Drew’s Morning Dish — Thurs., August 29

August 29, 2013 | Drew Forrester

And the Orioles now have a magic number of nine.


I’m working in reverse, actually.  Usually the magic number is used to calculate how many wins (or other team’s losses) a team needs to clinch a playoff spot.  In this case, I’m using losses as a magic number for eliminating the Orioles from post-season play in 2013.

Their magic number is now nine.  If they lose nine more games this season, the best they can finish is 92-70.  That won’t get them in the playoffs, I’m afraid.  I’m not 100% sure 93-69 – matching their record of a year ago – will get them in either, but 92-70 will not qualify them for post-season play in 2013.

Right now, at 70-61, the Birds are staring early October golf square in the face.

Wednesday night’s give-away at Fenway Park was particularly painful with the news that Oakland, Texas and Tampa Bay were all victorious.  Those three are the most likely of the American League challengers to reach at least 93 wins and if all three of them do, that leaves the Orioles on the outside looking in (assuming Boston is going to finish with 93 or better, which they will).

I’m not giving up hope yet.

In their final 33 games a season ago, the Birds crafted a 22-11 record and made the playoffs.

It can be done.

But…that was then, this is now.

We’re down to our final nine losses.


Johnny Manziel got suspended for one half of a football game?

Why not just take away his pre-game massage for all conference games in 2013?

Or give him 3.5 hours of community service in College Station?

Wait…I have a better punishment than all of those for Manziel:  Make him go to class for ten straight days.

That’ll teach him a HARD lesson about running afoul of the NCAA rules.


No matter what happens tonight when Towson University tees it up at UConn in the Tigers’ football season opener, now would be a good time to mention how great of a job Rob Ambrose has done since he arrived on the scene five years ago.

He – along with the administration who decided to make football important at TU – has almost single-handedly revived a Towson football program that had become an absolute laughingstock.

They’ve had some good football players over there since Ambrose showed up in 2009, but none of their success happens without the coach.

He’s done one helluva job and it wouldn’t shock me at all to see them beat the Huskies tonight.


Aaron Hernandez used PCP and carried a weapon with him throughout his NFL career with the Patriots?

Sounds to me like he should be trying out for a team in the NBA.