Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

May 22, 2009 | Glenn Clark

This is a depressing weekend for me. This will be the first time since August I will not be including my “weekend picks”, as no local college teams are playing football, basketball, or lacrosse.

I could pick the Orioles’ games; but that’s just depressing.

However, I do have a question. Is anyone going down to Nationals Park this weekend that might not have gone to a game had the series been at OPACY? I fall into that category myself, as I will be headed down Sunday, and admittedly wouldn’t go this weekend if the Birds were at home. But the chance to go down at yell at some Redskins fans DOES appeal to me.

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

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester ‘not shocked’ O’s swept in New York

Bob Haynie getting ‘agitated’ by Orioles’ losing

Chris Bonetti says Tillman, ‘rest of cavalry’ ready to take Eaton’s spot in rotation

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says with rotation spot possibly in question, Eaton hammered in loss to Yankees

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of sweep

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Orioles ‘see themselves’ in interleague foe Nationals (they’re both terrible)

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Rich Hill, Birds travel to Nationals Park to open interleague play tonight vs. Jordan Zimmermann, Nats

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Elias Sports Bureau confirms Reimold first player to hit first MLB home run off future Hall of Famer Rivera

Yankees Official Site’s Bryan Hoch says Chamberlain leaves with injury in 1st, Yanks win anyway

Tides Official Site says Berken ‘effective’, but gets no decision in loss to Rochester

Baysox Official Site says Altoona’s John Lincoln dominant in shutout win over Bowie

Keys Official Site says Beato gave up 2 runs over 6 innings to lift Frederick to win over Lynchburg

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 43,000 at Yankee Stadium to see Bombers sweep Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Izturis could return to lineup tonight

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Huff got hit in only at bat against Chamberlain

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says attendance at Camden Yards down 2,500 per game this season

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says June 9 ‘most likely’ date for Wieters to get call-up

The Sun’s Candus Thomson says MASN analyst Dibble thinks Nats, O’s will have real rivalry ‘soon’

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Hammock had 2 hits for Tides in loss

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Eaton made final start after ‘reading between the lines’ of Trembley’s pre-game comments

The AP says Aceves gets win out of pen for Bombers

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Waring, Joseph picked up RBI’s for Keys in win

Washington Post’s Dave Sheinin says Markakis ‘proving worthy’ of contract extension

Virginian-Pilot’s Rich Radford says Wieters homered for Tides in loss

New York Post’s George A. King says Cano, Matsui homered for Yanks in win

New York Times’ Jack Curry says Roberts, Markakis homered for O’s in loss

New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says Jeter, Cano, Teixeira, Cabrera all doubled off Eaton in 1st to help Yanks get out to early 4-0 lead

Newsday’s Arthur Staple says Aceves ‘rescued’ Girardi, Yanks for 9th straight win

Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Girardi happy to see Adam Jones leave town

Bergen Record’s Al Iannazzone says Rivera finished game for 9th save

SI’s Ted Keith has Birds 24th in power rankings

Yahoo! Sports’ Steve Henson has O’s 29th in power rankings (Nats 30th)

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says starting RT job Oher’s ‘to lose’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Marcus Smith, Kelley Washington pressing Demetrius Williams for #3 receiver spot

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Team President Cass expects ‘both union and league to work hard’ in CBA negotiations

ESPN.com’s James Walker says ‘zero chance’ Ravens sign Vick

HORSE RACING:

Belmont Official Site says Zito’s Brave Victory, Miner’s Escape work in preparation for third leg of Triple Crown

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Zito looking to win 2nd straight Belmont after winning with Da’Tara last year

Thoroughbred Times says Derby winner Mine That Bird, Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra each galloped at Churchill Downs Thursday

The AP’s Richard Rosenblatt says Chocolate Candy, Dunkirk, Mr. Hot Stuff, Flying Private all running Belmont after skipping Preakness

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says assistant Keith Booth picked to attend BCA seminar

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Vasquez works out for Wizards, feels game has improved

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says new Wizards assistant Sam Cassell worked out Vasquez for ‘Zards

Examiner Steve DeClue says Stephenson’s choices down to Terps, Arizona

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Vasquez in no rush to choose between NBA Draft, return to College Park

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez previously worked out for Spurs, Cavaliers; still plans on working out with Timberwolves

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez does not vision himself as shooting guard

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez talking to Gary ‘almost every week’

Washington Examiner’s Craig Stouffer says Vasquez will return to Terps or go to NBA; will not play professionally in Europe

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Wake joins Louisville, Virginia Tech, Terps ‘in pursuit’ of Gaithersburg DB-RB Ofori

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich offers video of slimmed down Friedgen

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says DT Dion Armstrong needs to ‘come through’

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Northern Guilford (NC) WR prospect interested in Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles Virginia safety prospect Andre Simmons (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Ryan Young, Max Schmidt named All-American by USILA

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Long Beach center prospect Monique Oliver picked Rutgers over Terps

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Poillon, Blevins, Hopmann, Wimer named All-American by USILA

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Koppens, Ricci named All-American by USILA

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Wharton, Boyle, Michael Evans, Michael Kimmel, Brian Christopher named All-American by USILA

Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says Michael Evans wins William C. Schmeisser Award for top defensive player from USILA

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Michael Evans only local player to make All-American first team

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Andy Tormey, Tim Paul named All-American by USILA

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Niumatalolo’s daughter Alexcia going for NCAA Lacrosse Championship with Terps

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-There IS a local college team playing lacrosse on the women’s side this weekend, and I think the Terps will be there until Sunday’s Championship game. I’ll say the Terps top Carolina tonight 9-6, and then fall to Northwestern Sunday 12-9. I guess I did make weekend picks after all.

-Chris Waters will make the start for Adam Eaton on Tuesday. Take it to the bank.

-Congratulations to Ralph Friedgen, who I hadn’t seen until his appearance on First Take yesterday on ESPN2. He looked really good; and I think it’s very cool that he had dedicated himself to his health this offseason.

Talk to you this weekend.

-G

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