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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 26 November 2008 by Glenn Clark

Jimmy Patsos knew what he was doing last night when he decided to double Stephon Curry. That’s a special player and a special circumstance. He won’t do it again this season; even though there are more talented players on his schedule.

The story is that Stephon Curry really didn’t care that he was taken out of the offense. Bob McKillop wanted to do some things to let him get free; but Curry had no ego, and no problem with playing second fiddle. Bob McKillop should have echoed Curry’s sentiments and enjoyed his 30 point win.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Birds’ money ‘better spent’ on Teixeira than Burnett

Nestor Aparicio wonders when we can accept Ravens are for real

Casey Willett says Modell, Sharpe, Woodson Hall of Fame nominees

Casey Willett excited for return of Saturday Ravens show

Casey Willett says Ravens have given up just 23 4th quarter points all season

Thyrl Nelson says Ravens fans might have to root for enemies

Alex Thomas says Stover ‘struggling to get elevation’ on kicks

Ed Frankovic says Alzner called up to Caps

Bryan Powell says Hounds soccer finishes season 18-2-1

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says other than return TD; Harbaugh happy with special teams

The Official Site says J. Brown enjoys ‘dominating’ opponents

The Official Site shares players’ thoughts on Thanksgiving

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says W. Anderson to make first trip back to Cincinnati Sunday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says J. Johnson believes he’s better this year than last

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Ravens sending messages to McGahee

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens may be better thanks to bye week loss

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says NBC picked Ravens-Skins over Pats-Seahawks

Aaron Wilson says Ravens go with hot hand at running back

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte says former Bengal W. Anderson proving he’s ‘still got it’ in Baltimore

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte scouts Ravens, Bengals

ESPN.com has Ravens 13th in power rankings

ESPN.com writers have Ravens anywhere from 8th to 13th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says W. Anderson doesn’t want former team to ruin his current season

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens in ‘good spot’

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 13th in power rankings

SI’s Dom Bonvissuto says Ravens will finish 10-6, miss playoffs

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer has Ravens 10th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 13th in power rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps could face WVU in Meineke Car Care Bowl

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says DL Anderson committed to Terps for academics

The Sun’s Matt Bracken recaps season for commit Ross

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph trying to keep kids up despite disappointment

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says exam schedule would prevent Terps from playing in EagleBank Bowl

The Sun’s Jeff Barker offers BC tidbits

The AP says Terps playing for themselves, not to be spoilers

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps want to ‘build resume’

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps need to show ‘pride’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says E. Williams would be ‘fine’ with Boise game

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Clemson winning wouldn’t help Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Miami to Orlando not good news for Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps may be more ‘mediocre’ than ‘erratic’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says D. Davis likely gained ‘confidence’ from final drive vs. Deacons

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps can still reach 8 win plateau (not many actually thought Terps would win 8 before season started)

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps would be 9th seed in ACC football Tournament

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps’ first two drives ended before reaching red zone

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says BC big on D-Line

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps 0-4 in ‘maroon zone’ vs. Noles

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

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Ralph’s job ‘secure’

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Ralph thinks Terps still have ‘lot to play for’

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews Thanksgiving showdown with Michigan State

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

Michigan State Official Site previews Terps showdown

Michigan State Official Site offers complete Maryland-Michigan State release (pdf)

The Sun’s Don Markus ‘shocked’ Gary sticking with Dupree

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Classic will provide ‘gauge’ for Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Holliday will call football AND hoops this weekend

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary sticking with Dupree despite solid play from Gregory, Neal

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Wizards’ Tapscott, Ayers each coached under Gary

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews Cancun trip

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps will enjoy Cancun after Tournament over

TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The Official Site says Townsend, Zusi score as Terps advance

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps outshot Patriots 19-4

Washington Post’s Paul Tenorio says Terps ‘dominated’ Mason

DC Examiner’s Craig Stouffer says over 2,000k saw Terps beat GMU

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Sullivan passes 1,000 career points in loss to Davidson

The AP says Hounds hold Curry scoreless but lose by 30 anyway

The AP says Patsos believes history will remember Hounds holding Curry scoreless

Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman says Curry didn’t mind letting team play 4 on 3

LOYOLA SOCCER:

The Official Site says Hounds eliminated by sudden death goal vs. Greensboro

The Sun’s Todd Karpovich says Hounds blew 1-0 halftime lead in loss

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The AP says Mids beat Huskies in first career start for Dobbs

Northern Illinois Official Site says turnovers cost Huskies in loss to Mids

The Sun’s Jack McCarthy says Dobbs rushed for 124 in win over NIU

The Sun’s Jack McCarthy says Mids get TD off 3rd quarter turnover to finish off Huskies

The Examiner’s Tom Flynn says Mids hand Huskies first shutout loss since ‘99

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Dobbs working with Doug Williams

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids made big defensive stands in 2nd half

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says about 18k see Mids top Huskies

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Mids pitch just 2nd shutout since ‘94

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Harris hits 7 3’s, scores 21 as Navy beats UMES

The Sun’s Jeff Seidel says 20 point run lifted Mids

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site offers complete release for UMBC-George Washington tonight (pdf)

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says McKee nominated for Cousy Award

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Goode scored 22 but Eers fell to Mason

The Sun says Eers were within 3 late but fell to Patriots

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says M. Brown doesn’t like ‘moral victories’ but staying positive after another tough loss to good team

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Larranaga describes Eers as ‘very, very capable’

Washington Post’s Steven Goff says Vaughn scores 22 for Patriots in win

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Hawks hung tight early with Navy, but fell 76-51

HOPKINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Jays beat Frostburg in first round of DIII Tourney

SALISBURY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Gulls beat Goucher in first round of DIII Tourney

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck wonders if Birds committed to pursuit of Burnett

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says new catcher Reyes struggling in Dominican

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Matusz, Wieters receiving praise for work in Arizona

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker says ‘dream alive’ for Burnett, Teixeira

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Remember how many of us thought that Willie Anderson’s scouting may have been part of the reason the Ravens beat the Bengals earlier this season? I guess we’ve learned since then that the Ravens are just plain better than the Bengals.

-George Washington 71, UMBC 68 tonight, the Colonials want payback from last year. Michigan State 87, Maryland 70 tomorrow night.

Terps in the NFL Update…..

-LB Eric Barton had 7 tackles (5 solo) in the Jets’ 34-13 win over the Titans
-TE Vernon Davis had 1 catch for 47 yards in the 49ers’ 35-22 loss to the Cowboys
-CB Dominique Foxworth had 4 tackles (4 solo) in the Falcons’ 45-28 win over the Panthers
-LB Erin Henderson had 3 tackles (3 solo) in the Vikings’ 30-12 win over the Jaguars
-QB Shaun Hill was 21-33 for 303 yards, 2 TD’s, and 1 INT in the 49ers’ 35-22 loss to the Cowboys
-LB D’Qwell Jackson had 9 tackles (4 solo) in the Browns’ 16-6 loss to the Texans
-DL Kris Jenkins had 3 tackles (2 solo) and defended 1 pass in the Jets’ 34-13 win over the Titans
-P Adam Podlesh punted 3 times for 123 yards (41 yd. avg.) in the Jaguars’ 30-12 loss to the Vikings
-CB Lewis Sanders had 3 tackles (3 solo) in the Patriots’ 48-28 win over the Dolphins
-DL Randy Starks had 2 tackles (2 solo) in the Dolphins’ 48-28 loss to the Patriots
-S Madieu Williams had 4 tackles (4 solo), 1 INT (-1 yards) and defended 1 pass in the Vikings’ 30-12 win over the Jaguars
-CB Josh Wilson had 4 tackles (4 solo) and defended a pass in the Seahawks’ 20-17 loss to the Redskins

Morgan Bears in the NFL Update……

-TE Visanthe Shiancoe had 3 catches for 60 yards in the Vikings’ 30-12 win over the Jaguars

Talk to you Friday. Happy Thanksgiving.

-G

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You Play The Coach – Which Raven Gets Your Game Ball?

Posted on 26 November 2008 by Alex Thomas

That wasn’t just another Ravens win, that was a statement to the rest of the NFL that the Ravens are true playoff contenders. I was down at Washington College (my alma mater) for the game. Considering I didn’t have to work, I stuck around and watched the game with the numerous Eagles fans who I have described in previous blogs. We usually don’t hang out on Sundays, but considering the entire cast of the men’s swimming ’08 alumni were there, I decided to give it a shot. Of course, I was in the comfort of other Ravens fans to ease the pain in case the Raven’s lost.

But they didn’t. In fact, they mopped the floor with the Eagles, and in the process have made themselves an integral part of Philadelphia sports lore: The Day the Donovan McNabb Era Ended.

The first half of this game was actually rather boring. Aside from a great play by Jarret Johnson and an Ed Reed pick that set up a great TD catch by Daniel Wilcox, both offenses were searching for a way, ANY way, to move the football down the field without bringing out the punter. But the second half, especially the fourth quarter, was filled with reasons for Ravens fans to cheer and Eagles fans to have another one.

I don’t understand how there’s any reasonable way you can substitute a potential Hall of Fame quarterback (after it’s all said and done…at this point, he’s in the Hall of Very Good) for a back-up with limited experience…on the road in one of the most intimidating atmospheres in the NFL in M&T Bank Stadium…against a ferocious defense that has already forced three turnovers.

Andy Reid made a bad call, and he’s trying to rectify it by starting McNabb on Thanksgiving night…sorry buddy, this isn’t going to save your job, or McNabb’s for that matter. The Eagles are a team ready to implode, which is kind of strange to think about considering how dominating they’ve been in the NFC in recent years.

Some thoughts on the game:

-Jared Gaither surprised all of us by playing against Philly, and he played a pretty good game considering he’s playing with one arm.

-Joe Flacco keeps getting better every week. Considering all of the pressure he was under, it’s amazing that he didn’t throw a pick. He’ll see similar pressure against Pittsburgh in a few weeks, so it’s good to see that he’s learning to protect the football.

-What happened to Brian Dawkins? Did he even play on Sunday? He is the heart and soul of the Eagles defense, and had literally no impact on the game. No wonder the Ravens put up 36 points.

-If I could give out an Unsung Hero award, it would undoubtedly go to Jarret Johnson.

-Matt Stover is still struggling to get elevation on his kicks.

-For the second time this season, the Ravens special teams cost the team a shutout. That has to be frustrating for Ray Lewis and Co.

-My game ball goes to Ed Reed. For several reasons, including the record-breaking 108 interception return for a touchdown that sealed the game. As Gerry Sandusky said: “You better believe the hay’s in the barn now.” I think it’s a no-brainer.

Who gets your game ball this week?

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A beautiful day: Ravens 36, Eagles 7

Posted on 23 November 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

The Ravens used an opportunistic offense and myriad of breakdowns by the hapless visitors to pummel the Philadelphia Eagles at M&T Bank Stadium, 36-7 this afternoon.

Andy Reid’s benching of Donovan McNabb at halftime will surely be debated across three states and the calling for his head surely will begin for calling a pass play at the goal line early in the fourth quarter when the Eagles were about six inches from making it a one-score game.

Hard to say who was more quiet today at frigid M&T Bank Stadium today — the Eagles fans or the Ravens fans. It was a strange day of football all the way around.

The game was long and out-of-synch in its pacing and reminded me of what would be the beginning of the end of Brian Billick’s tenure here — the ugly game in Detroit two years ago.

Nothing the Eagles did went right. They got hosed on a couple of calls. Both of their quarterbacks threw hideous passes. The Ravens — and mainly Joe Flacco — stunk for most of the first half and the Eagles still couldn’t manage to score any points beyond the kickoff return, which clearly embarrassed John Harbaugh and his special teams sensibilities.

But feel free to roundly celebrate: the Ravens are 7-4 and looked quite impressive in the end in “playing four quarters” and out smash-mouthing their neighbors from Filthy.

It’s Thanksgiving and we have a lot to be thankful for football-wise in Baltimore because we can legitimately start talking playoffs with a chance to be 8-4 next Sunday with a strong effort in Cincinnati.

Where to begin?

Ed Reed ran a 108-yard interception back through traffic that seemed like the Stanford band. Ed Reed also got burned trying to lateral a ball to Samari Rolle in heavy traffic near the goal line. (Somewhere, Billick was still yelling at him!)

Dan Wilcox caught a TD pass after thinking he might not even play.

Jared Gaither played through the pain. Adam Terry left the game early with a concussion and the offensive line still kept coming back for more. At one point, Ben Grubbs left the game. And David Hale was spotted in there mixing it up quite a bit as well.

The Ravens continued to stop the Eagles rushing attack all day long, and seemed to welcome the benching of McNabb for Kevin Kolb, who was largely as ineffective as No. 5. His one drive of note to lead the team back into the game was nullfyed and reversed when Reed went the distance on one of the most amazing plays in Ravens history.

Le’Ron McClain continues to shine his own star as a fullback who has made a seamless transition into a big-time power back, rushing for 88 yards and one breakaway touchdown late in the game when most of the Eagles fans had put down their cheesesteaks and pretzels and headed back toward the Maryland House on I-95.

Mark Clayton was a factor in the game today and we’d love to see more of that. He also made fun of his own endzone celebration.

Jarret Johnson had a huge game and made a pick on McNabb that Harbaugh described as “one of the greatest plays I’ve ever seen.”

Matt Stover hit a long field goal when the team needed it.

And Jameel McClain registered his second safety of the season and he’s only been on the team for a few weeks.

Overall, the defense was awesome all day. They pitched a shutout that was only tainted by the kickoff return by Quinton Demps. (Kinda reminded me of another game against an NFC East team where the only score was a return for a touchdown on an otherwise perfect day. Of course, it was a little warmer on Jan. 28, 2001.)

I’ll be writing some more later and posting post-game video. It was largely an “homage” to Ed Reed and the kind of game he had today. (And at one point, he fell to his knees and was all but tackled to leave the field when he couldn’t lift his arm.)

Feel free to throw your comments in and we’ll launch them soon enough.

A great day to be a Ravens fan. The team is 7-4 and headed to Cincinnati. This was a huge win.

And the Eagles fans were strangely silent from whistle to whistle, slithering out of the stadium while the Ed Reed celebration commenced right around 4 p.m.

More to come…

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Week 12 Fantasy Start Rankings – Every Position

Posted on 20 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Just for the sake of making everything easier, I’ve decided to post the week 12 Fantasy Start Rankings for all 6 positions in one place. It’s the same start rankings that you can find on the bottoms of each of the Positional Power Rankings for week 12. You can locate those power rankings by using the links at the bottom of this page too.

 

Listed below are the formulary start rankings for each of the 6 positions, with their formulary number listed in parentheses next to them. The formulary rankings are gotten using the “secret fantasy flavor formula”, it’s basically 2 parts player performance, 1 part defensive expectations against them this week, with a few variables thrown in for injuries and anomalies.

 

As news becomes available over the course of the weekend, I’ll make notes here too, so keep checking back. And at the end of the day, trust your gut, and have fun. That’s why we play the games after all anyway. And good luck to you this week as the playoffs approach.

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

1. Peyton Manning (15) @SD

2. Aaron Rodgers (21) @ NO

3. Jay Cutler (22) vs. OAK

4. Tony Romo (22) vs. SF

5. Kurt Warner (29) vs. NYG

6. Shaun Hill (31) @ DAL

7. Brady Quinn (31) vs. HOU

8. Drew Brees (35) vs. GB

9. Eli Manning (36) @ AZ

10. Phillip Rivers (40) vs. IND

11. Matt Cassel (40) @ MIA

12. Kyle Orton (42) @ ST.L

13. Tyler Thigpen (43) vs. BUF

14. Gus Frerotte (43) @ JAX

15. Jeff Garcia (44) @ DET

16. Donavan McNabb (45) @ BAL

17. Jason Campbell (48) @ SEA

18. David Garrard (52) vs. MIN

19. Brett Favre (53) @ TEN

20. Chad Pennington (57) vs. NE

21. Sage Rosenfels (61) @ CLE

22. Kerry Collins (61) vs. NYJ

23. Matt Ryan (62) vs. CAR

24. Joe Flacco (64) vs. PHI

25. Jake Delhomme (68) @ ATL

26. Ben Roethlisberger (69) vs. CIN

27. JaMarcus Russell (70) @ DEN*about the same if it’s Walter or Tuisasopo

28. Trent Edwards (78) @ KC

29. Marc Bulger (78) vs. CHI

30. Ryan Fitzpatrick (81) @ PIT

31. Daunte Culpepper (86) vs. TB

32. Matt Hasselbeck (87) vs. WAS

 

 

RUNNINGBACKS

 

1. Clinton Portis (19) @ SEA

2. Adrian Peterson (22) @ JAX

3. Matt Forte (22) @ ST.L

4. Frank Gore (23) @ DAL

5. Marion Barber (27) vs. SF

6. Thomas Jones (28) @ TEN

7. Reggie Bush (32) vs. GB

8. Brian Westbrook (33) @ BAL

9. Willie Parker (34) vs. CIN

10. Brandon Jacobs (35) @ AZ *watch his injury status

11. Marshawn Lynch (37) @ KC

12. LaDanian Tomlinson (38) vs. IND

13. Michael Turner (43) vs. CAR

14. DeAngelo Williams (43) @ ATL

15. Steve Slaton (45) @ CLE

16. Maurice Jones-Drew (46) vs. MIN

17. Ronnie Brown (48) vs. NE

18. Jamal Lewis (51) vs. HOU

19. Chris Johnson (56) vs. NYJ

20. Larry Johnson (56) vs. BUF

21. Steven Jackson (60) vs. CHI *keep an eye on his status

22. Joseph Addai (65)@ SD

23. LenDale White (66) vs. NYJ

24. Ryan Grant (69) @ NO

25. Darren McFadden (71) @ DEN

26. Jonathan Stewart (73) @ ATL

27. Warrick Dunn (74) @ DET

28. Sammy Morris (76) @ MIA

29. Mewelde Moore (77) vs. CIN

30. Tim Hightower (78) vs. NYG

31. Kevin Smith (79) vs. TB

32. Willis McGahee (83) vs. PHI *keep an eye on his status

33. Deuce McAllister (84) vs. GB

34. Derrick Ward (85) @ AZ

35. Ahman Green (85) @ CLE

36. LeRon McClain (87) vs. PHI *bump 2 or 3 spots if McGahee can’t go

37. Jerome Harrison (87) vs. HOU

38. Peyton Hillis (89) vs. OAK

39. Justin Fargas (95)vs. DEN *bump 15 spots if McFadden can’t go

40. Ray Rice (97) vs. PHI *keep him here regardless of McGahee’s status

41. Dominic Rhodes (97) @ SD

42. Jerious Norwood (99) vs. CAR

43. Julius Jones (99) vs. WAS

44. Leon Washington (100) @ TEN

45. Antonio Pittman (102) vs. CHI *bump 8 to 10 spots if Steven Jackson can’t go

46. BenJarvis Green-Ellis (104) @ MIA

47. Ricky Williams (106) vs. NE

48. Chester Taylor (112) @ JAX

49. Kevin Faulk (114) @ MIA

50. Kenneth Darby (114) vs. CHI *bump 3 or 4 spots if Jackson can’t go

 

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

1. Santana Moss (11) @ SEA

2. Anquan Boldin (15) vs. NYG

3. Larry Fitzgerald (17) vs. NYG

4. Greg Jennings (20) @ NO

5. Andre Johnson (25) @ CLE

6. Bernard Berrian (27) @ JAX

7. Steve Smith (29) *CAR @ ATL

8. Calvin Johnson (32) vs. TB

9. Roddy White (34) vs. CAR

10. Reggie Wayne (34) @ SD

11. Hines Ward (38) vs. CIN

12. Kevin Walter (41) @ CLE

13. Brandon Marshall (45) vs. OAK

14. Justin Gage (45) vs. NYJ

15. Terrell Owens (48) vs. SF

16. Eddie Royal (49) vs. OAK

17. DeWayne Bowe (49) vs. BUF

18. Randy Moss (50) @ MIA

19. Lee Evans (56) @ KC

20. Antonio Bryant (59) @ DET

21. TJ Houshmandzadeh (60) @ PIT

22. Donnie Avery (63) vs. CHI

23. Lance Moore (67) vs. GB

24. Vincent Jackson (68) vs. IND

25. Wes Welker (68) @ MIA

26. DeSean Jackson (69) @ BAL

27. Plaxico Burress (74) @ AZ

28. Donald Driver (76) @ NO

29. Braylon Edwards (77) vs. HOU

30. Chris Chambers (80) vs. IND

31. Laverneus Coles (81) @ TEN

32. Jehrrico Cotchery (83) @ TEN

33. Matt Jones (84) vs. MIN

34. Mushin Muhammad (91) @ ATL

35. Derrick Mason (92) vs. PHI *watch his injury status

36. DeVery Henderson (95) vs. GB

37. Steve Breaston (95) vs. NYG

38. Issac Bruce (98) @ DAL

39. Brandon Lloyd (98) @ ATL

40. Mark Bradley (101) vs. BUF

41. Nate Washington (104) vs. CIN

42. Kevin Curtis (105) @ BAL

43. Ted Ginn Jr. (109) vs. NE

44. Sinorice Moss (110) @ AZ

45. Michael Jenkins (116) vs. CAR

46. Santonio Holmes (117) vs. CIN

47. Marvin Harrison (118) @ SD

48. Greg Camarillo (121) vs. NE

49. Malcolm Floyd (124) vs. IND

50. Ricky Williams (124) vs. NE

51. Antoine Randle-El (127) @ SEA

52. Anthony Gonzalez (128) @ SD

53. Rasheid Davis (132) @ ST.L

54. Tory Holt (133) vs. CHI

55. Bryant Johnson (134) @ DAL

56. Jabar Gafney (134) @ MIA

57. Hank Baskett (135) vs. BAL

58. Amani Toomer (136) @ AZ

59. Marques Colston (137) vs. GB

60. Chad Johnson (140) @ PIT *out insert Chris Henry here

61. Patrick Crayton (140) vs. SF

62. Devin Hester (144) @ ST.L

63. Koren Robinson (149) vs. WAS

64. Bobby Wade (151) @ JAX

65. Myles Austin (152) vs. SF  out

66. Sidney Rice (153) @ JAX

67. Marty Booker (156) @ ST.L

68. Deion Branch (157) vs. WAS

69. Ike Hilliard (161) @ DET

70. Reggie Brown (163) @ BAL

71. Chansi Stuckey (165) @ TEN

72. John Standeford (170) vs. TB

73. Brandon Stokley (171) vs. OAK

74. Mike Walker (174) @ DET

75. Steve Smith (174)*NYG @ AZ

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

1. Dallas Clark (13) @ SD

2. Kellen Winslow Jr. (15) vs. HOU

3. Tony Scheffler (20) vs. OAK

4. Bo Scaife (24) vs. NYJ

5. Antonio Gates (28) vs. IND

6. Owen Daniels (29) @ CLE

7. Tony Gonzalez (33) vs. BUF

8. Kevin Boss (34) @ AZ

9. Anthony Fasano (34) vs. NE

10. Dustin Keller (34) @ TEN

11. Zach Miller (34) @ DEN

12. Billy Miller (38) vs. GB

13. Jerramy Stevens (39) @ DET

14. Jason Witten (42) vs. SF

15. Visanthe Schiancoe (43) @ JAX

16. Chris Cooley (45) @ SEA

17. Greg Olsen (53) @ ST.L

18. Alex Smith (53) @ DET

19. Mercedes Lewis (55) vs. MIN

20. Todd Heap (55) vs. PHI

21. Tom Santi (61) @ SD

22. John Carlson (63) vs. WAS

23. Daniel Graham (64) @ CLE

24. LJ Smith (66) @ BAL

25. Derek Fine (69) @ KC

26. Steve Heiden (73) vs. HOU

27. Vernon Davis (76) @ DAL

28. Dante Rosario (78) @ ATL

29. Donald Lee (79) @ NO

30. Heath Miller (80) vs. CIN

31. Martellus Bennett (80) vs. SF

32. Brent Celek (80) @ BAL

33. David Martin (80) vs. NE

34. Alge Crumpler (80) vs. NYJ

35. Jeremy Shockey (82) vs. GB

 

 

KICKERS

 

1. Mason Crosby (16) @ NO

2. Garrett Hartley (16) vs. GB

3. Stephen Gostkowski (24) @ MIA

4. Matt Bryant (26) @ DET

5. Phil Dawson (29) vs. HOU

6. David Akers (30) @ BAL

7. Lawrence Tynes (32) @ AZ *no difference if it’s Carney

8. Rian Lindell (33) @ KC

9. Jason Elam (36) vs. CAR

10. Shaun Suisham (36) @ SEA

11. Nate Kaeding (39) vs. IND

12. Joe Nedney (41) @ DAL

13. Matt Prater (44) vs. CAR

14. Jay Feeley (46) @ TEN

15. Ryan Longwell (46) @ JAX

16. Robbie Gould (46) @ ST.L

17. Rob Bironas (47) vs. NYJ

18. Sebastian Janikowski (48) @ DEN

19. Josh Brown (50) vs. CHI

20. Neil Rackers (54) vs. NYG

21. Josh Scobee (58) vs. MIN

22. John Kasay (61) @ ATL

23. Jeff Reed (61) vs. CIN

24. Nick Folk (65) vs. SF

25. Jason Hanson (69) vs. TB

26. Connor Barth (69) vs. BUF

27. Matt Stover (71) vs. PHI

28. Olindo Mare (75) vs. WAS

29. Kris Brown (77) @ CLE

30. Adam Vinatieri (77) @ SD

31. Shayne Graham (79) @ PIT

32. Dan Carpenter (83) vs. NE

 

 

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS

 

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7) @ DET

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (16) vs. CIN

3. Chicago Bears (21) @ ST.L

4. Green Bay Packers (27) @ NO

5. Philadelphia Eagles (27) @ BAL

6. Tennessee Titans (30) vs. NYJ

7. New York Jets (36) @ TEN

8. New York Giants (37) @ AZ

9. Baltimore Ravens (42) vs. PHI

10. Miami Dolphins (42) vs. NE

11. Seattle Seahawks (42) vs. WAS

12. San Francisco 49ers (43) @ DAL

13. Dallas Cowboys (43) vs. SF

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (44) vs. MIN

15. Cleveland Browns (46) vs. HOU

16. Minnesota Vikings (48) @ JAX

17. Oakland Raiders (49) @ DEN

18. Atlanta Falcons (50) vs. CAR

19. Buffalo Bills (50) @ KC

20. Arizona Cardinals (51) vs. NYG

21. Carolina Panthers (52) @ ATL

22. Washington Redskins (58) @ SEA

23. Kansas City Chiefs (63) vs. BUF

24. New England Patriots (65) @ MIA

25. Cincinnati Bengals (67) @ PIT

26. Denver Broncos (67) vs. OAK

27. San Diego Chargers (68) vs. IND

28. New Orleans Saints (72) vs. GB

29. Indianapolis Colts (73) @ SD

30. Houston Texans (80) @ CLE

31. St. Louis Rams (81) vs. CHI

32. Detroit Lions (87) vs. TB

 

 

Week 12 Fantasy QB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 Fantasy RB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 Fantasy WR Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 Fantasy TE Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 Fantasy K Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 Fantasy D/ST Rankings and Previews

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 12 Ks

Posted on 20 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

The return of Lawrence Tynes to the Giants this week, forced John Carney from the #1 spot in the rankings to being all the way out of them. From here out, whoever is kicking for the Giants should be a good option, but indications from Tom Coughlin are that he may go back and fourth with them. Garrett Hartley, although not in the rankings, is a worthwhile pickup and should be productive throughout the remaining season. Here are this week’s power rankings and match up previews, along with weekly start rankings at the bottom of the page.

 

Keep in mind that the power rankings, listed here, are based on year to date performance and not a reflection of your best options for week 12. Just below the power rankings are match up previews advising who should be better or worse than usual this week, based on their opponents. At the bottom, are the week 12 start rankings; that’s where you should look for help with your week 12 lineup decisions.

 

Week 12 Fantasy Kicker Power Rankings

 

K Power Rankings Archive34567 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Stephen Gostkowski (5) – NE – FG – 24/26; 1-39 – 16/16; 40-49 – 8/10; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 19/19

 

2. Mason Crosby (9) – GB – FG – 19/23; 1-39 – 12/14; 40-49 – 4/4; 50+ – 3/5; PAT – 31/31

 

3. David Akers (3) – PHI – FG – 22/26; 1-39 – 18/18; 40-49 – 4/5; 50+ – 0/3; PAT – 28/28

 

4. Jason Elam (4) – ATL – FG – 21/23; 1-39 – 11/12; 40-49 – 9/9; 50+ – 1/2; PAT – 24/24

 

5. Jay Feeley (2) – NYJ – FG – 18/22; 1-39 – 12/15; 40-49 – 4/5; 50+ – 2/2; PAT – 27/27

 

6. Matt Bryant (10) – TB – FG – 24/28; 1-39 – 21/21; 40-49 – 3/5; 50+ – 0/2; PAT – 19/19

 

7. Phil Dawson (20) – CLE – FG – 22/24; 1-39 – 16/16; 40-49 – 3/3; 50+ – 3/5; PAT – 17/17

 

8. Ryan Longwell (15) – MIN – FG – 19/23; 1-39 – 11/12; 40-49 – 5/8; 50+ – 3/3; PAT – 22/22

 

9. Matt Prater (6) – DEN – FG – 17/21; 1-39 – 10/12; 40-49 – 2/4; 50+ – 5/5; PAT – 27/27

 

10. Neil Rackers (19) – AZ – FG – 18/20; 1-39 – 13/15; 40-49 – 4/4; 50+ – 1/1; PAT – 29/29

 

11. Rob Bironas (8) – TEN – FG – 18/21; 1-39 – 10/10; 40-49 – 8/11; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 26/26

 

12. Rian Lindell (12) – BUF – FG – 19/24; 1-39 – 11/11; 40-49 – 7/10; 50+ – 1/3; PAT – 22/22

 

13. John Kasay (11) – CAR – FG – 18/19; 1-39 – 10/10; 40-49 – 7/7; 50+ – 1/2; PAT – 24/24

 

14. Joe Nedney (7) – SF – FG – 18/20; 1-39 – 10/10; 40-49 – 7/9; 50+ – 1/1; PAT – 24/24

 

15. Shaun Suisham (13) – WAS – FG – 19/25; 1-39 – 9/11; 40-49 – 9/11; 50+ – 1/3; PAT – 16/16

 

16. Nate Kaeding (14) – SD – FG – 18/22; 1-39 – 16/16; 40-49 – 2/6; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 26/26

 

17. Josh Brown (NR) – ST.L – FG – 18/21; 1-39 – 7/7; 40-49 – 7/8; 50+ – 4/6; PAT – 12/12

 

18. Robbie Gould (16) – CHI – FG – 16/19; 1-39 – 9/9; 40-49 – 7/10; 50+ – 0/0; PAT – 26/26

 

19. Josh Scobee (18) – JAX – FG – 15/17; 1-39 – 8/10; 40-49 – 3/3; 50+ – 4/4; PAT – 23/23

 

20. Sebastian Janikowski (17) – OAK – FG – 18/24; 1-39 – 14/14; 40-49 – 2/4; 50+ – 2/6; PAT – 10/10

 

Dropped from Rankings: John Carney – NYG

 

Ks Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 12: Nick Folk vs. SF; Shaun Suisham @ SEA; Nate Kaeding vs. IND; Robbie Gould @ ST.L; Mason Crosby @ NO; Joe Nedney @ DAL; Matt Bryant @ DET

 

Ks Who Could Be Sleepers Based On Week 12 Match Ups: Sebastian Janikowski @ DEN; Rian Lindell @ KC; Connor Barth vs. BUF

 

Ks With Tough Week 12 Match Ups: Jay Feeley @ TEN; John Kasay @ ATL; Lawrence Tynes or John Carney @ AZ; Neil Rackers vs. NYG; Ryan Longwell @ JAX; Jason Elam vs. CAR; Olindo Mare vs. WAS

 

Ks You Might Want To Avoid In Week 12: Kris Brown @ CLE; Dan Carpenter vs. NE; Shayne Graham @ PIT

 

And here are the week 12 Fantasy K start rankings; it’s all 32 starting Ks in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for the Thursday night game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Mason Crosby (16)

2. Garrett Hartley (16)

3. Stephen Gostkowski (24)

4. Matt Bryant (26)

5. Phil Dawson (29)

6. David Akers (30)

7. Lawrence Tynes (32) *no difference if it’s Carney

8. Rian Lindell (33)

9. Jason Elam (36)

10. Shaun Suisham (36)

11. Nate Kaeding (39)

12. Joe Nedney (41)

13. Matt Prater (44)

14. Jay Feeley (46)

15. Ryan Longwell (46)

16. Robbie Gould (46)

17. Rob Bironas (47)

18. Sebastian Janikowski (48)

19. Josh Brown (50)

20. Neil Rackers (54)

21. Josh Scobee (58)

22. John Kasay (61)

23. Jeff Reed (61)

24. Nick Folk (65)

25. Jason Hanson (69)

26. Connor Barth (69)

27. Matt Stover (71)

28. Olindo Mare (75)

29. Kris Brown (77)

30. Adam Vinatieri (77)

31. Shayne Graham (79)

32. Dan Carpenter (83)

 

Use the links below to check out all of the other positional rankings, and I’ll try to consolidate all of this week’s start rankings into one blog, that I’ll update as injury information becomes available too. Remember to trust your gut and have fun, and as always, good luck this week.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

Week 12 QB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 RB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 WR Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 TE Rankings and Previews

 

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The Wednesday Wheelhouse – Ruminations on All Things Sports and Otherwise

Posted on 19 November 2008 by Alex Thomas

What’s on your mind today on this chilly Wednesday in Baltimore?

-On Monday night I attended the annual Baltimore Ravens All-Community Team Auction to benefit several of the Ravens charities. I always hype these events because the Ravens do such a great job catering to their sponsors and fan base. It was another well-run event, with great food, even better company, and a chance to socialize with players like Ray Lewis, Troy Smith, Matt Stover, Derrick Mason, Todd Heap, Jason Brown, and several others. Senior VP Kevin Byrne and Troy Smith were the MCs and guided the players on stage to talk to the community. Each player told us what they were doing to benefit the City of Baltimore, and it was refreshing to see so many high profile players doing all that they can to help others. Jason Brown was the life of the party. He certainly knows how to work a crowd and should make a great broadcaster someday.

-It will be interesting to see how the Ravens respond against the Eagles this week. I think the Ravens took this loss to the Giants personally. Not because they lost, but because of HOW they lost. I’d be surprised to see Brian Westbrook get more than 50 rushing yards this week.

-I was working at Conrad’s Crabs this past Sunday, filleting fish and talking sports with the customers, which is definitely one of the highlights of the job. Around 7 o’clock the place was packed (as usual), and most people were sitting around waiting for a bag of delicious steamed Maryland crabs. During that time, the TV was tuned to the Steelers/Chargers game. Toward the end of the game, one of the customers uttered a famous line from the movie Anchorman. I’ll give you a hint (because I can’t actually type the line into my blog): it was the famous line that Ron Burgundy said on-air that inevitably got him fired from the TV station. Remember: “Ron Burgundy will read anything you type into the teleprompter.” The PG version: Thanks a lot, San Diego. I’m still laughing about that…

-I hate the Eagles as much as I hate the Redskins. It’s because of one thing and one thing only, and this applies to both teams. Their fans hold this arrogant sense of accomplishment as if they’ve won something recently. Not to mention I’ve heard stories of Eagles fans cursing at children that wear the opposing teams’ jersey. Classy. In a past blog, I’ve mentioned that many of my life-long friends are Eagles fans…we just don’t hang out on Sundays.

-Entering the rumor mill, it looks like the Orioles are going to make a strong play for both Mark Teixeira and AJ Burnett. It’s fish or cut bait time for Andy MacPhail. Time to use some of that MASN “revenue.” Some may call it revenue. I call it loot because they basically stole money from Comcast subscribers, and the only way to rectify such a crime is to make an Andre The Giant-sized cannonball splash in the free agent market. If we see more of the same, i.e. Brad Hennessey and Donnie Murphy, maybe it’s time for a “Free The Birds 3″. And this time, let’s do it in the off-season by picketing in front of the Warehouse. I dunno, just a thought…

-Unfortunately Drew Forrester beat me to the punch on blogging about the Towson/Navy opener, otherwise I would have posted a blog about it myself. I was there too, donning my WNST polo, and I met a lot of WNST fans. I spent the majority of the time with Jimmy the Usher and Mike, who took his son to the game. We stood on the baseline near the Towson bench and watched Pat’s Cats punch the Midshipmen in the mouth. The Tigers won 86-68, but the score would have been much more lopsided if the Tigers weren’t taking stupid shots early, which Pat Kennedy addressed during a timeout with about 8 minutes to go in the first half. Troy Franklin looked great in his limited playing time against Navy (he was limited because of early foul trouble). He has great court vision, shooting ability, and inside toughness for a smaller guard. Brian Morris also played well, and Josh Thornton led the scoring attack with 24 points.

-The first snow flakes of the year fell on Baltimore yesterday afternoon, as Mother Nature yielded some sporadic flurries. With all of this talk about global warming, I’m pretty sure Baltimore weather will never change, because weird stuff like this happens all of the time. Snow before Thanksgiving? Last year, I came home for Christmas break and wore flip flops and shorts on December 27th…it was 64 degrees that day.

-HBO should pay me because I keep hyping season five of Entourage, and rightfully so. Did anyone else see that episode on Sunday night? It was more shockingly dramatic than comical, which was a different spin for the Entourage fan base in a good way. It drew me into the actual storyline instead of the debauchery, drinking, and naked girls (which are highly entertaining in their own right). This season has truly been the best yet, and I hope HBO renews the Entourage contract. Do yourself a favor and check out the new season with Comcast On Demand if you haven’t done so already.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 19 November 2008 by Glenn Clark

The one advantage John Harbaugh should bring to the Ravens Sunday as a former Eagles assistant is that he should have an idea of the tendencies Andy Reid and his staff have. Whereas the Eagles might not know what Rex Ryan or Cam Cameron could be thinking, John Harbaugh should have an idea of what Jim Johnson is thinking in a particular situation.

Otherwise, this will be nothing more than a chance for old friends to catch up; with the Eagles DESPERATELY needing a win to take some pressure off of Reid and McNabb in Philly. This could be a dangerous spot for the Ravens. We’ll talk more later in the week.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester imagines Boras’ Orioles call with Teixeira

Drew Forrester doesn’t think you should spend money on O’s until they spend money

Bob Haynie says Ravens ‘very much alive’ in AFC playoff hunt

Rob Long says Ravens more deserving of MNF than Browns, Bills

Glenn Clark says Terps need to get off to quicker start vs. Vermont

Ed Frankovic says Caps doing good work off ice as well

RAVENS:

The Official Site says Flacco enjoys playing Rock Band

The Official Site finds out what Ravens families are doing for Thanksgiving

The Official Site says Harbaugh thinks Stover’s PAT record ‘amazing’

Eagles Official Site’s Dave Spadaro says Eagles’ run ‘D’ must come up ‘big’ vs. Ravens

Eagles Official Site offers complete Eagles-Ravens release (pdf)

Eagles Official Site’s Merrill Reese says Eagles’ DC Johnson ‘should be able to confuse’ Flacco

The Sun’s Edward Lee says F. Washington feels transition to Baltimore off to ‘awesome start’

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Flacco’s ‘nature’ appears to fit with Ravens’ ‘nurture’

The Sun’s Mike Preston thought Ravens opened Giants game with ‘conservative’ plan

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Ravens have third best home record since 2000

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Harbaugh, Ravens disagree on impact Giants had Sunday

Aaron Wilson says Ravens RB’s need to bounce back from tough game against Giants

Carroll County Times’ Haruki Nakamura says he understands value of working in community

Philadelphia Inquirer’s Bob Brookover says Harbaugh supporting Eagles coach Reid

Philadelphia Daily News’ Sam Donnellon says Eagles ‘flat out awful’ in close games

ESPN.com has Ravens 13th in power rankings

ESPN.com voters have Ravens anywhere from 10th to 17th

ESPN.com’s James Walker says ‘most expected more’ from Ravens

ESPN.com’s James Walker says stock falling for McGahee, defense

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Giants ‘embarrassed’ Ravens

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer have Ravens 13th in power rankings

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer has Ravens 11th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 16th in power rankings

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver has Ravens 16th in power rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The AP says Navarre looking to ‘go out with a bang’

Florida State Official Site says Noles practice in cold weather, preparing for frigid conditions Saturday night

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph learning to stay calm in disappointing situations

The Sun’s Matt Bracken looks back at season for commit Franklin

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph ‘emotional’ when discussing seniors

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Franklin wants players to offer input during games

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Terps ‘ready’ for Florida State

Frederick News-Post’s Greg Swatek says E. Williams trying to keep focus on game, not emotions of senior night

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps fans ‘deserved’ chance to celebrate on field with team Saturday night

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps hoping to learn from failure to win title in ‘06

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph ‘loosened’ up to keep control of team

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says LB Fokou wants Terps to ‘win out’ and get to Tampa

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps want fans wearing black Saturday night

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps’ losses all came to teams who lost previous game

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps 6-0 at home, 0-3 at night

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says E. Williams has brought ‘energy’ to Terps during career

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says FSU game nearly sold out

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have remained relatively healthy

ESPN.com has Terps 24th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Noles’ J. Robinson will start for Rolle

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says FSU safety McClure has torn cartilage in knee, status unknown

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps haven’t lost at home since painting state flags in endzones

Sporting News’ Matt Hayes thinks Terps Jacksonville-bound

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says E. Williams ‘in constant motion’ (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says future Terps amongst those playing in Crab Bowl (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Allen Wallace says proximity could get prospect Nunez to College Park

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Vasquez scores 28 as Terps pummel Penguins

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site says Gary thinks Terps need to improve offensively at start of game

The Official Site says Vasquez has reached double digits in 29 of last 30 games

The Sun’s Don Markus says Greivis’ family in town to see big game

The Sun’s Don Markus says Terps went first 3 and a half minutes without scoring

The Sun’s Don Markus says Mosley gave Terps ‘energy’ early

The Sun’s Don Markus says Padgett first Terp from NYC since Garfield Smith

The Examiner’s Dylan Waugh says Milbourne ‘needs to score more’

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terps finished first half on 20-2 run

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Vasquez gets ‘positive’ game under belt

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says blowout scores not totally ‘indicative’ of Terps’ play thus far

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Hayes thinks Terps just didn’t hit shots early on

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says full court press good, big men bad in win for Terps

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary wants to improve ACC marketing, defends Duke

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps believe bigs will become ‘adequate contributors’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps best when Vasquez, Neal on floor last night

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps went to bench early

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says game started late, Terps started later in win (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Tucker’s family has background in dancing (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps need to ‘learn’ from loss to TCU

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Kina scores 19 to lead Mids past St. Francis

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo hoping to get ‘spark’ from Dobbs

Go Mids’ Chris Swezey breaks down Navy’s success on onsides kick (must subscribe)

Go Mids updates results for Navy opponents this season

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Lewis scores 23 but Hounds fall to Cornell in NIT

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Goode Athlete of the Week

UMES FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says ESPN honors former Hawks Shell, Sample

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Bergesen, Reimold added to 40 man roster

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Huff finishes 16th in MVP voting

The AP says political protests cut Ripken’s Nicaragua camp short

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Krivsky ‘candidate’, but hasn’t interviewed for front office job

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says O. Salazar still hitting well in Venezuela

The Examiner’s Tony Giro wonders what Orioles doing to lure Teixeira

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says O’s add catcher Reyes

SI’s Joe Pasnanski says Mussina Hall worthy

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times says all other horses at Laurel test negative for equine herpes

Thoroughbred Times says Magna gets extension on loan

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

Terps in the NFL week 11…..

-LB Eric Barton had 17 tackles (14 solo) and forced a fumble in the Jets’ 34-31 win over the Patriots
-DE Jon Condo had 2 tackles (2 solo) in the Raiders’ 17-15 loss to the Dolphins
-TE Vernon Davis had 1 catch for 2 yards and a TD in the 49ers’ 35-16 win over the Rams
-CB Domonique Foxworth had 5 tackles (5 solo) in the Falcons’ 24-20 loss to the Broncos
-QB Shaun Hill went 15-20 for 213 yards and 2 TD’s, and ran 3 times for 5 yards and a TD in the 49ers’ 35-16 win over the Rams
-LB D’Qwell Jackson had 11 tackles (5 solo) and defended 1 pass in the Browns’ 29-27 win over the Bills
-P Adam Podlesh punted 10 times for 409 yards (40.9 yd. avg.) with 1 inside the 20 in the Jaguars’ 24-14 loss to the Titans
-DT Randy Starks had 2 tackles (2 solo) in the Dolphins’ 17-15 win over the Raiders
-S Madieu Williams had 1 tackle (1 solo) in the Vikings’ 19-13 loss to the Bucs
-CB Josh Wilson had 10 tackles (10 solo), forced a fumble, and returned an interception 58 yards in the Seahawks’ 26-20 loss to the Cardinals

Morgan Bears in the NFL Week 11…..

-TE Visanthe Shiancoe had 2 catches for 41 yards in the Vikings’ 19-13 loss to the Bucs

-I’ll say Morgan 74, Manhattan 70 tonight. This will be a good matchup.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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You Play The Coach – Which Raven Gets Your Game Ball?

Posted on 18 November 2008 by Alex Thomas

That was a thorough thumping the Giants handed the Ravens in the Meadowlands, but (and I can’t stress this enough) it’s not the end of the world. Chalk that one up to a rare bad day for the Ravens defense, who ran into a buzz-saw in the Giants running attack.

Some thoughts on the game:

-The Giants are just a better team than the Ravens right now. This loss is not a reason to jump off the purple bandwagon. I still think they’re going to make the playoffs as a six seed. By the looks of things, that could put us in another post-season match-up with the Pittsburgh Steelers. So to all of you bandwagon jumpers, don’t poison the purple kool aid for the rest of us.

-Jared Gaither, who was playing with one arm, did an excellent job on Justin Tuck. How many times did we hear his name called on Sunday?

-Looks like the Giants have a pretty good run defense too. The Ravens running game did absolutely nothing, which made things exponentially harder on Joe Flacco and the pass protection. Under those circumstances, Flacco and the pass protection played pretty well.

-Derrick Mason, who was also playing with one arm, continues to prove how valuable he is to this offense. He snagged seven balls for 82 yards and except for the interception that was his fault, he played very well. He is the only receiver on this team that can consistently get open. The next best WR stat? Mark Clayton: 1 catch for 10 yards. Ouch.

-If you check last weeks prediction blog, I hinted that Brandon Jacobs could be the first back to rush for 100 yards on the Ravens. He would have rushed for 200 if he didn’t hurt his knee. The Old Browns front 7 played like…the Old Browns. I have a feeling that Ray and company will make a strong comeback this week against a banged up Brian Westbrook.

-I feel terrible for Matt Stover. He’s had such a great career, but has had one of his worst careers as a pro this season. He’ll probably be the next Raven inducted into the Ring of Honor.

-My game ball goes to Joe Flacco, who played much better than the C- that Mike Preston gave him. It’s so refreshing to see a quarterback stand tall in the pocket and make plays in the face of a relentless Giants pass rush. Bring on the Eagles.

Who gets your game ball?

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 17 November 2008 by Glenn Clark

I said last week that if the Ravens won; they would be an AFC Championship contender.

If they lost, the Ravens would still be a playoff contender.

They lost, and they lost badly. But they’re still a playoff contender. It won’t be easy; as they still have a VERY difficult schedule; but they are definitely still a playoff contender.

Those “Super Bowl” rumblings some of us were chiding about the last couple of weeks appear kinda silly right now though.

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Ravens must be itching to play again after butt-whooping

Drew Forrester says Ravens suffer ‘Giant butt kicking’

Thyrl Nelson says Ravens still need to beat a good team

Bob Haynie thinks it ‘imperative’ Ravens win next 2 games

Casey Willett says Flacco ‘continued to grow’ in loss

Nestor Aparicio says Ravens ‘humbled’ at Meadowlands

Glenn Clark says many Terps made big plays in win over Carolina

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Giants ‘never looked back’ as Ravens lost 30-10

Giants Official Site’s Michael Eisen says G-Men ran for 200 yards again in win

Giants Official Site’s Michael Eisen says Giants get first ever win over Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens’ defense put together one of their ‘most forgettable’ defensive performances in loss

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens give up most yards on ground in 11 years

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Suggs doesn’t think loss ‘end of the world’

The Sun’s David Steele says Flacco’s performance far from worst, but far from best

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley, David Steele, and Rick Maese say Stover has FG blocked, but sets record for most consecutive PAT’s

The Sun’s Mike Preston offers no praise, offers harshest criticism to LB’s, special teams

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens ‘beaten at own game’

The AP says former Ravens OC Fassel wants to coach Raiders

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Harbaugh thinks Giants ‘even better than (he) thought’

Aaron Wilson says Pryce thought Ravens got ‘thumping’ at hands of Giants

Aaron Wilson says Ravens suffered another special teams ‘calamity’

Aaron Wilson says Flacco made ‘big mistakes’ in loss

The AP says Jacobs, Giants knew running on Ravens not ‘impossible’

Washington Post’s Mark Maske says ‘nothing worked’ for Ravens in loss to Giants

New York Post’s Paul Schwartz says Ravens ‘crumbled’ under Giants’ Jacobs

New York Post’s Brian Lewis says Ross picks off 2 for Giants in win

New York Times’ Joe LaPointe says Giants ‘unstoppable’

New York Times’ Bill Pennington says Giants ‘overpower’ Ravens

New York Daily News’ Mike Lupica says Giants ‘class of the sport right now’

New York Daily News’ Ralph Vacchiano says Giants improve to 6-0 at home with win

New York Daily News’ Filip Bondy says Ravens ‘couldn’t bring Jacobs down’

New York Daily News’ Ohm Youngmisuk says Ross’ TD helped finish off Ravens

Newsday’s Tom Rock says Giants’ Snee wanted to get 100 yard rusher in win

Newsday’s Wallace Matthews says only Giants can beat Giants

Newark Star-Ledger’s Steve Politi says Giants ran ball ‘down (Ravens’) throats’

Newark Star-Ledger’s Kevin Manahan says Flacco gets tough treatment in native New Jersey

ESPN.com says Ravens’ defense ‘dud’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens must improve vs. NFC East

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Giants ‘controlled game from the outset’

Fox Sports’ Howie Long says what Giants did to Ravens ‘remarkable’

SI’s Dom Bonvissuto says Flacco ‘not the reason’ Ravens lost

SI’s Peter King says Giants keeping Jacobs fresh for playoffs by not giving him too many carries

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Flacco Ravens’ leading rusher in loss

Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole says Ravens could be in for ‘long December’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph thinks Terps viewing ACC title chances as ‘reality’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph will likely get big game in front of big crowd Saturday night

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph expects players to monitor BC game before Terps kick off

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Egekeze didn’t watch Barth’s missed FG

The Examiner’s Abby Sondak says Terps in ACC ‘driver’s seat’

The AP says UNC win vaults Terps back into top 25

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps back in first by themselves

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Perez’s ‘phenomenal’ stop on Sexton turned tide for Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ravens have most chances to win Atlantic

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Noles bring dominant defense into Saturday night showdown

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph feels this season ‘important’ to Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Davis impressed by Terps’ front 7

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Sexton thought he played ‘worst game of year’ vs. Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps won’t get to face another ranked team as Noles fall out of Top 25

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says UNC LB Paschal felt like Terps had ball all game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph treating this Terps team softer than he has in past

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph pleased with schemes Cosh used to stop UNC WR Nicks

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps could be part of dreadful BCS

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says #22 Maryland highest ranked amongst ACC teams

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner continues to play better vs. ranked teams than unranked teams

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner belongs in ACC Player of the Year ‘discussion’

Fox Sports’ Dan Borst says Maryland-Cincinnati not particularly appealing Orange Bowl matchup

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says ACC title ‘within grasp’ for Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Examiner’s Dylan Waugh says Terps look pretty good compared to Duke’s close win over URI yesterday

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says win over Bucknell ‘ugly’

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Strickland scores 14 as Terps beat Delaware State

The AP says Kizer, Coleman add 13 apiece in win

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps ‘frustrated with effort’ despite big win over Delaware State

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Barrett plays well in place of Toliver to lead Terps to win

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Terps improve to 1-1 with win

TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The Official Site says Terps beat Cavs 1-0 to claim third ACC title

The Sun says Hall scores winner to give Terps 1-0 title win

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps get ‘signature moment’ with ACC title win

TERRAPINS FIELD HOCKEY:

The Sun says Terps beat Duke to advance to Final Four

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps beat Duke 8-5 in highest scoring game in NCAA Tournament history

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Don Markus says Niumatalolo thinks chances ‘good’ Dobbs becomes starter

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Dobbs will be ‘ready’ if given the nod to start

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Virginia ‘ideal’ candidate to face Navy in EagleBank Bowl

Go Mids’ Christian Swezey says Mids got onsides help from former hoops player C. Johnson

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mids use 17-1 run to finish off Howard 66-55

Washington Post’s Steven Goff says Mids didn’t allow field goal in last 9+ minutes to hold off Howard

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says freshman Franklin scores 19 but Tigers lose to Niagara 79-62

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Harvey scores career high 34 to lead Hounds past Tennessee State 73-70

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Patsos had to play Harvey through foul trouble yesterday

LOYOLA SOCCER:

The Official Site says Hounds suffer first defeat of season 1-nil to Fairfield in MAAC Championship

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site offers complete Morgan-UMBC release (pdf)

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Eers visit Va Tech tonight

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Reimold catching fire in Arizona

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Curlin to be sent to stud in early ‘09

Thoroughbred Times says Curlin could make one more start before retiring

SWIMMING:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Hoff will work with Phelps’ coach Bowman

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to the ACC Champion Maryland Soccer team; and Misty Meharg’s Field Hockey team, who is headed to the Final Four. It was a pretty good weekend in College Park; and Sasho’s team deserves a 1 seed when the brackets are announced tonight. Loyola deserves a 4 or 5; as their schedule wasn’t that tough.

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete(s) of the Morning Nick and Vinnie DePaolo. The Hereford brothers totaled 3 TD’s and Nick added a fumble recovery to help the Bulls blow out Mervo in first round playoff action. David Stinebaugh again deserved the honor; but there’s nothing I can do about that.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Are they who we thought they were?

Posted on 16 November 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

Any amateur football talking head can tell you that if you run the ball and play defense you’ll have a chance to win in the NFL. Of course, when you can’t stop the run it makes for a long afternoon for your defense.

We’ve all been spoiled by the Ravens’ defense over the past decade. They’ve consistently nullified the running game of every team in the league over the past three seasons but today’s effort at Giants Stadium was pedestrian at best and we saw the result: Giants 30, Ravens 10.

The Ravens got humbled today at the Meadowlands, beaten badly by the defending World Champions, who at 9-1 seemed to be toying with them after jumping out to a 20-0 lead with three straight scoring drives to start the day. It was a thorough beating by the NFC leaders, showing the Ravens to be more pretenders than contenders for a Super Bowl title at this point.

The Ravens knew all week that the running game of Brandon Jacobs and company was coming but they were helpless to do anything to stop it. You had to know they were in the trouble the first time Ray Lewis got punched five yards backwards on the first drive.

As for quarterback Eli Manning, he didn’t have to do much. Manning managed the game, made a few passes when he needed to but wasn’t ever put in any third and long situations that needed to be converted.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco didn’t have his best effort, but certainly wasn’t helped by the deflected passes off the pads of Derrick Mason and company. Flacco showed himself to be fleet afoot and there was a point there at the end of the third quarter when it even felt as though the Ravens might be en route to pulling a Cleveland-style comeback.

But, in the end, the Giants proved to be a formidable foe, forced turnovers and punts while keeping the Ravens in ugly down and distances most of the afternoon.

The most disturbing part of the afternoon were the penalties on both sides of the ball, frustrating occurrences that stopped drives and allowed the Giants to stay in control.

Matt Stover missed a field goal.

Flacco threw a few bad balls that thwarted drives.

And the Ravens’ secondary play and tackling was suspect most of the day as well.

It was flashes of Billick-like frustration in the fourth quarter as Flacco moseyed up under center and the team wasted four minutes on a fruitless 30-yard drive while down 27-10.

At 6-4 no one should be disappointed. Of course, San Diego could’ve helped but inevitably fell short as well in Pittsburgh.

But the truth as the team turns for the home stretch – a literal reference when they play four of the final six games at M&T Bank Stadium – is this:

The Ravens have beaten the smelliest teams in the league – Cleveland, Cincinnati, Oakland – and lost in various ways to the only four playoff-caliber foes they’ve seen in Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Tennessee and now the New York Football Giants.

Until they can run with the big dogs of the NFL, they can continue to chalk up wins against the likes of Cincinnati, who sits on their schedule as a Thanksgiving dessert two weeks from now.

But Philadelphia, Washington, Dallas and Pittsburgh again are also on the slate and it will take a better effort than the one we saw today to get the Ravens to the promised land of a 10-6 season and a playoff berth.

As John Harbaugh said in his postgame new conference, “There’s plenty of work to do.”

Amen.

That was a tough one today.

Are the Ravens the below-average team that Vegas had at a “6-win over/under” during August?

Or are they the 6-3 juggernaut who entered today on the heels of beating bad teams 41-13 on the road?

Or are they somewhere in between, just ripe to have a late-season collapse amidst the “going getting tough” schedule that began in earnest at 1 p.m. today?

After a 6-3 start, an 8-8 season would be a massive disappointment.

Some of us had our purple holiday lights ready to hang for Festivus season and our next promotion, “The Miller Lite Purple Palace” promotion, which will begin tomorrow on WNST.

Based on what we saw today and the big guy in the No. 27 getting out on the edge and the general exposing of the backend of the defense, perhaps we should hold off on that Festivus celebration for a few more weeks.

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