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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 20 August 2008 by Glenn Clark

Fair or not, if the Orioles try to trade George Sherrill in the offseason, his trade value has just decreased. This is part of the reason why I thought the Birds were taking a risk by not moving Sherrill at the deadline. I really never thought his value would be as high as it was at the time. Maybe I’ll still be wrong, but it really seemed like coming off the All-Star Game, the Birds had the best chance to get someone to swap an ‘A’ prospect or combination of prospects for Sherrill. Even a little shoulder inflammation will cloud what the Birds can get in exchange for him.

However, it is good to hear Chris Ray is progressing. Maybe the Birds should give Dennis Sarfate a look at closer while Sherrill is out.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Ravens not worrying about ’08 season

Rob Long ‘hopes’ T. Smith named starter

Casey Willett says E. Jones now listed as TE

Nestor Aparicio says Boston invasion ‘worse than ever’ last night

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Ellicott City’s Gracie team’s 50 millionth fan

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Cabrera gives up 6 over 4 1/3 as Birds lose to Sox

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says shoulder sends Sherrill to DL

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Waters tries to get Birds back on track tonight vs. Buchholz, Sox

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says C. Ray scheduled to make rehab appearances

Red Sox Official Site’s Ian Browne says win Matsuzaka’s 15th

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Sox blast D. Cabrera again

The Sun’s Don Markus says Wieters not headed to bigs until ‘08

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says club not ‘too worried’ about Sherrill’s elbow

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says 100 millionth fan in franchise history expected Saturday

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Matsuzaka worked out of first inning jam

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Aquino also getting rehab work

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Mickolio, McCrory candidates to take Sherrill’s roster spot

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Waters not ideal candidate to play stopper

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck expects to see Montanez in lineup tonight

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says MacPhail not second guessing decision to not trade Sherrill

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Mora won’t rule out trade before Aug. 31 deadline

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Sherrill would be eligible to return Sept. 1

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Millar sticks up for old guys

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds took team picture yesterday

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Manon got 30th save, likely to get September call-up

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says McCurry, Joseph, Widlansky all All-Stars for Aberdeen on farm

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Cabrera doesn’t deserve spot in rotation

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Yard reaches 50 million faster than any stadium

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says 2 runs in first set bad tone for Cabrera

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says 48k see Birds blasted by Sox

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Birds will make corresponding roster move for Sherrill today

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says side sessions scheduled for Albers

The AP says Varitek, Youkilis homer for Sox in win

Washington Post’s Zach Berman says Birds blew bases loaded, one out situation in 4th

Washington Post’s Zach Berman says Sherrill won’t throw for a week

Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin says Matsuzaka overcame walks to win

Boston Herald’s Jeff Horrigan says Matsuzaka gave up 2 runs on 6 hits over 5 innings in win

Providence Journal’s Joe McDonald says Pedroia added double, two runs in win for Sox

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Heap, McGahee hope to return for Week 1

The Official Site says “Modell Field” at Mervo to be dedicated Thursday

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says cheerleaders do good work outside Baltimore

The Official Site says Harbaugh no longer ‘definite’ on Reed’s return

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Wilcox doesn’t take job for granted

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh ‘still optimistic’ Reed will return for opener

The Sun’s Edward Lee says no timetable available for Gaither return

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh hoping to have Rolle, McAlister in action Saturday night

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Terry immediately starter again

The Sun’s Mike Preston says 52 gave up radio show

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Martin putting up good fight for roster spot

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Harbaugh taking his time with QB announcement

Aaron Wilson says McGahee doesn’t expect to play in preseason

Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh thinks Reed’s return process ‘slower than thought’

ESPN.com’s James Walker impressed by Rice

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Ralph pleased with QB, WR play on Day 14 of Camp

The Sun’s Don Markus says Friedgen considers QB decision ‘most difficult’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says transfer decision from Turner expected today

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph might avoid Thursday scrimmage due to injuries

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph wouldn’t re-hash QB decision day after

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Steffy decision doesn’t doom Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Steffy has been preparing to be starter

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Tate ‘making most’ of chances at safety

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps getting anxious at Friday’s ‘cut-down’ approaches (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Cannon climbing WR depth charts (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem gathers WR reaction to Steffy announcement (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Coleman, Toliver on Player of the Year Watch List

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Friday’s scrimmage closed to the public

The Official Site says Niumatalolo happy to have KNKE back on practice field

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Mids counting on Moore at Center

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Barnes leads WR corps

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo thinks KNKE feeling better every day

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner updates new Mids

Go Mids previews Special Teams

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Schaefer stellar in Tuesday scrimmage

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Hounds to open NIT vs. Boston College

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says Harada honored by USL

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times’ John Scheinman says appeal to stop Pimlico eviction denied

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Magna wanted to save $180,000 a month by closing backstretch, barns

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES:

The AP says despite win, Hagerstown eliminated due to tiebreaker

OLYMPICS:

The Sun’s Childs Walker says post-Olympics, Phelps will transcend sport

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg and Brent Jones say Phelps’ pool purchase plans ‘uncertain’

The Sun’s Jill Rosen says “Phelpsian” enters language

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Melo ‘loving every second’ of Olympics

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Phelps’ girlfriend not famous

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Hoff’s boyfriend goes nameless

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Melo wants to get one gold to go with Phelps’ 14

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Phelps won’t be back in Baltimore for weeks

The Sun’s Rick Maese shares Phelps photos from Speedo party

The Examiner’s Jim Williams says ratings in trouble without Phelps

Washington Times’ Tim Lemke says Phelps’ reps must be smart in picking endorsements

ESPN.com’s Amy Rosewater says Olympics could earn Phelps additional $100 million over lifetime

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Phelps accepts Johnson’s challenge

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-As of today, I STILL don’t know that John Harbaugh is a capable NFL Coach. I will update you daily.

-Starting tomorrow, you can IM me live during the show. My IM is glennclark1570. Any questions you have from 6-10am; I will be available for you to ask. We’re always finding ways to improve.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 01 August 2008 by Glenn Clark

I’ve already shared all of my thoughts about the Trade Deadline over the last few days, so I won’t bore you with more. I WILL say that I hope the Birds can find a way to get rid of some salaries in the next month; as I wouldn’t be sad if Jay Payton, Chad Bradford, Jamie Walker etc. all left for ANYTHING in return.

The Daniel Cabrera suspension was automatic. When the umpire decided Cabrera threw at A-Rod; right or wrong, a suspension was coming. And those who say that Cabrera’s reputation hurt him; you’re absolutely right. That’s the thing about reputations…

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

John Novak agrees with Cabrera ejection

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds ‘never got close’ to making trades

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says plunking A-Rod gets Cabrera 6 game suspension

The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec say Huff garnered ‘little interest’

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Cabrera ‘expected to appeal’ suspension

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. expects good series from Mora, not so much from Jones

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Mariners no better after break than they were before

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Cabrera ‘not entitled to benefit of doubt’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says MacPhail had ‘high bar to clear’ for prospective Roberts deal

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds will likely look for contender interesting in acquiring August help

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says offers were made for Sherrill

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds need to trade Sherrill while value still high

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Montanez unproven at next level

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Payton, Huff, Bradford, Walker would all clear waivers

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Sherrill was Birds’ only REAL trade chip

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says MacPhail wouldn’t do ‘something stupid’

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Millar getting job done with glove as well

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says MacPhail expects activity in August

The Examiner’s Eric Detweiler says Huff ‘having fun’ in Baltimore

The AP says Yanks’ E. Ramirez also suspended

Fox Sports’ Dayn Perry considers Birds amongst Deadline ‘losers’

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Cousins, McAlister miss afternoon practice

The Official Site says Harbaugh expects to make QB decision two days before Patriots game

The Official Site’s Kevin Byrne says Newsome, staff always working

The Official Site says Monday “Purple Day” at Camp

The Official Site offers practice schedule for next 5 days

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says despite not being invited to Combine, Nakamura continuing to make waves

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Boller missed part of morning practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Slaughter goes from unemployed to starter

The Sun says Bergen fan of 300, Pulp Fiction

The Sun’s Ray Frager says Suggs to host radio show despite not currently being on team

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says shadow of Ogden weighing heavily over Ravens

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Cousins has sprained MCL

The Sun’s Mike Preston surprised veterans aren’t complaining about Camp

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Gregg missed practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens could still be in Tackle market

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Kracalik looks better on right than left

Aaron Wilson says Slaughter ‘pouring concrete’ just days ago

Aaron Wilson says Pittman hoping to finally be healthy

Aaron Wilson says Matsko thinks Kracalik ‘hard worker’

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder impressed by Slaughter

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Ayanbadejo earning snaps on defense

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says hard workouts got Pryce ready for tough Camp

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Ngata hopes to return ‘soon’

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Youngstown State to visit Comcast

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh checks in with Vegas prospect (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh checks in with another Vegas prospect (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Gronkowski named to Mackey Watch List

The Official Site previews QB’s, RB’s

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Randolph expected to choose between Maryland, Penn State soon

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Meggett “Jordan-esque” (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh checks in with OL prospect White (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Don Markus says return of Sovie, Deliz will help Mids

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo makes Mids run in front of fans

Go Mids checks in with DC Green (must subscribe)

Go Mids’ David Ausiello continues ‘Inside Plebe Summer’ series (must subscribe)

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says Palace gets ‘lucky’ win (and nothing else)

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Mike Farrell says Big Brown 1-2 favorite Sunday at Monmouth Park

Thoroughbred Times’ Tom De Martini says Big Brown breaking from fourth position Sunday

Thoroughbred Times’ Tom De Martini says Iavarone hopes Big Brown ‘back on game’

The AP says Big Brown enters race off great Aqueduct workout

SWIMMING:

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Phelps back in Baltimore after Beijing

The AP says Phelps, Hoff to be honored in Towson

X GAMES:

Frederick News-Post’s John Cannon says Conlon representing Mount Airy in X Games

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I think everyone can agree that Haruki Nakamura has been one of the nicest surprises thus far in Camp. I saw him last week, and thought he looked like he had a fire to play football. He’s the type of guy that fits in well with this defense, and I hope he doesn’t lose steam as we move towards Sept. 7.

-I am actually very interested in seeing what happens with Big Brown on Sunday. With so much controversy surrounding Rick Dutrow right now, I think he NEEDS Big Brown to perform like a Champion. If Big Brown comes out flat, the entire steroids controversy will be discussed at an even greater length.

Talk to you Monday.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 30 July 2008 by Glenn Clark

As I said in the comments yesterday, the reason I wanted the Orioles to be more aggressive in trading Aubrey Huff and George Sherrill was because we REALLY don’t know what kind of value they actually have. George Sherrill AGAIN reminded us last night that he is NOT Randy Myers; but he is a capable reliever. Aubrey Huff might be staying hot; but he can turn right back into a turd by Labor Day.

I understand that Andy MacPhail didn’t feel the need to just part ways with members of this team for the sake of parting ways; but I think the Orioles will be burned by at least one player they didn’t deal here.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio thinks Palmer should be KOBS

Bob Haynie says Mosley will help Terps

Drew Forrester doesn’t think Trembley can win fight with MASN

Rob Long thinks Harbaugh running tough Camp

Casey Willett says Reed’s return still up in air

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds survive Yanks’ rally to win

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Sarfate gets first career start today as Birds look for sweep

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Burres ‘ready’ to work from pen

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Penn, Bergesen amongst candidates to fill rotation

Yankees Official Site’s Willie Bans says Yanks come to life after Cabrera ejected

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Huff’s homer proves to be difference for Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds unlikely to make deals before deadline

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Cabrera gets 2nd win in 13 starts

The Sun’s Rick Maese says time to trade Sherrill ‘now’

The Sun’s Dan Connolly thinks if someone does get dealt, it will be Sherrill

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says beating Yanks gives Birds ‘hope’

The Examiner’s Andrew Vitelli says Sarfate wants to be starter

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Millar adds second homer in as many nights

The AP says Huff has 4 RBI in win

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says despite struggles, Sherrill did strike out side in 9th

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says MacPhail doesn’t believe any deals ‘close’

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan drops Birds to 20th in power rankings

SI’s Jon Heyman thinks Sherrill staying in Baltimore

Newsday’s Ken Davidoff says Mets still interested in Sherrill

Newsday’s Anthony Rieber says Birds now 7-4 vs. Yanks this season

New York Post’s Mark Hale says Marte touched up in 7th inning of loss

New York Times’ Tyler Kepner says Cabrera continues strong history at Yankee Stadium

Newark Star-Ledger’s Lisa Kennelly says Rasner allows four runs in six innings of loss

RAVENS:

The Official Site says team to honor military Thursday

The Official Site says Ryan thinks Reed working hard despite not practicing

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says E. Jones amongst DNP’s in practice Tuesday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Pryce in ‘peak condition’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Terry sprains ankle in practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Boller, Smith split snaps with first team

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McAlister still surprised to be asked for advice

The Sun’s Dan Morrison cleans up after me

The Sun says Anwar Phillips loves Rescue Me

The Sun’s Mike Preston says J. Brown outstanding thus far in Camp

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Reed working out on his own

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Czech beats Stover in FG competition

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Newsome looking for tackles

The Examiner’s Phil Macek says Rolle part of CB problem

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Clayton wants to be ‘great’

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Flacco intercepted early

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Ngata thinks Ravens need to be more of ‘team’ to win

Aaron Wilson says Terry injury not expected to be season ending

Aaron Wilson says Ngata not expecting lengthy down time from injury

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Pryce working harder

Sporting News links Favre Ravens Madden Cover (take a look!)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Terps to meet Michigan State in first round of Old Spice event

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Mosley cleared, expected to wear Gary’s #14

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens disappointed to see Maryland, Georgetown on opposite sides of Old Spice bracket

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps middle of the pack for trash talking

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh looks at Vegas prospect (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh checks out ANOTHER Vegas prospect (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says recruit Kerr headed to prep school

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Hounds to play at Duke New Year’s Eve

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids’ Christian Swezey says Duke could be tougher test for Navy in ‘08

Go Mids’ David Ausiello goes inside Plebe Summer day

SWIMMING:

ESPN The Magazine’s Eric Adelson says Phelps will be Beijing’s Superman

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Big Brown has ‘lots to prove’ Sunday at Monmouth Park

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Dutrow doesn’t know what he’ll get from Big Brown Sunday

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Congress questions length of Dutrow suspension

The Examiner’s Aaron Cahall says Magna faces $40 million debt due today

NIGHTHAWKS:

The Official Site offers video of “White Chocolate” and Muresan

REAL MARYLAND:

The Official Site’s Matt Skinner previews Thursday showdown with Crystal Palace

ARENA:

The Examiner’s Michael Olesker says new Arena will be greatly different than old Coliseum

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Julie Bykowicz says Moore helping troubled teens

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Even given Daniel Cabrera’s history; he should not have been thrown out of last night’s game. Last night should have been an example of an umpire deciding NOT to make an ejection because he doesn’t want to impact the outcome of the game. The outcome of last night’s game was directly affected by an umpire’s decision. Going forward, Daniel needs to understand that his reputation precedes him.

-The Adam Terry injury is a MESS for the Ravens. With the O-Line remaining as it is right now, I think this is a 6-10 team. If they can somehow find some O-Line help/health and one of the QB’s works; they could be as much as a 10-6 team.

-Thank GOD Sean Mosley is through clearinghouse. I am breathing again. Now they need to get the Goins and Jin Soo Kim situations figured out. Michigan State is licking their chops. (Although Patrick Stevens is right; the Terps SHOULD be playing Georgetown.)

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 July 2008 by Glenn Clark

Games like last night are proof that there IS a difference between the ’08 Orioles and the Orioles of the last ten years. It might not be a significant difference, but they ARE a better product than we have seen recently. Seeing Adam Jones collect a grand slam; seeing Jeremy Guthrie get the team into the 7th inning; it continues to give you hope for the future.

Dennis Sarfate may as well start for the Orioles Wednesday. I don’t think he has the consistent stuff to be a major league starter; but there is no one else who is ready; so Sarfate deserves the shot. It is also nice to see Sarfate get his shot at Yankee Stadium; a place where he grew up, and a place that I can tell you from personal conversations honestly means a lot to him. His family and friends will be there; WNST will bring hundreds out there; and it will be special for him.

Unfortunately for all of us, it might be a 7-4 loss. But it will be a special day nonetheless.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Casey Willett predicts Suggs reports Aug. 18

Casey Willett says Gaither had walking boot at hotel Monday

Drew Forrester says Ravens impressed by Rice

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie gives up just one over 6 1/3 in win over Yanks

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Cabrera faces Rasner tonight

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Sarfate replaces Burres in rotation

Yankees Official Site’s Willie Bans says Mussina gives up 6 in loss to Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Jones hits first career grand slam in win over Yanks

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Guthrie retired first 9 batters in win

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds wanted something ‘different’ from Sarfate

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Millar remains valuable to locker room

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker says Millar added 3 hits, 3 run homer

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Walker gets first work back in win

The AP says Birds end Yanks 10 game home winning streak

The AP says Sarfate has starting experience at AAA level

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says 54k see O’s drub Yanks

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Sarfate making first start in hometown New York

Newark Star-Ledger’s Lisa Kennelly says Nady solo shot only blemish for Guthrie

Newsday’s Anthony Rieber says Damon added three run shot for Yanks

New York Times’ Tyler Kepner says Yanks remained 3 back despite loss

New York Post’s David Hale says Robertson blasted by Birds in 1/3 inning

ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark says Birds like prospects from Phillies, Angels; but must be ‘overwhelmed’ to trade Sherrill

ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark says Marlins unlikely to have enough to trade for Sherrill

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says Marlins ‘considering’ R. Hernandez

Sporting News’ Gerry Fraley says Birds like Sherrill as much as potential suitors

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Dave Lang plays the role of fan at Camp

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Pittman, McGahee, Ayanbadejo, Hale all return to field

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says offense trying to match ‘energy’ of defense

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says live mascot Conquer excites fans with Camp appearance

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Scott ready to bounce back from rough ‘07

The Sun’s Mike Preston says O-Line not clicking yet

The Sun’s Ken Murray says some players enjoy live mascots too

The Sun’s Mike Preston says undrafted rookie McClain impressing

The Sun’s Edward Lee says 52 participated in special teams practice

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Gregg hobbled around hotel with leg taped from knee down

The Sun’s Mike Preston says team still not showing total discipline

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Cameron pleased team isn’t making repeat mistakes

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley gives nod to Boller at QB thus far

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Boller works with first team, Smith impresses

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Oben could provide O-Line depth

Aaron Wilson says Scott delivers massive hot on Rice during practice

Carroll County Times’ Ryan Chell says undrafted Wheelwright has pedigree

Aaron Wilson says Cameron happy with ‘leadership’ on offense

The Examiner’s Phil Macek gives his QB nod to Smith right now

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Rice biggest star of Monday’s practice

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Scott truly “MADBacker” again

The Examiner’s Eric Detweiler says Czech hoping to make team as kickoff specialist

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Heap’s health important to Ravens

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles big prospect in Vegas (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says RB Scott likes ‘off-tackle’ style of OC Franklin

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph takes shot at Saban

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Maryland-Cal amongst games to set tone for ACC

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich projects Terps will play in Champs Sports Bowl

Scout.com’s Ross Lucksinger thinks Terps will be ACC ‘overachievers’

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles local DT prospect (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles JuCo CB prospect (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Kizer averaged 8.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg in U18 Tourney

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter profiles prospect Mincy (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Media Day/Fan Fest scheduled for Thursday

The Official Site’s Scott Strasemeier offers Official Summer Preview

The Official Site says Media Day press conference available live via web

Go Mids discusses offense with new coordinator Jasper (must subscribe)

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mids named 61st most ‘prestigious’

BOXING:

Max Boxing’s Doug Fischer says Rahman-Toney decision changed to no contest

Fightnews says Rahman ‘gratified’ with decision reversal

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says Aug. 3 match moved to Poly for Sheila Dixon event

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Palace to work with community

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says first round bye still option for Palace

REAL MARYLAND:

The Official Site says Cerritos released

OLYMPICS:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Ft. Washington’s Lewis to run in 400 relay in Beijing

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Unlike many others, I am NOT of the opinion that the Orioles should hold on to George Sherrill. I know they want to be ‘overwhelmed’; but maybe just being ‘whelmed’ would be a good option. Getting about fair market value for Sherrill is a good thing for this team; which NEEDS to continue rebuilding; not sit back and watch a group of veterans finish the season 10-15 games under .500. Sherrill isn’t the only one, but he may be the best chip they have.

-If Roman Oben is still capable of playing; the Ravens might as well give him pads and a jersey. The O-Line is STILL the biggest question on this team; and while he might not be the player the Ravens pursued in ’02; Oben would at least give them another option.

-Heather Dinich is probably pretty accurate in her assessment of the Terps. They will be closer to the top of the ACC than they are being projected (provided they stay reasonably healthy). I cannot figure out how a team with so many home run guys and depth on the O-Line is being overlooked the way they are.

-Kudos to the state of California for correcting the awful gaffe that was made in the Rahman-Toney fight. The fight SHOULD have been a no contest. Unfortunately, the state cannot reverse the damage done to the sport last night; and the potentially great number of fans that the sport lost with such an awful showing.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 July 2008 by Glenn Clark

It had to happen at some point. They couldn’t lose EVERY Sunday game. And if they can get 6 effective innings from their starter, they probably WILL win.

Garrett Olson is the one starter on this team that I could actually stomach seeing in Baltimore next season (besides Guthrie clearly). Olson is closer than the Radhames Liz’s and Brian Burres’ of the world. Olson COULD be a very good pitcher in the next few years. Games like yesterdays will help his confidence.

In the meantime, the Orioles have to find a pitcher. Presumably Hayden Penn is the only REAL option inside the organization should the Orioles not acquire anyone before the trade deadline. They have time because they can skip a start this week; but I’m starting to think more and more that they will not make any significant moves this week.

Speaking of which, if the Rays were to offer Brignac for Sherrill-the Orioles should take the deal immediately. I know Peter Angelos doesn’t like to trade in division; but they have to continue this process, and that deal is a no-brainer.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Birds will keep Wieters on farm to avoid giving him service time

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says after 15 straight losses, Birds FINALLY win on Sunday

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of WIN

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Walker activated, Liz sent down

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie takes ball as Birds open set in Bronx

Angels Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Santana allows five runs in loss

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says team met with Millar before ending Sunday slump

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Mora, Roberts sit out Sunday win

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Olson works into 7th in win

The Sun’s Bill Free says pinch hit grand slam highlights big week for Wieters on farm

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Liz needs to work on ‘command’ in Norfolk

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Trembley made difficult decision to send Olson back out in 7th

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Montanez, Reimold continue swinging big bats at Bowie

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker says Trembley puffed victory cigar in post game press conference

The Examiner’s Eric Detweiler says Trembley wants to see Liz have success in Norfolk

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says 23k see Birds snap Sunday streak

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Birds go 4-7 on homestand with win

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Sherrill wants to stay in Baltimore

The AP says Olson gets first win since June 28

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Quiroz gets 3 RBI in win for Birds

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Liz believes he’s going to be ‘okay’

LA Times’ Mike DiGiovanna says despite loss, Angels maintain baseball’s best record

OC Register’s Bill Plunkett says Santana turns in shortest outing of season in loss

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says Birds unlikely to deal Sherrill to Rays

Sporting News’ Bill Eichenberger says Palmer thinks Lee Smith belongs in Hall

CBS Sports’ Scott Miller says Orioles happy to win on ANY day

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says receivers committed to blocking downfield

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says with Gaither banged up, Terry moved back to left

The Official Site says Harbaugh giving 30-somethings every 3rd day off

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Mason continues to be go to guy for Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Clayton trying to bounce back from tough ’07 campaign

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ngata’s injury not believed to be serious

The Sun says Mexican Solano feels like Winter in Westminster

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Scott went to great lengths to watch Margarito beat Cotto

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Scott’s flag throwing not forgotten

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Hale, Ross, Daniels all skip Sunday practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ngata carted off field

The Sun’s Mike Preston says McAlister back practicing

The Sun’s Mike Preston says McGahee continues ‘flakiness’

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Nakamura adds another interception in practice Sunday

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Rice went with 1st team due to McGahee injury

The Examiner’s Eric Detweiler says music man McCants hoping to make roster

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Mason still wants Super Bowl ring

Aaron Wilson says Terry wants to become ‘major contributor’ this season

Aaron Wilson says Barnes, Jones, Stills pitching in during Suggs’ absence

Aaron Wilson says Ngata has mild MCL sprain

The AP says McGahee sat with lower leg injury

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Examiner’s Dylan Waugh thinks .500 will be tough test for Terps

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids previews DB’s (must subscribe)

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times’ Phil Janack says Desormeaux gets career win 5,000

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Here’s the skinny on this week’s Final Four matchups in our King of Baltimore Sports Contests:

Ripken vs. Palmer:

Ripken-Played 21 seasons in Baltimore. 3,189 hits; 431 Home Runs. 19 All-Star trips. 2 Gold Gloves. 8 Silver Slugger Awards. 2 AL MVP’s. 1982 Rookie of the Year. 2 All-Star Game MVP’s. 1 Home Run Derby title. Record 2,632 consecutive games played. 1983 World Series Champion. #8 Retired by Orioles. Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 with 98.5% of vote (third highest vote total of all time).

Palmer-Played 20 seasons in Baltimore. Won 268 games with a 2.86 ERA and 2,212 strikeouts. 6 time All-Star. 3 AL Cy Young Awards. 4 Gold Gloves. 3 World Series titles. #22 Retired by Orioles. Elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1990 with 92.6% of vote.

Ripken gets my vote. For my generation, Ripken is CLEARLY King.

Brooks Robinson vs. Unitas:

Brooks-Played 23 seasons in Baltimore. Collected 2,848 hits. 15 time All-Star. 16 Gold Gloves. 1964 AL MVP. 1966 All-Star MVP. 1970 World Series MVP. 2 World Series Titles. #5 Retired by Orioles.

Unitas-Played 17 seasons in Baltimore. Threw for 290 TD’s and 40,239 Yards. 10 Time Pro Bowler. 9 Time All-Pro. 3 time NFL MVP. 3 Time Pro Bowl MVP. 2 NFL Championships, Super Bowl V Champion. #19 Retired by Colts franchise. Honored in Ravens Ring of Honor. Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

Unitas gets my vote.

-Congratulations to Kent Desormeaux. 5,000 wins is a significant number for someone who already has a Hall of Fame career.

-Mike Preston may be on to something with Willis McGahee. He is a good running back, but he is not a GREAT Running Back. There a million other Willis McGahee’s in the world; and he does not have the room to be flakey here. He needs to get his act together.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 25 July 2008 by Glenn Clark

Baltimore NEEDS a new arena; desperately. The circumstances by which these plans were presented are NOT ideal; but it doesn’t matter anymore. The city needs to do absolutely anything it can to get a new arena as soon as possible. I’m not thrilled with the location of the arena (I know it is familiar; but having an arena with available parking is even nicer than familiarity); but it is better than having the arena located in DC.

As I mentioned this morning; Towson’s new facility is scheduled to open in 2011. If the new Arena needs to come down before that; Cole Field House could be an option for the Blast (there is currently a carpet down on the floor at Cole). I do NOT think a temporary facility is a good idea; but maybe a facility could be built in the Timonium area that could double for major State Fair-related events.

The bottom line is that this arena HAS to come. And it needs to get here quickly. I don’t think we’ll ever see another NBA team in the city or a NHL team; but it doesn’t matter. The city is desperate. It needs the money. It needs the opportunity for growth.

I am truly pleased with everything I have heard.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Anthony Amobi thinks Gibbons deserves second chance

Rob Long wonders if Ravens can be amongst top 6 in AFC

Rob Long enjoyed rooting for ’83 Orioles with family

Casey Willett wonders if Harbaugh’s team philosophy will eliminate King Ugly

Nestor Aparicio picked Ogden over Ripken

The Fighting Ungers can’t figure out how Gibbons gets a job and Bonds doesn’t

Rex Snider says Gibbons stole money from Birds

Lonnie Nelson says Birds botch ’83 celebration

Patrick Johnson concerned for future of Blast

Alex Thomas says honesty gets Gibbons second chance

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Orioles’ bats never wake up in suspended loss to Jays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss in suspended game

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Halladay dominates, Cabrera struggles in Game 2 loss

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of Game 2 loss

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Walker allows 3 runs on 5 hits in 1 inning, Cintron goes 1-2 as both rehab on farm

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Burres faces Saunders as Orioles begin set with baseball’s best Angels

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says Burnett gets Game 1 win despite not throwing pitch yesterday

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says with Game 2 win, Jays get back to .500

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Cabrera can’t get through 6th in loss

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Millar’s throwing error cost Birds in suspended loss

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Halladay improves to 18-4 lifetime against Birds

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. expects big series from Huff, not so big series from Roberts

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Cabrera has now won just once in last 12 starts

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says despite good outing, Penn not ticketed for Orioles

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Ray definitely done for 2008

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Guthrie offered to finish suspended game

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Arrieta stellar in final Frederick start before getting on road to Beijing

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says schedule gets no easier for Birds

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Markakis’ throw rare highlight of difficult day for Birds

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Trembley disappointed with everyone in rotation not named Guthrie

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says 23k see Cabrera falter again in loss

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says starters have 7.51 ERA over last 17

The AP says Scott sac fly provides only run all day for Birds

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Cabrera feels he attacked zone; but batters hit pitches

Toronto Star’s Mark Zwolinski says Burnett gets 11th win in suspended game

Toronto Sun’s Mike Rutsey says Jays win first road series since May

Toronto Globe and Mail’s Robert Macleod says Halladay gives up seven hits over seven innings in winning Game 2

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says Orioles wouldn’t deal Guthrie for Barmes

SI’s Gennaro Filice drops Birds to 18th in Power Rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Kevin Byrne says Bisciotti sending personal jet for Rolle’s father’s funeral; veterans to also attend

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says rookies now have to catch up with veterans

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy breaks down special teams

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Cody working back at DE in attempt to finally return

Aaron Wilson says Zbikowski fighting for roster spot, not boxing future

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Ravens ready to practice with entire team twice today

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Ravens appreciate work done by Rice in returning punts

The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht says Ravens face many questions as veterans open Camp

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Harbaugh biggest difference in ’08 Ravens

ARENA:

The Sun’s Stephen Kiehl says proposed new arena to seat 18,500

The Sun’s Childs Walker says even without NBA or NHL team, arena could turn profit

The Sun’s Rick Maese says city should try to find private money to build arena

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Hale considering new arena in Baltimore County

The Examiner’s Aaron Cahall and Andrew Cannarsa say panel believes arena could revitalize West Side

The Examiner’s Aaron Cahall and Andrew Cannarsa say arena to cost $300 million

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Ray Frager says Delaware game will be hard to watch

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Brattan helped get Adams to Maryland

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens STILL says Terps didn’t “duck” Navy in ‘06

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Friedgen angry Terps haven’t played Duke

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem checks in on international transfer prospect (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps will play Bucknell Nov. 14

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in with 2010 prospect Smith (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Mids to sign autographs Saturday at Camden Yards

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former Coach Johnson doesn’t believe new Coach Niumatalolo will ‘accept mediocrity’

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Towson-Navy amongst best CAA games this year

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says despite playing two men down, Palace gets stoppage time win

REAL MARYLAND:

The Official Site’s Matt Skinner previews tomorrow’s match with Richmond

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Right now, how would you draw up the Orioles’ 2009 rotation? With a gun to my head, I’d hope for AJ Burnett, Jeremy Guthrie, Garrett Olson, Hayden Penn, and maybe Matt Albers fifth. I think Daniel Cabrera could be traded for a Single A level prospect in the offseason; and that might be best for the Birds.

-Trading Jeremy Guthrie for Clint Barmes would not have made since to me. I’m glad the Orioles passed.

-Tom from Mt. Washington stole some of my thunder this morning. If I was Ozzie Newsome, I’d be on the phone with the Bidwills immediately. Anquan Boldin would immediately become the greatest WR in Ravens history if he were in Baltimore. He is also NOT the type of person he has seemed like in the media; he’s just a person who has been misled by Drew Rosenhaus. Boldin is a special player, a special person; and would have a lot to offer the Ravens. He also wants a long-term deal; meaning he wouldn’t walk. Interestingly enough; Terrell Suggs has said before that he’d like to play for the Cardinals. If the Cards were willing to make that deal (the Ravens would likely have to throw in a pick of some sort); I would do it in the blink of an eye.

Talk to you Monday.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 17 July 2008 by Glenn Clark

Oh, boxing.

I used to take a number of angry phone calls in this town about the negative approach I took towards the embarrassment that is the state of the sport of boxing.

I tried to explain to everyone at the time that I LOVE boxing; and I’m just frustrated with how terrible the sport has become over the last few years, especially at the Heavyweight level.

However, even though I know how awful Boxing’s Heavyweight division is; I spent WEEKS promoting a TERRIBLE Shannon Briggs-Sergei Liakhovic fight at Phoenix’s Chase Field just 18 months ago.

Even though I know how awful Boxing’s Heavyweight division is; I actually replayed an interview at 5:45 so I could end my show early last year to watch Hasim Rahman fight Taurus Sykes on VERSUS at 6pm Pacific.

Even though I know how awful Boxing’s Heavyweight division is; I can still tell you that Ruslan Chagaev, Wladimir Klitschko, and Samuel Peter hold the four major belts. (I still wouldn’t know who holds which belt without looking it up.)

And even though I know how awful Boxing’s Heavyweight division is; I still stayed up past midnight last night to watch Hasim Rahman fight James Toney; even though I knew I had to wake up for work at 4:30am.

But as FSN announcer Barry Tompkins said last night, “These sorts of things don’t happen in bowling.”

Boxing again embarrassed itself last night, on a night when things should have been good.

Hasim Rahman and James Toney wouldn’t have gotten many PPV buys; but putting them on free TV last night was a GREAT idea for Boxing. It’s not exactly like putting Anderson Silva on free TV Saturday night; but they ARE recognizable names, former champions, and they have a history with each other. Plus, FSN sent out Chris Rose, John Salley, Chris Byrd, and even Jay Glazer to add glitz to the event, which frankly helps.

But once again, boxing managed to piss all over itself.

Hasim Rahman may not have quit last night’s fight; but he made it very clear that he didn’t want any part of it. He said afterwards that he wasn’t happy with the fact he had to fight in California at an event sponsored by Toney’s promoter. That doesn’t mean that he told the referee or doctor that he wanted to quit the fight; but it doesn’t reflect well on him.

From listening to the exchange between Rock and the fight doctor after Round Three, it never sounded like Rock quit the fight. It sounded like he told the fight doctor that he couldn’t see. If boxing rules say that a fight stopped due to an incidental headbutt should go to the scorecards if ended before four rounds; then I would have awarded Rahman the fight 29-28. If boxing rules say that if a fighter cannot continue due to an injury a fight should be declared a TKO; then James Toney was the rightful winner.

Who knows what really happened last night?

The only thing we DO know is that anyone who tuned into last night’s fight as a casual fan of “The Sweet Science” was probably turned off by what they saw; and some may never tune into boxing again.

But I know I will. Despite how much I hate this sport right now; I just can’t help but keep watching.

Rahman and Toney both said that the loser should retire; but certainly after last night; that won’t happen. Perhaps there will be a Rahman-Toney III; and perhaps Rahman’s appeal will even get him a no contest of last night’s fight.

But last night’s events were just plain AWFUL for an entire sport; and another black eye for a sport that has been beaten soundly over the last few years.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Sherrill ‘sensational’ in All-Star Game

Thyrl Nelson says Tejada example of “Derby curse”

Bryan Powell says MLL returning to Maryland

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds aiming for winning record in 2nd half

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin predicts Birds fall short of winning record

The Official Site’s Jeff Seidel says Millar participates in White House event

MLB.com’s Mark Newman says prospect Arrieta named to U.S. Olympic team

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says MacPhail faces tough decisions

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says MacPhail keeping focus on rebuilding

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Sherrill told media he didn’t want to pitch multiple innings in All-Star Game

The Sun’s David Steele hopes long game didn’t hurt Sherrill’s arm

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. expects big series from Huff

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Orioles trying Sunday promotion again

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec breaks down where Birds could be traded

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Arrieta’s Olympic nod comes after futures game appearance

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Trembley can’t be happy with Sherrill’s lengthy All-Star appearance

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says 11 game homestand will dictate 2nd half for Birds

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Arrieta considers Olympic nod ‘icing on cake’ of young career

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says former Oriole Johnson liked Arrieta in Futures Game, picked him for Olympic team

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says start of 2nd half could determine team’s future

Washington Post says Birds need SS, pitching depth, another bat

The AP says MacPhail ‘satisfied’ with Birds’ progress

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Orioles 18th in Power Rankings

Sporting News’ Gerry Fraley thinks Sherrill ‘key performer’ for Birds in 2nd half

CBS Sports’ Scott Miller gives Birds “B” for first half, up from “F” last year

The AP says Orioles-Yankees regular season finale at Yankee Stadium moved to primetime

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy previews OLB’s

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens, Flacco agree to 5 year deal

The Sun’s Kyle Goon profiles Ravens fan/Yardbarker editor Hammond

The Examiner’s Phil Macek thinks Ravens should have extended Suggs

Aaron Wilson says Flacco’s deal includes $8.75 million guaranteed

The AP says Flacco deal has maximum $30 million value

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio says Flacco’s deal includes similar escalators to Quinn

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Thomas thinks depth will help O-Line

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says LB signee Edet going to Milford Academy for prep school

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have PLENTY of depth at WR

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem checks in with prospect Austin (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Gary intends to use four guard lineups this season

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in with 2010 prospect Starks (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Diamondback’s Jakob Engelke says future Terps shine in All-American game

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Dallas Morning News’ Brandon George says Dallas will bid for Army-Navy game

Go Mids previews quarterbacks (must subscribe)

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Brooks was keeper before moving to forward

BOXING:

Fightnews’ Francisco Salazar says Toney gets controversial TKO victory over Rahman due to headbutt

Fightnews’ Francisco Salazar says Toney thinks Rahman wanted out of fight

Max Boxing’s Doug Fischer says Rahman ruled to have quit after third round

Sweet Science’s David A. Avila says deep cut made Rahman unable to see after third round

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Here’s the skinny on Palmer vs. Murray today. Eddie Murray played 13 seasons in Baltimore (really 12 and a half); making 7 All-Star teams, winning 3 Gold Gloves, 2 Silver Sluggers, the 1977 Rookie of the Year, a World Series title in 1983, and finishing in the Top 10 of MVP voting 7 times. His number 33 is retired by the Orioles, and he was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2003. Jim Palmer played 20 seasons in Baltimore; making 6 All-Star teams, winning 3 Cy Young awards, 4 gold gloves, and 3 World Series titles. His number 22 is retired by the Orioles, and he was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1990. My vote will go to Jim Palmer, if only because (as a number of our hosts have eluded) the Orioles have never won a World Series without him.

-After the Ravens host the Browns in a late afternoon game Sunday, September 21st; will it even be worth racing to an establishment in Federal Hill to watch a watered down Orioles team face a Yankees team that is about to clinch a Wild Card berth and make the regular season finale at Yankee Stadium irrelevant? I think not.

- Kudos to Joe Flacco, Joe Linta, and the Baltimore Ravens for working quickly to get a deal done. Flacco doesn’t appear to be getting any sort of ridiculous deal; but instead a fair deal with escalator clauses that could allow the big man to make money if he proves his worth. I think this is good all around.

-Congratulations to Jake Arrieta, who gets the incredible honor of pitching for the United States at the Olympic Games in Beijing. It’s almost hard to even remember that such luminaries as Rick Krivda, Mike Kincade, and Kurt Ainsworth picked up gold medals back in 2000 in Sydney. There could be some concern about Arrieta overextending himself-especially considering the exhibition schedule BEFORE the Games; but he deserves the opportunity.

-I hate saying this because it is just more competition for Baltimore; but Dallas deserves the opportunity to host an Army/Navy game. There is clearly passion for both institutions down there; and the new stadium would serve as a great host for the Game.

-Make sure you come out today to support Drew, Captain Kirk, Coach Seaman, Coach Stern and the Casey Cares Foundation. You can still make donations by emailing Drew at drew@wnst.net

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Pre game notes

Posted on 02 July 2008 by caseywillett

Here are some notes from Dave Trembley:
 
-          The Orioles have not heard from Dr James Andrews in regards to Matt Albers as of this afternoon. They are expecting to hear from him later today.
 
-          Kevin Millar is getting the night off so that Jay Payton can get into play. Trembley pointed out that Millar’s 1-24 .042 career average against Meche is not the deciding factor, but is considered when he is making decisions. Millar has only struck out once versus Meche, and his only hit was in his first at bat against Meche back on 8-25-2003. Millar singled to center and was thrown out going into second.
 
 
-          Adam Loewen will not be available for the Orioles tonight. Trembley said that Loewen will pitch back to back nights, but not after his first outing out of the bullpen. The original plan was for Adam to stay in the minors till the All –Star break, but he was progressing fast and with Jamie Walker going on the disabled list, there was a need for him.
 
-          Ramon Hernandez is batting cleanup for the Orioles tonight and the reason is because Trembley says he did not want four left handed hitters batting in a row: Roberts, Markakis, Huff, then Ramon, followed by Scott. In case you were wondering, Ramon is 8-26 lifestime versus Meche.
 
 
-          I asked Dave Trembley if he sees any similarities between the Royals and Orioles and what they are doing, and he said yes and added the Pirates in that equation also. Dave said he knows Royals manager Trey Hillman very well and what the Royals are trying to do is similar to what the Orioles are doing here.

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Ray Lewis not smartest defender in NFL,O’s pictures, birthday cake, and music

Posted on 01 July 2008 by caseywillett

So a recent survey out from ESPN.com list Ray Lewis as the second smartest defensive player in the NFL as voted on by NFL head coaches. Here is the article, which is very interesting to read. Just for the record, no one from the offense
 
-          I can not imagine Derrick Martin will be around long as a member of the Ravens. What he tried to pull is insane to think about. If you did wrong, just admit, do the punishment, and move on. Not saying it is right or is wrong, but I think there is a chance he will be made an example of.
 
-          In the Orioles clubhouse, there are huge poster size pictures of Jim Palmer, Rick Dempsey, Elrod Hendricks, Eddie Murray, Brooks Robinson, and other Orioles greats on the wall outside of the clubhouse. Recently some of the new Orioles pictures have begun to show up. There are now the same size pictures of Brian Roberts, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and a couple of other guy’s pictures lining the halls.
 
 
-          Yesterday was Luke Scott’s birthday and he had a huge cake made like the back of his jersey in the clubhouse. Luke said a friend of his made the cake for him and that it weighed about 25 lbs. Every player that walked by and ate some of the cake talked about how good it was and wondering where it came from.
 
-          People have asked about the song that Brian Roberts comes to at bat with. It is from a band called Submersed, which is a band that Kevin Millar is friends with. The song is all called We All Make Mistakes.

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 19 June 2008 by Glenn Clark

Dave Trembley has clearly brought SOMETHING to the entire Baltimore Orioles organization that did not exist previously. And not only has it been received by the team, but it has clearly been received by the entire organization.
The Orioles still have MANY issues. But those of you who feel like “Something’s different with this team” are right. And while some of that can be credited to Drew Forrester for staying on this organization at all times; some of it can also be credited directly to Dave Trembley; whose attitude HAS to be rubbing off on those he’s around every day.
I have not worked alongside Dave Trembley being out here in Arizona; but I know what a difference having an all around good person like Bob Melvin brought to the Diamondbacks. He’s the type of leader that not only makes the team better; he makes the whole franchise better.
It HAS been a good year; but if anything about this organization is going to change; it needs to be more than just a good year. I don’t know that prolonged success is possible under this regime. But I won’t root against it.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..
Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:
ORIOLES:
The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Millar gets RBI single in 10th to beat Astros
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Loewen, Bierd working way back
Astros Official Site’s Alyson Footer says Valverde gives up winner in 10th as Stros lose
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Scott adds homer as Birds win
The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Loewen goes 2 innings on farm
The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Bradford goes 2 scoreless in win
Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Guthrie outstanding despite no-decision
The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht says Birds continue to find offense
The Examiner’s Pete Sabatini says Birds regularly rallying
Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Trembley celebrates anniversary with win
Washington Post’s Christopher Smith says Birds not getting enough production at short
Houston Chronicle’s Jose De Jesus Ortiz says 21k see Birds take 2nd from Houston
RAVENS:
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says coaches pleased with rookie camp
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ogden, McNair officially retired
Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Flacco ‘learns’ at rookie camp
TOWSON FOOTBALL:
TOWSON BASKETBALL:
TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:
Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem checks in with LB recruit Goree (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem checks in with DeMatha prospect (must subscribe)
LOYOLA BASKETBALL:
NAVY FOOTBALL:
Go Mids previews Navy receivers (must subscribe)
HOPKINS LACROSSE:
Inside Lacrosse’s Jon Brand says Jays will be down in ‘09
HORSE RACING:
Washington Post’s John Scheinman says Dutrow won’t testify
ACTION SPORTS:
The Sun’s Stefen Lovelace says Open first stop on Dew Tour
Washington Post offers Dew Tour schedule
SWIMMING:
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-While I could understand Chris McAlister at least keeping things REASONABLY close with Wes Unseld; today’s voting should not be EVEN REMOTELY close. I have no problems with Mike Stankovic’s inclusion in the contest’s voting; but Art Donovan was a stalwart. Art Donovan was a force. Art Donovan was one of the biggest reasons the Colts defense performed at a level to bring back consecutive titles in ’58 and ’59. And while personality is not supposed to be a factor in voting for KOBS, we hear stories about how teams rallied around the funniest fat man on the planet. Art brought something special.
-Eventually-not getting run support will damage the psyche of a pitcher. Jeremy Guthrie deserves MUCH better. I have no doubt that Jeremy was genuinely happy in the locker room last night since the team picked up the win; but I also imagine he is a bit sick of not getting support.
-Do NOT underestimate what is going on at Towson University right now. There is no reason why the city of Baltimore shouldn’t have a major college athletic department; and Towson is on the cusp of getting there. A new facility can get them closer. More upgrades to Unitas Stadium will help as well. They clearly have a vision at Towson.
-No matter what John Harbaugh, Cam Cameron, and Hue Jackson saw from Joe Flacco at “Camp Flacco”, I hope none of them were thinking “Maybe he COULD start.”
-I don’t know if we’ll learn anything at the Horse Racing hearings, but it will be good to have the sport face the spotlight the way other sports have. However, I wish Congress would spend their time dealing with gas crisis instead of this. But that’s a story for another time.
-Check out the Dew Action Sports Tour this weekend. It will be fun.
Talk to you tomorrow.
-G

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