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Plenty of Risers During Draft Season Stops in Mobile, Orlando

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Plenty of Risers During Draft Season Stops in Mobile, Orlando

Posted on 07 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Welcome to the third installment of my NFL Draft profiles, which I will be doing throughout the months leading up to Draft season in hopes to make sure you are introduced to every player who might be a future member of the Baltimore Ravens.

Sorry for how long this took, as our trip to Ft. Lauderdale to cover the Super Bowl and “Snowpocolypse 2010″ have limited my ability to get this posted quickly.

So far, I have previewed players participating in the East West Shrine Game in Orlando and Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL. If you missed either update, these are the players you can go back to learn about….

QB’s Daryll Clark (Penn State), Sean Canfield (Oregon State)
WR’s Freddie Barnes (Bowling Green), Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati)
TE’s Andrew Quarless (Penn State), Richard Dickson (LSU), Jimmy Graham (Miami)
OG Mike Iupati (Idaho)
OT Vladimir Ducasse (UMass)
DE’s Greg Hardy (Ole Miss), Brandon Graham (Michigan)
LB Ross Pospisil (Navy)
S’s Kam Chancellor (Virginia Tech), T.J. Ward (Oregon), Myron Rolle (Florida State)
CB’s Devin Ross (Arizona), Brian Jackson (Oklahoma), Trevard Lindley (Kentucky), Javier Arenas (Alabama)
K Leigh Tiffin (Alabama)

This week, I’m going to try to take a look back at what transpired in Orlando and Mobile, and who may have risen on the Ravens’ radar moving forward. With still no player movement, my team needs for the Ravens remain the same….

1-WR
2-TE
3-CB
4-S
5-OLB/DE
6-K
7-QB
8-G/C
9-OT
10-P

Thanks to CBSSports.com, SportingNews.com and SI.com for reports from the all-star games-and to NFLDraftScout.com & Wikipedia for help regarding particulars.

East West Shrine Game…

QB Max Hall (BYU)

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Statistically, there is really no argument that can be made against Max Hall. During his 3 seasons in Provo (after transferring from Arizona State), Hall threw for over 11,000 yards and nearly 100 TD’s. Sometimes success from a Brigham Young quarterback can be dismissed based on the level of competition he played against in the MWC; but that’s not the case with Hall. Not only was he strong against teams like Utah (who he awkwardly said he “hated” in a post-game press conference), but he compiled an impressive 7-2 record against BCS opponents. He has no more than average size (6’1″, 200 pounds or so); but he’s a bit older (24) due to his LDS mission. Comparisons to current Ravens and former BYU QB John Beck would be pretty fair, as both came from similar backgrounds and systems. Hall made a nice impression while in Orlando; putting together a very solid 4th quarter in the East West Shrine Game, including a TD pass to Ryan Moya.

C John Estes (Hawaii)

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Estes was a steadying force for the Warriors, even if not an overwhelming one. His size (6’2″, 295 pounds) will make his performance on the bench even more important at the NFL Scouting Combine. He is by no means small, but no NFL team will want to have a sub-300 pounder on their offensive line. Estes will likely need to add bulk as well as prove he has the muscle to battle with the Haloti Ngata and Shaun Rogers of the world inside. As a player who will be available late Friday night and possibly even on Saturday, Estes may be a good fit for the Ravens. Estes could spend a year or two adjusting his body to the NFL level while Matt Birk continued to anchor the middle of the line in Charm City.

WR Verran Tucker (Cal)

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Tucker was showing some positive signs in Orlando before a hamstring injury stunted his Draft season progress. Tucker will have to make up for that in Indianapolis and with his own Pro Day in Berkeley, as he does not have the resume and profile to fall back on. Tucker was never a big numbers guy for the Golden Bears, tallying just 815 yards and 4 TD’s during his 2 year career after transferring from El Camino Junior College. In fact, Tucker had as many 100 yard seasons for the Bears as you and I did. But there are positives about Tucker for sure-he’s in the 6’1″-6’2″ range, and can move his sub-200 pound frame very quickly (he’s expected to run in the 4.4 range in Indy). He’ll need to show teams in individual workouts that he can be a slot receiver at the NFL level,capable of picking up yards after catches over the middle. Ozzie Newsome and company will need multiple receivers before the season begins, so adding a player like Tucker late in the Draft might be an option.

TE Riar Geer (Colorado)

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What impressed scouts most about Geer in Orlando was his solid blocking and safe hands in passing situations. In terms of 2nd tight ends, Geer really appears to fit the bill. He’s definitely got the size (6’3″, 252 pounds) to play the position, but he’s not particularly quick-which will limit his ability to be an offensive playmaker. Geer was never much of a numbers guy (his 402 yards receiving during his senior season in Boulder were almost twice as much as his next biggest season), but he was dependable, and could be a nice late round option for a team needing help in 2 TE sets. His red flags include a knee injury and a previous arrest due to an off-campus fight. There is the possibility Geer could play some Fullback at the next level as well. While the Ravens could use another player to line up next to Todd Heap, it is more likely they’d be looking for a player who could develop into more of a playmaker.

OT Rodger Saffold (Indiana)

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Maybe no player solidified their stock at the Shrine Game as much as Saffold did, as he was REALLY impressive against Ole Miss DE Greg Hardy in practice-winning most 1 on 1 matchups. At 6’5″, 312 pounds; Saffold is roughly the size of Michael Oher, who the Ravens selected in the first round a season ago, and ended up being a Rookie of the Year candidate. Saffold is a likely mid-round pick right now, but he could rise over the coming weeks as more teams deem him capable of being an OT at the next level instead of needing to move to OG, which a number of scouts thought he would before his performance in Orlando. If he stays in the mid-rounds, Saffold would likely be the type of player the Ravens would look at with Jared Gaither’s future still up in the air.

LB Jason Beauchamp (UNLV)

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The biggest question about Beauchamp’s draft status absolutely surrounds what position he will play. He appears to be an outside linebacker-but not necessarily a great pass rusher. He has the tackling ability of someone who can play inside, but got around the edge nicely when he wasn’t hurt last season. His tackling numbers in Las Vegas were impressive-he tallied 332 for his career, 221 over his final two seasons. At 6’3″, 243 pounds; teams will watch his numbers in the 40 and on the bench closely as they try to determine where he might fit in on their defense. He’s clearly a very bright kid, as he wrote a weekly column for the Las Vegas Sun on top of his football duties. In a defense with as many movable pieces as Greg Mattison’s, Beauchamp could slide in at Jarret Johnson’s current position, or possibly at the JACK position Dannell Ellerbe currently mans.

CB Alterraun Verner (UCLA)

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If the Ravens add just one cornerback this offseason, my best guess is that it will be someone a bit taller than Verner, who at 5’10″ is actually not even as big as Domonique Foxworth, Fabian Washington or Frank Walker. But if John Harbaugh and staff decide that they want to bring in more than one CB, Verner may be a solid option. As you can see, he’s a very capable defensive playmaker, having intercepted 13 passes, forced 3 fumbles and scored 4 defensive TD’s during his Bruins career. In that way, he reminds me of Lardarius Webb, a pick that appeared to work well for the Ravens last season. He also reminds me of Webb in that he might have to move to safety to make his speed effective at the NFL level. He’s believed to be a mid-round pick, and his size will probably prevent him from rising too much higher than that.

K Hunter Lawrence (Texas)

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Believe it or not, Hunter Lawrence actually made a few other kicks during his Longhorns career. Of course, clearly none of them were as meaningful as the pressure kick he made to beat Nebraska inside Cowboys Stadium to win the Big 12 Championship Game and advance to the BCS Championship Game. This would mean that he’s connected on one more big kick in his life than say Steve Hauschka or Billy Cundiff (unless of course you consider a game winner for the Browns in a 6-3 victory over the Bills a “big kick”). But beyond that kick, Lawrence was 34/39 on FG attempts during the two seasons he kicked in Austin; including 13-15 tries from between 40-49 yards. He doesn’t have a giant boot necessarily (in fact he missed his only career try from beyond 50 yards), but for a steady kicker who has had to make pressure kicks before, he could work as solid competition for Cundiff; especially if he ends up going undrafted.

WR Blair White (Michigan State)

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It took him until his senior year to become a reliable target in East Lansing, but he certainly delivered. White finished his senior season with 70 catches for 990 yards and 9 TD’s. Over his final two seasons, he put together 6 100+ yard games. At 6’2″, 205 pounds; White would not likely be the typical #1 receiver in the NFL, but he certainly could fill a role. The comparisons to guys like Austin Collie and Brandon Stokley are inevitable (likely having a lot to do with the fact that White is…..well….white), and they might very well be fair. White got Draft season off to a great start, nabbing 7 catches for 93 yards in the East West Shrine Game. White would be a solid option for the Ravens should he be available on Saturday.

S Van Eskridge (East Carolina)

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Scouts would probably like to see a little bit more speed from a free safety prospect like Eskridge, but he certainly has plenty to offer otherwise. At 6’1″, 195 pounds; he’s probably big enough to play at the next level, potentially even big enough to play CB. He showed unique playmaking ability during his career with the Pirates-picking off 11 passes and forcing 5 fumbles. He’s also a very capable tackler, having tallied 290 over the last 3 seasons. Moreover, Eskridge performed at the most important times; having combined for 19 tackles, 2 interceptions and 2 pass defenses in ECU’s win over Houston in the Conference USA Championship game and their loss to Arkansas in the Liberty Bowl. On top of that, he ended up claiming defensive MVP honors in the Shrine Game. There are few red flags on Eskridge’s resume, and he could be a very intriguing prospect should he be available on Saturday.

Senior Bowl…..

WR/RB Dexter McCluster (Ole Miss)

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While he is one of the biggest stars of Draft season thus far (and has a big fan in our man Paul from Hawaii), McCluster may not be a perfect fit for the Ravens, mostly because he’s almost a clone of Ray Rice. McCluster is an explosive playmaker, tallying 2,997 total combined yards during his junior and senior seasons in Oxford. McCluster is roughly Rice’s size (each are somewhere between 5’7″-5’9″, with McCluster clocking in at just a few pounds below Rice’s 210. But the idea remains the same. McCluster is at his best when teams get him the ball in space-which he proved during a stellar Senior Bowl week in Mobile. The Ravens weren’t shy to take chances on Rebels prospects a season ago, drafting Michael Oher and adding FB Jason Cook & LB Tony Fein before letting each go at the end of Training Camp. With Willis McGahee’s future questionable, Cam Cameron could decide to take a chance on another playmaker to help make the Ravens’ offense even more unpredictable. We know one thing-McCluster does the one thing Cameron wants his backs to do-he catches the ball. He’s probably a Friday night guy in April’s Draft.

LB Sean Weatherspoon (Missouri)

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376 tackles, 12 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 4 interceptions and 2 defensive TD’s made the last 3 seasons of Weatherspoon’s Tigers career particularly memorable. To make his NFL career memorable, he’ll have to settle in at a LB position-which could be outside or a JACK-type of position depending on the team he ends up with. Weatherspoon is a beast at 6’2″ and 245 (or so) pounds, and is expected to be able to post a 40 in the 4.5 range on the fast track at LucasOil Stadium. Weatherspoon comes from a family of athletes, including his cousin-former WNBA star Teresa Weatherspoon. Lions DC Gunther Cunningham told the Detroit Free Press that Weatherspoon showed a great deal of leadership during Senior Bowl week. Should he play inside, the Ravens may be looking for a leader after the eventual retirement of Ray Lewis. However, Weatherspoon is expected to be a Thursday or Friday night pick-which may be a bit too early for the Ravens to pull the trigger on a LB that isn’t a pass-rusher.

WR Jeremy Williams (Tulane)

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He’s taller than Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton, but 6’1″ may not be the ideal size for a receiver the Ravens are looking at in the 2010 Draft. But if Williams stays on the board until Saturday, he will be a reliable target for any team that takes a chance on him. Williams had a spectacular senior campaign for the Green Wave, grabbing 84 catches for 1,113 yards and 7 TD’s. His season included 5 games where he tallied 100 or more receiving yards. Williams capped that off with a strong performance at Ladd Peebles Stadium, where he made 6 catches for 83 yards and finished with over 100 yards of total offense. Of course, things haven’t necessarily worked out well stemming from the last time the Ravens drafted a WR named Williams…

WR Taylor Price (Ohio)

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Scouts around Mobile compared Taylor Price to Chicago Bears WR Johnny Knox. I’m not sure if you’re aware, but Johnny Knox is LIGHTNING fast. I’ll reiterate that I don’t think a 6’1″ receiver will address the Ravens’ problems at the position, but I know having game-breaking speed has worked for other #1 WR’s around the league, including Carolina Panthers star Steve Smith. Price didn’t put up eye-catching numbers during his Bobcats career, but he finished with just over 2,000 yards receiving and 14 TD’s. On top of that, Price spent some time during his career as both a punt returner and kick returner-but wouldn’t be an obvious candidate to compete with Lardarius Webb, Jalen Parmele or Chris Carr for a return job in Baltimore.

CB Kyle Wilson (Boise State)

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The oddest thing about Kyle Wilson’s draft profile is trying to figure out how a player with his speed managed to end up at Boise State despite being from Piscataway, New Jersey. Strangely enough, it WASN’T because Rutgers wasn’t interested. Wilson wasn’t highly recruited out of high school, but he proved his doubters wrong during his career with the Broncos. Not only did he finish his career with 11 interceptions and 2 defensive TD’s, he also added 3 punt return TD’s. Wilson’s speed isn’t a concern, but his size (5’10″) makes it difficult to assume he can transition from WAC star to shutdown NFL corner. There will be plenty of comparisons made between Wilson and Jacksonville Jaguars safety Gerald Alexander, who also went to the Draft coming off a BSU victory in the Fiesta Bowl.

TE Ed Dickson (Oregon)

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Unlike Riar Geer, Ed Dickson does appear to be the type of TE who could develop into a big playmaker while splitting time with a former Pro Bowler like Todd Heap to start his career. Dickson has tremendous size (6’5″, 244 pounds); and could really make sure he doesn’t stick around until Saturday on draft weekend by posting a 4.6-ish 40 at the Combine. Dickson didn’t exactly put up insane numbers in Eugene, but he did average over 500 yards receiving and 4 TD’s over each of the final 3 seasons of his Ducks career. Dickson is a tremendous athlete, having previously played LB and DE in High School and early in his college career. What makes him even more intriguing is that his size (much like the size of Miami TE prospect Jimmy Graham) makes him a legitimate jump ball and endzone threat, which the Ravens are currently lacking.

LB Daryl Washington (TCU)

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While pass rusher Jerry Hughes is the Horned Frogs defender that is getting the most attention during Draft season, Washington has quietly made a name for himself as a riser at the ILB position. Washington had a stellar senior season in Fort Worth; tallying 109 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions and a INT return TD. Washington moves well for someone who is about 6’3″, 234 pounds; but he moved to strong side during the Senior Bowl, and scouts will want to see continued progress from him at that position. Where he could fit in for the Ravens would be as a reserve MLB, as his ability to move downfield in pass coverage could get him playing time in obvious passing situations with Ray Lewis having appeared to lose a step in 2009. He looks like a Friday night pick as of right now.

OG Jeff Byers (USC)

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If some schools are “Linebacker U” (like Penn State) or “Wide Receiver U” (Tennessee and Michigan State have been given that nickname), when will we finally recognize Southern Cal as “Interior Lineman U”? After players like Deuce Lutui (Arizona Cardinals), Ryan Kalil (Carolina Panthers), Sam Baker (Atlanta Falcons) and others, Byers is just another steady O-Lineman the Trojans are going to send to the NFL. The issue that is holding Byers back is his history of injuries. His career was slowed in 2005 and 2006 by hip and back injuries that caused him to miss the better part of two seasons. But Byers showed solid versatility in his senior season, even starting a game at center when Kris O’Dowd was hurt. Byers measures in at 6’3″ and right around 300 pounds-making his growth and bench performance very important as teams like the Ravens consider him on Saturday.

DE Alex Carrington (Arkansas State)

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One of the most below the radar pass rushers in the entire FBS, Carrington is out to prove that his 19 sacks over his final two seasons in Jonesboro were about his own individual ability, not the Sun Belt level of opposition he faced with the Red Wolves. Carrington is an absolute monster, checking in at 6’5″, 280 pounds and expected to post a 40 somewhere in the 4.7 range at the Combine. Scouts in attendance at the Senior Bowl were blown away by his strength and versatility; as he’s believed to be capable of rushing in either a 3-4 or 4-3 set. Carrington would be a VERY intriguing selection for a Ravens team with Trevor Pryce’s long-term future in the air; and needing someone to perform opposite Terrell Suggs.

QB Jarrett Brown (West Virginia)

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The inevitable comparisons with Brown will be to Miami Dolphins QB Pat White, but that’s only because the two players aren’t standing next to each other. Brown wasn’t overwhelming during his only season as a starter in Morgantown; he threw for 2,144 yards and 11 TD’s; adding 452 more yards and 6 TD’s on the ground. But Brown has great size for a player looking to prove himself at the next level-at 6’4″, 200 pounds. He’s not blazingly fast, but he definitely has the ability to move in the pocket-and his time in the 40 could change where he ends up getting picked. If the Ravens do end up moving Troy Smith-Brown’s size gives him an obvious advantage over the former Heisman Trophy winner as far as how his game will translate. He looks like a borderline Friday night or Saturday choice as of right now, which will certainly impact whether or not the Ravens would be interested.

Next week I’ll take a look back on the “Texas vs. The Nation” game risers.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Purple Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Ravens Report Card:

Quarterback: D-

Joe showed some signs of life in the 3rd quarter-which means I can’t give him a failing grade (as others will be inclined to do). Other than that, it was a miserable performance from Joe-his lowest point during his tenure as quarterback.

Running Back: C-

Ray Rice’s early fumble really hurt, but he also showed TREMENDOUS effort the rest of the way. I’m just not a fan of using Willis McGahee at the goal line; even if he scored a touchdown the first time. I think he’s a candidate to lose 2 yards every time he touches the ball.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: B-

I thought Mark Clayton and Kelley Washington each gave a TREMENDOUS effort. And while I seriously doubt Demetrius Williams would have caught either of those passes, he was a real plus for this team in drawing two big penalties. Todd Heap made a nice catch early, but Derrick Mason was a non-factor. Credit Dom Capers for sliding Charles Woodson into the nickel to help take away the 8-12 yard range Mason loves.

Offensive Line: C+

Michael Oher struggled MIGHTILY, and Ben Grubbs had a few tough plays in there too. Jared Gaither played pretty well, but the unit lacked cohesiveness at times.

Defensive Line: C+

It’s hard to fault the effort that Haloti Ngata and Dwan Edwards gave-and Kelly Gregg too for that matter. But without Terrell Suggs, the Ravens again failed to get much pressure on Aaron Rodgers. The front four just haven’t done it.

Linebackers: C-

It was a mixed bag from this unit. Tavares Gooden was pretty bad at times, but Dannell Ellerbe really made some plays. I thought Ray’s ankle was again a factor in slowing him down; and this unit struggled to drop back to make plays in pass coverage.

Secondary: D

Lardarius Webb played okay. The pass interference call on Domonique Foxworth was COMPLETELY bogus. Tom Zbikowski had an interception…..if only his game could have ended there. It was just a tough night all around from a unit that has had a very tough season.

Special Teams: C+

Sam Koch was solid again, and the coverage wasn’t that bad after Jordy Nelson’s initial long return. Lardarius had another big return (although there was really no reason he shouldn’t have taken that one home-which would have cut the game to 24-21), and looked pretty good on others. Even Chris Carr moved the ball a little bit. The short kickoffs were absolutely BIZARRE.

Coaching: D-

John Harbaugh’s time management philosophy is absolutely laughable. There are kids playing Madden 2010 today that understand timeout strategy better than a NFL head coach. YOU CAN STOP THE CLOCK ON OFFENSE WITHOUT TIMEOUTS! YOU CAN’T DO THAT DEFENSIVELY! While the offensive gameplan appeared solid early on, adjustments weren’t made well when the Packers answered the Ravens’ tries to run. Jerry Rosburg will have to try to give us an idea of what they were thinking about on the short kickoffs, and Greg Mattison again failed to dial up much pressure.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark thinks Harbaugh/Cam Cameron/Hue Jackson may have put too much trust in Flacco too early in his career

Drew Forrester says Packers beat Ravens ‘in trenches’

And the best from the rest of the world…..

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says without Terrell Suggs and Ed Reed, Ravens couldn’t take down Packers

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Domonique Foxworth, Frank Walker, Lardarius Webb, Dawan Landry, Derrick Mason all hit with pass interference penalties in loss

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says defense really hurting without Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, Fabian Washington, Haruki Nakamura, Brendon Ayanbadejo

The Official Site says John Harbaugh told media afterwards Ravens ‘fighting for (their) lives right now, but still breathing’

Packers Official Site says Mike McCarthy thought ‘penalties were unbelievable for both sides’

Packers Official Site’s Mike Spofford says teams combined for 310 yards-most combined yards in Packers history

Packers Official Site’s Mike Spofford says Nick Barnett thought win ‘beautiful’ despite how ugly it looked

Packers Official Site’s Tom Fanning says 4th quarter interceptions from Tramon Williams, AJ Hawk wrapped things up

Packers Official Site’s Tom Fanning says Jermichael Finley abused Zbikowski for 2 TD’s

The AP’s Chris Jenkins says Packers improved to 8-4 with win, maintained good position in NFC Wild Card race

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Flacco thought INT in endzone ‘stupid decision and even worse throw’

The Sun’s Mike Preston gives harshest criticism to Flacco

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Donald Driver also caught TD for Packers in win

The Sun’s Edward Lee says despite early INT, Ravens won’t ‘pass mantle’ from Reed to Zbikowski after tough performance

The Sun’s Mike Preston ‘doubtful’ Flacco will ever reach level of Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, but thinks he COULD be as good as Eli Manning or Phillip Rivers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says 17-0 deficit matched biggest deficit of season in losses to Vikings, Bengals

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbs thought Flacco was being a ‘competitor’ when he threw pick in endzone

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Billy Cundiff (concussion), Mark Clayton (hamstring), Jared Gaither (foot), Kelly Gregg (shoulder strain) all injured in loss

The Sun’s Ron Fritz says even ESPN analysts Gruden, Jaworski couldn’t figure out what Ravens were doing offensively in first half of Monday Night Football loss

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Derrick Mason showed ‘lack of control’ as Ravens tried to make 2nd half comeback

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Charles Woodson ‘owned’ Derrick Mason

The Sun’s David Zurawik thinks ESPN analysts correct in criticism of Ravens in MNF broadcast

The Sun’s Justin Fenton says Candace Williams claims Terrell Suggs knocked her down, spilled bleach on her after argument

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco was trying to throw across body to Demetrius Williams when he was picked off in endzone

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says NFL ‘monitoring’ T-Sizzle situation under personal conduct policy

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Paul Kruger made first NFL start in place of Suggs

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson gives harshest criticism to Flacco in loss

Green Bay Press Gazette’s Pete Dougherty says Ryan Pickett, Cullen Jenkins, Johnny Jolly, B.J. Raji controlled line of scrimmage in Packers’ win

Green Bay Press Gazette’s Mike Vandermause says Aaron Rodgers ‘continued stellar play’ in win over Ravens

Green Bay Press Gazette’s Rob Demovsky says Finley, Packers exploited Ravens’ loss of Ed Reed

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein says Jermichael Finley ‘hero’ for Packers in victory

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Lori Nickel says Tramon Williams did ‘just enough’ in place of Al Harris

Wisconsin State Journal’s Tom Ziemer says over 70,000 at Lambeau Field saw Packers get past Ravens

Wisconsin State Journal’s Jon Masson says OG Daryn Colledge thought Finley ‘extremely important weapon’ for Packers in win

Wisconsin State Journal says teams combined to tie for 2nd most penalty yards in NFL history

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Ravens feel further behind in race for AFC Wild Card spots with loss

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Kevin Byrne reported Suggs plans to ‘tell his side of story’ in incident with alleged girlfriend

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer thinks Aaron Rodgers has proved himself as ‘elite’ quarterback

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 14th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Mike Freeman thinks Walt Anderson’s crew had ‘one of the worst officiating performances in league history’

ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert says Nick Collins thought Packers’ defense ‘phenomenal’ in win

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens lacked urgency, gave Rodgers too much time to throw, saw Flacco struggle, were undisciplined, didn’t give Flacco enough time, and hurt playoff chances (is that all?)

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens now 1 game behind Jaguars, tied with Steelers in playoff race

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The Terrell Suggs story is strange, and would be particularly troubling if we find out it is true. Even if it isn’t true, Terrell’s reputation will be hurt just by having the story reported. Terrell MAY have never put his hands on the woman, but there will be female football fans in Baltimore that will say “I just can’t root for Terrell anymore.” It will be interesting to see how the story plays out in the coming days.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 03 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

I REALLY enjoyed the Towson/UMBC game last night. It was pretty good basketball and a surprisingly great atmosphere for the cross-town rivalry. Games like that last night are a reminder to me of why Drew Forrester is ABSOLUTELY correct in saying this city needs the “Battle of Baltimore” again.says Matt Birk thinks Packers’ December success on “Frozen Tundra” more to do with team’s success than weather

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark

Drew Forrester says Troy Franklin made huge steel in final minute to seal victory for Tigers

Tom Clayton says Gary Williams’ team likely to be better in February than in November

Drew Forrester thinks Billy Wagner might regret picking Braves over Birds

Glenn Clark says 10 different opponents to visit Ed Smith Stadium during Orioles Spring Training

Ed Frankovic says Boudreau doesn’t want Caps’ Ovechkin to change how he plays

Eric Aaronson says Brendon Haywood contributing to Wizards beyond Jamison, Butler, Arenas

RAVENS:says Harbaugh thinks Ravens have ‘six starting O-Linemen’ with both Marshal Yanda, Chris Chester

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mark Clayton amongst Ravens ‘excited’ for chance to play at Lambeau Field

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says beating Packers would be major step in reaching playoffs

The Official Site’s Mallory Steinberg says Parmele, Oher, Heap, Mason, McKinney amongst Ravens involved in community this week

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Clayton not bothered that Flacco goes to Mason, Rice so much

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Sam Koch thinks punting in bitter cold like ‘punting a brick’

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Tony Moll loved playing for community in Green Bay

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens could struggle to get going early in Green Bay

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Jamal Lewis’ career will end with trip to IR

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Charles Woodson ‘exceptional cornerback’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ray Lewis only player on roster to have been with Ravens for last trip to Green Bay

Green Bay Press Gazette’s Tom Pelissero says Katula will have big cheering section in native Wisconsin

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Lori Nickel says Dom Capers’ Green Bay defense wants to remain #1 in NFL

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says NFL admitted to mistake before Cundiff’s missed FG to end regulation against Steelers

5 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Packers

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer picks Packers 30-27

4 of 7 Sporting News analysts pick Ravens

3 of 3 NFL Network analysts pick Packers

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco picks Packers 31-21

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:says Landon Milbourne thought zone defense ‘threw (Indiana’s) offense off a little bit’

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Tom Crean was livid with how Hoosiers fans treated Vasquez Tuesday night

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Gary Williams went with Jin Soo Choi ahead of Cliff Tucker Tuesday night in Bloomington

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary wasn’t thinking about Villanova Tuesday night

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary thought Vasquez delivered ‘great performance’ Tuesday night at Assembly Hall

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:previews tonight’s battle with Minnesota at Comcast Center in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The Official Site

The Official Site offers complete Terps/Gophers release (pdf)says Frese facing former team in Minnesota tonight at Comcast Center

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:says Terrapin Club President Jaklitsch believes Friedgen on ‘keep the faith’ campaign

The Sun’s Jeff Barker

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps avoid Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech on next season’s schedule

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell offers transcript of Friedgen’s letter to season ticket holders

Washington Times’ Ryan O’Halloran says Navy, Eastern Michigan, Wake Forest, Virginia, Duke all “must win” games for Terps in ‘10

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Fridge plans to spend next two months recruiting before making staff/philosophy decisions (must subscribe)says Torrey Smith took ‘leadership’ role after Boston College game (must subscribe)says Titus Till amongst future Terps excited to hear Friedgen returning to College Park

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh

Inside MD Sports’ Jeff Ermann

TOWSON BASKETBALL:says Nwankwo tallied 17 points, 14 rebounds for Tigers in win

The Official Site

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Sun’s Jeff Seidel says Pat Kennedy happy to see Nwankwo remain ‘active’ in victory

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Josh Thornton scored 23 points for Tigers in win over Retrievers

UMBC BASKETBALL:says Shawn Grant’s 28 not enough as Retrievers fell at Towson Center

The Official Site

MORGAN BASKETBALL:previews Saturday’s trip to Coppin State

The Official Site

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:previews Saturday’s trip to Wesley in NCAA Tournament quarterfinals

The Official Site

The Official Site offers complete JHU-Wesley release (pdf)says Matt Stover helped Alex Lachman, Blue Jays

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman

LOYOLA LACROSSE:says Hounds picked to win ECAC by Inside Lacrosse

The Official Site

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:previews tonight’s NEC opener at Robert Morris

The Official Site

The Official Site offers complete Mountaineers-Colonials release (pdf)previews next Saturday’s battle with Army in Philadelphia

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo knows Midshipmen must move past Hawaii loss ‘quickly’

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:says Cynewski to represent Gulls in Mexico City All-Star Game

The Official Site

ORIOLES:says Red Sox to visit Sarasota 3 times during Spring Training

The Sun

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds not playing Nationals in Spring Training

Examiner Jay Trucker says O’s open Spring Training play March 3 against Rays

BALTIMORE MARINERS:says D-Lineman Adam Foley returns to AIFA team

The Official Site

SWIMMING:says Michael Phelps understands ‘humanization of super-athlete’ Tiger Woods going through now

SwimNetwork.com’s Mike Gustafson

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Gotta run out to Owings Mills.

Talk to you from there.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Purple Crabs & Beer, Picks & Comment

Posted on 27 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

My pick: Ravens 20, Steelers 17

I tend to pick the Ravens at home. But I have little confidence in this pick. This game could be a blowout either way. I can’t say with certainty that the Ravens will bounce back offensively. The Steelers know them well, and will frustrate the hell out of them. This game could end up resting on Joe Flacco’s shoulders in the 4th quarter-and I’m just not certain I trust him to beat a team like Pittsburgh.

Drew’s pick: Ravens 24, Steelers 13

Drew went as far as to “guarantee” the Ravens would win. He noted that with a loss-the Ravens would fall to 3-3 at home this season with back to back losses; and he just doesn’t believe it will happen.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ray Lewis (foot), Ed Reed (foot), Terrell Suggs (knee) didn’t practice on Thanksgiving

Nestor Aparicio ‘thankful’ for Billick, Marvin Lewis, Jim Schwartz, Rex Ryan, many former Ravens assistants

Drew Forrester ‘thankful’ for professionals in Ravens organization

And the rest of the world…..

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Ray Lewis hasn’t handled Ravens’ close losses well

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Harbaugh not talking about “Suggs package”

Steelers Official Site says Steelers have won 16 of 26 regular season matchups in series, Ravens have won 5 of last 6 between teams at M&T Bank Stadium

Steelers Official Site’s Teresa Varley says Hines Ward, Mike Tomlin, etc spent Thanksgiving helping less privileged

Steelers Official Site’s Bob Labriola says Deshea Townsend will have big responsibility vs. Kelley Washington on 3rd down

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Chris Carr hasn’t given Ravens much in return game

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Flacco remains ‘confident’ through struggles

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Le’Ron McClain hopes Charles Ali signing will lead to more carries for him

The Sun’s Mike Preston says playoffs not out of question for Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens need to force turnovers, get to Roethlisberger, get production from Lardarius Webb

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can’t start slow, have Flacco struggle, or let Santonio Holmes beat them

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens should only consider bringing back Mark Clayton or Kelley Washington as 3rd receiver

The Sun remembers Ravens’ last win over Steelers-back in 2007

6 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ngata limited again in practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason thinks noise more important than towel-waving

The Sun’s Edward Lee says T-Sizzle remains ‘question mark’ for Sunday Night Football

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Frank Walker, Mark Clayton don’t think Corey Ivy helping Steelers too much with Ravens information

The AP’s Alan Robinson says Big Ben not concerned about latest concussion

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says James Harrison will cause problems for Jared Gaither, Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Terrell Suggs reports recovery ‘accelerated’ in hopes to play against Steelers

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette says Todd Bouman, Patrick Ramsey worked out for Pittsburgh as they consider adding one

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Scott Brown says Polamalu ‘unlikely’ to play Sunday in Baltimore

SI’s Peter King picks Steelers 22-17

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 15th in power rankings

4 of 7 Sporting News analysts pick Ravens

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt thinks James Harrison-Jared Gaither could be special matchup

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Ravens, Steelers at ‘crisis stage’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens, Steelers were rooting for Giants to beat Broncos (well…..)

ESPN.com’s James Walker says defense ‘back’ for Ravens

Here are the rest of The Comcast Morning Show Picks and Comment (without the comment):

NFL:
Colts/Texans: Me 31-28 Houston, Drew 30-24 Indianapolis
Redskins/Eagles: Me 23-13 Philadelphia, Drew 17-10 Philadelphia
Dolphins/Bills: Me 23-10 Miami, Drew 24-13 Miami
Seahawks/Rams: Me 24-10 Seattle, Drew 27-24 St. Louis
Buccaneers/Falcons: Me 20-16 Atlanta, Drew 31-13 Atlanta
Panthers/Jets: Me 28-20 Carolina, Drew 24-20 New York
Browns/Bengals: Me 34-6 Cincinnati, Drew 31-7 Cincinnati
Jaguars/49ers: Me 16-13 Jacksonville, Drew 24-10 San Francisco
Chiefs/Chargers: Me 31-24 San Diego, Drew 27-19 San Diego
Bears/Vikings: Me 26-16 Minnesota, Drew 40-17 Minnesota
Cardinals/Titans: Me 34-30 Arizona, Drew 28-24 Tennessee
Patriots/Saints: Me 26-17 New England, Drew 34-28 New Orleans

College Football:
Maryland/Boston College: Me 24-14 BC, Drew 30-24 BC
Navy/Hawaii: Me 27-26 Navy, Drew 38-31 Hawaii

College Basketball:
Towson/Dayton: Me 88-61 Dayton, Drew 84-67 Dayton
UMBC/JMU: Me 69-62 Madison, Drew 71-58 Madison
Morgan State/Appalachian State: Me 77-55 Morgan, Drew 80-64 Morgan
Coppin State/USC: Me 80-58 USC, Drew 91-70 USC

Talk to you shortly.

-G

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Live from Owings Mills: Hines Ward Says Ravens/Steelers Rivalry “All Out War, Pure Hatred”

Posted on 25 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

4:40- INJURY REPORT – Ravens:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE-
LB Ray Lewis (foot)
TE LJ Smith (illness)
S Ed Reed (foot)
C Matt Birk (neck)
LB Terrell Suggs (knee)

LIMITED-
TE Todd Heap (ribs)
DT Haloti Ngata (ankle)

FULL-
LB Jarret Johnson (shoulder)

Steelers:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE:
QB Charlie Batch (wrist)
LB James Farrior (non-injury)
WR Hines Ward (non-injury)
OL Chris Kemoeatu (knee)
S Troy Polamalu (knee)

LIMITED:
DE Travis Kirschke (calf)

FULL:
QB Ben Roethlisberger (head)

2:04-Most of the chatter around here at 1 Winning Drive today was regarding the great rivalry between the Ravens and Steelers. Here are some highlights:

John Harbaugh:
-”After being in (this rivalry) for 3 games, I feel like I’ve been in it for a lifetime.”
-”(These are) two teams that believe in playing physically. (It’s) fun to be a part of this rivalry, (to) go up against a team that you respect.”

Ray Lewis:
-When he sees the Steelers logo he thinks “here we go again.”
-Says rivalry is based around “respect” due to the great “legacy” the Steelers have.

Ray Rice:
-Rivalry “very intesnse…..buckle your chin straps and let’s go.”
-He got a “chill” before facing Pittsburgh for the first time last season, and still thinks he’ll get “butterflies” before Sunday’s game.
-Black and gold, purple and black “not a good mix.”

Mike Tomlin:
-Rivalry “always provides fireworks.”

Hines Ward:
-”It would mean a great deal” to beat the Ravens 4 straight times.
-”You have to play in it” to understand it.
-”I would like to hit them just as much as they would like to hit me.”
-”You will come out of this game hurt.”
-Games in Baltimore are “always going to come down to the wire.”
-“When I go across the middle, those guys aren’t going to try to tackle me softly, they’re gonna try to rip my head off.”
-Considers it an “honor” to have been voted the Dirtiest Player in the NFL by other players in a Sporting News magazine poll; thinks Ravens players probably voted for him “3 or 4 times” in the poll.
-Says trash talking in rivalry has a lot to do with the “respect factor” between the teams; but knows trash talking won’t be the same without T-Sizzle playing.
-Described rivalry as “all out war…..pure hatred.”

2:00-Sorry I’ve been slow to update. Please remember to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates possible.

A quick update from practice: Ray Lewis and Ed Reed were not seen out on the indoor field. However, both are usually late arrivals; so this does not mean they definitely didn’t practice. Given Ray Lewis’ ankle injury, I wouldn’t be stunned if he didn’t practice. Terrell Suggs (knee) has not returned to practice, I do not expect him to return in time for Sunday night’s game.

12:56-Hear from the following NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net:

Coach John Harbaugh
QB Joe Flacco
RB Ray Rice
WR Derrick Mason
OT Michael Oher
LB Ray Lewis
LB Jarret Johnson
LB/DE Paul Kruger

11:06-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive-where the Baltimore Ravens are preparing for a big Sunday Night Football showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium. We are scheduled to hear from John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, Derrick Mason, Ray Rice and other players today; the Steelers are making Mike Tomlin and Hines Ward available via conference call.

The Ravens will be incorporating 2 new players on their active roster; FB Charles Ali and CB Cary Williams. They replaced Matt Lawrence and Fabian Washington, who were each placed on IR yesterday. Ali will don #38 in Purple (most famously worn by Mike Anderson); Cary Williams will don #29 (most recently worn by Derrick Martin).

Talk to you shortly.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are some picks for tonight:

Maryland 80, Cincinnati 69

The Lance Stephenson storyline makes this game more interesting, but Maryland is just better. Cincinnati will compete, but Maryland should win.

UMBC 64, Coppin State 58

In a matchup of two teams struggling to replace their go-to guys (UMBC’s Darryl Proctor and Jay Greene; Coppin’s Tywain McKee); I’ll give the edge to the Retrievers at RAC Arena.

Navy 71, Towson 70

Just because the game is at Alumni Hall.

Morgan State 83, Arkansas 81

Not kidding. I know Drew picked this as well. I really believe Todd Bozeman’s crew wins on the road against their SEC foe.

Loyola 75, Dartmouth 63

But I will admit that I don’t know much at all about the Greyhounds’ opponent.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Ray Lewis, Ed Reed need to speak to media after games

Glenn Clark says Ravens will have to use Chris Carr, Frank Walker more with Fabian Washington out

Luke Jones says Terps rebounded from slow start to beat Silverswords

Glenn Clark says Ray Rice best Raven in loss, Drew Forrester says Jared Gaither, Derrick Mason best

Drew Forrester says Ravens’ win over Eagles this time last year proof everyone still in playoff picture

Derek Arnold says Flacco relying on ‘security blanket’ Mason too much (with one of the better photoshop jobs we’ve ever had at WNST.net)

Tom Clayton thinks Birds should have Michael Aubrey, Mark DeRosa at corner infield spots in 2010

Glenn Clark says Turkey Bowl amongst highlights of week

Bob Haynie celebrating 30th anniversary of ACC regular season title

Glenn Clark wonders if Michael Oher better high school football player than Charles Jefferson from Ridgemont High

Ed Frankovic says Capitals ‘collapsed’ in loss to Senators

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s John Eisenberg says loss to Colts proves ‘magic’ gone for Ravens

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Fabian Washington will miss rest of season with ACL tear

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh was happy with ‘communication’ from officials in loss to Indianapolis

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens still very much alive in AFC Wild Card hunt

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Terrell Suggs didn’t agree with ESPN report saying he’d miss at least a month

The Official Site says Harbs believes Lardarius Webb will be ‘big part’ of Ravens plans to replace Fabian Washington

The Official Site says Ravens partnering with Under Armour, Wounded Warrior Project to give away rally towels before Sunday Night Football game at M&T Bank Stadium

Steelers Official Site says Charlie Batch battling wrist injury

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cam Cameron needs to open up bag of tricks again

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Dennis Dixon may have to start for Pittsburgh if Roethlisberger can’t play

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Freeney claimed Ravens gave Gaither, Oher help to shut Colts’ pass rushers out

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Dawan Landry ‘downplayed’ team lead in interceptions

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Flacco still bothered by ankle injury

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Fabian Washington hurt himself trying to tackle Addai

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg dives deeper into the issue of 52, Reed not talking to media after games

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Harbs still thinks Ravens ‘good football team’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens to give away own version of “Terrible Towel”

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Art Modell signed autographs at Sunday’s game

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Chris Chester, Matt Birk ‘struggling’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Steelers, Jaguars, Broncos 1 game ahead of Ravens in playoff race

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh met with Ed Reed Monday morning to discuss ‘lateral’

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Cundiff may have settled kicking situation, but Ravens haven’t solved red zone issues

The AP says Matt Birk knows Ravens must improve ‘execution’ offensively

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette says Big Ben should be okay, Steelers likely to sign Tyler Palko for QB insurance

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Scott Brown says Roethlisberger did well on IMPACT test

Beaver County Times’ Mike Bires couldn’t confirm Cleo Lemon, Jeff Garcia worked out for Steelers

The AP says Chris Kemoeatu will miss game for Steelers with sprained knee ligament

SI’s Peter King says Addai TD run ‘embarrassing’ for Ray Lewis

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche says offense looked ‘Boller-ish’ in loss to Indy

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco says Webb may be ‘rushed’ into major role

ESPN.com’s James Walker gives Steelers little chance to beat Ravens without Big Ben

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco appeared to throw into triple coverage on Gary Brackett INT

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The AP says Mosley’s 19 lead Terps to win over Chaminade in 1st round of Maui Invitational

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The AP says Terps moved up to 21st in poll

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Eric Hayes added 12 points for Terps in win

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Vanderbilt (who lost last night) was only other ranked team in Maui Invitational field

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Chaminade coach Mahar knew Terps would ‘wear (Silverswords) down’

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Jin Soo Choi, Steve Goins, Ersin Levent all played for Terps in win

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Jordan Williams chipped in 10 rebounds for Terps in win

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says James Padgett added another 6 rebounds after halftime

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps 20th best team in country

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s contest with Samford

The Official Site offers complete Maryland-Samford release (pdf)

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s Senior Day battle with Boston College

The Official Site offers complete Terrapins-Eagles release (pdf)

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Devin Burns still alive in Georgia high school playoffs

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner could ‘try’ to play Saturday vs. BC

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Debbie Yow has not offered ‘full support’ to Friedgen the way she did for Gary Williams

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

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Ian Evans could be ‘sleeper’ prospect for 2010 (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings says Jamarr Robinson, Da’Rel Scott were positives in Florida State loss

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday night’s trip to Hawaii

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Warriors release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Buddy Green getting video faster thanks to new software

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Honolulu trip allows Niumatalolo chance to face alma mater

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says 16 Midshipmen seniors headed to Marine Corps

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with Towson

The Official Site offers complete Mids-Tigers release (pdf)

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Annapolis

The Official Site offers complete Tigers-Mids release (pdf)

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s battle with Coppin State on MASN

The Official Site offers complete Retrievers-Eagles release (pdf)

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Dartmouth

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Arkansas

The Official Site offers complete Bears-Razorbacks release (pdf)

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says athletic department honored Kevin White

The Official Site says Kevin White named to Hispanic College Fund Challenge All-Tournament team

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Jeremy Goode honored by NEC

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Blue Jays 6th in pre-preseason rankings

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says coaches have Jays 5th in pre-preseason rankings

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck wouldn’t dismiss Birds’ pursuit of Carlos Delgado

Examiner Jay Trucker surprised Andino got no votes for American League MVP

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says Palace will play in new league called NASL

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says 9 teams will play in North American Soccer League

SWIMMING:

SwimNetwork.com’s Andrew Silver thinks Michael Phelps hosed with Lochte’s win at Golden Goggles

The AP says “Duel in the Pool” in Manchester, England Phelps’ final meet of 2009

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Dave Litfin says Quality Road worked out at Belmont in hopes to return following Breeders’ Cup Classic scratch

BOXING:

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mark “TNT” Tucker to defend USBO belt December 11 in Westminster

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-DO NOT LIKE the towel giveaway. Will talk more about it tomorrow.

Talk to you later.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 19 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Sorry, nothing to add today. Have to get to 1 Winning Drive. It’s coordinators day!

Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says John Harbaugh, Derrick Mason implored fans to be louder than usual at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday

Derek Arnold says Dawan Landry ‘Played Like a Raven’ Monday night in Cleveland

Drew Forrester says 2,500 packed RAC Arena to see Loyola top UMBC

Bob Haynie says fans beginning to show confidence in Ravens for Sunday’s game against Colts

Thyrl Nelson thinks Flacco bad play, Ray Rice solid play this weekend in Fantasy Football

Eric Aaronson says Gilbert Arenas-Shaquille O’Neal drama overshadowed Wizards-Cavaliers last night

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens signed Billy Cundiff to replace Steve Hauschka

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Matt Birk knows offense must improve ‘execution’

The Official Site says Ravens placed Nakamura on IR with ankle injury

The Official Site says Le’Ron McClain, Jarret Johnson, Dannell Ellerbe have no one more famous than Ray Lewis in their cell phone

The Official Site says Ravens’ wives to hold food drive benefitting Maryland Food Bank before Sunday’s game against Indianapolis

The Official Site says Jim Caldwell believes Colts ‘not concerned’ with finishing season with perfect record

The Official Site says Matt Lawrence needs ‘about another week’ to figure out knee issue according to Harbs

Colts Official Site’s John Oehser says Manning views matchup with Baltimore as ‘physical and mental challenge’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Matt Stover hopes Baltimore fans will remember him favorably when he returns to Charm City

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens picked Cundiff over Mike Nugent due to kickoff abilities

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens unlikely to beat AFC’s best Colts

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck doesn’t think Ravens can keep thinks ‘particularly close’ with Colts Sunday

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. cleans up after me

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says sprained knee ligament will force Suggs to miss first game(s) of career

The Sun’s Mike Preston expects Cam Cameron to try to dominate time of possession Sunday with run

The Sun’s Mike Preston expects Kruger to be ‘tested’ by Colts

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason, John Harbaugh, Sam Koch all had kind words for Hauschka after departure

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ngata limited in practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says KJ Gerard takes Nakamura’s spot on active roster

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Tavares Gooden wouldn’t talk about concussion

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh seemed to support Belichick’s decision against Colts

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Kruger hasn’t gotten official word from Harbaugh

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Dwan Edwards fined $5,000 for hit on Joshua Cribbs

The AP says Saints hoping Chris McAlister can be ready to play for them Sunday

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ray Lewis, Derrick Mason each think seeing Stover on opposing sideline will be ‘weird’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Brady Quinn fined $10,000 for hit on Suggs

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Ravens ‘needed veteran kicker like Stover’ to pursue Super Bowl dreams

Washington Times’ Bob Cohn says Oher yet to see The Blind Side

Indianapolis Star’s Mike Chappell says Dallas Clark can break John Mackey’s franchise record for career catches by tight end Sunday

Indianapolis Star’s Phil Richards says Rutgers alum Gary Brackett used to consider Ray Rice protégé

USA Today’s Gary Mihoces says Paul Kruger, Antwan Barnes expected to fill in for T-Sizzle

7 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Colts

USA Today’s Pete O’Brien picks Ravens 24-23

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer picks Colts 27-21

6 of 7 Sporting News analysts pick Colts

Sporting News’ Russ Lande mocks Jermaine Gresham to Ravens

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 13th in power rankings

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche says Ravens must ‘man up’ to get into Wild Card picture

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco picks Colts 31-28

6 of 6 CBS Sports analysts pick Colts

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio and Gregg Rosenthal pick Colts 31-28

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Colts 33-24

Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez thinks Flacco progressing better than Matt Ryan

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens made ‘mistake’ in not bringing back Matt Stover

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Matt Birk, Todd Heap also didn’t practice Wednesday

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs’ injury similar to Polamalu’s

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Florida State Official Site says Bobby Bowden thinks Jamarr Robinson ‘dangerous quarterback’

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says becoming a father has forced Terrell Skinner to mature

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Travis Baltz will miss rest of season after undergoing surgery on broken finger

Florida Times-Union has Maryland 11th in ACC power rankings

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Seminoles 35-17

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Jamarr Robinson could be hitting ground a few times in Tallahassee

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says James Franklin impressed by how Da’Rel Scott has been practicing (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Terps should have ‘inside presence’ with Jordan Williams, James Padgett

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Gary Williams to address Dino Gregory report today

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Sean Mosley believes Terps playing same type of defense that lead them to NCAA Tournament last year

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Greivis Vasquez thought Eric Hayes was ‘unbelievable’ in win over Stags

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Fairfield coach Ed Cooley knew turnovers killed any chances Stags had in College Park Tuesday night

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says teammates view Eric Hayes as ‘laid back guy’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Milbourne wasn’t tired despite playing a ton of minutes early on Tuesday night

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps were best against Stags with James Padgett on floor

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Vasquez, Milbourne lifting weights more with eyes on NBA future

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Terps lifted by Eric Hayes in win over Fairfield (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Gary Williams ‘expects defense to be there every night’

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with Old Dominion in College Park

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says tonight’s game against Monarchs should give Kizer, Oyefuwa, Essence Townsend good barometer to see how they handle better interior players

TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The Sun’s Todd Karpovich says Hounds hoping to avenge ’07 NCAA Tournament loss to Terps tonight at Ludwig Field

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says 93% of football players in Annapolis graduate

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Niumatalolo not interested in leaving Mids

Go Mids’ David Ausiello wonders what would happen if Midshipmen were to face off with Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech team (must subscribe)

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s home opener against Buffalo at Alumni Hall

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Jamal Barney scored 21 to lift Greyhounds past Retrievers in Catonsville

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of victory

The Sun’s Jeff Seidel says Brett Harvey made 4 big free throws late to clinch win for Loyola

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Chauncey Gilliam’s 22 points not enough as Retrievers fell to Hounds at RAC Arena

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with East Tennessee State at Hill Field House

The Official Site offers complete Bears-Buccaneers release (pdf)

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s season finale at Hampton

The Official Site offers complete Bears-Pirates release (pdf)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers’ athletic teams 2nd in CAA in graduation rate

Examiner’s Matthew Schlissel previews Saturday’s trip to James Madison

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews NCAA Tournament opener at Hampden-Sydney

The Official Site offers complete Blue Jays-Tigers release (pdf)

STEVENSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Ed Hottle introduced as first head coach in Mustangs history

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Jeremy Goode’s 17 lead Mountaineers in win at American

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The AP says Beidler added 14 for ‘Eers in win over Eagles

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Adrian Beltre, Pedro Feliz, Chone Figgins, Hank Blalock, Russell Branyan, Troy Glaus could be options for Birds at corner infield positions

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says O’s to wait until free agency to re-open talks with Hendrickson

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Blake Davis, Steve Johnson will be exposed to Rule 5 Draft

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Matt Angle hit a 2 run single for Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I’ll say Coppin State 74, Washington Adventist 59; and Morgan State 67, East Tennessee 60 tonight.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 18 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Very impressed by what I saw in College Park DEFENSIVELY last night. Sean Mosley is going to make a run at Defensive Player of the Year in the ACC. They are VERY solid defensively.

The halfcourt offense MUST improve.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says fans who boo Matt Stover Sunday ‘jerks’

Glenn Clark says Ray Rice best Raven in win over Browns, Drew Forrester chooses Dawan Landry

Drew Forrester says Ravens must ‘step it up’ against Indy Sunday

Derek Arnold says effort Ravens gave against Cleveland wouldn’t have been enough to beat most NFL teams

Drew Forrester says Ravens ‘must’ go 2-1 against Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Green Bay over next 3 weeks

Glenn Clark says Ozzie Newsome, Ravens expected ‘growing pains’ from Hauschka to start NFL career

Nestor Aparicio takes Jon Gruden to task for comments made during Monday Night Football broadcast

Luke Jones says Terps managed to overcome 14 rebounds from Fairfield’s Anthony Johnson

Bob Haynie says Terps commit Terrence Ross waiting to sign LOI

Keith Melchior compares Hauschka to Doug DeCinces

Ed Frankovic says Ovechkin returned, scored in Capitals’ win over Rangers

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s John Eisenberg says Browns served as ‘warm-up’ for Ravens as they face ‘test’ with Colts, Steelers, Packers

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens released Hauschka

The Official Site says Ozzie Newsome believes ‘Ravens need better’ than Hauschka at kicker

Colts Official Site’s Matt Dollinger says young players Jacob Lacey, Jerraud Powers, Kyle DeVan getting valuable playing time for Indianapolis

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ray Lewis wants Brady Quinn fined for hit on Terrell Suggs

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley and Edward Lee say releasing Hauschka ‘acknowledges’ failure to replace Matt Stover

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Suggs injury likely means more playing time for Paul Kruger

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Oher didn’t attend New York premiere of The Blind Side

The Sun breaks down possible kickers Mike Nugent, Billy Cundiff

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd hopes Hauschka finds another NFL job

The Sun’s Jay Hancock says Oher, Ray Rice to sign autographs at M&T Bank Stadium event tonight

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbs was progressively more disappointed in Hauschka

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Derrick Mason thinks offense needs to ‘step up’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Hauschka ‘disappointed’ with being released

The Sun says Chris McAlister reportedly signed with Saints

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Brady Quinn apologized to T-Sizzle, Ravens for hit

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says John Harbaugh still thinks Hauschka will be ‘good kicker’

The AP says big misses against Vikings, Bengals worked to doom Hauschka

Washington Post’s Mark Maske says Hauschka was 9/13 on FG attempts, 27/28 on XP attempts this season

Indianapolis Star’s Phillip B. Wilson says Charlie Johnson has answered questions that faced him all season

USA Today’s Jon Saraceno says Ravens have daunting task ahead with Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers coming up

USA Today’s Tom Pedulla says Oher hopes to play at Pro Bowl level, win multiple Super Bowls during career

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Mangini accepted Brady Quinn’s explanation of Terrell Suggs hit

USA Today has Ravens 11th in power rankings

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 11th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 15th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 7th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens likely to play without Suggs for ‘extended period’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens have been ‘streaky and inconsistent’

ESPN.com has Ravens 11th in power rankings

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Eric Hayes’ 14 lead Terps past Fairfield 71-42

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site says Gary Williams knows Greivis Vasquez a ‘marked man’ for opponents

The Official Site says Vasquez became 38th Terrapin to reach 500 rebounds in win

Fairfield Official Site says Needham’s 15 not enough as Stags fell to Maryland

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps were ‘thin’ up front against Fairfield with Dino Gregory, Jin Soo Choi, Steve Goins out

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Walt Williams officially joined Johnny Holliday, Chris Knoche on radio broadcasts

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Milbourne added 8 boards for Terps in win

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Steve Francis Ashton Pankey’s all-time favorite Terp

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terps had to use 15-0 run in first half to put Stags away at Comcast Center

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Ersin Levent scored first career point in final minute of win

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says playing time now will pay off for James Padgett, Jordan Williams

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Greivis tried to pull a Juan Dixon by switching shoes after first half struggles

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps need more ‘patience’ in half court offense

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps actually had to rally from first half deficit against MAAC opponent

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says despite struggles from field, Greivis has 19 assists through first 2 games against Charleston Southern, Fairfield

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps gave up fewest points since ’04 against UMES

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says despite ugly nature of win, Terps accomplished goals against Fairfield

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Sean Mosley added 13 points in victory

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Landon Milbourne scored 10 points in win

Turtle Sports Report’s Danny Miller chats with new Terp Ashton Pankey (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps were ‘uneven’ in win over New Hampshire (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Florida State Official Site says Seminoles to honor Mickey Andrews at Saturday’s game against Terps

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner will miss second straight game Saturday at FSU

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Da’Rel Scott likely to return Saturday against Noles

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamarr Robinson will make second straight start Saturday in Tallahassee

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Travis Ivey playing hard for NFL Draft hopes

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin getting comfortable working from sideline

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Clemson win Saturday will mean more money for James Franklin

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Travis Baltz could be ‘emergency option’ for Terps Saturday

Tallahassee Democrat’s Corey Clark says Jermaine Thomas hoping to be first back to run for 1,000 yards at Florida State since Warrick Dunn

USA Today’s Steve Wieberg says FSU’s Bobby Bowden could be coaching final game at Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Wujciak has been best Terp

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles freshman TE Stinebaugh (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Jamarr Robinson improving (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The Official Site previews Thursday’s NCAA Tournament opener against Loyola

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo trying to get Mids ready for next week’s trip to Hawaii during bye week

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy keeps Midshipmen 24th in Top 25

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Tigers’ season finale at James Madison Saturday

James Madison Official Site previews Saturday’s game against Towson

James Madison Official Site offers complete Dukes-Tigers release (pdf)

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s battle with Loyola at RAC Arena

The Official Site offers complete Retrievers-Greyhounds release (pdf)

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Catonsville on MASN

The Official Site offers complete Hounds-Retrievers release (pdf)

STEVENSON FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Galludet’s Ed Hottle to be named first head coach in Mustangs history

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Andrew Kase, Colin Wixted honored by Centennial Conference

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to American

The Official Site offers complete Mountaineers-Eagles release (pdf)

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says McDaniel hopes to ‘build’ on this year’s .500 season

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror players Mike Weick, Matt Cahill, Mike Ford, Austin Herr, Sam Cox, Travis Wenrich all honored by Centennial Conference

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Hillary Haley’s 22 points not enough as Hawks fell to Marquette

Marquette Official Site says 28 points from Lazar Haywood lead Golden Eagles past Hawks

The Sun says Mark Robertson added 15 for Hawks in loss

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Gulls’ Kowalick honored by ACFC

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Erbe, Gamboa, Perrault finding success for Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Birds should pursue Adrian Beltre

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says O’s prospect Josh Bell doubled Monday in AFL play

BLAST:

The Sun says all games to be streamed online by B2 Networks

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I’ll say Loyola 64, UMBC 61 tonight. Losing the way they did Sunday at RAC Arena makes me think that might linger.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

A couple of things I was told by a member of the Ravens organization yesterday regarding their decision to keep Steve Hauschka…

-They are very pleased with Steve in kickoffs. Even when he hasn’t gotten the best distance, they’ve been happy with the hang time he’s given them to allow their coverage unit to get downfield and make plays.
-They had a feeling Steve was going to struggle on the road. New NFL kickers often struggle to learn stadiums around the league-and how to kick at those stadiums. Steve mentioned that he mis-judged the wind at Paul Brown Stadium and where to aim the kick.
-They WANT Steve Hauschka to be the kicker-not just for this week, but for the rest of the season and the seasons to come. They’ve been willing to give him the benefit of the doubt; but another costly kick could change that.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Fabian Washington had ‘no idea’ if he’d be back from thigh injury in time for Cleveland game

Derek Arnold thinks Ravens fans should ‘back (away) from the ledge’

Bob Haynie says hoops prospect Tsafack chose Memphis over Maryland

Thyrl Nelson thinks Ray Rice good fantasy play, Flacco maybe not so much

Nestor Aparicio says O’s still haven’t signed on officially in Sarasota

Ed Frankovic says Caps topped Islanders in shootout

Eric Aaronson says Wizards struggling to get wins, health

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens 4-7 all-time on Monday Night Football

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Hauschka still feels support from veterans in locker room

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ed Reed missed tackles against Bengals because he was trying to force fumbles

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Harbaugh doesn’t think no huddle killing Ravens in terms of time of possession

The Official Site’s Mallory Steinberg says Domonique Foxworth, Ray Rice, McGahee, Heap, Clayton, Flacco amongst Ravens involved in community this week

The Official Site says Mangini thought Kokinis firing ‘difficult’

Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says Mangini named Brady Quinn starter for Monday night

Browns Official Site says Mangini announced Josh Stamer signed to active roster

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Sam Koch thinks Hauschka needs to ‘trust himself’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ed Reed claims worse pain this year not reason for struggles Sunday in Cincinnati

The Sun’s Ken Murray and Edward Lee say Dwan Edwards had one of the best games of his career Sunday

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jarret Johnson thinks Ravens have ‘got to win’ Monday night at Cleveland Browns Stadium

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. cleans up after me

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Browns suffering from curse of Art Modell

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Mangini sympathetic of Browns fans

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Mangini thought Browns ‘best to move on’ from Kokinis

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says neither Quinn nor Derek Anderson was effective in Ravens’ Week 3 win over Browns

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Jamal Lewis ‘confident’ in decision to retire

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Lardarius Webb hasn’t been informed if he’ll have bigger role Monday night

8 of 8 Sporting News analysts pick Ravens

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 14th in power rankings

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora says Browns game ‘must win’ for Ravens

NFL.com has Ravens 14th in power rankings

NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano wouldn’t sit Ray Rice in fantasy football

NBC Sports’ Gregg Rosenthal and Mike Florio pick Ravens 31-10

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 30-0

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Jamal Lewis will remember his career as a Raven more than as a Brown

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Domonique Foxworth, Fabian Washington, Chris Carr, Frank Walker have all been ‘disappointing’ for Ravens

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says student tickets still available for Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech at Byrd Stadium

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says James Franklin amongst highest paid assistants in college football

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Phil Costa only O-Lineman Terps will lose this season

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen thinks Terps could be 7-1 or 6-2

Washington Post’s Matt Bonesteel says Lowe’s giving away towels to Maryland students at Saturday’s game

Washington Post’s Mark Viera says Hokies QB Tyrod Taylor ‘has grown’ as passer

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner remains questionable for Saturday’s game against VT

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner only Maryland QB since ’96 to have any real success in first career start

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Hokies 24-13

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Hokies 17-14

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Torrey Smith still worth watching

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have been hurt by injuries, youth

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says James Franklin 2nd highest paid assistant in ACC

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh gets QB, offensive analysis from James Franklin (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Jamarr Robinson expects Saturday to be start of something big for him in College Park (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Don Brown expects Richard Taylor to play more Saturday against Va Tech (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps must get to free throw line, improve rebounding margin, protect Comcast Center, shoot better from beyond arc, and see growth from Landon Milbourne

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps ‘still seem like underdog’

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Gary Williams part of reason ACC best conference in America

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Vasquez believes Terps can do ‘something special’ this season

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says James Padgett, Jordan Williams ‘big piece’ of Maryland’s ‘puzzle’ this season

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Vasquez thinks it’s ‘too early’ to know if Terps could make Final Four run

The Diamondback’s Jeremy Schneider says Mychal Parker, Terrence Ross, Terrell Stoglin make up impressive recruiting class for Terps

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda honors Rick Mosley (Sean Mosley’s father) on Veteran’s Day

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says only Lynetta Kizer experienced on Terps roster

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Sean McGuire, Brian Cooper committed to Maryland

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Niumatalolo, Gladchuk making national media appearances

The AP’s Tom Coyne says Irish DC Brown thought Nick Henderson’s hit on Robert Blanton ‘very malicious’

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Gladchuk claims USA Today’s report on Niumatalolo’s salary incorrect

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner offers video of Notre Dame co-DC Corwin Brown taking shot at Niumatalolo

Go Mids breaks down matchups against Delaware (must subscribe)

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Midshipmen open season at Radford

NAVY LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says former Mid Thomas Zimmerman now in flight training in Pensacola

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Villanova Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Unitas Stadium

Villanova Official Site offers complete Wildcats-Tigers release (pdf)

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Cephas Oglesby, Jamel Flash committed to Tigers

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Wichita State, Bradley were in the mix for Oglesby

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Bears dedicating season to teammate Anthony Anderson-who’s battling leukemia

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Justin Drummond committed to Greyhounds

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Shane Walker excited to restart career with Hounds

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews Friday’s season opener with Lincoln (PA)

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Todd Karpovich says Mountaineers will be forced to replace Sam Atupem, Markus Mitchell

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror coach Tim Keating thinks Mike Weick ‘absolutely essential’ player for team

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says O’s interested in Adrian Beltre, Mark DeRosa, Pedro Feliz

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Adam Jones benefitted from flawed Gold Glove voting system

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brandon Snyder left Arizona Fall League because Orioles satisfied with his progress

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Baysox giving away Matusz bobblehead with season tickets

USA Today had Orioles 27th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi say Orioles, Giants interested in Marlins’ Uggla

SWIMMING:

SwimNetwork.com’s Mike Gustafson says Phelps makes swimming ‘cool’

The Sun says Mark Spitz ‘not resentful’ of Phelps breaking his record

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Phelps finished with one silver, one bronze at World Cup event in Stockholm

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

Terps in the NFL Week 9 update…..

-49ers TE Vernon Davis had 10 catches for 102 yards in a 34-27 loss to the Titans
-Eagles LB Moise Fokou had 1 tackle (1 solo) in a 20-16 loss to the Cowboys
-Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth had 5 tackles (4 solo) in a 17-7 loss to the Bengals
-Dolphins TE Joey Haynos had 3 catches for 29 yards and a TD in a 27-17 loss to the Patriots
-Chargers LB Shawne Merriman had 3 tackles (2 solo, 2 sacks) in a 21-20 win over the Giants
-Jaguars P Adam Podlesh punted 4 times for 177 yards (44.3 avg, 2 touchbacks) in a 24-21 win over the Chiefs
-Dolphins DT Randy Starks had 2 tackles (2 solo) in a 27-17 loss to the Patriots
-Seahawks CB Josh Wilson had 5 tackles (4 solo), defended 3 passes, and returned an INT 61 yards for a TD in a 32-20 win over the Lions

-Former Morgan State RB Chad Simpson rushed 2 times for 3 yards in the Colts’ 20-17 win over the Texans

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 11 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Congratulations to Adam Jones for winning a Gold Glove award. It really doesn’t matter if he was the most “deserving” CF in the American League, as the award clearly often goes to the player who had the most “WOW” moments or has the best reputation. Either of those honors is just as good as being the best statistical defender.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Nugent was 2/6 this season with Buccaneers, Cundiff made field goal for Browns against Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium

Luke Jones thinks Harbaugh needs to let McGahee, Kruger, Demetrius Williams play

Derek Arnold says Oher, Gaither, Birk, Grubbs, Chester all struggled against Cincy

Drew Forrester humorously quips Ravens could cut Frank Walker, sign Elizabeth Lambert

Tom Clayton picks Terps 4th in ACC

Drew Forrester thinks Markakis should have won Gold Glove as well

Chris Bonetti says Adam Jones first Oriole to win Gold Glove since Mike Mussina

Drew Forrester sticking with Merton From Indianapolis despite some in Baltimore wanting him gone

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Rice’s 3rd down conversion in 4th quarter team’s only pickup in 10 tries

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Dwan Edwards listed ahead of Trevor Pryce on depth chart

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco hoping to bounce back in Cleveland from tough performance in Cincinnati

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says team reportedly tried out kickers Mike Nugent, Billy Cundiff

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Ed Reed’s injury major topic of conversation

The Official Site says Ngata thinks Fabian Washington has best reflexes, Kelley Washington thinks Mark Clayton has best reflexes

Browns Official Site’s Matt Florjancic says Browns 15-13 all time on Monday Night Football

Browns Official Site says LB Eric Barton placed on IR

The Sun’s Mike Preston thought Lardarius Webb ‘outstanding’ against Bengals

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg talks long snapping with Katula

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Tavares Gooden ‘learned a lot’ from Bart Scott

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Ravens need wake-up call from Ray Lewis

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens held kicking tryouts after bad misses from Hauschka against Vikings, Bengals

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Kamerion Wimbley only Brown playing well right now

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says fans hoping to see Mattison fired ‘delusional’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Nugent tried out for Ravens for 2nd time

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Pro Football Weekly honored Ngata, Grubbs

The Sun’s Ron Fritz says Mangini expected to name Quinn as starter after Derek Anderson’s struggles against Bears

The Sun’s Ron Fritz compares Hauschka to Matt Stover

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Domonique Foxworth has been Ravens’ ‘biggest disappointment’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbs still thinks Hauschka ‘best option’

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Brady Quinn ‘likely’ to start Monday night at Cleveland Browns Stadium

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says Trusnik will play more with Barton on IR

The AP says Steve McNair’s widow authorized to sell his restaurant

Sporting News’ Michael Tunison says Ray Rice ‘criminally underused’

SI’s Jim Trotter thinks Steelers will sweep Ravens

SI’s Don Banks says 52’s tackle of Sproles in San Diego best defensive play of year

SI’s Peter King names Oher to All-Pro team for first half of season

USA Today has Ravens 13th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 15th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Ravens far from looking like ‘best team in NFL’ as they did after Week 3

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 11th in power rankings

Fanhouse’s Josh Alper has Ravens 14th in power rankings

ESPN.com has Ravens 14th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says ‘talent’ reason why Ravens still in top half of power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco, Ravens secondary struggling right now

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Adam Jones honored with first Gold Glove award

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Jones first Birds OF to win Gold Glove since Paul Blair

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds signed former Rays catcher Michel Hernandez

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Eddie Gamboa, Josh Perrault each tossed scoreless inning for Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play

Examiner Jay Trucker says Jones joins Ichiro, Torii Hunter as American League Gold Glove winners

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says O’s have now won 59 total Gold Gloves, second most in American League to Yankees

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Fridge reported Jamarr Robinson ‘will play’ whether or not he starts

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler thinks Chris Turner deserves to play Saturday despite not practicing this week according to James Franklin

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Wujciak happy to wear camo uniforms

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Chris Turner still ‘questionable’ for game against Hokies

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Demetrius Hartsfield may return Saturday

Washington Post’s Mark Viera says Darren Evans returned to practice Monday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Friedgen prepared to pull Danny O’Brien’s redshirt if necessary

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Da’Rel Scott returned to practice, ‘unlikely’ for Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps had to pay $76,500 to get pry Don Brown, James Franklin away from UMass, Kansas State respectively

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Wujciak’s return against Wolfpack longest TD return for Terps since Randall Jones in 2000 against Wake Forest

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says C.J. Brown ‘unlikely’ to see field against VT

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ben Pooler has played well in Hartsfield’s absence

Richmond Times Dispatch’s Darryl Slater says Nosal giving Va Tech ‘boost’ on O-Line

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps could still technically make Orange Bowl

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps paying Ralph $1,877,095 for 2-7 record

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps assistants making $1,817,490 this season

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Devin Burns planning early arrival in College Park (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Friedgen using ‘gamesmanship’ at QB with Frank Beamer (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen says Herbert Law gave Terps glimpse of future in JV game (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings says Porzel solid in limited action against NC State

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Vasquez, Terps won’t be underdogs much this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Terps 23rd in first poll

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens and Barker Davis say Vasquez 2nd team All-American

ESPN.com’s Andy Katz says Terps ‘believe they can make NCAA Tournament’

Turtle Sports Report’s Ethan Rothstein doesn’t expect to see much of Steve Goins this season

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Tianna Hawkins, Jackie Nared each had double-double as Terps posted exhibition win over Catholic University

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site says Frese wanted Dara Taylor, Terps to work on ‘communication’

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says Tchatchouang scored 16 for Terps in win

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dara Taylor finished with 7 assists and just 1 turnover in win

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon says Georgetown Prep attackman Dobyns committed to Maryland

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo concerned about ‘letdown’ against Delaware after win over Notre Dame

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Joe Buckley’s miss in South Bend may be affecting him moving forward

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says after last win over Fighting Irish, Mids BARELY held on to beat North Texas

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Ricky Dobbs ‘feels good’ after beating Irish

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo ‘hopeful’ Marcus Curry can play against Blue Hens

Go Mids updates season for Midshipmen opponents

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mids will be on TV 5 times this season between CBS College Sports and MASN

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens expects Romeo Garcia to be ‘breakout player’ for Navy

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s showdown with Villanova at Unitas Stadium

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Maryland Racing Commission approved 150 days of racing, expects bigger purses from slots revenue

Thoroughbred Times’ John Scheinman says Laurel Park approved for 58 days of live racing in Winter meet

SWIMMING:

The AP says Michael Phelps qualified for 200 meter medley final at Stockholm World Cup event

The Sun says Baltimore’s Elizabeth Pelton finished 8th in women’s 200 backstroke

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Not surprised the Ravens are sticking with Steve Hauschka. They still think he can kick, but he has to prove it every time he goes out there.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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