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Ravens 20 Steelers 17 OT (THE NO BEN&TROY = SLIGHT PROBLEM Game)

Posted on 30 November 2009 by Derek Arnold

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Well, it certainly wasn’t the blowout that we were expecting and hoping for when we heard early Saturday morning that Ben Roethisberger wouldn’t be gracing the field with his big dumb concussed self, but we’ll take a win any way we can get it over Pittsburgh.

If “any way we can get it” includes prime time, a national audience, and handing out the type of crushing loss that we’ve been on the other end of all season, well then, all the better.

First things first, you have to hand it to Dennis Dixon. A guy that has never even practiced with the first team offense stepped in and hardly missed a beat. He had the Steelers in a position to win the game, thanks to his 33-yard touchdown pass in the first half and 24-yard TD scramble with just over six minutes to play. Luckily for the Ravens, he finally made the critical mistake, when he misread the zone blitz and delivered the ball directly to the waiting palms of Paul Kruger in overtime, which set up the game winning field goal for the good guys in purple.

By the same token, as good as Dixon was, that’s how bad the Ravens defense was to get burned by a guy making his first career start. They routinely got torched on first down, setting up 2nd and 3rd and shorts aplenty for Dixon and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Even when EVERYONE IN THE STADIUM knew Pittsburgh was going to run the ball, they still pushed around the Ravens’ front seven easily, and 6 or 7 yards from Rashard Mendenhall (who finished with 95 yards) was the rule rather than the exception. Sloppy tackling, no penetration, and an overall lackluster effort from the tackles and linebackers nearly cost the Ravens this very winnable game.

In the secondary, Lardarius Webb, filling in for the injured Fabian Washington, proved to be the least of the Ravens’ worries. Dominique Foxworth continued his trend of abominable play, getting turned around and burnt like toast by Santonio Holmes on the 33-yard touchdown, and then failing miserably to tackle Holmes or force him out of bounds despite having about 15 yards to make a play. DIVE AT HIS LEGS MAN!…instead of getting stiff armed all the way to paydirt. Holmes has now scored a touchdown in something like 34 straight games against the Ravens. Ah well, better him than Cheap Shot (who was gloriously spotted with tears in his eyes again after the game…always a heart-warming sight.)

On offense, it was again a story of two halves for the Ravens. This time though, the usual was reversed. They played extremely well in the first half, building a 14-7 lead, moving the ball on the ground and through the air, and most importantly, keeping Joe Flacco clean. However, in the second half, Dick Lebeau’s defense made the necessary adjustments, and Cam Cameron had no answers, as the Ravens managed only 3 points, which came with under two minutes to play. The Steelers sacked Flacco five times after intermission, and caused three fumbles, two of which they recovered. Michael Oher and Jared Gaither, who dominated Steelers’ LBs James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley in the early going, appeared to wear down as the game went on, and Flacco was under ever increasing duress.

Fortunately, Kruger’s INT return set the Ravens up with good enough field position where the Steelers’ pass rush was a moot point. Four rushes by Ray Rice and a kneel from Joe Cool were enough to set up Billy Cundiff for a chip shot 29-yarder to send the yinzers, both real and wannabe, and their beat up team home with a big loss.

Cundiff had missed short on a 56-yard attempt as regulation expired, a try that was rushed due to more poor use of timeouts by John Harbaugh. This week his head-scratcher came with 14:50 to go in the game, when he called timeout on 4th-and-7 from the Pittsburgh 34, only to come out and punt the ball anyway. It will be interesting to hear his explanation for that one (BTW, if anybody has heard it, please, enlighten me).

John made up for it later though, as what could have been a disastrous decision to go for it on 4th-and-5 from their own 46 with 3:31 to play ended up looking like a stroke of genius when Flacco found Rice, out of the slot, and Mighty Mouse made a few Pittsburgh defenders look silly on his way to a 44-yard gain that set up the game-tying field goal.

Speaking of Ray Rice…wow. Praise continues to be heaped on the second year back week after week, and he just keeps on coming up with bigger and bigger plays. Rice put up over 100 yards of total offense for the eighth consecutive game, and on one 3rd-down conversion where he needed 12 and picked up 18, he juked about four Pittsburgh defenders completely out of their jocks. I went from screaming at Flacco for checking down to jumping for joy as Rice made the guys wearing white look like Pop Warner newbies.

Special teams was a disappointment on kickoffs, but Chris Carr actually made some plays on punt returns, much to the surprise of…well, everyone. Of course the Ravens’ get flagged for an illegal block on pretty much every return though, so most of it was for naught. Why can’t we tell the difference between the front of someone and their back? HEY TAVARES GOODEN – THE FRONT IS THE SIDE WITH THE FACEMASK! (Gooden proceeds to grab the guy by his facemask and throw him down).

Also, before I forget – thanks to HEEEEEEEEEEEEATH Miller for being scared of FRANK WALKER and doing a turf-dive instead of fighting for a first down in overtime. You da man, Heath.

Pittsburgh fans will of course belittle our nice win by droning on about Polamalu and Benny Boy not playing, and that’s certainly their prerogative. However, I seem to remember a game last season, where the home team won on an overtime field goal despite the visitors’ quarterback making just his third career start, in a hostile environment, on national television.

Steelers 23 Ravens 20, Week 4 2008.

The towel-wavers didn’t apologize for that win, and we’re not apologizing for this one.

With the win, the Ravens move to 6-5 and in a virtual tie with Jacksonville and Pittsburgh, just behind Denver for the AFC Wild Card spots. Let’s hope this hard fought, emotional win can propel them to a nice stretch-run winning streak.

A fun sub-plot that emerged from this game reared its head in the form of the pre-game interview between Bob Costas and Cheap Shot. Shot, much like the past hits NBC showed him delivering to Ed Reed, blindsided his quarterback. Basically, Shot had this to say regarding Baby Ben sitting out the game last night:

Paraphrasing, of course: “Ben is a pansy. We’ve all played with injuries before. He should have lied to the doctors and said that he was fine.”

Wow. We’ve always known Shot was far from anything resembling a class act, but to call out the guy who has helped you to two Super Bowl rings and gobs of victories and good feelings, on National television no less, for not jeopardizing his future health and well being, all because losing to the Ravens makes your eyes well up like they did the first time you watched Titanic?

Locker room strife in Pittsburgh? Make mine a double.

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Friday Morning’s Purple Crabs & Beer, Picks & Comment

Posted on 27 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

My pick: Ravens 20, Steelers 17

I tend to pick the Ravens at home. But I have little confidence in this pick. This game could be a blowout either way. I can’t say with certainty that the Ravens will bounce back offensively. The Steelers know them well, and will frustrate the hell out of them. This game could end up resting on Joe Flacco’s shoulders in the 4th quarter-and I’m just not certain I trust him to beat a team like Pittsburgh.

Drew’s pick: Ravens 24, Steelers 13

Drew went as far as to “guarantee” the Ravens would win. He noted that with a loss-the Ravens would fall to 3-3 at home this season with back to back losses; and he just doesn’t believe it will happen.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ray Lewis (foot), Ed Reed (foot), Terrell Suggs (knee) didn’t practice on Thanksgiving

Nestor Aparicio ‘thankful’ for Billick, Marvin Lewis, Jim Schwartz, Rex Ryan, many former Ravens assistants

Drew Forrester ‘thankful’ for professionals in Ravens organization

And the rest of the world…..

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Ray Lewis hasn’t handled Ravens’ close losses well

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Harbaugh not talking about “Suggs package”

Steelers Official Site says Steelers have won 16 of 26 regular season matchups in series, Ravens have won 5 of last 6 between teams at M&T Bank Stadium

Steelers Official Site’s Teresa Varley says Hines Ward, Mike Tomlin, etc spent Thanksgiving helping less privileged

Steelers Official Site’s Bob Labriola says Deshea Townsend will have big responsibility vs. Kelley Washington on 3rd down

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Chris Carr hasn’t given Ravens much in return game

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Flacco remains ‘confident’ through struggles

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Le’Ron McClain hopes Charles Ali signing will lead to more carries for him

The Sun’s Mike Preston says playoffs not out of question for Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens need to force turnovers, get to Roethlisberger, get production from Lardarius Webb

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can’t start slow, have Flacco struggle, or let Santonio Holmes beat them

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens should only consider bringing back Mark Clayton or Kelley Washington as 3rd receiver

The Sun remembers Ravens’ last win over Steelers-back in 2007

6 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ngata limited again in practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason thinks noise more important than towel-waving

The Sun’s Edward Lee says T-Sizzle remains ‘question mark’ for Sunday Night Football

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Frank Walker, Mark Clayton don’t think Corey Ivy helping Steelers too much with Ravens information

The AP’s Alan Robinson says Big Ben not concerned about latest concussion

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says James Harrison will cause problems for Jared Gaither, Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Terrell Suggs reports recovery ‘accelerated’ in hopes to play against Steelers

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette says Todd Bouman, Patrick Ramsey worked out for Pittsburgh as they consider adding one

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Scott Brown says Polamalu ‘unlikely’ to play Sunday in Baltimore

SI’s Peter King picks Steelers 22-17

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 15th in power rankings

4 of 7 Sporting News analysts pick Ravens

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt thinks James Harrison-Jared Gaither could be special matchup

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Ravens, Steelers at ‘crisis stage’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens, Steelers were rooting for Giants to beat Broncos (well…..)

ESPN.com’s James Walker says defense ‘back’ for Ravens

Here are the rest of The Comcast Morning Show Picks and Comment (without the comment):

Colts/Texans: Me 31-28 Houston, Drew 30-24 Indianapolis
Redskins/Eagles: Me 23-13 Philadelphia, Drew 17-10 Philadelphia
Dolphins/Bills: Me 23-10 Miami, Drew 24-13 Miami
Seahawks/Rams: Me 24-10 Seattle, Drew 27-24 St. Louis
Buccaneers/Falcons: Me 20-16 Atlanta, Drew 31-13 Atlanta
Panthers/Jets: Me 28-20 Carolina, Drew 24-20 New York
Browns/Bengals: Me 34-6 Cincinnati, Drew 31-7 Cincinnati
Jaguars/49ers: Me 16-13 Jacksonville, Drew 24-10 San Francisco
Chiefs/Chargers: Me 31-24 San Diego, Drew 27-19 San Diego
Bears/Vikings: Me 26-16 Minnesota, Drew 40-17 Minnesota
Cardinals/Titans: Me 34-30 Arizona, Drew 28-24 Tennessee
Patriots/Saints: Me 26-17 New England, Drew 34-28 New Orleans

College Football:
Maryland/Boston College: Me 24-14 BC, Drew 30-24 BC
Navy/Hawaii: Me 27-26 Navy, Drew 38-31 Hawaii

College Basketball:
Towson/Dayton: Me 88-61 Dayton, Drew 84-67 Dayton
UMBC/JMU: Me 69-62 Madison, Drew 71-58 Madison
Morgan State/Appalachian State: Me 77-55 Morgan, Drew 80-64 Morgan
Coppin State/USC: Me 80-58 USC, Drew 91-70 USC

Talk to you shortly.


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Live From Owings Mills: Healthy Ravens Preparing for Broncos

Posted on 28 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

7:53-Injury Report:

QB Joe Flacco-FULL-Ankle
OT Jared Gaither-FULL-Neck
LB Jarret Johnson-FULL-Shoulder
WR/ST David Tyree-FULL-Hamstring

DL Ronald Fields-DID NOT PARTICIPATE-Hamstring
S Brian Dawkins-LIMITED-Hamstring
LB Spencer Larsen-FULL-Shoulder

2:13-Don’t forget about “Billick 101” tonight at Mother’s in Federal Hill. This is your chance to have a Super Bowl winning head coach teach you the X’s and O’s of football. You can just come out and ask Brian ANYTHING about the game.

2:03-Josh McDaniels is joining us for a conference call now. Here are some highlights:

-Pass rush has improved thanks to outstanding coverage defensively.
-Appreciates play of Champ Bailey, who he says is a “tremendous worker” and cares a great deal about winning
-Brandon Marshall “practicing hard”, “big part of our success.” He thinks Marshall situation “taken out of context” over summer.
-Says he took his name out of running for Ravens head coaching position 2 years ago (after Billick fired) because Patriots were in the midst of a perfect season and he needed to be more prepared to be a head coach.
-Broncos have succeeded in 2nd half because they are “smart, resilient football team.”
-Flacco a “smart football player”, “extremely tough”
-Brian Dawkins brings “incredible” energy and spirit to team. He practices “as hard or harder than everyone else.”
-Mike Nolan is an “excellent coach” who “calls games aggressively” on gameday.

2:00-In a humorous moment today, Ray Rice channeled “Wedding Crashers” in saying he knew that Maryland is all about “Crabcakes and Football”, but admitted that he was allergic to shellfish, so he had to stick with “salmon and football.”

1:58-Ravens DT Brandon McKinney will join Drew Forrester (swine flu pending!) tomorrow morning on The Comcast Morning Show on AM1570 WNST and WNST.net.

1:44-John Harbaugh:

-Ravens “always have a special sense of urgency”, no more this week because of 3 game losing streak. Game has “same importance” as other games.
-Brian Dawkins is a “Hall of Famer”, Champ Bailey is “absolutely” still a shut down corner
-Ravens’ pass protection “good……but it needs to get better.”
-Broncos’ pass rushers “beat blocks 1 on 1.”
-“Veteran players” have helped Broncos defensively, along with Mike Nolan’s “complex scheme.”
-As Lardarius Webb “continues to grow”, he’ll see playing field more.
-Elvis Dumervil is more similar to Steelers’ James Harrison than Vikings’ Jared Allen.
-Ravens “need to do everything better” defensively

1:42-Jared Gaither again told us that his neck was fine; and was out on the practice field. For the record, he WAS practicing at LT, and has been expected to re-claim the position with Michael Oher moving back to RT.

1:32-Derrick Mason:

-“We understand what’s at stake” Sunday against Denver
-“You can’t teach” toughness like Flacco’s
-Champ Bailey “is the best” Cornerback in the NFL
-To beat Bailey, you have to “go out there and play hard.”
-Offense is “like a thermostat”….they’ve been starting games set at 65 or 70 and then turning up; but they “need to start at 100.”

1:22-Elvis Dumervil is joining us for a conference call. Here are the highlights:

-Pass rush is better because they are “working together.”
-Mike Nolan and Josh McDaniels have done “tremendous job”; Nolan “simplified things” defensively
-Says Flacco “big, strong kid with strong arm.”
-He says he goes “all out” in pursuit of quarterback
-Expects Ravens to have “great week of preparation” after 3 straight losses
-“Conditioning” has allowed Broncos to be great 2nd half team

1:17-Joe Flacco:

-Broncos are “capable of making you feel uncomfortable” with their pass rush
-Broncos defense is “most similar” to Ravens’ own defense
-Offensively “we’ve evolved as a group.”
-Flacco also pointed out that he’s be rooting for his hometown Phillies in the World Series, and thought Cole Hamels was a key to the series.

1:13-Todd Heap:

-Brian Dawkins is a “definite leader:, “brings passion”, and has been “playing all over the field” this season.
-Broncos defense will be a “huge challenge”
-Said he recognized some of what the Broncos do defensively because of the time (Broncos DC) Mike Nolan spent in Baltimore
-Ravens “DO need to start better” offensively in games
-Team used bye week to “take stock of where (they) are”

1:08-Some thoughts from around the locker room today:

Ray Rice:
-He was asked if he is underestimated due to his size, and quickly responded “not anymore.”
-He said that in his 2nd NFL season, he can now “read a defense”, “read a coverage.”
-After making an appearance this weekend at “Shogun Fights” at 1st Mariner Arena and receiving a standing ovation in the cage, Rice commented that the experience in Baltimore has been “everything I’ve dreamed of.”

1:02-Hear from the following NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net:

Coach John Harbaugh
QB Joe Flacco
RB Ray Rice
WR Derrick Mason
TE Todd Heap
OT Jared Gaither
LB Ray Lewis
CB Domonique Foxworth

11:10-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where the Ravens are gearing up for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. The great news for the Ravens is that everyone is practicing right now, meaning a healthy roster can be expected for Sunday’s game. John Harbaugh told us Monday that Joe Flacco looked “great” recovering from a swollen ankle. Jared Gaither said a week ago that he was ready to come back from his neck injury, and there is no doubt the time off was beneficial for Haloti Ngata and Jarret Johnson in recovering from their back and shoulder injuries respectively.

We are scheduled to hear from Harbs, Flacco, Ray Lewis, Derrick Mason and a number of other players today. Josh McDaniels and Elvis Dumervil are scheduled for conference calls with the Baltimore media. I’ll be back shortly with more.


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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

I’m not overly concerned about Michael Oher yet. I think Michael will be here by the end of the week, and will begin to work his way into the starting lineup by the first preseason game. I would really be surprised if he wasn’t here shortly.

That being said, I will continue to be concerned about the WR situation until the Ravens get effective WR play in regular season games. Biren Ealy is nothing more than a body; and I am in agreement with the fans who think the team needs to make an upgrade somehow. I am not going to back off my concerns here.

But GOD it is great to have football back.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says vets reporting to Training Camp Monday included McGahee, Clayton, Williams, Yanda, Terry, Rolle, Gregg, Landry, Barnes

Nestor Aparicio says Royals seeing hope by playing Orioles

Luke Jones says Ravens’ Newsome not interested in Vick

Nestor Aparicio says Ealy brings background issues to Baltimore

Patrick Staso remembers Bennett’s time in Charm City

Glenn Clark says WWE event tonight highlight of non-baseball week

Tom Clayton thinks Ravens should take chance with Matt Jones


The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Rich Hill lasted just 2 1/3 innings in Birds’ loss to Royals

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Berken goes to hill tonight vs. Brian Bannister, Royals

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Trembley knows players dealing with uncertainty of Trade Deadline

Kansas City Royals Official Site’s Dick Kaegel says Billy Butler had 5 hits to pace Royals in win over O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Hill ‘apologized’ after loss, cited tendinitis as culprit for struggles

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Mora wants to stay with Birds

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley wouldn’t discuss Hill’s future after loss

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Birds will try to get Hill through waivers

Examiner Jay Trucker says Huff not helping team or himself right now

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says 15,000 at Camden Yards saw Royals top Birds

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Cla Meredith made first appearance at OPACY since being acquired from Padres

McClatchy Newspapers says Jones homered for Birds in loss

Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton says Robinson Tejeda picked up win in relief of Chen for KC

The Sports Network says “Mexicutioner” Soria pitched 9th for 16th save of season

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 26th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 25th in power rankings


Norfolk Tides Official Site says Michael Aubrey’s homer not enough for Tides in loss to Durham

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Matusz shut down Connecticut in win

Frederick Keys Official Site says Zach Britton shut down Salem in win

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Joe Mahoney scored run, drove in another in loss to Asheville

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Brian Sisk lost in relief as Ironbirds fell to Brooklyn

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Robert Bundy loser as Orioles fell to Princeton

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Steve Bumbry battling through early average struggles at Aberdeen

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Ryan Adams homered for Keys in win

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Chris Ray walked one, but gave up no runs or no hits in 1 inning of rehab assignment with Baysox

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Britton now 3-0 vs. Red Sox this season

Virginian-Pilot says David Pauley took loss as Tides fell to Bulls


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens waived Sypniewski

The Official Site says Harbaugh knows Oher ‘wants’ to be at Training Camp

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco talked to Mason, doesn’t know what decision he’ll make

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Barnes, Peerman first Ravens to arrive in Westminster

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh claims Ravens ‘excited’ about start of Camp

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens didn’t show interest Monday in WR’s Joe Horn, Amani Toomer, or DJ Hackett

The Sun’s Mike Preston doesn’t think Ravens will miss Leonhard

The Sun’s Mike Preston expects Mason to be back

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens could be willing to trade for ‘top-notch’ WR if Mason remains retired

The Sun’s Edward Lee says lack of first round picks signed hurting negotiations with Oher

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens added WR Biren Ealy

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens also cut practice squad OG Brian Johnson

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Flacco ‘has to be concerned’ about Mason

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Biren Ealy brings 1 career catch, 6 career yards to Baltimore

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs, Steelers’ Harrison could combine to make hell of a defender

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘falling behind’ at WR

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Oher’s negotiations should be easier than Bengals’ negotiations with Andre Smith

ESPN.com has Ravens 10th in power rankings


The Official Site says Friedgen thinks Terps ‘hungry’ to compete in ACC

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps now admitting to disappointment of last year’s Humanitarian Bowl appearance

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says James Franklin wants Chris Turner to ‘create’ more with feet

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Dion Armstrong not academically eligible yet

Washington Post’s Zach Berman says Terps received no first place votes in Atlantic Division balloting

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner playing role of ‘stabilizer’ for Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner thinks LaQuan Williams could be ‘crucial’ to offense

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dominique Herald, Bearthur Johnson missing from Terps’ roster

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph has dropped 95 pounds, down to 306

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps playing fairly easy non-division schedule

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich voted Baltz, Torrey Smith All-ACC

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps’ O-Line key to chances to defy preseason projections

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich rekindled fun rivalry with Ralph at ACC Media Day

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces incoming freshman QB C.J. Brown (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces incoming freshman OLB/DE Isaiah Ross (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles most recent commit Mario Rowson (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says DB Carroll thinks Don Brown bringing ‘excitement’ back to defense

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty says Carroll ‘isn’t worried’ about negative preseason prognostications for Terps (must subscribe)


Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty caught up with guard Sean Mosley (must subscribe)


The Official Site says TE Godlasky, LB Alex Butt to join Rob Ambrose at CAA Media Day tomorrow at ESPNZone


Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says incoming OL Graham Vickers picked Navy over Army and Air Force for chance to play multiple positions


Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird put in final workout before West Virginia Derby

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra worked Monday at Saratoga in preparation for Haskell Invitational

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says Mine That Bird went four furlongs at Mountaineer Race Track

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says trainer Steve Asmussen says Rachel Alexandra faces ‘tall task’ against Summer Bird, etc. at Haskell


SwimNetwork.com thinks Phelps will set new world record in 200m Free

Tribune Newspapers’ Lisa Dillman says Phelps appeared ‘agitated’ after watching Biedermann break record in high-tech swimsuit

Tribune Newspapers’ Lisa Dillman says Bowman, Phelps abandoning experiment with new stroke

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Cavic still believes he lost to Phelps in Olympics due to faulty technology


The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ former QB Domres


-Bruce Chen, huh? Yeah, that’s about right.

Talk to you tomorrow.


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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 16 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

If your reaction to the Terrell Suggs contract is “I can’t believe how much money he got considering he’s not even the best player at his position”; I fully understand where you’re coming from. While Suggs clearly received his market value, that value does seem to be a bit pricey. I’d rather him get that value wearing purple and black than in San Diego’s baby blue however.
If your reaction to the Terrell Suggs contract is “athletes make too much money”, I think you are probably better off not being a sports fan.

This is the way things work. The guys get what the market dictates. As a fan, you’ll probably have to adapt to it.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Suggs can report to Training Camp on time after signing extension

Drew Forrester says Adam Jones ‘gets it’

Rex Snider doesn’t think fans ‘jealous’ of Suggs’ contract

Jason Jubb remembers Earl Weaver’s last game

Ed Frankovic says Caps to open ’09-’10 season at Bruins

Drew Forrester says Bassler won Maryland Open


The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jones 1st half MVP

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says ‘MacPhail’s rebuilding plan seems to be working’

The Sun gives highest midseason praise to Bergesen, Scott

The AP says Jones got plenty of text messages after All-Star game performance

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says MacPhail has decisions to make regarding Sherrill, Baez, Mora, Huff

Carroll County Times’ Jeff Yelton includes Brooks, Cal, Palmer on all-time Orioles All-Star team

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Bergesen building on Rookie of the Year credentials

USA Today’s Paul White says Huff ‘best power bat’ amongst players on trading block

CBS Sports gives Birds ‘C’ for first half of season

ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick says Sherrill, Baez, Huff will all be names thrown around in upcoming trade discussion


Baysox Official Site says Miguel Abreu named MVP of Eastern League All-Star Game

Frederick Keys Official Site says Zagone, Eddie Gamboa combined to shut down Kinston

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Ryan O’Shea winner as Shorebirds topped Lexington

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Kenny Moreland loser as Ironbirds fell to Lowell

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Jesse Beal loser as Bluefield fell to Bristol

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Tides’ Jim Miller gave up one run on one hit in 1/3 inning in AAA All-Star Game

NBC Sports’ Aaron Gleeman says Tillman could be ‘sleeper’ in 2nd half of season


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens make Suggs highest paid LB of all time with new deal

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh has been texting Mason, plans to meet with him soon

The Official Site says Newsome thinks Suggs deal ‘consistent’ with other contracts Ravens have given their Pro Bowl talent

The Official Site says Suggs ‘would love to’ have Mason back with Ravens

The AP’s Frederic Frommer says Foxworth amongst NFL players who spent day lobbying at Capitol for Union support

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Suggs’ deal worth $63 million over 6 years

The Sun’s Ken Murray says former Skins GM Casserly thinks Suggs signing part of proof Ravens are ‘model organization’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Suggs deal ‘smart’ move for Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says team source thinks Mason’s retirement may have to do with ‘family situation’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Suggs needs to ‘deliver’ after breaking bank

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Suggs gets $33 million in bonuses

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says most free agent WR’s haven’t heard from Ravens

The AP says Suggs believes ‘best years ahead of (him)’

The AP says McNair’s widow files motion to oversee his estate because no will exists

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco says Reed top safety in NFL

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens continue to invest defensively, which is crucial in AFC North

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens not ‘fully convinced’ Mason retiring

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Steelers’ Harrison voted ‘tougher’ than Ray Lewis

ESPN.com’s James Walker says with Suggs deal done, Ravens can turn attention to WR


The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says DB’s Anthony Wiseman, Nolan Carroll, Jamari McCullough, Terrell Skinner will provide Terps ‘veteran leadership’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner, Carroll to attend ACC Media Day

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Torrey Smith, Ronnie Tyler amongst WR unit that is 2nd best in ACC

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Terps amongst 6 teams who have offered junior DeMatha OL Kouandijo (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says prospect Josh Furman had ‘great bond’ with Terps coaching staff (must subscribe)


The Official Site says Big Ten/ACC Challenge showdown with Indiana to be shown on ESPN2

The Sun says Terps, Hoosiers to tip at 7:30

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says ESPN2 treatment better than ESPNU last year

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Burney’s career in jeopardy due to string of injuries

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says return vs. Clemson last year was particularly important to Burney

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says prospect Mychal Parker ‘still lists Terps as favorite’ (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty says ’11 prospect Quinn Cook wants Maryland offer (must subscribe)


The Official Site says Randall Cooper awarded post-graduate scholarship


The Official Site says safety Kwesi Mitchell ‘most looking forward to’ Ohio State game

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina checks in with FB Alex Teich (must subscribe)


The Sun says former DB Nelson Munsey passed away at 61 from heart disease


Sporting News’ Dan Shanoff says Phelps won 5 ESPY awards


The Sun says trainer Tim Ice excited for Belmont winner Summer Bird to face off again with Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra at Haskell


-As far as my own personal Orioles report card; I’d give my highest praise to Luke Scott, Brad Bergesen, and Adam Jones; who all deserve A’s in my mind. George Sherrill would get an A-, and that would be the extent of my high grades.

Talk to you tomorrow.


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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 20 May 2009 by Glenn Clark

I will admit to being a bit heartbroken seeing the Nuggets lose to the Lakers last night. I will admit that I am openly rooting for Carmelo Anthony, as I enjoy seeing the success of a Baltimore kid….despite the fact that he went to Syracuse instead of Maryland.

I heard ‘Melo was seen on ESPN yesterday wearing a Red Sox hat; and I’ll admit that it bothered me. But this is the same guy who has MULTIPLE Ravens tattoos, which he showed off proudly when he was honored at M&T Bank Stadium for winning the gold medal at last Summer’s Beijing Olympics. The guy knows where he’s from, and he LOVES Baltimore.

And someone over at Camden Yards SHOULD think about shipping a hat out to Denver…

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio thought Yankee Stadium similar to US Cellular Field in Chicago

Keith Melchior says Trembley needs to go if Birds keep ‘bumbling and stumbling’

Thyrl Nelson says Birds should keep playing Pie

Glenn Clark says Adam Jones amongst best hitters in baseball

Drew Forrester says fans seemed more interested in Springsteen show than O’s game


The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Bergesen effective into 6th; but Chris Ray beat up as Birds fall to Yankees

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie looks to break Orioles’ losing slide tonight vs. Eaton, Yanks

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Andino got start due to Izturis’ strained groin

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Adam Jones returned to lineup after hamstring strain

Yankees Official Site’s Jared Diamond says Sabathia shut down O’s in win

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Roberts scored only run, Huff tallied only RBI in Orioles’ loss

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Bergesen changes number from 64 to Mussina’s 35

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks David Hernandez, David Pauley could come to Baltimore in ‘next week or two’

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Huff booed at Yankee Stadium after showing up Joba Chamberlain

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says DL ‘not out of the question’ for Izturis

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Snyder homered, Patton threw shutout in Baysox win

Examiner Jay Trucker says Rich Hill MVP of week for Orioles

The AP says A-Rod, Teixeira homered for Bombers in win

Frederick News-Post says Bascom tough luck loser for Keys

New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says Andino made crucial error in 7th to help Yankees put things away

New York Times’ Joe LaPointe says Yankees won 7th consecutive game

New York Post’s George A. King III says A-Rod/Teixeira did ‘Maris/Mantle imitation’

Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Jeter picked up bases loaded double, 3 RBI in win

Newsday’s Jim Baumbach says A-Rod hit 5th homer in 33 at bats in win

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says Justin Christian, Oscar Salazar homered for Tides in win


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Rice shoulders load at RB with McGahee hurt, McClain playing FB

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mason not practicing during Passing Camp; Heap, Smith limited

The Official Site says Harbaugh ‘not surprised’ to see so many veterans at Passing Camp

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco has no trouble with simulated blitzes

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Suggs, Ngata only veterans not in attendance at Passing Camp

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Oher getting bulk of reps at Right Tackle

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Heap sitting out Passing Camp drills with back injury

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens players were ‘surprised’ by Willie Anderson’s decision to retire

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh has ‘high hopes’ for Kelley Washington

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says 52, McGahee amongst surprising veterans to attend Passing Camp

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Gregg thinks he could beat UFC Champ Lesnar

Examiner Phil Macek says Ravens news adds to ‘excitement’ of new season

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Trevor Pryce thinks Oher ‘looks like Julius Peppers, has attitude of serial killer’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Clayton, Cousins, Terry, Barnes, Talavou, Phillips, Rolle, Carr, F. Washington, Walker also dealing with injury issues

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs to get bigger contract than James Harrison


Belmont Official Site says decision coming today on Charitable Man for third leg of Triple Crown

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Mine That Bird returned to work at Churchill Downs after van ride back from Pimlico

Thoroughbred Times says Da’Tara jockey Alan Garcia would ride Charitable Man in Belmont

Thoroughbred Times’ Frank Angst says interest in Rachel Alexandra helps raise Preakness ratings 24%

Thoroughbred Times says trainer Woolley thought Mine That Bird ‘looked good’ in workout

The Sun says 3 million more people watched NBC’s Preakness coverage this year than last year


Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles Atholton WR/S target Matt Robinson (must subscribe)


The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Goins may decide to stick with Terps


Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Groot, Jeff Reynolds named to USILA North-South Game


The Official Site says commit Will Adams diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease


The Official Site says Poillon, Settembrino to participate in USILA North-South Game


The Official Site says Koppens, Ricci selected to USILA North-South Game


Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Dailey, Kazimer named first team All-American

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Greg Furshman, Mike Simon, Nic Bevacqua named to USILA D3 North-South Game


The Sun says former St. Frances star Aric Brooks to transfer from Jacksonville to Morgan


The Official Site says FB Kevin Campbell looking forward to Ohio State game

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says ‘speed’ key to DC Buddy Green


The Official Site says Kylor Berkman, Kevin Maynard to participate in USILA D3 North-South Game


Sporting News’ Matt Crossman says Raymond Berry thinks NFL needs to take ‘fine line’ with issues like Vick


-While the Ravens have downplayed the various injuries to players who aren’t fully participating in Passing Camp; I have to remind everyone that the Ravens do NOT have to be honest about everyone’s health in the offseason. It doesn’t appear as though anyone’s injuries are serious, but you really don’t know.

Talk to you tomorrow.


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Posted on 18 May 2009 by Glenn Clark

You get props……

1-Calvin Borel and Rachel Alexandra

I’ve already shared my thoughts on the infield, so let’s talk about the damn race. You think Calvin Borel knew he was going to win this race? Compare his reaction above to his emotions after winning the Derby…..

He seemed DISAPPOINTED after the win on Saturday!!! The best thing about what happened Saturday is that it sets up the ultimate “Battle of the Sexes” for the Belmont; and as we all know, Boys rule and Girls Drool.

2-Rich Hill, Danys Baez, Jim Johnson, and George Sherrill

Rich Hill is going to 7-8 this season (and might be the Orioles’ best pitcher); but I can already see this commercial debuting in August.

“My defining moment? They said Andy MacPhail didn’t know what he was doing; but on a Saturday night in Kansas City, Rich Hill was the MAN! Jose Guillen, David DeJesus? They had no answer for my guy Rich Hill, who came off the DL and gutted the Birds into the 6th. And what did Baez, Johnson, and Sherrill do to chose things out? Try no hits! How do you spell stopper? O-R-I-O-L-E-S!”

Only MASN could make a completely forgettable game in the midst of another miserable season into something that people are forced to watch on TV. But when you’re used to having your pitchers give you efforts that regularly fair to give the Birds even a remote chance to win; I guess the effort Hill and the pen gave was pretty big.

3-Bobby Lashley and Andre Ward

Andre Ward beat Edison Miranda. When he wins another gold medal, please let me know. Until then, I’ll be following a certain former Marine and former ECW Champion who is getting ready to face Bob Sapp next. Mike Cook said in a press conference last week before their MFC fight that former pro grappler would…..ahem….”(poop) in his pants” after Cook hit him. Instead, well, this happened…..

…..that fight lasted for a shorter time than I did the first time I than a fight is supposed to. Lashley kicks ass, and Mike Cook would be more relevant to me if his name was actually “My Cook” and he could prepare barbeque chicken for me.

While poking around Sherdog for info on the fight, I happened to come across this picture of Olaf Alfonso; who lost a fight last week. There’s no relevance to the picture, but if you found it; wouldn’t you feel the need to share it too?


4-Roger Federer and Andre Agassi

This is why I love Andre Agassi. Those European snotwads Federer and Nadal could play the greatest match of all time (and they arguably have); but if Andre Agassi shows up somewhere and even as much as sneezes, the entire world cares much more about that. After 132 events known as “The Rain Delay: Wimbledon”, those limey Brits finally figured out how to keep rain out of their house. Build a roof! 132 years of rain to figure out that you should build a roof? I believe the Brits are what we like to call “slow learners.” Agassi and wife Steffi Graf showed up to celebrate, and I could lie to you and tell you that I know what happened, but who cares. Andre Agassi was there! Why wasn’t I?

5-Jake Arrieta, David Hernandez and Chris Richard

On Friday night, Adam Eaton allowed 7 runs in 5 innings. On Saturday, Arrieta and Hernandez combined to go 12 innings of shutout ball. But Adam Eaton is good and all…….

Former Oriole Chris Richard hit 2 grand slams in 1 game for the Durham Bulls Friday; making him the most successful Durham Bull since……


6-Michael Phelps


I think I’ve finally figured out the jealous obsession people in this city have with Michael Phelps. You see, when you meet a girl like this who works at Scores, she convinces you to tip her $500 bucks, then has a 450 pound brute kick you out when you place a fingertip on her ankle. When Michael Phelps meets that same girl at Scores, he goes back and has a 3 way with her and her hot friend following hours of pot and online poker.

Phelps swam this weekend in Charlotte (presumably since there were no late night brothels open with all you can smoke pot bars and No Limit Hold ‘Em in the Tar Heel State), and won two gold medals, finished 2nd in two others, and didn’t bother to race in the other. He then slept with the entire staff of the Hustler Club and high-fived Joe Flacco on his way out. Suck it Baltimore, his life is better than ours.

7-Tony Stewart

NASCAR had an All-Star Race, and televised the thing on SPEED. And for some reason, all I can think of is the time on Saved By The Bell when Jessie Spano admitted to Zack Morris that she was abusing speed pills…..

You remember the first time you discovered No Dos? I don’t think they did a damn thing but I stayed up for something like 8 straight days in college. Jessie Spano did it so she could keep her grades up, study for the SAT’s, perform at the talent show, be the class president, and be a good girlfriend. I did it so I could eat pizza and play Gran Turismo with my roommate. But to each their own.

8-Clayton Kershaw, Roy Halladay, Jake Peavy and Zack Greinke

There were a lot of good pitching performances (none by anyone who pitches for the Orioles) this weekend, but NONE of them were as impressive as Bryan Fuller, who threw 21 scoreless innings for Campbellsville University at the NAIA level.

A Wikipedia search points out that Campbellsville’s previously most successful alum is a man named John Carney, who is serving in the Kentucky House of Representatives despite the fact that he goes by the name “Bam.”

Only in Kentucky.

9-Ned Crotty, Shamel Bratton, Kenny Nims, and Rocco Romero

The Final Four in Foxborough with ZERO teams from the state of Maryland? On the same weekend when half the normal crowd showed up for Preakness? Is there anything in Baltimore that we’re still good at????? (I mean, besides murder and STD’s. We RULE at murder and STD’s!)

10-Dan Cleary and Michael Nuvirth

I can’t figure out whether or not I should root for the Hershey Bears. I mean, on the one hand-they’re the Caps’ farm team; and I hate Washington sports teams. But on the other hand, they’re from the place that brought us Reese’s Pieces and the Sooper Dooper Looper.

On the con side, Redskins fans are probably rooting for the Bears because they’re looking forward to seeing players like Nuvirth at the Verizon Center. But on the pro side; if you take a chick on the Hershey’s Kissing Tower, there’s no chance you’re not getting laid. Of course, if this is the girl you took to the Kissing Tower, you probably only needed to buy her a bag of Hershey’s kisses first….


I’m an ass. But son of a bitch I’m in. Go Bears!

11-Matthew Mbuta and Manchester United

How very European to be able to win a championship with a tie. Man U tied Arsenal to claim the Premier League title, just two weeks before playing for the Champions League title. Next month they’re playing for the “Totally Awesome” title, and in July they’ll go for the “Whoa dude, Kick ass!” crown.

12-Cathy Reese and Caitlyn McFadden

At least I’ll have SOME reason to watch lacrosse next weekend, as the Maryland women will be playing in the national semifinals at Unitas Stadium in Towson. What is it about chicks that go to Maryland that makes them about 1,000 times hotter in my opinion? For absolutely no reason at all, here’s a picture of Bonnie Bernstein….


And just in case Forrester is reading, here’s a pic of Shay Doron…..


13-Rick From Reisterstown

Did this idiot really give us the “Win” and “Show” for Saturday’s race????

Look, you all chose to keep him; now you probably owe him a Thank You. But don’t give it to him, he’ll only get confused.

14-Sammy Kitwara


They banned alcohol from Preakness, but they didn’t ban nudity from San Francisco’s Bay 2 Breakers run (which is really amazing actually). The people pictured above aren’t drunken revelers, but rather actual participants in an athletic competition. Of course, I often considered drunken grappling on Friday nights with my buddy Chris to be athletic competition; but the only real competition was to see who could lose more blood. Apparently this year’s race was held in such hot conditions that the runners had to be hosed down. Because it was so warm. And sexy.

15-Will Ferrell

Don’t look now, but for the past two weeks, Saturday Night Live has been…..you know…..good. I’d show you the Celebrity Jeopardy clip; but I can’t upload clips from Hulu, and NBC is like Nazi’s when it comes to Youtube. But the show was really funny; leading me to believe that next season Ferrell, Justin Timberlake, Alec Baldwin, The Rock, and Christopher Walken should just rotate as hosts. Or should just be the permanent cast altogether.

You got lucky……..

1-Kyle Boller

I stumbled upon John Harbaugh and Kyle Boller chatting in the Preakness Village Saturday afternoon; and stopped for a brief chat about horses. It was at that point that I noticed Kyle had been spending the day hanging with one Stacy Keibler; but easy does it…..he’s friends with Stacy’s husband. The reason why Kyle Boller makes my lucky list is because of what was the best thing I heard all day at Preakness. After I completely ignored she was there, Coach Harbaugh extended a greeting to my girlfriend (“The Luckiest Girl On The Face of the Planet”), saying “I’m particularly happy to meet you.” Kyle then introduced himself to her, and asked me why I hadn’t. (The answer is clearly that when men are present and football is to be discussed, does it really matter if women are around? But anyway….) My girlfriend (TLGOTFOTP) humorously asked Kyle if he was excited for the next season, to which he said “It will be exciting to be in a new place.” I explained to my lovely girlfriend that Kyle had signed with the Rams, to which she looked at him and said……

“Why’d we get rid of you? You’re CUTE!”

Line of the day. And while I’d like to argue with her, we all know she’s right…..


2-Zach Johnson

You might remember Zach Johnson as “that guy who won that Golf Tournament I watched because I thought Tiger Woods was gonna win”, but he’s got a pretty good career of his own going. For example……….his name is Zach Johnson, and that’s much easier to pronounce than…..say……Shingo Katayama. Johnson won the Texas Open in a playoff Sunday; and as you know, everything is bigger in Texas. Including this cross, which I had the chance to drive past on I-40 three times on the way from Maryland to Arizona….


What the hell is the point of building a 19 story cross??? I want to meet the guy that said to his buddy “Dude, my crucifixion was totally bigger than yours!”

3-Melky Cabrera, Alex Rodreguez and Johnny Damon

Of course the effing Yankees would get 3 straight walk-off wins this weekend. Because apparently I did something to anger God. Or something like that. God I hate the Yankees. And the Red Sox. And the fact that the New Yankee Stadium will have been open for a year compared to Camden Yards’ 18 at the end of the season; and there will probably a greater number of significant games played there than OPACY has ever seen.

4-Pau Gasol and Hedo Turkoglu

As I’ve said before, if you let a series get to 7 games, you’re lucky to win. But there’s nothing like a Game 7 that has all the drama of an episode of “The Hills.” The Lakers cruised from start to finish to beat the Rockets, and the Celtics could never rally against the Magic. God what I would’ve given to be in Boston this week and see those god-awful wastes of human existence after their Bruins lost a Game 7 and their Celtics lost a Game 7. I bet they looked similar to…..

5-Mike Aina

Apparently Billy Evangelista was DQ’ed from his ShoMMA fight Friday night for……kicking Mike Aina’s ass too much? Aina apparently was hit with a knee that Evangelista thought was in his shoulder, while referee Herb Dean thought was to the head. It’s a shame no one could go back and look to see if Dean was right……oh yeah….they CAN….


…….well, Mike Aina has to be mighty proud of the victory he picked up this weekend; which comes not by Knockout or Submission, but instead via “crumbling like a human vegetable.” Congratulations.

6-Chad Ochocinco

Good news: You get to be known by the moniker you’ve been fighting to use.
Bad news: You fill out paperwork the wrong way, so your legal last name is not cool, but instead stupid.


7-Everyone who took a second to look at a weather report this morning

I guess this is my fault. You see, I could have sworn that the calendar in my room said “MAY”. I guess it was actually supposed to say “BLUSTERY FREEZE MONTH.” I went over to see Stevenson and Gettysburg in the D3 semifinals (bummed for the Mustang fans) wearing a polo shirt and sandals; and was nearly blown from Owings Mills back to Reisterstown. And according to the Weather Channel, it is going to dip down to 39 tomorrow night. Look, when I was living in Arizona; I remember saying to people “You know why I miss Maryland? We have FOUR seasons.” But how is it that we can have 4 seasons and not a single day during the year when you walk outside and it is 74 degrees? It will be 39 Monday night, and will inevitably be 93 by Thursday. I’m going back……

You’re a zero…….

James Harrison

As much as I want to laugh at this dumbass, the joke is on us. His team beat us three times. But if the Ravens had beaten them the third time, I think the NFL would have invited them to the Super Bowl instead of the Steelers.


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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer (and Boldin)

Posted on 17 April 2009 by Glenn Clark

Having covered Anquan Boldin for 2 seasons with the Cardinals during my exile to Phoenix; I have made my feelings for “Q” very evident during my time with WNST. I think Anquan is not only an outstanding Wide Receiver, I also think he is a tremendous human being.

Acquiring Anquan Boldin would-in my mind-make the Ravens a legitimate Super Bowl contender again, on par with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, and Indianapolis Colts in the AFC. A first and third round pick does not seem to be an excessive price to pay for him, either.

But if gets much beyond a first and third, I could certainly understand the Ravens choosing to hold on to their picks and trust their ‘process.’

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says potential Boldin deal could shape Ravens’ Draft

Thyrl Nelson says Montanez remains hot at Norfolk, adding 2 hits in win

Keith Melchior not exactly in love with DHB


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says oft-injured LB Burgess feels he has ‘something to prove’ in ‘09

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says schedule tougher than strength of schedule lets on

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens interested in pursuing Cardinals’ Boldin

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Madden told Ravens’ ‘PR guy’ Byrne he got into coaching to be ‘teacher’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Eagles, Giants likely competition to land Boldin

Examiner Tony Wisniewski thinks Ravens should make move to acquire Boldin

Examiner Phil Macek thinks Ravens should Draft DHB

Examiner Steve DeClue doesn’t think Ravens ‘enthralled’ with Boldin

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Newsome semi-confirms interest in Boldin

ESPN.com’s James Walker wonders if Ravens have ‘enough firepower’ to acquire Boldin

ESPN.com’s James Walker doesn’t think Ravens view CB as ‘position of need’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says James Harrison’s contract could impact Suggs

Sporting News War Room mocks Rutgers WR Britt, Florida TE Ingram, Hawaii DE Veikune, Purdue RB Sheets, North Carolina OT Reynolds, Arkansas TE Davie to Ravens

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche mocks Heyward-Bey to Ravens


The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Walker feels healthy, ‘confident’

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Roberts, Jones, Markakis, Huff ‘terrorizing’ baseball

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Ellsbury, Pedroia, Ortiz struggling at top of Red Sox lineup

The Sun’s Childs Walker says despite slow start, Wieters still has fantasy possibilities

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Wieters smacked first home run of season for Norfolk

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Patton threw 6 scoreless innings in Baysox home opener

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Bergesen’s trip to Baltimore ‘fast approaching’

Examiner Steve DeClue hopes Birds used off day to ‘regroup’

Virginian-Pilot says Waters went 6 innings for Tides in win over Charlotte

Frederick News-Post says Bordes picks up win in relief for Keys in Myrtle Beach

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Bascom to start home opener tonight vs. Salem for Keys

Boston Globe says Jones enters Sox series red hot

SI’s Ted Keith has O’s 13th in power rankings


The Official Site says D. Scott’s TD pass to T. Smith highlighted 10th practice of Spring

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph didn’t appear particularly ‘thrilled’ with practice

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph not overly thrilled with progress of backup QB Robinson

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph thinks post-DHB wideouts ‘haven’t stood out at all’

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says El Cajon (California) QB prospect visited Thursday (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Dan Hilbert says Petersburg (VA) DB Eric Magruder has Terps ‘high on list’ (must subscribe)


The Official Site previews tomorrows trip to Penn at Franklin Field

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Brian Farrell to sit out remainder of season, redshirt

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Cottle didn’t want Farrell trying to ‘play hurt’
The Diamondback’s Michael Katz
says Reed ‘likely’ to start for Terps against Quakers

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says loss of Farrell part of why Terps have struggled


The Official Site says Vasquez, Neal share Team MVP award

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hayes has been Williams’ ‘finisher’


The Official Site says Mustangs trounce Wesley, will host CAC Championship Game Sunday


The Official Site says Gulls avenge loss; trounce St. Mary’s to advance to CAC title rematch with Stevenson

The Sun says DeLillo scored 5 goals, Berkman 2 to help Gulls to CAC semifinal victory


The Official Site says Christian Brothers Academy guard Brian Neller signs with Retrievers

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Monroe interested in St. Frances guard Jason Jones


The Official Site says fans can vote for Blevins, Poillon as America East Player of the Year


The Official Site previews Tigers-Hens at Delaware Saturday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Tigers lock up number 2 seed in CAA Tournament with win over Delaware


The Official Site says Mids trying to snap 35 game losing streak to Hopkins Saturday


Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says OC Jasper, Slotbacks coach DuPaix help offensive coaches drop weight


The Sun’s Edward Lee says Eers have schedule advantage to make MAAC Tournament


Pimlico Official Site says 10 races, Darryl Worley concert scheduled for Opening Day tomorrow

Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty says short Pimlico session highlighted by Preakness, Black Eyed Susan

Thoroughbred Times says Mafaaz won’t run in Kentucky Derby

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Pimlico opens with ‘clouded’ future due to Magna bankruptcy


The Sun’s Todd Karpovich says Palace opens USL-2 season tonight vs. Riverhounds


-Do you think Jeremy Guthrie goes to the hill tonight at Fenway Park thinking “if I don’t win tonight, we might not win again for a week”?

Navy 11, Hopkins 8. The streak ends Saturday, thanks to a strong performance by Tommy Phelan.
Maryland 13, Penn 6. If the Terps were to somehow lose in Philadelphia, they’d go right to the NCAA Tournament bubble.
Loyola 12, Fairfield 6. This SHOULD be a mismatch.
UMBC 9, Hartford 5. The Retrievers are trying to prove more and more that they are a legitimate Final Four contender. That won’t change this weekend.
Delaware 8, Towson 6. If Tony Seaman can get his team to turn things around before the end of the season, if will go down as one of his best coaching jobs.
Salisbury 15, Stevenson 13. No one is beating the Gulls twice in one season.

Talk to you this weekend.


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Posted on 01 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

15 get props, 7 were lucky, and there was a total ZERO. Yes, I’ll be discussing at least 23 people in this blog; and that’s still fewer than the number of analysts on NBC’s pre-game show.

Props to you……

1-Georges St. Pierre

You have to credit GSP for a DOMINATING win over BJ Penn at UFC 94 Saturday night. I believe “Rush” is more popular in Montreal than the Expos EVER were.

2-Reggie Holmes (Morgan State) and Michael Harper (Coppin State)

Holmes surpassed 1,000 career points in Morgan’s blowout win over UMES Saturday. Harper scored 21 as the Eagles knocked off Delaware State Saturday. I wouldn’t be stunned if these teams somehow end up facing each other again this season for the MEAC title.

3-Mike Green

Sure, Alex Ovechkin had a pretty good weekend; but so did Mike Green. Green had two points Saturday and four more Sunday (1 goal, 3 assists) as the Caps got big wins over the Wings and Senators.

4-Rafael Nadal

He’s now just a win at the U.S. Open away from the career grand slam; and is undoubtedly the best player in all of tennis with three straight wins over Roger Federer in grand slam finals. He also gave us some ten hours of STELLAR TV watching over the weekend. Thanks Rafa!

5-James Harrison and Santonio Holmes

Don’t really need to explain this, I think. Harrison’s play almost ended the game halfway through. Holmes’ plays ended the game finally in the last 40 seconds. Roethlisberger continued to extend plays; his physical ability is tremendous. But Holmes and Harrison made the plays that won the game. Holmes should have been MVP.

6-Jonathan Squibb

Wing Bowl

Any competition that looks like this at the end is a winner in my book; and this guy was the winner of a winning competition. (Does that even make sense?) Squibb ate 203 wings to win WIP Philadelphia’s annual Wing Bowl in front of 20,000 people at the Wachovia Center. God bless America.

7-Mo Williams and Daniel Gibson

If LeBron James is going to get over the hump and win a NBA title this season; it’s because of his upgraded supporting cast. Williams has been a HUGE upgrade; which has helped the Cavs all season. He and Gibson put together their own personal 15-2 with James on the bench Sunday in helping the Cavs to a win over the Pistons.

8-Talor Battle

It’s not easy to beat Michigan State in East Lansing; but getting 29 points from your star will help. Penn State pulled the Top 10 stunner in the Big Ten Sunday; and Battle was the biggest reason why.

9-Tommy Morrison

Controversy appears to surround him as he tries to make a comeback; but no opponent has slowed him down yet. The former heavyweight champion absolutely demolished Corey Williams in Laramie, Wyoming Saturday night. I love this line from the recap……”One ringside observer thought that the spectacular KO may have required a coroner rather than a ringside physician.” Great line.

10-Lindsey Vonn

I don’t know much about skiing; but apparently what she’s doing is pretty good. She won the Super G on Sunday; and I’ve always wanted to be a “Super G” winner. She’s also winning whatever the skiing season competition is; and that is probably pretty good too. Overall; she’s American, and will hopefully win a bunch of medals in next year’s Olympics. Wherever they are. Did I convince you of how cool she is just yet?

11-Serena Williams

She’s number 1 again; and is again a winner at the Australian Open. She’s pretty freaking good.

12-Jerel McNeal

Did anyone notice that Marquette is undefeated in Big East play? McNeal scored 26 and had 11 assists as the Golden Eagles beat Georgetown Saturday; and their head coach Buzz Williams thinks they’re a “really elite” team. He might be right about that.

13-Bruce Smith, Rod Woodson, Derrick Thomas, Ralph Wilson, Bob Hayes, and Randall McDaniel

Should Shannon Sharpe be in? Sure. Should Andre Reed be in? Sure. But are all of the men elected to Pro Football’s Hall of Fame this weekend deserving? Absolutely. Congratulations to all of them.


I really thought THIS was the winner for Super Bowl ads. Very funny.

15-Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Further proof that God loves us and wants the best for us. Should be renamed “Super Bowl Sunday” dip.

Getting lucky……

1-Gary Williams

He was outstanding Saturday night as Maryland beat Miami; and boy did he need it. It was a tough week in College Park; but Gary picked the right time to prove that he is still a hell of a coach. His prize? The Terps take a trip to North Carolina next…..

2-Kenny Perry

Bogeying the 18th with a one stroke lead isn’t normally the preferred way to win a golf tournament. But Perry rallied on the 3rd extra hole to defeat Charley Hoffman and win the FBR Open.

3-Stony Brook Seawolves

A controversial late foul call on Darryl Proctor lead to Stony Brook getting a one point win over UMBC Saturday. Randy Monroe has had a tough time repeating last season’s success with little depth; and tough calls don’t help.

4-People who have been looking for a reason to dislike Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

Here’s the dirty little secret. This picture is NOT a big deal. It just isn’t. Michael Phelps did a bong hit. Whoa! He probably did it more than once! You know what else? The guy that caught the game winning touchdown in the Super Bowl has been known to smoke pot, too! But some people are so desirous of hating this guy. Maybe he’s not the greatest human being on the planet; but there’s no reason for everyone’s panties to be this twisted….

5-Iman Shumpert and Georgia Tech

THIS isn’t a great video of Shumpert’s last second game winner; but it’s all I could find. If they don’t beat the Deacons, they might not win an ACC game this season.

6-Steelers Fans


I believe God has decided to allow the Steelers to win Championships. If you lived in Pittsburgh AND your football team sucked; I can’t fathom how suicide wouldn’t creep into your mind every couple of days. Congratulations douchebags; I can’t wait for the Ravens to kick your ass next season. (Oh my god. Did I say “douchebags”? So much for journalistic integrity! If I didn’t mean it; I’d totally edit myself.)


Could there have been ANY more late night TV this weekend? AMAZING tennis; St. Mary’s-Gonzaga on Thursday night; the UFC fight Saturday night; and more. Is there anything better than leaving a sporting event and knowing there are more sports to watch when you get home? Oh yeah; not having to wake up at 5am. That would be better. Damn.

Total ZERO…….

The Winter

So; there’s more snow expected Monday night? Great. Let’s recap my first winter back home since spending the last two winters in Arizona.

I have enjoyed the pleasures of bronchitis and a bacterial infection.

My girlfriend’s 4Runner was stranded on a hill.

It took me 2 hours to make a 30 minute drive on Tuesday night.

I have spent so much money on thermal underwear, thermal undershirts, gloves, PatientFirst trips, airborne, Zpacks, cough syrup, coats, scrapers, hand warmers, vitamin c drops, tissues, orange juice, etc. that I might have to take a second job.

This whole global warming thing is BOGUS.

Talk to you in the morning.


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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 20 January 2009 by Glenn Clark

Maryland 72, Virginia 63

Don’t let Gary Williams fool you; this IS a must win game. In fact, this might as well be the DEFINITION of a MUST WIN game. If Greivis, Bowie, and Milbourne can all play well on the same night; this will be closer to a 20 point win. More than likely; this will be close with 10 minutes to play though.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says ’09 Ravens will have ‘new look’

Casey Willett says Pettine, Mattison, Pagano, Fangio all candidates to replace Rex

Nestor Aparicio says Ravens fans lost chance to have fun in Tampa

Bob Haynie says Ravens gave fans plenty of memories

Drew Forrester wonders if Markakis will regret signing extension

Casey Willett expects Kokinis to go to Browns soon

Casey Willett says Mazzone thinks coming to Orioles was ‘huge mistake’

Nestor Aparicio says Mazzone confirmed what we already knew

Drew Forrester says Leonhard ‘open’ to leaving Baltimore

Casey Willett says Landry ‘on target’ to prepare to return next season

Alex Thomas says season ended ‘too early’ for Ravens

Ed Frankovic says Caps get two from Ovechkin in win over Islanders


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh wants Ravens to remain ‘proud’ despite loss

The Official Site’s Denver Parler says McGahee had ‘solid day’ in AFC Championship Game loss

The Official Site’s Kristen Deahl says Suggs manned up for big day Sunday

The Official Site’s Scott Garceau says Ravens ‘won hearts’ despite losing game

The Official Site says McGahee expected to have ‘complete recovery’ from injury

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says MRI, CAT scans on McGahee ‘checked out good’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens know they need to ‘build off’ surprising season

The Sun’s Edward Lee says J. Brown, Leonhard amongst Ravens who’d like to return

Newsday’s Bob Glauber says turning Jets around won’t be easy for Rex Ryan

The AP’s David Ginsburg says McGahee ‘didn’t see (Ryan Clark) coming in 4th quarter’

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Flacco ‘melted’ vs. Steelers

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says McGahee ‘blacked out’ after hit

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Harbaugh thinks Rex Ryan will be ‘great head coach’

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Scott doesn’t want to think about football for a little while

The Examiner’s Phil Macek thinks Ravens will have ‘different chemistry and spirit’ next season

Aaron Wilson says locker room ‘relatively somber’ Monday after AFC Championship loss

Aaron Wilson says Rex Ryan ‘proud’ to join Jets organization

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Scott ‘may well have played last game in Ravens uniform’

Washington Times’ David Elfin says Suggs hopes Ravens ‘want to keep (him) around’

ESPN.com says Jets GM Johnson thinks Rex ‘right man for job’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘hurt’ by loss of Rolle

Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez says Cornerback Ravens’ biggest area of need

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens ‘C’ for AFC Championship Game performance


The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says 12 players in organization participating in WBC

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis, Birds agree to 6 year, $66 million deal

The Official Site’s Mark Bowman says Birds trade Bierd to Red Sox for David Pauley

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Markakis to return to Baltimore this week for physical, contract signing

The Sun says Pauley went 0-1 with 11.68 ERA in two starts for Red Sox last season

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Pauley will likely join competition for rotation spot

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says A. Jones thinking about ‘upcoming season’; not getting own contract extension

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Mazzone thinks leaving Braves for O’s ‘biggest  mistake of his career’

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker says Pauley put up stellar numbers at Pawtucket

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Pauley could be headed to bullpen or Norfolk if not rotation

The AP says Markakis extension means Orioles won’t have to go to arbitration for next three years


The Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with Virginia

The Official Site offers complete Terps/Cavs preview (pdf)

Virginia Official Site previews tonight’s game at Comcast Center

Virginia Official Site offers complete Maryland-Virginia release (pdf)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker thinks Gary needs to keep things ‘positive’ for Terps

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary knows Terps ‘can’t afford poor shooting’

The Sun’s Don Markus says Terps need ‘deeper bench’, ‘take better shots’, ‘play under control’

The Examiner’s Dylan Waugh thinks Terps should start Mosley instead of Hayes

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Terps ‘already fighting uphill battle’

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terps had shoot-around at 11am yesterday to work out ‘shooting woes’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Milbourne adjusting to ‘new role’ for Terps

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary wants team to watch Obama inauguration

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps amongst worst shooters in ACC

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Neal thinks tonight basically ‘must win’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary thought Milbourne tried to win Florida State game on own

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary thinks Terps playing ‘good defense’ with smaller lineup

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Cavs came to College Park early due to Inauguration traffic

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hayes thinks tonight’s game ‘close to must-win’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have been best with Bowie on floor

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cavs beat writer White thinks Cavs happy to not have to worry about going 0-16 in ACC play

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Leitao, Cavs forced to stay far from College Park due to inauguration taking hotel rooms

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps won’t improve without improving shooting

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Cavs have received scoring help from freshman Landesberg

Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Jeff White says Cavs prepared to face ‘small’ Terps

Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star’s Taft Coghill Jr. says Landesberg has to get over poor performance against Tar Heels

ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi has Terps 5th amongst teams OUT

ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi says Terps should have scheduled earlier road games

SI’s Andy Glockner says RPI keeping Terps OUT right now

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in with prospects at DeMatha-McNamara (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Dave Telep checks in on prospect Buie (must subscribe)

Terp Center’s Seth Hoffman says Neal thinks Terps will get in Tournament with 9-7 ACC record


The Official Site says Kizer named ACC Rookie of the Week


The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Ryan Donohue came to Maryland for program’s authenticity

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says no Terps in Super Bowl

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former Maryland assistant Rychleski could join Colts

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says ’08 O-Line did not meet expectations

ESPN Research’s Chris Fallica, Nick Loucks, and Harold Shelton say Terps 31st most ‘prestigious’ program since ‘36

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps’ ‘prestige’ helped by ACC titles in 80’s; ’53 national title

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps’ O-Line ‘most overrated unit’ in ’08 ACC season

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh checks in with prospect Pete White (must subscribe)


The Examiner’s Tom Flynn thinks Terps will be top baseball team in state


The Official Site says Retrievers fall at Vermont without Greene, Flemming

The AP says Retrievers dressed only 7 in loss to Catamounts


The AP says Holmes scores 29 as Bears blow out Bethune-Cookman

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Bears top team in Baltimore


The Official Site says Lamar Twitty scored 21, but Eagles fell to Florida A&M


The Official Site says Barney named MAAC Player of the Week


The Official Site says Neal Pitt scores 27, but Hawks fall at Norfolk State


The Official Site says Goode named NEC Player of the Week


-With no High School Sports yesterday due to the Martin Luther King Holiday; we had a special search for the SunTrust Athlete of the Morning today. Our “team of the winter” nominees included the Boys Basketball team at Calvert Hall and the wrestling team at McDonough; but in the end our winner is the Girls’ Basketball team at St. Paul’s. Listener Dave Cunningham says the girls are 17-0 despite missing 2 starters and only being able to go 8 deep. Congratulations!

Recapping “Who Knows Drew” from this morning……
-Drew picked Scenario A for the Ravens; re-signing Ray and Jason Brown; letting Suggs and Bart Scott go; drafting Darrius Heyward-Bey; and signing Bryant McFadden. (Scenario B had the Ravens losing Ray and Brown; but signing Scott and Suggs. Suggs and Chris McAlister would then be traded for Anquan Boldin; the Ravens would sign Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha, and draft Virginia LB Clint Sintim.)
-Having to win ONE game; Drew would rather start Joe Montana than John Elway or Tom Brady
-Drew would rather attend the NHL Skills Competition than the MLB Home Run Derby or the NBA Slam Dunk Contest and 3 Point Shootout.
-Drew would NOT trade Ray Lewis and Ed Reed for Troy Polamalu and James Harrison
-If Drew was putting for the win on the 18th hole at the Masters and Jim Nantz was sick; he’d have Johnny Miller make the call instead.

-I understand that the opinion of Anquan Boldin has soured amongst a number of people due to his ‘antics’ at the end of the NFC Championship Game. Knowing Anquan Boldin; I would still be THRILLED to have him wear purple next season. Please check out THIS blog entry from Arizona Republic Cardinals beat writer Kent Somers; which is a fair assessment of Boldin.

-Nick Markakis CANNOT regret signing a 6 year deal with the Orioles; as he had no one else to sign with. He was not going to be a free agent for another 3 years; and even if everything were to go perfectly for 3 years; he would be 28 when his next contract would start. If he were to sign a 6 year deal THEN; he would be 34 when it ended and would have a tough time getting another big contract. But he will be 31 after this big money deal ends; and he will have the option to leave the Orioles and sign another mega deal with a contender should things not turn around here. He makes more money, gets security; and can control the market for a big deal in 6 years if he continues to perform. He might not play an important game (and probably won’t) during the length of the deal; but he will NEVER regret it.

Talk to you tomorrow.


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