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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 29 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Starting with my list…

7. Derrick Mason

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6. Jalen Parmele

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5. Haloti Ngata

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4. Joe Flacco

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3. Domonique Foxworth

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2. Todd Heap

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1. Ray Rice

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And Drew’s list…..

7. Frank Walker

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6. Joe Flacco

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5. Todd Heap

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4. Haloti Ngata

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3. Ray Lewis

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2. Domonique Foxworth

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1. Ray Rice

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Season totals-

Glenn:

29t-Oniel Cousins (1 point)

29t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

29t-Frank Walker (1 point)

29t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)

29t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

25t-Jalen Parmele (2 points)

25t-Chris Carr (2 points)

25t-Billy Cundiff (2 points)

25t-Matt Birk (2 points)

22t-Demetrius Williams (2 points)

22t-Dwan Edwards (3 points)

22t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)

20t-Tom Zbikowski (4 points)

20t-Chris Chester (4 points)

18t-Kelley Washington (5 points)

18t-Paul Kruger (5 points)

16t-Haloti Ngata (7 points)

16t-Terrell Suggs (7 points)

15-Sam Koch (8 point)

12t-Dawan Landry (10 points)

12t-Willis McGahee (12 points)

12t-Mark Clayton (12 points)

10t-Domonique Foxworth (15 points)

10t-Ed Reed (15 points)

9-Jared Gaither (17 points)

8-Lardarius Webb (19 points)

7-Michael Oher (20 points)

6-Todd Heap (22 points)

5-Ray Lewis (27 points)

4-Jarret Johnson (31 points)

3-Derrick Mason (37 points)

2-Joe Flacco (44 points)

1-Ray Rice (76 points)

Drew:

29t-Le’Ron McClain (1 point)

29t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

29t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)

24t-Frank Walker (2 points)

24t-Antwan Barnes (2 point)

24t-Justin Bannan (2 points)

24t-Kelly Gregg (2 points)

24t-Matt Birk (2 points)

21t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)

21t-Fabian Washington (4 points)

21t-Chris Chester (4 points)

19t-Dwan Edwards (6 points)

19t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)

16t-Billy Cundiff (7 Points)

16t-Ben Grubbs (7 points)

16t-Sam Koch (7 point)

15-Lardarius Webb (9 points)

14-Mark Clayton (11 points)

13-Kelley Washington (14 points)

11t-Michael Oher (15 points)

11t-Willis McGahee (15 points)

10-Jared Gaither (16 points)

7t-Todd Heap (17 points)

7t-Ed Reed (17 points)

7t-Dawan Landry (17 points)

6-Domonique Foxworth (21 points)

4t-Derrick Mason (28 points)

4t-Jarret Johnson (28 points)

3-Ray Lewis (41 points)

2-Joe Flacco (52 points)

1-Ray Rice (64 points)

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983……

-G

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 22 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are your Top 7 Ravens from Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears….

Glenn’s List:

7-Demetrius Williams

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6-Jarret Johnson

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5-Ray Rice

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4-Derrick Mason

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3-Domonique Foxworth

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2-Todd Heap

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1-Joe Flacco

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Drew’s List:

7-Ray Lewis

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6-Michael Oher

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5-Jarret Johnson

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4-Derrick Mason

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3-Domonique Foxworth

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2-Todd Heap

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1-Joe Flacco

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Season totals-

Glenn:

28t-Oniel Cousins (1 point)

28t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

28t-Frank Walker (1 point)

28t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)

28t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

25t-Chris Carr (2 points)

25t-Billy Cundiff (2 points)

25t-Matt Birk (2 points)

22t-Demetrius Williams (2 points)

22t-Dwan Edwards (3 points)

22t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)

19t-Tom Zbikowski (4 points)

19t-Chris Chester (4 points)

19t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)

17t-Kelley Washington (5 points)

17t-Paul Kruger (5 points)

16-Terrell Suggs (7 points)

15-Sam Koch (8 point)

11t-Domonique Foxworth (10 points)

11t-Dawan Landry (10 points)

11t-Willis McGahee (12 points)

11t-Mark Clayton (12 points)

10-Ed Reed (15 points)

9-Todd Heap (16 points)

8-Jared Gaither (17 points)

7-Lardarius Webb (19 points)

6-Michael Oher (20 points)

5-Ray Lewis (27 points)

4-Jarret Johnson (31 points)

3-Derrick Mason (36 points)

2-Joe Flacco (40 points)

1-Ray Rice (69 points)

Drew:

27t-Le’Ron McClain (1 point)

27t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

27t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)

27t-Frank Walker (1 point)

23t-Antwan Barnes (2 point)

23t-Justin Bannan (2 points)

23t-Kelly Gregg (2 points)

23t-Matt Birk (2 points)

21t-Fabian Washington (4 points)

21t-Chris Chester (4 points)

19t-Dwan Edwards (6 points)

19t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)

16t-Billy Cundiff (7 Points)

16t-Ben Grubbs (7 points)

16t-Sam Koch (7 point)

15-Lardarius Webb (9 points)

 

14-Mark Clayton (11 points)

12t-Todd Heap (14 points)

12t-Kelley Washington (14 points)

9t-Domonique Foxworth (15 points)

9t-Michael Oher (15 points)

9t-Willis McGahee (15 points)

8-Jared Gaither (16 points)

6t-Ed Reed (17 points)

6t-Dawan Landry (17 points)

4t-Derrick Mason (28 points)

4t-Jarret Johnson (28 points)

3-Ray Lewis (36 points)

2-Joe Flacco (50 points)

1-Ray Rice (57 points)

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983……

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 25 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Didn’t quite get everything in today, sorry about that. Have to get out to 1 Winning Drive to hear from John Harbaugh and company…..

For the record; I’ll say Maryland 68, Wisconsin 62 today. But I’m not exactly comfortable.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Terps must shake off loss to Cincinnati, prove they can beat good teams away from Comcast Center before ACC play begins

Derek Arnold says Jared Gaither, Michael Oher ‘Played like Ravens’ in loss to Indianapolis

Bob Haynie says Ravens need to ‘defend home turf’ Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium

Glenn Clark says Ravens signed Cary Williams from Titans practice squad

Glenn Clark says FB Charles Ali takes Matt Lawrence’s roster spot

Thyrl Nelson doesn’t particularly like Flacco, Ray Rice as fantasy plays against Pittsburgh

Ed Frankovic offers thoughts from Capitals owner Leonsis on passing of Pollin

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Fabian Washington, Matt Lawrence placed on IR

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh believes Reed’s fumble ‘not reason (Ravens) lost’ to Colts

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco ‘struggling’ to find receivers not named Derrick Mason, Ray Rice

The Official Site says Ray Rice, VanDeSteeg, Paul Kruger say Ngata, McKinney could put away most turkey on Thanksgiving

Steelers Official Site’s Bob Labriola says Tomlin reported Roethlisberger ‘symptom-free’ after head injury in loss to Chiefs

Steelers Official Site’s Teresa Varley says Tomlin knows turnovers, special teams play killing Steelers despite ranking very high in AFC in offense, defense

Steelers Official Site says team signed Rocky Boiman, Corey Ivy

The Sun’s Mike Preston throws some blame towards Ngata for unnecessary roughness penalty in loss to Indy

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says other teams around AFC helping Ravens stay in Wild Card picture

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Mason having ‘up and down’ season-similar to rest of team

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Grubbs not even aware he had been honored by Pro Football Weekly

The Sun says Big Ben will play as long as he continues to pass concussion tests this week

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says former kicker Hauschka tried out for Falcons

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says death of former Ravens hopeful Tony Fein ruled accidental

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette says Polamalu ‘not likely’ to play Sunday

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Scott Brown says Dennis Dixon will back up Roethlisberger Sunday night

USA Today has Ravens 14th in power rankings

5 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Steelers

USA Today’s Pete O’Brien picks Steelers 17-16

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks says Ravens playoff chances hinge on health of Terrell Suggs

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 17th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 8th in power rankings

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Greivis Vasquez scored 19, but Terps fell to Cincinnati in semifinals of Maui Invitational

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The AP says Gary Williams knew Terps were hurt by Cincy’s Yancy Gates inside

The AP says Terps will face Wisconsin in 3rd place game today at 4:30

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says former Maryland target Lance Stephenson chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds for Cats

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Mick Cronin wanted Bearcats to get inside to Yancy Gates

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Landon Milbourne struggling in Maui

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says James Padgett played well in loss

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Bill Koch says Deonta Vaughn tallied double double for Bearcats in win over Terps

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The AP
says Kizer scored 20 as Terps topped Samford

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says Frese pleased with how Terps bounced back from first loss of season

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Terps shook off loss to Mississippi State with big performance in win over Bulldogs

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Laura Smitherman and Don Markus say Martin O’Malley doesn’t want public funds spent on buyout for Fridge

The Sun’s Jeff Barker wonders how Byrd Stadium fans will react to Friedgen Saturday

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Archbishop Carroll LB prospect Attaochu interested in Terps

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says associate AD Brian Ullmann claimed school hasn’t asked for public funds

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Gloria Friedgen, Debbie Yow attended Ralph’s Tuesday press conference

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Friedgen wouldn’t talk about future Tuesday, only Boston College game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner, Kenny Tate ‘questionable’ for Saturday’s game against BC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph would prefer not to play Danny O’Brien Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terrell Skinner will play in East-West Shrine Game; Travis Ivey, Cory Jackson will play in “Texas vs. The Nation” all-star game in El Paso

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin expects both Chris Turner, Jamarr Robinson to be available Saturday

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Dave Shinskie, Maryland QB’s likely to combine for a number of turnovers Saturday

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says John Dowd named Academic All-American by ESPN The Magazine

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo trying to keep Mids focused on football during Thanksgiving trip to Hawaii

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says former Navy assistant Jeff Monken appears poised to accept Georgia Southern job

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says game at Aloha Stadium allows 5 Hawaii natives on Navy team to play at home

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Chris Harris, Jordan Sugars combined for 61 points as Mids topped Towson at Alumni Hall

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Romeo Garcia dished out 9 assists for Mids in win

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says RaShawn Polk’s 19 not enough as Tigers fell to Midshipmen

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The AP says Jarrel Smith added 15 points in loss for Tigers

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Reggie Holmes tallied 34 points as Bears won stunner at Arkansas

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

Arkansas Official Site says Rotnei Clarke’s 26 not enough as Razorbacks fell to Morgan in Fayetteville

The AP says Joe Davis scored 18 points for Razorbacks in win

Arkansas Democrat Gazette’s Bob Holt says Reggie Holmes’ big game against Hogs came just 2 days after tough performance in loss to Louisville

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Vince Goldsberry lead way with 18 as Eagles beat UMBC in Catonsville

The AP says Kareem Brown scored 17 points for Eagles in win

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Chauncey Gilliam scored 20 points, but Retrievers fell to Coppin at RAC Arena

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Shane Walker tallied double double as Greyhounds topped Dartmouth

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The AP says Brett Harvey chipped in 10 points for Hounds in win

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Mike Stoffel, Steve Levinson named Academic All-American by ESPN The Magazine

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s battle with Niagara at Knott Arena

The Official Site offers complete Mountaineers-Purple Eagles release (pdf)

COLLEGE OF NOTRE DAME BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says cancellation of season ‘heartbreaking’ for Gators

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Ray thinks ‘offseason regimen’ will have him in better shape in 2010

MLB.com’s Lisa Winston says Birds ‘exercising patience’ organizationally (REALLY?)

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly say former Nationals reliever Mike Hinckley signed minor league deal with O’s

The Sun says former bench coach Jauss gets same job with Mets

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra back to work

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS:

Frederick News-Post’s Joshua R. Smith says Hagerstown fighters Jacob, Joey Kirwan; Myersville fighter Paul Mann looking to make mark in local MMA scene

BALTIMORE BULLETS:

The AP’s Joseph White says Bullets/Wizards owner Abe Pollin passed away from cancer at 85

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Welcome to Baltimore Charles Ali and Cary Williams. If one of you ends up making a contribution, it will be a very pleasant surprise.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Harbaugh Should Have Shouldered Blame Following Ravens’ Crushing Loss to Colts

Posted on 22 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

The Baltimore Ravens’ 17-15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium wasn’t Joe Flacco’s fault.

Sure, Joe threw a costly pick with the Ravens in field goal position at the end of the game, but it wasn’t his fault.

The Baltimore Ravens’ 17-15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium wasn’t Ed Reed’s fault.

Sure, there was NO REASON to try to lateral the football on the final punt return of the game-but it wasn’t his fault.

The Baltimore Ravens’ 17-15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium wasn’t Billy Cundiff’s fault.

Sure, if Cundiff had tacked on the 3 points he missed on a 30 yard field goal; the Ravens would have scored 18 to the Colts’ 17-but it wasn’t his fault.

The Baltimore Ravens’ 17-15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium was the fault of everyone on the football team. From the one with the smallest role (Long Snapper Matt Katula); to the one with the greatest (Coach John Harbaugh).

But following the Ravens’ loss, John Harbaugh’s chat with the media would have better served his football team had it sounded like this…..

“Guys, this one is on me. I shouldn’t have called timeout there before the review. I shouldn’t have asked someone who isn’t a punt returner to return the game’s most important punt. I shouldn’t have allowed Joe Flacco to throw the ball over the middle to Ray Rice. All of this is my fault. And I’m going to spend this week trying to figure out how I can improve as a football coach.”

He shouldn’t have said that because the loss IS his fault-it isn’t. He should have said it because the team desperately needs the deflection following ANOTHER crushing loss. Whatever he’s tried to do with his guys so far this season just hasn’t worked.

This team feeds off emotional ploys. They willed themselves to the AFC Championship Game a season ago thanks in part to the spirit of their friend and “teammate” O.J. Brigance. John Harbaugh credited the win at Texas Stadium a season ago to informing the football team that Jerry Jones personally selected them to be served on a silver platter to the Dallas Cowboys. He’s rallied the team around Rex Ryan, he’s rallied the team around even their O-Line Coach John Matsko.

But whatever he’s trying to do emotionally with this team this season isn’t working. They just aren’t responding when they’re most needed to. Maybe the message isn’t “stale” as most argued Brian Billick’s had become-but the message needs a re-heating.

Emotionally, this team just isn’t there. It might be a lack of focus (they were pretty loose again Friday in preparation for today’s game), it might be the fact that Harbaugh spends a great deal of time during the week reminding players of what they can and cannot say (which MULTIPLE players have confirmed to me), it might be that the team has just accepted their fate following a few crushing losses (although no one I have talked to has given me that idea).

But the same response of “We all could have done better, me included” just isn’t cutting it. Saying “I don’t have any thoughts” on Ed Reed’s pitch isn’t accomplishing anything.

The easy retort to this is “How do you know John is handling these things behind closed doors?”

I don’t know. Even though I’ve been given the indication that he hasn’t tried much in the way of emotional ploys; I still don’t know. But it also doesn’t matter.

This team needs to have their issues brought to light, and they need to be willing to talk about it. It’s an emotional bunch-NOT an Andy Reid coached, tight-lipped bunch. These guys just don’t respond to the business-like mentality that their head coach is trying to preach. They respond to raw emotion. They respond to being allowed to go a little crazy.

John Harbaugh should have gone off the script a bit today. He should have tried to win his group back emotionally.

The easiest way to have done that would have been to put it on himself; and accept responsibility for a bad loss even if he didn’t deserve it.

Instead, he’ll have an entire week to figure out what he needs to do.

-G

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NOTES:

-Fabian Washington (knee sprain) is the only injury concern. He’ll have an MRI tomorrow.

-The Ravens scored 12 points in the first half; reaching double digits in the first 30 minutes for the first time since Week 3 against Cleveland.

-With 135 total yards of offense, Ray Rice surpassed the century mark for the 7th consecutive game.

-Hear from John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Derrick Mason, Billy Cundiff, Dwan Edwards, Cam Cameron, Matt Birk and Haloti Ngata NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net. At one point, Ray Rice said Peyton Manning was “foolish” if he thought he had a good game today. Of course, Peyton won one more football game than the Ravens did today…..

4:04-MAYBE he was down; but I don’t think you overturn that. Game over. 17-15 Colts. Ravens 5-5.

4:02-I would have NEVER put Ed Reed back there to return that. NEVER. Ed is just too lackadaisical with the football.

4:00-Joe is only going to be able to throw the ball here about two times. A sack ends the game, an incompletion ALL but dooms them.

3:55-That timeout BEFORE the challenge about kills the Ravens. You challenge it OR you call a timeout. You can’t do both. The Colts can take this down to about a minute left now.

3:51-He’s been beat up a lot, but Domonique Foxworth made a nice tackle there. I think Reggie Wayne’s stretch made it.

3:50-Ray Lewis delivered a VICIOUS hit there, but the Colts still have it 3rd and 1. Picking this up would ALMOST doom the Ravens.

3:48-Fabian Washington hurt…..he’s helped off. Can’t walk. This looks bad.

3:46-Unthinkable. Absolutely unthinkable. The Colts knew the Ravens would go to Ray Rice there, and Joe threw the ball despite the fact that there were 3 men in white shirts in the area. Gary Brackett with the pick.

3:44-I don’t know why Derrick Mason goes out of bounds there……idea would be to run the clock. But 8 catches and 137 yards allows you to get away with a couple mistakes.

3:43-That Ray Rice is some kind of special……

They need yards here. 51 yarder for Cundiff otherwise….

3:40-You have to wonder how this city will handle it if that last field goal by Matt Stover ends up being the difference in this game. I really don’t even want to think about it.

3:34-Ray got an extra shot in on Reggie Wayne after that one fell incomplete there.

This is a gimme for Stover. 17-15 Colts. 7:02 left. Ravens need to 1-run clock, 2-score. No pressure.

3:31-That being said, Ngata lead with his elbow; that’s a penalty. Really no doubt about it.

Foxworth with a costly missed tackle. Ravens have to keep Indy out of endzone here.

3:30-Gotta give secondary a TON of credit today. Without Terrell Suggs-the Ravens have gotten almost NO pass rush.

And Paul Kruger gets to make a big play thanks to one of the worst play calls I’ve ever seen.

Ray Lewis is not happy with the personal foul call on Haloti Ngata.

3:25-Cundiff tied Matt Stover’s franchise record of 5 field goals in a single game with that kick. Stover did it 4 times while he was in Baltimore.

3:23-I would also probably run the ball with Le’Ron McClain or have Ray Rice try to leap in. But that’s just me.

Cundiff bounces back, and puts the Ravens ahead 15-14. That’s costly not hitting paydirt there, though.

3:21-If I was an offensive coordinator, I’d run the ball 4 times here. Whatever you do, you can’t lose yards.

3:18-LJ Smith with the first down catch? Holy crap. I’m pretty sure he just said “Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Forrester!”

3:12-Just the 2nd catch on the day for Todd Heap; but that’s 2 more than I thought he’d make today. Big grab.

TERRIBLE drop there from Derrick Mason. Just terrible. Almost enough for me to leave him off my Tuesday Top 7.

Okay maybe not. Nice job by Mase to shake that one off.

3:09-Big play to get off the field with a 3 and out and give the offense another chance here. Whatever happens, the Ravens CANNOT fall behind two possessions.

Tom Santi (neck) is questionable to return.

3:04-Put that one on Matt Katula-which is the same as I have said many times on Hauschka kicks this year. So much for Billy Cundiff replacing Sheila Dixon as mayor.

3:03-Great grab there by Mark Clayton, but the Ravens REALLY can’t afford to come up short here.

3:02-There have been a ton of times watching Ray Rice that I’ve asked myself “How is he still on his feet???”

3:01-John Parry took some extra time to look at that to see where the ball should have been spotted. Handled well.

2:57-McGahee was down there. It was a fun, wacky play; but he was DOWN there.

2:54-Game-changing play there by 52. Colts would have made this a 2 possession game if that had been 6.

I have NO IDEA if Derrick Mason actually caught that ball or not, but I will TAKE IT.

Credit Jerraud Powers for solid coverage on that play.

2:51-WOW what a momentum changer. WIW. Caldwell almost has to review that there…..but I’m almost 100% certain that was a fumble.

I guess maybe he isn’t reviewing?

2:49-Tavares Gooden and Domonique Foxworth were in trouble there on that pass to Reggie Wayne.

For everything made about Paul Kruger this week-anyone noticed him?

2:41-Colts DE Keyunta Dawson is questionable to return.

Billy Cundiff’s 4 Field Goals in the 1st half matched a team record for a half set by Matt Stover 11/17/04 against Cleveland.

2:26-I guess with Matt Stover here in Baltimore-the Ravens were REALLY confused. They’ve gone back to the old no-TD offense they used to have with Matt. 14-12 Colts.

2:23-Mistake to call a timeout there. THAT’S where you spike the ball. I don’t usually agree with spikes, but that’s where you do it.

2:22-Big conversion there to make sure Indy didn’t get it back, not they have to try to do something. 36 ticks and 1 timeout left from their own 47…..

2:18-And despite all of the good things the Ravens have done in the 1st half, the Colts plunge back ahead. 14-9 Colts with 1:23 to play.

2:13-Boy he is so good and finding someone along the edge. That’s a great example of why Peyton Manning is a future Hall of Famer.

Harbaugh will challenge-haven’t seen anything definitive on the replay yet. Will keep watching.

Oh, Harbaugh not challenging? You can do that after you throw the red flag? Weird……

2:12-Lardarius Webb had NOTHING to offer there against Tom Santi. Who knew Tom Santi was such a weapon???

2:10-The Ravens have confirmed that the Colts are the only team that does not get the team NAME on the scoreboard here at M&T Bank Stadium.

2:08-71,320 here at “The Bank” today. The NFL STILL thinks Jacksonville was a better choice.

2:06-Billy Cundiff is currently more popular than Stacy Keibler, Willy Don Schaefer, and Nestor Aparicio combined. 9-7 Ravens.

2:04-Ray Lewis battling an ankle issue. He didn’t leave the game, but he’s in pain on sideline. Not getting any attention from medical staff.

Meanwhile, Ray Rice continues to play like the Team MVP.

2:03-Nice point made by “TheGipper” on Twitter. On the scoreboard in the stadium, the Colts are listed as “Indy” instead of “Colts.” The Ravens are listed as “Ravens.” Nice touch by the staff here.

1:58-The Ravens have had decent coverage thus far today. It hasn’t been perfect, but they’ve certainly rallied from their struggles on the first drive.

And just like that, Ed Reed is sitting back in center field to pick off Manning and get the ball back out to about midfield.

HUGE game for this defense after the initial drive. Just HUGE.

1:55-Peyton Manning forced to burn a 2nd timeout; credit the crowd here at “The Bank.”

1:52-The stop on Donald Brown gives the defense another chance to get off the field after 3 plays. Doesn’t happen; as Austin Collie comes back to make a nice catch.

1:50-Michael Oher’s hold hurt the Ravens in trying to do something on that drive. Thankfully De’Von Hall helped them out on the punt return.

Speaking of Oher-despite the fact that I’m told many showings of “The Blind Side” were sold out in the Baltimore area, I’m pretty sure New Moon will win the weekend box office battle……

1:42-Everyone in the crowd here at M&T Bank Stadium owes Jeff Saturday a big thank you for that hold. I would have taken the Colts to convert that EVERY time.

Nice decision there by Chris Carr to call for a fair catch. NO reason to risk it when you’re getting the ball at the 10.

1:41-Jim Caldwell HAS to go for it here in no man’s land. Stover can’t make this kick, and you only gain 17 yards of field position if Pat McAfee’s punt goes to the endzone-which it very well might.

1:39-Ray is currently letting Dannell Ellerbe know he missed the assignment on the long completion to Santi. Kudos to Drew Forrester for pointing that out up here.

1:38-A Tom Santi sighting!

If Joseph Addai breaks off a few more runs like that, the Ravens will have difficulty stopping Peyton in short yardage situations.

Tom Santi is on fire…..Ray Lewis had not shot at getting that.

1:36-TJ Rushing returned that one for Indy instead of Chad Simpson. Colts probably thought they should have gotten more on first two kickoffs given line drive nature of Cundiff’s kicks. Freddy Keiaho’s penalty didn’t help them.

1:33-Tim Jennings made the play on Mason after Flacco hung another one up.

Cundiff comes in and knocks another one through. Hitting your first will do wonders for your confidence. 7-6 Colts. The bad news here is that despite the Ravens really having outplayed the Colts now for the better part of the first 11 minutes, they still trail.

1:32-Flacco has hung 2 now. He’s fortunate that Melvin Bullitt didn’t even TRY to intercept that.

1:30-Talk about a big play. Wow. Dawan Landry with the INT off Fabian Washington’s tip. Landry is starting to quiet a few of the “We should have never let Jim Leonhard go” fans.

1:28-Good coverage again there on a bit of a line drive kick. Ravens can’t afford to fall multiple possessions behind so early.

Some on Ravens’ sideline encouraging crowd to get louder.

1:25-By far and away the biggest ovation I’ve EVER seen for a first quarter field goal here……even though he JUST barely got it through the uprights. Boy that was close. 7-3 Colts.

1:24-No pressure on Cundiff here, huh?

1:22-Heck, McGahee even makes a catch. Cam Cameron doesn’t trust him as a pass-catcher, which is why they stick with Ray Rice when they’re playing from behind and need to throw.

Flacco let that one hang up a bit to Mason there, which allowed Jacob Lacey to make a play on it.

1:20-And Derrick Mason gets involved early as well. This is already better than anything we’ve seen offensively in the first half than what we’ve seen in the last couple weeks.

Willis McGahee gets to come into the game because the Ravens put together an extended drive. Good news.

Ravens forced to take a timeout there because Chris Chester couldn’t get his shoe on. Hard to lose a timeout that way.

1:18-Le’Ron McClain gets involved to pick up the first down. Ravens must move ball methodically like this today knowing Peyton Manning is sitting on opposing sideline.

1:16-Big pitch and catch there by Joe Flacco and Kelley Washington on 3rd down. You can’t give the Colts the ball back after a 3 and out right now….

1:15-I’m a bit surprised John Parry overturned that. It might have been the right call, I’m just surprised he saw that on the replay. Good decision by Harbaugh to challenge.

1:12-Dallas Clark (321) just broke John Mackey’s franchise record for career receptions. That’s a bit awkward.

Also, that fumble by Lardarius Webb is the EXACT reason why the Ravens are sticking with Chris Carr as a punt returner. Possession is much more important than yards gained on a return.

1:08-Domonique Foxworth was BADLY confused on that play, and Dallas Clark has put the Colts ahead 7-0 early.

You CAN’T just let Peyton Manning have the ball first to start a game. Not a good decision.

1:06-This is why I don’t think you can give Indy the ball to start the game. Pierre Garcon can ABUSE Fabian Washington all day if he so chooses. Ouch.

Nothing brewing for Joseph Addai early, that’s not really a surprise.

1:04-Antwan Barnes was actually the first player to get a crack at Suggs’ spot; but he was rotated out after the first play. Clearly the Ravens plan to rotate all day.

That WOULD HAVE been a huge play for the Ravens to get off the field 3 and out. Reggie Wayne is going to do that, though.

1:02-No hang time on the kickoff, but the Ravens STILL do a great job in coverage to not allow Chad Simpson (Morgan State) to get the ball back to the 20.

Crowd is NUTS to start the game.

1:00-Ravens win toss, they’ll defer. Peyton Manning gets the ball first. Yikes.

12:56-Both Trevor Pryce and Dwan Edwards were listed as defensive starters. Maybe Pryce is sliding out to play Suggs’ spot?

12:53-Cundiff just missed 2 45 yarders, then hit a 3rd off the post. 4th was wide left again, 5th finally went straight through. Fans behind goalposts in state of utter panic.

12:11-Ravens in purple tops and white pants, Colts in white tops and white pants.

12:09-Both Matt Stover and Billy Cundiff have made 50+ yard field goals during warm-ups. Of course, those are with no snapper and no holder; and we saw Steve Hauscka make 50+ yarders in warm-ups as well. Not sure if we can make anything of that.

11:46-Here are your inactives:

Ravens:
QB John Beck (3rd QB)
RB Jalen Parmele
RB Matt Lawrence
OT Oniel Cousins
OT Tony Moll
LB Terrell Suggs
DT Kelly Talavou
DT Brandon McKinney

Colts:
QB Jim Sorgi (3rd QB)
K Adam Vinatieri
WR Anthony Gonzalez
DB Kelvin Hayden
RB Mike Hart
DB Aaron Francisco
TE Gijon Robinson
OT Mike Pollak

Colts made roster moves……OT Daniel Federkeil placed on IR; S De’Von Hall signed and is ACTIVE.

CB Jacob Lacey will start for Indy in place of Kelvin Hayden.

Obviously, Todd Heap and Haloti Ngata are both ACTIVE.

11:32-To answer a question many of you have asked this week, there is no type of video tribute to Matt Stover scheduled for today’s game. I know the Titans did something like that for Steve McNair when he returned to Nashville-but according to a team official who I spoke to on Friday-the Ravens do not intend to recognize Matt at all today; not even by putting him up on the jumbotron to allow fans a chance to applaud him.

11:23-Let’s try to clarify what everyone is chatting about over on Twitter right now-the report Sal Paolantonio just gave to ESPN.

First of all, John Harbaugh is NOT out on the field with Haloti Ngata. Clarence Brooks was watching Ngata go up against Kelly Talavou. He looked fine to me, but I guess there’s a chance they were concerned about something in his motion. However, Haloti has been practicing for over a week, and was VERY confident he’d play.

Also-Terrell Suggs being out for a month is NOT news. We all knew that. I believe I reported it EVERY DAY this week. It was a 3-4 week injury at best. You do not sprain/tear a knee ligament and return in a week, no matter how much Coach Harbs and T-Sizzle try to convince everyone it is possible.

Matt Stover was out chatting with friends at midfield, including WR Mark Clayton. Both Stover and Clayton are very religious, they were very close here in Baltimore.

10:51-Greetings from M&T Bank Stadium in downtown Baltimore; where the 5-4 Baltimore Ravens face a pivotal contest with the 9-0 Indianapolis Colts today at 1pm. The game will air on CBS (WJZ 13 locally) with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf on the call. The Ravens need the victory to stay in the mix in the AFC Wild Card picture; as they currently trail the Steelers (6-3) and the Broncos/Chargers (both 6-3) by a game. The good news for the Ravens is that with a win-they will tie the loser of today’s game between San Diego and Denver; and they hold a tiebreaker over both teams.

I couldn’t help but notice a bunch of horseshoes and blue and white jerseys around M&T Bank Stadium today. While I’m certain that many of them came from “The Friendly Heart of the Midwest”, I am concerned that there are still fans around Charm City that root for Indy because “they just can’t root against those helmets.” I hope none of you reading this fall into that category.

Todd Heap (chest/ribs) is the biggest question mark for today’s game. My gut tells me he doesn’t play-but he was out here running a bit. Haloti Ngata (ankle) is not a question mark at all-he’s gonna go today.

We’ll have scratches out shortly. Make sure you sign up for the WNST Text Service-sent a text with “WNST” in the body to 68255.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Purple Crabs and Beer

Posted on 20 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Colts 34, Ravens 20

I have a VERY bad feeling that Peyton Manning will find a way to score on the Colts’ first 3 drives of the game. Seriously, VERY bad feeling. That being said-I bet this will be a 17-10 game at the half; and will be a 27-20 game in the 4th quarter. However, I will take Peyton Manning over Joe Flacco. With NO offense to Joe, Peyton Manning is a Hall of Famer.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Matt Lawrence left 1 Winning Drive on crutches with knee injury

Nestor Aparicio says John Harbaugh’s brother (Jim Harbaugh) now a ‘rock star’ in Palo Alto

And the rest of the world….

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Matt Stover believes it will be ‘strange’ to stand on other sideline at M&T Bank Stadium

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens haven’t beat Indianapolis since 2001

The Official Site says Kruger benefits from going up against Jared Gaither in practice

The Official Site says Cam Cameron ‘not concerned’ about Heap, but has plenty of confidence in LJ Smith anyway

Colts Official Site’s Matt Dollinger says Jim Caldwell expects ‘fever pitch’ from Baltimore fans

Colts Official Site’s Matt Dollinger says Melvin Bullitt thinks Colts have ‘momentum’ thanks to win over Patriots

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Paul Kruger, Antwan Barnes getting chance to try to make noise in backfield with Terrell Suggs out

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbs knows Colts rotate Addai, Donald Brown, Chad Simpson well even if Colts not overwhelming with rushing numbers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens must get off to quicker offensive start, convert 3rd down opportunities, pressure Peyton Manning

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can’t let Freeney, Robert Mathis ‘tee off’, Reggie Wayne torch secondary, allow Stover to get ‘payback’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens have had just two ‘big plays’ in last two games

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens expect Cundiff to be solid on kickoffs

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Oher, Gaither excited for matchup with Colts’ pass rushers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens will try to take advantage of rookie CB’s Jerraud Powers, Jacob Lacey

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Mattison reported Ravens ‘knew about’ Browns getting 4th timeout

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Matt Birk returned to practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Suggs reports knee injury not season-ending

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Suggs hasn’t watched Quinn hit on film, wouldn’t say whether hit was dirty or not

7 of 7 Sun writers pick Colts

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Greg Mattison looking forward to seeing Kruger ‘under fire’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says T-Sizzle wouldn’t rule himself out of Steelers game next week (can we do it for him?)

Indianapolis Star’s Phillip B. Wilson says Flacco ‘more comfortable’ in 2nd season

5 of 5 Indianapolis Star analysts pick Colts

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Brady Quinn hit ‘felt like’ dirty hit to Suggs

SI’s Peter King picks Colts 27-23

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche picks Colts

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt looking forward to Oher-Mathis matchup

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora will enjoy matchup of wits between Peyton Manning, Ray Lewis

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Hauschka will ultimately be reason why Ravens miss playoffs

ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter says 52 ‘creates jobs’

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Ravens will remember blowout losses to Indy over last 2 years

ESPN.com’s James Walker says tiebreakers over Broncos, Chargers will be helpful to Ravens’ Wild Card chances

I CANNOT believe Drew agreed to this bet with Merton From Indianapolis. If I have to sing that damn song Monday morning…..ugh.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 19 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Sorry, nothing to add today. Have to get to 1 Winning Drive. It’s coordinators day!

Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says John Harbaugh, Derrick Mason implored fans to be louder than usual at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday

Derek Arnold says Dawan Landry ‘Played Like a Raven’ Monday night in Cleveland

Drew Forrester says 2,500 packed RAC Arena to see Loyola top UMBC

Bob Haynie says fans beginning to show confidence in Ravens for Sunday’s game against Colts

Thyrl Nelson thinks Flacco bad play, Ray Rice solid play this weekend in Fantasy Football

Eric Aaronson says Gilbert Arenas-Shaquille O’Neal drama overshadowed Wizards-Cavaliers last night

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens signed Billy Cundiff to replace Steve Hauschka

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Matt Birk knows offense must improve ‘execution’

The Official Site says Ravens placed Nakamura on IR with ankle injury

The Official Site says Le’Ron McClain, Jarret Johnson, Dannell Ellerbe have no one more famous than Ray Lewis in their cell phone

The Official Site says Ravens’ wives to hold food drive benefitting Maryland Food Bank before Sunday’s game against Indianapolis

The Official Site says Jim Caldwell believes Colts ‘not concerned’ with finishing season with perfect record

The Official Site says Matt Lawrence needs ‘about another week’ to figure out knee issue according to Harbs

Colts Official Site’s John Oehser says Manning views matchup with Baltimore as ‘physical and mental challenge’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Matt Stover hopes Baltimore fans will remember him favorably when he returns to Charm City

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens picked Cundiff over Mike Nugent due to kickoff abilities

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens unlikely to beat AFC’s best Colts

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck doesn’t think Ravens can keep thinks ‘particularly close’ with Colts Sunday

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

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says sprained knee ligament will force Suggs to miss first game(s) of career

The Sun’s Mike Preston expects Cam Cameron to try to dominate time of possession Sunday with run

The Sun’s Mike Preston expects Kruger to be ‘tested’ by Colts

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason, John Harbaugh, Sam Koch all had kind words for Hauschka after departure

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ngata limited in practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says KJ Gerard takes Nakamura’s spot on active roster

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Tavares Gooden wouldn’t talk about concussion

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh seemed to support Belichick’s decision against Colts

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Kruger hasn’t gotten official word from Harbaugh

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Dwan Edwards fined $5,000 for hit on Joshua Cribbs

The AP says Saints hoping Chris McAlister can be ready to play for them Sunday

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ray Lewis, Derrick Mason each think seeing Stover on opposing sideline will be ‘weird’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Brady Quinn fined $10,000 for hit on Suggs

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Ravens ‘needed veteran kicker like Stover’ to pursue Super Bowl dreams

Washington Times’ Bob Cohn says Oher yet to see The Blind Side

Indianapolis Star’s Mike Chappell says Dallas Clark can break John Mackey’s franchise record for career catches by tight end Sunday

Indianapolis Star’s Phil Richards says Rutgers alum Gary Brackett used to consider Ray Rice protégé

USA Today’s Gary Mihoces says Paul Kruger, Antwan Barnes expected to fill in for T-Sizzle

7 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Colts

USA Today’s Pete O’Brien picks Ravens 24-23

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer picks Colts 27-21

6 of 7 Sporting News analysts pick Colts

Sporting News’ Russ Lande mocks Jermaine Gresham to Ravens

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 13th in power rankings

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche says Ravens must ‘man up’ to get into Wild Card picture

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco picks Colts 31-28

6 of 6 CBS Sports analysts pick Colts

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio and Gregg Rosenthal pick Colts 31-28

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Colts 33-24

Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez thinks Flacco progressing better than Matt Ryan

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens made ‘mistake’ in not bringing back Matt Stover

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Matt Birk, Todd Heap also didn’t practice Wednesday

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs’ injury similar to Polamalu’s

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Florida State Official Site says Bobby Bowden thinks Jamarr Robinson ‘dangerous quarterback’

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says becoming a father has forced Terrell Skinner to mature

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Travis Baltz will miss rest of season after undergoing surgery on broken finger

Florida Times-Union has Maryland 11th in ACC power rankings

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Seminoles 35-17

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Jamarr Robinson could be hitting ground a few times in Tallahassee

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says James Franklin impressed by how Da’Rel Scott has been practicing (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Terps should have ‘inside presence’ with Jordan Williams, James Padgett

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Gary Williams to address Dino Gregory report today

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Sean Mosley believes Terps playing same type of defense that lead them to NCAA Tournament last year

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Greivis Vasquez thought Eric Hayes was ‘unbelievable’ in win over Stags

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Fairfield coach Ed Cooley knew turnovers killed any chances Stags had in College Park Tuesday night

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says teammates view Eric Hayes as ‘laid back guy’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Milbourne wasn’t tired despite playing a ton of minutes early on Tuesday night

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps were best against Stags with James Padgett on floor

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Vasquez, Milbourne lifting weights more with eyes on NBA future

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Terps lifted by Eric Hayes in win over Fairfield (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Gary Williams ‘expects defense to be there every night’

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with Old Dominion in College Park

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says tonight’s game against Monarchs should give Kizer, Oyefuwa, Essence Townsend good barometer to see how they handle better interior players

TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The Sun’s Todd Karpovich says Hounds hoping to avenge ’07 NCAA Tournament loss to Terps tonight at Ludwig Field

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says 93% of football players in Annapolis graduate

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Niumatalolo not interested in leaving Mids

Go Mids’ David Ausiello wonders what would happen if Midshipmen were to face off with Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech team (must subscribe)

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s home opener against Buffalo at Alumni Hall

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Jamal Barney scored 21 to lift Greyhounds past Retrievers in Catonsville

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of victory

The Sun’s Jeff Seidel says Brett Harvey made 4 big free throws late to clinch win for Loyola

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Chauncey Gilliam’s 22 points not enough as Retrievers fell to Hounds at RAC Arena

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with East Tennessee State at Hill Field House

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

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s season finale at Hampton

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

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers’ athletic teams 2nd in CAA in graduation rate

Examiner’s Matthew Schlissel previews Saturday’s trip to James Madison

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews NCAA Tournament opener at Hampden-Sydney

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

STEVENSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Ed Hottle introduced as first head coach in Mustangs history

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Jeremy Goode’s 17 lead Mountaineers in win at American

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The AP says Beidler added 14 for ‘Eers in win over Eagles

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Adrian Beltre, Pedro Feliz, Chone Figgins, Hank Blalock, Russell Branyan, Troy Glaus could be options for Birds at corner infield positions

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says O’s to wait until free agency to re-open talks with Hendrickson

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Blake Davis, Steve Johnson will be exposed to Rule 5 Draft

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Matt Angle hit a 2 run single for Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I’ll say Coppin State 74, Washington Adventist 59; and Morgan State 67, East Tennessee 60 tonight.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Cundiff IN, Suggs OUT Sunday, Nakamura OUT For Season, Gerard to Active Roster

Posted on 18 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

7:30- INJURY REPORT- Ravens:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE:
C Matt Birk (neck)
TE Todd Heap (chest)
RB Matt Lawrence (knee)
LB Terrell Suggs (knee)

LIMITED:
DT Haloti Ngata (ankle)

FULL:
QB Joe Flacco (knee)
LB Tavares Gooden (head)
LB Jarret Johnson (shoulder)

Colts:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE:
WR Hank Baskett (illness)
DB Antoine Bethea (foot)
OT Dan Fedrkeil (concussion)
DT Eric Foster (back)
DB Aaron Francisco (ankle)
DE Dwight Freeney (not injury related)
WR Pierre Garcon (ankle)
WR Anthony Gonzalez (knee)
DB Kelvin Hayden (knee)
TE Gijon Robinson (concussion)
LS Justin Snow (elbow)
QB Jim Sorgi (right shoulder)
K Adam Vinatieri (right knee)

5:15-The Ravens have just announced that they have added DB Marcus Paschal to their practice squad, after KJ Gerard was promoted to the active roster. Paschal is 6’0″, 201 pounds; and is in his 2nd year out of Iowa.

3:03-Other things heard around the complex today worth passing along….

-John Harbaugh and Derrick Mason each implored the fans at M&T Bank Stadium to be brutally loud Sunday afternoon to try to distract Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis offense.
-Ray Lewis pointed out that the pre-snap motions he and Manning make are sometimes just “a bunch of bologna”, and part of the chess match between the players.
-Joe Flacco pointed out that he still doesn’t “have all movement” in his foot stemming from the ankle injury he suffered in Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings. He followed that up by saying “but it isn’t affecting me.”
-John Harbaugh appeared to support Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s decision to go for it on 4th and 2 Sunday night at Lucas Oil Stadium; saying the “odds were probably” with the Pats’ coach.
-There was plenty of praise going around for the Colts. Lewis said they were “probably the best team in football.” He added individual praise for Joseph Addai and Dallas Clark-who he thinks is “probably the most important piece” the Colts have offensively besides Reggie Wayne. Harbaugh said Dwight Freeney is “tremendously relentless”, but Flacco said he has “confidence” in the ability of Jared Gaither and Michael Oher to protect him.

2:56-KJ Gerard will be immediately expected to step in for Haruki Nakamura with Nakamura out for the season due to a broken ankle suffered on the opening kickoff Monday night at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

For those who aren’t familiar with Gerard, he is a 6’1″ rookie UFA out of Northern Arizona who has impressed this organization since arriving for his first minicamp in the spring. He has worked with the special teams units, and there shouldn’t be a great drop-off, although Nakamura is obviously a veteran who has carved out a nice niche on this football team. He used to have really fun hair…..

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…..but has since cut it off. The move opens up a spot on the practice squad, John Harbaugh mentioned the team had worked out a few safeties this morning.

2:46-Addressing the loss of Terrell Suggs…..

-Harbaugh confirmed T-Sizzle would miss Sunday’s game due to a “sprained ligament” in his knee stemming from the hit he took from Brady Quinn after Chris Carr’s interception Monday night. Suggs is expected to miss more time, but no one in the organization will confirm anything beyond Sunday. The head coach said Suggs will have to heal “on his own”, and that there was no procedure to help the healing process.

-Harbaugh added that Suggs’ injury provided an “opportunity” for other players, especially Paul Kruger-who is slated to start in Suggs’ stead after filling in for him previously during Training Camp. He also said the injury could provide an opportunity to Antwan Barnes. Harbaugh said that Kruger-who has been active for just 2 games all season-is “still learning nuances” of defense at the NFL level. Ray Lewis reminded the media that the team has a “next man up” mentality, and Kruger “does have to step up.”

-Harbaugh wouldn’t dive too deep into the issue of whether or not Brady Quinn’s hit was a cheap shot-only to say that the hit was “disappointing.” Ray Lewis stood by the frustrated comments he made Monday night, adding that the hit wasn’t “good football.” Upon learning that Brady Quinn had been fined “a good amount” by the NFL for the hit, #52 was quick to remind that there is “no dollar amount” that can be placed on losing the team’s best pass rusher.

2:22-Now the elephant in the room…..the return of Matt Stover.

-Harbaugh said the decision to not bring Matt Stover back had nothing to do with having to carry two kickers, and that the team is “not opposed to carrying two kickers (even) now.” He said the Ravens were just “unable to get” Stover signed. He added “if we could have had Matt here, we would have had Matt here.”

Clearly these comments only lead to more questions regarding what happened between Stover and the Ravens in the offseason. I have heard a couple different things from a few people around the organization, and they vary so much that I don’t really want to speculate on them too much. It does appear as though the organization at least had SOME interest in retaining Matt Stover-but the extent of that interest is not really known. Also, the team DID have the option to go with Stover right up until Adam Vinatieri was injured and Stover signed in Indy. Harbaugh was willing to admit that he’d rather have Stover kicking for him Sunday than against him; and the only thing that IS clear is that the decision to go with Hauschka was a failure; despite him beating out Graham Gano in Training Camp.

-John Harbaugh admitted that “it will be strange” to see Stover on the opposing sideline Sunday; but added that “it will be great too.” Derrick Mason said “it’ll be weird” to see Stover in Blue and White, but that Sunday will be a “special experience” for the former Ravens kicker. Mason himself knows about that having had the chance to return to return to Nashville after playing the bulk of his career with the Titans. Ray Lewis chimed in to add that it will be “weird” to play against Stover, and that his former teammate is “one of the better men I’ve been around in my life” and “just a class guy.”

2:14-Okay, let’s dive into these things a bit more. Starting with the decision that was made at kicker:

-John Harbaugh said the Ravens chose Billy Cundiff over Mike Nugent mostly because of “kickoffs.” Harbaugh saw Cundiff up close and personal when the Browns visited Baltimore in Week 3; and Cundiff booted a kickoff about 9 yards deep into the endzone. John added that the two kickers were “really close.” The kickoff situation was not an area where the Ravens were disappointed in Steve Hauschka, as a few people in the organization reminded me that were happy with the hang time Hauschka got on kickoffs, and believed it was part of the reason why the Ravens had done a good job of containing dangerous return men like Eddie Royal, Darren Sproles, Joshua Cribbs and Percy Harvin.

-Harbaugh believes Hauschka was “just not ready yet” to kick at this level, he didn’t have what it takes mentally. Harbs said it is “usually a process” for young kickers to adapt at this level, he mentioned that David Akers had been cut by 3 teams before catching on with the Eagles and becoming one of the better kickers of the last 20 years. Harbaugh certainly got to know Akers well while he was Special Teams coordinator in Philadelphia. Derrick Mason chimed in with support for Hauschka, adding “I enjoyed having Steve here. One player in particular doesn’t win or lose games.”

-Billy Cundiff said he got the call around 2pm Pacific time yesterday, and immediately headed towards Baltimore from Phoenix. He had actually gone back to school at Arizona State in recent years-getting a MBA and was working in an accounting firm while waiting for his next shot in the NFL. He said that as far as replacing Hauschka (and Matt Stover) is concerned; “the NFL is a replacement league.” He admitted to having watched some of the MNF game against the Browns knowing there was a chance he could end up with the Ravens. He would have watched more, but his young daughter was taking his attention.

1:05-Hear from the following NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net:

Coach John Harbaugh
QB Joe Flacco
RB Ray Rice
WR Derrick Mason
LB Ray Lewis
CB Domonique Foxworth
K Billy Cundiff

Additionally, Ravens Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta joined Drew Forrester on “The Comcast Morning Show” this morning at 7am. You can hear from him in the Audio Vault as well.

The Ravens have also altered their practice schedule following the Monday Night Football game in Cleveland. They will not practice until 4pm today; essentially allowing for an additional “half day” to recover from the game against the Browns. This could be helpful for guys like Haloti Ngata (ankle), Tavares Gooden (concussion) and Todd Heap (chest) especially.

12:42-Here’s a rundown of what’s happened today:

-Billy Cundiff has been signed as the new kicker.
-Haruki Nakamura has been placed on IR (broken ankle); rookie KJ Gerard has been signed to the active roster from the practice squad
-Terrell Suggs is OUT for Sunday (at least)
-Matt “Jack Hunter” Lawrence missed Monday night’s game with a “knee issue”, there is no timetable for his return

Back to elaborate shortly…..

10:50-We are hearing rumblings that Cundiff is the kicker-via the Twitter account of his representation. Thanks to Aaron Wilson for the tip.

10:46-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where the Baltimore Ravens begin preparation for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium. We are scheduled to hear from John Harbaugh, Ray Lewis, Derrick Mason, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, and others today; and we will hope to hear from a new kicker-Mike Nugent or Billy Cundiff is expected to be named as Steve Hauschka’s replacement today.

The Colts are making Jim Caldwell and Peyton Manning available via conference call, although most reporters would have preferred to talk to Matt Stover.

Remember to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates from today’s availability.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 18 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Very impressed by what I saw in College Park DEFENSIVELY last night. Sean Mosley is going to make a run at Defensive Player of the Year in the ACC. They are VERY solid defensively.

The halfcourt offense MUST improve.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says fans who boo Matt Stover Sunday ‘jerks’

Glenn Clark says Ray Rice best Raven in win over Browns, Drew Forrester chooses Dawan Landry

Drew Forrester says Ravens must ‘step it up’ against Indy Sunday

Derek Arnold says effort Ravens gave against Cleveland wouldn’t have been enough to beat most NFL teams

Drew Forrester says Ravens ‘must’ go 2-1 against Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Green Bay over next 3 weeks

Glenn Clark says Ozzie Newsome, Ravens expected ‘growing pains’ from Hauschka to start NFL career

Nestor Aparicio takes Jon Gruden to task for comments made during Monday Night Football broadcast

Luke Jones says Terps managed to overcome 14 rebounds from Fairfield’s Anthony Johnson

Bob Haynie says Terps commit Terrence Ross waiting to sign LOI

Keith Melchior compares Hauschka to Doug DeCinces

Ed Frankovic says Ovechkin returned, scored in Capitals’ win over Rangers

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s John Eisenberg says Browns served as ‘warm-up’ for Ravens as they face ‘test’ with Colts, Steelers, Packers

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens released Hauschka

The Official Site says Ozzie Newsome believes ‘Ravens need better’ than Hauschka at kicker

Colts Official Site’s Matt Dollinger says young players Jacob Lacey, Jerraud Powers, Kyle DeVan getting valuable playing time for Indianapolis

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ray Lewis wants Brady Quinn fined for hit on Terrell Suggs

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley and Edward Lee say releasing Hauschka ‘acknowledges’ failure to replace Matt Stover

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Suggs injury likely means more playing time for Paul Kruger

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Oher didn’t attend New York premiere of The Blind Side

The Sun breaks down possible kickers Mike Nugent, Billy Cundiff

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd hopes Hauschka finds another NFL job

The Sun’s Jay Hancock says Oher, Ray Rice to sign autographs at M&T Bank Stadium event tonight

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbs was progressively more disappointed in Hauschka

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Derrick Mason thinks offense needs to ‘step up’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Hauschka ‘disappointed’ with being released

The Sun says Chris McAlister reportedly signed with Saints

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Brady Quinn apologized to T-Sizzle, Ravens for hit

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says John Harbaugh still thinks Hauschka will be ‘good kicker’

The AP says big misses against Vikings, Bengals worked to doom Hauschka

Washington Post’s Mark Maske says Hauschka was 9/13 on FG attempts, 27/28 on XP attempts this season

Indianapolis Star’s Phillip B. Wilson says Charlie Johnson has answered questions that faced him all season

USA Today’s Jon Saraceno says Ravens have daunting task ahead with Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers coming up

USA Today’s Tom Pedulla says Oher hopes to play at Pro Bowl level, win multiple Super Bowls during career

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Mangini accepted Brady Quinn’s explanation of Terrell Suggs hit

USA Today has Ravens 11th in power rankings

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 11th in power rankings

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

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 7th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens likely to play without Suggs for ‘extended period’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens have been ‘streaky and inconsistent’

ESPN.com has Ravens 11th in power rankings

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Eric Hayes’ 14 lead Terps past Fairfield 71-42

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site says Gary Williams knows Greivis Vasquez a ‘marked man’ for opponents

The Official Site says Vasquez became 38th Terrapin to reach 500 rebounds in win

Fairfield Official Site says Needham’s 15 not enough as Stags fell to Maryland

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps were ‘thin’ up front against Fairfield with Dino Gregory, Jin Soo Choi, Steve Goins out

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Walt Williams officially joined Johnny Holliday, Chris Knoche on radio broadcasts

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Milbourne added 8 boards for Terps in win

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Steve Francis Ashton Pankey’s all-time favorite Terp

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terps had to use 15-0 run in first half to put Stags away at Comcast Center

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Ersin Levent scored first career point in final minute of win

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says playing time now will pay off for James Padgett, Jordan Williams

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Greivis tried to pull a Juan Dixon by switching shoes after first half struggles

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps need more ‘patience’ in half court offense

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps actually had to rally from first half deficit against MAAC opponent

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says despite struggles from field, Greivis has 19 assists through first 2 games against Charleston Southern, Fairfield

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps gave up fewest points since ’04 against UMES

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says despite ugly nature of win, Terps accomplished goals against Fairfield

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Sean Mosley added 13 points in victory

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Landon Milbourne scored 10 points in win

Turtle Sports Report’s Danny Miller chats with new Terp Ashton Pankey (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps were ‘uneven’ in win over New Hampshire (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Florida State Official Site says Seminoles to honor Mickey Andrews at Saturday’s game against Terps

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner will miss second straight game Saturday at FSU

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Da’Rel Scott likely to return Saturday against Noles

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamarr Robinson will make second straight start Saturday in Tallahassee

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Travis Ivey playing hard for NFL Draft hopes

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin getting comfortable working from sideline

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Clemson win Saturday will mean more money for James Franklin

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Travis Baltz could be ‘emergency option’ for Terps Saturday

Tallahassee Democrat’s Corey Clark says Jermaine Thomas hoping to be first back to run for 1,000 yards at Florida State since Warrick Dunn

USA Today’s Steve Wieberg says FSU’s Bobby Bowden could be coaching final game at Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Wujciak has been best Terp

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles freshman TE Stinebaugh (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Jamarr Robinson improving (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The Official Site previews Thursday’s NCAA Tournament opener against Loyola

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo trying to get Mids ready for next week’s trip to Hawaii during bye week

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy keeps Midshipmen 24th in Top 25

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Tigers’ season finale at James Madison Saturday

James Madison Official Site previews Saturday’s game against Towson

James Madison Official Site offers complete Dukes-Tigers release (pdf)

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s battle with Loyola at RAC Arena

The Official Site offers complete Retrievers-Greyhounds release (pdf)

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Catonsville on MASN

The Official Site offers complete Hounds-Retrievers release (pdf)

STEVENSON FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Galludet’s Ed Hottle to be named first head coach in Mustangs history

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Andrew Kase, Colin Wixted honored by Centennial Conference

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to American

The Official Site offers complete Mountaineers-Eagles release (pdf)

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says McDaniel hopes to ‘build’ on this year’s .500 season

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror players Mike Weick, Matt Cahill, Mike Ford, Austin Herr, Sam Cox, Travis Wenrich all honored by Centennial Conference

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Hillary Haley’s 22 points not enough as Hawks fell to Marquette

Marquette Official Site says 28 points from Lazar Haywood lead Golden Eagles past Hawks

The Sun says Mark Robertson added 15 for Hawks in loss

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Gulls’ Kowalick honored by ACFC

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Erbe, Gamboa, Perrault finding success for Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Birds should pursue Adrian Beltre

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says O’s prospect Josh Bell doubled Monday in AFL play

BLAST:

The Sun says all games to be streamed online by B2 Networks

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I’ll say Loyola 64, UMBC 61 tonight. Losing the way they did Sunday at RAC Arena makes me think that might linger.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Ravens Release Hauschka

Posted on 17 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

UPDATE: Here is the full press release from The Ravens…..

For Immediate Release

HAUSCHKA RELEASED

The Ravens released kicker Steve Hauschka this afternoon, it was announced by general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

Here’s a statement from Newsome:

“We entered the season knowing that we would have to go through some growing pains with Steve. That happens with most new kickers in the NFL. But, for where we are as a team today, we need more consistent production from our kicker. Every one of our players has to step up to a Ravens’ level of play, and that was not happening for Steve right now.

“While we do believe Steve will kick successfully in the league eventually, we need better right now. The string of important games coming up that are likely to be close, tough battles and his lack of production are reasons we needed to make this move now. We will sign a new kicker by tomorrow’s practice.”

Hauschka met today with Newsome, head coach John Harbaugh and assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg before leaving the team’s facility in Owings Mills.

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The Ravens have released kicker Steve Hauschka today, following a 36 yard FG miss Monday night against the Cleveland Browns. GM Ozzie Newsome offered this statement to BaltimoreRavens.com…..

“We entered the season knowing that we would have to go through some growing pains with Steve,” said Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. “That happens with most new kickers in the NFL. But, for where we are as a team today, we need more consistent production from our kicker. Every one of our players has to step up to a Ravens’ level of play and that was not happening for Steve right now.”

Hauschka also had an extra point blocked Monday night by Shaun Rogers. No replacement has been signed, but the Ravens have worked out free agent kickers Mike Nugent and Billy Cundiff in recent weeks.

-G

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Ravens Silence Browns, But Doubters Will Remain Particularly Vocal

Posted on 17 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

The Baltimore Ravens were 16-0 winners over the Cleveland Browns Monday night at Cleveland Browns Stadium. They were dominant defensively throughout the game, allowing just 160 yards of offense to Eric Mangini’s team; and never allowed their AFC North foe to advance the ball farther than the Baltimore 45 yard line. They forced 2 Brady Quinn interceptions (one of which Dawan Landry returned for a TD), and allowed Jamal Lewis just 36 yards on the ground. Coach John Harbaugh said the team played “tremendously well” on the defensive side of the football.

Sadly, the good news basically ends there.

The Ravens continued to show many of the bad signs that had caused the team to go 1-4 in the last 5 games. Joe Flacco managed just 155 yards passing, and didn’t lead a scoring drive until the 3rd quarter. The offensive line allowed 3 sacks from Rob Ryan’s defense-including 2 from David Bowens-who will not exactly be confused with Jared Allen any time soon. They were penalized 7 more times (for 43 yards), and had 7 drives end in punts. Steve Hauschka missed another field goal, and had an extra point attempt blocked.

With the game tied 0-0 at the half, it was an eerily similar script for this football team. They had failed to score in the first half of their loss to the Bengals a week ago, scored just 6 points in the first half of a win over the Broncos 2 weeks ago, 3 points in the first half of a loss to the Vikings 4 weeks ago, 7 points in the first half of a loss to the Bengals 5 weeks ago, and 7 points in the first half of a loss to the Patriots 5 weeks ago.

The win will be immense for a team who needed to keep pace in the AFC playoff race. At 5-4, they stand just a game behind the Chargers and Broncos (who they hold a tiebreaker over-and who are tied for the lead in the AFC West), as well as the Steelers (who they still play two games against). It is even more important considering the brutal stretch they face over the next 3 weeks (vs. Colts, vs. Steelers, @Packers), which John Harbaugh described as “everything for (their) season.”

But the doubters will be out in force this week. They’ll describe the Browns as in inferior opponent who the Ravens had no business but to shut out. They’ll say Steve Hauschka must be cut, and the team needs to sign a new kicker like Mike Nugent or Billy Cundiff (this will be especially tough this week with Matt Stover returning on the Indianapolis sideline). They’ll say the Ravens still can’t do enough offensively to keep up with the best teams in the NFL.

And they might be right.

The good news for the Ravens is that they’re less than a week away from getting a real chance to prove them wrong.

-G

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INJURIES: Terrell Suggs (knee sprain-was in an aircast after the game and declined comment to the media; Harbaugh said the injury was “not catastrophic”), Haruki Nakamura (broken ankle-Harbaugh described injury as “stunning” to team’s emotions), Todd Heap (bruised chest), Tavares Gooden (left game with concussion)

AUDIO: Hear from John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Dawan Landry, Ray Lewis, Derrick Mason, Steve Hauschka and Trevor Pryce NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net

CHEAP SHOTS: Trevor Pryce declined to answer when asked if he thought Brady Quinn’s hit on Terrell Suggs was a “cheap shot”, but he said we could “read between the lines.” Dwan Edwards said his hit on Joshua Cribbs on the last play of the game was NOT retribution for the hit on Suggs.

HARBAUGH ISN’T TALKING: John Harbaugh will NOT conduct his weekly press conference tomorrow afternoon as was expected. He will not be available again until Wednesday. The team has tomorrow off.

RAY RICE: Surpassed 100 total yards of offense for the 6th consecutive game. Which is particularly impressive.

HAUSCHKA’S FUTURE: John Harbaugh said the team will continue to evaluate Steve Hauschka and the kicking position, as they have been doing for weeks. He described Hauschka’s performance as “disappointing”, said Hauschka needs to kick “with more confidence”,  and said the blocked extra point “shouldn’t happen.”

-G

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