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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Harlem Globetrotters (Tuesday 7pm Patriot Center, Wednesday 7pm Verizon Center), Baltimore Blast @ Milwaukee Wave (Thursday 3pm streamed live on B2liveTV.com); NBA: Thunder @ Wizards (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Spurs @ Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet)

10-Little Feat (Thursday 8pm Recher Theatre), The Roots (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (Thursday 9pm 9:30 Club), Wale (Friday 8pm & 11:30pm 9:30 Club), Third Eye Blind (Thursday 8:30pm DC Grand Hyatt), Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Thursday 9pm Sheraton Inner Harbor)

Oh my God how can I attend all of these events?!?!?!? I’m pretty sure I came out of the womb singing this tune…..

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I’m sure they’re making great money, but has there ever been a bigger waste than partnering these guys with Jimmy freaking Fallon???

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WbJ9Yc0whc[/youtube]

Not familiar with this gal? You should be……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qpaUyMw8KE[/youtube]

This rapper is the only good thing to have ever come out of the District of Columbia…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ut5EU60Vlk[/youtube]

This band was one of the only reasons why I was ever able to get girls in high school…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKEJk-3nCwg[/youtube]

And if I have to explain this to you, get out……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vPTBBLrKMA[/youtube]

9-Women’s College Basketball: UNC-Wilmington @ Maryland (Tuesday 7pm Comcast Center), St. Joseph’s @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center)

Maryland/UNC-Wilmington, huh? I feel like these teams have played before…….

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

8-UFC 108: Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva (Saturday 10pm from Las Vegas live on Pay-Per-View)

According to my friends at Bloody Elbow, Dana White told the Las Vegas Sun that he thinks the UFC “will be the biggest sport in the world by 2020.

Apparently Dana White has never heard of Marshmallow Blaster wars……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW46STXhQFE[/youtube]

Greatest.Christmas.Gift.Ever.

7-WWE: Bret Hart scheduled to host Monday Night RAW (Monday 9pm from Dayton, Ohio live on USA Network), TNA Wrestling: Hulk Hogan debuts on TNA iMPACT! (Monday 8pm from Orlando live on SpikeTV)

First of all, what decade is this????

Second-I’m excited about the return of “The Hit Man”, but this might be a bit awkward, huh?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0K3H9axnoc[/youtube]

AND, I don’t care how old he is-I will NEVER not be excited to see this man…..

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6-PBR Built Ford Tough Series (Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm 1st Mariner Arena live on VERSUS)

As someone who-I’m not kidding about this-has attended a Pro Bull Riders event before, I’m excited to see the PBR come back to town. You see, it’s like NASCAR-but MUCH shorter, much less boring, and with WAAAY more wrecks. Enjoy…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgVHoWAJ0Nw[/youtube]

5-Ports America New Year’s Eve Spectacular (Thursday 7pm Inner Harbor)

When was the first time I ever saw fireworks? Well, what does the name Phoebe Cates mean to you????

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4-College Basketball: William & Mary @ Maryland (Wednesday 7:30pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Maryland @ UNC-Greensboro (Sunday 1pm from Greensboro live on Comcast SportsNet), Bowling Green @ Towson (Wednesday 7pm Towson Center), Rider @ Loyola (Saturday 1pm Reitz Arena), Siena @ Loyola (Monday 7pm Reitz Arena), Coppin State @ Navy (Wednesday 7pm Alumni Hall)

A lot of people didn’t think the Terps were particularly impressive in their win Sunday over Florida Atlantic. They may be right. But you know who IS impressive? Florida Atlantic alum Mary Carey……

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3-Ravens @ Raiders (Sunday 4:15pm from Oakland live on CBS)

They CAN’T lose to these idiots, right???

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2-Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic: Flyers @ Bruins (Friday 1pm from Fenway Park live on NBC), NHL: Capitals @ Sharks (Wednesday 10pm from San Jose live on Comcast SportsNet), Capitals @ Kings (Saturday 4pm from Los Angeles live on Comcast SportsNet)

Look, Boston stinks. It’s just terrible. I don’t like anything about it. If I had my way, Fenway Park would implode in the middle of a Red Sox-Yankees game. Or with the entire population of Beantown gathered for some sort of meeting. But THIS does look pretty cool…..

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1-College Football-Texas Bowl: Navy vs. Missouri (Thursday 3:30pm from Houston live on ESPN), EagleBank Bowl: Temple vs. UCLA (Tuesday 4:30pm from RFK Stadium live on ESPN), Champs Sports Bowl: Miami vs. Wisconsin (Tuesday 8pm from Orlando live on ESPN), Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl: Bowling Green vs. Idaho (Wednesday 4:30pm from Boise live on ESPN), Pacific Life Holiday Bowl: Arizona vs. Nebraska (Wednesday 8pm from San Diego live on ESPN), Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Houston vs. Air Force (Thursday 12pm from Fort Worth live on ESPN), Brut Sun Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Stanford (Thursday 2pm from El Paso live on CBS), Minnesota vs. Iowa State (Thursday 6pm from Tempe, AZ live on NFL Network), Chick-Fil-A Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee (Thursday 7:30pm from Atlanta live on ESPN), Outback Bowl: Northwestern vs. Auburn (Friday 11am from Tampa Bay live on ESPN), Capital One Bowl: Penn State vs. LSU (Friday 1pm from Orlando live on ABC), Konica Minolta Gator Bowl: West Virginia vs. Florida State (Friday 1pm from Jacksonville live on CBS), Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Ohio State (Friday 4:30pm from Pasadena, CA live on ABC), Allstate Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. Cincinnati (Friday 8:30pm from New Orleans live on FOX), International Bowl: South Florida vs. Northern Illinois (Saturday 12pm from Toronto live on ESPN2), AT&T Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss (Saturday 2pm from Dallas live on FOX), PapaJohns.com Bowl: South Carolina vs. UConn (Saturday 2pm from Birmingham live on ESPN), AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Arkansas vs. East Carolina (Saturday 5:30pm from Memphis live on ESPN), Valero Alamo Bowl: Michigan State vs. Texas Tech (Saturday 9pm from San Antonio live on ESPN), Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Boise State vs. TCU (Monday 8pm from Glendale, AZ live on FOX)

And you say there are too many bowl games! Psh…….

Speaking of which, Tennessee and Virginia Tech are playing in what is BY FAR the best bowl game of them all.

Why you ask?

Think of what might me readily available at a game with that name……

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Also, I remember Tennessee playing in this game a few years back….Casey Clausen would probably remember it too if not for a certain fella named EJ Henderson……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDi9rXxCGSQ[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…….

-G

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Live From My Couch: Cuts, College Football & Cup Qualifying

Posted on 05 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

This is going to be a bit of a social experiment today. After a long night last night in Timonium at the State Fair, I woke up this morning suffering from a a bit of a case of what I would call “Dragginass.” SO, I have decided to settle down for the day. I will be monitoring cuts from all NFL teams-waiting for word from the Baltimore Ravens-which must come by 6pm tonight. I will ALSO be watching a LOT of college football (including Navy-Ohio State, Towson-Northwestern, Alabama-Virginia Tech and Maryland-Cal); as well as US Open Tennis, and the World Cup qualifier tonight between Team USA and El Salvador. It’s Labor Day weekend, I know. The weather is nice outside, I know. But today is going to be spent on my couch. And I’m going to share my thoughts with you as I go.

8:01-I’m gonna sign off this pretty soon to make way for Luke Jones’ Maryland/Cal live blog. I’m going to flip over to ESPN Classic for the World Cup qualifier and continue to watch Roddick and Isner (now in the 4th) on USOpen.org. I’ll check in on Luke Jones’ blog as I get the chance.

7:05-The Chiefs have cut WR Ashley Lelie. Drew used to think he’d be a good fit with the Ravens. He does share an agent with Derrick Mason.

7:01-The music that is serving as the soundtrack for college football coverage on ESPN/ESPN2/ABC/ESPNU/ESPN Classic/ESPN360/ESPN Deportes/ESPN.com/ESPN8 “The Ocho” is a theme song from Kenny Chesney and then multiple songs from Dave Matthews Band. Not too bad.

6:53-Ralph Friedgen knows the test Dabo Swinney is facing right now. Clemson leads Middle Tennessee State just 10-7 in the 2nd quarter today. The Terps get their chance for revenge against MTSU in 2 weeks in College Park.

6:52-I found this neat video of a smart, funny, good-looking sports talk analyst chatting with Maryland safety Antwine Perez. I think it’s worth looking at…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmwOHx-0sFo[/youtube]

6:50-Isner has taken the first TWO sets against Andy Roddick. This is starting to be a bit of a disaster. I’m not in panic mode yet, but if he gets a break I’ll be officially freaking out.

6:41-John Isner is up a break in the 2nd set; now leading 5-2. Andy is in trouble.

Baylor wins their first road game since 2007, hanging on to beat WFU 24-21. Bad loss for everyone in the ACC.

6:27-Of course, Andrew Parker catches a TD, and the Deacs are still alive, now trailing by 3 with under 4 minutes left.

Also, the Eagles have held on to all 7 receivers, meaning no one from the group of Brandon Gibson, Jason Avant, Hank Baskett or Reggie Brown would be available for the Ravens unless Ozzie Newsome were willing to swing a deal with John Harbaugh’s former team.

6:16-Andy Roddick ends the first set with an EMBARRASSING whiff on Isner’s serve. Isner goes up a set, which isn’t good news for American tennis fans. Love John Isner and all, but he has no chance of winning the tournament. At least A-Rod has a chance.

Melvin Mora is having a nice day as the O’s are up 5-4 in the 7th. Brian Matusz is in line for a win, which would REALLY help this team in trying to avoid losing 100 games, as Josh Lewin and Mark Grace note.

I guess I cursed the Deacs when talking about them rallying. A Riley Skinner INT later, and they’re in serious trouble with 5:02 to play.

6:14-Former Terps OL Andrew Crummey was cut by the Bengals today. As Bob Haynie mentioned earlier today, he joins former Terps C Melvin Fowler (Cardinals) amongst Terps looking for new NFL homes.

6:11-The video quality on USOpen.org is OUTSTANDING. Isner and Roddick in a 1st set tiebreak. Don’t know who is calling the match, but they’re underwhelming.

Couple of notes: Wake has fought back against Baylor; they trail 24-14 with 9:32 to play, but they’re driving. They need to keep the pace moving. This would be a bad loss for the conference.

Illinois is getting hammered by Missouri; and I don’t mind. I think Ron Zook relied on Mike Locksley’s recruiting early, but will be exposed moving forward. Locksley deserves a big time job in a BCS conference.

5:53-Apparently I can watch the matches from Arthur Ashe Stadium on USOpen.org. Thank God. Bad news for American tennis fans; as Sam Querrey joins Jesse Witten amongst American men going home today. Querrey was probably the next best hope for an American to survive to Week 2 beyond Andy Roddick. James Blake will have a tough test tonight with Robredo, and there’s almost no chance Taylor Dent beats Andy Murray.

5:49-US Open coverage switches to Tennis Channel at 6pm? Boo. I can’t believe I forgot to mention that Oudin ousted Sharapova earlier in 3 sets. Nice to have an American playing well besides Venus & Serena Williams.

5:40-Isner-Roddick on now. Everything is okay. I was kinda freaking out there for a minute!

Wake Forest trails Baylor 24-7 in the 2nd half in Winston-Salem. This is not good news for ANYONE in the ACC.

5:37-Why is Fernando Verdasco-Tommy Haas the match that I am seeing right now on CBS? Isn’t Sam Querrey playing Robin Soderling right now?

5:25-Bad afternoon for local college football teams. Johns Hopkins opened their season with a 23-7 loss to Delaware Valley.

5:09-Sorry for the time away from the blog. Check HERE for analysis on the Ravens’ roster.

4:46-Mike Duffy (of BaltimoreRavens.com fame) says Ravens’ roster will be released at 5pm. We will post it for you ASAP at WNST.net and I will text out the important notes.

4:42-RAVENS: Add Will Johnson and Evan Oglesby to the list of cuts. Neither are surprises.

Meanwhile, Melvin Mora has just homered to pull the Orioles within 3-2 of the Rangers. The Orioles are wearing the uniforms of the Baltimore Elite Giants, an old Negro League team. They actually look pretty sharp.

4:04-Derrick has confirmed to WNST that he was traded to the Packers. We do not know anything yet about what the Ravens received, but AW reports it is likely a conditional pick in 2010.

3:58-I am working on the Derrick Martin to the Packers story. Derrick couldn’t comment on it yet when I asked him, but we will assume it is true. Aaron Wilson has confirmed it, so we’ll go with it. This is a place where the Ravens had depth, as Martin would have been 6th corner or 5th safety.

3:34-The afternoon slows down for me at least College Football-wise at this point. Nevada-Notre Dame is on NBC, Melanie Oudin and Maria Sharapova are headed to a 3rd set on CBS (James Blake-Tommy Robredo amongst later action), Orioles-Rangers on FOX (I declined Nestor Aparicio’s invitation to join him at Camden Yards), Baylor-Wake Forest on ABC (was there no Raycom game this week?), San Jose State-USC on Fox Sports Net (locally on CSN), Missouri-Illinois on ESPN, Georgia-Oklahoma State on ESPN2 (after Minnesota-Syracuse finishes), and if you’re into Golf (why the hell would you be?) there’s the 2nd round of the Deutsche Bank Championship on Golf Channel. Apparently that’s part of the FedEx Cup playoffs, which doesn’t make me any more interested. Northeastern-Boston College and Western Michigan-Michigan are on ESPN360 as well.

3:23-One of my favorite things about college football is watching former college football players freak out thinking about their alma maters. I mentioned Tommy Knight earlier, as he probably JUST started breathing again after Iowa blocked the NIU FG attempt to win; and the Hawkeyes escaped 17-16. Now, my pal Qadry Ismail on Facebook says he’s ‘uneasy’ watching Syracuse down the stretch against Minnesota. Fabian Washington Tweeted today that he’s in Lincoln for Nebraska-Florida Atlantic tonight, and Derrick Martin told me he’s just gearing up for Wyoming’s showdown with Texas next week.

3:03-I forgot to mention that Northwestern finished off Towson 47-14 earlier. Rob Ambrose will have two weeks to prepare for Coastal Carolina at Unitas Stadium and will have to convince his team that this one didn’t matter.

RAVENS: Hearing from a few sources (including AW) that David Hale will make the Ravens roster. I actually didn’t even have him on the bubble.

3:00-This one is over. Ohio State will win 31-27. Navy made a statement today, but that statement will not be fulfilling at ALL after getting so close. Great group of young men playing ball in Annapolis.

2:57-What a disaster for Navy. After getting the TD run from Ricky Dobbs; he was intercepted and returned for two points the other way. Ohio State takes over up 31-27 with 2:23 to play. The Buckeyes get the ball in GREAT field position after a failed onside kick. Just one timeout for Navy to try to get the ball back needing a TD to win.

2:42-Dobbs to Marcus Curry for a LONG TD, RIGHT AFTER Ohio State went for it on 4th and 2 instead of trying a Field Goal that would have given them a 3 possession lead. If Navy comes back, Jim Tressel will have to answer questions about that decision. It’s 29-21; a one possession game now with 6:15 to play.

2:41-Novak Djokovic finished off Jesse Witten in the 4th set, 6-4. Witten’s serving doomed him all day. Andy Roddick-John Isner still to come at Arthur Ashe Stadium today.

2:38-RAVENS: Aaron Wilson confirms what I thought would happen all week. WR Justin Harper has been cut by the Ravens. This certainly leads to the opinion that the team is probably looking for WR help this weekend.

2:35-If it wasn’t over before, it is now. Kurt Coleman picks Ricky Dobbs and Ohio State takes over leading by 15 with under 10 minutes to play.

2:35-Scott Concannon adds another rushing TD, and Northwestern extends their lead over Towson to 47-14. Brutal day for the Tigers; but (I can’t believe I’m saying this) it could have been worse.

2:29-And just like that, the dream may be over for the Mids. Dan Herron plunged in for a TD, extending Ohio State’s lead to 29-14. Aaron Pettrey inexplicably missed the extra point.

2:28-That will probably be a CRUSHING turnover for Navy. Mario Washington made the catch, but Kurt Coleman stripped the ball, and Dexter Larimore recovered for the Buckeyes. 2 plays later, Ohio State is now inside the 10 yard line looking to extend this to a 16 point lead.

2:24-The Steelers have cut CB Anthony Madison. No Ravens ties there, expect for the fact that I hate the Steelers.

2:22-Can the Ravens add Aaron Pettrey to kick? He just booted a 52 yard FG to put Ohio State ahead by 9 at 23-14. And it would have been good from WELL past 52. What a kick. Navy has to respond here in the 4th quarter.

2:18-Northwestern has extended their lead over Towson to 40-14. Wildcats are well on their way. Meanwhile, my good buddy and former Ravens CB Tommy Knight is FREAKING OUT, as his Iowa Hawkeyes (the number 22 team in the country) are trailing Northern Iowa 13-10 in the 2nd half. Former Ravens assistant Kirk Ferentz needs to get things turned around there quickly to avoid the loss to Kurt Warner’s alma mater.

2:16-RAVENS: WNST confirms Yamon Figurs has been cut. Also not a surprise. The writing was on the wall for him when Carr and Webb were named the returners.

2:13-16 yard TD grab for Marcus Curry and it’s a 1 possession game in Columbus. What a MASTERFUL 99 YARD DRIVE by Ricky Dobbs. 20-14 Ohio State now as the 3rd quarter is winding down. HUGE drive for the Mids.

2:09-RAVENS: Now hearing that Kelly Talavou has made the team. He was the safest of my “bubble” guys. Graham Gano has been cut. That basically had to happen after Steve Hauschka won the job. Gano is in positive spirits today, this much I know.

Ricky Dobbs has Navy driving again on their first possession of the 2nd half. Peter Athens found David Newsom for a TD, Towson trails Northwestern 37-14 now.

2:04-RAVENS:Not all players are aware of their fate yet. One player told me he is on a “2 hour countdown” to hear the news. AW also added that Robby Felix has been cut. That’s not a surprise either.

Roger Federer DID eliminate Lleyton Hewitt by the way. Maria Sharapova vs. Melanie Oudin next.

1:56-RAVENS: Here are two names that we might be a bit surprising. Aaron Wilson now says Edgar Jones and Dannell Ellerbe have MADE the Ravens’ 53 man roster. This would be POTENTIALLY bad news for guys like Davon Drew, Jason Phillips, Prescott Burgess, and Antwan Barnes.

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic beat Jesse Witten in a 3rd set tiebreak. This one appears to be over as well. Today was SETTING UP to be special, but has turned a bit.

1:50-I’ll go ahead and give this a confirmation; even though we all knew it was coming. Steve Hauschka HAS made the team.

1:41-Maybe my speculation about David Tyree earlier wasn’t so unfounded. Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times says via Twitter that the Ravens have “serious interest” in the former New York Giant. This isn’t insane, considering the Ravens need to replace Marcus Smith, who was expected to be more of a special teams

1:38-Just stepped away for a few minutes to talk to some of the guys on the Ravens bubble via text. No news to pass along there; but I will say that the collective attitude seems to have remained positive.

Jesse Witten has broken Novak Djokovic in the 3rd and has a chance to serve for a 2 sets to one lead. Federer was serving for the match against Hewitt, but Hewitt broke him. Federer still leads by a break in the 4th, and will look to finish off Lleyton Hewitt.

1:27-It is halftime at Ryan Field, and Northwestern has extended their lead back to 30 thanks to a 21 yard TD run by Scott Concannon.

It’s halftime at The Horseshoe as well, and Ohio State extended their lead to 20-7 with a 25 yard field goal by Aaron Pettrey.

1:22-WNST has confirmed 2 cuts from the Baltimore Ravens, and they’re the two that were my final TWO in on my mock roster. FB Jason Cook and WR Jayson Foster have been cut.

1:17-Roger Federer picked up a break to open the 4th set. I’ll say this one ends at 6-2 in the 4th.

DJ Shockley’s play against the Ravens Thursday night will likely be his last in a Atlanta Falcons uniform, as he has been cut by the team. The Falcons will go with Matt Ryan, former Raven Chris Redman, and John Parker Wilson under center.

1:15-Jesse Witten dropped the 2nd set to Novak Djokovic. Witten has struggled with his serve against the former Australian Open champion.

Drew Forrester just sent me his final score pick for Towson-Northwestern. It isn’t favorable for the Tigers.

1:11-Tremayne Dameron scores the first points of the Rob Ambrose era; a 1 yard TD to cut Northwestern’s lead to 30-7.

Joe Bauserman is in the game for Ohio State, the Buckeyes usually play their backup QB in the first half of their first game to get him some work.

Roger Federer wins the 3rd set 7-5. He’ll finish off Hewitt in 4 for sure.

1:06-Don’t look now, but Peter Athens has driven Towson into Northwestern territory. Also, Navy was forced to punt again.

Roger Federer just came up with a break of Lleyton Hewitt’s serve; so he’ll have a chance to serve for the 3rd set now ahead 6-5.

1:03-Facebook comment of the day comes from former Maryland Terrapin Tahj Holden:

“Paulus throws his first collegiate TD and afterwards he go hugs the ref. How appropriate.”

12:59-Greg Paulus has thrown for his first career TD already, but the former Duke point guard is trailing 14-10 in his first game as Syracuse QB.

Bad news elsewhere. Terrelle Pryor rushes for a TD, and Ohio State now leads Navy 17-7 in the 2nd quarter. In Chicago, a safety has extended Northwestern’s lead to 30-0 over Towson. A correction, as the passing TD earlier was NOT thrown by Mike Kafka, but instead Dan Persa.

12:55-Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets kick off at 1pm today against Jacksonville State; that game is on ESPN360 as well if for some unknown reason you’d want to watch.

Terrelle Pryor with some very athletic plays as the Buckeyes are driving again. Cris Carter’s kid had a really nice catch on the drive; and the Bucks are now inside the 10 yard line.

12:50-Mike Kafka has just found Andrew Brewer for a 72 yard TD in the 2nd quarter, and Northwestern leads Towson 28-0. Just brutal. Josh Hall is producing today’s game in the studios of AM1570 WNST on Hart Rd., and he just checked in via text to tell me that calling Towson “terrible” might not quite fit the bill. It’s not going to be an easy turnaround for Rob Ambrose replacing Gordy Combs.

A Ricky Dobbs fumble gives Ohio State good field position with a 10-7 lead in the 2nd quarter in Columbus.

12:45-Navy lined up to go for it on 4th and 2 from their own territory early in the 2nd quarter; but called timeout when they couldn’t draw the Buckeyes offsides. Bob Davie thought going for it would have been a terrible idea for Navy, but trailing 10-7 with Buddy Green’s defense likely to continue to struggle; I might have agreed with the Mids trying to continue a drive.

Did Perry Hall REALLY lose 33-7 at Joppatowne last night? Christ, I’m never picking any more PH games again. Come on, Gators!

12:39-Nightmarish start to the Rob Ambrose era in Chicago; as Arby Fields has gone in AGAIN-this time from 22 yards-to extend Northwestern’s 1st quarter lead to 21-0.

Also, as a note. I credited Mike Florio for the work over at PFT today earlier; but it looks like it’s a staff effort over there. Gregg Rosenthal is also chiming in. He says there is a question mark as to whether or not former Maryland RB LaMont Jordan will make the roster with the Broncos. Denver will not keep RB Darius Walker.

12:34-If you have DirecTV, Dish Network, or whatever other satellite service carries Big Ten Network, there are actually four other live games on right now. Penn State leads Akron 14-0, Iowa and Northern Iowa are tied at 3, Purdue leads Toledo 14-0, and Michigan State leads Montana State 7-0. If you’re from the midwest (or you’re a Nittany Lion alum living in Baltimore), I will admit that BTN kicks ass.

Aaron Pettrey has connected from 23 yards to give Ohio State a 10-7 lead over Navy late in the first quarter.

12:32-OSU is driving again up at The Horseshoe, Buddy Green’s defense could be in for a long day.

Another note from TU-N’western; apparently both Tiger QB’s have played early on; with neither of them having any success. Tommy Chroniger came in late in the first quarter.

12:26-I don’t see the Ravens being interested in him, but the Rams have cut WR Ronald Curry. Curry has had minimal success during his career with the Raiders and Lions; but has had flashes since his North Carolina days ended. I think it’s a lock he would already be better than Justin Harper or Jayson Foster though.
The Browns have cut former Ravens CB Corey Ivy. Given the team’s depth in the secondary, I would say a return to Baltimore would be “unlikely” at best. (I really mean “not happening.”)

More bad news from Ryan Field, as Northwestern has extended their lead to 14-0 over Towson thanks to a TD run by Arby Fields.

12:24-Lleyton Hewitt had a break point to get back in the 2nd set; but he sent a shot JUST long, and Federer took the set 6-3. Doubt he’ll lose another set today.

A reminder that I will be shutting this blog down before tonight’s Maryland-Cal game. Our new Terps reporter Luke Jones will host a live blog during Terps-Bears.

12:21-Really impressive drive from Dobbs, who finished it off with a 16 yard TD run. Joe Buckley is Navy’s kicker (apparently beating Jon Teague), and he connected on the extra point to make things 7-7. 80 yards methodically for the Mids on that drive.

12:16-Peter Athens is under center for the Tigers today, answering the question Rob Ambrose couldn’t answer on The Comcast Morning Show Wednesday morning. It might not matter, as Jacob Schmidt plunged in for a 2 yard TD to give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead early. Ricky Dobbs has put together 3 first downs to get Navy driving at Ohio Stadium.

12:11-Anything surprising here? Federer is up 4-1 in the 2nd set on Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt.

The Buckeyes drew first blood in Columbus, with Terrelle Pryor connecting with Dane Sanzenbacher for a 38 yard TD. 7-0 Bucks. Ken Niumatalolo’s offense came out throwing to start their first possession, and QB Ricky Dobbs will certainly be a better throwing option than any of their recent QB’s.

12:09-Back to cut day. Our friends to the south (The Washington Redskins-who are ABSOLUTELY AWFUL) have had a QB controversy on their hands this preseason, with a debate between popular 2nd year QB Colt Brennan (Hawaii) and popular rookie UFA Chase Daniel (Missouri). Turns out neither will be on the team. Brennan will head to IR, Daniel will be let go. Your team stinks. Enjoy Jason Campbell. Thanks PFT.

12:05-An update to the games you can watch. West Virginia-Liberty is available on ESPN360, which if you have Comcast (and you should!), you can enjoy on your computer.

Arizona Cardinals Play by Play voice Dave Pasch on the call for Ohio State-Navy. He’s very good at everything he does. The Buckeyes used a reverse to get into Mids territory on the opening kickoff. Ohio State is going to be more talented than the Midshipmen. The boys from Annapolis must be smarter and CANNOT miss assignments.

Jesse Witten did NOT serve out the set, but has a 5-2 lead in the tiebreak. Let’s put the first set into Witten’s column with a 7-2 tiebreak. AWESOME stuff.

11:58-Couple other games you can watch early today:

Appalachian State @ East Carolina (MASN)
Minnesota @ Syracuse-the debut of Greg Paulus for the Orange (ESPN2)
Western Kentucky @ Tennessee-Lane Kiffin’s debut for the Vols (Comcast SportsNet)

Lee Corso picked the Crimson Tide to top the Hokies tonight for the record. So did Braves 3B Chipper Jones.

11:52-Two teams in action locally early on today; here’s how you can enjoy the games. Navy-Ohio State will be on ESPN, so that’s easy. Towson-Northwestern will be on the Big Ten Network (which is AWESOME if you have satellite, but not so great if you have basic Comcast like me). My friend Matt Rosen (the son of the GREAT Sam Rosen) is on the call. Therefore, do what I’m doing. Go right up to the top of WNST.net and enjoy the call from Chicago with Spiro Morekas and Tom Judd. I have no ties to the school; but Go Tigers!

Notes from tennis: Lleyton Hewitt took the first set from Federer 6-4. And Jesse Witten (a qualifier from Kentucky) is tied at 5 games apiece in the first set with Novak Djokovic. While still unlikely, the day appears to be special early in New York. Witten just broke Djokovic, he’ll have a chance to serve for the first set.

11:42-I not only WANT to hate Roger Federer, I absolutely find myself rooting against him. He’s great, there’s no doubt about that. But he’s not a compelling figure like many great tennis players were. He’s somewhat boring to watch because he’s just so calculating. He’s tied at 4 apiece in the first set with Lleyton Hewitt today (match on CBS), and I will be pulling for Hewitt to oust him and end his reign at Flushing Meadows.

Yesterday at the Open, Taylor Dent advanced to the 3rd round in a 5 set thriller. I root for all of the American players, but Dent’s injury history has kept him out of action for a few years in New York, and I will be particularly pulling for him in the 3rd round against Andy Murray.

Hewitt has just broken Fed. He’s up 5-4 and has a chance to serve for the first set. I already know how this match will end, but it’s exciting to think someone could top Fed.

11:27-I’m totally the type of guy who would LOVE to hate Tim Tebow. But Jesus that guy is great. We all remember his words after Florida lost to Ole Miss last year…..

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But Gameday just showed his speech at halftime of the BCS National Championship Game, and it was as good if not better. It isn’t available yet on YouTube, but it is GOOD.

Tim Tebow-as much as I want to not like him-is why I love college football.

11:16-Checking in with our pal Mike Florio from NBC Sports/ProFootballTalk.com (who will join Drew Forrester at 8:30am every Friday during football season), a few notes from cuts to pass around early.

-The Titans have cut Baltimore native Jason Murphy (Edmondson), an offensive lineman. Murphy is still very active in the Baltimore community (and lives here), but I don’t know if he would be a good addition to the Ravens team. Murphy has struggled to get on the field during his NFL career, but maybe playing at home could help him focus. I have David Hale currently as the last interior lineman on the Ravens’ roster, but couldn’t guarantee that Murphy would be better than Hale.
-The Giants have cut former Super Bowl hero David Tyree. Tyree has not played during the preseason, and probably has more hope of being a special teams player than a contributor at WR this year. But the Ravens do love a good special teams player. There’s no reason to speculate the Ravens being interested in Tyree, but any team could use a player that can do this…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-aKfTK2LiM[/youtube]

11:12-Thus far I’ve spent my morning watching “College Gameday” on ESPN, and was reminded of why I love College Football. The piece they did on Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford that was QUITE good. This really is the absolute best thing ESPN does. What a thorough program, entertaining, involving, informative. They don’t do everything right at the Worldwide Leader anymore, but they certainly still do this the right way.

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 04 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are your weekend picks…..

Cal 31, Maryland 23

Cal will jump on an inexperienced Terps team early, but Maryland’s talent should make it interesting.

Ohio State 38, Navy 20

Again, too tall a task to ask of Ricky Dobbs in his 2nd career start.

Northwestern 41, Towson 6

It could be worse.

Perry Hall 30, Joppatowne 12

It’s on, boys.

Let’see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester thinks 2nd string Ravens could beat Chiefs

Chris Pika recaps “Purple Haze”

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens accomplished ‘simple tasks’ in 20-3 win over Falcons to close preseason

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says North Gwinnett High School (GA) alum Jason Cook thrilled family, friends with TD catch in win

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Hauschka ‘may have won’ kicking job in Ravens’ win

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Suggs impressed during only series he spent on field at Georgia Dome

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says John Harbaugh pleased with John Beck’s performance in win

The Official Site says Jason Cook thought ‘staying after’ practice paid off with TD catch in win

Atlanta Falcons Official Site’s John Manasso says Peria Jerry tallied sack for Falcons in loss to Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens finished preseason 4-0 for first time since Super Bowl XXXV season in ‘00

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Gano didn’t attempt FG in final preseason game

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Justin Harper still ‘inconsistent’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Figurs ‘may survive’ cut

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Antwan Barnes forced fumble, but made mental mistake afterwards

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Evan Oglesby’s INT could help him nail down roster spot

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Demetrius Williams played well in win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Tavares Gooden only other starter to play besides Suggs

The AP says Eron Riley also caught TD for Ravens in win

Atlanta Journal Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter says Matt Ryan, Falcons offensive starters played just one series in loss (one more than the Ravens’ starters did)

LA Times’ Sam Farmer says Ravens’ success ‘hinges’ on Flacco’s development

USA Today’s Nate Davis says Flacco 20th best QB in NFL

Yahoo! Sports’ Mike Silver says Bisciotti 10th best owner in NFL

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs’ return ‘eased concerns’

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says season winding down for Matusz, Tillman

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Rangers come to Baltimore in ‘thick’ of playoff race

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds in serious danger of losing 100 games

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Chris Lambert winner as Tides topped Gwinnett

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Josh Bell homered for Baysox in win over Binghamton

Frederick Keys Official Site says Joe Mahoney homered for Keys in win over Indians

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Ryan O’Shea loser as Shorebirds fell to Lakewood

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Frabizio loser as Ironbirds fell to Staten Island

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Eric Crozier also homered for Baysox in win

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Keys’ Widlansky honored by Carolina League

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Shorebirds’ Xavier Avery wants to be like Carl Crawford

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Montanez tallied RBI single for Keys in rehab assignment win over Kinston

Virginian-Pilot’s Jim Hodges says Rhyne Hughes hit 2 run bomb for Tides in win over Braves

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Kevin Glover to be honored alongside Testaverde, Weinke, other ACC legends

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps seeking ‘consistency’ this season

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says California has 17 starters back from team that lost in College Park last season

The Sun’s Jeff Barker thinks Adrian Cannon will get TD tomorrow night, Nick Ferrara will be kicker

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Da’Rel Scott, Davin Meggett give Terps ‘double threat’ in backfield

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Bears have been ‘consistent’ under Tedford

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Friedgen concerned players could have ‘starry eyes’ under bright lights in Berkeley

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler believes Cal RB Jahvid Best likely motivated by Kevin Barnes hit in ’08 loss to Terps

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Bears may not be as good as projected, but Terps too young to be counted on

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says getting transfer Clay Belton as walk-on impressive for Ralph

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Don Brown ‘unconcerned’ about making debut as FBS coordinator

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Cal RB Jahvid Best similar to Reggie Bush

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Bennett Fulper, Isaiah Ross, Darin Drakeford, Zach Kerr, Eric Franklin, Nick Ferrera, Avery Murray, Dexter McDougle all traveling as freshmen

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Terps by 17

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Terps to lose 5 games (including Duke)

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Bears 7-0 in home openers under Tedford, Terps 4-4 in road openers under Friedgen

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens expects both Ferrara, Barbour to make trip to Cal

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Bonato will travel with Terps

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Terps have ‘little fear’ of Cal stemming from last year’s win

San Francisco Chronicle’s Ron Kroichick says Bears’ success rests in Kevin Riley’s hand

San Jose Mercury News’ Jon Wilner says Golden Bears open season thinking Rose Bowl

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Anthony Wiseman also wants to ‘make noise’ in secondary (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Tommy Galt caught more balls in camp than any other Terp (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Wujciak may be ‘better than ever’ (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Bruce Perry helping Da’Rel Scott out (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says if healthy, WR Ronnie Tyler can make impact (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Terps open defense of NCAA Championship tonight vs. Bruins

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says Maryland will be ‘tested’ by Pac-10’s UCLA, Cal

Washington Post’s Steven Goff says Ludwig Field has been expanded to seat 7,000 for this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Rodney Wallace, Omar Gonzalez amongst defenders Cirovski must replace

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Greg Jones, Mike Schupp, Doug Furman, Gary Myers, Mario Washington trying to step up at WR for Midshipmen

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says AD Gladchuk visited Ireland in preparation for 2012 season opener vs. Notre Dame in Dublin

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dobbs making just 2nd career start tomorrow in Columbus

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says SB/KR Gee Gee Greene excited to play in front of major crowd at Ohio Stadium

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids’ Middleton reuniting with former Marist School teammate Anderson Russell

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Kameron Smith playing Terrelle Pryor in practice

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Tressel thinks record crowd could be at Horseshoe tomorrow

Washington Times says Safety Middleton sees Dobbs as ‘icon’ of team

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says DE Tuani ‘on the spot’ for Mids this season

Columbus Dispatch’s Ken Gordon says Aaron Gant, Ohrian Johnson, Travis Howard, Jermil Martin, Mike Adams could miss game for Bucks

Go Mids says Mids 0-3 all-time vs. Buckeyes

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site’s Dan O’Connell remembers 1979 win over Maine fondly

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra faces bigger, older male counterparts in Woodward States tomorrow

GOLF:

The Sun says Hal Sutton, Bob Tway commit to Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says Aaron Yarbough, T-Wuan Prather returning to team

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Don’t take much from last night’s game. I’m pretty sure the Ravens didn’t.

Talk to you this weekend. Get me a birthday present.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 03 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

What happened during Dave Trembley’s press conference last night on MASN really is unacceptable, and DT had every right to act accordingly. Some member of the Orioles’ Public Relations staff should have gone to the hallway in an attempt to quiet the people standing there.

It’s a frustrating season for Dave. Would the Orioles be better with a different manager? Probably not MUCH better….they’re just a bad baseball team. But I understand Dave’s frustration.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark thinks Lawrence, Phillips, Cook, Drew last Ravens IN, Ellerbe, Foster, Peerman, E. Jones first Ravens OUT

Drew Forrester says Trembley thought organization ‘lacked professionalism’ after loss

Luke Jones says some Ravens getting ‘final chance’ to make roster vs. Falcons

Bob Haynie wonders if Terps will cover 21 point spread at Cal

Nestor Aparicio says Orioles ‘irrelevant’

Nestor Aparicio says WNST.net hosting “Purple Haze” live blog for Ravens-Falcons

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Sarfate, Jim Johnson battered as Yanks finished off sweep of Birds

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of sweep

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says after night off, Chris Tillman takes hill tomorrow vs. Scott Feldman, Rangers

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says O’s could be without Adam Jones for rest of season

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis tabbed as Roberto Clemente Award nominee

Yankees Official Site’s Bryan Hoch says Sabathia shut down O’s as Bombers finished sweep

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 21,000 saw Yanks polish off sweep at Camden Yards

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Albers trying to improve ‘mental approach’

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Yanks ‘haves’, Birds ‘have nots’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds could have used 20 more pitches from Berken in loss to Yanks

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Birds might regret trading away Gathright

Examiner Jay Trucker humorously wonders how favorite Orioles will celebrate Baltimore Beer Week

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says bullpen couldn’t pick up Jason Berken after solid 5.1 innings

The AP says Reimold homered for Birds in loss

The AP says Pie to play bulk of time in CF with Adam Jones out

New York Post’s George A. King III says Sabathia impressive in picking up 16th win

New York Times’ Tyler Kepner says Phil Hughes earned save with Mariano Rivera getting night off

New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says A-Rod’s big night included 2,500th career hit

Newsday’s Erik Boland says Hinske added homer for Yanks in win over O’s

Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Johnny Damon went 4-5 with 2 runs for Yanks in win

Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera says Yanks now 7 ½ games up on Red Sox in AL East after win

ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick says Dodgers’ acquisition of Sherrill amongst best trades made

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Ambiorix Concepcion hit grand slam as Tides topped Gwinnett

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Tanaka loser as Baysox fell to Binghamton

Frederick Keys Official Site says Sean Gleason loser as Keys fell to Kinston

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Haughian loser as Shorebirds fell to Lake County

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Joshua Dowdy loser as Ironbirds fell to Staten Island

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Montanez tallied 2 hits in Keys’ loss to Captains during rehab assignment

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Zach Britton, Brandon Waring get top season honors from Carolina League

Virginian-Pilot’s Jim Hodges says Rhyne Hughes also homered for Tides in win over Braves

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Kevin Byrne says Harbaugh ‘feels for’ players about to get cut

The Official Site says McGahee listens to ‘down south music’, eats chicken to prepare for games

Atlanta Falcons Official Site’s John Manasso says veterans John Abraham, Todd McClure may not play at all tonight

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says rookie LB Jason Phillips plans to ‘take advantage’ of chance to make plays tonight before Saturday’s cuts

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Justin Harper, Yamon Figurs amongst receivers ‘on bubble’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Kelley Washington has moved ahead of Demetrius Williams on depth chart

The Sun’s Ken Murray says NBC analyst Dungy wonders if Ravens will lose ‘aggressiveness, cohesiveness’ with Rex Ryan gone

The Sun’s Ken Murray says ST coordinator Jerry Rosburg knows kickers need to hit at ’90 percent’ clip

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says bubble players like Talavou feeling ‘tense’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Hauschka can lock up kicking job tonight at Georgia Dome

Frederick News-Post’s Adam Behsudi says DL Brandon McKinney ‘battling’ to make roster

Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter says Flacco will give Falcons CB’s Chris Houston, Brent Grimes ‘decent test’

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Flacco, Brandon Marshall could have ‘nice long-term marriage’

SI’s Peter King picks Ravens to go 9-7, lose in first round of playoffs (to Steelers)

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco says Ravens will finish 2nd in AFC North, need Flacco to be more of ‘passer’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says teammates let Suggs have it when he returned to practice

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph ‘hopes’ players motivated by being big underdogs to Cal

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph confirmed QB Clay Belton transferred from Miami (Ohio) to Maryland

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says staff doesn’t want players sleeping on flight to Cal, hopes to help team adjust to time difference

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Nick Ferrara ‘kicker of the future’

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Phil Costa not ‘stressed’ by classes

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Ralph would like to have 24’s Jack Bauer on his team

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Don Brown ‘can’t expect too much’ from D-Line

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps face ‘long night’ Saturday flying home from Berkeley

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Maryland staff will begin watching James Madison film on flight back from California

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says DJ Adams playing role of Jahvid Best for Terps in practice

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph thinks Terps need to be ‘blue-collar team’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph thinks Terps will get Cal’s ‘best shot’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says OT Bruce Campbell is ‘sizable presence’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps will finish 7-5, 4-4 in ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 28 Terps have never played college football game before

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 21 points largest dogs Terps have ever been under Fridge

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former Terp Kevin Glover to be honored by ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cal beat writer Okanes reports Best ‘not 100 percent’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Ralph might try similar motivation with Middle Tennessee State

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph has made choice between Nick Ferrara, Mike Barbour; but won’t announce it yet

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Belton wasn’t overly impressive with RedHawks

San Francisco Chronicle’s Ron Kroichick says Syd’Quan Thompson providing leadership for Cal in secondary

Oakland Tribune’s Jonathan Okanes says Cal’s Tyson Alualu, Cameron Jordan ‘bolster’ defense

CBS Sports says Terps 57th best team in country

CBS Sports picks Terps to play in EagleBank Bowl

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich wonders how Don Brown’s defense will match up against Heisman Trophy candidate Jahvid Best

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Glover to be honored at ACC Championship Game

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says prospect Uzomah expects scholarship offer from Terps

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Lamar Young ‘X Factor’ on Terps’ O-Line (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Friedgen reminding players they’re 21 point dogs to Golden Bears (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman/Bear Insider’s Jim McGill break down individual Terps/Bears matchups

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says 2011 prospect Sterling Gibbs to visit College Park (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse says former Terp Feifs joined staff at North Carolina

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids ‘concerned’ with Bucks QB Terrelle Pryor

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo still undecided between Jon Teague, Joe Buckley at kicker

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dobbs ‘more accomplished passer’ than previous Navy QB’s

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids haven’t played Top 6 team (other than Notre Dame) since beating South Carolina in ‘84

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Jon Teague will handle kickoffs

Columbus Dispatch’s Todd Dallas Lamb torn between OSU fandom, Navy support

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Navy fans need to ‘take it easy’ on QB Ricky Dobbs

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina previews Navy-Ohio State (must subscribe)

Go Mids’ Chris Rohe breaks down individual Mids/Buckeyes matchups (must subscribe)

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Midshipmen to host two Fall Ball events this year

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Ambrose knows Tigers jumping in ‘deep end’ by playing Wildcats

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Northwestern will provide ‘stern test’ for Rob Ambrose’s Tigers Saturday

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Jays open season Saturday at Delaware Valley

The Official Site offers complete JHU/Del Val release (pdf)

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Jays have good shot to win Centennial Conference for first time since ‘05

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra continuing to look for ‘racing immortality’ at Woodward Stakes

Daily Racing Form’s Mary Rampellini says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird returned to Woolley’s stable at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Dominic Terry continues to ride Rachel Alexandra in workouts

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Woodward Stakes field includes 2008 Belmont champ Da’Tara

COLLEGE LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says next year’s Championship Game at M&T Bank Stadium moved back to 3:30pm on Memorial Day

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Saturday games in Final Four will now face off at 4pm, 6:30pm

NBA:

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Carmelo Anthony back in town for charity weekend with singer Mario

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I’ll say Falcons 23, Ravens 10 tonight. The backup units haven’t been overly impressive for the Ravens, and I think DJ Shockley and Chris Redman could have a big night.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

I will have my “mock roster” up later today. I feel like I’m heavy on RB’s and D-Line right now. I may have to play around with that.

Let’s see what everyone has to say……

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh has ‘thought about’ not playing some starters tomorrow night

Nestor Aparicio says WNST giving away trip to Foxboro

Rex Snider says A-Rod partnered with Elijah Cummings to deliver speech at Milford Mill

Keith Melchior says Hendrickson, Reimold best Birds in August

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Ray loser in relief as Birds fell to Yankees

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jason Berken takes hill tonight vs. Sabathia, Yanks

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Fiorentino, Albers, Sarfate, Castillo joined Birds with rosters expanded

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Bergesen shut down for season

Yankees Official Site’s Bryan Hoch says Posada homered Twice as Bombers topped Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Luke Scott’s 3 run bomb not enough as Birds fell to Yanks

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says MacPhail doing right thing with pitchers, but could hurt Trembley in process

The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Arin Gencer say while in town playing Birds, Alex Rodriguez spoke at Milford Mill Academy

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Yankees bullpen held Orioles scoreless, Orioles bullpen struggled vs. Yanks

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says x-rays on Adam Jones’ ankle negative

The Sun says Babe Ruth Museum to honor Brooks Robinson

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Felix Pie homered for Birds in loss

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says O’s expected to add 3 or 4 more players to roster next Monday

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Markakis team’s nominee for Roberto Clemente Award

The AP says David Hernandez gave Birds ‘uneven’ pitching performance, got no decision

New York Post’s George A. King says Swisher, Hinske hit back to back homers for Yanks in win

New York Times’ Tyler Kepner says Yanks survived poor effort from AJ Burnett to win

New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says Damaso Marte winner in relief as Yanks topped Birds

Newsday’s Erik Boland says Mariano Rivera pitched 9th inning to record 38th save

Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Cano also homered for Yanks in win

Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera says Luke Scott’s homer 57th homer hit to Eutaw Street at OPACY

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 26th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Andy Mitchell winner as Tides shut out Charlotte in Game 2 of doubleheader

Norfolk Tides Official Site says David Pauley loser as Tides shut out by Knights in Game 1 of doubleheader

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Steve Johnson winner as Baysox topped Binghamton

Frederick Keys Official Site says Bobby Stevens’ solo HR only scoring as Keys fell to Kinston

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Steven Bumbry homered for Ironbirds in win over Tri-City

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Shane Mathews loser in relief as Lake County topped Shorebirds

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Hobgood loser as Orioles fell to Burlington

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waring homered for Baysox in win over Mets

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waring, Matt Angle, Florimon, Brian Parker also called up to Bowie

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Chorye Spoone struggled for Keys in loss to Indians

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy
says Cleo Lemon cut, Ravens roster down to 75

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Derrick Martin amongst players ‘fighting’ for jobs Thursday night at Falcons

The Official Site says Harbaugh thinks injured players like LB Ellerbe “Can’t make the club in the tub”

The Official Site says players to have weekend off after Thursday’s trip to Atlanta

The Sun’s Ken Murray says keeping Hauschka as only kicker could open up roster spot for someone like Talavou, Lawrence, Parmele, or Derrick Martin

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley and Ed Lee says Suggs will test his heel Thursday night at Falcons

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says teammates beat up Suggs upon return to practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ed Reed did not practice Tuesday afternoon

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens have 3 QB’s left-Flacco, Troy Smith, John Beck

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Suggs not sure how long he’ll play Thursday night in Georgia Dome

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says CB Chris Carr, OT Jared Gaither, RB’s Matt Lawrence and Cedric Peerman all returned to practice

The AP says Derrick Mason thinks offense will ‘move the chains, score touchdowns’

Atlanta Falcons Official Site says Falcons traded for Tye Hill ahead of Ravens game

Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Mark Bradley says Tye Hill acquisition similar to acquisition of Foxworth last season for Falcons

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Ravens have 21st best QB’s in league

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks thinks Ravens will finish 11-5, win AFC North-all other analysts think Ravens will finish 2nd

Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki says Ravens ‘need’ to trade for Brandon Marshall

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Heap’s ‘health’ will determine success this season

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens have ‘decent’ emergency plan behind Flacco at QB

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Chiefs imploding before opener with Ravens

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says kickers Mike Barbour, Nick Ferrara haven’t been able to separate from each other

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph knows Golden Bears will be looking for ‘revenge’ vs. Terps

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Tedford thinks Terps ‘dangerous’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph counting on ‘youthful arrogance’ from Terps

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says O-Line out to prove inexperience not a problem

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps haven’t scored defensive TD since Erin Henderson in ‘06

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Ralph thinks practices aren’t always great after school starts

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Cal has offensive question marks beyond Jahvid Best

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says WR Coach Lee Hull thinks things have ‘finally clicked’ for Adrian Cannon

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says DHB told Cannon to ‘be better’ than him

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen has been in ‘phenomenal mood’ during summer

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Bears coach Tedford thinks QB Kevin Riley better than last year when he visited College Park

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tedford knows Terps have ‘balance’ offensively

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says kicker will be ‘game-time decision’ for Ralph

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Phil Costa tends to be prepared early

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner will have 70+ family and friends in Berkeley Saturday night

Washington Examiner’s Rick Snider says Chris Turner gets chance to return home to native California

San Francisco Chronicle’s Ray Ratto says Don Brown’s defense will provide ‘interesting first test’ for Cal QB Kevin Riley

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Turner, Scott ‘key’ to Terps’ success

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Bears using last year’s loss as ‘motivation’ vs. Terps

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles freshmen QB’s CJ Brown, Danny O’Brien (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Ralph doesn’t want to see penalties, turnovers in Berkeley (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Tobias Harris visited College Park again (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Bill The Goat to participate in Capital One All-America Mascot Challenge

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids Brady DeMell, Bobby Doyle, Doug Furman also returning to native Ohio

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says scout team Ohio natives Mike McCarthy, Matthew Kelley, Scott Blasinsky, Josh Dowling-Fitzpatrick also making trip to Ohio Stadium

Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist says Navy DL Chase Burge will have supporters in native Ohio

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tigers have little chance of beating Northwestern

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Bozeman expecting Joe Davis, Anthony Anderson, DeWayne Jackson to make impact replacing Bears’ departures

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Woodward Stakes could be last race for Preakness champ Rachel Alexandra

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt worries USL-1 expansion could water down USL-2

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Luke Scott’s bomb was impressive last night. A win would have been more impressive.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 01 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

You know you’re an Orioles fan if…..

….An opposing pitcher is throwing a perfect game, and you’re completely unmoved

….You’ve braved hostile crowds, name calling, battery throwing, and obscenity chanting from opposing fans……..to enjoy a game at Camden Yards

….You used to enjoy a drink while watching a game, but now the drinks have become a necessity to stomach the game

….At least 15 times a year there’s someone in your team’s starting lineup that you can honestly admit you’ve never heard of

….Your child’s Little League team regularly makes more significant offseason additions than your favorite Major League baseball team

….you’ve looked at the TV, the other had more than 225 runs, and you thought “Yeah, that’s about right.”

….Every Spring Training, “if” becomes your new favorite word (CB in Northeast)

….Your car’s MPG is lower than your favorite pitcher’s ERA (Christopher Edwards)

….You’ve ever paid money to go to a Major League Baseball game and your Designated Hitter bunted (John in Towson)

….“Cash for Clunkers” represents your team’s offseason free agent acquisitions (Tim in Overlea)

….Your favorite team’s colors are black, orange, and shame (Alex Thomas)

….When you hear that “no lead is safe”, you understand that TRULY, no lead is safe (Erienne)

….You miss Aubrey Huff (texter “5750”)

….You still respect Rick Dempsey (Mark in Nottingham)

….when “Orioles Magic” is still something that happens….but only to your wallet (Brandon in Abingdon)

….a 4th place finish sounds fantastic (Ken Phillips)

….you’re not sure if you should be proud or embarrassed when your favorite team adds “Baltimore” to the front of their away uniforms (Intern Jack)

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ravens CB Foxworth looking forward to seeing ‘old friends’ Thursday night in Atlanta

Drew Forrester says Trembley thought Birds ‘never gave up’ in loss

Drew Forrester offers comical take on Orioles improving

Rex Snider says NBC’s Dateline profiled McNair murder last night

Glenn Clark would like an Ed Reed jersey (from the WNST.net store) for his birthday

Bob Haynie took responsibility for jinxing Pettitte last night

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis broke up Pettitte’s no-hitter in 7th, but Yankees still topped Birds

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez takes hill tonight vs. AJ Burnett, Yanks

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara could return before season ends

Yankees Official Site’s Bryan Hoch says Hairston error in 7th ended Pettitte’s bid for perfect game

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 25,000 fans at Camden Yards saw Bombers top O’s (I won’t even bother to remind you that most of them were New York fans. Oh wait…..)

The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec say Tillman, Matusz will make 2-3 more starts before being shut down for season

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Orioles expected to call up Sarfate, Fiorentino, Albers, Castillo today

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds should be ‘encouraged’ by “Guts”’ performance

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Jeremy Guthrie fell to 9-13 after loss to Yanks last night

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Roberts not sure how Birds finish really that important

The AP says Melvin Mora homered to break up shutout

New York Post’s George A. King III says Mariano Rivera pitched 9th for 37th save

New York Times’ Tyler Kepner says Nick Swisher homered for Yanks in win

New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says skipper Girardi thought Pettitte pitched ‘great game’ despite losing no hitter

Newsday’s Erik Boland says Cano added 2 run double in win

Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Pettitte picked up 16th career win at OPACY, 26th career win over Birds

Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera says A-Rod sat out Yankees’ win Monday night

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 26th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Oullette, Deza took losses as Reading swept Bowie in doubleheader

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Bordes winner as Shorebirds topped Lake County

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Kantakevich winner as Ironbirds topped Tri-City

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Mechaw winner as Orioles topped Burlington

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Shorebirds’ Ronnie Welty, Joe Mahoney hit back to back homers in win over Captains

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Shorebirds’ Welty honored by South Atlantic League

Laurel Leader’s David Driver says new Keys pitcher Brett Jacobson has found adjustment from Tigers organization ‘difficult’

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Keys’ Caleb Joseph out of ‘nightmare’ 0-28 slump

Washington Times’ Jay LeBlanc says Arrieta, Britton, Erbe organization’s top prospects

Virginian-Pilot says Tides, Charlotte rained out last night; to play doubleheader today

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Rolle will spend first 6 weeks of season on PUP list

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis practiced after elbow scare in Carolina; LB Ellerbe, DT Gregg, OL Chester, OT Rodgers all returned to practice

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says despite miss vs. Panthers, Harbaugh still gives Hauschka ‘edge’ in kicking competition

Falcons Official Site’s John Manasso says RB Jerious Norwood ‘most likely’ won’t play Thursday, S William Moore definitely won’t

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Brendon Ayanbadejo excels not only on football field, but also in other areas of life

The Sun’s Edward Lee and Jamison Hensley say Suggs returned to practice Monday

The Sun’s Mike Preston says organization hoping Heap can return to previous form

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelly Gregg returned to practice yesterday, ‘intends’ to play vs. Falcons

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Chris Carr, Oniel Cousins also did not practice

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh not particularly hopeful about Mark Clayton playing Thursday night

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Rolle told Ozzie Newsome he intended to play this season

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says QB Drew Willy, WR’s Bradon Godfrey, Biren Ealy Ravens’ first cuts

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Billick’s book not about Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Heap again looking like ‘playmaker’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson reports Harbaugh said Rolle won’t play if playing presents ‘any risk at all’

The AP says teammate, friend Derrick Mason thinks ‘Samari just wants to play’

Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Orlando Ledbetter says Falcons coach Mike Smith confirms reserves will play majority of Ravens game

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs could use work Thursday night

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s open in Berkeley

The Official Site offers complete Terrapins/Golden Bears release (pdf)

Cal Official Site previews Saturday’s opener vs. Maryland

Cal Official Site offers complete Bears/Terps release (pdf)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph thinks ‘ignorance is bliss’ when it comes to young players

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says young O-Linemen Gonnella, Pinegar have each played before

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Maryland commit Devin Burns opened ’09 season with big game

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Adrian Cannon became different player after making big TD catch in Humanitarian Bowl

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says O-Line, TE, Kicker likely Terps’ ‘biggest concerns’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Don Brown’s defense made more than 50 picks in camp

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph holds responsibility of program ‘CEO’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Phil Costa, Chris Turner, Nolan Carroll, Adrian Moten ‘sworn in’ as team captains

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps may wait until gametime to pick kicker between Mike Barbour, Nick Ferrara

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says players happy to be big underdogs against Pac 10 foe

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terrell Skinner knows Adrian Cannon ‘great player’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps won only previous meeting with Cal (last year)

San Francisco Chronicle’s Ron Kroichick says Cal returns 8 starters from ’08 team

Oakland Tribune’s Jonathan Okanes says RB Jahvid Best beginning Heisman Trophy campaign Saturday night

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says O-Line ‘most unsettled’ position for Terps

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Bishop McNamara WR prospect Brandon Coleman has other schools higher on list than Maryland (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says DL Ivey drawing comparisons to former Terp Randy Starks (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Isaiah Miles and John Crowder amongst Baltimore recruits Terps pursuing (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASEBALL:

Washington Times’ Ben Goessling says former Terp Justin Maxwell may be getting last shot with Nationals

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s opener at Ohio State

The Official Site offers complete Buckeyes/Midshipmen release (pdf)

Ohio State Official Site previews Saturday’s opener vs. Navy

Ohio State Official Site offers complete Bucks/Mids release

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ohio State, Wake Forest, Pitt, Notre Dame make Mids’ schedule ‘most challenging’ Niumatalolo has seen

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says kickers Jon Teague, Joe Buckley will both travel to Columbus with Mids

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says center DeMell to make college debut Saturday at Ohio Stadium

Columbus Dispatch’s Rob Oller says Navy seniors dealing with futures beyond football this week

Scout.com names Pospisil, Tuani, Middleton, Blake Carter to all-service academy defensive team

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s opener at Northwestern

The Official Site offers complete Tigers/Wildcats release (pdf)

Northwestern Official Site previews Saturday’s opener vs. Tigers

Northwestern Official Site offers complete Wildcats/Tigers release (pdf)

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site offers complete preview of 2009 Blue Jays

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Borel to mount Derby winner Mine That Bird again in Goodwood Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Classic

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Belmont, Travers winner Summer Bird in good position to win 3 year old Championship

Daily Racing Form’s Mike Welsch says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra put in final breeze at Saratoga before Saturday’s Woodward Stakes

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says trainer Woolley likes Borel because rider ‘knows’ Kentucky Derby winner

Thoroughbred Times’ Phil Janack says trainer Steve Asmussen says Rachel Alexandra ‘happy, loose’ in workout

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Brian Rowland, Val Teixeira, Paul Robson Palace players most honored by USL-2 this season

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ former Colt Bob Vogel

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Gotta get to Owings Mills today. Add your own analysis.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 01 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA Washington Mystics vs. Seattle Storm (Thursday 7pm Verizon Center), College Football: Johns Hopkins @ Delaware Valley (Saturday 2pm), Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game: Virginia Tech vs. Alabama (Saturday 8pm from Atlanta live on ABC), MMA-XFC 9: Evolution (Saturday 9pm from St. Petersburg live on HDNet), NASCAR Pep Boys Auto 500 (Sunday 7pm from Atlanta live on ESPN)

10-Glenn’s 26th Birthday (Sunday, you can celebrate from home or add me on Facebook to find out where I’ll be celebrating)

As I mentioned Sunday night; a Joe Flacco bobblehead doll would certainly be an appropriate birthday gift. However, there are other things that would make appropriate birthday gifts. For example…..

The WWE “Rise and Fall of WCW” DVD would be nice….

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Maybe tickets to see Sister Hazel at Rams Head Live……

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Or a nice authentic Ed Reed jersey (available in the WNST.net STORE!)….

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Look, this sounds funny and all; but I REALLY expect you guys to get me gifts. Hell, if you get me one of these things, you get an IMMEDIATE “front of the line” pass when you call in, and/or you get to sit in for an hour of the show.

Not kidding.

9-Counting Crows (with Augustana, Michael Franti & Spearhead-Saturday 6pm doors Merriweather Post Pavilion), Jimmy Buffett (Thursday & Saturday 8pm Nissan Pavilion), Wallflowers (Thursday 7pm doors 9:30 Club), Gavin Degraw (Friday 7:30pm Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium); also new Chevelle CD “Sci-Fi Crimes” in stores (Tuesday)

So here’s why I like all of these things……

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oh, and this is ABSOLUTELY in the running for my Rock Jam of the summer, mostly because “Know Your Enemy” by Green Day is really my only other option…….

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8-Chick-Fil-A Labor Day Giveaway (Monday)

Is Chick-Fil-A a sponsor? No. Do I care? No. Why? Because they’re freaking AWESOME. There’s NOTHING in the world better. Ever. You know why? Because after YOU (I’m looking at you, Steve) give me that Ed Reed jersey for my birthday Sunday, I just have to wear it over to the 10 different Chick-Fil-A locations in Baltimore and Harford County and collect about 40-50 sandwiches. If you think I’m kidding, apparently you forgot what happened the LAST time CFA did a giveaway…..

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7-Bob Barker guest hosts WWE Monday Night RAW (Monday 9pm from Chicago live on USA Network)

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If they don’t figure out a way to replicate The Price Is Right’s PLINKO on Monday night, I might lose my freaking mind.

I’ve never seen this clip before. It’s worth the setup. Please trust me…..

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6-Golf-FedEx Cup Playoffs: Deutsche Bank Championship (Friday & Saturday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Sunday & Monday 3pm live on NBC. All gripping action from Boston.), Champions Tour Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach (Friday & Saturday 6:30pm, Sunday 7pm live on Golf Channel)

In this week’s “Whatguywhoyou’veneverheardofwillbeatTigeronthefinalhole Open Classic”, I’ll go with James Nitties, who apparently has a tattoo on his arm. WHAT THE EFF?!?!?!?!?

nitties

Really? REALLY? I swear to God, Steve-O was wrong. He NO LONGER has the worst tattoo of all time….

steveo

Also, apparently that guy Nitties used to be on “The Big Break” on The Golf Channel; which reminds me that Blair O’Neal did something recently. I don’t know what it was, and I don’t really care either. Maybe she bought a sandwich? Does it matter?

blair

5-Ravens @ Falcons (Thursday 7:30pm from Atlanta live on WBAL11/MASN)

I’m not saying that most of the players in Thursday night’s game will be zilches; but I actually believe THIS MAN is going to get playing time…….

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(Editor’s Note: I’m kidding. Captain Dee is MUCH better than some of the scrubs you’ll see Thursday night)

Also, while in “Hotlanta”, I recommend hitting “The Varsity”. Why? Maybe the “double chili and cheese” might help convince you…..

varsity

4-U.S. Open (Tuesday-Friday 11am Tennis Channel, 1pm & 7pm ESPN2; Saturday & Sunday 11am CBS, 7pm Tennis Channel; Monday 11am CBS, 7pm ESPN2. All action from Flushing Meadows.)

Three suggestions for ESPN2′s coverage of the Open. First, with Andy Murray and Roger Federer likely to last until the end of this thing; you might need to spice things up a bit. I suggest trying to get more Agassi in the booth to keep things interesting.

Second, Tighten up your camera angles. USA Network made it so that I wasn’t just watching Andy, I felt like we were practically spooning (and I wish!)…….

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Third, whatever you do-whenever she gets eliminated (has she already been eliminated?)-please, PLEASE, more Wozniacki….

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3-World Cup Qualifying: Team USA vs. El Salvador (Saturday 8pm from Sandy, UT live on ESPN Classic), U.S. Open Cup Final: DC United vs. Seattle Sounders (Wednesday 7:30pm from RFK Stadium live on Fox Soccer Channel), College Soccer: Maryland vs. UCLA (Friday 8pm Ludwig Field)

Nothing screams patriotic soccer showdown like a trip to SANDY, UTAH?

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In a word to EVERYONE who has to travel to watch this match; I’m sorry. Now go kick some Salvadorian ass.

2-High School Football: Perry Hall vs. Joppatowne (Friday 7pm), South River vs. Glen Burnie (Friday 6:30pm)

Sure, Loch Raven-Loyola Blakefield and Urbana-Eastern Tech might have more importance locally; but not in the studios of The Comcast Morning Show.

In fact, I think I’m going to go ahead and pick some scores here……

Perry Hall 63, Joppatowne 6
South River 179, Glen Burnie -14

Sorry Forrester, the Gophers suck.

LET’S GO GATORS!

PH

1-Maryland @ Cal (Saturday 10pm from Berkeley live on ESPN2), Towson @ Northwestern (Saturday noon from Chicago live on Big Ten Network), Navy @ Ohio State (Saturday noon from Columbus live on ESPN)

NOTHING ELSE MATTERS.

It’s BACK.

And if you want to tell me about how the Golden Bears are going to win by 30+ points, please remember the last time Jahvid Best faced the Terps……

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-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 14 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

Did Derrick Mason retire yesterday? Yes. Will Derrick Mason remain retired? I’d lean to no. Not because I know anything, that’s just an emotion I have.

But I know this much. The Ravens needed to address the WR position BEFORE Derrick Mason announced his retirement. They have nothing under contract beyond this season, and I didn’t think the group was a Super Bowl-caliber group BEFORE Mason’s retirement.

I’ve tossed Plaxico Burress’ name around a lot recently because I have talked to a NUMBER of people who have played and worked with Plaxico in the past; and they’ve all basically told me the same thing….

“He’s not the smartest guy in the world, but he’s not an a**hole.”

The basic vibe I get from those in the NFL world is that Burress is a guy who people like having on their team. He’s not a cancer, he’s not divisive, and he’s not going to tear your locker room apart.

But Burress is clearly a question mark based around the fact that his ability to actually see the field is up in the air. Should Plaxico be suspended for the first 8 games of the NFL season (that’s just a number, no fact to it whatsoever), would the Ravens benefit from hoping the guy can just slide in and put up numbers in the 2nd half of the season?

I think there’s an argument that the Ravens truly believe Joe Flacco has improved to the point where he can make the players around him better. That’s not insane. Miles Austin wasn’t a guy you’d pencil in as a reliable WR, but the Cowboys trusted Tony Romo could make him better. That move certainly appears to be working. Can we just assume that Flacco will make Demetrius Williams or Marcus Smith better?

I’m not going to go out on that limb just yet.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester wonders how much Ravens fans ‘trust’ Newsome

Nestor Aparicio says retirement may be ‘negotiating ploy’

Glenn Clark wouldn’t be surprised if Raven announces retirement via Facebook in future

Drew Forrester ‘not buying’ Mason’s retirement

Luke Jones says Marty Booker, DJ Hackett, Jerry Porter could also be options for Ravens

Jerry Reinhardt thinks Mason ‘hurt and grieving’

Tom Clayton says O’s ‘where he expected them’ to be at All-Star break

Glenn Clark says Phelps will be on TV plenty this week

Glenn Clark excited for Baysox ‘pillow fight’

Rex Snider says ‘Thank You’ for supporting Curing Cancer One Call at a Time

Ed Frankovic says Boyd Gordon returning to Caps

RAVENS:

JOCKLife.com says Mason retiring because he’s no longer ‘enthused’ to play football

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mason reportedly set to retire, but hasn’t filed paperwork

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says 52 ‘only’ Raven to take podium at McNair’s funeral

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says deadline to extend Suggs tomorrow

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Flacco not over the top about expectations for season

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Mason won’t change his mind based on anything to do with Ravens

The Sun says Mason 9th amongst active players in receiving yards, receptions

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says ‘no signs’ exist that Ravens, Suggs will reach agreement before deadline

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Mason seemed ‘less sure’ about decision in ESPN News interview

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Newsome on vacation this week while Suggs contemplates signing deal

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says teammate Le’Ron McClain wondered if Mason just ‘emotional’

The AP says Mason’s agent C. Lamont Smith reports WR won’t field media requests for next 2 weeks

Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt says many analysts think coming up ‘yard short’ in Super Bowl could keep McNair out of Hall of Fame

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Marvin Harrison, Amani Toomer, Matt Jones could be options for Ravens

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Mason’s agent previously listed as ‘creator’ of JOCKLife.com

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio (it looks weird to me) says Fabian Washington took to Twitter to voice unhappiness about Mason’s retirement

ESPN.com’s James Walker says starting Clayton, Williams ‘won’t cut it’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says WR depth was ‘weakness’ for Ravens before Mason retirement

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs can choose to sit out part of Training Camp again

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin and Jonathan Mayo say Jones ‘thrilled’ to represent Baltimore at All-Star Game

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Jones will be first Bird since ’72 to wear ‘Baltimore’ on chest at ASG

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Jones not getting ‘worked up’ about St. Louis trip

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Pinckney homered for Baysox in win over Altoona

Frederick Keys Official Site says Billy Rowell’s RBI single not enough in loss to Indians

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Joseph Mahoney homered for Shorebirds in 19-0 win over Lexington

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Justin Moore loser as Orioles fell to Princeton

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says David Hernandez allowed just 1 run over 4 innings but got no decision as Baysox topped Curve

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says David Hernandez won’t stay in Bowie

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Matusz may receive every honor from organization

Frederick News-Post’s Greg Swatek says Ryan Adams’ blunder in 10th helped Kinston past Frederick

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Sarfate to make rehab appearance with Keys tonight

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says return game should be set with Torrey Smith, etc.

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps, Duke getting no love from preseason publications

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says QB prospect Connor Eck camped with Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Terps interested in Northwestern WR prospect Daniel Adams (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says incoming kicker Ferrara participated in New York All-Star Game (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty says Terps interested in 2010 safety prospect Phillip George

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says target Cezar Guerrero getting comparisons to Vasquez

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Jin Soo Kim changed name to Jin Soo Choi

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Toliver finally had ‘breakthrough’ game for Chicago Sky in young WNBA career

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says OT Stoffel recognized by preseason publication

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Sun says Sept. 19 game at Pitt to kick off at 6pm, Oct. 10 game at Rice to kick off at 2:30pm

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says TV details not announced yet for game at Heinz Field

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Gulls set to join Empire 8 Conference in 2011

BLAST:

The Official Site says Bascome to host players in Bermuda

The Official Site says players to participate in ESPNZone event

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra worked out at Saratoga Monday

Daily Racing Form’s Marcus Hersh says Acoma won’t run in Delaware Handicap if Rachel Alexandra does

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Derby winner Mine That Bird breezed Monday at Churchill Downs

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Mine That Bird getting ready for West Virginia Derby next

SWIMMING:

Washington Post’s John Feinstein says Phelps, Woods, Federer, Armstrong all-time greats all competing this July

TENNIS:

Tribune Newspapers’ Chuck Culpepper says Wimbledon was ‘learning experience’ for Ellicott City’s Capra

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Adam Jones is participating in the All-Star Game tonight. I hope I’ll be able to stick around long enough to see him get into the game.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 25 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

Do you want me to say something about Felix Pie? I already have. He has no business here. It’s borderline embarrassing. Joey Gathright can do the things Felix Pie does (and Joey Gathright is not a particularly good player either).

Do you want me to say something about Koji Uehara? I’ve already said plenty. The guy should go to the bullpen. It is tough to pay someone $5 million and then use them in relief; but it is tougher to watch a guy who physically can’t pitch the number of innings that are required from a pitcher.

Do you want me to say something about the Orioles? I’d much rather talk about soccer or Transformers.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Birds’ talent ‘improved’, but team still making ‘mistakes’

Thyrl Nelson wonders if O’s ‘owe’ Roberts anything

Drew Forrester not surprised to hear Uehara dealing with ‘fatigue’

Jason Jubb says Birds’ recent moves appear to set up Aubrey Huff trade

Bob Haynie says Birds stockpiling “Aubreys”

Marco Romanell says Adam Jones mired in funk

Keith Melchior wonders if Trembley has ‘earned’ right to return to Birds

Ed Frankovic says Brashear apparently not in Caps’ plans for next season

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says errors, defensive mistakes cost Birds in loss to Marlins

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Rich Hill toes mound for Birds in attempt to avoid sweep against Sean West, Marlins

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Salazar showing value at big league level

Marlins Official Site’s Joe Frisaro says Nolasco dazzled for Fish in win over O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Trembley appeared to be ‘losing patience’ with Pie after mistakes in loss

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Markakis picked up AL-leading 8th assist in loss, throwing out Hermida at plate

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds worked out 16 year old SS prospect Sano in Dominican Republic

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Uehara could miss next start with ‘elbow fatigue’

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Birds bad, but not as bad as Nats

The AP says Cody Ross, Hanley Ramirez each drove in 2 as Marlins topped Orioles

Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer says Fish back over .500 after win

South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Juan Rodriguez says Dan Meyer pitched 9th for save with Lindstrom on DL for Marlins

Palm Beach Post’s Joe Capozzi says Bonifacio showed off hustle in scoring run on Pie’s blunder

USA Today has Birds 23rd in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Brandon Snyder lead Tides with 3 hits, 2 RBI in win over Pawtucket

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Perrault blew save as Binghamton rallied to top Baysox

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Garabez Rosa tallied walkoff hit in 10th in win over Staten Island

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says David Hernandez went 4 perfect innings, got no decision for Tides in win

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Shorebirds’ Zagone promoted to Frederick

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Birds trade for Indians prospect Aubrey, expect to assign him to Norfolk

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says first round pick Hobgood honored by USA Today

Frederick News-Post says Keys’ Florimon tripled, scored run in Carolina League All-Star Game

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says Hernandez pulled after 4 in case O’s need him to make Uehara’s next start

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy breaks down competition for CB jobs

The Official Site says Ravens, M&T Bank team up for annual Honor Rows Program

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ravens fans pocketing profit from PSL sales

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco ‘better’ this season

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site checks in with former Terp, Seahawks UFA Dave Philistin

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says commit Delic improved stock by putting on weight

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says former Terp Merriman ‘on mission’

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Milford Mill WR Cheeseboro ‘really likes’ Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem breaks down LB’s with Seamonson (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker thinks Terps ‘could be’ Top 25 team

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Steve Francis 8th best player of Gary’s 20 years

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Johnny Rhodes 7th best player of Gary’s 20 years

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Stoglin finally made first visit to future home College Park

Scout.com’s Evan Daniels says not everyone surprised with rise of target Justin Coleman (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site offers opportunity to camp with Frese, players

The Diamondback’s Brian Kapur says former Terp Langhorne improved in 2nd season with Mystics

The Diamondback’s Brian Kapur says Langhorne, Toliver, Coleman, Frese were all reunited last weekend for WNBA game at Verizon Center

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire says Mincy joins Alyssa Thomas, Natasha Cloud in Terps’ class of 2010

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mincy ranked 13th best prospect by ESPNU

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says two years of recruiting finally landed Mincy in College Park (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says trip to Ohio State gets noon kickoff, ESPN treatment

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Mids have just two games left on schedule without kickoff time determined

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says opener at Northwestern gets noon kickoff, Big Ten Network treatment

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Val Teixeira honored by USL-2

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra won’t run in Breeders’ Cup

Thoroughbred Times’ Steve Bailey says owner Jess Jackson nixes possible showdown between Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta on ‘plastic’ surface at Santa Anita

Thoroughbred Times’ Mike Curry says after skipping Belmont Stakes, Rachel Alexandra makes track debut in Mother Goose Stakes

The AP says Borel supportive of Jackson’s decision to keep Rachel Alexandra off synthetic tracks

SWIMMING:

The AP says Phelps nominated for 4 ESPY Awards

GOLF:

The Sun says Fred Funk commits to Constellation Energy Classic

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Funk finished 2nd at last year’s Constellation Energy Classic

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I’ve never been to the Horseshoe before. I doubt that will change when Navy visits Ohio State; but I’m certainly tempted. A trip to Berkley probably will be out of the question given the expenses I’ve taken on in buying a new whip (thanks Koons Ford); but a trip to Columbus sounds like a lot of fun.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Posted on 25 May 2009 by Glenn Clark

Nothing like MASN to decide that the fans of the Orioles and Nationals probably don’t want to see their own broadcasters call the games, huh. I mean, why have Rob Dibble be a guest analyst during the Orioles’ broadcast when you can just pay one TV for the weekend? Nothing says money-saving quite like MASN. Ugh….

You deserve props…..

1. Danys Baez

If chicks dig the longball, then who digs the rally-starting dribbler? Ferrets? I’m glad Danys Baez has decided to be a contributor; because Chris Ray usually decides not to be.

2. Lyoto Machida

After beating previously undefeated Rashad Evans Saturday night at UFC 98, Lyoto Machida shouted “Karate’s Back”! I certainly hope so, because this guy has been looking for work for like 25 years…..

karate kid

3. Kobe Bryant

Remember how everyone spent the week talking about how LeBron James was a better player than Kobe Bryant? Can I remind you of a couple things???

A-Three rings
B-Kobe can SHOOT the ball (And spare me about how LeBron made one really big outside jumper)

LeBron James might go down as one of the greatest players in NBA History. But Kobe Bryant already has a Hall of Fame resume. Maybe getting ahead of ourselves isn’t the best idea in the world.

4. David Hernandez, Brandon Snyder, Troy Patton, Caleb Joseph

David Hernandez collected 14 strikeouts Friday night. Chris Ray has 15 on the season.

You know what what, maybe I’m piling on Chris Ray unfairly. Brad Bergesen has made 7 starts this season and only has 18 strikeouts. But I paid money to go to a baseball game Sunday, and I liked what I saw from Brad Bergesen. I didn’t like what I saw from Chris Ray.

Before I move on from this weekend’s O’s-Nats series, I’d like to thank the Mottram Brothers at Mister Irrelevant for posting this image of a hat I saw at Nationals Park.

os

Washington sports fans are TERRIBLE. And since I’m at it, I have to call out my friend Matt Palmer from The Catholic Review….

palmer

PICK A TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ROOT FOR THEM!!!!!!!!

5. Evgeni Malkin

You know how good the basketball playoffs are right now? The hockey playoffs are equally as bad. Like-you couldn’t pay me enough bad. I know everyone likes to tell me about how great the NHL regular season is, but the postseason has been about as exciting as this week’s PGA golf Tournament (which Rory Sabbatini apparently won-but I knew better than to think you cared).

6. Rob Pannell and Pat Perritt

So…..the lacrosse Final Four happened. Of course, since it happened in Boston and no teams from Maryland were involved, I didn’t care. Apparently no one else did, as attendance was down some 10,000 fans. Organizers said the drop in attendance was likely based on the decision to ban alcohol from the infield the economy. In a related story…..

boston

7. Frederick Cadets

I was going to write a joke here, but then I remembered that the name of the team was the Cadets. Let’s move on…..

8. Phil Dalhauser and Todd Rodgers

I know what you’re thinking. “It must have been a lame weekend if you had to include the results of a beach volleyball Tournament. But that’s where you’re wrong. I simply included this because I REALLY needed an excuse to finally include this picture in a blog…..

beach

9. Kenshin Kawakami, Gavin Floyd, Kyle Lohse, and Brandon McCarthy

And just in case Forrester is reading, here’s a picture of Derek Lowe…

lowe

Wait a second!!!! What’s that???? That’s Trinka Lowe!!! The lovely MRS. Derek Lowe! I’m sorry Drew…….

10. Scorpio Brown and Val Teixeira

BOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Sorry, I heard someone say Teixeira)

11. C.W. Post and Cortland

Notable alums from Cortland, you ask? Try…..

foley

and….

blart

You see, it’s not all about lacrosse titles at Cortland! They gave us Paul Blart!

12. Mickael Pietrus

The NBA Playoffs…..where “WHO THE EFF IS MICKAEL PIETRUS?????” happens.

13. David Traver and Jack Passion

trav passion

The World Beard & Moustache Championships were held this weekend in Anchorage, Alaska. The fact that Rollie Fingers wasn’t invited should be subject of an international investigation, but I think these particular winners in the beard category were well deserving.

14. Ben’s Chili Bowl Half Smoke (All the Way)

bens

While DC, their teams, and their fans can all bite me; I will prefer to take a bite out of this monster, which was my lunch Sunday-and was absolutely DELICIOUS. It was a mix of pork, beef, chili, mustard, cheese, onions, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickes, onions on a sesame seed bun.

15. Memorial Day (and whoever it is we’re supposed to honor on this Holiday)

Is this the one for the trees?

(Edit from GMC: I’m KIDDING, people! I know this is the one that honors grandparents. You kick ass Pop Pop!)

You got lucky……

1. LeBron James

You want me to say something that would be more captivating than the highlight? Fat chance.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8Ry–J8hwg[/youtube]

Of course, there might still be 2 or 3 of you that didn’t see this…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvTsT_zPGm4[/youtube]

The NBA is like REALLY entertaining again. Thank God, because Baseball is really not.

2. Helio Castroneves

You mean to tell me you can go from the edge of prison to drinking milk and hanging with Danica Patrick in the span of less than a month? There’s hope for me after all!!!!! And did you know Helio Castroneves used to be on Dancing with the Stars? That reminds me that I’d rather be looking at a picture of Julianne Hough than talking about the Indianapolis 500…..

dance

Julianne Hough is reportedly on “Dancing With The Stars.” I say reportedly because admitting I watch Dancing with the Stars would make some of you question things about me. Things like, “what kind of food do you normally eat when you’re watching Dancing with the Stars?” The answer is ice cream.

3. Adam Dunn (as in….the Nationals are REALLY lucky to HAVE Adam Dunn)

Spare me the thing about the Orioles shouldn’t have signed him because he strikes out a lot. He wins games…..like the one I was watching today. The following hitters are all amongst the top 25 strikeout kings in baseball…..

grif reg
jack bigg
mantle rick

4. Meredith Frank, Katrina Dowd and the Northwestern Wildcats

I hate saying this: but women’s lacrosse is just awful. I mean, really painful to watch. Thankfully for me; Northwestern and Penn found a way to make this particular game slightly less unbearable to watch. The Quakers scored 4 goals in the final minute of regulation; and then scored a goal with 11 seconds left in overtime. But since women’s lacrosse DOESN’T have a golden goal rule for some reason; the game went on, and Dowd poked home a goal with less than a second left. Frank scored the golden goal in a later overtime, then Northwestern topped North Carolina for the championship Sunday. The entire weekend at Unitas Stadium included maybe 3 hits. And they came when I was punching Maryland media relations star Sam Angell for letting me watch a women’s lacrosse game. But he did bring Berger Cookies to RFK Stadium for out “Battle of the Beltways” tailgate. And he doesn’t root for two teams. Because he’s not a comunist.

5. Panathinaikos

You mean to tell me Nick Calathes is Greek???

calathes

I don’t see it.

6. Giles Simon

The 7th seed at the French Open had to go 5 sets to advance to the 2nd round. Another seeded player has already advanced to the 2nd round in my heart…..

roddick

And sadly that might be as far as he advances this week…….

7. Anyone who still remembers all the words at the end of the night at Howl at the Moon…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV2RWK28bsY[/youtube]

By the way, I asked around; and this DOES kick ass after all…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-eD-AQjByQ[/youtube]

You’re a zero……

Randy Starks

First Lonny Baxter shoots up the White House, now Randy Starks hits a cop with a truck. What’s next? Shay Doron sexually assaults an overweight morning radio sidekick?

(Editor’s Note: There’s nothing funny about sexual assault. Especially not if it involves Shay Doron and my dreams. WHAT?)

-G

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