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A Photo/Video Journal from the Kentucky Derby

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A Photo/Video Journal from the Kentucky Derby

Posted on 04 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

LOUISVILLE, Ky. I was going to write a lengthy piece describing my first experience of attending/covering a Kentucky Derby Sunday. Unfortunately, as the words started to come off my fingers, I felt it was more poetry than any form of true journalism.

My Kentucky Derby experience was SPECIAL, there’s simply no doubt about that. But in hopes to avoid gushing, I’m going to try to tell the story with photos and videos, which I will follow with explanations and/or thoughts. I hope you’ll enjoy.

Thursday:

balls

Louisville is such a cool place during Derby week. Upon landing, I was greeted by representatives from Woodford Reserve, who were bearing gifts of “Bourbon Balls”, a candy composed of chocolate, bourbon and a pecan. It’s a thoughtful gift, take my word for it.

As hopeful as I was to start the trip, the first person I bumped into at the airport was Shane Battier. Ugh. Sadly my FlipCam was packed up, or the conversation we had about Duke losing to Maryland on his Senior Night at Cameron Indoor Stadium would have been recorded for prosperity. We would have edited out the part about how the Blue Devils went on to beat the Terps in the ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament semifinals that same year.

churchill

I was told my multiple Kentucky residents that there are tracks more beautiful than Churchill Downs (including Keeneland in Lexington); but it didn’t look that way Thursday night. As the sun was just leaving it’s highest point-the view from 6 floors above was breathtaking. Of course, I had been informed that morning on “The Morning Reaction” that there was record rain in the forecast for the Derby, so I composed some thoughts…

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There was a crew from HRTV on the same balcony. They told me they weren’t surprised to hear I was from Baltimore. Not sure what that meant, but I was both offended and proud at once.

barbaro

Probably the most iconic Kentucky Derby champion of my lifetime, Barbaro is remembered outside the front gate of Churchill Downs. It would be nice if he could direct the post-race traffic on Kentucky Derby day, but he’s doing a fine job nonetheless.

On my way out of the track I bumped into a fella you may have heard of named Calvin Borel. He told me he had ran “Super Saver” at Churchill Downs in the mud a year earlier, and the horse loved the slop. He also called me “sir” a lot. He’s won 3 of the last 4 Kentucky Derbies, and 3 of the last 4 Triple Crown races overall. I’ve won “worst dressed” at informal Harford County Farm Fair polls at least 4-5 times in my life.

julep

Lyle and Linda Graham were my hosts for the weekend. They’re outstanding people, which is remarkable considering their relation to “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet.” The first mint julep came Thursday night with dinner. I was almost at the floor after just 3 sips. They sell them for 10 bucks at the track on Derby day and they’re made with Early Times whiskey. The same Early Times that is 40% alcohol by volume. I’m reasonably certain that in Kentucky, bourbon is consumed starting at the age of 13. Instead of chocolate milk in your 8th grade lunch, it’s straight bourbon.

I was told by a number of folks that mint juleps aren’t popular other than during Derby season. Other things that are popular during Derby season:

1-Losing keys
2-Losing clothes
3-Losing inhibitions
4-Losing your mind

The bourbon thing will baffle me for years. As a beer drinker, I don’t much care for a “sipping” drink. Of course, no one was “sipping” Mint Juleps. They were drinking them as if they would make the pretty girls like them more.

Friday:

track

In covering “The Run for the Roses”, there’s no more exciting time than Friday morning between 5:30 and 8am. NBC broadcasts “The Today Show” live from the backstretch, as does every local morning show based in Louisville. Multiple radio stations broadcast live as well, and there’s something cool about watching the sun come up at The Twin Spires. I’m trying to avoid the poetry, I swear. Al Roker looks good these days. I asked him if he had any tips for Ray Bachman and he said “Duke sucks.” (That may or may not have actually happened.)

They just installed the lights at Churchill Downs for night racing a year ago. Before that, horses would apparently just run in the dark. I suggested they re-consider the decision. Had the lights been off, I may have had a chance at talking to some of the girls in Kentucky.

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Apparently, if you wear a nice shirt on the morning of the Kentucky Oaks, important people will talk to you. Not only did Bob Baffert chat with me, but Nick Zito and Todd Pletcher gave me a few moments off-camera as well. Baffert made it clear that he wasn’t happy about Lookin’ At Lucky on the slop and with the bad post draw; and Zito appeared concerned about Ice Box; eventually ending our chat and telling me we’d talk again in Baltimore. I passed all of that information along to you-and sure enough, Ice Box struggled (even though he eventually rallied), and Lookin at Lucky had an awful trip. If only John Harbaugh could be this honest when I talked to him…

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Sometimes an interview isn’t JUST an interview. Colonel Sanders is much more than an interview. He’s an icon. As someone who has inhaled original recipe and Honey BBQ Wings for the better part of his life, I was almost speechless in his presence. Until-of course-he ruined it for me by telling me his name was Bob Thompson before we started recording. Bob Thompson?!?!? UGH. That’s like Santa Claus telling little Ralphie “Hi there, Steve Kellerman. What can I get you for Christmas?” I couldn’t even call him Colonel Sanders when I talked to him. I just called him “The Colonel.”

Matt Hobbs from WHAS 11 in Louisville told me the interview gets me a “hood pass.” The gal from KFC told me the interview gets me a coupon for a free “Double Down Sandwich.” Hobbs told me they’re the same thing. Matt is a qualified authority on this. Just trust me.

lynns

When it comes to debauchery, there’s no one that knows more than Nestor Aparicio. I don’t always trust “The Nasty One” about everything, but this was an area where I ABSOLUTELY trusted him. He directed me to leave the track by 8:30 Friday morning, and to head over to Lynn’s Paradise Cafe. BEST.DECISION.EVER.

bloodymary

When you ask a pretty girl for a recommendation upon sitting down and she says “How about a Bloody Mary?”, the answer is YES. The next response is to sit back and order ANYTHING she thinks you should…

benedict
bourbonfrenchtoast
cheesegrits

That’s right. “TLDGOTFOTP” and I enjoyed a breakfast of Crabs Benedict, Bourbon French Toast, Home Fries, Cheese Grits and Bloody Maries with Bob Dylan playing in the background. I hope to know what Heaven is at some point, but I find it hard to believe it could be any better than this. Oh-and there were FLAMENCO DANCERS…

flamencodancers

…the scene in front of me was so amazing that even Adam Duritz couldn’t put it into a song. Worth noting, there is an outstanding modern art shop next to Lynn’s called Regalo that has sells fleur-de-lis (I’m not really certain what the plural form of that is) in every possible formation. Cool place.

Also, there were a slew of joggers who ran barefoot through the streets of Louisville Friday morning. Try that in Charm City and you’d probably have to learn about treatments for Hepatitis. Yikes.

sluggerbat

You really can’t stroll through Louisville without stopping at the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum. Mostly because while you’re strolling through Louisville, it’s hard to avoid a bat so large only Godzilla could possibly swing it. Anne Jewell is the executive director of the museum, she gave me the scoop on the bat…

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As you know, I am by no means baseball geek, but this was an issue for me. Ol’ “Lucky” got to hold Babe Ruth’s bat. That’s right, she got to hold BABE RUTH’S BAT. It’s just a shame she HAD NO IDEA HOW TO HOLD IT…

margbat

Ugh. They showed me how the bats were made there, but only after I put on some awesome goggles…

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…apparently they make Miguel Tejada’s bats at Louisville Slugger…

tejada

…but I wasn’t sure what the vile labeled “B12″ sitting by his section was all about. I guess it’s a mystery.

In all seriousness, the Louisville Slugger museum and factory is very cool, despite the fact that they have to hit you with this ton of bricks on the way out…

standings

You can see Eddie Murray’s 501st home run bat (and if you’re like me-when you saw the thing, you IMMEDIATELY remembered that 501 was a grand slam in September 1996 on a night where the team got just 2 hits); as well as bats used by Cal Ripken, Frank Robinson and even good players from OTHER teams (I just don’t care about them), including teams that are actually good currently.

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The Muhammad Ali Center is also on the water in Louisville. I didn’t get to spend much time there, but I’m still pretty certain it was a better experience than Shane Mosley had in Las Vegas later that night.

Oaks

Kentucky Oaks day is special. Nothing like Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico. There were 116,000 fans in attendance at Churchill Downs Friday, and I’m pretty sure that 80,000 of them were freaking GORGEOUS women. In fact, the line for the women’s bathroom was one of the best places to be all day, as you could just take in the imagery. I wandered to the infield to gather my thoughts…

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Why didn’t I bring sunglasses to Louisville? I have no idea. Maybe I was too concerned with things like alcohol and women. Trust me, there was good reason to be concerned with those things. Lucky preferred the Kentucky Oaks Lily to the Mint Julep; probably because it tasted like Kool-Aid. Amongst the 116,000 in attendance-I somehow managed to find some family members…

clown

Despite being an overwhelming favorite, we bet on Blind Luck to win. She won. We made money. Not much, but we made money. It’s a better result than the other 364 days of my year. Apparently the locals love Kentucky Oaks day in Louisville-so much so that they actual close schools to celebrate. That’s right, they close schools for a horse race. And apparently most businesses allow a “floater” day for Friday. These are GOOD things. The women of the city SHOULD be allowed to take the day, drink, wear sundresses and hug strangers. The men of the city should me allowed to do the same…you know, if they want.

phoenixhill

Dinner was at a joint called “Monkeywrench” in the arts district Friday night. The place had RIDICULOUSLY good Fried Green Tomatoes, but sadly my phone wasn’t charged. Life goes on. We stopped by a place called “4th Street Live” downtown (if I said it was Power Plant Live, you’d be looking at the same place). 3 Doors Down was there. We watched for less than a song. Other acts in town that night included Puddle of Mudd, Uncle Kracker, Candlebox, Young Buck and Drowning Pool. I saw none of them. Instead, I took Nestor’s advice again and wandered into a bar called “Phoenix Hill Tavern.” This was another good decision.

velcro

There’s so much to say about The Velcro Pygmies. They play every year on the nights leading up to the Derby at Phoenix Hill. They are almost as much a part of the Derby as seersucker suits. Celebrities come to see the Pygmies on Derby Eve. I was told that one year Dave Matthews himself strolled into Phoenix Hill just to see the Pygmies. I bumped into the guys from Puddle of Mudd who had come by to see the Pygmies because they wanted to see the group’s version of their own “She Hates Me.”

I consider myself a fan of Mr. Greengenes, and I never skipped a Metalhead show when I lived in Arizona-but on Derby weekend there isn’t a better cover band in the world. Their version of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” is better than Poison’s. I’m not sure David Allan Coe can do justice to THEIR version of “You Never Even Called Me By My Name.” Especially not in Kentucky on the night before the Derby.

underwear

I’m not sure if you can tell this by the picture, but there is underwear hanging from the ceiling fan in the middle of the floor. Plenty of it in fact. The Pygmies have no trouble convincing gals to disrobe right in the middle of the bar. It’s an impressive feet. We should consider something like a Congressional medal for the accomplishment.

The best part about Derby Eve is that despite last call already being at 4AM, the bars don’t hide the fact that they’re staying open until 6 or 7AM that night. Having been up at 5am to get to the track and being used to a 2AM last call, I didn’t see last call Friday night. There were conflicting reports Saturday morning regarding whether or not there ever WAS a last call.

As a note to government leaders in Baltimore and the state of Maryland. If you want to make Preakness a bigger event that attracts more folks from out of state, consider something similar. Of course Preakness will never match the Derby, but having a 4AM last call on Friday night could attract more folks to come in on Friday and spend the weekend instead of coming down Saturday morning.

It isn’t rocket science.

Saturday:

burgoo

The thing about the liberal last call on Derby Eve is that it sets up well for a late arrival on Saturday afternoon. Unless you have some particular desire to spend your entire morning betting, there’s no need to get to the track particularly early. I used Saturday morning as a chance to sleep in before heading over to Uptown Cafe in the arts district for lunch.

The point of going to Uptown Cafe was that I had been told I needed to try a “Hot Brown” while I was in Kentucky. But when our waitress recommended that I give “Kentucky Burgoo Soup” a try, I took the bait. The payoff was a combination of chicken, duck, pork and beef that was more “odyssey” than “appetizer.” I have no idea why the thing is called “Burgoo”, but I know that you could call the thing “Don’tEatThisEverIt’sDisgusting” and it would STILL be delicious.

hotbrown

The Food Network has spent plenty of time in Louisville, particularly for the show “Throwdown with Bobby Flay.” One episode was about the legendary Hot Brown, which deserves not only an episode of a cable TV show, but quite possibly an entire Ken Burns PBS Documentary series.

The Brown Hotel in Louisville apparently came up with the Hot Brown to provide patrons another late night food option. Which is strange, because I was pretty certain they came up with it to help Jesus feed 5,000 people in The Bible.

A Hot Brown is a magical combination of bread, turkey, cheese and tomatoes baked together and then covered with more cheese. It’s called a sandwich by some, but it is really more like an experience. It isn’t JUST delicious, it’s completely life-changing. In fact, just go ahead and insert your own adjectives here; because I could use just about all of them.

To steal the great line from “Superbad”, it really was “like the first time I heard the Beatles.” Or had a crab pretzel. Or had a crab pretzel while listening to the Beatles.

seans

Sean Schmidt is a WNST listener and avid Ravens fan who now lives in Ohio. Two funny things there-didn’t the Orioles say we only had one listener? Sean’s girlfriend told me she listened every morning too. That’s two! And I could have sworn I heard Bruce Cunningham say that you couldn’t hear the station outside of Baltimore County? Sean listens in Ohio!!!

In all seriousness, Sean and his family were great. They stayed in Frankfort Friday night and were at the track by about 8am. They bought me an 8 dollar Budweiser, which makes them even better in my book. You can put me in a fancy suit, but it won’t change my desire to drink beer as if I was pitching horseshoes at the Angle Inn over in Dundalk.

boxer

The only frustrating moments of my weekend came when I found out that I wouldn’t be able to access the red carpet because I didn’t get the right credential. Oh well, lesson learned. I tried to position myself between the red carpet and “Millionaire’s Row”, but the mix of the weather and the fact that the only people who came by were some gal from “The Real Housewives of Whatever Town They’re In This Time” and former NBA big man Kevin Willis convinced me it wasn’t worth waiting.

By chance, I bumped into Ravens LB Ray Lewis, we chatted for about a minute before he was ushered into the exclusive part of the track. Apparently Cal Ripken made it to the race, but I never saw him. I did see Chris Redman, as the former Louisville Cardinals QB was gripping and greeting at the exclusive entrance. You’d never believe how popular he is there.

As far as the celebrity pictured above? Beats me. I was told he was a boxer, but I have no idea. Someone walking with him asked me if I would pose for a picture because we were wearing the same suit. I bet his cost more than mine. He wasn’t the last person to ask me to pose for a picture that day.

suit

Maybe I should dress nice more often. Or at least clean underwear. I composed my thoughts…

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That’s right, I told you to bet the 4. I hope you listened.

lego

I thought my hat was awesome, but I’ll give credit where credit is due. This was the hat of the day. There were 150,000+ people at the track Saturday (twice as many as attended Preakness a year ago, but who’s counting?), and this guy was the winner. Well, this guy and the guy who went home with Diane Lane. A few winners at the track Saturday.

mud

In a word…sexy. It rained all day Saturday-right up until about 15 minutes before post time. The infield was a MESS. As you’d expect, there were plenty of high school and college kids on the infield, and they celebrated appropriately. The rain continued throughout the weekend-in fact the storms were so bad that the Louisville Courier-Journal couldn’t print their Sunday issue…only the most important newspaper of their year.

Who says the industry is struggling?!?!?

margfoot

Special thanks to Lucky for getting the action shots in the mud while I purchased and smoked a cigar. We have a happy relationship. After this picture, a cougar in the grandstand hit on me for 20 minutes while Lucky cleaned her shoes and feet. I call what we have your typical “Give and Take.”

cigar

I think I posed for this picture about 15 times before leaving the infield. In one picture, a dude asked me to flip him off. Hey-anything for a fan.

seats

Our Derby seats were tremendous. First box seats behind the grandstand at somewhere near the 8th mile pole. By the time it stopped raining, they were amongst the best seats at the track. We bet a bunch of money on Super Saver, which left me breathing a little heavier. Rascal Flatts did the national anthem (meh-Little Big Town was MUCH better the day before).

“My Old Kentucky Home” is one of those goosebump moments that are just so rare in sports. I remember how I felt the first time I saw the walk-on of the Briage of Midshipmen at a Navy game; and I remember how particularly special it was when the Brigade came on the field before the Maryland/Navy game at M&T Bank Stadium in 2005.

This is even more than that. 150,000 people-all of whom would never want to be ANYWHERE but Louisville on the first Saturday in May. The same people whose lives practically shut down for the week leading up to the race in celebration of their town, their traditions, and their event. I’ve sang “Maryland My Maryland” with TREMENDOUS pride many times on Preakness Saturday…but even I was overwhelmed by the significance of the moment.

binocs

The guys sitting a row ahead of us for the race just gave all of Baltimore an idea for Preakness Saturday. Nicely played. Outside alcohol is banned from the Derby, but as these gentlemen pointed out-it IS 10 bucks for a Mint Julep.

postparade

Even by the time the post parade began, the sun was already starting to poke through. By the time the race was over, the sun was almost glaring. The race was ELECTRIC, as the 150,000 in attendance were hollering throughout. Super Saver won me a bunch of money, and I was NEVER in doubt.

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Todd Pletcher was practically stoic despite finally breaking through for his first Kentucky Derby victory. The staff of Chuchill Downs wasn’t quote as subdued, offering him a raucous ovation after introducing him as “Kentucky Derby Winning Trainer Todd Pletcher.” In a radio interview with The Fan 1060 (KDUS) in Arizona Saturday morning, I told Mike Grose and Damien Anderson that Todd Pletcher was GOING to win a Kentucky Derby. I don’t think anyone ever doubted it.

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Calvin Borel was late to the post-race press conference because he rode another horse after winning the Kentucky Derby. Of course he did. In the meantime, his beautiful bride engaged reporters (including the hard-working Kevin Van Valkenburg of The Sun, who is now the Triple Crown reporter for all of Tribune Newspapers) with stories about Preakness 2009 Champion Rachel Alexandra, who had lost to Unrivaled Belle in the La Troienne just a day earlier.

Glen Fullerton won $800,000 on a $100,000 “Derby Dream Bet” via CNBC. When he met Calvin Borel in the Media Center, I was reasonably certain they’d never stop hugging. I don’t know why they would have.

BluegrassBrewing

Dinner Saturday night was late at the Bluegrass Brewing Company in St. Matthews. And while the Beer is Food there (I recommend the American Pale Ale and the Nut Brown Ale amongst others), the Food is Food as well. I actually ordered something called the “Sausage Fest.” It was quite the party.

There isn’t as much reveling in Louisville on Saturday night. The parties are nothing like the lavish VIP events (including the legendary Barnstable Brown party) on Friday night. Saturday night is more of a night to wind down. Much of the city watched the Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley fight, and I was told that the city roundly took in the Floyd Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya tilt on Derby night in 2006 as well. It’s a good way to wind down. Plus, it’s legal. Not every effective way to wind down is.

Sunday:

derbypie

If Friday is a day for civic jubilation in Louisville, Sunday is a day for civic recovery. Brunch was at Hunting Creek Country Club, followed by the VERY popular Derby Pie desert.

derbyp

They now how to do things in Louisville. Chocolate, walnuts, pecans, chocolate chips, bourbon and caramel are all potential ingredients in Derby Pie. Derby Pie is now a common ingredient in Glenn Clark’s heart.

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Even to the last moments of the trip…classy. What else would I have expected?

There it is. I know I gushed, but I hope you were still able to follow.

Go to the Derby. I seriously can’t recommend it enough. Just go. Figure out what it will take-cut some corners as necessary-just go.

There’s seriously nothing like it.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because a Washington sports team suffered an unthinkably bad loss last night! Woo hoo!!!

(Edit from GMC: I’ve tried to hold back my disdain for the Washington Capitals for a few weeks. I can’t do it anymore. Screw them, and screw all of the people in DC who root for them. They’re the same people who root for the Redskins. I HATE the Redskins. And those insufferable fans down there, who TRULY believe they are real, authentic sports fans and deserve something from their pathetic, worthless sports franchises.)

There’s nothing that pleases me more than knowing that this old woman is probably crying again this morning…

sadskins

She might want to keep those Kleenex nearby when Donovan McNabb gets hurt in Week 3. (Edit from GMC: I just knocked on wood out of fear that Joe Flacco might get hurt. PLEASE don’t get hurt Joe.)

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Sabathia stymied Orioles in 8-3 Yankees win

Watching CC Sabathia pitch last night, I had a couple of thoughts:

1-Boy would it be nice to be able to root for a guy like this on MY team

2-He looks like a skinny Ray Bachman!

CC gave the Yankees just about what they paid for last night. He’s not always going to be perfect, but he’s going to win a lot more than he’s going to lose. He gave up more hits than I would have expected, but he was effective after he gave up hits. Not perfect, but damn good.

Jeremy Guthrie? Well, I didn’t like the Jeremy Guthrie I saw last night. He’s pitched well for the better part of the season. I hope we see more of that.

I also hope we see more of this…

tracymorgan

As Tracy Morgan is the best thing that’s happened to MASN in like….ever.

2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of Birds’ loss

At this point, I believe even THIS MAN is having a better month than Adam Jones…

ovie

I’m not suggesting that Adam Jones be benched, but I do think it’s about time ANYONE ELSE leads off.

I mean, I’d even consider Craig Tatum at this point.

3. Fanhouse’s Andrew Johnson says ‘bitterness, cynicism, anger’ have come over Camden Yards fanbase

Which is incorrect.

Bitterness and cynicism happened in 2002. This is just plain indifference.

I can’t believe “Neal S” from The Loss Column somehow didn’t win “Apologist of the Morning” after this small piece of genius…

“I will say this, though: the horrendous start is not further proof of why folks are justified in staying away. Quite the opposite. Now is exactly the time to be there, More so than ever. That more fans don’t think this way is truly sad.”

Yep, people should feel bad because they choose not to pay a day of game service charge and a “premium game” service charge to sit with 20,000 fans from New York and watch a 4-17 team.

Yep, that’s the fans’ fault.

Wow.

4. New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says Yanks skipper Girardi not happy about Guthrie plunking Posada

Very obviously Guthrie wasn’t TRYING to plunk Posada. That being said, when a team is forced to go from Jorge Posada to Fransico Cervelli, I can understand the frustration.

There are like 5,100,888 “unwritten” rules in baseball, so I’m guessing AJ Burnett will probably have to plunk…Ty Wigginton?? Wow, has it come to that? Maybe it’ll be Matt Wieters, but someone is getting thrown behind tonight.

And people wonder why other sports have become more popular than baseball.

5. ESPN.com’s Rob Neyer says Chris Tillman threw no-hitter for Norfolk Tides

And this is LEGITIMATELY one of the most significant things that has happened for this organization since Cal Ripken’s retirement.

I’m not kidding either.

Rafael Palmeiro’s 3,000th hit would probably have to be the landmark “moment” since 2001-with maybe the expection of Miguel Tejada winning the All-Star Game MVP honors in 2005.

But this goes in the Top 10, if not the Top 5.

Seriously.

That’s what it’s come to.

As I noted on Twitter last night (feel free to follow us @WNST); Tillman now joins exclusive company in throwing an Orioles minor league no-hitter. Exclusive company like…RADHAMES LIZ!!!

I just hope it’s the last time…EVER…that the two pitchers are compared favorably.

(Note: Liz was a combined no-no with the Frederick Keys; I’m well aware.)

6. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Tim Bascom, Cole McCurry struggled on farm

And before we move on from the Orioles, a reminder that they’re back at it tonight at OPACY-as Brian Matusz faces AJ Burnett at 7:05pm. We’ll be “Orange Crush”-ing at WNST.net.

And congratulations to the MASN staff (we chose Adam Dembeck to accept on their behalf) for being named “Apologist of the Morning.” Nick Markakis was a nominee for Game MVP last night. A game where the Orioles got their asses kicked.

Of course he was.

7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens cut FB Charles Ali, will try Edgar Jones, Mike McLaughlin at FB

And you would have already known McLaughlin and Edgar Jones were Fullback options had you been listening to our live NFL Draft coverage here on AM1570 over the past weekend.

I’m not really sure that many people in Charm City were even aware there was someone named Charles Ali on the team. Laila Ali would be much more interesting…

Laila Ali

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Johns Hopkins kept NCAA Tournament hopes alive with win over Towson

Sometimes your big brother has to remind you that he’s still your big brother, huh?

Tony Seaman’s Tigers were down 8-0 to the Blue Jays AT HALF.

The Jays will still have to go to Loyola next Saturday and beat the Greyhounds to get into the Tournament, while the Tigers have to beat Hofstra to have a shot at an at-large berth. Towson could still get an automatic bid if they could win the CAA Tournament-and they’ll have the advantage of playing games at Unitas Stadium.

And if you’re a Towson fan who wants to feel better today, I think I can help you. Trust me on this-you’re still a winner. How? Well, let’s take a look at a picture of upcoming Towson grad and current WNST intern Genna to figure out how…

genna

9. WNST.net’s Gary Quill says Endorsement out, Make Music for Me in Kentucky Derby

“Make Music for Me” is a much better name for a horse anyway. Endorsement isn’t a horse, it’s a political event!

I haven’t decided who I think is going to win this thing yet-but I know I’m going to look sharp walking the grounds in Louisville. I’ll be Twitpic-ing and Facebook-ing pictures (Add me as a friend if you’d like, just search “Glenn Clark.” I’ll be the guy labeled as “The Complete Package.”), so you’ll fully understand shortly.

The only way someone could look better is if Lizzy Caplan from True Blood showed up at Churchill Downs. (Thanks Guyism!)

lizzy

10. Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Derby favorite Lookin At Lucky will start at rail

Immediately after the draw, Bob Baffert’s team got a note from jockey Calvin Borel. It read:

“Don’t get comfortable. I’ll be headed there shortly.”

And finally, I leave you with this…

There’s something interesting about Wendy Combattente. I just can’t quite put my pe finger on it (Thanks Busted Coverage!)…

wendy

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because DESPITE the fact that the Phoenix Coyotes were eliminated last night, it was still a REMARKABLE season for me as a hockey fan. Not having a team here to root for, I created a slew of memories following a bad team in Phoenix, only to have it pay off with this incredible run.

And as I always say, there’s plenty still going on for sports fans in Arizona…

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says O’s hung on to beat Yanks for first win all season at OPACY

YES!!!!

For everyone who has said something like “they weren’t going to lose EVERY game they played at Camden Yards this season”, the only response I could think of was “Are you sure?”

There was an announced paid crowd of 20,000 at The Yard last night, and maybe the number of fans was somewhere in that neighborhood. It was good to see most of them go home unhappy.

I’ve heard a lot of praise for Kevin Millwood’s effort last night, but I’ll go ahead and be the one to say it. 5 and a third from your number 1 pitcher is not good enough, by any stretch of the imagination. They need more than that.

But I guess when you’re 4-16, getting 2 wins is enough for now.

2. The AP/WNST.net provide numerical evidence of win

Another disturbing number from last night’s game was the combined 1-16 effort the Orioles got from the first four hitters in their lineup (Adam Jones had a double and Matt Wieters had two walks; Nick Markakis and Miguel Tejada completely failed to reach base).

With the team having found some offensive success recently, I understand that Dave Trembley is looking for a little bit of continuity. With that in mind, I’m not suggesting any sort of offensive shakeup. But I AM suggesting that the players at the top of the lineup GET ON BASE.

This is a very simple game. Just ask Crash Davis.

3. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Alfredo Simon recalled in time to pick up first career save for Birds

Dear God can we PLEASE STOP MAKING THESE SO DIFFICULT IN THE 9TH INNING?!?!?!

I guess the team has discovered the solution though-make sure you’re ahead by at least 3 runs before you get to the 9th inning!

Cesar Izturis apparently wanted to make sure he found a way to make everyone forget about his 2-3, 3 RBI performance. Not running to first base on a ground ball in Seattle and not moving runners on 1st and 2nd over at Fenway Park would have been NOTHING compared to the beating he would have taken for that last night had Alex Rodriguez came through for the Bombers.

Alfredo Simon is (I guess), the guy for a little while. Apparently there was an epic moment before the game when Trembley asked Simon “Are you scared?”. Christ. Why didn’t he just go all the way and channel Gerard Butler???

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeNGVS2T_Rk[/youtube]

4. Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Dave Trembley can’t be blamed for Orioles’ slow start

But even this effort couldn’t wrap up “Apologist of the Morning” honors for Stan, as “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester instead selected Steve Heiser from the York Dispatch; who offered “pity” for the Birds because they have to compete with the Red Sox and Yankees in the AL East.

Ugh.

Moving back to what Stan wrote-I don’t COMPLETELY disagree with him. This ISN’T Dave Trembley’s fault alone. The problem is, Goldberg doesn’t suggest accountability for others in the organization who feigned interest in “wins and losses” this season despite not having any interest in putting together a legitimate major league roster.

It’s one thing to say “this isn’t Dave Trembley’s fault”, as it isn’t Dave Trembley’s fault ALONE. However, Trembley CAN be blamed for mismanaging a bullpen, questionable decisions about baserunning, insane lineup shuffling, and for a noticeable lack of fire in the collective belly of the team.

If you want to spare Trembley that blame, you have to be willing to place fault on Andy MacPhail and the leadership of the franchise. This isn’t just “unfortunate circumstances” or “bad luck.” This is a dreadful baseball team-so dreadful that winning 2 straight games was celebrated last night in the way some cities might celebrate the World Series.

5. Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Yankees bullpen ineffective in loss

Apparently Boone Logan was confused by the sign hanging in the bullpen that said “Play Like an Oriole.”

If you missed Ken Singleton (YES Network) with Drew Forrester this morning on AM1570, make sure you check out the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net.

And to the rest of the Yankees fans staying here in Charm City, I offer you some Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz. Don’t say I never did anything for you…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdVefG2xuKo[/youtube]

6. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brandon Erbe struggled, Koji Uehara appeared on farm

And to channel Ray Bachman….KO-JI!!!!!!!!!!!!

Before we move on from the Orioles, a reminder that CC Sabathia faces Jeremy Guthrie tonight at Yankee Stadium south; first pitch is at 7:05, and the game can be seen on MASN. If someone paid their bill, the game might be seen on MASN-HD tonight as well!

(Edit from GMC: Thanks for that last night.)

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Shayne Graham, Matt Stover, Shaun Suisham only free agent kickers available on market

And Shayne Graham has clearly been considered a shoe-in around the organization to be brought in and compete with Billy Cundiff for the gig.

Of course, it isn’t exactly a sexy list. It’s like having to pick a concert to go to from Nickelback, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears. I GUESS I’m going to Nickelback, but I’m not exactly excited about it.

I expect Graham to be signed before mini-camp next weekend. They’ll want to give him an equal chance to make the team even before Training Camp. And if he wants to make the team, I’d suggest one thing…

MAKE YOUR KICKS!!!

8. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Willis McGahee to be grand marshal for Preakness parade

With no offense to Willis, if I was picking someone to be the grand marshal of the race-I probably would have gone with Candice Boucher (Thanks Brosome.com!). I guess we just all have different ideas of what to look for in a grand marshal.

candice

9. UMTerps.com says ‘national search’ for Chuck Driesell’s replacement to begin immediately

Add Duane Simpkins to the list of coaches who will say publicly (at least to me-and I believe he’ll be saying it on the air tomorrow with Bob Haynie on AM1570 tomorrow) that he wants the job. He’s currently coaching at St. Alban’s in Washington-and a lot of people hope he’ll help tap the DC recruiting pipeline more than Gary Williams’ staff has recently.

And don’t eliminate Xavier assistant Bino Ranson from the discussion. Despite once having Nestor Aparicio as a youth ball coach, the Baltimore product has quickly moved up the coaching pipeline; and had success this season under Chris Mack with the Musketeers. The Terps already have a Baltimore-based assistant in Keith Booth, but I’m not sure they’re completely thrilled with the endroads they’ve made here.

Still, it would very difficult for me to accept that someone coaching for the Terrapins was once coached by the Nasty One. He’s overcome greater obstacles than Michael Oher!

10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens previews tonight’s Hopkins-Towson game at Homewood Field

Should be a great atmosphere tonight, as Dave Pietramala’s Blue Jays are playing for their NCAA Tournament lives.

Tony Seaman’s Tigers can basically guarantee themselves at least an at-large spot with a win.

Look, it’s not like you’re going to be going to the Orioles game. Go watch some lacrosse!

11. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester has no problem with “Get Your Preak On”

And neither do I. Especially if I’m getting “my Preak on” with Ellen Petri (Thanks Guyism!)…

petri

Oh, it’s another thing.

12. Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Bob Baffert looking for 4th Kentucky Derby win with Lookin At Lucky

It would be about time something good happened for that guy.

And finally, I leave you with this…

I’m not REALLY sure what happened during the end of the NLB Final between Cibona and Partizan. Go to Deadspin and read up if you want. All I know is that it was amazing.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s10eG415NxU[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 22 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because it’s still “Green Week” here in Charm City. Thus far this week, I’ve supported whatever the cause is behind “Green Week” by posting a semi-nude picture of Ashley Greene, a version of “I Fought The Law” by Green Day, and a version of “Take Me to the River” by Al Green with Dave Matthews Band.

I’m not sure it’s possible that there’s been anyone in town this week who’s been more “green” than I have. So today I am making another contribution to whatever the “Green Week” cause is…as I post the best work Seth Green has EVER done in his career…his performance as Kenny “Special K” Fisher in “Can’t Hardly Wait”…

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

In a word…brilliant.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s Tim Booth says Felix Hernandez went distance as Mariners swept Orioles

2-14.

They’re 2-14.

King Felix didn’t even have his most overwhelming stuff last night.

They’re 2-14.

I SORTA felt bad for Kevin Millwood last night-who was also not overwhelming, but pretty good other than one inning. Of course, being good for all but one inning is being just good enough to lose, but that’s not the point here.

The point is that Kevin Millwood was about as interested in coming to Baltimore as he was in going to Haiti. That’s not supposed to be funny, so save your “poor taste” comments.

Last night you saw WHY Kevin Millwood had no interest in coming to Baltimore.

I assume Kevin Millwood doesn’t think himself to be Tom Glavine or Greg Maddux. I assume that Millwood knows that he’s a “gutty” veteran pitcher whose baseball knowledge and experience outweighs his actual stuff.

When that’s the case, it doesn’t help to be the Number 1 guy for a TERRIBLE baseball team. Pitchers like Zack Greinke and Zach Duke can handle the gig because they have the type of stuff that if they HAVE to give up 1 run or less multiple times during the season, they can.

Kevin Millwood doesn’t have that sort of stuff.

What you saw from Kevin Millwood last night-that’s about what he has.

And if he was playing for a better team (even in Texas), he could be picked up.

In Baltimore, he’s channeling Bon Jovi and “Livin’ on a Prayer.”

I really did feel bad for Kevin Millwood last night. I’m sure he’ll be somewhere else by somewhere around the All-Star Game; but I feel bad for him right now.

Like so many others on this team right now, he was miscast. He knew it, and he had no interest in being here. I hope he doesn’t have to go through it too much longer.

2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of sweep

Maybe we were a bit too quick to crown Ty Wigginton as the new “Mr. Oriole.”

0-4, 2 GIDP’s, K, 4 LOB.

Look, one game does not a season make-but is there ANY reason for Ty Wigginton to be the number 2 hitter in ANY lineup-ever?

Lou Montanez actually got on base twice last night to leadoff, and each time he was removed by a Wigginton GIDP.

I don’t mean to pile on, but I think ol’ “Wiggy” might have had a worse day than even Ben Roethlisberger!

I know he went “hitless in Seattle”, but could Adam Jones BUNT if he was in the #2 hole?

I have a lot of “why do I even bother?” feelings when I start making suggestions about what the Orioles could be doing, but I WANT THEM TO WIN.

Ugh.

3. The AP’s Tim Booth says Dave Trembley held closed door meeting, ‘popped off’ to media before series finale in Seattle

This of course comes on the heels of the Julio Lugo debacle the previous night.

Or “insert your own debacle from another night this season here.”

Of course, according to Steve Melewski from MASN (who “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester selected as today’s “Apologist of the Morning” on The Morning Reaction)…

“We can’t demand that O’s players get hits every night, strike out batters, pitch great or win”

Maybe he should have replaced “we” with “I”. I’m GOING to demand that they win. They might not, but I’m going to demand it anyway. Of course, since Steve works for the team, he has little choice but to try to say it the right way. Steve went on to try to divide the fanbase…

“Some fans won’t ever jump ship and will be around all year”

You mean…like the fans here at WNST? Who will be here all year trying to hold this organization’s feet to the fire in the desperate hope that at some point they might start winning?

Nothing like a team whose own employees try to divide their fanbase. “Are you with us or not? If you are, you better get behind the Andy MacPhail plan and not criticize what we’re doing!”

You’re on watch, Steve. As I said this morning, I have to go to Louisville next week. If I choose to wear an Orioles hat, I know what type of reaction to expect. When it comes, I pray you’ll understand what it means to REALLY be an Orioles fan.

Clown.

4. MLB.com’s Bob Sherwin & Alden Gonzalez say O’s claimed Pedro Viola off waivers from Reds, sent him to Norfolk

If Corey Patterson didn’t get you excited, this HAS to-right?

In 9 Major League appearances, Viola has a 5.14 career ERA.

The World Series is in late October again this year, just keep that in mind.

Of course the signing of Viola made most fans think of Frank Viola, who always got the coolest pictures in SI For Kids when I read that publication growing up.

You know what else is a cool picture? The picture of Candace Rae from Ralph Magazine that Guyism.com posted yesterday…

candaceraw

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Jeff Salazar, Josh Bell, Troy Patton shined for Birds on farm

Before we move on from the Orioles, there’s no game tonight-so enjoy the NFL Draft and check back in tomorrow night when the Birds head to Fenway Park to take on the Boston Red Sox.

A lot of fans thought Dave Trembley might not even make it to Beantown, but I don’t expect that. However, if they WERE to make a move, I would think signing Brian Kownacki from Fordham might be a good option…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtUlc0-6z8A[/youtube]

6. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson expects Ravens to take best player in NFL Draft if unable to trade out of pick

And as Aaron mentioned, there’s a good chance that a player many people didn’t think would slip ends up slipping into their hands. As Drew & I have discussed multiple times on AM1570 recently, the MOST likely scenario involves Ozzie Newsome and company trading OUT of the 25th pick.

Yet…someone spectacular could slip. That’s the only way I see them making that 25th pick. As I speculated this morning, Sergio Kindle feels like the guy.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Roethlisberger will miss Ravens-Steelers game at Heinz Field due to suspension

He’ll be sorely missed. By the entire North Harford High School area.

And no one else.

My gut tells me that Big Ben is still with the Steelers when the season begins, and I still think they’re a real threat in the AFC North.

I also think Pepperdine volleyball player Victoria Adelhelm is a real threat to make me want to become athletic (Thanks Busted Coverage)…

volleyball

8. LA Times’ Sam Farmer mocks Penn State DL Jared Odrick to Ravens

I will admit that having dated a girl that went to Penn State, drafting Jared Odrick would be difficult for me as a Ravens fan.

I can’t STAND the Nittany Lions. As a Maryland fan, I’ve never liked them-but my trips to Beaver Stadium made it worse.

“WE ARE! PENN STATE!”

Really? I thought I was at Oregon.

Look-I’d support the pick, and I certainly think it would be the “safe” pick for John Harbaugh’s team, but it would be REALLY tough for me to root for him.

I haven’t had too many of these problems during my tenure as a Ravens fan-especially considering that Wally Richardson was about as good as…..Jordan Steffy?

9. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley mocks Alabama DL Terrence Cody to Ravens

I have a nickname for Terrence Cody…”The Skinny Ray Bachman!”

(Edit from GMC: I’ve posted the Terrence Cody “man boobs” picture plenty of times already. I’m not doing it again. INSTEAD, I Google image searched “man boobs”. The pictures below may not be safe for work.)

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boobs

I’m so sorry.

10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Ralph Friedgen not happy lacrosse has ripped up field at Byrd Stadium before Red/White Spring Game

Look, I feel for The Fridge. His field is torn up as it is, PLUS there’s the ACC Lacrosse Tournament this weekend in College Park.

But there’s SORT OF an easy answer to this.

“Ralph, maybe you should just be happy you’re still coaching the Red/White Spring Game.”

Sorry guy.

11. GoMustangSports.com says Stevenson crushed St. Mary’s, advanced to face Salisbury in CAC Tournament final Saturday afternoon

This makes it back to back years that the Sea Gulls and Mustangs will have a rematch for the CAC Championship.

The Gulls got revenge on the ‘Stangs a season ago in Owings Mills, hopefully Paul Cantabene’s team will get their revenge this weekend.

Myself? I’m looking for revenge on any website that didn’t post pictures of Daphne Joy yesterday like Barstool Sports did…

daphne

And finally, I leave you with this…

I know they Drafted Kyle Boller, but the Ravens have NEVER Drafted a Lawrence Phillips or Ryan Leaf. On the day that the NFL Draft begins, I’d like to celebrate that with a memory…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMe0Rz1frdE[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 16 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because the Orioles aren’t on TV tomorrow. Not because I don’t love the Orioles, but more because…there’s just only so much of this I can take. I’m gonna do the lacrosse tripleheader with Patrick Stevens (Loyola-Georgetown, Army-Navy, Maryland-Hopkins); inhale some frosty beverages, and then probably hit on someone who isn’t my girlfriend.

Yep, it’s a good life. Almost as good as this fella’s…

bigben

What’s that you say, The Smoking Gun (via Deadspin)?…

The encounter lasted about ten minutes, beginning from when Roethlisberger entered the back area “with his penis already out of his pants.” The alleged victim repeatedly told him she didn’t want to have sex, but he kept reassuring her, as they had unprotected sex. She told her friends immediately after, and they reported it to the first police officer they saw.

You know, maybe if they trade this guy…I could consider myself a fan!

(Edit from GMC: Ladies…I’m kidding. He plays for the Steelers! I could NEVER like him!)

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s Janie McCauley says Ben Sheets impressive, David Hernandez not as Athletics topped Orioles

So….that happened again.

We keep doing this every morning. And I keep seeing losing do strange things to people.

David Hernandez wasn’t good last night. In fact, he was terrible. It’s just that instead of being terrible in 1 or 2 innings, he spread it out over 5 and mixed in 6 strikeouts just to make some of us think he WASN’T terrible. Apparently, it worked. At least enough to get Daniel Moroz (who goes by @CamdenCrazies on Twitter) the “Apologist of the Morning” nod…

“You could make the case that David Hernandez has out-pitched Ben Sheets in this game.”

No you couldn’t. At any point. Ever. Sheets gave up no runs on 5 hits over 6 innings. Hernandez gave up 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits over 5 innings. 4 of those hits were for extra bases.

It isn’t okay. It isn’t “gutty” because he ONLY gave up 5 runs. It’s unacceptable from ANY starting pitcher at the major league level.

But because the Orioles are losing, fans around here are more than willing to give him a pass. Fans have replaced the importance of wins and losses with feeling good when things aren’t completely embarrassing. Hernandez didn’t give up a pair of 3 run homers like Bergesen did, so it’s apparently okay.

Except that it isn’t.

Maybe Stacey Long (from Camden Chat) was right this morning when she said that last night’s effort was representative of David Hernandez’s talent. I won’t dismiss the chances that she’s right. That might be ALL he has to offer, and the Orioles just need “better players”, as Stacey suggested.

But it doesn’t make it okay to see so many doubles last night that I thought I was hanging out with Frankie Smith…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kYtliQs0tc[/youtube]

2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of loss

And if you’re a glutton for punishment, you’ll enjoy looking at it.

-Adam Jones had a double and triple last night as part of going 3-5 with an RBI, but he also committed an error moving the ball from his glove to his throwing hand on a sac fly. WHAT? And on another sac fly in the first inning, Jones gave an effort similar to Ashlee Simpson on Saturday Night Live. He’s starting to move into Felix Pie-area, it’s just that he appears to be MORE talented. But the stupid decisions and the lackluster efforts are starting to make a TON of us wonder whether or not he’s actually helping the club.

-Miguel Tejada was 0-4 with a strikeout and left 3 men on base. Of course, why should he be any different than anyone else? The team finished the game 0-8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 more runners on base.

You have to TRY to be this inept, don’t you? Like, teams that want to get hits with runners in scoring position might ACCIDENTALLY get them, wouldn’t they?

-On top of all of that, Garrett Atkins forgot that you actually have to apply a tag on a pickoff play, and Ty Wigginton was…well…AWKWARD at 2nd base to be kind.

If you’re not involved in our “Orange Crush” chats at WNST.net or following us on Twitter (@WNST) during the games, I don’t know how you handle this.

Here are some classics from Twitter last night:
-GMC: For as many of us that have said, “They can’t lose EVERY game”…are we sure?
-Luke: In honor of Jackie Robinson Day, the Orioles plan to raise their average with RISP and two outs to .042 by night’s end.
-GMC: Maybe having Felix Pie teach Adam Jones baseball fundamental lessons wasn’t such a good idea from the Orioles, after all.
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Luke: Remember last year’s MASN commercial with the guy clutching his chest with heart palpitations? I hope he’s doing alright this year.

3. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Felix Pie forced to leave loss with shoulder injury

“The rich just keep getting richer.”

Look, we all know Felix Pie has looked MORE like a Major League Baseball player recently. In fact, if he limited the dumb decisions he made to 1 a game, I might actually CALL him a Major League Baseball player.

I’m certainly not jumping off the ledge because Felix Pie may be forced to miss time; but at 1-9 I’m not certain an injury to ANY player on this team-maybe short of Matt Wieters…MAYBE…would get me to the ledge.

4. Beaver County Times’ John Perrotto says Pittsburgh fans furious Pirates didn’t draft Wieters

Maybe Wieters should come up to Beaver County with Ray Rice, Todd Heap, Dannell Ellerbe, Chris Carr and Troy Smith for a charity basketball game!

This is a strange story. I don’t think that having Matt Wieters would make the Pirates any good, but I guess they might have the hope that Orioles fans have had recently if they had a guy like Wieters?

Speaking of hope, I hope to find more pictures of Ivana Vancova like the one Busted Coverage posted yesterday…

vancova

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Alfredo Simon, Rhyne Hughes, Chorye Spoone shined for Birds on farm

Before we move on from the O’s, I’ll remind everyone (mostly because I have to) that the Orioles return to action tonight at Oakland Alameda Coliseum. Kevin Millwood goes to the mound against Dallas Braden, first pitch is at 10:05 and the game can be seen on MASN2.

Luke Jones hosts tonight’s “Orange Crush” chat at WNST.net, I’ll handle Sunday’s chat.

I pray to God that this gets better soon. But I’m not overly hopeful.

6. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Marshal Yanda, Jalen Parmele signed tenders

Go ahead and print up the Super Bowl tickets now.

Honestly, each player has a role coming back-and they’re potentially key roles if this team IS going to win the AFC North for the first time under John Harbaugh and try to make a Super Bowl run. Yanda was very good after moving back into the starting lineup for Chris Chester; and he’ll be expected to perform at the same level this season.

Parmele will have the kick return job to lose in Training Camp unless Lardarius Webb makes a miraculously quick return; and showed signs of having some real ability to return kicks a season ago.

The pieces are starting to fall into place. “I love it when a plan comes together.”

7. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Eric DeCosta thinks Penn State DL Jared Odrick ‘plays like a Raven’

This was cute for a year.

“Joe Flacco plays like a Raven.”
“Frank Walker plays like a Raven.”
“Deacon Jones plays like a Raven.”
“Ray Bachman plays like a Raven.”

(Edit from GMC: Congrats to Ray Bachman on his recent divorce. Can’t understand how anyone would let go of a gem like him, though.)

Before we move on from the Ravens, a nod to Kyle Boller-who signed with the Raiders yesterday. Joke’s on all of us, because THIS belongs to him…

prejean

(Edit from GMC: Calm down ladies. When I say “belongs”, I really only mean “belongs.”)

8. GoMustangSports.com says Steve Kazimer, Richie Ford each tallied 8 points as Stevenson topped York College

York College with an “Oriole-like” performance against the ‘Stangs.

(Edit from GMC: Cheap shot, I know.)

Lots to be excited about this weekend lacrosse-wise. I mentioned Loyola-Georgetown and Army-Navy, but there’s also Towson-Drexel, which has MAJOR CAA implications, and could have major implications on the NCAA Tournament.

If you’re not watching lacrosse this weekend, what else are you gonna do? Catch up on episodes of “United States of Tara”?

There’s some other game going on too…

9. Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Terps’ Will Yeatman returned to practice, could play tomorrow night at M&T Bank Stadium

Oh yeah, that.

As I’ve said this week, this is the biggest rivalry in ANY sport involving local teams. The best performance I’ve EVER seen at a sporting event in Baltimore happened when Joe Walters absolutely WENT OFF against the Jays in 2006 at Homewood Field-giving the Terrapins a rare victory in this series.

They desperately need another one tomorrow night. Dave Cottle can’t afford to have this bunch lose to this particular JHU team.

10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says RB Morgan Green leaving Terps, likely to transfer to Towson

I have no idea if Maryland is going to get things turned around this season. I’ll spend the summer looking at it more in-depth, but I don’t have a TON of confidence at this point. If they don’t, it will likely be the swan song for Ralph Friedgen, and sadly-his legacy will include passing on Steve Slaton in favor of Green as much as it will include an ACC Championship and trip to the Orange Bowl as well as wins in the Peach Bowl, Gator Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl and Humanitarian Bowl.

Of course, we all have regrets. Many of my regrets include not knowing more about Candice Swanepoel, whose GQ pictures Guyism.com found for me…

swanepoel

And finally, I leave you with this.

Here’s the Scott Stapp Florida Marlins pump-up song. Enjoy!?!?!?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwaSuYZ6svQ[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Live from Owings Mills: Ravens Hold Annual Pre-Draft “Liars” Luncheon

Posted on 13 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

2:36-Hear from John Harbaugh, Ozzie Newsome, Eric DeCosta & Joe Hortiz NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net. You will also hear the press conference in its entirety this afternoon during Rex Snider & Ray Bachman’s show on AM1570 WNST.

1:23-Here are some highlights from today’s event:

-Kevin Byrne announced Ravens would not hold Spring Football Festival this year due to construction at M&T Bank Stadium, but announced team would partner with Orioles for Saturday event.
-Ozzie Newsome opened today’s press conference by saying Ravens will terminate Samari Rolle’s contract at 4pm today.
-Ozzie and John Harbaugh both complimented Samari Rolle both on & off field
-Newsome: “Draft doesn’t unfold for you until you get through first 15 picks”
-Newsome said he checks the Drafts of the Browns, Bengals and Steelers after the Draft ends.
-Harbaugh: “We’re interested in who Pittsburgh is going to take.”
-Newsome: “I think the juniors have impacted this Draft more so than any other year.”
-Newsome: “We have to be prepared to pick at 25.”
-DeCosta: “Fortunately we have a lot of tape” on Dez Bryant despite him not playing much in 2010
-Newsome: “Wide receiver is still an important position for us.”
-Newsome on trading back in Draft: “You have to have a partner.”
-Newsome
: “There’s probably a Tight End that we can take in every round” of Draft
-DeCosta says “4 or 5″ CB’s “merit 1st round grade”, including Devin McCourty (Rutgers), Chris Cook (Virginia) as well as Joe Haden (Florida)
-Harbaugh said he’s looking for “best possible chance” for player drafted to be successful.
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DeCosta: “Dan Williams (Tennessee) really really good player, unlikely to be there” at 25. Terrence Cody “guy you can’t move.”
-Newsome said he has not discussed trading Jared Gaither or ANY other player with any NFL team.
-Newsome on whether time between 1st & 2nd round will effect trading: “In the end, I think teams are just going to pick.”
-Newsome: “We still are trying to operate under some sense of a (salary) cap.”
-Newsome reiterated that Bisciotti, Ravens “willing to take a risk” on players when asked about Dez Bryant
-Newsome: “We will move up” to get a player this year if there’s someone they like
-DeCosta says (Maryland OT) Bruce Campbell, (Rutgers OT) AnthonyDavis “very good players, gifted athletes, works in progress.”
-Hortiz: injury, playing in run offense will alter where Demaryius Thomas is selected
-DeCosta told story about Ravens not planning on drafting Ed Reed, but managed to get “best player” in Draft when the player they wanted was already picked
-Hortiz says (Florida QB) Tim Tebow “winner, great college football player” but “does need developing” at NFL level.
-Newsome said he’s working under the assumption that Ed Reed is returning, and will feel that way unless Reed sends a retirement letter to NFL
-Newsome says players have been more “forthcoming” about marijuana use in interviews. Says admissions are “case by case” scenarios.
-Decosta: “Marijuana use seems to have increased” amongst NFL Draft prospects.
-When asked if it bothered him that other AFC North teams had more Draft picks, he responded “Does it bother me that they don’t have as good of players as we do in Baltimore?” semi-jokingly.

12:15-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where the Baltimore Ravens are holding their annual Pre-Draft Luncheon, which has humorously been re-named the “Liars Luncheon” by various members of the media in recent years.

We will hear from GM Ozzie Newsome, Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta, Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz and Coach John Harbaugh. We can expect questions about ALL of the names you have heard linked to the team, including:

Alabama DT Terrence Cody
Oklahoma TE Jermain Gresham
Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant
Boise State CB Kyle Wilson
Florida DE Carlos Dunlap
Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas
Penn State DL Jared Odrick
Michigan DE Brandon Graham

and PLENTY more.

The program is scheduled to begin at 1:20pm. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because I was able to do my taxes last night, and I’m getting about $350 from the government.

How am I going to spend it?

Well, I know THIS will be the FIRST thing I pick up…

bags

I’d invite Mike Gonzalez to come over and play, but I know he’ll be a bit high on most of his throws.

(Edit from GMC: Calm. Down. I’m just having fun.)

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says Evan Longoria homered again as Rays took 2nd straight from Orioles

Because we all know I’m thinking about it, let’s just go ahead and get a sexy picture of EVA Longoria out of the way, then we can move on to important sports-related commentary…

eva

Look, Evan Longoria is GOOD. I’m really getting the feeling he’s going to end up in the Top 3 in AL MVP voting this season. Yeah. THAT good. Making matters worse, Matt Garza was DEALING for Tampa Bay last night, while Jeremy Guthrie put together a workmanlike if not spectacular 6.1 innings.

Pretty good, not good enough.

Which might be the name of the 2010 Orioles season in review DVD when it sees the light of day.

Guthrie struck out 6, but he also gave up 8 hits and walked 2. He’s not going to face pitchers who like as good as Matt Garza looked last night (although the Birds’ lineup certainly deserves to shoulder some of the blame), but he’s going to face other good pitchers-especially early this season as teams keep their rotation as together as possible.

He’ll HAVE to do better.

2. WNST.net/The AP offer numerical evidence of Orioles’ loss

You know, I enjoy donuts. Glazed, Boston Creme, Chocolate, the whole nine yards…

donuts

…but I DON’T enjoy seeing a leadoff hitter carry a donut through two games.

I have no idea if Brian Roberts is 100 percent or not. But I DO know that I was concerned about his late arrival in Spring Training carrying over to a slow start to the season.

Swinging at the first pitch he saw from Rafael Soriano with the tying run in scoring position last night was QUESTIONABLE at best.

Should he sit down and let Julio Lugo play tonight? Julio Lugo certainly thinks so, but I’m not ready to just say that just yet. ”

I AM ready to say that Brian Roberts needs to get on base. But I’m known to make crazy proclimations.

3. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Nolan Reimold replaced Felix Pie in O’s lineup as Pie deals with left rotator cuff strain

Well, why not?

I think the official count of “Pie would have had that ball” comments last night on Twitter (follow us @WNST) was 1,847,322,098. Or something around there.

The funniest thing about is that on Tuesday night, there was a major commotion from fans about missing Reimold’s bat while Pie played; and last night the commotion was about missing Pie’s legs while Reimold played.

Is there a mad scientist somewhere that can flex these guys into Nolix Piemold and just give the team ONE leftfielder?

Also, congratulations to David Stevenson (@DS31415 on Twitter) for being named “Apologist of the Morning” by Drew Forrester. David caught my attention by apparently being able to tell THIS through two games…

“Last year’s team would have rolled over and died. This year’s team has fight in them.”

Ummm….sure. But he REALLY sealed the award when he started talking about his excitement for Bowie Baysox baseball, as they open their season tonight. Of course, he was unable to keep reality in the picture as he discussed his excitement…

“Hopefully gonna see Zach Britton pitch tomorrow at Bowie. He is EERILY similar to Andy Pettite. So similar it honestly gives me the chills.”

No David, you give ME the chills. THAT is good stuff. Attention “Dan the Man” from the website “The Loss Column”, you’re on notice.

4. St. Petersburg Times’ Joe Smith says Birds hope to ‘emulate’ Rays

Starting IMMEDIATELY…by winning two straight games. That would be GREAT.

Brian Matusz takes the bump for the O’s tonight at Tropicana Field against Jeff Niemann and the Rays. First pitch is 7:10 and the game can be seen on MASN2.

I’d like ”The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet” to ‘emulate’ Adrianne Curry. If she posted pictures on Twitter like AC does, I’d actually follow her (Thanks Giggity Greg!)…

curry

5. National Football Post’s Joe Fortenbaugh says Morgan State WR Edward Morton-Green to work out at 1 Winning Drive

With no offense to EJ Morton-Green, if the Ravens were going to select a recent Bears WR, how could it POSSIBLY not be Edwin Baptiste???

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhN0OZA3aIs[/youtube]

It’s still the greatest catch I’ve ever seen.

Morton-Green is 6’4″ and 214 pounds-and as we all know, you can’t coach size. His numbers weren’t particularly impressive in 2009 (24 catches, 324 yards, 2 TD’s). I’m not sure how much of that you can put on playing MEAC football.

mortongreen

There’s a chance Morton-Green’s workout is little more than a “local prospects” workout for the Ravens. He’s also working out with the Eagles and Bengals-but the Eagles are still FAIRLY local, and the Bengals could host him because he’s an Ohio native. The Ravens bring in local prospects every year, and even allowed former Towson WR Tommy Breaux to take part in their rookie minicamp a season ago.

BUT….it still doesn’t change the fact that you CAN’T COACH SIZE.

6. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mel Kiper thinks Ravens should select Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas in NFL Draft

Speaking of “can’t coach size”, Thomas is 6’3″, 229 pounds. Those are good numbers.

Of course, with Anquan Boldin and Donte’ Stallworth in tow-many will argue that the Ravens aren’t well served to select a receiver in the first round. But as we’ve talked about before here, the Ravens DON’T have receivers (besides Boldin and TECHNICALLY Derrick Mason) who are under contract beyond this season.

They need young receivers, and we have every reason to think they’ll go that route at some point in the Draft. Is taking a a player in the first round from a system offense in the ACC coming off a foot injury a great idea? I don’t know. But would adding a player or his size to the Ravens’ receiving corps be a great idea? Yeah, it probably would.

7. The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Ravens should consider trading out of 1st round; looking at players like Terrence Cody, Kareem Jackson, Patrick Robinson, Jimmy Graham

I’ve liked this idea myself for some time-especially after the Boldin deal. There ISN’T a player at 25 that I love (with MAYBE the exception of Jermaine Gresham…MAYBE); and it would be very difficult to trade up this year. Trading back may allow the Ravens to address multiple needs-especially with talented corners available in Rounds 2 and 3.

Dominique Franks from Oklahoma is one of those types of corners. He was on with Drew Forrester this morning, if you missed that (or Minnesota WR Eric Decker with Ray Bachman & Rex Snider yesterday, or Clemson WR Jacoby Ford with Bob Haynie yesterday) make sure you check out the Audio Vault here at WNST.net.

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Towson topped UMBC 10-7 behind 3 goals from Tim Stratton

Tony Seaman’s team has been improving recently-sorta similar to how they started to improve mid-to-late through last season before making a run in the CAA Tournament.

You know who else has been improving recently? Filipa Nunes (Thanks Guyism.com!)…

Nunes

9. GoMustangSports.com says Richie Ford tallied 9 points as Stevenson won at Marymount

Which was a GREAT way to bounce back from Saturday’s loss to Salisbury. The ‘Stangs know that the loss to the Gulls is only meaningful until the teams (potentially) meet again in the NCAA Tournament.

And of course, a story about a team called “Marymount” is MORE meaningful when accompanied by a photo of adult film star Mary Carey. I’m sure you understand.

marycarey

10. The Diamonadback’s Kate Yanchulis says Terps looking to avoid falling to 0-3 during crucial North Carolina/Virginia/Navy/Hopkins stretch

I went to dinner with Patrick Stevens (from D1scourse) last night…we of course went to Chick-Fil-A…and I said to him “it wouldn’t surprise me if they went 0-4.”

God I hope not. Not just for my sake, but for Dave Cottle’s sake more.

And finally, I leave you with this.

Look-I’m as much a fan of food porn as ANYONE IN THE WORLD. But the new KFC “Double Down”? I’m just not so sure I’m in…

kfc

…did we need this as a country???

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 07 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because THIS was my dinner at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood in Dundalk last night…

crabsbeer

The beer was cold, the crabs were hot. Despite what happened at Tropicana Field, I call that a WIN.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s Fred Goodall says Mike Gonzalez suffered blown save in first appearance as Orioles lost to Rays

Where do we start?

I think I’ll start with local blogger Chris Stoner, who thought he should have won our “King of Baltimore Sports Talk” contest last year. Probably due to rock solid analysis like this…

“If anything, Oriole fans should be enthusiastic of the pure stuff Gonzalez showed. Jim Palmer was right, if Gonzalez fell off the mound any more, he would have looked like a Mitch Williams clone.

With one inning of work, it was very evident to see why Gonzalez averaged more than a K per IP in 2009 (90 in 74.1 innings) while allowing just 56 hits.”

Ho.Ly.Crap.

Look, I’m not going to try to tell you that the world came undone last night. As we know, last night’s loss was not Mike Gonzalez’s fault alone.

But…NOTHING about last night’s appearance from Mike Gonzalez should make Orioles fans “enthusiastic.”

He faced the BOTTOM of the Rays’ order. He threw a ton of pitches UP in the strike zone. Sean FREAKING Rodriguez started the rally. KELLY SHOPPACH absolutely crushed a ball. It wasn’t Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria who got hits ahead of Carl Crawford, it was SEAN RODRIGUEZ AND KELLY SHOPPACH.

Mike Gonzalez was TERRIBLE last night. It wasn’t all his fault, but he was TERRIBLE. Hence, Chris Stoner won our first “Apologist of the Morning” award from Drew Forrester and myself. But I’m putting Jenn Royle on notice. She said the Orioles would compete to finish .500 “if that was the last of Gonzalez’s struggles.”

And if Cesar Izturis manages to get 4 hits every game instead of 2, they might be better than that.

2. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Kevin Millwood ‘not brilliant’ as Birds fell in Tampa Bay

Luke Jones WAS our winner of last year’s “King of Baltimore Sports Talk” contest…and the competition wasn’t really close. Luke was a runaway victor, and his ability as an analyst is part of the reason why.

Kevin Millwood DID do enough to win, but he WASN’T great. Anyone who says that Kevin Millwood gave the Orioles a “great” start must have missed the fact that he gave up TEN baserunners in just 5 (plus) innings. He was OVERLY fortunate that when Matt Albers inherited runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs, he managed to work his way out of the 6th inning jam. Otherwise, Millwood’s numbers wouldn’t even look as good as they did.

The Orioles will need more than that if Millwood is to be their “ace.” I personally think the only hope the Orioles have of finding an ace on their current staff is Brian Matusz, but Millwood is the veteran #1 guy. He NEEDS to give them 6 innings (or more) in the bulk of his starts.

And I NEED to get 6 more pictures of Gemma Atkinson that look like this (Thanks Busted Coverage)…

gemma

3. WNST.net provides numerical evidence of O’s Opening Day loss

Of course, the most striking number from last night’s loss is “1-12″, which is what the Orioles hit with runners in scoring position; producing NO RBI.

For the record, I’m not surprised. This is NOT going to be the last time the Orioles post a number like that. What many of us talked about this week (I called it a “woefully incomplete” lineup) came to fruition last night. This team might have more representative hitters, but they DON’T have hitters that fit the roles necessary to win games.

Most importantly (in this case), they don’t have a prototypical #4 hitter that is capable of driving in a bunch of runs. It ISN’T Miguel Tejada. It ISN’T Luke Scott. It ISN’T Nolan Reimold. It ISN’T Matt Wieters (at least not yet). Those players are all capable of filling roles, but “run producer” is NOT that role.

This is what happens when Andy MacPhail and company go with the philosophy that “someone will do it” instead of going out and getting the right guy to do it. For everyone who said “you can’t overpay for Matt Holliday”-that’s fine. But if you don’t, you’re going to have a bunch of games like the one you saw last night.

Of course, most of them will come after things don’t REALLY matter anymore-so we probably won’t be so angry about them.

4. St. Petersburg Times’ Marc Topkin says Carl Crawford hero for Rays in win over Orioles

It wasn’t the first time Carl Crawford did the Orioles in. If he ends up signing with the Yankees (which is what EVERYONE expects), we’ll probably have many more YEARS of Carl Crawford nightmares ahead of us.

Before I move on from the Orioles-just a couple more things. Thanks to everyone who came out to Jimmy’s last night (including the gang from Camden Chat). We had a lot of fun, the staff knew better than to think they should put the Washington-Pittsburgh hockey game on, and there were free t-shirts for all.

Also, Jeremy Guthrie takes the hill for the Birds tonight at The Trop as they try to even the series against Matt Garza and the Rays. As Ray Bachman once said via Twitter (follow us @WNST), “somewhere right now, Jeremy Guthrie is dreaming about home runs flying over his head.”

5. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Matt Stover, Mike Nugent, John Carney top free agent kickers available besides Shayne Graham

Go ahead and scratch Matt Stover off the list. Like my friends told me when ABC cancelled “Step By Step”, it’s time to move on.

You know who else moved on from “Step By Step”? Christine Lakin, who played Al Lambert…

lakin

I bet she’s good at math.

As far as kickers go, we’re all going to continue to assume that Graham will be the guy until we find out otherwise. I’m not ruling out the idea that the team might go with another young kicker to compete with Billy Cundiff, as they’re not going to be interested in giving money to ANYONE-including Shayne Graham.

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Greg Mattison attended workout for Florida State CB Patrick Robinson

He’ll almost certainly be available when the Ravens pick 25th in the NFL Draft. Yet, for the same reasons I think Kyle Wilson might not be a great choice, there are reasons why I don’t necessarily think Patrick Robinson would be a great choice.

Robinson is 5’11″, which isn’t BAD size for a corner-but the Ravens HAVE corners in that range. I know the Bengals are EXTREMELY HAPPY with 2 sub-6’0″ corners in Leon Hall and Jonathan Joseph; but that’s rare. The Ravens could REALLY use a corner who is an inch of two taller. That being said, they need SOMEONE.

Don’t forget that there’s another 5’11″ corner available…

frankwalker

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Cory Redding will wear #93, Marcus Smith switches to #11

Smith of course had to change his number because the Ravens acquired some guy named Boldin who will wear #81. I like that Duff pointed out that #11 was Larry Fitzgerald’s number with the Cardinals. Marcus Smith can use as many positive omens as possible.

Cory Redding is just sliding into Dwan Edwards’ old number the same way John Harbaugh and company are having him slide into his old position. Hopefully he’ll also slide into the success Edwards finally found in Charm City a season ago as well.

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Terps punter Travis Baltz ready to ‘bounce back’ from injury riddled ’09 season

The remarkable thing about Maryland last year is that even when Baltz went down, Nick Ferrara did at LEAST an adequate (if not better than that) job of handling the punting responsibilities in his stead.

BUT-the Terrapins would be better off from a punting (and holding) standpoint with Baltz healthy.

The same way I would be better off if I knew more about who Michelle Hunziker is (Thanks Guyism.com!)…

hunziker

9. UMBC Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Unitas Stadium to face Towson in lacrosse

Boy, could Don Zimmerman’s Retrievers EVER use a win.

Their ONLY WIN ALL SEASON was a 6-5 thriller at Rutgers.

Now, Towson hasn’t been overwhelming, but they’ve played better lacrosse of late-including a CAA win over Delaware.

And Unitas Stadium has hosted some solid primetime games in recent years, including Navy earlier this season and a CLASSIC with Johns Hopkins a season ago.

It’s worth going to watch some lacrosse tonight.

10. Terrapin Trail’s Aaron Kraut says new indoor football team playing at Cole Field House

They’re playing football at Cole Field House??? Is Lonny Baxter the WHOLE Offensive Line?

And finally, I leave you with this.

Last night was the 10th anniversary of the “Web Gems” segment on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight.” In honor of that, I offer you the Mark Buehrle play from Monday that I couldn’t get a highlight of yesterday. As I said earlier, Ho.Ly.Crap.

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

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Let The Bashing Begin …..

Posted on 07 April 2010 by Rex Snider

Well, it’s almost 7am …. on the morning following the Orioles first defeat of the season. No worries, there will be plenty more wins that “slipped away” before we tuck the 2010 season away in mothballs.

No, I’m not throwing in the towel on my prediction of 76 wins – I still think the birds will have a pretty decent season, as they continue in another chapter of Andy’s Rebuilding Project. But, last night’s game was a tough pill to swallow …..

Ugh, I’m also operating on two hours of sleep. I couldn’t get a wink, last night.

No, I don’t take Orioles baseball that seriously. I’m just excited to talk about last night’s pain, along with some renewed hope, this evening. After two months of bantering back and forth about incidental, debatable topics and vanilla-laden spring training updates, Ray Bachman and I finally have some real substance to discuss, at 2pm.

I’ll imagine many area baseball fans are chomping at the bit to complain about one thing or another. In fact, I’ve purposely steered away from Drew Forrester’s show (which KILLS me), because I don’t wanna hear any of the callers whom we share between both programs.

I’m sure some fans wanna blame certain members of the lineup – who failed to drive in 11 of 12 runners in scoring position …..

Fair enough, but that’s gonna happen. In fact, there will be nights when the very same lineup drives in 9 of those 12 runners.

Watch and see.

I’ll also agree the Orioles lineup is vulnerable with hitters ill-fitted for their spot in the order. I get it – but, it’s not the reason they lost last night’s game. They held a lead entering the bottom of the 9th, PERIOD.

Mike Gonzalez MUST eat this one, all by himself. He’s the guy who cannot surrender runs. His job is clearly defined and it pays quite handsomely for a reason – it takes composure and veins of “ice water,” as some old school insiders would suggest.

Regardless of what the guys swingin’ lumber do, a 9th inning lead must be protected. If not, the team and FANS are in for a season of gut-wrenching disappointment, and walk-off losses.

Look, as much as I’ve hated the last 12 seasons, I’ve understood the meaning behind 9-3 losses with box scores revealing the Orioles were beaten in every aspect of the game. Those are the easy losses to absorb – just chalk it up to playing a much better team.

Last night, Mike Gonzalez didn’t do his job. And, that has seriously destructive consequences …..

Wanna blame Miguel Tejada? Fine ….. he can go 0 for 5 and strand 6 runners. How about Brian Roberts, you wanna hang it on him? He can boot a couple balls and also strand a handful of runners. Yet, the team can still win if that stuff happens.

But, if Mike Gonzalez does not accomplish the ONE THING for which he’s employed, this team will lose each time he fails. Okay, they might pull a couple out …..

But, you get the point.

Last night’s observations of Gonzalez were stressful. He was clearly overthrowing and lacked poise. It appeared he was bent on dispelling the rumors regarding his supposed loss of velocity, in spring training.

While I was impressed by the quick strikeout of Pat Burrell, I also noticed Gonzalez fed him 3 straight fastballs of 91, 94 and 93 miles per hour.

He started off the next hitter, Sean Rodriguez, with another fastball. And for the record, all 4 of those pitches were above the knee caps and over the plate.

Note to Mike ….. YOU’RE GONNA GET RACKED THROWING 4 STRAIGHT BB’s DOWN THE MIDDLE. I DON’T CARE IF YOU’RE FLIRTING WITH THE 100 MPH BARRIER – MIX IT UP, MAN.

And, while we’re at it, lets point out the back to back hits, by Shoppach and Crawford. Mike, you can’t get by with “BOOBIE HIGH” fastballs in the American League. Where is that famed slider …..

I understand and sympathize with the concern over the Orioles hitters leaving so many runners stranded in scoring position. And, yes, that stuff will eventually come back to haunt them – but, saying “if we would’ve scored more runs, we would’ve won,” is ridiculous.

The Orioles lineup provided enough runs to win. Mike Gonzalez couldn’t provide enough outs to ensure it.

Yeah, the situational hitting must improve. And, it will. I wouldn’t be surprised if this lineup looks much different when July rolls around. Maybe it will take a little longer, but Adam Jones and Matt Wieters are gonna inherit the #3 & #4 slots in the lineup. Making such a switch will provide the freedom to move Tejada down to 5th or 6th, while also moving Markakis up to the #2 spot.

I know most fans think Markakis is the best hitter on the team. He’s not. He’s not the best outfielder on the team, either. And, seeing him draw those walks with such a disciplined eye, last night, really reinforced my hope for seeing him set the table for the bigger sticks.

It’s just one game, but stranding runners cannot become an epidemic for this team. And, I do think getting the better bats into the heart of the lineup will aid in downplaying such situations. They’ve gotta score runs.

But, make no mistake about it ….. Mike Gonzalez held last night’s game in the palm of his hand and he dropped it.

I’ll talk to you, this afternoon.

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 06 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because DESPITE the fact that a mediocre Duke team now gets to call themselves NCAA Champions, it wasn’t ENTIRELY a loss. Barry Aparicio came by with this…

wailua

I have no idea what “Wailua” means, but I’m pretty sure it’s Hawaiian for “hand crafted by Jesus”…

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Jay Trucker says Orioles open season that can ‘make Baltimore care about baseball again’ tonight in Tampa against Rays

Which is good, because until now all Baltimore has cared about is a stupid Under Armour logo on Federal Hill. Well, that and finding more pictures of Kelly Brook in her underpants (Thanks Guyism.com!)…

kellybrook

Do I think this Birds team will captivate the city for the better part of the summer? No, I just don’t think they’ll be interesting enough. But do I think that they will provide an occasional distraction between the NFL Draft and Training Camp? Sure they will.

Just not quite as much as Kelly Brook.

2. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Birds’ lineup will be Brian Roberts-Adam Jones-Nick Markakis-Miguel Tejada-Luke Scott-Matt Wieters-Felix Pie-Garrett Atkins-Cesar Izturis

When reached for comment, Julio Lugo said “There must be some mistake…”

On paper, it’s a half-representative lineup. And with any luck, the O’s will play half of their games on paper instead of risking injury by playing them on actual fields.

The number is 10. The question is “How many different lineups will Dave Trembley use in the first 10 games?”

I’m taking the over, personally.

3. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Michael Aubrey cleared waivers, sent to Norfolk

Oh thank God our long civic nightmare has finally ended!!!

In fairness, the organization has to be pleased to have not lost Michael Aubrey completely, even if none of us are particularly moved by Aubrey in comparison to the likes of Brandon Snyder and Rhyne Hughes.

For the record, I would have preferred Aubrey O’Day myself…

aod

4. The AP’s Fred Goodall says Rays open season with belief they can compete with Red Sox, Yankees in AL East

Okay, here are your details. It’s Kevin Millwood against James Shields at 7:10 tonight at Tropicana Field-the game can be seen on MASN.

More importantly, the game can be seen with yours truly, Drew Forrester, Nestor Aparicio, Ray Bachman, the gang from Camden Chat, and the gals that didn’t QUITE make the cut for the “Girls of Dundalk” calendar a few years back at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood in Dundalk.

I’ll be the guy in the Orioles polo, Old Bay all over my hands and 5 beers sitting in front of me.

You’ll need to buy me 3 more.

5. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens WR Coach Jim Hostler ran workout for former Syracuse WR Mike Williams

No matter what happened with the Orange last season, Williams is STILL a 6’2″ receiver who caught 133 balls for 2,044 yards and 20 TD’s over (most of) 3 seasons against BCS level competition.

I think the Ravens will draft a receiver. I think Mike Williams will slide. If they think he can work through some of his issues now that he’s reached the NFL level.

And if Williams isn’t available; there’s another Syracuse product I’d look at myself…

syracuse

6. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Jim Zorn trying to ‘earn right to be heard’

I would personally prefer that his goofy faces be SEEN…

zorn

If the Washington Post doesn’t send Dan Steinberg to Westminster at some point this summer for a DC Sports Bog follow-up, they have NO SPINE.

In fairness, I thought Zorn was a great hire for Day 1; as long as he has a shared vision with John Harbaugh and Cam Cameron. Those 3 men need to be on the same page to help the growth of Joe Flacco.

As an aside, has anyone seen the goofy new 1st Mariner Bank commercial Joe Flacco did with Ed Hale? The one where Joe keeps saying “Pittsburgh?” I found the behind the scenes video…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFcBgcB8kQA[/youtube]

…but I haven’t found the actual commercial. Clearly it’s effective because I’m talking about it, but it’s goofy as hell.

7. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says after Rackers signed with Texans, leaving Shayne Graham as top free agent option for Ravens

It’s about time the Ravens went after a veteran kicker who we knew we could count on to make big kicks in big situations…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ledS2vIy8Ao[/youtube]

…oh, wait.

Look, you can only sign the guys who are available, and Shayne Graham is available. Adam Vinatieri is not.

If Shayne Graham comes here, he’ll have to compete with Billy Cundiff for a job-which I’d imagine he’d win. If he wants a bunch of money, the Ravens may choose to go young again in their pursuit of their next kicker.

It WON’T be Matt Stover. Like my friends told me years ago when I bemoaned the breakup of the Spice Girls, it really is time to move on.

8. WNST.net’s Bob Haynie says former Baltimore Bullets forward Gus Johnson voted to Basketball Hall of Fame

Which is ABSOLUTELY well deserved.

I’m sure the Wizards will do something to honor Johnson at Verizon Center (similar to what they did with Earl Monroe); but the group at 1st Mariner Arena should consider doing the same thing the next time the Harlem Globetrotters come to town-or the next time they do some sort of basketball-related event. (AND1 Mixtape Tour, whatever.)

Of course, this also gives me an excuse to bring up that OTHER Gus Johnson. If you follow us on Twitter (@WNST) you’ll say that I re-Tweeted what may have been the GREATEST TWEET OF ALL TIME last night. Jeff Darlington-who covers the Miami Dolphins for the Miami Herald-said this about Gordon Heyward’s final shot:

If Gus Johnson were calling that game, the final shot goes down. I’m convinced.”

Correct.

9. The Sun says Maryland forward Landon Milbourne, Morgan State guard Reggie Holmes to prepare for NBA Draft at Portsmouth Invitational

I think Milbourne’s lack of a true position will ultimately doom his chances of reaching the NBA; but I do think that he will end up reaching the D-League, or getting the chance to get paid somewhere in Turkey or Israel or something like that.

Holmes is not the typical size you want from a wing as a pro-and his game is not AT ALL complete. But BOY can he shoot. He might not get there in the fall, but when you can shoot like that-you ABSOLUTELY have a chance to make it.

10. Inside Lacrosse says Maryland 5th, Loyola 11th in new Nike/IL Top 20 poll

HOW THE HELL IS JOHNS HOPKINS STILL RANKED STILL RANKED 17TH DESPITE THE FACT THEY’RE 4 AND 5?!?!?

And finally, I leave you with this.

Everyone is all up in arms about Jennifer Hudson’s version of “One Shining Moment.”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBcogk0SWIo[/youtube]

Look…is it as good as EITHER Luther Vandross’ or Teddy Pendergrass’ versions? Of course not. But is it a BAD version? Nah. It’s a tremendous song, and she’s a tremendous vocalist. BUT, the song is more naturally keyed for a male singer. Also, it isn’t Jennifer Hudson’s vault that CBS inexplicably felt it necessary to keep cutting to clips of her singing for some reason or another.

After watching last night’s game, I thought this might have been a more appropriate song to use to honor the Blue Devils…

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

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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