Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

October 15, 2009 | Glenn Clark

SI’s John Lopez throws out an intriguing trade possibility for the Ravens.

DT Brandon McKinney and a draft pick for Texans’ CB Dunta Robinson.

For the record, John Lopez is from Houston, and has covered the Texans. That doesn’t necessarily mean he has any inside sources in the organization; but it is possible.

It couldn’t POSSIBLY make more sense for the Ravens. Trade from strength (D-Line) to try to address a need (Secondary). Does it make sense for the Texans? Maybe.

It’s interesting if nothing else.

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

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Derrick Mason accepted responsibility for no catches in loss to Bengals

Luke Jones says Cam Cameron’s offense needs to carry Ravens

Keith Melchior thinks Ravens fans should be ‘passionate’ but ‘grounded’

Lawson Lambert says defense must be ‘priority number 1’ for Friedgen in offseason

Thyrl Nelson doesn’t really think McGahee, Ray Rice great fantasy plays this week against Vikes

Nestor Aparicio says Blast will play rivals Milwaukee Wave four times this season

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says addition of David Tyree will help Special Teams unit that recently lost Brendon Ayanbadejo

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Stover signing in Indianapolis brings reality to fact that his career in Baltimore is over

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says players thinking about Minnesota, not avoiding 3 game losing streak going into bye

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Gaither, Ngata, Jarret Johnson all missed practice

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Vikings haven’t exactly been beating NFL’s best teams this season

The Official Site says Childress doesn’t think Vikings fans will be ‘mean-spirited’ towards Birk in return to Metrodome

The Official Site says Birk doesn’t know what to expect in return to Minnesota

The Official Site’s Mallory Steinberg says Ray Rice, Mark Clayton, Kelley Washington were out in community this week

Vikings Official Site’s Mike Wobschall says St. Paul native Birk ‘doesn’t regret’ leaving Vikings

Vikings Official Site’s Mike Wobschall says Ray Edwards, Steve Hutchinson, Loadholt, Reynaud, Tahi all limited in practice for Vikes

Vikings Official Site’s Mike Wobschall says Childress thinks Birk benefitting from facing Ngata in practice

The AP says Percy Harvin missed practice for Minnesota with shoulder injury

The AP says Vikes added OL Oldenburg for depth with starting RT Loadholt battling ankle injury

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh, Childress have friendship stemming from time in Philadelphia

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Tyree in Baltimore ‘primarily to fill the void on special teams left by Brendon Ayanbadejo’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Stover went to Indianapolis for chance to kick for Super Bowl contender

4 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. and Matt Bracken clean up after me

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Flacco, Ravens facing tough challenge with trip to Metrodome

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Greg Mattison should think about going back to 3-4

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Childress, Harbs different types of coaches

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Edgar Jones (hamstring) limited in practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Minneapolis only NFL city Ravens haven’t visited in regular season

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Jared Allen represents ‘daunting task’ for Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says 52 expects to be fined for hit on Ochocinco

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Birk’s favorite Metrodome memory was attending Twins game on 5th birthday

Frederick News-Post’s Nick Knowsitall picks Ravens 24-21

The AP’s Michael Marot says Stover filling in for Colts while Vinatieri injured

Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad says future Hall of Famers Ray Lewis, Favre have great respect for one another

St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Rick Alonzo says Ravens’ pass defense hasn’t been same without Chris McAlister, Samari Rolle

SI’s John P. Lopez thinks Ravens should try to package Brandon McKinney to acquire Texans CB Dunta Robinson

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 12th in power rankings

5 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens

USA Today has Ravens 12th in power rankings

NFL Network says Sterling Sharpe, Joe Theismann think Ravens will win; Brian Baldinger thinks Vikes will win

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Vikes 24-20

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Virginia Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to College Park

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Phil Costa, Terps know they’ll be playing in front of a number of alumni with Homecoming this weekend

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Chris Turner averaging 3.5 yards per carry on plays where he isn’t sacked

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge would rather not play Pete White

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says UVa beat writer Jeff White thinks Cavs have basically scrapped spread offense

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Don Brown knows Terps struggling on 3rd and long

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says John Donovan thinks Haroon Brown improving in recent weeks

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Demetrius Hartsfield continues to practice in preparation for Hoos

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Danny O’Brien closing in on Jamarr Robinson according to Ralph

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Cavs 27-21

Richmond Times Dispatch’s Michael Phillips says Cavaliers RB Mikell Simpson broke out against Maryland 2 years ago

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Wahoos 21-17

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says a return from Bruce Campbell would help Terps ‘tremendously’ in protecting Chris Turner

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Friedgen thinks Jamarr Robinson could play Saturday (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Adrian Cannon got to end zone in loss to Wake Forest (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Maryland CB Chism lost cousin in car accident this week (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Alkire says Oscar F. Smith (VA) prospect Darius Jennings likes Maryland, Florida State

Turtle Sports Report’s Danny Miller says ’11 prospect Landon Turner considering Maryland, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio State

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Alkire says Maryland, Temple, Rutgers all interested in Dillon Romain

Turtle Sports Report’s Jeremy Schneider checks in with ’11 QB prospect C.J. Uzomah (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Frese knows Terps face challenge with Marissa Coleman, Toliver gone

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says Lori Bjork only senior on young Maryland team

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says Frese knows everyone besides Kizer facing steep learning curve

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Bjork both veteran and rookie as transfer from Illinois

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Bosh won court battle to get web name rights back for players like Greivis Vasquez

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids ‘unfazed’ by SMU’s high powered offense

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mike Walsh giving Mids depth at NG

Go Mids’ David Ausiello breaks down individual performances thus far for Midshipmen (must subscribe)

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site
previews tonight’s ESPNU showdown with Howard

The Official Site offers complete Bears-Bison release (pdf)

Howard Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Hughes Stadium

Washington Post says Bison come into game struggling offensively

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Examiner Matthew Schlissel
says Tigers-Blue Hens will give Unitas Stadium one of biggest crowds in history

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Pat Kennedy’s Tigers begin practice Friday

UMBC LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says Don Zimmerman working in 19 freshmen during Retrievers’ fall practice

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Green Terror want TE Woody Butler on field as much as possible

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Terry Crowley coming back for 12th straight season-only Elrod Hendricks, Harry Breechen, Billy Hunter had longer tenures as coaches in Baltimore

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says prospect Waring homered in Arizona Fall League debut

BLAST:

The Official Site says defending NISL Champions to open season against Rockford Rampage November 13

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ former Colt Marchetti

TENNIS:

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Oudin, Isner to play in Pam Shriver’s event at 1st Mariner Arena December 9

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Hanah Cho says bankruptcy judge approved Magna’s plan to auction Pimlico, Laurel early next year

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Has a great time on the Bus Trip to RFK Stadium last night for USA-Costa Rica. The match was awesome too, and the end ranks up amongst the greatest game ending moments I’ve seen live. WOW.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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