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December 12, 2008 | Glenn Clark

Ravens 24, Steelers 14

I get less and less nervous about this game every day. Roethlisberger can’t throw like Peyton; and the Steelers can’t run like the Giants. After losing a close game early; the Ravens won’t lose a close game Sunday.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Joe Flacco says he was ‘excited’ at end of Skins game

Brian Billick says Ravens-Steelers at ‘whole new level’ this weekend

Casey Willett says Ravens won’t wear black Sunday

Drew Forrester thinks signing with Red Sox would make Tex turncoat

Bob Haynie will re-live ’58 title game with Bob Wolff today

Alex Thomas picks Ravens 17-9

Bryan Powell says ESPN including Indianapolis in replay of “Greatest Game”

Ed Frankovic says Caps face Senators tonight

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Patrick Gleason says things significantly different from a year ago to today

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says league’s top 2 defenses set for showdown

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says McGahee thought he ‘played like doo-doo’ vs. Redskins

The Official Site says Cameron sticking with RB by committee

Steelers Official Site previews Sunday’s showdown

Steelers Official Site’s Bob Labriola says Gaither will have to hold his own vs. J. Harrison

The Sun’s Ken Murray says teams’ defenses strong physically and mentally

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley and Edward Lee say Reed, Ayanbadejo, 52, L. McClain win fan voting for Pro Bowl

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Cameron most ‘valuable’ part of Ravens organization

5 of 7 Sun writers pick Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens need to protect Flacco, run hard, and close game well

The Sun remembers Steelers ending Ravens’ playoff hopes in ‘04

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says 52 playing at weight 15 pounds heavier than previous years

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Steelers fans ‘strange, passionate’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Rice, Gaither, Mason all miss practice

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Newsome thinks Grubbs, J. Brown part of why Flacco successful early

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Steelers coming off two very physical games

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McGahee returned to practice

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Steelers Ravens’ ‘real rival’

Aaron Wilson says line must do better job of protecting Flacco than in Week 4 loss

Aaron Wilson says he ‘wouldn’t’ believe in himself

The AP says Suggs hopes to ‘torment’ Big Ben

3 of 4 ESPN Sunday Countdown analysts pick Ravens

3 of 6 ESPN analysts pick Ravens

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Ravens haven’t ‘backed down’ since Week 4 loss to Steelers

ESPN.com’s James Walker says timing bad for Parker to address reasonable concerns

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco Ravens’ MVP

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Mason amongst those who can’t pick between Reed, Polamalu

SI’s Peter King picks Ravens 16-12

SI’s Don Banks says looking back; Flacco should have been 2nd pick in Draft

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco says 52, Reed should go to Pro Bowl

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac says Parker knows teams that want to win Super Bowl need to run ball

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac says Tomlin thinks winning more important than running

Beaver County Times’ Mike Bires says J. Harrison doesn’t hold grudge against Ravens for letting him go

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds have to make decision on D. Cabrera

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Orioles selected catcher in Rule 5 Draft, traded him to Astros

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says MacPhail doesn’t think O’s out of Teixeira sweepstakes

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Red Sox ‘clear frontrunners’ for Teixeira

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Guthrie dumps agent Boras for Close

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Mets select Birds’ Cherry in Rule 5 Draft

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Tex will go to ‘highest’ bidder

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says market might warrant Birds tendering offer to D. Cabrera

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds’ offer ‘well behind’ Teixeira market

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds make multiple Rule 5 picks

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds could add more than 1 available catcher

Washington Post’s Dave Sheinin says Boras wants 10 years, $200 million for Tex

ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick says Birds still need ‘babysitter’ at catcher, pitching help

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews Maryland-Delaware State

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Hornets release (pdf)

Delaware State Official Site previews tonight’s contest

The Sun’s Don Markus says former MSJ star Gregory improving underneath

The Sun’s Don Markus says Burney to miss 3-6 weeks with stress fracture

The Examiner’s Dylan Waugh says Burney’s injury could mean more minutes for Dupree

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Terps keeping focus to avoid upset in non-conference stretch

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gregory still pushed by father

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Burney’s injury could give minutes to Kim, Goins

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Hornets playing tough times; getting blown out by all

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says new strength, conditioning coach Ricci making impact since coming from Ravens

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks out prospects from City-DeMatha (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph hints Steffy could play in Humanitarian Bowl

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Seamonson yet to interview for Defensive Coordinator position

The Sun’s Matt Bracken recaps season for commit Schlieper

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says R. Costa will skip Bowl game to avoid drawing ‘attention’ to himself

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says reduced charges lead to possibility of return for Costa

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell wonders if Boise game should be cancelled

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Terps hosting BIG weekend for recruits

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says someone suggested Ralph paint Terps’ field red

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Costa’s ‘embarrassment’ part of reason he’s not returning

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Steffy working as #2 quarterback right now

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gloster has been working out at LEO

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph ‘juggling’ time right now

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps 7th in ACC in attendance

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Lee-Odai makes Terps feel better about ‘future’ (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps practicing hard despite Bowl letdown (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says former McDonough star Marchiano part of Maryland team vying for title this weekend

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Sasho playing ‘no respect’ card at College Cup

Washington Post’s Steven Goff says Terps making 5th appearance in last 7 College Cups

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mount looking for “All-Century” team to celebrate 100 years of hoops in Emmittsburg

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids have country’s ‘most improved defense’

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Army should face ‘consequences’ for blowout loss to Mids (must subscribe)

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hounds picked 2nd in ECAC

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says 3 Gulls receive postseason honors

COLLEGE LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says officials working hard to bring Final Four back to M&T Bank Stadium

BOXING:

The AP’s Nesha Starcevic says Klitschko ‘wary’ of Rahman

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Ray Frager says ESPN’s “Greatest Game” broadcast provides important ‘history lesson’

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Klitschko beats Rahman via 2nd round knockout. I love Rock, but there’s really no excuse for him to even be in this fight.

-Maryland 90, Delaware State 62. Do you need an explanation?
-Pitt 88, UMBC 67. Staying within 20 would be an accomplishment though.
-Towson 74, High Point 70. They BADLY need to bounce back.
-Dayton 75, Coppin St. 65. That’s a tough arena to win at on the road.

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete(s) of the Morning Devon Sadler and Matt Deurr. Sadler followed up his Thursday AOTM win by dropping another 29 in Aberdeen’s 72-20 win over New Town. Deurr followed up his Wednesday AOTM win by getting 18 points and 14 boards in Century’s 74-40 win over Westminster.

Talk to you tonight at Maryland-Delaware State.

-G

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