I can't help but to reflect on all the people who were counting down the days until the start of training camp while the Orioles were stumbling toward another fourth-place finish.
"Bring on the Ravens" was the rallying cry.
Now you just feel like crying.
If Steve McNair takes another snap as a Raven, it should only come if Kyle Boller is hurt. And Boller isn't a savior, so let's not go there. The guy moved the team yesterday as the Bengals went into their bend-but-don't-break defense – and they do a lot of breaking, no matter the situation – and Boller eventually threw an interception into triple coverage.
Yeah, he'll do that.
A woman was arrested over the weekend for driving her car through the security gate at the Patriots' facility and onto the practice field.
That would have been the Ravens' most impressive drive of the season.
He can be as defiant as he wants, but McNair has lost it. He can't throw long, he can't protect the football, he can't lead this team down the field, let alone to victory. He'd be a decent backup next season, but his days as a starter appear to be over.
He's had a wonderful career, and if Kevin Dyson's arms were longer and he stretched that extra yard for a touchdown in the Super Bowl, McNair would have moved into John Elway's class for the way he willed the Titans down the field in the final minutes. He made plays that should be legendary, but because his team lost, it's almost forgotten. Go back and watch the tape. He was nothing short of amazing. But that was a long time ago and McNair's a different quarterback. He has a lot of miles on that odometer, and no mechanic can roll it back.
McNair's not the answer in 2008. He's not the answer now. It's time to make a change. And the Titans knew it before the Ravens.
While we're on the Ravens, are they really the most penalized team in the NFL? When did they become the Oakland Raiders?
The biggest upset yesterday was that Chris Henry made it through four quarters without being arrested. But he reminded us that he's a unique talent who could have a great career if he ever grows up. This guy is special. He's just immature. If he decides to take responsibility for his actions and dedicates himself to his craft, he'll be in the Pro Bowl every season.
Sure beats jail.
Maybe this is the week that the Orioles avoid a controversy. I like the odds.
You can be sure that the organization is livid over Aubrey Huff’s appearance with Bubba The Love Sponge (I can’t stop typing those words). I’ve talked to enough people about it. And it’s not so much that he said “horses – –,” though that didn’t go over well, either. The main issue is the overall subject matter.
Huff opened up a little too much about his favorite pastimes. He was extremely graphic and crude, and the Orioles found it extremely inappropriate, even if he was "acting." They'd prefer that their players didn't cozy up to a shock jock and reveal every aspect of their personal lives. They'd prefer that their players avoided appearing on shows with women who are promoting an X-rated Web site and engaging in conversation that would make a porn star blush.
That said, Ybor City does rule.
I'm just saying…
If you go to WNST.net, they have a partial transcript from Huff's appearance. It's not exactly suitable for children, conservative adults or small pets, so consider yourselves warned if you venture over there.