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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me 1-because I’ve been out of Indianapolis for nearly 36 hours. No offense, but it ain’t good.

2-Nobody decided to drive their car into a tree this morning and knock out power to the radio station and everyone else who resides on Hart Rd…

3-It may have not been in time for National Chili Day, but our buddy John West delivered with one of the greatest breakfasts in the history of AM1570 WNST yesterday morning….

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Yeah, that’s lump crab meat, and it’s called “Chesapeake Chili”…and it’s better than what you had for breakfast today.

Let’s see what everyone has to say……

1. Maryland Official Site says Terps 22nd in AP poll, 23rd in ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll

It’s funny, because Patrick Stevens (follow him on Twitter @D1scourse) had him 18th in his weekly poll this week-and I first thought to myself “that seems high”…I actually thought they should be in the range where they are in the polls…somewhere in the low 20′s. That being said, I haven’t been NEARLY as concerned about Maryland cracking the Top 25 as everyone else in town apparently is, as I know that racking up wins will get a team the respect it needs moving towards the NCAA Tournament.

That being said, what else can be said about this team right now? The win Saturday night was just tremendous. Being “gutty” is as important if not more important than being “good.” This team has more “Guts” than Mike O’Malley and Moira Quirk….

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If you get that reference, marry me. (Edit from GMC: If you’re a female. Or if you’re Andy Roddick.)

2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Greivis Vasquez named ACC Player of the Week, Jordan Williams named ACC Freshman of the Week

At this point, I’m not sure why they don’t just call it the “Greivis Vasquez ACC Player of the Week Award.” I guess Jon Scheyer could still win ACC Player of the Year (especially if Greivis were to struggle against the Blue Devils Wednesday night), but I don’t think I could necessarily agree with it. He’s been the best player in the conference all season, there just really isn’t any doubt about that. Now-the bulk of the media that votes for the award is based in North Carolina. Like it or not, they’ve probably seen more of Scheyer.

It will be an interesting vote.

Also worth noting, I was given confirmation that Greivis Vasquez’s jersey number will NOT be honored in the Comcast Center rafters tomorrow night. The school is choosing to honor all 3 seniors (Vasquez, Landon Milbourne and Eric Hayes) the same way tomorrow night, which makes sense considering all three have been major contributors to the program.

I assume (although it has yet to be confirmed) that Vasquez’s jersey WILL enter the rafters next to Steve Blake’s, but it looks like they will wait until early next season to do so. This could help them get some juice for an early season game against Bethune-Cookman…or Longwood…or Long & Foster…or whoever they play.

3. The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Maryland fans desperate for tickets to Duke game Wednesday

This is ABSOLUTELY the biggest game in College Park since the 2005 game against Duke-the Saturday night game when ESPN’s “College Gameday” did a live broadcast, John Gilchrist went off, 5 Blue Devils fouled out, the Terps won in overtime and went on to miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time after 11 straight appearances.

There have been exciting games in College Park since then (including North Carolina a season ago), but none have been this big, and CERTAINLY none of them have been this significant. A chance to split the ACC regular season title is on the line, as well as an OUTSIDE chance at an outright title and the top seed in the ACC Tournament (if UNC can beat Duke).

It’s a big deal. Big enough that Erin Andrews is showing up (with Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas) before her Dancing With the Stars gig…..

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4. ESPN.com’s Andy Katz says Gary Williams continues to “maximize what (Terrapins) players can do”

That Andy Katz….classic Gary Williams apologist.

I won’t go down the “I told you so” route when it comes to those of you who called for Gary Williams’ head a season ago, mostly because I wasn’t even slightly moved by the argument. Some people say things like “fire the coach” out of panic, because they don’t really know how to analyze a situation. I actually sympathize with those people. While I’ve never called for Maryland to fire Dave Cottle as lacrosse coach, I remain on the “he has to win” campaign.

Gary Williams is winning. A lot of people expected he would. It will be a struggle again a season from now, there’s no doubt about that. That’s the mark of a Gary Williams program in this era of college basketball.

But as Katz pointed out, there’s just no way in the world that anyone not named Gary Williams should be coaching this team right now.

5. The AP says Reggie Holmes’ 32 lead Morgan State to win over North Carolina A&T at Hill Field House

Have you been to see Reggie Holmes yet? I don’t ask because I want to say “shame on you” for not getting out yet, I ask because I’m sorry you haven’t had the chance. He’s REALLY one of the best players on the entire east coast. He’s just been so special to watch for four years now, and he’s obviously changed Todd Bozeman’s entire program.

You’ve got one more chance to see him here locally. The Bears host Coppin State in a “bucket list” type of rivalry game Thursday night. If you love Baltimore sports, you really owe it to yourself to get to a Morgan-Coppin game at least once. I’ll be there for sure, and can’t wait for the game.

6. The AP says Michael Harper’s 14 not enough as Coppin State fell to Norfolk State in home finale

The story of my first trip to the Coppin State Physical Education Complex wasn’t the team (which is just missing a lot of pieces right now), but the building itself. The building is PHENOMENAL. I mean, it’s absolutely unreal. If you ever attended a game at the Coppin Center, you won’t BELIEVE what a world of difference there is now at the CSPEC. It’s night and day-really. It’s just a bright, beautiful, state of the art facility that deserves to have outstanding teams and big crowds fill it.

That being said, Fang Mitchell’s Eagles are tough to watch. They go long stretches without scoring, they lack leadership and poise, and they have no go-to players. It is obvious that they miss Tywain McKee, who was one of the greatest players in school history a season ago, and Fang was quick to point out that they’ll get Lee Jordan back next season to help with a lot of that.

Can Coppin make a run in the MEAC Tournament similar to what they did two seasons ago? I don’t think so. They might win a game in Winston-Salem, but they have too many holes to push for a title.

7. Burlington Free Press’ John A. Fantino says Binghamton out of America East Tournament, UMBC to face Vermont

Which means that the Retrievers are guaranteed to remain in Hartford until Saturday, and all but guaranteed to be gone by Saturday night.

It is ABSOLUTELY the right thing that Binghamton is not participating in any sort of postseason contests this year, and there need to be many more sanctions moving forward. What happened with the Bearcats last season is so UNBELIEVABLY reprehensible that I’m not certain how they even fielded a team this season. In fact, it’s embarrassing that they did.

And while I love Randy Monroe, I just don’t give his team much of a chance to beat Mike Lonergan’s Catamounts.

8. Ravens Official Site’s John Eisenberg thinks team should really think about pursuring “divas” like Terrell Owens, Brandon Marshall, Anquan Boldin and Antonio Bryant

Apparently a local blogger in town tried saying that John Harbaugh was “laughing” when he talked about the Ravens’ interest in T.O. Maybe that local blogger shouldn’t talk about things he doesn’t know about….

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Look, John Harbaugh was just as condescending in Indy as he is any other time. BUT-the organization IS interested in Terrell Owens. John Harbaugh saying it publicly is NOT the first time we found that out. If you followed us on Twitter (@WNST), you’d know that we had gotten word about the team’s interest from other sources late last week, and Drew Forrester wrote about it Saturday morning.

Are the Ravens MOST interested in Terrell Owens? No. Would they like to find another wide receiver INSTEAD of Terrell Owens? Yes. But are they going to AVOID Terrell Owens? Absolutely not. They need receivers, and there are only so many available. Owens is 6’3″, and still played well in Buffalo a season ago. If the likes of Anquan Boldin, Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd, etc are too expensive or just won’t work (which is a total possibility), they might end up going with Owens.

Those are just the facts.

9. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens expected to give high tenders to RFA’s Sam Koch, Jared Gaither, Le’Ron McClain, Fabian Washington, Mark Clayton, Marshal Yanda and Troy Smith

The interesting point here is a reminder that while fans in Baltimore don’t seem to think that highly of Troy Smith, the organization absolutely DOES. John Beck is expected to get a low tender, meaning that while the Ravens would like to have him back, they are much more concerned about bringing back Smith than Beck.

Once again, those are just the facts.

10. ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says George Kokinis seen with Ravens contingency at NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis

Yeah, but take it from me-don’t ask John Harbaugh about it.

I guess the secrecy surrounding George Kokinis’ role with the Ravens has something to do with his departure from Cleveland, but it’s very strange. If he’s back, welcome back. If not, I don’t know exactly what to say.

11. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta amongst O’s pitchers who impressed in intrasquad scrimmage

It IS a good sign that Tillman’s back is apparently holding up well in his early Spring Training work.

That being said, I think Ingrid Ulrich had a better on Busted Coverage Monday than Tillman, Arrieta or even Jim Palmer ever could have…

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12. The Sun says former Bird BJ Surhoff to be inducted into College Baseball Hall of Fame

I don’t have much analysis to add here, other than to say congratulations to one of my favorite O’s of all time.

And since I don’t have any more analysis here, I’ll instead offer the video for the song “Bedrock” by Young Money. I like it.

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And finally, I leave you with this.

I promise that this will be the last time I write about anything Olympics-related. I PROMISE. I just missed yesterday’s post-so I have to get this all out of me.

Did it bother me that Canada topped Team USA in hockey Sunday? Damn right it did. I might not live and breathe hockey, but I sure as hell live and breathe the red, white and blue. (Until I re-adopt Italy again in the World Cup this summer if and when Team USA is eliminated. Look, I’m Italian-so spare me.) Does it bother me that Sidney Crosby got to be the hero in the process? Sure. Not because I root for Alexander Ovechkin or the Capitals, but because Pittsburgh sucks, and everything that comes from Pittsburgh should be a failure-not a great success.

That being said, for our friends to the north-you might have won the gold medal in hockey, but we won the gold in the bobsled, which we all know is more important. While you have Roberto Luongo-we have Steve FREAKING Holcomb, who I’m hoping I can go out for 2-375 beers with very soon….

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But-since this is your big week, enjoy it with some Our Lady Peace. You see, I don’t hate everything from your country….

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 19 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because it’s a big weekend. I think I might check out Carmelo Anthony against the Wizards tonight (not because I give even a HALF a crap about the Washington team, but because I love all things Baltimore-and ‘Melo is Baltimore); I’ll definitely be at the Maryland-Georgia Tech game tomorrow afternoon, and I’ll either be at John Mayer tomorrow night at Verizon Center or I’ll be checking out Minotauro Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez at UFC 110.

And while part of the reason I’m excited about UFC 110 is because I got to know Velasquez a bit when I was working out in Phoenix (he wrestled at Arizona State), but also because I am a BIG fan of Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste (thanks to NextRound.net/UFC Magazine)…

celeste

I wonder if she’s Team Lysacek or Team Plushenko?

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. Georgia Tech Official Site previews tomorrow’s trip to College Park to face Terps

Georgia Tech is the type of team that Maryland SHOULD be able to have success with. While they’ll be tough inside with Derrick Favors and Gani Lawal (similar to how Duke was tough inside a week ago), but they just don’t have the guard play and shooters to carry them on long scoring runs that finish off the Terps. In fact, if Maryland is able to get up by 8-12 points, I think it will probably be ballgame.

Of course, Paul Hewitt is a MUCH better coach than some in the ACC (specifically Sidney Lowe and Dino Gaudio; he’s also a MUCH better in-game coach than Roy Williams), so the Wreck will make the adjustments they need to compete.

My call? 80-74 Terrapins.

2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens thinks Terps need 3 more wins to feel ‘really safe’ on Selection Sunday

I think we’re discussing semantics here. I’ve maintained that Maryland will get in the NCAA Tournament if they go 10-6 in conference play (and 9-7 if the other win comes against the Blue Devils). However, if they want to feel SAFE, getting another win would be helpful; especially considering that the committee won’t even look at their win over Division II Chaminade out in Maui.

But they’ll get in at 10-6. With the Pac 10 likely being a 1 bid league this year and other leagues not being as deep as most years, the committee won’t be able to turn down a 10 win ACC team. Also, to get to 10 conference wins, they’ll have to beat Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Clemson or Duke-any of which would be a better win than their best two currently (the Florida State sweep).

3. Murray State Official Site previews tomorrow’s ESPN BracketBusters showdown with Morgan State on ESPNU

This is a REALLY tough task for Todd Bozeman’s Bears. The Racers are 25-3 on the season, they’re perfect at home in front of the Regional Special Events Center crowd; they’ve won 16 in a row, and their only losses are to Western Kentucky, Louisiana Tech and a 5 point loss to Cal. They’re good. My guess is that they’ll beat Morgan State. But Reggie Holmes and company have surprised me before (even though both Drew Forrester and I picked them to win at Arkansas).

All of this being said, I think it’s fine time that a local sports hero had a University named after him….

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4. LaxPower previews Johns Hopkins’ lacrosse opener tonight vs. Manhattan at Homewood Field

I love this idea. A 5pm start against the Jaspers, then a night out on the town. In fact, if you were looking for a cheap date tonight, I’d suggest taking a gal over to the Walters Art Museum around 3:30, then going to see the Blue Jays open their season with a win, and adding dinner (wish the Spice Company was still open) after the game. I’m starting to question whether or not my decision to see the Wiz and Nuggets tonight was a good idea after all.

For the record, Dave Pietramala’s Jays SHOULDN’T struggle tonight at all. That being said, Duke shouldn’t have struggled with Bucknell last week either.

5. The Sun’s Mike Preston says Loyola, UMBC will need strong 1st quarters in tomorrow’s lacrosse openers against Navy, Delaware respectively

I think the Retrievers have a really good chance to beat the Blue Hens and open the season 1-0. I’m not sure if I feel the same way for the Greyhounds against Navy. The Midshipmen remain a tough defensive squad under Richie Meade, and while the Hounds will likely have more success than the 5 goals VMI scored in Annapolis last week; it won’t be easy.

The real shame is that somehow this is the first time the Mids and Hounds have met since 1993. Good for Coach Meade and Charley Toomey for getting these teams back together.

6. The Diamondback’s Kate Yanchulis previews Maryland’s lacrosse opener at Belarmine tomorrow

Did you know that lacrosse was played in Louisville, Kentucky? Neither did I!

This season begins very similarly to last season for Dave Cottle’s team. They have plenty of talent, and they have to translate it into victories. They were able to save some face by beating Notre Dame in the first round of the Tournament last year, but they were a team with Final Four talent. They’re plenty talented again this year, and they’re back inside Byrd Stadium, which should allow them to get a bit more comfortable.

The talent in College Park starts with attackman Will Yeatman, a monster of a man who should be an offensive superstar. But he’s not the only one, and it is Dave Cottle’s responsibility to make the unit work cohesively.

7. Stevenson Official Site says season opener at Widener pushed back to Sunday, moved to Eastern University due to lingering blizzard effects

Does this have any impact on the Mustangs? I don’t think so. BUT, the weather (at least temperature wise) will effect every lacrosse team that plays this weekend, as having cold fields will change the way the ball bounces for sure.

The ‘Stangs shouldn’t have much of an issue in their opener, but sometimes less talented teams can win games in weird situations. This might be a weird situation Sunday.

8. Ravens Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Derrick Mason will only return to Baltimore if he gets 2 year deal

Derrick Mason has EVERY RIGHT to look at Ozzie Newsome, Eric DeCosta and John Harbaugh and say “I’m not Patrick Johnson. I’m not a scrub. You HAVE to show me some respect.”

And on the flip side, the Ravens brass has every right to either say “okay, no problem; we want you here” or “sorry, we just can’t do it.”

My guess will still be that he ends up coming back.

9. ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports’ Mike Florio mocks Florida DE Carlos Dunlap to Ravens

What an interesting mock this is. This is the first (legitimate) NFL source that has mocked Dunlap to the Ravens, and there’s no doubt he’d be a hell of a talent. Given his personal issues, I don’t think he’d be a guy the Ravens would take-but they just signed a player in Donte’ Stallworth after a DUI manslaughter.

It will be interesting to see how Dunlap’s personal troubles affect where he ends up in the NFL Draft. My guess? He slides into the second round.

But he’s intriguing, no doubt about that.

10. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Orioles 2B Brian Roberts expects to be ready for Spring Training next week after battling back spasms

What a weird story. ESPN.com’s Buter Olney reported B-Rob had kidney stones? Then Dave Trembley said “no, I think it’s back spasms”?

I’m not sure there isn’t a level of truth somewhere in between. If Roberts is ready to go in Sarasota next week, I guess this isn’t an issue. But it sure seems strange.

11. USA Today’s Michael McCarthy says Michael Phelps signs endorsement deal with Under Armour

The ONLY thing I could think when I heard this was “What took so long?” I would have assumed Kevin Plank would have sunk his teeth into a sports star like Phelps from Charm City some time ago.

If he’s smart, Plank will gobble up Amanda Beard next….

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12. The Sun’s Glenn Graham previews Blast’s matchup with Monterrey La Raza tonight at 1st Mariner Arena

This is pretty close to “must win” for the Blast, who are mired in a really troubling losing streak.

And finally, I leave you with this.

I have a new clubhouse leader for “Best Song of the Decade.” It’s “In My Head” by Jason DeRulo….

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Absolutely excellent.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 18 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me, because after discovering Christina Hendricks yesterday, some of you did the right thing and directed me to some of the other hottest chicks on TV, including Kaley Cuoco from “The Big Bang Theory”….

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Please…..PLEASE…..to be directing me to others that I might not know of yet.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Ravens taking chance on ‘troubled’ WR Donte’ Stallworth

Which has obviously lead to a day’s worth of discussion regarding whether or not A-Stallworth deserves a 2nd chance after pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter last year, and B-Stallworth is good enough for the Ravens to consider him an “upgrade” over their current receivers.

Let me address the 2nd part of that first (naturally). While Stallworth has never had 1,000 yards in any of his 7 seasons with the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns; he DOES have 32 career TD grabs. In their careers; Mark Clayton, Kelley Washington and Demetrius Williams have combined for 27.

This move works football-wise if it is paired with the return of Derrick Mason and the acquisition of a taller wide receiver.

As far as whether or not he deserves the second chance, I’m in general the type of person who believes in second chances. For example, when I heard Tara Reid was going to pose in Playboy, I was willing to give her a second chance despite how brutal she had looked in recent years….and that move paid off….

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(Edit from GMC: Someone is currently thinking “Are you making a joke about a situation that involved a man dying? The answer is no. I’m making a joke about Tara Reid. Don’t sweat the details.)

2. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Ravens taking ‘gamble’, but not ‘major gamble’ on Stallworth

In my story yesterday, I wrote about some conversations I had with former Stallworth teammates (including current Ravens TE LJ Smith-who was teammates with Stallworth in Philly, and Saints TE Darnell Dinkins, who was teammates with Stallworth in Cleveland). I also had conversations with other former teammates that I can’t make public, and I heard the conversation Ray Bachman and Rex Snider had with Stallworth’s former Saints teammate Spencer Folau yesterday.

Every single conversation has netted the following reaction:

“Great guy, made a bad decision. He deserves the second chance.”

The best news for the Ravens is that Stallworth cost them only $900,000; and if he can’t play, they’ll let him go after Training Camp. He’s a low risk guy, as the only risk (which Drew points out) is a level of fan backlash. The good news for the Ravens is that they’re in a place right now where Ozzie Newsome and company will PROBABLY be given the benefit of the doubt from the fanbase if the signing doesn’t work out.

3. The Sun’s Mike Preston says Stallworth ‘not the answer’ for Ravens

There’s just no doubt about this. Stallworth has been a good player, but he’s 6’0″. The Ravens didn’t lack for undersized receivers whether they brought back Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton or not. What they lack is a size guy. They need someone who can just go up and be counted on grabbing the football, and they just don’t have that yet.

Brandon Marshall (6’4″) is out there-but unlikely. Malcolm Floyd (6’5″) is out there-and the chances of him ending up in Baltimore have everything to do with what the cost will be. Dez Bryant (6’2″) could end up slipping a bit in the NFL Draft. Danario Alexander (6’5″) from Missouri and Demaryius Thomas (6’4″) from Georgia Tech will likely both slide into later rounds of the Draft, especially after Thomas broke his foot yesterday.

The point is, without grabbing a receiver with size, the Ravens will leave themselves in a very bad place even with a guy like Donte’ Stallworth.

4. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says team released TE Sypniewski after he failed physical

I think a lot of people who enjoy hard-nosed football were really disappointed to hear this, as Sypniewski was certainly a hard-nosed player. He was a tough, physical guy who the Ravens liked enough to hold on to him despite the fact that he missed the last two seasons. Unfortunately, the knee injury ultimately did him in even after another recent cleanup procedure.

With Sypniewski gone, I guess the “best hair” award now defaults to Adam Terry???

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5. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens discussing new deal with Derrick Mason

I’m not COMPLETELY certain that Derrick Mason will return to Baltimore, but I would lean that way, that’s for sure. I get less of a feeling every day that he’s coming back and going to Tennessee to re-join the Titans, I know that much. I still think there’s a real chance he retires, but I’m more than 50% on him coming back to Baltimore.

Addressing the other big discussion point from yesterday regarding the Ravens (and I already addressed this on Twitter, so make sure you follow us @WNST); the Ravens will NOT be dealing Willis McGahee for Antonio Cromartie. I get that the Chargers have dangled Cromartie and they’re looking for a Running Back; but NO ONE is interested in trading anything legitimate for McGahee.

Could McGahee be a throwaway to make the money work in a deal for Cromartie? Maybe. But the deal would have to be a Draft pick for Cromartie, and I don’t see the Ravens being interested in dealing a Thursday or Friday night pick (Rounds 1-3) for a Corner right now. Even beyond that, Cromartie was a first round pick, so I think the Chargers will be looking for 1st round equivalency. Tashard Choice and a draft pick seems like a much more likely combo to possibly head to San Diego.

6. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Maryland overcame ‘tired’ first half performance to rally past NC State in Raleigh

Clearly the sting of playing 3 games in 5 days was showing for this Maryland team for the first 25-30 minutes of their trip to the RBC Center. After a strong start from the field, they really struggled late in the first half; and once again failed to score 70 points on the road en route to a 67-58 victory.

Once again, Jordan Williams was a HUGE difference maker last night. When the Terps couldn’t get their feet under them and were struggling from the field, he didn’t let Tracy Smith establish himself inside, pulled down some boards and got some easy hoops. Once Greivis Vasquez (and Adrian Bowie) got something going offensively, Williams had kept things close enough that the Terps could pull away.

Sometimes conference road games are tougher than they should be. It was fitting that on the same night, Duke had to rally from down 12 in the second half to beat Miami. These types of things happen.

They get some rest now-but not much. 61 hours exactly before Saturday’s tilt with Georgia Tech.

7. The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Gary Williams thought Vasquez wasn’t “going to let (Terps) lose”

Obviously this was a showing of will from the Venezuelan senior in the 2nd half, as he was totally determined to make sure his team didn’t fall to the worst team in the ACC. He isn’t the first Maryland guard during the Gary Williams era to do those types of things, as John Gilchrist and Juan Dixon helped carry their teams to Championships doing almost the exact same thing.

Of course, there were also a couple times last night when Vasquez chucked up a wild 3 in transition or in a totally unnecessary situation. That’s the Vasquez lore. The one he hit at the shot clock buzzer was pretty impressive.

Now at 8-3 in ACC play, the Terps are in great shape. I know that a certain host of the “Comcast Morning Show” speculated this morning that the Terps needed to win 11 or 12 ACC games to clinch a trip to the NCAA Tournament; but there appears to be no chance of that being true. Given the lack of teams with Tournament resumes in the power conferences, there is just no chance an ACC team that wins 10 conference games will be left out of March Madness. However, I will say there is a chance that if the Terps were to lose 4 of their last 5 and finish 9-7 (unless the win is over Duke); they’ll get left out.

There’s just not enough teams elsewhere in the country to leave a 10 win ACC team out of the picture, even if the ACC is going through a down year. The Tournament committee won’t just take another CAA or Horizon League team just for the sake of taking someone else. A CAA team with one win over an ACC team earlier in the season does not have the resume of an ACC team with 10 wins over other ACC teams.

8. Raleigh News & Observer’s J.P. Giglio says Wolfpack blew double digit 2nd half lead in loss to Terrapins

There was ALMOST a moment last night where you felt bad for Sidney Lowe.

Look, he’s clearly not cut out for a big time job in the ACC, or what you imagine the ‘Pack want from a head coach. When a couple of things went Maryland’s way in the 2nd half, he just didn’t have an answer. He had no switches, he had no ideas, he really had nothing. His players acted accordingly.

I have to imagine that despite the fact that he’s an alum, they’re going to give him the Sendek treatment down there, right? If so, does he get to keep his jacket???

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9. Morgan State Official Site says 17 from Reggie Holmes, double double from Kevin Thompson lead Bears to win at Delaware State

I got a text from Todd Bozeman after the game last night, he described it simply as “hard fought.” Which is exactly what he had to expect from a Hornets team that had MEAC Championship dreams of their own.

With just one more conference win, the Bears will clinch at least a tie for the MEAC regular season championship. Not to play spoiler, but they’re going to get it.

They’re back in action Saturday with a BRUTAL trip to Kentucky to face Murray State in an ESPN BracketBuster matchup. The game tips at noon and can be seen on ESPNU.

10. The AP says J’Hared Hall lead Loyola with 12, but Hounds fell to St. Peter’s at Reitz Arena

That’s another really tough loss for Jimmy Patsos’ crew. I’m not going to try to paint a picture that I’m a Greyhounds expert, but it looks like there’s an issue when the guys coming off your bench tend to be your leading scorers, and the most points you’re getting from a starter are Shane Walker’s 10.

They now fall to 5-11 in MAAC play after their loss to the Peacocks. They step out of conference play for an ESPN BracketBuster matchup against New Hampshire at home Saturday.

11. The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says former Boston College fundraiser Jim Paquette to replace Joe Boylan as Loyola Athletic Director

His experience in the catholic environment at BC will certainly help him make this transition; but raising money might be a bit more difficult here due to the fact that he won’t have football to fall back on.

I don’t know too much about Paquette, but we’ll be getting him on the air shortly here at WNST to make sure we introduce him to Baltimore.

12. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Bergesen to return to mound for Orioles within 2 weeks

There is no doubt that Andy MacPhail and every human being in the entire O’s organization is hoping for the exact same thing. The quicker he returns to the mound in Spring Training, the less “MASN commercial” jokes we can make.

For the record, pitchers and catchers reported yesterday. I really do wish I was in Sarasota.

And finally, I leave you with this.

The lineup for Bonnaroo 2010 was announced yesterday, and umm….it’s not too bad.

Dave Matthews Band, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Weezer, Tenacious D, Nas, Damian Marley, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Flaming Lips, Norah Jones, John Fogerty, Jeff Beck, Dropkick Murphys, Wale, Zac Brown Band, The Dead Weather, Tori Amos, Rise Against, and so many more. One of those more is Kings of Leon, who is…not even a little bit bad….

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 09 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because-as an Andy Roddick fan-I’m very personally happy for his wife (Brooklyn Decker), who was unveiled as the cover gal for the new SI swimsuit issue…

decker

Of course, I think A-Rod himself may have been a better choice….

roddick

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Vasquez joins rare company by being named ACC Player of the Week again

As Patrick (who ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich appropriately nicknamed “Stat-rick” years back) points out, Greivis is only the 4th player in Terrapins history to receive the honor multiple times in multiple seasons. The other 3 players are John Gilchrist, Albert King and some guy you might have heard of….

juan

2. SI’s Seth Davis says Vasquez “best player in ACC”, doesn’t have Terps in Top 25

I THINK Sylvan Landesberg is the best player in the ACC myself. BUT, there is ABSOLUTELY an argument that Vasquez is playing as well as Landesberg if not better-and my guess is that Maryland will have more staying power than Virginia near the top of the league.

The only argument analysts have for leaving Maryland out of the Top 25 (and they didn’t crack the AP or USA Today Coaches’ Polls) is that they haven’t REALLY beaten anyone-other than sweeping Florida State. That’s a fair argument. They get a chance to play two good teams this week, but the only win that would really mean anything would be Saturday at Duke…

3. ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi has Terps IN as 8 seed in NCAA Tournament; Morgan State in as 15 seed

Which-due to who they’ve defeated-is exactly where they should be right now. The good news for Gary Williams’ team is that they get the next month to figure out what type of seed they’re going to have in the Tournament. If they keep winning, they can be as high as a 3 or a 4 seed. If they go 4-4 over the next 8 games, they’ll be in about the same spot as they are right now.

4. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Morgan State went through “nightmare” 2 day stretch before surviving Bethune-Cookman 48-47

I warned yesterday that Morgan was going to be hard pressed to beat Bethune-Cookman due to having to play 2 games in a 26 hour span. They were tired in the 2nd half, and Reggie Holmes had nothing to offer. On top of that, there were some real issues surrounding the team this weekend-and you could see how much it weighed on Todd Bozeman even after the game.

My guess is that after surviving this weekend, the Bears will go on to finish 16-0 in MEAC play. That being said, it is absolutely meaningless if they do or they don’t. They really just need to make sure they win the MEAC Tournament. It would be special if they could do both. They step out of conference play to face Winston-Salem State Saturday.

5. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Jarrel Smith tallied 21 points to help Towson survive late rally from JMU

I was following Drew on Twitter last night (follow us @WNST) while I was sitting at Hill Field House, and I found it humorous that he kept saying things like “this would be an epic collapse” and “there’s no way Towson can blow this, right?”

You just sorta knew it was still going to be interesting.

Good for the Tigers for holding on. They’re hoping to face UNC-Wilmington tomorrow night at the Towson Center, but obviously the weather remains a factor. If they play the game and you can’t make it out, it is scheduled to be aired on MASN.

6. WNST.net’s Corey Johns says Spadafora lead UMBC with 14 points in blowout loss to Maine

I was sort of afraid this would happen. The Black Bears hadn’t forgotten how the Retrievers came up to Maine 9 days earlier and stole a win to knock them out of first place in the America East; and they had payback on their minds. On top of that, Randy Monroe’s team is just unfortunately not that good.

They’ll be back in action Thursday night at Hartford, that game is scheduled to be on MASN as well. I love Randy Monroe AND Hartford SID Sam Angell, but I think I might choose to look at pictures of Lorraine Nicholson instead…

nicholson

7. The AP says Kareem Brown tallied 18 to lift Coppin State to first MEAC victory of season over Florida A&M

As I said yesterday, thank God they beat the Rattlers-because there might not have been another MEAC win on the schedule for Fang Mitchell’s Eagles.

He has players there. He’s trying to find the right group of guys to stay on the floor. Hopefully a blowout win can help them gel together moving forward. They return to action Saturday against South Carolina State at the Coppin State Physical Education Complex.

8. Washington Post’s Kathy Orton says Maryland women had no answer for Monica Wright, whose 34 lifted Virginia to victory

At this point, it will take something very dramatic for Brenda Frese’s team to continue their streak of NCAA Tournament appearances. They’re now 3-6 in the ACC, and 3 of their last 5 games are on the road.

They have talented players, they just don’t have a good mix. The good news for Brenda is that she has PLENTY of talent coming next season and only one senior (Lori Bjork), so they should be okay for the future.

They’ll try to start their one final push this season at Wake Forest on Thursday night.

9. Ravens Official Site’s John Eisenberg says Ravens will need ‘first rate offense’ to get past Colts in AFC

You can’t really argue with this.

Sure, the Ravens played the Colts close in Baltimore despite not having a GREAT offense this season-but to stay near the top of the AFC and be able to host AFC Championship Games and reach Super Bowls, you have to be able to compete with teams like Indianapolis offensively.

They have to have more than one capable receiver to do it, too. It isn’t JUST a case of needing one go-to receiver. They need to have multiple go-to receivers, a tight end that is seriously in the mix, AND a solid RB (which is the only place they currently have an advantage over Indy).

On top of that, the quarterback needs to be playing at a high level. Joe Flacco doesn’t need to be Peyton Manning, but he needs to be better than he was last season.

10. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Donte’ Stallworth ‘interesting free agent’ for team to consider after being released by Browns

We talked about it this morning on “The Comcast Morning Show” on AM1570, and I got the idea that fans were less against Stallworth because of the DUI/manslaughter issue than they were because Stallworth has never had a 1,000 yard receiving season.

I wouldn’t be opposed to the addition of Stallworth if it came via these situations:

1-He isn’t brought in as “the answer” at receiver, but instead to be the team’s 3rd or 4th guy. He’s had a better career than Mark Clayton, Kelley Washington, Demetrius Williams and Marcus Smith-possibly combined. I would like to see Washington back in the mix, and Smith is still under contract, but Stallworth could fit if they brought in a #1 receiver and kept Derrick Mason.

2-He comes cheap. The CBA issues are going to limit what this team can do. If Stallworth is available cheap, they might get better value there.

11. MLB.com’s Spencer Fordin says Birds could still add another left-handed reliever before Spring Training

I want to add some analysis here, I’m just uninspired. If they add a lefty, I hope it isn’t the “Hefty Lefty”….

lorenzen

12. The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Charm City Challenge canceled due to lack of corporate sponsorship

Jordan Williams
James Padgett
Kimmie English
Kris Joseph
Henry Sims
Sean Mosley
Quintrell Thomas
Malcolm Delaney
Braxton Dupree
Dino Gregory
Jerai Grant
Shane Walker
Jerome Burney
Dwayne Collins
Eric Hayes
Landon Milbourne
DaJuan Summers
Greivis Vasquez
LaQuan Williams
Alade Aminu
Shane Clark
Dante Cunningham
Reggie Holmes
Troy Smith
Jessie Sapp
Itchy Bolden
Branden Albert
James Gist
Kenny Hasbrouck
Drew Neitzel
Will Thomas
Josh Boone
Will Bowers
Tommy Breaux
Guillermo Diaz
Gerald Brown
Hassan Fofana
Ekene Ibekwe
Jack McClinton
Will Sheridan
DJ Strawberry
John Gilchrist
Jarrett Jack
Chris McCray
Lee Melchionni
Gary Neal
Andre Collins
Sherrod Ford
Mike Grinnon
Keith Jenifer
Jai Lewis
Ismail Muhammad
Josh Powell
Melvin Scott

I hope you understand why it is such a shame this is happening. I really hope this is just a 1 year absence and not a permanent cancellation.

And finally, I leave you with this…

If you haven’t been a fan of Wale thus far (and you SHOULD be), you’re going to have to start soon. Check out his new video “Pretty Girls”…not only will you like his O’s hat, you might enjoy the Ray Rice cameo as well…

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

Talk to you later.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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After Surviving Nightmare 48 Hours, Morgan Has Real Chance to Make History

Posted on 09 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Baltimore, MD As the final seconds of Morgan State’s 48-47 win over Bethune-Cookman ticked off the clock Monday night at Hill Field House, coach Todd Bozeman’s blood pressure couldn’t help but reach a fever pitch. After misses from CJ Reed and Albert Abrahams allowed the clock to reach zero, Bozeman’s Bears finally had a chance to breathe after a trying weekend.

For the second straight weekend, Morgan State was forced to play on back to back days due to snow. But unlike the previous weekend, Morgan’s opponent Monday night was a solid Bethune-Cookman team that hadn’t played since a Friday night win at Coppin State. While both teams had to deal with the weekend storm, Bozeman’s Bears were forced to shuffle their plans on multiple occasions, as their game against Florida A&M was pushed back from Saturday to Sunday afternoon; then pushed back again to Sunday night just two hours before they were scheduled to tip off.

Bozeman confirmed to me that he reached out to MEAC officials regarding the scheduling troubles; but said the FAMU game had to be played because MSU would have had to foot the bill for the Rattlers to go back to Tallahassee and return this week. Bozeman was quick to point out that both George Washington and Georgetown had played games Saturday despite the snow, and he would have preferred to have played that game as scheduled.

With the Morgan campus closed, the Bears clearly felt the effects of cabin fever-as Bozeman was clearly shaken by events “off the basketball court” besides the weather. A school official later confirmed to me that two major contributors to the Bears team were involved in a scuffle during the weekend, with the altercation having an impact on the entire team.

Bozeman said the troubles surrounding the team were evident in shootaround before the game against the Wildcats, and he was frustrated by the “lazy” free-throw shooting his team practiced. It was evident during the game, as the Bears shot just 12-23 from the free throw line.

Through all of that, and despite all-world guard Reggie Holmes scoring just 6 points (including his own dreadful 1-6 performance at the charity stripe); the Bears managed to win Monday night. With their win, they improved to 18-7 overall, 10-0 in conference play. They have 6 conference games left on their schedule (a date with Winston-Salem State Saturday and an ESPNU BracketBuster trip to Murray State will give them a break); and with this difficult weekend behind them, they have a realistic shot at going 16-0 in conference play. A trip to Delaware State appears to be the only REAL road block between the Bears and perfection, although a home date with rival Coppin State to end the season could always pose a challenge.

BUT-nothing will be able to match the challenge they faced over the last 48 hours.

Moving forward, Bozeman knows his team will be forced to “build” on the adversity they battled over the weekend. Simply recognizing they survived isn’t enough. They will have a bulls-eye on their back every time out as they try to win a 3rd straight MEAC regular season title and get the top spot in the MEAC Tournament, where they’ll be looking for their 2nd straight bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Those accomplishments would be even more special if they could be combined with an undefeated season in conference play.

The Bears aren’t talking about that possibility though, at least not when Todd Bozeman is in earshot. Continuing the theme of a “1 game season”, Bozeman told me his players know better than to even discuss the possibility. That being said, the reality is that perfection is a real possibility. Reaching 16-0 in the MEAC would be a first for Morgan, and would mark the first time in conference history that a team not named Coppin State finished the regular season undefeated (the Eagles have actually pulled off the feat 4 times).

It’s out there. It’s attainable. However, if the Bears go 16-0 in the regular season but lose in the semifinals of the MEAC Tournament, going 16-0 won’t help them at all when they face their first round opponent in the NIT.

But at the same point, it would be a hell of an accomplishment. And a pursuit worthy of support from alumni and Baltimore sports fans alike.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a happy Monday for me for a few reasons (obviously), with the Terps winning and the Colts losing being chief among them. But don’t underestimate how good of a day it was thanks to “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet”, who not only made breakfast and then buffalo chicken dip for the Super Bowl, she also delivered me this little number…

grand cru

I don’t know what “Grand Cru” means….other than it means “DELICIOUS.”

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Vasquez scored 26, added 11 assists for Terps in win over Tar Heels

It wasn’t QUITE the “Mona Lisa”-type performance he put together last season in posting a triple double to beat the Heels, but he was pretty damn impressive yesterday. Clearly, the most impressive part of his day was his 6-11 shooting from beyond the arc, part of a 6-11 outside shooting day overall for the team.

The amazing thing is, for as many times as I’ve heard someone say “Maryland is a good shooting team”, they’re actually not. In fact, outside of Eric Hayes they’re probably a POOR outside shooting team. But something has happened this season that has turned them into good shooters when they’re at home. They still struggle from 3 point land away from College Park, but they’ve gotten so comfortable in shooting at home that they’ve really become a pretty good shooting team.

HOWEVER-For as great a day as Greivis had, I know someone who’s day was better….

puppybowl

How Jake beat Fava for Puppy Bowl MVP honors will be a mystery that might well take me years to solve.

2. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Gary Williams thought atmosphere in Comcast Center “amazing” as Terps crushed Carolina

It was really pretty surreal.

I’m not sure any atmosphere will ever match the intensity of the Maryland-Duke game in 2005,where there were some 21,000 people inside a 17,000 seat building. You’ll remember this as the night the Terps swept the Devils in OT and John Gilchrist just recently stopped his postgame jubilation. That being said, there was a very special intensity inside Comcast Center yesterday thanks to the school allowing extra students not only in the building, but allowing them to move down and help surround the court.

Hopefully the students saved SOME of their energy for Wednseday night, as Tony Bennett gets his first crack at Maryland. Sylvan Landesberg really can flat out play, and Virginia will be no easy out for this Maryland team.

3. Raleigh News & Observer’s Patrick Stevens says Terps handed Heels worst loss in Roy Williams era

The funniest thing about yesterday’s game was that UNC actually played about as well as they were capable of playing. They shaved a 16 point Maryland lead in the first half all the way down to 3 early on in the second half, and there were a few players and coaches who were a bit concerned as they watched on.

North Carolina is not a good team. They just aren’t. But it isn’t because they don’t have talent. Deon Thompson can PLAY. Ed Davis is tough. But their backcourt is just VERY disappointing. A team with Wayne Ellington and Ty Lawson can just shoot their way to a victory over Maryland, a team with Larry Drew II and Will Graves just can’t.

If anything, this game was remarkably similar to last year’s game in Chapel Hill where the Terps fell 108-91 to the Heels. It wasn’t that Maryland was terrible, it was just that Carolina was that much better. This Carolina team isn’t terrible-in fact, a Maryland official said to me after the game yesterday “they’re gonna get better. Thank God we don’t have to go down to the Dean Smith Center this year.”

That being said, I think the difference in coaching styles between Gary Williams and Roy Williams is particularly evident right now. Maryland IS a better team, but I’m not totally convinced they’re a more talented team. Roy has his work cut out for him.

4. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Gary Williams emotional in aftermath of Terrapins’ win

You can beat him up all you want, but this is the beauty of college sports. College sports aren’t about stats and rankings, college sports are about emotions. When the greatest coach in the history of a program is also an alum, there are going to be emotions; much like there are for every other alum and fan of the program worldwide.

Was this as big of a win over Carolina as some of the others the Terps have had in recent years? Of course not. But was it a win over Carolina in trying circumstances? Yeah it was. Were those of you that are Maryland alumni proud of the team after the game? That was what was reflected in Gary Williams’ emotions.

I couldn’t help but think back on another night where Gary got pretty emotional after a win over Carolina…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eBreuzy15c[/youtube]

5. Morgan State Official Site says Reggie Holmes, Dewayne Jackson each scored 25 as Bears blew out Florida A&M

As I said on Twitter (follow us @WNST) after the game, “I sometimes wonder why MEAC teams even bother showing up at Hill Field House.”

That being said, the Bears now face what will likely be their toughest home test of the season. Bethune-Cookman visits Hill Field House tonight, meaning Morgan will have to play games on consecutive days for the 2nd time in as many weekends. The Wildcats have been off since a Friday night win over Coppin State-and they come into the game tied for 2nd place in the conference.

Todd Bozeman’s team knows it won’t be easy to try to finish with an undefeated MEAC record, but this is even a bit tougher than they likely expected.

On the flip side, Coppin gets a good chance to pick up their first conference victory, as they host FAMU tonight at the Coppin State Physical Education Complex. The Rattlers not only have struggled throughout MEAC play, but they are having to play back to back road games within a 25 hour span. If Fang Mitchell’s Eagles don’t get a win tonight, they might not get a win at all.

6. The AP says Shane Walker’s double double paced Loyola in victory at Manhattan

It doesn’t look like a huge victory because they’re only 5-9 now in MAAC play, but beating the Jaspers on the road was exactly what Jimmy Patsos’ crew needed. They now have off until Friday before hosting St. Peter’s at Reitz Arena, with a chance to improve their seed going into the MAAC Tournament.

Shane Walker’s transfer was probably expected to produce more for the Greyhounds than Andre Collins or Hassan Fofana, as Walker was more desired at Maryland than either of the other two. That only makes his struggles with the Hounds more disappointing, as he should be able to be a serious impact player in that league. Seeing Shane Walker get a double double really shouldn’t be so irregular.

7. Towson Official Site previews Tigers’ contest with James Madison tonight at Towson Center

You think there’s anyone in the entire Baltimore metro area that rooted for snow more than Pat Kennedy? After 59 and 42 point losses in the last two weeks, I just don’t think the Tigers were in a rush to play ANYONE this weekend. That being said, a home game against JMU is at least WINNABLE for Pat’s Cats, and there is nothing Pat needs more than a win.

8. Maine Official Site preivews tonight’s trip to Catonsville to face UMBC

Speaking of coaches who probably wouldn’t mind if another 20 inches of snow hit TODAY, I don’t think Randy Monroe is in a rush to face the Black Bears tonight at RAC Arena. I know the Retrievers actually managed to beat Maine on the road, but this will be a tough task tonight, especially knowing the Bears have that loss fresh on their mind.

I just hope UMBC doesn’t end up feeling like Betty White and Abe Vigoda this evening…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3rsaneyeXY[/youtube]

9. Maryland Official Site previews womens’ battle with Virginia tonight in College Park

Brenda Frese’s team needs a win, especially after a heartbreaking loss to Georgia Tech Friday afternoon. They beat the Cavaliers in Charlottesville earlier this season, but the Cavs have been a much more consistent team during ACC play.

There’s all the analysis you’re getting from me. Now let’s go back to Super Bowl-related things. I really liked the National Lampoon Vacation spoof…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cey36NRK0vQ[/youtube]

10. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says former Raven Matt Stover missed big FG in Colts’ SB loss to Saints

As I said last night, did ANYONE (not named Jim Caldwell) think Stover could make that kick? Even Jim Nantz noted a play earlier that Indianapolis was putting him on the edge of his range. I love Matt, but I was openly rooting against him yesterday and absolutely knew he couldn’t make that kick.

The one thing Matt wouldn’t answer for me last week was whether or not this trip to Miami would be it for him. He said he hadn’t really thought about his future, but wasn’t going to announce his retirement when questioned. Personally, I sorta hope this is it. It’s time for Matt to enjoy retirement and let us celebrate him and put him up in the Ring of Honor. In fact, I hope the Ravens can honor him and Jamal Lewis at the same game next season. I think that would be pretty special.

And before we move on from Super Bowl-related things, congratulations to Reggie Bush. Not just because he’s getting a ring-but because apparently this is a friend of his BEYOND the well known Kim Kardashian….

ortega

I bet she’s nice.

And finally, I leave you with this.

To everyone who complained that The Who are “old”, maybe you missed their ass-kicking last night. Sure, “Pinball Wizard” was a struggle at first, but they rocked for 13 minutes. Here’s the show in 2 parts….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6Io05fTLSg[/youtube]
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCqgtb3Nby4[/youtube]

I tell you what. Maybe Avril Lavigne is available to do next year’s halftime show. She’s not “too old.” Geez.

On second thought, that might not be so bad…..

avril

Talk to you later.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 26 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a happy Tuesday for me (DESPITE staying up until 3am just to see Andy Roddick collapse again in the 5th set) because we had a great night at Hill Field House last night watching Morgan State paste UMES. The Morgan State band is always one of the highlights of a trip to see the Bears, and last night was no different. I didn’t get any new video of the band, but their highlight last night was a version of “Lollipop” by Lil’ Wayne. Thanks to the guy who filmed them doing it during football season….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46SHhjrf1LE[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. Pro Football Talk/NBC Sports’ Mike Florio reports former Patriots DC Dean Pees to become new Ravens LB Coach

Pees has a track record as a capable coach, even if his stint as Pats DC wasn’t as successful as fans in New England had hoped for. I think Pees would be a very nice addition to this Ravens staff, whether or not he is just taking the job in hopes of getting the old “Ray Lewis rub” that a number of coaches have gotten.

Pees’ link to John Harbaugh is via Miami (Ohio) University, where Harbaugh played CB under Pees as defensive coordinator. So far, I have found no link between either coach and Wally Szczerbiak, but I wish there was….

wally

2. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Vic Fangio could still have future with Ravens even if Pees hired to coach LB’s

I saw a lot of comments yesterday like “It’s a shame Vic Fangio had to learn he was getting fired this way”, but I just don’t know that we can assume that. Fangio came to this team in an undefined defensive assistant role, and I think it is safe to think that he might stay on in a defensive assistant role, with a focus on quality control.

For a team that struggled with small situations last year (need we relive the timeout disasters, review mistakes and the loss of 5 yards on a ball spot blunder), maybe having a single coach focused directly on quality control would be a good idea.

Remember, this is just me speculating. But Fangio is a Harbaugh guy, and I just don’t see him being given his walking papers to make way for Dean Pees. Something tells me this was worked out beforehand.

3. Chicago Tribune’s Vaughn McClure says Hue Jackson won’t interview with Bears

According to information obtained by WNST this morning, we expect Jackson to accept the Offensive Coordinator job with the Raiders.

And why not?

The Raiders have JaMarcus Russell, Chaz Schilens and Al Davis!

Best of luck to Hue Jackson. I’m just not certain this is a great move for him.

I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Drew’s speculation surrounding Al Saunders moving into Jackson’s role ended up being accurate, either.

4. Ravens Official Site’s Mike Duffy says team would be best to keep Derrick Mason

I understand Duff’s thought process here. With a likely uncapped year, the “Final 8″ rules will really hurt Ozzie Newsome’s pursuit of a legitimate playmaker at WR. With that in mind, Mason is a known commodity who has constantly put up numbers and been a reliable target right here in Charm City.

It makes sense.

Problem is, Derrick has to be willing to accept that he’s not getting the typical “big money” deal that many #1 wideouts would get. He also has to be willing to accept that the team wants to upgrade at WR, bringing in a new #1 threat that will likely take away from the number of times Joe Flacco goes to Mason.

I don’t necessarily think bringing back Derrick Mason would be a bad idea. In fact, I think the Ravens could be well served to have him for another season as they try to push towards a Super Bowl. But I don’t think it will be as easy as saying “we want you back.”

5. ESPN.com’s James Walker says losing Bart Scott, Jason Brown, Jim Leonhard and Marques Douglas could land Ravens multiple compensatory NFL Draft picks

Which makes the preparation the Ravens did last week in Orlando and this week at the Senior Bowl all the more important. This team is going to have to find some NFL-ready players in April’s Draft, as they will be hard pressed to keep all of the guys facing free agency, and they are a bit handcuffed by the Final 8 rules.

I couldn’t help but notice that Kyle Boller wasn’t on that list. He’s not an impact player per se, but isn’t he worth something?!?!?

6. Morgan State Official Site says Reggie Holmes, Troy Smith combined for 40 as Bears pasted UMES at Hill Field House

Just an overwhelming performance from Todd Bozeman’s crew last night. Troy Smith has really come on for them, responding after an incident in December that Todd Bozeman would only describe as a “transgression” postgame.

I guess you have to consider the fact that UMES was the opponent, but Frankie Allen has made improvements in Princess Anne, and the Hawks were coming off a win at Coppin State on Saturday. They had absolutely NOTHING to offer against Morgan last night.

The Bears return to action Saturday evening at Norfolk State, as they continue their quest for a perfect season in MEAC play. If you missed Todd Bozeman with Drew Forrester on “The Comcast Morning Show” this morning, check out the Audio Vault at WNST.net.

7. The AP says Quinston Reggins scored 14, but Coppin State fell to Delaware State at CSPEC

This was one of the Eagles’ best chances to make sure they got a win in conference play this season. They will be fighting to get a victory the rest of the way. They return to action Saturday afternoon at North Carolina A&T.

8. Maryland Official Site previews tonight’s ACC tilt with Miami at Comcast Center

It’s WAAAY too easy to say that the Terps shouldn’t lose to the ‘Canes tonight. We all know the Terps shouldn’t lose to the ‘Canes tonight. But there is certainly a danger to how well the Terrapins have been playing recently, as they need to remain focused. Frank Haith has had good success against Gary Williams, but usually with a more veteran team.

If I had to guess, I’d say 81-70 Maryland.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Jordan Williams excelling because he takes pride in playing with ‘back to basket’

I’m running out of adjectives to use to describe Jordan Williams-and his career is 18 games old.

As he progresses, this team can continue to go far this season. If he continues to improve during ACC play-the Sweet 16 aspirations this team had before the season could be very legitimate. If he levels off, this team will likely end up back on the NCAA Tournament bubble.

10. Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg remembers former Maryland AD Jim Kehoe

I wish I had gotten to know Jim Kehoe before he passed away. He certainly did a tremendous job as Athletic Director at Maryland, and he was honored with a moment of silence before Saturday night’s win over NC State.

I’d like to add more here, I am just forced to admit that I don’t know a whole lot more about Jim than what you can read in Stan’s story.

11. The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec say Jeremy Guthrie doesn’t think anything changes for him with Kevin Millwood joining staff

And other than not starting on Opening Day, he’s right. He will still have high expectations this season, and he will have to perform better than he did a season ago to remain a mainstay in an Orioles rotation with a lot of young pitchers coming up.

Here’s a more important question. When the Birds decided NOT to persue FA pitcher Brad Penny this offseason, were they aware he was dating Karina Smirnoff???

smirnoff

12. ESPN.com’s Eric Karabell says O’s lineup full of fantasy “sleepers”

He’s exactly right. This team is full of “sleepers.” If they all turn out to be rock stars, this team will be in good shape. If they turn out to be sleep-ing, they’ll be in trouble. But a lineup with Brian Roberts, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Miguel Tejada, Garrett Atkins, Matt Wieters, Nolan Reimold, Luke Scott and Cesar Izturis looks on paper like it might be credible.

At least if someone in that group turns out to be a power hitter.

And finally, I leave you with this.

I have NO IDEA how I missed this, but thank God it was directed back to me. Back when Bruce Springsteen was honored by the Kennedy Center, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder did a version of the Boss’ outstanding tune “My City of Ruins”….

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

WOW.

Apparently you can buy the song on iTunes to help some sort of charity. Maybe Haiti. Maybe cancer. I should’ve done more research here. Go buy the tune.

Talk to you tonight from College Park.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

Look, I’m trying to figure out how I feel about this whole steroids situation personally. I mean, clearly Mark McGwire has been embarrassed by having to finally publicly admit to steroid use, and there is little to no chance he will ever be able to shake it off and enter Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

BUT-using steroids to hit all of those home runs did help him get this……

mcg

So….they can’t be all bad, right?

Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Ravens taking similar path this year as they did last

With his point being that a season ago, the Ravens went on the road to blow out the AFC East champs, then went on the road to beat the #1 seed in the AFC. The Ravens have a chance to do the same thing this year, but I don’t think the comparison is fair. With no offense to Chad Pennington and Kerry Collins, I think it says a lot that the quarterbacks the Ravens beat last year are each currently NOT starters in the NFL.

The opponents the Ravens are facing this year are MUCH better than the ones they faced last year-and it absolutely starts at the QB position. The Ravens made a major statement by beating a team with an elite QB (Tom Brady is ABSOLUTELY “elite”), and that could help them build confidence as they look to beat an elite QB in Peyton Manning this week as well.

Me personally, I’d much rather be facing this guy in the playoffs…..

stoney

2. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh believes Flacco ‘healthy enough to play well’

I really don’t have much of an idea of just how bad things are for Joe Flacco. We can ALL tell that he’s laboring, but none of us really know just how bad it is because Joe and the coach of the team continue to dismiss it.

It is well understood that come playoff time-everyone in the league is banged up. But having your quarterback banged up and having a starting cornerback banged up are two VERY different things. This isn’t a case of whether or not Joe can play-obviously he can. But this IS a question of “what might happen?” if the Ravens trail 31-26 with 1:16 left and 1 timeout.

It could be an issue.

3. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Todd Heap ‘expected to play’ Saturday night

ESPN.com’s James Walker added last night that the x-rays on Todd’s back came back negative, which is good news for everyone. Todd Heap won’t be the difference in Saturday night’s game, but we all know the Ravens are better off with a healthy Todd Heap than they are without one.

4. Indianapolis Star’s Mike Chappell says Colts have never won playoff game after first round bye

I think this is a completely relevant statistic that CANNOT be overlooked. Peyton Manning has NEVER won a playoff game after shutting things down or getting out of rhythm late in the season. Maybe the Colts will just be better at turning things back on under Jim Caldwell than they were under Jim Mora and Tony Dungy, but I somehow doubt it.

More importantly, whoever wins the toss in this game really needs to take the ball. If the Ravens can come out and dictate pace the way they did in Foxborough, a Colts offense that hasn’t tried to score points in weeks might be in a position to struggle a bit more.

We can at least hope.

5. NFL.com’s Vic Carucci says Colts most ‘vulnerable’ of home teams in 2nd round

Sure.

But they’re also the only home team in the 2nd round of the playoffs with Peyton Manning at quarterback and Reggie Wayne at wide receiver.

Look, the Colts are beatable. But not beatable with a big margin for error. Just beatable. As in, it’s possible.

6. WNST.net’s Nestor Aparicio announces Purple Playoff Parties in Broad Ripple section of Indy Friday night and Saturday afternoon

And who WOULDN’T want to come out and hang with a group of jerks like this???

trip

Here’s what you should know about this picture:

1-Chris Bonetti (the fella on the right whose voice you’ve heard on commercials during the day on AM1570) IS a Jets fan, but they don’t play until Sunday-so you won’t have to worry about him rambling on. Also, he’s ABSOLUTELY rooting for the Ravens on Sunday night (partly because it helps New York), so he’s one of us.

2-Mike Gross (the 2nd guy on the right) is the webmaster at WNST.net. He also lost a game of Pop-A-Shot basketball to his girlfriend by a score of 22-4 on Saturday night at Dave & Buster’s. Is that relevant? No. Did I want to share it anyway? Of course I did.

7. Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Al-Farouq Aminu leads way as Wake Forest hosts Maryland tonight

The good news again here is that much like Florida State, the Demon Deacons are unlikely to reel off 12-16 points in a row thanks to outside shooting. The Terrapins can’t completely take away Wake’s size, but they should be able to stay close throughout. It’s a tall order to go to Winston-Salem just 48 hours after a big ACC win.

Boy.

75-71 Deacs.

But who knows.

8. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester wonders why Orioles haven’t signed Adam LaRoche

I have no problem with the Birds signing Adam LaRoche. Mostly because he’s capable of playing baseball.

Drew’s right, LaRoche is better than a number of the guys that are available-which of course means he probably wants some money-or maybe 2-3 years.

I get the feeling that might not work here.

9. The AP says Reggie Holmes’ 16 lead Morgan State in win over Hampton

This is what we expect from Todd Bozeman’s team, it’s MEAC season and they are VERY capable of winning any game they play. The combination of Holmes and Thompson will present problems for everyone in the conference. If they play well, they’ll beat everyone in the league.

10. Loyola Official Site says 22 turnovers doom Greyhounds in loss to Iona

As they would if Loyola was playing Stevenson, for the record.

Jimmy Patsos’ bunch is in a tough spot now in the MAAC. They had a great chance to make some noise early on in conference play, but very quickly they’re now 1-5.

I don’t think I need to be the one to tell anyone that 1-5 isn’t a good place to be.

11. The AP says Coppin fell to 5-9 overall after loss to Howard

This isn’t a “bad” loss for Fang Mitchell’s crew-but they certainly can’t afford to think that they can just turn things on come MEAC Tournament time. Replacing Tywain McKee’s scoring continues to be an issue for the Eagles.

12. The AP says Maryland women hung on late to beat ranked Cavaliers in Charlottesville

By far the best win of the season for Brenda Frese’s crew, even if it wasn’t overly impressive. When Tchatchouang missed those freebies at the end of the game, I really wished I could pronounce her name better when I was cursing it.

And finally, I offer this.

It wasn’t exactly Bret Hart, but the WWE managed to keep my interest last night by bringing in Iron Mike Tyson to guest “host” RAW. He even decided to step in the ring and tag with Chris Jericho to take on Shawn Michaels and HHH at the end of the night. It did provide one pretty cool moment….

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

Talk to you later.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 07 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday! I think I’ve gone through the entire range of emotions in the time since the announcement was made yesterday that Roberto Alomar didn’t make the Hall of Fame. I’ve tried to handle it as well as I possibly could, but I stand by my previous decision. I’m done with baseball until Alomar gets in. But we’ll get back to that. In the meantime, I’m stuck hanging out with Drew Forrester and his TERRIBLE pants. He wore them to a Ravens game a couple weeks back….

drewpants

I have to work with that in the morning. Ugh.

Let’s see what everyone is saying…..

1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says no Ravens missed practice Wednesday

Which is the best news of all. They’re not technically “healthy”, because a healthy team would have Fabian Washington, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Lardarius Webb, etc. available to them. But at least they’re not down Jared Gaither, Kelley Washington, etc. on top of the guys they’re missing. All of that being said, I get the feeling Dannell Ellerbe will start Sunday no matter how “healthy” Tavares Gooden is.

2. Ravens Official Site says John Harbaugh not offended by being referred to as “Jim Harbaugh” on Patriots press release

And why not? Jim Harbaugh has been on the sidelines at Ravens games nearly as much as John Harbaugh has.

I’m kidding…..mostly.

As a few of us hanging out around 1 Winning Drive yesterday mentioned that NONE of us knew who John Harbaugh was before he interviewed in January 2008, so it isn’t particularly surprising that the Pats would make this mistake. BUT-it could be motivation for a player if it was used the right way.

3. The Sun’s Edward Lee says Mark Clayton not ‘dwelling’ on crucial drop in last visit to Foxborough

clayton

And he shouldn’t be.

Look, Mark Clayton has to live with the fact that the ONE thing fans remember him doing this season was that drop in Foxborough. There is no doubt that the drop probably played some sort of role in how much trust Joe Flacco had in him moving forward this season.

But there’s no reason to dwell. If he makes a big catch in a Ravens win Sunday, it will be as if the original drop never happened.

4. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens understand they must hit Tom Brady in ‘strike zone’

I’ll make this prediction now. There WILL be a roughing the passer call made on a Ravens player in Sunday’s game-and it might very well on a play where Tom Brady ASKS for the roughing the passer call. Brace yourself for it.

If it’s one-it’s not a problem. If it’s three-the Ravens lose. (If the one comes at the wrong time, it WILL be a problem…so I guess I strike my previous comment.)

5. Boston Globe’s Michael Vega says Flacco looking to take ‘next step’ against Patriots

Would ANYONE be surprised if the Ravens are trailing 24-20 with 1:28 left and 1 timeout when the Ravens get the ball at the New England 18? He has to take the next step SOMETIME, this would be a pretty good time to do it.

6. Yahoo! Sports’ Tom Worgo says Ravens’ ‘emergence sparked’ by Ray Rice

Which means that Tom Wongo has watched the Ravens this season.

(Editor’s note: That’s not meant as a slap at Tom Wongo-he wrote about the biggest storyline of the Ravens season, it’s just that all of us locally have been very aware of just why Ray Rice was Team MVP this season. Sometimes I’m just including national stories so fans can see there isn’t a bias.)

7. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says former Orioles 2B Roberto Alomar falls 8 votes short of election to Hall of Fame

robbie

I don’t have much venom left on this. I think Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com (who lives in Baltimore) sums it up the best when quoted in Connolly’s story:

“I was stunned. I expected he would go in, and he should have gone in,” said Ken Rosenthal, senior baseball writer for Foxsports.com and a voting member of the BBWAA. “This is not simply a Hall of Famer. This is one of the greatest second basemen of all time. … For him not to go in on the first ballot, frankly, reflects poorly on us as an organization.”

Correct.

8. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester admits to trying to lose while GM of Baltimore Spirit

Great story, great read. Really interesting considering what happened with the Colts and Bengals in the last 2 weeks of the season to help the Jets secure an AFC Wild Card berth. Worth the read.

9. Towson Official Site says Tigers fell to 0-4 in CAA with loss at Hofstra

Not surprising at all. Hofstra is a VERY tough team at home. It’s tough to say this about an early season road game, but Pat Kennedy’s bunch really needs this game Saturday at James Madison to avoid falling to 0-5 in conference play.

10. UMBC Official Site says Retrievers fall to 1-13 with home loss to Penn

This is a bad loss. The Ivy League may be a higher-rated conference RPI-wise, but losing a home game to a winless Quakers team is just brutal for Randy Monroe’s bunch. They have the weekend off before visiting Boston University in America East action Tuesday night.

11. The AP says Reggie Holmes’ 23 points weren’t enough as Morgan State fell at Baylor

We all saw this coming. The Bears now head into MEAC play (starting with a trip to Howard Saturday) with an 8-7 record, but their real season begins now.

12. The Sun says Missouri apologized to Navy for band mishap at Texas Bowl

I hadn’t even heard this story before yesterday. What a bizarre incident. The Midshipmen have a proud post-game tradition, and clearly there was just a miscommunication. Very unfortunate.

And I leave you with this.

Deadspin reports that former Ravens FB Ovie Mughelli was “outed” by a former gay lover on a website called “Miss Jia.”

(Editor’s note: After speaking with representatives for Ovie Mughelli, I have agreed to take down the previously posted picture and all other information regarding the content. I have been informed that Mughelli’s attorneys are handling the situation.)

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Posted on 14 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Ravens Tuesday. It’s the Tuesday Top 7. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of it.

You deserve props…..

1-Drew Brees, Jason Campbell and Donovan McNabb

Holy crap the Redskins won!!!!!! HOLY CRAP WHOA OH MY GOD THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!

In all seriousness though, Congratulations to the Redskins for beating the Raiders. It’s a lot like that one time I beat Steve Butler in 9th grade in a 1 mile race. It would have been a greater accomplishment if Steve Butler didn’t resemble Ray Bachman…

bachman

2-BJ Penn and Frank Mir

Look, I know some big things happened at UFC 107 Saturday night in Memphis-but the world of Mixed Martial Arts was flipped upside down this weekend. Why you ask? Because “Alabama Pride” was……..canceled. WHAT THE HELL?

bama

THIS WAS SHAPING UP TO BE THE GREATEST NIGHT IN THE HISTORY OF MMA!!!!

Butterbean vs. Tank Abbott? DMX vs. ANYONE? I’d pay $1,000 for this card if I had to.

But apparently DMX wanted to fix the fight so he’d win. And then all of a sudden the Butterbean fight wasn’t happening either. Suddenly the card looked like this…..

bamap

WAIT……COOLIO?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? I STILL HAVE TO WATCH THIS!!!! COOLIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BbB8b0wgPg[/youtube]

But according to The Big Lead, the card was CANCELLED!!!

I’ve never wanted a single thing investigated more in my life….

3-Alexander Semin

Okay, so the Capitals won a game, then they lost a game. I watched neither-as……I needed to catch up on the episodes of “Glee” I still had on my DVR???

In other hockey news, did anyone else know that Bemidji State was ranked #4 in the country?!?!?! HOLY CRAP LET’S GO BEAVERS! (Thanks to Puck Daddy for the tip.) And also, how…..in the world……did this video exist without me ever knowing??

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MFaA6koXIk[/youtube]

4-Ryan Grant, Ricky Williams, Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson, Fred Jackson and Thomas Jones

So the Dolphins somehow managed to beat the Jaguars in a game that helped and hurt the Ravens’ AFC Wild Card chances at the same time. The game was attended by 60,000 fans at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. That doesn’t seem that bad; except when you consider that the game was played in BEAUTIFUL weather in a city where there was NOTHING else going on, and there were MAJOR playoff implications. And, um, Ohh! Jacksonville Municipal Stadium holds over 70,000; CAN hold over 80,000 for big games, but only HAS to hold 67,000 to be a sellout. YET SOMEHOW THEY CAN’T FIGURE OUT A WAY TO SELL THE FREAKING GAMES OUT!!!!!!

Somewhere, there’s an a-hole who still thinks putting a NFL team in Jacksonville was a good idea……

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5-Patrick Patterson, Julian Vaughn, Juan Fernandez and Reggie Holmes

Watching college basketball this weekend reminded me of something. SOMEHOW I COMPLETELY FORGOT TO POST THIS LAST WEEK!!!!

Thanks to WNST’s Chris Bonetti for letting me know about it. It didn’t count, but Boston College’s Reggie Jackson might as well be called “Mr. December”……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCxEY-lgf2w[/youtube]

6-Vitali Klitschko, Paulie Malignaggi, Timothy Bradley and Vic Darchinyan and Mark “TNT” Tucker

All of these people won boxing matches this weekend. Tucker won his in Westminster. It was clearly the most exciting thing that has happened in Westminster since…..

……ever.

7-Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Vincent Jackson and Wes Welker

Brandon Marshall set a record in a loss. Which seems just about ABSOLUTELY RIGHT for Brandon Marshall.

Meanwhile in Foxborough, Panthers players claimed Randy Moss “quit” on the Patriots. That may be true, but it isn’t a concern for me. What IS a concern for me is that I haven’t posted a single picture of Gisele Bundchen yet to celebrate the birth of her and Tom Brady’s child……

gisele

8-Ricky Dobbs

I went to Philadelphia Saturday to enjoy the 110th Army/Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field. I didn’t know I was in Philly until I dropped a pen on my way in and was booed by the entire city.

And kudos to the staff at The Linc for supplying not only cheesesteaks in the press box, but also these……

tastykake

9-Rudy Gay and Carmelo Anthony

I don’t root for the Wizards. Partly because they’re terrible-but more because they play in Washington. You see, the Redskins play in Washington. Therefore, I despise everything about the place. (Except for this gal I know who lives in Columbia Heights. But that’s only because she’s not REALLY from DC. If she were REALLY from DC-I’d probably despise her as much as I do the rest of the city. OH! Except Ben’s Chili Bowl too. Boy I’m rambling again…..)

The point of all of this is that because I don’t have a NBA team to root for, I usually just root for players who went to Maryland or who are from Baltimore. Sadly, with Juan Dixon now out of the league-I’m forced to choose a new favorite player. Melo was the easy choice, but after Rudy Gay’s 41 in a win over the Heat……I might have to think about this some more.

Melo…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBRcsPbQfU0[/youtube]

Rudy Gay……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sa4Di22UWvU[/youtube]

OR……….The Birdman?

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

(Edit from GMC: Clearly, after accepting Jim Calhoun’s money there is NO chance I would root for Rudy Gay more than Melo. I still root for Rudy because I love Charm City; but screw Jimmy C-Note and screw UConn.)

10-Lucio Gonzaga

Elsewhere in soccer, Virginia topped Akron to win the College Cup. Which leads me to another thought.

F*ck the Hoos.

Seriously, how could anyone ever by okay with a group of people that looked like this……

virginia

11-Turner Gill and Jim Harbaugh

Cincinnati is going to need a new head coach. I don’t think they’re going to hire Brad Jackson as I previously recommended, so I offered another suggestion…..

ickey

12-Sheamus

A guy who I have never heard of before (and who apparently has never seen the sun before…..)

sheamus

Is now the WWE Champion. HUH?!?!?!?!?

Also, Michelle McCool did something at the WWE “TLC” event Sunday night. What was it? No one cares…..

mccool

13-The Clark Family “Cookie Baking Day”

I’m not really sure how every year I manage to skip out on the part where the cookies are made, yet end up taking home a BOX of cookies. Sorry I missed the baking to watch Navy win another Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, but thanks for making sure I ended up with plenty of pizzelles!

pizzelle

14-Jason Derulo

The song of the fall. I don’t really even know the words, but I’m hooked….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBI3lc18k8Q[/youtube]

15-Jason Sudeikis

Unfortunately, we do NOT have the ability to embed videos from Hulu on here-so I have no choice but to direct you HERE to view his OUTSTANDING performance as PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem.

The bad news from SNL Saturday night? Bon Jovi is TERRIBLE. And I mean TERRIBLE. I know they used to be really good, but they just aren’t anymore. It’s not enough to say they’ve gotten “bad”, either. They are unthinkably terrible. It lead me to ask this question on Facebook Saturday night: “Do you think Bon Jovi’s sole purpose at this point is to make sure they beat Aerosmith in a ‘which band got worse at the end of their career’ contest?”

You make the call. Bon Jovi…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCg2BoKiuOM[/youtube]

Aerosmith…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLRLhV9U0kQ[/youtube]

Ugh.

You got lucky…….

1-Golfers not named Tiger Woods

I guess the party’s back on???

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bla3LPb1fzs[/youtube]

2-Greivis Vasquez

I love GV and I’m happy the Terps beat Eastern Kentucky; but since we’re talking about Venezuela (and we are!), I have no choice but to post a picture of the Avellan twins. You’ll thank me later.

avellan

Good lord.

3-Mo Williams

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oXC0jqHu_o[/youtube]

Yeah, but he’s no Rex Chapman…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mE5RGClCDp4[/youtube]

4-Mark Ingram

Dude…..there wasn’t REALLY someone sending a text right behind Mark Ingram while he was winning the Heisman Trophy, was there?

heisman

This country is amazing.

5-Matt Albers and Cla Meredith

Cla Meredith is missing a “Y” in his name. You know who ISN’T missing a Y in their name? Yasmine Bleeth…..

yasmine

6-The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet

Guess who spent her weekend laying around the house hopped up on pain pills after having surgery to insert a plate and NINE pins into her shoulder? That’s right, Ol’ Droopy Eye…..

droopy

Yep, there she is. Ol’ Droopy Eye. Lookin’ good. And as if THAT wasn’t enough, TLDGOTFOTP even got to take “The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Radio Entertainment Today” to dinner!

Someone’s living the American dream…

7-Kate Hudson

Letterman was WAAAY too nice to her…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8Z1yImGxPY[/youtube]

Of course, I guess when you look like this…..

kate

You get preferential treatment to someone who looks like this…..

joaquin

You’re a zero…….

Roy Williams

roy

As if I needed another reason to hate this clown. Welcome to Coach K-ville, ass.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983……

-G

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