Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

February 18, 2009 | Glenn Clark

The Ravens absolutely COULD not allow Terrell Suggs to hit the open market.

Unlike Ray Lewis; who MIGHT find out that the market for an aging LB isn’t quite as deep as he would like it to be; teams would line up for DAYS for the chance to sign Suggs. If he hit the market; he’d be gone.

The Ravens should still work to sign Suggs to an extension; as they have clearly made him the cornerstone of their defense. They can’t play this game with Suggs year after year; they have to get this locked up. But part of that responsibility also falls on Gary Wichard and Suggs himself to stay true to his word in being willing to take a “hometown discount.”

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

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Bob Haynie says Maryland’s season ‘could finally be spinning out of control’

Ray Bachman has ‘gut feeling’ 52 won’t stay with Ravens

Drew Forrester wonders how 52 feels about Ravens making Suggs priority

Thyrl Nelson says Ravens could have saved money by signing Roberts to long term deal

Glenn Clark says Terps should have taken control of Clemson in first half

Casey Willett thinks Zaun will be good teacher for Wieters

Chris Bonetti says Roberts has quite the ‘trophy’

Drew Forrester says Vermont ‘too deep’, ‘too good’ for Retrievers

Ed Frankovic says Alzner sent back down to Hershey

Emily Agueda says Charm City Roller Girls back in action this weekend

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy recaps best catches of ’08 season

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says team re-signs Brandon McKinney

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens will tag Suggs if they haven’t re-signed him by tomorrow’s deadline

The Sun’s Mike Preston wonders if Rolle might be next to go with McAlister already gone

Examiner Tony Wisniewski thinks Ravens tagging Suggs in hopes to re-sign him

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Harbaugh flexes muscle with McAlister move

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says using franchise tag on Suggs would cost Ravens $10.2 million

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens don’t want Suggs hitting open market

ESPN.com’s James Walker says AFC North race COULD start with Ravens-Steelers in Heinz Field Week 1

Scout.com’s Chris Steuber mocks Clay Matthews to Ravens

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche mocks Alphonso Smith to Ravens

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says MacPhail, Roberts ‘still talking’ about extension

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says O’s being ‘careful’ with Albers, Patton

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie chosen to play for Team USA in World Baseball Classic

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Roberts ‘may be ready’ to ink extension

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Scott would rather play LF than DH

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Guthrie will still likely be Opening Day starter

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Birds, Roberts trying to reach deal in ‘next 48 hours’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Reimold ‘has to figure’ he’ll start season at Norfolk

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Guthrie excited to wear jersey that says “USA” on it

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck offers Uehara’s throwing schedule

The AP says Tejada ‘quietly’ apologized to teammates at Astros camp

Examiner Steve DeClue says losing Guthrie to WBC could hurt Birds

The AP says Guthrie views selection as ‘great honor’

BLAST:

The Official Site says Friday night PJ Wakefield bobblehead night

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Terps routed in 2nd half of loss at Clemson

Clemson Official Site says Oglesby lead Tigers with 16 points in win

Clemson Official Site offers numerical evidence of loss

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Tigers throw down 8 dunks in rout of Terps

Examiner Steve DeClue says Terps hurt by ‘missed opportunities’ in loss

Examiner Dylan Waugh says Terps shoot just 38 percent in loss

The AP says Booker dominated Terps with 11 points, 14 rebounds in Clemson win

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Purnell thought Tigers ‘ignited’ by Booker’s put-back jam

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says 6 Tigers finish in double digits in win

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps trailed by just 6 at half of loss

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Burney got 8 minutes in loss

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell offers ENTIRE transcript of interview with Gary (Pretty wild stuff here about recruiting. Paying players, etc. PLEASE read this.)

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Clemson had ‘monster jams and seemingly endless supply of 3 pointers’ while Maryland had ‘malfunctioning offense early and worn-down defense late’

Columbia State’s Paul Strelow says Tigers move into tie for 2nd in ACC with win

Charleston Post and Courier’s Travis Sawchik says Clemson gets biggest ever win over Maryland

ESPN.com’s Pat Forde says Niagara probably has as good an argument as Maryland for NCAA Tournament consideration

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin says Terps fall to 5-6 in ACC with loss at Clemson

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps still trying to improve defensively

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter scouts NJ sophomore point guard (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Baltz, E. Williams, Gronkowski honored for football AND academics

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says former commit Edet yet to find new home

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says double doubles from Proctor, Gilliam not enough as Retrievers fall to Vermont

The Sun’s Rich Scherr says Catamounts score 47 points in 2nd half of win over UMBC

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kyle Wimer getting ‘attention’ with early 5 goal game

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Brian Schneider offered surprising lift for Retrievers

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with William & Mary at Towson Center

The Official Site offers complete Tigers-Tribe release (pdf)

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Seaman making appearance at ESPN Zone today

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s showdown with Towson

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Hagelin locked down goalie job

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site previews Friday’s opener with Siena

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews Thursday’s trip to Wagner

NAVY LACROSSE:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner shares incredible survival story of former Mid Kapitulik

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner offers Josh Patton Signing Day photo

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Damon Lee. Damon scored 26 for Calvert Hall last night in their 73-52 win over Towson Catholic in the MIAA “A” Conference semifinals.

-Everything that the World Baseball Classic SHOULD be is taken away by the timing of the event. If Jeremy Guthrie were throwing in late October; I’d feel much better if I were Andy MacPhail or Dave Trembley. I know Davey Johnson will be limiting Guthrie’s innings/pitches; but just like with Sherrill in last year’s All-Star Game; I don’t know that I’m comfortable with a pitcher being used by anyone other than the organization this close to Opening Day.

-Towson 66, William & Mary 62. I have no real REASON to think Towson will win tonight; but hopefully being at home will help.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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