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Wigginton’s signing is a good one for the O’s

Posted on 03 February 2009 by Drew Forrester

It might have jammed up the team’s “utility-man-infrastracture” but today’s signing of Ty Wigginton is a good addition by the Orioles. 

He’s better than Kevin Millar.  He’s better than Chris Gomez. And, he’s better than Ryan Freel.

Personally, I think, he’ll be the O’s everyday third baseman in lieu of Melvin Mora by July 4th.

Look, he’s not A-Rod.  Ty Wigginton is a journeyman.  But he’s a good journeyman.  

That’s been my debate about their pitching additions this off-season.  They passed on GOOD pitchers like Jon Garland, A.J. Burnett, Derek Lowe and, likely, Ben Sheets, who is still out there for the taking but evidently not better than, say, Rich Hill, Mark Hendrickson or a Japanese pitcher who has the same major league ERA as I do.

However, as unnecessary as the Hendrickson signing was, the Wigginton signing is beneficial.

He’s a GOOD journeyman.  You need one or two of those along the way to patch up the holes and give you some consistency in the dog days of August when, in the O’s case, you’re 25 games out of first place and the games don’t matter anymore.  “Someone” has to play in those games.  

The Wigginton addition also potentially paves the way for a spring training trade of either Brian Roberts, Luke Scott, or both.  They’ve tried to sign Roberts over the winter but he’s heard “the story” one too many times from the O’s – “we’re gettin’ better, hang in there with us” – and is begging for a transfer, as Private Santiago did in “A Few Good Men”.  Scott is a decent-enough-hitter but not a gold glove candidate…and with Pie’s arrival from Chicago – and Freel and Wigginton both able to play left field – the O’s could also part company with Luuuukkkke if they could pull off a reasonable deal.

On the whole, It’s been an off-season filled with low-budget, “take a chance on me” type of player signings and acquisitions and Wigginton probably fits that criteria…but he’s a career .270 hitter and a capable defensive player and he’s only 31.  He can still play.  His history shows that.  He’s not a gamble, unlike a Rich Hill, Brad Hennessey or David Pauley.  Best of all, he’s actually coming to the O’s on the heels of a decent season in Houston, unlike some of their other off-season reaches like Hill, who, for example, pitched in 5 games a year ago before he was shut-down by the Cubs.  

It does create a possible logjam in the part-time player category, as Freel, Gomez and Wigginton are nearly identical images of each other.  Freel plays more outfield than the other two.  Gomez is the only one who can play shortstop – or has in the past – and Wigginton’s best position is probably third base.  But, in general, all three are fill-in types and that might be one more part-timer than the O’s really need.  Make no mistake about it, though, if you’re ranking the three, Wigginton is the best of the trio.

I like this signing.

It feels good to say (write) that.  

I must be getting soft.

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Christmas deadline for Teixeira? Not really…

Posted on 20 December 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

Want the craziest true story I’ve heard in Dallas in my first 24 hours? Apparently, I missed running into Mark Teixeira and Scott Boras in the lobby of the Ravens team hotel here in “Big D” by 15 hours. As much as we’re following this Teixeira situation at WNST as a major Baltimore news story – it has been the most followed, camped-out  Baltimore media popcorn trail since Jayne Miller chased Jobie Palczynski through my old Dundalk stomping grounds of Berkshire (the neighborhood I played little league, in no less) back in 2000 – I never though I’d almost cross paths with the pair of them at their “Texas” hideaway when I boarded the plane.

(I’m even getting people angered by giving them what I feel are “breaking news” stories on the Teixeira trail. Hey folks, news is news and we’re doing our best to be honorable as well. But who knows where the honor is amongst these baseball people who all lie as their lips move in these negotiations that involve crazy millions of dollars.)

Here’s the worst part: I’m a lifelong reporter and journalist and had I bumped into “Tex” I don’t know if I would’ve even recognized him and I have no idea what I’d even say or ask. Or whether I’d believe anything any of these cats would tell me.

Would I say, “Hey dude, how bad do you really want to play for the Orioles?” Or, “Why in the world would you not sign in Anaheim or Boston knowing what you know about this seemingly eternal mess?” And most viscerally, “Why did you hire Scott Boras as your agent?” But after thinking about it, I’d probably simply say this: “Do you care about Baltimore and Baltimore baseball and if you do what will it take to get you to be an Oriole and want to fix this for your hometown?”

(And that’s assuming that I’d actually be given the opportunity to ask questions in order to get lied to by them. The Orioles deny legitimate journalists from asking questions like these. And they resent me pointing out when they lie. But they DO lie. So do the agents. So do the general managers. So do the other owners, like John Henry.)

Maybe Tex would actually look at me with tears in his eyes – the way Mike Flanagan once did – and say, “I’m coming to Baltimore because things need to be changed and I’m the guy to do it!” Now of course, if Teixeira DID say that, I’d be the first guy buying a season ticket and singing the praises of Peter G. Angelos as making a significant change in the direction of the ballclub.

This thing has gone from the ridiculous to sublime for me. All of the effort I put into Free The Birds and my efforts to shed legitimate light on whether this ownership group really cares about Baltimore and baseball in Baltimore comes down to “tipping points” in their stewardship of the franchise like this one right here, right now.

As Third Eye Blind would ask: “How’s it gonna be…?” Are you going to step up and make this franchise real again and make people like ME  — and there are thousands of people like me…more who feel the way I do than don’t that’s for damned sure based on the empty seats alone and the empty city on all of those summer nights – want to come back to the ballpark consistently and live, eat, breath, sleep and DIE Orioles baseball?

Honestly, there were 60,000 of us who sat in 15-degree windchills to watch the purple football team play two weeks ago. The city is on “buzz alert” on a holiday Saturday night with purple fever.

When’s it gonna be like that for the Orioles again? When can we be proud to be Orioles fans again and have some civic pride instead of the mournful and deep shame and anger and “numbness” so many of us sadly feel and desperately want to change.

Signing Tex would say two things:

1.    It would tell me the Orioles are serious about competing for a championship just for stepping up and winning the first competition — the offseason. There is no “second place” here for the Orioles. If they can’t get a kid who played his high school games in the shadow of the lights of Camden Yards in a glorious era to want to come home and wear a gray sweater at Yankee Stadium that says “BALTIMORE” across the crest, then who the hell will they EVER get to take their “Confederate” money? More than anything, whatever he’s worth to Boston or Anaheim or Washington, he’s worth at LEAST 25% more to this franchise right now. Especially considering all the money they have from their TV deal at MASN. And the way they’ve slashed payroll waiting for a “tipping point” player. Teixeira is a game changer (in perception anyway) for them because it’s their ONE chance to win back the fans. Their money would be well-spent for the buzz factor alone. This hot stove conversation during the holidays and Ravens playoff drive is GREAT for them. People want to “buy in” to Orioles baseball. I want to “buy in” to Andy McPhail and the new regime. But I need to see changes. This is the Orioles franchise saying: “Come back! We’re all in!”
2.    From the player side, it would say that Teixeira really IS in Baltimore to “fix things.” Teixeira — unlike Kevin Millar or Jay Payton or Omar Daal or Aubrey Huff or Adam Jones or Luke Scott or Matt Wieters – has a choice in where he’ll play for the rest of his career. Picking Boston or Anaheim (or even Washington if the dough were right) would be what virtually every free agent in MLB would do. The only one who didn’t choose elsewhere in the past decade was Miguel Tejada, and the Orioles overpaid by at least $12 million to get him and there’s no doubt that Miggy has second-guessed his decision because he told me as much himself. Make no mistake about it: if the Orioles snag Teixeira it’ll say as much about HIM as it will about them. They don’t deserve him, really, no matter what they pay. But maybe he is that special guy who will be teary-eyed about Baltimore and wanting to return the Orioles to glory. That alone will brand him as a “Ripkenesque” figure (and then the heavy lifting will begin civic-ly for him). Honestly, his first phone call should be to Ripken and reach out by aligning himself as closely as possible with Cal. (As an aside, I DID get some inside “community” information on Teixeira. He’s a major donor to his alma mater, Mt. St. Joe, donating a “seven-figure” number to the school over his first six years in the bigs. ANOTHER reason to think Teixeira would be a “right guy” as Eckman would say about his commitment to Baltimore via being an “Oriole for life.”

So here’s the Teixeira and Baltimore “passing in the night” story for you:

Several Ravens staffers and fans, in town early to sharpen their golf skills, checked into Dallas a day early. Word is Teixeira and Boras stood in the lobby of  what has become the Ravens’ team hotel in Las Colinas and looked up at the ESPN scroll on the bar TV and Teixeira said something to the effect of: “Well, they found out about this pretty quickly in Boston!”

No doubt Boras “leaked” the “covert” meeting. But that’s the game. Stir up the masses and use the media as a weapon.

The plotline thickens daily. But I’m not convinced Teixeira needs to sign anything before next week or any self-imposed “Christmas deadline.” Because Boras’ words and deadlines slip. And Red Sox owner John Henry’s media negotiating tactics sharpen. And all the “Peters” twist in the wind, writing blogs and quoting unnamed sources who openly lie to everybody about everything. It’s so bad that John Schuerholz (as fine a guy as I know and an old-schooler who John Steadman so admired) has taken to name calling.

(And by “Peters” I meant: Peter Schmuck, Peter Gammons, Peter King and Peter Pascarelli. Feel free to insert your Dick jokes here.)

I don’t think there’s any deadline. I think Boras has this thing right where he wants it. The media is trailing, fueling the fire. The fans are into it. It’s the ONLY game Baltimore fans have had to play in years. It’s like a pennant race that money CAN buy! The Baltimore fans are killing the Orioles to drive up the price. John Henry is playing poker. Arte Moreno is laying low because he’s got a pretty damned good offer as well. And the Nationals are an outsider with a big need and a big offer.

The only thing better than having four suitors is having five. Who knows if the Yankees will want to play?

Boras has negotiated Mark Teixeira into the stratosphere with this salary drive pitting four cities and four fan bases and four ownership groups into “crisis” mode. It’s a true hot stove bonanza amidst financial crisis in the “real” world. Kudos to Boras! It’s gonna make Teixeira plenty rich but it’s not gonna make him a “right guy.”

Only he can decide what that means and where his “heart” lies. Or his wallet. And why he’ll choose wherever he chooses.

If he doesn’t come to Baltimore and play for Peter Angelos’ Orioles in 2008, I really can’t blame him. But god help him and the Orioles if they can’t work this out because they’ll both get crushed by the fans. And Teixeira will have three cities where he’ll get lustily booed next season.

Pass the popcorn…

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The Teixeira conundrum and Angelos conspiracy theory

Posted on 16 December 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

Because this saga regarding Mark Teixeira and the Orioles and the Red Sox and the Nationals and the Angels has dragged on far too long it’s given me way too much time to think about it. And it’s really quite the mystery and little game from the media’s standpoint. And his uberagent Scott Boras just eats this up – when the media pits “offers” against each other with lots of zeroes. It’s gone so far that there were media people in the press box at the Ravens game with binoculars stalking down whether Tex was in the stadium and what sky box he might be in.

Yes, it’s gotten a little nutty and I have been entertained if not totally perplexed by the whole thing. There are still people in Baltimore (and many in the media who are being handsomely paid by Angelos via CBS Radio, MASN, The Sun, Orioles Hangout, Pressbox and others to be, ahem, “optimistic”) who honestly believe in their soul that the Orioles might actually be involved in a pennant race again sometime this century. For the record, as long as Angelos is alive and owns this team and continues to run it like he has for 15 years, I really don’t believe they’ll win. I believe it’s karma at this point. I would LOVE to be wrong, actually because this city is a morgue in the spring and summer compared to what the Ravens and hope bring us each Labor Day.

But as a fan and a Baltimorean what do you really want here?

There’s certainly a part of me that begs to have real baseball back in the Baltimore – the kind we see in October in the cities where it perpetually matters like New York, Boston, Chicago or in places like Philadephia or Detroit or even Denver where we’ve seen the game resurrected by a winning team. Or at least the mere chance to win.

Because I’m a little more removed and less emotionally involved in it on a daily basis (most of my energy to truly care has waned again), I honestly haven’t given a lot of thought to the Teixeira drama until the past week when all of a sudden it somehow miraculously seems like they have a shot to sign him. As recently as a month ago, general manager Andy McPhail was telling most people that it was extremely doubtful that the O’s would be involved in the Tex Sweepstakes at all. And that’s when most thought he’d get “about” $100 million.

Now, at the 13th hour and a week before Christmas it appears as though Angelos has gotten personally involved in the bidding war – same as he did in New York that day when he spent $173 million on the franchise that he has summarily destroyed on the field and in the community (but not in his pocketbook, thanks to Bud Selig getting a rectal examination and the threat of a whopper lawsuit on the Washington territorial rights issue).

It’s all become very clear to me. This mating call with Scott Boras has all of the fingerprints of Peter Angelos and his intense will to get Teixeira in a orange uniform on Opening Day. And it’s not much different than when Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti “strongly recommended” to Ozzie Newsome that Joe Flacco needed to be a Raven eight months ago. Turns out, Bisciotti has made several good calls in 2008.

It’s not like Ozzie to want to deal up in the draft and give up picks on draft day. And it’s not like Andy McPhail to want to pay a first baseman $150 million or more over seven years. It’s almost against everything in his baseball DNA. McPhail, who was told 18 months ago to slash the payroll and save (and or make) the team more money by promising the populace “young talent” and “working through the draft” and “obtaining lots of young arms” and “building through the farm” (all his words, not mine), clearly understands the team’s ongoing public relations nightmare and lack of passion within the fan base. There’s nothing about signing Mark Teixeira – short of the price tag — that is a bad play for the Orioles in a short term “win back the people of Baltimore” ploy. It’s a good ploy, mind you. It’s the best thing the franchise can possibly do to say: “We’re trying and we care as much as you do!” (Even though I think answering questions from real journalists would be a distant second place.)

They have millions of excess dollars that they’ve pocketed over the past few years via their obscene MASN deal. They finally have some useful, young talent on the field (Nick Markakis, Brian Roberts, Adam Jones, Luke Scott, Jeremy Guthrie and potentially Matt Wieters) to build around. And let’s be honest – when will the team EVER get a chance to sign a superstar player who grew up in Baltimore and actually remembers the greatness of the Orioles that we all are wondering if we will ever experience as a community again?

Angelos NEEDS to get Teixeira in an orange jersey before Christmas. At least HE feels he needs to and at no point does McPhail even appear to factor into the equation. And, honestly, Angelos is probably right.  He needs something to “make a splash” and it’s not signing more minor league free agents in March. Bringing in Teixeira shows that they’re serious about trying to win. And it’s been a little while since we could say that.

But that’s the just the Orioles side of the story. Hometown boy comes home, gets huge payday and…

Well, there’s a few ways this could go:

1. He’ll come here and the pitching will suck and the team will suck and the Yankees and Red Sox fans will continue to own Camden Yards 20 times per year. (This is the most likely short-term scenario with or without Teixeira.)

2. He’ll be part of a return to mediocrity and the team might squeak out an 81-win season in the first few years and maybe play a game in August that matters in the wild card race.

3. He’ll be the cornerstone of a baseball renaissance in Baltimore that will return the Orioles to perennial 90-win seasons, greatness and Camden Yards and downtown and the city of Baltimore will become electric in the summer of 2010 and the city will love the team like they love the Ravens.

* This is all assuming that he comes here and hits .300, mashes 35 homers per year and drives in 120 RBIs each season in any scenario. If they pay him $20 million a year this is a baseline expectation.

But that’s just a few possibilities from the Orioles’ perspective of what result they’re ultimately getting as an organization for buying a player who they’re paying TWICE as much as they’ve ever paid in the history of the organization for anyone. What’s Mark Teixeira really going to mean to the only two bottom lines that matter: winning and selling tickets? (Of course even THAT doesn’t matter too much when their Mickey Mouse television network is earning $100 million per year by just turning the lights on via the tax base civicly funding MASN.)

But what if you’re Mark Teixeira? What’s in it for him, besides getting richer?

As I wrote four days ago he’s getting wealthier (he’s already made $35 million playing baseball and he’s only 29) no matter where he goes and I believe it’s ultimately about happiness, the ability to win and perhaps somewhere the ego of “getting paid as much as you can” or being the “highest paid” this or that.

The four suitors – if there really are four suitors, with Boras who the hell knows what the truth is? – all have situations that I’m sure Teixeira and his bride and family could find palatable after he cashes his paycheck each week for $400,000 until he’s 37 years old.

The Red Sox, to me, are the first place he should start if winning and playing in a “real” baseball environment matter to him. He got his first taste of the postseason this year (and hit .467 no less) and that should be all he needs to know about the difference between playing out the string in the boiling heat of Arlington and being involved in something akin to fun and what he remembers about being an Orioles fan when he was 16. If you are a man of integrity involved in any competitive industry or athletic pursuit, there’s NOTHING ON EARTH better than winning. If you’re not serious about WINNING, then why the hell are you playing? (Oh, that’s right. The money…)

It sounds like his experience in Anaheim didn’t completely win his heart despite the fact that he was a “rented hat” for two months there. (And he “inherited” a pennant race in Southern California. He didn’t “earn” it, by and large.) If a full stadium, a winning tradition, a great manager, a great owner, Rally Monkeys, pretty girls in the stands and unlimited sunshine (think of those dreadful April and September games when it’s 45 degrees on the east coast) didn’t win him over this year then I don’t know what the heck he’d want in a Major League Baseball career. This is an outstanding place to make $150 million for any human being. You could make a case that it’s a BETTER option than Boston, if you’re wired a certain way.

The Nationals is a weird, twisted concept to me. If he wants to be “home” then that’s Baltimore. If Tex wants to win, there’s not much tradition or reason to believe that the Nats will become the UCLA of the N.L. East. Yeah, you get to live in Annapolis and play in a pretty ballpark with low expectations, but that’s a lot different than going to a winning franchise like the Angels or the Red Sox. And it still ain’t home.

And finally, the Orioles. Maybe Peter Angelos just will up the ante (like he used to in the “old” days of Chris Sabo and Albert Belle and Brady Anderson and well, you know the rest if you’re reading this…) and offer “the most money” if that’s his thing. And maybe Teixeira really can be convinced – and I don’t mean by money, I mean REALLY convinced in his soul — that the Orioles can be saved and he can be part of saving them by coming here and fulfilling his childhood destiny to be the “Cal Ripken” of this generation. (Even I can get emotional writing that because ANY of us could put ourselves in Teixeira’s shoes and squirm a little with this decision if we’re being truly honest.)

One thing is for sure – if he signs here it’s not because it was truly his best option. If Mark Teixeira really does sign up to play with this sham of a franchise (and it’s Siberia for any real free agent this side of Miguel Tejada over the last decade and anyone from Mike Mussina through Brian Roberts would have nothing good to say to recommend it as a “career” choice) then he is to be roundly applauded and supported because he’s CLEARLY doing it because of his heart WAAAAY more than his head or his wallet. If Teixeira is at The Warehouse wearing a “Baltimore” road gray sweater later this week at a press conference (one that I’ll no doubt be banned from asking any legitimate questions) it’s because he really DOES want to save this moribund franchise and pitch in to make Orioles baseball and the city of Baltimore fun again on summer nights.

And what could possibly be bad about that? And this is the ONLY way Peter Angelos can be given the “hero” treatment by the fans who’ve unwittingly lined his pockets via MASN through all of this mess while the city has rotted and decayed on summer nights downtown. And we all know Peter “The King” longs to be loved and short of winning a World Series, this is the best he’s gonna do in this lifetime. He CAN’T buy a World Series. But he CAN buy Mark Teixeira! I can just hear him crowing on MASN sitting on a couch with Roch Kubatko and Steve Melewski and in that goofy voice saying: “We… did what we needed to do… to restore the pride… to the Orioles!”

There’s only one hometown superstar of this generation. And Angelos has his sights on him. And he doesn’t like losing. (Witness his senseless feud with me and with WNST, people who truly LOVE the Orioles! It’s all about him “winning” — whatever that means? What good is it doing them to continue to be complete jerks in dealing with any legitimate media member who has questions about what is a publicly-funded, civic trust for profit that has gone awry? NO ONE wants the Orioles to be great more than WNST. Anyone who knows me knows that I believe that.)

So where does Angelos’ personal kryptonite, Scott Boras, fit into this equation? That’s really hard to say given his propensity to pit egotistical and wealthy baseball owners against each other in bidding wars that are silly farces when most are reviewed years later. Where is Tom Hicks now? (He gave up on ARod and Texeira, which is the Boras Daily Double!) Does Boras really have a say here with Tex or a dog in the hunt, other than his commission on the transaction? Only time will tell…

Here are a few random observations on Teixeira:

1.    I’ve never met Teixeira but I’ve never heard anything glowing about his marketability or personality. As a matter of fact, he routinely eschewed any “hometown” press coverage on his first visits back to Camden Yards as a big leaguer. It’s not like he’s got a foundation here or a civic cause here or has ever even “appeared” here doing any worthwhile community endeavor that I know about. (Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong here…but no one has ever called or written me with a story, picture, essay or ANYTHING involving Teixeira publicly or charitably in Baltimore.) If he walked through White Marsh Mall today for lunch I honestly don’t think anyone would recognize him. My point isn’t that he’s a “bad” guy. I don’t know a thing about him beyond what I’ve written about. But I do know he’s NOT Cal Ripken. No matter how much you pay him!

2.    He’s been traded TWICE so it’s not like any other franchise has found him  “irreplaceable.” Actually, it’s more like the opposite. I’m always skeptical when a team takes a player who has had Teixeira’s statistical prowess and decides, “Yeah, he’s OK but we’d rather have these OTHER player(s) instead in a trade.” That’s always a major red flag. The dude has raked at the plate. He’s a legitimate force offensively in the big leagues. And if he signs here, he’s on Team No. 4 and is only 29 years old and six years into his career. That really doesn’t sound like a “guy you build your franchise around” or break the bank for to me.

3.    Are the Orioles doing this to win or to sell tickets and get some mileage out of the marketability of a “Baltimore kid” in a “Baltimore uniform?” I’m really unsure of what Angelos’ intent is here. Sure, he’s a nice player and a good hitter but $20 million a year is a little obscene given the position he plays and the fact that I’m not sure there’s going to be a rush on season tickets because he’s an Oriole. That might be the case, but I’m skeptical that he’ll move the needle on ticket sales in any more than in a negligible way. Maybe the “we’re trying!” part of it will sell more goodwill than the actual numbers or W-L record Teixeira produces in the short term. As a matter of fact, I’m 100% sure Opening Day would be a “big deal” again this year (re: sellout) if they sign Teixeira on Thursday for $156 million. But is THAT worth $156 million?

4.    Bottom line: Couldn’t the Orioles spend that $20 million per year on pitching and truly have a better chance to win over the next 36 months? (I ask this rhetorically…I have no answer for this.)

Either way, Baltimore has a MUCH better chance to win if Teixeira comes than by having another Kevin Millar or Randy Milligan or David Segui or B.J. Surhoff playing first base. It’s certainly a major upgrade in that department. And it’s not my money. (Or maybe it IS our money with what these crooks are stealing via our Comcast bill every month and not utilizing on behalf of making the baseball team and the city better?)

It’s getting more and more interesting every day that this drags out. And it’ll be interesting to see the civic reaction and the Orioles’ reaction if he eschews his hometown team and leaves King Peter at the alter by signing with the Red Sox or the Nationals. Would that be unlike Scott Boras, pulling down the Emperor’s trousers with the ONE guy he HAD to get? And, no less, delivering him to Larry Lucchino up in Boston? Wouldn’t that be Boras’ “tea pah-tay.” (For a brief laugh, just click...)

We’re hearing that Angelos and the Orioles really think they’re going to get Teixeira. And that will make it all the more painful if they don’t get him. There’s a lot to digest here and a lot of risk. The Orioles just don’t offer $150 million to ANYONE. EVER! So, if this is legit, it’s a major foundational, tectonic shift.

The coolest part is that this is a major “Y” in the road for the franchise. One way or the other, Mark Teixeira is going to greatly affect Baltimore and its baseball future for years to come over the next week.

The Orioles always have the “fall back” position of painting Teixeira as a modern day Benedict Arnold if he “elects” to not sign in Baltimore after the Orioles made a “fair and reasonable market offer.” I can hear and see the somber McPhail at the podium now saying, “We did our best…We made him a generous offer and he elected to go to (City X).” Blah, blah, blah…

Keep the popcorn warm. This is getting good!

The Orioles have lit a spark just by “being involved.” (Hey, we’re TALKING and WRITING and THINKING about them during a week when the purple guys with helmets are playing for their playoff lives…)

But who’s zooming who and who is serious? And where will Teixeira sign? And for how much? And what wild stories are going to unearth afterward when the “truth” is told. One bride. Three bridesmaids.

I think King Peter wants the white dress.

But who the heck knows?

Pass the butter…

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 December 2008 by Glenn Clark

Tuesday Top 7……

7-Todd Heap

That part of the field is not an easy place to score from; because the back line becomes another defender. It was an important TD; and it is good to have Todd back as an offensive target.

6-Jared Gaither

Just another good game from a tackle who maybe is deserving of Pro Bowl consideration.

5-Jarret Johnson

Adalius who? Jarret not only makes big plays to force turnovers; but he continues to do the smaller game-changing things as well.

4-Le’Ron McClain

I don’t know about you, but I feel like every time he touches the ball he’s about to rip off 5 yards. Maybe he should be Le’Ron “Five Yards” McClain.

3-Joe Flacco

What else can we say? He’s pretty special. It’s a shame it was such a blowout Sunday, I would have liked to have seen him hit 300 yards.

2-Derrick Mason

6 catches, 91 yards would have been a pretty impressive feat most other weeks, but almost went unnoticed do to the performance of one Mark Clayton.

1-Mark Clayton

Was there another option?

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says ‘perfect storm’ for Ravens, fans

Thyrl Nelson has Ravens 9th in power rankings

Alex Thomas thinks Ravens finish 11-5

Nestor Aparicio to compete in Caps’ hot dog contest vs. “Black Widow”

Ed Frankovic says Ovechkin honored by NHL

Rob Long wants you to support area youth football


The Official Site’s Scott Garceau excited to watch Steelers, Ravens duel for rest of season

The Official Site says Harbaugh thinks ‘technique’ can improve

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh expects McGahee to be ‘big part of’ offense in December

Redskins Official Site’s Gary Fitzgerald says Skins aren’t switching QB’s

Redskins Official Site’s Gary Fitzgerald says Portis has sore neck

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens have struggled in primetime

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh thinks Ravens can still dig further into offensive bag of tricks

The Sun’s Mike Preston says not all Ravens buying into Harbaugh’s philosophy

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McGahee ‘supports’ Ravens, Harbaugh

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Pryce coming on late

The Sun’s Mike Preston believes McGahee will still have impact this season

The Sun’s Mike Preston says despite solid play from Clayton, Ravens still need WR target

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Harbaugh trying to correct special teams

The Examiner’s Phil Macek says Flacco ‘real deal’

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

Aaron Wilson says upcoming games ‘critical’ for Ravens

Aaron Wilson says J. Johnson, Gaither avoid significant injury Sunday

The AP says Ravens have ‘no apologies’ for 6-0 record vs. losing teams

Washington Post’s Mark Maske says Newsome won’t admit to being ‘surprised’ by Ravens

Washington Times’ Ryan O’Halloran says Skins have no ‘margin for error’ starting with Ravens

DC Examiner’s John Keim says Skins need to produce more touchdowns

ESPN.com’s James Walker doesn’t care if Ravens’ offense ‘smoke and mirrors’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘could be dangerous’ with effective Clayton

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Clayton ‘hot’ right now

SI.com’s Peter King says Ravens border on ‘franchise-changing’

SI.com’s Ross Tucker gives Clayton “A+” for Sunday effort

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge gives AFC North advantage to Steelers|

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens “A” for win over Bengals


The Official Site says 3 Terps named First team All-ACC, 9 Terps honored altogether

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says D-Line commit J. Anderson didn’t lose much in high school

The Sun’s Jeff Barker remembers bigger plays from Maryland’s season

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says OL Campbell has ‘sore shoulder’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker expects Maryland officials talking to Meineke Car Care Bowl officials

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says injury to DHB allowed young receivers chance to play

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says today’s WAC decision could affect Terps’ destination

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell thinks potential Boise State-Ball State game could alter Terps’ travel plans

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell thinks Terps better off trying to change schedule and play in DC

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Maryland officials want Bowl situation solved soon

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says E. Williams, Scott, Baltz all first team All-ACC

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps could end up in Detroit, Shreveport, Birmingham, Houston

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Wujciak 2nd team All-ACC

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Terps headed to Humanitarian Bowl

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich has Terps 10th in ACC Power Rankings

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles prospect Ankrah (must subscribe)


Michigan Official Site previews Wolverines-Terps tomorrow night

Michigan Official Site offers complete Michigan-Maryland release (pdf)

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says even losses could help Terps down stretch

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says CBS’ Kellogg thought Vasquez ‘excellent’ in open court

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary non-committal regarding Mosley’s future in starting lineup

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary thinks hitting shots early could have changed tone of Sunday’s loss

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary thinks Terps need to take better shots, hit open shots, and play better defense

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Kim had positive minutes Sunday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hoyas proved distance between them, Terps

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says DeMatha has plenty of prospects again (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps still interested in R. Smith (must subscribe)


Army Official Site previews Navy game

Army Official Site offers complete Army/Navy release (pdf)

The Sun’s Don Markus says Barnes likely only receiver to make impact in Saturday’s game

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says KNKE, Dobbs splitting reps in practice

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Miami likely candidate to face Navy in EagleBank Bowl

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Army FB Mooney will be tough for Navy to corral

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Niumatalolo thinks ‘season rides’ on Army game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Navy has no idea who they might face in EagleBank Bowl

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says rematch clause prohibits Wake, Navy from meeting in DC

ArmySports.com says Niumatalolo hasn’t decided whether Kaheaku-Enhada or Dobbs will start (must subscribe)

ArmySports.com’s “Sheldon Y.” breaks down what Knights need to do to beat Mids (must subscribe)


The Official Site previews tonight’s game with UT-San Antonio

The Official Site says Kina honored by Patriot League


The Official Site says St. Francis upsets Bears at Hill Field House

The AP says Holmes scores 19 in loss for Morgan


Carroll County Times says Goode scores 29 for Eers in win

Washington Post’s Steven Goff says Gilmore had 15 points, 16 boards for American in loss


The Official Site previews Loyola-Siena contest Wednesday

Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman continues “Patsos Watch”


The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds decline arbitration for Millar, Payton, Castro, Cintron

MLB.com’s Scott Merkin says Baines has Hall credentials

MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo says former Oriole Orosco could be first middle reliever in Hall

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds more likely to pursue players not offered arbitration


SI’s Alan Shipnuck announces Phelps Sportsman of the Year

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg thinks Phelps easy choice for SI’s Sportsman of Year


-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Albadee Edwards of Kenwood; who threw for a TD and ran for another as the Baltimore County All-Star team beat the City All-Star team 29-12 last night at CCBC Essex, or Essex Community College if you will. I know I will.

-Michael Phelps was seemingly the only option for SI’s Sportsman of the Year. Maybe Usain Bolt? Maybe Kevin Garnett? Maybe Rafael Nadal? All decent options; but none accomplished anywhere near what Michael Phelps did. I doubt there was any drama in that decision process.

Terps in the NFL Week 13 update….

-LB Eric Barton had 9 tackles (8 solo) and defended 1 pass in the Jets’ 34-17 loss to the Broncos
-TE Jeff Dugan had 1 catch for 3 yards in the Vikings’ 34-14 win over the Bears
-CB Domonique Foxworth had 3 tackles (2 solo) and defended 1 pass in the Falcons’ 22-16 win over the Chargers
-QB Shaun Hill was 14-23 for 161 yards and a TD; he also rushed 4 times for no gain in the 49ers’ 10-3 win over the Bills
-LB D’Qwell Jackson had 7 tackles (6 solo) in the Browns’ 10-6 loss to the Colts
-DT Kris Jenkins had 3 tackles in the Jets’ 34-17 loss to the Broncos
-CB Lewis Sanders had 5 tackles (4 solo) in the Patriots’ 33-10 loss to the Steelers
-DT Randy Starks had 2 tackles (2 solo) in the Dolphins’ 16-12 win over the Rams
-S Madieu Williams had 5 tackles (5 solo,  1 TFL) in the Vikings’ 34-14 win over the Bears
-CB Josh Wilson had 1 tackle (1 solo) in the Seahawks’ 34-9 loss to the Cowboys

Morgan Bears in the NFL Week 13…..

-TE Visanthe Shiancoe had 1 catch for 20 yards in the Vikings’ 34-14 win over the Bears

Navy Midshipmen in the NFL Week 13……

-FB Kyle Eckel rushed 6 times for 27 yards in the Eagles’ 48-20 win over the Cardinals

Talk to you tomorrow.


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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 01 December 2008 by Glenn Clark

There was absolutely nothing to complain about in yesterday’s win. Could the Ravens have scored TD’s earlier in the game? Maybe; but they scored plenty during the game; so it didn’t matter.

The Ravens can’t get complacent or overconfident; but they are certainly capable of beating the Redskins next week, and should beat them fairly handily.

As far as the Frank Walker saga is concerned; John Harbaugh can use him. Hopefully the relationship will repair this week. Harbaugh is in a better place at 8-4 to remind players of who the Head Coach is.

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says schedule gets tougher for Ravens now

Nestor Aparicio wants to see Modell, Sharpe, Woodson go to Hall together

Nestor Aparicio says ‘not much to complain about’ in win

Chris Pika says Ravens snapped 3 game losing streak in Cincinnati

Glenn Clark says Terps fail in all aspects of loss to Georgetown

Glenn Clark ‘uncomfortable’ watching Maze at Tennessee

Ed Frankovic says Bears playing good hockey on Caps’ farm


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens ‘dominant’ in win over Bengals

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says L. McClain ran for 85 yards, McGahee didn’t play one snap in win

The Official Site’s Kristen Deahl says Clayton threw, caught TD’s in Ravens’ win

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Bengals went three and out NINE times in loss

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says team suffers 2nd worst loss of Marvin Lewis era

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Thornton thought Bengals ‘wore out’

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says W. Anderson got Gatorade shower after beating former team

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens get biggest divisional win in 5 years

The Sun’s David Steele says Clayton major ‘playmaker’ vs. Bengals

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens’ offense improved again yesterday in win

The Sun’s Edward Lee says defense put it workmanlike effort in win

The Sun’s Mike Preston praises QB’s, WR’s, D-Line, LB’s

The Sun’s Ray Frager says Wilcots humorous in Ravens-Bengals broadcast

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Leonhard finished game with pick six

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens believed Flacco could protect ball

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Clayton looked like ‘big-play receiver’ in win

Aaron Wilson says Suggs, 52 ‘bruised’ Fitzpatrick in Ravens’ win

Aaron Wilson says Mason added 6 catches, 91 yards, TD in win

Aaron Wilson says A. Terry didn’t play; J. Johnson left game with ankle or foot injury

The AP says Ravens stretch streak to 31 games without allowing 100 yard rusher

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte says Bengals “Bungals” again

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Paul Daugherty says Ravens picked on L. Hall in win

Dayton Daily News’ Chick Ludwig says Fitzpatrick fumbled twice, was sacked three times, and had passes batted down 5 times at line of scrimmage

ESPN.com’s James Walker says both Ravens, Steelers face ‘rugged’ schedule

ESPN.com’s James Walker says game vs. Steelers will be ‘huge’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says with win, Ravens can afford split of next two games

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Ravens could ‘ruin’ playoff aspirations for Skins Sunday night

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says Clayton has 377 yards and 3 TD’s in last 5 games


The AP says Terps blown out by Georgetown in Orlando

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site says Gary thought Terps weren’t ‘aggressive’

The Sun’s Don Markus says Terps scored fewest points in 13 years

The Sun’s Don Markus says Terps would have been better off if Georgetown game was on ESPNU

The Examiner’s Dylan Waugh says ‘weak interior game’ cost Terps. vs. Hoyas yesterday

The AP says Freeman had 18, Summers had 14 in Georgetown’s win over Maryland

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Hoyas got ‘bragging rights’ with win over Terps

Washington Post’s Liz Clarke says Hoyas held Vasquez to 2 points

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary thought Terps ‘weren’t ready to play’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Vasquez went just 1 for 7 from field

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Bowie, Jin Soo amongst few bright spots for Terps in blowout loss

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Mosley made first start in loss

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary will continue to bring up Michigan State win throughout season

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary downplayed importance of Maryland-Georgetown

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps put together 2nd lowest output in Gary Williams era


The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps politicking for trip to Charlotte

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps will work on run between now and Bowl game

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph thinks Terps no worse than 5th best in ACC

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Terps show signs of ‘brilliance’, ‘incompetence’ in loss to BC

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps could be Boise-bound or worse

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps didn’t ‘quit’ in loss to BC

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Boise could negotiate out of ACC tie to take Ball State; force Terps elsewhere

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Boise ‘most likely destination’ for Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps beat all other 4-4 league teams except Miami

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph expects all players back before Bowl game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Georgia Tech last ACC team to go to back to back Western Bowls

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Boise isn’t all bad

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Ralph ‘tired, weary’ Sunday after BC loss (must subscribe)


The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says women go undefeated in Cancun


The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps beat Cal to advance to Elite 8


The Official Site previews Army/Navy Saturday

The Official Site offers complete Army/Navy release (pdf)

The Examiner’s Tom Flynn says Mids, Knights playing for 109th time Saturday


The Official Site says Spiders ride hot shooting to win over Eagles


The Official Site says Eers visit American tonight on MASN


The Official Site says Jays fall to St. Mary’s in final of DIII event

The Sun’s Jeff Seidel says Jays ‘never lost poise’ in loss to St. Mary’s


The Official Site says Gulls lose third place game to Washington in DIII Tournament


The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Roberts’ future may ‘hinge’ on team’s ability to sign major free agent

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds probably won’t offer arbitration to Millar, Payton, Castro, Cintron

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. catches up with former Oriole Matos

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker wonders why Birds would trade Olson for Pie and not SS

Washington Post’s Cameron Smith says deal for Pie would send Peavy to Cubs


The Sun’s David Zurawik says 60 Minutes piece had too much Cooper, not enough Phelps


-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Pat Balderson, who ran for 5 touchdowns as Linganore beat Arundel to advance to the 4A State Title.

-I’ll say Morgan beats St. Francis 75-69 tonight.

Talk to you tomorrow.


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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 31 October 2008 by Glenn Clark

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

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

William & Mary 31, Towson 17

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

Navy 30, Temple 20

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

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


Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Joe Flacco
excited for first trip to Cleveland

Drew Forrester says Orioles not interested in Lowe

Casey Willett says Cameron ‘anticipates’ Terry playing Sunday

Alex Thomas picks Browns 23-17

RAVENS:The Official Site’s Mike Duffy


says Ngata pushing for Pro Bowl bid

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

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

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

The Official Site announces canned food drive

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

Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson scouts Ravens-Browns

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

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

4 of 7 Sun writers picking Browns

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

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

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

The Sun remembers Ravens’ ’06 win in Cleveland

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

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

says Martin to IR; Hauschka signed off practice squad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The AP says CB Phillips re-signed to practice squad

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

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

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

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

3 of 5 ESPN Sunday Countdown analysts pick Browns

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

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

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

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Browns 21-18

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

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

SI’s Peter King picks Browns 19-12

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer picks Browns 16-13



says beer, wine sales to be allowed in new suites

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

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

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

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Portis still backup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

says distance helped Hawkins pick Terps



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

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

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

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut

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

The Sun’s Ray Frager

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

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

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

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

Go Mids’ Chris Rohe introduces Temple Owls

Go Mids breaks down Navy/Temple

ORIOLES:The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin


says Millar, Payton file for free agency

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

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

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



updates offseason activity

HORSE RACING:The Sun’s Bill Ordine


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

The Sun’s Sandra McKee

says Joppatowne’s appeal denied

JIM MCKAY:The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg


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



says former Bayhawk Marachek headed to Hall of Fame

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

-Perry Hall 38, Catonsville 12

Talk to you tomorrow.



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Early Orioles end of season report card

Posted on 26 September 2008 by Keith Melchior

I figure all the blogs next week are going to focus on the Ravens, so I’ll do my Orioles report card for the 2008 season now.

I rated the team a C at the midway point because they were competitive and showed some promise of improvement. But oh, how the mighty have fallen, and fallen hard and fast right to the cellar.

I’ll start from the top:

Dave Trembley…. D  He is frustrated and has lost the team. You simply can’t finish the last 6 weeks of the season 8-28. He did a lousy job handling the pitching staff early in the season and saw 7 of them end up on the DL or miss multiple starts because of injuries. Remember a few years ago it seemed like every prospect had arm troubles? He has to win next year of face being canned. 41-40 at the midway point was a start, but too many losing streaks, 15 on Sundays, 9 straight as I write this, and 4 other losing streaks of 5 or more games will cause lots of gray hair and disgruntled fans.

Jeremy Guthrie, Aubrey Huff, Nick Markakis…A  All performed better than expected. Guthrie pitched his ass off and got little or no support. Huff had a career year and was cheered more than he was booed…what did he call Baltimore?….Markakis has been solid all year…100 walks, 100 runs.. Sign this guy to a long term contract.

Brian Roberts, Melvin Mora, Adam Jones, Luke Scott….B  They had their ups and downs. Roberts remains the catalyst, Jones is showing promise , Scott is a decent role player, Mora got hot and carried the team on his back, but still has mental lapses in the field, and now he is starting to get hurt more often.

Jay Payton, Kevin Millar, George Sherril…C  Payton played well in Jones’ absence, Millar is what he is and is steady in the field, Sherril went on DL but only had about 4 or 5 saves since July 1.. Can’t give him less than a C since he was an All-Star. That was the last game he looked like a real closer.

Daniel Cabrera, Brian Burres, Garrett Olson, Radhames Liz, and the rest of the bullpen…….D  When you can’t throw strikes and end up allowing baserunners, you can’t win baseball games. PERIOD

Cintron, Fahey, Castro, Leo Hernandez, plus anyone else who played SS,  Jamie Walker, Ramon Hernandez…. F    Can you say SUCK, boys and girls?

Jim Johnson, Matt Albers……Incomplete. Both performed well until they got hurt. Lets wait until they play a full season before we really assess a true grade

Team… C-, playing .500 ball at the midway point was acceptable and entirely unexpected. In fact, many people were getting their hopes up. Playing .333 ball for the 2nd half is not acceptable and it showed in the attendance figures. They hit but couldn’t pitch, then they pitch but couldn’t hit, then they couldn’t pitch or hit. Contrary to what anyone may believe, they have not improved on the field of play but they have gained valuable experience. How far that experience will take them remains to be seen. Unless the owner pays a lot of money to improve morale, the beatings will continue.

Summary; I realize the Orioles weren’t supposed to win this season, but few people expected a last place finish and 16 games out of 4th place. This team has shown for the last 11 seasons they can’t win unless they spend money for some top-notch free agent players. They have needed a power hitting 1B and LF for years. SS is a major concern as is the C position. Experts say Matt Weiters will most likely start 2009 in Norfolk to gain more experience facing better pitching. Time to part ways with Cabrera, Walker, and Millar. Sign Markakis to a bonafide deal, get a decent defensive SS, power hitting 1B, and pitchers who can throw strikes and not have a 2 or 3 to 1 WHIP ratio.

So here we go with another season of NOT watching the Orioles play baseball in October for the 11th straight time. No wonder baseball isn’t important to many people after July. There’s nothing to talk about except negativity as far as the Orioles are concerned. Many people choose to ignore the Orioles after the Ravens begin playing instead of repeating all of the negative comments and complaints over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over…….(is that 11 times?)

Wait til next year!!!


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‘See The Birds’ journey of 2008 ends with another lost season of failure tonight at Camden Yards

Posted on 24 September 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

Come one, come all!

As a matter of fact, I hope more than one of you actually COME to Oriole Park at Camden Yards tonight where a few hopeless losers like me will set forth a few last phantom, hollow cheers for another season that never was.

That’s 11 in a row on my watch. The Orioles haven’t played a meaningful game since October 1997. And the crowds have withered to virtual nothingness.

I know you probably haven’t noticed through the servings of the Purple Kool Aid on MASN, but they’ve now quietly lost eight in a row. And they’ve won six times since August 17th.

“Wake Me Up When September Ends” indeed…

How bad is it?

Well, the team has $1 tickets available tonight and most of the city doesn’t even think it’s worth that. There might be 5,000 in the park tonight. It’s kinda like a minor league baseball game or something out of “Major League,” which 20 years ago was just a funny movie about the Indians and Cleveland.

At this point, it’s the current state of Baltimore baseball. Empty seats that the Orioles can’t beg people to come and sit in for ONE DOLLAR!

So, why are we going tonight? Well, our “Crabs and Beer” curator Glenn Clark purchased eight tickets last week for $8 and decided that bringing seven friends tonight would be a cheap date and some good fun.

(Honestly, I think he’s just trying to poke me into doing “Free The Birds 3” tonight.)

But I’m not biting…

For the record, I’ll be wearing my FREE THE BIRDS gear tonight. Not to elicit a parade or a mini FTB3 event. It’s just simply to tell them that I’m still here. And I still care. And that they still suck. And the last place freefall over the last month just reinforces that they still suck.

They have to win three of their last four to get to 70 wins. In March we called Las Vegas and the “over/under” was 67. As we toss back frosted adult beverages tonight at Regi’s and the Wharf Rat, they have exactly 67 wins. For those of you who bet the over, good luck! You have a REAL reason to come to the game tonight! LMAO…

Andy McPhail has repeatedly exposed himself to me as a coward and a weak company man. He, like his boss who’s gone back into a self-imposed exile while the fans vanish from downtown, doesn’t want to take legitimate questions from legitimate journalists.

I’ve now spent two seasons exiled from “Birdland,” being disallowed to do what I’ve done to feed my family since I was 15 years old. (And yes, I had a family at 15!)

In case you’re keeping score, the Orioles have complied a record of 139-189 since the Sept. 21, 2006 original “walkout” that we called a Rally. And it was a Rally. And I did cry out for positive change.

I’ve heard many people “credit” WNST for all of the changes with the Orioles. We don’t want any of the credit and I certainly can’t accept any of the blame for this continuing fiasco.

We can debate and celebrate the merits of McPhail’s changes and specifically the trades to obtain Luke Scott, Adam Jones and George Sherrill. And we can talk about the pending promise of Matt Wieters or Brad Bergeson. And we can discuss how Aubrey Huff “let his bat doing the talking” this season. And we can fete Brian Roberts for being the greatest soldier of them all, especially when he could’ve been lacing them up in Wrigley Field next week on a World Series contender.

Sure, like every other organization, the Orioles have some “bright spots.” But as Bill Parcells would say, “they are what they are.”

And that’s 67-90 and with a standing eight-game losing streak and a 6-27 record since Aug. 17th.

They are, by any standard, the worst team in Major League Baseball right NOW. If the season started all over again today and they played with these Bad News Bears, they might rival that crappy Detroit Tigers team from a few years ago. They might win 40 games over the next 162 as is. And to think they have 40 players available on the big-league roster at this time of the year and this is the best they can do?

I watched the latest slapstick at The Yard last night, dropping a 5-1 lead to the Rays in the nightcap and watching Mr. Happy, Dave Trembley, face the firing squad of his co-workers in the press room.

(Here’s where I’ll use the internet to “geese” a bit…and no, I don’t know if the Greaseman is dead but I sure hope he’s not. I really like(d) Doug and I absolutely admired him as a listener and marvel at his work as a colleague. If he really is dead, I’ll write something. If he isn’t, I’ll probably give him a call to tell him how big of a fan I really was (although he’s heard that before)!

Back to “geese-ing”…I actually have covered sports long enough now (since 1984) to remember in vivid color the post-game press conferences of Frank Robinson and Johnny Oates before all the lights and cameras of MASN glaring down on you in front of a Wayne’s World set in the basement of the stadium. I remember when they were simple desk chats in the manager’s office with Sparky Anderson over a post-game spread with his feet on the desk and him spraying you with barbeque while you talked baseball with him. He was an absolute gem!

I suppose we’re forever relegated to watching these “pressers” — as we call them — on TV. It’s really the same crap I’d get if I had a press pass and I don’t have to look at snarling naked athletes or get sneered at by some 22-year old dude who doesn’t know where Charles Street is.)

In the words of Bob Haynie, but I digress…

We’re going to the game tonight. We’re starting at Regi’s at 4. We’ll go to the Wharf Rat around 5:30ish. We’ll have a few beers. We’ll eat some food. And we’ll walk to the game.

If you want to join us, the price is certainly right – even in this economy.

If you want to sit with some real “old school” Orioles fans and be amongst some nice people, c’mon down!

It ain’t “Free The Birds 3.”

I didn’t have the energy to do it all again. I’m busy building Baltimore’s No. 1 sports media company and website.

I tried “See The Birds.”

I tried selling group tickets for those ingrates. I’ve tried digging down to find some iota of honest-to-God enthusiasm for the team through the few personalities who appear to be engaging. (For the record, I’m a big fan of Kevin Millar, Brian Roberts, Adam Jones and Jeremy Guthrie.)

I even offered them a “season of amnesty” – an olive branch — which I’ve held true to for the most part (even amidst more of their old-world Marxist policies and mean-spiritedness and evasiveness and general bullying).

Even though they’re creeps, I’ll stand by “amnesty” because I’m peaceful person. And I love the Orioles.

I want a better baseball team and a better experience with the team and the brand and the uniforms and the people that I fell in love with as a little boy in 1972 and followed like family for most of my life.

And even though Baltimore deserves better after building that palace downtown for the baseball team 20 years ago, it doesn’t appear that there’s any substantial change on the horizon. And the games are going away for another six months after this weekend. So I won’t have the opportunity to see how lame this all is again until April.

And I’ll go back and investigate and see if it’s more fun in 2009 with “Baltimore” on the road jerseys for the first time since I was a little boy.

I sincerely doubt it, but I’ll keep giving it try. I still really love baseball when it’s done right. And we love it so much that it will most certainly dominate our lives beginning next week when the playoff games star shot-gunning out all day long.

Playoff baseball and the fall of the leaves and the crisp autumn air…I live for that stuff!

I honestly don’t know what tonight represents, other than the 2nd Anniversary of “Free The Birds” and the 11th season of this organization disgracing Baltimore and the traditions of the Orioles.

We — Glenn, Drew, me and anyone else who wants to come — have no agenda other than to try to have some fun at the ballpark with friends, old and new.

So tonight I will make a few hours to “wave bye-bye” (in the words and voice of Jon Miller) to the season of 2008.

The 11th year of the black hole of Baltimore baseball sports ownership.

They are limping into last place.

They’ve won six times since August 17th!

There’s only one place to go from there, right?

They’ve finally set themselves up for success.

It can’t get any worse than last place with a thud.

They’re bound to claim a victory sometime soon. Maybe it’s tonight?

And they’re bound to come “really close” to signing Mark Teixiera (or Free Agent X) who signs elsewhere.

They clearly just won’t have the money, despite MASN printing gobs of money of that they don’t want you to know about.

Blah, blah, blah. Lies, damned lies and the Orioles.

Just let me know when Peter Angelos comes out of his cave and answers some questions from the “free” press. I’m sure we’ll be seeing a conversation with one of his employees like Roch Kubatko or Amber Theoharis sometime soon with overflowing optimism for the 2009 campaign. Exclusively on MASN, of course. The channel no one watches and the website no one visits.

It’s been two years since “Free The Birds” and the words in my 19 chapters still resonate honestly and the Orioles are still my first love.

Free The Birds 3?


Tonight, we’ll just have a little fun…

And let ‘em know we’re still watching. And we’re still waiting for them not to be so mean and to not suck anymore.

I’m not holding my breath!

(Thank god for the Ravens and this Pittsburgh bus trip and football on Monday night!)

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 August 2008 by Glenn Clark

I will admit that there have been many occasions when I have just completely avoided going to preseason games altogether. For the most part, I am not a fan of “fake football”; but do like the feeling that comes with knowing that football season is nearing.

That being said, I have NEVER gone to a preseason game where I will be more confused about this football team than the one I will go to tonight. I have NO IDEA what to expect. Will the Ravens treat this like they normally treat the 4th preseason game? I mean, I remember seeing Jay Graham carve up the Giants some 9 years ago; and thinking “maybe they found something there.” But I don’t know if we’ll see Allen Patrick in the 4th quarter tonight; or if they might stick with Ray Rice. And who the hell is Casey Bramlet?

To call this team maddening right now wouldn’t even be fair. This whole “we’re rebuilding but trying to win now” thing is REALLY wearing me down. I can’t actually get excited about the team because they’re not actually capable of winning many games. I can’t actually get excited about the future because I’m not really sure which players are a part of their plans for the future (outside of Flacco and Rice). The John Harbaugh era certainly doesn’t have me excited, as I have no idea if he is capable of being a NFL Head Coach.

I’m going to the game tonight (mostly because I’m trying to impress a girl); but I’d honestly rather watch NC State play South Carolina. Thanks so CB in Northeast for the tickets though; he’s listener of the month for the entire month of September!

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Casey Willett says Bramlet, Cameron have history

Casey Willett still wonders if Boller will play in ‘08

Casey Willett not concerned with Heap

Anne Boone-Simanski says Powell, Gentile to sign autographs


The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Birds pound out 16 hits in win over Sox

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says 7-9 hitters in lineup went 6-9 at plate in win

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Cabrera’s MRI negative, but no decision made yet

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Jones, Sherrill due back Sept. 1

White Sox Official Site’s Scott Merkin says with loss, Chicago’s AL Central lead down to 1 game

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Liz ‘effective’ in win

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Cabrera’s next start in jeopardy, not season

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Mora, Huff, Millar homer in win for Birds

The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Bill Ordine say Birds ‘don’t appear’ to be making deal before Aug. 31

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Markakis gets league leading 15th outfield assist in win

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Guthrie, Kazmir have struggled against each others’ teams

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Davis, Reimold, Snyder all assigned to Fall League with Wieters

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Roberts played on scheduled off day due to Cintron’s food poisoning

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Cabrera might need extra day of rest

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Arrieta joins stellar group of Carolina League award winners

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck can’t understand why no one pursuing Huff for trade

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says ‘hopes remain high’ for pitching prospect Britton

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Olson gives up three runs on four hits over 7 innings on farm

The Examiner’s Jim Williams says O’s will be in HD more next season

The AP says Cabrera will play catch before decision made on next start

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Roberts has 3 RBI on scheduled night off

Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales says Danks struggles as Sox fail to sweep

Chicago Sun-Times’ Chris De Luca says White Sox were hoping for ‘better showing’ from Danks

Chicago Daily Herald’s Scot Gregor says reliever Broadway gave up 7 runs on 9 hits over 4 innings


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens trade 2 picks to bring back Douglas

The Official Site says Wilcox thinks alma mater Appalachian State can hang with LSU

The Official Site says Cody waived

The Official Site says rookie Patrick not worrying about final cuts

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Leonhard ‘making most’ of chance to fill in for Reed

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Newsome believes Boller ‘could play’ in ‘08

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens ship late round ’09 pick, conditional ’10 pick to Tampa for Douglas

The Sun’s Ken Murray thinks starters need extra work tonight

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Cody’s career with Ravens comes to unfortunate end

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Newsome’s future will be tied to Flacco

Aaron Wilson says roster to be set after tonight’s game

Aaron Wilson says Boller injury won’t require surgery immediately

Aaron Wilson says Ravens assume Douglas’ 4 year, $10.1 million dollar contract

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Flacco ‘frontrunner’ in QB Derby

The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht thinks Harbaugh ‘wants’ to name Smith starting QB

The AP says starting QB will be game time decision tonight

The AP says Douglas due $1 million base salary this season

ESPN.com Scouts Inc shows you how Ravens will bring pressure

ESPN.com’s James Walker says scout Kidd thinks Flacco’s ‘accuracy must improve’


The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Steffy wants to ‘rewrite’ Maryland career in final season

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gronkowski different type of player in ‘08

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says two major road tests face Terps

The Sun offers Terps’ depth chart

The AP says former Terp Merriman will play with knee injury

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Steffy ‘moved’ by Dr. Bias

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph not happy with practice

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Delaware won’t name starter until Saturday

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps don’t have tape on either potential Delaware QB

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps considered ticket value

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Brown, Jackson could see field together

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says freshmen Terps will see field

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Portis’ playing time won’t be predetermined

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph hopes Delaware offense similar to ’07 Hens

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps, Mids will both be tested by FCS teams

ESPN.com’s Pat Forde doesn’t care for Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich itching to see Portis take field

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh spotlights freshman Meggett (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Dr. Lonise Bias speaks to Terps (must subscribe)


Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Gilchrist advisor Woody officially on staff at South Florida


The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Mids ‘confident’ in Bryant

Go Mids’ Christian Swezey offers “what to watch” in Navy-Towson (must subscribe)


The Official Site says former Hounds Prout, Spack help Rochester win MLL title


The Sun’s Brent Jones says Phelps will host season premiere of SNL

ESPN.com’s Ivan Maisel says Michigan’s Rodriguez would play Phelps at WR


-Congratulations to Michael Phelps on the chance to host Saturday Night Live. Say what you will about the direction the show has gone in recent years, but being a SNL host is still a pretty significant thing in greater pop culture. We certainly all remember that many of the all time great skits in SNL history have involved athletes; be it Jordan with the Superfans, Peyton Manning for United Way, etc. Michael will get the chance to extend his fame; as swimming alone will not be enough to maintain him as the world’s most popular athlete. I’ve heard that he will also make an appearance at MTV’s Video Music Awards; which is pretty cool as well.

 I would still suggest that before returning to Baltimore; Michael’s people make sure they have plans drawn up for the Michael Phelps Foundation; as he will have a great deal expected from him-be it fair or not. He really is going to be not only the most significant athlete to have lived in Baltimore; he might well be the biggest celebrity to have ever lived in the city-at least for the first few months he’s back.

-I expect the Orioles to be careful with the way they use both Adam Jones and George Sherrill over the last month of the season. They know how good Adam Jones can be; so he has nothing to prove over his last month. They are hopefully still looking to move George Sherrill; so I don’t think they will risk overworking his arm over the last month of the season. I expect him to pitch in save situations ONLY-not tie games.

Talk to you tomorrow.


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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 22 August 2008 by Glenn Clark

What I want to see tomorrow night is very simple. I want to see Troy Smith play REASONABLY well, as there is no reason why he should struggle against the Rams. I want to see the offensive line show some cohesion; as they need to be ready to go for 9/7 after tomorrow night.

And more than anything, I want to see this team actually score points. I want to know that if necessary, the Ravens can actually drive the field and put points on the board.

I’d like to find proof that John Harbaugh is a real NFL Head Coach as well, but I’m not expecting it just yet.

I’ll say Ravens 23, Rams 10.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester doesn’t think Ozzie on hot seat

Bob Haynie remembers Manges, ’76 Terps

Casey Willett says Ravens will do individual introductions this season


The Official Site says Millar thinks Birds headed towards contention

Yankees Official Site’s David Singh says first hit for Jeter at Yard will be number 2.500 for career

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says MacPhail invests big money in draft picks

The AP says Pavano gets start tomorrow vs. Guthrie, Orioles

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds hoping to improve on 7-5 record vs. Yanks this season

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jones close to return

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Rowell homers, Wieters 3-4 on big night on farm

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Montanez, Bergesen, Reimold All-Stars

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says pursuit of .500 won’t be easy for Birds

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says J. Johnson won’t overcomplicate things in closing

SI’s Gennaro Filice has Birds 18th in Power Rankings


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Stover remembers Upshaw as leader with ‘courage’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says 52 was fixing helmet mic Saturday night during introductions

The Official Site says Harbaugh using crowd noise to prepare for Saturday night

The Official Site says Reitz not worrying about cuts

The Official Site says Rams coming off 7-6 win over Chargers

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says official team camo now available

The Sun’s Edward Lee says CB’s competing for roster spots

The Sun’s Edward Lee and Jamison Hensley say Bergen to front of depth chart at TE

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Stover not interested in NFLPA Head gig

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck understands why T. Smith starting

The Sun’s Mike Preston says 52 dancing good thing

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says imported crowd noise not something Billick did

The Sun’s Mike Preston says E. Jones move shows Ravens have no faith in TE depth

The Sun’s Mike Preston interested in Boller’s reaction to QB decision

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Stover doesn’t fault Upshaw for leading how he saw fit

Aaron Wilson says Wilcox struggling with toe

Aaron Wilson says Stover ‘respected’ Upshaw

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Stover thinks players will need time to grieve Upshaw’s death

The AP says McGahee plans to be ready for season opener

Boston Globe’s Christopher L. Gasper says former Raven Flynn signs with Pats

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Stover remembers Upshaw’s ‘tenacity’ as leader


The Official Site says scrimmage cancelled, Terps bring game intensity to practice

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Goldberg can’t stay on roster due to scholarship rule

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says veteran O-Line should be ‘strength’ for Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says McCullough moved to free safety

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says freshman DT Francis cutting up

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Turner better QB than Steffy

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps ready to play real games (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says O-Line ‘unified’ (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says DL Frost ‘thinks green’ (must subscribe)


Turtle Sports Report’s Jeff Ermann says Terps in pursuit of CT big man Williams (must subscribe)


Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps amongst most prominent programs of last decade


Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids add fan walk to gameday

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says no problems for Moore in move to center

Go Mids’ David Ausiello gathers Mooney reaction (must subscribe)


The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Cegles must play role in helping Tigers catch win over Mids


Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror undecided on starting QB


The Official Site says Harada, Healey loaned to MLS Chicago Fire


The Sun’s Ray Frager says NBC capitalizing on Phelps-mania

The Sun’s Rick Maese says two more Marylanders out of Olympics

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Phelps popular amongst singles

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Spitz has handled Phelps situation fairly

The Examiner’s Mike Silvestri says Mama Phelps back to school


-I’m not sure if I agree with Drew. I actually think Ozzie Newsome SHOULD be on the hot seat; because the Ravens might well need to completely overhaul everything here. I might be wrong, but something tells me the remnants of the Modell era might need to go. If Steve Bisciotti handles the coaching decisions, why is Ozzie still even employed?

-I actually think the Birds will take 2 of 3 from the Yanks this weekend. 5 of you will be there to watch; alongside 60,000 Yankees fans.

Talk to you Monday.


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