It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because Stone Cold Steve Austin was back on WWE Raw last night. Sadly, it was a reminder that no matter how much you want it to be, pro wrestling just isn’t as good as it used to be.
We all like to blame it on the fact that the product has been watered down-and there’s no doubt that to some extent it has been. But it also has something to do with us getting older ourselves, as we long for the things we loved as children. Like Stone Cold spraying Vince McMahon and The Rock down with beer….
Let’s see what everyone has to say….
1. Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Aubrey Coleman won’t practice until Thursday according to Houston coach Tom Penders
But there doesn’t appear to be any threat that he won’t play, so I don’t feel any better than I did before. Of course, I wasn’t that nervous about this game before, so that isn’t saying too much.
For those who say things like “don’t kid yourself, the Cougars aren’t going to be a pushover”; OF COURSE they aren’t. They’re in the NCAA Tournament. Vermont won’t be a pushover in the 1-16 game they play against Syracuse.
BUT-this nonsense about Houston being a difficult matchup for Maryland is INSANE. The matchup-basketball wise-couldn’t possibly favor Maryland more. Tom Penders’ club is an up and down the floor team that is prone to turning the ball over a TON. Gary Williams’ team is a team that THRIVES on causing turnovers, and would like nothing more than to go up and down the floor.
Matchup-wise, it’s PERFECT. In fact, it’s the type of matchup that a Gary Williams-coached team should be able to turn into a double digit win. Houston isn’t particularly good, they’re just capable of scoring a bunch of points. They were a .500 team entering the Conference USA Tournament.
How else do I say this?
A Houston win over Maryland would be a MONUMENTAL upset. This isn’t a toss-up. There’s a reason Maryland is favored by about 10 points.
BUT….they can’t come out flat. They can’t just assume they’ll win. They have to play. But they should be able to take care of business fairly easily.
I’m not sure I’d even be able to keep my pants on if I were able to listen to Gus Johnson call a Morgan State upset of West Virginia on Friday afternoon. I mean, I could listen to Gus Johnson all day….
I like Tim Brando just as much as the next guy, but clearly Morgan is the winner in the announcer battle here. As much as I love Jim Nantz, Gus Johnson and Len Elmore should do the Final Four.
3. The Sun’s Ken Murray says Bozeman relied heavily on Baltimore recruiting to build Bears
I wrote about this in my column Saturday after the MEAC Tournament championship game. I love the concept of “Baltimore Tough”, and this group of kids EMBODIES that mentality. They come from tough backgrounds, and they use it to fuel their success.
It makes this Morgan State run even more meaningful to me. With no offense to Jay Greene or Darryl Proctor (who was actually from Prince George’s County), it is MORE meaningful for me to see a Baltimore team have success thanks to Baltimore kids.
4. Maryland Official Site says Terrapins women had NCAA Tournament bubble burst, will face Iona Friday in WNIT
Hard to believe there can even be a Women’s Tournament without Brenda Frese’s squad being involved; but it’s hard to say they deserved to make it this season either. They finished with a sub-.500 record in the ACC, a lack of any marquee nonconference wins, and a very bad loss to Towson earlier in the season.
She’s bringing in a ton of talent, so this should be nothing more than a 1 year miss. Great men’s programs (including UConn this season) have gone through the same thing.
5. Inside Lacrosse’s Tommy Kehoe says Grant Catalino had 2 goals, 4 assists as Terps beat Penn in College Park
Dave Cottle’s team remains undefeated, and should be able to stay that way when they visit UMBC this Saturday. They needed a great start too, as the schedule gets no easier. Using the hot start to build confidence will help them with Virginia, North Carolina, Johns Hopkins and Navy still to come.
6. Towson Official Site previews Tigers’ battle with Navy tonight at Unitas Stadium
This should be entertaining, as both the Tigers and Midshipmen need a victory tonight. The Mids have struggled, and Towson is WINLESS.
Big game tonight. Worth heading over to Unitas Stadium to check it out.
Unless you’re too busy watching “The Biggest Loser.” In which case……really?
Insert your own Luke Scott “shot” joke here…..
That being said, I’m of course excited to see Brandon Snyder hit his first home run.
My guess? He’ll hit 82 more this season.
8. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Brandon Erbe, Troy Patton amongst 7 Birds cut from Spring Training roster, sent to minor league camp
No surprises here. Troy Patton was a longshot to make it to Baltimore, and Brandon Erbe is still a project moving forward.
You know what IS a surprise, though? That Florida volleyball player Kari Klinkenborg would date Terrell Owens…..
9. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and Peter Schmuck say Brian Roberts returned to Sarasota after receiving epidural for ailing back
I think I’m just going to stop speculating on the whole Brian Roberts injury thing. I think it might be a problem. But since I’m not really welcome around the Orioles, I don’t know.
I wish I could tell you more.
10. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Edgar Jones, Marcus Paschal sign deals with Ravens
Book the rooms in Arlington. Print the Super Bowl tickets.
This really changes nothing about the Ravens’ offseason plans. Marcus Paschal is by no means a player that can be assumed to make the roster out of Training Camp. Edgar Jones may be nothing more than a special teams player.
BUT….this is how business works in the NFL.
11. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Donte’ Stallworth had to ‘shake the rust’ on first day of voluntary workouts in Owings Mills
And Joe Flacco had to shake the sleep out of his eyes when he looked up and saw an actual GROUP of capable Wide Receivers.
(Edit from GMC: I’m kidding. I don’t even know who was there. There’s no media availability at 1 Winning Drive. Yet….the team “reports” on it. Of course they do.)
12. Youngstown Vindicator says Ravens were in attendance for Youngstown State WR Donald Jones’ Pro Day
The surprising part about this is that there’s a newspaper called “The Vindicator.” That sounds like the name of a pro wrestler.
In fact, I think I’m going to be known as “The Vindicator” in the future. And Ray Bachman will be known as “The Indigestor”…..
And finally, I leave you with this….
Thanks Busted Coverage for this video of hot chicks reading lines from “The Big Lebowski.” Is it good? No. But is it the type of idea I can get behind? YES.
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….