Every Monday, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will rank the most significant athletes and events in Baltimore sports that week based on accomplishments on and off the field. Because, well, why not?
The Orioles open their season Tuesday night, so magic will be on the minds of most Baltimore sports fans this week. There are other things going on in Baltimore sports, of course, but the smell of baseball is in the air.
THE BOTTOM TWO
100. Dylan Bundy: Orioles top prospect Dylan Bundy will start the season with Double-A Bowie, but it is unknown when he will pitch next. Bundy is dealing with "elbow tightness," two dreaded words when it comes to young pitchers. Bundy will be given a few days of rest then the Orioles will go from there. Keep your fingers crossed.
99. Maryland women's basketball: It was another fine season for the Terps, but it ended this weekend when they were smothered by top-seeded Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen, losing by 26 points.
THE TOP FIVE
5. Jimmy Patsos: The Loyola men's basketball coach is drawing interest from Siena after leading the Greyhounds to back-to-back seasons with 20 wins, including an NCAA tourney trip last season.
4. The Ravens: After letting free safety Ed Reed walk in free agency, the Ravens last week signed a solid short-term replacement in Michael Huff, a safety who will be under contract through 2015.
3. Steve Pearce: The 29-year-old journeyman hit his seventh home run of the spring Saturday then learned Sunday that he had beaten out Connor Jackson for the Orioles' final Opening Day roster spot.
2. Maryland men's basketball: Led by a late block and a double-double from Alex Len, the Terps beat the Alabama Crimson Tide to book their tickets to Madison Square Garden for the NIT semifinals. The Terps, who play the Iowa Hawkeyes on Tuesday, are looking for their first NIT title in more than four decades. That would be a fine consolation prize after missing out on the NCAA tournament.
1. Camden Yards: Baseball will be back in Baltimore, with the Orioles' home opener on Friday. It's going to be a good weekend.