Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

January 14, 2009 | Glenn Clark

Miami 77, Maryland 69

The Terps just don’t win in South Florida. It’s a terrible venue, terrible fans, and the team has a hard time getting amped for the game. Playing at 9pm will hopefully help; but I don’t imagine it will. Making matters worse; the Canes do a nice job of working inside and then knocking down outside shots. The Terps used to play a brand of basketball that was like that.

VCU 84, Towson 70

The Tigers will spring up and win some games in CAA play this season; but they won’t beat the Rams. Erik Maynor will go for 27.

UMBC 64, New Hampshire 61

I’m not totally confident about this one; but the Retrievers got a big win over Maine over the weekend; and will need more scoring from Darryl Proctor to keep winning.

Loyola 81, NJIT 61

If this game is close, the Hounds have problems.

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Bob Haynie says Roethlisberger could be ‘difference’ for Steelers

Nestor Aparicio searching for ’01 Tampa memories

Casey Willett offers video shot by Ayanbadejo from Ravens’ return Saturday

Drew Forrester says Orioles ‘foolish’ to limit Spring Training access

Keith Melchior couldn’t stomach seeing Big Ben, Steelers win Super Bowl

Ed Frankovic says Caps lose 3rd straight game

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens ‘welcome the challenge’ of third game vs. Steelers

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Suggs had MRI on shoulder Monday

Steelers Official Site’s Bob Labriola says Tomlin thinks ‘familiarity doesn’t breed comfort’

Steelers Official Site’s Teresa Varley says Polamalu has strained calf, won’t miss AFC Championship Game

Steelers Official Site’s Teresa Varley says Tomlin doesn’t view Flacco as rookie

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says home teams 9-4 in 3rd game against single opponent

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Tomlin knows Ravens can ‘manage situations, strike big’

The Sun’s Matt Bracken cleans up more after me

The Sun’s Stephen Kiehl says fans ‘braving’ trip to Heinz Field

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says ‘tortured dialect’ another reason to hate Pittsburgh

The Sun’s Mike Preston and Jamison Hensley say Suggs ‘uncertain’ of status for Sunday

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Suggs has ‘confidence’ in replacement E. Jones

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says 52 looks at Rex Ryan as ‘father’

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Ravens hope winning turnover battle will help win AFC title

The Examiner’s Phil Macek says injuries ‘not excuses’

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Titans fans ‘whiny’

Aaron Wilson says Ravens have been ‘gluttons for punishment’ during long stretch with no bye

Aaron Wilson says Ravens grateful for ‘Little Jimmy Leonhard’

The AP says Ravens preparing to play for 18th consecutive weekend

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gene Collier doesn’t think any Raven, Steeler will rush for 100 yards

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette says Tomlin’s ‘aggressiveness’ shows in team

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Scott Brown says Steelers trying to reverse bad title game history at home in recent years

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Chris Togneri says Steelers fans trying to avoid selling tickets to Ravens fans

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Scott Brown says Polamalu will be ‘limited’ in practice this week

Beaver County Times’ Mike Bires says Steelers 2-0 in history when facing team they’ve already beat twice

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says division rivalry makes Steelers ‘more focused’

ESPN.com Page 2’s Gregg Easterbrook thinks Ravens’ run will end Sunday; but season was ‘tremendous’

ESPN.com’s Tim Graham says Ravens’ offense ‘straightforward, efficient’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says both Ravens, Steelers wanted matchup

Fox Sports’ Mark Kriegel says Ray Lewis might be proving he’s best defensive player ever

SI’s Peter King says Harbaugh spent Sunday night ‘doing math homework’ with his daughter

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer says Mason has been ‘security blanket’ for Flacco

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says in last 8 road games; Flacco has 10 TD passes, 2 INT’s, and 7 victories

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says Flacco keeping job for ‘decade or more’ believable

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Miami

The Official Site offers complete Maryland-Miami release (pdf)

Miami Official Site previews Hurricanes-Terps tonight

Miami Official Site offers complete Miami-Maryland release (pdf)

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck expects Vasquez to be on better behavior moving forward

The Sun’s Don Markus says Vasquez expects to be ‘target’ of fans at BankUnited Center

The Sun’s Don Markus says Terps ‘could benefit’ from less than capacity crowd in Miami

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says scoring from Hayes ‘critical’ for Terps to be successful

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Gary doesn’t expect Vasquez to unleash another outburst

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps final D1 team to play first true road game

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says L. Hurdle, J. McClinton will get more minutes with E. Rios out for Canes

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps feel now might be ‘right time’ to hit road

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary wishes fans would appreciate more of the positives of Vasquez’s game

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Canes will go as far as McClinton can take them

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Comcast Center third best venue in ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps’ struggles in south Florida ‘puzzling’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary thinks international style reason some don’t like Vasquez

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Miami beat writer Navarro thinks ‘Canes play ‘encouraging’ of late

Miami Herald’s Manny Navarro says A. Thomas expected to be contributor tonight

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps interested in JuCo guard (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Hayes remains ‘steady’ for Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says prospect Cooney ‘fast-emerging’ (must subscribe)

Terp Center’s Seth Hoffman says Vasquez ‘feeds off’ road crowds

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken recaps season for commit Fulper

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Locksley already ‘working magic’ for New Mexico

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps received ‘solid play’ from tight ends in ‘08

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Humanitarian Bowl ratings up 200 percent

ESPN.com’s Ivan Maisel says Scott’s 2nd half amongst Bowl highlights

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich has Terps 5th in final power rankings

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich also thinks Scott amongst highlights of Bowl season

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews Towson-VCU

The Official Site offers complete Towson-VCU release (pdf)

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Kennedy happy for practice time before tilt with Rams

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to New Hampshire

The Official Site offers complete Retrievers-Wildcats release (pdf)

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site offers complete Loyola-NJIT release (pdf)

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Lehigh

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Lange thinks Mids have ‘oneness’

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids’ Shedrick Moorer introduces commit Matt Smith (must subscribe)

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara joins Guthrie as only sure things in rotation

The Official Site’s Doug Miller says Ray, Orioles avoid arbitration

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds to introduce Uehara today

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Sherrill ‘experiencing no significant discomfort’ during regular throwing sessions

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says O’s still interested in Wigginton; don’t want to give him multi-year deal

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Uehara’s deal officially two years; reportedly $10 million

The AP says Ray gets 1 year, $850,000 deal

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Don Hill; who scored 37 points last night to lift the Bel Air Bobcats to a 62-52 win over C. Milton Wright last night in the “Battle of Bel Air.” Thanks to “Carl J” and Joe from Aberdeen for the nomination.

Recapping “Who Knows Drew” from this morning…..
-Drew would rather the Orioles sign Barry Bonds than the Ravens sign Pac-Man Jones
-Drew thinks Len Bias is a greater player in Maryland basketball history than Juan Dixon or Len Elmore
-Drew would rather attend a Yankees-Red Sox ALCS Game 7 than a Flyers-Red Wings Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 OR a Duke-North Carolina Final Four Game
-Drew would NOT bet $300 that two teams from the state of Maryland will make the NCAA Tournament
-If he was starting an expansion NBA team in Baltimore, Drew would choose Byron Scott to be the coach

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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