Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

January 06, 2009 | Glenn Clark

Nestor said it right this morning.

If you could take any ONE player to start a team that had to win NEXT SEASON; there would be a serious argument for Ed Reed.

He’s been THAT good recently. He’s been THAT much of a difference maker.

Everyone in football wants to have an Ed Reed on their team. I used to be in the camp that Polamalu might be better than Reed; but I’m out of that camp again.

Ed Reed IS the best defensive player in football. That doesn’t mean that he deserved Defensive player of the year honors; but he is absolutely the best defensive player in football.

And he’d be somewhere in my Top 5 players (non-QB) to start a team with and win. With Brian Westbrook, James Harrison, Andre Johnson, and maybe even Calvin Johnson.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Casey Willett says Harbaugh pleased with fans in Miami, greeting Ravens

Jason Jubb says Ravens will have to beat QB’s with Super Bowl experience

Nestor Aparicio says bus trips selling quickly

Bob Haynie won’t miss transferring Josh Portis

WNST partying in Nashville Friday and Saturday

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco doesn’t want to just be ‘game manager’

The Official Site’s Scott Garceau says beating team twice on road in same season not easy

The Official Site says Harbaugh ‘expects’ Ray Rice to play Saturday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco expects offense to be ready to go vs. Titans

Titans Official Site offers complete game release (pdf)

The AP’s Teresa Walker says Titans ready to make own Super Bowl push

NFL.com’s Vic Carucci says Ravens will have ‘difficult challenge’ running on Titans

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley breaks down ’00, ’08 defenses position by position

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says ’08 defense ‘building’ great reputation; Kevin Eck says ’00 amongst best defenses ever

The Sun’s Mike Preston says path to Super Bowl slightly easier

The Sun’s Edward Lee and Jamison Hensley say Ravens working today due to gameday Saturday

The Sun’s Childs Walker says Ravens enjoy lack of ‘respect’

The Sun says Harbaugh, Flacco, Reed all have reasons to feel ‘dissed’

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Titans coach Fisher thinking about Saturday, not history of rivalry

The Sun’s Andrew Ratner says Ravens bloggers happy for season to stretch on

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Titans 3 point favorites

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Flacco just trying to ‘make plays’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens ‘need’ healthy Rice on 3rd down vs. Titans

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Harbaugh thinks Reed deserved defensive player of the year

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Ravens, Titans continuing history Saturday in Nashville

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Harrison winning defensive player of the year over Reed ‘joke’

The Examiner’s Phil Macek ‘loves’ Ed Reed

Aaron Wilson says ’08 run ‘eerily reminiscent’ to ’00 run

Aaron Wilson says Kokinis, Rex Ryan not allowed to interview for jobs until after Titans game

The AP says Ravens looking to invoke ’00 memories this weekend against Tennessee

The Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt says Haynesworth, Vanden Bosch healthy for this weekend’s game

The Tennessean’s Gary Estwick says Neal, Mason, Rolle returning to Nashville this weekend

The Tennessean’s Gary Estwick and Jim Wyatt say Titans ‘concerned’ with Reed

Nashville City Paper’s Terry McCormick says Fisher thinks Ravens, Titans ‘built the same way’ as ’00 teams

ESPN.com’s James Walker says with Steelers, Titans still in playoffs nothing easy for Ravens

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco ‘better’ than stats showed Sunday

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens ‘A’ for performance Sunday

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps 2nd in COUNTRY in free throw shooting

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Gary thinks ACC more than just Carolina, Duke

The Examiner’s Ben Shlesinger says single game tickets available to Terrapin Club members

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps have ‘ability’ to play solid defense

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps get more votes in AP poll

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Goins undergoing another evaluation

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary doesn’t want Terps looking past Bears

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Mosley ‘needed’ performance against Charlotte

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 3 writers voted for Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary hoping to get Goins out of boot

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Terps 28th best team in country

ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi has Terps OUT

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Vasquez remains polarizing figure (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Mackall impressed in Myrtle Beach

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says prospect Jenkins to visit Penn State

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Cannon got chance to shine in Boise (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says two Terps All-ACC

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Franklin scores winning hoop with two seconds left to beat Delaware

The Sun says Tigers finished win on 12-5 run

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Tigers looking to bounce back in CAA play

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Tigers top team in Baltimore

TOWSON LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says Rosensweig named All-CAA

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Barney scores 20 but Hounds lose at Niagara

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Goode reaches 1,000 career points in Mount’s loss to Robert Morris

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says ‘Eers fall to 0-3 in NEC

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Cajou thinks Eers can bounce back

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Lange wins 100th career game as Mids beat Elon

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Mids need ‘big’ play

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Spalding’s Haworth excited about Academy commitment

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says 9 Mids “All-Service Academy”

UMES BASKETBALL:

The AP says Griffin gets 20 points, 16 boards as Oklahoma crushes Hawks

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tomorrow’s tilt with Terps

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Jays 5th in preseason poll

The Official Site says 6 Jays honored as All-Americans

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Kase named ECAC All-Star

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Retrievers know life won’t be easy with target on back in America East

UMBC LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says Retrievers expected to win America East

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Flanagan expected to return to broadcast booth

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds have 40 days to put roster together before pitchers and catchers report

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker wonders if Orioles passion will ever again reach level of Ravens passion in Baltimore

BLAST:

The Official Site says Carlos Garcia honored by NISL

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-It’s a shame things didn’t work out with Josh Portis at Maryland. I don’t think he was ever destined to be a star; but he certainly could have been a contributor. That would have been very nice.

-G

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