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Tejada continues hot hitting for Norfolk in win

Posted on 27 May 2012 by WNST Staff

Durham plated two unearned runs in the top of the 10th inning, sending Norfolk to a 3-1 loss Sunday afternoon at Harbor Park.

With the score tied 1-1, Henry Wrigley opened up the 10th frame with a grounder to third base, but Miguel Tejada short-hopped his throw into the dugout, allowing Wrigley to advance to second. One out later, Reid Brignac plated pinch-runner Shawn O’Malley with a single to right off of Jon Link (0-2), giving the Bulls the lead. Former Tide Jeff Salazar later added a single to left-center to plate Brignac, extending Durham’s lead to 3-1.

Norfolk starter Jason Berken was extremely effective, but once again was left searching for his first victory of 2012. Berken, who entered the contest ranked 6th in the IL with a 2.50 ERA, allowed three hits and two walks while striking out five in seven shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 2.12.

Sunday was the third time this season that Berken left a game with a lead, only to see the opponents rally against Norfolk’s bullpen.

The Tides scored their only run of the contest in the seventh inning, as Joe Mahoney led off the frame with a walk and scored on a two-out triple by Blake Davis.

Tejada finished 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch in the contest, and he’s now hitting .375 in seven games since joining Norfolk.

Hideki Matsui had a single in four plate appearances for the Bulls.

The Tides travel to Pawtucket on Monday to start a four-game set with the Red Sox. Zach Clark will be making his first start for Norfolk since being promoted from Double-A Bowie, and he’ll be opposed by right-hander Doug Mathis (3-2, 4.23). First pitch is slated for 4:05.

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I hope contract helps Jones keep Birds accountable

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I hope contract helps Jones keep Birds accountable

Posted on 27 May 2012 by Glenn Clark

I’ve already used both space on Twitter (@WNST, @GlennClarkWNST) and on AM1570 WNST.net to opine about the significance of the Baltimore Orioles giving CF Adam Jones the richest contract in franchise history.

We now finally know all of the details and Jones is set to discuss those details Sunday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

I won’t be attending Sunday’s press conference. I would, but our WNST.net Ballpark reporter Luke Jones has been denied the right to ask questions at previous press conferences and I don’t want to run the risk of causing a scene at what should almost certainly be a day of celebration.

Adam Jones’ contract extension is as much an event to celebrate as almost anything we’ve seen in the last 15 years of baseball in Charm City. The Birds have perhaps addressed both their present and their future and made a major statement about their willingness to do things differently than they have for more than decade while losing many more games than they won.

I’m aware Jones perhaps took a hometown discount in signing the contract a season and a half shy of free agency. I’m aware the team still appears to need more pitching than they currently have to be an annual contender. I’m aware that the team now needs to shift attention to catcher Matt Wieters when it comes to contracts.

There was something bigger than jumped out at me though.

As I was given more time to dissect what Jones’ deal really means, I thought back to December 1997. For O’s fans around my age, Brady Anderson was about the coolest thing to ever happen to the Orange & Black. He had young female fans worship him and young male fans…well…basically worship him. He had it all. Sideburns, muscles, personality, charm, speed, defense and an amazing 50 home run season.

(I didn’t mention anything about performance enhancing drugs. You do what you want there.)

After Anderson’s 50 home run campaign in 1996 and the Orioles’ run to the ALCS in ’97, young fans like myself lived in fear of waking up one morning to be informed that Anderson had signed a major deal with the New York Yankees or Atlanta Braves or Cleveland Indians.

Anderson was certainly not the commodity at 34 that Jones would have been had he reached free agency at 28, but he still had market interest. He ultimately passed on shorter deals with more per season to accept five years and $31 million from Peter Angelos and the Orioles. Anderson’s best seasons were clearly behind him, but it still meant quite a bit for the franchise to make the move.

I also thought back to January of 2009, when Andy MacPhail locked up OF Nick Markakis for six years and $66 million, the richest contract extension the franchise had given to a player until Jones’ deal. (SS Miguel Tejada had received the overall most lucrative contract in team history until Jones.) While certainly not reaching superstar status, Markakis has given the Birds stellar defense and a mostly consistent bat.

But beyond the significant contracts, there is a more important similarity between the two players whose time has spanned much of the team’s “Rock Bottom Era.” The issue is that neither player was able to use his major contract to help keep the team accountable.

A baseball player with a rich contract is in a unique situation with the franchise paying the deal. Because the money is guaranteed, the player has the right to get away with certain things a player in another league might not be able to. In the case of the Orioles, they’ve really needed a player who has been willing to stand up and say “we need better” as the team suffered through losing seasons after losing season.

Allow me to be fair to the two players involved. Anderson was only part of the club at the very beginning of their lean years, and the team was still making at least some attempts to improve by bringing in the likes of Albert Belle and others. (Anderson however has become a well known defender of the Angelos regime in recent years, which has helped him find his way back into the organization.) Markakis has never been much of a vocal type, but he did publicly question the direction of the organization. His participated in a dinner with Angelos that season to discuss those very issues.

Perhaps there is an argument to be made that Markakis’ 2010 outburst DID lead to accountability, as two years later the Orioles have shown themselves (at least for two months) to be one of the better teams in baseball.

But moving forward, I hope it’s a role that suits Jones well. I hope the fire, drive, passion and determination to win that have made Jones an emotional figure in recent years will translate both on field and off. I hope that if the Birds make questionable decisions, he’ll call them out for them. It doesn’t need to be something he does publicly, just a statement made privately from the player slated to receive more money during his tenure than any Oriole before.

I hope Jones embraces not only the responsibilities of an on field leader and star, but as a bit of a caretaker for an organization that has so desperately lacked the right man for the role. I hope he puts pressure on the organization to make the moves necessary to stay in contention every season. I hope he never takes the easy way out and thinks “Mr. Angelos (or insert future owner’s name here) has made me a rich man. It’s not my place to stand up to him.”

I feel as though Jones can be a significant part of the solution for the Orioles. I hope he’s up for everything that comes along with the task.

-G

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Orioles circa 2010: We know they’ll lie, but will they lie down again?

Posted on 06 April 2010 by Nestor Aparicio

I know, I’m like a freaking broken record. Every year I write about how I’ve wrongfully had my media pass revoked and every year the Orioles make up some more lies to justify all of their mean-spiritedness and lack of professionalism. It’s Opening Day, I’ve again been deemed “not a media member” but that’s just the “off the field” stuff.

On the field, the word “improvement” has been thrown around all offseason in regard to the Orioles. As I’ve said many times, when you lose 98 games it’s hard NOT to improve the following season. It can’t get much worse, really.

As sickening as it is that I’ve taken a myriad of phone calls, emails and correspondence wondering “if the Orioles can win 78 games” – as though this disgracefully low bar somehow passes for “improvement” – I am officially one of the optimistic orange Kool Aid drinkers circa April 5th regarding the 2010 season.

It is my belief that this is the best team the Orioles have fielded this century. In 2004, the Orioles “best” performance was indeed 78 wins. Las Vegas has the 2010 Orioles over/under at 74 ½. If I were a betting man, I’d honestly take the “over” for the 2010 Orioles.

But this might be the year they finally prove they were right all along over these past 13 years of “rebuilding” and buying the bats and growing the arms.

Apparently, 78 wins will get a number of people here in Baltimore excited. At least that’s what people think until they realize that even that lofty “goal” would still be 25 games out of first place in AL East and the season would once again be effectively over right around June 20.

People have asked me every day for a month: “What do you think of the Orioles?”

My answer: “It begins with Kevin Millwood.”

Millwood is an unwitting victim of the wrong end of a big contract and the overlooking of putting Baltimore on his “not to visit” list when he inked his last contract in Texas. But, alas, he’s here now and needs to selfishly pitch well, even in MLB’s version of Siberia. He can set the tone with a big effort tonight in Tampa Bay.

It was different when guys like Scott Erickson and Sidney Ponson were poisoning the next generation of Erik Bedard’s with their antics of bush-league, lack of professionalism. Millwood needs to be the “anti-aging” Orioles starting pitcher. He needs to be more like Rick Sutcliffe and less like the aforementioned bunch of vermin who spread their foul temperament and antics through the franchise like baseball’s version of a clubhouse cancer.

I’m not sure what kind of guy Millwood is – and again, therein lies the Orioles ability to unlawfully deny me a chance to do my job after all of these years – but I hope he acclimates, pitches well and leads by example for kids like Brian Matusz, Brad Bergesen and Chris Tillman, who seem like the real thing.

Matusz might win 15 games this year if he stays healthy. And while that certainly IS progress, it’s not really much different than what Rodrigo Lopez and Eric Bedard both did twice in orange en route to meaningless, forgettable seasons for the Orioles.

But, as stated before, I’m bullish on the Orioles in 2010 in regard to “progress.” I think they might be OK and quite competitive against teams not named New York and Boston — if pieces fall into place and if good health can be found.

If the starting pitching can get them to the 6th or 7th inning five nights a week, that will allow for a more rested bullpen and a real chance for .500.

I’m sold on Miguel Tejada as a relevant third baseman in the AL East. I think he’ll hit .300 and be an RBI machine like he’s always been. He might be 50 years old for all we know, but I think he’ll be the least of the Orioles concerns at this point in his career. He’s coming as a complimentary player not the leader and “franchise” guy he was counted on to be six years ago. His lies, transgressions and B-12 shots will not even be a factor this summer in Baltimore.

Of course, this would be a good year for SOMEONE to step up and be the REAL franchise player.

Is it Nick Markakis, who is quietly putting together a nice Orioles career?

Or could it be Adam Jones, whose Tweets are fun to follow when he’s not up all night in San Diego?

Or will it be Matt Wieters, whose hype seemed justified over the final two months of 2009 when it appeared he was ready to become a star?

At least there are several All Star Game candidates in orange this summer. It’s not another summer of David Segui, B.J. Surhoff and Gregg Zaun playing out their late 30′s at Camden Yards.

I’m not a Dave Trembley fan – the team tanked and quit down the stretch last year and each of those 98 losses were well-earned late last summer. Again, when the owner is the cheapest in the game and when Trembley will manage for 1/10th of what the best managers in MLB yield for a salary, I get what the team is doing.

They’re making money. They’re hoping these kids pan out and selling it to what’s left of a tortured fan base and using their media moles to “plant the seed” of hope. At least they can say they “were patient” while Andy MacPhail built what this cake turns out to be circa 2013, when it allegedly will mature. (They’re always two years away from competing with the Yankees and Red Sox, aren’t they?)

So, are the baby Birds ready to fly? Can the team be relevant enough to compete through the All Star break without falling 15 games behind Boston and/or New York?

We’ll see. But for the first time in a long time, they can legitimately threaten to be a .500 team if they stay healthy and have some key young prospects step up the way the insider pundits around the sport believe they will.

If Matusz is real?

If Wieters is real?

If Adam Jones can improve?

If Nick Markakis can remain consistent?

If Brian Roberts’ back can stay healthy?

If all of the young starters can get to the 7th inning with consistency?

If Tejada still has it?

And this is before we start projecting the likes of Jeremy Guthrie, Garrett Atkins, Luke Scott, Felix Pie and Nolan Reimond, who are all a literal box of chocolates. Does anyone really know what any of these guys will wind up doing come mid-summer? And what does anyone know about the bullpen, led by Mike Gonzalez?

Again – it’s the worst run franchise in professional sports. It’s not even close. That much has been borne out in living color over the past 13 summers. That will never change, even if Brooks Robinson is throwing out the first pitch on Friday. They are the worst group of people I’ve met in my 42 years on the planet — pure evil in their deeds, intents and actions.

But, perhaps this is the summer that all of their bloody deeds since 1997 are justified and they get people in Baltimore truly excited and energized about baseball.

If Tampa Bay could do it two years ago there’s no reason to believe the likes of Matusz, Wieters, Reimold, Bergesen, Tillman and company can’t step up to become very productive, young major leaguers and all hit their stride this summer.

It’s certainly a lot more possible than during the era of Omar Daal, Marty Cordova and Kevin Millar or any of the past sins of Peter Angelos’ ugly stewardship as the suddenly disappearing owner.

My real prediction: 78 wins.

I don’t think they can be above .500 with 54 games coming in the division against New York, Boston and Tampa Bay. But I think they will certainly be far better and more interesting on the field than we’ve seen here in Baltimore over the last 13 years.

But given the history, let’s all sip the orange Kool Aid one ounce at a time…

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O’s Sharpen the Corners

Posted on 25 January 2010 by dansoderberg

The Orioles went into the off-season needing major upgrades on the infield corners. The team finished last season with journeyman Michael Aubrey at 1st base and the punchless Melvin Mora and Ty Wiggington sharing time at 3rd. My fear was that Andy MacPhail would pay lip service to improving on the corners only to come up short leaving O’s fans to suffer through a thousand at bats from Aubrey and Wiggington.

MacPhail has gone out and put his money where his mouth is this Winter. Miguel Tejada and Garrett Atkins are massive offensive upgrades and should provide potent bats for the middle of the 2010 order. The signings also allow the team to continue batting Adam Jones in the #2 hole and Wieters and Reimold in the bottom third.

I know not everyone is thrilled with the signings. People wanted the team to go out and trade for Adrian Gonzalez or Prince Fielder, or sign Matt Holliday. I would’ve been all for such a deal, but neither Gonzalez nor Fielder have been dealt and Holliday signed a deal with St. Louis that another team didn’t come within $40 million of matching. I would’ve preferred Adam LaRoche at 1st with either Atkins or Tejada at 3rd, but any way you slice it the team is better today than it was when the season ended. Of course coming off a 64 win season the only place to go is up…we hope.

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From Shortstop to Stop Gap

Posted on 20 January 2010 by dansoderberg

With Spring Training just weeks away it’s looking like Miguel Tejada may be the Orioles last, best option at third base this season. The offseason started with such promise after the team traded for Kevin Millwood and signed Garrett Atkins and Mike Gonzalez within a few days. Those are significant additions to the roster, but the team is still sorely lacking a proven corner infielder.

Andy MacPhail stated earlier this week that he prefers to play Garrett Atkins at first base rather than third. That’s good news because it means that career minor leaguer Michael Aubrey most likely will not be the Opening Day first baseman. On the other hand it means the Birds need to find an everyday third baseman, all apologies to Ty Wiggington.

Former Oriole Miguel Tejada and former Twin Joe Crede are just about all that’s left of the free agent third basemen. Crede is the better defensive player, but he’s battled back injuries and has only played 234 games over the past 3 seasons. Signing Crede would most likely result in an early callup for prospect Josh Bell.

That brings us to Tejada. MacPhail dealt Tejada to the Astros after the 2007 season for 5 players, most notably Luke Scott. Tejada’s time in Baltimore was filled with run production and steroid controversy. I’m willing to overlook the steroid talk. The team signed admitted steroid user Brian Roberts to a $40 million so I doubt they’d take a moral stand at bringing back Tejada. Also, Tejada is still remarkably productive. He knocked in 86 runs and hit 46 doubles last year while playing 158 games. He’d fit perfectly in the #6 spot in the order behind Luke Scott and in front of Matt Wieters. I’m on board. Bring back Miggy on a one year deal with a club option.

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15-7-0

Posted on 31 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

You get props:

1-Joe Flacco and Derrick Mason

Yeah, they’re pretty good. Maybe not Brandon Marshall good; but pretty damn good nonetheless. (Editor’s note: LOL!)

On a side note, my birthday is next Sunday. As you’re sitting there thinking to yourself, “Geez, I haven’t even asked Glenn what he wants for his birthday!”, I say “fear not! I have a suggestion”…..

flacco

The real one has better eyebrows.

2-Jason Berken, Andy Marte, and Brian Matusz

I have been waiting an ENTIRE SEASON to put Jason Berken on this list. Thank GOD I was finally able to.

In other Orioles news this weekend, Joey Gathright was traded to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later. This would be more interesting, but sadly the player to be named will likely be no more talented than this man…..

fallon

(Editor’s note: Could NBC have been pumping Jay Leno any harder during the Bears/Broncos game Sunday night? And how could they have made a promo out of his “Headlines” bit that wasn’t even a LITTLE bit funny?)

3-Antonio Nogueira

Minotauro was pretty dominant in what was a DAMN good fight out in Portland, OR. For the record, most 46 year olds don’t look like Randy Couture…..

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Christ, I’m only about to turn 26 and I look more like Ray Bachman (pictured below) than Couture…..

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4-Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, James Farrior, and Mark Sanchez

In other NFL News this weekend, Fantasy Football owners worldwide are breathing easier after hearing that Tom Brady’s shoulder is not seriously injured.

When reached for comment regarding the good news on Brady, Jets coach Rex Ryan is rumored to have said “Good, I hope Tom Brady is gonna play. What the hell has he ever done in this league? I know this much, he hasn’t won a single AFC East title since I’ve been in the division.”

5-Pedro Beato, Caleb Joseph, and Nick Haughian

Unfortunately, the Norfolk Tides, Delmarva Shorebirds, and Bluefield Orioles combined to win no games over the weekend.

Which is actually more remarkable, seeing as how a lot of organizations really struggle to use their minor league teams to appropriately prepare for what to expect at the big league level.

(Editor’s note: I apologize, that’s the 2nd time I’ve made a joke like that. But it’s a pretty funny bit. Even Melewski would have to admit that. But he’s probably too busy preparing for the playof……..OH MY GOD I TRIED BUT I COULDN’T STOP LAUGHING I’M SORRY!)

6-Fernando Verdasco and Caroline Wozniacki

Also happening last week at the Pilot Pen, Sam Querrey locked up the US Open Series Championship. Which means I owe the sport of Golf an apology, as there apparently IS a Championship less interesting than the FedEx Cup.

The US Open starts this week. Which means we’ll get to see more of the Bondarenko sisters……

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7-NFL Films

If you watched WBAL11′s pregame coverage of Ravens-Panthers Saturday night; you probably saw the 2008 Ravens Yearbook from NFL Films that aired before Pete Gilbert & Qadry Ismail’s pregame show. If you did, you may have spent at least part of the hour before the game crying. I know damn well I did…….especially when they showed OJ Brigance’s speech following the win over the Jaguars that clinched the Wild Card berth.

I don’t have the video; but this highlight package is a nice appetizer. Scott Graham may not be Harry Kalas, but the combination of Graham and Steve Sabol’s team…..you know the results. Well worth whatever you’d have to pay for the DVD.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFXXH8d3UUE[/youtube]

8-Zack Greinke, Paul Byrd, Sergio Mitre, Scott Feldman, Jon Garland, Ryan Howard, Tim Lincecum and Kendry Morales

Elsewhere in baseball this weekend, Mark Teixeira moved past the 100 RBI mark for the season as the Yankees beat the White Sox Sunday.

If you haven’t heard the perverted calls of Yankees Play by Play voice John Sterling; here’s a Youtube clip of Mike Francesca listening to them. (Editor’s note: ?)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdW-vrJSCS4[/youtube]

I swear to God I hate EVERYTHING about this. Not only does this clown say “Swishalicious” when Nick Swisher homers, he says “It’s a Johnny Rocket” when Johnny Damon homers.

Christ. It is an embarrassment to say that this clown used to call Baltimore Bullets and Morgan State games.

Back to Tex, 101 RBI-huh? Good thing the Orioles didn’t make a legitimate offer……

9-Tim James

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Kudos to Dan Le Batard for writing about James. I will admit I have always been particularly inspired by Pat Tillman; and spent a lot of my time in Arizona working with the Pat Tillman Foundation. I had no idea Tim James was serving in the Army over in Iraq; and I think this is an awesome story.

Nothing funny here. Tim James kicks ass. I am spending my evening posting hot pictures of the Bondarenko sisters online. He’s spending his evening trying to keep our country safe. I’m a clown.

10-Chris Turner, Phil Costa, Nolan Carroll and Adrian Moten

The closest I came to being named Captain of a football team was on our Club Team at UMBC; where I was named “Fattest Guy on the Team.”

Of course, my club career in Catonsville nearly resulted in a Championship. This is a good story. A local website picked our team (which we appropriately nicknamed “The Bums”) to lose in the Final; and so I (clearly inspired by the upstart Bears team of that season), prepared a whiteboard message saying “Do They Still Doubt Us?”

I broke out an inspirational speech before the game, and unleashed the whiteboard. When our team was up by 10 at the half; I failed everyone by not having anything else prepared.

We were of course railroaded in the 2nd half; but received nice beer glasses for our efforts. I’ve always felt as though I’ve never let anyone down more in my life than I did that day by not preparing a halftime speech.

Do I still have any time left, or should I get off the couch Doc?

11-The Stars and Stripes

Was it weird that during Sunday’s Little League World Series final, I was so overcome with patriotism that I actually started shouting “Kill him! Kill him! MURDER HIM!” at the TV?

Okay, that’s a joke. I would never do such a thing It’s a kids’ game, for god sakes.

I could sit here and tell you more about a LLWS game, or I could give you another clip from The Sandlot. That’s what I thought. As a reminder before I leave, America kicks ass. Your countries are stupid*.

(*Not Italy. Italy is awesome.)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACXta-oH1lU[/youtube]

12-Juan Urango

I’d love to tell you about this boxing match from Friday night, but then I’d have to have watched boxing. Since boxing died years ago, I certainly did not.

Here’s a video of Floyd Mayweather training Vince McMahon backstage on WWE’s Monday Night Raw this past week, which is the most interesting thing that’s happened in boxing in the last 10 years or so.

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

13-Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman

18 points and 10 boards for Langhorne, 11 points for Coleman in a win for the Washington Mystics Sunday. I can’t believe I’m writing about the WNBA, but a Terp’s a Terp.

While we’re on the subject; here’s a gift for Forrester. I’m a thoughtful person.

shay

14-Richard Branson

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Full disclosure here. I had tickets to Virgin Mobile FreeFest Sunday; and those tickets are still sitting on my desk. My cousin’s future husband had his bachelor party Sunday, and that took precedence. Plus, the lineup of Blink 182 & Weezer (no thanks), Jet (seen ‘em once with Oasis), Franz Ferdinand (saw them at HFStival), and Public Enemy (I WOULD have liked to have seen them actually) didn’t inspire me all that much.

But the thing is; 35,000 people were at Merriweather Sunday, meaning this state’s economy was once again fortified by a major concert sponsored by Branson and Virgin Mobile. You know what that means? It means Branson KICKS ASS.

(Editor’s note: Apparently Oasis broke up again Friday because Noel and Liam Gallagher just absolutely CANNOT stop trying to kill each other. The Black Crowes were at Rams Head Live Sunday night, where Chris and Rich Robinson were quoted as saying “those guys should really look into family counseling. If you’re going to be in a band with your brother, you should really get along like we do!”)

15-Nachos

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God is there anything in the world greater than nachos? You can put anything on them. They’re freaking WONDERFUL. You want chicken, beef, crab meat, jalapenos, onions, salsa, etc? I say yes to “all of the above.”

You think there’s a chance I could convince the people at Chick-Fil-A to start serving nachos?

You got lucky……

1-Heath Slocum, Loren Roberts, and M.J. Hur

As I told Forrester Sunday night after Slocum won The Barclays; it is NOT a good thing for some zero to beat Tiger Woods at the end of a golf tournament…….again. Might be good for the 2-3 nerds who would enjoy watching golf anyway; but not for someone like me, who might actually have a life. Key word there is “might.”

And for the record, I prefer Loren’s cousin Julia…..

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2-Dominican Baseball Players

Did anyone who read this story think to themselves: “That can’t be right, there’s no way a guy like Miguel Tejada did something like this.”

Didn’t think so.

(Editor’s note: I was going to say we didn’t miss him, but who are we kidding. Our team sucks and he can actually play.)

3-Carl Edwards and Ryan Briscoe

In racing news that is SIGNIFICANTLY more interesting than anything I can tell you about NASCAR or the IRL, Danica Patrick will not confirm that she will be participating in ESPN’s upcoming “Nude” magazine.

(Editor’s note: Apparently “nude” actually means a celebration of the athletic body. Thanks Deadspin for really killing all of my possible excitement about this “Body Issue.” Also, thanks for another sexual innuendo I can use next weekend. “Hey baby, why don’t you come back to my place and celebrate my athletic body.”)

Thanks also to Deadspin for linking this photo with their tip…..

danica

4-Andre Smith

This is good again. I can break down Smith’s contract with the Bengals; or we can watch the video from Andre Smith’s Pro Day.

As a reminder, this video may actually be NSFW.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF2nYd2NOys[/youtube]

5-Ohio State fans

I think Rich Rodriguez sucks too; so I’ll enjoy this as much as you will. Here’s another gift from me to you. I won’t be so generous next week; I hope Navy kicks your ass.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouZxOa7kSv4[/youtube]

6-Manchester United

I actually love the fact that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger tried to watch the end of the match from the crowd after being thrown out. I heard a rumor that after it didn’t work, he was going to try the Bobby Valentine approach……

bobby

7-Anyone who hasn’t heard “I’ve Got a Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas so many times they want to rip their car radio out of the dash panel

This might be the one to set you off……

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

I’ll make a call next weekend; but I think this MIGHT beat out Maino for Official Summer Jam. Mazel Tov!

You’re a zero…..

Summer Ending

For the younger 15-7-0 readers who go back to school today, I feel for you. Last night was the worst night of the year. Totally understood.

Also to those readers, the next time Uncle Glenn asks you to bring him a “Blue Moon Cola”, please make sure to remember NOT to drink any of it before bringing it to him.

If I can TRY to brighten your day, remember that you’ll spend most of it just writing your name, and MAYBE, just MAYBE, this will happen today……

teacher

-G

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The Wednesday Morning CMS Top-5: ‘Best Sports Atmospheres’

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The Wednesday Morning CMS Top-5: ‘Best Sports Atmospheres’

Posted on 04 March 2009 by Chris Bonetti

Welcome back for another edition of the Wednesday Morning CMS Top-5.

Today the topic was what has been the best environment you’ve ever seen sports live in.  Historic Stadiums, great games, wild crowds, all factors to be considered.  Simple subject, let’s see what CMS Host Drew Forrester and CMS Producer Glenn Clark had to say.

Wonderboy:

5.  League Championship Series Baseball

4.  The Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, Coney Island, New York

3.  University of Maryland @ John’s Hopkins, Men’s Lacrosse on a Friday Night at Homewood Field in Baltimore, Maryland

2.  UFC/Boxing World Championship Title Bout, Vas Vegas, Nevada

1.  A major January 1st College Football Bowl Game

As usual, Drew’s was a little different, he even gave a bonus pick!

BONUS:  August 31, 2005 – Dodger Stadium.  Derek Lowe gets the win in a complete game shutout allowing just 1 hit… in a Brooklyn Dodger uniform nonetheless… throwback unis only make the feel of the game a little retro and different.

5.  April 27, 2002 – Fenway Park, Boston Massachusetts.  Derek Lowe pitches a No-Hitter against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

4.  Spring 1990 – Edsel Ford High School Field, Dearborn, Michigan.  Derek Lowe throws his first scholastic no-hitter as a senior.

3.  October 1, 2008 – Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois.  Derek Lowe gets a Game 1 win over the Cubbies in the NLDS pitching 6 innings, and striking out 6 as well.

2.  October 6, 2003 – Network Associates Stadium, Oakland, California.  Derek Lowe picks up a save in the deciding Game 5 of the ALDS for the Red Rox advancing his team to the American League Championship Series… he also ‘disrespected’ Miggy Tejada by grabbing hit crutch in celebration after the striking out the final batter.  Pretty funny stuff.

1.  October 20, 2004 – Yankee Stadium, New York, New York.  Derek Lowe takes the ball in Game 7 for the Red Sox and after 6 inning giving up just 1 earned he led the way to the ’04 World Series and a baseball championship in Boston since 1918.

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 13 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

Virginia Tech 74, Maryland 67

I have a bad feeling this will be another one where the Terps jump out to a 14 point lead but struggle in the 2nd half. They just don’t shoot well enough to finish the games off against better teams.

Drexel 70, Towson 58

Bruiser Flint’s Dragons are just a MUCH better team; amongst the best in the CAA.

UMBC 68, Hartford 60

On the flip side, Randy Monroe’s Retrievers are just a MUCH better team than the Hawks.

Morgan State 78, Florida A&M 65

Once again (is this redundant?), Todd Bozeman’s Bears are just a better team than the Rattlers

Coppin State 64, Bethune-Cookman 57

The Eagles are peaking. Tywain McKee is no longer the only option.

Iona 67, Loyola 62

Sadly, the Greyhounds are due for a home clunker. Unfortunately, this one is on national TV.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Ray Bachman would be okay with Suggs and Peppers in purple but 52 not (he also doesn’t enjoy pineapple pizza. Is he a communist?)

Drew Forrester not ‘Anti-Oriole’

Nestor Aparicio says Post piling on Gary

Casey Willett says losing Millar hurts Birds’ locker room

Chris Bonetti wonders if Phelps REALLY sorry

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Mora, Roberts, Huff, Baez, Walker could be entering final season in Baltimore

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says MacPhail thinks Orioles ‘on right track’

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. thinks Mickolio will start season at Norfolk, be amongst first relievers promoted

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Alomar ‘seemed like big, immature kid’ while playing for Birds

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker says rounding out rotation biggest issue facing Birds entering Spring Training

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says O’s had ‘too many outfielders’ to pursue Dunn

ESPN.com’s Buster Olney says Tejada another example of player who DOESN’T take responsibility

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy remembers best passing plays of ’08 season

The Examiner’s Tony Wisniewski says former Raven Woodson thinks 52 gone if he reaches open market

The Examiner’s Tony Wisniewski says going to Cowboys would hurt Ray’s legacy

ESPN.com Football Outsiders’ Mike Tanier says Ravens ‘must’ keep LB’s (must subscribe)

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Lewis ‘could take control’ of Cowboys’ locker room

ESPN.com’s James Walker fine with Ravens having more defensive players in Pro Bowl than Steelers

ESPN.com’s James Walker says signing own players biggest issue facing Ravens

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Tucker turning season around

The Sun’s Jeff Barker reports Gary very involved in recruitment of Jordan Williams

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Va Tech game another ‘must win’ for Terps

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Comcast Center not only ACC arena that hasn’t reached full capacity

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda and Eric Prisbell say Gary not willing to play new recruiting ‘game’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Gary might have to ‘bend’ rules in recruiting without breaking them

DC Examiner’s Craig Stouffer says Towson Catholic’s Delaney helping Hokies succeed

ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach says Terps, Hokies might both need win tomorrow

ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach says Terps in danger of being ‘eliminated from at-large discussion altogether’

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem scouts Montrose Christian prospects (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The AP says Coleman scores season high 28 as Terps beat Cavs

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Coleman passes Bullett for 2nd on all-time scoring list

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps avenge earlier loss in Charlottesville

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Toliver chips in 25 in win over Cavaliers

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Terps open season at Cal

The Official Site offers complete 2009 football schedule

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps close season again with Florida State and Boston College

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps have no ESPN Thursday night games

The Examiner’s Tony Wisniewski says Cal only non-conference road game on Terps’ schedule

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Terps after Old Mill LB/RB Josh Furman

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps open ACC season against Clemson Oct. 3

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Yeatman ‘wants’ to play football as well in College Park

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks games against Cal, Rutgers could get ESPN or ABC coverage

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps get Halloween bye

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Turner should give Terps better ‘consistency’ in 2nd campaign with James Franklin

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have ‘most favorable’ ACC schedule thanks to missing Carolina, Georgia Tech, Miami and not having to travel to Virginia Tech, Clemson

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock says DHB 3rd best receiver on board

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles junior prospect from North Carolina (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles junior DE prospect from Georgia (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Maryland, Air Force helping Wounded Warrior Project in Jacksonville

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps happy to open season with warm weather game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says new Terp Yeatman represents changes in college game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says games against Georgetown, Duke, UMBC, Virginia, Hopkins amongst biggest games in all of college lacrosse this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Terps 3rd best team in country

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Kelly Beidler scores 19 as Mountaineers beat St. Francis

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Eers inspired by technical foul assessed to Milan Brown before halftime

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Mountaineers improve to 10-4 in NEC play with win

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s ESPNU game against Iona

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Hounds will be without Koppens for first game

8 of 13 Inside Lacrosse analysts pick Hounds to beat Irish

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s season opener at Delaware

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Retrievers trying to reverse recent history against Blue Hens

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says covering America East Championship highlight of career at Examiner

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Neal Pitt named Athlete of the Week

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon says former Jays Harrison, Rabil to help “Millerstrong” event

TOWSON LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon says Mongeluzzi commits to Tigers

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Tigers play fourth-toughest schedule in country

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Ambrose doesn’t plan on starting freshman at QB

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Bears IN, Terps OUT (but only barely)

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Gulls honored in Annapolis

NAVY LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says despite being early on schedule; Navy-Ohio State ‘matters’

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site’s Adam Nettina previews battle for kick returner job

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says covering Mids in Bowl games amongst highlights of career at Examiner

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Examiner’s Tom Flynn says Midshipmen hurt by lack of production from Mark Veazey in Lehigh loss

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Fritchie Handicap highlights weekend at Laurel

Thoroughbred Times’ John Scheinman says Magna’s bid for slots disqualified

SWIMMING:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg and Childs Walker say South Carolina police targeting Phelps in probe

The AP says attorneys think prosecutors will have a hard time making charges against Phelps ‘stick’

DC UNITED:

Washington Post’s David Nakamura, Rosalind Helderman, and Nikita Stewart say DC United to move to Prince George’s County; team will pay 25 percent of stadium cost

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Taylor Tetrone. He defeated Chris Holter from Friends 3-1 yesterday to lift Gilman to a 6-1 win over Friends in the MIAA Championship match. A reminder to check DigitalSports.com for all of your High School Sports information.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

I really don’t make much of the story that Terrell Owens and Deion Sanders have talked to Ray Lewis and Jerry Jones about a reunion in Dallas.

I really think this story goes this way…..

If the Ravens have decided that ABSOLUTELY want Ray Lewis back; he’s going to be back. While he might not have liked the Ravens’ last offer; I don’t believe he has said “there’s no way I’m going back there.” If the Ravens say to him “Ray, we’re going to keep you; no matter what it takes”; I think he’ll say “okay, let’s get this done.”

But if the Ravens have decided to offer no more than a reasonable market deal for Ray (which is a completely legitimate choice); then the Cowboys are in play.

Ray is clearly going to take the most money offered, no matter where it is. But this starts with the Ravens. It will be their choice first in all of this.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Casey Willett says T.O. wants 52 to come to Dallas

Ray Bachman says neither Ripken nor Murray as ‘exciting’ to watch as Alomar

Nestor Aparicio says Arbutus native Schwartz to make first WNST appearance since taking job today

Casey Willett says Suggs talked free agency on NFL Network

Alex Thomas also thinks Alomar ‘slam-dunk’ Hall of Famer

Chris Bonetti thinks Gary might wish he had Jay Greene

Nestor Aparicio says Gary continues to get bad press

Ed Frankovic says Caps fall to Rangers in shootout

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara has ‘lot to prove’ in Spring Training

The Sun’s Childs Walker says O’s trying to build staff from ‘no names, retreads, rookies’

The AP says former Oriole Millar signs with Blue Jays

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says former Oriole Tejada pleads guilty to lying to Congress

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says former Oriole Alomar claims to be in ‘good health’

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. thinks Miclat will play at Delmarva this season

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Roberts hoping for ‘resolution one way or another pretty soon’ with Birds

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Tejada’s guilty plea may help Palmeiro’s story

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Alomar ‘sad story’

The Examiner’s Tony Wisniewski says things COULD be worse for Birds

NPB Tracker says Orioles sign Ryohei Tanaka to minor league deal

The Examiner’s Tony Wisniewski says Tanaka signing may be more about culture than baseball

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker thinks Daily News irresponsible in coverage of Alomar story

The AP says Tejada’s attorney expects him to receive probation

Washington Post’s Dave Sheinin and Del Quentin Wilber say Tejada apologized to Orioles, Astros, Congress, family, United States after guilty plea

Washington Times’ Ben Conery says Tejada ‘likely to avoid prison time’ with plea deal

DC Examiner’s Rick Snider says Tejada’s lying worse than steroid use

ESPN.com’s Lester Munson says charges against Tejada raise pressure on Bonds, Clemens

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Gregg returning to ‘shape’ since microfracture surgery

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cowboys beat writer Watkins confirms 52 talked to T.O. about playing for Jerry Jones

The Sun’s Mike Preston says 52, Ravens will likely start talking next week

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Favre gone may open salary cap room for Jets to pursue 52, Suggs, Scott, etc

The Examiner’s Tony Wisniewski thinks Rex Ryan ‘would love to bring some of his former players along for the ride’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Suggs ‘hopeful’ about return to Ravens

Dallas Morning News’ Calvin Watkins says Deion also trying to get 52 to Dallas

ESPN.com’s James Walker expects Jets to be ‘major player’ for Ravens’ free agents

Sporting News’ Dennis Dillon expects Ravens to franchise Suggs again

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco and Clark Judge both think Ravens CAN afford to let Ray leave

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says commit Williams showing Maryland pride

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says commit Williams breaks backboard with dunk

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda and Eric Prisbell say ‘no national champion in the past 18 seasons has regressed so quickly’ as Maryland

Washington Post lists All-Met players Gary has hit and missed since ‘03

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says recruit Stephenson will be on ESPN2 Friday night

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez third team All-ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens wonders how season would be different if Terps hadn’t blown big leads against Morgan State, Miami

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s contest with Virginia

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps trying to avenge prior loss to Cavaliers

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Terps have won 3 straight since loss in Charlottesville

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Jon Brand says Terps aren’t young anymore this season

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Dunbar Coach claims Maryland, Pitt, West Virginia have all offered LB/DE Javarie Johnson

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says new DC Brown will bring ‘4-3 structure’ to Terps

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter profiles Virginia ATH prospect (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles junior prospect Khairi Fortt (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles junior prospect from Philadelphia (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin talks to prospect Nick Forbes (must subscribe)

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Thornton hits key 3 in overtime to lift Tigers past Georgia State

The Sun says Jarrel Smith scored 18 points in Tigers’ win over Panthers

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mids lose 2nd straight at home; 70-59 to Lehigh

The AP says Chris Harris scores 18 in Navy’s loss to Mountain Hawks

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says transfer Avworo helping Midshipmen

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Harris, Kina hurt Mids with foul trouble in loss

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews contest against Florida A&M Saturday

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Hill-Eley pleased with bringing in local talent like Dunbar’s Antonio Brown

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site releases schedule for ’09 season

NEGRO LEAGUES:

The Sun’s David Steele says former Negro League stars in Annapolis yesterday to speak to lawmakers

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Phelps apologizes to fans in China

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Wyatt Smith; who scored 28 points last night in a BIG win for John Carroll over Calvert Hall; 81-68.

-There was NO reason Towson should have gone to overtime last night. Pat Kennedy has been struggling to teach his team how to win games. The positive things they did late in building a 3 possession lead started with offensive rebounding; but the negative things included bad 3 point shots too early in the shot clock and missed free throws in the final minute. You just can’t do that and expect to win basketball games. They were fortunate to escape last night.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 11 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

The Roberto Alomar thing-if true-is HEARTBREAKING to me. As I’ve said before; Alomar is EASILY the greatest baseball player I have ever watched in my life. He was AMAZING. I want him to be a first ballot Hall of Famer. This is really tough for me.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester ‘locked out’ of Spring Training by Orioles again

Casey Willett puts together Orioles’ “Mitchell Report Team”

Casey Willett offers compensation numbers for Ravens’ restricted free agents

Casey Willett says giving 52 franchise tag would cost Ravens $11.3 million

Bob Haynie says Gary his ‘chip on his shoulder’

Nestor Aparicio says Alomar, Tejada unfortunate stories from ex-Orioles

Vince Fiduccia says 2,000+ see Greene torch New Hampshire in Catonsville

Casey Willett says former player thinks Ravens need to pay Ray

Casey Willett expects Roberts to have another big year for Birds

Nestor Aparicio tries to ‘defend’ Phelps

Alex Thomas thinks Phelps should swim in London Olympics to help reputation

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy remembers biggest runs of the year from Clayton, Flacco, L. McClain, etc.

The Official Site wraps up awards collected by Ravens this season

The Examiner’s Tony Wisniewski offers reasons why 52 ‘must stay’

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Leonhard done in Baltimore

ESPN.com’s James Walker says McShay mocks Wake CB Smith to Ravens

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Suggs top AFC North free agent

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds officially sign Wigginton

The Sun’s Dan Connolly and Tricia Bishop say former Oriole Tejada expected to plead guilty to lying to Congress

The Sun’s David Steele says Tejada charges prove few ‘innocent’ in steroids saga

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Wigginton took further tests yesterday before deal finalized

The Sun offers entire case against Tejada (pdf)

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says chances ‘slim’ MacPhail adds another pitcher

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck expects Tejada to get probation

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Parrish hopes to jump back into rotation

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Tejada expected to face charges today in DC

The AP says plea agreement already reached with Tejada

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says O’s designated Scott Moore for assignment to make room for Wigginton on 40 man roster

Washington Post’s Del Quentin Wilber and Dave Sheinin say Tejada’s troubles may point to bigger troubles for Clemens

New York Daily News’ John Marzulli and Tracy Connor say former Oriole Alomar sued by ex-girlfriend who claims he has AIDS

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says shooting struggles combination of poor shooters, team’s ability to defend higher

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Vasquez downed Red Bull before big night at Georgia Tech

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps’ big men put in workmanlike effort against Yellow Jackets

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps not far off Tournament bubble

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps not at ‘doom and gloom’ level predicted by many

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps were best with Hayes on floor vs. Jackets

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says former Terps Doron, Langhorne, Harper named EuroLeague All-Stars

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Toliver loves playing in Boston

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says team opens season with games against Presbyterian and Air Force this weekend in Jacksonville

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps becoming legitimate ‘contender’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker previews what football schedule will look like when released Thursday

The Sun’s Matt Bracken recaps season for OL signee Pete White

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says J. Thomas, Navarre, DHB, Fokou on National Football Post Draft board

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says football schedule coming at 11am on Thursday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Franklin won’t be first Maryland assistant to take over as Head Coach

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says O-Line, LB’s, QB depth issues for Terps going into Spring

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles Good Counsel junior prospect Louis Young (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says OL commit Klemm ‘handy’ on field; under hood (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter profiles junior OL/DL prospect JR Ferguson (must subscribe)

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Greene scores 36 as UMBC knocks off New Hampshire

The AP says Proctor chips in double double for Retrievers in win over Wildcats

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s game with Georgia State

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

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews season opener against Notre Dame

The Sun’s John Weaver says Coach Toomey thinks 4 captains each bring something different to Greyhounds

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tomorrow night’s contest with St. Francis

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says DL commit Josh Jones put up ‘eye-popping’ numbers in high school

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says 12 Palace players re-signed for ‘09

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Phelps cancels speech at IBM event in Las Vegas

The AP’s David Crary says marijuana advocacy group stands by Phelps

ESPN.com’s Pat Forde wonders if Phelps inspiration for New Mexico State player Terrance Joyner

Fox Sports says 8 arrests made stemming from bong issue

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Devon Sadler. With all respect to Calvert Hall’s Shawn Holmes and North Carroll’s Caitlin Bach; Sadler scored 41 POINTS! Aberdeen beat Joppatowne 78-66.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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