Thing have gotten so bad for the Orioles, I can't even bring myself to make jokes about them — at least not this week. The manager is on the hot seat, guys are dropping like flies and almost everything that could go wrong has. Brutal.
 The Orioles this week came to the defense of manager Dave Trembley (left, photo by The Baltimore Sun), who is under fire in Baltimore after a 2-14 start. "I don't think you can blame Trembley," OF Nick Markakis said. "There's only so much a manager can do." It's nice of the guys to stick up for the skipper, but Trembley would probably feel a lot better about his job security if the O's came to his defense on the diamond. They've put his job in jeopardy, and they don't have much time left to save it.
 The Orioles are absolutely brutal right now, but there is good news: Mike Gonzalez doesn't need surgery and could return in a couple of weeks. Yes, the O's have been so bad that the return of a guy who got lustily booed during the home opener can be considered a positive. The prognosis wasn't as good for Felix Pie. He is going to be out for a while with a back injury.
 Brad Bergesen, the Orioles' most consistent starter a year ago, was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk after starting the season with a trio of poor outings. He is 0-2 with a 12.19 ERA. Bergesen's 2009 season was ended early by a line drive to his shin, and he hurt his shoulder while shooting a TV commercial in the offseason. But he told The Baltimore Sun that his struggles stemmed from "a confidence issue." Let's see if he can get his mojo back down in Norfolk.
 Ravens fans got their first glimpse of the team's 2010 schedule, and the most enticing matchup will come in Week 1. To kick things off, the Ravens travel up I-95 to take on former defensive coordinator Rex Ryan and the Jets on "Monday Night Football." Other noteworthy games include a trip back to New England, a home game against the Super Bowl champs and the season finale against the Bengals. The best news: The Ravens don't play the Colts.
 The first round of the NFL draft was Thursday night, and if the Ravens made their pick, it didn't happen until after our bedtime. Let me make it up to you. Keep an eye on our website Friday afternoon for my take.
 Ben Roethlisberger was suspended six games by the NFL after a 20-year-old college student accused him of sexual assault in a Georgia nightclub last month. He is an embarrassment, and he's lucky he's being allowed to set foot on the field this year. Roethlisberger is just another clown who has given the NFL and all of its well-behaved, family-friendly players a bad reputation.
 After a minor hiccup in Game 1 and a change between the pipes, the Capitals have steamrolled their way to a 3-1 series lead over the Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs. Goalie Semyon Varlamov has stabilized the defensive end for the Caps, but scoring nearly five goals a game makes the goalie's job much easier. Look for the Caps to wrap this one up in Game 5.