I hate talking about race.I mean, I REALLY hate talking about race.
But I can’t help but think that maybe the Suggs comments were fueled by race.
The 2 Live Stews are very recognizable in the black community; especially somewhere like Atlanta. They set up Terrell Suggs with a question about whether or not a black QB should be playing in Baltimore.
Terrell Suggs may have had no choice but to answer the way he did.
For Terrell Suggs to have answered; “No, Joe Flacco is our quarterback and that’s the way it’s gonna be” might not have been received well in the black community. Maybe I’m wrong about that; but I think Flacco almost had to say what he said given the circumstances.
Does it make what he said okay? Not necessarily. But I also don’t think his comments are a big deal. I don’t think he said he didn’t believe in Joe Flacco. I think he simply attempted to support his teammate Troy Smith. And MAYBE, just MAYBE; the Ravens WOULD be a better team if Troy Smith was on the field for at least PART of games.
But I don’t think this is the issue that some of our callers made it out to be this morning. I really think this is a non-issue; and won’t be an issue unless Flacco’s struggles worsen over the next few weeks.
And as far as the “bounty” is concerned; let’s be real. This isn’t the first time there’s been a bounty out for a NFL player. And trust me; EVERYONE wants to take a shot at Hines Ward.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..
Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:
Casey Willett offers C-Mac’s thoughts on benching
Alex Thomas picks Ravens 27-6
RAVENS:The Official Site’s Mike Duffy
The Official Site says Hall knows Raiders have failed vs. no-huddle in past
The Official Site says McClain happy Ravens fans ‘showed up’ in Miami
The Official Site says Ogden ‘doesn’t miss’ Sundays
The Official Site says Harbaugh thinks McAlister situation ‘pretty clear cut’
Raiders Official Site says Cable will ‘emphasize’ Flacco’s weaknesses
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Washington holds no grudges against Raiders
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Suggs doesn’t stand by comments that Smith should be starter
The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. cleans up after me
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck not sure Suggs ‘thinking at all’
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says McAlister issue not just about dress code
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Reed, Figurs, D. Williams all did not practice
The Sun’s Mike Preston says Suggs backs off ‘bounty’ statement
The Sun’s Mike Preston says Rolle, Landry not ready to return this week
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh not making ‘promises’ regarding McAlister this week
The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says McAlister, Suggs on ‘offensive’ at practice yesterday
Aaron Wilson says Suggs thinks both QB’s should play
Aaron Wilson says McAlister issue ‘lingers’
Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says McAlister still ‘happy’
ESPN.com’s Jeffri Chadiha says Mason example of receiver succeeding despite lack of size
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs ‘boisterous’, ‘overstated’
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens must win close games
SI.com’s “Dr. Z” lifts Ravens to 22nd in Power Rankings
SF Chronicle’s David White says Raiders’ Ryan doesn’t miss Kiffin
Oakland Tribune’s Steve Corkran says Ryan thinks Cable ‘breath of fresh air’
TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:The Sun’s Jeff Barker
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says many walk-ons eventually get scholarships
The Sun’s Jeff Barker doesn’t think coaches ‘comfortable’ with Portis
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph believes seniors vital to ‘change in attitude’
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Pack trying to ‘steal’ win
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Randolph not in mix last Saturday due to being ‘banged up’
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Scott ‘close to 100 percent’
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Franklin calm during games, animated other timesThe Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler
The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph thinks Terps should split carries more
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says O’Brien confirms LB Irving won’t play
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps aren’t confirming Barnes out for season
Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says coaching change still hurting Pack
Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says struggles, injuries make Virginia Tech game less ‘untenable’
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen liked effort, didn’t like focus in yesterday’s practice
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph knows Terps can’t suffer any more ‘letdowns’
Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps want to play in ‘warmer’ Bowl
ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Terps 28-24
ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Turner ‘heart’ of Terps’ ‘swings’Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh
says Lempa moving on without Barnes (must subscribe)Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem
says Galt finally makes impact (must subscribe)Turtle Sports Report’s John Wallpher
says Maryland interested in Porzel teammate Scott (must subscribe)TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:
Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter
says prospect Buie ‘excited’ after Madness (must subscribe)TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:
The Official Site
The Official Site says Toliver named ACC preseason Player of the Year
The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Townsend improving before even getting to College Park
Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Kizer ACC preseason Rookie of the Year
NAVY FOOTBALL:The Sun’s Don Markus
The Examiner’s Dave Carey says answer coming regarding starting QB situation Saturday
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids don’t fear SMU’s passing attack
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids have helmet changes
Go Mids’ David Ausiello says flyover important part of Navy football
Go Mids breaks down Navy, SMU (must subscribe)NAVY BASKETBALL:
The Official Site
MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:The Official Site
SALISBURY FOOTBALL:The Official Site
ORIOLES:The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin
The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Bascom struggling in Hawaii
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Reimold hot after slow start in Arizona
HORSE RACING:Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe
The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Heros Reward ready for Breeder’s Cup run
SWIMMING:The Sun’s Bill Ordine
BALTIMORE COLTS:The Sun’s Peter Schmuck
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:-I don’t know why Ralph is being so vague about the Kevin Barnes situation. My guess is that there is a chance he could return for a Terps Bowl game; so Ralph doesn’t want to rule him out for the season yet. But if he is going to be out long term; Ralph should just tell everyone; as there isn’t a competitive advantage either way.
-I hope Drew Forrester is wrong about Chris McAlister. I hope he IS back next season. But it isn’t pretty.
Talk to you tomorrow.