Smith, Caps, Terps, Blast and Calvert Hall…in 735 words

March 17, 2014 | Drew Forrester

I didn’t follow much in the world of sports over the weekend, honestly.

My biggest off-season event of the Calvert Hall golf season was Saturday night and I was literally swamped with prep work most of Friday and Saturday.

I know the Ravens signed Steve Smith on Friday afternoon.  I told you on Friday morning in “Drew’s Morning Dish” that would happen.  When the Ravens REALLY want a player, they almost always get him.  A little bird (a purple one, of course) told me on Thursday afternoon, “We’d really like to have him on our team”…and I knew what that meant.

The Caps got a couple of nice, much-needed wins over the weekend, including a victory over a very decent Toronto team yesterday down at the Verizon Center.  I’ll stick with my prediction of a week or so ago that the Caps aren’t going to make the post-season, but the one thing I would like to see is a Caps post-season team with Jaroslav Halak in goal.  As I wrote when the trade for Halak was made, he’s the kind of netminder who can stand on his head for a series or two and be the difference in winning and losing.  It would be interesting to see the Capitals make the playoffs with him in net, if nothing else.

We all knew Maryland wasn’t going to play in the NCAA tournament and it looks like their loss to Florida State in the first round of the ACC tourney cost them a shot at the NIT, as well.  Just by looking at the field, I’d say the Terps belong in the NIT field, but so many of the automatic spots are gobbled up that it renders the committee helpless in adding quality (I know, we don’t use that word much with MD basketball) teams.  I’m surprised Towson didn’t get an invite based on some things I heard last week, but, again, a couple of upsets in conference tournament play hurt the Tigers when teams like Vermont coughed up the America East title and were forced to accept the NIT automatic bid that goes with winning the regular season title.

I’ll have my completed bracket ready sometime in the next day or two, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Louisville is left standing (again) as the NCAA champion.  I didn’t see the bracket show on Sunday night due to church, but when I got home and saw that North Carolina State made the field, I almost fell out of my chair.  NC State?  I thought they stunk?  Turns out, the kinda did, going 9-9 in the regular season, but an ACC tourney win over Syracuse must have been enough to boost them over the likes of SMU and Indiana.

I saw the Blast lose Game 3 of the Championship Series on their live YouTube broadcast last night.  It’s crazy to me that the MISL uses a 15-minute “mini game” to determine a champion for the season, but I do understand — having done it myself — how hard it is to sell tickets to a game (with two days notice, perhaps) that might not even exist.  To me, that “mini-game” should be at least twenty five minutes, if not thirty.  You play an entire season and then roll the dice for the title on fifteen minutes of play? I don’t get it.

Many of you reading this came out to support my Calvert Hall golf team on Saturday night at our annual Captain’s Dinner.  I can’t thank you enough for your enthusiasm, attendance and support of the program.  The fourteen young men comprising the 2014 varsity team at CHC are, indeed, special student-athletes.  They believe in the three most important things you can believe in when you’re at Calvert Hall; they believe in God, believe in themselves, and believe in their responsibility to always represent Calvert Hall with integrity.  Our first match of the season was today, but we obviously won’t be facing Georgetown Prep due to the inclement weather.  In the meantime, we’ve launched a blog site for any of you who want to follow us during the upcoming MIAA season (and come out to a match…we’d LOVE to see you!).  Please take a minute to visit us RIGHT HERE.

And congratulations to Adam Jones of the Orioles on the birth of his new son.  Life will never be the same for Adam…in a GREAT way, of course.