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NBA Stars To Hit Baltimore For Exhibition Monday at St. Frances Academy

Posted on 02 November 2011 by WNST Staff

UNDER ARMOUR’S NBA PLAYERS BRANDON JENNINGS, DERRICK WILLIAMS, KEMBA WALKER, AND GREIVIS VASQUEZ KICK-OFF

“ARE YOU FROM HERE?” EXHIBITION TOUR IN BALTIMORE ON NOVEMBER 7

WHAT:To bring basketball back to the fans, Under Armour’s up-and-coming roster of NBA athletes, Brandon Jennings, Derrick Williams, Kemba Walker and Greivis Vasquez will take on three of the Northeast’s top high school programs in exhibition games that are free and open to the public.  The “Are You From Here?” Tour starts in Baltimore, on November 7, where the UA athletes will play an exhibition game against St. Frances Academy.

After the game, Jennings, Williams, Walker, and Vasquez will visit Foot Locker in the Mondawmin Mall to interact with fans, sign autographs, and participate in a Q&A session.

For more information, please visit facebook.com/uabasketball

WHO:                   Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks

Derrick Williams, #2 overall 2011 NBA Draft pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves

Kemba Walker, #9 overall 2011 NBA Draft pick of the Charlotte Bobcats

Greivis Vasquez of the Memphis Grizzlies

WHEN: Exhibition Game: Monday, November 7, 2011

3:30PM – 5:30PM

Foot Locker Appearance: Monday, November 7, 2011

6:45PM – 8:45PM

WHERE: Exhibition Game: St. Frances Academy

501 East Chase Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Foot Locker Appearance: Mondawmin Mall

2401 Liberty Heights Ave
Baltimore, Maryland 21215

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Towson Thursday: Good Graduation Rate News, Hoops Team Preps for Maui Invitational

Posted on 27 October 2011 by WNST Staff

NCAA ANNOUNCES TIGER STUDENT-ATHLETES GRADUATING AT IMPRESSIVE RATE
Tiger Gymnastics and Tennis Teams Post Perfect GSRs
TOWSON, Md. – According to the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) Report released by the NCAA this week, Towson University student-athletes continue to graduate at an impressive rate.
The NCAA released the Federal Graduation Rates for all institutions, as well as the Graduation Success Rate, an NCAA formula that accounts for transfers in and out of each program.
The NCAA report revealed that student-athletes who entered Towson during the 2004-05 academic year had a GSR of 82 percent. On a national level, all NCAA schools posted an average GSR of 82 percent, the highest mark that has ever been achieved.
According to the Federal Graduation Rate, Towson student-athletes graduated at a rate of 79 percent, some 13 percent higher than the graduation rate of all students (66 percent) at Towson University.
Student-athletes at Towson University ranked in the upper half of Colonial Athletic Association with their 82 percent GSR.  In fact, seven of the 12 CAA schools recorded a GSR above 80 percent.
“We are proud of the academic progress of our student-athletes,” said Mike Waddell, Towson’s Director of Athletics. “The word student comes before athlete for a reason and we have put more emphasis on developing Total Tigers from the day they set foot on campus to the day they leave with a diploma. Although our 82 percent GSR is good, I know we can do better and we will.”
Seven of the Tigers’ 19 intercollegiate athletic teams had a GSR of at least 90 percent. The TU gymnastics team and the women’s tennis team each posted perfect a 100 percent GSR. The field hockey team had a 95 percent GSR followed by women’s soccer (94 percent), women’s basketball (91 percent), women’s lacrosse (90 percent) and volleyball (90 percent).
Towson University currently has 20 intercollegiate athletic teams. Since the start of this GSR period, the women’s golf program was  added as the 20th sport.
The NCAA developed the Graduation Success Rate to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The rate holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport.
The most recent Division I Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering classes from 2001-2002 through 2004-05. Nearly 105,000 student-athletes are included in the most recent four classes using the GSR methodology, as compared to about 76,500 in the federal rate.
The NCAA began compiling these figures with the entering freshmen class of 1995.

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Details Emerge For NBA Superstar Showdown in Baltimore Tuesday

Posted on 29 August 2011 by WNST Staff

A team of Baltimore NBA superstars and friends of Towson Catholic’s own Carmelo Anthony will face Kevin Durant and a team of Washington, DC superstars in a basketball battle Tuesday night at Morgan State University’s Hill Field House.

The details on the event have been sketchy, but the Washington Post’s Michael Lee was able to nail down some specifics from former Towson University star Kurk Lee, now the athletic director of the “Melo Center” here in Charm City.

The Baltimore team will feature Anthony (New York Knicks F), Miami Heat F LeBron James, New Orleans Hornets G Chris Paul, San Antonio Spurs G Gary Neal (Towson/Calvert Hall/Aberdeen), Sacremento Kings F Donte Green (Towson Catholic), Memphis Grizzlies G Josh Selby (Lake Clifton), Los Angeles Clippers G Eric Bledsoe and former Knicks F/C Eddy Curry.

The DC team will feature Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder F), Boston Celtics F Jeff Green, Sacramento Kings C DeMarcus Cousins, Milwaukee Bucks G Brandon Jennings, Denver Nuggets G Ty Lawson, Washington Wizards F Trevor Booker, Detroit Pistons F Austin Daye, Los Angeles Lakers C/F Ater Majok, former Syracuse C Arinze Onuaku and Goodman League players Anthony “Gumby” Williams & Omar Weaver.

Lee reports tickets will be available first-come-first-served at the door. Tickets $40 for general admission, $100 for reserved floor seats. Doors will open at 6pm with the game starting at 7pm. Ticket revenue will go to support various charities.

There will be no television/radio broadcast of the event. WNST plans to cover the event via Twitter (@WNST), WNST.net and WNSTv.

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Navy Announces 2011 Football Recruiting Class

Posted on 30 June 2011 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md.-Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo released the names of the 2011 Navy football recruits on Thursday evening as 52 prospects representing 16 states went through induction ceremonies and began plebe summer.

“We are very excited about the group we have coming in this year,” said Niumatalolo. “If they work hard and do the things they are supposed to do in Bancroft Hall, in the classroom, in the weight room and on the practice field they have a chance to be a part of something special.”

The state of Florida produced the most prospects with eight, while six incoming recruits hail from Texas.  Georgia, Tennessee and California produced five prospects each.

Navy football season tickets are currently on sale at the Ricketts Hall Box Office, by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or by logging on to the web at www.navysports.com. Navy opens the 2011 campaign on Sept. 3 against Delaware.  The Mids will play five games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this fall, including an Oct. 1 date with Air Force, and will play host to Army at FedExField in Landover, Md.

NAVY FOOTBALL CLASS OF 2015
Name                          Position            Hgt.            Wgt.            Hometown/High School
Kody Akers                QB                   5-10            190            Delaware, Ohio/Rutherford Hayes
Colin Amerau             PK                    6-2            185            Alexandria, Va./Mount Vernon
Adrian Barnaby                        DL                    6-1            275            Deltona, Fla./Trinity Christian Academy
DJ Beard                        DB                        6-0            180            McDonough, Ga./Ola
Pablo Beltran              P/K                   6-2            200            Humble, Texas/Atascocita
Jimmy Britton                        DB                        6-2            210            Togers, Ark./Heritage
Greg Bryant Jr.                        QB                   6-2            185            Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt
Allen Caldwell                        DL                        6-3            250            Crestview, Fla./Crestview
Joe Cardona                        LS                    6-3            200            El Cajon, Calif./Granite Hills
Ruben Carson              SB                    5-8            170            Hoover, Ala./Hoover
Noah Copeland                        FB                    5-10            205            San Antonio, Texas/Brandeis
Kyle Cregge              OL                    6-2            279            Alpharetta, Ga./Milton
Aaron Davis                DL                    6-0            265            Manvel, Texas/Dawson
Jordan Drake                        OLB                        6-4            210            Douglasville, Ga./Chapel Hill
Brendan Dudeck             QB                   6-0            188            Hamilton Square, N.J./The Hun School
Chris Ferguson                        DB                   6-2            195            Angier, N.C./West Johnson
Tanner Fleming                        OL                    6-2            260            Deltona, Fla./Deltona
Parrish Gaines                        DB                        6-2            185            Smyrna, Tenn./Smyrna
Daniel Godkin              DL                    6-4            230            Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde
Bradyn Heap                 OL                    6-3            265            South Jordan, Utah/Bingham
John Hendrick                        QB                        6-1            185            Tampa, Fla./Sickles
Sam Holguin                        WR                        6-3            195            Pacific Palisades, Calif./Saint Monica
Dale Howard             DL                    6-0            275            Baxley, Ga./Appling County
George Jamison             DB                   6-0            190            Memphis, Tenn./Evangelical Christian
Chris Johnson                        OLB                        6-1            205            Cape Coral, Fla./Cape Coral
Eric Johnson             SB                    5-10            185            Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt
James King                 WR                  6-2            195            Orinda, Calif./Miramonte
Anthony Lewis                OLB                 6-0            210            Salt Lake City, Utah/Cottonwood
Carrington Lewis             OLB                 6-3            197            Helena, Ala./Pelham
Marcus Lewis                SB                    5-8            170            Cape Coral, Fla./North Fort Myers
Austin Marshall                        OL                    6-3            300            Rossville, Tenn./Evangelical Christian
Isaiah McElrath                        DL                    6-2            280            Milton, Fla./Pace
Brice Musgrove                        DL                    5-11            275            Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill
Chris Nurthen             DL                    6-3            226            Phoenixville, Pa./Great Valley
Nate Otto                        OL                    6-2            265            Houston, Texas/Clear Lake
Togasii Peko                        DB                        6-0            177            Henderson, Nev./Bishop Gorman
Maika Polamalu                        FB                        6-0            200            Pottstown, Pa./Pottsgrove
AJ Pouncy              DB                   6-1            190            Humble, Texas/Atascocita
Paul Quessenberry            DL                    6-2            230            Carlsbad, Calif./LaCosta Canyon
Lonnie Richardson            DB                   5-11            195            Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven
Vinny Rider                DL                    6-4            260            Athens, Ohio/Athens
Dan Ring                        DL                        6-2            270            Lighthouse Point, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons
Shakir Robinson                        DB                        5-10            190            Brunswick, Ga./Brunswick
Quinton Singleton            FB                    6-0            190            Manning, S.C./Scotts Branch
Will Strauss              OL                    6-5            245            Brentwood, Calif./Heritage
Josh Tate                        DB                   5-11            180            Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood
David Thurston                        LB                    6-1            225            Broomfield, Colo./Arvada West
Obinna Uzoma                        OLB                        6-3            215            Wake Forest, N.C./Knightdale
Kody West                 QB                   6-2            195            Murfreesboro, Tenn./Riverdale
Geoffrey Whiteside            SB                    5-10            177            Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Hartley
Ryan Williams                        SB                    5-8            170            Helena, Ala./Pelham
Jake Zuzek               OL                    6-0            290            Brookhaven, Pa./West Philadelphia Catholic

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Nets Select Maryland’s Jordan Williams in Round 2

Posted on 23 June 2011 by WNST Staff

Williams Picked by Nets in Second Round

Maryland center led ACC in rebounding in 2010-11

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Jordan Williams, who earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition after leading the league in rebounding as a sophomore, was chosen by the New Jersey Nets in the second round of the NBA Draft Thursday night.

Williams, a 6-foot-10 center, was the 36th selection overall in the draft and was the Nets’ second selection of the night.

I’m excited for Jordan that he realized a longtime dream of his to have his name called in the NBA Draft,” said new Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. “It’s a testament of his hard work and the great opportunity he had to play college basketball at Maryland.  We wish Jordan the best as he begins his professional career, and we will follow him closely as he adds his name to the long list of Maryland alumni to play in the NBA.”

Williams averaged 16.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game for the Terrapins, who went 19-14 in the 2010-11 season. He set a school record with 13 straight double-doubles this season and ended the year with 25, which was second in the nation.

With 388 rebounds, he finished second on the single-season rebounding list at Maryland and was only the seventh sophomore in the history of the ACC to grab at least 600 career rebounds (672). He finished third nationally in rebounding and was the first Maryland player to lead the ACC on the glass since Joe Smith (1993-94).

He was a third team All-America pick by Yahoo! Sports and FoxSports.com, and earned honorable mention All-America consideration by the Associated Press.

Williams’ selection gives the Terrapin men’s basketball program picks in back-to-back seasons for the second time since 2007. Greivis Vasquez, the ACC Player of the Year in 2010, was selected on the first round by the Memphis Grizzlies and was the 28th pick overall in last year’s NBA Draft.

D.J. Strawberry (2007) and James Gist (2008) were the most recent back-to-back picks, while Maryland had players taken in 2001 (Terence Morris), 2002 (Chris Wilcox, Juan Dixon, Lonny Baxter) and 2003 (Steve Blake).

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Maryland-Middle Tenn. St.: Preview and Injury Report

Posted on 18 September 2009 by Luke Jones

Head coach Ralph Friedgen and the Terps will have revenge on their minds when Middle Tennessee State comes to College Park on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

Last season’s 24-14 loss was a difficult pill to swallow for Terps fans, but with injuries and inexperience plaguing Maryland (1-1) in the early stages of 2009, will lightning strike twice?

The Terps will again be without left tackle Bruce Campbell and safety Jamari McCollough, but last week’s 38-35 overtime victory over James Madison also brought the loss of senior co-captain Nolan Carroll for the remainder of the season. The cornerback broke his tibia and will be replaced by sophomore Cameron Chism in the starting lineup.

Not only does Carroll’s loss hurt what was once considered an experienced secondary, but the Terps must also replace the senior’s leadership. Friedgen believes his players were inspired to finish strongly against James Madison following the injury, but what will be the long-term effect on a defense that has surrendered 87 points in its first two games?

Maryland will again face a run-oriented attack led by quarterback Dwight Dasher after struggling against James Madison’s Drew Dudzik and the spread-option last week.  In Middle Tennessee State’s 31-14 victory over Memphis last Saturday, Dasher not only ran for 89 yards but threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns.

The absence of starting running back Phillip Tanner, out with a knee injury, will allow defensive coordinator Don Brown and the Maryland defense to focus on Dasher as the main running threat.  The defense has yet to force a turnover this season, raising more concern as the Terrapins continue to adjust to Brown’s new defensive scheme.

Middle Tennessee State (1-1) fell to Clemson in its opener, 37-14.

Terps’ Injury Report:
Out: Nolan Carroll (leg – out for season), Bruce Campbell (foot), Jamari McCollough (foot), Louis Berman (leg), Caleb Porzel (leg), Joe Vellano (foot)
Probable: Tony Logan (shoulder)

The game will only be shown on ESPN360, so be sure to check out WNST.net, as I’ll be blogging live from Byrd Stadium throughout the afternoon. I’ll also be joining Eric Aaronson on Section 410 (AM 1570 or online at WNST.net) at 2:00 p.m. to discuss Saturday’s contest.

**Shameless plug alert:
If you’re in the Towson area, come out to Charles Village Pub (Pennsylvania Avenue) TONIGHT from 9:30 to 11:30 for the Miller Lite Towson Tigers Football Pep Rally, hosted by yours truly. I’ll have plenty of giveaways, and you can’t beat $1.75 Miller Lite bottles! Stop in, and say hello!

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Ravens sign Michael Oher to a five-year contract

Posted on 29 July 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

The waiting is over! Michael Oher will be in camp tomorrow and will meet with the media. In the end, he missed four workouts. He’ll be on the field Friday morning when the veterans all report for the first time.

These eleventh hour signings are all-too-common but are a bit of a necessary evil. There’s a lot of money at stake. It’s a real fistfight on the negotiating side and I never pick sides on these and the Ravens do their best to not get the media or anyone else involved.

Of course, agent Jimmy Sexton will be bandying the numbers at some point later tonight and we’ll report the signing bonus and salary. That’s just the way it works.

In the end, it always gets done. It will all around the league for the other 26 first-round “holdout” draft picks as well. Every hour over the next few days you’ll be hearing of more signings.

From Mike Duffy at the Ravens website:

“At approximately 9 p.m. tonight, Michael Oher and his agent, Jimmy Sexton, agreed to a five-year contract with the Ravens.

The Ravens are one of the first teams to have all of their draft picks signed this season.

Oher, who is currently in Memphis, plans to attend tomorrow afternoon’s administrative day, which includes weight lifting, meetings, and a session on the field. He is then expected to meet with the media late tomorrow afternoon.

The Ravens were optimistic that Oher would not hold out for long after missing four practices reserved for rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans.

“We knew Michael wanted to be here,” stated head coach John Harbaugh. “He said that many times. Ozzie [Newsome] wanted him to be here, and his agent wanted him to be here too. The agent wanted to make sure he did the right thing by Michael, and we wanted that.

“A big congratulations to Pat (Moriarty, Ravens vice president of football operations) and Ozzie for working hard to get this done. I think we might be the first team to have all of our draft choices signed.”

Oher is slated to start at right tackle opposite left tackle Jared Gaither, forming the youngest group of offensive tackles in the NFL.”

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Friday Morning's Crab Cakes and Light Beer

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Friday Morning’s Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 27 March 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The Swinging Bunt

Late night hoops.  Well, that was annoying wasn’t it?  The fact that the Missouri-Memphis and Villanova-Duke games both tipped off after 10pm Eastern Time is inexcusable.  I’ll be blatantly honest with a sentiment heard from everyone still awake close to 1am last night… I don’t care AT ALL if people on the west coast have to rush home from work to see the beginning of some of these games.  It’s way more important to have EVERYONE SEE THE ENDS OF THESE GAMES!  Simply put, CBS and the NCAA have screwed this up royally.  It’s especially frustrating that the games were yawners as well… which has probably made me even more ornery this morning.  Something needs to change.  This is my first year out of college as a “professional” – a term I use very loosely – and maybe that’s another reason why I’m more outraged than I’ve ever been about these late night tips.  But c’mon, how in the world does it makes sense that ‘Nova and Duke, schools in Philadelphia and North Carolina for those geographically impaired, are tipping if in Boston, Massachusetts later than games in Phoenix!  I could go on for days, I swear, but I won’t.  Instead, I’ll just resort to a good ol’ fallback of mine… posting pictures of Duke fans being miserable so we can all laugh at their misfortunes!

Friday Must See TV.  More “evening” basketball is slated for tonight, as the NCAA Tournament will be down to the Elite 8 by the end of the night… or I mean the end of the morning, or whatever… by 4am I guarantee we’ll know the final eight!  Action gets underway shortly after 7 with a Midwest Regional Semifinal pitting the Tourney’s #1 overall seed Louisville and the lowest remaining seed in the field, Arizona.  Then at 7:30ish in the South will be Syracuse-Oklahoma.  The night double-dip has Kansas-Michigan State and North Carolina and Gonzaga.  As for the picks, give me the Cards, Orange, Sparties, and Heels.

Scanning the Blogosphere

Camden Chat takes an in-depth look at the Orioles current roster and speculates who might be potential trade candidates and who might actually still be around in the future when they might win in a few years.

Big League Stew tells us the O’s aren’t the only amateur organization in the A.L. East who cares more about “service time” than winning.  This Super Two Status stuff really ticks me off; does anyone outside the front offices of the Rays and O’s think David Price and Matt Wieters aren’t major leaguers… RIGHT NOW!

Rumors and Rants:  If you had Notre Dame, St. Mary’s, San Diego State, and Baylor in your Final Four, you’re right!  The problem for Irish, Gael, Aztec, and Bear fans is that… it’s the NIT Final Four.

Faceoff Lacrosse Blog has three things to watch in the Loyola-Syracuse game tomorrow on the Evergreen Campus in North Baltimore and speculates about the Greyhounds goalie situation.

CMS Video of the Day

CBS has floated out an excerpt of their upcoming ’60 Minutes’ interview with Lebron James.  The spot was filmed at Lebron’s old high school, St. Vincent St. Mary, in Akron, Ohio and will air nationally Sunday evening after the Final Four is all set.

Anyways… the video.  Here’s LBJ nonchalantly flipping up an underhanded half-court shot on a whim, and of course, sinking it.  He’s ridiculous – that’s 75 FEET!

The Morning’s Final Thought

Via The Sporting News and Sports by Brooks, Chicago White Sox closer Bobby Jenks is a pretty funny guy.

Now whether he’s intentionally funny or not… that’s questionable, but either way, funny nonetheless.

In a basic, very simple Q and A session with TSN, Jenks revealed these interesting tidbits… and no they are not Ray Bachman’s answers, they’re Jenks’.

“What I’m reading:  Read?  I don’t even read the newspaper.

Favorite Physical Attribute:  I have a nice butt.

What’s on my I-Pod:  Anything 80’s rock.”
Niiiice.

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Thursday Morning's Crab Cakes and Light Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 26 March 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The Swinging Bunt

Thursday Night, Must See TV!  NBC’s old ‘Must See TV’ lineup of Seinfeld, Just Shoot Me, Friends and Frazier has nothing on what CBS will be rolling out the next two nights.  Action gets underway with UConn, controversy and all, and Purdue, then  a half hour later Pitt-Xavier.  Personally, the night cap double-header of Memphis-Missouri and especially Duke-‘Nova has a little more intrigue to me.  So it will definitely be a late night for me in Federal Hill… and unfortunately I don’t mean at Magerks, Mother’s, or The Stalking Horse.  The Blue Devils and Wildcats have an approximate tip time slated for 9:57pm, and keep in mind, that’s if Pitt-Xavier ends in a tidy and timely fashion.  While I shamefully admit I fell asleep well before even the first overtime between Syracuse-Uconn in the Big East Tournament, I guarantee I will see every second of basketball shown tonight.  My picks… Pittsburgh and Villanova in close ones giving us an All Big East-East Regional Final…  Memphis going away, and UConn in a very verrry close game.  I’m really high on the Boilers and there’s a lot of distractions surrounding that Huskie program.

The O’s will be shown nationwide!  Yesterday the Major League Baseball Network released their schedule and announcing teams for the first eight games in their Thursday Night Baseball series.  The set includes great inter-division games with a lot of national appeal, like Red Sox-Rays April 30, Phillies-Mets May 7 and Cubs-Cardinals May 21.  I know what you’re thinking… “Chris, what about the May 14th game?  It seems as though you’ve skipped a week.”  Well, let’s just say the May 14th game doesn’t quite have the cache of the others.  That night the network will show the enthralling game between the Orioles and Royals in Kansas City at Kaufman Stadium.  Certainly leaves something to be desired there… sheesh!

Scanning the Blogosphere

Awful Announcing has all the latest statistics from ESPN’s Bracket Challenge.  Amazingly there are 6 entries that have a Final Four of Arizona, Purdue, Xavier, and Gonzaga still alive.

College Hoops Journal has an interesting read about how Rece Davis, Digger Phelps, Dick Vitale, and etc… watch NCAA Tournament games at ESPN Headquarters.

Dempsey’s Army has a pretty cool read on how to construct the optimal Oriole lineup for this season using a formula based almost solely based on On Base Percentage and Slugging Percentage.

Camden Chat has a link to a story telling us there are 8 new plaques on Eutaw Street for homer balls landing out there from last season (Luke Scott 2, Nick Markakis… Jason Giambi 2, Lance Berkman, Alex Gordon, and Robinson Cano).

The Loss Column; while the O’s minor league pitchers have gotten most of the pub, TLC looks at some of the bats in the O’s system.

Baltimore Sports and Life offers 20 Questions and Opinions on the upcmoning Oriole season.

Big League Stew has 10 suggestions on how the World Baseball Classic can be improved the next next time.

The Hoover Street Rag, a University of Michigan Sports Blog, has a fantastic preview of the upcoming D-1 College Hockey NCAA Tournament.  For the record, I got the Bemidji State Beavers going to the ‘Frozen Four.’

The Morning’s Final Thought

Sal Fasano, by far one of my favorite players of all-time, is back in the majors… and so is his world class mustache!

The career .221 hitter and backup catcher is will be sporting the purple and black this season… and no not for the Ravens… but rather for the Colorado Rockies for the second stint of his career.

The former Royal, A, Rocky, Angel, Oriole, Phillie, Yankee, Blue Jay, and Indian has as much as a cult following as anyone in baseball and it’s all because of his legendary upper lip hair.

I’d love to go out and get a plate of linguine with ‘Big Sal’ at Sabatino’s anytime!  Though you have to wonder… how much food do you think gets stuck in that mustache after a nice big meal?

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Monday Morning's Crab Cakes and Light Beer

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Monday Morning’s Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 23 March 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The Swinging Bunt

Sorry Gary.  Well, it was a nice ride while it lasted, huh.  Gary and his underdog Maryland squad took it hard on the chin Saturday afternoon in Kansas City with a loss to Memphis 89-70.  They needed to play their A-game and Memphis to play their C-game for this one to be a close one and potentially pull out a W.  Unfortunately, John Calipari’s Tigers were not in any way willing to play anywhere near close to average basketball.  Memphis began the game 9-12 from beyond the arc and raced out to a 20-point lead and it was all over from there.  The second half was truly a slow and painful death for the Terps ’08-’09 season.  Strangely enough, everytime CBS went to show the Maryland sideline anytime in the second half the same still screen popped up…

Ohhh Greivis, Greivis, Greivis.  Won’t he ever learn?  Before Saturday’s game the outspoken Venezuelan play-maker made a comment in the locker room after the Cal game that if Memphis were to play in the ACC they would be a sub-.500 team in conference.  You have to wonder, was it really smart to poke a sleeping Tiger?  Now, Memphis was bound to play better than they did in an opening round closer-than-it-should-be game against #15 seed Cal State Northridge, but the last thing Greivis should’ve done is add more fuel to the fire.  All season, every season all Memphis hears about is how they play in such a horrible Conference USA and they’re never as good as their record indicates and Greivis’ comments I’m sure did nothing but piss them off even more.  Well, to steal a line from Drew, the Tigers told Greivis to, “Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

OV… still ugly.  I mentioned on Friday that Men’s Journal named Alexander Ovechkin one of the ugliest athletes in all of sports.  He’s not the only Baltimore area athlete on the list though… also featured is hometown hero, Sam Cassell.  When you throw Robert Parrish, David Wells, and Tayshaun Prince you might realize, maybe being ugly is the key to being, well, GOOD.  Common thing amongst these athletes is that they’ve all won championships… except Ovechkin, whom we all believe will get his.  Who needs good looking athletes, not me!

Scanning the Blogosphere

Fanhouse tells us that the Ravens have asked the league NOT to schedule them for the inaugural game of the ’09 season in Pittsburgh on national TV.

Camden Chat has an updated look at just who might be in the O’s rotation when the team comes north for the season.

Baltimore Sports Report looks at whose behind Guthrie and Uehara in the starting rotation now that Rich Hill is out of contention.

World Baseball Classic.com; despite Brian Roberts leading off the game with a solo home run, Japan ousted the U.S. in thw WBC Semifinals last night because of costly mistakes made by the Americans.

Baltimore Beat Down says it’s shocking how dumb some people who create mock drafts are.

The Morning’s Final Thought

Without a doubt, the funniest headline from the last couple days…

“Coach K/Obama Clash Threatens World Peace”

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