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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 November 2008 by Glenn Clark

It’s not enough anymore.There was a time when all the Orioles needed to do was put Baltimore back on the road jerseys.

But that’s not enough anymore. I will admit that I will still be emotional the first time I see the team playing on the road with the jerseys on; but it’s not enough.

It has to come with an admission of fault for the last 11 years.

It has to come with a promise of change.

It has to come with a commitment to the community, the organization, and the FANS.

But I get the feeling that none of those things are on the way.

This is a nice polish; but we’re still polishing a turd right now.

I LOVE the Orioles.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester

introduces new hats

Drew Forrester says Birds will get first crack at unveiling jerseys

Casey Willett says ‘Flacco makes history’

Casey Willett says McCune spent Camp with Ravens

Ed Frankovic says Caps battling for first place

RAVENS:The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

 

says McAlister, Landry officially placed on IR

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens have to face tough defenses in coming weeks

The Official Site says Rolle, Bannan love iPhones

The Official Site says Ngata enjoys ‘helping guys make plays’

Giants Official Site’s Michael Eisen says Stover, Carney bring remarkable kicking history to Sunday’s game

The Sun’s Edward Lee says W. Anderson just wanted to ‘prove he could play’ in Baltimore

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens now have 16 players on IR

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Ravens no longer want to be ‘defined’ by defense

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Harbaugh thinks identity is ‘rough, tough, clean, disciplined football team’

Aaron Wilson says Ravens’ offense will be ‘tested’ by Giants’ 3rd ranked defense

Aaron Wilson says Ravens sign LB McCune, WR Maxwell to take open spots on roster

Carroll County Times’ Haruki Nakamura trying to avoid ‘rookie wall’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:The Sun’s Jeff Barker

 

says R. Costa suspended after allegedly punching officer

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Barnes could be back in time for Senior Bowl

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says R. Costa suspended indefinitely

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Costa’s status will be re-evaluated after legal issue resolved

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Carolina’s Austin returning home after deciding against TerpsFrederick News-Post’s Greg Swatek

says Costa loss another blow to Terps team facing powerful UNC offense

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler and Kyle Goon say officer hospitalized in Cornerstone incident

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Ivey will start at DT vs. Carolina

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Costa has faced off-field troubles before

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Drummond will back up Covington

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Tar Heel Austin ‘excited’ to play at home

Washington Post’s B.J. Koubaroulis says Terps, Hokies interested in Edison LB Robertson

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Terps hope to see ‘history repeat’ vs. Heels (must subscribe)TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken

says Padgett told he could ‘contribute’ next season

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says ’11 guard prospect Green likes Terps (must subscribe)TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Childs Walker

says Toliver, Coleman get one more chance to win another national title

The Sun’s Childs Walker says Terps feel they have ‘nothing to lose’Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter

says ’10 prospect Dolson has ‘ties’ to Terps (must subscribe)NAVY FOOTBALL:

Notre Dame Official Site

previews Saturday’s game with Navy in Baltimore

Notre Dame Official Site offers complete Irish-Mids release (pdf)The Sun’s Don Markus

says Dobbs brings ‘faith’ to QB play

The AP says Weis will call plays for Notre Dame Saturday

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids want to start own ‘streak’ over Irish

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo trying to get practice closer to noon to prepare for early kickoff

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids will use Dobbs off bench

Go Mids updates Navy opponents

NAVY BASKETBALL:Washington Post

 

says lowered expectations could help Navy (pdf)TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site

says Tigers open hoops season vs. Navy Friday night

The Official Site offers complete Towson-Navy release (pdf)The Examiner’s Dave Carey

says Thornton won’t be troubled by extended 3 point line

MORGAN FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

previews Saturday’s showdown with South Carolina State

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

previews Hopkins-McDaniel

The Official Site offers complete Jays-Terror release (pdf)SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site

says Gulls move up to 23rd in rankings

ORIOLES:The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec

 

details changes to uniforms

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Angelos learning to ‘stay out of the way’

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds need a SS; Childs Walker says Birds need pitchingThe Sun’s Peter Schmuck

says O’s could have gotten involved in Holliday sweepstakes

BALTIMORE COLTS:The Examiner’s Ron Snyder

 

says Matte, Laird amongst former players who benefit from court ruling

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:Ravens Official Site

 

says St. Paul’s Dolch named Coach of the Week

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:-Sorry I couldn’t get a full update up today. I’ll get it up tomorrow.

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Lindsey Monger-who had 31 kills for the Rising Sun volleyball team as they rallied from down 2 sets and facing match point in the 3rd set to beat River Hill and advance to play Liberty for the 2A title.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

 

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 11 November 2008 by Glenn Clark

Your Tuesday Top 7……7-Steven Hauschka

If he can regularly deliver 50+ yard field goals; then the Ravens have another new element to their exciting offense. And the kickoffs are a weapon too.

6-Todd Heap

Not only did he have 5 catches for 58 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he also had one of his best blocking games of the year.

5-Terrell Suggs

It figures he would be having an impact season with a payday looming….

4-Joe Flacco

He can’t put passes where his receivers can get hurt; and he needs to learn how to take a sack. But his performances have been pretty special.

3-Ray Lewis

He controls the pace of the defense, and the pace of game play on the field. The stiff arm was a joy to watch as well.

2-Willis McGahee

McGahee is the difference for this team offensively. He is the only home run hitter on the field; and can control the pace offensively the way Ray can defensively.

1-Haloti Ngata

The guy ABSOLUTELY looked like the most dominant player on the field Sunday. It is a pleasure to watch him play. The INT; the hits on Rosenfels that caused INT’s, the blocking at the goal line…..it was all there.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester

thinks McGahee top Raven vs. Texans

Drew Forrester not a fan of new Orioles hats

Casey Willett says Harbaugh praises Coaches H. Jackson, Montgomery

Thyrl Nelson has Ravens 8th in power rankings

Nestor Aparicio wants more than just “Baltimore” from Orioles

Alex Thomas gives game ball to Ngata

Ken Zalis thinks Ravens 5th best team in NFL

RAVENS:The Official Site

 

says Harbaugh thought win ‘team victory’

The Official Site’s Scott Garceau says offense finally catching up to defense

The Official Site says Ravens made ‘numerous’ mistakes

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens averaging NFL high 33.5 points per game over last four weeks

Giants Official Site’s Michael Eisen says team knows Ravens ‘great challenge’ Sunday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says offense has ‘tough tests’ in upcoming games

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens can start using ‘P’ word

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens keeping both Stover, Hauschka

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh ‘hopeful’ Mason will play SundayThe AP

says former Ravens WR Hunter sentenced to six months in prison

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh expects W. Anderson to ‘fight like crazy’ to play Sunday

The Sun’s Mike Preston says McAlister wanted to push surgery, doctors told him playing would ‘jeopardize career’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Heap ‘never complained’ about not getting ball

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens should continue using all RB’s

The Examiner’s Dave Carey gives highest praise to D-Line, LB’s

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says players more ‘positive’ about Ravens’ direction

The Examiner’s Phil Macek says Ravens looking at ‘huge game’ with Giants

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue gives highest praise to D-Line, LB’s

Aaron Wilson says Ravens have ‘sprinted’ from Colts loss

Aaron Wilson says ‘too early’ for Harbaugh to determine Mason’s status for Sunday

The AP says things have changed dramatically for Ravens over last month

New York Post’s Paul Schwartz says Giants formidable run game faces Ravens’ formidable run D

New York Daily News’ Gary Myers says this Giants team could be better than ’86 Giants

Newark Star-Ledger’s Frank Della Femina says some in New York talking ‘repeat’

Newark Star-Ledger’s Jenny Vrentas says Giants can’t afford to keep fumbling

ESPN.com Page 2’s DJ Gallo says McGahee’s bye week frustrations misguided

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Clayton’s play good sign if Mason can’t go Sunday

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘very well-conditioned football team’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says ‘settling’ QB position has made Ravens playoff contender

ESPN.com’s James Walker says 52, McGahee ‘hot’

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens another “A”

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says Neal compares Flacco to hot high school sophomore

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

previews Maryland-Carolina

The Official Site offers complete Maryland-Carolina release (pdf)The Official Site

says Terps will play Florida State on ESPN

North Carolina Official Site says Heels will be without TE Pianalto Saturday

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Porzel, O’Brien, Stinebaugh highlight big weekend for commits

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Davis talking up Terps

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps, Heels to kick off at 7:45

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps have slumping run defense, Heels have red hot run offense

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says MTSU over Maryland amongst most unlikely outcomes all season

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps will bring 0-3 record at night to Florida State game

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell breaks down Terps, Heels statistically

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps must run ball, stop run to beat Heels

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says tailgaters excited for Florida State at night

Raleigh News & Observer’s Robbi Pickeral says Davis thinking about Terps; not Tennessee job

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says UNC’s Houston getting tips from Va Tech’s Evans

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says defense must improve for Terps

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps don’t have defense, offensive playmakers to match Noles, Hokies

SI’s Stewart Mandel has Terps headed to Boise

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Kerr ‘looking forward’ to hitting campus in January (must subscribe)TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Don Markus

wonders how Vasquez will respond to benching

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Milbourne embracing captain role

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Neal featured prominently on media guide

ESPN.com Page 2’s Paul Lukas says new Under Armour jerseys ‘flashier’, not ‘better’

CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish thinks Terps on ‘bubble’

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says ’10 prospect Regan visiting this weekend (must subscribe)Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter

recaps New Jersey event (must subscribe)NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site

previews Navy-Notre Dame

The Official Site offers complete Navy-Notre Dame release (pdf)The Official Site’s Bob Socci

says Bryant ‘tough as nails’

The Sun’s Don Markus says Weis will have ‘active’ role in Notre Dame offense

The Examiner’s Tom Flynn remembers when Navy, Notre Dame battled in Ireland

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Dobbs tends to struggle in practice

Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock says ‘there are rumors’ Weis will be fired if Irish lose to Mids

NAVY BASKETBALL:The Official Site

 

previews hoops season

TOWSON FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

previews Towson-Villanova

MORGAN FOOTBALL:The Examiner’s Dave Carey

 

says Bears must win out to have any shot at MEAC title

UMBC BASKETBALL:The Official Site

 

says Coach Monroe to host show today

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has UMBC, Morgan, Mt. St. Mary’s IN; Terps OUT

COPPIN BASKETBALL:The Sun

 

says Eagles building around MEAC star McKee

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:The Sun’s Mike Klingaman

 

says Coach Brown trying to keep Eers ‘humble’ after Tourney run

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Atupems playing together for Eers

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Eers bring back 7 of top 8 scorers

HOPKINS BASKETBALL:The Sun

 

says Jays should continue good ‘trends’ from last season

ORIOLES:The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr.

 

says Matusz collecting strikeouts, giving up runs in Arizona

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Matusz, Tillman get some love in Baseball America

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker says Palmer, Markakis, Guthrie, Sherrill will attend rally

MARINERS:The Official Site

 

says team hosting another tryout this weekend

BALTIMORE COLTS:Newsday’s Neil Best

 

says Gifford wondered whether last year’s Super Bowl ‘greater’ than ‘Greatest Game Ever Played’

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:-Congratulations to Suntrust Athlete of the Morning John Jenkins; who had the game winner for Lutheran in their 2-1 victory of Chapelgate in the C Conference title game. Congratulations also to Amy Chotikul and Christie Brown; who were both starters for the Boys’ team at Lutheran.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

 

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 06 November 2008 by Glenn Clark

Virginia Tech 27, Maryland 17

Night game, on the road, against Virginia Tech. I don’t want to make this pick, but I have to. Da’Rel Scott will help; but the idea of Tyrod Taylor playing doesn’t sit well with me. I’ve seen too much of Marcus Vick running all over Maryland’s defense to think they can stifle Taylor. If Glennon plays, Maryland has a chance.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say…

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio loves roadtrips to Cleveland

Drew Forrester clarifies 52 blog

Bob Haynie ‘nervous’ to find Ravens favored

Bryan Powell says two M&T games highlight Hopkins schedule

Casey Willett says A. Phillips back to practice squad, Wheelwright released

Alex Thomas picks Ravens 29-12

Drew Forrester all for Free The Birds reunion

Chris Pika says Ravens ‘team to watch’

Ed Frankovic says Caps play first division game tonight

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Texans playing 5th home game in last 6

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says new Ravens making major impact this season

The Official Site says Clayton would ‘love’ to throw ball in “Suggs package”

The Official Site says Harbaugh thinks Texans better now than they would have been Week 2

The Official Site says Kubiak has ‘utmost respect’ for Ravens’ defense

The Official Site gathers fans’ thoughts on Ravens

Texans Official Site’s Nick Schenck says LB Diles out for season with broken leg

Texans Official Site’s Michael A. Lutz says Rosenfels looking forward to chance to ‘silence critics’

Texans Official Site’s Nick Scurfield says Bentley, Adibi will fill in for Diles

Texans Official Site’s Brooke Bentley says Ravens impressed by Slaton

Texans Official Site says Harbaugh thinks Flacco better now than he would have been Week 2

Texans Official Site says Kubiak thinks Diles ‘was becoming great player’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Rolle return would be ‘timely’ Sunday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens trying to win 3 straight on road for first time in seven years

The Sun cleans up after me

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McAlister misses practice again

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Scott thinks Slaton ‘dumb enough’ to try to run on Ravens

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Suggs throws Billick ‘under bus’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says McAlister in Canada for another opinion on knee

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Rolle, McGahee practiced

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens move Bouman, Stone to active roster

The AP’s Bill Kaczor says former Raven Boulware trailing by 440 votes before recount

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Rolle amongst Ravens ‘passionate’ about Obama election

Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh believes Rolle’s return makes Ravens ‘better’

Aaron Wilson says Landry could be headed to IR

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Harbaugh thought Rolle ‘looked good’ in practice

Houston Chronicle’s John McClain says Diles one of Texans’ ‘best defensive players’

ESPN.com Page 2′s David Fleming says Ravens amongst teams doing ‘twice as much with half the talent’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘can definitely use’ Rolle for second half

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs, Flacco amongst best in AFC North

Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez thinks Steelers rematch might be ‘too much to handle’ for Flacco

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Texans 30-20

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Virginia Tech Official Site says Hokies hoping for sportsmanship from fans tonight

The Sun’s David Steele says Terps have ‘golden chance’ to get first win over Hokies in ACC

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Egekeze ‘back in groove’ after terrible start

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Scott ‘wants’ to play tonight

The Examiner’s Steve Declue picks Terps 23-17

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says last trip to Blacksburg ‘infuriating’ for Griffin

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps might just need to be mediocre to win ACC title

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Turner won’t be rattled in trip to Blacksburg

Washington Post’s Zach Berman says Hokies won’t decide starting QB until warmups

Washington Post’s Zach Berman says Hokies haven’t been able to get offense going no matter who plays QB

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Hokies’ staff has Maryland background

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says ACC teams just 15-14 at home in conference games this season

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell picks Terps 17-14

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph doesn’t think Thursday night as big a deal as it used to be

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps continue to struggle with outside speed

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Hokies 24-17

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens breaks down season statistics for Terps, Hokies

DC Examiner’s Rick Snider says Lane Stadium amongst ‘toughest venues’ in ACC

Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Darryl Slater says seniors trying to take leadership for Hokies

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Terps 21-17

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Ralph thinks Holt mix between Taylor, Glennon

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Ralph ‘expects’ Scott to play

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Friedgen, Beamer bring familiarity to tonight’s game

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Cosh thinks turnovers ‘key’ to tonight’s game for Maryland

SI’s Stewart Mandel has Terps 22nd in power rankings

3 of 5 CBS Sports experts pick Virginia Tech

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps using Va Tech failures of past for ‘motivation’ (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says tonight another chapter in Friedgen-Beamer story (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen says Downs could be next long snapper from Derry (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says former Terp Gilchrist can play at South Florida in December

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps looking at ’10 swingman from NJ (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Toliver AP All-American

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids playing 13 regular season games next season for first time in school history

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Lange thinks Mids looking for ‘consistency’

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Norfolk

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews Friday’s exhibition opener vs. Catholic

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Eers favorite to win NEC

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says taxes part of reason Palmeiro originally left Baltimore

The Examiner’s Tony Giro makes Birds butt of joke in weekly quiz

BLAST:

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says two leagues ‘unlikely to merge’

HORSE RACING:The Sun’s Bill Ordine says slots passage gives ‘hope’ to racing industry

 

Washington Post’s John Scheinman says racing industry revitalized by slots package

Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty says Pimlico ‘not a candidate’ for slots in Baltimore

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Rich Scherr says City-Poly will be even more important this season

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to Athlete of the Morning Zach Sullivan from Spalding; who won the individual race at the A conference Champsionship yesterday. We all know Joe Glos from Perry Hall deserved to win however.

-Rob Ryan will in the end be the reason the Ravens don’t pursue DeAngelo Hall. He will tell Rex that the headache isn’t worth it.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 04 November 2008 by Glenn Clark

Like Drew said; this was tougher to do because there were 12 worthy candidates. But here’s my Tuesday Top 7…..7-Ray Lewis

He’s on the list because of “The Speech”. He had a solid game, but apparently the rallying cry was legit.

6-Haloti Ngata

You’re just not getting anywhere near him. Forget it. He might well be the best interior lineman in the NFL.

5-Mark Clayton

If the Ravens can go downfield to Mark Clayton, this is an entirely different offense. But asking him to climb the ladder in double coverage is NOT a good idea.

4-Terrell Suggs

This team is better when the defense scores. Terrell Suggs has done that twice in the last 3 weeks.

3-Joe Flacco

If he plays like he did in the 2nd half the rest of the season; he will beat out Matt Ryan for Rookie of the Year honors.

2-Ray Rice

Totally dynamic back. Just needs to make sure he holds on to the football.

1-Derrick Mason

The true “savior” of this offense. The catch on 3rd and 16 was unbelievably big; and he just keeps giving Joe Flacco a sure target. Braylon Edwards might be more explosive; but Braylon Edwards dropped the most important ball thrown to him all day. Derrick Mason didn’t.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester

thinks Rice top Raven Sunday

Drew Forrester still ‘puzzled’ by Ravens

Nestor Aparicio struggled to root for Skins

Casey Willett says practices will be less physical this week to make up for loss of bye

RAVENS:The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

 

says Harbaugh ‘not worried’ about losing this week’s scheduled bye

The Official Site’s Scott Garceau says 3rd & 16 conversion will be ‘defining moment’ of season

The Official Site says McGahee ‘will be ready’ vs. Texans

Texans Official Site’s Brooke Bentley says Rosenfels to start for injured Schaub

Texans Official Site says Kubiak ‘not sure’ if RB Green will be available vs. Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens have decision to make at RB

The Sun’s Ken Murray says losing bye helped Harbaugh decide to give Ravens day off yesterday

The Sun’s Mike Preston says coaching staff getting ‘everything’ possible from Ravens

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens can stick with both RB’s

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Flacco’s improvement not just about statistics

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Harbaugh just thinking about Texans

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says McAlister out, Rolle should play Sunday

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker thinks 52 should do morning show

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Flacco ‘real deal’

Aaron Wilson says Rice has ‘expanded himself’ in Ravens’ offense

Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh not taking much from good record early on

The AP says Harbaugh not thinking playoffs…….or not admitting it anyway

Houston Chronicle’s John McClain says Ravens game will be 2nd start of season for Rosenfels

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens will go with ‘hot hand’ Rice

SI.com’s Ross Tucker says Rice one of many rookie backs with big days Sunday

Sporting News’ Mike Florio says Rice has ‘arrived’

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

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver has Ravens 19th in power rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

says Terps to face Heels at 3:30

Virginia Tech Official Site offers complete Hokies-Terps release (pdf)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps haven’t always known which QB would play

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Carolina game will be on ABC locally; ESPN nationally

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph credits O-Line for running improvement

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says despite what Ralph says, Terps do care about rankings

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph ‘loyal’ to fault

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Stinebaugh highlights weekend action for Maryland commits

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Egekeze has background at Augusta National

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says coaching staff will try to keep Terps ‘focused’ for night game Saturday

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph ‘hopeful’ Moten can play Thursday

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says some fans frustrated Terps haven’t competed for national championship

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps wax political

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Hokies concerned about QB depth Thursday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Beamer not saying much about QB’s

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps making first 3:30 ABC appearance since last year’s Clemson loss

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hokies’ beat writer Slater thinks running attack would be hurt if Taylor can’t play

Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Darryl Slater says Hokies 33-5 at home since 2003

Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Darryl Slater says Times’ Stevens thinks Terps will play ‘decent’ in Blacksburg

ESPN.com has Terps 24th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Virginia Tech QB’s remain ‘questionable’

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:The Official Site

 

says Gary ‘very happy’ to have Kim ready to playThe Sun’s Don Markus

says Kim now eligible

The Examiner’s Dylan Waugh says Kim will create matchup problems

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Gary thinks Kim one of ‘best shooters’ on team

Washington Post says online courses were problem for Kim

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says third time charm for Kim

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh offers breaking Jin Soo Kim news (must subscribe)Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter

says Terps looking at sophomore prospect Gibbs (must subscribe)NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site

previews Navy-Notre Dame

The Official Site offers complete Navy-Notre Dame release (pdf)Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner

says Niumatalolo successfully replacing Johnson

TOWSON FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

previews Towson-Delaware

MORGAN FOOTBALL:The Examiner’s Dave Carey

 

says Bears aware they have chance to accomplish something they never have

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

says Gulls drop to 17th in poll

UMBC BASKETBALL:The Official Site

 

says new mascot named “Gritty”HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site

says Jays will play 8 Tournament teams this season

Inside Lacrosse’s Jon Brand says Rabil wins Laxie for Player of the Year

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Jays open season vs. Siena

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jays playing all ACC teams except Duke

ORIOLES:The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin

 

says Birds WILL pursue Teixeira

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds outright Castillo to Norfolk

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Wieters cooling off, Reimold heating up in Arizona

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says ‘little indication’ Angelos would give Teixeira $20 million per year

BLAST:The Official Site

 

says Massachusetts replaces Orlando in new league

BOXING:ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael

 

says Rahman will face W. Klitschko

FightNews.com says Rahman replaces Povetkin in fight

The AP says Rahman-Klitschko fight will be for IBF title

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:Ravens Official Site

 

says Queen Anne’s County’s Graef Coach of the Week

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:-When the Eagles visit Baltimore November 23; don’t forget to shout “Joe” instead of “O” during the national anthem.

-Kudos to everyone who sent us Flacco-isms this morning. Congratulations to Mark from Parkville for his choice “When Joe Flacco met Joe Greene; Joe Flacco threw Joe Greene HIS jersey.” Funny stuff.

-Jin Soo Kim might be a decent basketball player; but if he’s 6’8” and can’t play inside I am concerned as to how he will help this particular team.

-One of two things will happen in December when Hasim Rahman faces Wladimir Klitschko. Either Rock will stun the world; or he won’t fight in the spotlight ever again. I hope.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

 

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 03 November 2008 by Glenn Clark

What an emotional win.On the road, in the division, against an improving team who had EVERYTHING to play for.

AND they had to rally from down 14 in the second half.

What an absolutely remarkable win.

If the Joe Flacco that played in the 2nd half shows up for the rest of the season; this COULD be a playoff team.

Absolutely remarkable win. Nothing else I can say.

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio

says Ravens create first ‘miracle’ of Harbaugh era

Drew Forrester says Ravens will make playoffs

Drew Forrester says Ravens officially have quarterback

Casey Willett says Flacco hasn’t thrown INT in 3 games

Casey Willett says offense had answer for everything in win

Thyrl Nelson wonders if Stover’s time in Baltimore should be over

Alex Thomas grateful Crennel tried to run

Ed Frankovic still has Ravens concerns

Glenn Clark says Navy got ‘lucky’

RAVENS:The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

 

says Ravens score 24 unanswered in 2nd half to beat Browns

The Official Site says Harbaugh not surprised by performances of Flacco, Rice

The Official Site’s Denver Parler says Ravens again shut down run

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mason goes over 100 yards for 17th time in career

Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says Suggs’ INT return provided ‘dagger’ for Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens overcame 14 point deficit in 2nd half to beat Browns

The Sun’s David Steele says Ravens lifted by pep talk from 52

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens get major production from young players in Flacco, Rice

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ravens get production from backup DB’s

The Sun’s Mike Preston gives highest praise to Running Backs, D-Line

The Sun’s Ken Murray says after Cribbs burned Ravens for TD; Ayanbadejo responded with big tackles

The Sun’s Ray Frager says Gannon stumbled during broadcast

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says if Ravens lose to Texans; Giants game could be ‘make or break’

The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht thinks Rice should be elevated to top RB

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder gives highest praise to RB’s, D-Line, LB’s

The AP says former Brown Stover adds 3 FG’s in win

Aaron Wilson says 52 told Ravens they’d win game

Aaron Wilson says 52 took stopping Jamal ‘personally’

Aaron Wilson says victory gives Ravens day off today

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Ravens dedicated win to Modell

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Terry Pluto says Anderson ‘lost poise’, not Flacco

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Dennis Manoloff says key drop from Edwards could have changed things for Browns

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Terry Pluto can’t figure out how Browns wouldn’t have enough ‘energy’

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Ravens had ‘edge’ in offense, defense, coachingCleveland Plain Dealer’s Dennis Manoloff

says Rice put ‘starch’ in Ravens’ rushing attack

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Bud Shaw thinks after loss Browns should switch to Quinn

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says Browns ‘frustrated’ by loss

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says teammates won’t blame loss on Edwards’ drop

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says 20 yard completion to Mason on 3rd and 16 huge for Ravens in rally

Canton Repository’s Steve Doerschuk says McClain, Mason had TD’s for Ravens in rally

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘demand respect’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘wanted’ win more

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco found Clayton for 47 yard TD pass in first half

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Stallworth, McAlister missed game

SI’s Don Banks thinks Suggs INT will cost Anderson starting job

SI’s Peter King says Ravens one of many NFL teams playing for now and future

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Ravens should be taken ‘seriously’

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says Flacco looks like ‘semi-seasoned pro’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

previews Thursday tussle with Virginia Tech

The Official Site offers complete Maryland-Virginia Tech release (pdf)The Sun

says Terps move into BCS rankings

The Sun’s Ron Fritz says Ralph takes chopper to high school game

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Hawkins committed to Maryland to stay near family

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says having Portis throw would keep defenses ‘honest’

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Terps move to 23rd in AP poll

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps now alone in first place

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Meggett ‘unflappable’

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Glennon, Taylor both returned to practice for Hokies

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says availability of Scott, Philistin might not be known until kickoff

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps 21st in coaches’ poll

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps can clinch division by winning next 3 games

Washington Post’s Zach Berman says Holt might be responsible for keeping Hokies in title race

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps mostly support Obama

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 14 voters didn’t put Terps in Top 25

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps one of 4 ACC teams in BCS Top 25

ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach thinks Terps headed to Jacksonville; Bruce Feldman thinks Terps Boise-bound

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps must beat Florida State to move ahead of them in power rankingsESPN.com’s Heather Dinich

says Terps can be considered ‘frontrunner’ since they don’t have division loss yet

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Turner ‘rising to top’ (must subscribe)Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh

says VA DE prospect Hill discusses visit (must subscribe)TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site

says Terps win first exhibition game

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Coleman leads Terps with 18

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Kizer had 13 points, 12 boards in win

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps open season ranked 3rd in AP poll

NAVY FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

says clinching bowl berth part of big weekend in Annapolis

The Sun’s Don Markus says Mids now have week off before preparing for Notre Dame in Baltimore

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue happy to see Mids play bowl game locally

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo becomes first coach to get Navy to bowl in first season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Navy hopes to bring 30,000 to EagleBank Bowl

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says BC or Duke would be Navy’s Bowl opponent as of now

Go Mids’ Matt Zemek says ‘Christmas came early’ for Mids Saturday

ORIOLES:MLB.com

 

says Wieters “Best Hitter” in minor leagues

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says hot stove starts for MacPhail at this week’s GM meetings

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker says Cintron might not be missed

BLAST:The Official Site

 

announces ESPN Zone event

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:-If you haven’t checked it out yet; please go to FlaccoFacts.com. Brilliant!

-I disagree with Drew. I think Troy Smith can help this offense. But the offense has to be on the same page when he gets into the game. It might be his fault, it might be the O-Line’s fault. But they have to get together in those situations.

-Congratulations to Comcast Morning Show Athlete of the Morning Kelly Ward; who had the game winner for Mercy as they beat IND 2-1 yesterday for the C conference title. We love the Mercy Magic!

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

 

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The afterglow of Cleveland

Posted on 03 November 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

Talk about snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.

With just over a quarter remaining in yesterday’s key divisional AFC North matchup, the Ravens were 14 points down on the road, the Browns fans were coming to life with a chorus of “Hang on Sloopy” (don’t ask…just watch the video!) and the vultures were circling our black birds at Cleveland Stadium.

Some of the Cleveland “faithful” had already begun to pile out onto the street to watch Bruce Springsteen perform before the Barack Obama rally, which was literally adjacent to the stadium (think as close as Oriole Park is to M&T Bank Stadium).

The Browns had our rookie quarterback on the run. Our beaten defense had been pushed around for 30 minutes – or as Terrell Suggs said: “We were getting our asses handed to us.” And staring at a two-touchdown deficit on the road in a hostile environment, it didn’t feel as though a comeback was in the offering.

Todd Heap hadn’t caught a pass. Willis McGahee was on the pine. The backend of the secondary, while not looking like Ike Booth and Donny Brady circa 1996 was still not Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle in their prime for sure.

But, as we learned in the locker room after the game, it was about that time that Ray Lewis came to the forefront on the sidelines and talked about playing a full 60 minutes of football. He talked about believing and not quitting. All of the stuff many may view as “rhetoric” when it doesn’t work was viewed as gospel once the Ravens came storming back to score 24 unanswered points during the final 16 minutes of the game.

And, lo and behold, the Ravens created their first miracle of the John Harbaugh administration and gave us our best memory of Cleveland yet, a stunning 37-27 victory on The Lake. (Well, it’s at least the the best memory in Cleveland since the Roberto Alomar homer back in 1996.)

While the real world is in a seemingly constant state of financial crisis and life isn’t a whole lot of fun for most of us from the gas pump to the checkbook, it’s stupid stuff like sports that can create a little bit of fun and a diversion from daily life. At least here in Baltimore with the fantasyland that sports provides us, it’s turning into a very good year for our football team, which makes for nice Monday mornings.

Hell, it makes for great WEEKS in my world, where everywhere I go and everything I do leads me into a conversation about football and the Ravens.

So, on a personal note, there’s nothing more gratifying than when the Ravens win.

It helps WNST morale. It helps the morale of the community. And it makes food taste a little better and the beer is, to quote Chuck Thompson, a little colder.

The Ravens are 5-3, headed off to play Houston in six days and apparently will draw the Sage Rosenfels quarterback card instead of Matt Schaub, who left the Texans’ game early yesterday.

Ray Lewis is playing like a man possessed, showing himself to be the veteran leader in his “walk” year that we’ve been wanting to see as fans.

It’s officially time to start talking about “Festivus.”

(Does John Harbaugh even know about this sacred football holiday?)

And then there are the three “rookies” who stepped to the podium after yesterday’s gritty, improbable win.

Ray Rice had as big of a day on the road when it mattered against a division rival as you can imagine a rookie having. (Although he’ll be hearing about getting knocked out of bounds short of the end zone a few times this week from teammates.)

Joe Flacco was almost flawless in his effort yesterday and continues to show poise, confidence and ability that are beyond his years.

And rookie coach John Harbaugh is starting to show results in the only place it really matters: the team is 5-3 and could be in first place by the end of the night.

Only time will tell if yesterday’s offense-defense bonding on the Lake will take root and this will be a playoff team (or maybe even a true contender for a Super Bowl title in this oddest of seasons).

The conversations here and around town will talk about the obvious problems: the lack of a bye week, the powerful NFC North teams looming during the holidays and tough games and the secondary will probably be a question mark until proven otherwise. There will be plenty of time to debate all of this, week to week, as the team continues to mature.

But yesterday was one for the books — a classic, an unexpected gem to begin the Festivus season. Not even being stuck in the Cleveland airport for three extra hours last night could wipe the smile off of my face.

As I walked to the subway after hearing about 25 minutes of Springsteen (as many of you know, one of my favorites), we strolled to Tower City Mall as Bruce broke out an acoustic version of “The Rising” and dedicated it to Barack Obama, who was about to take the stage.

Bruce could have just as easily sent that one out to the purple birds, who were trying to navigate the insane scene of 100,000 people on the square downtown en route to the airport for a “rising” of their own.

The rising to the top of the AFC North, creating even more separation from the whole state of Ohio.

The rain began to fall on the Cleveland night as the sun set before 5 p.m. for the beginning of a long, cold winter on Lake Erie.

The Ravens are 5-3. The Browns are 3-5.

Going in opposite directions once again.

The bad news?

We’re all stuck rooting for the Redskins tonight.

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If no one else will say it, I will…(part 1)

Posted on 03 November 2008 by Drew Forrester

Last Wednesday morning, “John from Canton” called in and started talking about the importance of Sunday’s (yesterday’s) game at Cleveland.  ”I think this it’s vital the Ravens win on Sunday…it’s almost like a playoff game.  It’s that important,” John chirped.

I took it a step further.

“I’ll say it right now.  Today at 7:13am.  If the Ravens win at Cleveland, they’ll make the playoffs,” I replied.

I reiterated that comment several times throughout Wednesday and during the latter stages of the week as listeners chimed in with their thoughts on the game in Cleveland.

“If the Ravens win Sunday, they’re going to make the playoffs.”

And here I am, on Monday, November 3rd — and I’ll confirm it now.

The Ravens are going to make the playoffs.

Go ahead Steelers fans, circulate this on your message boards up there in Pittsburgh.

Same for you, Browns backers.  

Barring an injury to our quarterback or a slew of injuries to our defensive line or the best linebacker in the league (you know who), the Ravens are going back to the playoffs.  Sure, some of my confidence comes from the fact that a handful of teams that I THOUGHT would be in the playoff race are not very good: San Diego, Jacksonville and Denver.  The Ravens are better than people thought – and those team’s, evidently, are not.

After next week’s win in Houston, the Ravens will be 6-3.  You’re telling me they can’t win 4 of their last 7 games to finish at 10-6?  Of course they can.  

Baltimore’s remaining home games are against Philadelphia, Washington, Pittsburgh and Jacksonville. No reason at all why they can’t go 3-1 there.  

On the road, they’ll visit the NY Giants, Cincinnati and Dallas.  Win at least one of those three and there you have it…4 wins…for a total of 10.

Hello, Playoffs.

Pittsburgh – racking up more injuries in each game than touchdowns (what a shame…) – has what can only be considered a difficult schedule between now and Christmas.  Home games against Indy, San Diego, Cincinnati, Dallas and Cleveland.  Road games at New England, Baltimore and Tennessee.  They have five wins right now, heading into Washington for Monday’s night game with the ‘Skins.  If they win 10 games this year, it will be a minor miracle. 

Either way, Baltimore gets to 10 wins and makes the playoffs.

I’m well aware that Chris McAlister is likely out for the year and that our 2nd half successes depend greatly on Frank Walker and Fabian Washington.  

Yes, that scares me.

I’m VERY aware that a majority of the Ravens’ final eight opponents have big play wide receivers who will pose a threat to our weak secondary.

But we have an offense now.

We can give up 24 points and still win.

We have a quarterback that can (and has) guide us back from 4th quarter deficits. 

We haven’t really had that luxury before.

So, I’m sticking with my “call” from last Wednesday morning.

“If the Ravens win at Cleveland, they’re making the playoffs.”

And they did.

And they will.

I can’t change now.

I said it last Wednesday.

I’m sticking with it today.

(By the way, this is “Part 1″ of the series.  Part 2, where I beat up the team a little bit for some stuff they’re doing, comes later on today.  I figured it’s better to start with the good stuff first.)

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Off to Cleveland

Posted on 02 November 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

It’s always the best way to visit Cleveland – in and out. So, I’m on the 8:05 flight and we’ll be checking in throughout the day on WNST.net.

I’m checking out the parking lots in downtown Cleveland on wnsTV (always interesting). The folks there still have such venom for Art Modell that it’s impossible for anything mentioning the word “Baltimore” with them that doesn’t set them off.

And it’s always a little “rowdy” in Cleveland on gameday. The atmosphere is always fun and threatening, because the home fans are inspired. Or at least until the guys in the orange helmets do something wrong.

Then it turns into a home game for the Ravens.

It should be a good game, maybe the best on the docket for the weekend for pure “who’s is going to win” debate.

No C-Mac (we think, anyway).

A two-game winning streak. The Browns receiving corps could make it interesting. Ray Lewis loves going to Cleveland.

It’ll be 60 degrees. Close game. Could come down to Matt Stover.

Hey, I’m just guessing.

Gonna be a fun day…

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Does Life After C-Mac Officially Begin Today?

Posted on 02 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Every game is a battle it seems in today’s NFL, and struggling teams prove week after week that unless the better teams bring their best games, lesser teams will give them all that they can handle. Therefore, to say that the Ravens are in the midst of the easy part of their schedule would clearly be a disservice to the Dolphins, Raiders, Browns and Texans. Never the less, this is the part of the schedule where the Ravens will have to fatten their record if they hope to be a playoff contender in the waning weeks of this season.

It seems to be the popular opinion this season that the Ravens may have the most difficult schedule in their short history to deal with. Surely when most factored in the rookie quarterback, rookie head coach, and the young offensive line, in the face of that intimidating schedule, their expectations were realistically modest.

As daunting as the schedule looked however, it also had the potential, and still does, to be equally as cruel. Cruel in the way, that it has the potential to raise your expectations as a fan and then drop them just as quickly. Opening the season against the Bengals and Browns, and even the Texans if they had to play that one on schedule, provided the Ravens with opponents who could be beaten by the defense, with little pressure on the young and growing offense. Playing with Pittsburgh and Tennessee, and even controlling them for most of those games gave fans additional reasons to be hopeful.

The loss to the Colts, and a passing offense that had struggled to that point, sent expectations crashing right back to earth it seemed. That was after all, their third loss in a row, and outplaying their opponents in two of them could be looked at as a source of pride or a source of frustration. In the wake of the drubbing by the Colts, it felt a lot like frustration from here.

After all of that though, the four game stretch that the team finds themselves in the middle of now, looked like a chance to get back to respectability and become a factor in the AFC North before having to run the gauntlet of the NFC East in addition to Pittsburgh and Jacksonville as the season winds to a close. Thereby bringing about the very real possibility that the hopes of the fans are lifted and crushed once again. Since the Ravens have taken care of business in the first half of that stretch, they appear to be right on course. But the events of the last couple of weeks have changed things dramatically for the Ravens, and this week’s match up suddenly looks a lot more difficult than we may have thought just a few weeks ago.

I have, for a long time held onto the belief that although it has been my distinct pleasure as a Ravens fan to have witnessed a number of superstars, and hall of famers on the field for this team, that maybe the most important of all, and probably the most underrated of all has been Chris McAlister. Shut down corners are probably the most rare and valuable commodity in the entire league, and in McAlister, the Ravens have enjoyed that luxury for most of the last decade.

I remember the early days of the franchise, when they were night and day different from the Ravens that we have grown to know and love. Once upon a time, the Ravens had an offense that could seemingly go up and down the field with anyone. The problem with that team was that seemingly any team could go up and down the field themselves, on the Ravens’ defense.

Don’t get me wrong, Ray Lewis has been worth the price of admission since the day he stepped onto the field at Memorial Stadium, Peter Boulware made a pretty special impact early on too. Another favorite of mine from the early days was Ralph Staten, he never amounted to much and got into some trouble, back when the Ravens just couldn’t tolerate any bad PR, but he was a huge hitter back in the Memorial Stadium days.

With all of that said though, they were just a few guys who were fun to watch, as long as the team has DeRon Jenkins and Antonio Langham patrolling the corners, their defense was nonexistent. The Ravens became a dominant defense when Chris McAlister stepped on the scene, and since that time, as Chris McAlister goes, so go the Baltimore Ravens.

This is not to say that McAlister has been the perfect Raven by any means. Injuries are what they are, and every team and player has to deal with them at one time or another. When McAlister has been injured, the Ravens have suffered from it. We’re talking about a defensive system that has made stars of sixth round draft choices and undrafted free agents. A team that plugged in Ed Hartwell for the greatest linebacker of all time and barely missed a beat and a defense that has now seen four of its former coaches rise to the ranks of head coach. Yet anytime they’ve had to play without McAlister for a prolonged stretch, they’ve gone in the tank. They stunk before he arrived, and have been dominant pretty much ever since.

Injuries haven’t been McAlister’s only problem. He has a reputation for being physical that seems to preceded him at times with officials, he’s always seemed to attract a lot of flags, both during, and after the plays. And perhaps most frustrating to fans, and possibly the reason for the situation that he currently finds himself in, is at times he just seems disinterested in football. Obviously that’s something that you have to deal with if you hope to be successful as a team.

Whatever is going on between McAlister and Harbaugh and Rex Ryan or whoever, we can bet that we only know a small piece of it, and it will likely stay that way. The speculation at this point seems to be whether or not McAlister is done for the season, and possibly, ultimately as a Raven altogether. Whatever happens next, it’s a safe bet that the future of this defense hangs in the balance.

Not knowing enough about what’s gone on up to this point, it’s tough for me to pick a side, or a winner in this battle between coach and player. So far, the team hasn’t seemed to miss a beat in McAlister’s absence. So far though, they’ve faced the mighty Dolphins receiving corps of Ted Ginn Jr., Greg Camarillo and Derek Hagan and the powerful Raiders threats of a shell of JaVon Walker’s old self, and Chaz Schilens, Ronald Curry and Johnnie Lee Higgins. That’s not to mention that Chad Pennington and JaMarcus Russell were the ones throwing the ball. I’d imagine if there was an ideal time to phase in Frank Walker, that two game stretch was it.

Now the second half of the “get fat” stretch of the Ravens schedule suddenly looks a little more daunting. Match ups against seemingly bad teams in Cleveland and Houston suddenly highlight glaring match up problems with the likes of Braylon Edwards, Donte Stallworth and Kellen Winslow, followed by Andre Johnson, Kelly Walter and Owen Daniels. And things won’t get any easier from there.

Whatever the final outcome of the McAlister situation is, it’s likely that Harbaugh will get the benefit of the club’s support. We’ll see if he comes out a winner though. Although McAlister has been out for the last two games, for my money, life without C-Mac officially begins this week. We’ll see if Harbaugh and the Ravens defense are up to the task.

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

Thyrl’s Mobtown Blog Pound 2.0

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 31 October 2008 by Glenn Clark

Here are my picks for this weekend………..Browns 24, Ravens 13

And it wouldn’t surprise me if the Browns actually opened it up a bit. This secondary is in TROUBLE without C-Mac; and we will learn that Sunday. Flacco may have won at Miami; but that might as well have been a home game. This will be a REAL test.

William & Mary 31, Towson 17

If this was a road game; then sadly again I would have to pick a more lopsided score. I’m being favorable to Towson here since the game is at home.

Navy 30, Temple 20

Nice to have the Owls come to town when you’re trying to clinch bowl eligibility.

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

 

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Joe Flacco
excited for first trip to Cleveland

Drew Forrester says Orioles not interested in Lowe

Casey Willett says Cameron ‘anticipates’ Terry playing Sunday

Alex Thomas picks Browns 23-17

RAVENS:The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

 

says Ngata pushing for Pro Bowl bid

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens renew partnership with MedStar Health

The Official Site says rookie M. Smith knows injury to D. Williams could provide opportunity to ‘contribute’

The Official Site says Cameron ‘not going to overcook’ use of 2 QB’s

The Official Site announces canned food drive

Browns Official Site’s Steve King says Jamal ‘relishes’ opportunity to face Ravens

Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson scouts Ravens-Browns

Browns Official Site’s Steve King says Rogers playing at ‘historic’ level

The Sun’s Ken Murray says T. Smith has always showed ‘resolve’

4 of 7 Sun writers picking Browns

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens need to get Flacco going, limit Cribbs, and control the ball

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens continue to produce great LB’s

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Rolle not likely to return

The Sun remembers Ravens’ ’06 win in Cleveland

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Lewis has outgained McGahee since Ravens made move

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Flacco needs to develop ‘deep ball’The Sun’s Peter Schmuck

says Martin to IR; Hauschka signed off practice squad

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Rolle wants to play with McAlister hurt

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Wilcox, Gaither joined McAlister in missing practice

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens really pleased with McKinney

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Rolle wore noncontact jersey in practice

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Terry returns to practice field

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says punter Koch having strong season

The Examiner’s Steve Declue says Clayton, Heap must step up

Aaron Wilson says Suggs looking forward to matchup with J. Thomas

Aaron Wilson says McGahee, Ayanbadejo, Figurs, Terry, Walker limited in practice

The AP says CB Phillips re-signed to practice squad

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Lewis wants more carries in Browns’ offense

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says Browns more successful when Lewis gets more carries

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says game ‘must’ for Browns

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Flacco appears to be ‘real deal’

3 of 5 ESPN Sunday Countdown analysts pick Browns

3 of 5 ESPN analysts (of those who have already picked) pick Browns

ESPN.com’s James Walker surprised Ravens fans don’t respect Browns at home

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco playing well ‘all things considered’

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Browns 21-18

STATS INC. says Ravens haven’t won 3 straight since end of ‘06

SI’s “Dr. Z” has Ravens 19th in power rankings

SI’s Peter King picks Browns 19-12

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer picks Browns 16-13

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:The Sun’s Jeff Barker

 

says beer, wine sales to be allowed in new suites

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says school wants to ‘control’ alcohol sales in suites

The Sun’s Jeff Barker wonders how queen’s trip to Byrd went

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Egekeze’s high school career long came in rain

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Portis still backup

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says QO coach Mencarini thinks Hawkins ‘comfortable’ with Maryland commitment

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Hawkins has ‘comfort level’ with Maryland coaches

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Steffy will make Va Tech trip

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph considered late night practice after Virginia loss

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Barnes’ surgery scheduled for yesterday

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph talking straight with Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Holt similar to Taylor, Glennon

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps more mature than ’05 team that faced Halloween incident

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have 67 total bodies available to play

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Moten might not be able to replace Philistin

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Quince Orchard’s Hawkins commits to Terps (must subscribe)Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh

says Ralph ‘raises bar’ for Terps (must subscribe)Turtle Sports Report’s Seth Hoffman

says distance helped Hawkins pick Terps

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:The Sun’s Don Markus

 

says Vasquez appears to be ‘struggling’ to reach pre-surgery level

The Examiner’s Dylan Waugh says backcourt likely to have to ‘shoulder scoring load’

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says top ’10 recruit at Jersey event (must subscribe)TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut

says Kizer ‘excited’ to make Comcast debut this weekendNAVY FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Ray Frager

says Niumatalolo must ‘watch language’ on CBS College Sports broadcast tomorrow

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says center Moore keeps Mids ‘loose’

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says pictures posted of Holiday Bowl team celebration

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says senior QB’s to be celebrated in Annapolis finale tomorrow

Go Mids’ Chris Rohe introduces Temple Owls

Go Mids breaks down Navy/Temple

ORIOLES:The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin

 

says Millar, Payton file for free agency

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says former GM Gillick creates ‘mixed feelings’ in Baltimore

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker says winning would be better marketing strategy than new uniforms

ESPN.com Page 2’s David Schoenfeld says Benitez, Maier, etc. memorable part of postseason in last 12 years

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:The Official Site

 

updates offseason activity

HORSE RACING:The Sun’s Bill Ordine

 

thinks slots can save horse racing; Kevin Van Valkenburg disagreesHIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Sandra McKee

says Joppatowne’s appeal denied

JIM MCKAY:The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg

 

says McKay to be remembered as “Maryland Man” at Sports Legends event tomorrow

BALTIMORE BAYHAWKS:The Sun’s John Weaver

 

says former Bayhawk Marachek headed to Hall of Fame

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:-The Orioles aren’t interested in Derek Lowe? If they don’t sign a top-notch pitcher this offseason; my general indifference will only grow to downright anger; and then right back to general indifference.

-Perry Hall 38, Catonsville 12

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

 

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