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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because my cousin Jeff is in town from Las Vegas, which meant yesterday was a perfect day to do this…

crabs

I can still smell Old Bay on my fingertips. Of course, I guess I should have showered last night.

Oh, and the Phoenix Suns won! It was a LITTLE awkward that I was sitting on my couch and chanting “Beat LA!”, but it was a fun night all around.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says Willingham’s walkoff homer lifted Nationals past Orioles

Not even phased.

Hell, “Knocked Up” was on E! yesterday afternoon, and I’m pretty sure I watched more of Katherine Heigl than I did Kevin Millwood yesterday.

(Edit from GMC: That might not be true, but if it is-can you blame me?)

heigl

Millwood had one bad inning again-and this time he got it out of the way early. I will admit that I didn’t expect Julio Lugo to extend things into extra innings, but as Rob Dibble effectively explained-the Birds can partially thank Jim Riggleman for that-as he didn’t bring Justin Maxwell to play shallow RF against a hitter with about as much power as me.

I mostly didn’t care for Rob Dibble this weekend-and the forced MASN combo broadcast was just as dreadful as I always remember it being. By the way-Gary Thorne IS coming back, right? If he just quit and left us with Jim Hunter moving forward, I may never forgive him.

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

What’s remarkable is that it took until the 45th game of the season for the team’s cleanup hitter (Ty Wigginton) to actually move to the 4th spot in the lineup.

Meanwhile, Garrett Atkins made an appearance yesterday. I feel like Atkins might as well just walk to home plate with his middle finger directly in the air; and then personally direct it towards every Orioles fan in attendance at every game.

Miguel Tejada was 0-5 with 4 LOB. In baseball terms, we call that “Playing Like an Oriole.”

3. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester doesn’t think Dave Trembley will be fired today

Neither do I, for the record. I don’t think Terry Crowley will be fired either, but I think it’s more likely he falls on the sword than the manager does.

There is part of me that wonders whether or not it is okay for the team to basically pass along the message of “losing is okay” by NOT firing the manager; but I will also be the first to get in the “this isn’t the manager’s fault” line.

I don’t think Dave Trembley is a good manager, but I don’t think ANY manager could win with the woefully incomplete roster Andy MacPhail put together this season.

If you think Dave Trembley should be fired-I think that’s fine, but you have to be willing to accept the fact that the roster wasn’t built for winning the way some wanted us to believe it was before the season.

I’m really indifferent as to whether or not Trembley DOES get fired-as none of Rick Dempsey, Juan Samuel, BJ Surhoff, Mike Bordick or Brad Komminsk will make this team a winner; and I generally think coaching changes are best made in the offseason-when a full search of all candidates-including those currently employed by other MLB teams-can be considered. Of course, I would assume that none of them could do WORSE than Trembley, but isn’t that an example of “famous last words”?

As far as whether or not Dave Trembley WILL be fired? My gut remains “no.”

4. Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Uehara ‘likely’ DL bound again

If you missed Rich’s chat with Drew Forrester this morning, make sure you head on over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net.

The question at this point regards what roster moves MIGHT be made before the Orioles open up their 3 game set with the Athletics tomorrow night at OPACY.

Should Uehara need to head to the DL (as it appears he will), presumably Alberto Castillo would be the most likely to get the call back up. With questions surrounding the health of Alfredo Simon after he was pulled in the 10th inning yesterday; the Birds may be forced to call up someone along the lines of Kam Mickolio to close.

The next question regards what to do about Garrett Atkins. The team appears to be just about done with him, but it is unlikely they’d want to start Scott Moore at 1B or DH. Michael Aubrey (who we thought would come up from Norfolk last week) could be the man to replace him, but this would involve MacPhail having to admit that the Atkins really WAS a mistake.

A bigger mistake? Sending Garrett Atkins to the plate against Oakland at any point this week.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brandon Erbe, Matt Hobgood had rough day on farm for O’s Sunday

The O’s are off today, they return to action tomorrow night against the A’s. Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Matusz and David Hernandez are scheduled to go for the Birds against Dallas Braden, Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez.

Congratulations to our pal “The Professor”, Pete DiLutis. Don’t ever change Pete. He’s our “Apologist of the Morning” with an assist from Fangraphs, as chosen by “The Great Arbitrator” today on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. Pete “highly disagrees” with the idea that Koji Uehara is a bust; which is an interesting proclimation to make considering the overwhelming evidence otherwise.

Pete goes on to point out that according to Fangraphs, Uehara was worth $7.3 million last season. This of course goes to prove that Fangraphs is not a practical way to measure ANYTHING baseball-related. Not only was Koji not worth 7.3 million DOLLARS last season, he wasn’t worth 7.3 million PENNIES.

You have to PITCH to be worth something. This is why stats only tell half the story. According to Fangraphs, Uehara was worth $7.3 million because a pitcher who made twice as many starts with similar numbers would have been worth roughly $14 million.

The problem is-no team is interested in giving a pitcher ANY money for half a season’s worth of work.

Sometimes you have to actually use your EYES to figure out if a pitcher is valuable-not just what a math equation says.

6. The Sun’s Ken Murray says Flacco in ‘learning mode’ once more now with new receivers Boldin, Stallworth

Which is why the team has so many of these “Passing Camp” type events like the one they’re back at this morning out at 1 Winning Drive. This gives Flacco, Boldin, Stallworth, etc. the chance to run routes and learn about each other’s tendencies. They’re not the most crucial of the OTA events, but they’re certainly helpful for these situations in particular.

Plus, why WOULDN’T they want to be in Owings Mills this week? Where else would they be? On the beach with Nina Dobrev? (Thanks CelebSlam via Busted Coverage)…

dobrev

7. UMTerps.com says Dave Cottle stepped down as Maryland lacrosse coach

And as I wrote yesterday-while Cottle is by no means a bad coach, this was an inevitable and likely necessary split following the completely unacceptable performance Saturday in a loss to Notre Dame.

For me, all of the juice is gone from this weekend’s Final Four; which SUCKS considering it’s happening RIGHT HERE. Sure there’s excitement for the Virginia-Duke game, but…umm…I don’t like EITHER of those teams, nor would I be particularly comfortable with seeing either of them win. Cornell-Notre Dame is about as exciting to me as the D2 title game between C.W. Post and Le Moyne. And while I have plenty of friends who went to Salisbury…no thanks to their showdown with Tufts for the D3 crown.

Just a major letdown without Maryland.

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Cottle believes he made Terps’ lacrosse program ‘better’ during tenure

That might be true. Of course, the program was in good shape under Dick Edell-he just failed to deliver the NCAA Championship that also eluded Cottle. I’m not sure how much Cottle actually improved the program, but he’s certainly leaving it in very good shape.

The atmosphere around the program now shifts to the coaching search for Debbie Yow and Michael Lipitz. Plenty of names have been thrown about-ranging from UMBC coach Don Zimmerman, Loyola coach Charley Toomey, Albany coach Scott Marr, Bayhawks coach John Tucker, Bryant coach (and former Duke coach) Mike Pressler, and Stevenson coach Paul Cantabene. Speaking of which…

9. GoMustangSports.com says Stevenson fell to Salisbury in NCAA Tournament semifinals

Cantabene told Drew Forrester this morning that he’s “not thinking about” the Maryland job, but instead looking toward the 2011 season for the Mustangs; which will hopefully be one in which they finally get over the hump and reach the NCAA Championship Game.

The real shame about yesterday’s game is that the two best teams in the country played at Sea Gull Stadium instead of playing at M&T Bank Stadium. It isn’t an excuse for why the ‘Stangs lost, but they should have had the chance to play the game on a neutral field with a title on the line.

Salisbury was the only team to defeat Stevenson this season, unfortunately they did it twice-including once when it mattered most.

10. HopkinsSports.com says Blue Jays topped Kean to advance to D3 College World Series in Wisconsin

I’m not going to pretend to know anything at all about D3 College Baseball, and my knowledge of Wisconsin is pretty much limited to That 70′s Show…

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

…but I’m happy for JHU. Mostly because I need something to be happy about right now.

11. MIAASports.net’s Joe DiBlasi says Larry Sheets’ Gilman club topped Calvert Hall to claim ‘A’ conference title

In a related story, Guyism had pictures of Esha Janssen…

esha

That’s not related? Sorry, I’m not any good at this, am I?

And finally, I leave you with this.

Here’s the Scott Hall mugshot…

scotthall

…I’d laugh, but I’m actually fairly sad.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 20 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because:

A-It was a thriller in Owings Mills yesterday, and a great lacrosse game is about as good of theater as there is in sport

and…

B-The 2012 Olympics may not have been awarded to Baltimore and Washington; but at least we didn’t come up with a stupid mascot like London did…

london

That might actually make the thing they used in Atlanta in 1996 look like a decent mascot. You remember, the thing that was so weird that they originally named it “Whatzit” before changing the name to “Izzy”…

izzy

What’s wrong with just making a Bear or a Tiger a damn mascot?!?!?

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s Stephen Hawkins says Nelson Cruz’s sac fly in 9th lead Rangers over Orioles

What a freaking mess this was last night…

-Jeremy Guthrie apparently spent after 6 innings (according to Dave Trembley via Rick Kranitz)
-Koji Uehara wiltering in the Texas heat
-SIX relievers in less than 3 innings
-Garrett Atkins being….Garrett Atkins
-Cesar Izturis doing his best Paul Molitor impression
-Josh Hamilton maybe…or maybe not…hitting 2 home runs
-Jim Hunter apologizing, Jim Palmer analyzing
-Dave Trembley getting mad at Palmer and Hunter for not being able to fight with C.B. Bucknor during MASN’s “Wired Wednesday” segment
-Atkins, Miguel Tejada, and Corey Patterson combining to be responsible for leaving 16 men on base
-A two run rally from the Rangers when they couldn’t get the ball out of the infield!
-Will Ohman’s wacky shtick
-Brian Roberts in the hospital?
-A walk-off win to send the crowd in Arlington home…happy?

It was just a WEIRD night at The Ballpark in Arlington. Maybe it’s best that the Birds are only playing two there.

I want to analyze this one, but it’s really hard to do.

Another nice effort from Guthrie, but I’d like some more info on why Kranitz thought he couldn’t go longer than 90 pitches. Was he hurt? Is he laboring? Was the heat really an issue in The Lone Star State?

And the biggest issue of course…WHY DO I EVEN CARE THIS MUCH?!?!?

2. The AP/WNST.net provide numerical evidence of loss

You really don’t want to look at this.

As my buddy Brian Marston from Forest Hill pointed out, the Rangers were somehow actually WORSE than the O’s with RISP-but they still won!

You know, I’m going to do you a favor. Instead of looking at the box score, look at Antone DeJesus making some ridiculous home run-saving catch in the minor leagues…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5-fDeGBXDg[/youtube]

Trust me, that was much better than thinking about last night’s game any more.

3. WNST.net’s Jay Trucker says Brian Roberts hospitalized with pneumonia, Andy MacPhail not concerned

And why would he be???

This sounds awfully similar to the organization’s reaction when the original news about B-Rob’s troubles came down in Spring Training. While Buster Olney was reporting “kidney stones”, the organization was dismissing it as some form of back pain.

There really does appear to be something particularly troubling going on with Brian Roberts. Does it mean he won’t return in June? Not necessarily. But does it mean that we can probably expect it to be an issue in the future? I’m guessing yes.

Is it a bad sign when you read that Brian Roberts has pneumonia and you can’t possibly be surprised?

It really sucks being an Orioles fan.

4. ESPNDallas.com’s Calvin Watkins says umps admitted they missed call on what would have been home run for Josh Hamilton in Rangers’ win

As I said last night via Twitter (make sure you follow us @WNST), we’re all in agreement that Josh Hamilton is doing steroids, right? I said it because I wanted to dismiss Jeremy Guthrie giving up a bomb like the one he gave up for Hamilton’s first home run-more or less the 2nd one that ABSOLUTELY should have been a home run.

The real issue is that the replay system is totally screwed up. Dana DeMuth said that Ron Washington didn’t request a replay, but wouldn’t have granted it even if he did. How is that even possible?!?!? Umpires are going to defend each other’s calls, and the replay system should be in place to circumvent a situation like that.

If that’s the system, it needs to be fixed. Of course, had it helped the Orioles win last night-I probably wouldn’t be so miffed about it.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Scott Moore, Chris Tillman had big night for O’s on farm

Before we move on from the Birds, a few things:

-I guess it’s a done deal that Michael Aubrey is coming up for the Nationals series. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Garrett Atkins’ tenure is over in Baltimore, but I would presume it marks the end of his tenure as everyday first baseman. The real question this weekend is what to do with Luke Scott? If Michael Aubrey plays first base, do you move Corey Patterson to center and put Luke Scott in left? Do you bench Patterson and have Adam Jones lead off again? Do you bench Scott-who is in the middle of his annual hot streak?

You can’t possibly call Michael Aubrey up and keep him on the bench with Luke Scott at first, can you???

-Congratulations to Steve Melewski for being named “Apologist of the Morning” today by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester. It was a frustrating morning for me after another loss, but I still can’t fathom writing 400 words and dedicating an entire segment of the pre-game show to a single Matt Wieters throw. It was a throw. It was fast. I’m glad he made it. I’m even happier that he’s leading the American League in caught stealing.

But again, it was a throw. PERSPECTIVE, please.

-If you missed Norfolk Tides 1B Brandon Snyder with Drew today on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, make sure you click on the Audio Tab and head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to listen. Snyder is mired in a terrible slump, and just really wanted to talk about it. Also this morning, Drew talked to Trenni Kusnierek from MLB Network, former Cubs/Phillies/Rangers OF and current ESPN analyst Doug Glanville, and Stevenson lacrosse coach Paul Cantabene.

-The O’s wrap their short series with the Rangers tonight in Arlington, Brian Matusz faces Scott Feldman. First pitch on MASN2 is at 8:05pm. Is anyone going out to Nats Park tomorrow night? I’m thinking about making the trip.

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Le’Ron McClain wants long term deal

Nothing to be concerned with here. Of COURSE Le’Ron McClain wants a long term deal. Any RFA wants a long term deal. And after reaching the Pro Bowl while getting the majority of carries in 2008, Le’Ron McClain is always going to want more carries.

As long as he doesn’t become a distraction in the process, there’s no reason to be concerned.

If YOU’RE looking for a distraction, I think the picture of Audrina Patridge from the cover of Ralph Magazine that Guyism posted yesterday will do the trick…

audrina

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says WR Justin Harper, CB Cary Williams, S KJ Gerard signed exclusive rights deals

All 3 guys are really long shots to make the roster, but they each bring something different to the team. Justin Harper brings size and leaping ability, but unfortunately he offers little in terms of consistency.

KJ Gerard-the UFA out of Northern Arizona really impressed them in the offseason and Training Camp last year, enough that he was bumped from the practice squad to the active roster after Haruki Nakamura got hurt. But with Nakamura healthy and Ed Reed expected to return, it’s unlikely the Ravens will keep a 5th safety.

Cary Williams also has more size (6’1″) than the rest of the corners on the roster, but lacks experience. If Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington are healthy, it’s unlikely they’ll keep move than 5 corners. It sets up for a battle between Williams and Travis Fisher for the most part.

8. GoMustangSports.com says Richie Ford scored in OT to cap thrilling win over Roanoke in NCAA Tournament quarterfinals

I can’t even begin describe how awesome this game was. The Maroons (what a terrible name) actually got 72 shots in the game, 40 of them on goal! Geoff Hebert played out of his mind for the Stangs, as did Roanoke goalie Jake Dorsey.

I get it-it’s DIII lacrosse. If you can’t get excited for it, I’m not going to talk down to you. But it WAS exciting yesterday. It was THRILLING, frankly. There was a packed house at Caves Athletic Complex (maybe as many people as ventured into Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday night), and they were treated to something special.

Up next for Stevenson is Salisbury in the NCAA semifinals; after Salisbury survived Haverford in overtime last night. The game will be Sunday at Sea Gull Stadium. If you’re in Ocean City this weekend, it’s worth stopping by on your way back.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland seniors trying to avoid becoming first class since 1971 to graduate without reaching Final Four

I’ll just go ahead and say it. The Terps SHOULD be in the Final Four AT LEAST every four years. Some people (Patrick included) will remind me that making the Final Four ISN’T EASY, but I don’t buy it when it comes to the Terrapins. They HAVE better resources than almost any other team in the country, and they should compete at that level. I understand that academics makes it difficult, but it’s not an excuse for them to not reach that level.

For the record, I expect them to beat Notre Dame and get to the Final Four this year, but I won’t be celebrating. It means they met my expectations. I’m not going to apologize for having outrageous expectations, either. They have the monetary resources. They have the best talent in the country in their backyard. They SHOULD be there.

By the way, make sure you check out Patrick’s story about the shadow George Huguely is casting over Dom Starsia and the Virginia Cavaliers. It’s must-read stuff.

10. The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Greivis Vasquez, Eric Hayes, Landon Milbourne to graduate today-still think about loss to Michigan State

Myself-I DON’T want to think about it. Congratulations to the Maryland seniors, but I’m not discussing what happened in Spokane that day. Instead, Busted Coverage had some pictures of someone named Emma Taylor, I’d rather talk about that…

emma

And finally, I leave you with this.

Via With Leather, Jets QB Mark Sanchez may or may not be dating Jamie-Lynn Siegler. I may or may not hate Mark Sanchez…

jamie

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 18 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because Free The Birds was a great time last night. Despite the crowd of less than 2,000 in the stadium, despite the god awful weather, and despite the baseball game (which-as I said on Facebook this morning-will go down as one of the worst sports-related products I have ever witnessed); we still had fun.

Whether it was heckling the Royals behind their dugout (or heckling Dave Trembley for walking Mitch effing Maier), cheering for Corey Patterson from the upper deck in left field, or watching a lemonade vendor walk around the stadium to sell exactly his THIRD lemonade of the night; it was fun.

And thank God it was, or else this AP image would have been our lasting memory of the night…

crowd

Un.Freaking.Real.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says ‘same old’ Orioles lost again to Royals last night at OPACY

You see, when they loaded the bases on Joakim Soria (whose nickname “The Mexicutioner” is ABSOLUTELY the best in MLB) in the 9th, I REALLY thought they were breaking the funk.

Not necessarily because I thought Ty Wigginton was going to channel Luke Scott and go yard for a game-winning slam; but because I REALLY felt as though he’d get a sac fly and at LEAST tie things up.

1-12 with runners in scoring position. The only hit was an accidental dribbler from Miguel Tejada in the 1st.

If we were surprised, we’d be surprised.

How can Garrett Atkins still be on this team?!?!?

I’ve got nothing else. I was there. It was miserable. It also wasn’t even the least bit surprising.

2. The AP/WNST.net provide numerical evidence of loss

I still can’t fathom how the Orioles couldn’t manage a SINGLE EXTRA BASE HIT against Kyle Davies.

Of course, with the success they’ve had bunting recently-I’m not sure why they don’t just bet every time up.

Brad Bergesen-who apparently used his designation to the minors as a chance to set himself up to start every game in the rain the rest of the season-was pretty good again last night. Pretty good though. Not REALLY good, as some might try to say. He was pretty good, and gave the team a slight chance to win.

I’m running out of things to say about the games. I really am. We know the problems, they’re just not getting fixed. Of course, they’re not getting fixed because the team just isn’t good enough.

Now I’m getting angry again. Watching the Orioles is more dramatic than watching The Hills.

3. WNST.net’s Nestor Aparicio says less than 2,000 spectators took in O’s loss at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

The announced crowd last night was 9,299. I don’t remember them playing “Guess the Attendance”, which might have been because they knew fans could cheat and count the attendance themselves.

Of course, if they HAD counted-the number they would have come up with would have been nowhere NEAR 9,299. The Birds may have legitimately sold 9,299 tickets to last night’s game (who knows?), but they certainly didn’t have that many eyeballs in the stands.

Nestor didn’t take that picture BEFORE the game.

As I said this morning, when I was sideline reporter for the Arizona Rattlers, I attended Arena Football League games that LEGITIMATELY had 5 times as many fans in attendance.

You know, this is much too depressing. I need to lighten this up.

This is Daniela Pane. We went to Perry Hall High School together. I think there’s an argument as to whether she or I has gone on to be the best looking member of the Class of 2001…

daniela

Yeah, it’s a close call.

4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli and Pete Kerzel say Trembley considering Uehara as closer

…or at least finding a more prominent role for his sideburns.

I know Mike Gonzalez is working his way back, and I know Alfredo Simon hadn’t blown a save before Saturday night. That being said, do any of us believe either of them will be legitimate options to close games…you know…should the Orioles have another situation where they need a closer this season?

I’d be fine with seeing Uehara close. He has to do something-he’s on the payroll for the remainder of the year.

If it doesn’t work, I’m sure Andy MacPhail has a plan. He always does.

5. Virginian-Pilot says Michael Aubrey homered, Troy Patton roughed up as Norfolk Tides fell to Buffalo Bisons on farm

Michael Aubrey has to be headed towards Charm City pretty soon, right?

Before we move on (mercifully) from the Birds, a couple of things:

-Congratulations to “Sgt.” Jen Royle, who was AGAIN selected by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester as our “Apologist of the Morning.” Drew honored Jen for these thoughts she left over at 105.7…

I went to the Kansas City side post game and listened to their new manager, Ned Yost, compliment the pesky Patterson up top and then heard Billy Butler, who when 2-for-4 with two RBI, praise Bergesen. The O’s got compliments from their opponents but unfortunately, that doesn’t help in the win column.

I could have dissected the Orioles’ pre-game meal and it would have been exactly as relevant. Wow.

-The O’s and Royals are back at it tonight; with Kevin Millwood facing reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke. First pitch on MASN2 is at 7:05pm. Join Luke Jones in our “Orange Crush” chat right here at WNST.net; and make sure you’re following us on Twitter (@WNST).

-If you missed Luke, Soren Petro from 810 WHB in KC, VERSUS NHL reporter Bob Harwood, or IndyCar Series commercial President Terry Angstadt today on “The Morning Reaction”, make sure you check them out in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault.

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens signed CB Travis Fisher, S Brad Jones

Fisher’s NFL experience and the injuries to Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington will give him some chance of making the 53 man roster. Giving him a contract is PROBABLY the final nail for Frank Walker as well, barring further injuries.

Brad Jones-an undrafted free agent safety from Cincinnati-is a much longer shot to make the team. With Ed Reed and Haruki Nakamura expected to be healthy, the Ravens aren’t going to be hurting for safety depth. Of course, there is a chance Jones could shine in Training Camp and make the practice squad-which would probably be a good gig for him.

7. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Jared Gaither present at Ravens Passing Camp, but not known whether or not he practiced

I’ll be out in Owings Mills today, although I’m not sure whether or not I’m allowed to let you know if Jared Gaither hits the 1 Winning Drive practice field or not. We’ll see!

You’ll be able to hear from John Harbaugh and others later today with Rex Snider and Ray Bachman.

I’ll be able to watch John Beck throw passes.

Lucky me!

You know who else is lucky? F.P. Santangelo. Apparently former Playboy chick Michelle McLaughlin belongs to him (Thanks Busted Coverage!)…

mmc

8. Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Preakness runner-up First Dude will run Belmont, fellow Dale Romans horse Paddy O’Prado also likely to run

Is winning a Belmont Stakes without the Kentucky Derby winner or Preakness winner SORTA like being named “Most Valuable Oriole”?

Kinda.

Do you think Dale Romans is ready to do his best Brian Roberts impersonation?

Yeah I think he is.

I’ll be pulling for Romans at the Belmont, as he’s a great guy. Sometimes you gotta get your first Triple Crown win however you possibly can.

9. The AP’s Richard Rosenblatt says no Triple Crown threat hurts NYRA already hurting for money

I have an idea for how they can raise money…sell Irina Sheik calendars…

irinasheik

As far as horse racing-related ideas for raising money? Don’t take advice from anyone in the state of Maryland. That’s all I’ve got.

10. Washington Examiner’s Jim Williams says Maryland amongst topics being discussed at Big Ten meetings

I never had a major issue with the Big East rumors. I’m not sure the Big Ten would be a good idea for the Terps, however. Doesn’t help them in football OR basketball, with the exception of getting Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan games in College Park.

The flip is that they’d lose those games (and others in the conference), and getting Michigan State and Indiana in basketball doesn’t make up for losing North Carolina and Duke.

I hate everything about this whole “expansion” topic. I sorta just wish it would go away…

And finally, I leave you with this…

Bret Hart won the United States Championship last night on WWE Monday Night Raw. I don’t care that “The Hitman” is 52 years old and even I might be able to beat him in a fight at this point. He RULES…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqqhQVIPj7A[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 13 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because I went over to Pimlico yesterday and they had ALL of my favorite things. Beer, oysters, and even crab balls…

crab balls

They did something with the horses too-hopefully someone else was paying more attention than I.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Bergesen sparkled as Orioles topped Mariners

You know, some people look at the O’s and say “they only have 10 wins.”

I look at the O’s and say “they have 10 more wins then they had on Opening Day.”

Watching Brad Bergesen early on last night, I got the sense that he was again benefitting from “swinging in the rain”, as the M’s were hacking. However, as the game moved on-I felt as though Bergesen was mixing his pitches really well, and would have been effective no matter what the weather was.

It’s nice to say something like that. I hope I can say it again tomorrow.

I hope I can say Luke Scott and Adam Jones had multi-hit games again tomorrow as well.

There’s a lot of things I hope. None of them have anything to do with Felix Hernandez throwing a perfect game. PLEASE DON’T LET THAT HAPPEN!!!!!!

2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of win

When do we just annoint Alfredo Simon our lord and savior?

Things got a little hairy for Koji Uehara late last night, but thank God “Special Sauce” or whatever the hell the kids are calling him came in to finish things off.

I’m REALLY not convinced that Alfredo Simon is the next coming of Randy Myers, but I’m all for riding the Simon train until it comes crashing down. I mean, we’ve had MUCH worse over this 13 year span.

You know what, I’d probably be all for riding Alfredo Simon even if he ends up failing, just because I’d simply like to have more games with SAVE SITUATIONS!!!

10-24.

Hey, if this was a football game-we’d only be trailing by two possessions!

3. WNST.net’s Jay Trucker says Corey Patterson called up by Birds

As even Jay said yesterday via Facebook-

“Only Corey can save us now.”

No one is REALLY excited about Corey Patterson being back in Baltimore. No one is REALLY excited about Nolan Reimold going back down.

Unfortunately, wins and losses have to count for at least SOMETHING. I know that’s not the on-field picture that’s been painted; but it HAS to.

Nolan Reimold wasn’t helping the Orioles win. You can’t just keep sending someone out to the field that doesn’t help your team win.

Insert your own Kyle Boller joke here.

4. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester defends Andy MacPhail for uncomfortably posted fan video

UNCOMFORTABLE?!?!?

I’m not even kidding about this-I think watching “2 Girls 1 Cup” was less awkward than watching this.

Holy crap.

I still don’t know what the point of this video was. I know he threw in a “keep the faith” quip at the end of the video, but…umm…there were 3,000 people at OPACY last night. How much faith is there to be kept?!?!?

There was no apology for the disastrous start. There was no “this is my fault, and I’m going to fix it.” There was nothing more than a basic rundown that Mike Gonzalez struggled, Garrett Atkins is amongst the players who haven’t produced, and the team has had to face the Yankees and Red Sox early.

Umm….didn’t we already know that?

However, ol’ Drew Forrester DEFENDED HIM! Unbelievable! He gave him the pass for this DISASTER of a video! Not only that, but he said in our “Orange Crush” chat that “82-80 isn’t far away” for the Birds.

And with that, Drew Forrester was named “Apologist of the Morning” by “The Great Arbitrator”-HIMSELF!

History made again!

5. The AP’s John Kekis says Nationals prospect Strasburg shut down Norfolk Tides on farm

I’m not sure how many people stayed up to watch this on MASN last night, but…ummm…this kid Strasburg…it looks like he might be pretty good.

I’m not going to say he IS good yet, as he hasn’t recorded a single out at the MLB level.

BUT…it looks like the Nats are going to benefit greatly from having drafted him.

Before we move on from the Orioles, a reminder that they head back to the field this afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards to wrap their 3 game set with the Seattle Mariners at 12:35. Felix Hernandez goes against Kevin Millwood. There’s a rumor that Glenn Clark might make an appearance at the ballpark today, but we’ll see. It might be a brief stop in the press box and then 6 innings of sitting in the stands and drinking beer.

I like to call that “Thursday.”

6. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Lamar Divens expects to be cleared for practice next week

Divens joins a DT group that remains VERY deep for the Ravens despite the departures of Justin Bannan and Dwan Edwards this offseason.

Behind Haloti Ngata and Kelly Gregg there’s Terrence Cody-with Cory Redding splitting time with Trevor Pryce on the end.

Behind that group, there’s Kelly Talavou, Brandon McKinney and Arthur Jones even before you get to Lamar Divens. It’s a DEEP GROUP.

Should the Ravens be looking to make an upgrade at another position, this would likely be the position they have the depth to deal from. Do I expect them to? Not necessarily. But could it be possible? Absolutely it could be.

7. ESPN.com’s James Walker says Cam Cameron thinks Ravens’ offense can be ‘elite’

I don’t think anyone disagrees that they have the POTENTIAL to be elite.

Joe Flacco MUST progress in his development. Ray Rice needs to have another Pro Bowl caliber year. The impact of Anquan Boldin has to be both numbers for him and increased production from Derrick Mason, Todd Heap and Donte’ Stallworth. Jared Gaither and Michael Oher need to continue to hold down the tackle spots.

There are a lot of variables, but the pieces are there. If they remain healthy, there is absolutely a chance that Cam Cameron will be right.

I’ll say there’s a better chance of the Ravens having an elite offense than there is of me getting a date with Giorgia Palmas (Thanks Busted Coverage!)…

palmas

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland to visit Penn State in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

You guys have been talking about how much you’ve wanted to see the Terrapins play the Nittany Lions, and now you got your way!

Sadly…it’s not in football.

The Terps and Lions make for one of the worst matchups in the Challenge this year. Plus, State College is TERRIBLE, so I can’t fathom any Maryland fan wanting to drive up there for the game. I guess Talor Battle is pretty good, but does anyone in Happy Valley even know there are other sports after football season is over?!?!?

Ugh.

Michigan State would have been nice. Wisconsin would have been fine. Purdue would have been great. Ohio State would have been great.

Penn State is none of those things. Penn State is just….awful.

9. Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns and Tommy Kehoe say Duke/Hopkins best of 1st round games in NCAA Tournament

I don’t think I disagree. Loyola/Cornell could be (if the Greyhounds can summon the success they had earlier in the season); but given how the Blue Jays played down the stretch, they have at least a chance to knock off the Blue Devils.
Before I move on from college sports, here’s a look at UMBC’s new logo (as we first passed along via Twitter -@WNST- yesterday.)

umbc 

I can dig it. Go Retrievers!

10. Maryland Jockey Club says Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver drew 8th post, named 5-2 favorite for Preakness

If you missed Paddy O’Prado jockey and former Preakness (as well as Derby and Belmont) winner Kent Desormeaux this morning, make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault and check it out today. Drew also had the great John Feinstein and new Wake Forest coach (former UMBC coach) Jeff Bzdelik on the show this morning, check them out.

If you missed Alessandra Ambrosio over at Guyism, look what I found!

ambrosio

11. WNST.net’s Gary Quill says Lookin At Lucky 2nd choice at 3-1, drew 7th post

Bob Baffert seemed happy with the draw. Of course, Todd Pletcher seemed happy with the draw for Super Saver. A lof of people were happy at Pimlico yesterday. I mean, how could you not be? There were crab balls!!!

I’m starting to join the Bob Haynie bandwagon when it comes to Lookin At Lucky. I think he’ll get my money.

Or at least whatever money I have leftover after alcohol.

And finally, I leave you with this…

Congratulations to the Montreal Candiens for making sports fans in Pittsburgh sad this morning. Since they already made sports fans in Washington sad this postseason, they’re basically my heros!

Since it’s a big day in Canada today, here’s some Our Lady Peace…

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 07 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because in lieu of sleep last night, I instead ventured over the The Avenue in White Marsh to see Iron Man 2. It was the right decision. There is NOTHING better than Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, except for MAYBE Scarlett Johannson taking off her shirt in the back of a car. In fact, the movie could really have used more of her…

scarjo

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s Dave Campbell says Wigginton homered, Bergesen shined as Birds topped Twins at Target Field

Was there a little bit of an “it’s pouring down rain, let’s just swing the bat and get this over with” situation last night for both teams? Yeah, probably. But sometimes you win games like that. In fact, almost every team NOT named the Orioles had probably won a game like that this season. It’s like banking in a 3 point shot…it still counts.

If Ty Wigginton played for any other team in Major League Baseball, we’d probably request that he be steroid tested. For example, Kelly Johnson has hit 10 home runs for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season. I’d like to see him steroid tested.

But as far as Ty Wigginton is concerned, let’s stick with Brady Anderson’s “athletic opus” and just avoid the conversation moving forward.

2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of win

What jumps out at me from the box score last night are two things…

A-Brad Bergesen retired 20 hitters last night, yet didn’t post a single strikeout. Before we go too far down the “This was the Brad Bergsen of 2009″ path, let’s keep in mind that it was rainy and cold in Minnesota last night (I STILL don’t understand a completely open-air stadium there); and players-on both sides-were SWINGING. That being said, Bergesen was VERY effective, and hopefully can build on the start moving forward.

B-The Twinkies didn’t have a SINGLE leadoff hitter reach base last night in ANY inning. There’s no more simple formula for pitchers winning games than keeping leadoff hitters off base.

Now, two runs probably won’t win a whole ton of games this season-so forgive me if I’m not jumping off walls. It still felt good to get a win in a game that was completely uninteresting.

3. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Uehara effective in return to Orioles

What was goofier last night: Koji Uehara’s sideburns…

koji

Or the goofy “Silver Elvis” wig Scott Olsen was wearing that apparently Washington Nationals players have been wearing all season…

silverelvis

Welcome back Koji. You can keep the sideburns, just don’t ever do what the Nats do.

4. The AP’s Rob Maaddi says Hall of Fame pitcher, former Oriole Robin Roberts passed away at 83

The news probably hit Jim Palmer as hard as anyone yesterday, as Roberts was a mentor to Cakes when the two were roommates early in Palmer’s career.

For obvious reasons, I don’t remember Robin Roberts as an Oriole, nor do I remember any of his MLB career. That being said, Roberts was an outstanding pitcher-and he clearly made an impact on Palmer, spurring his own HOF career. For that, I’m particularly grateful.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell homered, Chorye Spoone struggled for O’s on farm

And before we move on-a couple of things:

A. The Orioles and Twins are back at it tonight; first pitch from Target Field is at 8:10pm on MASN2. Kevin Millwood is slated to face Francisco Liriano-who has been UNREAL this season. If the Orioles lose just ONE of the next 3 games, I get a chinese lunch from Drew Forrester. I’m rooting for them to not lose ANY of them.

B. Congratulations to our “Apologists of the Morning”, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator” this morning on AM1570 WNST’s “The Morning Reaction.” Scott Garceau and Jeremy Conn had Andy MacPhail on their show yesterday on 105.7, and a softball game broke out. They included such gems as “it’s no fun losing, huh?” and “You probably didn’t expect to see Lou Montanez in Centerfield this year, did you?”

Jennie Finch would have been proud…

jenniefinch

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Reed, Ngata, Washington, Webb, Nakamura won’t participate in Owings Mills this weekend; Oher expected to work at LT

Yay! Mini-camp!

Ugh.

After getting about 2 hours of sleep so I could see Iron Man last night, I’m going to be about as excited to stand out there and watch Donte’ Stallworth catch balls as I would be to go down to Camden Yards at this point in the season.

And of course John Harbaugh will actually let us watch all of practice this weekend, the one time of the year when I have no interest in actually watching all of practice.

Obviously, there are plenty of things to pay attention to. We’ll have to see just how serious the Ravens may be about flipping Michael Oher and Jared Gaither. We’ll also be watching to see how the snaps are divided at WR behind Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason and Stallworth. On top of that, we’ll watch to see how quickly guys like Terrence Cody and Sergio Kindle adapt to Greg Mattison’s defense.

And then we’ll remember that it is May 7th.

Football season can’t come quickly enough.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Paul Kruger to work exclusively at DE during weekend minicamp at 1 Winning Drive

This will be something else worth watching this weekend. As I mentioned the other day, there is a TON of depth at LB for this team going into Training Camp, which makes this move seem like it may pay off. Of course, we’ll have to see if Kruger’s bulked up frame really translates into more “oomph” if you will, as the team can use ANY HELP THEY CAN GET when it comes to getting to the quarterback.

Well, any help besides Lawrence Taylor that is.

What? Too soon?

8. The Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt says former Ravens CB Samari Rolle will officially retire from NFL

As I said before, Samari is in the Derrick Mason/Rod Woodson/Trevor Pryce/Michael McCrary mix amongst the greatest free agent signings in Ravens history.

Similarly, Sara Galimberti is in the mix amongst the greatest track athletes in the history of Italy (Thanks Busted Coverage!)…

sara

9. LoyolaGreyhounds.com previews tomorrow afternoon’s showdown with Johns Hopkins at Ridley Athletic Complex

It isn’t quite Morgan State-Coppin State basketball, but this really is a great example of BALTIMORE college sports. Both teams have a lot on the line, as JHU can’t make the NCAA Tournament without a win, and Loyola could be in Tournament danger with a loss.

(Edit from GMC: They’ll make the Tournament with a loss, but they’ll be a LONG way away from the Final Four sleeper status many of us felt they had attained weeks ago).

I’m stoked. I know Chris Bonetti is stoked. What the hell else are you going to do tomorrow? Lay out on the beach in Ocean City and check out chicks? Lame…

Oh wait, no. No, that’s not lame at all. But not as cool as the Greyhounds and Blue Jays. A game that you can hear right here on AM1570 WNST.

10. The Sun’s Mike Preston says onus on Towson attack to top Delaware tomorrow in CAA Tournament final

And with the improved play of Travis Love in the cage for the Tigers, I would tend to agree with Mike.

If you missed Tigers coach Tony Seaman on with Drew this morning, check out the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at the top of the page.

I suggest you go to Loyola-Hopkins, then haul down Charles Street to check out Towson-Delaware.

I also suggest you check out pictures of Edurne Garcia from FHM Spain, and give a tip of the cap to Guyism for passing them along to us…

edurne

11. Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Schoolyard Dreams could challenge Super Saver in Preakness

Most of my schoolyard dreams involved Topanga of course…

topanga

And finally, I leave you with this…

How I forgot to post the Ke$ha intro from The Simpsons last weekend is beyond me. I will correct that mistake now.

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 06 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because 1-The Phoenix Suns won last night; putting the whole “Los Suns” thing to rest; and 2-After 2 weeks of missing it, I finally get to update “The Greatest Song of All Time This Week.”

The good news here is that had I known this song existed before I left for Louisville, “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet” may have broken up with me out of frustration because I insisted on keeping the song on repeat on my iPod…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_f8EiNTuh8[/youtube]

I miss Nappy Roots so much. This isn’t TECHNICALLY Nappy Roots (it’s actually rapper KD with two members of Nappy Roots), but you get the point. You DO get the point, don’t you?

“My Old Kentucky Home” gave me goosebumps when I heard it at the Kentucky Derby. “My Kentucky Home” makes me bop my head shake my ass. They’re similar feelings really.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s Rick Freeman says Yankees roughed up David Hernandez early en route to sweeping Orioles

Of course, don’t tell that to our buddy Demsey’s Army; or @DempseysArmy via Twitter. He said…

“David Hernandez may never be very good but he certainly has balls. Unflappable.”

Unflappable, unsuccessful…they’re very similar thought processes.

Of course, DA was the easy choice this morning from “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester for “Apologist of the Morning” on AM1570 WNST’s “The Morning Reaction.”

Hernandez was brutal yesterday, but the O’s were at least able to make it interesting once Andy Pettitte was forced to leave the game. The Yanks might have a real issue on their hands dealing with their older players. Of course, I’d gladly take that issue myself if I could have the players on their team.

7-21. There we go.

2. WNST.net/The AP offer numerical evidence of sweep

Since I wasn’t in Baltimore this weekend, I will be forced to admit that I’m starting to wonder if the sweep of the Red Sox really ever did happen.

If I had seen it with my own eyes, it would be easier to believe, but I will admit that I’m starting to wonder if it was nothing more than a cruel civic prank that every last one of you was in on.

Credit the Orioles’ bullpen for 4.1 innings of relief without giving up an earned run. The bullpen HAS pitched well of late, although there still isn’t a closer and I’m not sure the team even still remembers what the defined roles were for each pitcher back when the season started.

By the way, how funny was it to see Rick Kranitz get tossed early yesterday? It gave me the feeling of “What the hell am I going to do here anyway?”

Funny stuff.

3. WNST.net’s Jay Trucker says Uehara set to return, Alberto Castillo to be sent down

Jay makes a lot of very good points about Uehara, who represents a lot of the frustration those of us who aren’t in the “Andy MacPhail can do no wrong” camp.

The Orioles gave Uehara 10 million dollars. 10 million dollars. Not a single other team in Major League Baseball thought he was a legitimate starter, and the Orioles gave him 10 million dollars.

Maybe Koji Uehara CAN help the bullpen, but it’s frustrating to even think about him being on the roster. Some people think he should be the closer, but I’m not sure it’s in his makeup.

You know who DOES have it in their makeup? Simone Starr! (Thanks Guyism!)

simonestarr

4. Fanhouse’s Tom Fornelli says Andy MacPhail threatened to send Birds’ struggling bats down to Norfolk

Kudos to Orioles fans for their almost unanimous reaction to the news. I pulled some highlights from the Baltimore Sun’s comment section after Jeff Zrebiec first posted the story…

-“I find this kind of funny from the man who assembled this mess. Threats don’t motivate players; better talent does, and MacPhail has failed miserably with his “grow the arms and buy the bats” philosophy.”
-“I didn’t notice anywhere in the article where Andy took personal responsibility for selecting the players on the team. Is it too much to ask that he say he is personally responsible for the failures on the team instead of just pointing the finger?
-“He should have said, “Sometimes you have to take into account I have complied a team that looks like an expansion roster.”"
-“How about he send himself to Norfolk for assembling this crap-tastic team. Lets see, we needed a SS, Clean-up hitter, and top of the rotation starter when he first got here….and we still need a SS, clean up hitter, and top of the rotation starter years later.”
-“So, is MacPhail basically saying, “I crapped the bed this offseason?”"

I could go on, but I think you get the point.

If MacPhail is angry about how the lineup has performed, maybe he should ask himself why the lineup didn’t have any real power hitters/run producers.

You know, amongst the other things he should ask himself.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Steve Johnson, Caleb Joseph had big night on farm for O’s

And before we move on from the Orioles, a reminder that the Birds now head to Minnesota for their first ever series against the Twins at Target Field. Game 1 is tonight at 8:10pm, and can be seen on MASN2. Brad Bergesen (gulp) is scheduled to face Carl Pavano, and we’ll be chatting about it in our “Orange Crush” at WNST.net, which I believe will be hosted by the great Bob Haynie.

I’d be more excited about the game tonight, but Iron Man 2 comes out at midnight. Priorities, people.

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ed Reed had offseason hip surgery

As I wrote yesterday, don’t get worked up about this. Ed Reed had an injured hip/groin that forced him to miss four games. Like other players who miss time due to injuries, he decided to have offseason surgery.

Really a “nothing to see here” type of story.

Ed has told anyone that will listen this offseason that he’ll be back on the field this season as long as he’s healthy enough to be out there. John Harbaugh, Ozzie Newsome, etc. are all working under the assumption that Reed will return.

Nothing about that changed with this “news.”

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Ravens installing new “Momentum 51″ field at M&T Bank Stadium

Apparently the field will be in place for the NCAA lacrosse Final Four on Memorial Day weekend.

So…that’s the extent of what I can tell you about that.

I mean, really-it’s a new field. I’d love to be excited about it and give you more information about it, but it’s a field.

So…instead let’s take a look at a picture of Julianne Hough, which was posted yesterday at BarStool Sports. It’s MUCH more interesting…

hough

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Matt Hughes scored 3 goals for Towson as Tigers beat UMass in CAA Tournament semifinal

I wandered over to Unitas Stadium just in time for the 3rd quarter last night. By the time the 3rd quarter was over, I was ready to begin my Cinco de Mayo festivities.

It was an impressive performance in the 2nd half last night for Tony Seaman’s club. Seaman will join Drew Forrester tomorrow morning at 8:05 to preview Saturday’s CAA Championship Game, where Towson will host Delaware.

And in no world do I believe that a HEN is capable of beating a TIGER.

9. UMBCRetrievers.com says lacrosse season over after 11-7 loss to Albany in America East Tournament semifinal

Tough season for Don Zimmerman’s club.

We can lament, or we can look at these pictures of Cassie Keller, who is apparently starring in some rip-off video called “Miss Gruber” that Playboy put together. I support everything about it, and thank Busted Coverage for the discovery…

missgruber

Don’t bother asking me which one is Cassie. I don’t know, and it doesn’t matter.

10. Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Nick Zito horse Ice Box will skip Preakness, begin preparation for Belmont

I really think there was an issue with Ice Box’s knees last week. He had them wrapped on Friday morning, and Zito didn’t appear happy. He ran particularly well, especially considering the bad trip he got, having run into traffic twice coming down the stretch.

Given that the Preakness is a BIT shorter, I don’t know that Ice Box was necessarily going to be a favorite at Pimlico-but he would certainly be amongst the favorites.

And to appease Chris Bonetti, here’s a picture of “Ice Box” from the movie Little Giants now all grown up…

icebox

And if you missed Kentucky Derby-winning trainer of Super Saver Todd Pletcher on with Drew Forrester this morning, check it out in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net.

And finally, I leave you with this.

Everyone in the world has posted the Bobby Cox/Bobby Cocks cake picture, but it’s STILL funny. Well played United States Senate.

cocks

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 01 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because:

A-I still don’t live anywhere near North Harford High School

B-Instead of bothering with that whole pesky “Spring” thing around here, we’ve decided to just go right from Winter to Summer. Therefore, I was able to take “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet” over to Essex Community College to play tennis for the first time this year. Sadly, her skill level was no greater than either of these two young ladies…

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Thank God she’s pretty.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Jason Berken, Jim Johnson roughed up as Birds fell to Red Sox

Do the Orioles think the last week of Spring Training is optional???

I mean, Intern Super Jack came in the other day and told me he was having a tough time caring about his work at Towson High School because he was battling a case of “senioritis”, but when he’s done, he’s….DONE.

When the Orioles finish Grapefruit League play, they actually have to go play real games.

They know that, right?

I’m reasonably certain that with Koji Uehara headed to the DL, there’s no chance Jason Berken doesn’t leave Sarasota and come to Baltimore in the bullpen-but it would have been nice to see a more representative effort for sure.

Jake Arrieta makes the start today in Port Charlotte against the Rays, who are starting someone named Mike Ekstrom, who I’m reasonably certain I went to Chapel Hill Elementary School with. I think we both had Ms. Lutz-Itzoe in 3rd grade.

2. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Brian Roberts played in 3rd straight game against Boston

I know WHY this is apparently a news story, but……..WHY IS THIS A NEWS STORY???

In a related story, Cesar Itzuris chewed the same brand of gum for the 3rd straight day; going with Juicy Fruit.

And for a 3rd straight day, I spent more time looking at pictures of Katy Perry over at What Tyler Durden Do than I did covering sports.

katyperry

3. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark & Drew Forrester pick Orioles 4th in AL East, DF picks Matusz to win Cy Young Award

You know that Forrester-consummate Orioles apologist.

As I said yesterday when we discussed this on “The Comcast Morning Show”, I’m taking the UNDER on the number of 74 1/2 wins that Las Vegas has posted for the Birds.

It’s just WAAAY too easy to say “The Orioles are going to be better…they’ll win 80 games.”

How?

They play 54 games against the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays. Are they going to win 25? Even 20? If they can win 20, they’d have to 54-54 over the rest of their schedule just to hit 74 victories.

Are you confident that the Orioles can go .500 against the rest of the teams on their schedule? Are you confident that they can win 20 of 54 against the best teams in the AL East?

If not, picking the over would be a bad choice.

And I’m not just trying to be a “Debbie Downer.” If the Orioles win 74 games, that will be a 10 game improvement! But this thought process that just because they are somewhat improved, they’ll compete to be .500; I guess people don’t understand that other baseball teams TRY.

4. Deadspin’s Will Leitch says ‘early season schedule particularly cruel’ to O’s

Of course, because the early season is so difficult, the middle of the season will also be “particularly cruel”, the end of the season will also be “particularly cruel”, and offseason will also be “particularly cruel.”

In fact, I’ll turn it over to Bananarama from here…

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5. WNST.net says Ravens to play Panthers, Giants at home; Redskins, Rams on road during preseason

Rumor has it the Ravens requested that they also play an exhibition game against a semi-pro team at Ambridge High School in suburban Pittsburgh, but apparently EVERYONE IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA KNEW THAT WAS UNACCEPTABLE.

It’s a bit strange that Carolina is coming to M&T Bank Stadium knowing that the Ravens will turn around and visit Charlotte in the regular season; but these things have happened before. Fortunately, the first preseason game (even if it is on ESPN) doesn’t usually include a whole lot of playing time for the starters, so John Fox’s staff won’t see too much from John Harbaugh’s staff.

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Troy Smith has switched agents, leaving Ralph Cindrich for Neil Cornrich

How’s the crawl?

The first thing Neil Cornrich said as agent to Troy Smith: “Hey man, before we go talking about trades or anything like that, why don’t we make sure there are other NFL teams that actually want you.”

By the way, I’d crawl to Cleveland myself if I knew Vida Guerra was waiting for me there painted like a tiger… (Thanks Don Chavez!)

vida

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Domonique Foxworth went to Randallstown for US Census Drive with Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger

Did VH1 begin a new season of “The Surreal Life” without letting any of us know in advance?

It’s very clear that Domonique Foxworth is much smarter than the rest of us (and if you’ve been to his Facebook page, you’d also know that his girlfriend is much prettier than any of ours…and she’s an attorney); and clearly he makes more money than the rest of us.

Therefore, Domonique Foxworth, I shake my fist in your general direction!

Before I move on from the Ravens, let me remind you that we will be out at 1 Winning Drive today to meet Ravens WR Donte’ Stallworth. I will be Tweeting live (follow us on Twitter @WNST) and will be blogging right here. You can also hear today’s press conference this afternoon with Rex Snider and Ray Bachman.

8. Stevenson Official Site says Trip Latta scored 4 goals as Mustangs topped Hood College 20-4

Which sets up an undefeated #1 vs. #2 showdown for the ‘Stangs Saturday afternoon against Salisbury at Caves Athletic Complex in Owings Mills. I’ll be there. You should be too.

You know who else should be there? Rosie Huntington-Whiteley…(Thanks Guyism.com!)

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9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland freshman QB Devin Burns impressing Ralph Friedgen

Obviously the idea here would be to redshirt Burns this season with two freshman QB’s (C.J. Brown and Danny O’Brien) ahead of him, but it is going to create quite a battle come 2011 after Jamarr Robinson goes under center this season.

My guess? Burns ends up being THE guy-even if O’Brien or Brown starts for a short time, as I get the feeling James Franklin will want Burns’ athleticism under center.

Of course, James Franklin might be the head coach at that point, so who knows.

10. The Sun’s Don Markus says Terps LB David Mackall doesn’t think he would have made it to College Park had he not left Woodlawn for Edmondson

Look, I just haven’t found a way to squeeze in a picture of what I had for dinner last night, so I’ll just do it here. I had some shrimp jumbalaya last night, and it was delicious…

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But read the Don Markus story, it was pretty good.

And finally, I leave you with this.

Did Flip Murray really hit THIS SHOT the other night and it DIDN’T COUNT???

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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 30 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because Shawn Michaels retired last night…and I won’t confirm nor deny whether I was a bit overly emotional…

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…I’m sorry, I need a minute here.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Steelers event at North Harford High School ‘not okay’

Here’s a list of other things that are “not okay”…

1-Racism
2-Sexism
3-Homophobia
4-Violent Crime
5-GET THE POINT?

OF COURSE bringing the Pittsburgh Steelers to Harford County ISN’T OKAY! Anyone who thinks otherwise is INSANE!

(Edit from GMC: Attention Pittsburgh Steelers fans-your opinion doesn’t matter to me. We all KNOW you think it’s okay. It’s like the guy who roots for the Steelers and writes for that “b” paper that tried having an opinion on the Colts move out of Baltimore-it doesn’t MATTER what you think about it.)

As I said this morning, maybe next year the folks up at North Harford High School should consider renaming Pylesville Road to “Jeffrey Maier Boulevard” next spring.

2. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Guthrie roughed up as Orioles fell to Yankees

As I said last night on Twitter (follow us @WNST), do you think there’s any chance the Orioles could trade Jeremy Guthrie to the Diamondbacks in exchange for one of these FORMER Birds?

rodrigo krisbenson

‘Cause I’d take either Rodrigo Lopez OR Kris Benson from the D-Backs at this point!

Jeremy Guthrie has been….ummm….NOT GOOD. I don’t think he has a pedigree to think that he will just necessarily bounce bank and be a top of the rotation type of pitcher who we can count on.

But I’ll be hoping…

3. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Uehara expects to start season on DL

And that’s just too bad.

Since I don’t really have too much more to add here, I think I’m going to through up a few more pictures of Anna Benson. You can thank me later.

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If only the O’s would have been any good when she was here…

4. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Guthrie, Matusz, Bergesen, Hernandez expected to be announced as rotation behind Millwood by Trembley today

Before I move on from the Orioles; Hall of Fame 3B Mike Schmidt joined Drew Forrester this morning on “The Comcast Morning Show.” If you missed it, make sure you head over to the Audio Vault at WNST.net to check it out. He told Drew Miguel Tejada would have “no problem” moving to third base.

Drew also chatted with Harford County Executive David Craig (who told us that Harford County was “Ravens Country”), Aegis columnist Randy McRoberts, Former Maryland Jockey Club President Joe DeFrancis, Former Ole Miss DE and Ravens Draft target Greg Hardy. Head over to the Audio Vault to check it out.

5. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Syracuse WR Mike Williams, Arizona LB Vuna Tuihalamaka visited Owings Mills Monday

Holy crap. HOW THE HELL DO YOU PRONOUNCE THAT?!?!?

Voo-nah Too-ee-ha-la-mah-kah?

This makes Obafemi Ayanbadejo look like an elementary school name!

For the record, Tuihalamaka is 6’2″, 220 and had a HELL of a Pro Day in Tucson. Does that mean he’ll be a great player at the NFL level? Of course not. Does it mean that all of us in the radio business will be in trouble if he gets picked? It certainly does.

6. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Gaither officially reported to offseason program Monday

And we’re glad to have him back. Either he’ll help the team try to win a Super Bowl as the Left Tackle, or he’ll help the team try to win a Super Bowl by being dealt for a high pick in the NFL Draft.

The point is, the guy is going to help the Ravens try to win a Super Bowl. That’s all I can ask for.

7. NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora says Redskins could be interested in making deal for Jared Gaither

And if they’re willing to part with their (very high) 2nd round pick; I would certainly assume that the Ravens would be willing to make that deal. It would give them the 37th pick in the Draft, which is a coveted position.

I’m not convinced myself that the Ravens are hotly pursuing this. I think they’d make the deal, but I don’t think they’re banging down the Skins’ door to try to make it happen.

Me personally, I’m trying to make a deal for Noureen Dewulf, the girlfriend of Sabres goalie and US Olympic hero Ryan Miller…

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8. Washington Post says Greivis Vasquez named to AP All-American 2nd team

Which is a tremendous honor, and certainly is worth celebrating.

That being said-while EVERYONE agrees that John Wall, Evan Turner and Wes Johnson belonged on the 1st team; are DeMarcus Cousins and Scottie Reynolds REALLY 1st team All-Americans???

I’d say the “Vivacious Venezuelan” should have been about one team higher.

9. Inside Lacrosse says Maryland 4th, Loyola 12th, Johns Hopkins 16th in new Top 20 poll

Seeing as how I don’t think the Blue Jays have much of a chance to beat North Carolina this weekend, there’s a real chance that Dave Pietramala’s squad will be completely outside of the Top 20 next week.

Should we just go ahead and wave the white flag to New York and New Jersey at this point?

10. Baltimore Blast Official Site says Blast eliminated from MISL playoffs by Monterrey La Raza in OT

Which means it is now officially OFFICIALLY baseball season in Baltimore…I guess.

Nestor went to 1st Mariner Arena three straight nights (Shogun Fights, Baltimore Mariners, Blast) and decided to document it…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe3q_2sa6wY[/youtube]

The term “glutton for punishment” comes to mind.

And finally, I leave you with this.

It has bothered me for a long time that there isn’t an indoor lacrosse team here in Baltimore. I know the arena stinks, but there was a team in PHOENIX when I lived out there! This market can ABSOLUTELY get 5,000 people out to games!

I’m bothered MORE that there isn’t an indoor lacrosse team in Baltimore when I see what happened at the recent Boston Blazers/Philadelphia Wings game…

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

Why can’t we have that?!?!?!?

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 19 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because ol’ Drew Forrester was a man of his word and painted his face Morgan State colors this morning to keep a promise to Todd Bozeman after the Bears won the MEAC Tournament title. Many thanks to our friend Kia (follow her on Twitter @Ms15StepsAhead) for coming in to paint his face. Here’s the artist and the final product…

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And here’s a closeup of the final product….

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This is the best Drew has looked in years.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. Maryland Official Site previews tonight’s NCAA Tournament opener in Spokane against Houston

Oh thank God it’s finally here.

I want to encourage everyone to head out to The Nest on Pratt Street tonight to watch the game with the WNST gang.

Unfortunately, I will not be there.

As I said this morning on “The Comcast Morning Show”, I am not going be to be able to watch the game in public. I mean, hopefully it won’t be a close game-but my guess is that it will be. And if it is, I’ll be a WRECK. This is why it is MUCH better for me to be on the road with the team, as I’m forced to try to control my emotions.

Don’t even bother asking me for a prediction, either. I know that Maryland is about 10-12 points better than Houston. But this is March Madness. It’s a different animal.

2. The AP’s Nicholas K. Geranios says Greivis Vasquez-Aubrey Coleman showdown highlights Terps-Cougars

Obviously, it’s a tremendous matchup between gifted guards. That being said, this CANNOT just be a matchup of guards. If it is, Maryland is playing into the hands of what Tom Penders’ team wants to do.

Maryland is the type of team that WANTS to dictate pace, but they have to be smart about it. Instead of JUST being up and down all day, they ABSOLUTELY need to try to get the ball inside and let Jordan Williams have his way as often as possible.

Also, the Houston guards will try to go to the rim-so Williams, Milbourne and Mosley will need to have active hands. The Terrapins do a tremendous job of getting blocks when opposing guards penetrate, and that needs to be the case again tonight. If you FORCE a team to start throwing up 3 pointers, the results will likely be in your favor.

3. Washington Post’s Mike Wise says Eric Hayes has made ‘crucial’ contributions for Terrapins

And there’s just no doubt about that. Is he Steve Blake? Of course not. But has he been an invaluable member of one of Gary Williams’ best teams? Absolutely.

And for the record, Holly Madison has made ‘crucial’ contributions to the awkward feeling I have in my pants….

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(Thanks What Would Tyler Durden Do)

4. Morgan State Official Site previews NCAA Tournament opener with West Virginia this afternoon in Buffalo

Look, do I think Todd Bozeman’s team is going to be able to pull the stunner of all stunners today? No, I really don’t. BUT-do I think that with big games from Reggie Holmes and Kevin Thompson they could at least make it interesting? Sure. Sure they could.

No matter what, it is ABSOLUTELY awesome to have a chance to watch the Bears in the Big Dance.

5. The AP’s John Wawrow says last year’s early exit fueling Mountaineers against Bears

Oh, and having De’Sean Butler will help as well.

Having Bob Huggins on the show this week helped remind me that I hate WVU, but my hate for them goes back much farther than that. Never was it more evident than a trip to Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl. I just hope ‘Eers fans are as miserable today as they were back then, when Steve Suter helped add to the misery….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q63nyT2mhtM[/youtube]

6. WNST.net’s G.Q. says Preakness beer ban to continue, but O.A.R. & Zac Brown Band to play infield; $20 gets you all you can drink

Look-I STILL think the beer ban is a mistake, but I do give the Maryland Jockey Club credit. This is BETTER than what they did last year.

Allowing fans to bring coolers in this year is a GOOD decision. Forcing fans to purchase chicken fingers and the like last year was a mistake. Does this mean that someone will sneak in a watermelon soaked in vodka? Of course it does. But they just don’t want fans bringing in beer cans and throwing them at each others’ heads. I get it.

AND….is there ANYTHING BETTER THAN O.A.R.?????

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWkTwcwhLc0[/youtube]

7. Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says “Mr. Preakness” Chick Lang dead at 83

Man. I can’t even IMAGINE a Preakness without Chick Lang.

My knowledge of Chick Lang really doesn’t date as far back as many of yours, but listening to him on WBAL even as a VERY young person, I could hear the passion in his voice.

He was a champion of not only the Preakness and Pimlico, but also just of horse racing in general. He will unquestionably be missed.

8. MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian says Jeremy Guthrie roughed up as Orioles fell to Blue Jays

As Ray Bachman said on Facebook yesterday, “Jeremy Guthrie has just been named starting pitcher for this years Home Run Derby.”

It was getting so ridiculous yesterday that I actually think even this guy homered for the Jays….

gruber

And as I responded to Ray on Facebook, please remember that the O’s’ Number 2 starter has a career 27-34 record.

You don’t want that.

9. The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Uehara injured hamstring during loss to Toronto

Remember when Kevin Nash and Scott Hall came back to WWE after Vince McMahon put the nWo back together? Nash ended up blowing out his knee in the middle of a match on Monday Night RAW-screaming in pain in the corner as the other performers continued around him. Was ANYONE surprised???

That’s how I felt when I head Koji Uehara hurt his hamstring again. Absolutely NO SURPRISE.

10. The AP says Adam Jones, Matt Wieters homered for Birds in loss

Until that, Matt Wieters was in the Nolan Reimold-Eric Massa argument as far as who was having the worst Spring.

Why do I have the feeling there will be a lot more solo homeruns coming this season?

11. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Jared Odrick, Carlos Dunlap amongst players Ravens have watched in Pro Days recently

Jared Odrick is a name I’ve heard a lot recently. Does that mean he’s going to be the Ravens’ pick in the NFL Draft? No. It’s just a name I’ve heard a lot.

I’ve also heard the name Joslyn James a lot recently.

joslyn

(Edit from GMC: Did you read her text messages with Tiger Woods? Freaking awesome.)

12. Yahoo! Sports’ Doug Farrar mocks Golden Tate to Baltimore

I would be STUNNED if this happened. STUNNED.

And finally, I leave you with this.

To no one’s surprise, the first day of the NCAA Tournament was ABSOLUTELY the best day of the year. Just freaking awesome throughout. I used to do a series called “The Men of March” on a show I hosted in Phoenix. We’d bring on the likes of Drew Nicholas, Christian Laettner, James Forrest, Bryce Drew, etc. and talk about those amazing things they had done in the NCAA Tournament. There are a few more “Men of March” today….

Ali Farokhmanesh

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0LvF7UWmak[/youtube]

Danero Thomas

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d59Jud-Citc[/youtube]

Ish Smith

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_SWs8_xDdQ[/youtube]

Quincy Pondexter

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fue-pxPyHIY[/youtube]

and MORE.

The Tournament is so crazy that I’m starting to think we’ll end up seeing Essex Community College in the Sweet 16.

This is better than Christmas.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Orioles Agree to Deals With Mike Gonzalez, Garrett Atkins

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Orioles Agree to Deals With Mike Gonzalez, Garrett Atkins

Posted on 16 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

12:30 Update: The Sun adds late tonight that the Orioles have reached a 1 year deal with former Colorado Rockies 3B Garrett Atkins. Atkins was a very good hitter (full disclosure: he played half of his games at Coors Field in Denver) between 2006-2008, tallying 20+ HR’s, 99+ RBI and at least a .286 average in all three seasons. He had a TERRIBLE ’09, batting .226 with 9 HR’s and 48 RBI. He’ll replace Melvin Mora at 3B until the Birds decide to go with the younger Josh Bell. Atkins’ stats are available here.

According to Yahoo! Sports MLB writer Tim Brown via Twitter, the Birds have agreed to a 2 year deal with left-handed reliever Mike Gonzalez. Brown reports the deal is worth $12 million, and incentives could make the deal worth $16 million. Gonzalez is 31, and he appeared in 80 games last season with the Braves; going 5-4 with 10 saves and a 2.42 ERA. He has a career 2.57 ERA in 280.2 innings pitched. You can check out his stats here.

Gonzalez hasn’t been a regular closer since 2006 in Pittsburgh-when he converted 24 of 24 save opportunities. He would certainly have to be considered part of the closer mix in Baltimore; along with Koji Uehara, Dennis Sarfate, Jim Johnson and insert name here.

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-G

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