Drew’s Morning Dish — Wed., September 4

September 04, 2013 | Drew Forrester

Drew’s Morning Dish — Wed., September 4

Well, that one sure did hurt.

One night after winning in Cleveland while just about all of the other contenders lost, the exact opposite happened on Tuesday evening.  A 4-3 Orioles loss was coupled with wins by Tampa Bay, Boston, New York, Kansas City, Texas and, obviously, the Indians.  Everyone  in contention except the A’s won on Tuesday night while the Birds were falling in Cleveland.

It’s still not over, but every loss now is a major setback.

The story from Tuesday night’s affair is a familiar one these days: The bats were silent for the most part.  Only a last-gasp 3-run HR from Nate McLouth in the 9th inning made the game interesting.

Even without his best stuff, Chris Tillman would have still given the O’s a chance to win had they not scored ZERO runs for him.

I know the baseball nerds come up with new fancy stats all the time but no one has yet figured out how to turn scoring no runs over the course of eight innings into a positive.

There’s more fun tonight in Cleveland before returning home to face the lowly White Sox for four games.

Let’s do this…

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I had a chance to visit privately with John Harbaugh for about two minutes yesterday at Owings Mills and one thing I can say for sure is this:  There’s no Super Bowl hangover with him.

Harbaugh is ready.

I can tell by the way he talks that last year is last year and this year is this year.

As S.E. Hinton wrote:  That was then, this is now.

When you watch, read and observe the shenanigans going on in the New York Jets organization, it reminds you – or it should, anyway – how blessed we are in Baltimore to have a guy like John Harbaugh running the show.

I’m not sold on the Ravens being a strong contender to repeat as champions in 2013 but one thing I can say for sure is…It won’t be because the team isn’t prepared and ready to go to battle every weekend.

John Harbaugh will have them ready.

If only he could play wide receiver.

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If you needed any (more) proof that Johnny Manziel is a bad kid, all you have to do is look at his behavior during last Saturday’s season opener against Rice.

Given an amazing, laughable reprieve by the NCAA for his part in an autograph scandal, what did Manziel do to show his appreciation?

He feigned signing an autograph to taunt a Rice defensive player and later rubbed his fingers together in the familiar symbol for money after an A&M touchdown.  Yes, he did that on occasion last year as well, but with the autograph issue still in the crosshairs, a smart guy with common sense would eliminate that act from his bag of tricks.

Manziel’s coached later benched him for his continued taunts but by then we all had figured it out:  Johnny Football is Johnny Bush League.

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We’re making our division-by-division NFL picks during today’s edition of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction.

I won’t spoil the whole segment here, but I at least have to tell you who I think the two Super Bowl teams will be, right?

OK.

It’s going to be Atlanta and Houston.

With those helmets, how do the Texans not win the Super Bowl, right?

They won’t.

 

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  1. The Armchair QB Says:

    The “O’s” have suffered from the lack of a legitimate DH all season! And, for a team with a prolific offense, they’ve managed to strand way too many RISP all season. It was the same in the playoffs last year when the pitching was more than adequate, but the bats went silent. So, nice to be thinking playoffs again this year, but it’s beginning to look more like an….after thought! Hard to handicap the Ravens this year except to say that they will be as competitive as ever and should make the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year. But……one of their newly acquired receivers will have to….”step up”! “Johnny Football” for all his talent is nothing more than an immature kid just looking for attention. Unfortunately, he’s looking in all the wrong places…….

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    Orioles could use a Harold Baines type RIGHT NOW!

  3. raz_la Says:

    I pity the team that ultimately drafts “Johnny Rockhead”.

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