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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 18 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because for the first time in my life, I finally tried it…

trout

And of course…I loved it. I’m not sure that I PREFER it to a chicken box, but when it comes to dining with a Half and Half…I can get behind some lake trout.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP/STATS’ Brett Huston previews Orioles-Padres series starting tonight at Petco Park

There’s some real buzz in San Diego today about former Toreros pitcher Brian Matusz coming back to town.

There’s some real buzz in Baltimore today about having a baseball team that feels like being stung by a million bees over and over again.

I hope the players enjoy their weekend in one of the country’s best cities. I also hope they actually find a way to win a game (or more)…although I think their only real chance to do it is Sunday when Jake Arrieta faces Jon Garland.

Geez…the team didn’t even lose yesterday and I’m dejected talking about them.

Ugh.

Jack Cronin from XX Sports Radio in SD joined us today on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST to preview the Pads. If you missed it, make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today and check it out. Other guests this morning included…

-A trip around MLB with our buddy Craig Calcaterra from HardballTalk at NBCSports.com
-An update of U.S. Open action at Pebble Beach from our buddy Rex Hoggard from The Golf Channel

It’s all up there in the Audio Vault here at WNST.net, make sure you check it out!

2. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Markakis thinks O’s “all bad right now”

Which simply means Nick Markakis has been watching Orioles baseball.

How many people sent a message to tell Nick he was being “too negative”, by the way?

Nick is really the only player on the team who can speak out when it comes to the organization right now. Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman and David Hernandez haven’t performed nearly well enough-and are hoping that if they’re forced to deal with it, they’ll at least get good contracts.

Ty Wigginton, Luke Scott, Miguel Tejada, Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, Mark Hendrickson and Will Ohman have all been merely okay this season-and wouldn’t want to piss off the guys that could actually deal them to a real team before July 31st.

Cesar Izturis, Lou Montanez, Garrett Atkins, Corey Patterson, Julio Lugo, Frank Mata, Craig Tatum, Matt Albers, Jason Berken, Alfredo Simon and Scott Moore aren’t relevant enough.

Jake Arrieta just got here. Brian Roberts is hurt.

Markakis is the only player who has MOSTLY (save for the power numbers) kept up his end of the bargain AND has a contract. In that way, he NEEDS to be vocal. He NEEDS to stand up. I know it’s not in his nature-but he’s the only guy who can do it right now.

Or…the team can just keep losing-and those of us who follow them can wonder if they really care. Hopefully this won’t be the last we hear from Nick, as the organization needs to be reminded by ALL parties (not just Nestor Aparicio’s blog this morning) that what’s happening here is NOT okay.

3. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Andy MacPhail not planning on unloading at Trade Deadline ‘for the sake of moving payroll’

If MacPhail is hoping to fleece someone in exchange for Kevin Millwood, he’s crazy. If these guys are going to be dealt, they’re probably going to be dealt for disappointing returns. The bulk of the guys that are available on this roster might as well have “for a player to be named later” attached to the end of their name.

That’s what happens when you have a bad team with bad players.

Hopefully Andy will go ahead and part with some of these guys despite the fact that he might not get the returns he wants. There’s no reason to force Ty Wigginton to suffer like this. He had a good month. Reward him for that.

But knowing the pace Andy works at, he’s probably still trying to figure out how much he can get for Sidney Ponson.

4. Virginian-Pilot says Nolan Reimold’s 2 run double lifted Norfolk Tides to win on farm

Before we move on from the Orioles, a couple of things…

-The Birds ARE back in action tonight, with Matusz facing Wade LeBlanc and the Fathers at Petco Park. First pitch is at 10:05pm on MASN2.

-Congratulations to our “Apologist of the Morning”-Steve Melewski from MASN. Steve took the time to beat up Bobby Valentine for having a .510 winning percentage and only one playoff appearance. If the Orioles were .510 and had a playoff appearance in the last 13 seasons; we’d probably have a parade!

5. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens signed former Pro Bowl safety Ken Hamlin, unable to agree to deal with Walt Harris

Unless he just doesn’t think he can make the team out of Training Camp, I can’t FATHOM a reason why Walt Harris would pass on a chance to join this team in Westminster.

You’re unemployed, and a good team wants you. You say NO?

Maybe he’s holding out for an offer from the Kansas City Chiefs-a team that he would feel more comfortable about being able to stick with-but this still kinda boggles me.

Ken Hamlin provides the Ravens an insurance policy for Ed Reed, and could end up providing the team with some depth at safety-although I struggle to see how the team could afford to keep 5 safeties.

Of course, they might keep 55 Defensive linemen, so what do I know?

6. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Ravens released Ashton Hall, Brad Jones, Courtney Smith, John Fletcher, Daniel Sanders

I’d say they’d be forgotten, but I’m not sure anyone was particularly aware they were here….other than the Cincinnati fans that tried to convince me Brad Jones was an impact player.

And with these players now gone, I once again implore Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh to consider making an addition. How about Jessica-Jane Clement??? (Thanks Guyism!)

clement

7. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Oher to receive Congressional Award Gold Medal

I really have nothing else to say about this other than “Congratulations” to Michael, who has been a tremendous representative to both the team and Charm City. We’re very proud.

You know who else deserves a Congressional medal? Roxy Louw. (Thanks Barstool Sports!)

louw

No, I DON’T care that she’s from South Africa. Why would I?

8. Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says after declining interview at Maryland, Cornell coach Jeff Tambroni accepted Penn State job

Which really IS kinda stunning.

The easy assumption is that the folks in State College had a boatload of money to offer (whereas we know the folks in College Park have been dealing with some significant budget issues in recent years) thanks to the Big Ten Network TV money they’re getting. As my pal Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse on Twitter) pointed out to me, the Nittany Lions also recently hired the great Cael Sanderson as their wrestling coach, so they’re certainly taking more sports seriously.

Does it reflect poorly on the Terrapins that Tambroni wouldn’t even interview but then took a lesser job? Sure. But the relevance is only as significant as the performance of their own hire John Tillman. If John Tillman succeeds as head man for the Terps, it won’t matter that Jeff Tambroni didn’t interview.

If Tillman struggles-everything Tambroni, Paul Cantabene, Marc Van Arsdale, Don Zimmerman, Leland Rogers, Gary Gait, Scott Marr, Lars Tiffany, Lars Ulrich and Gary Larson does in the future will be an issue.

(Edit from GMC: Lars Ulrich was GREAT in “Get Him to the Greek” by the way.)

(2nd Edit from GMC: Patrick wrote something really good about new Gary Williams assistant Bino Ranson this morning. Read it. You’ll be better for it.)

9. The Towerlight’s Colin Stevens says Mike Hermann resigned as Towson Athletic Director

Which you would have already known had you been following us on Twitter (@WNST) or listening to Drew Forrester Thursday morning on AM1570.

I think Mike Hermann did a good job during his tenure at Towson; but the Hermann era will be remembered as a time when Pat Kennedy’s basketball team struggled, Gordy Combs’ football team struggled so much he had to be fired, and Tony Seaman’s lacrosse team didn’t necessarily live up to expectations. There was progress made at Unitas Stadium, but they never did get the new arena underway to replace the Towson Center.

That being said, I don’t think the Tigers are better without Mike Hermann than they were with him.

10. InsideMDSports.com’s Jeff Ermann says heralded freshman LB Javarie Johnson left Terrapins due to ‘academic and personal issues’

Which clearly reflects poorly on Ralph Friedgen, but sometimes these things happen.

To replace him…maybe Sophie Reade? (Thanks Don Chavez/Busted Coverage!)

sophie


And finally, I leave you with this.

I love interns. In fact, we have a great group of interns working with us over here at 1550 Hart Rd. this summer. One of my favorite games to play with interns is the “Formal Friday” game. When an intern comes in, I let them know that while some places of business have “Casual Fridays”, we do things the opposite way. During the week we’re allowed to dress casually (and trust me…we do), but on Fridays we look more presentable.

Our midday intern…we call him “Young Howard” due to his resemblance of Howard Stern from years past in the movie “Private Parts”…told me that he didn’t work Fridays. Therefore, I let him know he’d need to do it on Thursday. He did…

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And then of course we have our morning show intern “Ryan Dundee”, who even one-upped Logan this morning…

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I couldn’t even IMAGINE having a real job.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 06 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Figure Skating-Smuckers Stars On Ice (Thursday 7pm Verizon Center); Soccer-MLS: DC United @ Philadelphia Union (Saturday 6pm from Philly live on Fox Soccer Channel); UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals 2nd leg: CSKA Moscow vs. Internazionale (Tuesday 12:30pm from Moscow live on Fox Soccer Channel), Barcelona vs. Arsenal (Tuesday 2:30pm from Barcelona live on Comcast SportsNet locally, Fox Sports Net nationally), Manchester United vs. Bayern Munchen (Wednesday 2:45pm from Manchester, England live on Fox Soccer Channel)

10. Arctic Monkeys (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live) Bone Thugs -N- Harmony (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live), Temper Trap (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club), George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club), Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Wednesday-Sunday 1st Mariner Arena), US Air Guitar Championships-DC Regional (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club)

Maybe not the most overwhelming week of live music, but there’s good stuff there.

If you’re a fan of The Strokes or The White Stripes, you’d probably dig the Arctic Monkeys…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xm69M3jtZl4[/youtube]

This is technically Mo Thugs Family and NOT Bone Thugs, but does it really matter? This song RULES.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVm7Smq-T0c[/youtube]

And this song is either by Temper Trap or JESUS. I’m not 100% certain.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxKjOOR9sPU[/youtube]

9. Boxing: Evander Holyfield vs. Frans Botha (Saturday 9pm from Las Vegas live on Pay-Per-View), Andre Berto vs. Carlos Quintana (Saturday 10:30pm from Sunrise, FL live on HBO)

Umm….April Fool’s???

I seriously have no idea why (money) “The Real Deal” feels the need to step back into the ring at the age of 237; but if Bone Thugs -N- Harmony can play a gig in Baltimore this week, why shouldn’t we just go COMPLETELY 1996?

And since we’re thinking about 1996, I decided to Google Image search “Laura Winslow” (from the show “Family Matters”) to see how she was doing.

She’s doing well.

laura

8. NBA: Warriors @ Wizards (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Wizards @ Magic (Wednesday 7pm from Orlando live on Comcast SportsNet), Wizards @ Celtics (Friday 7:30pm from Boston live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS), Hawks @ Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Wizards @ Knicks (Monday 7:30pm from New York live on Comcast SportsNet)

It is particularly cruel of NBA Commissioner David Stern to force the ‘Zards to finish the season. Seriously, couldn’t they just let them finish up after beating the Nets? They may be the Nets, but it ain’t getting any better the rest of the way.

Of course, if you ARE headed to a Wiz game the rest of the way (which can only make me think you’re also a glutton for punishment); you might want to wear this (Thanks Bullets Forever)…

bulletsforever

7. NASCAR Subway Fresh Fit 600 (Saturday 7:30pm from Phoenix live on FOX), IRL Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (Sunday 3pm from Birmingham live on VERSUS)

I remember when I went to my first ever NASCAR race (in Dover) back in 2006, I was told that I would be impressed by the attractiveness of the females in attendance.

I was lied to. My ex-girlfriend (“The FORMER Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet”) was BY FAR the most attractive gal there.

However, after moving to Arizona-I came to find out that there WERE tracks where attractive gals attended races. Of course, this is the place where the gals look like this…

asu

6. Hockey-NHL: Capitals @ Penguins (Tuesday 7:30pm from Pittsburgh live on VERSUS), Thrashers @ Capitals (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on NHL Network & Comcast SportsNet), Bruins @ Capitals (Sunday 12pm from Verizon Center live on NBC); NCAA Frozen Four: Miami (Ohio) vs. Boston College (Thursday 8:30pm from Detroit live on ESPN2), Wisconsin vs. Rochester Institute of Technology (Thursday 5pm from Detroit live on ESPN2)

Ah…the Caps are playing. If you root for teams from Washington, you’ll be excited!

Meanwhile, the Frozen Four is awesome. Hopefully MASN gives Gary Thorne the weekend off so he can call the games, but even if he doesn’t-it should be a great weekend of puck. It breaks my heart that the Bemidji State Beavers didn’t make it; but there’s no DOUBT I’m rooting for this team, especially if they end up playing BC…

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5. Harlem Globetrotters (Sunday 12pm & 4:30pm Towson Center; Saturday 1pm Verizon Center, Saturday 7:30pm Patriot Center)

The joke here is that while they’re over there, they might as well use Pat Kennedy’s Tigers as opposition. They’ll be about as effective as the Washington Generals, right?

(Edit from GMC: I’m kidding!!! Kinda.)

By the way-if you don’t love the Globetrotters, go ahead and move back to Moscow you commie…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyyZaJag2Fc[/youtube]

4. Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival (Friday 6pm, Saturday 12pm Timonium Fairgrounds)

Does anyone have a liver I can borrow this week???

Between our event Tuesday night at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood in Dundalk to celebrate the Orioles’ first game of the season; all of our Opening Day festivities Friday before the Birds play the Blue Jays (come by Luna Del Sea and I’ll allow you to buy be a few beers) and then THIS…BOY.

Seriously though; has any event ever been more appropriately named? You know what you’re getting here….

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bourbon
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drunk

3. MMA: UFC 112-Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia (Saturday 10pm from Abu Dhabi on Pay-Per-View)

“The Spider” is one of the GREAT champions in Mixed Martial Arts history.

“The Black Widow” is a billiards player who looks like this…

jeannette

So now you know.

2. College Lacrosse: Navy @ Maryland (Saturday 12pm from Byrd Stadium live on WMAR2 & ESPNU), Loyola @ Fairfield (Saturday 1pm from Fairfield, Conn. live on AM1570 WNST), UMBC @ Towson (Wednesday 7:30pm Unitas Stadium), Albany @ Johns Hopkins (Saturday 2pm from Homewood Field live on ESPNU)

Are the most important games of the weekend being played in East Rutherford? Yeah, no doubt about that. But since they’re happening in New Jersey-they really don’t count.

Unless of course it involves that gal “JWoww” from Jersey Shore…

Jwoww

1. Golf: The Masters (Thursday 4pm Friday 4:30pm live on ESPN, Saturday 3:30pm Sunday 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Augusta. Par 3 Tournament Wednesday 3pm live on ESPN.)

I’ve had plenty of fun with Tiger Woods’ whores in recent weeks. But if I’m going to have to watch golf this weekend, I hope this happens…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1I55z-x6zc[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 17 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because…..well……it’s St. Patrick’s Day. I’m not Irish, and I’ll never be the type to say “I’m Irish for today” or anything like that. BUT, I enjoy Bangers & Mash, Smithwick’s AND Flogging Molly…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXNj-4BXLng[/youtube]

If you’re interested in coming out and buying me my first 6-72 beers tonight, let me know.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Gary Williams, Greivis Vasquez making ‘final run’ together

Trying to spare any sort of poetic statement, this is going to be a special run for this combination of coach and player.

Vasquez is not only the best player Gary Williams has had since Juan Dixon, it’s the best relationship he’s had with a player since Juan Dixon. Juan was famously known for being willing to hurl things right back at Williams, including language that would make some of us blush.

This type of story makes sense, as every time out might be the last time this coach and player share the floor together. There’s no doubt in my mind that the coach isn’t particularly interested in thinking about the first game he’ll play AFTER the player moves on.

2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Vasquez coming into NCAA Tournament off ‘rare’ bad night in Greensboro

Of course, seeing as how THIS is the most exciting thing to do in Greensboro….

tiddlywinks
…isn’t EVERY night in Greensboro a bad night?

Now, with that being said…there is a question about whether or not Vasquez has reached an emotional high point with the win at Duke and the ACC regular season title split, or if he has another level he can reach over the next week(s).

That being said, even reaching “another level” might not guarantee victory for the Terps-as the competition won’t be easy.

3. Triangle Business Journal’s Jeff Drew says Maryland amongst most popular basketball teams in country

WHAT???

I would have assumed this team would have been higher on the list….

ucla

Seriously though, do you really think the Terps are the 4th most popular college basketball team in the country? North Carolina and Duke make sense at the top of the list, but I would assume Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA and UConn would be next on the list.

I guess it’s cool, as it means this Terrapins team has made some traction nationally. But I can’t help but wonder just how realistic the numbers are.

4. The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Maryland, Morgan State fans having tough time arranging for trips to see teams in NCAA Tournament

It IS a shame. Morgan’s trip to Buffalo isn’t terrible-and seeing as how their tickets sold out, clearly there are plenty of Bears fans who have decided that they’re ready to make the trip.

Spokane is just unfortunate.

Obviously, SOMEONE has to go play out west. Of course, playing in a bigger city with more flight options might help to limit the damage. I am absolutely NOT a fan of the NCAA playing Tournament games in places like Spokane, Boise, and other less than desirable cities.

I mean, what’s wrong with playing like nice places like Miami, San Diego, New Orleans and Baltimore*?

(*indicates one of these places clearly doesn’t belong)

5. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Towson confirms Pat Kennedy will return as head coach next season

My first reaction to this is “obviously Towson is saying that winning really doesn’t matter to them.”

My second reaction is only slightly more positive; “Towson is clearly saying that money is such a mess that they can’t really be too concerned about basketball.”

Look, I think Pat Kennedy is a better coach than a lot of guys who could have jobs. That being said, it isn’t working at Towson. They won some games down the stretch, including 5 of their last 8 regular season games and 6 of their last 10 including the CAA Tournament. That stretch included a win at William & Mary, which helped to knock the Tribe off the at-large bubble.

BUT….in a perfect world, I would imagine the athletic department there would try to use a coaching search and hire to pump some new life into a program that admittedly does have a few good pieces in place.

6. Inside Lacrosse says Chris Pastirik scored with 6 seconds left to help Towson beat Navy for first win of season

It was a nice night for lacrosse at Unitas Stadium, and a big win for Tony Seaman and the Tigers, who were in real danger of getting off to an 0-5 start with a showdown looming against Virginia on Saturday.

Unfortunately, Navy is in a BIT of trouble-as they have now fallen to 3-4. They play Holy Cross in Annapolis Saturday and then travel to Colgate a week later; but their stretch after that is brutal. Before the Patriot League Tournament, they play Georgetown, at Maryland, Army at M&T Bank Stadium, and Johns Hopkins. Yikes.

If you’re interested in seeing some lacrosse this afternoon before starting your St. Patty’s festivities, head over to Owings Mills to Stevenson host Stevens (yeah, you read that right) at 4pm at the Caves Athletic Complex.

7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Dwan Edwards agreed to 4 year deal with Bills

4 years, $18 million

Must be nice.

Meanwhile, this will be my lunch today…..

ramen

(Edit from GMC: That’s not because I’m poor, it’s because I LOVE Pork flavored Ramen noodles.)

In all seriousness, the Ravens will miss Dwan Edwards. He had found himself a nice spot playing on obvious running downs while Trevor Pryce rotated in for obvious passing downs.

With Edwards and Justin Bannan gone, D-Line becomes an even more important spot for the Ravens to try to upgrade in the NFL Draft. Also, expect Brandon McKinney, Kelly Talavou and maybe even Lamar Divens to be in the mix. There might even be another guy….

8. Baltimore Ravens Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Paul Kruger ‘bulking up’ for chance to move from LB to DE

Look at that! Another guy!

If Paul Kruger is going to be a Defensive End in the NFL, he obviously WILL have to bulk up. He’ll need to look a bit more like Kyle Vanden Bosch….

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….than “Sunshine” from “Remember the Titans”…..

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9. Bowling Green News says Ravens were in attendance for Falcons’ Pro Day to see players like WR Freddie Barnes

This comes after the Ravens had previously attended Youngstown State Pro Day to watch WR Donald Jones.

Does it mean the Ravens are no longer interested in taking a receiver in Round 1 and are instead focusing on receivers in mid-rounds and later rounds? Not necessarily.

In fact, had Demaryius Thomas been able to work out at Georgia Tech Pro Day-I would assume that the Ravens would have been particularly interested.

BUT-my GUESS remains that the Ravens will go Tight End or defense in Round 1, then address Wide Receiver later in the Draft.

Just a guess.

10. MLB.com’s Kelly Thesier says Chad Moeller homered as Orioles topped Twins

Told you the Birds had a catcher for the future!!!

By the way-break up the O’s! 3 straight wins! A reminder-the World Series is in October, you’ll want to put aside money now to make sure you guarantee a seat.

(Edit from GMC: I’m kidding. I’m actually really happy they’ve won 3 in a row-but I wish it was Kevin Millwood making a strong start, not David Hernandez.)

11. Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Steve Johnson returned to Birds from Giants

Which means Dave Johnson has been crying for some 18 hours.

The organization expected Johnson to be back, so this isn’t much of a surprise, honestly.

But if the city of Baltimore was going to take someone from Northern California, why couldn’t it have been Allison Stokke??? (Left, thanks Busted Coverage)

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12. Daily Racing Form’s Joe DeVivo says Pimlico Special, duPont Distaff cut from Pimlico season

So…..does this mean we get booze back at Preakness, or what?

And finally, I leave you with this.

After posting the Stone Cold Steve Austin beer truck video yesterday, I had multiple requests for the Kurt Angle milk truck video. Quite possibly the greatest thing WWE ever did…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwzjPb36p6M[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Towson basketball: Confirmed — Pat Kennedy returning for 7th season

Posted on 16 March 2010 by Drew Forrester

With a handful of veteran NCAA coaches getting dismissed on Monday, you’d have to understand if Towson coach Pat Kennedy put his cell phone on silent over the last 24 hours and left it on the kitchen table.

Six years into his tenure at Towson University, Kennedy is still looking for his first .500 campaign with the Tigers and has been the subject of various termination-related rumors over the last 12 months.

Those whispers can now come to an end as WNST.net has learned that Kennedy will, in fact, return for his 7th season behind the Towson bench in 2010.

“Pat and his staff had an exceptional recruiting effort last winter and they’re excited about seeing those young men get into uniform and help boost our program and so are we,” says Towson Director of Athletics Mike Hermann.  ”Pat has another year left on his contract and we are going to fulfill our obligation to him as we said we would from the very beginning.”

The Tigers finished the 2009-2010 with a 6-12 mark in the CAA regular season and then won their conference tournament opener over UNC Wilmington before falling to eventual CAA champion Old Dominion in the quarterfinals.  Ironically, Towson owns a 3-2 record in the conference tournament over the last two seasons after failing to reach .500 in conference play over each of those campaigns.

Towson’s 2010-2011 lineup will feature the return of two guards who made dramatic late-season contributions to the Tigers; juniors (to-be) Troy Franklin and RaShawn Polk, plus the senior season of center Robert Nwankwo.  Additionally, transfer Braxton Dupree (Maryland) figures to team up with senior Jarrel Smith and give the Tigers a strong 1-2 punch in the front court.

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 05 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It was a Happy Friday for me because…

1-the Morgan State thing was AMAZING last night

and 2-With sentencing being oft-delayed for Lil’ Wayne (it looks like Monday now), I’m just gonna go ahead and give props to Weezy today, since I don’t want this to keep dragging out. Dude is getting the Plaxico Burress treatment in New York, which is unfortunate. But props to Weezy.

“One Way Trip” is my favorite track off of “Rebirth” (Language NSFW)….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNlVQ8G5USI[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. The AP says Reggie Holmes’ 36 lead Morgan State in rout of Coppin State

I can’t say enough about what an incredible night it was at Hill Field House.

Was it like Senior Night and Maryland/Duke in College Park? Maybe not, but the raw emotion was very similar.

Reggie Holmes has staked his claim as one of the greatest college basketball players in Baltimore history, and last night was some form of coronation. With some of the greatest players in Charm City history present (including Sam Cassell, the reigning Dean of Baltimore Basketball), Holmes put on a show for the ages against an Eagles team-that even in a down year-remains the Bears’ biggest rival.

But the event was so much more than that. It was chilling. It came in front of a packed house, where fans would have waited hours for the chance to see Holmes’ night. A group of 30 or so fans rushed the floor BEFORE the game to help celebrate Holmes (who surpassed Marvin “The Eraser” Webster as the all-time leading scorer in MSU history in the win). Coach Todd Bozeman told us after the game that it was “Cherry Hill” that rushed the floor-and joked that the team had thought about playing the game in that particular Baltimore neighborhood.

It was just special. If you weren’t there, I’m sorry. Both the Bears and Eagles are now off until the MEAC Tournament. Coppin State is the 11 seed, they’ll face UMES in the Opening Round Wednesday. Morgan State is the 1 seed, they’ll face the Howard/North Carolina A&T winner Wednesday night.

2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Terps rolling towards Top 4 seed in NCAA Tournament

Of course, Patrick didn’t give me much better news than that. For travel reasons, I’m hoping the Terps end up in Providence or Buffalo, but neither seems likely. If it can’t be one of those locations, then I would hope it would be somewhere nice. For example, Jacksonville….

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…but Patrick says San Jose is more likely…..

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I’m hoping for New Orleans…..

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….But Patrick says Spokane is much more likely….

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3. Fredericksburg Free Lance Star’s Steve DeShazo says Terps can clinch at least share of ACC regular season title for first time since ’02 with win tomorrow at Virginia

I’ll be in Charlottesville tomorrow afternoon, live blogging at WNST.net. Luke Jones and I will chime in via Twitter, make sure you follow us (@WNST) during the game.

I can’t stand the Wahoos myself, I think “Auld Lang Syne” is a stupid fight song, and I think the only people who should wear ties to a game are coaches. At least it isn’t football, so I don’t have to see them do the stupid “arms around each other” thing after touchdowns.

The Cavs didn’t offer much when they came to Comcast Center, but I don’t imagine they’ll just roll over at John Paul Jones Arena. Sylven Landesberg played 36 minutes against Boston College despite a thigh injury, and should be good to go tomorrow. The good news is that Mamdi Diane graduated a season ago, meaning he can’t kill the Terps again.

If they can get the job done, they get a banner. That’s pretty special.

4. Washington Post’s Gene Wang says Maryland women topped North Carolina, will face Duke today in ACC Tournament quarterfinals

Congratulations to Brenda Frese and the Terps, who need to keep winning to have a shot at returning to the NCAA Tournament.

They played Duke tough for 40 minutes in College Park, and for 30-some minutes at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Now, I have to pose a question that apparently someone told me was sexist. With no offense to the Terps-as I’ll watch any game they play, but as far as the rest of the ACC Women’s Tournament is concerned-I think I’ll choose cole slaw wrestling instead…

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5. UNC Wilmington Official Site previews today’s CAA Tournament opener against Towson

This is a matchup that Pat Kennedy’s club SHOULD win, but that obviously doesn’t mean they will. Even if they do, a date with Old Dominion looms Saturday in Richmond, meaning this will likely be a short trip for the Tigers.

That being said, there will be a LOT of good basketball at the CAA Tournament this weekend, most of which will air live on the Comcast Network. Work taking a poke at-especially on Sunday when there really isn’t anything else on. (NASCAR?)

6. Loyola Official Site previews tonight’s MAAC Tournament opener against Manhattan

Much like Towson, this is a very winnable game for the Greyhounds up in Albany; but that certainly doesn’t mean they WILL win.

I don’t think new AD Jim Paquette was brought to Loyola to clean house or make drastic changes (most young AD’s aren’t brought in for that reason), but there’s clearly some heat on Jimmy Patsos. A couple of wins this weekend could really ease that.

7. Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says Maryland’s Ryan Young, Hopkins’ Kyle Wharton, Loyola’s Collin Finnerty worth watching at M&T Bank Stadium tomorrow

If I were staying in Baltimore, TRUST ME I would be at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic tomorrow. It’s a great event (as is the Day of Rivals event IL does), and there’s a really cool atmosphere to it.

These are big games for these teams, too.

Maryland scored a ton of goals-but they really needed a minor miracle to beat Georgetown. Duke barely beat Bucknell and lost to Notre Dame, meaning this could be a clash of ACC rivals who have shown some signs of being “pretenders.”

Coaching changes always cause trouble, but Chris Bates is hoping to keep Princeton in the Top 10 nationally. They gave up 14 goals in a win over Hofstra to open the season. Hopkins is 3-0, but they’re coming off an 8-7 nailbiter over Siena.

Loyola is off to a hot start as well, but facing an Irish team that as I just mentioned has already topped the Blue Devils this season. The Hounds lost a close game to the Fighting Irish in Atlanta a season ago, this would be a real statement for Charley Toomey’s team before opening the Ridley Athletic Complex.

8. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Mark Clayton, Marshal Yanda got 2nd round tenders, Adam Terry not tendered by Ravens

Going with the 2nd round tender instead of the 1st round tender means that while the Ravens want to bring both Clayton and Yanda back, but would be willing to accept solid compensation if another NFL team is REALLY interested in them.

Clayton would come back with a cheap price tag (the type of price tag that means he wouldn’t necessarily have to be guaranteed a roster spot), as I just don’t see teams being interested in offering a 2nd round pick for him. Yanda will be a bit intriguing, but I think will ultimately end up returning as well.

Adam Terry could also return, as teams are not likely to be banging down the door of an oft-injured OT.

9. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Anquan Boldin, Kevin Water most likely WR options for Ravens

Walter is the easy call. The Ravens could bring him by 1 Winning Drive this weekend and try to make sure he doesn’t leave. There’s no off the field concerns, even if he isn’t your typical #1 receiver. He’s still 6’3″, and the Ravens DESPERATELY need a taller receiver.

Boldin is attractive, as the Cardinals are rumored to be looking for no more than a 3rd round pick in return. But he’s got some question marks-including a few injury issues and some tangles with coaches in the past-including former offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

It always works that way. They’re attractive, but you’re just not 100% certain they’re a perfect fit. Sorta like Nicki Minaj….

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10. ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports’ Gregg Rosenthal says Broncos pursuing Dwan Edwards, Justin Bannan

Sadly, this is the business of football. The Ravens don’t want to see either of these players walk away-but with money tied up elsewhere, a team like Denver could easily view these players with a higher value than the Ravens could match.

The Ravens love Bannan off the field, but they’re deep at DT-and a Kelly Talavou or Brandon McKinney could move into the D-Line rotation. Dwan Edwards found a real role for himself (despite making way for Trevor Pryce in obvious passing situations), and I get the feeling the Ravens will really try to get him back.

11. Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Matusz gave up 2 run homer in Orioles’ loss to Rays Thursday

Apparently it wasn’t exactly a ball that was crushed, but it was a home run nonetheless.

The Birds return to action tonight against the Pirates in Sarasota, Chris Tillman gets his first Grapefruit League start against Zach Duke.

12. ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark says Andy MacPhail had approached Tejada about moving to 3B before trading him to Houston

It’s a pretty good read about how both Tejada and Placido Polanco are making the move to third base this season.

You can read it…..or you could watch the video of Brittney Griner punching Jordan Barncastle again. Your call.

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And finally, I leave you with this.

Have you heard the story about…ahem….”actress” Samantha Ryan?

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According to the Huffington Post, Ryan is a BIG Kansas Jayhawks fan, and Wednesday night’s game against Kansas State fell on her birthday, so she put out on Twitter than she was looking for tickets. She got them, apparently thanks to assistant coach Kurtis Townsend.

Please insert your own “Friends with Benefits” joke here.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 25 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because Intern Super Jack said to me yesterday before we left the studios at 1550 Hart Rd. “Did you see the Vince Carter shot?”

Somehow, I had not. Now everyone will….

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I feel like if I tried long enough, I could throw the ball from that some spot and….get it to the opposite free throw line? Maybe?

Maybe not.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Terps fought back from 15 points down to beat Clemson at Comcast Center

In a word, “gutty.”

What was interesting about last night’s game was that despite falling behind by 15, I never got the sense that the crowd in College Park (or those of us there covering the game) thought that the Terrapins were out of it-despite the struggles (related to a stomach bug) that Greivis Vasquez was going through, scoring just 2 points in the first half.

Of course, Greivis Vasquez found other ways to contribute (Thanks Mr. Irrelevant!)….

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2. The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps figuring out new ways to win games every time out

Which is the mark of a team that is built on senior leadership even if not overwhelming talent. I think it’s also the mark of good coaching, but then again-I’m just a Gary Williams apologist, right?

Maryland will have to keep figuring out new ways to win games down the stretch and into both the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. It might not be Cliff Tucker hitting a miraculous shot or Sean Mosley coming to life-it might be a game where Landon Milbourne has to go off for 28 points. It might be a game where James Padgett has to play 25 minutes due to foul trouble for Jordan Williams and Dino Gregory.

Just count on Maryland needing to find new ways to win the rest of the way.

3. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Sean Mosley’s slump over with 20 point output in win over Tigers

Nothing makes me happier than when the idiots who say “Maryland is a DC school” have to watch a Baltimore kid (St. Frances) lead the way for the Terps. I guess as a reporter/columnist I’m not supposed to root for individual players, but no one has EVER accused me of being either “ethical” or “good”, so why should I start now?

Maryland returns to action Saturday at Virginia Tech (4pm-Raycom Sports-WNUV 54 locally), which sets up the Catholic League showdown between Mosley and the Hokies’ Malcolm Delaney (Towson Catholic), who was somehow left off the Naismith Award candidates list yesterday (Greivis Vasquez remained on the list) despite the fact that he is a legitimate candidate for ACC Player of the Year.

And how the hell did Virginia Tech get worked at Boston College last night? I’m not sure if that means the Eagles exposed Va Tech as pretenders, or if Seth Greenberg’s team will be especially amped to prove themselves Saturday in Blacksburg.

4. CSN Washington’s Chris Knoche says win ‘went a long way’ to ensuring Terps first round bye in ACC Tournament

With a win Saturday at Cassell Coliseum, Maryland will clinch that off day in Greensboro. That’s good news for me, as I only got my hotel room for Friday and Saturday night-and I’m not sure the WNST expense account can cover another night at the Hilton. I of course only stay at the Hilton, as I am a VERY big deal.

Getting a first round bye is a big deal, too. It is almost IMPOSSIBLE to win 4 games in 4 days in an event like the ACC Tournament (although I believe Syracuse did it in the Big East Tournament recently), but with a first round bye the Terps would have to be considered a favorite to at least REACH the ACC Championship Game, where they might end up with a rematch of that 2004 Title Game…..

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5. The AP says Chris De La Rosa scored 23 as UMBC blew out New Hampshire on road

Well, don’t I feel dumb….

Congratulations to Randy Monroe and the Retrievers, as this was a great win for them last night. I’m not sure it means they can advance at all in the America East Tournament, but they’ll at least have some confidence. They’re off this weekend before getting things underway in Hartford next week.

6. Towson Official Site says Tigers stunned William & Mary in CAA action in Williamsburg

Once again…..I feel dumb.

A great win for Pat Kennedy’s Tigers, they now have a date with Delaware Saturday at Towson Center before they head to Richmond for the CAA Tournament.

Of course, this is a “good news bad news” situation for CAA fans in the area, as they got a stunning win from Towson last night-but the Tribe loss means they are COMPLETELY out of the discussion for an at large berth come Selection Sunday. If Old Dominion wins the Tournament, that will be a 1 bid league.

7. Maryland Official Site previews womens basketball’s visit to Boston College tonight

And as I’ve said before, Brenda Frese’s team absolutely MUST win out for any shot at an NCAA Tournament at large bid, and they’ll probably still need to make some noise in the ACC Tournament. The Terps were 72-65 winners when the teams first met, but BC has played MUCH better basketball since then, including wins over Duke and North Carolina. This will be tough for the Terps in Chestnut Hill…

8. Navy Official Site previews tonight’s lacrosse showdown in Annapolis with North Carolina on CBS College Sports

Some great lax action tonight at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, as the Midshipmen are trying to bounce back from their loss to Loyola Saturday against a Tar Heels team that has won their first 3 to open the season.

UNC of course has a bit of an unfair advantage due to this…..

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I bet she’s been watching a lot of the Olympics…

9. The Towerlight’s Kevin Hess says bill forcing Maryland to play Towson, Morgan State in football ‘unlikely to pass’ thanks to lack of support from Mike Hermann

Good for Mike Hermann. Not only is it silly for a government official to try to influence college football scheduling, but he deserves to be called out for the silliness. Maryland has both Morgan State and Towson on the schedule in the next 4 years, and they want to keep scheduling them (as well as Navy) for regional purposes. They also want to schedule West Virginia, Pitt, Rutgers, Villanova, Delaware, William & Mary and other teams in the region that they might be going up against for recruits.

No team should be pigeon-holed into HAVING to play certain schools. On the flip side, Towson and Morgan shouldn’t be FORCED to play Maryland either. Morgan can get more money from a trip to Rutgers than a trip to Maryland, and since the entire University system gets funding from Maryland athletics, all of the programs are actually making money no matter WHO Maryland plays.

And for Mike Hermann, should Rob Ambrose turn things around in the next couple years for the Tigers-they shouldn’t be forced to have to schedule a Maryland team (that we assume) would be an almost impossible victory every year-last season not withstanding. If the Tigers would prefer to play a D1 team they might have a better chance at beating (say….Kent State?), they should be able to do that.

10. The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Chris Tillman had ‘very positive’ bullpen session yesterday

Which is a good sign. If Tillman is going to lock up the 5th spot in the rotation instead of heading back to Norfolk, he has to be able to actually pitch in Sarasota.

Of course, the next step is to pitch well. Hopefully that’s coming.

11. SI’s Jon Heyman says Orioles skipper Dave Trembley ‘on hot seat’

That’s obvious. Fair or not, the O’s HAVE to improve in the win-loss department for Trembley to feel comfortable about returning in 2011.

If he wants to make a splash, I say he channels “The Hangover” for his pre-game speech on Opening Day….

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(Edit from GMC: Was this just an excuse for me to work in a “How bout that ride in? I guess that’s why they call it Sin City” reference? Yes, yes it was. I also made it my Facebook status. And I think I said it to Intern Super Jack about 50 times this morning. I didn’t get much sleep last night…)

12. ESPN.com says former Browns GM Kokinis expected to rejoin Ravens’ personnel department

Sort of a no-brainer. Kokinis was very successful in Baltimore, and should be able to return without much of a power struggle. There is a real question as to whether Eric DeCosta is waiting for Ozzie Newsome to retire or whether he will pursue GM openings in the future, but having Kokinis back in the picture helps the Ravens with their personnel system entirely.

And finally, I leave you with this.

I received one of the most important e-mails of my entire life yesterday. How is it even a LITTLE BIT POSSIBLE that I didn’t know today….

IS NATIONAL CHILI DAY!!!!!

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As I said about the “HoagieFest” event a certain establishment held last year, this is more significant than Christmas!

My first thought is to drive down to College Park to stop by Hard Times Cafe (where I’ve heard a rumor they’re giving away free chili today to celebrate), and indulge in their Chili Mac-which helped me survive many tough nights in College Park….

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I’ve also thought about driving all the way down to the District of Columbia, as there are few places to celebrate chili like you can at Ben’s Chili Bowl….

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BUT…..I would like to celebrate this wonderful day here in Charm City if possible. SO….I put it to you….the fine reader (is there more than one? I think my dad pokes at this every now and then) of “Crabs and Beer” to direct me to the best chili in town.

This is a lot of responsibility for you guys. Frankly, I don’t think you can handle it. But I’m willing to give you a shot. Please don’t let me down.

As a note, I would prefer a place that both serves chili AND has great beer. Again, I’m not asking for much.

Talk to you later.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because some of you have really jumped on the crusade to point me in the direction of attractive women on TV I did not know about before…Thanks to Chad Lamasa for letting me know about Yvonne Strahovsky from NBC’s “Chuck”…

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…who seems nice. As does Constance Zimmer, who was on HBO’s “Entourage.” Thanks to Brandon Holthaus for pointing her out to me….

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Is there someone I still don’t know about? Let me know via comments, Facebook, Twitter, or Pony Express. Preferably Pony Express, just because I think it’s an awesome way to do this.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. Maryland Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with Clemson at Comcast Center

As the Terps play for things like a 1st round bye in the ACC Tournament, seeding for the NCAA Tournament, and still a shot at a regular season ACC Championship, this game is a “need to win” given their next three.

While the regular season finale at Virginia looks like the MOST winnable game of the bunch, the Terrapins have struggled mightily in season finales down in Charlottesville. Before that, the trip to Virginia Tech and home date with Duke are REALLY tough games; meaning the Terps can’t assume anything.

This is no easy task, either. Oliver Purnell’s Tigers haven’t exactly lived up to their lofty early season expectations in the ACC, but they still present a unique challenge in Trevor Booker, combined with plenty of talent in the backcourt.

I’ll say 83-79 Maryland, but it’s shaky. The good news is that the Terps will have had 75 hours between games to get ready, so the players who appeared to be fatigued late in the game Saturday against Georgia Tech should have fresh legs.

2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Greivis Vasquez REALLY unlikely to reach Juan Dixon’s career record, but not impossible

As Patrick points out (and is anyone surprised that a topic about numbers was addressed by Patrick?), if the Terps play 10 more games (they have 4 regular season games left, so they’d need to reach the ACC Tournament championship game and the Sweet 16 to play 10) he’ll need to average 25.7 points per game to top Juan Dixon’s career record of 2,269.

Likely? Not at all. Impossible? Not at all.

As Patrick pointed out yesterday on his Twitter feed (@D1scourse), there IS something poetic about Juan Dixon being the school’s all-time leading scorer. He’s a Baltimore kid, he was an underdog, he lead the school to their first ever Final Four appearance and their first ever NCAA Championship. Does that mean that Maryland fans should root AGAINST the senior from Venezuela clipping Dixon’s record? Of course not. BUT-I don’t think Maryland fans would be too upset if Vasquez fell short.

3. Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says playing Clemson will help Terps ‘gauge progress’ since loss at Littlejohn Coliseum

Which is somewhat true. Maryland struggles on the road in general, so beating Clemson at home after a dismal performance on the road might be more of an indication of the way Gary Williams’ club just performs better in College Park than it is an indication of how much they’ve improved since losing 62-53 back on January 31.

The one area where Maryland can gauge progress is how they handle Jerai Grant; who scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the first meeting. If Grant has similar success this time out-that’s bad news for the Terps.

And before we get off the topic, we’re sure Terrence Oglesby has no eligibility left, right?

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Sorry to even bring it back up…

4. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Terps don’t need to get to 11 or 12 ACC wins to reach NCAA Tournament

And as others (like SI’s Andy Glockner) have recently mentioned, teams that finish 9-7 or better in a league like the ACC will get IN. There just aren’t enough other teams around the country with legitimate NCAA Tournament resumes to take the spots. The ACC is the 3rd power ranked conference in the country RPI-wise, so the detractors that have claimed the league is “down” aren’t REALLY looking much past the fact that North Carolina has been dreadful and there is only one team currently ranked in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Top 25.

You know why else teams in the ACC will get the benefit of the doubt on Selection Sunday? Because this young lady exists…..

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5. Towson Official Site previews tonight’s final road trip of regular season at William & Mary

William & Mary beat Wake Forest and Maryland this season. Towson lost games by 59 points and 42 points this season.

I’m not trying to say that I’m some sort of sorcerer, but I think I know how this one ends.

It would be tough to judge the Tigers by whatever happens tonight at Kaplan Arena, mostly because almost every CAA team would be expected to lose there. Pat Kennedy and his gang will almost certainly be judged by how they perform in Richmond during the CAA Tournament, where they put together a nice run a season ago.

6. UMBC Official Site previews America East regular season finale tonight at New Hampshire

Not a whole lot else to say here. I hope Randy Monroe’s Retrievers team can squeak out one more win this season (either tonight or in the America East Tournament) to build some spirits over there in Catonsville. If I had to guess though, they probably won’t.

While we’re on the subject of UMBC, what is the point of Drew Forrester hanging out with Phil Stern if Phil hasn’t introduced me to Kim Browning yet???

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7. Inside Lacrosse says Michael Kimmel, Kyle Wharton and Steven Boyle had big days as Johns Hopkins crushed Delaware 15-7

This is a very impressive victory for Dave Pietramala’s Blue Jays, as the Blue Hens were coming into the game off a win at UMBC Stadium on Saturday. To push past a Delaware team as easy as Hopkins did yesterday makes a statement about just how much separation there is between them and other teams in college lacrosse.

The Jays return to action Friday night at Homewood Field against Siena, another game that can be seen on ESPNU. If I wasn’t headed to Indianapolis, I’d be there.

8. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Chris Tillman to throw side session today, Brian Roberts expects to be able to take live batting practice next week

Both of these things obviously appear to be good signs, but we should probably let them play out before we assume that everyone is out of the woods. If Tillman or Bergesen has long term effects from their injuries, it will hurt a team that for once appears to be coming into the season with a set rotation.

9. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Tejada reported to Spring Training Tuesday ‘comfortable’ at 3B

Good to know.

(Sorry, it doesn’t move me much to know that a player feels “comfortable” coming into Sarasota needing to move positions. Glad he’s there. Not much else to say.)

10. Ravens Official Site says team hires Monachino as OLB Coach, reuniting him with Terrell Suggs

I really think this is a sign to me that John Harbaugh and staff are serious about getting T-Sizzle in shape. The team was NOT happy with Suggs’ conditioning after getting hurt in Training Camp, and bringing in a coach he worked with at Arizona State is a likely sign they need more from him this season. They believe in Suggs (to the tune of 60 million dollars), but they’re not going to give him a free pass anymore.

11. NFL.com’s Vic Carucci says Ravens have needs at WR, TE, CB, DE going into NFL Draft

Agreed. In fact, I’d bet 4 Chinese lunches that their first round pick is at one of those positions.

As Drew Forrester and I discussed this morning, there is one player on the Ravens board that will NOT be available at 25-but I wouldn’t be even a BIT surprised to see them move up and get. I’d tell you who it was, but I’d have to kill you.

(Hint: It is NOT Jimmy Clausen.)

12. The Sun’s Glenn Graham says despite Josh Selby’s 45, Edmondson stunned Lake Clifton to win Baltimore City hoops title

Josh Selby is a hell of a player, and that’s a hell of a win for Edmondson. Congratulations to both.

And finally, I leave you with this.

Have you seen this? Scott Van Pelt duped live on SportsCenter last night by Captain Janks from the Howard Stern Show, claiming to be Brian Westbrook? No idea how ESPN got had like this….

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Talk to you later.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 17 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because I recently discovered who Christina Hendricks was…
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I still don’t know what she does for a living, but I bet she’s nice.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. NC State Official Site previews Maryland’s trip to Raleigh tonight

The 88-64 beatdown the Terps handed the Wolfpack about a month ago makes it hard to imagine much of anything else is coming tonight, but the ‘Pack will obviously be a much more rested team than the Terrapins, and will benefit from playing in front of the crowd at the RBC Center.

That being said, for NCSU to have a shot tonight Tracy Smith will have to be a force inside. This puts responsibility on Jordan Williams to control the paint. As long as that happens, the Wolfpack shooters (like Javier Gonzalez) won’t have the room they need to put together multi-shot runs.

I’ll say 71-61 Maryland. (A reminder that the game is being televised regionally by Fox Sports, locally by Comcast SportsNet.)

2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Terps statistically much better at Comcast Center than away during ACC season

You might be thinking “71 points, Glenn?” Well, here’s an explanation. As I’ve said to anyone who would listen (thanks Patrick for pointing that out by the way), this team ISN’T a great shooting or great offensive team. They’re just a team that has gotten really comfortable playing in College Park, which has improved their overall offensive ability (thankfully).

A reminder that you can follow Patrick Stevens on Twitter (@D1scourse). You can follow us on Twitter as well (@WNST). You can follow pro wrestler Mick Foley on Twitter (@_MickFoley). I’d recommend all three.

3. Washington Post’s Mike Wise says Terps have found ‘stability’ with Gary Williams, Greivis Vasquez this season

This is absolutely one of the more underrated storylines of the ’09-’10 season. For all of the insanity that surrounded Maryland basketball during the ’08-’09 campaign; this year’s team has almost been the exact opposite. At no point has there been some sort of power struggle with Debbie Yow, at no point has there been a groundswell of “Fire Gary Williams” thoughts, and at no point has Greivis Vasquez had any sort of stand-off with Maryland fans that has lead to some sort of awkward situation. Hell, the Washington Post hasn’t even done a 3 part series about the state of the program, and the head coach hasn’t lost it on a reporter from Baltimore who couldn’t possibly have been more defensive of him.

Maybe it’s time to shake things up a bit?

4. Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terps want to play Wolfpack same way tonight they played Virginia Monday night

So do the rest of us.

Of course, I also want Journey to play as well as they did with Steve Perry, but they’ve managed to play alright with Arnel Pineda too…

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5. The AP says Chris De La Rosa’s 20 points not enough as UMBC finished winless season at RAC Arena with loss to Stony Brook

Tough to go winless for an entire season at home. Just tough. Not really sure what else to say here.

Randy Monroe’s club will take their ball and try to pick up as many pieces as they can the rest of the way in America East play, starting Sunday afternoon at Binghamton.

6. The AP says RaShawn Polk scored 16, but Towson fell to Old Dominion in Norfolk

Speaking of moving on…

Look, Towson could have been beaten much worse by ODU, so I guess that’s something for Pat Kennedy to hang his hat on.

The Tigers step out of CAA play next, traveling to Manhattan Saturday afternoon as part of the ESPN BracketBusters series.

7. Loyola Official Site previews tonight’s rescheduled MAAC tilt with St. Peter’s

While the Peacocks ARE 9-5 in conference play, this really SHOULD be a winnable game for Jimmy Patsos’ Greyhounds at Reitz Arena. And they can use as many wins as they can get moving towards the MAAC Tournament.

8. Morgan State Official Site previews tonight’s MEAC showdown at Delaware State

This is really a big game for the Bears, as they have to prove that their loss to South Carolina State Monday night wasn’t a sign of a team that was cracking late in the season. Playing the Hornets in Dover is NOT an easy task, especially considering that with a win-DSU would be right back in the MEAC regular season title picture. On top of that, Todd Bozeman’s team has a really tough test coming Saturday at Murray State-and a 3 game losing streak might be tough to snap.

9. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says MASN making ‘error’ by only airing 4 Orioles Spring Training games

But, how can they have room for O’s games when they have such quality programming as…

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Seriously, why air the games when you can air a radio show with guys TALKING about the games?!?!

In all seriousness, there’s no excuse for a regional network OWNED by the team to only air 4 games. MASN should be airing 10 games, similar to what SNY is doing with the Mets, YES is doing with the Yankees, and NESN is doing with the Red Sox.

It’s not a low blow. It’s JUST a fact.

10. The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Andy MacPhail may try to get Birds another pitcher

Peter suggests Jarrod Washburn. And even though he went 9-9 last season, he did have a 3.78 ERA and a 1.188 WHIP. I don’t know what it would take for Washburn to come to Baltimore, but I’m not opposed to the move. It would give the Orioles 6 starting pitchers (with Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, Brad Bergesen, Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz); but with Bergesen hurt and some questioning whether or not Tillman or Matusz might need a bit more time in Norfolk once he leaves Sarasota; it would probably be a good problem to have.

That being said, there’s a guy in White Sox camp that probably won’t make the roster I’m keeping my eye on….

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11. City Paper’s Andrea Appleton says Kevin Grace (The Wire) working to honor former boxing champ, Baltimore native Joe Gans

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As a Baltimore native, I am embarrassed to say that I don’t know much about Gans. I am thankful for the work Kevin Grace is doing, as this will give me an opportunity to learn more about a great athlete. I would suggest reading this story, and hearing about the event Grace (and former Colts RB Lydell Mitchell) are currently working on.

12. Thoroughbred Times’ Ron Parker says Lookin At Lucky at top of first Triple Crown poll of 2010

And so begins the list of horse names you’ll need to learn before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Rumor has it Rick from Reisterstown already ran to Pimlico and bet a week’s worth of delivery tips.

And finally, I leave you with this.

Thanks to our buddy Chad Lamasa, who let me know this morning that Wale would be coming to Rams Head Live on April 3rd. You should like Wale…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6hI3SPyecU[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 16 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because Tracy Morgan was on “The Late Show with David Letterman” last night. There should be a law forcing these two to work together more often…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4_zEYoonWQ[/youtube]

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

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Greivis Vasquez scored 30 points as Terps trounced Virginia

It doesn’t make the Duke loss irrelevant, but it confirms exactly what I wrote about Maryland following the loss in Durham. They’re just a MUCH better shooting team in College Park than they are away. They play with a MUCH higher level of confidence in College Park than they do away. Playing better at home is a normal thing for college basketball teams, but the difference for Maryland this season is much greater than it is for most teams in many years.

2. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Vasquez certainly greatest player in Comcast Center history

It was a hotly contested battle between Vasquez and this guy…

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I’m well aware that Mike Grinnon jokes are probably only funny to me. But since when was I supposed to care about anyone else?

Anyway, it really was just one more unbelievable performance from Greivis Vasquez, whose legacy will always include a “but”, “BUT” he’s been pretty damn good.

3. The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps overcame short rest to pick up win over Cavaliers

No rest for the weary (or for the wicked if you ask Cage the Elephant), as the Terps get right back at it tomorrow night in Raleigh against NC State. The game has a Fox Sports regional broadcast, and will be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet. Going back on the road with a short turnaround like this will be tough for the Terps, but clearly a team like the Wolfpack are a team that Gary Williams’ bunch SHOULD be able to beat.

4. Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Michael Phillips says slowing down Cavs offensively not impressive for Terrapins, but breaking down UVa defense is

As my friend Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse on Twitter) and I discussed last night, it wouldn’t have been surprising for the Terps to beat a Tony Bennett-coached Hoos team by a score of 64-50. But it WAS surprising for them to score 52 points in the first half en route to an 85-66 victory; as Virginia has been a strong defensive team this season-which is the staple of a Tony Bennett or Dick Bennett-coached team.

Look, it wasn’t a “great” victory for the Terps, as I don’t think Virginia will ultimately end up being an NCAA Tournament team (or even a “bubble” team frankly). But it was exactly the type of performance you’d want from a team like Maryland in that situation.

5. The AP says long win streaks in MEAC play and at Hill Field House for Morgan State snapped by loss to South Carolina State

Boy, I REALLY thought that after getting past the Bethune-Cookman battle last Monday the Bears were on their way to an undefeated conference season. I will admit that I was surprised to see them lose, even to a pretty good SC State team.

That being said, the loss will be completely meaningless if Todd Bozeman’s team gets right back on the horse and marches to the MEAC regular season and MEAC Tournament titles. If the loss (and some close games recently) are an indication of a team that is cracking a bit, this could be a VERY bad sign.

The Bears return to action Wednesday night at Delaware State-another tough conference foe.

6. Coppin State Official Site says Quinston Reggins’ 15 points not enough as Eagles fell to Winston-Salem State

There’s really no excusing this type of loss. The Rams are not NEARLY good enough that they should be able to come to Baltimore and beat a Fang Mitchell-coached team, especially a team that appeared to be playing better basketball as of late.

The biggest issue for the Eagles continues to be the fact that no single player has stepped up to be a guy who can be counted on the 2nd half of games. They have 4 players who score between 9-11 points per game (Lenny Young, Kareem Brown, Michael Harper, Vince Goldsberry); and at times they have other players (like Reggins last night) who take the high water mark beyond that.

Coppin returns to action Saturday afternoon in Princess Anne when they visit UMES.

7. Towson Official Site previews Tigers’ trip to Old Dominion tonight

According to Sportsbook.com, the Monarchs are 22 point favorites in this game. Drew Forrester seemed surprised by that, which only makes me wonder if Drew Forrester is somehow not familiar with Towson basketball despite seeing them more than anyone who is not actually part of the team.

Obviously, this would be a great victory for Pat Kennedy’s bunch if they could go down to the Ted Constant Convocation Center and win. It would take a minor miracle though.

8. UMBC Official Site previews Matt Spadafora’s Senior Night tonight at RAC Arena against Stony Brook

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2 days ago, if you had given me 12 guesses, I’m not sure I could have told you that the Sea Wolves were atop the America East standings. (That was a joke about how I wouldn’t have known the Sea Wolves were even in America East. Like I always say, if you want my jokes to make more than just ME laugh, you people better start paying me more.)

And much like Towson, a win tonight would be a really good win for Randy Monroe’s crew, especially considering that it is their final chance to win even a single game in Catonsville this season. Unfortunately, also a lot like Towson-it is unlikely.

9. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says even more responsibility resting on Wieters’ shoulders in first full season with Orioles

Yeah, but….

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(Thanks Matt Wieters Facts!)

In all seriousness, there are clearly a lot of expectations surrounding Matt Wieters this season, both fair and unfair. He will have a lot of responsibility with a young pitching staff that this organization is clearly hoping will become a viable MLB staff by the end of the year. On top of that, there are a number of people very close to the organization that are hoping he’ll prove himself to be a middle of the lineup-type hitter; especially considering the team lacks players like that.

Is it too much to ask? I guess we’ll find out.

10. Ravens Official Site’s Mike Duffy says former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah believes Flacco has “Top 5 arm”

Great. Kyle Boller had an arm so strong that he threw a ball 60 yards through the uprights. It didn’t keep him from also doing this…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9n4DlmibDQ[/youtube]

Look, we ALL know Joe Flacco has a strong arm. But having a strong arm and having the mental capability to be a great NFL quarterback are too very different things. It also helps to have NFL-ready playmakers for a QB with a strong arm to throw the ball too.

Over the next 4-5 years, we will likely begin to find out if Joe Flacco is a QB with a strong arm or a GREAT NFL QB with a strong arm.

11. ESPN.com’s James Walker expects Ravens to ‘push’ to keep at least one of Justin Bannan, Dwan Edwards on roster

There’s no reason NOT to expect this, as the organization is very happy with both players, and expects them to continue to develop.

That being said, keeping players like Brandon McKinney and Kelly Talavou out of Training Camp a season has to be considered part of an insurance policy should they not be able to hold onto players like Bannan and Edwards.

12. Thoroughbred Times’ Frank Angst says Magna still looking for ‘stalking horse’ bid

Which sorta goes against what Jeff Seder from Blow Horn Equity had stated previously on AM1570 WNST, that his group had the “stalking horse bid.” This whole situation is really getting to be damningly frustrating. PNC Bank wants to get the money back that they loaned Magna; and they SHOULD be able to get it back. The other bidders want to know more about the future of their potential investment, the state wants to make sure it is keeping the Preakness, and the Maryland Jockey Club REALLY doesn’t want slots at Arundel Mills.

The bottom line….to all of this….is that SOMEONE needs to own and run the tracks and help horse racing in this state move forward. Right now, that is the only thing that ISN’T happening.

And finally, I leave you with this.

With Dave Matthews Band coming to Nationals Park July 23rd, a friend recently asked me if I could name my favorite Dave Matthews Band songs of all time.

I couldn’t.

I know “Louisiana Bayou” is in the mix, as are “Angel” and “So Right”, but there has to be an older song that gets on the list, and I’m not sure which one it would be. “Two Step” I guess. The point of all of this rambling is that I realized recently that a song on “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King” has made its way into my Top 5.

“Seven”

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It’s just THAT good. Of course, maybe it’s the song title; as the Prince song of the same name was pretty good too…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMjZm_C4Hhs[/youtube]

Talk to you later.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because I’m on my way to Durham this afternoon to (hopefully) see Maryland kick the snot out of Duke! Cameron Indoor Stadium is always one of my favorite trips, even if it didn’t work out so well a season ago….

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Hey, as long as Maryland doesn’t lose by 41 this year, I guess we’ve made progress!

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. The AP says Duke forward Lance Thomas doubtful for tomorrow afternoon against Maryland

This would of course be GOOD NEWS for Maryland-as Lance Thomas is absolutely one of the better all-around basketball players the Blue Devils have (along with Nolan Smith and arguably Jon Scheyer-although I think he’s probably more of a system guy.) My guess is that the Devils will go tough inside by giving as many of Thomas’ minutes as possible to Brian Zoubek. If you remember, Zoubek was so dominant against Dave Neal and the Terps inside a season ago that former Sun columnist David Steele nicknamed him “Kareem Abdul-Zoubek.”

Brutal.

(Official prediction: 79-74 Duke. Please don’t kill me.)

2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says current Terps don’t have great history at Cameron Indoor Stadium

In fairness, Greivis Vasquez scored 13 points for Maryland in an 85-77 victory at Cameron Indoor during his freshman season back in ’07. But the Terps haven’t won there since, and obviously last year’s loss was the ugliest.

Of course, a number of Maryland players in the past have left their greatest legacy at Cameron Indoor (including Nic Caner-Medley, who survived the chants of “You Can’t Beat Me, I’m From Maryland” to lead the Terps to a big victory), which reminds me of something…

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(Edit from GMC: By the way, I lost my copy of the Duke “severed head” picture, can someone direct me to it, or email it to me at glenn@wnst.net? Thanks!)

3. The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terrapins will fight new NCAA rule limiting James Franklin’s ability to recruit

As they should, because this is borderline INSANE. Why an assistant would be more limited in recruiting than other assistants in college football just because they have a “coach in waiting” title is BEYOND ME. I’m sure there are schools that might find a way to bend the rules with a coach in waiting, but it just makes no sense to me to punish a school for deciding to use the “coach in waiting” program (whether or not you agree with it.)

4. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Chad Tomko did in Towson as Tigers fell to UNC-Wilmington

That’s a bad loss. It certainly hurt Pat Kennedy’s bunch to play without Jarrel Smith, but this should have been a win for them. They’ll get back at it Saturday with another winnable game against Georgia State at 4pm over at the Towson Center, but it’s hard to say anything positive about the situation over there right now.

5. UMBC Official Site says De La Rosa, Gilliam combined for 48 points as Retrievers won at Hartford

Congratulations to Randy Monroe and the Retrievers for gutting out a road win against a Hawks team that had been playing pretty well. What would REALLY be nice now would be if they could come back to Catonsville and win a game inside RAC Arena. They return to action Saturday night at 7pm against Albany-a team that actually has a WORSE America East record than they do.

6. Washington Post says Brenda Frese got 250th career victory last night as Maryland women beat Wake Forest

As I said earlier in the week, it will take a drastic turnaround for the Terps to have a shot at making the NCAA Tournament, but they have to start by winning. Getting a tough victory in Winston-Salem can help start the ball rolling, but they have to keep getting wins, knowing that they still have shots at good wins with Duke and Florida State still up on the schedule. They return to action Sunday at 2pm against Clemson at Comcast Center.

7. Loyola Official Site says Greyhounds’ game against St. Peter’s tonight postponed until Wednesday night at 7pm

Which absolutely has to be considered the right decision all things considered. The MAAC was in a situation where-with no TV-they could make the call to move the game and play it when it makes more sense. Jimmy Patsos’ Hounds now will gear up for a trip to Iona Sunday at 2pm, that game can be seen on MASN.

8. The Sun’s Edward Lee says state of Maryland losing grip on lacrosse power to state of New York

There’s just no doubt about this; but that doesn’t mean there’s suddenly less interest in lacrosse in Maryland-it’s just that the success of the bigger programs in the northeast has hurt the power in Maryland. With just two potential lacrosse “powers” (Maryland and Johns Hopkins) in the Old Line State, New York can compete with Syracuse, Hofstra, etc. to keep interest and power. It falls on the other schools in the state of Maryland (UMBC, Loyola, Towson, etc.) to help compete with the likes of Cornell, Albany, etc.

9. Examiner Jay Trucker says Orioles pitcher Bergesen injured filming MASN commercial

You may or may not have seen it, mostly because there’s not really much to be watching on MASN right now (except a few good college hoops games)…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCxxd8MVwTA[/youtube]

I want to offer some real analysis on this, but I just can’t help but laugh. “This is Birdland!”

Fortunately, Bergesen will not miss much of Spring Training, and should be back in the mix to compete for the #3 spot in the rotation with Brian Matusz (or maybe the #2 spot with Jeremy Guthrie).

10. MLB.com’s Spencer Fordin says Adam Jones, Miguel Tejada, Nolan Reimold may all be options for cleanup spot

This is the issue when it comes to the Birds. Garrett Atkins is going to be playing out of position this season. Miguel Tejada is going to be playing out of position this year. And whoever ends up being placed in the cleanup role is going to be hitting out of position this year. It’s just not what MLB teams do. You don’t just go acquire players and say “well, SOMEONE will fill this spot.”

That being said, we all HOPE Matt Wieters can develop into the guy-but I’m not sure that’s a fair expectation. I think Wieters will always be a solid doubles and average hitter, but I am not expecting him to suddenly become Mike Piazza. I just don’t think that’s a fair assumption.

11. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Kyle Wilson, Jermaine Gresham, Brandon LaFell, Syd’Quan Thompson, Golden Tate, Arrelious Benn, Damian Williams amongst those mocked to Ravens

Couple of things….

I don’t see the Ravens taking a sub-5’11″ cornerback with their first pick. Trust me, they want help at the position, but they want help with size, or they just want to add capable players later on. I do not see them investing 1st round money in a corner the same size as Domonique Foxworth, Chris Carr and Lardarius Webb.

I ALSO don’t see the Ravens taking a sub-6 foot receiver with their first pick. It’s priority #1, but size HAS to matter.

12. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark profiles Maryland DT Travis Ivey amongst potential Ravens targets after “Texas vs. The Nation” All-Star Game

These are obviously Saturday guys in the Draft, but there are players on that list that have Ray Rice or Lardarius Webb-type potential. Worth taking a look….

And finally, I leave you with this.

Thanks to “What Would Tyler Durden Do” for directing me to pictures of Anne Hathaway in the upcoming issue of GQ. It has brightened my day.

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If you’re not on the Anne Hathaway bandwagon, I can make room.

Make sure you hang out with us at WNST.net tomorrow, as I’ll be blogging and Tweeting (follow us @WNST) during Maryland-Duke at 1pm.

Talk to you then.

-G

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