It’s a Happy Monday for me because I’m still recovering from the food coma that settled in yesterday afternoon following a day of Easter feasting.
Let me quickly point out the two most underrated things about Easter:
1-Starburst Jelly Beans
So I gained 15 more pounds over the weekend. “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet” is just gonna have to deal.
Let’s see what everyone has to say…
1. Carroll County Times’ Josh Land & Rich Dubroff say Orioles to be judged by “wins and losses”
This has been the mantra we’ve heard throughout Spring Training. Andy MacPhail and those around the organization have said that Dave Trembley and his team have to show progress this season record-wise; as this can’t just be another season of a franchise waiting for the future.
BUT…it would sorta be like telling the chef at Capital Grille that he needed to get his best food reviews EVER this week; but he was only allowed to make fish this week, not steak. With no offense to the fish-it would just be much easier for him to get great reviews from the steak-which is what the place is known for.
The Orioles have a much more REPRESENTATIVE roster this season than they have had in YEARS. BUT-it is still a WOEFULLY incomplete team, with a #2 starter who has a career 27-34 record; a first baseman who has BARELY played the position, a third baseman who has NEVER played the position; and a major question mark when it comes to who will drive in runs.
They’re BETTER. But they’re not ready to compete. In that way, it’s not REALLY fair to judge them by wins and losses; even though every organization SHOULD be judged by wins and losses.
Frankly, Peter Angelos and Andy MacPhail SHOULD be judged by wins and losses, not just Dave Trembley.
2. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says O’s have ‘plenty of questions’ between 2nd and 8th spot in lineup
Exactly. I mean, Julio Lugo just asked “Will I be hitting 3rd, 4th or 5th?
(Edit from GMC: I have a feeling this guy is going to be a lot of fun for us this season.)
This is part of the reason why it’s still a BIT unfair to judge this team by wins and losses. They have good players, but they don’t have good players playing where they should be playing. And they CERTAINLY don’t have a rock solid 1-9 lineup.
As Connolly points out, they have a leadoff hitter (as long as Brian Roberts is totally healthy) and they have a Number 9 hitter (Cesar Izturis); and then they have a group of 8 players who can take any of the other 7 spots.
I’m just glad Luis Matos isn’t taking any of them.
3. Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers has Birds 24th in power rankings
Attention Orioles fans who expect 80+ wins: THIS is what the rest of the country expects.
NOW…what do you think the rest of the country thinks about new Audrina Patridge bikini pictures…
I can tell you what my pants are thinking…but this is a (semi) family atmosphere.
4. The Stanford Daily’s Wyndam Makowsky says former Cardinal RB Toby Gerhart to visit Owings Mills
Which pisses me off, because I thought when I said this on Twitter this morning (follow us @WNST), I was the first to report it. Little did I know that there was a student reporter in Palo Alto who beat me to the punch. Good for them.
Baltimore would LOVE Toby Gerhart. Maybe not as much as we love crab quesadillas…
But certainly Gerhart would be LOVED here.
Now, Gerhart wants to be a RUNNING BACK. Many NFL scouts think he’s a fullback at the next level; but he told me at the Combine in Indianapolis that he wants to be a more natural ball-carrier.
The Ravens already have a player like that in Le’Ron McClain. They also have a crowded backfield with Jalen Parmele and Matt Lawrence behind Ray Rice and Willis McGahee. I’m not sure there’s room for Gerhart in that mix.
BUT-if he’s on the board where the Ravens value him (and they think highly of him for sure), they won’t hesitate to take him.
5. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Haruki Nakamura expects to be ‘100 percent by Training Camp’
Which would be a MAJOR help to a depleted Ravens secondary. With Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington likely to NOT be ready for Training Camp, and Ed Reed likely to be only a partial participant in Camp anyway-they need to have as many pieces FULLY in place as possible.
This could be a big year for a guy like Nakamura (and Tom Zbikowski) as both of these guys are trying to show themselves as the future of the position as early as next season. Ed Reed’s future is CLEARLY up in the air, and with Dawan Landry likely to be retained as a RFA-his future is just as cloudy.
Both Zbikowski and Nakamura have been solid thus far during their tenures in Charm City; but they have to show Greg Mattison and this staff that they are absolutely ready to be starting safeties for a team that intends to compete for Super Bowl trips every year for the foreseeable future.
6. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Ravens likely to face AFC North foes late this season
Which is just as well. I think most everyone in the world would like to see the games at the end of the season be more meaningful, and this is a fairly easy way to do just that.
Another way to do just that? Contract the Raiders.
7. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Jets to host Neil Rackers-who Ravens have shown interest in
It’s a bit odd that the Jets would bring in Rackers after already signing Nick Folk; but I think it says something about the quality of kicking in the NFL. Teams NEED to have multiple kickers, as you just don’t know if the guy you have is really going to be able to make big kicks or not.
And no, Matt Stover is neither employed nor being considered.
It’s like what my friends used to tell me after Katie Downs broke up with me when I was 19…you just have to move on.
8. PBA.com’s Bill Vint says Pete Weber won Marathon Open at AMF Country Club Lanes
And once again, I have to apologize to the bowling community for not getting over to cover the event this year.
If it looked more like Playboy’s annual bowling events…I would have been there…
9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says trips to Fairfield, Denver likely to determine ECAC fate for Loyola
Couple of things…
1-The Greyhounds are VERY impressive on attack. They move the ball well, and they can shoot. It isn’t a “1 on 3” type of attack where a scorer tries to dodge his way to the cage on his own-but instead an impressive unit that moves the ball well and shoots with deadly accuracy. Charley Toomey HAS to be happy with what he’s seen.
2-Saturday’s win over Ohio State was the first chance I had to visit the Ridley Athletic Complex. WOW. It is an OUTSTANDING facility for lacrosse-similar to what the new Coppin State Physical Education Complex is for college basketball. I really hope you get the chance to get over there at some point this season-home games against Johns Hopkins and Georgetown are still to come.
10. Thoroughbred Times’ Mike Curry says Lookin’ at Lucky connections focusing towards Kentucky Derby after Santa Anita disappointment
Great. Now some horse named Eskendereya is the Triple Crown favorite. How the hell are we supposed to be expected to pronounce that 100 times between now and Preakness?
I’m still working on Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, and the Ravens might not even pick him in the NFL Draft!
And finally, I leave you with this.
Last week I introduced my new “Greatest Song of all Time This Week” segment. As I said, I think “American Pie” by Don MacLean is the greatest song of all time, and “Baba O’Reilly” by The Who is the greatest rock and roll song of all time. (For the record, as I stated on Facebook last night-feel free to add me as a friend-just search Glenn Clark-I think “I Want You Back” by Jackson 5 is #2 in both categories.)
This week’s “Greatest Song of All Time This Week” is “Ridin’ Solo” by Jason DeRulo. Deal with it.
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…