Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

November 17, 2008 | Glenn Clark

I said last week that if the Ravens won; they would be an AFC Championship contender.

If they lost, the Ravens would still be a playoff contender.

They lost, and they lost badly. But they’re still a playoff contender. It won’t be easy; as they still have a VERY difficult schedule; but they are definitely still a playoff contender.

Those “Super Bowl” rumblings some of us were chiding about the last couple of weeks appear kinda silly right now though.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say……

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Ravens must be itching to play again after butt-whooping

Drew Forrester says Ravens suffer ‘Giant butt kicking’

Thyrl Nelson says Ravens still need to beat a good team

Bob Haynie thinks it ‘imperative’ Ravens win next 2 games

Casey Willett says Flacco ‘continued to grow’ in loss

Nestor Aparicio says Ravens ‘humbled’ at Meadowlands

Glenn Clark says many Terps made big plays in win over Carolina

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Giants ‘never looked back’ as Ravens lost 30-10

Giants Official Site’s Michael Eisen says G-Men ran for 200 yards again in win

Giants Official Site’s Michael Eisen says Giants get first ever win over Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens’ defense put together one of their ‘most forgettable’ defensive performances in loss

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens give up most yards on ground in 11 years

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Suggs doesn’t think loss ‘end of the world’

The Sun’s David Steele says Flacco’s performance far from worst, but far from best

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley, David Steele, and Rick Maese say Stover has FG blocked, but sets record for most consecutive PAT’s

The Sun’s Mike Preston offers no praise, offers harshest criticism to LB’s, special teams

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens ‘beaten at own game’

The AP says former Ravens OC Fassel wants to coach Raiders

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Harbaugh thinks Giants ‘even better than (he) thought’

Aaron Wilson says Pryce thought Ravens got ‘thumping’ at hands of Giants

Aaron Wilson says Ravens suffered another special teams ‘calamity’

Aaron Wilson says Flacco made ‘big mistakes’ in loss

The AP says Jacobs, Giants knew running on Ravens not ‘impossible’

Washington Post’s Mark Maske says ‘nothing worked’ for Ravens in loss to Giants

New York Post’s Paul Schwartz says Ravens ‘crumbled’ under Giants’ Jacobs

New York Post’s Brian Lewis says Ross picks off 2 for Giants in win

New York Times’ Joe LaPointe says Giants ‘unstoppable’

New York Times’ Bill Pennington says Giants ‘overpower’ Ravens

New York Daily News’ Mike Lupica says Giants ‘class of the sport right now’

New York Daily News’ Ralph Vacchiano says Giants improve to 6-0 at home with win

New York Daily News’ Filip Bondy says Ravens ‘couldn’t bring Jacobs down’

New York Daily News’ Ohm Youngmisuk says Ross’ TD helped finish off Ravens

Newsday’s Tom Rock says Giants’ Snee wanted to get 100 yard rusher in win

Newsday’s Wallace Matthews says only Giants can beat Giants

Newark Star-Ledger’s Steve Politi says Giants ran ball ‘down (Ravens’) throats’

Newark Star-Ledger’s Kevin Manahan says Flacco gets tough treatment in native New Jersey

ESPN.com says Ravens’ defense ‘dud’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens must improve vs. NFC East

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Giants ‘controlled game from the outset’

Fox Sports’ Howie Long says what Giants did to Ravens ‘remarkable’

SI’s Dom Bonvissuto says Flacco ‘not the reason’ Ravens lost

SI’s Peter King says Giants keeping Jacobs fresh for playoffs by not giving him too many carries

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Flacco Ravens’ leading rusher in loss

Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole says Ravens could be in for ‘long December’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph thinks Terps viewing ACC title chances as ‘reality’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph will likely get big game in front of big crowd Saturday night

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph expects players to monitor BC game before Terps kick off

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Egekeze didn’t watch Barth’s missed FG

The Examiner’s Abby Sondak says Terps in ACC ‘driver’s seat’

The AP says UNC win vaults Terps back into top 25

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps back in first by themselves

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Perez’s ‘phenomenal’ stop on Sexton turned tide for Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ravens have most chances to win Atlantic

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Noles bring dominant defense into Saturday night showdown

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph feels this season ‘important’ to Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Davis impressed by Terps’ front 7

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Sexton thought he played ‘worst game of year’ vs. Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps won’t get to face another ranked team as Noles fall out of Top 25

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says UNC LB Paschal felt like Terps had ball all game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph treating this Terps team softer than he has in past

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph pleased with schemes Cosh used to stop UNC WR Nicks

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps could be part of dreadful BCS

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says #22 Maryland highest ranked amongst ACC teams

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner continues to play better vs. ranked teams than unranked teams

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner belongs in ACC Player of the Year ‘discussion’

Fox Sports’ Dan Borst says Maryland-Cincinnati not particularly appealing Orange Bowl matchup

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says ACC title ‘within grasp’ for Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Examiner’s Dylan Waugh says Terps look pretty good compared to Duke’s close win over URI yesterday

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says win over Bucknell ‘ugly’

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Strickland scores 14 as Terps beat Delaware State

The AP says Kizer, Coleman add 13 apiece in win

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps ‘frustrated with effort’ despite big win over Delaware State

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Barrett plays well in place of Toliver to lead Terps to win

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Terps improve to 1-1 with win

TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The Official Site says Terps beat Cavs 1-0 to claim third ACC title

The Sun says Hall scores winner to give Terps 1-0 title win

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps get ‘signature moment’ with ACC title win

TERRAPINS FIELD HOCKEY:

The Sun says Terps beat Duke to advance to Final Four

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps beat Duke 8-5 in highest scoring game in NCAA Tournament history

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Don Markus says Niumatalolo thinks chances ‘good’ Dobbs becomes starter

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Dobbs will be ‘ready’ if given the nod to start

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Virginia ‘ideal’ candidate to face Navy in EagleBank Bowl

Go Mids’ Christian Swezey says Mids got onsides help from former hoops player C. Johnson

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mids use 17-1 run to finish off Howard 66-55

Washington Post’s Steven Goff says Mids didn’t allow field goal in last 9+ minutes to hold off Howard

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says freshman Franklin scores 19 but Tigers lose to Niagara 79-62

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Harvey scores career high 34 to lead Hounds past Tennessee State 73-70

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Patsos had to play Harvey through foul trouble yesterday

LOYOLA SOCCER:

The Official Site says Hounds suffer first defeat of season 1-nil to Fairfield in MAAC Championship

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site offers complete Morgan-UMBC release (pdf)

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Eers visit Va Tech tonight

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Reimold catching fire in Arizona

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Curlin to be sent to stud in early ‘09

Thoroughbred Times says Curlin could make one more start before retiring

SWIMMING:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Hoff will work with Phelps’ coach Bowman

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to the ACC Champion Maryland Soccer team; and Misty Meharg’s Field Hockey team, who is headed to the Final Four. It was a pretty good weekend in College Park; and Sasho’s team deserves a 1 seed when the brackets are announced tonight. Loyola deserves a 4 or 5; as their schedule wasn’t that tough.

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete(s) of the Morning Nick and Vinnie DePaolo. The Hereford brothers totaled 3 TD’s and Nick added a fumble recovery to help the Bulls blow out Mervo in first round playoff action. David Stinebaugh again deserved the honor; but there’s nothing I can do about that.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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