Congrats Jeremy, Greetings Jacksonville Jaguars

Jeremy Navarre of the Maryland Terrapins signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday night and is heading south Thursday for their first mini- camp.       

Photo courtesy Terps website.
Photo courtesy Terps website.

Navarre, a stand-out character (born and bred in Joppatowne) and Maryland defensive linemen MVP said his weekend was long.  Twice.  What did he do to pass the time? 

I was just working out every day and hung out with fellas.  I’ve been home for a month, actually it’s been more than a month…it’s just good to know now.  And Jacksonville gives me the best chance where I can play.

That’s all he wants to do.  Play.  He said he’s “definitely ready to get right into it.”  He was contacted by the Ravens after they made their sixth round pick Sunday but in the end, he and his agent George Mavrikes (also a Maryland alum.) decided that Jacksonville had the best offer on the table. In addition, the Broncos and Dolphins contacted him today.  You snooze, you lose.

Does Navarre ever pinch himself and say “wow, this is really happening?”  Not really.  Certainly it has to be overwhelming when you are knocking on the door of your dreams. That the dream just so happens to be on one of the biggest stages— the NFL— in the US is irrelevant. This is something he’s worked at for so long.  So for now he is “just trying to go with the flow and not think about it too much.”

Okay Jeremy, you can count on your family and friends from Joppatowne and this great state of Maryland to do all the pinching.  In the meantime, BRING IT, like we know you can and will.  Enjoy!

Hey Ravens fans, let us give thanks to the football gods that Jeremy did not sign with those Steelers, remember they were digging him too!  Phew….

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Playing Catch With My Mock Draft

     In round one of the Ravens mock draft, MDbirdlover chose wide receiver and University of Maryland’s Darrius Heyward-Bey. Guess what?  Yesterday, Joe Flacco joined Baltimore’s Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta at College Park for a little game of catch with this draft pick.  There were also unnamed Baltimore coaches and scouts who were there to take in the show, according to the story on the Baltimore Ravens website by Mike Duffy

     It’s not often that you see an NFL quarterback go play catch with a prospect. Could this be a sign?  Who knows.  Crazy things happen when it comes to NFL drafts. 

     So how did things go anyway? In the words of our rocket-armed QB: “He did a good job catching the ball. Our coaches tried to wear him out a little bit, and he might have gotten a little tired towards the end, but he really pushed through.”

     DeCosta said that even though Baltimore particpated in the pro-day March 11 at Maryland the Ravens wanted to “scrutinize” him further.  And so they worked him.  “We really put him under a pretty rigorous workout for about an hour. His conditioning was good, and I was really impressed that he really attacked the workout.  He caught the ball well, he ran crisp routes. I thought he was really coachable, and he responded really well to our guys.” DeCosta said.  

     Interesting!  Perhaps we will see this former Terp suit up in the purple in the near future.  To check out the entire story go to the Ravens website here.

Demon Deacons Outed By Terps!

The Terrapin Club Banner hangs at Della Rosa's in White Marsh.
The Terrapin Club Banner hangs at Della Rosa's in White Marsh.

Out-played. Out-rebounded. Out-coached.  Just plain outed.  Because on paper, Maryland didn’t stand much of a chance against the towering team from Wake Forest.

Still, the Terps served up a sizzling entree of humiliation to the #9-seed Demon Deacons. It was a 75-64 win, a beautiful thing.  It helped that Wake had their worst shooting game of the season. But what helped more was Maryland capitalizing, and them finally playing like we all knew they could!  

Everyone on the red side contributed:  Greivis Vasquez, 22 points;  Sean Mosley, 12 points; Eric Hayes, 11 points and Dave Neal, 10 points.  

Maryland  moves on to the semi-final round of the ACC, lacing up tomorrow at 3:30 against the winner of the Duke and Boston College game. 

Della Rose’s was packing them in tight for the game. And the majority of the fans were rooting for the Terps.  But there is always one who goes against the grain, isn’t there?

iDon't get angry at Matt, he loves the Orioles...just isn't it to Maryland.
Don't get angry at Matt, he loves the Orioles...just isn't into Maryland.

   Meet Matt Belardi of Baltimore City. He’s not into the Terps.  So much so, that not only was he rooting for Wake Forest to win but he said he “doesn’t want to see the Terps make it” into the NCAA tourney.  Whatever dude!  Still Belardi was a friendly Duke-lover who dislikes the Terps. 

 

Zach Eick was working hard on when the Terps handed it to Wake.
Zach Eick was working hard too as the Terps handed it to Wake.
Then there was 18-year old Zach who goes to Calvert Hall. He was on duty working and tireless in his efforts to keep tables clean and customers happy.  Thanks Zach!  This former football and lacrosse player seemed happy that Maryland reeled in the win. 
Corrinne Keifer was just happy!
Corinne Keifer was just happy!
Corinne Keifer of Joppatowne was just thrilled to be out and about, enjoying the earlier Happy Hour with some friends for her sister Lauren’s birthday.  Happy Birthday Lauren!  Although Lauren had departed from Della Rosa’s, Keifer still had her game-face on throughout the Terps victory. And after.  It was a good happy hour.
  
On my way home, I had the opportunity to listen to freshman and Baltimore native, Sean Mosley (St. Frances Academy) get interviewed on the radio after the game.  I’ve never heard him speak before so this was a cool first moment for me. 
He sounded pumped yet poised, like a veteran who said all the right things.  He was called out by the radio announcer saying so, “you sound like a veteran with that kind of answer.”  You could actually hear the smile in Mosley’s voice when he responded, “well yeah, that was a good answer.”  They began laughing and so did I. 
The announcer proceeded to say that Mosley was grinning from ear-to-ear. It was neat. He’s definitely going to be a fun one to watch!   
It’s always nice to listen to these intervews and hear the excitement in the player’s voice.  Really makes you absorb that energy and just imagine their feelings.  Good for them! Savour this moment right along with them.
Anyway, Terps ‘ fans we are one step closer, Duke has a 3-point lead over Boston College with just less than 4 minutes to play.
  
Bring them on…whoever they are!