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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 27 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

At this point, I’d say Terrell Suggs’ injury is a concern. The guys aren’t at Training Camp anymore; they’re back in their own beds and at the castle in Westminster, so there’s no reason for Sizzle to be trying to get out of practice at this point.

I’d be concerned. And “monitoring.”

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester wishes he could be ‘front running’ Orioles fan

Glenn Clark says Derrick Mason was again wearing #9 jersey to honor McNair

Rex Snider looks back on Sunday Morning Blitz

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie strong as Birds avoided sweep in Minnesota

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez takes mound tonight vs. Aaron Laffey, Indians

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Trembley accepts some blame, says some falls on players for baserunning mistakes

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Matusz trying to make game ‘slow down’

Minnesota Twins Official Site’s Tyler Mason says Morneau’s RBI double only run scored by Twins in loss to Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Pie homered for O’s in win over Twinkies

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Tribe comes to Baltimore very different than team that began season in Cleveland

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Trembley, Juan Samuel think players should be more ‘accountable’

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Chris Ray ‘regained form’ by changing mechanics

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says 4-5 road trip ‘respectable’ for Orioles (I guess)

The AP says Moeller doubled, singled, walked in win at Metrodome

Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Joe Christensen says Nick Blackburn struggled in loss to Birds

St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Brian Murphy says Alexi Casilla made two spectacular plays at 2B in Twins’ loss

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says David Pauley loser as Tides fell to Durham

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Steve Johnson, Eddie Gamboa winners as Baysox swept doubleheader from Akron

Frederick Keys Official Site says Chorye Spoone went into 5th, earned no decision as Keys fell to Kinston

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Travis Keating loser in relief as Shorebirds fell to Lake County

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Jacob Smith loser in relied as Ironbirds fell to Lowell

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Hobgood worked into 5th, received no decision as Bluefield topped Princeton

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Ouellette finished off Game 2 of doubleheader for 5th save as Baysox swept Aeros

Examiner Jay Trucker took trip to Prince George’s Stadium to see Baysox

Virginian-Pilot’s Jim Hodges says Rhyne Hughes hit first homer as Tide in loss to Bulls

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mark Clayton returned to practice field Wednesday

The Official Site says Harbaugh believes LJ Smith’s hamstring pull ‘a concern’

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Birk proud of Harvard background

The Sun’s Edward Lee and Jamison Hensley say LJ Smith, Kelly Gregg ‘questionable’ for remainder of preseason

The Sun’s Edward Lee says KJ Gerard chopped off dreadlocks

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Harbaugh should stop throwing around Stover’s name with Hauschka, Gano

The Sun’s Edward Lee says trip to Charlotte quasi homecoming for Hauschka

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Kelley Washington learned better ‘work ethic’ in New England

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Chris Chester also didn’t practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens don’t have to make first roster cuts until Sept. 1

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh didn’t have much to say about Bart Scott’s comments

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says LB’s J. McClain, Gooden ‘learning fast’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Oniel Cousins (ankle) expects to be ready for trip to Carolina

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘pretty much ignored’ trash talk with Jets

ESPN.com’s James Walker says ‘chemistry’ still there between Flacco, Mason

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tommy Galt impressive during Wednesday’s practice

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gloria, Friedgen family don’t talk to Ralph after losses

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Ralph thinks safety Kenny Tate ‘a force’

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Gonnella will see ‘a lot of snaps’ in ‘09

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says James Franklin believes Terps made ‘mistake’ by not tabbing Chris Turner as starting QB in ‘08

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fulper ‘making strides’ after switching positions

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Kenny Tate considered move back to WR during offseason

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph hoping to have Terps go 4 quarters in Thursday’s scrimmage

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Demetrius Hartsfield returns home when Terps play NC State, Duke this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens reports ST Coordinator Bankins says Terps giving Barbour chance to ‘lose’ kicking job

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Brandon Jackson-Mills, Thomas Wright amongst Terps on cut line to make travel team

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Lamar Young has been battling shoulder injury

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph has history of splitting carries in recent years

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Ralph thinks Bruce Campbell needs to improve at run-blocking

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says WR LaQuan Williams considered quitting football last season (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Phil Costa has become ‘offensive leader’ for Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Ralph really finalizing last 3 spots on roster for travel to Cal next week (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Darin Drakeford changed eating habits to get into better shape

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Frese interested in West Virginia prospect Whitney Bays (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The AP says Ohio State wants fans to respect Midshipmen when they visit Columbus

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says QB Kriss Proctor to miss 4 weeks after leg surgery

CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd says Navy ‘could be’ best of independent programs, including Notre Dame

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Phelps headlines roster for USA Swimming national team

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Summer Bird trainer Tim Ice ‘can’t feel good about’ Woolley having to pull Mine That Bird from Travers Stakes

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Goodwood Stakes at Santa Anita eyed as next race for Derby winner Mine That Bird

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Quality Road morning line favorite for Shadwell Travers

The Sun says Maryland State Fair session opens tomorrow in Timonium

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The Birds are back home tonight! Who’s excited?!?!?!

No?

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 05 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

Brian Matusz was AWESOME.

The best thing about Brian Matusz’s performance last night was that it was the type of performance that didn’t include a lot of “buts”. He did struggle with his pitch count and had to get some help from Cesar Izturis to avoid giving up multiple runs in the 2nd; but his stuff was absolutely incredible.

It doesn’t mean his tenure in Baltimore will be unblemished. But it certainly was exciting to watch last night. We haven’t had enough of those.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Birds ‘more compelling’ than Ravens

Nestor Aparicio says even Melvin Mora added RBI as Birds ‘piled on’ Tigers

Luke Jones says Grubbs still battling injuries in Westminster

Drew Forrester says Matusz resembled Cliff Lee in win

Glenn Clark says Oher movie “The Blind Side” gets trailer

Eric Aaronson believes ‘hype’ surrounding Matusz

Tom Clayton thinks Orioles’ 2009 season will be remembered differently in future

Rex Snider says Mora linked to steroids by RotoInfo.com (apparently Rex missed it A WEEK AGO when Drew and I read this list on the air. Ball’s in your court, Snider.)

Jerry Reinhardt thinks Birds should sign Glavine in offseason

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Matusz sparkled in debut to lead Birds past Tigers

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jeremy Guthrie goes to hill tonight vs. Edwin Jackson, Detroit

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jason Berken ‘still expected to make his next start’ Friday

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Adam Jones hit from cleanup spot last night

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says veterans Huff, Roberts support MacPhail’s rebuilding plan

Tigers Official Site’s Mike Scott says Jarrod Washburn struggled in Detroit debut

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Matusz joins Uehara, Bergesen, Berken, Hernandez as Birds who have won first major league start this season

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Mickolio sent down to make room for Matusz

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds have made no progress in negotiations with 2nd round pick Mychal Givens

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Matusz threw 99 pitches over 5 innings in win

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Mora returned to 3rd base in win

The AP says Izturis, Markakis homered for Birds in win at Comerica Park

Detroit Free Press’ John Lowe says nearly 30,000 saw Birds top Tigers at Comerica Park

Detroit News’ Tom Gage says Matusz threw 27 pitches in 2nd, 30 in 3rd, but Tigers couldn’t take advantage

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Brandon Snyder collected 3 hits, scored 2 runs for Tides in win over Syracuse

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Krynzel homered for Baysox in win over New Hampshire

Frederick Keys Official Site says Widlansky homered for Frederick in win over Potomac

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Travis Keating loser in relief as Shorebirds fell to Hagerstown

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Jake Cowan winner as Ironbirds topped State College

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Gary Helmick homered for Bluefield in win over Greeneville

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Kenny Moreland won first start since being called up from Aberdeen

Virginian-Pilot’s Darrel Cuenca says Andy Mitchell got no decision after rough start vs. Syracuse

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Adam Terry went to IR with right knee injury that required surgery

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says veteran Birk still ‘adjusting’ to Vikings

The Official Site says Harbaugh thinks Troy (Smith) ‘a football player’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Pryce played in offseason soccer league to stay in shape

The Sun’s Edward Lee and Ken Murray say Clayton, Suggs, Ayanbadejo, Lamar Divens all missed practice Tuesday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Gano perfect, Hauschka 4 or 5 Tuesday

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Derrick Mason brought back ‘confidence and fire’ with return

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelley Washington did 52 dance impression during practice

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ngata ‘nightmare’, ‘absolute beast’

Carroll County Times’ Daniel Henderson says Mark Clayton ‘taking precautions’ with hamstring injury

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says starting RT job ‘exclusively’ Oher’s with Terry hurt

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Bart Scott was grateful to play alongside Ngata in Baltimore

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Da’Rel Scott named preseason Doak Walker Award candidate

Tribune Newspapers’ Sam Farmer says DHB under ‘pressure’ with Raiders

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says former Penn State CB commit Darrell Givens not interested in coming to Maryland

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Wujciak’s health amongst camp questions for Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Da’Rel Scott trying to join Wycocki as only Maryland backs with back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Ralph 16-17 vs. ACC teams on road

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Terps talking to Archbishop Carroll rush end prospect Attaochu (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Terps to face Chaminade in first round of Maui Invitational

The Sun says Maryland-Chaminade to air on ESPNU

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Colorado, Gonzaga, Arizona, Wisconsin all playing in Maui as well

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps could face Lance Stephenson, Cincinnati in 2nd round of Maui Invitational

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps to face Cincinnati or Vanderbilt in 2nd round of Maui Invitational

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Fairfield, St. John’s, Georgia Tech, Auburn, South Carolina all also involved with prospect Tsafack (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter profiles Wisconsin guard prospect Josh Gasser (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty chats with ’10 prospect Justin Jackson (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Jeff Reynolds, Brian Phipps amongst 7 Terps named to Academic All-ACC team

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Bears holding Media Day Sunday at Hughes Stadium

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says J’hared Hall to represent USA on Global Sports Academy All-Star squad

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site’s Christian Swezey says Mids adding anchor to one sleeve of jersey, Marine Corps logo to other sleeve

The Official Site says Niumatalolo knows Mids facing ‘most challenging schedule’ of his entire time at Naval Academy

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says about 1,000 fans attended FanFest Monday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says safety Middleton doesn’t think Dobbs will completely avoid all contact before season starts

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Niumatalolo limiting Dobbs’ contact due to lack of QB depth this season

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Mike Welsch says Quality Road will run Travers Stakes next

The AP says Kendall Jackson creating wine to honor Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra

BOXING:

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mark “TNT” Tucker to fight for USBO light heavyweight title in Westminster Sept. 25

SWIMMING:

CBS Sports’ Gregg Doyel says Phelps, Bowman hypocritical in swimsuit complaints

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The loss of Adam Terry will be unfortunate for the Ravens for many reasons; including their unbalanced line scenarios. But unlike other years, this team is absolutely better put together with O-Line depth.

-Looking at the Maui Invitational Field, Maryland has at least a puncher’s chance to win the thing. Gonzaga must be the favorite; but Maryland should be able to advance to the final with some ease.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 03 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

My best (and completely uninformed) guess as to what the Orioles are doing with Chris Waters after calling him back up? I’ll say they’re going to shift Brian Bass to Jason Berken’s rotation spot and they need Waters to take Bass’s spot in the bullpen until Brad Bergesen is ready to come back.

But what do I know? I’m sure someone will tell MASN what’s going on, and they’ll “break” it soon.

The weekend was embarrassing…..kinda. It can only be so embarrassing when your team is terrible and you expect moments like these. But it’s still frustrating to talk to friends who root for other teams when you know they’re going to murder you over how bad your own team is.

But this is Birdland!

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester thinks Birds should let Mora go

Nestor Aparicio defends Dave Trembley

Drew Forrester wonders if Birds would be interested in Dusty Baker

Nestor Aparicio says Bostonians out en masse again this weekend at OPACY

Bob Haynie still thinks Ravens need help at WR even with Mason back

Luke Jones doesn’t think Figurs will end up making roster

Rex Snider thinks Mora HAS been respected by Birds

Glenn Clark says Suggs lit up Westminster with t-shirt Friday

Lawson Lambert says Rachel Alexandra proved herself to be ‘best 3 year old in country’ with win at Monmouth

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Berken, bullpen crushed as Red Sox finished sweep

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Orioles Wives held food drive over weekend at Camden Yards

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Mora feels ‘disrespected’ by lack of playing time

Red Sox Official Site’s Ian Browne says Victor Martinez paced BoSox with 5 hits, 4 RBI in finishing sweep of O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 43,000 at Camden Yards (maybe 3,000 Orioles fans?) saw Birds swept by Sox

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Mora would be okay with getting outright release

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Berken appears to be headed out of rotation

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Albers, Bass also crushed by Red Sox in loss

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Trembley didn’t believe he had ‘disrespected’ Mora

Boston Globe’s Adam Kilgore says Sox now 50-17 against Orioles over last 3 years

Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman says despite sweep, Sox still 2 and a half back of Yankees in AL East

Providence Journal’s Dan Barbarisi says blowout win hid shaky performance from Buchholz in no decision

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale says Mora could be traded before Aug. 31

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan says Matusz to make major league debut same night Washburn to make Tigers debut

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Liz ‘effective’, but Tides couldn’t score in loss to Syracuse

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Steve Johnson struggled, lost to New Britain in first start with Orioles organization

Frederick Keys Official Site says Zagone loser as Keys fell to Lynchburg

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Kantakevich loser as Staten Island topped Ironbirds

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Mike Flacco had 2 hits, RBI in loss to Johnson City

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says Norfolk pitcher Chris Waters recalled by Birds, not sure if he’ll be starter or go to bullpen

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mark Clayton, Marcus Smith, Lamar Divens all missed afternoon practice with various injuries

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Derrick Mason not worrying about anything beyond ’09 season

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Special Teams coach Rosburg has to figure out how to get around wedge ban

The Official Site says Mason claims retirement wasn’t ‘ploy’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Mason was hoping for “Terrell Owens treatment” in return to team

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Mason no ‘Favre’

The Sun says Hauschka perfect, Gano nearly perfect Sunday as kicking competition continued

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jason Cook had no trouble pursuing two degrees at Ole Miss

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McKinney knows he has to ‘make impression’ to get playing time on crowded D-Line

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh knows Ravens ‘better football team’ with Mason

Carroll County Times’ Daniel Henderson says undrafted rookie Dannell Ellerbe ‘making impression’ with Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco has thrown multiple interceptions in practice, Harbaugh unconcerned

SI’s Ross Tucker says Bannan thinks Ngata will be Hall of Famer

SI’s Peter King walks autograph line with Ed Reed, has humorous tale to tell of it

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says Mason’s return helps Ravens team trying to make one more run at Super Bowl

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says Ozzie thinks Mason decided he just ‘wanted to play football’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Foxworth ‘another smart’ defender for Ravens

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty says Dunbar OL prospect Devin Clark doesn’t really want to stay in state

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty catches up with target Tsafack (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Slotback Cory Finnerty wishes Mids could play USC

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says LB Haberer still ‘humble’

SWIMMING:

Swimnetwork.com says Phelps’ team broke another world record in 4×100 medley

Tribune Newspapers’ Lisa Dillman says Phelps managed to bring attention to swimming in Rome despite Olympics being 3 years away

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Phelps added 5th gold in 4×100 medley relay to close World Championships

The AP’s Paul Newberry says Bowman will give Phelps two weeks off before hitting pool again

The AP says Cavic wants 1-on-1 race with Phelps next year

USA Today’s Vicki Michaelis says Phelps took ‘motivation’ from loss to Biedermann

SI’s Brian Cazeneuve says Phelps’ win over Cavic ‘defining moment’ of World Championships

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra blew away field at Haskell Invitational

Thoroughbred Times’ Mike Curry says Borel thought Rachel Alexandra ‘unbelievable’ in win

Thoroughbred Times’ Phil Janack says Derby winner Mine That Bird to race Travers Stakes next

The AP’s Richard Rosenblatt says Belmont winner Summer Bird finished 2nd, 6 lengths back

USA Today’s Tom Pedulla says owner Jess Jackson doesn’t think ‘horse in the world’ could beat Rachel Alexandra when she’s on her game

Sporting News’ Brad Telias says Rachel Alexandra favorite for Horse of the Year

GOLF:

The AP’s Cliff Brunt says former Maryland golf coach Fred Funk blew away field to claim U.S. Senior Open

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The Michael Phelps-Milorad Cavic showdown was COMPELLING theater on Saturday. I don’t know how much more we’ll see of that in swimming, but it was VERY good theater. This means I saw as much good theater in swimming as I did in baseball over the last 10 days.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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How Baltimore Buzzed: Week Ending 7/31

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How Baltimore Buzzed: Week Ending 7/31

Posted on 01 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

My apologies that this didn’t get posted until a day later. The voting (I’m the only voter) ends at 2pm on Friday. It should be posted shortly thereafter. This is only Week 2; and I’m already screwing up. Anyone surprised by that?

This list is compiled by the Academy of Baltimore Sports Arts and Sciences. I am the only member. I scan news sites, blogs, radio phone calls, Facebook, Twitter, and sit out in your bushes to hear what you’re talking about.

(Editor’s Note: I only sit out in your bushes if you’re an attractive female. Which probably means none of you have to be concerned. However, if an attractive female IS reading, please contact me with your name, phone number, and home address. We need to document these things.)

15-New coach, still no respect

Towson football was picked to finish last in their division this week at CAA Media Day. When reached for comment, students at Towson University said “we have a football team?”

14-Are there any other Wide Receivers available that no one has heard of?

(Edit from GMC: Derrick Mason is coming back. This seems stupid now. I get it. I get it.)

The Ravens added Jayson Foster, Biren Ealy, and Thomas White to their receiving corps this week. Meanwhile, my man Fred-Ex was pictured on Deadspin Friday proving he still has good hands…..

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Look, he converted a 4th & 26. Have you done that? If you want to keep downplaying him, do right ahead. But I say sign him. There’s NO CHANCE he’s not as good as Jayson Foster.

13-Best facilities? The football stadium doesn’t even have seats!

The Princeton Review named the University of Maryland as having the best athletic facilities in the country. While Byrd Stadium may look nicer after this expansion, it still seems like a bit of a stretch. Also, despite the amount of time Terrapin athletes spend there; Cornerstone and RJ Bentley’s were reportedly not considered during this report.

12-What, no one wanted Aubrey Huff?

Despite the Orioles likely being willing to deal just about anyone, the George Sherrill deal was the only one that appeared to be happening before Friday’s deadline.

(Edit from GMC: I was a day late posting. You know what happened. Make fun of me all you want.)

When asked why more teams weren’t interested in trading for Orioles players, the most common answer Andy MacPhail received was “The players you want to give away aren’t any good.”

11-Favre’s retired. Probably. Possibly anyway.

Remember when this guy was the most compelling player in the league who didn’t play for your favorite team?

Yeah, I don’t either.

10-Rasslers come to the arena…..and don’t like it

WWE announcer Joey Styles via Twitter: “OMG, The Baltimore Arena is a dump…” WWE star Chris Jericho via Twitter: “I completely agree. Time to pony up for a new arena city council…..”

I was going to write a punchline here, but I’m pretty sure just a picture of that crap-hole will do….

arena

9-Ralph’s trimmed pounds, but will his wins be trimmed too?

The good news? At ACC Media Days this week, Terps coach Ralph Friedgen announced he has dropped 95 pounds since he began dieting last fall. The bad news? His Terps were picked to finish 5th in their own division by the ACC media.

When asked about dropping the pounds, Coach said “Anyone seen Bachman? Come on people, where’s Tubby?”

8-Is it Arrieta’s turn?

With Brad Bergesen headed to the DL, the Orioles will need a starter for Tuesday. And no Forrester, Derek Lowe is not available.

Andy MacPhail said in interviews Friday he expected the Orioles to call up someone to make the start. While it seems likely that Andy Mitchell will be headed up from Norfolk, Jake Arrieta makes a lot of sense considering he was probably going to be major-league bound at some point this season; and Jason Berken may not be long for the rotation himself.

For what it’s worth, my vote is Jim Palmer to make the start. Hell, we’re not trying to win anyway.

7-Why don’t they just swim naked????

Rival Milorad Cavic called out Michael Phelps for choosing to stick with his slower Speedo swimsuit instead of upgrading to a high-tech Jaked or Arena swimsuit before their rematch in the 100 meter fly. In fact, the entire Swimming World Championships in Rome have basically been nothing more than everyone bitching about swimsuits.

Of course, I’ve done my fair share of bitching about swimsuits, myself. Mostly about how SI forced Beyonce to wear one when they put her in their magazine…..

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(Edit from GMC: Before this was posted, Phelps beat Cavic anyway. Up yours, Serbia or wherever Cavic is from!)

6-Soccer is stupid. Let’s get a team!

Despite the fact that the majority of people you know will tell you they think soccer is stupid; 71,000 people were at last Friday’s Chelsea-AC Milan match downtown.

Now, many fans in Baltimore are clamoring for more soccer (and likely have no idea there is actually a pro outdoor team of sorts already in the city); and think the city should consider a soccer-only stadium for a potential MLS team.

And in fairness, they’re right. It’s about time this city had a pro sports team worth watching during the summer months.

5-So…..do we want him or not?

A day after Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome shot down any interest in Michael Vick; Coach John Harbaugh wouldn’t do the same. Of course, Harbaugh’s words quickly turned into “The Ravens want Michael Vick”, which isn’t particularly true.

It’s sorta like when my girlfriend (“The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet” of course)Chrs asked me if I would go see the new Harry Potter movie. I said said “I don’t think that’s going to happen.” You see, I didn’t say no; but only because there’s a chance this person may ask if I want to see it with her…..

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4-The Cavalry is Here!

Chris Tillman gave up 3 home runs and got a no decision in his Major League debut against the Royals. He did look pretty good for much of the game, though.

Of course, doesn’t it say more that this city can get excited about a pitcher who gave up 3 home runs against the Royals?

3-Big Money for the Big Man

Ozzie Newsome says he spent his summer reading “Blind Side: Evolution of a Game”, Michael Lewis’ book about Michael Oher.

Michael Oher likely spent his summer reading “How to Install a Hot Tub in Every Room in Your House.”

I know I would.

2-Farewell Flat Breezy

The Orioles shipped closer George Sherrill to the Dodgers in exchange for a AA 3rd baseman (Joshua Bell) and Dave Johnson’s kid (Steve Johnson).

Despite reports that Bell couldn’t handle 3rd base defensively, MacPhail was defiant in interviews, saying that the Orioles expect him to stay at 3rd for a long time.

MacPhail said he also expected this man to be the organization’s future at first……

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1-Ravens Training Camp Opens

OH MY GOD I HAVE TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT SAM KOCH IS DOING RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!

Is there anything funnier than how every radio station, TV station, newspaper, blog site, etc in town just falls all over themselves for the chance to be the first to report that….say…..Eron Riley had a slight limp in 7 on 7 drills?

That being said, make sure you sign up for the WNST text service and follow WNST on Twitter. That way you’ll be guaranteed to be the first to know exactly how Eron Riley looks in shorts.

Look, if you want to call be a corporate whore, go ahead. It isn’t the worst thing I’ve been called today.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 31 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

I’ll make a weekend pick for you.

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

Thoughts on the Sherrill deal?

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

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

Probably a precautionary measure.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Oher ‘story of triumph over tragedy’

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

Luke Jones says Ravens added WR Thomas White from Baylor

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

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

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

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

ORIOLES:

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

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The AP says Wigginton homered for Birds in win

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RAVENS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

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

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

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

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

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

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site offers complete preseason release (pdf)

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

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

HORSE RACING:

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

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

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

SWIMMING:

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

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

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

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

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

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

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

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

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

Talk to you this weekend.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 30 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

I wasn’t overly impressed by Chris Tillman last night; but it was just one start. He was good, he made a few mistakes, and he showed a few positive signs.says Aubrey Huff ended skid with big hit in win

A Brad Bergesen win today would go a long way to keep some positive feelings alive in the Orioles’ clubhouse.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio

Luke Jones says Demetrius Williams had knee stretched out on sidelines during afternoon practice

Nestor Aparicio says Phillies probably not potential suitor for Sherrill

Bob Haynie says Jones helped Tillman offensively and defensively

Nestor Aparicio says long negotiating over contracts like Oher’s ‘necessary evil’

Keith Melchior gives Trembley ‘D’ grade

ORIOLES:says Tillman didn’t factor in decision, but Birds beat Royals anyway

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Bergesen takes hill in finale for Birds today against Hochevar, KC

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says torn labrum lands Rich Hill on DL

Royals Official Site’s Dick Kaegel says Greinke left with lead, but bullpen couldn’t hold it as O’s beat Royals

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Tillman gave up 3 homers, went just 4 2/3 innings; but Birds won debut

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Angels, Dodgers considered ‘most likely’ possible trade destinations for Sherrill

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Tillman ‘kept his composure’ after early struggles

Examiner Jay Trucker says Trembley went with Zaun behind plate instead of Wieters in Tillman’s debut

The AP says Jones homered, drove in 3 for Birds in win

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says nearly 20,000 saw Birds beat Royals at Camden Yardssays Trembley wasn’t ‘aware’ Hill had torn labrum

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land

The AP says Hill told reporters tear went back to time with Cubs

Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton says Robinson Tejeda, John Bale can’t seal job for Royals out of bullpen

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:says Fiorentino hero as Tides rallied to beat Indianapolis

Norfolk Tides Official Site

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Tanaka winner as Baysox topped Connecticut

Frederick Keys Official Site says Beato lead way as Keys shut out Salem

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Bordes loser as Delmarva swept by Asheville in Game 2

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Elvin Polanco homered, but Shorebirds lost to Asheville in Game 1

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Tyler Sexton loser as Ironbirds shut out by Hudson Valley

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Helmick, Flacco homered; but Orioles lost to Princeton

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Alberto Castillo earned win in relief for Tides over Indians

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Matt Angle picked up game winning RBI as Keys topped Red Sox

Frederick News-Post’s Greg Swatek says pro wrestler King Kong Bundy made appearance for Keys at Harry Grove Stadium

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says organization concerned with (time) length of Arrieta’s starts

RAVENS:says Oher agrees to 5 year contract

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Davon Drew, Lamar Divens back to practice, off PUP list

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Justin Harper star of Wednesday’s Training Camp practices

The Official Site says Harbaugh doesn’t think Flacco ‘any different’ this season

The Official Site says NFL Official Morelli to explain rules changes Saturday in Westminster

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens, Steelers, Jets only teams to have all Draft picks signed

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens hoping Heap can get back to ‘top form’

The Sun’s Edward Lee and Jamison Hensley say Derrick Martin trying to make team as safety due to large number of CB’s on roster

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Training Camp different for Flacco this year being ‘the guy’

The Sun says McNair’s family to be ‘taken care of’ despite QB not leaving will

The Sun’s Edward Lee says vets Reed, Nakamura, Bannan, Marcus Smith all attended practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says LJ Smith dealing with sore hamstring

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Westminster police had set up speed traps on Tuesday due to start of Training Camp

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Gregg’s ability to ‘cut and run without incident’ positive sign he has healed

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says father Sean Tuohy said Oher tried to leave Memphis for Camp every day this week

Carroll County Times’ Daniel Henderson says former Virginia Tech WR Harper trying to ‘make up’ for missing ’08 season

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says LJ Smith missed Wednesday practice, not dealing with ‘serious injury’

The AP says Oher’s deal expected to be worth more than Mendenhall’s deal in ’08 at same Draft slot

Washington Times’ Ryan O’Halloran and Rachel Orland say Ravens ‘need’ receiver

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says ESPN’s Cris Carter thinks Ravens have reached point of ‘desperation’ in WR search

SI’s John Lopez says ‘Ravens season waiting’ on Mason’s decision

NBC Sports’ Gregg Rosenthal says Oher will be in town for first full squad practice Friday

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Heap has ‘lot of doubters’

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Rice will have 710 yards, 4 TD’s this season

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:says Baltz, Wujciak named preseason All-ACC

The Official Site

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Princeton Review notes Terps as having best athletic facilities in country

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Torrey Smith surprisingly NOT on All-ACC team

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps trying to make up for O-Line departures with 123 career starts, including All-ACC Edwin Williams

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says preseason nods have ‘limited value’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Rhode Island to visit Terps in 2013

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps tend to outperform preseason expectations

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps already have 13 commitments for ’10, still involved with one major recruit

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says North Carolina, Michigan State, Illinois, Virginia Tech were also interested in Terps commit Nate Clarke (must subscribe)says new coach Bakich has to make Terps ‘relevant’

TERRAPINS BASEBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:says Flip Saunders almost became Terp

Washington Post’s Matt Bonesteel

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:says Frese, Terps prepared to open final camp of summer

The Official Site

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter profiles Terps target Alicia DeVaughn (must subscribe)offers details on alumni tailgate events

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site

The Official Site says Tigers to make appearances on Big Ten Network, Comcast SportsNet this season

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ambrose expects players to ‘work hard’

The Diamondback’s Chris Eckard says Terps generated $54 million of revenue in ’07-‘08

TOWSON LACROSSE:says former Tiger Drew Pfarr passed away at age 27

The Official Site

NAVY FOOTBALL:says Pospisil named to AFCA Good Works Team

The Official Site

SWIMMING:says Phelps made ‘statement’ by breaking record without full body suit

Swimnetwork.com

Tribune Newspapers’ Lisa Dillman says Phelps bounced back from loss in Rome by winning 200 fly in record time

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says closest swimmer Korzeniowski 1.72 seconds behind Phelps at World Championships

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Phelps plans to race short course events in Baltimore, Washington later this year

The AP’s Paul Newberry says Phelps surpassed Spitz by breaking 34th world record of career

USA Today’s Vicki Michaelis says Bowman thought Phelps was in ‘good spirits’ before crushing competition in 200 fly

HORSE RACING:says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra to arrive at Monmouth for Haskell Invitational tomorrow

The Sun

BALTIMORE MARINERS:announces job opportunities for next season

The Official Site

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The Ravens were going to get a deal done with Michael Oher; and I think that it took a fair amount of time for both sides.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

Gotta get out to Westminster today; so I can’t add too much right now.says Harbaugh thought first practice ‘crisp’

Robert Ferguson told me yesterday (and reiterated to Drew this morning) that he wants to play for the Ravens. I can tell you that Reggie Williams definitely wants to play for the Ravens as well.

Are guys like that the answer? No. But could the Ravens use a guy like Ferguson, Williams, Darrell Jackson, etc.

Some sort of veteran presence would be nice.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones

Drew Forrester doesn’t know what Trembley could say about another loss

Drew Forrester says rest of season ‘very important’ for Orioles

Luke Jones says Derrick Martin made best play of day in Westminster

Nestor Aparicio says Harbaugh ‘hit hard’ by death of Jim Johnson

Glenn Clark honors Pie for best game as Oriole

ORIOLES:says bullpen couldn’t back up Berken’s solid start as Royals topped Orioles

The Official Site’s Brian Eller

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Tillman makes first major league start tonight vs. Greinke, KC

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Sherrill doesn’t want to be traded

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Trembley thinks Rich Hill good to pitch through tendinitis issues

Royals Official Site’s Dick Kaegel says John Buck hero in 11th for Royals in win

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 21,545 at Camden Yards saw Birds fall to Royals

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Sherrill only notable Bird with any legitimate chance to be traded

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Tillman important part of MacPhail’s ‘rebuilding’ plan

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Trembley made right decision to pull Berken

The AP says Baez took loss for Birds

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Wieters tallied career high 4 hits in loss

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Hill or Berken expected to lose roster spot in favor of Tillman

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Sherrill ‘flattered’ by trade rumors

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has O’s 26th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s Rob Neyer says Hill ‘probably needs some time off’

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:says Chris Waters loser as Tides fell to Indianapolis

Norfolk Tides Official Site

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Figueroa, Crozier homered; but Baysox fell to Connecticut in wild 11 inning game

Frederick Keys Official Site says Tyler Henson picked up walkoff single to beat Salem

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Kantakevich winner as Ironbirds topped Brooklyn

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Almanzar loser as Orioles fell to Princeton

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Radhames Liz roughed up, John Mariotti took loss as Baysox fell to Defenders

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Zagone got no decision for Keys after decent start

RAVENS:says McGahee amongst names on early PUP list

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

The Official Site says Harbaugh knew WR Williams wanted to get ‘bigger and stronger’

The Official Site offers Harbaugh’s remembrance of Eagles assistant Jim Johnson

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens added former Broncos WR Jayson Foster

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Oher now officially a holdout

The Sun’s Ken Murray says WR Williams ‘ready to go out and play’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley and Edward Lee say Grubbs, Yanda, Rolle, Figurs, Terry, Reitz, Drew, Phillipssays OT Reitz also added bulk in offseason

The Sun’s Mike Preston

The Sun’s Edward Lee says participation ‘sparse’ in first practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Williams talked to Mason, doesn’t know what decision he’ll make

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Flacco wouldn’t admit whether Reebok video fake or not

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Gregg back on practice field Tuesday in return from injury

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley wonders if Ravens would be interested in Vick should he switch positions

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Williams came in about 15 pounds heavier

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens cut former Terp Isaiah Williams, OT Saucedo

Carroll County Times’ Daniel Henderson says Gano struggled kicking with different holders

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Harbaugh wouldn’t eliminate interest in Vick

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Ravens still viewed as ‘defense-first’ team

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 6th in power rankings

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Bennett didn’t take advantage of Ravens

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 10th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says ‘pressure’ on Williams this season

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Oher ‘on the clock’ to report to Camp

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:says Ralph, James Franklin, Don Brown, Charles Bankins to make appearance tonight at Sonoma’s in Columbia

The Official Site

Tribune Newspapers’ Andre Williams says LB Fokou brought ‘mean streak’ with him to Eagles

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Nate Clarke picked Terps over Kansas State

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Scott could post 2nd straight 1,000 yard season

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps report August 9, start practicing August 10

Inside MD Sports’ Jeff Ermann says Archbishop Carroll (DC) OL Nate Clarke committed to Terps Tuesday

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:profiles commit Stoglin in Las Vegas (must subscribe)says future Terp Alyssa Thomas impressive in Best of Maryland event (must subscribe)says former Towson coach Gordy Combs joined Blue Jays’ staff

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site

LOYOLA LACROSSE:says Chemotti amongst next assistants ready for head coaching jobs

Inside Lacrosse’s Quint Kessenich

NAVY FOOTBALL:says DeMell chose Navy over Air Force after growing up Ohio State fan

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina

UMES FOOTBALL:says Roger Brown joined Skip McClain as Hawks in College Football Hall of Fame

The Official Site

SWIMMING:says Phelps wouldn’t just blame suit after 200 loss to Biedermann in Rome

SwimNetwork.com’s Casey Barrett

SwimNetwork.com says Bowman threatened to pull Phelps from future FINA events until suit ban in place

SwimNetwork.com thinks Phelps will get back on track at World Championships today in 200 butterfly

LA Times’ Lisa Dillman says Phelps could be man to force FINA’s hand on making suit changes

Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins says racing in Speedo suit makes Phelps ‘mortal’

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Bowman could pull Phelps from events in Stockholm, Berlin this year

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Biedermann wishes he would have gotten more credit for beating Phelps

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Biedermann ‘crushed’ Phelps in 200 free

USA Today’s Vicki Michaelis says Bowman thinks swimming ‘in shambles’ over suit issue

The AP says Phelps looking forward to ‘rematch’ with Biedermannsays Saratoga officials hoping to have Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra run

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening

Thoroughbred Times’ Steve Bailey says Borel thinks Monmouth ‘plays to strengths’ of Rachel Alexandra

Thoroughbred Times’ Steve Bailey says Derby winner Mine That Bird still ‘sharp’

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:says Ryan Pierce honored by USL-2

Examiner Jeff Hemelt

SOCCER:says Chelsea, AC Milan trained in Catonsville before World Football Challenge showdown at M&T Bank Stadium

UMBC Retrievers Official Site

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Looking forward to seeing Chris Tillman tonight. Don’t give him much of a chance against Zack Greinke; but looking forward to it.

-If a certain swimsuit helps you swim faster, why wouldn’t everyone just wear it? Does it inject steroids into your body? I understand Phelps’ loyalty to his sponsor; but why not just make a faster suit?

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

I’m not overly concerned about Michael Oher yet. I think Michael will be here by the end of the week, and will begin to work his way into the starting lineup by the first preseason game. I would really be surprised if he wasn’t here shortly.

That being said, I will continue to be concerned about the WR situation until the Ravens get effective WR play in regular season games. Biren Ealy is nothing more than a body; and I am in agreement with the fans who think the team needs to make an upgrade somehow. I am not going to back off my concerns here.

But GOD it is great to have football back.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says vets reporting to Training Camp Monday included McGahee, Clayton, Williams, Yanda, Terry, Rolle, Gregg, Landry, Barnes

Nestor Aparicio says Royals seeing hope by playing Orioles

Luke Jones says Ravens’ Newsome not interested in Vick

Nestor Aparicio says Ealy brings background issues to Baltimore

Patrick Staso remembers Bennett’s time in Charm City

Glenn Clark says WWE event tonight highlight of non-baseball week

Tom Clayton thinks Ravens should take chance with Matt Jones

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Rich Hill lasted just 2 1/3 innings in Birds’ loss to Royals

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Berken goes to hill tonight vs. Brian Bannister, Royals

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Trembley knows players dealing with uncertainty of Trade Deadline

Kansas City Royals Official Site’s Dick Kaegel says Billy Butler had 5 hits to pace Royals in win over O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Hill ‘apologized’ after loss, cited tendinitis as culprit for struggles

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Mora wants to stay with Birds

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley wouldn’t discuss Hill’s future after loss

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Birds will try to get Hill through waivers

Examiner Jay Trucker says Huff not helping team or himself right now

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says 15,000 at Camden Yards saw Royals top Birds

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Cla Meredith made first appearance at OPACY since being acquired from Padres

McClatchy Newspapers says Jones homered for Birds in loss

Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton says Robinson Tejeda picked up win in relief of Chen for KC

The Sports Network says “Mexicutioner” Soria pitched 9th for 16th save of season

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

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 25th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Michael Aubrey’s homer not enough for Tides in loss to Durham

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Matusz shut down Connecticut in win

Frederick Keys Official Site says Zach Britton shut down Salem in win

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Joe Mahoney scored run, drove in another in loss to Asheville

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Brian Sisk lost in relief as Ironbirds fell to Brooklyn

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Robert Bundy loser as Orioles fell to Princeton

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Steve Bumbry battling through early average struggles at Aberdeen

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Ryan Adams homered for Keys in win

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Chris Ray walked one, but gave up no runs or no hits in 1 inning of rehab assignment with Baysox

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Britton now 3-0 vs. Red Sox this season

Virginian-Pilot says David Pauley took loss as Tides fell to Bulls

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens waived Sypniewski

The Official Site says Harbaugh knows Oher ‘wants’ to be at Training Camp

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco talked to Mason, doesn’t know what decision he’ll make

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Barnes, Peerman first Ravens to arrive in Westminster

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh claims Ravens ‘excited’ about start of Camp

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens didn’t show interest Monday in WR’s Joe Horn, Amani Toomer, or DJ Hackett

The Sun’s Mike Preston doesn’t think Ravens will miss Leonhard

The Sun’s Mike Preston expects Mason to be back

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens could be willing to trade for ‘top-notch’ WR if Mason remains retired

The Sun’s Edward Lee says lack of first round picks signed hurting negotiations with Oher

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens added WR Biren Ealy

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens also cut practice squad OG Brian Johnson

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Flacco ‘has to be concerned’ about Mason

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Biren Ealy brings 1 career catch, 6 career yards to Baltimore

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs, Steelers’ Harrison could combine to make hell of a defender

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘falling behind’ at WR

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Oher’s negotiations should be easier than Bengals’ negotiations with Andre Smith

ESPN.com has Ravens 10th in power rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Friedgen thinks Terps ‘hungry’ to compete in ACC

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps now admitting to disappointment of last year’s Humanitarian Bowl appearance

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says James Franklin wants Chris Turner to ‘create’ more with feet

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Dion Armstrong not academically eligible yet

Washington Post’s Zach Berman says Terps received no first place votes in Atlantic Division balloting

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner playing role of ‘stabilizer’ for Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner thinks LaQuan Williams could be ‘crucial’ to offense

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dominique Herald, Bearthur Johnson missing from Terps’ roster

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph has dropped 95 pounds, down to 306

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps playing fairly easy non-division schedule

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich voted Baltz, Torrey Smith All-ACC

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps’ O-Line key to chances to defy preseason projections

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich rekindled fun rivalry with Ralph at ACC Media Day

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces incoming freshman QB C.J. Brown (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces incoming freshman OLB/DE Isaiah Ross (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles most recent commit Mario Rowson (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says DB Carroll thinks Don Brown bringing ‘excitement’ back to defense

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty says Carroll ‘isn’t worried’ about negative preseason prognostications for Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty caught up with guard Sean Mosley (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says TE Godlasky, LB Alex Butt to join Rob Ambrose at CAA Media Day tomorrow at ESPNZone

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says incoming OL Graham Vickers picked Navy over Army and Air Force for chance to play multiple positions

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird put in final workout before West Virginia Derby

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra worked Monday at Saratoga in preparation for Haskell Invitational

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says Mine That Bird went four furlongs at Mountaineer Race Track

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says trainer Steve Asmussen says Rachel Alexandra faces ‘tall task’ against Summer Bird, etc. at Haskell

SWIMMING:

SwimNetwork.com thinks Phelps will set new world record in 200m Free

Tribune Newspapers’ Lisa Dillman says Phelps appeared ‘agitated’ after watching Biedermann break record in high-tech swimsuit

Tribune Newspapers’ Lisa Dillman says Bowman, Phelps abandoning experiment with new stroke

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Cavic still believes he lost to Phelps in Olympics due to faulty technology

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ former QB Domres

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Bruce Chen, huh? Yeah, that’s about right.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA: Washington Mystics vs. Indiana Fever (Sunday 4pm Verizon Center), MLL: Washington Bayhawks vs. Chicago Machine (Saturday 7pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium), Depeche Mode (Tuesday 7:30pm Nissan Pavilion), Boxing: Friday Night Fights: Julio Diaz vs. Victor Manuel Cayo (Friday 8pm from Hollywood, FL live on ESPN2), Charles Huerta vs. Derrick Wilson (Thursday 10pm from Los Angeles live on VERSUS), ShoBox: Marvin Quintero vs. Tyrone Harris (Friday 11pm from Temecula, CA live on Showtime), Timothy Bradley vs. Nate Campbell (Saturday 9pm from Rancho Mirage, CA live on Showtime), X Games 15 (Thursday 9pm; Friday 8pm; Saturday 12pm; Sunday 1pm ESPN2, 3pm ABC from Los Angeles), CONCACAF Champions League: DC United vs. C.D. L.A. Firpo (Tuesday 8pm from RFK Stadium live on Fox Soccer Channel), MLS All-Star Game (Thursday 9:30pm from Sandy, UT live on ESPN2)

10-Silversun Pickups with Manchester Orchestra and Cage The Elephant (Monday 7pm Rams Head Live)

Even I think including this on my list makes me a tool. Jesus.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twL3ms4bjZk[/youtube]

That song really does kick ass though. And has been the one song used to advertise like very major event in the last 24 months. I feel like if I ever have an announcement that is even remotely interesting to anyone else; I will use this song. Like the time I finally come out and admit that I’m gainfully employed by the Baltimore Orioles as a secret operative to spy on Forrester’s every move.

You thought I was going a different way there, didn’t you? That’s childish. I’d never do anything like that. I thought you knew me better.

If you’re not familiar with Cage The Elephant, get bent. (Editor’s note: I certainly don’t mean that. Not everyone is perfect. Well, not everyone is as perfect as me…..Glenn “The Complete Package” Clark anyway.) Here’s their tune. Listen to it…..and then find a way to steal it on the internet. People who buy music are suckers.

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9-Harford County Farm Fair (Thursday-Sunday 10am from Bel Air Equestrian Center)

Boy THAT was almost awkward. Apparently THIS is a pig race…..

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I thought it was going to somehow involve a few of my high school girlfriends.

You should have seen the look on my face……

For the record, I would have gone with Brenda. She’s the one on the right…

fatgirl

Bachman is so turned on right now.

(Editor’s note: Please forward all complaints to complaints@wnst.net. Mike T will get back to you shortly.)

8-NASCAR Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 (Sunday 1pm from Pocono Raceway live on ESPN); IRL Meijer Indy 300 (Saturday 8pm from Kentucky Speedway live on VERSUS)

Is the Kentucky race on the IRL schedule just basically a home game for Dario Franchitti?

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I mean, Ashley Judd is like the first-tenth best thing to have ever come from that state. You can’t marry Ashley Judd and lose in Kentucky, can you?

7-Navy Football Media Day/Fanfest (Monday 4pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium), CAA Football Media Day (Wednesday 10am ESPNZone, streamed live at TowsonTigers.com)

On behalf of everyone, everywhere; I would like to personally thank Navy QB Ricky Dobbs for not being named Kaheaku-Enhada.

Anyone else wanna go down to Annapolis with me Monday and scream “Go Army” and run?

No one?

Okay, it’ll just be me I guess.

6-ATP: L.A. Tennis Open (Thursday 5pm Tennis Channel, 10:30pm ESPN2; Friday 3pm Tennis Channel, 11pm ESPN2; Saturday 4pm Tennis Channel, 11pm ESPN2; Sunday-FINAL-5pm live on ESPN2), WTA: Bank of the West Classic (Thursday 3pm ESPN2, 7pm Tennis Channel; Friday 7pm Tennis Channel; Saturday 7pm Tennis Channel, 9pm ESPN2; Sunday-FINAL-3pm ESPN2; all women’s tennis from Stanford University)

How in the hell is this person ranked 12th in the world and I have never creepily shot a peephole video of her heard of her?

tennis

You want to know what her name is? Her name is Whothehellcaresthere’sanotherhotchickplayingtenniskova.

(Editor’s note: Her name is reportedly Dominika Cibulkova. Like it matters.)

5-Golf: Buick Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS from Grand Blanc, MI); U.S. Senior Open (Thursday & Friday 1pm live on ESPN, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on NBC), Ricoh Women’s British Open (Thursday & Friday 10am live on TNT; Saturday 1:30pm, Sunday 1pm live on ABC; all ladies golf from Lancashire, England)

I happened to come across a memo sent from CBS Sports honcho Sean McManus this week in anticipation of this weekend’s Buick Open……

FROM THE DESK OF SEAN MCMANUS:
To: All Staff involved with Buick Open coverage
Re: Friday

To those of you covering the event this weekend. If on Friday you happen to notice that Tiger is flirting with the cut line; please somehow distract every golfer ahead of him on the leaderboard. If you have to hire that guy from Happy Gilmore to stand in the crowd and shout “You suck, Jackass!” every time Stewart Cink swings, we will foot the bill. Do NOT, I repeat do NOT allow this to go the wrong way. There’s no Watson there to bail us out, people.

4-Horse Racing: Haskell Invitational (Sunday 4:30pm from Monmouth Park live on TVG)

You think Calvin Borel is thinking about Rachel Alexandra’s showdown with Summer Bird and saying to himself “Thanks for waiting until now…….I mean, I only had a chance to win the Triple Crown……no big deal or anything.”

Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra battles Belmont winner Summer Bird in a showdown that will be seen by a handful of degenerates on TVG. But there’s nothing in the world wrong with Horse Racing, now is there?

I have absolutely no idea why I thought this would be a funny bit; but I Google image searched “Sexy Horse” in hopes of finding a good bit here. I found this……

horse

Takers?

3-FINA Swimming World Championships (Tuesday-Friday 12pm live on Universal Sports, Saturday & Sunday noon live on NBC; every stroke from Rome)

Mike Phelps already won the tough one; so if he doesn’t win every other race in this damn thing he’s pretty much a miserable failure who has never accomplished anything in his life. Well, I mean, other than winning 14 Olympic Gold Medals. But who the hell hasn’t done that? And oh yeah, this whole thing……

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(Editor’s note: I swear to God, if Michael Phelps doesn’t use “When in Rome” as a pickup line with some Italian chick this week; he’s out.)

2-Ravens Veterans Report to Training Camp (Wednesday; First practice with vets Friday 8:45am McDaniel College)

THANK GOD!!!!!! I HAVE BEEN WAITING ALL SUMMER TO FIND OUT HOW THIS GUY HAS BEEN DOING!!!!!!!

katula

Also, if the Ravens are still in the market for a WR; I believe this guy is still available……

fredex

Seriously; why in the hell would you NOT take a shot at Fred-Ex? Do you really think Biren Ealy is a better option????

1-WWE Smackdown Tapings (Tuesday 7pm First Mariner Arena, to air Friday 8pm on MyNetworkTV)

A lot of people think pro wrestling is nothing more than a male soap opera based on silly storylines, beefed up jocks, and bad jokes. But I would offer these classic moments of incredible competition as an example that the WWE is truly one of the great exercises in sport throughout the world.

For example, Kurt Angle vs. Shane McMahon at King of the Ring 2001…..

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Randy “Macho Man” Savage vs. Ricky “Dragon” Steamboat at Wrestlemania III…..

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Edge & Christian vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boys at Wrestlemania X-7….

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and of course, Trish Stratus vs. Stacy Keibler in a Bra and Panty mud match on WWE Raw…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbK8OvMQax0[/youtube]

Classic competition there.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…….

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 27 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

Does the Drew Bennett thing remind anyone else of Marcus Spears’ phantom signing in 2002? Spears agreed to a deal and then backed out the next day to sign a lesser deal in Kansas City.

Who was a Raven longer? Spears, Bennett, or Terrell Owens? Leon Searcy actually had more tenure than all of them.

What should the Ravens do now at WR? I still don’t think Plaxico Burress should be ignored, but he isn’t the answer. Of course, no one left on the scrap heap is the “answer”, but Amani Toomer and Marvin Harrison still look like the best options.

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Matt Jones, Reggie Williams, Marvin Harrison, Joe Horn, Plaxico Burress, Ashley Lelie could all be WR options for Ravens with Bennett gone

Luke Jones says Flacco needs to take ‘next step’ this season

Drew Forrester reminds us he said Tillman would make start this week

Glenn Clark says Onyewu best part of World Football Challenge

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Hernandez went career high 7 innings in win over Red Sox

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Rich Hill goes to hill tonight for Birds vs. Bruce Chen, Royals

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says despite Guthrie’s success with Zaun, Trembley will still pair him with Wieters

Red Sox Official Site’s John Barone says Smoltz hit hard as Birds topped BoSox

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 37,606 at Fenway Park saw Sox top Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says ‘best guy’ Markakis succeeded hitting cleanup for O’s

The Sun says Birds have had success when returning home to Camden Yards

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Royals come to Baltimore struggling mightily

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Hernandez has put together back to back good starts at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park

The AP says Birds won despite Andino going 0-4 with 3 strikeouts

Washington Times’ Harrison Goodman says former Oriole Alomar amongst best newcomers with Hall of Fame candidacy next year

Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin says Francona sticking with Smoltz despite struggles

Boston Herald’s John Tomase says Hernandez recorded 21 fly ball outs in win

Providence Journal’s Robert Lee says Lowrie, Pedroia had only RBI for Sox in loss

Worcester Telegram’s Bill Ballou says Youkilis, Ortiz, Bay all went 0-4 in loss

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Sarfate loser in relief as Durham topped Norfolk

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Tim Bascom tough luck loser as Baysox fell to Reading

Frederick Keys Official Site says Sean Gleason hit hard as Lynchburg beat Frederick

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Kolodny lead Shorebirds with 4 hits in win over Asheville

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Haughian winner as Ironbirds topped Hudson Valley

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Corey Thomas paced Orioles offensively in win over Danville

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Eddie Gamboa picked up Game 1 win in relief as Keys topped Hillcats

Virginian-Pilot says Chad Moeller had 2RBI for Tides in loss to Bulls

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says new WR Drew Bennett retired unexpectedly

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Bennett cited knee injury in decision to retire

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Mason situation will be ‘distraction’ while Ravens at Training Camp

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens like Kruger’s ‘aggressiveness’

The Sun says Kruger comes from athletic background

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Westminster to blossom again during Training Camp

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens again left with just Clayton, Williams, Smith, Washington at WR

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says L.J. Smith trying to ‘regain form’ after battling injuries

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Bennett finishes 8 year NFL career with 307 catches, 4,412 yards

SI’s Peter King thinks Ravens should sign Toomer

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Rice should give McGahee ‘serious challenge’ at RB

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Bennett thanked Harbaugh, Cameron, Newsome in retirement statement

ESPN.com’s James Walker wonders if Bennett’s retirement will affect Mason’s decision

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Chris Turner, Nolan Carroll participated in ACC Media Day Sunday

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Carroll becoming ‘leader’ on defense

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps won’t run print media guide this season

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Turner interned for congressman Steny Hoyer

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Chris Turner has been interning on Capitol Hill

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says CB Nolan Carroll ‘prefers’ Don Brown’s style to Cosh’s

Washington Post’s Gene Wang says Turner ‘comfortable and confident’ with Torrey Smith

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps looking for ‘consistency’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Bruce Campbell listed as starter at LT despite academic issues

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says scrapping media guide ‘cost cutting’ measure for Terps in bad economy

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picked Terps 5th in preseason Atlantic Division ballot

Inside MD Sports’ Jeff Ermann says Terps going after Good Counsel DE prospect Vincent Croce

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Turner offers ‘no excuses’ for Terps’ offense to not succeed this season

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids says Wyatt Middleton showing himself to be ‘leader’ of defense (must subscribe)

UMBC BASKETBALL:

Examiner Alexander Pyles says former Retriever Ray Barbosa having success in Puerto Rico

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Mike Farrell says Belmont winner Summer Bird put in final work Sunday for Haskell Invitational

Thoroughbred Times says Desormeaux was on board Summer Bird for Sunday breeze

SWIMMING:

SwimNetwork.com says Phelps’ team pulls off stunning upset over France in relay at World Championships

The AP’s Andrew Dampf says Biedermann put up faster time than Phelps in 200 free trials

Tribune Newspapers’ Lisa Dillman says Team USA won relay even without Lezak

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Phelps not particularly impressive in first leg of relay

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Phelps thinks swimming ‘will be swimming again’ after changes to suit

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Palace kept ‘slim playoff hopes alive’ with draw Saturday

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Happy Birthday to our friend Rick in Reisterstown! This is the last week for his suspension, and I can’t wait to have him back.

-Bruce Chen was actually one of the better guys to be around. Plus, he REALLY enjoyed being a part of the World Baseball Classic. There had to be one, right?

-Just make Gregg Zaun the personal catcher for Jeremy Guthrie already. Clearly it works.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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