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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 26 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a happy Wednesday for me, as the Phoenix Suns’ bench > anything else going on in my life right now. I’ve had dreams recently that weren’t as fulfilling as Goran Dragic…

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Once again, I think my neighbors were a bit disturbed by the maniac chanting “BEAT L.A.” at 11:30pm last night, but I don’t care. The Orioles won AND the Suns won? I really did live on “Planet Orange” last night.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Jeremy Guthrie ‘labored’ through 6 innings in helping Orioles beat Athletics

Last night was one of those nights when you just take the win and don’t bother to try to explain it.

Sure, the O’s benefitted GREATLY from Dallas Braden going down, as they would have been hard pressed to score more than 1 run against the lefty, and even the 1 run they scored against him came when he lost control due to injury and thanks to a botched double play from the Oakland infield. With that being said, sometimes you get fortunate and face a pitcher like that-sorta similar to what happened Friday night in Washington with Scott Olsen.

It was nice to see Nick Markakis and Miguel Tejada (especially Tejada) take back to back walks two different times, and especially rewarding to see it to see it pay off with a pair of sac flies. Not overly exciting, but very helpful when you try to win games.

Also-how in the hell have the A’s won 23 games thus far? Their lineup is arguably worse than the Birds’! With Eric Chavez out, they have Kurt Suzuki, Corey Patterson’s brother, and a dude named Daric. What the hell kind of name is Daric?!?!? I know they’ve gotten good pitching this season, but that lineup is really REALLY bad.

In fact, they might as well change their name to “Baltimore Athletics.”

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

Garrett Atkins got a hit last night! HOORAY!!!!!!

In all seriousness, I think the Orioles HAVE to call up Michael Aubrey at this point. They just can’t afford to have BOTH Cesar Izturis and Julio Lugo in the lineup right now. Ty Wigginton is by no means a capable 2nd baseman, but the team needs his bat in the lineup. They also need another bat that is capable of actually swinging, and Julio Lugo isn’t that guy. I’m aware that when (if?) Brian Roberts returns, Ty Wigginton will play first base. But that doesn’t mean he needs to play there now, unless of course Luke Scott’s shoulder is going to keep him for a significant amount of time.

The Orioles had Cesar Izturis, Julio Lugo AND Garrett Atkins in the lineup last night, and STILL won. They should really count that for 5 or 6 wins.

3. WNST.net’s Jay Trucker says Andy MacPhail additions Koji Uehara, Alfredo Simon placed on DL

And with that we welcome Alberto Castillo back to Charm City (I probably wouldn’t get comfortable), and we welcome Frank Mata to the big league level for the first time.

I’m sorry for not being more excited. You know what might be MORE exciting? Partying with former WWE star Ashley Massaro (Thanks Busted Coverage!)…

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4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says David Hernandez moved to bullpen, Chris Tillman expected to replace him in rotation

Which is pretty much the only decision that could be made here. Despite pitching well his last time out, Hernandez still struggles with throwing too many pitches over the course of 5 innings, and appears to be much better suited for shorter outings.

Chris Tillman is the first guy up, which he deserves based on at least the level of effectiveness he found a season ago at the big league level. He’ll have significant expectations moving forward, and hopefully the stint on the farm will help him get acclimated to the big league level a bit quicker this time around.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Jake Arrieta picked up win, Dennis Sarfate save for Norfolk Tides

Arrieta is next. Should Brad Bergesen turn out to not be long for the rotation, or should Kevin Millwood or Jeremy Guthrie be dealt, Arrieta is next. He’s been outstanding thus far this season, and has earned his opportunity.

A couple other things before we move on from the Orioles…

-Congratulations to my buddy Rob Long for winning his first Apologist of the Morning award. Rob offered some classic apology for Adam Jones, blaming the expectations put on him for his struggles. It’s not stupid, but it IS apology-as was noted by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester.

-The Orioles are back in action tonight, as they try to clinch another series victory…Number 3 for the season. They’ll send Brian Matusz to the hill against Trevor Cahill and the A’s, first pitch from Oriole Park at Camden Yards is on MASN at 7:05pm. Drew and Nestor Aparicio will be the dummies heckling from behind the 3rd base line at OPACY.

-Nolan Reimold has taken some time away from Norfolk to handle the upcoming expected birth of his first child. Hopefully he’ll also find a working bat while he’s gone, or maybe his kid can hit?

6. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Troy Smith, Haruki Nakamura, Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton returned to field in Owings Mills at Ravens Passing Camp

Of course-Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Trevor Pryce, Willis McGahee, Kelly Gregg, Fabian Washington, Lardarius Webb, Maurice Price, Matt Lawrence, Ramon Harewood, Haloti Ngata, Cory Redding, Terrell Suggs, Jared Gaither and Oniel Cousins were amongst the players who WEREN’T practicing yesterday-and Demetrius Williams left practice; so it wasn’t ALL good news.

You know what IS good news? Pictures of Heather Morris from Glee at Barstool Sports…

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7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says John Harbaugh supports New York Super Bowl, as he wants to see Super Bowl in Baltimore

It sounds nice in concept, but it isn’t happening.

It’s shameful too, as there’s no reason Baltimore SHOULDN’T be considered if Indianapolis, Detroit and Jacksonville can host Super Bowls. Sadly, the weather is better in Jacksonville, and Indy and Detroit have MUCH better buildings.

I said yesterday I didn’t like the idea of a Super Bowl in New York (OR in New Jersey), and I wouldn’t like a Super Bowl in Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago, Foxborough, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Seattle, Green Bay, Charlotte or Cincinnati for the same reasons. You’re messing with the country’s most important individual (annual) event. The event has become more significant than anything else we do annually, and that can only be screwed up by holding it in places where the game might find itself in jeopardy.

8. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says John Harbaugh not upset about Le’Ron McClain’s Twitter campaign

And it really doesn’t appear to be any sort of issue. In fact, I’m hoping to pick up a “McClain 4 RB” t-shirt myself.

If you missed Le’Ron this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault and check it out. Other guests this morning included former NBA Official Tim Donaghy, Bowie Baysox pitcher Chorye Spoone and Hershey Bears coach Mark French. It’s all there in the Audio Vault, just click on the “Audio” tab here at the top of the page.

Drew promised Le’Ron that if the Ravens make the Super Bowl, he’ll get Hart Rd. renamed to “LeRon McClain Avenue.” For the record, I’ll rename my car “The McClainmobile” as well.

9. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Dannell Ellerbe competing for starting LB spot

Tavares Gooden was working with the 1st team yesterday, while Ellerbe was working with the 2nd team. All parties (including Harbs) downplayed the significance of that, but it will certainly be worth paying attention to as the offseason continues.

You can hear from John Harbaugh, Haruki Nakamura and Derrick Mason from Passing Camp yesterday-it’s all in the Audio Vault as well here at WNST.net.

10. GoMustangSports.com says 1st teamers Steve Kazimer, Jimmy Dailey amongst 8 Stangs named All-American

I’m sure they’d all trade in the honors for a shot to play Tufts Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, but it’s a nice honor anyway. You know what else would be an honor? Spending 10 minutes in the presence of Berenger Rose (Thanks Guyism!)….

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And finally, I leave you with this.

This is a Formula One car on a beach in the Dominican Republic. Enjoy. Thanks Deadspin…

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because I stopped by Nacho Mama’s in Canton for a lunch meeting yesterday and had a meal that looked a lot like this person’s…..

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. Ravens Official Site’s Will Spencer says Mardy Gilyard, Riley Cooper, Danario Alexander, Dexter McCluster amongst receivers Newsome, DeCosta watching at Senior Bowl

That’s right! It’s time for NFL Draft Wide Receiver porn!!!

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Gilyard is the only one of this group that I have profiled so far, but I will make sure to point out that size has to be a major factor when it comes to upgrading the WR position this offseason. Of this group, Cooper is 6’3″, Alexander is 6’5″.

I’ll take both?

2. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens expected to interview Jim Zorn in next few days

I’ve heard a lot of pro-Jim Zorn sentiment over the last few days, and I think there’s good reason to be pro-Jim Zorn if you are a Ravens fan. As I’ve said before, if Joe Flacco turns out to be similar to Matt Hasselbeck, I’d be thrilled. Of course, I’d prefer that he turn out to be more like Troy Aikman, but that’s just me.

As another note, a few people have mentioned to me that they are concerned about Al Saunders’ lack of experience as a quarterbacks coach. I’m not sure I’d be particularly concerned about that myself. Sometimes a QB just needs a personal consultant as much as he needs a position coach. If the problems Joe was having were more mechanical, I’d probably be more adamant about the need for a coach with more true QB background, but I think either man is fully capable of doing the job.

As always, this is just an excuse to include a funny podium face from Jim Zorn. Thanks to Dan Steinberg from the DC Sports Bog for this one…

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3. The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Terps ‘a lot of fun’ to watch right now

That’s a really good way to describe them. There have been no real holes (other than maybe free throw shooting to an extent) since ACC season began, although making one more shot down the stretch at Wake Forest would have been really nice.

But we have to try to keep this in perspective. This Terrapins bunch is probably NOT a NCAA Championship or Final Four contender, but I also don’t think they’re the same as the Terrapins teams we’ve seen over the last 3 seasons. I think this group-because of their balance-has staying power in a conference full of teams that DON’T really have staying power.

Duke is the best team in the conference. There’s no doubt about that. But Duke is also beatable, and if Maryland can at least split their games with the Blue Devils, it will set up well for them to make a run at a bye in the first round of the ACC Tournament.

4. The AP says VCU put together record performance in blowout win over Towson

If you missed Pat Kennedy’s reflection on last night’s game with Drew Forrester on “The Comcast Morning Show”, head over to the Audio Vault at WNST.net.

There’s not much more to be said about a 59 point loss. I have to try to use a level of rational thought, because Maryland lost a game by 41 points last season at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Sometimes, the final score in a blowout isn’t particularly important-as one team just was trying while the other one wasn’t. A 59 point loss may not mean that the Rams were 59 points better than the Tigers. It might just mean that they tried 30 points harder than Towson did down the stretch.

That being said, Maryland lost by 41 after they had already defeated Michigan State, and in a season where they would go on to beat North Carolina and Wake Forest en route to reaching the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. Obviously Pat Kennedy’s bunch isn’t going to any type of postseason tournament, but how much value can be placed on a 59 point loss has a lot to do with what follows.

If the Tigers bounce back from last night’s loss and show fight moving towards the CAA Tournament in Richmond, then you can’t put a lot of stock in the game. If they finish conference play with 2 or 3 wins, last night’s game was probably representative.

Towson returns to action Saturday night at UNC-Wilmington, the game can be seen on MASN.

5. UMBC Official Site says Chauncey Gilliam scored 18, but Retrievers fell at home to Binghamton

I thought maybe playing a Bearcats team that has been to hell and back since winning the America East title last season might give Randy Monroe’s squad a chance to fight for a victory, but obviously that wasn’t to be.

But hey, they didn’t lose by 59.

The Retrievers’ quest to avoid a winless conference season continues Saturday at Maine-who just so happens to find themselves in first place.

6. Loyola Official Site previews tonight’s MAAC contest with Fairfield at Reitz Arena

I guess the terrible struggles of Towson, UMBC and Coppin State locally have deflected some of the attention away from the Greyhounds’ current 3-7 conference record. I will admit that I thought Jimmy Patsos’ team would probably be a bit closer to .500.

The Hounds are coming off a big win over Marist, but the Red Foxes have just one conference win. The Stags come into tonight’s game with a 7-3 conference record, but Loyola should be able to win games at home against teams in this conference not named Siena. That really isn’t too much to ask.

7. The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer previews Maryland women’s visit to Virginia Tech tonight

Taking 3 straight losses with them to Blacksburg, it would be an understatement to say that Brenda Frese’s team is in real need of a victory. Certainly they didn’t look particularly bad in either of their home losses (Miami or Duke), but with a win at Virginia (that they almost managed to give away down the stretch) their only actual statement on the season, they just need to get wins.

8. Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Towson picked 4th in CAA and Navy picked 1st in Patriot League

Tony Seaman’s squad really showed some signs of life down the stretch last season, playing an instant classic against Johns Hopkins at Unitas Stadium and reaching the CAA Championship Game before being bounced by Villanova. But signs of life aren’t really enough for a program that has a distinct advantage when it comes to the capabilties to win.

While they are in a league with bigger schools (Penn State, Delaware, Hofstra and Villanova are all major players), they do have an advantage over all of those schools (with maybe the exception of Hofstra) when it comes to available talent and regional interest in the sport.

That being said, Tony Seaman has done a HELL of a job at Towson, and clearly deserves the benefit of the doubt to get them back to the top of the conference.

9. MLB.com’s Spencer Fordin says O’s designated Sarfate for assignment to make room for Tejada

I really wonder if Dennis Sarfate was misused during his time in Baltimore. I think maybe the experiments with him as a starter and as a closer really hurt his ability to settle in as a “_____ specialist” out of the bullpen.

There is no doubt that he had control issues, and giving up homeruns really hurt him. But he had a powerful arm, and it seems as though there may have been a role for a powerful arm.

Of course, when the rest of the pen and pitching staff in general are just as mis-cast, it is hard to get everyone in the right role.

10. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds agree to terms on 1 year deal with Hendrickson

Mark Hendrickson really did a hell of a job out of the bullpen for this team last season. I think bringing him back for just over a million dollars to make sure you have a really solid lefty is basically a no-brainer. Now the question beyond that would be whether or not they keep Alberto Castillo to have two lefties in the pen.

11. WNST.net’s Thyrl Nelson says Orioles need to give Jeremy Guthrie contract

I’m not certain I agree.

I think it was a mistake for the Birds to cut Guthrie’s pay last season, but I’m not necessarily convinced that he’s done enough to really prove he’s more than a pitcher that just had a nice stretch a couple of seasons ago. I know he’s had a good ERA, but a pitcher has to learn to be a winner beyond a 17-17 stretch over two seasons.

The other issue to look at will be how a contract affects the Orioles’ potential ability to trade Guthrie if Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman (and even Jake Arrieta or David Hernandez or Brandon Erbe, etc) DO pan out. Paying too much in a contract could hamper that ability.

12. Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Crystal Palace USA announced many changes, including name change to Crystal Palace Baltimore

Clearly Crystal Palace is really trying to make a statement about jumping a level to the NASL and trying to be a competitive soccer product in a market without MLS competition. The biggest step would be to get a facility, which is the next project Palace is working on.

And finally, I leave you with this.

Katy Perry was the guest judge on American Idol last night. Blah blah blah Katy Perry is hot.

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Talk to you later.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Orioles Agree to Deals With Mike Gonzalez, Garrett Atkins

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Orioles Agree to Deals With Mike Gonzalez, Garrett Atkins

Posted on 16 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

12:30 Update: The Sun adds late tonight that the Orioles have reached a 1 year deal with former Colorado Rockies 3B Garrett Atkins. Atkins was a very good hitter (full disclosure: he played half of his games at Coors Field in Denver) between 2006-2008, tallying 20+ HR’s, 99+ RBI and at least a .286 average in all three seasons. He had a TERRIBLE ’09, batting .226 with 9 HR’s and 48 RBI. He’ll replace Melvin Mora at 3B until the Birds decide to go with the younger Josh Bell. Atkins’ stats are available here.

According to Yahoo! Sports MLB writer Tim Brown via Twitter, the Birds have agreed to a 2 year deal with left-handed reliever Mike Gonzalez. Brown reports the deal is worth $12 million, and incentives could make the deal worth $16 million. Gonzalez is 31, and he appeared in 80 games last season with the Braves; going 5-4 with 10 saves and a 2.42 ERA. He has a career 2.57 ERA in 280.2 innings pitched. You can check out his stats here.

Gonzalez hasn’t been a regular closer since 2006 in Pittsburgh-when he converted 24 of 24 save opportunities. He would certainly have to be considered part of the closer mix in Baltimore; along with Koji Uehara, Dennis Sarfate, Jim Johnson and insert name here.

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-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Please get over to BCF.org to buy tickets to next Tuesday’s “2 Rings for O.J.” event to honor O.J. Brigance. WNST is in no way affiliated with the event, but we firmly support everything we can do to honor the great O.J. Brigance.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker to call Sunday’s game for CBS

Tom Clayton says Flacco, Matt Ryan continuing ‘meteoric ascension’ amongst QB’s

G.Q. says Sleigh Rider ‘Best Bet’ today at Laurel

Ed Frankovic says Caps assigned 6 players to Hershey

Nestor Aparicio says WNST.net now Alexa rated amongst top 100,000 most visited websites in world

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Dave Trembley particularly short with media following loss

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jeremy Guthrie takes hill tonight at Rogers Centre against Scott Richmond, Toronto

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis missed just second start of season

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Brian Roberts tied Berkman’s record for doubles by switch hitter with 55th

Toronto Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says Aaron Hill won game for Jays with walkoff double

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Danys Baez, Jim Johnson struggled before Sarfate took loss out of pen for O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Trembley going with Michael Aubrey at first to improve defense

Examiner Jay Trucker says Jay Gibbons’ contract finally about to come ‘off the books’

The AP says Shawn Camp got win for Jays in relief

Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin says Edwin Encarnacion homered for Jays in win

Toronto Globe and Mail’s Robert MacLeod says Jose Bautista scored winning run for Jays in 11th

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 26th in power rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens traded Burgess to Patriots for 7th round pick

The Official Site says team signed veteran TE Tony Curtis

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh ‘happy’ to have Kelley Washington contribute at WR, not just on Special Teams

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens bounced back from long road trip to San Diego

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Deion Sanders thought Ray’s tackle 2nd best play of weekend

The Official Site says Flacco enjoyed trip to San Diego

Cleveland Browns Official Site says Browns waived Martin Rucker, Marquis Floyd; added Anthony Madison, Greg Estandia

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Tony Curtis gives Ravens TE depth while LJ Smith recovers from hamstring injury

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Gaither uses cooking to build team ‘camaraderie’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelly Gregg’s knee ‘going good’

The Sun’s Mike Preston calls Chargers QB Phillip Rivers ‘a child’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Browns were going to claim Prescott Burgess off waivers

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Burgess, Lardarius Webb each made solid special teams plays against Bolts Sunday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelley Washington decided he’ll no longer do “The Squirrel”

The Sun’s Edward Lee says LJ Smith thought he ‘had a shot’ to play in SD, but couldn’t have played ’50,60 plays’ if Todd Heap had been hurt

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Rex Ryan learned to stop going to prevent after leaving Baltimore for Jets

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says McGahee learned not to have ‘hard head’ from ’08 season

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Tony Curtis nearly made Eagles roster out of Training Camp

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Ravens now ‘more dangerous’ with Flacco as QB

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Browns added CB/ST Anthony Madison, TE Greg Estandia to roster

Akron Beacon Journal’s Patrick McManamon says Brady Quinn ‘needs time’ to develop, but Browns ‘desperately need a win’

USA Today’s Jim Corbett says Ravens turning into ‘balanced championship contender capable of overtaking’ Steelers

USA Today has Ravens 2nd in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 10th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Ray Lewis’ tackle ‘ultimate blend of athleticism and brains’

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 5th in power rankings

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says 52 not thinking about Rex Ryan, last year

NBC Sports has Ravens 5th in power rankings

ESPN.com has Ravens 1st in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker expects Prescott Burgess to help New England

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens fans can’t claim ‘disrespect’ after team lifted to #1 in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Cam Cameron’s stock ‘rising’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Kenny Tate, Terrell Skinner each had to play 80+ plays Saturday against Blue Raiders

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph sticking with Da’Rel Scott despite two fumbles against Middle Tennessee

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps might have to face backup QB Jabu Lovelace

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terrell Skinner thought Terps wouldn’t have to go back on defense at end of MTSU game

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Fridge thinks Terps have found ‘hard luck’ early on

The AP says Don Brown’s defense ‘in transition’ still

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Ralph expects Da’Rel Scott to resume role as featured back Saturday

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Ralph reported Terps making mistakes in games that don’t occur during practice

The Diamondback has Terps 11th in ACC power rankings

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Adrian Cannon has just 10 catches when thrown to 21 times thus far this season

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says James Franklin thinks Terps would have blown out Raiders if not for turnovers, missed assignments

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell and Steve Yanda say Middle Tennessee State game had smallest crowd at Byrd Stadium since 2002

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Da’Rel Scott still 2nd in ACC in yards per game

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps would need to beat Rutgers, Virginia, Duke, Boston College, Wake Forest to reach bowl game

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell thinks Dan Hawkins, Charlie Weis should be on hotter seat than Ralph

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Maryland, Rutgers battling for recruiting presence in Washington, Baltimore, New Jersey, etc.

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner facing Rutgers safety Lefeged again after Lefeged’s hit on Steffy forced Turner into action for first time

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph had no update on injury status of Bruce Campbell or Jamari McCullough

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Eric Franklin to be 7th true freshman to play in ‘09

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin wants ball in Torrey Smith’s hands

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Terps got off to similar start in ’08

Newark Star-Ledger’s Tom Luicci says Rutgers coach Schiano reported freshman QB Tom Savage might not be good to go Saturday after suffering head injury against Florida International

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps can’t go into Rutgers showdown off back to back losses

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps, Virginia, Boston College make it unlikely ACC will fill bowl tie-ins

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Ralph knows Terps in ‘tough situation’ going into game against Scarlet Knights (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen says DE Justin Anderson ‘lucky to be alive’ (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings recaps best and worst moments from MTSU game (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Carlos Olazagasti updates season for Terps’ 2009 opponents (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy says Greivis Vasquez 2nd best shooting guard in country

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says St. Anthony (NJ) forward prospect Devon Collier thinks ACC would be ‘good fit’ (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says ‘ambition’ drove Sasho Cirovski to College Soccer greatness

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says MASN to air Navy’s trip to SMU 10/17

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo believes Midshipmen have ‘backs against the wall’ Saturday against Western Kentucky

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Joe Buckley, Jon Teague again competing for kicker job

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says OC Ivin Jasper ‘visibly frustrated’ with Ricky Dobbs’ decisions in loss to Pitt

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Teague competing with Buckley again because Buckley missed 2 FG’s against Panthers

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says with Southern Methodist game on MASN, all games to be televised

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Buddy Green’s defense ‘struggling on opening drives’

Go Mids updates Mids’ 2009 opponents

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Navy, Army, Georgia Tech not dominating on ground with triple option (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Tigers’ trip to Morgan State Saturday

UMBC SOCCER:

The Official Site says Andrew Bulls scored to lift Retrievers past Loyola 1-0

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tim Miller named to Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Glenye Cain Oakford says 1990 Preakness winner Summer Squall euthanized

BOXING:

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mark “TNT” Tucker fighting for USBO Championship Friday night at Carroll County Agricultural Center

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Orioles lose tonight and Drew Forrester owes me another Chinese lunch. Believe it or not, I’ll be rooting for the Birds.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 03 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

What happened during Dave Trembley’s press conference last night on MASN really is unacceptable, and DT had every right to act accordingly. Some member of the Orioles’ Public Relations staff should have gone to the hallway in an attempt to quiet the people standing there.

It’s a frustrating season for Dave. Would the Orioles be better with a different manager? Probably not MUCH better….they’re just a bad baseball team. But I understand Dave’s frustration.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark thinks Lawrence, Phillips, Cook, Drew last Ravens IN, Ellerbe, Foster, Peerman, E. Jones first Ravens OUT

Drew Forrester says Trembley thought organization ‘lacked professionalism’ after loss

Luke Jones says some Ravens getting ‘final chance’ to make roster vs. Falcons

Bob Haynie wonders if Terps will cover 21 point spread at Cal

Nestor Aparicio says Orioles ‘irrelevant’

Nestor Aparicio says WNST.net hosting “Purple Haze” live blog for Ravens-Falcons

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Sarfate, Jim Johnson battered as Yanks finished off sweep of Birds

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of sweep

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says after night off, Chris Tillman takes hill tomorrow vs. Scott Feldman, Rangers

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says O’s could be without Adam Jones for rest of season

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis tabbed as Roberto Clemente Award nominee

Yankees Official Site’s Bryan Hoch says Sabathia shut down O’s as Bombers finished sweep

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 21,000 saw Yanks polish off sweep at Camden Yards

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Albers trying to improve ‘mental approach’

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Yanks ‘haves’, Birds ‘have nots’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds could have used 20 more pitches from Berken in loss to Yanks

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Birds might regret trading away Gathright

Examiner Jay Trucker humorously wonders how favorite Orioles will celebrate Baltimore Beer Week

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says bullpen couldn’t pick up Jason Berken after solid 5.1 innings

The AP says Reimold homered for Birds in loss

The AP says Pie to play bulk of time in CF with Adam Jones out

New York Post’s George A. King III says Sabathia impressive in picking up 16th win

New York Times’ Tyler Kepner says Phil Hughes earned save with Mariano Rivera getting night off

New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says A-Rod’s big night included 2,500th career hit

Newsday’s Erik Boland says Hinske added homer for Yanks in win over O’s

Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Johnny Damon went 4-5 with 2 runs for Yanks in win

Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera says Yanks now 7 ½ games up on Red Sox in AL East after win

ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick says Dodgers’ acquisition of Sherrill amongst best trades made

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Ambiorix Concepcion hit grand slam as Tides topped Gwinnett

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Tanaka loser as Baysox fell to Binghamton

Frederick Keys Official Site says Sean Gleason loser as Keys fell to Kinston

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Haughian loser as Shorebirds fell to Lake County

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Joshua Dowdy loser as Ironbirds fell to Staten Island

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Montanez tallied 2 hits in Keys’ loss to Captains during rehab assignment

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Zach Britton, Brandon Waring get top season honors from Carolina League

Virginian-Pilot’s Jim Hodges says Rhyne Hughes also homered for Tides in win over Braves

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Kevin Byrne says Harbaugh ‘feels for’ players about to get cut

The Official Site says McGahee listens to ‘down south music’, eats chicken to prepare for games

Atlanta Falcons Official Site’s John Manasso says veterans John Abraham, Todd McClure may not play at all tonight

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says rookie LB Jason Phillips plans to ‘take advantage’ of chance to make plays tonight before Saturday’s cuts

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Justin Harper, Yamon Figurs amongst receivers ‘on bubble’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Kelley Washington has moved ahead of Demetrius Williams on depth chart

The Sun’s Ken Murray says NBC analyst Dungy wonders if Ravens will lose ‘aggressiveness, cohesiveness’ with Rex Ryan gone

The Sun’s Ken Murray says ST coordinator Jerry Rosburg knows kickers need to hit at ’90 percent’ clip

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says bubble players like Talavou feeling ‘tense’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Hauschka can lock up kicking job tonight at Georgia Dome

Frederick News-Post’s Adam Behsudi says DL Brandon McKinney ‘battling’ to make roster

Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter says Flacco will give Falcons CB’s Chris Houston, Brent Grimes ‘decent test’

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Flacco, Brandon Marshall could have ‘nice long-term marriage’

SI’s Peter King picks Ravens to go 9-7, lose in first round of playoffs (to Steelers)

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco says Ravens will finish 2nd in AFC North, need Flacco to be more of ‘passer’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says teammates let Suggs have it when he returned to practice

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph ‘hopes’ players motivated by being big underdogs to Cal

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph confirmed QB Clay Belton transferred from Miami (Ohio) to Maryland

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says staff doesn’t want players sleeping on flight to Cal, hopes to help team adjust to time difference

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Nick Ferrara ‘kicker of the future’

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Phil Costa not ‘stressed’ by classes

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Ralph would like to have 24’s Jack Bauer on his team

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Don Brown ‘can’t expect too much’ from D-Line

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps face ‘long night’ Saturday flying home from Berkeley

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Maryland staff will begin watching James Madison film on flight back from California

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says DJ Adams playing role of Jahvid Best for Terps in practice

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph thinks Terps need to be ‘blue-collar team’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph thinks Terps will get Cal’s ‘best shot’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says OT Bruce Campbell is ‘sizable presence’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps will finish 7-5, 4-4 in ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 28 Terps have never played college football game before

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 21 points largest dogs Terps have ever been under Fridge

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former Terp Kevin Glover to be honored by ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cal beat writer Okanes reports Best ‘not 100 percent’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Ralph might try similar motivation with Middle Tennessee State

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph has made choice between Nick Ferrara, Mike Barbour; but won’t announce it yet

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Belton wasn’t overly impressive with RedHawks

San Francisco Chronicle’s Ron Kroichick says Syd’Quan Thompson providing leadership for Cal in secondary

Oakland Tribune’s Jonathan Okanes says Cal’s Tyson Alualu, Cameron Jordan ‘bolster’ defense

CBS Sports says Terps 57th best team in country

CBS Sports picks Terps to play in EagleBank Bowl

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich wonders how Don Brown’s defense will match up against Heisman Trophy candidate Jahvid Best

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Glover to be honored at ACC Championship Game

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says prospect Uzomah expects scholarship offer from Terps

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Lamar Young ‘X Factor’ on Terps’ O-Line (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Friedgen reminding players they’re 21 point dogs to Golden Bears (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman/Bear Insider’s Jim McGill break down individual Terps/Bears matchups

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says 2011 prospect Sterling Gibbs to visit College Park (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse says former Terp Feifs joined staff at North Carolina

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids ‘concerned’ with Bucks QB Terrelle Pryor

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo still undecided between Jon Teague, Joe Buckley at kicker

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dobbs ‘more accomplished passer’ than previous Navy QB’s

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids haven’t played Top 6 team (other than Notre Dame) since beating South Carolina in ‘84

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Jon Teague will handle kickoffs

Columbus Dispatch’s Todd Dallas Lamb torn between OSU fandom, Navy support

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Navy fans need to ‘take it easy’ on QB Ricky Dobbs

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina previews Navy-Ohio State (must subscribe)

Go Mids’ Chris Rohe breaks down individual Mids/Buckeyes matchups (must subscribe)

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Midshipmen to host two Fall Ball events this year

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Ambrose knows Tigers jumping in ‘deep end’ by playing Wildcats

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Northwestern will provide ‘stern test’ for Rob Ambrose’s Tigers Saturday

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Jays open season Saturday at Delaware Valley

The Official Site offers complete JHU/Del Val release (pdf)

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Jays have good shot to win Centennial Conference for first time since ‘05

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra continuing to look for ‘racing immortality’ at Woodward Stakes

Daily Racing Form’s Mary Rampellini says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird returned to Woolley’s stable at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Dominic Terry continues to ride Rachel Alexandra in workouts

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Woodward Stakes field includes 2008 Belmont champ Da’Tara

COLLEGE LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says next year’s Championship Game at M&T Bank Stadium moved back to 3:30pm on Memorial Day

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Saturday games in Final Four will now face off at 4pm, 6:30pm

NBA:

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Carmelo Anthony back in town for charity weekend with singer Mario

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I’ll say Falcons 23, Ravens 10 tonight. The backup units haven’t been overly impressive for the Ravens, and I think DJ Shockley and Chris Redman could have a big night.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

I will have my “mock roster” up later today. I feel like I’m heavy on RB’s and D-Line right now. I may have to play around with that.

Let’s see what everyone has to say……

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh has ‘thought about’ not playing some starters tomorrow night

Nestor Aparicio says WNST giving away trip to Foxboro

Rex Snider says A-Rod partnered with Elijah Cummings to deliver speech at Milford Mill

Keith Melchior says Hendrickson, Reimold best Birds in August

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Ray loser in relief as Birds fell to Yankees

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jason Berken takes hill tonight vs. Sabathia, Yanks

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Fiorentino, Albers, Sarfate, Castillo joined Birds with rosters expanded

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Bergesen shut down for season

Yankees Official Site’s Bryan Hoch says Posada homered Twice as Bombers topped Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Luke Scott’s 3 run bomb not enough as Birds fell to Yanks

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says MacPhail doing right thing with pitchers, but could hurt Trembley in process

The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Arin Gencer say while in town playing Birds, Alex Rodriguez spoke at Milford Mill Academy

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Yankees bullpen held Orioles scoreless, Orioles bullpen struggled vs. Yanks

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says x-rays on Adam Jones’ ankle negative

The Sun says Babe Ruth Museum to honor Brooks Robinson

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Felix Pie homered for Birds in loss

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says O’s expected to add 3 or 4 more players to roster next Monday

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Markakis team’s nominee for Roberto Clemente Award

The AP says David Hernandez gave Birds ‘uneven’ pitching performance, got no decision

New York Post’s George A. King says Swisher, Hinske hit back to back homers for Yanks in win

New York Times’ Tyler Kepner says Yanks survived poor effort from AJ Burnett to win

New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says Damaso Marte winner in relief as Yanks topped Birds

Newsday’s Erik Boland says Mariano Rivera pitched 9th inning to record 38th save

Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Cano also homered for Yanks in win

Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera says Luke Scott’s homer 57th homer hit to Eutaw Street at OPACY

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 26th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Andy Mitchell winner as Tides shut out Charlotte in Game 2 of doubleheader

Norfolk Tides Official Site says David Pauley loser as Tides shut out by Knights in Game 1 of doubleheader

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Steve Johnson winner as Baysox topped Binghamton

Frederick Keys Official Site says Bobby Stevens’ solo HR only scoring as Keys fell to Kinston

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Steven Bumbry homered for Ironbirds in win over Tri-City

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Shane Mathews loser in relief as Lake County topped Shorebirds

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Hobgood loser as Orioles fell to Burlington

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waring homered for Baysox in win over Mets

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waring, Matt Angle, Florimon, Brian Parker also called up to Bowie

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Chorye Spoone struggled for Keys in loss to Indians

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy
says Cleo Lemon cut, Ravens roster down to 75

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Derrick Martin amongst players ‘fighting’ for jobs Thursday night at Falcons

The Official Site says Harbaugh thinks injured players like LB Ellerbe “Can’t make the club in the tub”

The Official Site says players to have weekend off after Thursday’s trip to Atlanta

The Sun’s Ken Murray says keeping Hauschka as only kicker could open up roster spot for someone like Talavou, Lawrence, Parmele, or Derrick Martin

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley and Ed Lee says Suggs will test his heel Thursday night at Falcons

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says teammates beat up Suggs upon return to practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ed Reed did not practice Tuesday afternoon

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens have 3 QB’s left-Flacco, Troy Smith, John Beck

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Suggs not sure how long he’ll play Thursday night in Georgia Dome

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says CB Chris Carr, OT Jared Gaither, RB’s Matt Lawrence and Cedric Peerman all returned to practice

The AP says Derrick Mason thinks offense will ‘move the chains, score touchdowns’

Atlanta Falcons Official Site says Falcons traded for Tye Hill ahead of Ravens game

Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Mark Bradley says Tye Hill acquisition similar to acquisition of Foxworth last season for Falcons

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Ravens have 21st best QB’s in league

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks thinks Ravens will finish 11-5, win AFC North-all other analysts think Ravens will finish 2nd

Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki says Ravens ‘need’ to trade for Brandon Marshall

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Heap’s ‘health’ will determine success this season

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens have ‘decent’ emergency plan behind Flacco at QB

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Chiefs imploding before opener with Ravens

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says kickers Mike Barbour, Nick Ferrara haven’t been able to separate from each other

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph knows Golden Bears will be looking for ‘revenge’ vs. Terps

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Tedford thinks Terps ‘dangerous’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph counting on ‘youthful arrogance’ from Terps

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says O-Line out to prove inexperience not a problem

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps haven’t scored defensive TD since Erin Henderson in ‘06

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Ralph thinks practices aren’t always great after school starts

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Cal has offensive question marks beyond Jahvid Best

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says WR Coach Lee Hull thinks things have ‘finally clicked’ for Adrian Cannon

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says DHB told Cannon to ‘be better’ than him

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen has been in ‘phenomenal mood’ during summer

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Bears coach Tedford thinks QB Kevin Riley better than last year when he visited College Park

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tedford knows Terps have ‘balance’ offensively

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says kicker will be ‘game-time decision’ for Ralph

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Phil Costa tends to be prepared early

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner will have 70+ family and friends in Berkeley Saturday night

Washington Examiner’s Rick Snider says Chris Turner gets chance to return home to native California

San Francisco Chronicle’s Ray Ratto says Don Brown’s defense will provide ‘interesting first test’ for Cal QB Kevin Riley

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Turner, Scott ‘key’ to Terps’ success

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Bears using last year’s loss as ‘motivation’ vs. Terps

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles freshmen QB’s CJ Brown, Danny O’Brien (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Ralph doesn’t want to see penalties, turnovers in Berkeley (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Tobias Harris visited College Park again (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Bill The Goat to participate in Capital One All-America Mascot Challenge

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids Brady DeMell, Bobby Doyle, Doug Furman also returning to native Ohio

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says scout team Ohio natives Mike McCarthy, Matthew Kelley, Scott Blasinsky, Josh Dowling-Fitzpatrick also making trip to Ohio Stadium

Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist says Navy DL Chase Burge will have supporters in native Ohio

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tigers have little chance of beating Northwestern

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Bozeman expecting Joe Davis, Anthony Anderson, DeWayne Jackson to make impact replacing Bears’ departures

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Woodward Stakes could be last race for Preakness champ Rachel Alexandra

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt worries USL-1 expansion could water down USL-2

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Luke Scott’s bomb was impressive last night. A win would have been more impressive.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 01 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

You know you’re an Orioles fan if…..

….An opposing pitcher is throwing a perfect game, and you’re completely unmoved

….You’ve braved hostile crowds, name calling, battery throwing, and obscenity chanting from opposing fans……..to enjoy a game at Camden Yards

….You used to enjoy a drink while watching a game, but now the drinks have become a necessity to stomach the game

….At least 15 times a year there’s someone in your team’s starting lineup that you can honestly admit you’ve never heard of

….Your child’s Little League team regularly makes more significant offseason additions than your favorite Major League baseball team

….you’ve looked at the TV, the other had more than 225 runs, and you thought “Yeah, that’s about right.”

….Every Spring Training, “if” becomes your new favorite word (CB in Northeast)

….Your car’s MPG is lower than your favorite pitcher’s ERA (Christopher Edwards)

….You’ve ever paid money to go to a Major League Baseball game and your Designated Hitter bunted (John in Towson)

….“Cash for Clunkers” represents your team’s offseason free agent acquisitions (Tim in Overlea)

….Your favorite team’s colors are black, orange, and shame (Alex Thomas)

….When you hear that “no lead is safe”, you understand that TRULY, no lead is safe (Erienne)

….You miss Aubrey Huff (texter “5750”)

….You still respect Rick Dempsey (Mark in Nottingham)

….when “Orioles Magic” is still something that happens….but only to your wallet (Brandon in Abingdon)

….a 4th place finish sounds fantastic (Ken Phillips)

….you’re not sure if you should be proud or embarrassed when your favorite team adds “Baltimore” to the front of their away uniforms (Intern Jack)

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ravens CB Foxworth looking forward to seeing ‘old friends’ Thursday night in Atlanta

Drew Forrester says Trembley thought Birds ‘never gave up’ in loss

Drew Forrester offers comical take on Orioles improving

Rex Snider says NBC’s Dateline profiled McNair murder last night

Glenn Clark would like an Ed Reed jersey (from the WNST.net store) for his birthday

Bob Haynie took responsibility for jinxing Pettitte last night

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis broke up Pettitte’s no-hitter in 7th, but Yankees still topped Birds

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez takes hill tonight vs. AJ Burnett, Yanks

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara could return before season ends

Yankees Official Site’s Bryan Hoch says Hairston error in 7th ended Pettitte’s bid for perfect game

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 25,000 fans at Camden Yards saw Bombers top O’s (I won’t even bother to remind you that most of them were New York fans. Oh wait…..)

The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec say Tillman, Matusz will make 2-3 more starts before being shut down for season

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Orioles expected to call up Sarfate, Fiorentino, Albers, Castillo today

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds should be ‘encouraged’ by “Guts”’ performance

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Jeremy Guthrie fell to 9-13 after loss to Yanks last night

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Roberts not sure how Birds finish really that important

The AP says Melvin Mora homered to break up shutout

New York Post’s George A. King III says Mariano Rivera pitched 9th for 37th save

New York Times’ Tyler Kepner says Nick Swisher homered for Yanks in win

New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says skipper Girardi thought Pettitte pitched ‘great game’ despite losing no hitter

Newsday’s Erik Boland says Cano added 2 run double in win

Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Pettitte picked up 16th career win at OPACY, 26th career win over Birds

Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera says A-Rod sat out Yankees’ win Monday night

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Oullette, Deza took losses as Reading swept Bowie in doubleheader

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Bordes winner as Shorebirds topped Lake County

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Kantakevich winner as Ironbirds topped Tri-City

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Mechaw winner as Orioles topped Burlington

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Shorebirds’ Ronnie Welty, Joe Mahoney hit back to back homers in win over Captains

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Shorebirds’ Welty honored by South Atlantic League

Laurel Leader’s David Driver says new Keys pitcher Brett Jacobson has found adjustment from Tigers organization ‘difficult’

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Keys’ Caleb Joseph out of ‘nightmare’ 0-28 slump

Washington Times’ Jay LeBlanc says Arrieta, Britton, Erbe organization’s top prospects

Virginian-Pilot says Tides, Charlotte rained out last night; to play doubleheader today

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Rolle will spend first 6 weeks of season on PUP list

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis practiced after elbow scare in Carolina; LB Ellerbe, DT Gregg, OL Chester, OT Rodgers all returned to practice

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says despite miss vs. Panthers, Harbaugh still gives Hauschka ‘edge’ in kicking competition

Falcons Official Site’s John Manasso says RB Jerious Norwood ‘most likely’ won’t play Thursday, S William Moore definitely won’t

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Brendon Ayanbadejo excels not only on football field, but also in other areas of life

The Sun’s Edward Lee and Jamison Hensley say Suggs returned to practice Monday

The Sun’s Mike Preston says organization hoping Heap can return to previous form

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelly Gregg returned to practice yesterday, ‘intends’ to play vs. Falcons

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Chris Carr, Oniel Cousins also did not practice

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh not particularly hopeful about Mark Clayton playing Thursday night

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Rolle told Ozzie Newsome he intended to play this season

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says QB Drew Willy, WR’s Bradon Godfrey, Biren Ealy Ravens’ first cuts

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Billick’s book not about Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Heap again looking like ‘playmaker’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson reports Harbaugh said Rolle won’t play if playing presents ‘any risk at all’

The AP says teammate, friend Derrick Mason thinks ‘Samari just wants to play’

Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Orlando Ledbetter says Falcons coach Mike Smith confirms reserves will play majority of Ravens game

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs could use work Thursday night

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s open in Berkeley

The Official Site offers complete Terrapins/Golden Bears release (pdf)

Cal Official Site previews Saturday’s opener vs. Maryland

Cal Official Site offers complete Bears/Terps release (pdf)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph thinks ‘ignorance is bliss’ when it comes to young players

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says young O-Linemen Gonnella, Pinegar have each played before

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Maryland commit Devin Burns opened ’09 season with big game

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Adrian Cannon became different player after making big TD catch in Humanitarian Bowl

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says O-Line, TE, Kicker likely Terps’ ‘biggest concerns’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Don Brown’s defense made more than 50 picks in camp

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph holds responsibility of program ‘CEO’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Phil Costa, Chris Turner, Nolan Carroll, Adrian Moten ‘sworn in’ as team captains

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps may wait until gametime to pick kicker between Mike Barbour, Nick Ferrara

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says players happy to be big underdogs against Pac 10 foe

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terrell Skinner knows Adrian Cannon ‘great player’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps won only previous meeting with Cal (last year)

San Francisco Chronicle’s Ron Kroichick says Cal returns 8 starters from ’08 team

Oakland Tribune’s Jonathan Okanes says RB Jahvid Best beginning Heisman Trophy campaign Saturday night

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says O-Line ‘most unsettled’ position for Terps

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Bishop McNamara WR prospect Brandon Coleman has other schools higher on list than Maryland (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says DL Ivey drawing comparisons to former Terp Randy Starks (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Isaiah Miles and John Crowder amongst Baltimore recruits Terps pursuing (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASEBALL:

Washington Times’ Ben Goessling says former Terp Justin Maxwell may be getting last shot with Nationals

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s opener at Ohio State

The Official Site offers complete Buckeyes/Midshipmen release (pdf)

Ohio State Official Site previews Saturday’s opener vs. Navy

Ohio State Official Site offers complete Bucks/Mids release

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ohio State, Wake Forest, Pitt, Notre Dame make Mids’ schedule ‘most challenging’ Niumatalolo has seen

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says kickers Jon Teague, Joe Buckley will both travel to Columbus with Mids

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says center DeMell to make college debut Saturday at Ohio Stadium

Columbus Dispatch’s Rob Oller says Navy seniors dealing with futures beyond football this week

Scout.com names Pospisil, Tuani, Middleton, Blake Carter to all-service academy defensive team

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s opener at Northwestern

The Official Site offers complete Tigers/Wildcats release (pdf)

Northwestern Official Site previews Saturday’s opener vs. Tigers

Northwestern Official Site offers complete Wildcats/Tigers release (pdf)

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site offers complete preview of 2009 Blue Jays

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Borel to mount Derby winner Mine That Bird again in Goodwood Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Classic

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Belmont, Travers winner Summer Bird in good position to win 3 year old Championship

Daily Racing Form’s Mike Welsch says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra put in final breeze at Saratoga before Saturday’s Woodward Stakes

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says trainer Woolley likes Borel because rider ‘knows’ Kentucky Derby winner

Thoroughbred Times’ Phil Janack says trainer Steve Asmussen says Rachel Alexandra ‘happy, loose’ in workout

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Brian Rowland, Val Teixeira, Paul Robson Palace players most honored by USL-2 this season

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ former Colt Bob Vogel

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Gotta get to Owings Mills today. Add your own analysis.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 04 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

Matusz tonight? I’ll say 5 innings, 4 earned runs, and a loss.

Sorry, Jarrod Washburn has always been tough for the Birds.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Tillman was ‘better’ in 2nd start

Luke Jones says Heap has ‘looked good’ in practice

Drew Forrester okay with Yankees winning if it helps Birds

Bob Haynie says Wigginton ‘should’ be starting at 3B

Glenn Clark says UFC bus trip highlight of non-baseball week

Patrick Staso says things have changed during Mason’s retirement

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Tillman, Birds gave away early 5-0 lead in loss to Tigers

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Matusz to make first career start tonight vs. Washburn, Tigers

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Mora, Trembley held closed-door meeting to ‘clear air’ after Sunday’s incident

Tigers Official Site’s Mike Scott says Clete Thomas’ walkoff blast finished Detroit’s comeback win over O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Roberts’ leadoff homer part of 5 run 5th off Verlander in loss

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Wieters will catch Matusz tonight in debut

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Mora could be odd man out when Birds need roster spot for Matusz today

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Mora not ready to ask for release

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Zaun to catch Guthrie Wednesday

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd thinks Mora should ‘sit down and shut up’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Baez was impressive until giving up winning HR

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck not sure MacPhail would be willing to cut Mora and pay him

The AP says Luke Scott added 2 run double in loss

Washington Post’s Lacy Lusk says Matusz took ‘fast track’ to Baltimore

Detroit Free Press’s Shannon Shelton says Thomas’ homer at Comerica Park first walk-off homer of career

Detroit News’ Tom Gage says Verlander survived terrible first inning to beat Birds

SI’s Jon Heyman says Wigginton, Mora, Huff ‘likely to clear’ waivers before Aug. 31 deadline

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

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 26th in power rankings

ESPN.com has Birds 22nd in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Arrieta fell to 3-5 after loss to Syracuse

Frederick Keys Official Site says Nery loser as Keys fell to Potomac

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Oliver Drake winner as Delmarva topped Greensboro in Game 2

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Shane Matthews winner in relief as Shorebirds took Game 1 of doubleheader

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Tyler Kelly’s 10th inning sac fly gave Ironbirds 1-0 win over Staten Island

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Tides’ Michael Aubrey maintaining confidence at plate

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Sarfate had another successful rehab outing for Tides in loss

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says loss to Nationals Keys’ 4th straight loss overall

Virginian-Pilot’s Mike Connors says Brandon Snyder went 3-4 with RBI in Norfolk’s loss to Chiefs

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Suggs missing practice time with heel strain

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Davon Drew, LJ Smith, Mark Clayton, Justin Bannan, Brendon Ayanbadejo all missed morning practice in Westminster

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says on Hauschka’s day off, Gano connected from 53 yards and converted a 56 yard free kick

The Official Site says Harbaugh thinks Suggs ‘should be fine’

The Official Site says organization adopting “Play Like A Raven” marketing plan

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says new #1 back Ray Rice ‘raising his game’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Le’Ron McClain more ‘hard work’ than ‘ego’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Mason, Demetrius Williams, Justin Harper all had receiving highlights Monday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Gaither, Oher, Landry, Washington, Foxworth all participated in special teams practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Frank Walker made pretty interception of a Flacco pass Monday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jason Phillips activated from PUP list Monday

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens have no interest in Brandon Marshall at all

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Kruger replaced Suggs in starting lineup while Sizzle dealt with heel injury

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Heap finally healthy in Training Camp again

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh distributed hats with “Surge” written on them to honor U.S. military

Carroll County Times’ Daniel Henderson says Chris Chester thinking about post football life as well as current football life

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says ‘no one can argue’ Ravens better with Mason

NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora says Suggs showing off ‘swagger’ despite injury

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs thinks injury ‘no big deal’

ESPN.com’s James Walker doesn’t expect Ravens to make any ‘significant’ additions at WR

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site offers complete season outlook for Terps

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says St. John’s D-Lineman prospect Kevin McReynolds ‘likes Maryland’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph on Twitter (so is Gary, so is Brenda)

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Nolan Carroll loves to ‘win’

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Devin Burns ‘riding high’ after committing to Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says target Tobias Harris to trim list of schools this month

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles target Tony Mitchell in Las Vegas (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says incoming Terp Natasha Cloud can help Terps ‘in variety of ways’ (must subscribe)

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says OT Mike Stoffel honored by d3football.com

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says D-Lineman/PA resident Mike Walsh wishes Mids could face Penn State

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says QB Dobbs wearing ‘off limits’ during practice

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids have questions at FB, in secondary

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says no one in Annapolis ‘concerned’ about first-year QB Dobbs

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Mids to be ‘tested’ with opener at Ohio State

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Buddy Green thinks LB Haberer has been just as important for Midshipmen as Pospisil, Sovie

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra could face other Triple Crown winners in Travers Stakes

Daily Racing Form’s Mike Welsch says Quality Road returned with big win Monday at Amsterdam Stakes

Thoroughbred Times’ Steve Bailey says Quality Road set track record at Saratoga in Amsterdam Stakes win

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Zenyatta owner Jerry Moss still hoping for chance to face-off with Rachel Alexandra

Thoroughbred Times’ Phil Janack says trainer Asmussen has plenty of options for Rachel Alexandra

The AP says owner Jess Jackson likely to wait two weeks to make decision on Rachel Alexandra’s next start

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Palace considering Port Covington location for permanent home

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says Mariners to bring back GM Greg Justice

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Clearly Terrell Suggs’ injury is nothing to worry about. Doesn’t mean I won’t worry anyway.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 31 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

I’ll make a weekend pick for you.

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

Thoughts on the Sherrill deal?

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

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

Probably a precautionary measure.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Oher ‘story of triumph over tragedy’

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

Luke Jones says Ravens added WR Thomas White from Baylor

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

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

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

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

ORIOLES:

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

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The AP says Wigginton homered for Birds in win

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RAVENS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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

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

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

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

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

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site offers complete preseason release (pdf)

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

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

HORSE RACING:

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

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

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

SWIMMING:

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

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

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

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

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

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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

Talk to you this weekend.

-G

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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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