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fact and opinion has umbc winning the whole thing

FACT -- The Ravens agreed on a deal with WR Ryan Grant on Tuesday, then brought him to town for a physical on Thursday. He apparently failed the physical due to an ankle injury he suffered in the Redskins' final regular season game last December. The Ravens then voided the $29M deal they agreed on and Grant is now a free agent -- again.

OPINION -- Lots of folks around town yipped for joy when news broke on Thursday that Grant's signing was null and void, but this is NOT necessarily overall good news for the Ravens. Players and agents don't like when teams agree on a deal and then nix it due to a failed physical, particularly when it's over an "injury" and not a "condition". The baseball team in town has famously used the "physical trick" on a few occasions over the years and it has likely sullied their already shaky reputation. The Ravens might wind up with a better player than Grant down the road or they might coax him into signing a one-year "prove it" contract, but flunking a guy's physical and cutting him loose isn't good for long-term business with free agents.

FACT -- Tom Crean is the new head basketball coach at the University of Georgia, agreeing on a six-year contract Thursday afternoon. Crean most recently spent nine seasons at Indiana, where he led the Hoosiers to four NCAA tournament appearances and three trips to the Sweet Sixteen. Crean's Marquette team advanced to the Final Four in 2003.

OPINION -- I was kind of hoping that Crean wouldn't take a coaching job in 2018 and would continue on as an analyst for ESPN for at least one more season. Why? Because I thought he might be a good fit at Maryland if Mark Turgeon's Terps flame out next season and Turgeon gets the boot. I've always liked Tom Crean as a coach. And I don't think Maryland's going anywhere with Turgeon at the helm.

FACT -- Tiger Woods shot 4-under par at Bay Hill on Thursday in the opening round of the Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando, an event he has won eight times in his career. That's really a staggering number when you realize guys like Retief Goosen, Matt Kuchar and Peter Jacobsen each own 7 career victories on the PGA Tour. Woods has more wins in one event than those three each have in their career. Wow...

OPINION -- Woods sure does look good for a guy who (supposedly) had spinal fusion surgery about this time one year ago.

Will Dylan Bundy get the ball on opening day when the O's host the Twins at Camden Yards?

FACT -- Buck Showalter says he'll name the team's opening starter "soon". Last year, he waited until March 27 to announce that Kevin Gausman would start the opener on April 3rd. He can't wait until March 27 this year...the opener is on March 29.

OPINION -- Give Dylan Bundy the ball on opening day. Gausman started last year and, while he enjoyed a very respectable second half of the season, Bundy outperformed him over the course of the entire 2017 campaign. I say it's Bundy's turn to be the #1 guy until proven otherwise.

FACT -- The Capitals are enjoying one of those "up" periods, as they've now won three straight games after last night's 7-3 thrashing of the Islanders in Brooklyn (NY). Washington and Pittsburgh are tied for lead in the the Metropolitan Division with 87 points, but the Caps have played two fewer games. The worst-franchise-in-the-history-of-sports lost at home to Columbus last night, 5-3, so the Flyers still sit in 3rd place with 81 points.

OPINION -- Philip Grubauer has started four straight games for the Caps, as Barry Trotz has apparently handed over the #1 goalie duties to him...for the time being. That's a good move by Trotz, who hasn't recently been confused for Scotty Bowman behind the bench. Braden Holtby was struggling through a sluggish second half of the season when Trotz made the switch prior to the game in Los Angeles last Thursday. Holtby will likely start tonight at home vs. the Islanders, which should help his confidence. The Islanders stink.

FACT -- The Houston Astros have the best record (14-6) in all of Grapefruit League action.

OPINION -- Spring training results don't really mean much, as we all know, but the Astros are so good and so deep in their minor league system that even the players who fill out their 40-man roster are better than every other team's "B" guys. Houston isn't going anywhere but up in 2018, which is saying something considering they won the World Series last year. I'll make my "official" 2018 baseball season predictions in a couple of weeks, but you'll see the Astros back in the post-season.

FACT -- UMBC will play Virginia tonight at approximately 9:20 pm in Charlotte. This marks the first time the Retrievers have played in the NCAA tournament since the Jay Greene-led 'Dawgs faced Georgetown in 2008.

OPINION -- Every Baltimore team except Towson has played in the NCAA tournament in the last decade. That's actually a fact, not an opinion. The opinion here, though, is that something's definitely "off" at Towson if the Tigers can't win the CAA title at least once a decade. It was a really tough conference ten years ago with the likes of VCU, George Mason and Old Dominion in the ranks, but with those three gone, the CAA is ripe for the pickin'. Except Towson isn't doing any pickin'. Something's not right with the program.

FACT -- The Blast plays at home tonight (7:35 pm) against the Milwaukee Wave in a one-game Eastern Conference Final to see who plays for the MASL championship, which is also a one-game scenario. Head on out to the SECU Arena tonight and then jump over to Glory Days Grill right after the game to watch UMBC take on Virginia. That's what I'm doing, anyway.

OPINION -- The Blast defeated Syracuse 2-games-to-0 in the conference semifinals last week to earn the right to play Milwaukee, who beat Cedar Rapids in a two-game sweep. Something's wrong with this picture, though. The conference semifinals are a best of three. But the conference finals are a one-game "Super Bowl" set-up and so, too, is the Championship game. Isn't that backwards? Or shouldn't every series be a best-of-3, at least? I don't get it. Why play the semifinals as a best of 3 and the other series' as one-gamers? Weird...

FACT -- Wide receiver Michael Crabtree was released by the Raiders on Thursday after Oakland signed oft-injured Jordy Nelson, formerly of the Green Bay Packers.

OPINION -- Lots of people around town are clamoring for the Ravens to sign the 30-year old Crabtree, who has more TD catches against the Ravens over the last five years (5) as anyone else in the NFL. That's what I saw on Twitter yesterday, anyway. I thought Antonio Brown had 17 TD catches against the Ravens in the last five years. That's what it felt like, anyway. Crabtree would be a nice addition for the Ravens, yes, but he's most certainly not taking the team's wide receiving corps from a D+ unit to a B+ unit. He's "decent", but nothing more than that.

FACT -- I did not submit one -- not even one -- "official" NCAA bracket this week. I had a dozen offers to get into a pool/bracket contest, but just didn't feel the urge to sit down and go through the whole thing. Lame, huh? Instead, I just filled out the #DMD contest so I have something "on the record" and that was that. Oh, and thanks to the 600 or so of you who filled out our contest this year! Much appreciated.

OPINION -- I had Virginia winning it all on Monday when I put my #DMD entry up on this website, but that was before they declared De'Andre Hunter out for the tournament with an injury. I don't think the Cavaliers can win it without him. Begrudingly, if given a second chance to fill out my entry, I'd now go with Duke to win the title. I sure hope I'm wrong.

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toomey's greyhounds looking to rebound

Game of the Week: #8 Loyola @ Navy (Saturday 3/17 12 pm @ Annapolis, MD)

Intriguing early season Patriot league matchup featuring Top 10 Loyola, coming off a lackluster showing against #3 Duke, and a Navy team who's appearing to right the ship winning 3 of their last 4 after starting off the season 0-2.

Both are undefeated in the competitive Patriot league, so this is a very meaningful game. Let's take a look at some key factors that could decide the outcome.

Faceoffs: Team wise, the Midshipmen are only winning a pedestrian 53.1% of their faceoffs. But the Greyhounds are very vulnerable, winning only 42.2%. Navy's Joe Varello is winning 60.3% while Loyola's Mike Orefice is only winning 43.4%. Navy should be getting some extra possessions this game.

Man-Up/Man Down: Navy's EMO is only converting 16.7% of it's man-up advantage time while Loyola's man-down defense is only allowing goals 17.6%. Loyola may want to use the "hack-a-Shaq" defense to put Navy's man-up at the foul-line given how poor the Midshipmen's man-up is and how good the Greyhound man-down unit defends.

Clearing: Loyola successfully clears the ball from their defensive end at a solid 91.1% while Navy has it share of issues only clearing at not so good 83.1%. What extra possessions Navy gains in faceoffs could be given up if they fail to clear.

Outcome: The Greyhounds walloped the Midshipmen last year in Baltimore 18-7, but Navy took them down the year before 10-9 the last time the two tangled in Annapolis. Defenses are both giving up just over 8 goals per game. But the difference will be in the offenses where the Greyhounds are scoring 12.8 goals per game while the Midshipmen are only scoring 8.4 goals. Navy will get some extra possessions, which will in turn limit Loyola's and make this a close game. But I see the Greyhounds winning 11-8 over the Midshipmen.

Other Notable Games --

#2 Maryland @ #6 Villanova (Sat 1 pm) - After losing a heartbreaker to #1 Albany at home, the Terps now have to take on the #6 Wildcats on the road. You'd think the Terps might be in trouble. But Villanova has built up their ranking on weaker foes. I see Maryland dominating possessions and cruising to a 12-8 bounce back win.

#3 Duke @ #20 Towson (Sat 12 pm) - The Blue Devils are back in Baltimore, this time to take on the Tigers. Can Towson go from a breakthrough win to season defining one? They are going to have to bring more than 7 goals this week and not let Duke take 40+ shots. Unfortunately, I'm not seeing that happen as I'm giving this one to Duke 11-7.

#10 Johns Hopkins vs Delaware (Sat 3 pm) - After a hot start, Delaware has cooled off a fair amount. In this battle of the blue birds, look for the Blue Jays to take down the Blue Hens in a what should be a high scoring affair 14-10.

Mount St. Mary's @ Bryant (Sat 3 pm) - The Mount is trending upward after a slow start against tougher out of conference competition. Their offense seems to be clicking. But will they get enough possessions against one of the best face-off specialists in Bryant's Kenny Massa (68% winning pct.)? I say yes, but barely, as the Mount takes this NEC opener 11-10.

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With the FA Cup taking precedent this weekend as seven clubs tend to their responsibilities in the quarterfinals, an abbreviated Saturday only card will kick off Matchday 31 of the English Premier League tomorrow morning. There are still a couple good matchups and several teams will now have a game in hand that could potentially be an advantage as we draw closer to the end of the season, so be sure to tune in with every game available live across the NBC family of networks or online at NBC Live Extra.

Saturday, March 17 (all times eastern)

11 am – Crystal Palace @ Huddersfield Town – John Smith’s Stadium, NBC Sports Network

Crystal Palace manger Roy Hodgson, whose side sit two points from safety, faces a crucial six point relegation decider at Huddersfield Town this weekend.

Despite enjoying a man advantage for over seventy nine minutes, Huddersfield Town were unable to find the crucial breakthrough and let a golden opportunity to put some much needed distance between themselves and the rest of the bunch fighting the drop slip by when they played to a scoreless draw with relegation rivals Swansea City. Another potential relegation decider awaits them on Saturday when they entertain Crystal Palace at the John Smith’s Stadium, with Palace still occupying the final relegation place, four points below the Terriers, after they fell for the fourth week in a row to Chelsea 2-1.

While Palace struggle to survive, the next three weeks could determine the top flight future of Huddersfield as the Terriers face three direct relegation rivals with trips to Newcastle and Brighton to follow the visit from Palace, before ending the campaign against league giants Chelsea, Manchester City, and Arsenal. With the brutal run in they must take points from direct relegation rivals if they have any hopes of staying up and they should have the slight edge at home on Saturday, as Palace are winless in their last four on the road (D1) and have only two wins from their fifteen so far this season (L9 D4).

11 am – Everton @ Stoke City – bet365 Stadium, NBC Live Extra

Everton snapped a two game losing streak and halted Brighton and Hove Albion’s rise from near the bottom of the table as they dealt the Premier League new boys a first defeat in their last five with two second half goals enough for a 2-0 victory. Hoping to finish what has for the most part been a disappointing campaign after sky high expectations at the start of the year, they will travel to the bet365 Stadium for a meeting with the increasingly desperate Stoke City, who put in a decent showing but were ultimately no match for a less than perfect Manchester City to stay two points from safety in a 2-0 loss.

With matchups still to come over the next two weeks with Arsenal and Tottenham before a trip to Liverpool a few weeks after that, Stoke find themselves in the same boat as Huddersfield Town where they have to take points from direct relegation rivals in pending matchups with West Ham, Crystal Palace, and Swansea if they have any hopes of surviving another year in the top flight. If they can steal a point from Everton, who have won three of the last four with the Potters but who have only two wins from their nine all time Premier League visits to the bet365 Stadium (L2 D5), that would be a bonus.

1:30 pm – Watford @ Liverpool – Anfield, NBC Sports Network

A tactical masterclass from Jose Mourinho stymied Liverpool and the league’s second most prolific attack, with an own goal courtesy of the United defense all they could get muster as they fell to a 2-1 defeat and back down to fourth place in the table. Only a week after looking as if they were a shoe in for one of the final three spots in the top four, the Reds find themselves only four points above Chelsea, who closed the gap and probably saved their managers job following the win over Crystal Palace, when they welcome Watford to Anfield to wrap up the abbreviated matchday card.

Watford’s struggles on the road continued as their 3-0 defeat to the reeling Arsenal made it seven losses from their last eight away from home (D1), with the Hornets failing to get on the scoresheet in the last four. A visit to Anfield, where Liverpool have yet to lose this season (W9 D6) and where Watford have only one win from their twelve all time trips (L10 D1), is probably the last thing they need right now but Liverpool, who have dropped only one of the last ten with the Hornets across all competitions (W8 D1), will like their chances to bounce back and maintain their four point cushion in fourth place.

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#dmd comments

ray ray     March 17
aaron How do you interpret Drew's statement that he was going to a bar to watch the UMBC game to a prediction that the team would upset the number one overall seed?

Aaron     March 17
Drew predicted this, he is a real life Nostrademus!

George     March 16
We in Tarheel Land heartily congratulate UMBC and all of Baltimore, and only wish it was Duke and not Virginia who made the history tonight.

Josh     March 16

VA looks so much bigger, like UMBC is a high school

Dave in Bel Air     March 16
Don't worry about hoping you are wrong about Duke - you are. Nova will take their lunch money.

H     March 16
Why couldn’t Tiger improve his performance without PEDs?

Successful spinal surgery will resolve pain and it will restore power to the legs.

mike from catonsville     March 16
Thanks to Biff for pointing out what I wrote about 4 weeks ago regarding Tom Crean. Didn't think he'd be available long and I think Turgeon still has 5 years left. So it will take Plank $10 mil to send him on his way. Given the cost overruns to Cole Fieldhouse that might be a difficult sell but he can't have another NCAA no show year. And as I said I think AD's and presidents will give a longer rope to coaches until they sense where the FBI probe is going. Remember , it's easier to sell hope vs probation.

Rumor mill has Ryan Odom heading out to bigger (mid level) pastures after the season. Makes sense to strike while the iron is hot. UMBC is not a "landed" school it's a stepping stone. Pat Skerry needed that one more good year and unfortunately hasn't had it. Not sure what the issue is there it's certainly easier to recruit at Towson vs UMBC.

Couldn't believe my eyes when I saw Kelvin Sampson coaching Houston. I thought he was banned for life, guess he wasn't. How long will it be before Houston is giving back their NCAA money, those cheating leopards never change their spots.

The O's open in 13 days and I don't sense any "buzz' whatsoever. Not sure if it's a hangover from the NFL or the fact the O's are predicted to be marginal at best, the anticipated loss of Machado, the fact the weather is awful and looks to be awful for at least another week or just general overload from DC on a daily basis that the folks are just plain old tired. Tired of everything. Not feeling it that's for sure which doesn't bode well for butts in the seats at OPACY.

Expert observer     March 16
Great to see some lax coverage here at #DMD, thanks @John.

Sadly tho', I think Dookies will run all over Towson tomorrow

unitastoberry     March 16
Manny people in the media are questioning if the Ravens failed Grants physical on purpose because Crabtree became available? I'm not a MD and I believe its against the law to divulge any patients information but they did offer him a one year deal . I'm sure Dr Curl (or whoever) would risk their reputation on any diagnosis without substance. Don't think that Crabtree is a lock to land here either but I'm sure they have reached out to him.

Kevin     March 16
First time listener to the Juice today. Good stuff.

Davey     March 16
Tiger had a great day, but Stenson was insane. Which goes to show how incredibly hard it is to win on the PGA tour. There are always 100 other guys out there who can get hot for a few rounds. As great as Tiger has been in his career, he's still lost about 75% of the tournaments he's played in. Mickelson has lost 92% of the tournaments he's played in.

John In Westminster     March 16
Dang it! When will I ever learn? DON'T PICK ARIZONA....EVER! No matter the year, players or coach, they always finish the NCAA tournament well below expectations. DOOOH!

Monk's MENSA cousin     March 16
The gloom and doomers are out in full force, what a predictable and miserable lot

Tom j     March 15
Ryan Grant, here today, gone tomorrow..... now we can get a 4th tier receiver maybe. Ravens slowly but surely resembling the O’s unfortunately......

mike from catonsville     March 15
So far a great day for sports OT, 16 seed hanging with 1 seed, we're off and running with madness.

Tiger in the hunt.

The sad news the O's can't get much of a break, their margin of error was thin to begin with. Trumboo to DL, Davis close to the DL, Tilman stinking up the joint.

You heard it here first last year and now this year, Trumboo ain't hitting 40, any takers? Wasn't hitting them before the injury and sure ain't hitting them after.

Idiot Caller     March 15
Today's Hot Takes: Tiger Wood is Winning this weekend at Bay Hill! Better golf through chemistry! Viva El Tigre!!

Virginia won't make it out of the Sweet 16

Your NCAA Champion is..... Michigan

mike from catonsville     March 15
Well question 4 was answered in the first game-

at least I have 3 points-

George     March 15
@Herman – Gaggg! Thanks for the shoes -- but no thanks. :)

Arnold Palmer, under the tutelage of Mark McCormick, sold his image as a wonderful human being to an adoring and breathless public. This amassed him a great fortune, which he continued to increase until the very end, peddling cuff links and coffee cups on his website to the many who needed to identify with the self-styled “King.” It appears Rickie Fowler has adopted the Arnie strategy and is succeeding wonderfully. Both are to be lauded for concluding that the American people and much of the world’s population are easily manipulated by slick public-relations campaigns and can be shorn at will.

I don’t criticize Fowler for this – indeed, he is to be congratulated for his business acumen. What irritates this sports fan is seeing how Rickie’s wealth and popularity have influenced even the golf establishment. Imagine how Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and other major champions with many victories feel when they look at the pairings and see Fowler has been stuck in a threesome with them. Maybe they hope he’ll pick up the bar tab. And I really get embarrassed when golf reporters and writers, even the proprietor of this otherwise excellent publication, include Rickie in their lists of the game’s “greats.”

“He’s good in the locker room” got Rickie onto the last Ryder Cup team after he’d choked away a bagful of chances to legitimately earn his way on. I guess when selection times rolls around for this year’s team, another such slogan will be circulated, something having to do with charity and/or stewardship of the game. Gaggg!

P.S. -- @David R. -- Wonderful piece today.

JohnP     March 15
At least today it was the Tiger of old. Birdied all 4 of the par 5's.

HERMAN     March 15

The Palmer organization must buy into the party line too, they gave him the prestigious award.

I've got to get a pair of those kicks Rickie is wearing for this tournament. A great tribute to the great King. Love the "dancing umbrellas". What size are your George, maybe I can get a deal on buying two.

George     March 15
@Herman, my friend. You are to be congratulated for gratuitously spouting the Rickie Fowler party line now put out by his people, that Rickie is a kind and charitable soul concerned only for the well being of his fellow man. This strategy is a necessary marketing tool, because Rickie wins so infrequently that he can’t be marketed as a champion, or even in the top two or three echelons of current players. So it is necessary to find some other hook and bait it with a tempting worm that the soft-headed public will swallow.

@DF – Can you find a CPA with a talent for writing who could contribute an article on the sham and hypocrisy that is the PGA Tour’s constant barrage of pap about how wonderful it is because of the contributions it makes to charity? The Tour is a 501(c) organization only because it can avoid income taxes on much of its income and shift the burden of paying those taxes to the rest of us.

The NFL worked the same 501(c) dodge for a long time, and only gave it up a few years ago because it was cheaper to go straight corporate and pay income tax than it was to continue to bribe congressman to allow it to keep its tax-free status as a “public charity.”

mike from catonsville     March 15
One of the great weekends in sports. We have the NCAA kicking off and then then on top of it Arnold's Tourney with a rejuvenated Tiger.

We all should be in tv, live streaming heaven.

It just doesn't get better than this, except for the finals and opening day.

Is Cinderella in the field this year?

Can Virginia win 13 in a row? That's tough for any team these days. They won 15 at one stretch during the season.

I just wish Maryland was in the field, makes watching that much more interesting.

BTW, two Mt St Joe boys in the field to root for so there is some local interest.

C'mon DMD lets get excited for this weekend it's a couch potato dream.

Greg     March 15
Herman, you answered your own (stupid) question.

Tiger can wear a collarless shirt at The Snake Pit because they aren't playing at Eagle's Nest or Baltimore Country Club.

JohnInEssex     March 15
THANKS for organizing your NCAA pool Drew!

This time of year, my Dad would get SO excited - he would anxiously watch whatever the show was at the time that announced the teams and brackets.

And instead of waiting to get the printed bracket in The Sun on Monday morning, he would frantically write down all of the first round matchups. Dad would then start making his first round picks.

Monday morning, Sunpaper is delivered, and Dad fills out his bracket.

Then that first 4 day weekend, he would be awake all hours of the night watching the first and second round games.

Now that I think about it, he would at least attempt to watch at least part of every early round game. And of course watch every matchup from the sweet 16 to the Final on Monday night.

His child-like enthusiasm, excitement, and curiousity was unmatched, and not just with filling out the NCAA bracket, but with anything he enjoyed, which was LOTS of stuff!

HERMAN     March 15
If I play at Eagles Nest or BCC I have to wear a collared shirt. How come Tiger gets to play on tour at the Snake Pit in a collarless shirt? Don't the rules apply to the sideshow Messiah?

unitastoberry     March 15
Kirk Cousins/agent or both is a bleeping genius.

He is going to make $128M guaranteed over five years (last two and then this contract), and then, be an unrestricted free agent again at 32.

By the time he hits the market again, it will be $35M a year for a top ten QB. Unless he has a bad injury, he is probably going to make $300M in his career. Wow.

This guy has never won anything and he's King Midas now. When I hear NFLers complain about anything it makes me sick especially the qbs. I know thou shall not covet.

Tom J     March 15
My how the mighty have fallen......I have about lost any confidence I had left after those two signings. They would’ve been better off signing Eddy Grant off of Electric Avenue. Probably cheaper also.....

HERMAN     March 15
I'd like to congratulate Rickie Fowler on being awarded the Arnold Palmer Philanthropy trophy this year in recognition of all he does in charitable work off the course. This prestigious award recognizes that player that exemplifies the great Arnold Palmer in giving back from the game. It was noted during the ceremony how much time he spends on the autograph line, and how gracious he is, like Arnold was, to all the fans. Rickie Fowler is an exemplary steward of the game of golf.

C.J.     March 15
Last time I checked the top of the site it says SPORTS, INSIGHT AND OPINION.

I come here because I value Drew's opinion on sports (as well as other writers). I don't come here for a back rub or to read only glowing things about the teams in town. I can get smoke blown up my butt by going to or Some people just need thicker skin.

Jason Pinder     March 15
If you made people sign in here using Facebook or Twitter the trolls would cease to exist.

H     March 15
Thank you @DF.

DF     March 15
@Monk's Dumber Cousin --

Fortunately, you ARE in the minority. The tone and tenor of this site hasn't grown "defeatist and dreary".

Optimism isn't called out.

And no one considers the audience clueless.

I certainly don't.

But carry on with your trolling. Every website has one or two.

monks dumber cousin     March 14
I might be in the minority but I agree with a lot of what Variety said. The tone and tenor of this site has grown very defeatist and dreary. Optimism is called out. And the audience is considered clueless. The time I spend here is shortening. No respect.

varietal     March 14
What the heck went on in that NST basement? All of that brainwashing still comes into the opinions here. "Two guys you've never heard of" I am certain that lots of people know of John Brown and the emerging Grant. And I am not talking about fantasy football freaks. All of the talk and writings about our two teams is 99 per cent negative. And not one single game has been played. And neither teams roster is set. The fOrmer boss tweeted today that few understand the salary cap, he is wrong most serious fans understand it. What most fans don't "get" is a baseball budget and how revenues are allowed to be allocated. The O's can't just spend MASN money. Factual point. The. Orioles spent the 2nd most in terms of percentage of revenue in MLB last year. Only Texas spent more. This year? Might be a sell off, but I will still go about 35 times and enjoy my bargain priced MASN network. The LF is poorly educated so turn away from his dark thoughts

Ron Mexico     March 14
Selling PSL's a few years ago was a testament to how monotonous the game day experience had become. Receiving double the amount paid seemed reasonable at the time. Who's breaking even on that NFL shakedown fee in the foreseeable future? Almost no one. How many will be abandoned or sold for pennies on the dollar. Winning won't cure everything as apathy looms large. Many of the first generation that bent over and bought PSL's have moved on and hardly anyone cares enough to backfill them.

borisnorris     March 14
the ravens have been the orioles for years. one doesn't want to spend for offense and the other for pitching. all aboard the mediocrity rollercoaster. woo-hoo

Pedro     March 14
Analogy to the Orioles is right on target.

Jason M     March 14
To me Ryan Grant is an upgrade over Woodhead, and Brown is a burner and an upgrade over whoever the hell we had playing receiver on the field at the end of the Cincy game.

They are both 27 years old.

The Ravens got younger, and faster yesterday, not sure what everyone else is seeing. The team doesn't play its first game for another 6 months, I am sure we will see even more additions and subtractions and there will be much rending of garments and gnashing of teeth.

unitastoberry     March 14
Eric Weddle: "Sam Bradford has been paid more for nothing than anyone' in NFL history"

He's right Bradford is the king way beyond Ryan Leaf and Heath Shuler he was the last number one pick before the rookie salary cap. But their all overpaid. Drew Brees signed a 2 year deal with the Saints for 50 million at 39 years old. George Blanda is turning over in his grave I bet he never made more than 100k a year.

Tim D in Timonium     March 14
Yes, it's mid-March, so let's re-visit this in August. But, so far, the one word that sums up the anticipation for the coming Ravens season is the same as it was in 2017: YAWN.

HERMAN     March 14
It would add to the Raven's woes if Suggs starts aging in dog years next year, which given his young start in the NFL is not out of the realm of possibility. I keep expecting them to sign a game changer, I thought they might go for Landry out of Miami, or be named in the mix for Amendola, but it's crickets out of Owings Mills. If there is a strategy, it's not transparent.

Idiot Caller     March 14
Anyone want to buy a couple of Ravens PSL's? Anyone?...



Fireball Roberts     March 14
Ryan Grant is 27.

MicMac     March 14
A $10 million dollar signing bonus and $14 million guaranteed for a 35 year old Ryan Grant? What in the help are the Ravens thinking?!? The one year deal for Brown at least makes a little sense as he had a 1,000 yard year in 2015, but Ryan Grant? I would MUCH rather they have Grant's deal to 31 year old Mike Wallace. Absolutely ridiculous.

unitastoberry     March 14
Going against the flow here maybe one of these lower tier free agents will work out? Again too many ifs. The draft needs to be stellar if not wash rinse and repeat and wait for Joe's contract to be up.

John In Westminster     March 14
Feels like a cap jail year for the Ravens after these signings. They might be waiting for a big cut as well. But the top part of this free agent WR class is very weak and was over paid.

J. Handy     March 14
Ravens are in free fall.

Chris in Bel Air     March 14
I can only rationalize the Ravens were left out of the discussions for other free agent WRs and/or didn't have the cap space. However, I don't understand the salary for Grant. Even if this was their only option, how in the heck can he command $29M? Are these two guys really better than Wallace and Maclin? I'm not saying I love Wallace and Maclin but if Joe can't move the chains with he's going to be able to do it with Brown and Grant? I guess I'll also rationalize this as "they get paid to do this. They know what they are doing." Smh.

DELRAY RICK     March 14

Uncle Rico's Uncle     March 13
Maybe I'm wrong but didn't @Herman basically just rewrite @DF's column and post it as a comment?

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