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Tejada Gets His Wish: O’s get Propsects, Glenn Davis, Bucket of Nickels

Posted on 12 December 2007 by kennyballgame

The Andy MacPhail era has begun.  If Tejada wanted out, he’s gotten his wish.  The O’s are getting a quintet of players w/ what seems like solid potential.

Now the Warehouse won’t go so far as to say that we’re undertaking a rebuilding process but at least they’re trying to get value while they can.  The O’s even got to jettison a guy who I can’t imagine wouldn’t be in the Mitchell Report (if it’s worth a damn).

Tejada showed all the mobility of a parking meter last year at shortstop, saw his consecutive games streak broken and saw his RBI and HR totals drop to near career lows.

Past offers for Miggy not withstanding, this can’t be construed as a bad move.  I’ll play Miss Cleo and go ahead and predict a bounce-back in those stats from the ’07 campaign.  Losing is a disease and no B-12 shot could help him shake those symptoms.

At least we didn’t send Schilling, Finley and Harnisch…maybe this will be our chance to right the wrongs of 1990…

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 09 November 2007 by Glenn Clark

I accepted the other day that the assessment of Brian Billick as an “offensive genius” who can’t coach an offense is finally, absolutely, 100 percent correct. I do not yet know if the assessment of Marvin Lewis as a “defensive genius” who can’t coach a defense is true or not. I think that one of Marvin’s problems is that he tried to treat the Bengals in a similar way to the way Ravens’ players were treated; and the team was given too much leniency. Players have always loved Marvin Lewis for respecting them as men, but when you’re not winning, that just doesn’t matter at all.

Chris Henry is living proof of an athlete who just doesn’t understand at all that an athlete has to have at least SOME level of responsibility. Marvin knows that, but changing his coaching identity at this point isn’t particularly an option. Some men respond to the respect by wanting to be better people. Chris Henry is just an idiot.

As far as whether or not I’d welcome Marvin back next season as Ravens head coach should both he and Billick be fired; the answer for me is yes. Marvin is one of the few football people that I know 52 respects, and this organization obviously views things as “52 > everyone else.” I still don’t think Billick will be fired, so if there’s ANY chance that Rex Ryan could get a head gig and Marvin could become DC, I’d be fine with that as well.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Kevin Byrne says Ravens ‘eating humble pie’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says ‘Ravens move on’

Bengals’ Official Site’s Geoff Hobson thinks teams are different than first meeting

Bengals’ Official Site’s Geoff Hobson wonders how Chris Henry’s return affects the offense

Bengals’ Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Johnathan Joseph is ‘slumping’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ross ready to go if Figurs isn’t

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cincinnati’s defense perfect for Ravens ‘break out’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Rex Ryan thinks there’s enough blame to go around

The Sun’s Don Markus says Ravens amongst ’06 playoff teams struggling

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says “if Mason, McGahee, and Reed keep going this way….”

The Sun’s Don Markus offers a transcript of McNair’s comments

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens fans haven’t always loved Boller

The Sun’s Edward Lee looks at Bart Scott vs. Hines Ward

The Sun’s Ray Frager doesn’t think ESPN used bias in their MNF coverage

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can’t fall behind

Art Donovan and the staff of The Sun pick the Ravens

Aaron Wilson says word of day for Willis McGahee is ‘more’

Aaron Wilson says secondary may not improve vs. Bengals

Press Box’s Joe Platania says Terrell Suggs seeking ‘revenge………served cold’

Pro Football 24×7’s Ken McCusick looks back on the Steelers tape (he’s apparently a glutton for pain)

Pro Football 24×7’s Tony Lombardi wonders if Samari will ever play again

Pro Football 24×7’s Kurt Backert gives you fantasy implications for Ravens-Bengals

Pro Football 24×7’s Tony Lombardi says play-calling doesn’t change with QBs

Pro Football 24×7’s Tony Lombardi says Bisciotti won’t get rid of Billick quickly

Pro Football 24×7’s Tony Lombardi says defenders should chill out

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte updates injury report

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte says T.J. “Championship!” Houshmandzadeh back at practice

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte says USA Today hasn’t been impressed by Bengals

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte thinks Chris Henry might be cure for what ails Bengals’ offense

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte says Billick loves Newsome

Cincinnati Post’s Kevin Goheen looks at a guy who REALLY doesn’t want the privilege to play: Chris Henry

Cincinnati Post’s Lonnie Wheeler says Bengals are ‘stubborn’

Baltimore Beatdown’s “Rexx” says its ‘McNair vs. Boller’ all over again

Ravens Touchdown’s “Stephen” says ‘no good’ came from MNF

Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson says Steve McNair nominee for ‘LEAST Valuable Player’

Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson says Ravens have many ‘babies’

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson gives some love to Haloti Ngata and Ed Reed

Yahoo! Sports’ Cris Carter compares Marvin Lewis to Brian Billick

ESPN’s Len Pasquarelli says Rolle won’t play Sunday

Sports Network’s Shawn Clarke picks the Ravens by a TD

Baltimore Business Journal’s Ryan Sharrow says Ravens fans get bang for buck

The AP previews Ravens-Bengals

Dayton Daily News’ Chick Ludwig says Ocho Cinco, T.J. taking turns resting up for Ravens

Dayton Daily News’ Chick Ludwig says Johnathan Joseph is slumping

USA Today previews Ravens-Bengals

The AP’s Dave Ginsburg says ‘Ravens haven’t given up’

WNST’s Casey Willett says 52 and Billick shared a moment this morning

WNST’s Casey Willett says Mac won’t rule out playing

WNST’s Nestor Aparicio says Ravens will miss Dennis Mannion

The Examiner’s Matt Palmer says Ravens ‘won’t point fingers’

The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht says Ravens need ‘change’

The Examiner’s Matt Palmer looks at Mannion to Dodgers

The Examiner’s Tony Giro offers a humorous preview of 2008 Orioles

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says nothing done, but ‘MacPhail satisfied’ with Orlando trip

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says farm system priority for Birds

Oriole Central wouldn’t miss Melvin Mora

Camden Chat’s Scott Christ checks the latest rumors, including Tejada

Camden Chat’s “birdman” isn’t much of a Mora fan either

Oriole Magic’s Anthony Amobi doesn’t know if Mora should ‘stay or go’

Oriole Post’s “Maryland Orioles Fan” doesn’t know if he wants Mora around anymore

Orioles Hangout’s John Domen announces Chorye Spoone is organization’s number 3 prospect

The Loss Column’s Neal Shaffer says he would take a Tejada for Cabrera and Farnsworth deal

Inside The Warehouse’s Michael Hollman announces Malcolm Crowley as organization’s #49 prospect (must subscribe)

Fanhouse’s “Mullet” says Orioles could be suckers to take Gagne

Fanhouse’s “Denton” wonders if Melvin Mora will be back next year

WNST’s Drew Forrester says MacPhail should send Mora packing

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Ripken has nothing to do

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site looks at final practice before BC

The Official Site offers some Maryland-BC quick facts

The AP says former commit Melvin Alaeze ‘sentenced to 8 years’

The Sun’s Heather Dinich says Terps assistant Kevin Lempa should help-he’s a former Eagle

Frederick News Post’s John Cannon says Erin Henderson is ‘ready to get back in action’

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Paul Pinegar getting his chance

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner is the man again

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says even he may have to play

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph has faced doom and gloom

Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy says Terps want to keep Eagles ‘on run’

News From The Hill’s John Butchko picks BC big

Terrapin Times’ Chris King says Terps ‘desperate’ going into BC (must subscribe)

Eagle Action’s R.R. Marshall says Terps backs present ‘test’ to Eagles (must subscribe)

Eagle Action’s Pete Fehn thinks BC will win out (must subscribe)

TERPS IN THE NFL WEEK 9:
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LB Eric Barton had 8 tackles (4 solo); 1 INT (1 yd.) and deflected 1 pass in the Jets’ 23-20 loss to the Redskins
-DE Jon Condo had 1 tackle (1 solo) in the Raiders’ 24-17 loss to the Texans
-TE Vernon Davis caught 7 passes for 77 yards in the 49ers’ 20-16 loss to the Falcons
-CB Domonique Foxworth had 7 tackles (3 solo) in the Broncos’ 44-7 loss to the Lions
-LB E.J. Henderson had 7 tackles (6 solo, 1 TFL) in the Vikings’ 35-17 win over the Chargers
-DE Eric Hicks had 3 tackles (2 solo) in the Jets’ 23-20 loss to the Redskins
-RB LaMont Jordan rushed 4 times for 10 yards and caught 2 passes for 16 yards in the Raiders’ 24-17 loss to the Texans
-LB Shawne Merriman had 5 tackles (4 solo) in the Chargers’ 35-17 loss to the Vikings
-P Adam Podlesh punted 5 times for 193 yards (Net Avg. 36.4 yards) in the Jaguars’ 41-24 loss to the Saints
-CB Lewis Sanders had 1 tackle (1 solo) in the Falcons’ 20-16 win over the 49ers
-DT Randy Starks had 1 tackle (1 solo) in the Titans’ 20-7 win over the Panthers
-S Madieu Williams had 4 tackles (3 solo) in the Bengals’ 33-21 loss to the Bills

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Carroll Country Times’ Josh Land says Terps rolling with the ‘new’

Annapolis Capital’s John McNamara says Terps looked strong in win over Concordia

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Landon Milbourne is a difference maker

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps want to add a PG in 2010 (must subscribe)

TERPS IN THE NBA UPDATE:
-G Juan Dixon is averaging 10.6 PPG, 1.6 Steals for the Raptors
-G Steve Blake is averaging 6.0 PPG, 4.5 APG for the Blazers
-G D.J. Strawberry is averaging 9.5 minutes, 2.5 PPG, 2 Steals for the Suns
-F Chris Wilcox is averaging 16.4 PPG, 9.2 RPG for the Sonics

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site offers a compact version of Maryland-Princeton Game Notes

The Official Site offers a complete set of Maryland-Princeton game notes

The Sun’s Milton Kent says Terps must keep ‘balance’

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Brenda Frese thinks international play helped Terps

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder thinks Terps will have competition in ACC

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site offers quotes from Paul Johnson

The Official Site says Chris Kuhar-Pitters named National Defensive Player of the Week

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Adam Ballard going home

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says no one can stop talking about win over Notre Dame

NAVY BASKETBALL:

Washington Post previews Navy hoops

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site announces Gordy will be around through 2010

The Examiner’s Dave Carey looks at Combs’ new deal

The Sun’s Ken Murray looks at Gordy’s new deal

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews Towson-Loyola

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site announces Tony Seaman will be around through 2010

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Candus Thomson says Hopkins will again ‘Face-Off’ in 2008

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews Loyola-Towson

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The AP says Morgan bounces back against Ohio Valley

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh previews Hoops at the Mount

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Unfortunately, I probably won’t be doing a Saturday morning update, as I am on the road this weekend. Keep your eyes open. Let’s take a look at Maryland and Navy….

-This isn’t a Maryland team that lacks talent; they’re just a team that has unfortunately lacked depth and made poor decisions. This team DOES have pride to play for Saturday night, but pride will only carry you so far. Matt Ryan wants to get back into the Heisman race on ABC Saturday night. He won’t, but the Eagles will win 24-13 anyway.

-Navy will get out to a slow start due to the Notre Dame hangover that Paul Johnson won’t admit exists, but they’ll get it turned around. North Texas isn’t that good, and Navy will run all over them, 45-28.

-My how quickly everyone turns on Melvin Mora. Not even two years ago, there was a vocal campaign in this town for Mora to get an extension. My stance on Mora is simple. If the Birds want to go into flat out rebuilding mode, then they SHOULD trade Mora, as well as anyone else. But if the Orioles intend on keeping some veterans and trying to go the route of finding the perfect mix, then Mora is the consummate professional that should be a part of the team. I know he struggled last season, but Mora is still one of the real pros in baseball. Unfortunately, much like Eric Byrnes here in Phoenix; the expectations for Mora are on the level of superstar, when the player is realistically just a solid veteran role player.

-Can anyone give me a quick history lesson on the Battle of Baltimore basketball tournament? Why did this thing end? I remember being there in 2001 when Peter Mulligan’s UMBC team won the title (Mulligan was a real talent-he ended up transferring back to New York to play at Manhattan); and I can’t remember when the tournament was disbanded and why. I know WMAR played a role in the event, and I can understand why they wouldn’t want to give up the chance to show episodes of “Cavemen”, “Dirty Sexy Money”, or “Carpoolers” (yeah, cheap shot I know); but they wouldn’t have to be a part of it necessarily. I would assume that a MASN or a Comcast SportsNet would be willing to get involved. I could understand if someone said that ticket sales weren’t enough, but with the games being played on campus, there’s no chance they didn’t draw at least SLIGHTLY more than regular home games at the beginning of the season. Also, since these teams mostly play each other anyway, I don’t think the loss of home games could really be an issue? Was it just the multiple coaching changes that caused this event to fall apart? I’d love to know.

-Also, as nice as IL’s “Face-Off” event is (THIS event truly proves why Baltimore is the MECCA of Lacrosse-as 25,000 brave potentially MISERABLE weather to watch Lacrosse in the Winter), I would still like to see a “Battle of Baltimore”-style lacrosse event. Towson, Loyola, Hopkins, and UMBC wouldn’t have to play a tournament, but they could at least play on the same day; which would be a lot of fun for the city of Baltimore.

-I’m excited by what I hear about Landon Milbourne. All I could ask from him is that he would be the next Byron Mouton. That would be a perfect role for this team.

Talk to you SOMETIME this weekend I promise.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs & Beer

Posted on 08 November 2007 by Glenn Clark

Attention Steve McNair: I “ain’t never played quarterback.” Okay, I did take a few snaps at about 2am the other night in a neighborhood pick-up game. (There was a lot of beer involved, and I eventually caught a pivotal Hail Mary TD on 4th Down, but you guys don’t care about any of that, right? I mean, if you do, I’ll tell you more. No? You sure? Okay….)

Even though I have never played QB, I think I can tell when a quarterback isn’t effective. Again, most receivers like to run PAST the line of scrimmage, and you don’t seem to be able to throw the ball that far. Also, there are receivers on this team whose jersey does not have “85” on the back, but apparently you don’t know where they are. That’s okay, even if you could find them; you don’t seem to be able to throw the ball to them without bouncing it first. Allen Iverson is good at the bounce pass too, but he gets credit for assists when he does it. Yours just go as incompletions. The other thing I don’t think makes since is how you flail your arm when you’re nervous, thinking that the flailing motion constitutes a pass attempt.

Now, since I “ain’t never played quarterback”, I have sought out friends who were NFL quarterbacks, even one who still is. They seem to think pretty similar things, although they also think the world of you personally. To me, you were a mistake made by the Ravens organization, so I hold some slight hostility. But I did always admire you when you were in Tennessee. You seemed to always know how to make things happen. You even showed me signs of that last season, which made me think that maybe I was wrong about not wanting you here.

Steve-if you’re still hurt; let someone know. I know that 52 will call you a “warrior”, and you feel you need to live up to that, but you’ve been banged up your entire career, and you’re not getting any younger. If you’re not hurt, maybe you need to live with the fact that people are questioning you. And then maybe you should try to correct the things you’re being questioned about. But Steve-this won’t be easy.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

RAVENS:

The Official Site sits down with “Buddy Lee”

The Official Site’s Leslie A. offers the latest installment of her “Ravens Spirit” blog

Bengals’ Official Site says Ocho Cinco want to make ‘someone pay’

Bengals’ Official Site grades team halfway through season

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says McNair “won’t back down”

The Sun’s Mike Preston doesn’t think chemistry is an issue

The Sun’s David Steele says Ravens think 52 was right

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Mac returns, Reed sits

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Matt Stover was victim of prank

The Sun’s Don Markus says “Camp Cupcake” was moved to November

The Sun’s Don Markus says Carson Palmer thinks Ravens ‘will be hungry’

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Kyle Boller is most popular man in town

The AP’s Joe Kay reports Chris Henry’s most recent run-in with the law

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko chuckles at Chris Henry’s most recent run-in with the law

The Sun’s Sheil Kapadia cleans up a few things I missed

The AP says former Raven Rod Green found employment by Golden Gate

The Sun’s “Mr. Flip” says Ravens 12th, O’s 84th amongst pro teams in brand loyalty

Aaron Wilson says critics don’t affect McNair

Aaron Wilson says Ravens won’t ‘panic’

Frederick News Post’s Stan Goldberg says no shaking McNair’s confidence

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte looks at Wednesday’s injury report

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte & Kevin Kelly look at Chris Henry’s most recent run-in with law

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte says ‘Ahmad Brooks to IR’

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte says Ocho Cinco practicing

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte scouts Ravens-Bengals

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Shannon Russell offers Bengals notes

Cincinnati Post’s Kevin Goheen says Bengals have been ‘off mark’

Cincinnati Post’s Kevin Goheen looks at Bengals’ roster moves

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says McNair has ‘big defenders’

Press Box’s Joe Platania says Ravens ARE good at home at least

Press Box’s Patrick Abbondandolo says Billick’s time is up

Press Box picks Bengals

Press Box’s Joe Platania says NOW Ravens’ schedule gets tough

Press Box’s Joe Platania says Ravens have dropped 5 straight ‘under lights’

Press Box’s Tony Lombardi says Ravens’ loss MAY have been ‘the end of the world’

The Examiner’s Matt Palmer says McNair won’t hear anyone say ‘he’s not capable’

Pro Football 24×7’s Fran Vojik says he’s ‘mad as hell’ after Monday Night

Pro Football 24×7’s Kurt Backert remembers Bengals’ first trip to Baltimore

Pro Football 24×7’s Dev Penchwagh says 52 ‘doesn’t get it’

Ravens Roost’s Mike Zoran says Ravens ‘picking up pieces’

Baltimore Beatdown’s “Rexx” thinks a ‘crime’ was committed Monday Night

The Loss Column’s Neal Shaffer didn’t like Monday’s post-game comments

Scout.com’s Tom Marino ranks Ravens 20th

Fanhouse’s Josh Alper thinks Ravens should bench McNair

Fanhouse’s Michael David Smith wonders how things would be different if Ravens had Derek Anderson

WNST’s Casey Willett says McNair has ‘fire in his eye’

WNST’s Drew Forrester says Troy Smith is NOT a good idea

WNST’s Ray Bachman says Billick ‘has to go’

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The AP says balanced attack paced Terps’ win over Concordia

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of Maryland’s win

The Official Site provides postgame quotes from Maryland’s win

The Official Site provides postgame notes from Maryland’s win

The Sun’s Heather Dinich says defense paced Terps’ win

The Sun’s Heather Dinich stacks Terps against rest of ACC

The Sun’s Heather Dinich previews Terps Hoops

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terps want to improve after exhibition win

Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg says Terps 2nd amongst DC area teams

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps can ‘improve’ after exhibition win

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps win sloppy exhibition opener

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says tonight’s game to determine who starts Sunday (I’m thinking Adrian Bowie)

Press Box’s Paul Baker says you can’t ‘change Gary’

Press Box’s Phil Jackman doesn’t buy Terps graduation excuses

The Examiner’s Sean Walsh says Vasquez is THE MAN in College Park

The Examiner’s Sean Walsh says Terps get ‘easy victory’ over Concordia

Turtle Soup’s Jeremy Gold says Terps ‘cruise’ past Concordia

Terrapin Times’ Chris King says Terps ‘stifle’ Concordia (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley previews Terps’ PGs (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Jeff Ermann says Terps on Baltimore recruiting beat (must subscribe)

WNST’s Bob Haynie says Adrian Bowie is his new favorite Terp

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Shawne Merriman’s coat drive is Monday

Boston College Official Site offers quotes from standout safety Jamie Silva

The Sun’s Heather Dinich says Ralph thinks Terps need ‘breaks’

The Sun’s Heather Dinich says (that much like most of my relationships) communication was an issue for Terps against Heels

The Sun’s Heather Dinich says Erin Henderson thinks BC is ‘good, not great’

Annapolis Capital’s John McNamara says Ralph ‘won’t fault players for effort’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens offers Maryland injury report

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps will ‘have to throw’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks on Terps’ passing game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens is sick of QB back and forth

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner can be funny

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens looks at Kevin Lampa’s BC reunion

Press Box’s David Snyder says Dave Sollazzo is ‘intense’

Press Box’s Matt Zenitz picks BC big

Boston Globe’s Mark Blaudschun says BC is going the right way

Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy says Eagles have issues at LB

Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy says Eagles can’t have ‘hangover’

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles Nolan Carroll (must subscribe)

WNST’s Glenn Clark (known worldwide for his massive sex appeal) has Maryland 9th in his ACC power rankings

TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The Official Site says former Terp Maurice Edu named MLS Rookie of the Year

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

Press Box’s Rob Long previews Bears and other area hoops teams

UConn’s Official Site says Huskies NARROWLY edge Bears

Hartford Courant’s Mike Anthony says Huskies ‘scared’ by Bears

UConn Report’s Zac Boyer recaps Morgan’s near-upset

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

Press Box’s Paul McMullen looks at Greyhounds’ Gerald Brown

Press Box’s Matthew Schlissel previews Loyola and other local teams

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds using ‘restraint’ to improve

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Yanks interested in Tejada

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Mora would be willing to drop no-trade

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko welcomes Brian Graham to O’s organization

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says no Birds linked to steroids this time

Press Box’s Jim Henneman says no such thing as ‘Oriole Way’ (or ‘Red Sox Way’, or ‘Cub Way’ or ‘Twin Way’ or any other ‘Way’)

Press Box’s Craig Heist says Trembley and Shelby want same things

Oriole Post’s “Maryland Orioles Fan” doesn’t think O’s would deal Tejada to New York

My Baseball Bias’ “JMM” wonders if the Yanks would be interested in Tejada

Roar From 34’s Matthew Taylor looks at another Hagy tribute

The Wayward Oriole says O’s coaches lack ‘experience’

Inside The Warehouse’s Chuck Hixson says baseball should add 2 umpires……even if it didn’t help the whole Jeffrey Maier thing

Fanhouse’s Tom Fornelli says ‘nobody wants Tejada’

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Paul Johnson laughs at job speculation

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Staubach ‘ecstatic’ over Navy win

Press Box’s Kevin Heitz says Navy is much better than Notre Dame

Press Box’s Kevin Heitz says Navy ‘only’ needed 43 years

Go Mids looks at Navy vs. North Texas (must subscribe)

Go Mids’ David Ausiello couldn’t believe what KNKE and Ram were doing Saturday (must subscribe)

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews Navy’s tip-off Friday

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Mario Pino claims win number 6,000 at Laurel

The Sun’s Brent Jones says you can’t bring beer to Preakness anymore (IF you’re sitting in the grandstand…….relax kids)

Washington Post’s John Scheinman looks at Pino’s 6,000th

Press Box’s Stan Charles looks at slots battle

ACTION SPORTS:

The AP says Dew AST to return

SAILING:

The Sun’s Candus Thomson previews Senator’s Cup

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-As I responded to Drew today, I wholeheartedly understand why WNST callers have been clamoring for Troy Smith. The Kyle Boller talk is laughable, as Boller has looked just as ineffective-if not worse-than McNair. With two incapable QBs, you can’t help but wonder what guy number three might be capable of. However, I’m also smart enough to know that it probably won’t help much for him to play.

-Chris Henry is an idiot, but he will probably still be playing Sunday. With Rolle out again, a McAlister return would be HUGE. Otherwise, the Bengals might as well throw all of their run plays out of their playbook.

-On a night when Gardner-Webb won at Kentucky and UConn BARELY hung on to beat Morgan; and in a season where Ohio State, Michigan State, and Baylor have all lost to Division II teams, I am relieved to hear that Maryland took care of business. The Terps played well on defense, and were balanced on offense. That would be a good trend to continue, but the Terps should probably try to start a little quicker.

-The BC Linebacker issues won’t matter if the Terps can’t stop the Eagles’ offense. It’s that simple.

-Dear Orioles, PLEASE do not trade Miguel Tejada to the Yankees. I know you feel like you HAVE to make a deal, and I can’t blame you at all; but I don’t think my heart could take it. Tejada might be the perfect role player to replace A-Rod in New York, and that would just leave me doubled over with nausea. Please don’t do that.

-Does anyone else get the feeling that Todd Bozeman can do special things at Morgan? I’m as apprehensive as anyone else about what kind of program he’s running; but giving him the benefit of the doubt, I think he can win there.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs & Beer

Posted on 07 November 2007 by Glenn Clark

Calling 52 a locker room cancer doesn’t even begin to describe it, but a close friend of mine offered that assessment Tuesday morning in our hour-long conversation about Monday Night’s game. Look, I understand Ray’s frustration in the ball being turned over, but the DB’s behind him didn’t even see the ball once during the entire game. This was a total team embarrassment. And 52 has NEVER, NOT ONCE owned up after a bad game, a loss, or anything. 52 has NEVER, NOT ONCE taken the heat so that another player could keep his head up. 52 has NEVER, NOT ONCE shown respect for his teammates in a trying time.

Much like I said yesterday that we finally have to accept that Brian Billick just plain has NO CLUE about anything; we must also FINALLY accept that 52 is a locker room cancer who is more concerned about showing off than about winning football games. The thing is, that mentality worked for a long time in this city. 52 was able to get away with that crap for years because other players fed off of it. In fact, players like Bart Scott and Terrell Suggs still seem to feed off of it-to an extent anyway. At this point, if 52 wasn’t on the field, Scott and Suggs would still rally around this defense, and would do the excitement thing their own way. 52 really doesn’t have the pulse of this team anymore. He’s respected for his career and his accomplishments, but he’s no longer respected as the voice of the team.

I don’t want this to be an entire “Poo Poo 52” blog. The man will be a Hall of Famer, and I don’t put down on his on-field play the way some of his former teammates and analysts have. This is simply to say that 52 might be part of the problem that needs to be solved going forward, no matter what that means.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

RAVENS:

The Official Site says he might not have been defending the pass, but Derrick Martin WAS helping the community last week

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says turnovers were the name of the game Monday night

The Official Site’s Josh Lukin is happy to be home from this last trip

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says there WERE good things-Ogden’s toe is okay, and Musa Smith returned kicks

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy also says the run defense was good

Bengals’ Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Marvin Lewis thinks 3rd down is their issue

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens ‘looked old again’

The Sun’s Sheil Kapadia looks at the weekend some former Ravens had

The Sun’s Edward Lee looks at where the Ravens stand statistically

The Sun’s Bill Ordine wonders if McNair’s time has run up

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens may be out of time before they get healthy

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says McNair is on ‘decline’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens need to go forward with Boller

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Musa Smith is doing a good job ‘outside of backfield’

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte says Bengals will get Chris Henry back, may not get Chad Johnson back

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte looks at what The Sun is saying about Marvin

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte says blame for Bengals goes around

Cincinnati Post’s Kevin Goheen says Chad Johnson is ‘fine’

Cincinnati Post’s Kevin Goheen says Chris Henry is back

Aaron Wilson says Ravens are in ‘crisis mode’

Aaron Wilson says Ravens’ secondary was ‘shredded’

Washington Post’s Mark Maske ranks Ravens 21st in his monthly power rankings

Ravens Roost’s Mike Zoran wonders if the Ravens learned anything from their beatdown

Ravens Roost’s Mike Brown has just about thrown in the towel

The Loss Column’s Justin Blome says there’s ‘no excuse’ for what happened to the Ravens last night

B-More Birds Nest’s “Nest Minder” has some nicknames for what happened to the Ravens last night

Ravens News thinks team needs to be re-assessed (Attention Ravens News-if you continue to allow a 10 year old to write your blogs-I will not include your updates in the Crabs & Beer)

Ravens Locker says Ravens ‘never had a chance’ Monday Night

Baltimore Beatdown’s “Rexx” looks at Monday Night(mare) Football

Ravens Gab’s Matt Loede is no longer expecting a ‘happy ending’

Pro Football 24×7’s Sy Saulynas thinks Brian Billick should stick around

Pro Football 24×7’s Tony Lombardi says Ravens eyeing ‘implosion’

Ravens Insider tells you how you can fork over $12 bucks to get an autograph from a 3rd stringer!

Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson looks at whether or not McNair should get benched

Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson says Trevor Pryce wasn’t impressed by James Harrison

Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson says Hines Ward accused Bart Scott of conspiracy to murder

Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson says Ravens were p3wed (or however you kids say that) by Hines Ward’s blocking

Fanhouse’s Josh Alper says at least Ravens are good at dancing

The Examiner’s Tony Giro sides with 52

Does this make any sense to you? Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole has the Ravens 9th in his power rankings, Charles Robinson has them 14th

Sporting News’ Dennis Dillon has the Ravens 15th

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Anthony DiCorno says a trip to Wrigley highlights the tentative schedule for the 2008 Orioles

The Official Site provides a tentative schedule

The Official Site’s Anthony DiCorno announces Dave Jauss as bench coach

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds finding little interest in Tejada

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Andy MacPhail doesn’t plan on talking to Corey Patterson

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says O’s will welcome Pirates for 1st time since 1979 World Series

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says at least Jauss isn’t just a random former Oriole

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Sam Perlozzo has a new gig as M’s 3rd base coach

The AP says Greg Maddux breaks Brooks Robinson’s Gold Glove record

Oriole Central is pleased to have never heard of Dave Jauss before

Camden Chat’s Scott Christ wonders if Tejada could be A-Rod’s replacement (AH! The old “become the best team in the division by giving a playoff team from a year ago your best player” trick! I believe that last worked for…….anyone?)

Camden Chat’s JQ Higgins offers a Fall League update

Camden Chat’s Scott Christ offers a Lenn Sakata “Photo of the Day” classic

Camden Chat’s “exitfare” looks at new bench coach

Oriole Post’s “Maryland Orioles Fan” looks at bench coach and schedule

Oriole Post’s “Maryland Orioles Fan” was pretty much dead on with his pre-season predictions for the Birds

The Loss Column’s Neal Shaffer is TOTALLY PSYCHED for opening day vs. the Rays

Inside The Warehouse’s Michael Hollman looks at prospect #50: Anthony Matinez

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Heather Dinich says Erin Henderson WILL play, Jordan Steffy COULD play against Boston College Saturday

The Sun’s Matt Bracken profiles Terps commit A.J. Francis

The Sun’s Heather Dinich says Andrew Crummey may be back next week

The Sun’s Heather Dinich says Ralph channeled Yogi Berra today

The Sun’s Matt Bracken looks at Jeff Ermann’s new magazine

Carroll County Times’ John McNamara says Ralph just ‘wants more consistency’ from his Terps (there are a few more things I’d like-health, tackling, offensive production, winning, etc etc etc)

The Diamondback’s Andrew Zuckerman says Boston College suffered a worse loss than the Terps last weekend

Washington Post’s Marc Carig looks at Erin Henderson’s injury

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens looks at Henderson’s injury

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens looks at emotional comments from Ralph Friedgen

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Crummey is better off than Burley or Campbell

Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy looks at replacement to Jo-Lonn Dunbar

Terrapin Times’ Chris King previews Senior Night (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh looks at Dwight Galt’s son Tommy (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times announces their Maryland-Carolina Player of the Game (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Here is a link to ACC Select, where you can watch Wednesday’s exhibition opener

The Sun’s Heather Dinich says starters Gist and Milbourne will miss Sunday night’s opener due to playing in a non-sanctioned tournament in Ocean City

The Sun’s Heather Dinich says Gist wants his name in the rafters

The Sun’s Heather Dinich says that when he comes back from suspension, Landon Milbourne will likely start

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land looks at suspensions to Gist and Milbourne

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig plays “H-O-R-S-E” with Greivis Vasquez

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell looks at suspensions to Gist and Milbourne

Washington Post picks Terps to finish 3rd in ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary Williams loves coaching Hayes and Vasquez

Washington Times picks Terps to finish 5th in ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens looks at suspensions to Gist and Milbourne

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens with more on suspensions

Turtle Soup’s Jeremy Gold is excited to see freshmen play in place of Gist and Milbourne

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter looks at an Eastern Shore PG recruit (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Crystal Langhorne named 1st team Preseason All-America

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site announces 2008 schedule

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Paul Johnson doesn’t want to talk about Notre Dame anymore

North Texas’ Official Site previews Navy-North Texas

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Paul Johnson has moved on

Go Mids updates Navy’s opponents

Fanhouse’s Brian Cook finds video from the brigade at the end of the game, as well as the “Superman Sack”

Here’s a Youtube link to JUST the sack

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-No matter who plays CB for the Ravens next week, I would like their chances better if Ocho Cinco wasn’t able to play. But I certainly expect him to be ready. I can only imagine that the Bengals have already implemented a “let’s throw all day” policy for this game, and I would assume that they will be successful doing it. This could be ugly.

-I know I mentioned that the Birds should trade Tejada two seasons ago, and I can understand why then I was told I was crazy. The Birds will continue to try to trade Tejada this off-season, but they’re not going to suddenly get a great offer. If only Tejada had shown he was AT ALL capable of playing SS still last season; that would make this process so much easier. The Diamondbacks should consider making the move, but they already have too many corners on their roster.

-The Terps would have to beat the Eagles Saturday for Andrew Crummey’s return to really mean anything. If Erin Henderson can’t play, the Terps have NO CHANCE, a banged up Henderson gives the Terps a SLIGHT CHANCE at least; but little more than that. Unlike the Billick situation, Ralph is still the man in College Park; and will have success there. Don’t forget, Ralph is an alum; and that DOES make a difference. He will have to hire an OC next season, but even a 4-8 finish this year wouldn’t get him fired (although, he should probably try to go at least 5-7 just to make sure things don’t get too hairy).

-How nice is it to hear that there’s a suspension at Maryland that ACTUALLY ISN’T THAT BIG OF A DEAL? Look, James Gist and Landon Milbourne should have been smarter, but what they did is hardly a major transgression. Gary had the easy decision to suspend them for the N. Florida game, instead of having to change the suspension to a later game or stagger the suspensions. This is WAAAY better than hearing about an incident at Cornerstone or a player deciding that school is no longer a concern to them.

-Looking at the 2008 Maryland Lacrosse schedule just provided me one more chance to bitch about the fact that the 2008 Final Four will be played in Foxboro, Massachusetts. This is such an egregious error by the NCAA that I cannot even begin to describe it. Philadelphia was wrong, but at least I could make sense of it. The Final Four will draw another HUGE crowd because the sport is growing, not because of the location. As I’ve said before, Baltimore needs to host this event permanently. The best math equation I can use to explain this is….

Baltimore: College Lacrosse > Omaha: College Baseball.

Did you get that? What Baltimore is to College Lacrosse is GREATER THAN what Omaha is to College Baseball. And much in the way that the NCAA has turned Omaha into a Mecca for College Baseball, the NCAA should do the same thing with Baltimore and the Lacrosse Final Four. Let’s get it right already!

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs & Beer

Posted on 06 November 2007 by Glenn Clark

Terry Bradshaw has not always been considered a smart guy, but he was ON THE MONEY last night. You see, when it comes down to it, the last 9 seasons have been defined be the fact that Brian Billick came to the Baltimore Ravens as an offensive guru and has failed to do anything with his offense since getting here.

I can’t believe I’m saying this. I mean, I’ve heard just about everyone else in the free world say it, but I’ve just always had the same explanations as Brian Billick and those inside the organization have given us.

I mean, Brian didn’t have a great quarterback.
Then he didn’t have a healthy Jamal Lewis.
Then all of the veterans were purged as salary cap casualties.
Then he needed time to develop a mid-round QB who showed some potential.
Then he realized THAT QB wouldn’t be enough, he needed HIS QB to develop.
Then he didn’t have a playmaker at Wide Receiver.
Then his quarterback got injured.
Then there were O-Line issues.
Then his quarterback needed a former Super Bowl head coach to mentor him 1 on 1.
Then he had the wrong guy calling plays.
Then he realized his QB never had the chance to learn under a veteran, so one needed to be brought in to both teach AND play; while he continued to work with HIS QB.
Then he STILL had the wrong guy calling plays.
Then his running game wasn’t explosive enough.
Then he STILL needed more help on the O-Line.
Then his veteran QB got injured.
Then his O-Line got injured.
Then he said someone else was calling the plays, and that guy was the wrong guy too.
Then there was Monday night.

And throughout all of that, there was Brian reminding us to “trust him.”

At this point, it’s just impossible for Brian Billick to regain HIS swagger amongst the players in this locker room, and amongst those who play against him. Even an embattled Marvin Lewis must be salivating for the opportunity to sweep the Ravens this weekend. I’d like to say the Ravens have hit rock bottom, but there’s a chance the Dolphins could beat this team for their only win of the season-it’s not like the Ravens exactly overwhelmed the lowly Rams. Billick cannot solve this problem by simply hiring a new offensive coordinator either. The respect is gone. There will be more said this week about the next head coach of the Ravens standing on the opposite sideline next week (Lewis) than I can explain here. And frankly, Lewis might not even be the solution. This team has played under the Billick regime, and may need a complete change of character to regain its identity next season. (Hey, it worked for the Steelers this year, right?)

This team cannot salvage anything this season, because they don’t have the personnel to even TRY to salvage anything. Tonight’s game might not have been so bad had Mac and Samari Rolle been on the field, but neither of them were going to be under center or anchoring the O-Line; so they could have only helped so much. This season IS lost, and will be painful to watch play out over the next few weeks, as the Ravens will steal 2-3 wins and make us think that they are still playing for something at Christmas.

The Ravens don’t have to make a decision as to whether they want to win now or win in the future anymore. They have to try to do both. Of course, they could have tried to do both a few years ago when they decided to pursue a quarterback, but Drew Brees wanted too much money. There was also the option that they could have both signed a veteran AND drafted a new QB, since Kyle Boller was already a failure. But instead, we were told that Boller still had a future with this team, and he was given an extension. Sorry, I know I said that about A THOUSAND times two years ago, but I can understand why no one listened to me then.

You see, there’s a funny thing about quarterbacks. Most of the good ones I’ve seen in my day were capable of throwing a forward pass. Unfortunately, the two on this roster are completely incapable of doing that, OR they just haven’t been informed that passes caught on one bounce are not considered legal forward passes in the National Football League.

There’s nothing else to be said. Brian Billick has had his time to show something similar to a capable offense. He’s never done it. We’ve all trusted. We’ve all listened to the reasons, but we can’t do it anymore. There has to be a new direction. I’ll still be watching next Sunday (sorry CBS-I know you thought this game would be more important when you scheduled it for 4pm) and every week after that. When I think about it, maybe Monday Night’s debacle needed to happen. Hopefully, Steve Bisciotti will look at his friend Brian and say “I’m sorry buddy; we can’t just trust you anymore.”

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…

RAVENS:

The AP’s Alan Robinson recaps the beat-down

The Official Site tracks the debacle

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says ‘loss is worst of Billick era’

The Sun offers the numerical evidence of the embarrassing loss

The Sun’s Sheil Kapadia asks a lot of dreary questions

The Sun’s Sheil Kapadia says no one was picking the Ravens anyway

The Sun’s Edward Lee says the CBs were the captains

The Sun’s Edward Lee says the Ravens CBs might have been captains, but it didn’t help

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Todd Heap was out

The Sun’s Mike Preston had some SERIOUSLY scathing grades for the Ravens (Can anyone disagree?)

The Sun’s David Steele says the Ravens are WORSE than we thought they were

The Sun’s Don Markus says the woeful Bengals are next

Aaron Wilson re-lives the ‘nightmare’

ESPN’s Len Pasquarelli says Steelers wanted ‘revenge’

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Big Ben ‘is back’

The Sporting News doesn’t give Ravens much hope to make a run

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Scott Brown recaps a big win for Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Mike Prisuta kinda has a thing for Big Ben

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s John Harris kinda has a thing for James Harrison

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Scott Brown recaps milestones Big Ben hit

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette calls Harrison and Big Ben ‘studs’

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette recaps Steelers’ win

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac says James Harrison carved out a piece of history

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac was pretty impressed by the Steelers (As was I!)

Washington Post’s Camille Powell recaps the loss

The Examiner’s Matt Palmer says Ravens were ‘crushed’

The Examiner’s Tony Giro thinks ‘enough is enough’

Steelers’ Official Site’s Teresa Varley recaps their big win

WNST’s Bob Haynie called the 1st half a ‘disaster’

WNST’s Nestor Aparicio wasn’t much impressed by the Ravens

WNST’s Glenn Clark (once voted “God’s Gift to us all”) bangs the Troy Smith drum (If I didn’t, someone else would!)

NFL.com says this game was decided before it started

Pro Football Talk’s game blog was actually pretty humorous

Ravens Roost’s Mike Zoran wrote this team’s obituary at halftime

Baltimore Beatdown’s “Rexx” can’t quite put it all into words

Steel City Insider’s Dale Lolley says Steelers got ‘payback’

Fanhouse’s JJ Cooper says Steeler ‘bullies are back’

Fanhouse’s Josh Alper probably wasn’t surprised to see Ravens drop the ball

Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson looks back on a touching story about a Steelers fan

Fanhouse’s JJ Cooper puts Harrison and Big Ben on his “All 75th Anniversary GAME” team

Fanhouse’s JJ Cooper says last night’s game ‘meant everything’ to the Steelers

Just in case you’re interested-FireBrianBillick.com is already taken, FireBillick.com is parked, BrianBillickMustGo.com is available, Billickmustgo.com is also available, FireCoachBillick.com is under construction, CoachBillickMustGo.com is available

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site offers some notes before the Terps UN-officially open the season against Concordia

The Official Site offers a full release of Maryland-Concordia notes

The Sun’s Heather Dinich offers some info on Concordia

The Sun’s Don Markus says James Gist is ‘coming of age’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site offers notes for Maryland-Boston College

The Official Site offers a full release of Maryland-BC notes

The Official Site announces Maryland-FSU for noon on Lincoln Financial/Raycom

Boston College’s Official Site offers a full release of BC-Maryland notes

The Diamondback’s Andrew Zuckerman says errors did the Terps in against Carolina

The Diamondback’s Geremy Bass doesn’t want Ralph pulling double duty anymore

Terrapin Times’ Chris King looks at a two sport recruit (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter looks at SOPHOMORE RECRUIT (no really) Tyler Thornton (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says football commit Demetrius Hartsfield visited last week (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Jeff Ermann wonders if star WR recruit Kerry Boykins is still solid with the Terps (must subscribe)

The Sun’s Heather Dinich announces she’s leaving the Sun for a job at ESPN.com

The Sun’s Matt Bracken looks at the weekend some commits had

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says not many people want to see Terps on TV

Finally some (POTENTIALLY) good news! Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terp-killer Jolann Dunbar might miss Saturday’s game

The ACC updates Maryland’s statistics through Week 10

The ACC tells us where Maryland stacks up in Team and Individual Statistics

Terrapin Stats gives us a Maryland-BC history lesson

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Football Writers Association of America names Navy National Team of the week

The Official Site announces Governor O’Malley declares November “Navy Football Month”

The Official Site offers notes for Navy-North Texas

The Official Site offers a full release of Navy-North Texas Notes

Go Mids’ Matt Zemek says Navy must follow up big Notre Dame Win (must subscribe)

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says it will now be even tougher to keep Paul Johnson at Navy (didn’t someone else already say that?-ME)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says buzz remains from Navy’s win

Washington Post’s Christian Swezey says Mids are ‘rock stars’

Washington Post’s John Feinstein says Navy’s win was a ‘miracle’

The Sun’s Justin Fenton looks at the day off the Mids earned for the Academy

Fanhouse’s Tom Fornelli looks at “Party Monday” in Nap-Town

Fanhouse’s John Radcliff honors Notre Dame in song following the Navy loss

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Navy is ‘trying to remain focused’

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Towson-Villanova

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Examiner’s Dave Carey profiles Tigers’ Forward Rodney Spruill

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site announces Chad Simpson named MEAC Player of the Week

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Bears want to make history

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site looks at Billy Lange’s conversation at an elementary schoolMora

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin thinks Melvin Mora WILL be in Baltimore next season, but Billy Rowell won’t

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko doesn’t think anyone will take Jay Gibbons and his contract

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko REALLY doesn’t think Miguel Tejada will be back

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Dave Jauss will be bench coach (YEEE-AAA-HHH!!!!)

Camden Chat’s Scott Christ remembers Anna Benson in his photo of the day

Oriole Magic’s Anthony Amobi previews Andy MacPhail’s role at GM meetings

Oriole Post’s “Maryland Orioles Fan” looks at MacPhail in GM Meetings at Cal’s trip to Asia

BLAST:

The Examiner’s Mike Peters checks in on 3-0 Blast

SWIMMING:

The AP’s Beth Harris looks at Michael Phelps’ path to Beijing

HORSE RACING:

The Examiner’s Len Lazarick says Senator Ulysses Currie thinks O’Malley has enough votes to pass slots ban

The Examiner’s Aaron Cahall says the state needs more than slots to save Horse Racing

The Sun’s Andrew Green says Mike Miller won’t block slots bill

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Do you think that every time James Harrison made a tackle last night, he was thinking about being cut from the Ravens practice squad in 2003? This team hasn’t fared particularly well against former Ravens this season, huh?

-As always, when everything else is going terribly, we can only hope for Maryland Basketball to pick our spirits up. This team is going to be better than they are ranked in the pre-season, trust me on this. Go out and see them Wednesday, this weekend, or as much as possible. It may take them a few weeks to get things together-but this group has the CHANCE to develop into a special team in the future.

-VERY sorry to hear that Heather Dinich is leaving The Sun. She wasn’t always the most popular amongst Terps fans, but she was certainly one of the hardest working beat writers I’ve ever been around, and she was honest at all times; almost to a fault. She will be missed, and I wish her nothing but the best at ESPN. I guess THAT’s what they’re doing with Dan Patrick’s salary, huh? Don’t forget, the “A” in Heather A. Dinich stands for “adorable” of course.

-Bench Coach Dave Jauss, huh? Nothing like bringing Dave Jauss to the Yard to inspire thoughts of the Oriole Way, huh? I understand that Andy MacPhail is trying to distance himself from recent Orioles history, and I don’t know NEARLY enough about Jauss to make a fair judgment here. However, I’ve always thought that the bench coach should be the guy with the most spirit, the guy who can take over as Manager as soon as necessary. Hopefully Jauss is that guy.

-Interested in Roch’s thoughts on Tejada. I know the Birds were trying to trade him, but his comments make me think the Birds will pretty much just take anything for him. I don’t like the sounds of that.

Talk to you tomorrow. (I promise, no matter what you saw on ESPN last night, tomorrow is still coming!)

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 30 October 2007 by Glenn Clark

So we’re a week away from Monday Night Football, and I have a question. What’s your favorite Monday Night memory in Ravens’ history? There was the final game in 2001-2002 when they clinched a playoff spot with an UGLY win over Minnesota. There was OF COURSE the Fightin’ Redmans victory over the Broncos with Todd Heap’s catch and Mac’s return. But, it HAS to be the win at Nashville when they left the Titans on the 1, right? I’m sticking with that one. Let’s see what everyone has to say…
RAVENS:
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens say “bye” to drama
The Sun’s Edward Lee looks at new daddy Jason Brown
The Examiner’s Matt Palmer looks at a Ravens reunion of sorts
Frederick News Post’s Stan Goldberg looks at the return of Trevor Pryce
Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Trevor Pryce is back
ORIOLES:
The Sun’s Rick Maese kicks off Cal’s trip to Asia
Let’s get fired up! The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Mo Hill is the leading candidate for 1st Base Coach
The Sun’s Roch Kubatko doesn’t see A-Rod in orange and black (That’s fine by me; I’d rather have Albert Belle anyway.)
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin weighs in on Millar, future closers, and more
Inside The Warehouse’s Michael Hollman updates O’s in Arizona
Inside The Warehouse’s Michael Hollman updates O’s in Hawaii
WNST’s Drew Forrester wants the O’s to get some pitching
WNST’s Nestor Aparicio blogs from Asia with Cal IN THE FUTURE!
WNST’s Drew Forrester doesn’t want A-Rod in Baltimore
WNST’s Nestor Aparicio lands in Beijing
Camden Chat’s Scott Christ rewinds at the end of the baseball season
Camden Chat’s Scott Christ weighs in on LaTroy’s comments
Camden Chat’s Scott Christ finds a gem of an old picture
Camden Chat’s Scott Christ remembers “Etch”
Camden Chat’s JQ Higgins looks at O’s in Fall Ball
TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:
The Sun’s Heather Dinich says Terps have to get back to basics
Annapolis Capital’s John McNamara looks at Terps’ new goals
Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Adrian Moten is ‘everywhere’
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens eyes “Primetime Terps”
Raleigh News & Observer’s Robbi Pickeral looks at Heels’ Richie Rich. (I can’t help but chuckle.)
Diamondback’s Andrew Zuckerman says Terps need tackling
Diamondback’s Geremy Bass looks at drama at Byrd Stadium
Inside Carolina’s Greg Barnes offers quotes and audio from Butch Davis’ press conference (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh talks to Terps recruit Pete White (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter shines the spotlight on recruit Roscoe Smith (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem talks to Terps recruit Zach Kerr (must subscribe)
Carolina Blue’s Eddy Landreth says Butch Davis is lacking depth (must subscribe)
Press Box’s David Snyder looks back on the Terps’ loss
TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:
The Examiner’s Ron Snyder looks at the favored Terps
Washington Post’s Marc Carig previews Terps
Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps ‘just want to have fun’
NAVY FOOTBALL:
Irish Eyes’ Jeff Baumhower previews Notre Dame-Navy (must subscribe)
BLAST:
The Examiner’s Mike Peters talks 1st place Blast
HOPKINS FOOTBALL:
The Examiner’s Dave Carey says freshmen are pacing the Blue Jays
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-I can’t put my jealousy of Nestor Aparicio into words right now. What he’s doing is the definition of special, even for a man who’s been able to do a lot of special things. I was chatting with Frank Robinson in the dugout at Chase Field during the NLCS, and I couldn’t help but call my dad later to tell him that I realized then exactly why it was worth it for me to move to Arizona just to stay in this business. But to have the chance to follow the Iron Man around Asia as he attempts to teach the great game of baseball…….that’s SPECIAL.
-It is good that the Ravens will be healthy for MNF, but let’s see how Steve McNair is throwing the ball in practice. Note to Casey W, Jamison H, Matt Palmer, etc-I want to know just exactly what percentage of McNair’s passes sail over the heads of the receivers. Let’s see if there are still groin injury effects on display.
-I’m actually excited that the BC game will be in primetime. I have a funny feeling that the Terps might actually have it together that night.
-The Terps women should be playing to have fun this season, but they didn’t win ANY big games last year, and they need to prove that they can win them when they count. This team SHOULD be favored to another “Natty”, but this time they need to win it with talent, not by catching lightning in a bottle.
Talk to you tomorrow.
-G

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Free The Birds?  They look free to me now.

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Free The Birds? They look free to me now.

Posted on 04 September 2007 by Drew Forrester

So Nasty blogs about a disgruntled O’s fan who thinks WNST should follow through on a proposed Free The Birds2 event to continue exposing the disheveled look of the ’07 Birds.

My first thought?  The Birds are as free right now as they’ve been in a long, long time.

Everyone is off the hook at this point.  They hired Dave Trembley as their ’08 manager two weeks ago and the club has won exactly one game since then.  But Trembley’s safe…the club certainly wouldn’t do anything with him, no matter how poorly the team plays down the stretch.  After all, it’s not HIS fault that Jim Hoey has to pitch every other night, is it?  Andy MacPhail convinced a kid who didn’t have two nickels to rub together to take a $6 million signing bonus and he did.  Put another feather in MacPhail’s cap for that one, huh?  And as of last week, based partly on injuries to their regulars, the O’s have started trotting rookies and wanna-be’s out there on a fairly regular basis hoping someone like J.R. House, Scott Moore or Rocky Cherry catches lightning in a bottle.

There’s no pressure at all right now.  Sure, they don’t like losing.  I’m not even going to hint that the veterans like Tejada, Mora and Roberts would rather lose than win.  They’d rather win, obviously.  But there’s really no pressure on anyone in the clubhouse right now because they all have an excuse.  The vets can say, “you played rookies the last month of the season” and the rookies can say, “the clubhouse was a shambles when I got here in September – I was just happy to get the $94.00 per-day per-diem.”

The Orioles have become baseball’s version of Robert Downey, Jr.

Time and time again, the Birds have promised us all that they’re taking a different road.  A better road.  And time and time again, we’ve believed them, only to find them curled up on their bed with the distinct odor of marijuana in the air and Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” booming out of the CD player.

How many times will we see the Orioles sniffle and rub their noses before we realize they’re using again?

Sadly, a lot of people bought into the “they’re getting better” theory about two months ago.  I have the bumper sticker on MY car, in fact.  Another late season collapse and a probable last-place finish in the A.L. East have earned us all a meeting with the “Cleat of Reality”.  Robert Downey, Jr., wearing an Orioles jersey, isn’t sober after all.

A series win over the Red Sox, followed by two out of three against the Yankees, and we all thought maybe, just maybe, our son was clean again.  But a couple of days later, we found a straw, some rolled up dollar bills and a half-used bottle of visine in their jacket pocket – and it came in the form of a 30-to-3 thumping and a home sweep at the hands of the – gasp! – Devil Rays.

So now, like a family dealing with another setback, we all gather around and wonder aloud, “what are we gonna do with the O’s?”

Rehab again?  Disown them?  Let ‘em learn about the ways of the world on their own?

I don’t know, frankly.  Some days, I believe they’re beyond help.  I fully expect them to lose tonight in some kind of bizarre way.  It’s become their calling.  Just for s*its and giggles, here’s a scenario I could see playing out this evening in Tampa Bay.

Manfra -  “OK, O’s fans, here we are, top of the 9th, two outs and the bases are loaded for the Orioles and they’re down 7-6 with Brian Roberts at the plate.  Roberts is 4-for-4 tonight, so it’s looking pretty good right about now as he’s suddenly wielding a hot bat.  There’s ball one to Roberts…and, ball two…and there’s ball three to Roberts…the O’s are just one pitch away from forcing in the tying run.  Carlos Pena strolls to the mound to talk with Rays closer Al Reyes.  Pena trots back over to first.  Here’s Reyes with the pit – wait, Pena has tagged OUT Freddie Bynum at first base using the hidden ball trick!  Can you believe it?  The Rays win, 7-6 as Freddie Bynum took his lead at first and Carlos Pena had the baseball in his glove and merely stepped to his right and tagged Bynum out to end this ballgame.”

Don’t think it could happen?  You’re 1000% sure that couldn’t happen, right?  I have three words for you:  thirty-to-three.

Anyway, back to reality.

If you want a photo that epitomizes the Orioles 2007 season check out page 7 in today’s sports section of The Sun.  Take a look at that picture and tell me it doesn’t sum up the whole campaign.

It’s not Robert Downey, Jr., but it might as well be.

BRob is a beaten man.

We’re all beaten down too.

It’s been a long summer.

You know what they say:  “I’d go to rehab, but I’m not a quitter.”

When’s the ’08 opening day, again?

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Which song by The Smiths should be O’s theme?

Posted on 29 August 2007 by Drew Forrester

So I was OPACY tonight – hung around through 5 innings.  Sat next to Stan Charles and chatted about baseball and the O’s with him for about an hour.  It was a nice, relaxing evening in the press box.  The 4-1 lead looked safe, although I was a tad nervous when the Rays cut it to 4-3.  Home runs from Hernandez and Huff made it 6-3 and I figured this one was probably “in the books”.

I got home shortly after 9pm and my wife and I buckled Ethan into his stroller and took him out for a walk in the neighborhood.  It was 6-3 as we departed the house.

20 minutes later, I walk in and from the upstairs TV, I hear Jim Hunter say, “…and that makes it ten-six Devil Rays…”

Huh?

Are you freakin’ kidding me?

It got worse, of course.  10-6 became 14-6…an 11-run 8th inning for the Rays.  Even in that 30-3 ass-thumping a week ago, the O’s didn’t give up 11 runs in an inning.

The final is now in: 15-8 Tampa Bay.  That’s 7-straight losses for ‘dem O’s.  I guess all that extra infield practice and team meeting prior to this evening’s game didn’t do a whole lot.

I got about 15 text messages during that 8th inning from friends who were either at the game or watching it on TV.  Virtually every one of those included expletives that I’d rather not share here on this site.

But I’m not letting this collapse bother me.  Remember…last week I wrote a blog about how I feel sorry for the team now.  And I still do.  I’m no longer mad.  I’m kind of numb to it all.  I feel bad for Trembley.  He’s trying to win a Triple Crown horse race with a colt who has an infected hoof.  “Ain’t gonna happen”, as Charley Eckman would say back in the day.

I feel bad for Millar.  And Bako.  And Roberts.  And Patterson.  Markakis…Payton…Tejada…all of ‘em, really.  Some of those guys really don’t deserve this.  Hell, I’d almost go as far as saying NO ONE on the roster deserves this, in all honesty.  But some of those players out there tonight made this bed.  Now they have to put their head on the pillow and get comfy under the sheets.  They wanted Perlozzo out.  They got him out.  They wanted Trembley.  They got him.  Sleep tight, men.

So here now, is the real question.  What song from The Smiths best exemplifies the current state of the Orioles and their 2007 season?

Would it be:  “Heaven knows I’m miserable now” — or — “That joke isn’t funny anymore” ??

What a choice, huh?  I mean, every Orioles fan is probably downright miserable now, what with this 7-game losing skid.  And that bullpen – the JOKE they’ve become – well, it really isn’t funny anymore.  It’s painful.

There is ONE more Smiths song to consider that could be appropriate right now.

“Please, please, please let me get what I want.” — ha ha

How about a win?

Tomorrow, please.

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Mid-season O’s report cards

Posted on 03 July 2007 by Drew Forrester

81 games down, 81 to go.  The O’s are 36-45 after last night’s thriller in Chicago, so it’s time to issue some mid-season report cards.  Mom and Dad aren’t going to be too happy with some of the grades their boys are bringing home.  That being said, who cares what your grades are when your contract is guaranteed, right?

Chris Gomez – B+ > He’d play a lot more if I managed the club.

Kevin Millar – B > The class clown can still contribute, as he proved last night in Chicago.

Jay Gibbons – E > If I gave him anything better than this, you’d have to question my objectivity…I like Jay, but he’s been bad.

Aubrey Huff – D > Cycle or not, he hasn’t been NEARLY as productive as we all anticipated…6 homers so far?

Brian Roberts – B+ > Other than that slow start where he struck out more often than he brushed his teeth, he’s been sensational.  Could have been a little more vocal during the Perlozzo-needs-to-go campaign, but overall, an outstanding campaign to date.

Miguel Tejada – C+ > Power numbers are WAY off, obviously, and he’s been less-than-dependable with runners in scoring position.

Melvin Mora – B- > He’s the one guy who will probably put up better numbers than his career average this season.

Freddie Bynum – C > I don’t know what to give him, so I’ll be nice and give him a C.

Ramon Hernandez – C- > A couple of stints on the DL haven’t helped him find his swing.

Paul Bako – B- > He’s been “OK” as a replacement for Hernandez but he’s a back-up at best.

Jay Payton – B >  He is what he is…not an every-day player, but a guy who makes a difference when he’s in there.

Corey Patterson – C- > Phenomenal defensive player.  Phenonemal defensive player.  Phenomenal defensive player.

Nick Markakis – B- > Sweet swinger, no errors in the field, team leader in RBI’s.  What sophomore jinx?

Jeremy Guthrie – A > What other grade could you give him?  He might be next year’s opening day starter.

Erik Bedard – B+ > He disappears after games more quickly than David Copperfield could, but that has nothing to do with his work on the mound.  He’s been VERY good and really should be more like 10-4 instead of 6-4.

Daniel Cabrera – D > The jury is still out on this guy.  Just not consistent enough to be a #1 pitcher.

Brian Burres – B > Has been much better than expected.  Not quite as pleasant of a surprise as Guthrie, but a surprise for sure.

Steve Trachsel – C+ > A great start has been tempered by a bad June.  Should be moved at the trading deadline if healthy.

Jamie Walker – C+ > Like most relief pitchers, he’s been very good, kinda good and not-so-good…all in a one-week span.

Chad Bradford – C+ > See above.

Scott Williamson – C+ >  See above, above.

Danys Baez – D > Was really good for ten or so outings…than really bad for the next 20.  REALLY bad.

Chris Ray – D > Has become a liability.  That fastball would have struck out a lot of kids in the Harundale Little League, but it won’t fool the best major league hitters, as evidenced by A-Rod, Vlad, etc.

Dave Trembley – B > So far, so good, but a team is always going to play hard for the new manager for 20-games or so.  Let’s see what happens when they drop 7 straight.  Overall though, he’s been a breath of fresh air and the early signs are the players genuinely like playing for him, which is important.

Greg Bader – E >  A Director of Communications who doesn’t communicate?  I’m not a Rhodes Scholar, but something’s wrong there, right?

DF

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Nothing in today’s chain of events surprised me…

Posted on 22 June 2007 by Drew Forrester

It’s not that I have “writer’s block” tonight…I don’t.

But I’m just not that inspired to blog about all the things that have happened in O’s-land today.  Because none of it – NONE OF IT – surprises me.

First off, the team won today in San Diego, 6-3.  Doesn’t surprise me.  They’re bound to win 2 out of every 5 from here on in, I suppose.

Joe Girardi turned the O’s down?  Again, I’m not surprised.  I keep going back to this question:  “Why on earth would Joe Girardi actually WANT to manage the Orioles?”.  I never discovered a worthy answer, and thus I always half-expected he’d tell the Birds, “thanks, but no thanks.”  The ONLY way they might have been able to secure his services would have been with some kind of “can’t turn down this kind of money” type of a deal and we all know that’s not in the cards when you’re talking about Peter G.

The O’s don’t have a “REAL” manager yet and Andy MacPhail said on today’s conference call that he doesn’t plan on interviewing anyone else until at least next Tuesday.  I’m not surprised at all.  It’s not easy finding someone to come here and manage.  MacPhail admitted on the call that he contacted Dusty Baker about the job.  Dusty said “no thanks”.  I have to assume – and only assume – that Andy also called ex-Twins Manager Tom Kelly just to see if he was tired of being retired and playing golf every day.  I assume Tom said, “where are you now, Andy?  Baltimore?  On vacation?  Oh, WITH the team as their head of baseball operations?  Uh, nah, I think I’ll just stay in Florida and play golf and go to the dog track with my wife.  Thanks anyway.”

I’m not really surprised MacPhail isn’t going to get back “on the job” until next Tuesday.  After all, what’s the rush?  If they drop three straight in Arizona, what’s the big deal?  The only thing left to fight for this year is a battle for 4th with Tampa Bay.  Hell, they’ve been winning that fight the last 9 years WITHOUT MacPhail…they can certainly do it WITH him.  So I agree with what MacPhail said on today’s conference call – “this is a situation that calls for me to be methodical and make sure I’m getting the right guy for the job.”

Miguel Tejada extended his consecutive games played streak today* by bunting in his first at bat* and then taking himself out of the game*…that certainly doesn’t surprise me.  Not in the least.  Every other game when Tejada half-strolls down to first base on a sharp grounder to second, I say to myself, “Yeah, Miggy…don’t sprint down that first-base line, amigo.  You don’t want to tweak your hamstring and miss a game and break that streak.”  I’ve been saying for a long time that Tejada’s streak is a BIG deal to him and today that was graphically apparent with his bush-league move to start the game.  I LOVE Rob Long’s take on the whole thing, by the way.  He has the line of the day…in his blog earlier today at www.wnst.net, Rob wrote: ”to call Tejada’s move bush-league would be an insult to bush-leaguers.”  HA!  Give that man a contract!!!

I’m not surprised that Dave Trembley folded like a cheap suit in San Diego when he was pressed to make a decision about Tejada’s playing status today.  Trembley WANTS the job.  The last thing he needs is a mutiny from the Latin contingent three games into what most likely will be a 2-week managerial career with the O’s.

And lastly, I’m not surprised that Andy MacPhail all but called Tejada’s move bush-league during today’s conference call.  Someone asked him about the issue of playing in the game – getting an at-bat – and then sitting out in an obvious quest to extend the streak, to which MacPhail replied, “well, I think if a player isn’t capable of playing in the game, he shouldn’t be playing at all.”  I’m not surprised MacPhail thinks that way.  Four days into his tenure, he strikes me as a guy of integrity.  And those comments he made about Tejada support my belief.

Erik Bedard was injured today.  He suffered a hamstring strain and was removed after 79 pitches.  They’ll know more tomorrow, of course, but hamstrings are tricky injuries.  Hopefully, Bedard’s isn’t as serious as Jay Payton’s was in the spring when he missed six weeks.  Oh, yeah, I’m not surprised that Bedard got hurt.

Nothing surprised me today.

“It’s The Oriole Way”, remember?

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