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Trainer Lukas disappointed in actions of fellow Derby winners

Posted on 17 May 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE (AP) — Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas criticized the behavior of a few of his peers Wednesday, saying the actions of a few recent Kentucky Derby winners have tarnished the reputation of his profession.

Speaking at Pimlico Race Course, site of Saturday’s Preakness, Lukas said, “I’m very disappointed as a trainer that we have the stigma of some of our Derby winners not carrying the banner.”

He cited Rick Dutrow, who is appealing a 10-year suspension in New York for multiple medication violations, and Chip Woolley, who last year allegedly urinated on slot machines at a track in Iowa.

Lukas also mentioned I’ll Have Another trainer Doug O’Neill, who won the Derby on May 5 but faces charges of drugging a horse in California. O’Neill has denied the accusation.

“We’ve got Dutrow under suspension. We’ve got Chip Woolley (urinating) on the slot machines in casinos. And now Doug, at least, has some gray area hanging over him,” said Lukas, who will saddle Optimizer in the Preakness.

“That bothers me, frankly. I think those guys are all good enough they don’t need for there to be doubts. I think they can
train horses and not have that problem in front of them. They can do it the right way. That’s just the way I feel. I would say that if they were standing right here.”

Dutrow’s Big Brown won the Derby and Preakness in 2008. He sends out long shot Zetterholm in the Preakness.

Woolley in 2009 trained long shot Derby winner Mine That Bird, who ran second in the Preakness. Last year, security staff escorted Woolley from the casino at Prairie Meadows Racetrack.

O’Neill, meanwhile, has been accused by the California Horse Racing Board for “milkshaking,” the illegal practice of giving a horse a blend of bicarbonate of soda, sugar and electrolytes. The mixture is designed to reduce fatigue and enhance performance.

“We played by the rules and I am vigorously fighting the previous allegations,” O’Neill said Wednesday.

O’Neill faces his third total carbon dioxide violation in California and fourth in a career that has spanned 25 years.

O’Neill’s most recent violation dates from an Aug. 25, 2010, race at Del Mar in California. A blood test on his horse Argenta showed elevated levels of TCO2 before it finished eighth.

He faces penalties ranging from a minimum 90-day suspension and a $5,000 fine to a maximum 180-day suspension and fine of $15,000 depending on whether a hearing officer’s report finds aggravating circumstances or not.

“I’ll Have Another, along with every other horse in our barn goes through an intense physical exam and a blood and urine exam,” O’Neill said. “We run pure horses. We run a great operation, and anyone who comes to our barn all know that we love the horses and do everything we can to keep them at the top of their game. If I didn’t win the Derby, you guys wouldn’t be asking that.”

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MJC Renews TV Deal with NBC, adds VERSUS

Posted on 22 February 2011 by WNST Staff

NBC SPORTS GROUP REASSEMBLES TRIPLE CROWN

Multi-Year Agreements to Renew Preakness Stakes and Reacquire Belmont Stakes

Previously Announced Kentucky Derby Extension Now Includes Increased Programming

More Than 25 Hours of Triple Crown Coverage on NBC and VERSUS

NEW YORK – February 22, 2011 – The NBC Sports Group will broadcast all three legs of horse racing’s prestigious Triple Crown, renewing the rights to the Preakness Stakes and reacquiring rights to the Belmont Stakes. As previously announced, NBC and Churchill Downs, Inc. renewed rights to the Kentucky Derby. This marks the first time that all three races will be on one network since NBC aired them in 2005. The agreements were announced today by Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Sports Group, Tom Chuckas, President and Chief Operating Officer, Maryland Jockey Club, and C. Steven Duncker, NYRA Chairman. Like NBC Sports’ agreement with Churchill Downs, each agreement announced today gives NBC exclusive rights to the Preakness and Belmont through 2015.

The agreements include coverage of the Black Eyed Susan Stakes and other Preakness-day and Belmont-day programming on VERSUS.  Additionally, expanded Derby week programming including the Kentucky Oaks and Derby day programming will air on VERSUS. In all, the NBC Sports Group will broadcast more than 25 hours of Triple Crown coverage (detailed schedule to be released at a later date). Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

“Everyone at NBC Sports Group is delighted that the Triple Crown has been reassembled. We are now uniquely positioned to significantly expand the reach of these iconic events with extensive coverage on VERSUS,” said Ebersol. “As we previously announced, we are continuing our long-standing partnership with the Kentucky Derby. To add this extension with the Preakness while reacquiring the Belmont gives our new NBC Sports Group the three most important events in thoroughbred racing. And we want to thank Churchill Downs Incorporated and CEO Bob Evans for his leadership in paving the way for the Triple Crown to return to NBC.”

“We are pleased to renew our broadcast partnership with NBC Sports,” said Chuckas.  “Our relationship with NBC allows us the opportunity to reach more than just sports fans.  The partnership not only affords us the stature and exposure of a continued presence on network television but provides the added benefit of NBC’s consistent promotion through the Kentucky Derby leading into the Preakness.”

“We are thrilled to return our premier race to NBC Sports,” said Duncker. “They have done a terrific job covering horse racing, including their Kentucky Derby and the Preakness broadcasts over the prior decade. With an excellent production team that has pioneered innovative camera angles, and a tremendous group of on-air talent that offers unique insights into the races, NBC Sports will be a great partner for the Belmont Stakes.”

NBC SPORTS AND HORSE RACING: The NBC Sports Group is now the exclusive home to Horse Racing’s Triple Crown.  This marks the first time that all three races will be on one network since NBC last aired the Triple Crown in 2005.  NBC has been the exclusive home of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes since 2001.

KENTUCKY DERBY: In the 10 years that Churchill Downs and NBC Sports have been together the event has experienced remarkable growth. The Kentucky Derby is now seen by 7.4 million more viewers than the last Kentucky Derby broadcast by ABC in 2000 (16.5 million vs. 9.1 million, up 51 percent). The shared vision of Churchill Downs and NBC Sports’ successful ‘Big Event Strategy’ to assemble the broadest possible audience led to the 2010 Kentucky Derby being the most-watched Kentucky Derby in 21 years, in addition to the year prior which was the most-watched Derby in 20 years.  Last year’s Kentucky Derby averaged 16.5 million viewers, the most watched Kentucky Derby since 1989 when Sunday Silence won the Derby (18.5 million).

PREAKNESS STAKES: Since NBC Sports began broadcasting the Preakness in 2001, every Preakness telecast on NBC over that period attracted more viewers than any Preakness telecast on ABC in the previous seven years.  Viewership for the Preakness is up an average of 69% in the 10 years on NBC compared to the previous seven years on ABC.

BELMONT STAKES: NBC Sports broadcast the Belmont from 2001-05, including three straight years in which the Belmont had a Triple Crown at stake.  The 2004 Belmont featuring Smarty Jones racing for the Triple Crown was seen by 21.9 million viewers, the most for a Belmont broadcast since Seattle Slew captured the elusive Triple Crown in 1977.

Since its involvement in the Triple Crown, NBC Sports has been honored with 11 Eclipse Awards for its thoroughbred racing coverage, Preakness (2002-03-05-06-08), Kentucky Derby (2007), Belmont (2004) and Breeder’s Cup (2001).  Additionally, NBC Sports has won three Eclipse Awards in the features category: 2002 on War Emblem (Preakness broadcast), 2005 Afleet Alex (Kentucky Derby broadcast) and 2009 Mine That Bird (Preakness broadcast), and the 2005 and 2006 Preakness broadcasts were nominated for the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Special.

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Todd Bozeman 2009 Local Sports Person of the Year

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Todd Bozeman 2009 Local Sports Person of the Year

Posted on 18 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

As you know, I have made it VERY clear that Tim Tebow should have won SI’s annual Sportsman of the Year award over Derek Jeter. I’ve even added that I didn’t think Derek Jeter would have even been in my Top 5 choices for the award-as Roger Federer, Tyler Hansbrough, Calvin Borel and Kobe Bryant would have all been better choices-at least in my own opinion.

The good news is that in selecting my own personal LOCAL 2009 Sports Person of the Year-I don’t have to let anyone else even offer an opinion. (Although I will note that Comcast Morning Show host Drew Forrester has chimed in to let everyone know that he agrees with my choice.)

I started this process by putting together a list of 5 nominees for this honor. Putting together the list actually wasn’t all that difficult….

Ray Rice

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Nick Markakis

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Todd Bozeman

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Calvin Borel

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Michael Oher

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It’s a pretty impressive list.

Ray Rice will be the Ravens’ MVP this season-and the entire city of Baltimore has ABSOLUTELY fallen in love with him. Don’t believe me? Ask your local sports department store if they’re sold out of Ray Rice jerseys right now. He might not make the Pro Bowl in a conference with Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew and Cedric Benson-but he deserves to be there. On top of that, he’s been very involved in the community-hosting a number of charity events around town.

Nick Markakis was productive again at the plate for the Orioles-hitting nearly .300 and driving in 100 runs. He was also stellar in the field once more, tallying 13 assists in what many thought should have been a Gold Glove campaign. More importantly, he uprooted his family to move to the area, commiting himself to being a part of this community after receiving a contract extension from the O’s. He started the “Right Side Foundation” and has done a number of events with kids around town.

Calvin Borel galvanized the entire sport of horse racing by turning a 50-1 “no shot” in Mine That Bird into a Kentucky Derby champion. Just 14 days later, he came to Charm City aboard filly Rachel Alexandra and set himself up for a shot at a personal Triple Crown-which he probably would have gotten had Jess Jackson ran Rachel Alexandra in the Belmont.

Michael Oher was so unfamiliar to Ravens fans before the NFL Draft that there is no doubt the first reaction most everyone had to his selection was “Who is this O-her guy?” 8 months later, EVERYONE knows about Michael Oher. The movie “The Blind Side” was so popular it actually beat out “New Moon” for #1 at the box office in the 3rd week both were out. On top of all that, Oher has been TREMENDOUS for the Ravens-moving from right tackle to left tackle and performing at a level that might well earn him a trip to Miami.

But there’s really no doubt about which of these guys deserves to be the 2009 Local Sports Person of the Year.

It’s Bozeman in a landslide.

In calendar year 2009, the Morgan State Bears basketball team did the following:
-Traveled to College Park and beat Maryland
-Traveled to Fayetteville and beat Arkansas (just two days after putting a massive scare into Louisville at Freedom Hall)
-Claimed a 2nd straight MEAC regular season title
-Won the MEAC Tournament
-Advanced to their first ever NCAA Tournament in school history.
-Bozeman named Mid-Major and MEAC Coach of the Year

He’s revitalized not just the hoops program on Hillen Road, but the entire athletic department. And in doing so, he’s answered every doubter who said “Why would Morgan State get involved with a scumbag like Todd Bozeman?”

2009 was the year where Todd Bozeman’s story of redemption came full circle. It was one thing for him to get back into coaching, but it was quite another for him to make a statement as emphatic as he did over the last 12 months. So emphatic in fact that discussion of Bozeman no longer centers around his transgressions at Cal, but instead what he may do in the future at Morgan State or elsewhere.

Unfortunately, Bozeman’s story of redemption has been buried nationally amongst stories about Kobe Bryant returning to the top of his sport following rape charges and Michael Vick getting back to the NFL after his stint in jail. Locally, while Bozeman’s story has been covered, I’m not sure we’ve really given the story the recognition it deserves considering Morgan State tends to fall behind Maryland, Towson, UMBC, Loyola, etc. etc. in the pecking order of even local college sports.

But Todd Bozeman’s rise-and the rise of Morgan hoops as well-has been historic. In 2005-06 (the final year of Butch Beard’s tenure), the Bears won 5 games. Last season, they won 23. They’ve gon from being a college basketball also-ran within their own conference to a team that schools are afraid to schedule, and were so respected they managed to avoid a 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament despite being in a conference that is annually RPI ranked in the bottom 3. They remain a regular part of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 voting process-either ranked in the poll or receiving votes.

Bozeman’s community activity includes running basketball camps through Morgan State throughout the summer. His BIGGEST contribution off the court remains his involvement with the Bea Gaddy Family Center, an involvement that includes taking his team to the Center to serve food on Thanksgiving to help brighten the spirits of those who come.

It’s been a tremendous year for Todd Bozeman here in Baltimore, one deserving of even more recognition that I can give him-but this is my part. As far as Sports People of the Year in 2009 are concerned here in Baltimore, Bozeman was tops.

-G

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Top 25 Sports Moments of 2009

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Top 25 Sports Moments of 2009

Posted on 16 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

This is my companion piece to yesterday’s local version. Please feel free to chime in about either. Tomorrow will be my “Top 10 Games of 2009.”

Honorable Mention:
Bemidji State Makes a Run For the Little Guys, Rod Woodson and Bruce Smith Enter Pro Football Hall of Fame, Ms. Patrick Goes to NASCAR, Dwight Howard takes Magic to Finals, Michelle Wie Wins First LPGA Event, Syracuse Gets Another Lax Title, Kimbo Slice Goes to UFC, Thierry Henry Cheats France into World Cup, Serena Williams Loses her Mind, Del Potro Stuns Federer, Utah Gets Another Non-BCS BCS Win, Usain Bolt Does it Again, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta Get Big Wins for Girls, Philadelphia Loses a Voice, Alabama Ends Tebow’s Run, Michael Jordan goes to Springfield

25-Jimmie Johnson Makes it 4 Straight

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24-Rickey Gets to the Hall

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23-Bobby Bowden Hangs ‘Em Up

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22-Favre is Back. Again.

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21-Manny Being A Cheater

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20-Phelps Outduels Cavic Despite Scientific Disadvantage

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19-Texas Survives to Play For Title

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6Drr0-3I6k[/youtube]

18-Plaxico Burress Goes to Jail

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17-Syracuse/UConn Play College Hoops Classic

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em–HcJDVjo[/youtube]

16-Nick Adenhart Dies in Car Crash

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15-Sid The Kid Wins First Cup

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14-US Soccer Pulls Absolute Stunner

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqHWFT_6-sY[/youtube]

13-Erin Andrews Video Shuts Down Internet

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12-Mine That Bird Wins One for the Little Guys

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjY-rrAoTl8[/youtube]

11-Michael Vick Comes to Philly

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10-Tom Watson NEARLY Does It

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Do you even REMEMBER that Stewart Cink won the British Open? Neither do I. In a sport that is completely irrelevant without its biggest star, it took a man on the verge of turning 60 to somehow find relevance. It was a fun weekend, even for those of us who don’t necessarily enjoy golf.

9-A-Rod Comes Clean

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwLszCGc8Vg[/youtube]

My how quickly a year goes by. If the Yanks don’t win the AL East (or World Series)-this might be the #2 story of the year, as it would have been one more time where one of the greatest players of all time let his team down. BUT-the Yanks won, and we all sorta forgot about this awkward moment in Spring Training. Could it cost Alex Rodriguez a place in Cooperstown one day? Maybe.

8-Brock Lesnar Gives UFC Biggest Moment in History

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The biggest fight moment of the year was also the biggest moment in Mixed Martial Arts history. (Of course, if they could somehow figure out a way to get Brock, Fedor and Kimbo into the same ring at one time-the world might explode.) Dana White hit a home run with Brock Lesnar. He brought in someone with major appeal due to his background as an amateur wrestler, WWE champion and a failed NFL attempt. Lesnar rose quickly in a watered-down heavyweight division; and with one win over Randy Couture-he went from “The Next Big Thing” to “The Thing” at UFC 100 in July. Everyone watched, everyone talked about it; and the UFC finally had their crowning mainstream moment.

7-Michigan State Lifts Detroit….Until Falling to Carolina

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

The “moment” belonged to the Spartans. The city of Detroit was DESPERATE for something to rally around given the dire state of their economy, and the run to the Final Four by Michigan State game them exactly that. None of this takes anything away from what North Carolina accomplished, either. Tyler Hansbrough will go down as one of the all-time great college basketball players in history, and what happened in Detroit was his moment even more than it was Michigan State’s.

6-Tim Tebow Gets His

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuUUGxrDR1M[/youtube]

Hate Tim Tebow all you want, but he’s been nothing short of amazing in his college football career. Plus, he’s been amazing off the field as well. His halftime rally was arguably greater than his on-field performance…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-qodBTlMtA[/youtube]

And hell-as far as moments go, his return to Gainesville may have been just as good….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ981abswsI[/youtube]

How did Sports Illustrated manage to screw this up??? This was a NO-BRAINER for Sportsman of the Year.

5-Federer Moves Past Sampras with Wimbledon Classic over Roddick

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IwBJ41_jIk[/youtube]

Was it as good as Federer-Nadal in ’08? I don’t know. It’s easy to say know; but watching the highlights again-wow. These two put on an epic match without the #1 vs. #2 billing or the rivalry status that Roger and Rafa had in ’08. It seemed like a fitting way for Pete Sampras’ career major title record to be broken, as Federer had to withstand the greatest career performance by the top American tennis player.

4-Kobe Gets Redemption

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUE73GqyPuU[/youtube]

Some people said he couldn’t win without Shaq. Others said he wasn’t the same after what happened in Colorado. They were all wrong. Kobe Bryant was just fine. The group of players around him (Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher, Trevor Ariza, Lamar Odom, etc.) certainly lacked the “sex appeal” of previous Lakers teams, but it didn’t limit their effectiveness. And even more remarkably; Phil Jackson broke the record for most NBA Championships by a head coach (10, surpassing Red Auerbach’s 9)-arguably the most significant record of the year and yet mostly unnoticed.

3-Yankees Do It Again

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsxZp6p8xqo[/youtube]

The excitement surrounding the New York Yankees winning their 27th World Series title had about as much to do with the anger most MLB fans felt towards the idea that the Yanks “bought” their title as it did with any actual celebration. Sure, the Yanks rolled out the equivalent of an All-Star lineup just about every night; but they still had to win the thing. Meanwhile, there were reports that baseball was played over the summer in Baltimore. We have not been able to confirm them just yet.

2-Steelers Win Super Bowl Classic

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

God I hate admitting that anything they do is good. But this one certainly ranks amongst the greatest Super Bowl games of all time, thanks to the remarkable individual efforts of Ben Roethlisberger, Santonio Holmes, James Harrison, Kurt Warner, etc. Now let’s all hope that nothing good ever happens to those a-holes in Pittsburgh again.

1-Tiger Shows He’s Human

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Was the moment Tiger Woods hit a tree in Florida the biggest moment of the year? Maybe not. But the collective “moment” that has extended from Thanksgiving to the end of the year has certainly been; mostly because it has obviously transcended sport. He’s the biggest athlete in the world-and he has peaked everyone’s interest; even if you don’t really care who he slept with. If Tiger eventually comes back and wins the Masters, this will be a story of redemption. If Tiger never wins another major, this will go down as one of the all-time great career declines in the history of sports. Probably the greatest. Enough to move Tim Finchem to alcohol…..

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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15-7-0

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15-7-0

Posted on 09 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Ravens Tuesday. Our Tuesday Top 7. But I’m not sure I’ll be able to find 7….

You deserve props…….

1-Kurt Warner, Josh Freeman, Drew Brees, Matt Hasselbeck and Phillip Rivers

Josh Freeman is the greatest rookie kicker since Mark Sanchez!

But seriously, how embarrassing is it to be a Packers fan today? A week after losing to Brett Favre, you lost to the freaking Tampa Bay Buccaneers!!!!

I guess it could be worse. You could be rooting for this team……

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2-Fedor Emelianenko

This……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8zMVAv1XOM[/youtube]

…..is WAY better than anything I’ve seen on CBS in recent years. Well, other than this anyway……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2Mzp_1ndR8[/youtube]

3-Zenyatta

I don’t care what Summer Bird, Mine That Bird or ANY other horse says. It is ALWAYS embarrassing to lose to a girl.

Unless of course you’re losing to Kelly Brook in a “Flattest Stomach” contest. She can win that. Actually, I’ll let her show me hers and then I’ll just forfeit. Sound good?

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4-Michael Turner, Cedric Benson and Chris Johnson

I CANNOT BELIEVE there was a Washington Redskins fan on my Facebook page talking trash Sunday night. The Washington Redskins are an embarrassment to the NFL. It is LAUGHABLE. Even this guy isn’t proud…..

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5-The Young Men Representing our Country Playing Football for the United States Naval Academy

It wasn’t Navy playing Notre Dame Saturday. It was the United States of America. That’s right, the good ole USA kicked the TAR out of the Fighting Irish Saturday, which is exactly the way it should be. Notre Dame sucks. South Bend sucks. Touchdown Jesus sucks.

I don’t care if you can even pronounce Niumatalolo. If you weren’t rooting like hell for our boys from Annapolis Sunday, you’re not a good American. This man is a hero…..

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This man is not……

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6-Kurt Busch

Kurt Busch won this weekend’s NASCAR race 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. I know because it says it right here on my computer screen.

I was really hoping to put together some good shtick here, but I just don’t know enough relevant talking points when it comes to NASCAR. I could make another joke about NASCAR fans being obnoxious drunks, but I choose not to make easy stereotypes. There’s probably just a small group of bad eggs giving the rest of the crew a bad name…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2otGXwmlAU[/youtube]

7-Dallas Clark, Randy Moss and Mike Sims-Walker

How….in the HELL……are the Jacksonville Jaguars 4-4? The Jags are TERRIBLE. Makes you feel even worse about the Ravens, really.

And while we’re talking about receivers, was Chad Ochocinco really expecting a chance to “pay off” an official with a dollar yesterday?

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Or was this totally spontaneous? Chad Ochocinco is either really stupid, or a total genius.

Sort of like Glenn Clark.

8-Mike Knuble

The Washington Capitals were big winners on Saturday night-so…..yay?

I LOVE making fun of Washington, DC. The people there are terrible, the sports teams are awful, and I’d rather spend the day with Rick From Reisterstown than find myself having to travel in their area. That being said, the Mayor of our city is now standing TRIAL.

But then again, that crap-hole down there would probably elect this fella mayor again if they could…..

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9-Gabriel Ali-El

And once again, Poly is a big winner over City. Over 8,000 fans came to M&T Bank Stadium to watch the 121st edition of the rivalry; which represents all that’s good about high school football.

I wish I had moments like this in high school. Sadly, most of my memories at Perry Hall involved unfortunate nicknames and bad hair. Which is basically how the rest of my life has played out, too…….

10-Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray

Riddle me this, Batman. Swiss Indoors result not withstanding, Roger Federer has won FIFTEEN grand slam titles. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have COMBINED to win 1.

Yet…..this is Novak Djokovic’s on again/off again girlfriend Jelena Ristic….

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And this is Andy Murray’s girlfriend Kim Sears……

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And yet Roger Federer was CONVINCED he’d never do any better than Mirka Vavrinec???

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11-Phil Mickelson

Was more popular in China than Tiger Woods. Although, I’d prefer being BETTER than Tiger Woods-but that’s just me.

Also, since the HSBC Champions event was played in Shanghai; I’m reminded that Lucy Liu was in the movie Shanghai Knights, and should probably be in every other movie in the world……

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12-Jordan Shipley, Julio Jones, Zach Collaros, DeVier Posey and Graig Cooper

Holy crap TCU is ranked #4?!?!? God-I haven’t asked you for much recently. I asked you for the Redskins to lose to the Lions-and you sure delivered on that. Now, I PRAY that you PLEASE allow TCU or Boise State to find their way into the Top 2. Please deliver losses to Texas, Florida, Alabama and Cincinnati; and PLEASE force the BCS to have to stomach one of these teams getting to Pasadena.

OR…..please deliver Lea Michele from “Glee” to me for Christmas. Either one will work….

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13-University of Arizona

You thought this might have something to do with the Wildcats’ big win over Washington State Saturday. It doesn’t. They might go to the Rose Bowl this season. Who cares?

You see, the U of A held their first ever “Undie Run”, and that is ABSOLUTELY the most important thing that could ever happen ….in the world.

Here are the pictures……

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14-Chicken Parm

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Let me suggest something to you. The next time you’re going to a wedding; purchase your gift a few weeks in advance. Then, when you get to the reception to enjoy dinner-instead of thinking to yourself “I better eat 50 dollars worth of food”…..you’ll say to yourself “Dude, the free food here is AWESOME!” You see, if you buy a gift weeks in advance, you’ll forget about it by the time you get there.

Of course, you’ll be suicidal again after you see the gift sitting on a table and say to yourself “WHY THE HELL DID I JUST SPEND 40 DOLLARS ON SHEETS?!?!?”, but at least you will have enjoyed some damn fine Chicken Parm.

15-Seth MacFarlane

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtM7Gqxet8Q[/youtube]

Both episodes of Family Guy were awesome last night, and his comedy special with Alex Borstein wasn’t bad either. That being said, I’m pretty sure THIS GUY is still having a better month…..

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You got lucky…….

1-John Harbaugh

Lucky that fewer people will take you to task for the comments you made last week. I’m going to make this comment quickly. The Baltimore Ravens do NOT want to be the Philadelphia Eagles. The Baltimore Ravens want to be the Baltimore Ravens. I don’t care what Andy Reid has done in Philadelphia (but for the reference-what Andy Reid has done in Philadelphia does NOT include a Super Bowl), and I don’t care what your philosophy was there. I want to win….in Baltimore. Having a nice group of guys is nice, having a winner is nicer. I don’t want to be the Dallas Cowboys, either. But to think that the Philadelphia Eagles have been a much greater organization that Jerry Jones’ bunch is laughable. The Cowboys are NOT what’s wrong with the NFL. Now get over yourself, and go win. Stop trying to be Andy Reid. We don’t want Andy Reid here. We want a damn good head coach who doesn’t want to be like anyone else.

Thanks.

2-Viewers of the Richmond/Villanova game Saturday night on Comcast SportsNet

Hey, I can see how this would happen. This is basically what it sounds like every morning when we turn the mics off on The Comcast Morning Show. Video NSFW. Unless of course you work for Comcast SportsNet…..where you can basically say whatever you want these days…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFfL0RIQ-qI[/youtube]

3-David Baumann

George O’Leary’s Central Florida team lost 35-3 to Texas Saturday. Somehow, I still feel like Notre Dame would be better if they had hired him.

The significant thing about the game is that afterwards, O’Leary attempted to kick David Baumann-a TV and radio reporter in Florida-out of the postgame press conference because he correctly reported the night before the game (citing anonymous sources) that two players would not play.

Which lead to this classic GEM, as reported by the Orlando Sentinel….

“It is our preference, if not policy, that member of the media confirm any player injury status with the sports SID prior to release,” UCF associate athletics director Joe Hornstein said after the Texas game. “Regardless of anonymous sources, we ask our members of the media for that courtesy.”

WRONG.

WRONG.

No school…..ANYWHERE….can have a “policy” like this. A reporter can report WHATEVER HE WANTS when he gets the information. Citing an anonymous source is what must be done TO PROTECT THE SOURCES!

I get it, Joe Hornstein and George O’Leary work in a city where most of the news revolves around this man….

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……but if a reporter gets a story and goes with it; they’re a GOOD REPORTER. THEY DON’T WORK FOR YOU. MEDIA MEMBERS DO NOT WORK FOR THE TEAM THEY COVER! A lot of media members in Charm City could use that reminder…..

4-Fans inside Sun Devil Stadium Saturday night

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxzEjSIzF18[/youtube]

Holy. Crap. Sadly for Sun Devils fans, Arizona State still lost to USC. But relax, your state still has plenty of things going for you……

asu

5-Darvin Moon

A logger from Garrett County is in the finals of the World Series of Poker. I’d prefer that a blogger from Baltimore County be in a strip poker final with Sienna Miller…..

(Edit from GMC: The blogger I was referring to was me. Nice work, brainiacs!)

6-Jahvid Best

As in-LUCKY TO BE ALIVE!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik1_1c729z0[/youtube]

I wish Jahvid Best NOTHING but the best in recovering. Kevin Barnes couldn’t even have enjoyed watching that. This cat has more lives than my own childhood feline….

7-Jason Sudeikis

Because Glenn Beck was the role he was BORN to play. Sometimes Saturday Night Live is still pretty good-even when they try to ruin it with Taylor freaking Swift…..

[youtube]http://www.mediaite.com/tv/snl-skewers-fox-news-and-glenn-beck/[/youtube]

You’re a zero…….

The guy who got THIS tattoo…..

johnnyu

What the hell does that even mean?!?!?!?!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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26th Breeders’ Cup on tap Friday and Saturday

Posted on 04 November 2009 by Gary Quill

It falls in the midst of football season, at the start of the NBA and NHL season and at the conclusion of the Fall Classic (aka World Series). It is to thoroughbred horse racing what the Ryder Cup is to golf. Unfortunately, The Breeders’ Cup never seems to get the deserved fanfare because it’s always scheduled when all four major spectator sports are in the public eye and on the tip of the tongues of every Talking Head on radio and television.

For the second consecutive year, the setting for now the 26th Breeders’ Cup is Oaktree at Santa Anita race course in California, where the “dirt” suface is Pro-Ride (a synthetic surface, not natural dirt) and the turf course resembles a well-groomed PGA fairway instead of the rough. It’s worth noting that last year, among the 14 winners none had run their previous race on a natural dirt track.  This may explain why in 2008 the European horses “kicked our (US horses) ass”, according to trainer Tom Amoss.

This year there are 150 horses entered with 30 of those from “across the pond”. But the headliner is an undefeated (13 for 13)  5 year old mare named Zenyatta. She’ll be running on her home turf (actually, synthetic dirt) but facing the boys for the first time in her career in the marquee event, The Classic. She’s the sentimental 5-2 Morning Line favorite in a field of 13 which includes Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, Belmont winner Summer Bird and European star Rip Van Winkle.  

On Wednesday the Post Positions were drawn for this 14 race event, where 6 are run on Friday and 8 on Saturday. Here’s a link to review the program…

http://www.ntra.com/content.aspx?type=news&id=43051

All 14 races will be broadcast live… Friday on ESPN2 3:30pm-7:00pm; Saturday on ABC 1:30pm-3:30pm then continuing on ESPN 3:30pm-7:00pm.

My humble analysis of these races will be posted on my blog on Friday and Saturday morning. It’s going to be a great Fall weekend. Consider changing it up a bit and take in the Breeders’ Cup.

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 03 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

The Maryland basketball season doesn’t TECHNICALLY tip off until next Friday against Charleston Southern; but even an exhibition game tonight has me salivating. I LOVE College Hoops. And for the first time in a few years, I have a real genuine excitement about the long-term potential for this Maryland team. Here’s my thought process….

As far as the ACC is concerned, the Terps do NOT have the talent of North Carolina, and Duke is built better than they are. They have the capability to compete with any team in the league, but they should absolutely finish somewhere between 3rd and 5th in the league-with Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida State and Wake Forest also in the mix.

This team will need to get more consistent outside shooting from Greivis Vasquez, Adrian Bowie, Cliff Tucker and Sean Mosley to compete for a conference title. Mosley especially might never be a natural shooter, but he at least must be a threat. They’ll need to muscle up inside as well, as Jordan Williams and James Padgett will help-but Dino Gregory and Landon Milbourne will be the guys to start.

And the team will ultimately revolve around Greivis Vasquez. This is his team. As we saw last season, when everything went wrong (remember the home game against UNC), sometimes Greivis could still save things. He’s much more mature than when he came to College Park, and this is his chance to leave a legacy.

I’ll say the Terps finish 4th in the ACC and end up in the Sweet 16. I reserve the right to change my mind anytime between now and March.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark doesn’t know if Chris Chambers would necessarily be a great fit in Baltimore

Chris Pika says Ravens lead NFL in penalty yards

Glenn Clark, Drew Forrester say Flacco was best Raven in win over Broncos

Nestor Aparicio says former Ravens Exec Kokinis joins Phil Savage in being fired by Browns

Glenn Clark gives highest praise to special teams for win over Denver

Bob Haynie wonders who has been ‘most surprising Raven’ in ‘09

Derek Arnold says Ravens didn’t want to let another game ‘slip through (their) hands’

Glenn Clark can’t blame Jamal Lewis for wanting to get out of Cleveland

Glenn Clark says start of college hoops season at Maryland, UMBC, Loyola amongst highlights of week

Drew Forrester says Nestor Aparicio dispatched of Denise Koch in Baltimore Sun contest

Ed Frankovic says Ovechkin ‘week to week’ with upper body strain

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s John Eisenberg says Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, Kelley Washington team’s new ‘three headed monster’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Jared Gaither’s neck ‘felt fine’ after win over Broncos

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh told Derrick Mason to let him handle officials

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Lardarius Webb TD ‘just one highlight’ for Ravens’ special teams unit

The Official Site says Harbaugh declined comment on Ngata’s injury during Monday press conference

The Official Site says Ravens partnered with Shoppers Food and Pharmacy, Maryland Food Bank

Bengals Official Site says team needs to sell 4,500 more tickets to Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium to avoid blackout

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Roy Williams returned to practice Monday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says no rest for Ravens defense with Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Green Bay coming up

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens 3rd in NFL (behind Colts, Dolphins) in converting 3rd downs

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Carson Palmer and Cincinnati will ‘challenge’ Ravens’ secondary with downfield passing

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbs told media Hauschka put in extra work on 43 yard FG try

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ngata injury not considered ‘serious’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Josh McDaniels was really impressed with Flacco

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Domonique Foxworth knows Ravens can’t get ‘too high’ after win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says players credited Kelley Washington for win over Broncos

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Kelley Washington thought win over Broncos ‘stress reliever’

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy says Andre Smith could make NFL debut Sunday for Bengals

The AP’s Joe Kay says Cedric Benson, Jeremi Johnson healed during bye week

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 10th in power rankings

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio has Ravens 9th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens were 11/18 on third down in win over Broncos

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Lardarius Webb ‘star’ for Ravens in win

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens may have done ‘favor’ to Steelers by exposing Broncos

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Terrell Suggs thought Jarret Johnson’s early sack ‘really big’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Raleigh

The Official Site offers complete Maryland-NC State release (pdf)

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Don Brown’s D-Line has improved throughout season

The Diamondback has Terps 12th in ACC

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Maryland/Virginia Tech to kick off at 1pm next Saturday

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps, Wolfpack battling to avoid being worst team in ACC

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Wise DE Rashaan Moore committed to Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps-Hokies headed to ESPN360

Sporting News’ Matt Hayes has Terps 12th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich has Terps 11th in power rankings

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Charles Bankins thinks Travis Baltz ‘cerebral’ (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles freshman Travis Hawkins (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Birchenough says Bergen Catholic lineman Zach Sparber has been ‘hearing from’ Maryland (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s exhibition opener with Indiana University (Pennsylvania)

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Crimson Hawks preview (pdf)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker expects more inside scoring from Dino Gregory

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Vasquez was surprised to see Cal, Georgia Tech ranked ahead of Maryland in AP poll

The Sun’s David Zurawik says ESPN’s “30 For 30” series tackling Len Bias death tonight

Examiner Matthew Bouchard not happy with University’s new policy for student ticket scanning

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Joe Lombardi’s IUP team should be ‘pretty good’ this season

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Greivis Vasquez knows Terps ‘can’t wait’ to face someone else tonight

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says games like tonight’s becoming rare as teams shift to more closed scrimmages

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hawks’ roster includes Boston College transfer Akida McLain

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez, Eric Hayes impressed by improvement of Gregory, Adrian Bowie

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Goins won’t play or practice until talking to his doctor

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Lakewood (NJ) prospect Jarrod Davis could be on Terps’ 2011 radar (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says whether or not to start Eric Hayes biggest question facing Gary Williams in exhibition game

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says former Tiger Dwayne Purnell passed away last week

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Tigers assistant Nadelen named to Team USA

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to South Bend

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Fighting Irish release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids lost to Owls ‘in trenches’

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Marcus Curry probable for Notre Dame Saturday

South Bend Tribune’s Jim Meenan says Ricky Dobbs, Midshipmen will bring ‘confidence’ to game against Irish

Go Mids offers Navy-Temple report card (must subscribe)

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says former Retrievers Westervelt, Mundorf named to Team USA

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Andrew Geisert honored by ACFC

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says former Sea Gull Eric Martin named to 2010 US National Team

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird worked 5 furlongs Monday in preparation for this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Classic

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Woolley thought Mine That Bird ‘sharper’ in Monday work at Santa Anita

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team re-signed Jamaal Stokes

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

Terps in the NFL Week 8……

-Browns LB Eric Barton had 2 tackles in a 30-6 loss to the Bears
-49ers TE Vernon Davis had 3 catches for 20 yards and a TD in an 18-14 loss to the Colts
-Vikings TE Jeff Dugan had 1 catch for 2 yards and a TD in a 38-26 win over the Packers
-Eagles LB Moise Fokou had 2 tackles (1 solo) in a 40-17 win over the Giants
-Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth had 2 tackles (2 solo) and defended 2 passes in a 30-7 win over the Broncos
-Dolphins TE Joey Haynos had 2 catches for 20 yards and a TD in a 30-25 win over the Jets
-Vikings LB E.J. Henderson had 2 tackles (2 solo) in a 38-26 win over the Packers
-Vikings LB Erin Henderson had 2 tackles (2 solo) in a 38-26 win over the Packers
-Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey had 1 catch for 10 yards in a 24-16 loss to the Chargers
-Chargers LB Shawne Merriman had 7 tackles (7 solo, 2 sacks) in a 24-16 win over the Raiders
-Jaguars P Adam Podlesh punted 7 times for 309 yards (44.1 avg) and 2 inside the 20 in a 30-13 loss to the Titans
-Dolphins DT Randy Starks had 7 tackles (7 solo, 1 sack) in a 30-25 win over the Jets
-Vikings S Madieu Williams had 5 tackles (4 solo) in a 38-26 win over the Packers
-Seahawks CB Josh Wilson had 2 tackles (1 solo) and defended a pass in a 38-17 loss to the Cowboys

-Former Morgan State TE Visanthe Shiancoe had 1 catch for 12 yards and a TD in the Vikings’ 38-26 win over the Packers
-Former Morgan State RB Chad Simpson had 1 catch for -1 yards in the Colts’ 18-14 win over the 49ers

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 03 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: U-17 World Cup-Team USA vs. Italy (Wednesday 10am from Nigeria live on ESPN360), College Soccer: Navy @ Maryland (Tuesday 7:30pm Ludwig Field); Boxing: Chad Dawson vs. Glen Johnson (Saturday 9:30pm from Hartford live on HBO), NASCAR Dickies 500 (Sunday 2:30pm from Texas Motor Speedway live on ABC), College Football: Johns Hopkins vs. Franklin & Marshall (Saturday 1pm Homewood Field)

10-Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” and “The Men Who Stare At Goats” Open in Theaters (Friday, wherever you choose to pay $50 bucks for 2 tickets and some popcorn)

Am I a weirdo for being excited about Jim Carrey’s go as Ebenezer Scrooge? Yeah, maybe. But I really don’t care, because this flick looks AWESOME…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C50d-2p6ftE[/youtube]

Plus, this flick looks pretty kick ass too…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC2TzspJn5A[/youtube]

And if it isn’t as great as I had hoped, at least there’s some eye candy….

clooney

WAIT! I didn’t mean “eye candy”…….I meant, “really good acting”……………and eye candy.

9-High School Football: Hereford @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm), Chesapeake (Anne Arundel) @ Glen Burnie (Friday 6:30pm), John Carroll @ Curley (Friday 2:30pm)

The good news for my Gators is that even if they lose Friday night, they might be declared winners after the officials check the Hereford team’s underpants!

And as always, if you’re headed out to a high school football game Friday night, PLEASE remember……

jailbait

8-NBA: Wizards @ Cavaliers (Tuesday 7pm from Cleveland live on Comcast SportsNet), Heat @ Wizards (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet Plus & ESPN), Wizards @ Pacers (Friday 7pm from Indianapolis live on Comcast SportsNet), Suns @ Wizards (Sunday 1pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet)

If you asked me to name more than 4 members of the Wiz, I’m not sure I could. Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, Andray Blatche……….DeShawn Stevenson! HAHA! I know 5! Suck it, haters!

Anyway, we could set here and chat about hoops like schoolgirls, or we could watch the legendary “Gheorge Muresan Cologne” Snickers commercial. Okay then…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ez02eawRM8[/youtube]

7-Golf: World Golf Championship: HSBC Champions (Wednesday-Saturday 11pm from Shanghai live on Golf Channel)

This is really tough for me. You see, I have long sang the virtues of late-night sports TV viewing. There is nothing cooler than going out on a Saturday night; stumbling in around 1:30 or 2am, and seeing an actual live sporting event on TV. However, if that sporting event is golf-does it even count? Even IF Tiger Woods is involved?

The PGA Tour recently suspended a player for violating its drug policy. We were all surprised to find out that it was Phil Mickelson for taking estrogen…..

phil

That was a terribly mean joke. But when you’re a perfect physical specimen like myself, you can be more judgmental than others.

6-NHL: Capitals @ Devils (Wednesday 7pm from Newark live on Comcast SportsNet), Capitals @ Panthers (Friday 7:30pm from Sunrise, FL live on Comcast SportsNet Plus), Panthers @ Capitals (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet)

The Alexander Ovechkin injury has caused a level of panic in the District of Columbia that hasn’t been seen since Bubba was informed the newest group of White House interns was entirely male.

And while we’re talking about Capital politics; Will Ferrell’s HBO DVD “You’re Welcome America” hits stores Tuesday; I think I might be purchasing it…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBIHrA4Q3JI[/youtube]

5-Horse Racing: Breeders’ Cup Classic (Saturday 6:45pm from Santa Anita live on ESPN)

If the boys in this race (like Kentucky Derby champ Mine That Bird and would have been Triple Crown favorite Quality Road) lose to the girl horse (Zenyatta); they should be ashamed of themselves. I would NEVER be okay with losing a competition to a girl. Unless of course I was losing a costume contest to Kim Kardashian……

kimk

4-College Football: Maryland @ NC State (Saturday 1pm from Raleigh live on ESPN360); Navy @ Notre Dame (Saturday 2:30pm from South Bend live on NBC); Towson @ William & Mary (Saturday 1:30pm from Williamsburg, VA live on AM1570 WNST) Morgan State vs. Norfolk State (Saturday 4pm Hughes Stadium), LSU @ Alabama (Saturday 3:30pm from Tuscaloosa live on CBS); Ohio State @ Penn State (Saturday 3:30pm from State College live on ABC/ESPN2)

Does it really matter what the Terps do Saturday against the Wolfpack? No, not really at all. Will I be watching anyway? Actually, no. I am an usher in my cousin’s wedding. Will it be weird when from the back of the church you hear someone screaming “WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT, CHRIS?” just before the vows? Maybe, but I’m a fan, damnit.

And to all of you terrible human beings who call yourselves Fighting Irish fans, I can’t remember what happened the last time the Mids visited Notre Dame Stadium….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8uZsP8y0J0[/youtube]

Go Midshipmen.

3-College Basketball: Maryland vs. Indiana University (Pennsylvania) (Tuesday 8pm Comcast Center); UMBC vs. Frostburg State (Sunday 4:30pm RAC Arena); Loyola vs. Adelphi (Friday 7pm Reitz Arena)-all games are exhibitions. “Without Bias” premiere (Tuesday 8pm ESPN)

Indiana University (Pennsylvania) is the worst name in the history of schools. Even worse than Duke University. Seriously.

It really doesn’t matter, because Daddy’s return is as excited as I’ve been for an event in College Park since my first “CEO’s and Corporate Hoes” Party at the Sigma Nu House…..

hoes

2-Strikeforce: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers (Saturday 8pm from Chicago live on CBS)

Umm….this guy……

fedor

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDw3tUuoLpM[/youtube]

against this guy?…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqNDJCWVU3A[/youtube]

Yes please.

1-Ravens @ Bengals (Sunday 1pm from Cincinnati live on CBS), Antonio Freeman 1st Annual Charm City Literacy Challenge Weekend (Saturday 6:30pm Reginald F. Lewis Museum)

I don’t know who “ay52″ is, but if she’s rooting for the Ravens-I’m rooting for her…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge27M2-6RZI[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer, Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 20 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Intern Super Jack is out today (swine flu, I believe)-so I’ll handle the Tuesday Top 7 within Crabs and Beer. Like Bob Haynie always says, we “improvise and adapt” at WNST.

Here’s MY Tuesday Top 7 for the Ravens’ 33-31 loss to Minnesota…..

7-Lardarius Webb
6-Michael Oher
5-Mark Clayton
4-Ray Lewis
3-Derrick Mason
2-Joe Flacco
1-Ray Rice

And Drew’s Top 7….

7-Marshal Yanda
6-Michael Oher
5-Trevor Pryce
4-Derrick Mason
3-Ray Lewis
2-Ray Rice
1-Joe Flacco

Now our season totals, starting with mine…..

19t-Frank Walker (1 point)
19t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)
19t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)
19t-Lardarius Webb (1 point)
19t-Sam Koch (1 point)
17t-Matt Birk (2 points)
17t-Kelley Washington (2 points)
15t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)
15t-Domonique Foxworth (3 points)
13t-Chris Chester (4 points)
13t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)
10t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)
10t-Jared Gaither (6 points)
10t-Mark Clayton (6 points)
9-Ed Reed (7 points)
8-Todd Heap (9 points)
7-Ray Lewis (11 points)
6-Willis McGahee (12 points)
5-Derrick Mason (14 points)
4-Jarret Johnson (16 points)
3-Michael Oher (19 points)
2-Joe Flacco (21 points)
1-Ray Rice (22 points)

And Drew’s season totals……

18t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)
18t-Frank Walker (1 point)
18t-Sam Koch (1 point)
15t-Dawan Landry (2 points)
15t-Kelley Washington (2 points)
15t-Matt Birk (2 points)
10t-Chris Chester (4 points)
10t-Todd Heap (4 points)
10t-Domonique Foxworth (4 points)
10t-Mark Clayton (4 points)
10t-Jared Gaither (4 points)
8t-Michael Oher (6 points)
8t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)
6t-Willis McGahee (11 points)
6t-Jarret Johnson (11 points)
5-Derrick Mason (12 points)
4-Ed Reed (13 points)
3-Ray Lewis (20 points)
2-Ray Rice (27 points)
1-Joe Flacco (31 points)

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Ravens staffer told him trades ‘unlikely’ before today’s 4pm NFL trade deadline

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh thinks Ravens ‘need’ to play Lardarius Webb more at CB

Chris Bonetti says today final day to sign up for WNST’s trip to Lambeau Field

Rex Snider says Harbaugh doing best Belichick impression

Bob Haynie says bye week adjustments won’t involve firing Mattison OR cutting Hauschka

Keith Melchior says not even Stover automatic from 44 yards

Glenn Clark says Shogun Fights best event of week

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh ‘not very optimistic’ Samari Rolle will return

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh thought Oher ‘acquitted himself well’

The Official Site says Flacco told media his ankle ‘great’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbs confirmed Webb ‘officially’ kick returner

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh standing by Hauschka

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Greg Mattison’s defense no longer ‘strikes fear’ in opponents

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh ‘expects’ Gaither to play against Broncos

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Ravens should consider using ‘fresh legs’ of Antwan Barnes, Paul Kruger, Jameel McClain in pass rush

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh admitted Katula’s snap ‘not perfect’ on missed FG

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh has history with T.O. from Philadelphia

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jared Gaither was ‘close’ to being able to go Sunday against Vikings

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Ravens have bigger need at CB than WR

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens corners ‘can’t cover OR tackle’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ozzie Newsome wouldn’t rule out chances of making trade

The Sun cleans up after me

The AP’s Lucas L. Johnson II says Kazemi texted McNair looking for money before murder

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says NFL Network’s Deion Sanders says Ravens don’t have ‘playoff-caliber defense’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh spoke kindly about Terrell Owens, but doesn’t think anything ‘happening’ on that front

The AP says Harbaugh believes ‘big plays the problem’

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Ravens don’t want to ‘mess around’ with Rolle’s neck

The Tennessean’s Kate Howard says McNair had transferred money to Kazemi’s account-explaining why Armen Keteyian found $2,500 in her bank account

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 12th in power rankings

Sporting News’ Albert Breer says Ravens should go after Dwayne Bowe

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Harbaugh’s T.O. comments ‘flirted with tampering’

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco thinks Ravens may be missing Stover

Pro Football Weekly wonders if Ravens interested in Ted Ginn Jr.

ESPN.com’s James Walker doesn’t see how Ravens would be interested in T.O.

ESPN.com’s James Walker not sure if Dwayne Bowe rumors have any ‘traction’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says all 3 of Ravens’ losses have come to first-place teams

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Duke

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Devils release (pdf)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner, Terps must find ‘new inspiration’ this season

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Danny O’Brien looking like he’ll be starter in ‘10

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Travis Ivey thinks Terps might have to score defensively due to offensive struggles

The Diamondback has Terps 12th in power rankings

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps will be underdogs rest of season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Blue Devils favored for just 9th time in last 118 games against ACC opponents

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Rutgers, Boston College also after Connor Wujciak (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says prospect Ashton Pankey to visit College Park Friday (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Jordan Williams ‘should have’ chance to seize starting center position for Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse says Terps to face Duke, Loyola to face Notre Dame, Hopkins to face Princeton at Face-Off Classic March 6 at M&T Bank Stadium

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s Homecoming contest with Wake Forest

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Demon Deacons release (pdf)

The Official Site’s Bob Socci says LB Nechak not typical for kid from Malibu

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo going with Vince Murray as starting fullback

Go Mids honors Vince Murray, Tyler Simmons, Michael Walsh for win over SMU

Go Mids’ David Ausiello grades Mids defensively through first half of season (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Northeastern Official Site previews Saturday’s visit from Towson

Northeastern Official Site offers complete Tigers-Huskies release (pdf)

Carroll County Times’ Patrick Stoetzer says Mark Orlando honored by Tigers by entering school’s Hall of Fame

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says punter Nicholas Adams honored by MEAC

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Robert Emrich says Josh Bell ripping cover off ball in Arizona Fall League

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brandon Snyder hitting over .400 in AFL play

Examiner Jay Trucker hopes Birds sign Branyan or Delgado to improve lineup

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team signed former Terps, Redskins OL Scott Burley

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times’ Mike Curry says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird worked out in preparation for Breeders’ Cup Classic

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Dan Rodricks remembers Ricig’s Robert Irsay dummy

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-For the record, my question of John Harbaugh at the end of yesterday’s press conference (regarding Greg Mattison) was NOT asked to be an ass-or to put the coach “on the spot.” It was asked because one of the biggest storylines of the last 10 days has been Greg Mattison-with half of the city of Baltimore calling for Mattison’s head. I NEVER want to bring attention to myself during a press conference, I am just there doing a job. I needed a statement on the record from the Head Coach regarding his embattled Defensive Coordinator; and when challenged-I needed to make sure the Head Coach knew I was not going to let him belittle a relevant question. Please stop with your conspiracy “you just hate John Harbaugh” crap. I am a Ravens fan. I care about one thing, and one thing only. I want the Ravens to win. Other than that, I have a job to do as the Ravens analyst here at WNST.net.

Talk to you later today from 1 Winning Drive.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 09 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are your weekend picks:

Ravens 24, Bengals 16

Everything comes down to red zone defense. If the Ravens keep Ochocinco and Benson out of the end zone, they’ll win. If they don’t…..this one could be close.

Wake Forest 30, Maryland 27

I think Maryland is improving; but they have ALWAYS struggled with outside running. If Wake can get the ball outside early, the Terps will be in trouble.

Navy 34, Rice 17

Rice is not any good at all. Navy hasn’t been putting up points the way they have in the past; but they won’t have a problem against the Owls.

Towson 10, Rhode Island 9

It won’t be pretty. But I think Rob Ambrose’s spirit can will his team to another win Saturday.

Morgan State 23, North Carolina A&T 10

The Bears are playing good football. They won’t lose at Hughes Stadium.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Le’Ron McClain ‘disappointed’ he hasn’t been on field in big short yardage situations

Rex Snider suggests ideas for 2010 promotions at Camden Yards

Bob Haynie wonders if Flacco or Palmer will have more passing yards Sunday

Thyrl Nelson thinks Flacco, McGahee, Mason Top 10 Fantasy plays vs. Cincy

Rex Snider still would take Terrell Owens with Ravens

Tom Clayton says Ravens need ‘big play’ from Ed Reed

Ed Frankovic says Caps ‘lethargic’ in 4-3 loss to Rangers

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Chris Carr, Lardarius Webb will continue to be involved in return game

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Jarret Johnson, Derrick Mason returned to practice; Jared Gaither, Demetrius Williams remained out

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Reed will be ‘tested’ by Carson Palmer

The Official Site says Rosburg believes Ayanbadejo will return to team to work as ‘assistant coach’

The Official Site says Terrell Suggs knows Ravens ‘can’t stop being aggressive’ even with penalties against New England

The Official Site says Bengals returned 250 tickets for Sunday’s game; available via Ticketmaster

Bengals Official Site says Cedric Benson would like to be 2nd Cincinnati RB to snap long Ravens streak of not allowing 100 yard rusher (Corey Dillon snapped a 50 game streak in ’01)

The Sun’s Ken Murray says high draft picks Keith Rivers, Maualuga, Leon Hall, Jonathan Joseph paying off for Bengals

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens need to run football, protect Flacco, get big returns

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens must avoid turnovers, stay strong defensively in red zone, and can’t allow Bengals to put together dramatic drive late

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Jeff Triplette’s crew will officiate Ravens-Bengals Sunday; crew led NFL in holding calls last season

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says defense trying to ‘mesh’ with Greg Mattison

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Lardarius Webb will be primary kick returner Sunday

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Jarret Johnson knows defense supports Mattison

The Sun’s Mike Preston wonders if Tavares Gooden better served playing safety

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Lardarius Webb can get ‘wild’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Reed, Ngata, Gooden fully practiced

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Tavares Gooden, Jameel McClain, Dannell Ellerbe will all play Sunday

The Sun remembers Flacco winning NFL debut last season against Cincinnati in Baltimore

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens ‘comfortable’ if Oher has to start at LT

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Chris Carr remains primary punt returner, nickel back

Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Erardi says Bengals DT Tank Johnson believes Ravens capable of running for 300 yards or throwing for 300 yards

Dayton Daily News’ Kyle Nagel says Ray Lewis believes there’s still something special about facing Marvin Lewis

NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger and Joe Theismann picked Ravens, Shannon Sharpe picked Bengals

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt looking forward to seeing Bengals’ Andrew Whitworth vs. Ravens’ Terrell Suggs

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer picks Ravens 27-13

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens B+ for first 4 games of season

ESPN.com’s Mike Sando has Flacco 8th in MVP rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker doubts Benson can reach 100 yards

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Kelley Washington has something to show against former team

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Davin Meggett, Demetrius Hartsfield will carry flags for Terps before Wake kickoff

Wake Forest Official Site says Terps trying to avenge choke job in last trip to Winston-Salem back in ‘07

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Bruce Campbell OUT for tomorrow’s game

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Fridge believes Morgan Green ‘hasn’t really progressed’

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps have chance to contend in ACC Atlantic if they beat WFU

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says O-Line has allowed ACC-high 18 sacks this season

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Friedgen knows Jim Grobe likes to ‘think outside the box’ offensively

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Mike Barbour out tomorrow, David May to travel as backup kicker

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell picks Wake 26-23

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Pinegar, RJ Dill to start at OT positions

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says freshmen D-Linemen Isaiah Ross, A.J. Francis, Zach Kerr, Carl Russell give Terps ‘bright future’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Terps 21-20

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps lead all-time series with Wake 41-15-1

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Travis Baltz ‘questionable’ for next week against Virginia

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps likely to ‘lean heavy’ on Da’Rel Scott, Gary Douglas this week

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Terps must slow down Wake combo of Riley Skinner, Marshall Williams

Winston-Salem Journal’s Dan Collins says CB Kenny Okoro to make first start for Deacs Saturday against Terps

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Grobe believes Chris Turner ‘owned’ Deacs last season

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have won 6 of last 8 with Wake

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have offered Connor Wujciak (Alex’s little brother)

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Deacs 21-14

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Nick Ferrara putting together impressive resume with Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says backup center Danny Edwards will miss tomorrow’s game with concussion (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings breaks down Terrapins-Demon Deacons

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty says Maryland interested in ’11 prospect Lamonte Clark (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Germany native/Point Pleasant Beach (NJ) prospect Jarelle Reischel visiting campus (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says commit Whitney Bays had ‘comfort level’ in College Park (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Teich won’t rule himself out of Rice game in native Houston

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Buddy Green ‘preaching preparation’ for Mids

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Tuani leader on field even if he isn’t stats guy

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Pospisil ‘emotional leader’ for Navy

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Mids showing ‘improvement’ defensively even without Nate Frazier

Go Mids breaks down “need to know” facts about Midshipmen, Owls

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Tigers, Rhode Island each looking for first CAA win tomorrow

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Greyhounds AD Joe Boylan will end 19 year run as Athletic Director next year with retirement

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Washington Examiner’s Brian McNally says former Blue Jay Rabil amongst greatest athletes in DeMatha history

ORIOLES:

The Sun says Markakis finalist for Hutch award

Examiner Jay Trucker thinks Matusz, Guthrie, Tillman, Bergesen looks for Birds’ rotation in ‘10

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell top 3B in organization

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says Palace hosting Team USA’s U-17 squad next Saturday at Loyola

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird reunited with jockey Borel for Goodwood Stakes

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Hovdey says New Mexico has rallied behind Mine That Bird trainer Woolley

RUNNING:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Ellicott City’s Timothy Kirby to race ‘shadow’ run in Iraq while marathon held tomorrow

FIGURE SKATING:

The Sun’s Candus Thomson says Meissner withdraws from competition for spot on 2010 Olympics team

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Might as well give Lardarius Webb a shot to return kicks. It won’t change the team, but it’s worth the look.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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