Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

May 21, 2009 | Glenn Clark

I’m glad Drew was fired up about the Orioles’ most recent disaster; because it is particularly difficult for me to feel any emotion about them.

When I write my “Top 10 Baseball Distractions” column every week, I often get comments like “You don’t really think an episode of ‘Pros vs. Joes’ is more exciting than baseball, do you?”

And the answer is…..yes.

I watched the Orioles last night, but when I started getting angry, I changed the channel. I watched the Cavs and Magic (rooting for Joe Smith); and I watched a few minutes of American Idol-which I know NOTHING about.

I always go back to the Orioles; right after flipping has allowed me to settle down again. Staying with them would just lead to the type of anger and frustration you heard from Drew this morning. I take them in doses; much like many of the things I love in my life. (Insert your own joke about my girlfriend here.)

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says MASN post-game show fails to show what happened in game

Nestor Aparicio says Baez, Walker gave up 6 ‘icing’ runs in 8th inning of loss

Glenn Clark thinks Birds should play game at Pimlico, Drew Forrester thinks Greg Bader should dress up as ‘wiener’

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie gave up 3 straight homers early as Yanks topped O’s

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Eaton, O’s try to avoid sweep tonight vs. Chamberlain, Yankees

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Ray trying to find ‘comfort’ level

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis working through ‘rare slump’

Yankees Official Site’s Bryan Hoch says Hughes wins despite giving up two home runs

Baysox Official Site says Sean Gleason struggled, but Baysox beat Altoona

Keys Official Site says Matusz struck out 9 as Keys beat Lynchburg

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Swisher, Cano, Melky Cabrera hit back to back to back homers off Guthrie

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Markakis 0-4 with 3 strikeouts, now has 1 hit in last 18 at-bats

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Trembley to be ‘more selective’ in using Ray

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waring went 2-4 with homer for Keys in win

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Eaton could be pitching for rotation spot tonight

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck didn’t agree with decision to send Brian Roberts in 3rd

Examiner Jay Trucker says Fox Sports doesn’t think O’s roster ‘hot’

The AP says red hot Bombers held ‘Kangaroo Court’ before win with Rivera as judge

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Florimon had 3 hits, home run for Keys in win

Washington Times’ Ryan O’Halloran says Nationals Park will have rare ‘buzz’ with O’s in town this weekend

New York Post’s George A. King says nearly 44,000 at Yankee Stadium to see Yanks blow out Birds

New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand says Yanks now within 2 ½ games of Blue Jays in AL East

New York Times’ Tyler Kepner says Chamberlain-Huff rivalry continues tonight

Newsday’s Erik Boland says Wigginton, Jones, Reimold homered for Birds in loss

Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Rivera earned save despite blowout nature of game

Bergen Record’s Tara Sullivan says Jeter added bases loaded double for Yanks in win

Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi says ‘no center fielder in baseball having finer season than Adam Jones’

ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick says O’s in ‘no rush’ with Wieters

ESPN Insider Buster Olney says Ripken could help ‘clean up’ baseball (must subscribe)

SI’s Jon Heyman would not vote for Sosa, Palmeiro to get into Hall

Yahoo! Sports’ Gordon Edes says Huff tonight just one of many ‘showdowns’ for Yanks’ Chamberlain

RAVENS:

The Official Site says Jason Brooks added to coaching staff for offensive quality control

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Washington could push Williams for 3rd receiver job

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Peerman could be ‘role model’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says 52, Ogden best ever 1st round picks; T. Taylor, Boller worst ever

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh thinks Troy Smith ‘NFL-caliber passer’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Jason Brooks son of D-Line coach Clarence Brooks

CBS Sports’ Chad Reuter says Lardarius Webb could make impact despite ‘slight frame’

HORSE RACING:

Belmont Official Site says Charitable Man confirmed for third leg of Triple Crown

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Mine That Bird trainer Woolley to choose jockey by Monday

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Rachel Alexandra galloped in Post-Preakness workout at Churchill Downs

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says trainer Kieran McLaughlin expects Charitable Man will ‘run well’ at Belmont

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Terps, Mountaineers add games in 2012, 2013

The Official Site says Ralph to discuss weight loss on ESPN2’s First Take today

The Sun says Terps to host West Virginia in ’11, ’13; to visit Morgantown in ’10, ‘12

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Redskins’ veteran CB’s should help former Terp Barnes ‘get acclimated’ to NFL

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says fans might actually be able to see Terps on ESPNU now

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says with Rich Rodriguez gone, ‘Eers may not be as tough for Terps

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem catches up with Bishop McNamara WR prospect Brandon Coleman (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem catches us with commit Brice Laughlin (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Calvin Coolidge High WR prospect wants Maryland offer (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says strength coach Dwight Galt overseas in China (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin chats with Georgia Safety prospect Julian Horton (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Vasquez to work out with Wizards today

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks, LSU’s Marcus Thornton, Ole Miss’s David Huertas all also working out with Zards

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Examiner Steve DeClue still doesn’t think Cottle right choice for Terps

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Randall Cooper, Bill McCutcheon, Rosensweig named to USILA North-South Game

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Greensboro prospect Julius Brooks commits to Patsos, Hounds

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says kicker Joe Buckley would love chance for Mids to face Penn State in future

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says M&T Bank Stadium to get ‘at least one’ upcoming Army-Navy Game

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says FedEx Field, Meadowlands, Lincoln Financial Field all also in running for Army-Navy Game

NAVY LACROSSE:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Mids may have deserved chance to play North Carolina instead of Duke

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Hawks offering summer camps

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Kylor Berkman named National Midfielder of the Year by USILA for 3rd time

BOXING:

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Eldersburg fighter Mark “TNT” Tucker looking to improve to 10-0 on June 5

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s game against Columbus Lions

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

USL Official Site says Mbuta named USL-2 Player of the Week

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Quick question for you. We’re just about 5 months into the year, so it is WAY too early to make a judgment on this, but who has stood out for you as a potential candidate to be SI’s “Sportsman of the Year”? I’m sure if LeBron or Kobe wins the NBA Title (especially LeBron), they’ll be the frontrunner from the first half of the year; but I think there’s another worthy candidate who we’ve seen a bit more of locally.

How about Calvin Borel?

The award has never been claimed by anyone in the horse racing industry (which is probably justified), but Borel has the chance to do something no rider has ever done before (win all Triple Crown races on more than one horse). And more impressively, he actually had a serious impact on the most important race.

It’s more than a longshot; but if Borel wins the Belmont (on either horse), he should certainly be considered.

-Maryland and West Virginia SHOULD play every year. That’s just about a no-brainer.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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