……other than the dancing of course….
Multiple outlets are now reporting that the Ravens have indeed signed WR Kelley Washington, who they had brought in for a free agent tryout at their minicamp this weekend. If nothing else, Washington is 6’3″, and the Ravens DESPERATELY need a red zone receiving target. I have no idea if Washington will be the “sizeable option” he once showed promise of being at the University of Tennessee or with the Bengals; but I do know that he will be sizeable, which has to count for something amongst this receiving corps. The Ravens can tell us they like Demetrius Williams and Marcus Smith all they want……my mom used to tell me I was a handsome young man, too.
The Stevenson University Mustangs are on to the national semifinals in the Division III NCAA Lacrosse Tournament thanks to an 11-9 victory over Salisbury yesterday in Owings Mills. The Stangs turned a 5-5 game into a 10-5 lead to take the rubber match between the two teams this season. Salisbury will fall short of the national semifinals for the first time since 2002, which is quite remarkable. Jim Berkman’s Gulls probably relied too much on their young scorers this season, but will be back in the picture again next season. The Stangs are now one win away from a trip to Foxborough and a shot at a national championship. With no MAJOR DI openings yet this offseason (sorry to Denver and Dartmouth); I don’t know that Paul Cantabene is necessarily coaching for a better job. But I do think he has to be on the radar of teams like Towson and Maryland, who may have coaches on the hot seat next season.
Following an 8-6 loss to the Rays in which Adam Jones was forced to leave with a mild hamstring strain; the Orioles have decided to start the Nolan Reimold era. Reimold was called up (and Bob McCrory uncerimoniously sent down) due to the recent injuries to Adam Jones, Luke Scott, and Felix Pie (who homered last night) to provide outfield depth. The Orioles will probably have to figure out a way to let Reimold play significantly, or else his time will be wasted at the big league level. I get the feeling Lou Montanez may not be long for Baltimore…..
Former Florida commit DeShawn Painter has selected NC State instead of Maryland. The 6’10″ power forward prospect would have provided much needed beef to the Terps’ frontcourt; but apparently wanted to play for the great Sidney Lowe (chuckle, chuckle). This is unfortunate for Maryland; but Gary was clearly working hard on this. Jordan Williams and James Padgett will have lofty expectations in a frontcourt where Dino Gregory and Jerome Burney have proven very little; and Landon Milbourne is obviously playing out of position.
Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird drew the 2nd position for Saturday’s Preakness; while Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra drew the 13th position and was established as the 8-5 favorite. I no longer make much of anything out of the post position draw; as all of the trainers say they are happy with the spot they received. I also think that at this point, horses have won from just about every spot on the track (including Big Brown winning from the 20th spot at the Derby last year).
Coming up today: Michael Phelps holds a press conference regarding his return to swimming (I’d rather he talk about online poker and strippers-but we’ll take what we can get); and the Orioles visit the Royals (Jeremy Guthrie vs. Gil Meche) in a game that is inexplicably being broadcast by the MLB Network (HUH????).
Sorry for no Crabs and Beer today, I’ll get back to it I promise. Blame Rick from Reisterstown…..
Talk to you tomorrow.