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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 27 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Mixed Martial Arts: WEC-Jose Aldo vs. Manny Gamburyan (Thursday 9pm from Broomfield, CO live on VERSUS), Bellator Fighting Championships 31 (Thursday 8pm from Lake Charles, LA live on Fox Sports Net); NBA: Washington Wizards Training Camp Midnight Tip-Off (Tuesday 12am Patriot Center), Washington Wizards Fan Fest (Sunday 11am Patriot Center); High School Football: Glen Burnie @ Broadneck (Friday 6:30pm), Perry Hall @ Kenwood (Friday 7pm); Auto Racing: NASCAR Price Chopper 400 (Sunday 1pm from Kansas City, Kansas live on ESPN), IndyCar Series Cafes do Brasil Indy 300 (Saturday 6pm from Homestead-Miami live on VERSUS); NHL: Boston Bruins @ Washington Capitals (Tuesday 7pm Verizon Center), Columbus Blue Jackets @ Washington Capitals (Friday 7pm Verizon Center), Nashville Predators @ Washington Capitals (Sunday 12:30pm Verizon Center); Capitals Convention 2010 (Saturday 12pm Washington Convention Center)

10. Godsmack (Sunday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Jason DeRulo (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Wale (Friday 9pm Sonar); Marc Cohn (Wednesday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head On Stage), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Sunday 8pm Rams Head On Stage); Sheryl Crow (Wednesday 8pm Strathmore); Leon Redbone (Friday 7pm Silver Spring Performing Arts Center); Drake (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); James Otto (Saturday 12pm Laurel Park); They Might Be Giants (Saturday 6pm Millennium Stage); One Night One Show One Cause feat. Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band (Sunday 7:30pm Bourbon Street); Jimmy Eat World “Invented” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

A few things I like here. First of all, Jason DeRulo will be dismissed by some as a “Flavor of the Day” type R&B/Pop Star. There’s some truth to that, but he’s a little bit better than that…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ESdn0MuJWQ[/youtube]

Wale and Drake are both amongst the brightest stars in hip-hop right now. Drake has certainly benefited from having Lil’ Wayne as a mentor…(Language NSFW, unless you work for Young Money. If you do, tell Nicki Minaj I said hello!)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fo9akQvsNI[/youtube]

I’m going to admit here that while I don’t think it would ever lead me to buy tickets to a Redbone show…there’s NOTHING I like more than “Come Get Your Love”…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0QK5ud1DZo[/youtube]

Go see Derek Trucks. I repeat. Go see Derek Trucks.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrB-tTKxY6w[/youtube]

9. “Iron Man 2″ available on DVD/Blu-Ray (Tuesday), “Get Him To The Greek” available on DVD/Blu-Ray (Tuesday), “Family Guy: Partial Terms of Endearment” available on DVD/Blu-Ray (Tuesday); “The Social Network” opens in theaters (Friday)

I like all of these things.

1-I want to be Tony Stark. More than anything in the world…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o1wind1iUc[/youtube]

2-”Get Him to the Greek” was not “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, but it was pretty frickin’ good. (Language NSFW-ish. And by “ish” I mean, yeah, you probably shouldn’t watch this if language is an issue where you work. I should probably be more direct…)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKac-fd8iyw[/youtube]

I fully understand why FOX didn’t let the episode on TV, but “Partial Terms of Endearment” looks pretty funny…

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

Maybe it has a lot to do with “Power” by Kanye West being in the trailer (and the fact that the flick was filmed at JHU); but I’m REALLY looking forward to seeing the Facebook movie. It looks pretty good…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ppamk0iTCQ8[/youtube]

8. Chick-Fil-A Spicy Nuggets giveaway (Tuesday-Saturday at all area Chick-Fil-A locations including Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square)

I’ve “broken” a few stories in my day, but I will admit that none have been particularly earth shattering. I mean, Mark Viviano broke the news that the Cleveland Browns were moving to Charm City. Until I do something like that, I know my competition.

But for once in my life, I feel like I finally have a major…MAJOR…news story I can break.

Chick-Fil-A is of course rolling out their new Spicy Nuggets this week, and at first they will be rolling them out with a ranch dipping sauce. BUT-sources have confirmed to WNST.net’s Glenn Clark that they will ALSO be rolling out a blue cheese dipping sauce within weeks to go along with them.

I’ll have more on this developing story as it becomes available. Make sure you stay tuned to Glenn Clark’s blog for ALL of your late-breaking Chick-Fil-A news!

You see, I knew I had a major breaking news story in me…

7. Soccer: MLS-DC United @ Colorado Rapids (Saturday 9pm from Commerce City, Colorado live on MLS Direct Kick); College Soccer: Duke @ Maryland (Friday 8pm from Ludwig Field live on Fox Soccer Channel); EA Sports FIFA 11 available for Playstation 3/XBox360/Wii (Tuesday)

It pleases me that Maryland is playing Duke in both soccer AND football this weekend. You see, I despise the Blue Devils-so this is right up my alley. Do you despise the Blue Devils? If not, you’re a bad person. (I’m looking at you, Chad Lamasa!)

As an aside, I LOVE FIFA. Seriously, my freshman year of college was half wasted playing FIFA with my roommate-the great Matt Saenz. That wasn’t all we did though. We also did more productive things…

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6. Horse Racing: Jim McKay Maryland Million Day (Saturday 12:35pm Laurel Park)

It’s hard to get anyone excited about Horse Racing in the Old Line State during football season; but this really IS the 3rd best day of racing all year, and certainly the best day of the year to be at Laurel Park.

Now, if Laurel Park REALLY wants to attract a crowd on Maryland Million Day (and also honor the great Jim McKay in the process), I really think they should consider going with one of the sport’s great voices as track announcer Saturday…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxdK9xANQZA[/youtube]

5. Pro Wrestling: WWE “Hell in a Cell” (Sunday 8pm from Dallas live on Pay-Per-View)

Kane is scheduled to face The Undertaker Sunday night in a big Hell in a Cell matchup. Whatever happens, it probably won’t be as memorable for Kane as the whole Triple H/Katie Vick incident. WEIRD…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1ZDwSNdi0Y[/youtube]

4. Lingerie Football League: Tampa Breeze @ Baltimore Charm (Friday 9pm 1st Mariner Arena)

Sure, the Baltimore Charm fell 60-6 to the Philadelphia Passion in the first game in franchise history-but-uh-does anyone REALLY care about the results in these games?

I mean, with no offense…

Also, in perusing the interwebs for more information about the LFL team, I found out that former Maxim model Rachel Kagay tried out for the team. So the question is…did she make it? This is very important…

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3. Golf: Ryder Cup (Friday 2:30am live on ESPN, Saturday 8am Sunday 7am live on NBC. All golf from Newport, Wales); Champions Tour Ensure Classic at Rock Barn (Friday-Sunday 2pm from Conover, NC live on Golf Channel)

Apparently this is some sort of big deal. I’d tell you more about it but I just don’t know. Apparently there are players in the thing named Francesco Molinari and Edoardo Molinari.

Interestingly enough, I prefer the Edoardo Molinari when I’m at Amicci’s in Little Italy.

If they manage to win the thing, I hope the party looks like it did in 1999. That’s the only way I’d care…

tiger

2. College Football: Duke @ Maryland (Saturday 6pm from Byrd Stadium live on ESPN3.com), Navy @ Air Force (Saturday 2:30pm from Colorado Springs live on VERSUS), UMass @ Towson (Saturday 7pm Unitas Stadium), Bethune-Cookman @ Morgan State (Saturday 4pm Hughes Stadium), Muhlenberg @ Johns Hopkins (Saturday 2pm Homewood Field)

I have two simple words for you.

Duck Fuke.

1. NFL: Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers (Sunday 1pm from Pittsburgh live on CBS)

In fairness, I get MORE excited for Steelers week when Ben Roethlisberger is playing.

I met a Steelers fan at Looney’s in Bel Air over the summer. When I was introduced to her, I said “so is it mom, or do you go ahead with ‘Aunt Mom’”???

stillers

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Credit Where Credit’s Due: Preakness Was Tremendous Again

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Credit Where Credit’s Due: Preakness Was Tremendous Again

Posted on 16 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

I was awfully harsh on the Maryland Jockey Club last year.

I described the 2009 Preakness “Infieldfest” event as a “miserable failure“, which I thought it was.

As far as the 2010 Preakness infield is concerned, the MJC won’t get harsh treatment from me.

Not perfect (and I’ll touch on that), but the 2010 Preakness Infield was much closer to the type of event that Baltimore can be proud to consider a major part of the city’s biggest (and most significant) annual party.

The juice was back. I arrived at 10:30am, and the infield was already electric. Party-goers already filled the infield, taking in their beers and proudly keeping their plastic mugs around their neck. While I did hear complaints about beer selection (I learned only Budweiser products-namely Bud Light and Bud Select-were available) and the fact that there were apparently only 4 re-filling stations available; it appeared as though “The Mug Club” was a MAJOR success Saturday.

While ZZ Top, Buckcherry and Charm City Devils failed to inspire fans to come to the infield last year-and failed to entertain many of those who did; the entertainment at this year’s Preakness was the perfect soundtrack to the party. Preakness organizers ought to think about discussing a deal with O.A.R. that allows them to be the “house band” for the event. O.A.R. hails from Maryland, is a legitimate national headlining act (they’ll be back for what will certainly be a packed show at Merriweather Post Pavilion later this summer), and is especially popular with the college-aged group Preakness organizers want to see fill the infield.

O.A.R. was absolutely a PERFECT headliner. They were fun (which probably wouldn’t have surprised you had you heard Jerry DePizzo with Rex Snider and Ray Bachman Friday afternoon on AM1570 WNST-if you missed it, check it out in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault), they were energetic; and the atmosphere surrounding their performance was similar to the scenes at more major past concert events in Charm City like HFStival and VirginFest. Zac Brown Band provided an eclectic mix by throwing in a set that was half Jimmy Buffett party/half traditional country. Their set was also eagerly anticipated by the crowd in attendance…

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Photo Courtesy of MJC

I’ll be forced to admit that I didn’t see any of Collective Soul or Jason Michael Carroll; but I know the crowd was already energetic before 11am thanks in large part to party band Mr. Greengenes.

There was a real buzz.

There was a real level of excitement.

It felt again like the type of event that would lead to thousands of Facebook pictures, thousands of Twitter updates and thousands of stories throughout the upcoming weeks.

There was still a level of raunchiness; but much less dangerous and embarrassing than years past.

Instead, there was a real party. A real party that Baltimore could be proud of. A real party that sets the Preakness apart from the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes amongst Triple Crown events.

With no offense to those who spend their Preakness day inside the Corporate Village or in the more expensive seats in the grandstand; but Baltimore is a blue collar town and Preakness is a blue collar event. Cue Jerry Izenberg from the Newark Star-Ledger…

“Greater Baltimore is too big and too honest, and its people work too hard and wear out too many blue collars for it to be otherwise. It understands exactly what this race is. It is a break in the calendar when the Orioles will not be the lead story. It is an event that the town respects but does not worship.”

Baltimore will never be Louisville, nor should it be. But the infield at Old Hilltop sets our event apart from the others. The curiosity surrounding the infield drives fans in from up and down the east coast.

And after Saturday, the infield is back.

It might never be the event that it once was for some of us. It might never be a day about hauling in as much beer as you could carry and sitting down with everyone on your block to drink until you can’t see straight.

But the infield-despite the silly “Get Your Preak On” campaign-is electric again.

Now-things can still get better. More places to sit (the pro volleyball players in town must have thought they were bigger stars than Super Saver and Lookin At Lucky considering how many patrons hit the pit just because patrons could hit the bleachers), a bigger beer selection, and a bit more involvement with the actual racing could help make things even better.

I was skeptical after 2009.

I’m excited after 2010.

I’m giving credit where it’s due. It’s been a big year for the Maryland Jockey Club. The re-organization of MI Developments kept control of Pimlico and Laurel in their hands after the Magna bankruptcy. The Preakness Covenant agreement announced by MID and Martin O’Malley meant that MJC’s shining jewel (Preakness) would stay in Maryland.

Now, they’ve brought back 20,000 of the nearly 40,000 fans they lost after the beer ban.

As word spreads of the success of Preakness 2010, they’ll have a real chance to get the other 20,000 back as well.

Hopefully their hot streak can next shift to the track itself-as a major party deserves a more fitting venue.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 31 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because Busted Coverage discovered this video; which proves that on TV in Spain-lucky young men get the chance to roll around in the mud with attractive young ladies. I don’t know much Spanish, but I’m already contemplating a move (Video not as NSFW as you probably think; but it’s definitely questionable)…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy_OQYGpI90[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Bergesen roughed up as Tigers topped Orioles

Not exactly the type of performance you were hoping to see as Grapefruit League play winds down, but nothing to panic over either…I don’t think.

Every time Bergesen struggles this season, there is going to be concern expressed (fairly) over his shoulder injury. But it is worth noting that this is the same guy who dazzled over 5 2/3 shutout innings against the Yankees a week ago.

I’ll give him a pass here.

2. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Chris Tillman sent down, David Hernandez will be 5th starter

As we discussed yesterday; the issue here isn’t REALLY Chris Tillman/David Hernandez-as David Hernandez has ABSOLUTELY earned a spot in the rotation. The real battle was between Jeremy Guthrie (who HASN’T earned a spot) and Tillman.

Dave Trembley decided to go with experience ahead of potential in picking Guthrie.

It’s sort of like when I decided to date Jennifer Lopez…

jlo

…instead of Ashley Jones…

ashleyjones

(Edit from GMC: I just like having some knowledge of what I’m getting myself into; you know?)

3. The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec say Craig Tatum picked over Chad Moeller for Birds’ backup catcher job

Let’s play JEOPARDY!

The Final Answer is: “Yeah, neither have I…”

Cue music…

The correct response was “Who’s Craig Tatum? I’ve never heard of him.”

There’s been some hubbub about the Orioles’ decision to go with Tatum instead of Moeller, but I’m really unmoved.

Tatum apparently offers a bit more defensively, and he clearly has more upside. I know Peter Schmuck lamented what the Orioles lose in “intangibles” in The Sun this morning; but I don’t think intangibles are how the Orioles needed to make this decision.

I think they needed to make this decision based on the thought that if Matt Wieters were to miss 15 days, which player would be a better option to use during that stretch?

If Tatum was the answer (and most in Sarasota say he did show himself to BE that answer); than Andy MacPhail and Dave Trembley made the right call.

4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Felix Pie will be in Opening Day lineup for O’s

I think the great Art Alexakis and Everclear would probably say it best…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1TWwtzgFLs[/youtube]

Look-Felix Pie looks like he SHOULD be a good player. He’s shown signs that he MIGHT be a good player.

But we don’t yet know that Felix Pie IS a good player.

I’ll personally be hoping that it doesn’t take long for us to find out that he IS a good player.

5. The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Orioles sign OF Joey Gathright to minor league contract with Spring Training invite

I guess maybe they don’t know, but Spring Training is over in about 4 days. Do the Orioles not own a calendar???

In fairness, this gives the Birds one more body to use this week if they want to give Adam Jones, Felix Pie or Nick Markakis rest before Opening Day. It will also give them one more player in Norfolk who will try to steal 1st base as much as possible. Plus-they have some familiarity with him because he was around last season.

It’s sorta like when you were in high school and you had that one girl you just couldn’t shake. No matter what pretty girl you might have been dating, there was always that other girl you kept in mind. They probably weren’t as pretty, but when they were single; you couldn’t help yourself.

For me in high school, it was “Britney”….

britney

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Cincinnati OT Jeff Linkenbach, South Dakota State LB Danny Batten visited Owings Mills

Here’s what you need to know:

Linkenbach is 6’6″, 311 pounds and has protected Tony Pike’s blind side for the last 3 seasons.

Batten is a 6’3″, 246 pound rush end/backer who has posted 17 sacks over the last 2 seasons.

Both are guys who are 7th rounders or free agents.

The Ravens have had success in those rounds before.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Flacco threw to Boldin for first time Tuesday

“And on the first day, God said…’Let there be light’”

I’m not sure how many touchdown passes Joe Flacco threw to Anquan Boldin at 1 Winning Drive yesterday, but if it was any less than 40; I’m expecting more during the season.

I’m just saying.

8. Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Eric Hayes to compete in NCAA 3 point contest during Final Four weekend in Indianapolis

This comes a year after after Baltimore’s own Jack McClinton won the title himself. Look, if you can’t celebrate NCAA Championships; we should at least be able to celebrate something, right?

I know this is weird-but I LOVE 3 point contests. Even more than Slam Dunk contests. I SWEAR there’s no sound better than hearing the net shake thanks to a deadly shooter.

Eric Hayes has made the sound before…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r9OVRNnUwI[/youtube]

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says OG’s Bennett Fulper, Justin Lewis returned to Maryland football practice Tuesday

And trust me, the Terrapins’ O-Line is MUCH better with them than without. Hopefully that gives you a better idea of what it is like without.

Since Patrick is more lacrosse-focused than anyone I know; I’ll also use this space to point out that Stevenson is visiting Hood College this afternoon. If you’re in Frederick, it’s worth checking out the Mustangs-who might score 25 goals today.

10. Thoroughbred Times’ Frank Angst says MI Developments saw 91% drop in net income in 2009 before re-organizing to take over Pimlico, Laurel

Since I’m running low on time, I’ll use “and you thought Tiger Woods had a bad year” as my schtick here.

You know who DIDN’T have a bad year? Pete Rose…

kianakim

(Edit from GMC: I guess it would be helpful if I told you that was Pete’s girlfriend Kiana Kim; who discussed their great sex life on The Howard Stern Show yesterday. But who said I was helpful? Certainly not my girlfriend…)

And finally, I leave you with this…

Steve Lavin was hired by St. John’s yesterday. While his hair is interesting enough itself; it ALSO means St. John’s gets his wife; Mary Ann Jarou…

jarou

Who seems nice…

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because A-I’ve put so many chemicals up my nose in the last 24 hours that I think I’m drug-influenced; B-Tonight is Alicia Keys, so NOTHING can bring me down.

As a note to the Baltimore City Police Department-there is NO restraining order….yet. Please don’t try to keep me out of the building. However, if you see THIS guy in the building….you might want to go ahead and have him removed…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AcdtGob-WQ[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty says Magna cancels Pimlico/Laurel auction, parent company MI Developments will take over tracks

Oh….well this explains everything………

I have no idea what to make of this news. No idea AT ALL. If this was an option to begin with, why did we ever get to the auction process? Was MID looking for money?

The good news is that this reorganization prevents the state’s horse racing industry from falling into unknown hands.

The bad news is that this reorganization allows the state’s horse racing industry to enter barely known hands.

Has there been any locally-vested group that we know less about than Magna???

The Maryland Jockey Club will remain in charge, but I have to think that MID will want to be more visible locally that Magna was before.

ESPECIALLY if it means we see more of Magna’s Belinda Stronach…

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…Who may or may not have slept with Bill Clinton, definitely slept with Tie Domi, and apparently was “Photoshopped” into this picture…

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Sure. And I was “Photoshopped” into that picture of me with the horse. Nice try, Belinda.

2. Maryland Daily Record’s Liz Farmer says MJC President Chuckas believes MID ‘committed’ to keeping Preakness in Baltimore

Which we believe to be the good news in all of this.

HOWEVER-if you were one of those people who was hoping that a new owner would change the alcohol policy on the Preakness infield, it doesn’t appear that will be the case. Which is bad news for Ray Bachman, who had been celebrating the potential change by drinking a keg by himself for the last 36 years of his life.

Myself, I DO think it is good news that Preakness will be staying. We were THIS close to the Harford County Farm Fair being arguably amongst the most significant annual events in the state of Maryland.

If you missed Tom Chuckas’ interview with Drew Forrester this morning, check it out in the Audio Vault here at WNST.net.

3. Baltimore Business Journal’s Ryan Sharrow says Jeff Seder plans to fight track decision in court

Which goes back to the point Drew Forrester and I discussed on “The Comcast Morning Show” Tuesday morning….”If you don’t like something, sue someone!”

If I were Jeff Seder…or David Cordish…or Kevin Plank…or ANYONE else involved in the auction process, I’d be furious. How is it possible to have gotten to (and past) the original auction date, yet this was allowed to happen???

The ONLY good news in all of this mess? At least THIS GUY won’t be involved….

angelos

4. The AP says Adam Jones homered, but Birds fell to Marlins in Jupiter

Would anyone be interested in purchasing me this t-shirt so I could wear it to Opening Day?

bazooka

I know Bob Haynie said last week he thought Matt Wieters would lead the O’s in home runs, but I’m going with A-10.

5. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Brian Roberts hoping to make Spring Training debut this week

Which would of course be good news for everyone; as the mere THOUGHT of Ty Wigginton playing second base in real games makes small children shiver in fear.

Hopefully Brian Roberts won’t need more than a month to be season-ready. If we get to the end of April/beginning of May before B-Rob heats up, the O’s may already be playing games that don’t matter a whole lot.

(Cue Ian Eagle.)

6. Carroll County Times says Jeremy Guthrie pitched better Tuesday despite losing

The Orioles could DESPERATELY use a couple more starts like this before Opening Day, as Brian Matusz (today’s starter against Rich Hill-YES, THAT RICH HILL-and the Cardinals again in Jupiter) has looked MUCH MORE the part of a #2 starter than Guthrie has.

HOWEVER-yesterday’s start by Guthrie was also a reminder that even when he has pitched well over the years-he hasn’t always been able to win. His ERA can be as good as he wants it to be, he has to know how to WIN.

What do you think Guthrie’s trade value looks like right about now?

7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh doesn’t believe Samari Rolle will play again

Which is one more thing that everyone knew, yet still qualifies as news. Is there any chance Ozzie Newsome and company can petition the NFL to let them just HAVE Samari’s “cousin” Myron Rolle in exchange for having given Samari a contract before the 2009 season?

With all of that being said, Samari Rolle will go down as one of the better free agent acquisitions in Ravens history. Or at least better than some others…

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8. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens still interested in Frank Walker

While we’re making statements, I’m still interested in Mila Kunis myself, especially after seeing the new pictures of her in GQ….

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Look, no Ravens fans want Frank Walker back. I get that. And Frank Walker should NOT be one of this team’s first 3 Cornerback options. But they NEED Cornerback depth; especially with Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington being question marks in Training Camp and beyond.

My gut says he won’t be back. But I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if he was.

9. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens have pursued Neil Rackers, Shayne Graham

I’ll take them.

Does it work that way?

In all seriousness, I think acquiring either kicker would be a good move for the Ravens. They both have had reputable NFL careers; and even though they’ve both missed big kicks, they’ve also both MADE big kicks. I would find either to be better choices than Billy Cundiff.

10. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Bisciotti voted against OT rule change, but supports decision

Is it a perfect rule? Absolutely not. Does it make sense that the rule was adopted for the playoffs and not the regular season? Not at all.

Is it a LITTLE weird that Bisciotti voted against it while almost every other owner in the league voted for it? Yeah, it probably is.

Do I ask too many questions in this forum and then immediately answer them? Probably. Do any of you watch “Parks & Recreation”? You’ll understand much better. AND you’ll understand my fascination with Amy Poehler. Maybe.

Poehler

11. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Lamar Young, Isaiah Ross, Carl Russell will miss spring practice for Terps

Oh good. More good news on the offensive line.

We all know that Ralph Friedgen’s “make or break” season will be made or broken by the offensive line. He’ll have talented players at RB and WR, and the defense absolutely SHOULD continue to improve in Don Brown’s 2nd year as coordinator. But if the O-Line doesn’t improve, nothing changes.

12. The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Jamarr Robinson ‘clear starter’, but not ‘entrenched’ as Terrapins QB

Is this a way to say that Josh Portis might transfer back and still have some eligibility???

And finally, I leave you with this.

Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush broke up yesterday, which provides me a fantastic opportunity to post a picture of Kim Kardashian….

kardash

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 21 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a happy Thursday for me because the blog site Mister Irrelevant found this picture of Cal Ripken and Eddie Murray from the SI Vault….

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Greatest picture ever? Greatest picture ever.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

1. Pro Football Talk/NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Ravens QB Coach Hue Jackson interviewing for Offensive Coordinator job in Oakland

Right.

Jim Zorn once interviewed for the OC job with the Redskins, too.

I’m not trying to say that I know the Raiders are seecretly interviewing other candidates for Tom Cable’s job-but you have to earn the benefit of the doubt to get it.

The word is now that Jim Fassel DIDN’T interview in Oakland-which makes it seem more likely that maybe Al Davis ISN’T interviewing head coaching candidates.

But I don’t trust that to be the case.

The Ravens could have blocked Hue Jackson from interviewing with the Silver & Black, but since this would be a promotion; Steve Bisciotti and John Harbaugh did the right thing to let him interview. The Raiders clearly see Jackson as having the chance to improve JaMarcus Russell in the same way he worked wonders with Carson Palmer and Joe Flacco.

I still think Jackson is in a better place in Baltimore than he would be with EITHER job in Oakland, but that’s just me.

2. The Sun’s Edward Lee says Parmele ‘hopes’ to be in mix for KR job next season

And of course, he should be.

He shouldn’t be GIVEN the job-there should absolutely be a competition for the gig, involving him and Lardarius Webb-and anyone else they bring in this offseason who has an appropriate resume.

Unless your name is Devin Hester or Joshua Cribbs-you should probably be competing for a KR job EVERY year. If Lardarius Webb is going to be a starting CB for this team (which he might well be), or Cam Cameron is going to try to figure out a way to get him the ball offensively (which there are no plans for as of now-but certainly it would make sense); maybe Parmele would be a better option-as he could focus on the job primarily.

Of course, Cribbs is also likely to be available this offseason-and showed himself to be a capable offensive player at times as well.

Maybe?

3. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens hope to bring back both Dwan Edwards, Justin Bannan next season

I hope they do too, but I don’t see it. Both guys earned the right to make real money on their next deal, and are just waiting for someone to give it to them. Maybe the CBA trouble will help to make it difficult for them to find work elsewhere in the NFL-but I would imagine someone will be willing to give one (or both) of these guys big bucks.

Remember, Marques Douglas never had trouble finding work. Neither did Tony Weaver. Or Abrayo Franklin. And the Ravens have more linemen behind this group. There’s a reason why they kept Kelly Talavou and Brandon McKinney coming out of Training Camp last season-despite the fact that they didn’t need D-Linemen at the time.

They knew what was coming.

4. WGRZ (Buffalo)’s Aaron Saykin says Brian Billick couldn’t understand why Bills GM Buddy Nix didn’t reach out to him about coaching vacancy

And neither do I.

I really never got the idea that Brian particularly wanted the job, but I can understand why he would want the phone call/interview/etc. Buffalo likely would never have had the economic backbone to even make it interesting for Coach Billick, who is still getting $4 million from the Baltimore Ravens over each of the next two seasons provided he doesn’t end up employed elsewhere.

The point for Brian is that in 2 years, he’d like to be coming off a span where he was a hot name in the coaching world. Where teams had shown interest in him, and he had been asked to be a part of the hiring process, even if he didn’t end up taking any coaching jobs.

There was no reason for the Bills NOT to talk to Coach Billick. If he determined it wasn’t the right fit for him (which I’m guessing he would have), it couldn’t possibly have hurt to have discussed where the franchise was heading with a Super Bowl winner.

5. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Josh Brown’s 14 not nearly enough as Towson blown out by Northeastern

Look, I wasn’t there-so I don’t want to say the wrong thing here, but this looks like maybe one team started to give up in the 2nd half at Towson Center last night.

Pat Kennedy has his work cut out for him. Fans who went to the Towson Center for the first time last night could not possibly have left feeling good about the product they paid to see. Losing games to good teams on the road is one thing-getting blown out at home is another.

6. The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says rebounding, experience starting to set Terps apart from others in ACC

Agreed, but they still have problems has well. Their lack of pure outside shooting hurts them, no matter how capable they are in other areas.

And things won’t be easy for Maryland. The NC State team they’re playing Saturday night that everyone thought they’d beat in a walk just took it to a Top 10 Duke team last night. They play North Carolina on Super Bowl Sunday-and the Heels are going to be close to desperation mode, after losing a 3rd straight ACC contest to Wake Forest last night.

There are wins to be had in this conference this season-but the Terrapins have to go get them. Nothing will come easy.

7. UMBC Official Site previews Retrievers’ contest with New Hampshire tonight at RAC Arena (pdf)

Here’s my conundrum. I love Randy Monroe and his guys, but the following people are from the great state of New Hampshire….

mandy

silverman

….so maybe I’m rooting for the Wildcats?

8. Loyola Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Siena

Again, I’m not trying to offend Jimmy Patsos or anyone on his staff-but it appears likely that the Greyhounds will fall to 2-7 in MAAC play tonight.

That’s not good enough. Not for a coach who has recruited all of the players on the team.

This isn’t a “Jimmy Patsos has to go” statement-not in the least bit. But this IS a statement that Jimmy Patsos needs to be better. Losing tonight at Siena is really no big deal-as the Saints are REALLY good. But the Hounds have to find wins. They just have to win games. They can’t be 2-7 in the MAAC.

It just isn’t good enough.

9. Inside Lacrosse’s Danielle Bernstein says IL analysts think Maryland, Hopkins could end up in Final Four

And Dave Cottle might NEED to get back to the Final Four.

Maryland started practice on Monday-and they’ll be back inside Byrd Stadium (or Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium if you will) this season, so the “no home field” excuse won’t be in play any longer.

There’s only 2-3 programs in the country that should be able to compete with the University of Maryland when it comes to lacrosse. Syracuse has a talent base and financial backing, as does Virginia. Johns Hopkins has a passionate fanbase and a program that builds itself around lacrosse. Same can be said for Princeton-but neither the Jays not the Tigers have the financial backing that Dave Cottle has in College Park.

Dave Cottle can’t just be reaching the NCAA Tournament. He HAS to be reaching the level of the Final Four-and in the mix to win national championships.

Unlike my statement about Jimmy Patsos-this IS a “Dave Cottle must go” argument…IF the Terps aren’t playing at M&T Bank Stadium come Memorial Day weekend.

10. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Luke Scott would rather play in field, not be full-time DH

And I’d like someone to bring me a plate full of the shrimp vindaloo from the indian joint Drew Forrester and I went to in Indianapolis Friday night…..

vindaloo

Sing it with me….”You can’t always get what you want….”

I’m not sure where Luke Scott wants to play. I think he wants to play Left Field, but that’s absolutely Nolan Reimold’s spot. If he wants to play First Base-I guess he has just as good of an argument as ANYONE who is currently on the roster-but he’s not a first baseman either.

Maybe he should just be happy that he’s getting 4 and a half million bucks after hitting no better than .258 in any of his last 3 seasons.

I’m just saying.

11. MLB.com’s Spencer Fordin says Jake Arrieta, Caleb Joseph, Alfredo Simon, Chad Moeller amongst Birds’ non-roster Spring Training invites

The only name on this list that is AT ALL interesting to me is Arrieta, who I couldn’t figure out why he didn’t get a look at the end of the season last year. Arrieta is the “next” of the group of young pitchers, and may be closer to being ready than we realize. If David Hernandez and Jason Berken are in the mix for the 5th spot (behind Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman); why shouldn’t Arrieta be?

12. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Pimlico/Laurel auction delayed until February 10

If I was David Cordish right now, I would probably look like this….

hulk

The guy paid his money for slots. He got into the bidding process. He got zoning rights for his slots. Why the hell should he have to wait for the chance to try to win the tracks?

In other horse racing news, Jeff Seder told Drew this morning in an interview on “The Comcast Morning Show” on AM1570 WNST that if his group were to win the tracks, he WOULD change the rule to allow outside alcohol to be brought in on Preakness Saturday. David Cordish had also said he would change that rule. We are assuming that Joe DeFrancis would NOT change the rule, as we are assuming that the Maryland Jockey Club would maintain control of the event.

And finally, I leave you with this.

We DVR a lot of things in the Glenn Clark home. 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, The Office, SNL, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Man vs. Wild with Bear Grylls, WWE Raw, the ESPN 30 for 30 Series, and for some reason Charm School with Ricki Lake are amongst the programs you’ll find on our Comcast DVR. But maybe my favorite show on the DVR is “True Life” on MTV. Yesterday, the episode “True Life: I’m Deaf” was on my DVR, and while I’ve seen the episode before-I decided to watch it again.

If you never saw the episode, you can watch it here.

The episode is about a gal named Amanda from Towson University, who attempted to tryout to be a Baltimore Ravens dance squad member despite the fact that she’s deaf. At the end of the episode, you find out that despite the fact that she didn’t make the Ravens squad, she tried out to be a Baltimore Blast cheerleader and made the team.

All of this was basically a buildup for me posting pictures of a hot Blast cheerleader and saying something along the lines of “maybe you should get to a game”…..

blastamanda

BUT!!!! There’s another update! Amanda has since moved on to a new gig…..she’s a…..PHILADELPHIA EAGLES CHEERLEADER?!?!?!?

Ugh.

amandac

I thought these stories were supposed to have happy endings!

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

Let me start by saying “Thank You” to everyone who came out to our Brian Billick “Milkshake Social” at Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square last night. It was a TREMENDOUS turnout, and a very cool event. A SPECIAL “Thank You” to Steve Pavlovsky-the Godfather of Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square, who I believe I managed to convince to adopt me last night. Steve also took the time after our event to show me a Chick-Fil-A Chicken sandwich secret, called “Carolina Style.” For those wanting the inside info, these are your ingredients……

cfasandwich
slaw
bbq

….You’ll thank me. Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

1. WNST.net’s Nestor Aparicio thinks Ravens fans aren’t fired up for playoffs

I’m not sure how I feel about this. I guess I have to agree-but I’m certainly understanding of fans who don’t decide to invest the money in a 9-7 team that has gotten questionable play in a number of crucial areas. That being said, I can’t WAIT to get on the bus tomorrow morning in White Marsh and head to New England to watch the Ravens. Like I said, if you want to challenge me in Pop-A-Shot basketball tomorrow night at Dave & Buster’s in Providence, feel free. But I will kick your ass.

2. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Ravens sporting new patches after Harbaugh’s postgame speech

Unfortunately, I can’t take still pictures in the locker room-although I might try to sneak one today if possible. The shovel and sword essentially represent a “Keep digging but stay fighting” mentality that Coach Harbs has tried to pass off to his team. Find out more by checking out this clip of the post-game speech after Sunday’s win over the Oakland Raiders……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll-eG1GF3FE[/youtube]

3. The Sun’s Edward Lee says McGahee not ‘comfortable’ with being backup, but not concerned about it right now

Anybody not think this was the case? Of COURSE Willis McGahee doesn’t want to be a backup. But Ray Rice is THE guy in Baltimore now-there’s not even a way to argue that…..at all. You can hear Willis’ comments in the Audio Vault at WNST.net. He didn’t say the wrong thing, he was just honest. As long as he continues to work hard while he IS a Baltimore Raven, I don’t have a problem with him admitting that he’d probably rather be somewhere else.

4. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Cameron hasn’t been contacted by Bills

cam

If I had to guess, Leslie Frazier ends up getting the job in Buffalo. That being said, I think Cam probably does deserve another chance as a head coach. And in fairness, Buffalo might be the perfect spot for him-as they can’t REALLY have great expectations up there. If the Ravens don’t advance past the AFC Wild Card round this weekend, I would expect Cam WILL be contacted, and will get a chance to interview.

5. 4 of 4 Boston Globe analysts pick Pats to win Sunday

If you add the analysts on “The Comcast Morning Show”, you can make it 6 of 6. During our “Picks and Comment” segment this morning, Drew picked the Pats to win 24-14, and I picked the Pats to win 26-17.

Look, NO ONE wants the Ravens to win more than I do, but Tom Brady has never lost a playoff game in Foxborough. I can’t just ASSUME that Joe Flacco will be the 1st quarterback to go beat him.

But I’ll be hoping.

6. ESPN.com’s Greg Gaber says Harbaugh worst in NFL in saving timeouts for crucial situations

I know Ed from Park Heights doesn’t put any value in this statistic, and the statistic alone is not the issue. The issue is that John Harbaugh really struggles with game management AND the team tends to struggle with get play-calling in quickly AND Joe Flacco often struggles to adjust at the line.

They’re all issues. The statistic is just a representation of those things.

7. SI’s Tim Layden says 6 sure fire future Hall of Famers will be on field at Gillette Stadium Sunday

You know the list-Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Junior Seau, Bill Belichick, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. I don’t think Ed Reed is a slam dunk (and Randy Moss might not be either) YET, but I probably agree with the rest of the list.

Of course, this is what happens when you get good teams together….they have talent, arguably historic talent. It will be a joy to watch these teams, there’s no doubt about that.

8. The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec say reunion with Miguel Tejada ‘unlikely’ for Orioles

I guess this can’t be surprising since Garrett Atkins is going to be the guy at 3rd base. I know some people will say Tejada can just play 1st base, but there’s no reason to just ASSUME Miguel is a 1st baseman.

That being said, the Birds need to sign SOMEONE to play 1st base. Michael Aubrey should not be the guy…..but he probably will be.

9. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Blow Horn Equity, Angelos group attempting to be “stalking horse” in Pimlico, Laurel auction

angelos

Our long civic nightmare continues?!?!?

My “leader in the clubhouse” remains David Cordish. The tracks remain more valuable to him for multiple reasons than they do anyone else. He has slots rights (so he can make money off his own facility) AND he’s a local guy who cares about the state and the horse racing industry.

10. Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Seminoles will be tough defensively for Terps

They’ll be tough all around for Maryland. The good news for the Terps is that they don’t shoot lights out, and the shouldn’t run up a 12 point lead early in the 2nd half to make things tough. I’ll say Terps 81-73. But of course, I WOULD say that. The game is on Comcast SportsNet (Fox Sports Net nationally) at 5:30 Sunday from Comcast Center. Someone will need to keep me updated while I’m on my way back from NE.

11. Maryland Official Site says Terps women blown out in ACC opener at NC State

This is exactly what I was saying about this Maryland team. We have NO IDEA if they’re any good or not. There’s no one who has the responsibility fall on them if things aren’t going well. They are clearly MUCH better in College Park than they are on the road-I think that’s fair to say. But it will be a dogfight for Brenda Frese’s troops in the ACC.

12. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland’s Nick Ferrara named freshman All-American

He’s deserving. He was asked to do a lot this season with Travis Baltz hurt, and he should certainly solidify the position for the next 3 seasons. There’s a few other positions that need to be solidified still…..

And finally, I leave you with this.

College football season wrapped up last night with a bit of a thud (although credit Texas for making a game out of it even after Colt McCoy left on the first possession of the game), but certainly there were a number of more memorable moments throughout the ’09-’10 campaign.

One of my favorite moments had nothing to do with football. Instead, it happened just 7 days ago before the Sugar Bowl when country band Lady Antebellum sang the national anthem. Really REALLY freaking good.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHTPufEA6yw[/youtube]

Talk to you later from 1 Winning Drive.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Ravens Back to Work in Preparation For Wild Card Showdown

Posted on 06 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

4:42-INJURY REPORT-Ravens:

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
LB Tavares Gooden (groin)
DT Haloti Ngata (ankle)
CB Marcus Paschal (back)
S Ed Reed (groin)
G Marshal Yanda (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION
QB Joe Flacco (hip)
TE Todd Heap (neck)
LB Jarret Johnson (back)
LS Matt Katula (elbow)
WR Derrick Mason (knee)
DE Trevor Pryce (head)
S Tom Zbikowski (neck)

Patriots:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
OL Dan Connolly (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/right finger/rib)
WR Julian Edelman (forearm)
DE Jarvis Green (knee)
T Nick Kaczur (shoulder)
CB Shawn Springs (knee)
DE Ty Warren (ankle)
TE Benjamin Watson (knee)
DL Vince Wilfork (foot)

3:00-Sorry for the delay since my last update-I’ve been scrambling to recover since the UNTHINKABLE news that Roberto Alomar fell short in Hall of Fame voting. Quick note: Vikings WR/KR Percy Harvin was voted AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, Michael Oher finished 2nd in voting.

1:46-RB/KR Jalen Parmele is scheduled to join Drew Forrester at 7:30 tomorrow morning on The Comcast Morning Show.

1:41-Governor O’Malley is here at 1 Winning Drive, and met very briefly with the media before going to watch practice. I asked him about the court’s decision to postpone Friday’s auction of Pimlico and Laurel. He responded…..

“We’re glad that the court is protecting and understanding of the importance of keeping Preakness in Maryland.”

You can hear the roughly 2 minutes with the Governor in the Audio Vault at WNST.net. Warning: there’s political talk (including Sheila Dixon) involved-but I was also able to get in a question about whether or not he’ll be making a bet with anyone in Massachusetts before Sunday’s game.

1:15-Some quick odds and ends from out here today:

-Willis McGahee was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Sunday’s win over the Oakland Raiders.
-John Harbaugh was mistakenly listed as “Jim Harbaugh” on the front page of the Patriots media guide. His response: “I’m honored.”
-Governor Martin O’Malley will attend practice this afternoon
-When asked if the Ravens would play with less aggression due to the way the first NE game was officiated, Trevor Pryce said “If we change the way we play the game, who are we? We’re the Lions.”
-Mark Clayton was asked if he viewed Sunday’s game as a chance at redemption following his crucial drop at the end of the first game. His response was “It’s just a game.” When asked if he still thinks about that drop, he responded “not at all.”

1:11-Hear from the following NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net:

Coach John Harbaugh
C Matt Birk
OT Michael Oher
QB Joe Flacco
RB Ray Rice
WR Derrick Mason
DE Trevor Pryce
LB Ray Lewis
LB Jarret Johnson
LS Matt Katula

11:17-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where the Baltimore Ravens return to work today after two days off in preparation for Sunday’s AFC Wild Card showdown with the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. We are scheduled to hear from John Harbaugh, Ray Rice, Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco, Derrick Mason and other Ravens today; as well as Bill Belichick and Tom Brady via conference call from the Pats.

Back shortly with more. Make sure to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 06 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Good morning to you! I’d like to take this time to thank the mother of “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet” for providing me with one of the all-time great Christmas gifts of all time this year…..

hockey

I’d like to invite ANYONE in the city of Baltimore to stop the Glenn Clark compound to have their ass kicked……

Let’s see what’s being said this morning…..

1. The Sun’s Michael Dresser says WNST bus trip amongst ways Ravens fans getting to Foxborough

And as Michael Dresser accurately points out, the best reason to be on the WNST bus trip is the chance to hang out with Drew Forrester and Glenn Clark from The Comcast Morning Show.

I know this sounds like nothing more than a cheap plug (and it mostly is), but I can’t stress how those of you who are trying to figure out how to do this trip on your own would be much happier to just get on the bus. The drive alone is a nightmare. Parking is more of a nightmare. For $400 apiece, you and 3 buddies get the bus, plenty of Miller Lite, Chick-Fil-A breakfast Saturday morning, dinner Saturday night, a party at Dave & Busters with hundreds of other Ravens fans, breakfast Sunday morning, tailgating, tickets to the game, and did I mention plenty of Miller Lite?

Don’t forget, our P.O.T. today is a spot on the bus to go with us to Foxborough. I remind because if I don’t, I will be accused of not reminding you enough.

I mentioned Chick-Fil-A breakfast, right?

chick

2. Boston Globe’s Albert Breer says Cam Cameron has had some success against Pats in past

Great.

I’ll trade that for more success in the present.

I don’t think Cam needs to go crazy on Sunday. I expect a heavy dose of Ray Rice-even if Bill Belichick and company know it’s coming. This is the type of team the Ravens are. If Ray Rice gets going early, they’ll be able to do something with their passing game. If not, they might well be playing from 10-0 down.

3. ESPN.com Scouts Inc.’s Jeremy Green names Michael Oher his Rookie of the Year

Do I think Michael Oher is more deserving of RoY honors than say, Percy Harvin? No, probably not. But do I think Michael Oher is deserving of recognition? ABSOLUTELY.

I can’t stress enough how difficult it is to move from RT to LT to RT to LT to RT (and who knows where he might be next) the way Michael Oher has this season. It just isn’t something you see players do in the NFL-especially not on good teams with effective offenses. Michael Oher has done it, and done it at a VERY high level against very good defenses.

He’s deserving of the recognition for that.

4. Seattle Times’ Danny O’Neill says Eric DeCosta amongst 4 finalists for Seahawks’ GM job

Drew keeps telling be that he doesn’t believe Eric is going to Seattle. I will add in that I will be “surprised” if it ends up happening. Not because he wanted be a good choice, but just because I’m not sure it’s the right fit necessarily.

If Eric DeCosta WERE to depart, there would certainly be an argument that Phil Savage or George Kokinis could return to take his position. While I wouldn’t rule either of those scenarios out, I also wouldn’t just assume either will absolutely happen.

5. The AP’s Ronald Blum says Hirschbeck hopes former Orioles 2B Roberto Alomar gets elected to Hall of Fame today

robbie

Roberto Alomar and John Hirschbeck made their peace years ago, so this comes as no surprise whatsoever. Look, I’ve said it a thousand times-and I mean it. If Roberto Alomar isn’t elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame today, I’ll stop watching baseball. He’s ABSOLUTELY the greatest player I’ve ever rooted for, and he and Derek Jeter are the greatest players I’ve ever watched in my life.

6. WNST.net’s Dan Soderberg “disappointed” Matt Holliday headed back to St. Louis instead of joining O’s

That makes two of us. Not necessarily because the Birds missed on Matt Holliday, but because the Birds missed on a good player who could have made their team better. He’s not the first. Of course, when I took to our Twitter account (@WNST) last night to lament, I was greeted with the typical apologists who were ready to tell me about how the Orioles CAN’T spend money on Matt Holliday because they MIGHT be able to spend money on Ryan Howard or Cliff Lee in the future.

Ugh. I guess it will never get any better.

7. The Sun’s Andrea K. Walker says Pimlico, Laurel auction postponed to January 21

As Drew mentioned on the show this morning, this has EVERYTHING to do with the fact that Penn National only wanted to commit to keeping the Preakness in Baltimore for the next 10 years. It’s not acceptable. The state of Maryland HAS to protect Preakness as much as possible-and Magna is working to cooperate. It’s a shame that the industry is left up in the air for another 13 days, but it is vital to make sure everything that is possible is done to protect the most important day of the year in both the city and the state.

8. The AP’s Jeff Latzke says Michael Harper’s 21 not enough as Oklahoma State topped Coppin State

Fang Mitchell’s club was never going to really have a chance in this one. Luckily, this is the end of their annual nightmare schedule, they now move on to MEAC play starting Saturday at Hampton. The Eagles have gotten off to rough starts before; and have built character en route to two NCAA Tournament appearances. I don’t think it will happen this year, but there’s a method to Fang’s madness schedule-wise. There’s also a lot of money in games like last night’s in Stillwater.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says departure of Jin Soo Choi not really big deal for Terps

Patrick accurately points out that the biggest concern has to be the fact that with Steve Goins hurt, the Terps are now going to be working with just 11 guys in practice-meaning they’ll have just one sub during 5 on 5 drills.

Also, Gary Williams will have to fill the scholarship-hopefully with a player who will offer a bit more than the less than 1 point per game they got from Jin Soo.

10. UMBC Official Site says Retrievers will be without Justin Fry, Jamar Wertz all season; host Penn tonight at RAC Arena

The Justin Fry and Jamar Wertz news is not a surprise-the Dogs have been playing without those guys all season. They could really use a win tonight, especially considering the fact that the Quakers have won ZERO games this season (which is one less than the number of games Randy Monroe’s team has won). I’d trade some UMBC wins for not having to hear Drew’s commercial again…..ever.

11. Towson Official Site says Tigers visit Hofstra tonight in CAA play

As Pat Kennedy told Drew this morning, he’ll be forced to miss tonight’s game after being ejected from the Old Dominion game Monday night. I’m not sure Pat would make much of a difference, Charles Jenkins is a BEAST for Tom Pecora’s club.

12. The Sun’s Jeff Seidel says Eric Atkins’ 20 points lead Mt. St. Joseph past St. Frances

This is a big win for Mt. St. Joe after they lost to St. Frances last week in South Carolina. Eric Atkins will be a test for my “root for Baltimore kids” philosophy, as I love to root for these guys no matter WHERE they go to school. I was the biggest Jack McClinton fan in the world when he was at Miami, I am always checking on Kimmie English at Missouri, and I even find myself pulling for Malcolm Delaney at Virginia Tech-as long as they aren’t playing Maryland. Unfortunately, I REALLY don’t like Notre Dame, so this will be a test for me as far as whether or not I can root for Atkins…..

And I leave you with this…..Julian Casablancas (from the Strokes) released his first solo CD yesterday, “Phrazes for the Young.” Here he is back in December on Jimmy Fallon’s show doing “Out of the Blue” with The Roots….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y67fs7wZ5kM[/youtube]

And while we’re well past the holidays, I still think you’ll enjoy this. Here’s Julian doing “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” with The Roots, Fallon, and Horatio Sanz. You’ll recognize this as an old Saturday Night Live skit at first….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0CPdyP6GWA[/youtube]

Good stuff. Talk to you later.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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A Completely New Look at Crabs and Beer

Posted on 04 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Welcome to the 2010 version of “Crabs and Beer.” Instead of the tedious process of linking EVERY.SINGLE.LOCAL.SPORTS.RELATED.STORY.IN.THE.WORLD., I will now focus on the most important “Bullet Points” of the day, commenting on them individually. It will mean more of me-which I think we can all agree is the best possible thing. Most days, I will bullet point 10 items-while on Mondays I will probably bullet point 15 items to recap the entire weekend. Here we go……

1. The AP’s Josh Dubow says Ravens clinched AFC Wild Card with win in Oakland

As I said yesterday here at WNST.net, it is a significant accomplishment to reach to the playoffs, an even more significant accomplishment to reach the playoffs for 2 straight seasons. Steve Bisciotti, Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh can all breathe a bit easier today, as the critics who have said “that’s nice, but let me see them do it consistently” can no longer point out that the Ravens haven’t reached the playoffs in back to back seasons since 2000 & 20001. They’re in, and it is a major statement.

2. NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora says Ravens will look for first ever win over New England in AFC Wild Card round

Obviously, everyone inside the building at 1 Winning Drive was hoping for a trip to Cincinnati instead of a trip to Foxborough-and for good reason. The Ravens are 0-5 all time against the Pats, including a 27-21 loss earlier this season at Gillette Stadium that Mark Clayton would rather forget. I’m well aware of Tom Brady’s 3 broken ribs and broken finger, but I’m also well aware that he’s REALLY good in January. Like, historically good. Like, 3 Super Bowl rings good. Like, 4 AFC Championships good. The only good news is that the game is at 1pm on Sunday, which EVERYONE in Owings Mills prefers. It also means the game will be back on CBS with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on the call, so Drew Forrester needs to put his pants back on.

3. The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Willis McGahee put Ravens on back for 3 TD’s in win

My buddy Bill Romanowski is a Raiders postgame analyst for Comcast SportsNet in San Francisco. I think he said it best on Facebook yesterday….

“Hiram Eugene just got bitch slapped on a 77 yd run by McGahee.”

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It was a hell of an effort from Willis yesterday. There’s NO argument that he should be the starter over a Pro Bowl back like Ray Rice, and there’s little validity that he should be getting more playing time. But it’s nice to know that there is a quality NFL running back to go in when Ray Rice comes off the field.

4. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Dannell Ellerbe “outstanding” with INT, fumble recovery in win

With no offense to JaMarcus Russell-the moment I saw Charlie Frye was going to be forced out of the game, my initial thought was “this one’s over.” JaMarcus Russell is just terrible, and obviously Dannell played the best game of his very short career here in Baltimore. Here’s a question for you-which was the better performance Sunday: Dannell Ellerbe or Charlie Daniels in the GEICO commercial???

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Of course, the Ed “Too Tall” Jones one isn’t too bad, either…..

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5. The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens won despite fact that Flacco “looked lost” on field

It was NOT his best performance. But as Preston also accurately pointed out, at least he didn’t turn the ball over. 102 passing yards won’t beat the Patriots next Sunday, that much I can say with assurance. It was a rather pedestrian performance if not poor, and has become all too common during the second season of the “Joe Cool” era. The play where he ran past the line of scrimmage and STILL overthrew Ray Rice was pretty bad. But with all of that being said, Joe Flacco will be leading a team into the playoffs for the 2nd time in his 2 year career-which is twice more than Kyle Boller…..

6. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Terps blew out UNC-Greensboro in ACC Tournament preview trip

The only thing that really came from this win was the fact that the Terps were able to look at Greensboro Coliseum before they return in March. Greivis Vasquez and Landon Milbourne were outstanding, but they should have been-the Spartans stink. Maryland has a week off now to prepare for their ACC opener Sunday night against Florida State in College Park, and they will have to improve their play against better teams. They finish the bulk of their non-conference schedule 9-4, with the only win of note coming at Indiana-you know, the same Indiana that lost to Loyola. Ugh.

We do know that it is a MUCH nicer morning in College Park than it is for ACC for NC State, where the name Chandler Parsons will forever be remembered as a dirty word in Raleigh…..

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7. Bob Haynie says Terps got better news Saturday than they did earlier in the week with commitment from Pe’Shon Howard

Does it make up for the loss of Terrence Ross? No, probably not. But certainly Pe’Shon Howard is a regarded talent out of Oak Hill Academy who would have been much more desired if not for his 6’2″ frame. He’s a natural point guard with the ability to play the 2 if necessary, although I’d be a bit worried he could be out-matched size-wise by a number of guards in the ACC. As I mentioned Saturday night (if you follow us on Twitter), the Terps will have 2 point guards in this class (Tucson’s Terrell Stoglin is the other), which has mostly worked with Eric Hayes and Greivis Vasquez.

The Sun’s Matt Bracken tracked down some Pe’Shon Howard highlights if you’d like to take a look.

8. Drew Forrester says Peter Angelos joined with Blow Horn Equity’s Jeff Seder in hopes to win Pimlico, Laurel auction

PLEASE.DEAR.GOD.NO.

How can on our ongoing civic nightmare get worse?!?!?

Look, I still think that in the end-it will either be David Cordish or the Penn National group that wins this auction, as the tracks are just MORE VALUABLE to someone who owns a slots license than they are to someone who doesn’t. But Peter Angelos won’t be short on cash (check your Comcast or DirecTV statement to see the money he’s scraping so you can watch the Orioles on MASN), and clearly wants in. Friday is going to be a VERY interesting day.

9. Philadelphia Daily News says former Oriole Danys Baez spent weekend moving boxes up I-95 after signing with Phillies

No word on whether or not he’ll just leave the “S” in his name here in Charm City.

Look, Danys was not particularly good for the Birds last season, but they DEFINITELY could have had worse. For example, they could have had this guy…..

benitez

10. Corey Johns says UMBC opened America East play Saturday with loss at Vermont

Very clearly, Mike Lonergan’s Catamounts are an outstanding team and they are going to beat a LOT of teams at home-but the Retrievers are going to have to start winning games soon if they’re going to turn things around at all this season. It’s not as if they don’t have good players-Chauncey Gilliam and Chris De La Rosa are both very good, and Robbie Jackson should be able to overcome what he might not have in talent with his overwhelming size. But they have to figure out how to win. A visit from winless Penn Wednesday night will hopefully provide an elixir.

11. Towson Official Site says Tigers dropped CAA battle at Georgia State Saturday night

The impressive thing about Saturday night’s game was that the Tigers rallied from down 15 to get back into the game in Atlanta. The unimpressive thing about Saturday night’s game was that Pat Kennedy’s team couldn’t keep it going down the stretch. The Tigers shot just 34% from the field, and no Tiger scored more than Josh Thornton’s 14. The Tigers get a chance to wipe the taste of that loss away quickly with tonight’s tussle with Old Dominion at the Towson Center.

12. The AP says Loyola got 1st MAAC victory of season Saturday over Rider

This is a VERY good win for the Greyhounds. The mark of a program that is establishing itself as a team to beat is that they beat the other good conference teams at home. Jimmy Patsos’ Hounds made a statement by beating the Hoosiers, but games against Rider (and tonight’s opponent Siena) at Reitz Arena are MUCH more important in the long run. If they can finish the sweep tonight, they’ll be in a good place to make a conference run.

13. Maryland Official Site says Terrapins Women wrapped non-conference schedule with win over St. Joseph’s

The Terps finish their non-conference schedule 12-2 with no particularly impressive wins (only Minnesota could even be considered) and 2 arguably bad losses (the loss at Mississippi State is “bad” because it came by 29 points, the loss at Towson is forgivable, but still bad). Certainly the development of Diandra Tchatchouang (25 points Sunday) has been nice for Brenda Frese’s club.

14. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski details gun fun Washington Wizards are having

OH.MY.GOD.THIS.STORY.IS.AMAZING.

This isn’t technically “local” in my book, but I would occasionally mix in something about the Capitals-so I’ll give the same courtesy to the Wiz, especially considering the surreal nature of this story.

Thanks to Gilbert Arenas for making my “most overrated athlete of the decade” pick look better by the moment…..

15. Morgan State Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Robert Morris

Not much to accomplish here, but I feel bad for Todd Bozeman’s crew for having to make a trip to Pittsburgh this time of year…..or any time of year. Also, please to be checking this out.

I leave you with this……Kanye West doing “Heartless” on his Vh1 Storytellers show. The show is out on CD tomorrow. Spoiler alert: It’s really good.

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Talk to you tomorrow.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are your weekend picks….

Maryland 23, Duke 13

I don’t care what Eron Riley (and everyone else) says. Maryland is NOT losing a football game to Duke. They’re NOT. I refuse to believe so.

Wake Forest 28, Navy 17

I think losing Ricky Dobbs REALLY hurts the Mids.

Towson 16, Northeastern 6

The Huskies are TERRIBLE. Rob Ambrose’s bunch can’t lose games that are should-win, since there are only a couple on the schedule.

Morgan State 20, Delaware State 12

The Bears are playing REALLY good football right now.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Bob Haynie wonders who Ravens’ MVP is 6 weeks in

Drew Forrester calls out nameless commentators

Ed Frankovic says Caps 5-4 winners over Thrashers

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata believes defense needs to play ‘technically-sound football’

The Official Site says Ray Lewis, Todd Heap, Domonique Foxworth nominated for Community Service Award

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Dwan Edwards making difference after undergoing spinal fusion

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Samari Rolle believes secondary needs to ‘make plays’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Dwan Edwards made most of chance to start for Trevor Pryce

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco says Ravens do NOT have dominant defense

ESPN.com’s James Walker interested in seeing how much secondary improves during bye week

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Terrell Skinner, Danny Edwards will carry flags on field for tomorrow’s trip to Duke

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary Douglas OUT, Davin Meggett and Caleb Porzel will have to shoulder load at RB

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner explained squabble with Friedgen as ‘misunderstanding’

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Bruce Campbell’s injury has really hurt Chris Turner

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Kerry Boykins, Bennett Fulper will also miss tomorrow’s game against Devils

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge may have to choose between giving Morgan Green another shot or burning D.J. Adams’ redshirt

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Turner thinks Terps will be ‘loaded’ at QB in Spring

Washington Post’s Matt Bonesteel says Linganore OL prospect Havenstein picked Wisconsin over Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps facing Devils for first time in 5 years

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Duke 28-21

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says RB Re’quan Boyette, LB Abraham Kromah, WR Tyree Watkins will all miss tomorrow’s game for Duke

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says class of ’08 already panning out

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary Douglas will miss game with shoulder injury

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Stephen St. John not moving up to varsity yet, will play in JV game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Lansford Watson will also miss game

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Maryland, Duke battling to avoid being worst team in ACC

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Duke 28-20

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Carl Russell has improved this season (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says TE Schlothhauer called up to varsity, will travel to Durham (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings offers quick facts for Terps, Blue Devils

Turtle Sports Report’s Pete Volk says Tyler Smith still fully committed to Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Dino Gregory likely to be 5th starter

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Adrian Bowie, Cliff Tucker, Dino Gregory worked out with trainer Jay Hernandez in offseason

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary Williams doesn’t want to stick around too long, ‘cheat’ college basketball

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terrence Ross hung with future teammates James Padgett, Jordan Williams earlier this month (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says guard prospect Kenny Chery playing for former Terps assistant Michael Adams at Archbishop Carroll (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports’ Report’s Pete Volk checks in with ’10 prospect Tsafack (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter expects Dara Taylor, Anjale Barrett, Lynetta Kizer, Essence Townsend, Diandra Tchatchouang to be starting 5 for Terps (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says kicker Joe Buckley hot right now

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dobbs OUT for tomorrow’s game against Wake

Washington Post’s Camille Powell stacks up Proctor against Wake Forest QB Riley Skinner

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Kriss Proctor will start for Dobbs

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dobbs hurt himself on 2nd play of win over SMU

Winston-Salem Journal says Niumatalolo has ‘confidence’ in Proctor

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Dobbs could return next week against Temple

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Mids will need ‘resiliency’ to beat Demon Deacons (must subscribe)

Go Mids offers quick facts for Terps, Deacs

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site checks in with Midshipmen during first week of practice

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site’s Dan O’Connell remembers Tigers’ ’92 thriller over Northeastern

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says 4 Retrievers games will air on MASN

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Birds must make decisions on free agents Danys Baez, Mark Hendrickson

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Perrault threw scoreless inning of relief in Arizona Fall League

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Laurel-based Ravalo happy to be running at home in De Francis Dash

SWIMMING:

UK Press says Phelps headed to Great Britain for first time in December for ‘Duel in the Pool’

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-John Turner asked that we not discuss anything further, but here is what I can share with you from him….

“It’s gotten WAY too much attention. It’s a message board. Never meant for it to go to the media.

There have been other threads on the same topic and it was never publicized. I should have kept quiet. It’s embarrassing me and my family.”

I’m not gonna bother to go any farther than this. John needs to know that his public comments on a message board are available for ANYONE to see; but he was right to say he “should have kept quiet.”

-I was talking to a NFC Scout yesterday-who played for 10 years as a defensive player in the NFL. He said this to me about the blame everyone through towards Frank Walker in the 2nd half of the loss to the Vikings….

“Blaming Frank Walker for what happened in that game would be akin to blaming a wide receiver for not catching a football that is thrown 2 feet over his head. In those situations, there is nothing else a cornerback can do. The ball is WAY over his head because a play has broken down due to missed assignments and too much time for a CB to throw the ball.”

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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