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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 16 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

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

Insane.

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

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

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

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

Nestor Aparicio offers photographic evidence of how empty Camden Yards

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

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

Brian Billick to speak with John Harbaugh on FoxSports.com

ORIOLES:

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

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

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

RAVENS:

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

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

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

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

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

The Official Site says Flacco, Oher up for weekly awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NFL.com has Ravens 6th in power rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge frustrated with penalties

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

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

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

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

NAVY FOOTBALL:

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

Pitt Official Site previews Saturday’s showdown at Heinz Field

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go Mids updates seasons for Mids’ opponents

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

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

UMES BASKETBALL:

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

HORSE RACING:

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

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

SWIMMING:

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

GOLF:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 15 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

To everyone who says “the Chargers didn’t look that good last night, I think the Ravens are gonna roll them” after watching the Raiders scare the living daylight out of the Bolts; please think again.

The Chargers are a good football team. In fact, they’re a VERY good football team. They will continue to get better week in and week out; even with Norv Turner as their coach. They will likely figure out a way to get LaDainian Tomlinson more involved in the offense.

And the Ravens are traveling across the country. Good teams RARELY lose at home against teams that travel across the country. The Ravens will be in for an absolute DOGFIGHT Sunday and face a VERY uphill climb.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark thought Heap best Raven in Week 1, Drew Forrester chose Flacco

Glenn Clark says Enberg and Fouts will have Ravens/Chargers call on CBS

Luke Jones says Ravens got ground game going when ‘needed’ against Chiefs

Nestor Aparicio has details on events in San Diego this weekend for Ravens fans

Bob Haynie says Cam Cameron will have offense prepared ‘accordingly’ for each opponent

Drew Forrester has feeling Terps might fall to Middle Tennessee

Rex Snider thinks M&T Bank Stadium needs to try new approach to Star Spangled Banner (I don’t know what’s funnier here-someone complaining about a VERY GOOD singer singing the national anthem, or the fact that I’ve heard other dummies say the same thing.)

Chris Pika says Heap ‘back in a big way’ in win over KC

Glenn Clark says Maryland Cornhole Cup amongst highlights of non-baseball week

Eric Aaronson says staying healthy big for Ravens in Week 1 win

Drew Forrester holding event at Mount Pleasant to raise money for “First Tee” program

Eric Aaronson enjoyed hanging out with everyone in Dundalk for WNST Neighborhood Tour

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez ‘knocked out early’ for 5th time in last 9 starts as Birds fell to Rays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss to Rays

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jason Berken takes mound tonight at Camden Yards against Jeff Niemann

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds shut down rookie Matusz for season

Tampa Bay Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says Brignac hit first career homer for Rays in win over O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Kranitz thinks Hernandez ‘not making good pitches’

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Trembley thinks shutting Matusz down ‘right thing to do’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley reported ‘September fatigue’ NOT reason for David Hernandez’s problems

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Matusz will be eligible to win Rookie of the Year next season

Examiner Jay Trucker says having Matusz shut down means one less reason for fans to watch Orioles

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says 10,000 fans at OPACY saw Birds fall to Rays

The AP says Mora, Wieters, Scott had RBI singles in loss

St. Petersburg Times’ Marc Topkin says David Price winner as Rays topped Birds

Tampa Tribune’s Marc Lancaster says BJ Upton added homer for Rays in win

SI’s Ted Keith names Brian Roberts amongst most ‘underrated’ players

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 27th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 27th in power rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh reported Gooden has ‘mild’ knee sprain

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Matt Birk to donate brain for research following death

The Official Site says Harbaugh reported Zbikowski ‘should be fine…..just a matter of his head clearing up’ after concussion

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh thought issues on blocked punt ‘very identifiable and very easily corrected’

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison looking forward to seeing what Ravens rushing attack can do against Browns in 2 weeks

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says defense still ‘dominating and effective’ without Rex Ryan, Bart Scott, Jim Leonhard

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Flacco’s TD pass to McGahee biggest ‘highlight’ of win over Chiefs

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says only Arizona Cardinals threw football more than Ravens amongst NFL teams Sunday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McGahee views Running Backs as “Fantastic Three”

The Sun’s Mike Preston enjoyed Ravens’ passing attack, but knows offense needs to start on ground

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Seahawks’ Tatupu, Cardinals’ Morey also donating brains

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jameel McClain likely would start if Tavares Gooden can’t go Sunday in San Diego

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens ‘solid’ in win over Kansas City

The Sun says NFL Network to re-air Ravens-Chiefs tonight

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Todd Heap thought offensive outburst ‘fun’ in win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens ‘targeting’ Sunday against Chargers as return for TE LJ Smith

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Todd Heap, Mark Clayton ‘answered questions’ in win over Kansas City

The AP says Birk, Tatupu, Morey donating brains to Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Gooden’s career ‘injury plagued’ thus far

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Hauschka resembles Entourage star Kevin Connolly

ESPN.com’s James Walker expects Rosburg, Harbaugh ‘to make special teams an even bigger point of emphasis’ this week

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Flacco and Matt Ryan showed they won’t ‘unravel’ in 2nd NFL season

NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi says Ravens now have ‘complete offense’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with Middle Tennessee State

The Official Site offers complete Terrapins/Blue Raiders release (pdf)

The Sun says Rutgers game to kick off at 3:30, air on ESPN360

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire has Terps 10th in power rankings

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says LB Wujciak thinks loss of Nolan Carroll will ‘hurt’ Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says MTSU RB Phillip Tanner to miss Saturday’s game

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says James Franklin had Chris Turner throw so many WR screens to get ‘free access’ to outside of defense

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Turner’s pass to Ronnie Tyler on 4th down big for Terps in win over JMU

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Blue Raiders expected to play D.D. Kyles at RB

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps got just 4th win in Friedgen era when giving up 200+ yards rushing

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Fulper 15th true freshman to play in Friedgen era

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Scarlet Knights game will be 3rd straight game on ESPN360

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says reserve QB Brent Burnette also OUT for Raiders

Sporting News’ Matt Hayes has Terps 10th in ACC power rankings

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says kicker Nick Ferrara carries himself like ‘seasoned veteran’ despite having played just 2 college football games (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Da’Rel Scott played Saturday against James Madison battling strep throat bug (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says James Johnson committed to Virginia despite having offer from Terps

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Pittsburgh

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen/Pitt release

The Official Site says Mids-Panthers to air on ESPN360

Pitt Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with Navy at Heinz Field

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says former Navy OL Antron Harper ‘humbled’ by being named amongst best players of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium history

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dobbs much different QB than player Pitt saw last year

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Paul Zeise says Wannstedt knows Panthers defense can’t struggle like they did in giving up 500+ yards to Buffalo last week

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s John Grupp says safety Elijah Fields will have ‘increased role’ starting with Navy Saturday

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Pitt coach Wannstedt ‘concerned’ about Dobbs’ arm (must subscribe)

Go Mids’ Matt Zemek says Niumatalolo’s team showed ability to bounce back with win over Louisiana Tech following loss to Ohio State

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s opener against Coastal Carolina

USA Today’s Robert Klemko says deaf LB Bonheyo playing with ‘chip on his shoulder’

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Gulls punter Andrew Geisert honored by ACFC

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team signs former Terp Henry Scott

SWIMMING:

Loyola Official Site says Michael Phelps’ episode of “Shaq vs.” airs tonight on ABC-taped in Loyola pool

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ former Colt Mutscheller

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Brian Matusz might be eligible to win the Rookie of the Year award again next season; but I will guess he doesn’t. Matusz might have a stellar season, but unless the Orioles go out and get some pop in the lineup he will struggle to put up 12-14 wins.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 14 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

My overall grade for the Ravens yesterday was a C+. They were really good at times. REALLY good in fact. But they let their guard down way too often. That can’t happen against the best teams in the AFC. It was a decent performance for a Week 1 game, but not brilliant.

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ravens learned ‘every play-in every game-against every team-matters’ due to big plays in win over KC

Glenn Clark says Flacco set career highs in passing attempts, yards, and TD’s in win

Drew Forrester thought Chris Chester had ‘unheralded’ performance in win

Glenn Clark says Terps, ACC teams got ‘lucky’ over weekend

Ed Frankovic says Caps’ Fleischmann out until October with blood clot

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens put up team record 501 total yards of offense in 38-24 win over Chiefs

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Todd Heap made 5 catches for 74 yards and a TD in win

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Rice went over 100 yards rushing in win

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Larry Johnson fell well short of 100 yards in loss to Ravens

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Hauschka hit from 44, missed from 41 in win

The Official Site says Harbaugh thought Ravens ‘didn’t take advantage of’ opportunities in win

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site’s Luke Shanno says Derrick Johnson got Chiefs going in 2nd half with INT, 70 yard return

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site’s Pete Moris says Jon McGraw got Chiefs on board with blocked punt recovered in endzone

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Mark Clayton caught 31 yard ‘decisive’ TD

The Sun’s Childs Walker says 71,099 fans took in Ravens’ win at M&T Bank Stadium

The Sun’s Mike Preston gives highest praise to O-Line, RB’s, WR’s in win

The Sun’s Ken Murray says ST Coordinator Rosburg thinks Ravens have ‘lot to work on’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jarret Johnson had 2 sacks, bad personal foul

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Greg Mattison ‘might want to blitz more’ in future

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Cam Cameron may have been throwing Chiefs ‘curve’ with passing attack

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens running backs ‘embarrassed’ veteran Chiefs LB Vrabel

The Sun’s Mike Preston thought Chiefs WR Mark Bradley looked like a ‘wimp’ in loss

The Sun’s Mike Preston wants to see success from WR’s against Chargers, Steelers, etc. before he proclaims them ‘weapons’

The Sun’s Mike Preston thought Ravens won ‘ugly’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ed Reed thought win ‘shouldn’t have been (that) hard’

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Le’Ron McClain added TD for Ravens in win

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says long snapper Katula thought he was ‘shaky’ in Ravens’ win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Kelly Gregg, Ray Lewis tied for team lead in tackles in win

The AP says McGahee finished off win with late TD

Kansas City Star’s Adam Teicher says Brodie Croyle threw for 2 TD’s in loss

Kansas City Star’s Jason Whitlock saw impact of Al Saunders on Ravens’ offense

Kansas City Star’s Adam Teicher and Kent Babb say (would-be Raven) Succop drilled 53 yard FG for Chiefs in loss

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Flacco ‘unlikely gunslinger’ in win

USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt says new Linemen Oher, Matt Birk contributed in Ravens’ win

SI’s Don Banks says Flacco found 7 different receivers in win

SI’s Peter King has Ravens 11th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge thinks Ravens 5th best team in NFL

CBS Sports’ Mike Freeman says Derrick Mason, receivers inspired by derogatory comments made by ESPN’s Keyshawn Johnson and Cris Carter

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Flacco ‘looked more mobile than ever’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco ‘ready to carry’ Ravens offensively

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Haley held Cassel out of Chiefs’ loss to Ravens

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie stayed competitive through struggles, pen couldn’t keep Birds in loss to Yanks

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez takes on David Price, Rays tonight at Camden Yards

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says MacPhail reports decision on Matusz likely to come today

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds weighing value of Moeller for future

Yankees Official Site’s Anthony DiComo says Hideki Matsui hit late 3 run homer to put O’s away

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Chris Waters, Bob McCrory struggled out of pen for Birds in loss

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Melvin Mora was a late scratch (sore right elbow)

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jeremy Guthrie allowed 15 baserunners in 5 2/3 innings

The AP says Trembley thinks Pie might be able to take swings today

New York Post’s George A. King III says A-Rod, Girardi ejected from win over Birds

New York Times’ Ben Shpigel says Sabathia picked up AL-leading 17th win

New York Daily News’ Anthony McCarron says Melky Cabrera tallied 4 RBI for Bombers in win

Newsday’s Erik Boland says Alex Rodriguez thought Marty Foster ‘unprofessional’ with ejection in Yanks’ win

Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Yanks ‘survived’ boneheaded play by Johnny Damon in win

Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera says Yanks prevented Orioles’ first sweep in Bronx since ‘86

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Cameron Chism expected to help replace injured Nolan Carroll

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Trenton Hughes also amongst players who will have to step up in Carroll’s absence

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Nolan Carroll had surgery to insert screw, stabilize bone in broken leg

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Terps must ‘improve quickly’ before Saturday’s game against Middle Tennessee State

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Friedgen ‘able to joke about’ close win over JMU

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Ralph thinks Jamari McCullough, Bruce Campbell probably won’t be ready for MTSU

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says teammate Derek Drummond caused Carroll’s injury

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps, Duke, BC, Wake most likely candidates to play in EagleBank Bowl

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 14 play TD drive against Dukes amongst longest of season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph also thinks Richard Taylor can help in Nolan Carroll’s absence

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph impressed with Nick Ferrara

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thought Tyler Bowen ‘solid’ for Terps at RT

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps likely to burn CB Dexter McDougle’s redshirt with Nolan Carroll out for season (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Danny Miller gives Terps ‘C’ for ‘overall’ performance in win over James Madison

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids says Marcus Curry, Tyler Simmons, Kyle Delahooke, Jabaree Tuani best Mids in win over Louisiana Tech

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Losing Nolan Carroll will be a significant detriment for the Terps. If they are going to continue to pursue in the backfield, they cannot allow themselves to become vulnerable to teams who want to throw over the top. They don’t face a TON of teams with big play throwing capability, but not having Carroll against those teams will hurt them.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Orioles Baseball 2009: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Posted on 02 September 2009 by Erich Hawbaker

My name is Erich Hawbaker from Mercersburg, PA. This will be my first official blog for WNST, and I’d like to take the opportunity first to thank Nestor and everyone else for inviting me to contribute. I will do my best to comment regularly as the unofficial representative of us O’s fans here on the other side of the Mason-Dixon Line.

Now to business. As the sun sets on Birds’ twelfth straight year of striving for mediocrity, and nobody save us diehards are even paying attention anymore with football season on the horizon, I bring you the good, the bad, and the ugly of Orioles baseball 2009.

 

THE GOOD

            -Cesar Izturis has been, without question, the best offseason acquisition we’ve had. He has an excellent glove, a decent bat, and has been a terrific fill for the biggest hole in last year’s lineup. Sorry Brandon Fahey.

            -Adam Jones has gotten much more comfortable at the plate. He’s striking out way less, taking walks every now and then, and hitting for power like we hoped he would. Anybody out there still mad about trading Erik Bedard?

            -Brian Roberts got his contract extension and continues to do what he does best. He’ll hit fifty doubles again this year, is still stealing bases with the best of them, and playing a great second base. Glad the Cubs didn’t get their hands on you.

            -Nick Markakis is still shining in the field and at bat, throwing guys out at the plate from right field and getting on base more and more. Such a shame his on-base streak ended last week. Kevin Millar’s record is still safe for now.   

            -Nolan Reimold pretty much appeared out of thin air to make a serious run at being AL rookie of the year, and, along with Markakis and Jones, gives us one of the best young outfields in baseball. Seriously, his name was not one that you ever heard on the Down On The Farm Reports, but he’s been a welcome addition.

            -Brad Bergesen could be our new ace. In his first starts in the major leagues, he went up against some of the most dangerous lineups in baseball and sat them down like he’d been doing it for years. Sit on this egg until we hatch him.

            -The highly-anticipated debut of Matt Wieters has come and gone. And while the kid has started slow, there’s no doubt he’ll pick it up soon enough. You can’t bat .350 in AAA and not be the real deal. Look for him to be a breakout sophomore like Jones was.  

            -I liked George Sherrill, but I’m really not sorry he’s gone. I much prefer a closer who doesn’t flirt with disaster as often as he did. And Mickolio looks like a fine candidate for that job in the future.

-In a welcome change from the trend, the Orioles fared much better in interleague play this year, highlighted by their sweep of the defending champion Phillies. Interleague play has been a bane of the club since it was instituted, and it was nice to see them not get killed by the NL like they usually do.

 

 

THE BAD       

            -Luke Scott hits the way Daniel Cabrera used to pitch. When he’s hot, the other team absolutely cannot get him out. But when he’s cold, you need a sweater. Hopefully moving him to first base will get him in the lineup every day and maybe make him more consistent.

            -Koji Uehara appeared to be pitching well until he went on the DL. Whether he’ll be starter or a long reliever in the future remains to be seen, but he looks like a good fit for the organization.

            Jeremy Guthrie, despite all the homeruns he gives up, is still better than his numbers reflect. This man has to be the unluckiest pitcher in baseball. I’ve never seen anybody who can usually pitch decently but have his teammates all forget how to hit every single time he starts.

            The trades of Oscar Salazar and Greg Zaun really didn’t make sense. Although Cla Meredith is a serviceable reliever, which we desperately need, losing Salazar with one corner infielder already gone and the other one departing at the end of the year was unfortunate.  I’ve always been a big fan of multi-dimensional players, and Oscar played well no matter where he was. Similarly, Greg Zaun was batting about .400 since Matt Wieters came up. While he definitely wasn’t cutting it at the plate as an everyday catcher, he really seemed to come into his own as the backup. They’ll both be missed.

 

THE UGLY

            -Rich Hill. Need I say more?

            -Melvin Mora’s airing of his dissatisfaction is a very sour note for him to end his career on. He’s been here for quite some time and has given us some good years, but lately he just hasn’t been producing offensively, and the logical result of that is his spending more time on the bench. I wish him well.

            -I don’t know if they have them down closer to the city or not, but up here on the radio the Orioles have been running an ad campaign during games which boasts that they have the “lowest ticket prices of any major league sports franchise”. That’s certainly nice, but I know I’d rather pay a little more for a ticket and not have my team sit in last place year after year. Wouldn’t you, Brady Anderson?   

-Although it’s old news now, the Mark Teixiera saga was a black eye to O’s fans everywhere, both from him and from ownership. We live in a capitalist society, and I can’t fault him for taking the highest bid, but his comments about really wanting to be a Yankee all along were a pretty low blow, and he deserves every boo he gets in Baltimore. At the same time, during the negotiations, Angelos really tipped his hand. If we were prepared to give Teixeira $140 million and he didn’t take it, that means that we still have $140 million to spend, right? Why hasn’t any of that money been used to sign some starting pitchers we can rely on? Or another power bat like Adam Dunn? Couldn’t we have at least afforded not to give Jeremy Guthrie a pay cut?   

            -The obnoxious invaders from New York and Boston are still occupying our stadium every time their (dis)respective teams are in town. I know there’s not much we can do to stop this (other than simply fielding a winning team so our fans will actually want to come see them again), but can’t we at least stop the practice of selling the opposing team’s merchandise in our stadium stores? I’ve been to MLB games in almost half of the cities in this country, and I’ve never seen that done anywhere else. Some more revenue that’s being completely invested in improving the Orioles I guess… 

            -And to add insult to injury, we couldn’t even beat the Yankees or Red Sox at home this year. The home record against them hasn’t been much better than the road record has been anywhere else. I could deal with the aggressors from the north if our team could at least send them home disappointed on a regular basis. 

           

 

            To conclude, some of the pieces are finally falling into place after a decade of wandering in the wilderness. But make no mistake, we’re not there yet. I guess I’m an eternal optimist, because I do have faith in Andy MacPhail. But I’m also a realist, and I’m still waiting for the day that there’s a falling out somewhere upstairs and Andy goes the way of Pat Gillick and Davey Johnson. But all we can really do is wait and pray and look forward to the day when we have a new owner. When that happens, I’m throwing a party, and if you’re reading this, you’re invited.

I love comments! Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you next time (hopefully with something more specific).

 

~Erich

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 01 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

You know you’re an Orioles fan if…..

….An opposing pitcher is throwing a perfect game, and you’re completely unmoved

….You’ve braved hostile crowds, name calling, battery throwing, and obscenity chanting from opposing fans……..to enjoy a game at Camden Yards

….You used to enjoy a drink while watching a game, but now the drinks have become a necessity to stomach the game

….At least 15 times a year there’s someone in your team’s starting lineup that you can honestly admit you’ve never heard of

….Your child’s Little League team regularly makes more significant offseason additions than your favorite Major League baseball team

….you’ve looked at the TV, the other had more than 225 runs, and you thought “Yeah, that’s about right.”

….Every Spring Training, “if” becomes your new favorite word (CB in Northeast)

….Your car’s MPG is lower than your favorite pitcher’s ERA (Christopher Edwards)

….You’ve ever paid money to go to a Major League Baseball game and your Designated Hitter bunted (John in Towson)

….“Cash for Clunkers” represents your team’s offseason free agent acquisitions (Tim in Overlea)

….Your favorite team’s colors are black, orange, and shame (Alex Thomas)

….When you hear that “no lead is safe”, you understand that TRULY, no lead is safe (Erienne)

….You miss Aubrey Huff (texter “5750”)

….You still respect Rick Dempsey (Mark in Nottingham)

….when “Orioles Magic” is still something that happens….but only to your wallet (Brandon in Abingdon)

….a 4th place finish sounds fantastic (Ken Phillips)

….you’re not sure if you should be proud or embarrassed when your favorite team adds “Baltimore” to the front of their away uniforms (Intern Jack)

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ravens CB Foxworth looking forward to seeing ‘old friends’ Thursday night in Atlanta

Drew Forrester says Trembley thought Birds ‘never gave up’ in loss

Drew Forrester offers comical take on Orioles improving

Rex Snider says NBC’s Dateline profiled McNair murder last night

Glenn Clark would like an Ed Reed jersey (from the WNST.net store) for his birthday

Bob Haynie took responsibility for jinxing Pettitte last night

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis broke up Pettitte’s no-hitter in 7th, but Yankees still topped Birds

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez takes hill tonight vs. AJ Burnett, Yanks

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara could return before season ends

Yankees Official Site’s Bryan Hoch says Hairston error in 7th ended Pettitte’s bid for perfect game

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 25,000 fans at Camden Yards saw Bombers top O’s (I won’t even bother to remind you that most of them were New York fans. Oh wait…..)

The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec say Tillman, Matusz will make 2-3 more starts before being shut down for season

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Orioles expected to call up Sarfate, Fiorentino, Albers, Castillo today

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds should be ‘encouraged’ by “Guts”’ performance

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Jeremy Guthrie fell to 9-13 after loss to Yanks last night

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Roberts not sure how Birds finish really that important

The AP says Melvin Mora homered to break up shutout

New York Post’s George A. King III says Mariano Rivera pitched 9th for 37th save

New York Times’ Tyler Kepner says Nick Swisher homered for Yanks in win

New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says skipper Girardi thought Pettitte pitched ‘great game’ despite losing no hitter

Newsday’s Erik Boland says Cano added 2 run double in win

Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Pettitte picked up 16th career win at OPACY, 26th career win over Birds

Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera says A-Rod sat out Yankees’ win Monday night

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Oullette, Deza took losses as Reading swept Bowie in doubleheader

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Bordes winner as Shorebirds topped Lake County

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Kantakevich winner as Ironbirds topped Tri-City

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Mechaw winner as Orioles topped Burlington

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Shorebirds’ Ronnie Welty, Joe Mahoney hit back to back homers in win over Captains

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Shorebirds’ Welty honored by South Atlantic League

Laurel Leader’s David Driver says new Keys pitcher Brett Jacobson has found adjustment from Tigers organization ‘difficult’

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Keys’ Caleb Joseph out of ‘nightmare’ 0-28 slump

Washington Times’ Jay LeBlanc says Arrieta, Britton, Erbe organization’s top prospects

Virginian-Pilot says Tides, Charlotte rained out last night; to play doubleheader today

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Rolle will spend first 6 weeks of season on PUP list

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis practiced after elbow scare in Carolina; LB Ellerbe, DT Gregg, OL Chester, OT Rodgers all returned to practice

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says despite miss vs. Panthers, Harbaugh still gives Hauschka ‘edge’ in kicking competition

Falcons Official Site’s John Manasso says RB Jerious Norwood ‘most likely’ won’t play Thursday, S William Moore definitely won’t

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Brendon Ayanbadejo excels not only on football field, but also in other areas of life

The Sun’s Edward Lee and Jamison Hensley say Suggs returned to practice Monday

The Sun’s Mike Preston says organization hoping Heap can return to previous form

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelly Gregg returned to practice yesterday, ‘intends’ to play vs. Falcons

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Chris Carr, Oniel Cousins also did not practice

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh not particularly hopeful about Mark Clayton playing Thursday night

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Rolle told Ozzie Newsome he intended to play this season

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says QB Drew Willy, WR’s Bradon Godfrey, Biren Ealy Ravens’ first cuts

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Billick’s book not about Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Heap again looking like ‘playmaker’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson reports Harbaugh said Rolle won’t play if playing presents ‘any risk at all’

The AP says teammate, friend Derrick Mason thinks ‘Samari just wants to play’

Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Orlando Ledbetter says Falcons coach Mike Smith confirms reserves will play majority of Ravens game

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs could use work Thursday night

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s open in Berkeley

The Official Site offers complete Terrapins/Golden Bears release (pdf)

Cal Official Site previews Saturday’s opener vs. Maryland

Cal Official Site offers complete Bears/Terps release (pdf)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph thinks ‘ignorance is bliss’ when it comes to young players

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says young O-Linemen Gonnella, Pinegar have each played before

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Maryland commit Devin Burns opened ’09 season with big game

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Adrian Cannon became different player after making big TD catch in Humanitarian Bowl

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says O-Line, TE, Kicker likely Terps’ ‘biggest concerns’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Don Brown’s defense made more than 50 picks in camp

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph holds responsibility of program ‘CEO’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Phil Costa, Chris Turner, Nolan Carroll, Adrian Moten ‘sworn in’ as team captains

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps may wait until gametime to pick kicker between Mike Barbour, Nick Ferrara

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says players happy to be big underdogs against Pac 10 foe

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terrell Skinner knows Adrian Cannon ‘great player’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps won only previous meeting with Cal (last year)

San Francisco Chronicle’s Ron Kroichick says Cal returns 8 starters from ’08 team

Oakland Tribune’s Jonathan Okanes says RB Jahvid Best beginning Heisman Trophy campaign Saturday night

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says O-Line ‘most unsettled’ position for Terps

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Bishop McNamara WR prospect Brandon Coleman has other schools higher on list than Maryland (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says DL Ivey drawing comparisons to former Terp Randy Starks (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Isaiah Miles and John Crowder amongst Baltimore recruits Terps pursuing (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASEBALL:

Washington Times’ Ben Goessling says former Terp Justin Maxwell may be getting last shot with Nationals

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s opener at Ohio State

The Official Site offers complete Buckeyes/Midshipmen release (pdf)

Ohio State Official Site previews Saturday’s opener vs. Navy

Ohio State Official Site offers complete Bucks/Mids release

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ohio State, Wake Forest, Pitt, Notre Dame make Mids’ schedule ‘most challenging’ Niumatalolo has seen

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says kickers Jon Teague, Joe Buckley will both travel to Columbus with Mids

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says center DeMell to make college debut Saturday at Ohio Stadium

Columbus Dispatch’s Rob Oller says Navy seniors dealing with futures beyond football this week

Scout.com names Pospisil, Tuani, Middleton, Blake Carter to all-service academy defensive team

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s opener at Northwestern

The Official Site offers complete Tigers/Wildcats release (pdf)

Northwestern Official Site previews Saturday’s opener vs. Tigers

Northwestern Official Site offers complete Wildcats/Tigers release (pdf)

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site offers complete preview of 2009 Blue Jays

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Borel to mount Derby winner Mine That Bird again in Goodwood Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Classic

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Belmont, Travers winner Summer Bird in good position to win 3 year old Championship

Daily Racing Form’s Mike Welsch says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra put in final breeze at Saratoga before Saturday’s Woodward Stakes

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says trainer Woolley likes Borel because rider ‘knows’ Kentucky Derby winner

Thoroughbred Times’ Phil Janack says trainer Steve Asmussen says Rachel Alexandra ‘happy, loose’ in workout

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Brian Rowland, Val Teixeira, Paul Robson Palace players most honored by USL-2 this season

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ former Colt Bob Vogel

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Gotta get to Owings Mills today. Add your own analysis.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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The Foundation Of A Baltimore Sports Fan …. Part II

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The Foundation Of A Baltimore Sports Fan …. Part II

Posted on 21 August 2009 by Rex Snider

A couple days ago, I laid the groundwork for my documented definition of “how a Baltimore sports fan is created.” The first part of the blog really emphasized on the relationship between myself and my 11 year old nephew.

Part I of this two-part blog also covered our experience with the Baltimore Ravens, at their training camp, in Westminster. It regarded my nephew, Robert’s, involvement in the experience and his resulting joy.

This second part will be devoted to the remainder of this past Monday’s events, which centered around a trip to Oriole Park at Camden Yards. It was a great afternoon/evening for baseball, albeit, as already indicated – HOT.

Whenever I seize an opportunity to attend on Orioles game, as a WNST media member, I find my way down to the ballpark by around 3pm. And, each time, I’ve noticed a small, informal gathering of fans interacting with ballplayers, who park their vehicles and enter, through a ramp leading underground.

I’ve always appreciated this view – the ballplayers have SEVERAL hours before game time and the crush of fans is usually limited to an amount that can be counted on two hands, at most. The interaction has always looked sincere and “non- flamboyant” – if that makes sense.

So, on this day, I decided to provide Robert the opportunity I’ve seen unfolding so many times. At around 3pm, we arrived at the ballpark and found our way to the above described area. My initial reaction was the friendly demeanor of the security officers. They were dressed in Orioles staff attire, and they were as friendly as anyone could ever ask.

They spoke with Robert and offered encouraging words regarding the imminent contact with Orioles and Angels players. It was an exciting time. Moments later, Melvin Mora arrived. He left his vehicle and took time to interact with Robert and two other children standing by the entrance.

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That’s right, a total of 3 kids were there.

Melvin was gracious and accommodating of the kids’ questions and requests.

Just a few minutes after Melvin’s departure, Nick Markakis rolled in. He looked comfortable – gym shorts, t-shirt, ballcap worn backwards. He looked like a regular guy. He talked and laughed with the staff and security personnel for a few minutes, as he unloaded his vehicle.

He tossed a few bags, as well as HIS OWN CARCASS on a golf cart and zoomed past the kids, as they all yelled to him. Did he know they were there? Well, he purposely turned his head away, just as the cart passed all 3 children. Now, that’s class.

I wasn’t sure of what I just observed. Does Brad Pitt play for the Orioles? Maybe, I didn’t hear the news. Wait a minute, perhaps, it was Kenny Chesney, ballcap and all, headed inside for some celebrity batting practice.

Nope – it was Nick Markakis – and he blew off a small handful of people.

Nick Markakis (Not Actual Shot From Our Incident)

I wish there was a photo of this incident, but the golfcart was moving as if it was on the concrete banking, at Dover International Speedway. And, I was trying not to swallow my tongue, at the resulting shock of Markakis’ diss.

That’s okay, things would get better ….. we hoped.

A few minutes later, Hall of Famer, Jim Palmer, arrived while piloting a sweet Mercedes ride. He looked good – in a very George Hamilton kinda way. It’s pretty amazing to hear kids holler “Jim” to a guy who stopped pitching at least 15 years before they were born.

I found this to be very impressive. Who says our generations don’t LOVE Orioles baseball?

For the kids’ sake, I was buoyed to see “Cakes” not jumping aboard a golf cart. YES !!!! He’ll walk by the kids and they’ll have a nice moment. WRONG. Jim decided to slip out the back door – literally. He made way across the private parking lot and departed through a private gate, so as to avoid the 3 kids.

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Hey, 3 kids is a lot of work – just ask any mother. But, is it too tough for a ballplayer OR retired ballplayer?

The final opportunity came at the hands of Los Angeles Angels pitcher, Joe Saunders. As Robert offered up his pad and a Sharpie, Saunders looked at him and said, “I’m not signing that,” and kept walking.

I’m not surprised. I mean, after all, it was the GREAT JOE SAUNDERS. Isn’t he dating …… – who cares who he’s dating !!!! He’s Joe Saunders !!!!

Well, that was the extent of interaction between ballplayers and the crush of fans.

As we departed, I took the lackluster experience in stride. I wasn’t pissed off or feeling rejected – that’s the impression which usually surfaces from dudes who use their kids as vicarious pawns exercising their desire to rub up against celebrity-types.

And, to be honest, Robert, really couldn’t care less. The kid loves baseball and we were headed to a ballgame, on a beautiful summer night. It’s all good.

However, as time passed, it dawned on me ….. the actions we observed on Monday afternoon, outside Camden Yards, are indicative of the disconnect existing between the Orioles and this community. In fact, it’s probably a baseball-industry problem.

But, my concerns really do regard BALTIMORE and the organizations/athletes impacting it.

Nick Markakis is more than a ballplayer. He’s a stakeholder in the product of Orioles baseball.

Jim Palmer is more than a broadcaster and Hall of Famer. He’s a stakeholder in the product of Orioles baseball.

Do you understand where I’m headed with this ???

The Orioles have been a very bad baseball team for a very long time. The crowds have reduced to an informal gathering of embarrassing proportions, on most nights. It’s a poor product.

But, the stakeholders, such as Nick Markakis and Jim Palmer, have distinct opportunities to make people feel important. They also such opportunities to make people feel as equally unimportant.

On this day, they succeeded at the latter.

When Nick Markakis zooms past a kid and his dad, nearly 4 hours before taking the field, it sends the wrong message. It’s a couple minutes outta his day – but it’s also a moment that sticks with people for a lifetime.

It’s no different than a few people eating at a bad restaurant. They tell a few people, who tell a few people, who tell a few people …..

The positive moments work the same way. And, the next thing you know an entire family is telling friends about their symbolic evening at the ballplark. This happens whether the team wins or loses.

I know the common Nick Markakis fan might defend him by asserting the magnitude of his contributions to the community through his foundation. I’m not buying that ….. and it’s not an excuse for ignoring small collections of people at other times.

I’m glad Nick held a fundraiser event, at Patterson Park, last weekend. But, everybody was watching. Personally, I’m more impressed by the contributions of people when they’re not being watched. That’s the reality of THEM, as far as I’m concerned.

I was honored to spearhead WNST’s “Curing Cancer ….. One Call At A Time” fundraiser, last month. But, that event doesn’t define my goodwill or regard for Baltimore’s communities. My unannounced actions are much more meaningful.

Let me be clear about my intent – I don’t know Nick Markakis or Jim Palmer. And, it’s unfair to cast a clear opinion of them, based on one observation. But, I think their disposition, on Monday, was indicative of a couple guys who really don’t GET IT.

And, they might not care.

As I’ve suggested, the Orioles are a very bad team. Their cast of characters, in a Disney sense, should be doing everything possible to generate an endeared feeling among the very folks who buy tickets and walk inside the ballpark.

If the rationale of a Nick Markakis, Jim Palmer, Matt Wieters or Brian Roberts is rooted in the concept of “I’m Getting Paid Anyway,” I fear this may never get better.

Forget the prospect of ever catching the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox. I’m not sure the Orioles will ever catch the Baltimore Ravens. And, that my friends, is the sad reality of our problem.

It’s also the mold from which we’re making the BALTIMORE SPORTS FAN.

I want to thank my nephew for sharing a very special week with me. It was filled with memories that will last through life’s journeys. We share a love of sports, but our love for each other is much stronger. So long as we never lose sight of this priority, life will always be rewarding.

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Thanks for reading …….

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Some Worthless Observations On A Worthless Night For Baseball ….

Posted on 10 August 2009 by Rex Snider

I’m not about to double-talk or spew words out of both sides of my mouth. That’s right, no politics for me …..

I’ve been a staunch supporter of Andy MacPhail’s renovation project. I’m still a supporter. In fact, this is the easiest time to jump ship and join the masses of those who believe Baltimore will not host a baseball game, in Mid-October, before Barack Obama’s presidency ends.

With my optimism intact, tonight is hard to take. The Oakland A’s ??? Are you freakin’ kidding me ??? They’ve got the worst offensive attack in the game, and most of the team’s original power (Holliday, Giambi, Cabrera) has exited, since they last visited Baltimore, a couple months ago.

Yet, this watered-down version of the A’s is laying an ass-kickin’ on the Orioles. THANK GOD for thunderstorms, huh?

Let’s look at it this way …..

I could devote the remainder of this blog to my thoughts on how the Orioles played another lackluster game, but who really wants to read that? We all know it. Instead, I’m gonna mention a few things that came to mind while watching the game.

I hope you enjoy …..

• Is there anything worse than sitting in humid, blistering heat, while watching a horrible baseball game? The MASN broadcast showed plenty of fans, whose shirts were drenched in sweat. And, how about the little kids going shirtless? It reminded me of the Memorial Stadium decorum – one of the night’s lighter moments.

• It’s official, Aubrey Huff, Danys Baez and Melvin Mora have cleared waivers. All three players are free agents following the season (Mora has a buyout option), and contenders still don’t want ‘em.

• For some reason, Jason Jubb had a devout interest in personally observing tonite’s game between two very bad baseball teams. During the NASTY thunderstorm, he sent me a text message, wishing the formally-attired dude who held Snoop Dogg’s umbrella at Ravens Camp, last week, was nearby.

• Why would anyone go to an Orioles game during this series? I’ll bet the casual Orioles fan cannot name a single player in the A’s starting lineup.

• If I was the Orioles equipment manager, I’d bend the visor portion of every new hat before issuing them to players. I really HATE that stupid, flat look.

• Last week, Drew Forrester jokingly suggested the Orioles should hold a “reverse jerseys” night and wear the road grey uniform for a home game, against the Red Sox. Honestly, after attending Orioles games for 35 years, I can say I’ve never seen the grey roadies, in person. Yes, I would go to a game against the A’s, if they wore these uniforms.

• Speaking of GREY, someone needs to get Jim Palmer’s attention. No offense, but 63 year old men don’t have full heads of brown hair. It’s time to work in a little bit of grey.

• I watched Dave Trembley’s postgame news conference. I looked for something to exploit, as “worthless” for this blog. But, I didn’t have a problem with any of his answers. His team gave a worthless performance and there is no way of defending it.

• The announced attendance was 14,688 (30% full capacity), which must have included the 10,000 fans at Ravens Camp ANY DAY, last week. Do the Orioles really think we’re so STUPID ???

• I can think of worse things than an Orioles vs. A’s game. Doubt it? Perhaps, I’ll remind you, next January, when we’re cleaning ice off our windshields in the pre-dawn hours.

HAVE A GOOD NIGHT …..

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 10 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

In the same way that I was not overwhelmed by Brian Matusz’s victory over the Tigers, I’m not overly down about his loss yesterday. He’s not a great pitcher yet……but maybe he will become one. If he does, it won’t be tomorrow.

Matusz is the first kid whose timing I’ve been concerned about a bit. This is a bad time for someone to be up. Once the rosters expand in September, the season becomes “silly season” for EVERY team in baseball. But in August, being in Baltimore is just strange-and that probably hurts young players a bit. They’re not sure if they’re supposed to really be giving their entire effort, or if they’re supposed to just try to go out and do what they did at the minor league level.

That’s what comes with losing baseball. This is Birdland!

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw rumored to be making appearance at Training Camp

Luke Jones doesn’t think too much can be made from Flacco’s performance in Training Camp

Glenn Clark doubts Zaun too unhappy about leaving for Tampa Bay

Tom Clayton loves Camden Yards memories, but feels like ‘broken’ baseball fan now

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Erika Gilbert says Matusz hit hard in loss to Blue Jays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

MLB.com’s Erika Gilbert says Markakis reached base in 30th straight game

MLB.com’s Erika Gilbert says Jeremy Guthrie to take hill tonight vs. Gio Gonzalez, Athletics

MLB.com’s Erika Gilbert says Roberts had day off Sunday, Trembley hopes he can play tonight

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 27,464 at Rogers Centre saw Birds lose series to Jays

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Aubrey Huff, Melvin Mora, Danys Baez cleared waivers

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says A’s come to Baltimore struggling, dumping veterans

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Tillman dealing with mildly strained groin

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Matusz threw 62 pitches in just 2 2/3 innings in loss

The AP says Wells, Scutaro, Millar homered for Blue Jays in win over Birds

Toronto Star’s Mark Zwolinski says Halladay received run support to help improve to 12-5

Toronto Sun’s Mike Rutsey says Halladay now 20-4 in career against O’s

Toronto Globe and Mail’s Tim Wharnsby says Scutaro finished with 4 hits in Toronto’s win

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Tanaka loser as Baysox swept by Portland

Frederick Keys Official Site says Waring, Widlansky, Crancer homered for Keys in win over Winston-Salem

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says series finale between Ironbirds, Doubledays suspended in 2nd due to rain

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Gary Helmick 2-4 with 2 runs scored as Orioles topped Elizabethtown

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Tides’ Andy Mitchell still waiting chance to pitch in Baltimore

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell hit first HR since being acquired in loss to Sea Dogs

Frederick News-Post’s Adam Pohl says Moreland winner for Keys over Dash

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Rod Woodson said he was ‘proud to be a Raven’ in Hall of Fame induction speech

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens have great depth on D-Line with Gregg, Ngata, Bannan, Divens, Edwards, Pryce, McKinney, etc.

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Grubbs, Oher, Cousins, Ayanbadejo all practiced Sunday

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says ‘heat and physical demands’ of Training Camp nothing for Iraq veteran, rookie LB Tony Fein

The Sun’s Mike Preston says WR Justin Harper ‘lighting up the turf’ at McDaniel College

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says center Birk ‘feels like rookie’ in new system

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco not building house in Westminster

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Figurs fighting to make roster spot in Training Camp this year

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Birk will be ‘great fit’ in AFC North

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tony Logan will get first chance to replace Danny Oquendo as punt returner

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph trying to get Terps back to status they reached in his first 3 seasons in College Park

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says new DC Don Brown giving Terps defensive ‘makeover’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says getting Dion Armstrong back would be ‘bonus’ for Don Brown

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former UMass head man Brown wouldn’t eliminate potential interest in future head coaching opportunities

USA Today’s Skip Wood says nothing surprising about former Terp DHB’s struggles in Oakland

Inside MD Sports’ Jeff Ermann says future Terp Titus Till ‘head smacker’

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty says Bishop McNamara WR prospect Brandon Coleman knows who he likes, but not in rush to make decision (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo allowed plebes to spend time with parents Friday

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Marcus Curry ‘ready for spotlight’ (must subscribe)

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Aaron Wright says Bears return 14 starters when opening practice today

BALTIMORE COLTS:

SI’s Peter King says holding Unitas’ contract amongst highlights of Hall of Fame visit

NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora says Unitas greatest Hall of Famer ever

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I’ll be down in College Park for Maryland football Media Day today; and will hope to get you guys some video over the next couple weeks with a few players. This will really be the “season of Chris Turner”, as the senior QB is in his 2nd season under James Franklin-and the two should be familiar with each other. He also has very good talent at his disposal at RB, and has the chance to throw to a very deep group of WR’s. O-Line play could still be the team’s Achilles heel, but this one is on Turner to figure things out.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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How Baltimore Buzzed: Week Ending 8/7

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How Baltimore Buzzed: Week Ending 8/7

Posted on 07 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

This list is of course compiled by the Academy of Baltimore Sports Arts and Sciences; a board made up completely of myself. I of course believe that ALL Boards and Academies should be made up of myself and no one else; but apparently other Academies have other people in them. For example, I have reportedly never won an Academy Award-despite my legendary film career.

To compile this list, I listen to sports talk radio, link every news site on the face of the planet, check other Baltimore blog sites, and hang out on Facebook and Twitter. Of course, most of my Facebook time is spent creeping on ex-girlfriends, but every now and then I check to see what sports-related topics everyone is chatting about.

(I also creep on girls that might be FUTURE ex-girlfriends on Facebook by the way. That of course means nothing to you seeing as how you’re probably not a girl. But a man can hope, right?)

15-They play football at Hopkins too?

The Blue Jays are the preseason Centennial Conference favorites. The Centennial Conference of course is the league that features perennial powerhouses……….State Tech? A&M College? Whatsamatta U? (Thanks Bob Haynie).

The league’s other teams actually include schools like Dickinson and Muhlenberg. The next time you think your alma mater has an awful mascot or nickname, just be proud of the fact that you were NEVER a Muhlenberg Mule…..

mule

14-Could you imagine what it would be like to have Sandra Bullock as your mom in real life?

There’s a trailer out for the upcoming movie “The Blind Side”, which will release right around Thanksgiving. It of course the movie made from Michael Lewis’ book of the same name about Ravens rookie OT Michael Oher. Here’s the trailer, and I swear I won’t tell anyone that I cried I saw you cry while watching.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg2rZ_3mgWU[/youtube]

13-Congratulations Rod

This is one of those REALLY AWKWARD scenarios where you want to love something, but you just can’t. Former Raven Rod Woodson is going into the Hall of Fame this weekend, and we are grateful for his service to the team, especially what he did to help bring Baltimore a Super Bowl Championship after a 30 year drought. But as much as we want to, we can’t ignore the fact that Rod Woodson was a Pittsburgh Steeler, which means he’s actually a little bit less than floor scum.

Okay, floor scum is WAY better than the Steelers. But…..Congratulations Rod?

12-Don’t Hit Rick

Navy Football opened their summer practice session Monday following their annual Media Day/Fanfest event. The biggest news to come out of Day 1 was that QB Ricky Dobbs will be wearing a green “no contact” jersey for the Summer.

Please don’t allow this to get your hopes up. The reason why you are not getting contact from women is not because you have been wearing green. It is actually because you are really, REALLY creepy.

If it makes you feel better, when I wear green only “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet” contacts me. This probably doesn’t actually make you feel better because TLDGOTFOTP is a hot chick and you’ve never been near one of those; but it certainly makes ME feel better.

11-Much ado about a decal

The Tennessee Titans have decided to honor former Ravens QB Steve McNair by wearing a decal of his number 9 on their helmets this season. From the world of “Are you effing insane?”, there are actually some people who wonder if it is appropriate for the Titans to honor him. I guess because……..people who are murdered in cold blood deserve it???

I wish Jim Morrison were around to follow up “People Are Strange” with something more along the lines of “people are completely stupid.”

10-There you go getting all “cagefightey”

It’s a big weekend in the world of mixed martial arts, as the UFC comes to Philadelphia for their first major Pay-Per-View event in a big east coast city. Everyone and their mom is apparently excited for the event, as evident on Facebook.

Of course, I’m not surprised that my mom (who is now on Facebook) is excited, because she’s a HUGE MMA fan. Why, just the other day she called me to say “Glenn, do you think Dana White is concerned about Fedor signing with Strikeforce?” To which I said “Probably mom, he really wanted to sign him.” Then she said “Glenn, who do you think has the best chance of beating Brock Lesnar in the heavweight division?” I responded by saying “I really like Cain Velasquez, mom.” Then she said “Glenn, who do you think will win the WEC fight between Brian Bowles and Miguel Angel Torres?” I responded “Jesus mom, I don’t know. Are you gonna give me some money or not?”

9-My team can punt better than your team

Two Maryland Terrapin football players were placed on Award Watch Lists this week, with Running Back Da’Rel Scott named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List; and Punter Travis Baltz was named to the watch list for the Ray Guy Award.

This lead to me immediately running out and buying a bumper sticker that says “My alma mater’s punter can kick your alma mater’s punter’s ass.”

Of course, this statement is not acccurate if your alma mater’s punter was THIS man…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z82Ru0C7Qt8[/youtube]

8-Will he be out soon enough that we can sign him?

Former Giants WR Plaxico Burress was indicted this week on charges stemming from a little gun accident you may remember, and appears likely to be serving jail time of some sort.

When reached for comment, free agent QB Michael Vick was rumored to have said “I’m very disappointed in Michael. He should really be setting a better example for our nation’s youth.”

7-I thought you knew? We don’t want to win anyway!

The Orioles have taken their suckage to new heights this week. Heights so expansive they actually give me an excuse to use the term “suckage”, which reminds me that my high school journalism teacher now owes me 20 bucks.

The Birds have their worst record through 108 games since 1991, when at least there was the whole “Memorial Stadium closing” thing to keep us distracted.

The good news? The Orioles made a deal Friday, sending Gregg Zaun to Tampa Bay for a player to be named later. The bad news? The player that will be named later is almost certainly going to be THIS guy…..

jose

(Editor’s note: I take it back. I bet that guy could help.)

6-Must be nice…..

Meanwhile in the world of “some teams are actually playing games that really matter”, the Yankees and Red Sox opened a 4 game series Thursday. With sports fans throughout the world particularly sick of seeing all things Yankees and Sox, it was particularly nice of ESPN to limit their discussion of the series to 56 of every 60 minutes of programming instead of their usual 59 minutes of every 60.

(Editor’s note: It’s WAAAAY too easy for me to pick on ESPN. What the hell do I think they should talk about instead? The Orioles? I don’t want to talk about the Orioles. This was me taking the easy way out. Sorta like when I told an ex that we couldn’t be together anymore because “I wasn’t comfortable with the fact that she didn’t go to church.” I still chuckle about that.)

5-Do we trade for Brandon Marshall NOW?

Mark Clayton is hurt, huh?

Do you want ME to make the phone call Ozzie?

fredd

I know I said I’d stop championing his cause…….but who the hell else are you gonna sign? Travis Taylor?

4-Just put the damn list out already! Or don’t!

Some people think Major League Baseball should just release the names of the players who tested positive for steroids in 2003, as the leaked list might well haunt the game for years to come.

Some people think Major League Baseball has the duty to protect the players whose names are on the list, as those players agreed to anonymous testing.

Some people think “Dude, you might want to get that looked at. I had a buddy hook up with a chick in Dewey once, and now he can barely pee standing up.”

3-Dude, you think you’re the only person who doesn’t get respect at work?

Melvin Mora and Dave Trembley reportedly worked out their differences in a closed-door meeting this week. I can only assume the two worked it out like this….

DT: “Melvin, I’m glad you’re here. Really wanna work through this.”
MM: “Skip, I’m sorry I went to the media, it’s just really frustrating going through a bad season both personally and for the team.”
DT: “You think you have to tell me that? This team sucks.”
MM: “You’re right about that Skip.”
DT: “You see Melvin, we’re not so different you and I.”
MM: “I dunno Skip, you’re a little bit country-I’m a little bit Rock and Roll.”
DT: “Mel, how about instead of continuing this conversation; we agree to be cool and Glenn just posts a picture of Adrianne Curry walking around in a biking that he stole from the frontpage of What Would Tyler Durden Do because he’s too lazy to actually find anything that takes more than 3 minutes to post?”
MM: “Sounds good to me Skip.”

curry

2-S-N-Double-O-P-D-O-Double-Gi-Zee

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65M7k-s8Xp0[/youtube]

You know why Snoop Dogg’s appearance at Training Camp Thursday was such a big deal? Because NOTHING happens during Training Camp. There are 600 reporters there to cover….Oneil Cousins MAYBE being hurt?

That being said, I’d like to take this time to remind you that for your best Ravens Training Camp coverage, stay right here at WNST.net and AM1570. Plus, sign up for our text service!

(Editor’s note: Hey man, I gotta eat. Chicken minis from Chick-Fil-A preferably.)

1-OH THANK GOD THIS ONE CAN ACTUALLY PITCH!

There is a chance that if Brian Matusz had failed in his first start, I might have just ended it.

In a related story, despite what you’re heard about recently in the news, the Orioles will not be able to exchange Rich Hill as part of the “Cash For Clunkers” program.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 06 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here is the list of Free Agents at the positions the Orioles may have needs at this offseason. This list is pulled directly from the outstanding site MLBTradeRumors.com……

First basemen
Rich Aurilia (38)
Russell Branyan (34)
Miguel Cairo (36)
Frank Catalanotto (36) – $5MM club option with a $2MM buyout
Tony Clark (38)
Carlos Delgado (38)
Nomar Garciaparra (36)
Ross Gload (34) – $2.6MM club option
Eric Hinske (32)
Nick Johnson (31)
Adam LaRoche (30)
Doug Mientkiewicz (36)
Kevin Millar (38)
Chad Tracy (30) – $7MM option with a $1MM buyout
Daryle Ward (35)
Dmitri Young (36)  -$6MM option vests with 500 PAs in ’09

Third basemen
Rich Aurilia (38)
Adrian Beltre (31)
Geoff Blum (37)
Aaron Boone (37)
Craig Counsell (39)
Joe Crede (32)
Pedro Feliz (35) – $5MM club option with a $500K buyout
Chone Figgins (32)
Nomar Garciaparra (36)
Troy Glaus (33)
Mike Lamb (34)
Melvin Mora (38) – $8MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Pablo Ozuna (35)
Robb Quinlan (33)
Juan Uribe (31)

Designated hitters
Hank Blalock (29)
Jason Giambi (39) – $6.5MM club option with a $1.25MM buyout
Ken Griffey Jr. (40)
Aubrey Huff (33)
Hideki Matsui (36)
Gary Sheffield (41)
Matt Stairs (42)
Mike Sweeney (36)
Jim Thome (39)

Any names jump out at you? Jim Thome, Nick Johnson, Joe Crede, Adam LaRoche and Hank Blalock are the names Drew and I have discussed as some combination of “players we’d be interested in” or “players we think the Orioles might be willing to consider given the money”

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Ravens added DT Nader Abdallah to roster

Chris Pika says NFL concerned about how Ravens players, rest of league uses Twitter

Luke Jones says Lardarius Webb ‘lock’ to make team, Frank Walker on ‘bubble’

Glenn Clark says Joe Smith vs. Georgetown best ‘debut’

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says solid start from Jeremy Guthrie not enough as Birds fell to Tigers

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says ‘devastating changeup’ part of Matusz’s impressive debut

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez takes ball for Birds this afternoon vs. Porcello for finale in Detroit

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Ray ‘gaining confidence’ back in bullpen

Tigers Official Site’s Jason Beck says Edwin Jackson dominant as Tigers topped O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Trembley thought Guthrie pitched like he’s ‘expected to pitch’ in loss

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Berken will definitely make Friday start vs. Blue Jays

The Sun says former Oriole Hoiles stepped down as manager of York Revolution

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Fernando Rodney struck out Gregg Zaun to end win for Tigers

The AP says Adam Jones hit late homer for Birds’ only runs in loss

Washington Post’s CJ Holley says Matusz’s debut gives Orioles fans ‘tangible hopes’ for future

Detroit Free Press’ George Sipple says Leyland admitted to making ‘mistake’ in sending Jackson back out for 9th in win

Detroit News’ Tom Gage says Magglio Ordonez homered for Tigers in win

AOL Sports’ Matt Snyder has Birds 21st in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Chris Waters earned win in relief as Tides topped Pawtucket

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Beato lost first AA start as Baysox shut out by New Hampshire

Frederick Keys Official Site says Gleason overcame early struggles to get win for Keys over Potomac

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Moreau winner as Shorebirds topped Hagerstown

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Haughian winner as Ironbirds topped State College

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Helmick had 2B, 3B for Bluefield in win over Greeneville

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Keys players were watching former teammate Matusz’s big league debut closely

Virginian-Pilot says Pinckney went 4-5 with 2 doubles for Tides in win over Red Sox

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Kevin Byrne says Harbaugh rooming with father Jack at Training Camp

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says McGahee, Rice ‘pushing each other’ in RB competition

The Official Site says Harbaugh thinks Rolle will be back ‘real soon’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says additions of Foxworth, Carr make Ravens believe cornerbacks ‘strength’ of roster

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Rolle expected to wear red ‘no contact’ jersey after being de-PUP’ed

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says staff needs preseason games to determine whether Hauschka, Gano will replace Stover as kicker

The Sun’s Edward Lee says defense ruled practice Wednesday despite 52, Reed, Pryce, Gregg having day off with “over 30 club”

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Cam Cameron thinks Ravens could use McGahee, Rice, McClain on field at same time

The Sun’s Mike Preston says rookie Kruger helping to give D-Line ‘depth’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McGahee, Figurs battling over who’s ‘faster’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Rosburg will run Friday’s practice while Harbaugh attends Jim Johnson’s memorial service

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Gaither ‘expected to excel on weekly basis’

Carroll County Times’ Daniel Henderson says Jayson Foster trying to ‘beat odds’, make team

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Oglesby missed practice after suffering concussion

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Suggs traded in Yankees hat for Orioles hat after Ravens invested in him long term

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Titans will honor McNair with helmet decal (in fact, that’s EXACTLY what he said. I probably should have put it in quotes. Sorry Mike.)

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Rod Woodson believes Ed Reed ‘more aggressive’ than he was

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says punter Baltz named to Ray Guy Award watch list

The Official Site says Terps deep at WR with Torrey Smith, Ronnie Tyler, Adrian Cannon, Quintin McCree, Tony Logan, Kevin Dorsey, Kerry Boykins, Emani Lee-Odai and LaQuan Williams

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps have sold 40 of 64 luxury suites at Byrd Stadium

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps allowing no more than 96 beer bottles in Tyser Tower suites

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Yow called rumors of Big East courting Maryland, Boston College ‘silliness’

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says inexperienced LB’s like Ben Pooler, Demetrius Hartsfield need to step up next to Wujciak

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire says Jared Harrell was star of show in speaking to Boys and Girls Club in Washington

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Yow claimed Big East made ‘no contact’ with Terps about switching conferences

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says West Virginia players excited to revive rivalry with Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Justin Lewis may be ‘answer’ for Terps at RG

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Baltz ‘probably Maryland’s most realistic awards candidate’

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Goree, Mackall only Terps missing from summer session (both going to prep school)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Bishop McNamara WR prospect Brandon Coleman ‘shut down’ recruitment until after senior season concludes (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Wisconsin prospect Josh Gasser ‘surprised’ by offer from Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Frese, assistant David Atkins watched country’s best underclassman talent at USJN Championships in College Park (must subscribe)

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Jays picked to finish first in Centennial preseason poll

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Jays picked ahead of Dickinson, Muhlenberg in poll

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Tigers have offered Wise DE-TE prospect Rashaan Moore

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Fang Mitchell must replace one of school’s greatest players in Tywain McKee

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Niumatalolo knows Dobbs will get hit, but wants him to be hit ‘up high’

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids’ tough schedule includes 8 opponents that played in Bowl games last year

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says facing Big Ten foe Ohio State personal thrill for Pospisil

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says OL Osei Asante “man who would be prince”

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Niumatalolo’s ‘goal’ is again Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy (must subscribe)

NAVY BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Seton Hall toughest opponent on Mids’ schedule

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Milan Brown wants this year’s Mountaineers to again be ‘good defensive team’

SWIMMING:

Washington Post’s Ishita Singh says Phelps’ star power bringing best young swimmers to NBAC meet

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Drew and I talked about Cornerback depth this morning; and I really buy into it. There is NO ONE on the team who is NEARLY as good as Chris McAlister. But instead of having 1 great corner, 1 good corner, and 3 guys who are about as talented as you and I (as they had 2 seasons ago); they instead have a group of 5 or so guys who can ALL play. There won’t be a Corey Ivy-David Pittman secondary at any point. This group can work.

-There would be no reason for Maryland to move to the Big East. The Big East is on the same level as the ACC in both football and basketball, and Maryland would lose key money-making games. That particular rumor is insane.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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