It’s a Happy Thursday for me because Jimmy Fallon actually did something funny. I won’t even bother with a “no offense” precursor. Fallon really isn’t that funny.
But he was the other night.
Here’s Fallon (joined by Bruce Springsteen) performing a version of “Whip My Hair” by Willow…AS Neil Young.
Sounds complicated. Just watch. It’s REALLY funny.
Let’s see what everyone has to say…
1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Ravens not looking past Carolina Panthers
Nor could they.
As I’ve said ad nauseam this season, it just doesn’t work like that in the NFL.
In the NFL, players literally do nothing all week EXCEPT prepare for that Sunday’s opponent.
Everywhere a player walks in Owings Mills this week, they see pictures of Panthers players like Jon Beason. Every time they talk to a coach, they’re hearing something about John Fox’s schemes.
They might well know that their NFC South opponent is inferior, but they’re still spending an entire week with their single focus on that team.
No one is talking about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. No one is thinking about the Pittsburgh Steelers or the New Orleans Saints.
The ONLY thought process in the building this week is Sunday’s game in Charlotte.
In college football, there are distractions. An Alabama player can hear about Vanderbilt all week in practice, but when they go to class and when they’re sitting around the dorm room; their friends are all saying things like “yeah, but what about that Florida game?”
It doesn’t work that way in the National Football League.
The lecture halls are inside the facility. There are no dorm rooms.
There’s just a focus on Sunday’s opponent.
That doesn’t mean a victory is guaranteed at Bank of America Stadium Sunday. The ball isn’t round. Lots of things can happen.
But if the Ravens were to lose Sunday, it wouldn’t happen because the Ravens were looking past the Panthers this week.
2. The AP’s David Ginsburg says secondary play remains ‘primary concern’ for Ravens
As I said before, I genuinely believe personnel to be the problem for the Ravens defensively.
For example, how much better do you think the secondary would be if Chuck Pagano had Tiffany Taylor to work with? (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)
3. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Panthers haven’t decided between Tony Pike or Brian St. Pierre as starter
Not exactly Joe Montana or Steve Young, huh?
I feel like Tony Pike’s familiarity with the system makes him the better option; but then again-it’s Tony Pike.
More bad news for Carolina Wednesday, as the team was forced to place RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) on Injured Reserve. With Jonathan Stewart and Tyrell Sutton also banged up, expect Mike Goodson to start Sunday.
So…you know, the Panthers have that going for them.
4. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Tom Zbikowski didn’t practice again; Tavares Gooden, Todd Heap and Fabian Washington were all limited
Before we move on from the Ravens, a few things…
-The Ravens will be back on the practice field today at 1 Winning Drive, with coordinators Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison and Jerry Rosburg scheduled to speak to the media following practice, as well as RB Ray Rice. Make sure you’re tuned in to AM1570 WNST, checking WNST.net and following us on Twitter (@WNST).
-Did you miss Ravens LB Sergio Kindle with Drew Forrester Thursday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net today to check it out! Other things you can find in the Audio Vault include…
- Sean Salisbury (“Sean Unfiltered”-Voice America Sports Radio)-who went around the NFL with Drew Thursday
- Brett Adams (Mustangs Basketball Coach)-who discussed the “Pride of Maryland” DIII Tournament with Drew Thursday during the Stevenson Coaches’ Report
- Our Morning Reaction “Cheap Shots From The Bleachers” Thursday-as Drew took a shot at Andy MacPhail and Glenn Clark took a shot at Colin Cowherd
- Plenty of Audio From 1 Winning Drive Wednesday; including John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Josh Wilson, Ray Lewis, Derrick Mason and Jarret Johnson
- Larry McReynolds (NASCAR Analyst-Fox, SPEED)-who joined Rex Snider Wednesday on “The Afternoon Drive” to preview Sunday’s “Chase for the Cup” finale
- Clark Judge (CBSSports.com)-who went around the NFL with Rex Wednesday
- James Franklin (Maryland Offensive Coordinator/Head Coach in Waiting)-who joined Thyrl Nelson Wednesday for the “Terrapins Coaches’ Report”
- Heather Dinich (ESPN.com)-who went around ACC Football with Thyrl Wednesday on “The Mobtown Sports Beat”
Once again, it’s all in the Audio Vault. Make sure you head over there today to check it out!
5. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Buck Showalter not a factor in American League Manager of the Year voting
And I think we’re all smart to enough to admit that because he only managed for a third of the season, he DIDN’T deserve the consideration. It of course doesn’t take away anything that he did for the Orioles this season.
You might not know this, but I get a Manager of the Year vote. It didn’t go to Ron Gardenhire OR Ron Washington. Instead, it went to Jodie Marsh. (Thanks Guyism!)
6. WNST.net’s Rex Snider wonders why Andy MacPhail didn’t go after Dan Uggla
Peter Schmuck addressed this in his blog yesterday. Dan Uggla wouldn’t have been a PERFECT fit for the O’s. They already have a second baseman in Brian Roberts, and there would be a learning curve for Dan Uggla should he be forced to move to third base. He’s also only under contract for one more year.
That being said, the O’s could ABSOLUTELY use his bat in their lineup.
Of course, the Birds could use ANY bat in the lineup. It won’t be Uggla, but there are other bats on the table.
I’ve already explained how I feel about Adam Dunn.
7. The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says legendary trainer Mack Lewis to be remembered with Charm City viewing today
It will be a great regret in my life that I was never able to get to know Mack Lewis.
The man was an incredible example of exactly what makes our city great. Almost in the vein of Bea Gaddy.
He will be sorely missed, and I am VERY sad that I never had the opportunity to sit down and talk with him.
Today’s viewing is from 4-8pm at the Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Home on York Rd. The funeral is tomorrow at 11am at Gilliam Concert Hall at Morgan State’s Murphy Fine Arts Center.
8. The Diamondback’s Jeremy Schneider says Maryland finally expecting big crowd at Byrd Stadium for Florida State battle Saturday night
The attendance has been a MAJOR issue for the folks in College Park.
Frankly, the attendance has a lot to do with why new AD Kevin Anderson wouldn’t guarantee Ralph Friedgen’s future despite solid on field performance this season.
The team deserves a great turnout Saturday night for the battle with the Seminoles.
It ISN’T just a game with major ACC Championship Game implications. It’s actually an elimination game for the Terrapins. If they lose Saturday night, the NC State game the following week will be meaningless, as FSU will guarantee themselves a 6-2 conference finish.
It’s a big game. There SHOULD be a big crowd.
9. The AP says Dylon Cormier scored 20 points to lead Loyola past UMBC at Reitz Arena
Also worth noting that Jamal Barney dropped in 14 points and 10 rebounds for Jimmy Patsos’ Greyhounds in the win; while Travis King lead Randy Monroe’s Retrievers with 22 points in the loss.
Morgan State is an action tonight, as Todd Bozeman’s Bears get another great chance to knock off a major conference opponent when they visit Providence at 7pm. Providence is picked to finish at the bottom level of the Big East this season, and Bozeman already has a win over a Big East team at Morgan State, as he beat DePaul in Chicago two years ago.
And some NCAA Tournament soccer action tonight, as Pete Caringi’s UMBC Retrievers visit Princeton at 7pm.
10. UMTerps.com previews Terrapins’ tussle with Pitt tonight at Madison Square Garden
I’ll go Panthers 84, Terps 71.
I wish I felt better about it.
To soften the blow, here’s a picture of Kelly Carrington. (Thanks Next Round!)
And finally, I leave you with this.
I hope to see you out at the Down Under Restaurant at Fullerton Pub tonight. We’re trying to raise 1,570 canned goods this holiday season-so we need your help!
If you come out, we can BS about sports. Or food. Or beer. Or rock and roll. Or chicks. Or Pro Wrestling. If you approach me with a Chris Jericho-related question, it might earn you a beer.
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…