Archive for March, 2010


Ravens’ 2010 Preseason Schedule Announced


By Jesse Jones

The NFL released the preseason schedules today.  Here’s how it shapes up for the Baltimore Ravens:

  1. Thursday, Aug. 12 – vs. Carolina (ESPN)
  2. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 20-21 – @ Washington Redskins **
  3. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 27-28 – vs. N.Y. Giants **
  4. Thursday, Sept. 2 – @ Rams

** – Dates TBA by home team

The August 12 game hosting Carolina will be the first preseason game of the NFL season, and will be nationally televised on ESPN.  The Redskins game is always something to chat about, even though it hold no true importance pertaining to bragging rights.  The Giants are a similar team, and the Rams will look to see how their rebuilding team is looking heading into the actual season.

The full NFL schedule is expected to be announced during mid-April.


MLS Underway


By Jesse Jones

The MLS season is underway and that means that the D.C. United are looking for their fifth MLS championship.

The club’s season began last Saturday, March 27th, in Kansas City.  This game, however, was not what any of the United faithful had in mind.  The Kansas City Wizards completely dominated the United, and won 4-0.

D.C. will look to turn things around this Saturday as they host the New England Revolution at RFK Stadium at 7:30 PM.


Caps Update

By Jesse Jones

The past three games for the Washington Capitals have been an up-and-down roller coaster.

Last Wednesday, the rival Pittsburgh Penguins traveled to the nation’s capital.  The Penguins took an early lead, but the Caps sent the game into overtime, where it was then decided in a shootout.  Washington won 3-2 in the shootout and won the game 4-3.

Friday the team traveled to Carolina where they found themselves in another shootout.  The only difference this time was that the Hurricanes won 3-2.  Today was a similar result, but overtime was not needed.  The Calgary Flames traveled across the border to D.C. where they took an early 4-0 lead in the first period and never looked back.  Behind the 31 saves from goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, the Flames won 5-3.

From what I’ve seen in these games, the team is desperately missing the explosiveness of captain Alex Ovechkin.  He has not been as hot with his stick lately, and that extra spark could get the team back on track.


Arenas Avoids Jail

By Jesse Jones

The day Gilbert Arenas has been waiting for came and went.  He was scheduled to be sentenced, possibly to jail, today because of the gun incident that took place in December.  Many believed he would receive some jail time, but that is not the case.

Arenas has been sentenced to two-years supervised probation, 30 days in a halfway house, 400 hours of community service, and a $5,000 fine that will go to the Victim of Violent Crimes Fund.

It is still unknown what the Wizards will do with him, but Ernie Grunfeld has said that he expects to keep him as long as he is under contract.


Ravens Add Defensive Depth

cory redding

By Jesse Jones

After defensive lineman Dwan Edwards left Baltimore for Buffalo last week, it became even more clear that the defensive line was one of the biggest wholes on the team.

Part of that hole has now been patched, as the Ravens have signed defensive tackle Cory Redding.  Redding, who most recently played with the Seattle Seahawks, signed a two-year contract with the team.

In his seven year career, Redding has recorded 18 sacks, but as of late his production has declined.  Now he looks to be a quality back-up to veteran Trevor Pryce.

Look for the Ravens to fill some holes on the defense by drafting some defensive linemen and defensive backs.


Maryland Loses Heart Breaker

By Jesse Jones

With a birth to the Sweet 16 and a chance to play Northern Iowa on the line, the Michigan State Spartans and Maryland Terrapins knew what they could gain from a victory over the other.

Maryland was coming off a win against Houston, and Michigan State had just beaten New Mexico State.

The first half was controlled by the Spartans, who took a 48-39 lead into the half. They dominated the boards, and capitalized on more of their scoring chances than the Terrapins had.

For much of the second half, nothing had changed. Michigan State had taken complete control of the game. They increased their lead to as much as 16 points, but everything went downhill soon after. Senior star Kalin Lucas suffered an Achilles injury that sidelined him for the rest of the game. Greivis Vasquez, Maryland’s star player and one of the best in school history, took over the game. Vasquez (26 total points) scored 9 of the Terrapins last 11 points, who took an 83-82 lead with 6.6 seconds left. However, this proved to be more than enough time for the Spartans, who hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to win 85-83 and earn their trip to St. Louis.

Although the game was so close down the stretch, Michigan State had controlled much of the game with their key shooting. Overall, the Spartans shot 55%, and went 56% from behind the arc. They also outrebounded the Terps 35-21. What allowed Maryland to stay so close was the 18 turnovers they made Michigan State commit.

At the end of the day though, it will be Michigan State playing in St. Louis, not Maryland.


Nicholas Shot Made It To Final Four

drew nicholas buzzer beater

By Jesse Jones

Remember Drew Nicholas and the 2003 Maryland Terrapins? Well, one huge moment from that season was relived today on ESPN’s SportsNation.

The show did a bracket for the best buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history. The shot by Drew Nicholas against UNC Wilmington in the first round of the tournament received the 11 seed. That didn’t stop them as they made it to the Final Four, but lost with only 43% of the votes against NC States’ game-winner against Houston for the national championship. Who can argue that one?

If you don’t remember the shot, here it is:


Ovechkin Suspended

By Jesse Jones

It seems like every time I do a post about the Washington Capitals now, more information about what I blogged about comes out.

Before I blogged about the possible suspension facing Alexander Ovechkin. Well now, he has been suspended for two games.

Two games doesn’t seem like much to be worried about, but both games are on the road. Tomorrow the team will play the Florida Panthers, and travel to Carolina for a match-up with the Hurricanes Thursday.

Look to see how the team fares without the MVP on the road.


Will Ovie Be Suspended?

By Jesse Jones

In yesterday’s thrilling 4-3 overtime win in Chicago, captain Alex Ovechkin got thrown out early in the first period for a questionable hit on defensemen Brian Campbell that propelled him into the boards, breaking his collarbone and some ribs.  His season is in jeopardy.  Here’s the hit:

If you watch closely, it seems that Campbell started to fall right before contact was made, and just the extra contact drove him into the boards. I am a Capitals fan, but that hit was not close to being one of Ovechkin’s hardest hits, or was it illegal. What happened was just a fluke.

Now Ovie will meet with NHL head disciplinarian Colin Campbell to discuss the incident. Because of Ovechkin’s two misconducts earlier this season, there are speculations that he will be suspended. We will soon find out.


Terps vs. Notre Dame in 2011

By Ben Linton

The Maryland Terrapins Football team has reached an agreement with Notre Dame to play a game at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland in the 2011 season. The game will be played Saturday, Nov 12th, the first time that the Terps will ever play at FedEx Field.

Notre Dame and Maryland’s first and only meeting back in 2002 in the Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, a game that the Irish won.

This is a great move by the Terps organization to schedule this game against one of the most historic college football schools of all time. Even though Notre Dame has fallen on hard times in recent years, if Maryland could beat the Irish in this game it would be a huge boost for recruiting and recognition to get the Terps back on track. This game will be played in new Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly’s second season, and may possibly be the first season for Head Coach in waiting James Franklin.

I will be looking forward to this one for a while, in hopes that Maryland will come out on top so I can hear Lou Holtz cry on television.

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