Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

February 27, 2008 | Glenn Clark

This might not be a popular sentiment; but I DO think Brian Billick should have talked to the Baltimore Sun.
He did not have to talk to Mike Preston; he could have chosen to talk to Jamison Hensley, or probably even Rick Maese or Peter Schmuck. I know Brian has issues beyond just Mike Preston’s crusade to see him fired; but I think he should have buried the hatchet here. What he did in Iraq was awesome; and he should have talked to The Sun about that; knowing he would have had to answer the same questions everyone else asked him.
That being said; Brian obviously has EVERY RIGHT to turn down the opportunity. He invoked that right, and his story was written secondhand in Tuesday’s paper. The story became ONLY about his firing; instead of about the good work he has done. That’s the unfortunate part of his decision.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say……
Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Albers outdueled Olson in intrasquad matchup
The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Olson has work to do
The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says intrasquad game ended in 2-2 tie
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Jones downplays mistakes
Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Wieters made most of big-league Spring
USA Today’s Reid Cherner says Brooks, Eddie getting into wine
Oriole Magic’s Anthony Amobi still can’t figure out how Flanagan fits in
The Loss Column’s Neal Shaffer says attendance issues due to multiple factors
Weaver’s Tantrum’s “Desert O” not buying good feelings on Cabrera
The Sun’s Mike Preston offers parting shots for Billick
B-More Bird’s Nest’s “Nestminder” knows why Billick fired even if Brian doesn’t
Ravens Roost’s Mike Zoran thinks Billick knows why he was fired
Fanhouse’s Michael David Smith doesn’t understand Sapp-Maese battle
The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Reed’s 4 goals lead Terps in win
The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps use 4 in cage in win
The Official Site offers complete Terps-Deacs release (pdf)
The Sun’s Ryan Adams tracks Terps in NBA
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens doesn’t expect much from Gary tomorrow
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Bowers passed on word of Neal’s bracket hobby
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Terps last IN
The Diamondback’s Andrew Zuckerman says Burney should get more chances
Charleston Post and Courier’s Larry Williams says Terps need to “do work son”
Terrapin Territory’s “jfliegel” says Terps MUST beat Wake
Turtle Soup’s Jeremy Gold offers rally cry for Terps fans (well done Jeremy!)
Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh checks in with speedy local prospect (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says recruit Tate starring on court (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Austin spending good time on campus (must subscribe)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids, Eagles outdoing expectations
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Sprink made strides
Washington Examiner’s Craig Stouffer says Eagles trying to avenge previous loss to Navy
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Winchester honored through Alvarado’s honor
The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Bears on verge of MEAC title
Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon says Jays face many factors in trying to repeat
The Sun’s Childs Walker says state closer to approving MMA


-Good to see Matt Albers looked impressive yesterday. Especially with Troy Patton’s injury, a contribution from Albers would make the Tejada deal even sweeter.

-When the Orioles DO send Matt Wieters back to Minor League Camp soon; I hope it is his only Minor League Camp experience ever. You have to wonder if he might be a Joe Mauer type of talent.

-I guess hope truly does ‘Spring’ eternal; as even I got over my baseball apathy today in checking intrasquad statistics. Luke Scott went 2-2? We’re definitely going to the World Series!

-Drew seriously opened a can of worms with his blog question today. Would you trade a Tournament appearance for the Terps in exchange for UMBC, Morgan, and Loyola all making the Dance. My issue with this question is that it is only fair to ask those fans that root for the Terps simply based on geography; and not on the other aspects of College loyalty.
College Sports fans will always be the most passionate fans on the face of the planet. Your school might just be a place you grew up with fond memories of; but it might more importantly be the place where you lived, ate, studied, met girls, created life-long friendships, and became the person you are today. That will always rank higher than geography.
I would NEVER trade a Terps appearance in the NCAA Tournament for ANYTHING to do with ANY other team. Taking this a step farther; I LOVE the Ravens-absolutely live and die over the Ravens. However, I would take one more NCAA Tournament title or a BCS Championship for Maryland over THREE more Super Bowl titles for the Ravens. It just means that much to me. Maryland/Ravens fans, how about you?

-Kudos to the leadership of the state of Maryland for taking the steps to regulate Mixed Martial Arts. Local fighters deserve the chance to fight professionally in Maryland. Plus, Dana White told me in an interview at UFC 75 last year that he would like to hold major events in cities like Baltimore at least once a year (not always Pay Per Views; but obviously he is considering other options). This is a great start.

-Congratulations to Coach Cottle’s young Terps on a 2nd straight road win to open the season. Go see Navy battle American tonight.
Talk to you tomorrow.