Sunday Morning’s Crabs & Beer

November 25, 2007 | Glenn Clark

Ravens-Chargers “Disappointment Bowl” today. Terps will go bowling after win at NC State. UMBC Basketball records one of the biggest wins in program history.

I don’t know many more ways to say the same thing about the Ravens. Having Samari Rolle back is another nice thing, but this has become bigger than the personnel on the field (plus, Todd Heap isn’t playing again anyway). This team has little to play for, and wasn’t a good team when they had something to play for. They’re going to sneak into a couple of wins down the stretch; but even the St. Louis Rams have won two straight.

The Chargers are just as bad as the Ravens; but they actually have something to play for. They are in a bad AFC West, and they have no reason to think they can’t win that bad division. I expect the Chargers to play a much more inspired game today, and I expect they’ll win, 27-23 in what will actually be a very entertaining game.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say …

Best of WNST’s Saturday Blogs:

Bob Haynie ‘tips his cap’ to Terps for getting bowl eligible again

Drew Forrester thinks a few moves might help solve Ravens’ problems (VERY funny read)

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy looks at key matchups for Chargers-Ravens

Because you wanted to know, The Official Site says David Pittman is picking Memphis to win the NCAA Basketball Tournament

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley picks Chargers, 19-13

The Sun’s Sheil Kapadia says no one is picking Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Billick doesn’t think he’s going anywhere

The Sun’s David Steele says Ravens can learn from Chargers

The Sun’s Don Markus says Darling taking advantage of chance to play

The Sun’s Childs Walker profiles big time Ravens fanatic Bruce Raffel

The Sun offers vitals for Ravens-Chargers

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says Ngata fined 5k

Gridiron Gab’s Stephen Rhodes looks at fine handed to Ngata

Ravens Gab’s Matt Loede offers Ravens-Chargers vitals

San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee says expect Jammer & Cromartie to start at Corner for Bolts

San Diego Union-Tribune’s Jerry Magee attempts to defend Billick’s offensive inabilities

Aaron Wilson says this game would have been much different a year ago

Aaron Wilson says Billick thinks he will be back next season

Scout.com’s Michael Lombardo and Aaron Wilson each pick Ravens

Ravens Roost’s Mike Brown picks Ravens, 24-17

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The AP recaps Maryland’s big 37-0 win at North Carolina State

The Official Site provides info for Maryland’s most likely bowl destinations: San Francisco or Boise

The Sun’s Milton Kent says Terps still alive for Charlotte trip following win over NC State

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Terps overcame lots to get to 6 wins

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dave Philistin told him it was okay to call win a ‘beatdown’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens credits Chris Turner in Terps’ win

NC State Official Site’s Tim Peeler says despite loss to Maryland, ‘Pack improved this season

Charlotte Observer’s Ken Tysiac says Terps ‘humiliated’ ‘Pack

Charlotte Observer’s Ken Tysiac praises 6-6 Terps; saying they ‘deserve’ to go Bowling

Raleigh News & Observer’s Chip Alexander says game ‘was never close, never competitive’

Raleigh News & Observer’s Jaymes Powell Jr says loss was ‘crushing’ for ‘Pack Seniors

Winston-Salem Journal’s John Delong says loss sends ‘Pack ‘back to drawing board’

Greensboro News & Record’s Jim Young says ‘Pack looked like they did at beginning of season

Turtle Sports Report’s Seth Hoffman says Terps used complete team effort to clinch bowl eligibility

Pack Pride’s Austin Johnson says ‘Pack ‘embarassed’ by Terps

Pack Pride’s James Henderson says Tom O’Brien credits Maryland

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Turner’s 41 yard run set tone for Terps in win at NC State (must subscribe)

Wolfpacker’s Jacey Zembal says season ended same way it started for NC State

Wolfpacker’s Jacey Zembal says ‘Pack didn’t do things they needed to do to win (must subscribe)

Wolfpacker says N.C. State ‘never saw (Terps) coming’ (must subscribe)

Wolfpacker’s Matt Carter says Ralph was pleased post-game (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens likes defense; doesn’t like outside shooting thus far for Terps

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews Maryland-UCLA nationally televised game

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto previews Maryland-UCLA

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site shares Paul Johnson’s thoughts on Mids taking weekend off

Go Mids offers new T-Shirt to commemorate Navy’s win at Notre Dame

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The AP’s Dan Gelston recaps Mids’ loss to Penn

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site recaps last-second loss at Vermont

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site recaps Hounds’ second half struggles in loss to Drexel

The AP’s Dan Gelston recaps Hounds’ loss to Dragons

LOYOLA SOCCER:

The Official Site recaps 1st Round NCAA Tournament win for Hounds

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site recaps Hawks’ loss to Florida Gulf Coast

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site recaps win over George Washington; amongst the biggest in Retrievers’ history

The AP says Retrievers use 55-15 run to beat George Washington

The Sun’s Rich Scherr recaps historic win for Retrievers

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The AP recaps almost-upset for Morgan against Miami

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site recaps Mount’s loss to James Madison

Frederick News Post recaps Mountaineers’ loss to JMU

MCDANIEL BASKETBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror will play Hood in finals of State DII tourney

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Sandra McKee recaps Benny the Bull’s win in De Francis Dash

Washington Post’s John Scheinman says Edgar Prado was day’s star at Laurel; including win with Benny the Bull

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:

The Sun offers Saturday playoff scores

ORIOLES:

Inside The Warehouse’s Michael Hollman selects Pedro Florimon as organization’s #43 prospect

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-MAJOR kudos to Ralph Friedgen and the Maryland Terrapins for keeping it together and getting bowl eligible at 6-6. It has been FAR from a perfect year, but with everything this team has had to overcome, they should be EXTREMELY proud to finish at .500. It doesn’t matter if this team goes to Boise or San Francisco, the extra month of practice and extra game will seriously help this team.

The ONLY negative that can even be mentioned in all of this is the fact that the Terps looked SO good today, you can only wonder if there was another team that showed up in the 2nd half of games against Virginia and Wake Forest; as well as the entire North Carolina game. This team could have EASILY been 9-3, and might have had an opportunity to play for an ACC title.

-I know that Maureece Rice was out for GW, but MAJOR kudos also go to Randy Monroe and UMBC for a HUGE win over the Colonials. I knew that Towson, Loyola, and Morgan all had the right leadership, but this is MAJOR proof that the Retrievers are going the right way.

-Is there anything about the Baltimore Mariners that will get you more excited than you were against the Baltimore Blackbirds? Me neither. The city deserves an AFL team Ed Hale. Go get one.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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