Good morning to you! I’d like to take this time to thank the mother of “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet” for providing me with one of the all-time great Christmas gifts of all time this year…..
I’d like to invite ANYONE in the city of Baltimore to stop the Glenn Clark compound to have their ass kicked……
Let’s see what’s being said this morning…..
1. The Sun’s Michael Dresser says WNST bus trip amongst ways Ravens fans getting to Foxborough
And as Michael Dresser accurately points out, the best reason to be on the WNST bus trip is the chance to hang out with Drew Forrester and Glenn Clark from The Comcast Morning Show.
I know this sounds like nothing more than a cheap plug (and it mostly is), but I can’t stress how those of you who are trying to figure out how to do this trip on your own would be much happier to just get on the bus. The drive alone is a nightmare. Parking is more of a nightmare. For $400 apiece, you and 3 buddies get the bus, plenty of Miller Lite, Chick-Fil-A breakfast Saturday morning, dinner Saturday night, a party at Dave & Busters with hundreds of other Ravens fans, breakfast Sunday morning, tailgating, tickets to the game, and did I mention plenty of Miller Lite?
Don’t forget, our P.O.T. today is a spot on the bus to go with us to Foxborough. I remind because if I don’t, I will be accused of not reminding you enough.
I mentioned Chick-Fil-A breakfast, right?
2. Boston Globe’s Albert Breer says Cam Cameron has had some success against Pats in past
I’ll trade that for more success in the present.
I don’t think Cam needs to go crazy on Sunday. I expect a heavy dose of Ray Rice-even if Bill Belichick and company know it’s coming. This is the type of team the Ravens are. If Ray Rice gets going early, they’ll be able to do something with their passing game. If not, they might well be playing from 10-0 down.
3. ESPN.com Scouts Inc.’s Jeremy Green names Michael Oher his Rookie of the Year
Do I think Michael Oher is more deserving of RoY honors than say, Percy Harvin? No, probably not. But do I think Michael Oher is deserving of recognition? ABSOLUTELY.
I can’t stress enough how difficult it is to move from RT to LT to RT to LT to RT (and who knows where he might be next) the way Michael Oher has this season. It just isn’t something you see players do in the NFL-especially not on good teams with effective offenses. Michael Oher has done it, and done it at a VERY high level against very good defenses.
He’s deserving of the recognition for that.
4. Seattle Times’ Danny O’Neill says Eric DeCosta amongst 4 finalists for Seahawks’ GM job
Drew keeps telling be that he doesn’t believe Eric is going to Seattle. I will add in that I will be “surprised” if it ends up happening. Not because he wanted be a good choice, but just because I’m not sure it’s the right fit necessarily.
If Eric DeCosta WERE to depart, there would certainly be an argument that Phil Savage or George Kokinis could return to take his position. While I wouldn’t rule either of those scenarios out, I also wouldn’t just assume either will absolutely happen.
5. The AP’s Ronald Blum says Hirschbeck hopes former Orioles 2B Roberto Alomar gets elected to Hall of Fame today
Roberto Alomar and John Hirschbeck made their peace years ago, so this comes as no surprise whatsoever. Look, I’ve said it a thousand times-and I mean it. If Roberto Alomar isn’t elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame today, I’ll stop watching baseball. He’s ABSOLUTELY the greatest player I’ve ever rooted for, and he and Derek Jeter are the greatest players I’ve ever watched in my life.
6. WNST.net’s Dan Soderberg “disappointed” Matt Holliday headed back to St. Louis instead of joining O’s
That makes two of us. Not necessarily because the Birds missed on Matt Holliday, but because the Birds missed on a good player who could have made their team better. He’s not the first. Of course, when I took to our Twitter account (@WNST) last night to lament, I was greeted with the typical apologists who were ready to tell me about how the Orioles CAN’T spend money on Matt Holliday because they MIGHT be able to spend money on Ryan Howard or Cliff Lee in the future.
Ugh. I guess it will never get any better.
7. The Sun’s Andrea K. Walker says Pimlico, Laurel auction postponed to January 21
As Drew mentioned on the show this morning, this has EVERYTHING to do with the fact that Penn National only wanted to commit to keeping the Preakness in Baltimore for the next 10 years. It’s not acceptable. The state of Maryland HAS to protect Preakness as much as possible-and Magna is working to cooperate. It’s a shame that the industry is left up in the air for another 13 days, but it is vital to make sure everything that is possible is done to protect the most important day of the year in both the city and the state.
8. The AP’s Jeff Latzke says Michael Harper’s 21 not enough as Oklahoma State topped Coppin State
Fang Mitchell’s club was never going to really have a chance in this one. Luckily, this is the end of their annual nightmare schedule, they now move on to MEAC play starting Saturday at Hampton. The Eagles have gotten off to rough starts before; and have built character en route to two NCAA Tournament appearances. I don’t think it will happen this year, but there’s a method to Fang’s madness schedule-wise. There’s also a lot of money in games like last night’s in Stillwater.
9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says departure of Jin Soo Choi not really big deal for Terps
Patrick accurately points out that the biggest concern has to be the fact that with Steve Goins hurt, the Terps are now going to be working with just 11 guys in practice-meaning they’ll have just one sub during 5 on 5 drills.
Also, Gary Williams will have to fill the scholarship-hopefully with a player who will offer a bit more than the less than 1 point per game they got from Jin Soo.
The Justin Fry and Jamar Wertz news is not a surprise-the Dogs have been playing without those guys all season. They could really use a win tonight, especially considering the fact that the Quakers have won ZERO games this season (which is one less than the number of games Randy Monroe’s team has won). I’d trade some UMBC wins for not having to hear Drew’s commercial again…..ever.
11. Towson Official Site says Tigers visit Hofstra tonight in CAA play
As Pat Kennedy told Drew this morning, he’ll be forced to miss tonight’s game after being ejected from the Old Dominion game Monday night. I’m not sure Pat would make much of a difference, Charles Jenkins is a BEAST for Tom Pecora’s club.
12. The Sun’s Jeff Seidel says Eric Atkins’ 20 points lead Mt. St. Joseph past St. Frances
This is a big win for Mt. St. Joe after they lost to St. Frances last week in South Carolina. Eric Atkins will be a test for my “root for Baltimore kids” philosophy, as I love to root for these guys no matter WHERE they go to school. I was the biggest Jack McClinton fan in the world when he was at Miami, I am always checking on Kimmie English at Missouri, and I even find myself pulling for Malcolm Delaney at Virginia Tech-as long as they aren’t playing Maryland. Unfortunately, I REALLY don’t like Notre Dame, so this will be a test for me as far as whether or not I can root for Atkins…..
And I leave you with this…..Julian Casablancas (from the Strokes) released his first solo CD yesterday, “Phrazes for the Young.” Here he is back in December on Jimmy Fallon’s show doing “Out of the Blue” with The Roots….
And while we’re well past the holidays, I still think you’ll enjoy this. Here’s Julian doing “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” with The Roots, Fallon, and Horatio Sanz. You’ll recognize this as an old Saturday Night Live skit at first….
Good stuff. Talk to you later.
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..