Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

February 12, 2009 | Glenn Clark

I really don’t make much of the story that Terrell Owens and Deion Sanders have talked to Ray Lewis and Jerry Jones about a reunion in Dallas.

I really think this story goes this way…..

If the Ravens have decided that ABSOLUTELY want Ray Lewis back; he’s going to be back. While he might not have liked the Ravens’ last offer; I don’t believe he has said “there’s no way I’m going back there.” If the Ravens say to him “Ray, we’re going to keep you; no matter what it takes”; I think he’ll say “okay, let’s get this done.”

But if the Ravens have decided to offer no more than a reasonable market deal for Ray (which is a completely legitimate choice); then the Cowboys are in play.

Ray is clearly going to take the most money offered, no matter where it is. But this starts with the Ravens. It will be their choice first in all of this.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say……

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Casey Willett says T.O. wants 52 to come to Dallas

Ray Bachman says neither Ripken nor Murray as ‘exciting’ to watch as Alomar

Nestor Aparicio says Arbutus native Schwartz to make first WNST appearance since taking job today

Casey Willett says Suggs talked free agency on NFL Network

Alex Thomas also thinks Alomar ‘slam-dunk’ Hall of Famer

Chris Bonetti thinks Gary might wish he had Jay Greene

Nestor Aparicio says Gary continues to get bad press

Ed Frankovic says Caps fall to Rangers in shootout

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara has ‘lot to prove’ in Spring Training

The Sun’s Childs Walker says O’s trying to build staff from ‘no names, retreads, rookies’

The AP says former Oriole Millar signs with Blue Jays

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says former Oriole Tejada pleads guilty to lying to Congress

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says former Oriole Alomar claims to be in ‘good health’

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. thinks Miclat will play at Delmarva this season

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Roberts hoping for ‘resolution one way or another pretty soon’ with Birds

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Tejada’s guilty plea may help Palmeiro’s story

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Alomar ‘sad story’

The Examiner’s Tony Wisniewski says things COULD be worse for Birds

NPB Tracker says Orioles sign Ryohei Tanaka to minor league deal

The Examiner’s Tony Wisniewski says Tanaka signing may be more about culture than baseball

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker thinks Daily News irresponsible in coverage of Alomar story

The AP says Tejada’s attorney expects him to receive probation

Washington Post’s Dave Sheinin and Del Quentin Wilber say Tejada apologized to Orioles, Astros, Congress, family, United States after guilty plea

Washington Times’ Ben Conery says Tejada ‘likely to avoid prison time’ with plea deal

DC Examiner’s Rick Snider says Tejada’s lying worse than steroid use

ESPN.com’s Lester Munson says charges against Tejada raise pressure on Bonds, Clemens

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Gregg returning to ‘shape’ since microfracture surgery

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cowboys beat writer Watkins confirms 52 talked to T.O. about playing for Jerry Jones

The Sun’s Mike Preston says 52, Ravens will likely start talking next week

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Favre gone may open salary cap room for Jets to pursue 52, Suggs, Scott, etc

The Examiner’s Tony Wisniewski thinks Rex Ryan ‘would love to bring some of his former players along for the ride’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Suggs ‘hopeful’ about return to Ravens

Dallas Morning News’ Calvin Watkins says Deion also trying to get 52 to Dallas

ESPN.com’s James Walker expects Jets to be ‘major player’ for Ravens’ free agents

Sporting News’ Dennis Dillon expects Ravens to franchise Suggs again

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco and Clark Judge both think Ravens CAN afford to let Ray leave

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says commit Williams showing Maryland pride

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says commit Williams breaks backboard with dunk

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda and Eric Prisbell say ‘no national champion in the past 18 seasons has regressed so quickly’ as Maryland

Washington Post lists All-Met players Gary has hit and missed since ‘03

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says recruit Stephenson will be on ESPN2 Friday night

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez third team All-ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens wonders how season would be different if Terps hadn’t blown big leads against Morgan State, Miami

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s contest with Virginia

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps trying to avenge prior loss to Cavaliers

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Terps have won 3 straight since loss in Charlottesville

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Jon Brand says Terps aren’t young anymore this season

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Dunbar Coach claims Maryland, Pitt, West Virginia have all offered LB/DE Javarie Johnson

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says new DC Brown will bring ‘4-3 structure’ to Terps

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter profiles Virginia ATH prospect (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles junior prospect Khairi Fortt (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles junior prospect from Philadelphia (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin talks to prospect Nick Forbes (must subscribe)

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Thornton hits key 3 in overtime to lift Tigers past Georgia State

The Sun says Jarrel Smith scored 18 points in Tigers’ win over Panthers

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mids lose 2nd straight at home; 70-59 to Lehigh

The AP says Chris Harris scores 18 in Navy’s loss to Mountain Hawks

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says transfer Avworo helping Midshipmen

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Harris, Kina hurt Mids with foul trouble in loss

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews contest against Florida A&M Saturday

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Hill-Eley pleased with bringing in local talent like Dunbar’s Antonio Brown

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site releases schedule for ’09 season

NEGRO LEAGUES:

The Sun’s David Steele says former Negro League stars in Annapolis yesterday to speak to lawmakers

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Phelps apologizes to fans in China

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Wyatt Smith; who scored 28 points last night in a BIG win for John Carroll over Calvert Hall; 81-68.

-There was NO reason Towson should have gone to overtime last night. Pat Kennedy has been struggling to teach his team how to win games. The positive things they did late in building a 3 possession lead started with offensive rebounding; but the negative things included bad 3 point shots too early in the shot clock and missed free throws in the final minute. You just can’t do that and expect to win basketball games. They were fortunate to escape last night.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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