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Ravens/Packers Inactives

Posted on 07 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Ravens:
LB Terrell Suggs (knee)
S Ed Reed (hip)
FB Charles Ali
OT Tony Moll
OT Oniel Cousins
TE LJ Smith
RB Jalen Parmele
DT Kelly Talavou

Tom Zbikowski will start for Ed Reed. Trevor Pryce will start for Terrell Suggs.

Packers:
WR Biren Ealy
CB Josh Bell
FB Quinn Johnson
S Matt Giordano
T/G Allen Barbre
OT Breno Giacomini
DE Michael Montgomery

The Packers placed LB Aaron Kampman on IR, and signed LB Cyril Obiozor from the practice squad.

-G

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Ravens/Packers Injury Report-Game Status

Posted on 05 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

RAVENS:

DOUBTFUL:
LB Terrell Suggs (knee)
TE LJ Smith (ankle)

QUESTIONABLE:
S KJ Gerard (thigh)
S Ed Reed (ankle/hip)
CB Cary Williams (thigh)

PROBABLE:

C Matt Birk (neck)
LB Prescott Burgess (thigh)
QB Joe Flacco (ankle)
T Jared Gaither (illness)
LB Jarret Johnson (shoulder)
LB Ray Lewis (foot)
FB Le’Ron McClain (chest)
DT Haloti Ngata (ankle)
WR Kelley Washington (ill)
WR Demetrius Williams (ill)

PACKERS:

OUT:

LB Aaron Kampman (knee)
LB Jeremy Thompson (neck)

QUESTIONABLE:

T T.J. Lang (concussion)

PROBABLE:

G/T Allen Barbre (ankle)
LB Brandon Chillar (hand)
T Chad Clifton (hamstring)
RB Ryan Grant (shoulder)
RB Ahman Green (groin)
FB John Kuhn (hand)
QB Aaron Rodgers (ribs)
CB Charles Woodson (shoulder)

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 04 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Villanova 80, Maryland 73

The Terps aren’t a bad team, but Villanova is a GREAT team. This DOES have the feeling of the years when Maryland would stun teams like Stanford and Kansas at Verizon Center; but I just can’t make the pick.

Morgan State 69, Coppin State 57

If the Bears hadn’t lost 2 straight coming in, I’d probably pick the Eagles to win their opener in their new building. I just don’t think I could see Todd Bozeman’s club losing 3 straight.

Hofstra 84, Towson 72

Charles Jenkins will have 31 points for the Pride, who are just a bit better than the Tigers.

Toledo 72, UMBC 68

I think this one will be remarkably similar to some other losses the Retrievers have suffered this season.

Loyola 77, Canisius 71

But the “Golden Griffins” are still one of the cooler names in college hoops…

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Jarret Johnson followed Packers, rooted for Reggie White growing up

Nestor Aparicio says WNST holding 2 ‘indoor tailgates’ in Green Bay

Bob Haynie wonders whether Greg Mattison or Cam Cameron has done better job in ‘09

Mark Suchy hopes Nets surpass Orioles’ 0-21 start

Ed Frankovic says Semin tallied 4 points for Caps in win over Panthers

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Charles Woodson big part of reason why Packers have Number 1 defense

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis thinks Green Bay has addressed O-Line issues

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbs doesn’t think former Packer Tony Moll can help Ravens any more than former Raven Derrick Martin can help Packers

The Official Site says Packers coach Mike McCarthy loves playing in cold, snow

The Official Site says Mark Clayton doesn’t ‘even think about’ drop in New England

The Official Site says Harbaugh thinks Dom Capers has been ‘creative’ in leading Packers defense to #1 ranking in NFL

Packers Official Site’s Mike Spofford says Ryan Grant knows Packers must take care of football vs. Ravens

Packers Official Site’s Tom Fanning says Greg Jennings knows Packers will have to run ball in cold weather

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ray Rice learning from Ray Lewis, Willis McGahee

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can’t fail to get to Aaron Rodgers, let Charles Woodson change game, struggle in first half

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens need to ride Ray Rice, force turnovers, get production from Chris Carr

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Paul Kruger still ‘developmental player’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Domonique Foxworth believes secondary battling Packers AND elements Monday night at Lambeau Field

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says it’s too early to judge Ravens’ performance in ’09 NFL Draft

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens need to go with Rice, McGahee, McClain to reach playoffs

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ngata, Dwan Edwards battled over “Civil War” in Ravens locker room

The Sun’s Ken Murray says coming out of game with head injury would be ‘hard decision’ for 52

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, Le’Ron McClain, Jared Gaither, Kelley Washington, LJ Smith, Prescott Burgess, KJ Gerard all missed practice Thursday

6 of 7 Sun analysts pick Packers

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco thinks ankle ‘feels really good’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens averaging just 1.9 sacks per game this season

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says former Raven Gano succeeded in UFL

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Ray Lewis looks at end of Jamal Lewis’ career fondly

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein says Aaron Rodgers has troubling memories of Monday Night Football debut against Ravens in ‘05

Green Bay Press Gazette’s Rob Demovsky says Brandon Jackson giving Packers ‘spark’ on 3rd down

Wisconsin State Journal’s Tom Oates says Ravens, Packers both like playing ‘physical football’

SI’s Peter King picks Ravens 29-17

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 27-23

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Packers can determine AFC Wild Card race

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens ‘hit’ on Oher, Kruger, Webb

ESPN.com’s James Walker says most experts don’t see Jamal Lewis as Hall of Fame-worthy

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says BB&T Classic close to ‘sellout’

Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg says former Terp Byron Mouton still beloved in area

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The AP says Terps topped Minnesota in Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Comcast Center

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says just one Golden Gopher reached double digits in loss to Maryland

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Kim Rodgers lead Terps with 14 points in win

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Kizer chipped in 10 points in win

Turtle Sports Report’s Josh Vitale says Tchatchouang scored 13 points in win over Gophers

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken recaps season for commit Nate Clarke

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says ’09 season ‘particularly gruesome’ for Ralph

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Debbie Yow will be in same situation next year if Terps don’t go 7-5

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Fridge met with QB commit Devin Burns (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Travis Ivey was ‘emotional’ on Senior Day (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says tickets on sale now for Tigers football banquet

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s MAAC opener at Canisius

The Official Site offers complete Greyhounds-Golden Griffins release (pdf)

STEVENSON LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Jon Brand says Mustangs picked 2nd in pre-season D3 poll

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Jimmy Dailey, Steve Kazimer preseason All-Americans

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mountaineers fell to Robert Morris in rematch of last year’s NEC Championship Game

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

Frederick News-Post says Jeremy Goode lead Eers with 15 points in defeat

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with Penn

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Quakers release (pdf)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Navy AD Gladchuk believes moving game back a week allows rivalry to be ‘focal point nationally’

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says new Army coach Rich Ellerson gives new ‘life’ to Army/Navy rivalry

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Mids could have moved into Top 25 with win over Hawaii (must subscribe)

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Mike Gonzalez, Jose Valverde could be free agent closer options for Birds

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says Palace partnering with WNST, Craig Willinger Fund for World Cup Draw party today at Della Rose’s

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Palace/WNST event will include $1.50 Bud Light draft specials

BALTIMORE BULLETS:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ Gene Shue

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Kudos to Nick Markakis, Jeremy Guthrie and Brad Bergesen for being involved in the community over these 14 days.

Talk to you later from Owings Mills.

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Non-Conference Matchup Comes Into Focus

Posted on 03 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

5:00- INJURY REPORT

Ravens-

DID NOT PARTICIPATE:
LB Prescott Burgess (thigh)
OT Jared Gaither (illness)
S KJ Gerard (thigh)
FB Le’Ron McClain (chest)
S Ed Reed (ankle/hip)
TE LJ Smith (ankle)
LB Terrell Suggs (knee)
WR Kelley Washington (illness)

LIMITED:
LB Ray Lewis (foot)

FULL:
QB Joe Flacco (ankle)
LB Jarret Johnson (shoulder)
DT Haloti Ngata (ankle)

Packers-

OUT:
LB Aaron Kampman (knee)

LIMITED:
OT Chad Clifton (hamstring)
RB Ryan Grant (shoulder)
CB Charles Woodson (shoulder)

FULL:
G/T Allen Barbre (ankle)
LB Brandon Chillar (hand)
RB Ahman Green (groin)
FB John Kuhn (hand)
QB Aaron Rodgers (ribs)

1:48-At lot made today of the entire “Lambeau Field experience” as well as the idea of playing the Packers in the cold in December. Here is a smattering of things we’ve heard….

John Harbaugh:
“It’s a great place to play, and our guys are looking forward to it.”

Joe Flacco:
Cold weather “never really affected me…..I like playing in the cold.”
“I’m sure Green Bay will be a fun place to play.”

Ray Lewis:
“It don’t get no better” than playing at Lambeau Field.
Stadiums like Lambeau Field “keep the tradition of football alive.” (He said it compared-to a lesser extent-to the Orange Bowl in Miami where he played in college.)

Ray Rice:
Lambeau Field is “lengendary…..you remember the Brett Favre moments. I can’t wait to get out there.”
“Cold is not gonna matter to me” (because he’s from New York).

Jarret Johnson:
“Reggie White was my favorite player” growing up.
He had a best friend growing up who was a Packers fans, they used to watch the games together and wear the cheeseheads.

A reminder to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates from 1 Winning Drive.

1:30-Practice update:

Terrell Suggs (knee), Ed Reed (shoulder/neck/you name it) and Jared Gaither (unknown) were not out on the practice field during the portion of practice open to the media. Gaither doesn’t appear to be a concern-as Oniel Cousins was working with the first team instead of Oher and Marshal Yanda sliding over.

Matt Birk (neck) and Le’Ron McClain (unknown) were each on the field, but dressed in shorts and unlikely to be full participants.

12:53-Hear from the following now in the Audio Vault at WNST.net……

Coach John Harbaugh
QB Joe Flacco
RB Ray Rice
DE/LB Paul Kruger
LB Ray Lewis
LB Jarret Johnson
CB Lardarius Webb
CB Domonique Foxworth

11:09-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where we will be hearing from a number of Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers today before their Monday Night Football matchup at Lambeau Field. Today will be like a typical Wednesday out here-as we will hear from John Harbaugh, Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco and other Ravens players; while Packers Coach Mike McCarthy and QB Aaron Rodgers will be available this afternoon via teleconference. We will also be able to watch practice again today and we will see our first injury report of the week. Terrell Suggs is the biggest question mark surrounding the team-but we are not expecting to see him out there.

-G

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Live from Owings Mills: Hines Ward Says Ravens/Steelers Rivalry “All Out War, Pure Hatred”

Posted on 25 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

4:40- INJURY REPORT – Ravens:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE-
LB Ray Lewis (foot)
TE LJ Smith (illness)
S Ed Reed (foot)
C Matt Birk (neck)
LB Terrell Suggs (knee)

LIMITED-
TE Todd Heap (ribs)
DT Haloti Ngata (ankle)

FULL-
LB Jarret Johnson (shoulder)

Steelers:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE:
QB Charlie Batch (wrist)
LB James Farrior (non-injury)
WR Hines Ward (non-injury)
OL Chris Kemoeatu (knee)
S Troy Polamalu (knee)

LIMITED:
DE Travis Kirschke (calf)

FULL:
QB Ben Roethlisberger (head)

2:04-Most of the chatter around here at 1 Winning Drive today was regarding the great rivalry between the Ravens and Steelers. Here are some highlights:

John Harbaugh:
-”After being in (this rivalry) for 3 games, I feel like I’ve been in it for a lifetime.”
-”(These are) two teams that believe in playing physically. (It’s) fun to be a part of this rivalry, (to) go up against a team that you respect.”

Ray Lewis:
-When he sees the Steelers logo he thinks “here we go again.”
-Says rivalry is based around “respect” due to the great “legacy” the Steelers have.

Ray Rice:
-Rivalry “very intesnse…..buckle your chin straps and let’s go.”
-He got a “chill” before facing Pittsburgh for the first time last season, and still thinks he’ll get “butterflies” before Sunday’s game.
-Black and gold, purple and black “not a good mix.”

Mike Tomlin:
-Rivalry “always provides fireworks.”

Hines Ward:
-”It would mean a great deal” to beat the Ravens 4 straight times.
-”You have to play in it” to understand it.
-”I would like to hit them just as much as they would like to hit me.”
-”You will come out of this game hurt.”
-Games in Baltimore are “always going to come down to the wire.”
-“When I go across the middle, those guys aren’t going to try to tackle me softly, they’re gonna try to rip my head off.”
-Considers it an “honor” to have been voted the Dirtiest Player in the NFL by other players in a Sporting News magazine poll; thinks Ravens players probably voted for him “3 or 4 times” in the poll.
-Says trash talking in rivalry has a lot to do with the “respect factor” between the teams; but knows trash talking won’t be the same without T-Sizzle playing.
-Described rivalry as “all out war…..pure hatred.”

2:00-Sorry I’ve been slow to update. Please remember to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates possible.

A quick update from practice: Ray Lewis and Ed Reed were not seen out on the indoor field. However, both are usually late arrivals; so this does not mean they definitely didn’t practice. Given Ray Lewis’ ankle injury, I wouldn’t be stunned if he didn’t practice. Terrell Suggs (knee) has not returned to practice, I do not expect him to return in time for Sunday night’s game.

12:56-Hear from the following NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net:

Coach John Harbaugh
QB Joe Flacco
RB Ray Rice
WR Derrick Mason
OT Michael Oher
LB Ray Lewis
LB Jarret Johnson
LB/DE Paul Kruger

11:06-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive-where the Baltimore Ravens are preparing for a big Sunday Night Football showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium. We are scheduled to hear from John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, Derrick Mason, Ray Rice and other players today; the Steelers are making Mike Tomlin and Hines Ward available via conference call.

The Ravens will be incorporating 2 new players on their active roster; FB Charles Ali and CB Cary Williams. They replaced Matt Lawrence and Fabian Washington, who were each placed on IR yesterday. Ali will don #38 in Purple (most famously worn by Mike Anderson); Cary Williams will don #29 (most recently worn by Derrick Martin).

Talk to you shortly.

-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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Friday Morning’s Purple Crabs and Beer

Posted on 20 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Colts 34, Ravens 20

I have a VERY bad feeling that Peyton Manning will find a way to score on the Colts’ first 3 drives of the game. Seriously, VERY bad feeling. That being said-I bet this will be a 17-10 game at the half; and will be a 27-20 game in the 4th quarter. However, I will take Peyton Manning over Joe Flacco. With NO offense to Joe, Peyton Manning is a Hall of Famer.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Matt Lawrence left 1 Winning Drive on crutches with knee injury

Nestor Aparicio says John Harbaugh’s brother (Jim Harbaugh) now a ‘rock star’ in Palo Alto

And the rest of the world….

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Matt Stover believes it will be ‘strange’ to stand on other sideline at M&T Bank Stadium

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens haven’t beat Indianapolis since 2001

The Official Site says Kruger benefits from going up against Jared Gaither in practice

The Official Site says Cam Cameron ‘not concerned’ about Heap, but has plenty of confidence in LJ Smith anyway

Colts Official Site’s Matt Dollinger says Jim Caldwell expects ‘fever pitch’ from Baltimore fans

Colts Official Site’s Matt Dollinger says Melvin Bullitt thinks Colts have ‘momentum’ thanks to win over Patriots

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Paul Kruger, Antwan Barnes getting chance to try to make noise in backfield with Terrell Suggs out

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbs knows Colts rotate Addai, Donald Brown, Chad Simpson well even if Colts not overwhelming with rushing numbers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens must get off to quicker offensive start, convert 3rd down opportunities, pressure Peyton Manning

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can’t let Freeney, Robert Mathis ‘tee off’, Reggie Wayne torch secondary, allow Stover to get ‘payback’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens have had just two ‘big plays’ in last two games

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens expect Cundiff to be solid on kickoffs

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Oher, Gaither excited for matchup with Colts’ pass rushers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens will try to take advantage of rookie CB’s Jerraud Powers, Jacob Lacey

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Mattison reported Ravens ‘knew about’ Browns getting 4th timeout

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Matt Birk returned to practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Suggs reports knee injury not season-ending

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Suggs hasn’t watched Quinn hit on film, wouldn’t say whether hit was dirty or not

7 of 7 Sun writers pick Colts

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Greg Mattison looking forward to seeing Kruger ‘under fire’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says T-Sizzle wouldn’t rule himself out of Steelers game next week (can we do it for him?)

Indianapolis Star’s Phillip B. Wilson says Flacco ‘more comfortable’ in 2nd season

5 of 5 Indianapolis Star analysts pick Colts

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Brady Quinn hit ‘felt like’ dirty hit to Suggs

SI’s Peter King picks Colts 27-23

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche picks Colts

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt looking forward to Oher-Mathis matchup

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora will enjoy matchup of wits between Peyton Manning, Ray Lewis

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Hauschka will ultimately be reason why Ravens miss playoffs

ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter says 52 ‘creates jobs’

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Ravens will remember blowout losses to Indy over last 2 years

ESPN.com’s James Walker says tiebreakers over Broncos, Chargers will be helpful to Ravens’ Wild Card chances

I CANNOT believe Drew agreed to this bet with Merton From Indianapolis. If I have to sing that damn song Monday morning…..ugh.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 04 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Losing Dino Gregory would REALLY hurt the Terps. It wouldn’t be a season-killer since the team FINALLY has some interior depth; but it would hurt.

Sorry I don’t have more to add this morning. Gotta get to Owings Mills.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Dino Gregory sat out Maryland’s exhibition win due to suspension

Mark Suchy says ’30 for 30’ series brought back plenty of Len Bias memories

Derek Arnold says Jarret Johnson ‘Played Like a Raven’ against Broncos

Gary Quill says Zenyatta ‘headliner’ for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic

Glenn Clark names Eddie Murray, Roberto Alomar to mythical World Series team

Nestor Aparicio says Blast added former MLS players Dyachenko, Dello-Russo

Drew Forrester says Teixeira not earning money with postseason bat

Ed Frankovic says NHL should do something about Ken Hitchcock going after Ovechkin

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh still views Frank Walker as ‘big part of team’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says no huddle was ‘no problem’ for Flacco, Ravens

The Official Site says Lardarius Webb finalist for Rookie of the Week honor

The Official Site says Grubbs impressed by David Hale’s moustache

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Willie Anderson thinks Sunday’s game ‘most even’ Cincinnati-Baltimore game he can remember

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says team let Kooistra go, apparently to make room for Vakapuna

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says LJ Smith waiting for chance to make impact

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McGahee knows Ray Rice ‘future of’ Ravens

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cam Cameron sticking with ‘hot hand’ in Ray Rice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Oher admitted to making mistake in getting penalty

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason apologized for, but didn’t regret outburst Sunday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbs still expecting contributions from Demetrius Williams, Le’Ron McClain

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Kelley Washington big for Ravens on 3rd down

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy says Bengals added Gerald Cadogan to practice squad

Dayton Daily News’ Carlos Holmes says Chase Coffman could be close to joining lineup for Bengals

USA Today has Ravens 10th in power rankings

NFL.com has Ravens anywhere from 5th-13th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 8th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 10th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens ‘A’ for win over Denver

ESPN.com has Ravens 10th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says pass rush must step up again this week against Carson Palmer, Bengals

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The AP says Milbourne, Mosley lead way with 14 each as Terps won exhibition game against Indiana University (Pennsylvania)

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site says Gary Williams knows Terps need to ‘learn’ from win over IUP

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says James Padgett started with Dino Gregory suspended

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Jordan Williams contributed 7 points, 6 boards for Terps in win

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terps outrebounded by Crimson Hawks in win

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says even walk-on Ersin Levent scored in win

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Gary thinks Terps miss Dave Neal defensively

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says no further details known regarding Dino Gregory suspension

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps better off than Syracuse-who lost to D2 team at home

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gregory had previously worried about eligibility due to academic dishonesty

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Steve Goins also sat out win over IUP

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dino Gregory wasn’t even on Comcast Center bench for game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps shot 2-13 from beyond the arc in win

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Greivis Vasquez added 13 points for Terps in win (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Washington Post previews tonight’s exhibition opener against Bowie State

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

NC State Official Site’s Tim Peeler says coach Tom O’Brien thinks Wolfpack need ‘break’ against Terps

NC State Official Site offers complete Terps-Pack release (pdf)

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Terps could still win ACC Championship

The AP says Terps would have to win 4 straight starting with NCSU to get bowl eligible

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Fridge ‘tired of losing’

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps got away during bye week

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Fridge wants to get ball to Torrey Smith more

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Rashaan Moore wanted to come to College Park since he was 9 (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Friedgen spent bye week recruiting (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Notre Dame Official Site previews Mids’ trip to South Bend Saturday

Notre Dame Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Fighting Irish release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo knows Irish better than Temple team Navy lost to Saturday

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo reported Ricky Dobbs ‘fine’

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Charlie Weis thinks current Navy defense ‘best’ he’s seen

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Marcus Curry ‘probable’ for Mids

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says EagleBank Bowl has backup plan with Big 12 if Navy doesn’t get eligible in ‘11

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says memories of ’07 win at Notre Dame Stadium still fresh for Midshipmen

Go Mids says Navy back to EagleBank Bowl in 2011, Army 2012

Go Mids updates opponents for Midshipmen

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Randy Monroe Show to start again

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to William & Mary

The Official Site profiles TE Godlasky

William & Mary Official Site offers complete Tribe-Tigers release (pdf)

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Pat Kennedy hasn’t settled on starting lineup

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Rich Hill, Jeff Fiorentino, Guillermo Rodriguez refused Norfolk, chose free agency

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Brandon Snyder hoping to reach major league level this season

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Alfredo Simon accepted assignment to Norfolk

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Perrault suffered loss for Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Erbe, Snyder selected for AFL All-Star event

BLAST:

The Official Site says team added 6 players to roster, including return of Lucio Gonzaga

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Rip Van Winkle 2nd choice for Classic behind Zenyatta

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Bob Baffert brings Richard’s Kid into Classic

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Belmont winner Summer Bird third choice for Classic

SOCCER:

The Sun’s Lorraine Mirabella says city considering two stadium options-smaller stadium to host Crystal Palace USA or bigger stadium to try to lure DC United

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Hopefully John Harbaugh will be willing to talk about Haloti Ngata today, but I doubt it.

Talk to you from 1 Winning Drive.

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Ravens Make Final Preparations for Patriots

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Live From Owings Mills: Ravens Make Final Preparations for Patriots

Posted on 02 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

4:30-Friday Injury Report:

RAVENS:
WR Derrick Mason-QUESTIONABLE-Illness
QB Troy Smith-QUESTIONABLE-Illness
LB Tavares Gooden-QUESTIONABLE-Head
LB Ray Lewis-PROBABLE-Head
LB Jarret Johnson-PROBABLE-Shoulder
LB Antwan Barnes-PROBABLE-Shoulder
DE Trevor Pryce-PROBABLE-Illness
TE Todd Heap-PROBABLE-Back
WR Kelley Washington-PROBABLE-Groin
DT Justin Bannan-PROBABLE-Knee

PATRIOTS:
LB Jerod Mayo-DOUBTFUL-Knee
WR Wes Welker-QUESTIONABLE-Knee
DT Vince Wilfork-QUESTIONABLE-Ankle
OT Nick Kaczur-QUESTIONABLE-Ankle
QB Tom Brady-PROBABLE-Shoulder
RB Laurence Maroney-PROBABLE-Thigh

2:06-Hear from John Harbaugh and my quick interview with Mark Clayton NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net

1:53-I cannot BEGIN to describe how loose the Ravens locker room was today. It felt as if the guys had NO IDEA they had a football game scheduled for Sunday. The players were involved with a game of dodgeball (using members of the media as targets), blasting loud music, and even flicked the lights on and off.

When I asked Mark Clayton to describe the atmosphere in a word, he used “chaotic.” I wouldn’t disagree.

The only interesting tidbit to come from John Harbaugh today was his confirmation that “there is a chance” John Beck could be the #2 quarterback on Sunday with Troy Smith having missed practice this week as he battles the flu bug. Troy was at the facility (and in the locker room) today, but wasn’t making much contact with anyone.

12:38-Troy Smith was not present again during the part of practice open to the media (and a credit to John Harbaugh for making sure Friday’s walkthroughs are on the field the farthest away from us), he has missed this week battling what we believe to be the flu bug. Without any practice this week, it is possible that Troy’s status COULD be affected. I wouldn’t be stunned to see him de-activated (listed as the #3 QB) and John Beck activated. This is pure speculation, especially until we see the injury report this afternoon.

11:49-The Ravens practice with VERY loud noise piped in whether they are home or away. Today they are piping in noise so the offense is adjusted for Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Next week, they will pipe in noise so that the defense knows how to communicate in front of the home fans at M&T Bank Stadium.

Quick practice note: Jarrett Johnson and LJ Smith were late arrivals, possibly getting treatment for their various ailments (shoulder and hamstring respectively). Tavares Gooden appeared to be walking with a SLIGHT limp during special teams practice.

10:58-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where the Ravens will put in their final day of preparation for their trip to New England Sunday. The only player who was missing from practice yesterday was Troy Smith, who has been battling the flu big that bothered Trevor Pryce and and Jared Gaither most recently. There’s no one else who appears to be of any concern when it comes to their status for Sunday in Foxborough.

The Ravens are clearly taking this flu bug seriously, as they have been bitten by it for weeks now. While players have not missed games, certainly they have missed valuable practice time.

To show you how seriously the Ravens are taking this flu battle, here is what greets you at the door out here at the facility….

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 30 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

When will the Orioles win another game? Tonight. Eh. Maybe. Who cares?

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester wonders when Birds will win again

Tom Clayton says with win over Patriots, Ravens would be legitimate Super Bowl contender

Derek Arnold says defense “Played Like A Raven” against Cleveland

Ed Frankovic says Nylander situation affecting Caps’ roster

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie made nice start, but Birds fell to Rays for 12th straight loss

The Official Site offers numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Brian Roberts broke Lance Berkman’s doubles record with his 56th in loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez takes Tropicana Field mound tonight vs. James Shields, Rays

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Felix Pie likely done for season

Rays Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Wade Davis strong as Rays topped O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Wigginton made costly baserunning error in loss

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says MacPhail has decided Jim Johnson won’t close next season, Uehara might

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds should bring back Dave Trembley

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Trembley must go, even if it isn’t ‘fair’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds ‘really bad team’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says current Birds remind him of 4-32 team under Hargrove

The AP says Birds now 6-28 in road games against AL East teams

St. Petersburg Times’ Marc Topkin says 10,349 at The Trop say Rays drop Birds

Tampa Tribune’s Tony Fabrizio says Carl Crawford collected club record 60th stolen base in win

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Brendon Ayanbadejo seeing more time on defensive side of ball

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Patriots early favorites Sunday in Foxborough

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says L.J. Smith finally contributed in Ravens’ win over Browns

The Official Site says Flacco up against Peyton Manning, Kevin Kolb for Air Player of the Week

The Official Site says Jarret Johnson, Steve Hauschka think Herschel Walker should fight Haloti Ngata

The Official Site announces “A Purple Evening” women’s event

Patriots Official Site previews Sunday’s showdown with Ravens at Gillette Stadium

Patriots Official Site offers complete Pats-Ravens release (pdf)

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Matt Birk helping head trauma research

The Sun says Hauschka looking forward to kicking against Patriots after growing up rooting for them

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Ravens should blitz Tom Brady like Jets did

The Sun’s Edward Lee says players dancing to honor Brigance

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens should put Brigance in Ring of Honor

Boston Globe’s Christopher L. Gasper and Monique Walker say Ravens will look like Jets defensively

Boston Herald’s Ian Rapoport says Pats trying to figure out how Rex Ryan frustrated them

Providence Journal’s Mike McDermott says Belichick doesn’t think Ravens have a lot of ‘weaknesses’

The AP says Pats CB Wilhite injured during incident at home

ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss says New England tried out 5 players Tuesday, including LB Bruce Davis

USA Today has Ravens 2nd in power rankings

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 4th in power rankings

Sporting News’ Albert Breer says Ravens have no layups coming on schedule

SI’s Don Banks buying into Ravens as AFC contender

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 4th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Lesley Visser says Harvard grad Birk returning to Boston Sunday

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 7th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Flacco ‘budding star’

ESPN.com has Ravens 1st in power rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Debbie Yow plans to evaluate Ralph at end of season

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Friedgen plans to penalize players for turnovers in practice

The Sun’s Jeff Barker remembers last year’s win over Clemson-helping to pave the way for Tommy Bowden’s exit

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Friedgen’s future won’t be determined in season

The AP says Fridge bringing refs to practice this week to try to cut down on penalties

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Nolan Carroll should be healthy in time for pre-NFL Draft workouts

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Chris Turner hoping to bounce back against Clemson

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps still believe they can win ACC, go to Orange Bowl

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Ralph wonders if he’s being punished by God

The Diamondback has Terps 11th in ACC power rankings

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell and Steve Yanda say James Franklin succession plan faces ‘serious challenges’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says this is first time Travis Baltz has been hurt

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Phil Costa happy to have whole team held accountable for turnovers

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens breaks down numbers from Maryland’s loss to Rutgers

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph defended himself in Tuesday press conference

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Terps may be channeling Green Day

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph only ruled Baltz, Vellano, Porzel, Louis Berman OUT for Saturday’s game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Don Brown thinks young players played well Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin knows Chris Turner must be ‘tough’ under center

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Ralph has history of bouncing back well after bad losses

Charleston Post and Courier’s Travis Sawchik says CJ Spiller nearing ACC career record in all-purpose yards

Columbia State’s Paul Strelow says Swinney’s Tigers struggling in close games

Sporting News’ Matt Hayes has Terps 11th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says fumbles keeping Da’Rel Scott from being amongst elite backs

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich doesn’t think Ralph going anywhere

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Tigers should ‘expect’ win at Byrd Stadium Saturday

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Hermitage (VA) LB prospect Curtis Grant visited College Park (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles freshman DE De’Onte Arnett (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Ross Leonhard says Terps will struggle with Travis Baltz hurt

Turtle Sports Report’s Ethan Rothstein checks in with ’10 prospect Ifill (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Jeff Ermann says Terps still ‘in the mix’ with J.R. Ferguson

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says attorney Bill Stevens claims Jordan Williams only acted as ‘peacemaker’ in incident

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says New Egypt (NJ) prospect Desmond Hubert visiting College Park (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Birchenough gauges prospect Sterling Gibbs’ interest in Maryland (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Jon Brand says return of Brian Farrell helping Terps

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site offers gameday details for Navy-Air Force Saturday

The Official Site says Saturday’s contest with Falcons sold out

Air Force Official Site says Troy Calhoun’s team trying to snap 6 game losing streak to Mids in series

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo doesn’t want trash talk before AFA game

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo expects more from Clint Sovie, Ram Vela Saturday

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Ivin Jasper helped Ricky Dobbs bounce back after poor performance against Pitt

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says coaches named Dobbs, Nechak, Middleton MVP’s of Western Kentucky game

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids planning on facing Tim Jefferson at QB for Falcons

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Midshipmen have ‘no intention’ of giving up Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy

Go Mids updates season for opponents of Midshipmen in ‘09

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s CAA contest with New Hampshire

New Hampshire Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Unitas Stadium

New Hampshire Official Site offers complete Tigers-Wildcats release (pdf)

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Brock Armour, Will Harrington, Matt Vetter, Cameron Zook, Rob Wheeler all named Captains for Tigers

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Federici honored at Honors Convocation

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Brad Free says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird got first work at Santa Anita

Thoroughbred Times says Mine That Bird worked out in preparation for Goodwood Stakes

GOLF:

The Sun’s Don Markus says Baltimore Country Club course tougher this year for Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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