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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 26 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a happy Tuesday for me (DESPITE staying up until 3am just to see Andy Roddick collapse again in the 5th set) because we had a great night at Hill Field House last night watching Morgan State paste UMES. The Morgan State band is always one of the highlights of a trip to see the Bears, and last night was no different. I didn’t get any new video of the band, but their highlight last night was a version of “Lollipop” by Lil’ Wayne. Thanks to the guy who filmed them doing it during football season….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46SHhjrf1LE[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. Pro Football Talk/NBC Sports’ Mike Florio reports former Patriots DC Dean Pees to become new Ravens LB Coach

Pees has a track record as a capable coach, even if his stint as Pats DC wasn’t as successful as fans in New England had hoped for. I think Pees would be a very nice addition to this Ravens staff, whether or not he is just taking the job in hopes of getting the old “Ray Lewis rub” that a number of coaches have gotten.

Pees’ link to John Harbaugh is via Miami (Ohio) University, where Harbaugh played CB under Pees as defensive coordinator. So far, I have found no link between either coach and Wally Szczerbiak, but I wish there was….

wally

2. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Vic Fangio could still have future with Ravens even if Pees hired to coach LB’s

I saw a lot of comments yesterday like “It’s a shame Vic Fangio had to learn he was getting fired this way”, but I just don’t know that we can assume that. Fangio came to this team in an undefined defensive assistant role, and I think it is safe to think that he might stay on in a defensive assistant role, with a focus on quality control.

For a team that struggled with small situations last year (need we relive the timeout disasters, review mistakes and the loss of 5 yards on a ball spot blunder), maybe having a single coach focused directly on quality control would be a good idea.

Remember, this is just me speculating. But Fangio is a Harbaugh guy, and I just don’t see him being given his walking papers to make way for Dean Pees. Something tells me this was worked out beforehand.

3. Chicago Tribune’s Vaughn McClure says Hue Jackson won’t interview with Bears

According to information obtained by WNST this morning, we expect Jackson to accept the Offensive Coordinator job with the Raiders.

And why not?

The Raiders have JaMarcus Russell, Chaz Schilens and Al Davis!

Best of luck to Hue Jackson. I’m just not certain this is a great move for him.

I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Drew’s speculation surrounding Al Saunders moving into Jackson’s role ended up being accurate, either.

4. Ravens Official Site’s Mike Duffy says team would be best to keep Derrick Mason

I understand Duff’s thought process here. With a likely uncapped year, the “Final 8″ rules will really hurt Ozzie Newsome’s pursuit of a legitimate playmaker at WR. With that in mind, Mason is a known commodity who has constantly put up numbers and been a reliable target right here in Charm City.

It makes sense.

Problem is, Derrick has to be willing to accept that he’s not getting the typical “big money” deal that many #1 wideouts would get. He also has to be willing to accept that the team wants to upgrade at WR, bringing in a new #1 threat that will likely take away from the number of times Joe Flacco goes to Mason.

I don’t necessarily think bringing back Derrick Mason would be a bad idea. In fact, I think the Ravens could be well served to have him for another season as they try to push towards a Super Bowl. But I don’t think it will be as easy as saying “we want you back.”

5. ESPN.com’s James Walker says losing Bart Scott, Jason Brown, Jim Leonhard and Marques Douglas could land Ravens multiple compensatory NFL Draft picks

Which makes the preparation the Ravens did last week in Orlando and this week at the Senior Bowl all the more important. This team is going to have to find some NFL-ready players in April’s Draft, as they will be hard pressed to keep all of the guys facing free agency, and they are a bit handcuffed by the Final 8 rules.

I couldn’t help but notice that Kyle Boller wasn’t on that list. He’s not an impact player per se, but isn’t he worth something?!?!?

6. Morgan State Official Site says Reggie Holmes, Troy Smith combined for 40 as Bears pasted UMES at Hill Field House

Just an overwhelming performance from Todd Bozeman’s crew last night. Troy Smith has really come on for them, responding after an incident in December that Todd Bozeman would only describe as a “transgression” postgame.

I guess you have to consider the fact that UMES was the opponent, but Frankie Allen has made improvements in Princess Anne, and the Hawks were coming off a win at Coppin State on Saturday. They had absolutely NOTHING to offer against Morgan last night.

The Bears return to action Saturday evening at Norfolk State, as they continue their quest for a perfect season in MEAC play. If you missed Todd Bozeman with Drew Forrester on “The Comcast Morning Show” this morning, check out the Audio Vault at WNST.net.

7. The AP says Quinston Reggins scored 14, but Coppin State fell to Delaware State at CSPEC

This was one of the Eagles’ best chances to make sure they got a win in conference play this season. They will be fighting to get a victory the rest of the way. They return to action Saturday afternoon at North Carolina A&T.

8. Maryland Official Site previews tonight’s ACC tilt with Miami at Comcast Center

It’s WAAAY too easy to say that the Terps shouldn’t lose to the ‘Canes tonight. We all know the Terps shouldn’t lose to the ‘Canes tonight. But there is certainly a danger to how well the Terrapins have been playing recently, as they need to remain focused. Frank Haith has had good success against Gary Williams, but usually with a more veteran team.

If I had to guess, I’d say 81-70 Maryland.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Jordan Williams excelling because he takes pride in playing with ‘back to basket’

I’m running out of adjectives to use to describe Jordan Williams-and his career is 18 games old.

As he progresses, this team can continue to go far this season. If he continues to improve during ACC play-the Sweet 16 aspirations this team had before the season could be very legitimate. If he levels off, this team will likely end up back on the NCAA Tournament bubble.

10. Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg remembers former Maryland AD Jim Kehoe

I wish I had gotten to know Jim Kehoe before he passed away. He certainly did a tremendous job as Athletic Director at Maryland, and he was honored with a moment of silence before Saturday night’s win over NC State.

I’d like to add more here, I am just forced to admit that I don’t know a whole lot more about Jim than what you can read in Stan’s story.

11. The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec say Jeremy Guthrie doesn’t think anything changes for him with Kevin Millwood joining staff

And other than not starting on Opening Day, he’s right. He will still have high expectations this season, and he will have to perform better than he did a season ago to remain a mainstay in an Orioles rotation with a lot of young pitchers coming up.

Here’s a more important question. When the Birds decided NOT to persue FA pitcher Brad Penny this offseason, were they aware he was dating Karina Smirnoff???

smirnoff

12. ESPN.com’s Eric Karabell says O’s lineup full of fantasy “sleepers”

He’s exactly right. This team is full of “sleepers.” If they all turn out to be rock stars, this team will be in good shape. If they turn out to be sleep-ing, they’ll be in trouble. But a lineup with Brian Roberts, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Miguel Tejada, Garrett Atkins, Matt Wieters, Nolan Reimold, Luke Scott and Cesar Izturis looks on paper like it might be credible.

At least if someone in that group turns out to be a power hitter.

And finally, I leave you with this.

I have NO IDEA how I missed this, but thank God it was directed back to me. Back when Bruce Springsteen was honored by the Kennedy Center, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder did a version of the Boss’ outstanding tune “My City of Ruins”….

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

WOW.

Apparently you can buy the song on iTunes to help some sort of charity. Maybe Haiti. Maybe cancer. I should’ve done more research here. Go buy the tune.

Talk to you tonight from College Park.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 18 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention-Women’s College Basketball: Miami @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center), Duke @ Maryland (Sunday 8pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet locally/Fox Sports Net nationally); Boxing: Steve Luevano vs. Juan Manuel Lopez (Saturday 9:45pm from New York live on HBO); High School Basketball: Carver @ Perry Hall (Tuesday 5:15pm), C. Milton Wright @ Aberdeen (Tuesday 6:45pm), Edgewood @ Havre de Grace (Tuesday 6:45pm)

10-Jeff Dunham (Thursday 7:30pm Verizon Center), Cheap Trick (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live), Cheech & Chong (Saturday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall), George Strait and Reba McEntire (Friday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena)

Yeah, so, these guys are pretty funny……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndaXQeRPO0g[/youtube]

And these guys are ABSOLUTELY one of the most underrated bands in American history….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th370QmFtk8[/youtube]

And while I have NO interest in seeing Reba, I’ve needed an excuse to post this little piece of SNL brilliance in a blog….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg85BxArn7M[/youtube]

9-Maryland State Cheer & Dance Championship (Saturday 8am 1st Mariner Arena)

Look, if the people involved in this competition looked like this, this would be Number 1 on the list…

cheerleader

But since I’m PRETTY sure the people are involved are going to look more like this…..

cheer

…..so only Ray Bachman will be excited.

And NOT because he’s a pedophile-his girl coaches cheerleaders, so he’s sorta been forced into their world.

You guys are sick.

8-College Football: East West Shrine Game (Saturday 3pm from Orlando live on ESPN2)

OH MY GOD IT’S NFL DRAFT SEASON!!!!!!!!!

Maybe you guys aren’t as big of Draft nerds as I am, but you should be. I mean, what if Blair White completely goes off on Saturday? Could he be a Baltimore Raven next season? Holy crap I’m excited.

Maybe even more excited than when we stopped near Columbus for food Friday on the way to Indianapolis and I managed to find this……

greek

Wow.

7-Golf: Bob Hope Classic (Wednesday-Friday 3pm, Saturday & Sunday 4pm from La Quinta, CA live on Golf Channel)

Oh, Bob Hope…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgUlWIq3b3w[/youtube]

Wait, did I just put Golf on this list? GOLF? There better be a Tiger Woods whore picture coming….

HEY! Here’s Loredana Jolie!!!!

loredana

Everything is better now.

6-NBA: Mavericks @ Wizards (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Heat @ Wizards (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Clippers @ Wizards (Sunday 1pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet)

Since the ‘Zards stink, I have an idea of how they can still make our WNST bus trip to DC entertaining. I think Flip Saunders just channel WWE Champion Sheamus and put Mark Cuban THROUGH A TABLE……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMotWBNkb3c[/youtube]

Of course, it’s not quite as good as when the Dudley Boyz used to put 80 year old women through tables…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jgt95pDXuM[/youtube]

5-NHL: Red Wings @ Capitals (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Capitals @ Penguins (Thursday 7:30pm from Pittsburgh live on Comcast SportsNet and NHL Network), Coyotes @ Capitals (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet)

Ugh. I don’t even root for the Caps and I feel bad for them for having to go to Pittsburgh. What an awful place.

I mean seriously, what the hell is THIS?!?!?!

pitt

Have you heard the story about how people have gone to see the movie Avatar and then gone into depression because our world isn’t like Pandora? Pittsburgh is a lot like that. People go there and immediately don’t want to kill themselves anymore because they realize life isn’t so bad.

And since we’re talking about Avatar, here’s a picture of Zoe Saldana. Don’t say I never did anything for you.

oe

4-Soccer: Team USA vs. Honduras (Saturday 9pm from Carson, CA live on Fox Soccer Channel), Baltimore Blast @ Milwaukee Wave (Saturday 7pm streamed live on B2liveTV.com)

Can things get worse for the Red, White & Blue? First Charlie Davies, then Oguchi Onyewu, now Clint Dempsey? Who the hell is gonna be left to play? Soccer Dog?!?!?

soccerdog

3-Tennis: Australian Open (Tuesday 3am & 9pm, Wednesday 3am & 11pm, Thursday & Friday 3am & 9pm, Saturday 3am & 10pm, Sunday 3am & 7pm, Monday 3:30am & 9pm live on ESPN2; Tuesday-Monday 7pm live on Tennis Channel. All tennis from Melbourne, AUS)

Thank god Andy Roddick is still around, because I was about ready to give up after Maria Sharapova was eliminated.

Of course, my all time favorite Australian Open eye candy remains former champion Mary Pierce…..

pierce

And no, it’s NOT just because she was engaged to Roberto Alomar….

2-College Basketball: Longwood @ Maryland (Tuesday 8pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS), NC State @ Maryland (Saturday 6pm from Comcast Center live on ESPN2); Northeastern @ Towson (Wednesday 7pm Towson Center), George Mason @ Towson (Saturday 4pm from Towson Center live on MASN); New Hampshire @ UMBC (Thursday 7pm RAC Arena), Boston U @ UMBC (Sunday 1pm RAC Arena); Delaware State @ Morgan State (Saturday 4pm Hill Field House), UMES @ Morgan State (Monday 7:30pm Hill Field House); UMES @ Coppin State (Saturday 4pm Coppin State Physical Education Complex), Delaware State @ Coppin State (Monday 7:30pm Coppin State Physical Education Complex)

Heh. You said “Longwood.”

Oh, North Carolina State. Remember when your fans were SO EXCITED to see Sidney Lowe replace Herb Sendek? How’s that worked out for you???

You know, other than no longer having a coach who looked like he was from Whoville……

whowho

1-NFL Playoffs: AFC Championship Game: Jets @ Colts (Sunday 3:30pm from Indianapolis live on CBS), NFC Championship Game: Vikings @ Saints (Sunday 6:40pm from New Orleans live on FOX)

Unlike the rest of Charm City, I’m really NOT rooting for Rex Ryan, Bart Scott, Jim Leonhard, etc. You see, they play in New York-and that’s where the Yankees play. That being said, I would never……EVER…..root for the Colts. Ever. So I’ll be rooting for both teams to lose.

In the NFC, I actually really still dig Brett Favre, so it’s hard to root against him. BUT, Heather Rothstein roots for the Saints…..

rothstein

So…..WHO DAT?!?!?!?

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983……

-G

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Harbaugh Should Have Shouldered Blame Following Ravens’ Crushing Loss to Colts

Posted on 22 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

The Baltimore Ravens’ 17-15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium wasn’t Joe Flacco’s fault.

Sure, Joe threw a costly pick with the Ravens in field goal position at the end of the game, but it wasn’t his fault.

The Baltimore Ravens’ 17-15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium wasn’t Ed Reed’s fault.

Sure, there was NO REASON to try to lateral the football on the final punt return of the game-but it wasn’t his fault.

The Baltimore Ravens’ 17-15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium wasn’t Billy Cundiff’s fault.

Sure, if Cundiff had tacked on the 3 points he missed on a 30 yard field goal; the Ravens would have scored 18 to the Colts’ 17-but it wasn’t his fault.

The Baltimore Ravens’ 17-15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium was the fault of everyone on the football team. From the one with the smallest role (Long Snapper Matt Katula); to the one with the greatest (Coach John Harbaugh).

But following the Ravens’ loss, John Harbaugh’s chat with the media would have better served his football team had it sounded like this…..

“Guys, this one is on me. I shouldn’t have called timeout there before the review. I shouldn’t have asked someone who isn’t a punt returner to return the game’s most important punt. I shouldn’t have allowed Joe Flacco to throw the ball over the middle to Ray Rice. All of this is my fault. And I’m going to spend this week trying to figure out how I can improve as a football coach.”

He shouldn’t have said that because the loss IS his fault-it isn’t. He should have said it because the team desperately needs the deflection following ANOTHER crushing loss. Whatever he’s tried to do with his guys so far this season just hasn’t worked.

This team feeds off emotional ploys. They willed themselves to the AFC Championship Game a season ago thanks in part to the spirit of their friend and “teammate” O.J. Brigance. John Harbaugh credited the win at Texas Stadium a season ago to informing the football team that Jerry Jones personally selected them to be served on a silver platter to the Dallas Cowboys. He’s rallied the team around Rex Ryan, he’s rallied the team around even their O-Line Coach John Matsko.

But whatever he’s trying to do emotionally with this team this season isn’t working. They just aren’t responding when they’re most needed to. Maybe the message isn’t “stale” as most argued Brian Billick’s had become-but the message needs a re-heating.

Emotionally, this team just isn’t there. It might be a lack of focus (they were pretty loose again Friday in preparation for today’s game), it might be the fact that Harbaugh spends a great deal of time during the week reminding players of what they can and cannot say (which MULTIPLE players have confirmed to me), it might be that the team has just accepted their fate following a few crushing losses (although no one I have talked to has given me that idea).

But the same response of “We all could have done better, me included” just isn’t cutting it. Saying “I don’t have any thoughts” on Ed Reed’s pitch isn’t accomplishing anything.

The easy retort to this is “How do you know John is handling these things behind closed doors?”

I don’t know. Even though I’ve been given the indication that he hasn’t tried much in the way of emotional ploys; I still don’t know. But it also doesn’t matter.

This team needs to have their issues brought to light, and they need to be willing to talk about it. It’s an emotional bunch-NOT an Andy Reid coached, tight-lipped bunch. These guys just don’t respond to the business-like mentality that their head coach is trying to preach. They respond to raw emotion. They respond to being allowed to go a little crazy.

John Harbaugh should have gone off the script a bit today. He should have tried to win his group back emotionally.

The easiest way to have done that would have been to put it on himself; and accept responsibility for a bad loss even if he didn’t deserve it.

Instead, he’ll have an entire week to figure out what he needs to do.

-G

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NOTES:

-Fabian Washington (knee sprain) is the only injury concern. He’ll have an MRI tomorrow.

-The Ravens scored 12 points in the first half; reaching double digits in the first 30 minutes for the first time since Week 3 against Cleveland.

-With 135 total yards of offense, Ray Rice surpassed the century mark for the 7th consecutive game.

-Hear from John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Derrick Mason, Billy Cundiff, Dwan Edwards, Cam Cameron, Matt Birk and Haloti Ngata NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net. At one point, Ray Rice said Peyton Manning was “foolish” if he thought he had a good game today. Of course, Peyton won one more football game than the Ravens did today…..

4:04-MAYBE he was down; but I don’t think you overturn that. Game over. 17-15 Colts. Ravens 5-5.

4:02-I would have NEVER put Ed Reed back there to return that. NEVER. Ed is just too lackadaisical with the football.

4:00-Joe is only going to be able to throw the ball here about two times. A sack ends the game, an incompletion ALL but dooms them.

3:55-That timeout BEFORE the challenge about kills the Ravens. You challenge it OR you call a timeout. You can’t do both. The Colts can take this down to about a minute left now.

3:51-He’s been beat up a lot, but Domonique Foxworth made a nice tackle there. I think Reggie Wayne’s stretch made it.

3:50-Ray Lewis delivered a VICIOUS hit there, but the Colts still have it 3rd and 1. Picking this up would ALMOST doom the Ravens.

3:48-Fabian Washington hurt…..he’s helped off. Can’t walk. This looks bad.

3:46-Unthinkable. Absolutely unthinkable. The Colts knew the Ravens would go to Ray Rice there, and Joe threw the ball despite the fact that there were 3 men in white shirts in the area. Gary Brackett with the pick.

3:44-I don’t know why Derrick Mason goes out of bounds there……idea would be to run the clock. But 8 catches and 137 yards allows you to get away with a couple mistakes.

3:43-That Ray Rice is some kind of special……

They need yards here. 51 yarder for Cundiff otherwise….

3:40-You have to wonder how this city will handle it if that last field goal by Matt Stover ends up being the difference in this game. I really don’t even want to think about it.

3:34-Ray got an extra shot in on Reggie Wayne after that one fell incomplete there.

This is a gimme for Stover. 17-15 Colts. 7:02 left. Ravens need to 1-run clock, 2-score. No pressure.

3:31-That being said, Ngata lead with his elbow; that’s a penalty. Really no doubt about it.

Foxworth with a costly missed tackle. Ravens have to keep Indy out of endzone here.

3:30-Gotta give secondary a TON of credit today. Without Terrell Suggs-the Ravens have gotten almost NO pass rush.

And Paul Kruger gets to make a big play thanks to one of the worst play calls I’ve ever seen.

Ray Lewis is not happy with the personal foul call on Haloti Ngata.

3:25-Cundiff tied Matt Stover’s franchise record of 5 field goals in a single game with that kick. Stover did it 4 times while he was in Baltimore.

3:23-I would also probably run the ball with Le’Ron McClain or have Ray Rice try to leap in. But that’s just me.

Cundiff bounces back, and puts the Ravens ahead 15-14. That’s costly not hitting paydirt there, though.

3:21-If I was an offensive coordinator, I’d run the ball 4 times here. Whatever you do, you can’t lose yards.

3:18-LJ Smith with the first down catch? Holy crap. I’m pretty sure he just said “Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Forrester!”

3:12-Just the 2nd catch on the day for Todd Heap; but that’s 2 more than I thought he’d make today. Big grab.

TERRIBLE drop there from Derrick Mason. Just terrible. Almost enough for me to leave him off my Tuesday Top 7.

Okay maybe not. Nice job by Mase to shake that one off.

3:09-Big play to get off the field with a 3 and out and give the offense another chance here. Whatever happens, the Ravens CANNOT fall behind two possessions.

Tom Santi (neck) is questionable to return.

3:04-Put that one on Matt Katula-which is the same as I have said many times on Hauschka kicks this year. So much for Billy Cundiff replacing Sheila Dixon as mayor.

3:03-Great grab there by Mark Clayton, but the Ravens REALLY can’t afford to come up short here.

3:02-There have been a ton of times watching Ray Rice that I’ve asked myself “How is he still on his feet???”

3:01-John Parry took some extra time to look at that to see where the ball should have been spotted. Handled well.

2:57-McGahee was down there. It was a fun, wacky play; but he was DOWN there.

2:54-Game-changing play there by 52. Colts would have made this a 2 possession game if that had been 6.

I have NO IDEA if Derrick Mason actually caught that ball or not, but I will TAKE IT.

Credit Jerraud Powers for solid coverage on that play.

2:51-WOW what a momentum changer. WIW. Caldwell almost has to review that there…..but I’m almost 100% certain that was a fumble.

I guess maybe he isn’t reviewing?

2:49-Tavares Gooden and Domonique Foxworth were in trouble there on that pass to Reggie Wayne.

For everything made about Paul Kruger this week-anyone noticed him?

2:41-Colts DE Keyunta Dawson is questionable to return.

Billy Cundiff’s 4 Field Goals in the 1st half matched a team record for a half set by Matt Stover 11/17/04 against Cleveland.

2:26-I guess with Matt Stover here in Baltimore-the Ravens were REALLY confused. They’ve gone back to the old no-TD offense they used to have with Matt. 14-12 Colts.

2:23-Mistake to call a timeout there. THAT’S where you spike the ball. I don’t usually agree with spikes, but that’s where you do it.

2:22-Big conversion there to make sure Indy didn’t get it back, not they have to try to do something. 36 ticks and 1 timeout left from their own 47…..

2:18-And despite all of the good things the Ravens have done in the 1st half, the Colts plunge back ahead. 14-9 Colts with 1:23 to play.

2:13-Boy he is so good and finding someone along the edge. That’s a great example of why Peyton Manning is a future Hall of Famer.

Harbaugh will challenge-haven’t seen anything definitive on the replay yet. Will keep watching.

Oh, Harbaugh not challenging? You can do that after you throw the red flag? Weird……

2:12-Lardarius Webb had NOTHING to offer there against Tom Santi. Who knew Tom Santi was such a weapon???

2:10-The Ravens have confirmed that the Colts are the only team that does not get the team NAME on the scoreboard here at M&T Bank Stadium.

2:08-71,320 here at “The Bank” today. The NFL STILL thinks Jacksonville was a better choice.

2:06-Billy Cundiff is currently more popular than Stacy Keibler, Willy Don Schaefer, and Nestor Aparicio combined. 9-7 Ravens.

2:04-Ray Lewis battling an ankle issue. He didn’t leave the game, but he’s in pain on sideline. Not getting any attention from medical staff.

Meanwhile, Ray Rice continues to play like the Team MVP.

2:03-Nice point made by “TheGipper” on Twitter. On the scoreboard in the stadium, the Colts are listed as “Indy” instead of “Colts.” The Ravens are listed as “Ravens.” Nice touch by the staff here.

1:58-The Ravens have had decent coverage thus far today. It hasn’t been perfect, but they’ve certainly rallied from their struggles on the first drive.

And just like that, Ed Reed is sitting back in center field to pick off Manning and get the ball back out to about midfield.

HUGE game for this defense after the initial drive. Just HUGE.

1:55-Peyton Manning forced to burn a 2nd timeout; credit the crowd here at “The Bank.”

1:52-The stop on Donald Brown gives the defense another chance to get off the field after 3 plays. Doesn’t happen; as Austin Collie comes back to make a nice catch.

1:50-Michael Oher’s hold hurt the Ravens in trying to do something on that drive. Thankfully De’Von Hall helped them out on the punt return.

Speaking of Oher-despite the fact that I’m told many showings of “The Blind Side” were sold out in the Baltimore area, I’m pretty sure New Moon will win the weekend box office battle……

1:42-Everyone in the crowd here at M&T Bank Stadium owes Jeff Saturday a big thank you for that hold. I would have taken the Colts to convert that EVERY time.

Nice decision there by Chris Carr to call for a fair catch. NO reason to risk it when you’re getting the ball at the 10.

1:41-Jim Caldwell HAS to go for it here in no man’s land. Stover can’t make this kick, and you only gain 17 yards of field position if Pat McAfee’s punt goes to the endzone-which it very well might.

1:39-Ray is currently letting Dannell Ellerbe know he missed the assignment on the long completion to Santi. Kudos to Drew Forrester for pointing that out up here.

1:38-A Tom Santi sighting!

If Joseph Addai breaks off a few more runs like that, the Ravens will have difficulty stopping Peyton in short yardage situations.

Tom Santi is on fire…..Ray Lewis had not shot at getting that.

1:36-TJ Rushing returned that one for Indy instead of Chad Simpson. Colts probably thought they should have gotten more on first two kickoffs given line drive nature of Cundiff’s kicks. Freddy Keiaho’s penalty didn’t help them.

1:33-Tim Jennings made the play on Mason after Flacco hung another one up.

Cundiff comes in and knocks another one through. Hitting your first will do wonders for your confidence. 7-6 Colts. The bad news here is that despite the Ravens really having outplayed the Colts now for the better part of the first 11 minutes, they still trail.

1:32-Flacco has hung 2 now. He’s fortunate that Melvin Bullitt didn’t even TRY to intercept that.

1:30-Talk about a big play. Wow. Dawan Landry with the INT off Fabian Washington’s tip. Landry is starting to quiet a few of the “We should have never let Jim Leonhard go” fans.

1:28-Good coverage again there on a bit of a line drive kick. Ravens can’t afford to fall multiple possessions behind so early.

Some on Ravens’ sideline encouraging crowd to get louder.

1:25-By far and away the biggest ovation I’ve EVER seen for a first quarter field goal here……even though he JUST barely got it through the uprights. Boy that was close. 7-3 Colts.

1:24-No pressure on Cundiff here, huh?

1:22-Heck, McGahee even makes a catch. Cam Cameron doesn’t trust him as a pass-catcher, which is why they stick with Ray Rice when they’re playing from behind and need to throw.

Flacco let that one hang up a bit to Mason there, which allowed Jacob Lacey to make a play on it.

1:20-And Derrick Mason gets involved early as well. This is already better than anything we’ve seen offensively in the first half than what we’ve seen in the last couple weeks.

Willis McGahee gets to come into the game because the Ravens put together an extended drive. Good news.

Ravens forced to take a timeout there because Chris Chester couldn’t get his shoe on. Hard to lose a timeout that way.

1:18-Le’Ron McClain gets involved to pick up the first down. Ravens must move ball methodically like this today knowing Peyton Manning is sitting on opposing sideline.

1:16-Big pitch and catch there by Joe Flacco and Kelley Washington on 3rd down. You can’t give the Colts the ball back after a 3 and out right now….

1:15-I’m a bit surprised John Parry overturned that. It might have been the right call, I’m just surprised he saw that on the replay. Good decision by Harbaugh to challenge.

1:12-Dallas Clark (321) just broke John Mackey’s franchise record for career receptions. That’s a bit awkward.

Also, that fumble by Lardarius Webb is the EXACT reason why the Ravens are sticking with Chris Carr as a punt returner. Possession is much more important than yards gained on a return.

1:08-Domonique Foxworth was BADLY confused on that play, and Dallas Clark has put the Colts ahead 7-0 early.

You CAN’T just let Peyton Manning have the ball first to start a game. Not a good decision.

1:06-This is why I don’t think you can give Indy the ball to start the game. Pierre Garcon can ABUSE Fabian Washington all day if he so chooses. Ouch.

Nothing brewing for Joseph Addai early, that’s not really a surprise.

1:04-Antwan Barnes was actually the first player to get a crack at Suggs’ spot; but he was rotated out after the first play. Clearly the Ravens plan to rotate all day.

That WOULD HAVE been a huge play for the Ravens to get off the field 3 and out. Reggie Wayne is going to do that, though.

1:02-No hang time on the kickoff, but the Ravens STILL do a great job in coverage to not allow Chad Simpson (Morgan State) to get the ball back to the 20.

Crowd is NUTS to start the game.

1:00-Ravens win toss, they’ll defer. Peyton Manning gets the ball first. Yikes.

12:56-Both Trevor Pryce and Dwan Edwards were listed as defensive starters. Maybe Pryce is sliding out to play Suggs’ spot?

12:53-Cundiff just missed 2 45 yarders, then hit a 3rd off the post. 4th was wide left again, 5th finally went straight through. Fans behind goalposts in state of utter panic.

12:11-Ravens in purple tops and white pants, Colts in white tops and white pants.

12:09-Both Matt Stover and Billy Cundiff have made 50+ yard field goals during warm-ups. Of course, those are with no snapper and no holder; and we saw Steve Hauscka make 50+ yarders in warm-ups as well. Not sure if we can make anything of that.

11:46-Here are your inactives:

Ravens:
QB John Beck (3rd QB)
RB Jalen Parmele
RB Matt Lawrence
OT Oniel Cousins
OT Tony Moll
LB Terrell Suggs
DT Kelly Talavou
DT Brandon McKinney

Colts:
QB Jim Sorgi (3rd QB)
K Adam Vinatieri
WR Anthony Gonzalez
DB Kelvin Hayden
RB Mike Hart
DB Aaron Francisco
TE Gijon Robinson
OT Mike Pollak

Colts made roster moves……OT Daniel Federkeil placed on IR; S De’Von Hall signed and is ACTIVE.

CB Jacob Lacey will start for Indy in place of Kelvin Hayden.

Obviously, Todd Heap and Haloti Ngata are both ACTIVE.

11:32-To answer a question many of you have asked this week, there is no type of video tribute to Matt Stover scheduled for today’s game. I know the Titans did something like that for Steve McNair when he returned to Nashville-but according to a team official who I spoke to on Friday-the Ravens do not intend to recognize Matt at all today; not even by putting him up on the jumbotron to allow fans a chance to applaud him.

11:23-Let’s try to clarify what everyone is chatting about over on Twitter right now-the report Sal Paolantonio just gave to ESPN.

First of all, John Harbaugh is NOT out on the field with Haloti Ngata. Clarence Brooks was watching Ngata go up against Kelly Talavou. He looked fine to me, but I guess there’s a chance they were concerned about something in his motion. However, Haloti has been practicing for over a week, and was VERY confident he’d play.

Also-Terrell Suggs being out for a month is NOT news. We all knew that. I believe I reported it EVERY DAY this week. It was a 3-4 week injury at best. You do not sprain/tear a knee ligament and return in a week, no matter how much Coach Harbs and T-Sizzle try to convince everyone it is possible.

Matt Stover was out chatting with friends at midfield, including WR Mark Clayton. Both Stover and Clayton are very religious, they were very close here in Baltimore.

10:51-Greetings from M&T Bank Stadium in downtown Baltimore; where the 5-4 Baltimore Ravens face a pivotal contest with the 9-0 Indianapolis Colts today at 1pm. The game will air on CBS (WJZ 13 locally) with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf on the call. The Ravens need the victory to stay in the mix in the AFC Wild Card picture; as they currently trail the Steelers (6-3) and the Broncos/Chargers (both 6-3) by a game. The good news for the Ravens is that with a win-they will tie the loser of today’s game between San Diego and Denver; and they hold a tiebreaker over both teams.

I couldn’t help but notice a bunch of horseshoes and blue and white jerseys around M&T Bank Stadium today. While I’m certain that many of them came from “The Friendly Heart of the Midwest”, I am concerned that there are still fans around Charm City that root for Indy because “they just can’t root against those helmets.” I hope none of you reading this fall into that category.

Todd Heap (chest/ribs) is the biggest question mark for today’s game. My gut tells me he doesn’t play-but he was out here running a bit. Haloti Ngata (ankle) is not a question mark at all-he’s gonna go today.

We’ll have scratches out shortly. Make sure you sign up for the WNST Text Service-sent a text with “WNST” in the body to 68255.

-G

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Poor Performance All Around As Bengals Top Ravens 17-7

Posted on 08 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

It was bad all around.

The offense was bad-scoring just 7 points and not even threatening to score in the game’s first 45 minutes.

The defense was bad-allowing another 100 yard rusher and letting the Bengals score on their first 3 possessions of the game.

The special teams were bad-missing a big field goal and being flagged for multiple costly penalties.

The coaching was REALLY bad-as no unit appeared prepared for what may have been the most important game of the season thus far.

The Ravens’ 17-7 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday was just a poor performance all around.

They’re not a bad team. Even in one of their worst games they still had a chance in the 4th quarter before a costly missed field goal kept them from closing the gap to one possession. But they have an uncanny ability to play like a bad team for long stretches on both sides of the football.

The first half was one of those stretches. Through three possessions for each team in Sunday’s game, the Bengals out-gained the Ravens offensively 228 yards to 41. The 17-0 scoring advantage they established would ultimately prove to be too much for the outmatched Ravens to overcome.

John Harbaugh will almost certainly tell us that he was “proud of his team” for their fight on Sunday, but don’t be fooled. A team that “fights” is no match for a team that is better than their opponent. The Bengals were flat out BETTER than the Ravens today. The Bengals have been better than the Ravens all season.

The season isn’t over, no matter how much some of us will want to think it is. The Ravens are likely dead in the AFC North race, now trailing the Bengals by 2 full games and a tiebreaker. But at 4-4, the Ravens are very much alive in the AFC playoff race, and have two games remaining with the Steelers-who will be in direct competition for a playoff spot. The Texans and Chargers appear to be the other teams they will be battling with in the race for a Wild Card spot.

If the Ravens want to seize a playoff spot, they must play better than they did Sunday. Games against the Colts, Steelers and Packers will not be easy games to win; and they cannot spot ANY of those teams a multi-score early lead. The Ravens spoke this week about a desire to start quicker, but failed to get started until there were less than 15 minutes remaining in the game.

The season isn’t over. The season is only halfway through. But 4-4 in the next 8 won’t be good enough. This team has shown signs of being an elite team, but must BECOME an elite team. And it won’t be via personnel change. Steve Hauschka’s head will be asked for on a silver platter-and there will be some heavy breathing on his seat on tonight’s charter back to BWI. But even a kicker change will not make this a better football team. Strategy and execution will be the only two things that will make this a better football team.

Hopefully it will come.

-G

4:11-At least I’ll have two names to put on my Tuesday Top 7. The other 5 spots are REALLY unknown…..

4:09-Cedric Benson goes over 100 yards twice……3 100 yard rushers in 4 games. Not so good.

4:07-THREE STRAIGHT SACKS?!?!?!?!? The awesome O-Line play this season has been non-existent today.

4:06-When did Robert Geathers and Brandon Johnson become Adalius Thomas and Bart Scott???

4:04-What was Joe trying to do there?!?!?!? Boy……

4:02-This is MAYBE the worst 2 minute offense I’ve ever seen. Did they think Hauschka MADE the field goal?

4:00-If this is their 2 minute drill, it is not very good.

3:55-Getting the ball back with this much time left on the clock only makes the Hauschka miss all the more painful…..

3:52-Did that commercial just say Wal-Mart was selling XBox 360 for 200 bucks with a 100 dollar gift card? Is that going on right now? I will go to Wal-Mart NOW……

3:50-Have you EVER seen a coach as emphatic in throwing a red flag as Harbs just was?

3:46-If I say now that neither Matt Stover NOR Chris McAlister is coming back to this team, can we avoid the phone calls tomorrow?

Wow. That’s a tough spot for Steve Hauschka-first FG try of the day…..and it could be costly not only for the game, but for his NFL career…..

3:45-Just when we were getting excited……

3:44-The Drew Forrester curse hits RIGHT before the incompletion and missed FG.

Thanks Drew.

3:43-A field goal IS okay here; but I get nervous about this team being forced to get another stop without giving up points.

3:41-HOW FREAKING HUGE WAS THAT?!?!?!?!?!?!

3:40-Jarret Johnson REALLY should have had that tackle. Another big 3rd down here…..

3:37-What a weapon Brian Leonard is…..big momentum shift for Cincinnati.

3:36-This is a HUGE 3rd and short. Really, HUGE.

Going back and forth with Princess Bride quotes with CP has almost been as fun as the game early on.

3:32-WHOA!!!!!! SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENED!

17-7 with 12:54 to play. This COULD get interesting?

3:28-Joe! Mark Clayton is 5’10″! If they run that route and he’s double-covered, you CAN’T throw that ball!

3:27-Hey! Some offense! Where has this been?!?!?

3:25-Penalties on Grubbs and Oher very shortly after the penalty on Jared Gaither. This team is not making it easy…..

3:22-The offensive line has had a great season. Not a great day.

At least credit Greg Mattison for making some adjustments after a disastrous start. The offense has not done the same.

3:20-Once again, I COMPLETELY agree with this decision by Marvin Lewis.

3:15-Jared Gaither should NOT have to hold Jonathan Fanene. However, holding is better than a sack.

3:13-Ed Reed is NOT this team’s punt returner. He is only a returner on the “safe” unit. There was no reason for the safe unit to be in there. Therefore, there was no reason for Ed Reed to be out there thinking he needed to do something.

3:05-That’s THREE floaters he’s thrown to Ochocinco like that for first downs.

CHALLENGE IT!

Good challenge by John Harbaugh…..2nd foot out of bounds.

3:03-Jameel McClain CERTAINLY stripped the ball before Cosby was down; but he must have been blown down with forward progress-which he should have been.

A Terrell Suggs sack! Wow!

3:01-Strange decision by Quan Cosby to return that one from inside the 10. Could have been a game-changing turnover.

Any turnover would be nice, really.

2:59-Keith Rivers won’t return. Chris Henry apparently out for the season. Ravens still losing 17-0.

2:58-Best offensive play of the game. By far.

Also, is that 3 straight drives without points for the Bengals now?

I’m trying to stay positive.

2:54-Why did that play work? Because there was pressure! Forced a bad throw! Where’s that been for 3 quarters???

2:52-How did Brian Leonard turn that into a first down?

Is there any particular reason for the extra booing towards Ray Lewis? Maybe just the hit on Ochocinco?

2:48-That was just an AWESOME play by Jonathan Joseph. And a reminder that a 5’10″ receiver is NOT a good target for a deep ball. Wow……

2:46-I’m back. Not because I want to be…..

2:31-There’s no reason to risk it here. I know we’d like to see Cam Cameron actually take a chance, but only bad could have happened from the 1 yard line. Maybe Tony Robbins can come in and speak at halftime.

2:29-Incredible play by Kyries Hebert and Rey Maualuga. Brilliant stuff.

2:25-I’m not totally certain, but I’m not sure you’re supposed to throw the ball off of your star running back when you’re trying to throw the ball away. But what would I know?

2:24-Are there other games on???

2:23-If they put points on the board here, they can at least make it a game….

2:21-Holy crap. The Bengals had scored on TEN STRAIGHT DRIVES under Carson Palmer before that? That’s REALLY amazing.

2:18-J.P. Foschi should not be embarrassing anyone. Unreal.

2:14-Did Todd Heap go horizontal a YARD before the first down marker? This has been disastrous for EVERYONE.

Add Matt Katula to the list.

2:12-What the Bengals did on coverage right there is remarkably similar to what the Ravens did on coverage last week against Eddie Royal. If you force a returner to stop and start again, you have a GREAT chance to bring them down.

2:09-If you think the officials have something against the Ravens, you clearly missed whatever Chris Carr was just doing there that somehow went uncalled. Maybe it was a mercy no-call. I’m not sure.

The Bengals didn’t need Shayne Graham to kick that. Billy Graham could have done it.

17-0? REALLY?

2:07-There’s no way Cedric Benson should be able to get 5 yards there. Just no way. Getting KILLED at the line of scrimmage.

2:04-Great observation by Carson Palmer. If Lardarius Webb is going to play off of Coles by 10 yards, just throw him the ball.

Carson Palmer isn’t just not getting sacked, he’s not even concerned. He’s sliding head-first. Jesus.

2:02-How freaking random is a Kelly Gregg/Shannon Miller story?

HOW LONG CAN THIS TEAM GIVE CARSON PALMER TO FIND A RECEIVER?!?!?!?!

(Editor’s note: Trevor Pryce was probably held there. Still.)

1:57-Chris Henry injured is the best thing the Ravens defense has done thus far today.

1:53-That’s what happens when you get pressure on a QB. The QB has to throw the ball away. Would be nice to see the Ravens defense do the same thing.

1:50-Nice to see Le’Ron McClain on the field. Apparently it was nice for the Bengals defense to see Le’Ron McClain on the field, too.

1:48-THANK YOU Brandon Johnson. THANK YOU. Looked like the same play that drew Frank Walker off-sides on an extra point.

1:45-What an OBVIOUS penalty on Matt Lawrence, who had actually played quite well.

The no-huddle is not as easy to run on the road……

1:42-I know losing Ngata hurts, but how in the hell is the offensive line of the Cincinnati Bengals just b-slapping the Ravens defense around like this? This is particularly reminiscent of the Vikings game…..

1:39-How in the HELL did Laveranues Coles get out of the grasp of Ed Reed? Reed has to make arm tackles because of his shoulder/neck injuries, and it hurt him there.

1:36-It’s less that they’re getting beat and more that they’re panicking in 1 on 1 situations. These corners just don’t trust their own abilities, and they get grabby when they’re in 1 on 1 situations. It makes a big statement to throw the ball deep on 4th and short. And not a statement that the Ravens should be allowing teams to make against them…..

1:35-Absolutely the right decision by Marvin Lewis to go for it here.

1:34-This doesn’t all fall on the secondary early on. As I said, the Ravens MUST get a pass rush to win this game. They’ve gotten next to nothing early on.

1:33-Not a good day for Domonique Foxworth……

1:32-How in God’s name does Chad Ochocinco come down with that AWFUL floater???? Unbelievable.

1:30-How does Carson Palmer get a first down there? This defense REALLY misses Haloti Ngata today. Thankfully the offsetting penalties nullify, but wow.

1:26-That pass interference PARTICULARLY stings. The “Jim Leonhard was better than Dawan Landry” crowd will be having a field day. Fabian Washington REALLY should have had a pick the next week. I tried bringing up the lack of interceptions with Domonique Foxworth this week-but he really played it down.

1:23-Sam Koch had the space there to do something with that punt. Seen a lot of touchbacks from him recently-which is strange because he’s always been particularly sure-footed.

1:22-Thank God Derrick Mason was there to break up that pass to Leon Hall. Joe knows Leon Hall plays for the other team, right?

1:20-Joe Flacco-I love you. Mark Clayton (and Ray Rice for that matter) are NOT tall. Please throw the ball appropriately. You’re great otherwise.

1:17-Another nice return by Lardarius Webb. He’s really coming along early in his NFL career. His speed is a weapon the Ravens might want to consider finding a way to use offensively……maybe.

1:15-Carson Palmer had all day and Chris Carr just figured he’d watch Andre Caldwell score a TD-I guess. Just an awful first series for the Ravens defense. Wow.

1:10-Really no excuse for letting Carson Palmer get that ball to Ochocinco for a first down there on 3rd and 10. Just unacceptable. That ball was floated because of the pressure, but it should have been a sack or should have been broken up.

Benson running all over the place…..Cincinnati methodically moving the ball. Christ.

1:07-Pittsburgh Steelers fans (who REALLY believe they are the best fans in the world) could learn from the fans in the Queen City. Very impressed by how quiet they were while the Bengals had the ball. However, it was very evident there were a number of Ravens in Ohio by the noise on 3rd down.

1:05-Brian Leonard (Ray Rice’s college teammate at Rutgers) really hurt the Ravens in the first game, too. He’s just a really dangerous player.

How the hell did Cedric Benson get through that?

1:03-Steve Hauschka’s worst kick-off was his first one last week. This first one wasn’t great, either. Weird.

12:58-I was watching the FOX pre-game show instead of the CBS show, and I NEVER get sick of seeing entertainers travel to Iraq/Afghanistan to support our troops. It has been a long-time goal of mine to do a radio show live from the Middle East to support the USO. Was it a bit cheesy? Sure. But was it a great thing for Curt Menafee and company to do? Absolutely.

12:34-Today’s game can be seen live on CBS (WJZ 13 in Baltimore) with Dick Enberg and Dan Fouts on the call. The game can be heard nationally on Westwood One Radio (if for some reason you’re in an area that isn’t showing Ravens-Bengals on CBS) with Kevin Kugler and Mark Malone on the call.

If you want to get hyped for today’s game; head to the Audio Vault at WNST.net, where you can hear from Fouts (who joined Bob Haynie Friday), Malone (who joined Drew Forrester Friday), Bengals LB Coach Jeff Fitzgerald (Drew Friday), Ravens LB Prescott Burgess (Drew Friday), Bengals Play by Play Voice Brad Johansen (Drew Friday) and MORE!

12:17-Chinedum Ndukwe will start for Bengals in place of Roy Williams. Justin Bannan will start for Bengals in place of Haloti Ngata.

As much as the loss of Haloti Ngata will hurt the Ravens in trying to slow down Cedric Benson; it will also hurt them in pursuit of Bengals QB Carson Palmer. Ngata is very good at creating havoc in the backfield; and Justin Bannan will have to improve in pursuit of the Bengals QB. Brandon McKinney and the now-active Kelly Talavou will also get their chances in the D-Line rotation, and will have to work with Dwan Edwards, Trevor Pryce, and Terrell Suggs to get pressure up front.

12:07-As I mentioned in the title, today’s game is particularly crucial for the Ravens, as they CANNOT afford to fall 2 full games behind the Bengals in the AFC North….PLUS the Ravens would lose a tiebreaker to Cincy by virtue of a Bengals sweep. It would be more like the Ravens falling behind 2 and a half games in the division.

11:41-Ravens scratches:

DT Haloti Ngata
CB Frank Walker
RB Jalen Parmele
LB Antwan Barnes
OT Tony Moll
DE Paul Kruger
QB John Beck-3rd QB
OT Oniel Cousins

11:27-Greetings from my couch, where I have not made the trip to Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (I had a wedding to attend, my apologies); but the Baltimore Ravens have-and I will hang out with you during the game. A number of WNST contributors will chime in on Twitter (@WNST); including Nestor Aparicio, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones.

Bengals scratches:

QB Jordan Palmer-3rd QB
S Roy Williams
FB Fui Vakapuna
LB Dan Skuta
OT Andre Smith
TE Chase Coffman
WR Jerome Simpson
DT Orien Harris

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 22 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

I will repeat what I said about Dave Trembley this morning on The Comcast Morning Show with Drew Forrester.

Should the Orioles bring back Dave Trembley? I don’t know.
Will the Orioles bring back Dave Trembley? I think so.
Could Dave Trembley say to the Orioles “Thanks but no thanks”? Yes, absolutely.

Dave Trembley (or ANY OTHER MANAGER for that matter given the current state of the organization) CANNOT go into a season as a lame duck. If a manager wants this group of rag tag players to respect him, he has to have the respect of Peter Angelos and Andy MacPhail. A manager left with young and/or undesirable players will NOT earn the respect of his group if the players know management is only employing him “until the team gets good.”

If Dave Trembley were to be told “we’re bringing you back, and you have to earn it next season”, I wouldn’t blame him if he responded “thanks, but no thanks.”

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh told Ray Lewis after tackle of Sproles: “We’re not paying you enough”

Glenn Clark and Drew Forrester both say Ray Lewis best Raven in Week 2

Nestor Aparicio looks back on how O’s have changed in 3 years since “Free The Birds”

Drew Forrester says Gary Williams ‘earned’ year extension in College Park

Thyrl Nelson thinks Kelley Washington, Brady Quinn could be good fantasy plays this week

Glenn Clark says Maryland/Rutgers represents battle between good (The Old Line State) and evil (New Jersey)

Glenn Clark offers chance to win prize by captioning picture of Brian Roberts

Rex Snider doesn’t think Gary ‘earned’ extension

Ed Frankovic says Caps fell to Sabres in preseason home opener

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says third inning doomed Chris Tillman in loss to Toronto

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Hendrickson takes hill tonight at Rogers Centre vs. Tallet, Jays

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis fighting through slump

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says Purcey pitched Jays past Birds

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds 30 games under .500 for first time since 2001

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Reimold got extra ‘wiggle room’ for recovery from surgery

The AP says Lyle Overbay, John McDonald homered for Jays in win

Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin says 11,598 at Rogers Centre saw Jays top Birds (that’s a Camden Yards crowd!)

Toronto Globe and Mail’s Robert MacLeod says Adam Lind added 2 run single for Jays in win

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 27th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Frederick News-Post says Frederick Keys lead Carolina League in attendance

RAVENS:

The Official Site says John Harbaugh believes pass defense ‘very correctable’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh thought ‘a play had to be made’ when 52 made final tackle vs. Chargers

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison cleans up after me

Cleveland Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says Mangini sticking with Brady Quinn under center Sunday in Baltimore

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says win in San Diego 8th win in last 10 road games for Ravens

The Sun breaks down how Ravens have fared in each of last 10 trips on road

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Dawan Landry knew secondary play ‘wasn’t pretty’ in win over Chargers

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh ‘doesn’t care’ that NFL Network analyst Mariucci thinks Ravens ‘team to beat’ in AFC

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh thought Flacco smart to take late sack vs. Bolts

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh, Ravens ‘proud’ of Rex Ryan, Mike Pettine, Jim Leonhard, Bart Scott, Jets

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh ‘not comfortable’ with favorite status amongst NFL teams

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Domonique Foxworth believes secondary ‘better than what (they) showed’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh stated Fabian Washington will ‘have a chance to play’ Sunday as he battles back from concussion

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says Mangini knows O-Linemen Alex Mack, John St. Clair hurting Browns right now

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says Braylon Edwards described Browns as ‘shocked’ after blowout loss to Broncos

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Flacco, Matt Ryan not suffering from ‘sophomore jinx’

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens ‘B’ for performance in Sunday’s win

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 5th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki thinks Norv Turner made mistake running on 4th and 2

ESPN.com’s James Walker says facing Browns will give Ravens chance to get healthy on pass defense

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens were ‘tremendous’ in red zone against SD

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Maryland-Rutgers Saturday

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Scarlet Knights release (pdf)

The Official Site says Maryland/Clemson to kick off at noon on 10/3

Rutgers Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Byrd Stadium

Rutgers Official Site offers complete Terps-Knights release (pdf)

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Tyler Smith had big weekend

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Terps 9th in ACC offensively with 8 turnovers

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps trying to ‘move on’ from loss to Blue Raiders

Washington Post’s John Feinstein says ‘buck stops with’ Ralph Friedgen when it comes to Maryland’s success

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps-Tigers to air on ESPNU

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen happy with Cam Chism in first start

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Scarlet Knights come to Maryland looking particularly similar to Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Virginia/North Carolina, Florida State/Boston College, Oklahoma/Miami got better TV scenarios than Maryland/Clemson

Newark Star-Ledger’s Tom Luicci says freshman QB Tom Savage getting ‘first career road test’ Saturday

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Chris Turner getting beat up behind line of scrimmage (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says future Terp Titus Till ready to hit Capital One Field (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Debbie Yow announced Gary earned additional year on contract thanks to ‘competitive and academic benchmarks’

The Sun says Gary’s deal worth more than $2 million annually

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire says Yow declared ’09-’10 season ‘has the potential to be one of the best in recent memory’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary has one more chance to extend contract this season

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary enters season as 6th winningest active coach

Washington Times says Gary extended deal for second time

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary’s extension ‘absolutely no surprise at all’

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in with Stu Vetter regarding Terps prospects at Montrose Christian (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Navy-Western Kentucky Saturday

The Official Site offers complete Mids-Hilltoppers release (pdf)

The Official Site says Midshipmen to celebrate 50th anniversary of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Saturday against WKU

Western Kentucky Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Annapolis

Western Kentucky Official Site offers complete Toppers-Terps release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo, players all accepted blame for loss to Panthers

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Kriss Proctor returned to practice Monday

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids will wear throwback jerseys Saturday to celebrate stadium anniversary

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids haven’t opened season 1-3 since Paul Johnson’s first year

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy and Jeffrey Tomik say life should be easier for Ricky Dobbs against Toppers than against Panthers (sacked 6 times)

Go Mids’ Matt Zemek says Pitt’s Bill Stull did in Midshipmen again

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Peter Athens honored by CAA

The Sun says Athens split award with JMU’s Justin Thorpe

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says George Howard honored by MEAC

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Kase honored by Centennial Conference

UMBC BASKETBALL:

Examiner Alexander Pyles says losing Chauncey Gilliam might ‘devastating’ for Retrievers

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Cynewski honored by ACFC

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Mary Rampellini says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird breezed in Albuquerque Monday

BALTIMORE COLTS:

Indianapolis Star’s Bob Kravitz thinks Unitas would have enjoyed watching Peyton Manning break his Colts career wins record last night

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Gary Williams ABSOLUTELY deserved the extra year he was given yesterday. Beyond the fact that it is in his contract, he earned it by getting that group of players to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament last year.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 15 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

To everyone who says “the Chargers didn’t look that good last night, I think the Ravens are gonna roll them” after watching the Raiders scare the living daylight out of the Bolts; please think again.

The Chargers are a good football team. In fact, they’re a VERY good football team. They will continue to get better week in and week out; even with Norv Turner as their coach. They will likely figure out a way to get LaDainian Tomlinson more involved in the offense.

And the Ravens are traveling across the country. Good teams RARELY lose at home against teams that travel across the country. The Ravens will be in for an absolute DOGFIGHT Sunday and face a VERY uphill climb.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark thought Heap best Raven in Week 1, Drew Forrester chose Flacco

Glenn Clark says Enberg and Fouts will have Ravens/Chargers call on CBS

Luke Jones says Ravens got ground game going when ‘needed’ against Chiefs

Nestor Aparicio has details on events in San Diego this weekend for Ravens fans

Bob Haynie says Cam Cameron will have offense prepared ‘accordingly’ for each opponent

Drew Forrester has feeling Terps might fall to Middle Tennessee

Rex Snider thinks M&T Bank Stadium needs to try new approach to Star Spangled Banner (I don’t know what’s funnier here-someone complaining about a VERY GOOD singer singing the national anthem, or the fact that I’ve heard other dummies say the same thing.)

Chris Pika says Heap ‘back in a big way’ in win over KC

Glenn Clark says Maryland Cornhole Cup amongst highlights of non-baseball week

Eric Aaronson says staying healthy big for Ravens in Week 1 win

Drew Forrester holding event at Mount Pleasant to raise money for “First Tee” program

Eric Aaronson enjoyed hanging out with everyone in Dundalk for WNST Neighborhood Tour

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez ‘knocked out early’ for 5th time in last 9 starts as Birds fell to Rays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss to Rays

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jason Berken takes mound tonight at Camden Yards against Jeff Niemann

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds shut down rookie Matusz for season

Tampa Bay Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says Brignac hit first career homer for Rays in win over O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Kranitz thinks Hernandez ‘not making good pitches’

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Trembley thinks shutting Matusz down ‘right thing to do’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley reported ‘September fatigue’ NOT reason for David Hernandez’s problems

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Matusz will be eligible to win Rookie of the Year next season

Examiner Jay Trucker says having Matusz shut down means one less reason for fans to watch Orioles

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says 10,000 fans at OPACY saw Birds fall to Rays

The AP says Mora, Wieters, Scott had RBI singles in loss

St. Petersburg Times’ Marc Topkin says David Price winner as Rays topped Birds

Tampa Tribune’s Marc Lancaster says BJ Upton added homer for Rays in win

SI’s Ted Keith names Brian Roberts amongst most ‘underrated’ players

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 27th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 27th in power rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh reported Gooden has ‘mild’ knee sprain

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Matt Birk to donate brain for research following death

The Official Site says Harbaugh reported Zbikowski ‘should be fine…..just a matter of his head clearing up’ after concussion

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh thought issues on blocked punt ‘very identifiable and very easily corrected’

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison looking forward to seeing what Ravens rushing attack can do against Browns in 2 weeks

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says defense still ‘dominating and effective’ without Rex Ryan, Bart Scott, Jim Leonhard

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Flacco’s TD pass to McGahee biggest ‘highlight’ of win over Chiefs

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says only Arizona Cardinals threw football more than Ravens amongst NFL teams Sunday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McGahee views Running Backs as “Fantastic Three”

The Sun’s Mike Preston enjoyed Ravens’ passing attack, but knows offense needs to start on ground

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Seahawks’ Tatupu, Cardinals’ Morey also donating brains

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jameel McClain likely would start if Tavares Gooden can’t go Sunday in San Diego

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens ‘solid’ in win over Kansas City

The Sun says NFL Network to re-air Ravens-Chiefs tonight

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Todd Heap thought offensive outburst ‘fun’ in win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens ‘targeting’ Sunday against Chargers as return for TE LJ Smith

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Todd Heap, Mark Clayton ‘answered questions’ in win over Kansas City

The AP says Birk, Tatupu, Morey donating brains to Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Gooden’s career ‘injury plagued’ thus far

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Hauschka resembles Entourage star Kevin Connolly

ESPN.com’s James Walker expects Rosburg, Harbaugh ‘to make special teams an even bigger point of emphasis’ this week

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Flacco and Matt Ryan showed they won’t ‘unravel’ in 2nd NFL season

NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi says Ravens now have ‘complete offense’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with Middle Tennessee State

The Official Site offers complete Terrapins/Blue Raiders release (pdf)

The Sun says Rutgers game to kick off at 3:30, air on ESPN360

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire has Terps 10th in power rankings

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says LB Wujciak thinks loss of Nolan Carroll will ‘hurt’ Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says MTSU RB Phillip Tanner to miss Saturday’s game

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says James Franklin had Chris Turner throw so many WR screens to get ‘free access’ to outside of defense

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Turner’s pass to Ronnie Tyler on 4th down big for Terps in win over JMU

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Blue Raiders expected to play D.D. Kyles at RB

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps got just 4th win in Friedgen era when giving up 200+ yards rushing

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Fulper 15th true freshman to play in Friedgen era

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Scarlet Knights game will be 3rd straight game on ESPN360

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says reserve QB Brent Burnette also OUT for Raiders

Sporting News’ Matt Hayes has Terps 10th in ACC power rankings

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says kicker Nick Ferrara carries himself like ‘seasoned veteran’ despite having played just 2 college football games (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Da’Rel Scott played Saturday against James Madison battling strep throat bug (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says James Johnson committed to Virginia despite having offer from Terps

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Pittsburgh

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen/Pitt release

The Official Site says Mids-Panthers to air on ESPN360

Pitt Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with Navy at Heinz Field

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says former Navy OL Antron Harper ‘humbled’ by being named amongst best players of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium history

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dobbs much different QB than player Pitt saw last year

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Paul Zeise says Wannstedt knows Panthers defense can’t struggle like they did in giving up 500+ yards to Buffalo last week

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s John Grupp says safety Elijah Fields will have ‘increased role’ starting with Navy Saturday

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Pitt coach Wannstedt ‘concerned’ about Dobbs’ arm (must subscribe)

Go Mids’ Matt Zemek says Niumatalolo’s team showed ability to bounce back with win over Louisiana Tech following loss to Ohio State

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s opener against Coastal Carolina

USA Today’s Robert Klemko says deaf LB Bonheyo playing with ‘chip on his shoulder’

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Gulls punter Andrew Geisert honored by ACFC

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team signs former Terp Henry Scott

SWIMMING:

Loyola Official Site says Michael Phelps’ episode of “Shaq vs.” airs tonight on ABC-taped in Loyola pool

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ former Colt Mutscheller

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Brian Matusz might be eligible to win the Rookie of the Year award again next season; but I will guess he doesn’t. Matusz might have a stellar season, but unless the Orioles go out and get some pop in the lineup he will struggle to put up 12-14 wins.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Flacco, Starters Very Good Again as Ravens Beat Panthers 17-13

Posted on 29 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

I have to stop and remind myself that this is just another preseason game.

Otherwise, I might get carried away and say something like “The Ravens look like a Super Bowl contender.”

Of course, they might be. But let’s not use fake football games to judge that.

Saturday night’s 23-20 win was a breakout game of sorts for Joe Flacco in the preseason; as he made precise throws and moved the ball around to multiple receivers. His long throws to Kelley Washington gave hope to the idea that the Ravens may have established a wide receiver opposite Derrick Mason.

Ray Rice showed exactly why the Ravens want the ball in his hands; tallying 99 all purpose yards. Willis McGahee showed his abilities as a change of pace back; finishing off the Ravens’ 2nd TD drive.

Are there areas where the Ravens can improve? Yes. Joe Flacco struggled in the 2 minute drill before the half, and the team was penalized 7 times for 45 yards. Also, the 2nd string offense failed to produce any points, and the 2nd string defense gave up 10 points.

But they were really impressive……again.

The type of impressive that makes you get some crazy ideas.

-G

Ravens Final Stats:

Flacco 23/28 247 yards 1TD
T. Smith 7/10 57 yards, 1INT
Parmele 4 rushes 68 yards
Rice 10 rushes 32 yards, 8 catches 67 yards
McGahee 6 rushes, 16 yards, TD
Mason 6 catches 71 yards
Washington 3 catches 66 yards
Williams 4 catches 43 yards
Heap 4 catches 35 yards TD
Webb 7 tackles
J. Johnson Sack
Ngata, Barnes .5 Sack each
Hauschka 1/2 FG (38 long), 2/2 XP

10:52-Victory formation will help Ravens improve to 3-0 in fake football games, finishing off the Panthers 17-13. Gerry Sandusky tells us that the last time the Ravens opened a preseason 3-0, the 2000-01 Ravens went on to win Super Bowl XXXV.

I won’t read into it quite that much.

Be back shortly with a wrap.

10:49-Matt Lawrence with a tough yard to pick up a first down. Ravens should be able to polish this one off.

10:47-Sandusky says scouts from 12 different NFL teams in the house looking for players who may end up getting cut.

10:45-Jalen Parmele with a nice run, looking to lock up a potential spot as the Ravens’ 3rd running back.

10:44-Or John Beck and company. I’m not partial….

10:42-John Kasay is good from 50 with 3:39 left. 17-13 Ravens; and Troy Smith and company need to milk the rest of this clock….

10:41-Have you ever seen more drama over the difference of a 5 yard penalty or loss of down? At least tonight’s game will be more exciting than Thursday night at Atlanta…..

10:37-Gerry Sandusky: “If this were the regular season, things would really be getting tense right now in a 7 point game.”

Oh if only…….

10:33-Panthers driving again. 2nd string defense struggling for a 2nd straight game.

10:27-Troy Smith has been pretty good on this drive so far. Ravens approaching the red zone with about 8 minutes to play in this one.

Consider me a curse. Smith’s next pass goes through Edgar Jones’ hands, and is intercepted by Dante Wesley. Panthers ball.

10:24-75% of the people who texted the broadcast think Matt Stover will be the kicker on September 13. This is absolutely meaningless, but humorous I guess.

10:16-They don’t get the challenge, but they do get the TD. Decori Birmingham plunges in for the score on 4th down. Frank Walker blocks the XP, but he was much too early.

Carolina makes it 17-10 with Kasay’s XP.

10:12-Birmingham can’t get in on 3rd down from the 1. The Panthers will go for it. Why wouldn’t they? Actually, John Fox will throw a challenge flag. He might as well, as this will be a timeout to prepare their next play if nothing else. I will admit, it looked at first as though Birmingham might have gotten in.

10:10-1st and Goal from the 25 is not the math you want to be facing. But a strong through from Josh McCown gets the Panthers right back down to around the 5. Decori Birmingham puts them on the doorstep.

10:05-17-3 at the end of the 3rd; but the Panthers are on the doorstep. I will be forced to admit that I might get distracted in the 4th; as UFC 102 has started, and I will be poking over at that every now and then. Bear with me.

10:03-Nakamura, Zbikowski, Walker, and Webb in the secondary right now. Delhomme finds Muhammad deep down the sidelines with the starters out. Nakamura and Zbikowski were in a tough spot there trying to cover a very good veteran receiver.

9:57-Justin Harper is NOT on the roster as of right now in this blogger’s opinion. He has to make some plays to try to convince this team they have a 5th receiver on the roster.

9:53-Joe Reitz in on the opposite side of Michael Oher. Reitz is a guy who has the size, but remains raw in his 2nd year. Jameel McClain missed a tackle on that drive, but he shouldn’t be concerned.

Troy Smith into the game at QB, he finds Demetrius Williams for a 1st down.

Flacco finishes 23/28 for 247 yards and a TD. He was even better than the numbers.

9:50-Listening to Ed Reed talk to Rob Burnett; I’m reminded that having the Super Bowl in Miami again this season will certainly be a motivating factor for some of the guys on this team. Obviously Ray Lewis, Tavares Gooden, and Antwan Barnes would also be amongst the guys who would love the chance to go to “Dade County” as Reed said.

Jarrett Johnson with the sack, and the Ravens force another punt. Lardarius Webb now in to return punts.

9:46-Good stick by K.J. Gerard there on kick coverage. The rookie out of Northern Arizona was impressive in mini-camps, but has not seemed to do enough in the preseason to warrant taking a roster spot. He’s not completely out of the mix, but he faces a long road.

9:43-Steve Hauschka remains on the field with the starters in the 2nd half. This could be a statement from Harbaugh about the competition again. Hauschka gets the make good, and puts the Ravens ahead 17-3 in the 2nd half with the 38 yarder.

9:40-Gerry Sandusky saying “Todd Heap is Back!” might be a bit much, but another nice grab by the Ravens TE. Also, kudos to Michael Oher for moving to the other side of the line and continuing to grind it out on the left. He wasn’t perfect in the first half; and I’m not sure I agree with Rob Burnett’s praise. Oher was beaten on this drive by fellow rookie Everette Brown (Florida State) and resorted to a hold. Hasn’t been a great night for Oher, but hopefully a learning experience.

9:37-Kelly Talavou has continued to impress on the D-Line. He’s a guy who I thought had a long way to go to make the roster; but could be winning a spot. CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco is impressed (via Twitter).

9:31-First half stats:

Flacco 17/22, 199 yards, TD
Rice 9 rushes, 25 yards; 6 catches, 55 yards
McGahee 3 rushes, 6 yards, TD
Mason 5 catches, 61 yards
Washington 2 catches, 59 yards
Heap 3 catches, 23 yards, TD

Delhomme 6/10, 96 yards
Goodson 6 rushes 15 yards
Smith 2 catches, 37 yards
King 1 catch, 31 yards

Baltimore: 16 first downs. Carolina: 4 1st downs.
Baltimore: 231 total yards. Carolina: 104 total yards.

9:21-Calm the excitement a little bit. For all of the great things Joe Flacco has done tonight, he was not great in the 2 minute drill. He didn’t turn the ball over; but you would have liked to have seen the ball moved downfield in a quicker motion.

GREAT first punt from Sam Koch pins the Panthers inside the 5 yard line; and that will take us to the half. 14-3 Ravens at the break. I’ll be back shortly. John Harbaugh tells Stan White the starters will come back for the start of the 2nd half.

9:19-Flacco not as crisp in the 2 minute situation as you’d hope. He’s moving the ball, but it is taking more time than you’d like. This is where having a player like an Anquan Boldin, Dwayne Bowe or Brandon Marshall makes a world of difference.

9:15-Nice play there by Haloti Ngata. The guy might not admit it, but he really wants to get some deserving Pro Bowl recognition this season. Chris Carr with the smart decision to throw a block to make sure Baker’s punt went into the endzone.

Also, this situation plays out EXACTLY how the Ravens want it to. Joe Flacco will get the chance to work a 2 minute drill; and Steve Hauschka could get a chance to try another pressure kick.

9:09-Dom is going to have to make tackles better than that. Although you have to like Haloti Ngata’s hustle to get downfield there and make a tackle. Panthers don’t waste any time getting into Baltimore territory. He nearly let Kenny Moore escape on the next play as well. His tight coverage has been impressive, but he can’t allow poor tackling to hurt him.

9:04-I firmly believe that Willis McGahee can thrive as a change of pace back in this offense. McGahee has good feet; and can move forward very well. He plunges in for the 1 yard TD here, and the Ravens go ahead 14-3 after Hauschka makes another extra point with 4:16 to play in the half. Joe Flacco has looked REALLY good this preseason. Very, VERY impressive.

9:02-Tough night for the Panthers’ Chris Gamble. He’s called for another penalty covering Mason. You can’t help but worry that Flacco has a tendency to zero in on Mason; which is why the rhythm he appears to be developing with Kelley Washington is even more important.

9:00-Nice juke by Derrick Mason on Chris Harris there. Mason is not much of a YAC guy; mostly because he tries to be a little smarter about when he goes down and when he tries to extend a play. He doesn’t do anything particularly silly when he was the football. Still a joy to watch.

8:56-The Ravens CLEARLY want the ball in Ray Rice’s hands; and you can tell why. He’s a special type of player who can do a lot of things with the ball in his hands. Le’Ron McClain and Willis McGahee will still have their opportunities; but Ray Rice is clearly the man in this offense. Might as well call him Ray “Touches” Rice this season.

Flacco back to Mason to convert a 3rd and 9. Every time he catches a ball this season I’ll be thankful he didn’t actually retire.

8:53-Not a great play on Chris Carr’s return of Jason Baker’s punt. It wouldn’t have mattered, because Antwan Barnes was called for holding. Barnes is a guy who APPEARS to be on the good side of the 53 right now, but certainly doesn’t have anything locked up.

8:50-Nice play by Domonique Foxworth breaking up a throw to Mushin Muhammad. Good night for Foxworth thus far. He’s not a Number 1 corner, but he’s gonna get those assignments this season. He’ll have to be up for the challenge, especially against taller receivers.

8:45-Sounds like there are a few Ravens fans in Charlotte tonight, as Joe Flacco floats a beautiful TD pass to Todd Heap to put the Ravens ahead. Hauschka’s XP makes it 7-3 Ravens with 13:23 to play in the 2nd. Kudos to Heap for bouncing back from the drop to make that grab.

8:43-Joe Flacco has been the story of the game thus far for the Ravens; as he has looked particularly comfortable in the pocket; with the exception of hanging on to the ball too long when he was sacked. I really doubt Joe is thinking at all about the Ravens bringing in Brandon Marshall.

8:40-I hope I hear the guy from 105.7 come out to practice again this week and tell someone Kelley Washington “hasn’t made the team yet.” He knows who he is, and another 42 yard bomb to Washington makes me feel more and more comfortable in my assertion that Washington will be the #2 receiver on Sept. 13.

3-0 Panthers at the end of the first quarter.

8:37-The handoff to Ray Rice on first down featured an end around gadget; the 3rd down play was also a deceptive pitch to Ray Rice. Some creative play-calling there from Cam Cameron and company. Todd Heap with the drop on the ensuing first down.

8:32-John Kasay puts it through from 38 after a bad snap. The Ravens kickers could learn something from him. 3-0 Panthers with 2:02 to play in a very quick moving first quarter.

8:26-Great protection for Delhomme and a long completion to Jeff King on Baltimore’s side of the football field; about the 21. Delhomme with a variation of the no-huddle that is successful, as he finds Steve Smith for what appears to be another first down. Strike that. Smith was called for a personal foul-face mask. Rare to see an offensive player called for a face mask in that situation. They keep the first down, but back up 15 yards to the 25.

8:23-After Graham Gano missed a kick last week, Harbaugh decided to pull him for Hauschka even though they had been giving each kicker a half to kick up until that point. I imagine Harbaugh will stick with Hauschka after that miss, but it REALLY makes things interesting.

Important to remember that the Ravens did NOT game plan for the Panthers this week due to playing on Monday Night Football and having only two days of practice before Friday’s walkthrough. The successful plays underneath may not have been so successful for the Panthers had the Ravens been able to gameplan.

8:20-The underneath pass to Ray Rice isn’t NEARLY close enough to the endzone; and Hauschka is forced to kick.

WHOA. 27 yard miss? Still 0-0, and the Matt Stover rumblings are about to get even louder.

8:18-Hello foot, here’s my gun. The false start is followed up by a delay of game. It doesn’t seem as thought it’s particularly loud in North Carolina tonight; so that must be a failure to communicate.

Flacco sacked by Tyler Brayton. Cam Cameron CANNOT be happy with how things have gone. Maybe Harbaugh should have challenged.

8:17-A little surprised John Harbaugh didn’t throw a challenge flag; but this does give him the chance to run some goal line plays.

Michael Oher called for a false start. That hurts. First flinch to the rookie tonight.

8:11-Kelley Washington continues to impress. He and Derrick Mason make first down grabs on Joe Flacco’s first 2 passes. I’ve been reading again this week that Kelley is a “bubble guy.” In what world? Demetrius Williams was the other “starter” tonight in place of Mark Clayton, but I still think Washington is going to be in the lineup in Week 1.

Tom Clark SWEARS he saw someone jump on the play where Flacco hit Mason to the 1. I didn’t get to watch the replay; but it CERTAINLY looked like Mason got the endzone. Nice drive for Flacco early.

8:08-Rookie Mike Goodson takes the pitch on the Panthers’ first lay of the night. What would have been a big run was brought back by a penalty. RB DeAngelo Williams has been battling injury issues. Paul Kreuger (Terrell Suggs) and Justin Bannan (Kelly Gregg) get starts.

Near pick for Domonique Forxworth on Jake Delhomme’s first pass; but the Panthers NEARLY converted another 3rd and long on this Ravens defense. Greg Mattison is fine with them getting yards as long as the Ravens stop them short, but after Mark Sanchez’s TD drive last week; that has to be an area of concern.

Chris Carr with a nice return on the Panthers’ first punt of the game. Ravens take over in Carolina territory.

8:04-Another crucial night for kickers Graham Gano and Steve Hauschka, and Hauschka appears to be getting the first shot tonight. He’s the clubhouse leader for the job right now; and said tonight would be a bit of a homecoming for him, as he finished his college career at NC State. The name Matt Stover was thrown about a good bit this week around Owings Mills; but I still believe the kicker on Sept. 13 against the Chiefs is already on the Ravens roster.

7:48-An appearance by my parents (The great Tom & Karen Clark) at Summer Camp. They came bearing turkey pepperoni, chips & Margaritaville salsa, and crackers and hummus. I’ll be enjoying a few Miller Lites this evening as well.

7:41-The first round of cuts comes this week; but the roster only needs to be down to 75 players. There is a chance the Ravens could decide to cut a player before the final preseason game (Thursday against the Falcons) that will surprise us, as the team could decide to give some players a chance to sign elsewhere before preseason is over.

LB Prescott Burgess is certainly a bubble guy right now, as well as WR Yamon Figurs, CB Evan Oglesby, and RB’s Cedric Peerman, Matt Lawrence, and Jalen Parmele.

7:34-Not many former Ravens on the Panthers roster. K Rhys Lloyd is with the Panthers in the preseason, but seems unlikely to make the roster, unless they decide to keep him as a kickoff specialist. Former OL Keydrick Vincent is also with the Panthers. Certainly seems unlikely that the teams will have as much emotion as they did Monday night in facing former friends Rex Ryan, Bart Scott, Jim Leonhard, etc. etc. etc.

Panthers FB Tony Fiammetta (Syracuse) attended Walkersville High School in Frederick County.

7:30-I have been given word that Chris Chester is confirmed as OUT tonight, and Marshal Yanda will likely get the start at RG. Meanwhile, OT Jared Gaither is suited up and will go. (Kudos to the Twitter account of The Sun’s Jamison Hensley…..which is apparently where my friend found out the news.)

7:25-Via the Panthers’ Twitter account, we can confirm that Godfrey is not in uniform. RB Jonathan Stewart is also not in uniform; same can be said for Safety Nate Salley.

The Panthers are 0-2 in the preseason, with a Week 1 (24-17) loss to the Giants in East Rutherford and a Week 2 (27-17) loss to the Dolphins in Miami. The Ravens are 2-0 in the preseason, with a Week 1 (23-0) win over the Skins, and a Week 2 (24-23) win over the Jets.

7:20-One key matchup to watch tonight will be rookie OT Michael Oher vs. Panthers defensive standout Julius Peppers. Oher admitted this week that he grew up watching guys like Peppers; and Peppers will provide the unique combination of size, speed, and veteran savvy that Oher likely never saw against SEC opponents while at Ole Miss. This should be a very unique learning experience for Oher; who has always been able to use his mass and freakish athletic ability to beat defenders. It will be interesting to watch how he reacts when Peppers uses a move he has never seen before. I don’t expect Peppers to unleash his full arsenal in a preseason game; but he should provide a unique challenge for Oher.

7:17-Tonight’s game can be seen on WBAL11 and MASN….or MASN2…..or maybe MASN8 “The Ocho”. (I’m pretty sure it’s MASN2…..what a disaster that thing is.) Radio broadcast team Gerry Sandusky, Rob Burnett, and Stan White will have the call.

If you’re like me and already glued to WBAL11, you’re watching NFL Films’ presentation of the 2008 Ravens season. As emotional as it was to watch the highlights of the win over the Cowboys at Texas Stadium again; I just about lost it watching OJ Brigance address the team after the Jaguars game. Wow.

7:07-I do not have an OFFICIAL list of scratches for tonight’s game; but I know we won’t see:

WR Mark Clayton, LB Terrell Suggs, DT Kelly Gregg, and TE LJ Smith. I also don’t expect to see OT Stefan Rodgers, WR Biren Ealy, OL Chris Chester, LB Dannell Ellerbe, or OT Oniel Cousins.

LB Jon Beason won’t go for Carolina, LB Thomas Davis and CB Charles Godfrey may also miss tonight’s contest.

Coach John Harbaugh told us to expect the starters to go AT LEAST the entire first half this week; and that this game is usually treated as a “3 quarter game.” I doubt we’ll see many starters go 3 quarters, but I imagine we WILL see Joe Flacco go the entire first half; as the coaching staff would probably be very happy to see him get the chance to run a 2 minute drill (similar to the drive Troy Smith ran in the first preseason game against the Redskins).

I don’t really expect 30+ guys like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Trevor Pryce, and Derrick Mason to play into the 2nd half either.

7:00-Greetings from……..my couch. That’s right, I did NOT make it Charlotte and Bank of America Stadium to see the Baltimore Ravens battle the Carolina Panthers; but I will keep you company right here from the Glenn Clark compound (affectionately known as “Summer Camp”), at least until my girlfriend (“The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet”) distracts me with the delicious smells of her buffalo chicken dip.

I’m kidding, you’re stuck with me all night. She’ll just half to feed me some dip while I blog.

You can also enjoy more wacky one liners and shtick with Luke Jones tonight on Twitter. Just follow WNST. I might even poke over there every now and then.

I’ll set the table next.

-G

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Ravens Good Again, But Show Room for Improvement in 24-23 Win Over Jets

Posted on 24 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

There are two particularly important things that came from the Ravens’ 24-23 win over the New York Jets Monday night.

One-the Ravens starters appeared to thoroughly outplay the Jets’ top units, outscoring them 21-7 in the first half.

Two-the Ravens appeared to stay totally healthy coming out of the game.

But beyond that, the Ravens were far from perfect; which might be the best thing that could happen to a coaching staff coming out of Training Camp.

After taking a 14-0 lead, there were numerous mistakes:
-Multiple penalties that nearly pushed the team out of field goal range on Joe Flacco’s final drive
-Graham Gano’s missed 46 yard FG attempt on that same drive
-Two 3rd and long conversions on Mark Sanchez’s final drive
-A wheel route converted successfully by Sanchez to Leon Washington
-A fumble to open the 2nd half by Lardarius Webb
-2 missed coverages by Frank Walker early in the 2nd half
-2 interceptions by Troy Smith (one which was negated by a penalty)
-4 QB sacks by Jets defenders
-Only 3 second half points
-A pass interference call in the endzone on Evan Oglesby during the Jets’ final drive
-and more

It is easy to pass off such mistakes by saying something along the lines of “well, the starters had been taken out of the game by that point.”

But many of the mistakes came from players who the Ravens are either counting on or hoping to count on during the regular season. Frank Walker may well be part of the cornerback rotation. Troy Smith is one hit away from coming into the game. Matt Birk (who was flagged for holding during Flacco’s final drive) was the team’s most significant offseason acquisition. Graham Gano has been in a heated battle to replace the only kicker the Ravens have ever began a season with.

It is easy for Ray Lewis to shrug off dropping an early interception by saying “I didn’t want that one until the regular season.” Easy because the Ravens coaching staff can firmly believe that come Sept. 13 against the Chiefs, Ray Lewis WILL make that same interception. But it isn’t easy for the team to say that Lardarius Webb will definitely hold on to the ball when he’s in the open field and gets hit. They’ve never seen him do it before. It has to be concerning.

The Ravens looked very good for an extended part of their win Monday night. But when they report back to Owings Mills Wednesday, they’ll have plenty to work on. And that might be the best thing that came out of the game.

We’ll have plenty of reaction to preseason game 2 throughout the day Tuesday on AM1570 WNST and online at WNST.net.

-G

Final stats:

Joe Flacco finished 8/18 for 120 yards. Troy Smith went 4 or 9 for 84 yards with an interception.
Ray Rice lead Ravens rushers with 29 yards on 8 carries. He added a TD. Willis McGahee rushed 8 times for 23 yards.
Derrick Mason lead Ravens receivers with 3 catches for 68 yards. Justin Harper caught 2 balls for 62 yards. Demetrius Williams and Le’Ron McClain each hauled in 2 catches, for 20 and 18 yards respectively.
Haloti Ngata and Jameel McClain each had INT’s, and each returned them for a TD. Ngata’s from 25 yards, McClain’s from 16.
Sam Koch punted 5 times for 242 yards (average of 48.4 yards). He had a net average of 35.8 yards, and pinned 2 punts inside the 20.
Graham Gano missed his only field goal attempt (46), Steve Hauschka missed his (42).
Jameel McClain lead the team with 6 tackles. Tavares Gooden had the team’s only sack.

Mark Sanchez finished 3 of 8 for 43 yards with a TD and an INT. Kellen Clemens finished 5 of 10 for 60 yards with a TD and an INT. Erik Ainge finished 7 of 14 for 57 yards.
Leon Washington rushed 8 times for 48 yards. Danny Woodhead rushed 14 times for 41 yards. Thomas Jones rushed 8 times for 32 yards. Erik Ainge rushed twice for 7 yards, including the Jets’ only rushing TD.
Leon Washington caught 2 passes for 35 yards and a TD. David Clowney caught 2 passes for 33 yards and a TD. Britt Davis and Danny Woodhead each caught 2 passes, for 19 and 12 yards respectively.
Marquice Cole had the Jets’ only INT, he returned it 25 yards.
Reggie Hodges punted 3 times for 109 yards (36.3 yard average). He net all 109 yards. He pinned the Ravens inside the 20 twice. Kenneth Parrish punted twice for 78 yards (39 yard average, 36 yard net average).
Parker Douglass made his only field goal attempt (20 yards).
David Harris, Calvin Pace, Howard Green, and Ropati Pitoitua all tallied sacks for the Jets. Dwight Lowery and Mike DeVito each had 5 tackles to lead the way for the Jets.

The Ravens outgained the Jets offensively 295-248 in net yards. The Jets finished with 18 first downs to the Ravens’ 13. The Ravens were penalized 9 times for 76 yards, the Hets 6 times for 55 yards.

11:10-Ravens win 24-23, improve to 2-0 in fake football games. Back shortly with more.

11:08-Lardarius Webb is the hero, breaking up Ainge’s pass off his back foot. Ravens maintain 24-23 lead with :22 left, Rex will try to get ball back.

11:07-Jets Safety Jim Leonhard:

(on coming back to Baltimore) “It was great. It was good to come back and see the old guys. Obviously, we’ve got to play better than we are right now to win, but we saw some good things.” We faced a great team. (They’re the) AFC Championship team from last year, so we’re going to learn a lot from this.”

(on positives from the first half) “We stopped the run well. They didn’t do much there and I thought we played with the right intensity. We just can’t give up the big plays that we did.”

11:05-Ainge gets in on 3rd down. Now Rex Ryan needs to go for 2. Outcome will be on the line here with 22 seconds left. 24-23 Ravens right now. Rex will do the right thing. Not many fans left, but they’re spirited….

11:02-Jets QB Mark Sanchez:

“(It was) a great experience, not the best start on Monday night, but I learned quite a bit. The first play I thought I was checking the ball down and the D-lineman jumped right in front of the ball so they’re obviously an athletic group. (They’re) very fast. They’re flying around to the ball and as soon as we got our tempo going (and) our running game going (we) came back after taking a big hit on a fumble (and) threw a touchdown. That’s the way you want to respond but (there is) a lot of great film from this and obviously (it is) a great learning experience. It was exciting to play on Monday night and I just want to get better.”

11:00-Not a lot of fans left here, but they are vocal. Paul Kruger still in this game after starting.

Jets will have a first and goal from the 1 after Evan Oglesby is called for pass interference. 49 seconds to play. Jesus.

10:59-Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron:

(on the offense) “Well, we certainly had to handle a variety of blitzes. Joe [Flacco] got hit a little, and typical of him, he came to the sideline and said ‘It felt like football. I didn’t get hit last week.’”

(on the Ray Rice touchdown) “Joe handled the fake on Ray’s [Rice] touchdown OK. It was really nice to get the touchdown.”

10:57-Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison:

(on the defense) “We gave up too much on the ground in the first half, especially against the draws. We have to get off the blocks better.”

“We love the big plays for the scores, but we gave up too much on their touchdown drive, particularly on third down. They got three big plays, including the touchdown.”

10:54-Head Coach John Harbaugh:

(on his team’s play in the first half) “We didn’t do a good job in the middle of the second quarter on their touchdown drive. They got it started with a run and hit the screen to get a first down. They hit us on a wheel route for the touchdown.”

“We did make the big plays on defense with Haloti [Ngata] and [Jameel] McClain. It was good to see McClain come back and make the big play after giving up the touchdown and getting caught in a kickoff coverage.”

“Really, without our two big defensive plays, it was a very competitive first half-a 7-7 game.”

10:52-Erik Ainge driving. If Jets score a TD, Rex Ryan better go for 2….

10:49-WR Derrick Mason:

“In the first game of the preseason, everybody is getting used to each other, being out there playing against another team. But in the second game, you clear up all the mistakes, and you go out there and run your offense more fluidly. We put together a little game plan for this game. It wasn’t extensive, but it was 15 or 20 plays that we really wanted to work on. Today it seemed to work.”

(on his timing with QB Joe Flacco) “The timing is good between Joe and me. Once I got back into practice, we started clicking right away. Early on, though, you’re trying to get everyone else involved. You want to focus on the other receivers, because the coaches know what I can do out there. In the second and third preseason game, that’s really when you try to get your main guys involved in the game.”

10:47-I will be forced to admit, I must have slept through the part of the game when Erik Ainge came in. Did John Beck come in yet too?

10:45-Prescott Burgess forced a fumble from Aundrae Allison on the kickoff, but Allison recovered it himself. Burgess could be flirting with the cut line.

10:43-RB Ray Rice:

(on the touchdown handoff from QB Joe Flacco) “We worked on it in practice, the little Statue of Liberty play, which I was representing the New York area. Fortunately, we were able to execute it, and we got it done. That’s what you have to do in the preseason. It’s all about executing and making plays.”

(on getting the tough rushing yards) “The Jets’ defense definitely played tough. We expected them to be tough, and that’s only going to make us better when we play other teams.”

10:42-Hauschka is true on his 42 yard attempt, and may have really taken a step tonight towards winning the job. 24-17 Ravens with 7:12 to play. More quotes…..

10:39-After taking another sack; Troy Smith unloads downfield for a 51 yard completion to Justin Harper. He then used his legs to pick up another first down; and finally has this team moving a bit. Jalen Parmele will be stopped on 3rd down, and Hauschka will stare down what looks like a pretty important 42 yard kick.

10:36-QB Joe Flacco:

“I had a couple of incompletions early, where I wasn’t really completing the ball. But, we came out on that second drive and made some big plays. My last drive out there, we really did a good job converting third downs. Guys made some big plays, including Todd [Heap], who came across the middle and made a nice catch on third down. That’s what we need to to to complete those long drives. We have to get those third downs, which is important. I felt pretty comfortable overall. We kind of killed ourselves once we got down there in the red zone. I took a sack, and we had that holding call after I ran for the first down. But as long as we eliminate those things, we’ll be OK and be on our way.”

(on the touchdown handoff to RB Ray Rice) “My ball handling was kind of wrong. We did a little bait and throw handoff, and I didn’t do it right. It still worke. So, I’m happy.”

10:35-Ravens maintain 21-17 lead, Troy Smith back out on the field to start a drive from his own 14 with 11:28 to play. More quotes…..

10:22-Here are some halftime quotes:

LB Ray Lewis:

(on shutting out the Jets in the 1st half) “I don’t care if you’ve coached for us or not, when you play against our defense, it’s hard. You put a young guy like [Mark] Sanchez in there, and you see our defense, it can be difficult. We shut them out again, and we take pride in that-bottom line. They threw everything at us-draws, reverses. They really threw everything at us. I just think as a defense overall, we just made some great plays.”

(on pressuring Sanchez) “You don’t know what you’re playing against until you actually play against us. You saw his eyes get big, and he was jumping around in the pocket. He threw one [interception-touchdown return] to Haloti [Ngata]. He threw another one to me, which I could’ve caught, but I didn’t want that one until the regular season. Bottom line, we gave a lot of looks and disguises, and we confused him a little bit. He will be OK, but right now, as a first-team defense, we are definitely clicking.”

10:16-LJ Smith has a pulled hamstring and is doubtful to return. I wouldn’t expect him. Jets again on Ravens side of field.

10:09-Smith sacked again. A lot of anti-Troy Smith sentiment on Twitter and Facebook tonight. He’s struggled; but I don’t think it’s anything to be concerned about. Smith needs to be able to use his feet to be successful; and he’s clearly not able to incorporate that tonight.

10:07-Tonight’s attendance announced at 70,335. Nestor believes there’s legitimately 60,000.

10:04-Paul Kruger with the deflection, and the Jets will be forced to kick a field goal. Surprised they wouldn’t let Clemens try to convert here; especially considering the fact that they’re playing a backup kicker. 21-17 Ravens after Douglass connects from 20.

10:02-Kellen Clemens is just carving up the Ravens’ reserves right now. They tried to throw a fade route to Smith over Walker in the corner of the endzone; but Smith couldn’t get there. Big 3rd and goal for the Ravens’ defense here.

9:59-Brad Smith had Frank Walker beaten AGAIN on that play, but dropped a sure fire TD in the endzone. Walker is fighting the wrong side of the cut line right now.

9:57-Another interception from Marquice Cole just a few plays later, and this one counts. Jets will take over at Baltimore’s 39; and the positive energy from the first team has given way to serious disappointment.

9:55-Ravens take over at own 44, but Troy Smith is intercepted by James Ihedigbo one play later. The Ravens got the ball back after offsetting penalties; but John Harbaugh CANNOT be happy with how his 2nd unit is playing right now.

9:47-Webb fumbles 2nd half kickoff return, recovered by Marques Murrell. Clemens will have short field to try to maneuver. The ball never touched the ground on the fumble.

9:33-Ravens take 21-7 lead to intermission. I’ll be back shortly with more.

9:30-If that’s a regular season game, the Jets probably play for the half. Instead, Clemens finds Jameel McClain when he’s looking for Brad Smith, and McClain finds the endzone. 21-7 Ravens after a Hauschka XP. No idea why Clemens tried throwing that ball. Ngata with the hit.

Did Gano’s miss cost him the chance to kick the rest of the game?

9:27-Took 30 seconds to get 2 plays off. Would have been worth it had Jayson Foster hauled in pass downfield; but he might have heard Emanuel Cook’s footsteps. Troy Smith is sacked by David Harris on 3rd down; and the Ravens will have to punt with 1:03 to play in the half.

9:25-Lardarius Webb with the fair catch on this punt, and the Ravens will take over at their own 32. Troy Smith was successful in this situation last week; finding Justin Harper for a late TD.

9:21-Kellen Clemens into the game for the Jets.

Sanchez finishes 3/8 for 43 yards with a TD and a pick.

9:16-This is looking like a drive for the Ravens to determine the “rest” of the running game. We know Ray Rice is “the guy”, but how will this team utilize their other backs? McGahee provided a nice change of pace last week, but that needs to be a week in, week out thing.

Le’Ron McClain looked strong coming out of the backfield. It will be hard to keep the ball out of his hands.

Koch will be forced to punt again after a holding call. Crowd certainly looked happy to see Jim Leonhard back to field the punt.

9:13-Flacco finishes 8/18 for 120 yards as Troy Smith enters the game. National analysts really hyping the importance of Mark Sanchez’s scoring drive-especially considering he’s probably done now. Leon Washington carried him on the drive; and it was done without the Ravens’ top 2 defensive players. But the Jets clearly want to start Sanchez this season; so he could really use some positive feelings.

9:09-Sanchez finally gets a high in this game; as he finds Leon Washington for a 19 yard TD strike. 14-7 Ravens after Douglass adds the XP.

9:08-3rd and long conversions will be a concern for the Ravens coaching staff. This team should be safer on those plays, tougher to hurt in the middle. The Jets have actually done a pretty nice job in the middle all game.

9:04-No Reed or Lewis this time out; but Tavares Gooden records the Ravens’ first QB sack of the day, even though he couldn’t actually get Sanchez into the ground.

9:01-Facebook and Twitter reaction after Gano’s miss?

“Anyone have Matt Stover’s number?”

9:00-A screen to Demetrius Williams gets 13 and at least puts Gano back in field goal range. He’s wide right on a try from 46; which will hurt him in this competition. Jets take over.

8:59-Nice run for Flacco meaningless after veteran Matt Birk called for a hold.

Calvin Pace gets previous sack; not Bryan Thomas. We’re working out the kinks, people.

8:58-Jets finally get to Flacco. Credit Bryan Thomas with the sack. Ravens face 3rd and 15 now.

8:56-Shame on me. Ravens go to endzone for fade route with Demetrius Williams. Surprised to see them go for it on 4th down knowing they want to see Gano try meaningful kicks. McClain gets the first down; but Gano could have gotten some good experience from a 46 yard try there.

8:55-Ravens take first timeout facing 3rd and 1 from Jets 29. I’m going to go out on a limb and say they convert….

8:52-I already feel like I should just write the same post-game column I wrote last week. “It Was Just a Preseason Game But…..”

This team looked VERY good AGAIN in the 1st quarter. Frighteningly good. Are there areas the first units will be able to work on? Of course. And does preseason football mean ANYTHING? Of course not. But they look very good.

8:49-A part time host at 105.7 spent a day last week in Westminster telling everyone who’d listen on the sidelines that Kelley Washington was a “jack***” who hadn’t made the team yet.

Right…..

Two more first down passes from Flacco-to Heap and Mason. Ravens will start 2nd quarter at Jets 31. 14-0 Ravens at the end of 1.

8:46-Another good night early for the defensive line. Having Kelly Gregg back and drafting Paul Kruger should really help this unit’s success this season.

Flacco steps up and delivers a 22 yard strike to Kelley Washington; who celebrates after. I don’t care how much Washington celebrates if he can contribute.

8:44-Finally Sanchez with a completion-to Dustin Keller-but it is short of a first down. Reggie Hodges’ punt downed at Ravens’ own 10 yard line; where Joe Flacco will go back to work.

8:42-I really am surprised to see Ed Reed and Ray Lewis are still on the field. I know you want to prepare them for 60 minute games again; but I have to imagine those guys kinda know the drill.

Jack Simmons with the drop; meaning Mark Sanchez is still ofer on the night.

8:40-Very nice 2nd down run from Leon Washington will leave the Jets with a 3rd and 1. Washington shows off his moves again in converting.

8:38-From Chris Pika-ESPN mentions there are 26 scouts in attendance tonight. He says they are looking at players who might end up being cut before the start of the regular season.

He’s right, but you have to wonder if any of those teams are also involved in trade talks with the Ravens. We’ve heard rumors that the Broncos might again have been talking Brandon Marshall; and I tried to start some rumors about the Chiefs and Dwayne Bowe.

8:35-Some “trickeration” from Cam Cameron as Ray Rice takes a Statue of Liberty-esque handoff and scampers in to finish off the first TD drive Joe Flacco has lead this preseason. 14-0 after a Graham Gano XP. 6 plays, 49 yards, 1:19; and I’m happy because I don’t have to bitch about the Ravens again failing to score a TD in the red zone.

8:33-Fade route to Kelley Washington knocked away (on a very nice play by Lito Sheppard) at last second in endzone. 3rd and goal.

8:31-Did Jon Gruden really compare Joe Flacco to Joe Montana on tonight’s ESPN broadcast? What was the reference?

Joe Flacco picks on Drew Coleman (who even tried to throw in an illegal contact) in finding Derrick Mason for 43 yards down to the Jets’ 3. That was kinda unfair. Safety help was too late.

8:28-3 and out again from Sanchez, who might not exactly sew up the Jets’ starting QB job tonight. Ravens take over from Jets’ 49 after Kenneth Parrish’s punt. That’s creating offense via a punt, as Koch had previously punted from his own 38.

8:25-Fanhouse.com (AOL Sports)’s Chris Burke wonders if the Ravens are openly trying to trade Troy Smith.

I would say no, but I think they’d certainly listen if other teams are interested in him.

8:23-Sam Koch with a(nother) solid punt, forcing the Jets to take over at their own 9. This was the first time a Joe Flacco-led drive didn’t result in points this preseason.

8:22-Bart Scott with the hit after Flacco had delivered the deep incomplete ball towards Derrick Mason. You know “The Hot Sauce” wants just one sack tonight. Flacco is a bit high looking for Ray Rice on 3rd and 10, and the Ravens will be forced to punt.

8:20-Flacco to Mason on 3rd down. Where have I heard that before? Ravens with 2 first downs on first 6 offensive plays.

8:19-A few (national football) folks on Twitter are saying “Ray Lewis wanted to be a Jet and was angry they didn’t want him” or some variation of that. Ray Lewis probably wanted an OFFER from the Jets, but assuming he wanted to go to New York might be a bit of a stretch.

8:18-As I’ve said, the Ravens want to get Ray Rice as many touches as they can. A catch and a rush net 9 yards on the Ravens’ first 2 plays from scrimmage. Strange 3rd down pitch call, but Rice may have converted anyway.

8:16-Harbs had said that the starters would go into the 2nd quarter for the Ravens, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the day is over for Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. No reason to risk anything there. They’ve done what they needed to do tonight.

8:14-Hold on Foxworth during Reggie Hodges’ punt, and the Ravens will be forced to start from their own 16.

Certainly a level of intensity from the Ravens defense early on playing in front of Rex Ryan; but nothing that seems out of the ordinary.

8:12-After an offsides penalty; Sanchez appeared to complete a long pass to Brad Smith; but Smith was called for pushing off; leaving the Jets with a 3rd and long. I imagine a draw is coming.

8:11-Sanchez’s 2nd pass ABSOLUTELY should have been picked by Ray. That was a classic drop on a ball that was thrown right to him on 2nd down.

8:09-52 had the pressure on that intended pass to Tony Richardson. Gano adds the extra point to make things 7-0. It was a slow developing play with late pressure; and Haloti Ngata had an easy line to the endzone for the 25 yard return.

Leon Washington decided to take things out of the back of the endzone; and made it all the way to the Jets’ own 46 before Graham Gano made the stop. 52 yard return.

8:07-Jets open up on the ground with a nice run from Thomas Jones. I’d imagine we’d see a healthy amount of throwing, considering the Jets probably know what to expect from Jones.

One pass from Sanchez and he’s already in trouble. Haloti Ngata with the interception; and he takes it to the house for a TD. 6-0 Ravens, welcome to Baltimore rook.

8:05-Graham Gano handling opening kickoff; which makes me think he’ll handle all kicking duties in the first half. Steve Hauschka handled kicking duties in the first half last week.

Leon Washington returns the kick to the 24, where the Jets start.

8:02-After introducing the offense a week ago, the Ravens again introduced their defense tonight. Ray Lewis was of course introduced last; and was back to his familiar dancing to Nelly’s “Hot in Here.”

Loud ovations for Kelly Gregg and Dawan Landry in return from injury.

The Jets call heads, win the toss, and will receive.

7:55-Rest of Jets starters:

QB Mark Sanchez
FB Tony Richardson
RB Thomas Jones
WR Chansi Stuckey
WR Jerricho Cotchery
TE Dustin Keller
LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson
LG Alan Faneca
C Nick Mangold
RG Brandon Moore
RT Wayne Hunter

Defense:
DE Shaun Ellis
NT Siona Pouha
T Marques Douglas
OLB Bryan Thomas
WILL Bart Scott
MIKE David Harris
OLB Calvin Pace
LCB Darrelle Revis
RCB Lito Sheppard
S Jim Leonhard
S Kerry Rhodes

7:52-Rest of Ravens starters:

Offense:
QB Joe Flacco
FB Le’Ron McClain
RB Ray Rice
WR Demetrius Williams
WR Derrick Mason
LT Jared Gaither
LG Ben Grubbs
C Matt Birk
RG Chris Chester
RT Michael Oher
TE Todd Heap

Defense:
DT Haloti Ngata
NT Kelly Gregg
DE Trevor Pryce
RLB Paul Kruger
JACK Tavares Gooden
MIKE Ray Lewis
SLB Jarrett Johnson
LCB Fabian Washington
RCB Domonique Foxworth
SS Dawan Landry
FS Ed Reed

Jets choose to introduce Special Teams unit. Strange.

7:44-The Golden Knights parachute team just landed. There had been a rumor about a video tribute to Rex Ryan before tonight’s game; but there is nothing on tonight’s schedule about a pre-game video.

7:39-CB/KR Darrelle Revis, CB Donald Strickland, RB Jehuu Caulcrick, LB Joshua Mauga, OL Damien Woody, and DT Kris Jenkins all out for the Jets along with Jay Feely.

Dwight Lowery will start for Revis, Sione Pouha starts for Jenkins, Wayne Hunter for Damien Woody.

The Jets made a roster move last week, waiving Dennis Conley and signing rookie QB Chris Pizzotti (Harvard).

7:34-WR Biren Ealy and OT Stefan Rodgers are also OUT for the Ravens tonight. Demetrius Williams will start for Mark Clayton, Paul Kruger will start for Terrell Suggs to give Rex Ryan an up close and personal look at the rookie wearing Michael McCrary’s number.

7:26-There has been a Michael Phelps sighting here at M&T Bank Stadium. Does anyone know how his swimming showdown with Shaquille O’Neal ended yesterday?

7:20-No surprises amongst Ravens inactives: LB Dannell Ellerbe, LB Terrell Suggs, WR Mark Clayton,  and CB Samari Rolle. Waiting for full list of depth chart changes for both teams.

7:04-Rookie QB Mark Sanchez (USC) gets the start tonight for Rex Ryan’s Jets. I’ve heard rumblings that Sanchez might be in for a brutal night at the hands of the Ravens defense; but I don’t imagine Greg Mattison has any interest in showing any particularly comprehensive blitzing schemes tonight (or anytime before the Sept. 13 opener against the Chiefs). Sanchez will not have an easy time facing the Ravens defense in general; but I don’t expect he will face anything particularly brutal.

Joe Flacco is expected to play into the 2nd quarter tonight; but I wouldn’t be stunned if Rex Ryan DID choose to send a few extra blitzes tonight. If so, Flacco could be pulled a bit early if Cam Cameron is happy with what he sees from the offense early on.

6:56-Lots of hugs and handshakes from Ravens players for their former coach on the field before the game. Ryan was extremely popular in Baltimore, and was certainly the man the players were hoping Steve Bisciotti would hire in ’08. Things seem to have worked out well for Bisciotti with the decision he ended up making; but that doesn’t appear to diminish Rex’s popularity amongst Ravens players.

6:39-The most compelling storyline for tonight’s fake football game is the return of former Ravens assistant Rex Ryan, who served as Defensive Line Coach, then Defensive Coordinator, and eventually Assistant Head Coach before departing during the offseason to become the head man with the Mean Green. Ryan was with the Ravens from 1999 until this past January, and was an assistant on the Super Bowl XXXV Championship team. Ryan was a candidate to replace Brian Billick in 2008, put was passed over in favor of current Ravens head man John Harbaugh. Ryan publicly said last week that he thought the Ravens’ decision to choose Harbaugh over him was “BS.” Harbaugh and Ryan remain friends, however.

Rex won’t be the only familiar face tonight at The Purple Crab Cake though. Jets Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine was with the Ravens from 2001 until this past January when he joined Rex with the Jets. Pettine served as OLB’s Coach last season. Defensive Backs coach Dennis Thurman also departed with Rex Ryan following the 2008 campaign. Thurman served 6 seasons in Baltimore; 4 as secondary coach. Jets Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was also a candidate for the Ravens’ Head Coaching position in 208 before Harbaugh was picked.

Jets LB Bart Scott will look rather strange in green and white considering he had played every snap of his 7 year career as a Baltimore Raven until leaving as a free agent this past winter. Scott remained active in the Baltimore community despite leaving for New York.

Jets S Jim Leonhard was quite the fan favorite in Baltimore last season, helping the Ravens reach the AFC Championship Game after replacing an injured Dawan Landry in the starting lineup. He didn’t get the 6 years, $48 million “The Madbacker” got, but Leonhard did pocket $6 million for 3 years to join his former Ravens coaches and teammates with the Jets.

Former Raven Marques Douglas joined the Jets in the offseason as well. The DE played in Baltimore from 2001-2004, and was reacquired by the Ravens in a trade with the Buccaneers before Week 1 last year.

DL Kris Jenkins started 27 games at the University of Maryland before being selected in the 2nd Round of the 2001 NFL Draft. Jenkins is in his 2nd year with the Jets, and was named to the Pro Bowl in his first campaign.

6:08-The Trevor Pryce soccer revolution continues tonight with a number of Ravens players (including Haruki Nakamura for sure) joining the veteran DE in a pre-game soccer match on-field against a team that appears to be made up of mostly ball kids. Pryce played a similar game before the game against the Skins; and is rumored to be the best soccer player on the team.

We all knew the AC Milan-Chelsea showdown was really going to inspire the future of the game here in Charm City, didn’t we?

6:03-Tonight’s Monday Night Football game can be seen on ESPN-with Mike Tirico on the call alongside analysts Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworksi. Michelle Tafoya and Suzy Kolber will patrol the sidelines. The game will be seen over the air in Baltimore on WBAL11. But if you don’t have cable at this point in your life; you would probably deserve to miss the game.

5:57-A couple of early notes to pass along to you some two hours before gametime:

Jets kicker Jay Feely did not make the trip down 95 due to a groin injury. Parker Douglass-who previously kicked for the South Dakota State Jackrabbits and Sioux Falls Storm-will handle the kicking responsibilities. I was personally rooting for Chad Ochocinco; but apparently your kicker must come from your own roster. Silly NFL rules.

The US Army Parachute team will make a pre-game appearance. They are called the Golden Knights. They will also present the game ball. If I had more info or any witty thoughts, I’d pass it along here. Instead I just give you the facts. That’s why they call me Glenn “Hard Hitting” Clark, folks.

5:43-Greetings from M&T Bank Stadium where I am stationed in the luxurious purple press box. I will be hanging with you throughout the night tonight, and will be offering updates on Twitter via #wnst. Drew Forrester may or may not be joining me at some point tonight; he will remind you that he is a major celebrity who is much too important to make appearances at preseason games.

The Ravens are 1-0 in practice games this season, having defeated the Redskins 23-0 11 days ago right here in Baltimore. The Jets lost their first practice football game 23-20 to the Rams at the Meadowlands 10 days ago.

The Ravens lead the all-time series with the Jets 5-1 in the regular season, but the Jets actually hold a 3-2 edge in preseason contests. How about that?

The most interesting game in Ravens-Jets history is undoubtedly the November 14, 2004 contest where the Ravens rallied from a 14-0 second quarter deficit to beat the Jets 20-17 in overtime up in New York. You’ll remember this game as the game where the Jets were driving to pad their lead before halftime when LaMont Jordan’s halfback option pass was picked by Ed Reed, sparking a Kyle Boller drive that culminated with a TD pass to Clarence Moore to get the Ravens back in it at intermission. You’ll also remember this game as the game when Dave Zastudil was forced to leave due to injury; leaving Kordell Stewart to handle punt responsibilities. Stewart did such an admirable job that he ended up being named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Matt Stover eventually booted home a 42 yarder in extra time to give the Ravens the victory.

This game could also serve as a 40th anniversary “celebration” of sorts for Super Bowl III. If you don’t know about Super Bowl III; please ask someone who is older than you. When they get angry, don’t blame me. Joe Namath’s legendary “guarantee” game was actually played in January of 1969, but this as close to the anniversary as Baltimore will play the Jets. While Rex Ryan has been known to do some silly things, I doubt a “guarantee” in a preseason game would be his way of celebrating the memory.

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 17 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention-Boxing: Juan Diaz vs. Paulie Malignaggi (Saturday 9:45pm from Houston live on HBO), Towson Football Picture Day (Tuesday 10:30am Unitas Stadium), WNST Fantasy Cram Session w/Thyrl Nelson & Eric Aaronson (Friday-Sunday, AM1570 WNST), NASCAR Sharpie 500 (Saturday 6:30pm from Bristol, TN live on ESPN), IRL Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma (Sunday 5pm from Infineon Raceway Live on VERSUS)

10-Better Than Ezra (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live), Creed (Friday 7:30pm Nissan Pavilion), Crue Fest 2 (Saturday 4pm Nissan Pavilion), Keith Urban (Thursday 7:30pm Verizon Center), Collective Soul (Wednesday 6:30pm Rams Head Live)

If I was going to go to any one of these shows……….

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Look man, Creed? God bless and all; but no thanks. Motley Crue? Saw them 2 years ago at 1st Mariner Arena and I’m not even kidding, Tommy Lee spent 15 minutes of the show “praying.” Seriously. “Dear God, thank you for boobies.” I’m with him and all, but again, no thanks.

I’ll actually probably end up at BTE, mostly because it’s free. Which means that if I save up 4-5 paychecks from WNST, I can almost afford it. Plus, this song kinda kicks some ass…..

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9-Inglorious Basterds opens in theaters (Friday, wherever motion pictures may actually be good for once)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Krithhm1150[/youtube]

So, holy crap. I haven’t been to the movies since that Johnny Depp flick a couple weeks ago whose name I can’t even remember (seriously, the one with all the guns? How lazy of a blogger am I that I haven’t even bothered to go look it up? PUBLIC ENEMIES! Okay, that was an ordeal……) but I guess it’s time to go back. If this movie doesn’t kick ass, I’m just going to quit.

Blah blah blah, here’s Brad Pitt shirtless. Judge less, less ye be judged (Yeah, I’m basically a philosopher on top of all of the other great things about me……)

pitt

…..might need a moment.

8-IAAF World Championships (Tuesday-Friday 9am live on VERSUS, Saturday 1pm live on NBC, Sunday 2pm live on NBC. Every pole vault from Berlin)

I guess this whole thing kinda lost its appeal after Usain Bolt beat the LIVING CRAP out of Tyson Gay; but I’m sure there’s something else interesting going on here…..

Ummm…….

Maybe Ben Johnson will be there???

7-Golf: PGA Wyndham Championship (Thursday & Friday 2pm Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 2pm CBS every non-Tiger stroke from Greensboro), Champions Tour JELD-WEN Tradition (Thursday 7:30pm, Friday 8pm Golf Channel; Saturday & Sunday 4pm NBC. All Seniors Golf live from Sunriver, OR), LPGA Solheim Cup (Friday & Saturday 9am, Sunday 11am from Sugar Grove, Ill. live on Golf Channel)

No Tiger? Think maybe I’ll be watching the ladies this weekend……..

gulbis

6-US Open Series Tennis: Western & Southern Financial Group Masters (Thursday 12pm & 7pm, Friday 12pm, Saturday 12:30pm & 10pm live on ESPN2; Sunday-FINAL-12:30pm live on CBS. Every stroke from Cincinnati), WTA Rogers Cup (Friday 5pm Tennis Channel, 10:30pm ESPN2; Saturday 4pm ESPN2, 7pm Tennis Channel; Sunday-FINAL-3pm ESPN2. Every stroke from Montreal)

In fairness, there is a ONE HUNDRED PERCENT chance that this will be the best thing that happens in Cincinnati all year. I know there have been some miserable sports towns recently; but I actually feel bad for them. I have a feeling that this man is currently the athlete they are most proud of……

sabo

5-Maryland Football Scrimmage (Saturday 5:25 Byrd Stadium)

TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS

Sorry, but I’m gonna be distracted between now and the time Daddy cuts down the nets in Indianapolis….

TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TREPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS TERPS

(Editor’s note: Yes, I did spell Terps “Treps” once just to screw with your head. I’m a psychological genius like that.)

4-MLS Soccer: DC United vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (Saturday 7:30pm from RFK Stadium live on Fox Soccer Channel)

From the world of “I’m not really sure why any of these men would EVER wear shirts”, not only do I get a new Brad Pitt movie this week; but I ALSO get David Beckham in town????

becks

(Editor’s note: This blog usually features tons of pictures of hot chicks. So sue me. I’m reasonably both of these men are more deserving……)

3-MLL Championship Weekend: Denver Outlaws vs. Boston Cannons (Saturday noon live on ESPN2), Toronto Nationals vs. Long Island Lizards (Saturday 3pm live on ESPN360), Championship (Sunday 1pm live on ESPN2; all games from Navy-Marine Corps Stadium)

Is it bogus that Baltimore doesn’t have a pro lacrosse team? Yes.

Is it bogus to spend your weekend in Annapolis with screaming girls who love lacrosse? No.

That is all.

2-WWE Summerslam (Sunday 8pm from Los Angeles live on Pay-Per-View)

You say pro wrestling isn’t a sport. I say “I don’t care. Grown men beat each other with tables, ladders, and chairs.”

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I’ll stop watching as soon as they start letting people in other sports do this. For example, this would really improve curling……

1-Jets @ Ravens (Monday 8pm from M&T Bank Stadium live on ESPN & WBAL11)

“Hey coach, that team on the other side of the field looks a lot like us………..”

rex
bart
jim
pettine

Welcome home, Rex. Enjoy your 34-0 beatdown.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 07 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

It’s really hard for me to think about anything local sports-related this weekend when I’m going to O.A.R. tonight and the bus trip to UFC 101 tomorrow.

I would still recommend going out to Westminster this weekend, as you will only have two days next week to get to Camp.

But you’re not going to bother me with those types of things. O.A.R. and UFC. Hell, there’s a WEC fight Sunday night on VERSUS too. It was as if God created this weekend just for me.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Kelley Washington, Justin Harper getting looks at WR while Clayton banged up, Marcus Smith dealing with weight issues

Drew Forrester says frustration from pay cut still evident in Guthrie

Luke Jones says Gaither returned to practice Friday morning, but ‘limited’

Rex Snider says Snoop had been in town playing gig at Merriweather

Keith Melchior says Bergesen, Jones best Birds in July

Bob Haynie says Vitale loves Duke but not Maryland

Nestor Aparicio enjoys Facebook updates from Tamir Goodman

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Hernandez couldn’t survive bad 2nd inning in loss to Tigers

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jason Berken to face Ricky Romero, Blue Jays tonight

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Dave Trembley gave Adam Jones afternoon off in Detroit finale

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jeremy Guthrie apologized for dodging media after Wednesday loss

Tigers Official Site’s Jason Beck says Avila shined in major league debut as Tigers beat Birds

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds have worst record at this point in season since ‘91

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Uehara ‘definitely’ coming back as reliever

The Sun says Tettleton, Devereaux to sign autographs next week

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Berken, Tillman, Matusz will face Blue Jays’ Romero, Cecil, Halladay in Toronto this weekend

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Orioles ‘predictable’

The AP says Birds didn’t get hit until Wigginton in 5th

Washington Times’ Alex Sopko says Birds in worst ‘bad patch’ in all of baseball

Detroit Free Press’ Mark Snyder says Porcello shut down Birds in win

Detroit News’ Tom Gage says hero Alex Avila son of Tigers assistant GM Al Avila

Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown has O’s 27th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

MLB.com’s John Torenli says Erbe threw 8 no-hit innings in win at New Hampshire

Norfolk Tides Official Site says David Pauley winner as Tides topped Pawtucket

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Jim Hoey couldn’t finish off no-hitter in relief of Erbe as Baysox topped Fisher Cats

Frederick Keys Official Site says Zach Britton winner as Keys blew out Winston-Salem

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Welty’s walk-off single gave Shorebirds win over Hagerstown in wild 10th

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Steve Bumbry 2-4, tripled in loss to State College

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Mike Flacco with run scored for Bluefield in win over Greeneville

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Gathright went 3-4 with RBI, run for Tides in win

Frederick News-Post says Waring homered, Keys turned triple play in win

Virginian-Pilot says Brandon Snyder delivered game winning RBI for Tides to beat Red Sox

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Snoop Dogg made appearance at Training Camp

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Le’Ron McClain not going to complain about lack of touches in Camp even though he’d like to have ball in his hands

The Official Site’s Kevin Byrne says SI’s Peter King took time to walk autograph line with Ed Reed last week

The Official Site says Harbaugh believes Clayton to ‘miss a few preseason games’ with hamstring injury

The Official Site says Ravens, Redskins joining forces for license plate campaign Wednesday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says now healthy, Dawan Landry ‘playing fast, tackling hard’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Hauschka (5 of 5) out-kicked Gano (5 of 7)

The Sun says Landry has moved past memories of injury vs. Browns last year

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Clayton has ‘significant bleeding’ in hamstring

The Sun’s Mike Preston says without Chris McAlister, Ravens missing ‘shutdown corner’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Snoop did 52 impression while at Camp

The Sun’s Candus Thomson says McNair being honored for football accomplishments only

The Sun’s Mike Preston says undrafted rookies Jason Cook, Dannell Ellerbe ‘have stood out’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh nearly took hit in kick coverage

The Sun’s Mike Preston says rumors of Newsome leaving Ravens for Alabama ‘not happening’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Tavares Gooden also didn’t practice Thursday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Snoop enjoys Ravens’ defense

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Snoop ‘livened up’ Ravens practice

The Sun’s Mike Preston says McGahee has had ‘impressive’ Training Camp

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Iraq vet, rookie LB Tony Fein vying for roster spot

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Clayton to miss 2-3 preseason games

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Oher moved to left side during practice with Gaither banged up

The AP says former Raven Rod Woodson’s ‘unique grit’ lead way to Hall of Fame

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager wonders if Ravens’ defense will be same without Rex Ryan, Bart Scott, Jim Leonhard

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Snoop Dogg brought coaching experience to Westminster

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Troy Smith could have future as starter elsewhere in NFL

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says season ticket sales at Byrd Stadium down from last year

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says kicking competition between Nick Wallace, Mike Barbour, Nick Ferrara amongst most interesting storylines in practice

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Turner thinks Terps ‘deep’ even if not experienced

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Big East rumors non-story

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps have ‘inquired’ about St. Anthony (New Jersey) prospect Pankey (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps interested in legacy center prospect Josh Henderson from Roanoke (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles prospect Justin Coleman in Las Vegas (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Pickles and Chips named sandwiches after Ambrose, Pat Kennedy

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Hounds offered Baltimore Stars’ Ryley Beaumont

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo ‘full speed ahead’ in 2nd season as Mids’ Head Coach

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says former Hawk Antonio McMillon will play in Finland

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says Coach Chris Simpson extended after success in ‘09

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says Palace visit Harrisburg tonight trying to keep playoff hopes alive

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says City Islanders come into match with Palace struggling

INDYCAR RACING:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says IRL ‘leaning towards’ approving Baltimore Grand Prix

BALTIMORE COLTS:

SI’s Peter King says NFLPA Head DeMaurice Smith believes he has made ground with former Colt Bruce Laird

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I have no emotions from the Orioles game yesterday. Hernandez struggled, but he’ll be fine.

Talk to you this weekend.

-G

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