Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

August 11, 2008 | Glenn Clark

I agree with Casey and Drew. If Willis McGahee is going to miss an amount of time, the Ravens need to consider free agent options at Running Back; including guys like Shaun Alexander. It is not fair for Ray Rice and Allen Patrick to be asked to shoulder the entire load.

And if Troy Smith has been as awful as Mike Preston says he has been-maybe I start to wonder more and more why the Steelers were able to sign Byron Leftwich; Daunte Culpepper is a free agent, and the Ravens have stuck with the same three guys who have never accomplished anything.

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says if healthy, Ravens won’t allow more than 260 points

Ed Frankovic especially enjoyed watching Phelps, USA beat favored French

Nestor Aparicio says Phelps looks ‘unstoppable’

Nestor Aparicio says event could re-spawn “Nice Guy Awards”

Lonnie Nelson says Crystal Palace opens playoffs Wednesday vs. Harrisburg

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Waters comes back to earth in loss to Rangers

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Sarfate could be pitching for job tonight at Carmona, Indians

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Castro rested Sunday in midst of struggles

Rangers Official Site’s T.R. Sullivan says Kinsler gets 5 hits, homer in win

Indians Official Site’s Anthony Castrovince says Carmona still looking to find ‘groove’ since returning from DL

The Sun’s Childs Walker says Birds allow 20 hits in loss to Rangers

The Sun’s Childs Walker and Jeff Zrebiec say Huff ‘not pressing’

The Sun’s David Steele says games like yesterday’s make you wonder how Birds still near .500

The Sun’s Childs Walker says Birds fortunate to miss Lee during Indians series

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Huff Orioles’ MVP

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds outscored Rangers 25-16 for series

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Cintron had TERRIBLE day

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Waters was bad; but bullpen was worse

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Waters threw 56 strikes in 90 pitches

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Cherry needs to ‘throw strikes’ to stay in Baltimore

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Waters’ ERA goes from 0.00 to 4.50 after Sunday start

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Mora gets career homer 150 in loss

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker says Montanez gets career RBI 2 in loss

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says 6 run 5th doomed Birds

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Huff extends hitting streak to 18

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Castro sat with minor groin strain

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Trembley thought Waters struggled because his ‘location up’

Washington Post’s Andrew Astleford says Waters knows fastball must get ‘consistent’

Washington Post’s Andrew Astleford says offense rolling as Birds get back on road

Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant says Rangers 6 ½ behind Sox after win

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says A. Walker, Stills, McCants all miss Sunday afternoon practice

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens still getting used to defensive radios

The Official Site says Harbaugh believes ‘improvement’ important this week

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Landry excelling despite lack of praise from Carrier

The Sun’s Edward Lee says QB’s sacked multiple times Sunday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Cousins in fighting mood again Sunday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says QB’s participated in special teams drills

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Slaughter banged up in morning practice

The Sun’s Mike Preston says T. Smith looks ‘bad’ in practice recently

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cousins ‘needs to calm down’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens may be blitzing too much in practice

Aaron Wilson says McGahee to have knee scoped

Aaron Wilson says J. Johnson cuts face in practice scrum

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Boller to M. Smith was best pass of day

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Greisen, Kracalik also in fighting mood Sunday

ESPN.com’s James Walker says physical camp will breed fighting

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says moving from WR to CB ‘paying off’ for Carroll, Terps

Turtle Sports Report’s Jeff Ermann says PA OL Schlieper commits to Terps (must subscribe)

Rivals.com’s Steve Megargee says E. Williams, Philistin, Burley, DHB All-ACC

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says defense looks good in scrimmage

OLYMPICS:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Phelps gets ‘dramatic’ 2nd gold in relay

The Sun’s Rick Maese says adding silver helps show Hoff’s ‘guts’

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Anthony ‘hardly a factor’ in opening win for Team USA

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Phelps shows passion in winning team relay

The Sun’s Rick Maese says eight golds now Phelps’ ‘destiny’

The Sun’s “Mr. Flip” says Anthony, Phelps hanging in Beijing

Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins says Phelps, relay team first ‘heroes’ of Games for U.S.

Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga says Lezak’s record performance helps keep Phelps alive in quest for 8

ESPN.com’s Pat Forde says Phelps thought close to relay ‘unbelievable’

Fox Sports’ Mike Vaccaro says Phelps thought Lezak had ‘perfect finish’ in relay

SI’s Michael Farber says Lezak’s final split ‘greatest swim in American history’

The AP says Phelps helps U.S. win first gold in relay since ‘96

The AP says Hoff loses golden chance to Adlington

The AP says Phelps on to 200 free final-only individual race he lost in Athens

The AP says Phelps advances to 200 fly semis

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says American relay team shattered world record by 3.99 seconds

NBCOlympics.com’s Alan Abrahamson says relay win ‘most exciting, most record-breaking, most amazing, thrilling, unbelievable relay anyone could ever imagine’

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says replacing Simpson biggest hurdle for Bears in quest for MEAC title

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Dennis Sarfate-whether he goes 5 innings or not-should not make another start. Sarfate just didn’t have the stuff to start to begin with. Preferably; Hayden Penn will make the next start in Sarfate’s spot; and Brad Bergensen will get the chance if Chris Waters continues to struggle (which I think is likely). Sarfate has a role on this team; and he should take the time to work hard on throwing strikes and overpowering hitters.

-Welcome Ryan Schlieper. The Terps have had some good Lineman in the last few years; and we hope you can join them.

-I took a peak at the Olympic relay again this morning; and I actually got more chills watching it this time than I did last night. Maybe it won’t be remembered as much as Kerri Strug’s vault; but it was a pretty significant moment. As Americans; we love individual accomplishments; but I think it might actually mean more when you see a group of individuals achieve something together. That was pretty special what they did last night; and it was pretty cool to watch Michael Phelps’ reaction.

-As I mentioned this morning on the show, I had the chance to go out to the Virgin Music Festival yesterday; and while the music itself was okay; the event was really well done. (Stone Temple Pilots were amazing by the way; but Bob Dylan’s keyboards just don’t work in front of a rock festival; and I just couldn’t get into Lil’ Wayne or Iggy Pop).

Walking around Pimlico, I got the idea that the facility could be used in more ways to help the horse racing industry make money. I thought about ideas like…..

-Professional Lacrosse? Could the Bayhawks have played on a makeshift field at Pimlico?
-A Summer concert series?
-Fairgrounds-type conventions. Tents could be used prominently on the infield for events that may have otherwise been held at the State Fairgrounds.

I’m not saying that any of these are answers to Horse Racing’s problem; but if a major national event that is as prominent as the Virgin Music Festival continues to return to Pimlico every year for successful events; you would think that the facility could be used for other events to keep the facility in use during the summer.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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