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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 31 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

I’ll make a weekend pick for you.

The Birds will lose 2 of 3 to the Red Sox.

Thoughts on the Sherrill deal?

I’m not moved that much either way. Sherrill was pretty good, so it will be unfortunate to lose him. But if these kids can play, no one will be angry about the deal.

Reed wearing the red “no contact” jersey in practice?

Probably a precautionary measure.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Oher ‘story of triumph over tragedy’

Nestor Aparicio says Josh Bell hit .296 with 11 home runs, 52 RBI for Chattanooga

Luke Jones says Ravens added WR Thomas White from Baylor

Drew Forrester wishes Birds ‘buying’ instead of ‘selling’

Nestor Aparicio says every hitter in Orioles lineup got hit in win

Lawson Lambert says Terps already starting season with good news, bad news

Glenn Clark says new Towson coach Ambrose knows ‘Perception is reality’

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Bergesen left game in 7th, but lead Birds to victory over Royals beforehand

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Sherrill traded to Dodgers for prospects Joshua Bell, Steve Johnson

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Ray, Sarfate may be nearing returns from rehab

Royals Official Site’s Dick Kaegel says Hochevar loser as O’s topped Royals

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Steve Johnson son of former Oriole Dave Johnson, St. Paul’s graduate

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 19,000 at Camden Yards saw Birds earn series split with Royals

The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec say Jim Johnson ‘expected’ to get first chance to replace Sherrill as closer

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Red Sox will throw Smoltz, Beckett, Buchholz this weekend in Baltimore

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck understands skepticism towards Rich Hill injury

The Sun’s Lorraine Mirabella says Ripken Foundation to build youth ballpark at Memorial Stadium site

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says trading another veteran ‘unlikely’ for Birds

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks trade means Birds planning on holding on to Mora or Huff for another season

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Wieters extended hitting streak to 7 in win

Examiner Jay Trucker says ‘Flat Breezy’ gets chance to play for contender in Los Angeles

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says both Bell, Johnson assigned to Bowie

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Bergesen was on crutches after game, but X-rays were negative

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Rockies reportedly interested in Hendrickson

The AP says Birds will recall Mickolio to take Sherrill’s roster spot

The AP says Wigginton homered for Birds in win

Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton says John Buck homered for Royals in loss

LA Times’ Dylan Hernandez says Sherrill excited to be in playoff race

Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown has Birds 26th in power rankings

Yahoo! Sports’ Gordon Edes says Sherrill will be setup man for Broxton with Dodgers

SI’s Ted Keith has Birds 24th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi say Birds WON’T trade Hendrickson to Rockies

ESPN.com’s Rob Neyer impressed that Birds managed to swap reliever for two prospects

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Andy Mitchell loser as Norfolk fell to Indianapolis

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Erbe ‘impressive’ in no decision, but Baysox fell to Connecticut

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Kenny Moreland improved to 6-1 with win over Hudson Valley

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brandon Snyder, Justin Turner, Jeff Fiorentino each tallied RBI for Tides in loss to Indians

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says St. Paul’s grad Steve Johnson joins McDonough grad Erbe with Baysox

Frederick News-Post says Keys’ game in Lynchburg suspended in 4th due to rain

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says Tides catcher Robby Hammock thinks Andy Mitchell will ‘pitch in big leagues’

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Kruger has to ‘take back seat’ to Suggs, try to earn playing time

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says McGahee, Grubbs off PUP list, Kelley Washington headed to it

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Newsome spent summer reading Oher book ‘Blind Side’

The Official Site says Tuesday special women’s fan club gathering at Training Camp

The Official Site says Oher ‘felt like he let team down’ by not being in Westminster Monday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Oher gets $7.8 million guaranteed

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says WR, kicking battles amongst interesting storylines as full Camp opens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Kelley Washington on PUP list due to flu

The Sun’s Mike Preston says fans arrived at McDaniel College this morning before 6am

The Sun’s Mike Preston says with Gaither and Oher, Ravens putting together ‘dominating’ offensive line

The AP says status of McNair’s Foundation up in air

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Oher’s deal has total maximum value of $13.795 million

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Reed placed on PUP list

SI’s John Lopez says Kruger ‘story of perseverance’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens’ crowded secondary ‘good problem to have’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun says former Terp Heyward-Bey signs guaranteed $23.5 million deal with Raiders

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says ’08 first team All-ACC’er Da’Rel Scott left off preseason list

Washington Post’s Zach Berman says DC could be considered for ACC Championship Game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former Terp Stephen Smalls could make impact with Rhode Island this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says ‘much of (Terps’) hopes pinned on (Chris) Turner’

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Gossett Team House part of reason Terps honored by Princeton Review

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says ATH prospect/would-be Georgia commit Devin Burns now considering Terps (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty says Archbishop Carroll coach Houchens thinks new Terps commit Nate Clarke farther ahead than Jared Gaither at this point in prep career

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles prospect James Johnson from Las Vegas (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles target Mychal Parker from Las Vegas (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles target Terrence Jones from Las Vegas (must subscribe)

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Kennedy added former Kentucky player, coach Allen Edwards to staff

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site offers complete preseason release (pdf)

The Official Site says Midshipmen to speak to Severna Park youth football players

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Army looks more and more like Navy (must subscribe)

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird will be ‘odds on favorite’ to win tomorrow’s West Virginia Derby

Daily Racing Form’s Mike Farrell says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra 4-5 favorite for Haskell Invitational

Thoroughbred Times’ Tim Nichols says Summer Bird trainer Ice expects to give Rachel Alexandra ‘run for her money’

SWIMMING:

Tribune Newspapers’ Lisa Dillman says Lochte topped Phelps’ record in 200 medley

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says rival Cavic thinks Phelps should get high tech swimsuit

USA Today’s Vicki Michaelis says Cavic thinks Phelps should wear Arena X-Glide on Jaked J01 suit

USA Today’s Vicki Michaelis says Phelps cheered on Lochte from stands in Rome

The AP’s Paul Newberry says Cavic thinks Phelps just being ‘loyal’ to Speedo

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says Palace to scrimmage college stars team at Baltimore International Festival this weekend

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Gotta get to Westminster, maybe to introduce myself to Al Saunders.

Talk to you this weekend.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 30 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

I wasn’t overly impressed by Chris Tillman last night; but it was just one start. He was good, he made a few mistakes, and he showed a few positive signs.says Aubrey Huff ended skid with big hit in win

A Brad Bergesen win today would go a long way to keep some positive feelings alive in the Orioles’ clubhouse.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio

Luke Jones says Demetrius Williams had knee stretched out on sidelines during afternoon practice

Nestor Aparicio says Phillies probably not potential suitor for Sherrill

Bob Haynie says Jones helped Tillman offensively and defensively

Nestor Aparicio says long negotiating over contracts like Oher’s ‘necessary evil’

Keith Melchior gives Trembley ‘D’ grade

ORIOLES:says Tillman didn’t factor in decision, but Birds beat Royals anyway

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Bergesen takes hill in finale for Birds today against Hochevar, KC

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says torn labrum lands Rich Hill on DL

Royals Official Site’s Dick Kaegel says Greinke left with lead, but bullpen couldn’t hold it as O’s beat Royals

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Tillman gave up 3 homers, went just 4 2/3 innings; but Birds won debut

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Angels, Dodgers considered ‘most likely’ possible trade destinations for Sherrill

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Tillman ‘kept his composure’ after early struggles

Examiner Jay Trucker says Trembley went with Zaun behind plate instead of Wieters in Tillman’s debut

The AP says Jones homered, drove in 3 for Birds in win

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says nearly 20,000 saw Birds beat Royals at Camden Yardssays Trembley wasn’t ‘aware’ Hill had torn labrum

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land

The AP says Hill told reporters tear went back to time with Cubs

Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton says Robinson Tejeda, John Bale can’t seal job for Royals out of bullpen

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:says Fiorentino hero as Tides rallied to beat Indianapolis

Norfolk Tides Official Site

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Tanaka winner as Baysox topped Connecticut

Frederick Keys Official Site says Beato lead way as Keys shut out Salem

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Bordes loser as Delmarva swept by Asheville in Game 2

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Elvin Polanco homered, but Shorebirds lost to Asheville in Game 1

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Tyler Sexton loser as Ironbirds shut out by Hudson Valley

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Helmick, Flacco homered; but Orioles lost to Princeton

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Alberto Castillo earned win in relief for Tides over Indians

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Matt Angle picked up game winning RBI as Keys topped Red Sox

Frederick News-Post’s Greg Swatek says pro wrestler King Kong Bundy made appearance for Keys at Harry Grove Stadium

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says organization concerned with (time) length of Arrieta’s starts

RAVENS:says Oher agrees to 5 year contract

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Davon Drew, Lamar Divens back to practice, off PUP list

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Justin Harper star of Wednesday’s Training Camp practices

The Official Site says Harbaugh doesn’t think Flacco ‘any different’ this season

The Official Site says NFL Official Morelli to explain rules changes Saturday in Westminster

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens, Steelers, Jets only teams to have all Draft picks signed

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens hoping Heap can get back to ‘top form’

The Sun’s Edward Lee and Jamison Hensley say Derrick Martin trying to make team as safety due to large number of CB’s on roster

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Training Camp different for Flacco this year being ‘the guy’

The Sun says McNair’s family to be ‘taken care of’ despite QB not leaving will

The Sun’s Edward Lee says vets Reed, Nakamura, Bannan, Marcus Smith all attended practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says LJ Smith dealing with sore hamstring

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Westminster police had set up speed traps on Tuesday due to start of Training Camp

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Gregg’s ability to ‘cut and run without incident’ positive sign he has healed

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says father Sean Tuohy said Oher tried to leave Memphis for Camp every day this week

Carroll County Times’ Daniel Henderson says former Virginia Tech WR Harper trying to ‘make up’ for missing ’08 season

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says LJ Smith missed Wednesday practice, not dealing with ‘serious injury’

The AP says Oher’s deal expected to be worth more than Mendenhall’s deal in ’08 at same Draft slot

Washington Times’ Ryan O’Halloran and Rachel Orland say Ravens ‘need’ receiver

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says ESPN’s Cris Carter thinks Ravens have reached point of ‘desperation’ in WR search

SI’s John Lopez says ‘Ravens season waiting’ on Mason’s decision

NBC Sports’ Gregg Rosenthal says Oher will be in town for first full squad practice Friday

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Heap has ‘lot of doubters’

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Rice will have 710 yards, 4 TD’s this season

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:says Baltz, Wujciak named preseason All-ACC

The Official Site

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Princeton Review notes Terps as having best athletic facilities in country

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Torrey Smith surprisingly NOT on All-ACC team

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps trying to make up for O-Line departures with 123 career starts, including All-ACC Edwin Williams

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says preseason nods have ‘limited value’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Rhode Island to visit Terps in 2013

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps tend to outperform preseason expectations

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps already have 13 commitments for ’10, still involved with one major recruit

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says North Carolina, Michigan State, Illinois, Virginia Tech were also interested in Terps commit Nate Clarke (must subscribe)says new coach Bakich has to make Terps ‘relevant’

TERRAPINS BASEBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:says Flip Saunders almost became Terp

Washington Post’s Matt Bonesteel

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:says Frese, Terps prepared to open final camp of summer

The Official Site

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter profiles Terps target Alicia DeVaughn (must subscribe)offers details on alumni tailgate events

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site

The Official Site says Tigers to make appearances on Big Ten Network, Comcast SportsNet this season

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ambrose expects players to ‘work hard’

The Diamondback’s Chris Eckard says Terps generated $54 million of revenue in ’07-‘08

TOWSON LACROSSE:says former Tiger Drew Pfarr passed away at age 27

The Official Site

NAVY FOOTBALL:says Pospisil named to AFCA Good Works Team

The Official Site

SWIMMING:says Phelps made ‘statement’ by breaking record without full body suit

Swimnetwork.com

Tribune Newspapers’ Lisa Dillman says Phelps bounced back from loss in Rome by winning 200 fly in record time

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says closest swimmer Korzeniowski 1.72 seconds behind Phelps at World Championships

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Phelps plans to race short course events in Baltimore, Washington later this year

The AP’s Paul Newberry says Phelps surpassed Spitz by breaking 34th world record of career

USA Today’s Vicki Michaelis says Bowman thought Phelps was in ‘good spirits’ before crushing competition in 200 fly

HORSE RACING:says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra to arrive at Monmouth for Haskell Invitational tomorrow

The Sun

BALTIMORE MARINERS:announces job opportunities for next season

The Official Site

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The Ravens were going to get a deal done with Michael Oher; and I think that it took a fair amount of time for both sides.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

Gotta get out to Westminster today; so I can’t add too much right now.says Harbaugh thought first practice ‘crisp’

Robert Ferguson told me yesterday (and reiterated to Drew this morning) that he wants to play for the Ravens. I can tell you that Reggie Williams definitely wants to play for the Ravens as well.

Are guys like that the answer? No. But could the Ravens use a guy like Ferguson, Williams, Darrell Jackson, etc.

Some sort of veteran presence would be nice.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones

Drew Forrester doesn’t know what Trembley could say about another loss

Drew Forrester says rest of season ‘very important’ for Orioles

Luke Jones says Derrick Martin made best play of day in Westminster

Nestor Aparicio says Harbaugh ‘hit hard’ by death of Jim Johnson

Glenn Clark honors Pie for best game as Oriole

ORIOLES:says bullpen couldn’t back up Berken’s solid start as Royals topped Orioles

The Official Site’s Brian Eller

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Tillman makes first major league start tonight vs. Greinke, KC

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Sherrill doesn’t want to be traded

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Trembley thinks Rich Hill good to pitch through tendinitis issues

Royals Official Site’s Dick Kaegel says John Buck hero in 11th for Royals in win

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 21,545 at Camden Yards saw Birds fall to Royals

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Sherrill only notable Bird with any legitimate chance to be traded

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Tillman important part of MacPhail’s ‘rebuilding’ plan

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Trembley made right decision to pull Berken

The AP says Baez took loss for Birds

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Wieters tallied career high 4 hits in loss

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Hill or Berken expected to lose roster spot in favor of Tillman

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Sherrill ‘flattered’ by trade rumors

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has O’s 26th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s Rob Neyer says Hill ‘probably needs some time off’

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:says Chris Waters loser as Tides fell to Indianapolis

Norfolk Tides Official Site

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Figueroa, Crozier homered; but Baysox fell to Connecticut in wild 11 inning game

Frederick Keys Official Site says Tyler Henson picked up walkoff single to beat Salem

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Kantakevich winner as Ironbirds topped Brooklyn

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Almanzar loser as Orioles fell to Princeton

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Radhames Liz roughed up, John Mariotti took loss as Baysox fell to Defenders

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Zagone got no decision for Keys after decent start

RAVENS:says McGahee amongst names on early PUP list

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

The Official Site says Harbaugh knew WR Williams wanted to get ‘bigger and stronger’

The Official Site offers Harbaugh’s remembrance of Eagles assistant Jim Johnson

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens added former Broncos WR Jayson Foster

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Oher now officially a holdout

The Sun’s Ken Murray says WR Williams ‘ready to go out and play’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley and Edward Lee say Grubbs, Yanda, Rolle, Figurs, Terry, Reitz, Drew, Phillipssays OT Reitz also added bulk in offseason

The Sun’s Mike Preston

The Sun’s Edward Lee says participation ‘sparse’ in first practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Williams talked to Mason, doesn’t know what decision he’ll make

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Flacco wouldn’t admit whether Reebok video fake or not

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Gregg back on practice field Tuesday in return from injury

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley wonders if Ravens would be interested in Vick should he switch positions

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Williams came in about 15 pounds heavier

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens cut former Terp Isaiah Williams, OT Saucedo

Carroll County Times’ Daniel Henderson says Gano struggled kicking with different holders

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Harbaugh wouldn’t eliminate interest in Vick

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Ravens still viewed as ‘defense-first’ team

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 6th in power rankings

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Bennett didn’t take advantage of Ravens

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

ESPN.com’s James Walker says ‘pressure’ on Williams this season

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Oher ‘on the clock’ to report to Camp

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:says Ralph, James Franklin, Don Brown, Charles Bankins to make appearance tonight at Sonoma’s in Columbia

The Official Site

Tribune Newspapers’ Andre Williams says LB Fokou brought ‘mean streak’ with him to Eagles

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Nate Clarke picked Terps over Kansas State

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Scott could post 2nd straight 1,000 yard season

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps report August 9, start practicing August 10

Inside MD Sports’ Jeff Ermann says Archbishop Carroll (DC) OL Nate Clarke committed to Terps Tuesday

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:profiles commit Stoglin in Las Vegas (must subscribe)says future Terp Alyssa Thomas impressive in Best of Maryland event (must subscribe)says former Towson coach Gordy Combs joined Blue Jays’ staff

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site

LOYOLA LACROSSE:says Chemotti amongst next assistants ready for head coaching jobs

Inside Lacrosse’s Quint Kessenich

NAVY FOOTBALL:says DeMell chose Navy over Air Force after growing up Ohio State fan

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina

UMES FOOTBALL:says Roger Brown joined Skip McClain as Hawks in College Football Hall of Fame

The Official Site

SWIMMING:says Phelps wouldn’t just blame suit after 200 loss to Biedermann in Rome

SwimNetwork.com’s Casey Barrett

SwimNetwork.com says Bowman threatened to pull Phelps from future FINA events until suit ban in place

SwimNetwork.com thinks Phelps will get back on track at World Championships today in 200 butterfly

LA Times’ Lisa Dillman says Phelps could be man to force FINA’s hand on making suit changes

Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins says racing in Speedo suit makes Phelps ‘mortal’

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Bowman could pull Phelps from events in Stockholm, Berlin this year

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Biedermann wishes he would have gotten more credit for beating Phelps

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Biedermann ‘crushed’ Phelps in 200 free

USA Today’s Vicki Michaelis says Bowman thinks swimming ‘in shambles’ over suit issue

The AP says Phelps looking forward to ‘rematch’ with Biedermannsays Saratoga officials hoping to have Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra run

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening

Thoroughbred Times’ Steve Bailey says Borel thinks Monmouth ‘plays to strengths’ of Rachel Alexandra

Thoroughbred Times’ Steve Bailey says Derby winner Mine That Bird still ‘sharp’

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:says Ryan Pierce honored by USL-2

Examiner Jeff Hemelt

SOCCER:says Chelsea, AC Milan trained in Catonsville before World Football Challenge showdown at M&T Bank Stadium

UMBC Retrievers Official Site

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Looking forward to seeing Chris Tillman tonight. Don’t give him much of a chance against Zack Greinke; but looking forward to it.

-If a certain swimsuit helps you swim faster, why wouldn’t everyone just wear it? Does it inject steroids into your body? I understand Phelps’ loyalty to his sponsor; but why not just make a faster suit?

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

I’m not overly concerned about Michael Oher yet. I think Michael will be here by the end of the week, and will begin to work his way into the starting lineup by the first preseason game. I would really be surprised if he wasn’t here shortly.

That being said, I will continue to be concerned about the WR situation until the Ravens get effective WR play in regular season games. Biren Ealy is nothing more than a body; and I am in agreement with the fans who think the team needs to make an upgrade somehow. I am not going to back off my concerns here.

But GOD it is great to have football back.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says vets reporting to Training Camp Monday included McGahee, Clayton, Williams, Yanda, Terry, Rolle, Gregg, Landry, Barnes

Nestor Aparicio says Royals seeing hope by playing Orioles

Luke Jones says Ravens’ Newsome not interested in Vick

Nestor Aparicio says Ealy brings background issues to Baltimore

Patrick Staso remembers Bennett’s time in Charm City

Glenn Clark says WWE event tonight highlight of non-baseball week

Tom Clayton thinks Ravens should take chance with Matt Jones

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Rich Hill lasted just 2 1/3 innings in Birds’ loss to Royals

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Berken goes to hill tonight vs. Brian Bannister, Royals

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Trembley knows players dealing with uncertainty of Trade Deadline

Kansas City Royals Official Site’s Dick Kaegel says Billy Butler had 5 hits to pace Royals in win over O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Hill ‘apologized’ after loss, cited tendinitis as culprit for struggles

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Mora wants to stay with Birds

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley wouldn’t discuss Hill’s future after loss

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Birds will try to get Hill through waivers

Examiner Jay Trucker says Huff not helping team or himself right now

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says 15,000 at Camden Yards saw Royals top Birds

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Cla Meredith made first appearance at OPACY since being acquired from Padres

McClatchy Newspapers says Jones homered for Birds in loss

Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton says Robinson Tejeda picked up win in relief of Chen for KC

The Sports Network says “Mexicutioner” Soria pitched 9th for 16th save of season

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 26th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 25th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Michael Aubrey’s homer not enough for Tides in loss to Durham

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Matusz shut down Connecticut in win

Frederick Keys Official Site says Zach Britton shut down Salem in win

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Joe Mahoney scored run, drove in another in loss to Asheville

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Brian Sisk lost in relief as Ironbirds fell to Brooklyn

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Robert Bundy loser as Orioles fell to Princeton

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Steve Bumbry battling through early average struggles at Aberdeen

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Ryan Adams homered for Keys in win

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Chris Ray walked one, but gave up no runs or no hits in 1 inning of rehab assignment with Baysox

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Britton now 3-0 vs. Red Sox this season

Virginian-Pilot says David Pauley took loss as Tides fell to Bulls

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens waived Sypniewski

The Official Site says Harbaugh knows Oher ‘wants’ to be at Training Camp

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco talked to Mason, doesn’t know what decision he’ll make

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Barnes, Peerman first Ravens to arrive in Westminster

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh claims Ravens ‘excited’ about start of Camp

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens didn’t show interest Monday in WR’s Joe Horn, Amani Toomer, or DJ Hackett

The Sun’s Mike Preston doesn’t think Ravens will miss Leonhard

The Sun’s Mike Preston expects Mason to be back

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens could be willing to trade for ‘top-notch’ WR if Mason remains retired

The Sun’s Edward Lee says lack of first round picks signed hurting negotiations with Oher

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens added WR Biren Ealy

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens also cut practice squad OG Brian Johnson

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Flacco ‘has to be concerned’ about Mason

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Biren Ealy brings 1 career catch, 6 career yards to Baltimore

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs, Steelers’ Harrison could combine to make hell of a defender

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘falling behind’ at WR

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Oher’s negotiations should be easier than Bengals’ negotiations with Andre Smith

ESPN.com has Ravens 10th in power rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Friedgen thinks Terps ‘hungry’ to compete in ACC

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps now admitting to disappointment of last year’s Humanitarian Bowl appearance

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says James Franklin wants Chris Turner to ‘create’ more with feet

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Dion Armstrong not academically eligible yet

Washington Post’s Zach Berman says Terps received no first place votes in Atlantic Division balloting

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner playing role of ‘stabilizer’ for Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner thinks LaQuan Williams could be ‘crucial’ to offense

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dominique Herald, Bearthur Johnson missing from Terps’ roster

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph has dropped 95 pounds, down to 306

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps playing fairly easy non-division schedule

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich voted Baltz, Torrey Smith All-ACC

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps’ O-Line key to chances to defy preseason projections

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich rekindled fun rivalry with Ralph at ACC Media Day

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces incoming freshman QB C.J. Brown (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces incoming freshman OLB/DE Isaiah Ross (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles most recent commit Mario Rowson (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says DB Carroll thinks Don Brown bringing ‘excitement’ back to defense

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty says Carroll ‘isn’t worried’ about negative preseason prognostications for Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty caught up with guard Sean Mosley (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says TE Godlasky, LB Alex Butt to join Rob Ambrose at CAA Media Day tomorrow at ESPNZone

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says incoming OL Graham Vickers picked Navy over Army and Air Force for chance to play multiple positions

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird put in final workout before West Virginia Derby

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra worked Monday at Saratoga in preparation for Haskell Invitational

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says Mine That Bird went four furlongs at Mountaineer Race Track

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says trainer Steve Asmussen says Rachel Alexandra faces ‘tall task’ against Summer Bird, etc. at Haskell

SWIMMING:

SwimNetwork.com thinks Phelps will set new world record in 200m Free

Tribune Newspapers’ Lisa Dillman says Phelps appeared ‘agitated’ after watching Biedermann break record in high-tech swimsuit

Tribune Newspapers’ Lisa Dillman says Bowman, Phelps abandoning experiment with new stroke

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Cavic still believes he lost to Phelps in Olympics due to faulty technology

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ former QB Domres

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Bruce Chen, huh? Yeah, that’s about right.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 27 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

Does the Drew Bennett thing remind anyone else of Marcus Spears’ phantom signing in 2002? Spears agreed to a deal and then backed out the next day to sign a lesser deal in Kansas City.

Who was a Raven longer? Spears, Bennett, or Terrell Owens? Leon Searcy actually had more tenure than all of them.

What should the Ravens do now at WR? I still don’t think Plaxico Burress should be ignored, but he isn’t the answer. Of course, no one left on the scrap heap is the “answer”, but Amani Toomer and Marvin Harrison still look like the best options.

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Matt Jones, Reggie Williams, Marvin Harrison, Joe Horn, Plaxico Burress, Ashley Lelie could all be WR options for Ravens with Bennett gone

Luke Jones says Flacco needs to take ‘next step’ this season

Drew Forrester reminds us he said Tillman would make start this week

Glenn Clark says Onyewu best part of World Football Challenge

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Hernandez went career high 7 innings in win over Red Sox

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Rich Hill goes to hill tonight for Birds vs. Bruce Chen, Royals

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says despite Guthrie’s success with Zaun, Trembley will still pair him with Wieters

Red Sox Official Site’s John Barone says Smoltz hit hard as Birds topped BoSox

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 37,606 at Fenway Park saw Sox top Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says ‘best guy’ Markakis succeeded hitting cleanup for O’s

The Sun says Birds have had success when returning home to Camden Yards

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Royals come to Baltimore struggling mightily

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Hernandez has put together back to back good starts at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park

The AP says Birds won despite Andino going 0-4 with 3 strikeouts

Washington Times’ Harrison Goodman says former Oriole Alomar amongst best newcomers with Hall of Fame candidacy next year

Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin says Francona sticking with Smoltz despite struggles

Boston Herald’s John Tomase says Hernandez recorded 21 fly ball outs in win

Providence Journal’s Robert Lee says Lowrie, Pedroia had only RBI for Sox in loss

Worcester Telegram’s Bill Ballou says Youkilis, Ortiz, Bay all went 0-4 in loss

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Sarfate loser in relief as Durham topped Norfolk

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Tim Bascom tough luck loser as Baysox fell to Reading

Frederick Keys Official Site says Sean Gleason hit hard as Lynchburg beat Frederick

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Kolodny lead Shorebirds with 4 hits in win over Asheville

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Haughian winner as Ironbirds topped Hudson Valley

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Corey Thomas paced Orioles offensively in win over Danville

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Eddie Gamboa picked up Game 1 win in relief as Keys topped Hillcats

Virginian-Pilot says Chad Moeller had 2RBI for Tides in loss to Bulls

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says new WR Drew Bennett retired unexpectedly

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Bennett cited knee injury in decision to retire

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Mason situation will be ‘distraction’ while Ravens at Training Camp

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens like Kruger’s ‘aggressiveness’

The Sun says Kruger comes from athletic background

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Westminster to blossom again during Training Camp

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens again left with just Clayton, Williams, Smith, Washington at WR

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says L.J. Smith trying to ‘regain form’ after battling injuries

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Bennett finishes 8 year NFL career with 307 catches, 4,412 yards

SI’s Peter King thinks Ravens should sign Toomer

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Rice should give McGahee ‘serious challenge’ at RB

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Bennett thanked Harbaugh, Cameron, Newsome in retirement statement

ESPN.com’s James Walker wonders if Bennett’s retirement will affect Mason’s decision

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Chris Turner, Nolan Carroll participated in ACC Media Day Sunday

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Carroll becoming ‘leader’ on defense

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps won’t run print media guide this season

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Turner interned for congressman Steny Hoyer

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Chris Turner has been interning on Capitol Hill

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says CB Nolan Carroll ‘prefers’ Don Brown’s style to Cosh’s

Washington Post’s Gene Wang says Turner ‘comfortable and confident’ with Torrey Smith

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps looking for ‘consistency’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Bruce Campbell listed as starter at LT despite academic issues

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says scrapping media guide ‘cost cutting’ measure for Terps in bad economy

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picked Terps 5th in preseason Atlantic Division ballot

Inside MD Sports’ Jeff Ermann says Terps going after Good Counsel DE prospect Vincent Croce

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Turner offers ‘no excuses’ for Terps’ offense to not succeed this season

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids says Wyatt Middleton showing himself to be ‘leader’ of defense (must subscribe)

UMBC BASKETBALL:

Examiner Alexander Pyles says former Retriever Ray Barbosa having success in Puerto Rico

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Mike Farrell says Belmont winner Summer Bird put in final work Sunday for Haskell Invitational

Thoroughbred Times says Desormeaux was on board Summer Bird for Sunday breeze

SWIMMING:

SwimNetwork.com says Phelps’ team pulls off stunning upset over France in relay at World Championships

The AP’s Andrew Dampf says Biedermann put up faster time than Phelps in 200 free trials

Tribune Newspapers’ Lisa Dillman says Team USA won relay even without Lezak

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Phelps not particularly impressive in first leg of relay

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Phelps thinks swimming ‘will be swimming again’ after changes to suit

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Palace kept ‘slim playoff hopes alive’ with draw Saturday

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Happy Birthday to our friend Rick in Reisterstown! This is the last week for his suspension, and I can’t wait to have him back.

-Bruce Chen was actually one of the better guys to be around. Plus, he REALLY enjoyed being a part of the World Baseball Classic. There had to be one, right?

-Just make Gregg Zaun the personal catcher for Jeremy Guthrie already. Clearly it works.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Calling up Tillman: They can’t even do that right…

Posted on 25 July 2009 by Drew Forrester

This would make a great play.

“Calling up Tillman”.

In what has now become an open and very public fiasco, the O’s are now officially hinting that Chris Tillman WILL indeed make his major league debut next week against Kansas City — as has been anticipated over the last 7-10 days.

Just last night, though, Andy MacPhail was in Boston refusing to add any fuel to the Tillman fire, being as vague as he could be when answering questions from the team’s TV broadcast duo.

Why MacPhail didn’t just say “Tillman’s pitching Wednesday” when asked about it last night is anyone’s guess.  He did, of course, make mention that both Jason Berken and Rich Hill would each get at least one more look.  No one’s quite sure why that’s mandatory either — but evidently, it is.

So 24 hours after MacPhail refused to tell the truth, Dave Trembley got as close to the truth as he could prior to this evening’s game in Boston when he said, “we’ll be bringing someone up to start on Wednesday and it won’t be a surprise.”

Well, it’s not Jim Palmer.  

OK, Chris Tillman’s starting on Wednesday night. 

It’s anyone’s guess why he’s not starting Tuesday.  They need to give Rich Hill a chance to pitch a perfect game, I suppose.

Before Tillman’s start on Wednesday, SOMEONE on the 25-man roster has to go.  We’re all assuming it’s either Berken or Hill, although the club could make a trade between now and then and open a spot in that fashion.

I’m betting no matter what method they use, they’ll figure out a way to foul it up and confuse everyone.

As professional and unblemished as Matt Wieters’ call-up was on May 29, the Tillman promotion has equally been a fiasco.

“He’s coming up in the KC series…”

“He’ll be up sometime this year, we’re not sure when…”

“We’re going to look at Berken and Hill one more time…”

“We’ve decided to call someone up on Wednesday but we’re not saying who it is…it won’t be a surprise though.”

I’m almost hoping Berken and Hill throw back-to-back no hitters.

What a “fuster-cluck” this whole thing is…

Then again, “we’re not gonna win anyway”.

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How Baltimore Buzzed: Week Ending 7/24

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How Baltimore Buzzed: Week Ending 7/24

Posted on 24 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

Welcome to my new attempt to start spats weekly Friday blog; which I will call “How Baltimore Buzzed.” It is a very original, very clever name that I should probably take all of the credit for; as I singlehandedly came up with the term “Buzz” and figured out that alliteration is a key concept in a title.

This is a very simple concept. As someone who sidekicks a morning show, screens phone calls, compiles a “link dump” blog, listens to HOURS of sports talk radio, and is particularly active on Facebook (and somewhat active on Twitter); I have a unique perspective with which to capture what the city of Baltimore is talking about during a particular 5 day span.

This will be a compilation of local and national stories or storylines that have particularly touched off a nerve here in Baltimore amongst radio hosts, callers, bloggers, commenters, social networking participants, columnists, TV anchors, beat writers, and those of you who still stand around the “water cooler.” I do not have a statistical formula like ESPN’s “Blog Buzz”; this is just the statistical formula of my own brain. Insert your own joke here.

If you disagree, that just means you’re breathing.

15. That was it???

Buzz: The leaked video of Xavier’s Jordan Crawford dunking on LeBron James was particularly disappointing.

Wacky shtick: Sadly, my girlfriend thought the same thing the first time we made a video. (ZING!!!!!!!!! I’m so off to such a great start! You want great comedy? Stay right here, friend!)

14. Are we totally certainly Stewart Cink’s FAMILY was rooting for Stewart Cink?

Buzz: Tom Watson almost won the British Open, and EVERYONE in town called in Monday to say they were rooting for him.

Wacky shtick: I was actually able to track down a picture of Tom Watson’s Christmas tree last year…..

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13. Yeah, well we’d like you to be good ALL season

Buzz: Willis McGahee used an appearance at a Boost Mobile store downtown to say that he expects Ray Rice to be the starter going into Training Camp; but thinks the way he finishes the season is more important than the way he starts it.

Wacky Shtick: After the way his last season ended, maybe Willis should just be hopeful that he DOES finish it…..

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12. Do we still have to talk about this guy?

Buzz: Brett Favre may or may not make a decision on whether or not he’ll return to the Vikings by a Friday deadline he may or may not have imposed.

Wacky shtick: Somewhere right now, a retired John Madden wants you to know that this is the most important decision in the history of humanity.

11. So, do you fly from Norfolk to Baltimore….or what?

Buzz: With the continued struggles of Rich Hill and Jason Berken, speculation (and hope) abounds that Chris Tillman will be called up from Norfolk next week to start against the Royals.

Wacky shtick: Attention new pitching messiah: please start performing quicker than our catching messiah. Thank you.

10. Soccer rocks…..or sucks

Buzz: Chelsea battles AC Milan tonight at M&T Bank Stadium in the stadium’s first ever major soccer event. Everyone in the city is either going to the match, or seems to think soccer is stupid.

Wacky shtick: Say what you want about soccer, but can we all agree that this event is worthless without streaking?

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9. Back in Vick

Buzz: Michael Vick released from home confinement, expected to be reinstated after likely 4 game suspension to start season. He also may or may not have visited a strip club with Allen Iverson.

Wacky shtick: Do you think there’s any chance Iverson could get him a job with the Clippers? You know they’ve got nothing to lose….

8. What the hell do I do with the rest of my weekend?

Buzz: The NFL will move the first round of the Draft to Thusrday night next year, with Rounds 2 and 3 scheduled for Friday night, and Rounds 4-7 now Saturday.

Wacky Shtick: Thursday night? Don’t know if that’s going to work. I already have plans……

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7. Isn’t there supposed to be a “Y”?

Buzz: Andy MacPhail swapped outstanding pinch hitter Oscar Salazar for Padres reliever Cla Meredith. Meredith has been described by Orioles broadcasters as having a “unique delivery”, and MacPhail called him “a poor man’s Chad Bradford.”

Wacky shtick: “A Poor Man’s Chad Bradford?” Really? Was “a poor man’s Todd Frowirth” not available???

6. Flacc and His Arm Make a Video

Buzz: NFL.com posted a Reebok “Fantasy Files” video of Joe Flacco throwing footballs and skeet shooting targets. I’ve already posted the video, but I appreciate the fact that some times there are still those of us who live under rocks…..

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Wacky Shtick: There is a legitimate argument that people in Baltimore are more aroused by this video than the other video everyone has been talking about. I know I am.

5. Sarasota Here We Come

Buzz: The Orioles have finally escaped from their Ft. Lauderdale Spring Training nightmare, signing a new deal to move to Sarasota.

Wacky shtick: Sadly, the team playing in Sarasota will still be the Orioles. Also, Ft. Lauderdale is hoping to replace the Birds with a team of similar caliber; but the Bengals apparently don’t play baseball.

4. The Saga of a Sideline Princess

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Buzz: Last week’s leaked peep hole video of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews continued to cause quite a stir. The New York Post printed still pictures from the video, causing ESPN to ban Post reporters from being part of their programming.

Wacky shtick: I’ll be the first to admit that posting the Post’s frontpage was nothing more than an attempt at generating page views. It was either that or shirtless pictures of Ray Bachman.

Everything about this story is just terrible. Do you know how much it costs to get a camera that can film through a peep hole? And do you realize how difficult it is to stalk someone for so long to be able to pull this off? I mean, how the hell am I supposed to know where Anna Kournikova is tonight?

3. Bad Ben?

Buzz: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was accused in a civil suit of sexual assault in Nevada, stemming from an incident in 2008.

Wacky shtick: I don’t believe this. There is absolutely ZERO chance any young lady could say no to THIS handsome devil…..

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Also, I’m with you Ravens fans. If there’s any possible way this story can lead to Charlie Batch having to play for the Steelers; this is a great story. (Is that insensitive? Which way to the HR department?)

2. Are They Still Trying?

Buzz: Orioles looked downright lifeless as they were swept in New York. Adam Jones, Brian Roberts, Aubrey Huff all appeared at points during the series as though they might not have been giving the most spirited of efforts.

Wacky shtick: Trying? TRYING? There’s no trying in bad baseball! My father and I attended 20 games last year, and we didn’t witness a SINGLE strong effort from any player on the entire roster. There’s no trying in bad baseball!

1. The Derrick Mason Chronicles: Hunt For a 5th Receiver

Buzz: John Harbaugh met with Derrick Mason, says he’s ‘hopeful’ WR will return. In the meantime, Ravens brought in Drew Bennett, DJ Hackett, and maybe even Joe Horn to try to find some wideout help-signing Bennett after a tryout.

Wacky shtick: I knew a girl in middle school named Sarah. Growing up, Sarah was always the pretty girl we hung around; and we all stole some kisses with Sara. Unfortunately, Sara got a bit stuck up, and some new pretty girls came to town. Girls named Amelia, and Jennifer, and even Emily. We all kinda stopped paying attention to Sarah, and she was none too happy about it. But soon enough, Amelia, Jennifer, and Emily all found older, more interesting boys to hang around; and we suddenly couldn’t help but think about how pretty Sarah was looking those days.

Drew Bennett looked really pretty when he played in Tennessee. But after a year in St. Louis, Bennett didn’t quite look so pretty. However, with a WR possibly running away from Baltimore; you gotta admit, Drew Bennett is looking awfully good…….

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-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

It’s been a while; so here are some “Weekend Picks”…..

AC Milan 2, Chelsea 1

There is of course no reason for me to pick an exhibition match; but I’m an Italian soccer fan, so I’m going with the Rossoneri.

Red Sox take 2 of 3 from the O’s

Jeremy Guthrie or Brad Bergesen will figure out a way to get a win somehow this weekend. Combined, they’re one pretty good pitcher.

Drew Bennett IS the receiver the Ravens sign

I don’t think they really have any interest in Joe Horn to be honest.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Rich Hill appears to be pitching giving way for Tillman

Nestor Aparicio excited for NFL Draft to move to primetime

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds stand to ‘benefit’ from Spring Training move to Sarasota

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec thinks Baez ‘good bet’ to be traded

The Sun says Cubs interested in acquiring Zaun

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says getting out of Ft. Lauderdale ‘major leap forward’ for organization

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Red Sox haven’t been much better than Birds since All-Star break

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck remembers Ft. Lauderdale fondly

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Baez preparing to celebrate 10 year anniversary since defection from Cuba

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Tillman likely to replace Berken or Hill in rotation

ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark says O’s want to be ‘overwhelmed’ to deal Sherrill

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Tillman struggled as Tides fell to Gwinnett

Bowie Baysox Official Site says finale with Harrisburg washed out

Frederick Keys Official Site says Tyler Henson’s 2 run double not enough as Keys fell to Salem

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Kolodny homered for Shorebirds in win over Greenville

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Justin Dalles tallied game winning RBI as Ironbirds topped Hudson Valley

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Hobgood gave up 3 runs (1 earned) over 2 innings as Orioles fell to Greeneville

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Steve Bumbry went 2-3 with double, SB, RBI in Ironbirds’ win over Renegades

Frederick News-Post says Beato took loss as Keys fell to Red Sox

Virginian-Pilot says Justin Turner had 3 hits, 2B, RBI for Tides in loss to Braves

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh thinks Mason ‘honorable’ to not just come to practice and fake enthusiasm

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh ‘loves and cares about’ Mason

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Newsome wants to know if Mason has ‘passion, love’ for game

USA Today’s Gary Mihoces says Steelers Ravens’ ‘biggest roadblock’ to winning AFC North

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager says Peerman has chance to get playing time in Ravens backfield

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says former recruit Edet committed to North Carolina A&T

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Terps 52nd in preseason poll

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps stronger inside on D-Line than outside

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have 9th best DB’s in ACC

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have 3rd best special teams unit in ACC

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces freshman kicker Nick Ferrara (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces freshman RB Porzel (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says James Padgett will wear #35 previously worn by Dave Neal

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jordan Williams will wear #20

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The AP says former Terp Langhorne had 16 points, 10 boards for Mystics in win over Sky Thursday night

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says lunch series with Niumatalolo starts again September 1

The Official Site says safety Emmett Merchant ‘most looking forward to’ Ohio State game

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says USAA sponsorship ‘great’ deal for Mids

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Mike Farrell says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra, Belmont winner Summer Bird to race for $1.25 million purse at Haskell

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe and Frank Angst say Monmouth officials pumped up purse for Haskell by $250,000

SWIMMING:

The AP says Phelps arrived in Rome for World Championships Thursday

USA Today’s Vicki Michaelis says US Swimming Coach Schubert expects Phelps to be on 4×100 relay team

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Palace ‘in the hunt’ for USL-2 playoffs

SOCCER:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says thousands of fans showed off soccer ‘passion’ despite cancelled practices Thursday

The Sun’s Gabriella LaVerghetta offers history lesson on AC Milan

The Sun’s Danielle Chazen compiles history lesson on Chelsea

The Sun’s Ken Murray says international players at Towson, Loyola, UMBC all excited for WFC match

Washington Post’s Steven Goff says Sherwood grad Onyewu ‘emotional’ about playing with AC Milan before tonight’s friendly with Chelsea at M&T Bank Stadium

Washington Post says Chelsea topped AC Milan 2-nil at Rose Bowl earlier this week

Washington Times’ Tim Lemke says European events like tonight’s World Football Challenge ‘raise bar’ for MLS in United States

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Don’t like the NFL’s decision to move the Draft to a Thursday night; but fully understand it. The NFL has every right to try to create a ratings juggernaut and bring home mega advertising dollars; but it doesn’t necessarily mean it is the best thing for football fans. Much like the way Ravens fans gather on Sundays for what I can only describe as fellowship amongst fans; Draft weekends have created the same type of fellowship amongst fans. The NFL had that. They won’t anymore.

-Tonight’s match is particularly important for the city as the US tries to bring in a future World Cup. Having the best tickets of any of the stops on this World Football Challenge tour sets up well for getting future World Cup qualifiers or even a World Cup match. Baltimore may NOT be the best soccer market in the county, but being centrally located amongst east coast cities certainly gives us the advantage when it comes to being an ideal location for soccer fans to travel to.

-I don’t question Drew’s sources at all; and firmly believe that he is accurate. That being said; I will still be STUNNED if Andy MacPhail gives up on Rich Hill before Jason Berken.

Talk to you this weekend.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

It was an uninspired, lifeless performance in the Bronx this week…..for the most part. But it wasn’t unexpected. July is the time of year when this team just struggles mightily because the season just feels silly to them. There’s nothing to play for, the excitement of a new season is gone, they don’t have a break to get to anytime soon; and they’re all worried about whether or not they’re going to need to move come July 31.

When you’re a bad baseball team, this is usually the most difficult time of the season. Sadly, August and September are rarely much better around here even if they are for other losing teams.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says O’s fell to 15-32 on road after sweep at Yankee Stadium

Drew Forrester says Drew Bennett Ravens ‘preferred choice’ amongst WR’s

Rex Snider says Birds have worst July 23rd record in last 6 years

Drew Forrester says Mason still hasn’t made comment since “retirement”

Glenn Clark says Johnny Holliday’s “Kids Have Done It” favorite announcer call of all time

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Berken struggles as Birds swept in New York

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says after day off today; Bergesen, Birds visit Penny, Red Sox tomorrow

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds make Sarasota official Spring Training home

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Virginia native Meredith happy to join team he grew up following

Yankees Official Site’s Anthony DiComo says Burnett takes care of business for Yanks in win

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says O’s suffered 5th loss in 6 games since All-Star break

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Trembley, MacPhail to meet Friday in Boston, could determine Rich Hill’s future with team

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says John Angelos looking forward to joining ‘civic fabric’ of Sarasota

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Sarasota move appears to be ‘win-win’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jones, Markakis hit solo HR’s in 9th to make things close

The AP says Posada homered for Yanks in win

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says moving to Sarasota will give Orioles better access to important opponents

New York Post’s George A. King says 47,000 at Yankee Stadium (including Orioles fans on the WNST bus) saw Yankees sweep Birds

New York Times’ Joe LaPointe says Swisher star at plate, in field for Bombers in victory

New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says Mariano Rivera saved Bruney to pick up 28th save of season

Newsday’s Evan Drellich says Swisher appeared ‘comfortable’ in RF during win

Newark Star-Ledger’s Matt Gelb says A-Rod, Cano each had RBI hits for Yanks in win

Bergen Record’s Al Iannazzone says Girardi thought Burnett ‘excellent’ in Yanks’ victory

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Chris Waters hit around in loss to Gwinnett

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Liz threw 7 shutout innings as Baysox topped Harrisburg

Frederick Keys Official Site says Florimon homered for Keys in loss to Salem

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Welty homered for Shorebirds in win over Greenville

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Colin Allen takes loss as Ironbirds shutout by Mahoning Valley

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Gary Helmick went 3-4 with 3 runs scored in win over Greeneville

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Miguel Abreu had 3 hits, 3 RBI for Baysox in win over Senators

Frederick News-Post says Jake Stevens took loss as Keys fell to Red Sox

Virginian-Pilot says Fiorentino homered for Tides in loss

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says 2nd year WR Marcus Smith feels like starting job ‘right in front of (his) face’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says McGahee trying to claim back starting job from Ray Rice

The Official Site says Flacco turning heads with Reebok video

(If you haven’t seen the video yet……)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-HQBHWeOhg[/youtube]

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says fans were excited to meet McGahee downtown at Boost Mobile

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Ravens ‘worried’ about WR’s even if Mason comes back

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens reached out to Joe Horn

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says McGahee ‘feels great’ going into Training Camp

The AP says Harbaugh ‘optimistic and hopeful’ Mason will return to team after conversation

Washington Post’s Mark Maske reports Harbaugh says Mason wants to be in ‘right frame of mind’

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco thinks Gooden will start next to 52 at ILB

NBC Sports’ Gregg Rosenthal says Mason told Harbaugh he’s ‘ready physically’

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 12th in power rankings

SI’s Ross Tucker would be ‘angry’ if he were one of Mason’s teammates

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Horn must prove he ‘has it’ for Ravens to sign him

ESPN.com’s James Walker can’t gauge degree of success Ravens will have in trying to talk Mason out of retirement

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Mark Clayton on ‘hot seat’ in Baltimore

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Turner may have QB spot solidified, but WR questions remain

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Moten, Wujciak give Terps ‘sure things’ at LB

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have 7th best LB group in ACC

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces freshman safety Eric Franklin (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces freshman QB Danny O’Brien (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says early prognosticators high on Terps

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Langhorne, Toliver, Coleman will all be on floor tonight at Verizon Center for WNBA matchup between Mystics and Sky on ESPN2

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says journey to Lithuania helped former Terp Langhorne

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Brett Harvey helps Team USA claim gold at Maccabiah Games

UMBC BASKETBALL:

Examiner Alexander Pyles explains mascot True Grit

SOCCER:

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Friday night’s Chelsea-AC Milan match at M&T Bank Stadium to be first sellout of World Football Challenge tour

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Drew Bennett is apparently the Ravens’ ‘preferred choice’ at WR. I have had a few ‘preferred choices’ at the end of a long night of drinking that actually WEREN’T as pretty as Drew Bennett. He probably wouldn’t make a major difference, but the Ravens SHOULD bring him in, whether Mason returns or not. If he can’t play, the team will probably be able to tell that before September 13.

-The move to Sarasota is a positive thing. Certainly should have happened a few years ago, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t a positive upgrade for this organization.

-If you don’t understand the significance of Friday night’s soccer match; you probably aren’t a downtown business owner, or anyone who profits off of civic events. The World Football Challenge is a big deal. Artscape is a big deal. Preakness is a big deal. Ravens games are a big deal. The American Idol concert at the Arena is a big deal. Having more of these events come to downtown (or anywhere else in the region) would be a big deal. If there was a NASCAR track built in Aberdeen; THAT would be a big deal. We NEED these events. I’ll write more about it tomorrow for sure.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Today’s Orioles – Yankees Lineups

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Today’s Orioles – Yankees Lineups

Posted on 22 July 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The Orioles and Yankees will be back on the field early with this afternoon’s 1:05pm first pitch at the new Yankee Stadium.  With a motor-coach full of WNST listeners and the Nasty one himself in attendance, the O’s will attempt to avoid the series sweep and improve upon their 1-13 record against A.L. East opponents away from Baltimore.  After the game they’ll leave New York City to continue and conclude their current 9-game roadtrip with three against the Red Sox at Fenway over the weekend.

A pair of righty’s will take the mound as the O’s will send out Jason Berken, and his 1-7 record and 6.44 ERA,  to counter the Yankees’ A.J. Burnett, who owns an 8-1 record in ten career starts against the Orioles.

Here are the day’s starting lineups:

Orioles

Brian Roberts – 2B
Adam Jones – CF
Nick Markakis – RF
Aubrey Huff – 1B
Ty Wigginton – 3B
Luke Scott – DH
Gregg Zaun – C
Felix Pie – LF
Robert Andino – SS

Yankees

Derek Jeter – SS
Johnny Damon – LF
Mark Teixeira – 1B
Alex Rodriguez – 3B
Hideki Matsui – DH
Jorge Posada – C
Robinson Cano – 2B
Nick Swisher – RF
Brett Gardner – CF

In last night's 6-4 loss, Rich Hill's outing ended after surrendering this Robinson Cano 2-run shot in the fourth (Courtesy: AP).

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