Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

January 20, 2009 | Glenn Clark

Maryland 72, Virginia 63

Don’t let Gary Williams fool you; this IS a must win game. In fact, this might as well be the DEFINITION of a MUST WIN game. If Greivis, Bowie, and Milbourne can all play well on the same night; this will be closer to a 20 point win. More than likely; this will be close with 10 minutes to play though.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says ’09 Ravens will have ‘new look’

Casey Willett says Pettine, Mattison, Pagano, Fangio all candidates to replace Rex

Nestor Aparicio says Ravens fans lost chance to have fun in Tampa

Bob Haynie says Ravens gave fans plenty of memories

Drew Forrester wonders if Markakis will regret signing extension

Casey Willett expects Kokinis to go to Browns soon

Casey Willett says Mazzone thinks coming to Orioles was ‘huge mistake’

Nestor Aparicio says Mazzone confirmed what we already knew

Drew Forrester says Leonhard ‘open’ to leaving Baltimore

Casey Willett says Landry ‘on target’ to prepare to return next season

Alex Thomas says season ended ‘too early’ for Ravens

Ed Frankovic says Caps get two from Ovechkin in win over Islanders

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh wants Ravens to remain ‘proud’ despite loss

The Official Site’s Denver Parler says McGahee had ‘solid day’ in AFC Championship Game loss

The Official Site’s Kristen Deahl says Suggs manned up for big day Sunday

The Official Site’s Scott Garceau says Ravens ‘won hearts’ despite losing game

The Official Site says McGahee expected to have ‘complete recovery’ from injury

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says MRI, CAT scans on McGahee ‘checked out good’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens know they need to ‘build off’ surprising season

The Sun’s Edward Lee says J. Brown, Leonhard amongst Ravens who’d like to return

Newsday’s Bob Glauber says turning Jets around won’t be easy for Rex Ryan

The AP’s David Ginsburg says McGahee ‘didn’t see (Ryan Clark) coming in 4th quarter’

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Flacco ‘melted’ vs. Steelers

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says McGahee ‘blacked out’ after hit

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Harbaugh thinks Rex Ryan will be ‘great head coach’

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Scott doesn’t want to think about football for a little while

The Examiner’s Phil Macek thinks Ravens will have ‘different chemistry and spirit’ next season

Aaron Wilson says locker room ‘relatively somber’ Monday after AFC Championship loss

Aaron Wilson says Rex Ryan ‘proud’ to join Jets organization

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Scott ‘may well have played last game in Ravens uniform’

Washington Times’ David Elfin says Suggs hopes Ravens ‘want to keep (him) around’

ESPN.com says Jets GM Johnson thinks Rex ‘right man for job’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘hurt’ by loss of Rolle

Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez says Cornerback Ravens’ biggest area of need

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens ‘C’ for AFC Championship Game performance

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says 12 players in organization participating in WBC

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis, Birds agree to 6 year, $66 million deal

The Official Site’s Mark Bowman says Birds trade Bierd to Red Sox for David Pauley

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Markakis to return to Baltimore this week for physical, contract signing

The Sun says Pauley went 0-1 with 11.68 ERA in two starts for Red Sox last season

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Pauley will likely join competition for rotation spot

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says A. Jones thinking about ‘upcoming season’; not getting own contract extension

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Mazzone thinks leaving Braves for O’s ‘biggest  mistake of his career’

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker says Pauley put up stellar numbers at Pawtucket

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Pauley could be headed to bullpen or Norfolk if not rotation

The AP says Markakis extension means Orioles won’t have to go to arbitration for next three years

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with Virginia

The Official Site offers complete Terps/Cavs preview (pdf)

Virginia Official Site previews tonight’s game at Comcast Center

Virginia Official Site offers complete Maryland-Virginia release (pdf)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker thinks Gary needs to keep things ‘positive’ for Terps

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary knows Terps ‘can’t afford poor shooting’

The Sun’s Don Markus says Terps need ‘deeper bench’, ‘take better shots’, ‘play under control’

The Examiner’s Dylan Waugh thinks Terps should start Mosley instead of Hayes

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Terps ‘already fighting uphill battle’

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terps had shoot-around at 11am yesterday to work out ‘shooting woes’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Milbourne adjusting to ‘new role’ for Terps

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary wants team to watch Obama inauguration

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps amongst worst shooters in ACC

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Neal thinks tonight basically ‘must win’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary thought Milbourne tried to win Florida State game on own

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary thinks Terps playing ‘good defense’ with smaller lineup

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Cavs came to College Park early due to Inauguration traffic

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hayes thinks tonight’s game ‘close to must-win’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have been best with Bowie on floor

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cavs beat writer White thinks Cavs happy to not have to worry about going 0-16 in ACC play

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Leitao, Cavs forced to stay far from College Park due to inauguration taking hotel rooms

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps won’t improve without improving shooting

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Cavs have received scoring help from freshman Landesberg

Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Jeff White says Cavs prepared to face ‘small’ Terps

Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star’s Taft Coghill Jr. says Landesberg has to get over poor performance against Tar Heels

ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi has Terps 5th amongst teams OUT

ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi says Terps should have scheduled earlier road games

SI’s Andy Glockner says RPI keeping Terps OUT right now

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in with prospects at DeMatha-McNamara (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Dave Telep checks in on prospect Buie (must subscribe)

Terp Center’s Seth Hoffman says Neal thinks Terps will get in Tournament with 9-7 ACC record

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Kizer named ACC Rookie of the Week

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Ryan Donohue came to Maryland for program’s authenticity

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says no Terps in Super Bowl

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former Maryland assistant Rychleski could join Colts

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says ’08 O-Line did not meet expectations

ESPN Research’s Chris Fallica, Nick Loucks, and Harold Shelton say Terps 31st most ‘prestigious’ program since ‘36

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps’ ‘prestige’ helped by ACC titles in 80’s; ’53 national title

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps’ O-Line ‘most overrated unit’ in ’08 ACC season

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh checks in with prospect Pete White (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASEBALL:

The Examiner’s Tom Flynn thinks Terps will be top baseball team in state

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Retrievers fall at Vermont without Greene, Flemming

The AP says Retrievers dressed only 7 in loss to Catamounts

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The AP says Holmes scores 29 as Bears blow out Bethune-Cookman

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Bears top team in Baltimore

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Lamar Twitty scored 21, but Eagles fell to Florida A&M

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Barney named MAAC Player of the Week

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Neal Pitt scores 27, but Hawks fall at Norfolk State

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Goode named NEC Player of the Week

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-With no High School Sports yesterday due to the Martin Luther King Holiday; we had a special search for the SunTrust Athlete of the Morning today. Our “team of the winter” nominees included the Boys Basketball team at Calvert Hall and the wrestling team at McDonough; but in the end our winner is the Girls’ Basketball team at St. Paul’s. Listener Dave Cunningham says the girls are 17-0 despite missing 2 starters and only being able to go 8 deep. Congratulations!

Recapping “Who Knows Drew” from this morning……
-Drew picked Scenario A for the Ravens; re-signing Ray and Jason Brown; letting Suggs and Bart Scott go; drafting Darrius Heyward-Bey; and signing Bryant McFadden. (Scenario B had the Ravens losing Ray and Brown; but signing Scott and Suggs. Suggs and Chris McAlister would then be traded for Anquan Boldin; the Ravens would sign Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha, and draft Virginia LB Clint Sintim.)
-Having to win ONE game; Drew would rather start Joe Montana than John Elway or Tom Brady
-Drew would rather attend the NHL Skills Competition than the MLB Home Run Derby or the NBA Slam Dunk Contest and 3 Point Shootout.
-Drew would NOT trade Ray Lewis and Ed Reed for Troy Polamalu and James Harrison
-If Drew was putting for the win on the 18th hole at the Masters and Jim Nantz was sick; he’d have Johnny Miller make the call instead.

-I understand that the opinion of Anquan Boldin has soured amongst a number of people due to his ‘antics’ at the end of the NFC Championship Game. Knowing Anquan Boldin; I would still be THRILLED to have him wear purple next season. Please check out THIS blog entry from Arizona Republic Cardinals beat writer Kent Somers; which is a fair assessment of Boldin.

-Nick Markakis CANNOT regret signing a 6 year deal with the Orioles; as he had no one else to sign with. He was not going to be a free agent for another 3 years; and even if everything were to go perfectly for 3 years; he would be 28 when his next contract would start. If he were to sign a 6 year deal THEN; he would be 34 when it ended and would have a tough time getting another big contract. But he will be 31 after this big money deal ends; and he will have the option to leave the Orioles and sign another mega deal with a contender should things not turn around here. He makes more money, gets security; and can control the market for a big deal in 6 years if he continues to perform. He might not play an important game (and probably won’t) during the length of the deal; but he will NEVER regret it.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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