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July 25, 2008 | Glenn Clark

Baltimore NEEDS a new arena; desperately. The circumstances by which these plans were presented are NOT ideal; but it doesn’t matter anymore. The city needs to do absolutely anything it can to get a new arena as soon as possible. I’m not thrilled with the location of the arena (I know it is familiar; but having an arena with available parking is even nicer than familiarity); but it is better than having the arena located in DC.

As I mentioned this morning; Towson’s new facility is scheduled to open in 2011. If the new Arena needs to come down before that; Cole Field House could be an option for the Blast (there is currently a carpet down on the floor at Cole). I do NOT think a temporary facility is a good idea; but maybe a facility could be built in the Timonium area that could double for major State Fair-related events.

The bottom line is that this arena HAS to come. And it needs to get here quickly. I don’t think we’ll ever see another NBA team in the city or a NHL team; but it doesn’t matter. The city is desperate. It needs the money. It needs the opportunity for growth.

I am truly pleased with everything I have heard.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Anthony Amobi thinks Gibbons deserves second chance

Rob Long wonders if Ravens can be amongst top 6 in AFC

Rob Long enjoyed rooting for ’83 Orioles with family

Casey Willett wonders if Harbaugh’s team philosophy will eliminate King Ugly

Nestor Aparicio picked Ogden over Ripken

The Fighting Ungers can’t figure out how Gibbons gets a job and Bonds doesn’t

Rex Snider says Gibbons stole money from Birds

Lonnie Nelson says Birds botch ’83 celebration

Patrick Johnson concerned for future of Blast

Alex Thomas says honesty gets Gibbons second chance

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Orioles’ bats never wake up in suspended loss to Jays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss in suspended game

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Halladay dominates, Cabrera struggles in Game 2 loss

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of Game 2 loss

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Walker allows 3 runs on 5 hits in 1 inning, Cintron goes 1-2 as both rehab on farm

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Burres faces Saunders as Orioles begin set with baseball’s best Angels

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says Burnett gets Game 1 win despite not throwing pitch yesterday

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says with Game 2 win, Jays get back to .500

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Cabrera can’t get through 6th in loss

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Millar’s throwing error cost Birds in suspended loss

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Halladay improves to 18-4 lifetime against Birds

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. expects big series from Huff, not so big series from Roberts

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Cabrera has now won just once in last 12 starts

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says despite good outing, Penn not ticketed for Orioles

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Ray definitely done for 2008

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Guthrie offered to finish suspended game

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Arrieta stellar in final Frederick start before getting on road to Beijing

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says schedule gets no easier for Birds

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Markakis’ throw rare highlight of difficult day for Birds

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Trembley disappointed with everyone in rotation not named Guthrie

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says 23k see Cabrera falter again in loss

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says starters have 7.51 ERA over last 17

The AP says Scott sac fly provides only run all day for Birds

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Cabrera feels he attacked zone; but batters hit pitches

Toronto Star’s Mark Zwolinski says Burnett gets 11th win in suspended game

Toronto Sun’s Mike Rutsey says Jays win first road series since May

Toronto Globe and Mail’s Robert Macleod says Halladay gives up seven hits over seven innings in winning Game 2

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says Orioles wouldn’t deal Guthrie for Barmes

SI’s Gennaro Filice drops Birds to 18th in Power Rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Kevin Byrne says Bisciotti sending personal jet for Rolle’s father’s funeral; veterans to also attend

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says rookies now have to catch up with veterans

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy breaks down special teams

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Cody working back at DE in attempt to finally return

Aaron Wilson says Zbikowski fighting for roster spot, not boxing future

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Ravens ready to practice with entire team twice today

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Ravens appreciate work done by Rice in returning punts

The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht says Ravens face many questions as veterans open Camp

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Harbaugh biggest difference in ’08 Ravens

ARENA:

The Sun’s Stephen Kiehl says proposed new arena to seat 18,500

The Sun’s Childs Walker says even without NBA or NHL team, arena could turn profit

The Sun’s Rick Maese says city should try to find private money to build arena

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Hale considering new arena in Baltimore County

The Examiner’s Aaron Cahall and Andrew Cannarsa say panel believes arena could revitalize West Side

The Examiner’s Aaron Cahall and Andrew Cannarsa say arena to cost $300 million

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Ray Frager says Delaware game will be hard to watch

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Brattan helped get Adams to Maryland

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens STILL says Terps didn’t “duck” Navy in ‘06

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Friedgen angry Terps haven’t played Duke

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem checks in on international transfer prospect (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps will play Bucknell Nov. 14

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in with 2010 prospect Smith (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Mids to sign autographs Saturday at Camden Yards

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former Coach Johnson doesn’t believe new Coach Niumatalolo will ‘accept mediocrity’

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Towson-Navy amongst best CAA games this year

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says despite playing two men down, Palace gets stoppage time win

REAL MARYLAND:

The Official Site’s Matt Skinner previews tomorrow’s match with Richmond

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Right now, how would you draw up the Orioles’ 2009 rotation? With a gun to my head, I’d hope for AJ Burnett, Jeremy Guthrie, Garrett Olson, Hayden Penn, and maybe Matt Albers fifth. I think Daniel Cabrera could be traded for a Single A level prospect in the offseason; and that might be best for the Birds.

-Trading Jeremy Guthrie for Clint Barmes would not have made since to me. I’m glad the Orioles passed.

-Tom from Mt. Washington stole some of my thunder this morning. If I was Ozzie Newsome, I’d be on the phone with the Bidwills immediately. Anquan Boldin would immediately become the greatest WR in Ravens history if he were in Baltimore. He is also NOT the type of person he has seemed like in the media; he’s just a person who has been misled by Drew Rosenhaus. Boldin is a special player, a special person; and would have a lot to offer the Ravens. He also wants a long-term deal; meaning he wouldn’t walk. Interestingly enough; Terrell Suggs has said before that he’d like to play for the Cardinals. If the Cards were willing to make that deal (the Ravens would likely have to throw in a pick of some sort); I would do it in the blink of an eye.

Talk to you Monday.

-G

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