That’s it for 2011, huh?
Wow, seems like just yesterday (or so) when I was in Sarasota with Glenn Clark, hunkered down in an outrageously posh satellite-trailer that served as a de facto media workroom in the parking lot of the Orioles spring training complex. And that was March.
Here we are now, brushing up against January and preparing for (we hope) a Ravens Super Bowl run and, within 7 weeks if you can believe, discussion about pitchers and catchers as they prepare for yet another (losing) baseball season in Baltimore.
Time sure flies when you’re having fun.
Well, for five months a year, anyway.
I hope you all have a safe, enjoyable New Year’s weekend. We’re obviously all going to be glued to the TV at 4:15 pm on Sunday to see the Ravens take on Cincinnati.
I assume you’ll be hungover.
I hope the Ravens aren’t.
Consider this edition of Friday Mud a tasty start to your holiday weekend.
And you don’t even need to drink a glass of warm milk two hours before you read it.
> Did you hear the great story about Oregon football player Mark Asper? Wednesday night he and the Ducks were at a dinner as part of their Rose Bowl festivities and the father of one of Asper’s teammates started choking on a piece of meat. Asper applied the Heimlich maneuver and dislodged the piece of meat and a health emergency was avoided because of his quick work. Great story, huh? Anyway, several teams and colleges quickly sent along notes of congratulations and small gifts to show their appreciation for his life-saving work. The San Diego Chargers sent a football signed by the entire team and a nice card with a personal message. The Golden State Warriors also sent along a compliment-filled note and a team jersey with Asper and the number “1″ on the back. The Red Sox provided a card with the words “Congrats on knowing the Heimlich, please USE THESE as often as you can in 2012.”
> So…a listener from Timonium named Theresa reached out to me via e-mail last week and offered me a scathing keyboard-tongue-lashing about a few of the pictures I’ve posted recently here on Friday Mud. “I can’t speak for everyone,” Theresa wrote, “but I’m appalled at your continued inclusion of those girls from Central Connecticut State as part of your Friday blog. These are college girls — and they don’t deserve to be objectified in the manner that you’re doing it. I respectfully ask that you stop including photos of those young women in your Friday blog.” Well, I must be getting old…and soft…because I’m going to agree to not include any Central Connecticut volleyball players here. Seriously. I’ll link a photo and I guarantee — in fact, DOUBLE guarantee, that it’s not a girl from Central Connecticut. (I know what you’re thinking…”Drew, come on, we’re going to click on that photo and it’s going to be a girl from Central Connecticut.”) Nope. Not a chance. Here you go Theresa, THIS RIGHT HERE is just for you.
> Did you like the Ravens uniform combination last Sunday…the black pants and the purple top? I gathered that a lot of folks didn’t like it. I did. You know what other color combination looks great, to me, anyway? Royal blue and black. For some reason, I’ve always thought those colors went great together. Here, let me show you what it looks like and you tell me. CHECK IT OUT and tell me…do you think it looks good?
> Hey Theresa, you like apples?
> I’d love to pick the Ravens to win this weekend. Really, I would. But I don’t trust them on the road. Just when I get ready to type the words “I think the Ravens are going to win in Cincinnati”, I get visions of Jacksonville, Seattle and San Diego in my brain. Too many road stinkers for me…too many lay-up games turned losses for my liking. Sorry — Bengals 24 – Ravens 10. I hope to hell I’m wrong.
> The Philadelphia police have been very concerned about female Flyers fans speeding recklessly as they enter Broad Street off of I-95 and approach the Wachovia Center. They’ve even gone as far as placing THESE WARNING SIGNS up on the roads leading into the arena to give the female fans a chance to slow down.
> There are two ways to identify a Steelers fan. One is…they always wear a yellow top. The other? Well, as you can see RIGHT HERE, this guy is definitely a Steelers supporter.
> OK, the time has come to unveil the two finalists for my “Top 10 Winners of Professional Sports ” in the last 20 years. I’m doing this a little differently than originally intended. I was going to just list my #2…and then the following week, the #1. Instead, I’m going to reveal the final two — and you decide who you think is #2 and #1. Obviously, just by the fact that he hasn’t been listed yet, Michael Jordan is one of the finalists. What can you say about #23 (and #45 for a year)? He’s just a great winner, period. But is there someone else who MIGHT (and I say “might”) be a better winner than Jordan? I think the answer to that is yes. Maybe. This man is a 3-time champion. And a 9-time All-Star. He won more games than anyone who ever played his sport. If you wonder whether or not this guy is a winner, you’ll want to take a look at his playoff stats — and then you’ll get it. So, no more delay. You want a winner? A great one? RIGHT HERE he is, folks. Don’t think he’s great? CHECK OUT THE STATS.
> I hear the Orioles had a big sale last week prior to the Holidays, where they put most of their merchandise and novelty items out for fans to buy as gifts. A friend of mine went to the sale and sent me THIS PHOTO to prove he was at Camden Yards. Yep, sure looks like an Orioles sale.
> The Shoot Section (the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth)
I don’t want to go into all the details here — I’ll save that for Monday. But starting next Monday, I’ll have a 4-part “interview” up at WNST.net that was conducted by a listener. I think you’ll find it interesting. We covered a lot of territory…my history with the Blast, my move to WNST, the Orioles, the Ravens, “the lawsuit” and much more. I went into it a little apprehensive, because the person who interviewed me has been both a listener, reader and critic of mine over the years, but he handled it all fairly and I think you’ll enjoy the series next week and learn some behind the scenes things that maybe you don’t previously know. It all starts on Monday at WNST.net.