Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

December 10, 2008 | Glenn Clark

It’s not the best, but it might well be the most hard-fought rivalry in the NFL. The way these two teams play football is so tough-nosed that it is almost impossible for the teams to not both dislike AND respect each other.

This is the definition of a rivalry. Separate but equal. They are the bane of your existence; but your existence is greater just because they exist.

God I can’t wait.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Casey Willett says Ravens COULD clinch playoffs this weekend

Thyrl Nelson has Ravens 7th in power rankings

Casey Willett not sure if L. McClain on Rice ready to be featured back

Casey Willett says new Oriole Freel has ‘issues’

Casey Willett says Hernandez’s effort, attitude part of reason Orioles could part with him

Drew Forrester says Orioles cut payroll with move

Nestor Aparicio says Pie for Olson rumors still ‘swirling’

Drew Forrester says Towson ‘listless’ in loss to St. Joe’s

Nestor Aparicio announces puck bus dates

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh won’t name one running back starter

The Official Site says players split on BCS

The Official Site says Katula, fans could be in Super Bowl commercials

The Official Site says Suggs now working with “Team Sizzle Worldwide”

Steelers Official Site’s Bob Labriola says Steelers, Ravens know exactly what’s on line Sunday

Steelers Official Site’s Teresa Varley says team getting healthy this time of year

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Reed playing like “Superman” for Ravens

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Ravens quietly pulling off ‘redemption’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Rolle considered retirement before season

The Sun’s Mike Preston would vote Ryan Rookie of the Year ahead of Flacco

The Sun’s Bill Ordine thinks selling tickets to Steelers fans ‘shameful’; Childs Walker understands need given economy

Aaron Wilson says Ryan’s ‘elaborate’ pass rush schemes hurt Skins

ESPN.com has Ravens 7th in power rankings

ESPN.com writers had Ravens somewhere between 5th and 7th in power rankings

ESPN.com Page 2’s Gregg Easterbrook says Ravens one of many teams who converted 4th and short and won

ESPN.com’s James Walker doesn’t think starter at RB matters

ESPN.com’s James Walker wants to survey Ravens, Steelers fans

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens top 5 team with win over Steelers

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 7th in power rankings

SI’s Peter King thinks Ravens-Steelers will be ‘brutal’

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer has Ravens 6th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 6th in power rankings

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette says Ravens-Steelers fueled by ‘mutual respect, mutual hate’

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Scott Brown says Keisel may return Sunday

Beaver County Times’ Mike Bires says Tomlin can become first Steelers coach to start career with back to back division titles by winning Sunday

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says longer 3 point line hasn’t hurt Terps, others around country

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda wonders who are top 3 on Gary’s bench

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary wants improvement from Tucker, Burney, etc.

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Michigan helped Terps in multiple ways

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary doesn’t feel like he owes playing time to anyone

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps’ targets participated in Upper Marlboro event (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The AP says Coleman, Kizer each post double-doubles as Terps cruise past Loyola

The Sun’s Jeff Seidel says Terps used 22-0 run to pull away from Hounds

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Coleman finished with 19 points, 13 boards in win

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker reports Ralph thinks DHB ‘still contemplating’ whether or not to return

The Sun’s Matt Bracken recaps season for commit deSouza

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Wolf Pack will be ‘tough matchup’ for Terps

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps adjusting to life without Cosh, Pearman

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says prospect Jenkins visiting Florida this weekend

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says LB Costa ‘could’ play in Boise

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Seamonson getting ‘consideration’ for Defensive Coordinator job

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph won’t let injured players spend much time in Boise

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says L. Williams, D. Armstrong ‘tried to practice’ Monday night

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Brian White working with Tight Ends now with Pearman gone

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Maryland, Nevada not really selling tickets yet

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Wolf Pack will offer Terps ‘many challenges’ (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Terps ‘excited’ to play in Humanitarian Bowl (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps one of 3 ACC teams in College Cup

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Bohlander part of “Name Team”

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Kennedy thought Tigers ‘fell apart’ in loss to St. Joe’s

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Tigers fall to 4-5 with loss

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site offers complete UMBC-Central Connecticut release (pdf)

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with Coppin

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Kina scored 26 as Mids rally past Mt. St. Mary’s

The AP says Mids rallied from halftime deficit to beat Eers

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Kettani will play in Shrine game

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Cajou scores 15 to lead Eers in loss

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Eers fall to 3-5 with loss

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Kina scored 20 of 26 in 2nd half of Eers’ loss

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says with R. Hernandez gone; Wieters now in ’09 plans

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says after Hernandez deal, Birds now looking for SS and pitching

MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo says Turner, Waring come to organization in Freel deal

MLB.com’s Marty Noble says former Oriole Erickson hopes to make comeback

Reds Official Site’s Mark Sheldon says Orioles also give Reds cash in deal

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds nearing deal with SS Izturis

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says new Oriole Waring has strikeout issues

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Reds recognize Hernandez’s deficiencies

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Izturis deal ‘believed’ to be worth 2 years, $6 million

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds met with agents for Japanese pitchers

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says pursuit of Izturis shows Birds placing emphasis on ‘team speed’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says scouts think Japanese pitchers probably 4th or 5th starters

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds think Garland wants too much money

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker surprised Birds were able to get so much for Hernandez

The AP says Freel was ‘frustrated’ in Cincinnati

Washington Post’s Dave Sheinin says MacPhail confirms Birds will acquire veteran catcher

BALTIMORE COLTS:

Washington Post’s Len Shapiro looks back on “Greatest Game”

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Matt Deurr; who scored 23 points as Century beat North Carroll 60-52 last night.

-So the Orioles AREN’T going to go after Jon Garland? This is good news; as it assures that Brian Burres will get another chance. Ugh.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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