It’s a Happy Friday for me because I got a text from a buddy last night that said “Tracy Morgan Jimmy Kimmel FTW.” For those of you that aren’t nearly as hip as I am (and I understand, trust me); “FTW” stands for “For The Win.” I’m really hip, so I knew that. And while the video clearly has way too much Jimmy Kimmel, I guess I could see it as being “For the win”…..
And if you’re a Tracy Morgan fan (You’re American, right?), I recommend picking up this awesome T-Shirt taken from a quote his character (Tracy Jordan) made on “30 Rock”….
I can’t believe I’m not going to be able to see “Cop Out” until Tuesday….
Here’s what everyone has to say….
1. The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps have ‘something to prove’ tomorrow in Blacksburg
Which has been the case for the better part of the 2nd half of the season. There is a real danger that this game at Cassell Coliseum will be a trap game-with Duke headed to Comcast Center in 5 days with the chance to split the ACC regular season on the title potentially on the line. But for that to even be relevant, Maryland will have to top Seth Greenberg’s team first.
We all know that the Hokies work through Malcolm Delaney. Sean Mosley’s familiarity with Delaney paid off when Va Tech visited a season ago, helping the Terps get a win. I don’t have a GREAT feeling about this game tomorrow (which you can see on Raycom-WNUV 54 locally at 4pm), but it’s hard to pick against this team right now.
Maryland 77, Virginia Tech 71
2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Terps have all but locked up NCAA Tournament berth
After reading Patrick Stevens’ comments on his own blog entry, I understand what he is trying to say. If they somehow lose their next 4 games (including a 1st round game in Greensboro)…AND all of the leagues with 1 at-large team don’t see that team win their conference tournament, the at-large pool might be too deep for a 20-11 Maryland team.
BUT….Patrick also points out that there’s NO WAY to think Maryland will lose their next 4 games. Which he’s absolutely right about.
3. WNST.net’s Bob Haynie doesn’t think Greivis Vasquez amongst Top 5 Terps of all time
3 of Bob’s 5 are ABSOLUTELY inarguable. Juan Dixon had the greatest career in Maryland basketball history. He’s on the list. Joe Smith and Len Bias were the greatest basketball players in Maryland history. They’re on the list. If Steve Francis had even played a second season, he might have joined Bias and Smith.
Beyond that, Bob went with Albert King and John Lucas. Both very reasonable choices. I probably would have gone with Len Elmore and Greivis Vasquez myself, but I obviously wasn’t able to follow the careers of King and Lucas as closely. Of course, maybe Bosey Berger should be on the list and it’s just a case of none of us knowing well enough.
The real question is how this guy didn’t make the list….
(Edit from GMC: I hope Calvin McCall never reads this. He actually ended up being a nice player.)
4. Washington Post’s Mark Viera says Maryland women hurt NCAA Tournament chances by losing at Boston College
Yeah, that basically means they have to reach at least the final of the ACC Tournament, if not win the ACC Championship. Brenda Frese’s team didn’t have much of a margin for error at the end of the season, even with tough trips to Durham and Chestnut Hill in the last 5 days.
The Terps wrap up the regular season Sunday at 3pm against Florida State, you can see the game on ESPN2.
5. Loyola Official Site previews tonight’s visit from Canisius at Reitz Arena
At this point, the Greyhounds can’t play their way into a first round bye in the MAAC Tournament, and appear doomed to a meeting with Siena even if they can win their opener. If nothing else, this weekend will be important for confidence building for Jimmy Patsos’ club, as they will need PLENTY of confidence to go up against the Saints in Albany.
You know what might help the Hounds? If they started spending more time in practice working on shooting like Stephen Curry. It would really open up defenses…
6. Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Maryland-Georgetown amongst best games of lacrosse weekend
You can see the Terps’ trip to face the Hoyas live on WMAR 2 and ESPNU tomorrow at 2pm. This is a good early season gauge for Dave Cottle’s team, as their loss to Georgetown early last season at Ludwig Field set the tone for a season of disappointment in College Park. While not “the” rivalry game (which everyone knows is Hopkins), or really even in the Top 4 (Virginia, Duke and Navy come to mind), this is still an annual heated battle with tons of bad blood and some classic moments (the 2005 NCAA Tournament quarterfinal with Bill McGlone’s disallowed goal comes to mind).
Other local action this weekend includes Johns Hopkins-Siena (Sunday at noon from Homewood Field on ESPNU), Bucknell-Towson (Saturday 1pm Unitas Stadium), UMBC @ Rutgers (Sunday 3pm), Loyola @ Quinnipiac (Saturday 1pm live on AM1570 WNST) and Stevenson-Kean (Saturday 7pm Unitas Stadium).
7. ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports’ Gregg Rosenthal says Anquan Boldin WILL be traded this offseason, ‘Baltimore tops the list’ of teams interested
Would I be interested in Anquan Boldin? Of course. But then again, I’m open minded like that. For example-believe it or not, I’d actually be interested in Oksana Kondakova if things don’t work out between her and Evgeni Malkin now that he’s been knocked out of the Olympics….
Do I think the Ravens will make a play for Anquan Boldin? No. I get the feeling the asking price will probably be too high for a 6’1″ receiver with some durability issues. But would I approve of a trade for Boldin at a fair price? Um….YES. The Ravens need receivers, and Boldin is a capable one.
8. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski has met with Ravens in Indianapolis
Which absolutely makes sense. The only issue will be whether or not the Ravens would be comfortable taking him at 25 (which might be a reach for a player who missed the ’09 season due to back surgery), if they had the ability to trade back a bit to take him, or if they thought he would fall to their pick in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft.
Those are big question marks. But there’s no doubt that Gronkowski fits the mold of what the Ravens are looking for.
9. The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Ravens have also talked TE’s Jimmy Graham (Miami), Aaron Hernandez (Florida) and Tony Moeaki (Iowa)
The joke is that Hall of Fame TE Ozzie Newsome is interested in taking a Tight End EVERY year in the Draft, but there’s NO DOUBT he’s interested in taking one this year. They need to add firepower offensively, and with Todd Heap unlikely to be in Charm City for more than the next couple of years, it is a position they need to address for the future.
Jimmy Graham is an intriguing prospect because he’s going to have to be a project. His hands needed some improvement during his only season with the ‘Canes, but you could see that he was improving, and he has a real chance to be able to translate his size and athleticism at the next level.
If you’re spending the weekend glued to NFL Network watching coverage, keep your eye on Oregon TE Ed Dickson, who I have a feeling might be on the Ravens’ radar. Also, keep your eye open for Drew Forrester, Nestor Aparicio and myself as we invade Indianapolis again (at least we don’t have to worry about taking a loss this time) this weekend.
10. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says team let deadline pass without using franchise or transition tags
Which isn’t really that surprising. I wondered at one point if the Ravens might consider using the tag on Sam Koch if only because there is no doubt another team with punter problems would think highly of him-but they obviously want to get a contract worked out with him. Derrick Mason was also a possibility, but it would make his price tag too high for the season.
11. Sporting News’ Clifton Brown expects Ravens to hold on to Derrick Mason, thinks team ‘could be interested’ in Dunta Robinson
SI’s Peter King was discussing this on Twitter yesterday, as he was sitting next to John Harbaugh on the flight to Indy for the NFL Scouting Combine. Dunta Robinson will OBVIOUSLY be a player the Ravens will consider/look at/talk to/etc., but he doesn’t come free.
Considering the other Free Agent corners on the market, Dunta Robinson is going to look like Jessica Gomes to most NFL teams (thanks Busted Coverage!)…
12. The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jake Arrieta ‘isn’t frustrated’ by having to wait for chance at major league level
Which means that he learned this year to say the right thing. He didn’t do that in Spring Training a season ago, and there’s almost no doubt in hurt him in the eyes of the O’s brass. Arrieta will get his shot-either when Brad Bergesen is sent to film another MASN commercial (Why is this dead horse sitting here anyway?), or when Andy MacPhail and company figure out a way to deal Kevin Millwood or Jeremy Guthrie before the Trade Deadline.
And finally, I leave you with this.
Scott Van Pelt has had a tough week on SportsCenter. First, ESPN was duped by Captain Janks (of Howard Stern Show fame) and a fake Brian Westbrook interview; and then last night he dropped an F-bomb after he thought his mic was off. (Barely audible language NSFW)….
Which lead to this apology, which was EVEN MORE AWKWARD than the profanity…
What’s next, he mispronounces Jasikevicius?
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…