The Ruthless Rewind: Terps, Stallworth, Olympics and more

February 19, 2010|by Matt Vensel | | b free daily

There's a lot going on up there in Vancouver, but it was impossible to ignore what the Terps and Ravens were up to this week.

[1] With back-to-back wins this week, the Terps reclaimed second place in the ACC and pretty much solidified their spot in the NCAA tournament (now the question is where they'll be seeded). Greivis Vasquez continues to carry the Maryland men with his emotional play and scoring. But the difference between this squad and last year's is the interior play of senior forward Landon Milbourne and fab frosh Jordan Williams. Williams, who is averaging 8.8 points and 8.1 rebounds, is a beast. The Terps will be a dangerous team in the tourney.

[2] I wrote a column Thursday on the Ravens signing troubled WR Donte' Stallworth to a cheap one-year deal. If you missed it, I like the low-risk move. If he slips up, the Ravens can just cut him. And if he stays healthy and bounces back, he will be a steal. Another thing I like: Since he was cut by the Browns, the Ravens could sign Stallworth even though they haven't lost a player of their own. That gives them the flexibility to sign another wideout in this weird, uncapped offseason.

[3] Shaun White lived up to the hype Wednesday night, snowboarding his way to a gold medal -- in dominating fashion -- in the men's halfpipe in Vancouver. White was conservative on his first run, and that was still enough to win. "It's impossible to beat Shaun unless he falls," Finland's Peetu Piiroinen said. White went balls-out on his second run even though the gold was locked up, busting out a crazy move called the Double McTwist 1260. Has a ginger ever had this much swagger? I think not.

[4] American skier Lindsey Vonn also met lofty expectations of her own Wednesday, winning gold in the Olympic downhill despite a nasty shin bruise. She still won by a half second. Imagine what she could do if healthy.

[5] The O's moved into their new spring home at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. this week. I'd love to tell you how nice it is, but my employers are too cheap to send me down there (and hopefully too lazy to read the Rewind.)

[6] O's starter Brad Bergesen didn't take part in the first workout for pitchers and catchers Thursday because he hurt his shoulder filming a TV commercial. Now, this is something that should really be in those Birdland spots.

[7] A week after dealing Caron Butler to Dallas, the Wizards traded their last good player, Antawn Jamison, to Cleveland. To be honest, I'm not so sure I can name a single player on the Wizards with those two gone and Gilbert Arenas suspended. And they're going to lure a marquee free agent how?

[8] Tiger Woods will finally break his silence Friday by addressing the media -- but no questions. I hope he comes out with the truth: He screwed up big-time, didn't take his marriage seriously and plans on kicking everyone's asses when he returns. Brutal honesty is the only way to go here.

Matt Vensel is a content creator for b. Follow him on Twitter, @mattvensel.

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