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January 16, 2009 | Glenn Clark

Can I just not make a pick this week?

Ravens 17, Steelers 16

Look, I’m really worried; but I can’t pick the Steelers. I just can’t stomach driving to Pittsburgh Sunday to see the Ravens lose. I don’t REALLY know if the Ravens are going to win; but I can certainly hope. I’ll say Flacco wins this one himself on the final drive. But I would NEVER bet it.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio has tickets available for Sunday’s game

Drew Forrester hopes Ravens fans behave win or lose Sunday

Nestor Aparicio will root for Lions with Schwartz

Drew Forrester admits he’s ‘worried’ about Gary, Terps

Bob Haynie says lack of interior presence will cost Terps ‘dearly’ all season

Chris Bonetti says Kocic would join former Hound Thornton in MLS

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says city loves ‘bond’ between John and Jack Harbaugh

The Official Site’s Patrick Gleason thinks it important to ‘take it all in’ this weekend

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says veterans trying to tell young players how ‘special’ playoff opportunity is

The Official Site says fans not to congregate at BWI or facility; but instead at Owings Mills Mall

The Official Site says Suggs ‘being optimistic’ about Sunday

Steelers Official Site previews Sunday’s AFC Championship Game

Steelers Official Site’s Bob Labriola breaks down individual game matchups

Steelers Official Site’s Teresa Varley says Steelers trying to win one game; not three

Steelers Official Site’s Teresa Varley says teams know each other will have ‘no secrets’ Sunday

The Sun’s Ken Murray breaks down differences between Flacco, Roethlisberger

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Newsome proves critics wrong

The Sun’s Childs Walker says Ravens, Steelers ‘fueled by similarities’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says ‘second choices’ have worked for Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Suggs ‘can’t honestly’ say if he’ll play Sunday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says defense must ‘finish’, Flacco needs to ‘go deep’, and team needs to create turnovers

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says ‘weird tunnels’ another reason to hate Pittsburgh

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens have history of stopping Steelers’ Parker

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Steelers practicing for Ravens’ unbalanced O-Line

The Sun’s Matt Bracken cleans up after me MORE

The Sun says former assistant, Mt. St. Joseph grad Schwartz hired as Lions head coach

The Sun’s Ray Frager humorously looks at NFL’s “bias” against Ravens

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck takes shots at Pittsburgh

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens to head to Boscov’s upon arrival Sunday night

The Sun’s Brent Jones says NFL trying to track down counterfeit Ravens merchandise

The Sun’s Candus Thomson explains why Ravens playing for Lamar Hunt Trophy

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Mason, Clayton, L. McClain, J. Johnson, Bannan all didn’t practice

The Sun’s Mike Preston says former Raven Boulware thinks Suggs would be ‘restricted’ by wearing harness

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Leonhard ready to be ‘safety net’ for Ravens

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says bus will greet Ravens at BWI tarmac, take them directly to Owings Mills

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Suggs thinks AFC Championship so ‘important’ he would sit out if it would help Ravens win

Aaron Wilson says Suggs ‘somber’ in Owings Mills Thursday

Aaron Wilson says H. Ward loves ‘stirring’ rivalry with Ravens

Aaron Wilson says J. Johnson, L. McClain ‘limited’ in practice Thursday

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Suggs seemed ‘despondent’ Thursday

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Flacco’s success comes from avoiding ‘costly mistakes’

Washington Post’s Mark Viera says Parker ‘persevering’ for Steelers

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac says Ravens-Steelers join rivalry ‘tradition’ in Steelers history

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Chuck Finder says Holmes could have ‘bulls-eye’ on back

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Ben Waldron says Baltimore has “Ravens fever”

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s John Harris says game comes down to two top defenses

Beaver County Times’ Mike Bires says L. McClain in ‘mold’ of Bettis

Beaver County Times’ Mike Bires says Heap remained ‘humble’ in accepting smaller role for Ravens

ESPN.com’s Greg Garber says Ravens-Steelers ‘nastiest’ rivalry

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs’ attitude ‘red flag’ for Ravens

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks whoever wins AFC Championship game goes on to win Super Bowl

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ward doesn’t want to see Ravens celebrating at Heinz Field

SI’s Don Banks says Ravens, Eagles changing history for 6 seeds

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown says Reed All-Pro

Sporting News’ Mike Preston says Mason would ‘tackle’ Reed on every play to make sure he doesn’t get ball

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Don Markus says Wednesday’s loss just one more collapse for Terps

The Sun’s Don Markus says Wednesday’s loss doesn’t appear as ‘devastating’ as loss to Morgan St.

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Vasquez thinks Terps need to ‘step up in crucial times’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda scouts Florida State

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps got contributions from little more than Bowie, Vasquez

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps had ‘superior energy level’ in first half vs. Miami

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Neal thought Miami loss ‘brutal’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says ‘depth issues’ still hurting Terps

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps looking at underclassman guard (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Evan Daniels says prospect Vinson to re-open recruiting (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Coleman scores 19 as Terps win at Clemson

The AP says Terps get ‘sloppy’ win over Clemson

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says commit Ferrara came to Maryland became of ‘awesome’ Sollazzo

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says commit Stinebaugh ‘born to be a Terp’ (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says DHB getting ready for NFL Draft (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The AP’s R. B. Fallstrom says Omar Gonzalez, Jeremy Hall, Rodney Wallace picked in first round of MLS SuperDraft

Washington Post’s Steven Goff says Wallace headed to D.C. United

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Eers beat Long Island for 3rd straight win

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Eers playing more like team picked to win NEC

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Eers improve to 3-3 in NEC play with win over LIU

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Hounds return 7 top attackmen

LOYOLA SOCCER:

The Official Site says Kocic drafted by D.C. United

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Sun’s John Weaver says Zimmerman demo highlights weekend convention

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Doug Miller says Orioles sign catcher Zaun

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Scott, Markakis, Sherrill file for arbitration

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds expand ‘brand’ with Uehara signing

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says O’s give Zaun 1 year, $1.5 million

The Sun says Ripken to speak tonight at Lacrosse convention

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Kranitz ‘eager’ to work with Uehara

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. thinks Montanez to stay at AAA ‘most of the season’

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. updates new homes for former Orioles

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck lists non-roster Spring Training invitations

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Sherrill thinks having Japanese media around will add ‘excitement’ to Spring Training

Washington Post’s Cameron Smith says Zaun back in Baltimore to ‘mentor’ Wieters

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Maryland 73, Florida State 68. I actually have a really good feeling that this team will take this one personally and beat the Noles.
-UMBC 65, Hartford 61. Hartford is looking for revenge, but they won’t get it on the Retrievers’ home floor.
-Towson 71, Georgia State 61. If Pat Kennedy can harness the effort his Tigers gave at times in their loss to VCU; he should be able to win on the road in Atlanta.
-Morgan State 86, Florida A&M 67. The Bears are CLEARLY the class of the MEAC right now.
-Coppin State 64, Bethune-Cookman 60. The Eagles might struggle on the road, though.

Wow. What a homer I am. I picked all local teams this weekend.

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Monica Fischer, who scored 10 points to lead the Fallston Cougars past C. Milton Wright 50-34 last night. Thanks to Carol who emailed me to nominate Monica.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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