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The Reality Check Starting Nine Players We Just Haven’t Liked For Whatever Reason

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The Reality Check Starting Nine Players We Just Haven’t Liked For Whatever Reason

Posted on 29 February 2012 by Glenn Clark

Our fourth edition of “The Starting Nine (Ten)” Wednesday was perhaps the opposite of the previous week. This week’s edition was “Players We Just Haven’t Liked For Whatever Reason.”

If you wanted to know the reason you should have been listening to the radio show. It’s quite good.

Glenn Clark’s Nine (Ten):

Pitcher: Roger Clemens

Catcher: Brook Fordyce

First Baseman: Kevin Millar

Second Baseman: Jeff Kent

Third Baseman: Aubrey Huff

Shortstop: Travis Fryman

Outfielder: Manny Ramirez

Outfielder: Carl Everett

Outfielder: Gary Sheffield

Designated Hitter: David Ortiz

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All things considered, Ravens smell okay

Posted on 21 December 2009 by Matt Duggins

It’s easy to pile on when a team stinks as bad as the Bears.  Frankly, that performance against the Ravens yesterday justifies an all out dog pile from Chicago fans.  That was a stinker.  A mail-in.  A turd.  A deuce.

 

I’ll give it to the Ravens.  At least when they stunk, they tried.  Not so much for the Bears.

 

They’re obviously a team in disarray.  Lovie Smith is on the ropes.  Matt Forte is now just another mediocre back.  The defense isn’t half of what it was when Urlacher and Co. muscled their way into the Super Bowl just three seasons ago. 

 

But nothing compares to the stench of that cat wearing number 6.  Jay Cutler.

 

This guy REALLY STINKS.

 

Back in 2003, Mike Maroth lost 21 games for the woeful Detroit Tigers.  Now, losing 21 isn’t easy.  Maroth started 33 games that year and logged 193+ innings.  Obviously, the Tigers stunk, and the objective was to get the kid some experience against big league hitters.  Unfortunately for him, the tag of 20 game loser won’t serve the Tigers very well in 2010, but works fine for outraged bloggers, such as myself, for all eternity.

 

The point? 

 

Cutler is a 20 game loser this year.

 

After that embarrassment at M&T yesterday, the kid from Vanderbilt has thrown it to the wrong team 25 times already this season.  They’re 5-9. 

 

Keep in mind that the Bears wanted this guy.  They wheeled and dealed with the Broncos to send the eccentric Kyle Orton to Mile High in exchange for the 4500 yard kid from Santa Claus, Indiana.  They thought he would be the final cog in the wheel.  The missing link. 

 

What a bust.

 

I can think of a few guys that played in Baltimore that scratch the Cutler surface.  

 

Kevin Millar was my least favorite Oriole of all time.  He was like Cutler.  He came from a decent team.  The guy ‘Cowboyed’ himself to a World Series Ring, in fact.  But when he started wearing black and orange, he found new ways to strand guys at third with less than two outs that no one ever deemed possible.  I could smell that guy from Rosedale he stunk so bad.

 

There was little expectation of Gregg Zaun this second time around, but that guy still managed to pollute the air in Charm City.  Good riddance.

 

Elvis Grbac was no savior.  In fact, Grbac threw 18 picks in 14 games in 2001, and had a rating some 4 points less than Cutler’s this year.

 

Glenn Davis.

 

Albert Belle.

 

Still, I can’t fathom the remorse that Bears’ fans feel this holiday season. 

 

I guess the moral of the story here is to be thankful for what you’ve got- a team with a lot to play for this Sunday in Pittsburgh, and a front office that never puts itself in a predicament like this, with all their eggs in one basket like Chicago has with Jay Cutler.

 

Fact is, those are some rotten eggs, and they’re stinking up the joint.

 

 

 

 

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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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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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15-7-0

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15-7-0

Posted on 01 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

I was gonna write something about how I actually enjoyed watching Forrest Whitaker doing Andy Samberg’s “Dick in a Box” at the MTV Movie Awards, but when I would have to admit that I watched the MTV Movie Awards. Which I refuse to do. And want the last 3 hours of my life back….

You get props…..

1. Luke Scott and Matt Wieters

Let me start by saying this. If anyone else says as much as a WORD to me about the “Baby Birds”, there will be violence involved. I get it, the Orioles called a bunch of guys up; and Matt Wieters is absolutely going to be the greatest athlete in the history of sports. No really; I thought it was awesome how he hit 10 home runs, threw a perfect game, answered the Ravens’ receiver questions, got rid of the corruption in the Dixon administration, solved the downtown violence issues, saved the Baltimore Sun, and got both sides of the argument to come together on the whole gay marriage issue during his first weekend. Okay, maybe he hasn’t done all of that yet; but trust me he’s going to. And if you don’t own this T-shirt; you’re not a good person….

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As far as Luke Scott goes, please insert your own “Is he using steroids?” joke here. I’ve got too much writing left to do to waste my time…..

2. Jimmie Johnson

So they went racing in Dover Sunday, and Jimmie Johnson won. Which is just as well. I mean, who did you want to win? Jimmy Carter? I don’t think he qualified. I’ll check again though. Didn’t they call Jimmy Carter “The Georgia Peanut”? I love peanuts. I enjoy Honey Roasted peanuts. Can you really roast honey? I brought honey into the bedroom once…….but my parents yelled at me and told me that it needed to stay in the kitchen. I hope my girlfriend cleans our kitchen soon. I know she doesn’t live here, but it’s not like we’re going to clean it. I clean my ears religiously…..basically every time I’m in the bathroom. Ears are good to have, because with out them it might be tough to hear. When I was younger, I could never tell when you were supposed to write the word “hear” and when you were supposed to write the word “here.” Being young is great……I feel old a lot. Do old people still get to play Wii?

Yeah, there’s still like a half of a season left for me to try to make NASCAR jokes. I’m gonna need some suggestions.

3. Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant

Spare me the whole “this is what ESPN/the NBA get for putting together all of those Kobe/LeBron commercials.” Seriously, got over yourself. The Orlando Magic are about as entertaining to watch as the Real World/Road Rules Challenge “The Duel II” (okay, I take it back-I’d MUCH rather watch “The Duel.” No really, the Magic are putrid to watch. I mean, here’s Dwight Howard getting fouled. Now here’s Courtney Lee hitting a 3. Now here’s Hedo Turkoglu doing something awkward. CHRIST! And don’t bother telling me about how they play “team basketball.” If I wanted to watch “team basketball”, I would’ve watched the Finals the year San Antonio and Detroit played. But I didn’t, and neither did you. And frankly, if Orlando was playing San Antonio this year; you wouldn’t watch either. But you will, because it will now give you a chance to spew about how overrated Kobe Bryant is. Because, you know, what has Kobe Bryant ever done???

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I meant, what has Kobe Bryant ever done without Shaq????

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Get over yourselves people.

4. Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson

Nothing like having a lineup full of hot hitters…….you know, other than having guys on your team who can actually pitch. The Tigers turned the Orioles’ “Best Week Ever” into a 4 game road split without batting an eyelash (I cannot confirm no eyelashes were batted), thanks in part to the Orioles rolling out their usual Sunday lineup. I thought it was a little strange that this Sunday’s lineup looked like this….

CF Jerome Walton
2B Mark McLemore
3B Tony Batista
DH David Segui (pre-steroids)
1B Kevin Millar
LF Marty Cordova
RF Jay Gibbons (post-steroids)
C Geronimo Gil
SS Brandon Fahey

5. Denis Menchov

Lance Armstrong didn’t win the Giro d’Italia; and I have no idea if he was supposed to win the damn thing or not. But Denis Menchov won; which I guess is neat-because he’s a white Russian. Now here’s a picture of The Big Lebowski drinking a White Russian; mostly because I think he’s cooler than you are.

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6. Desmond Armstrong, Johnny Holliday and Missy Meharg

Somehow I was again left off the list of nominees for the University of Maryland Hall of Fame this year. I’m not going to get bitter about it; because I think Desmond Armstrong, Johnny Holliday, and Missy Meharg are all very deserving. However, I’m particularly surprised THIS great Terp didn’t make the list. I introduce you to “Trey”…..

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Trey is a unique candidate. His accomplishments mostly come from the field of passing out; where he holds the distinguished honor of having passed out at 74 different parties his freshman year. And it isn’t just the sheer number of times he passed out; it is also the many locations and ways he managed to pass out. He passed out three times in his own room (only once on his actual bed), 12 times elsewhere on the 6th floor of the Cumberland building (3 of those times someone actually noticed he was missing), and 14 times total in his actual building. He’s also passed out in 4 other dorm buildings on campus, as well as once inside the Diner after day drinking. It’s a long story, and not worth asking about. The telling statistic of Trey’s candidacy is the fact that he had over 14,000 different words and pictures written and drawn on him during the year, in a total of 20 different languages.

If that isn’t Hall of Fame worthy, I don’t know what is.

7. Oscar Salazar, Joe Nowicki, Brian Matusz and Pedro Florimon

Oscar Salazar has now hit 10 home runs this season for the Norfolk Tides. With that in mind, I hope you will consider purchasing my new T-shirt “When an opposing team sees Oscar Salazar come to the plate, there IS crying in baseball.”

(And that concludes my “MattWietersFacts.com” portion of the blog. You guys have been great. Stick around. You never know, I might actually start getting funny later.)

8. Mike Polk

You’re probably thinking to yourself “Glenn, who the hell is Mike Polk?” And that’s fair. But if you’re a die-hard reader of the 15-7-0 (I’m talking to you, mom); you’d actually be familiar with his work. You see, Mike Polk is the man who came up with these classics……

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And, after poking around the internet a bit; I managed to find this gem where Mike Polk does a great job of poking fun at himself….

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But apparently I’m not the only person who enjoys Mike Polk’s work. TNT actually commissioned Polk to make a video about TNT’s “Inside the NBA” crew…..

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And that’s brilliant. I may officially be developing what’s called a “man crush.” But not quite at the Forrester-Lowe level. At least not yet.

9. Serena Williams and Andy Roddick

Don’t look now, but there are TWO Americans left in Paris. And with that in mind; I pose this to you Baltimore. Who’s hotter??

Serena…..

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Or A-Rod……

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10. Adrian Gonzalez, Jason Bay, Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols

Adrian Gonzalez has hit 20 home runs this season. Think that’s impressive? Matt Wieters will have 25 by the end of the week. (I know, I promised. Sorry!!!!!)

In other baseball news this weekend, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Nationals have definitely decided to draft Stephen Strasberrg. (You see, it’s funny because the Nationals have a history of not being able to spell anything correctly).

In a related story, Stephen Strasburg decided to lose a game in hopes the Nats might reconsider. Not even his teammates could blame him.

11. Guus Hiddink

Chelsea won the FA Cup this weekend, and they have decided to let Hiddink consider other opportunities after a short tenure. Their rumored successor?…….

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When reached for comment, Peter Angelos said “This chapter is over. I wish him well.”

12. Justin Abdelkader

The Detroit Red Wings are up 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Finals; and if the Finals end in a sweep, what is arguably the most prestigious trophy in all of sports will be handed out after a game televised on VERSUS. In a recent poll, no one was outraged. However, 14% of sports fans polled did say “What’s the Stanley Cup?”

13. Brad Pitt, Megan Fox, and Mickey Rourke

Alex, I’ll take “Greatest Fantasy 3-ways in Porn history” for $400 please.

But seriously, Fox and Rourke won the biggest awards of the night at Saturday night’s taping of the Spike TV “Guys Choice Awards”; and Pitt took a stab at Mel Gibson by calling him “Sugar Tits.” Apparently that’s funny because Mel Gibson called a female cop that after being arrested; but I think it’s funny because I’m secretly a 13 year old boy, and I still giggle every time I hear someone say “tits.”

14. Whole Wheat Penne Genova at Sazzio

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(This isn’t pasta from Sazzio pictured; but it was actually impossible for me to find a pic of the actual stuff. Just go with it.)

Look, I didn’t think I’d like green pasta either. Frankly, I don’t enjoy much of anything that’s green……..ever. I mean, other than money; which I of course bathe myself in most days because I have so much of it. And of course boogers; which I have spent the better part of 26 years enjoying and leaving in random places throughout the world. But try to not think about boogers if you take a shot on the Genova (which is fancy talk for pesto there, Spud); or it might not be as enjoyable. Or maybe it will be just as enjoyable. I mean, what do I know about you anyway?

15. Pixar

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I don’t know how else to say this, but “Up” was FANTASTIC. And I don’t mean fantastic in the way that “It’s as cute as Finding Nemo”, I mean, it was REALLY fantastic. It was compelling, it told a great story, the characters had depth, it was just an EXCELLENT film. Completely on par with anything I’ve seen in the last year (including flicks like “Pineapple Express”, “Star Trek”, and “The Wrestler”). No really, it was that good. I’d like for there to be a joke here, but I’ve got nothing. It was just outstanding. If I say “testicles”, will this somehow now be funny? I’ve got nothing else….

You got lucky…….

1. Chip Woolley

The girl is out. Calvin Borel is back on Mine That Bird, who might somehow actually be the favorite going into the Belmont; now that it’s just a Boys Club again. This reminds me of my favorite Berenstain Bears book, which might have been the smartest book title OF ALL TIME…….

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2. Roger Federer

Speaking of winning without actually having to try; Rafael Nadal is out-and Roger Federer now appears on track to finally win his first French Open. But for the record, I’ll be rooting for Spiderman here to win…..

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3. Steve Stricker

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When you win the Masters, you get a Green Jacket that is the envy of everyone. When you win the Colonial, you get a jacket that NO ONE will buy even after you donate it to Goodwill two weeks later. When you win the Colonial thanks to a collapse by Tim Clark and a guy named Marino whose name is apparently not Dan, you’re Steve Stricker. Need I explain further? Good, because I don’t know anything else. In other golf news, Tiger Woods was seen sitting courtside at a Magic game with Hank Haney. If I knew why this was news; I’d tell you. I saw Ray Lewis sitting courtsude at a Magic game; is that news?

You know, since we’re talking golf, here’s a picture of Blair O’Neal. She’ll be on with Drew Monday morning, and is significantly more interesting than anything happening on any golf course anywhere……

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4. Austin Wood

If you’re going to throw 12 1/3 innings and 169 pitches of no-hit relief, your team might as well win the game. And if you’re going to have the last name “Wood”, I’m going to have to giggle. Deal with it.

5. Charles Barkley

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You know what’s funny? There is NO REASON why I should like Charles Barkley. He’s loud, obnoxious, offers little-to-no analysis, and is foul-mouthed. Making things worse, he calls his producer names like “pussy.”

Around here, we just call overweight, name-calling loudmouths “Forresters.”

AM I RIGHT???? HIGH FIVE!!!!!!!!

6. Alexandre Giroux

The Hershey Bears are up 1-0 in the Calder Cup Finals; which somehow might go longer than the Stanley Cup Finals. I could talk to you more about Minor League Hockey; but I’d rather share a childhood gripe. I love just about everything about the Hershey Corporation; but I have one favor to ask. Please, PLEASE suspend production of this candy bar around Halloween….

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It’s not even as though it’s that bad of a candy bar. It’s actually somewhat good. But just double production of Reese’s Cups and stop making Mr. Goodbars for like 3 months. Thanks everyone.

7. Jay Leno

So long Jay! No one under the age of 57 will miss you……

You’re a zero……

Ohio State Baseball

37-6????????

After the loss, the Buckeyes said it was okay because they’re not really trying to win until 2011.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 May 2009 by Glenn Clark

It will be all too easy for MASN to make yesterday’s game a future “Defining Moment.”

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Orioles are not playoff contenders.

But yesterday was about as much fun as I’ve had watching an Orioles game as I can remember. I was at Padonia Station yesterday afternoon to watch the UEFA Champions League final; and a ton of fans stuck around after the soccer game to watch the Orioles’ rally.

It was surreal. Down 8-3, then down 10-8, then the Reimold homer.

Watching the game with a crowd of people; it was a special feel.

But it wasn’t a franchise turner. This organization is still well away from that. Let’s not get carried away.

And let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Reimold’s HR may signal Pie’s departure

Thyrl Nelson says winning, news helps make this amongst ‘best weeks’ for Orioles fans in recent memory

Nestor Aparicio says Luke Jones crowned KOBST

Nestor Aparicio wonders if Wieters can be ‘savior’

Drew Forrester says Tucson enters Spring Training fray

Glenn Clark and Drew Forrester offer steroid suspects, including Brady Anderson

Matt Duggins wouldn’t be sorry to see Gregg Zaun go

Ed Frankovic says Caps believe steroids story has ‘no merit’

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Reimold crushes walk-off homer to lift O’s past Blue Jays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Roberts, Jones, Markakis all have shot at All-Star Game

MLB.com’s Brian Eller says David Hernandez to make Major League debut tonight vs. Galarraga, Tigers

MLB.com’s Brian Eller says Luke Scott activated from DL, returned to lineup

MLB.com’s Brian Eller says Uehara headed to DL

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jeff Seidel says Halladay stellar, but Jays blow it in 11th

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Fiorentino had 2 hits, homer for Tides in loss to Toledo

Bowie Baysox Official Site says John Mariotti gave up 3 unearned runs in 6 innings in loss to Altoona

Frederick Keys Official Site says Beato stellar over 6 1/3 in win over Wilmington

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says McCurry hit around as Shorebirds fell to Hickory

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds get first 3 game sweep of season, Jays lose 9th straight

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Andino had career high 4 hits in win

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd thinks ‘at least 40,000’ fans will be at Camden Yards Friday for Wieters’ debut

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Albers, Ray, Pie all candidates to lose roster spot with Hernandez to be called up

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg suggests what Wieters should do to get involved in Baltimore

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Mickolio took loss in relief for Tides

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says former Oriole Millar enjoyed Huff’s fist pump

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Reimold’s homer made winner out of Baez

Examiner Steve DeClue says Birds playing ‘exciting, winning baseball’ with recent call-ups

Examiner Jay Trucker says Moeller ‘soon to be departing’ with Wieters on his way

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Orioles’ ‘future taking shape’ with Bergesen, Berken, Reimold, Wieters, etc.

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Montanez had ‘successful’ thumb surgery

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Scott had homer, 3 RBI for Birds in return from DL

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Reimold makes major impact at big league level after injury-plagued minor league career

Frederick News-Post says Matt Angle had 2 triples for Keys in win

The AP says Trembley thought O’s ‘had fun’ more than they have in a while with comeback win

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Uehara dealt with same hamstring issues in Japan

Washington Times’ Ryan O’Halloran says Wieters gives fans reason to watch O’s-Tigers tomorrow night

Virginian-Pilot says Pinckney, Carlos Rojas had RBI singles for Tides in loss

Toronto Globe and Mail’s Robert MacLeod says Brian Wolfe gave up Reimold’s homer to take loss for Jays

Toronto Sun’s Bob Elliott says Birds sweep Toronto for first time since ‘94

Toronto Star’s Morgan Campbell says Aaron Hill appeared to have given the Jays the win with 11th inning homer

KOLD 13 Tucson’s Brian White says Pima County wants Birds to spend Spring at Tucson Electric Park

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mason ‘unexpectedly’ returns to practice

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says new OL Robby Felix overcame stroke to reach NFL

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens add O-Linemen Saucedo, Stefan Rodgers

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says ‘expectations remain high’ for Ravens

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Rolle, Washington, Foxworth battling for starting CB spots

The Official Site says Harbaugh thinks Demetrius Williams ‘putting (injury) out of his mind’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens giving former UTEP OL Felix shot after suffering stroke last season

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh expects Mason to ‘be ready’ for Training Camp

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Sypniewski could miss ‘extended’ time with knee injury

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says new OL Rodgers has stops with Jaguars, Titans, Buccaneers, Eagles, Jets early in NFL career

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh ‘jacked’ for chance to see Wieters this weekend

Examiner Steve DeClue says Ravens still ‘potential suitor’ for Boldin

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Felix suffered stroke after UTEP’s win over SMU

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Reed, McGahee both missing from practice

ESPN.com’s James Walker says ‘regular season’ still priority for Mason

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens could be ‘spoiler’ to potential Steelers-Patriots AFC Championship Game

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager says Birk ‘more than capable’ of facing top D-Linemen

Sporting News RealScouts says Reed best safety in NFL

HORSE RACING:

Belmont Official Site’s Francis LaBelle Jr. says Lukas’ horses Flying Private, Luv Gov worked out at Churchill Downs in preparation for Belmont

Belmont Official Site says Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN) to provide live coverage of 3rd jewel of Triple Crown

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Borel ‘business as usual’ approaching chance to win 3rd Triple Crown race

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Lukas looking for 5th Belmont after previously winning with Tabasco Cat, Thunder Gulch, Editor’s Note, Commendable

Thoroughbred Times says Flying Private looking to improve on last place finish at Derby, 4th place finish at Preakness

The Sun says wagering up 8.9 percent at Pimlico in Spring

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez’s quotes may mean he’s ‘leaning’ towards NBA Draft

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says commit Stoglin ‘rising’ (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen says Nolan Carroll working back from concussion (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles Virginia LB prospect Henry Coley (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Terps interested in another DeMatha prospect (must subscribe)

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site’s Mike Hermann says Unitas Stadium has been “Field of Dreams” for Tigers

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Tigers 20th in VERY early 2010 poll

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Hounds headed to Europe

Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says Ricci selected by Bayhawks in MLL Draft

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Hounds amongst teams interested in St. Frances’ Dante Holmes

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids says Midshipmen interested in Arizona prospect Hayden Tippett (must subscribe)

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Does the John Calipari scandal at Memphis make Lance Stephenson more likely to come to Maryland? Maybe. If Stephenson had limited his choices to the Tigers and Terps, the Terps are certainly in a better position today than they were yesterday.

-Does Anquan Boldin firing Drew Rosenhaus make Boldin more likely to be traded to the Ravens? No. Boldin fired Rosenhaus because he wants a new contract with the Cardinals; and Rosenhaus had yet to do that.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 05 May 2009 by Glenn Clark

Did you realize Nick Markakis and Adam Jones were tied for the MAJOR LEAGUE LEAD in runs scored with 29 each?

WHY COULDN’T THE TEAM HAVE JUST GOTTEN SOME MORE PLAYERS?!?!?!?!?!

Sorry, that is all.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Bob Haynie says O’s ‘worse’ than we thought

Glenn Clark says Ravens mini-camp amongst highlights of non-baseball week

Rex Snider wonders if horse racing ‘humane’

Drew Forrester says Birds not going ‘0 for May’

Glenn Clark says former Terp Nicholas one of 4 players to win NCAA Championship, EuroLeague Championship

Ed Frankovic says Ovechkin’s hat trick powers Caps past Penguins

Nestor Aparicio says Caps now legitimate contender for Stanley Cup

Drew Forrester says Crosby also tallied hat trick in Pens’ loss

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Roberts breaks out of slump to score go-ahead run, hit 2 run HR to put game out of reach in win over Rays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds, Uehara go for mini-sweep tonight vs. Garza, Rays

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Trembley will go with closer ‘committee’ of Sherrill, Ray, Johnson, etc.

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says injured Sarfate undergoing ‘further testing’ on arm

Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says Kazmir struggles as Rays fall to Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Markakis lead off win with 3 run homer

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Baez not being moved into closer mix

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Baez threw two scoreless innings to get win

The Sun says A-Rod may make return this weekend at Camden Yards

The Sun’s Candus Thomson says former Oriole Minor ‘at home’ coaching Shorebirds

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ former Oriole Triandos

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Rich Hill, David Hernandez to pitch tonight for Tides in doubleheader

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says former Oriole Millar having great start with Blue Jays

Examiner Jay Trucker says Eaton went into 6th inning, collected no decision in Orioles’ win

Examiner Jay Trucker says O’s had no MVP last week

The AP says Huff sac fly, Wigginton RBI double in 7th put Birds ahead for good

St. Petersburg Times’ Joe Smith says Rays lose to ‘woeful’ Orioles

Tampa Tribune’s Tony Fabrizio says Longoria homered for Rays in loss

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

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Beck officially signs with Ravens

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says 150 members of organization participated in ALS run to supports Brigance

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says cheerleader went from Mt. Airy to swimsuit calendar cover girl

The Official Site’s Dave Lang offers more pictures of cheerleaders in bikinis (it’s not like you’d want to read the story anyway)

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens cut Bouman to make room for Beck

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says former Bengals/Patriots WR Kelley Washington to get tryout with Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Dilfer best backup QB in Ravens history

Examiner Tony Wisniewski thinks undrafted Duke WR Riley will make team

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Gaither ‘in-line for big contract’ after season

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Washington previously tried out with Redskins

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens now have Flacco, Beck, Smith, and Buffalo UFA Willy at QB

Washington Post’s Mark Maske says Beck now re-unites with Cam Cameron

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Washington could give Ravens ‘depth’ at WR, contribution on special teams

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Beck signing, Bouman release leaves Ravens ‘inexperienced’ at QB

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Catalino finds midfield role ‘challenging’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps will still play Georgetown next season despite Hoyas’ move to Big East

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Tyler Smith, Jamarr Robinson, C.J. Brown, Danny O’Brien to compete for starting QB job in 2010

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps will have late kickoff at Cal next fall

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says DHB thinks highly of McCree (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin chats with Maryland QB commit Tyler Smith (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The AP says former Terps Nicholas, Jasikevicius win EuroLeague title with Panathinaikos

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Will Barton still has Terps involvement

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Terps ‘need’ Stephenson

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Ross’ performance highlights Terps’ targets at I-95 Challenge (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in with target Will Regan’s performance in Providence (must subscribe)

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Pietramala thinks Loyola belonged in NCAA Tournament

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Sun’s John Weaver says Retrievers could be ‘Final Four team’

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Seaman to be retained ‘for at least another season’

HORSE RACING:

Preakness Official Site says Hull-son of Holy Bull-headed to Pimlico for 2nd jewel of Triple Crown

Preakness Official Site says Pioneerof The Nile, Musket Man, Join in the Dance, General Quarters, Friesan Fire all ‘under consideration’ for Derby

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Mine That Bird was planned for Belmont next, but will run for Black Eyed Susans instead

Daily Racing Form’s Bill Tallon says former trainer Cotey ‘thrilled’ for success of Mine That Bird despite no longer being involved

Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty says handle down at Derby, but TV ratings up

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says I Want Revenge to get 6 weeks-2 months off

Daily Racing Form’s Steve Andersen says trainer Machowsky ‘has no regrets’ for keeping Kelly Leak out of Derby

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says Big Drama confirmed for Preakness

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Old Hilltop breathed ‘sigh of relief’ when Mine That Bird committed to Preakness

The AP’s Jeffrey McMurray says Woolley running Mine That Bird at Preakness because he ‘looked good’ in morning run

The AP says Derby ratings highest in 17 years

CBS Sports’ Lesley Visser says Triple Crown might benefit from becoming ‘playoff’ races

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Name SOMEONE the closer….if the closer role matters. If you don’t have a closer, you might as well say “Does it really matter? We’re terrible!” Why not let Chris Ray take a chance?

-I still think Troy Smith will be the Ravens’ backup. I think the release of Todd Bauman was a sign that the Ravens planned to keep Flacco, Smith, and Beck; and they wouldn’t expect Smith to come back as the #3 guy.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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How ’bout dem O’s!

Posted on 16 April 2009 by Neal Bortmes

The Orioles are continuing their modus operandi from the past few years and are teasing us with winning baseball at the beginning of the season.  If you are a true orange and black fan it is hard not to get excited at the start of a new season, especially when they have started off so well winning each of their first three series.  Opening Day was an incredible experience this year and it surpassed past years due to the uncertainty of the weather and the eventual payoff at the end of the game.  The clouds threatened to rain on our parade and one of the best parties of the year in Baltimore.  The sun peeked out for a while in mid-afternoon but the rains came again right before game time which seemed like an omen representing the big bad Yankees hanging over our heads.

 

As you know by now the game was not rained out after all and the Orioles were like a bright ray of sunshine cutting through the clouds.  The bats came alive for 10 runs that day and chased Cy Young award winner and 161 million dollar mercenary CC Sabathia in the 4th inning.  It was an absolutely fantastic day for baseball and it was made even better by the fact that loyal Orioles fans did not let the Yankee supporters in attendance drown out their cheers.  The infamous lets go Yankees chant that can be clearly heard at Camden Yards in the later months of the season as the seats turn from orange to green was overpowered by boos for Tex-liar.  For the first time in over a decade I could feel the camaraderie of O’s fans permeate the stadium.  The way the O’s dominated the majority of that game made the Boog’s BBQ and the ample amount of brew taste that much sweeter.

 

I have been impressed with the way the Orioles are swinging the bats this season.  Izturis capped off the great Opening Day win with his first and probably only homerun this season, but aside from that he is the only player who needs to significantly increase his offensive production.  He was signed to upgrade a poor up the middle defense and has been a drastic improvement over 2008’s garbage group barring last evening’s boot in the third inning against the Rangers.  Zaun has not dominated with the bat so far but as all O’s fans know he was signed to mentor Matt Weiters once he is called up, and Zaun has done an adequate job in his stead.  We are however waiting with bated breath for Weiters’ arrival.

 

Aubrey Huff has impressed me with his transition to full-time first baseman.  Like I said he will never be mistaken for JT Snow over there but he is serviceable, and a significant upgrade over Kevin “Red Sox” Millar.  Huff won a Silver Slugger at first base last year which is a significant accomplishment considering first base is typically an offense first position.  The way he has been swinging the bat lately I really think the O’s should try to sign him to an extension.  Three or four years might get it done and they don’t have anyone in the minors even close to ready to supplant him in the near future.  Gone are the days of guys like Calvin Pickering and Ryan Minor toiling in the minors waiting to get a shot.  Lets get over our huff about what Aubrey said (it really wasn’t all that bad to start with) and embrace what he has been doing for the ball club.

 

Speaking of toiling in the minors, the trade for Felix Pie, who has been yanked up and down by the Cubs over the last few years, was a low risk/high reward deal.  Pie represents a potential impact player on defense, and a capable offensive player with speed.  The only thing the O’s gave up was Garrett Olsen a below average lefty who had virtually no upside, and unless he pulls a John Maine and comes out of nowhere to be a decent end of the rotation guy this is a can’t lose scenario.  The mastermind of the Orioles recent terrific player personnel decisions Andy MacPhail has really outdone himself on his two biggest trades.  Trading a steroid using, older than he claimed to be, unhappy player with declining power and range for 5 players including Houston’s best pitching prospect in Troy Patton, Luke Scott our starting DH, as well as Matt Albers and Dennis Sarfate who are strong bullpen contributors has to be one of the biggest hoodwinks of all time.  It is only outdone by MacPhail’s other conquest over former Seattle Mariner’s GM Bill Bavasi.  A trade in which he dealt a disgruntled, no heart, only wants to pitch six innings crybaby who never lived up to the potential of his great stuff in Erik Bedard for 5 players including future face of the franchise centerfielder Adam Jones, as well as stud pitching prospect Chris Tillman and All-Star closer George Sherrill. 

 

O’s fans may not agree with everything MacPhail has done but no one can argue that this team has not improved significantly over past couple years, especially with building depth in the minor leagues.  The one complaint that I would raise is to question why they are starting guys like Adam Eaton and Mark Hendrickson who are guaranteed to have an ERA over 6.00 in place of young players like Brad Bergesen.  Bergesen could give up a ton of runs and be chased in the early innings just as easily, however Bergeson is in his early 20’s and actually has some upside.  With a little bit of experience he is almost destined to be better than those two stiffs.   Hendrickson was drafted by the 76’ers, 31st overall in the 1996 NBA draft, to quote EJ Pipkin’s 2004 campaign catchphrase “Who Knew?”  Maybe he should think about a return engagement with the NBA and put us out of our misery.  Prospect Radhames Liz is thought to be a starter and has recently been recalled; however he is a bullpen guy, period.  Liz has no upside as a starter but as a reliever he may find some late inning success.

 

The off-season signings of Nick Markakis and Brian Roberts seem like a harbinger of good things to come.  As the team continues to develop I hope that MacPhail will be able to sign our young players to long-term deals and keep the core guys together throughout their careers from the minors to major league success.  Let’s hope the O’s can continue to remain competitive for the remainder of the season, I want to see a game that matters in September for a change.

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

I really don’t make much of the story that Terrell Owens and Deion Sanders have talked to Ray Lewis and Jerry Jones about a reunion in Dallas.

I really think this story goes this way…..

If the Ravens have decided that ABSOLUTELY want Ray Lewis back; he’s going to be back. While he might not have liked the Ravens’ last offer; I don’t believe he has said “there’s no way I’m going back there.” If the Ravens say to him “Ray, we’re going to keep you; no matter what it takes”; I think he’ll say “okay, let’s get this done.”

But if the Ravens have decided to offer no more than a reasonable market deal for Ray (which is a completely legitimate choice); then the Cowboys are in play.

Ray is clearly going to take the most money offered, no matter where it is. But this starts with the Ravens. It will be their choice first in all of this.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Casey Willett says T.O. wants 52 to come to Dallas

Ray Bachman says neither Ripken nor Murray as ‘exciting’ to watch as Alomar

Nestor Aparicio says Arbutus native Schwartz to make first WNST appearance since taking job today

Casey Willett says Suggs talked free agency on NFL Network

Alex Thomas also thinks Alomar ‘slam-dunk’ Hall of Famer

Chris Bonetti thinks Gary might wish he had Jay Greene

Nestor Aparicio says Gary continues to get bad press

Ed Frankovic says Caps fall to Rangers in shootout

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara has ‘lot to prove’ in Spring Training

The Sun’s Childs Walker says O’s trying to build staff from ‘no names, retreads, rookies’

The AP says former Oriole Millar signs with Blue Jays

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says former Oriole Tejada pleads guilty to lying to Congress

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says former Oriole Alomar claims to be in ‘good health’

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. thinks Miclat will play at Delmarva this season

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Roberts hoping for ‘resolution one way or another pretty soon’ with Birds

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Tejada’s guilty plea may help Palmeiro’s story

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Alomar ‘sad story’

The Examiner’s Tony Wisniewski says things COULD be worse for Birds

NPB Tracker says Orioles sign Ryohei Tanaka to minor league deal

The Examiner’s Tony Wisniewski says Tanaka signing may be more about culture than baseball

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker thinks Daily News irresponsible in coverage of Alomar story

The AP says Tejada’s attorney expects him to receive probation

Washington Post’s Dave Sheinin and Del Quentin Wilber say Tejada apologized to Orioles, Astros, Congress, family, United States after guilty plea

Washington Times’ Ben Conery says Tejada ‘likely to avoid prison time’ with plea deal

DC Examiner’s Rick Snider says Tejada’s lying worse than steroid use

ESPN.com’s Lester Munson says charges against Tejada raise pressure on Bonds, Clemens

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Gregg returning to ‘shape’ since microfracture surgery

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cowboys beat writer Watkins confirms 52 talked to T.O. about playing for Jerry Jones

The Sun’s Mike Preston says 52, Ravens will likely start talking next week

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Favre gone may open salary cap room for Jets to pursue 52, Suggs, Scott, etc

The Examiner’s Tony Wisniewski thinks Rex Ryan ‘would love to bring some of his former players along for the ride’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Suggs ‘hopeful’ about return to Ravens

Dallas Morning News’ Calvin Watkins says Deion also trying to get 52 to Dallas

ESPN.com’s James Walker expects Jets to be ‘major player’ for Ravens’ free agents

Sporting News’ Dennis Dillon expects Ravens to franchise Suggs again

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco and Clark Judge both think Ravens CAN afford to let Ray leave

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says commit Williams showing Maryland pride

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says commit Williams breaks backboard with dunk

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda and Eric Prisbell say ‘no national champion in the past 18 seasons has regressed so quickly’ as Maryland

Washington Post lists All-Met players Gary has hit and missed since ‘03

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says recruit Stephenson will be on ESPN2 Friday night

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez third team All-ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens wonders how season would be different if Terps hadn’t blown big leads against Morgan State, Miami

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s contest with Virginia

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps trying to avenge prior loss to Cavaliers

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Terps have won 3 straight since loss in Charlottesville

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Jon Brand says Terps aren’t young anymore this season

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Dunbar Coach claims Maryland, Pitt, West Virginia have all offered LB/DE Javarie Johnson

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says new DC Brown will bring ‘4-3 structure’ to Terps

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter profiles Virginia ATH prospect (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles junior prospect Khairi Fortt (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles junior prospect from Philadelphia (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin talks to prospect Nick Forbes (must subscribe)

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Thornton hits key 3 in overtime to lift Tigers past Georgia State

The Sun says Jarrel Smith scored 18 points in Tigers’ win over Panthers

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mids lose 2nd straight at home; 70-59 to Lehigh

The AP says Chris Harris scores 18 in Navy’s loss to Mountain Hawks

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says transfer Avworo helping Midshipmen

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Harris, Kina hurt Mids with foul trouble in loss

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews contest against Florida A&M Saturday

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Hill-Eley pleased with bringing in local talent like Dunbar’s Antonio Brown

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site releases schedule for ’09 season

NEGRO LEAGUES:

The Sun’s David Steele says former Negro League stars in Annapolis yesterday to speak to lawmakers

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Phelps apologizes to fans in China

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Wyatt Smith; who scored 28 points last night in a BIG win for John Carroll over Calvert Hall; 81-68.

-There was NO reason Towson should have gone to overtime last night. Pat Kennedy has been struggling to teach his team how to win games. The positive things they did late in building a 3 possession lead started with offensive rebounding; but the negative things included bad 3 point shots too early in the shot clock and missed free throws in the final minute. You just can’t do that and expect to win basketball games. They were fortunate to escape last night.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 05 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

Don’t have time to add anything today; my apologies. Will add more tomorrow I promise.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Casey Willett says 52 talked to Jamie Dukes last night

Drew Forrester headed to Spring Training

Nestor Aparicio says concerts likely part of Preakness changes

Casey Willett says Bigbie again linked to steroid story

Chris Bonetti would like to see Terps involved in event with state college hoops teams

BJ Appel will miss Millar

Casey Willett wonders which Raven would be best to tag

Mark Suchy thinks this Terps team Gary’s ‘most forgettable’ group

Alex Thomas says cops in South Carolina have bigger issues than Phelps

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Ralph signs Top 25 rated incoming class

The Official Site offers complete Signing Day release (pdf)

The Official Site says Ralph credits James Franklin for local recruiting success

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph addressed LB concerns with recruiting class

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Cosh’s departure didn’t really hurt Terps in recruiting

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Nick Klemm, Pete White were late commits to Terps

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Terps offered White before Miami, Tennessee

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Klemm made switch due to coaching turnover at BC

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Ferrera, Arnett most likely to contribute early

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph hasn’t discussed position change with Tate

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says one QB recruit will be backup, one will redshirt

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Terps can’t sign all in-state talent

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says class amongst Friedgen’s best since returning to College Park

The AP says Fridge let out ‘loud yell’ when he heard Pete White had decided on Maryland

The Diamondback’s Jeff Newman says Terps nabbed 4 of 10 best players from state of Maryland

The Diamondback’s Jeff Newman says DeOnte Arnett stuck with Terps despite stock climb

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph ‘reloaded’ at O-Line

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Miami was believed to be leader for White

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says White visited Miami over weekend

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps need ‘immediate impact’ from incoming class

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps get just one of Top 150

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says WR L. Williams now ineligible

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps 3 over scholarship limit

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph has struggled with QB’s

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Ralph thinks class ‘big’, ‘strong’, ‘powerful’

Sporting News’ Brian McLaughlin thinks Terps had 4th best class in ACC

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Friedgen had ‘jovial demeanor’ in announcing class (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter profiles junior prospect Adrian Coxson (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter profiles another junior prospect (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s David Steele
says Terps OK off court; not on

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary put Tucker ‘back in rotation’

The Examiner’s Dylan Waugh says Terps had ‘highlights’ in loss to Carolina

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Tucker played ‘best game of his Terp career’ in loss to UNC

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gregory has become ‘high energy option’ for Terps

Washington Times’ John Taylor says Gary ‘buzzing’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tucker gave Terps ‘instant offense’ off bench

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Coleman could reach milestones tonight vs. NC State

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Wolfpack making first visit since Kay Yow’s death

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Terps will run video tribute to Kay Yow at halftime tonight

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Ambrose signs 15 in first class as Tigers’ head coach

The Official Site offers complete Signing Day release (pdf)

Frederick News-Post’s Greg Swatek says Bonheyo first athlete from Maryland School for the Deaf to get full D1 scholarship

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says ‘hand signals’ will help Bonheyo on defense

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Sun’s John Weaver says Seaman thinks ‘defense’ will be ’09 Tigers’ strength

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says season tickets for Mids on sale tomorrow

The Sun compiles list of Navy commits-without letter of intent process

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids beat Boise State, Portland State for Jarred Mack

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Chris Conner scores 24, but Hawks fall at Longwood

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews Eers’ trip to Long Island tonight

The Official Site says Goode Athlete of the Week

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Mount within ‘striking distance’ in NEC

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Bears, Tigers tied at 11 in series history

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says Michael Kimmel amongst country’s best middies

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says Kylor Berkman in conversation for Player of the Year

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Ravens used to being involved with Pro Bowl

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Bisciotti trying to ‘minimize losses’ during economic troubles

The Examiner’s Tony Giro says Ravens fans take solace in fact that their season better than Redskins’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Hue Jackson wants to see Flacco improve in ‘every area’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Rice has ‘lot to learn’

Sporting News’ RealScouts thinks Suggs, 52 stay in Baltimore

National Football Post mocks DHB to Ravens

NFL.com’s Vic Carucci says Lewis still thinks Pro Bowl ‘special’

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds bring back Parrish to minor league deal with Spring Training invite

The Sun says Burres claimed by Blue Jays

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. thinks Erbe will spend entire season in Bowie

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. thinks Parrish could be ‘solid pickup’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Parrish had good season at AAA last year

The Examiner’s Tony Wisniewski says Wigginton could be biggest acquisition of offseason for Birds

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Parrish spent at least part of 8 seasons with Orioles previously

Washington Post’s Cameron Smith says Parrish can opt out of deal if he doesn’t make big league club

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says Palace to rematch New York Red Bulls in Annapolis

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says 8 Dunbar players involved in Signing Day event

SWIMMING:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Phelps has considered skipping London games due to public scrutiny

The AP’s Eddie Pells says USOC CEO wants face to face meeting with Phelps

Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins hopes for ‘perspective’ with Phelps

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says changes to Preakness infield to be announced today

Thoroughbred Times says Magna ‘arranges funding’ for slots fee

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Ryan Bonheyo. Bonheyo became the first ever athlete from the Maryland School for the Deaf to earn a full scholarship to a Division 1 school when his commitment to Towson became official yesterday. Rob Ambrose told Drew this morning he was interested in Bonheyo coming to UConn; so this athlete must be truly special.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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