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o's owe honesty to adam jones


It's now officially mid-January and there's still no definitive 2018 plan in place -- at least that we know of -- for the Baltimore Orioles.

Are they really going to spring training with two starting pitchers and a bunch of relievers they're trying to convert into rotation regulars?

What's going on at 3rd base? Is Machado on the team? Off the team? Are they going to disrupt three quarters of their infield and move him to shortstop? (A topic, by the way, I covered in today's edition of The Juice. Give it a listen and you'll hear my opinion on Manny's desire to go from third to short).

The Pittsburgh Pirates moved their version of Adam Jones this past Sunday, sending former National League MVP Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants. McCutchen had a terrific run in Pittsburgh and was one of the main reasons why the Pirates finally played October baseball after a two-decade absence from the post-season.

Adam Jones is the Orioles' version of McCutchen in a number of ways.

When he showed up in Baltimore back in 2008, the O's were perennial losers. And they stayed that way for a while, until they finally broke their own playoff drought in 2012. Two years later, the Birds advanced to the American League Championship Series. They also made the post-season in 2016.

Jones certainly wasn't the only reason the Orioles scratched their way up from the basement of the A.L. East to a pennant winning organization, but his play and role within the team was a significant contributor.

Now, at age 32, Jones is on the back nine of his major league career. While he still has productive years ahead of him, the stat-geeks will tell you his defensive range is slipping a little with each passing year and his offensive production, while still reliable, is likely going to start dropping off ever so slowly within a season or two.

Make no mistake about it: Adam Jones has been an outstanding player for the Orioles over the last decade.

I'm trying hard here not to show my personal bias for the centerfielder. He is, without question, my favorite Oriole since Mike Mussina.

But the numbers and the accomplishments don't lie. They don't display bias at all. They are what they are. And the numbers say Jones has been terrific.

What the numbers don't show, though, is the really important stuff. They don't show the role Jones has played within the organization, both as a leader and a mentor.

They don't show what he's meant to the city of Baltimore, and the steps he's taken -- both with his time and money -- to get more African American boys interested in playing Little League baseball.

The stats don't tell you that Adam Jones has been an extraordinary employee for Peter Angelos and the Orioles organization.

He's been a very good player. But an extraordinary individual.

And what Jones doesn't deserve, at this point in his career, is to have the Orioles fart around all off-season, add little or no quality, and then meander through a 65-win season in 2018 that starts one of their well-known three to five year slides where they just let the Yankees and Red Sox perch themselves atop the American League East with little pressure from the other three teams.

The Orioles owe something to Adam Jones.

They owe him a legitimate effort to field a quality team. Or they owe him some honesty. And if they're not going to field a competitive team, they owe Jones the right to play somewhere else as he reaches the September of his professional career.

Give the Pirates some credit...that's precisely what they did with McCutchen. They might not have said it -- and it certainly helps them financially to move on from McCutchen -- but they gave him a fresh start as a reward for the time and effort he put in to making the Pirates great again.

The Orioles owe that same favor to Jones, who will be a free agent after this coming season.

This time next year, he can be playing with the team of his choice. But for now, he's situated in Baltimore. And the Orioles owe him some honesty.

Jones deserves to hear the truth from the team.

Sure, he gets $17 million whether the Orioles fib to him or come clean. But you can bet, for sure, it's not about the money for Jones. It's about trying to win.

He spent a bunch of years losing 90 games and being out of the playoff race by July 15th. He hated it, like all of us would. And once the O's rose up through the division and became contenders, you could see just how vitally important Jones was to the cause.

Unlike his buddy at third base who will make $30 million a year or more next season, Jones doesn't take plays off.

There's no jaking it with Adam Jones.

If ever someone "earned" their $17 million salary, he's that guy.

Truth? Jones has done more for the Orioles than they've done for him. He helped turned them into winners again.

And now, if they're going to fall back to their old ways of putting out an inferior product, Jones deserves the right, like McCutchen just got in Pittsburgh, to ask for a change of scenery.

He's earned that privilege.

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are you selling your psl's?


I'm hearing the Ravens are currently involved in a deep dive to try and wrap their head around just how many people in the marketplace are trying to sell their PSL's and the accompanying season tickets.

That's not the only reason the team hasn't held their annual end-of-season press conference, but they're trying to come up with as many answers as they can for what they know will be a laundry list of questions from the media about tickets, pricing and the empty seats at the stadium last season.

The PSL issue is a legitimate concern for the franchise.

People actively trying to get rid of their long term obligation to the franchise is troubling. Sure, you lose ticket holders in dribs and drabs every off-season, but this isn't a trickle...it's a hose with your finger held over the end.

Football fans in Baltimore are bailing.

And while some folks might say, "The team should figure out how to make those people happy again", that's much easier to say than do. If you polled 20 people why they were giving up their season tickets, you'd probably get six different answers.

As you can see below, we've put together a very informal poll today just to see if we can get a gauge from #DMD readers who are considering selling their PSL's.

Please ONLY answer the poll question if your PSL's are currently for sale, posted somewhere for sale, or if you're in the process of trying to sell them, somehow. Don't answer the poll question if you're just angry with the Ravens but NOT a PSL holder.

The Ravens are doing this very same exercise, only with a lot more expertise behind it and considerable more effort to try and retain their ticket holders.

Make no mistake about this next statement: The organization is very aware of the ever-growing discontent among their PSL owners. They're not oblivious to it in the least.


 Drew's Morning Dish

#DMD Poll

Question: What are the main reasons for attempting to sell your Ravens PSL?
Recent team performance
Cost of tickets and amenities
"Kneeling incident" in London
Dislike of the NFL in general
A little bit of all of the above
Name
Email address

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#dmd comments


Mel in Hagerstown     January 18
I read DMD precisely for the class articles like the one on Adam Jones today. You won't read good stuff like that on other sites.

such     January 17
Now I've gone down the rabbit hole, but AJ10 has had quite a nice run here in Charm City. His average season over the past decade: .278BA, .318OBP, .460SLG ----- 29 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 26 HRs, 86 RBIs. He's got 5 All Star Game appearances, 3 Gold Gloves and 1 Silver Slugger. And I can still see him on the field as the Ravens came out of the tunnel in Denver and in Foxborough on their SB run 5 years ago. The guy has really embraced his role here in Baltimore. If ever there was an athlete who deserved to have a championship run based upon service and what he's meant to the organization, it's AJ10.

such     January 17
The thing that jumped out at me the most about the AJ piece was the fact that it's been 10 years since that trade! And all for Erik Bedard! Say what you will about some other failed moves, but Andy MacPhail really laid the groundwork for the Orioles' revival with a couple of his trades. Plus he drafted Weiters, which wasn't too bad either.



I know they got AJ, Tillman and George Sherrils. I can't remember the other 2 guys. I don't remember either of them having any impact. But that trade has to go down as almost as good as Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas in Orioles history.

mike from catonsville     January 17
@PB, so the 100+ stations across the nation are just wasting their time? Not sure Biff would agree to that. I found their (Nestor/Glenn/Biff)work very interesting and happened to be very entertained by it. I know they worked their butts off out there.



I'm just fending off the attack dogs who appear here weekly getting their rocks off knocking the person and the station. No more no less. Couldn't get me into buying stock in a 5,000 watt station. Like many entrepreneurs that are told on Sharktank, I don't see the business as a good investment to GROW MY MONEY. Don't think I'd buy CBS radio either the model scares me. The news/entertainment market seems to change so quickly, I'd like to be Sinclair and own a bunch of tv stations that have a monopoly but since I know zilch about that I'll stay away as well.

I'll leave the financial tips up to Biff since he's got the Almanac.

Ron Mexico     January 17
I’ve been to SW Florida recently during spring training time. I’ve gone to games from Tampa to Ft Myers. Much like the NFL, the MLB isn’t giving anything away in the preseason. Ticket and concession prices rival regular season. It doesn’t sit well to spend that much on a half hearted exhibition. Player access is better, but if I was a permanent resident, I wouldn’t be dropping too many dimes on that stuff.

DELRAY RICK     January 17
STEVECAPECORAL----Hey Man, if you live that close and YOU DO GO TO GAMES. Who you kiding. Then you do not like baseball any way. You are you in F-O-L-R-I-D-A. So you say you do not want to see other teams because BO -WHOOO i don't like PETER. Go lay on the beach and ruin your skin.

AJ 10     January 17
Appreciate the love.

PB     January 17
Mike, who cares who has went to radio row for the Super Bowl. The truth is that you just get guests who are trying to sell products and it is not really entertaining radio.



I am wondering do you own stock in the radio station that you defend it so strongly.

Jason M     January 17
The true fans like Steve from Pimilico are getting separated from the people who got swept up in the Ravens/NFL buzz of the last decade. That wave seems to be receding, but the real football fans who were there before it was cool to watch the NFL, will remain. The 'Steve's from Pimlico' have a natural attrition rate that has been offset by the 'Wave' until now. I started as a Stallions fan, and the Ravens have me for life, but it could be that the fan experience is going to be more like the early years of 96-99 for awhile. It;s not all bad, I was able to walk down with a group of friends and get 45 togetehr 2 rowns off the sidelines at more than one accasion thuis year. Baltimore has a strong football culture that has endured for many years, the last wave of NFL popularity is gone, now the team has to generate some excitement by winning!

Chris P.     January 17
@Mike from WNST.



I haven't listened to the station once since all of the on air talent got fired and replaced by one guy who spends more time telling everyone how much he knows instead of actually doing something (sounds like our President. They actually have a lot in common).

But I know just from reading the comments here what is going on over there. No live programming, no calls, nothing to tune in for. So I don't tune in.

Ed from Perry Hall     January 17
Drew, I think it is the worst time possible for anyone to be selling their PSL's. Buy low and sell high. I sold my original upper endzone PSL's for 12 times what I paid for them in 2008 and bought back in later for a good price. I'm keeping my PSL's now because it makes sense to do so. However, I did skip every home game after the London incident in protest. I went to Wembley and was disappointed in a moment I was expecting some Baltimore pride in a foreign country. Instead I got to see garbage. So if I was selling it would be because of the kneeling. It just made me care about football a lot less.

ADUB     January 17
I'm thinking about letting my PSL go. It's just not an entertaining product to me. Its an all day commitment to see something that is boring.



As much as I hated losing to cincy, I was actually excited because the second half was entertaining and fun to watch. The first half was typical of most ravens games. The on field product isn't that great or fun to watch.



The fact is there isn't anybody on this team that other teams fear or game plan for. Likewise there isn't really anyone that you look forward to seeing play. They lack playmakers on both sides of the ball.

H     January 17
Drew: HOw do you think the Ravens would respond to the current crisis if their lease ran out in 2019 rather than 2027? Do you think they would be looking to relocate rather than trying to deal with the fans' disenchantment?

mike from catonsville     January 17
@Chris P, another loyal listener, he appreciates you stopping by.



BTW SOD, how many on air personalities have worked radio row at the Super Bowl the last 20+ years? Biff did when he was at the station. Please name them, the station and the years present. NOT the Scott Garceau mini-visit to vote on HOF but actually there working the entire week.



3,2,1 go

Steve of Pimlico     January 17
Currently we have our 4PSLs for sale but not because of any of the reasons you have listed. As original holders we are all in our mid 60s and above. It's time. We are not fond of night and cold weather December games but give us a 1 o'clock game in October or November and we are there , no place I'd rather be. Keep your big screen and record the game.Sundays in the fall are for going to a game and cheering.

Brien Jackson     January 17
It's kind of weird to look at the McCutcheon trade as doing right by the player. The Pirates got a pretty good return from the Giants...who were bad last season and still look like they're going to be a sub-.500 team this year as well. And at the end of the season the Pirates weren't going to make McCutcheon a qualifying offer and the Giants very possibly might which will negatively impact his free agency. In other words McCutcheon is in a worse position than he already was unless the Giants turn into surprise contenders, which seems unlikely in that division.

unitastoberry     January 17
The Orioles need Adam hell they stole him. His agent must have been impaired during the negotiations on that deal. Unless he's injured he always produces. Manny on the other hand like written above takes plays off and does the dog tag thing and does not wake up at the plate until July 20th per last year. Reward for that is a one year 16 million deal. You know thats bs I guess he would have gotten more in arbitration? However, Mr Dogtag does has inncentive to have a really good year because if he lays an egg at the plate this year he may not get his 30 plus million a season for the next ten years from anybody. Give Jones what he wants. I would like to see him raise some champagne at the end of the world series. Not raise the champagne after the Orioles limp into the wildcard then go home. Anyway with only 2 legit starters 1-17-18 and a closer out til July it looks like the Orioles wont even limp over to the water cooler.

DR (the original)     January 17
@Steve are you talking about right now? Because between 2012 and 2016, the Orioles won more games than any team in the American League. You can be upset about postseason results or question the near future but that kinds of defines a "competitive team."

Steve from Cape Coral     January 17
You want the O's to do the right thing for Adam Jones, come on Drew we are talking about the O's !!! I live 45 minutes south of spring training and the O's have given me no reason to ride up and watch a few games !!! Until Angelos starts to put a competitive team on the field I will not support them by going to a few spring training games !!!

Chris P.     January 17
DF's "Juice" today was almost 12 minutes by my clock.



"Down the dial", the show host might also do 12 minutes of live radio today.



Just sayin'.


Djm702     January 17
@Frank . I disagree with you on the Psl issue . The drop in attendence at the games was immediate after London . While winning may have helped a little it still would not have brought back the crowds . Most fans were born and raised in Baltimore, home of the Star Spangled Banner . They feel the team disrespected them and the country. We sit in a section with a good amount of US veterans. They all stopped wearing Ravens gear . Just my thoughts ..

Chris K     January 17
In terms of deciding to not renew our PSLs it’s primarily for the reason that watching at home or at a bar with friends is cheaper and easier to manage when it comes to getting a babysitter for our kids. Also we have decided that we’d rather pay 2ndary market prices with much better seats for 2-3 games per year rather than sit in our upper deck cheap seats for 10 games per year. While I wasn’t happy with the way the season ended, I am happy that Harbaugh is going to be the coach next year. I lay more of the performance blame on the executives in charge of getting the coaches better athletes to coach. I don’t hate the team, the players right to freely express themselves doesn’t bother me, and I still have faith that the team will get better. It’s more of a comfort and cost thing for me personally

Chuck Boemmel     January 17
I agree that it is the right thing for the Orioles to do concerning Adam Jones and that they at the VERY LEAST owe him honesty. It's a moot point now that season ticket renewals have been sent out. Hasn't the owner said he won't "break" the team up because he owes it to the season ticket holders to have an entire season of the players they expected when they renewed? He values the contract; remember when Duquette wanted to go to Toronto, he said DD had a contract that he was expected to fulfill. The 2018 season will come and go and the aftermath will be dealt with then. I see no changes to the team at all. Remember, "we like our guys". Adam with finish the year as an Orioles regardless of what is the right thing for the team to do.

Tom J     January 17
My answer to the poll question would be YES...!!!!! And you say the Ravens are very aware of PSL holders discontent.....well it only took them what, 13 weeks...??? Their arrogance with thinking people will “ get over it” and it will just blow over blew up in their face......!!!

mike from catonsville     January 17
@Ray Ray, Radio Gal, seriously, "riled up", "dagger", c'mon that's weak, you're better than that. Please copy and paste the post where I'm "riled up". If you believe that I'm happy that the very simple things in life get you really excited. BP never raised over 118/70 so my wife will be very happy to hear I was "riled up".



Biff, you're now also running a dating service, who knew?

"BTW, you married or connected? "


Carl in Owings Mills     January 17
Hey Drew, haven't had the chance to tell you yet but I'm really digging The Juice. Great idea. Definitely part of my morning routine.

Davey     January 17
Asking the Orioles to do something smart? Good luck with that.

Frank     January 17
If the Raven were playing in the AFC Championship this weekend - NO WAY we would be talking about people selling PSL's - and NO WAY would people be selling PSL's if we had just finished a 13-3 campaign. This town is full of "front runners" who have no idea how to stick with our team through good and bad. If I were Steve I would sell and bid everyone here "good riddance". Embarrassing fan base.


DELRAY RICK     January 17
JONES WIL HAVE HIS NUMBER RETIRED. If PETER lets this guy go it is real sham. The ORIOLES stared wining again when he showed up. JONES IS THE LEADER FOR CRAP SAKE!!!! Who else is the leader the "BIG WHIFF" or MANNY. Keep JONES HERE.

Ray ray     January 17
RadioGal – Nice dagger to the heart of MikeFC. BTW, you married or connected?





Just asking.

Radio Gal     January 16
MFC

Stop? Why? It is just too funny. And seeing you get all riled up makes it more funny. The LF took one of Drew's new additions to the site[the juice]. His ineptitude and pompous style are just too hilarious. Those two things together? It can't be passed up.



We all see things we want to see. And viva la difference. Keep on keeping on. When I was on the debating team in college, it was always more of blast to defend the indefensible.... so if you are anything like most debaters, YOU are having more fun.

mike from catonsville     January 16
@COTO, absolutely different ways to play it, no one doubts that. IMO putting a big on the ball has a higher % of being successful but playing it his way COULD be a success but I'm going with %'s. Something akin to Biff pointing out take the points right away because you've got to get 10, waiting was not a good % play. You can take a hit on 16 and win, the others at the the table may shoot you, especially when the dealer shows a face card but you COULD win.



@Radio Gal, you fire shots and the rest of the DMD fires shots, I get to defend. You stop, I'll stop, agree?

Brien Jackson     January 16
So Roethlisberger claimed today that he isn't allowed to check into a QB sneak on 4th and 1 which...wow.

H     January 16
After watching multiple Steelers games it is clear that the most important characteristic of each of their receivers is that they seem to catch everything they touch. It is hard to remember a drop. If you can combine this with speed, you have quite a deadly combination.

coto     January 16
@MFC So you agree you're not smarter than a DI coach, well, except for that one instance last night. Got it.

Agree we all can comment and discuss, in fact I said that. Where you (and others) go off the rails is when you act like there was no other choice but the one you came up with! Criticizing is fair game, but at least acknowledge the option chosen "could” have worked if executed properly.

If you cannot at least do that, you are as delusional as your "book writing" hero!

Read Radio Gals commentary on that. Or another way to look at it, can Drew take credit for writing a “book”?? He’s published thoughts of some kind or another each and every day since he started this venture, can he just call that a “book” and get “credit” from you, the grand arbiter of all things book related??

And BTW, if you asked me who knows more about sports, the Former Boss or the crew over there on the FM dial, with maybe one or two exceptions, I’d say the Former Boss. Doesn’t mean his current “product” is good, there’s a lot more to that than just knowing stuff.


Ron Mexico     January 16
“@CO, yep I did say that and it’s absolutely true. Doesn’t mean we can’t comment , he’ll this site doesn’t exist if you’re not allowed to conment”



Does a sports radio station really exist (or prosper) if it doesn’t allow callers? It’s a way to continually re-arrange minimal new content into slightly different segments and press the replay button over and over. Commenters are very much akin to callers. The interaction is what makes it interesting. Without it, not nearly as many would take the time to visit either.


TJ     January 16
More arguing about Nestor? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Radio Gal     January 16
MFC

It never fails. You ride in on your super high horse and come to the rescue.

Here is the deal about writing books. In this new world ANYONE can publish. It just takes the right amount of cash and some printer will take the job. That is not how the REAL book publishing world works. The LF is not part of the real book publishing world. There was no advance, no placing of the book, no PUBLISHING backing of ANY kind. Hell, there wasn't any editing. It just shows his delusion that the book would be a success by doing it that way. Remember the story of Hootie and the Blowfish. They were a bar band who pressed their own music and sold it out of the back of the tour bus/van. THEY made it....but hundreds/thousands? of other bands did the same thing. That is what the LF was up against. THE BOOK was an abject FAILURE in terms of sales. The word is that there are 15,000 copies or more somewhere. He gives them away at every turn....kind of reminds of Aunt Bee's pickles...Barney gave them to out of state motorist's passing through Mayberry.



But the blame for not selling through? If only people read books...it is their fault. And since the initial run didn't sell.......no 2nd edition to "fix" all of the errors. That might be the funniest thing of all. He expected to have a second run SO HE COULD FIX THE ERRORS. C'mon Mike even you have to say that is funny.



The book[which I did read, I got it at an event] was incredibly poorly written, lots and lots of errors[some so simple that it defies any explanation]. The book lacks legitimacy in every regard. So to "turn" it that Coleman et al never wrote a book....well that misses the point...entirely. It is not a real book in terms of the real publishing world. I defy you to mark a self published work that was a blazing success. In fact ED NORRIS did write a book that had an advance and support...but that was about his policing. There were other REAL books about the Ravens in that season. A couple of them were really well written. His book is a joke. I asked a guy who the LF calls a mentor[and he writes books that have ALL of the publishing backing], he called it "writing for self gratification"....and states that there is a place for it....but "most of them are really bad" and NEVER sell. The usual print for these is about 250 copies. The LF was foolish to PRINT SO MANY.



He deserves to be mocked and his[and your defense of him] delusions are FREAKING HILARIOUS, I listen[a bit} just for the unintended comedy. YOU refuse to accept that. You should buy some time on his station.....that way you can get your money's worth. Bad reads[a standard there and the funniest thing on the station], poor rotation of your material and incredibly poorly produced copy? Wouldn't that be special?

HERMAN     January 16
apropos of nothing mentioned here I've got to say it was great to view the videos of unbridled joy demonstrated by Viking's fans over their improbable comeback win Sunday. To see people become unhinged with joy, and overcome with positive emotion was heartening. We tend to think only in terms of our own history and success and the team we root for, but Minnesota fans have suffered only defeat for years and years. With four Super Bowl losses compounding the pain.

I know there is a flip side, with Saints fans devastated, but I'd prefer to focus on the fans of Minnesota and their cathartic mass release of happiness. The Saints have tasted Super Bowl victory. It was uplifting to see fans go bonkers, especially at the end of they way this season has transpired.

Mike from catonsville     January 16
@CO, yep I did say that and it’s absolutely true. Doesn’t mean we can’t comment , he’ll this site doesn’t exist if you’re not allowed to comment. Do I think I’m smarter than a D-1 coach, nope. Do I think he made the right decision at that point in the game nope, for the reasons I mentioned . Even IF the guy doesn’t get fouled or misses the free throw I think it was a bad call. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t . I’ll take the %’s of having to throw over a big vs no obstacle whatsoever. As soon as I saw that I went oh no, as soon as the pass was complete went oh “ trump”. Half court completion with 3.5 seconds it’s too much time . Something bad is going to happen and it did.



Also, you didn’t comment on the books written by the other radio hosts . Did you enjoy them?

Brien Jackson     January 16
Tomlin reminds me of a poker player who imagined himself to be great at reading faces, when really he is just rationalizing decisions he knows are bad ones.

casual Observer (to)     January 16
@MFC Weren’t you the one who said people don’t walk into the hospital and think they’re a doctor yet they walk into as gym they think they’re a coach? Perhaps I'm misremembering that, but if it was you, well…..

The proper analogy for the Terps malfunction was indeed the 4th and 12. You can argue strategy and probability all you want, but when players do not do their job, well, failure likely ensues. I don’t care what the historical percentages say, no play call is ever 100% executable, players can always screw up, even the simplest of things (like “just tackle the guy”). I get why people want to debate these things, and that’s fine for entertainment purposes, but the high horse declarations of “Coach Whoever is an absolute moron, everyone knows you do this…” are people showing their own cluelessness. But if that makes those people feel “smart”, well, good for them I suppose.

@MFC Yes, some of the people here check in on the Former Employer’s “work”, kinda like they gawk at train wrecks. You think that is proof of what exactly? I do agree with you that the Little Fella was totally within his rights to run his business as he saw fit, no problem whatsoever with that part of decisions he’s made. But former listeners also have the right to observe and mock, if they so choose. Frankly, I find that less absurd than those of you who boldly declare you are smarter than a top level Div I bball coach, or a professional football coach.


Ghost of JROB     January 16
If the Ravens understand the concept of supply versus demand...ticket prices can only go in one direction.

Pratt     January 16
I hope you are incorrect about the Ravens having the stones to raise ticket prices. If they do that I am finished with them. They have been in a funk over the past few years but I don't believe they are that oblivious. That means if they do raise prices they are telling the fans to go take a long walk off a short pier. I believe the value received v. price is not good for a number of reasons. This will just be the coupe de grace.

DR (the original)     January 16
@Cash I've always been with you on that. 26 years ago, two of the greatest college basketball players of all time combined to make the greatest play in the greatest game of all time. You can have your preference to guard the inbounder or not (I would), but I sure hope you're not using that play as an example.

PLB in Philly     January 16
Have to agree with Macki. That was a foul on Bruno. Not sure why Turgeon even had him back that deep. Put him out near the perimeter just in case the ball gets to an open guy. A right handed player under the basket is almost always throwing the ball down the right side of the floor. Bad coaching from Turge there, who should have had the right sided of the floor sealed off.

Cash Is King     January 16
Blaming Pitino for not putting somebody on the inbounds pass has always been blown out of proportion. Laettner hadn’t missed a shot all game...so they double teamed him. Pitino didn’t know that Pelphrey & Feldhaus would completely “freeze” and make no attempt to defend the last shot. Hindsight is always 20/20.



I also don’t think the Tomlin onside kick was such a terrible decision. They couldn’t stop Jax for 58 minutes. I guess he figured they couldn’t stop them in the last 2 minutes either. If he kicks deep and Jax converts, people would than question why he didn’t try the onside kick. Hindsight is always 20/20.

Bob     January 16
Good point from Drew about Tomlin's coaching blunder at the end of the game. If that were Harbaugh the pitchforks in town would be out!

JJ     January 16
@Macki is right. Turgeon not having the in bounds pass guarded was an AAU mistake. Hope MD doesn't miss the tourney by one game.

John In Westminster     January 16
Terps losing on the last play was karma for the blatant illegal screen which set Huerter free in the first place to get that open look for the momentarily game winning 3 (says the local Michigan fan ;) Terps had a shot at a Michigan team who was spent after a huge road win in a very tough game against Sparty. Wolverines played like they wanted to just show up, get a W and go back to their dorms. They got lucky. Terps out hustled them and deserved a W.

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maryland's loss once again showcases coaching and playmaking


Here we are again, talking about coaching.

We've been doing this a lot lately, it seems, starting with the Ravens shocking loss on New Year's Eve, spilling over to the first two weekends of the NFL playoffs, and then hitting close to home again last night when Maryland dropped a heartbreaker to Michigan, 68-67.

Coaching -- and the discussion about its importance -- is always a hot-button topic.

But when does the balance of responsibility shift from the coach to the players themselves? That's another worthy subject to discuss, both here at #DMD and at your own water cooler.

Let's go back to Sunday in Pittsburgh for just a second and examine what happened there in the final minute of the Steelers loss to the Jaguars.

The Steelers trailed 45-35 with one minute remaining. For the Flyers fans reading this, that's a 10-point deficit. By traditional offensive standards, that required Pittsburgh to score a touchdown, kick the extra point, and kick a field goal as well.

What wasn't traditional, though, was the order in which they needed to accumulate those ten points.

Where was his attention to detail in the final minute of Sunday's playoff loss to Jacksonville?

With 58 seconds remaining, Ben Roethlisberger connected with Martavis Bryant for a big gain that moved the ball to the Jacksonville 5-yard line.

That play ran the clock down to 47 seconds. On the next snap, Roethlisberger was called for intentional grounding, which moved the ball back to the 15-yard line.

At that point, Mike Tomlin should have called for the field goal unit.

The Steelers needed 10 points. It didn't matter how they got the points. But they needed 10.

Instead of kicking the field goal (and this all assumes the kick was good) and then trying another onside kick with roughly 35 seconds left in the game, Tomlin instead let Roethlisberger and the offense stay on the field in search of what would be a meaningless last second touchdown.

No one seemed to say anything about it on the TV broadcast, but the obvious combination, once Roethlisberger was called for intentional grounding and the ball went back to the 15, was field goal first and touchdown second.

Would Pittsburgh have recovered the onside kick and somehow miraculously connected on a last-ditch touchdown throw to send the game to overtime?

I'm not sure. Ask Stefon Diggs if he thinks it might have been possible.

Coaching. When the plays work, the coaches are brilliant. When they don't, they're bums.

I'm not a knee-jerk "fire the coach" guy over isolated in-game mistakes. But if I'm Dan Rooney, I definitely have to bring Tomlin into the office and ask him to explain what he was thinking about at the end of the game.

If nothing else, it shows the coach I'm paying attention to detail -- something Tomlin didn't do in the final minute of the game on Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Speaking of not paying attention to detail...

Mark Turgeon went from hero to goat in the span of 3.5 seconds last night in Ann Arbor, although truth be told, it really came down to playmaking at the end of that loss to the Wolverines.

Michigan made a play at the end. Maryland threw up all over themselves at the end.

And Turgeon didn't help matters, either.

I wrote yesterday here at #DMD that winning is not an easy accomplishment. The other team is trying to win just like you are -- and when coaching and playmaking collide, sometimes it works out for you and sometimes it doesn't.

Turgeon should have put someone on the inbounds throw on Michigan's final possession. Doing so would have changed the way a Michigan player would have received the pass. Instead of collecting a bullet-throw from an unguarded distributor -- which is what happened -- the Wolverine who collected a higher-arcing pass would probably have collected that pass with his back to the basket somewhere near mid-court.

Our excellent Maryland reporter Dale Williams will go through the heavy lifting of that sequence in his review below. I'm simply talking here about the complexity of coaching decisions that are married with the need for a player or players to follow through and execute their specific role or duties.

Kevin Huerter got cut off and spun around on the inbounds throw and Anthony Cowan was somehow too far up in the offensive end and failed to mark his man.

What was, for a moment, a 5-on-4 man advantage for Maryland (based on the decision not to guard the inbounds pass), turned into a disaster once Cowan's man collected the ball and had open space to drive the lane. We know what happened next...



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So who gets the blame there?

Here's the obvious answer: Everyone who was involved in the play, that's who.

It's not really hindsight to say Turgeon should had the inbounds throw protected. That's an easy drill to run in practice. Nearly every coach, given the circumstances, would have guarded the throw in that situation.

But even then, with the decision to not protect the throw, the play still wound up breaking down because two Maryland players failed to do their job.

You can throw Bruno Fernando in there if you want since he's the one who committed the foul, but the play broke down so quickly in front of him that it's hard to beat him up too badly for the infraction.

Turgeon. Cowan. Huerter. No one tried to screw up there at the end. It just happened. But the lack of attention to detail on the part of all three was a reason why Michigan made a play at the end of the game and Maryland left with a pouty lip.

And here's the funny thing about sports: Just seconds before his inbounds-pass brain fart, Turgeon diagrammed a great play and Huerter was able to shake loose and hit a terrific 3-pointer to give the Terps the lead.

From hero to goat, in the blink of an eye.

As the Saints showed on Sunday in Minneapolis, you have to play until the clock reads 00:00.

"Maybe we celebrated a little too much after Kevin's three pointer at the end," Cowan said after the game.

The Terps learned a hard lesson last night. You have to stay engaged for the entire 40 minutes. Not 39:57.

And for the anti-Turgeon crowd in the area, last night's loss was another black mark for the 7-year Maryland leader. The phone lines were jammed on the post-game show, with the majority of those checking in placing the blame directly on Turgeon.

It wasn't all on him, though.

Not by a longshot.

It just looked that way.

And the Steelers loss on Sunday wasn't all on Tomlin, either. His offensive coordinator, Todd Haley, was also gashed open by the black and gold faithful in the aftermath of the defeat to the Jaguars.

The players were culpable, too. All of them. One catch here, a block there, a pass defended better -- who knows what the final difference in the game actually was, but you can bet it probably had more to do with making plays than making calls.

Just go back to New Year's Eve and revisit that distastrous 4th and 12 miracle engineered by Andy Dalton and Tyler Boyd.

You can blame Dean Pees all you want, but at least four Ravens failed to stop the play from happening.

Coaching is important. Play-making is also important.

Getting both of them to function properly at the same time is how you win.

But it's a lot easier said than done.

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what's the state of the "state of" press conference?


Here we are, it's January 16th, and there's still no word on when the Ravens will hold their annual "state of the team" press conference.

Weird...

League rules say every team must have a season-ending media session. Is there any chance that the John Harbaugh press conference on January 4 fulfilled the organization's obligation?

I'm reaching out to a Ravens staffer today to pose that very question.

But no matter the answer I get, doesn't it seem odd that it's mid-January and the team hasn't even informed the media of the date?

It's one thing if Steve Bisciotti is traveling or playing golf somewhere and his packed winter schedule is interfering with the team's press conference plans. It's another thing entirely to not have announced the date of the event.

"Steve's out of town until the 18th of January, we plan on having the presser the week of January 22..." How hard is it to make that announcement?

One rumor that has made the rounds is that the organization is mulling over detailed internal plans with regard to the thousands and thousands of PSL's that are for sale. And there's another rumor that suggests the team was planning on raising ticket prices in 2018 and now they're deciding how to do that or if they should do it, given their 9-7 finish and the empty seats they saw in November and December.

Rumors...but not "wildly crazy" rumors. They both might have some merit to them.

And Bisciotti, as I've said before, knows he's going to get peppered with questions about the team's kneeling incident in London back on September 24. I wouldn't be at all surprised if he makes one statement about that situation and then says, "I'm not going to answer any direct questions about the kneeling incident. My statement represents what I feel about it."

That's just my own mind at work there, but I could see it happening. Every time the Ravens organization talks about the kneeling incident and their response to it afterwards, all that does is open up fresh wounds for a lot of people in Baltimore.

I'll check in with the Ravens today and see if I can get a definitive answer on the question of whether or not the state of the team press conference is even happening. I'll report back on it in tomorrow morning's edition of "The Juice", our daily podcast feature (upper right hand corner) here at #DMD.

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terps suffer last second loss at michigan


It was a heartbreaking loss that the Maryland Terrapins suffered last night in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a predictable reaction from the Terp fan base as to why it happened.

In case you missed it, the Terps took an unlikely one-point lead with just over three seconds remaining when Kevin Huerter hit a three-point shot off of a very well-run set play that followed a miss from the foul line by Michigan’s Zavier Simpson. The shot put the Terps up 67-66 with 3.5 seconds on the clock and Michigan inbounding the ball under their own basket.

Michigan called a timeout, and the teams drew up plays.

Maryland Coach, Mark Turgeon, mentioned after the game that they knew what Michigan would run. He elected to not guard the inbound passer, and instead put 5 guys to defend against four Wolverines.

It didn’t work. Isaiah Livers threw a dart to Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman who was cutting from left to right just inside the half court line. He caught the pass traveling sideways near the sideline, planted his right foot, and took off in a straight line to the hoop. While driving, he crossed legs with Bruno Fernando and a foul was called with 1.2 seconds left in the game (more on that in a moment).

The 92% free throw shooting Abdur-Rahkman hit both shots and Michigan had a one-point win while the Terp faithful began to blister their head coach.

Every armchair coach with a keyboard began to express their dissatisfaction with the decision to not guard the person throwing in the ball. It’s such an easy call, right?

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon was the post-game whipping boy on Monday night after the Terps squandered a late lead and fell at Michigan, 68-67.

"Make it harder to throw in the ball by putting some hands in front of the passer," everyone screamed. I read countless tweets and posts all saying the same thing.

But I say this: Execute.

Either way, guarding the guy or not, execute properly the play that has been drawn up and it’s a non-issue.

To Turgeon’s credit, he didn’t throw his players under the bus and expose who exactly misplayed their defensive assignment (Anthony Cowan). Instead Turgeon simply said that he failed to communicate properly to his team. That’s coach-speak for someone out there screwed up, but I’ll take the blame.

Instances like this are a common occurrence in sports.

When the Ravens gave up a last-minute TD to the Bengals to end their playoff chances, Harbaugh said the same thing: right call, poor execution.

Managers in baseball frequently get second guessed for bringing in a reliever who gives up a game winning hit. Was the wrong guy given the ball, or did the right guy make a horrible pitch?

Did New Orleans have the right coverage against Minnesota on Sunday? You’ll never know. But the fans see that what was done didn’t produce the desired results, so it must have been the wrong decision.

I disagree.

I’ve seen both strategies employed with equal amounts of success. My personal preference is to guard the guy with the ball, but not guarding him is not wrong, you just can’t do what Maryland did.

I waited for the game replay to become available before writing this piece because I wanted to speak from a position of knowing and not one of remembering and guessing. I watched the final seconds at least 50 times. Here’s what I saw.

By not guarding the passer, Maryland had 5 defenders to guard 4 offensive players. But that went awry. With Cowan playing near his own three-point line with his back to the passer (he did move up towards half, but far too late) and Darryl Morsell playing back by his own foul as a safety net, the 5 to 4 advantage became a 4 to 3 disadvantage.

The other three Terps were basically playing man, but Cowan was dramatically out of position and Abdur-Rahkman was uncovered. The pass to him was easy and there was nobody around to quickly stop the ball or his penetration to the basket.

Bruno Fernando might have come out a tad too late, but he was guarding Charles Matthews until Matthews cut left across the lane where Morsell was there to pick him up.

The foul call was a real tough call that I’ll say would never, ever, be called in your home gym. The replay from the angle above the backboard clearly shows Fernando having established his position and the contact being initiated by Abdur-Rahkman.

I’m trying to maintain my objectivity, but I’m not sure you make that call to decide a game. Watch the replay from the backboard camera and decide for yourself. It was a tough way to lose.

The first half was all about the Wolverines poor shooting, Maryland’s work on the boards, and Anthony Cowan getting to the rim.

Michigan hit only 9 of 29 first half shots, while Cowan went for 13 points, and the Terps held a 22-12 rebounding edge during the first 20 minutes.

Maryland, probably not by choice, started a small line-up that featured Michal Cekovsky, Jerad Nickens, Darryl Morsell, Kevin Huerter, and Anthony Cowan.

Bruno Fernando, still feeling the effects of his recent illness, was available for limited minutes and Dion Wiley was not cleared to play due to a concussion.

The Terps came out with energy and guarded well while doing a nice job on the boards. They held a 10-7 lead at the first break and a 5-2 advantage in rebounds. Cekovsky had 2 early blocks but gave up 5 points to his big man counterpart, Moe Wagner.

Coming out of the first TV timeout, Michigan noticeably picked up the defensive pressure but found themselves with mismatches on Cowan who continually beat them to the rim.

Fernando was inserted after the first timeout but looked really sluggish and not his usual energetic self. Maryland kept going to him, but the combination of his lack of energy and Michigan double teams kept him from getting anything going offensively.

Michigan continued to miss shots and when Nickens drained a three near the 6-minute mark, Maryland held a 14-point first-half lead. The Terps, who had worked hard defensively in practice on handling ball screens were doing a nice job, but much of the Wolverine woes offensively were due to missing shots.

Cowan kept getting to rim and with 3:33 to play, Maryland held a 28-14 lead. Michigan was 6-24 from the floor. Halftime came with Maryland up 30-20.

After missing another couple of three-point attempts early in the second half, Michigan rolled off seven straight triples in what seemed like a blink of an eye. That stretch pretty much defined the final twenty minutes.

The Terps were down by ten with 5:50 left, but to their credit, kept clawing back.

They erased a 5-point deficit with only 25 seconds left, to take the one-point lead that set up the closing drama.

As I wrote here yesterday, I expected the game to go down to the last possession.

What I didn’t expect was for Maryland to be able to accomplish that with Wiley out and Fernando able to provide only a fraction of his normal output.

The fact they were able to hang, and almost grab a win, with the players they had left, showed some grit. But, in the end it’s still another loss in a season that has become difficult to see ending with a spot in the NCAA tournament.

After playing three of their last four games on the road, all against top 25 teams, Maryland will return home to host the struggling Gophers of Minnesota, Thursday night at 8:30 pm.

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have fun with #dmd


We have a lot of cool things going on here at #DMD over the next few months.

If you've never bowled in our Charity Bowling Challenge, get your team of four together right now and sign up for the 4th annual event on March 4th at Stoneleigh Lanes in Towson.

We have room for 16 teams and we have 8 signed up already.

This is a unique event in that you and your team of four are bowling to raise money for YOUR charity.

And we pay out REAL money, too! $800 goes to the winning team!! We pay out the top 7 teams in the event, so everyone has a great chance of raising money for their favorite charity.

Just go to "Charity Bowling" at the top of the page and get all the details on how to sign up.

If you're a hockey fan, we have a fun, inexpensive trip for you, as #DMD heads to Hershey, PA on February 24th for Hershey Bears ice hockey as they take on the Rockford IceDogs at 7 pm.

The bus will leave the Towson area at 4:30 pm, stocked with food, DuClaw beer, water, soft drinks and a hockey trivia contest with a $25 cash prize for the winner!

We love the Capitals, of course, but those games down in DC can be a little draining on the wallet or pocketbook. Our trip up to Hershey is just $89.00 per-person and it includes a lower level seat to the game!

Click on "Hershey Bears" at the top of the page for full details and join us, please. We have eight seats left on the bus.

If you're a fan of old rock n' roll, we have a great concert trip planned for August 24th, as we're heading to Philly to see Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra at the Wells Fargo Center.

#DMD was able to secure some GREAT seats for this show, but they're moving quickly. If you're interested in a trip down memory lane to all of the hits from ELO, get your seats on our "ELO Bus" right now and join us for a night of fun in Philadelphia.

You can get all the details at the "Electric Light Orchestra" tab on the top of the main page.

And finally, our Masters trip is SOLD OUT.





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breakfast bytes

College hoops: #3 Purdue wallops Wisconsin, 78-50.

College football: Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski takes his own life.

Australian Open tennis: #1 men's seed Nadal advances in three sets.

NFL: Jaguars RB Fournette uninjured in three car accident Tuesday morning.


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