It’s been a while; so here are some “Weekend Picks”…..
AC Milan 2, Chelsea 1
There is of course no reason for me to pick an exhibition match; but I’m an Italian soccer fan, so I’m going with the Rossoneri.
Red Sox take 2 of 3 from the O’s
Jeremy Guthrie or Brad Bergesen will figure out a way to get a win somehow this weekend. Combined, they’re one pretty good pitcher.
Drew Bennett IS the receiver the Ravens sign
I don’t think they really have any interest in Joe Horn to be honest.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..
Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:
Drew Forrester says Rich Hill appears to be pitching giving way for Tillman
Nestor Aparicio excited for NFL Draft to move to primetime
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds stand to ‘benefit’ from Spring Training move to Sarasota
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec thinks Baez ‘good bet’ to be traded
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says getting out of Ft. Lauderdale ‘major leap forward’ for organization
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Red Sox haven’t been much better than Birds since All-Star break
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck remembers Ft. Lauderdale fondly
Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Baez preparing to celebrate 10 year anniversary since defection from Cuba
Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Tillman likely to replace Berken or Hill in rotation
ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark says O’s want to be ‘overwhelmed’ to deal Sherrill
ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:
Norfolk Tides Official Site says Tillman struggled as Tides fell to Gwinnett
Bowie Baysox Official Site says finale with Harrisburg washed out
Frederick Keys Official Site says Tyler Henson’s 2 run double not enough as Keys fell to Salem
Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Kolodny homered for Shorebirds in win over Greenville
Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Justin Dalles tallied game winning RBI as Ironbirds topped Hudson Valley
Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Hobgood gave up 3 runs (1 earned) over 2 innings as Orioles fell to Greeneville
The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Steve Bumbry went 2-3 with double, SB, RBI in Ironbirds’ win over Renegades
Frederick News-Post says Beato took loss as Keys fell to Red Sox
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh thinks Mason ‘honorable’ to not just come to practice and fake enthusiasm
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh ‘loves and cares about’ Mason
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Newsome wants to know if Mason has ‘passion, love’ for game
USA Today’s Gary Mihoces says Steelers Ravens’ ‘biggest roadblock’ to winning AFC North
Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager says Peerman has chance to get playing time in Ravens backfield
The Sun’s Matt Bracken says former recruit Edet committed to North Carolina A&T
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Terps 52nd in preseason poll
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps stronger inside on D-Line than outside
ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have 9th best DB’s in ACC
ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have 3rd best special teams unit in ACC
Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces freshman kicker Nick Ferrara (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh introduces freshman RB Porzel (must subscribe)
The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says James Padgett will wear #35 previously worn by Dave Neal
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jordan Williams will wear #20
TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:
The Official Site says lunch series with Niumatalolo starts again September 1
The Official Site says safety Emmett Merchant ‘most looking forward to’ Ohio State game
Go Mids’ David Ausiello says USAA sponsorship ‘great’ deal for Mids
Daily Racing Form’s Mike Farrell says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra, Belmont winner Summer Bird to race for $1.25 million purse at Haskell
Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe and Frank Angst say Monmouth officials pumped up purse for Haskell by $250,000
USA Today’s Vicki Michaelis says US Swimming Coach Schubert expects Phelps to be on 4×100 relay team
CRYSTAL PALACE USA:
Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Palace ‘in the hunt’ for USL-2 playoffs
The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says thousands of fans showed off soccer ‘passion’ despite cancelled practices Thursday
The Sun’s Gabriella LaVerghetta offers history lesson on AC Milan
The Sun’s Danielle Chazen compiles history lesson on Chelsea
The Sun’s Ken Murray says international players at Towson, Loyola, UMBC all excited for WFC match
Washington Times’ Tim Lemke says European events like tonight’s World Football Challenge ‘raise bar’ for MLS in United States
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-Don’t like the NFL’s decision to move the Draft to a Thursday night; but fully understand it. The NFL has every right to try to create a ratings juggernaut and bring home mega advertising dollars; but it doesn’t necessarily mean it is the best thing for football fans. Much like the way Ravens fans gather on Sundays for what I can only describe as fellowship amongst fans; Draft weekends have created the same type of fellowship amongst fans. The NFL had that. They won’t anymore.
-Tonight’s match is particularly important for the city as the US tries to bring in a future World Cup. Having the best tickets of any of the stops on this World Football Challenge tour sets up well for getting future World Cup qualifiers or even a World Cup match. Baltimore may NOT be the best soccer market in the county, but being centrally located amongst east coast cities certainly gives us the advantage when it comes to being an ideal location for soccer fans to travel to.
-I don’t question Drew’s sources at all; and firmly believe that he is accurate. That being said; I will still be STUNNED if Andy MacPhail gives up on Rich Hill before Jason Berken.
Talk to you this weekend.