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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 07 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

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

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

Let’s see what everyone is saying…..

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

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

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

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

I’m kidding…..mostly.

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

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

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And he shouldn’t be.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Correct.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And I leave you with this.

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

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

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 06 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Good morning to you! I’d like to take this time to thank the mother of “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet” for providing me with one of the all-time great Christmas gifts of all time this year…..

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I’d like to invite ANYONE in the city of Baltimore to stop the Glenn Clark compound to have their ass kicked……

Let’s see what’s being said this morning…..

1. The Sun’s Michael Dresser says WNST bus trip amongst ways Ravens fans getting to Foxborough

And as Michael Dresser accurately points out, the best reason to be on the WNST bus trip is the chance to hang out with Drew Forrester and Glenn Clark from The Comcast Morning Show.

I know this sounds like nothing more than a cheap plug (and it mostly is), but I can’t stress how those of you who are trying to figure out how to do this trip on your own would be much happier to just get on the bus. The drive alone is a nightmare. Parking is more of a nightmare. For $400 apiece, you and 3 buddies get the bus, plenty of Miller Lite, Chick-Fil-A breakfast Saturday morning, dinner Saturday night, a party at Dave & Busters with hundreds of other Ravens fans, breakfast Sunday morning, tailgating, tickets to the game, and did I mention plenty of Miller Lite?

Don’t forget, our P.O.T. today is a spot on the bus to go with us to Foxborough. I remind because if I don’t, I will be accused of not reminding you enough.

I mentioned Chick-Fil-A breakfast, right?

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2. Boston Globe’s Albert Breer says Cam Cameron has had some success against Pats in past

Great.

I’ll trade that for more success in the present.

I don’t think Cam needs to go crazy on Sunday. I expect a heavy dose of Ray Rice-even if Bill Belichick and company know it’s coming. This is the type of team the Ravens are. If Ray Rice gets going early, they’ll be able to do something with their passing game. If not, they might well be playing from 10-0 down.

3. ESPN.com Scouts Inc.’s Jeremy Green names Michael Oher his Rookie of the Year

Do I think Michael Oher is more deserving of RoY honors than say, Percy Harvin? No, probably not. But do I think Michael Oher is deserving of recognition? ABSOLUTELY.

I can’t stress enough how difficult it is to move from RT to LT to RT to LT to RT (and who knows where he might be next) the way Michael Oher has this season. It just isn’t something you see players do in the NFL-especially not on good teams with effective offenses. Michael Oher has done it, and done it at a VERY high level against very good defenses.

He’s deserving of the recognition for that.

4. Seattle Times’ Danny O’Neill says Eric DeCosta amongst 4 finalists for Seahawks’ GM job

Drew keeps telling be that he doesn’t believe Eric is going to Seattle. I will add in that I will be “surprised” if it ends up happening. Not because he wanted be a good choice, but just because I’m not sure it’s the right fit necessarily.

If Eric DeCosta WERE to depart, there would certainly be an argument that Phil Savage or George Kokinis could return to take his position. While I wouldn’t rule either of those scenarios out, I also wouldn’t just assume either will absolutely happen.

5. The AP’s Ronald Blum says Hirschbeck hopes former Orioles 2B Roberto Alomar gets elected to Hall of Fame today

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Roberto Alomar and John Hirschbeck made their peace years ago, so this comes as no surprise whatsoever. Look, I’ve said it a thousand times-and I mean it. If Roberto Alomar isn’t elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame today, I’ll stop watching baseball. He’s ABSOLUTELY the greatest player I’ve ever rooted for, and he and Derek Jeter are the greatest players I’ve ever watched in my life.

6. WNST.net’s Dan Soderberg “disappointed” Matt Holliday headed back to St. Louis instead of joining O’s

That makes two of us. Not necessarily because the Birds missed on Matt Holliday, but because the Birds missed on a good player who could have made their team better. He’s not the first. Of course, when I took to our Twitter account (@WNST) last night to lament, I was greeted with the typical apologists who were ready to tell me about how the Orioles CAN’T spend money on Matt Holliday because they MIGHT be able to spend money on Ryan Howard or Cliff Lee in the future.

Ugh. I guess it will never get any better.

7. The Sun’s Andrea K. Walker says Pimlico, Laurel auction postponed to January 21

As Drew mentioned on the show this morning, this has EVERYTHING to do with the fact that Penn National only wanted to commit to keeping the Preakness in Baltimore for the next 10 years. It’s not acceptable. The state of Maryland HAS to protect Preakness as much as possible-and Magna is working to cooperate. It’s a shame that the industry is left up in the air for another 13 days, but it is vital to make sure everything that is possible is done to protect the most important day of the year in both the city and the state.

8. The AP’s Jeff Latzke says Michael Harper’s 21 not enough as Oklahoma State topped Coppin State

Fang Mitchell’s club was never going to really have a chance in this one. Luckily, this is the end of their annual nightmare schedule, they now move on to MEAC play starting Saturday at Hampton. The Eagles have gotten off to rough starts before; and have built character en route to two NCAA Tournament appearances. I don’t think it will happen this year, but there’s a method to Fang’s madness schedule-wise. There’s also a lot of money in games like last night’s in Stillwater.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says departure of Jin Soo Choi not really big deal for Terps

Patrick accurately points out that the biggest concern has to be the fact that with Steve Goins hurt, the Terps are now going to be working with just 11 guys in practice-meaning they’ll have just one sub during 5 on 5 drills.

Also, Gary Williams will have to fill the scholarship-hopefully with a player who will offer a bit more than the less than 1 point per game they got from Jin Soo.

10. UMBC Official Site says Retrievers will be without Justin Fry, Jamar Wertz all season; host Penn tonight at RAC Arena

The Justin Fry and Jamar Wertz news is not a surprise-the Dogs have been playing without those guys all season. They could really use a win tonight, especially considering the fact that the Quakers have won ZERO games this season (which is one less than the number of games Randy Monroe’s team has won). I’d trade some UMBC wins for not having to hear Drew’s commercial again…..ever.

11. Towson Official Site says Tigers visit Hofstra tonight in CAA play

As Pat Kennedy told Drew this morning, he’ll be forced to miss tonight’s game after being ejected from the Old Dominion game Monday night. I’m not sure Pat would make much of a difference, Charles Jenkins is a BEAST for Tom Pecora’s club.

12. The Sun’s Jeff Seidel says Eric Atkins’ 20 points lead Mt. St. Joseph past St. Frances

This is a big win for Mt. St. Joe after they lost to St. Frances last week in South Carolina. Eric Atkins will be a test for my “root for Baltimore kids” philosophy, as I love to root for these guys no matter WHERE they go to school. I was the biggest Jack McClinton fan in the world when he was at Miami, I am always checking on Kimmie English at Missouri, and I even find myself pulling for Malcolm Delaney at Virginia Tech-as long as they aren’t playing Maryland. Unfortunately, I REALLY don’t like Notre Dame, so this will be a test for me as far as whether or not I can root for Atkins…..

And I leave you with this…..Julian Casablancas (from the Strokes) released his first solo CD yesterday, “Phrazes for the Young.” Here he is back in December on Jimmy Fallon’s show doing “Out of the Blue” with The Roots….

And while we’re well past the holidays, I still think you’ll enjoy this. Here’s Julian doing “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” with The Roots, Fallon, and Horatio Sanz. You’ll recognize this as an old Saturday Night Live skit at first….

Good stuff. Talk to you later.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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15-7-0

Posted on 01 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

No Ravens-we save them for Tuesday and the “Tuesday Top 7.” Also, considering most human beings EVERYWHERE started their weekend on Thanksgiving; we’ll start there for our qualifications to make the list. And while I realize I’ve somehow managed to stretch a 4 day weekend into 5 days due to my tardiness-deal with it. It’s my list.

You deserve props…..

1-Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre, Chris Redman and Alex Smith

Do you think it might chap Aaron Rodgers’ ass a bit that every time he does something awesome, ol’ Brett comes along and does something even a bit better?

It sorta reminds me of my childhood friend Scott Meredith…..

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(Edit from GMC: This is NOT a picture of Scott Meredith. Well, apparently it’s a picture of SOMEONE whose name is Scott Meredith, but I only know that because I Google image searched “Scott Meredith”. I guess it is possible that the person pictured above IS my friend Scott Meredith, but I would think I would know Scott Meredith if I saw Scott Meredith. Hey! There’s a squirrel over there……)

Ol’ Scott Meredith loved to one up me growing up. He was a year older, but we were in the same grade.

I remember getting a double in the 6th inning to tie a Little League game; and Scott Meredith of course hit the walk-off homer to steal all of the attention.

I once got 3rd place in a science fair, only to find out that the winner was Scott Meredith-and he actually discovered something that our teachers thought was a new addition to the periodic table of elements. (Turned out later it was just lard.)

I thought I was the COOLEST person alive when I figured out how to play “Basket Case” by Green Day on my clarinet in 6th grade after months of practice……that is until Scott Meredith wandered into the band room, picked up a sax for the first time and NAILED “Peaches” by the Presidents of the United States of America.

And in 7th grade when I had my first REAL kiss from a gal named Rachael who I called my “girlfriend” but I’m pretty sure I never went on a single actual “date” with, I couldn’t wait to tell all of my friends. That is until Scott Meredith came in the next day and introduced us to his wife Molly and twin sons Dave and Donny.

Son of a bitch.

2-Colt McCoy, Tony Pike, Noel Devine, Tim Tebow, Ryan Broyles, Toby Gerhart and Ryan Williams

Look, Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow would be #1 and #2 on my list-and it probably wouldn’t be close-but I’m having to accept the fact that Stanford RB Toby Gerhart is a LEGITIMATE Heisman Trophy candidate-especially after his performance in the Cardinal’s big win over Notre Dame Saturday night. Why is this stunning? Mostly because Gerhart is WHITE-which finally gives us an answer to the question “Are there any good white Running Backs anymore?” Sadly, it doesn’t change the fact that we still can’t dance…..

3-Da’Sean Butler, Chris Singleton and Jon Scheyer

I actually break out in hives whenever I say something nice about anyone from Duke. Except of course when I say “Duke has very nice average looking women”……

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4-Knowshon Moreno, Larry Johnson and Justin Forsett

I thought the NFL Network might actually give us a decent game by adding Giants/Broncos, I WAS WRONG. Thanksgiving football just SUCKED this year. In fact, Thanksgiving games were so bad this year they might as well have just let this team play……

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5-Zac MacMath and Lori Bjork

Congratulations to the Maryland soccer team for reaching the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament, and to the Terrapins Womens’ Hoops team for beating Drexel. Is that done? Can I move on? Okay thanks. Who wants to see what former Tennessee women’s basketball star Brittany Jackson looks like these days????

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Thank God, I really didn’t have any other material prepared.

6-Alex Lachman

Has a name that rhymes with Ray Bachman. Who apparently got to hang out with Jack Black recently…..

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In all seriousness though-congratulations to Johns Hopkins. At least until lacrosse season. Then I hope you lose 40-0 to the Terps.

7-Miles Austin, Terrell Owens and Antonio Gates

With the Ravens having no wide receivers under contract after this season, I thought I would poke around to see what wide receivers might be available in the offseason-and wouldn’t you know it, both Austin (6’3″), and T.O. (6’3″) are available. Who else? Try Vincent Jackson, Brandon Marshall, Braylon Edwards, Antonio Bryant, Malcolm Floyd and this guy…….

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I’m just kidding about the last one. Devard is actually under contract for 3 years. No, really.

8-Eric Fehr

The NHL is happening. And wouldn’t you know, Elisha Cuthbert dates Dion Phaneuf from the Calgary Flames. AND, she just celebrated her 27th birthday! And, this is WAY more interesting than me actually talking about the Capitals!

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(Edit from GMC: Attention Sean Avery: there will be many more hockey players who fight for your “sloppy seconds.”)

9-Roy Williams and Tom Izzo

Both reached milestones over the weekend. Sadly for them, Izzo didn’t reach the milestone of “Beating Florida Saturday night” and Williams didn’t reach the milestone of “not looking like Huckleberry Hound.”

I was thinking about what would happen if Roy Williams were to consider running for governor of the state of North Carolina. For god’s sake, who would beat him? I mean, other than this guy…..

10-Clint Session and Darrelle Revis

Apparently Jets gameday host (Does she still have that job?) Jenn Sterger has decided to remove her boobs. I think I speak on behalf of God himself when I ask, “Why?”

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That being said, I’d like to throw in another plug for our friend “ay52”, who did something recently. Something about a new purse, maybe?

11-Emmanuel Gbor, Epe Henriques and Zack Zwinak

My roommate (“The Luckiest Dang Roommate on the Face of the Planet”)’s nephew plays for Eastern Tech, so I’ll be rooting for them this weekend-despite their close proximity to my beloved Perry Hall Gators. I’ll also be rooting for the Joppatowne Mariners, mostly because Mariner Point Park in Joppatowne was….ahem….”where I became a man.”

(Editor’s note: By “where I became a man”, I actually mean “I TOTALLY shut out my dad in a game of bocce.” What did you think I meant?)

12-Chad Ochocinco and Grady Sizemore

The most awkward moment of my life happened when I was living in Phoenix. I was sitting at dinner with some friends, and wanted to show everyone an awesome picture I had taken from the sidelines of the Arizona State-Cal game that night with a friend who was seated in the wheelchair section and had awesomely painted his face to celebrate his love of the Sun Devils. A friend’s girlfriend (we’ll call her “Delilah”) was seated next to me, and was laughing at the picture. Suddenly, she took it upon herself to flip to the next picture in the phone. Not good.

“Is that your thumb?”

No, it wasn’t my thumb. And I wasn’t a hundred percent certain how the body parts could be confused-but maybe that was a bad sign for me.

Thankfully I’m not a famous athlete, or that cell phone picture may have been headed straight to Deadspin. Grady Sizemore found that out; and women worldwide are suddenly thinking about becoming Indians fans….

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(Edit from GMC: That was BY FAR AND AWAY the most SFW photo in the bunch. Props to Sizemore for his use of a mug in another pic. Also, I hope the chick was worth it.)

And another thing, Chad Ochocinco in a Snuggie is awesome to me for some reason; even if I don’t know why……

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13-Graham Gano and Damon Duval

Congratulations (I guess?) to the Las Vegas Locomotives (“Locos” for short, I believe) for winning the UFL Championship, and to the Montreal Alouettes for winning the CFL’s Grey Cup. A lot of people will think it’s ironic that Gano made the kick to win a title after he was cut in Baltimore in favor of Steve Hauschka; but I’m just happy for Gano; who’s a really good guy.

I also found it a bit strange to find out; but apparently THIS is the prize that goes to all of the players who are on the winning team in the Grey Cup…..

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(Editor’s note: Yes that IS a maple syrup pie. No I DON’T want to know what it tastes like.)

14-“I Want You Back” by Jackson 5

I wandered into Federal Hill Saturday night to spend the night at Charm City’s finest music venue-the 8×10 Club. (Edit from GMC: No offense to Rams Head Live-which is the finest mainstream music venue in Charm City.) I took in my friends Jimmie’s Chicken Shack and an OUTSTANDING young band called Brian Stewart & The Tell-Tale Hearts. Both were really, REALLY good. But there was another guy who went on stage first (and I WISH I could tell you the guy’s name-because he was really good too); who dialed up a REALLY cool version of the song. It just made me think “Why isn’t this song celebrated the way it should be?”…..

I was also directed to this-KT Tunstall’s version of the tune. Not too bad either……

You know, maybe every band should just come up with a version of this song.

15-Thanksgiving Sandwiches

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Yes, that IS leftover turkey and mashed potatoes with barbeque sauce on wheat bread. When you do it yourself tomorrow, thank me.

You got lucky…….

1-David Akers and Vince Young

Vince Young’s drive to beat the Cardinals was something to behold. But relax Arizona, you still have plenty going for you……

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2-Tiger Woods

Look, did Eldrick sleep with this Rachel Uchitel chick? Who knows…

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Did he crash his car because he was drunk? Who knows.
Did he suffer injuries to his face because he was beat up by his wife? Who knows.
Is “Kobe Special” the coolest new term to have entered the English vocabulary? Hell yes.

3-Mike London and Brian Billick

I couldn’t be happier for all of the awesome success Virginia and Notre Dame are currently having with their respective programs. Just two excellent programs who deserve ALL of the success they have found. May I make a suggestion for the next head coach?

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4-Nikolay Davydenko

Nikolay Davydenko won the ATP Tour Finals in London. Nicolette Sheridan is like 46 and somehow still smoking hot….

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5-1988-89 Miami Heat and 1999-2000 Los Angeles Clippers

I was trying to think of some words to describe just how terrible the New Jersey Nets have been this season; so I decided to reach out to Thesaurus.com. Here are some options…..

abhorrent
appalling
atrocious
awful
beastly
dire
disastrous
disturbing
dreadful
extreme
frightful
ghastly
gruesome
harrowing
hideous
horrendous
horrid
horrifying
loathsome
monstrous
odious
offensive
petrifying
poor
repulsive
revolting
rotten
severe
shocking
unfortunate
unnerving
unpleasant
unwelcome
vile

Any of those work for you? If not, there was one more word, but it read SO extreme I’m not sure even the Nets can qualify…..

“Angelosian”

6-Stephen A. Smith

Is DESPERATE for Allen Iverson to extend this whole “retirement” thing somehow. And I mean “DESPERATE.” Otherwise, his existence is basically built around this at this point…..

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You know, that actually doesn’t seem that bad-other than having to live in Philadelphia…..

7-Those of you-like me-who did NOT have to attend a high school reunion this weekend

But when the Class of 2001 gets together in 24 months, I will ABSOLUTELY try to find Tina Montalvo and dance to THIS song…..

Most significant musical contribution of my generation.

You’re a zero…….

Anyone who doesn’t vote for Art Modell or Roberto Alomar to make the Hall of Fame this year

And if you don’t think either of these men belong IN, I will personally fight you.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 04 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

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

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

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drew Forrester says Teixeira not earning money with postseason bat

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

RAVENS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USA Today has Ravens 10th in power rankings

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

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

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

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

ESPN.com has Ravens 10th in power rankings

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

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Washington Post previews tonight’s exhibition opener against Bowie State

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NAVY FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go Mids updates opponents for Midshipmen

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Randy Monroe Show to start again

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

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

The Official Site profiles TE Godlasky

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

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

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

ORIOLES:

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

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

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

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

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

BLAST:

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

HORSE RACING:

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

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

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

SOCCER:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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

Talk to you from 1 Winning Drive.

-G

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Comcast Morning Show Mythical World Series

Posted on 04 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

So this morning both Drew and I are sharing our lineups for one game of baseball against each other. The players in our lineups must have played after 1980 and participated in at least one World Series.

Glenn’s Lineup

LF Rickey Henderson
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SS Derek Jeter
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3B Pete Rose
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RF Joe Carter
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1B Eddie Murray
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CF Kirby Puckett
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2B Roberto Alomar
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C Ivan Rodriguez
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SP Curt Schilling
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Drew’s Lineup

2B Joe Morgan
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SS Derek Jeter
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1B Albert Pujols
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LF Barry Bonds
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3B George Brett
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CF Bernie Williams
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RF Tony Gwynn
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C Gary Carter
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SP Pedro Martinez
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Make sure you leave a comment telling us who would win and why.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 16 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Internet issues here at 1550 Hart Rd. (my fault, not anyone’s here) this morning kept me from polishing off Crabs and Beer this morning, so I didn’t get to comment on Lisa Horne’s note on FoxSports.com that Maryland & Virginia would be in a bidding war for the services of Jeff Jagodzinski as head coach.

Insane.

Maryland has a succession plan. James Franklin will be the next head coach. Economically, even a 2-10 season couldn’t change such plans. That’s just where they’re at.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Ravens ‘potentially’ interested in free agent WR Baskett

Glenn Clark says Cedric Peerman now only Ravens Draft pick not under team control

Nestor Aparicio offers photographic evidence of how empty Camden Yards

Drew Forrester says ‘no one’ at Orioles-Rays game last night

Drew Forrester offers free tickets for Towson-Coastal Carolina tailgate party Saturday night

Brian Billick to speak with John Harbaugh on FoxSports.com

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Wieters tallied 5 RBI for Birds in win over Rays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Tillman takes hill tonight against Andy Sonnanstine, Rays at Camden Yards

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Pie returned to lineup, hit leadoff

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Brian Roberts, Roberto Alomar locked in battle at 2B in all-time lineup

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds to open ’10 season in Tampa Bay, host Blue Jays in home opener April 9

Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says Zobrist doubled, tripled for Rays in loss to O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Jason Berken won 3rd straight start as Birds topped Rays

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Mora played 793rd game at third base with Birds, passing Doug DeCinces for 2nd all time in organization’s history (behind Brooks Robinson)

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds should get off to better start next year facing AL Central, AL West opponents

The Sun says Birds to face Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Giants, Padres in interleague play in 2010

The Sun says B-Rob broke own single season doubles record

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says 11,575 saw Birds top Rays at OPACY

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Trembley sat Reimold to reward Jeff Fiorentino

The AP says Brian Roberts tallied 52nd double in 3rd inning, setting new franchise record

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 25th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Frederick News-Post’s Adam Behsudi says Keys’ Caleb Joseph won Orioles’ Elrod Hendricks Award for Community Service

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says 5th round pick Davon Drew rejoined Ravens via practice squad

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Harbaugh knows Ravens will answer critics “on Sunday”(s)

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Chargers’ Tomlinson, Nick Hardwick, Louis Vasquez, Luis Castillo, Jamal Williams, Antwan Applewhite all hurt during win over Raiders

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Special Teams likely determining factor in why Kruger didn’t dress for Chiefs game

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Antwan Barnes, Brendon Ayanbadejo honored Brigance with dance after Special Teams tackle

The Official Site says Flacco, Oher up for weekly awards

The Official Site offers thoughts on Kanye West-Taylor Swift battle from Brandon McKinney, Dannell Ellerbe, Brendon Ayanbadejo

Chargers Official Site’s Casey Pearce says tickets still available for Ravens game Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium

The Sun’s Mike Preston hopes Ravens don’t ‘rely’ too much on Flacco

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jarret Johnson beat up for not taking down former Alabama teammate Brodie Croyle harder Sunday

The Sun says Isaac Smolko waived to make room for Davon Drew

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says OL Chris Chester ‘total package’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Oher wants to be viewed as football player, not subject of book, movie “The Blind Side”

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens, Chargers particularly ‘similar’

The Sun’s Gus Sentementes says Ray Lewis opening MVP Entertainment facility in Hunt Valley

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says other than Gaither giving up sack to Hali, O-Line was particularly impressive against Kansas City

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says OL Brian Johnson received injury settlement from Ravens

San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee says Nick Hardwick ‘most likely’ Bolt to miss Sunday’s game

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Norv Turner will use Michael Bennett as ‘backup plan’ if LT can’t go

NFL.com has Ravens 6th in power rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Middle Tennessee State Official Site says Coach Rick Stockstill thinks Maryland fans want ‘revenge’ on Blue Raiders more than Maryland players

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner showing off ability on ground

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Middle Tennessee QB Dwight Dasher should give Terps good ‘preview’ off mobile ACC QB’s like Tyrod Taylor

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Terps get another shot at slowing down spread offense vs. MTSU

The AP says Anthony Wiseman knows last year’s loss will make Terps ‘respect’ Raiders this year

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Ralph Friedgen admits Nolan Carroll ‘almost certainly’ will not get extra year of eligibility

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says despite hype, freshmen Caleb Porzel, D.J. Adams, Dexter McDougle, Eric Franklin, Avery Murray yet to see field

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge frustrated with penalties

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says fans concerned about how loud marching band was during JMU game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps had just 5 ‘explosive’ plays against James Madison

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Caleb Porzel, Louis Berman will remain OUT vs. Raiders

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cameron Chism listed as CB starter opposite Anthony Wiseman on depth chart

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Don Brown in no rush to get McDougle on field

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Don Brown saw ‘positive signs’ from defense in win over Madison

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Terps need to take ‘pressure’ to pursuit of QB’s (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles CB Dexter McDougle (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Seton Hall Prep (NJ) PG prospect Sterling Gibbs impressed with visit to College Park (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says former Terps Crystal Langhorne, Marissa Coleman returning to Comcast Center for WNBA playoffs with Washington Mystics

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Don Markus says former Tiger Tamir Goodman retiring from basketball to take job as Director of Haifa Hoops for Kids

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Buddy Green, staff recognized for defensive performance against Louisiana Tech

Pitt Official Site previews Saturday’s showdown at Heinz Field

Pitt Official Site offers complete Midshipmen/Panthers release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Panthers similar to team who beat up Mids in Annapolis last year

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Marcus Curry, Jabaree Tuani, Gary Myers named Team MVP’s from Louisiana Tech game

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Marcus Curry bounced back from preseason illness, making impact for Mids

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says 43 yarder against Bulldogs helped calm kicker Joe Buckley

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo thinks Panthers ‘big, strong, fast’

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Paul Zeise says O-Line opening up holes for Dion Lewis thus far

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Kevin Gorman says Greg Cross playing role of Ricky Dobbs in practice for Panthers

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina breaks down Saturday’s trip to Pittsburgh (must subscribe)

Go Mids updates seasons for Mids’ opponents

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Oct. 15 game against Howard to be televised on ESPNU

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Frankie Allen announces Kevin White, Jamal Edwards, Lyvann Obame, Sean Berry, James Cotton as recruiting class

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Dave Litfin says Belmont winner Summer Bird breezed Tuesday with Desormeaux on board

Thoroughbred Times says ESPN to televise Goodwood Stakes (with Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird) or Lady’s Secret Stakes (with undefeated Zenyatta) October 10

SWIMMING:

Loyola Official Site says Michael Phelps topped Shaquille O’Neal in “Shaq Vs.” episode taped in Loyola pool

GOLF:

The Sun says Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Gil Morgan, Jim Thorpe all commit to Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to Brian Roberts for his franchise record 52nd double of the season. We’re sorry none of it matters.

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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15-7-0

Posted on 27 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

You get props……

1-Yuri Zhirkov and Baltimore Soccer fans

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I have no idea where that cartoon came from; but I guess it’s supposed to make fun of Americans for not being good soccer fans. They’re probably right; as Americans tend to spend way too much time on things of lesser importance-like looking good and not sounding like a dying cat when we talk. British people suck!

Moreover, I believe the single biggest storyline to come from the World Football Challenge is that more people have now seen that weird headgear Petr Cech wears….

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Scratch that. The biggest story of the Chelsea-AC Milan showdown was The Guch……

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Yeah, that’s the story. The story in my trousers, maybe. Jesus.

2-David Hernandez, David Ortiz, and Brad Penny

And the Orioles are gonna bring up Chris Tillman! Yay! What night is he pitching? I want to go! Wednesday? Who’s he facing?

Greinke?

You know what, he’ll have other starts.

3-Alberto Contador

Is it funny to anyone else to watch Lance Armstrong do interviews and just see how much he hates this guy Contador? Okay, probably not; mostly since that would mean someone else would have to be watching an interview about a bike ride.

So long, 2009 Tour de France! We’ll always have our memories of you. (Editor’s note: Does anyone have any memories of this year’s Tour de France?)

4-Robby Ginepri

Nikolai Davydenko was also a tennis winner this weekend. Looking for analysis on this weekend’s tennis winners? Umm…..they seem to have a lot of vowels in their names?

The Washington Kastles won the World Team Tennis Championship Sunday in DC as well; despite the match being interrupted by a……..marraige proposal?

You know what, this blog is getting really boring quick. Here’s a picture of Anna Kournikova. I can’t force these weekends to be interesting, people.

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5-Andy Mitchell, Ambiorix Concepcion, Caleb Joseph, Ronnie Welty, Kenny Moreland and Corey Thomas

Sunday night was “Scott Van Pelt Night” in Bowie, no word on whether or not the 7th inning stretch sounded like this……

God I love SVP. The real question is: Why limit yourself by saying no to clubbed feet?

6-Vernon Forrest

Can this freaking TERRIBLE summer just end already? Jesus man. Forrest was reportedly a really good dude, represented our country, etc. etc. etc.

Really hard to be funny when someone is murdered. God I pine for the days of stupid Rex Snider blogs…..

7-Carlos Vela

Did the Americans not realize they had to play the 2nd half of their Gold Cup final Sunday against Mexico?

I don’t know who Paulina Rubio is; but if Mexico’s success means seeing more of her; I think I’d like to sign up for that…..

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8-Justin Morneau, Max Scherzer, Yovani Gallardo, Adam Dunn, Jimmy Rollins, Luke Hochevar, Aaron Laffey and Scott Feldman

In other baseball news this weekend, did this guy really improve to 3-0 for the Phillies Saturday?

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Holy crap he’s better than any of our pitchers. Think they’d give him back?

9-Tyson Gay

(Editor’s note: I really wanted to write something here that didn’t involve me snickering at Tyson’s last name. I swear to God I really tried.)

10-Sarah Whitaker, Megan Thornton, Megan Hydutsky, and Maija Limatainen

THERE ARE GIRLS WINNING THE ALL-AMERICAN SOAP BOX DERBY??!??!?!?!?!?

WHAT THE HELL!?!?!?!?!?!?

WHY AM I TYPING IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS?!?!?!?!?!?!

ARE THINGS MORE EXPRESSIVE WHEN I USE BOTH QUESTION MARKS AND EXCLAMATION POINTS!?!?!?!?!?!

AHHHHH!?!?!?!?!?!?

I’M NOT EVEN KIDDING ABOUT THIS; IF YOU TYPE “HOT CHICK SOAP BOX DERBY” INTO A PHOTOBUCKET SEARCH, THIS PICTURE COMES UP?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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11-Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice

I will have you know that Roberto Alomar will be eligible for induction into Baseball’s Hall of Fame for the first time next season.

Please let me say something here.

If Roberto Alomar is not being inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame at this time next summer; I will not watch a game of baseball until he is.

If you think I’m kidding, you’re insane.

12-Sylvia Fowles

Do we still get excited about girls dunking? The WNBA had an All-Star Game; I guess because for some reason they have to. Sylvia Fowles dunked on her 2nd attempt in the final minute after the defense cleared out for her.

What do you call someone who makes fun of a girl dunking despite the fact that he has never actually been able to dunk a ball himself?

Oh, that’s right. A hypocrite. I accept.

13-Jay-Z

Anyone else notice it’s been a bit of a crappy Summer for new music? Thank God for Hov.

Here’s a note: If you plan to use the name of Jay-Z’s new song as your Facebook status (as one particular dreamy blogger decided to do Friday night); please explain yourself in advance so that other social networking “media” members (who are paid by the organization they “cover”) don’t think you’re making grand statements about yourself.

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Although, I think I’m going to stick with Glenn “The Complete Package” Clark moving forward. I’ll always owe you that one, Steve.

Anyone else notice Melewski is looking like that “Real Life Peter Griffin” fella?

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14-Shock Top

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I cannot tell you how much I love this beer. Hell, I’d even buy Melewski 7-800 of them if he wanted to go throw some cornhole or something. I went to Padonia Station Saturday night (are they still a sponsor?) to see a cover band (I believe their name was Star Position, and they played some kick-ass tunes); and I couldn’t have enjoyed these any more. In fact, I’m pretty sure that after about 18, I stumbled into Scott Hoffman (from OriolesHangout.com) and told him I loved him. Which I do, but I don’t usually tell a man these things without a few brews.

Also, thanks to “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet” for getting us home and getting me to bed. I think. The rewards of our relationship really keep coming in for her.

15-Breakfast

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OH MY GOD JUST LOOK AT THAT!

I went grocery shopping last Thursday, which gave me the best excuse I could ask for to have breakfast food for dinner Friday, lunch Saturday, and dinner again Sunday. If you wouldn’t do the same thing; you’re our of your mind.

You got lucky……

1-D.J. Hackett

If Drew Bennett was the fat girl the Ravens took home from the bar because it was the end of the night and they didn’t have many options left; what will D.J. Hackett be if they come groveling back to him?

THIS GIRL????

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2-Matt Holliday and J.A. Happ

Matt Holliday got out of Oakland, and J.A. Happ was spared a sentence in Toronto…..at least for now.

That being said, there’s worse places than Toronto, right?

For example…..this crap hole comes to mind…….

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3-Jimmie Johnson and Will Power

Johnson won at Indy because Juan Pablo Montoya was speeding on pit row; and Will Power won in Edmonton under caution.

Of course, neither of these guys are as lucky as Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa; who nearly DIED in a crash after being struck in the helmet by a spring from another car. Here’s the video if you’re as morbid as the rest of us are…..

Christ. I mean, Christ. You know, I was a bit scared riding the Batwing at Six Flags last week; but seriously. Why do people do these things for a living? The scariest thing that happens to me at work is when Bachman tells me he had Chick-Fil-A for breakfast and is feeling a little gassy.

4-Loren Roberts and Leif Olson

I’ll set this story up, you tell me how you think it is going to finish. Greg Norman went into the final round of a big event as the leader……..

Back here in the states……errr…..Canada (which is basically just a really big northern state, right?)…..rain is going to apparently force the Canadian Open to finish Monday. When reached for comment, golf fans everywhere asked “Why?”

Of course, Leif Olson found a really conveniently placed ball on the green Saturday…….

……and for some reason decided to continue playing golf after that. Let me tell you this much. If I had done the same thing, I would have gotten in that car and driven it straight to San Diego, where I would have said something like “Golf? Best of luck losers! I’ve got a nice car and I will NEVER do anything that awesome again on a golf course!”

5-Claudio Lopez

The coolest thing about this goal? I totally hit the EXACT same shot with local golfer Chris Appel in goal during a pickup match in Mexico. TOTALLY TRUE. To this day, it is the greatest thing I have ever done in sports.

Lot of soccer in this week’s blog. Not enough hot soccer chicks.

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They also sometimes call me Glenn “The Problem Solver” Clark, people.

6-Michael Phelps

Apparently no one thought Michael Phelps’ team could win the relay at the World Championships in Rome.

Which only makes me think that apparently no one was watching that whole “8 Gold Medals” thing in Beijing last summer. Surprising, I saw it on the news a few times and on the cover of every magazine ever created.

(Editor’s note: You were waiting for a pot joke, weren’t you. Well shame on you. Michael Phelps is an American hero. He deserves better. Plus…..he’s in Italy. Hard to miss late night Papa Johns runs when you’re in FREAKING ITALY.)

7-Guinea Pigs

The movie “G-Force” looks like quite possibly the WORST movie ever made.

So of course it opened at #1 making more than $30 million.

Ugh.

And Harry Potter was #2.

I’m starting to lose hope, America.

You’re a zero…….

Anyone who isn’t a fan of Shaquille O’Neal

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If Shaq really does just show up at the White House Monday; he’s getting in.

Trust me on that.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 17 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

In case you missed it, Drew’s list of his Top 5 “Baltimore Sports Jerks” was…..

10-Sidney Ponson & Richie Bancells (Tie)
9-Gary Williams
8-Roberto Alomar
7-Albert Belle
6-Jerry Coleman & Drew Forrester (Tie)
5-Aubrey Huff
4-Tony Siragusa
3-Erik Bedard
2-Chris McAlister
1-Lee Mazzilli

And my list of the Top 10 “Baltimore Sports Jerks” was……

10-Terrell Owens
9-Michael Phelps
8-Lee Mazzilli
7-Rafael Palmeiro
6-Sammy Sosa
5-Tony Siragusa
4-Sidney Ponson
3-Albert Belle
2-Peter Angelos
1-Bob Irsay

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Tom Clayton says Suggs will face more ‘pressure’ after signing massive contract

Marco Romanell says Summer of ’09 ‘revival’ for Baltimore sports

ORIOLES:

The Official Site says trip to Chicago amongst early road schedule for Birds in 2nd half

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says MacPhail expects decision on Trembley to come later in season than usual

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Opening Day win; comeback wins over Phillies, Red Sox, Jays, Mets amongst highlights of Birds’ first half

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Pale Hose had ‘nondescript’ first half of season

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds have been best at plate, worst on basepaths

Examiner Jay Trucker hopes Buck isn’t on O’s-White Sox FOX broadcast Saturday

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Birds 24-23 since May 22

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says David Pauley loser as Norfolk fell to Charlotte

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Matusz winner as Bowie beat Akron in slugfest

Frederick Keys Official Site says Britton loser as Frederick fell to Kinston

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Oliver Drake winner as Delmarva topped Lexington

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Procner loser as Aberdeen fell to Lowell

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Mike Flacco tallied run, RBI for Orioles in win over Bristol

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Hobgood could make debut for Bluefield Saturday vs. Johnson City

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Krynzel went 4-6 with two triples for Baysox in win over Aeros

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Baysox reliever Wilfredo Perez likely out for season

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Widlansky’s homer provided only run for Keys in loss

Virginian-Pilot says Carlos Quentin rehabbing with Knights against Tides

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Figurs, Carr, Webb, Zbikowski, Rice to all compete for return job

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says despite history in Supplemental Draft (Gaither), Ravens didn’t make selection this year

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Suggs ‘real deal’, worth big contract

The Sun says Ravens single game tickets available today via Ticketmaster

The AP says some believe McNair’s death ‘wake up call’ for cheating athletes

Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock says McNair’s death example of why athletes shouldn’t get married

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein doesn’t believe Mason retired

The AP says Nashville judge allows Mechelle McNair to be executor of husband’s estate

Pro Football Weekly’s Mike Wilkening says TE’s Heap, Smith will need to step up if Mason really retired

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco, Reed, 52 might be most important player in AFC North

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire thinks WR Quintin McCree could break out this season

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire says Lee-Odai, Adrian Cannon give Terps ‘depth’ at WR

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have ‘solid group’ of RB’s in Scott, Green, Meggett

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says VA QB prospect Bo Revell worked out for Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens details Burney’s injury history

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps to visit UNC-Greensboro Jan. 3 at 2pm

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says hoops prospect Jarrod Davis emerged at West Virginia event (must subscribe)

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says former Retriever Ricky Fried named coach of US Women’s National Team

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says 6 former Blue Jays all MLL All-Stars

SOCCER:

Ravens Official Site says grass to be installed today at M&T Bank Stadium for AC Milan-Chelsea match

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says 4 Palace players named to USL-2’s Team of the Week

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Mary Rampellini says Rachel Alexandra trainer Steve Asmussen suspended 6 months

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Asmussen to appeal suspension for ’08 lidocaine positive

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Phelps ended Tiger’s streak of winning top ESPY at 5

POKER:

The AP says Garrett County logger Darvin Moon chip leader at World Series of Poker

BOXING:

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mark “TNT” Tucker to face Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams tonight at Carroll County Agricultural Center

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Anyone else have a bad feeling the Birds will get swept by the ChiSox this weekend? I’ll take it back. Bergesen goes Sunday. They’ll win that one.

Talk to you this weekend.

-G

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O’s: Best Week In Recent Memory

Posted on 28 May 2009 by Thyrl Nelson

It’s been a great week so far to be an Oriole fan, and by all accounts this is just the beginning. As sad and painful as it is to admit, it’s tough to remember a better week, both on and off the field, for Orioles baseball in at least the last 10 years. And still, as sad as that revelation truly is, even that isn’t enough to dampen the enthusiasm that I and most who have suffered with this team throughout the last decade plus, have gotten from them over the last week or so.

 

For those like myself, who have been lamenting in wait, for the young guns to arrive here at the big league level, I hope you didn’t blink. If the combination of horrible early season baseball, and an ultra-exciting NBA Playoffs momentarily distracted you from the train wreck that appeared to be developing at the yards this season, it’d be tough to blame you. But if it did, then allow me to cordially invite you back once again to the Orioles’ bandwagon, as it is certainly beginning to pick up some steam.

 

Obviously, the biggest news of the week will come to fruition on Friday, when Matt Wieters makes his much anticipated debut, in front of what should be the most enthusiastic Camden Yards crowd in recent memory. Perhaps lost, somewhat in the shadows though, is the fact that when David Hernandez makes his debut on Thursday, in place of the injured Koji Uehara, it will give the O’s a rotation with only Jeremy Guthrie remaining from opening day.

 

What’s more, is that the young pitchers, who seem to be coming up and holding their own at least, still aren’t among the top pitching prospects in the organization. Even with Bergeson, Berken, Hill and Hernandez on the current big league staff, it’s easy to believe that the best is yet to come, as the minor league system still boasts the likes of Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, Troy Patton and Chris Tillman among others.

 

On the field, Berken picked up his first big league win this week, and Nolan Reimold took a giant step toward cementing his place in left field for the long term, by adding walk off homerun to his growing list of credentials and accomplishments. The Orioles outlasted Roy Halladay, despite giving up 8 early runs, and managed a comeback for the ages. A comeback made even more improbable, when put in context with the O’s inability to win the final games of series’ and particularly their inability to complete sweeps over the last few seasons. And a comeback fitting with this week’s theme, as it was capped off by a rookie.

 

I must admit that the debut of AAA strikeout artist David Hernandez has me, maybe more intrigued than even Wieters’ eminent debut on Friday. Not having had the privilege of seeing Hernandez pitch yet, his stat line certainly has me taking notice, and it’s tough to remember an Oriole pitcher’s debut since Ben McDonald that I have been more anxious to watch. Since I’ll be on the air for the start of both Thursday and Friday’s games, I won’t be at either, but given the choice of tickets for Hernandez’ debut on Thursday or Wieters debut on Friday, it’d be a tough decision but I’d probably opt for Hernandez. If the seats were behind home plate, I’d go with Hernandez for sure.

 

For a team that that has gotten their fan base used to respectable starts to seasons, followed by miserable swoons and disappointing finishes, April was enough to have some fans bracing for the worst. Now, it appears that the O’s could be changing another trend, and actually picking up momentum as the season goes along. Whatever the outcome winds up being, they’ve at least gotten folks who were otherwise disinterested back into the mix. And as for those of us, like myself, who can’t seem to stop watching, no matter how painful it becomes, they’ve gotten us excited once again. Now it’s up to them to sustain that good will, and build on it.

 

Personnel wise, it’s tough to remember a more exciting couple of weeks, since the December 1995 spending spree that brought in Randy Myers, Roger McDowell, Roberto Alomar, BJ Surhoff and David Wells. In that case though, it was December, a full four months out from the start of the season. This time it’s happening before our eyes, day by day, in real time.

 

It’s an exciting time to be an O’s fan, for once, for now, for sure.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

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