Prediction Friday: Ravens-Steelers and the Orioles' next GM
This has been a tough week.
For the Orioles (and consequently for those who cover the Orioles).
And for patrons at Connolly’s, too. No one enjoyed the fake tab at this fake establishment this week for coming close to predicting the Ravens’ 30-27 squeaker against the Arizona Cardinals.
Anon was closest with a 27-24 score, but he/she had the Cardinals winning. So I’ll at least throw a chip your way. But nothing more.
All that’s in the past, though, because this is the second Steelers week of the season (and how come I have the sinking feeling there will be a third as well?).
Speaking – or writing – of sinking feelings, I don’t have a good one here. Maybe it’s because the Ravens have struggled against two bad teams in a row and the Steelers seem to be more focused.
So I am predicting a Ravens loss – 27-20. That Big Ben fella will bounce back from an awful first game and throw for three TDs.
Sorry, people, I hope I am wrong. Predict the winner, score and player of the game.
As for the Orioles, they have a new crop of GMs to consider. Former front office exec Scott Proefrock, now the Phillies’ assistant GM, interviewed Thursday, and former Boston Red Sox GM Dan Duquette will be in today.
I have been told that New York Yankees VP of scouting Damon Oppenheimer, Minnesota Twins VP of player personnel Mike Radcliff and Boston Red Sox VP of player personnel Allard Baird are also expected to interview this time around.
The lone holdover from the last round of four is Orioles player-development director John Stockstill. Los Angeles Dodgers’ assistant GM De Jon Watson took his name out of consideration Thursday, and Tony LaCava and Jerry Dipoto are already gone.
Is there one of these guys who sticks out to you as the Orioles’ next GM? Are you still holding out for someone else? Let me know.
Daily Think Special: Prediction Friday: Ravens-Steelers
Bonus Think Special: Who are you predicting for O’s GM now?