Thanks for your feedback on our new format for Crabs and Beer. I’m having a Happy Tuesday because our own Barry Aparicio decided to stop at Bojangles yesterday in Prince George’s County to bring me a gift…
1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Ravens already in “playoff mode” before playoffs open
I don’t take much from this. I’d rather be a good team than a team that’s won “must win” games coming in. I guess if there was a way to be both (sorta similar to the Cowboys maybe), that would be ideal. I really don’t think a “must” win in Oakland helps out much when a team has to go to Gillette Stadium to beat Tom Brady and company.
2. The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh will stick with Katula Sunday in Foxborough
I think this is a mistake. I know the Ravens are continuing to say that Katula’s issues are NOT due to his elbow injury, but this is getting to be about a 50-50 proposition with Katula regarding whether or not his snap will be on target. The Ravens wouldn’t have to sign someone “off the street” as they have a snapper (Nick Sundberg-a rookie out of Cal) who has been working with Billy Cundiff and Sam Koch in practice. The Ravens would have to let go of a player like Keith Fitzhugh or place Katula on IR to make this move-but I don’t think they can afford to just keep trusting Katula at this point.
If “Ice Box” from Little Giants was available, I’d take her….
3. Ravens Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens will host Denver, visit Houston as 2010 opponents finalized
Here’s how the opponents list shakes out for 2010…..
New York Jets
The best news there is that the only trip that absolutely REQUIRES a flight is Houston. The bad news is there are 11 games on that schedule that look particularly difficult right now-and who knows how that might play out next season.
4. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh hasn’t heard from Bills about Cam Cameron
John Harbaugh is right to want Cam Cameron to stick around. Of course, if he doesn’t; why wouldn’t John just hire Jack Harbaugh or Jim Harbaugh to take the job?
Additionally, in an interview with Drew Forrester on AM1570 WNST Tuesday morning, Ravens Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta wouldn’t confirm any discussions with other NFL teams about GM openings (we’ve heard rumors about Seattle specifically), but instead said “I believe in this team” and “I want to bring many Super Bowls to Baltimore.”
And with rumors swirling regarding our own Brian Billick being a candidate for the job in Buffalo, the coach said the following yesterday on NFL Network, per ProFootballTalk.com:
“I’ve not had any contact with the Bills as of yet”
If you want to ask Coach Billick about the rumors yourself, make sure to come on out to Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square on Thursday night. I’ll be the guy with 8-10 Spicy Chicken sandwiches and a gallon of sweat tea in front of him.
5. Boston Globe’s Monique Walker says Julian Edelman expected to make playoff debut for Pats with Wes Welker hurt
Bill Belichick will of course not confirm anything….ever….but with New England’s only other option being Sam Aiken, I think this is a pretty safe bet that Edelman will be the guy. I know a lot of Ravens fans have been celebrating the Wes Welker injury this week, but don’t downplay Julian Edelman. The guy can play.
6. Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says Ravens expect to ‘grind’ opponents in AFC playoffs
Of course, they HAVE to expect to “grind” opponents, because Joe Flacco hasn’t played well enough against good teams for them to expect to do much of anything else. I’d be pleasantly surprised if that changed Sunday though…
7. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says three teams interested in former Orioles 3B Melvin Mora
I will be rooting OPENLY for Melvin Mora wherever he ends up next season. His agent told Connolly that none of the teams that are interested are in the AL East or NL East, which means Melvin won’t be able to stay close to his family in Bel Air-which is unfortunate. Melvin Mora was a class act in a time when nothing baseball-wise in Baltimore was really even worth noticing.
8. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Gerald Lee did Towson in as Old Dominion cruised to victory
Old Dominion is a pretty good team (remember, they have a win over Georgetown already), but the Tigers HAVE to be able to win home games in the CAA-or this is just going to be the same old story for Pat Kennedy and company. It seems like the Tigers can’t put together a solid effort from both Robert Nwankwo inside and one of their guards outside. Towson is back in action Wednesday night at Hofstra.
9. Loyola Official Site says Hounds couldn’t hang with Siena without Brett Harvey
Clearly, this is a mix of the Saints being REALLY good, and the Greyhounds being in a really bad spot without Brett Harvey. Jimmy Patsos’ team wouldn’t have been the only team to lose to Siena in those circumstances, but certainly they missed on an opportunity to make a statement in the MAAC. Clarence Jackson (24 points) is a PLAYER for Siena. Loyola is at Fairfield Friday night, that game is on ESPNU.
It’s hard to tell if these are games the Bears should be winning. Obviously a 78-75 final means Todd Bozeman’s crew was in it until the end (it was the final minute when RMU pulled away), but you would think Robert Morris would be the type of team Morgan should beat. I guess we have to temper the fact that they’ve won a lot of big games with the fact that they’re still in the lowly MEAC; but it does feel like a game they should have won. Tough schedule for Morgan-they’re at Baylor Wednesday night.
11. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Gary Williams not happy with Terps having to open ACC play with 2 games in 3 days
I guess there’s an argument to be made that playing at Wake Forest just 48 hours after playing Florida State at home is a bit unfair, but ACC teams will all have to do this at some point. Having a bye to open conference season probably is less than helpful as well, but it’s just scheduling. Gary does love to point these things out though. Somewhere today, he’s reminding someone that the Terrapins beat both Michigan State and North Carolina last season…..
12. Korea Times’ Yoon Chul says Jin Soo Choi to leave Maryland, hopes to play professionally in Korea
And thus ends a noble experiment that just didn’t pan out. Jin Soo was going to have academic struggles in a place like College Park no matter what-as he barely spoke the language to begin with. Gary Williams’ hope was that he’d turn out to be a good enough player to make the extra work they’d have to do with him worthwhile. Obviously, it didn’t work out that way.
And as Patrick Stevens mentioned on Twitter, I appreciate Jin Soo’s honesty…
“Studying causes me a lot of stress. I only want to play basketball, I don’t want to have to think about studying.”
-I leave you with the moment I will admit I had no idea would ever happen. If you’ve ever been a fan of pro wrestling, I think you had to get goosebumps watching Bret Hart return last night on RAW and seeing Vince McMahon turn on him to set up whatever might happen in the future…..
Awesome. Talk to you tomorrow.
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..