Tuesday Morning’s Crabs & Beer

November 20, 2007 | Glenn Clark

I’m not re-hashing anything else from Sunday’s game. The Field Goal was good. A good team would have responded. A good team wouldn’t have been in the situation. This was a bad team that was hoping to get a lucky win. They didn’t. Now they have to figure out how to get a win against an equally desperate team in San Diego, or they will fall to 4-7 and be all but eliminated from playoff consideration.

Moving on, as far as planning for 2007; what can be done? Kyle Boller “is who he is.” What else does anyone need to see? Do you think that if Kyle Boller had started all season, this team would be 7-3 right now? Neither do I. Do we need to see more from the defense? How about from Willis McGahee? We saw that the All-youngster O-Line just wasn’t ready to play; so what else is there? Troy Smith is really the last thing we could see, but none of us REALLY think that’s a good idea, do we?

The organization needs significant changes made in the offseason, and that’s all that can be said at this point.

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

Best of WNST’s Monday Blogs:

Drew Forrester wonders who’s actually been good for Ravens amongst all of the bad

Ray Bachman says offense is irrelevant

Mark Suchy says replay needs to go

Rob Long looks at 2008 Ravens

Bob Haynie says Terps bad vs. UCLA, will still be good

Glenn (“McDreamy”) Clark has Terps 8th in ACC Power Rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Josh Lukin thought the game was over Sunday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Connolly were at the game

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens should move on to next year

The Sun’s Don Markus says Ravens will challenge Officials’ use of replay on FG

The Sun’s Mike Preston says offensive problems are strategy, not personnel

The Sun’s Bill Ordine links Youtube clip of FG

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Billick previously said not to kick to Cribbs

The Sun’s Bill Ordine wonders who is to blame for Ravens kick coverage issues

The Sun’s Edward Lee says 52 not allowed to answer hard questions; not pleased with FG review

The Sun’s Don Markus says Billick defends decision to not run

The Sun’s Mike Preston doesn’t defend decision to not run

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Pete Morelli says he didn’t use replay

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Morelli may have gotten help even if no replay used

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley tries to sort out what officials were doing at end of game

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Browns fans didn’t find much trouble Sunday

The Sun’s Sheil Kapadia tells us how former Ravens did this week

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens need ‘redecorating’; not complete overhaul

Aaron Wilson describes Ravens’ outlook as ‘grim’

Aaron Wilson says Pryce out long-term, but season not over

Frederick News Post’s Stan Goldberg calls Boller, Ravens ‘two-faced’

Ravens Roost’s Mike Brown says soul-searching time needs to begin

The Loss Column’s Justin Blome says Ravens actually looked like NFL team in 2nd half

Baltimore Beatdown’s “Rexx” says Ravens lost game, not refs

Ravens Locker says 52 was ‘a monster’ Sunday

Ravens Gab’s Matt Loede re-lives ‘heartbreak’

Ravens Touchdown’s “Stephen” says it CAN get worse, as Pryce is hurt

Ravens Touchdown’s “Stephen” calls play calling ‘bugaboo’

B-More Birds Nest says Ravens committed only 2 penalties, which is good……everything else however, was very bad

SD Bolt Report says Chargers looking for revenge from ’06 loss to Ravens

Fanhouse’s Michael David Smith thinks FGs will be reviewable in future

Fanhouse’s Josh Alper says Stover doesn’t think kickoff issues were his fault

Fanhouse’s Josh Alper says Billick wants FG to be big deal so game isn’t

Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson says Billick killing himself

The Examiner’s Matt Palmer says Billick ‘ready to go down’ if Ravens’ ship sinks

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says ’07 is really different than ‘06

The Examiner’s Tony Giro says FG was just one more in season of low lows

Yahoo! Sports James C. Black lists Ravens amongst his losers this week

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says MacPhail hasn’t made moves yet because he is being deliberate

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Angels could be interested in Miggy

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says “Etch” is staying in Maryland

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says don’t expect moves until Winter meetings

LA Times’ Mike DiGiovanna says Angels’ Cabrera trade may pave way for future Tejada deal

Camden Chat’s JQ Higgins looks at potential dominoes to fall including Tejada

Oriole Post’s “Maryland Orioles Fan” wraps “Huff-gate”

Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown says O’s talking to Dodgers about Bedard

Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown looks at trade dominoes

Orioles Hangout’s John Domen names James Hoey organization’s #17 prospect

Inside The Warehouse’s Michael Hollman names Val Majewski organization’s #45 prospect

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL

The AP recaps Maryland’s loss to UCLA

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of the loss

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps couldn’t overcome ‘nerves’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says despite loss, Gist thinks Terps will be good soon

Turtle Soup’s Jeremy Gold says despite mess, a good team exists

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter scouts prospect Ater Majok (must subscribe)

Fanhouse’s Zach Landres-Schnur says Maryland couldn’t solve UCLA’s ‘D’

The Diamondback’s Andrew Zuckerman says things just went bad for Terps vs. Bruins

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews Maryland-Loyola

The Official Site offers a full Maryland-Loyola release

The Official Site says Toliver ACC Player of the Week

The Official Site says Frese signs another Top 10 class

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Perry finally gets recognition with All-WNIT team appearance

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Maryland-NC State

The Official Site offers complete Terps-‘Pack game release

The Official Site tells us where we can watch Terps-‘Pack (unfortunately Phoenix, AZ isn’t on the list)

The Sun’s Matt Bracken recaps the weekends some future Terps had

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko rewinds Maryland-Florida State

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says 6-6 Terps could still get good bowl placement

Terrapin Stats gives us a Maryland-NC State history lesson

The ACC updates Terp statistics through 11 games

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps add another recruit (must subscribe)

Wolfpacker’s Matt Carter says O’Brien doesn’t have to explain importance of Saturday’s game to ‘Pack

Pack Pride’s James Henderson says O’Brien admires job Ralph has done with injuries

Pack Pride’s James Henderson says Darrell Blackman & DaJuan Morgan ready for Terps

Pack Pride releases NC State’s depth chart for Maryland week

Pack Pride offers NC State injury report for Maryland game

The Diamondback’s Andrew Zuckerman says Terps will go to San Fran or Boise with win

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon lists LAX letters of intent

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Clif Colbert to miss at least 8 weeks with broken wrist

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site offers early preview of Navy/Army

The Official Site offers full Navy/Army game release

The Sun’s Sandra McKee rewinds Navy-NIU

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Army AD Kevin Anderson has work to do at West Point

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Examiner’s Dave Carey previews Morgan-American

HOPKINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Rich Scherr previews state’s Division III Hoops tourney

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder previews Hopkins in State D3 Tourney

UMBC LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse says Retrievers add Pat Tracy as LAX Assistant

BLAST:

The Examiner’s Michael Olesker says Ed Hale STILL doesn’t think Baltimore could support a NHL or NBA team (Funny, neither do I!)

HORSE RACING:

Washington Post’s John Scheinman says industry still thinks slots are a ways away

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says industry not getting too excited

SWIMMING:

The AP says Phelps named top American swimmer

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Sun’s Bill Ordine remembers an even more disappointing FG controversy in Baltimore

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-What did my former employers expect to get from giving 52 a weekly radio show? I thought they did it in hope to get him to say controversial things, and get some attention from the papers. And if that’s the case, why was 52 protected from answering difficult questions tonight? If tough questions are going to be deflected, why couldn’t it be the Rhys Lloyd show? I’m sure he’s capable of not answering questions too. And can anyone tell me if 52 was taken to task for bailing on talking to the media Sunday? I’m sure it was either not brought up or it was deflected the same way the Billick question was.

-The Orioles are talking to the Dodgers about a Bedard trade? Apparently extension conversations are going well, huh? I can understand the O’s desire to acquire Matt Kemp, but I’m not sure how many innings he threw last year. Oh, he’s an outfielder? You see, I thought that if you were going to trade a Major League ace, you might want to acquire a pitcher who’s at least darn close to Major League ready. Look, if a Bedard extension just won’t happen, I understand why the Birds would look to trade him. But a deal with Matt Kemp at the center just doesn’t work for me.

-The Terps just plain looked putrid on Monday night. They were out of control, they seemed to have no ability to create, and they were never even anything similar to “in synch.” That being said, this isn’t the same as watching the Terps teams when Chris McCray was the primary scorer. You can see that they are talented; they just don’t have it clicking yet. It will come, but I don’t know when it will come. Its possible that it will come no sooner than February. Missouri will be a challenge tonight, especially as this is practically a home game for the Tigers. But this would be an important win for the Terps should they end up on the bubble in March.

-Did anyone in Baltimore write ANYTHING about Lefty Driesell entering the College Basketball Hall of Fame? It’s not the biggest story of all time, but seeing as how the rags all sent reporters to Kansas City, I would have expected some really nice features, or maybe even just one write-up. This is a joke. Lefty SERIOUSLY deserves better for an event like this.

-San Francisco wouldn’t be a bad trip. The Pac-10 representative would likely be Cal or Oregon State. Cal would be a nice preview of an upcoming home and home; Oregon State is beatable, and will look better in history books than a game against Boise State in Idaho. And the Broncos would probably roll over this Terps team, they have a STELLAR offense. BUT OH YEAH-is there any reason to think the Terps will actually win in Raleigh? Ralph needs to come up with a system that works for Chris, and he needs to put the season on Chris’s shoulders with no hesitation.

-Ed Hale is right when he says that Baltimore would not support a NBA or NHL team. However, Ed has been wrong every time he told me that Baltimore wouldn’t support an AFL team. The city would; and Ed shouldn’t look at it as competition with the Blast. Ed wants the arena anyway, so let’s just keep working to that.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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