The Sports Latitudes: (Mostly) Local Edition
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— It appears that the Ravens are going to start Troy Smith this week against the Seahawks. Pretty hard to argue with that whether Kyle Boller is actually hurt or not.
With that said, why do so many people seem to believe that Smith is the answer? What is it about this guy that inspires so much hope? It can’t be his Heisman Trophy, which has proven over the years to mean very little. It can’t be his demonstrated ability to perform in clutch situations, with last year’s national championship game as evidence. It can’t be his physical tools, since those just aren’t that impressive (outside, I suppose, of some natural athleticism).
So is it simply that he isn’t Kyle Boller? Because, well, that’s just sad.
— The contents of the Jason Grimsley affidavit (remember that?) have been unsealed. Add one more former Oriole to the tainted list in Pete Incaviglia.
— Kris Benson has been out looking for a job.
— I haven’t said much about my beloved Maryland Terps men’s baskeball program this year. If you’re wondering why, it’s simple: they’re depressing.
Last week’s home loss to Ohio University — not Ohio State, Ohio University — was just awful. Nothing much matters until the ACC season starts on January 12th at Virginia Tech, but so far they simply don’t seem like a legitimate threat.
Still, January 27th at home is the first Duke game. Circle it.
— This is perfect. Just perfect.
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