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Caps Name New Assistant Coach: Hershey’s Bob Woods / NHL News

Posted on 23 June 2009 by Ed Frankovic

Caps Name Assistant Coach

Washington Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau’s named his new assistant coach on Monday and he is a very familiar name to the media and fans: Bob Woods. Woods is fresh off directing the Caps farm team, the Hershey Bears, to the 2008-09 Calder Cup. According to Boudreau, one of the main criteria in the selection was a former defenseman and since Woods is one and is very familiar with the d-men in the organization, especially young players Mike Green, Jeff Schultz, Karl Alzner, and John Carlson, it helped him a great deal. Also, the fact that he has worked with Boudreau before easily made him the front runner. This is Boudreau’s first chance to put his stamp on a coaching hire since he took over in November 2007. A new head coach in Hershey has not been named yet. Here is the official press release from the Caps:

The Washington Capitals have hired Bob Woods from the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Hershey Bears as an assistant coach, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Woods, 41, served as Hershey’s head coach last season and guided the Bears to a Calder Cup championship in six games against the Manitoba Moose. He was an assistant coach with the Bears and helped current Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau lead the Bears to a Calder Cup title in 2006. Woods was appointed head coach of the Bears when Boudreau was hired by the Capitals on Nov. 22, 2007.

The Leroy, Saskatchewan, native compiled an 83-47-15 (W-L-OT) record in 145 regular season games with Hershey and was 17-10 in 27 Calder Cup playoff games. Prior to joining Hershey as an assistant coach for the 2005-06 season, Woods was the head coach of the ECHL’s Mississippi Sea Wolves from 2001-05 and compiled a 169-94-25 (W-L-T) regular-season record.

Woods was selected in the 10th round, 201st overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils. He played 13 seasons of professional hockey, including 10 in the ECHL and was a player/assistant coach with Mississippi from 1998-2001. He was a member of the 1999 Kelly Cup championship team that was coached by Boudreau. The 1998-99 season was the only year that Woods and Boudreau spent together in Mississippi.

He retired from competitive play after the 2001 season and at that time was the ECHL’s all-time leader in games played with 559 (record has since been broken). He also set an ECHL record on March 14, 1998, as a member of the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks when he fired 17 shots on goal against the Louisiana IceGators. Woods was named second team defenseman on the ECHL’s 15th anniversary team in 2003 and was also named second team defenseman on the Hockey News’ 50th anniversary All-ECHL team in 1997. He scored 176 points in 209 games with Mississippi and the Sea Wolves retired his number in October 2002.

Woods also played for Hampton Roads, Johnstown and Mobile in the ECHL and for Hershey, Portland and Utica in the AHL. He won the 1997 Calder Cup with Hershey, making him involved in the organization’s last three Calder Cups. He is the only player in Hershey’s 71-year history to win a Calder Cup as a player, assistant coach and head coach.

COMMENT: Having interviewed Woods on several occasions since last summer I think this is a good move. Boudreau should be able to bring in someone he is very comfortable working with since he inherited current assistant Dean Evason and former assistant coach Jay Leach. Woods is a very personable and sharp guy and the Caps need someone to help them with their defense, especially the young players. The fact that Woods won the Calder Cup this spring made it easier for him to leave and his goal was to get to the NHL and someday he hopes to be a head coach in the league.

Other Caps Tidbits

The NHL draft is this weekend in Montreal. Round 1 is on Friday night and will be shown on Versus starting at 7pm. Rounds 2-7 are on Saturday starting at 10am on the NHL Network. The Caps currently having the 24th pick in the first round. By the way, for a nice preview of the draft the Caps Media Relations website, Welcome to the Show, has a ton of information. So thanks to Nate Ewell, Paul Rovnak, and their staff for making it accessible to the media and fans.

Also, McPhee said today that he does not think the Caps will be participating in the Winter Classic on January 1, 2010 in Boston. Word has it that the Philadelphia Flyers will be chosen because NBC pushed for them instead of the Caps. The NHL apparently wanted Washington in the game because of the Alex Ovechkin factor – he draws lots of fan interest. Personally I think NBC is making a huge mistake choosing the Flyers over the Caps but the NHL has made a deal with the devil in NBC and are stuck with them.

NHL News

The Calgary Flames still have not named a head coach yet but all signs point to GM Darryl Sutter hiring his brother, Brent (coached the Devils the last two years), to take over for the fired Mike Keenan. I first brought you this scenario in this blog. While I think Sutter will do a good job, I believe the better hire for Calgary would be to go with Dave Tippett, the former Capitals player who was recently fired in Dallas by new GM Joe Nieuwendyk. I spoke with an NHL scout this week who is very familiar with Tippett and he says he is a good man and a good coach. If Calgary doesn’t hire the former Cap, and it looks like Brent Sutter is their man, some NHL team would be wise to snag him up. As much as I wouldn’t like to see this because he would contend with the Caps, Tippett would be a GREAT fit in New Jersey. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is still without a head coach since Sutter resigned after New Jersey lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round. Former Devil player and current assistant coach John Maclean has been linked to the job by some media outlets.

Tippett made the playoffs in each of his first five seasons before missing this past year. He led the Stars to two division titles and took Dallas to the Western Conference Finals in 2007-08 before losing to Detroit. However, Tippett was stuck with having to deal with Sean Avery after co-GM’s Brett Hull and Les Jackson signed the whacky forward despite protests from Tippett and several top players including Mike Modano, Brendan Morrow, and Marty Turco. Avery, as everyone now knows and I warned about in this blog last summer, wrecked the Dallas locker room. Tippett not only had to deal with the Avery situation but also a season ending ACL injury to Morrow in November after the team captain only played 18 games plus the Brad Richards wrist injury in February. The Stars turned things around for awhile despite the distractions and injuries but ended up finishing in 12th place, eight points out of the playoffs. I think Nieuwendyk made a huge mistake by letting Tippett go. There will be a GM who will get smart and hire Tippett, at some point, and end up looking like a genius.

Back to the NHL draft, I still think the New York Islanders should take London Knights forward John Tavares with the first overall pick in the 2009 Entry draft on Friday night. The next two projected best players are defensemanVictor Hedman of Sweden and forward Matt Duchene of the Brampton Battalion. However, former Flames GM Craig Button (now with the NHL Network) believes the Isles should pick Hedman because New York needs a top defenseman to go up against guys like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Ovechkin on a regular basis. Another draft eligible defenseman that I really like is Spokane’s Jared Cowan, who won the Memorial Cup in 2008 and looked like a sure top five pick until he injured his knee last winter. Cowan is big (6′ 5″ and 220 lbs.) and could really skate before his knee injury so it will be interesting to see if he remains a high pick despite possible questions on his health.

This will be an interesting draft weekend as it seems to be one of the few times during the year that trades actually occur. I would not be surprised if McPhee makes a deal to get the Caps either a second line center or a physical defensemen. To me the bigger need right now is a second line center since Michael Nylander appears done and Sergei Fedorov is an unrestricted free agent. The Pittsburgh Penguins are loaded at center with Crosby, Malkin, and Jordan Staal so to compete with them next season Washington needs to get better up the middle of the ice.

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Posted on 15 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

You get props:

1. Brian Roberts, Ty Wigginton & Brad Bergesen

Yo Forrester-consider me OFFICIALLY off the Derek Lowe bandwagon. You mean to tell me the greatest pitcher in the history of the world can’t beat the Orioles on a day when they’re not even trying to win???? And to think-you thought the Orioles should have paid him to have him on their team. We’ve got Bergesen Forrester! And Uehara! And…..Jesus Christ I can’t remember the other guys on this team. But they didn’t suck Saturday and Sunday! Thank God!

And as a note to “Warning Track Power”: I really enjoy your fervor and all; but having to hear THIS song at every game might well end up being the death of me. The team is horrible. You put Ryan Freel in the song. Just sing a song about how it’s been forever and it would be nice for them to not suck every now and then. In fact, the hook is catchy. But do I HAVE to be reminded of who the players are?

2. Anna Nordqvist & Brian Gay


I’m not trying to say she’s hot; but when your choices are Nordqvist and say, Christina Kim…..


….it’s not a particularly difficult choice. The LPGA Championship might not be coming back to Havre de Grace; but we’ll always have the memories. (Editor’s note: Upon review, I apologize for not realizing that no one has any memories of this event.)

Brian Gay won the Golf Tournament Classic in Memphis this weekend too. I will give you 5 seconds to giggle about his name.


Can’t you just grow up already?

3. Cain Velasquez, Rich Franklin, & Ray Mercer

Congratulations to Velasquez and Franklin for big wins in Germany. But the story of the fighting weekend HAS to be Ray Mercer’s knockout of Tim Syliva; which ranks amongst the more hilarious knockouts I’ve ever seen.

I swear to God my 7 year old cousin would probably have offered more resistance than Tim Sylvia did. And if I remember right, this fight was supposed to be a boxing match; but after he wouldn’t have been allowed to get a license, Sylvia was able to have it changed to a MMA clash. This is actually more embarrassing than the time I had my pants pulled down in 8th grade in front of the very attractive Emily Hancock only to have it revealed that I was apparently the only person in my entire middle school who was still wearing tighty-whities. Did I say that happened to me? I meant my cousin. It was really embarrassing for me him.

4. Miguel Cotto

Cotto beat Clottey Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in a fight that no one was more interested in than Bob Haynie, but yet Bob Haynie was unable to see it. Reminds me of the time I was really looking forward to seeing Maryland play at Duke but nobody told the Terps they had a game scheduled that day.

And apparently Floyd Maywather hurt himself and had to postpone his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez from July 18 until September. Hopefully he will remember to reschedule his July 19th retirement party as well.

5. Michael Phelps

Or as I like to call him “The gift that keeps on giving.” In the pool at the Santa Clara Invitational; Phelps was mediocre at best. But does anyone really care about what this guy does in the pool? First of all, he showed up at the event sporting this Jake Plummer imitation….


…..and then we found he wrote a CHILDREN’S BOOK. Chapter 2: “Kids, make sure no one has a cell phone camera.”



You know, after seeing this, I now think I might have to change my mind about my decision to not advance work on ANY of book ideas. Making matters worse, the other guy whose name is at the top of the book-Alan Abrahamson-is a legitimate journalist who covers Phelps for NBCSports.com. I put in a request to interview Alan Abrahamson’s dignity about the book; but of course found out no such thing existed.

6. Jim Miller, Tim Bascom, and Brett Bordes

The Orioles also promoted all the good pitchers in the organization and demoted all of the ones who weren’t major parts of their plans. Somehow Mark Hendrickson remained with the big league club.

7. Andy Murray & Tommy Haas

This is a picture of Tommy Haas’ girlfriend Sara Foster. I will leave you alone now with your thoughts.


8. Phil Jackson

Congratulations to Jackson on setting the new all-time record by winning his 10th NBA Championship. And to think, none of it would have been possible without Will Perdue…..


9. Torii Hunter, Albert Pujols, & Ronny Paulino

These guys LOVE the longball. Jolts. Jacks. Round trippers. Moon shots. Four baggers. BLEACHER….CREATURES!!!!

Elsewhere in baseball, fired their hitting coach Gerald Perry in an attempt to improve their offense. You would have thought that trading for Brian Roberts would have helped……

Was that a low blow?

10. Michal Neuvirth & Andre Giroux

So they couldn’t get a team past the Conference semifinals in the NHL Playoffs, and now they won’t even be able to claim a Calder Cup. What the hell does Canada have anymore????


11. Josh Wicks & Machel Millwood

DC United and Crystal Palace USA were winners this weekend. That’s nice and all; but it CLEARLY isn’t the biggest story in soccer. The biggest story in soccer is somehow…..Paris Hilton?


…..who reportedly hooked up with the world’s most expensive soccer player, Cristiano Ronaldo. I say “reportedly” because journalists are actually covering this breaking news story. I didn’t spend every day of my high school career trying to get into the University of Maryland School of Journalism for nothing, friends.

12. Jim Tracy

Don’t look now, but after a managerial firing; the Colorado Rockies have won 11 straight games. I say don’t look now because if you’ll look, you’ll probably notice that we’re still only talking about baseball. I’d say this was an exciting streak; but I’m not a great liar. Although, MLB.com apparently is….


……as this picture from Sunday’s win was accompanied by the caption “The skies were ominous, but the mood in the stands at Coors Field was festive.”

What the hell part of that picture is “festive”? The part where some people are pointing at something but some people aren’t? It’s a freaking baseball game!

13. Cougar Town

This will almost undoubtedly be the worst television program not only in the history of ABC, but in the history of television. But it the only lasting part of this television program is the image of Courtney Cox we see at the 2:52 mark of this trailer; this show has served its purpose.

14. Hons

Some cities brag about their beautiful weather, near perfect air quality, and/or championship sports teams. In Baltimore, we have……the best beehives?


Of course, they one-upped themselves at this year’s HonFest; as they figured out a way to show off the OTHER thing our beautiful city has to offer, by creating the Guinness Book of Records’ World’s largest crabcake…..


The crabcake is rumored to have been just enough to feed Ray Bachman.

15. Dogfish Head “Aprihop” IPA


As you may have heard, I’m a bit of a beer snob. This is another delicious brew from the fine people at Dogfish Head, who have given us such classics as “Punkin Ale” and “90 Minute IPA”. I generally approve of just about everything Dogfish Head does; mostly because I tend to approve of beer in general. The beer is brewed with apricots, hence the very clever name “Aprihop.” This marked a much better choice than their other idea….”Dogfish Head Beer made out of Apricots for people who started drinking fruity beers instead of getting laid in high school.”

You got lucky…..

1. Mark Martin

The last time I gambled on fuel strategy, I ended up on the side of 695 dumping out a gallon of milk so Barry Aparicio could give me a ride to Royal Farms to get some. Things didn’t work out as well for Jimmie Johnson; meaning the math his crew chief Chad Knaus did to determine he could make it didn’t work. Of course, anything that involves math isn’t a sport. In fact, anything that involves math is nothing more than something that should just go away.

2. Marc-Andre Fleury


Nothing like a well placed crossbar to ruin Nicklas Kronwall’s would-be tying goal and give those inbreds in Pittsburgh another major championship. Thanks for that Detroit. And I’ll say this again; it’s probably best that teams in Pittsburgh are good. Because if I had to live in that WRETCHED place and root for crappy teams, I’d be happy there were 400 bridges to pick from.

3. Alex Rodreguez & Willy Aybar

I’d be angry that A-Rod got lucky and had Luis Castillo drop his pop-up Friday night; but it really couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy. (Editor’s Note: Apparently, this good fortune could have happened to ANY other human being on the face of the planet and they would have been more deserving.)

Aybar had a double go off 3rd base to help the Rays sweep the Nationals; which is really just like rubbing salt in the wounds at this point. Manny Acta might get fired soon; or he might not. Would anyone really even care???

4. Jim Calhoun

Is it wrong of me that when I heard Jim Calhoun broke 5 ribs and collapsed; I was thinking in my head “Yes, yes, thank God yes!!!!!” But apparently Calhoun is actually going to be okay; and is looking forward to visiting with some of his current and former players this summer. At Leavenworth.

5. Adam Eaton

How in God’s name is this guy still employed???? He got his first win with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, as he hopes to work his way back to the big leagues to join the red hot Colorado Rockies. Obviously he won’t because he might be the worst pitcher in the history of ever; but at least he gets to hang with this guy while he plays with the Sky Sox…..


6. Viewers of the KOMU News whose Friday night viewing suddenly became more entertaining…

Why the hell doesn’t this type of thing ever happen when Jayne Miller is on location???


7. Bonnaroo attendees

3 hours of Bruce Springsteen, two sets from Phish, a surprise set from Jimmy Buffett, Beastie Boys, etc etc etc??? That’s good and all, but you know how I spent my weekend??? Cleaning up my apartment and trying to get rid of the mildew smell after my dishwasher busted shooting water through the tile into my bathroom. Which lead to this classic text from my roommate….

“If I had to guess how deep the water was, I’d say 8 feet. But I’m not a mathematician.”

Now who had a better weekend?

You’re a zero…….

Good looking people at my apartment complex’s pool


Look, I mostly avoid the pool. Not because I don’t like pools; but mostly because I don’t have the time. But I went to the gym Sunday (save the snickering); and I thought “you know, maybe I should jump in there quickly for a pool shower.” If you don’t know what a pool shower is, you never lived in Arizona. In Arizona it is so hot that you feel the need to take 8 showers a day if you spend more than 5 minutes outside. It had been a while since I had the chance to enjoy a good pool shower; so I decided to hop in Sunday after going to the gym. Of course, my visit to the pool was brief, mostly because there were 5-6 girls and 3-4 dudes that were WAAAAY too attractive to be hanging out at our pool. Go somewhere else people. Chubby dudes who can barely swim shouldn’t have to put up with something like that.


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Caps Analysis: A Look Back at My Thoughts from Last Year’s Development Camp

Posted on 14 June 2009 by Ed Frankovic

With the hockey season now over and the off-season now officially in swing, I thought I’d go back and take a look at my blogs from last year’s Capitals Development Camp to see how some of the topics and players I blogged about ended up turning out as the past season unfolded.

Here are links to those blogs from last July 8th and 10th.



Let’s start with my best prediction of all, from the July 8th blog:

I will go on record as saying that sometime in the near future a Caps ticket could be a very difficult one to obtain (i.e, I could see them start to sell out the Verizon Center on a regular basis).

Analysis: Spot on as the Caps are sold out next year and believe it or not, there is now a waiting list for season tickets!!

Another good prediction from the July 10th blog:

For those who live in the MD/Baltimore area it will be well worth your while to drive up to Hershey and see these young players next season.

Analysis: Hershey led the AHL Eastern Conference in the regular season and won the Calder Cup!

Now on to the players, let’s start with Karl Alzner

From July 10th blog:

Very smooth overall and he looks like he has a really good chance of making the Caps out of camp this year if he stays healthy. The thing I really liked about him was his ability to receive and then make a solid pass even when he was given the puck with one or two defenders on or very close to him (defensive partner Josh Godfrey did this to him a few times). Like many of the other players fatigue seemed to set in during the third period so he made some mistakes but overall his positioning was outstanding and I didn’t see anyone get around or behind him. I did notice that one time in the third period he had the opportunity to lay a shoulder into an opposing forward and separate him from the puck but Karl chose not to when that appeared to be the correct play.

Analysis: While Karl didn’t make the team out of training camp last year (and a big reason for that was due to the salary cap) he did play 30 games with the Caps when the injury bug hit and #27 should make the team this September. Alzner is not a big hitter and will not lead the rush like a Mike Green BUT he is as advertised above: very good with the puck and sound positionally. I talked to Karl after Game 5 of the Calder Cup Finals in Hershey and he is hoping he does not have to attend this summer’s development camp. Alzner said he is very tired after a long season and needs to rest his body. Karl will turn 21 in September and the biggest thing I think he needs to do is get stronger physically. Some of that will happen naturally as he gets older and some of that will have to come from proper training in the weight room.

Player #2, John Carlson. Here is an excerpt from the July 10th blog:

Still learning positioning in the defensive zone but was okay for the most part in his own end, although his defensive partner and forwards left him to fend off several odd man rushes. Very good moving the puck up the ice and had a nice assist late in the third period on one of his point shots. I talked with John after the scrimmage and he is pretty much pleased with where he is at and what he is learning but wants to improve his conditioning since he was clearly winded. When discussing his point shot and power play abilities he said, “I have pride in my shot.” Carlson will play for the London Knights next year along with Justin Taylor (6th round of 2007 draft) and he is excited about the upcoming season and believes they will have a good team. London traded with the Kitchener Rangers (2008 Memorial Cup runners-up) to obtain forward Nazem Kadri, who one NHL scout told me could be a first round pick at the 2009 NHL entry draft, so Carlson should get some great experience this season (playing for the Hunter brothers won’t hurt either).

Analysis: Carlson really benefitted from playing in London this past season under Dale Hunter and when the Knights were knocked out of the playoffs by the eventual OHL and Memorial Cup Champions, the Winsdor Spitfire, John joined the Hershey Bears and was a key player in helping the team win the Calder Cup. From what I saw in the Calder Cup Finals the ONLY thing holding Carlson back right now is his strength. John is only 19 so to expect him to come up to the NHL and play against bigger and stronger players and be able to take the body might be a stretch. Like Alzner, John just needs to mature physically and continue to hit the weight room. I see Carlson playing primarily in Hershey next season with some short stints with the Caps if injuries happen. In two years we could see Carlson with the Caps on the opposite point with Green on the power play with Alex Ovechkin moved down low. That would be two right handed shots up top but it is working fairly well now with Green and the Great #8. The one thing holding back the Caps power play from being #1 is down low presence (players to get in front of the net and create and finish rebounds). Btw, it looks like Kadri will be a top 10 draft pick at next week’s 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

On to the young goalies from the July 10th blog.

Simeon Varlamov: looked fairly solid although he struggled a couple of times with rebounds on routine shots. Seems destined to be in Hershey next season and I will be surprised if he doesn’t start.

Analysis: Won the starting job in Hershey but when Brent Johnson was injured he was called up to the big club and he took over the #1 job with the Caps in the playoffs and nearly carried them past the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Penguins. He is acrobatic and very athletic. He continues to improve his rebound control. He is getting better positionally too and will likely be the #1 goalie next season for Washington.

Michal Neuvirth: Only gave up two goals in 30 minutes but faced lots of shots and scoring chances. Had the highlight save of the day robbing an opposing forward with his glove on a shot destined for the upper corner of the top shelf. Still seems to be recovering from his knee injury but looked much better than on Monday.

Analysis: Neuvirth played in 5 games for the Caps and was 2-1 this season. He just led the Hershey Bears to the Calder Cup title and was named the AHL playoff MVP. In a perfect world (and that means unloading Jose Theodore and his $4.5M contract next season) he and Varlamov split the goaltending duties for the Caps next season.

Braden Holtby: He was left out to dry during most of his 30 minutes in net but he did make some good saves. Major project but you never know with goalies.

Analysis: Holtby, who was taken in the 4th round of last season’s NHL Entry Draft, had a great year in the Western Hockey League for Saskatoon (40-16-4). He was on Hershey’s playoff roster but did not play once added. Perhaps he is in Hershey or South Carolina next year honing his skills some more?

Here are some others I appeared to be right on:

Jake Hauswirth: I wrote that he was the surprise of the day on July 10th. At that time he was unsigned but just recently GM George McPhee signed the 21 year old 6’5”, 210-pound native of Merrill, Wisconsin to a three year contract. I imagine Hauswirth will be at this year’s development camp (tentatively scheduled for July 12-18) and it will be interesting to see if he goes to Hershey or South Carolina for next season.

Michael Dubuc: Blogged that he was very noticeable and that he had very good offensive skills. Dubuc had 35 goals in 49 games for the South Carolina Stingrays this season and 4 goals in 12 playoff games to help them win the ECHL Championship. Seems like a ticket to Hershey could be in his future for next season.

I also did pretty well on my thoughts on Oskar Osala (good prospect needs to improve skating), Steve Pinnizzotto, Matthieu Perreault (nice offensive skills), and Francois Bouchard, although it should be noted that I was not high on Bouchard and he only played in 11 of the 22 games the Bears played in the Calder Cup Playoffs, a sign that he might not make in “The Show.”

As for defensemen Josh Godfrey and Sasha Pokulok, I thought both would see more time in Hershey this year and that was not the case. Forward Maxime Lacroix had a great season in South Carolina scoring 33 goals in 63 games but he only had 6 games in Hershey so I may have had him progressing too quickly.

As for Justin Taylor, it looks like I missed the boat on him as he is not under contract with the Caps anymore and his web page on the team site is gone. So much for that potential 3rd line NHLer monicker I put on him!

Clearly the Caps have a ton of young talent in their organization so you can bet that I’ll be back out at development camp again next month as my time spent there last summer was well worth it!

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 10 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

I was surprised to see the Orioles take a high school pitcher; but clearly pitch count is an issue for them. College pitchers often throw 100+ pitches more than once in a week, and their arms are already a bit worn down by the time they get to the Major League Level.

That will be just about the last you’ll hear from me about baseball statistics.

Welcome to Baltimore Matt Hobgood.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester would handle O’s same way today

Nestor Aparicio says Birds got ‘necessary’ win over M’s

Nestor Aparicio offers pictures, video of Hobgood

Nestor Aparicio says city, state, Stadium Authority, others all worked to bring back Army-Navy game

Glenn Clark says Adam Jones still amongst top hitters in MLB

Keith Melchior says Andy MacPhail ‘getting pass’

Ed Frankovic says Moose top Bears to force Calder Cup Finals back to Winnipeg


MLB.com’s Brian Eller says Bergesen throws 8 shutout innings to lift birds past Mariners

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds select California High School pitcher Hobgood in 1st round of MLB Draft

MLB.com’s Brian Eller says Mora had early home run overturned, called out

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Luke Scott, Jason Berken examples of Orioles selected on 2nd day of MLB Draft

Mariners Official Site’s Pete Kerzel says Jason Vargas gave M’s ‘decent outing’ in loss

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Jolbert Cabrera drilled homer, but Toledo topped Tides

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Troy Patton, Sean Gleason to pitch today in doubleheader vs. Connecticut

Frederick Keys Official Site says Luis Lebron blew save in Keys’ loss to Hillcats

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says McCurry shaky, but Shorebirds top Lake County

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Reimold drove in 2 for Birds in win

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds’ Guthrie battles Mariners’ Hernandez tonight

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Trembley swapped Adam Jones, Nick Markakis in lineup

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Norco pitcher Hobgood named Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year Sunday

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says scouting director Joe Jordan ‘seemed pretty comfortable’ with Hobgood pick

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds selected Tampa HS player Michael Givens in 2nd round, FIU 1B Tyler Townsend in 3rd round

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Bergesen impressing with ‘poise, pace of game’

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Birds impressed by Mike Flacco’s ‘athleticism’

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. pulls thoughts on Hobgood

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Jeff Fiorentino went 3-4 with two doubles in Tides’ loss

Examiner Steve DeClue says MASN commercials ‘embarrassing’

Examiner Steve DeClue says Hobgood’s changeup, command ‘need some work’

Carroll County Times’ Patrick Stoetzer says Sherrill gave up run, but notched 12th save of season

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Birds selected Hobgood over Zack Wheeler

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Sarfate throwing in hopes of returning

The AP says Adam Jones added RBI groundout after double by Brian Roberts

Frederick News-Post’s Adam Behsudi/AP say Birds selected Hobgood because Ackley was gone

Frederick News-Post says Caleb Joseph extended hit streak to 10 in Keys’ loss

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says Waters roughed up by Mud Hens in loss

Seattle Times’ Geoff Baker says Jose Lopez got only RBI for Mariners in loss

Sporting News’ Michael Huang says future rotation of Matusz, Arrieta, Tillman, Hobgood ‘looks awfully good’


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Heap got out of red jersey, practiced in full

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh believes Ravens ‘have to’ win AFC North

The Official Site says Harbaugh taking USO trip to help ‘morale building’ in Persian Gulf

The Official Site says Ravens using this week’s Passing Camp to prepare for Browns, Bengals, Steelers

The Sun’s Edward Lee says L.J. Smith trying to shed ‘injury-prone’ reputation

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Mason not setting timetable for return

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Sypniewski made first appearance since knee surgery

The Sun’s Edward Lee says DC Mattison, CB Oglesby first to pond for fishing tournament after practice

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Heap intends to be ready by Training Camp

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says McGahee ‘OK’ working behind Ray Rice

SI’s Peter King says Eric DeCosta had travel issues


Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Dunkirk needs surgery on left hind cannon bone

Thoroughbred Times says Dunkirk came out of 2nd place finish at Belmont with condylar fracture

Thoroughbred Times’ John Scheinman says Laurel hoping for reinstatement of slots bid


The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Terps interested in Loyola QB Bruns

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Bishop McNamara WR Brandon Coleman wants to get offer from Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says St. John’s (DC) D-Lineman Andre Monroe likes Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says DeMatha DB Jeff Knox Jr. to visit Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Don Bosco Prep (NJ) DT Kittredge has Terps near top of list (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Northern High School DE prospect Tre’Van Dorsey visited College Park (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Kenny Gartner chats with DB prospect Cullen Christian (must subscribe)


Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez worked out with Bucks yesterday, working out with Raptors today


The Official Site says Frese adds former Seton Hall assistant Marlin Chinn to staff

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Dave Adkins could still be in line for spot on staff

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Chinn previously worked at Mt. St. Mary’s


The Sun’s Edward Lee has Terps 8th in early ’10 poll


The Official Site says former Tiger Landeta chairing Tiger Club Annual Appeal


Football.com’s Jeff Glatzer says Bears D-Lineman Justin Lawrence ‘strikes fear’ into opponents


Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Tierney move as big if not bigger than Haus, Pietramala moves in ‘01

The Sun’s John Weaver says Jays had approached Tierney about taking job before


The Official Site says M&T Bank Stadium awarded 2014, 2016 Army-Navy games

The Official Site says FedEx Field, Lincoln Financial Field also get future Army-Navy Games

The Official Site says Mids to sign autographs at Camden Yards this weekend

The Official Site says FB Jack Hatcher looking forward to Army most this season

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says ’14 game will come at same time as bicentennial celebration of “Star Spangled Banner”

Examiner Steve DeClue says Ravens ‘very proactive’ in bringing Army-Navy game back to Baltimore

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Philadelphia gets 5 of next 8 Army-Navy games

Washington Times’ Tim Lemke says ’11 Army-Navy game to FedEx Field

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says ’10, ’12, ’13, ’15, ’17 Army-Navy games in Philadelphia

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says football ‘king’ at Navy


The Official Site previews Sunday’s contest vs. Harrisburg Stampede


-Clearly the Ravens are putting a significant importance on winning the AFC North; which makes sense, as the road to the Super Bowl is SIGNIFICANTLY more difficult when you have to go on the road for 3 weeks AND then try to win the Super Bowl. Just getting in isn’t enough; even though two teams have won Super Bowls that way.

Talk to you tomorrow.


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Bird watching & no hoisting of goblet in Pittsburgh

Posted on 09 June 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

10:42 p.m. — Bring on Game 7! The Pittsburgh Penguins have been plenty feisty daing back to Game 7 in Washington, D.C. in what feels like a lifetime ago. It wasn’t the most exciting first period in Stanley Cup history, but the third period tonight at The Igloo was spectacular. Action, back and forth and up and down the ice. The game almost was tied with just 13 seconds remaining on a close one.

It was Stanley Cup magic. The Penguins and the city of Pittsburgh are 60 minutes away from a second civic championship in five months. Disgusting!

Meanwhile, Brad Bergesen did a nice job tonight against Seattle. The Birds won 3-1. Nolan Reimold hit a big fly. Melvin Mora had one interfered with in the first inning. It was a good, necessary win for the Birds.

8:40 p.m. — I’m in the midst of a typical spring night of wearing out the “previous” on my Comcast remote as I go back and forth between the Orioles-Mariners and Red Wings-Penguins.

The sky is a beautiful blood orange over downtown tonight and the Orioles game has been strange and the Red Wings look poised to hoist Lord Stanley’s chalice on enemy ice once again. Imagine these cockroaches from Pittsburgh having to watch the Red Wings raise The Cup at the Igloo for the second year in a row in front of the Steel City faithful.

Imagine the indignity! (But, it couldn’t happen to nicer folks that our neighbors in Pittsburgh!)

As for the Orioles, if you didn’t see the fan interference in the first inning on a near-home run for Melvin Mora (coincidentally, the kid was wearing an orange Mora No. 6 freebie giveaway that apparently no one knew about) you need to check it out. It was a Jeffrey Maier special, but when the umpires reconvened they rescinded a two-run homer call and the Orioles were suddenly only up 1-0 instead of 3-nil.

It looks like there’s less than 10,000 in the park tonight and the storm that rolled through town at dinner was biblical. Just horrendous where I was in Towson and White Marsh.

I don’t know if I’ll blog all night but I’ve been watching and I just felt like writing. It’s been a long week already and we’re making a lot of changes at WNST and you’ll see this site really come to life over the next few weeks.

Lots of work behind the scenes lately.

But tonight — for a beautiful Tuesday night — I’m watching hockey and baseball and enjoying it immensely!

Nolan Reimold just turned on one and the Birds are up 2-0. Also, my buddy Ed Frankovic keeps texting me from Hershey with Bears-Manitoba updates. Apparently, the Bears are losing.

Red Wings and Penguins are nil. Been a sleepy first period by Stanley Cup Finals standards.

A big night of fun sports…

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 09 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

My mock Orioles pick? Try Mike Leake from Arizona State. He’s come on during the College World Series; and would presumably be more Major League ready than Matzek or Wheeler.

But what do I know?

Let’s see what everyone else has to say:

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester thinks Patton, Tillman, Arrieta will be September call-ups

Glenn Clark surprised to see SI report about Vasquez

Jason Jubb would want $25k or interview on WNST for Wieters’ first home run ball

Mark Suchy wishes Happy Birthday to father, former Terp Bob Suchy

Glenn Clark says LPGA bringing hot chicks to Harford County

Ed Frankovic says Alzner making impact in Calder Cup Finals with Bears


The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Huff, Mora, Roberts, Markakis all slumping right now

Mariners Official Site’s Jim Street says Vargas goes to mound for Mariners tonight vs. Bergesen, Birds

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Bobby Livingston gave up 1 run over 7 innings to lift Norfolk past Toledo

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Arrieta named Pitcher of the Week again by Eastern League

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Kolodny homered to lift Delmarva past Lake County

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Arizona State’s Mike Leake, Vanderbilt’s Mike Minor could be options for Birds with 5th pick in MLB Draft

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Keys’ Matusz on ‘fast track’ to Baltimore

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says former Oriole Pappas appearing at Sports Legends Saturday

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Justin Christian drilled 3 run homer to lift Tides past Mud Hens

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Shorebirds’ Zagone, Welty named South Atlantic League All-Stars

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck details slumps for Roberts, Markakis, Huff, Mora, Wieters

Examiner Jay Trucker says Trembley, players share blame for bad baserunning

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Birds need improved offense, pitching during homestand with Mariners, Braves, Mets

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Matt Angle ‘heating up’ for Keys

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Saibin says Norfolk manager Gary Allenson ‘not really’ surprised by how quickly Tides players have advanced to Baltimore

Fox Sports’ Dayn Perry says ‘even bottom feeding Orioles on the rise’ in AL East

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Orioles 29th in power rankings

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 29th in power rankings

Sporting News’ Michael Huang mocks Matzek to Birds

Yahoo! Sports’ Steve Henson mocks Matzek to Birds


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens want ‘consistency’ from Gano, Hauschka

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Foxworth, Ngata, Harbaugh amongst Ravens building playground at Good Samaritan Hospital

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens ‘need’ Demetrius Williams to become deep threat

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Harbaugh joining Gruden, Cowher, Fisher, Coughlin on USO tour

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Fabian Washington trying to improve hands to hold on to interceptions


Daily Racing Form’s Mike Welsch says Preakness 5th place finisher Big Drama headed to Charles Town

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Belmont did good business despite no Triple Crown chance

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Quality Road getting back to work after missing Triple Crown

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Hovdey says Woolley, Ice examples of ‘parity’ in horse racing

Thoroughbred Times’ Steve Bailey says Derby winner Mine That Bird returned to Churchill Downs Monday

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says ABC’s ratings for Belmont down from ’08 (when Big Brown went for Triple Crown), up from ’07 (last time no horse had shot at Triple Crown)

Thoroughbred Times says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra breezed 6 furlongs Monday at Churchill Downs

Thoroughbred Times says Borel supports expanded gaming in Kentucky

The Sun says Jess Jackson may start Rachel Alexandra next in Mother Goose Stakes


The Official Site says suites, mezzanine level seats set to debut Sept. 12 with opener vs. James Madison

The Sun’s Jeff Barker hopes ‘rivalry’ with West Virginia grows

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut thinks Ralph has done solid job of scheduling ‘competitive, attractive nonconference games’

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Terps interested in RB prospect Khalek Shepherd (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps interested in Potomac High DE Brockenberry (must subscribe)


The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Stoglin commitment may have hurt Terps’ chances at Bartons

Examiner Steve DeClue believes Greivis Vasquez is returning, despite SI report

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Montrose Christian coach Vetter denies report Greivis has already decided to stay in NBA Draft

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says prospect Oladipo unlikely to come to Maryland (must subscribe)

The Official Site says former Terp Coleman now blogging for Mystics


Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says Rob Grimm amongst best freshmen in country

The Sun’s Edward Lee has Retrievers 16th in early ’10 poll


Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Tigers interested in Arundel QB Billy Cosh


The Official Site says Jays ranked 18th in preseason D3 poll by Sporting News


The Official Site says safety Iwuji wishes Mids could play Texas

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Phil Steele believes Midshipmen will retain C-I-C Trophy

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says prospect Austin Beaty could be next Adam Ballard (must subscribe)


Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Stan Ross won’t be leaving Navy for Denver with Bill Tierney taking Pilots’ job


The Official Site says Croatian forward Krajina committed to Mountaineers


The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says LPGA marketing itself with Twitter
Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy
says former Maryland coach Funk qualifies for U.S. Open


The Sun’s Mike Klingaman remembers former Colt Bill “Iron Horse” Pellington


-If you have any idea of how I can get in touch with Merton from Indianapolis, please let me know. I’m starting to worry about him.

Talk to you tomorrow.


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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 09 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Memphis St. Jude Championship (Thursday, Friday 3:30pm Live on Golf Channel; Saturday, Sunday 3pm live on CBS); NASCAR Lifelock 400 (Sunday 12:30pm from Michigan International Speedway Live on TNT); Baltimore Mariners vs. Harrisburg Stampede (Sunday 4pm 1st Mariner Arena), Crystal Palace USA vs. Wilmington Hammerheads (Saturday 7pm UMBC Stadium)

10. Charm City Roller Girls Home Bout #2 (Saturday 6pm DuBurns Arena)

This from WNST’s own Emily Agueda, who is better known as CCRG’s “She Guevara”……

“Food, beer and chicks on skates.  It’s a great night of fun.

Food, beer, and chicks on skates, huh? I think I’ve seen that porno before. I felt the need to share this picture here. If you object, something tells me you wouldn’t really be a fan of my work anyway….


9. USA Swimming Grand Prix: Santa Clara Invitational (Friday-Sunday 8pm live on Universal Sports and SwimNetwork.com)

It seems like it has been a while since we’ve heard a drug or sex-related Michael Phelps story, so I figured I’d make one up.

Michael Phelps was caught Saturday night leaving Ritz Cabaret in Fells Point with a midget, two illegal immigrants, and Sheila Dixon. The group was believed to be headed to an underground gambling parlor near Pimlico; where they would be participating in heavy heroin use and unsafe sex.

Heavy stuff man. Heavy stuff. Also, this is funny…..

8. Ravens Passing Camp (Monday-Wednesday, 1 Winning Drive)

Look, it’s REALLY tough to be an Orioles fan right now; but no matter how many times you ask me, it is NOT Training Camp yet. But with that in mind, it’s time for a game I like to call “Look at the pictures Ravens players post on their Facebook pages.”

First, here’s Tackle Joe Reitz with a picture titled “Yo Brah, let’s get some sushi!”


and now, here’s WR Marcus Smith with a picture titled “I’m the only man in America who ever bought this hat”….


7. Deadline for Greivis Vasquez, underclassmen to pull name out of NBA Draft (Monday 5pm)

Or as those in College Park are calling it “The day we decide if we really like Lance Stephenson or not.”

6. FIFA Confederations Cup: Team USA vs. Italy (Monday 2:30pm from South Africa live on ESPN)

NO!!!! Holy crap I’m torn like Natalie Imbruglia. (Thanks Chad Dukes.) I mean, these colors don’t run; but I’ve always rooted for Italy because America is terrible at soccer! What the hell do I do? I mean, maybe I should weigh the pros and cons…..

Let’s start with food. America has Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwiches, but Italy has Chiapparelli’s salad…..


Point Italy.

Let’s move to cinema. The Godfather is Italian; and damn it’s good. But America brought us “The Jesus”


Point USA. You don’t f*ck with The Jesus.

I guess this one will have to come down to Tailgate drinking games. First of all, Italy gave us bocce. I haven’t stopped thanking them for that. But America gave us cornhole. This is a tie! Can America and Italy both be involved in something at the same time???????


Success!!!!!! I’ll root for both!!!!

5. NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (Tuesday 8pm from Pittsburgh, Friday 8pm from Detroit if necessary; games 8pm live on NBC), Calder Cup Finals: Hershey Bears vs. Manitoba Moose (Tuesday 7pm from Hershey; Friday, Sunday 7:30 pm from Winnipeg if neccesary. All games streamed live on AHLLive.com)

My roommate was telling me earlier that he was really excited for the last games of the Stanley Cup Finals. He then said he was just as excited about the next season starting next week.

4. McDonald’s LPGA Championship (Thursday-Sunday Bulle Rock; 3 hours per day live on Golf Channel)

I’d like to introduce you to Anna Rawson.


Anna is reportedly a golfer; but I’m reasonably certain you don’t give a crap. Anna reportedly set up a cell phone for fans to call her on. The number is 213-785-7675. I would call myself, but there is pending litigation. I’m sure you understand.

Now I’d like to introduce you to Natalie Gulbis.


She will also reportedly be in Harford County this week; meaning I will have to see if that incident from the night I went to see Mean Girls at the Big M Drive-In still means I’m banned from the area.

Have I given you enough reasons to go out and check out the action in Havre de Grace yet? Of course I haven’t. Golf is awful. But go anyway, just make sure you bring enough sofa pillows.

3. Miguel Cotto vs. Joshua Clottey (Saturday 10:35pm from New York, Live on HBO), Adrenaline MMA 3: Tim Sylvia vs. Ray Mercer (Saturday 8pm from Birmingham; I have no idea if this thing is going to be on TV or not)

Is it a bad sign that one of boxing’s biggest events of the year involves two fighters that most people in the world have never heard of? I’m pretty sure that if you had told me Joshua Clottey was going to be starting for the Orioles on Friday, I probably would have gone with it.

2. UFC 99: The Comeback (Saturday 3pm from Cologne, Germany Live on Pay-Per-View)

Sure, you think a main event featuring Rich Franklin and Wanderlai Silva might be a bit disappointing. But let me offer you three MAJOR reasons why this fight will certainly be worth watching…..

1-The fight starts at 3pm. Two words: Day. Drinking.
2-The biggest undercard fight is Cheick Kongo and Cain Velasquez. That means this monster…..


Will be facing this monster……


3-Mirko Cro Cop is on the undercard. He used to be a headliner, then this happened. Maybe things will change someday….

1. NBA Finals: LA Lakers vs. Orlando Magic (Tuesday, Thursday 9pm from Orlando; Sunday 8:30pm from Orlando if necessary. All games live on ABC)

As if former Terp Chris McCray thought he hadn’t done enough damage to my heart; he apparently felt the need to make this his Facebook status Sunday night…..

pregaming-eating crabs-with my jj redick jersey on..orlando by 10 tonight

That’s it Chris. You’re out. I gave you a second chance; but that does it. You mean to tell me you’re pulling for this clown????

I just thought of a poem for the NBA Finals. Ahem…..

“Roses are red, JJ Redick and Duke suck.”

Sorry, I guess it wasn’t that creative. But we’ll call this the Courtney Lee memorial broom.



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Hershey Goes for Cup; Interviews with John Carlson and Karl Alzner

Posted on 08 June 2009 by Ed Frankovic

Hershey on Brink of Calder Cup

On Tuesday night the Hershey Bears will attempt to do something that has not happened in Chocolate Town in 29 years – win a Calder Cup on their home ice. At 7pm at an already sold out Giant Center Coach Bob Woods’ team will have the opportunity to knock off the Manitoba Moose in 5 games and avoid a long trip back to Winnipeg for games 6 and 7. Based on what I saw on Sunday night, I would say the odds are good that the Bears will finish off the Moose on Tuesday.

Hershey has a better and more mobile defense and given the input I received from some NHL pro scouts, who mentioned that the Moose typically play to try to win the 2-1 type of game, if the Bears skate like they did the first 50 or so minutes of game four they will be victorious. It wasn’t until Hershey took the lead that Manitoba “got off their heels” as head coach Scott Arniel described it and started playing their game. The Moose furiously tried to tie up game four over the last 8 minutes and totally dominated the play in that stretch but I really doubt they can keep that type of intensity up for anywhere close to 60 minutes, yet alone a single period.

Manitoba relies heavily on goalie Cory Schneider, who was outstanding in game four, but he may have to blank the Bears to give his team a chance to win game five and extend the series.

Interviews with John Carlson and Karl Alzner

As promised last night, I had the chance to interview defenseman John Carlson (along with John Keeley of On Frozen Blog) and then I also spent about five minutes with Karl Alzner after Sunday night’s win. Below are the transcripts from those interviews.

Interview with Carlson (Caps 2008 1st round draft pick, 27th overall)

WNST: Tell me what it is like playing in the AHL and the Calder Cup Finals

Carlson: It’s a great opportunity and to be placed in a situation like this, it is unbelievable. Some guys play their whole careers and never get a chance like this. I’m 19 and I’m getting a chance to be thrown in with these guys. The organization, the players, and the coaches have all been great to me so you couldn’t ask for anything more.

WNST: Tell me a little bit about what you’ve learned since I saw you last September and how you’ve been able to take your game to the next level because this is a big jump going from a first round pick in last year’s draft to playing in the playoffs in the AHL.

Carlson: Definitely, after training camp in Washington I just tried to do my best and take everything in from the coaches and worked all year. Basically in London I was trying to win a championship there and I wasn’t lucky enough to get a few bounces there but then I came here and was placed in a situation like this. I just worked on all of the small things really and just try to fine tune everything.

WNST: When you and I talked last summer you said defense was the thing you needed to improve the most. You have definitely improved from what I’ve seen and heard. Who worked with you and how did you get so much better?

Carlson: I just think the coaching staff when I left Washington had a few words to say to me and obviously playing for Dale Hunter and Pat Curcio up in London they really helped me out. Basically practice makes perfect and I had a great team there so playing against those great players helped me all year and there is a lot of good competition up there so that would do it for me.

ON FROZEN BLOG: You are aware of who is here from Washington up in the box watching you – the head coach of the Capitals (Bruce Boudreau), the General Manager (George McPhee) -this weekend you’ve seemed to have made a statement to the whole organization about where you see yourself in September.

Carlson: Yeah, I mean I don’t know, I just try to tune that stuff out. It was nice playing this year without anyone really watching me and get kind of relaxed but I’ve just been trying to contribute here every game, every chance I get, and try not to think about it.

ON FROZEN BLOG: Have you had a chance to talk with Coach Hunter since you’ve arrived here? Has he been able to follow you?

Carlson: Yeah, a little bit, I don’t think the games are televised up there but I talked to him a bit before I left and keep up with him. He basically says the same thing every time – just keep working hard and doing the right things and things will go your way.

WNST: So you got to go up against really good players in practice in John Tavares (likely top pick in 2009 NHL Entry Draft) and Nazrem Kadri (likely top 10 in 2009 NHL Entry Draft) and then you had to go against Windsor who had guys like Greg Nemisz (Calgary’s 2008 1st round draft pick). How do you measure yourself up with those guys? Some of them are going to be high picks or were drafted in the first round.

Carlson: I like to think that I played my game with confidence and I think that is one of my biggest attributes so obviously I think I can play with those guys and I think that I can defend them and chip in and contribute on the offensive end too. So yeah, it was a great series with Windsor (won the OHL title and the Memorial Cup), you never know what could have happened if we got a few bounces with five games in OT. But you can’t really look at it now, I’m just happy to be here and be able to try and win a championship.

Interview with Alzner (Caps 2007 1st round draft pick, 5th overall)

WNST: Give me a synopsis of what has happened since you got sent down, the injury [a concussion], and what you’ve been working on.

Alzner: Well I had one pre-game skate and a game to work on not that much, didn’t really get to do anything that I needed to, that I wanted to and then the third period of the game [Game 4 of Wilkes-Barre Scranton series] I got hit funny and I’ve been out for just over 4 weeks and I was kind of up and down, feeling good, then got set back, feeling good, then got set back again. So it was a little bit longer than I would have hoped. But I got to play yesterday and it felt nice to be out on the ice and feel nice in between shifts, at the end of shifts and not be tired and all that. I’m a little bit nervous here and there when I’m going into the corners and stuff like that. I don’t want to test my head out too much but it feels good now and I got a lot of testing on it today.

WNST: Yes, I remember a sequence in the second period along the right wing boards where you took a good shot and went down.

Alzner: He kind of drove my back, head, and neck into the boards but it wasn’t that hard. I think he probably let up a little bit. It is sore in my neck but it will go away in a day or two, I hope.

WNST: Where are you improving and what are you working on in this playoff atmosphere?

Alzner: I’m just trying to stay calm under the pressure. Obviously I feel pressure to help out the team. I get put out in some key situations so I don’t ever want to mess up. I want to make sure that I am still relaxed with the puck and not just throwing it away. There are times when you have to throw it away but making some plays, I thought today I was pretty good at that. I was making some passes that I normally wouldn’t make like backhands through the middle but they are working out and that is all I work on in practices and making sure I can use all of the skills because if you only work on some things here and there it will make it tougher to be an impact player.

WNST: You have been on winning team’s before, you were captain of Canada’s gold medal winning world junior team, and now you are on the verge of winning something again. Do the guys come to you ask you anything or do you say anything to the guys about this is what you have to do to finish?

Alzner: No one has come to me and asked me because I am just a younger guy and this is different because the team we had there we only had to play 7 games and this is a little bit different. I’ve never had the opportunity to go this far so it is a new scenario for me. So I got to look to other guys that have won the Cup before and I talk to Bourqie (Chris Bourque) quite a bit about it. I just kind of see how everything was and how the crowd is and all of that stuff and it kind of lets me know how to handle it. So it is good to have a roommate like that.

WNST: You guys controlled the play for most of the game on Sunday outside of the last 8 minutes. You had a lot of chances, you got chance after chance for quite awhile without scoring. What was the mood like on the bench?

Alzner: You know what, that is the thing about the team right now is we are not getting down and that is a big thing. We would get down quite a bit during the season cause I think we started out so hot and we were used to scoring goals all of the time but when we wouldn’t score goals some guys would start to get distracted and their energy level just kind of went down the drain a little bit. But now it is a completely different team and everybody is up all game. It doesn’t matter if we are up or down so it is good and that is the way that we have to play the next game because that is the big one and I know what is like to be in that position (Manitoba’s), on the brink right there. You get a goal scored against you early and it is tough to keep your team up so I’m hoping we can do that to them.

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

The Orioles were terrible this weekend; but that will happen. Some teams are deep enough that when their best hitters aren’t hitting, they can come through-or pitching can carry them through. On the flip side, some teams are the Orioles.

I feel like Drew when I say this, but “I don’t know what else you want me to tell you.”

They’re really bad.

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Birds bring 5 game losing streak back to Camden Yards

Nestor Aparicio sick of seeing Pittsburgh fans around Baltimore

Bob Haynie wonders if Ravens fans want Stover back

Glenn Clark says Desormeaux pulling upset in Belmont takes some air out of horse racing

Cliff Saunders says wife wanted to bet on Summer Bird

Ed Frankovic says Hershey Bears one win from Calder Cup


MLB.com’s Rick Eymer says Brian Bass, bullpen pick up Rich Hill; but Birds swept by A’s

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

MLB.com’s Rick Eymer says after day off today; Vargas, M’s to face Bergesen, Birds

MLB.com’s Rick Eymer says Pie ‘feels good’ despite being hit in throat will foul ball

MLB.com’s Rick Eymer says Salazar ‘comfortable’ back with O’s

Athletics Official Site’s Jane Lee says Mazzaro throws another shutout, remains scoreless as big leaguer

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Tillman gave up three runs over 5 innings in loss to Toledo

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Arrieta’s complete game shutout paced Bowie in doubleheader sweep of Erie

Frederick Keys Official Site says Britton gave up just one run over six innings in win over Salem

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Trembley tried playing Wigginton at 2nd; giving Roberts, Huff day off

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says even with Jamie Walker released, Wieters doesn’t plan on switching from 15 to 32

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds have scored 12 runs over last 7 games; 6 of which have been losses

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds haven’t lead in last 33 innings of play

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Roberts, Markakis mired in ‘funk’ as Birds return home

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Baysox’ Ryohei Tanaka got first save in 2nd game of twinbill

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. mocks UNC’s Alex White to Baltimore

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says Tides have scored just one run in last 3 games-all losses

San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser says A’s extended streak to 6 straight wins

Oakland Tribune’s Joe Stiglich says 17,000 at Oakland Coliseum to see A’s sweep O’s

The AP says Andrew Bailey finished off Birds in 9th for 4th save of season


The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham cleans up after me

Examiner Tony Wisniewski pining for Ravens season while watching O’s

Examiner Phil Macek says fans have Super Bowl aspirations for Ravens

SI’s Peter King says Harbaugh to visit troops in Persian Gulf later this month

Sporting News RealScouts has Reed 7th on list of players expected to be most ‘dominant’ in NFL this season


Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Belmont winner Summer Bird, Derby winner Mine That Bird heading back to Churchill Downs today

Thoroughbred Times’ Bob Ehalt says trainer Tim Ice plans to run Summer Bird in Travers Stakes, Jim Dandy Stakes

The Sun says Woolley eyeing Breeders’ Cup Classic for Mine That Bird

SI’s Norman Chad says average sports fans not captivated by Borel


Examiner Steve DeClue says Will Barton’s commitment to Memphis ‘major disappointment’ for Gary


The Official Site’s Jake Hagelin checks in from Dublin during European trip


The Sun’s Candus Thomson says LPGA Championship leaving Bulle Rock after this weekend’s event

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says In-Kyung Kim comes to Harford County off win in State Farm Classic


Washington Times’ Harrison Goodman says Phelps ‘most accomplished active male athlete’ (ahead of Woods, Federer)


-It is a shame to see the LPGA Championship leaving Havre De Grace (or is that Aberdeen up there?) after this weekend. I don’t really care much about the event itself; and I certainly don’t plan on attending, but I support the idea of having major events in the area. Hopefully Terry Hasseltine is working to bring other major events to the area to replace the LPGA Championship, Tiger Woods’ event, and the Dew Action Sports Tour; which have all left or are leaving since his office was created. A single soccer match is nice-very nice even-but does not replace all of those events.

Talk to you tomorrow.


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Posted on 08 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

You get props:

1. Roger Federer and Tiger Woods

There are so many things similar about Roger Federer. They’re both arguably the greatest athletes in the history of their sports. They both have won every major championship their sport has to offer. They’re both in position to break the record for most major championships in their sport. They both have super hot wives. Wait a second……


…….they’re both married anyway.

2. Oakland Athletics Pitchers Dallas Braden, Trevor Cahill and Vin Mazzaro

Jesus Christ. We got our asses handed to us by guys named Dallas Braden, Trevor Cahill, and Vin Mazzaro? Vin Mazzaro has never heard of Vin Mazzaro.

I’d write a joke here, but I’m too busy looking for a bridge. Plus, the joke’s on me because you just KNOW I’ll by a ticket one day this week.

3. Brett Rogers and Jake Shields

Dear God, I hope that guy never finds out where I live.

4. Pavel Datsyuk, Alexandre Giroux and Michael Neuvirth

The Detroit Red Wings are a game away from winning the Stanley Cup. The Hershey Bears are a game away from winning the Calder Cup. I’m sure they’re both equally as excited, right? What do you do with the Stanley Cup if you have it for a day in Detroit? Take photos of them outside Ford Field and send them to Matt Millen along with threatening messages?

5. Brandon Snyder, Zach Britton, and Oliver Drake

My friends with the Bowie Baysox want you to know that they’re hosting a beer dinner on Thursday, June 18. At first I thought, “huh?”; but then I thought, “Beer for dinner? GENIUS!!!!” It turns out they WON’T be serving beer for dinner (although they should); but instead they will be serving copious amounts of German beer WITH dinner…….which is just as good, if not better. Amongst the beers they will be serving are Spaten Munich Lager and Franziskaner Dunkel Weiss. I don’t know how to pronounce any of those things; but I think I like them anyway. And hopefully they will be served by these ladies…..


6. Carlos Bocanegra

Only a soccer player sees a ball on the ground near the goal and thinks “Quick, drop down and hit it with your forehead!” Bocanegra tallied the winner for Team USA in World Cup qualifying over Honduras; which would be more exciting if it weren’t for the fact that they had to rally just to beat Honduras-who has qualified for the World Cup like-you know-ONCE. EVER.

Just as a note, the 1994 World Cup was supposedly the moment when Soccer became America’s most popular sport with kids everywhere playing. 15 years later; shouldn’t at least SOME of those kids actually be good at soccer by now?

7. Kent Desormeaux

You want to feel good for Desormeaux considering he needed to complete the career Triple Crown; but damnit would it be nice for the Belmont to actually KEEP people excited about horse racing; not leave fans saying “did they run that one again this year?”

The segment with Chip Woolley and Kenny Mayne was brilliant……”Living American Male?” “No.” “Margaret Thatcher?” “DAG NABBIT!” Unfortunately, that bit isn’t available on Youtube; so let’s try this one, where Kenny Mayne and Marshawn Lynch make fun of Willis McGahee. It’s late, and I’m lazy. If you want to be in a relationship with me; you should probably get used to hearing that. TLDGOTFOTP heard some combination of that like 16 times this weekend.

8. Dustin Ackley

Paying attention to Dustin Ackley might be smart in case he’s available when the Orioles pick 5th on Tuesday; but it looks more and more like he’ll go 2nd. Which is good; because he plays for North Carolina…..so he can get bent. Quickly. Unless of course he DOES end up with the Orioles; in which case GOD I PRAY HE’S GOOD.

9. Mark “TNT” Tucker


How freaking great is this guy? He’s 10-0 now; and Paul Williams was in attendance Friday night at a horse barn to watch him win. Outstanding! Plus, he looks like he might be borderline insane; and that can only make things better. And for what it’s worth; the best thing to happen to Sykesville before TNT was having Chris Rock film scenes from “Head of State” there. Any seeing as how I wasted $15 to buy “Head of State” on DVD only to pound my head a hundred times directly into a piece of concrete afterwards; I think they could use something better.

10. Marissa Coleman

Hell of a start to Coleman’s career with the Washington Mystics in the WNBA; which brings me to this Famliy Guy clip; which if you don’t think is funny I might not know what to say to you…..

11. Carlos Zambrano, Carl Pavano, Yovani Gallardo, Carlos Lee, Prince Fielder, Jon Lester, Ian Stewart, Edwin Jackson, John Lannan, Clete Thomas, Roy Halladay, Chipper Jones, Ryan Braun, and Livan Hernandez

Look at all the baseball players who did something good this weekend. None of them play for the team in Baltimore. Sorry, I had to. By the way, how many drinks do you think Jamie Walker had this weekend while watching the Orioles between laughs? “You A-holes still have to pay me!!!”

12. Tony Stewart and Helio Castroneves

Tony Stewart changed to number 14??? What the hell do I do about my tattoos???

13. Hank Baskett

So, do I have to admit that I watched the debut of the show “Kendra” on DVR after watching WEC and the Finals. You could ask me why; but you’re not going to get an answer you like. You might get an answer like “I’m a glutton for punishment.” Anyway; as much as the Eagles suck, I have to admit that this guy deserves some credit……


Hank’s upcoming marriage will mean he will have exactly one more trophy than the football team he plays for.

14. Playing For Change

I don’t know much of anything about anything; but I know that I wanted this to last about 20-30 minutes longer…..

I believe my musician friend John Chambers of the band “The Waywords” said it best in the subject line of the email he sent this to me in…..

Subj: “Ho. Ly. Crap.”

I couldn’t have said it any better myself.

15. Mike Tyson and Las Vegas

Maybe it’s not the number 1 movie in America; but “The Hangover” was damn good. This video is NSFW again; which I wish meant it had Heather Graham naked in it. It doesn’t, but I’ll forgive you if you skip watching it and instead pop in your VHS copy of Boogie Nights. In fact, I’m gonna do the same thing.

You got lucky…..

1. Kobe Bryant

Were the Lakers REALLY an unthinkable Courtney Lee miss away from going to Orlando with the Magic having a chance to win the title at home?

As soon as Hedo Turkoglu blocked Kobe’s shot, an audible “NOOOOO!!!!!!!!” was heard from the Commissioner’s box; which was weird because someone remembered it was the commissioner who was sitting in that box.

2. Mike Brown

A lot easier to beat a guy when he breaks his right hand; isn’t it? Dude, if Billy Wallace would’ve broken his right hand every time we fought in middle school; I would’ve never had to spend the rest of the day balled up in the fetal position in the kindergarten wing bathroom praying no one would find me and see my shame. I mean, my FRIEND would have never had to that. Nor would he have had to ask my little sister to put makeup on him to cover it up.

3. Chris Mortensen, Ed Werder, and every other NFL reporter who is just PRAYING the Brett Favre saga will continue and help them get work



4. Andre Ethier, Alfonso Soriano, and Mark Reynolds

Can Mark Reynolds really be proud of himself? He hit a game winning home run off Padres infielder Josh Wilson! You might as well just not talk about it. It’s like when you go home drunk and wake up next to a young lady who most resembles Ray Bachman. When your buddies ask you if you got laid the night before, you just say “nope, passed out before I could.”

5. Gary Thorne and Buck Martinez

Despite the fact that Gary and Buck work for the Orioles MASN, I was actually able to track down their immediate statement after finding out they had won an Emmy.

“Thank you very much. You know; some people think it’s easy to just go out there and apply polish to a turd night after night; but we’ve really gotten comfortable with the job……”

Seriously though; congratulations to our friends Brent Harris and Mark Fogelsong from Comcast SportsNet; who also won an Emmy Saturday night in DC. I wanted to make a joke about Deuce wearing a penguin suit; but when I did a Google Image search for “penguin suit”, this is what I found……


……is that NSFW? Does anyone have an explanation as to what I’m looking at or why?????

6. Michael Phelps

Say what you want about the greatest Olympic athlete of all time, but have you ever had Lil’ Wayne write a song about you? I mean, I certainly have; but I’m better than you. Here’s the tune, with lyrics that I’m assuming are NSFW. Unless of course you work at Scores. I hear the 15-7-0 crowd is large at Scores.

7. Anyone who doesn’t get their ass kicked while eating crabs


Did anyone in Baltimore NOT have crabs this weekend? I feel like I read about 800 Facebook updates/blogs/tweets about how someone was enjoying crabs this weekend. But at the end of the night Saturday, the nurse’s office at my apartment was busier than it was in 5th grade before MSPAP testing. I believe my right arm was on the menu of at least 15 mosquitos; while claws themselves left marks on 6 of my digits. To make things more interesting, my cousin Jeff came to town from Las Vegas and might have a shellfish allergy; as he went scrambling into my apartment digging anywhere for Benadryl. I believe there was so much blood on the back porch that my Miller Lite can had an alcohol-blood level twice the legal limit.

You’re a zero…….

Neal Huntington

I actually feel bad for the guy. He might as well trade Nate McClouth; because the Pirates probably aren’t going to be any good with him. But you get the feeling he’d be the type of young talent you’d want to build around. For example, I doubt Orioles fans would be happy if Andy MacPhail had traded Nick Markakis instead of Miguel Tejada.

But the biggest reason Huntington is a zero? Like you even have to ask….



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