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15-7-0

Posted on 20 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

You get props…..

1-Jim Thome, Jeremy Guthrie and Gregg Zaun

“Sliced bread is actually the best thing since Gregg Zuan.”

OH, LOL! Relax Baltimore; we’ve been waiting for our power-hitting catcher! He’s just a few years older than what we expected.

And by a few years, I mean 64.

But he did have 4 more RBI than Matt Wieters Sunday. He should probably be the permanent catcher for Jeremy Guthrie; who, for a day at least, resembled a pitcher again.

I resembled a pitcher once. Unfortunately it was this pitcher……

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(I like to call him “The Dominican Bachman” myself)

2-Troy Aikman, Lou Holtz, John Cooper, Thurman Thomas, Jay Novacek, Jim Donnan, Randall McDaniel, and Roger Brown

John Cooper’s special day wasn’t quite the same after he realized Lloyd Carr had beat him to the induction ceremony.

It was strange to hear Lou Holtz open his speech by saying “I’m happy to be here and all, but I just don’t know if I’m good enough. I really have no idea how I can compete with a fella like Jim Donnan. He’s just so good. We’re lucky to be here. I don’t think we have a chance of winning.”

Troy Aikman and Jay Novacek said they were thankful to have the chance to remember their life before their pro careers. They only wished their teammate Michael Irvin was capable of doing the same thing.

All of these one-liners are just part of the new “Glenn Clark’s corny one-liner” Comedy Class which will be available this semester at the Community College of Baltimore County. It isn’t actually a credited class; just an excuse for me to try to surround myself by pretty girls with low standards.

3-Bo Van Pelt and Rick Rhoden

Bo Van Pelt won the golf tournament this weekend that you were allowed to play in if you weren’t good enough to play in the other actually important golf tournament. You know-the one that was nearly won by a guy who retired 15 years ago.

Does Bo Van Pelt really get a trophy for that accomplishment? REALLY?

The event Rhoden won was called the “I don’t watch golf when the talented players play; why in the hell would I watch when the guys who aren’t talented play?” Open. It’s some sort of celebrity event; which still confuses me as to why Rhoden is there.

But thanks to Deadspin for this screen shot of Michael Jordan and an inflatable penis. You didn’t read that wrong; it’s just Michael Jordan and an inflatable penis. Which reminds me of the average Thursday at my grandparents’ house.

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4-Brandon Snyder, Wally Crancer, Nathan Moreau, Patrick Kantakevich, and Matt Hobgood

Thus far in his pro career, Matt Hobgood has given up one run on hits over 1 inning; and has committed one error.

I was going to make a crack here about how he was already better than Rich Hill; but I’m a little concerned about Rich Hill’s self confidence. Look at the poor kid…..

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I’d say he could drown his sorrows with 3-400 beers; but he can’t legally drink for another 5 years.

(Editor’s note: Please tell me his baseball card doesn’t look like one of those cards you had in Little League. Hilarious!)

5-Robin Soderling

Won a tennis tournament this weekend. You’d probably care more, but you thought Robin Soderling did the song “Show Me Love” in 1993.

6-Alberto Contador

Seriously, why the hell does EVERYONE IN THE WORLD have a better name than I do? Helio Castroneves? Dario Franchitti? Steele Stanwick? ALBERTO FREAKING CONTADOR????????

Clearly their parents loved me more than my parents loved me. Which I’m just going to have to live with.

Lance Armstrong apparently won’t be winning the Tour De France. Which only means that the Tour de France’s ratings will again be a 2 instead of a 5.

(Editor’s note: Those ratings points aren’t in millions.)

7-John Lackey, J.A. Happ, Jason Marquis, Dan Haren, Clayton Kershaw, Roy Oswalt, and Bronson Arroyo

You know what. I take it all back. J.A. Happ’s name is actually Jay Happ. HAHA! Someone’s parents loved them less than my parents loved me!!!!!!!

(Editor’s note: My parents really do love me. With that in mind, can I borrow like $100? And by “borrow”, I mean “spend on beer and never pay you back.”)

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That’s a picture of Bronson Arroyo and a person who I assume must be a close family friend.

Don’t get too suicidal just yet. I mean, if you heard this, you’d sleep with him too….

8-Michael Phelps

God is this a stretch. I’m honoring Michael Phelps for winning more ESPY awards than anyone else; and the ESPY awards were actually taped on Wednesday; then aired on Sunday.

Of course, this gave me the perfect opportunity to find out what else was on TV Sunday night; because I’d rather have a giant wart on my foot than watch the ESPY’s.

(Editor’s note: the last line was probably only funny to my friend Julie; who recently had a wart removed from her foot. She’d be really embarrassed if she ever knew I wrote this publicly, but she’s a pretty girl; so there’s no chance she’ll ever read it. Yeah, pretty girls ignore me. It’s like high school all over again.)

Back to the point; as I Facebooked Sunday night (and if you’re not my Facebook friend, your life isn’t quite as meaningful), having the ESPY’s as the only sports viewing option Sunday night; I decided to give Brooke Knows Best a shot.

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Who am I kidding? I watch every week.

9-Nik Caner-Medley

This is going to come as a surprise to you; but I had no idea Nik Caner-Medley was playing for the LA Clippers’ Summer League team. No, I’m serious. I stopped stalking him 7 months ago.

After hitting a pull-up jumper over Wizards guard Nick Young, Caner-Medley laughed and said “I’m from Maryland. Nobody can beat me.”

GOD IT NEVER GETS OLD!!!!!!

10-Garrett Jones, Albert Pujols, and Alfonso Soriano

In other baseball news; Orlando Hudson will reportedly end up collecting more than double his salary thanks to an incentive-laden contract. No word on whether the Orioles can seek an incentive-laden refund from Felix Pie.

11-The Blackberry Commercial with U2 doing “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight”

Never before have I wanted to buy a Blackberry, spend 100 dollars to see a band from the upper deck of a football stadium; AND somehow try to change my life to make myself a better person. You want the definition of effective advertising? Holy crap.

12-Kyle Busch and NASCAR

With newspapers no longer being able to afford to send motorsports writers across the country to watch grown men drive cars; NASCAR has figured out another way to fill their press boxes, and it is absolutely a smart idea. Bloggers can now apply for credentials to NASCAR races. Well, bloggers NASCAR approves of anyway. Which truly does go to show that anyone can have a voice in the era of new media. Even if their thoughts are WAY off base. Sorta like this noted NASCAR follower…..

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13-D2: The Mighty Ducks

Look, my TV was just as confused as you’d imagine when I flipped to the Hallmark Channel Saturday morning. My TV actually said to me “Dude, you don’t even let your girlfriend watch this channel.”

But if you don’t think this is the most inspiring scene in the history of movies, kindly leave.

I wish I could explain this further, but this scene lead to my best friend (noted musician John Chambers of “The Waywords”; whose new record is available on iTunes and I’ll charge him for that plug later) nearly having to go to the hospital before Artscape Saturday. Use your imagination.

14-Smoothie King’s “Caribbean Way”

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Are they a sponsor? Who cares. They’re AMAZING. This is what God intended for us to drink. (He intended for us to eat Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwiches if you’re asking.)

15-Robert Randolph

HOLY CRAP WHAT WAS THIS??????

I think I just got pregnant.

I can only pray that anyone who attended Artscape Saturday night realized just what it was they were witnessing. July 18, 2009 will forever be remembered as the day that one man saved the city of Baltimore.

One of our former interns had to leave right after Robert’s 2nd song. My girlfriend (You know her-“The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet”) looked at me and said “Where is she going?” I looked back and said “I don’t know. But I know this much. It’s not as good as here.”

Did anyone notice the sharp-looking Joe Flacco jersey Robert’s bassist-Danyel-was sporting? I wonder where that came from…..

Oh right. You’re welcome Baltimore.

You got lucky……..

1-Kenny Cooper Jr. and Nicci Wright

Holy crap we almost lost to Panama???? Why the hell are all of our good players playing for money right now???? Poor Bob Bradley had to let Jason Berken play!!!!!

In news completely unrelated to soccer; hearing the name Nicci Wright (the Washington women’s team’s coach who pitched a shutout when pressed into action as a goalkeeper) reminded me that adult film actress Nikki Benz is attractive…..

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She pitched a shutout once too. Yeah, in my pants! High five!

2-Stewart Cink

This is really a shame. I was looking forward to seeing Tom Watson drink from the Claret Jug. Of course it would have been prune juice; but I bet it would have been a wild party nonetheless.

Congratulations to Stewart Cink for beating up an old man. I’d be more upset, but it’s golf. I legitimately picked Nick Faldo to win the damn thing the other day. Tom Watson winning wouldn’t have been an amazing accomplishment; this is the same sport that has crowned John Daly king on more than one occasion.

3-The guy standing outside Erin Andrews’ peephole………

…….for now.

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Let’s admit two things here:

One-we all think whoever is responsible is a creep who deserves to suffer a lawsuit and/or prison time. He’s the lowest of low human beings; and completely disgusting.

Two-Not one of us can really admit to having not Googled “Erin Andrews peephole” at some point this weekend.

Look man, if it didn’t exist; I would have never searched. (Editor’s note: That’s probably not true. I probably would have searched at some point in my life even if I didn’t know it existed. There’s always a hope, right?)

Also, I don’t really get the fascination this country has with Erin Andrews. I mean, there are other hot chicks in the world of sports, aren’t there?

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Okay, maybe that wasn’t the best example.

4-Oscar Salazar

You mean to tell me that I don’t have to play for the Orioles anymore?

And I get to move here……?

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This is a joke, right? You’re all just having fun with old Oscar; aren’t you???

5-Maikon Bonani

Haven’t heard the story? The South Florida kicker fell 30 feet from an amusement park ride and is apparently okay.

I remember growing up I always felt like the people who were running the potentially dangerous thrill rides at my favorite amusement parks were probably expertly trained, highly paid, and easily the most responsible people in the world. If lives were in peril; they would be immediately available to step in and save the day.

But after a recent trip to a local amusement park (the one in Largo. It will remain nameless.), I have now become very aware that the ride operators are about as qualified for difficult situations as I am to talk about Sonya Sotomayor. Who I think will make a hell of a Secretary of State whenever the UN gets around to giving her the ol’ thumbs up.

(Editor’s Note: Please don’t tell me it is spelled “Sonia.” This was a bit. “Sonia” Sotomayor is going to be the next attorney general. I know that. I’m not stupid.)

(Editor’s 2nd Note: Does anyone else find it funny that I write these notes as the “editor” when I don’t actually do any editing? I usually just type out whatever nonsense comes to my mind at 1am and then I allow Intern Steven Patrick to tell me Monday morning that I spelled “figuratively” as “pineapple.” Look man, we all make mistakes.)

6-Anyone who got their news from Walter Cronkite

You had one of the great newsmen of all-time. We have Andy Rooney bitching about fruit.

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7-Nerds

Could you imagine a better weekend to come out of your parents’ basement? I mean, not only did Harry Potter come out and make something like 100 trillion dollars; but Baltimore became the world’s nerd hub for the weekend….

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Thanks to Examiner.com for the picture of……..that. Otakon hit the Baltimore Convention Center, and from what I can tell; Otakon is basically just the same as your average downtown bar or club. Everyone there is just trying to get laid. The only difference is that most of the people at your average bar or club have actually gotten laid before.

You’re a zero……

(CORRECTED MONDAY AFTER MY POOR MISTAKE. MY APOLOGIES TO MICHAEL KAY, WHO I AM GUESSING PROBABLY DOES NOT READ THIS ANYWAY…..)

John Sterling

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On Friday night, I heard something so vile I almost threw my beer across the room.

“Long fly ball……….that’s a Tex Message, to the 2nd deck. You’re on the mark, Teixeira!”

I want to drive to New York tomorrow to boo both of them. That’s worse than the “A-Bomb for A-Rod.”

Ugh.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 17 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

In case you missed it, Drew’s list of his Top 5 “Baltimore Sports Jerks” was…..

10-Sidney Ponson & Richie Bancells (Tie)
9-Gary Williams
8-Roberto Alomar
7-Albert Belle
6-Jerry Coleman & Drew Forrester (Tie)
5-Aubrey Huff
4-Tony Siragusa
3-Erik Bedard
2-Chris McAlister
1-Lee Mazzilli

And my list of the Top 10 “Baltimore Sports Jerks” was……

10-Terrell Owens
9-Michael Phelps
8-Lee Mazzilli
7-Rafael Palmeiro
6-Sammy Sosa
5-Tony Siragusa
4-Sidney Ponson
3-Albert Belle
2-Peter Angelos
1-Bob Irsay

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Tom Clayton says Suggs will face more ‘pressure’ after signing massive contract

Marco Romanell says Summer of ’09 ‘revival’ for Baltimore sports

ORIOLES:

The Official Site says trip to Chicago amongst early road schedule for Birds in 2nd half

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says MacPhail expects decision on Trembley to come later in season than usual

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Opening Day win; comeback wins over Phillies, Red Sox, Jays, Mets amongst highlights of Birds’ first half

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Pale Hose had ‘nondescript’ first half of season

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds have been best at plate, worst on basepaths

Examiner Jay Trucker hopes Buck isn’t on O’s-White Sox FOX broadcast Saturday

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Birds 24-23 since May 22

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

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

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Matusz winner as Bowie beat Akron in slugfest

Frederick Keys Official Site says Britton loser as Frederick fell to Kinston

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Oliver Drake winner as Delmarva topped Lexington

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Procner loser as Aberdeen fell to Lowell

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Mike Flacco tallied run, RBI for Orioles in win over Bristol

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Hobgood could make debut for Bluefield Saturday vs. Johnson City

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Krynzel went 4-6 with two triples for Baysox in win over Aeros

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Baysox reliever Wilfredo Perez likely out for season

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Widlansky’s homer provided only run for Keys in loss

Virginian-Pilot says Carlos Quentin rehabbing with Knights against Tides

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Figurs, Carr, Webb, Zbikowski, Rice to all compete for return job

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says despite history in Supplemental Draft (Gaither), Ravens didn’t make selection this year

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Suggs ‘real deal’, worth big contract

The Sun says Ravens single game tickets available today via Ticketmaster

The AP says some believe McNair’s death ‘wake up call’ for cheating athletes

Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock says McNair’s death example of why athletes shouldn’t get married

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein doesn’t believe Mason retired

The AP says Nashville judge allows Mechelle McNair to be executor of husband’s estate

Pro Football Weekly’s Mike Wilkening says TE’s Heap, Smith will need to step up if Mason really retired

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco, Reed, 52 might be most important player in AFC North

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire thinks WR Quintin McCree could break out this season

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire says Lee-Odai, Adrian Cannon give Terps ‘depth’ at WR

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have ‘solid group’ of RB’s in Scott, Green, Meggett

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says VA QB prospect Bo Revell worked out for Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens details Burney’s injury history

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps to visit UNC-Greensboro Jan. 3 at 2pm

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says hoops prospect Jarrod Davis emerged at West Virginia event (must subscribe)

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says former Retriever Ricky Fried named coach of US Women’s National Team

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says 6 former Blue Jays all MLL All-Stars

SOCCER:

Ravens Official Site says grass to be installed today at M&T Bank Stadium for AC Milan-Chelsea match

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says 4 Palace players named to USL-2’s Team of the Week

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Mary Rampellini says Rachel Alexandra trainer Steve Asmussen suspended 6 months

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Asmussen to appeal suspension for ’08 lidocaine positive

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Phelps ended Tiger’s streak of winning top ESPY at 5

POKER:

The AP says Garrett County logger Darvin Moon chip leader at World Series of Poker

BOXING:

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mark “TNT” Tucker to face Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams tonight at Carroll County Agricultural Center

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Anyone else have a bad feeling the Birds will get swept by the ChiSox this weekend? I’ll take it back. Bergesen goes Sunday. They’ll win that one.

Talk to you this weekend.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

Is anyone else confused as to why the Orioles are shopping Oscar Salazar instead of Ty Wigginton?

I mean, I wouldn’t be stunned if Wigginton just had no value; but Salazar does WAY more for me than Wigginton does.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Scott had most RBI for Birds in single game since Ramon Hernandez in ‘06

Bob Haynie wonders if Birds should be interested in Halladay

Thyrl Nelson says ‘indifference’ issue for Birds

Marco Romanell says Birds have struggled vs. lefties

Cliff Saunders disagrees with how Jay Mariotti handled McNair death

Keith Melchior has had enough of McNair news

Rex Snider says Hall of Famers to participate in Curing Cancer One Win at a Time

Nestor Aparicio says WNST.net now home for AP stats

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Doug Miller says Scott (7 RBI) lead way as Birds trounced Mariners

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Doug Miller says David Hernandez takes mound tonight in series finale vs. Jason Vargas in Seattle

The Official Site’s Doug Miller says Trembley ejected for arguing early in win

The Official Site’s Doug Miller says Birds will listen to teams interested in Pie, Salazar

The Official Site’s Doug Miller says ‘flu symptoms’ kept Roberts out of lineup in win

Mariners Official Site’s Christian Caple says 19,000 saw M’s fall to O’s at Safeco Field

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Guthrie forced to leave in 3rd inning of win due to ‘dizziness’

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Trembley believed Reimold, defended him leading to ejection

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds had conversations with White Sox regarding Pie

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Scott finished double short of cycle in win

Seattle Times’ Tom Wyrwich says Bedard showed good stuff before leaving game after 4 innings

The AP says Jakubauskas took loss for Mariners in relief

Everett Herald’s Kirby Arnold says Hendrickson picked up win for Birds in relief

SI’s Tom Verducci has Bergesen 3rd amongst American League Rookie of the Year candidates

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 25th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick says Reimold, Markakis, Jones give Birds ‘high hopes’ in OF

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Arrieta winner as Tides topped Charlotte

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Matusz threw 8 innings of shutout, 1 hit ball in win over Senators

MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Matusz added 11 strikeouts in win for Baysox

Frederick Keys Official Site says Widlansky homered twice for Keys in win over Kinston

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says McCurry loser as Shorebirds fell to Kannapolis

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Kantakevich loser as Ironbirds fell to Brooklyn

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Jorge Almanzar loser as Bluefield fell to Burlington

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Izturis 2-3, with SB and 2 runs for Bowie in rehab assignment

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Ouellette pitched scoreless 9th to finish off Bowie’s win over Harrisburg

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Caleb Joseph often sleeps at clubhouse instead of home

Frederick News-Post says Joe Esposito picked up first win of season for Keys

Virginian-Pilot says Jolbert Cabrera crushed 3 run homer for Tides in win

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Mason remembers former teammate McNair’s ‘passion for the game’

The Official Site breaks down timeline of McNair incident

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says McNair ‘unlikely’ to get support for Hall enshrinement

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mark Clayton remembered McNair as football camp opened at McDaniel

The AP says ‘lack of motive’ slowing ruling in McNair case

Tennessean’s Gary Estwick says McNair’s death ‘big blow’ to Mount Olive, Mississippi

Tennessean says Titans to hold tribute to McNair today and tomorrow at LP Field

Nashville City Paper’s Ken Whitehouse and Sam Claycombe say Kazemi’s ex wrote rap song about murder

Nashville City Paper’s Nate Rau says Nashville authorities awaiting ballistics test results to determine cause of Kazemi’s death

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche says McNair’s life ‘hard to decipher’

Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock doesn’t think McNair necessarily ‘hero’

ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky says McNair had good fortune to not be forced to start on Day 1

ESPN.com’s James Walker says some in AFC North believe Flacco will ‘break out’ this season

ESPN.com Page 2’s Tim Keown says Holly Robinson Peete took to Twitter for McNair thoughts

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Good Counsel DE/TE prospect Vincent Croce camped with Terps (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Allen Wallace says Havenstein was Maryland fan before becoming Maryland commit (must subscribe)

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says midfielder Drew Collins to transfer from Penn to Blue Jays

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Ambrose, other Tigers coaches to make appearance in Federal Hill next week

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina catches up with CB Blake Carter

SWIMMING:

SwimNetwork.com’s Andrew Silver says Phelps getting ‘all buzz’ in Indianapolis

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says struggles continued for Katie Hoff in Indianapolis

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Derby winner Mine That Bird breezed Tuesday at Churchill Downs

Thoroughbred Times says trainer Woolley thought Mine That Bird ‘looked perfect’ in workout

INDYCAR RACING:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says potential Baltimore Grand Prix organizers believe race would be ‘safe’

SOCCER:

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says 65,000 tickets already sold for Chelsea-AC Milan at M&T Bank Stadium

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Overpaying for a free agent pitcher > overpaying and overtrading for a current big name pitcher. I’d love to see Roy Halladay in Baltimore, but I don’t think they can afford to pay both costs.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

Are you going to the LPGA Championship? I would, if it wasn’t golf.

Sorry I don’t have more to add this morning. I recommend you go to the audio vault and listen to Drew’s interview with John Gilchrist. For a guy who got a bad rap at Maryland, John has really focused himself on becoming a better basketball player and human being.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Birds’ effort ‘listless’ in losing to Mariners again

Nestor Aparicio says Wigginton, Zaun, Andino actually contributed from bottom of lineup

Luke Jones thinks Birds just as well to draft Flacco

Thyrl Nelson says Reimold, Scott only Orioles hitting

Bob Haynie celebrating at The Nest with Charm City Roller Girls tonight before Braves-Orioles

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara struggled after rain delay as Birds fell to Mariners

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez sent back down to Norfolk to make room for Uehara

MLB.com’s Brian Eller says Birds select 30 pitchers in MLB Draft

MLB.com’s Brian Eller says Tommy Hanson, Braves visit Jason Berken, Birds tonight

Mariners Official Site’s Pete Kerzel says former Bird Olson shakes off tough first inning to pick up win for M’s

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Chris Ray took loss as Tides fell to Indianapolis

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Mariotti tough luck loser as Baysox fell to Connecticut

Frederick Keys Official Site says Keys, Hillcats rained out

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Oliver Drake took loss as Shorebirds fell to Lake County

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 12,260 see Birds lose at Camden Yards

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Arrieta, Patton promoted to Norfolk

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Luke Scott homered in loss

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Mike Flacco hoped to go earlier in Draft

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley trying to ‘stay with’ players even through slump

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says tonight floppy hat night at OPACY

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. collects more thoughts on Orioles’ Draft

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brandon Snyder 2-4 with RBI double for Baysox in loss

Examiner Steve DeClue says Orioles made ‘mistake’ by going with Uehara over Hernandez

Examiner Steve DeClue says Mike Flacco has admitted to being ‘work in progress’

Examiner Steve DeClue says Bergesen ‘in groove’

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Branyan, Beltre, Lopez got RBI’s immediately after rain delay to put Mariners ahead

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Izturis set to rejoin Birds in Miami

Frederick News-Post says Matusz’s four scoreless innings wiped away by rain

Washington Post’s CJ Holley says Joe Jordan thought Hobgood selection ‘tough one’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Birds drafted Terps pitcher Scott Swinson

Virginian-Pilot says Pinckney, Dorta had 2 run singles for Tides in loss

The AP says Branyan homered for Mariners in win

Seattle Times’ Geoff Baker says Mariners back to .500 after win over Birds

SI’s Ted Keith has Birds 26th in power rankings

Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown has Birds 29th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Mike Flacco will be ‘instant fan favorite’ due to last name

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Marshal Yanda to miss Training Camp while rehabbing knee

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Joe Flacco casts ‘big shadow’ over new Oriole, younger brother Mike

The Official Site says tickets on sale Tuesday for 2010 lacrosse Final Four at M&T Bank Stadium

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Harbaugh seeing ‘respect’ amongst coaches

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says OL Faiella left program

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich wishes Terps, Penn State would re-start series

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps interested in Pittsburgh LB/RB prospect Bruce Patterson (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Terps pursuing Linganore OL Havenstein (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Maryland, Louisville, Rutgers, Syracuse amongst schools showing interest in WR prospect Kai Dominguez (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Post says Terps to face Villanova in BB&T Classic

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps to visit UNC-Greensboro for ACC Tournament preview

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee has Jays 5th in early 2010 poll

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Examiner Tom Flynn says Senator Mikulski thinks Army/Navy game return ‘great news’ for state

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says future FB Jarred Mack good be next in great line of fullbacks in Annapolis

MCDANIEL BASEBALL:

The Official Site says Terror’s Baines Jr. selected by White Sox; first player in McDaniel history to be drafted

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says Mariners aiming for AIFA Championship

GOLF:

LPGA Official Site says Castrale opens LPGA Championship with 7 under 65 to take lead

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd enjoys ‘drama’ of Wie

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Shanshan Feng struggled putting due to crowd noise playing with Wie

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says rookie Nordqvist 1 stroke off Castrale’s pace

The AP says Castrale leading Bulle Rock event after 1 round for 2nd time in last 4 years

The AP says keeping Wie near top of leaderboard will improve crowds in Havre de Grace

Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga says Wie center of attention despite being 5 shots back

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says veterans Pressel, Kerr, Creamer, Lincicome, etc. all struggled in Round 1

Washington Examiner’s Jim Williams says LPGA should reach out to Donald Trump

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Of course the Orioles should draft Mike Flacco. It is ABSOLUTELY the right thing to do. They should have drafted Harold Baines Jr. too.

Talk to you this weekend.

-G

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15-7-0

Posted on 25 May 2009 by Glenn Clark

Nothing like MASN to decide that the fans of the Orioles and Nationals probably don’t want to see their own broadcasters call the games, huh. I mean, why have Rob Dibble be a guest analyst during the Orioles’ broadcast when you can just pay one TV for the weekend? Nothing says money-saving quite like MASN. Ugh….

You deserve props…..

1. Danys Baez

If chicks dig the longball, then who digs the rally-starting dribbler? Ferrets? I’m glad Danys Baez has decided to be a contributor; because Chris Ray usually decides not to be.

2. Lyoto Machida

After beating previously undefeated Rashad Evans Saturday night at UFC 98, Lyoto Machida shouted “Karate’s Back”! I certainly hope so, because this guy has been looking for work for like 25 years…..

karate kid

3. Kobe Bryant

Remember how everyone spent the week talking about how LeBron James was a better player than Kobe Bryant? Can I remind you of a couple things???

A-Three rings
B-Kobe can SHOOT the ball (And spare me about how LeBron made one really big outside jumper)

LeBron James might go down as one of the greatest players in NBA History. But Kobe Bryant already has a Hall of Fame resume. Maybe getting ahead of ourselves isn’t the best idea in the world.

4. David Hernandez, Brandon Snyder, Troy Patton, Caleb Joseph

David Hernandez collected 14 strikeouts Friday night. Chris Ray has 15 on the season.

You know what what, maybe I’m piling on Chris Ray unfairly. Brad Bergesen has made 7 starts this season and only has 18 strikeouts. But I paid money to go to a baseball game Sunday, and I liked what I saw from Brad Bergesen. I didn’t like what I saw from Chris Ray.

Before I move on from this weekend’s O’s-Nats series, I’d like to thank the Mottram Brothers at Mister Irrelevant for posting this image of a hat I saw at Nationals Park.

os

Washington sports fans are TERRIBLE. And since I’m at it, I have to call out my friend Matt Palmer from The Catholic Review….

palmer

PICK A TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ROOT FOR THEM!!!!!!!!

5. Evgeni Malkin

You know how good the basketball playoffs are right now? The hockey playoffs are equally as bad. Like-you couldn’t pay me enough bad. I know everyone likes to tell me about how great the NHL regular season is, but the postseason has been about as exciting as this week’s PGA golf Tournament (which Rory Sabbatini apparently won-but I knew better than to think you cared).

6. Rob Pannell and Pat Perritt

So…..the lacrosse Final Four happened. Of course, since it happened in Boston and no teams from Maryland were involved, I didn’t care. Apparently no one else did, as attendance was down some 10,000 fans. Organizers said the drop in attendance was likely based on the decision to ban alcohol from the infield the economy. In a related story…..

boston

7. Frederick Cadets

I was going to write a joke here, but then I remembered that the name of the team was the Cadets. Let’s move on…..

8. Phil Dalhauser and Todd Rodgers

I know what you’re thinking. “It must have been a lame weekend if you had to include the results of a beach volleyball Tournament. But that’s where you’re wrong. I simply included this because I REALLY needed an excuse to finally include this picture in a blog…..

beach

9. Kenshin Kawakami, Gavin Floyd, Kyle Lohse, and Brandon McCarthy

And just in case Forrester is reading, here’s a picture of Derek Lowe…

lowe

Wait a second!!!! What’s that???? That’s Trinka Lowe!!! The lovely MRS. Derek Lowe! I’m sorry Drew…….

10. Scorpio Brown and Val Teixeira

BOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Sorry, I heard someone say Teixeira)

11. C.W. Post and Cortland

Notable alums from Cortland, you ask? Try…..

foley

and….

blart

You see, it’s not all about lacrosse titles at Cortland! They gave us Paul Blart!

12. Mickael Pietrus

The NBA Playoffs…..where “WHO THE EFF IS MICKAEL PIETRUS?????” happens.

13. David Traver and Jack Passion

trav passion

The World Beard & Moustache Championships were held this weekend in Anchorage, Alaska. The fact that Rollie Fingers wasn’t invited should be subject of an international investigation, but I think these particular winners in the beard category were well deserving.

14. Ben’s Chili Bowl Half Smoke (All the Way)

bens

While DC, their teams, and their fans can all bite me; I will prefer to take a bite out of this monster, which was my lunch Sunday-and was absolutely DELICIOUS. It was a mix of pork, beef, chili, mustard, cheese, onions, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickes, onions on a sesame seed bun.

15. Memorial Day (and whoever it is we’re supposed to honor on this Holiday)

Is this the one for the trees?

(Edit from GMC: I’m KIDDING, people! I know this is the one that honors grandparents. You kick ass Pop Pop!)

You got lucky……

1. LeBron James

You want me to say something that would be more captivating than the highlight? Fat chance.

Of course, there might still be 2 or 3 of you that didn’t see this…..

The NBA is like REALLY entertaining again. Thank God, because Baseball is really not.

2. Helio Castroneves

You mean to tell me you can go from the edge of prison to drinking milk and hanging with Danica Patrick in the span of less than a month? There’s hope for me after all!!!!! And did you know Helio Castroneves used to be on Dancing with the Stars? That reminds me that I’d rather be looking at a picture of Julianne Hough than talking about the Indianapolis 500…..

dance

Julianne Hough is reportedly on “Dancing With The Stars.” I say reportedly because admitting I watch Dancing with the Stars would make some of you question things about me. Things like, “what kind of food do you normally eat when you’re watching Dancing with the Stars?” The answer is ice cream.

3. Adam Dunn (as in….the Nationals are REALLY lucky to HAVE Adam Dunn)

Spare me the thing about the Orioles shouldn’t have signed him because he strikes out a lot. He wins games…..like the one I was watching today. The following hitters are all amongst the top 25 strikeout kings in baseball…..

grif reg
jack bigg
mantle rick

4. Meredith Frank, Katrina Dowd and the Northwestern Wildcats

I hate saying this: but women’s lacrosse is just awful. I mean, really painful to watch. Thankfully for me; Northwestern and Penn found a way to make this particular game slightly less unbearable to watch. The Quakers scored 4 goals in the final minute of regulation; and then scored a goal with 11 seconds left in overtime. But since women’s lacrosse DOESN’T have a golden goal rule for some reason; the game went on, and Dowd poked home a goal with less than a second left. Frank scored the golden goal in a later overtime, then Northwestern topped North Carolina for the championship Sunday. The entire weekend at Unitas Stadium included maybe 3 hits. And they came when I was punching Maryland media relations star Sam Angell for letting me watch a women’s lacrosse game. But he did bring Berger Cookies to RFK Stadium for out “Battle of the Beltways” tailgate. And he doesn’t root for two teams. Because he’s not a comunist.

5. Panathinaikos

You mean to tell me Nick Calathes is Greek???

calathes

I don’t see it.

6. Giles Simon

The 7th seed at the French Open had to go 5 sets to advance to the 2nd round. Another seeded player has already advanced to the 2nd round in my heart…..

roddick

And sadly that might be as far as he advances this week…….

7. Anyone who still remembers all the words at the end of the night at Howl at the Moon…..

By the way, I asked around; and this DOES kick ass after all…..

You’re a zero……

Randy Starks

First Lonny Baxter shoots up the White House, now Randy Starks hits a cop with a truck. What’s next? Shay Doron sexually assaults an overweight morning radio sidekick?

(Editor’s Note: There’s nothing funny about sexual assault. Especially not if it involves Shay Doron and my dreams. WHAT?)

-G

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If I Were In Charge Of The O’s

Posted on 04 May 2009 by Neal Bortmes

If I were in charge of the Orioles’ front office what would I do?  Well the Orioles are mired in a six game losing streak and have lost 14 of their last 18 games.  The precipitous fall down the standings has come about two months early this year and I for one would like to change that.

 

 

The first thing I would do is cut Adam Eaton and his 7.17 ERA.  Yes he did have that one good start against the White Sox, but as the saying goes a broken clock is right twice a day.  He is hardly the “veteran” presence that the O’s need when they eventually call up their pampered pitching prospects.  The second thing I would do is call up David Hernandez to take Eaton’s spot in the rotation.  Hernandez is a young guy who has been in the system a while and he deserves a shot, I think at worst he could post a 7.17 ERA and 1.73 WHIP.  And for those of you who are scared about hurting our young pitcher’s psyches it doesn’t appear that he is in the team’s long term plans for the future so seeing what he has to offer affords very little downside.  Right now Hernandez isn’t exactly tearing up AAA Norfolk but I guarantee you he can do better than Eaton.

 

 

As soon as Rich Hill proves that he is ready to return from the DL I would recall him and send Mark Hendrickson to the bullpen.  This move also has little downside because if Hill does not pan out the O’s didn’t really lose anything, but if he does regain the form that made him into a touted prospect he can help solidify the rotation.  I would say to cut Hendrickson but as he is owed considerably more than the $400,000 they are paying Eaton (1.5 million to be exact) he can serve out his term as a lefty reliever/mop-up guy and spot start in a pinch (he doesn’t have much arm left so blowing it out isn’t a concern).  This move of course would send Brian Bass and his 6.62 ERA to Norfolk to get some more “seasoning.”

 

 

The last pitching move I would make would be to replace George Sherrill as the closer.  Last season Sherrill showed signs of his inability to be the primary closer when he scuffled in the second half.  He has continued to regress this season from his All-Star worthy performance of a year ago.  I personally don’t care for the idea of a left-handed closer anyway.  With the game on the line I think the better match-up would be to have a right-handed power arm and it just so happens the Orioles have one of those in Chris Ray.  I think Ray will eventually round into form and reclaim the job as the season progresses but until then I would use a combination of either Jim Johnson or Ray (occasionally Sherrill) to finish games.  Let’s be honest with ourselves the Orioles will seldom be in the lead late in games this season so blowing saves will severely hamper the win total.  Sherrill is best in small doses as primarily a situational/set-up guy.

 

 

As far as the Felix Pie experiment I would have to call it a day for now and bring up Nolan Reimold.  Again Reimold has been in the organization for a few years and he deserves a shot with the parent club, especially the way he is tearing the cover off of the ball.  It would be a tough decision on what to do between Pie and Lou Montanez.  I would like to see Pie develop into something special but that day may never come.  He is a liability in leftfield, he runs the bases haphazardly like Melvin Mora, and he can’t pinch hit, so being the 4th outfielder is not really going to help him progress.  I have a feeling he may slide through waivers and if so I would send him down.  However if I thought he may be selected by another team I would have to send Montanez down just because of my desire to see Pie reach his promise.   As far as Ryan Freel is concerned I would try to trade him to the National League where he can get more playing time and not be such a distraction.  I don’t think he realizes that utility players batting well under the Mendoza line don’t play often in the American League.  If I couldn’t find a trading partner I would probably see if he would accept assignment because injuries could play a factor down the road and depth is something, as O’s fans we know all too well, is hard to do without.  Outright release would be the next option as far as Freel is concerned.

 

 

These are some of the moves I would definitely make if I were the in charge of the birds.  I would also like to address the Matt Wieters situation in more depth later because it is an interesting topic unto itself but obviously Greg Zaun isn’t cutting the mustard.  These are my thoughts what do you think they should do?  Post a comment so we can discuss.

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The Orioles Weekend

Posted on 28 April 2009 by Neal Bortmes

Melvin Mora has been activated from the disabled list today which is surprisingly good news.  Ty Wigginton has been a butcher at third base so far this year and it may be because he needs to lose a little weight.  He rakes lefties but is much better suited to come off of the bench due to his lack of defense.  The return of Mora not only improves the infield defense but it also forces the Orioles to send Matt Albers down.  I think Albers’ slow start is due to choosing rehab for his labrum injury instead of electing to have surgery.  I still think that he is going to be a good reliever in the long run but he needs to get the surgery if he wants to return to form.

 

Over the weekend the Orioles lost a series against the Texas Rangers.  The Rangers are a team that contenders will routinely pound night in and night out because they lack pitching.  Losing 3 of 4 to the Rangers sums up the Orioles’ season thus far considering we hit well but couldn’t get anyone out.  I attended the game on Friday night and I was thoroughly impressed with the crowd.  The camaraderie in the stands was fantastic and it was evident that the town still loves the birds.  However, the strong showing probably had more to do with the great weather and ice cold beer than with Oriole magic, considering the amount of Yankee jerseys and apparel from teams not named the Baltimore Orioles seen around the yard.  There was a little too much alcohol flowing on this particular college night because a shirtless punk decided to run out onto the field, the game was delayed for a time but it was good to see the fans were at least paying enough attention to notice the idiocy. 

 

It is however apparent that George Sherrill is not a closer, he puts too many guys on base and he gives up too many hits.  Sherrill may have made the All-Star team last year but he is at best a situational closer as witnessed by his performance toward the end of last season.  Chris Ray needs to assert himself as the closer so that Sherrill can return to a more natural set-up role.  The fans deserve to leave the stadium in a good mood instead of departing with elevated blood pressure because Sherrill gives up a walk-off to Michael Young.  Having a lefty as a closer is tricky because they often face tough match-ups against good right-handed hitters at the end of the game and can be overmatched in that situation.

 

The offense is still clicking most nights which helps keep the game interesting especially if the Orioles are behind in the later innings.  How good is Adam Jones by the way, he is a complete stud and is rapidly approaching star status, his homerun on Sunday was only a harbinger of heroics to come.  I like the fact that we can slug it out with teams adept on offense, it’s truly a wonderful thing considering a couple of years ago Jay Gibbons was the power in the middle of the order.  But the truth is the O’s will not approach .500 until they get better effort from the starting pitchers.  I didn’t think I would ever say I am excited to see Rich Hill but I think he has a chance to improve the rotation when he returns.  Also, something appears to be wrong with Jeremy Guthrie and I hope that he does not have any residual effects from last season’s shoulder impingement.  Guthrie is no ace but he can pitch more effectively than what he has shown thus far.

 

The weekend didn’t go so well but hopefully they bounce back tonight against the Angels.  The birds have won all of their three game series this year so hopefully that trend continues.  Good luck to Adam Eaton, it would be great if he produced another miracle start just as he did on Thursday against the White Sox.  A sweep of the Angels would be nice in order to be in good standing heading into their match-up against Toronto. 

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 April 2009 by Glenn Clark

I will have much more coming today, just not right now. Maryland will lose to Virginia in the ACC Tournament final, Navy will fall to Colgate in the Patriot semis. Loyola and UMBC will be winners.says Drew thinks Ravens will pick Britt

Sorry for not getting the National stuff up. Draft weekend is tough. Let’s see what everyone had to say….

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark

Nestor Aparicio says Pettigrew would be ‘dream’ choice for Ravens

Glenn Clark says Casey, Jennings could be options for Ravens

Nestor Aparicio says Eaton ‘dazzled’ in win

Jason Jubb wonders if Strasburg could fall to the Birds in MLB Draft

Bob Haynie stunned by Eaton’s performance

Gary Quill offers Pimlico choices for today

Nestor Aparicio announces KOBST Top 3

ORIOLES:says Eaton shines as Birds top White Sox

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Trembley standing by Pie despite struggles

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Wigginton gets first extra base hit of season in win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara tries to get Birds back over .500 tonight vs. Padilla, Rangers

White Sox Official Site’s Pete Kerzel says Thome got late 2 run single to avoid shutout

Rangers Official Site’s David Singh says Padilla brings 9.64 ERA into tonight’s game

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Eaton struck out 9 in dazzling win

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Markakis extended hitting streak to 10 in win

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Uehara gets chance to avenge poor performance against Rangers

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Oriole-killer Kinsler leads Rangers offensively into Camden Yards

The Sun’s Rick Maese thinks Markakis will make All-Star Game

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Wieters went 1-4 with run scored as Norfolk beat Durham

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Eaton struck out Thome 3 times in win

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Eaton got ‘ovation’ from crowd of 11,700 at OPACY

Examiner Steve DeClue says Eaton looked like ‘major league’ pitcher last night

Examiner Steve DeClue says Freel not happy being placed on DL

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Birds take 2 of 3 from Pale Hose

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Hendrickson, Bergesen, Guthrie also going for Birds this weekend

The AP says Scott added 2 run double to help Birds past White Sox

Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley says Colon hit around as White Sox fall to Birds

Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales says Quentin HBP, forced to leave game

RAVENS:mocks DHB to Ravens

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Yanda example of Ravens drafting ‘toughness’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Suggs, Johnson, Barnes amongst ‘tweeners’ Ravens have succeeded with

The Sun’s Matt Bracken cleans up after me

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens hoping to have more success at 26 than most teams have since Ray in ‘96

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says former exec Savage keeping himself around football

The Sun’s Rick Maese says at Draft, DeCosta ‘rock star’

The Sun’s Rick Maese says fans suddenly hopeful about Eaton

The Sun’s Childs Walker mocks DHB to Ravens, Ken Murray mocks Brittsays Ravens don’t have ‘need’ at TE

The Sun’s Ken Murray

The Sun’s Ken Murray thinks Ravens will have ‘shot’ at Maualuga or Laurinaitis

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Falcons’ trade for Gonzalez helps Ravens’ chances of landing Pettigrew

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harvin, Davis could be passed on due to ‘character’

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Florida State’s Gano, Utah’s Sakoda could be possibilities with Stover likely gone

Washington Times’ Ryan O’Halloran mocks DHB to Ravens

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:says Browns interested in DHB

The Sun’s Ken Murray

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps’ receivers adopting ‘soldier’ theme

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps producing pro ‘ready’ players

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says DHB’s stock about ‘potential’ instead of ‘production’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tight Ends struggling in Spring

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Torrey Smith probably won’t play tomorrow

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles NFL Draft prospect Philistin (must subscribe)says Ralph had ‘mixed emotions’ after final spring practice (must subscribe)says Vasquez files official paperwork to test NBA Draft waters

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site

The Sun says Gary thinks testing waters ‘good opportunity’ for Vasquez

The Sun’s Rick Maese thinks Vasquez will return

Examiner Steve DeClue says Vasquez would be ‘excited’ to return if Terps landed Stephenson

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says many analysts think Vasquez could use another season in College Park

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Stephenson’s choices likely down to Maryland, St. John’s

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps trying to avenge ’02 Challenge loss to Hoosiers

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin chats with ’10 guard prospect Oladipo (must subscribe)says Dan Groot, Max Schmidt, Ryan Young named All-ACC

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Terps looking to take 15th of last 16 against Carolina

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Heels will give Terps ‘stiff test’ in ACC Tournament opener

MORGAN BASKETBALL:says Bozeman beats deadline, signs 5 year deal

The Sun’s Ken Murray

MORGAN FOOTBALL:says former Bears in Hill-Eley era scrimmaging against current team in tonight’s Spring Game

The Sun

LOYOLA LACROSSE:previews Senior Day showdown with Hobart

The Official Site

UMBC LACROSSE:previews tomorrow’s Senior Day showdown with Vermont

The Official Site

TOWSON LACROSSE:says Tigers get 2 seed in CAA Tournament if Hofstra beats Villanova

Inside Lacrosse’s Danielle Bernstein

NAVY LACROSSE:previews Patriot League Tournament opener at Colgate

The Official Site

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Tormey, Leone amongst 7 Mids named to All-Patriot League team

NAVY FOOTBALL:says after meeting Obama, he hopes to be 2nd black President

The Official Site’s Ricky Dobbs

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says secondary depth questions linger into summer

STEVENSON LACROSSE:says Furshman amongst 8 Stangs named All-CAC

The Official Site

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:previews Saturday’s showdown with Wagner looking to clinch spot in MAAC Tournament

The Official Site

SALISBURY LACROSSE:says Kylor Berkman named CAC Player of the Year

The Official Site

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Berkman not upset about being left off final Tewaaraton list

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Cannone wins CAC Rookie of the Year

BALTIMORE MARINERS:previews tonight’s game against Florence Phantoms

The Official Site

HORSE RACING:says ticket sales for Preakness down 12%

The AP

The Sun’s Tim Wheatley says Preakness has ‘no buzz’

STEEPLECHASE:says paralyzed Naylor looking for 3rd Hunt Cup victory tomorrow

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

Don’t forget, Chris and I are on all afternoon/evening tomorrow until the Ravens pick on AM 1570. We’re back on Sunday at noon to go through Day 2 as well.

Talk to you later.

-G

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Adam Eaton pitches a gem, Birds beat Pale Hose 6-0

Posted on 23 April 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

Well, just when you think you’ve seen it all, right? Tonight Adam Eaton, the former O’s No. 5 starter, went 7 1/3 innings and held even his harshest skeptics spellbound with a dazzling 6-hit, 9-strikeout effort while surrendering just two runs upon his exit in the EIGHTH inning.

Lo and behold, the Orioles have won yet another series, beating the White Sox 6-2 tonight at Camden Yards. Everyone got into the act with some offense. Aubrey Huff, Ty Wigginton and even Felix Pie contributed two hits and Adam Jones, Nick Markakis Luke Scott and Cesar Izturis also got hits.

I think Buck Martinez did himself proud with this profound statement: “I like pitchers but I’m happy to have seen only three of them tonight!” Amen, Buck!

The game was a brisk 2:31 affair. Good pitching. Good hitting. Hasty baseball. There were only about 6,000 there but they were treated to an old-school Orioles effort tonight.

Adam Eaton showed some heart tonight. The offense battled early, stranding runners all over the place. But they proved tough. Next up: Koji Uehara and the Rangers and the Saturday “doubleheader” with purple caps.

Bring on the summer weather!

9:15 p.m. — Adam Eaton just walked off the hill to a standing ovation from about 6,000 faithful at Camden Yards tonight. I’ve been watching in amazement as he looks like Steve Stone in his prime to me. Maybe the Steve Stone appearance on WNST yesterday made me think about his greatness during the 1980 season.

His line against the Chicago White Sox is a gem by any standard: 7 1/3 IP, 6H, 0R, oW, 9 strikeouts.

WOW. I’ve been speechless most of the night. Who knew? Late maturity? A one-night wonder? The beginning of a trend?

Of course, at 102 pitches, Dave Trembley just came to get him and he’ll rest up to go again next week.

It’s 6-0 Birds up in the 8th. Jim Johnson is trying to get the White Sox back into the game with the bases loaded.

The crowd tonight looks so light on TV that they’re having trouble finding packs of people standing together to shoot. I’ve honestly never seen it more empty than the last two nights.

I hope the Ravens giving tickets away actually gets some people to walk in on Saturday night. And the weather is supposed to be crazy good!

Jim Thome has just knocked in two runs. So much for the shutout…

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 April 2009 by Glenn Clark

If you didn’t get to Unitas Stadium last night to see Johns Hopkins and Towson play another CLASSIC college lacrosse game; you’re missing out on why the sport is the best product there is. Last night’s game was a double-overtime THRILLER, but there have been 6-7 other games this season that have been just about as good, involving local teams…..

Maryland-Virginia, Maryland-Hopkins, Mt. St. Mary’s-St. Joseph’s, Mt. St. Mary’s-VMI, Towson-Hofstra, Loyola-Syracuse, etc. etc. etc. etc.

You’re missing out.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ed Reed could be on cover of Madden 2010

Cliff Saunders mocks Vontae Davis to Ravens

Bob Haynie says Dupree will have two years of eligibility after transferring

Nestor Aparicio says IronBirds will wear Under Armour with agreement

Glenn Clark says Penn State’s Cadogan, Utah’s Kruger could be Draft options for Ravens

Glenn Clark says Pietramala improves to 43-2 vs. teams from Maryland with win over Towson

Glenn Clark says Terps could use scholarship for DeShawn Painter

Gary Quill offers Pimlico picks for today

Glenn Clark says Phelps’ new girl apparently Chargers dancer

Drew Forrester says Ovechkin, Green have combined for 1 goal as Caps fall behind 3-1

Ed Frankovic says Caps ‘on brink of elimination’ after Game 4 loss to Rangers

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie struggles as Birds fall to White Sox

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Eaton, O’s go for series win tonight vs. Colon, White Sox

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Simon to have reconstructive surgery on elbow, will miss season

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis hoping for first All-Star nod as balloting opens

White Sox Official Site’s Pete Kerzel says Danks shut down Birds as Pale Hose cruised

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says 10,868 saw Birds fall to White Sox

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Huff doesn’t think he can be first to hit Warehouse

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Fields, Thome homered for White Sox in win

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley doesn’t think tonight’s start ‘critical’ for Eaton

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Guthrie charged with 5 earned runs in loss

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Rich Hill to begin rehab Friday night in Frederick

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Ripken, Under Armour’s Plank enter partnership with mutual admiration society

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Salazar had HR, 3 RBI for Tides in win

Examiner Jay Trucker thinks Patton, Hill can help Birds’ rotation

Examiner Steve DeClue says Sarfate hit hard in loss as well

Examiner Steve DeClue not broken up about loss of Simon

Annapolis Capital’s John McNamara says White Sox Pitcher Floyd (Severna Park native) pitching ‘stress-free’

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Bergesen feels ‘blessed’ to have moved so quickly through organization

The AP says Chris Getz had 3 hits, 2 RBI, scored 3 runs for White Sox in win

Frederick News-Post says Caleb Joseph had RBI single for Keys in loss to Lynchburg

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says Chris Waters picks up win for Tides over Knights

Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales says Danks excelled in ‘chilly, damp conditions’ at Camden Yards

Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley says Guillen thinks last night an example of how White Sox can ‘win’

SI’s Ted Keith says Bergesen, Arrieta, Tillman, Matusz reason for ‘hope’

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says ESPN’s Clayton thinks Ravens would be willing to deal Heap for Boldin

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Johnson’s move from DT to LB example of Ravens’ scouting success

The Official Site says NFL Network’s Mayock ‘would be wary’ of selecting Britt, Nicks, DHB in Round 1

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens won’t eliminate drafting CB just because they already have depth

The Sun’s David Steele says Ravens got harsh grades for picking Flacco, who has clearly lived up to pick

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Billick wishes he would have made more Coors Light commercials

The Sun’s Rick Maese says analysts split on Newsome’s Draft abilities

ESPN.com’s James Walker mocks DHB to Ravens

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens’ CB interest is ‘smoke’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says he would have mocked Maualuga to Ravens had he been available

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens would be taking ‘risk’ by not drafting receiver

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein thinks Ravens should take Britt over Nicks

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Terps to visit Hoosiers in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Vasquez will officially make plans to test NBA Draft waters

The Sun says Terps’ trip to Assembly Hall to come December 1

The Sun’s Matt Bracken recaps season for commit James Padgett

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says many Draft analysts view Vasquez as 2nd round pick

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Comcast SportsNet reports Vasquez does not want to play internationally

Washington Post’s Matt Bonesteel says Challenge opponent Hoosiers went 6-25 last season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dupree’s exit easier to stomach with Williams, Padgett coming to College Park next season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps facing Hoosiers for 2nd time in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps now have extra scholarship for ’09 season with Dupree gone

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez has until June 25 to make final decision

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Barnes posts impressive 41 on Wonderlic test

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Don Brown’s defensive changes ‘challenging, welcome’ for Terps

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Torrey Smith looking to follow up on stellar season as returner

CBS Sports’ Chad Reuter thinks Raiders will pick DHB if Maclin gone

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles NFL Draft hopeful Scott Burley (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says City WR Coxson visited campus again (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles NFL Draft prospect Fokou (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Maddie McConnell checks in with TE/DE prospect Zack McCray at Scout.com Combine (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews Friday’s ACC Tournament semifinal vs. North Carolina

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Farrell finds it tough to be away from field

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Brian Christopher nets buzzer beater in 2OT to win thriller at Towson

Inside Lacrosse’s Jon Brand has Jays as 6th overall seed in NCAA Tournament

Inside Lacrosse’s “pcrispino” says Christopher’s game high 3rd goal was winner for Blue Jays

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jays improve to 34-3 all time vs. Tigers

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Tigers blew 4 goal lead to Jays on Senior Night

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site announces honorary captains for Saturday’s Spring Game

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Ososki scored in OT to lift Eers past VMI

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Mids third overall in Academic Progress Report

Examiner Tom Flynn offers pictures from Mids’ visit with Obama at White House

BLAST:

The Official Site says Summer Camp registration open

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Phelps will try new freestyle technique to improve sprinting ability

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Phelps dating Miss California

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I think Greivis Vasquez ends up back at Maryland in the end. And Dupree ends up at Towson.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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