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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 26 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

Nothing to add today; check out my Maryland blog last night for my thoughts on the Terps’ loss to Duke.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Birds doing right thing by letting kids in free

Drew Forrester says Ravens get $4 million more to work with under cap

Glenn Clark says Terps back to ‘must win’ territory after loss

Chris Bonetti says Terps fans were back at it last night

Casey Willett says Nate Washington would be ‘interesting’ signing for Ravens

Bryan Powell not impressed by Maryland fans’ vile chant

Bryan Powell says Salisbury continues to dominate

Glenn Clark says Stevenson women improve to 2-0

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Draft full of DE/LB ‘hybird’ prospects

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy remembers top sacks of ’08 Ravens season

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Newsome thinks Ravens making ‘progress’ with 52

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Houshmandzadeh, Bodden could be amongst free agent options for Ravens

Newsday’s Erik Boland says Rex Ryan could pursue 52, Leonhard, Scott

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens still negotiating with 52, Scott

ESPN.com’s James Walker expects Ravens to make ‘major contract offer’ to 52 before midnight

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Brown’s chances of staying would be limited if he hits open market

ESPN.com’s James Walker says 52 using Cowboys as ‘leverage’

College Football News mocks DHB to Ravens

SI’s Don Banks mocks Sean Smith to Ravens

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco says Jason Brown 2nd best free agent available

Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole and Charles Robinson say Brown 3rd best free agent, 52 4th best

NFL.com’s Vic Carucci expects Ravens to sign free agent WR, draft CB

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says newcomers Freel, Wigginton make contributions at plate in loss to Mets

The Official Site offers numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Hennessey, Pauley, Waters struggle in loss to Mets

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says starting infielders put in side work instead of playing vs. Mets

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Baez gets start today for O’s vs. Cardinals

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Hennessey forced to leave in 2nd inning of loss with sore right elbow

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Albers, Ray also expected to pitch today

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. wouldn’t be ‘surprised’ to see Caleb Joseph start season in Frederick

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Hammock, Montanez contributed positively in loss

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Guthrie sharp dresser

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Luis Castillo had 4 RBI for Mets in win

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Hennessey’s pain could be ‘fatigue-related’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley didn’t play guys headed to World Baseball Classic

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley won’t play Wieters at 1B during Spring Training

Examiner Jay Trucker thinks Cabrera wearing Nationals jersey odd

The AP says Hennessey will ‘re-evaluate’ elbow today

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The AP says Vasquez saddled with foul trouble as Terps fall to Duke

The Official Site offers numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site says Coach K called Gary ‘heck of a coach’ after Blue Devils’ win

The Official Site says Milbourne lead Terps with 19 in loss

Duke Official Site says Maryland fan had sign reading “Duke Hates Puppies”

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Henderson scored 19 points to lead Blue Devils to victory

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Bowie, Hayes gave good effort, but Terps couldn’t get it done with Vasquez on bench

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Mosley, Milbourne, Vasquez all fouled out of loss to Devils

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Tucker struggled, but wasn’t tentative

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary would only call officiating ‘interesting’

The Sun says administrator Cheryl Levick named AD at Georgia State

Examiner Steve DeClue blames officiating for Terps’ loss

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terps, Devils were tied at 60 with 5:20 to play

Frederick News-Post’s Greg Swatek says Terps suffered first loss of season while wearing gold uniforms

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Scheyer hit big shot after being top target for Terps fans

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps’ turnaround might be ‘too late’

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps fans had more ‘faith’ last night than before Carolina win

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Devils mostly kept Zoubek on bench despite success in first Maryland game

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps couldn’t answer Duke’s late 3’s

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Milbourne, defense, mentality all positives in loss to Devils

Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg says Scheyerfaces littered Comcast Center again

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary called Terps ‘damn good’ basketball team after game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says last night’s loss ‘about as encouraging’ as an 11 point loss can be

DC Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says sellout crowd of nearly 18,000 saw Devils beat Terps

Charlotte Observer’s Ken Tysiac says Devils came alive after Neal flattened Nolan Smith on screen

CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm says Maryland ‘on the fence’

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says NC State game now ‘biggest of season’ (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says prospect Roscoe Smith ‘enjoyed’ trip to Comcast Center (must subscribe)

Terp Center’s Seth Hoffman says late 3’s by Henderson, Singler finish Terps

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Toliver nominated for Naismith award

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says injured Emery Wallace helping to ‘hype’ Terps

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says former Terp Podlesh helped get Sean Fitzpatrick to College Park

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks tailgating lacking in College Park

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter profiles local lineman prospect (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says defense will have ‘growing pains’ like Georgetown loss

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Coleman nets 21 on Senior Night as Tigers beat Delaware

The Sun’s Todd Karpovich says Calvin Lee, Junior Hairston each score 13 in win over Blue Hens

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Teague, Kina score 19 each but Mids fall to American

Washington Post’s Steven Goff says Eagles clinch Patriot League title with win over Mids

Washington Times’ Harlan Goode says Eagles beat Mids for 22nd time in 26 tries

DC Examiner’s Craig Stouffer says Garrison Carr lead Eagles with 20 points in win over Mids

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Binghamton

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Mike Preston says goalie Blevins overcomes lack of size

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s Senior Night contest with Rider

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews Greyhounds’ trip to Penn State

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews Bears’ Senior Night showdown with Delaware State Saturday

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews Jays’ Face-Off showdown with Princeton

Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon says Jays’ offense still ‘dangerous’

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Goode named Athlete of the Week by Mount

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says seniors Atupem, Markus Mitchell have been ‘quiet leaders’ for Eers

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kylor Berkman honored by CAC

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Baffert finalist for Hall of Fame

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says former Preakness winner Point Given also Hall of Fame candidate

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Phelps dropped from two speaking engagements in Canada

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun says Sun awarded for “Greatest Game Ever Played” series

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-With no local games last night (or tonight for that matter); we had a “Female Athlete of the Winter” battle this morning. Suspicious tie; as Mount De Sales’ Cara Facchina and Maryvale’s Stephanie Glavaris are both winners. Perry Hall’s Rachel Smith apparently just missed out. Interesting….

-Binghamton 79, UMBC 66. This is apparently the biggest game in Binghamton history. They won’t drop it.
-Loyola 65, Rider 60. I think the Greyhounds will get this one at home.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crab Cakes and Light Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 26 February 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The Swinging Bunt

NO 1st for Wieters.  Before yesterday’s game O’s manager Dave Trembley was asked whether or not the team plans to try-out Matt Wieters at first base, because the toll on a catcher’s body can be so great.  The manager said no way.  The Sun’s Peter Schmuck reporting the story wrote in his blog, something along the lines of… ‘that’s something to Orioles can worry about in seven or eight years.’  Well, at the bottom of the same page in the comments section, a certain ‘mikepcfl’ wrote, “The Yankees can move Wieters to 1B to replace Teixeira in 8 years! Just kidding, I have a bad sense of humor.”  Yes, yes you do, sir.

Terps Fans: A+.  Of course, last night was certainly a tough loss for the Terps at Comcast to the Dukies.  Just curious, when Kyle Singler stepped on Sean Mosely’s foot causing a brief injury timeout, did anyone else hear “F*ck you Single,” loud and clearly over the ESPN airwaves.  Jay Bilas and Mike Patrick were completely silent at the time too, making it even more blatant.  Maryland fans have proven to be a tough bunch…  and quite funny too, last night’s Operation Scheyerface v2.0 and, man, this one gets me every single time I see it…

Even more Terp trash-talk.  This from Deadspin, Maryland students got their hands on some of the hotel numbers of the Duke Basketball team and inundated the players with calls to their rooms.  This is an example of some of the tomfoolery – golden stuff.

Caller: “Hello, this is ****** with the Washington Times, sorry to bother you at this hour Mr. Paulus, but we are running a small piece tomorrow and I was hoping to take 2 minutes and ask you a question?”

Greg Paulus: “Uhhh, sure”

Caller:  “If you had to choose between Deron Washington, Danny Green, and Dwayne Collins, (three guys who have dunked directly on Paulus this season) whose nuts would you say tasted the best?”

Paulus:  …Click

Scanning the Blogosphere

Pro Football America gives updates on Ray Lewis and Bart Scott and speculates the Vikings might be players for Jason Brown.

CBS Sports says it might be tough sledding trying to keep both Jason Brown and Bart Scott.

Baltimore Beat Down says Joe Flacco’s critics will have to change their song for next season.

Camden Chat: “Prop Projections for the 2009 Baltimore Orioles,“37 comments for 37 pitchers in camp for the Orioles,” and “Mets beat O’s in proper spring opener.”

The Schmuck Stops Here has all the latest from Fort Lauderdale including all the news from the O’s-Mets game from yesterday including Brad Hennessey’s elbow soreness.

Connolly’s Corner Sports Bar has a ‘3 for 1′ as Dan talks Ray Lewis, the Orioles, and Maryland hoops.

SI’s J-Fro Sports Journalism and Lists ranks the O’s fifth overall in terms of outfield units.

Oriole Magic posted AOL’s Baltimore Orioles team preview.

SI has their top-225 Fantasy Baseball Preview, Brian Roberts is the first Oriole at #46.  They also offer potential ‘sleeper’ picks, potential ‘bargain picks, and those whom you should stay away from.

Tracking the Terps has some final thoughts on the Maryland-Duke game from last night and some additional notes.

Terrapin Insider has their take on Dukes win over Maryland.

The Big Lead says the Terps are 1 of 23 teams on the tournament bubble for 10 remaining spots.

Recruiting Report has a story and video of Terp tight end signee Sean Fitzpatrick, a 2010 commitment for Coach Friedgen.

SI’s For the Record says, “Ovechkin, Crosby grow inseparable as rivals.” Duuuuh.

Ring Post Live author Kevin Eck was on with Ray and Casey yesterday and wishes a happy 60th birthday to Ric Flair.

The CMS Video of the Day

Wait, what?  Here’s a video of Sheriff Leon Lott, the man who represents the firm hand of the law in the Phelps ‘Bong-Gate.’

The Morning’s Final Thought

Former University of Georgia quarterback and potential first overall selection in this year’s NFL draft, Matthew Stafford has had quite the whirlwind past few months.  He’s had a preseason #1 ranking in the nation, a tough season in the SEC, a difficult decision whether or not to turn pro or go back to Athens, a grueling combine training program, and the combine itself all to try and deal with.  Makes me think he needs to blow off a little steam… actually, by the looks of it, he’s doing a pretty good job of that.

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 25 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

Duke 94, Maryland 86

Can lightning strike the same place twice? I don’t think so. If Duke is shooting, there’s nothing Maryland (or anyone else) can do to beat them. Same goes for Carolina, but Carolina wasn’t shooting the other day. I DON’T think Maryland will be blown out again at home; but I don’t think that Duke will be as cold from outside as Carolina was.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says cap room will be issue for Ravens

Casey Willett wonders how Flacco will factor into 52’s decision

Casey Willett says Ravens’ biggest needs Center, TE, WR, CB, LB, Kicker

Drew Forrester thinks delay in signing Ray could ‘benefit’ Scott

Thyrl Nelson says not having salary cap would be good for Ravens

Alex Thomas thinks Phelps will compete in 4 races in Charlotte; win 3 of them

Chris Bonetti says Glenn Clark always rooted for Hammonds, Devereaux

Ed Frankovic says Caps suffer 3rd period ‘collapse’ in loss to Flyers

RAVENS:

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says despite playing center; Brown wants to be paid as guard

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Bisciotti ‘irritated’ by 52’s comments at Pro Bowl

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says 52, Brown, Rolle, Stover, Leonhard, Ivy, Wilcox, Boller will all ‘go’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says 52 situation still ‘riddle’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens ‘increase interest’ in bringing back Scott

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Brown ‘could break the bank’ in free agency

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Brown’s desire to be paid as guard could pave way for Ravens to sign Scott instead

ESPN.com’s James Walker says 52 ‘open’ to signing with Ravens before free agency begins

SI’s Peter King thinks 52 wants money up front in new deal

Sporting News’ Jeff Darlington says AFC East teams ‘targeting’ Scott, Brown

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan mocks Darius Butler to Ravens

NFL Network’s Charles Davis mocks LSU LB Darry Beckwith to Ravens

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Pie checks into camp facing ‘battle’ for LF job

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie, Mora, Izturis, Costanzo will all play in WBC

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Trembley thinks Birds will be ‘National League’ style ballclub

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds open Grapefruit League play today vs. Mets

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Pie excited for chance to play ‘every day’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Quiroz thinks Hill had ‘best left-handed stuff’ he’s ever seen

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds’ luck ‘changing’, but not changed yet

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says rotation will go Hennessey-Baez-Uehara-Guthrie-Hill

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Arrieta, Bergesen, Tillman amongst scoreless pitchers in win over Team Italy

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Wieters named top prospect again by Baseball America

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says former manager Hargrove would like another chance to lead a team

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Patton, Matusz opened Team Italy game with scoreless innings

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Hill ‘throwing with confidence’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Matusz ‘comfortable and confident’ in first ’09 action

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says former Oriole Trebelhorn also helping to coach Team Italy

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says ‘change of employer’ lead to Pie’s visa troubles

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says former Tar Heel Surhoff not concerned with Carolina’s loss to Maryland

Examiner Jay Trucker says Tillman, Matusz, Arrieta all amongst Top 100 prospects according to Baseball America

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s ESPN showdown with Duke

Duke Official Site previews Blue Devils-Terps contest

Duke Official Site offers complete Devils-Terps release (pdf)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps desperately seeking redemption after earlier 41 point loss at Duke

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps have history or bouncing back to beat teams they lost to earlier in the year

Examiner Steve DeClue says Duke game not ‘must win’ for Terps

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says NCAA Tournament hopes ‘alive’ for Terps as they face Duke

The AP says Gary thinks Terps ‘better since’ first Duke game

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Vasquez knows ‘whole campus hates Duke’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Hayes has found ‘niche’ since benching

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps have more venom for Blue Devils than Tar Heels

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tucker’s extra work paying off for Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps in upper half of ACC over last 3 seasons

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Maryland’s Tournament resume slightly better than Creighton’s

DC Examiner’s Rick Snider says Neal thinks Devils ‘beatable’

Charlotte Observer’s Ken Tysiac says Elliot Williams has been ‘missing piece’ for Devils

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem recaps Tobias Harris’ weekend visit (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says prospect Tyrone Garland had ‘good time’ during weekend visit to College Park (must subscribe)

Scout.com’s Eric Bossi hosts roundtable regarding target Stephenson (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Jeremiah Wilson grew up always wanting to be a Terp

Sporting News’ Albert Breer and Clifton Brown say DHB ‘aced’ off-field tests at Combine as well

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles Bishop McNamara WR prospect (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Terps, Blue Devils yet to commit to Face-Off Classic again next season

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s home finale with Delaware

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to American

Washington Post’s Steven Goff says Mids ‘almost assured’ of 3rd place finish in Patriot League

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Mids slip to 12th in polls

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Matt Drenan feels more ‘confident’ returning from injury

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Poillon named America East Player of the Week

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Retrievers trying to open season 3-0 for first time since ‘01

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Eers open season with 10-2 loss at Virginia

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

The Sun’s John Weaver says Coach Jim Berkman ‘fears’ no teams Gulls will play this season

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site’s David Harrington says Mariners report to Training Camp

SWIMMING:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Phelps will return from suspension at Charlotte Ultra Swim in May

The AP’s Mike Cranston says Phelps still planning on swimming at World Championships in Rome this July

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Donyae Jackson. He scored 16 points last night to lift Calvert Hall to a 63-38 win over Spalding in the first round of the Catholic League playoffs. Jackson had also been Defensive Player of the Year this year.

-I get the feeling that ONE of the Ravens’ free agents will sign before Thursday’s deadline. Most likely Bart Scott. They have SO much work to do; I don’t think they’re comfortable going to Friday with all 3 hitting the market. I think they’ll get Bart locked up to breathe a bit easier.

-Delaware 77, Towson 64. I just don’t get the feeling the Tigers are even capable of winning games anymore.

Talk to you tonight with a Maryland-Duke live blog from Comcast Center.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crab Cakes and Light Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 25 February 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The Swinging Bunt

Welcome back Tiger!  Today at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship the most famous and successful athlete in the world makes his triumphant return… Ladies and gentlemen, the great Tiger Woods will be back on the golf course!  All players are ranked 1-64 and the tournament plays out like the NCAA Big Dance, and in this match up, well, as you may have guessed, the top ranked player in the world will be taking on the tournament’s #64 seed, in this case, Brendan Jones.  Tiger says he feels better than ever, if that’s true… that’s super-awful bad news for Mr. Jones.   How do you think Brendan felt when he first saw that draw?  I’ll bet his face looked pretty funny.

Ladies Hockey Night in D.C.  The Washington Capitals are doing their best job marketing towards women with their new “Capitals Scarlet” advertising campaign.  Seems smart to me, put a bunch of chicks in the crowd… that would lead me to believe that, naturally, guys would then be even more enticed to come to games.  More ladies, more guys, obviously more attendance, truly seems beneficial for everyone… yeah, you know Alex likes it too.

Scanning the Blogosphere

Ravens Insider explains what the potential re-signing of Bart Scott means for Ray Lewis.

Pro Football Talk: Is Ray “Burning Bridges in Baltimore?” “Fins to chase Jason Brown?” “Agent thinks Jason Brown or Bart Scott will leave the Ravens.”

The Schmuck Stops Here has the latest from Spring Training, the upcoming rotation, and the now necessary daily report on Matt Wieters.

Connolly’s Corner Sports Bar asks “Which Oriole will hurt his status with a poor spring?”

Tracking the Terps says rebounding will be crucial against Duke, and has some quotes from Gary and Greivis.

Face Off has the latest on this coming weekend’s Face-Off Classic and UMBC midfielder Peet Poillon, who was named this week’s America East Conference Player of the Week.

The Washington Post’s Baseball Insider gives a WBC Team that would be unbeatable.

CMS Video of the Day

Everyone always says Duke gets all the calls at home in Cameron Indoor Stadium.  Well, it’s tough to argue otherwise when Duke guard Elliot Williams TAKES 12 STEPS WITHOUT A TRAVELING VIOLATION BEING CALLED!

Also, yesterday the CMS Staff gave you the video of Devin Harris’ half court buzzer-beater.  Well, that was awesome, aaaand in a game, which is nice.

I guess Dwight Howard and Lebron James just wanted to show off a little before the game.

The Morning’s Final Thought

Serbian-born Memphis Grizzlies guard Marko Jaric could potentially be having the best year in the NBA by virtue of a single outstanding performance.  As a point guard, he averages a meager 2 ppg and 1 apg, but off the court yesterday Marko made the biggest play of his otherwise irrelevant season.  He proposed to long-time girlfriend Adriana Lima and is now engaged… jeez.  That’s awesome, I’m pretty sure every post-pubescent guy grows up wishing he could marry a Victoria’s Secret model.  Marko is just livin’ the dream.

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Ravens free agency talk

Posted on 24 February 2009 by caseywillett

As free agency gets ready to start for the NFL on Friday, here are the positions that I think the Ravens need to address through free agency and or the draft.
 
Center: Jason Brown will likely leave via free agency because his value as a center, or possibly guard, is higher to other teams. Chris Chester is the only player on the Ravens’ roster to have played center in the NFL. Marshal Yanda has never played center in the NFL or college.
 
Tight End: I expect to see Todd Heap more involved in the passing attack this year, but the Ravens have to have some depth at that position. Dan Wilcox, after battling injuries for the last couple of years, is not expected to be brought back. Quinn Sypniewski will be trying to return after suffering a season-ending knee injury before training camp.
 
Wide Receiver: Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton both had a solid year last season. However, you have to have more than the same two guys going out in pass patterns every single time. Factor in that both Mason and Clayton will be free agents after next season. Demetrius Williams is a question mark as he tries to return from a season-ending injury. Williams has shown glimpses of solid potential as a deep threat, but the consistency has not been there so far.
 
Cornerback: Chris McAlister is gone, and Samari Rolle could be short on time in Baltimore as well. As it stands right now, the only depth the Ravens have at the position are Frank Walker and Fabian Washington, who are solid players, but I’m not sure you want them both out there as starters. The Ravens also might look to add a guy who can play nickel back, as Corey Ivy is likely to leave during free agency.
 
Kicker: Matt Stover’s career here in Baltimore could be over. The Ravens would like to have him back, but they would also like a guy who is more consistent on field goals from 40 yards or longer, as his overall percentage from 40-49 yards has dropped in each of the last two seasons. He is still amazingly consistent from 39 yards or less.
 
Linebacker: The only reason for concern at this position is if both Ray Lewis and Bart Scott leave through free agency. If one of them returns, no matter who it is, the Ravens will be OK. With guys like Jarrett Johnson, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Nick Greisen, Tavares Gooden, Jameel McClain and Antwan Barnes, I think the Ravens will make the adjustments that they need to at the linebacker spots.
 
I did not put these positions in any particular order, but I would be interested to see how you rank them from highest to lowest priority for the Ravens this offseason.

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

If the Ravens want to pursue Marvin Harrison; that’s fine with me…..

…….IF (and only if) they are pursuing him as a complementary option to the number 1 receiver they are also looking to obtain.

Marvin Harrison is NOT the answer at wide receiver. But he could be part of the solution for one season if nothing else. Harrison can still play, but he will be 37 years old when the 2009 season begins. He cannot be counted on as a number 1 receiver; and the Ravens need to find a more long-term option at the position.

But if the Ravens are interested in signing Marvin Harrison and drafting Darrius Heyward-Bey (or a similar receiver); that COULD answer the wide receiver solution.

There are a lot of “ifs” involved there.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Ravens still trying to lock up Ray

Thyrl Nelson says Ravens ‘winning’ spin battle with 52

Bob Haynie wonders if offseason has changed opinions regarding 52

Keith Melchior doesn’t want to overpay for 52

Casey Willett says Bisciotti speaking at South Carolina

Chris Bonetti says Birds not exactly taking today’s game against Italy particularly seriously

Casey Willett says former Oriole Loewen’s hitting receiving praise

Drew Forrester says Orioles mini-plans ARE available

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says CB prospects D.J. Moore, Darius Butler, Alphonso Smith all have size limitations

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says agent Harold Lewis thinks Scott or Brown will sign before free agency starts

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Penn State’s Williams, Butler amongst WR options for Ravens

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ravens can pay 52 more than Cowboys, Jets

Examiner Tony Wisniewski doesn’t understand how 52, Ware suddenly ‘BFF’s’

Examiner Tony Wisniewski thinks 52, Scott, Stover, Leonhard will all ‘go’

Examiner Steve DeClue says Brown, Scott might re-sign even if they reach free agency

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says agent’s ‘goal’ is to get both Scott, Brown re-signed by Ravens

ESPN.com’s John Clayton thinks Ravens won’t know about 52’s future until ‘Thursday night’

ESPN.com’s James Walker wonders whether Ravens fans would rather have Scott or Brown

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Scouts Inc. thinks Brown ‘excellent combination of size, strength, athleticism’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs, 52 Ravens’ ‘biggest priorities’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says possible target Pettigrew disappointed, but possible WR targets Harvin, DHB impressed at Combine

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Player’s Union chief Donald Fehr meets with O’s

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Pie could have visa issue solved and report to club by end of week

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Hennessey will get first chance to make impression Wednesday

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says ‘economy’ major subject of Fehr’s visit

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Kranitz planning on taking ‘good look’ at Hennessey

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. expects Zach Britton to have good year between Frederick, Bowie

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Pie expected in camp today

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Fehr won’t work for other positive names to be released because of ‘confidentiality’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Guthrie not starting Spring Training opener due to WBC preparations

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Wieters will bat 5th today against Team Italy

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Uehara threw 52 pitches in bullpen session

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Hennessey doesn’t think Spring Training opener start ‘big deal’

Examiner Jay Trucker thinks re-signing Markakis, Roberts best moves Birds made in offseason

BLAST:

The Official Site says Machel Millwood named NISL Player of the Week

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Vasquez ACC Player of the Week for 3rd time this season

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Maryland target Stephenson treated well during Kansas visit

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Tucker’s 22 most points scored by an ACC reserve this season

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Vasquez ‘loyal’ to Gary

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Carolina win could have ‘ripple effect’

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Terps got strong impact from bench in Carolina win

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Duke getting better contributions from Elliot Williams

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Terps IN

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez had most points in ACC triple double history

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have similar NCAA Tournament resume to Texas A&M

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have similar NCAA Tournament resume to USC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps get one vote in AP poll

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Terps 38th best team in country

DC Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Tucker ‘rewarding’ Terps for patience

Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman says win over Duke would put Terps in ‘good shape’

SI’s Andy Glockner says Terps have better ‘profile’ than better teams Miami, Virginia Tech

SI’s Andy Glockner still has Terps OUT

SI’s Luke Winn thinks Terps need to split remaining games, win one in ACC Tournament

Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy says Terps facing ‘pivotal week’

Rivals.com’s Mike Huguenin has Terps IN

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Philly PG prospect Garland attended Carolina win (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Coleman ACC Player of the Week for 3rd time this season

The Sun says Terps move to 5th in AP poll

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Wiley-Gatewood leaves team just before celebrating Senior night

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Jon Brand says Yeatman ‘meshing’ with Terps

Inside Lacrosse’s Quint Kessenich says Terps looked ‘step slow’ in loss to Georgetown

Inside Lacrosse says Terps drop to 11th in Coaches’ poll

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

College Football News’ Pete Fiutak says Hey-Bey ‘hot’

NFL.com’s Mike Mayock says DHB 5th best WR prospect

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says first ’10 commit Jeremiah Wilson knew he wanted to be Terp as soon as offered (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says TE Sean Fitzpatrick unexpected commit over weekend

Terp Center’s Jeff Ermann says PA LB prospect Dakota Royer enjoyed College Park visit

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Alkire says Terps checking out NJ TE prospect Harold Spears (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps to play exhibition vs. DC United Sunday

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Bears lose to Hampton after Ameer Ali blocked at buzzer

The AP says Kately had 12 points, 10 boards in loss

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Eugene Myatt scores 41 as Howard beats Eagles

The AP says McKee had 28 points, 11 rebounds in loss

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Chris Conner scores 15, but Hawks fall to Bethune-Cookman

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Gilliam honored by America East

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Finnerty named ECAC Player of the Week

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Hounds remain ranked despite being 1-1

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Toomey thinks Finnerty playing with ‘a lot of confidence’

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse says Jays move to 3rd in media poll

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Eers open season today at Virginia

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Gulls remain #1 in D3 poll

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Mids will face Notre Dame at new Meadowlands stadium in 2010

Go Mids’ Shedrick Moorer says Cluley came to Annapolis for ‘brotherhood’

NAVY BASKETBALL:

Examiner Tom Flynn says Mids now 7-5 in Patriot League play

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Split vote for SunTrust Athlete of the Morning. Horace Jackson will be our winner; as he scored 23 points last night to lift Aberdeen to the UCBAC Championship 66-52 over Havre De Grace. Congratulations also to Laura Simanski; the daughter of WNST friend Anne Boone-Simanski; who plays lacrosse at Cincinnati. Simanski (Roland Park) scored 6 goals this weekend as the Bearcats beat Robert Morris; and was named Big East player of the week yesterday. Congratulations to both!

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

On one side; I agree with Drew. I think it is very likely that Ray Lewis said something to DeMarcus Ware along the lines of “I don’t know what’s gonna happen with all of this; but I might want to be a Cowboy.” DeMarcus Ware might have decided to run with that.

Or maybe Ray Lewis actually told him that he REALLY wanted to be a Cowboy, no matter what.

There are a couple of things to be pointed out…..

1-It is Ray’s fault and ONLY Ray’s fault that he is even in this position. Ray should have come out from Day 1 and said “I want to be in Baltimore; and I hope they want me here.” Had he said that; Ravens fans wouldn’t be NEARLY as up in arms or willing to say “good riddance” to the star linebacker; and might be more apt to defend Ray when hearing stories like DeMarcus Ware’s.

2-I would not be the LEAST bit surprised if the story was true, however. As I said when talking to Ross Tucker of Sports Illustrated last week; I think Ray is MUCH more concerned about being a football icon than he is about being a Baltimore Raven. Ray might very well want to wear the same jersey as he’s seen Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, Terrell Owens, etc. wear. I don’t doubt that for a second.

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester not buying everything he hears about 52

Vince Fiduccia says Gary could be doing ‘best’ coaching job

Cliff Saunders says Terps brought Heels ‘to their knees’

Glenn Clark says Maryland fans were ‘awesome’ Saturday

Drew Forrester says O’s apologists out in force

Chris Bonetti says Terps fans had funny Hansbrough-muppet comparison poster

Casey Willett says Ravens scouts go see talent ‘up close and personal’

Glenn Clark says Stevenson opens lax season with win over Widener

Bryan Powell says Salisbury had no troubles with Lynchburg

Ed Frankovic says Ovechkin, Caps ‘crush’ Crosby, Penguins

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Vontae Davis showed ‘personality’ at Combine

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Cowboys LB Ware says playing for Cowboys 52’s ‘dream’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley thinks Ray has ’70 percent’ chance of returning

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ravens could be looking at undersized CB

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ravens set to interview UConn CB prospect/McGahee cousin Darius Butler today

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ware thinks 52 ‘infatuated’ with playing for Cowboys

Examiner Phil Macek thinks Ravens should ‘cut ties’ with 52 if Ray won’t help team in negotiations

Aaron Wilson says Brown’s return ‘long shot’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘have never been afraid to take undersized players’

SI’s Peter King thinks Ray will ‘seriously consider’ leaving Ravens

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Brazell, Chiasson can help Uehara thanks to Japanese experience

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Wieters will ‘likely’ play Tuesday in exhibition opener vs. Team Italy

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Mora not worried about contract status

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Brandon Snyder having ‘awesome’ experience in Spring Training

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says former Oriole Jason Johnson battling retinal cancer

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Chris Ray ‘relieved’ to throw again

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Chris Ray hopes Trembley can go to he or Sherrill at end of games

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Roberts, Hendrickson kissed and made up

Examiner Steve DeClue thinks O’s ‘should trade’ Scott

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The AP says Toliver, Coleman combine for 58 as Terps blow out Duke

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says 16,000+ see Terps take care of Blue Devils

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Terps might have ‘depth’ issue at guard

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Toliver scored 34, Coleman 24 in win for Terps

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps put Devils away with 10-0 run to start 2nd half

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Coleman also grabbed 10 boards in win

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says 8-8 ACC record better with win over Carolina than without

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Terps beat Tar Heels with ‘heart’

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Vasquez needs to remain at point guard

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Vasquez wants ball in his hands in big games

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary kept message ‘positive’ at halftime of Carolina win

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps didn’t double Heels’ big men; but gave looks like they were

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Tucker outstanding for Terps in win over UNC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says win over North Carolina can ‘linger’ for Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps definitely best team in Maryland/DC/Virginia/Delaware area

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens highlights fan signs Saturday at Comcast Center

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary has 5 career wins over Top 5 Roy Williams teams

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens remembers all-time great individual performances in Maryland history

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens gives Terps 75-85 percent chance of making Tournament if they reach 20 wins

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps were best with Tucker on floor Saturday

ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach says Terps back in ‘at-large contention’

ESPN.com’s Andy Katz says Vasquez had ‘one of the best single-game performances of the season’

Yahoo! Sports’ Jason King has Terps 6th in ACC power rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Ken Murray says DHB puts up best time in 40 at Combine

The Sun’s Ken Murray says DHB also ‘performed well’ in position drills

Washington Post’s Mark Maske says DHB ran 40 in 4.3 seconds

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says DHB ‘solidified’ himself as first round pick

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Cottle not pleased with Terps’ inability to clear

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Cottle thought Terps ‘stopped trusting each other’ in loss to Georgetown

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Terps 6th in new poll

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says former Eers Sullivan, McGuthrie shared ‘bond’ despite playing under very different circumstances

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids says Navy made ‘right’ decision with Kettani (must subscribe)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Glenn Graham says St. Frances has little trouble beating Calvert Hall for ‘A’ title

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Nick Groce. Groce-a future UMBC Retriever-scored 26 points to lift St. Mary’s to a 62-60 victory over Pallotti in the MIAA “B” conference final.

-In talking to a few people, I really believe that any combination that gets Maryland to 8-8 in the ACC at this point will probably be enough to get them in. With two wins over top 5 teams (so far); and with the lack of depth in conferences across the country; the Terps would be in very good position to get a bid.

-Morgan State 75, Hampton 65. I just don’t see a stumble between now and the NCAA Tournament for Todd Bozeman’s Bears.
-Coppin State 67, Howard 61. I just don’t see a stumble between now and the MEAC Championship for Fang Mitchell’s Eagles.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Looks Like Stover’s Time in Baltimore Might be Over….

Posted on 21 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

According to Ken Murray’s blog today over at The Sun; Ozzie Newsome says of Stover….

“He’s probably looking and we’re looking, too. That’s probably the best way to say it.”

Certainly will be sad to see if the future Ring of Honor member and only kicker in team history departs. Newsome also doesn’t seem to be optimistic about the return of Jim Leonhard; but says the team is still actively negotiating with Ray, Suggs, Bart, and Jason Brown.

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 19 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

There are a couple sides to the Brian Roberts situation.

One-The Orioles basically had no option but to extend Brian’s contract. He had little to no trade value; and might not have had much more at the deadline with teams knowing that he was about to become a free agent. The Orioles basically realized he was more valuable WITH them than without them; and had no choice but to make the move.

Two-This move does NOT signify that Brian Roberts buys into Andy MacPhail’s plan; nor does he buy into the idea that the Orioles are going to become a contender. Roberts DOES buy into familiarity; and he DOES buy into the fact that in a year, he will be even less likely to get a 4 year, $40 million deal on the open market. He might also hope that things are moving in the right direction for the organization; but he’s certainly not counting on winning a World Series ring in the next 5 years.

Three-The Orioles MIGHT regret signing Brian to such an extension; but they don’t really have other options. Their minor league system has some pitching prospects and decent power hitters; but they don’t have a middle infielder with speed and defensive range on the horizon. They also don’t have the right chips to trade for such a prospect. This buys them 5 more years to try to solve that problem.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says not signing early could end up ‘costing’ 52

Drew Forrester says Roberts ‘rewarded’ for sticking through losing years

Rex Snider wonders if Roberts worth 4 years, $40 million

Alex Thomas thinks Roberts extension ‘right thing to do’

Drew Forrester imagines what Day 3 in Ft. Lauderdale would be like

Casey Willett wonders who of Lewis, Scott, Suggs, Brown, Leonhard fans would be most willing to see go

Glenn Clark scouts Ravens prospects at NFL Combine

Chris Bonetti says Maryland’s Mt. Rushmore (Phelps, Unitas, B. Robinson, Ripken) ‘fearsome foursome’

Ed Frankovic says Caps get exciting shootout victory over Canadiens

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens’ secondary without McAlister won’t ‘necessarily’ be bad

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens officially tag Suggs; still want to sign long term deal

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Suggs found franchise tag as ‘news’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says DeCosta ‘excited’ about new role

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens’ biggest needs at WR, CB, TE

Examiner Steve DeClue says Ravens retain right to trade Suggs

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens now can’t use tag on Brown, Lewis, or Scott

The AP says Suggs tag will cost Ravens $10.2 million against cap

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs won’t be ‘happy’ until he receives long-term deal

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens walking ‘fine line’ with Suggs, 52

SI’s Ross Tucker says Ravens better to let 52 walk than overpay him

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco mocks Heyward-Bey to Ravens

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Roberts, Birds on verge of signing 4 year extension

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says veteran Freel’s versatility will make him ‘valuable’

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Huff hoping to repeat big numbers from ‘08

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says MLB.com replaying O’s-Angels ’94 slugfest today

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Roberts’ 4 year deal will be worth $40 million

The Sun’s Dan Connolly thinks Roberts 4th best 2B in all of baseball

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and Peter Schmuck say Huff ‘did very little’ in offseason hoping to recreate ’08 success

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says extending Roberts helps Orioles on many levels

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says former Orioles Kurt Birkins, Winston Abreu find new jobs

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Roberts will actually be under contract for next 5 seasons

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Montanez excited for chance to ‘compete’ for roster spot

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Uehara showed ‘good command’, ‘sharp-breaking forkball’ in bullpen session

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Sherrill has ‘mild hamstring strain’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ray’s arm ‘felt good’ day after throwing

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Wigginton ‘stalking’ Huff

Examiner Steve DeClue says Birds wouldn’t have gotten much back by trading Roberts at this point

Examiner Jay Trucker says Roberts will be 35 when extension ends

Examiner Jay Trucker says single game Opening Day tickets available now via Ticketmaster

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says after Roberts deal, Birds will have spent over $100 million on extensions this offseason

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian puts Orioles 24th in initial power rankings

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps need ‘excitement’ back

The Sun’s Jeff Barker thinks Terps more likely to beat Duke than North Carolina or Wake

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Terrapins ‘(aren’t) very good’

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Terps face ‘major obstacles’ in hopes of NCAA Tournament bid

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps struggled to finish transition plays vs. Clemson

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Gary met with DC Assault coach Curtis Malone

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Neal had ‘solid’ first half at Clemson

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps’ ‘morale vanished’ when Tigers got put-back jam from Booker

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Tigers’ inside-outside game ‘eventually wore’ on Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Burney showed ‘athleticism’ in return to action Tuesday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have suffered worst ever losses to Duke, Clemson this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps were “best” with Jin Soo Kim on floor Tuesday

CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm says Terps ‘on the fence’

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in with prospect Will Regan (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps have new PG target for ’10 (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s ESPNU trip to Georgia Tech

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says PG recruit Dara Taylor named McDonald’s All-American

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps have steadily improved on road

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Terps still ‘in mix’ for top seed in ACC Tournament

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Richmond’s Charles Bankins hired to coach Tight Ends, Special Teams

Ravens Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says DHB highlights local players at Combine

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Hey-Bey will be under ‘microscope’ in Indianapolis

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Bankins should be ‘familiar’ with area for recruiting

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Maryland will be first FBS job for Bankins

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin profiles again available Good Counsel prospect Louis Young (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh updates recruitment of OLB prospect Javarie Johnson (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Jason Carter, Brian Phipps ready to split time in cage again

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers fall to 9-19 (4-12 CAA) after loss to William & Mary

The Sun says Hairston, Thornton each score 13 in loss

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Rosensweig, Randall Cooper thinking about life after football

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

Howard Official Site says Bears get 21 from Holmes in win over Bison

The Sun says Bears get 7th straight win by topping Howard

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Holy Cross rallies from 12 point 2nd half deficit past Mids

The AP says Teague, Harris each score 17 in loss

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner offers photo of Bo Snelson signing

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina previews Outside Linebackers heading into Spring (must subscribe)

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Pietramala hopes Jays will be more ‘balanced’

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Retrievers’ home games will be streamed online

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Eers most successful during ‘crucial stretches’ of games

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:

The Sun’s John Weaver says Eers coach Gravante knows team younger

MCDANIEL BASKETBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror ‘still in hunt’

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times says Jonathan Joyce rides 5 winners yesterday at Laurel Park

SWIMMING:

Examiner Steve DeClue thinks Phelps would have rather just paid fine than go through such intense ‘scrutiny’

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says A-Rod pulling a “Phelps” in bashfully apologizing but admitting little

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Ryan Burghauser. Burghauser was a “machine” inside for the North Harford Hawks in their 56-44 win over Patterson Mill last night.

-That was a BAD loss for Towson last night. Towson’s decision to move to the CAA from the America East was a CLEAR step up in terms of talent; and the Tigers just haven’t proved to be ready to play at that level. Towson MIGHT compete with Morgan on Saturday; because Morgan’s conference is at a lower level. But if the Tigers want to succeed in the CAA, they HAVE to invest more.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tagging Suggs is a Bad Start To Ravens’ Off-Season

Posted on 18 February 2009 by Thyrl Nelson

By Failing To Sign Terrell Suggs To A Long Term Deal, The Ravens Missed Out On a Big Chance To Save Money Going Into Free Agency.

 

Questioning Ozzie Newsome’s decisions can be a risky proposition. If Ozzie has proven one thing over the course of his career, it’s that he’s right far more often than he’s wrong. And as a result the Ravens have been what you could call a model of consistency.

 

With that said, if there’s one criticism to be leveraged against Newsome’s tenure in Baltimore, it’s been an inability to build on the team’s success. In 2001, he followed up the Superbowl win by swapping quarterbacks and spending a ton of money on an aging right tackle who was never quite right. And still, somewhat miraculously, that was the only Ravens team to make the playoffs in back to back years. Whether directly attributable to Ozzie or not, the odds certainly aren’t in the Ravens favor for making the playoffs this season, based on history alone.

 

And already it seems, the Ravens off-season is off to a rough start. The departures of Chris McAlister and possibly Ray Lewis may be more of a blow to the nostalgia of the franchise, although there doesn’t seem to be much love lost for C-Mac. But in this, the most critical Ravens off season since at least 2001, possibly ever, failing to get Terrell Suggs signed to a long term deal is a critical early misstep.

 

Given the number of their own free agents to deal with, it would seem that every dollar is critical for the Ravens this off-season. And although franchising Suggs and retaining his services is ultimately a good thing, in missing that boat for now, the team may have missed out on their best opportunity to save some money going into free agency.

 

Jason Brown and Jim Leonhard will both certainly be due a raise if the Ravens are going to keep them around, and deservedly so. Bart Scott too, would likely come back with a bigger cap number than his $5.56 million from ’08, although probably not much bigger. And at $9.4 million in ’08, Lewis had a cap number that seemed to make him untaggable, but it remains to be seen what the market will yield for Lewis in free agency, and what kind of cap number he represents next season, for the Ravens or someone else.

 

Suggs though, was right in Lewis’ ballpark with $8.4 million under the tag last season. Because Suggs and his agent settled with the Ravens on a number between the defensive end and linebacker tag values for last season, T-Sizzle was already the second highest paid linebacker in the league behind Lewis. Under the early years of a long-term contract, it was presumable that Suggs’ cap number would have come down from last season. Instead it will balloon to $10.17 million in 2009.

 

I have little doubt that the Ravens’ long-term commitment to Suggs is genuine, and that eventually things will get done. But by not getting it taken care of it long before things got to this point, the Ravens have cost themselves a lot more cap room than they’d have like to have lost.

 

They’ve also basically guaranteed that in a season in which they’ll be breaking in a new defensive coordinator, with only one year in the system under his belt, and in which the other 2/3 of the linebacking corps may be turned over too, that Suggs will not be in training camp. And all of this after Suggs, more so than any of the team’s other free agents seemed to be the one saying all of the right things in the media. Suggs was the one who suggested a hometown discount for the bunch, yet he’ll certainly be the highest paid linebacker in the league next season.

 

If history serves as any indicator, it could be a bumpy ride for the Ravens for the next year at least. And with free agency approaching, they look to be stumbling out of the gates. Signing Suggs long term could have given them a lot more to work with under the cap, instead it probably sealed at least one other player’s fate with the club. We’ll have to wait and see who that might be.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

 

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