Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

July 21, 2008 | Glenn Clark

The answer to stopping a Sunday losing streak is NOT to wear your pajamas as a uniform. I pray the orange jerseys don’t re-appear until Spring Training.

Guaranteeing a victory might be slightly more effective than saying “in the very unlikely event that we actually figure out a way to win on Sunday; we’ll let you come back and see us play the Royals later in the year!”

I knew another team that struggled to get a win on a Sunday; but I don’t think Brian Billick can decide to kick on 4th and goal from the 1 to help the Birds.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Casey Willett says Ver Steeg will help Rice transition to NFL

Thyrl Nelson wonders if Loewen could turn out like Ankiel

Matt Berger says Terps have ‘ridiculous’ talent at WR

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds manage just seven base runners in 15th straight Sunday loss

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Liz faces Litsch tonight as Birds open series with Jays

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Trembley concerned Sarfate ‘pressing’

The Official Site’s Paige Schector says Nery dominant for Delmarva on farm

Tigers Official Site’s Jason Beck says Verlander masterful over 8 2/3 in win

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds get just 3 hits in loss

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Jones scratched Sunday due to ankle

The Sun’s David Steele says Birds not getting nearly enough from starters

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Burres throws 108 pitches over 5 1/3 in loss

The Sun’s Bill Free says Aberdeen facility makes Joseph feel ‘spoiled rotten’ on farm

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Mora hot, Markakis struggling

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Jays enter series back ahead of Birds in battle for cellar

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Verlander helped tired Tigers bullpen

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Walker to pitch simulated game Tuesday

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says 23k disappointed Birds couldn’t win them free tickets

The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht says Jones ‘centerpiece’ of Birds’ rebuilding

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker says Scott’s blunder in 2nd cost Birds chance to build lead

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says switch to orange jerseys not enough to snap skid

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Leyland impressed by Birds’ bats

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Loewen another failed 1st round pick by Birds

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says record for consecutive losses on particular day 21

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Birds fall to 47-50 with loss

Washington Post’s Mark Viera says Trembley thinks Sarfate ‘rattled’ Saturday

Detroit News’ Tom Gage says Thames’ correctly reversed home run aided Tigers to victory

Detroit Free Press’ John Lowe says Verlander wins sixth straight decision

RAVENS:

The Sun’s Don Markus says Pryce, D. Williams, Greisen enter Camp looking to prove themselves

Aaron Wilson says 52 doesn’t think career is on decline

Aaron Wilson says Ravens give 3rd round pick Gooden 3 years, $1.76 million

ESPN.com has Ravens open 21st in Power Rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Navarre put on weight to move to DT

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says health alone would help Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Terps 5th in Atlantic

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps back down to 85 scholarship players

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Navarre weighing 288 pounds

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Smalls, Whitmore to transfer

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Philistin wins WLB battle

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Philistin, Friedgen, Barnes, Navarre, Williams make media guide cover

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Turtle Sports Report’s Jeff Ermann says 2010 big likes Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says incoming Terp Kizer training with national U18 team

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids’ “Sheldon Y.” likes idea of Army/Navy moving

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says Palace drops 2-1 decision to Pittsburgh

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Here’s the skinny on Brooks vs. Lenny today in KOBS. Brooks played 23 seasons in Baltimore; collecting 2,848 hits; 16 Gold Gloves, 15 All-Star nods, two World Series titles, the 1964 AL MVP Award, the 1966 All-Star Game MVP, the 1970 World Series MVP. As you know, he was named to Rawlings’ All-time Gold Glove team; his number 5 is retired by the Orioles; and he was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1983. Lenny played 12 seasons in Baltimore, where he rushed for over 5,000 yards and 63 TD’s. He was a 7 time Pro Bowler and a 7 time All-Pro; he also won the Rookie of the Year in 1956. His number 24 is retired by the Colts franchise; he is honored in the Ravens Ring of Honor; and he was inducted into Pro Football’s Hall of Fame in 1975. My vote will go to Brooks.

-The Adam Loewen news is staggering. Going to the trade deadline, there are NO pitchers even NEAR the big leagues that the Birds can count on as part of their future. It is downright frightening. Jeremy Guthrie COULD be part of the future, but only if they feel as though his value is more in Baltimore than it would be on the trade market.

-It is good to know that football season is back. It will be interesting to see how Coach Harbaugh runs camp. I will be most closely watching the QB situation (obviously); where I am leaning more and more to the side that Joe Flacco COULD end up getting the nod as starting QB. I’m still going to stick with Troy Smith (who I WANT to see get the nod); but I believe more and more every day that this team will play Flacco if he shows the signs of being ready in Camp. I will also be watching how well the team’s Tight Ends and Receivers move, as their health is crucial to the team. Fabian Washington is interesting; as if he can play, this team is much better.

-Shame on the Baltimore Sun for not having a beat reporter assigned to the Terps yet. There is no reason why the Sun (and the Washington Post as well for that matter) would not be present at the ACC football meetings. Kudos to Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times for his continued stellar efforts.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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