Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

January 14, 2010 | Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

My life has reached both a new high and a new low. If you and I are friends on Facebook (just search my name), you already saw this. Bear with me.

I pulled into the drive-thru at the Chick-Fil-A in Owings Mills yesterday, as I do many days on my way to 1 Winning Drive. I placed my order-which is basically the same thing I order most days at Chick-Fil-A. I then pulled around to the window, where my buddy Sergio and a young lady were smiling. They told me to look at my receipt…..


……and then informed me that they had named my order “The Glen.” (Of course they didn’t spell it right!)

I’m a mix of honored and totally terrified that my addiction to Spicy Chicken is now so well known that if you were to make my order, you’d be ordering “The Glenn.”

This rocks. And this is really uncomfortable. Sorta like the first time I was with a girl.

Let’s see what everyone has to say……

1.’s Drew Forrester looks back on circumstances that lead to Matt Stover’s departure from Baltimore

I can’t believe this-as I think the WORLD of Matt Stover-but I am OPENLY rooting for him to screw up on Saturday night.

Not just because he plays for the Indianapolis Colts, and I don’t want to see them have any success.

But more because I just think this city needs closure-and nothing would provide closure for the Matt Stover era like a crucial late miss in a playoff game.

If it goes the other way, I don’t really even want to think about how this city will react.

2. Ravens Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens need to take advantage of red zone chances

Do this math in your head.

The Ravens reach the red zone 3 times and score, the Colts reach the red zone 5 times and score….yet the Ravens score more than the Colts.

The way the Ravens win in Indy Saturday night is by getting to the ENDZONE when they reach the red zone. 3 touchdowns in 3 chances is 21 points. If the Colts get there 5 times and the Ravens can hold them to 4 field goals and 1 TD, that would be just 19 points. Ravens win 21-19.

Peyton Manning is going to get his team into the red zone Saturday night, there’s almost no doubt of that. The way this game will be determined is by what the Ravens defense does when he gets there-and whether or not Joe Flacco is able to lead the offense to points in the redzone himself.

3. The Sun’s Ken Murray says Jared Gaither missed practice with ankle injury

Clearly this is a concern. Jared was unable to play down the stretch due to his ankle, and while Oniel Cousins played well at times, he really struggled against Pittsburgh. The Colts present a much better pass rush (does this guy look familiar?)….


…than even the Steelers-so the Ravens would be well served to have Gaither on the field. If for some reason Jared can’t go, the Ravens also might want to think about moving Marshal Yanda to RT and having Chris Chester play RG. We don’t get to watch those types of drills in practice, unfortunately.

4. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco not even listed on Wednesday injury report

Well then, everything must be okay, huh?

Joe Flacco can tell us he feels great as much as he wants, but clearly it’s an issue.

Hopefully, he’s dealing with the pain so well that he’s not really affected on Saturday night.

5. Indianapolis Star’s Mike Chappell says Colts have worst rushing offense in NFL

It is a bit weird that just one week after the Ravens beat the Patriots it what was a shining example of a typical, smash-mouth January football game; they now will be involved in what will likely be just the opposite.

The Colts haven’t needed to run the ball this season because they’ve had incredible success moving to the ball around to the likes of Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie, Tom Santi and of course Dallas Clark. With this game being played indoors, you would imagine they’d like to do about the same thing.

The Ravens however would like to go immediately to the ground, and allow Ray Rice to control this game.

It makes getting the ball first to dictate pace all the more important.

6.’s James Walker says unless new CBA signed, Ravens will have hands tied in free agency

I’m assuming there will NOT be a new CBA, and this could be a bit of trouble for the Ravens-especially if they were hoping to upgrade at WR or CB via free agency. The Ravens obviously have a number of players at WR who may depart themselves, but the “Final 8” penalty may hurt them if they were looking for a premiere player at either position.

I’d still rather be playing for a shot at the AFC Championship Game.

7. Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says lost in Tuesday night’s defeat at Wake Forest, Maryland won rebounding battle

I don’t think this can be overlooked.

I know quite a bit of the rebounding came from Sean Mosley and Greivis Vasquez, but Wake Forest is a team that is REALLY big, so this IS an accomplishment, especially considering how well (for the most part) Jordan Williams played.

Clearly this time is MUCH improved from their center play a season ago-with no offense to this guy….


8. The Diamondback’s Jeremy Schneider says Pe’Shon Howard should help to ‘fill void’ left by decommitment of Terrence Ross

I certainly hope so.

I don’t have much more to add about Pe’Shon, mostly because he kinda came in a bit off the radar-and I’ve never seen him play. Hopefully he can shoot a bit better than some of the guards currently on the roster.

However, when I hear the name “Pe’Shon Howard”, for some reason I IMMEDIATELY think of “P-Nut Wills” from 311. Then I think of this….

9. The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Rich Hill likely to decline Orioles’ minor league offer, sign elsewhere

Remember all of the “it was definitely worth taking a chance on Rich Hill” people?

It would have definitely been worth taking a chance on CC Sabathia.

Rich Hill was a throw away player who maybe should have gotten a Spring Training invite with a team that already had a complete staff and no pressure whatsoever. Hopefully he’ll find that this year.

10. The AP says Towson rallied to get close, but ultimately fell to Drexel

The Tigers are now 0-6 in CAA play with a trip to Delaware looming Saturday. The Blue Hens are 5-12 overall and 1-5 in conference, so this is clearly a good shot for Pat Kennedy’s club to get a conference win.

And they need it. At some point, they’re going to need a win just because they’re in danger of going winless in conference play.

11. UMBC Official Site previews tonight’s America East tilt with Hartford at RAC Arena

Speaking of needing a win to just make sure they don’t go winless in conference play, Randy Monroe’s Retrievers are facing a Hawks team tonight that is basically as bad as they are.

There isn’t pressure on Randy the way there is on Pat at Towson, but he certainly would like to get to 2 wins before he gets to 15 losses.

12. The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says concussion discussion will be major point of this weekend’s US Lacrosse National Convention in Baltimore

Yeah, but will there be a lesson on how to perfectly run the “Hidden Ball Trick”?

In all seriousness, good for the sport of lacrosse for trying to do the right thing in the head injury area. Every sport needs to improve this.

And I leave you with this…..

Images leaked this week from Megan Fox’s Armani underwear ad campaign. I’d tell you more, but apparently you missed the part where I said “Megan Fox underwear.”


Like we needed more proof that is the greatest country on the face of the planet.

Talk to you later from 1 Winning Drive.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..