It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because-as an Andy Roddick fan-I’m very personally happy for his wife (Brooklyn Decker), who was unveiled as the cover gal for the new SI swimsuit issue…
Of course, I think A-Rod himself may have been a better choice….
Let’s see what everyone has to say…
1. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Vasquez joins rare company by being named ACC Player of the Week again
As Patrick (who ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich appropriately nicknamed “Stat-rick” years back) points out, Greivis is only the 4th player in Terrapins history to receive the honor multiple times in multiple seasons. The other 3 players are John Gilchrist, Albert King and some guy you might have heard of….
2. SI’s Seth Davis says Vasquez “best player in ACC”, doesn’t have Terps in Top 25
I THINK Sylvan Landesberg is the best player in the ACC myself. BUT, there is ABSOLUTELY an argument that Vasquez is playing as well as Landesberg if not better-and my guess is that Maryland will have more staying power than Virginia near the top of the league.
The only argument analysts have for leaving Maryland out of the Top 25 (and they didn’t crack the AP or USA Today Coaches’ Polls) is that they haven’t REALLY beaten anyone-other than sweeping Florida State. That’s a fair argument. They get a chance to play two good teams this week, but the only win that would really mean anything would be Saturday at Duke…
3. ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi has Terps IN as 8 seed in NCAA Tournament; Morgan State in as 15 seed
Which-due to who they’ve defeated-is exactly where they should be right now. The good news for Gary Williams’ team is that they get the next month to figure out what type of seed they’re going to have in the Tournament. If they keep winning, they can be as high as a 3 or a 4 seed. If they go 4-4 over the next 8 games, they’ll be in about the same spot as they are right now.
4. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Morgan State went through “nightmare” 2 day stretch before surviving Bethune-Cookman 48-47
I warned yesterday that Morgan was going to be hard pressed to beat Bethune-Cookman due to having to play 2 games in a 26 hour span. They were tired in the 2nd half, and Reggie Holmes had nothing to offer. On top of that, there were some real issues surrounding the team this weekend-and you could see how much it weighed on Todd Bozeman even after the game.
My guess is that after surviving this weekend, the Bears will go on to finish 16-0 in MEAC play. That being said, it is absolutely meaningless if they do or they don’t. They really just need to make sure they win the MEAC Tournament. It would be special if they could do both. They step out of conference play to face Winston-Salem State Saturday.
5. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Jarrel Smith tallied 21 points to help Towson survive late rally from JMU
I was following Drew on Twitter last night (follow us @WNST) while I was sitting at Hill Field House, and I found it humorous that he kept saying things like “this would be an epic collapse” and “there’s no way Towson can blow this, right?”
You just sorta knew it was still going to be interesting.
Good for the Tigers for holding on. They’re hoping to face UNC-Wilmington tomorrow night at the Towson Center, but obviously the weather remains a factor. If they play the game and you can’t make it out, it is scheduled to be aired on MASN.
6. WNST.net’s Corey Johns says Spadafora lead UMBC with 14 points in blowout loss to Maine
I was sort of afraid this would happen. The Black Bears hadn’t forgotten how the Retrievers came up to Maine 9 days earlier and stole a win to knock them out of first place in the America East; and they had payback on their minds. On top of that, Randy Monroe’s team is just unfortunately not that good.
They’ll be back in action Thursday night at Hartford, that game is scheduled to be on MASN as well. I love Randy Monroe AND Hartford SID Sam Angell, but I think I might choose to look at pictures of Lorraine Nicholson instead…
As I said yesterday, thank God they beat the Rattlers-because there might not have been another MEAC win on the schedule for Fang Mitchell’s Eagles.
He has players there. He’s trying to find the right group of guys to stay on the floor. Hopefully a blowout win can help them gel together moving forward. They return to action Saturday against South Carolina State at the Coppin State Physical Education Complex.
8. Washington Post’s Kathy Orton says Maryland women had no answer for Monica Wright, whose 34 lifted Virginia to victory
At this point, it will take something very dramatic for Brenda Frese’s team to continue their streak of NCAA Tournament appearances. They’re now 3-6 in the ACC, and 3 of their last 5 games are on the road.
They have talented players, they just don’t have a good mix. The good news for Brenda is that she has PLENTY of talent coming next season and only one senior (Lori Bjork), so they should be okay for the future.
They’ll try to start their one final push this season at Wake Forest on Thursday night.
9. Ravens Official Site’s John Eisenberg says Ravens will need ‘first rate offense’ to get past Colts in AFC
You can’t really argue with this.
Sure, the Ravens played the Colts close in Baltimore despite not having a GREAT offense this season-but to stay near the top of the AFC and be able to host AFC Championship Games and reach Super Bowls, you have to be able to compete with teams like Indianapolis offensively.
They have to have more than one capable receiver to do it, too. It isn’t JUST a case of needing one go-to receiver. They need to have multiple go-to receivers, a tight end that is seriously in the mix, AND a solid RB (which is the only place they currently have an advantage over Indy).
On top of that, the quarterback needs to be playing at a high level. Joe Flacco doesn’t need to be Peyton Manning, but he needs to be better than he was last season.
10. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Donte’ Stallworth ‘interesting free agent’ for team to consider after being released by Browns
We talked about it this morning on “The Comcast Morning Show” on AM1570, and I got the idea that fans were less against Stallworth because of the DUI/manslaughter issue than they were because Stallworth has never had a 1,000 yard receiving season.
I wouldn’t be opposed to the addition of Stallworth if it came via these situations:
1-He isn’t brought in as “the answer” at receiver, but instead to be the team’s 3rd or 4th guy. He’s had a better career than Mark Clayton, Kelley Washington, Demetrius Williams and Marcus Smith-possibly combined. I would like to see Washington back in the mix, and Smith is still under contract, but Stallworth could fit if they brought in a #1 receiver and kept Derrick Mason.
2-He comes cheap. The CBA issues are going to limit what this team can do. If Stallworth is available cheap, they might get better value there.
11. MLB.com’s Spencer Fordin says Birds could still add another left-handed reliever before Spring Training
I want to add some analysis here, I’m just uninspired. If they add a lefty, I hope it isn’t the “Hefty Lefty”….
12. The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Charm City Challenge canceled due to lack of corporate sponsorship
I hope you understand why it is such a shame this is happening. I really hope this is just a 1 year absence and not a permanent cancellation.
And finally, I leave you with this…
If you haven’t been a fan of Wale thus far (and you SHOULD be), you’re going to have to start soon. Check out his new video “Pretty Girls”…not only will you like his O’s hat, you might enjoy the Ray Rice cameo as well…
Talk to you later.
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….