardi not happy about Guthrie plunking Posada

Very obviously Guthrie wasn’t TRYING to plunk Posada. That being said, when a team is forced to go from Jorge Posada to Fransico Cervelli, I can understand the frustration.

There are like 5,100,888 “unwritten” rules in baseball, so I’m guessing AJ Burnett will probably have to plunk…Ty Wigginton?? Wow, has it come to that? Maybe it’ll be Matt Wieters, but someone is getting thrown behind tonight.

And people wonder why other sports have become more popular than baseball.

5. ESPN.com’s Rob Neyer says Chris Tillman threw no-hitter for Norfolk Tides

And this is LEGITIMATELY one of the most significant things that has happened for this organization since Cal Ripken’s retirement.

I’m not kidding either.

Rafael Palmeiro’s 3,000th hit would probably have to be the landmark “moment” since 2001-with maybe the expection of Miguel Tejada winning the All-Star Game MVP honors in 2005.

But this goes in the Top 10, if not the Top 5.

Seriously.

That’s what it’s come to.

As I noted on Twitter last night (feel free to follow us @WNST); Tillman now joins exclusive company in throwing an Orioles minor league no-hitter. Exclusive company like…RADHAMES LIZ!!!

I just hope it’s the last time…EVER…that the two pitchers are compared favorably.

(Note: Liz was a combined no-no with the Frederick Keys; I’m well aware.)

6. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Tim Bascom, Cole McCurry struggled on farm

And before we move on from the Orioles, a reminder that they’re back at it tonight at OPACY-as Brian Matusz faces AJ Burnett at 7:05pm. We’ll be “Orange Crush”-ing at WNST.net.

And congratulations to the MASN staff (we chose Adam Dembeck to accept on their behalf) for being named “Apologist of the Morning.” Nick Markakis was a nominee for Game MVP last night. A game where the Orioles got their asses kicked.

Of course he was.

7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens cut FB Charles Ali, will try Edgar Jones, Mike McLaughlin at FB

And you would have already known McLaughlin and Edgar Jones were Fullback options had you been listening to our live NFL Draft coverage here on AM1570 over the past weekend.

I’m not really sure that many people in Charm City were even aware there was someone named Charles Ali on the team. Laila Ali would be much more interesting…

Laila Ali

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Johns Hopkins kept NCAA Tournament hopes alive with win over Towson

Sometimes your big brother has to remind you that he’s still your big brother, huh?

Tony Seaman’s Tigers were down 8-0 to the Blue Jays AT HALF.

The Jays will still have to go to Loyola next Saturday and beat the Greyhounds to get into the Tournament, while the Tigers have to beat Hofstra to have a shot at an at-large berth. Towson could still get an automatic bid if they could win the CAA Tournament-and they’ll have the advantage of playing games at Unitas Stadium.

And if you’re a Towson fan who wants to feel better today, I think I can help you. Trust me on this-you’re still a winner. How? Well, let’s take a look at a picture of upcoming Towson grad and current WNST intern Genna to figure out how…

genna

9. WNST.net’s Gary Quill says Endorsement out, Make Music for Me in Kentucky Derby

“Make Music for Me” is a much better name for a horse anyway. Endorsement isn’t a horse, it’s a political event!

I haven’t decided who I think is going to win this thing yet-but I know I’m going to look sharp walking the grounds in Louisville. I’ll be Twitpic-ing and Facebook-ing pictures (Add me as a friend if you’d like, just search “Glenn Clark.” I’ll be the guy labeled as “The Complete Package.”), so you’ll fully understand shortly.

The only way someone could look better is if Lizzy Caplan from True Blood showed up at Churchill Downs. (Thanks Guyism!)

lizzy

10. Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Derby favorite Lookin At Lucky will start at rail

Immediately after the draw, Bob Baffert’s team got a note from jockey Calvin Borel. It read:

“Don’t get comfortable. I’ll be headed there shortly.”

And finally, I leave you with this…

There’s something interesting about Wendy Combattente. I just can’t quite put my pe finger on it (Thanks Busted Coverage!)…

wendy

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Orange Chatter: 10 Questions for 2010 (Part 2 of 2)

Posted on 03 April 2010 by Luke Jones

In Part 1 of my 10 Questions for 2010, we pondered the health of Brian Roberts, the status of Jeremy Guthrie and Chris Tillman, and the platoon of Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold.

Here are my second five of 10 questions entering the 2010 season:

6. Is the bullpen up to par?

Following the trade of George Sherrill last summer, it was clear the Orioles struggled in the late innings with Jim Johnson better suited in his previous role as a setup man. Andy MacPhail responded by signing free agent closer Mike Gonzalez to a two-year, $12 million contract, the club’s largest signing of the offseason.

Gonzalez has 54 career saves in a seven-year career, including 10 last season in Atlanta. While the lefty seems capable of closing games–keep in mind Sherrill was never a closer before the trade to Baltimore–Gonzalez battled a stiff back and appeared hesitant to cut it loose in Sarasota until recently. He closed out the spring with a perfect outing against the Mets on Saturday, striking out two and lowering his spring ERA to 5.14.

Gonzalez is joined in the bullpen by two mainstays in Johnson and lefty Mark Hendrickson, who thrived in the bullpen (3.44 ERA) after being moved out of the starting rotation (5.40 as a starter) last season.

However, after these three, the bullpen becomes a bit murkier, especially with Koji Uehara on the disabled list (hamstring) to begin the season. Cla Meredith had a tremendous spring (0.84 ERA) and pitched well in Baltimore after being acquired from the Padres last season but is certainly not a household name with a track record. Newcomer Will Ohman figures to provide plenty of laughs, but Trembley would like to see him evolve into an effective left-handed situational arm (a career 4.25 ERA in seven seasons).

And with three pitchers 25 or younger in the starting rotation, the club will go with two long men in Matt Albers and Jason Berken. Albers was very effective in 2008 (3.49 ERA), but a shoulder injury (torn labrum) and questions surrounding his conditioning led to an abysmal 2009 season in which he pitched to a 5.51 ERA and was demoted to Triple-A Norfolk on three different occasions.

Berken shifts to a long-relief role after starting 24 games last season (6.54 ERA). While the 26-year-old lacks the stuff of an effective starting pitcher, Trembley will look for him to eat innings should a starter be knocked out early. Of course, Berken could find himself back in the starting rotation should there be an injury or two over the course of the seaosn.

A player to keep an eye on at Norfolk is Kam Mickolio, a hard-throwing righty (part of the Erik Bedard trade with Seattle) who appeared to have a good chance of making the 25-man roster before a groin injury limited his opportunities in the spring. He projects as a late-inning man with closer potential.

As is the case with any bullpen on any team, the starting pitching will ultimately decide its fate. If starters are unable to reach the sixth or seventh inning on a consistent basis, this bullpen will inevitably wear down as we’ve seen just about every summer over the last 12 years. Improved starting pitching will hide the weaknesses in the bullpen and allow more opportunities to finish games.

7. Will Miguel Tejada and Garrett Atkins prove to be capable stopgaps?

The corner infield positions were two of MacPhail’s biggest priorities to address in the offseason, and he responded by adding two veterans accustomed to playing different positions than they will in 2010.

Tejada’s return to Baltimore was a controversial decision, but his ability to adjust to third base will be critical to the infield defense and pitching. Most seem to think Tejada will become a capable third baseman, but it’s hard to forget the initial struggles of both Cal Ripken and Melvin Mora when they shifted to the hot corner. One would expect Tejada to struggle in the first month or two of the season before settling in to be an average third baseman.

Tejada will also be asked to handle the cleanup spot in the order, at least until Matt Wieters is ready to grab the reins. While no longer capable of hitting 25 home runs per season—he hit just 27 in two combined seasons in Houston—Tejada led the National League with 47 doubles in 2009.

Across the diamond, Atkins shifts to first base after primarily manning the hot corner in his seven seasons in Colorado. Atkins has played 105 career games at first, so the transition should not be as drastic as Tejada’s.

The acquisition of Atkins was a curious one with the 30-year-old coming off the worst season of his career (.226, 9 home runs, 48 RBI) and safer options such as Adam LaRoche available. The club hopes Atkins can regain his pre-2009 form when he averaged 25 home runs and 110 RBI over three seasons.

Neither player figures to be in the fold when the Orioles aim to contend in the next few years—both signed one-year deals—but with prospects Josh Bell and Brandon Snyder likely a year away from the big leagues, Tejada and Atkins will be depended on for offense and steady defense on the corners. At the very least, neither contract will come back to haunt the club should either player prove ineffective.

8. How good will Brian Matusz be?

Though the hype hasn’t rivaled the insane expectations for Wieters, Matusz appears set to contend for the 2010 American League Rookie of the Year after starting eight games down the stretch, going 5-2 with a 4.63 ERA.

His 2009 minor league numbers look like something out of a video game, as he went a combined 11-2 with a 1.91 ERA at Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie. In fact, Matusz was even better after being promoted to Bowie, going a perfect 7-0 record with a 1.55 ERA in eight starts.

Matusz was fantastic in the spring, finishing with a 2.59 ERA while striking out 21 and walking just three in 24.1 innings.

There’s a reason why he’s on every top-10 prospect list you’ll find this spring. Though Matusz would be hard-pressed to match Mike Mussina’s numbers in his first full year in 1992, don’t be shocked if he’s the Orioles’ best pitcher by mid-season. He might be already.

A scout was recently asked about Matusz in Baseball Prospectus: “He might have been the best pitcher I saw all spring, and I’m not just talking about prospects.”

Need we say more?

9. Is Dave Trembley managing his last season in Baltimore?

While many wondered about Trembley’s job security as the Orioles collapsed down the stretch last season, which included a 13-game losing streak that nearly pushed the club past the 100-loss mark, MacPhail retained Trembley while also declaring the 2010 season would be judged more critically on wins and losses.

It’s clear Trembley has had a near-impossible task trying to win with inferior talent in the AL East, but the skipper cannot expect a free ride either. Baserunning gaffes, poor fundamentals, and questionable bullpen management were major issues in 2009, regardless of who was on the field. It’s no secret the Orioles lack the talent of the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays, so playing fundamentally-sound baseball is an absolute necessity if the club wants to improve in 2010.

Trembley’s supporters continue to claim he hasn’t had a chance to compete in his three seasons as manager, but the lack of talent cannot excuse some of the problems witnessed in 2009. Having bad players doesn’t mean you’re a bad manager, but it doesn’t mean you’re a capable manager either.

It’s imperative for the club to make significant improvement in 2010, or Trembley will be shown the door at the end of the season—if not sooner.

10. Will the Orioles make it an unlucky number 13?

Twelve years.

Twelve painful, long years.

The Orioles begin the new decade after closing out the first 10 years of the century without a winning season, their last winning campaign coming in 1997.

But unlike most of the last 12 years, it really looks as though the team will improve from where it was a year ago, though it’s difficult to go any direction but up after a 98-loss season. The problem is even a 15-game improvement–a tremendous accomplishment—would only create a 79-83 mark and a 13th straight losing season.

If the Orioles have any hope of a .500 season, they not only have to thrive against the AL Central and West but must find a way to avoid the utter embarrassment experienced last year against the Yankees and Red Sox.

The Orioles were 5-13 against the Bronx Bombers, and the results were even worse with the Red Sox, as Baltimore was an egregious 2-16 against Boston. Another 7-29 mark—far and away their worst record against the two AL East powers over the last 12 seasons—is unacceptable, if not unfathomable.

Forget about money, competitive imbalance, or recent history. A .194 winning percentage over 36 games against the Yankees and Red Sox should never happen.

When it all adds up, the Orioles can make significant improvement in 2010, but it looks like a 13th consecutive losing season is almost inevitable.

A record in the neighborhood of 77-85 will not rejuvenate the fan base immediately, but it would be a sizable step in the right direction.

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 31 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because Busted Coverage discovered this video; which proves that on TV in Spain-lucky young men get the chance to roll around in the mud with attractive young ladies. I don’t know much Spanish, but I’m already contemplating a move (Video not as NSFW as you probably think; but it’s definitely questionable)…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy_OQYGpI90[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Bergesen roughed up as Tigers topped Orioles

Not exactly the type of performance you were hoping to see as Grapefruit League play winds down, but nothing to panic over either…I don’t think.

Every time Bergesen struggles this season, there is going to be concern expressed (fairly) over his shoulder injury. But it is worth noting that this is the same guy who dazzled over 5 2/3 shutout innings against the Yankees a week ago.

I’ll give him a pass here.

2. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Chris Tillman sent down, David Hernandez will be 5th starter

As we discussed yesterday; the issue here isn’t REALLY Chris Tillman/David Hernandez-as David Hernandez has ABSOLUTELY earned a spot in the rotation. The real battle was between Jeremy Guthrie (who HASN’T earned a spot) and Tillman.

Dave Trembley decided to go with experience ahead of potential in picking Guthrie.

It’s sort of like when I decided to date Jennifer Lopez…

jlo

…instead of Ashley Jones…

ashleyjones

(Edit from GMC: I just like having some knowledge of what I’m getting myself into; you know?)

3. The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec say Craig Tatum picked over Chad Moeller for Birds’ backup catcher job

Let’s play JEOPARDY!

The Final Answer is: “Yeah, neither have I…”

Cue music…

The correct response was “Who’s Craig Tatum? I’ve never heard of him.”

There’s been some hubbub about the Orioles’ decision to go with Tatum instead of Moeller, but I’m really unmoved.

Tatum apparently offers a bit more defensively, and he clearly has more upside. I know Peter Schmuck lamented what the Orioles lose in “intangibles” in The Sun this morning; but I don’t think intangibles are how the Orioles needed to make this decision.

I think they needed to make this decision based on the thought that if Matt Wieters were to miss 15 days, which player would be a better option to use during that stretch?

If Tatum was the answer (and most in Sarasota say he did show himself to BE that answer); than Andy MacPhail and Dave Trembley made the right call.

4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Felix Pie will be in Opening Day lineup for O’s

I think the great Art Alexakis and Everclear would probably say it best…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1TWwtzgFLs[/youtube]

Look-Felix Pie looks like he SHOULD be a good player. He’s shown signs that he MIGHT be a good player.

But we don’t yet know that Felix Pie IS a good player.

I’ll personally be hoping that it doesn’t take long for us to find out that he IS a good player.

5. The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Orioles sign OF Joey Gathright to minor league contract with Spring Training invite

I guess maybe they don’t know, but Spring Training is over in about 4 days. Do the Orioles not own a calendar???

In fairness, this gives the Birds one more body to use this week if they want to give Adam Jones, Felix Pie or Nick Markakis rest before Opening Day. It will also give them one more player in Norfolk who will try to steal 1st base as much as possible. Plus-they have some familiarity with him because he was around last season.

It’s sorta like when you were in high school and you had that one girl you just couldn’t shake. No matter what pretty girl you might have been dating, there was always that other girl you kept in mind. They probably weren’t as pretty, but when they were single; you couldn’t help yourself.

For me in high school, it was “Britney”….

britney

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Cincinnati OT Jeff Linkenbach, South Dakota State LB Danny Batten visited Owings Mills

Here’s what you need to know:

Linkenbach is 6’6″, 311 pounds and has protected Tony Pike’s blind side for the last 3 seasons.

Batten is a 6’3″, 246 pound rush end/backer who has posted 17 sacks over the last 2 seasons.

Both are guys who are 7th rounders or free agents.

The Ravens have had success in those rounds before.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Flacco threw to Boldin for first time Tuesday

“And on the first day, God said…’Let there be light’”

I’m not sure how many touchdown passes Joe Flacco threw to Anquan Boldin at 1 Winning Drive yesterday, but if it was any less than 40; I’m expecting more during the season.

I’m just saying.

8. Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Eric Hayes to compete in NCAA 3 point contest during Final Four weekend in Indianapolis

This comes a year after after Baltimore’s own Jack McClinton won the title himself. Look, if you can’t celebrate NCAA Championships; we should at least be able to celebrate something, right?

I know this is weird-but I LOVE 3 point contests. Even more than Slam Dunk contests. I SWEAR there’s no sound better than hearing the net shake thanks to a deadly shooter.

Eric Hayes has made the sound before…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r9OVRNnUwI[/youtube]

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says OG’s Bennett Fulper, Justin Lewis returned to Maryland football practice Tuesday

And trust me, the Terrapins’ O-Line is MUCH better with them than without. Hopefully that gives you a better idea of what it is like without.

Since Patrick is more lacrosse-focused than anyone I know; I’ll also use this space to point out that Stevenson is visiting Hood College this afternoon. If you’re in Frederick, it’s worth checking out the Mustangs-who might score 25 goals today.

10. Thoroughbred Times’ Frank Angst says MI Developments saw 91% drop in net income in 2009 before re-organizing to take over Pimlico, Laurel

Since I’m running low on time, I’ll use “and you thought Tiger Woods had a bad year” as my schtick here.

You know who DIDN’T have a bad year? Pete Rose…

kianakim

(Edit from GMC: I guess it would be helpful if I told you that was Pete’s girlfriend Kiana Kim; who discussed their great sex life on The Howard Stern Show yesterday. But who said I was helpful? Certainly not my girlfriend…)

And finally, I leave you with this…

Steve Lavin was hired by St. John’s yesterday. While his hair is interesting enough itself; it ALSO means St. John’s gets his wife; Mary Ann Jarou…

jarou

Who seems nice…

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 22 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

I will repeat what I said about Dave Trembley this morning on The Comcast Morning Show with Drew Forrester.

Should the Orioles bring back Dave Trembley? I don’t know.
Will the Orioles bring back Dave Trembley? I think so.
Could Dave Trembley say to the Orioles “Thanks but no thanks”? Yes, absolutely.

Dave Trembley (or ANY OTHER MANAGER for that matter given the current state of the organization) CANNOT go into a season as a lame duck. If a manager wants this group of rag tag players to respect him, he has to have the respect of Peter Angelos and Andy MacPhail. A manager left with young and/or undesirable players will NOT earn the respect of his group if the players know management is only employing him “until the team gets good.”

If Dave Trembley were to be told “we’re bringing you back, and you have to earn it next season”, I wouldn’t blame him if he responded “thanks, but no thanks.”

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh told Ray Lewis after tackle of Sproles: “We’re not paying you enough”

Glenn Clark and Drew Forrester both say Ray Lewis best Raven in Week 2

Nestor Aparicio looks back on how O’s have changed in 3 years since “Free The Birds”

Drew Forrester says Gary Williams ‘earned’ year extension in College Park

Thyrl Nelson thinks Kelley Washington, Brady Quinn could be good fantasy plays this week

Glenn Clark says Maryland/Rutgers represents battle between good (The Old Line State) and evil (New Jersey)

Glenn Clark offers chance to win prize by captioning picture of Brian Roberts

Rex Snider doesn’t think Gary ‘earned’ extension

Ed Frankovic says Caps fell to Sabres in preseason home opener

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says third inning doomed Chris Tillman in loss to Toronto

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Hendrickson takes hill tonight at Rogers Centre vs. Tallet, Jays

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis fighting through slump

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says Purcey pitched Jays past Birds

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds 30 games under .500 for first time since 2001

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Reimold got extra ‘wiggle room’ for recovery from surgery

The AP says Lyle Overbay, John McDonald homered for Jays in win

Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin says 11,598 at Rogers Centre saw Jays top Birds (that’s a Camden Yards crowd!)

Toronto Globe and Mail’s Robert MacLeod says Adam Lind added 2 run single for Jays in win

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Frederick News-Post says Frederick Keys lead Carolina League in attendance

RAVENS:

The Official Site says John Harbaugh believes pass defense ‘very correctable’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh thought ‘a play had to be made’ when 52 made final tackle vs. Chargers

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison cleans up after me

Cleveland Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says Mangini sticking with Brady Quinn under center Sunday in Baltimore

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says win in San Diego 8th win in last 10 road games for Ravens

The Sun breaks down how Ravens have fared in each of last 10 trips on road

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Dawan Landry knew secondary play ‘wasn’t pretty’ in win over Chargers

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh ‘doesn’t care’ that NFL Network analyst Mariucci thinks Ravens ‘team to beat’ in AFC

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh thought Flacco smart to take late sack vs. Bolts

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh, Ravens ‘proud’ of Rex Ryan, Mike Pettine, Jim Leonhard, Bart Scott, Jets

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh ‘not comfortable’ with favorite status amongst NFL teams

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Domonique Foxworth believes secondary ‘better than what (they) showed’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh stated Fabian Washington will ‘have a chance to play’ Sunday as he battles back from concussion

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says Mangini knows O-Linemen Alex Mack, John St. Clair hurting Browns right now

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says Braylon Edwards described Browns as ‘shocked’ after blowout loss to Broncos

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Flacco, Matt Ryan not suffering from ‘sophomore jinx’

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens ‘B’ for performance in Sunday’s win

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 5th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki thinks Norv Turner made mistake running on 4th and 2

ESPN.com’s James Walker says facing Browns will give Ravens chance to get healthy on pass defense

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens were ‘tremendous’ in red zone against SD

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Maryland-Rutgers Saturday

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Scarlet Knights release (pdf)

The Official Site says Maryland/Clemson to kick off at noon on 10/3

Rutgers Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Byrd Stadium

Rutgers Official Site offers complete Terps-Knights release (pdf)

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

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Terps 9th in ACC offensively with 8 turnovers

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps trying to ‘move on’ from loss to Blue Raiders

Washington Post’s John Feinstein says ‘buck stops with’ Ralph Friedgen when it comes to Maryland’s success

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps-Tigers to air on ESPNU

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen happy with Cam Chism in first start

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Scarlet Knights come to Maryland looking particularly similar to Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Virginia/North Carolina, Florida State/Boston College, Oklahoma/Miami got better TV scenarios than Maryland/Clemson

Newark Star-Ledger’s Tom Luicci says freshman QB Tom Savage getting ‘first career road test’ Saturday

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Chris Turner getting beat up behind line of scrimmage (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says future Terp Titus Till ready to hit Capital One Field (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Debbie Yow announced Gary earned additional year on contract thanks to ‘competitive and academic benchmarks’

The Sun says Gary’s deal worth more than $2 million annually

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire says Yow declared ’09-’10 season ‘has the potential to be one of the best in recent memory’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary has one more chance to extend contract this season

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary enters season as 6th winningest active coach

Washington Times says Gary extended deal for second time

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary’s extension ‘absolutely no surprise at all’

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in with Stu Vetter regarding Terps prospects at Montrose Christian (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Navy-Western Kentucky Saturday

The Official Site offers complete Mids-Hilltoppers release (pdf)

The Official Site says Midshipmen to celebrate 50th anniversary of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Saturday against WKU

Western Kentucky Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Annapolis

Western Kentucky Official Site offers complete Toppers-Terps release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo, players all accepted blame for loss to Panthers

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Kriss Proctor returned to practice Monday

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids will wear throwback jerseys Saturday to celebrate stadium anniversary

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids haven’t opened season 1-3 since Paul Johnson’s first year

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy and Jeffrey Tomik say life should be easier for Ricky Dobbs against Toppers than against Panthers (sacked 6 times)

Go Mids’ Matt Zemek says Pitt’s Bill Stull did in Midshipmen again

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Peter Athens honored by CAA

The Sun says Athens split award with JMU’s Justin Thorpe

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says George Howard honored by MEAC

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Kase honored by Centennial Conference

UMBC BASKETBALL:

Examiner Alexander Pyles says losing Chauncey Gilliam might ‘devastating’ for Retrievers

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Cynewski honored by ACFC

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Mary Rampellini says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird breezed in Albuquerque Monday

BALTIMORE COLTS:

Indianapolis Star’s Bob Kravitz thinks Unitas would have enjoyed watching Peyton Manning break his Colts career wins record last night

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Gary Williams ABSOLUTELY deserved the extra year he was given yesterday. Beyond the fact that it is in his contract, he earned it by getting that group of players to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament last year.

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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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 03 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

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

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

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

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

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

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

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

Nestor Aparicio says Orioles ‘irrelevant’

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

ORIOLES:

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

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of sweep

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The AP says Reimold homered for Birds in loss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RAVENS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CBS Sports says Terps 57th best team in country

CBS Sports picks Terps to play in EagleBank Bowl

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse says former Terp Feifs joined staff at North Carolina

NAVY FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NAVY LACROSSE:

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

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

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

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

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Jays open season Saturday at Delaware Valley

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

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

HORSE RACING:

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

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

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

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

COLLEGE LACROSSE:

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

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

NBA:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

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

Let’s see what everyone has to say……

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

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

Nestor Aparicio says WNST giving away trip to Foxboro

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

Keith Melchior says Hendrickson, Reimold best Birds in August

ORIOLES:

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

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sun says Babe Ruth Museum to honor Brooks Robinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RAVENS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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

NAVY FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

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

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

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

HORSE RACING:

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

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 01 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

You know you’re an Orioles fan if…..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

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

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

Drew Forrester offers comical take on Orioles improving

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

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

Bob Haynie took responsibility for jinxing Pettitte last night

ORIOLES:

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

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The AP says Melvin Mora homered to break up shutout

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

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

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

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

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Mechaw winner as Orioles topped Burlington

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

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

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

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

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

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

RAVENS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s open in Berkeley

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

Cal Official Site previews Saturday’s opener vs. Maryland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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

TERRAPINS BASEBALL:

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

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s opener at Ohio State

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

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

Ohio State Official Site offers complete Bucks/Mids release

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

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

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

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

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

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s opener at Northwestern

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

Northwestern Official Site previews Saturday’s opener vs. Tigers

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

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site offers complete preview of 2009 Blue Jays

HORSE RACING:

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

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

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

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

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

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

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

BALTIMORE COLTS:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 31 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

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

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester believes Ravens really Super Bowl contenders

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

Nestor Aparicio doubts Ravens going back to Stover

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

ORIOLES:

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

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RAVENS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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

NAVY FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

HORSE RACING:

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

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

The Sun offers Timonium results from Maryland Jockey Club

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

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

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

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

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Schilling credits Sun for taking Orioles baserunning to task

ORIOLES:

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

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The AP says Mora, Wieters homered for Birds in loss

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

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

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

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

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RAVENS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

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

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

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

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

NAVY FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

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

UMES BASKETBALL:

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

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

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

HORSE RACING:

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

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

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS:

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

BALTIMORE COLTS:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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

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

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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