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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 13 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are your weekend picks…..

Ravens 27, Browns 13

It SHOULDN’T be this close. It might be closer. We’ll see if Brady Quinn can do anything.

Virginia Tech 27, Maryland 16

With no offense to Maryland, they’re not as good as Virginia Tech.

Navy 31, Delaware 18

There is an argument that the Midshipmen should be a Top 25 team.

Villanova 41, Towson 14

I hope the Wildcats don’t run up the score more than this.

South Carolina State 23, Morgan State 16

Donald Hill-Eley’s team has struggled for the last few weeks since looking like the best team in the MEAC a month ago.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Todd Heap, Ed Reed, Haruki Nakamura, Jarret Johnson, Kelley Washington practicing fully

Bob Haynie wonders if Jamal Lewis Hall of Fame worthy

Drew Forrester says local media needs to do better job of covering Towson, UMBC, Loyola, Morgan State and Coppin State hoops

Nestor Aparicio wonders whether Baltimore more interested in Wizards or Capitals

Ed Frankovic says Caps 3-1 without Ovechkin

Eric Aaronson says Wizards added Earl Boykins

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis (foot), Haloti Ngata (ankle), Fabian Washington (thigh) all missed practice yesterday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Lardarius Webb-Fabian Washington situation likely to be ‘game time decision’ for John Harbaugh

The Official Site says Justin Bannan not thinking about being in final year of contract

Browns Official Site’s Matt Florjancic says rookies Veikune, Robiskie excited for first chance to play on Monday Night Football

Browns Official Site says team will distribute remaining tickets for Monday night’s game at Cleveland Browns Stadium to avoid blackout

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Jamal Lewis getting ‘one more shot’ at former team Monday night

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens must get ball to Derrick Mason, contain Jamal Lewis, pound run

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can’t let Cribbs run wild, Browns rally around Mangini, show ‘no sense of urgency’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens didn’t look at Ty Law, Chris Chambers because neither would have been ‘upgrade’ over current players

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ray Rice thinks responsibility on players to get off to better start

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Pagano reports Chris Carr, Frank Walker, Lardarius Webb would all play Monday if Fabian Washington can’t go

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ed Reed’s 52 yard TD return Ravens’ only INT in last 5 games

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens don’t want to have to play ‘catch up’ against Browns like they did against Bengals, Vikings

The Sun’s Edward Lee says losing streak on Monday Night Football ‘disturbing’ to Terrell Suggs

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ray Lewis thinks Hauschka’s missed FG’s no bigger ‘mistake’ than dropping catch, missing assignment

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jared Gaither (neck) was limited in practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbs views both Trevor Pryce and Dwan Edwards as starters

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh wants Hauschka to make kicks ‘right now’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Pagano believes pass interference penalties coming in ‘panic situations’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says 52 doesn’t want to see Jamal Lewis retire

The Sun remembers when Ravens rallied to beat Browns a season ago

7 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Chris Carr, Dannell Ellerbe missed practice Thursday due to illness

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Todd Heap knows getting off to better starts an offensive ‘goal’ for Ravens

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Terrell Suggs not hitting ‘panic button’ despite struggles

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Jamal Lewis took Mangini to task for ‘practice regimen’

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says David Bowens thinks practice same now as it was with Jets under Mangini

SI’s Peter King picks Ravens 33-9

Fox Sports’ Brian Billick still thinks Ravens ‘very good team’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Steve Heiden, Chansi Stuckey missed practice for Browns

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens fighting with Steelers/Bengals, Texans, Jets, Jaguars for Wild Card spot in AFC

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Drew Gloster, Cory Jackson will carry flags to field before tomorrow’s game against Virginia Tech

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph Friedgen wouldn’t rule out running option next season

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner ‘doubtful’ for tomorrow’s game against Hokies

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Don Brown had been ‘thoroughly impressed’ by Isaiah Ross this season before injury

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamarr Robinson prepared to make first career start tomorrow against Va Tech

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Da’Rel Scott OUT Saturday

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Scott Van Pelt, Stephon Heyer defended Fridge

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Danny O’Brien, CJ Brown ‘in the mix’ to play tomorrow

Washington Post’s Mark Viera says Michael Via likely to start at center again for Hokies

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph reiterated that he’ll play Danny O’Brien if necessary tomorrow

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Caleb Porzel could return kicks with Torrey Smith

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ronnie Tyler, Austin Walker questionable for Saturday

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Terps wearing camo uniforms for tomorrow’s game at Byrd Stadium to support Wounded Warrior Project

Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Darryl Slater says Va Tech’s Brent Bowden amongst best punters in country

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Demetrius Hartsfield will play vs. VT (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Phil Costa has been offensive ‘lynchpin’ for Terps (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says RJ Dill particularly frustrated with how NC State game ended

Turtle Sports Report’s Allen Wallace says prospect Ifill to visit College Park December 19 (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Scott Kornberg checks in with Archbishop Carroll LB prospect Attaochu (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s season opener against Charleston Southern

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

Charleston Southern Official Site offers complete Buccaneers-Terrapins release (pdf)

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Gary Williams believes Terps have ‘5 good guards’

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says James Padgett could start for Terps tonight

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Gary Williams had no update on Dino Gregory

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps hoping for more from Sean Mosley

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says tonight’s season opener can be seen on Comcast SportsNet

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Goins has not been able to practice due to knee injury

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says last year’s leading scorer Jamarco Warren leads Bucs into Comcast Center tonight

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says adding muscle could help Jin Soo Choi make impact off bench

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Greivis Vasquez preseason All-ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez enters senior season much more mature

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary wouldn’t commit to James Padgett or Jordan Williams as starter if Dino Gregory doesn’t play

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps looking at St. Frances prospect Greg Lewis (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Memphis ‘slightly better fit’ for Tsafack than Maryland (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says commit Whitney Bays missing senior season of high school recovering from torn ACL

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph previews season opener against North Carolina Central

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says tickets still available for Saturday’s game against Delaware

Delaware Official Site offers complete Blue Hens-Midshipmen release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner thinks Irish DC Corwin Brown’s comments make him ‘an idiot’

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Ram Vela plays bigger than size

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Pospisil, 31 other seniors will be honored tomorrow for Senior Day in Annapolis

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Niumatalolo, Midshipmen had to shift focus to Delaware quickly after ND win

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Mids must put Fighting Irish win behind them with Hens up next (must subscribe)

Go Mids’ David Ausiello tells tale of learning Mids defeated Notre Dame (must subscribe)

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s season opener against Miami (Ohio)

Miami (Ohio) Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Towson Center

Miami (Ohio) Official Site offers complete Tigers-Redhawks release (pdf)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Tigers facing another Top 5 opponent in Villanova

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s season opener against Vermont

Vermont Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Reitz Arena to face Hounds

Vermont Official Site offers complete Catamounts-Greyhounds release (pdf)

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Shane Walker finds ‘similarities’ between Gary Williams, Jimmy Patsos

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to South Carolina State

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tomorrow’s season opener at Oklahoma

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Mountaineers open season trying to shake off loss in NEC Championship Game last year

Frederick News-Post’s Greg Swatek says Eers got ‘close’ to beating Virginia Tech, Georgetown last year; but don’t want to just stay ‘close’ anymore

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell 2-5 with 3 RBI for Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play

BLAST:

The Sun’s Glenn Graham says Aristodemo announced as Blast captain

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Go see a college hoops, college football, or Blast game this weekend. They can all use your support.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: No Fabian Washington, Haloti Ngata at Practice

Posted on 12 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

4:39- INJURY REPORT: Ravens

DID NOT PARTICIPATE:
CB Chris Carr (illness)
LB Dannell Ellerbe (illness)
LB Ray Lewis (foot)
DT Haloti Ngata (ankle)
CB Fabian Washington (thigh)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION:
OT Jared Gaither (neck)

FULL PARTICIPATION:
TE Todd Heap (ankle)
LB Jarret Johnson (shoulder)
S Haruki Nakamura (chest)
S Ed Reed (wrist)
WR Kelley Washington (back)

Browns:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE:
TE Steve Heiden (knee)
WR Chansi Stuckey (calf)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION:
LB David Bowens (knee)
DL Kenyon Coleman (groin)
TE Michael Gaines (hamstring)
OL Rex Hadnot (knee)
RB Jamal Lewis (ankle)
FB Lawrence Vickers (hamstring)

FULL PARTICIPATION:
DL Coye Francies (knee)
OL Alex Mack (wrist)
TE Robert Royal (finger)
P Dave Zastudil (right knee)

1:56-TE Todd Heap:

-Monday Night Football is “always exciting”
-Jamal Lewis “one of the most physical running backs to play the game”….a back who had “size and speed”
-”We’re still working on” determining “definition” of football team
-”Getting off to a faster start” is one of the team’s goals.
-Team has “gotta support and put all of our encouragement behind” Steve Hauschka
-Flacco has been a “steady factor”, “doesn’t get too down.”

1:54-LB Ray Lewis:

-On whether he needs to show extra emotion in locker room: “It might be too much right now.”
-On aggressive penalties: “You just gotta keep playing football.”
-On whether it matters if Quinn or Anderson plays: “not at all.”
-On Hauschka’s missed FG “a mistake is a mistake:
-He hopes Jamal Lewis “changes his mind.” He thinks Jamal should “ride it out” in Cleveland.
-”It doesn’t get more classic” than facing Jamal. A “clash of the titans.”
-He has great memories of watching the Cowboys and 49ers on Monday Night Football, especially Ronnie Lott.

1:51-WR Derrick Mason:

-On up and down season for Ravens: “It’s the NFL”
-On coverage he’s been seeing: “When a team is good in one area, you focus on that area.”
-”I didn’t play a good game (at Cincinnati)…..it was an embarrassment.”
-Bengals “mixed” coverages against him-zone and man.
-”Mental errors” have been a part of 1st half struggles
-”Once we get going (offensively), it’s hard to stop us.”
-”It’s a challenge” for Ravens to make playoffs.
-Browns are “gonna really test our character moving forward.”
-”I like the challenge” of having teams “zero in on me.”

1:48-QB Joe Flacco:

-”We just didn’t play as good as we should’ve Sunday” against Bengals. “I don’t know if we were mentally ready.”
-”I don’t think we’ve been predictable all year.”
-Doesn’t feel the need to be a more vocal or rah-rah in the locker room: “I think everybody understands what it means this week.” He does recognize that a “jump start” is needed, and there is “definitely a time” to go beyond the usual attitude he brings to the team. However, if he does choose to become more vocal, he doesn’t “need to make it known to the public.”

1:44-We heard from plenty of players and John Harbaugh today, here is a smattering of things we heard:

Coach John Harbaugh:
-Browns “run the same offense” whether Brady Quinn on Derek Anderson playing QB
-Steve Hauschka “is a talented kicker”…..”we want him to make kicks right now.”
-”It’s always important to start as well as you can.”
-He considers both Dwan Edwards and Trevor Pryce starters despite Edwards being listed as starter on depth chart
-”Big plays and 3rd down conversions” have hurt Ravens defensively in 1st half
-Determination on whether to activate a player comes down to “how many reps is a guy going to play?”
-He declined comment on what role Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb would play Monday night if Fabian is healthy

1:29-Neither Fabian Washington (thigh) nor Haloti Ngata (ankle) was seen out on the practice field during the portion of practice that is open to the media. Dannell Ellerbe was a late arrival-and did not appear as though he would be a full participant. He was pulled from the field with what appears may be an illness. The Ravens were practicing outdoors today, presumably due to the unknown nature of weather in Cleveland.

12:55-Hear from the following NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net:

Coach John Harbaugh
QB Joe Flacco
TE Todd Heap
WR Derrick Mason
LB Ray Lewis
LB/DE Terrell Suggs

11:14-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where we will get the chance to actually see an injury report today, and we will hope for updates on Fabian Washington (thigh) and Haloti Ngata (ankle). The Baltimore Ravens are continuing preparations for Monday Night Football, where they’ll face the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. We are scheduled to hear from John Harbaugh today, as well as the regular Wednesday cast of characters-Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco, Derrick Mason, etc.

I have added yesterday’s conference call with Browns RB Jamal Lewis to the Audio Vault at WNST.net. We don’t usually record conference calls, but given the significance of the last game Jamal is playing against his final team, I thought it was appropriate.

Back with more shortly.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

A couple of things I was told by a member of the Ravens organization yesterday regarding their decision to keep Steve Hauschka…

-They are very pleased with Steve in kickoffs. Even when he hasn’t gotten the best distance, they’ve been happy with the hang time he’s given them to allow their coverage unit to get downfield and make plays.
-They had a feeling Steve was going to struggle on the road. New NFL kickers often struggle to learn stadiums around the league-and how to kick at those stadiums. Steve mentioned that he mis-judged the wind at Paul Brown Stadium and where to aim the kick.
-They WANT Steve Hauschka to be the kicker-not just for this week, but for the rest of the season and the seasons to come. They’ve been willing to give him the benefit of the doubt; but another costly kick could change that.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Fabian Washington had ‘no idea’ if he’d be back from thigh injury in time for Cleveland game

Derek Arnold thinks Ravens fans should ‘back (away) from the ledge’

Bob Haynie says hoops prospect Tsafack chose Memphis over Maryland

Thyrl Nelson thinks Ray Rice good fantasy play, Flacco maybe not so much

Nestor Aparicio says O’s still haven’t signed on officially in Sarasota

Ed Frankovic says Caps topped Islanders in shootout

Eric Aaronson says Wizards struggling to get wins, health

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens 4-7 all-time on Monday Night Football

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Hauschka still feels support from veterans in locker room

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ed Reed missed tackles against Bengals because he was trying to force fumbles

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Harbaugh doesn’t think no huddle killing Ravens in terms of time of possession

The Official Site’s Mallory Steinberg says Domonique Foxworth, Ray Rice, McGahee, Heap, Clayton, Flacco amongst Ravens involved in community this week

The Official Site says Mangini thought Kokinis firing ‘difficult’

Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says Mangini named Brady Quinn starter for Monday night

Browns Official Site says Mangini announced Josh Stamer signed to active roster

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Sam Koch thinks Hauschka needs to ‘trust himself’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ed Reed claims worse pain this year not reason for struggles Sunday in Cincinnati

The Sun’s Ken Murray and Edward Lee say Dwan Edwards had one of the best games of his career Sunday

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jarret Johnson thinks Ravens have ‘got to win’ Monday night at Cleveland Browns Stadium

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

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Browns suffering from curse of Art Modell

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Mangini sympathetic of Browns fans

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Mangini thought Browns ‘best to move on’ from Kokinis

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says neither Quinn nor Derek Anderson was effective in Ravens’ Week 3 win over Browns

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Jamal Lewis ‘confident’ in decision to retire

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Lardarius Webb hasn’t been informed if he’ll have bigger role Monday night

8 of 8 Sporting News analysts pick Ravens

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 14th in power rankings

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora says Browns game ‘must win’ for Ravens

NFL.com has Ravens 14th in power rankings

NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano wouldn’t sit Ray Rice in fantasy football

NBC Sports’ Gregg Rosenthal and Mike Florio pick Ravens 31-10

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 30-0

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Jamal Lewis will remember his career as a Raven more than as a Brown

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Domonique Foxworth, Fabian Washington, Chris Carr, Frank Walker have all been ‘disappointing’ for Ravens

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says student tickets still available for Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech at Byrd Stadium

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says James Franklin amongst highest paid assistants in college football

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Phil Costa only O-Lineman Terps will lose this season

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen thinks Terps could be 7-1 or 6-2

Washington Post’s Matt Bonesteel says Lowe’s giving away towels to Maryland students at Saturday’s game

Washington Post’s Mark Viera says Hokies QB Tyrod Taylor ‘has grown’ as passer

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner remains questionable for Saturday’s game against VT

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner only Maryland QB since ’96 to have any real success in first career start

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Hokies 24-13

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Hokies 17-14

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Torrey Smith still worth watching

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have been hurt by injuries, youth

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says James Franklin 2nd highest paid assistant in ACC

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh gets QB, offensive analysis from James Franklin (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Jamarr Robinson expects Saturday to be start of something big for him in College Park (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Don Brown expects Richard Taylor to play more Saturday against Va Tech (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps must get to free throw line, improve rebounding margin, protect Comcast Center, shoot better from beyond arc, and see growth from Landon Milbourne

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps ‘still seem like underdog’

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Gary Williams part of reason ACC best conference in America

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Vasquez believes Terps can do ‘something special’ this season

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says James Padgett, Jordan Williams ‘big piece’ of Maryland’s ‘puzzle’ this season

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Vasquez thinks it’s ‘too early’ to know if Terps could make Final Four run

The Diamondback’s Jeremy Schneider says Mychal Parker, Terrence Ross, Terrell Stoglin make up impressive recruiting class for Terps

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda honors Rick Mosley (Sean Mosley’s father) on Veteran’s Day

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says only Lynetta Kizer experienced on Terps roster

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Sean McGuire, Brian Cooper committed to Maryland

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Niumatalolo, Gladchuk making national media appearances

The AP’s Tom Coyne says Irish DC Brown thought Nick Henderson’s hit on Robert Blanton ‘very malicious’

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Gladchuk claims USA Today’s report on Niumatalolo’s salary incorrect

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner offers video of Notre Dame co-DC Corwin Brown taking shot at Niumatalolo

Go Mids breaks down matchups against Delaware (must subscribe)

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Midshipmen open season at Radford

NAVY LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says former Mid Thomas Zimmerman now in flight training in Pensacola

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Villanova Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Unitas Stadium

Villanova Official Site offers complete Wildcats-Tigers release (pdf)

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Cephas Oglesby, Jamel Flash committed to Tigers

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Wichita State, Bradley were in the mix for Oglesby

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Bears dedicating season to teammate Anthony Anderson-who’s battling leukemia

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Justin Drummond committed to Greyhounds

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Shane Walker excited to restart career with Hounds

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews Friday’s season opener with Lincoln (PA)

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Todd Karpovich says Mountaineers will be forced to replace Sam Atupem, Markus Mitchell

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror coach Tim Keating thinks Mike Weick ‘absolutely essential’ player for team

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says O’s interested in Adrian Beltre, Mark DeRosa, Pedro Feliz

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Adam Jones benefitted from flawed Gold Glove voting system

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brandon Snyder left Arizona Fall League because Orioles satisfied with his progress

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Baysox giving away Matusz bobblehead with season tickets

USA Today had Orioles 27th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi say Orioles, Giants interested in Marlins’ Uggla

SWIMMING:

SwimNetwork.com’s Mike Gustafson says Phelps makes swimming ‘cool’

The Sun says Mark Spitz ‘not resentful’ of Phelps breaking his record

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Phelps finished with one silver, one bronze at World Cup event in Stockholm

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

Terps in the NFL Week 9 update…..

-49ers TE Vernon Davis had 10 catches for 102 yards in a 34-27 loss to the Titans
-Eagles LB Moise Fokou had 1 tackle (1 solo) in a 20-16 loss to the Cowboys
-Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth had 5 tackles (4 solo) in a 17-7 loss to the Bengals
-Dolphins TE Joey Haynos had 3 catches for 29 yards and a TD in a 27-17 loss to the Patriots
-Chargers LB Shawne Merriman had 3 tackles (2 solo, 2 sacks) in a 21-20 win over the Giants
-Jaguars P Adam Podlesh punted 4 times for 177 yards (44.3 avg, 2 touchbacks) in a 24-21 win over the Chiefs
-Dolphins DT Randy Starks had 2 tackles (2 solo) in a 27-17 loss to the Patriots
-Seahawks CB Josh Wilson had 5 tackles (4 solo), defended 3 passes, and returned an INT 61 yards for a TD in a 32-20 win over the Lions

-Former Morgan State RB Chad Simpson rushed 2 times for 3 yards in the Colts’ 20-17 win over the Texans

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Fabian Washington Has “No Idea” If He’ll Be Available Monday Night

Posted on 11 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

2:48-Some highlights from Jamal Lewis’ conference call with the Baltimore media:

-Says he’s retiring because he’s “tired of it……time to move on.” He made the decision before the season started.
-“I’m in good shape. That’s how I wanted to leave the game….healthy….so I could go do other things.”
-He has “other businesses” he’ll work on during retirement.
-Jamal says he’ll remember his career “as a Raven of course.”
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He wouldn’t say he wished he finished career in Baltimore. Says leaving for Cleveland was “good timing” for him.
-Monday Night will be more special because it is “last time” he’ll face Ray Lewis, Ravens.
-Says best memories of Baltimore include “hanging around” Rod Woodson, Corey Harris, Ray Lewis, etc.
-Believes he’ll be remembered as “hard worker” in NFL
-He shared some “love” with Brian Billick when the former Ravens coach was in Cleveland earlier this season.
-He and Billick “agreed to disagree”, but Jamal thought Brian was a “good coach.”
-He’s “not sure” what it would take to turn Browns around.
-“We just have to keep on pushing on.”
-Thinks Ray Rice “special back.”
-Ravens still have “physical” defense, playing well up front.
-Kokinis firing “shocking to me.”

2:40-I just wanted to follow up on something that Derek Arnold blogged about yesterday. I usually enjoy Gregg Easterbrook’s “Tuesday Morning Quarterback” on ESPN.com. I think he speaks generally well about football knowing that he can’t possibly follow every team. However, this is one of the dumbest things I have ever read…..

“Right now, rookie left tackle Michael Oher looks terrible. Oher has, at a tender age, already had a lifetime of complex emotional experiences, plus been the subject of a book that’s been made into a big-studio movie that opens next week. When Oher was drafted, TMQ noted, “The true story of an impoverished African-American boy adopted by an affluent white family has obvious Hollywood appeal, but can any 22-year-old handle such media pressure?” Maybe Baltimore needs to take him out of the lineup for a while.”

Gregg should probably have asked someone how Michael Oher was playing before making such a statement. Michael has graded OFF THE CHARTS for his performance-is a RIGHT TACKLE (who was forced to play 2 and a half games on the left side), and was actually on Peter King’s first half All-Pro team.

This is INSANE. Sorry for getting on a soapbox.

1:11-Fabian Washington told me he had “no idea” if he would be available for the Monday Night Football game against the Browns, he suffered a thigh contusion Sunday against the Bengals.
-Also worth noting from the locker room today; Steve Hauschka said dealing with two critical misses this season has given him “thicker skin”, he believes he’s done “a pretty good job but needs to do better.” As far as his thoughts on the team bringing in two free agent kickers for a tryout yesterday are concerned, Hauschka said “the organization wants me to be the guy, and I want to be the guy too.”
-Michael Oher was asked about playing in primetime for the first time in his NFL career, and he responded by saying “I’ve played in 8 primetime games.”
-I asked Kelly Gregg about what appears to be his final matchup with Jamal Lewis, and Kelly said “He’s a competitor, he’s playing like a young Jamal.”

1:00-DE Dwan Edwards will join Drew Forrester on The Comcast Morning Show tomorrow at 7:15.

12:58-Hear from the following NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net:

LB Jarret Johnson
C Matt Birk
K Steve Hauschka
RB Ray Rice
OT Michael Oher
OT Jared Gaither
DT Kelly Gregg
CB Fabian Washington
WR Mark Clayton

11:38-As you know if you are signed up for the WNST Text Alert service, the Ravens brought in two kickers yesterday-Mike Nugent and Billy Cundiff-for a tryout. However, John Harbaugh indicated last night on his radio show that Steve Hauschka remains the team’s “best option” at the position. I am not surprised that kickers were brought in, nor that the team decided not to make a move. Hauschka has to continue to prove that he deserves the job at the NFL level, and he didn’t do that Sunday in Cincinnati.

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11:16-Today is a “bonus day” here at “The Castle”, so we will not hear from John Harbaugh until tomorrow. Also, the Ravens will not be allowing us to watch practice; nor will they be publishing an Injury Report. Therefore, we will have no further update on Haloti Ngata or Fabian Washington until tomorrow. We will hope those two players will be available in the locker room today, and we are still scheduled to hear from Jamal Lewis via conference call later today.

10:57-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where our day starts with a conference call with Browns coach Eric Mangini. Some highlights from Eric Mangini’s conference call:

-Jarret Johnson “fun guy to watch”, has “excellent versatility”
-George Kokinis’ firing “was difficult”, relationship “didn’t work out for a variety of reasons”
-Brady Quinn will get the nod at QB over Derek Anderson…Browns haven’t been as effective offensively “as they should be”, Quinn “deserved an opportunity.”
-”We’ve made a lot of progress” in areas like penalties, “there’s a lot of things we can do better.”
-Jamal Lewis has “had a great career”, coach impressed by how “he mentors young guys.”
-”I really believe in the things we’re doing in Cleveland.”
-Browns
fans “are passionate”, “they’re frustrated, but I don’t think anyone is more frustrated than we are.”
-Ravens “can create difficulty” in every phase of game.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 11 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Congratulations to Adam Jones for winning a Gold Glove award. It really doesn’t matter if he was the most “deserving” CF in the American League, as the award clearly often goes to the player who had the most “WOW” moments or has the best reputation. Either of those honors is just as good as being the best statistical defender.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Nugent was 2/6 this season with Buccaneers, Cundiff made field goal for Browns against Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium

Luke Jones thinks Harbaugh needs to let McGahee, Kruger, Demetrius Williams play

Derek Arnold says Oher, Gaither, Birk, Grubbs, Chester all struggled against Cincy

Drew Forrester humorously quips Ravens could cut Frank Walker, sign Elizabeth Lambert

Tom Clayton picks Terps 4th in ACC

Drew Forrester thinks Markakis should have won Gold Glove as well

Chris Bonetti says Adam Jones first Oriole to win Gold Glove since Mike Mussina

Drew Forrester sticking with Merton From Indianapolis despite some in Baltimore wanting him gone

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Rice’s 3rd down conversion in 4th quarter team’s only pickup in 10 tries

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Dwan Edwards listed ahead of Trevor Pryce on depth chart

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco hoping to bounce back in Cleveland from tough performance in Cincinnati

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says team reportedly tried out kickers Mike Nugent, Billy Cundiff

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Ed Reed’s injury major topic of conversation

The Official Site says Ngata thinks Fabian Washington has best reflexes, Kelley Washington thinks Mark Clayton has best reflexes

Browns Official Site’s Matt Florjancic says Browns 15-13 all time on Monday Night Football

Browns Official Site says LB Eric Barton placed on IR

The Sun’s Mike Preston thought Lardarius Webb ‘outstanding’ against Bengals

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg talks long snapping with Katula

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Tavares Gooden ‘learned a lot’ from Bart Scott

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Ravens need wake-up call from Ray Lewis

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens held kicking tryouts after bad misses from Hauschka against Vikings, Bengals

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Kamerion Wimbley only Brown playing well right now

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says fans hoping to see Mattison fired ‘delusional’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Nugent tried out for Ravens for 2nd time

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Pro Football Weekly honored Ngata, Grubbs

The Sun’s Ron Fritz says Mangini expected to name Quinn as starter after Derek Anderson’s struggles against Bears

The Sun’s Ron Fritz compares Hauschka to Matt Stover

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Domonique Foxworth has been Ravens’ ‘biggest disappointment’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbs still thinks Hauschka ‘best option’

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Brady Quinn ‘likely’ to start Monday night at Cleveland Browns Stadium

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says Trusnik will play more with Barton on IR

The AP says Steve McNair’s widow authorized to sell his restaurant

Sporting News’ Michael Tunison says Ray Rice ‘criminally underused’

SI’s Jim Trotter thinks Steelers will sweep Ravens

SI’s Don Banks says 52’s tackle of Sproles in San Diego best defensive play of year

SI’s Peter King names Oher to All-Pro team for first half of season

USA Today has Ravens 13th in power rankings

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

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Ravens far from looking like ‘best team in NFL’ as they did after Week 3

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 11th in power rankings

Fanhouse’s Josh Alper has Ravens 14th in power rankings

ESPN.com has Ravens 14th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says ‘talent’ reason why Ravens still in top half of power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco, Ravens secondary struggling right now

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Adam Jones honored with first Gold Glove award

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Jones first Birds OF to win Gold Glove since Paul Blair

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds signed former Rays catcher Michel Hernandez

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Eddie Gamboa, Josh Perrault each tossed scoreless inning for Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play

Examiner Jay Trucker says Jones joins Ichiro, Torii Hunter as American League Gold Glove winners

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says O’s have now won 59 total Gold Gloves, second most in American League to Yankees

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Fridge reported Jamarr Robinson ‘will play’ whether or not he starts

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler thinks Chris Turner deserves to play Saturday despite not practicing this week according to James Franklin

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Wujciak happy to wear camo uniforms

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Chris Turner still ‘questionable’ for game against Hokies

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Demetrius Hartsfield may return Saturday

Washington Post’s Mark Viera says Darren Evans returned to practice Monday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Friedgen prepared to pull Danny O’Brien’s redshirt if necessary

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Da’Rel Scott returned to practice, ‘unlikely’ for Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps had to pay $76,500 to get pry Don Brown, James Franklin away from UMass, Kansas State respectively

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Wujciak’s return against Wolfpack longest TD return for Terps since Randall Jones in 2000 against Wake Forest

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says C.J. Brown ‘unlikely’ to see field against VT

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ben Pooler has played well in Hartsfield’s absence

Richmond Times Dispatch’s Darryl Slater says Nosal giving Va Tech ‘boost’ on O-Line

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps could still technically make Orange Bowl

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps paying Ralph $1,877,095 for 2-7 record

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps assistants making $1,817,490 this season

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Devin Burns planning early arrival in College Park (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Friedgen using ‘gamesmanship’ at QB with Frank Beamer (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen says Herbert Law gave Terps glimpse of future in JV game (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings says Porzel solid in limited action against NC State

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Vasquez, Terps won’t be underdogs much this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Terps 23rd in first poll

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens and Barker Davis say Vasquez 2nd team All-American

ESPN.com’s Andy Katz says Terps ‘believe they can make NCAA Tournament’

Turtle Sports Report’s Ethan Rothstein doesn’t expect to see much of Steve Goins this season

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Tianna Hawkins, Jackie Nared each had double-double as Terps posted exhibition win over Catholic University

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site says Frese wanted Dara Taylor, Terps to work on ‘communication’

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says Tchatchouang scored 16 for Terps in win

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dara Taylor finished with 7 assists and just 1 turnover in win

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon says Georgetown Prep attackman Dobyns committed to Maryland

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo concerned about ‘letdown’ against Delaware after win over Notre Dame

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Joe Buckley’s miss in South Bend may be affecting him moving forward

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says after last win over Fighting Irish, Mids BARELY held on to beat North Texas

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Ricky Dobbs ‘feels good’ after beating Irish

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo ‘hopeful’ Marcus Curry can play against Blue Hens

Go Mids updates season for Midshipmen opponents

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mids will be on TV 5 times this season between CBS College Sports and MASN

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens expects Romeo Garcia to be ‘breakout player’ for Navy

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s showdown with Villanova at Unitas Stadium

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Maryland Racing Commission approved 150 days of racing, expects bigger purses from slots revenue

Thoroughbred Times’ John Scheinman says Laurel Park approved for 58 days of live racing in Winter meet

SWIMMING:

The AP says Michael Phelps qualified for 200 meter medley final at Stockholm World Cup event

The Sun says Baltimore’s Elizabeth Pelton finished 8th in women’s 200 backstroke

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Not surprised the Ravens are sticking with Steve Hauschka. They still think he can kick, but he has to prove it every time he goes out there.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 10 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Don’t have much time to contribute today. I was surprised by John Harbaugh’s candor yesterday, but it was a refreshing change of pace. I still think he needs to cool down on being so rough around the edges. I know it seems trivial, but I truly believe uptight coaches tend to not handle adversity quite as well.

But good for Harbs for taking responsibility for the team’s struggles, emphatically stating that HE needed to improve, and admitting that he screwed up in making the comments he made about Dallas and Philadelphia.

Now he just has to figure the football part out. No problem, right?

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Ravens ‘exposed’ in Queen City

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh had no update on Fabian Washington, Ngata

Drew Forrester gets feeling Ravens will bring in Mike Nugent or another kicker this week

Glenn Clark doesn’t understand Cam Cameron’s jump ball calls

Drew Forrester believes Ravens’ biggest offseason mistake not acquiring better CB

Glenn Clark says Ray Rice best Raven in Cincinnati game, Drew Forrester picked Lardarius Webb

Bob Haynie now taking score picks for Monday Night Football game

Glenn Clark wishes John Harbaugh would stop trying to be Andy Reid

Derek Arnold says Ray Rice only offensive player who showed up against Cincy

Keith Melchior particularly critical of Frank Walker, Hauschka, Chris Carr, Terrell Suggs, Dawan Landry, Domonique Foxworth at midway point of season

Drew Forrester says Gabino could be O’s next Jeremy Guthrie

Glenn Clark says Blast home opener against Rockford Rampage Jacksons amongst highlights of non-football week

Ed Frankovic says Ovechkin skated, but will miss Islanders game for Caps

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s John Eisenberg says Leon Hall, Jonathan Joseph biggest difference between Ravens, Bengals

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata felt like he could play Sunday in Cincinnati with sprained ankle

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh vague on Hauschka’s future

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbs accepted blame for team’s struggles

The Official Site says Harbaugh ‘disappointed’ by comments he made about Cowboys, reached out to Jerry Jones to make amends

Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says LB Marcus Bernard promoted from practice squad to active roster

Browns Official Site says Mangini will make QB decision Wednesday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says NFL history suggests Ravens still very alive for postseason at 4-4

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh doesn’t believe Ed Reed ‘playing hurt’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Marvin Lewis took Derrick Mason, Kelley Washington out of game

The Sun’s Ken Murray says despite bad game, Reed still had 5 tackles, forced Ochocinco fumble in loss

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Hauschka ‘struggling’ to replace Matt Stover

The Sun’s Ken Murray says NBC’s Rodney Harrison thinks Ravens on ‘life support’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Todd Heap knows ‘every game huge’ rest of season

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco had worst game of season against Bengals

The AP says schedule still includes Colts, Packers, Steelers twice as Ravens try to battle for playoff spot

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says Mangini already made decision between Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn; but hadn’t informed QB yet

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says 3-4,000 tickets left for Monday night’s game at Cleveland Browns Stadium against Ravens

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Browns could be blacked out for first time since return to NFL

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 13th in power rankings

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer says Ravens ‘out of contention’ in AFC North

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Ravens defense ‘lost mojo’

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens C- for performance against Bengals

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio has Ravens 13th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker still thinks Ravens alive

ESPN.com’s James Walker expects Brady Quinn to start Monday night

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds claimed RHP Armando Gabino from Twins

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Jones, Markakis hoping to win Gold Glove Awards

The Sun says Gabino went 6-4 at Rochester last season

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brandon Snyder doubled for Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League action

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with Virginia Tech

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

Virginia Tech Official Site offers complete MD-Va Tech release (pdf)

Virginia Tech Official Site says Hokies will wear new Nike Pro Combat uniforms

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner questionable for VT game

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps strangely similar to Redskins

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Devin Burns had big weekend for Carver (Georgia)

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamarr Robinson had ‘up and down’ performance against NC State

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire has Terps 12th in ACC power rankings

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Florida State will be without Christian Ponder when they play Maryland

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says no TV time announced for game against Seminoles

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Torrey Smith honored by ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hokies wearing white to contrast Maryland’s black

Sporting News’ Matt Hayes has Terps 12th in ACC power rankings

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says future Terp Tyler Smith can become Pennsylvania’s all-time leading passer shortly (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Atholton commit Matt Robinson could be diamond in rough for Maryland (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Athletic Department changed student ticket policy before season opener against Charleston Southern

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps will need James Padgett to be ‘reliable option’ if Dino Gregory remains suspended

Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman says having Greivis Vasquez back should help Gary Williams’ push to another NCAA Tournament

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says St. Anthony prospect Ashton Pankey nearing decision (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site
previews Saturday’s Senior Day contest against Delaware

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Blue Hens release (pdf)

The Official Site’s Bob Socci says Pospisil has family history in Annapolis

The Official Site says Paul Johnson, George Welsh, Wayne Hardin best coaches in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium history

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo expects Eric Douglass to start at center again

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Weis now 3-2 against Navy, 5-3 against service academies

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Mids 25th best team in country

Go Mids breaks down win over Notre Dame (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers DT Ibia honored for academics

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Devin Hewlett, Andrew Kase honored by Centennial Conference

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Rabil, Kyle Harrison amongst best players of decade

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Jeremy Goode has been a nice ‘fit’ for Mountaineers

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Regents Cup game against Frostburg Saturday pushed back to 4pm start

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team signed former Flacco college teammate Kheon Hendricks

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra in fight for Horse of the Year

Thoroughbred Times’ Mike Curry says Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Zenyatta, Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra each have impressive credentials in debate

SWIMMING:

The AP says Michael Phelps missed two finals in World Cup event in Stockholm

POKER:

The AP says Garrett County’s Darvin Moon fell to Joe Cada in finals of World Series of Poker

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Maryland is just as well to have Jamarr Robinson start Saturday. Not because he’ll be any better than Chris Turner, but hopefully his wheels will at least keep him alive.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: John Harbaugh Takes Responsibility For Ravens’ Struggles

Posted on 09 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

4:23-Hear from John Harbaugh NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net!

4:19-You’ll get a kick out of the beginning of the press conference, as Harbs was particularly critical of Comcast Morning Show host Drew Forrester for “slouching” in his seat. “We wouldn’t let our players sit like that”, the Coach informed Drew.

Good for Coach.

3:42-Some highlights from John Harbaugh:

-”We’re disappointed with the way we played…..they beat us every way you can beat a team.”
-”It starts with me. I’ve got to figure out a way to do my job better.”
-”We’re struggling to figure out a way to win right now.”
-”We’re not as disciplined as we need to be.”
-”Part of it” is a “lack of focus.”
-”We’re not ready to make any kind of an announcement” on kicking situation. “We’re not ready to say (Steve Hauschka)” isn’t going to be a good NFL kicker yet.
-Bengals “didn’t do anything different than what they’ve been doing.”
-Ravens facing “1 game season” against Browns
-“We’ve gotta be better than 4-4″ to make playoffs.
-”Right now, I’m not getting the job done.”
-No update on Fabian Washington
-Frank Walker “has a great attitude” despite not being active
-Neck “is a factor” for Ed Reed
-Joe Flacco “wasn’t good enough to win” Sunday
-on chances Lardarius Webb might start: That’s “always a consideration…..he’s playing well.”
-Thought Fabian Washington and Domonique Foxworth played well against Cincinnati
-No update on Haloti Ngata either-deferred to Thursday’s injury report
-Browns are “going to be fresh” Monday night, will be “motivated” by what’s going on in organization
-
“I’m disappointed with myself” for making comments about Cowboys in upcoming Eagles book. Harbaugh reached out to Jerry Jones to apologize for comment.
-”Kelly Gregg played well” against Bengals

3:25-Obviously, your broadcast team for Monday Night Football on ESPN will be Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, and Ron Jaworski. Warren Moon will fill in for Boomer Esiason, joining Marv Albert and Jim Gray on the national radio call on Westwood One.

3:14-This one could be interesting today. John Harbaugh is scheduled to meet with us at 3:45, and something tells me he probably isn’t thrilled to have to do it. There will be plenty of questions lingering from yesterday’s 17-7 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals; not the least of which will include questions about Fabian Washington’s future, and how far Haloti Ngata was from being able to play. The Ravens now gear up for Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns, and they will have an extra day of practice this week (Saturday) out here at 1 Winning Drive to prepare.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates.

-G

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Ravens Report Card

Posted on 09 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Quarterback: C-

This seems harsh, but Joe was terrible yesterday. Save for one decent drive, he wouldn’t have gotten even a passing grade yesterday. It was arguably his worst game as a Raven. I talked after the Patriots game about Joe needing to come up biggest when the team needs him the most (the way Tom Brady and company tend to)-and the first two drives of the game were when the Ravens needed Flacco the most. He didn’t deliver. He needs to figure out how tall Mark Clayton (and Ray Rice) are, too. If he continues to overthrow those guys, he’s gonna get them killed, or he’s gonna get picked more.

Running Backs: B

Don’t blame Ray Rice for this one. He had the heart of a champion, and was the best player on the field wearing white. Should the coaching staff be using Le’Ron McClain (who played well) and Willis McGahee more? Maybe, but not because Ray Rice isn’t playing well.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: C

No terrible mistakes by this unit, but not a particularly good performance either. Derrick Mason had to play defensive back more than receiver on a couple of plays, and Todd Heap had no idea where the first down marker was on that 3rd and 5. It was not a great day for them.

Offensive Line: C

The 2nd half was PARTICULARLY ugly for this unit. I’m not sure how much the team worked no-huddle and with a huddle during the week, and if changing on the fly in Cincinnati hurt them; but the penalties in the 2nd half from Oher, Gaither and Grubbs were just unneccessary. Not a good day for the unit that had arguably been the best on the season.

Defensive Line: D

This unit CLEARLY missed Haloti Ngata. They got almost NO pressure on Carson Palmer-and certainly no game changing plays (even Terrell Suggs’ sack was for a grand total of -1 yard). Cedric Benson should not be gauging the Ravens defense ONCE-more or less twice. It all started up front, and it wasn’t good. 

Linebackers: B-

I’m not REALLY sure why I am giving them this good of a grade; I guess it’s because Ray Lewis really played with a lot of heart, and the unit as a whole did make some plays, even if they were beat a few times too. This unit is going to have to apply more of the pressure, and has to be more of a punishing group. They have failed in these areas thus far, but have tackled better than the rest of the defense….I guess.

Secondary: D-

Look, I don’t think Champ Bailey could have stayed with the Bengals’ receivers given the time Palmer had to throw the ball; and Chad Ochocinco made some AWESOME grabs; but this was poor. Lardarius Webb did give some solid effort when he came into the game, but he has gone untested as far as actual cover abilities. There is no answer to improve this group. When you have an average secondary, you MUST get better pressure. This combination hasn’t worked the way they had hoped.

Special Teams: D

Steve Hauschka’s miss was critical, but he wasn’t the only part of this unit that struggled. Penalties on special teams are really unthinkable, and even Sam Koch struggled. It’s infectious right now.

Coaching: D-

Maybe the worst game of the season for the entire staff. Unprepared from the beginning, and not enough corrections in-game. Greg Mattison deserves SOME credit for taking away the middle of the field AFTER the Bengals’ first 3 drives, but this was NOT a good game from them. The execution wasn’t much better, but John Harbaugh and company deserve to take their licks after this. WHY DOES CAM CAMERON CALL JUMP BALLS FOR 5’10″ RECEIVERS?!?!?! Ugh….

-G

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Hey John: You can’t be 4-4 and seriously talk playoffs

Posted on 09 November 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

Just judging from the sheer volume of social media I consumed all day yesterday, the fan base here is in “quit on the 2009 season” mode. The lofty expectations following a rookie campaign for John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco that ended in the AFC Championship Game led all of us in the Charm City to feel as though this year would somehow be better.

Well, we’re halfway through the race and things haven’t gone according to the best laid plan.

The Ravens have lost four of their last five, including yesterday’s turd in Cincinnati. The team, overall, just hasn’t been as good as advertised in many ways. The Bengals have now embarrassed the Ravens twice in four weeks en route to sole possession of the AFC North lead and have earned the right to crow.

While yesterday’s loss certainly felt like more of a beatdown than the final score — and we’ll get to Steve Hauschka’s missed kick in a minute — the NFL only counts one thing en route to a playoff berth in the tournament: wins. And right now, at 4-4, this isn’t going to get it done.

I could make excuses for all of the other three losses — and losing in the waning seconds on the road to New England and Minnesota doesn’t make you a bad team. But the pair of losses to the Bengals has been illuminating, especially when you consider Marvin Lewis’ recipe for building a team with a 6-2 start.

The Bengals have just about everything you’d want — a world-class quarterback with a world-class wide receiver and a running back who runs like Jamal Lewis with a line that’s got a nasty streak. On defense, they’ve built through a young linebacking corps (sound familiar?) and a pair of first-round cornerbacks who allow the safeties and linebackers to play hardball with the pass rush. Oh, yeah — they also arguably have the best kicker in the sport.

The Ravens, as was in full display yesterday, are sorely lacking in various departments but especially the ability to get off the field consistently on 3rd down on defense. It’s been a defensive franchise for the better part of 11 seasons. All good things must end and the 2009 defense is not up to “Play Like a Raven” standards.

Is that Greg Mattsion’s fault? Is that because of the clear falloff at the cornerback position? Is it not having Rex Ryan? Is Bart Scott missed that much? Is Ed Reed OK? Will Haloti Ngata be injured all year?

The entire secondary was beaten in coverage during the first half and the penalties were dreadful. All over the field. Ray Lewis is still the Ravens best player when Ngata is not dressed and that speaks volumes.

The first three losses were “excused” in my opinion. Yesterday, however, did a lot to expose the Ravens as a team that’s pretty good but not a serious playoff contender, especially not with that secondary and lack of pass rush.

Sure, Haloti Ngata’s absence needs to be factored into the equation in the Bengals debacle, but the Ravens have sufficient depth at that position and I’m not sure Ngata would’ve been a difference maker in the outcome yesterday in Cincinnati.

As for the offense, Joe Flacco just was not good enough yesterday, nor was the offensive line, which played its worst game of the season. Penalties? All over the place and ill-timed. Productivity? How about making their first third-down conversion in the fourth quarter? That’s just putrid, unacceptable and not worthy of the NFL playoffs.

They didn’t run well. They didn’t pass well. They were out of sync all day and Flacco looked bewildered during his short stints in the first half. Flacco has now dropped five straight to teams led by Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer.

Derrick Mason and Ray Lewis declined to comment after the game yesterday but I’m sure they’ll have something to say on Wednesday at The Castle.

Harbaugh did his usual tap dance around any tough questions from the media — (memo to John: denying that the team doesn’t tackle well is laughable at this point) — but it’s easy to do what you want when you’re in the AFC Championship Game and things are going better than advertised.

But when the team is a disappointing 4-4 at the turn and the one decision that’s truly pinned to Harbaugh’s special teams badge of expertise — the banishment of kicker Matt Stover in the offseason — costing the team team parts of two of the losses, the questions are only going to get tougher around the head coach and around Steve Hauschka.

This team was supposed to go to the playoffs. This team was supposed to be a Super Bowl contender. The “upgrades” of the offseason were well-calculated and the draft went well. The Ravens and the fanbase were not prepared to be swept by the Bengals and be 4-4 at the turn.

All eyes will now turn to Cleveland, where the Ravens most certainly will awaken eight days from now at 5-4. Right? We can only hope…

The Ravens have amassed four losses and haven’t yet seen the Steelers, the Colts or a frigid December night at Lambeau Field and a West Coast trip to the zoo in Oakland in early 2010. There’s a lot of football left to be played.

The Ravens will sort this out on the field. They need to go 6-2 to have a chance. They need to go 7-1 to be assured of a spot.

If they do it, they’ll be good enough. If they lose two more times to the Steelers, they’ll be playing golf on Jan. 4th and deservedly so.

And if that happens, John Harbaugh’s gonna have a lotta ‘esplainin’ to do at that postseason press conference while he sits next to Steve Bisciotti and the Steelers and Bengals are still playing football…

Things like:

What really happened in the decision to replace Matt Stover with Steve Hauschka?

What really happened with Chris McAlister and how did we get sold that Domonique Foxworth and Chris Carr are upgrades?

Why all the penalties?

Where is the pass rush?

Where is Willis McGahee?

Where is the urgency on offense when the team is down two scores with three minutes left?

Of course, Harbaugh doesn’t really like the tough questions but they’re coming. It’s a tough job. It’s been a lot of fun, this honeymoon of riches and a great start to his era in Baltimore. Getting to the AFC Championship Game as a rookie head coach indeed buys you a hall pass for a while.

I have a feeling a lot of that ended yesterday, with a sweep to the Bengals and a 4-4 record at the turn.

But, as Brian Billick would no doubt tell him, these Monday mornings aren’t a whole lot of fun when the town gets disappointed and the team plays poorly.

And someone has to answer the questions…

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Poor Performance All Around As Bengals Top Ravens 17-7

Posted on 08 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

It was bad all around.

The offense was bad-scoring just 7 points and not even threatening to score in the game’s first 45 minutes.

The defense was bad-allowing another 100 yard rusher and letting the Bengals score on their first 3 possessions of the game.

The special teams were bad-missing a big field goal and being flagged for multiple costly penalties.

The coaching was REALLY bad-as no unit appeared prepared for what may have been the most important game of the season thus far.

The Ravens’ 17-7 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday was just a poor performance all around.

They’re not a bad team. Even in one of their worst games they still had a chance in the 4th quarter before a costly missed field goal kept them from closing the gap to one possession. But they have an uncanny ability to play like a bad team for long stretches on both sides of the football.

The first half was one of those stretches. Through three possessions for each team in Sunday’s game, the Bengals out-gained the Ravens offensively 228 yards to 41. The 17-0 scoring advantage they established would ultimately prove to be too much for the outmatched Ravens to overcome.

John Harbaugh will almost certainly tell us that he was “proud of his team” for their fight on Sunday, but don’t be fooled. A team that “fights” is no match for a team that is better than their opponent. The Bengals were flat out BETTER than the Ravens today. The Bengals have been better than the Ravens all season.

The season isn’t over, no matter how much some of us will want to think it is. The Ravens are likely dead in the AFC North race, now trailing the Bengals by 2 full games and a tiebreaker. But at 4-4, the Ravens are very much alive in the AFC playoff race, and have two games remaining with the Steelers-who will be in direct competition for a playoff spot. The Texans and Chargers appear to be the other teams they will be battling with in the race for a Wild Card spot.

If the Ravens want to seize a playoff spot, they must play better than they did Sunday. Games against the Colts, Steelers and Packers will not be easy games to win; and they cannot spot ANY of those teams a multi-score early lead. The Ravens spoke this week about a desire to start quicker, but failed to get started until there were less than 15 minutes remaining in the game.

The season isn’t over. The season is only halfway through. But 4-4 in the next 8 won’t be good enough. This team has shown signs of being an elite team, but must BECOME an elite team. And it won’t be via personnel change. Steve Hauschka’s head will be asked for on a silver platter-and there will be some heavy breathing on his seat on tonight’s charter back to BWI. But even a kicker change will not make this a better football team. Strategy and execution will be the only two things that will make this a better football team.

Hopefully it will come.

-G

4:11-At least I’ll have two names to put on my Tuesday Top 7. The other 5 spots are REALLY unknown…..

4:09-Cedric Benson goes over 100 yards twice……3 100 yard rushers in 4 games. Not so good.

4:07-THREE STRAIGHT SACKS?!?!?!?!? The awesome O-Line play this season has been non-existent today.

4:06-When did Robert Geathers and Brandon Johnson become Adalius Thomas and Bart Scott???

4:04-What was Joe trying to do there?!?!?!? Boy……

4:02-This is MAYBE the worst 2 minute offense I’ve ever seen. Did they think Hauschka MADE the field goal?

4:00-If this is their 2 minute drill, it is not very good.

3:55-Getting the ball back with this much time left on the clock only makes the Hauschka miss all the more painful…..

3:52-Did that commercial just say Wal-Mart was selling XBox 360 for 200 bucks with a 100 dollar gift card? Is that going on right now? I will go to Wal-Mart NOW……

3:50-Have you EVER seen a coach as emphatic in throwing a red flag as Harbs just was?

3:46-If I say now that neither Matt Stover NOR Chris McAlister is coming back to this team, can we avoid the phone calls tomorrow?

Wow. That’s a tough spot for Steve Hauschka-first FG try of the day…..and it could be costly not only for the game, but for his NFL career…..

3:45-Just when we were getting excited……

3:44-The Drew Forrester curse hits RIGHT before the incompletion and missed FG.

Thanks Drew.

3:43-A field goal IS okay here; but I get nervous about this team being forced to get another stop without giving up points.

3:41-HOW FREAKING HUGE WAS THAT?!?!?!?!?!?!

3:40-Jarret Johnson REALLY should have had that tackle. Another big 3rd down here…..

3:37-What a weapon Brian Leonard is…..big momentum shift for Cincinnati.

3:36-This is a HUGE 3rd and short. Really, HUGE.

Going back and forth with Princess Bride quotes with CP has almost been as fun as the game early on.

3:32-WHOA!!!!!! SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENED!

17-7 with 12:54 to play. This COULD get interesting?

3:28-Joe! Mark Clayton is 5’10″! If they run that route and he’s double-covered, you CAN’T throw that ball!

3:27-Hey! Some offense! Where has this been?!?!?

3:25-Penalties on Grubbs and Oher very shortly after the penalty on Jared Gaither. This team is not making it easy…..

3:22-The offensive line has had a great season. Not a great day.

At least credit Greg Mattison for making some adjustments after a disastrous start. The offense has not done the same.

3:20-Once again, I COMPLETELY agree with this decision by Marvin Lewis.

3:15-Jared Gaither should NOT have to hold Jonathan Fanene. However, holding is better than a sack.

3:13-Ed Reed is NOT this team’s punt returner. He is only a returner on the “safe” unit. There was no reason for the safe unit to be in there. Therefore, there was no reason for Ed Reed to be out there thinking he needed to do something.

3:05-That’s THREE floaters he’s thrown to Ochocinco like that for first downs.

CHALLENGE IT!

Good challenge by John Harbaugh…..2nd foot out of bounds.

3:03-Jameel McClain CERTAINLY stripped the ball before Cosby was down; but he must have been blown down with forward progress-which he should have been.

A Terrell Suggs sack! Wow!

3:01-Strange decision by Quan Cosby to return that one from inside the 10. Could have been a game-changing turnover.

Any turnover would be nice, really.

2:59-Keith Rivers won’t return. Chris Henry apparently out for the season. Ravens still losing 17-0.

2:58-Best offensive play of the game. By far.

Also, is that 3 straight drives without points for the Bengals now?

I’m trying to stay positive.

2:54-Why did that play work? Because there was pressure! Forced a bad throw! Where’s that been for 3 quarters???

2:52-How did Brian Leonard turn that into a first down?

Is there any particular reason for the extra booing towards Ray Lewis? Maybe just the hit on Ochocinco?

2:48-That was just an AWESOME play by Jonathan Joseph. And a reminder that a 5’10″ receiver is NOT a good target for a deep ball. Wow……

2:46-I’m back. Not because I want to be…..

2:31-There’s no reason to risk it here. I know we’d like to see Cam Cameron actually take a chance, but only bad could have happened from the 1 yard line. Maybe Tony Robbins can come in and speak at halftime.

2:29-Incredible play by Kyries Hebert and Rey Maualuga. Brilliant stuff.

2:25-I’m not totally certain, but I’m not sure you’re supposed to throw the ball off of your star running back when you’re trying to throw the ball away. But what would I know?

2:24-Are there other games on???

2:23-If they put points on the board here, they can at least make it a game….

2:21-Holy crap. The Bengals had scored on TEN STRAIGHT DRIVES under Carson Palmer before that? That’s REALLY amazing.

2:18-J.P. Foschi should not be embarrassing anyone. Unreal.

2:14-Did Todd Heap go horizontal a YARD before the first down marker? This has been disastrous for EVERYONE.

Add Matt Katula to the list.

2:12-What the Bengals did on coverage right there is remarkably similar to what the Ravens did on coverage last week against Eddie Royal. If you force a returner to stop and start again, you have a GREAT chance to bring them down.

2:09-If you think the officials have something against the Ravens, you clearly missed whatever Chris Carr was just doing there that somehow went uncalled. Maybe it was a mercy no-call. I’m not sure.

The Bengals didn’t need Shayne Graham to kick that. Billy Graham could have done it.

17-0? REALLY?

2:07-There’s no way Cedric Benson should be able to get 5 yards there. Just no way. Getting KILLED at the line of scrimmage.

2:04-Great observation by Carson Palmer. If Lardarius Webb is going to play off of Coles by 10 yards, just throw him the ball.

Carson Palmer isn’t just not getting sacked, he’s not even concerned. He’s sliding head-first. Jesus.

2:02-How freaking random is a Kelly Gregg/Shannon Miller story?

HOW LONG CAN THIS TEAM GIVE CARSON PALMER TO FIND A RECEIVER?!?!?!?!

(Editor’s note: Trevor Pryce was probably held there. Still.)

1:57-Chris Henry injured is the best thing the Ravens defense has done thus far today.

1:53-That’s what happens when you get pressure on a QB. The QB has to throw the ball away. Would be nice to see the Ravens defense do the same thing.

1:50-Nice to see Le’Ron McClain on the field. Apparently it was nice for the Bengals defense to see Le’Ron McClain on the field, too.

1:48-THANK YOU Brandon Johnson. THANK YOU. Looked like the same play that drew Frank Walker off-sides on an extra point.

1:45-What an OBVIOUS penalty on Matt Lawrence, who had actually played quite well.

The no-huddle is not as easy to run on the road……

1:42-I know losing Ngata hurts, but how in the hell is the offensive line of the Cincinnati Bengals just b-slapping the Ravens defense around like this? This is particularly reminiscent of the Vikings game…..

1:39-How in the HELL did Laveranues Coles get out of the grasp of Ed Reed? Reed has to make arm tackles because of his shoulder/neck injuries, and it hurt him there.

1:36-It’s less that they’re getting beat and more that they’re panicking in 1 on 1 situations. These corners just don’t trust their own abilities, and they get grabby when they’re in 1 on 1 situations. It makes a big statement to throw the ball deep on 4th and short. And not a statement that the Ravens should be allowing teams to make against them…..

1:35-Absolutely the right decision by Marvin Lewis to go for it here.

1:34-This doesn’t all fall on the secondary early on. As I said, the Ravens MUST get a pass rush to win this game. They’ve gotten next to nothing early on.

1:33-Not a good day for Domonique Foxworth……

1:32-How in God’s name does Chad Ochocinco come down with that AWFUL floater???? Unbelievable.

1:30-How does Carson Palmer get a first down there? This defense REALLY misses Haloti Ngata today. Thankfully the offsetting penalties nullify, but wow.

1:26-That pass interference PARTICULARLY stings. The “Jim Leonhard was better than Dawan Landry” crowd will be having a field day. Fabian Washington REALLY should have had a pick the next week. I tried bringing up the lack of interceptions with Domonique Foxworth this week-but he really played it down.

1:23-Sam Koch had the space there to do something with that punt. Seen a lot of touchbacks from him recently-which is strange because he’s always been particularly sure-footed.

1:22-Thank God Derrick Mason was there to break up that pass to Leon Hall. Joe knows Leon Hall plays for the other team, right?

1:20-Joe Flacco-I love you. Mark Clayton (and Ray Rice for that matter) are NOT tall. Please throw the ball appropriately. You’re great otherwise.

1:17-Another nice return by Lardarius Webb. He’s really coming along early in his NFL career. His speed is a weapon the Ravens might want to consider finding a way to use offensively……maybe.

1:15-Carson Palmer had all day and Chris Carr just figured he’d watch Andre Caldwell score a TD-I guess. Just an awful first series for the Ravens defense. Wow.

1:10-Really no excuse for letting Carson Palmer get that ball to Ochocinco for a first down there on 3rd and 10. Just unacceptable. That ball was floated because of the pressure, but it should have been a sack or should have been broken up.

Benson running all over the place…..Cincinnati methodically moving the ball. Christ.

1:07-Pittsburgh Steelers fans (who REALLY believe they are the best fans in the world) could learn from the fans in the Queen City. Very impressed by how quiet they were while the Bengals had the ball. However, it was very evident there were a number of Ravens in Ohio by the noise on 3rd down.

1:05-Brian Leonard (Ray Rice’s college teammate at Rutgers) really hurt the Ravens in the first game, too. He’s just a really dangerous player.

How the hell did Cedric Benson get through that?

1:03-Steve Hauschka’s worst kick-off was his first one last week. This first one wasn’t great, either. Weird.

12:58-I was watching the FOX pre-game show instead of the CBS show, and I NEVER get sick of seeing entertainers travel to Iraq/Afghanistan to support our troops. It has been a long-time goal of mine to do a radio show live from the Middle East to support the USO. Was it a bit cheesy? Sure. But was it a great thing for Curt Menafee and company to do? Absolutely.

12:34-Today’s game can be seen live on CBS (WJZ 13 in Baltimore) with Dick Enberg and Dan Fouts on the call. The game can be heard nationally on Westwood One Radio (if for some reason you’re in an area that isn’t showing Ravens-Bengals on CBS) with Kevin Kugler and Mark Malone on the call.

If you want to get hyped for today’s game; head to the Audio Vault at WNST.net, where you can hear from Fouts (who joined Bob Haynie Friday), Malone (who joined Drew Forrester Friday), Bengals LB Coach Jeff Fitzgerald (Drew Friday), Ravens LB Prescott Burgess (Drew Friday), Bengals Play by Play Voice Brad Johansen (Drew Friday) and MORE!

12:17-Chinedum Ndukwe will start for Bengals in place of Roy Williams. Justin Bannan will start for Bengals in place of Haloti Ngata.

As much as the loss of Haloti Ngata will hurt the Ravens in trying to slow down Cedric Benson; it will also hurt them in pursuit of Bengals QB Carson Palmer. Ngata is very good at creating havoc in the backfield; and Justin Bannan will have to improve in pursuit of the Bengals QB. Brandon McKinney and the now-active Kelly Talavou will also get their chances in the D-Line rotation, and will have to work with Dwan Edwards, Trevor Pryce, and Terrell Suggs to get pressure up front.

12:07-As I mentioned in the title, today’s game is particularly crucial for the Ravens, as they CANNOT afford to fall 2 full games behind the Bengals in the AFC North….PLUS the Ravens would lose a tiebreaker to Cincy by virtue of a Bengals sweep. It would be more like the Ravens falling behind 2 and a half games in the division.

11:41-Ravens scratches:

DT Haloti Ngata
CB Frank Walker
RB Jalen Parmele
LB Antwan Barnes
OT Tony Moll
DE Paul Kruger
QB John Beck-3rd QB
OT Oniel Cousins

11:27-Greetings from my couch, where I have not made the trip to Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (I had a wedding to attend, my apologies); but the Baltimore Ravens have-and I will hang out with you during the game. A number of WNST contributors will chime in on Twitter (@WNST); including Nestor Aparicio, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones.

Bengals scratches:

QB Jordan Palmer-3rd QB
S Roy Williams
FB Fui Vakapuna
LB Dan Skuta
OT Andre Smith
TE Chase Coffman
WR Jerome Simpson
DT Orien Harris

-G

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