Thursday Morning’s Crabs & Beer

November 01, 2007 | Glenn Clark

Of course the Steelers can’t forget what the Ravens did to them just one year ago. Do you think the Ravens remember losing to Cincinnati on a Thursday night? Or losing to Indianapolis in the playoffs? But as always, what happened last year is completely irrelevant…….kinda. There almost has to be a Week 1 approach taken with this game, given the number of players returning from injury. This week has to be a turnaround point for this team. IF everyone is really healthy, there is a CHANCE that the Ravens can look like the ’06 Ravens.
However, going into Week 1, we were wondering things like what the Ravens would do on defense to replace Adalius Thomas. We’re halfway through the season, and the best answer so far is that the defense is incapable of replacing Adalius Thomas. We also wondered if Willis McGahee could be the back everyone expected him to be coming out of Miami a few years back if he played behind a healthy offensive line. He has his chance now.
Let’s face it; we’ve learned absolutely nothing about this Ravens team over the first 8 weeks of the season (with the exception being that we have learned that they are injury-prone). BUT, we also know that the guys stepping out on the field are able-bodied football players, some of whom are downright spectacular. There is a sense of urgency for the Ravens to find that identity again, and the team they demolished twice last year should be a team for them to find it against. But we don’t know everything about the Steelers either. Let’s see what everyone has to say…
RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy looks at depth at the Tackle position
The Official Site’s Patrick Gleason looks at Ravens in the media this week
The Sun’s Sheil Kapadia gets some of the stuff that I missed
Steelers’ Official Site sits down with Mike Tomlin
Steelers’ Official Site’s Bob Labriola says Ravens-Steelers isn’t second fiddle there
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Scott Brown says 7 Steelers sat out practice
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Scott Brown & John Harris go back and forth on Ravens-Steelers
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Mike Prisuta looks at the release of Ricardo Colclaugh
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Scott Brown says Anthony Smith is ‘intense’
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette says Ravens’ and Steelers’ Defenses raise the bar
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette says Steelers want to get ‘used’
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette says Steelers’ Special Teams need to improve
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette looks at Aaron Smith-less pass rush
Beaver County Times’ Mike Bires says Anthony Smith makes people notice
Press Box’s Kevin Heitz features Kelly Gregg
Press Box’s Joe Platania looks at Art Modell on Hall of Fame list
The Examiner’s Matt Palmer says Bart Scott is past ‘the hit’
Pro Football 24×7’s Eric Buckner looks around the AFC North
Pro Football 24×7’s Tony Lombardi poses questions to Brian Billick
Extreme Ravens’ Dan McGrain has the Ravens 10th in his Power Rankings
Extreme Ravens’ John Biasucci picks the Ravens to win
B-More Birds Nest replays Bart’s hit
Here’s a Youtube link to Bart’s hit
Steel City Insider goes inside the Steelers (must subscribe) (Also, a novel idea for such a site)
Steel City Insider’s Ian Whetstone looks at re-signing Roethlisberger
Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer picks the Steelers 23-13
Fanhouse’s Josh Alper thinks Brian Billick’s job is safe
STATS’ Matt Becker previews Ravens-Steelers
TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:
The Sun’s Heather Dinich talks Terps’ bowl chances
Washington Times’ Dick Heller wonders if Fridge’s time has run up
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Scott Burley is ‘questionable’
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jaimie Thomas stopped by to say hello
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens looks at Ralph’s digs at the refs
North Carolina’s Official Site profiles Marvin Austin (who, yes, happens to be a DC-area recruit who isn’t at Maryland)
Chapel Hill Herald-Sun’s Nolan Hayes profiles Hilee Taylor
Charlotte Observer’s Ken Tysiac says Heels need help on Special Teams
Press Box’s Matt Zenitz thinks the Terps will beat the Heels
Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh looks at Terp freshmen (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh tells us what Jordan Steffy had to say (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Chris King says Terps need to improve tacking (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem lets us know which recruits were at the Clemson game (must subscribe)
Inside Carolina’s Greg Barnes looks at Butch Davis’ mid-week presser
NAVY FOOTBALL:
Notre Dame’s Official Site offers quotes from their offensive captains
South Bend Tribune’s Eric Hansen looks at tragedy striking Irish
Irish Illustrated’s Pete Sampson says Irish need offensive efficiency (must subscribe)
Irish Illustrated’s Tim Prister looks at Notre Dame’s offense (must subscribe)
Irish Illustrated’s Tim Prister says Charlie Weis thinks a quick start is important (must subscribe)
Rivals.com’s Olin Buchanan says Navy REALLY wants to end the streak
Go Mids matches up Navy & Notre Dame (must subscribe)
ORIOLES:
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Corey Patterson joins the Free Agent CF class
The Sun’s David Steele says O’s are sticking to their plan
The Sun’s Roch Kubatko talks John Shelby memories
Press Box’s Stan Charles blows smoke thinks O’s fans are ‘paranoid’
Press Box’s Russ Smith is jealous he doesn’t have a job at The Sun doesn’t agree with the way The Sun approached the Millar situation
The Examiner’s Sean Walsh says Dave Trembley makes his own hires
Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein says Matt Wieters is the organization’s top prospect
Inside The Warehouse’s Michael Hollman looks at prospects that came on in the 2nd half (must subscribe)
TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:
The AP’s Doug Feinberg recaps Terps’ loss to Team USA
The Sun’s Matt Bracken looks at Terp commit Dee Liles
TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:
The Sun’s Heather Dinich says Terps’ grad rate is up
MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:
MORGAN BASKETBALL:
LOYOLA BASKETBALL:
LOYOLA LACROSSE:
PREP FOOTBALL:
The Sun’s Milton Kent looks at High School playoff races
BOXING:
The Sun’s Stefen Lovelace profiles Ferndale Boxer Nick Kisner
HORSE RACING:
Press Box’s Kent Baker looks at the slots issue
BALTIMORE BULLETS:
The Loss Column’s “Dan The Man” remembers the Baltimore Bullets
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-The Steelers, like many other teams; will try to steel some emotion on a Monday Night by honoring their history. Like it or not, these tactics (as well as the throwback unis) actually work for some teams in generating extra emotion. When I read about the Steelers wearing T-Shirts that said “Use Me”, I couldn’t help but think that the Ravens could steel some emotion back by wearing T-Shirts in practice this week that said “USER” on them. If they beat the Steelers, they would then be given T-shirts saying “Consider yourself used.” It does seem a bit more like something you’d do at the collegiate level, but given the intensity of this game, I think it should be something the Ravens should consider.
-If Andruw Jones or Torii Hunter showed up in CF instead of Corey Patterson next season, I wouldn’t say a negative word; no matter the price. The Orioles need to make DRASTIC moves, and both guys are capable baseball players who are NOT named Albert Belle. Take a freaking chance.
-Press Box’s Stan Charles and Amber Theoharris proved to me how clueless they are this week. Stan “The Fan” has absolutely no clue of what “The Fans” actually think, and attempts to defend this buffoon Millar-probably because Millar is such a good dude in the clubhouse. Look, I talked to one of Millar’s cousins yesterday (accidentally); and even I had to admit that I LOVED Kevin Millar in the clubhouse. But if you are truly a FAN, you have to comprehend not only WHY Orioles fans are still mad, but you should be mad yourself! I’m done with writers trying to defend Kevin because of his good-guy status in the clubhouse. If you screw up, own up, and try to patch things up. I’m not letting this go.
On to Amber, who seems to think that the Media has somehow played a role in the “52 vs. AD” saga. Note to Amber-you’re in the locker room as much as everyone else. You can either try to pretend that everything is all good, and this was just blown out of proportion; or you can admit the truth (as you actually did earlier in the column!) Guys in this locker room ALL have egos (much like in every other locker room in the world), and the biggest of them all resides in the locker with the number 52 above it. These guys were going to open up at some point or another. AD probably earned the respect of 52 over the years, but I have no doubt that 52 made sure AD knew exactly who he was during his years in Baltimore. 52 is happy for the success of other players on this team, but that doesn’t mean that 52 is going to relinquish “his” locker room to any of them. He’s dominant, and everyone else in the room knows it. How freaking lame is it to blame the media for this? Could you imagine a columnist in New England blaming the media for Bill Belichick being a pompous ass? These guys are who they are; and no writer, talking head, or internet shill can ever change that. As my buddy Michael Silver from Yahoo! Sports would say, thank god there are people like us around to report the story, not just sugar coat it. Silver risked a personal friendship with Matt Leinart over one line in a story. But he did so because sometimes one line IS a story. (Silver and Leinart remained friends just so you know).
-I didn’t mention this earlier because there’s really no local angle in the story itself, but it jumps off the screen at me. Inside Lacrosse has confirmed that my beloved Arizona Sting will not play during the 2008 season, despite the National Lacrosse League’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The team would likely be broken up by a dispersal draft, with hopes that they could resume play in 2009. Poor attendance has been cited as a reason for the team going dark-although I don’t know how this league could really expect much more than 6-7,000 fans per game.
I digress. Attention Steve Biscotti, Kevin Plank, Ed Hale, Cal Ripken, STX, and anyone else who has money in the city of Baltimore. Please offer the Phoenix Coyotes a small amount of money to take the Arizona Sting off their hands. Move them to Baltimore. Give them a name that reflects your identity. Give them colors the same way. Give fans in Baltimore professional FREAKING lacrosse. Sign players from the area. This city WILL love Pro LAX again, just give them the chance. Thank you, that is all.
Talk to you tomorrow.
-G

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