Sorry for not being able to get you a full update tonight, I had the Coyotes-Sharks assignment, and the AZ High School Football Championship assignment Friday. Today, I have my own show, ASU–Coppin State Basketball (Go Eagles!), and we’re hosting an event for Mayweather–Hatton (I’ll say Hatton in the 10th), and the UFC Fight (I’ll take Huerta stopping Guida in the 2nd) tomorrow night. So no blogs in today’s Crabs and Beer, but certainly still plenty to talk about.
I hope Paul Johnson really considered what he was doing in taking the job at Georgia Tech. Chan Gailey was fired after a 7 win season that included a victory over a very good Clemson team. Navy beat only one team that finished bowl eligible this season (Air Force), and lost to Ball State and Delaware. Obviously, Johnson will be able to recruit MUCH better athletes at Tech, but the pressure for him to succeed will be GREAT. Gailey played for an ACC title just a year ago; and played in a New Year’s Day Bowl Game. Johnson will be expected to beat Georgia and win conference titles. I hope he’s ready.
I thought Duke made a lot more sense for Johnson, as he could become a folk hero by just getting 6 wins; allowing himself to feel out ACC football, then move on to a bigger and better head coaching job. Johnson apparently doesn’t think he needs another step.
I certainly hold no negative feelings towards Paul Johnson; and if I were a Navy fan, I’d probably sing his praises. However, Johnson is in the ACC now, so I hope the Terps beat him by 70 points the first time they play.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..
Best of WNST’s Friday Blogs:
Allen McCallum not a fan of proposed trades with Astros, Cubs
Drew Forrester okay with O’s standing pat thus far
Vince Fiduccia says Johnson sets sail from Academy leaving ‘winning legacy’
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Reed back, Mac in the air, Heap doubtful
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy reports 25k fine for Scott, 15k for Mac, Rolle, Mason
The Official Site’s Allen Barrett has nice things to say about Reed
Because you wanted to know, The Official Site says Terrell Suggs watched the Victoria Secret fashion show
The Official Site’s Sarah Leong talks up good deeds done by Boller, Mason, Rolle at Holidays
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says McGahee trying to play it again Sunday
Colts Official Site’s John Oehser says hostile crowd won’t catch team off guard Sunday
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says NFL’s fines about ‘sportsmanship and integrity’
The Sun’s David Steele says Samari started problems with officials
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Heap likely to miss 7th of last 9 games
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Indy venom should be directed at Pats (and also admits he was in California when Colts moved to Indy…..in fairness of full disclosure)
The Sun’s Bill Ordine says NFL ‘doesn’t tolerate inappropriate conduct between teams and game officials’
The Sun’s Bill Ordine imagines a rule change scenario where Ravens would have won Monday Night
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ryan plans to mix up pressure
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Billick 1-4 vs. Colts
The Sun’s Childs Walker says there are some in Baltimore who STILL support Colts
Aaron Wilson says Scott expects to learn, grow after fine
Indy Star’s Mike Chappell ponders Boller’s future in Charm City
Indy Star’s Mike Chappell says Ravens’ ‘D’ still ‘stingy’
Indy Star/Baltimore Sun’s Mike Prestons says Ravens ‘misguided’
Indy Star’s Mike Chappell remembers first Colts/Ravens showdown in ’96
Indy Star’s Phil Richards says Sunday’s game likely to be decided ‘up front’
All Indy Star writers pick Colts
Terre Haute Tribune Star’s Tom James says Harrison ‘game-time decision’
The AP’s Brian White says Johnson told team of his decision to leave at 11:45
Georgia Tech Official Site says Johnson’s experience at Georgia Southern should help
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Johnson left to pursue National Championship
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Johnson has many Atlanta ties already
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Gladchuk thinks Navy program in good shape for next coach
Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Tony Barnhart & Mike Knobler say Johnson’s deal for 7 years, more than $11 million
Atlanta Journal Constitution says Johnson thinks triple option ‘adjustable’ in Atlanta
Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Mike Knobler says no word yet on whether Johnson will bring staff
Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Matt Wineljohn says other coaches think Johnson’s system can work also
Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Mike Knobler says Johnson ‘can sell tickets’
The Sun’s Don Markus says Gladchuk thinks Johnson made Navy ‘vision’ a ‘reality’
The Examiner’s Jon Gallo and Ron Snyder say Gladchuk thinks Johnson amongst all time greatest Navy coaches
Washington Post’s Christian Swezey says players ’emotional’ after finding out Johnson’s decision
Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Johnson believes Tech ‘only job’ he’d leave Academy for
TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:
The Sun’s Milton Kent says after getting beat down; NIU Coach claims Terps will win national title
The Official Site announces free Emerald Bowl Kickoff Party Dec 12
The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Terps target Kerr played for state title
The Official Site says Gaels’ hot shooting does in Loyola
This is just WAAAAY too good. Because we’re all such fans of Aubrey Huff, MLB.com’s Doug Miller thinks we might be interested in buying a CD with the Huff-man singing. AS IF THAT WEREN’T ENOUGH-you can listen to the song at that link! (It’s actually not TERRIBLE-its John Michael Montgomery’s “Letters From Home”. But put the song up next to Huff’s Bubba The Love Sponge appearance. Good stuff!)
The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says rebuilding process moving no quicker
The Sun’s Roch Kubatko surprised by Cubs’ interest in B-Rob
The Sun’s Roch Kubatko defends previous statements about Gibbons doing right thing
The Official Site previews UMBC–Goucher Saturday (Why is UMBC playing Goucher???)
The Official Site says Blast looking for revenge against Detroit tonight
The Sun’s David Steele says moral victories not good enough for Bozeman
Inside Lacrosse’s Craig Johnson says former Jay Harrison dealt to L.A.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:
The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says this weekend special
The Sun’s Pat O’Malley says Quince Orchard came back big in 4th to claim title
The Sun’s Pat O’Malley picks Dunbar, River Hill to win titles
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL:
The Sun recaps Friday night action
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-Okay, the suspensions have been handed out. Can we please, finally, officially move on from Monday Night? I know that I’m the only one who noticed, but the Colts are here TOMORROW. Please get ready people.
-Did anyone else think that Jimmy Patsos would have had the Loyola program turned around by now, and ‘Hounds fans would be winning the MAAC annually while Patsos prepared to head to a much bigger and better gig? Does anyone wonder if that is ever going to happen now for Patsos?
-Who’s next at Navy? I haven’t sorted through this yet. Would they consider going after a lower division guy again? Maybe Appalachian State’s Jerry Moore? I will work on this.
-My live sports pick tomorrow is the Blast and Ignition, as the Blast try to get back in the win column. Go out and see the Bowling on Rt. 40 too if you haven’t yet.
Talk to you tomorrow with a BIG Ravens/Colts, Terps/BC version of Crabs and Beer. You can hear me sometime this afternoon between 3 and 4 joining my buddy Mark Suchy. (But I’ll give you permission to listen to his ENTIRE show, not just my appearance. You can thank me later.)