The Ruthless Rewind: Baltimore's very good week

Ravens get Boldin, Terps get some new trophies and more

March 12, 2010|by Matt Vensel | | b free daily

This may have been the best week for Baltimore sports in a while, with the Ravens filling a big need and the Terps filling their awards cabinet.

[1] The Terps took home some serious hardware this week with Gary Williams being named the ACC's Coach of the Year and senior guard Greivis Vasquez garnering conference Player of the Year honors. The ACC voters made the right decision on both cases. My Thursday column applauded Vasquez for a great senior season (and I asked him to carry it over to postseason play). But Williams deserves props, too. Just over a year ago, his critics were calling for his ouster. Now, it's clear that Williams isn't leaving "Garyland" anytime soon. That's how it should be.

[2] At the introductory press conference for WR Anquan Boldin, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome conceded he made a mistake in 2003 when he traded a second-round pick as part of the deal to land Kyle Boller. The Ravens could have used that pick on Boldin. Ozzie was glad he righted his wrong seven years later. But while it was cool to see him candidly admit he screwed up, fans are still waiting for that formal apology for the Boller era.

[3] O's catching phenom Matt Wieters was on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated. If you're worried about Wieters falling victim to the famed SI cover jinx, have no fear. Wieters already plays for the Orioles.

[4] Orioles 2B Brian Roberts isn't worried he'll miss Opening Day with a lower-back injury. Club president Andy MacPhail expressed concern, though. "By now, we have to start thinking about, 'What if he isn't ready?'," MacPhail said. Robert Andino could play second in a pinch, but that means three infielders would be at new positions. The O's should lure Davey Johnson or Roberto Alomar out of retirement -- just in case.

[5] O's starter Brad Bergesen had a rough spring debut Wednesday against the Pirates, allowing two runs in 1⅓ innings. Give him time to work out the kinks, though, after that fluke shoulder injury he suffered during a commercial shoot. But if he is still rusty two weeks from now, I say all those "Defining Moments" commercials should be banned. Sure, those particular commercials have nothing to do with his injury. They're just annoying, and the O's will owe us one if Bergesen struggles.

[6] The Ravens brought back Derrick Mason on Wednesday with a two-year deal. In a week, the team upgraded one of the NFL's worst receiving corps into an area of strength. Mason and Boldin are both possession receivers, but they don't have to hit home runs to be effective. Just move the chains. Again. And again. And again.

[7] Michael Vick was met by protesters before he was honored by the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation for his courage and sportsmanship. Yes, what Vick did was deplorable, but he did his jail time, and his Eagles teammates (not the foundation) felt he deserved the award. Get a life, people, and let him move on with his.

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

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