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Fox&Rosenthal: Angelos turned down Ripken for job with Orioles

Posted on 16 April 2010 by Nestor Aparicio

Not that this should come as a shock to anyone, but Fox Sports (and Baltimore resident) Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Cal Ripken approached Andy MacPhail and Peter Angelos about becoming involved with the Orioles organization only to be rebuffed.

The plot thickens. I’ve been predicting this cauldron of a mess for a few years. It’s only a matter of time before this one boils over in some direction.

The Orioles are 1-9. The natives are restless. The place is still clearly a mess as we continue to report.

If you want the truth, you’ll keep coming to WNST.net.

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 21 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a happy Thursday for me because the blog site Mister Irrelevant found this picture of Cal Ripken and Eddie Murray from the SI Vault….


Greatest picture ever? Greatest picture ever.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

1. Pro Football Talk/NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Ravens QB Coach Hue Jackson interviewing for Offensive Coordinator job in Oakland


Jim Zorn once interviewed for the OC job with the Redskins, too.

I’m not trying to say that I know the Raiders are seecretly interviewing other candidates for Tom Cable’s job-but you have to earn the benefit of the doubt to get it.

The word is now that Jim Fassel DIDN’T interview in Oakland-which makes it seem more likely that maybe Al Davis ISN’T interviewing head coaching candidates.

But I don’t trust that to be the case.

The Ravens could have blocked Hue Jackson from interviewing with the Silver & Black, but since this would be a promotion; Steve Bisciotti and John Harbaugh did the right thing to let him interview. The Raiders clearly see Jackson as having the chance to improve JaMarcus Russell in the same way he worked wonders with Carson Palmer and Joe Flacco.

I still think Jackson is in a better place in Baltimore than he would be with EITHER job in Oakland, but that’s just me.

2. The Sun’s Edward Lee says Parmele ‘hopes’ to be in mix for KR job next season

And of course, he should be.

He shouldn’t be GIVEN the job-there should absolutely be a competition for the gig, involving him and Lardarius Webb-and anyone else they bring in this offseason who has an appropriate resume.

Unless your name is Devin Hester or Joshua Cribbs-you should probably be competing for a KR job EVERY year. If Lardarius Webb is going to be a starting CB for this team (which he might well be), or Cam Cameron is going to try to figure out a way to get him the ball offensively (which there are no plans for as of now-but certainly it would make sense); maybe Parmele would be a better option-as he could focus on the job primarily.

Of course, Cribbs is also likely to be available this offseason-and showed himself to be a capable offensive player at times as well.


3. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens hope to bring back both Dwan Edwards, Justin Bannan next season

I hope they do too, but I don’t see it. Both guys earned the right to make real money on their next deal, and are just waiting for someone to give it to them. Maybe the CBA trouble will help to make it difficult for them to find work elsewhere in the NFL-but I would imagine someone will be willing to give one (or both) of these guys big bucks.

Remember, Marques Douglas never had trouble finding work. Neither did Tony Weaver. Or Abrayo Franklin. And the Ravens have more linemen behind this group. There’s a reason why they kept Kelly Talavou and Brandon McKinney coming out of Training Camp last season-despite the fact that they didn’t need D-Linemen at the time.

They knew what was coming.

4. WGRZ (Buffalo)’s Aaron Saykin says Brian Billick couldn’t understand why Bills GM Buddy Nix didn’t reach out to him about coaching vacancy

And neither do I.

I really never got the idea that Brian particularly wanted the job, but I can understand why he would want the phone call/interview/etc. Buffalo likely would never have had the economic backbone to even make it interesting for Coach Billick, who is still getting $4 million from the Baltimore Ravens over each of the next two seasons provided he doesn’t end up employed elsewhere.

The point for Brian is that in 2 years, he’d like to be coming off a span where he was a hot name in the coaching world. Where teams had shown interest in him, and he had been asked to be a part of the hiring process, even if he didn’t end up taking any coaching jobs.

There was no reason for the Bills NOT to talk to Coach Billick. If he determined it wasn’t the right fit for him (which I’m guessing he would have), it couldn’t possibly have hurt to have discussed where the franchise was heading with a Super Bowl winner.

5. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Josh Brown’s 14 not nearly enough as Towson blown out by Northeastern

Look, I wasn’t there-so I don’t want to say the wrong thing here, but this looks like maybe one team started to give up in the 2nd half at Towson Center last night.

Pat Kennedy has his work cut out for him. Fans who went to the Towson Center for the first time last night could not possibly have left feeling good about the product they paid to see. Losing games to good teams on the road is one thing-getting blown out at home is another.

6. The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says rebounding, experience starting to set Terps apart from others in ACC

Agreed, but they still have problems has well. Their lack of pure outside shooting hurts them, no matter how capable they are in other areas.

And things won’t be easy for Maryland. The NC State team they’re playing Saturday night that everyone thought they’d beat in a walk just took it to a Top 10 Duke team last night. They play North Carolina on Super Bowl Sunday-and the Heels are going to be close to desperation mode, after losing a 3rd straight ACC contest to Wake Forest last night.

There are wins to be had in this conference this season-but the Terrapins have to go get them. Nothing will come easy.

7. UMBC Official Site previews Retrievers’ contest with New Hampshire tonight at RAC Arena (pdf)

Here’s my conundrum. I love Randy Monroe and his guys, but the following people are from the great state of New Hampshire….



….so maybe I’m rooting for the Wildcats?

8. Loyola Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Siena

Again, I’m not trying to offend Jimmy Patsos or anyone on his staff-but it appears likely that the Greyhounds will fall to 2-7 in MAAC play tonight.

That’s not good enough. Not for a coach who has recruited all of the players on the team.

This isn’t a “Jimmy Patsos has to go” statement-not in the least bit. But this IS a statement that Jimmy Patsos needs to be better. Losing tonight at Siena is really no big deal-as the Saints are REALLY good. But the Hounds have to find wins. They just have to win games. They can’t be 2-7 in the MAAC.

It just isn’t good enough.

9. Inside Lacrosse’s Danielle Bernstein says IL analysts think Maryland, Hopkins could end up in Final Four

And Dave Cottle might NEED to get back to the Final Four.

Maryland started practice on Monday-and they’ll be back inside Byrd Stadium (or Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium if you will) this season, so the “no home field” excuse won’t be in play any longer.

There’s only 2-3 programs in the country that should be able to compete with the University of Maryland when it comes to lacrosse. Syracuse has a talent base and financial backing, as does Virginia. Johns Hopkins has a passionate fanbase and a program that builds itself around lacrosse. Same can be said for Princeton-but neither the Jays not the Tigers have the financial backing that Dave Cottle has in College Park.

Dave Cottle can’t just be reaching the NCAA Tournament. He HAS to be reaching the level of the Final Four-and in the mix to win national championships.

Unlike my statement about Jimmy Patsos-this IS a “Dave Cottle must go” argument…IF the Terps aren’t playing at M&T Bank Stadium come Memorial Day weekend.

10. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Luke Scott would rather play in field, not be full-time DH

And I’d like someone to bring me a plate full of the shrimp vindaloo from the indian joint Drew Forrester and I went to in Indianapolis Friday night…..


Sing it with me….”You can’t always get what you want….”

I’m not sure where Luke Scott wants to play. I think he wants to play Left Field, but that’s absolutely Nolan Reimold’s spot. If he wants to play First Base-I guess he has just as good of an argument as ANYONE who is currently on the roster-but he’s not a first baseman either.

Maybe he should just be happy that he’s getting 4 and a half million bucks after hitting no better than .258 in any of his last 3 seasons.

I’m just saying.

11. MLB.com’s Spencer Fordin says Jake Arrieta, Caleb Joseph, Alfredo Simon, Chad Moeller amongst Birds’ non-roster Spring Training invites

The only name on this list that is AT ALL interesting to me is Arrieta, who I couldn’t figure out why he didn’t get a look at the end of the season last year. Arrieta is the “next” of the group of young pitchers, and may be closer to being ready than we realize. If David Hernandez and Jason Berken are in the mix for the 5th spot (behind Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman); why shouldn’t Arrieta be?

12. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Pimlico/Laurel auction delayed until February 10

If I was David Cordish right now, I would probably look like this….


The guy paid his money for slots. He got into the bidding process. He got zoning rights for his slots. Why the hell should he have to wait for the chance to try to win the tracks?

In other horse racing news, Jeff Seder told Drew this morning in an interview on “The Comcast Morning Show” on AM1570 WNST that if his group were to win the tracks, he WOULD change the rule to allow outside alcohol to be brought in on Preakness Saturday. David Cordish had also said he would change that rule. We are assuming that Joe DeFrancis would NOT change the rule, as we are assuming that the Maryland Jockey Club would maintain control of the event.

And finally, I leave you with this.

We DVR a lot of things in the Glenn Clark home. 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, The Office, SNL, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Man vs. Wild with Bear Grylls, WWE Raw, the ESPN 30 for 30 Series, and for some reason Charm School with Ricki Lake are amongst the programs you’ll find on our Comcast DVR. But maybe my favorite show on the DVR is “True Life” on MTV. Yesterday, the episode “True Life: I’m Deaf” was on my DVR, and while I’ve seen the episode before-I decided to watch it again.

If you never saw the episode, you can watch it here.

The episode is about a gal named Amanda from Towson University, who attempted to tryout to be a Baltimore Ravens dance squad member despite the fact that she’s deaf. At the end of the episode, you find out that despite the fact that she didn’t make the Ravens squad, she tried out to be a Baltimore Blast cheerleader and made the team.

All of this was basically a buildup for me posting pictures of a hot Blast cheerleader and saying something along the lines of “maybe you should get to a game”…..


BUT!!!! There’s another update! Amanda has since moved on to a new gig…..she’s a…..PHILADELPHIA EAGLES CHEERLEADER?!?!?!?



I thought these stories were supposed to have happy endings!

Talk to you tomorrow.


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Top 25 Local Sports Moments of The Decade

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Top 25 Local Sports Moments of The Decade

Posted on 22 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Others Considered:
Maryland Wins Soccer Championships in ’05 & ’08
Maryland football hires Ralph Friedgen
Rachel Alexandra first filly to win Preakness in 85 years
Towson reaches 2001 NCAA Lacrosse Final Four
Michael Phelps wins 6 Gold Medals at 2004 Olympics
Big Brown wins 2008 Preakness, Smarty Jones wins 2004 Preakness, War Emblem wins 2002 Preakness
Jonathan Ogden Announces Retirement
Jamal Lewis sentenced to jail time
Hopkins Stuns Duke to Win ’07 NCAA Lax Title
Pam Shriver Enters Tennis Hall of Fame
Maryland Opens Comcast Center
Ravens Trade for Steve McNair, Steve McNair murdered
Coppin State Returns to NCAA Tournament
Salisbury wins 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 D3 Lacrosse Titles
M&T Bank Stadium hosts NCAA Lacrosse Final Four for first time
Orioles trade Bedard to Seattle for Adam Jones & George Sherrill
Baltimore Blast win titles in ’03, ’04, ’06, ’08 and ’09
Navy wins 8 straight vs. Army-7 straight C-I-C Trophies
Kimmie Meissner Wins US Figure Skating Championship
Ravens Hire John Harbaugh

25-Morgan State and UMBC Make First Trips to NCAA Tournament (2009 and 2008 respectively)


24-Johns Hopkins Finishes Undefeated ’05 Season with NCAA Title


23-Preakness Bans Beer from Infield (2009)


22-Eddie Murray Enters Baseball Hall of Fame (2003)


21-Maryland Football Claims ’01 ACC Title


20-Jamal Lewis Breaks Single Game Rushing Record (2003)


19-Cal Ripken Jr. Enters Baseball Hall of Fame (2007)


18-Ravens Fire Brian Billick (2007)


17-Navy Snaps 43 Game Losing Streak at Notre Dame (2007)


16-Ravens Choose Elvis Grbac over Trent Dilfer (2001)


15-Terps Lose to Duke in Final 54  seconds, again in First Trip to Final Four (2001)


14-Ravens Lose to Steelers in Return to AFC Championship Game (2009)


13-Johnny Unitas Passes Away (2002)


While there are a number of all-time great Baltimore Colts still with us, clearly Johnny was the greatest. The time this city took to honor him (including a genuine tribute from Ravens QB Chris Redman) was well-deserved.

12-Terps win 2004 ACC Tournament


John Gilchrist could have run for governor in March 2004. Of course, he couldn’t have borrowed a dollar by March 2005.

11-Mike Mussina Signs with Yankees (2000)


There is no doubt in my mind that this is the moment that marked the real start of the current Orioles era of darkness. The team had struggled and made poor decisions BEFORE this, but they had at least tried to spend some money and get better players. After this day, it happened very little.

10-Barbaro Collapses After Start of ’06 Preakness


I guess this would be the “most gasping” moment of the decade, for sure. Barbaro entered the 2006 Preakness viewed more favorably as a Triple Crown contender than even Smarty Jones or Big Brown. Barbaro captivated this country after the Kentucky Derby, and even more after his collapse at Pimlico. For those of us who were there that day (and sober enough to watch the race), that image won’t leave our minds any time soon.

9-Rafael Palmeiro Busted for Steroids (2005)


Has there been a more maddening year than 2005 during this decade plus of losing than 2005? After trading for Sammy Sosa, the Birds actually found themselves……..winning!

That of course came to a crashing halt around the time of the All-Star Game; and the biggest highlight of the season (Rafael Palmeiro’s 3,000th hit) was soon completely tarnished by what I might call the biggest “we should have seen this coming” moment of the decade.

There were other steroid era moments that could have qualified, including that fateful day in front of Capitol Hill, but this was the most embarassing of all of them.

8-Maryland Women win 2005-2006 NCAA Hoops Title


Maybe this would be the “Hey, that’s pretty cool!” moment of the decade. It didn’t have the significance of a men’s title; but it was still a pretty awesome moment for Maryland fans everywhere. There were probably a number of Maryland fans who couldn’t have named the coach of the team before that night, but those same fans were probably guilty of saying something like “if only Gary Williams could recruit like Brenda Frese” after that night.

Also, Kristi Toliver’s shot ranks up there with Juan Dixon’s 3 against UConn and his baseline jumper against Indiana in the pantheon of great shots in Terrapins history.

7-Michael Phelps Breaks Mark Spitz’s 7 Gold Medal Record (2008)


The moment was made by the scene at M&T Bank Stadium. It would have been an incredible moment in Beijing no matter what, but it was an even more incredible moment for Baltimore given the fact that fans around town could stick around after the Ravens’ preseason game to watch it happen. I think I would call this the “most significant record-breaking moment” of the decade in local sports.

6-Hasim Rahman stuns Lennox Lewis for Heavyweight Title (2001)


I would classify this as the biggest “Did you hear?” moment of the decade. Most sports fans in town didn’t just have no idea Hasim Rahman was FIGHTING for Lennox Lewis’ belts, they didn’t know who Hasim Rahman WAS. But Hasim put together one of the great knockouts in the history of heavyweight title fights; in what most American fight fans consider the last significant heavyweight title change the sport has seen. Lennox Lewis was not an “Alphabet Soup” champion who dodged the best contenders the way heavyweight champions of the last 5 or 6 years have been-he was the legitimate “Heavyweight Champion of the World.”

And thanks to one punch, a young man from Baltimore became the legitimate “Heavyweight Champion of the World” as well, at least for a short time.

5-Ravens Fall to Colts in ’07 Divisional Round


I think this would be classified as “Biggest Emotional Letdown” of the decade. This city ABSOLUTELY identified this as the chance to exercise the demons of the Mayflower vans, and to finally move past Bob Irsay’s move from Baltimore to Indianapolis. On top of that, the 2006-07 Ravens appeared to give the city its best chance to win another Super Bowl this decade.

Obviously, none of that happened.

4-Ray Lewis Charged with murder in Atlanta (2000)


I think I would describe it as the most “jaw-dropping” local sports moment of the decade. Did anything come of it? No, not really. However, this was still the best athlete in town facing charges of murder. And to this day, Ray can’t enter another NFL stadium without hearing about this moment.

3-Cal Ripken Jr. Plays Final Game with Orioles (2001)


This may be too high on the list. We all knew it was coming, but it didn’t take away from the moment itself. I think the reason why I have this so high on the list anyway is because I’ve heard this phrase so many times over the last decade: “at least in the past I could go to the games and see Cal….I don’t have any reason to go anymore.”

We all hope Matt Wieters, Chris Tillman, Brian Matusz, Adam Jones and company will bring about change-but the last GREAT memory any of us have at Camden Yards is absolutely this moment.

2-Maryland Claims 2001-2002 NCAA Hoops Title


Look, it would have been Number 1 on my own personal list, and it wouldn’t have been close. But there is NO WAY it can drop below the #2 spot on anyone’s list-or you were just plain not paying attention for the better part of the decade. It was the culmination of the greatest season in Maryland history, and the crowning moment for Juan Dixon-the most significant college athlete the state of Maryland has ever seen.

1-Ravens win Super Bowl XXXV (2001)


Do I really need to explain this?


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Seven contestants move on in Coors Light King Of Baltimore Sportstalk contest

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Seven contestants move on in Coors Light King Of Baltimore Sportstalk contest

Posted on 14 May 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

After an evening of fun interviews, cold beer and bad hockey and baseball in Dundalk last night at Donna’s Tavern, the Coors Light King of Baltimore Sportstalk has produced seven finalists for the two-month blogging and sports radio competition.

The seven contestants moving forward are: Todd Salkowski, Jerry Reinhardt, Luke Jones, Christopher Stoner, Tom Clayton, Lawson Lambert and Marco Romanell.

The Seven Finalists

Each of last night’s contestants were given a special “Baltimore Sports Quiz,” which was produced by a WNST interior panel of hosts. We’ll post the actual questions from the quiz on a later blog but the questions were universally deemed “hard” by most of the contestants.

Of course, my answer to that was simple: “The JOB is hard!”

And it is…

Special thanks to our local “mystery” celebrities last night: legendary sportswriter Phil Jackman and former MLB rock star Bill Ripken came to Donna’s Tavern last night and participated and laughed with many WNST listeners and friends and families of the contestants.

The format was simple: we drew random names of hosts and then a random interview from a rotation of Jackman, Ripken, Drew Forrester, Bob Haynie and myself. The questions and interview segments were part comedy, part history and part current and relevant sports issues. All of the contestants were asked to step up their game in a live setting.

I suppose this competition has been enlightening and fun in many ways but it’s always disappointing to have to eliminate nice people from the competition and some were quite disappointed.

We will be getting the videos into wnsTV later in the day and we’ll also be featuring their segments on AM 1570 as well as in our audio vault.

The Championship of the Coors Light King of Baltimore Sportstalk competition will also feature some “surprises” and will be held on Wednesday, May 27th at Padonia Station in Timonium.

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 May 2009 by Glenn Clark

If Luke Scott does head to the DL, I would imagine Oscar Salazar will be the guy to get called up. The Orioles are not ready to commit to Nolan Reimold, so the call-up wouldn’t really make that much sense.

I also get the feeling tonight might be Mark Hendrickson’s final twirl in the rotation, at least for now. Rich Hill is ready to do; although I’m not exactly certain what a healthy Rich Hill even gives the Birds.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Bob Haynie says Adam Jones ‘ahead of schedule’

Nestor Aparicio ‘excited and honored’ to participate at Preakness

Glenn Clark says Phelps, Hoff return to pool this weekend in Charlotte

Nestor Aparicio says Woolley thought Mine That Bird ‘looked good’ in breeze

Vince Fiduccia says with MLS not coming anytime soon, Chelsea-AC Milan best chance to see soccer

Glenn Clark says Phelps allegedly had threesome with attractive Baltimore stripper Theresa White

Mark Mussina says brother Mike always thought good pitchers who struggle are hiding injuries

Ed Frankovic says first OT playoff win in 8 years send Caps to Game 7 with Pens

Drew Forrester says Steckel gets winner to lift Capitals past Penguins

Nestor Aparicio says Caps-Pens Game 7 at Verizon Center Wednesday night

Nestor Aparicio says Mike Green struggling with stick change


Preakness Official Site says Casanova Move second choice for Black-Eyed Susan

Preakness Official Site says Hull out of race

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Pimlico line maker Carulli says Rachel Alexandra would be favorite

Daily Racing Form’s Marcus Hersh says Velasquez rides Big Drama for first time at Pimlico

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Borel rode Mine That Bird in workout

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says owners felt Hull would have been ‘compromised’ by Rachel Alexandra

Thoroughbred Times’ John Scheinman says Big Drama went 4 furlongs in :50 on Pimlico track

Thoroughbred Times’ Ron Parker says Rachel Alexandra ahead of Pioneerof The Nile in Triple Crown poll

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Mine That Bird ‘breezed’ four furlongs at Churchill Downs

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Hooh Why highlights field for Black-Eyed Susan

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Rachel Alexandra had ‘aura of invincibility’ at Kentucky Oaks

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Friesan Fire 3rd horse to arrive at Pimlico, following Big Drama and Papa Clem

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ripken saw ‘signs’, picked Mine That Bird to win Derby


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens could well be without Mason, Suggs during Training Camp

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens have contacted Washington, haven’t worked out contract

Examiner Tony Wisniewski concerned about Marcus Smith’s performance vs. starting CB Foxworth

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Washington could be signed before passing camp next week

SI’s Peter King says Mattison has to get Ravens to ‘respond’

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks thinks Chris McAlister will end up with Browns


The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jones has no explanation for ‘breakout’ season

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Jones showing ‘rapid progress’ this season

The Sun says Jeter, Teixeira, Damon, Torii Hunter amongst those impressed by Jones

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says red hot Longoria leads Rays into Camden Yards tonight

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Arrieta improves to 3-1 with win for Baysox

Examiner Jay Trucker says Markakis MVP of Orioles’ week

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says OPACY attendance ranked 22nd in baseball through Saturday’s game

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has O’s 23rd in power rankings


ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps ‘deep enough’ to replace DHB

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh checks in with NJ WR prospect Cory Reeder (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Tyler Radecki checks in with Milford Mill prospect Isaiah Brown (must subscribe)


The Sun’s Matt Bracken says target Will Barton likes Kentucky

The Diamondback’s Nick Rhodes says Steve Francis may invest in College Park bar Santa Fe

CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish says Stephenson ‘like supermodel with herpes’

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in with commit Stoglin (must subscribe)


Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns impressed Notre Dame’s Ryan Hoff couldn’t get off single shot

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Terps, Orange battling for first time since ‘97

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Terps-Orange showdown scheduled for noon Saturday at Hofstra

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps benefitted from ‘sloppy’ play from Irish

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps put together 7th straight season of 10+ wins

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps ‘silenced’ Notre Dame


Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jays-Cavs set to face off at noon Sunday at Naval Marine Corps Stadium


The Official Site says midfielder Randall Cooper interested in pursuing medical career after lacrosse


Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hounds to start series with Navy


Examiner Tom Flynn says lacrosse continues in Annapolis despite Mids’ Tournament exit

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Wickham ‘should be favorite’ to start in cage for Mids in 2010


The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Jack Marin still happy he picked NBA over hospital career


The AP’s Paul Newberry says Phelps brings ‘tarnished image’ to pool return


-I guess Maryland is in a better spot for DeShawn Painter; and with Terence Ross the horizon, that would be a very good pairing.

Talk to you tomorrow.


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State launches new marketing initiative

Posted on 08 May 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

In a long-overdue announcement, the State of Maryland held a press conference this morning to announce that they’re getting serious about luring major events to the region with the formation of a joint coalition between the Governor, the Stadium Authority and a marketing group formed specifically to generate sports-related tourism and revenue here.

I attended the press conference and will discuss it on “Limited Access” at 2 p.m. today. The basic premise was a website launch and an organized outreach that will lure events — both recreational and professional — to venues throughout the state.

A good idea, I think. We’ll see what the benefits are beyond the obvious: AC Milan and Chelsea at M&T Bank Stadium on July 24. (By the way, they’ve sold 52,000 seats so far for the event!)

Here’s the press release:


Cal Ripken Jr., State officials unveil comprehensive sports marketing database

Baltimore, Maryland (May 8, 2009) – Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development Secretary Christian S. Johansson and Maryland Stadium Authority Chairman John Morton, III were joined by Cal Ripken, Jr. and more than 100 sports industry executives at Oriole Park at Camden Yards today to officially launch www.marylandsports.us. This electronic marketing platform features an online sports facility directory, special event calendar and cooperative marketing network designed to increase the number of sporting events and travelers in Maryland.

“Sports travel is a $182 billion industry nationally,” said Governor O’Malley. “With world class facilities and abundant natural resources, Maryland is moving forward to capitalize on our incredible assets to attract more high quality sports events and host the millions of athletes and spectators who participate.“

Featuring more than 600 recreation and sporting venues – including major league stadiums, university arenas, state parks and both government and privately operated facilities — the online directory is accessible via the web at www.marylandsports.us and is the first of many resources planned for events rights-holders and promoters interested in Maryland. An Events Calendar and other links will also provide information on assets and activities in Maryland to the thousands of enthusiasts who comprise the billion-dollar sports travel industry.

“DBED’s strong partnership with the Stadium Authority is already paying dividends for the State’s economy by attracting world class sporting competitions to Maryland,” said DBED Secretary Christian S. Johansson. “We have helped secure the NCAA lacrosse championships in 2010-2011 and the first ever exhibition soccer match between international powerhouses Chelsea and Milan on June 24, 2009.”

“Bidding for lucrative competitions is a complex, competitive process, involving numerous state and local partners,” said MSA Chairman John Morton, III. “This new initiative further proves that when Maryland bids on an event – we’re in the game to win.”

Proposals for additional events in other parts of the state are in progress, as are plans to develop a signature “Maryland” competition that will draw participants, spectators, and media attention to the state and its many attractions.

“ The Governor and other visionaries who recognized the opportunities the sports event and travel industry present deserve tremendous credit,” said Terrance Hasseltine, Director of the Maryland Office of Sports Marketing. “We have an opportunity to capitalize on our sports assets, like our central location and excellent facilities, and tap into this growing segment of the economy. The partnership between the Stadium Authority and Department of Business and Economic Development puts Maryland in a stronger position to do so.”

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Remembering Cal Ripken and China…

Posted on 07 May 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

It’s been more than 18 months since I traveled halfway across the planet with Cal Ripken and his crew for the Beijing baseball mission. With the release of “A Shortstop in China,” it’s given me a chance to “relive” some of the fun I had in the Far East as well.

I’ve heard spectacular reports about the movie, created locally by the Renegade guys who were our constant companions in Beijing. They were fun and they are widely featured in my “movies” from China.

Below are my memoirs from the fun of traveling to a different culture and seeing the world. Of all of the videos I’ve shot for wnsTV over the two years of WNST.net, these are by far my favorite films. Sure, they’re all about 10 minutes long, but if you wanted to know what it was like to see China and be with Cal Ripken for several days, I hope these paint a vivid picture of what was truly a trip of a lifetime for me.

I enjoyed living them and I enjoyed making them. Honestly, what good is going to China if you can’t share the experience with others?

I hope you check them out if you didn’t 18 months ago. I think they’re pretty good. And they present some “re-Cal-ity” television…as well as some laughs and some of the “behind the scenes” stuff only wnsTV can show you.

One day, I’ll actually mix and platform my videos from Tokyo, which were even better. (I loved Japan. Maybe that’s our next trip with Cal Ripken, who knows? Although I hear India could be the next stop…)

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Preakness News: Mine That Bird still deciding on Baltimore

Posted on 03 May 2009 by Ed Frankovic

WNST just received this press release from Maryland Racing:

The eyes of the racing world shift from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Race Course as the Triple Crown players set their sights on Baltimore for the 134th running of the Preakness® Stakes on May 16.

This morning trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. informed a Maryland Jockey Club official that a decision on Mine That Bird, the stunning 50-1 winner of yesterday’s Kentucky Derby, will be made in a day or two.

“The Preakness was not on our radar leading up to the Derby but we are absolutely going to look at it,” Woolley said. “We are still trying to grasp what happened yesterday. First time in the Derby and to win it at 50-1, it is a humbling experience.”

The last time the Derby winner skipped the Preakness was 1996 when Grindstone was injured in-between the two big races and retired. Prior to that Spend a Buck opted for the Jersey Derby in 1985. The Kentucky Derby winner has reached the finish line first at historic Old Hilltop seven times in the last 12 runnings.

Trainer Gary Stute announced this morning that Papa Clem, who finished fourth at Churchill Downs, is a definite Preakness starter. The son of Smart Strike, who won the Arkansas Derby in his previous start, is scheduled to arrive at the Pimlico stakes barn next Wednesday, May 13.

“I looked at the charts this morning and I was only beaten a nose and a head for second,” Stute said. “To be honest Baffert’s horse (Pioneerofthe Nile) came over and bumped me. If it were a normal race there might have been an inquiry. With any luck we could have been second.”

Stute’s father, Mel trained 1986 Preakness winner Snow Chief, who finished 11th in the Derby as the 2-1 favorite.

“Preakness day was the happiest day of my life,” added Stute. “Snow Chief ran so badly in the Kentucky Derby and we could never figure out why. The Preakness provided a little bit of redemption. It was a special day.”

Other possible Preakness starters out of yesterday’s “Run for the Roses” include runner-up Pioneerofthe Nile, third place finisher Musket Man, Join in the Dance (7th), General Quarters (10th) and betting favorite Friesan Fire (18th).

Four potential new shooters are Big Drama (Delta Jackpot winner); Mr. Fantasy (Withers winner); Take the Points (fourth, Santa Anita Derby) and Miner’s Escape (Tesio winner).

The Preakness is limited to 14 starters. Fourteen of the last 17 years have seen double-digit starters.

COMMENT: I sure hope Mine That Bird comes to Baltimore. The 50-1 #8 horse at the Derby looked like he was shot out of a cannon in that final turn. Was it a fluke? Hopefully we’ll find out if he comes here to Maryland. Anybody have any money on this horse? Given that he was wearing #8 and has the name Bird and there was a certain Hall of Fame baseball player who wore #8 and played for the Birds I would think some people in this town likely bet him?? And seeing that the best hockey player in the NHL, who plays just down the road, is wearing #8 (Alex Ovechkin) and helped knock off the Penguins in game 1 yesterday on NBC I figure perhaps some Caps fans wagered on him too? Sadly, I didn’t have money on the colt but I did manage to come out ahead as I had Bob Baffert’s horse bet across the board. I sure hope Baffert, who loves Baltimore and the Preakness, comes to town with Pioneerofthe Nile.

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Orioles are 6-2: Jones 2-run blast, big 10th inning lifts Birds to 7-5 win over Texas

Posted on 14 April 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

Another exciting game. Another tight win. Another night where the bullpen was used and abused but this time — other than George Sherrill — the entire unit delivered in a 7-5 win in 10 innings in Arlington to push their record to 6-2. Alfredo Simon got hurt early. Homers were flying early. And the Orioles hung on.

Blow by blow below…

11:29 p.m. — Dennis Sarfate admitted to having an inner-ear infection and basically said he was “really relaxed” during his effort and was “on cloud nine” after he got medicated from the staff during the game. Sarfate said he told Aubrey Huff, “Is that all you’ve got?” after Huff freight-trained him on a foul ball. Palmer said, “Whatever he’s on I want to be on!”

It’s amazing they let Palmer keep his job. It really is. He’s priceless. I love it!

11:24 p.m. — Jim Palmer says it all. Don Stanhouse. Whole pack. “Mr Excitement”? Whatever you want to call him, fine. Let’s just give him the save and make the team 6-2 in the standings with their third series victory to start the season. Now Rick Dempsey is talking about Stanhouse. I have no idea how many listeners/readers know about Stanhouse but I do. And it’s dead on.

11:20 p.m. — Hank Blalock just sent a rocket to the wall and another five feet and this would’ve been an Orioles “tragic” loss. A true heartbreaker. Instead, George Sherrill still needs to get one more out. And you know what Yogi Berra said?

11:15 p.m. — George Sherrill has certainly made this interesting. Four batters, four baserunners, one run scored and Ian Kinsler continues to be such an impressive player. The Rangers’ formidable top of the order is going to have a chance to extend this game. The bases are loaded and no one is out. T-R-O-U-B-L-E…

11:01 p.m. — It’s almost like Ron Washington has conceded. Guardado keeps digging deeper with each pitch, walking Ty Wigginton after allowing Nick Markakis aboard. The Rangers’ bullpen issues mirrors the Orioles’ overused group. Luke Scott just drove one into the left centerfield gap, scoring them both. It’s now a 7-3 game. Geez, they’re gonna be 6-2 in about 10 minutes with any luck. Bye, bye Eddie…

10:56 p.m. — Eddie Guardado just gave up a mammoth two-run homer to Adam Jones who crushed it after Brian Roberts got on. Again, the top of the order have been hellions for the first week of the season.

P.S. Mike Maddux has the best pornstache I’ve ever seen on a former big leaguer with a brother who was one of the greatest ever.

10:47 p.m. — Seeing Nolan Ryan being omnipresent with the Rangers just reminds me that Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken are NOT involved here in Baltimore. A shame…

And I say it all the time: that’s all you need to know…

10:40 p.m. –This one has been pretty good. Good defense. Some big home runs early, some great pitching late. And someone is going to be a hero. Frank Francisco was dealing again tonight. Gonna be interesting to see how Dave Trembley uses the bullpen in this situation as the game potentially goes into extra innings. We’re already seven innings and four pitchers into the bullpen. And the bullpen has been the story of the evening with Jim Johnson still on the hill in the 9th. But how many innings do they have and who winds up in the game if it goes 11 or 12 innings?

9:59 p.m. –The bullpens are dealing all of a sudden. It’s games like these when having Gary Thorne and Jim Palmer help glue you to the action. It’s a very high-level broadcast when these guys are doing it. AND THE GAME IS IN HD…and it’s INTERESTING…and they’re 5-2. A few big hits here and they could be on their way to 6-2. On a night when their starter didn’t make it out of the 2nd inning.

9:34 p.m. — Nick Markakis stole one last night. Tonight, he was robbed by David Murphy on a very similar play. We’re in the sixth but I still feel like some major offense is going to break out at any point. Just not when the bottom of these lineups roll around. I don’t think this one will end 4-3.

9:25 p.m. — We were talking about “long last names” on the backs of baseball jerseys the other day and Arnie Portocarrero was deemed the longest Oriole. We were actually talking about Mark Hendrickson. Now, here comes Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Makes me want to get him on the O’s so I can get a shirt with that many letters.

9:17 p.m. — Felix Pie might be the new Jeff Stone. (For you youngsters, there’s no way his baseballreference.com stats will convey his baserunning prowess.) That was an inexcusable pick-off. And not great situational hitting by Cesar Izturis, who might be the new Mario Mendoza. It’s amazing how hot the top of the order is and how horribly cold the bottom of the order looks right now.

9:13 p.m. — Luke Scott has continued the comeback with a homer. And there might be good news on Rich Hill. More pitching never hurts.

8:56 p.m. — What a weird inning? After the Adam Jones-to-Brian Roberts-to-Gregg Zaun bang-bang play at the plate was made possible by Michael Young’s aversion to contact at the dish, Aubrey Huff threw a forearm shiver into Dennis Sarfate, who had no business being anywhere near where he was. Sarfate is now shaken up and has no one to blame but himself. Geez, sometimes they even play like the cats from “Major League.” That was brutal communication. They’re laughing about it now, but it was touch-and-go there for a few minutes.

8:45 p.m. — Gotta love a two-out run. This top of the lineup comtinues to mash the ball and nullify inefficient starting pitching. I have a feeling we’re in a for a long night. The beginning of a LOT of long nights with this pitching.

8:34 p.m. — On cometh Dennis Sarfate…I hope he’s got three or four innings in him. The O’s are already losing 3-1. Matt Albers is already coming up tomorrow. Can David Pauley or Brad Bergeson be on the way?

8:30 p.m. — Alfredo Simon just gave up yet another homer to Chris Davis. After a visit from Brian Ebel, he’s coming off the hill. As Hockey Meg just said: “That’s NOT going to help our crappy bullpen!” (Although, she really said S***ty!)

Looks like seven plus of relief will be necessary tonight unless it rains. And it doesn’t look like rain in Arlington…

8:27 p.m. — Can’t say I know a lot about Nelson Cruz. But I know Alfredo Simon should never throw that pitch to him again. So far: four outs, two gopher balls. Not a good ratio…

8:19 p.m. — High breaking ball to Aubrey Huff and he belted it. Everyone I talk to about Huff says “he’ll regress this year” and I don’t feel that way. He was always a masher and I think last year helped his game. Hell, at one point, he even SAID the “Bubba The Love Sponge” stupidity actually helped him come to his senses and changed his game for 2008. I think he’s good for 30 bombs this year.

But, the comment about Baltimore was below-the-belt. And stupid. And I know he meant it and it’s how he really feels. The ownership and management obviously didn’t care and put him back on the field. But they’ve been proven to be shameless for over a decade.

I don’t have to deal with these guys anymore so what do I care? If Aubrey Huff hits 35 homers, so be it. He just hit one. He tied the game. That’s what he’s paid to do.

8:16 p.m. — Michael Young’s homer came and went quickly. I’m reserving all judgment on Alfredo Simon until the 6th inning. The bullpen needs all the help it can get. Six innings out of a starter isn’t too much to ask…

8:09 p.m. — Been an interesting evening. Honestly, I feel like working while I watch the game and it’s a LOT more fun just writing this stuff while I surf, watch the O’s and think about the Ravens schedule.

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 19 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

There are a couple sides to the Brian Roberts situation.

One-The Orioles basically had no option but to extend Brian’s contract. He had little to no trade value; and might not have had much more at the deadline with teams knowing that he was about to become a free agent. The Orioles basically realized he was more valuable WITH them than without them; and had no choice but to make the move.

Two-This move does NOT signify that Brian Roberts buys into Andy MacPhail’s plan; nor does he buy into the idea that the Orioles are going to become a contender. Roberts DOES buy into familiarity; and he DOES buy into the fact that in a year, he will be even less likely to get a 4 year, $40 million deal on the open market. He might also hope that things are moving in the right direction for the organization; but he’s certainly not counting on winning a World Series ring in the next 5 years.

Three-The Orioles MIGHT regret signing Brian to such an extension; but they don’t really have other options. Their minor league system has some pitching prospects and decent power hitters; but they don’t have a middle infielder with speed and defensive range on the horizon. They also don’t have the right chips to trade for such a prospect. This buys them 5 more years to try to solve that problem.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says not signing early could end up ‘costing’ 52

Drew Forrester says Roberts ‘rewarded’ for sticking through losing years

Rex Snider wonders if Roberts worth 4 years, $40 million

Alex Thomas thinks Roberts extension ‘right thing to do’

Drew Forrester imagines what Day 3 in Ft. Lauderdale would be like

Casey Willett wonders who of Lewis, Scott, Suggs, Brown, Leonhard fans would be most willing to see go

Glenn Clark scouts Ravens prospects at NFL Combine

Chris Bonetti says Maryland’s Mt. Rushmore (Phelps, Unitas, B. Robinson, Ripken) ‘fearsome foursome’

Ed Frankovic says Caps get exciting shootout victory over Canadiens


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens’ secondary without McAlister won’t ‘necessarily’ be bad

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens officially tag Suggs; still want to sign long term deal

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Suggs found franchise tag as ‘news’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says DeCosta ‘excited’ about new role

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens’ biggest needs at WR, CB, TE

Examiner Steve DeClue says Ravens retain right to trade Suggs

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens now can’t use tag on Brown, Lewis, or Scott

The AP says Suggs tag will cost Ravens $10.2 million against cap

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs won’t be ‘happy’ until he receives long-term deal

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens walking ‘fine line’ with Suggs, 52

SI’s Ross Tucker says Ravens better to let 52 walk than overpay him

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco mocks Heyward-Bey to Ravens


The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Roberts, Birds on verge of signing 4 year extension

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says veteran Freel’s versatility will make him ‘valuable’

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Huff hoping to repeat big numbers from ‘08

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says MLB.com replaying O’s-Angels ’94 slugfest today

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Roberts’ 4 year deal will be worth $40 million

The Sun’s Dan Connolly thinks Roberts 4th best 2B in all of baseball

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and Peter Schmuck say Huff ‘did very little’ in offseason hoping to recreate ’08 success

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says extending Roberts helps Orioles on many levels

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says former Orioles Kurt Birkins, Winston Abreu find new jobs

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Roberts will actually be under contract for next 5 seasons

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Montanez excited for chance to ‘compete’ for roster spot

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Uehara showed ‘good command’, ‘sharp-breaking forkball’ in bullpen session

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Sherrill has ‘mild hamstring strain’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ray’s arm ‘felt good’ day after throwing

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Wigginton ‘stalking’ Huff

Examiner Steve DeClue says Birds wouldn’t have gotten much back by trading Roberts at this point

Examiner Jay Trucker says Roberts will be 35 when extension ends

Examiner Jay Trucker says single game Opening Day tickets available now via Ticketmaster

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says after Roberts deal, Birds will have spent over $100 million on extensions this offseason

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian puts Orioles 24th in initial power rankings


The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps need ‘excitement’ back

The Sun’s Jeff Barker thinks Terps more likely to beat Duke than North Carolina or Wake

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Terrapins ‘(aren’t) very good’

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Terps face ‘major obstacles’ in hopes of NCAA Tournament bid

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps struggled to finish transition plays vs. Clemson

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Gary met with DC Assault coach Curtis Malone

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Neal had ‘solid’ first half at Clemson

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps’ ‘morale vanished’ when Tigers got put-back jam from Booker

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Tigers’ inside-outside game ‘eventually wore’ on Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Burney showed ‘athleticism’ in return to action Tuesday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have suffered worst ever losses to Duke, Clemson this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps were “best” with Jin Soo Kim on floor Tuesday

CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm says Terps ‘on the fence’

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in with prospect Will Regan (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps have new PG target for ’10 (must subscribe)


The Official Site previews tonight’s ESPNU trip to Georgia Tech

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says PG recruit Dara Taylor named McDonald’s All-American

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps have steadily improved on road

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Terps still ‘in mix’ for top seed in ACC Tournament


The Official Site says Richmond’s Charles Bankins hired to coach Tight Ends, Special Teams

Ravens Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says DHB highlights local players at Combine

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Hey-Bey will be under ‘microscope’ in Indianapolis

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Bankins should be ‘familiar’ with area for recruiting

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Maryland will be first FBS job for Bankins

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin profiles again available Good Counsel prospect Louis Young (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh updates recruitment of OLB prospect Javarie Johnson (must subscribe)


The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Jason Carter, Brian Phipps ready to split time in cage again


The Official Site says Tigers fall to 9-19 (4-12 CAA) after loss to William & Mary

The Sun says Hairston, Thornton each score 13 in loss


The Sun’s Edward Lee says Rosensweig, Randall Cooper thinking about life after football


Howard Official Site says Bears get 21 from Holmes in win over Bison

The Sun says Bears get 7th straight win by topping Howard


The Official Site says Holy Cross rallies from 12 point 2nd half deficit past Mids

The AP says Teague, Harris each score 17 in loss


Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner offers photo of Bo Snelson signing

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina previews Outside Linebackers heading into Spring (must subscribe)


The Sun’s Edward Lee says Pietramala hopes Jays will be more ‘balanced’


The Official Site says Retrievers’ home games will be streamed online


Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Eers most successful during ‘crucial stretches’ of games


The Sun’s John Weaver says Eers coach Gravante knows team younger


Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror ‘still in hunt’


Thoroughbred Times says Jonathan Joyce rides 5 winners yesterday at Laurel Park


Examiner Steve DeClue thinks Phelps would have rather just paid fine than go through such intense ‘scrutiny’

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says A-Rod pulling a “Phelps” in bashfully apologizing but admitting little


-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Ryan Burghauser. Burghauser was a “machine” inside for the North Harford Hawks in their 56-44 win over Patterson Mill last night.

-That was a BAD loss for Towson last night. Towson’s decision to move to the CAA from the America East was a CLEAR step up in terms of talent; and the Tigers just haven’t proved to be ready to play at that level. Towson MIGHT compete with Morgan on Saturday; because Morgan’s conference is at a lower level. But if the Tigers want to succeed in the CAA, they HAVE to invest more.

Talk to you tomorrow.


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