The city wasn’t ready. The fans weren’t ready. And the Ravens most certainly weren’t ready. I am not the least bit surprised judging by everything that came out of this city last week. It didn’t seem like anyone was ready for a Ravens-Colts game that was a shot at redemption for a terrible season of football.
Now there comes the Dolphins, a terrible team looking to actually get a win this season. The Ravens would have lost to the Dolphins last night. This could be an interesting week.
I said the week of the Pittsburgh game that the Ravens needed to think about playing Troy Smith. The thing is, we don’t have any more questions about Steve McNair and Kyle Boller. Neither is capable of being a winning QB-as one has moved past his prime and the other never had a prime. The Ravens will obviously have to address the QB situation in the off-season, but it wouldn’t hurt to know if Troy Smith is at least capable of being part of the picture. Please spare me any of the “you don’t know what he looks like in practice” crap; as Kyle has looked great many times I’ve seen him practice. Some athletes are just game QB’s, like Smith was in College. I don’t know that Smith is a capable game QB in the NFL, but I also don’t know that he isn’t. What I do know FOR SURE is that Kyle Boller is not. Why not put Troy Smith on the field for three irrelevant games? I’m smart enough to know that Billick won’t do it, but he should.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say….
Best of WNST’s Sunday Blogs:
Mark Suchy is done with Ravens as is
Nestor Aparicio says Ravens ‘inadequate’ (and much much more)
Thom Mattson pronounces Ravens dead
The AP’s David Ginsburg says Ravens extend franchise record streak for futility to 7 games
The Sun’s Ray Frager says NBC Crew having ball while Ravens game got ugly
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Mac, Heap missed Colts game
The Sun’s Rick Maese humorously attempts to blame refs for this one, too
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens ‘looked like one of league’s worst teams’
The Sun’s Mike Preston says game was over in 1st
The Sun’s David Steele says QB situation up in air
The Sun’s Sheil Kapadia says QB. CB need to be addressed
The Sun’s Don Markus says some fans too young to remember Baltimore Colts
The Sun’s Don Markus says Ravens REALLY missed “MacRolle” last night
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Figurs‘ kick return TD rare highlight for Ravens
The Examiner’s Matt Palmer says Ravens never had chance vs. Pats
Frederick News Post’s Stan Goldberg says loss was ‘ugly’
Aaron Wilson says Ravens never showed up vs. Colts
Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says effort vs. Colts nothing like effort vs. Pats
Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Ravens ‘humiliated’ by Colts
Indy Star’s Phillip B. Wilson ‘impressed’ by Colts in victory
Indy Star’s Phil Richards says Colts jump out to 30-0 lead, never threatened after
Indy Star’s Mark Alesia says Colts’ ‘D’ set pace
Indy Star’s Phillip B. Wilson says Addai’s 3 Td’s paced Colts’ win
Indy Star’s Bob Kravitz thinks win puts Colts in perfect position
Ravens Roost’s Mike Zoran thinks Smith should take ball rest of way
Ravens Roost’s Mike Brown says no pride left to play for
Coltpower’s Eric Hartz says team forces five turnovers in ‘rout’ of Ravens
Ravens Touchdown’s “Stephen” says Madden suggested Ravens keep Smith under center
ESPN.com Scouts Inc.’s Doug Kretz says Bob Sanders everywhere on field vs. Ravens
Fanhouse’s Josh Alper says Colts kings of Baltimore again
Fanhouse’s David J. Warner says Baltimore not over Mayflower truck yet
The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss
The Official Site says Gary proud of 2nd half effort, but blames lack of effort in 1st
The Official Site says Terps hit 5 3’s in last 1:12, only one before then
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps couldn’t overcome “General” loss
The Examiner’s Sean Walsh says Terps blew early second half lead in loss
Frederick News Post’s Greg Swatek says Terps now 4-4 all-time vs. Eagles
Washington Post’s Marc Carig says General not on floor to direct Terps in final 10 minutes thanks to Technical
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez ‘wanted to cry’ during loss
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says time changed for Dec. 28 game due to Emerald Bowl
Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says General ‘paid consequences for losing cool’ in loss to BC
Boston Herald’s Mike Peters says Rice’s 19 lead Eagles in victory
Turtle Soup’s Jeremy Gold says Terps ‘should have’ beat Eagles
TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:
Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Terps get ‘defensive’ in win
The Sun’s Milton Kent says Terps win 13 of 14 in 31 day stretch
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph working hard during Terps‘ down time
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps getting healthier
The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht says Tech made right choice by nabbing Johnson from Navy
The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Niumatalolo knows how to coach, recruit at Academy
The Official Site says Spruill scored 7 in OT to lead Tigers past Niagara
The Official Site says Greyhounds open on 30-5 run, win big over Jaspers
The Sun’s Rich Scherr says win biggest since ’99 for Hounds
The Examiner’s Dave Carey says team that beat Manhattan was completely different than team blown out by Iona
Oriole Magic’s Anthony Amobi wonders if Birds on Mitchell Report big deal
St. Louis Post Dispatch’s Joe Strauss says Rasmus could be available for Birds in Bedard deal
Inside The Warehouse’s Michael Hollman names Luis Hernandez organization’s #38 prospect (must subscribe)
The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Allen Hall of Fame eligible with win at Baltimore event
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:
The Examiner’s Jon Gallo says River Hill already knew they would win title
The Examiner’s Jon Gallo says Dunbar kept ‘promise’ with title win
The Sun’s Pat O’Malley says Dunbar wants to battle River Hill to determine #1 in state
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-As if it wasn’t bad enough watching the Ravens last night, the Terps didn’t offer much more to be excited about. As I said to Such and Thryl Saturday, there is no excuse for the fact that the Terps came out flat last night. There was energy in the building, a quality opponent across the way, and a number of Terps were getting their first taste of ACC action. The Terps didn’t lose the game after Greivis went to the bench, they lost the game because they gave up only 25 points in the 1st half and didn’t have a big lead. This team has to set the tone early. I’m not mad about Greivis‘ actions, as I think he’ll learn from what happened. Again, this team has another month to get into gear. In that time, Vasquez (or Tucker actually) has to replace Gist as this team’s go-to scorer; and have every offensive possession controlled.
-Congrats to Towson and Loyola for good wins Sunday. Maybe Coach Patsos heard what I was saying Saturday morning!
-In response to Anthony Amobi-we won’t know if the names on the Mitchell report matter until we hear what the names are. If Ramon Hernandez is on the Report, I won’t be that mad. If Nick Markakis‘ is, there will be problems.
-Attention Baltimore Sun. You need to hire a University of Maryland beat writer IMMEDIATELY. Patrick Stevens is KILLING your coverage. Heather A. is seriously missed. Also, you need to have a full-time Navy beat writer-the Capital’s Bill Wagner once again killed you this weekend in coverage of the coaching change. Sandra McKee is a nice game writer-maybe she’s the choice. But no matter who it is, they need to be full-time. They can cover College Basketball afterwards, and Navy Lacrosse as well.
-My live pick for tonight is the Monday Night Live tonight at Piv’s Pub. Should be an interesting show if nothing else.
-I will be using Tuesday morning’s Crabs and Beer to vent about how God is apparently mad at me, and is taking it out by making me suffer greatly over the last 9 months as a Baltimore Sports Fan.
Talk to you tomorrow.