After hearing what David Cordish had to say this morning; I understand his desire to purchase Pimlico and Laurel MUCH more than I previously did. He is realistically hoping to subsidize his own investment by taking money from slots and putting it directly towards the tracks. Plus he wants to keep Preakness in Baltimore AND wants to upgrade the area around Pimlico. I like all of that.
He’s my leader in the clubhouse.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say….
Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:
Nestor Aparicio says even players disgruntled about Spring Training situation
Nestor Aparicio says Orioles’ odds even worse elsewhere
Nestor Aparicio says American Idol’s Kris Allen dead ringer for Orioles’ Roberts
Nestor Aparicio says Thyrl Nelson, Chris Bonetti to host 6-8pm show on AM1570
Ed Frankovic says Caps sign defenseman Joe Finley
Ed Frankovic says Caps to hold Fan Appreciation Week
The Official Site’s Anthony DiComo says Eaton roughed up as Birds lose to Mets
The Official Site offers numerical evidence of loss
MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo says Trembley put Hendrickson officially in rotation, wouldn’t do same with Eaton
MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo says Birds like Andino’s defense, ‘versatility’
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly say Birds’ facilities in Ft. Lauderdale, Sarasota ‘unsafe’ for players (this is an absolute MUST read)
South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Mike Berardino says Wieters, Tillman, Arrieta could make season more bearable for O’s
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Hammock sent down, Moeller to back up Zaun
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says O’s blow 8-0 lead in loss to Mets
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Uehara, Birds take on Cabrera, Nationals today in Norfolk
The Sun’s Ray Frager thinks Birds should give Nestor credential
The Sun’s Rick Maese says Jim Johnson only real pitcher drafted by Thrift still in organization
The Sun’s Rick Maese enjoyed Camden Chat’s Pedro Martinez April Fool’s gag
The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Reimold likely to be Birds’ top minor leaguer
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Eaton finishes Spring with 7.29 ERA
Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Obando, Sosa, Belle amongst worst RF’s in team history
The Official Site says Roy Anderson, Matt Weiss added to coaching staff
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mason remains ‘staple’ in offseason conditioning program
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Landry signs tender, expected to start again in ‘09
The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says 52 probably not worth money he’s paying paid for on-field abilities
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens looking at Eastern Michigan Tackle T.J. Lang
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens will get chance to face Cutler
ESPN.com’s James Walker says veteran minicamp May 8-10; rookie camp June 15-17
SI’s Don Banks mocks DHB to Ravens
CBS Sports’ Frank Cooney says Eagles, Vikings join Ravens as teams interested in DHB
Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says practice gets more ‘intense’ for Terps (must subscribe)
The Sun’s Matt Bracken says ’10 Tucson PG prospect Stoglin commits to Terps
The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Stoglin didn’t know much about Terps growing up on West Coast
Examiner Steve DeClue thinks Stephenson ‘late in the game’ to re-open recruitment
Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Villanova’s Dwayne Anderson (Silver Spring native) has fond memories of Maryland winning title
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dupree could be ‘odd man out’ with Terps
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens re-living “One Shining Moment” with Juan Dixon, Byron Mouton
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Arizona rumored to still be in picture for Stoglin despite commitment to Maryland
Terp Center’s Seth Hoffman says targets Roscoe Smith, Terrence Ross to participate in ‘I-95 Elite Challenge’
TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:
The Sun’s Tim Wheatley (editor) not thrilled with “Tearjerker” headline after Terps’ Elite 8 loss
The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut recaps up and down season for Terps
The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Navy
The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps trying to move past Virginia marathon tonight vs. Mids
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Alex Peaty will start again in cage vs. Rutgers
The Official Site says Tigers practicing with just 6 healthy offensive linemen
The Official Site previews tomorrow’s contest with Albany
The Official Site previews tomorrow’s game with Binghamton
Inside Lacrosse’s Danielle Bernstein says Retrievers still ‘team to beat’ in America East
Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Slotbacks coach DuPaix looking forward to facing mentor Ellerson at Army/Navy (must subscribe)
The Official Site says Andy Tormey finalist for Senior CLASS Award
The Sun’s Edward Lee offers instructions on how to vote for Tormey
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Mids will stick with Tommy Phelan in cage
DC Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy and Craig Stouffer say Phelan coming off 15 save performance vs. Georgetown
MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:
The Official Site previews MAAC trip to Canisius tomorrow
The Official Site previews Mariners trip to face Lions tomorrow night in Columbus
Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty says Cordish’s interest based in part by opportunity to ‘pay (himself) a fortune’
The Sun’s Hanah Cho says Pikesville’s Verstandig wants to bid on tracks; but only to tear them down
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
Here are some weekend picks….
-Maryland 9, Navy 7. The Terps will have the opportunity to shake off their marathon game a week ago; and Navy probably won’t be the team to try to get into a track meet.
-UMBC 12, Binghamton 7. The Retrievers were so impressive in their win over Towson Tuesday night; I’m not sure how I could even pick this game to be close.
-Loyola 9, Rutgers 6. I don’t care much for the Scarlet Knights; but I also hope the Greyhounds don’t have a hangover factor after their disappointment a week ago.
-Johns Hopkins 11, Albany 6. The Jays REALLY need this win.
I’ll check in at some point this weekend before a 15-7-0 Sunday.