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
Nestor Aparicio says Phelps looks ‘unstoppable’
Nestor Aparicio says event could re-spawn “Nice Guy Awards”
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
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
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
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says defense looks good in scrimmage
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’
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’
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.