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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 20 November 2008 by Glenn Clark

Mike Mussina SHOULD be a Hall of Famer; but it would not be tragic if he misses. He should also go in as an Oriole.Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester

would put down $100 to say the Orioles don’t make major signing by Dec. 15

Chris Pika says Ravens ‘vastly improved’ over last season

Mark Mussina says MLB will decide whether Mike goes to Hall as Oriole or Yankee

Alex Thomas doesn’t think Westbrook gets more than 50 yards rushing Sunday

Ed Frankovic says Caps top Ducks

RAVENS:The Official Site

 

says Reid ‘proud’ of Harbaugh’s start in Baltimore

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Eagles ‘may be even more hell bent’ on rushing QB than Giants

The Official Site says Harbaugh not giving away any more information about Gaither’s injury

The Official Site’s Lindsay Melvin says J. McClain, J. Brown out in community this week

Eagles Official Site’s Dave Spadaro says tough times have brought out strength in team

Eagles Official Site’s Steve Lienert says Westbrook admits to playing hurt

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens still respect McNabb’s legs

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley reports ‘increasing indications’ Gaither won’t play Sunday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Mason, Reed, Gaither, Rolle didn’t practice yesterday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Eagles’ Westbrook didn’t practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McNabb forgot Harbaugh’s name

The Sun’s Mike Preston says McNabb ‘still dangerous’

The Sun’s Mike Preston humorously wonders if Ravens have contacted O. Brown for help at Tackle

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Eagles ‘aren’t afraid’ to blitz from dime package

The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht says Ravens more ‘predator’ than ‘lame duck’

Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh thinks J. Johnson has ‘exotic package’ for blitzing

Aaron Wilson says Gaither had arm in sling at complex yesterday

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Harbaugh ‘hopeful’ about W. Anderson’s status

Philadelphia Inquirer’s Bob Brookover says Eagles hold team meeting to try to get things turned around

Philadelphia Inquirer’s Phil Sheridan says Eagles may need ‘change’

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens’ defense will bounce back this week

Fox Sports’ “Dr. Z” has Ravens 13th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco picks Ravens 24-20

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:Florida State Official Site

 

says Noles designate game as “sod” game

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says current Noles ‘can’t compete with weight of own history’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Meggett blames blown play on Turner

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says fans could have two chances to travel to Florida with Terps

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says “Wham” play helped Maryland vs. Carolina

The Sun’s Jeff Barker doesn’t think blackouts big deal anymore

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says ACC coaches not ‘shocked’ by Terps’ success

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Terps trying to ‘capitalize’ on opportunity to win ACC

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says J. Allen had to work hard for success at Maryland

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps well aware of division scenarios this weekend

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Heels talked trash in loss

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph has had to learn how to accept losses better

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph still can’t always tell team’s emotions

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says FSU’s Rolle will travel back after scholarship announcement made

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says E. Williams will be missed

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Bowden plans to play receivers suspended last week

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says seniors likely to meet together one more time

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Ralph has taken ‘different approach’ with team this season

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell thinks if Terps win out; they’ll finish season ranked 13th

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Noles respect DHB

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says sometimes Ralph likes to ‘ramble’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Brattan praises E. Williams

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Bowden would be ‘thrilled’ for FSU’s Rolle to receive Rhodes scholarship

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph wants to know if Terps will finally win at night

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says FSU beat writer Carter thinks ‘no chance’ Rolle makes it to game before kickoff

Orlando Sentinel’s Tim Linafelt says FSU OT Datko returned to practice

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Noles 24-21

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Bowden won’t offer further discipline until police report filed

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says M. Rolle has had to balance athletics, academics throughout life

3 of 6 Sporting News analysts pick Terps

4 of 5 CBS Sports analysts pick Terps

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Noles will be playing without starting safeties (must subscribe)Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley

says Senior Day not the most important part about Saturday’s game for 30 Terps’ veterans (must subscribe)TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig

says frontcourt struggling early

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Greivis believes he’s ‘maturing’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says neither of first two games listed as sellouts

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says big man prospect Regan loved campus visit (must subscribe)TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut

says JMU won’t be ‘easy test’ for Terps

TERRAPINS FIELD HOCKEY:The Sun’s Rick Maese

 

says experience as mother has helped Meharg become better coach

NAVY FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

previews Navy/Northern Illinois

The Official Site offers complete Mids-Huskies release (pdf)Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner

says Dobbs building resume if he wants to transfer

NAVY BASKETBALL:Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner

 

says Navy’s Veazey growing in ‘confidence’

TOWSON BASKETBALL:The Official Site

 

says Tigers ink Philly guard Will Adams

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Thornton helped get Philmore to Towson

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:The Official Site

 

says Hounds to face JMU, Davidson in NIT next week

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Patsos trying to learn to control temper

MORGAN BASKETBALL:The Official Site

 

says Holmes blocked at buzzer to give Jaspers 61-60 win over Bears

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh

 

says Brown, staff sometimes wonder what roster COULD look like

ORIOLES:The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez

 

says Birds will open Spring Training slate vs. Mets at home

The Sun says former Oriole Mussina to retire

The Sun says Birds to face seven different opponents in Spring

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says former Oriole Loewen struggling as hitter in Hawaii

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Baysox, Shorebirds doing good work for holidays

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal breaks down Mussina’s HOF credentials

TENNIS:The Sun’s Childs Walker

 

says S. Williams ‘couldn’t refuse’ chance to play in Shriver’s event

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning-Boys Coach of the Fall Danny Skelton. Coach Skelton lead the Perry Hall Gators to a 17-3 record, the state finals, and a win over then-national #1 McDonough. Congratulations to out other nominees: Keith Robinson (Perry Hall Football), Mike Griffiths (Patapsco Soccer), Tony Shermeyer (Century), Don Anderson (Calvert Hall Water Polo) for their seasons as well.

Thanks so much.

-G

 

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 18 November 2008 by Glenn Clark

Here’s my Tuesday Top 7……7-Ray Rice

He didn’t really have a good game; but he was an option out of the backfield on 3rd down; which is a help. No one else was really making plays on 3rd down, so it was good that Rice was there.

6-Ray Lewis

He didn’t really have that great of a game either; but he did make an interception at a crucial time; when the game was still in the balance.

5-Terrell Suggs

I was surprised to see that Suggs had collected 7 tackles, but I did know he had played a decent game. Drew also says the Ravens graded him high, which I guess is good too.

4-Haloti Ngata

He jumped a couple of times; but otherwise just played one more great game in what has been a great season.

3-Joe Flacco

If I was grading the first half alone; he wouldn’t be on the list. If I was grading the 2nd half alone; he’d be number 1.

2-Derrick Mason

Other than the miss that lead to the Interception, he was the best player on the field BY FAR. Unfortunately, that was a pretty costly miss.

1-Jarrett Johnson

I’ve said before that when the game is still in the balance, I am more generous in grading. When Johnson went to the air to make sure he sacked Eli Manning, you could tell how much effort he was giving to try to turn things around.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester

says Birds finally start spending money

Thyrl Nelson has Ravens 10th in power rankings

Casey Willett says Harbaugh believes W. Anderson has ‘chance to play’ Sunday

Casey Willett says some in Cleveland want Browns to pursue Scott

Rob Long says Giants were ‘licking their chops’ to face Ravens

Nestor Aparicio wants you to enter your Ravens basement in Miller Lite contest

Ken Zalis didn’t care Ravens were running ball in 4th quarter

Chris Pika says Eagles will present ‘another tough challenge’ for Ravens

Mark Mussina not surprised Ravens lost to Giants

Alex Thomas thinks Flacco deserved game ball

RAVENS:The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

 

says Harbaugh preparing to battle former Eagles team

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens lost TOP battle for first time all season

The Official Site’s Denver Parler says Mason toughed out Sunday’s game with shoulder injury

The Official Site’s Scott Garceau says Jacobs ‘may have had best 73 yard game in NFL history’

Eagles Official Site’s Dave Spadaro says team needs to ‘jump on things earlier’ vs. Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens will have chances to ‘prove themselves’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says loss to Giants shouldn’t cause ‘despair’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh ‘hopeful’ Terry can play

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh ‘concerned’ with Ravens’ penalties

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens in ‘big trouble’ if Gaither can’t play

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens only had ‘10 percent chance’ to beat Giants

The Examiner’s Phil Macek says Ravens ‘face long road to playoffs’

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue gives only Sunday praise to Flacco

Aaron Wilson says Ravens looking to ‘build’ from tough loss

Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh thinks Gaither will be ‘touch and go’

The AP says Ravens must fix flaws to get to playoffs

Philadelphia Daily News’ John Smallwood thinks Reid’s time should be done in Philly

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens can’t suffer ‘long losing streak’ rest of season

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Giants may give NFL ‘blueprint’ for running on Ravens

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens ‘D’ for Giants game

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

previews Saturday night’s showdown with Florida State

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

says Bowden thinks Terps’ defense similar to BC’s

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Terps hoping to ink JuCo star this week (must subscribe)The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg

says Terps fans should ‘trust’ in Ralph

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Stinebaugh’s big game highlighted weekend action for Terps’ commits

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps will play at Boston College at noon or 3:30

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps, BC each control own fate

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says OC Franklin ‘frustrated’ with Portis

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Franklin took players’ advice and kept running vs. Heels

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Cosh’s son rising QB prospect

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Turner thinks Terps ‘like playing at home’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says FSU safety McClure injured celebrating against BC

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says ACC won’t determine Maryland-BC kickoff until we know what game means

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says projections have Terps in Orange, Gator, Champs Sports Bowls

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Williams named ACC offensive lineman of the Week

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps don’t control clock, but have put together long drives

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps must ‘handle success’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell has already booked hotel room in Tampa

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps leading ACC in 4th quarter scoring defense

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says running success helped Williams to ACC honor

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Terps end up in Atlanta

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich has Terps 2nd in power rankings

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:The Official Site

 

previews tonight’s tilt with Youngstown State

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

says Padgett officially inks with Terps

Youngstown State Official Site says tonight’s game features two of 8 coaches with 600 career wins

The Sun’s Don Markus says scoring ‘least of (Gary’s) worries’ for big men

The Sun’s Don Markus didn’t hear booing during Terps’ opener

The Examiner’s Dylan Waugh says Padgett joins J. Williams in important big man class for Terps

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Tucker ‘solidified’ starting job with performance against Bucknell

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Youngstown State team features new players

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps can’t rely on interior defense anymore

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps 3-1 all-time vs. teams from Horizon League

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Padgett signing ‘anticlimactic’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Greivis had top +/- vs. Bucknell

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says many helped Bowie improve jumper this summer (must subscribe)Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter

says Barton amongst most ‘valuable’ ’10 prospects (must subscribe)TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The Official Site

says Terps 2nd overall seed in NCAA Tournament

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps would have home field advantage in Tournament until College Cup

Washington Post’s Steven Goff says only Deacs seeded higher than Terps in Tournament

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens

 

says Terps open season in Jacksonville

UMBC BASKETBALL:The Official Site

 

says Greene sets all time assists mark, but Dogs fall at Morgan

MORGAN BASKETBALL:The Official Site

 

says Bears avenge ’07 loss by beating UMBC

The Sun’s Jeff Seidel says Bears held Dogs to 37 percent shooting

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:The Official Site

 

says Hounds run out of gas vs. Eagles in NIT last night

The Official Site says Harvey honored by MAAC

LOYOLA SOCCER:The Official Site

 

says Hounds 9th overall seed in NCAA Tournament

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:The Official Site

 

says Mount hangs tough, but falls at Virginia Tech

The Official Site says Goode named NEC Player of the Week

Carroll County Times says Eers blew 8 point lead with 6 minutes to play

Washington Post’s Zach Berman says Hokies ‘mostly outplayed’ by EersNAVY FOOTBALL:

The Examiner’s Tom Flynn

says Navy-Notre Dame had ‘festive bowl-like’ atmosphere

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo doesn’t think going to Dobbs would solve all offensive problems

Washington Post says Niumatalolo starting Dobbs because he has Mids’ offense ‘moving’

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Navy needs ‘leader’ to emerge on offense

NAVY BASKETBALL:The Official Site

 

previews tonight’s contest with St. Francis

The Official Site offers complete Navy-St. Francis release (pdf)Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens

says Mids trying to replace Sprink’s production

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Navy keeping ‘busy’ early

TOWSON FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

previews Saturday’s finale vs. #1 James Madison

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

says Jays to play Catholic in ECAC Southeast Bowl Game

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

says Gulls to play in ECAC Southwest Bowl Championship

ORIOLES:The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin

 

says veterans like Mussina, R. Johnson unlikely to want to finish career in Baltimore

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says O’s exec Proefrock joins Phillies as Assistant GM

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Birds sign Hennessey, D. Murphy to minor league deals

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds have not made offer to Teixeira yet

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says former Oriole Townsend to miss season again

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says former Reds GM Krivsky could be candidate for Proefrock’s job

The Sun says Hennessey, D. Murphy invited to Spring Training

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker says with Loewen gone, Birds should discontinue ‘Magic’

HORSE RACING:Thoroughbred Times’ John Scheinman

 

says Laurel horse with equine herpes euthanized

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says 50 other horses test negative for herpes at Laurel

SWIMMING:The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg

 

says Phelps, Bowman claim top honors from USA Swimming

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:-I’ll say Maryland 94, Youngstown State 62. This is lesser competition than Bucknell was and Vermont will be. Also, I’ll say Loyola gets a 59-54 win over Cornell, but they have to be tired. Navy 74, St. Francis 67 as well.

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Kourtney Salvarola, who had 12 kills and 16 digs to lead the Broadneck Bruins to a 4 set win over Thomas Johnson in the state 4A Volleyball final. Congratulations to Centennial as well, who beat Towson in straight sets for the 3A title.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

 

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You Play The Coach – Which Raven Gets Your Game Ball?

Posted on 18 November 2008 by Alex Thomas

That was a thorough thumping the Giants handed the Ravens in the Meadowlands, but (and I can’t stress this enough) it’s not the end of the world. Chalk that one up to a rare bad day for the Ravens defense, who ran into a buzz-saw in the Giants running attack.

Some thoughts on the game:

-The Giants are just a better team than the Ravens right now. This loss is not a reason to jump off the purple bandwagon. I still think they’re going to make the playoffs as a six seed. By the looks of things, that could put us in another post-season match-up with the Pittsburgh Steelers. So to all of you bandwagon jumpers, don’t poison the purple kool aid for the rest of us.

-Jared Gaither, who was playing with one arm, did an excellent job on Justin Tuck. How many times did we hear his name called on Sunday?

-Looks like the Giants have a pretty good run defense too. The Ravens running game did absolutely nothing, which made things exponentially harder on Joe Flacco and the pass protection. Under those circumstances, Flacco and the pass protection played pretty well.

-Derrick Mason, who was also playing with one arm, continues to prove how valuable he is to this offense. He snagged seven balls for 82 yards and except for the interception that was his fault, he played very well. He is the only receiver on this team that can consistently get open. The next best WR stat? Mark Clayton: 1 catch for 10 yards. Ouch.

-If you check last weeks prediction blog, I hinted that Brandon Jacobs could be the first back to rush for 100 yards on the Ravens. He would have rushed for 200 if he didn’t hurt his knee. The Old Browns front 7 played like…the Old Browns. I have a feeling that Ray and company will make a strong comeback this week against a banged up Brian Westbrook.

-I feel terrible for Matt Stover. He’s had such a great career, but has had one of his worst careers as a pro this season. He’ll probably be the next Raven inducted into the Ring of Honor.

-My game ball goes to Joe Flacco, who played much better than the C- that Mike Preston gave him. It’s so refreshing to see a quarterback stand tall in the pocket and make plays in the face of a relentless Giants pass rush. Bring on the Eagles.

Who gets your game ball?

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Ravens @ Texans – Your Predictions

Posted on 06 November 2008 by Alex Thomas

Who needs a bye week?

I’m kidding, but it has been kinda fun (from a fan’s perspective) to watch the Ravens for so many consecutive Sundays. We get to watch our team every week, and as long as they stay healthy – no harm, no foul. After this week, hopefully we can all move on from “Bye Week Gate”.

The Texans are decimated by injuries, not just at the quarterback position, but defensively as well. Linebackers DeMeco Ryans and Zach Diles, Houston’s two leading tacklers, did not practice all week. Diles has already been placed on IR with a broken leg and Ryans is nursing a shoulder injury.

Jared Gaither is going to have his hands full with Mario Williams, who has recorded 6 sacks in the past 5 games. Gaither has been outstanding in run blocking and has played admirably protecting Flacco against the pass rush. He’s already had to deal with Dwight Freeney and James Harrison, but this week will prove to be his tallest task.

The Texans are ranked 23rd in rush defense, yielding more than 125 yards per game on the ground. With their top two tacklers likely out for the game, and considering Ray Rice’s coming out party last week, the Ravens will win this game if they get up early.

My prediction: I think Flacco continues his magical run and leads the Ravens to a victory and a 6-3 record. Considering I picked a trap game last week, I just can’t bring myself to do it this week. The Ravens go into Houston with a chip on their shoulder and take out their “Bye Week Gate” frustrations on the Texans.

Ravens – 29

Texans – 12

Pivotal Match-Up: Jared Gaither vs. Mario Williams. If Williams can beat up Gaither and force Flacco to commit some turnovers early, the Texans could get up early, gain some momentum, and win this game at home.

Where it could all go wrong: The old cliche: too many turnovers. I really can’t see the Texans beating the Ravens any other way, unless Andre Johnson has his way with the Ravens and Baltimore’s offense becomes ineffective.

Surprising statistic: Joe Flacco has a higher completion percentage than Eli Manning.

*NEW* Flaccoism of the Week: From Mike R. - “Joe Flacco’s sweat droplets can cure AIDS. Too bad he’s always too cool to sweat.”

Last Week’s winner: Johnny Rocket picked the closest score, predicting a 22-16 Ravens win. I don’t think anyone could have predicted the Ravens to put up 37 points on the road. My pick: 23-17 Browns. Actual score: 37-27 Ravens.

Week 8 winner: Nestminder is our first back-to-back winner picking the Ravens to win 24-6. We had a record-low in the number of predictions received, but we can rebound this week. We’ll chalk that one up to the new website. My pick: 27-6 Ravens. Actual score: 29-10 Ravens

Week 7 winner: Nestminder picked a 20-13 Ravens victory and Polostat was a close second. My pick: 24-16 Ravens. Actual score: 27-13 Ravens.

Week 6 winner: Johnny Rocket correctly picked against the Ravens, per usual, predicting a 32-8 Colts victory. My pick: 28-23 Colts. Actual score: 31-3 Colts.

Week 5 winner: Columbia Ken picked the closest score, predicting a 17-13 Titans victory. My pick: 17-9 Ravens. Actual score: 13-10 Titans

Week 4 winner: Jon R. reluctantly picked a 24-20 win for the Steelers. My pick: 13-10 Ravens. Actual score: 23-20 Steelers (OT)

Week 3 winner: EazyE picked a 23-13 win for the Ravens vs. Cleveland. My pick: 23-13 Ravens. Actual score: 24-10 Ravens.

What are your predictions this week? And leave a Flaccoism!

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 05 November 2008 by Glenn Clark

Didn’t get a chance to add much today, or even finish combing the national news sources. I DO think the Ravens should consider adding DeAngelo Hall if they want to make a serious push for the playoffs.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Ravens will bring back Ray

Drew Forrester thinks Billick would have won with this team

Nestor Aparicio has also heard deal with 52 mere ‘formality’

Alex Thomas gives highest midseason praise to O-Line

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco named Offensive Player of the Week

The Official Site’s Lindsay Melvin says Flacco, J. McClain get involved in community this week

The Official Site says Ravens think Heap, Gaither, Leonhard can hoop it up

Texans Official Site’s Brett Cervenka scouts Ravens

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Koch would like to see punter make Hall of Fame

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens’ offense working even without production from Heap

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Ravens in good spot in AFC playoff race

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Rosenfels not ‘raw’ or ‘rusty’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens 13.7th best team in NFL

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Harbaugh sometimes ‘carried away’ by emotions

The Examiner’s Tony Giro admits he’s come around on Ravens

The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht says ‘reason for optimism’ with Ravens

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder gives highest praise on season to D-Line, LB’s

The Examiner’s Phil Macek says Ravens bring ‘confidence’ to Houston

Aaron Wilson says Flacco appears ‘legit’ in making comeback

Aaron Wilson gives highest midseason praise to LB’s

Carroll County Times’ Haruki Nakamura enjoyed trip home to Cleveland

The AP says former Raven Boulware ‘headed to recount’

Houston Chronicle’s Megan Manfull says Texans will be ‘confident’ with Rosenfels starting

Houston Chronicle’s John McClain says Nall will backup Rosenfels

ESPN.com has Ravens 13th in power rankings

ESPN.com says writers voted Ravens anywhere between 8th and 18th best team

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Terps know ‘plenty at stake’ in Blacksburg Thursday night

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says RB Scott will ‘try to play’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker thinks game will be ‘decided late’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph expressing importance of every play

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says DHB, Navarre, Costa captains Thursday night

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Steffy ‘doubtful’ Thursday

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps piping in more noise than normal

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph thinks Turner more ‘confident’ this season

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph thinks ‘effort’, ‘energy’ good in practice

The Sun’s Jeff Barker reminds us of relationship between Ralph, Beamer

The Examiner’s Abby Sondak says competition ‘helped’ Egekeze

The AP says Terps have struggled vs. Hokies AND on Thursday nights under Ralph

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps hope to be ‘rejuvenated enough’ to make run at ACC title

Washington Post’s Zach Berman says running remains issue for Hokies

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Terps better against run than numbers might suggest

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says C. Jackson, Moten, Philistin, Scott, Frost, Burley all ‘questionable’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Hokies, Terps keeping practices closed

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Thursday game could kill momentum

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chism, L. Williams OUT Thursday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Taylor, Glennon remain ‘questionable’ for Hokies

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner ‘likes big games’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Beamer asked Ralph to help with ACC expansion

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Moten appears ready to play Thursday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Thursday night exposure important for Terps, ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner amongst Terps passionate about politics

Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Darryl Slater says star Tech CB Harris has lacked ‘consistency’ this season

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Ralph thinks Terps ‘ready to go’

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Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Wujciak becoming ‘defensive leader’

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Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen says McCree gives Terps ‘glimpse of future’

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Turtle Sports Report’s John Wallpher checks out Dunbar prospect Miller

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TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Don Markus wonders if Kim will be able to get off shot given lack of interior presence

Washington Post’s Josh Barr reminds some of Terps’ greatest players weren’t top-notch recruits

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The AP’s Doug Feinberg says Toliver 1st team All-American

ESPN.com says Terps 5th in first coaches’ poll

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Mids will open ’09 season at Ohio State

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says DE Walsh granted additional year of eligibility

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says extra year not done deal for Walsh; but should be ‘mere formality’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Mids to play 13th game at Hawaii in ‘08

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says success Niumatalolo, Johnson having might lead to changes across country

Go Mids updates Navy’s opponents

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says John Carroll’s Philmore headed to Towson

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Hawks win exhibition opener

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Castro opts for free agency

The Sun says Birds could be in on ‘at least early bidding’ for Burnett

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says O. Salazar ‘dominating’ Dominican Republic this Fall

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says R. Adams, Nowicki, T. Henson amongst season highlights for Shorebirds

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Laura Smitherman and Gadi Dechter say voters approve slots

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says organization finds home for warn-out racehorses

Thoroughbred Times says Laurel Park expected to bid for slots

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to Athlete of the Morning Amy Chotukil of Lutheran. The Boys Soccer team at Lutheran advanced to the C Conference final yesterday thanks in part to 10 saves and an OT clean sheet from Amy; who is one of 4 girls to play for the Lutheran team.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

 

 

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Another win, another Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 04 November 2008 by Drew Forrester

It’s hard enough to compile a Tuesday Top 7 when the team loses…but when they win 37-27 and you have about 10 players who were outstanding, how do you put them in order?  I just put ‘em in a hat and start drawing names.

Not really.

But it IS difficult to pick the Top 7 this week.  That said, the list is below and ready for your review.

7. Ben Grubbs — Team rushes for 193 yards and 4.7 yards per-carry.  It’s not just the running backs.  Grubbs has been terrific all year.  Not many people have noticed.  Except the QB and RB’s, that is.  A Ravens official said to me Monday — “Ben hasn’t had a bad half this year…let alone a bad game.”

6. Ray Lewis — 4 solo tackles on the day aren’t typical 52 numbers, but if you notice, Cleveland didn’t throw the ball across the middle much (probably because no one wanted to go get it?) and that reduced the number of highlight-hits Ray could amass.  He’s on the list because of “the speech” in the 3rd quarter.  Period.  Players said the hair stood up on the back of their neck when he was yelling.  When Ray talks, E.F. Hutton listens.  Seriously.

5. Bart Scott — Maybe he’s starting to “smell the money” too, but Bart had a whopping 10 tackle day including 7 in run support as the Ravens – again – completely clamped down on the opposition’s running game with help from the linebackers. 

4. Mark Clayton — Yep, Mark Clayton.  4 catches for 87 yards and a 47-yard TD reception.  Enough said, really.  The Ravens need him to come through.  Sunday, he did.

3. Joe Flacco — Joe Cool was at it again on Sunday, guiding the Ravens back from a 27-13 second half deficit.  Has now gone three straight games without throwing a pick and has completely, COMPLETELY, erased the memory of that debacle in…in…where was it?  See.

2. Derrick Mason — I’m starting to think he could catch Bin Laden.  He catches everything else.  9 catches for 136 yards and a TD on Sunday.  If the season ended today, he’d be in the Pro Bowl.  If the season ended today, he’d be the Ravens offensive MVP. 

1. Ray Rice — 154 yards on the ground and a backbreaking 60-yard scamper in the 4th quarter that set up Baltimore’s go-ahead field goal.  Also caught three passes out of the backfield.  Continues to “do it all”…the question is, how much will he do when McGahee comes back?  Glad that’s not my decision.

Season point totals –

7. Ray Rice – 14 points

6. Le’Ron McClain – 15 points

5. Jarrett Johnson – 16 points

4. Terrell Suggs – 22 points

3. Derrick Mason – 23 points

2. Ray Lewis - 23 points

1. Joe Flacco – 24 points

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 October 2008 by Glenn Clark

Here’s my Tuesday Top 7……..7. Jameel McClain

Welcome to the defense, rookie. McClain came out of the gates making plays; and didn’t seem to be even a bit out of place at all during Sunday’s game. I wonder if there are any more McClains on this roster somewhere…..

6. Joe Flacco

If not for the catch, Joe wouldn’t make the list. To be honest, Joe was downright erratic in the first half. But learning the new wrinkles in this offense couldn’t possibly have been easy for Joe; and he executed the new offense perfectly in the 2nd half.

5. Troy Smith

Troy Smith could have lost faith. He had a great opportunity to become this team’s starting QB; but the opportunity was robbed from him by a VERY unfortunate illness. Instead of moping and feeling sorry for himself; Troy battled back, learned a new way to participate in the offense; and was a major contributor to a win. Good stuff.

4. Jarrett Johnson

He’s not Adalius Thomas. But he doesn’t need to be. He’s having an OUTSTANDING year; and I hope teams keep trying to go to his side of the field.

3. Haloti Ngata

He’s going to catch a TD pass at some point this season, too. You just can’t get past him right now. Remember when the Ravens had to choose between him, Cameron Wimbley, and Broderick Bunkley? Nice decision.

2. Ray Rice

He’s NOT a featured back. But he doesn’t need to be. He needs to be a player that can give the Ravens an offensive weapon on multiple levels; which is EXACTLY what he did Sunday.

1. Terrell Suggs

Totally unreal. That’s all I need to say.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester

 

agrees with Ian Eagle’s Orioles comments

Drew Forrester thinks Rice top Raven in Raiders’ win

Rob Long says Ravens part of ‘complicated’ AFC

Thyrl Nelson has Ravens 14th in Power Rankings

Bryan Powell says Navy first team to win without throwing in 11 years

RAVENS:The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

 

 

says Cameron would use any active player who can help offense

The Official Site’s Scott Garceau says Flacco had ‘fun’ performance in win

The Official Site’s Kristen Deahl remembers the greatness of Ogden

The Official Site reports Harbaugh thinks Ravens ‘just scratching surface’ of potential offense

Browns Official Site’s Steve King says safeties Jones, Adams both dealing with injuries before game with Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says offense must continue ‘evolution’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cameron knows trick plays won’t always work

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Gaither trying to limit mistakes

The Sun’s Bill Ordine thinks Rice could be used like Eagles’ Westbrook

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh ‘optimistic’ about Ayanbadejo playing, ‘pessimistic’ about Landry

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Suggs should say anything he wants now

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says offense improving execution

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder and Dave Carey offer highest praise to D-Line, Linebackers

The Examiner’s Phil Macek says things get tougher from here

Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh thinks Ravens could use 2 QB package ‘every game’

Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh ‘optimistic’ Rolle will return Sunday

The AP says trick plays help Ravens ‘shed bland label’

Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says Winslow ready to return from suspension

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Winslow back just in time for ‘big division game’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says defense, Cameron ‘hot’CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco

 

gives Ravens B+ for performance in win

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:The Sun’s Matt Bracken

 

 

says commits Porzel, Brown, etc. all had big weekends

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says DHB, Tate could each play on Sunday

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Wujciak averaging 10 tackles per game

The Sun’s Jeff Barker thinks DHB made TD catch on final drive

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Terps in ‘great position’ to play for ACC title

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps overcame conditions to beat Wolfpack

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Holt will be Hokies’ #1 QB in practice

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Terps own tiebreaker advantage

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says resurgence of Cavs has helped Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tech’s Holt could make first career start vs. Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph has only coached one game ever when bowl possibility gone

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says despite potentially playing ‘best game of season’, Navarre doesn’t pick up Player of the Week award

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says TE Boone will act as backup to Holt while QB’s injured

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says both Taylor, Glennon in walking boots this week

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says some wins not as good, some losses not as bad as they originally appeared

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says former Terp Hill named starter in San Fran

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps can take over first place if GT beats FSU

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Va Tech’s problems deeper than QB issue

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:The Sun’s Don Markus

 

 

wouldn’t have voted Terps as high as 7th

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Neal thinks Vasquez should be all-conference

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:Washington Post’s Camille Powell

 

 

says Terps making statement on net

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says prospect Mincy ‘enjoyed’ Madness trip (must subscribe)Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter

 

says Townsend considers Terps ‘family’ (must subscribe)NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site

 

previews Navy-Temple

The Official Site offers complete Navy-Temple release (pdf)Temple Official Site

 

previews Saturday’s trip to Navy

Temple Official Site offers complete Temple-Navy release (pdf)The Sun’s Don Markus

 

says KNKE could return vs. Temple

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says defense got back on track in win

The Examiner’s Tom Flynn says White surpassed 2,000 yards in win over SMU

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids have ‘options’ with Dobbs

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says KNKE will get Senior Day start

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo ‘encouraged’ by KNKE’s running

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Mids will have to return to air at some point (must subscribe)TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site

 

previews Saturday’s tilt with William & Mary

William & Mary Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Towson

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

 

says Gulls 16th in poll

UMBC BASKETBALL:The Official Site

 

 

says Dogs picked to finish 4thLOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site

 

says individual tickets available now

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:The Official Site

 

 

says Goode honored by CollegeHoops.net

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Goode, Cajou lead way in scrimmage

ORIOLES:The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin

 

 

thinks Jones best served hitting 5th or 6th in lineup

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Orioles should learn from Rays, Phils

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker thinks Loewen ‘overpaid, underachieving, glass-armed, floppy-haired jerk’

The Examiner’s Neal Shaffer happy to see Birds will go after free agents

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:Ravens Official Site

 

 

names Northwestern’s Woodson Coach of the Week

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:-The subject of the ACC’s TV package for football came up this morning; and I think there is one simple answer for making sure that Maryland games-and the rest of the league’s games-are always available. I think the ACC needs to look into creating their own regional TV network; much like the Big Ten. They wouldn’t lose their partnerships with ABC and ESPN; as the Big Ten still gets their biggest games on the major national spotlight (i.e. Ohio State-Penn State Saturday night on ABC). But not only would they make sure they get ALL of their football games on TV; but they can get basketball games again non-sexy opponents televised; more women’s hoops on TV; and lacrosse, soccer, and baseball televised for sure. It is practically a no-brainer.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

 

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Ravens news and notes and injury report

Posted on 22 October 2008 by caseywillett

Here are some notes from 1 Winning Drive today:

-The Chris McAlister saga will continue to roll on, as McAlister spoke with the media and commented on the situation which you can see in my previous blog. Coach Harbaughreemphasized today that playing time has nothing to do with discipline. It is simply they are putting the best 11 guys on the field against the Raiders. McAlister does in fact appear on the injury report this week, which you can scroll down to see.

- Buddy Ryan the father of Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan and Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will be at the game on Sunday.

-JaMarcus Russell was a big topic of discussion with several of the defensive players today. Trevor Pryce, Terrell Suggs, and Haloti Ngata all talked about how big and strong Russell is and how you have to wrap him up to get him down. Pryce mentioned that the thing you have to do when you get to Russell is ask him to lie down so you can get the sack. Suggs is concerned that he might get shrugged off if he gets to him and goes for a sack. Ngata pointed out that a big thing with Russell is that he will dump off passes to the running backs when you get to him and that is a dangerous thing. All of the guys compared sacking Russell to trying to sack Ben Roethlisberger, very difficult. Suggs compared sacking Russell to trying to sack Trevor Pryce.

- Jonathan Ogden who will be going into the Ravens Ring of Honor on Sunday, will be introduced with the team on Sunday.

- Terrell Suggs said early that he thought Troy Smith should be starting for the Ravens. Now Suggs has said ” I thought the question was about multiple packages. I said both quarterbacks should get a chance to play, like running back Ronnie Brown depending on the package. Joe is 3-3 as the starter and has done a good job. It’s not like we haven’t won any games.”

Suggs also has had controversy come up with his comments about a bounty on Hines Ward. Here is his response to that, ” there wasn’t any bounty. The reporter asked me if there was a bounty and I just said I’m going to keep a watch on the guy. He broke some guy’s jaw last week, and he tried to cheap shot Jarrett Johnson. He also cheap-shotted Ed Reed. We’re just going to be on alert the next time we play him. It’s like the guy in your neighborhood who always pulls your shorts down and your drawers show, well, you always have to be on the lookout. You have to be alert.”

Suggs has always been a media friendly guy, but I can not imagine these type comments set well with the new coaching regime

- Here is the injury report for the Ravens for Wednesday:

OUT: Samari Rolle(neck/shoulder) Dawan Landry(neck) Adam Terry (knee)

Did Not Participate: Yamon Figurs(knee) Ed Reed(thigh) Demetrius Williams(ankle)

Limited Participation: Jared Gaither(neck) Chris McAlister(knee) Willis McGahee(knee)

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 21 October 2008 by Glenn Clark

It’s Tuesday, so here is MY Tuesday Top 7……7-Chris Chester

Of every player this team has; Chris Chester has as much a reason as anyone to have given up by now; but with another chance, he made the most of his playing time. Chester used his athleticism to give the line a solid pull.

6-Ray Lewis

He deserves to be higher; but I just plain expect this out of him. He had ten tackles and controlled the field. It’s an A+ performance anywhere else; but it might be Ray’s 100th best game or so of his career.

5-Jared Gaither

He’s like a brand new man. It is truly remarkable how much he has improved this season; and it is evident every week. With his size and strength; he SHOULD be good. We just didn’t know for sure that he WOULD be good.

4-Joe Flacco

The most impressive thing about Flacco’s performance is that it comes on the heels of his WORST performance of his career a week ago in Indianapolis. He still needs to improve downfield, but that was very impressive.

3-Derrick Mason

He is absolutely THE most professional Wide Receiver in all of football. He continues to give Joe Flacco a comfort level, and he continues to do nothing but make plays for this offense.

2-Terrell Suggs

The bottom line is that this is a better team when the defense can score points as well. They shouldn’t be relied on to score; but the Ravens are better when they DO score. Suggs also added a sack and just had an overall strong game.

1-Willis McGahee

When Da’Rel Scott fumbled THREE TIMES for Maryland Saturday; Ralph Friedgen said he wasn’t concerned. He went on to say that a couple of Scott’s fumbles occurred when he was giving too much effort……trying too hard to extend for extra yards; etc. That was what Willis’ fumble reminded me of on Sunday. He was almost giving too much effort. But if he can use yesterday’s game as a springboard to future explosiveness; this offense has a new dynamic. His ability to be a homerun threat is key; as this offense lacks other similar weapons.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester

thinks McGahee top Raven Sunday

Nestor Aparicio ‘continuously amazed’ by 52

RAVENS:The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

 

says Harbaugh calls McAlister benching ‘football decision’

The Official Site’s Scott Garceau says Ravens have ‘mo’ back after Miami win

The Official Site says Harbaugh reports ‘no new injuries’ from Dolphins game

Raiders Official Site’s Cody Sterling says Janikowski trying to move past big kick and prepare for Ravens

Raiders Official Site says Cable reports team will travel east Friday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh ‘extremely vague’ in McAlister explanation

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Terry needs surgery, could return Nov. 9

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens can use all 3 backs effectively

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Ravens’ Ryan better than Raiders’ Ryan

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Dolphins win improves Ravens’ ‘psyche’

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks McAlister, Harbaugh could be squabbling

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh moves T. Smith back to 2nd on depth chart

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cameron got ‘last word’ in battle with Dolphins

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Heap ‘building chemistry’ with Flacco

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Ravens very much part of picture in AFC

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck ‘impressed’ by Harbaugh’s ‘authority’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck doesn’t think Raiders fans traveling to Baltimore

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Harbaugh claims McAlister not playing because he’s not amongst ‘best 11 players on the field’

Aaron Wilson says McAlister has ‘history of issues’ in Baltimore

Aaron Wilson says Rolle, Landry could return Sunday

The AP says Harbaugh still considers McAlister ‘part of plans’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says McGahee’s performance helped make Flacco’s life easier

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs ‘hot’ right now

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco thinks Ravens may have ended use of Wildcat

ORIOLES:The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin

 

says Birds release Loewen; who will likely return with minor league deal

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Huff, R. Hernandez, Sherrill could all be available this offseason

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says scenario ‘highly unlikely’ where Loewen signs with another team

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds outright Bierd, Fahey, Santos, Fiorentino, Cherry

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Wieters, Matusz ‘rising stars’ in Arizona

The AP says Loewen will still attempt comeback as position player

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Loewen must clear waivers before signing elsewhere

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

previews Maryland-NC State

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

says Turner, Campbell honored by ACC

The Official Site says Ralph to enjoy ‘Breakfast’ Friday

NC State Official Site’s Tim Peeler says O’Brien thinks Maryland ‘capable of being a championship-caliber football team’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker thinks Scott performing at ’80 percent’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps trying to sell suites

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says bad losses keep Terps from Top 25

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp O’Brien has another big week

Washington Post’s Alan Goldenbach says Roosevelt LB Drakeford commits to Maryland

Washington Post’s Dan Uthman says Woodbridge RB Williams still has Maryland in picture

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Terps should have 3rd down advantage on NC State

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Turner offensive back of week, Campbell offensive lineman of week in ACC

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says NC State looks like ‘pretty bad football team’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps chose to nominate Turner ahead of DHB

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps’ final 2 games will help determine ACC Champion

Rivals.com’s Mike Huguenin thinks Terps 34th best team in country

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps’ defense ‘dominated’ Deacons

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps can’t lose ‘trap games’ if they want to be contender

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:The Diamondback’s Mark Selig

 

says ‘Madness’ big for recruiting

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says J. Williams commits to Terps (must subscribe)TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken

says Frese adds two to fold

NAVY FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

previews Navy-SMU

The Official Site offers complete Navy-SMU release (pdf)The Official Site’s Bob Socci

says Kettani needed bye week

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Dobbs ‘can help’ Mids immediately

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says KNKE ‘unlikely’ to play Saturday

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Bryant will start Saturday

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Niumatalolo could expand White’s role in offense

NAVY BASKETBALL:The Official Site

 

says Mids wrap up first weekend of practice

TOWSON FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

previews trip to New Hampshire

MORGAN FOOTBALL:The Examiner’s Dave Carey

 

says Bears want to avenge last year’s loss to Delaware St.SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site

says Gulls up to 15th in poll

HOPKINS LACROSSE:Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy

 

checks in on fall Jays

BLAST:The Official Site

 

says team adds Healey, Buete, Tirschman

The Sun’s Kent Baker says Blast kick off practice

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Coach Kelly thinks some players ‘out of shape’ in first Blast practice

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:Ravens Official Site

 

says HdG’s Brooks Coach of the Week

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:-John Harbaugh please hear my cry. JUST BE HONEST. You don’t have to give everything away; but we JUST WANT YOU TO BE HONEST WITH US! There is no need for you to be so wishy-washy. We will all find out the truth eventually. Just say that the McAlister situation is related to discipline somehow; and everything will be fine. That’s all we’re asking for!

-Adam Loewen’s release is basically irrelevant. They couldn’t afford to pay him as a major leaguer when they have serious doubts that he will ever make the major leagues as a position player. He will get his chance in this organization for sure.

-Congratulations to Gary and Ralph on big commitments yesterday. If Jordan Williams can just be as good as Jamar Smith; I’d be okay with that.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

 

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A win at Miami and a Tuesday top 7

Posted on 21 October 2008 by Drew Forrester

Time for our weekly edition of the Tuesday Top 7 where I highlight the best 7 performances from Sunday’s win over Miami.  The year-to-date point totals are at the bottom of the blog.

#7…Jared Gaither – Hard to not have him on the list again after another stellar effort at OT.  The Ravens rushed for over 100 yards again and they allowed only one REAL sack (the other two were considered “coverage sacks”) on Joe Flacco.  Not a Pro Bowler yet, but he’ll see Hawaii one of these days if he keeps up this level of play.

#6…Sam Koch – Only punted three times but they were all big-time boots.  He averaged 59 yards per kick and all three of them ended up inside the Dolphins 20, including the back-breaking kick in the 4th quarter that pinned Miami deep in their own territory.

#5…Derrick Mason – Let’s see, what DIDN’T Mason do?  Catches?  Yep, 6 of them.  Yards?  Sure, 87 of them.  TD’s?  Yep, one of those, too.  In a league full of big-mouth, “look at what I can do” wide-outs, Mason has quietly established himself as a legit Pro-Bowl candidate six games into the season. 

#4…Terrell Suggs – Had a great game with a pick for a TD, 7 tackles and a sack.  Also had a major hand in shutting down that listless “Wildcat Offense”…don’t look now, but he’s earning that $8.4 million.

#3…Ray Lewis – Speaking of Pro-Bowl visits, Ray would like a room on the 24th floor at the Honolulu Hyatt please…and make sure he has a nice view of the beach down below.  10 tackles, 9 of them solo, and another game where #52 led by example instead of yappin’. 

#2…Joe Flacco – His best game as a pro, going 17 for 23 with a TD pass, no turnovers and an obvious affection for the no-huddle offense.  Coming off of his WORST game (at Indy), his performance at Miami showed that a bad game isn’t going to ruin him for weeks at a time.

#1…Willis McGahee – I’ll excuse his fumble…he was merely trying to get to the end zone and the Miami defensive player “made a play”…other than that, McGahee’s performance was nearly flawless.  Ran for 105 yards, found the open hole, surged through it and, for the most part, looked a little bit like the McGahee of old at times.  Fitness and health are still a question mark, but for one Sunday afternoon in Miami, Willis earned his paycheck with 19 carries and 2 catches (for 47 yards) for a 150-yard afternoon.

Point totals through 6 games –

7. Jared Gaither — 12 points

6. Jarrett Johnson – 13 points

5. Terrell Suggs – 14 points

4. Le’Ron McClain – 15 points

3. Joe Flacco – 16 points

    Derrick Mason – 16 points

1. Ray Lewis – 18 points

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