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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:

Ravens:
LB Tavares Gooden-DID NOT PARTICIPATE-Head
S Ed Reed-DID NOT PARTICIPATE-Illness
QB Joe Flacco-FULL-Ankle
OT Jared Gaither-FULL-Neck
LB Jarret Johnson-FULL-Shoulder
WR/ST David Tyree-FULL-Hamstring

Broncos:
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.

-G

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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

ORIOLES:

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

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

RAVENS:

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

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

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

NAVY FOOTBALL:

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

HORSE RACING:

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

SWIMMING:

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

BALTIMORE COLTS:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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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

ORIOLES:

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

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

RAVENS:

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

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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)

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Randall Cooper awarded post-graduate scholarship

NAVY FOOTBALL:

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)

BALTIMORE COLTS:

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

SWIMMING:

Sporting News’ Dan Shanoff says Phelps won 5 ESPY awards

HORSE RACING:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-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.

-G

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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

ORIOLES:

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

RAVENS:

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

HORSE RACING:

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

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

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

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

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

UMBC LACROSSE:

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

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

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

STEVENSON LACROSSE:

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

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

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

NAVY FOOTBALL:

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

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

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

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

BALTIMORE COLTS:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-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.

-G

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15-7-0

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15-7-0

Posted on 18 May 2009 by Glenn Clark

You get props……

1-Calvin Borel and Rachel Alexandra

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7vXnO4-aIY[/youtube]

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…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMtFtmPJEIU[/youtube]

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…..

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…..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?

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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……

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6-Michael Phelps

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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…..

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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….

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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….

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

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13-Rick From Reisterstown

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

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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

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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…..

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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….

cross

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…..

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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….

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…….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.

ocho

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.

-G

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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

RAVENS:

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

ORIOLES:

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

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

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

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Vasquez, Neal share Team MVP award

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

STEVENSON LACROSSE:

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

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

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

UMBC BASKETBALL:

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

UMBC LACROSSE:

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

TOWSON LACROSSE:

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

NAVY LACROSSE:

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

NAVY FOOTBALL:

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

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:

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

HORSE RACING:

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

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-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.

-G

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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.

14-CareerBuilder.com

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

Steelers

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.)

7-Insomniacs

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.

-G

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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

RAVENS:

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

ORIOLES:

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

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Kizer named ACC Rookie of the Week

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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)

TERRAPINS BASEBALL:

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

UMBC BASKETBALL:

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

The AP says Retrievers dressed only 7 in loss to Catamounts

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

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

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Bears top team in Baltimore

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

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

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Barney named MAAC Player of the Week

UMES BASKETBALL:

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

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Goode named NEC Player of the Week

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-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.

-G

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An Exciting Ravens Season Ends Too Early

Posted on 19 January 2009 by Alex Thomas

What can I say that hasn’t already been said on the airwaves, message boards, and blogs?

The Darren Stone penalty…

Jared Gaither’s false start on 2nd & 1…

Cam Cameron’s questionable play calling…

Flacco’s interceptions…

We don’t have enough playmakers on offense…

We can’t stop Ben Roethlisberger…

The ridiculous roughing the kicker penalty…

Sweed’s hit on Ivy…

Clark’s hit on McGahee…

Ed Reed’s disappearance…

It really comes down to one simple concept: the Steelers are just flat out better than the Ravens.

Although it’s difficult to imagine after a loss, there were some positives to take away from the game.

Willis McGahee and Terrell Suggs played out of their mind. They put on two of the best performances in Ravens playoff history. Bart Scott, who played his projected last game as a Raven last night due to contract issues, played a great game as well.

And although Flacco didn’t play up to snuff, the offensive line certainly did. Sure, James Harrison got the best of Jared Gaither at times, but he was the defensive player of the year…what do you expect? On the whole, I thought the offensive line played well as a unit.

This team is very young and very talented, and it’s a very exciting time to be a Ravens fan.

Despite the losses to Pittsburgh, the Baltimore Ravens had a magical season.

Consider all of the joy and good times they brought this city…starting with Joe Flacco’s touchdown run against Cincinnati and ending with a tough loss to the hated Steelers, this season was an emotional roller coaster ride. And I think we can all agree that there were more good times than bad ones.

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 January 2009 by Glenn Clark

I’ve already admitted to crying after Saturday’s game; so I won’t bother to embarrass myself further.

It is absolutely FITTING that the Ravens and Steelers will meet Sunday to determine the AFC Champion. These two teams will play an intense battle on the field; and it is VERY hard to predict anything just yet.

Let me hear what John Harbaugh has to say about Terrell Suggs and Samari Rolle before I start talking smack.

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester doesn’t care what media saying about Ravens

Rex Snider doesn’t like pre-game activities at LP Field

Drew Forrester says Ravens-Chargers would have been too ‘boring’

Glenn Clark admits Flacco, Heap got ‘lucky’; but isn’t too torn up about it

Nestor Aparicio says Rex Ryan interviewed with Jets, Rams

Drew Forrester says Stover, Heap contributing after some wanted them gone

Casey Willett says Ravens looking to continue ‘Redemption World Tour’

Bob Haynie says Epps may have been uncertain in Gary’s future

Keith Melchior says Cameron ‘knows what he is doing’

Cliff Saunders says Saturday was ‘coming out party’ for Ravens

Ted Vlahoyiannis explains Gaither’s shoulder injury

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says trip to AFC title game, not shot at revenge on former team fueled Mason, Rolle Saturday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says ‘intense’ Ravens-Steelers rivalry to reach ‘new level’ this week

The AP says Steelers 5 point favorites over Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley and Mike Preston say Rex Ryan could be ‘leading candidate’ for Jets’ job

The Sun’s Ken Murray says ‘purple reigned’ over Baltimore yesterday

The Sun offers ‘crash course’ for Ravens fans

The Sun’s David Steele says Ravens no longer ‘underdogs’

The Sun’s “Mr. Flip” says Titans fans ‘sour’ after game

The Sun’s Ray Frager says Dierdorf noticed momentum shifting in 3rd quarter

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Harbaugh improving on challenge decisions

The Sun’s Mike Preston says ‘hustle’ plays earned Ravens turnovers

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Steelers 1-4 at home in AFC Championship Games since ‘94

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Ravens ‘saved’ by Stover

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Ravens knew they had ‘support’ in Nashville

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Flacco greater than Hall of Fame company

Aaron Wilson says Flacco remains ‘unfazed’

Aaron Wilson says Ravens ready for ‘Round 3’ with Steelers

The AP says Bart Scott thinks Ravens making own ‘history’ in ‘08

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Robert Dvorchak says Tomlin thinks Ravens-Steelers ‘scrimmage’ would be big game, more or less AFC Championship

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Mike Prisuta says Bettis thinks Ravens will lose AFC Championship Game (and no one knows more about losing AFC Title Games than him!)

ESPN.com’s John Clayton thinks Steelers ‘peaking’, will advance past Ravens

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens-Steelers expected to be ‘low scoring affair’

SI’s Peter King says Harbaugh wouldn’t trade Flacco for ANY QB in NFL

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer says Steelers’ LB Harrison expects game to be ‘more than street fight’

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge has even ‘more respect’ for Newsome

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says Ravens took beating from Titans in win

Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole picks Steelers 20-10

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Epps picks Pitt over Maryland

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Bradley Johnson picked Maryland due to ‘love’ of players, coaches

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Jackets gave Terps ‘space’ to make shots

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Burney will lose boot this week

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary applauded refs after Georgia Tech game

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Neal took ‘beating’ against Lawal, Jackets

Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg says Vasquez fought with fans during win Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Maryland, Missouri have similar resumes

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps’ defense had top 10 turnover day in last ten years Saturday

Turtle Sports Report’s Evan Daniels says Epps not coming to Maryland (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says veteran LB’s were strength for Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says D-Line was ‘obvious deficiency’ for Terps

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Terps visit Duke tonight on ESPN2

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Terps relying on Liles

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Ryan Bacon hits hoop with 3.5 seconds to play to lift St. Peter’s past Loyola

The Sun says Hounds lose 3rd straight yesterday

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s contest with Norfolk State

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Bears ‘can’t look past’ Spartans tonight

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Bears top team in Baltimore

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Mids lead nation in rushing for fourth consecutive season

BLAST:

The Official Site says Blast trip up in Rockford for first loss of season

The Sun’s Darryl Mellema says Blast remain in first despite loss

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Uehara to take physical today, will be introduced Wednesday

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue expects C. Gomez to fill utility hole he previously held down for Birds

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Cara Facchina; who scored 17 points (her coach Trish Armstrong corrected multiple media reports of 14) as Mt. De Sales knocked off Maryvale 51-27 Friday night in Girls Basketball action. Kudos to everyone who came out and helped us raise thousands of dollars for the Erinn McCarthy Scholarship Fund; as well as the “Think Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness Fund.

-Morgan State 74, Norfolk State 59. The Bears are rolling….
-Coppin State 62, North Carolina A&T 51. I’ll say McKee gets a big 24 in the win.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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