The Ruthless Rewind: Terps get signature win

March 05, 2010|by Matt Vensel | matt@bthesite.com | b free daily

A lot went down the past few days, with the O's starting the spring season and the Ravens getting tender with players, but let's be honest: This week was all about Greivis and the Terps.

[1] The Terps secured their signature win of the season Wednesday night, beating Duke to pull in a first-place tie with the Blue Devils in the ACC. The Terps are red-hot at the right time, but don’t worry about brackets and seeding and selection committees just yet. Take a few days to celebrate this win -- though not like what went down in College Park (but hey, if you want to set the family sofa on fire, go nuts.) I'm all for a good sports-related riot, but I'll admit, I was surprised by this one. Did they really think there was any way Greivis Vasquez would lose his last game at Comcast Center?

[2] Josh Bell was in full beast mode during his spring debut Wednesday, smacking a pair of homers in the Orioles' 12-2 win over the Rays. The O's top position prospect is in the same boat that Matt Wieters was in last spring, though. Barring an injury to an O's regular, there isn't anything he can do to crack the big-league roster at the end of camp. But if Bell continues to impress this spring and starts strong in Triple-A, we'll see him at Camden Yards sometime this summer.

[3] Monday night, O's players and management hung out with college hoops icon Dick Vitale, a Sarasota resident. I like Dickie V, but I bet hearing him call the O's young guns "diaper dandies" all night got annoying really fast.

[4] Yawn. The Capitals made four underwhelming deals before Wednesday's trade deadline. I know the Caps can score like crazy, but they needed to add a steady goalie and/or a couple of real defensemen to the mix.

[5] There is no news on the Derrick Mason front, which is still news as free agency approaches. He wants a multi-year deal to stay here, but I doubt he gets one.

[6] Speaking of receivers, it appears two good ones, Anquan Boldin and Brandon Marshall will be available this offseason. No, really. They actually are this time. Arizona is reportedly willing to part with Boldin for a third-round pick. And Marshall, who received a first-round tender as a restricted free agent, can be had for a first-rounder. Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome loves his draft picks, but he has said he's not opposed to wheeling and dealing this offseason. The question is, who would you rather have (at those reported prices)? I'd take Boldin.

[7] And speaking of tenders, the Ravens gave tender love to a bunch of players this week, including Jared Gaither and Le'Ron McClain. That doesn't mean they're totally locked down, though. You never know, a team might think a young left tackle like Gaither is worth a first-rounder. Anything is possible during this crazy, uncertain, uncapped offseason.

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

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