Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

October 21, 2008 | Glenn Clark

It’s Tuesday, so here is MY Tuesday Top 7……7-Chris Chester

Of every player this team has; Chris Chester has as much a reason as anyone to have given up by now; but with another chance, he made the most of his playing time. Chester used his athleticism to give the line a solid pull.

6-Ray Lewis

He deserves to be higher; but I just plain expect this out of him. He had ten tackles and controlled the field. It’s an A+ performance anywhere else; but it might be Ray’s 100th best game or so of his career.

5-Jared Gaither

He’s like a brand new man. It is truly remarkable how much he has improved this season; and it is evident every week. With his size and strength; he SHOULD be good. We just didn’t know for sure that he WOULD be good.

4-Joe Flacco

The most impressive thing about Flacco’s performance is that it comes on the heels of his WORST performance of his career a week ago in Indianapolis. He still needs to improve downfield, but that was very impressive.

3-Derrick Mason

He is absolutely THE most professional Wide Receiver in all of football. He continues to give Joe Flacco a comfort level, and he continues to do nothing but make plays for this offense.

2-Terrell Suggs

The bottom line is that this is a better team when the defense can score points as well. They shouldn’t be relied on to score; but the Ravens are better when they DO score. Suggs also added a sack and just had an overall strong game.

1-Willis McGahee

When Da’Rel Scott fumbled THREE TIMES for Maryland Saturday; Ralph Friedgen said he wasn’t concerned. He went on to say that a couple of Scott’s fumbles occurred when he was giving too much effort……trying too hard to extend for extra yards; etc. That was what Willis’ fumble reminded me of on Sunday. He was almost giving too much effort. But if he can use yesterday’s game as a springboard to future explosiveness; this offense has a new dynamic. His ability to be a homerun threat is key; as this offense lacks other similar weapons.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester

thinks McGahee top Raven Sunday

Nestor Aparicio ‘continuously amazed’ by 52

RAVENS:The Official Site’s Mike Duffy


says Harbaugh calls McAlister benching ‘football decision’

The Official Site’s Scott Garceau says Ravens have ‘mo’ back after Miami win

The Official Site says Harbaugh reports ‘no new injuries’ from Dolphins game

Raiders Official Site’s Cody Sterling says Janikowski trying to move past big kick and prepare for Ravens

Raiders Official Site says Cable reports team will travel east Friday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh ‘extremely vague’ in McAlister explanation

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Terry needs surgery, could return Nov. 9

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens can use all 3 backs effectively

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Ravens’ Ryan better than Raiders’ Ryan

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Dolphins win improves Ravens’ ‘psyche’

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks McAlister, Harbaugh could be squabbling

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh moves T. Smith back to 2nd on depth chart

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cameron got ‘last word’ in battle with Dolphins

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Heap ‘building chemistry’ with Flacco

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Ravens very much part of picture in AFC

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck ‘impressed’ by Harbaugh’s ‘authority’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck doesn’t think Raiders fans traveling to Baltimore

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Harbaugh claims McAlister not playing because he’s not amongst ‘best 11 players on the field’

Aaron Wilson says McAlister has ‘history of issues’ in Baltimore

Aaron Wilson says Rolle, Landry could return Sunday

The AP says Harbaugh still considers McAlister ‘part of plans’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says McGahee’s performance helped make Flacco’s life easier

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Suggs ‘hot’ right now

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco thinks Ravens may have ended use of Wildcat

ORIOLES:The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin


says Birds release Loewen; who will likely return with minor league deal

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Huff, R. Hernandez, Sherrill could all be available this offseason

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says scenario ‘highly unlikely’ where Loewen signs with another team

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds outright Bierd, Fahey, Santos, Fiorentino, Cherry

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Wieters, Matusz ‘rising stars’ in Arizona

The AP says Loewen will still attempt comeback as position player

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Loewen must clear waivers before signing elsewhere



previews Maryland-NC State

The Official Site offers complete Maryland-NC State release (pdf)The Official Site

says Turner, Campbell honored by ACC

The Official Site says Ralph to enjoy ‘Breakfast’ Friday

NC State Official Site’s Tim Peeler says O’Brien thinks Maryland ‘capable of being a championship-caliber football team’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker thinks Scott performing at ’80 percent’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps trying to sell suites

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says bad losses keep Terps from Top 25

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp O’Brien has another big week

Washington Post’s Alan Goldenbach says Roosevelt LB Drakeford commits to Maryland

Washington Post’s Dan Uthman says Woodbridge RB Williams still has Maryland in picture

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Terps should have 3rd down advantage on NC State

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Turner offensive back of week, Campbell offensive lineman of week in ACC

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says NC State looks like ‘pretty bad football team’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps chose to nominate Turner ahead of DHB

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps’ final 2 games will help determine ACC Champion

Rivals.com’s Mike Huguenin thinks Terps 34th best team in country

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps’ defense ‘dominated’ Deacons

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps can’t lose ‘trap games’ if they want to be contender

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:The Diamondback’s Mark Selig


says ‘Madness’ big for recruiting

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says J. Williams commits to Terps (must subscribe)TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken

says Frese adds two to fold

NAVY FOOTBALL:The Official Site


previews Navy-SMU

The Official Site offers complete Navy-SMU release (pdf)The Official Site’s Bob Socci

says Kettani needed bye week

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Dobbs ‘can help’ Mids immediately

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says KNKE ‘unlikely’ to play Saturday

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Bryant will start Saturday

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Niumatalolo could expand White’s role in offense



says Mids wrap up first weekend of practice



previews trip to New Hampshire

MORGAN FOOTBALL:The Examiner’s Dave Carey


says Bears want to avenge last year’s loss to Delaware St.SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site

says Gulls up to 15th in poll

HOPKINS LACROSSE:Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy


checks in on fall Jays

BLAST:The Official Site


says team adds Healey, Buete, Tirschman

The Sun’s Kent Baker says Blast kick off practice

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Coach Kelly thinks some players ‘out of shape’ in first Blast practice



says HdG’s Brooks Coach of the Week

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:-John Harbaugh please hear my cry. JUST BE HONEST. You don’t have to give everything away; but we JUST WANT YOU TO BE HONEST WITH US! There is no need for you to be so wishy-washy. We will all find out the truth eventually. Just say that the McAlister situation is related to discipline somehow; and everything will be fine. That’s all we’re asking for!

-Adam Loewen’s release is basically irrelevant. They couldn’t afford to pay him as a major leaguer when they have serious doubts that he will ever make the major leagues as a position player. He will get his chance in this organization for sure.

-Congratulations to Gary and Ralph on big commitments yesterday. If Jordan Williams can just be as good as Jamar Smith; I’d be okay with that.

Talk to you tomorrow.