Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

January 25, 2010 | Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a happy Monday for me because I was able to take my new TV out for a walk yesterday with the AFC & NFC Championship Games, and added about 3-450 of these guys to the equation….


If the team isn’t playing, at least I drink to them. And I DID!

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. Ravens Official Site says available TE’s include Ben Watson (unrestricted); Owen Daniels, Bo Scaife, Tony Scheffler (all restricted)

I believe it to be much less likely that the Ravens sign a TE than it is that they sign a WR-and the likelihood of even that is probably based on the entire CBA/cap situation, and who knows what might happen there. As I wrote in my Draft update blog yesterday, keep an eye on Jimmy Graham out of Miami-the former hoops player who still has a chance to develop into a special type of player. He’s at the Senior Bowl this week and fits the bill for what the Ravens will more likely be looking at when it comes to TE. Todd Heap will remain this team’s top guy at the position, but they want a player who can contribute and develop into a better target moving forward.

2. The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Ravens will lose level of leadership if Ed Reed retires

I think KVV makes a very good point here-and it adds to the multitude of reasons that I’ve said the Ravens would be DRASTICALLY hurt by losing Ed Reed. While Ed is NOT a “rah rah” guy or necessarily even a vocal “leader” type, his filmstudy and desire to make an impact on the football field is absolutely infectious. He sees things in the film room and knows he can make them translate on the field. He outsmarts QB’s, and he incorporates other defensive players to help.

All that being said, Ed is still a goof. Despite the fact that we saw him “coaching” on the sideline this season while he was injured, he is not going to come back here to coach Ravens safeties in the future. That’s just not in his nature. But the aspects of leadership he brings to a football team will be missed if that night in Indianapolis is the last we see of him.

3. UMBC Official Site says Chris De La Rosa’s 18 not enough as Retrievers fell to Boston University


There’s a half a chance this team could even beat the Retrievers……


I’m kidding of course.

There’s not much else to say about Randy Monroe’s ballclub. They need to try to get an America East victory, and hope that some of their guys will continue to develop towards next season. Their next shot at a victory is against Binghamton Wednesday night back in Catonsville.

4. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Duke women held on late for 58-57 win over Terps at Comcast Center

Brenda Frese’s team had won 48 straight games at Comcast Center before this week, then lost back to back games to Miami and Duke.

There’s clearly talent in College Park, just not the type of talent to carry that team down the stretch in games that they need to put away. The Terrapins had their chances in the final minute last night, but they did not have a player to carry them with everything on the line.

Two home losses puts a lot of pressure on a team that is trying to continue a streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. They return to action Thursday night at Virginia Tech.

5. The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Gary Williams’ Terps have ‘staying power’

Watching them play over the last few weeks, it’s hard to argue with that. They are doing things the right way right now, playing tough inside to mix with solid defense and (believe it or not), timely shooting. They’ve played some REALLY good basketball over the last 16 days-starting with their win over Florida State, a win that may end up having staying power thanks to the ‘Noles sweep of Georgia Tech.

6. Terrapin Trail’s Aaron Kraut says Cliff Tucker in ‘comfort zone’ right now

Cliff has admitted in the past that he has struggled in practice-which has lead to seeing his minutes diminished as Gary Williams lost faith in him. But as he continues to practice well and make good decisions on the floor, he will continue to get minutes. If he tries to do too much or doesn’t practice the way he’s supposed to play, he’ll see his role limited again.

7. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens has Terps IN NCAA Tournament now

I guess….

I still don’t think Maryland necessarily has the resume to say they’re IN, but i do belief they’re a safe bet to GET in, barring an unfortunate collapse.

That’s the difficult part of projecting a 65 team field. I think Maryland will get in, but the lack of quality wins would hurt their resume if the season were over today. After facing Miami Tuesday night-they get their next shot at a “quality” victory Sunday night at Clemson.

8. Morgan State Official Site previews tonight’s showdown with UMES at Hill Field House

I couldn’t fathom the Hawks giving the Bears any sort of test tonight-but I’ll head over there anyway. The idea of a perfect season in MEAC play isn’t crazy. I really believe Todd Bozeman’s team is capable of doing it, but I don’t necessarily think it will happen.

9. Delaware State Official Site previews tonight’s MEAC battle with Coppin State in Baltimore

On the flip side, the Eagles are certainly approaching UMBC territory in terms of DESPERATELY needing a conference win to salvage as much as they can this season. The Hornets are certainly a beatable opponent.

10. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says moving to third base won’t be ‘easy’ for Tejada

Of course it won’t.

That being said, if I’m a betting man-I’d say Tejada handles the move just fine for the 4 or so months he’s back in Charm City. I’d also say he hits about .296 during that stretch-and maybe helps the team to acquire SOMETHING.

Is it a good move? Sure. Is it a move that get the Orioles closer to contending? I’m absolutely not convinced of that.

And finally, I leave you with this.

A couple of really important things came with the Saints’ win over the Vikings in New Orleans yesterday.

1-We’ll never again have to hear the song “Purple and Gold” that Prince wrote for the Vikes, which only proves that sometimes geniuses can still miss….

2-Having Reggie Bush and the Saints in the Super Bowl of course means two more weeks of Kim Kardashian, which is absolutely NOT.A.PROBLEM.


Talk to you later today.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..