Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

October 28, 2008 | Glenn Clark

Here’s my Tuesday Top 7……..7. Jameel McClain

Welcome to the defense, rookie. McClain came out of the gates making plays; and didn’t seem to be even a bit out of place at all during Sunday’s game. I wonder if there are any more McClains on this roster somewhere…..

6. Joe Flacco

If not for the catch, Joe wouldn’t make the list. To be honest, Joe was downright erratic in the first half. But learning the new wrinkles in this offense couldn’t possibly have been easy for Joe; and he executed the new offense perfectly in the 2nd half.

5. Troy Smith

Troy Smith could have lost faith. He had a great opportunity to become this team’s starting QB; but the opportunity was robbed from him by a VERY unfortunate illness. Instead of moping and feeling sorry for himself; Troy battled back, learned a new way to participate in the offense; and was a major contributor to a win. Good stuff.

4. Jarrett Johnson

He’s not Adalius Thomas. But he doesn’t need to be. He’s having an OUTSTANDING year; and I hope teams keep trying to go to his side of the field.

3. Haloti Ngata

He’s going to catch a TD pass at some point this season, too. You just can’t get past him right now. Remember when the Ravens had to choose between him, Cameron Wimbley, and Broderick Bunkley? Nice decision.

2. Ray Rice

He’s NOT a featured back. But he doesn’t need to be. He needs to be a player that can give the Ravens an offensive weapon on multiple levels; which is EXACTLY what he did Sunday.

1. Terrell Suggs

Totally unreal. That’s all I need to say.

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

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester


agrees with Ian Eagle’s Orioles comments

Drew Forrester thinks Rice top Raven in Raiders’ win

Rob Long says Ravens part of ‘complicated’ AFC

Thyrl Nelson has Ravens 14th in Power Rankings

Bryan Powell says Navy first team to win without throwing in 11 years

RAVENS:The Official Site’s Mike Duffy



says Cameron would use any active player who can help offense

The Official Site’s Scott Garceau says Flacco had ‘fun’ performance in win

The Official Site’s Kristen Deahl remembers the greatness of Ogden

The Official Site reports Harbaugh thinks Ravens ‘just scratching surface’ of potential offense

Browns Official Site’s Steve King says safeties Jones, Adams both dealing with injuries before game with Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says offense must continue ‘evolution’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Cameron knows trick plays won’t always work

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Gaither trying to limit mistakes

The Sun’s Bill Ordine thinks Rice could be used like Eagles’ Westbrook

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh ‘optimistic’ about Ayanbadejo playing, ‘pessimistic’ about Landry

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Suggs should say anything he wants now

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says offense improving execution

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder and Dave Carey offer highest praise to D-Line, Linebackers

The Examiner’s Phil Macek says things get tougher from here

Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh thinks Ravens could use 2 QB package ‘every game’

Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh ‘optimistic’ Rolle will return Sunday

The AP says trick plays help Ravens ‘shed bland label’

Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says Winslow ready to return from suspension

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Winslow back just in time for ‘big division game’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says defense, Cameron ‘hot’CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco


gives Ravens B+ for performance in win




says commits Porzel, Brown, etc. all had big weekends

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says DHB, Tate could each play on Sunday

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Wujciak averaging 10 tackles per game

The Sun’s Jeff Barker thinks DHB made TD catch on final drive

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Terps in ‘great position’ to play for ACC title

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps overcame conditions to beat Wolfpack

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Holt will be Hokies’ #1 QB in practice

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Terps own tiebreaker advantage

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says resurgence of Cavs has helped Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tech’s Holt could make first career start vs. Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph has only coached one game ever when bowl possibility gone

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says despite potentially playing ‘best game of season’, Navarre doesn’t pick up Player of the Week award

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says TE Boone will act as backup to Holt while QB’s injured

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says both Taylor, Glennon in walking boots this week

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says some wins not as good, some losses not as bad as they originally appeared

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says former Terp Hill named starter in San Fran

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps can take over first place if GT beats FSU

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Va Tech’s problems deeper than QB issue




wouldn’t have voted Terps as high as 7th

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Neal thinks Vasquez should be all-conference

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:Washington Post’s Camille Powell



says Terps making statement on net

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says prospect Mincy ‘enjoyed’ Madness trip (must subscribe)Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter


says Townsend considers Terps ‘family’ (must subscribe)NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site


previews Navy-Temple

The Official Site offers complete Navy-Temple release (pdf)Temple Official Site


previews Saturday’s trip to Navy

Temple Official Site offers complete Temple-Navy release (pdf)The Sun’s Don Markus


says KNKE could return vs. Temple

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says defense got back on track in win

The Examiner’s Tom Flynn says White surpassed 2,000 yards in win over SMU

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids have ‘options’ with Dobbs

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says KNKE will get Senior Day start

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo ‘encouraged’ by KNKE’s running

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Mids will have to return to air at some point (must subscribe)TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site


previews Saturday’s tilt with William & Mary

William & Mary Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Towson




says Gulls 16th in poll




says Dogs picked to finish 4thLOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site


says individual tickets available now




says Goode honored by CollegeHoops.net

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Goode, Cajou lead way in scrimmage

ORIOLES:The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin



thinks Jones best served hitting 5th or 6th in lineup

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Orioles should learn from Rays, Phils

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker thinks Loewen ‘overpaid, underachieving, glass-armed, floppy-haired jerk’

The Examiner’s Neal Shaffer happy to see Birds will go after free agents




names Northwestern’s Woodson Coach of the Week

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:-The subject of the ACC’s TV package for football came up this morning; and I think there is one simple answer for making sure that Maryland games-and the rest of the league’s games-are always available. I think the ACC needs to look into creating their own regional TV network; much like the Big Ten. They wouldn’t lose their partnerships with ABC and ESPN; as the Big Ten still gets their biggest games on the major national spotlight (i.e. Ohio State-Penn State Saturday night on ABC). But not only would they make sure they get ALL of their football games on TV; but they can get basketball games again non-sexy opponents televised; more women’s hoops on TV; and lacrosse, soccer, and baseball televised for sure. It is practically a no-brainer.

Talk to you tomorrow.