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Maryland F Alyssa Thomas Named First Team All-American

Posted on 27 March 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sophomore Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team is one of five players named to the Associated Press All-America First Team announced Tuesday.

Thomas, the 2012 ACC Player of the Year, is joined on the First Team by Baylor’s Brittney Griner, Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, Stanford’s Nneka Ogwumike and Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne.

Thomas is the Terrapins’ fourth AP All-American. Crystal Langhorne (2006, 2007, 2008),Kristi Toliver (2008, 2009) and Marissa Coleman (2009) all earned the honor at least once in their respective careers. Langhorne was also honored as a sophomore when she was named to the Second Team in 2006.

Thomas leads the ACC in scoring with 17.2 points per game and is among the best in the league with 8.0 rebounds per game, assists (3.2), free throw percentage (80.1) and defensive rebounds (5.5).

Thomas is just the second underclassman ever to be named ACC Player of the Year. She scored a career-high 29 points in the ACC title game to lead Maryland to its 10th league championship. She was named Tournament MVP and is only the seventh player, and first underclassman, to be named league Player of the Year and Tournament MVP in the same season.

The Second Team honorees are Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford; Odyssey Sims, Baylor; Shenise Johnson, Miami; Samantha Prahalis, Ohio State; and Julie Wojta of Green Bay. Connecticut’s Tiffany Hayes, Kentucky’s A’dia Mathies, Duke’s Elizabeth Williams, Tennessee’s Shekinna Stricklen and Miami’s Riquna Williams all made the Third Team.

Behind two comebacks and a 21-4 run to end the game, Maryland rallied past Texas A&M 81-74 on Sunday in the Regional Semifinals. The Terps advanced to their fourth Elite Eight under head coach Brenda Frese.

Laurin Mincy had 21 points and for her career-high 12 rebounds for her first career double-double. Thomas added 21 points and nine rebounds for the second-seeded Terrapins. They trailed by 18 points in the first half and by 12 in the second half, but Maryland fought its way back and held the defending national champion Aggies to just one basket in the final 10 minutes.

The Terrapins had won 10 straight and 13 of 14 since Jan. 26. The Terrapins are 31-18 (.633) all-time in NCAA Tournament games. Frese owns an NCAA Tournament record of 20-7 (.741) and 19-6 (.760) at Maryland. Frese has led the Terps to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, four Elite Eights and the 2006 national championship.

-Terps-

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 22 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a happy Friday for me-because I have a new addition to announce in the Glenn Clark household.

That’s right, the day finally arrived-and we couldn’t be happier.

About 42 inches and 50 pounds….really my one true bundle of joy. Isn’t she beautiful?

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

1. The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens QB coach Hue Jackson may well be interviewing for Raiders Head Coaching position after all

Well, who didn’t see this coming….

We know Jim Harbaugh is another candidate, and we think Jim Fassel is a candidate, but who else might be? I have some suggestions….

Lane Kiffin

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I mean, they brought back Art Shell after they fired him originally, and we all know Lane Kiffin doesn’t mind leaving somewhere after not putting in enough time, so this makes sense. And frankly, I’m not certain the “hot wife” angle was played up enough during Kiffin’s original tenure in Oakland.

Bill Romanowski

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Why not Romo? The guy might be the only maniac in the world who is actually crazy enough to work with Al Davis. Speaking of which….

Al Davis

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Why the hell not? Someone has to deal with the guy, so why not just cut out the middle man?

This guy…..

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There’s an argument he might be more qualified than Tom Cable was.

I’ll say it now-and I’ll say it a million times…..Hue Jackson, DON’T TAKE THIS JOB!

2. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says John Harbaugh will travel with Ravens’ contingency to next week’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL

They’ll have a little bit of talent to look at while they’re there. Namely…..

Javier Arenas
Terrence Cody
Riley Cooper
Mardy Gilyard
Jimmy Graham
Stafon Johnson
Brandon LaFell
Taylor Mays
Tony Pike
Myron Rolle
Charles Scott
George Selvie
Terrell Skinner
Tim Tebow
Syd’Quan Thompson

This may not be a year where the Draft is as deep with first round receivers as it was a year ago, but there is PLENTY of talent available at positions where the Ravens have a need. They’ll have a chance to look at a number of those guys next week.

3. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Vincent Jackson, Brandon Marshall, Miles Austin, Steve Breaston, Malcolm Floyd may all be available as FA’s

You want to get excited about the chances of one of these premiere talents coming to Charm City, but the question marks surrounding the CBA and the possibility of an uncapped year make me feel more and more every day like none of this can happen-and the Ravens will have to get more creative in how they acquire receiver talent.

Boy Steve Breaston would look good in purple though…

4. ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ed Reed likely to pass on playing in Pro Bowl

If he’s hurt to the point where he’s questioning whether or not he can play in the future, I’m not sure why he’d bother to play meaningless football in Miami next weekend. Other than-of course-the fact that it would give him a chance to play in Miami, and we all know how much that area means to Ed.

That being said, I would be surprised if he was on the field. There’s just no need for it.

5. WANE (Fort Wayne) says Indiana governor Mitch Daniels not happy Martin O’Malley waived Baltimore Colts flag instead of Indianapolis Colts flag after losing bet

Look, NONE of us ever want to give MO’M any credit (usually because he probably doesn’t deserve it), but this was a solid zinger…..

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Now go fix the problems in the state.

6. The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says some former Colts believe team may have stayed in Baltimore if not for Super Bowl III loss to Jets

Great read.

Who knows what might have happened had the Colts won Super Bowl III, but clearly it was a crushing defeat for the franchise. That being said, the franchise won a Super Bowl just 2 years later-so it’s hard to say that one loss-even if it did tear the relationship between Don Shula and Carroll Rosenbloom.

Also, NFL Network will be replaying Super Bowl III tomorrow night since the Jets are playing the Colts in the AFC Championship Game Sunday. And people wonder why we can’t get over it in this town.

(For the record, Drew Forrester and I both picked the Colts and Saints to play in Super Bowl XLIV during our “Picks and Comment” segment this morning on “The Comcast Morning Show.”)

7. UMBC Official Site says Chauncey Gilliam’s 16 points not enough as Retrievers fell to New Hampshire at RAC Arena

Like so many of their 18 losses this season-this was a close game for Randy Monroe’s crew.

A year ago, Jay Greene and Darryl Proctor would have lead the way down the stretch-and every possession would have gone through their hands.

This season, they’re clearly struggling to figure out who’s supposed to have the ball during crucial possessions. And it’s left them winless in the America East….still. They’ll try to change that Sunday when Boston University comes to Catonsville.

8. The AP says Loyola lead at half, but ultimately fell to MAAC leading Siena

Showing signs of life against a tough Saints team is good for Jimmy Patsos’ ballclub, but signs of life HAVE to turn into consistent wins pretty soon. They’ll try to improve upon their current 2-7 MAAC record tomorrow night when they travel to Poughkeepsie for a date with Marist.

9. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Maryland women had 48 game win streak at Comcast Center snapped by Miami

Brenda Frese’s club is going though something very similar to what Randy Monroe’s team is. A season ago, they knew that they could turn to Marissa Coleman or Kristi Toliver to bail them out during close games. But when the Hurricanes started raining threes late, the Terps didn’t have anyone to turn to in order to pull out a win.

It goes no easier for Maryland, as Duke invades Comcast Center Sunday night for a game you can see on Comcast SportsNet.

10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says NC State trying to snap 5 game losing streak to Maryland tomorrow

I didn’t think the Wolfpack had a prayer before watching them trounce the Blue Devils Wednesday night.

That being said, the Devils were struggling to buy a jumper during the 2nd half in Raleigh.

This will be a good matchup for Jordan Williams, as he’ll have to manage Tracy Smith down low. Sidney Lowe’s club is tough, but this is not a game the Terrapins should struggle with in College Park.

11. MLB.com’s Spencer Fordin says Birds to raise money for Haiti at FanFest

Which means they’re doing the right thing. I like to try to pass that type of thing along. I’ll even spare you the “because it doesn’t tend to happen nearly enough” addendum to that statement.

Well, I tried to spare you anyway.

12. The Sun’s Peter Schmuck wouldn’t be surprised if O’s acquired Miguel Tejada or Joe Crede this weekend

The O’s had to be thanking their lucky stars that the Ravens lost in Indianapolis last Sunday, or else the small crowds that will make their way to the Baltimore Convention Center for FanFest would be even smaller with half of the city in New York/New Jersey this weekend for the AFC title game.

I’d be all for bringing back Miguel Tejada. Mostly because even if he’s not a third baseman, he’d be better than the guy the Orioles currently have….

No one.

And finally, I leave you with this….

If you like watching TV on Friday night, 1-Really? 2-You’ll be watching the “Hope for Haiti” telethon tonight, as it will be airing on EVERY network in the world. This of course makes me remember the “America: A Tribute to Heroes” telethon that aired just after 9/11. That was a pretty stirring night. Remembering U2…..

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Bruce Springsteen….

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and Wyclef Jean, amongst others…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3FZ5v_fhYc[/youtube]

Pretty moving stuff.

Talk to you this weekend.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 16 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Internet issues here at 1550 Hart Rd. (my fault, not anyone’s here) this morning kept me from polishing off Crabs and Beer this morning, so I didn’t get to comment on Lisa Horne’s note on FoxSports.com that Maryland & Virginia would be in a bidding war for the services of Jeff Jagodzinski as head coach.

Insane.

Maryland has a succession plan. James Franklin will be the next head coach. Economically, even a 2-10 season couldn’t change such plans. That’s just where they’re at.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Ravens ‘potentially’ interested in free agent WR Baskett

Glenn Clark says Cedric Peerman now only Ravens Draft pick not under team control

Nestor Aparicio offers photographic evidence of how empty Camden Yards

Drew Forrester says ‘no one’ at Orioles-Rays game last night

Drew Forrester offers free tickets for Towson-Coastal Carolina tailgate party Saturday night

Brian Billick to speak with John Harbaugh on FoxSports.com

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Wieters tallied 5 RBI for Birds in win over Rays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Tillman takes hill tonight against Andy Sonnanstine, Rays at Camden Yards

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Pie returned to lineup, hit leadoff

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Brian Roberts, Roberto Alomar locked in battle at 2B in all-time lineup

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds to open ’10 season in Tampa Bay, host Blue Jays in home opener April 9

Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says Zobrist doubled, tripled for Rays in loss to O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Jason Berken won 3rd straight start as Birds topped Rays

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Mora played 793rd game at third base with Birds, passing Doug DeCinces for 2nd all time in organization’s history (behind Brooks Robinson)

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds should get off to better start next year facing AL Central, AL West opponents

The Sun says Birds to face Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Giants, Padres in interleague play in 2010

The Sun says B-Rob broke own single season doubles record

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says 11,575 saw Birds top Rays at OPACY

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Trembley sat Reimold to reward Jeff Fiorentino

The AP says Brian Roberts tallied 52nd double in 3rd inning, setting new franchise record

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 25th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Frederick News-Post’s Adam Behsudi says Keys’ Caleb Joseph won Orioles’ Elrod Hendricks Award for Community Service

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says 5th round pick Davon Drew rejoined Ravens via practice squad

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Harbaugh knows Ravens will answer critics “on Sunday”(s)

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Chargers’ Tomlinson, Nick Hardwick, Louis Vasquez, Luis Castillo, Jamal Williams, Antwan Applewhite all hurt during win over Raiders

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Special Teams likely determining factor in why Kruger didn’t dress for Chiefs game

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Antwan Barnes, Brendon Ayanbadejo honored Brigance with dance after Special Teams tackle

The Official Site says Flacco, Oher up for weekly awards

The Official Site offers thoughts on Kanye West-Taylor Swift battle from Brandon McKinney, Dannell Ellerbe, Brendon Ayanbadejo

Chargers Official Site’s Casey Pearce says tickets still available for Ravens game Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium

The Sun’s Mike Preston hopes Ravens don’t ‘rely’ too much on Flacco

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jarret Johnson beat up for not taking down former Alabama teammate Brodie Croyle harder Sunday

The Sun says Isaac Smolko waived to make room for Davon Drew

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says OL Chris Chester ‘total package’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Oher wants to be viewed as football player, not subject of book, movie “The Blind Side”

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens, Chargers particularly ‘similar’

The Sun’s Gus Sentementes says Ray Lewis opening MVP Entertainment facility in Hunt Valley

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says other than Gaither giving up sack to Hali, O-Line was particularly impressive against Kansas City

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says OL Brian Johnson received injury settlement from Ravens

San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee says Nick Hardwick ‘most likely’ Bolt to miss Sunday’s game

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Norv Turner will use Michael Bennett as ‘backup plan’ if LT can’t go

NFL.com has Ravens 6th in power rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Middle Tennessee State Official Site says Coach Rick Stockstill thinks Maryland fans want ‘revenge’ on Blue Raiders more than Maryland players

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner showing off ability on ground

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Middle Tennessee QB Dwight Dasher should give Terps good ‘preview’ off mobile ACC QB’s like Tyrod Taylor

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Terps get another shot at slowing down spread offense vs. MTSU

The AP says Anthony Wiseman knows last year’s loss will make Terps ‘respect’ Raiders this year

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Ralph Friedgen admits Nolan Carroll ‘almost certainly’ will not get extra year of eligibility

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says despite hype, freshmen Caleb Porzel, D.J. Adams, Dexter McDougle, Eric Franklin, Avery Murray yet to see field

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge frustrated with penalties

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says fans concerned about how loud marching band was during JMU game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps had just 5 ‘explosive’ plays against James Madison

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Caleb Porzel, Louis Berman will remain OUT vs. Raiders

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cameron Chism listed as CB starter opposite Anthony Wiseman on depth chart

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Don Brown in no rush to get McDougle on field

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Don Brown saw ‘positive signs’ from defense in win over Madison

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Terps need to take ‘pressure’ to pursuit of QB’s (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles CB Dexter McDougle (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Seton Hall Prep (NJ) PG prospect Sterling Gibbs impressed with visit to College Park (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says former Terps Crystal Langhorne, Marissa Coleman returning to Comcast Center for WNBA playoffs with Washington Mystics

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Don Markus says former Tiger Tamir Goodman retiring from basketball to take job as Director of Haifa Hoops for Kids

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Buddy Green, staff recognized for defensive performance against Louisiana Tech

Pitt Official Site previews Saturday’s showdown at Heinz Field

Pitt Official Site offers complete Midshipmen/Panthers release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Panthers similar to team who beat up Mids in Annapolis last year

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Marcus Curry, Jabaree Tuani, Gary Myers named Team MVP’s from Louisiana Tech game

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Marcus Curry bounced back from preseason illness, making impact for Mids

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says 43 yarder against Bulldogs helped calm kicker Joe Buckley

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo thinks Panthers ‘big, strong, fast’

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Paul Zeise says O-Line opening up holes for Dion Lewis thus far

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Kevin Gorman says Greg Cross playing role of Ricky Dobbs in practice for Panthers

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina breaks down Saturday’s trip to Pittsburgh (must subscribe)

Go Mids updates seasons for Mids’ opponents

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Oct. 15 game against Howard to be televised on ESPNU

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Frankie Allen announces Kevin White, Jamal Edwards, Lyvann Obame, Sean Berry, James Cotton as recruiting class

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Dave Litfin says Belmont winner Summer Bird breezed Tuesday with Desormeaux on board

Thoroughbred Times says ESPN to televise Goodwood Stakes (with Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird) or Lady’s Secret Stakes (with undefeated Zenyatta) October 10

SWIMMING:

Loyola Official Site says Michael Phelps topped Shaquille O’Neal in “Shaq Vs.” episode taped in Loyola pool

GOLF:

The Sun says Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Gil Morgan, Jim Thorpe all commit to Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to Brian Roberts for his franchise record 52nd double of the season. We’re sorry none of it matters.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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15-7-0

Posted on 31 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

You get props:

1-Joe Flacco and Derrick Mason

Yeah, they’re pretty good. Maybe not Brandon Marshall good; but pretty damn good nonetheless. (Editor’s note: LOL!)

On a side note, my birthday is next Sunday. As you’re sitting there thinking to yourself, “Geez, I haven’t even asked Glenn what he wants for his birthday!”, I say “fear not! I have a suggestion”…..

flacco

The real one has better eyebrows.

2-Jason Berken, Andy Marte, and Brian Matusz

I have been waiting an ENTIRE SEASON to put Jason Berken on this list. Thank GOD I was finally able to.

In other Orioles news this weekend, Joey Gathright was traded to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later. This would be more interesting, but sadly the player to be named will likely be no more talented than this man…..

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(Editor’s note: Could NBC have been pumping Jay Leno any harder during the Bears/Broncos game Sunday night? And how could they have made a promo out of his “Headlines” bit that wasn’t even a LITTLE bit funny?)

3-Antonio Nogueira

Minotauro was pretty dominant in what was a DAMN good fight out in Portland, OR. For the record, most 46 year olds don’t look like Randy Couture…..

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Christ, I’m only about to turn 26 and I look more like Ray Bachman (pictured below) than Couture…..

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4-Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, James Farrior, and Mark Sanchez

In other NFL News this weekend, Fantasy Football owners worldwide are breathing easier after hearing that Tom Brady’s shoulder is not seriously injured.

When reached for comment regarding the good news on Brady, Jets coach Rex Ryan is rumored to have said “Good, I hope Tom Brady is gonna play. What the hell has he ever done in this league? I know this much, he hasn’t won a single AFC East title since I’ve been in the division.”

5-Pedro Beato, Caleb Joseph, and Nick Haughian

Unfortunately, the Norfolk Tides, Delmarva Shorebirds, and Bluefield Orioles combined to win no games over the weekend.

Which is actually more remarkable, seeing as how a lot of organizations really struggle to use their minor league teams to appropriately prepare for what to expect at the big league level.

(Editor’s note: I apologize, that’s the 2nd time I’ve made a joke like that. But it’s a pretty funny bit. Even Melewski would have to admit that. But he’s probably too busy preparing for the playof……..OH MY GOD I TRIED BUT I COULDN’T STOP LAUGHING I’M SORRY!)

6-Fernando Verdasco and Caroline Wozniacki

Also happening last week at the Pilot Pen, Sam Querrey locked up the US Open Series Championship. Which means I owe the sport of Golf an apology, as there apparently IS a Championship less interesting than the FedEx Cup.

The US Open starts this week. Which means we’ll get to see more of the Bondarenko sisters……

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7-NFL Films

If you watched WBAL11′s pregame coverage of Ravens-Panthers Saturday night; you probably saw the 2008 Ravens Yearbook from NFL Films that aired before Pete Gilbert & Qadry Ismail’s pregame show. If you did, you may have spent at least part of the hour before the game crying. I know damn well I did…….especially when they showed OJ Brigance’s speech following the win over the Jaguars that clinched the Wild Card berth.

I don’t have the video; but this highlight package is a nice appetizer. Scott Graham may not be Harry Kalas, but the combination of Graham and Steve Sabol’s team…..you know the results. Well worth whatever you’d have to pay for the DVD.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFXXH8d3UUE[/youtube]

8-Zack Greinke, Paul Byrd, Sergio Mitre, Scott Feldman, Jon Garland, Ryan Howard, Tim Lincecum and Kendry Morales

Elsewhere in baseball this weekend, Mark Teixeira moved past the 100 RBI mark for the season as the Yankees beat the White Sox Sunday.

If you haven’t heard the perverted calls of Yankees Play by Play voice John Sterling; here’s a Youtube clip of Mike Francesca listening to them. (Editor’s note: ?)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdW-vrJSCS4[/youtube]

I swear to God I hate EVERYTHING about this. Not only does this clown say “Swishalicious” when Nick Swisher homers, he says “It’s a Johnny Rocket” when Johnny Damon homers.

Christ. It is an embarrassment to say that this clown used to call Baltimore Bullets and Morgan State games.

Back to Tex, 101 RBI-huh? Good thing the Orioles didn’t make a legitimate offer……

9-Tim James

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Kudos to Dan Le Batard for writing about James. I will admit I have always been particularly inspired by Pat Tillman; and spent a lot of my time in Arizona working with the Pat Tillman Foundation. I had no idea Tim James was serving in the Army over in Iraq; and I think this is an awesome story.

Nothing funny here. Tim James kicks ass. I am spending my evening posting hot pictures of the Bondarenko sisters online. He’s spending his evening trying to keep our country safe. I’m a clown.

10-Chris Turner, Phil Costa, Nolan Carroll and Adrian Moten

The closest I came to being named Captain of a football team was on our Club Team at UMBC; where I was named “Fattest Guy on the Team.”

Of course, my club career in Catonsville nearly resulted in a Championship. This is a good story. A local website picked our team (which we appropriately nicknamed “The Bums”) to lose in the Final; and so I (clearly inspired by the upstart Bears team of that season), prepared a whiteboard message saying “Do They Still Doubt Us?”

I broke out an inspirational speech before the game, and unleashed the whiteboard. When our team was up by 10 at the half; I failed everyone by not having anything else prepared.

We were of course railroaded in the 2nd half; but received nice beer glasses for our efforts. I’ve always felt as though I’ve never let anyone down more in my life than I did that day by not preparing a halftime speech.

Do I still have any time left, or should I get off the couch Doc?

11-The Stars and Stripes

Was it weird that during Sunday’s Little League World Series final, I was so overcome with patriotism that I actually started shouting “Kill him! Kill him! MURDER HIM!” at the TV?

Okay, that’s a joke. I would never do such a thing It’s a kids’ game, for god sakes.

I could sit here and tell you more about a LLWS game, or I could give you another clip from The Sandlot. That’s what I thought. As a reminder before I leave, America kicks ass. Your countries are stupid*.

(*Not Italy. Italy is awesome.)

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12-Juan Urango

I’d love to tell you about this boxing match from Friday night, but then I’d have to have watched boxing. Since boxing died years ago, I certainly did not.

Here’s a video of Floyd Mayweather training Vince McMahon backstage on WWE’s Monday Night Raw this past week, which is the most interesting thing that’s happened in boxing in the last 10 years or so.

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

13-Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman

18 points and 10 boards for Langhorne, 11 points for Coleman in a win for the Washington Mystics Sunday. I can’t believe I’m writing about the WNBA, but a Terp’s a Terp.

While we’re on the subject; here’s a gift for Forrester. I’m a thoughtful person.

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14-Richard Branson

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Full disclosure here. I had tickets to Virgin Mobile FreeFest Sunday; and those tickets are still sitting on my desk. My cousin’s future husband had his bachelor party Sunday, and that took precedence. Plus, the lineup of Blink 182 & Weezer (no thanks), Jet (seen ‘em once with Oasis), Franz Ferdinand (saw them at HFStival), and Public Enemy (I WOULD have liked to have seen them actually) didn’t inspire me all that much.

But the thing is; 35,000 people were at Merriweather Sunday, meaning this state’s economy was once again fortified by a major concert sponsored by Branson and Virgin Mobile. You know what that means? It means Branson KICKS ASS.

(Editor’s note: Apparently Oasis broke up again Friday because Noel and Liam Gallagher just absolutely CANNOT stop trying to kill each other. The Black Crowes were at Rams Head Live Sunday night, where Chris and Rich Robinson were quoted as saying “those guys should really look into family counseling. If you’re going to be in a band with your brother, you should really get along like we do!”)

15-Nachos

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God is there anything in the world greater than nachos? You can put anything on them. They’re freaking WONDERFUL. You want chicken, beef, crab meat, jalapenos, onions, salsa, etc? I say yes to “all of the above.”

You think there’s a chance I could convince the people at Chick-Fil-A to start serving nachos?

You got lucky……

1-Heath Slocum, Loren Roberts, and M.J. Hur

As I told Forrester Sunday night after Slocum won The Barclays; it is NOT a good thing for some zero to beat Tiger Woods at the end of a golf tournament…….again. Might be good for the 2-3 nerds who would enjoy watching golf anyway; but not for someone like me, who might actually have a life. Key word there is “might.”

And for the record, I prefer Loren’s cousin Julia…..

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2-Dominican Baseball Players

Did anyone who read this story think to themselves: “That can’t be right, there’s no way a guy like Miguel Tejada did something like this.”

Didn’t think so.

(Editor’s note: I was going to say we didn’t miss him, but who are we kidding. Our team sucks and he can actually play.)

3-Carl Edwards and Ryan Briscoe

In racing news that is SIGNIFICANTLY more interesting than anything I can tell you about NASCAR or the IRL, Danica Patrick will not confirm that she will be participating in ESPN’s upcoming “Nude” magazine.

(Editor’s note: Apparently “nude” actually means a celebration of the athletic body. Thanks Deadspin for really killing all of my possible excitement about this “Body Issue.” Also, thanks for another sexual innuendo I can use next weekend. “Hey baby, why don’t you come back to my place and celebrate my athletic body.”)

Thanks also to Deadspin for linking this photo with their tip…..

danica

4-Andre Smith

This is good again. I can break down Smith’s contract with the Bengals; or we can watch the video from Andre Smith’s Pro Day.

As a reminder, this video may actually be NSFW.

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5-Ohio State fans

I think Rich Rodriguez sucks too; so I’ll enjoy this as much as you will. Here’s another gift from me to you. I won’t be so generous next week; I hope Navy kicks your ass.

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6-Manchester United

I actually love the fact that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger tried to watch the end of the match from the crowd after being thrown out. I heard a rumor that after it didn’t work, he was going to try the Bobby Valentine approach……

bobby

7-Anyone who hasn’t heard “I’ve Got a Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas so many times they want to rip their car radio out of the dash panel

This might be the one to set you off……

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

I’ll make a call next weekend; but I think this MIGHT beat out Maino for Official Summer Jam. Mazel Tov!

You’re a zero…..

Summer Ending

For the younger 15-7-0 readers who go back to school today, I feel for you. Last night was the worst night of the year. Totally understood.

Also to those readers, the next time Uncle Glenn asks you to bring him a “Blue Moon Cola”, please make sure to remember NOT to drink any of it before bringing it to him.

If I can TRY to brighten your day, remember that you’ll spend most of it just writing your name, and MAYBE, just MAYBE, this will happen today……

teacher

-G

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A Welcome

Posted on 24 August 2009 by Sam Angell

Hi everyone and welcome to the much-anticipated debut of my blog here at WNST.net.

I’m sorry, let me rephrase.

Hi Glenn. I told you I’d get around to writing one of these eventually.

In any event, welcome to the new Unassisted Triple Play, something that will undoubtedly become a semi-regular, unscheduled yet wildly popular feature here on the blogs page of WNST.net. After months of prompting from future-Hall of Famer Glenn Clark, other colleagues in the Baltimore media scene, and my mother, I decided that if Eric Bruntlett could make a name for himself in sports just by being in the right place at the right time, so could I. With each installment of the blog, I will discuss three topics – usually from the world of sports, but sometimes dealing with popular culture or the American scene at large. That way, when people ask me just what it is that I can do with an American Studies degree from the University of Maryland, I can point them here. If everyone who asks that question actually visits the site, this will be the most successful blog on the history of Al Gore’s innerwebs by next Thursday afternoon.

Let’s get started with an introductory post, shall we?

OUT NUMBER ONE

First off, a little bit of my sporting background. No, I have never actually turned an unassisted triple play. But I was once playing in the same infield as someone who did. We were seven. I’m pretty sure no one on the field knew what was happening, not even the guy who turned the trick. Looking back on how bad those first few EDRECO rec league teams I played on were, it’s possible that the umpire took pity on us and gave us credit for three outs just because our shortstop managed to catch a pop-up. But for now, we’ll give the kid the benefit of the doubt.

Despite two World Championships with the EDRECO Giants and the CAA Cardinals, plus a no-hitter against a hapless Liberty Road squad, my athletic career faded out somewhere around the time that the ice cream man stopped pulling up after the games. The fire(crackers) just wasn’t in me anymore.

I was raised in Baltimore, the only son of two transplants to the area. My father: a North Carolina native who grew up on the campus of Wake Forest during the days of Bones McKinney and Len Chappell. My mother: a product of Connecticut who grew up a Yankees fan in New Jersey and went to UVA. They met at grad school at the University of North Carolina, and moved to Baltimore in 1982. Despite all those obvious obstacles to overcome, my loyalties to the local sports scene have never been questioned.

That’s me on the right, not long before I poured a beer on the kid next to me and started chanting “1918.” Judging by the home decor, that had only been a few years previous.

With parents who had never really gotten to know the Colts, there wasn’t much football in our house before 1996. Even then, it took until Festivus Maximus for my parents to join my purple-toned enthusiasm. By now, though, they have become full-fledged Raven Maniacs, and plans are in the works to paint my dad’s minivan purple for tailgating season. Not that he is aware of these plans. But I won’t let that stop me.

Perhaps most miraculously, I became a Maryland fan. Despite a grandfather who taught at Wake Forest, a mother who went to Virginia and the fact that I wouldn’t have been here if not for the University of North Carolina, somewhere along the line I heard this man on the radio, and from that moment on, there was no question:

Johnny Holliday made me a Maryland fan back in the days of Exree Hipp and Scott Milanovich. When it came time to choose a school, there was no question. And when I got appendicitis nearing the date I had to make my decision, I seized my opportunity to soften the blow. “Mom,” I told my Wahoo Wah of a mother, “I think I want to go to Maryland.” Just happy that I was still more or less in one piece, she dealt with the reality that her son was about to become a Classless Thug.

Since leaving school, I’ve done work with Maryland, the University of Pennsylvania and the Baltimore Ravens. It was while getting the esteemed Glenn Clark yet another interview with Marissa Coleman last season (she’s just not that into you, Glenn) that he suggested I start a blog here on WNST.net. And now six months later, here we are.

OUT NUMBER TWO

The homerism doesn’t stop at sports. You cannot convince me that there is a better television show in the history of humanity than The Wire. In fact, when it comes to the mentality of the City of Baltimore, I think Ellis Carver put it best (warning…NSFW):

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Before that, of course, there was Homicide and the wisdom of Frank Pembleton. I’m not all Baltimore, though. It’s difficult for me to go through a conversation without dropping a Seinfeld or Curb Your Enthusiasm reference. And if you get it when I invoke the great magician GOB Bluth, well, you’re alright in my book.

OUT NUMBER THREE

Although I went against them when it came to picking a college, I have followed my parents’ lead from the beginning when it came to music. Like them, I’m pretty open to anything and am not quick to dismiss any types of music. But when it gets right down to it, the classic stuff is what I like. The Beatles, Dylan, the Stones, Bruce…I could go on, but who wants to read about music? Here are a few of my favorites:

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That ought to do it for an introduction. We’ll get down to some semi-coherent thoughts on the next installment of Unassisted Triple Play. Hopefully that won’t take another six months.

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

It was an uninspired, lifeless performance in the Bronx this week…..for the most part. But it wasn’t unexpected. July is the time of year when this team just struggles mightily because the season just feels silly to them. There’s nothing to play for, the excitement of a new season is gone, they don’t have a break to get to anytime soon; and they’re all worried about whether or not they’re going to need to move come July 31.

When you’re a bad baseball team, this is usually the most difficult time of the season. Sadly, August and September are rarely much better around here even if they are for other losing teams.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says O’s fell to 15-32 on road after sweep at Yankee Stadium

Drew Forrester says Drew Bennett Ravens ‘preferred choice’ amongst WR’s

Rex Snider says Birds have worst July 23rd record in last 6 years

Drew Forrester says Mason still hasn’t made comment since “retirement”

Glenn Clark says Johnny Holliday’s “Kids Have Done It” favorite announcer call of all time

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Berken struggles as Birds swept in New York

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says after day off today; Bergesen, Birds visit Penny, Red Sox tomorrow

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds make Sarasota official Spring Training home

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Virginia native Meredith happy to join team he grew up following

Yankees Official Site’s Anthony DiComo says Burnett takes care of business for Yanks in win

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says O’s suffered 5th loss in 6 games since All-Star break

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Trembley, MacPhail to meet Friday in Boston, could determine Rich Hill’s future with team

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says John Angelos looking forward to joining ‘civic fabric’ of Sarasota

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Sarasota move appears to be ‘win-win’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jones, Markakis hit solo HR’s in 9th to make things close

The AP says Posada homered for Yanks in win

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says moving to Sarasota will give Orioles better access to important opponents

New York Post’s George A. King says 47,000 at Yankee Stadium (including Orioles fans on the WNST bus) saw Yankees sweep Birds

New York Times’ Joe LaPointe says Swisher star at plate, in field for Bombers in victory

New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says Mariano Rivera saved Bruney to pick up 28th save of season

Newsday’s Evan Drellich says Swisher appeared ‘comfortable’ in RF during win

Newark Star-Ledger’s Matt Gelb says A-Rod, Cano each had RBI hits for Yanks in win

Bergen Record’s Al Iannazzone says Girardi thought Burnett ‘excellent’ in Yanks’ victory

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Chris Waters hit around in loss to Gwinnett

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Liz threw 7 shutout innings as Baysox topped Harrisburg

Frederick Keys Official Site says Florimon homered for Keys in loss to Salem

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Welty homered for Shorebirds in win over Greenville

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Colin Allen takes loss as Ironbirds shutout by Mahoning Valley

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Gary Helmick went 3-4 with 3 runs scored in win over Greeneville

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Miguel Abreu had 3 hits, 3 RBI for Baysox in win over Senators

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

Virginian-Pilot says Fiorentino homered for Tides in loss

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says 2nd year WR Marcus Smith feels like starting job ‘right in front of (his) face’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says McGahee trying to claim back starting job from Ray Rice

The Official Site says Flacco turning heads with Reebok video

(If you haven’t seen the video yet……)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-HQBHWeOhg[/youtube]

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says fans were excited to meet McGahee downtown at Boost Mobile

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Ravens ‘worried’ about WR’s even if Mason comes back

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens reached out to Joe Horn

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says McGahee ‘feels great’ going into Training Camp

The AP says Harbaugh ‘optimistic and hopeful’ Mason will return to team after conversation

Washington Post’s Mark Maske reports Harbaugh says Mason wants to be in ‘right frame of mind’

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco thinks Gooden will start next to 52 at ILB

NBC Sports’ Gregg Rosenthal says Mason told Harbaugh he’s ‘ready physically’

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 12th in power rankings

SI’s Ross Tucker would be ‘angry’ if he were one of Mason’s teammates

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Horn must prove he ‘has it’ for Ravens to sign him

ESPN.com’s James Walker can’t gauge degree of success Ravens will have in trying to talk Mason out of retirement

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Mark Clayton on ‘hot seat’ in Baltimore

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Turner may have QB spot solidified, but WR questions remain

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Moten, Wujciak give Terps ‘sure things’ at LB

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have 7th best LB group in ACC

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces freshman safety Eric Franklin (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces freshman QB Danny O’Brien (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says early prognosticators high on Terps

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Langhorne, Toliver, Coleman will all be on floor tonight at Verizon Center for WNBA matchup between Mystics and Sky on ESPN2

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says journey to Lithuania helped former Terp Langhorne

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Brett Harvey helps Team USA claim gold at Maccabiah Games

UMBC BASKETBALL:

Examiner Alexander Pyles explains mascot True Grit

SOCCER:

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Friday night’s Chelsea-AC Milan match at M&T Bank Stadium to be first sellout of World Football Challenge tour

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Drew Bennett is apparently the Ravens’ ‘preferred choice’ at WR. I have had a few ‘preferred choices’ at the end of a long night of drinking that actually WEREN’T as pretty as Drew Bennett. He probably wouldn’t make a major difference, but the Ravens SHOULD bring him in, whether Mason returns or not. If he can’t play, the team will probably be able to tell that before September 13.

-The move to Sarasota is a positive thing. Certainly should have happened a few years ago, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t a positive upgrade for this organization.

-If you don’t understand the significance of Friday night’s soccer match; you probably aren’t a downtown business owner, or anyone who profits off of civic events. The World Football Challenge is a big deal. Artscape is a big deal. Preakness is a big deal. Ravens games are a big deal. The American Idol concert at the Arena is a big deal. Having more of these events come to downtown (or anywhere else in the region) would be a big deal. If there was a NASCAR track built in Aberdeen; THAT would be a big deal. We NEED these events. I’ll write more about it tomorrow for sure.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

I want to be surprised by the mistakes I continuously see the Orioles make; but it is particularly hard to be. Trembley’s lineup decisions are questionable at best (Andino-Jones makes WAY more sense to me 1-2 than Jones-Wigginton does); and it is tough to keep a team accountable when they aren’t really even that interested.

So are summers here in Birdland.

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester thinks Trembley deserves ‘blame’ for Birds’ mistakes

Glenn Clark thinks Trembley must be drinking before filling out Sunday lineup cards

Keith Melchior says Uehara ‘waste’ of money

Jerry Reinhardt says O’s making mistakes similar to ‘8-10 year olds’

Lawson Lambert ‘in love with’ Rachel Alexandra

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Hernandez’s outing solid but Birds fell to Nationals

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Berken goes to mound for Birds tonight vs. Lester, Red Sox

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Trembley gave Roberts day off Sunday

Nationals Official Site’s Bill Ladson says Lannan ‘ace’-like in win over O’s

Red Sox Official Site’s Ian Browne says Sox happy to move Ortiz back to DH vs. Birds with interleague play over

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Huff, Wieters, Scott guilty of mistakes in loss

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Uehara to be re-evaluated today, return not set yet

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds finish season 11-7 vs. National League opponents

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Birds fell to 3-9 on Sundays this season

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck attempts to defend Birds after loss (the “won 5 of last 9 games” thing was a stretch Pete….not exactly life-changing results there)

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley needs to address ‘inept’ performance on basepaths

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says 25,000 saw Nats top Birds at Camden Yards

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Zaun swinging hot bat since being replaced by Wieters in lineup

Washington Post’s Chico Harlan says Willie Harris added home run for Nats in win over Birds

Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg says Jim Palmer thought Huff’s homer ‘might be longest’ he’s seen at OPACY

Washington Times’ Mark Zuckerman says Acta ‘expected’ solid performance from Lannan vs. Birds

USA Today’s Jorge Ortiz says Wieters handling hype ‘in stride’

Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi thinks Sherrill would ‘just miss’ All-Star Game

The Sports Network says Anderson Hernandez 3-4 with RBI in win for Nats

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says 7th inning doomed Tillman in loss to Lehigh Valley

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Bascom hit hard in loss to Altoona

Frederick Keys Official Site says Zagone stellar early, but bullpen fell apart in loss to Wilmington

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Travis Keating got win in relief as Shorebirds topped Lakewood

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Blake Davis homered for IronBirds in loss to Staten Island

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Kolodny homered twice for Shorebirds in win over BlueClaws

Virginian-Pilot says Michael Aubrey had only RBI for Tides in loss

RAVENS:

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Newsome still speaking about return to Alabama

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Joe Smith 2nd best player of Gary’s 20 years

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Juan Dixon greatest player of Gary’s 20 years

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire says Mincy drawing comparisons to former Terp Marissa Coleman

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Slotback Doyle not concerned with previews, projections

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site previews tonight’s showdown with Real Maryland

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Rachel Alexandra went to Saratoga after winning Mother Goose Stakes

Daily Racing Form’s Steve Andersen says Zenyatta will race in Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar next

Thoroughbred Times’ Mike Curry says trainer Steve Asmussen not interested in Rachel Alexandra-Zenyatta talk

The Sun says Saratoga will be Summer ‘base’ for Preakness champion Rachel Alexandra

TRACK AND FIELD:

The Sun says former Mervo hurdler James Carter announced retirement

GOLF:

Washington Times’ Barker Davis says Congressional has ‘sexy new look’ for this year’s AT&T National

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy wonders if defending champ Anthony Kim will be ‘renewed’ at AT&T National

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-While I think we all have known about Ozzie Newsome’s desire to return to Alabama for some time; I find it interesting that he is again speaking about it. The Crimson Tide may well need an athletic director in the near (or not-so near) future; and Newsome could be the guy. But it isn’t the type of thing I’d be too concerned about right now.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 25 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

Do you want me to say something about Felix Pie? I already have. He has no business here. It’s borderline embarrassing. Joey Gathright can do the things Felix Pie does (and Joey Gathright is not a particularly good player either).

Do you want me to say something about Koji Uehara? I’ve already said plenty. The guy should go to the bullpen. It is tough to pay someone $5 million and then use them in relief; but it is tougher to watch a guy who physically can’t pitch the number of innings that are required from a pitcher.

Do you want me to say something about the Orioles? I’d much rather talk about soccer or Transformers.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Birds’ talent ‘improved’, but team still making ‘mistakes’

Thyrl Nelson wonders if O’s ‘owe’ Roberts anything

Drew Forrester not surprised to hear Uehara dealing with ‘fatigue’

Jason Jubb says Birds’ recent moves appear to set up Aubrey Huff trade

Bob Haynie says Birds stockpiling “Aubreys”

Marco Romanell says Adam Jones mired in funk

Keith Melchior wonders if Trembley has ‘earned’ right to return to Birds

Ed Frankovic says Brashear apparently not in Caps’ plans for next season

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says errors, defensive mistakes cost Birds in loss to Marlins

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Rich Hill toes mound for Birds in attempt to avoid sweep against Sean West, Marlins

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Salazar showing value at big league level

Marlins Official Site’s Joe Frisaro says Nolasco dazzled for Fish in win over O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Trembley appeared to be ‘losing patience’ with Pie after mistakes in loss

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Markakis picked up AL-leading 8th assist in loss, throwing out Hermida at plate

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds worked out 16 year old SS prospect Sano in Dominican Republic

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Uehara could miss next start with ‘elbow fatigue’

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Birds bad, but not as bad as Nats

The AP says Cody Ross, Hanley Ramirez each drove in 2 as Marlins topped Orioles

Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer says Fish back over .500 after win

South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Juan Rodriguez says Dan Meyer pitched 9th for save with Lindstrom on DL for Marlins

Palm Beach Post’s Joe Capozzi says Bonifacio showed off hustle in scoring run on Pie’s blunder

USA Today has Birds 23rd in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Brandon Snyder lead Tides with 3 hits, 2 RBI in win over Pawtucket

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Perrault blew save as Binghamton rallied to top Baysox

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Garabez Rosa tallied walkoff hit in 10th in win over Staten Island

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says David Hernandez went 4 perfect innings, got no decision for Tides in win

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Shorebirds’ Zagone promoted to Frederick

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Birds trade for Indians prospect Aubrey, expect to assign him to Norfolk

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says first round pick Hobgood honored by USA Today

Frederick News-Post says Keys’ Florimon tripled, scored run in Carolina League All-Star Game

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says Hernandez pulled after 4 in case O’s need him to make Uehara’s next start

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy breaks down competition for CB jobs

The Official Site says Ravens, M&T Bank team up for annual Honor Rows Program

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ravens fans pocketing profit from PSL sales

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco ‘better’ this season

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site checks in with former Terp, Seahawks UFA Dave Philistin

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says commit Delic improved stock by putting on weight

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says former Terp Merriman ‘on mission’

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Milford Mill WR Cheeseboro ‘really likes’ Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem breaks down LB’s with Seamonson (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker thinks Terps ‘could be’ Top 25 team

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Steve Francis 8th best player of Gary’s 20 years

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Johnny Rhodes 7th best player of Gary’s 20 years

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Stoglin finally made first visit to future home College Park

Scout.com’s Evan Daniels says not everyone surprised with rise of target Justin Coleman (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site offers opportunity to camp with Frese, players

The Diamondback’s Brian Kapur says former Terp Langhorne improved in 2nd season with Mystics

The Diamondback’s Brian Kapur says Langhorne, Toliver, Coleman, Frese were all reunited last weekend for WNBA game at Verizon Center

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire says Mincy joins Alyssa Thomas, Natasha Cloud in Terps’ class of 2010

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mincy ranked 13th best prospect by ESPNU

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says two years of recruiting finally landed Mincy in College Park (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says trip to Ohio State gets noon kickoff, ESPN treatment

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Mids have just two games left on schedule without kickoff time determined

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says opener at Northwestern gets noon kickoff, Big Ten Network treatment

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Val Teixeira honored by USL-2

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra won’t run in Breeders’ Cup

Thoroughbred Times’ Steve Bailey says owner Jess Jackson nixes possible showdown between Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta on ‘plastic’ surface at Santa Anita

Thoroughbred Times’ Mike Curry says after skipping Belmont Stakes, Rachel Alexandra makes track debut in Mother Goose Stakes

The AP says Borel supportive of Jackson’s decision to keep Rachel Alexandra off synthetic tracks

SWIMMING:

The AP says Phelps nominated for 4 ESPY Awards

GOLF:

The Sun says Fred Funk commits to Constellation Energy Classic

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Funk finished 2nd at last year’s Constellation Energy Classic

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I’ve never been to the Horseshoe before. I doubt that will change when Navy visits Ohio State; but I’m certainly tempted. A trip to Berkley probably will be out of the question given the expenses I’ve taken on in buying a new whip (thanks Koons Ford); but a trip to Columbus sounds like a lot of fun.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 17 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

Thanks to everyone who came out to The Barn last night for the annual Ravens Rookie Show; both fans and the guys who made it out. It was a great night of getting to know the guys. Couple of quick notes on each guy….says Ravens not interested in Marshall

-Paul Kruger’s hair is awesome, and you can tell he feels like he has something to prove.
-Jason Phillips knew exactly how to play to the crowd, rocking an Orioles hat despite growing up as an Astros fan. Having dealt with injuries and missed the first OTA’s, he’s ready to see the field.
-Faith is a big deal for Cedric Peerman, who felt like playing for Al Groh at Virginia gave him a leg up on NFL preparation.
-Graham Gano appeared a little nervous, but is obviously excited about the chance to be the guy who replaces a legend. He hopes to stay in Baltimore just as long as Matt Stover did.
-Lardarius Webb is a BIG fan of Ed Reed, and has been particularly grateful for the chance to play alongside him.
-Davon Drew isn’t particularly loud, but knows he has a chance to make an impact on both offense and special teams. Coming from North Carolina, he was a big fan of Bojangles.
-Jason Cook is the entertainer of this rookie class. Good guy, very smart, and could very well end up on the roster with Lorenzo Neal gone. He also is a big music fan, including Kings of Leon.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester

Nestor Aparicio says new Ravens Kruger, Phillips, Webb, Drew, Peerman, Gano, Cook ‘big hit’ at The Barn

Thyrl Nelson thinks Ravens should pass on Marshall

Luke Jones says former Terp Isaiah Williams dealing with hamstring injury at Ravens Rookie Camp

Glenn Clark says Gary told Bob Haynie Terps no longer pursuing Stephenson

Marco Romanell says getting Marshall would be ‘right move’ for Ravens

Glenn Clark thinks Adam Jones amongst best hitters in MLB

Lawson Lambert says Blair Peterson has ‘edge’ to be starting QB for Towson next season

ORIOLES:says defense costs Birds in loss to Mets

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

MLB.com’s Brian Eller says Uehara goes to hill tonight for Birds vs. Redding, Mets

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Mora not happy about strikeout call

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Trembley thinks first inning ‘key’ for Guthrie

Mets Official Site’s Anthony DiComo says Pelfrey picks up win for Mets

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Troy Patton gives up 3 home runs, loses to Louisville in Tides’ debut

Bowie Baysox Official Site says John Mariotti got win as Baysox topped Reading

Frederick Keys Official Site says Sean Gleason took loss as Keys fell to Winston-Salem

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Oliver Drake takes loss as Delmarva falls to Lakewood

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Roberts’ error in 4th cost Guthrie in loss

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Steve Bumbry, Mike Flacco amongst 8 Draft picks signed by Birds

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says single RBI not enough to salvage tough night for Roberts

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley didn’t think Roberts could have gotten ball Huff dropped

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Roberts went 0-5 in loss

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Baysox giving away Wieters figurine tonight

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Gathright had 2 doubles for Tides in loss

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says 20,000 at Camden Yards see Mets top O’s

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Trembley not excited to see pitchers hit in Philadelphia

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Adam Jones returned to lineup in loss

The AP says Huff’s dropped popup hurt Birds in loss

Frederick News-Post says Caleb Joseph had only RBI for Keys in loss

Virginian-Pilot says Jolbert Cabrera, Carlos Rojas added RBI each for Tides in loss

New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch says K-Rod struck out Adam Jones to finish off Mets’ win

New York Times’ Ben Shpigel says Markakis homered for Birds in loss

New York Daily News’ Adam Rubin says Wigginton added RBI walk in 9th before Mets closed out Birds

Newsday’s David Lennon says David Wright, Ryan Church, Brian Schneider had RBI singles for Mets in win

Newark Star-Ledger’s Brian Costa says Sean Green, Pedro Feliciano combined to throw 2 1/3 perfect innings of relief

RAVENS:says Ravens have not contacted Broncos regarding WR Marshall

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says former Towson WR Breaux brings 6’7” frame to Ravens tryout

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says K.J. Gerard could be next Will Demps

The Official Site says Harbaugh doesn’t consider WR ‘weakness’ for Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens ‘doing their homework’ with Marshall

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says comments about WR could just be part of poker game for Ravens

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck doesn’t think Ravens should pursue Marshall

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens ‘looking into Marshall’s background’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Breaux working out with Ravens after previously working out with Redskins, Giants

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Yanda thinks PUP list ‘worst case scenario’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kruger got in small fight with O-Lineman

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Brandon Marshall would be ‘perfect fit’ with Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens trying to nail down role for Lardarius Webb

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Marshal Yanda expects to be ready by season opener

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco, Delaware coaches took in Rookie Camp

CBS Sports’ Dave Richard breaks down fantasy value of Rice, Flacco, other Ravens

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:says ‘excitement’ finally back to Terps’ basketball program

Examiner Matthew Bouchard

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Gary enjoying Twitter

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says pursuit of Stephenson apparently over for Terps

Washington Post’s Mike Wise says Vasquez, Gary share ‘love’ affair

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Vasquez ‘wants to win’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Burney out of walking boot

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary celebrated 20th anniversary over weekend

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hipp 20th greatest player of Gary’s 20 years

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gist 19th greatest player of Gary’s 20 years

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps ‘still in mix’ for prospect Oladipo (must subscribe)says Terps have offered Milford Mill WR Cheeseboro

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Terps interested in Dunbar (DC) DE Javarie Johnson

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:says David Adkins rounds out Frese’s staff

The Official Site

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says former Terp Marah Strickland transferred to South Carolina

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says former Terp Coleman suffers injury with Mystics

TOWSON LACROSSE:says Tigers assistant Nadelen selected for National Training Team

The Official Site

NAVY FOOTBALL:says Greeley West (CO) prospect A.J. Frieler interested in all 3 service academies

Scout.com

NAVY LACROSSE:says assistant Stan Ross may still be candidate at Princeton

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:says Sherman Wood selected to participate in NCAA Football Academy

The Official Site

SALISBURY LACROSSE:says former Gull Eric Martin named to National Training Team

The Official Site

SOCCER:says 60,000 tickets sold for Chelsea-AC Milan at M&T Bank Stadium

Ravens Official Site

The Sun says tickets still available for World Football Challenge match

Washington Times’ John Haydon says Ravens VP of Ticket Sales Hotelman thinks sellout would be ‘tremendous statement’ to get future events

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:says Machel Millwood named Player of the Week by USL2

The Official Site

BALTIMORE MARINERS:previews Saturday’s trip to face South Carolina Force

The Official Site

SWIMMING:says Phelps signs endorsement deal with H20 audio

The Sun’s Candus Thomson

HORSE RACING:says Belmont winner Summer Bird to get next work Saturday at Louisiana Downs

Daily Racing Form’s Mary Rampellini

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Jeremy Guthrie wasn’t terrible last night, but that’s just not good enough. I don’t think the Orioles are going to be overwhelmed by anyone to get him.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 11 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

Felix Hernandez was good last night, but he wasn’t great. The Orioles had plenty of runners on base (including 7 hits), and had multiple runners left in scoring position. They failed to get productive outs; and they SERIOUSLY failed to drive home runners who advanced. Brian Roberts should have been going on contact on Nick Markakis’ double, but instead stopped either A-because he thought the ball would hit him (it wouldn’t) or B-he forgot there were 2 outs.

This is the most baseball analysis you’ll get from me in a while. I went to the game last night (and hello to the hundreds of my friends who were also there), so I guess I was just particularly frustrated to have paid money to see a team that couldn’t do the little things. This is why I don’t spend more money to watch the games.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester thinks Gano will be Ravens kicker

Bob Haynie will talk to Orioles pick Steven Bumbry on today’s show

Glenn Clark says Drew Nicholas’ shot favorite ‘game-ending moment’

Jason Jubb remembers Memorial Stadium fan Pat “The Bugler” Walker

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie gives up pair of homers in loss to Mariners

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Ray ‘progressing’ at Norfolk

MLB.com’s Brian Eller says Virginia Tech’s Steven Bumbry highlights Day 2 of Orioles’ MLB Draft picks

MLB.com’s Brian Eller says Uehara returns from injury tonight to face Garrett Olson, M’s

Mariners Official Site’s Rick Eymer says Jose Lopez hits two home runs for Mariners in win over O’s

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Baysox split doubleheader with Connecticut thanks to 3 RBI in Game 1 from Brandon Snyder

Frederick Keys Official Site says Billy Rowell had RBI double in loss to Hillcats

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Xavier Avery homered for Shorebirds in win over Lake County

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Trembley thought Guthrie gave up home runs on ‘mistake’ pitches

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says David Hernandez expected to be sent back to Tides to make room for Uehara

The Sun lists every Orioles draft pick thus far

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Roberts had 3 hits for Birds in loss

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley thinks Guthrie has been done in by breaking balls

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Guthrie maintains he’s ‘100 percent pain free’

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Patton didn’t factor in decision as Baysox won game 1 of doubleheader

Examiner Jay Trucker breaks down beer selections at Camden Yards

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says 12,770 see Mariners drop Birds at OPACY

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Birds play 15 straight vs. National League teams after tonight’s game

The AP says Wieters went 2-4 with double in Birds’ loss to Mariners

Frederick News-Post says Matt Angle went 4-5 for Keys in loss

Seattle Times’ Geoff Baker says Felix Hernandez gave up 1 run in 7 innings of win over Birds

RAVENS:

The Official Site says Training Camp opens at McDaniel College Tuesday, July 28

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Pryce displaying ‘freakish’ athleticism

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Ravens ‘inspired’ by visit from wounded soldiers at Walter Reed

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens wrap OTA’s, Harbaugh expects team ready for Training Camp

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Fabian Washington ‘not 100 percent healthy yet’, but took off red jersey in OTA anyway

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Stover not ‘best man’ for Ravens kicking job

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says rookie LB Jason Phillips expects to be able to participate more in rookie camp this week

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens to break Training Camp August 22

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ngata ‘most athletic and versatile’ of AFC North DT’s

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager says Ngata, Suggs, Reed, 52 amongst top 100 players in NFL

Sporting News says Harbaugh doesn’t think Ravens need to use AFC Championship Game as motivation

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have 5th toughest non-conference schedule in ACC

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says target Jonathan Graham amongst participants in NBPA Top 100 Camp

Examiner Steve DeClue says Stoglin-Ross class of ’10 already being praised

Yahoo! Sports’ Josh Peter says target Stephenson will face ‘intense scrutiny’ at Maryland or wherever else he ends up

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says former Terp Doron leads Team Israel in scoring at EuroBasket event

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut and Michael Lemaire say Chinn ‘willing to fill any role’ on Frese’s staff

Washington Times’ Ryan O’Halloran says former Terp Coleman having hot start for Mystics

TOWSON BASEBALL:

The Official Site says RHP Squatrito drafted by Cardinals

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site’s Pete Schlehr remembers Tigers’ win over UMES (formerly Maryland State) in ‘76

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Retrievers to play in International Friendship Games in Japan

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Retrievers to visit Tokyo, Nagoya on trip to Japan

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says former Eagle Tywain McKee worked out for Knicks

The Sun says McKee to work out for Wizards today

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Pietramala not surprised by Tierney’s move from Princeton to Denver

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says ILB Haberer would love shot to play at Texas A&M

Go Mids says Moorpark kicking prospect Picchini likes Midshipmen (must subscribe)

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says Mariners offering 2 for 1 $8 tickets for Saturday’s game vs. Harrisburg Stampede

GOLF:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says LPGA could use victory from young American star like Creamer or Wie this weekend at Bulle Rock

The Sun’s Glenn Graham says Christina Kim to wear mic for Golf Channel coverage of LPGA Championship today

The AP says Ochoa ready to go for LPGA Championship after taking vacation

Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga says future of LPGA Championship up in air without McDonald’s sponsorship moving forward

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says LPGA players will miss playing in Havre de Grace

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Mary Rampellini says Belmont winner Summer Bird to run next at Haskell at Monmouth Park

BALTIMORE COLTS:

NFL.com says Unitas amongst Top 10 most clutch quarterbacks in NFL history

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Drew is right. Graham Gano WILL be the kicker for the Ravens when they play the Chiefs. I mean, I have no inside information; but he’s just the best fit.

-Surprised Joe Flacco didn’t crack Peter Schrager’s “Top 100 Players” list, especially considering he had 3 quarterbacks at the top of the list. Very surprised in fact.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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