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Ravens Secondary On One Knee After Foxworth ACL Tear

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Ravens Secondary On One Knee After Foxworth ACL Tear

Posted on 30 July 2010 by Ryan Chell

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WNST has reported this morning that Ravens and former University of Maryland corner back Domonique Foxworth has torn his ACL, an injury that brings more concern to a secondary already filled with question marks going into the 2010 season.

Foxworth limped off the field last night in a non-contact drill Thursday night during the team’s off day, which was used for administrative purposes.

This is big news to start out the initial full-team practice at McDaniel College on Friday, as the team spent an entire off-season filling in holes in the lineup based on poor play and injuries sustained by key players last year.

Foxworth was never one of those concerns. He was supposed to be the constant.

It is also unknown at this time the severity of the tear, but likely he will be done for the year if it is not a partial tear.

With safety Ed Reed coming off hip surgery and corner backs Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington also coming off season-ending ACL tears, Foxworth was one of the lone, healthy holdovers from the Ravens secondary in 2009 that struggled at times, but evened out at the end of the year.

Foxworth came to the Ravens last year as part of a 4-year deal worth 28 million dollars. Only a #2 or #3 corner in Denver,-the team that drafted him as a 2nd round pick out of Maryland- and in Atlanta, he often covered the opposing team’s best receiver last year for the first time in his career, and finished the season with 53 tackles and 4 interceptions.

He started all 16 of the Ravens’ games.

Harbaugh said after practice to the media that the team doesn’t know yet if it is going to look outside the organization for support.

Remaining free agent corners on the market include former Patriots CB Ty Law, Nick Harper, Ken Lucas, Mike Mckenzie, and two ex Ravens in Corey Ivy and Frank Walker.

This is a team that now is struggling to find answers to some of their concerns at corner. The team brought in Walt Harris-a Pro Bowler several years back with the 49ers-during OTAs, but he is not in shape as of yet, failing his conditioning test earlier this week.

Reserve corner back Cary Williams was recently suspended for 2 games by the NFL for violating the team’s conduct policy.

This could guarantee rookie free agent Prince Miller’s chances of making the team out of training camp if he continues to succeed.

And with Washington and Webb both coming back from their own ACL tears, they may need to be rushed ahead of schedule in time to face the Jets in Week 1 of the regular season.

Harbaugh said that they should be ready to go, and that both put the hard work in necessary in the off-season to make their recovery times move along that much quicker.

Now safety Dawan Landry may be the only starter from last year’s team to suit up for the team Week 1.

Maybe now that Terrell Owens signing up in Cincinnati might be a little more of an issue.

Tune into WNST and WNST.net as we continue to track this story!

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because the Bowie Baysox are celebrating “The Dude” tonight at Prince George’s Stadium. And I’m sure all other “Big Lebowski” fans are with me in thinking “Who better to celebrate???” (Edit from GMC: Video VERY MUCH NSFW.)

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Terrence Cody passed conditioning test, returned to Ravens practice

Like I said yesterday, “thank God our long civic nightmare is over.”

I’m not particularly worked up about a failed conditioning test. I am a BIT more worked up about the thought that we’ll have to worry about Terrence Cody’s weight/condition for the next few years.

I’m sure there are others (John Harbaugh comes to mind) that are even more concerned about it. Having Haloti Ngata give him a nickname like “Cheeseburger” doesn’t exactly bode well. Of course, it’s not like they didn’t know what they were getting when they picked him in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. It’s also not like the nickname doesn’t fit.

If I was more of a comedian, I’d have a better “hopefully he’ll be our Cheeseburger in Paradise” Jimmy Buffett-type joke to use here. Instead, I’ll opt to offer a picture of the Boston Blackie Burger from Blackie’s in Chicago-a spot I visited for the first time in my life on the 4th of July. It’s a winner…

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2. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Texas coach Mack Brown believes Sergio Kindle may have fallen due to narcolepsy

Which could VERY WELL be a legitimate reason.

There were reports around the time of the NFL Draft that Kindle may suffer from narcolepsy and ADD, and had fallen asleep during meetings while he was with the Longhorns. We hadn’t necessarily heard that sleepwalking was an issue; but there is certainly at least a CHANCE it’s true.

If so, it’s probably a less concerning explanation than some other potential explanations that had been thrown around. We won’t know what REALLY happened until Sergio Kindle is able to talk to the media-and even then there will be some who will still wonder exactly what happened last week in Austin.

3. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Jared Gaither reported to Training Camp ‘on time’ Wednesday, Terrell Suggs reported ‘slimmer’

I understand that they’re going to say the right thing here; but John Harbaugh said on Monday in the lobby of the Westminster Best Western that he was “looking forward to seeing (Gaither) today.”

Maybe the team didn’t require Gaither to report to Camp early because of his foot injury, but Coach Harbs certainly suggested that he was expecting to see Jared on Monday. Could be a simple miscommunication, could be that the head coach wanted Jared in earlier in the week because he missed OTA’s and is expected to play a different position this year.

The reality is that it doesn’t really matter. Gaither’s in Camp, and as long as he’s on the practice field tomorrow-everything is fine. If he’s still battling the foot problem tomorrow, there will be one more recent drama the team will be dealing with.

You know, because they needed another distraction. Remember when they were having a fairly quiet offseason???

As far as “T-Sizzle” is concerned, it will be interesting to see what he looks like on the practice field as well. As far as defensive improvement is concerned, it is clear that all of it surrounds what type of season Suggs has, especially considering the help that was supposed to come on the pass rush from Sergio Kindle now may well not be there.

4. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Ed Reed spouted off about Baltimore media on Cleveland radio station

I’m finding it hard to find much of anything else to say about Ed Reed right now. He can be as mad as he wants to be at Mike Preston or anyone else in the Baltimore media; but everyone heard his comments-and no one forced a microphone in front of his face in any of his radio interviews; including the first one he did July 2 with us that started this ball rolling.

I’ll leave it alone for now.

The Ravens are off today as they hold an “administrative day” with veterans now in the house. They’ll put the pads on and his the field at McDaniel College for the first full team practice of camp tomorrow morning at 8:45. Luke Jones will keep you updated at the bottom of every hour with Drew Forrester, Thyrl Nelson and Nestor Aparicio.

5. The AP says Brad Mills shut down Orioles in 5-0 win for Blue Jays at Rogers Centre

Remember when Forrester bet me that the Birds would win AND cover 2.5?

I hope lunch is at PF Chang’s.

If I was surprised that a pitcher making his only start before being sent back down to the minors baffled the O’s, I’d tell you. The thing is…I’m not surprised by it at all.

How could I be?

The Orioles are the absolute worst team in baseball, and one of the worst teams in the history of baseball. How could I be surprised by any of this?!?!?

0-12 against Toronto this season. 31-70 for the season. I can’t make these type of numbers up.

6. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of loss

Jeremy Guthrie was actually pretty good last night. It probably won’t make you feel much better, but it happened. I’d like to think that it would improve his value at the Trade Deadline, but I saw what the Arizona Diamondbacks got for Dan Haren. Dan Haren is better than Jeremy Guthrie. The market just isn’t in the Orioles’ favor.

Despite Guthrie, you don’t want to look at the numbers-which include a combined 0-8 with 2 K’s and 5 LOB from Luke Scott and Adam Jones. Instead, look at Cameron Russell from Guyism. We’ll re-group after that…

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7. MLB.com’s James Hall says Juan Samuel will stick with Bergesen, rest of rotation this time through

Which means you’ll have to wait to see Zach Britton; not that you would have necessarily canceled your Saturday night plans to see him pitch anyway.

Clearly the Birds are hoping their roster decisions will be made for them with the trade deadline. Should they figure out a way to deal Guthrie (or Kevin Millwood), they could bring up Britton (or Chris Tillman) to replace them in the rotation. Should they deal Will Ohman or Mark Hendrickson, they could move Bergesen into the bullpen and move one of the others back into the rotation.

The problem with all of this is that I’m not even sure Andy MacPhail is going to be able to trade ANYONE. Guthrie is the best chip, but this is a year where the pitching market is top-heavy (Cliff Lee and Dan Haren already dealt, Roy Oswalt available); meaning the value for the secondary market is lessened. There have been years where Jeff Suppan and/or Sidney Ponson were the best pitchers available. If this was that type of the year, the market for Guthrie would be better.

The Birds will be lucky to get ANYTHING for Millwood; and the rest of their chips (Ty Wigginton, Miguel Tejada, Julio Lugo, Cesar Izturis, Ohman, Hendrickson) aren’t going to get them much more than a B-level prospect or player to be named at best.

The only real hope they have to get something is Luke Scott, who despite a tough night last night has been hot recently. The Orioles aren’t going to get a lot for him, but they might be able to get SOMETHING-which is more than they could get for much of anyone else.

8. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell, Nolan Reimold homered in Norfolk Tides’ win on farm

Before we move on from the on-field Orioles, a couple of things.

-The O’s head to Kansas City to face the Royals tonight; with Brian Matusz going against Kyle Davies. First pitch from Kauffman Stadium is on MASN at 8:10pm. There’s no reason the Orioles couldn’t win this game…but I’ll pick KC. Sean O’Sullivan, Zack Greinke and the great Bruce Chen are scheduled to finish the weekend against Jake Arrieta, Bergesen and Millwood. With a mircale, they’ll split.

-Soren Petro from 810 WHB in Kansas City joined Drew this morning on “The Morning Reaction” to preview the Royals series. If you missed it, make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net to check it out. Other guests included:

  • Jerry Crasnick (ESPN.com)-who discussed the trade deadline, as well as surprising teams in baseball
  • Jason La Canfora (NFL Network)-who discussed Terrell Owens, the AFC North, Dez Bryant and more
  • John Perrotto (Baseball Prospectus)-who went around the world of baseball

It’s all up in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault as well.

9. Fanhouse’s Greg Couch says former O’s 1B Jim Gentile finally credited with winning 1961 RBI title

Which you would know if you heard my “Cheap Shots From The Bleachers” segment this morning on AM1570 WNST. It’s in the Audio Vault if you missed it.

Apparently Lee MacPhail had told Gentile that he would have gotten $5,000 more if he had won the RBI title-which Greg Couch thinks Andy MacPhail should offer to pay him as a kind gesture. I wouldn’t hold my breath.

As a kind gesture from myself to Jim Gentile, I will offer pictures of Daniela Freitas. (Thanks Busted Coverage/Totally Crap!)

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10. UMTerps.com says WR/Specialist Torrey Smith, LB Alex Wujciak named All-ACC

Technically they have THREE all-conference selections, as Torrey Smith was named as both a receiver AND specialist. As I was reminded yesterday-Virginia Tech only had ONE all-conference selection (Ryan Williams), so take that Hokies!

The problem is that beyond these two, this Terrapins team has as many question marks as my Chapel Hill Elementary School 2nd grade English class. Of course, I rarely paid attention in my 2nd grade English class-as I spent more time paying attention to my “girlfriend” Michelle Hensley. Anyone know how she’s doing?

The joke I missed here was that Maryland only had two more wins than Chapel Hill last year. Damn! Sorry everyone…

11. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland to play William & Mary (in football) again in 2012

I remind you that it’s “in football” because it isn’t surprising to see the Tribe come back to Byrd Stadium. Now if Gary Williams were to invite them back to Comcast Center after what happened last year, I’d be absolutely stunned. In fact, I’m a little surprised Gary doesn’t have a “no-fly” zone for W&M over College Park entirely.

Maryland regularly plays one FCS (former 1AA) per year; and they have Morgan State this year, Towson next year, and Rhode Island in 2013. This year’s other non-conference games are Navy, West Virginia and Eastern Michigan; next year’s are Notre Dame, West Virginia and (I believe) Temple.

12. Sports Network’s Craig Haley says Towson picked last in CAA

I stopped by CAA Media Day yesterday, and I have to admit that the oatmeal raisin cookies and potato chips at M&T Bank Stadium were DELICIOUS.

It’s hard to pick Rob Ambrose’s Tigers anything BUT last considering the year they’re coming off and the strength of the CAA; so I doubt they’re particularly disappointed.

As a consolation prize, I offer a photo of Katherine Jenkins. (Thanks Don Chavez!)

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And finally, I leave you with this.

I know I already named a “Greatest Song of All Time This Week” this week (“Cornbread” by Dave Matthews Band), but I’m sure there’s been a week where I forgot to name one; so I’m naming another. Hey, it’s my blog. Enjoy “Shutterbug” by Big Boi from Outkast…

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Live from Westminster: Cody passes conditioning test, vets checking into hotel

Posted on 28 July 2010 by Luke Jones

WESTMINSTER, Md. — Good afternoon from McDaniel College as the Ravens have wrapped up their second day of partial-squad workouts with the biggest news being the debut of rookie defensive tackle Terrence Cody who passed his conditioning test earlier this morning and participated fully in the morning workout.

This was obviously good news to coach John Harbaugh, who expressed pleasant surprise when learning the 350-pound tackle had passed the test. Rookie cornerback Prince Miller also passed the conditioning test and practice while the status of the other members of the PUP list remained unchanged for the morning session.

As for action on the field, it was another light, non-contact workout with players practicing in shells and shorts. Harbaugh will give the afternoon off to selected veterans already in camp as we await the arrival of the remaining veterans this afternoon.

Check back here throughout the day for updates (time-stamped below) and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates from the field.

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5:30 p.m. — The Ravens have wrapped up the afternoon practice as the veterans continue to check into Westminster for training camp.

Most selected veterans who reported on Monday were given the afternoon off with the exception of a few practice squad players and the four quarterbacks on the roster.

In what might qualify as the first minor injury issue occurring at practice, defensive tackle Terrence Cody appeared to be suffering from a cramp in his right calf at the conclusion of practice. Members of the training staff with icing his lower leg, and the big man eventually walked off the field, albeit gingerly.

Receiver Marcus Smith had an impressive afternoon, snagging a bullet from Joe Flacco in the back of the end zone during a red zone drill. Smith is recovering from a torn ACL sustained in the preseason last year.

Backup quarterback Troy Smith threw what would have been a “pick-6″ to rookie linebacker Albert McClellan at the goal line during the same red zone drill. McClellan has been impressive in the first two days of non-contact practice but doesn’t figure to factor into the team’s plans with an already deep linebacker unit.

We’ll next see the Ravens in action on Friday morning with the first full-squad workout at 8:45 a.m. Thursday is a team administrative day with all activity closed to the media and public.

2:45 p.m. — We’re counting down the minutes until the 3:30 workout, and I’m getting ready to head out to the field. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the latest updates. Perhaps a few of the veterans will stop by the upper fields at McDaniel College for a brief visit?

2:40 p.m. — Updating the status of Matt Birk, the veteran center has been placed on the PUP list after a minor elbow procedure earlier this offseason. It had previously been speculated Birk was dealing with a neck issue.

He isn’t expected to be on the PUP list for very long.

2:15 p.m. — As we await the start of the afternoon practice at 3:30, the veterans are beginning to trickle into the team hotel. Some to arrive already include Rice, Donte’ Stallworth (who was given a ride by the Pro Bowl running back), Antwan Barnes, Chris Chester, Tom Zbikowski, Ben Grubbs, and new impact receiver Anquan Boldin.

The arriving veterans will take their physicals this afternoon after checking into the Best Western.

12:45 p.m. — Given his time in Philadelphia and the Bengals appearing to be the biggest roadblock to the division title, Harbaugh was asked about his thoughts on the Bengals signing Terrell Owens to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

“I really like T.O.,” Harbaugh said. “I think he’s a really good player. He’s a guy that we enjoyed being around for a couple years in Philly. I have a lot of respect for him. Obviously, it makes [Cincinnati] better.”

Marvin Lewis will have his hands full in Cincinnati with Owens joining flamboyant wideout Chad Ochocinco in the Bengals passing offense. It has the makings of a compelling reality TV show despite the headaches it may create for the former Ravens defensive coordinator.

“Marvin doesn’t need our sympathy,” said Harbaugh, drawing laughs from the media. “He’s not looking for it.”

12:40 p.m. — As mentioned before, it was another light day of practice this morning, but I thought I’d pass along a few notes of interest from the workout:

Matt Birk was on the field but did not participate as reports indicated he has been placed on the PUP list with a neck issue. He and Oniel Cousins (recovering from throat surgery) stood by the offensive linemen throughout practice.

During red zone drills (non-contact), rookie tight end Dennis Pitta was flagged for offensive pass interference after pushing off against Miller.

Receiver Mark Clayton—now battling for the No. 3 or 4 spot on the depth chart after starting for several seasons—caught a deep touchdown pass from Joe Flacco in the highlight play of the morning.

Backup quarterback Marc Bulger continues to be in more of a learning mode as he did not take too many reps during passing drills. Bulger, however, did work on plays later  during a walk-through portion of practice.

12:28 p.m. — Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice has just walked into the Best Western in Westminster, announcing his arrival at training camp.

12:25 p.m. — Though we’ve discussed the conditioning test for the last few days, Harbaugh finally explained what the test entails this morning after practice.

“It’s basically six [150-yard runs] in 25-yard intervals,” Harbaugh said. “Every position has a time, and then there’s a designated rest time that’s based on how long it takes to recover. It’s pretty well thought out.”

In other words, the time for a defensive tackle like Cody is not the same as the expectation for a defensive back such as Domonique Foxworth.

12:10 p.m. — Cody obviously expressed relief at the conclusion of his first practice after being cleared to play.

“It felt good [passing the test],” he said. “It was hard at first when I came in yesterday. I knew about the test, but I didn’t quite know how to run it.”

The 350-pound tackle failed the conditioning test on two occasions on Tuesday. Cody admits he still needs to improve his conditioning during training camp.

“It’s pretty good, but I can get better,” he said. “There’s always a lot of room for improvement. That’s what I had a talk with [Harbaugh], and it’s just I can get a lot better before the season starts.”

Despite some ribbing from defensive line coach Clarence Brooks and a few teammates on Tuesday, Cody received plenty of report as he prepared to take the conditioning test Tuesday morning.

“They weren’t too hard on him,” linebacker Jarret Johnson said. “That’s a tough task.”

11:55 a.m. — While John Harbaugh expressed a desire for rookie defensive tackle Terrence Cody—who claims to be right around his listed weight of 349 pounds—to shed a few more pounds before the start of the regular season, it was clear how pleased the head coach was with Cody passing the test early this morning before the 8:45 workout.

“I have to admit I was surprised this morning,” said Harbaugh, who rarely shows such candor when talking about a player’s health or conditioning.

Harbaugh reiterated this morning he wasn’t terribly surprised Cody had failed the test, admitting it poses a challenge to new players, veterans and rookies alike.

“It’s more demaning than most teams I’d say.”

As stated above, rookie free agent Prince Miller also passed the conditioning test, but veteran cornerback Walt Harris, who failed the test on Tuesday, did not practice on Wednesday morning, an indication he has yet to pass it.

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because my roommate’s girlfriend (“The Luckiest Dang Roommate’s Girlfriend on the Face of the Planet”?) dropped off a gift at our apartment (“Summer Camp”) last night. Let’s just say it was thoughtful…

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And while I’m at it, my roommate and I are currently searching for a new home base-looking for a bit more space than our current 2 bedroom apartment. I asked this on Facebook yesterday, but I might as well ask again here. Does anyone rent townhouses in Baltimore County?

I’m looking for something with a little space and fairly priced. There’s only two of us, so I can’t pay $1600. I’ll take a nice place in a solid neighborhood, or I’ll take a dump with THIS in the basement…

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Ravens DT Terrence Cody failed conditioning test, missed practice Tuesday

Argh.

Look, this ISN’T the earth-shattering news some folks in town wanted to think it was. Players fail the conditioning test in Westminster every year. Is it a BIT more concerning because the biggest issue Terrence Cody has faced in his life IS conditioning? Sure. But this isn’t a “stop the presses” type of issue.

My guess is that Terrence Cody will take the test again in the next day or two and will pass. After that, he’ll hit the practice field at McDaniel College after that.

My other guess? This won’t be the last time Terrence Cody’s conditioning is questioned while he’s in Charm City.

Just guesses.

(Edit from GMC: UPDATE-I was right. Cody passed his test and returned to the practice field Tuesday morning. Our long civic nightmare is over. And the news was first reported…by Fabian Washington on Twitter. Of course it was. They call Fabian “the most trusted name in news”, don’t they?)

2. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Cody, Ed Reed, Fabian Washington, Lardarius Webb amongst 10 Ravens on Training Camp PUP list

No one on this list is particularly surprising-I don’t think we knew much about Oniel Cousins’ throat surgery; and I’m not really sure what’s going on with Prince Miller or Rodelin Anthony (and both are likely longshots to make the roster anyway).

And as our own Luke Jones wrote later last night, it is IMPORTANT to remember that this ISN’T the “miss 6 weeks of the season” PUP list-just the active list to start Camp. As these guys are ready-they’ll practice.

(Edit from GMC: UPDATE-Prince Miller returned to practice today as well. Thank God!)

I’m just grateful the team didn’t end up putting Asimina Koutsounouri on PUP. That would have been devastating (Thanks Don Chavez/Totally Crap!)…

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3. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Steve Bisciotti should be considering contract extension for John Harbaugh

And I’ll go ahead on the other side and say…and the end of the season.

There’s no question that the organization CANNOT allow Coach Harbs to go into next season with it being the final year of his contract (see: Trembley, Dave). That being said, there’s no reason to necessarily do this right now, as the focus should be on the team and trying to reach the Super Bowl.

Of course, the opposing argument would be “but then what do you do if everything goes wrong this season and the team somehow ends up 5-11? You either reward him for a bad season or you allow him to enter the final year of his contract.”

That would be the issue, yes. Let’s worry about that when it happens.

4. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Cam Cameron thinks Troy Smith-John Beck decision will be ‘pretty obvious’

Before we move on from the Ravens, a couple of things…

-Two more practices for the Ravens today, with this afternoon’s session scheduled for 3:30pm. After the morning session; John Harbaugh, Terrence Cody and Ed Dickson are scheduled to meet with the media. Sergio Kindle was originally scheduled as well-but it’s safe to say that won’t happen. Luke Jones is on the scene, he’ll be checking in with reports throughout the day with Thyrl Nelson and Nestor Aparicio on AM1570 WNST.

-Brian Baldinger (NFL Network) said Haloti Ngata was the 5th best player in the entire NFL. Sorta makes me look silly for saying he’s the #3 guy on the Ravens’ roster… (Joe Flacco, Michael Oher).

5. The AP says Jose Bautista homered twice as Blue Jays crushed Orioles in Toronto

Thank God Jose Bautista only plays the Birds 18 times a year, or the Hall of Fame folks would already be working on his plaque in Cooperstown.

I will be forced to admit that I turned the game off after Bautista’s 1st inning homer. Why the Orioles let Kevin Millwood even pitch in the first inning is beyond me. It just isn’t going to go well.

Remember when we thought Kevin Millwood was going to have trade value? I still think he does, I just think they need to lower their expectations for what they can get for him. In fact, their best bets may be Isuro Tanaka and/or Rube Baker from the Cleveland Indians.

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6. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of loss

Nick Markakis went 2-4 with a double and RBI…BUT…Felix Pie, Jake Fox and Cesar Izturis combined for an 0-fer with 2K’s each.

You know you don’t want to look at this.

My recommendation would be to look at Nikoletta Ralli instead. (Thanks Busted Coverage/Brosome!)

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7. MLB.com’s James Hall says Zach Britton rumored for Saturday start vs. Royals, Juan Samuel doesn’t want to send Bergesen back to Norfolk

I’m going to try my hardest to say something here besides “I don’t really care”, but it’s hard for me to think of much of anything else.

If Bergesen stays in the rotation, he’ll probably get hit around. Kansas City stinks, but they can still hit. There’s nothing about his performance recently that suggests he’ll suddenly come alive. I don’t know that he REALLY gains anything from going back to Norfolk, but maybe he does.

Zach Britton probably ISN’T ready to reach the big league level yet-but it would be a pressure-less situation on the road against a terrible KC team at a time when no one in either town is particularly concerned about what’s going on baseball-wise.

My gut says Bergesen makes the start-and my gut says that’s probably for the best right now.

My gut ALSO says that the 3rd Berger Cookie was a bad choice last night. I rarely listen to my gut.

8. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Britton solid in Tides’ loss, Billy Rowell solid in Frederick Keys’ loss on farm

Before we move on from the on-field O’s, a couple of things…

-The Orioles are back in action tonight, wrapping up their 3 game set in Canada. Jeremy Guthrie (who MIGHT have some trade value) goes against the Jays’ Brad Mills (who will be making his first start). First pitch at Rogers Centre is at 7:07pm, and the game can be seen on MASN2.

-If you missed Bowie Baysox 1B Joe Mahoney today on “The Morning Reaction” with Drew Forrester on AM1570 WNST; make sure you check out the chat with the Eastern League Player of the Week in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net. Other guests this morning were:

  • Clark Judge (CBSSports.com), who went around the NFL with Drew-discussing Terrell Owens, the Ravens and who he liked in the AFC.
  • Ovie Mughelli (Atlanta Falcons FB, former Raven), who discussed his recent trip to the Gulf Coast and football in general with Drew.
  • Luke Jones, who checked in live from the practice field at McDaniel College with news about Terrence Cody, Matt Birk, etc.

They’re all in the Audio Vault as well if you want to check them out!

9. ESPN.com’s Matt Lindner says Birds should consider racing Muppets at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Why did I include this in Crabs and Beer? Honestly, I have no idea. Probably because it’s a funny read (and we can use something like that when we talk about the Orioles); and it gives me an excuse to include this classic version of “Bohemian Rhapsody”…

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10. FoxSports.com’s Jeff Goodman says Gary Williams got ‘new lease on life’ when Debbie Yow left for NC State

Which would surprise…like…no one.

Jeff will be on with Thyrl at 10:40am today to talk about this story and other college basketball-related items. Check it out live or later today in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault.

Also make sure you check out this week’s edition of the “D1scast”, as myself and Patrick Stevens (D1scourse) discuss everything going on in the world of college sports-including a wrap of this weekend’s ACC Kickoff event in Greensboro. You can listen to the D1scast in the Audio Vault as well.

I got a new “lease on life” myself when I saw pictures of Carolina Baldini over at Guyism this morning…

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And finally, I leave you with this.

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because I was reminded that the Harford County Farm Fair gets underway tomorrow. Which reminds me-I need to run out and pick up some chewing tobacco today. Not for me to actually use, just to help me feel more comfortable.

Much like the Maryland State Fair in Timonium, there’s one simple thing that I enjoy most about the Hazzard County Fair. Plain and simple…PIG RACES…

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 14 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because for the first time ever, I’m going to name CO “Greatest Song(s) of All Time This Week”.

And in one of those historic moments-I’m going to name both a hip-hop and a country song.

(Edit from GMC: Insert your own joke here about “that just means you’re replacing your six pack with a 40 in your pickup truck” or something like that. But be sensitive in the process. We’re always appropriate here.)

First, I will admit that my love for Hootie & The Blowfish might make me jaded, but Darius Rucker is ABSOLUTELY one of the greatest things to have ever happened to country music. This is “Come Back Song”…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIVtvgc8BPw[/youtube]

On the flip side, a lot of folks have said a lot of things about Kanye West in recent years. Not among them would be that his new single “Power” isn’t really freaking good…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96tTu9-aW9k[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. MLB.com’s Doug Miller says Wigginton played, didn’t hit in American League’s All-Star Game loss

I legitimately watched MAYBE six outs of the ASG last night. I was watching “Wipeout” on ABC, then flipped over to see Ubaldo Jimenez get a double play to get out of the 2nd; and I tapped out to go see “Despicable Me.”

So…my thoughts on “Despicable Me” are that it was GOOD…but your kids will enjoy it more than you will.

Thoughts on the All-Star Game? It happened. Brian McCann may have helped himself, as the Atlanta Braves have at least a chance to reach the World Series. As far as Ty Wigginton is concerned, he’ll always be able to tell folks he was a Major League Baseball All-Star.

So was Robert Fick. So was Ron Coomer. So was Steve Trachsel.

That’s all I’ve got for you.

2. Wall Street Journal says Peter Angelos believes George Steinbrenner ‘as synonymous’ as any great Yankees player

Kudos to “GNicks1024″ on Twitter (you can follow US @WNST) for the response of the day to Angelos’ statement:

Steinbrenner on Angelos “his name is as synonymous with losing as anyone to ever put on…well anything”

I think there’s a relevant discussion about the reaction to George Steinbrenner’s death in comparison to what the reaction would have been had the news been yesterday that Peter had passed away.

Not that I think that Peter will necessarily see the moment as a sort of “A Christmas Carol” situation and will suddenly wake up and decide that he needs to be a better person/baseball owner. But I guess there’s at least a hope that maybe “Ebenezer Scrooge” Angelos will see that just because your legacy looks bad right now, it doesn’t mean there’s no hope for you to be remembered in a different way at the end of your life.

Maybe.

He’ll have a long way to go to be remembered positively here in Charm City.

3. The Daily Record’s Liz Farmer says Birds ranked 20th of 30 MLB teams in Harris Interactive popularity poll

The real question is “how embarrassing must it be for the 10 teams that are somehow LESS POPULAR THAN THE O’S?”

I also thought it was a bit awkward when the teams MORE popular than the Orioles included…

redsox
generals
beerfest

4. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Mike Gonzalez gave up run, 2 hits; Mike Flacco drove in game winner for Aberdeen Ironbirds on farm

Well, we had hoped to catch up with Mike Gonzalez this morning, but we missed him. Hopefully he’ll hook up with Thyrl Nelson later today.

Guests who DID appear on “The Morning Reaction” today with Drew Forrester included John Feinstein (Washington Post), who previewed the U.S. Open and also discussed LeBron James and George Steinbrenner with Drew. Check him out at FeinsteinOnTheBrink.com and pick up his new book “Moment of Glory.” Former Oriole Ken Singleton-now a Yanks TV analyst for the YES Network also joined Drew to remember “The Boss.” Those interviews can be heard in the Audio Vault as well.

And before we move on from the Birds, I want to address Roch Kubatko’s note that the Orioles are interested in Mark Prior…

“TO DO WHAT?!?!?!? CERTAINLY NOT TO PITCH, RIGHT?!?!?!?”

Andy MacPhail’s undying fascination of players he was involved with in the Chicago Cubs organization has AT BEST been unhelpful for the organization; and has arguably HURT the organization. This….this is absolutely INSANE.

5. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens introduce new Training Camp autograph policy

The policy basically states that autographs are only available for children 14 and younger, and that players will only sign autographs after the morning sessions during Camp; none after the afternoon sessions. In fairness, the team had no REGULAR autograph signing sessions in the afternoon; but players would often wander over to the crowd in the past following the PM sessions.

Here’s what REALLY matters to me. If Nina Senicar were to show up at Training Camp, can I still get an autograph from her??? (Thanks Guyism!)

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6. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says new autograph policy in Westminster might send ‘wrong message’

And it might.

The reality is that there’s nothing wrong with a group of incoming seniors at Eastern Tech wanting to come over and grab autographs from Terrence Cody and Joe Flacco. In fact, that demand is EXACTLY what the organization should want.

Clearly there has been trouble with adults trying to bullrush kids for the chance to breathe near Sam Koch or Edgar Jones. I understand the organization’s need to address that. But there is a risk that if a group of high school or college students that WOULD have come out to Camp chooses NOT to come to Camp because they feel like they aren’t welcome to get autographs.

I’ve always thought that setting up some sort of “picture booth” would probably be the right way to do this. What’s popular with young people now is getting a “picture” with a pro athlete or celebrity-mostly so they can post it on Facebook. Hell, even I have an old picture with Ray Lewis somewhere amongst my Facebook pics. The difference is, there’s no real value in a “picture” to anyone besides the person who is IN the picture-so the unreal demand to get multiple signatures on multiple pieces of memorabilia.

It gets rid of the folks who are pushing to get autographs so they can sell them on eBay. It gets rid of the folks who want 10-15 things signed.

It still allows adults to get face time with the pro athletes they love. In fact, the Ravens could even handle all of it in-house with a photographer, and post the pictures at their official website; which helps their brand even more moving forward.

Ravens VP Kevin Byrne joined Drew this morning to explain the policy-if you missed it, make sure you hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net to check it out.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says rookies Ed Dickson, Arthur Jones officially signed deals

Also yesterday, the Marc Bulger deal was officially signed-so it was good news all around in Owings Mills!

It was even better news, Dania Ramirez is on the cover of August’s Maxim. Wait, that’s not news? News to me…

dania

8. Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager thinks Walt Harris will win battle for #2 CB job at McDaniel College

Okay…with no offense to Peter Schrager, I think he’s missing something here.

1-The actual “competition” will be between Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington if both are healthy.

2-If they’re not; Harris, Chris Carr and Travis Fisher would all be in the mix.

3-Assuming a 36 year old corner who didn’t play at all last season can beat out much of anyone is probably not the safest of bets at this point.

If he’s healthy, the easy assumption is that Lardarius Webb will be the guy. If not, I’d rank the group:

Fabian Washington
Chris Carr
Walt Harris
Travis Fisher
Cary Williams
Prince Miller

9. The Sun’s Erica L. Green says Michael Phelps to give free swim lessons to Baltimore City summer school students this afternoon

This is a very good thing. I’ve said ever since he dominated the 2008 Olympics in Beijing that Phelps had some level of responsibility to return to Baltimore and be visible and involved in the community.

I know he’s been visible at Ravens games; and his Foundation has done some things for the community. But I haven’t been OVERLY impressed with his dedication (or his team’s dedication) to making that a priority.

You know what I HAVE been overly impressed with? Jenna Pietersen (Thanks Uncoached/Busted Coverage!)

jenna

10. Inside Lacrosse’s John Jiloty says Iroquois Nation will try to travel to FIL World Championships in Manchester, England one more time this afternoon

This story is crazy if you haven’t been following it. The Iroquois Nation plays in the World Championships every 4 years, but there is a passport issue this year that is preventing them from being able to fly into the United Kingdom. They don’t want to have to get U.S. passports because they have laws that protect them as a sovereign nation.

It’s unreal.

Speaking of unreal, how does GEICO keep making awesome commercials? The Randy Johnson snowball commercial is a CLASSIC…

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

And finally, I leave you with this.

Apparently this is some sort of riveting video of Terrell Owens getting dunked on at Rucker Park in Harlem that a lot of folks are worked up about. I’m clearly not the target audience for this video. (Thanks With Leather!)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVGaJam4J80[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 16 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because Stone Cold Steve Austin was back on WWE Raw last night. Sadly, it was a reminder that no matter how much you want it to be, pro wrestling just isn’t as good as it used to be.

We all like to blame it on the fact that the product has been watered down-and there’s no doubt that to some extent it has been. But it also has something to do with us getting older ourselves, as we long for the things we loved as children. Like Stone Cold spraying Vince McMahon and The Rock down with beer….

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Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Aubrey Coleman won’t practice until Thursday according to Houston coach Tom Penders

But there doesn’t appear to be any threat that he won’t play, so I don’t feel any better than I did before. Of course, I wasn’t that nervous about this game before, so that isn’t saying too much.

For those who say things like “don’t kid yourself, the Cougars aren’t going to be a pushover”; OF COURSE they aren’t. They’re in the NCAA Tournament. Vermont won’t be a pushover in the 1-16 game they play against Syracuse.

BUT-this nonsense about Houston being a difficult matchup for Maryland is INSANE. The matchup-basketball wise-couldn’t possibly favor Maryland more. Tom Penders’ club is an up and down the floor team that is prone to turning the ball over a TON. Gary Williams’ team is a team that THRIVES on causing turnovers, and would like nothing more than to go up and down the floor.

Matchup-wise, it’s PERFECT. In fact, it’s the type of matchup that a Gary Williams-coached team should be able to turn into a double digit win. Houston isn’t particularly good, they’re just capable of scoring a bunch of points. They were a .500 team entering the Conference USA Tournament.

How else do I say this?

A Houston win over Maryland would be a MONUMENTAL upset. This isn’t a toss-up. There’s a reason Maryland is favored by about 10 points.

BUT….they can’t come out flat. They can’t just assume they’ll win. They have to play. But they should be able to take care of business fairly easily.

2. Sporting News’ Dan Levy says Gus Johnson/Len Elmore will call Morgan game(s) in Buffalo, Tim Brando/Mike Gminski will call Maryland game(s) in Spokane

I’m not sure I’d even be able to keep my pants on if I were able to listen to Gus Johnson call a Morgan State upset of West Virginia on Friday afternoon. I mean, I could listen to Gus Johnson all day….

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I like Tim Brando just as much as the next guy, but clearly Morgan is the winner in the announcer battle here. As much as I love Jim Nantz, Gus Johnson and Len Elmore should do the Final Four.

3. The Sun’s Ken Murray says Bozeman relied heavily on Baltimore recruiting to build Bears

I wrote about this in my column Saturday after the MEAC Tournament championship game. I love the concept of “Baltimore Tough”, and this group of kids EMBODIES that mentality. They come from tough backgrounds, and they use it to fuel their success.

It makes this Morgan State run even more meaningful to me. With no offense to Jay Greene or Darryl Proctor (who was actually from Prince George’s County), it is MORE meaningful for me to see a Baltimore team have success thanks to Baltimore kids.

4. Maryland Official Site says Terrapins women had NCAA Tournament bubble burst, will face Iona Friday in WNIT

Hard to believe there can even be a Women’s Tournament without Brenda Frese’s squad being involved; but it’s hard to say they deserved to make it this season either. They finished with a sub-.500 record in the ACC, a lack of any marquee nonconference wins, and a very bad loss to Towson earlier in the season.

She’s bringing in a ton of talent, so this should be nothing more than a 1 year miss. Great men’s programs (including UConn this season) have gone through the same thing.

5. Inside Lacrosse’s Tommy Kehoe says Grant Catalino had 2 goals, 4 assists as Terps beat Penn in College Park

Dave Cottle’s team remains undefeated, and should be able to stay that way when they visit UMBC this Saturday. They needed a great start too, as the schedule gets no easier. Using the hot start to build confidence will help them with Virginia, North Carolina, Johns Hopkins and Navy still to come.

6. Towson Official Site previews Tigers’ battle with Navy tonight at Unitas Stadium

This should be entertaining, as both the Tigers and Midshipmen need a victory tonight. The Mids have struggled, and Towson is WINLESS.

Big game tonight. Worth heading over to Unitas Stadium to check it out.

Unless you’re too busy watching “The Biggest Loser.” In which case……really?

7. The AP says Luke Scott (and Brandon Snyder) homered as Orioles topped Red Sox in Ft. Myers

Insert your own Luke Scott “shot” joke here…..

That being said, I’m of course excited to see Brandon Snyder hit his first home run.

My guess? He’ll hit 82 more this season.

8. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Brandon Erbe, Troy Patton amongst 7 Birds cut from Spring Training roster, sent to minor league camp

No surprises here. Troy Patton was a longshot to make it to Baltimore, and Brandon Erbe is still a project moving forward.

You know what IS a surprise, though? That Florida volleyball player Kari Klinkenborg would date Terrell Owens…..

karik

9. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and Peter Schmuck say Brian Roberts returned to Sarasota after receiving epidural for ailing back

I think I’m just going to stop speculating on the whole Brian Roberts injury thing. I think it might be a problem. But since I’m not really welcome around the Orioles, I don’t know.

I wish I could tell you more.

10. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Edgar Jones, Marcus Paschal sign deals with Ravens

Book the rooms in Arlington. Print the Super Bowl tickets.

This really changes nothing about the Ravens’ offseason plans. Marcus Paschal is by no means a player that can be assumed to make the roster out of Training Camp. Edgar Jones may be nothing more than a special teams player.

BUT….this is how business works in the NFL.

11. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Donte’ Stallworth had to ‘shake the rust’ on first day of voluntary workouts in Owings Mills

And Joe Flacco had to shake the sleep out of his eyes when he looked up and saw an actual GROUP of capable Wide Receivers.

(Edit from GMC: I’m kidding. I don’t even know who was there. There’s no media availability at 1 Winning Drive. Yet….the team “reports” on it. Of course they do.)

12. Youngstown Vindicator says Ravens were in attendance for Youngstown State WR Donald Jones’ Pro Day

The surprising part about this is that there’s a newspaper called “The Vindicator.” That sounds like the name of a pro wrestler.

In fact, I think I’m going to be known as “The Vindicator” in the future. And Ray Bachman will be known as “The Indigestor”…..

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And finally, I leave you with this….

Thanks Busted Coverage for this video of hot chicks reading lines from “The Big Lebowski.” Is it good? No. But is it the type of idea I can get behind? YES.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4T9DGjGAUw[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 03 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because this blog I am posting today is exactly the 1,000th blog I have posted here at WNST.net. What did you get me? The easy choice would have been to just give me $1,000 to celebrate 1,000 blogs; but I can understand if you failed to do so. It’s not like you’ve never let me down before.

Of course, you could have gotten me tickets to see the Beach Boys at Pier Six. I don’t care how old they are, I don’t care who’s in the band anymore (is John Stamos in the band?), THIS is still one of the greatest things to ever happen in the history of music….

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

Okay, I’m kidding. But I’m not kidding about the fact that Pet Sounds changed my life….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMytHN6odD4[/youtube]

So….it would be a nice gift…..just saying….

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. Maryland Official Site previews tonight’s showdown with Duke on Senior Night at Comcast Center

Not a whole lot more I can say about this game tonight that hasn’t already been said. Everyone knows it’s the game of the year in the ACC. Everyone knows it’s the biggest game the Terrapins have played in about 5 years.

We’re just hoping it goes much more like this…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2UUyAzKLMg[/youtube]

Than this…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhoAuSamgr4[/youtube]

2. The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says tonight final chance for College Park faithful to celebrate Greivis Vasquez

As I mentioned yesterday, his jersey won’t go up in the rafters tonight-but it will eventually. Much like the game itself, there’s not too much more that can be said about Vasquez’s tenure in College Park. He has ABSOLUTELY been the best player in the history of the Comcast Center, and the relationship between himself, Gary Williams, Maryland fans and the building itself has been pretty special.

As he was coming off the floor the night of the Clemson game, you could tell it was getting emotional for him. He loves that place. He loves the fans. He loves the atmosphere. As our buddy Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse on Twitter) mentioned yesterday, he loves college basketball- “Tomorrow is going to be such a good day just to play basketball. Let’s play some ball.”

Also, the game tonight is apparently going to be shown live in Venezuela. Like I said, big deal.

3. Winston-Salem Journal’s Bill Cole says Blue Devils can clinch ACC title outright tonight-they haven’t won regular season title since ’05-’06

I guess that’s the one thing we’re conveniently forgetting about tonight’s game. It isn’t just a big deal for the Terps, it’s a big deal for Coach K’s Blue Devils as well. They’ve been having to play 2nd fiddle to North Carolina in the ACC over the last couple of years, and these players (Jon Scheyer especially) don’t know what it’s like to win a regular season title. That’s in their mind.

Coach K isn’t the type of person to do too much forward thinking, so it’s a bit surprising that he’s actually taken time this year to talk about the significance of winning a regular season title.

For both teams, it’s another banner. Even if Maryland only ends up splitting the regular season title, that’s another banner that will hang in the Comcast Center rafters that these players will be able to back and see any time they come to a game.

4. Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says tonight also night to honor Landon Milbourne and Eric Hayes

Not to be forgotten tonight-these two players have made MAJOR contributions to this program over the last few years-and will be SORELY missed next season. The evolution that Eric Hayes has gone through as an ACC basketball player is absolutely incredible. Remember, it was just two years ago when there was a real thought that Hayes would have to transfer out because he couldn’t handle this level of play.

I also expect Jerome Burney to be honored tonight. He’s going to graduate in May and move on after a foot injury ended his career early. He’s been valuable to the team as a player-assistant, and even took time to hand out stats to members of the media last week, which was appreciated.

5. Navy Official Site says Midshipmen bounced back to pick up lacrosse win at Lehigh last night

Beating a team like Lehigh should be expected from the Mids, but after two tough losses, there was always a chance they might struggle to snap their funk. It doesn’t get much easier for the Mids, as they now have to face a Bucknell team that beat Towson and nearly beat Duke earlier this season on Saturday afternoon at 3 over in Annapolis at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Speaking of lacrosse, I’m organizing a “Tweet-Up” (follow us on Twitter @WNST) this afternoon at Caves Athletic Complex in Owings Mills-where Stevenson is holding their true home opener against RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology). If you’re a local lax fan, I’d love to have you come hang out. Keep following us, as I’ll give you details on where we’ll meet before the game. I’m hoping to hit Steve’s Deli after the game for sure. And please re-tweet to your lacrosse friends.

6. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and Peter Schmuck say Will Ohman, Matt Albers expected to pitch behind Jeremy Guthrie in Spring Training opener today vs. Rays

Every outing is important for both pitchers-but especially Ohman, who is on the outside looking in right now when it comes to the Birds’ bullpen.

Unfortunately, today’s game is not on TV; as I guess MASN is going to show an outdoors show-or a radio show (that I don’t think would even be on today since they’re airing the game on the radio), or an old Big East Tournament game replay, or something like that.

If you need something to look at without the game being on, may I suggest the new pictures of Audrina Patridge in the British version of FHM….

patridge

You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.

7. USA Today’s Mel Antonen says O’s not thrilled about playing 16 of 32 Grapefruit League games against AL East opponents

They also were wondering if they could change their AL East schedule to not have to play so many games against AL East opponents.

LOL.

Now, this is an actual problem. The Orioles would much rather play the Cardinals in the preseason, for the same reasons the Ravens would never play the Browns, Bengals or Steelers in the preseason. They don’t want to allow their most common opponents to get to know too much about their team.

However, they knew this would be part of the equation when they got out of Ft. Lauderdale and got to Sarasota, so they can’t REALLY complain about it. They just might want to schedule some more of their longshot pitchers on days where they face the Rays, Red Sox, Yankees and Blue Jays.

8. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester mocks Boise State CB Kyle Wilson to Ravens

The only concern with Kyle Wilson is that he’s a little undersized (5’10″), and he didn’t have to face premiere wide receivers in the WAC. Where as Oklahoma CB Dominique Franks and Oklahoma State CB Perrish Cox have had to face the likes of Michael Crabtree, Dez Bryant, Dezmon Briscoe and Danario Alexander in the Big 12, Wilson didn’t face the same types of receivers when he was with the Broncos.

Wilson’s game is comparable to Lardarius Webb-but he doesn’t quite have the pedigree. He’s got TONS of speed and can make an impact in the return game. He’s a nice player. I just get the feeling the Ravens might be looking for more of a big, physical cornerback.

9. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says T.O., Kevin Walter, Antonio Bryant and Mushin Muhammad are all UFA options at WR for Ravens

Which means…..it’s time for free agent porn!!!

terrell
walter
bryant
muhammad

Look, none of these guys are ideal. But Larry Fitzgerald isn’t available. SOMEONE has to play WR next season. I just hope it isn’t Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton and Donte’ Stallworth.

10. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Brandon Marshall, Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd and Miles Austin are all RFA options at WR for Ravens

I’ll save the “RFA WR Porn” for another day, but I will mention that I don’t think Miles Austin or Brandon Marshall are REAL options, and Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd won’t come easy.

Again….somebody has to play receiver.

11. Yahoo! Sports’ Doug Farrar mocks Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas to Ravens

There’s a polite and an impolite word for this.

The polite word is “stretch.” The impolite word is “insane.”

Either one works.

(Edit from GMC: He was a borderline guy BEFORE he got hurt again. How would that make him IMPROVE his status?)

12. The Sun says Crystal Palace Baltimore, Loyola to raise money to benefit Haiti at next Wednesday’s exhibition match

I think this is awesome. And since there’s not much else for me to say about it, I’ll post a picture of Ice T’s wife CoCo that What Would Tyler Durden Do posted yesterday. It’s like “ReTweeting”, just without the Twitter….

Coco


And finally, I leave you with this.

I was never an Allen Iverson fan. He went to Georgetown. He played for the 76ers. The only team I root for in Philadelphia is the Flyers. BUT….if this is it for him, he was a hell of a player. Plus, we’ll always have this….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exOxUAntx8I[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 02 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention-Women’s College Basketball-ACC Tournament: North Carolina vs. Maryland (Thursday 3pm from Greensboro live on Comcast SportsNet); NASCAR Kobalt Tools 500 (Sunday 1pm from Atlanta live on FOX); Soccer: Philadelphia KiXX @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from 1st Mariner Arena live on B2liveTV.com), Monterrey La Raza @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm from 1st Mariner Arena live on B2liveTV.com); Golf: PGA Tour Honda Classic (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on NBC. All thrilling golf action from Palm Beach, FL) Champions Tour Toshiba Classic (Friday & Saturday 6:30pm, Sunday 7pm from Newport Bach, CA live on Golf Channel)

10. Muse & Silversun Pickups (Wednesday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena), Jay-Z & Young Jeezy (Wednesday 7pm Verizon Center), Jamie Cullum (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Alice In Chains (Wednesday 8pm DAR Constitution Hall)

Look, if I didn’t have anywhere else to be (see: College Park), I’d ABSOLUTELY be at Muse Wednesday night. Because Muse KICKS.ASS.

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Okay….OR I’d be at Verizon Center. Because Jay-Z KICKS.ASS.

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I think I’m gonna pass on Jamie Cullum, but he ain’t too bad himself…

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9. Boxing: Jimmy Lange vs. Chase “The White Tiger” Shields (Saturday 7:30pm Patriot Center), ShoBox: Vic Darchinyan vs. Rodrigo Guerrero (Saturday 9pm from Rancho Mirage, CA live on Showtime)

On top of that, there’s press conference at Lincoln Theatre Wednesday in DC as part of the Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley media tour. Following the press conference, there’s a lunch at Ben’s Chili Bowl. This now allows me a great excuse to post pictures of Ben’s Chili Bowl food….

chilibowl

That’ll do. Don’t bother me for a while.

8. Pro Wrestling: TNA iMPACT! moves to Monday Nights (Monday 9pm from Orlando live on SpikeTV)

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen “Monday Night Wars” like we did between WWE and WCW in the 90′s. Having checked out TNA once or twice, I’m comfortable thinking that they won’t be able to compete. That being said, there is no doubt that THIS man is one of the greatest men in the history of the world…..

ricflair

And that I’m interested in finding out much more about whoever Madison Rayne is…..

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7. Tennis: Davis Cup-Team USA @ Serbia (Friday 10am, Saturday 8am, Sunday 9am from Belgrade live on Tennis Channel)

It’s not that I don’t think the Americans have a chance…I just really wonder who on their team is supposed to beat Novak Djokovic. I only notice the names John Isner and Sam Querrey….clearly they must be missing someone, because neither of those guys can get the job done. Maybe I’m missing something. Maybe this guy is on the team…..

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(Edit from GMC: Yeah, even I’m a little surprised I went with a Mal Washington joke. Is anyone else interested in preparing material for me?)

6. NBA: Wizards @ Bucks (Wednesday 8pm from Milwaukee live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS), Bucks @ Wizards (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Wizards @ Celtics (Sunday 8pm from Boston live on Comcast SportsNet & ESPN)

Are the ‘Zards fun to watch? No. Was this an awesome dunk from Nick Young? Yes.

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5. Mixed Martial Arts: WEC Bowles vs. Cruz (Saturday 10pm from Columbus, OH live on VERSUS)

Of course, this event is the highlight of the “Arnold Sports Festival” in Columbus. Which reminds me that I’m thankful to live in a country where a weekend could be named after this man….

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Most of the women walking around Columbus this weekend will probably look like this….

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I’m very confused about what this all means….

4. NHL: Capitals @ Sabres (Wednesday 7pm from Buffalo live on VERSUS & Comcast SportsNet), Lightning @ Capitals (Thursday 7pm from Verizon Center live on NHL Network & Comcast SportsNet), Rangers @ Capitals (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Stars @ Capitals (Monday 7pm from Verizon Center liev on VERSUS)

I’m not a Caps fan and I’m not REALLY a hockey guy, but if Washington would celebrate their wins the same way the Team Canada women do, I’d be all in….

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3. Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic: Maryland vs. Duke (11am live on ESPNU), Princeton vs. Johns Hopkins (1:30pm live on ESPNU), Notre Dame vs. Loyola (4pm live on AM1570 WNST-All games Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium); College Lacrosse: Bucknell @ Navy (Saturday 3pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on CBS College Sports), North Carolina @ UMBC (Saturday 12pm from UMBC Stadium live on WMAR 2, tape delayed on ESPNU), RIT @ Stevenson (Wednesday 3:30pm Caves Athletic Complex), Western New England @ Stevenson (Sunday 1pm Caves Athletic Complex)

That’s right…the big game….Maryland-Duke…good stuff. Yes, even in lacrosse.

And while I don’t have any PARTICULAR allegiances to the Greyhounds-I certainly would if I were going to the games Saturday (I’ll be at John Paul Jones Arena instead). In fact, I’d probably wear this hat….

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2. NFL Free Agency Begins (Friday 12am)

The more I think about this….the more I want this to happen…..

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1. College Basketball: Duke @ Maryland (Wednesday 9am from Comcast Center live on ESPN), Maryland @ Virginia (Saturday 1:30pm from Charlottesville live on Raycom-WNUV 54 locally); Coppin State @ Morgan State (Thursday 7:30pm Hill Field House); CAA Tournament 1st Round: Towson vs. UNC-Wilmington (Friday 12pm from Richmond streamed live at CAASports.com); America East Tournament quarterfinal: UMBC vs. Vermont (Saturday 6pm from West Hartford, Conn streamed live at AmericaEast.TV); MAAC Tournament 1st round: Loyola vs. Manhattan (Friday 7:30pm from Albany streamed live at MAACSports.com)

Do me a favor. Go to UrbanDictionary.com. Search “Duke University.” Then search “redick.” It doesn’t get much better.

It’s good to have this game be the most important game in the ACC all season again….

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me 1-because I’ve been out of Indianapolis for nearly 36 hours. No offense, but it ain’t good.

2-Nobody decided to drive their car into a tree this morning and knock out power to the radio station and everyone else who resides on Hart Rd…

3-It may have not been in time for National Chili Day, but our buddy John West delivered with one of the greatest breakfasts in the history of AM1570 WNST yesterday morning….

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Yeah, that’s lump crab meat, and it’s called “Chesapeake Chili”…and it’s better than what you had for breakfast today.

Let’s see what everyone has to say……

1. Maryland Official Site says Terps 22nd in AP poll, 23rd in ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll

It’s funny, because Patrick Stevens (follow him on Twitter @D1scourse) had him 18th in his weekly poll this week-and I first thought to myself “that seems high”…I actually thought they should be in the range where they are in the polls…somewhere in the low 20′s. That being said, I haven’t been NEARLY as concerned about Maryland cracking the Top 25 as everyone else in town apparently is, as I know that racking up wins will get a team the respect it needs moving towards the NCAA Tournament.

That being said, what else can be said about this team right now? The win Saturday night was just tremendous. Being “gutty” is as important if not more important than being “good.” This team has more “Guts” than Mike O’Malley and Moira Quirk….

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If you get that reference, marry me. (Edit from GMC: If you’re a female. Or if you’re Andy Roddick.)

2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Greivis Vasquez named ACC Player of the Week, Jordan Williams named ACC Freshman of the Week

At this point, I’m not sure why they don’t just call it the “Greivis Vasquez ACC Player of the Week Award.” I guess Jon Scheyer could still win ACC Player of the Year (especially if Greivis were to struggle against the Blue Devils Wednesday night), but I don’t think I could necessarily agree with it. He’s been the best player in the conference all season, there just really isn’t any doubt about that. Now-the bulk of the media that votes for the award is based in North Carolina. Like it or not, they’ve probably seen more of Scheyer.

It will be an interesting vote.

Also worth noting, I was given confirmation that Greivis Vasquez’s jersey number will NOT be honored in the Comcast Center rafters tomorrow night. The school is choosing to honor all 3 seniors (Vasquez, Landon Milbourne and Eric Hayes) the same way tomorrow night, which makes sense considering all three have been major contributors to the program.

I assume (although it has yet to be confirmed) that Vasquez’s jersey WILL enter the rafters next to Steve Blake’s, but it looks like they will wait until early next season to do so. This could help them get some juice for an early season game against Bethune-Cookman…or Longwood…or Long & Foster…or whoever they play.

3. The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Maryland fans desperate for tickets to Duke game Wednesday

This is ABSOLUTELY the biggest game in College Park since the 2005 game against Duke-the Saturday night game when ESPN’s “College Gameday” did a live broadcast, John Gilchrist went off, 5 Blue Devils fouled out, the Terps won in overtime and went on to miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time after 11 straight appearances.

There have been exciting games in College Park since then (including North Carolina a season ago), but none have been this big, and CERTAINLY none of them have been this significant. A chance to split the ACC regular season title is on the line, as well as an OUTSIDE chance at an outright title and the top seed in the ACC Tournament (if UNC can beat Duke).

It’s a big deal. Big enough that Erin Andrews is showing up (with Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas) before her Dancing With the Stars gig…..

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4. ESPN.com’s Andy Katz says Gary Williams continues to “maximize what (Terrapins) players can do”

That Andy Katz….classic Gary Williams apologist.

I won’t go down the “I told you so” route when it comes to those of you who called for Gary Williams’ head a season ago, mostly because I wasn’t even slightly moved by the argument. Some people say things like “fire the coach” out of panic, because they don’t really know how to analyze a situation. I actually sympathize with those people. While I’ve never called for Maryland to fire Dave Cottle as lacrosse coach, I remain on the “he has to win” campaign.

Gary Williams is winning. A lot of people expected he would. It will be a struggle again a season from now, there’s no doubt about that. That’s the mark of a Gary Williams program in this era of college basketball.

But as Katz pointed out, there’s just no way in the world that anyone not named Gary Williams should be coaching this team right now.

5. The AP says Reggie Holmes’ 32 lead Morgan State to win over North Carolina A&T at Hill Field House

Have you been to see Reggie Holmes yet? I don’t ask because I want to say “shame on you” for not getting out yet, I ask because I’m sorry you haven’t had the chance. He’s REALLY one of the best players on the entire east coast. He’s just been so special to watch for four years now, and he’s obviously changed Todd Bozeman’s entire program.

You’ve got one more chance to see him here locally. The Bears host Coppin State in a “bucket list” type of rivalry game Thursday night. If you love Baltimore sports, you really owe it to yourself to get to a Morgan-Coppin game at least once. I’ll be there for sure, and can’t wait for the game.

6. The AP says Michael Harper’s 14 not enough as Coppin State fell to Norfolk State in home finale

The story of my first trip to the Coppin State Physical Education Complex wasn’t the team (which is just missing a lot of pieces right now), but the building itself. The building is PHENOMENAL. I mean, it’s absolutely unreal. If you ever attended a game at the Coppin Center, you won’t BELIEVE what a world of difference there is now at the CSPEC. It’s night and day-really. It’s just a bright, beautiful, state of the art facility that deserves to have outstanding teams and big crowds fill it.

That being said, Fang Mitchell’s Eagles are tough to watch. They go long stretches without scoring, they lack leadership and poise, and they have no go-to players. It is obvious that they miss Tywain McKee, who was one of the greatest players in school history a season ago, and Fang was quick to point out that they’ll get Lee Jordan back next season to help with a lot of that.

Can Coppin make a run in the MEAC Tournament similar to what they did two seasons ago? I don’t think so. They might win a game in Winston-Salem, but they have too many holes to push for a title.

7. Burlington Free Press’ John A. Fantino says Binghamton out of America East Tournament, UMBC to face Vermont

Which means that the Retrievers are guaranteed to remain in Hartford until Saturday, and all but guaranteed to be gone by Saturday night.

It is ABSOLUTELY the right thing that Binghamton is not participating in any sort of postseason contests this year, and there need to be many more sanctions moving forward. What happened with the Bearcats last season is so UNBELIEVABLY reprehensible that I’m not certain how they even fielded a team this season. In fact, it’s embarrassing that they did.

And while I love Randy Monroe, I just don’t give his team much of a chance to beat Mike Lonergan’s Catamounts.

8. Ravens Official Site’s John Eisenberg thinks team should really think about pursuring “divas” like Terrell Owens, Brandon Marshall, Anquan Boldin and Antonio Bryant

Apparently a local blogger in town tried saying that John Harbaugh was “laughing” when he talked about the Ravens’ interest in T.O. Maybe that local blogger shouldn’t talk about things he doesn’t know about….

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Look, John Harbaugh was just as condescending in Indy as he is any other time. BUT-the organization IS interested in Terrell Owens. John Harbaugh saying it publicly is NOT the first time we found that out. If you followed us on Twitter (@WNST), you’d know that we had gotten word about the team’s interest from other sources late last week, and Drew Forrester wrote about it Saturday morning.

Are the Ravens MOST interested in Terrell Owens? No. Would they like to find another wide receiver INSTEAD of Terrell Owens? Yes. But are they going to AVOID Terrell Owens? Absolutely not. They need receivers, and there are only so many available. Owens is 6’3″, and still played well in Buffalo a season ago. If the likes of Anquan Boldin, Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd, etc are too expensive or just won’t work (which is a total possibility), they might end up going with Owens.

Those are just the facts.

9. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens expected to give high tenders to RFA’s Sam Koch, Jared Gaither, Le’Ron McClain, Fabian Washington, Mark Clayton, Marshal Yanda and Troy Smith

The interesting point here is a reminder that while fans in Baltimore don’t seem to think that highly of Troy Smith, the organization absolutely DOES. John Beck is expected to get a low tender, meaning that while the Ravens would like to have him back, they are much more concerned about bringing back Smith than Beck.

Once again, those are just the facts.

10. ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says George Kokinis seen with Ravens contingency at NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis

Yeah, but take it from me-don’t ask John Harbaugh about it.

I guess the secrecy surrounding George Kokinis’ role with the Ravens has something to do with his departure from Cleveland, but it’s very strange. If he’s back, welcome back. If not, I don’t know exactly what to say.

11. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta amongst O’s pitchers who impressed in intrasquad scrimmage

It IS a good sign that Tillman’s back is apparently holding up well in his early Spring Training work.

That being said, I think Ingrid Ulrich had a better on Busted Coverage Monday than Tillman, Arrieta or even Jim Palmer ever could have…

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12. The Sun says former Bird BJ Surhoff to be inducted into College Baseball Hall of Fame

I don’t have much analysis to add here, other than to say congratulations to one of my favorite O’s of all time.

And since I don’t have any more analysis here, I’ll instead offer the video for the song “Bedrock” by Young Money. I like it.

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And finally, I leave you with this.

I promise that this will be the last time I write about anything Olympics-related. I PROMISE. I just missed yesterday’s post-so I have to get this all out of me.

Did it bother me that Canada topped Team USA in hockey Sunday? Damn right it did. I might not live and breathe hockey, but I sure as hell live and breathe the red, white and blue. (Until I re-adopt Italy again in the World Cup this summer if and when Team USA is eliminated. Look, I’m Italian-so spare me.) Does it bother me that Sidney Crosby got to be the hero in the process? Sure. Not because I root for Alexander Ovechkin or the Capitals, but because Pittsburgh sucks, and everything that comes from Pittsburgh should be a failure-not a great success.

That being said, for our friends to the north-you might have won the gold medal in hockey, but we won the gold in the bobsled, which we all know is more important. While you have Roberto Luongo-we have Steve FREAKING Holcomb, who I’m hoping I can go out for 2-375 beers with very soon….

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But-since this is your big week, enjoy it with some Our Lady Peace. You see, I don’t hate everything from your country….

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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It takes 20 minutes: Time might be right for Ravens to take Terrell Owens

Posted on 28 February 2010 by Drew Forrester

One year later, Terrell Owens is once again without a job and in need of a team.

He’s also in need of a championship ring.

This time last spring, the flashy-but-under-achieving wide receiver peddled his wares around the NFL before getting the ultimate kick in the family jewels — the only team willing to give him a chance was in Buffalo.

Talk about “how the mighty have fallen”.

Yesterday, the Bills did what just about every other team in Owens’ career has done.  They waved the white flag.  In true Roberto Duran spirit, the folks in Buffalo said “no mas”.

In Indy yesterday for the 2010 Player Combine, John Harbaugh offered the routine-like disclosure that the Ravens “are interested” in Owens.  In fairness, Harbaugh would say the Ravens were “interested” in the Son of Sam if, in fact, David Berkowitz lost 120 pounds and could run a 4.4 40-yard dash and catch the ball in traffic.

But Harbaugh’s “we’re interested” comment yesterday was much more telling than it appeared to the casual observer.  The Ravens are interested, a lot of people know that and, for the most part, the “cat is out of the bag”.  There was no sense in Harbaugh fibbing yesterday to cover up the team’s potential interest in Owens.  In fact, when Harbaugh slipped during his press conference and said, “we’ve watched a lot of film on him”, I quickly shot back with, “Why were you guys watching a lot of film on him?” and John responded with “You’ve cornered me.”

In past years, including last spring for sure, anytime I asked one of my Ravens sources about Owens and his possible acquisition, it was almost always met with “no interest” or “no thanks” or “we’ll pass”.

I can’t ever remember hearing “maybe” or “we’re thinking about it” or “we’re interested” when the issue of Owens came up.

Until now.

There are a lot of tentacles to the Terrell Owens situation in Baltimore and more of them lean in the direction of “good sense” than not.  For starters, the Ravens must finally give-in and admit they need help at the wide receiver position.  A season ago, the team added only veteran journeyman Kelley Washington and went to battle with a “B” receiving corps of Washington, Mark Clayton, Demetrius Williams and Derrick Mason.

This time last year, the Ravens stood pat and said, “Our wide receivers are good enough”.  I think we all saw enough of the 2009 season to say “well, they weren’t good enough”.

And it’s obvious that the Ravens are not willing to say that anymore, as evidenced by the signing of Donte’ Stallworth three weeks ago.  Even at 36, coming off a so-so year in Buffalo, and always being chased by the Diva Demons, Owens would be an asset in Baltimore.  Is he Anquan Boldin? Of course not.  Is he Brandon Marshall?  He isn’t.  But T.O. does have 1,006 catches in a 14-year career with 144 TD’s.  His numbers are very comparable to a bunch of Hall of Famers like Steve Largent, James Lofton, Raymond Berry and Paul Warfield.  He MIGHT sneak his way into Canton someday.  There’s quality there.  Even going into his 15th season, there’s still gas in the tank.

When the Ravens passed on first round wide receiver options in last spring’s draft like Kenny Britt, Hakeem Nicks and Percy Harvin, they set themselves up for this gaping hole they’re trying to plug.

The Michael Oher pick was a great one — this isn’t about debating whether or not they were right to go with him over the receivers — but when they went with Oher and passed on Britt and Nicks (both were available), they put themselves in the position of once again having to chase a bunch of pass catchers around in the spring of 2010.

That’s one of the reasons why Owens makes sense now, too.

Knowing what you now know about Oher, what’s a better two-year haul for the Ravens?  The combination of Oher and Owens?  Or Kenny Britt and Vladimir Ducasse (UMass), who will likely still be around when the Ravens have pick #25 in April.

That’s how the Ravens would look at it for sure.  ”One year later, would we do it differently if we had to do it all over again?  Would we go with Britt or Nicks and then take an offensive tackle in 2010?”

The answer is “no”, they wouldn’t.

I know how over-the-moon they are with Oher.  Some in the building are saying he might be the team’s 4th best draft pick EVER after Ray Lewis, Jon Ogden and Ed Reed.  That’s pretty tall company.

So along comes the 2010 draft and while there are definitely going to be some quality receivers available at #25, I’m inclined to believe the Ravens will pass on the likes of Brandon LaFell and Arrellious Benn and go with a defensive pick in round #1 next month.

That bodes even better for Owens.

With receivers -particularly first rounders – being so iffy in recent years, the sound decision might be to give Owens a 1-year deal with some heavy incentives for year #2 if, in fact, he pans out in Baltimore.  There’s no need to back up the Brinks truck for T.O. – he’s done NOTHING over the last year to warrant that kind of contract…but in all fairness, his numbers over the last four years (including 43 TD catches) are likely better than the entire Ravens group of receivers in that same time span.

And if your knee-jerk reaction to Owens is “no thanks, he can’t stay healthy”, you might want to look again.  Take away the 2005 campaign when he missed 9 games after breaking his leg and you’ll be shocked at the other 13 seasons of his career.  How many games do you think T.O. missed in those 13 seasons?  If you said “only 11″, you’re a winner.

A man that misses 11 games in 13 seasons – at a high-contact position like WR – is not “injury prone”.

It should also be noted that plenty of folks will say, “if Buffalo doesn’t want you, what’s that say?”  I’m not defending Owens on this note, because it’s a fact, not a low blow, that he’s had four teams in the last seven years.  But let’s get serious for a second.  He wasn’t going to fix the Bills.  They stunk when he showed up and they stunk at the end of the season and even without him, they’re going to stink next year too.  So try not to blame Owens for the woes in upstate New York.  That’s a sorry franchise in Buffalo.

I’ve never been a T.O. fan, personally, because I think his history speaks for itself.  He’s always been productive, but his teams seem to fall short at the worst possible moment and, at some point, Owens always seems to be in the mix of some sort of debate that usually centers on whether or not he’s being treated fairly or being utilized the right way.

It’s always about him.  Always.  And any thought that heading off to the NFL’s wasteland otherwise known as Buffalo would somehow “straighten him out” proved false when the Bills gave him the boot yesterday.

But now entering the December of his career, Owens stands to go down as his position’s version of Dan Marino.  A guy with all the tools.  A player who was highly productive.  And someone without a championship ring.

In 14 years in the NFL, T.O. has never been a winner.

And facing the prospect of being discussed forever as “one of those guys who was great but never won anything”, I’d have to think Owens might look at Baltimore as a perfect ending to his career.  Yes, his reputation — that of a troublemaker or a diva — is notable and certainly gives any team reason to stop and say, “What are we getting ourselves into with this guy?”  But for the Ravens, right now, with guys like Lewis, Reed and Mason winding down, this could be the time to throw everything into the effort to win a championship before a rebuilding period begins sometime in the next year or two.

And that means, perhaps, taking a flyer on guys like Stallworth, Terrell Owens and any other player the Ravens might have previously written off because of supposed character flaws.

Let’s be honest for a second, with no disrespect intended to the Ravens here:  The way the team has BEEN doing it with their wide receivers over the last decade has been the WRONG way, it would appear.

Last year, Terrell Owens would have been on the “wrong way” list. Maybe now, he’s not “the wrong way”.

And while on the subject of winning championships and “doing it the right way” and “Play Like A Raven” and whatever other bumper-sticker cliches you want to throw out there, keep this in mind.  As great as Ray Lewis has been — he has ONE title to his name.  As great as Todd Heap has been, he has ZERO titles to his name.  As great as Ed Reed has been, he has ZERO titles too.  In other words, be careful protecting the locker room with warnings of “if we bring in so-and-so, he might wreck what we’ve built”.  News flash:  The Ravens haven’t won anything since January of 2001.  It might be a friendly, team-oriented locker room, but it’s also a title-less locker room over the last 10 years.  And that, too, isn’t a low blow — it’s just a fact.

Money, fame, girls, the spotlight, cars…Owens has so much of that in his lifetime vault he has to use two banks to keep it all safe and secure.

But he doesn’t have a ring.

Forget for a second whether T.O. makes sense for the Ravens.

The real question — do the Ravens make sense for him?

I say – at this stage – it makes sense for both parties.

A year ago, I wouldn’t have said that.

A year ago, the Ravens passed on him.

Ozzie Newsome’s famous saying — “right player, right price” — might have to be tweaked this spring.

Make it “right player, RIGHT TIME”.

The time might be right for T.O.

From everyone’s standpoint.

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