Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

January 23, 2009 | Glenn Clark

No matter how much Casey Willett and Ray Bachman love them; I HATE Duke.

I can’t even begin to explain how much I hate Duke.

I hate their bandwagon fans, I hate the fact that no one who roots for their basketball team roots for their football team, I hate their uppity attitude, I hate the way the rules are bent in their favor, I hate the way they get all of their calls, I hate the way everyone gets bent out of shape about them, I hate the fact that the rest of the country thinks the ACC is nothing more than them and North Carolina.

And frankly; I’m TOTALLY jealous of their success.

But tomorrow’s Maryland-Duke game is one more (albeit slim) chance for me to watch Duke fans suffer.

And I’m going.

I’ll be in Durham tonight to capture the sights and sounds of Maryland-Duke for WNSTV. Are you going? Please tell me where you’re hanging out; what I need to see while I’m in town; etc.

Do ANY of you have ANY hope? Is anyone fired up for tomorrow’s game at all? Are we still recovering from what happened to the Ravens last week?

Let me know.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Casey Willett says Newsome, Bisciotti not exactly on same page

Drew Forrester says Birds should be using media to ‘help’ promote team

Bob Haynie says it’s time to start talking Orioles again

Casey Willett says Markakis plans on living in Baltimore full time, starting foundation

Nestor Aparicio allowed to attend press conference at Warehouse

Jason Jubb says Terps have worst 5 year run after National Championship of any team since ‘94

Darren Rudham offers details for tonight’s charity event

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Fangio has ‘most coordinator knowledge’ of in house candidates

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Bisciotti thinks Ravens can be ‘annual’ contenders with Harbaugh, Flacco

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Bisciotti already playing Newsome’s hand in Lewis negotiations

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Bisciotti thinks 52’s importance to Ravens ‘transcends’ statistics

Aaron Wilson says Ravens want to follow ‘model’ set by Patriots, Colts, Eagles

ESPN.com’s James Walker says most everyone thinks Ravens should keep 52

ESPN.com’s James Walker says all Ravens D-Coordinators have gone on to become head coaches

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Jets added ‘needed attitude’ by hiring Rex Ryan

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says MacPhail thought signing Markakis ‘major priority’ for offseason

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds finalize deal with Zaun

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Markakis now ‘face’ of Orioles with contract signed

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds ‘got it right’ with Markakis

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds have team option for 2nd year with Zaun

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. expects Rowell to start season in Frederick again

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Crowley thinks Markakis ‘cornerstone’ of Birds’ progress

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Markakis’ deal could help Roberts get ‘excited’ about staying with O’s

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck wonders if Zaun will still be ‘fired up’ when Wieters starts getting playing time

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says ‘money’, ‘comfort’, ‘hope’ all reasons Markakis inked extension

The AP says Markakis thought signing extension ‘fairly easy decision’

ESPN.com Scouts Inc.’s Keith Law thinks Wieters top prospect in all of baseball

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Duke Official Site says former women’s star Waner will work sidelines for Maryland game on ESPN

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Vasquez takes ‘energy’ from Cameron Indoor Stadium crowd

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Duke’s Nolan Smith friends with Maryland’s Bowie

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Vasquez considers Cameron his ‘house’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says with road win over Blue Devils, Terps would ‘enhance resume’ for NCAA Tournament

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps, Blue Devils ‘similar in many ways’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says all of Maryland’s losses okay RPI-wise…….except the one

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says ‘aggressiveness’ difference in Miami loss, Virginia win

Washington Times’ Tim Lemke says Terps trying to become first team to win at Duke this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Terps OUT, Morgan IN

Raleigh News & Observer’s A.J. Carr says Henderson more ‘assertive’ for Devils

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Dupree ‘plugging away’ through struggles (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says prospect Will Regan trims options (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Buie ‘key’ recruit (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Porzel came to Maryland because it’s ‘close to home’

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Retrievers shave 19 point deficit but fall in 2OT at Boston University

The AP says Proctor scores 27 (25 after halftime) but Retrievers fall to Terriers

UMBC LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Blevins helps Retrievers stay ‘cool’ in close games

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says late 12-2 run pushes Loyola to win over St. Peter’s

The AP says Barney lead Hounds with 17 points in win

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Ryan Bacon missed desperation shot at buzzer as Peacocks fell to Hounds

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Goode scores 23 as Eers defeat Central Connecticut

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Cajou sunk key free throws to clinch win for Mountaineers

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Cajou earns ‘redemption’ at end of CCSU win

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Seaman to participate in ESPNZone event

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Examiner’s Tom Flynn says trip to Army up next for Navy

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids’ Shedrick Moorer says Midshipmen stuck with Ben Bostick despite injuries

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Mids picked 11th by Inside Lacrosse in preseason poll

BLAST:

The Official Site says Hale happy to see David Grimaldi on as commissioner of NISL

The Sun’s Kent Baker previews tonight’s game with La Raza

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Craig Scheer came ‘full circle’ by rejoining Blast this season

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site’s David Harrington says Ollie Guidry joins staff

SWIMMING:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Phelps back in pool with Coach Bowman

The AP says Phelps named USOC Sportsman of the Year

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Bowman, Phelps have developed ‘historically successful’ partnership

The AP’s Paul Newberry says Phelps not interested in matching Beijing performance in London

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Duke 81, Maryland 73. This game will be close; as Duke isn’t a dominant, athletic team that can just run up and down the floor over the Terps. They’ll have about an 11 point lead midway through the first half due to shooting; but the Terps will stick around.
-Towson 70, UNC-Wilmington 66. The Tigers SHOULD bounce back at home. SHOULD being the key word.
-UMBC 63, Albany 58. Randy Monroe’s Retrievers NEED a win on the road; and Albany should be the place to do it.
-Morgan State 77, Howard 70. The Bears are the class of the MEAC, and that won’t change.
-Hampton 74, Coppin State 61. Fang’s team just isn’t clicking yet. They’re usually a late-blooming team; but it needs to happen soon.
-Marist 68, Loyola 62. This would be a win at home.

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Shaun Eyler. Eyler is a 112 pound wrestler at Francis Scott Key; and recorded a pin in the match over North Carroll last night to improve his record to 18-0 on the season; which includes 9 pins. Thanks to Rich in Westminster for the nomination.

Talk to you LIVE from right in front of the student section (I’m not gonna call them the stupid name Dick Vitale likes to call them) tomorrow at noon for a Maryland-Duke live blog.

-G

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