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Tuesday Morning’s Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 03 March 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The Swinging Bunt

Cover Curse?  Everyone has heard about the dreaded magazine or video game cover jinx.  Whether its Sports Illustrated or Madden, if your mug is up on their, watch-out!  One would certainly think that no publication would want this bad rep… so what are they to do?  Multiple covers, of course.  MLB ’09 has done just that, and has issued custom covers for all Major League Clubs for their fans to enjoy.  Newly re-signed second basemen Brian Roberts appears on the Orioles’ cover with beautiful Oriole Park at Camden Yards in the background… let’s all pray he doesn’t have a bad year!

Baez is a criminal!  Blogs by Fans, Spring Training ’09 lists what they believe are the 40 worst contracts signed by active players in Major League Baseball.  The Orioles are only responsible for signing one of these said deals.  In 2006, ’09 roster hopeful Danys Baez, inked a three season $19M contract, which the O’s are $6.33M on the hook for this year.  This one-time Cuban defector should be deported for stealing, seriously.  Newly signed starter Adam Eaton makes the list also, but the three year $24.51M deal he got in ’06 is being paid for mostly by the Philadelphia Phillies.  If those O’s were defending world champions they wouldn’t need their horrible decision trying out for their rotation either.

Oh, those sad, sad Nats.  O’s fans… at least you’re not Nats’ fans.  This has been a very difficult week for the Washington Nationals organization, maybe their most trying since moving from their club from our neighbors to the north to our nation’s capital.  While the team remains in Spring Training preparing for the season, it’s been off-field issues that have gotten negative national attention from poor decisions the front office has made.  These choices have led to a tremendously disappointed fan-base, and under great scrutiny GM Jim Bowden resigned yesterday.  The worst of their moves?  … some say its the scamming of Latin ball-players… I’ll mention the questionable move to have this thing is their mascot.  What is that?

Scanning the Blogosphere

SI.com Photos sections has the top 8 college basketball games to end the regular season in pictures.  #7 features tonight’s game at Comcast Center, Wake Forest-Maryland.  The photo for the game is Greivis driving right for a lay-up earlier this season against Miami.

Pro Football Talks has new St. Louis Ram and ex-Raven, Jason Brown’s ‘not exactly complementary’ comments on former teammate Kyle Boller.  I’m sure being called “gun shy” is exactly what Boller needs when he himself is looking for a contract as a free agent, as well.

The Sporting Muse lists the most intimidating players in all of sports history by each sport.  Two players who have played (or maybe still do) in Baltimore make the cut.  Ray Lewis was recognized in the NFL, the other may surprise you… former Oriole flop Albert Belle made baseball’s list.

Pro Football 24×7 explain that “Bart Scott’s agent dupes Jets GM.” Ozzie doesn’t get duped by anyone!

Scout.com says in their latest 2 round mock draft says the Ravens will take USC OLB Clay Matthews and Jairus Byrd,  a corner from Oregon.

Blogs by Fans, Spring Training ’09 previews the O’s projected Opening Day roster and gives insight into the team’s key roster battles.

Busted Coverage:  The latest from our favorite dumb ass liquored up kicker, Steeler Jeff Reed… it includes puking and signing women’s private areas.  Shocker.

CMS Video of the Morning

The newly launched MLB Network is looking at every team in their “30 Teams in 30 Days” season preview.  Here’s a link to the Baltimore Orioles edition, which aired February 27th.

Also, as the Loyola beat-writer here at this fine station, I would be remiss not to alert everyone to the fact that I have posted the video I shot from Rider’s buzzer-beating victory over the ‘Hounds last week on Senior Night at Reitz Arena. Painful for any fan of the Green and Grey.

The Morning’s Final Thought

The Baltimore Orioles as an organization have their problems.  Breaking news for every, I know.  Everyone knows they take a lot of grief, and overwhelmingly deserved at times, from fans, and media alike… heck, I’d say if you’re listener to WNST, you’ve heard all about it.

In order to regain the trust of the town, the baseball team needs to really make a concerted effort to reach out to rebuild burned bridges.  Being present doing good things in the community is probably the quickest way back to good graces, but lowering ticket prices is a nice start as well.

Here’s the latest updates on the Orioles’ 2009 Birdland Stimulus Package.

It’s really important for the club to focus on fans that are my age and lower.  I’m 23 and personally, with the exception of a few occasions, during my 5 years in Baltimore… I’ve only been to ball games on Tuesday and Friday nights because of those ‘special’ nights.

It’s a Charles Street length road to travel to get the whole way back to being the biggest game in town… but at least they’re maybe getting past the crawling stage.

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Loyola finishes the game, and season, strongly with a win at Iona

Posted on 01 March 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The Loyola College Greyhounds ended the 2008-2009 regular season with a 70-63 win at Iona this afternoon.  The ‘Hounds trailed by two, 56-54, with under seven minutes remaining, but emphatically ended the game on a 16-7 run, to end what was a seven game losing streak.

Loyola shot an even 50% from the field (22/44) and were led by freshman Anthony Winbush, whom had best game of his young career.  The 6’7 forward from Alexandria, Virginia set new personal bests with 17 points and 3 made 3-point field goals.  Marquis Sullivan, playing in his last regular season game of his career in Green and Grey, chipped in with 14.  The tag-team duo of point guards, Brett Harvey and Brian Rudolph, knocked in 10 and 9 apiece.  Those guys needed to pick up the slack offensively because Loyola and the MAAC’s leading scorer, Jamal Barney, did not appear in the contest… I’ll try to keep everyone posted as to why that was the case.

The win gives Loyola an ending overall record 12-19 which includes a final mark of 7-11 in MAAC play.  It turns out their 7-11 is only good enough for an 8th place conference finish, as the Greyhounds lost the head-to-head 7th place tie-breaker with Iona.  Loyola needed Manhattan to defeat St. Peter’s to create a three-way tie for 6th at 7-11 and it would’ve ended like this: 6. St. Peter’s, 7. Loyola, and 8. Iona.  However, Wesley Jenkins, St. Peter’s high scoring guard nailed a 3-ball with 1 second left to propel his team to an outright hold of the #6.

Next up for #8 Loyola will be #9 Canisius in the Opening Round of the MAAC Tournament on Friday night at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York.

The way the tournament seedings break down, the difference between the #6, #7, and #8 could be huge.

The #6 is the most favorable because you get a straight pass to the conference quarter-finals Saturday afternoon, in this case St. Peter’s will take on #3 Rider.

Loyola’s fate came down today to the #7 or #8, both are forced to partake in Friday’s ‘play-in’ games, but the reason #7 is very valuable this year is because after a potential win for both on Friday… the strength of a dominant #1 in Siena will be waiting for the #8 on Saturday in their home arena.  In my opinion – which isn’t going out on a limb, is that Loyola would have had a better chance of a surprising run to the semis if they had to play #2 Niagara.

Oh the MAAC.

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Loyola loses a heartbreaker on a controversial buzzer-beating layup

Posted on 26 February 2009 by Chris Bonetti

It’s all very simple, it should have never come down to the last possession.

The Loyola College Greyhounds led Rider on Senior Night by 13 at the half and all was well.  The home crowd was buzzing having just watched their team put on an offensive display that seemed almost shocking at the time.  After all, Loyola putting up 47 points at halftime is a rather big, big deal.

However, Rider would answer and 9 minutes into the second half the lead was completely gone.  The two teams played very evenly once Rider got back into the contest and it all came down to the last 41 seconds.  Loyola had the ball and just called a timeout with 24 seconds on the shot clock.  In the huddle, you know Coach Jimmy Patsos was telling his team to get a quick shot, so the ‘Hounds could get 2 possessions in the last 41 seconds, including the last.

The ball started in the hands of Marquis Sullivan on the left wing, he then fed a post-entry pass to Isaac Reid, and surprisingly Sullivan’s man, Harris Mansell, left the senior sharp-shooter to double the post.  Reid then flipped the ball back to Sullivan and the jumper was in the air.  Shot up…back rim, no good… long rebound… goes to Jamal Barney… Greyhound basketball, 20 seconds left, shot clock off — tie game.

As the crowd anxiously awaited on their feet, Loyola sophomore point guard Brian Rudolph waited for the clock to tick down, then made his move with about 6 second left… he drove hard down the left side of the lane… off-balance shot with his right hand… once again, no good… ball caroms of two would-be rebounders all the way back to the three-point line and into the hands of Rider… less than 2 seconds left… up-court pass to a streaking Ryan Thompson heading straight towards the rim… finger roll… off back iron… ball soars straight up in the air… and seconds later falls through the net.  Rider’s players and coaches explode of the bench in excitement… but wait.

Was the shot out of Thompson’s hands when regulation had ended?  Should the game be headed to OT?  The refs conferred with one another for about 10 seconds before one referee signaled for a made field goal, and like that the game was over.  The game was not televised, so there was no monitor for the officials to check to see if they had made the correct call.  By a count of 77-75, Rider extended Loyola’s losing streak to 7 and spoiled what was a great Senior Night for Greyhounds fans .

But that was just the game.  Afterward during the post-game handshakes, pushing and shoving between the two team ensued.  Cooler heads would preview, but needless to say, it was an ugly and controversial way for this one to end.

However, the only one’s Loyola has to blame are themselves.  On your own court, you can’t be outscored by 15 points in the second half and expect to come away with a win… it just doesn’t happen.

I’ll have more tomorrow… goodnight folks.

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Baltimore BracketBusters and an Idea for a Baltimore College Hoops Triple-header

Posted on 04 February 2009 by Chris Bonetti

Morgan State @ Towson, Towson Center, Towson, MD – February 21
UMBC @ Rider, Alumni Gymnasium, Lawrenceville, NJ – February 21
Loyola College @ Drexel, Daskalakis Athletic Center, Philadelphia, PA – February 21

In case you missed it, earlier this week ESPNU announced the pairings for their seventh annual BracketBuster event.  The two-day slate of games featuring 51 games including teams from 17 different conferences is truly a celebration of mid-major college hoops.  The weekend of February 20th and 21st will be ruled by college basketball’s little guys and Baltimore will be right in the middle of the action.

It’s phenomenal that the folks at ESPN decided to match-up Todd Bozeman’s Bears and Pat Kennedy’s Tigers.  These two North Baltimore foes will lock-up for the 23rd time with the series tied at 11 games apiece.  Bragging rights are directly on the line

The reason why I think it’s so great is because it gives a team like Towson something else besides their conference tournament to look forward to.  It’s an impromptu late-season big-time backyard rivalry game.

While I love spontaneity as much as the next guy, I suggest taking this game and really running with the idea of a late year Baltimore-Baltimore match-up, sans the surprise.

Wouldn’t it be great to break up late season monotony with a battle for Baltimore bragging rights?

Imagine a triple-header of games at the 1st Mariner Arena in early February.  Take the five Division 1 schools around town, Coppin, Loyola, Morgan, Towson, and UMBC and that leaves you with one spot.  While this event would need great organizing to succeed, what would make it great would the participation of the big boys… the University of Maryland Terrapins.

I know, I know, what’s in it for Gary?  Why should he leave Comcast during his ACC conference schedule to play a “nothing good can come from this”-type game?  Well, I’ll simply offer, it might be good for Coach Williams to show his face around the Harbor a little bit more often.  Throughout his whole tumultuous January the center of discussion was recruiting, and more specifically, not recruiting the city well enough.  This would be a great event for kids from all over the greater Baltimore area to enjoy.  I don’t see how playing an in-state opponent in front of 11,000 people in his state’s largest city could possibly be a bad thing for a program attempting to re-grow some of those grassroots.

The benefit for the locals is obvious in exposure alone.  Any local media outlet would be crazy not to ant to put their name on the event and its content in their programming. Not everyone can go to the University of Maryland and play so this would be a great chance for young players to see the unique styles of our area’s coaches and become familiar with their distinct personalities.

You could even involve the high school teams in an All-Baltimore Basketball weekend.  The collegiate triple-header could be played on a Saturday or Sunday with varsity squads from all over Baltimore County going out of conference to play on the preceding Friday night.

I don’t know, just a thought…

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A Closer Look at the Greyhounds Weekend Road Trip

Posted on 30 January 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The Loyola Greyhounds (10-12, 5-5) are winners of 5 straight and head into MAAC play this weekend back at .500 in league competition for the first time this season.  Tonight they will be in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, as they will take on Rider before heading a little further north to play Fairfield at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport on Sunday at 2pm.

Tonight’s game at Rider will tip at 9pm and will be aired on national TV on ESPNU.  If you don’t receive that channel in your home, fear not Greyhounds fans… you can listen to my personal play-by-play broadcast on loyolagreyhounds.com.

This mid-season rally has thrown Loyola right in the middle of the mix for a top seed in the MAAC Tournament.  Siena is 11-0 and is beginning to run away from the pack, but the Greyhounds (5-5), Rider (6-3), Niagara (6-3), Fairfield (5-5), and Manhattan (5-5) are all within one victory and will be battling each other from now until March for postseason positions.

So obviously Loyola’s pair of games this weekend is tremendously important.  They have to be able to keep the ball rolling and the momentum moving in the right direction.

The key to their recent success has been because of the new rotation that the team seems to be settling into.  The new looked has point guard Brian Rudolph and Barney in the backcourt with Brad Farrell, Isaac Reid, and Jawaan Wright up front.  Brett Harvey, Marquis Sullivan, and Anthony Winbush fill out the 8-man rotation.  This has been the combination for the last 4 games, all wins.  Once players can recognize their roles they can begin to fill them with their unique and specific attributes.

In case you missed it… Coach Jimmy Patsos was a guest of WNST’s midday host Bob Haynie Wednesday afternoon.  The interview can be heard in its entirety in the audio vault on WNST.net at any time.

Some of the major points of interest from the conversation…

–    Coach P. made a very interesting comparison.  He said that he thought Jamal Barney, Loyola’s leading scorer at nearly 19ppg, reminds him of an old ABA scorer.  I have always said Barney is the quickest jumper I’ve ever seen, he’s second on the team in rebounding at almost 6 per game.
–    Shane Walker is expected to help Loyola “take the next step” next season.  The Coach said that the 6’10 transfer from Maryland has been practicing very well and has been using us game days, where he cannot participate due to NCAA Residency Rules, to bulk up.  Patsos says Walker has added nearly 15lbs since coming to Loyola.  It sounds like he is already very competent on the boards and on the defensive side of the ball, but that his offense still needs development.  Coach P. also mentioned that he’s got some Jason Thompson ability in him, but added that he thinks Walker is a better athlete and faster up and down the floor
–    Coach Patsos acknowledged that this season’s non-conference schedule may have been a little ambitious, but that next year the team will take a trip to Bloomington, IN to take on the Hoosiers.  Baltimore rivals Coppin State and Morgan State will also be on the schedule.  As for the ’10-’11 season, there is the good possibility of seeing Loyola head out west to visit UCLA and/or USC.
–    And lastly, pretty funny to hear Coach Patsos discuss the expectations of ballplayers at schools with academic integrity, like Loyola and Maryland.  He mentioned that student-athletes at these schools are held to a high level, and that at other schools in the MAAC are way more lenient towards misbehavior.  He specifically mentioned how someone might have been kicked off the Greyhound roster, but at another school that player would receive a 1 game suspension and then score 35 the next night… ZING NIAGARA and Joe Mihalich.  Former all-league Purple Eagle forward Charron Fisher was involved in a major on-campus fist fight/brawl and was allowed to return to the team after a slap on the wrist last season.

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