Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

May 04, 2009 | Glenn Clark

I filled out my “homer bracket” for the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament this morning; and I have Hopkins, UMBC, Navy, and Maryland all winning in Round 1. I then have Hopkins and UMBC going to the Final Four (which actually departs from my Maryland homerism, but stick with me here); and I have Hopkins falling to Syracuse for the NCAA Championship.

As a Maryland alum, I despise Johns Hopkins. But there’s no argument about Dave Pietramala’s abilities late in the season. He just doesn’t lose. He’s like a machine.

Of course, a Virginia-Cornell-Duke-Syracuse semifinals seems more likely, which means I will spend the final weekend AWAY from Foxborough.

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

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Borel told WNST he’s coming to Pimlico

Drew Forrester thinks Birds will cut Freel after he returns from DL, bring up Reimold

Drew Forrester says Birds take 6 game losing streak to Tampa

Glenn Clark says “Birdland” particularly exciting this year

Chris Bonetti says Homewood Field only local venue hosting NCAA Tournament on first weekend

Cliff Saunders says horse racing ‘needs’ story like Mine That Bird

Bryan Powell says Gulls will likely have to beat Mustangs twice in Owings Mills this season to win title

Ed Frankovic wonders if anyone bet on Mine That Bird just because of #8

Rex Snider enjoyed NASCAR race with WNST fans

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Larry Millson says 20,000 see Jays sweep Birds at Rogers Centre

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

MLB.com’s Larry Millson says Sarfate heads to DL due to ‘circulatory problem’

MLB.com’s Larry Millson says McCrory called up, joined team in Toronto on 27th birthday

MLB.com’s Larry Millson says Montanez, Jays’ Snider met in last year’s Eastern League Home Run Derby

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says Scott Richmond now 4-0 after giving up 3 runs in 7 innings

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Trembley ejected in 5th inning of loss for defending Huff’s strike three argument

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Carl Crawford brings 17-17 stolen base attempts into series with O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Sherrill’s closer job now ‘day to day’

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Keys’ Waring amongst best power hitting prospects in organization

The AP says Wells, Rios homered for Jays in win over Birds

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Reimold hit over .400 in April

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Norfolk’s Salazar has hitting streak snapped at 18 games

Toronto Star’s Morgan Campbell says Jays finished off first 3 game sweep of season

Toronto Sun’s Mike Rutsey says Richmond has become Jays’ 2nd best starter

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Mason didn’t take receiver discussion ‘personally’

Examiner Phil Macek says Beck signing could be ‘stroke of genius’ by Ravens

ESPN.com’s James Walker doesn’t think Mason situation will ‘intensify’

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens will get deal done with Suggs this offseason

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Terps to open NCAA Tournament at 7th seeded Notre Dame

Inside Lacrosse’s Jon Brand says Terps only team having to fly to face first round opponent

Inside Lacrosse’s Chris Grady says Terps got in as ‘bubble’ team

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Yeatman facing former team when Terps visit Irish Sunday

Inside Lacrosse’s John Jiloty says Terps might not have gotten in without win over Duke

Examiner Steve DeClue says Cottle will have ‘hot’ seat with loss to Notre Dame

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps ‘finished strong’ with win over Yale

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps-Irish winner will face Syracuse-Siena winner next

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says wins over Duke, Carolina got Terps IN

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Rivals.com’s Mike Farrell says Terps get commitment from PA QB prospect (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Tyler Radecki says Terps ‘in picture’ for OT prospect Leifheit

Turtle Sports Report’s Tyler Radecki says TE commit Sean Fitzpatrick looking to ‘put on weight’ during offseason

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Retrievers to open NCAA Tournament at 6th seeded North Carolina

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Zimmerman facing Carolina team he almost ended up coaching

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says 8th seeded Jays to host Brown on ESPN2 in first round of NCAA Tournament

Inside Lacrosse offers official NCAA Tournament bracket

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cavs likely waiting for Jays if they get through first round

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cavs’ 3rd #1 seed still 8 behind Hopkins’ record

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Mids to open NCAA Tournament at 3rd seeded Duke

Washington Post says Meade knows showdown with Blue Devils will be tough ‘transition’ game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Mids, Devils playing for first time since 1999

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Niumatalolo ‘encouraged’ by Mids in Spring (must subscribe)

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says Hounds left out due to lack of quality wins

Inside Lacrosse’s John Jiloty says win over Syracuse or Notre Dame would have gotten Hounds in Tournament

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Hounds miss Tournament for first time in 3 years

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Toomey thinks committee needs to set up more uniform parameters for Tournament selection

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Loyola was ‘tough decision’ for selection committee chair Pavlechko

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hounds might be best team since ’02 to miss Tournament

STEVENSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Stangs to host Montclair State-Cabrini winner in first ever NCAA Tournament

Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon says Stangs, Gulls could show down in quarters

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Stevenson-Salisbury quarterfinal would be Wednesday, May 13

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Gulls to open at Haverford in 21st consecutive NCAA Tournament

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:

The Official Site says DiBartolo, Brendan Flanagan named to All-MAAC Tournament team

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says co-owner Mark Allen ‘will run’ Mine That Bird in Preakness if healthy

Thoroughbred Times’ Mike Curry says Papa Clem will definitely run Preakness

Thoroughbred Times’ Tim Nichols says father of Mark Allen involved in scandal

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Grindstone (’96) last Derby winner to skip Preakness (injury)

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Preakness would benefit if Mine That Bird still has shot at Triple Crown

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Woolley came off as having ‘chip on shoulder’

The AP says ‘speed-biased’ Preakness might not suit Derby winner so well

Washington Post’s Andrew Beyer says Mine That Bird should have been 200-1 long shot

ESPN.com’s Paul Moran says Federico Tesio Stakes winner Miner’s Escape could be entrant for Preakness

ESPN.com’s Bill Finley calls Mine That Bird’s win ‘impossibility’

New York Post’s Ray Kerrison still can’t believe Mine That Bird pulled stunner

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Why WOULDN’T they run Mine That Bird at Preakness? I’m not saying he’ll win, but he certainly should run (as jockey Calvin Borel told Drew he would).

-There is no fix to the Orioles. When you put together a bad baseball team, you get bad results. The Orioles’ only other trick this season will be bringing Wieters up, which will get them some excitement for like…..a day.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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