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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

Look, I’m trying to figure out how I feel about this whole steroids situation personally. I mean, clearly Mark McGwire has been embarrassed by having to finally publicly admit to steroid use, and there is little to no chance he will ever be able to shake it off and enter Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

BUT-using steroids to hit all of those home runs did help him get this……

mcg

So….they can’t be all bad, right?

Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Ravens taking similar path this year as they did last

With his point being that a season ago, the Ravens went on the road to blow out the AFC East champs, then went on the road to beat the #1 seed in the AFC. The Ravens have a chance to do the same thing this year, but I don’t think the comparison is fair. With no offense to Chad Pennington and Kerry Collins, I think it says a lot that the quarterbacks the Ravens beat last year are each currently NOT starters in the NFL.

The opponents the Ravens are facing this year are MUCH better than the ones they faced last year-and it absolutely starts at the QB position. The Ravens made a major statement by beating a team with an elite QB (Tom Brady is ABSOLUTELY “elite”), and that could help them build confidence as they look to beat an elite QB in Peyton Manning this week as well.

Me personally, I’d much rather be facing this guy in the playoffs…..

stoney

2. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh believes Flacco ‘healthy enough to play well’

I really don’t have much of an idea of just how bad things are for Joe Flacco. We can ALL tell that he’s laboring, but none of us really know just how bad it is because Joe and the coach of the team continue to dismiss it.

It is well understood that come playoff time-everyone in the league is banged up. But having your quarterback banged up and having a starting cornerback banged up are two VERY different things. This isn’t a case of whether or not Joe can play-obviously he can. But this IS a question of “what might happen?” if the Ravens trail 31-26 with 1:16 left and 1 timeout.

It could be an issue.

3. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Todd Heap ‘expected to play’ Saturday night

ESPN.com’s James Walker added last night that the x-rays on Todd’s back came back negative, which is good news for everyone. Todd Heap won’t be the difference in Saturday night’s game, but we all know the Ravens are better off with a healthy Todd Heap than they are without one.

4. Indianapolis Star’s Mike Chappell says Colts have never won playoff game after first round bye

I think this is a completely relevant statistic that CANNOT be overlooked. Peyton Manning has NEVER won a playoff game after shutting things down or getting out of rhythm late in the season. Maybe the Colts will just be better at turning things back on under Jim Caldwell than they were under Jim Mora and Tony Dungy, but I somehow doubt it.

More importantly, whoever wins the toss in this game really needs to take the ball. If the Ravens can come out and dictate pace the way they did in Foxborough, a Colts offense that hasn’t tried to score points in weeks might be in a position to struggle a bit more.

We can at least hope.

5. NFL.com’s Vic Carucci says Colts most ‘vulnerable’ of home teams in 2nd round

Sure.

But they’re also the only home team in the 2nd round of the playoffs with Peyton Manning at quarterback and Reggie Wayne at wide receiver.

Look, the Colts are beatable. But not beatable with a big margin for error. Just beatable. As in, it’s possible.

6. WNST.net’s Nestor Aparicio announces Purple Playoff Parties in Broad Ripple section of Indy Friday night and Saturday afternoon

And who WOULDN’T want to come out and hang with a group of jerks like this???

trip

Here’s what you should know about this picture:

1-Chris Bonetti (the fella on the right whose voice you’ve heard on commercials during the day on AM1570) IS a Jets fan, but they don’t play until Sunday-so you won’t have to worry about him rambling on. Also, he’s ABSOLUTELY rooting for the Ravens on Sunday night (partly because it helps New York), so he’s one of us.

2-Mike Gross (the 2nd guy on the right) is the webmaster at WNST.net. He also lost a game of Pop-A-Shot basketball to his girlfriend by a score of 22-4 on Saturday night at Dave & Buster’s. Is that relevant? No. Did I want to share it anyway? Of course I did.

7. Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Al-Farouq Aminu leads way as Wake Forest hosts Maryland tonight

The good news again here is that much like Florida State, the Demon Deacons are unlikely to reel off 12-16 points in a row thanks to outside shooting. The Terrapins can’t completely take away Wake’s size, but they should be able to stay close throughout. It’s a tall order to go to Winston-Salem just 48 hours after a big ACC win.

Boy.

75-71 Deacs.

But who knows.

8. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester wonders why Orioles haven’t signed Adam LaRoche

I have no problem with the Birds signing Adam LaRoche. Mostly because he’s capable of playing baseball.

Drew’s right, LaRoche is better than a number of the guys that are available-which of course means he probably wants some money-or maybe 2-3 years.

I get the feeling that might not work here.

9. The AP says Reggie Holmes’ 16 lead Morgan State in win over Hampton

This is what we expect from Todd Bozeman’s team, it’s MEAC season and they are VERY capable of winning any game they play. The combination of Holmes and Thompson will present problems for everyone in the conference. If they play well, they’ll beat everyone in the league.

10. Loyola Official Site says 22 turnovers doom Greyhounds in loss to Iona

As they would if Loyola was playing Stevenson, for the record.

Jimmy Patsos’ bunch is in a tough spot now in the MAAC. They had a great chance to make some noise early on in conference play, but very quickly they’re now 1-5.

I don’t think I need to be the one to tell anyone that 1-5 isn’t a good place to be.

11. The AP says Coppin fell to 5-9 overall after loss to Howard

This isn’t a “bad” loss for Fang Mitchell’s crew-but they certainly can’t afford to think that they can just turn things on come MEAC Tournament time. Replacing Tywain McKee’s scoring continues to be an issue for the Eagles.

12. The AP says Maryland women hung on late to beat ranked Cavaliers in Charlottesville

By far the best win of the season for Brenda Frese’s crew, even if it wasn’t overly impressive. When Tchatchouang missed those freebies at the end of the game, I really wished I could pronounce her name better when I was cursing it.

And finally, I offer this.

It wasn’t exactly Bret Hart, but the WWE managed to keep my interest last night by bringing in Iron Mike Tyson to guest “host” RAW. He even decided to step in the ring and tag with Chris Jericho to take on Shawn Michaels and HHH at the end of the night. It did provide one pretty cool moment….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vBokxrZvUs[/youtube]

Talk to you later.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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A Completely New Look at Crabs and Beer

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A Completely New Look at Crabs and Beer

Posted on 04 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Welcome to the 2010 version of “Crabs and Beer.” Instead of the tedious process of linking EVERY.SINGLE.LOCAL.SPORTS.RELATED.STORY.IN.THE.WORLD., I will now focus on the most important “Bullet Points” of the day, commenting on them individually. It will mean more of me-which I think we can all agree is the best possible thing. Most days, I will bullet point 10 items-while on Mondays I will probably bullet point 15 items to recap the entire weekend. Here we go……

1. The AP’s Josh Dubow says Ravens clinched AFC Wild Card with win in Oakland

As I said yesterday here at WNST.net, it is a significant accomplishment to reach to the playoffs, an even more significant accomplishment to reach the playoffs for 2 straight seasons. Steve Bisciotti, Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh can all breathe a bit easier today, as the critics who have said “that’s nice, but let me see them do it consistently” can no longer point out that the Ravens haven’t reached the playoffs in back to back seasons since 2000 & 20001. They’re in, and it is a major statement.

2. NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora says Ravens will look for first ever win over New England in AFC Wild Card round

Obviously, everyone inside the building at 1 Winning Drive was hoping for a trip to Cincinnati instead of a trip to Foxborough-and for good reason. The Ravens are 0-5 all time against the Pats, including a 27-21 loss earlier this season at Gillette Stadium that Mark Clayton would rather forget. I’m well aware of Tom Brady’s 3 broken ribs and broken finger, but I’m also well aware that he’s REALLY good in January. Like, historically good. Like, 3 Super Bowl rings good. Like, 4 AFC Championships good. The only good news is that the game is at 1pm on Sunday, which EVERYONE in Owings Mills prefers. It also means the game will be back on CBS with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on the call, so Drew Forrester needs to put his pants back on.

3. The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Willis McGahee put Ravens on back for 3 TD’s in win

My buddy Bill Romanowski is a Raiders postgame analyst for Comcast SportsNet in San Francisco. I think he said it best on Facebook yesterday….

“Hiram Eugene just got bitch slapped on a 77 yd run by McGahee.”

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It was a hell of an effort from Willis yesterday. There’s NO argument that he should be the starter over a Pro Bowl back like Ray Rice, and there’s little validity that he should be getting more playing time. But it’s nice to know that there is a quality NFL running back to go in when Ray Rice comes off the field.

4. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Dannell Ellerbe “outstanding” with INT, fumble recovery in win

With no offense to JaMarcus Russell-the moment I saw Charlie Frye was going to be forced out of the game, my initial thought was “this one’s over.” JaMarcus Russell is just terrible, and obviously Dannell played the best game of his very short career here in Baltimore. Here’s a question for you-which was the better performance Sunday: Dannell Ellerbe or Charlie Daniels in the GEICO commercial???

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

Of course, the Ed “Too Tall” Jones one isn’t too bad, either…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEw87yeExZQ[/youtube]

5. The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens won despite fact that Flacco “looked lost” on field

It was NOT his best performance. But as Preston also accurately pointed out, at least he didn’t turn the ball over. 102 passing yards won’t beat the Patriots next Sunday, that much I can say with assurance. It was a rather pedestrian performance if not poor, and has become all too common during the second season of the “Joe Cool” era. The play where he ran past the line of scrimmage and STILL overthrew Ray Rice was pretty bad. But with all of that being said, Joe Flacco will be leading a team into the playoffs for the 2nd time in his 2 year career-which is twice more than Kyle Boller…..

6. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Terps blew out UNC-Greensboro in ACC Tournament preview trip

The only thing that really came from this win was the fact that the Terps were able to look at Greensboro Coliseum before they return in March. Greivis Vasquez and Landon Milbourne were outstanding, but they should have been-the Spartans stink. Maryland has a week off now to prepare for their ACC opener Sunday night against Florida State in College Park, and they will have to improve their play against better teams. They finish the bulk of their non-conference schedule 9-4, with the only win of note coming at Indiana-you know, the same Indiana that lost to Loyola. Ugh.

We do know that it is a MUCH nicer morning in College Park than it is for ACC for NC State, where the name Chandler Parsons will forever be remembered as a dirty word in Raleigh…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CE6x1GdfLY[/youtube]

7. Bob Haynie says Terps got better news Saturday than they did earlier in the week with commitment from Pe’Shon Howard

Does it make up for the loss of Terrence Ross? No, probably not. But certainly Pe’Shon Howard is a regarded talent out of Oak Hill Academy who would have been much more desired if not for his 6’2″ frame. He’s a natural point guard with the ability to play the 2 if necessary, although I’d be a bit worried he could be out-matched size-wise by a number of guards in the ACC. As I mentioned Saturday night (if you follow us on Twitter), the Terps will have 2 point guards in this class (Tucson’s Terrell Stoglin is the other), which has mostly worked with Eric Hayes and Greivis Vasquez.

The Sun’s Matt Bracken tracked down some Pe’Shon Howard highlights if you’d like to take a look.

8. Drew Forrester says Peter Angelos joined with Blow Horn Equity’s Jeff Seder in hopes to win Pimlico, Laurel auction

PLEASE.DEAR.GOD.NO.

How can on our ongoing civic nightmare get worse?!?!?

Look, I still think that in the end-it will either be David Cordish or the Penn National group that wins this auction, as the tracks are just MORE VALUABLE to someone who owns a slots license than they are to someone who doesn’t. But Peter Angelos won’t be short on cash (check your Comcast or DirecTV statement to see the money he’s scraping so you can watch the Orioles on MASN), and clearly wants in. Friday is going to be a VERY interesting day.

9. Philadelphia Daily News says former Oriole Danys Baez spent weekend moving boxes up I-95 after signing with Phillies

No word on whether or not he’ll just leave the “S” in his name here in Charm City.

Look, Danys was not particularly good for the Birds last season, but they DEFINITELY could have had worse. For example, they could have had this guy…..

benitez

10. Corey Johns says UMBC opened America East play Saturday with loss at Vermont

Very clearly, Mike Lonergan’s Catamounts are an outstanding team and they are going to beat a LOT of teams at home-but the Retrievers are going to have to start winning games soon if they’re going to turn things around at all this season. It’s not as if they don’t have good players-Chauncey Gilliam and Chris De La Rosa are both very good, and Robbie Jackson should be able to overcome what he might not have in talent with his overwhelming size. But they have to figure out how to win. A visit from winless Penn Wednesday night will hopefully provide an elixir.

11. Towson Official Site says Tigers dropped CAA battle at Georgia State Saturday night

The impressive thing about Saturday night’s game was that the Tigers rallied from down 15 to get back into the game in Atlanta. The unimpressive thing about Saturday night’s game was that Pat Kennedy’s team couldn’t keep it going down the stretch. The Tigers shot just 34% from the field, and no Tiger scored more than Josh Thornton’s 14. The Tigers get a chance to wipe the taste of that loss away quickly with tonight’s tussle with Old Dominion at the Towson Center.

12. The AP says Loyola got 1st MAAC victory of season Saturday over Rider

This is a VERY good win for the Greyhounds. The mark of a program that is establishing itself as a team to beat is that they beat the other good conference teams at home. Jimmy Patsos’ Hounds made a statement by beating the Hoosiers, but games against Rider (and tonight’s opponent Siena) at Reitz Arena are MUCH more important in the long run. If they can finish the sweep tonight, they’ll be in a good place to make a conference run.

13. Maryland Official Site says Terrapins Women wrapped non-conference schedule with win over St. Joseph’s

The Terps finish their non-conference schedule 12-2 with no particularly impressive wins (only Minnesota could even be considered) and 2 arguably bad losses (the loss at Mississippi State is “bad” because it came by 29 points, the loss at Towson is forgivable, but still bad). Certainly the development of Diandra Tchatchouang (25 points Sunday) has been nice for Brenda Frese’s club.

14. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski details gun fun Washington Wizards are having

OH.MY.GOD.THIS.STORY.IS.AMAZING.

This isn’t technically “local” in my book, but I would occasionally mix in something about the Capitals-so I’ll give the same courtesy to the Wiz, especially considering the surreal nature of this story.

Thanks to Gilbert Arenas for making my “most overrated athlete of the decade” pick look better by the moment…..

15. Morgan State Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Robert Morris

Not much to accomplish here, but I feel bad for Todd Bozeman’s crew for having to make a trip to Pittsburgh this time of year…..or any time of year. Also, please to be checking this out.

I leave you with this……Kanye West doing “Heartless” on his Vh1 Storytellers show. The show is out on CD tomorrow. Spoiler alert: It’s really good.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz89AELIocE[/youtube]

Talk to you tomorrow.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Blog & Tackle: Week 17 AFC clinching scenarios

Posted on 28 December 2009 by Chris Pika

We know that if the Ravens win, they are in the AFC playoff field for the second consecutive season. The New York Jets are in the same spot win and in. But in the interest of laying out all of the possibilities, here are the AFC clinching scenarios coming into the final week of play, courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau and NFL.com.

CLINCHED:

Indianapolis — South division and home-field advantage.

San Diego — West division and first-round bye.

Cincinnati — North division.

New England — East division.

 

ELIMINATED:

Cleveland, Kansas City, Oakland, Buffalo, Tennessee.

 

Baltimore, the Jets, Denver, Pittsburgh and Houston can also make the playoffs if they tie this week with various other things happening. Jacksonville and Miami cannot make the playoffs with a tie.

 

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Baltimore clinches a playoff spot:

1) BAL win

 

NEW YORK JETS

NY Jets clinch a playoff spot:

1) NYJ win

 

DENVER BRONCOS

Denver clinches a playoff spot:

1) DEN win + NYJ loss or tie + BAL loss or tie

2) DEN win + NYJ loss or tie + PIT loss or tie

3) DEN win + NYJ loss or tie + HOU win

4) DEN win + BAL loss or tie + PIT loss or tie

5) DEN win + BAL loss or tie + HOU win

6) PIT loss + BAL loss + HOU loss + JAC loss

7) PIT loss + BAL loss + HOU loss + NYJ loss

8.) PIT loss + BAL loss + JAC loss + NYJ loss

9) PIT loss + HOU loss + JAC loss + NYJ loss

10) MIA loss or tie + NYJ loss + BAL loss + HOU loss + JAC loss or tie

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff spot:

1) PIT win + HOU loss or tie + NYJ loss or tie

2) PIT win + HOU loss or tie + BAL loss or tie

3) PIT win + NYJ loss or tie + BAL loss or tie + DEN loss or tie

 

HOUSTON TEXANS

Houston clinches a playoff spot:

1) HOU win + NYJ loss or tie + BAL loss or tie

2) HOU win + NYJ loss or tie + DEN loss or tie

3) HOU win + BAL loss or tie + DEN loss or tie

 

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Jacksonville clinches a playoff spot:

1) JAC win + PIT loss + BAL loss + DEN loss + HOU loss

2) JAC win + PIT loss + BAL loss + DEN loss + NYJ loss

3) JAC win + PIT loss + BAL loss + HOU loss + NYJ loss

4) JAC win + PIT loss + DEN loss + HOU loss + NYJ loss

5) JAC win + NYJ loss + DEN loss + HOU loss + BAL loss

 

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Miami clinches a playoff spot:

1) MIA win + NYJ loss + BAL loss + HOU loss + JAC loss or tie

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An Arduous, Thorough Explanation of HOW Ravens Control Their Own Destiny

Posted on 28 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

There have been a few rumors flying tonight that the Ravens might actually NOT control their own destiny for reaching the NFL playoffs. This is not the case. So instead of sleeping, I decided to crack the code and explain all of this to you step by step.

Let me begin this exercise by explaining the rules for determining a multiple-team tiebreaking scenario. From NFL.com, here we go….

TO BREAK A TIE FOR THE WILD-CARD TEAM
If it is necessary to break ties to determine the two Wild-Card clubs from each conference, the following steps will be taken.

Three or More Clubs
(Note: If two clubs remain tied after third or other clubs are eliminated, tie breaker reverts to step 1 of applicable two-club format.)
1. Apply division tie breaker to eliminate all but the highest ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. The original seeding within a division upon application of the division tie breaker remains the same for all subsequent applications of the procedure that are necessary to identify the three Wild-Card participants.
2. Head-to-head sweep. (Applicable only if one club has defeated each of the others or if one club has lost to each of the others.)
3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
5. Strength of victory.
6. Strength of schedule.
7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
9. Best net points in conference games.
10. Best net points in all games.
11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
12. Coin toss.

When the first Wild-Card team has been identified, the procedure is repeated to name the second Wild-Card, i.e., eliminate all but the highest-ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2, and repeated a third time, if necessary, to identify the third Wild Card. In situations where three or more teams from the same division are involved in the procedure, the original seeding of the teams remains the same for subsequent applications of the tie breaker if the top-ranked team in that division qualifies for a Wild-Card berth.

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Okay, so that’s established. Given the fact that there are currently 5 AFC teams all at 8-7 (Ravens, Steelers, Jets, Broncos, Texans), we must assume that all 5 teams will improve to 9-7 in order to determine who “controls their own destiny.” So for the purposes of this exercise….everyone wins next week. Now, with 5 teams tied at 9-7; Step 1 will allow us to make our first elimination.

“1. Apply division tie breaker to eliminate all but the highest ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. The original seeding within a division upon application of the division tie breaker remains the same for all subsequent applications of the procedure that are necessary to identify the three Wild-Card participants.”

With the AFC North being the only division with 2 potential 9-7 teams, we must eliminate either the Ravens or Steelers. Here are the tie-breaker procedures for determining a winner within the division….

TO BREAK A TIE WITHIN A DIVISION

Two Clubs
1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
5. Strength of victory.
6. Strength of schedule.
7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
9. Best net points in common games.
10. Best net points in all games.
11. Best net touchdowns in all games.

With the Ravens and Steelers splitting their 2 games, step 2 is where we make our first cut. Thanks to the Browns defeating the Steelers in Cleveland on a brutal Thursday night-the Steelers went just 2-4 against the AFC North. While the Ravens were swept by the Bengals, they managed to sweep the Browns-leaving their division record at 3-3. With that, we bid adieu to the Pittsburgh Steelers. So sorry to see you go.

This leaves 4 teams (Ravens, Jets, Broncos, Texans) all at 9-7 and vying for 2 Wild Card spots. We move on to our 2nd tie-breaking procedure….

“2. Head-to-head sweep. (Applicable only if one club has defeated each of the others or if one club has lost to each of the others.)”

Rarely do 4 teams from 4 different divisions all happen to have played each other this year. It’s ALMOST impossible. It didn’t happen this year. Let’s move on….

“3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.”

All 4 teams play conference foes next week (Ravens @ Raiders, Broncos vs. Chiefs, Jets vs. Bengals, Texans vs. Patriots), and since we’re assuming that all 4 teams will win-we must also assume that they each get one more conference win. So here are your conference records….

Ravens 7-5, Jets 7-5, Broncos 7-5, Texans 6-6. Houston, we have a problem. With the Texans now eliminated, 3 teams remain. Let’s move on…..

“4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.”

With the Ravens, Jets and Broncos still standing, all 3 played 5 games each against a total of 4 opponents (Patriots, Raiders, Colts, Bengals). Here’s how they shape up against those opponents….

Ravens: 1-4 (We’re giving them the win over the Raiders)
Jets: 4-1 (They split with the Patriots, but they get a win over the Bengals next week to win all others.)
Broncos: 3-2 (Losses to Indianapolis and Oakland ultimately doom them.)

And with that, we have our first Wild Card team, the New York Jets.

A common thought process here would be to say, “Well gee, don’t the Broncos get the 2nd spot because they had a better record against common opponents?” Well, not exactly. Let’s revert back to our tie-breaking procedures….

“When the first Wild-Card team has been identified, the procedure is repeated to name the second Wild-Card, i.e., eliminate all but the highest-ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2, and repeated a third time, if necessary, to identify the third Wild Card. In situations where three or more teams from the same division are involved in the procedure, the original seeding of the teams remains the same for subsequent applications of the tie breaker if the top-ranked team in that division qualifies for a Wild-Card berth.”

Therefore, we go back to the drawing board with all 4 remaining teams (Ravens, Steelers, Texans, Broncos).

Remembering the first step from before-we eliminate the Steelers and we have 3 teams left (Ravens, Texans, Broncos).

Neither the Ravens nor the Broncos played the Texans this season, so we advance past our 2nd tie-breaker.

The 3rd tie-breaker is again conference record, so once again-we eliminate the Texans at 6-6…..

And we’re left with the Ravens and Broncos.

NOW-we get an answer. Remember this note from our original tie-breaker explanation….

“(Note: If two clubs remain tied after third or other clubs are eliminated, tie breaker reverts to step 1 of applicable two-club format.)”

With just two teams standing following the elimination of the Texans, we are forced to check the TWO-Team Tie-breaking Procedures…..

TO BREAK A TIE FOR THE WILD-CARD TEAM
If it is necessary to break ties to determine the two Wild-Card clubs from each conference, the following steps will be taken.
1. If the tied clubs are from the same division, apply division tie breaker.
2. If the tied clubs are from different divisions, apply the following steps.

Two Clubs
1. Head-to-head, if applicable.
2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
4. Strength of victory.
5. Strength of schedule.
6. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
7. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
8. Best net points in conference games.
9. Best net points in all games.
10. Best net touchdowns in all games.
11. Coin toss.

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With the Ravens and Broncos being from different divisions; we need only visit Step #1 on this list, as the Ravens defeated the Broncos 30-7 at M&T Bank Stadium back on November 1.

The Ravens get the 2nd Wild Card spot.

What’s the likelihood of all of this playing out? Slim to none. But if it does, this is your answer.

Some of you might ask “What if the Jets lose and the Ravens finish tied with the Broncos and Texans only?” Well, just skip the part of this process where we annointed the Jets as the first Wild Card team. The Ravens would get the #5 seed in that scenario. They hold tie-breakers over the Steelers (division), Texans (conference) and Broncos (head to head). Only the Jets can finish ahead of them if they win.

Now, if everyone finishes 8-8……..I’m going to need a drink.

(Editor’s note: I understand how everyone is confused by looking at the playoff brackets on ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, etc. The reason the Broncos and Jets are listed as IN “if the season ended today” is because the Jets play the Bengals next week-who will be a common opponent for all 3 teams. With a win, the Jets seize the “common opponents” tiebreaker. With a loss, they would fall to 8-8 and not be in the conversation. It is only a formality that gives the Broncos a playoff spot “if the season ended today.”)

-G

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Friday Morning’s Purple Crabs & Beer, Weekend Picks

Posted on 11 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Ravens 31, Lions 17

Make no mistake-the Lions’ ability to play jump ball with Calvin Johnson will allow them to score; but this will be a one possession game in the 2nd half. The Ravens will win the game, but NO ONE will feel better about their Wild Card chances come Monday-even though they’ll be back above .500.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Cundiff, McKinney, Suggs all limited in practice

Rex Snider thinks Harbaugh should be more like Belichick

And from the rest of the world….

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Cam Cameron knows Lions will give Flacco ‘single coverage’ looks he should be able to take advantage of

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says John Harbaugh particularly defensive of brother Jim Harbaugh, father Jack Harbaugh on sideline

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says T-Sizzle practicing, but not certain of status for Sunday yet

The Official Site says Ray Rice, Lardarius Webb, Jared Gaither, Joe Flacco, Adam Terry, Ray Lewis will be out in community next week

The Official Site says Ngata honored by USA Football, NFLPA for ‘fundamentals’

The Official Site says Zbikowski was getting advice from Ed Reed on sideline during Monday Night Football game

Lions Official Site’s Chrissie Wywrot says safety Delmas models himself after Ed Reed

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Mt. St. Joseph grad Jim Schwartz to make ‘homecoming’ Sunday in Baltimore

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens 7-2 against backup QB’s since ’07, including wins over Dennis Dixon, Brodie Croyle this season

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can’t have too many penalties, allow Calvin Johnson to go crazy, be hurt too much by injuries to Ed Reed, Fabian Washington, Terrell Suggs etc.

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens must get improved play from Flacco, hold on to ball in red zone, keep focus

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ed Reed, Jarret Johnson, Mark Clayton, Jared Gaither, David Hale, LJ Smith all didn’t practice again yesterday

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ben Grubbs thinks O-Line needs to be more ‘consistent’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Le’Ron McClain not in ‘doghouse’

7 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens

The Sun remembers Ravens’ 1998 win over Lions in Marchibroda’s final game

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Grady Jackson, Matthew Stafford didn’t practice for Detroit

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Greg Mattison believes Ngata solid combination of talent, fundamentals

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Suggs couldn’t talk about restraining order, lawsuit

The Sun’s Edward Lee says 4 UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters from Maryland National Guard will flyover M&T Bank Stadium Sunday

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Suggs sued for $70 million by Candace Williams

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Matt Birk has ‘confidence’ O-Line will bounce back

Detroit Free Press’ Nicholas J. Cotsonika says Jim Schwartz has no explanation for Lions’ 3rd quarter issues

Detroit Free Press’ Nicholas J. Cotsonika says Lions staff thinks Kevin Smith deserves more credit for ‘tough’ running

Detroit News’ Tim Twentyman says team being ‘cautious’ regarding TE Casey FitzSimmons

Detroit News’ Tim Twentyman says Drew Stanton will get chance to backup Daunte Culpepper Sunday

SI’s Peter King picks Ravens 30-10

3 of 3 Yahoo! Sports analysts pick Ravens

NFL.com’s Vic Carucci says Ravens look like they ‘don’t belong’ in AFC playoffs

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt looking forward to Calvin Johnson-Lardarius Webb matchup

Fanhouse.com’s Dave Goldberg picks Ravens 31-20

Fanhouse.com’s R.J. White thinks Ray Rice tremendous fantasy play

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Ravens’ struggles about execution, not coaching

ESPN.com’s James Walker picks Ravens 27-10

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ray Lewis one tackle away from 12th 100 tackle season

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-My other weekend picks:

Navy 27, Army 23

This is a better Black Knights team than the Mids have faced in recent years. Rich Ellerson has implemented the option, and it is working to at least some level. But the Midshipmen are still better right now; and will prove that again tomorrow afternoon in Philadelphia. I’ll be at Lincoln Financial Field to talk to you during the game at WNST.net.

Maryland 81, Eastern Kentucky 63

If they were playing Western Kentucky, the game would be single digits.

George Washington 81, Towson 70

I’m not certain the Tigers can keep it this close, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.

Rider 75, UMBC 69

I’ll make this bet-Randy Monroe’s Retrievers won’t go winless this season.

Morgan State 74, Manhattan 62

How much has this Bears team that we were talking up as world beaters fallen off since their Arkansas/Louisville trip? They need to win, and they will.

West Virginia 101, Coppin State 68

It probably WON’T be this close.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Purple Crabs & Beer, Picks & Comment

Posted on 27 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

My pick: Ravens 20, Steelers 17

I tend to pick the Ravens at home. But I have little confidence in this pick. This game could be a blowout either way. I can’t say with certainty that the Ravens will bounce back offensively. The Steelers know them well, and will frustrate the hell out of them. This game could end up resting on Joe Flacco’s shoulders in the 4th quarter-and I’m just not certain I trust him to beat a team like Pittsburgh.

Drew’s pick: Ravens 24, Steelers 13

Drew went as far as to “guarantee” the Ravens would win. He noted that with a loss-the Ravens would fall to 3-3 at home this season with back to back losses; and he just doesn’t believe it will happen.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ray Lewis (foot), Ed Reed (foot), Terrell Suggs (knee) didn’t practice on Thanksgiving

Nestor Aparicio ‘thankful’ for Billick, Marvin Lewis, Jim Schwartz, Rex Ryan, many former Ravens assistants

Drew Forrester ‘thankful’ for professionals in Ravens organization

And the rest of the world…..

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Ray Lewis hasn’t handled Ravens’ close losses well

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Harbaugh not talking about “Suggs package”

Steelers Official Site says Steelers have won 16 of 26 regular season matchups in series, Ravens have won 5 of last 6 between teams at M&T Bank Stadium

Steelers Official Site’s Teresa Varley says Hines Ward, Mike Tomlin, etc spent Thanksgiving helping less privileged

Steelers Official Site’s Bob Labriola says Deshea Townsend will have big responsibility vs. Kelley Washington on 3rd down

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Chris Carr hasn’t given Ravens much in return game

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Flacco remains ‘confident’ through struggles

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Le’Ron McClain hopes Charles Ali signing will lead to more carries for him

The Sun’s Mike Preston says playoffs not out of question for Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens need to force turnovers, get to Roethlisberger, get production from Lardarius Webb

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can’t start slow, have Flacco struggle, or let Santonio Holmes beat them

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens should only consider bringing back Mark Clayton or Kelley Washington as 3rd receiver

The Sun remembers Ravens’ last win over Steelers-back in 2007

6 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ngata limited again in practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason thinks noise more important than towel-waving

The Sun’s Edward Lee says T-Sizzle remains ‘question mark’ for Sunday Night Football

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Frank Walker, Mark Clayton don’t think Corey Ivy helping Steelers too much with Ravens information

The AP’s Alan Robinson says Big Ben not concerned about latest concussion

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says James Harrison will cause problems for Jared Gaither, Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Terrell Suggs reports recovery ‘accelerated’ in hopes to play against Steelers

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette says Todd Bouman, Patrick Ramsey worked out for Pittsburgh as they consider adding one

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Scott Brown says Polamalu ‘unlikely’ to play Sunday in Baltimore

SI’s Peter King picks Steelers 22-17

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 15th in power rankings

4 of 7 Sporting News analysts pick Ravens

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt thinks James Harrison-Jared Gaither could be special matchup

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Ravens, Steelers at ‘crisis stage’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens, Steelers were rooting for Giants to beat Broncos (well…..)

ESPN.com’s James Walker says defense ‘back’ for Ravens

Here are the rest of The Comcast Morning Show Picks and Comment (without the comment):

NFL:
Colts/Texans: Me 31-28 Houston, Drew 30-24 Indianapolis
Redskins/Eagles: Me 23-13 Philadelphia, Drew 17-10 Philadelphia
Dolphins/Bills: Me 23-10 Miami, Drew 24-13 Miami
Seahawks/Rams: Me 24-10 Seattle, Drew 27-24 St. Louis
Buccaneers/Falcons: Me 20-16 Atlanta, Drew 31-13 Atlanta
Panthers/Jets: Me 28-20 Carolina, Drew 24-20 New York
Browns/Bengals: Me 34-6 Cincinnati, Drew 31-7 Cincinnati
Jaguars/49ers: Me 16-13 Jacksonville, Drew 24-10 San Francisco
Chiefs/Chargers: Me 31-24 San Diego, Drew 27-19 San Diego
Bears/Vikings: Me 26-16 Minnesota, Drew 40-17 Minnesota
Cardinals/Titans: Me 34-30 Arizona, Drew 28-24 Tennessee
Patriots/Saints: Me 26-17 New England, Drew 34-28 New Orleans

College Football:
Maryland/Boston College: Me 24-14 BC, Drew 30-24 BC
Navy/Hawaii: Me 27-26 Navy, Drew 38-31 Hawaii

College Basketball:
Towson/Dayton: Me 88-61 Dayton, Drew 84-67 Dayton
UMBC/JMU: Me 69-62 Madison, Drew 71-58 Madison
Morgan State/Appalachian State: Me 77-55 Morgan, Drew 80-64 Morgan
Coppin State/USC: Me 80-58 USC, Drew 91-70 USC

Talk to you shortly.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 25 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Didn’t quite get everything in today, sorry about that. Have to get out to 1 Winning Drive to hear from John Harbaugh and company…..

For the record; I’ll say Maryland 68, Wisconsin 62 today. But I’m not exactly comfortable.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Terps must shake off loss to Cincinnati, prove they can beat good teams away from Comcast Center before ACC play begins

Derek Arnold says Jared Gaither, Michael Oher ‘Played like Ravens’ in loss to Indianapolis

Bob Haynie says Ravens need to ‘defend home turf’ Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium

Glenn Clark says Ravens signed Cary Williams from Titans practice squad

Glenn Clark says FB Charles Ali takes Matt Lawrence’s roster spot

Thyrl Nelson doesn’t particularly like Flacco, Ray Rice as fantasy plays against Pittsburgh

Ed Frankovic offers thoughts from Capitals owner Leonsis on passing of Pollin

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Fabian Washington, Matt Lawrence placed on IR

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh believes Reed’s fumble ‘not reason (Ravens) lost’ to Colts

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco ‘struggling’ to find receivers not named Derrick Mason, Ray Rice

The Official Site says Ray Rice, VanDeSteeg, Paul Kruger say Ngata, McKinney could put away most turkey on Thanksgiving

Steelers Official Site’s Bob Labriola says Tomlin reported Roethlisberger ‘symptom-free’ after head injury in loss to Chiefs

Steelers Official Site’s Teresa Varley says Tomlin knows turnovers, special teams play killing Steelers despite ranking very high in AFC in offense, defense

Steelers Official Site says team signed Rocky Boiman, Corey Ivy

The Sun’s Mike Preston throws some blame towards Ngata for unnecessary roughness penalty in loss to Indy

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says other teams around AFC helping Ravens stay in Wild Card picture

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Mason having ‘up and down’ season-similar to rest of team

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Grubbs not even aware he had been honored by Pro Football Weekly

The Sun says Big Ben will play as long as he continues to pass concussion tests this week

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says former kicker Hauschka tried out for Falcons

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says death of former Ravens hopeful Tony Fein ruled accidental

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette says Polamalu ‘not likely’ to play Sunday

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Scott Brown says Dennis Dixon will back up Roethlisberger Sunday night

USA Today has Ravens 14th in power rankings

5 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Steelers

USA Today’s Pete O’Brien picks Steelers 17-16

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks says Ravens playoff chances hinge on health of Terrell Suggs

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 17th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 8th in power rankings

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Greivis Vasquez scored 19, but Terps fell to Cincinnati in semifinals of Maui Invitational

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The AP says Gary Williams knew Terps were hurt by Cincy’s Yancy Gates inside

The AP says Terps will face Wisconsin in 3rd place game today at 4:30

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says former Maryland target Lance Stephenson chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds for Cats

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Mick Cronin wanted Bearcats to get inside to Yancy Gates

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Landon Milbourne struggling in Maui

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says James Padgett played well in loss

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Bill Koch says Deonta Vaughn tallied double double for Bearcats in win over Terps

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The AP
says Kizer scored 20 as Terps topped Samford

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says Frese pleased with how Terps bounced back from first loss of season

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Terps shook off loss to Mississippi State with big performance in win over Bulldogs

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Laura Smitherman and Don Markus say Martin O’Malley doesn’t want public funds spent on buyout for Fridge

The Sun’s Jeff Barker wonders how Byrd Stadium fans will react to Friedgen Saturday

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Archbishop Carroll LB prospect Attaochu interested in Terps

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says associate AD Brian Ullmann claimed school hasn’t asked for public funds

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Gloria Friedgen, Debbie Yow attended Ralph’s Tuesday press conference

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Friedgen wouldn’t talk about future Tuesday, only Boston College game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner, Kenny Tate ‘questionable’ for Saturday’s game against BC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph would prefer not to play Danny O’Brien Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terrell Skinner will play in East-West Shrine Game; Travis Ivey, Cory Jackson will play in “Texas vs. The Nation” all-star game in El Paso

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin expects both Chris Turner, Jamarr Robinson to be available Saturday

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Dave Shinskie, Maryland QB’s likely to combine for a number of turnovers Saturday

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says John Dowd named Academic All-American by ESPN The Magazine

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo trying to keep Mids focused on football during Thanksgiving trip to Hawaii

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says former Navy assistant Jeff Monken appears poised to accept Georgia Southern job

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says game at Aloha Stadium allows 5 Hawaii natives on Navy team to play at home

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Chris Harris, Jordan Sugars combined for 61 points as Mids topped Towson at Alumni Hall

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Romeo Garcia dished out 9 assists for Mids in win

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says RaShawn Polk’s 19 not enough as Tigers fell to Midshipmen

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The AP says Jarrel Smith added 15 points in loss for Tigers

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Reggie Holmes tallied 34 points as Bears won stunner at Arkansas

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

Arkansas Official Site says Rotnei Clarke’s 26 not enough as Razorbacks fell to Morgan in Fayetteville

The AP says Joe Davis scored 18 points for Razorbacks in win

Arkansas Democrat Gazette’s Bob Holt says Reggie Holmes’ big game against Hogs came just 2 days after tough performance in loss to Louisville

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Vince Goldsberry lead way with 18 as Eagles beat UMBC in Catonsville

The AP says Kareem Brown scored 17 points for Eagles in win

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Chauncey Gilliam scored 20 points, but Retrievers fell to Coppin at RAC Arena

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Shane Walker tallied double double as Greyhounds topped Dartmouth

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The AP says Brett Harvey chipped in 10 points for Hounds in win

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Mike Stoffel, Steve Levinson named Academic All-American by ESPN The Magazine

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s battle with Niagara at Knott Arena

The Official Site offers complete Mountaineers-Purple Eagles release (pdf)

COLLEGE OF NOTRE DAME BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says cancellation of season ‘heartbreaking’ for Gators

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Ray thinks ‘offseason regimen’ will have him in better shape in 2010

MLB.com’s Lisa Winston says Birds ‘exercising patience’ organizationally (REALLY?)

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly say former Nationals reliever Mike Hinckley signed minor league deal with O’s

The Sun says former bench coach Jauss gets same job with Mets

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra back to work

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS:

Frederick News-Post’s Joshua R. Smith says Hagerstown fighters Jacob, Joey Kirwan; Myersville fighter Paul Mann looking to make mark in local MMA scene

BALTIMORE BULLETS:

The AP’s Joseph White says Bullets/Wizards owner Abe Pollin passed away from cancer at 85

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Welcome to Baltimore Charles Ali and Cary Williams. If one of you ends up making a contribution, it will be a very pleasant surprise.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are some picks for tonight:

Maryland 80, Cincinnati 69

The Lance Stephenson storyline makes this game more interesting, but Maryland is just better. Cincinnati will compete, but Maryland should win.

UMBC 64, Coppin State 58

In a matchup of two teams struggling to replace their go-to guys (UMBC’s Darryl Proctor and Jay Greene; Coppin’s Tywain McKee); I’ll give the edge to the Retrievers at RAC Arena.

Navy 71, Towson 70

Just because the game is at Alumni Hall.

Morgan State 83, Arkansas 81

Not kidding. I know Drew picked this as well. I really believe Todd Bozeman’s crew wins on the road against their SEC foe.

Loyola 75, Dartmouth 63

But I will admit that I don’t know much at all about the Greyhounds’ opponent.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Ray Lewis, Ed Reed need to speak to media after games

Glenn Clark says Ravens will have to use Chris Carr, Frank Walker more with Fabian Washington out

Luke Jones says Terps rebounded from slow start to beat Silverswords

Glenn Clark says Ray Rice best Raven in loss, Drew Forrester says Jared Gaither, Derrick Mason best

Drew Forrester says Ravens’ win over Eagles this time last year proof everyone still in playoff picture

Derek Arnold says Flacco relying on ‘security blanket’ Mason too much (with one of the better photoshop jobs we’ve ever had at WNST.net)

Tom Clayton thinks Birds should have Michael Aubrey, Mark DeRosa at corner infield spots in 2010

Glenn Clark says Turkey Bowl amongst highlights of week

Bob Haynie celebrating 30th anniversary of ACC regular season title

Glenn Clark wonders if Michael Oher better high school football player than Charles Jefferson from Ridgemont High

Ed Frankovic says Capitals ‘collapsed’ in loss to Senators

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s John Eisenberg says loss to Colts proves ‘magic’ gone for Ravens

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Fabian Washington will miss rest of season with ACL tear

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh was happy with ‘communication’ from officials in loss to Indianapolis

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens still very much alive in AFC Wild Card hunt

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Terrell Suggs didn’t agree with ESPN report saying he’d miss at least a month

The Official Site says Harbs believes Lardarius Webb will be ‘big part’ of Ravens plans to replace Fabian Washington

The Official Site says Ravens partnering with Under Armour, Wounded Warrior Project to give away rally towels before Sunday Night Football game at M&T Bank Stadium

Steelers Official Site says Charlie Batch battling wrist injury

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cam Cameron needs to open up bag of tricks again

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Dennis Dixon may have to start for Pittsburgh if Roethlisberger can’t play

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Freeney claimed Ravens gave Gaither, Oher help to shut Colts’ pass rushers out

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Dawan Landry ‘downplayed’ team lead in interceptions

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Flacco still bothered by ankle injury

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Fabian Washington hurt himself trying to tackle Addai

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg dives deeper into the issue of 52, Reed not talking to media after games

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Harbs still thinks Ravens ‘good football team’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens to give away own version of “Terrible Towel”

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Art Modell signed autographs at Sunday’s game

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Chris Chester, Matt Birk ‘struggling’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Steelers, Jaguars, Broncos 1 game ahead of Ravens in playoff race

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh met with Ed Reed Monday morning to discuss ‘lateral’

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Cundiff may have settled kicking situation, but Ravens haven’t solved red zone issues

The AP says Matt Birk knows Ravens must improve ‘execution’ offensively

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette says Big Ben should be okay, Steelers likely to sign Tyler Palko for QB insurance

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Scott Brown says Roethlisberger did well on IMPACT test

Beaver County Times’ Mike Bires couldn’t confirm Cleo Lemon, Jeff Garcia worked out for Steelers

The AP says Chris Kemoeatu will miss game for Steelers with sprained knee ligament

SI’s Peter King says Addai TD run ‘embarrassing’ for Ray Lewis

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche says offense looked ‘Boller-ish’ in loss to Indy

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco says Webb may be ‘rushed’ into major role

ESPN.com’s James Walker gives Steelers little chance to beat Ravens without Big Ben

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco appeared to throw into triple coverage on Gary Brackett INT

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The AP says Mosley’s 19 lead Terps to win over Chaminade in 1st round of Maui Invitational

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The AP says Terps moved up to 21st in poll

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Eric Hayes added 12 points for Terps in win

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Vanderbilt (who lost last night) was only other ranked team in Maui Invitational field

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Chaminade coach Mahar knew Terps would ‘wear (Silverswords) down’

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Jin Soo Choi, Steve Goins, Ersin Levent all played for Terps in win

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Jordan Williams chipped in 10 rebounds for Terps in win

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says James Padgett added another 6 rebounds after halftime

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps 20th best team in country

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s contest with Samford

The Official Site offers complete Maryland-Samford release (pdf)

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s Senior Day battle with Boston College

The Official Site offers complete Terrapins-Eagles release (pdf)

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Devin Burns still alive in Georgia high school playoffs

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner could ‘try’ to play Saturday vs. BC

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Debbie Yow has not offered ‘full support’ to Friedgen the way she did for Gary Williams

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

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Ian Evans could be ‘sleeper’ prospect for 2010 (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings says Jamarr Robinson, Da’Rel Scott were positives in Florida State loss

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday night’s trip to Hawaii

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Warriors release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Buddy Green getting video faster thanks to new software

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Honolulu trip allows Niumatalolo chance to face alma mater

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says 16 Midshipmen seniors headed to Marine Corps

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with Towson

The Official Site offers complete Mids-Tigers release (pdf)

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Annapolis

The Official Site offers complete Tigers-Mids release (pdf)

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s battle with Coppin State on MASN

The Official Site offers complete Retrievers-Eagles release (pdf)

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Dartmouth

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Arkansas

The Official Site offers complete Bears-Razorbacks release (pdf)

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says athletic department honored Kevin White

The Official Site says Kevin White named to Hispanic College Fund Challenge All-Tournament team

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Jeremy Goode honored by NEC

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Blue Jays 6th in pre-preseason rankings

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says coaches have Jays 5th in pre-preseason rankings

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck wouldn’t dismiss Birds’ pursuit of Carlos Delgado

Examiner Jay Trucker surprised Andino got no votes for American League MVP

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says Palace will play in new league called NASL

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says 9 teams will play in North American Soccer League

SWIMMING:

SwimNetwork.com’s Andrew Silver thinks Michael Phelps hosed with Lochte’s win at Golden Goggles

The AP says “Duel in the Pool” in Manchester, England Phelps’ final meet of 2009

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Dave Litfin says Quality Road worked out at Belmont in hopes to return following Breeders’ Cup Classic scratch

BOXING:

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mark “TNT” Tucker to defend USBO belt December 11 in Westminster

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-DO NOT LIKE the towel giveaway. Will talk more about it tomorrow.

Talk to you later.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Purple Crabs and Beer

Posted on 20 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Colts 34, Ravens 20

I have a VERY bad feeling that Peyton Manning will find a way to score on the Colts’ first 3 drives of the game. Seriously, VERY bad feeling. That being said-I bet this will be a 17-10 game at the half; and will be a 27-20 game in the 4th quarter. However, I will take Peyton Manning over Joe Flacco. With NO offense to Joe, Peyton Manning is a Hall of Famer.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Matt Lawrence left 1 Winning Drive on crutches with knee injury

Nestor Aparicio says John Harbaugh’s brother (Jim Harbaugh) now a ‘rock star’ in Palo Alto

And the rest of the world….

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Matt Stover believes it will be ‘strange’ to stand on other sideline at M&T Bank Stadium

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens haven’t beat Indianapolis since 2001

The Official Site says Kruger benefits from going up against Jared Gaither in practice

The Official Site says Cam Cameron ‘not concerned’ about Heap, but has plenty of confidence in LJ Smith anyway

Colts Official Site’s Matt Dollinger says Jim Caldwell expects ‘fever pitch’ from Baltimore fans

Colts Official Site’s Matt Dollinger says Melvin Bullitt thinks Colts have ‘momentum’ thanks to win over Patriots

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Paul Kruger, Antwan Barnes getting chance to try to make noise in backfield with Terrell Suggs out

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbs knows Colts rotate Addai, Donald Brown, Chad Simpson well even if Colts not overwhelming with rushing numbers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens must get off to quicker offensive start, convert 3rd down opportunities, pressure Peyton Manning

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can’t let Freeney, Robert Mathis ‘tee off’, Reggie Wayne torch secondary, allow Stover to get ‘payback’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens have had just two ‘big plays’ in last two games

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens expect Cundiff to be solid on kickoffs

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Oher, Gaither excited for matchup with Colts’ pass rushers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens will try to take advantage of rookie CB’s Jerraud Powers, Jacob Lacey

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Mattison reported Ravens ‘knew about’ Browns getting 4th timeout

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Matt Birk returned to practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Suggs reports knee injury not season-ending

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Suggs hasn’t watched Quinn hit on film, wouldn’t say whether hit was dirty or not

7 of 7 Sun writers pick Colts

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Greg Mattison looking forward to seeing Kruger ‘under fire’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says T-Sizzle wouldn’t rule himself out of Steelers game next week (can we do it for him?)

Indianapolis Star’s Phillip B. Wilson says Flacco ‘more comfortable’ in 2nd season

5 of 5 Indianapolis Star analysts pick Colts

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Brady Quinn hit ‘felt like’ dirty hit to Suggs

SI’s Peter King picks Colts 27-23

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche picks Colts

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt looking forward to Oher-Mathis matchup

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora will enjoy matchup of wits between Peyton Manning, Ray Lewis

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Hauschka will ultimately be reason why Ravens miss playoffs

ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter says 52 ‘creates jobs’

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Ravens will remember blowout losses to Indy over last 2 years

ESPN.com’s James Walker says tiebreakers over Broncos, Chargers will be helpful to Ravens’ Wild Card chances

I CANNOT believe Drew agreed to this bet with Merton From Indianapolis. If I have to sing that damn song Monday morning…..ugh.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 19 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Sorry, nothing to add today. Have to get to 1 Winning Drive. It’s coordinators day!

Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says John Harbaugh, Derrick Mason implored fans to be louder than usual at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday

Derek Arnold says Dawan Landry ‘Played Like a Raven’ Monday night in Cleveland

Drew Forrester says 2,500 packed RAC Arena to see Loyola top UMBC

Bob Haynie says fans beginning to show confidence in Ravens for Sunday’s game against Colts

Thyrl Nelson thinks Flacco bad play, Ray Rice solid play this weekend in Fantasy Football

Eric Aaronson says Gilbert Arenas-Shaquille O’Neal drama overshadowed Wizards-Cavaliers last night

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens signed Billy Cundiff to replace Steve Hauschka

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Matt Birk knows offense must improve ‘execution’

The Official Site says Ravens placed Nakamura on IR with ankle injury

The Official Site says Le’Ron McClain, Jarret Johnson, Dannell Ellerbe have no one more famous than Ray Lewis in their cell phone

The Official Site says Ravens’ wives to hold food drive benefitting Maryland Food Bank before Sunday’s game against Indianapolis

The Official Site says Jim Caldwell believes Colts ‘not concerned’ with finishing season with perfect record

The Official Site says Matt Lawrence needs ‘about another week’ to figure out knee issue according to Harbs

Colts Official Site’s John Oehser says Manning views matchup with Baltimore as ‘physical and mental challenge’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Matt Stover hopes Baltimore fans will remember him favorably when he returns to Charm City

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens picked Cundiff over Mike Nugent due to kickoff abilities

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens unlikely to beat AFC’s best Colts

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck doesn’t think Ravens can keep thinks ‘particularly close’ with Colts Sunday

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. cleans up after me

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says sprained knee ligament will force Suggs to miss first game(s) of career

The Sun’s Mike Preston expects Cam Cameron to try to dominate time of possession Sunday with run

The Sun’s Mike Preston expects Kruger to be ‘tested’ by Colts

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason, John Harbaugh, Sam Koch all had kind words for Hauschka after departure

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ngata limited in practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says KJ Gerard takes Nakamura’s spot on active roster

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Tavares Gooden wouldn’t talk about concussion

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh seemed to support Belichick’s decision against Colts

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Kruger hasn’t gotten official word from Harbaugh

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Dwan Edwards fined $5,000 for hit on Joshua Cribbs

The AP says Saints hoping Chris McAlister can be ready to play for them Sunday

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ray Lewis, Derrick Mason each think seeing Stover on opposing sideline will be ‘weird’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Brady Quinn fined $10,000 for hit on Suggs

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Ravens ‘needed veteran kicker like Stover’ to pursue Super Bowl dreams

Washington Times’ Bob Cohn says Oher yet to see The Blind Side

Indianapolis Star’s Mike Chappell says Dallas Clark can break John Mackey’s franchise record for career catches by tight end Sunday

Indianapolis Star’s Phil Richards says Rutgers alum Gary Brackett used to consider Ray Rice protégé

USA Today’s Gary Mihoces says Paul Kruger, Antwan Barnes expected to fill in for T-Sizzle

7 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Colts

USA Today’s Pete O’Brien picks Ravens 24-23

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer picks Colts 27-21

6 of 7 Sporting News analysts pick Colts

Sporting News’ Russ Lande mocks Jermaine Gresham to Ravens

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 13th in power rankings

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche says Ravens must ‘man up’ to get into Wild Card picture

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco picks Colts 31-28

6 of 6 CBS Sports analysts pick Colts

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio and Gregg Rosenthal pick Colts 31-28

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Colts 33-24

Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez thinks Flacco progressing better than Matt Ryan

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens made ‘mistake’ in not bringing back Matt Stover

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Matt Birk, Todd Heap also didn’t practice Wednesday

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs’ injury similar to Polamalu’s

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Florida State Official Site says Bobby Bowden thinks Jamarr Robinson ‘dangerous quarterback’

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says becoming a father has forced Terrell Skinner to mature

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Travis Baltz will miss rest of season after undergoing surgery on broken finger

Florida Times-Union has Maryland 11th in ACC power rankings

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Seminoles 35-17

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Jamarr Robinson could be hitting ground a few times in Tallahassee

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says James Franklin impressed by how Da’Rel Scott has been practicing (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Terps should have ‘inside presence’ with Jordan Williams, James Padgett

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Gary Williams to address Dino Gregory report today

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Sean Mosley believes Terps playing same type of defense that lead them to NCAA Tournament last year

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Greivis Vasquez thought Eric Hayes was ‘unbelievable’ in win over Stags

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Fairfield coach Ed Cooley knew turnovers killed any chances Stags had in College Park Tuesday night

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says teammates view Eric Hayes as ‘laid back guy’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Milbourne wasn’t tired despite playing a ton of minutes early on Tuesday night

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps were best against Stags with James Padgett on floor

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Vasquez, Milbourne lifting weights more with eyes on NBA future

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Terps lifted by Eric Hayes in win over Fairfield (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Gary Williams ‘expects defense to be there every night’

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with Old Dominion in College Park

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says tonight’s game against Monarchs should give Kizer, Oyefuwa, Essence Townsend good barometer to see how they handle better interior players

TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The Sun’s Todd Karpovich says Hounds hoping to avenge ’07 NCAA Tournament loss to Terps tonight at Ludwig Field

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says 93% of football players in Annapolis graduate

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Niumatalolo not interested in leaving Mids

Go Mids’ David Ausiello wonders what would happen if Midshipmen were to face off with Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech team (must subscribe)

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s home opener against Buffalo at Alumni Hall

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Jamal Barney scored 21 to lift Greyhounds past Retrievers in Catonsville

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of victory

The Sun’s Jeff Seidel says Brett Harvey made 4 big free throws late to clinch win for Loyola

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Chauncey Gilliam’s 22 points not enough as Retrievers fell to Hounds at RAC Arena

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with East Tennessee State at Hill Field House

The Official Site offers complete Bears-Buccaneers release (pdf)

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s season finale at Hampton

The Official Site offers complete Bears-Pirates release (pdf)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers’ athletic teams 2nd in CAA in graduation rate

Examiner’s Matthew Schlissel previews Saturday’s trip to James Madison

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews NCAA Tournament opener at Hampden-Sydney

The Official Site offers complete Blue Jays-Tigers release (pdf)

STEVENSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Ed Hottle introduced as first head coach in Mustangs history

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Jeremy Goode’s 17 lead Mountaineers in win at American

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The AP says Beidler added 14 for ‘Eers in win over Eagles

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Adrian Beltre, Pedro Feliz, Chone Figgins, Hank Blalock, Russell Branyan, Troy Glaus could be options for Birds at corner infield positions

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says O’s to wait until free agency to re-open talks with Hendrickson

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Blake Davis, Steve Johnson will be exposed to Rule 5 Draft

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Matt Angle hit a 2 run single for Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I’ll say Coppin State 74, Washington Adventist 59; and Morgan State 67, East Tennessee 60 tonight.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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