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Top 10 Games of 2010

Posted on 30 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

Yep, it’s another list. It’s the end of the year. It’s what I do.

This one is also compiled by the law offices of…Glenn Clark.

This used to be an annual ESPN SportsCenter special every year.

All sports, everywhere…what were the best games?

Here’s my list.

10. WEC 53: Anthony Pettis def. Benson Henderson (December 16 Glendale, AZ)

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The easy choice for fight of the year (RIGHT?) is remembered much more for how it finished than anything that happened for the better part of three rounds.

This was a really good fight BEFORE Anthony Pettis channeled Keanu Reeves with a kick that could have been taken right out of The Matrix.

It was awesome.

The final curtain for WEC before merging with UFC provided the greatest moment in the promotion’s history; and the greatest moment in Mixed Martial Arts in 2010.

9. NCAA Lacrosse Final Four: Duke 14, Virginia 13 (May 29 Baltimore, MD)

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As I wrote in my “Top 10 Local Sports Moments of the Year” roundup, this game was the definition of an “Instant Classic.”

The buildup that went into the game (including the Yeardley Love tragedy and George Huguely fallout in Charlottesville; the presence of the last class of “Super Seniors” at Duke following the 2006 rape allegation scandal) was intense.

Amazingly, the game lived up to the hype…and then some.

8. Breeders’ Cup Classic (November 6 Louisville, KY)

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Usually horse racing has NO relevance outside of Triple Crown season. This year horse racing was actually MORE relevant outside of Triple Crown season.

The buildup that surrounded Zenyatta’s quest to finish off a perfect record at Churchill Downs was intense, yet once again it was lived up to.

Never before has a favored competitor lost…but yet somehow found themselves praised as if they had won. The celebration of the late charge from the filly was almost poetic in nature, with even regularly irreverent folks like Deadspin waxing poetic in their analysis.

The movie would have been better had Zenyatta managed to get past Blame.

Then again…maybe not.

7. NFL Playoffs: NFC Wild Card Round-Arizona Cardinals 51, Green Bay Packers 45 (OT) (January 10 Glendale, AZ)

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Holy hell.

I have to admit that I didn’t get to see this game the first time around, as sadly I was on a bus on the way back from Foxborough after the Ravens had defeated the Patriots.

I’m glad the NFL Network exists so that folks like me get a second chance.

This was incredible drama, with Aaron Rodgers matching Kurt Warner right up until the final overtime fumble.

It was fitting that this allowed us one more opportunity to celebrate Warner before he would retire. An improbable future Hall of Famer; Warner gave us a lot of memories. This was a great one to tie a career together.

6. MLB Playoffs: NLDS Game 1-Philadelphia Phillies 4, Cincinnati Reds 0 (October 7 Philadelphia, PA)

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A lot of folks should feel proud to have been involved with games that are on this list.

The Cincinnati Reds probably shouldn’t include themselves in that group.

In fairness to the Reds, Roy Halladay would have been dominant against just about ANY team at Citizens Bank Ballpark that night. Maybe not no-hitter dominant, but dominant nonetheless.

For the rest of eternity, Halladay will be able to hear his name with Don Larsen’s every time a pitcher flirts with a postseason no-no. It’s a pretty cool club to join.

Baseball doesn’t provide us as many of these “hairs on your arms raised” moments as it once did-but when they come around, they’re still pretty special.

This one definitely qualifies as special.

5. NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game: Duke 61, Butler 59 (April 5 Indianapolis, IN)

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Drew Forrester and I were discussing this recently on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST.

Had Gordon Heyward’s shot gone in at the buzzer…would it have been the greatest moment in the history of sports?

Honestly.

The Bulldogs’ run to the Final Four (which was of course in their hometown in Indy) was so improbable it HAD to be compared to the movie “Hoosiers.”

If the shot had gone in…this movie would have been better.

What makes me think the shot would have been the greatest moment in the history of sport is the fact that the shot was MISSED yet we still put it in lore.

How would history have been different had David stood toe-to-toe with Goliath for 10 rounds only to see a final slingshot toss just miss?

4. Wimbledon: John Isner def. Nicholas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 (June 24-25 Wimbledon, England)

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Despite the surreal (I’m not kidding, I’m still in a state of disbelief about this epic clash) nature of this showdown, it WASN’T better than the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal final two years ago. In fact, it wasn’t better than Federer’s final clash with Andy Roddick in 2009 either.

But it was an AMAZING two days.

Two players no one had ever heard of (not named Glenn Clark anyway) caught the attention of the entire world, nearly shutting down Twitter in the process.

It wasn’t always high-level tennis; but it was about impossible to comprehend.

It was MORE meaningful because it just so happened to come on the heels of #3…

3. World Cup: Team USA 1, Algeria 0 (June 24 Pretoria, South Africa)

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As far as “best moment of the year” is concerned, the video above is all of the evidence you would need to certify this as your winner.

When Landon Donovan finally delivered salvation to the Yanks, strangers hugged strangers across the country.

A number of those strangers won’t find themselves watching soccer again until 2014.

The game wasn’t necessarily as good from start to finish as others on this list, but it was damn compelling. The storyline WOULD have been an incredible amount of missed opportunities for the Americans had Tim Howard never hurled a football toss towards midfield in stoppage time.

Of course, that wouldn’t have made this list.

2. Super Bowl XLIV: New Orleans Saints 31, Indianapolis Colts 17 (February 7 Miami, FL)

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As football fans, we’ve been treated to a number of really good Super Bowls recently.

This was absolutely amongst the best.

The game was compelling; with Drew Brees outdueling Peyton Manning. The drama was better; as Sean Peyton’s decision to go for an onsides kick to start the second half will be remembered amongst the all time great calls in football history.

The celebration…and the belief that winning the Super Bowl truly represented “hope” in the city of New Orleans…made this even better.

1. Olympics Ice Hockey Gold Medal Game: Canada 3, Team USA 2 (February 28 Vancouver, ALB)

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We were in the airport in Indianapolis (it was the weekend of the NFL Scouting Combine) as this game was happening.

Every human being in the airport was GLUED to a television.

Had it been Patrick Kane scoring the game winner instead of Sidney Crosby, there would be no argument about what was the game of the year.

In fact, we would probably think of Ryan Miller in a similar way we think of Jim Craig.

With no offense to the NHL…they could never give us this.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because the new Jack Johnson disc “To The Sea” came out yesterday. It’s pretty good. Good enough that I’ll make “The Upsetter” this week’s “Greatest Song of All Time This Week”…

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s Howie Rumberg says Tejada made costly error as Orioles fell to Yankees in New York

Our girl Jen Royle described it as one of the most “heartbreaking” losses of the season. The rest of us barely even noticed it happened. In fact, as the game was coming to a close; I was getting in my car to go check out Shrek (which was okay) over at The Avenue in White Marsh. This wasn’t heartbreaking, this was Orioles Baseball 2010.

Javier Vasquez was the most likely of the 3 pitchers going for the Yanks this week for the Orioles to have a chance against. So…scratch that.

As far as the Tejada play is concerned, Tejada should have been able to get the throw there, and Wigginton should have been able to make the scoop. Of course, Tejada isn’t really a good MLB 3rd baseman, and Wigginton isn’t really a good MLB 1st baseman, so it’s hard for me to be made about any of it.

Or anything else related to this awful team.

2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of loss

Well, Brian Matusz was really good. 6 2/3 innings, 3 runs (just 1 earned-and the other two given up after he left), 6 hits, 5 k’s, 3 BB.

The Orioles lost the game on an Alex Rodriguez groundout.

UGH.

It’s really tough to talk about it. In fact, I’m taking a break for a second. Here’s a picture of Liz Parada from What Would Tyler Durden Do. We’ll reconvene shortly.

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3. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says O’s mustered just 5 hits against Javier Vasquez in loss

Or, as Drew explained this morning-they had exactly as many hits as Alanis Morissette did on “Jagged Little Pill.”

Corey Patterson hit a home run, so at least we have that going for us.

Adam Jones and Julio Lugo each finished the game with 4 LOB. Not as if it was a game chocked full of missed opportunities, but the 7th inning does come to mind.

Nope, talking about the game again was a mistake. I should have known better. I’m moving on.

4. Fanhouse’s Ed Price describes Birds as ‘failure’

Which means he knows enough to make him qualified to talk about the team.

The Orioles ARE a failure.

Peter Schmuck wrote something this morning about the Orioles needing to do the right thing and let Dave Trembley go. We discussed it on the morning show, and I will admit (although I’m going to break out in hives doing it), that I might sign off on Andy MacPhail NOT firing Dave Trembley during the season.

If the Orioles DO fire Trembley (and we all know they should), they’re left with two options:

1-Hire someone in house (like Juan Samuel or Brad Komminsk) for the rest of the season on an interim basis. The risk associated with a move like this is that the team might somehow actually WIN a few games with a new manager. It’s unlikely, but it’s (I guess) possible. If they could find a way to win a few games, they may be forced to keep a guy like Samuel or Komminsk around, especially if they appear to have developed chemistry with guys like Nick Markakis, Matt Wieters, Adam Jones and Brian Matusz who actually are part of “The Plan.”

2-The team could go out and hire a real manager like Bob Melvin or Tom Kelly; but they’d be handing them a terrible team. The reality is that the team is still likely to trade away a few guys who have been productive this season (Luke Scott, Kevin Millwood, Ty Wigginton, Miguel Tejada are all possibilities); and they’ll have little chance to win games. Bringing a new manager into a losing culture doesn’t bode well for creating a “new atmosphere” moving forward.

The only person who could manage the team the rest of the season and wins and losses would be irrelevant would be Dave Trembley.

The issue is, I can never sign off on doing something that involves winning being irrelevant.

Every day the Orioles allow Dave Trembley to manage the team, they’re saying winning is irrelevant-as the Orioles are NOT winning.

Much like the team, this is a no win situation. The team has no one to blame but themselves, as they came into the season with no chance of winning-and this is what they deserve for that.

As far as fixing it, they might not have much of a choice but to let Trembley finish the season.

It’s not like any of us will be watching the rest of the way anyway.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Caleb Joseph, Steve Johnson had big nights on farm

And before we move on from this wretched ballclub, a few more things:

-The Orioles are back in action tonight-apparently their petition to cancel the rest of the games was denied by Bud Selig. Brad Bergesen goes to the hill against Phil Hughes, first pitch at Yankee Stadium on MASN is at 7:05pm.

-We still have a few spots left on our Miller Lite Orange Bus Trip to The Bronx tomorrow; as we’ll watch Kevin Millwood hopefully pick up his first win since coming to Baltimore against CC Sabathia. Seeing as how there’s going to be Miller Lite and Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square is catering breakfast, I’d be fine if we were going to see an AHL game. Some of our roster might as well be in the AHL anyway.

6. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Ravens officially brought back George Kokinis

This has been one of the stranger offseason storylines I can remember. It was known that Kokinis was coming back months ago-but for some reason the team wouldn’t talk about it. In fact, when I asked John Harbaugh about it at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, he not only blew the question off, he appeared to be about ready to strange me after that.

There is a rumor that the team had to remain quiet about it because of a pending lawsuit Kokinis has with the Cleveland Browns. There’s also a rumor that the team remained quiet about it as they were trying to define his role alongside Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta.

Who knows what the reason really is, but it seems like bringing back a respected personnel man to the organization can’t possibly be a bad thing for anyone involved.

7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens reportedly set to sign K Shayne Graham to compete with Billy Cundiff

It’s about time.

I’m not sure why it’s taken this long (and it still isn’t done by the way) for the team to make this happen, but this is a welcome addition to the team. Hopefully Graham and Cundiff will push each otehr not only during the remaining OTA’s, but also when they get to Westminster for Training Camp.

Of course, this isn’t exactly like picking between Kelly Brook and Megan Fox in a beauty contest. There’s a reason the Cincinnati Bengals parted ways with Shayne Graham after last season (his two misses in the Wild Card game against the New York Jets were certainly a big part of that), and Billy Cundiff was adequate but not exceptional for the Ravens.

Also, the Ravens had hoped that Steve Hauschka and Graham Gano would push each other at McDaniel College last summer, but it didn’t exactly translate to much success for either guy. Simply having a competition doesn’t mean the competitors are primed to succeed.

For the record, after looking at the pictures of Kelly Brook from FHM United Kingdom that Guyism posted yesterday, there’s half a chance I’d pick her OVER Megan Fox…

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8. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says eyes will be on undrafted free agents like Mike McLaughlin, Prince Miller during this week’s Rookie Camp

A couple of reminders before we move on from the Ravens:

-We will be out at 1 Winning Drive today for Rookie Camp, and will have updates during the day via Twitter (@WNST). You’ll be able to hear from John Harbaugh and players this afternoon with Rex Snider and Ray Bachman on AM1570.

-TONIGHT is our annual Purple Rookies Show at Casey’s in Towson. This is your chance to hear from and meet the NEWEST Baltimore Ravens, including Sergio Kindle and Terrence Cody. It’s going to be a lot of fun, make sure you come out and meet the new guys! If for some reason you miss the show tonight, it will air tomorrow morning at 9am after Nestor Aparicio fills in for Drew Forrester and I on “The Morning Reaction.”

9. Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says former Maryland guard Eric Hayes, former Morgan State guard Reggie Holmes worked out with Wizards

Neither of these guys is going to be selected in the NBA Draft, but I expect both of them to get a shot on a NBA Summer League roster in Las Vegas this year; where they’ll have a chance to crack a roster. Both have valuable skills, but are incomplete players. They have something to offer, but it will have to be a right fit type of situation.

Holmes was SUPPOSED to join us this morning on “The Morning Reaction”, but missed it due to another workout. We’ll get him later in the week. In the meantime, make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today and check out Drew’s chats with Justin Gimelstob (the former tennis player and now Tennis Channel analyst who checked in with a live update from the French Open in Paris), Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl (who previewed the World Cup before heading over to South Africa), and Bowie Baysox INF Brandon Waring.

10. The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Duke coach John Danowski, Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan support Baltimore being at least semi-permanent home for lacrosse Final Four

And you’re certainly not going to get a dissenting opinion from me.

Nor are you going to get a dissenting opinion regarding whether or not Francoise Boufhal is attractive (Thanks Barstool Sports!)…

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And finally, I leave you with this.

Since we’re going to be in The Big Apple tomorrow, I’m thinking about picking up an Elvis sandwich. Peanut butter, bananas, honey, bacon, etc? Yes please. Apparently they have some in the Village…

elvis

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Kokinis Announcement, Pending Graham Signing Mark Busy Tuesday for Ravens

Posted on 01 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

The Ravens are not doing any official work on the practice fields in Owings Mills today, but they’ve certainly been busy.

As you’ve read from us via Twitter (@WNST), the team has finally made George Kokinis’ return official. Kokinis left the Ravens before the 2009 season to become Browns General Manager, but was fired following a 1-7 start in Cleveland. Kokinis returns to Baltimore in the role of “senior personal assistant”, which presumably places him behind Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta on the Ravens’ chain of command.

In a statement released by the team, Newsome said ”George knows the game, understands what it takes to win, and he will help us find players who will help us win. He has done that before for us.”

Kokinis’ return was first reported months ago, but John Harbaugh dodged questions regarding the situation when WNST.net asked him about it at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

The team also promoted Mark Azevedo to Area Scout, he will now evaluate college prospects in Southeast, Southwest and Midwest regions.

In what will potentially be bigger news, the team has reportedly worked out a deal with free agent kicker Shayne Graham; and a NFL source confirmed to WNST.net that a deal is imminent. Graham has made 196 of 230 FG attempts during his 9 year career with the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and most notably the Cincinnati Bengals. Graham however did miss 2 FG attempts in the Bengals’ Wild Card playoff loss to the New York Jets this past season.

Graham is expected to compete with Billy Cundiff during Training Camp for the Ravens’ kicking job.

(When the news becomes official, we will relay it via our WNST.net Text Service.)

-G

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Ravens Draft Day 2: Plenty of Talent, Plenty of Questions

Posted on 23 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

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Owings Mills, MD Not that he couldn’t have expected that the questions would come, but you could see the exact moment the frustration of answering non-football questions about the Ravens’ 2nd day NFL Draft picks set in for GM Ozzie Newsome.

When asked about reports that former Texas LB and 43rd overall pick Sergio Kindle suffered from narcolepsy, Newsome shook his head, allowed Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta to defend him, and then quipped “he’s a pretty good player on tape.”

The Baltimore Ravens walked away from Day 2 of the NFL Draft with plenty of talent in Texas LB Sergio Kindle, Alabama DT Terrence Cody and Oregon TE Ed Dickson. The haul is particularly impressive considering the first two players were each widely considered to be Top 30 talents available in the Draft, yet they were each acquired in the 2nd round.

Talent-wise, the Ravens pulled off a major heist.

However, it must be taken into consideration that when players assumed by scouts and analysts to be top-level talent end up being selected later than expected, there are immediate reasons for concern.

In the case of Kindle, the number of red flags rivals the number that will be assembled in the corners of every pitch at this summer’s World Cup.

There’s the DUI charges prior to his sophomore season in Austin that ultimately lead to a 3 game suspension.

There’s the multiple knee injuries that have lead to rumors that he will need microfracture surgery shortly into his NFL career.

There’s the consideration to leave the Longhorns following his junior season before ultimately deciding to return.

There’s the incident less than a year ago that saw him drive into a house and suffer a concussion while apparently sending a text message. To make the problem worse, Kindle left the scene of the accident.

There’s the reports that he suffers from narcolepsy and would doze off during team meetings at Texas.

There’s his over-the-top personality. He opened Friday night’s media conference call by exclaiming “It feels effin’ good (to be a Raven)!”

While Kindle appeared to have explanations for all of these things, ranging from “it was a dumb decision” regarding his 2009 accident to “I feel like I can go practice when the time comes” regarding his knee. Newsome & DeCosta also appeared to have the right answers, ranging from DeCosta saying “if it was a concern, we probably wouldn’t have taken him” regarding the narcolepsy reports, and Newsome saying “there is no need for any microfracture surgery” regarding the knee.

Whether the Ravens want to discuss it further or not, these are legitimate concerns.

Kindle was a spectacular player for Texas-posting 101 tackles and 16 sacks combined over the last two seasons. Newsome said that he would start behind Jarret Johnson on the depth chart at OLB, but given his unique mix of size (6’3″, 250 pounds) and speed (4.71 40 yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine); he appears to be a legitimate candidate to crack the starting lineup shortly into his career.

And this is where the word “but” comes into play.

But it cannot be ignored that if Kindle truly does struggle to stay awake during team meetings, or might not be 100% physically ready for Training Camp, or has further trouble with the combination of cell phones and driving; his selection could be troublesome for the team as early as this season.

There are questions about Terrence Cody as well.

The most obvious question is regarding his weight-as he has weighed as much as 400 pounds since leaving high school. While Cody reported that he currently sits at 350 and Ozzie Newsome confirmed that in an unscheduled meeting in Tuscaloosa last weekend Cody’s weight was “coming south”; it is hard to shake the troubling pictures of the monster DT that surfaced at the time of the Senior Bowl.

There’s a reason why a Google search of “Terrence Cody man boobs” returns over 10,000 results.

Aside from the weight issue, Cody appeared to be disinterested and even inconvenienced during his conference call with the Baltimore media, which did little to paint the picture that Cody was worth the risk the Ravens were taking.

However-Cody is also a tremendous talent, having totaled 51 tackles over his last 2 seasons with the Crimson Tide, and showing the ability to both clog space and flush a quarterback out of the pocket.

Even more remarkably about both Kindle and Cody is the fact that their tremendous individual success in college was bested only be the tremendous team success each had. Both Texas and Alabama finished the regular season undefeated last season, winning the Big 12 and SEC Championships respectively. Alabama would go on to defeat Texas for the BCS National Championship, but the teams were clearly the two best in the country.

Combine that with the Dickson’s background in the Pac 10, and the Ravens know that their three newest players have all faced extremely difficult competition already in their career.

There is PLENTY to like about the players the team added Friday.

There is also PLENTY to wonder about.

The issues facing the Ravens’ first two draft picks cannot simply be ignored. The argument that “Ray Lewis can take care of them” is a fun idea, but is not even a bit practical considering the difficulties the team has had with other defensive players under John Harbaugh (notably Chris McAlister and Terrell Suggs).

While Newsome, DeCosta and others in the organization bristled over questions regarding their picks Friday night; it struck me that perhaps the organization feels as though their recent successes have placed them beyond reproach. Not only does the team have an outstanding history in the NFL Draft, they have also won 3 playoff games over the last two seasons.

When the team announced that they had signed free agent WR Donte’ Stallworth this offseason, a member of the organization told me that they received only ONE angry message from a fan regarding the signing of a player who had plead guilty to DUI manslaughter. At no point were there threats or rallies from a group like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the team was not particularly criticized in the media or by callers to sports talk radio.

Perhaps those inside the organization have a reason to feel beyond reproach.

Should the players selected Friday go on to success both immediately (remember, Newsome has said the team “needs to win now”) and in the future, there may be no way to ever criticize the brain trust again.

Should the players selected Friday continue to deal with the same problems that have plagued them thus far in their football lives, the brain trust may be forced to this weekend as the exact moment that their pursuit of another Vince Lombardi Trophy took a wrong turn.

Decisions like these are exactly what makes the NFL Draft so exciting for football fans.

The exact same decisions that cause football executives to lose sleep at night.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 19 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because the Phoenix Coyotes are now up 2-1 in their series with the Detroit Red Wings, and also because It’s “Green Week” here in Baltimore this week. I’m celebrating Green Week myself by posting “Green” related pictures throughout the week. On Monday, here’s a photo of the great Ashley Greene…

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I LOVE Green Week! I’ll be doing MY part!

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says Orioles snapped 9 game losing streak with win in Oakland

GLORY DAYS!!!!

Other than the comeback last year against the Red Sox, I don’t think there has been as celebrated an Orioles win around these parts in some time.

Of course, we all KNEW the Orioles would win again at some point (Edit from GMC: Okay, we at least knew it was nearly impossible mathematically for them to not win again at some point); but it still feels good.

Brian Matusz is the team’s best pitcher. We knew that coming into the season, and he’s done nothing but prove that since. It is a bit premature to call him an “ace” (although it won’t stop many of us from doing that today), but he’s certainly living up to the hype thus far.

That being said, the Orioles head to Seattle tonight to open a 3 game series with the Mariners. If they want to turn one win into real momentum, they will need to get a better effort from Brad Bergesen tonight and David Hernandez tomorrow night. Bergesen takes the SafeCo Field hill at 10:10pm against Doug Fister-the game can be seen on MASN2. Nestor Aparicio hosts our “Orange Crush” chat at WNST.net; there’s also going to be a chat open during the Washington Capitals game if that’s something that interests you.

2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of win

What’s interesting here:

-5 for 11 with runners in scoring position??? Are we sure this was really the Orioles??? Very easy to say that the numbers will need to continue to trend this way for the Orioles to succeed, not as easy to assume it will be done.

-Make no mistake: Ty Wigginton would be the “Most Valuable Oriole” is this was a 13 game season. Sure-that’s like being named the prettiest girl at Fat Camp-but he deserves credit for his early start. His roster spot wasn’t one I was totally convinced the Orioles needed to protect during the offseason-but thank God they did, at least for these 13 games.

-Adam Jones and Nick Markakis both had a pair of hits yesterday. It would be nice to see that continue.

3. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says MacPhail’s decision to retain Trembley in October likely part of reason for Birds’ doom

Well, there’s absolutely no doubt about this. If you let a manager work in the last year of his contract without an overwhelming level of respect from his players, this is what you’ll get. Players have to choose to try to inspire themselves, because they ABSOLUTELY have the option to dismiss anything Trembley says, knowing “he’s not going to be around next season.”

Luke touches on something else that is significant. There is a very popular “will Dave Trembley make it back from the road trip?” sentiment around town, and rightly so. When you open the season by losing 11 of your first 13 games, you have to face questions like that.

But the organization didn’t bring Trembley back to fire him. They brought him back to allow for one more year before they would conceivably go out and get “the guy” that would be expected to REALLY turn the organization around. Nothing about that changes here. If the plan is to go out and hire a manager in the offseason-why bother making the change now and screwing up part of the plan?

I’m not saying it’s the RIGHT thing to do-but I get the feeling that barring a 3-30 start or a complete clubhouse revolt, Trembley finishes the year.

4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Tejada dealing with hip abductor strain, should avoid DL

Another popular discussion topic has been what the team does with Wigginton when Tejada returns.

Let that sink in.

This team is facing a major question mark when it comes to what they should do to make sure they have Ty Wigginton’s bat in the lineup.

My suggestion would be to move Luke Scott make to left field, and allow Wigginton to DH. At that point, at bats could be worked in for Nolan Reimold platooning with both.

We all have to be realistic when it comes to Wigginton. He’s having a hell of a start-but there is no guarantee that he will stay this hot. The team will want to get Felix Pie at bats again when he gets healthy as well, so this problem won’t be going away soon.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Chris Tillman, Josh Bell struggled for O’s on farm

To be honest, I thought before the season that at this point, we’d be discussing whether or not Tillman should be replacing Jeremy Guthrie in the rotation. Of course, Guthrie has been solid while Brad Bergesen has scuffled, so I guess that would be a more likely place for a replacement in the rotation.

I will admit that the 0-3, 8.38 start for Tillman with the Tides is disappointing.

Of course, it’s not the first time I’ve been disappointed. For example, I THOUGHT I would enjoy pictures of Ke$ha in a bikini. I was disappointed…

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Before we move on, congratulations to WNST “Morning Reaction” Apologist of the Morning Mark Viviano. I will admit that I’m surprised, as Viv is one of my favorite broadcasters in the area. He says “the ugly April of the 2010 O’s is NOT an ownership issue”, which I guess means the ownership had nothing to do with the organization deciding to NOT go out and sign REAL corner infielders and power bats, as well as REAL front line pitchers. He adds:

“Fire the owner?  Quite the contrary: you might want to applaud him”…

Hmmm. I think I’ll pass.

…”for doing what fans clamored he do for years: he put someone else in charge.”

Someone who agreed with the fundamental idea of “don’t spend money.”

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens attended workout of Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas

It is rare to see such a significant Pro Day this close to the NFL Draft-but this was a crucial event for Thomas, who missed the Combine and other workouts due to a broken foot.

We know what the Ravens (and other teams) see in Thomas. He’s a 6’3″ receiver that has posted really solid numbers despite not coming from a passing offense-and appears to have first round talent.

There’s no doubt that there are question marks involved with a player like Thomas-but the Ravens NEED receiver depth, and they NEED a taller receiver.

Both needs could potentially be addressed.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Troy Smith signed one year tender

When other players have signed their tenders, there has been a “now they can be traded” attitude. Does that mean that Troy Smith will be traded? No, of course it doesn’t. BUT, certainly having the option to do so on Draft weekend is something Ozzie Newsome and company would want.

You know what I want? To see the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” sketch from Saturday Night Live again…

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8. Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows mocks Rutgers CB Devin McCourty to Baltimore

McCourty is the one guy that is being overlooked a bit in the first round. Most mocks have Jermaine Gresham, Terrence Cody, Kyle Wilson, Demaryius Thomas or Jared Odrick ending up in purple-but few have McCourty. Yet there are plenty of links between the Ravens and McCourty-as Chuck Pagano ran the drills at McCourty’s Pro Day (with Ray Rice also in attendance), and Joe Hortiz also there to watch.

McCourty is a little bit bigger than Kyle Wilson and faced better talent in the Big East than Wilson did in the WAC. Does that mean he’s a better player? No-but I don’t think he can be dismissed. McCourty WON’T be there by the time the Ravens are currently scheduled to pick in the 2nd round-but he could be available late in the 1st or early in the 2nd if the Ravens were to trade back or acquire a pick for Jared Gaither.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens has Maryland, Towson, Loyola IN NCAA Tournament, Hopkins OUT

As Patrick explains, this is only because the Blue Jays are currently under .500; which would disqualify them from making the Tournament. Should they get out from under .500, expect them to find their way into the field.

That being said, it’s a bit strange to see a mock field without Dave Pietramala’s squad. It would be like coming to Crabs and Beer and not seeing pictures of gals like Sophie Turner. (Thanks Busted Coverage!)

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10. SNY’s Adam Zagoria says former Rutgers commit Gilvydas Biruta considering Maryland

DAMNIT! I had just figured out how to spell Sarunas Jasikevicius!

And finally, I leave you with this.

Here’s this week’s “Greatest Song of All Time This Week.” I went with Jack Johnson’s “You and Your Heart.” Mostly because I’m a nerd for Jack Johnson.

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 05 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because I’m still recovering from the food coma that settled in yesterday afternoon following a day of Easter feasting.

Let me quickly point out the two most underrated things about Easter:

1-Starburst Jelly Beans

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2-SNICKERS Eggs

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So I gained 15 more pounds over the weekend. “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet” is just gonna have to deal.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. Carroll County Times’ Josh Land & Rich Dubroff say Orioles to be judged by “wins and losses”

This has been the mantra we’ve heard throughout Spring Training. Andy MacPhail and those around the organization have said that Dave Trembley and his team have to show progress this season record-wise; as this can’t just be another season of a franchise waiting for the future.

BUT…it would sorta be like telling the chef at Capital Grille that he needed to get his best food reviews EVER this week; but he was only allowed to make fish this week, not steak. With no offense to the fish-it would just be much easier for him to get great reviews from the steak-which is what the place is known for.

The Orioles have a much more REPRESENTATIVE roster this season than they have had in YEARS. BUT-it is still a WOEFULLY incomplete team, with a #2 starter who has a career 27-34 record; a first baseman who has BARELY played the position, a third baseman who has NEVER played the position; and a major question mark when it comes to who will drive in runs.

They’re BETTER. But they’re not ready to compete. In that way, it’s not REALLY fair to judge them by wins and losses; even though every organization SHOULD be judged by wins and losses.

Frankly, Peter Angelos and Andy MacPhail SHOULD be judged by wins and losses, not just Dave Trembley.

2. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says O’s have ‘plenty of questions’ between 2nd and 8th spot in lineup

Exactly. I mean, Julio Lugo just asked “Will I be hitting 3rd, 4th or 5th?

(Edit from GMC: I have a feeling this guy is going to be a lot of fun for us this season.)

This is part of the reason why it’s still a BIT unfair to judge this team by wins and losses. They have good players, but they don’t have good players playing where they should be playing. And they CERTAINLY don’t have a rock solid 1-9 lineup.

As Connolly points out, they have a leadoff hitter (as long as Brian Roberts is totally healthy) and they have a Number 9 hitter (Cesar Izturis); and then they have a group of 8 players who can take any of the other 7 spots.

I’m just glad Luis Matos isn’t taking any of them.

3. Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers has Birds 24th in power rankings

Attention Orioles fans who expect 80+ wins: THIS is what the rest of the country expects.

NOW…what do you think the rest of the country thinks about new Audrina Patridge bikini pictures…

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I can tell you what my pants are thinking…but this is a (semi) family atmosphere.

4. The Stanford Daily’s Wyndam Makowsky says former Cardinal RB Toby Gerhart to visit Owings Mills

Which pisses me off, because I thought when I said this on Twitter this morning (follow us @WNST), I was the first to report it. Little did I know that there was a student reporter in Palo Alto who beat me to the punch. Good for them.

Baltimore would LOVE Toby Gerhart. Maybe not as much as we love crab quesadillas…

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But certainly Gerhart would be LOVED here.

Now, Gerhart wants to be a RUNNING BACK. Many NFL scouts think he’s a fullback at the next level; but he told me at the Combine in Indianapolis that he wants to be a more natural ball-carrier.

The Ravens already have a player like that in Le’Ron McClain. They also have a crowded backfield with Jalen Parmele and Matt Lawrence behind Ray Rice and Willis McGahee. I’m not sure there’s room for Gerhart in that mix.

BUT-if he’s on the board where the Ravens value him (and they think highly of him for sure), they won’t hesitate to take him.

5. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Haruki Nakamura expects to be ’100 percent by Training Camp’

Which would be a MAJOR help to a depleted Ravens secondary. With Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington likely to NOT be ready for Training Camp, and Ed Reed likely to be only a partial participant in Camp anyway-they need to have as many pieces FULLY in place as possible.

This could be a big year for a guy like Nakamura (and Tom Zbikowski) as both of these guys are trying to show themselves as the future of the position as early as next season. Ed Reed’s future is CLEARLY up in the air, and with Dawan Landry likely to be retained as a RFA-his future is just as cloudy.

Both Zbikowski and Nakamura have been solid thus far during their tenures in Charm City; but they have to show Greg Mattison and this staff that they are absolutely ready to be starting safeties for a team that intends to compete for Super Bowl trips every year for the foreseeable future.

6. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Ravens likely to face AFC North foes late this season

Which is just as well. I think most everyone in the world would like to see the games at the end of the season be more meaningful, and this is a fairly easy way to do just that.

Another way to do just that? Contract the Raiders.

7. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Jets to host Neil Rackers-who Ravens have shown interest in

It’s a bit odd that the Jets would bring in Rackers after already signing Nick Folk; but I think it says something about the quality of kicking in the NFL. Teams NEED to have multiple kickers, as you just don’t know if the guy you have is really going to be able to make big kicks or not.

And no, Matt Stover is neither employed nor being considered.

It’s like what my friends used to tell me after Katie Downs broke up with me when I was 19…you just have to move on.

8. PBA.com’s Bill Vint says Pete Weber won Marathon Open at AMF Country Club Lanes

And once again, I have to apologize to the bowling community for not getting over to cover the event this year.

If it looked more like Playboy’s annual bowling events…I would have been there…

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9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says trips to Fairfield, Denver likely to determine ECAC fate for Loyola

Couple of things…

1-The Greyhounds are VERY impressive on attack. They move the ball well, and they can shoot. It isn’t a “1 on 3″ type of attack where a scorer tries to dodge his way to the cage on his own-but instead an impressive unit that moves the ball well and shoots with deadly accuracy. Charley Toomey HAS to be happy with what he’s seen.

2-Saturday’s win over Ohio State was the first chance I had to visit the Ridley Athletic Complex. WOW. It is an OUTSTANDING facility for lacrosse-similar to what the new Coppin State Physical Education Complex is for college basketball. I really hope you get the chance to get over there at some point this season-home games against Johns Hopkins and Georgetown are still to come.

10. Thoroughbred Times’ Mike Curry says Lookin’ at Lucky connections focusing towards Kentucky Derby after Santa Anita disappointment

Great. Now some horse named Eskendereya is the Triple Crown favorite. How the hell are we supposed to be expected to pronounce that 100 times between now and Preakness?

I’m still working on Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, and the Ravens might not even pick him in the NFL Draft!

And finally, I leave you with this.

Last week I introduced my new “Greatest Song of all Time This Week” segment. As I said, I think “American Pie” by Don MacLean is the greatest song of all time, and “Baba O’Reilly” by The Who is the greatest rock and roll song of all time. (For the record, as I stated on Facebook last night-feel free to add me as a friend-just search Glenn Clark-I think “I Want You Back” by Jackson 5 is #2 in both categories.)

This week’s “Greatest Song of All Time This Week” is “Ridin’ Solo” by Jason DeRulo. Deal with it.

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 11 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because I’m getting ready to head to Greensboro tomorrow morning (I know many of you will be devastated-practically unable to listen to “The Comcast Morning Show”-but Chris Bonetti will do an adequate job in my place), where I would LOVE to meet up with any Maryland fans who are making the trip. I would be MORE than willing to allow you to buy me 4-627 beers.

But also, I haven’t had a chance to talk about the Iron Man 2 trailer that debuted Sunday night on Jimmy Kimmel’s show. It was GLORIOUS…..

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST’.net’s Glenn Clark says Derrick Mason agrees to new 2 year deal with Ravens

Which gives the Ravens at LEAST a formiddable trio of receivers at the top of their WR depth chart. When they go 3 wide (which they usually do under Cam Cameron), they’ll have one of the toughest receivers in the league with Anquan Boldin, one of the most reliable receivers in the league with Derrick Mason and a receiver that they expect to be amongst the quickest receivers in the league in Donte’ Stallworth.

It’s a much more impressive group than most of the trios we’ve seen in Baltimore. In fact, it’s almost as impressive as Tiger Woods’ favorite trio…

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(Edit from GMC: With no offense to Howard Stern’s crew, I probably would have gone with Jamie Grubbs instead of Jamie Jungers myself.)

Is this one of the Top 3 receiving trios in the league now? No. I still think the Cardinals (Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston, Early Doucet); the Steelers (Santonio Holmes, Hines Ward, Mike Wallace/Antwaan Randle El); the Colts (Reggie Wayne, Anthony Gonzalez, Austin Collie/Pierre Garcon) and others still have better groups-but there’s legitimate argument that the Ravens have a Top 10 group.

Of course, maybe some fans who have already decided that they need to book hotel rooms in Arlington for next year’s Super Bowl should try to somehow temper their excitement. Teams have had really good offseasons before. In fact, there’s a certain team south of here that did it regularly….

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2. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens were out in full force to watch Devin McCourty at Rutgers Pro Day

I’ve had the chance to talk to Devin McCourty a couple times-he was hanging around Ft. Lauderdale the week of the Super Bowl and at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He clearly has a relationship with former Scarlet Knights teammate Ray Rice, who was hanging out in Piscataway yesterday as well.

The Ravens will ABSOLUTELY be looking for CB help in April’s NFL Draft. We know they at least LIKE McCourty, and they will likely bring him out to 1 Winning Drive for a look in the coming weeks.

3. ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports’ Gregg Rosenthal says Ravens/Steelers could be one of this years’s season opening Monday Night Football games

Which has to be the first time….ever….that a reputable reporter has sourced this man in his reporting….

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Ray said via Twitter (@WNST) that Ron Jaworski (who is part of ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast team) told a business group that the network wanted the game to help their season opening coverage.

As we know, NBC and the NFL wanted the Ravens to open last season at Heinz Field against Pittsburgh-but the brass at 1 Winning Drive requested they not have to play another primetime game in Pittsburgh.

It certainly would be better for these teams (who we expect to again be fighting atop the AFC North and/or for an AFC Wild Card spot) to play once during the middle of the season and again near the end of the season. BUT-having the league’s new “sexiest rivalry” in primetime would be good for both the league and their network partners.

For the sake of the Ravens, I just hope the game would be at M&T Bank Stadium.

4. The Diamondback’s Jakob Engelke says CB Nolan Carroll impressed NFL scouts at Pro Day in College Park

Obviously Bruce Campbell was the head turner, but NFL scouts were certainly in town yesterday looking to see what Nolan Carroll might be able to bring to the table. Carroll hasn’t been on a football field since breaking his leg in Week 2, and he was unable to get on the field for the Senior Bowl (or another All-Star Game) or at the Combine in Indy.

He’s expected to be a mid-to-low round choice, but has a higher ceiling than some may have expected. He’s a LITTLE bit taller than Domonique Foxworth or any CB on the Ravens roster-so it wouldn’t surprise me to see him make a visit to Owings Mills in the upcoming weeks.

5. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Greivis Vasquez could use ACC Tournament finals appearance, trip to Elite 8 to have realistic shot at tracking down Juan Dixon’s school scoring record

As Patrick has pointed out before, there really is something poetic about Dixon being the all-time leading scorer in Terrapins history. But if an ACC Tournament title and a trip to the Elite 8 are in the future, there probably would be something poetic about Vasquez passing him.

If they play 7 more games, it will take roughly 22 points per game for the senior from Venezuela. If he goes off for 40+ again at some point again like he did in Blacksburg, there will be a greater probability of this happening.

It will certainly be an interesting subplot to follow as the Terps move towards the NCAA Tournament.

Patrick also pointed out (after Paul in Hawaii asked me yesterday) that the Terps DID bring the gold uniforms with them to Greensboro, although they did not confirm whether or not they would be wearing them Friday night when they take on the Georgia Tech/North Carolina winner.

6. The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary Williams doesn’t feel like Greensboro a ‘neutral’ site

And obviously, it isn’t. BUT-no matter where they played the event, it wouldn’t be a “neutral site.” There’s an argument that maybe it could be moved around a bit more, but certainly Greensboro has been a solid “home” for the event.

Things didn’t necessarily work out for Gary’s team the one time they did get the event near here-as they bowed out to Clemson in the first round of the ACC Tournament when it was at the “MCI Center” (now the Verizon Center) in Washington, DC back in 2005.

7. Morgan State Official Site says Kevin Thompson lead Morgan State with 20 points, 16 boards in MEAC quarterfinals win over North Carolina A&T

The good news for the Bears is that they’ll now get a day off before having to face Hampton or Norfolk State tomorrow night in Winston-Salem. Especially seeing as how the Spartans took them to Double OT at Hill Field House just about 11 days ago.

If Kevin Thompson plays well, no one is beating Todd Bozeman’s team this weekend. There just isn’t a big man in the conference that can match up with him when he’s on his game.

8. The AP says Kareem Brown’s 16 not enough as Coppin State’s season ended with MEAC Tournament loss to UMES

It was a tough season for Fang Mitchell’s gang. Hopefully they will be able to move forward with the return of Jordan Lee and with the development of guys like Brown and Michael Harper. They’ll have to get some more reliable scoring, and they’ll have to get some real leadership, but Fang isn’t going anywhere-and the CSPEC should help them improve their talent.

And for any Eagles fan who is depressed about the season ending, I offer you a new picture of Megan Fox from Harper’s Bazaar, thanks to Guyism.com. This MIGHT be NSFW.

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9. MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch says red hot Luke Scott tallied 2 more RBI as Orioles topped Pirates in Spring Training action

Insert your own gun joke here.

It is good for the O’s to get a win. Not really important, but you never want a team to get caught up in any sort of familiarity of losing-even if it is just during Grapefruit League play.

The Orioles return to action tonight in Fort Myers as they face the Twins. Kevin Millwood takes the mound against Scott Baker.

10. Examiner Jay Trucker says Mike Flanagan to join MASN broadcast booth

But apparently they’re still going to use the Eddie Murray/Brady Anderson/Mike Boddicker/Bill Ripken rotating color analyst group as well. AND Jim Palmer.

I guess they’re just going to give about any former Oriole a shot behind the mic this season. Which series do you think they’ll use this guy for???

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11. The Sun’s Peter Schmuck and Jeff Zrebiec say Ernie Tyler won’t return as Birds’ “ballboy”, instead choosing to remain in umpire room

Certainly the end of an era.

Tyler’s consecutive games streak at Memorial Stadium/Camden Yards ended in 2007 when he attended Cal Ripken’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony; but he’s continued to be one of the most recognizable figures at OPACY since then.

Congratulations to Tyler on 50 great seasons as “ballboy”, and good luck to him as he transitions into his new role.

12. SI’s Tom Verducci pens next Monday’s cover story about Matt Wieters

Which you should read, with or without pants.

Interesting note from “The Comcast Morning Show” this morning, as former MASN analyst and new Blue Jays TV PBP voice Buck Martinez told Drew Forrester that he believes Brian Matusz has “better stuff” than even Tom Glavine.

Wow.

And finally, I leave you with this.

I know it was a building full of history and whatnot, but seeing Yankee Stadium look like this can’t help but make me smile a bit….

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 10 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because there was a Chick-Fil-A platter delivered yesterday afternoon during Rex Snider & Ray Bachman’s show. There may have only been a few chicken nuggets left by the time I drove as fast as I could to get back to 1550 Hart Rd., but it was well worth it.

Oh and also, it’s a Happy Wednesday for me because I finally got around to watching Zach Galifianakis host Saturday Night Live. I had to watch it on Hulu because my roommate (thanks pal) forgot to record it on our brand new Comcast DVR. It wasn’t QUITE as good as Jon Hamm, but it certainly had some moments….

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Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Greivis Vasquez named ACC Player of the Year, Gary Williams ACC Coach of the Year

Boy, this picture Luke included with his blog says a lot….

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Hopefully this story isn’t the watershed moment in the Greivis Vasquez-Gary Williams story. But even if it is; the story will be a tremendous one to tell for Maryland fans to tell over the course of the next generation.

Both Greivis and Gary were OVERLY deserving of these honors, and the voting portrayed exactly that. Vasquez was a runaway victor-with his performance against Jon Scheyer and the Blue Devils last week at Comcast Center clearly fresh on the minds of voters. Gary also won with a big margin over Coach K, his 2nd such honor during his 21 seasons in College Park.

Jordan Williams was 2nd in ACC Rookie of the Year voting (behind a VERY deserving Derrick Favors from Georgia Tech), leaving the Terps just short of an ACC awards sweep.

2. Washington Post’s Michael Wilbon says having veteran players could help Terrapins make run in NCAA Tournament

And of course he’s right about that. The trio of seniors (Vasquez, Eric Hayes and even Landon Milbourne); as well as veterans Adrian Bowie, Cliff Tucker, and Dino Gregory off the bench will ABSOLUTELY help the Terps in the Big Dance.

BUT….other teams have good players too.

AND….other teams might be even more talented.

OR….other teams might go off for 60% shooting from beyond the arc in a strange atmosphere on a Saturday afternoon in Spokane.

Just having upperclassmen doesn’t guarantee great success in March. But it sure does help.

As a side note, Deadspin offered this yesterday…apparently from the Raycom broadcast of the Maryland/Georgia Tech game a few weeks ago. It humorously points out that the graphic looks similar to a certain part of the female anatomy. I wouldn’t giggle if it weren’t funny…

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3. The Sun says Terps, Texas given ‘reprieve’ from new rule limiting “coach in waiting” involvement in recruiting

The only thing I don’t understand in this whole process is why the NCAA would adopt a rule basically preventing teams from using the “coach in waiting” system, but not just ban the “coach in waiting” system altogether?

James Franklin (like the Longhorns’ Wil Muschamp) is an ASSISTANT coach. Ralph Friedgen is the head coach, like Mack Brown in Austin. Franklin and Muschamp should be allowed to recruit the same way every other ASSISTANT coach in the country is.

Nothing about this rule makes any sense to me. Giving these coaches ‘reprieve’ for one season isn’t the answer, either. Either ban the entire system, or let the coaches recruit the way they should be allowed to.

4. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Bruce Campbell, Nolan Carroll, Chris Turner, Cory Jackson to work out at Maryland’s Pro Day today in College Park

You know what’s a LITTLE bit weird? NFL Scouts are going to be looking at Bruce Campbell today the same way I look at “Big Bang Theory” star Kaley Cuoco…

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…Okay, maybe not the SAME way, but you get the point.

Today is biggest for CB Nolan Carroll, who scouts like-but haven’t seen do anything on a football field after Week 2-when he broke his leg. He was in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine, but only for the private meetings and medical checks, he didn’t actually work out.

It’s a big day for Chris Turner too. Not because he has any chance of reaching the NFL (I’m not sure he’s even really concerned about TRYING to reach the NFL-he has an idea about what he wants to do for the rest of his life), but because he would REALLY like for the scouts in the room to know him as something OTHER than the dude who looks like Napoleon Dynamite.

5. Morgan State Official Site previews tonight’s MEAC Tournament quarterfinal matchup with North Carolina A&T

I’m a LITTLE confused as to why the MEAC sets up their tournament to have some teams playing their first round games today and other teams playing quarterfinal games tonight, but it does appear as though it is set up to benefit the #1 seeded Bears. If they win tonight (as they should against an A&T team that had to play Howard last night), they’ll be off tomorrow night, and won’t have to play 3 games in 3 days to win the MEAC title and the automatic bid.

Instead, they’ll have to play Friday night and Saturday afternoon-which is still a difficult task, but not nearly as daunting as playing 3 times in 3 days.

6. Coppin State Official Site previews this afternoon’s MEAC Tournament opener against UMES

Fang Mitchell told me after the Eagles lost to Norfolk State last week that he was pretty sure he had never finished last in the MEAC until this season. The pain of that could be dulled a bit by getting a first round victory over the Hawks, although clearly not completely erased.

On the flip side, the job that Frankie Allen has done in Princess Anne cannot go unnoticed. That program struggled to win ANY games, but the former UMBC assistant has gone out there and brought a level of respectability to that program. I’m not sure it translates for long term success THERE-but hopefully it translates to long term success for Allen SOMEWHERE.

7. Inside Lacrosse says Steven Boyle, Kyle Wharton, Michael Kimmel and Zach Palmer all scored 3 goals as Johns Hopkins topped UMBC at Homewood Field

Good win for the Blue Jays-who needed a good win after their tough loss to Princeton Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. They’re not going to get 4 hat tricks every time out, but if they can continue to get a more balanced effort from their attack unit, they’ll be in great shape.

They return to action Saturday night at Hofstra (expect a big crowd there on Long Island). Things get NO easier for the 1-3 Retrievers, as they visit Princeton Saturday afternoon.

8. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Chad Moeller homered, but Birds fell to Rays

Chris Tillman gave up 2 runs (1 earned) over 2 1/3 innings of work. As Brittany points out, no Orioles pitcher has managed to go 3 innings yet during Spring Training. That’s not overly concerning-but consider the fact that Jeff Niemann appeared to go an effortless 4 innings yesterday for Tampa. Also, the O’s committed 5 errors yesterday. That’s not good….at all.

What IS good? Well, as we first showed you yesterday on Twitter (follow us @WNST), Matt Wieters will grace the cover of next Monday’s issue of SI. Say what you want about a jinx, but having an Oriole on the cover of SI for the first time in 13 years is pretty cool…

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Hell, there’s an argument that the picture is more attractive than even this picture of Trish Richardson that I found yesterday at Barstool Sports….

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9. Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Andy MacPhail ‘admitted concern’ regarding Brian Roberts injury

This whole situation with Brian Roberts has been weird since Day 1. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that Brian was dealing with kidney stones, which was immediately shot down by Dave Trembley-who described it as a “lower back issue.” Almost immediately after that, it was diagnosed as a “herniated disc”, with a moderate level of concern.

Now, he’s having bad reactions to medication and the organization is concerned that he might not be ready even by Opening Day.

Does it make you wonder if maybe the initial report from Buster Olney was more accurate than the Orioles wanted us to think it was?

10. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says ‘no deal expected’ for Marlin Jackson after visit with Ravens

Not surprising. Marlin Jackson was in town yesterday (even though he apparently didn’t make it to Martin’s West), so it made sense for him to visit Owings Mills while he was in town. That being said, the Ravens would not be offering Marlin Jackson a money contract and a guaranteed spot to make the team. I doubt the Philadelphia Eagles will be doing that either. Frankly, I doubt any NFL will be doing that with a player who has been injured more over the last two seasons than he has been on the field.

That being said, I imagine (and I don’t have anyone reporting this to me) the conversation probably went something like “Look, we’re more than willing to let you come to Training Camp and prove you can be a part of this team-but we’re not going to promise you anything.”

11. USA Today’s Jim Corbett says Kurt Warner thinks Ravens got ‘another Ray Lewis’ with Anquan Boldin acquisition

And if there’s someone in that conversation who would know, it would be Kurt Warner. The same way that Boldin embodies the idea of “Play Like a Raven”, so does Kurt Warner. These guys are tough, they’re “warriors”, and they respect each other a great deal.

As I said yesterday, it really IS a “perfect fit.”

12. WNST.net’s Nestor Aparicio says in midst of controversy, Michael Vick did good at Ed Block Courage Awards

If you haven’t read this blog yet, PLEASE do so. And check out this video from WNSTv that accompanies it….

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I don’t think it would necessarily CHANGE your opinion about Michael Vick, especially if you were one of THESE people….

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….but I still think it’s worth the time to read.

And finally, I leave you with this.

RIP Corey Haim. Lost Boys meant a lot to all of us….

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 09 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because the people of Milledgeville, GA are much more intelligent and creative than I ever realized….

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Clearly, this Roethlisberger issue is too serious to really be funny; but…..it’s also pretty funny. Sorry. (Thanks Deadspin.)

Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

1. Maryland Official Site says Vasquez unanimous All-ACC choice, Jordan Williams named to ACC’s All-Rookie team

And Andy Roddick’s wife is moderately attractive….

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Look, we all knew these players were going to receive these honors, so it isn’t exactly earth-shaking. That being said, both are still very deserving. (Thanks Busted Coverage!)

The announcements for ACC Player of the Year, ACC Coach of the Year, and ACC Rookie of the Year come this afternoon. The answers are Greivis Vasquez, Gary Williams and Derrick Favors. Other answers would be inaccurate, which of course doesn’t mean it can’t happen.

2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland, Illinois, Texas, Pitt, Navy, Rhode Island, College of Charleston in field for 2010 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

Of course, this all sets up for the Terps, Illini, Longhorns and Panthers to meet up at Madison Square Garden early in the season.

I say “sets up” knowing damn well that a few of those teams could give the Terps some trouble early at Comcast Center, especially considering this team will be trying to replace Greivis Vasquez, Eric Hayes and Landon Milbourne. Adrian Bowie will likely be trying to prove himself for the first time at the point, while Sean Mosley will be trying to prove himself for the first time as a go-to scorer at the NCAA level.

It won’t be easy. It especially won’t be easy if they get to New York.

3. ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi has Terps as 5 seed, facing Arizona State in first round of NCAA Tournament

As of right now, that’s about right. Due to the fact that their surge has come late, it is unlikely the Terrapins will be able to stay “local” (Providence or Buffalo), but they’re still likely to get a high seed. Should they make a run to the ACC Championship Game Sunday in Greensboro, that seed could be even higher.

And for the record, despite living in Tempe for 2 years-my allegiance is not even a BIT in question. Despite the aesthetics of Sun Devil Country….

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4. Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Maryland, Notre Dame finalize deal for 2011 football game at FedEx Field

Awesome.

Of course, by next season-there is no doubt that Brian Kelly will have the Fighting Irish turned around, and this game will be even more of a disaster than the 22-0 loss at Giants Stadium in the Kickoff Classic a few years back.

This is a bit of a good news-bad news issue. The good news is that for a Maryland team that struggled to get ANY sort of TV coverage last season (not that I didn’t enjoy getting to know the broadcast staff of ESPN360), they’ll get a midseason primetime game televised nationally on NBC.

The bad news is that the game will be played only a few miles away from College Park, yet Irish fans will get to eat up the bulk of the tickets via a lottery. This isn’t like the Navy game in Baltimore-where fans of both schools have equal access to tickets.

But it’s still a good thing for the program, there’s no doubt about that. Hopefully we’ll feel the same way the morning after the game.

5. Johns Hopkins Official Site previews tonight’s contest with UMBC at Homewood Field

Your boy is headed over to Homewood Field tonight to FINALLY get his first look at the Jays this season. Let’s Tweet up (follow us on Twitter @WNST) if you’re going too. Let me know, and we’ll grab some sort of frosty adult beverage following the game.

Big game for Dave Pietramala’s crew after falling to Princeton Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. They want to prove that losing the Tigers was nothing more than a tough loss to a really good team. Taking care of business tonight against the Retrievers will prove that.

6. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Ozzie Newsome thinks he ‘made a mistake’ by not originally drafting Anquan Boldin

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There are a lot of NFL GM’s who feel the same way, trust me. There’s a heart measurement that can’t be quantified when players run around in their underwear out in Indianapolis.

Anquan Boldin proved his heart just weeks before his trip to the NFL Scouting Combine, when his Florida State team went into the Sugar Bowl without starting QB Chris Rix and backup Adrian McPherson. The Seminoles tried 3rd string QB Fabian Walker, but had no success against a tough Georgia defense.

Knowing that he needed a good showing to help his NFL Draft stock as an undersized WR, Boldin was still more than willing to move under center (where he had played in high school) to try to help Bobby Bowden and the ‘Noles. They didn’t win the game-but it showed the type of player Anquan Boldin was.

It’s good that the Ravens have gotten a second chance to have a player like Anquan Boldin on their team. It’s not as good as having a career’s worth of Anquan Boldin, but hopefully it will help change the entire team.

7. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Harbaugh, Boldin believe acquisition perfect ‘fit’

And it really does appear to be that way. Boldin is a tough player, and will have no problem being part of a John Harbaugh team or a Cam Cameron offense. He’s the type of receiver that will immediately make Joe Flacco better, and he already has the respect of locker room leader Ray Lewis.

I’ve been hard pressed to find negative things to say about the acquisition. Boldin’s health will be a factor, but he’s never played fewer than 10 games in a season, and his only 10 game season came in 2004.

But when you think of “injury-prone” players, he’s not the type of guy who has a history of knee troubles-or who has had to miss a season due to an ACL issue.

It’s a great fit. It really is.

8. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says acquisition of Seneca Wallace makes it unlikely Troy Smith will end up in Cleveland

What’s funny here is that the one reason I thought Troy Smith might be a fit with the Browns is because of the affinity Mike Holmgren had for Seneca Wallace in Seattle. In fact, I just talked about that with Bob Haynie yesterday on AM1570.

Apparently, I was (sorta) right.

It’s just that instead of going to get a quarterback SIMILAR to Seneca Wallace, Holmgren just decided to go get Wallace.

This leaves Troy Smith in a tough spot. He and his agent (Ralph Cindrich) have done all of their posturing to try to get him to his hometown team, and calling it a “longshot” would now be kind.

The Rams, Seahawks, Cardinals, Redskins and Panthers are all likely still in the QB market. You would think that either Michael Vick or Donovan McNabb would probably end up in one of those locations. In others (like in Arizona), Smith wouldn’t be entering a competition for a starting job-but instead assuming the role of “the next guy to get a chance if our first guy screws up.” And a lot of people think a QB like Matt Leinart might screw up.

But we don’t have any real reason to assume a team like the Cards (or the Rams, or the Panthers, or whoever) is REALLY interested in Troy Smith-especially if they have to give something up to get him.

9. The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens should still pursue Derrick Mason or receiver in NFL Draft even after acquiring Boldin

Completely agreed. In fact, I’d say they still need to do both.

Remembering that Donte’ Stallworth and (likely) Mark Clayton would only be back on 1 year deals, and knowing that Marcus Smith, Demetrius Williams and Justin Harper are COMPELTELY unproven commodities, the Ravens can use more help at receiver.

They’d be much better off going into Training Camp with a group of 8 wide receivers that looks like….

Anquan Boldin
Derrick Mason
Donte’ Stallworth
Mark Clayton
Eric Decker (Minnesota WR coming off a foot injury-likely to be picked in the 3rd-5th round.)
Demetrius Williams
Justin Harper
Marcus Smith

From that group, they could keep as many as 5 receivers, try to release others and sign them back to the practice squad, allow injuries to play out as they will, etc. etc. etc.

Now-I’m playing fantasy football here. BUT-I don’t think the Ravens are dismissing Derrick Mason. I think they’re almost giving him the “Ray Lewis treatment” from a season ago. Remember, they made an offer to Ray and made it clear publicly they wanted him to return. They also said to him “go find out how much you’re worth.”

After Ray talked to teams that might be interested (presumably including the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets), he realized that his greatest value was still in Baltimore. He returned.

I get the feeling (although no one has confirmed this to me) that they’re trying something similar with Mason. “Go find out how much you’re worth.” Mason can talk to the New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans, etc. and truly gauge what his value is. If he finds out other teams value him as a #1 receiver, he might be able to cash in that way. If he finds out the 2 year deal he has on the table from the Ravens is fair-he has the option to come back.

10. The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says kids had serious questions for Michael Vick during appearance at St. Vincent’s Center Monday

I don’t want to get too deep into the Vick discussion here, as we spent the better part of four hours talking about it this morning on “The Comcast Morning Show.”

I do not support those of you who will choose to protest the Ed Block Courage Awards tonight because of Michael Vick’s attendance. That’s not because I support dogfighting, but it’s because I’m done with the part where we try to crucify Michael Vick.

If Vick’s teammates with the Philadelphia Eagles thought Vick was deserving of this type of honor, so be it. That’s not something ANY of us can speak to, as we don’t know the daily life of Michael Vick.

If you aren’t happy that he’s receiving the award, I understand your opinion. But I won’t support a protest of an event that is amongst the best charitable events our city holds. No thank you.

11. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Matt Wieters got first hit of Spring Training, but Birds fell to Twins

You hate to see a team get only three hits in a game whether it’s in the Grapefruit League, the American League, or even the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen; but these things happen.

The O’s return to action today in Sarasota against the Rays, first pitch is at 1:05. Chris Tillman starts for the Orioles, Jeff Niemann for Tampa. I’d tell you where to see the game on TV, but………

12. SI’s Dan Shaughnessy says MacPhail, Wieters give Orioles ‘hope’

This looks pretty similar to the Tim Kurkjian story I commented on yesterday. Warm fuzzies are all well and nice, but it doesn’t explain how the Birds are going to compete against the Yankees and Red Sox in the AL East. It’s nothing more than warm fuzzies.

And finally, I leave you with this.

The presence of Scott Hall last night is part of why I think the “Hulk Hogan era” will ultimately doom TNA, but I couldn’t help but enjoy the return of the “Monday Night Wars”, especially when Rob Van Dam bumped into Sting….

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It WAS better than watching Criss Angel on WWE. That’s for sure.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me 1-because I’ve been out of Indianapolis for nearly 36 hours. No offense, but it ain’t good.

2-Nobody decided to drive their car into a tree this morning and knock out power to the radio station and everyone else who resides on Hart Rd…

3-It may have not been in time for National Chili Day, but our buddy John West delivered with one of the greatest breakfasts in the history of AM1570 WNST yesterday morning….

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Yeah, that’s lump crab meat, and it’s called “Chesapeake Chili”…and it’s better than what you had for breakfast today.

Let’s see what everyone has to say……

1. Maryland Official Site says Terps 22nd in AP poll, 23rd in ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll

It’s funny, because Patrick Stevens (follow him on Twitter @D1scourse) had him 18th in his weekly poll this week-and I first thought to myself “that seems high”…I actually thought they should be in the range where they are in the polls…somewhere in the low 20′s. That being said, I haven’t been NEARLY as concerned about Maryland cracking the Top 25 as everyone else in town apparently is, as I know that racking up wins will get a team the respect it needs moving towards the NCAA Tournament.

That being said, what else can be said about this team right now? The win Saturday night was just tremendous. Being “gutty” is as important if not more important than being “good.” This team has more “Guts” than Mike O’Malley and Moira Quirk….

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If you get that reference, marry me. (Edit from GMC: If you’re a female. Or if you’re Andy Roddick.)

2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Greivis Vasquez named ACC Player of the Week, Jordan Williams named ACC Freshman of the Week

At this point, I’m not sure why they don’t just call it the “Greivis Vasquez ACC Player of the Week Award.” I guess Jon Scheyer could still win ACC Player of the Year (especially if Greivis were to struggle against the Blue Devils Wednesday night), but I don’t think I could necessarily agree with it. He’s been the best player in the conference all season, there just really isn’t any doubt about that. Now-the bulk of the media that votes for the award is based in North Carolina. Like it or not, they’ve probably seen more of Scheyer.

It will be an interesting vote.

Also worth noting, I was given confirmation that Greivis Vasquez’s jersey number will NOT be honored in the Comcast Center rafters tomorrow night. The school is choosing to honor all 3 seniors (Vasquez, Landon Milbourne and Eric Hayes) the same way tomorrow night, which makes sense considering all three have been major contributors to the program.

I assume (although it has yet to be confirmed) that Vasquez’s jersey WILL enter the rafters next to Steve Blake’s, but it looks like they will wait until early next season to do so. This could help them get some juice for an early season game against Bethune-Cookman…or Longwood…or Long & Foster…or whoever they play.

3. The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Maryland fans desperate for tickets to Duke game Wednesday

This is ABSOLUTELY the biggest game in College Park since the 2005 game against Duke-the Saturday night game when ESPN’s “College Gameday” did a live broadcast, John Gilchrist went off, 5 Blue Devils fouled out, the Terps won in overtime and went on to miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time after 11 straight appearances.

There have been exciting games in College Park since then (including North Carolina a season ago), but none have been this big, and CERTAINLY none of them have been this significant. A chance to split the ACC regular season title is on the line, as well as an OUTSIDE chance at an outright title and the top seed in the ACC Tournament (if UNC can beat Duke).

It’s a big deal. Big enough that Erin Andrews is showing up (with Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas) before her Dancing With the Stars gig…..

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4. ESPN.com’s Andy Katz says Gary Williams continues to “maximize what (Terrapins) players can do”

That Andy Katz….classic Gary Williams apologist.

I won’t go down the “I told you so” route when it comes to those of you who called for Gary Williams’ head a season ago, mostly because I wasn’t even slightly moved by the argument. Some people say things like “fire the coach” out of panic, because they don’t really know how to analyze a situation. I actually sympathize with those people. While I’ve never called for Maryland to fire Dave Cottle as lacrosse coach, I remain on the “he has to win” campaign.

Gary Williams is winning. A lot of people expected he would. It will be a struggle again a season from now, there’s no doubt about that. That’s the mark of a Gary Williams program in this era of college basketball.

But as Katz pointed out, there’s just no way in the world that anyone not named Gary Williams should be coaching this team right now.

5. The AP says Reggie Holmes’ 32 lead Morgan State to win over North Carolina A&T at Hill Field House

Have you been to see Reggie Holmes yet? I don’t ask because I want to say “shame on you” for not getting out yet, I ask because I’m sorry you haven’t had the chance. He’s REALLY one of the best players on the entire east coast. He’s just been so special to watch for four years now, and he’s obviously changed Todd Bozeman’s entire program.

You’ve got one more chance to see him here locally. The Bears host Coppin State in a “bucket list” type of rivalry game Thursday night. If you love Baltimore sports, you really owe it to yourself to get to a Morgan-Coppin game at least once. I’ll be there for sure, and can’t wait for the game.

6. The AP says Michael Harper’s 14 not enough as Coppin State fell to Norfolk State in home finale

The story of my first trip to the Coppin State Physical Education Complex wasn’t the team (which is just missing a lot of pieces right now), but the building itself. The building is PHENOMENAL. I mean, it’s absolutely unreal. If you ever attended a game at the Coppin Center, you won’t BELIEVE what a world of difference there is now at the CSPEC. It’s night and day-really. It’s just a bright, beautiful, state of the art facility that deserves to have outstanding teams and big crowds fill it.

That being said, Fang Mitchell’s Eagles are tough to watch. They go long stretches without scoring, they lack leadership and poise, and they have no go-to players. It is obvious that they miss Tywain McKee, who was one of the greatest players in school history a season ago, and Fang was quick to point out that they’ll get Lee Jordan back next season to help with a lot of that.

Can Coppin make a run in the MEAC Tournament similar to what they did two seasons ago? I don’t think so. They might win a game in Winston-Salem, but they have too many holes to push for a title.

7. Burlington Free Press’ John A. Fantino says Binghamton out of America East Tournament, UMBC to face Vermont

Which means that the Retrievers are guaranteed to remain in Hartford until Saturday, and all but guaranteed to be gone by Saturday night.

It is ABSOLUTELY the right thing that Binghamton is not participating in any sort of postseason contests this year, and there need to be many more sanctions moving forward. What happened with the Bearcats last season is so UNBELIEVABLY reprehensible that I’m not certain how they even fielded a team this season. In fact, it’s embarrassing that they did.

And while I love Randy Monroe, I just don’t give his team much of a chance to beat Mike Lonergan’s Catamounts.

8. Ravens Official Site’s John Eisenberg thinks team should really think about pursuring “divas” like Terrell Owens, Brandon Marshall, Anquan Boldin and Antonio Bryant

Apparently a local blogger in town tried saying that John Harbaugh was “laughing” when he talked about the Ravens’ interest in T.O. Maybe that local blogger shouldn’t talk about things he doesn’t know about….

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Look, John Harbaugh was just as condescending in Indy as he is any other time. BUT-the organization IS interested in Terrell Owens. John Harbaugh saying it publicly is NOT the first time we found that out. If you followed us on Twitter (@WNST), you’d know that we had gotten word about the team’s interest from other sources late last week, and Drew Forrester wrote about it Saturday morning.

Are the Ravens MOST interested in Terrell Owens? No. Would they like to find another wide receiver INSTEAD of Terrell Owens? Yes. But are they going to AVOID Terrell Owens? Absolutely not. They need receivers, and there are only so many available. Owens is 6’3″, and still played well in Buffalo a season ago. If the likes of Anquan Boldin, Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd, etc are too expensive or just won’t work (which is a total possibility), they might end up going with Owens.

Those are just the facts.

9. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens expected to give high tenders to RFA’s Sam Koch, Jared Gaither, Le’Ron McClain, Fabian Washington, Mark Clayton, Marshal Yanda and Troy Smith

The interesting point here is a reminder that while fans in Baltimore don’t seem to think that highly of Troy Smith, the organization absolutely DOES. John Beck is expected to get a low tender, meaning that while the Ravens would like to have him back, they are much more concerned about bringing back Smith than Beck.

Once again, those are just the facts.

10. ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says George Kokinis seen with Ravens contingency at NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis

Yeah, but take it from me-don’t ask John Harbaugh about it.

I guess the secrecy surrounding George Kokinis’ role with the Ravens has something to do with his departure from Cleveland, but it’s very strange. If he’s back, welcome back. If not, I don’t know exactly what to say.

11. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta amongst O’s pitchers who impressed in intrasquad scrimmage

It IS a good sign that Tillman’s back is apparently holding up well in his early Spring Training work.

That being said, I think Ingrid Ulrich had a better on Busted Coverage Monday than Tillman, Arrieta or even Jim Palmer ever could have…

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12. The Sun says former Bird BJ Surhoff to be inducted into College Baseball Hall of Fame

I don’t have much analysis to add here, other than to say congratulations to one of my favorite O’s of all time.

And since I don’t have any more analysis here, I’ll instead offer the video for the song “Bedrock” by Young Money. I like it.

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And finally, I leave you with this.

I promise that this will be the last time I write about anything Olympics-related. I PROMISE. I just missed yesterday’s post-so I have to get this all out of me.

Did it bother me that Canada topped Team USA in hockey Sunday? Damn right it did. I might not live and breathe hockey, but I sure as hell live and breathe the red, white and blue. (Until I re-adopt Italy again in the World Cup this summer if and when Team USA is eliminated. Look, I’m Italian-so spare me.) Does it bother me that Sidney Crosby got to be the hero in the process? Sure. Not because I root for Alexander Ovechkin or the Capitals, but because Pittsburgh sucks, and everything that comes from Pittsburgh should be a failure-not a great success.

That being said, for our friends to the north-you might have won the gold medal in hockey, but we won the gold in the bobsled, which we all know is more important. While you have Roberto Luongo-we have Steve FREAKING Holcomb, who I’m hoping I can go out for 2-375 beers with very soon….

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But-since this is your big week, enjoy it with some Our Lady Peace. You see, I don’t hate everything from your country….

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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