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Blog & Tackle: Week 17 AFC clinching scenarios

Posted on 28 December 2009 by Chris Pika

We know that if the Ravens win, they are in the AFC playoff field for the second consecutive season. The New York Jets are in the same spot win and in. But in the interest of laying out all of the possibilities, here are the AFC clinching scenarios coming into the final week of play, courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau and NFL.com.

CLINCHED:

Indianapolis — South division and home-field advantage.

San Diego — West division and first-round bye.

Cincinnati — North division.

New England — East division.

 

ELIMINATED:

Cleveland, Kansas City, Oakland, Buffalo, Tennessee.

 

Baltimore, the Jets, Denver, Pittsburgh and Houston can also make the playoffs if they tie this week with various other things happening. Jacksonville and Miami cannot make the playoffs with a tie.

 

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Baltimore clinches a playoff spot:

1) BAL win

 

NEW YORK JETS

NY Jets clinch a playoff spot:

1) NYJ win

 

DENVER BRONCOS

Denver clinches a playoff spot:

1) DEN win + NYJ loss or tie + BAL loss or tie

2) DEN win + NYJ loss or tie + PIT loss or tie

3) DEN win + NYJ loss or tie + HOU win

4) DEN win + BAL loss or tie + PIT loss or tie

5) DEN win + BAL loss or tie + HOU win

6) PIT loss + BAL loss + HOU loss + JAC loss

7) PIT loss + BAL loss + HOU loss + NYJ loss

8.) PIT loss + BAL loss + JAC loss + NYJ loss

9) PIT loss + HOU loss + JAC loss + NYJ loss

10) MIA loss or tie + NYJ loss + BAL loss + HOU loss + JAC loss or tie

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff spot:

1) PIT win + HOU loss or tie + NYJ loss or tie

2) PIT win + HOU loss or tie + BAL loss or tie

3) PIT win + NYJ loss or tie + BAL loss or tie + DEN loss or tie

 

HOUSTON TEXANS

Houston clinches a playoff spot:

1) HOU win + NYJ loss or tie + BAL loss or tie

2) HOU win + NYJ loss or tie + DEN loss or tie

3) HOU win + BAL loss or tie + DEN loss or tie

 

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Jacksonville clinches a playoff spot:

1) JAC win + PIT loss + BAL loss + DEN loss + HOU loss

2) JAC win + PIT loss + BAL loss + DEN loss + NYJ loss

3) JAC win + PIT loss + BAL loss + HOU loss + NYJ loss

4) JAC win + PIT loss + DEN loss + HOU loss + NYJ loss

5) JAC win + NYJ loss + DEN loss + HOU loss + BAL loss

 

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Miami clinches a playoff spot:

1) MIA win + NYJ loss + BAL loss + HOU loss + JAC loss or tie

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (12/18/09)

Posted on 18 December 2009 by Jack McManus

9:52-

Drew and Glenn do a very quick Picks and Comment segment. To check out all the picks make sure you go to the Audio Vault.

Ravens Picks:

Glenn- Ravens 27 Bears 17

Drew- Ravens 30 Bears 16

9:46-

Andy Behrens, of Yahoo! Sports is on to help Drew out with his fantasy football playoff game. He tells Drew to stick with Larry Fitzgerald despite the minor injury concerns.

9:33-

Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago joins Drew to talk about this weekend’s Ravens-Bears matchup. He talks about how the Bears will continue to compete despite their season being essentially over. He next moves on to how the Bears will improve in the offseason. The Bears do not have a first round pick this year due to the Jay Cutler trade. Speaking of Cutler, Dickerson makes it clear that the quarterback must improve in order for the team to be competitive next season.

9:09-

Tom Chuckas of the Maryland Jockey Club is the next guest. He discusses the upcoming vote on slots in Anne Arundel County with Drew. He talks about how he must make horse racing a viable option along with slot machines. Drew brings up that it is impossible to determine exactly how many people’s lives will be affected if horse racing continues to decline in Maryland. Chuckas calls it a situation where no on will notice the problem until it is gone. He is unable to pinpoint a single event that badly hurt horse racing. Instead, it was a longer process.

9:00-

Randy Monroe comes on with Drew as he does each and every week. His UMBC Retrievers are still looking for their first win of the season. He talks about the difficulty of handling the players who may lose focus during the holiday season. Monroe next mentions how his team is returning some players from injury and hopefully will be able to turn the team around.

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8:36-

Mike Florio from ProFootballTalk.com now joins Drew. He begins by talking about the tragic death of Chris Henry. He says that the focus must now be placed on his children. He states that it should be made clear that Henry had turned his life around before his death. Florio next moves on to the quick turnover of the Redskins’ GM position. The team clearly had a new plan in place even before the spot was vacant.

8:16-

Merton makes an appearance following the Colts win over the Jaguars last night. He talks about how he almost wishes the Colts would have put in their 3rd stringers and lost. He explains that he can now look forward to the Colts defeating the Ravens in the playoffs.

8:03-

Mark, a first time caller chimes in. He talks about how is a former-season ticket holder. He compares the Orioles’ situation to that of the Phillies. A few years ago the Phillies made the decision to really try and compete. The results have been very successful. Mark points out how the team can go sign some free agents or even trade for a big bat, like Adrian Gonzalez.

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7:57-

Rob calls in to further the discussion about the Orioles. There has been a debate about whether the Orioles have a chance to compete against the Yankees and Red Sox in the American League East. Drew explains that by spending more money and even up the payrolls it will be much closer to competing. The O’s just must be willing to shell out the money for big time players.

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (12/17/09)

Posted on 17 December 2009 by Jack McManus

9:37-

Sean Salisbury now makes his weekly appearance. Salisbury begins by talking about his former team the Cowboys. He thinks his preseason prediction of 9-7 may end up being accurate. He bemoans the team’s annual December swoon. He states that we might as well face the fact that the team does not perform late in the season. He also says that he believes that if Dallas does not make the playoffs, Wade Phillips will no longer be head coach. Salisbury next talks about one of the more confusing teams in the NFL, the Denver Broncos. It appears as though the Broncos will be able to sneak into a wild card spot. Salisbury has been impressed with how the team has rebounded after their losing streak. He calls them a team that could be very dangerous in the playoffs if they get hot. Sean next compares Tiger Woods’ situation to his own confrontation with Deadspin.

9:24-

Glenn and Drew discuss the Orioles for a few minutes. The team signed two players last night. Mike Gonzalez is a lefty reliever and Garrett Atkins is a 3rd baseman. There are also rumors floating around about the Orioles’ interest in free agent outfielder Matt Holliday.

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9:08-

Dan from Fallston calls in with some questions about the horse racing issue. He talks about how the politicians in the state have cost the people. By delaying slots, blame has been shifted to the sport of horse racing for the lack of revenue generated.

8:47-

Mike Gathagan from the Maryland Jockey Club is next up. He is on to continue to talk about the hot topic of horse racing in Maryland. He talks about how Maryland has tried to continue to compete with neighboring states that allow slots. He also states that if slots are put at Arundel Mills, Laurel Park will be hard pressed to remain open. Moving on to the horse racing schedule, Gathagan explains that the next meet will start On January 1st. He also states that it is in his best interest for the slots bill in Anne Arundel County to not pass.

8:31-

Ed Joyner, coach of the Hampton basketball team is now on with Drew. The Pirates will face Towson in a couple days. He talks about his team’s poor record at the start of the season. Hampton has lost many close games early in the year. Joyner emphasizes the importance of improving before the MEAC schedule starts. He next talks about how he and the team have attempted to deal with the tragic loss of one of their players before the season.

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8:14-

Brian Billick is next up. He states he is excited to be calling the Ravens-Bears game this weekend. He also says that he thinks the Ravens have a great shot at the playoffs. Brian next discusses the possibility of the Steelers giving up on the season before their game against the Ravens. Drew quickly mentions the breaking news that Vinny Cerrato has resigned from the Redskins. Brian talks about now that the general manager is gone speculation about Jim Zorn’s job will increase. Drew asks Brian what he would do if he was the coach of an undefeated team. Brian explains that he would do whatever maximizes the team’s chances of going to the Super Bowl. This could vary from team to team. On the other hand, some fans clamor for teams to purposefully lose games at the end of the season when eliminated from the playoffs. Brian emphatically states that in all his years of coaching no one has ever suggested that a team not give 100%.

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8:11-

Merton from Indianapolis joins Drew before the Colts play tonight. He reminds us all that the Colts-Jaguars game tonight has a large impact on the Ravens’ playoff chances.

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8:01-

Drew follows that up with a shot at the people who complain when horse racing is discussed on the air. He explains that he has received many e-mails asking why he is talking about racing. Drew makes it clear that he cares about horse racing in Maryland. Without racing in the state many jobs and a great deal of revenue will be lost. He states that you must be “smarter” than to say that no one cares about horse racing in Maryland.

7:46-

Glenn kicks off “Cheap Shots From the Bleachers” by calling out Time magazine for not putting Chesley Sullenberger on its list of possible Men of the Year. Sullenberger was responsible for the moment of the year when he landed a plane in the Hudson River and saved 150 lives.

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (11/24/09)

Posted on 24 November 2009 by Jack McManus

9:38-

Matt Spadafora, member of the UMBC basketball team is not on with Drew. He talks about how the team has had a rough start to the season. He next discusses how the team has tried to replace the stars it lost after last season. He also talks about the competition between the local basketball teams. Finally, he reveals he is from Philly. Drew lets Matt know that he does not allow many Philadelphians on the show.

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9:24-

Phil Stern, coach of the women’s basketball team at UMBC is the next guest. He talks about going up against Delaware and Elena Delle Donne. Delle Donne is one of the top players in the nation, and was the number 1 recruit in the nation.

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8:49-

CBSSports.com writer Clark Judge is on to talk with Drew. He was in attendance for the Ravens-Colts game. He talks about the multitude of weapons the Colts have. He next moves on to the resurgence of the Titans. He does not think the Titans will be able to make the playoffs, but Vince Young’s play has given the team more hope for the future. On the a team with the opposite trend, Judge goes on the the Denver Broncos. He explains how the team is unable to make quick strikes on offense, and therefore are not able to make comebacks. Discussing the AFC playoff picture, Judge states that all the teams that are traditionally in the playoff hunt are there. One exception to that is the Jaguars. Judge does not trust the team, and does not believe they will be able to overcome their tough schedule.

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8:39-

Merton calls in to remind us all of the Colts’ victory over the Ravens. He does not blame Drew for not singing the Colts’ fight song because only a true, blue Colts fan should sing it. He also says that the Ravens will be looking for a new QB in a few years. He also finally apologizes to Bob in Parkville.

8:34-

A caller continues to talk about the job status of Ralph Friedgen. Glenn mentions that he does not know of any boosters who have offered to contribute to the buyout of the coach.

8:09-

Patrick Stevens from the Washington Times is on to talk about the Terps. He starts off by talking about the football team’s loss to Florida State. He explains that this was one of the few games this season where fans could truly say Maryland looked like the better team. This is a season where nothing has gone right. Stevens next addresses the rumors about the possible firing of Ralph Friedgen. Athletic Director Debbie Yow has stated that no decision will be made until after the final game. Stevens states that nothing would shock him at this point, including coaching-in-waiting James Franklin leaving the team as well.

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Stevens now moves on to the basketball team. He talks about the improvement of Sean Mosley. The case can be made that Mosley has been the best player on the team so far this season. If Mosley continues his scoring, It will be a huge asset to the team. Stevens predicts that the could move farther in the NCAA tournament than many predicted.

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (11/20/09)

Posted on 20 November 2009 by Jack McManus

9:48-

Andy Behrens from Yahoo! Sports is on to offer his weekly fantasy advice. To get all the details on who to start make sure you check out the audio vault.  

9:27-

A caller informs us that the release of Steve Hauschka made his week and that no one could be worse. He also asks Drew why the Ravens did not bring back Chris McAlister. Glenn points out that Billy Cundiff could be much worse than Hauschka.

9:08-

The Colts’ sideline reporter, Kevin Lee is now on to talk about the Ravens-Colts matchup this weekend. He first reminds everyone that any team can win on every given Sunday. He next describes the differences between Tony Dungy and Jim Caldwell. Lee explains that the two are very similar although, Caldwell will occasionally get more heated during practices. He moves on the injuries depleting the Colts secondary. He points out the strong safety play that has kept the Colts defense strong. On the topic of Matt Stover, he believes that Stover could return to Baltimore if and when he is released after Adam Vinatieri returns from injury.

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8:52-

Randy Monroe, head coach of the UMBC basketball, is the next guest. He first talks about the coaching he did at the end of the game against the Loyola Greyhounds. He is not second guessing his decision to wait to call a timeout in the final seconds. Monroe states that he is always telling his players that they must maintain throughout games. He talks about the adjustments his team has been forced to make after losing Jay Greene and Darryl Proctor. He knows that the team will improve with time. Monroe next discusses the idea of a Baltimore-area showdown.

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8:40-

Mike Florio is now talking some football with Drew. He talks about the Bengals’ signing of Larry Johnson. He states that as long as Johnson behaves himself, the gamble should be worth it for the Bengals. Florio believes that if the Buffalo Bills brings in a quality coach, the team could turn around very quickly. He explains that the team needs to have a plan that every part of the organization agrees with. He also states that each of the undefeated teams this weekend need to be careful with their opponents.

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8:35-

Merton now joins us from Indianapolis. He promises to call in at 8:30 on Monday regardless of the result of the game on Sunday. He makes a wager with Drew. If the Colts win Drew and Glenn must sing the Colts’ fight song. If the Ravens win, Merton will personally apologize Bob in Parkville.  

7:32-

Bill Herrion, head coach of the New Hampshire Wildcats men’s basketball team is on with Drew. His team will face off against the Terps tonight at the Comcast Center. Herrion begins by talking about his difficult road schedule early in the season. Besides playing Maryland the Wildcats will also go up against Pitt and Hofstra. He next brings up his teams experience level. He explains that even though their is only one senior on his roster, many of the other players have significant on-court experience.

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (11/19/09)

Posted on 19 November 2009 by Jack McManus

9:48-

Sean Salisbury is next up. He first talks about the Cowboys-Packers game. He believes the game showed more about the Cowboys. He states that we are seeing history repeating. The Cowboys often end up collapsing at some point in the season. Sean does not think the Ravens will be able to defeat the Colts this weekend. He also thinks that Peyton Manning has now made a case to be the best quarterback in NFL history.

9:37-

We are joined now by the great Bobby Bowden. He states that he has not thought about the possibility that this weekend could be his last game at home coaching Florida State. He next talks about the competitiveness of the ACC. Top to bottom, the teams will be in close games with each other. He explains that his offense has continued to develop during the season. Many of the players will return as starters next season. The defense on the other hand has lost many players to graduation and has had to rebuild during the season.

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9:09-

Ben Reiter of SI.com is on with Drew to talk some baseball. He recently ranked the top 50 free agents in baseball. You can check that out here. He starts off by talking about his #1 ranked player, John Lackey. He compares Lackey to Mark Teixeira because both were linked to hometown teams. Lackey has been rumored to be interested in the Rangers. However, Reiter points out that in these situations players will often take money over location. On the topic of the Yankees, Reiter believes that team will resign Johnny Damon and make a move for Carl Crawford next year. He next talks about the Orioles’ offseason. Adrian Beltre has been called a good fit for the team. Beltre is still an elite defensive 3rd baseman. He could also improve in a smaller ballpark. Regardless, Reiter explains that with a strong free agent market, the Orioles will find someone to fill that role.

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8:46-

Head coach of the Loyola basketball team, Jimmy Patsos is the next guest. The Greyhounds defeated UMBClast night at the RAC Arena. He talks about how two local playerswent head-to-head in the final minutes of the game. Jamal Barney scored 21 points for Loyola, while Chauncey Gilliam put up a career-high 22 for the Retrievers. He also discusses how local programs have been able to keep basketball talent in the area. This has allowed for the growth of many Baltimore-area teams. Continuing with this idea, Patsosputs forth the idea that each local team play each other and compete for some sort of Baltimore championship. He explains that the biggest need for an event like this to take place is a new arena. Finally, Drew tells Patsos that he now thinks the Greyhounds will finish better than his intial prediction of 9-9 in the MAAC.

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8:39-

A couple of callers bring up the even line for the Ravens-Colts game. They do not see how many people will bet on the Ravens. One caller states that the Ravens only two chances are “slim and none.”

8:12-

Brian Billick joins Drew to talk some football. Brian will be in Green Bay for the Packers game against the 49ers this weekend. Brian weighs in on the Bill Belichick decision. He states that controversial decision such as this not only rely on the coach’s philosophy but also the current makeup of the team. He also agrees with Drew that Belichick believed that if the Colts scored, they would do so much more quickly. Moving on, Brian calls the Larry Johnson signing an interesting move by the Bengals. He explains that Johnson is on thin ice in Cincinnati. One wrong move would result in a trip back to free agency for LJ. Brian next talks about the impact of Terrell Owens on a football team. Some are calling the firing of Dick Jauron a side-effect of having TO on the squad.

 
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8:03-

A very complimentary caller tells everyone at the station how good a job everyone is doing. He is proud to be a listener.

7:57-

A call discusses the issues with Baltimore/Indianapolis and the Hall of Fame. HE problem is that at the Hall players are listed to have played for the Indianapolis Colts. To solve this the NFL could simply list the team nickname and not the city.

7:36-

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We welcome in Ed Hottle, the coach of the new football team at Stevenson University. He compares coaching a new football team to having a child. He will always be associated with the start of the program. Hottle is a Frostburg State grad, and he states he would be very interested in soon playing against his alma mater. He calls the decision to take the job a “no brainer.” He also talks about his previous experience at Gallaudet University. Gallaudet is known as one of the best institutes of higher learning for the deaf in the world.

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (11/18/09)

Posted on 18 November 2009 by Jack McManus

9:44-

A caller questions Drew about the relationship between a coach and the general manager. The GM always has the final say because of the financial situation. However, good front offices work together with the coaching staff to assemble the best team.

9:28-

Matt Bradley of the Washington Capitals is now on with Drew. He scored the game-winning goal to beat the New York Rangers last night. He talks about how the team played strong with out their star Alex Ovechkin. He next speaks about the goaltending situation. He explains that it is beneficial to have two capable goalies. He moves on to the effectiveness of the team’s power play at this point. He states that the team is not trying to be too fancy right now and it is working.

9:20-

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Steve Lappas from CBS College Sports is the next guest. He is a former head coach for multiple Division I basketball teams. He starts off by talking about big-time teams visiting smaller schools. Yesterday, the Clemson Tigers played at Liberty. He calls playing at home the biggest advantage in college basketball. (I guess it didn’t help the Flames much). Lappas next talks about the outlook for Maryland’s season. He calls Greivis Vasquez a great all-around player.

9:11-

A caller agrees with Drew’s blog this morningand goes even further to say that Matt Stover should receive a standing ovation.

8:55-

Ross Tucker is now on with Drew to talk some football. He starts with his thoughts on the Larry Johnson signing. He states that he does not think that Johnson will be in a fourth-string role like Marvin Lewis says. Tucker explains that the Super Bowl teams rarely turn out the way it appears during the season. Therefore, he does not believe the Colts and the Saints will meet in the playoffs. He next explains Bill Belichick’s reasoning for his decision to go for it on 4th down. He talks about the statistics that back up Belichick’s choice.

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7:47-

The head coach of Towson’s final opponent, James Madison, Mickey Matthews is next up. He starts off by describing how his team has started to come together late in the season. The team faced one of the toughest schedules in the nation this year, and the team has improved noticeably because of it. Matthews hopes the Dukes will carry this momentum into next season. He next talks about how Rob Ambrose has helped change the philosophy of the Towson football program. He calls them a very capable team.

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7:39-

Rob Ambrose joins us this morning to talk about the Tigers before the end of their season. He brings up how his team has never given up. Despite the team’s struggles this season, the players love the team and the school. Regardless of the opponent, the Tigers fight each and every week. He next talks about the importance of having a good quarterback in order to make the next step to the FCS playoffs.

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog(11/17/09)

Posted on 17 November 2009 by Jack McManus

9:32-

A caller brings up the struggles of the offensive line in the last few games. Drew believes that the team’s guards did not have good games last night. With matchups against Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis coming up, the line needs to step up.

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9:18-

A caller compares the Ravens offense to that of the Philadelphia Eagles. Both teams rely on a small running back to carry much of the load. This could very well be due to John Harbaugh’s long tenure under Andy Reid. Drew thinks the team over-relies on Ray Rice. This makes that team too easy to plan for.

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9:06-

Tommy Polley is now on with Drew to talk some football. Polley talks about his participation in games that are simply very boring, like the one last night. He moves on to the Ravens’ improved talking last night. You must take whatever you can from a game like that. Polley next talks about playing against Peyton Manning. He states that he learned that football is more of a mental game than it is a physical game.

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8:50-

Pete from Downtown is the next caller. He explains that the Ravens will not be prepared to play the Colts on Sunday. He blames this on the coaching. He thinks the team should protest the people coaching the team, similar to what the Browns did last night.

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8:36-

A caller points out the fact that the Ravens were out of timeouts halfway through the first quarter. Drew does not understand what the coaching staff was looking at on the early challenge.

8:23-

Merton now joins from way over in Indianapolis. He asks if the Baltimore fans heard the 50 million people turning their TVs off. He states that the Ravens do not belong on the same field as Peyton Manning and the Colts. He leaves us by telling Baltimore that the curse of Robert Irsay will not go away until the city builds a statue of him in front of the stadium.

8:19-

Another caller brings up the Ravens’ recent struggles. He believes that Marvin Lewis must have figured out how to defeat the Ravens. He explains that ever since the team’s first loss, every other team has taken the same strategy and it has been effective.

8:03-

A caller blames the fact that the Ravens struggle to start off games on the team’s struggles on 3rd down. In order to fix that the Ravens need to be more dedicated to running the football. Another caller supports this point. He hopes that the team will change the game plan. The use of different backs will hopefully catch their opponents by surprise.

7:43-

Another caller talks about how the Ravens got Willis McGahee and Le’Ron McClain more involved in the offense. Drew thinks that the team is still too predictable on offense by not utilizing these two players. Someone else calls in and agrees with this point. He states that other teams seem to mix up their running backs more effectively than the Ravens.

7:40-

A caller talks with Drew about the impact of last night’s game. Drew explains that the only way to take the game is as “a win is a win.” The caller states that the Ravens have had too much difficulty in the passing game right now.

7:30-

Glenn is joining us this morning to talk about the Ravens Browns game last night. He and drew discuss the kicking situation. Drew will not make any excuses for any kicker missing a field goal less than 40 yards. However, he does not think the team makes a change because of the short week. Glenn agrees, but states that at some point Steve Hauschka must prove he can make points.

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (11/5/09)

Posted on 05 November 2009 by Jack McManus

9:51-

And today we finish up with salutes to all those who got involved in the show this morning as we every day.

9:40-

Sean Salisbury is the next guest. He is on to talk about the NFL with Drew. Sean believes that a must win game can occur early in the season, and this week’s Ravens-Bengals game is just that. He thinks that the Ravens will use their toughness and physicality to win the game. Sean explains that the Eagles beating of the Giants says a lot about the momentum of both teams. The Eagles are in midseason form that Andy Reid always gets his team into. He also thinks the Giants will be able to turn the season around and still be a force in the NFC East. Moving on, Sean states that the 49ers are much improved, but they must learn to finish games. He calls “winning ugly” something that good teams are able to do. The Colts did this against the 49ers last week.

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9:11-

Mark Mussina joins us now. He starts off by saying that he believed that both starters would struggle last night. This only partially was the case. He also talks about the Phillies’ failure to hit left handed pitchers. Mussina calls Jimmy Rollins vastly overrated. Rollins was very ineffective as a lead-off hitter. His on-base percentage against lefties is very low. Discussion next moves to Johnny Damon’s career. Damon’s numbers are very impressive and if he continues to play for a few years he could make a case for the Hall of Fame. Mussina also talks about Andy Pettitte’s Hall hopes. His postseason performance will help his case. His numbers also compare favorably to Curt Schilling in some areas. Finally, Mussina compliments the ability of Mariano Rivera. He states that he has never seen a pitcher able to control his pitches like Rivera is able to.

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9:09-

Joey the Yankee fan calls in. He calls himself a “Yankee apologist.” He apologizes to Orioles fans for his team constantly beating the O’s.

8:52-

Drew follows Glenn up with by taking a shot at Steve Melewski. Melewski recently stated that WNST has an agenda when it comes to the Orioles. Drew explains that his only agenda is to have the Orioles be a winning franchise again. He says that Melewski is being paid to be an Orioles apologist.

8:41-

Glenn kicks off “Cheap Shots From the Bleachers” with a shot at The Tribune Company. Glenn sat next to Dan Connolly last night at a viewing of “The Blind Side.” Connolly is the national baseball beat writer for the Baltimore Sun. Glenn explains that The Tribune Company believes that one national writer is enough to cover an event as large as the World Series. Instead, writers like Connolly should be sent to the Series to write stories that have a Baltimore connection. Topics that could have been used for this year’s Series include Mark Teixeira, Sam Perlozzo, and AJ Burnett.  

8:20-

Brian Billick is next up to talk some football. He begins by talking about the Cardinals-Panthers game this past weekend. The game mirrored the Cardinals upset of the Panthers in the playoffs last year. Brian next comments on the teams that are facing major organizational problems, including the Browns who are rumored to be interested in Brian as coach. He explains that the Browns are in trouble because they are in need of a new coach and a new general manager. He states that he would not want to go to a team where the coach had no say in regards to personnel decisions. Brian will be calling the Panthers-Saints game this weekend. The Panthers must use the same formula to beat the Saints that they used to defeat the Cardinals.

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8:03-

A caller congratulates Drew for the Yankees victory. The caller explains that just because the Yankees win they way they do, not every team needs to spend huge amounts of money. He also points out that despite the expensive payroll of the team, the team was still very close to not winning the World Series.  

7:58-

I apologize, but I just feel the need to post this picture.

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TowsonUniversityMen’s Basketball coach, Pat Kennedy is on with Drew. He starts off by describing the changes to his coaching staff this season. The team has lost a few key assistants this season to other schools. Three new coaches have been brought in. He next talks about how the team still has a couple positions that are notcompletely set. He states that the team has excellent depththisseason, with two solid players at each position. The team will open the season on November 13th at home against Miami of Ohio. He calls Old Dominion a team to look out for in the CAA. He explains that the top teams in the conference will be as strong as they have ever been.

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (11/3/09)

Posted on 03 November 2009 by Jack McManus

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Baltimore-native Antonio Freeman is next up. Freeman is a former Green Bay Packer and NFL Pro Bowler. He is promoting the 1st Annual Charm City Literacy Challenge Weekend. This event is a part of the BMore Free Program. The program focuses on giving back to children in the Baltimore area. For more information on this and other events please visit bmorefree86trivia.eventbrite.com

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Victor Rojas is next up with Drew to talk about the World Series. He starts off by talking about how Mark Teixeira has gotten a free pass so far. Teixeira has struggled mightily in the playoffs this season. He next talks about some of the questionable decisions Joe Girardi has made in the Series. He explains that Girardi has only been challenged now that the Yankees are in trouble. Girardi’s use of the bullpen last night in particular drew a lot of criticism. Rojas explains that the Yankees need to limit Chase Utley’s impact if they want to clinch the Series. Rojas finishes up by predicting the Series will go down to an exciting Game 7.

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Vinnie Iyer from The Sporting News was in Baltimore for the Ravens-Broncos game on Sunday. He is now on with Drew to talk some football. He explains that the game said something about both teams. He states that the Ravens defense made a statement, while the Broncos offense showed its lack of big-play ability. He next talks about the cluster of teams in the AFC fighting for playoff spots. One of these teams is the Miami Dolphins. Iyer states that the Dolphins have a chance every week but do not have an explosive enough offense. The team has relied on special teams and the wildcat for big plays. Iyer next talks about the Houston Texans. Ryan Moats came through in a big way on Sunday. Iyer looks forward to the game against the Colts to see if the Texans are ready for a playoff push. The struggles of the New York Giants is the next topic. Iyer talks about how the weaknesses of the team have been exposed in recent weeks.

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Drew talks about how he feels bad to see other organizations, such as Cleveland, have problems within the organization. This is because of the suffering Orioles fans have gone through due to the ownership. He states that the Browns’ hiring of Eric Mangini has set the team back for a few years. The team needs a general manager, a quarterback, and a coach.

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