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Do the Ravens really want to interview Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer for their head coaching job? The guy whose offenses ranked 25th and 26th the last two seasons?
If I’m Brian Billick, my initial reaction would go something like this: “Whoa…what?” Followed quickly by, “Um…huh?”

The Ravens also might interview Brian’s father, Marty Schottenheimer.

After that, it’s Tim Raines Jr. and Sr.

Is Kim Kardashian really engaged to Saints running back Reggie Bush?

Will he be allowed to lift her across the threshold on their honeymoon or split the carries with LenDale White and Deuce McAllister? That could get awkward.

Quick shift away from sports: Gayot.com ranks the Top 10 steakhouses in the U.S. and places Barclay Prime in Philadelphia at No. 1. Anyone familiar with this place?

None of the restaurants in the Baltimore area made the cut.

If you’re in Fort Lauderdale for spring training, get the filet at Canyon Restaurant on Sunrise Boulevard. It’s a religious experience. Start out with a prickly pear margarita or three. Then give your keys to somebody else.

For everyone who’s asking about Adam Loewen, all I’ve heard is he’s on a throwing program and vows to be ready for spring training. And if the season started today, he’d be slotted at No. 3 behind Erik Bedard and Jeremy Guthrie.

Ideally, Loewen would start out at the back of the rotation and work his way forward after being limited to six starts in 2007. He still hasn’t pitched a full season in the majors. But on this staff, he’s the No. 3.

If the Orioles fail to add another starter, the competition for the fifth spot should be interesting. Troy Patton, Garrett Olson, Brian Burres, Hayden Penn, Matt Albers. They’re all in the mix. And Radhames Liz, while appearing to need more time in the minors, could force his way into the rotation.

No matter how it shakes out, Loewen is looking like a three. It sounds like a gamble, but I suppose that doesn’t apply to a rebuilding team.

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