Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

February 15, 2010 | Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because…frankly…I went to Bojangles on Friday night….

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Look, there’s not a whole lot of reasons to go to Cameron Indoor Stadium, but the stop in Henderson, NC on the way to Durham isn’t a bad stop at all. If you make it, I also suggest Smithfield’s Barbecue.

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Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Gary Williams didn’t have Terps revisit blowout loss to Duke during short prep for Virginia game

How many times do you think football players have wished that their coach would say something along the lines of “Let’s just go ahead and throw out that tape”?

The only good thing about having to play the Cavs just 2 days after a blowout loss to the Blue Devils is that there just really isn’t time for the players to have every little thing they did in a terrible game dissected and reviewed. Instead, they got to spend their Saturday night and Sunday looking at UVa tape and preparing for a tough ACC opponent. If they beat Virginia, it’s (almost) as if the Duke loss never happened.

If they lose….

Issues.

2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Tony Bennett hoping to before only 4th ACC coach to beat Gary Williams-lead team in initial attempt

Usually when an ACC team makes a head coaching move, it’s because the team isn’t particularly any good. Therefore, it shouldn’t be surprising that Gary Williams is 16-3 against those coaches in his first try. That being said, there is clearly at least a bit more talent in Charlottesville (or if nothing else, they have a more outstanding guard in Sylvan Landesberg) than most teams have when a coach is fired.

Of course, seeing as how one of the 3 coaches to have defeated Gary was this guy…

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I guess anything is possible.

3. The Sun’s Don Markus says Maryland president C.D. Mote would ‘gladly’ extend contract of Athletic Director Debbie Yow

Which won’t thrill the craziest of Maryland fans, but must be considered the right thing.

It’s easy to beat up Debbie Yow due to her frosty relationship with Gary Williams and the fact that the football team hasn’t won 10 games since I was (barely) attending class, but she has cleared up the “big picture” in College Park better than anyone could have asked for.

That being said, she could be facing the toughest test of her tenure if the football team DOESN’T improve this season under Ralph Friedgen-as she’ll have to choose between a head coach in waiting (James Franklin) that those surrounding the program really want to see become the next head man; or paying big money to fire an alum (Fridge) and hire a coach in hopes to “fix” the problem.

She also has to continue to figure out a way to continue to at least co-exist with Gary Williams. It ain’t easy…

4. Virginia Official Site previews Cavaliers’ battle with Terrapins tonight at Comcast Center

My official prediction: Terps 81, Wahoos 67.

As tough as playing 2 games in 3 days will be for the Terps, the Hoos are forced to play 2 games in 3 NIGHTS-both away from home. After seeing how they lost at Virginia Tech Saturday night, I get the feeling that something similar could be expected in College Park-but I think Maryland will be a bit more crisp.

Hell, I don’t really care what the final score is as long as Maryland comes out on top. I just can’t stomach seeing these idiots happy….

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Look, I hate Duke as much as anyone, but I know their students are (probably) better than the rest of us. Virginia students just THINK they’re better than the rest of us….

5. Loyola Official Site says J’Hared Hall’s 14 points not enough as Greyhounds fell at Iona

Which is unfortunate, because Jimmy Patsos’ Hounds had a chance to win 3 straight MAAC games and improve to 6-9 in the conference. That doesn’t seem like all that much, but with seeding for the MAAC Tournament an issue, a win certainly would have done wonders for that team-knowing that their final 3 conference games are all at Reitz Arena; giving them a chance to finish .500.

The Greyhounds are back in action Wednesday night; making up the game against St. Peter’s that was scheduled last week.

6. Washington Post’s Kathy Orton says Maryland women blew out Clemson for most lopsided ACC victory of season

Which means that a win at Duke Sunday would get them right back into the NCAA Tournament picture.

Of course, that means having to win at Duke……

At 5-6 in the ACC, Brenda Frese’s team isn’t out of the NCAA Tournament picture. But with only one real win to sing about (beating Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena), they HAVE to win at Cameron Indoor Sunday to feel like they have any real chance of dancing for a 6th straight year.

Should they lose that game, they’ll sit at 5-7 in the ACC, needing to win at Boston College and beat Florida State at home just in order to be able to make the ACC Tournament some sort of resume builder.

7. South Carolina State Official Site previews tonight’s battle with Morgan State at Hill Field House on ESPNU

I’m sorry I won’t make it out there tonight. I had planned to, but the postponement of Maryland-Virginia will take me to College Park instead of Hill Field House. That being said, I would encourage everyone to try to get over there for the game, as the Bears are a team that are SERIOUSLY worth going to see.

As far as staying perfect in the MEAC is concerned, South Carolina State will pose a threat, as they are a tough 7-4 in conference play. That being said, they are coming off a loss to Coppin State Friday night. I expect Morgan to remain perfect; I’ll say 84-72.

8. Winston-Salem State Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with Coppin State at CSPEC

Wouldn’t you know….Fang Mitchell’s team is improving at the end of the season.

I don’t expect the Eagles to make a run towards the MEAC Championship or NCAA Tournament, but I’m not surprised that (even without a major go-to scoring threat), they are improving down the stretch. They’ll beat WSSU tonight, and they’ll have a chance to keep building the rest of the way.

9. Blast Official Site says Baltimore blow out 25-10 on road by Monterrey La Raza

I have not been able to get out to see the Blast AT ALL this season (I’ve tried-but the weather has stopped me), so I can’t REALLY comment on what’s gone wrong with them; but I know something has. They’ve now lost 5 in a row and 6 of their last 7 to fall to 5-7 overall.

They return to action with a rematch against La Raza Friday night at 1st Mariner Arena.

10. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Bisciotti willing to take chance on troubled player like Brandon Marshall, Vincent Jackson

I don’t think this assessment should catch anyone off guard. There is no doubt in my mind that Steve Bisciotti wants to be more of a “splashy” owner. He made a splash in trying to trade for Terrell Owens, and he ABSOLUTELY wanted to hire “sexy” coaching candidate Jason Garrett before the Ravens hired John Harbaugh.

The question for the Ravens will be whether or not John Harbaugh, Ozzie Newsome and even Dick Cass think it is worthwhile to take a chance on guys like Marshall and Jackson. Does Harbaugh think he can work with a guy like Marshall? Does Ozzie Newsome think Marshall will fit with the rest of the Ravens’ roster? Does Dick Cass think Vincent Jackson will avoid embarrassing the franchise and city?

If those men are satisfied with the answers, then the Ravens might make this type of splash. If not, it is doubtful any will end up in Charm City.

11. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says team’s biggest needs are WR, CB, TE, S, DE

Which is BASICALLY what I have been saying here at WNST.net over the last few weeks. We all know receiver is the biggest area of need for the Ravens, but it is not the ONLY need. The Ravens WILL NOT just take a WR in the first round of the NFL Draft for the sake of taking a WR, but it would clearly be helpful if a WR was the best player available at 25.

Expect the Ravens to value size not only at WR, but also at TE and CB.

12. MLB.com’s Spencer Fordin says some Orioles players already in Sarasota for Spring Training

Hopefully none of them are shooting any commercials.

What, too soon???

And finally, I leave you with this…

Believe it or not, I actually did poke at both the Daytona 500 and NBA All-Star Game for a few minutes yesterday, despite the fact that they are amongst the absolute most unwatchable big events in all of sports. Actually, throw the Winter Olympics in there as well, which include some of the most unwatchable sports….ever. But I DID poke at all 3 of them for about 5 minutes yesterday. Fortunately for me, the 5 minutes that I poked at the NBA All-Star Game were during halftime. If you missed it, Shakira looked like this…

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And Alicia Keys performed like this….

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As I said last night on Facebook (search “Glenn Clark” and please feel free to add me as a friend), “Do you think I spend more time thinking about Alicia Keys or Alicia Keys spends more time thinking about me?”

Talk to you later….

-G

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