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Orioles: Trust me – It’s the “holiday” season, not “holliday” season

Posted on 17 December 2009 by Drew Forrester

So the O’s finally started listening to WNST and the fans again and decided to go out and actually spend some money on baseball players yesterday.

There is a God.

I know Mike Gonzalez is probably deemed “decent at best” by most major league followers and Garrett Atkins is coming off a horrific 2009 season in Colorado, but those two Wednesday signings are fine by me.

The O’s need relief help.

The O’s need someone to play third base.  And that someone needs to be able to hit…preferably, with power.

Gonzalez should help in the bullpen and Atkins will almost certainly be an upgrade over the 2009 combo of Mora and Wigginton.

However, unlike 90% of the apologists who quickly ran to the computer last night and pre-paid for their playoff tickets at the MASN and Orioles Hangout web-sites, I can’t “sign off” on the two signings without at least recognizing that money – particularly in Atkins’ case – was the major factor in the deals getting done.

Atkins hauled in $7 million a year ago with the Rockies.

Reports have the O’s weaseling him to town for $4 million in 2010 with an $8.5 million “club option” for 2011.  If I’m Garrett’s agent, I’d suggest he rent rather than buy.

Here’s why the move really makes sense for the Birds:  The Atkins deal is only for one year and it accomplishes the two things that are most near and dear to Andy MacPhail’s heart:  they save money, by paying only $5, $6,  or $7 million, and the one year deal limits their total financial exposure.

Chone Figgins would have cost them $50 million or so.  They would have been on the hook for that money.

Adrian Beltre would have likely cost them $30 million or so.  They would have been obligated to pay him that amount.

They’re obligated to Garrett Atkins for one year.

That’s the way they like it.

In fact, I’d assume the Orioles (and most teams in the league for that matter) would prefer to just have everyone on the roster on one-year deals.

But the really good players won’t sign one-year contracts.  Not when they get four or five year deals elsewhere.

And Gonzalez was only able to secure himself a two-year contract at $6 million per-year.  He should do jumping jacks and cartwheels today. That kind of expenditure is rare air for the O’s.

So…while I’m accepting of the additions of Gonzalez and Atkins, there’s still a gaping hole at first base.  Nick Johnson and Adam LaRoche are still available, although both of those guys reportedly want 3-year deals and something a little more substantial than per-diem.  When you say “three years” around the O’s, everyone in the negotiation breaks out in hives.

And finally…I spit out my Royal Farms coffee this morning when I read a few internet reports that the Orioles are “interested” in Matt Holliday.

Yeah…well…I’m interested in Alicia Keys.  Really, I am.

And the Orioles have about as much chance of paying Matt Holliday the $70 or $80 million he wants than I do of getting in a hot tub with Keys.

“The Orioles are interested in Matt Holliday.”

Look up the phrase “smoke screen” in the dictionary and you’ll see this definition:  ”What the Orioles are trying to do by hinting that they’re interested in outfielder Matt Holliday.”

It’s called, in practical terms, trying to appease a fan base that wants to see the team really try and win for once instead of settling for failure under the umbrella of, “It’s just tough for us to compete in the American League East with the Yankees and Red Sox there…”

Read this to yourself and repeat it if you have to:  The Orioles are NOT signing Matt Holliday.

They are NOT going to fork over $70 or $80 million dollars for ANYONE.  Jesus himself could show up at The Warehouse today with a glove, a bat, and sunflower seeds in his mouth and the O’s would say, “How about one-year and an option at $2.4 million per?”

If Holliday finds the market dry and is willing to sign for one or two years at $7 million per-year, the O’s and every other team in the majors would have a keen interest in him.

But that’s not going to happen.

I think Holliday is VASTLY overpriced and somewhat overrated, personally, but I also know some team who needs help at the plate will take him because – again – teams that want to be really good have a habit of spending money on really good players.

And the Orioles are NOT going to overpay for anyone.

It’s not the way they do business.

They do business by letting the really good players get really good money from really good teams.

Then they go “crumbs-hunting” and sign a leftover for $6 million for one year.

It’s just what they do.

Don’t get mad at me for saying it.  Get mad at them for doing it.

That said, I still like the signings of both Gonzalez and Atkins.

They’re an upgrade, hopefully, over what the Birds had in 2009.

And if they turn out to be duds, at least the team didn’t spend a lot of money on them.

And that, as we all know, is the only thing that matters with our beloved orange-feathered friends.

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Orioles Agree to Deals With Mike Gonzalez, Garrett Atkins

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Orioles Agree to Deals With Mike Gonzalez, Garrett Atkins

Posted on 16 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

12:30 Update: The Sun adds late tonight that the Orioles have reached a 1 year deal with former Colorado Rockies 3B Garrett Atkins. Atkins was a very good hitter (full disclosure: he played half of his games at Coors Field in Denver) between 2006-2008, tallying 20+ HR’s, 99+ RBI and at least a .286 average in all three seasons. He had a TERRIBLE ’09, batting .226 with 9 HR’s and 48 RBI. He’ll replace Melvin Mora at 3B until the Birds decide to go with the younger Josh Bell. Atkins’ stats are available here.

According to Yahoo! Sports MLB writer Tim Brown via Twitter, the Birds have agreed to a 2 year deal with left-handed reliever Mike Gonzalez. Brown reports the deal is worth $12 million, and incentives could make the deal worth $16 million. Gonzalez is 31, and he appeared in 80 games last season with the Braves; going 5-4 with 10 saves and a 2.42 ERA. He has a career 2.57 ERA in 280.2 innings pitched. You can check out his stats here.

Gonzalez hasn’t been a regular closer since 2006 in Pittsburgh-when he converted 24 of 24 save opportunities. He would certainly have to be considered part of the closer mix in Baltimore; along with Koji Uehara, Dennis Sarfate, Jim Johnson and insert name here.

gonzalez

-G

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15-7-0

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15-7-0

Posted on 05 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

You get props……

1-Melvin Mora

I can only imagine how the conversation went when Andy MacPhail told Melvin Mora they wouldn’t be exercising his option for 2010…..

AM: “Mel, I gotta be honest with you; given how we’re financially preparing for the future around here-I’m not sure you’re going to really fit into our plans.”
MM: “That’s too bad, Andy.”
AM: “But Mel, we want you to know how much you’ve meant to us; we’re sure this is really difficult for you.”
MM: “I get to go somewhere else, right Andy?”
AM: “Yes, but I know how much Baltimore has meant to you….”
MM: “I think I’ll be okay.”

In fairness, if you looked up “good soldier” at Dictionary.com, I believe there’s a picture of Melvin. Well, maybe not, but there CERTAINLY isn’t a picture of this guy……

fat

When the hell did Bachman join the Army, anyway?

2-Alexander Semin

NHL season is underway for real, which means Flyers fans…..well……are right back to stabbing each other????

What the hell, Philadelphia?!?!?!

Why don’t you guys go back to what you do well?

Ummmm……

Yeah, this is pretty much the only thing I can think of…..

cheesesteak

3-Peyton Manning and Eli Manning

Why is it that for every AWESOME commercial Peyton Manning makes (I posted the Sony commercials last week)……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGmX6m78zDM[/youtube]

There’s another that just sucks……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krwL3LAHX5E[/youtube]

4-Tony Stewart

It’s not that I’m not a fan of the man who won this weekend’s NASCAR race in……ummm…….Burlington? Canada? Jupiter?

It’s just that I find it more interesting to talk about Kimberly Stewart……

kim

Is it weird that when I look at this picture, all I can think is “gee, that’s a weird belly button!”

5-Tyrod Taylor, Montel Harris, Riley Skinner, Demaryius Thomas and Mikell Simpson

Wanna know how to make ACC Football look better? Have ACC teams play OTHER ACC TEAMS!

Of course, that didn’t make North Carolina look better……but this does……

unc

6-Matt Forte, Rashard Mendenhall and Ronnie Brown

And in honor of Ronnie Brown; let’s talk about Fins cheerleader Lilly Robbins….of course, by “talk about” I mean “check out sexy pictures of”……

lilly

(Editor’s note: For those of you who want to point out that The Big Lead did the same thing yesterday……you’re right. You see, I enjoy The Big Lead; but didn’t even notice it until after I had already posted this. Believe it or not, I’m not the only blogger in the world who hears “Miami Dolpins” and thinks “tits”.

7-Homer Bailey, Nelson Figueroa, JD Drew, Alex Rodriguez, Prince Fielder, Randy Wells, Victor Martinez, Wade LeBlanc, Jake Peavy, Eric Byrnes, and BJ Upton

And after 3 straight pictures of hot chicks, I feel like I should do something for the ladies since A-Rod hit a couple of homers the other night……

arod

You know what, maybe that one was for us too…….

8-Mike Easton and Kris McCray

Not much from the world of fights this weekend. If you went down and checked out UWC at Patriot Center; you kick ass. If you didn’t, maybe you’ll enjoy this just as much……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51s1y2nG5Ok[/youtube]

9-Rodney Harrison

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

Did the officials cost the Ravens against the Patriots? No.
Is Tom Brady a bitch? Probably.

Thanks to Rich From Westminster for passing this one along, apparently he was able to find the NFL’s OFFICIAL definition of “roughing the passer”……..

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10-Common

Dude, if Common DIDN’T know Brady Quinn was in the crowd-this story isn’t quite as cool. But I’m gonna assume that Common DID know Brady Quinn was in the crowd; because in general-Common kicks ass……

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

AND……Brady Quinn deserves it, trust me……

quinn

11-The FBI

Yeah, way to go Federal Bureau of Investigation! We CANNOT have our nation’s sideline princesses be at risk of crazy stalkers filming them through hotel peepholes!!!!!

erin

(Edit from GMC: Oh wait, they’re not reading this? WHAT THE HELL FBI?!?!?!? You arrested an American hero!)

12-Triple H & Shawn Michaels

They won a match at WWE’s “Hell in a Cell” Pay-Per-View. I believe they defeated Bruno Sammartino and Bill Goldberg. But I’m not certain. Anyway, I remember when these guys did this, which was really funny. (Editor’s note: Language NSFW. Unless you work at Wal-Mart. You can pretty much do anything you want there.)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GjG9pX6lyU[/youtube]

13-Fenway Park dining

fenway

Look. Boston stinks. Their team is named after an article of clothing. Their mascot is a Wall. Everything about their existence is just awful. But after scarfing down a Lobster Roll Saturday night, I almost washed my face with the clam chowder. It was HISTORICALLY good.

14-Foo Fighters

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee0Czl3370Y[/youtube]

To think-I just proclaimed Maxwell as the greatest song of 2009-3009, but we have another early challenger!!!!!!!

15-Zombies

Did anyone go see this flick? It actually looks pretty good. Or at least better than “Whip It.” But “Julie and Julia” looked better than “Whip It.”

You think there will ever be another movie that comes out that you say “OH MY GOD I HAVE TO SEE THIS” when you see the trailer?

I mean, BESIDES this one……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJhldpDz9FM[/youtube]

You got lucky……

1-Ralph Friedgen and Ken Niumatalolo

Coach, I love you. But 4th and 1 from YOUR OWN 29?!?!?!? I thought Don Brown was this team’s new coordinator, not Norv Turner…….

In Annapolis, Navy needed overtime to get past Air Force. I tend to root for Navy because…..well……

biel

2-Miguel Cabrera

Your team’s in a battle for the final playoff spot……and you’re out getting drunk and having your wife scratch your face up????

Nick Harper is unimpressed.

But if you think you’re the most disappointing athlete in Detroit Miggy; you owe these guys a BIG thank you for returning to form Sunday…..

lions

3-Jim Zorn

Although the rest of us maybe weren’t as lucky……

skins

I mean, do you think we would have missed any Washington fans??????

4-Jay Haas and Matt Kuchar

In an event that LITERALLY only Drew Forrester cared about, Jay Haas won the Champions Tour event at Baltimore Country Club.

Rumor has it Tom Watson thought he could have used a better caddy on Sunday…….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pycxLIVp9Vc[/youtube]

5-Rio de Janeiro

In the end, I think this was an easy decision.

Rio offered Adriana Lima………

lima

Chicago offered Dennis Franz……

franz

I mean, no offense NYPD Blue fans……

6-Rod Barajas

barajas

I swear to God that gal looks exactly like I remember this one 5th grade teacher from Chapel Hill Elementary School. And Rod Barajas looks like he’s pulling off a move that only EVERYONE I went to 5th grade with attempted to pull off at some point accidentally.

“Oh, Ms. Miller, I dropped something on the other side of the playground wal…….WOAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!……….”

I guess this joke isn’t quite as funny these days as it was back before teachers started sleeping with students. Of course, it’s still cool when female teachers sleep with their male students, right?

7-Everyone who hasn’t felt sick yet this Fall

Because-good lord-you’re going to need it. Walked outside in the morning recently? I’m pretty sure I’ve already beaten off 3 colds since October started, and definitely beaten off the flu at least twice. And if you’re heading to the WNST Neighborhood Tour with us anytime soon; please don’t be freaked out when I order a Jack and Airborne.

But no need to freak out about the change in weather or anything. Unless you’re the Baltimore Ravens……

ravens

You’re a zero…….

Glenn Clark: Fantasy Football Owner

GMC

I got Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, and Steve Breaston. They got me ONE win in the first three weeks. Then they had a bye. And Mark Sanchez did his best impression of Kyle Boller.

We’re 1-3 in the Glenn Clark compound. If Maryland hadn’t won this might’ve been it for me.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 05 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Sorry for no 15-7-0 and Ravens Report Card this morning. I’m going to try to get them done during the day, but I’m still recovering from our bus trip to Boston and Foxborough this weekend. I had a great time, and thanks to everyone who was a part of the trip.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Brady bested Flacco as Pats topped Ravens

Drew Forrester won’t blame officials for Ravens’ loss

Glenn Clark offers video of 52’s meltdown

Drew Forrester says Ravens, Patriots played ‘helluva game’

Bob Haynie says Ravens made too many ‘mistakes’ in loss

Keith Melchior says Ravens ‘didn’t make the plays’ when they needed to

Rex Snider says Le’Ron McClain ‘missing’

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mark Clayton’s drop inside 10 yard line in final seconds cost Ravens as they fell to Patriots

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says tests on Jared Gaither negative after he went down with neck/shoulder injury

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Suggs made big sack to force fumble, recovered by Dwan Edwards for TD

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe saw first action of NFL career in loss

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Chris Carr’s early fumble set tone for mistake-plagued game

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says roughing the passer calls on Ngata, Terrell Suggs hurt Ravens in loss

Patriots Official Site’s Erik Scalavino says Leigh Bodden made first New England interception in win over Ravens

Patriots Official Site says Gary Guyton knew 4th down stops ‘big’ for Pats in their victory

Patriots Official Site says Flacco accepted responsibility for INT before half

The AP’s Howard Ulman says Randy Moss scored 137th TD of career as Pats won

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens now tied with Bengals for first place in AFC North after loss

The Sun’s Mike Preston gives highest praise to defensive line in loss

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cam Cameron’s play calling was particularly pass happy

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Brendon Ayanbadejo could be done for year with torn quadricep

The Sun’s Edward Lee says 52 called officiating ‘embarrassing’ in loss

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck expects Ray Lewis to be fined for comments after loss

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh thought Ravens ‘played their hearts out, but it wasn’t good enough to win the game’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says with Gaither hurt; Marshal Yanda came into game, Oher moved to LT

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson gives highest praise to Running Backs, Linebackers in loss

The AP says Gaither was taken to Mass General after being hurt in loss

Boston Globe’s Michael Vega says 68,756 at Gillette Stadium saw Patriots top Ravens

Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan says Patriots both ‘lucky and good’ in win

Boston Herald’s Ian Rapoport says Brady finished 21-32 for 258 yards and a TD in Pats’ win

Providence Journal’s Shalise Manza Young says Gostkowski’s 32 yard field goal put Patriots ahead early

Worcester Telegram’s Jennifer Toland says Belichick said he ‘couldn’t be prouder’ of Patriots after loss

ESPNBoston.com’s Tedy Bruschi says Kevin Faulk, Sammy Morris, Fred Taylor, Laurence Maroney did enough running the ball to keep Ravens ‘honest’

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says T-Sizzle suggested teams could use ‘two hand touch’ in going for sacks to protect QB’s

SI’s Don Banks says Patriots’ red zone offense got healthy against Ravens

SI’s Andrew Perloff says Ravens have to feel like they could beat Patriots if they match up in AFC playoffs

Sporting News’ Albert Breer says Patriots ‘fortunate’ in win

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says NBC’s Rodney Harrison thought Tom Brady should ‘take the skirt off’ after win over Ravens

NFL.com’s Vic Carucci says Patriots proved themselves to be Super Bowl contenders with win

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Darius Butler deserves credit in Pats’ win

CBS Sports’ Mike Freeman says Ray Lewis’ comments about officiating were ‘right’

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says post-game comments ‘overshadowed’ Ravens-Patriots

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Ray Rice ran for over 100 yards despite team calling only 17 running plays

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Patriots defense brought ‘constant blitzes’ on Flacco

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Michael Aubrey scored in 11th to give Birds season-ending win over Blue Jays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of sweep

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Melvin Mora probably played final game in Orioles uniform Sunday

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says O’s had better ’09 season than record showed (no they didn’t)

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Wieters, Reimold, etc give Orioles ‘hope’

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says Ricky Romero solid, got no decision in Jays’ loss to Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 17,969 at Camden Yards saw Birds top Jays

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Dave Trembley claimed tribute to Mora ‘spontaneous’

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Orioles set new season low attendance record at OPACY this season

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Albers winner in final game of season

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Mora likely headed to Orioles Hall of Fame

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says bullpen was ‘painful’ after Sherrill traded

Washington Times’ Jay LeBlanc profiles Orioles prospects headed to Arizona Fall League

Toronto Sun’s Ken Fidlin says Brandon League committed 2 errors in 11th to cost Toronto season finale

Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin says Vernon Wells hurt himself again in loss

The Canadian Press says Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, John McDonald all homered for Jays in loss

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Da’Rel Scott will miss at least 5 games with broken wrist

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ronnie Tyler’s TD may not have been

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Don Brown’s defense appears to be improving

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps find themselves in first place in ACC Atlantic

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Pinegar must be counted on with Campbell hurt

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Ferrara was ‘triple threat’ against Clemson with kicking, punting, kickoffs

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Bruce Campbell ‘definitely’ out at Wake Forest

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph Friedgen thinks Terps can overcome Scott injury with RB depth

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Da’Rel Scott could be back for Florida State game in November

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin wanted to go for it on 4th and 1 from Maryland’s own 29 in win over Clemson

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Davin Meggett, Morgan Green, Gary Douglas will be as good as Maryland’s O-Line ‘allows them to’ be

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 2nd quarter against Tigers was Terps’ best quarter of season

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich has Terps 10th in ACC power rankings

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Fridge concerned about possibility Campbell could have torn MCL

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Porzel, D.J. Adams ‘could play this season (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin chats with Maryland commit Matt Robinson (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Scott Kornberg chats with Maryland commit Tyler Cheeseboro (must subscribe)

GOLF:

The AP says Jay Haas topped Tom Watson to win Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Haas’ comeback amongst greatest round in Champions Tour history

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Haas tied Baltimore Country Club record in final round of major championship

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Bruce Campbell would be a DEVASTATING loss for Maryland. Da’Rel Scott’s injury is something they can overcome.

-So long Orioles baseball. You’re that thing that existed for the last few months even though no one cared.

Talk to you later.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 01 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

I get an incomplete again today. My apologies. Have to get out to 1 Winning Drive to find out if Troy Smith and Trevor Pryce are felling better.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ravens had to dismiss outsider trying to watch practice yesterday at 1 Winning Drive

Drew Forrester says Orioles NEED to win before end of season

Luke Jones says Melvin Mora should leave Baltimore with pride

Drew Forrester says Joe Angel took stab at Red Sox

Tom Clayton chose Golden Girls over Orioles (I would too)

Derek Arnold says Ravens have won their last 10 games against teams not named “Steelers”

Rex Snider says Ravens haven’t been world beaters against NFL’s best in recent years

Thyrl Nelson says Flacco, McGahee pretty good fantasy plays Sunday

Ed Frankovic picks Capitals 2nd in Eastern Conference

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez struggled as Rays beat Birds again

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of 13th straight loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Waters takes hill tonight at Tropicana Field against Matt Garza, Tampa Bay

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Bob McCrory to undergo surgery for torn labrum Friday

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says MacPhail, executives visited new Spring Training home in Sarasota

Rays Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says James Shields strong as Rays topped O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Wigginton crushed 2 run bomb in loss

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Bergesen can’t run 2 months after injury

The AP says Luke Scott left game with strained muscle in left foot

St. Petersburg Times’ Marc Topkin says Zobrist drilled 3 run homer in victory

Tampa Tribune’s Marc Lancaster says Carl Crawford also homered in win for Rays

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis, Tavares Gooden, Jarret Johnson, Todd Heap, Justin Bannan, Kelley Washington all ‘limited’ in practice

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh, Ravens want to be like Belichick, Patriots

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Paul Kruger willing to do anything to get on field

The Official Site says Harbaugh expects ‘chess match’ between Tom Brady, Ed Reed

The Official Site says Adalius Thomas not thinking about Baltimore anymore

The Official Site’s Mallory Steinberg says Heap, Flacco, Birk, Ayanbadejo, Frank Walker, Jameel McClain amongst Ravens involved in community this week

Patriots Official Site’s Erik Scalavino says practice squad TE Robbie Agnone thinks Flacco “same old dude” he was when two were teammates at Delaware, Pitt

Patriots Official Site says Prescott Burgess came back to practice squad

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jarret Johnson views A.D. as ‘playmaker’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Kruger continues to work on Special Teams, offered to play Tight End

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Derrick Mason can’t even think about ’07 loss to Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Domonique Foxworth knows Randy Moss ‘great player’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Trevor Pryce, Troy Smith didn’t practice due to injury

Boston Globe’s Michael Whitmer says Tom Brady thinks Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, Ravens defense ‘instinctive’

Boston Herald’s Ian Rapoport says Terrell Suggs thinks Tom Brady ‘one hell of a quarterback’

Providence Journal’s Shalise Manza Young says credit for Ravens’ offensive success belongs to Flacco, Cam Cameron

Worcester Telegram’s Rich Garven says Pats struggling in red zone

ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss says Wilfork, Kaczur, Mayo did not practice; Moss, Welker, D. Butler, M. Slater, Springs, Wilhite, M. Wright all limited for New England Wednesday

SI’s Don Banks keeps Ravens 1st in power rankings

4 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens to beat Patriots

NFL.com has Ravens 2nd in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 27-26

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Play by Play Voice Johnny Holliday to enter Athletics Hall of Fame tonight

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says CJ Spiller comes into Maryland game struggling

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says James Franklin thinks Chris Turner needs to improve when pass protection breaks down

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Nick Ferrara will handle punting responsibilities for Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph thinks Da’Rel Scott ‘hurting’ over fumbles

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph believes QB’s need to be ‘tough suckers’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says only Miami (Ohio) has turned ball over more than Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge ‘not overjoyed’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Nolan Carroll wants to be near Byrd Stadium field to watch games

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph Friedgen told ACC teleconference he held team meeting Tuesday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Pinegar will apparently be available Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Clemson beat writer Larry Williams thinks Swinney’s personality helping him through struggles

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says career over for OT Tyler Bowen

Charleston Post and Courier’s Travis Sawchik says Swinney wants Tigers to ‘stay the course’

Columbia State’s Paul Strelow says DC Kevin Steele knows Tigers’ red zone defense must improve

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Clemson 31-14

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps must avoid ‘turnovers and penalties’

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Terps get shot for “2nd season” as ACC play opens up Sunday (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Maurice Hampton ‘blossoming’ on O-Line for Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Tyler Bowen to be student-coach now (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Birchenough says practice ‘light’ Wednesday as Terps gear up for Tigers

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens offers changes to hoops schedule, including UNC Greensboro game on Comcast SportsNet

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Terps added French forward Tchatchouang

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says center Curtis Bass will have his hands full with AFA’s Ben Garland

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says lacrosse team to give away “rally towels” at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Saturday

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Bobby Doyle does a lot with a few carries

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Joe Buckley will handle kicking against Falcons

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Gee Gee Greene will continue to return kicks for Midshipmen

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Blake Carter regularly has big games against Air Force

Colorado Springs Gazette’s David Ramsey says Falcons have lost 6 straight in Commander-in-Chief Trophy series because Midshipmen have beat them in ‘clutch’

Go Mids picks Navy 28-27 over Air Force

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Bears’ MEAC opener Saturday at Bethune-Cookman

The Official Site offers complete Bears-Wildcats preview (pdf)

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says home games against Navy, Virginia highlight Tigers’ 2010 schedule

The Official Site offers complete 2010 schedule (pdf)

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site announces Don Zimmerman’s incoming class of 19

GOLF:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Fred Funk wants to win Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in front of home fans

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Nick Price, Loren Roberts, Larry Mize, Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara all have good shots this week

The Sun offers Tournament details for this week at Baltimore Country Club

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Should Dave Trembley come back? No, he’s not any good. Will he definitely get fired? I won’t say definitely, but my gut is that he does.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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So long, Melvin, and hold your head up

Posted on 30 September 2009 by Luke Jones

As the Orioles fall toward the 100-loss mark with seemingly little resistance over the final week of the season, their elder statesman winds down his 10-year stay with an organization fixed in what feels like an endless era of losing.

Melvin Mora arrived in the Charm City after being traded with three others from the New York Mets for shortstop Mike Bordick in Syd Thrift’s infamous fire sale of 2000.  The 28-year old utility player was coming to a struggling team with a future Hall of Famer (Cal Ripken) winding down his career and its best hitter (Albert Belle) only months away from retirement due to a degenerative hip condition.  The Orioles were completing their third-straight losing season in 2000. Change was needed.

Mora’s addition, along with the 13 others acquired in the five summer deals, would pump youthful energy into an aging organization and eventually bring the Orioles back to where they belonged at the top of the standings, right?

If only.

Of course, we all know the story. Despite the quantity of players coming to the organization for veterans such as Bordick, Charles Johnson, B.J. Surhoff, and Harold Baines, Mora would be the only acquisition to contribute beyond the next couple seasons. Most would never contribute at all.

Mora debuted with the team as a role player on an 88-loss club and will take his final bow this weekend on a club trying to avoid becoming the third team to lose 100 games in the 56-year history of the franchise (1954 and 1988 were the others). In his 10 years, the Orioles averaged 92 losses a year, finished in fourth place seven times, and landed in the basement twice—one of those this year.

He played for four different managers, five different general managers (or whatever the organization was calling the job at the time), and saw the beautiful Oriole Park at Camden Yards transform from one of the chic places to be (3.1 million fans in 2000) on a summer night to a mostly desolate palace (less than 2 million fans in 2009) infiltrated by Boston and New York fans 18 times a year.

During Mora’s 10-year stay in the Charm City, the Orioles finished in third only once (2004), but the high-water mark came in the early stages of 2005.

The Orioles enjoyed a two-month reign at the top of the American League East, and the long rebuilding process appeared to be on the right track. However, Mora saw his team collapse in the second half with a disgraced teammate’s steroid suspension (Rafael Palmeiro), injuries, and management’s failure to improve the team down the stretch (trading Larry Bigbie for Eric Byrnes is going to get you over the hump?).

Needless to say, Mora has had little to smile about in his 10 years with the Orioles. You almost have to feel sorry for the guy.

As he is resigned to the reality of this almost certainly being his last season in Baltimore (the club will not use a $8 million club option for 2010), people will overstate the importance of his disappointing 2009 season—at age 37, mind you—and his mid-summer spat with Dave Trembley when judging his 10 years as an Oriole.

His disappointing final season cannot—and should not—shortchange his accomplishments playing in an absolutely miserable era of Orioles baseball.

The super-utility player that came to Baltimore flashing the leather at a variety of positions—left field, center field, and shortstop to name a few—steadily improved his game and eventually became an All Star, albeit for a bad club needing a representative in 2003. Mora would earn a second trip to the Midsummer Classic in 2005.

Ironically, Mora was excluded from the All-Star squad in 2004 despite being the best third baseman in baseball that season. Yes, before you ask, better than that guy wearing pinstripes in the Bronx.

It was the best season of his career and one of the finest seasons ever by an Oriole.  His .340 average was, and still is, the best single-season clip in club history. Mora also led the American League with a .419 on-base percentage and finished in the AL’s top 10 in batting average (behind only Ichiro Suzuki), slugging percentage, runs, hits, total bases, and doubles. His play earned him the Silver Slugger award (awarded to the best offensive player at each position) and solidified his status as an everyday player.

While Mora would never approach his tremendous 2004 numbers again, he would continue to provide solid numbers and steady defense in his remaining years in Baltimore, even throwing in an amazing second half of the 2008 season for good measure.

Regardless of the sour aftertaste created by his 2009 campaign, Mora is unquestionably an Orioles Hall of Famer, ranking in the franchise’s career top 10 in home runs, hits, doubles, runs batted in, and runs. And with apologies to Doug DeCinces’ fans, Mora may rank as the second-best third baseman in club history (The 1979 hero’s best years came with the California Angels).

Perhaps more important than his diamond achievements when pondering his legacy in Baltimore is the fact that Mora truly embraced the Charm City and adopted it as his home. Mora and his wife Gisel had their famed quintuplets in Baltimore—and chose to raise their six children right here.

While nearly every Oriole of the past decade waved goodbye to the city at the end of September and didn’t return until the new baseball season in April, Mora and his family stayed in Fallston—and plan to continue doing so.

Others wanted little to do with the community or even went as far as to demean the city (Aubrey Huff), but Mora thought highly enough of it to make it his home.

Make no mistake, the organization treated Mora very well financially (probably too well), but he understood the importance of sharing that good fortune with the local community through various charitable endeavors.

Simply put, Mora got ”it.”

It’s an idea not to be taken for granted in this modern age of so many high-paid mercenaries completely void of any pride, philanthropy, or connection for the city in which they play.

Mora’s role in the community was never more apparent than in late-December 2005. Longtime bullpen coach and leading community ambassador Elrod Hendricks had passed away just a few days shy of Christmas, yet Mora was the only active Oriole to attend the coach’s funeral on December 29.

It was more an indictment on the sorry state of the organization than a tremendous gesture, but at least Mora WAS there. It was something the 24 others could not say, regardless of the pathetic excuses claiming it was too close to the holidays.

As an Orioles fan, I chastised the missing players but also appreciated Mora being there to represent the current team, pathetic as it was. Mora understood not only what Hendricks meant to the organization but to the entire city.

One might say it doesn’t take much effort to embrace the local community, so why such praise for Mora? He was being paid millions, right?

Well, easy as it might be, he was one of the few to care enough to actually do it.

Even in his final weeks with the Orioles, Mora demonstrated one more example of understanding what it means to be a Baltimorean. When learning the organization planned to honor him for playing the second-most games at third base in franchise history, Mora requested the man ahead of him on the list, Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, to be present.

So, despite little publicity or fanfare (a different issue entirely), Mr. Oriole was there to celebrate the accomplishment with the Orioles’ current third baseman. Who knows if Mora can tell you how many Gold Gloves Robinson won at the hot corner or what year he even retired, but he knew enough to understand Brooks needed to be there. That’s saying something.

Unlike Brooksie, who played a large portion of his career in the Orioles’ glory days, Mora is likely to be remembered as the figurehead—along with another good player and nice guy, Brian Roberts—for the franchise’s miserable era of losing baseball that is yet to end here at the conclusion of the 2009 season.

“Mora had to stink, or the Orioles would have won while he was here, right?”

But let’s admit, save for the infancy of his career and a two-year window of fantasy baseball in 1996 and 1997, Ripken didn’t exactly play in the Orioles’ glory years either.

The truth is though Mora certainly wasn’t the type of player that could carry a winning team by himself, he also wasn’t the reason the team stunk for the decade he was with the organization. In his best years, Mora undoubtedly would have been a valuable member of a contending club.

No one will suggest that Mora belongs in the same stratosphere as the Orioles’ royalty of the Robinsons, Ripken, Palmer, and Murray. Not even close.

And even the casual fan would never confuse his baserunning prowess with the legendary Rickey Henderson, or even Willie “Mays” Hayes for that matter.

Mora may not have always said the right thing, but he was occasionally willing to speak up in a way so many frustrated fans could admire. His declaration that some Orioles didn’t know what it took to win in 2007 and his famed “Who is going to pitch for us?” query in 2005 may have ruffled some feathers in the Warehouse, but it was music to the ears of fans wanting a terrible organization to take accountability.

Ultimately, Mora should be remembered as a good player and one of the few to perform admirably through a miserable period of Orioles baseball.

He represented the city with pride and is one of the few I felt proud to cheer over the last decade.

So long, Melvin, but we’ll see you around town.

It’s a shame we didn’t have much fun at the ballpark.

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 25 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Ravens 28, Browns 13

I might be giving the Browns too much credit.

Maryland 30, Rutgers 27

Facing a more methodical offense will help the Terps, even if they are a BCS opponent. Their QB issues will help the Terps even more.

Navy 37, Western Kentucky 17

The Midshipmen should put together a much more complete performance against a bad Sun Belt team.

Towson 21, Morgan State 14

This should be a really good game.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Greg Mattison thinks Frank Walker may need to get on field more

Drew Forrester says he’s fine with Orioles bringing back Trembley or letting him go

Nestor Aparicio offers highlights from Billick event at Mother’s in Federal Hill

Nestor Aparicio offers funny Ric Fair video

Ed Frankovic says Capitals dropped preseason contest to Rangers

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Matt Birk has history of facing Shaun Rogers

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Fabian Washington returned to practice

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says ST Coordinator Rosburg believes Browns KR Cribbs dangerous because he ‘gets free in so many ways’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh believes game against AFC North opponent ‘critical’

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Flacco showing up on early MVP lists

The Official Site’s Mallory Steinberg says Heap, Mason, Le’Ron McClain involved in community this week

The Official Site says Browns returned tickets for Sunday’s game, now available via Ticketmaster

Cleveland Browns Official Site’s Matt Florjancic says Mangini, Fraley showered praise on Ray Lewis

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says ‘history suggests (cornerbacks Domonique Foxworth and Fabian Washington) will bounce back’ against Cleveland Sunday

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Nakamura knows Raven must try to get ball when Brady Quinn goes to air

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Kelley Washington might not do “The Squirrel” anymore, but he’ll keep dancing

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ray Rice, McGahee need to ‘run over’ Browns

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Braylon Edwards could make things tough for Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens would be in trouble if Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers , Carson Palmer were to get ‘comfortable’ in pocket

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jared Gaither, Jarret Johnson missed practice again

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ray Lewis, Jonathan Ogden, Ed Reed honored by Sporting News

The Sun says Browns gave back 300 tickets for Sunday’s game at M&T Bank Stadium

The Sun remembers ’99 win over Browns-first win of Brian Billick era

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ray Lewis doesn’t want to let Brady Quinn get ‘comfortable’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Derrick Mason 3 catches away from 800 for his career

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Ravens, Kelley Washington ‘perfect fit’

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Jerome Harrison, James Davis took reps in practice with Jamal Lewis again sidelined

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says Mangini ‘reluctant’ to play rookies like James Davis, but may have no choice if Jamal Lewis can’t go

Canton Repository’s Steve Doerschuk says rookie Alex Mack will face tough matchup with Kelly Gregg, Ngata

USA Today’s Tom Pedulla says Ray Rice primed for ‘breakout’

USA Today’s Pete O’Brien picks Ravens 34-6

SI’s Peter King picks Ravens 37-13

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt looking forward to Flacco vs. Eric Wright

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein thinks Ravens will shutout Browns

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio and Gregg Rosenthal pick Ravens 27-10

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens could put together ‘complete game defensively’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Ralph thought Terps had ‘good week of practice’ in preparation for Scarlet Knights

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says eliminating programs would be ‘last resort’ for Debbie Yow in getting athletic department healthy economically

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Bruce Campbell, Jamari McCullough now ‘probable’ tomorrow

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Torrey Smith leads country in all-purpose yards

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Saturday ‘must win’ for Terps against Scarlet Knights

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Ralph MUST be tougher on players moving forward

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says LB Adrian Moten says Fridge won’t take any ‘bull-jiving’ from players

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamari McCullough’s return should help take pressure off Kenny Tate

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Schiano believes QB Savage ’50-50’ to play against Maryland

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut picks Terps 27-20

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell and Steve Yanda say Friedgen recruits New Jersey, Schiano recruits Maryland and DC

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Bruce Campbell’s return means Pinegar will move back to RT

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen believes Tom Savage will play tomorrow

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph believes young players ‘working hard’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Don Brown believes defense ‘making progress’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says James Franklin doubts Ralph any ‘softer’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have Twitter under control

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Terps 27-23

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps slightly concerned about Special Teams

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens breaks down Special Teams units

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says R.J. Dill will come off bench

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vellano out until late October

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary Douglas well ahead of Morgan Green on RB depth chart

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens expects Rutgers to make ‘game time decision’ at QB

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps could score 30+ points in 3 straight games for first time since ‘03

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Germantown natives Jourdan Brooks, Joe Lefeged return home this weekend with Knights visiting College Park

Newark Star-Ledger’s Tom Luicci says Dom Natale may have to play if Tom Savage can’t

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Ralph thinks Travis Ivey making ‘best contribution’ right now (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says OL prospect Havenstein visited campus again (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Ralph still looking for ‘consistency’ at Guard due to struggles of Justin Lewis, Lamar Young (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says true freshmen Nick Ferrara, Darin Drakeford, Bennett Fulper, Zach Kerr, Isaiah Ross, Avery Murray have already played this season

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Natasha Cloud came to Maryland for ‘family’ feeling

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says athletic department auctioning off throwback jerseys Mids will wear tomorrow against Western Kentucky

Western Kentucky Official Site says Jihad Morris, Jeremy Moore, Jared Clendenin, Jack Doyle will be captains for trip to Annapolis

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo gave kicking job to Jon Teague because he hit kick to end practice

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ricky Dobbs was ‘disgusted’ after performance in loss to Pitt

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo will get Stukel into Slotback rotation

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says injured players Clint Sovie, Ram Vela, Jabaree Tuani, Andy Lark will all be available against Toppers

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Navy defense needs to set tone early against Hilltoppers

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says things should be ‘significantly easier’ for Midshipmen Saturday against Hilltoppers (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers, Bears have played plenty of close games in recent history

The Official Site says Baltimore County residents can get $8 tickets to New Hampshire game

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says RB Devan James ready to ‘go to war’ with Tigers

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says teammates selected Markakis as Team MVP

Indians Official Site’s Matt O’Donnell says Fausto Carmona takes Progressive Field mound tonight against David Hernandez, Birds

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Melvin Mora to leave Baltimore ‘with head up’

The Sun looks back on 2000 deal that brought Mora to Baltimore from Mets

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds go to Cleveland with Tribe on 10 game losing streak

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waring, Brandon Snyder, Rhyne Hughes top 1B prospects in organization

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Arrieta ‘patiently waiting’ for chance to pitch in Baltimore

BOXING:

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Eldersburg native Mark “TNT” Tucker fighting for USBO light heavyweight title tonight in Westminster

BALTIMORE COLTS:

Baltimore Ravens Official Site checks in with former Colt Jim Mutscheller

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The Orioles will win 1 of 3 in Cleveland. No one will notice. Does Perry Hall play Parkville? They’ll win that one too.

Talk to this weekend.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Just to follow up on something we were talking about this morning….

Ralph Friedgen is not going to be fired. James Franklin will be the next head coach.

They have a contract that stipulates that. The country, the state, and the school are all in a recession. I don’t think Ralph Friedgen SHOULD be fired, but the poin I’m trying to make is that it doesn’t matter. He’s not going to be.
James Franklin will be the next head coach unless James Franklin decides not to be (or something particularly crazy happens).

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Mangini has special memories of spending inaugural season (’96) with Ravens

Thyrl Nelson thinks Flacco good play Sunday vs. Browns

Brian Billick enjoyed catching up with Rex Ryan before making appearance at Mother’s in Federal Hill

Ed Frankovic says former Caps goalie Kolzig retired

Ed Frankovic says Capitals beat Blackhawks 6-2 in preseason contest

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie loser again as Birds swept by Blue Jays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says after day off today, David Hernandez takes Progressive Field mound against Fausto Carmona, Indians

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Reimold had successful Achilles surgery Wednesday

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says Scott Richmond went 5 innings to lead Jays past O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Michael Aubrey, Wieters homered for Birds in loss

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Trembley believes Reimold should be ready to return for Spring Training

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Brian Roberts, Melvin Mora had Wednesday off

Examiner Jay Trucker says Andy MacPhail not talking about Dave Trembley decision

The AP says Travis Snider homered for Jays in win

Toronto Star’s Dave Perkins says 13,743 at Rogers Centre saw Jays sweep Birds

Toronto Globe and Mail’s Robert MacLeod says British Columbia native Richmond wasn’t perfect in victory

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says LJ Smith (hamstring), Zbikowski (concussion) fully practiced Wednesday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis expects former teammate Jamal Lewis to ‘run hard’ Sunday returning to Baltimore

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Derrick Mason not concerned with Ravens’ status in power rankings

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Frank Walker thinks Ravens need to forget about Chargers’ passing performance Sunday

The Official Site says Browns coach Mangini thinks DC Rob Ryan ‘similar to’ former Ravens DC Rex Ryan

Cleveland Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says Brady Quinn making first AFC North division start at ‘unfriendly’ M&T Bank Stadium

Cleveland Browns Official Site’s Matt Florjancic says FB Lawrence Vickers knows Ravens’ defense must be stopped at ‘point of attack’

Cleveland Browns Official Site’s Matt Florjancic says Jamal Lewis trying to snap Ravens’ 37 game streak of not allowing 100 yard rusher

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Jarret Johnson (shoulder), Fabian Washington (illness), Jared Gaither (illness)

The Sun’s Ken Murray says McGahee ‘new man’ in ‘09

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Demetrius Williams wants to ‘make impact’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Domonique Foxworth has particularly ‘short memory’

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says former Raven Brigance to be honored on 40th birthday next week

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says national media outlets on Ravens ‘bandwagon’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Oher, Chester playing particularly well together

7 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens over Browns

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Kelley Washington brings ‘swagger’ to field

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Justin Bannan (knee) limited in practice

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says James Davis, Jerome Harrison would ‘share the load’ if Jamal Lewis can’t go Sunday in Baltimore

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Brady Quinn thinks Browns can ‘work through’ offensive issues

Akron Beacon Journal’s Stephanie Storm says Tackle John St. Clair knows Browns must go ‘back to drawing board’ to stop pass rush

Canton Repository’s Steve Doerschuk says Mangini continues to let go of Phil Savage’s Draft picks

8 out of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens over Browns

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 1st in power rankings

NFL.com has Ravens 2nd in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 34-17

Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez says Ravens must beat Steelers to contend

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Kelley Washington’s emergence has hurt Demetrius Williams

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps last in ACC in run defense, scoring defense

The Sun’s Jeff Barker waiting for Davin Meggett to ‘break out’

The AP says Tom Savage will be Rutgers’ starter at QB if he’s healthy

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says ACC Championship not out of picture for Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says James Franklin believes Adrian Cannon has ‘disappeared’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Knights trying to avenge 2007 loss to Terps in Piscataway

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens breaks down all plays that could have changed Middle Tennessee State game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Rutgers beat writer Keith Sargeant believes Maryland game ‘most important test’ for Scarlet Knights

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 7 Terps originally from New Jersey

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says missing Jamari McCullough means Terps missing one of ‘smartest’ players

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Schiano still uncertain of Tom Savage’s status

Newark Star-Ledger’s Brendan Prunty says Ralph believes ‘inexperience’ hurting Terps

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Isaiah Ross amongst freshmen who could see expanded roles

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Fridge doesn’t regret going a bit softer on Terps over summer

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps believe MTSU ‘underestimated’

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Rutgers 20-17

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Cameron Chism worth watching

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Tyler Bowen facing up and down battle with health (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps seeing ‘glimpses’ from WR Kevin Dorsey (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Chris Turner has ‘good memories’ of Scarlet Knights (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin says Terps have been much better at Byrd Stadium in recent years

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Examiner Matthew Schlissel
says Tigers haven’t lost to Bears since 2003-a game also at Hughes Stadium

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Midshipmen getting less production from FB position with Teich

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Jon Teague will handle kicking against Western Kentucky

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Teich ‘more comfortable’ at FB position

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Wyatt Middleton pitching in at OLB

Go Mids’ Chris Rohe breaks down individual matchups with Western Kentucky (must subscribe)

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest against Towson

The Official Site offers complete Bears-Tigers release (pdf)

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror could be without WR’s Nick Bender, Matt Cahill

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site announces ’09-’10 schedule, including opener vs. Lonergan, Vermont

BALTIMORE COLTS:

Ravens Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Levinson to premiere Colts Marching Band documentary at M&T Bank Stadium

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Peyton Manning not as great as Unitas

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Broadway Producer favorite for Maryland Million Classic

BOXING:

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mark “TNT” Tucker, Strohl to weigh-in tonight at Carroll County Agricultural Center

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-It was fun doing “fake Orioles radio” this morning. If only we could do real Orioles radio. Check out the Audio Vault at WNST.net.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Brooks at OPACY but no one knew about it

Posted on 18 September 2009 by Drew Forrester

Chalk up tonight’s appearance by Brooks Robinson as yet another odd marketing endeavor by the O’s.

Robinson was in attendance this evening to take part in a ceremony honoring Melvin Mora, who recently surpassed Doug DeCinces for 2nd place on the team’s all-time games played list at third base.

The only problem?  Well, there were two, actually.

No one in town really knew Robinson was showing up tonight.  

80% of the 26,000 people in attendance this evening were Red Sox fans. 

Brooks has sort of been on the outside-looking-in over the last decade or so — in fact, when asked why he doesn’t visit OPACY more often, #5 quipped, “I think the O’s lost my phone number.”  I’m sure that comment he made to the Baltimore media won’t go over well in The Warehouse, but on occasion when Robinson has talked with on WNST he has mentioned that his relationship with the club isn’t all that great.

Yep, even the best third baseman in franchise history gets overlooked.  I don’t feel so bad, now.

I have no idea why the club wouldn’t have promoted Robinson’s appearance tonight.  It falls in line with most of their puzzling marketing decisions, frankly, but Brooks would have made the rounds on the various talk shows throughout the week and called in to promote not only his visit but the game itself.

Alas, no one knew about his participation in the ceremony tonight. 

As for the game, the O’s bats decided to “cease and desist” this evening, putting together a 5-hit effort in a 3-1 loss to the surging Red Sox.

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 17 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

I can’t say this enough. The Chargers are a GOOD team. They will be banged up Sunday, and that will help the Ravens. But everything I’ve heard this week about how they could “barely” get past the Raiders is INSANE. They beat a good defensive team on the road when their backs were against the wall.says Ray Rice still looking for first career TD as Ravens visit Bolts

That’s called a REALLY good team.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark

Thyrl Nelson thinks Flacco pretty good fantasy play vs. Chargers

Tom Clayton thinks Flacco, Matt Ryan becoming ‘top eight’ NFL QB’s

Drew Forrester says Towson/Coastal Carolina tailgate ‘sold out’

ORIOLES:says Wieters hit walkoff homer to lift Birds past Rays

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Reimold sat again with Achilles injury

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Hendrickson takes ball tonight vs. Wade Davis, Rays at Camden Yards

Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says Russ Springer surrendered Wieters’ bomb, saddled with loss

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Wieters also threw out Carl Crawford twice trying to steal

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Brooks Robinson to help honor Melvin Mora Friday night

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Hendrickson wants to be back in Baltimore in 2010

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck not concerned about slow development of power from Wieters

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Roberts, Markakis locked in team MVP debate (is that really considered a reward with this lot?)says Chris Tillman got no decision despite solid start

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land

The AP says Jim Johnson blew save, ended up picking up win

St. Petersburg Times’ Marc Topkin says Rays fell back to .500 after loss at Camden Yards Wednesday night

Tampa Tribune’s Marc Lancaster says Zobrist, Zaun homered for Rays in win

USA Today has Birds 27th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:says Keys’ Brandon Waring, Zach Britton, Caleb Joseph honored before Wednesday’s game at OPACY

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg

RAVENS:says Flacco’s ‘emergence’ was on display in win over Chiefs

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says LB Tavares Gooden returned to practice Wednesday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Derrick Mason won’t back down from ESPN’s Keyshawn Johnson

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison offers photographic evidence of Suggs trying out for ‘Dancing With The Stars’ during team photo

The Official Site says Norv Turner reports Tomlinson, Hardwick, Vasquez all ‘day-to-day’

Chargers Official Site’s Casey Pearce says team added former Jags, Seahawks center Dennis Norman

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ray Lewis thinks Ravens need to keep Chargers LB Merriman ‘calm’

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Suggs missed practice, Ed Reed limited; each with concussions

4 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens to beat Chargers

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. cleans up after me

The Sun’s Hanah Cho says Ravens deleted Twitter post regarding AirTran partnership

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley say Harbaugh believes Ravens best on road when they bring ‘really good team’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says free agent WR Baskett chose Colts over Ravens, etc.

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says LJ Smith ‘limited’ in practice with hamstring injury

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Chris McAlister telling people he will be signing with Raiders

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens using speakers on practice field to simulate crowd noise

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Tavares Gooden ‘not sure’ he’ll be ready for Sunday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Mason thinks Keyshawn could have been considered ‘bum’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Matt Birk thinks researchers will likely be ‘disappointed’ by size of Harvard alum’s brain

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens know they face tough task stopping Tomlinson, Sproles

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Matt Birk thinks donating brain ‘not that big of a deal’

San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee says Chargers signed veteran center Dennis Norman with Hardwick’s status uncertain

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 4th in power rankings

USA Today’s Jim Corbett says Cam Cameron believes Flacco, Heap developing ‘trust’ in each other

5 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Chargers to top Ravens

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer picks Ravens 27-24

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 20-16

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens can use ‘all good players’ for trip to San Diego

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Mason-Keyshawn battle ‘could be getting too personal’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:says Raiders WR Delle Donne will have plenty of supporters in College Park as mother is from Annapolis

Middle Tennessee State Official Site’s Sarah Fryar

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Maryland officials ‘still trying to lease’ Tyser Tower suites

The Sun’s Jeff Barker picks Terps by 10

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph doesn’t enjoy memories of last year’s trip to Middle Tennessee

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps trying to get ‘consistency’ from young linemen Bennett Fulper, Andrew Gonnella, Justin Lewis, Lamar Young

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Fridge not committing to Tony Logan, Kenny Tate, or Anthony Wiseman as punt returner

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says DE Jared Harrell says ‘protecting Byrd Stadium’ important for Terps

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Middle Tennessee will use even more receivers than James Madison did

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Dwight Dasher accounts for ’80 percent’ of MTSU offense

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Nolan Carroll to remain captain for Terps this season

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps may take Nolan Carroll’s jersey on road with them to keep on sidelines

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph thinks Terps have ‘no choice’ but to play Eric Franklin

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says lacrosse player Yeatman eyeing move to football next season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says despite last year’s loss, Terps maintain 2-1 series lead all-time vs. Blue Raiders

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says MTSU fan Dan Farrer not bringing “Hillbilly Hilton” to College Park

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph not fan of 2-for-1 contracts that lead to trips like last year’s to Murfreesboro

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says MTSU beat writer Adam Sparks reports new OC Tony Franklin using ‘hurry-up, no-huddle, shotgun’ offense

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens lists last Terp to wear every number (he admits his mind doesn’t work the same way as everyone else, so I don’t feel bad saying the same thing. But that’s also why I love him.)picks Terps 17-14

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Terps will be on ‘upset watch’ again

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles freshman safety Eric Franklin (must subscribe)says Ralph hopes young O-Line can ‘put it all together’ against Blue Raiders (must subscribe)says Don Brown’s defense looking for more turnovers

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman

Turtle Sports Report’s Carlos Olazagasti updates season for Maryland opponents

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:says prospect Whitney Bays happy with visit to Maryland (must subscribe)says Midshipmen celebrating 50th anniversary of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Saturday

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site’s Jack Clary

Pitt Official Site says QB Bill Stull impressed by Panthers’ O-Line play this season

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says ‘mobility’ helps OT’s Matt Malloy, Jeff Battipaglia

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Louisiana Tech used similar defense as Ohio State against Mids

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids 22nd in country in rushing (they’re usually 1st) because passing improved

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Paul Zeise says Panthers DC Phil Bennett not sleeping as he prepares for Navy offense

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s John Grupp says ILB Adam Gunn knows Mids QB Rocky Dobbs ‘passing threat’

Go Mids’ Chris Rohe breaks down individual Mids/Panthers matchups (must subscribe)previews Saturday night’s game at Unitas Stadium

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Coastal Carolina Official Site

Coastal Carolina Official Site offers complete Tigers-Cleers release (pdf)says Tigers need to ‘fight’ against Chanticleers Saturday night

Examiner Matthew Schlissel

MORGAN FOOTBALL:previews Bears’ trip to Giants Stadium Saturday to play Winston-Salem State in Whitney Young Classic

The Official Site

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:previews Friday night’s home opener vs. Gettysburg

The Official Site

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:says injured Terror seniors Matt Cahill, Austin Herr, TJ Develin all expected to play Saturday

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land

HORSE RACING:says Regal Ransom to make first start since Kentucky Derby in Super Derby at Louisiana Downs

Daily Racing Form’s Mary Rampellini

SWIMMING:says Bob Bowman helped Shaq become better swimmer in brief time coaching

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley

SwimNetwork.com’s Casey Barrett says Phelps’ appearance on ABC part of keeping swimming in ‘primetime’

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-I can’t believe I’m even discussing this, but I’ll throw my vote towards Nick Markakis as far as Orioles MVP goes. Like it matters.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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