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The Sum Of All Fears

Posted on 17 August 2011 by Erich Hawbaker

I had a terrible thought the other day. After reading all about Carlos Zambrano’s latest meltdown and the talk of the Cubs looking for a way to unload him without paying him the rest of his ridiculous contract, it hit me. Could we see Zambrano in an Orioles uniform in the near future? It was one of those random epiphanies that just jumps into your head and takes you by surprise. But the more I think about it, the more afraid I get that it might actually happen.

During the tenure of Andy MacPhail and a little before that, the Orioles have had a peculiar habit of snapping up the Cubs’ rejects; Sammy Sosa, Rich Hill, Felix Pie, Derrek Lee. All of them were guys that MacPhail handled while he was running the Cubs, and all (except Sosa, who came here before Andy did) were supposedly proven major league material he brought here to make the Orioles better. NONE OF THEM even came close to meeting that expectation. Granted, the ex-Cubs wing is only a part of the Orioles Rest & Retirement Home For Aged Transient Big-Name Free Agents, but I digress. MacPhail’s track record when bringing in players from teams he worked with previously has been nothing short of disasterous. And having observed Zambrano firsthand while running the Cubs, would he be more likely to take a chance on him if the oppurtunity presented itself?  

Carlos Zambrano is the Terrell Owens of baseball; there’s no question that he has a lot of talent, but it is eclipsed by his inability to control his temper and get along with his teammates. But if the Cubs do indeed cut him loose, it’s highly unlikely that he’ll never pitch in the majors again at just 30 years of age. Could he be the next household name that the front office signs in their continuing attempt to convince us fans that they’re trying to win? Make no mistake, Zambrano is a bull in a china shop much like Albert Belle was. And for some reason, I have a very clear picture in my head of Jim Hunter and Rick Dempsey sitting behind the desk and explaining why this is a tremendous pickup for the Orioles and just what they need to start turning things around. King Peter’s propaganda machine rivals that of Fidel Castro.

Maybe I’m completely off my rocker on this one, and maybe I’m not. What do you think? Comments and discussion are much appreciated.

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Top 20 moments in Camden Yards history: No. 18

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Top 20 moments in Camden Yards history: No. 18

Posted on 18 March 2011 by Luke Jones

Leading up to the start of the 20th season at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, I take a look back at the top 20 moments in the history of the ballpark. Selected moments had to relate directly to the action on the field at the time. No orchestrated events such as World Series anniversary celebrations or Orioles Hall of Fame inductions were eligible.

Previous selections:
20. Matt Wieters’ debut
19. Hideo Nomo tosses the only no-hitter in Oriole Park history

18. Orioles stage greatest comeback in team history – June 30, 2009

Another merciless pounding at the hands of Boston, or so it seemed.

The Orioles had lost eight straight to the Red Sox, and their unruly traveling fans were basking in the glory of a 10-1 lead in the seventh inning. Most fans watching at home had given up on the massacre and flipped to reruns — hey, it’s hard to resist The Office — on a midsummer night of television. Nobody knew it, but the Orioles were about to thrill the few hometown fans remaining in the ballpark and stun the Sox supporters taunting those making their way to the exits.

By the time the Orioles went to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, starter Rich Hill was long gone after giving up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings and Boston veteran John Smoltz had missed his chance for a victory after a lengthy rain delay forced his exit in the fifth. As a result, a battle of the bullpens commenced, with the Orioles about to supplant a club-record eight-run comeback set in 1956 — against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

A five-run seventh made the deficit a reachable 10-6, with the key blow being a three-run homer from pinch-hitter Oscar Salazar. The home fans who stuck around for the early bludgeoning perked up, but realized a comeback remained very unlikely against the Red Sox bullpen.

However, Hideki Okajima had finished the seventh for Boston and remained on the mound for the eighth. Though one of the best lefty specialists in the American League, the hapless Orioles — of all teams — had owned the Japanese reliever for nearly two years.

It was about to continue.

Okajima would surrender four straight hits without getting an out, leaving the game with the bases loaded and Boston holding on dearly to its 10-7 lead. Two batters later, the score was 10-9 and Red Sox manager Terry Francona desperately turned to closer Jonathan Papelbon to prevent the record-setting Orioles comeback.

It was too late.

Nick Markakis’ two-run double to deep center plated pinch-runner Jeremy Guthrie and Brian Roberts with two outs in the bottom of the eighth as the Orioles had amazingly come all the way back to seize an 11-10 lead.

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Euphoric Orioles fans howled in laughter at obnoxious “Sahx” fans as George Sherrill recorded the save in the ninth, securing the greatest comeback victory in franchise history. An amazing 13 of Baltimore’s 16 hits that night came in the seventh and eighth innings.

“That was probably the best game I’ve been involved in, right there,” Orioles manager Dave Trembley said after the game. “That was absolutely tremendous. When you talk about playing all 27 outs, that’s tonight.”

Ironically, the Orioles would be on the receiving end of that lesson the next afternoon, squandering a 5-1 lead in the ninth and falling 6-5 in 11 innings. Perhaps it was the baseball gods’ way of restoring order as the Orioles would lose 11 of the 12 remaining games with Boston that season.

But for one night, at least, the Orioles got the better of the hated Red Sox.

And, in case you were wondering, I flipped back to the game just in time to see the comeback.

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because after a weekend in Ocean City, I spent the evening literally BATHING in aloe vera. I’m not kidding, I think I looked like Justin Bartha in “The Hangover”…

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The thing is, it doesn’t hurt until you’re sober.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Miguel Tejada singled home winning run to lift O’s to sweep of Nationals

I didn’t think it was possible.

I especially didn’t think it was possible after Julio Lugo doubled with one out in the 8th and then proceded to get picked off 2nd base by Wil Nieves.

Shows what I know.

I’m well aware that it was the Nats, but it’s still a sweep. Around here, that’s almost as good as winning the World Series.

It’s been particularly nice to see the Birds put together some rallies and come back from early deficits in these games-but it would be nicer to see starting pitchers be a bit more effective. We’ll get back to that.

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

Jeremy Guthrie wasn’t bad yesterday. 6 innings, 3 earned runs on 3 hits with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. He certainly wasn’t GREAT, but he wasn’t bad. Compared to some of the other starting efforts we’ve seen at Camden Yards recently, it was really good.

Only Tejada had two hits amongst Orioles players yesterday, but that’s all that was needed. Maybe these guys are hitting better because Nick Markakis called them out publicly. Maybe they’re hitting better because they know the July 31 trade deadline is coming up and this is their chance to get out of Charm City.

I don’t really care why they’re hitting better. I just want them to keep doing it.

3. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Buck Showalter told ESPN Orioles have ‘some great pieces’

Yeah…like Markakis…and….ummm….Adam Jones for a week?

Clearly having watched the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks win World Series titles AFTER he left has made Showalter badly want another MLB gig. Of course, if he thinks he’s going to reach that level under Peter Angelos, he’ll probably be disappointed.

You know who DOES have some great pieces? Zaira Nara. (Thanks Guyism/Remix Magazine!)

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4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Andy MacPhail finally cut ties, DFA’ed Garrett Atkins

I’m trying to figure out the right way to say this. Nick Markakis and Brian Roberts were here before MacPhail got here. Adam Jones has been marginally successful. Matt Wieters, Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta all look like they’re talented but haven’t necessarily shown it yet.

As far as a “face” of the MacPhail era is concerned, umm….Atkins is about as good a choice as any.

This was a failure from Day 1. It represented the fact that the team decided to sign a lesser player instead of going out and actually signing a real impact player. That’s the real impact of the MacPhail era.

Maybe the marketing folks at the Warehouse should put together a “Mt. Rushmore”-type photo of Atkins, Rich Hill, Adam Eaton and Koji Uehara (who returned with the Atkins DFA). Could be a hot seller this Christmas. If I was better at Photoshop, I’d do it for them.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Felix Pie 2-4 with RBI, two runs for Frederick Keys on farm

Me, I’d put Felix Pie on the “Mt. Rushmore”, but someone would try to convince me that his 8 hits earlier this season mean he’s a good player. If Jake Fox was an offseason acquisition, he’d make it for sure. In the meantime, a few more things before we move on from the Orioles…

-Congratulations to our “Apologist of the Morning”, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester. “Heath” from Dempsey’s Army is no stranger to the AOTM-but this morning he received the award for citing Fangraphs in opining that Juan Samuel was wrong for trying to have Matt Wieters bunt last week. I don’t often credit Drew for being funny, but labeling a group of people as “Fangraph-sexuals” was pretty damn humorous.

-The Orioles are off today, but return to action tomorrow night opening a 3 game series against the Oakland Athletics at OPACY. Matusz, Kevin Millwood and Arrieta take the hill for the Orioles; Dallas Braden, Ben Sheets and Trevor Cahill go for the A’s.

-Thanks to Joe Sheehan from Baseball Prospectus for joining us this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST to talk some baseball. If you missed it, head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today to check it out. Other guests this morning were SI’s Jon Wertheim (live from Wimbledon) and UMBC soccer coach Pete Caringi (who went around the World Cup). It’s all up in the Audio Vault.

6. National Football Post’s Matt Bowen says Ravens without Ed Reed would be like Pittsburgh Steelers without Polamalu

As a commenter eloquently scribed after Bowen’s piece (why do all of the good commenters post at NFP?), the Ed Reed situation really IS the “elephant in the room.”

If the Ravens are going to be Super Bowl contenders (and I believe they will be), it is hard to imagine them doing it with Dawan Landry and Ken Hamlin at safety. They need Reed to be some sort of difference maker in the secondary.

My assumption remains that Ed does intend to come back, and will sit out the majority of Training Camp-part for health reasons and part because he probably doesn’t have that much interest in spending his August sweating it out in Westminster.

We know Ed WANTS to return. It SEEMS like he’ll be healthy enough to return. Now we just need to keep our fingers crossed that he IS.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says new LB coaches Dean Pees, Ted Monachino making impact in offseason

Maybe so, but even the Arizona State connection couldn’t help Monachino get Terrell Suggs to Owings Mills this offseason.

You know who’s REALLY made an impact this offseason? Wendy Braga. (Thanks Don Chavez/Busted Coverage!)

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8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens has Maryland 68th in offseason college football rankings

Boy.

I have had a bad feeling about this Terrapins club since the end of last season.

I know that luck played a role in 2-10 last season. I know that they lost close games throughout the season, and certainly had a chance to beat the likes of Middle Tennessee State, Rutgers, Virginia, Duke, etc. That being said, they still have a real lack of talent at crucial spots (namely O-Line and D-Line), and Jamarr Robinson is unproven at best under center.

There is talent on this team. A team with as many decent running backs (Da’Rel Scott, Davin Meggett, Caleb Porzel, D.J. Adams, Gary Douglas) and WR’s (Torrey Smith, Emani Lee-Odai, Tony Logan, Quintin McCree, LaQuan Williams, Ronnie Tyler, Adrian Cannon, Kevin Dorsey, Kerry Boykins) as Maryland does, they should really be better offensively.

If this IS Ralph Friedgen’s last season in College Park-it COULD be a long one.

9. Testudo Times’ Ben Broman says Eric Hayes will join Washington Wizards’ Summer League roster, Landon Milbourne joins Atlanta Hawks’ Summer League roster

And as I passed along yesterday via Twitter (follow us @WNST), Morgan State’s Reggie Holmes will join Greivis Vasquez with the Memphis Grizzlies’ Summer League team in Las Vegas. I should also know about Jermaine Dixon (who graduated at Pitt but is from Baltimore and is the younger brother of Juan Dixon) and his NBA future later today.

I will obviously be rooting for all of these guys this summer, but understand it will be a longshot for any of them to end up on a roster (other than Vasquez of course). The one thing that could help Hayes or Holmes is if their respective squads just simply want a player who can come off the bench and provide deadly accuracy from beyond the arc. I don’t know how those guys would do defending NBA guards, but I certainly know they can shoot against anyone.

And geez-the ‘Zards have Quinton Ross and James Singleton on their roster. You mean to tell me Eric Hayes isn’t better than THEM?

10. The AP’s Samuel Petrequin says Michael Phelps received ‘wakeup call’ at Paris Open meet

I’d personally prefer my own wake-up call in France to come from Emanuelle Chriqui from “Entourage” (Thanks Barstool Sports!)…

chriqui

And finally, I leave you with this.

I know that Team USA’s loss to Ghana in South Africa really limits the excitement fans have about soccer; but I’ll pass along these YouTube clips anyway for the 4 or 5 of you who haven’t already seen them.

Here’s the epic “world reaction” to Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria. ABC used it in the setup for the Ghana match…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbn3rOPmR9w[/youtube]

Now here’s Andres Cantor calling the Donovan goal…

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

Is the awesome Andres Cantor GEICO commercial available on YouTube yet? I could really use it.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because A-I’ve put so many chemicals up my nose in the last 24 hours that I think I’m drug-influenced; B-Tonight is Alicia Keys, so NOTHING can bring me down.

As a note to the Baltimore City Police Department-there is NO restraining order….yet. Please don’t try to keep me out of the building. However, if you see THIS guy in the building….you might want to go ahead and have him removed…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AcdtGob-WQ[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty says Magna cancels Pimlico/Laurel auction, parent company MI Developments will take over tracks

Oh….well this explains everything………

I have no idea what to make of this news. No idea AT ALL. If this was an option to begin with, why did we ever get to the auction process? Was MID looking for money?

The good news is that this reorganization prevents the state’s horse racing industry from falling into unknown hands.

The bad news is that this reorganization allows the state’s horse racing industry to enter barely known hands.

Has there been any locally-vested group that we know less about than Magna???

The Maryland Jockey Club will remain in charge, but I have to think that MID will want to be more visible locally that Magna was before.

ESPECIALLY if it means we see more of Magna’s Belinda Stronach…

stronach

…Who may or may not have slept with Bill Clinton, definitely slept with Tie Domi, and apparently was “Photoshopped” into this picture…

stronach

Sure. And I was “Photoshopped” into that picture of me with the horse. Nice try, Belinda.

2. Maryland Daily Record’s Liz Farmer says MJC President Chuckas believes MID ‘committed’ to keeping Preakness in Baltimore

Which we believe to be the good news in all of this.

HOWEVER-if you were one of those people who was hoping that a new owner would change the alcohol policy on the Preakness infield, it doesn’t appear that will be the case. Which is bad news for Ray Bachman, who had been celebrating the potential change by drinking a keg by himself for the last 36 years of his life.

Myself, I DO think it is good news that Preakness will be staying. We were THIS close to the Harford County Farm Fair being arguably amongst the most significant annual events in the state of Maryland.

If you missed Tom Chuckas’ interview with Drew Forrester this morning, check it out in the Audio Vault here at WNST.net.

3. Baltimore Business Journal’s Ryan Sharrow says Jeff Seder plans to fight track decision in court

Which goes back to the point Drew Forrester and I discussed on “The Comcast Morning Show” Tuesday morning….”If you don’t like something, sue someone!”

If I were Jeff Seder…or David Cordish…or Kevin Plank…or ANYONE else involved in the auction process, I’d be furious. How is it possible to have gotten to (and past) the original auction date, yet this was allowed to happen???

The ONLY good news in all of this mess? At least THIS GUY won’t be involved….

angelos

4. The AP says Adam Jones homered, but Birds fell to Marlins in Jupiter

Would anyone be interested in purchasing me this t-shirt so I could wear it to Opening Day?

bazooka

I know Bob Haynie said last week he thought Matt Wieters would lead the O’s in home runs, but I’m going with A-10.

5. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Brian Roberts hoping to make Spring Training debut this week

Which would of course be good news for everyone; as the mere THOUGHT of Ty Wigginton playing second base in real games makes small children shiver in fear.

Hopefully Brian Roberts won’t need more than a month to be season-ready. If we get to the end of April/beginning of May before B-Rob heats up, the O’s may already be playing games that don’t matter a whole lot.

(Cue Ian Eagle.)

6. Carroll County Times says Jeremy Guthrie pitched better Tuesday despite losing

The Orioles could DESPERATELY use a couple more starts like this before Opening Day, as Brian Matusz (today’s starter against Rich Hill-YES, THAT RICH HILL-and the Cardinals again in Jupiter) has looked MUCH MORE the part of a #2 starter than Guthrie has.

HOWEVER-yesterday’s start by Guthrie was also a reminder that even when he has pitched well over the years-he hasn’t always been able to win. His ERA can be as good as he wants it to be, he has to know how to WIN.

What do you think Guthrie’s trade value looks like right about now?

7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh doesn’t believe Samari Rolle will play again

Which is one more thing that everyone knew, yet still qualifies as news. Is there any chance Ozzie Newsome and company can petition the NFL to let them just HAVE Samari’s “cousin” Myron Rolle in exchange for having given Samari a contract before the 2009 season?

With all of that being said, Samari Rolle will go down as one of the better free agent acquisitions in Ravens history. Or at least better than some others…

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8. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens still interested in Frank Walker

While we’re making statements, I’m still interested in Mila Kunis myself, especially after seeing the new pictures of her in GQ….

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Look, no Ravens fans want Frank Walker back. I get that. And Frank Walker should NOT be one of this team’s first 3 Cornerback options. But they NEED Cornerback depth; especially with Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington being question marks in Training Camp and beyond.

My gut says he won’t be back. But I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if he was.

9. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens have pursued Neil Rackers, Shayne Graham

I’ll take them.

Does it work that way?

In all seriousness, I think acquiring either kicker would be a good move for the Ravens. They both have had reputable NFL careers; and even though they’ve both missed big kicks, they’ve also both MADE big kicks. I would find either to be better choices than Billy Cundiff.

10. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Bisciotti voted against OT rule change, but supports decision

Is it a perfect rule? Absolutely not. Does it make sense that the rule was adopted for the playoffs and not the regular season? Not at all.

Is it a LITTLE weird that Bisciotti voted against it while almost every other owner in the league voted for it? Yeah, it probably is.

Do I ask too many questions in this forum and then immediately answer them? Probably. Do any of you watch “Parks & Recreation”? You’ll understand much better. AND you’ll understand my fascination with Amy Poehler. Maybe.

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11. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Lamar Young, Isaiah Ross, Carl Russell will miss spring practice for Terps

Oh good. More good news on the offensive line.

We all know that Ralph Friedgen’s “make or break” season will be made or broken by the offensive line. He’ll have talented players at RB and WR, and the defense absolutely SHOULD continue to improve in Don Brown’s 2nd year as coordinator. But if the O-Line doesn’t improve, nothing changes.

12. The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Jamarr Robinson ‘clear starter’, but not ‘entrenched’ as Terrapins QB

Is this a way to say that Josh Portis might transfer back and still have some eligibility???

And finally, I leave you with this.

Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush broke up yesterday, which provides me a fantastic opportunity to post a picture of Kim Kardashian….

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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 05 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because…….

ummm……..

well………

I made it home just in time to be obliterated by 30 inches of white death???

Seriously, why WOULD I want to stick around in Ft. Lauderdale…

http://www.riverbills.com/pic_of_the_day/052705_glenns_girls.jpg

….when I could be right here in Baltimore, freezing my nuts off!!!!!

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Ugh. We better not run out of booze.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. The AP says late charge call on Michael Snaer (taken by Dino Gregory) helped Terps clinch 71-67 win at Florida State

And if you haven’t seen it, you can check it out here courtesy of Raycom Sports.

It was a huge play to basically finish off a huge win. It was a bit surprising because no one expected Karl Hess to make that type of call in front of the Donald L. Tucker Center crowd.

Worth noting even more than that is the fact that with his team up 3 in the closing seconds (Sean Mosley-you MUST hit free throws), Gary Williams decided not to take any chances-having his team foul any ‘Noles player before they could get a potentially tying shot off.

Mike Lonergan still wishes he would have done the same thing some 14 months ago.

2. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Jordan Williams tallied 14 points for Maryland in win over ‘Noles

I got a message from listener Jason during the game last night saying “Jordan Williams is going to be a 1st round pick in the NBA Draft in a year or two.

He’s almost certainly right.

Jordan was AWESOME again last night, facing a tough team inside and having to play with serious foul trouble. He was tough at the rim, and was willing to flush the ball more than we’ve seen in the first months of his career in College Park.

The thing about Jordan is that NBA scouts are watching his growth and development to see if he’s powerful enough to be a 5 at the next level. If they determine he’s a 4, then he will probably have to stick around awhile to develop an 8-12 foot game. But he looks like he’s going to be tough enough to be a 5; and Gary Williams will be fortunate to have him in school for as long as he stays.

Fortunately, it will likely be at least one more year.

3. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Greivis Vasquez overcame vicious taunts from Tallahassee crowd to score 23 in victory

I wish I could get the picture of the “Deport Greivis” sign that was at the Leon County Civic Center. That was actually very funny.

(11:27 Update….Mr. Irrelevant found it!)

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Greivis will have to put up with this just about anywhere he goes in the ACC. He’s been there for years. He shimmies. He’s a bit arrogant. He’s really good. He’s just a target. JJ Redick could give him some advice.

Sure, it’s a bit racist to make Mexico jokes to someone who is from Venezuela, but it is also par for the course. Hopefully his play will stay at a level that will allow him to do this more often…..

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4. The Sun’s Jeff Barker says North Carolina changed travel plans to today for Sunday’s scheduled contest in College Park

Which obviously is the right thing to do. The Tar Heels are going to be coming into this one just a bit more desperate, as their loss at Virginia Tech last night left them at 2-5 in the ACC, 13-9 overall. But this is still a team with a ton of talent, capable of surprising teams that think “the Heels can’t beat us.” They’ll be tough up front, but the Terps are more vulnerable against teams whose guards can score points in a hurry. I’m not sure that this particular UNC team is capable of doing that.

I’ll say Maryland 77, Carolina 71

5. Maryland Official Site says 2010 football schedule opens on Labor Day with Navy showdown at M&T Bank Stadium

Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

What a happy birthday gift for me. The Terps and the Midshipmen right here in Charm City.

If you missed the first “Crab Bowl Classic” in 2005, I can’t possibly explain how cool it was that night….thanks mostly to Lance Ball…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wR6737o-cko[/youtube]

But this year will be on Labor Day, televised nationally on ESPN? Just awesome stuff. I’ll gladly skip Virginia Tech-Boise State for that.

As far as the rest of the schedule is concerned, Ralph Friedgen’s team will have tough back to backs on the road with Boston College and Clemson; then Miami and Virginia. But finishing the season at Byrd Stadium with Florida State and North Carolina State should help if the team is still in bowl contention.

6. The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer previews today’s battle for Terrapins women against Georgia Tech at Comcast Center

If you are ANYWHERE in safe range to travel to Comcast Center, please go support Brenda Frese’s crew today so this can feel like an actual home game for them. The good news for nerds like me is that there will be something besides round-the-clock local TV coverage to watch this afternoon as I drink the first couple of a likely 90-100 beers.

7. Loyola Official Site previews Greyhounds’ trip to Rider tonight

Jimmy Patsos’ team should be fortunate to get this one in, as they got out of town before the imminent white death. Of course, the weather is the least of the Hounds’ concerns, as their 3-9 record in the MAAC is a bit more concerning…

8. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says DB’s coach Mark Carrier leaves Ravens to join Rex Ryan with New York Jets

Personally, I liked Mark Carrier a lot; and I will really be rooting for him (although I will not in any way be rooting for the J-E-T-S). That being said, Chuck Pagano remains the secondary coach-and Carrier SHOULD be replaceable.

I don’t think Chris McAlister will be a candidate, myself.

However, I believe former Ravens CB Tommy Knight (who previously coached Defensive Backs at Wisconsin and Arizona-including Chargers CB Antoine Cason) would be a great candidate.

(Full disclosure: Tommy is a friend of mine. But he’d ALSO be a great candidate to work with these guys.)

9. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says former Ravens executive Phil Savage joined Eagles’ front office to help prepare for NFL Draft

If you missed Nestor Aparicio’s chat with Phil Savage from Radio Row yesterday, check it out in our WNST.net Audio Vault.

The role in Philadelphia is NOT full-time, which means Savage remains available to NFL teams moving forward. He currently has a job doing radio for the Alabama Crimson Tide, and that seemed to work pretty well last season in Tuscaloosa.

If Savage remains without a permanent NFL home, he would likely remain a candidate to return to Baltimore if Eric DeCosta were to depart for a future GM job, but that scenario remains unlikely.

Aaron also points out in his notebook that Troy Smith’s agent confirmed his desire to have Troy traded. That is all well and good, I just don’t necessarily expect Ozzie Newsome to part ways with a QB that he really likes and has under an inexpensive contract with little trade value.

10. MLB.com’s Spencer Fordin says O’s prospect Brian Parker suspended 50 games due to 2nd drug policy violation

Clearly, this isn’t really a big deal considering this is Brian Parker and not Brian Matusz. That being said, the Birds will need to do their due diligence to make sure that no one in Bowie knew this was going on and tried to cover it up or sweep it under the rug. As long as that’s the case, this kid will just have to serve his time and return to baseball in a few months.

11. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Orioles signed former Dodgers top prospect Joel Guzman to minor league deal without invite to Spring Training

Hey, it worked with Rich Hill!

Oh, wait……….

(Edit from GMC: Please spare me the “Andy MacPhail took a shot on Felix Pie, and it looks like that is paying off” comments. Felix Pie is NOT paying off yet, even if he played well down the stretch last season. He still has to prove to be a capable role player to “pay off.” There really is no reason to not add a player like this, but these signings stink of “Orioles” type of acquisitions-knowing more capable players were/are available.)

12. “Winterpocolypse 2010″ forces TONS of schedule changes in the sports world

Here’s what we have so far….

*Towson-James Madison game scheduled for Saturday at Towson Center has been pushed back to Monday at 7pm
*Maryland-Georgia Tech women’s basketball game scheduled for tonight at 8:30 has been moved up to 4pm. Game will air on Comcast SportsNet at both times.
*Maryland lacrosse scrimmage against Cornell today has been cancelled.
*Randy Monroe told me this morning that the UMBC-Vermont game at RAC Arena tomorrow afternoon will be pushed back from 3pm to 8pm. The Retrievers’ Hall of Fame weekend events scheduled for this weekend have been pushed to April 3rd
*Loyola’s lacrosse scrimmage at Maryland Saturday is cancelled, their scrimmage with Drexel has been moved to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field TODAY at 11:30am
*Johns Hopkins’ lacrosse scrimmage with Harvard has been bumped up to 10am today at Homewood Field (I know the link says 11am, but an email from the Jays’ Athletic Department informed us the scrimmage would start at 10)
*There have been no schedule changes for Morgan State/Florida A&M (Saturday 4pm Hill Field House), Coppin State/Bethune-Cookman (Friday 7pm Coppin State Physical Education Complex live on ESPNU), or Maryland/North Carolina (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center live on Fox Sports Net nationally, CSN locally). As any changes come, we will announce them via our Twitter account (@WNST); MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW US!

-And finally, I leave you with this.

It pains me to say ANYTHING positive about the band 30 Seconds to Mars. I had a run-in with Jared Leto a few years back after a TERRIBLE set they played at 9:30 Club opening for Our Lady Peace. The mix of the dreadful show and unbelievably crappy way the lead singer treated the people who were his fans made me just say “this band will never make it.”

But something changed when I heard “The Kill (Bury Me)”  a couple years back. They CLEARLY improved. From record 1 to record 2, they were MUCH better.

And apparently, they’ve gotten even better since.

The NFL Network is using their new song “Kings and Queens” to promote their Super Bowl coverage this week; and I got to hear it about 300-400 times this week at the Broward County Convention Center.

I probably could have heard it 1,000 more times without getting sick of it to be honest. It’s THAT good…..

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If you haven’t seen it, head over to the NFL Network today and watch it with the football highlights behind it. Gripping.

Talk to you this weekend.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 14 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

My life has reached both a new high and a new low. If you and I are friends on Facebook (just search my name), you already saw this. Bear with me.

I pulled into the drive-thru at the Chick-Fil-A in Owings Mills yesterday, as I do many days on my way to 1 Winning Drive. I placed my order-which is basically the same thing I order most days at Chick-Fil-A. I then pulled around to the window, where my buddy Sergio and a young lady were smiling. They told me to look at my receipt…..

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……and then informed me that they had named my order “The Glen.” (Of course they didn’t spell it right!)

I’m a mix of honored and totally terrified that my addiction to Spicy Chicken is now so well known that if you were to make my order, you’d be ordering “The Glenn.”

This rocks. And this is really uncomfortable. Sorta like the first time I was with a girl.

Let’s see what everyone has to say……

1. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester looks back on circumstances that lead to Matt Stover’s departure from Baltimore

I can’t believe this-as I think the WORLD of Matt Stover-but I am OPENLY rooting for him to screw up on Saturday night.

Not just because he plays for the Indianapolis Colts, and I don’t want to see them have any success.

But more because I just think this city needs closure-and nothing would provide closure for the Matt Stover era like a crucial late miss in a playoff game.

If it goes the other way, I don’t really even want to think about how this city will react.

2. Ravens Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens need to take advantage of red zone chances

Do this math in your head.

The Ravens reach the red zone 3 times and score, the Colts reach the red zone 5 times and score….yet the Ravens score more than the Colts.

The way the Ravens win in Indy Saturday night is by getting to the ENDZONE when they reach the red zone. 3 touchdowns in 3 chances is 21 points. If the Colts get there 5 times and the Ravens can hold them to 4 field goals and 1 TD, that would be just 19 points. Ravens win 21-19.

Peyton Manning is going to get his team into the red zone Saturday night, there’s almost no doubt of that. The way this game will be determined is by what the Ravens defense does when he gets there-and whether or not Joe Flacco is able to lead the offense to points in the redzone himself.

3. The Sun’s Ken Murray says Jared Gaither missed practice with ankle injury

Clearly this is a concern. Jared was unable to play down the stretch due to his ankle, and while Oniel Cousins played well at times, he really struggled against Pittsburgh. The Colts present a much better pass rush (does this guy look familiar?)….

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…than even the Steelers-so the Ravens would be well served to have Gaither on the field. If for some reason Jared can’t go, the Ravens also might want to think about moving Marshal Yanda to RT and having Chris Chester play RG. We don’t get to watch those types of drills in practice, unfortunately.

4. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco not even listed on Wednesday injury report

Well then, everything must be okay, huh?

Joe Flacco can tell us he feels great as much as he wants, but clearly it’s an issue.

Hopefully, he’s dealing with the pain so well that he’s not really affected on Saturday night.

5. Indianapolis Star’s Mike Chappell says Colts have worst rushing offense in NFL

It is a bit weird that just one week after the Ravens beat the Patriots it what was a shining example of a typical, smash-mouth January football game; they now will be involved in what will likely be just the opposite.

The Colts haven’t needed to run the ball this season because they’ve had incredible success moving to the ball around to the likes of Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie, Tom Santi and of course Dallas Clark. With this game being played indoors, you would imagine they’d like to do about the same thing.

The Ravens however would like to go immediately to the ground, and allow Ray Rice to control this game.

It makes getting the ball first to dictate pace all the more important.

6. ESPN.com’s James Walker says unless new CBA signed, Ravens will have hands tied in free agency

I’m assuming there will NOT be a new CBA, and this could be a bit of trouble for the Ravens-especially if they were hoping to upgrade at WR or CB via free agency. The Ravens obviously have a number of players at WR who may depart themselves, but the “Final 8″ penalty may hurt them if they were looking for a premiere player at either position.

I’d still rather be playing for a shot at the AFC Championship Game.

7. Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says lost in Tuesday night’s defeat at Wake Forest, Maryland won rebounding battle

I don’t think this can be overlooked.

I know quite a bit of the rebounding came from Sean Mosley and Greivis Vasquez, but Wake Forest is a team that is REALLY big, so this IS an accomplishment, especially considering how well (for the most part) Jordan Williams played.

Clearly this time is MUCH improved from their center play a season ago-with no offense to this guy….

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8. The Diamondback’s Jeremy Schneider says Pe’Shon Howard should help to ‘fill void’ left by decommitment of Terrence Ross

I certainly hope so.

I don’t have much more to add about Pe’Shon, mostly because he kinda came in a bit off the radar-and I’ve never seen him play. Hopefully he can shoot a bit better than some of the guards currently on the roster.

However, when I hear the name “Pe’Shon Howard”, for some reason I IMMEDIATELY think of “P-Nut Wills” from 311. Then I think of this….

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9. The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Rich Hill likely to decline Orioles’ minor league offer, sign elsewhere

Remember all of the “it was definitely worth taking a chance on Rich Hill” people?

It would have definitely been worth taking a chance on CC Sabathia.

Rich Hill was a throw away player who maybe should have gotten a Spring Training invite with a team that already had a complete staff and no pressure whatsoever. Hopefully he’ll find that this year.

10. The AP says Towson rallied to get close, but ultimately fell to Drexel

The Tigers are now 0-6 in CAA play with a trip to Delaware looming Saturday. The Blue Hens are 5-12 overall and 1-5 in conference, so this is clearly a good shot for Pat Kennedy’s club to get a conference win.

And they need it. At some point, they’re going to need a win just because they’re in danger of going winless in conference play.

11. UMBC Official Site previews tonight’s America East tilt with Hartford at RAC Arena

Speaking of needing a win to just make sure they don’t go winless in conference play, Randy Monroe’s Retrievers are facing a Hawks team tonight that is basically as bad as they are.

There isn’t pressure on Randy the way there is on Pat at Towson, but he certainly would like to get to 2 wins before he gets to 15 losses.

12. The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says concussion discussion will be major point of this weekend’s US Lacrosse National Convention in Baltimore

Yeah, but will there be a lesson on how to perfectly run the “Hidden Ball Trick”?

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In all seriousness, good for the sport of lacrosse for trying to do the right thing in the head injury area. Every sport needs to improve this.

And I leave you with this…..

Images leaked this week from Megan Fox’s Armani underwear ad campaign. I’d tell you more, but apparently you missed the part where I said “Megan Fox underwear.”

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Like we needed more proof that is the greatest country on the face of the planet.

Talk to you later from 1 Winning Drive.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 05 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

I had the opportunity to go to an advance screening of “The Blind Side” last night at The Charles Theater-thanks to Warner Brothers for the invitation. I have to first say that this movie is going to be absolutely HUGE. It is a perfect Thanksgiving football flick, and as big as it is going to be in Baltimore; it will be big throughout the country as well.

If you’re not familiar-the movie is based on the excellent book of the same name by Michael Lewis. The story chronicles Ravens 1st round pick Michael Oher. The book itself was more about football in general-but the transcendent story of Oher is easily movie-worthy. And while John Lee Hancock’s movie does change certain things about the story (an incident at Ole Miss is moved into Oher’s former home in the Memphis projects; the name of Oher’s Christian school is different, etc.); he does no injustice to the very human aspect of Oher’s journey.

The only shame of the movie is that in trying to keep it a family film-the darkness of Oher’s upbringing is merely referenced, not told vividly. This isn’t to say the movie failed-as the book references that Michael didn’t talk much about his past. The picture painted of Michael’s youth in the book is significantly more frightening than the more family-friendly picture painted by the film.

While the tragedy may not have been fully painted, nothing is taken away from the triumph. I’m going to be honest-if you cry during great sports movies (think “Remember the Titans”); you’re going to cry during this flick. It’s a remarkable story told very well.

The star of the film is clearly Sandra Bullock, whose turn as Leigh Anne Tuohy comes off akin to Julia Roberts’ Erin Brockovich. While this film is more fun and even a bit goofier than the very serious-natured “Brockovich”, your wives and girlfriends will immediately love Bullock’s Tuohy.

It’s not going to win an Academy Award-but it’s not supposed to be that kind of movie. It’s the kind of movie your family can go see at the end of the month when you’re off school/work for 4 days. It’s the kind of movie that you’re going to put on your purple and rally your neighbors to go see. This city is going to LOVE this movie. Whether you’ve read the book or not, you will just eat it up.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ed Reed not reading Ochocinco tweets

Drew Forrester hopes O’s try to win as hard as Yankees did

Thyrl Nelson says Flacco, Ray Rice Top 10 Fantasy plays Sunday

Ed Frankovic says Caps fell 3-2 to Devils

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata, Katula, Nakamura, Walker, Burgess, Zbikowski all didn’t practice Wednesday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh still has plans for McGahee

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens looking to create 100 yard streak against Cedric Benson-who recently broke their long one

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says young LB’s Tavares Gooden, Jameel McClain, Dannell Ellerbe getting chance to run alongside 52

The Official Site says Marvin Lewis thinks Greg Mattison has done ‘excellent job’

The Official Site says Harbs thinks Ravens will be motivated by ‘hotly contested’ AFC North race

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says team okay with being underdogs-even at home to team they’ve already beat this season

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Marvin Lewis wanted Kelley Washington back in Cincy

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Maualuga wants to be like Ray Lewis

Bengals Official Site says 3,500 tickets remain for Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium

Bengals Official Site says Marvin Lewis won’t commit to Andre Smith dressing Sunday

Bengals Official Site says Carson Palmer knows Baltimore week ‘always a real big deal’ for Bengals

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason will be plenty motivated to face Bengals team that held him without catch over last 2 games

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelly Gregg sees Benson as ‘big back, nifty on feet’

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Flacco Ravens’ MVP

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. cleans up after me

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason prefers quiet players like Marvin Harrison to big talkers

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens using Le’Ron McClain again to pound ball

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Todd Heap, Le’Ron McClain limited in practice

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Marvin Lewis modeling Bengals after Ravens, Steelers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ochocinco sent package to Ravens defense

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Reed doesn’t check Ochocinco on Twitter

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ray Lewis not changing how he hits after first meeting with Bengals

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason doesn’t think he can be covered with single coverage

The Sun’s Edward Lee says T-Sizzle thinks Ravens ‘humbled’ by Bengals in first game

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Terrell Suggs knows Benson having ‘really good year’ even beyond game against Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Bannan would start if Ngata can’t go

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Oher making ‘impression’ in rookie season with Ravens

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Chick Ludwig says Bengals should play Andre Smith Sunday

Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Erardi says Bengals WR Andre Caldwell wants wins more than catches

6 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens

USA Today’s Nate Davis says defense must ‘shore up’ before facing Roethlisberger, etc.

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 20-16

NBC Sports’ Steve Silverman gives Ravens ‘C’ thus far

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ray Rice would be another possible team MVP candidate

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens secondary ‘rejuvenated’ by performance against Broncos

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

NC State Official Site’s Tim Peeler says Wolfpack to honor former WR Jerricho Cotchery at Saturday’s game

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says New Mexico only other FBS school in on Rashaan Moore

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamari McCullough finds losing ‘devastating’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph knows NCSU offense ‘explosive’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Demetrius Hartsfield remains ‘on-track’ to return November 21 against Florida State

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Terps 29-28

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Pack 31-17

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says NC State, Maryland have bowl chances on ‘life support’

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Chris Turner spent bye week in Fort Lauderdale with girlfriend (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says North Carolina DT prospect Kilgo pledged to Terps (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Ross Leonhart checks in with commit Kilgo (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says James Padgett, Jordan Williams will get ‘extended playing time’ if Dino Gregory’s suspension continues

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Vasquez thinks Terps can be ‘special’

The Diamondback’s Jakob Engelke says athletic department scrapping new student ticket policy at Comcast Center

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Jin Soo Choi struggled inside against IUP

Washington Post’s Michael Wilbon says use of Bias video aided Kirk Fraser’s “30 for 30” documentary

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Sean Mosley said he was fine after getting knocked down twice against Crimson Hawks

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Adrian Bowie amongst those who expected reverse roles for Padgett, Williams

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps in Sun Belt territory being relegated to ESPN360

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Sean Mosley improved from floor in exhibition opener (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings checks in with prospect Tsafack (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Tianna Hawkins’ double-double lead Terps in exhibition win over Bowie State

The Official Site provides statistical evidence of win

The Official Site says Frese thought Terps were ‘focused and ready’ for exhibition game

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says Kim Rodgers scored 18 points in 16 minutes in win

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ram Vela, Mids still remember ’07 win in South Bend fondly

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mike Stukel practicing at QB, will return to Slotback when Kriss Proctor gets healthy

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids need one more win to book trip to Texas Bowl

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo knows Mids missed chances against Temple, especially on 3rd down

South Bend Tribune’s Al Lesar says Dan Wenger expected to start at RG for Fighting Irish

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says AD Gladchuk wants to see continued success from Midshipmen (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says fans can purchase $13 ticket for BOTH Miami (Ohio) hoops game and Villanova football game next weekend

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s Senior Night battle against Norfolk State

The Official Site offers complete Morgan State-Norfolk State release (pdf)

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s game against Franklin & Marshall

The Official Site offers complete Johns Hopkins/Franklin & Marshall release (pdf)

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tomorrow night’s exhibition opener against Adelphi

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mountaineers picked to win NEC again

The Sun says Jeremy Goode named to All-NEC team

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Josh Rutter has been good fit for Terror staff

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Birds want to re-sign Mark Hendrickson, Danys Baez

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waring 1-4 with run scored in Arizona Fall League play Wednesday

Examiner Jay Trucker says Guillermo Rodriguez, Rich Hill, Jeff Fiorentino didn’t really have place with Orioles anyway

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team signed former Maryland QB Statham

BLAST:

Examiner Richard Crabbe says NISL changed name to MISL

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Rip Van Winkle comes into Breeders’ Cup Classic battling foot issue

Daily Racing Form’s Marcus Hersh says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra will spend winter in New Orleans

The AP’s Andrew Dalton says Baffert doesn’t ‘mind getting beat by Zenyatta’ in Classic

GOLF:

The Sun’s Don Markus says Senior Players Championship moving to Potomac next season, returning to Baltimore in 2011

Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga says Constellation Energy event to be held at Avenel next year

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Champions Tour had hinted event may move to DC during this year’s event

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Frank Walker has an illness, huh? Insert your own joke here.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 04 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Losing Dino Gregory would REALLY hurt the Terps. It wouldn’t be a season-killer since the team FINALLY has some interior depth; but it would hurt.

Sorry I don’t have more to add this morning. Gotta get to Owings Mills.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Dino Gregory sat out Maryland’s exhibition win due to suspension

Mark Suchy says ’30 for 30’ series brought back plenty of Len Bias memories

Derek Arnold says Jarret Johnson ‘Played Like a Raven’ against Broncos

Gary Quill says Zenyatta ‘headliner’ for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic

Glenn Clark names Eddie Murray, Roberto Alomar to mythical World Series team

Nestor Aparicio says Blast added former MLS players Dyachenko, Dello-Russo

Drew Forrester says Teixeira not earning money with postseason bat

Ed Frankovic says NHL should do something about Ken Hitchcock going after Ovechkin

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh still views Frank Walker as ‘big part of team’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says no huddle was ‘no problem’ for Flacco, Ravens

The Official Site says Lardarius Webb finalist for Rookie of the Week honor

The Official Site says Grubbs impressed by David Hale’s moustache

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Willie Anderson thinks Sunday’s game ‘most even’ Cincinnati-Baltimore game he can remember

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says team let Kooistra go, apparently to make room for Vakapuna

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says LJ Smith waiting for chance to make impact

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McGahee knows Ray Rice ‘future of’ Ravens

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cam Cameron sticking with ‘hot hand’ in Ray Rice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Oher admitted to making mistake in getting penalty

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason apologized for, but didn’t regret outburst Sunday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbs still expecting contributions from Demetrius Williams, Le’Ron McClain

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Kelley Washington big for Ravens on 3rd down

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy says Bengals added Gerald Cadogan to practice squad

Dayton Daily News’ Carlos Holmes says Chase Coffman could be close to joining lineup for Bengals

USA Today has Ravens 10th in power rankings

NFL.com has Ravens anywhere from 5th-13th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 8th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 10th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens ‘A’ for win over Denver

ESPN.com has Ravens 10th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says pass rush must step up again this week against Carson Palmer, Bengals

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The AP says Milbourne, Mosley lead way with 14 each as Terps won exhibition game against Indiana University (Pennsylvania)

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site says Gary Williams knows Terps need to ‘learn’ from win over IUP

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says James Padgett started with Dino Gregory suspended

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Jordan Williams contributed 7 points, 6 boards for Terps in win

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terps outrebounded by Crimson Hawks in win

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says even walk-on Ersin Levent scored in win

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Gary thinks Terps miss Dave Neal defensively

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says no further details known regarding Dino Gregory suspension

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps better off than Syracuse-who lost to D2 team at home

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gregory had previously worried about eligibility due to academic dishonesty

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Steve Goins also sat out win over IUP

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dino Gregory wasn’t even on Comcast Center bench for game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps shot 2-13 from beyond the arc in win

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Greivis Vasquez added 13 points for Terps in win (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Washington Post previews tonight’s exhibition opener against Bowie State

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

NC State Official Site’s Tim Peeler says coach Tom O’Brien thinks Wolfpack need ‘break’ against Terps

NC State Official Site offers complete Terps-Pack release (pdf)

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Terps could still win ACC Championship

The AP says Terps would have to win 4 straight starting with NCSU to get bowl eligible

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Fridge ‘tired of losing’

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps got away during bye week

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Fridge wants to get ball to Torrey Smith more

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Rashaan Moore wanted to come to College Park since he was 9 (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Friedgen spent bye week recruiting (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Notre Dame Official Site previews Mids’ trip to South Bend Saturday

Notre Dame Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Fighting Irish release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo knows Irish better than Temple team Navy lost to Saturday

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo reported Ricky Dobbs ‘fine’

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Charlie Weis thinks current Navy defense ‘best’ he’s seen

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Marcus Curry ‘probable’ for Mids

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says EagleBank Bowl has backup plan with Big 12 if Navy doesn’t get eligible in ‘11

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says memories of ’07 win at Notre Dame Stadium still fresh for Midshipmen

Go Mids says Navy back to EagleBank Bowl in 2011, Army 2012

Go Mids updates opponents for Midshipmen

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Randy Monroe Show to start again

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to William & Mary

The Official Site profiles TE Godlasky

William & Mary Official Site offers complete Tribe-Tigers release (pdf)

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Pat Kennedy hasn’t settled on starting lineup

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Rich Hill, Jeff Fiorentino, Guillermo Rodriguez refused Norfolk, chose free agency

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Brandon Snyder hoping to reach major league level this season

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Alfredo Simon accepted assignment to Norfolk

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Perrault suffered loss for Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Erbe, Snyder selected for AFL All-Star event

BLAST:

The Official Site says team added 6 players to roster, including return of Lucio Gonzaga

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Rip Van Winkle 2nd choice for Classic behind Zenyatta

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Bob Baffert brings Richard’s Kid into Classic

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Belmont winner Summer Bird third choice for Classic

SOCCER:

The Sun’s Lorraine Mirabella says city considering two stadium options-smaller stadium to host Crystal Palace USA or bigger stadium to try to lure DC United

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Hopefully John Harbaugh will be willing to talk about Haloti Ngata today, but I doubt it.

Talk to you from 1 Winning Drive.

-G

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How Baltimore Buzzed: Week Ending 8/7

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How Baltimore Buzzed: Week Ending 8/7

Posted on 07 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

This list is of course compiled by the Academy of Baltimore Sports Arts and Sciences; a board made up completely of myself. I of course believe that ALL Boards and Academies should be made up of myself and no one else; but apparently other Academies have other people in them. For example, I have reportedly never won an Academy Award-despite my legendary film career.

To compile this list, I listen to sports talk radio, link every news site on the face of the planet, check other Baltimore blog sites, and hang out on Facebook and Twitter. Of course, most of my Facebook time is spent creeping on ex-girlfriends, but every now and then I check to see what sports-related topics everyone is chatting about.

(I also creep on girls that might be FUTURE ex-girlfriends on Facebook by the way. That of course means nothing to you seeing as how you’re probably not a girl. But a man can hope, right?)

15-They play football at Hopkins too?

The Blue Jays are the preseason Centennial Conference favorites. The Centennial Conference of course is the league that features perennial powerhouses……….State Tech? A&M College? Whatsamatta U? (Thanks Bob Haynie).

The league’s other teams actually include schools like Dickinson and Muhlenberg. The next time you think your alma mater has an awful mascot or nickname, just be proud of the fact that you were NEVER a Muhlenberg Mule…..

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14-Could you imagine what it would be like to have Sandra Bullock as your mom in real life?

There’s a trailer out for the upcoming movie “The Blind Side”, which will release right around Thanksgiving. It of course the movie made from Michael Lewis’ book of the same name about Ravens rookie OT Michael Oher. Here’s the trailer, and I swear I won’t tell anyone that I cried I saw you cry while watching.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg2rZ_3mgWU[/youtube]

13-Congratulations Rod

This is one of those REALLY AWKWARD scenarios where you want to love something, but you just can’t. Former Raven Rod Woodson is going into the Hall of Fame this weekend, and we are grateful for his service to the team, especially what he did to help bring Baltimore a Super Bowl Championship after a 30 year drought. But as much as we want to, we can’t ignore the fact that Rod Woodson was a Pittsburgh Steeler, which means he’s actually a little bit less than floor scum.

Okay, floor scum is WAY better than the Steelers. But…..Congratulations Rod?

12-Don’t Hit Rick

Navy Football opened their summer practice session Monday following their annual Media Day/Fanfest event. The biggest news to come out of Day 1 was that QB Ricky Dobbs will be wearing a green “no contact” jersey for the Summer.

Please don’t allow this to get your hopes up. The reason why you are not getting contact from women is not because you have been wearing green. It is actually because you are really, REALLY creepy.

If it makes you feel better, when I wear green only “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet” contacts me. This probably doesn’t actually make you feel better because TLDGOTFOTP is a hot chick and you’ve never been near one of those; but it certainly makes ME feel better.

11-Much ado about a decal

The Tennessee Titans have decided to honor former Ravens QB Steve McNair by wearing a decal of his number 9 on their helmets this season. From the world of “Are you effing insane?”, there are actually some people who wonder if it is appropriate for the Titans to honor him. I guess because……..people who are murdered in cold blood deserve it???

I wish Jim Morrison were around to follow up “People Are Strange” with something more along the lines of “people are completely stupid.”

10-There you go getting all “cagefightey”

It’s a big weekend in the world of mixed martial arts, as the UFC comes to Philadelphia for their first major Pay-Per-View event in a big east coast city. Everyone and their mom is apparently excited for the event, as evident on Facebook.

Of course, I’m not surprised that my mom (who is now on Facebook) is excited, because she’s a HUGE MMA fan. Why, just the other day she called me to say “Glenn, do you think Dana White is concerned about Fedor signing with Strikeforce?” To which I said “Probably mom, he really wanted to sign him.” Then she said “Glenn, who do you think has the best chance of beating Brock Lesnar in the heavweight division?” I responded by saying “I really like Cain Velasquez, mom.” Then she said “Glenn, who do you think will win the WEC fight between Brian Bowles and Miguel Angel Torres?” I responded “Jesus mom, I don’t know. Are you gonna give me some money or not?”

9-My team can punt better than your team

Two Maryland Terrapin football players were placed on Award Watch Lists this week, with Running Back Da’Rel Scott named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List; and Punter Travis Baltz was named to the watch list for the Ray Guy Award.

This lead to me immediately running out and buying a bumper sticker that says “My alma mater’s punter can kick your alma mater’s punter’s ass.”

Of course, this statement is not acccurate if your alma mater’s punter was THIS man…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z82Ru0C7Qt8[/youtube]

8-Will he be out soon enough that we can sign him?

Former Giants WR Plaxico Burress was indicted this week on charges stemming from a little gun accident you may remember, and appears likely to be serving jail time of some sort.

When reached for comment, free agent QB Michael Vick was rumored to have said “I’m very disappointed in Michael. He should really be setting a better example for our nation’s youth.”

7-I thought you knew? We don’t want to win anyway!

The Orioles have taken their suckage to new heights this week. Heights so expansive they actually give me an excuse to use the term “suckage”, which reminds me that my high school journalism teacher now owes me 20 bucks.

The Birds have their worst record through 108 games since 1991, when at least there was the whole “Memorial Stadium closing” thing to keep us distracted.

The good news? The Orioles made a deal Friday, sending Gregg Zaun to Tampa Bay for a player to be named later. The bad news? The player that will be named later is almost certainly going to be THIS guy…..

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(Editor’s note: I take it back. I bet that guy could help.)

6-Must be nice…..

Meanwhile in the world of “some teams are actually playing games that really matter”, the Yankees and Red Sox opened a 4 game series Thursday. With sports fans throughout the world particularly sick of seeing all things Yankees and Sox, it was particularly nice of ESPN to limit their discussion of the series to 56 of every 60 minutes of programming instead of their usual 59 minutes of every 60.

(Editor’s note: It’s WAAAAY too easy for me to pick on ESPN. What the hell do I think they should talk about instead? The Orioles? I don’t want to talk about the Orioles. This was me taking the easy way out. Sorta like when I told an ex that we couldn’t be together anymore because “I wasn’t comfortable with the fact that she didn’t go to church.” I still chuckle about that.)

5-Do we trade for Brandon Marshall NOW?

Mark Clayton is hurt, huh?

Do you want ME to make the phone call Ozzie?

fredd

I know I said I’d stop championing his cause…….but who the hell else are you gonna sign? Travis Taylor?

4-Just put the damn list out already! Or don’t!

Some people think Major League Baseball should just release the names of the players who tested positive for steroids in 2003, as the leaked list might well haunt the game for years to come.

Some people think Major League Baseball has the duty to protect the players whose names are on the list, as those players agreed to anonymous testing.

Some people think “Dude, you might want to get that looked at. I had a buddy hook up with a chick in Dewey once, and now he can barely pee standing up.”

3-Dude, you think you’re the only person who doesn’t get respect at work?

Melvin Mora and Dave Trembley reportedly worked out their differences in a closed-door meeting this week. I can only assume the two worked it out like this….

DT: “Melvin, I’m glad you’re here. Really wanna work through this.”
MM: “Skip, I’m sorry I went to the media, it’s just really frustrating going through a bad season both personally and for the team.”
DT: “You think you have to tell me that? This team sucks.”
MM: “You’re right about that Skip.”
DT: “You see Melvin, we’re not so different you and I.”
MM: “I dunno Skip, you’re a little bit country-I’m a little bit Rock and Roll.”
DT: “Mel, how about instead of continuing this conversation; we agree to be cool and Glenn just posts a picture of Adrianne Curry walking around in a biking that he stole from the frontpage of What Would Tyler Durden Do because he’s too lazy to actually find anything that takes more than 3 minutes to post?”
MM: “Sounds good to me Skip.”

curry

2-S-N-Double-O-P-D-O-Double-Gi-Zee

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65M7k-s8Xp0[/youtube]

You know why Snoop Dogg’s appearance at Training Camp Thursday was such a big deal? Because NOTHING happens during Training Camp. There are 600 reporters there to cover….Oneil Cousins MAYBE being hurt?

That being said, I’d like to take this time to remind you that for your best Ravens Training Camp coverage, stay right here at WNST.net and AM1570. Plus, sign up for our text service!

(Editor’s note: Hey man, I gotta eat. Chicken minis from Chick-Fil-A preferably.)

1-OH THANK GOD THIS ONE CAN ACTUALLY PITCH!

There is a chance that if Brian Matusz had failed in his first start, I might have just ended it.

In a related story, despite what you’re heard about recently in the news, the Orioles will not be able to exchange Rich Hill as part of the “Cash For Clunkers” program.

-G

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Matusz’s debut provides some much needed excitement in yet another miserable baseball summer

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Matusz’s debut provides some much needed excitement in yet another miserable baseball summer

Posted on 04 August 2009 by Marco Romanell

 It is hard to be excited about a team that is 44-61 and again in last place, especially with football season right around the corner. But, unlike the previous 11 summers, this Orioles team is providing me with some excitement this August. The reason for that excitement is that another “piece” toward contending in the future – Brian Matusz – has been called up to make the start tonight against the Tigers. Things are finally starting to look up for the Orioles; even if their win loss record doesn’t show it.

Matusz is the 5th pitcher called up from the Minor Leagues this season, leaving Jeremy Guthrie as the only starter from the original rotation on Opening Day. A rotation of Guthrie, Tillman, Berken, Hernandez and Matusz makes me more excited then the dismal Guthrie, Koji, Eaton, Hendrickson, Hill and Simon rotation that the Orioles sported for the beginning of the season. Once Bergesen gets off the DL, the Orioles rotation will start to take shape in a better direction, and I can’t help but get excited about this.

I have always been one who believes in the adage that pitchers need to get seasoning in the Minor leagues. Given the Orioles dismal state this year, I have no problem if the starting staff consisted of nothing but young pitchers who were called up from the minors. Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz have shown they can get Minor League hitters out, so it’s senseless to keep them down there. Since wins and losses don’t matter, it is better to get them some experience this season, hopefully earning them a starting spot in the rotation next spring training. I have never believed that calling a player up too early- and them not succeeding- can ruin their mindset. If you are good, you’re good, if you’re not then you’re not, simple as that. The difference between Chris Tillman and Jason Berken isn’t their mind set when they struggle, it’s their talent. Tillman looks to have it and Berken looks like he doesn’t.

Whether Matusz comes in and struggles or not, I believe he is the Orioles ace of the future and will anchor what could be one of the best rotations in all of baseball. This is the right time for Matusz to come up. Obviously fans would like to see him succeed for this season but if he doesn’t I am not worried. Seeing Brian Matusz give up seven runs a game is far more exciting then watching Rich Hill give up seven runs.

My birthday is August 7th and for the past 12 years the only present I have wanted from the Orioles was competitive baseball. Once again they aren’t providing me with competitive baseball but they are providing with some excitement and a small amount of hope in the pitching. Maybe one year soon I will get that present that I have longed for.

Brian Matusz is yet another piece in Andy MacPhail’s puzzle and with him, the puzzle is almost complete. Matusz’s debut could not come at a better time for Orioles fans who just watched Red Sox Nation take over Camden Yards like it was their own stadium. While that sour taste will stay in my mouth for a long time, Brian Matusz has at least helped lessen it.

After 11 straight losing seasons’ and en route to a 12th, Brian Matusz has provided me with a reason to get a little excited in August. At this point, that is really all any Orioles fan can ask for.

Now please don’t let him be the next Rocky Coppinger, Matt Riley or Rick Krivda !!!

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