Wednesday Morning’s Crabs & Beer

December 05, 2007 | Glenn Clark

After today, I’m not spending any more time talking about Monday Night Football. I will however say that even if it was inappropriate for an official to degrade Samari Rolle by calling him “boy”, it neither cost the Ravens the game-nor does it justify Bart Scott’s freak out. The only thing that should happen here would be an apology.

It’s time to move on to Indianapolis. One win over the Colts wouldn’t salvage a season, but continued positive signs against good teams could help decide how this team should be put together for next season. There are plenty of story lines for us to talk about with the Colts this week (Crazy I know!), and the Patriots are moving on to a game with the Steelers.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

-Drew Forrester says Ravens deserved to lose

-Casey Willett really enjoyed Billick’s kiss

-Ken Zalis hopes Ravens can beat Colts now instead

-Thryl Nelson doesn’t buy conspiracy stuff ‘in light of Spy-Gate’

RAVENS:

Here’s a YouTube link to “the kiss”

The Official Site looks at good things Ravens doing, including Scott’s Holiday party (Can I make a joke about how if you go to his party, Bart promises not to hit you with a yellow flag?)

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says loss was ‘entertaining’

The Official Site’s Josh Lukin says Monday Night ‘dramatic’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says defense suffered nightmare

Colts Official Site’s John Oehser says Dungy knows Sunday Night will be tough

Colts Official Site’s John Oehser says Ravens come into Sunday Night ‘stinging’

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Billick set tone for Ravens to fall apart

The Sun’s Rick Maese says ‘boy’ comment should be looked at

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says turnovers, play calling, lack of discipline cost Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says League investigating claims made by Ravens regarding officials

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says NFL stands by timeout call

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens need to accept blame

The Sun’s David Steele says if allegations true; Scott, etc. had right to react strongly

The Sun’s David Steele says McNair’s time in Baltimore should have finished differently

The Sun’s Bill Ordine admits he couldn’t tell if Gaffney’s catch good or not

The Sun’s Bill Ordine questions if Monday Night was fluke or answered questions for future

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says not just Ravens complaining about officiating

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Harrison not ready to start life with Billick

The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Rolle ‘wants consistency’ from officials

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harrison ‘criticizing Boller‘ when Billick blew kisses

The Sun’s Edward Lee breaks down statistics, showing slight improvement for Ravens

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McGahee VERY bright spot in dark loss

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens acting childish

The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht says Ravens need to keep going to McGahee

The Examiner’s Matt Palmer says Ravens couldn’t get handle on emotions

The Examiner’s Matt Palmer says ‘moral victory’ means nothing

The Examiner’s Tony Giro thinks fix was in

Frederick News Post’s Stan Goldberg says Rolle thinks Ravens have few fans

Aaron Wilson says NFL considering Rolle’s accusations of ‘boy’-ish comments

Aaron Wilson notes one important stat: Ravens not sacked once

Washington Post’s Michael Wilbon says Pats ‘wobbled’ by Ravens

Washington Post’s Mark Maske says NFL ‘investigating’ McKinnely’s actions

Indy Star’s Phillip B. Wilson gives coaching edge to Dungy in matchup of SB winners

Indy Star’s Phillip B. Wilson says ‘X factor’ will be Ravens’ dejection

Indy Star’s Phillip B. Wilson says Ravens ‘D’ must get off field

Indy Star’s Phillip B. Wilson picks Colts, 23-16

Ravens Roost’s Mike Zoran breaks down Colts’ final drive Monday

The Loss Column’s Justin Blome describes loss as ‘kick to junk’

Ravens Locker says Ravens ‘appeared robbed’ vs. Pats

Baltimore Beatdown’sRexxsays Monday Night decided by higher power

The NFL Guru looks at Billick-Harrison love affair

The Sports Flow’sgrittysquirrelssays Ravens gave him reason to watch

Bleacher Report’s Forrest Kobayashi says MNF was exciting again

Ravens Touchdown’s “Stephen” thinks Pats fans HAD to be scared

Sporting News’ Dennis Dillon has Ravens 23rd in power rankings

SI’s Dr. Z wonders why Ravens let up pressure

Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson is sick of hearing about officiating

Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson found Billick’skissy kissy smoochie smoochie” humorous

Fanhouse’s Josh Alper says Ryan shouldn’t have been allowed to call timeout

Fanhouse’s Josh Alper says Ravens should have won despite officiating

Fanhouse’s Michael David Smith says McKinnely’s playing history may make him willing to run mouth

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Cabrera deal should set Tejada wheels in motion

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly say O’s ‘could’ start talking extension with Bedard again as trades not appealing thus far

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Dodgers unlikely to move Kershaw to get Bedard

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko wonders if Burnett good fit for Birds

The Sun’s Roch Kubatko gives us info on new O’s Catcher Quiroz

CBS reports Dodgers ‘close’ to sending Kemp, Broxton to Baltimore for Bedard

Oriole Central says Birds should get one more for Bedard

Oriole Post’s “Maryland Orioles Fan” says everyone wants Bedard

Oriole Post’s “Maryland Orioles Fan” looks at “almost dealt” Bedard reports

Seattle Times’ Geoff Baker says some in O’s front office think M’s Bedard offer best

MLB.com’s Alyson Footer says Astros out of running for Tejada

Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay says Reds could offer Bailey in potential Bedard deal

ESPN’s Jayson Stark says Mets haven’t talked Bedard in Nashville

Orioles Hangout’s John Domen names Luis Lebron organization’s #28 prospect

The Loss Column’s Neal Shaffer says Bedard, Tejada better than Willis, Cabrera (at what?)

LA Times’ Mike DiGiovanna says Angels haven’t discussed Bedard, Tejada with O’s

SI’s Jon Heyman says Dodgers ‘reluctant’ to give up Kershaw, Broxton, Kemp

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt says Brew Crew talked to O’s about Tejada, won’t make move

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Terps 4-0 all time vs. Morgan State

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Bears preview

Terps in the NBA Update:
-G Steve Blake is averaging 5.9 PPG, 5.5 APG for the Blazers
-G Juan Dixon is averaging 6.5 PPG, 1.6 APG for the Raptors
-G D.J. Strawberry is averaging 2.5 PPG, 1.0 SPG for the Suns
-PF Joe Smith is averaging 6.4 PPG, 4.1 RPG for the Bulls
-F/C Chris Wilcox is averaging 15.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG for the Sonics
-G Steve Francis is averaging 7.4 PPG, 3.8 APG, and 1.4 SPG for the Rockets

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews Maryland-MTSU

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Terps looking to bounce back against MTSU

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Henderson weighing option to enter Draft

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Dargan recorded 5 sacks, 2 FF’s despite breaking leg

The Examiner’s David Duberstein says “Sunshine” happy to be Bowling home in Cali

Carroll County Times’ John McNamara says Terps getting ‘much-needed’ R&R

Washington Times’ Stephen Whyno says Henderson leaning on Friedgen during decision process

Terrapin Times’ Chris King looks at Terps‘ first bowl practice (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Gossett’s legacy will be Terps (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem looks at TE recruit Devonte Campbell (must subscribe)

TERPS IN THE NFL WEEK 13:
-S Curome Cox had 1 tackle (1 solo) in the Texans’ 28-20 loss to the Titans
-TE Vernon David had 1 catch for 19 yards in the 49ers‘ 31-14 loss to the Panthers
-TE Jeff Dugan had 2 catches for 29 yards, and ran once for 4 yards in the Vikings’ 42-10 win over the Lions
-LB E.J. Henderson had 4 tackles (4 solo) and forced a fumble in the Vikings’ 42-10 win over the Lions
-DE Eric Hicks had 1 tackle (1 solo) in the Jets’ 40-13 win over the Dolphins
-LB D’Qwell Jackson had 6 tackles (6 solo) in the Browns’ 27-21 loss to the Cardinals
-DT Kris Jenkins had 3 tackles (2 solo) in the Panthers’ 31-14 win over the 49ers
-RB LaMont Jordan rushed once for 3 yards in the Raiders’ 34-20 win over the Broncos
-LB Shawne Merriman had 6 tackles and 3 sacks in the Chargers’ 24-10 win over the Chiefs
-CB Lewis Sanders had 2 tackles (2 solo) in the Falcons’ 28-16 loss to the Rams
-S Madieu Williams had 4 tackles (2 solo), defended 1 pass, and had 1 INT (returned 5 yards) in the Bengals’ 24-10 loss to the Steelers
-CB/KR Josh Wilson returned 1 kick for 17 yards in the Seahawks‘ 28-24 win over the Eagles

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says 17-2 WSU run in 1st doomed Retrievers in loss

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Bozeman 1-1 all-time vs. ACC going into Maryland game

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

Temple Official Site says Owls seeking revenge for last season vs. Tigers Thursday

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says ‘Hounds looking to get back over .500 Friday at Iona

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Johnson finalist for Coach of the Year

The Sun says Johnson interviewed at SMU

The Examiner’s Tony Giro thinks Johnson deserves honor

Go Mids looks at what might keep Johnson at Navy (must subscribe)

MARYLAND KNIGHTHAWKS:

The Official Site’s Adam Dantus says ‘Hawks to make major announcements Wednesday (If you missed it earlier, Tamir Goodman will play for this team)

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse says Salisbury picked to win D3 title

PRO BOWLING:

The Official Site offers details for Lumber Liquidators Championship, beginning tomorrow at Country Club Lanes on Rt. 40

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Anybody want to share their thoughts on a Bedard for Kemp/Broxton/Kershaw/TBA deal? I didn’t think so. I think its okay, but I’d rather a more major-league ready starting pitcher be involved.

-Erin Henderson could probably use another year at Maryland before entering the NFL Draft, but Brian Brohm thought the same thing last year, and it may have cost him not just a #1 overall pick, but being a 1st round pick at all. Henderson would get drafted based on athleticism, potential, and his brother’s reputation; but no higher than the late first round/early second round. With another year, Erin could become one of the top linebackers in the country. I will not blame him for leaving if he chooses though.

-Paul Johnson’s interview at SMU will not be his last. There are better jobs available for him. He will decide what’s best for him, and no one can blame him if he chooses to go. He also deserves to be honored as Coach of the Year, as Mark Mangino did not win a significant game all season.

-UMBC suffered a tough loss at a good Wichita State team. Hopefully they will learn from this heading into America East play.

-My Live Sports Pick for Wednesday is the Lumber Liquidators Championship at Country Club Lanes. I know this sounds crazy, but there is actually a Pro-Am, and our hometown boy Danny Wiseman will of course be there. It seems odd to see bowling live, but until I can bowl a 200 regularly, I won’t take anything away from these guys. Also, niche sports are ALWAYS fun live. I’ve been to the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, and even a Marathon. They’re fun; and the people there are REALLY into the events.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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