Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

March 04, 2010 | Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me not only for the obvious reason, but also because I got a text from a buddy yesterday that said “Do you like the whole Timbaland/Daughtry thing?”

To which I responded: “What, did they get into some sort of beef?”

It’s amazing how unbelievably un-hip I am. Apparently Daughtry helped Timbaland on a track called “Long Way Down” for his new record “Shock Value II.” I can see why….

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…..

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Maryland pulled even with Duke in ACC race thanks to 79-72 win at Comcast Center

Gee, that was fun.

There are games that are intense, then there are games like that one last night. Games where the actual event couldn’t POSSIBLY match the buildup, yet somehow they do anyway.

Just a tremendous game from both teams. Maryland was red hot to start out, then Coach K made some great adjustments (specifically a zone), and allowed Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith to take advantage of mismatches and erase a 14 point lead before building their own lead in the 2nd half. But Maryland got answers from unlikely sources, including Adrian Bowie to scratch back in it.

The final 5 minutes were exactly what you’d want from a big college basketball game. The entire game changed on every individual trip down the floor. The Terrapins and Blue Devils traded big shots, before Greivis Vasquez’s miracle floater iced things away with :37 to play.

Wow.

If you were there, I’m sure the hairs on your arms stood up. If you weren’t there, I’m sure your heart was still racing at a speed that would have crushed Jamie McMurray at Daytona. Just incredible.

Maryland now knows that they can clinch AT LEAST a share of the regular season ACC title with a win Saturday afternoon against Virginia in Charlottesville.

(Edit from GMC: I heard a couple of people say that they thought Jordan Williams should have been called for a charge on his RIDICULOUS dunk. I guess defenders don’t have to get set anymore? Not only was Scheyer not set, he was already working on how he was going to fall down. It was pretty funny.)

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2. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Greivis Vasquez closed out home career in fitting way

It really couldn’t have been more of an exact science. The moment itself was just amazing. I’m not sure there’s been a player in Maryland history that has induced more “what are you doing?” thoughts and exclamations from fans, and the shot at the end of the game was one more of those.

I’m also not sure there’s been a player in Maryland (or ACC) history that has induced more “oh Thank God” thoughts and exclamations from fans AFTER a “What are you doing?” type of shot; yet there it was once again.

It’s just tough to say much more about the moment. For someone who has been as scrutinized as Vasquez has for four years, I think it’s safe to say he “deserved” it.

NOW….the point is to try to sustain the momentum, not crash after such an emotional peak. That is of course easier said than done.

3. ESPN.com’s Dana O’Neil says Vasquez proved himself as best player in ACC

I don’t think there’s much of an argument left here. There’s no doubt that Scheyer is the 2nd best player in the league and VERY deserving of All-ACC status, but Vasquez won the ACC Player of the Year award last night.

There will still be a bunch of votes for Scheyer. Remember, the bulk of the media that votes for the award is BASED in North Carolina, and they just see more of players like Scheyer than they do players like Vasquez. However, I can’t FATHOM that it will be enough to carry him to the award; even if Duke clinches the #1 seed in the ACC Tournament by beating North Carolina.

Dana said something else that I liked in her column. I described the moment as “poetry” when Vasquez hit the floater. She described it as “theater in motion” instead of poetry. That’s a much better description. Vasquez’s game will never be labeled as “beautiful”, which is the concept of “poetry in motion.” Len Bias was poetry in motion. Vasquez just has this unbelievable flair for dramatic moments, which has made for captivating theater.

4. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says fans have to hope for Maryland-Duke 3 in Greensboro for ACC Championship

Obviously, this is the best possible scenario for basketball fans in the area. The game at Cameron Indoor Stadium wasn’t brilliant by any stretch of the imagination; but after seeing the game last night, you’d have to want to see these two teams play again 10 days from now.

That being said, a Duke win Saturday night would clinch the 2 seed for Maryland and the 10 seed for UNC. If Wake Forest wins or Georgia Tech loses (follow Patrick on Twitter @D1scourse for info on these scenarios), the Yellow Jackets would get the 7 seed. If Georgia Tech plays North Carolina next Thursday, I would tend to assume that the Jackets would be victorious.

An ACC Tournament opener against GT would really be “less than desirable” for Maryland. As we all remember, it took a Cliff Tucker miracle for the Terps to win the first matchup.

I guess we need to take things one step at a time, though. Maybe Roy Williams and crew will play the game of their season in Durham Saturday night and stun the Devils; giving Maryland a shot at the #1 seed. Who knows?

Before I move on from the Maryland game, I want to point out that after I asked Patrick Stevens to look this up last night, he delivered me a stat I absolutely couldn’t believe. The Terps have now defeated a Top 6 ranked team in the country at least once in FOURTEEN straight seasons now.

Once again….wow.

5. Morgan State Official Site previews tonight’s Senior Night visit from Coppin State at Hill Field House

I can’t say enough how much I would implore you to go to this game tonight. Especially if you’ve never been able to see Reggie Holmes play live over the last 4 years, you have no idea what you’re missing. The guy is legitimately one of the best players in the country.

On top of that, it’s ALWAYS special when the Bears face the Eagles. There’s just an incredible level of intensity in the building. I spent a lot of time talking to Fang Mitchell following Coppin’s loss to Norfolk State Monday night, and you could just sense it in him. He’s happy for Todd Bozeman, and he’s looking forward to the challenge of going up against him-both on the floor and in pursuit of kids around Baltimore and throughout the region.

There’s nothing REALLY on the line tonight-as Morgan clinched the #1 seed in the MEAC Tournament some time ago, and the Eagles are going to finish in last place-whether they finish in last by themselves or they share last place. But it won’t diminish the atmosphere tonight, in the closest thing Charm City has to anything like the Bayou Classic.

So let’s “Tweet Up” tonight. I’ll be sitting along press row. If you come by and see me, I’ll have a Steve’s Deli gift certificate for you. Hope to see you tonight, please “ReTweet” to your friends.

6. Loyola Official Site says Collin Finnerty scored 5 goals to pace Greyhounds in win over Bellarmine

You mean to tell me that not only did Dave Cottle’s Terps go to Louisville to play lacrosse, but Charley Toomey’s Greyhounds did as well?

Is Marty Bass scheduling games for the lacrosse teams in town these days?!?!?!?

That being said, it’s good to see an offense outburst from Finnerty, as the Hounds will need him to keep scoring as the schedule gets tougher (starting Saturday against Notre Dame at M&T Bank Stadium).

But since I’m thinking about it….do you think he’ll run again???

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7. Stevenson Official Site says Geoff Hebert posted career high 15 saves as Mustangs trounced RIT at Caves Athletic Complex

Thanks to those of you who came out to Owings Mills for my first real “Tweetup” of the lacrosse season. There were only a couple of you braved the cold and wet conditions, but I appreciated seeing you. As the weather warms up, we’ll do this a few more times at Stevenson and around the area.

The Mustangs looked REALLY impressive offensively, they can score goals in bunches. Unfortunately, they have the potential to go on defensive lapses. It won’t hurt them against teams like RIT, but it will hurt them in games against teams like Salisbury (who they play on April 3).

Unlike Louisville, Rochester LOVES lacrosse. But the question is-do they love lacrosse more than they love their own Savanna Samson? You may know her from….ummm….movies you don’t want your kids watching…..

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8. The AP says Josh Bell, Rhyne Hughes each homered twice to lead Orioles to win over Rays in Spring Training debut

Just go ahead and make your World Series plans accordingly.

In all seriousness, it is MUCH better to be scoring 12 runs in Spring Training games than to be giving up 12 runs in Spring Training games.

Of course, no one is REALLY concerned about the O’s lineup. There’s the lack of a natural power bat, but I think most Birds fans feel as though there’s good balanced pop throughout the lineup, and the team will be able to score runs.

The issue is the pitching. Jeremy Guthrie was good yesterday, but he barely pitched. Brian Matusz goes today for the Birds against Tampa’s Jeff Niemann in Port Charlotte.

9. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Nolan Reimold left out of Birds’ lineup, Dave Trembley gave no timetable for debut

Doesn’t appear to be any cause for concern here, but I guess it’s easy for me to say that. You want to see Reimold get out there and get some action, but the team has no reason to rush him this early in March.

This is a big season for Reimold, who was red hot when he first got to Camden Yards last year, but cooled off. He has to prove he can sustain his production over an entire season, and you don’t want to see him lose a ton of at bats in the Spring as he works toward that.

10. The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Miguel Tejada hit cleanup for first in first Grapefruit League game

I have long assumed that Tejada would be in this role come Opening Day, but there are certainly plenty of other options. It will be interesting to see if Tejada continues to bat cleanup as Trembley gives him the chance to seize the role or fail in the opportunity; or if he gives Matt Wieters, Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold, Garrett Atkins, Luke Scott or others the chance over the next couple of weeks.

Also…I believe this guy is still available to hit cleanup if necessary….

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11. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Jared Gaither, Le’Ron McClain, Fabian Washington assigned 1st round tenders by Ravens

I wonder what kind of tender the Ravens would have used on have used on former DB Ryan Sutter had they known what his wife Trista was going to look like at 37 years old…

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That being said-nothing surprising here. Fabian Washington is CLOSE to a surprise-but as an affordable option at corner, it makes sense to not just let him walk away. Jared Gaither is the only player on that list that teams might even THINK about for that level of compensation, but he’s coming up on a big contract and has a semi-questionable injury history.

Mark Clayton is expected to get the first round tender as well, which is again a case of “he’s affordable, let’s hold on to him. It makes sense.

12. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens “could be interested” in Brandon Marshall with Broncos assigning just the 1st round tender

VERY unlikely. The Ravens just aren’t interested in giving away 1st round picks. If there was some sort of pick swap involved, they might be-but trading a 1st round pick for a player-even if it WAS Larry Fitzgerald-would seem unlikely to me.

Anquan Boldin for a 3rd round pick (as reported by Michael Lombardi on the NFL Network) is certainly interesting however.

And finally, I leave you with this.

Was it weird to see a 10 minute delay so the staff at Comcast Center could fix a snapped net last night? Yeah. Was it as weird as a goalie in Germany scoring an own goal because the wind picked the ball back up and blew it right in to the net? No, it wasn’t as weird as that….

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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