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We could be a week away from round 2

Posted on 16 April 2010 by Bryan Powell

Since the Salisbury and Stevenson men’s lacrosse teams met on April 3rd not much has changed. Both teams won the rest of their conference games to lock up the number one and two seeds in the conference tournament.

The tournament starts on Sunday with #6 seed Wesley traveling to #3 St. Mary’s and #5 Mary Washington traveling to #4 seed York College. The winner of Wesley/St. Mary’s travels to #2 Stevenson next Wednesday at 4pm. The winner of Mary Washington/York heads to #1 seed Salisbury also on Wednesday.

Barring a major upset it should be #2 Stevenson @ #1 Salisbury next Saturday for the conference title. Salisbury has won every tournament since 1994 and the Mustangs want to end that streak and capture their first trophy and hopefully have a chance to host a possible third game in the NCAA tournament.

I will update the road to the rematch as the week progresses.

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DIVISION 3 IS ONCE AGAIN OWNED BY SALISBURY

Posted on 03 April 2010 by Bryan Powell

So far in the 2010 season the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team has beaten Cortland State and Gettysburg who were in the top three at gametime. Today they looked to add another team to that list, #1 Stevenson. They accomplished that mission by a score of 16-10. One of those wins was at a neutral site while the other two were road games.

This win gives the Sea Gulls the #1 ranking in next week’s poll and the inside track to the Capital Athletic Conference regular season title.  It also means that in three weeks when these two teams most likely meet again in the CAC tournament championship game it will be in Salisbury.

A crowd of 1,534 looked on as Salisbury outscored the Mustangs 8-2 in the second half  to get the win. Mike Winter had four goals while Matt Cannone and Mike Von Kamecke added three apiece for the winners. Jimmy Dailey scored three goals and added two assists while Ray Witte added two more goals from face-off fast breaks for Stevenson.

A key to the game was the Salisbury man down unit. They held Stevenson to 1-5 on extra man and that one was with under a minute to play and the backup goalie in the cage. Salisbury went 2-4 in their extra man opportunities

Some other stats from the game Stevenson outshot Salisbury 44-37 and won the groundball war 30-24. Salisbury was 22-23 in clears while Stevenson was 16-19. Johnny Rodriguez had 15 saves for Salisbury including a couple at close range or one on one.

Salisbury starts a three game homestand by hosting St Mary’s on Wednesday night at 7pm while Stevenson heads to Marymount for at 4pm game.

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because I STILL don’t live anywhere NEAR North Harford High School; so those clowns can’t bother me.

AND…

Umm….I didn’t have to wear a hoodie to work this morning? I mean, could anything be better about the weather right now? It’s the type of weather that makes me want to roll the windows down and crank up some O.A.R….

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says Robert Andino homered as Orioles topped Rays in Grapefruit League play

You think someone was a little extra inspired yesterday?

Of course, we’ve reached the part of Spring Training where no one really cares what’s happening on the field anymore. In fact, I heard a rumor that Ray Bachman threw an inning out of the bullpen following Jake Arrieta yesterday.

The Orioles play the Yankees today in Tampa Bay at 1:05; the game is on ESPN. In what Nolan Ryan was quoted* as calling “the greatest mismatch in pitching history”, Alfredo Simon faces Andy Pettitte.

(*Edit from GMC: No, Nolan Ryan wasn’t quoted as saying that. Only because no one has been able to ask Nolan Ryan about it. If they had, he’d probably first say “Who the hell is Alfredo Simon?” and THEN call it the greatest mismatch in pitching history.)

2. St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Joe Strauss says Cardinals traded Julio Lugo to Orioles for player to be named OR cash considerations

As a reminder, the 2010 World Series is tentatively scheduled for October 27-November 4. Keep this in mind as you make your fall plans.

In all fairness, I have no problem with the Julio Lugo acquisition. I think it makes the Orioles better, as he will be a better option as a utility infielder than Robert Andino. I DON’T think the acquisition has much to do with Brian Roberts’ injury; but if he is forced to miss games early-or at any point during the season-Julio Lugo is a BETTER option to fill in for him.

Now-if Baltimore was going to acquire someone from St. Louis-why chouldn’t it have been Sunrise Adams?

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3. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Chad Moeller granted his outright release by Birds

So…fair well Chad Moeller. We’ll always have…the memories???

The bad news here is that the O’s will no longer have a veteran catcher in the organization. A season ago they had Robby Hammock at Norfolk behind Greg Zaun, Chad Moeller AND Matt Wieters. Had Wieters been hurt during the late stretch, they had veteran options available to play for 15 days.

They won’t have that this year.

Behind Matt Wieters is Craig Tatum, he and his .162 career average over 26 career games played. Down on the farm with the Tides, there’s Michel Hernandez-he and his career .237 average over 45 MLB games played. Behind him-Adam Donachie; who is looking forward to getting a major league per diem for the first time in his life.

Now-there will undoubtedly be SOME sort of veteran catcher available should the Orioles need one at some point this season-so this will probably be no big deal.

And even though Superman had Krptonite, nothing could hurt Matt Wieters, right? I mean, Matt Wieters > Superman.

4. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Donte’ Stallworth intoduced to Baltimore media, says he’s “become a better decision maker” from DUI manslaughter incident

And as we discussed this morning on “The Comcast Morning Show”, at some point we’re going to have to let the guy live.

Personally-I’m done with it. I really am. I’m not saying that what Donte’ Stallworth did was okay, but I am saying that I’m personally uninterested moving forward. I’m interested in how he will work with John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason.

That’s me. Maybe some people are still interested in what happened last March, and can’t move past it. I’m just not one of them. And it’s not because it’s because he plays for the Ravens. It’s because he’s served his time and has been willing to address it.

I’d feel the same way about others in similar situations with other NFL teams.

5. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says ‘broken promises’ lead to Troy Smith switching agents from Ralph Cindrich to Neil Cornrich

Can I make an addendum here?

“Broken promises and UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS” lead to Troy Smith switching agents.

Look-if Ralph Cindrich told Troy Smith he’d get him a starting job with another team this offseason and didn’t-Troy has every right to make a move. BUT-Ralph Cindrich’s mistake was to make that type of promise not knowing whether there were ACTUALLY ANY NFL TEAMS THAT WANTED TROY SMITH AS THEIR STARTING QUARTERBACK.

And just to follow up on things I’d crawl to Cleveland for; yesterday I said “Vida Guerra painted like a Tiger”, and today I’d add “a year’s worth of Shock Top”…

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6. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Alabama DT Terrence Cody visited 1 Winning Drive Thursday

I get it. Terrence Cody doesn’t look good physically…

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…but there’s something to be said about a space-clogger from the SEC who has performed at a high level against really good talent.

A season ago, many analysts thought Andre Smith would slide into the 2nd round of the NFL Draft, but he was snapped up early. I really think Terrence Cody is going to come off the board earlier than a lot of people expect.

But…if he slides to the Ravens, you KNOW Ozzie Newsome would be more than happy to have him.

7. Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Greivis Vasquez won Bob Cousy Award as nation’s top point guard

Do I think:

A-Greivis Vasquez was a “point guard”

or

B-He was more deserving of an award than Evan Turner or John Wall?

Probably not. But am I happy for him? Sure am.

Vasquez was also named as one of the 10 finalists for the Wooden Award. Evan Turner was rumored to have called him and asked “What do you think I should wear to my ceremony?”

8. WNST.net’s Bob Haynie says Eric Hayes won NCAA 3 point contest as part of Final Four weekend Thursday night in Indy

And then he beat the gal from Detroit Mercy who the women’s competition; once again proving that boys are better than girls.

Unless of course we’re talking about Gabriella Cilmi. She’s better than us.

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9. The Sun’s Ken Murray says Jimmy Patsos candidate to leave Loyola, join Lavin’s staff at St. John’s

I reached out to Jimmy this morning for comment, and he said “Don’t believe everything you read.”

I responded…”Dude, I NEVER believed Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, but what say you about bailing on the Greyhounds for the Red Storm.”

Is being an assistant for a Big East program that has been mostly irrelevant in recent years a better job than being the head coach for a middle of the road team in the MAAC? Maybe.

But would being an assistant at Maryland have been a better job than either? I think so.

With all of that said, my guess is that Jimmy Patsos returns to the Hounds. Of course, they do have a new AD in Jim Paquette-and there’s always a chance that he might have a different vision for the program than Jimmy does.

If for some reason Jimmy leaves, I have a suggestion as to who should be the next head coach…

(Edit from GMC: I mean, we know he’s gonna get run out of Lexington soon and they’ll end up on probation, right?)

10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Dexter McDougle, Torrey Smith could be options at punt returner as well as Tony Logan

Torrey Smith’s the fastest guy on the team, but as Ralph Friedgen (and any coach in the world) will point out; when it comes to punt returns-CATCHING THE BALL is more important than getting big returns. That’s the biggest reason why the Ravens stuck with Chris Carr through his struggles a season ago.

Teams NEED TO GET THE BALL on a punt. Anything after that is gravy.

11. The Sun’s Mike Preston says Stevenson, Salisbury set for #1 showdown tomorrow afternoon at Caves Athletic Complex

And I’ll be in the house. Follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for details on what I’ll be giving away for anyone who comes out and “Tweets Up.”

While I’m pulling for the Mustangs tomorrow, I do know one thing I like about the Sea Gulls…

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12. The Diamondback’s Kate Yanchulis previews Top 5 lacrosse showdown between Maryland, Virginia tomorrow night at Byrd Stadium

This is a real statement game for Dave Cottle at this point.

If the Hoos come to College Park and roll up a 12-7 victory, the Terrapins find out they aren’t REALLY one of the premiere teams in college lacrosse. If the Terps get a win or keep it close-we find out they’re probably in that realm.

Either way, it’s a great night for lacrosse.

And finally, I leave you with this.

A happy Passover and a Happy Easter to everyone this week. If you’re wondering what I’d like to have for Easter breakfast, think “Cadbury Creme Eggs Benedict”…

benedict

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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SALISBURY AND STEVENSON CRUISE IN LAST TUNE UPS BEFORE SHOWDOWN

Posted on 31 March 2010 by Bryan Powell

The only thing that would take away from the big game on Saturday would be if one of the teams lost their last game before it happens. That did not happen.

We start in Fredrick where #1 Stevenson moved to 10-0 overall and 2-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference with a 20-4 win over Hood College. The Mustangs took at 12-1 halftime lead and cruised to victory. Trip Latta had four goals while Richie Ford had 3 goals and 3 assists for the winners. Stevenson outshot Hood 62-22, won the groundball war 49-22, and won 20 of 27 face-offs.

Meanwhile in Fredricksburg, VA #2 Salisbury moved to 11-0 overall and 2-0 in the CAC with a 15-7 win over Mary Washington.  Matt Cannone had 3 goals and 3 assists while Sam Bradman added three goals for the Sea Gulls. Salisbury outshot Mary Washington 44-18, won the groundball war 40-28 and won 17 of 25 face-offs.

Saturday at 2PM in front of a huge crowd these two teams will be playing for #1 in the country, the inside track to the CAC regular season title, and the right to host a possible rematch in the CAC tournament championship game on your field.

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Division Three Lacrosse at its best this coming week

Posted on 24 March 2010 by Bryan Powell

You may not realize it but the #2 and #3 division three men’s lacrosse teams in the country call Maryland home.  Both of them have huge weeks culminating in a showdown on Saturday April 3rd.

Second ranked Stevenson is currently 8-0 after an 11-4 win this afternoon @Mary Washington. The Mustangs have been cruising through their early season schedule but things are about to get tougher. This Saturday #7 Roanoke comes to Owings Mills for a 1:00 game. The Maroons are also undefeated for the season. Stevenson then heads out to Fredrick for a Wednesday game againist Hood College.

The number three ranked team is the Salisbury University Sea Gulls. The Gulls are currently 8-0 entering tonight’s home game against Wesley. On Saturday they have to leave the friendly confines of Sea Gull Stadium to travel to top ranked Gettysburg which has turned into a fierce rivalry featuring many close games including a NCAA semifinal that went to double overtime in 2008 before Kylor Berkman scored for Salisbury. Last season Gettysburg won at Salisbury 11-10 which snapped am 87 game winning streak overall and 80 straight wins at home. That game also starts at 1:00. After the Gulls travel to Mary Washington on Wednesday they make the trip to Owings Mills.

The Salisbury/Stevenson rivalry is heating up at a rapid pace. Last season Stevenson goes to Salisbury and wins 14-8. That loss was Salisbury’s first loss in the Capital Athletic Conference and they joined in 1994, That spans 115 games. Salisbury would also lose to St. Mary’s before getting their act together. The teams would meet again in the CAC tournament final. This time it was at Stevenson and Salisbury won 13-5 to win their 15th straight conference title. You would think that those two games would be it but the NCAA had other ideas. Round three was a NCAA quarterfinal game. Stevenson also won that 11-9 to end the Sea Gull season before the semifinals for the first time since 2002.

This seasons first meeting takes place @ Stevenson in Owings Mills on Saturday April 3. If you are planning to attend I would arrive early. There is a women’s game between the two schools at 11:30 AM that day. It was announced today that WBAL+ which is channel 208 on Comcast will televise both games live.

Next week I will provide a more in depth preview of the game.

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SALISBURY MOVES TO 2-0

Posted on 20 February 2010 by Bryan Powell

Fourth ranked Salisbury won their home opener over #18 Lynchburg 14-9 in men’s lacrosse on Saturday afternoon. The Sea Gulls raced to an 11-2 halftime lead and held on for the win.

Mike Winter had 5 goals for the Gulls. Matt Cannone had 4 goals and 1 assist while Sam Bradman added 3 goals and 2 assists. Salisbury out shot Lynchburg 43-30 and went 2-4 on extra man.

They also only committed 5 penalties after 10 in last weeks game. Salisbury’s next game is next Saturday at Widener before returning home on March 3rd to face McDaniel College.

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SALISBURY WINS THEIR OPENER

Posted on 14 February 2010 by Bryan Powell

Last season was a disappointment for the Salisbury University Men’s lacrosse team. They finished 16-4, had several long winning streaks stopped, and lost in the quarterfinals to Stevenson. Keep in mind though the last time the Sea Gulls had at least four losses in a season was 2002. In 2003 they followed that up with a 20-1 season and a national title.

Today they took the first step. The #5 ranked Sea Gulls won their season opener 19-6 over host Greensboro College. Jake DeLillo led Salisbury with 5 goals, Sam Bradman and Matt Cannone added four apiece in the win. The Gulls out shot Greensboro 53-23 including  36-9 in the second half. The downside for Salisbury was they were 2-9 with the extra man and committed 10 penalties for 8:30. They did hold Greensboro to 1-10 when they were up a man.

Next week #18 Lynchburg comes to town for the home opener at 1pm. This years schedule features defending national champion Cortland State, Gettysburg, the annual “War On The Shore” vs. Washington College, and a trip to Stevenson on April 3rd.

I will be here all season long to keep you updated on the Sea Gulls and other local college lacrosse.

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 03 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

The Maryland basketball season doesn’t TECHNICALLY tip off until next Friday against Charleston Southern; but even an exhibition game tonight has me salivating. I LOVE College Hoops. And for the first time in a few years, I have a real genuine excitement about the long-term potential for this Maryland team. Here’s my thought process….

As far as the ACC is concerned, the Terps do NOT have the talent of North Carolina, and Duke is built better than they are. They have the capability to compete with any team in the league, but they should absolutely finish somewhere between 3rd and 5th in the league-with Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida State and Wake Forest also in the mix.

This team will need to get more consistent outside shooting from Greivis Vasquez, Adrian Bowie, Cliff Tucker and Sean Mosley to compete for a conference title. Mosley especially might never be a natural shooter, but he at least must be a threat. They’ll need to muscle up inside as well, as Jordan Williams and James Padgett will help-but Dino Gregory and Landon Milbourne will be the guys to start.

And the team will ultimately revolve around Greivis Vasquez. This is his team. As we saw last season, when everything went wrong (remember the home game against UNC), sometimes Greivis could still save things. He’s much more mature than when he came to College Park, and this is his chance to leave a legacy.

I’ll say the Terps finish 4th in the ACC and end up in the Sweet 16. I reserve the right to change my mind anytime between now and March.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark doesn’t know if Chris Chambers would necessarily be a great fit in Baltimore

Chris Pika says Ravens lead NFL in penalty yards

Glenn Clark, Drew Forrester say Flacco was best Raven in win over Broncos

Nestor Aparicio says former Ravens Exec Kokinis joins Phil Savage in being fired by Browns

Glenn Clark gives highest praise to special teams for win over Denver

Bob Haynie wonders who has been ‘most surprising Raven’ in ‘09

Derek Arnold says Ravens didn’t want to let another game ‘slip through (their) hands’

Glenn Clark can’t blame Jamal Lewis for wanting to get out of Cleveland

Glenn Clark says start of college hoops season at Maryland, UMBC, Loyola amongst highlights of week

Drew Forrester says Nestor Aparicio dispatched of Denise Koch in Baltimore Sun contest

Ed Frankovic says Ovechkin ‘week to week’ with upper body strain

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s John Eisenberg says Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, Kelley Washington team’s new ‘three headed monster’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Jared Gaither’s neck ‘felt fine’ after win over Broncos

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh told Derrick Mason to let him handle officials

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Lardarius Webb TD ‘just one highlight’ for Ravens’ special teams unit

The Official Site says Harbaugh declined comment on Ngata’s injury during Monday press conference

The Official Site says Ravens partnered with Shoppers Food and Pharmacy, Maryland Food Bank

Bengals Official Site says team needs to sell 4,500 more tickets to Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium to avoid blackout

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Roy Williams returned to practice Monday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says no rest for Ravens defense with Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Green Bay coming up

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens 3rd in NFL (behind Colts, Dolphins) in converting 3rd downs

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Carson Palmer and Cincinnati will ‘challenge’ Ravens’ secondary with downfield passing

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbs told media Hauschka put in extra work on 43 yard FG try

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ngata injury not considered ‘serious’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Josh McDaniels was really impressed with Flacco

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Domonique Foxworth knows Ravens can’t get ‘too high’ after win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says players credited Kelley Washington for win over Broncos

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Kelley Washington thought win over Broncos ‘stress reliever’

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy says Andre Smith could make NFL debut Sunday for Bengals

The AP’s Joe Kay says Cedric Benson, Jeremi Johnson healed during bye week

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 10th in power rankings

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio has Ravens 9th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens were 11/18 on third down in win over Broncos

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Lardarius Webb ‘star’ for Ravens in win

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens may have done ‘favor’ to Steelers by exposing Broncos

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Terrell Suggs thought Jarret Johnson’s early sack ‘really big’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Raleigh

The Official Site offers complete Maryland-NC State release (pdf)

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Don Brown’s D-Line has improved throughout season

The Diamondback has Terps 12th in ACC

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Maryland/Virginia Tech to kick off at 1pm next Saturday

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps, Wolfpack battling to avoid being worst team in ACC

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Wise DE Rashaan Moore committed to Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps-Hokies headed to ESPN360

Sporting News’ Matt Hayes has Terps 12th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich has Terps 11th in power rankings

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Charles Bankins thinks Travis Baltz ‘cerebral’ (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles freshman Travis Hawkins (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Birchenough says Bergen Catholic lineman Zach Sparber has been ‘hearing from’ Maryland (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s exhibition opener with Indiana University (Pennsylvania)

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Crimson Hawks preview (pdf)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker expects more inside scoring from Dino Gregory

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Vasquez was surprised to see Cal, Georgia Tech ranked ahead of Maryland in AP poll

The Sun’s David Zurawik says ESPN’s “30 For 30” series tackling Len Bias death tonight

Examiner Matthew Bouchard not happy with University’s new policy for student ticket scanning

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Joe Lombardi’s IUP team should be ‘pretty good’ this season

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Greivis Vasquez knows Terps ‘can’t wait’ to face someone else tonight

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says games like tonight’s becoming rare as teams shift to more closed scrimmages

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hawks’ roster includes Boston College transfer Akida McLain

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez, Eric Hayes impressed by improvement of Gregory, Adrian Bowie

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Goins won’t play or practice until talking to his doctor

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Lakewood (NJ) prospect Jarrod Davis could be on Terps’ 2011 radar (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says whether or not to start Eric Hayes biggest question facing Gary Williams in exhibition game

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says former Tiger Dwayne Purnell passed away last week

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Tigers assistant Nadelen named to Team USA

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to South Bend

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

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids lost to Owls ‘in trenches’

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Marcus Curry probable for Notre Dame Saturday

South Bend Tribune’s Jim Meenan says Ricky Dobbs, Midshipmen will bring ‘confidence’ to game against Irish

Go Mids offers Navy-Temple report card (must subscribe)

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says former Retrievers Westervelt, Mundorf named to Team USA

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Andrew Geisert honored by ACFC

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says former Sea Gull Eric Martin named to 2010 US National Team

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird worked 5 furlongs Monday in preparation for this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Classic

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Woolley thought Mine That Bird ‘sharper’ in Monday work at Santa Anita

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team re-signed Jamaal Stokes

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

Terps in the NFL Week 8……

-Browns LB Eric Barton had 2 tackles in a 30-6 loss to the Bears
-49ers TE Vernon Davis had 3 catches for 20 yards and a TD in an 18-14 loss to the Colts
-Vikings TE Jeff Dugan had 1 catch for 2 yards and a TD in a 38-26 win over the Packers
-Eagles LB Moise Fokou had 2 tackles (1 solo) in a 40-17 win over the Giants
-Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth had 2 tackles (2 solo) and defended 2 passes in a 30-7 win over the Broncos
-Dolphins TE Joey Haynos had 2 catches for 20 yards and a TD in a 30-25 win over the Jets
-Vikings LB E.J. Henderson had 2 tackles (2 solo) in a 38-26 win over the Packers
-Vikings LB Erin Henderson had 2 tackles (2 solo) in a 38-26 win over the Packers
-Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey had 1 catch for 10 yards in a 24-16 loss to the Chargers
-Chargers LB Shawne Merriman had 7 tackles (7 solo, 2 sacks) in a 24-16 win over the Raiders
-Jaguars P Adam Podlesh punted 7 times for 309 yards (44.1 avg) and 2 inside the 20 in a 30-13 loss to the Titans
-Dolphins DT Randy Starks had 7 tackles (7 solo, 1 sack) in a 30-25 win over the Jets
-Vikings S Madieu Williams had 5 tackles (4 solo) in a 38-26 win over the Packers
-Seahawks CB Josh Wilson had 2 tackles (1 solo) and defended a pass in a 38-17 loss to the Cowboys

-Former Morgan State TE Visanthe Shiancoe had 1 catch for 12 yards and a TD in the Vikings’ 38-26 win over the Packers
-Former Morgan State RB Chad Simpson had 1 catch for -1 yards in the Colts’ 18-14 win over the 49ers

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 14 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

Did Derrick Mason retire yesterday? Yes. Will Derrick Mason remain retired? I’d lean to no. Not because I know anything, that’s just an emotion I have.

But I know this much. The Ravens needed to address the WR position BEFORE Derrick Mason announced his retirement. They have nothing under contract beyond this season, and I didn’t think the group was a Super Bowl-caliber group BEFORE Mason’s retirement.

I’ve tossed Plaxico Burress’ name around a lot recently because I have talked to a NUMBER of people who have played and worked with Plaxico in the past; and they’ve all basically told me the same thing….

“He’s not the smartest guy in the world, but he’s not an a**hole.”

The basic vibe I get from those in the NFL world is that Burress is a guy who people like having on their team. He’s not a cancer, he’s not divisive, and he’s not going to tear your locker room apart.

But Burress is clearly a question mark based around the fact that his ability to actually see the field is up in the air. Should Plaxico be suspended for the first 8 games of the NFL season (that’s just a number, no fact to it whatsoever), would the Ravens benefit from hoping the guy can just slide in and put up numbers in the 2nd half of the season?

I think there’s an argument that the Ravens truly believe Joe Flacco has improved to the point where he can make the players around him better. That’s not insane. Miles Austin wasn’t a guy you’d pencil in as a reliable WR, but the Cowboys trusted Tony Romo could make him better. That move certainly appears to be working. Can we just assume that Flacco will make Demetrius Williams or Marcus Smith better?

I’m not going to go out on that limb just yet.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester wonders how much Ravens fans ‘trust’ Newsome

Nestor Aparicio says retirement may be ‘negotiating ploy’

Glenn Clark wouldn’t be surprised if Raven announces retirement via Facebook in future

Drew Forrester ‘not buying’ Mason’s retirement

Luke Jones says Marty Booker, DJ Hackett, Jerry Porter could also be options for Ravens

Jerry Reinhardt thinks Mason ‘hurt and grieving’

Tom Clayton says O’s ‘where he expected them’ to be at All-Star break

Glenn Clark says Phelps will be on TV plenty this week

Glenn Clark excited for Baysox ‘pillow fight’

Rex Snider says ‘Thank You’ for supporting Curing Cancer One Call at a Time

Ed Frankovic says Boyd Gordon returning to Caps

RAVENS:

JOCKLife.com says Mason retiring because he’s no longer ‘enthused’ to play football

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mason reportedly set to retire, but hasn’t filed paperwork

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says 52 ‘only’ Raven to take podium at McNair’s funeral

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says deadline to extend Suggs tomorrow

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Flacco not over the top about expectations for season

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Mason won’t change his mind based on anything to do with Ravens

The Sun says Mason 9th amongst active players in receiving yards, receptions

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says ‘no signs’ exist that Ravens, Suggs will reach agreement before deadline

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Mason seemed ‘less sure’ about decision in ESPN News interview

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Newsome on vacation this week while Suggs contemplates signing deal

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says teammate Le’Ron McClain wondered if Mason just ‘emotional’

The AP says Mason’s agent C. Lamont Smith reports WR won’t field media requests for next 2 weeks

Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt says many analysts think coming up ‘yard short’ in Super Bowl could keep McNair out of Hall of Fame

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Marvin Harrison, Amani Toomer, Matt Jones could be options for Ravens

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Mason’s agent previously listed as ‘creator’ of JOCKLife.com

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio (it looks weird to me) says Fabian Washington took to Twitter to voice unhappiness about Mason’s retirement

ESPN.com’s James Walker says starting Clayton, Williams ‘won’t cut it’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says WR depth was ‘weakness’ for Ravens before Mason retirement

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs can choose to sit out part of Training Camp again

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin and Jonathan Mayo say Jones ‘thrilled’ to represent Baltimore at All-Star Game

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Jones will be first Bird since ’72 to wear ‘Baltimore’ on chest at ASG

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Jones not getting ‘worked up’ about St. Louis trip

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Pinckney homered for Baysox in win over Altoona

Frederick Keys Official Site says Billy Rowell’s RBI single not enough in loss to Indians

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Joseph Mahoney homered for Shorebirds in 19-0 win over Lexington

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Justin Moore loser as Orioles fell to Princeton

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says David Hernandez allowed just 1 run over 4 innings but got no decision as Baysox topped Curve

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says David Hernandez won’t stay in Bowie

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Matusz may receive every honor from organization

Frederick News-Post’s Greg Swatek says Ryan Adams’ blunder in 10th helped Kinston past Frederick

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Sarfate to make rehab appearance with Keys tonight

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says return game should be set with Torrey Smith, etc.

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps, Duke getting no love from preseason publications

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says QB prospect Connor Eck camped with Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Terps interested in Northwestern WR prospect Daniel Adams (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says incoming kicker Ferrara participated in New York All-Star Game (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty says Terps interested in 2010 safety prospect Phillip George

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says target Cezar Guerrero getting comparisons to Vasquez

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Jin Soo Kim changed name to Jin Soo Choi

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Toliver finally had ‘breakthrough’ game for Chicago Sky in young WNBA career

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says OT Stoffel recognized by preseason publication

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Sun says Sept. 19 game at Pitt to kick off at 6pm, Oct. 10 game at Rice to kick off at 2:30pm

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says TV details not announced yet for game at Heinz Field

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Gulls set to join Empire 8 Conference in 2011

BLAST:

The Official Site says Bascome to host players in Bermuda

The Official Site says players to participate in ESPNZone event

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra worked out at Saratoga Monday

Daily Racing Form’s Marcus Hersh says Acoma won’t run in Delaware Handicap if Rachel Alexandra does

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Derby winner Mine That Bird breezed Monday at Churchill Downs

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Mine That Bird getting ready for West Virginia Derby next

SWIMMING:

Washington Post’s John Feinstein says Phelps, Woods, Federer, Armstrong all-time greats all competing this July

TENNIS:

Tribune Newspapers’ Chuck Culpepper says Wimbledon was ‘learning experience’ for Ellicott City’s Capra

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Adam Jones is participating in the All-Star Game tonight. I hope I’ll be able to stick around long enough to see him get into the game.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 30 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

How would you respond to a friend who called you to say “Hey man, I have a ticket to Wednesday’s game; do you want to go?”

I mean, you might see exciting things like Adam Jones’ UNBELIEVABLE catch last night; but you’ll be hanging out with something like 30,000 Red Sox fans all night.

I’ll probably still go, but I already know I’m going to have a miserable time.

Of course, it is baseball; so it’s not like it would be thrilling anyway. At least I can yell at some Patriots fans.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Birds 31-62 vs. BoSox at OPACY since ‘98

Marco Romanell pleads for Orioles fans to come to Camden Yards

Glenn Clark says Tiger’s event amongst highlights of non-baseball week

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Berken struggled as Red Sox topped Birds

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Hill takes mound for O’s tonight vs. Smoltz, Red Sox

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Izturis likely still 3 weeks away from return

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds’ roster ‘ideal’ for play vs. National League teams

Red Sox Official Site’s Lisa Winston says Papelbon nailed down 132nd career save to finish off win for Sox

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Lester dominated Birds ‘again’

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Wigginton extended hit streak to 9 in loss

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jason Bay ended game with ‘terrific catch’

Examiner Jay Trucker says Birds went 11-4 against NL East teams not named ‘Marlins’

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says over 36,000 saw Red Sox top Birds at Camden Yards

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Hendrickson giving Birds relief from pen

The AP says Lester now 8-0 with 2.18 ERA in 10 career starts vs. Birds

The AP says players like Wieters, Reimold watched Smoltz on TV growing up

Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin says J.D. Drew homered, fell double short of cycle as Red Sox beat Birds

Boston Herald’s Sean McAdam says Pedroia reached base three times, added RBI single in win

Providence Journal’s Joe McDonald says Francona shuffled lineup before Red Sox beat Birds

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 23rd in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Dorta slammed Tides past Lehigh Valley

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Livingston impressive as Baysox beat Altoona

Frederick Keys Official Site says Caleb Joseph homered for Keys in loss to Wilmington

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

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Colin Allen loser as Ironbirds fall to Staten Island

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Costanzo improving back down at Bowie

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Andy Mitchell winner as Tides topped IronPigs

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Richie Hebner held team meeting following loss to Blue Rocks

Virginian-Pilot says Jolbert Cabrera, Brandon Snyder added 2 hits each for Tides in win

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says ‘offensive identity growing’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh taking USO trip to Persian Gulf this week

ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach says current, former SEC coaches make cameos in Oher movie

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Kruger will be backup DE, play some ‘rush’ LB

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps not getting much love in early projections

Washington Post’s Alan Goldenbach says Terps offered Friendship OT Earl Johnson scholarship

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Turner to be first 3 year starter in College Park since Brian Cummings (must subscribe)

Scout.com’s John Wallpher says Atholton WR prospect Matt Robinson now Terps commit (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Robinson’s commitment was ‘quick decision’

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says former Terps target Stephenson expected to commit to Cincinnati

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire says with Elliot Williams gone from Duke, Terps have ‘arguably’ best backcourt in ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Stephenson’s groping case adjourned again

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says prospect Roscoe Smith’s ‘enthusiasm and energy’ impressive at Charlottesville camp (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Oyefuwa competing for Great Britain at World University Games

TERRAPINS BASEBALL:

The Official Site says Vanderbilt assistant Bakich tabbed as new baseball coach

UMBC RETRIEVERS:

The Official Site says Suffolk (Virginia) prospect Jamar Wertz committed to Retrievers

STEVENSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Mustangs to begin playing at D3 level in 2011

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon says future Jays Chris Lightner, John Ranagan, John Greeley amongst most impressive players at Under Armour All-American game

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says OT Milke ‘looking forward to’ Ohio State game

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Gulls ranked 24th in USA Today preseason poll

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site previews Mariners’ playoff showdown with Reading Express

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

USL-2 Official Site says Real Maryland topped Palace 1-0

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-You have to get the feeling that this Michael Oher movie isn’t the most popular thing in the world of Michael Oher. I think that everyone who knew him at Ole Miss is excited for the opportunity to honor a kid they fell in love with for four years; but to have your life recognized on film when you are really just beginning it still seems to me to be more of a burden than anything. How will Oher’s teammates look at him when they turn on their TV’s and see trailer after trailer for a flick about a rookie?

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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