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Live From Owings Mills: Heap Still Out As Ravens Begin Preparations For Saints

Posted on 15 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens returned to work Wednesday at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills. It was the first time they gathered since a 34-28 overtime win over the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football, and marked the first opportunity to prepare for this coming Sunday’s Week 15 showdown with the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Ravens got a late start Wednesday, not practicing until 3:30pm as they recovered from their contest less than 48 hours earlier. The team held a light practice that resembled a walkthrough, players did not wear pads or helmets.

TE Todd Heap (hamstring) missed practice again, he has not participated since being hurt in the first quarter of the team’s Week 13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Head Coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday he was “hopeful” Heap could be available for Sunday’s game.

S Tom Zbikowski (back) and WR Derrick Mason (ankle) were both on the field during practice, but were listed as not participating.

CB Fabian Washington (thigh) returned to practice after missing Monday night’s game. He and LB Tavares Gooden (calf) were listed as full participants.

Four players did not practice Wednesday for the Saints. DT Remi Ayodele (ankle), DT Anthony Hargrove (knee), WR Courtney Roby (head) and TE David Thomas (knee) were listed as having not participated.

OT Jermon Bushrod (Towson University) was listed as a limited participant Wednesday with an ankle injury. Other Saints who were limited Wednesday were RB Chris Ivory (hamstring), S Malcolm Jenkins (rib), TE Jeremy Shockey (groin) and LB Jonathan Vilma (quad).

CB Tracy Porter (shoulder) and OT Zach Strief (knee) were listed as full participants.

ROSTER MOVE: The Ravens announced a roster move Wednesday, adding OT Andre Ramsey to the practice squad.

Ramsey replaces OT Colin Brown, who was signed to the Buffalo Bills’ active roster this week. Ramsey previously spent time on the practice squad with the Bills and New York Jets. He is in his second season out of Ball State.

This is the second time in as many weeks the Ravens have had to make a practice squad adjustment. Last week CB Prince Miller was signed off the practice squad by the Detroit Lions. The Ravens replaced him with CB Danny Gorrer.

FIRST HONOR FOR REED
: KR/WR David Reed was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Wednesday. It was the first such honor for the rookie from Utah.

Reed had a 103 yard kick return touchdown in the team’s win Monday at Reliant Stadium, the first TD of his NFL career. He finished Monday’s game with 233 kick return yards. Reed is averaging 29.9 yards on 20 returns this season.

Reed became the first Ravens player to nab the honor since Punter Sam Koch in Week 16 of the 2008 season.

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Mason, S Ed Reed, LB Terrell Suggs and DT Haloti Ngata NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Saints coach Sean Payton & QB Drew Brees held conference calls with Charm City reporters Wednesday, those chats are available in the Audio Vault as well……The Ravens have reached the finals of the “Ravens Cornhole Federation” tournament in their locker room this season. Flacco is facing Koch in a Best of 5 Championship series. Koch won the first two matches of the series Wednesday, and was the choice of Harbaugh to win the final. Koch is scheduled to talk about it with Drew Forrester Thursday at 7:10am on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST……The Ravens will return to practice Thursday morning at 1 Winning Drive. QB Joe Flacco, LB Ray Lewis and RB Ray Rice are expected to meet with the media following Thursday’s practice

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 09 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because I left “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” playing on a loop on my DVD player the other night, which means I’ve seen THIS scene play out about twenty times now since Thanksgiving. It hasn’t gotten old.

(Edit from GMC: You know damn well there’s an “F word” in this clip. Act accordingly.)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk74WprmZxY[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says John Harbaugh didn’t intend to direct Tuesday night comments to all Baltimore fans

But there’s no doubt how folks in Charm City TOOK the comments, and that’s what Harbaugh is going to have to keep in mind moving forward.

I’m a little spent on Harbaugh comments following my column yesterday comparing him and former Ohio State coach John Cooper (you should go here and read it). I’ve talked to a number of football fans in town over the last 24 hours and there’s no question the comments stuck with fans.

I understand where John Harbaugh’s emotion came from Tuesday night. I understand that he’s as frustrated (if not more) than anyone in town right now.

But he HAS to be more respectful to fans-even when they’re insane. (Edit from GMC: Says the guy who loses his mind on football fans on a regular basis.)

It’s part of the job, whether he wants it to be or not.

2. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Ravens LB Jameel McClain will appeal $40k fine

There’s no doubt McClain’s fine was a bit excessive for a first time offender who had no intent to hit Pittsburgh TE Heath Miller in the head. But something tells me the NFL has decided they need to make a statement in this case because the game was seen by a HUGE audience on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

Make no mistake. This will absolutely be a significant issue as the NFLPA enters labor discussions this offseason and we head towards a potential lockout in 2011. If the league wants any concessions from players regarding revenue, they are almost certainly going to have to concede this outrageous fines even if they are simply trying to protect their players.

It’s not going to be an easy fight.

3. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Ed Reed believes Steelers WR Hines Ward deserved fine as well

Speaking of fine, here’s a picture of Danielle Dwyer. (Thanks Brosome via Busted Coverage!)

danielled

4. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens lost CB Prince Miller to Detroit Lions, signed CB Danny Gorrer to practice squad

And before we move on from the Ravens, a couple of things…

-The Ravens return to the practice field at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills today. Harbaugh, QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice, LB Ray Lewis and others are scheduled to address the media. We’ll have full coverage, so make sure you stay tuned to AM1570 WNST, follow us on Twitter (@WNST) and keep checking back at WNST.net.

-Did you miss Ravens TE Ed Dickson with Drew Forrester Thursday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net today to check it out. Some other things you can hear in the Audio Vault include…

  • Sean Salisbury (“Sean Unfiltered”-Voice America Sports Radio)-who went around the NFL with Drew Thursday
  • Michael Bradley (Philadelphia Magazine)-who talked about his decision to not give his Heisman Trophy vote to Cam Newton with Drew Thursday
  • Our Morning Reaction “Cheap Shots From The Bleachers”, as Drew took a shot at Cam Newton winning the Heisman, and Glenn Clark took a shot at fans who don’t “get” the Army/Navy Game
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News)-who went around the NFL with Rex Snider Wednesday on “The Afternoon Drive”
  • Barry Barnes (Fanhouse)-who went around the AFC North with Rex Wednesday
  • Jean Fugett Jr. (Former Washington Redskins & Dallas Cowboys TE)-who discussed the loss of Todd Heap with Rex Wednesday
  • Lee Hull (Terps WR Coach)-who joined Thyrl Nelson Wednesday for “The Terrapins Coaches’ Report”
  • Steve Beck (Military Bowl Executive Director)-who discussed the Maryland-East Carolina matchup with Thyrl Wednesday on “The Mobtown Sports Beat”
  • Mike Bauman (MLB.com)-who checked in with Thyrl Wednesday from the MLB winter meetings in Orlando
  • Plenty of audio from 1 Winning Drive Wednesday; including Dickson, Jameel McClain, Le’Ron McClain, Todd Heap, Derrick Mason, Anquan Boldin and Kelly Gregg
  • Post-game audio from Maryland’s win over UNC Greensboro last night; including Gary Williams, Jordan Williams, Cliff Tucker and Adrian Bowie

It’s all in the Audio Vault, so make sure you take a few minutes today to check it out. You know you want to.

5. MLB.com’s Kelly Thesier says Orioles, Minnesota Twins could finalize deal for JJ Hardy today

Between this and Mitch Atkins, I’m not sure how the Birds CAN’T win the World Series next year!

If they’re still looking to make a splash before the end of the meetings, I have a suggestion for Andy MacPhail. Consider Alina Vacariu. (Thanks Guyism!)

vacariu

(Edit from GMC: UPDATE-CBSSports.com now says the deal is done. Hooray!)

6. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says O’s agreed to terms with Koji Uehara on one year deal

I don’t know if this has ever happened before, but if I were the Orioles I might go ahead and consider a ticker tape parade BEFORE Spring Training.

The Orioles made other news Wednesday, as they distanced themselves from comments made by Luke Scott in an interview with Yahoo! Sports.

I can’t imagine why…

7. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Adrian Bowie, Cliff Tucker respond to adversity as Maryland crushed UNC Greensboro

The Spartans stink. That being said, even they could beat Penn State.

Gary Williams said after the game he considered making lineup changes following the Terps’ poor offensive output against Temple in the BB&T Classic.

Cliff Tucker said he didn’t know he was starting until earlier in the day Wednesday.

Gary Williams WANTS to stick with Tucker and Bowie all season. Fans want to see Terrell Stoglin and Pe’Shon Howard in the lineup.

What ends up happening will have everything to do with whether or not Tucker and Bowie can play with consistency over the next few weeks.

Maryland opens ACC play Sunday afternoon (4pm on Comcast SportsNet/Fox Sports Net) when they host Boston College at Comcast Center.

8. TowsonTigers.com says Josh Brown and Rashawn Polk scored 18 points each, but Towson couldn’t hold off George Washington in DC

A loss to the Colonials probably won’t impress anyone, but a six point game against GWU at the Smith Center is likely a sign of progress for Pat Kennedy’s team. One major problem from last night? They got just one point from Troy Franklin. I don’t think they’ll win many games that way.

Towson now heads to Catonsville next for a contest with UMBC at RAC Arena Saturday night. The Retrievers had a rough night last night, as they were pounded by Rider 81-39. I’d tell you something about that game, but what the hell is there to say?

9. The AP says Shane Walker & Robert Olson each scored 14, but Loyola lost to George Mason in Fairfax

Tough night for Jimmy Patsos’ Greyhounds last night at the Patriot Center.

In honor of the holiday season, I’m going to try to make some spirits bright here. Here’s a picture of Tehmeena Afzal. (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)

afzal

10. Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terrapins Offensive Coordinator James Franklin finalist for head coaching gig at Vanderbilt

This COULD end up being helpful for Kevin Anderson and the folks in College Park.

James Franklin did a HELL of a job with Danny O’Brien this season. Should he leave for the Commodores, his leadership would be missed.

But the Terps have a MESS on their hands with this transition. Either they’re going to have to force Ralph Friedgen out and give the job to Franklin (which didn’t seem so unlikely a season ago), or they’re going to have to dish out a million bucks they don’t have.

If Franklin heads to Nashville, Maryland avoids that problem. Either they can extend Friedgen should he have another good season or they can hire whatever available coach they want to hire.

But bear in mind-the leadership at the University of Maryland WANTED James Franklin to be the next head coach. The move wasn’t just made to keep him from going back to Kansas State. They ABSOLUTELY thought Franklin represented what they wanted in a head coach.

It’s just become a much stickier situation than they originally expected.

And finally, I leave you with this.

Time for a few new versions of “The Greatest Song(s) of All Time This Week.”

It’s a Christmas edition this time around.

The retro version of TGSOATTW is “Christmas Song” by Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds. WIN.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x33XlnWWfaI[/youtube]

The new version is the version of “Last Christmas” they did on GLEE. Please don’t judge me because I like this.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoNvv7hq364[/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 01 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because it’s time to name two new “Greatest Song(s) of All Time This Week.”

I’ll start with the Retro Version. The retro version is in honor of tonight’s start of Hanukkah. My personal favorite (half) Jew is the great Lenny Kravitz, so here’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” If you’ve seen Lenny recently, please tell him to come back. He was freaking AMAZING.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLhpHjmxNw8[/youtube]

The NEW version of TGSOATTW is a song heard prominently on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. I hope that tonight’s Grammy Awards nomination announcement features the band Ra Ra Riot. “Shadow Casting” is quite good…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvcxieyeg4k[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Ryan Chell says Ravens waived S Ken Hamlin, signed FB Jason McKie

As I reported yesterday, the Ravens also tried out former Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans TE/FB Joel Gamble before going with McKie. I was told they made the decision because they felt McKie was more of a natural fullback while Gamble was more of a hybrid. Gamble is a Baltimore native (and Carver grad).

As far as McKie is concerned, I can’t imagine him being asked to do much more than block-but they’ll definitely need him to block. The likelihood is that Le’Ron McClain’s ankle will probably keep him out Sunday night, and the Ravens’ current roster options just aren’t particularly good. Dennis Pitta can help and Jalen Parmele could see the field; but in a game where running the ball will be important-the Ravens will need a true blocking back.

Don’t rule out Hamlin returning to Charm City at some point this season. He was cut once (to make room for Prince Miller humorously enough) but returned in favor of Trevor Pryce. The Ravens like the veteran presence that Hamlin gives them-but he hasn’t even been active much in recent weeks.

2. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Ravens not concerned about outcry regarding towel giveaway

During our “Cheap Shots From the Bleachers” segment before last year’s Ravens-Steelers game at M&T Bank Stadium, I really used up all of the venom I have on this subject.

OF COURSE it’s shameful that the Ravens are giving away towels the night of a Ravens-Steelers game.

OF COURSE it’s embarrassing to hardcore Baltimore football fans to see their own team use a “copycat” version of a rival tradition.

OF COURSE fans should chose NOT to waive the towels but instead to use their hands to clap, bang thundersticks, or otherwise make noise.

OF COURSE the Ravens should really know better in this entire situation.

Unfortunately, they’re still going to give the stupid towel away Sunday night even though there is no one excited about it.

Hey-it makes a nice dish rag. If they were giving them away on the way out-I’d be okay with it. And even ol’ Forrester thinks it makes a nice wall flag…

df

3. The AP’s Alan Robinson says Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger wearing protective boot, expected to play Sunday vs. Ravens

OF COURSE Ben Roethlisberger is going to play Sunday.

(I’ve said “OF COURSE” a lot today. Annoying anyone?)

Of course, if Sabrina Maree lived in the Steel City (or here in Baltimore); I’m not so sure Big Ben wouldn’t be too distracted to make it to the game Sunday night. (Thanks The Beer Goggler via Busted Coverage!)

sabrinamaree

4. ESPN.com drops Ravens to 4th in power rankings

Calm down. The only three teams ahead of the Ravens are the Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots and New York Jets; who are all 9-2. The Ravens are first amongst the 8-3 teams.

Before we move on from the Ravens, a few things…

-I’m all for the idea of a “No Means No” chant Sunday night. I think it has to start during TV timeouts right before the Steelers take the ball. If this happens, I will seriously OWE the city of Baltimore for being so freaking awesome.

-The Ravens return to the practice field at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills today. We’ll of course be out there to cover everything happening on and off the practice field. Make sure you remain tuned in to AM1570 WNST, checking out WNST.net and following us on Twitter (@WNST).

5. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says chances of Cesar Izturis returning to Orioles continue to improve

With no offense to Cesar Izturis, umm……..I’d rather not.

Connolly says Jason Bartlett will be dealt by the Tampa Bay Rays, but not to Baltimore. Miguel Tejada is headed to the San Francisco Giants, who lost Juan Uribe to the Los Angeles Dodgers. It could still be an option for the Minnesota Twins to deal JJ Hardy, but they’re not guaranteed to sign Tsuyoshi Nishioka or not move him to second base.

If all else fails, why not Maggi Caruthers?!?!? (Thanks Guyism!)

caruthers

6. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Ralph Friedgen named ACC Coach of the Year, QB Danny O’Brien named Rookie of the Year

Both of these were sort of “no brainer” types of decisions.

The only other real options for Coach of the Year were Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer. As the Seminoles did basically what everyone expected them to do and the Hokies only started playing well after losing to Boise State and James Madison; it would have been hard to justify either being honored ahead of Friedgen.

And I’m not sure I have many more words to scribe regarding O’Brien. Maybe it’s best the Terrapins DIDN’T make it to Charlotte to play in the ACC Championship Game. I’m not sure what else I could have said about him.

He’s like Matt Wieters. You know, expect…he’s actually done something.

7. UMTerps.com previews tonight’s tilt with Penn State in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

I’ll say Terrapins 77, Nittany Lions 69.

I think it will be close for a while though, and I don’t doubt that Talor Battle will get his.

But there would be no excuse for Maryland to not roll up to State College and dominate inside with Jordan Williams. That should absolutely be the difference maker.

SHOULD be I say.

8. The AP says Justin Fry’s 16 points not enough as UMBC fell at Penn

Randy Monroe’s Retrievers MIGHT be better than last year; but it hasn’t resulted in a win yet.

And with a trip to UConn coming Friday night-I’m not sure a win is coming soon either.

Towson is in action tonight, the Tigers host Western Michigan at the Towson Center at 7pm.

9. The AP says Michael Harper scored 19 points to lead Coppin State past Lincoln (Pennsylvania) at CSPEC

Now they gear up for not only an early season MEAC showdown; but the ultimate rivalry game-as they visit Hill Field House for a date with the Morgan State Bears Saturday at 4pm.

But to celebrate the Eagles’ win, I offer a picture of Dani Thompson. (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)

danithompson

10. The Sun’s Hanah Cho says Maryland officials maintain they will work to protect Preakness as future of horse racing in jeopardy

Did you miss Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association President Richard Hoffberger Wednesday morning with Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net today to check it out! Other things you’ll find in the Audio Vault include…

  • Mike Bires (Beaver County Times)-who talked Steelers with Drew Wednesday
  • Rich Dubroff (Carroll County Times)-who talked Ravens with Drew Wednesday
  • Paul Cantabene (Mustangs Lacrosse Coach)-who joined Drew Wednesday for “The Stevenson Coaches’ Report”
  • A Birds starting pitchers game (courtesy of Sporcle.com) Drew and Glenn Clark (I know him) played Wednesday morning, as well as a call from “Steve M from Kingsville.”
  • Keith Booth (Maryland assistant coach)-who joined Thyrl Nelson Tuesday for “The Terrapins Coaches’ Report”
  • Scott Smith (Strikeforce Fighter)-who joined Thyrl and John Rallo Tuesday during “The MMA Report”
  • Gregg Doyel (CBSSports.com)-who went around the sports world with Thyrl Tuesday on “The Mobtown Sports Beat”
  • Allen McCallum (WNST MLB Analyst)-who joined Rex Snider Tuesday for “The MLB Report”
  • Gabrielle Dow (Ravens VP of Marketing)-who joined Nestor Aparicio Tuesday on “The Afternoon Drive” to discuss the towel fiasco
  • John Czarnecki (FoxSports.com)-who went around the NFL Tuesday with Nestor

And finally, I leave you with this.

So apparently the North Carolina A&T band plays a version of the Antoine Dodson “Bed Intruder” song. Awesome. Thanks WNST intern Barry Kamen courtesy of Ryan Chell’s Facebook page…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3UsvLyu3N0[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Prince Miller Returns to Practice Squad

Posted on 07 October 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (3-1) returned to work at 1 Winning Drive Thursday, preparing for a Sunday matchup with the Denver Broncos (2-2) at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Ravens made a minor roster move Thursday, signing CB Prince Miller back to their practice squad after releasing him from the active roster Tuesday. Miller originally made the Ravens’ roster out of Training Camp, but was released when the team signed CB Bryan McCann. Miller signed with the New England Patriots practice squad before Week 1 of the regular season, but the Ravens signed him back to their active roster before Week 2 after releasing McCann. The Ravens were able to cut Miller and sign him to their practice squad after keeping him on the active roster for the NFL minimum three weeks.

Miller maintained a positive attitude about what essentially turns out to be a demotion, saying Thursday “it’s a decision that had to be made. When you’re in the position I was in, anything can happen.” Miller added “I’m going to continue working how I’ve been working, and maybe my number gets called sooner or later.”

To make room for Miller on the practice squad, the team released CB Danny Gorrer.

CAMERON DOESN’T WANT AUDIBLES:
A popular frustration amongst Ravens fans this season has been the lack of audibles called by QB Joe Flacco at the line. It turns out there may be a very good reason for why it doesn’t happen very often.

Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron told reporters Thursday “audible-ing is overrated. We’re better off calling a play and executing that play.”

Cameron said the Ravens used audibles much more during Flacco’s rookie season in 2008; but admitted he wouldn’t give away too much information about the team’s current offensive decision making.

Cameron also told reporters that he had a simple philosophy for keeping all of the team’s offensive playmakers (including WR’s Derrick Mason, Anquan Boldin and TJ Houshmandzadeh; as well as TE Todd Heap and RB Ray Rice) happy, saying “if you’re out there, we want to do everything we can to get you the ball.”

PRACTICE UPDATE: OT Jared Gaither (back), LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder), DE Paul Kruger (knee) and WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot) have all been ruled OUT for Sunday’s game against the Broncos, none were on the practice field Thursday.

Strangely missing from the practice field during the portion open to the media were CB Fabian Washington and RB/KR Jalen Parmele. Washington has since been confirmed as missing due to illness, while Parmele was not listed on the injury report and must have been a late arrival.

LB Edgar Jones (thigh) was listed as a limited participant for a second straight day. FB Le’Ron McClain (shoulder) was on the practice field, but was wearing a red “no-contact” jersey. He was listed as a full participant, along with Heap (shoulder) and Rice (knee).

For the Broncos; RB Spencer Larsen (ankle), RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) and DL Jamal Williams (not injury related) missed practice. CB Andre Goodman (quad) and LB Wesley Woodyard (hamstring) were listed as limited participants. All other Broncos were not listed.

NOTES: Hear from Cameron, Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison, LB Terrell Suggs and Miller NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……DT Lamar Divens joined Drew Forrester Thursday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. If you missed the chat, make sure you check it out in the Audio Vault as well. OL Tony Moll is scheduled to join Forrester Friday morning at 6:50am……The Ravens will practice again Friday, with Head Coach John Harbaugh slated to address the media after practice. They will then hold a walkthrough Saturday before Sunday’s game. Saturday’s walkthrough is closed to the media.

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Ravens Say Missed Tackles, YAC Have Aided Broncos’ Passing Success

Posted on 06 October 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (3-1) returned to the practice field Wednesday at 1 Winning Drive, looking ahead to a Sunday showdown with the Denver Broncos (2-2) at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Ravens’ AFC North foe enters Sunday’s contest with the top passing defense in the NFL, having compiled 339.5 yards per game over their first four contests. QB Kyle Orton has thrown for 295 yards or more in all four games, including 476 in a Week 3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts and 341 last Sunday in a win over the Tennessee Titans. The Ravens meanwhile enter the contest with the top passing defense in the league, allowing just 119 passing yards per game through their first four.

While Ravens Pro Bowl LB Ray Lewis said Wednesday that Orton is “throwing the ball extremely well”, he also noted that the Broncos have benefited from “a lot of missed tackles”, adding “the run after catch is huge.” Lewis said the Broncos may complete a number of passes Sunday, but the Ravens know “you have to hit them and stop them where they catch it at.” Ravens CB Fabian Washington agreed with Lewis, saying “their receivers are good after the catch. They can turn short yards into home runs. Once they catch the ball, you gotta get them on the ground.”

Ravens CB Lardarius Webb praised the Broncos’ WR corps, admitting “I didn’t how good these guys were until I cut up my film. Eddie Royal, Brandon Lloyd, (Jabar) Gaffney, these guys are some of the best.” Washington acknowledged the Broncos have four very talented wide receivers (including rookie Demaryius Thomas), but stated “I think we have five very good corners. I think we match up well with them.”

GAITHER UPDATE
: While Head Coach John Harbaugh offered reporters no additional information regarding OT Jared Gaither’s meeting with back special Dr. Robert Watkins Monday in Los Angeles, Gaither himself was a little more open.

Gaither said he still hasn’t been cleared to return to the football field; and that he was “not sure” what needs to happen to get clearance. Gaither pointed out, “I still have pain and I still don’t have all the movements, I guess I wouldn’t be cleared until I can do that.”

Gaither reiterated that every opinion he’s received has been that he wouldn’t need surgery for the back; but said he still has no timetable for when he can return. When asked about when he might be able to return to the team, Gaither didn’t have a timetable but said “I can’t wait” to get back on the field. Gaither was on the practice field last Wednesday, but said he was just trying to determine how much pain he could handle.

In the meantime, Gaither said he is working on “core stabilization.” He explained “I don’t know if there’s much treatment you can do to help a disc. You pretty much have to strengthen everything else around it and see how much pain you can take.”

With Gaither out, the Ravens acquired veteran OL Scott Kooistra Tuesday-replacing CB Prince Miller on the active roster. Harbaugh said the Ravens valued Kooistra’s experience in the AFC North. In the 7th season of his career, Kooista’s previous NFL experience was entirely with the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.

PRACTICE NOTES: Five Ravens were not on the field during the portion of practice open to the media Wednesday. DE Paul Kruger (knee), WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot), LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder) and Gaither have all been ruled OUT Sunday. DE Cory Redding (concussion) was not on the practice field during the portion open to the media, but said earlier he had been given the “green light” to return and was not listed on the injury report.

RB’s Ray Rice and Willis McGahee as well as FB Le’Ron McClain were all on the practice field-Rice and McClain were full participants, McGahee wasn’t listed. Rice entered the team’s Week 4 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers with a knee injury, McGahee and McClain both suffered stingers during the win at Heinz Field.

LB Edgar Jones (thigh) was a limited participant in practice, TE Todd Heap (shoulder) was listed as a full participant.

For the Broncos, CB Champ Bailey (non-injury) and RB Spencer Larsen (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday. CB Andre Goodman (quad), RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) and LB Wesley Woodyard (hamstring) were all limited. All other Broncos were unlisted.

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Lewis, Gaither, Webb, Washington, Gooden, Kruger, QB Joe Flacco, LB Jarret Johnson and WR TJ Houshmandzadeh NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……DT Lamar Divens is scheduled to join Drew Forrester Thursday morning at 7:00am on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST……Johnson will get to see his good friend and former Ravens teammate in Broncos DL Justin Bannan Sunday; he said he told Bannan this week to “stay out of that white jersey. He looks awful in white.” Broncos coach Josh McDaniels told the Charm City media contingent in a conference call Wednesday that Bannan has brought “leadership skills” and a “great work ethic” to the Mile High City……Flacco said he kept a football from Sunday’s win, not because of the significance of the win, but instead because the ball had pink ribbons on it. Flacco admitted he liked the ball because it “was different”, and was going to steal one whether the Ravens won the game or not……The Ravens return to practice Thursday; coordinators Greg Mattison, Cam Cameron and Jerry Rosburg as well as LB Terrell Suggs are amongst those expected to meet with the media.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 06 October 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because I again get to name a couple of “Greatest Song(s) of All Time This Week.” I live for this stuff.

The NEW TGSOATTW is “Runaway” by Kanye West and Pusha T. He did the song on Saturday Night Live this past weekend…

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And here’s the RETRO song…John Lennon’s version of “Stand By Me.” I saw a commercial last night for the “Power to the People” issue that’s hitting stores and it featured this song prominently. His version is REALLY underrated…

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Of course, the greatest EVER version of “Stand By Me” is the one the Playing For Change gang did…

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Ryan Chell says Ravens cut CB Prince Miller, signed OL Scott Kooistra

This was clearly the move Ozzie Newsome and company had intended to make to get Trevor Pryce back this week. Of course, that was before Rex Ryan (rightfully) jumped in.

Scott Kooistra likely won’t be active Sunday when the Ravens face the Denver Broncos. If I’m guessing-unless there’s an additional injury along the O-Line, Scott Kooistra doesn’t get active at all this season. But he does give the Ravens some flexibility, which is much needed at this point.

As far as Prince Miller is concerned, the team wanted him on the practice squad when they originally cut the roster to 53. Unfortunately, the New England Patriots stepped in. It looks like they’re going to make it work this time; which will allow the undersized corner to develop; and will give them a reserve returner should Tom Zbikowski (and/or others) get hurt.

Logical decision. Not life-changing, but logical. I could use a lesson in this type of decision-making.

2. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says OT Jared Gaither not cleared to play in visit to California back specialist

So…more good news, huh?

The word is that after visiting Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles; Gaither is “improving”, but will remain week-to-week.

GREAT.

John Harbaugh and company will eventually have to make a tough decision regarding Gaither. If he doesn’t REALLY show improvement in terms of getting back on the football field (one day of limited practice doesn’t represent improvement), they’ll have to consider placing him on Injured Reserve.

If I’m guessing, Jared Gaither will play for the Ravens at some point this season. But I’m certainly not getting the type of response that makes me feel good about that guess.

3. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says DE Paul Kruger confirmed to miss at least two weeks

He’ll be missed, as Greg Mattison will have to flip around Haloti Ngata, Cory Redding and Brandon McKinney to adjust to not having Kruger.

And since the Ravens could use the help at rush end, I have to suggest they consider Lucia Dvorska. I mean…just take a look. (Thanks Guyism!)

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4. ESPN.com has Ravens 6th in power rankings

As we discussed on the show this morning, this is particularly tough. The reality is that power rankings JUST DON’T MATTER. Like…at all. This isn’t college football’s AP poll. Power ranking can have no bearing on what happens in the NFL whatsoever.

But with that being said, it is ABSOLUTELY a bit goofy that the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets are ranked ahead of the Ravens despite the Ravens having defeated both teams on the road this season.

Not getting worked up about it. It simply doesn’t matter. It’s just a bit goofy, that’s all.

5. b’s Matt Vensel says RB Willis McGahee romantically linked to “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star

So now you know.

A couple of things before we move on from the Ravens…

-We’ll be out in Owings Mills today, as the Ravens return to work at 1 Winning Drive. We’re expected to hear from Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Ray Lewis and others; as well as conference calls with Kyle Orton and Josh McDaniels. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates throughout the day.

-Make no mistake-the Pats trading Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings for a 3rd round pick is GOOD NEWS for the Ravens. They’re much better off not having to face Moss when they wander up to Foxborough for a Week 6 showdown at Gillette Stadium. It doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily win, as the Pats will STILL have Tom Brady under center-but it does make matchups a bit more in the Ravens’ favor.

6. MLB.com’s Thomas Boorstein says Adam Jones believes ‘accountability and credibility’ reasons why Orioles improved under Buck Showalter

The question is-why does Adam Jones think there wasn’t accountability under Juan Samuel or Dave Trembley? If he’s simply trying to blame those managers and not accept responsibility for himself and his teammates, he’s not being fair.

The other question is-why was Adam Jones touring Bristol, Connecticut; New York; and Seacaucus, New Jersey Tuesday? Why was Adam doing appearances on MLB Network, ESPN Radio and SI.com?

Is it because the O’s have such a hold of the Charm City market that they simply don’t need the promotion? It’s good promotion for ADAM-no doubt about that. But how did it help the Birds?

It’s a legitimate question.

7. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester gives highest O’s grades to Ty Wigginton, Luke Scott, Jeremy Guthrie and Corey Patterson

As I told him this morning, it’s a bit laughable to give Ty Wigginton and Corey Patterson the same grades as Luke Scott and Jeremy Guthrie; but I’m all for Drew looking dumb.

My highest grades this year? They mostly went to Molly Simms. (Thanks Don Chavez!)

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8. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly say Juan Samuel to interview with Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates

I’ll be rooting for Juan Samuel…but my guess is that he’s not REALLY a good manager. It will be much harder if he ends up in the Steel City than if he ends up in Milwaukee too.

Did you miss former Orioles broadcaster Buck Martinez (now with TBS) previewing the Rays/Rangers series and talking playoffs in general with Drew Forrester Wednesday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net today to check it out. Other things you can hear in the Audio Vault include…

  • Jeff Passan (Yahoo! Sports)-who went around the postseason and also discussed his new book “Death of the BCS” with Drew Wednesday
  • DJ King (Washington Capitals enforcer)-who previewed this weekend’s start to the regular season with Drew Wednesday
  • Jon Ladd (Baltimore Municipal Golf)-who discussed Ryder Cup and breast cancer awareness with Drew Wednesday
  • Jamey Eisenberg (CBSSports.com)-who talked Fantasy Football with Rex Snider Tuesday on “The Afternoon Drive”
  • Josh Thomson (Strikeforce fighter)-who previewed his Saturday night clash against JZ Cavalcante in San Jose with Thyrl Nelson and John Rallo Tuesday on “The MMA Report”
  • Pete Prisco (CBSSports.com) and Gary Mihoces (USA Today) who each joined Thyrl Tuesday on “The Mobtown Sports Beat” to discuss what they saw at Heinz Field Sunday

It’s all in the Audio Vault, so I’ve got your day planned out again for you. YOU’RE WELCOME BALTIMORE!!!

9. Winston-Salem Journal’s Dan Collins says Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe won’t pick starting QB between Tanner Price and Skylar Jones for Saturday’s Navy game until later in the week

No matter who plays QB for the Demon Deacons, Ken Niumatololo’s Midshipmen MUST get going offensively. This was supposed to be the best group of talent they’ve had since the Roger Staubach era. It hasn’t looked like it thus far…

10. UMTerps.com says Maryland soccer topped #2 UConn as Ludwig Field

Awesome. But then again, awesome is basically what we expect from Sasho Cirovski’s Terrapins.

To celebrate a big Terps win, here’s a completely unrelated picture of Jewel Santini! (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)

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And finally, I leave you with this.

Thanks to both former WNST intern Meredith Morris and my sorta-roommate Aubrie Veydt for pointing this out on Facebook (search Glenn Clark, add the best looking guy you find). I think the kid’s name is Keenan Cahill. He’s a YouTube superstar.

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Ravens cut Prince Miller again; sign former Browns and Bengals tackle Scott Kooistra

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Ravens cut Prince Miller again; sign former Browns and Bengals tackle Scott Kooistra

Posted on 05 October 2010 by Ryan Chell

The Ravens made a move Tuesday that last week probably would have brought on the return of defensive end Trevor Pryce, but with Pryce’s departure to the New York Jets Thursday, the Ravens were forced to go in another direction.

The Ravens instead released corner back Prince Miller, the rookie free agent out of Georgia, who is on his second stint with the Ravens in a few months, and signed offensive tackle/guard Scott Kooistra, a 6’6”, 335 tackle out of NC State.

Scott Kooistra

Kooistra was a two-year starter for the Wolfpack his junior and senior years in Raleigh.

Kooistra, 29, has played in 84 career games in his eight-year NFL career, and has started one. He was a seventh-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003, and made his debut against the Broncos on September 7th of that year.

From 2003-2008, he saw action in at least 10 games a year. In 2009, he was waived by the Bengals only to sign later with the Cleveland Browns when they decided to place quarterback Brady Quinn on injured reserve.

He was cut and resigned twice in the span of a week at the end of the 2009 regular season for the Browns last year, and after spending all of the off-season with Cleveland, he was finally cut for good by the Browns on September 4th.

He is expected to provide more depth at the tackle position especially given the injuries to starting right tackle Jared Gaither, who is still nursing a thoracic disk injury, and backups Tony Moll and Oniel Cousins-who also have been injured at some point this year.

Miller, who earlier in the preseason was brought in as a rookie free agent to not only contribute in the return game as well as providing depth at corner, was not seeing much action this year after being re-signed off the Patriots practice squad after the Ravens initially cut Miller when they finalizing the roster in the first week of September.

And because the Ravens signed him back off the Patriots practice squad on 9/15, he was required to spend three weeks on the Ravens active roster before a move could be made.

With Prince Miller still highly regarded by the Ravens, he likely will be placed on waivers with the hope that he will clear waivers and be able to be placed on the Ravens practice squad.

Tune into WNST and WNST.net as we continue to track the Baltimore Ravens throughout the 2010 season! WNST-We Never Stop Talking Baltimore Sports!

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Ravens-Steelers Purple Haze Chat 1pm Today!

Posted on 03 October 2010 by Glenn Clark

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Greetings from Heinz Field, where the Baltimore Ravens (2-1) will face the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0) in an AFC North showdown at 1pm today. The game can be seen live on CBS (WJZ 13 locally) with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on the call. We will be chatting about the game in our “Purple Haze” chat, you can join us HERE.

Here are today’s inactives…

Ravens-
WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot)
CB Prince Miller
CB Josh Wilson
DT Arthur Jones
LB Edgar Jones
DL Cory Redding (concussion)
LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder)
OT Jared Gaither (back)

This of course means that RB Ray Rice (knee) is active; and DL’s Paul Kruger and Terrence Cody are both active for the first time this season. We are working under the assumption that Kruger will make the first start of his NFL career at DE as Trevor Pryce signed with the New York Jets earlier in the week.

Steelers-
CB Keenan Lewis
RB Jonathan Dwyer
CB Crezdon Butler
OT Tony Hills
DT Chris Hoke (knee)
OT Trai Essex (ankle)
WR Emmanuel Sanders
LB Thaddeus Gibson

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced earlier in the week that Charlie Batch will start at QB as Ben Roethlisberger serves the final game of his 4 game suspension for violating the league’s conduct policy. OL Doug Legursky will start at RG in place of Essex. The Steelers placed QB Dennis Dixon (knee) on Injured Reserve yesterday; they signed DT Steve McLendon to the active roster. McLendon is active today.

Ed Hochuli and crew will officiate today’s game. The Ravens will wear their white tops and white pants, the Steelers will wear their black tops and yellow pants. (They’re not gold. They’re yellow.) The sky in the Steel City remains is overcast, but Weather.com (The Weather Channel) says harder rain won’t be coming until after the game is over.

Come chat with us!

-G

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Houshmandzadeh – Another Fulfilled Example Of “Buyer Beware” ???

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Houshmandzadeh – Another Fulfilled Example Of “Buyer Beware” ???

Posted on 01 October 2010 by Rex Snider

When that WNST.net text flashed across the screen of your phone, the excitement started to overflow, right?

“T.J. Houshmandzadeh signs 1 year deal with Ravens” …..

Many of us ….. umm, scratch that …..

Nearly ALL of us thought Ozzie Newsome and his cronies just pulled the equivalent of a late night stickup at the local 7-11 store. And, we had good reason to think the Ravens cup runneth over on this particular deal.

Think about it …..

T.J. Houshmandzadeh is a sure-handed, veteran wide receiver. He is quite familiar with the AFC-North. He is a guy who backs up all his jawing on the field.

Oh yeah, and he came here from Seattle.

Baltimore has a recent run of success when importing players from Seattle …..
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Say what you will, but for all the bubble gum popping and easily-distracted maneuvers of Adam Jones, I would trade away Erik Bedard for his services a MILLION times over.

Thus, I have that buoyed optimism whenever something from Seattle arrives.

But, indeed, there is a malfunction in my madness …..

T.J. Houshmanzadeh does not play baseball. And, more importantly, the Seattle Seahawks didn’t trade him away; they gave him away. They didn’t ask for Mark Clayton. They didn’t ask for Prince Miller. They didn’t even ask for a crate of crabcakes or an autographed Elvis Grbac jersey …..
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The Seahawks were so eager to jettison Houshmandzadeh that they ATE his 2010 salary just to rid themslves of him. If you’re counting the beans, that’s $7 million in big bills.

Yet, all of us looked past that.

We envisioned the same T.J. Houshmandzadeh who tormented us with end zone catches in a Bengals uniform. Uh, speaking of the Bengals …. he’s the same T.J. Houshmandzadeh who dropped four passes, in Cincinnati, just two weeks ago.

Now, this morning, we’re learning that Houshmandzadeh is surprised at his lack of participation in the Ravens offense.

HERE’S THE LINK

Really?

Hmmm ….. he should try standing in the shoes of Pierre Garcon, in Indianapolis. That’s right, if you develop the “dropsies” in Indy, #18 looks elsewhere. And, you’re obligated to re-prove yourself over time.

This is absolutely GREAT. The Ravens are preparing for a road game against their nemesis, in Pittsburgh. T.J. Houshmandzadeh has played in this division; he knows the importance of battling the Steelers.

Yet, he’s chosen one of the most inconvenient times to question his role.

God bless Drew Forrester. He said this day was coming …..

Is there a silver lining to this drama? You bet. I take great comfort in knowing this guy will NEVER, EVER allow a verbal distraction to sabotage his team …..
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Ahh ….. I feel better already.

Happy Friday !!!!!

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 30 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because Mike Tyson, Wayne Brady and Bobby Brown blew up in the interwebs yesterday…

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AWESOME.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says John Harbaugh claimed Ravens DE Trevor Pryce ‘will be back with us’

I’m torn on this.

I understand that there are circumstances that meant Trevor Pryce might not dress anyway in the Steel City. I understand that the Ravens like what Ken Hamlin brings to the table defensively, in veteran leadership and most importantly on Special Teams.

I understand all of that.

But I will admit that I am uncomfortable with the entire situation. The NFL mandates that you keep a 53 man roster. I would imagine that if the Ravens COULD release Prince Miller they probably would have, but he has to stay on the roster for another week.

We’ll see how this all shakes out. If anything, it says the most about Trevor Pryce-who was once amongst the best defensive players in the AFC; but now finds himself as nothing more than a potential roster casualty.

Strange times.

2. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Ray Rice didn’t practice Wednesday, but teammates believe he’ll play Sunday in Pittsburgh vs. Steelers

Ray was made unavailable by Ravens staffers yesterday, but he had no noticeable limp when he was walking in the locker room and walking on the practice field. For now, I’ll lean towards the idea that he’s 60-40 to be on the field at Heinz Field. That number is trending up…

And honestly, I think the Ravens can survive without Ray Rice Sunday. I think they can still establish something with Willis McGahee, Le’Ron McClain and Jalen Parmele-even if they aren’t as dynamic as they would be with Rice.

Still-I’m betting he plays as of this moment.

3. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Jared Gaither (back) returned to practice for first time since early in Training Camp

It was clearly good to see Gaither back out on the practice field. It would be particularly helpful if he could see the field Sunday, but I will admit that I am not expecting it.

You know who it would be REALLY nice to see on the practice field in Owings Mills? Shannon James. (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)

shannonjames

4. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Anquan Boldin named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

Boldin’s response? “Doesn’t matter.”

A couple of things before we move on from the Ravens…

-Cory Redding (concussion) and Tony Moll (hip) also didn’t practice Wednesday. We don’t know much yet about their status for Sunday, we’ll hope to find out more today.

-Speaking of which, Ryan Chell will be out at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills today (I’m moving…yes…in the monsoon) for Ravens practice. Make sure you’re tuned into AM1570, following on Twitter (@WNST) and checking WNST.net for updates. We are expected to hear from Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron, Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison and Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg following practice.

5. The AP says Kevin Millwood masterful as Orioles topped Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field

Apparently someone made a mistake and sent Brian Matusz to the hill last night at The Trop wearing a “Millwood” jersey. Weird.

I assume that’s the last time we’ll ever see Kevin Millwood in a Birds uniform, so at least he gave us a nice memory. Or he gave the 73 people in Charm City who were watching the game a nice memory.

I would have watched, but “Modern Family” was on last night. Sorry.

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

Millwood’s line in out-dueling Jeff Niemann? 7IP, 0R, 2H, 3BB, 7K.

Pretty good.

Felix Pie added a two run triple; scoring Adam Jones and Nick Markakis.

We’ll call the numbers “effective.”

Effective enough in fact that it’s worth going to look at them-then coming back here. When you come back here, Pheobe Price will be waiting for you. (Thanks Don Chavez!)

phoebe

7. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says O’s considering adding bars/restaurants to Oriole Park at Camden Yards

I think this is a bit of a no-brainer. They’re not selling out their boxes and club seats, so it would make sense to alter some of the club level to include a few restaurants and bars with a view of the field.

They don’t need to go crazy with this. When I was in Phoenix, Chase Field not only had a TGI Friday’s in left field (which was nice); but they also had a NIGHTCLUB in Center Field. That isn’t necessary.

But I wouldn’t mind there being something like a Hightopps in left field…where I could sit and enjoy 23-368 Mooseheads. You know, somewhere that I could look like this…

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8. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Arrieta will avoid surgery after getting second opinion

Before we move on from the Orioles, a few things…

-Alfredo Simon had his suspension reduced from two; which he began serving last night. I’d have a reaction, but really…why???

-The Orioles finished the road portion of their schedule last night, they now return home to OPACY for the final series of the season. The Detroit Tigers are in town, and if the rain will allow, Jeremy Bonderman will face Jeremy Guthrie tonight; and first pitch on MASN will be at 7:05pm.

9. TowsonTigers.com says Cincinnati Associate AD Mike Waddell introduced as new Athletic Director

Did you miss Mike Waddell this morning with Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? If you did, make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net to check it out! Other things you can find in the Audio Vault include…

  • Sean McManus (CBS Sports President/son of Jim McKay)-who discussed the Sports TV industry and this Saturday’s Jim McKay Maryland Million at Laurel Park with Drew Thursday morning
  • Sean Salisbury (“Sean Unfiltered”-Voice America Sports Radio)-who joined Drew Thursday morning to talk all things NFL
  • Bob Harris (Duke Play by Play Voice)-who joined Drew Thursday morning to preview Saturday’s showdown between the Blue Devils and Terrapins
  • Jason La Canfora (NFL Network)-who joined Drew Thursday morning to take a trip around the league
  • Damon Klepczynski (Mountain Branch)-who joined Drew Thursday morning to talk some Ryder Cup
  • Roland Williams (VERSUS College Football analyst, former Raiders/Rams TE)-who joined Rex Snider Thursday afternoon on “The Afternoon Drive” Wednesday to preview Navy/Air Force Saturday
  • Jennie Finch (Former USA Softball Player)-who joined Rex Wednesday to discuss her role with the Avocado League
  • Casper Wells (Detroit Tigers OF, former Towson Tiger)-who joined Thyrl Nelson Wednesday on “The Mobtown Sports Beat” to preview his return to Baltimore this weekend
  • TONS of audio from 1 Winning Drive Wednesday-including John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Jarret Johnson, Anquan Boldin, Kelly Gregg, Willis McGahee and Le’Ron McClain

It’s all in the Audio Vault-so don’t worry; I have your day planned for you again. Look outside. It’s not like you were going anywhere…

10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland WR Torrey Smith expected to play Saturday vs. Duke

THANK.GOD.

But if for some reason the star Wide Receiver COULDN’T go, I’d recommend Ralph Friedgen consider inserting Roxanne Pallett. (Thanks Guyism!)

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And finally, I leave you with this.

Best ever rain song? How about Led Zeppelin…

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The O.A.R./Robert Randolph version isn’t bad either…

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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