Admittedly, it is a BIT difficult to have a Happy Wednesday after a soul-crushing loss like the one the Terps suffered last night. But like any good soldier, I move forward.
“The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet” was able to watch the live-and-die moments of the late 2nd half and overtime with me last night, although I’m not sure whether she was watching more of the game or more of my reactions to it. I’m a total wreck during games like that, I imagine I probably look a bit like this person…..
Let’s see what everyone has to say…..
1. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Steve Bisciotti should give John Harbaugh contract extension
Also, I should get Brittany Gastineau’s (who is apparently the daughter of Mark Gastineau according to our early morning conversation on “The Comcast Morning Show”) phone number…..
Hopefully all of these things will work out.
Look, I don’t mean to be so dismissive of this, it just seems like a no-brainer to me. The guy you hired to come here and win came here and won. He’s won playoff games in back to back seasons for just the 2nd time in franchise history, and he has a chance to become the first coach in franchise history to reach back to back AFC Championship Games.
What else can you ask for? (I mean, besides winning the Super Bowl.)
Give him an extension.
2. Ravens’ Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Matt Stover knows he could break all hearts in Baltimore with winning kick for Colts
If this happens, I would simply ask that SOMEONE ELSE come in to sit in with Drew Forrester on AM1570 Monday morning. I don’t think I could handle it.
I really don’t want to have any part in conversation about the decision to go in a different direction at kicker. The Ravens made the decision, and it was PROBABLY the right one at the time, it just didn’t land the right kicker to start the season.
I PRAY that Billy Cundiff kicks the winner-or Stover misses one. I love Matt Stover, but I will absolutely feel better if Matt Stover misses a game winner than if Billy Cundiff HIT a game winner. In Baltimore, we need closure.
3. The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Heap practiced, Flacco was limping
For some reason, we never got an injury report yesterday. I would assume Todd was listed as limited, but I guess we’ll never know.
As far as Joe Flacco is concerned, count on him limping for the better part of the week. He’s hurt. But he’s tough, there’s no doubt about that.
4. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbs has ties to Indiana due to brother Jim, brother-in-law Tom Crean
Jim Harbaugh is in the Colts’ Hall of Fame??? Really?
I know he had a good run, but for some reason this surprises me.
I think Jim was probably smart to schedule a Stanford recruiting trip this weekend, as hanging out on the Ravens sideline would probably not go ever well with the fans in Indianapolis.
However, Tom Crean’s Hoosiers have a home game on Sunday afternoon-so he could be in a tough spot Saturday night. I would imagine we’d see him at LucasOil Stadium, which might not be the right thing to do politically in Indy.
5. Indianapolis Star’s Mike Chappell says Colts would like to limit Ray Rice, Willis McGahee
And I’d like Steve Pavlovsky to offer me an endless supply of Chicken Minis from Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square….
….but like the Rolling Stones say, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”
Look, we all know that if the Ravens want to beat Peyton Manning and company, they HAVE to control the ball on the ground-preferably with long drives of 10+ plays and solid defense. If they do that, I think they’ll win. If they don’t, I’m not sure they can pull it off.
6. Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel says Ray Lewis remains Ravens’ leader in league of quarterbacks
I thought about this after the win over the Patriots. It HAD to burn Ray that he had never beaten Tom Brady. As far as “players who transcend football” go, Ray Lewis is in that category with the likes of Brady, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Ben Roethlisberger, etc. But he had beaten all of the other guys on the list besides Brady.
Now he’s beaten all of the guys on that list.
BUT…..he’s never won in Indy.
There’s no doubt he’d like to change that, too.
7. Orioles Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Spring Training tickets in Sarasota go on sale Saturday at 10am
STEP RIGHT UP AND GET YOUR TICKETS!!!!!
I’m really not trying to poo-poo this, but the level of excitement the O’s provided by acquiring Kevin Milwood and the small additional excitement that came from the additions of Garrett Atkins and Mike Gonzalez is gone.
The Birds would be well served to host some “come watch the Ravens with the Orioles” parties this weekend-sending Adam Jones and Matt Wieters and Brian Matusz out to local establishments to root on the Ravens with members of the sporting community.
That would build excitement.
Signing a 1st baseman might too.
Let’s move on, I don’t want to do this.
8. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Al-Farouq Aminu wore down Terps in OT win for Wake Forest
Jordan Williams really manned up last night, despite the missed free throws in OT.
But the Terrapins offer ONE big man right now who is capable of playing tough in key situations. The Demon Deacons offered 100.
The frustrating part about last night’s loss was the fact that Wake played EXACTLY how I expected them to play. They were tough inside and made some runs, but they were never able to deliver a knockout blow because they aren’t a very good shooting team.
Maryland SHOULD have taken advantage. As ACC play continues Saturday at Boston College (4pm), they really NEED to.
9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says biggest shots in loss to Deacs were again from Vasquez’s hands
Thank God for Greivis, because when this team most desperately needs someone to put games on their shoulders, he’s about the only one capable of doing it.
Unfortunately, that often leads to a number of poor shots, like some of the ones Greivis hoisted last night.
It doesn’t make me angry anymore. This is what you get from Greivis. It will always be remembered that he was a gutty, tough player who wore his heart on his shoulders and helped Maryland to a number of wins. It will also always be remembered that he was a flamboyant, emotional player who sometimes forgot what the team was trying to accomplish on a play and instead forced something that wasn’t there.
It’s part of his legacy. But I’d still rather have him than not.
Drew’s quote to me last night after I asked him how the Retrievers were doing: “Jake Wasco had 12 points! That’s like you having 12 points!”
While I have no doubt that Jake Wasco is more talented than Glenn Clark, clearly what Drew was trying to say was that it ISN’T a good sign.
No rest for the weary Retrievers-who are playing 4 games in 7 days, including a battle with Hartford tomorrow night at RAC Arena.
11. Towson Official Site previews tonight’s CAA tilt with Drexel at Towson Center
There’s no such thing as “must win” for a team that can’t get an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament, but falling to 0-6 in conference play with a home game tonight would be really freaking tough. This Tigers team has played tough (despite their record), but tough play MUST translate to wins at some point.
Or…..Pat Kennedy is going to be in trouble. I think there’s no doubt about that.
12. Washington Post’s Steven Goff says Baltimore, Washington each amongst final 18 cities selected for World Cup bids in 2018, 2022
The idea of the World Cup in Baltimore is as exciting to me as a home playoff game for the Ravens. Not kidding.
This would be so big I couldn’t put it into words.
For the record, it would be the United States that would win the bid, and the country would have to then select the 12 cities to host matches.
Chicago was eliminated before Baltimore-despite being a frequent home to Team USA matches and hosting the opening of the 1994 World Cup at Soldier Field.
Suck it, Chicago!
Also, M&T Bank Stadium is a MUCH better option for soccer than FedEx Field and their awkward 90,000 seats would be. But I’d be happy to see both cities selected.
And finally, I leave you with this….
I guess the GEICO Commercials featuring the Gecko and The Cavemen were very popular, but these new commercials kick ass, especially this brand new one with The Waltons…..
Talk to you shortly from 1 Winning Drive.
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….