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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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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 10 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Don’t have much time to contribute today. I was surprised by John Harbaugh’s candor yesterday, but it was a refreshing change of pace. I still think he needs to cool down on being so rough around the edges. I know it seems trivial, but I truly believe uptight coaches tend to not handle adversity quite as well.

But good for Harbs for taking responsibility for the team’s struggles, emphatically stating that HE needed to improve, and admitting that he screwed up in making the comments he made about Dallas and Philadelphia.

Now he just has to figure the football part out. No problem, right?

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Ravens ‘exposed’ in Queen City

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh had no update on Fabian Washington, Ngata

Drew Forrester gets feeling Ravens will bring in Mike Nugent or another kicker this week

Glenn Clark doesn’t understand Cam Cameron’s jump ball calls

Drew Forrester believes Ravens’ biggest offseason mistake not acquiring better CB

Glenn Clark says Ray Rice best Raven in Cincinnati game, Drew Forrester picked Lardarius Webb

Bob Haynie now taking score picks for Monday Night Football game

Glenn Clark wishes John Harbaugh would stop trying to be Andy Reid

Derek Arnold says Ray Rice only offensive player who showed up against Cincy

Keith Melchior particularly critical of Frank Walker, Hauschka, Chris Carr, Terrell Suggs, Dawan Landry, Domonique Foxworth at midway point of season

Drew Forrester says Gabino could be O’s next Jeremy Guthrie

Glenn Clark says Blast home opener against Rockford Rampage Jacksons amongst highlights of non-football week

Ed Frankovic says Ovechkin skated, but will miss Islanders game for Caps

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s John Eisenberg says Leon Hall, Jonathan Joseph biggest difference between Ravens, Bengals

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata felt like he could play Sunday in Cincinnati with sprained ankle

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh vague on Hauschka’s future

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbs accepted blame for team’s struggles

The Official Site says Harbaugh ‘disappointed’ by comments he made about Cowboys, reached out to Jerry Jones to make amends

Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says LB Marcus Bernard promoted from practice squad to active roster

Browns Official Site says Mangini will make QB decision Wednesday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says NFL history suggests Ravens still very alive for postseason at 4-4

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh doesn’t believe Ed Reed ‘playing hurt’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Marvin Lewis took Derrick Mason, Kelley Washington out of game

The Sun’s Ken Murray says despite bad game, Reed still had 5 tackles, forced Ochocinco fumble in loss

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Hauschka ‘struggling’ to replace Matt Stover

The Sun’s Ken Murray says NBC’s Rodney Harrison thinks Ravens on ‘life support’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Todd Heap knows ‘every game huge’ rest of season

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco had worst game of season against Bengals

The AP says schedule still includes Colts, Packers, Steelers twice as Ravens try to battle for playoff spot

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says Mangini already made decision between Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn; but hadn’t informed QB yet

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says 3-4,000 tickets left for Monday night’s game at Cleveland Browns Stadium against Ravens

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Browns could be blacked out for first time since return to NFL

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 13th in power rankings

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer says Ravens ‘out of contention’ in AFC North

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Ravens defense ‘lost mojo’

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens C- for performance against Bengals

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio has Ravens 13th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker still thinks Ravens alive

ESPN.com’s James Walker expects Brady Quinn to start Monday night

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds claimed RHP Armando Gabino from Twins

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Jones, Markakis hoping to win Gold Glove Awards

The Sun says Gabino went 6-4 at Rochester last season

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brandon Snyder doubled for Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League action

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with Virginia Tech

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Hokies release (pdf)

Virginia Tech Official Site offers complete MD-Va Tech release (pdf)

Virginia Tech Official Site says Hokies will wear new Nike Pro Combat uniforms

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner questionable for VT game

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps strangely similar to Redskins

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Devin Burns had big weekend for Carver (Georgia)

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamarr Robinson had ‘up and down’ performance against NC State

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire has Terps 12th in ACC power rankings

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Florida State will be without Christian Ponder when they play Maryland

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says no TV time announced for game against Seminoles

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Torrey Smith honored by ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hokies wearing white to contrast Maryland’s black

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

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says future Terp Tyler Smith can become Pennsylvania’s all-time leading passer shortly (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Atholton commit Matt Robinson could be diamond in rough for Maryland (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Athletic Department changed student ticket policy before season opener against Charleston Southern

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps will need James Padgett to be ‘reliable option’ if Dino Gregory remains suspended

Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman says having Greivis Vasquez back should help Gary Williams’ push to another NCAA Tournament

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says St. Anthony prospect Ashton Pankey nearing decision (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site
previews Saturday’s Senior Day contest against Delaware

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Blue Hens release (pdf)

The Official Site’s Bob Socci says Pospisil has family history in Annapolis

The Official Site says Paul Johnson, George Welsh, Wayne Hardin best coaches in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium history

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo expects Eric Douglass to start at center again

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Weis now 3-2 against Navy, 5-3 against service academies

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Mids 25th best team in country

Go Mids breaks down win over Notre Dame (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers DT Ibia honored for academics

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Devin Hewlett, Andrew Kase honored by Centennial Conference

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Rabil, Kyle Harrison amongst best players of decade

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Jeremy Goode has been a nice ‘fit’ for Mountaineers

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Regents Cup game against Frostburg Saturday pushed back to 4pm start

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team signed former Flacco college teammate Kheon Hendricks

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra in fight for Horse of the Year

Thoroughbred Times’ Mike Curry says Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Zenyatta, Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra each have impressive credentials in debate

SWIMMING:

The AP says Michael Phelps missed two finals in World Cup event in Stockholm

POKER:

The AP says Garrett County’s Darvin Moon fell to Joe Cada in finals of World Series of Poker

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Maryland is just as well to have Jamarr Robinson start Saturday. Not because he’ll be any better than Chris Turner, but hopefully his wheels will at least keep him alive.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are your weekend picks….

Maryland 23, Duke 13

I don’t care what Eron Riley (and everyone else) says. Maryland is NOT losing a football game to Duke. They’re NOT. I refuse to believe so.

Wake Forest 28, Navy 17

I think losing Ricky Dobbs REALLY hurts the Mids.

Towson 16, Northeastern 6

The Huskies are TERRIBLE. Rob Ambrose’s bunch can’t lose games that are should-win, since there are only a couple on the schedule.

Morgan State 20, Delaware State 12

The Bears are playing REALLY good football right now.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Bob Haynie wonders who Ravens’ MVP is 6 weeks in

Drew Forrester calls out nameless commentators

Ed Frankovic says Caps 5-4 winners over Thrashers

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata believes defense needs to play ‘technically-sound football’

The Official Site says Ray Lewis, Todd Heap, Domonique Foxworth nominated for Community Service Award

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Dwan Edwards making difference after undergoing spinal fusion

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Samari Rolle believes secondary needs to ‘make plays’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Dwan Edwards made most of chance to start for Trevor Pryce

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco says Ravens do NOT have dominant defense

ESPN.com’s James Walker interested in seeing how much secondary improves during bye week

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Terrell Skinner, Danny Edwards will carry flags on field for tomorrow’s trip to Duke

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary Douglas OUT, Davin Meggett and Caleb Porzel will have to shoulder load at RB

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner explained squabble with Friedgen as ‘misunderstanding’

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Bruce Campbell’s injury has really hurt Chris Turner

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Kerry Boykins, Bennett Fulper will also miss tomorrow’s game against Devils

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge may have to choose between giving Morgan Green another shot or burning D.J. Adams’ redshirt

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Turner thinks Terps will be ‘loaded’ at QB in Spring

Washington Post’s Matt Bonesteel says Linganore OL prospect Havenstein picked Wisconsin over Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps facing Devils for first time in 5 years

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Duke 28-21

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says RB Re’quan Boyette, LB Abraham Kromah, WR Tyree Watkins will all miss tomorrow’s game for Duke

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says class of ’08 already panning out

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary Douglas will miss game with shoulder injury

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Stephen St. John not moving up to varsity yet, will play in JV game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Lansford Watson will also miss game

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Maryland, Duke battling to avoid being worst team in ACC

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Duke 28-20

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Carl Russell has improved this season (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says TE Schlothhauer called up to varsity, will travel to Durham (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings offers quick facts for Terps, Blue Devils

Turtle Sports Report’s Pete Volk says Tyler Smith still fully committed to Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Dino Gregory likely to be 5th starter

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Adrian Bowie, Cliff Tucker, Dino Gregory worked out with trainer Jay Hernandez in offseason

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary Williams doesn’t want to stick around too long, ‘cheat’ college basketball

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terrence Ross hung with future teammates James Padgett, Jordan Williams earlier this month (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says guard prospect Kenny Chery playing for former Terps assistant Michael Adams at Archbishop Carroll (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports’ Report’s Pete Volk checks in with ’10 prospect Tsafack (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter expects Dara Taylor, Anjale Barrett, Lynetta Kizer, Essence Townsend, Diandra Tchatchouang to be starting 5 for Terps (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says kicker Joe Buckley hot right now

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dobbs OUT for tomorrow’s game against Wake

Washington Post’s Camille Powell stacks up Proctor against Wake Forest QB Riley Skinner

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Kriss Proctor will start for Dobbs

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dobbs hurt himself on 2nd play of win over SMU

Winston-Salem Journal says Niumatalolo has ‘confidence’ in Proctor

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Dobbs could return next week against Temple

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Mids will need ‘resiliency’ to beat Demon Deacons (must subscribe)

Go Mids offers quick facts for Terps, Deacs

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site checks in with Midshipmen during first week of practice

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site’s Dan O’Connell remembers Tigers’ ’92 thriller over Northeastern

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says 4 Retrievers games will air on MASN

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Birds must make decisions on free agents Danys Baez, Mark Hendrickson

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Perrault threw scoreless inning of relief in Arizona Fall League

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Laurel-based Ravalo happy to be running at home in De Francis Dash

SWIMMING:

UK Press says Phelps headed to Great Britain for first time in December for ‘Duel in the Pool’

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-John Turner asked that we not discuss anything further, but here is what I can share with you from him….

“It’s gotten WAY too much attention. It’s a message board. Never meant for it to go to the media.

There have been other threads on the same topic and it was never publicized. I should have kept quiet. It’s embarrassing me and my family.”

I’m not gonna bother to go any farther than this. John needs to know that his public comments on a message board are available for ANYONE to see; but he was right to say he “should have kept quiet.”

-I was talking to a NFC Scout yesterday-who played for 10 years as a defensive player in the NFL. He said this to me about the blame everyone through towards Frank Walker in the 2nd half of the loss to the Vikings….

“Blaming Frank Walker for what happened in that game would be akin to blaming a wide receiver for not catching a football that is thrown 2 feet over his head. In those situations, there is nothing else a cornerback can do. The ball is WAY over his head because a play has broken down due to missed assignments and too much time for a CB to throw the ball.”

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 22 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

The invitation is out there. If John Turner would like to come on with us (or just respond personally to my follow-up email) regarding our questions about his statements regarding Debbie Yow, I’d be happy to rescind my statements regarding him. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, I invite you to head over to the Audio Vault at WNST.net to listen to this morning’s “Cheap Shots From The Bleachers” segment.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh originally planned to have Ravens practice today as well

Drew Forrester says Ravens fans need bye week as much as Ravens players

Derek Arnold says Flacco, Ray Rice ‘played like a Raven’ in loss to Vikings

Ed Frankovic says Semin may miss Caps’ game against Thrashers tonight

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco missed practice this week with swollen ankle

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Frank Walker knows he needs to ‘improve’ after 2 pass interference calls in loss to Vikings

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Rice so good even some people in front office surprised

The Official Site says Harbs went out of his way to defend Oher in final press conference before bye week

The Official Site says Lardarius Webb has been learning from Ed Reed, Domonique Foxworth, Fabian Washington, Frank Walker

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Flacco rolled right ankle after Jared Allen stepped on left ankle

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ray Rice leads NFL with 766 yards from scrimmage

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Derrick Mason brings passion to football field AND radio show

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh thinks Oher has ‘tremendous respect’ for Jared Allen

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Le’Ron McClain has reached out to Lorenzo Neal for advice

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens smart to mix in young D-Linemen Brandon McKinney, Dwan Edwards

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Webb getting ‘comfortable’ in kick return, nickel back roles

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says contracts restructured for Kelly Gregg, Jarret Johnson

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Harbaugh doesn’t necessarily think Ravens have become throwing team

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Flacco thinks ankle ‘not a big deal’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco competing with Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer to make Pro Bowl behind Tom Brady, Peyton Manning

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Foxworth amongst biggest ‘underachievers’ in AFC North

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Nancy Johnston thinks school should stick with “Fear The Turtle”

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Debbie Yow surprised by John Turner’s comments

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Fridge still thinks Terps can be Top 25 annually

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin doesn’t think Terps better with Jamarr Robinson under center than Chris Turner

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps may run more ‘Wild Turtle’ with Torrey Smith

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cavaliers wouldn’t kick towards Torrey Smith last Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Charles Bankins thinks Nick Ferrara will benefit from having Travis Baltz back

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner just ‘misunderstood’ Ralph’s comments about Robinson, Danny O’Brien

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Pinegar went from walk-on hopeful to O-Line commodity in short time period

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Devils might put a ton of points up Saturday in Durham

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Terps will win ‘1 or 2’ more games

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Adrian Moten lifted spirits in practice Monday by crashing offensive huddle (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Turner admitted to feeling ‘insecure’ after loss to Cavs (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Ben Pooler stepping up for Terps (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Duke’s Thaddeus Lewis will provide Terps with another ‘test’ defensively

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings says Porzel rare highlight in Maryland’s loss to Virginia

Turtle Sports Report’s Scott Kornberg checks in with ’11 prospect Ron Buchanan-Vernon Davis’ cousin (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Scott Kornberg says ’11 prospect Sheldon Royster interested in Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary Williams feels Lindy’s ranking ‘vindication’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jack Heise to be honored by team daily in practice

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps to participate in next year’s Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary wants to fly to away games besides UVa

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Gbinije amongst best of ’11 prospects (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Midshipmen to celebrate Halloween against Temple next Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ricky Dobbs could still play Saturday against WFU

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo to make decision on Ricky Dobbs today

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids 12th in NCAA on 3rd down

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids have lost 3 straight Homecoming games-all to BCS opponents

Winston-Salem Journal’s Dan Collins says Josh Bush succeeding at safety for Demon Deacons

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Ivin Jasper thinks Kriss Proctor similar to Kaheaku-Enhada

Go Mids’ Chris Rohe breaks down individual Navy-Wake Forest matchups (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers to go ‘Green’ next Saturday against Richmond

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Bears RB Devan James thinks George Howard playing like ‘monster’

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror still ‘adjusting’ to new DC Mike Dailey

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Josh Bell, Brandon Snyder making strong case for Birds’ open corner infield positions in Arizona Fall League

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says scout Deron Rombach left organization to join Braves

The Sun says Cal Ripken to attend Brooks Robinson tribute

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Snyder homered twice, drove in 7 for Phoenix Desert Dogs in win

Examiner Jay Trucker says Bell’s success in AFL, Sherrill’s struggles in NLCS making trade look pretty good for O’s

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Saturday’s De Francis Dash at Laurel Park ‘2nd chance’ for Vineyard Haven

The Sun says Fleet Valid 2nd choice for De Francis Dash behind Vineyard Haven

SWIMMING:

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Michael Phelps endorses PureSport even amidst questions about supplements

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team named front office posts

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-No reason to be concerned about Joe Flacco’s ankle. Which is kinda difficult to say because he has the most important ankles in the entire city of Baltimore.

Here’s an update on Terps in the NFL through Week 6…..

-Browns LB Eric Barton has tallied 49 tackles (31 solo, 1 TFL) and 2 pass defenses
-49ers TE Vernon Davis has 22 catches for 262 yards and 3 TD’s
-Vikings TE Jeff Dugan has 2 catches for 26 yards and 2 rushes for 7 yards
-Eagles LB Moise Fokou has 2 tackles (2 solo)
-Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth has 13 tackles (1 TFL), 1 INT (13 return yards) and 6 pass defenses
-Dolphins TE Joey Haynos has 2 catches for 38 yards
-Vikings LB E.J. Henderson has 47 tackles (36 solo, 3 TFL)
-Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey has 2 catches for 36 yards and 2 rushes for 19 yards
-49ers QB Shaun Hill is 81/144 for 898 yards, 5 TD’s and 2 INT’s
-Browns LB D’Qwell Jackson has 59 tackles (46 solo, 2 TFL), forced 1 fumble, and has 2 pass defenses
-Jets DT Kris Jenkins has 13 tackles (11 solo, 4 TFL)-but will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL
-Broncos RB LaMont Jordan has rushed 20 times for 59 yards
-Chargers LB Shawne Merriman has 13 tackles (6 solo)
-Jaguars P Adam Podlesh has punted 27 times for 1,103 yards (40.9 yard average), inside 20 8 times
-Dolphins DT Randy Starks has 12 tackles (11 solo, 1 TFL)
-Vikings S Madieu Williams has 26 tackles (24 solo, 1 TFL) and defended 1 pass
-Seahawks CB Josh Wilson has 16 tackles (15 solo), 1 sack and defended 4 passes
-Redskins CB Kevin Barnes, Raiders LS Jon Condo, Ravens OT Jared Gaither, Vikings LB Erin Henderson, Redskins OT Stephon Heyer, Buccaneers DT Dre Moore, and Redskins OL Edwin Williams have not tallied statistics or play positions that don’t tally statistics

Also….
-Former Morgan State TE Visanthe Shiancoe has 17 catches for 164 yards and 5 TD’s for the Vikings
-Former Morgan State RB Chad Simpson has rushed 3 times for 9 yards for the Colts

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 14 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Barry Levinson’s documentary “The Band That Wouldn’t Die” last night on ESPN was OUTSTANDING.

It was a beautiful story told about the city of Baltimore, and the role the Baltimore Colts Marching Band played in bridging the gap between the Colts’ departure and the Ravens’ arrival.

It was a really well put together documentary. In fact, it made me FURIOUS that ESPN did not have Levinson put together their ’58 Championship Game doc last December-which they butchered terribly.

I can’t recommend you watching this enough. Jim Irsay’s insight was especially interesting. I thought he did a good job of saying he loved his father, but understood what a terrible person he had become.

I really can’t say this enough. The documentary was powerful. It was moving. It was probably what I should have expected from someone has talented as Barry Levinson.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark, Drew Forrester say Ed Reed best Raven in loss to Bengals

Glenn Clark says Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf to call Ravens-Vikings for CBS

Mark Suchy was excited for “The Band That Wouldn’t Die” last night

Tom Clayton says Ravens looked ‘average’ in Sunday’s loss

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens stayed with ‘hot hand’ of Ray Rice in loss to Bengals, know McGahee will be needed to contribute more this season

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens signed David Tyree, let Tony Curtis go

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh thinks Gaither ‘a lot better now’ than he was before Cincinnati game

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Samari Rolle’s status unknown as he reaches stretch where he’s eligible to return

The Official Site says Tyree made 85 tackles during his 6 seasons with Giants

Vikings Official Site’s Josh Fiedler says Ravens looking for ‘bounce back’ result in Minnesota

The AP’s Jon Krawczynski’s says Vikings TE Shiancoe expects Ravens to be ‘pretty mad coming in’ to Metrodome

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Marshal Yanda hoping to return to native Iowa after playing career over

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Birk thinks O-Line still ‘work in progress’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Matt Stover didn’t ‘want to hurt anybody’s feelings’ by working out with Colts

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh believes Tyree will help Ravens ‘in whatever way he can’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck expects Ravens to get things back together Sunday in Minneapolis

The Sun says Ravens must find different ways to use Derrick Mason

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens must use Lardarius Webb more

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Samari Rolle showed up in Owings Mills wearing neck brace

The Sun’s Ken Murray says former Ravens WR Figurs signed with Bucs

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Matt Stover had chance to sign with Browns

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens have 26th ranked passing defense in NFL

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Demetrius Williams’ active status could be affected with David Tyree in Baltimore

Washington Times’ David Elfin has Ravens 10th in power rankings

Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Chip Scoggins says Vikes bring 2nd most takeaways in NFL into game

St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Sean Jensen and Rick Alonzo say reaching 100 yards doesn’t matter to Peterson

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 12th in power rankings

ESPN.com has Ravens 11th in power rankings

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver has Ravens 11th in power rankings

NFL.com has Ravens 13th in power rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Friedgen knows Terps still alive in ACC race

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps need to go 4-2 the rest of the way to get bowl eligible

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Mikell Simpson could go for Hoos Saturday at Byrd Stadium

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Fridge ‘proud’ of Terps

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Cavaliers have similar offense to Middle Tennessee, James Madison-who gave Terps fits

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Hartsfield hasn’t decided when to have surgery on broken hand yet

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says max protection schemes have hurt James Franklin’s offense

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says despite growing up in Virginia, Torrey Smith never rooted for UVa

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Don Brown thought first half against Wake ‘a huge step back’

The Diamondback has Terps 12th in ACC power rankings

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps having to change philosophies due to injuries

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner has become ‘threat’ on ground

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Wahoos continuing history of October success under Groh

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph ‘optimistic’ regarding Bruce Campbell

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hartsfield will miss two games no matter what

Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Michael Phillips says Cavaliers QB Jameel Sewell redeeming himself after missing ’08 campaign

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Terps, Hoos have good ‘rivalry’ because they genuinely don’t like each other (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles freshman LB Ryan Donohue (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Lorne Goree ready to get to College Park for spring ball (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Birchenough says Jeremiah Johnson remains committed to Terps

Turtle Sports Report’s Carlos Olazagasti updates season for future Maryland opponents

Turtle Sports Report’s Ross Leonhart checks in with commit Brice Laughlin (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Bill Greene says Hollywood Hills DE prospect Clarence Murphy to visit College Park this weekend (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says ‘atmosphere’ brought Alyssa Thomas to College Park

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Niumatalolo thinks Teich ‘questionable’ again this week for SMU game

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids won’t have easy go against Mustangs

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says trip to Texas big for Midshipmen recruiting-wise

Go Mids updates season for Navy opponents

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s Homecoming showdown with Delaware

Delaware Official Site offers complete Tigers-Blue Hens release (pdf)

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says fall season wraps up Saturday with Lacrosse for Leukemia event in Bel Air

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site offers radio broadcast details for ’09-’10 season

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Sun says Justin Fry will be out until January due to knee surgery

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site offers details for Friday night’s Midnight Madness event at Coppin Center

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews contest with Ursinus

The Official Site offers complete JHU-Ursinus release (pdf)

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon says ’11 prospect Wells Stanwick committed to Blue Jays

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Trembley to bring back entire staff besides Jauss

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Birds should bring back Chad Moeller to mentor Wieters

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team has one more open tryout left

SWIMMING:

Swimnetwork.com’s Bob Schaller says Phelps’ relay team drawing fans to sport

The Sun says Phelps amongst ‘most likeable’ celebrities

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Dave Jauss is gone, huh? I think BJ Surhoff would be a good fit in that role. Think he’s interested?

-Anyone have an American flag I can borrow for tonight’s game?

-Should I bet Eron Riley that if Maryland beats Duke, he has to go to the Ravens’ Halloween bash at Dave & Buster’s dressed as Gary Williams? If Duke beats Maryland, I would have to go as Coach K. Thoughts?

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 21 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here’s my “Ravens Report Card” for Sunday’s win:

Quarterback: B

Joe was very good, but again had a few overthrows. He looked a little unsettled early on, but certainly got things together for another solid performance.

Running Back: B+

I was VERY impressed by Willis McGahee, and again saw glimpses of how dangerous Ray Rice can be when he gets the ball in space. There will be a game this season when the Ravens HAVE to let Ray Rice carry them to victory because nothing else is working. He’ll be ready to do it, too.

Wide Receiver/Tight End: B-

It was good to see the continued development of a trusting relationship between Joe Flacco and Kelley Washington, but where were Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams?

Offensive Line: A-

I get the feeling not everyone was as impressed with the O-Line as I was. I know Michael Oher jumped at one point (which Dan Fouts explained had something to do with the officials) and Matt Birk and Joe Flacco fumbled an early exchange; but I thought Oher, Gaither, and ESPECIALLY Chris Chester were great throughout.

Defensive Line: B

This would be an A+ if they could have gotten better pressure on Phillip Rivers; because NO ONE is running on this group. Trevor Pryce especially needed to be better getting off the edge.

Linebackers: B+

Again, this group would be getting an A+ if they were getting pressure. Ray Lewis himself DOES get an A+.

Secondary: C

I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. With more pressure, this would be a better unit. They were put in bad spots yesterday.

Special Teams: B

Hauschka made his only field goal, Sam Koch was good too. But the Ravens gave up some big runs to Darren Sproles, and Chris Carr is still not getting much going in the return game.

Coaching: B-

Cam Cameron’s scheme was pretty good until late, when I didn’t think we saw enough Le’Ron McClain. Meanwhile, Greg Mattison is still searching for answers defensively.

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Norv Turner helped Ravens in win

Glenn Clark says Ravens move into Colts/Patriots/Steelers territory of AFC contenders with road win

Nestor Aparicio says Ravens proved themselves as ‘Super Bowl contenders’

Glenn Clark re-lives emotions of game as it was played

Bob Haynie enjoyed watching game with Ravens fans at Della Rose’s in Canton

Glenn Clark was confused by news that Terps had lost Saturday

Rex Snider thinks Ravens could use Chris McAlister

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis finished off win with tackle of Sproles in backfield

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says 52’s TFL best play of game, Cason’s pick of Flacco worst play of game

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Flacco threw for 2 more TD’s in win

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says McGahee rushed for 2 more TD’s in win

Chargers Official Site’s Casey Pearce says Rivers threw for career high 436 yards in loss

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says 52 thought tackle ‘one of the greatest plays of (his) career’

The Sun’s Mike Preston gives highest praise to running backs

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Greg Mattison’s defense should consider going Cover 2, rushing QB more

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ray Rice tallied 82 yards on day

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Dawan Landry thought he was ‘lucky’ to get first INT since ‘06

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Hauschka made first ‘pressure’ NFL kick Sunday

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ray made other plays on Sunday that were just as good as final tackle

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Fabian Washington said (via Twitter) he thought he played ‘terrible’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Antwan Barnes added INT in win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh thought 52’s tackle ‘greatest football play (he’s) ever’ seen

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Todd Heap added TD catch in win over Bolts

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson gives highest praise to O-Line, Running Backs, Linebackers

San Diego Union-Tribune’s Jay Posner says Chargers settled for Kaeding field goals in all 4 trips to red zone against Ravens

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Ray Lewis’ hit ‘best’ of NFL Week 2

USA Today’s Jim Corbett says Ed Reed thought Ray Lewis Ravens’ ‘firestarter’

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says 66,882 at Qualcomm Stadium saw one of Ray Lewis’ finest moments

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says McGahee’s ‘rebirth’ important part of Ravens’ success

SI’s Jay Clemons says McGahee could finish with 10-12 TD’s for Fantasy owners

SI’s Peter King says Cam Cameron thought Ray’s tackle ‘just amazing’

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Flacco definitely ‘franchise quarterback’

NBC Sports’ Gregg Rosenthal says Ravens have at least ‘maintained’ playoff level play from last season

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio wonders if Jerry Jones wishes he would have had Ray Lewis Sunday night

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens only undefeated team left in AFC North

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens will ‘open eyes’ after beating quality opponent on road

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds finished season just 2-16 against BoSox after being swept at OPACY

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of sweep

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Tillman takes hill tonight at Rogers Centre vs. David Purcey, Blue Jays

Red Sox Official Site’s Jeff Seidel says 27,546 saw Sox sweep O’s at Camden Yards

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Luke Scott homered for Birds in loss

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Markakis admits to being ‘in funk’

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Jason Berken beat up in loss

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says ‘few positives’ to be found in Jeremy Guthrie’s season

Boston Globe’s Adam Kilgore says Ellsbury added 2 run double in win

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Rutgers will come to College Park Saturday 2-1 after win over Florida International

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Friedgen ‘not bothered’ by Byrd Stadium boo birds

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Don Brown’s defense giving up nearly 40 points per game thus far

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says James Franklin’s offense ‘looks predictable and unimaginative’

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Ralph didn’t think players ‘into’ game against Blue Raiders

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen admitted to being too ‘emotional’ following loss to MTSU

Washington Times’ Harrison Goodman says ’09 Terps Ralph’s worst team yet

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says loss to Raiders Maryland’s first home loss to non-BCS team since Ohio in ‘97

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner would have kicked on 4th and 2 as well

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps lost on last second field goal for first time since NC State in ‘94

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph admitted Terps have ‘outside chance’ of getting Bruce Campbell, Jamari McCullough back for game against Scarlet Knights

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former Terp Josh Portis continuing success with California (PA)

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Davin Meggett had most touches for Terps in loss to Raiders

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich drops Terps to 11th in ACC power rankings

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Maryland, Virginia have major problems within programs

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Ralph thought any one of ’26 plays’ could have gone differently for Maryland to beat Middle Tennessee (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Tigers beat Chanticleers Saturday night thanks to success running, stopping run

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids recognizes Alexander Teich, Ross Pospisil, Wyatt Middleton as top Mids from loss to Pitt

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Michael Phelps, Bob Bowman honored by USA Swimming

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The Orioles got swept again, huh? It’s a good thing Drew Forrester is taking me to Jay-Z, or he’d owe me a hundred Chinese lunches.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 17 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

I can’t say this enough. The Chargers are a GOOD team. They will be banged up Sunday, and that will help the Ravens. But everything I’ve heard this week about how they could “barely” get past the Raiders is INSANE. They beat a good defensive team on the road when their backs were against the wall.says Ray Rice still looking for first career TD as Ravens visit Bolts

That’s called a REALLY good team.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark

Thyrl Nelson thinks Flacco pretty good fantasy play vs. Chargers

Tom Clayton thinks Flacco, Matt Ryan becoming ‘top eight’ NFL QB’s

Drew Forrester says Towson/Coastal Carolina tailgate ‘sold out’

ORIOLES:says Wieters hit walkoff homer to lift Birds past Rays

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Reimold sat again with Achilles injury

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Hendrickson takes ball tonight vs. Wade Davis, Rays at Camden Yards

Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says Russ Springer surrendered Wieters’ bomb, saddled with loss

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Wieters also threw out Carl Crawford twice trying to steal

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Brooks Robinson to help honor Melvin Mora Friday night

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Hendrickson wants to be back in Baltimore in 2010

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck not concerned about slow development of power from Wieters

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Roberts, Markakis locked in team MVP debate (is that really considered a reward with this lot?)says Chris Tillman got no decision despite solid start

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land

The AP says Jim Johnson blew save, ended up picking up win

St. Petersburg Times’ Marc Topkin says Rays fell back to .500 after loss at Camden Yards Wednesday night

Tampa Tribune’s Marc Lancaster says Zobrist, Zaun homered for Rays in win

USA Today has Birds 27th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:says Keys’ Brandon Waring, Zach Britton, Caleb Joseph honored before Wednesday’s game at OPACY

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg

RAVENS:says Flacco’s ‘emergence’ was on display in win over Chiefs

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says LB Tavares Gooden returned to practice Wednesday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Derrick Mason won’t back down from ESPN’s Keyshawn Johnson

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison offers photographic evidence of Suggs trying out for ‘Dancing With The Stars’ during team photo

The Official Site says Norv Turner reports Tomlinson, Hardwick, Vasquez all ‘day-to-day’

Chargers Official Site’s Casey Pearce says team added former Jags, Seahawks center Dennis Norman

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ray Lewis thinks Ravens need to keep Chargers LB Merriman ‘calm’

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Suggs missed practice, Ed Reed limited; each with concussions

4 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens to beat Chargers

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

The Sun’s Hanah Cho says Ravens deleted Twitter post regarding AirTran partnership

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley say Harbaugh believes Ravens best on road when they bring ‘really good team’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says free agent WR Baskett chose Colts over Ravens, etc.

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says LJ Smith ‘limited’ in practice with hamstring injury

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Chris McAlister telling people he will be signing with Raiders

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens using speakers on practice field to simulate crowd noise

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Tavares Gooden ‘not sure’ he’ll be ready for Sunday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Mason thinks Keyshawn could have been considered ‘bum’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Matt Birk thinks researchers will likely be ‘disappointed’ by size of Harvard alum’s brain

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens know they face tough task stopping Tomlinson, Sproles

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Matt Birk thinks donating brain ‘not that big of a deal’

San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee says Chargers signed veteran center Dennis Norman with Hardwick’s status uncertain

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 4th in power rankings

USA Today’s Jim Corbett says Cam Cameron believes Flacco, Heap developing ‘trust’ in each other

5 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Chargers to top Ravens

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer picks Ravens 27-24

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 20-16

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens can use ‘all good players’ for trip to San Diego

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Mason-Keyshawn battle ‘could be getting too personal’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:says Raiders WR Delle Donne will have plenty of supporters in College Park as mother is from Annapolis

Middle Tennessee State Official Site’s Sarah Fryar

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Maryland officials ‘still trying to lease’ Tyser Tower suites

The Sun’s Jeff Barker picks Terps by 10

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph doesn’t enjoy memories of last year’s trip to Middle Tennessee

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps trying to get ‘consistency’ from young linemen Bennett Fulper, Andrew Gonnella, Justin Lewis, Lamar Young

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Fridge not committing to Tony Logan, Kenny Tate, or Anthony Wiseman as punt returner

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says DE Jared Harrell says ‘protecting Byrd Stadium’ important for Terps

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Middle Tennessee will use even more receivers than James Madison did

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Dwight Dasher accounts for ’80 percent’ of MTSU offense

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Nolan Carroll to remain captain for Terps this season

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps may take Nolan Carroll’s jersey on road with them to keep on sidelines

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph thinks Terps have ‘no choice’ but to play Eric Franklin

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says lacrosse player Yeatman eyeing move to football next season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says despite last year’s loss, Terps maintain 2-1 series lead all-time vs. Blue Raiders

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says MTSU fan Dan Farrer not bringing “Hillbilly Hilton” to College Park

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph not fan of 2-for-1 contracts that lead to trips like last year’s to Murfreesboro

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says MTSU beat writer Adam Sparks reports new OC Tony Franklin using ‘hurry-up, no-huddle, shotgun’ offense

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens lists last Terp to wear every number (he admits his mind doesn’t work the same way as everyone else, so I don’t feel bad saying the same thing. But that’s also why I love him.)picks Terps 17-14

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Terps will be on ‘upset watch’ again

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles freshman safety Eric Franklin (must subscribe)says Ralph hopes young O-Line can ‘put it all together’ against Blue Raiders (must subscribe)says Don Brown’s defense looking for more turnovers

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman

Turtle Sports Report’s Carlos Olazagasti updates season for Maryland opponents

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:says prospect Whitney Bays happy with visit to Maryland (must subscribe)says Midshipmen celebrating 50th anniversary of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Saturday

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site’s Jack Clary

Pitt Official Site says QB Bill Stull impressed by Panthers’ O-Line play this season

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says ‘mobility’ helps OT’s Matt Malloy, Jeff Battipaglia

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Louisiana Tech used similar defense as Ohio State against Mids

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids 22nd in country in rushing (they’re usually 1st) because passing improved

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Paul Zeise says Panthers DC Phil Bennett not sleeping as he prepares for Navy offense

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s John Grupp says ILB Adam Gunn knows Mids QB Rocky Dobbs ‘passing threat’

Go Mids’ Chris Rohe breaks down individual Mids/Panthers matchups (must subscribe)previews Saturday night’s game at Unitas Stadium

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Coastal Carolina Official Site

Coastal Carolina Official Site offers complete Tigers-Cleers release (pdf)says Tigers need to ‘fight’ against Chanticleers Saturday night

Examiner Matthew Schlissel

MORGAN FOOTBALL:previews Bears’ trip to Giants Stadium Saturday to play Winston-Salem State in Whitney Young Classic

The Official Site

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:previews Friday night’s home opener vs. Gettysburg

The Official Site

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:says injured Terror seniors Matt Cahill, Austin Herr, TJ Develin all expected to play Saturday

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land

HORSE RACING:says Regal Ransom to make first start since Kentucky Derby in Super Derby at Louisiana Downs

Daily Racing Form’s Mary Rampellini

SWIMMING:says Bob Bowman helped Shaq become better swimmer in brief time coaching

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley

SwimNetwork.com’s Casey Barrett says Phelps’ appearance on ABC part of keeping swimming in ‘primetime’

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:Facebook, or follow him on Twitter!

-Please add our friend Sean Salisbury as a friend on

-I can’t believe I’m even discussing this, but I’ll throw my vote towards Nick Markakis as far as Orioles MVP goes. Like it matters.

Talk to you tomorrow.

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 16 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

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

Insane.

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

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

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

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

Nestor Aparicio offers photographic evidence of how empty Camden Yards

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

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

Brian Billick to speak with John Harbaugh on FoxSports.com

ORIOLES:

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

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

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

RAVENS:

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

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

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

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

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

The Official Site says Flacco, Oher up for weekly awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NFL.com has Ravens 6th in power rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge frustrated with penalties

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

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

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

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

NAVY FOOTBALL:

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

Pitt Official Site previews Saturday’s showdown at Heinz Field

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go Mids updates seasons for Mids’ opponents

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

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

UMES BASKETBALL:

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

HORSE RACING:

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

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

SWIMMING:

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

GOLF:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 15 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

To everyone who says “the Chargers didn’t look that good last night, I think the Ravens are gonna roll them” after watching the Raiders scare the living daylight out of the Bolts; please think again.

The Chargers are a good football team. In fact, they’re a VERY good football team. They will continue to get better week in and week out; even with Norv Turner as their coach. They will likely figure out a way to get LaDainian Tomlinson more involved in the offense.

And the Ravens are traveling across the country. Good teams RARELY lose at home against teams that travel across the country. The Ravens will be in for an absolute DOGFIGHT Sunday and face a VERY uphill climb.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark thought Heap best Raven in Week 1, Drew Forrester chose Flacco

Glenn Clark says Enberg and Fouts will have Ravens/Chargers call on CBS

Luke Jones says Ravens got ground game going when ‘needed’ against Chiefs

Nestor Aparicio has details on events in San Diego this weekend for Ravens fans

Bob Haynie says Cam Cameron will have offense prepared ‘accordingly’ for each opponent

Drew Forrester has feeling Terps might fall to Middle Tennessee

Rex Snider thinks M&T Bank Stadium needs to try new approach to Star Spangled Banner (I don’t know what’s funnier here-someone complaining about a VERY GOOD singer singing the national anthem, or the fact that I’ve heard other dummies say the same thing.)

Chris Pika says Heap ‘back in a big way’ in win over KC

Glenn Clark says Maryland Cornhole Cup amongst highlights of non-baseball week

Eric Aaronson says staying healthy big for Ravens in Week 1 win

Drew Forrester holding event at Mount Pleasant to raise money for “First Tee” program

Eric Aaronson enjoyed hanging out with everyone in Dundalk for WNST Neighborhood Tour

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez ‘knocked out early’ for 5th time in last 9 starts as Birds fell to Rays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss to Rays

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jason Berken takes mound tonight at Camden Yards against Jeff Niemann

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds shut down rookie Matusz for season

Tampa Bay Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says Brignac hit first career homer for Rays in win over O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Kranitz thinks Hernandez ‘not making good pitches’

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Trembley thinks shutting Matusz down ‘right thing to do’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley reported ‘September fatigue’ NOT reason for David Hernandez’s problems

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Matusz will be eligible to win Rookie of the Year next season

Examiner Jay Trucker says having Matusz shut down means one less reason for fans to watch Orioles

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says 10,000 fans at OPACY saw Birds fall to Rays

The AP says Mora, Wieters, Scott had RBI singles in loss

St. Petersburg Times’ Marc Topkin says David Price winner as Rays topped Birds

Tampa Tribune’s Marc Lancaster says BJ Upton added homer for Rays in win

SI’s Ted Keith names Brian Roberts amongst most ‘underrated’ players

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 27th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 27th in power rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh reported Gooden has ‘mild’ knee sprain

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Matt Birk to donate brain for research following death

The Official Site says Harbaugh reported Zbikowski ‘should be fine…..just a matter of his head clearing up’ after concussion

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh thought issues on blocked punt ‘very identifiable and very easily corrected’

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison looking forward to seeing what Ravens rushing attack can do against Browns in 2 weeks

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says defense still ‘dominating and effective’ without Rex Ryan, Bart Scott, Jim Leonhard

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Flacco’s TD pass to McGahee biggest ‘highlight’ of win over Chiefs

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says only Arizona Cardinals threw football more than Ravens amongst NFL teams Sunday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McGahee views Running Backs as “Fantastic Three”

The Sun’s Mike Preston enjoyed Ravens’ passing attack, but knows offense needs to start on ground

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Seahawks’ Tatupu, Cardinals’ Morey also donating brains

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jameel McClain likely would start if Tavares Gooden can’t go Sunday in San Diego

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens ‘solid’ in win over Kansas City

The Sun says NFL Network to re-air Ravens-Chiefs tonight

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Todd Heap thought offensive outburst ‘fun’ in win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens ‘targeting’ Sunday against Chargers as return for TE LJ Smith

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Todd Heap, Mark Clayton ‘answered questions’ in win over Kansas City

The AP says Birk, Tatupu, Morey donating brains to Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Gooden’s career ‘injury plagued’ thus far

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Hauschka resembles Entourage star Kevin Connolly

ESPN.com’s James Walker expects Rosburg, Harbaugh ‘to make special teams an even bigger point of emphasis’ this week

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Flacco and Matt Ryan showed they won’t ‘unravel’ in 2nd NFL season

NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi says Ravens now have ‘complete offense’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with Middle Tennessee State

The Official Site offers complete Terrapins/Blue Raiders release (pdf)

The Sun says Rutgers game to kick off at 3:30, air on ESPN360

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire has Terps 10th in power rankings

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says LB Wujciak thinks loss of Nolan Carroll will ‘hurt’ Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says MTSU RB Phillip Tanner to miss Saturday’s game

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says James Franklin had Chris Turner throw so many WR screens to get ‘free access’ to outside of defense

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Turner’s pass to Ronnie Tyler on 4th down big for Terps in win over JMU

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Blue Raiders expected to play D.D. Kyles at RB

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps got just 4th win in Friedgen era when giving up 200+ yards rushing

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Fulper 15th true freshman to play in Friedgen era

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Scarlet Knights game will be 3rd straight game on ESPN360

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says reserve QB Brent Burnette also OUT for Raiders

Sporting News’ Matt Hayes has Terps 10th in ACC power rankings

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says kicker Nick Ferrara carries himself like ‘seasoned veteran’ despite having played just 2 college football games (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Da’Rel Scott played Saturday against James Madison battling strep throat bug (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says James Johnson committed to Virginia despite having offer from Terps

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Pittsburgh

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen/Pitt release

The Official Site says Mids-Panthers to air on ESPN360

Pitt Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with Navy at Heinz Field

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says former Navy OL Antron Harper ‘humbled’ by being named amongst best players of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium history

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dobbs much different QB than player Pitt saw last year

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Paul Zeise says Wannstedt knows Panthers defense can’t struggle like they did in giving up 500+ yards to Buffalo last week

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s John Grupp says safety Elijah Fields will have ‘increased role’ starting with Navy Saturday

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Pitt coach Wannstedt ‘concerned’ about Dobbs’ arm (must subscribe)

Go Mids’ Matt Zemek says Niumatalolo’s team showed ability to bounce back with win over Louisiana Tech following loss to Ohio State

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s opener against Coastal Carolina

USA Today’s Robert Klemko says deaf LB Bonheyo playing with ‘chip on his shoulder’

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Gulls punter Andrew Geisert honored by ACFC

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team signs former Terp Henry Scott

SWIMMING:

Loyola Official Site says Michael Phelps’ episode of “Shaq vs.” airs tonight on ABC-taped in Loyola pool

BALTIMORE COLTS:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Brian Matusz might be eligible to win the Rookie of the Year award again next season; but I will guess he doesn’t. Matusz might have a stellar season, but unless the Orioles go out and get some pop in the lineup he will struggle to put up 12-14 wins.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 10 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Didn’t have time to finish posting links this morning; VERY SORRY. Heading out to Owings Mills now, will post our NFL picks later today.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester explains how “See The Birds” came about

Nestor Aparicio says WNST will continue to ‘help’ Orioles

Glenn Clark says Ravens wearing new “53 Mighty Men of Baltimore” jackets

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says Brian Roberts’ 50th double not enough as Birds fell to BoSox

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says B-Rob joined former Hall of Famers Tris Speaker, Paul Waner, Stan Musial as only players with 3 or more 50+ double seasons

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says after day off tonight, Chris Tillman to face Andy Pettitte tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says Henn, Uehara added to roster

Red Sox Official Site’s John Barone says Victor Martinez’s pinch hit, bases clearing double lifted Sox past Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds fell to 1-8 at Fenway Park this season in front of 37,712

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Adam Jones moved to 60 day DL, will miss rest of season

The Sun’s Peter Hermann says 4 men arrested after stealing #8 statue honoring Cal Ripken outside Camden Yards

The Sun says Janet Marie Smith named VP of planning and development

The AP says Albers took loss, Danys Baez gave up Martinez’s 2B

Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin says Paul Byrd started, got no decision for Red Sox in win over O’s

Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman says Delcarmen struggled out of pen for Sox in win

Providence Journal’s Kevin McNamara says Billy Wagner gave Sox lift out of pen, picked up win

Worcester Telegram’s Bill Ballou says Birds, Sox combined for 27 hits; 22 of which were singles

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh impressed by free agent Tyree, team will continue to monitor his health

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mark Clayton not on Ravens’ first injury report

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says new GM (Pioli), new coach (Haley), new QB (Cassel) give Chiefs element of ‘surprise’

The Official Site says KC Coach Haley thinks Harbaugh, Dolphins coach Sparano ‘set bar high’ for first year coaches

The Official Site says Chris Carr left Titans for Baltimore to play Ravens’ ‘style of defense’

The Official Site’s Mallory Steinberg says Clayton made appearance Tuesday at SEED School

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site says Haley not sure if team will have answer on Cassel until gametime

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site says CB Brandon Flowers, RB Jackie Battle joined Cassel as ‘limited’ in practice

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site says Larry Johnson ‘not mad’ at Terrell Suggs for taunting him in last matchup

The Sun’s Ken Murray says acquiring players like Oher, Foxworth shows Ravens’ desire for ‘speed’

The Sun’s Lorraine Mirabella says Pizza Hut, Reebok amongst companies seeing commercial value in Flacco

The Sun’s Matt Bracken cleans up after me

The Sun’s Edward Lee says new OL Moll was ‘surprised’ to be traded from Packers to Ravens

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Haley thought Harbaugh did ‘tremendous job’ as first year coach in ‘08

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Sporting News sees Reed, Ray Lewis, Birk, Suggs, Ngata amongst best 100 players in NFL

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Harbaugh lost his cool during practice thinking TV cameras were recording parts of practice he didn’t want filmed

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh said Ravens would ‘take it slow’ with David Tyree

The Sun’s Edward Lee says LJ Smith only Raven to not ‘fully’ participate in practice

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Larry Johnson last back to rush for 100 yards against Ravens

7 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens to beat Chiefs

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Derrick Mason believes offense will be ‘light years ahead’ of where they were last year

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Yanda ‘feels good’, expects Chester to start at RG

The AP says even without Rex Ryan, Ravens defense might be ‘better’

Washington Times’ Bob Cohn says Harbaugh, Ravens ready to ‘build’ on last year’s trip to AFC Championship Game

Kansas City Star’s Adam Teicher says Todd Haley ‘encouraged’ with Clancy Pendergast’s defense

8 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens to top Chiefs

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 4th in power rankings

SI’s Ross Tucker thinks Ray Rice will have ‘breakout’ season

5 of 7 Sporting News analysts pick Ravens to make playoffs

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says Brandon Marshall could ‘learn’ from McGahee

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says McNair was ‘more than player’ to Titans coach Jeff Fisher

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager says former Ravens coach Billick knows he ‘missed’ with Boller

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps will be ‘inconsistent’ again this season

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Tom Brattan confirmed Bruce Campbell will miss James Madison game Saturday

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says players truly believed they weren’t far from being competitive against Bears

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says RJ Dill will make first career start at RT vs. Dukes

Washington Post’s Kathy Orton says Madison win over Terps would be another feather in CAA’s cap

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Campbell could miss ‘more time’ dealing with turf toe

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen unsure of whether sick football player dealing with swine flu

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell noticing less ‘fan interest’ in Terps this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps trying to ‘learn’ from blowout loss at California

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says JMU beat writer Mike Barber thinks Dukes must avoid turnovers to have shot at beating Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Adrian Cannon was most ‘targeted’ WR in Berkeley (5 catches of 10 balls thrown to him)

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tyler Bowen, Pete deSouza could fit in OT mix

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says WR LaQuan Williams (Poly) almost went to Madison

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former DL Dion Armstrong ended up at Butler Community College in Kansas

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Justin Gilbert will also be in mix to replace Campbell

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tony Logan was ‘limited’ again in practice, meaning Kenny Tate could end up handling punt returns again

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says James Franklin already had ‘answers’ ready for questions regarding offensive performance at Cal (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Ralph going with youngsters like Bennett Fulper, Isaiah Ross (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Mychal Parker excited to make another visit to College Park (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says tickets still available for Saturday’s home opener against Louisiana Tech

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says safety Emmett Merchant started improvement once he felt he ‘belonged’

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ivin Jasper admitted to ‘second guessing’ play call on 2 point conversion attempt that would have tied Ohio State

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says last year’s leading rusher Shun White working with Mids’ slotbacks

Shreveport Times’ Jimmy Watson says La Tech LB Adrien Cole ‘impressed’ with Midshipmen

Go Mids’ Chris Rohe breaks down individual matchups with Louisiana Tech (must subscribe)

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says WR Matt Cahill showing ability in senior season

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Billera helping Terror in return game

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Tigers amongst teams interested in Dunbar prospect Derrell Edwards

UMBC LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Bob Chavez says former Retriever Poillon selected by Philadelphia Wings in NLL Draft

STEVENSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Mustangs up for LaxWorld honors

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Speedo extended deal with Michael Phelps through 2013

GOLF:

The Sun says John Cook, Jay Haas, Nick Price, Jeff Sluman all committed to Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Glenye Cain Oakford says Pioneerof The Nile retired to stud at Vinery in Lexington

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Drew and I both picked the Titans tonight FWIW.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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