Thursday Morning’s Crabs & Beer

October 25, 2007 | Glenn Clark

Ray Lewis is more beloved outside the locker room than inside the locker room. I’m not sure if that is as much a statement I want to make as it is a question I want to ask. I didn’t spend as much time in the locker room as I would have liked to during my first radio stint in Baltimore, and due to the fact that I was so young-I spent a lot of time around wide-eyed rookies and young players. But I do consider two former Ravens as genuine friends, I have known others closely, and I did have the honor of talking to AD quite often due to his former radio show. I have spent a lot of time with others who have shared a locker room with 52, and I’ve even had the privilege of interviewing 52 1 on 1 on more than one occasion.

I’ve tried many times to figure out what the relationship is between 52 and everyone else in the locker room. I remember Tom Knight and I talking about who we would have on our show the week the Cardinals were playing the Ravens. He said “Everyone in town will have Suggs or Heap on. I’d like to talk to one of my boys. Here’s the deal, we could call the Ravens, and tell them we want C-Mac, Ed Reed, or 52. If (Ravens PR Director) Chad Steele walked in and asked each of them to do it, Ray Lewis would bitch and moan more than anything in the world. But he’d also make sure he picked up his phone and gave me a call.” We ended up asking for McAlister and had him on the show, but Tommy made a point.

It becomes obvious that 52 treats this locker room as his own personal sandbox He believes that no one else is quite on his level. I get the feeling that most everyone who shares this locker room with 52 respects him as both a player and as a man, but doesn’t necessarily agree with the way he goes about his business at all times. I think the AD situation just happens to be one of the first times that a former defensive teammate of 52′s has played for a superior team at an All-Pro level. People want to hear what AD has to say, and AD is in a position where he is able to say it.

All of this is much ado about nothing in reality. AD pointed out something that 52 already knows…..he has an ego.
Everyone in the world knows 52 has an ego. Everyone in the world knows Ed Reed has an ego. Everyone in the world knows Jarrett Johnson has an ego. Hell, everyone in the world knows that Glenn Clark has an ego. We all have egos. I think 52 wanted to re-assert himself, as if AD was still in HIS locker room. In the end, both guys will talk, we’ll talk way too much about it when the Patriots and Ravens play, and I’ll waste four paragraphs talking about it before telling you what everyone has to say……

RAVENS:

The official site identifies roster moves made. (If we looked at Rhys Lloyd’s cell phone bill, how many calls do you think he has from the Ravens?) Worth noting, the Ravens worked out former Terp Sam Hollenbach.

The Official Site gives us Terrell Suggs’ weekly movie reviews. Apparently he’s a Tyler Perry fan.

The Official Site looks at what David Pittman did in the community this week

The Official Site gives us a tour of the facility during the Bye

The Official Site offers you a chance to text Kelly Gregg

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley looks at AD’s response to Ray’s response

The Sun’s Sheil Kapadia looks at some of the things national writers have said about the Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley announces his 10th greatest moment in the history of “Ravens Stadium” (you know, the one the rest of us now know as M&T Bank Stadium)

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley announces his 9th greatest moment

The Sun’s David Steele thinks Art Modell belongs in the Hall of Fame

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd isn’t impressed by Ravens fans

Aaron Wilson looks at AD vs. 52

Pro Football 24×7′s Eric Buckner looks around the AFC North

Pro Football 24×7′s Kurt Backert compares M&T Bank Stadium to Reliant Stadium

Pro Football 24×7′s Tony Lombardi re-lives “The Hot Sauce”

Pro Football 24×7′s Bobby Nyk re-lives his trip to Buffalo

Pro Football 24×7′s Mark Zinno says that just because the team gets healthy doesn’t mean the offense gets healthy

Press Box’s Joe Platania wonders if this season is slipping away

Press Box’s Joe Platania says Derrick Mason is just taking what he can get

Press Box’s Rob Long says the Ravens need to go long

Press Box’s Tony Lombardi says Billick needs to keep the vets in his corner

Extreme Ravens’ “sock_dolanger” thinks Billick will be back in 2008

The Examiner’s Matt Palmer says this is the real AD

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver can’t figure out what Brian Billick was thinking Sunday

Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson weighs in on AD vs. 52

Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson responds to Kevin Cowherd’s story

ORIOLES:

The Official Site wants you to go to Spring Training

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec looks at just one more departure from “The Oriole Way”. The Orioles fire Andy Etchebarren.

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says the O’s are impressed by Jacob Arrieta

The Sun’s Rock Kubatko says Kevin Millar still isn’t sorry

Press Box’s Craig Heist looks at the pitching coach transition

Press Box’s Stan Charles says Kranitz isn’t the first to pick the Birds

Camden Chat’s Scott Christ compares bloggers’ reactions to Millar

Camden Chat’s Scott Christ finds a gem of a classic Orioles picture

Examiner’s Anne Boone-Simanski takes a look at Cal Ripken’s participation in an event for Villa Julie

WNST’s Nestor Aparicio wonders what World Series Game 1 might look like in Baltimore

WNST’s Drew Forrester says the O’s have their priorities out of whack

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site gives us some good news. Maryland will play Navy again in 2010.

The Sun’s Heather Dinich gives us the details on how the 2010 game was finalized

The Sun’s Matt Bracken talks to MD Varsity’s Sheldon Shealer

The Sun’s Heather Dinich previews Maryland-Navy

The Sun’s Heather Dinich doesn’t think Ralph Friedgen has things as bad as Bobby Bowden

The Sun’s Heather Dinich says Ralph thinks the Terps will bounce back Saturday. Maybe.

Annapolis Capital’s John McNamara looks at Terps’ injury issues

Washington Post’s Marc Carig looks at Maryland-Navy

Columbia State’s Paul Strelow says James Davis thinks Ralph Friedgen already made a guarantee

Charleston Post & Courier’s Larry Williams profiles Chris Chancellor

Charleston Post & Courier’s Larry Williams looks at an embattled O-Line

Press Box’s Kevin Heitz talks Maryland-Navy

Press Box’s David Snyder says Terps’ Tight Ends are frustrated

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder talks Navy-Maryland

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem looks at Erin “Chuck Norris” Henderson (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says that if Erin Henderson impresses you, wait ’til you hear about Freshman FB Haroon Brown. He fasted for Ramadan! (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Chris King offers some notes (must subscribe)

Tiger Illustrated’s Cris Ard & Ryan Bartow toss around some notes from practice (must subscribe)

CU Tigers says Ricky Sapp expects major production from the D-Line (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site also has the good news

The Official Site offers quotes from Paul Johnson and Buddy Green

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids haven’t solved problems on defense

Washington Post’s Christian Swezey looks at Navy’s defensive woes

Press Box’s Kevin Heist says Navy can’t downplay Delaware

Go Mids thinks Navy is in for a dogfight with Delaware

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site looks at today’s Scrimmage number two

Rivals.com ranks James Gist 14th amongst PFs in their initial power rankings

TERRAPINS WOMENS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says the Terps are expected to win the ACC, and Crystal Langhorne is expected to be ACC Player of the Year

HORSE RACING:

Annapolis Capital looks at race cuts at Laurel

BALTIMORE COLTS:

Press Box’s Larry Harris looks at Andy Nelson’s BBQ

BLAST:

Press Box’s Staci Wolfson says newcomers are impacting Blast

Press Box’s Barry Silverman looks at MPT’s agreement to broadcast games

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Examiner’s Andrew Cannarsa looks at Coppin breaking ground on a new athletic center

BALTIMORE CLIPPERS/SKIPJACKS/BANDITS:

The Examiner’s Tony Giro thinks we need a hockey team, and gives us a Baltimore hockey lesson

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I’m done with the Millar talk, and I don’t care what he has to say unless he’s apologizing. Even if you were stupid enough to think this wasn’t a big deal-just apologize bro. There are actual baseball fans in Baltimore, despite what you might have seen in your time here.

-Firing Andy Etchebarren makes absolutely no sense to me, on any level. Trebs is gone, Etch is gone, Perlozzo is gone. Is there anyone in this organization who actually cares about the Orioles?

-Thank God Maryland and Navy got this together for 2010. Debbie Yow should have considered the option of adding 2014, as this game should be played at least every 4 years. I don’t agree with Ralph in thinking this is an annual game, but it should happen at least every 4 years. Note to Chet Gladchuk: GET OVER THE BOWL GAME LAST YEAR. Maryland played in a better bowl, on primetime, in a better location, against a superior opponent. As an AD, you should know exactly why Maryland chose to go to Orlando instead of playing in Charlotte. GET OVER IT.

-James Gist might be the only Terp on Rivals’ list right now, but Greivis Vasquez will be there soon.

-I think its cool that Blast games are going to air live on MPT. The Blast can use as much exposure as possible, and this is nothing but good.

-Tony Giro, there are hockey fans in this town, but let’s get some lacrosse and a real Arena Football League team before we worry about hockey.

-Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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