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five pressing sports stories will
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I'm not sure if you’re one to look ahead like this, but we’re in for an exciting next ten months here in Baltimore.

And I’m not talking only about the Orioles and their prospects for a trip to the World Series for the first time since 1983.

I’m looking more at “stories” that are going to play out in 2017 and wondering what order of importance you’ll place on them as the year unfolds.

The Ravens have a handful of critical issues that we’ll get to be a part of, starting with the draft in April. While every draft is important, this one might be the biggest of the last decade for Ozzie Newsome, Eric DeCosta and company.

Picking at #16 in the first round puts the Ravens in the middle of the pack . . . giving them a chance to scoot up a few spots if someone’s there they REALLY like . . . or allowing them to shift back a bit and pick up some extra picks if they’re not completely sold on any player in particular when that 16th pick is on the board.

The bigger story, of course, involves the head coach. Another losing season from the Ravens – or a non-playoff campaign – and it’s likely going to be the end of a great run for John Harbaugh in Baltimore. One way or the other, we’re going to see it all play out in high-def over 16 weeks starting in September.

The Orioles already have two bits of disconcerting news and the calendar hasn’t even flipped over to March. Chris Tillman (shoulder) and J.J. Hardy (back) are both unable to start workouts in Sarasota, and while neither player will “make or break” the Birds if they can’t play for a few weeks in April, both are valuable resources for Buck Showalter on the whole in 2017.

Can the Orioles, who have won more games than any other team in the American League over the last five years, finally break through and reach their first World Series since 1983?

Before you just assume they can’t, remember the Cubs and Indians both made the World Series in 2016. In other words: Anything can happen.

But there’s a bigger story than the Orioles trying to win the American League pennant and advance to the World Series: It’s the Manny Machado saga.

Can the Birds re-sign their star player sometime in 2017? Or will he hang on through the 2018 campaign in order to reach that coveted, lucrative free-agent spot where he’ll command upwards of $35 million a year?

Would the Orioles trade Machado sometime this season if they felt there wasn’t a reasonable expectation for him to remain in Baltimore past 2018? And if they did, how would the franchise’s fan base react to that move?

Those are the “big” stories in town, but on a smaller scale, the NCAA basketball tournament looms well within the grasp of a three local schools.

Towson started their CAA schedule at 0-4 before winning nine of their next ten.

The Tigers haven’t been to the NCAA tournament since 1991, but this could be their year, particularly if CAA top dog UNC-Wilmington stumbles in the conference tournament.

No team in the CAA has played better over the last four weeks than the Tigers. The recent season-ending injury to John Davis will not be easy to overcome, but ex-Calvert Hall forward Justin Gorham and defensive specialist Dennis Tunstall have both stepped up over the last few weeks.

UMBC got off to a great start in America East, stumbled a bit recently, but still very much have the goods to make a run in their conference tournament early next month. The Retrievers – 8-6 in conference play – defeated visiting UMass Lowell on Saturday at the RAC.

Senior Will Darley has potentially moved into First Team All-America East territory with his outstanding play since the first of the year. The Retrievers aren’t quite the caliber of Vermont or Stony Brook yet, but they’re the most improved team in the conference under first-year head-coach Ryan Odom.

Navy has quietly put together a solid season in the Patriot League, now sitting at 10-5 on the season and in third place behind Bucknell and Boston University.

The Midshipmen could very well work their way through the conference tournament and advance to the NCAA’s Big Dance, too.

It’s generally big news in Baltimore when one of the local mid-majors qualifies for the NCAA basketball tournament. What if two or three teams made it this year? How important would that be to the city and its college hoops fans?

Some of the big stories in 2017 will be predicated on win-loss records, while others, like Machado’s status with the Orioles, will be more about money, investment and leverage.

Settle in – 2017 is going to be newsworthy.

Our #DMD poll below gives you the chance to vote on which of the stories will be the most significant one for Baltimore in 2017.

 Drew's Morning Dish

#DMD Poll

Question: What is the most significant sports story in Baltimore in 2017?
The future of John Harbaugh.
Ravens roster improvements.
Orioles quest for first World Series in 34 years.
Local hoops teams vying for NCAA tourney berths.
Can Orioles re-sign Machado before free agency?
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DALE WILLIAMS returns for his third season of covering all things Maryland men's basketball for #DMD. Terps Spotlight will preview and review all games in the 2016-17 season.


As I watched the seconds tick away as Michigan put the finishing touches on a win at home against Wisconsin last Thursday, my initial feeling was that this wasn’t a good thing for the Terps.

But as I delved a little deeper into this Badger team, my thinking has changed a bit.

This may not be such a bad spot for the Terps after all. A share of first place with Purdue (11-3) in the BIG 10 is up for grabs when the Terps and Badgers (both 10-3) meet today at 1:00 p.m. at the Kohl Center in Madison.

The Badgers, 21-5 overall, have lost two in a row. The loss to Michigan was unexpected but not shocking, considering that Wisconsin was without their top guard, Bronson Koenig. Prior to that, the Badgers were upset by a shorthanded Northwestern team.

Even the two wins that preceded the losing streak were unimpressive.  They included an overtime win at Nebraska, and a close 65-60 win at home against an injury-depleted Indiana team.

What it all adds up to is a Wisconsin team that might not be at their peak today.

Koenig practiced on Friday. If he is able to go, he'll be a big lift for the Badgers. He averages 13.4 ppg (second on the team) and is an important piece for this Badger team. When he fails to contribute, the team struggles. In the four Wisconsin losses in which he played, Koenig has connected on only four of 27 three-point attempts. In two of those losses, he scored only two points.

On a team with premier players Ethan Happ and Nigel Hayes, not allowing Koenig to get his points should be a key focus if Maryland wants to maximize its chances of victory against Wisconsin.

Happ, last year’s Big 10 Rookie of the Year, has a game that looks unconventional offensively but all he does is make plays. He leads in the team in scoring (14.5) and rebounds (9.1). He loves to slowly back up his defender, often to a position where he is under the basket and seemingly stuck.

From there he’ll back the defender away from the hoop leaving him with an easy layup. I can’t recall ever seeing a post player use that technique, but it works for Happ.

Happ is so tough inside, hitting over 60% of his attempts, that Maryland and coach Turgeon must resist the temptation to cover him one-on-one, and instead opt for the quick double-team.

Badger opponents have had some success collapsing on Happ and taking their chances with the other shooters. The recent Badger shooting slump makes this strategy a no-brainer. If Happ can find the open man, who in turn hits the open shot, then it could be a long day for the Terps.

But with Wisconsin hitting only 34% from the three-point line as a team, that’s a chance the Terps may have to take. Just don’t let the open man be Koenig, who has made twice as many threes as anyone else on this Badger team.

Damonte Dodd will be pivotal today for the Terps.

He and the other Terp big men cannot afford to lose contact with Happ. Dodd, especially, has a tendency to lose his man in the paint allowing him to slip free for easy baskets.

In a game that figures to be a half-court, grind-it-out affair, limiting easy looks and rebounding well are crucial. Dodd is the only Terp with enough girth to push back on Happ. He needs to step up today.

In Wisconsin’s victory over the Terps in College Park last year, the Badgers did a nice job of clogging the middle and in doing so limited the effectiveness of Melo Trimble. Trimble had one of the worst shooting days of his career, going 1-14 from the field.

That was also the game where Diamond Stone pushed a Badger head into the court after a collision under the basket. Tempers flared for a while.

But that Terp team was vastly different from this year’s ensemble.

The 2015-16 version had Stone and Robert Carter Jr. filling up the low blocks and bringing their defenders with them. This year’s edition usually features four perimeter players [Justin Jackson rarely works inside], more speed, and much more room (and sets) allowing for dribble penetration. That penetration is where the Terps win this game.

If they can maintain good spacing and use their superior ball-handling and quickness, Maryland should come home with a share of the Big 10 regular-season lead.

It would also add a nice resume-builder come NCAA Tournament seeding time.

The great equalizer in college basketball is the three-point shot. If Wisconsin gets hot from long range and the Terps go cold, then all bets are off. That being said, Maryland should get a win here.

They are the better shooting team and that should play out today. Happ will get his points, as will Hayes, but a motivated Melo, along with Justin Jackson (who should be too nimble for Vitto Brown), will help Maryland gain that elusive first win in 2016-17 over a ranked team.

Maryland gets the victory, 67-64.

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darley’s school record leads umbc
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UMBC senior forward Will Darley (Dulaney H.S.) was sent home from practice on Friday due to illness.

A day later, Darley made school history, knocking down 10 three-point field goals and scoring a career-high 38 points as the Retrievers (17-10, 8-6 America East) snapped a season-high three-game slide with a 108-102 victory over UMass Lowell (11-19, 5-10).

The 38-point effort is the third-highest total by a Retriever in 49 seasons of UMBC basketball.

Darley eased by teammate Jairus Lyles, who scored 37 at Maine last February.  The 38 points is the most scored by an America East player this season.

The senior played only 28 minutes, 12 in the first half and 16 in the second.  He set the tone by knocking down his first trey 14 seconds into the game. After a miss, Darley swished his next three first-half attempts, giving him four in the first 4:30. He made his fifth three-pointer of the first half at the 7:54 mark. His second three-point miss, and last of the game, came at the 14:36 mark.

Darley knocked down all five attempts from long range in the final 20 minutes. In total, he was 10-of-12 from behind the arc and 13-of-16 from the floor overall.

The senior's performance overshadowed a brilliant effort by UML sophomore guard Ryan Jones, who led his squad with 32 points and added seven assists.

The two top offensive squads in America East both easily surpassed the 50-percent mark from the floor. UMBC converted 34-of-59 shots from the floor (57.6 percent), while UML knocked down 32-of-57 (56.1 percent).

Led by Darley, UMBC knocked down 16-of-26 from behind the arc (a season-high 61.5 percent).

Rodney Elliott (John Carroll H.S.) and junior guard Jairus Lyles (DeMatha H.S.) each scored 14 points for UMBC. Junior guard K.J. Maura (San Juan, Puerto Rico) topped all players with 10 assists.

UMBC completes the home portion of the regular season by welcoming Stony Brook on Wednesday, February 22. The Retrievers will honor Darley and classmate Ben Grace before the 7:00 p.m. tip-off versus the Seawolves. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats at 6:45 p.m. for the pre-game ceremony.

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i'm not gaga over her
but you might know someone who is


Never let it be said that I'm not a man for the people.

What other explanation can you give when you read the information below about a trip to see Lady Gaga in Philadelphia other than, "Drew's a man for the people"?

Yes, we're going to see Lady Gaga.

Join #DMD on Monday, September 11 when we head to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to see Lady Gaga, brought to you by Jerry's Toyota.

It wasn't my idea, honestly, but we're doing it.

My friend Anna Lybrook was one of the first to check in. She has previously enjoyed trips with us to see Springsteen and Adele, and a couple of weeks back she rattled my cage about seeing Lady Gaga in Philadelphia.

It doesn't have to be my cup of tea for #DMD to take on a project.

Remember when I first launched the website in 2014? "People helping people will be a central theme at #DMD", I said then.

So, I'm willing to help you see Lady Gaga, or those of you who want to, anyway.

She's one of the hottest acts in music today, and no matter what you think about her wacky attire and "look", the young lady can definitely sing. And fresh off the heels of her Super Bowl appearance in Houston, she's launching a summer tour that will take her to every major venue in America.

If you'd like to see her perform live, we're making it happen for you.

The show is Monday, September 11, at 7:30 pm at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Ravens will be 1-0 after opening the season with a 24-20 nailbiter over the Colts the day before in Baltimore.

We'll leave Baltimore around 4:00 pm, our luxury motor coach stocked with ice cold DuClaw beer, water and soft drinks, plus delicious subs and sandwiches from our friends at Palmisano's of Baldwin.

We have both upper and lower concourse tickets available for the show. The package that includes upper concourse seats is $200 per-person and the package that includes lower concourse seats is $275. NOTE: As of 2/17/17 at 6:30 am, there are ONLY four (4) lower concourse seats remaining. The rest of the seats are upper concourse.

The $200 and $275 prices are only available to the first 28 customers who purchase their seats in full. We may add seats again once those first 28 are gone, but our bus will travel to Philadelphia with a maximum of 40 concert-goers.

If you're interested in seats on our Lady Gaga bus, just go here.

#dmd comments


Steve from Pimlico     February 19
I feel your pain Wizard. All handicappers have bad days.

People want to fire Harbaugh,aSB winning coach but give Buck a pass.Both are excellent in their jobs and would have a new gig in A heartbeat.

It's sports,not life and death. All I know is I had to get up and go to work the day after WS and SB winning seasons ( since retired).

Sam     February 19
Hey Drew, the next time The Wizard wants to be DMD's horse racing expert, go down to Laurel and grab your old buddy Rick From Reisterstown. He can pick more winners than Wizard. Then again so could my 3 year old grandson.

unitastoberry     February 19
The Orioles will have a tough time winning it all unless they stay healthy, get decent starting pitching to avoid bull pen burnout, and offensive production from the big money guys who seem to fade away in September and October.

Harbaughs attempt to turn his team around or calling Mayflower is the big story line of 2017 for Balmur hon .Manny and his money saga should not even be a story but it i$ second.

Troll watcher     February 19
Ray Ray, your post is a severe troll. The Wizard had the stones to put up picks, what were your picks? Is your last name Petty?

Ray ray     February 19
The Wizard: Your picks finished sixth, scratched, fourth, fifth, fifth, fourth, second, third, fourth and fourth. Your offer to give handicapping lessons for nothing seems overpriced.

Thisguy     February 18
@JOSH Ain't that the truth, and one team not even in DC, and not a sport anyone cares about....thought this was a great time for sports? Feels more like "the lean months"

Josh     February 18
DC sports? It must be Saturday

Radiophile     February 18
Actually heard on the repeat station that has the most "intelligent" programming in Baltimore...but the listeners are too stupid to contribute. Hmmm, that sounds like an enigma. If you are too stupid to be allowed to call in and converse with the host, how can you be smart enough to appreciate highly intelligent conversations?



The small in stature host was interviewing Alan Goldstein...or should we say, Goldstein answered some questions, tried to tell a story or two and was constantly talked over. A couple of lowlights



1. The former boss was talking about guys who have experience. The quote "Me, you, Steadman and Vince Bagli...who have been doing this for so long..I've been doing this for 29 years, blah, blah blah", He actually put himself in with 3 longtime, respected and accomplished Baltimore icons. Can you just call yourself an icon?



2. Goldstein was telling a very interesting story about the 71 Bullets[he was the beat guy]. It was getting really good when Goldstein was interrupted by "My Pops loved the Bullets and I knew that losing to the Knicks really hurt him". Goldstein then replied "Where was I?" and went on to say some controversy happened in the game and Goldstein pointed out to Walter Kennedy about some timing issue as he was sitting courtside, covering the game...he was about to get to the conclusion when interrupted again with the small man saying "I used to cover at times the Bullets at the Capital Centre as I worked at the Sun from 86-92 and when I was reporting...I used to sit right on the court, but they figured out they could sell those seats to Jack Nicholson." Goldstein was an old man when this interview happened and lost his train of thought. Mentioned Walt Frazier and that was talked over as the little man "met him at Mickey Mantle's when he was nationally syndicated and he was like Ali with his dress and antics in the late 60's early 70's". A gentle rebuke from Goldstein about the immense power of Ali compared to Frazier.



And the train wreck is worth a listen....not for intelligence just for the unintended comedy. Rupert Pupkin is real and he broadcasts on the station way down the dia.

George     February 18
All the articles on The Players Tribune are written, or severely edited, by the same hand. He or she is a skilled writer, although a little sappy for my taste. Give me Brien Jackson any day. There's a guy you can argue with!

Monk     February 18
Have always like the Bullets/Wizards even in the Charles Jones["the secret weapon", Mel Proctor called him when he got loose for his bi-monthly dunk} era. They have been bad for a long time. But this squad has a formidable starting 5. It would be nice to get another sharp shooter or a rebounding stud.



People should look at Wall. He plays with more "want to" than anyone. SO FREAKING FAST with the ball, super fast guys can't keep up as he blows by them again and again. Beal can shoot and is a good defender. Gortat does the dirty work. Otto Porter is NOT a slasher[as it looked like he might be] but a good all around player who can really shoot. Very young team[Wall is 26]. Some of the pieces on the bench are also young. Morris is the weakest part of the starting 5, but he is a legitimate NBA player. IF he were Elvin Hayes the Wiz would be a championship contender. I would like to see them get to the Eastern Conference finals, the one team that they don't want to face early is the Raptors who seem to have their number lately.

One thing about the NBA that is skewed, Westbrook is like Tiny Archibald in the 70's when he led the league in scoring and assists. If you hold on to the ball for almost the whole shot clock[like Westbrook and Tiny did]...you either shoot it or pass it to the guy who shoots it. And the reality is that IF you get enough shots almost every player in the league can score 20/night. I remember Super John Williamson with the New Jersey Nets averaging over 20 and he was horrid.



Good for the Wizard making an appearance. There should be more horses on this site. \Drew should call on Laurel and have them create a gathering for DMD readers. I am certain they would love to have this demographic get together and invade Laurel. They should welcome that with open arms. A huge gathering of DMD supporters all in one place? The SOD vs the sane people? Sounds good to me.




Chris     February 18
Drew, thanks for writing about the Wizards. To say they are potentially NBA Finals bound is probably a reach, but they are playing really well and are also a ton of fun to watch. John Wall is as fast with the ball as any in the NBA (rivaling Russell Westbrook). Bradley Beal's catch and shoot skills are as good as Klay Thompson, plus he can get to the rim. Otto Porter is the league's highest percentage 3 point shooter and Markieff Morris is a very solid 4. Their hidden gem is Marcin Gortat whose hustle and athleticism belies his 7 foot stature. For those who haven't tuned in to the NBA or the Wizards lately, you may be surprised at the high level play. The tired "they play no defense and don't hustle" complaint about the NBA has never been more false. The skill level of the professional game far exceeds what you see at the college ranks.

Garry     February 18
I appreciate reading DMD for the logical and reasoned opinions put forth by Drew. Most times I agree with what is stated. However, I take issue with the idea that titles in D.C. would be awfully hard to stomach in Baltimore. I grew up and live in Baltimore County but the only time I don't want D.C. area teams to win is when they play the Orioles or the Ravens. With outlets like Comcast Sports Net and MASN I would guess most of Baltimore gets to see and hear about D.C. teams on a frequent basis. I know you are a big Caps fan, for example. I think the landscape for enjoying sports has changed. We no

longer are limited to a single newspaper or radio station to get our sports news as we may have felt in the 50's, 60s and 70s. Personally, if the Ravens or Orioles can't win it all I would love to see the Redskins or Nationals bring home a title. Decades ago I would not have felt that way but watching shows like Mid-Atlantic Sports Report and others have made me sympathetic for teams like the Nationals and Redskins.

Chris in Bel Air     February 18
DF - Interesting observation on the "DC" teams. It wouldn't really bother me much if they all did win. I'm a Terps fan so if any of their teams win a championship, I'll all for it. I follow the Caps a little, so again, winning a title is ok by me. Wizards? Ehh, yawn, I could care less about the NBA so it doesn't matter who wins. Nats? That wouldn't bother me either. If they were a rival, that would sting but I don't see the Nats like that. They are just another team that happens to be close by.



Anyone else seen the pics of Manny? Wow. Hopefully he's not following in the footsteps of his idle too much.

DELRAY RICK     February 18
@UNITASTOBERRY--SO right bout BLAIR. Until he was hit in the head thats all she wrote. But BROOKS hit did not bother in the least. I was at that game and the thud was sickening. DREW, I bet you a lunch at TEO PEPES WASHINGTON don't win poo. The baseball teams window is closed as will see this year. HARPER wil become a distraction as he becomes a free agent. He is out of town. DODGERS WIL PAY FOR HIM. The WASHINTON TERPS wil somehow stumble as always. The CAPS, what a laugh.

unitastoberry     February 18
Steve... If Paul Blair had not got beaned he may have very well been a great hitter to go along with the fielding. Mentally he never recovered at the plate but he did help the Yankees win in the postseason with many key hits.

Ray Ray     February 18
PB has four trips to the WS and two rings. Let's hope Jones' superior batting skill can get the Birds there.

Steve from Pimlico     February 17
Paul Blair was best dedensive cf in O's history but AJ is the better overall player.

George     February 17
@DF -- You are so tragically un-hip, I'm ashamed to be seen with you in public! Lady Gaga this summer will be on a WORLD tour, not an American tour. - Get it straight, or don't get it at all.

unitastoberry     February 17
As Eckman used to say LA..........REL!

The Wizard     February 17
One more thing on a busy sports weekend. LAUREL PARK has their signature event. The Winter Carnival. 10 exciting and competitive races and lots of good giveaways and prizes. A nice weather day is predicted. I have done the homework and have a series of winners predicted. But remember all of these picks are based on how they look in the paddock and on track.



1st race. Professor Zoom, good trainer, good spot.

2nd. Willie B Mine. A quirky horse who can run fast. Lots of really good ones here.

3rd. Golden Glint. Trainer is tough and this is a hard hitting horse.

4th My Chessa Charm. could happen at a price

5thWait your Turn will be a low price.....try to nail the exacta with Moon Virginia.

6th Lucky in Malibu

7th Everybody Loves rudy.

8thCharitable Annuity.....bombs away

9th Wonder Gal

10th Ocean Kinight.



Horse Racing is important to the sports scene. I would volunteer to give handicapping lessons on a DMD trip to Saratoga in exchange for NOTHING.

DL     February 16
Great Podcast!! I agree... more Motown!!

Sam     February 16
Drew, that was quite an article about Billy Hurley. Thank you for posting it. I'm sharing it now with my golfing friends.

John In Westminster     February 16
I think we knew the writing was on the wall regarding a playoffs or bust scenario with Harbaugh next season. Theses coaching moves help confirm it.



One of Huerters turnovers was the result yet again of a Terp big guy not being there for a pass and an easy layup. Our bigs don't get that they should cut to the hoop when their defender gets drawn away from them by the ball handler.

unitastoberry     February 16
In the world of NFL recycled assistant coaches it's pretty much always the same. I would have raided Penn St for a guy or two. It was amazing what they did this year minus the Rose Bowl loss.

OLD TIMER     February 15
GLAD THE PODCAST IS BACK. GREAT STUFF!!

DELRAY RICK     February 15
@MONK---Right on. We had 2 of the best center. BLAIR AND JONES. And ROBBY was not bad either out there. REMember CHUCK? HE would also play a short center.

Monk     February 15
I kind of remember a certain radio talk show host saying about Adam Jones. "he's won a couple of gold gloves but he is not really a gold glover''. Folks in this town are constant downers. AJ knows what he is doing and is coachable. Wayne Kirby moves him around and AJ does it. He is a great centerfielder. I recall some callers who wanted Buck to prohibit AJ from blowing bubbles as he muffed a couple early in 2013[he had an uneven start to that season in the field, but played great in the last 140 games]. He has reached the point as the leader of the team to do or say anything he wants. Maybe after he departs he might claim his space as the 2nd greatest leader in club history. Guys like him blow up these pecota ratings, as they can never measure "want to and desire". Screw that WAR stat....according to Pecota formulations and actual results over the last 5 years.\....his WAR should be about 17.



Another travesty and conspiracy in the making. The Baltimore Sun has released their nominations for best local radio host. Unbelievably the LF did not make it. Maybe if they had a category for bad, self talk, rambling, all about me interviewing skills, he may have gotten a nod. No word from the empire as stale interviews from semi-rock stars is the programming this week. LF must be off charging trips to the company.....to see prophets..but billing it to a sports radio station.



Since you are looking for content and contributors might I suggest Mike from Catonsville. He could do "Mike's Morality Corner" on a weekly basis.

djm702     February 15
I remember a centerfielder named PAUL BLAIR looked like he was playing playing about 30 ft behind 2nd base most of the time . He still caught everything including balls to the wall. Of course he did have Buford and Robinson in the corners .

JJ     February 15
Love the podcast!

DELRAY RICK     February 15
Now TILLMAN having shoulder problems and contract is coming up. Should we be like the PATRIOTS and trade while his value is high. When he is on TILLMAN is one of the best,but these nagging injures are adding up. JONES is right because we lost some games because of shoddy fielding in right field.

unitastoberry     February 15
Whats going on with Tillmans shoulder? I don't think we get the truth on this but if he needed surgery and passed on it I'm POed.

TomT     February 15
DMD-"So without further ado" is further ado.

MM     February 14
Awesome song from The Boss there!

DR (the original)     February 14
To me the most interesting thing about all the conference realignment is that UConn ended up in "The American." Based on the modern-day successes of both of their hoops programs, they are absolutely the No. 1 odd man out, so to speak, when it comes to the Power 5 (Power 6 for basketball).

I mention it only to say that they might not have won 100 games in a row if they played more games against better teams.

But again, I'm just talking about the number. They've still beaten every one of those teams they have scheduled, even on the road. If they were 95-5 instead of 100-0, it's still ridiculous. And they still would have won the NCAA tournament.


unitastoberry     February 14
If you have 2 grand burning a hole in your pocket thats Bradys price for a signature now.

Showalters no fan of this World Baseball Classic during spring training neither am I.

Stan the Fan wants to see Kim lead off. After some thought its not a bad idea. Maybe bat Manny at cleanup too?

mike from catonsville     February 14
UCONN is great for woman's basketball, just that simple. You are 100% correct, they haven't ducked a soul. In fact they've played the toughest schedule of anyone. Big props to Geno. Many sports "hosts" have said they are bad for the sport, boo hoo. Remember they have the same number of scholarships as every other D-1 school.It's a big country, there are plenty of really good players out there, he just happens to coach them up better than anyone. So here's to hoping they get to 200. Odds are really small but I'd love to see it. So if you're complaining tell your school to go get the players and beat them. Until then, keep it up. The only school in the country that sells out everywhere they go. Yeah they're really bad for the game, ha!

Craig     February 14
Congrats on the Sirius appearance! Needless to say, based on the host's stammering and stuttering throughout the interview, the guest would be a better show host on that station.

Tom     February 13
Anyone else notice a STRIKING resemblance between Monk's writing AND LeftyGolfer's writing?



They SURE do look a lot alike.

Theotherguy     February 13
I think Delray gets his gambling advice from Aaron

Robin Towson     February 13
@Lefty Golfer- I know it is your opinion, take a look at Byron Nelson's stats, he pretty much has a 2131 record in Golf.



In 1945 Lord Byron enjoyed a record-breaking year, winning 18 of 35 PGA tournaments including 11 in a row. Both records are still yet to be beaten.



The fields may have been weakened a bit because of the war, but Lord Byron is one the top 4 off all time.

Clayton     February 13
DelRay, is your mom out playing bingo?

DELRAY RICK     February 13
Must have made my POINT!

The Quiz Master of Scholastic Olympiad     February 13
Delray

At no point in your rambling missive was there anything that resembled a rational point. We are all stupider from reading it. I award you no points and may god have mercy on your soul.

DELRAY RICK     February 13
@LEFTY GOLFER-- you is a nother that will not give up about SISSY TIGER. He is not the greatest,JACK. You must be Democrat and still do not believe. Okay take 2 years off and your HEAD is long gone for golf. I guess you do not play the game. Stop making EXCUSES.

Clayton     February 13
Paul Goydos was asked about a bogey on the last hole on a Saturday that knocked him out of a spot in the final group Sunday =Yeah, I hated that one almost as much as Tiger would have.

Lefty Golfer     February 13
Why is there a 'jump to conclusion' on Woods?. He might take off 2 years and come back. Does that definitive end open one up to looking foolish down the line?. Even if he truly is through....does some one get points for declaring it? Filling up column space is needed, but I won't be in the prediction business. And I have not been a TIGER fan from day one. There was the fawning media. Some of the absurd claims.

1. Tiger wants to win more than every other player. As if that can be measured.

2. Tiger's relationship with his father \was better and stronger and more meaningful than every other player on tour.

3. The excuses for his temper displays....all minimized because of his singular goal of winning that was above all others.

4. Little mention of his selfishness of picking tournaments that he kept winning. 53 percent of his wins are in 7 places. Was he good for the health of the tour? Sure, but he wasn't playing in some cities no matter what. I am sure that those places where he was never coming just love him.

5. The all-time capper came from Gary Koch. Once Tiger was at or near the top of the leaderboard....and his drive went into a divot. You would have thought that someone kidnapped Gary's kid. "It is so unfair that this has happened to Tiger".

6. I place Tiger as number 3. Jack, Ben Hogan and then Tiger. But just an opinion. And NO ONE can question that Jack was a far superior over all athlete than Woods. That fact can not be debated.

George     February 13
@DR (The Original) – Hogan felt the same way about putting after he got the yips. He said that there should be a ten-foot-radius around the cup, and when your ball got within that, it should just roll downhill into the cup and then down a chute and to be spit out at the next tee box. When he played with members at Shady Oaks in money games, the game was, one point for a fairway, one point for a green in regulation, and one point for the ball closest to the hole in regulation.

George     February 13
@Phil. Appreciate the advice. You’re probably right. But for me, the essence of sport is the upset, and those are what we most and best remember. Ali, for example, who couldn’t get a license for four years, and when he finally did, took a long and merciless pounding from Frazier. In the Zaire fight, you couldn’t get a bet down on Ali – it was off the board. The only wager available was, what round Foreman knocks him out. What a fight! Or Hogan, after getting creamed by the bus, they said he was going to die, and when he lived they said he’d never walk again, and when he walked they said he would never play again, and when he played they said he’d never win again . . . . And six majors later everyone conveniently forgot the predictions they’d made.

It’s difficult to measure which has the greater impact, that of a speeding bus or the ire of 20 angry and revengeful women. But, when you have the Devil on your side, all earthly things are possible. I think 20-1 against Tiger is just about right, and that 66-1 is an overlay that comes along once in a lifetime. But I might stop off in Rosedale before making the bet.

Phil     February 13
I'm with DF on this one, George. Tiger is done. Finished. Kaput. Save your money at Augusta. He won't even play there.

George     February 13
I think I got it figured out now. I knew Tiger had sold his soul to the Devil, just like Robert Johnson did, down at the crossroads, in order to become the greatest blues guitarist who ever lived. The Devil was working his magic for Tiger, making him the greatest golfer of all time, right up to 2008, at the U.S. Open, when Tiger skulled a shot out of a bunker that was headed 100 yards away – one that would take at least two, probably three, and maybe four shots to get down – except the Devil makes it hit the flagstick and drop in the hole. Many said that was a miracle, but I knew better. Tiger ended up tied with Rocco, and easily beat him in a playoff. It was the Devil living up to his part of the bargain.

It was confusing to see Tiger not win the rest of the majors he needed in the next few years to beat Jack. But the Devil, you see, works in mysterious ways. In order to build up the suspense the Devil gives Tiger all these back problems, and leg problems, and female problems, and it looks to all the world, even to men who’ve played the game at a high level like DF, that Tiger is done. And that’s the beauty of it! Tiger got a good deal for his soul. When he comes back, maybe this year, or maybe next year, and picks up where he left off, beating all the pretenders like they were rank amateurs, then he will be not simply the greatest of all time, but he will be THE GREATEST GREATEST OF ALL TIME!

And what’s a mere eternity burning in the flames of Hell when you can have the pleasure of seeing a whole new crop of disbelieving faces like those of Rory and Jordan and Jason and Dustin wondering, just like the previous crop did, how the hell did that guy do that? Tiger is anywhere between 66-1 to 20-1 to win the Masters this year. Bettors who themselves have been down to the crossroads are licking their chops.

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there's a potentially scary scene in washington d.c. in 2017


No, the headline does NOT reference anything involving politics or our current President, and shame on you for even thinking that.

Is it possible that in 2017, the Washington D.C. area could have FOUR titles to celebrate? Four? Yes, four.

I know that would be awfully hard for us to stomach here in Charm City. We've enjoyed a grand total of two titles since 1983, both coming in football, although Loyola University's lacrosse program did capture a national title in lacrosse a few years ago.

It would be gut-wrenching in these parts if Washington gets to celebrate FOUR titles in one calendar, but it's quite possible we could see that.

OK, one of those is a little bit of a reach, as the University of Maryland is situated in College Park, Maryland and isn't in D.C. proper. Plus, it's the state school.

But, as I often remind me ex-radio co-host Glenn Clark, when you leave Baltimore to drive to the University of Maryland campus, all the signs taking you there have "WASHINGTON" on them with an arrow pointing you in that direction.

Do Max Scherzer and the Nationals have what it takes to win the World Series in 2017?

That argument aside, the Maryland Women's basketball team has a legitimate chance at winning the national title this year. Sure, I'm well aware that UConn has 100 straight wins and that streak might outlast the tenure length of our current President, but if anything at all happens to the Lady Huskies, the Lady Terps will be there to grab the low hanging fruit.

And don't be completely shocked come tournament time, on a neutral court, if the Maryland women knock off Geno Auriemma's team in the Big Dance.

There's potential title number one, albeit the least impactful of the four.

I'm not sure how much you follow the NBA, but one of the hottest teams of the last two months in "The Association" are the Washington Wizards.

Washington started the season by sputtering out of the gate at 2-9.

Their record at the All Star Break is 34-21, good for third place in the Eastern Conference.

Let me do the quick math for you Philadelphia Flyers fans out there: Since starting 2-9, the Wizards are 32-12. That's pretty daggone good.

Washington hits All-Star weekend in 3rd place in the East, five games behind the Cavaliers and two games behind second place Boston.

And here's the real issue in the East: If Kevin Love's injury is going to bother him for the rest of the season, the Cavaliers take a major step back and the playing field gets leveled considerably.

The Wizards have a very good team. They're running on all cylinders right now (9-1 in their last 10) and John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter, Jr. are getting along, helping one another and sharing the wealth. When they play hard and for another, the Wizards are a tough team to beat.

The Cavaliers cake-walking to the NBA Finals is not a foregone conclusion, trust me.

And if LeBron James and Company aren't the Eastern Conference rep, it could very well be the Wizards playing Golden State or San Antonio in the NBA Finals in June.

The Capitals will enter the Stanley Cup playoffs as the favorite to win it all for the second straight year. Is this finally when it happens? Do the Caps hoist the Cup in June?

The Capitals are looking, again, like the team to beat in the Eastern Conference of the NHL, as they're on their way to a second straight President's Cup trophy for accumulating the most regular season points.

We've seen this movie a lot in the past, though, and we know how it ends.

But this year, this time, just might be different.

Barring a slew of significant injuries in March or April, the Caps look primed to handle business in the Eastern Conference come playoff time. The conference is "down" this year, quality wise, and the only match-up issue staring the Caps in the face is the same one that scares them every spring: the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Other than the Penguins, no one in the East keeps Barry Trotz, Alexander Ovechkin and Braden Holtby from sleeping well at night.

I know it's crazy to think that the Capitals might actually hoist the Stanley Cup in June -- but they actually might just do that.

And then, there's the Nationals.

Baseball being what it is -- unpredictable -- would this be the year the Nationals finally break through and win the World Series after losing in the NLDS in 2012, 2014 and 2016?

I'm not betting on the Nats winning it all, but I'm saying they have the goods to do it if things fall into place for them.

Starting pitching remains their strength and if Joe Ross can step in and adequately fill the 5th spot in the rotation, the Nats might really be onto something.

They're a tad challenged offensively in the way most National League teams always seem to be, but the Nationals have a roster that's good enough to take that next step in the post-season.

Can you imagine the frustration in Baltimore if the Nationals somehow advance to the World Series? We haven't seen a World Series game in Baltimore since 1983. And they get one in DC? Uggghhhh.

What if -- this is hard enough to think about, let alone actually write -- the four teams above all somehow win their respective titles in 2017?

Admittedly, as a whopper of a Capitals fan, I'd be over the moon about the hockey title.

And let's face it, the Wizards are the closest thing we have to a NBA team in these parts. They're as "local" as local gets.

I joked about the University of Maryland being in DC, which it isn't, technically, but plenty of people in/around Baltimore consider it to be a "DC school". Still, a title from the Lady Terps (or the Men, obviously) would be great for our region.

The Nationals? That one would be hard to swallow around here, that's for sure. It would be akin to the Redskins winning the Super Bowl. We'd hate that in Baltimore.

Do I think all four are winning championships in 2017? No, I don't, mainly because something like that rarely happens.

But do those four teams all have realistic chances of advancing at least to their respective championship series? They most certainly do.

If that thought makes you shudder, it's OK. And always remember this: A team from DC winning is still far, far better than a team from Philadelphia winning.

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if you didn't like andrew mccutchen before, you might now


It's been a great week for one of my favorite websites, The Players' Tribune.

Earlier in the week, pro golfer Billy Hurley III wrote a stirring piece about the self-inflicted death of his father and I posted it here for everyone to read.

And now, just a few days later, comes an outstanding contribution from Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who was the subject of constant trade rumors throughout the winter.

I don't make it a habit of championing the causes of many things related to Pittsburgh, but McCutchen is a stand-up guy and a solid representative of their city.

He reminds me a lot of our own Adam Jones here in Baltimore.

Take ten minutes today to read McCutchen's piece in yesterday's edition of The Players' Tribune. You can find it here.

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i'm not gaga over her, but you might know someone who is


Never let it be said that I'm not a man for the people.

What other explanation can you give when you read the information below about a trip to see Lady Gaga in Philadelphia other than, "Drew's a man for the people"?

Yes, we're going to see Lady Gaga.

Join #DMD on Monday, September 11 when we head to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to see Lady Gaga, brought to you by Jerry's Toyota.

It wasn't my idea, honestly, but we're doing it.

My friend Anna Lybrook was one of the first to check in. She has previously enjoyed trips with us to see Springsteen and Adele, and a couple of weeks back she rattled my cage about seeing Lady Gaga in Philadelphia.

It doesn't have to be my cup of tea for #DMD to take on a project.

Remember when I first launched the website in 2014? "People helping people will be a central theme at #DMD", I said then.

So, I'm willing to help you see Lady Gaga, or those of you who want to, anyway.

She's one of the hottest acts in music today, and no matter what you think about her wacky attire and "look", the young lady can definitely sing. And fresh off the heels of her Super Bowl appearance in Houston, she's launching a summer tour that will take her to every major venue in America.

If you'd like to see her perform live, we're making it happen for you.

The show is Monday, September 11, at 7:30 pm at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Ravens will be 1-0 after opening the season with a 24-20 nailbiter over the Colts the day before in Baltimore.

We'll leave Baltimore around 4:00 pm, our luxury motor coach stocked with ice cold DuClaw beer, water and soft drinks, plus delicious subs and sandwiches from our friends at Palmisano's of Baldwin.

We have both upper and lower concourse tickets available for the show. The package that includes upper concourse seats is $200 per-person and the package that includes lower concourse seats is $275. NOTE: As of 2/17/17 at 6:30 am, there are ONLY four (4) lower concourse seats remaining. The rest of the seats are upper concourse.

The $200 and $275 prices are only available to the first 28 customers who purchase their seats in full. We may add seats again once those first 28 are gone, but our bus will travel to Philadelphia with a maximum of 40 concert-goers.

If you're interested in seats on our Lady Gaga bus, just go here.

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we have four "new" seats for the london trip to see the ravens!


Anyone interested in seeing the Ravens in London on September 24?

Thanks to our friends at British Airways, who alerted us when a small group canceled on Friday, we now have four new spaces available on our trip.

I gobbled up four more airline tickets and four more game tickets and the hotel has room for us -- so if you're interested in going to London, we'd love to have you!

Our game tickets at Wembley Stadium are in the lower concourse, I might add. And most of our group of 34 are sitting together and/or on in the same section.

The trip details are simple: We're leaving on Tuesday, September 19 and arriving (via direct flight) in London on Wednesday, September 20. We'll spend five days in the U.K., take in the Ravens-Jaguars game on Sunday, and return to Baltimore on Monday, September 25.

It's $2,445 per-person, which includes the airfare, five nights hotel at 4-star property within walking distance to Wembley Stadium, the Ravens-Jaguars lower concourse ticket, a week long complimentary "tube pass" and full English breakfast every morning at the hotel.

To reserve your space on the trip, all you have to do is go here.



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i'm not gaga over her, but you might know someone who is


Never let it be said that I'm not a man for the people.

What other explanation can you give when you read the information below about a trip to see Lady Gaga in Philadelphia other than, "Drew's a man for the people"?

Yes, we're going to see Lady Gaga.

Join #DMD on Monday, September 11 when we head to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to see Lady Gaga, brought to you by Jerry's Toyota.

It wasn't my idea, honestly, but we're doing it.

My friend Anna Lybrook was one of the first to check in. She has previously enjoyed trips with us to see Springsteen and Adele, and a couple of weeks back she rattled my cage about seeing Lady Gaga in Philadelphia.

It doesn't have to be my cup of tea for #DMD to take on a project.

Remember when I first launched the website in 2014? "People helping people will be a central theme at #DMD", I said then.

So, I'm willing to help you see Lady Gaga, or those of you who want to, anyway.

She's one of the hottest acts in music today, and no matter what you think about her wacky attire and "look", the young lady can definitely sing. And fresh off the heels of her Super Bowl appearance in Houston, she's launching a summer tour that will take her to every major venue in America.

If you'd like to see her perform live, we're making it happen for you.

The show is Monday, September 11, at 7:30 pm at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Ravens will be 1-0 after opening the season with a 24-20 nailbiter over the Colts the day before in Baltimore.

We'll leave Baltimore around 4:00 pm, our luxury motor coach stocked with ice cold DuClaw beer, water and soft drinks, plus delicious subs and sandwiches from our friends at Palmisano's of Baldwin.

We have both upper and lower concourse tickets available for the show. The package that includes upper concourse seats is $200 per-person and the package that includes lower concourse seats is $275. NOTE: As of 2/17/17 at 6:30 am, there are ONLY four (4) lower concourse seats remaining. The rest of the seats are upper concourse.

The $200 and $275 prices are only available to the first 28 customers who purchase their seats in full. We may add seats again once those first 28 are gone, but our bus will travel to Philadelphia with a maximum of 40 concert-goers.

If you're interested in seats on our Lady Gaga bus, just go here.

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towson rolling into march madness?


Could the Towson Tigers be on the verge of making their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1991?

Yes indeed.

There's still lots of work ahead and "one and done" in the conference tournament requires nothing short of perfection, but the Tigers are red hot as they wrap up the regular season.

Towson improved to 10-5 in the CAA last night with an impressive win over a lethargic Elon squad, 85-66, at SECU Arena. The Tigers started the season at 0-4 in conference play. They're now 10-5.

Towson's Mike Morsell hit the 30-point mark for the second time in three home games when he scored 32 in Thursday night's home win over Elon.

I'll help those of you who went to Old Mill or who are Flyers fans since I know math might be a challenge: They're 10-1 in their last 11 games since starting 0-4.

That's a really good piece of data for coach Pat Skerry and his team as they head into the conference tournament in two weeks.

Towson's Thursday night win over Elon was the team's first game since senior John Davis was shot in the knee in Philadelphia last weekend. Davis was at the game last night, on crutches, and will miss the rest of the season.

For one night, anyway, Towson didn't miss their feisty forward.

Mike Morsell pumped in 32 points for the Tigers and Towson pulled away early in the first half and never looked back, as Skerry's team now sits all alone in third place in the CAA with three games remaining in the regular season.

UNC-Wilmington leads the conference at 12-3, with College of Charleston next at 11-4. Towson could still finish first or second in the conference with a slip-up from either team above them and solid play of their own down the stretch.

Towson shot 50% from the field in the second half last night, "a testament to some hard work in practice", said Skerry after the game. The Tigers are not the most dangerous team you'll find shooting the ball, but they make up for that with size and strength in the offensive end that often times wears down opponents as the game goes on.

The normally hot shooting Elon squad (3rd in the CAA in 3-pointers made per-game at 9.2) was rattled by Towson's size and willingness to step out to the perimeter and put a hand up. The visitors connected on just six three pointers last night, a couple of which came late when the game was well in the books for the Tigers.

Morsell's big night wasn't the only reason Towson won, though. Zane Martin had 12 points and Brian Starr and Arnaud William Adala Moto both collected nine points on the night. Starr has been one of the team's most surprising performers during the 10-1 CAA surge that dates back to early January.

Towson returns home to face James Madison this Saturday night in the final regular season game at SECU arena in the 2016-2017 campaign. The Tigers have lost just once in conference play at home this season, dropping a 76-67 decision to league-leading UNC-Wilmington back on December 31. Since then, the Tigers are 7-0 at SECU Arena.

Following Saturday's home game, Towson heads on the road to finish up the regular season, visiting UNC-Wilmington next Thursday and William & Mary on Saturday, February 25.

It's then off to Charleston for the CAA tournament, where the Tigers figure to be a real contender for their first trip to the NCAA tournament since the 1990-91 season.

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lots to do in town this weekend


The weather in Baltimore looks remarkable for this Saturday and Sunday. Dust off the golf clubs and get out and play!

But if you're looking for some indoor sports action to take in, there are several options available to you.

Former Dulaney H.S. star Will Darley and the UMBC Retrievers are home on Saturday afternoon at 1 pm vs. UMass Lowell.

The Baltimore Blast are at home tonight against the Syracuse Silver Knights at Royal Farms Arena at 7:35 pm. Baltimore leads the Eastern Conference of the MASL at 10-5. Syracuse sits in the basement at 6-10. The same teams also play Sunday afternoon in Baltimore (4:05 pm).

There's good college hoops in the area tomorrow afternoon and evening. UMBC hosts UMass Lowell at 1 pm at the RAC on Saturday afternoon, as the Retrievers look to snap their first 3-game losing streak of the conference season. UMBC (7-6) is currently tied for 4th in America East with New Hampshire.

Saturday at 4 pm at Hill Field House, Morgan State hosts Savannah State in a key MEAC conference game, as both teams currently sit at 7-4. The Bears are 10-14 overall on the season, just like their visitors on Saturday.

On Sunday at Stevenson University, IAMM girls high school varsity basketball takes center stage with three games.

In the C Conference title tilt, it's Garrison Forest vs. Indian Creek at 2:00 pm.

Mount de Sales will face St. John's Catholic Prep at 4:00 pm in the B Conference title game.

And in the big one, the A Conference championship game starts at 6 pm with McDonogh facing St. Frances.

Head on out to Stevenson University for some championship high school hoops this weekend as the girls take center stage.

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we have four "new" seats for the london trip to see the ravens!


Anyone interested in seeing the Ravens in London on September 24?

Thanks to our friends at British Airways, who alerted us when a small group canceled on Friday, we now have four new spaces available on our trip.

I gobbled up four more airline tickets and four more game tickets and the hotel has room for us -- so if you're interested in going to London, we'd love to have you!

Our game tickets at Wembley Stadium are in the lower concourse, I might add. And most of our group of 34 are sitting together and/or on in the same section.

The trip details are simple: We're leaving on Tuesday, September 19 and arriving (via direct flight) in London on Wednesday, September 20. We'll spend five days in the U.K., take in the Ravens-Jaguars game on Sunday, and return to Baltimore on Monday, September 25.

It's $2,445 per-person, which includes the airfare, five nights hotel at 4-star property within walking distance to Wembley Stadium, the Ravens-Jaguars lower concourse ticket, a week long complimentary "tube pass" and full English breakfast every morning at the hotel.

To reserve your space on the trip, all you have to do is go here.


we're still looking for new #dmd staffers


I mentioned this last Friday and received several responses (thank you!) and wanted to throw it out there again once or twice this week.

#DMD is looking to expand our staff.

We're adding a new writer or two to the roster, hopefully within the next couple of weeks, but certainly before baseball season. I've been in contact with several "prospects" and feel good about retaining their services. I'm sure you'll enjoy their work.

If there's an ardent follower of America's pastime out there who would like to take on the role of writing about Major League Baseball (not focusing on the Orioles, but more all of MLB in general), let me know and perhaps we'll add you to the stable here.

Reach me via e-mail if you'd like to contact me about a writing position: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

Additionally, we're looking to add another regional sales and marketing associate to the mix here as well. If you're interested in a position selling #DMD and our associated properties, you can also reach out to me via e-mail. Experience in media/advertising sales is helpful, but certainly not a mandate.



"the best 34 minutes of your week"

Those of you who consistently reach out to me for more podcasting work have finally won.

I'm doing it.

"The Best 34 Minutes Of Your Week" appears below, and we actually almost did keep it to 34 minutes!

I'm joined this week by Dave Larkin of The Baltimore Tent Company, a longtime fixture in the Baltimore community and a familiar face to those with Poly and Calvert Hall ties.

We buzz through several stories, including Tom Brady asking for $2,000 for an autograph, the Charles Oakley/James Dolan spat, and the UConn women's hoops team winning 100 straight games.

There's more, too. It's worth a listen, I think, but maybe that's because I'm one of the people you'll be hearing.

As the podcast evolves, we'll try to get other sports figures in town to stop by for a chat. I'm working on a visit from former Blast goalkeeper Scott Manning, for example. We might have to expand that one to 68 minutes or split it into two shows, because Scott always has lots to say!

Check out this week's podcast below:



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latest coaching moves show bisciotti, ravens are in "win or else" mode in 2017


It won't cause you to spit out your Royal Farms coffee when you read my declaration below about John Harbaugh and his status heading into the 2017 NFL campaign.

If the Ravens don't return to the playoffs next season, Harbs will be looking for a new gig.

And so, too, will his coaching staff.

That point was made even more clear earlier this week when the Ravens announced a series of changes to Harbaugh's coaching staff, which included promotions and call-ups but no "new" hires.

Craig Ver Steeg, who has been with Harbaugh since his arrival in Baltimore in 2008, will handle the duties of "quarterbacks coach" but also now serve as an offensive assistant to coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

Nothing new there, except a small shift in title for Ver Steeg.

Chris Hewitt will start his 4th season in Baltimore, but his first as the team's secondary coach following the departure of Leslie Frazier to Buffalo.

Mike MacDonald goes from defensive assistant to assistant secondary coach while Drew Wilkins, whom many of the players have a fondness for, goes from defensive assistant to assistant defensive line coach.

I know what you're thinking. "There's a lot of assistants in that mix. No wonder they just raised ticket prices."

True that. But what's even more telling is that the club's off-season coaching carousel has included just one new hire of note, with Greg Roman re-joining the team as tight ends coach after a failed experiment as the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator.

Everyone else keeps the same parking spot and maybe gets a small bump in salary.

That leads this writer to speculate that bringing in new coaches and having to offer two or three years contracts just wasn't in the cards based on the instability of the person at the top (Harbaugh), who would have a hard time convincing anyone of note to join him in Charm City without the promise of extended, guaranteed employment.

I'm not saying Harbaugh was told he couldn't add anyone of his choosing or that the Ravens are in some sort of "hiring freeze". But I do think Harbaugh was told "no new multi-year contracts for coaches", which made promoting from within much easier than bringing in an outsider.

Those things happen when you've missed the playoffs two straight years and three of four overall.

Roman's arrival was likely a stop-gap for him as he looks to re-establish himself in the NFL coaching ladder. And, the guess here is Harbaugh quietly whispered to him that Baltimore might be a good destination for him in the event things don't work out with Marty Mornhinweg early in the 2017 campaign and he's forced to make an in-season change, a la the Marc Trestman saga of 2016.

You certainly can't blame Steve Bisciotti for laying down the law and putting a temporary halt to any new multi-year deals for coaches.

It's not a money thing, because Bisciotti has more than he knows what to do with, but it IS a money thing at the same time. Why bring aboard four or five new people, guarantee their salaries for three years, move their families, etc., when you really can only "guarantee" them one season of work?

If the Ravens don't make the playoffs in 2017, everyone goes, including the head coach.

And that will cost Bisciotti some money, too.

There's no need to pile on more owed money.

None of this has been published, of course, by the Ravens. But it's easy to read between the lines and see the extensions, promotions and position changes within the organization and understand what's happening in Owings Mills.

They're trying to win with what they have because that's most likely what they were told they'll have to do in 2017.

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pro golfer billy hurley iii authors letter to deceased father


I'm not in the habit of promoting the work of others since I don't see a whole of them linking #DMD to their site(s), but occasionally something comes along that I simply must post here at Drew's Morning Dish.

I thoroughly enjoy The Players' Tribune, a website where professional athletes write their own stories, in their own words, about virtually any subject they wish. In a world of sports-writing agendas and the need for page views and clicks, this is a place you can go and get the words and the quotes directly from the players themselves.

Bookmark The Players' Tribune website and go there often. You'll thank me later.

Billy Hurley III wrote an awesome piece on Valentine's Day that you can find here.

I won't spoil it for any of you, but I promise you'll find it heart-warming and fascinating.

Like a lot of you, I suppose, it's only taken me about three weeks to grow tired of the constant political whining and complaining that I see on an hourly basis on my social media pages.

I can't stand it.

And just when you thought athletes were the most entitled creatures on the earth, the election comes along and we find out that's not true after all.

But I digress...

I'd bet a Chinese lunch that you'll enjoy the piece authored by Billy Hurley III. It's human. It's sad. It's happy, too, if that's even possible. And Hurley III, who attended the Naval Academy, will probably be better off for having published it.

Please take ten minutes today to read Hurley's work. It's worth it, trust me.

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the terps spotlight

DALE WILLIAMS returns for his third season of covering all things Maryland men's basketball for #DMD. Terps Spotlight will preview and review all games in the 2016-17 season.


trimble, terps cruise past northwestern


With Melo Trimble scoring a career high 32 points, the poor shooting Northwestern Wildcats had no answer last night in Evanston, Illinois and fell to the Terps, 74-64.

Maryland has now won two straight after dropping a pair of games in succession, improving to 21-4 overall and 10-3 in Big Ten play.

Trimble was a very efficient 12 for 17 from the field last night, including 4 of 5 from three point range. Only 4 of his points came from the foul line.

With Northwestern’s top scorer, Scottie Lindsey, unable to play, and their number two and three men having off nights shooting, the Wildcats were never able to mount enough offensive pressure to challenge Maryland.

Northwestern couldn't stop Maryland guard Melo Trimble on Wednesday night, as the junior collected a career high 32 points on a 12-17 shooting night in Maryland's win.

Bryant McIntosh and Vic Law combined to shoot 7 of 25 from the field including 1 of 11 from three point range. If not for freshman guard Isiah Brown’s career high 19 points, the final score might have been ugly.

The story of the first half was pretty easy to write. Northwestern couldn’t make a shot, their team leader, McIntosh, got into early foul trouble, and Melo Trimble got hot from the field.

It all added up to a 32-22 intermission lead for Maryland.

Trimble finished the half with 13 points, while the top scoring Wildcat tandem of Law and McIntosh shot just 1 for 13.

The Terps got red hot from the field to start the second half, making 9 of their first 10 attempts. By the time their collective shooting hands had cooled off, Maryland built an 18 point lead.

Trimble handled a good deal of the scoring in the game's final ten minutes with a wide assortment of driving layups, floaters, and the occasional three point basket.

The Terps' lead grew to 20 before Northwestern made a few shots and cut the deficit to eight with 1:15 left. But it was a story of too little, too late for the Wildcats, who came into the game primed for a letdown after a surprising road win at Wisconsin last weekend.

The Maryland guards were simply too fast for the Northwestern backcourt to contain. Mark Turgeon's team was not only able to beat the Wildcat defenders off the bounce, but also got good looks from making hard cuts and receiving some nice passes.

Damonte Dodd added just enough inside scoring to keep the Northwestern defense honest. Dodd had 12 points on 5-6 shooting.

Freshman Kevin Huerter had a bit of a rough night on the offensive end of the court where he made only 1 of 7 shots, missed all four of his three point attempts, and committed four turnovers. However, he continues to impress with his defense and heady play. Huerter was the leading Terp rebounder with 8.

As a team, Maryland out-rebounded Northwestern by a 40-31 margin, another telling stat in a big road win for the visitors.

It’s the kind of effort on the glass they’ll need this Sunday at 1:00 pm when they travel to Wisconsin to face the Big 10 leading Badgers.


umbc leads at half, but falls at albany


Albany produced a pair of substantial second-half scoring runs to take control of a key league contest last night and defeated visiting UMBC, 78-69, at SEFCU Arena.

The loss drops the Retrievers into a 4th place tie with New Hampshire in America East at 7-6, while Albany moves into 3rd on their own at 8-5.

UMBC junior guard Jourdan Grant (Archbishop Spalding H.S.) came off the bench to lead the Retrievers with a season-best 15 points. Classmate and backcourt mate K.J. Maura added 14 before fouling out down the stretch.

UMBC junior guard Jairus Lyles scored just ten points in Wednesday's 78-69 defeat at Albany, giving The Great Danes a sweep of the season series with the Retrievers.

Sophomore Joe Sherburne played twenty minutes last night and failed to score a point. When he posts a "zero" in the points scored column, UMBC's not beating anyone.

Albany sophomore forward Devonte Campbell nearly doubled his previous career high, scoring 25 points, and adding a game-high 10 rebounds.

UMBC extended a 31-28 hafltime lead to 40-36 on a trey by Maura at the 15:43 mark of the second half. But Campbell and Dallas Ennema hit back-to-back threes for the Danes, starting an 11-0 surge that put the hosts ahead for good, 47-40.

The Retrievers came back with six straight points to cut the deficit to 47-46, but another Campbell trey sparked another Albany 12-3 run and the hosts led, 59-49, with 4:56 remaining.

UMBC would chip away and keep the score a two possession game, but the Danes converted 17-of-19 free throw attempts in the second half.

Retriever junior guard Rodney Elliott (John Carroll H.S.) knocked down his third trey of the game to cut the deficit to 74-69 with 33 seconds left, but that was as close as the visitors would come in the game's final minute.

UMBC leading scorers Jairus Lyles and Will Darley (Dulaney H.S.) didn't have their best stuff on Wednesday, as each scored just 10 points for the Retrievers.

The Retrievers return home to take on UMass Lowell on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1:00 p.m.

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RETRIEVER ROUND-UP

UMBC women's basketball dominated from start to finish in a 78-62 win against UMass Lowell on Saturday.

The Retrievers got a career day from junior Laura Castaldo with 24 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double double. UMBC is now 10-4 and in second place in America East.

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Caps tie it late, but lose at Detroit, 3-2 in shootout.

College hoops: #1 Gonzaga improves to 28-0 with 82-61 win over Pacific.

Towson wins 6th straight, 75 to 65 over James Madison; Tigers now 11-5 in CAA.

PGA Tour: Dustin Johnson (-10) leads by one at rain plagued Riveria CC.