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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

I’m not overly concerned about Michael Oher yet. I think Michael will be here by the end of the week, and will begin to work his way into the starting lineup by the first preseason game. I would really be surprised if he wasn’t here shortly.

That being said, I will continue to be concerned about the WR situation until the Ravens get effective WR play in regular season games. Biren Ealy is nothing more than a body; and I am in agreement with the fans who think the team needs to make an upgrade somehow. I am not going to back off my concerns here.

But GOD it is great to have football back.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says vets reporting to Training Camp Monday included McGahee, Clayton, Williams, Yanda, Terry, Rolle, Gregg, Landry, Barnes

Nestor Aparicio says Royals seeing hope by playing Orioles

Luke Jones says Ravens’ Newsome not interested in Vick

Nestor Aparicio says Ealy brings background issues to Baltimore

Patrick Staso remembers Bennett’s time in Charm City

Glenn Clark says WWE event tonight highlight of non-baseball week

Tom Clayton thinks Ravens should take chance with Matt Jones

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Rich Hill lasted just 2 1/3 innings in Birds’ loss to Royals

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Berken goes to hill tonight vs. Brian Bannister, Royals

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Trembley knows players dealing with uncertainty of Trade Deadline

Kansas City Royals Official Site’s Dick Kaegel says Billy Butler had 5 hits to pace Royals in win over O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Hill ‘apologized’ after loss, cited tendinitis as culprit for struggles

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Mora wants to stay with Birds

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley wouldn’t discuss Hill’s future after loss

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Birds will try to get Hill through waivers

Examiner Jay Trucker says Huff not helping team or himself right now

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says 15,000 at Camden Yards saw Royals top Birds

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Cla Meredith made first appearance at OPACY since being acquired from Padres

McClatchy Newspapers says Jones homered for Birds in loss

Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton says Robinson Tejeda picked up win in relief of Chen for KC

The Sports Network says “Mexicutioner” Soria pitched 9th for 16th save of season

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 26th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 25th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Michael Aubrey’s homer not enough for Tides in loss to Durham

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Matusz shut down Connecticut in win

Frederick Keys Official Site says Zach Britton shut down Salem in win

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Joe Mahoney scored run, drove in another in loss to Asheville

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Brian Sisk lost in relief as Ironbirds fell to Brooklyn

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Robert Bundy loser as Orioles fell to Princeton

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Steve Bumbry battling through early average struggles at Aberdeen

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Ryan Adams homered for Keys in win

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Chris Ray walked one, but gave up no runs or no hits in 1 inning of rehab assignment with Baysox

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Britton now 3-0 vs. Red Sox this season

Virginian-Pilot says David Pauley took loss as Tides fell to Bulls

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens waived Sypniewski

The Official Site says Harbaugh knows Oher ‘wants’ to be at Training Camp

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco talked to Mason, doesn’t know what decision he’ll make

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Barnes, Peerman first Ravens to arrive in Westminster

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh claims Ravens ‘excited’ about start of Camp

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens didn’t show interest Monday in WR’s Joe Horn, Amani Toomer, or DJ Hackett

The Sun’s Mike Preston doesn’t think Ravens will miss Leonhard

The Sun’s Mike Preston expects Mason to be back

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens could be willing to trade for ‘top-notch’ WR if Mason remains retired

The Sun’s Edward Lee says lack of first round picks signed hurting negotiations with Oher

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens added WR Biren Ealy

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens also cut practice squad OG Brian Johnson

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Flacco ‘has to be concerned’ about Mason

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Biren Ealy brings 1 career catch, 6 career yards to Baltimore

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs, Steelers’ Harrison could combine to make hell of a defender

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘falling behind’ at WR

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Oher’s negotiations should be easier than Bengals’ negotiations with Andre Smith

ESPN.com has Ravens 10th in power rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Friedgen thinks Terps ‘hungry’ to compete in ACC

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps now admitting to disappointment of last year’s Humanitarian Bowl appearance

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says James Franklin wants Chris Turner to ‘create’ more with feet

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Dion Armstrong not academically eligible yet

Washington Post’s Zach Berman says Terps received no first place votes in Atlantic Division balloting

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner playing role of ‘stabilizer’ for Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner thinks LaQuan Williams could be ‘crucial’ to offense

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dominique Herald, Bearthur Johnson missing from Terps’ roster

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph has dropped 95 pounds, down to 306

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps playing fairly easy non-division schedule

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich voted Baltz, Torrey Smith All-ACC

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps’ O-Line key to chances to defy preseason projections

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich rekindled fun rivalry with Ralph at ACC Media Day

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces incoming freshman QB C.J. Brown (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces incoming freshman OLB/DE Isaiah Ross (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles most recent commit Mario Rowson (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says DB Carroll thinks Don Brown bringing ‘excitement’ back to defense

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty says Carroll ‘isn’t worried’ about negative preseason prognostications for Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

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

NAVY FOOTBALL:

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

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird put in final workout before West Virginia Derby

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra worked Monday at Saratoga in preparation for Haskell Invitational

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says Mine That Bird went four furlongs at Mountaineer Race Track

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says trainer Steve Asmussen says Rachel Alexandra faces ‘tall task’ against Summer Bird, etc. at Haskell

SWIMMING:

SwimNetwork.com thinks Phelps will set new world record in 200m Free

Tribune Newspapers’ Lisa Dillman says Phelps appeared ‘agitated’ after watching Biedermann break record in high-tech swimsuit

Tribune Newspapers’ Lisa Dillman says Bowman, Phelps abandoning experiment with new stroke

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Cavic still believes he lost to Phelps in Olympics due to faulty technology

BALTIMORE COLTS:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 18 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

Of COURSE the Orioles should move Koji Uehara to the bullpen. They cannot just accept the fact that one of their pitchers will only give them 5 innings. I know Allen McCallum thinks it is important for the Orioles to maintain their honesty to Uehara after telling him he’d be a starter; but Uehara actually has to be able to start.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Rex Snider says Perry Hall resident Sam Mayfield caught Wieters’ first HR ball

Bob Haynie was at Memorial Stadium to see Ripken hit first HR

Rex Snider says MacPhail has questions to answer regarding Sosa

Ed Frankovic expects Ovechkin to have big night at NHL Awards Show

Glenn Clark has almost-Raven Lawrence Phillips amongst most ‘troubled’ athletes

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Wieters hit first career HR as Birds topped Mets

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

MLB.com’s Brian Eller says Wieters took curtain call after hitting first HR

MLB.com’s Brian Eller says Berken, Birds try to win series tonight vs. Hernandez, Mets

Mets Official Site’s Anthony DiComo says Feliciano took loss for Mets in relief

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Arrieta struggled again as Tides fell to Louisville

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Matusz particularly impressive as Baysox beat Reading

Frederick Keys Official Site says Wally Crancer went 3-4, homered; but Keys fell to Winston-Salem

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Nathan Moreau took tough loss as Delmarva fell to Lake County

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Huff’s 2 run homer carried O’s past Mets

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Uehara effective, but took no decision as bullpen struggled

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Alberto Castillo not getting job done as left-handed specialist

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Matusz was ‘nervous’ making first start for Baysox

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says former Oriole Sosa ‘most unlikeable professional athlete (he’s) ever briefly encountered’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says autographed bat and ball enough to get Wieters’ first HR ball back from fan

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley thought Hendrickson got ‘big’ double play with bases loaded

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Markakis thinks hitting ‘contagious’

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Tuesday HR helped Markakis break funk

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says nearly 32,000 saw Birds top Mets at Camden Yards

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Markakis went 4-4 for Birds in win

The AP says home run also gave Wieters first career RBI

Frederick News-Post says Jake Stevens took loss as Keys fell to Dash

Virginian-Pilot says Steve Torrealba, Jeff Fiorentino picked up RBI for Tides in loss

New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch says Mets got ‘up and down start’ from Tim Redding in loss

New York Times’ Ben Shpigel says Sheffield homered for Mets in loss

New York Daily News’ Adam Rubin says lefties had been hitting .125 off Feliciano before Huff’s game winner

Newsday’s David Lennon says Huff may have been auditioning to be acquired by Mets this season

Newark Star-Ledger’s Brian Costa says Daniel Murphy went 3-4 with RBI in Mets’ loss

Bergen Record’s Steve Popper says Wright 0-4, snapped 11 game hitting streak in loss

ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick says Scott has improved at ‘reading breaking balls’

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Oher has shown ‘superb mobility’ in OTA’s

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Kruger has taken starting reps with Suggs not in Baltimore

The Official Site says Ravens reach partnership agreement with Maryland lottery

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Demetrius Williams’ potential not enough for Ravens anymore

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Draft picks Oher, Webb, Kruger, Phillips remain unsigned

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens scratch-off ticket to be available before first preseason game against Redskins

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens agreed to terms with 6th round pick Peerman

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks says Ravens defense will be ‘tested’ after losing Rex Ryan, Leonhard, Bart Scott

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks more teams will follow Ravens’ lead in trying to find ways to make money

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Maryland commit Titus Till amongst players participating in ’09 Crab Bowl

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says former commit Teddy Dargan ended up at Arizona Western College

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says if Terps make ACC Championship, game to kick off at 8pm

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Sherwood DT prospect Greg Grant visited College Park (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ekezie 18th best player of Gary’s 20 years

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Burns 17th best player of Gary’s 20 years

Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman says Terps ‘Top 40 team’

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Florida, Virginia, Miami, Ohio State all still in mix for Terps target Mychal Parker (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Jeremy Pick added to strength and conditioning staff

TOWSON LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Quint Kessenich says Ingerman could be amongst breakout sophomores in ‘10

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site’s Steve Settembrino
checks in from Retrievers’ trip to Japan

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site offers season recap for Jays

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids breaks down Navy’s ‘09 opponents

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says LB Matt Barnes, OL Josh Berman, OL Tim Hackmann, DB Greg Miletic named to NFF Honor Society

WOMEN’S COLLEGE LACROSSE:

Towson Official Site says Unitas Stadium selected to host Final Four again in 2010

The Sun says Tigers felt they could host event one more year before construction began on new arena

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says ‘unity’ on road trips has helped Mariners win

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra confirmed to race again at Mother Goose Stakes

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Mother Goose Stakes to be run at Belmont Park

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Churchill Downs holding first ever night racing card Friday

BOXING:

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mark “TNT” Tucker to face Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams July 17 at Carroll County Agricultural Center

SWIMMING:

The AP says Phelps got new endorsement deal with San Diego-based H2O Audio

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Why shouldn’t the Ravens partner with the Maryland lottery? If partnering with the Maryland lottery means it will be another year before ticket prices are raised, it is a boon for Ravens fans.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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To Draft or Not To Draft

Posted on 17 April 2009 by Nicholas Miskelly

To Draft or Not To Draft 

As draft day approaches I have begun to think in greater depth about what the Ravens should do with their first pick. The Ravens have traditionally been one of the best teams in the NFL when it comes to drafting and evaluating talent.  The great Ozzie Newsome always puts this team in the best possible position to draft value with a pick and never based on need.  He has done it again this year. 

After the season was over the Ravens had a lot of decisions to make.  They had to decide who to re-sign, who to let go, and for those who left, how would they be replaced?  We saw the likes of Bart Scott, Chris McAlister, Jason Brown, and Jim Leonhard all leave via free agency.  But after that we saw Ozzie reload as only Ozzie can.  He brought in Matt Birk at center, Foxworth at corner, and L.J Smith at tight end to sure up potential weaknesses or thin areas for the Ravens.  He also resigned Samari Rolle and signed Chris Carr to the team to make sure there was great depth in the secondary and coverage on the special teams unit.  Heading into the draft this team is complete and does not have any glaring need that must be addressed early in this draft.  Furthermore this team has a wealth of young talent that they did not have room for last year with the likes of Prescott Burgess and Tavares Gooden.  This team is in as comfortable of a position as any team heading into the draft.  This is why they must consider adding Boldin to the team.  He may very well be the one missing piece. 

While the Ravens do not typically like to trade their top pick or a bulk of their picks in a draft, this year might be the year to do so.  I know the Ravens have only six picks this year but if you give up your first and your third round picks you will be gaining more value in Boldin than you would be giving away with what could come in with those two picks.  Wide receiver is the hardest position to fill in the draft and more times then not the pick results in a bust.  The game is so much more physical at the NFL level it is just impossible to project how well receivers will do and which ones will be a bust.  Boldin is a perfect example.  He was a second round draft pick because teams could not project how well he would do.  This year looks to be a crap shoot again as teams try to guess which wide-out is worth taking.  The Ravens are one of those teams and by trading for Boldin it would eliminate all of the guesswork. 

Look at this way:  Who might the Ravens draft with the 26th overall pick?  Most projections I have seen have the Ravens looking at a corner or, you guessed it, a wide receiver.  Thanks to Ozzie’s great offseason the Ravens have added depth and talent to their secondary.  A corner pick here is no longer a must but rather more like a luxury.  A wide receiver for this team makes the most sense, so why not get the best? This years best available is not Percy Harvin, Hakeem Nicks(I think is the best in the draft), Kenny Britt, or even Darrius Heyward-Bey.  That is right, the best wide-out available this year is Boldin.  The Ravens fans want him.  The Ravens need him.

Boldin is young, only 28, and can help this team for another 5 years.  He will come in and have an immediate impact on this offense, especially on Joe Flacco.  The other benefit of getting Boldin is that you would not have to wait for him to develop.  He is ready to go on day one.  Let’s face it the Ravens are not getting any younger on defense and guys like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed do not have the years left to wait for a rookie to develop.  Flacco is also emerging into a star and we do not need to hold him back while waiting for the rookie WR to develop.

Traditionally the Ravens have not been afraid to pull the trigger to trade up in the draft to get guys they felt were important to this team and may not be available when it is their turn to draft, ala Joe Flacco.  So why not pull the trigger this year.  Just because Boldin is not in the draft does not mean we should write off the idea of dealing our picks.   

Give up the picks and bring Baltimore a star thus narrowing the gap between the Super Bowl champions and the Baltimore Ravens!!! 

 

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Ravens Address Return Man Need

Posted on 14 March 2009 by Glenn Clark

The Ravens have added former Titans CB/KR Chris Carr; according to ESPN’s John Clayton. Carr’s role with the Ravens will likely be more in the return capacity; but with Samari Rolle’s release pending; Carr will also be counted on for secondary depth.

The Ravens tried a number of solutions in the return game last year due to Yamon Figurs’ struggles; including the departed Jim Leonhard. Carr has over 6,500 career return yards (punts and kicks); and 2 career interceptions over his 4 year career with the Raiders and Titans.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 09 March 2009 by Glenn Clark

Thank God for Brenda Frese and her team.

For as upset and downtrodden as we get about the heartbreaks on the men’s side; Brenda’s team continues to give us memories and dazzling performances.

Yesterday’s ACC Championship was as good a basketball game-men or women-as I’ve seen this season. It was hard fought on both ends, with neither team giving up; and both teams doing amazing things to try to will themselves to a title. It was sparkling, it was fun.

Thank God for Brenda and those girls. Hearing the fight song after the Championship game yesterday was emotional again. Maybe not the SAME emotion as when Maryland beat Duke in 2004 on the men’s side; but pretty damn close.

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester thinks Birds cutting Guthrie’s salary ‘disgraceful’

Nestor Aparicio says Birds ‘punish’ best pitcher with salary cut

Drew Forrester offers Part 1 of Orioles Hangout interview

Nestor Aparicio shares Memorial Stadium memories

Glenn Clark says Bergesen, Moore performing well for Birds in Ft. Lauderdale

Drew Forrester says careers for Greene, Proctor will last at least one more game

Drew Forrester says Towson gave Mason good scare before bowing out of CAA Tournament

Ed Frankovic says Caps rally, but fall to Penguins 4-3 in shootout

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Parrish, Hennessey no longer in ‘mix’ for rotation

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds sign Guthrie to 1 year deal worth $650,000

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Wieters gets only hit as Birds fall to Twins

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Baez solid in start, Penn struggled from pen in loss to Twins

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Guthrie will make $120,000 less this year than last year

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Liriano threw four perfect innings in Twins’ win over Birds

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Uehara faces Brandon Knight and Mets today

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Penn gave up homer to Carlos Gomez in loss to Twins

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Twins had perfect game going until Salazar reached on error in 7th

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Baez gave up just one hit in 3 2/3 innings

Examiner Jay Trucker says Birds still have 13 candidates for 3 rotation spots

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says cutting Guthrie’s pay ‘same old story’ for O’s

Examiner Steve DeClue says Bergesen, Matusz both pitching well in Spring Training

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Hendrickson ‘waiting’ for another opportunity

The AP says Mora got first RBI for Venezuela in WBC loss to Team USA

Washington Post’s CJ Holley says Eaton, Hendrickson ‘expected to see game action in coming days’

RAVENS:

Examiner Phil Macek says Ravens better off without T.O.

Examiner Steve DeClue says Leonhard ‘necessary loss’ for Ravens

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The AP says Coleman, Toliver combine for 52 as Terps beat Duke for ACC Title

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Terps win first ACC Tournament since ‘89

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Coleman named ACC Tournament MVP after win over Blue Devils

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps will open ACC Tournament with NC State Thursday night

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps would face Wake if they reach ACC Tournament quarterfinals

Examiner Dylan Waugh says Terps will face Wolfpack for first time since Greivis ‘taunted’ fans with meaningless 3

Examiner Dylan Waugh says NCAA Tournament hopes ‘critically damaged’ for Terps

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Gary seen ‘hanging head’ after loss to Virginia

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Greivis thought Terps had ‘no excuse’ for losing to woeful Cavs

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Cavaliers switched from zone to man after Diane’s 3 to leave Terps confused

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Pack will enter ACC Tournament having lost 3 of last 4

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Cavs’ Diane lifted by emotion of Senior Night

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Neal knows Terps need to improve vs. zone defense

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps 7 seed in ACC Tournament

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have been worst against Miami, BC, Virginia Tech since winning national championship

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps were best with Mosley, Gregory on floor vs. Virginia

ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach says Terps again ‘limp’ into ACC Tournament

Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman says Terps headed back to NIT ‘barring miracle’

CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm has Terps OUT

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps scouted Oak Hill-Montrose Christian showdown Friday night (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse says Terps now 5th in media poll

Inside Lacrosse’s Quint Kessenich says Terps trying to avoid losing to UMBC for 3rd straight year

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps’ win over Towson ‘yawn-inducing’

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Retrievers top Albany, advance to America East Championship

The AP says Greene scored 29 to help Retrievers knock off Great Danes

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers’ run in CAA Tournament ended by George Mason in semis

The Sun says Thornton lead Tigers with 15 in loss to Patriots

Washington Post’s John Feinstein says Tigers NEARLY pushed Mason to NIT

DC Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Cam Long daggered Tigers late

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Eers advance to NEC Championship with win over Sacred Heart

The Sun says Goode scored 12 second half points to lift Eers

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Beidler lead Eers with 13 in win over Pioneers

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says nearly 2,000 saw ‘Eers beat Sacred Heart in NEC semifinals

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:

Carroll County Times says Eers fall to Bryant 7-6 Sunday at home

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Holmes, Kately honored by NABC

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman tells touching story of Bozeman helping his family

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Hounds 14th in coaches’ poll, 18th in media poll

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse says Jays 6th in coaches’ poll

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Michael Gvozden topped brother Andrew in Jays’ win over Hofstra

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Gulls top Ohio Wesleyan

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Childs Walker says former Colts ‘concerned’ with current state of Ed Block Foundation

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Avi Friedman from Owings Mills; who claimed the state wrestling title Saturday night at the 112 pound level; and remains undefeated. Thanks to Ken for the nomination.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 04 March 2009 by Glenn Clark

Matt Birk would be a very nice addition for the Ravens. I would like it better if he could catch the ball; but you deal with those things. Check out my recap of last night’s game; I’m already late getting this posted.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Casey Willett introduces us to Ravens hopeful Birk

Casey Willett ‘would not be surprised’ if Ravens, Birk agree to deal today

Glenn Clark says loss to Wake could ‘haunt’ Terps

Bob Haynie says Terps’ Bowie in ‘funk’

Bob Haynie says Dupree gave Terps solid minutes in loss

Glenn Clark says Terps’ Burney dealing with bruised foot

Drew Forrester says Birds trying to get fans in seats with birthday promotion

Nestor Aparicio reports Birds’ good deed

Keith Melchior thinks Ravens will open at home due to Birds’ schedule

Chris Bonetti says O’s have 35 pitchers ‘no one thinks are any good’ in Ft. Lauderdale

Chris Bonetti says Clark’s favorite atmospheres include MD/Hopkins at Homewood Field

Chris Bonetti says Hounds face Duke next after win over Siena

Alex Thomas thinks Terps will beat Towson in lacrosse this weekend

Drew Forrester to be interviewed by Orioles Hangout

Drew Forrester thinks Caps ‘could use help’ after watching loss to Carolina

Ed Frankovic says Caps pounded again, 5-2 by Hurricanes

Ed Frankovic says Caps won’t be able to add Pronger

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Leonhard signs with Jets

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco not concerned with who plays center next season

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Vikings center Birk visits Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Chester, Yanda would be other options at center for Ravens

Examiner Steve DeClue says Ravens ‘never showed interest’ in Houshmandzadeh

Examiner Phil Macek says Ryan gets ‘two quality football players’ in Scott, Leonhard

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says signing Leonhard to big money deal ‘wouldn’t not have been in (Ravens’) best interest’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Birk considering Ravens, return to Minnesota

Jock Life’s Patrick Brougham says Mason thinks he deserves extension

ESPN.com’s James Walker wonders how Newsome will handle Mason situation

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Leonhard departure ‘all but assures’ Landry will be starter

ESPN.com Scouts Inc.’s Matt Williamson says loss of Brown could ‘really hamper’ Ravens’ offense

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan mocks DHB to Ravens

NFL Network’s Jamie Dukes mocks Laurinaitis to Ravens

National Football Post’s Matt Bowen thinks 52 needs to come back to Ravens

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Penn, Mickolio star in intrasquad game

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says A. Jones wants to be model for other young black athletes to play baseball

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Penn has Trembley’s ‘attention’

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says BaySox to hold fan event

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Guthrie could make less than last year

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Cabrera will take hill for Nats vs. Birds Friday

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Baez ‘pleased’ despite intrasquad struggles

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Eaton, Alfredo Simon to finally join team

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Arrieta ‘not sharp’ in intrasquad game

Examiner Jay Trucker says O’s giving away free birthday tickets

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Hendrickson, Uehara, Bass, McCrory, Albers all set to pitch today vs. Dominican Republic WBC team

The AP says Sherrill hoping to improve ‘control’ this season

SI’s Tom Verducci says ‘things looking up’ for Birds with Trembley

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Neal scored 19 on Senior Night, but Terps fell to Wake

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site says Gary thinks Terps have ‘been there’ against good teams recently

The Official Site says Terps blew 32-25 halftime lead in loss

Wake Forest Official Site says Aminu tallied 16 points, 14 boards as Deacs topped Terps

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Demon Deacons had 19 offensive boards, 20 2nd chance points

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Terps have ‘no room for error’ now on bubble

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says despite almost identical record, Gary thinks Terps ‘different’ team than last year

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gaudio thought James Johnson’s block in final minute crucial to victory

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Deacs had 17 free throw attempts to Maryland’s 2

Examiner Dylan Waugh says Vasquez scored 16 with 7-24 shooting in loss

Examiner Steve DeClue says Vasquez, Hayes missed big shots late in loss

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says 11-0 run by Wake in final minutes did Terps in

The AP says Deacs finished Terps with 6-0 run in final minute

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Terps failed in opportunity to put ‘emphatic stamp on Tournament resume’ with loss

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Deacs finished with 50-32 rebounding advantage over Terps

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Neal’s ‘gritty effort not enough’ in loss to Deacs

Washington Post’s Mike Wise says team he loves couldn’t give Gary 64th birthday present last night

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Wake’s zone gave Terps ‘headaches’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Wake finished with 10 blocks in win

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Burney back in protective boot

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says ‘flaws ultimately got better of’ Terps in loss

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says plenty of other bubble teams for Terps to watch tonight

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps will be 7, 8, or 9 seed in ACC Tournament

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps can survive Wake loss, but couldn’t survive loss to Virginia

DC Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Comcast Center wasn’t as amped for Wake as they were Carolina, Duke

Winston-Salem Journal says Deacs improve to 23-5 (10-5) with win over Terps

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says life ‘difficult’ again for Gary, Terps

Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman says Terps need to beat Cavs, ‘make some noise’ in ACC Tournament

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says size hurt Terps in loss to Deacons (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Charlottesville prospect Mychal Parker has skills Terps ‘looking for’ in ’10 (must subscribe)

Terp Center’s Seth Hoffman says Terps failed in opportunity to ‘seal’ NCAA Tournament berth

Turtle Sports Report’s Maddie McConnell says Terps blew 11 point first half lead in loss

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Kizer named to All-ACC freshman team

The AP says Kizer averaged 11.7 points, 7.4 rebounds en route to ACC Freshman team nod

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Terps did not have player named to All-ACC defensive team

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Ralph will face ‘moderate expectations’ in College Park next season

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps trying to find more talent from St. John’s to join Pete White (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh scouts NY QB prospect (must subscribe)

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Alex Hopmann’s 4 goals not enough as Retrievers fall to Hopkins

The Official Site says Hopkins remains only D1 team UMBC has faced and never defeated

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Michael Powers ‘dominated’ face-offs in win over UMBC

Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon says Jays won ground ball battle 38-20 in win over Dogs

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Cooper MacDonnell tallied 3 points as Greyhounds beat Siena

The Sun says Greyhounds improve to 3-1 with win over Saints

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Hounds happy to have Koppens back

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers to hold pep rally before CAA Tournament opener Friday

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Bozeman nominated for Hugh Durham award for mid-major coach of the year

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Michael Harper named MEAC Rookie of the Week

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mids open Patriot League Tournament with Colgate tonight in Annapolis

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Mids trying to win first conference tournament game since ‘01

The Sun’s Kent Baker says Mids looking for 3rd win of season over Raiders

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Lange looking for first Patriot League Tournament win

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Mids ‘dark horse’ to win Patriot League Tournament

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Joe Lennon tallies 3 points as Mids top Mount

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says former coach Wayne Hardin on Hall of Fame ballot

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Goode named All-NEC first team

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Goode first Eer to be named first team All-NEC in 10 years

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:

The Official Site says T.C. DiBartolo’s 14 saves not enough as Mids beat Eers

BLAST:

The Official Site says Machel Milwood, PJ Wakefield honored by NISL

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Matt Duerr; a 2nd time winner of the award. Duerr scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Century knocked off South Hagerstown in playoff action. He surpassed 1,000 points for his career.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 March 2009 by Glenn Clark

I wrote a lot yesterday. Please read that. And enjoy the snow!

Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says 52 may have been better off not talking

Nestor Aparicio thinks Post out to get Gary

Thyrl Nelson thinks Ravens should consider trading Suggs

Glenn Clark says Terps did ‘just enough’ to beat NC State

Thyrl Nelson pokes fun at the Redskins (a concept we can ALL celebrate!)

Casey Willett says Leonhard did not finish deal with Jets, but Ravens aren’t interested

Glenn Clark says Post finds smoke, no fire with Under Armour/Stephenson story

Drew Forrester says O’s get another ‘reclamation project’ in Eaton

Drew Forrester says Ravens would have likely released Rolle had he asked for release or not

Drew Forrester says ‘near sell-out’ crowd sees Greene, Proctor play final game at RAC Arena

Drew Forrester says Hill has injury issues in past

Glenn Clark says St. Frances’ Vinson amongst stars of weekend

Chris Bonetti says Marquis Sullivan scores 14 as Greyhounds beat Iona

Ed Frankovic says Caps beaten by Panthers to end homestand

RAVENS:

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Samari Rolle doesn’t feel ‘wanted’, wants out

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens believe they have solved CB puzzle with Foxworth signing

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens should pull deal for 52 off table knowing market isn’t there for him

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck wonders why players trying to leave team that appeared to be close knit

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens expected to continue talks with Marvel Smith today

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Brown thinks Boller was ‘gun shy’ in Baltimore

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Rolle’s release ‘likely’ to save Ravens $4 million

SI’s Don Banks says 52 ‘overplayed his hand’ in free agency

SI’s Peter King says Rex Ryan took incredible recruiting trip to Bart Scott’s house Thursday night

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown says Ravens ‘not as strong’ as team that reached AFC Championship Game

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Foxworth got big money after not being wanted short time ago

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Bill Ladson says Wieters goes deep as Birds top Nats

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says O’s used ‘statistical analysis’, ‘historical trends’ to come up with Roberts’ contract extension

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Hill skips start with ‘stiff left elbow’

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds sign Adam Eaton

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds ‘optimistic’ Hill’s injury not serious

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says David Pauley effective starting in place of Hill

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Bergesen will face Justin Masterson, Red Sox this afternoon

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Wieters hitting .429 thus far this Spring

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Justin Turner also added home run in win over Nationals

Examiner Jay Trucker ‘confused’ by Eaton signing

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Jim Johnson, Chris Ray, Chris Waters, Wilfredo Perez all also scheduled to pitch today

The AP says Hill would have made start if game had been in regular season

Washington Post’s Cameron Smith says Birds will pay Eaton $400,000 if he makes roster

BLAST:

The Official Site says Pat Healey scores winner as Blast beats La Raza in overtime

The Sun says Cabral passes 900 point mark for career in win at Monterrey

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Vasquez scores 33 as Terps beat NC State

NC State Official Site says Smith scored just 7 in 2nd half of loss

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps improve to 7-7 in ACC with win

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Maryland officials conducting internal review of Stephenson recruitment

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps get little rest before battling Wake Forest Tuesday night

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary wants Bowie to ‘shoot more’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary relied on Neal for leadership in late stages of win

Examiner Steve DeClue says Vasquez ‘punctuated’ victory with ‘meaningless’ 3 pointer at buzzer

Examiner Dylan Waugh says Vasquez’s floater in final minute was dagger to Wolfpack

The AP says Vasquez added 5 assists in win over Pack

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Terps still in NCAA Tournament ‘consideration’ with win at RBC Center

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Neal played career high 37 minutes in win

Washington Post’s Mike Wise says Gary convinces Terps they’re ‘on the ledge’ again

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Tracy Smith lead Wolfpack with 19 in loss

Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg doubts Gary happy to see another recruiting story

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Wolfpack commit 16 turnovers in loss

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps had plenty of ‘open looks’ in win

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says University investigating comments made by Mouton

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell and Steve Yanda report on relationship between recruit Stephenson, Under Armour, University of Maryland

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hayes played 31 minutes without turnover in win

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps win 7 ACC games for 16th straight season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have won 5 of last 9; but have looked good during stretch

Charlotte Observer’s Ken Tysiac says Vasquez ‘apologized’ for decision to shoot 3 at buzzer

ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach says Terps need to win one more this week

ESPN.com’s Andy Katz says Terps need to feed off ‘good vibes’ in Comcast Center Tuesday night

Turtle Sports Report’s Maddie McConnell says Neal chips in 11 to help lift Terps

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Terps clinch ACC regular season title with win at Miami

The AP says Coleman scored 17, grabbed 16 boards in the Terps’ win over ‘Canes

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Strickland added 17 in win

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Terps will open ACC Tournament with NC State/Wake Forest winner

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse says Terps up to 6th in media poll

Inside Lacrosse’s Quint Kessenich has Terps 5th in own poll

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Brian Farrell missed Duke game with two cracked ribs, fluid in lungs

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Jason Carter told Dave Cottle to leave Phipps in for 2nd half of win over Blue Devils

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says 17,000+ in attendance at M&T Bank Stadium to see Terps win

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Gilliam scores 19 as UMBC beats Albany on Senior Night

UMBC LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse says Retrievers up to 6th in coaches poll

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Anthony Winbush scores 17 as Loyola beats Iona

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Denver gets two goals from Joey Murray in win over Towson

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Jays slip almost out of Top 10 after loss to Princeton

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Pietramala wouldn’t blame Gvozden solely for Jays’ poor play in loss to Tigers

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mids open Patriot League Tournament with home game against Colgate Wednesday

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Chris Urps. Now a 2 time winner of the Athlete of the Morning award; Chris Urps was nominated by brother Joe Urps. Urps won the 160 pound title for Chesapeake (Anne Arundel County) in the 4A-3A regional wrestling championships.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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15-7-0

Posted on 01 March 2009 by Glenn Clark

You know how this works. 15 were great, 7 were lucky, and there was a total zero. I REALLY want to make “Snow” the zero this week; but it isn’t bad…..yet.

You were great….

1-Aubrey Huff

Look, I can’t get too excited about games that don’t count. I’m about as interested in what Koji Uehara did last week as I am in which stripper was the most recent kicked off of “Rock Of Love Bus with Bret Michaels”. Scratch that. I care MUCH more about Rock of Love Bus than I do about fake baseball. And we all know that Kelsey got kicked off for getting too drunk and passing out on a speed bump (is it embarrassing that I just admitted to knowing this?). But Huff had three hits Saturday, which is good for a historically slow starter. Hopefully he’ll be successful again and they can trade him…unlike last year.

2-Todd Bozeman

Make it back to back regular season titles and postseason appearances for Todd Bozeman’s Bears. I’d like to say something negative about the guy since he beat Maryland earlier in the season; but he has just been awesome since coming to Hil Field House. Congratulations to Morgan on the MEAC regular season title.

3-Kyle Wimer, Bill McCutcheon and Shane Koppens

It was a good weekend for all Baltimore lacrosse teams NOT named Johns Hopkins, anyway. Wimer tallied 5 points to lead UMBC past Colgate. I heard some people in the M&T Bank Stadium Press Box talking about how this UMBC team could be a dark horse candidate to make the Final Four. McCutcheon had 7 points to lift Towson past Air Force; and Koppens returned to action with 3 goals to get Loyola a road win at Penn State.

4-Jay Greene and Darryl Proctor, Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman

Something special happened this weekend. Four of the best basketball players this state has seen in some time all celebrated their final home games; and all won. Greene and Proctor were part of a special Senior Night event at UMBC, while Toliver and Coleman were incredible in their final game at Comcast Center. (Toliver and Coleman also went on to win at Miami on Sunday). I like making jokes, but this was just a pretty special weekend in Catonsville and College Park.

5-Geoff Ogilvy and Lorena Ochoa

Ogilvy won the Match Play title in an effort that I’m not certain Paul Casey has even bothered to show up for just yet. Ogilvy was dominant in winning his 2nd Match Play title. I’m not sure if I won the bracket contest with Drew; but I’m definitely the real winner; as I didn’t have to watch a single MOMENT of golf this weekend after Tiger was eliminated on Day 2. And oh yeah; Lorena Ochoa did something too.

6-Novak Djokovic, Mardy Fish and Venus Williams

Golf is boring to watch. Yet I’m saddled with the Golf Channel on Channel 3 of my Comcast Cable here in Baltimore County. Tennis couldn’t be more exciting to watch; yet I have to poke through to channel 277 just to find it. And I’m reasonably certain the TV in my bedroom doesn’t go past channel 125. Djokovic, Fish, and Venus were all winners this weekend; but I wonder if anyone even knows that.

7-Kyle Busch

What’s better? Winning a NASCAR race, or being from Las Vegas? If you’re Kyle Busch, you don’t have to choose. The polesitter claimed the title in NASCAR’s trip to Vegas; where the winner gets to spend Monday visiting friends at the Bunny Ranch, gets as much $5 prime rib as you can eat, gets to join Wayne Newton on stage Sunday night, gets points and money. Lame.

8-Martin Brodeur

In returning from the lockout a couple years ago, the NHL changed the rules to make it easier to score. Unfortunately for me, they didn’t do the same thing at places like Charles Village Pub and Greene Turtle Towson. But I digress. Despite the rules changes, Martin Brodeur can still keep you from scoring; and he did it for the 100th time in his career Sunday. He’s 3 shy of the all-time record; and 4 shy of Patrick Roy’s all-time wins record.

9-Terrell Vinson

Here we go again. Vinson scored 20 Sunday to lead St. Frances past Loyola Blakefield in the Baltimore Catholic League title game. I can’t confirm this; but I definitely get the feeling Terrell’s success has EVERYTHING to do with the fact that he knows his Facebook friend Glenn Clark is keeping tabs on him.

10-Shaquille O’Neal

This is just ridiculous. 45 points Friday night. 33 points Sunday in a win over Kobe and the Lakers. Meanwhile, Shawn Kemp is gearing up for the next season of Pros Vs. Joe’s. It doesn’t work for everyone.

11-Steve Holcomb

With a gun to my head; I’m sure if I’d root for America or Jamaica in a bobsled showdown. But these colors don’t run! Holcomb brought home the first gold medal in the 4 man bobsled at the World Championships in FIFTY FREAKING YEARS for the Americans Sunday; and I’m all for that. But still; don’t make me pick between Team USA and Jamaica. I just don’t know.

12-Toney Douglas and Jeff Teague

The Deacs weren’t perfect down the stretch, but Teague’s 12 were big late as they beat Virginia. Douglas poured in 23 to help Florida State beat Clemson. As of today; Clemson and Wake would get first round byes in the ACC Tournament. There’s nothing they’d like more.

13-Barack Obama

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Damn that guy just looks cool. It’s like a mixed race James Dean was elected President. Could you imagine how easy it would be to pick up chicks if you hung out with this guy? Wait; you mean he was watching a Wizards game Friday night? The Wizards are playing again this season? Someone should have told me.

14-Rex Ryan

He’s doing work in New York; and he’s winning over fans and media alike. He’s added Bart Scott and Lito Sheppard this weekend; with Jim Leonhard possibly still on the horizon. It’s a big weekend for the big man; and he’s gearing up to try to challenge the Patriots in the AFC East. He MIGHT want to think about nabbing a quarterback at some point…..I hear Kyle Boller’s available!

15-Appetizers

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What was the bit Bobby Kelly used to do about appetizers? It’s food……BEFORE FOOD! I went out Friday night and Saturday night to establishments with half-priced appetizers; and I enjoyed things like cuban bread, spinach dip, chicken flatbread, sesame chicken strips, mozzerrella sticks, fried green beans, and chicken nachos. I’m still recovering.

You got lucky……

1-Gary Williams

Greivis Vasquez was the star; but the Terps NEEDED the win. With The Post throwing some more daggers his way Sunday morning; Gary’s Terps got just enough done Sunday night in Raleigh to overcome blowing a big early lead and going for a 10 minute span in the middle with only making 2 field goals. And thanks go to Sidney Lowe for benching Tracy Smith right when the Wolfpack had turned the momentum. He may have needed the rest, but the Pack needed the momentum more.

2-Alexander Semin

Canadians are crazy. Did Don Cherry really say that Alexander Ovechkin disrespects the game? Don Cherry might as well wear a fruit basket on his head and a coconut bra to games! Anyway, a showdown between the two top teams in the Eastern Conference should NEVER end this way.

3-Virginia Lacrosse

The way to finish off the number 2 team in the country on the road is NOT to let them finish the game on a 4-0 run. The Cavs turned a 13-8 lead into a 13-12 final, and sweat it out at the end. There were almost 17,000 people at the Carrier Dome to see the showdown; nearly as many as attended the Face-Off Classic. Of course, the Carrier Dome is indoors…..

4-Grant Catalino

Look, Catalino was INCREDIBLE. And the Face-Off Classic featured a pair of games that were never REALLY competitive (I would know; I sat through both in the press box at M&T Bank Stadium). But fast forward this video to the 2:16 mark to see Catalino go “between the thighs” for the highlight of the day. WOW.

5-Taylor Rochestie

You mean to tell me it took overtime for Washington State and Arizona State to COMBINE to score 100 points? If anyone ever tells me that Pac-10 teams are overlooked because of an East Coast bias; I might punch them. (Note-I probably won’t, but I certainly feel like I should). Making things worse; had Rochestie not drilled a miracle 26 ft. 3 pointer at the end of overtime to win the game for the Cougars; the teams would have combined to score 97. That’s brutal.

6-Albert Haynesworth

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The Redskins will hold their annual offseason parade in April I’m told; the same weekend when the rest of the NFL is getting together in New York to Draft the players that will build their future. With any luck; Haynesworth will get hurt 2 weeks into Training Camp; and the Skins will spend another $50 million to try to talk Sam Adams into suiting up again. If Kyle Boller’s agent didn’t make Daniel Snyder his first phone call he should ABSOLUTELY be fired. (Thanks to Mister Irrelevant for both this image and the Obama image).

7-The Girls Next Door

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So Sunday night was the last episode of The Girls Next Door featuring Holly, Kendra, and Bridget. I watched. I don’t care what you think. I have no idea how this show became a hit, and I have less of an idea of how I became a fan. Who watches every week. And actually owns the DVD’s. Please don’t tell anyone.

You’re a ZERO…..

Duke Fans

We saw the video earlier in the week of Elliot Williams taking 12 steps without being called for traveling; but that’s nothing compared to the Jon Scheyer video from the end of the Virginia Tech game. It’s not as much about the play itself. Maybe there should have been a foul called or a jump ball. (But probably not). It’s the loser who thinks Jon Scheyer got ‘mugged’ and put the video up thinking that only ‘haters’ saw the play as a traveling. Duke fans REALLY don’t understand why everyone else in the world makes fun of them. It’s pretty funny.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 26 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

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

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

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

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

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

Chris Bonetti says Terps fans were back at it last night

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

Bryan Powell not impressed by Maryland fans’ vile chant

Bryan Powell says Salisbury continues to dominate

Glenn Clark says Stevenson women improve to 2-0

RAVENS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

College Football News mocks DHB to Ravens

SI’s Don Banks mocks Sean Smith to Ravens

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

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

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

ORIOLES:

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

The Official Site offers numerical evidence of loss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Guthrie sharp dresser

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

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

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

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

Examiner Jay Trucker thinks Cabrera wearing Nationals jersey odd

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

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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

The Official Site offers numerical evidence of loss

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

The Official Site says Milbourne lead Terps with 19 in loss

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sun says administrator Cheryl Levick named AD at Georgia State

Examiner Steve DeClue blames officiating for Terps’ loss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Toliver nominated for Naismith award

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

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

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

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

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

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

NAVY BASKETBALL:

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

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

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

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

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Binghamton

UMBC LACROSSE:

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

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

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

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews Greyhounds’ trip to Penn State

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

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

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

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

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

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

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

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

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

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

HORSE RACING:

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

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

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Phelps dropped from two speaking engagements in Canada

BALTIMORE COLTS:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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

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

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 25 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

Duke 94, Maryland 86

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

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says cap room will be issue for Ravens

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

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

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

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

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

Chris Bonetti says Glenn Clark always rooted for Hammonds, Devereaux

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

RAVENS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ORIOLES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s ESPN showdown with Duke

Duke Official Site previews Blue Devils-Terps contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

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

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s home finale with Delaware

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to American

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

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Mids slip to 12th in polls

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

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

UMBC LACROSSE:

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

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

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:

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

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

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

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

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

SWIMMING:

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

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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

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

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

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

-G

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