It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because this blog I am posting today is exactly the 1,000th blog I have posted here at WNST.net. What did you get me? The easy choice would have been to just give me $1,000 to celebrate 1,000 blogs; but I can understand if you failed to do so. It’s not like you’ve never let me down before.
Of course, you could have gotten me tickets to see the Beach Boys at Pier Six. I don’t care how old they are, I don’t care who’s in the band anymore (is John Stamos in the band?), THIS is still one of the greatest things to ever happen in the history of music….
Okay, I’m kidding. But I’m not kidding about the fact that Pet Sounds changed my life….
So….it would be a nice gift…..just saying….
Let’s see what everyone has to say….
1. Maryland Official Site previews tonight’s showdown with Duke on Senior Night at Comcast Center
Not a whole lot more I can say about this game tonight that hasn’t already been said. Everyone knows it’s the game of the year in the ACC. Everyone knows it’s the biggest game the Terrapins have played in about 5 years.
We’re just hoping it goes much more like this…
2. The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says tonight final chance for College Park faithful to celebrate Greivis Vasquez
As I mentioned yesterday, his jersey won’t go up in the rafters tonight-but it will eventually. Much like the game itself, there’s not too much more that can be said about Vasquez’s tenure in College Park. He has ABSOLUTELY been the best player in the history of the Comcast Center, and the relationship between himself, Gary Williams, Maryland fans and the building itself has been pretty special.
As he was coming off the floor the night of the Clemson game, you could tell it was getting emotional for him. He loves that place. He loves the fans. He loves the atmosphere. As our buddy Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse on Twitter) mentioned yesterday, he loves college basketball- “Tomorrow is going to be such a good day just to play basketball. Let’s play some ball.”
Also, the game tonight is apparently going to be shown live in Venezuela. Like I said, big deal.
3. Winston-Salem Journal’s Bill Cole says Blue Devils can clinch ACC title outright tonight-they haven’t won regular season title since ’05-’06
I guess that’s the one thing we’re conveniently forgetting about tonight’s game. It isn’t just a big deal for the Terps, it’s a big deal for Coach K’s Blue Devils as well. They’ve been having to play 2nd fiddle to North Carolina in the ACC over the last couple of years, and these players (Jon Scheyer especially) don’t know what it’s like to win a regular season title. That’s in their mind.
Coach K isn’t the type of person to do too much forward thinking, so it’s a bit surprising that he’s actually taken time this year to talk about the significance of winning a regular season title.
For both teams, it’s another banner. Even if Maryland only ends up splitting the regular season title, that’s another banner that will hang in the Comcast Center rafters that these players will be able to back and see any time they come to a game.
4. Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says tonight also night to honor Landon Milbourne and Eric Hayes
Not to be forgotten tonight-these two players have made MAJOR contributions to this program over the last few years-and will be SORELY missed next season. The evolution that Eric Hayes has gone through as an ACC basketball player is absolutely incredible. Remember, it was just two years ago when there was a real thought that Hayes would have to transfer out because he couldn’t handle this level of play.
I also expect Jerome Burney to be honored tonight. He’s going to graduate in May and move on after a foot injury ended his career early. He’s been valuable to the team as a player-assistant, and even took time to hand out stats to members of the media last week, which was appreciated.
5. Navy Official Site says Midshipmen bounced back to pick up lacrosse win at Lehigh last night
Beating a team like Lehigh should be expected from the Mids, but after two tough losses, there was always a chance they might struggle to snap their funk. It doesn’t get much easier for the Mids, as they now have to face a Bucknell team that beat Towson and nearly beat Duke earlier this season on Saturday afternoon at 3 over in Annapolis at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Speaking of lacrosse, I’m organizing a “Tweet-Up” (follow us on Twitter @WNST) this afternoon at Caves Athletic Complex in Owings Mills-where Stevenson is holding their true home opener against RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology). If you’re a local lax fan, I’d love to have you come hang out. Keep following us, as I’ll give you details on where we’ll meet before the game. I’m hoping to hit Steve’s Deli after the game for sure. And please re-tweet to your lacrosse friends.
6. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and Peter Schmuck say Will Ohman, Matt Albers expected to pitch behind Jeremy Guthrie in Spring Training opener today vs. Rays
Every outing is important for both pitchers-but especially Ohman, who is on the outside looking in right now when it comes to the Birds’ bullpen.
Unfortunately, today’s game is not on TV; as I guess MASN is going to show an outdoors show-or a radio show (that I don’t think would even be on today since they’re airing the game on the radio), or an old Big East Tournament game replay, or something like that.
If you need something to look at without the game being on, may I suggest the new pictures of Audrina Patridge in the British version of FHM….
You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.
7. USA Today’s Mel Antonen says O’s not thrilled about playing 16 of 32 Grapefruit League games against AL East opponents
They also were wondering if they could change their AL East schedule to not have to play so many games against AL East opponents.
Now, this is an actual problem. The Orioles would much rather play the Cardinals in the preseason, for the same reasons the Ravens would never play the Browns, Bengals or Steelers in the preseason. They don’t want to allow their most common opponents to get to know too much about their team.
However, they knew this would be part of the equation when they got out of Ft. Lauderdale and got to Sarasota, so they can’t REALLY complain about it. They just might want to schedule some more of their longshot pitchers on days where they face the Rays, Red Sox, Yankees and Blue Jays.
8. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester mocks Boise State CB Kyle Wilson to Ravens
The only concern with Kyle Wilson is that he’s a little undersized (5’10”), and he didn’t have to face premiere wide receivers in the WAC. Where as Oklahoma CB Dominique Franks and Oklahoma State CB Perrish Cox have had to face the likes of Michael Crabtree, Dez Bryant, Dezmon Briscoe and Danario Alexander in the Big 12, Wilson didn’t face the same types of receivers when he was with the Broncos.
Wilson’s game is comparable to Lardarius Webb-but he doesn’t quite have the pedigree. He’s got TONS of speed and can make an impact in the return game. He’s a nice player. I just get the feeling the Ravens might be looking for more of a big, physical cornerback.
9. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says T.O., Kevin Walter, Antonio Bryant and Mushin Muhammad are all UFA options at WR for Ravens
Which means…..it’s time for free agent porn!!!
Look, none of these guys are ideal. But Larry Fitzgerald isn’t available. SOMEONE has to play WR next season. I just hope it isn’t Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton and Donte’ Stallworth.
10. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Brandon Marshall, Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd and Miles Austin are all RFA options at WR for Ravens
I’ll save the “RFA WR Porn” for another day, but I will mention that I don’t think Miles Austin or Brandon Marshall are REAL options, and Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd won’t come easy.
Again….somebody has to play receiver.
11. Yahoo! Sports’ Doug Farrar mocks Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas to Ravens
There’s a polite and an impolite word for this.
The polite word is “stretch.” The impolite word is “insane.”
Either one works.
(Edit from GMC: He was a borderline guy BEFORE he got hurt again. How would that make him IMPROVE his status?)
I think this is awesome. And since there’s not much else for me to say about it, I’ll post a picture of Ice T’s wife CoCo that What Would Tyler Durden Do posted yesterday. It’s like “ReTweeting”, just without the Twitter….
And finally, I leave you with this.
I was never an Allen Iverson fan. He went to Georgetown. He played for the 76ers. The only team I root for in Philadelphia is the Flyers. BUT….if this is it for him, he was a hell of a player. Plus, we’ll always have this….
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….