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December 2, 2011

Prediction Friday: Ravens-Browns and biggest splash at baseball's meetings

For the first time all football season at the bar, beers are on me after being the closest to last week’s 16-6 Ravens’ win over the San Francisco 49ers.

I predicted it would be 16-14, and I said Billy Cundiff would have three field goals. So give me credit for at least being close. I’ll send several drink chips DSC’s way for a 10-7 prediction, however.

A couple of you tried to sneak in on Friday and give me the exact score a day late. Hope the bouncers didn’t hurt you on your way out.

This week, the Ravens have to go to Cleveland, and we know how bad they’ve been on the road against inferior opponents. But I’m not buying it this week.

Ravens win, 30-10. Ray Rice gets three TDs and 150 yards rushing against a porous run defense.

Now it is your turn. Predict the score, the winner and the player of the game.

Let’s switch to baseball. Next week, the sport’s annual meetings are held in Dallas. I’ll be there. And I’m taking two chargers for my phone. It’s the toughest assignment for a baseball writer – without question.

There’s just so many media members there – all trying to be the first to break a story. And let’s just say a lot of non-stories get almost broken.

At the end, though, there always seem to be a team or two that end up being the most active, that get on the podium several times in four days.

I want you to predict which team it will be that makes the biggest splash next week in Dallas. Heck, have a little fun and predict the moves.

Daily Think Special: Prediction Friday: Ravens-Browns

Bonus Think Special: Which baseball team makes the most noise next week in Dallas?

Posted by Dan Connolly at 6:00 AM | | Comments (19)
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I beleive the Marlins are really motivated to open their new ballpark with a bang.

Ravens win 34-13, Rice is the star of the day, so I'm mostly stealing your picks.
As for baseball, my gut tells me the Red Sox will be making a big splash to pacify their fans after the grand collapse that ended their season, but I don't know who the big names will be.

Ravens 28 - 13

I can imagine the Cubs making some surprising moves with Espin in the front ofgice

No drink chip for me nailing T-Sizzle's sack total?

Baltimore - 27
*M.O.T.L. - 10
(*Mistake On The Lake)
Player of the game is the O-Line/Ray Rice. 147 yards for Rice, 2 TD's and Smoky picks up another 36 yards.

Big Splash goes to the Miami Marlins.

Ravens win 42-7

Ray Rice gets 175 yards rushing and three TDs

Torrey SMith and Anquan Boldin each get at least one TD

Ravens win 20-14 with Boldin getting both TD's.

Cubs sign Fielder
Marlins sign Reyes
O's sign Tae-Hyon

I predict the Orioles will make several trades as they seem to have started early in the acquisition of Teagarden. I like Teagarden as a backup catcher, however I think the price of Henry (and that's not all), was a little steep for a backup catcher who's out of options. I predict Henry is going to be a very good major league pitcher besides having been one of the few bright spots it the O's minor league system. However, when I look at the trades the Rangers made to the Orioles late last season we kind of owe them.

Ravens 23
Browns 17

Billy goes 3/4 on field goals.
Dickson/Pitta TD
Rice rushing TD

JJ 1 sack
Ngata 1 sack FF
Suggs sack & INT

Biggest splash at baseball's meetings: Chuck Norris.

Dan; Should be fun next week.The Cubs will sign Pulholtz, the Marlins will sign Reyes,but the Nats will make the biggest splash by signing Burleigh and Fielder.any pitcher would prefer the N.L.,and I think Fielder wants to stay in the N.L. where he can play the field. Browns upset the Ravens 17-13,and put a dent in their season.

Ravens - 27
Cleveland - 13

Nationals sign Fielder

Score:
Ravens 27 Browns 10

Player of the Game:
Ray Rice

Ravens 35-10. Rice runs wild, the defense racks up another mess of sacks and gets a few interceptions to boot.

Marlins make the biggest splash, Cubs and Nationals will sign a few bodies. Orioles won't sign any big names, but will make a few trades...

Browns 47
Ravens 0
Flacco throws 4 Int's
Defense allows over 300 passing yds

Orioles sign Prince Fielder to a 15 year 350 million dollar contract
Trade Markakis, Wieters, and Britton to San Francisco for Lincecum
Trade Jones, Reimold, Guthrie, Reynolds to Atlanta for Jair Jurrjens and Brian Mcann
Sign Jose Reyes to 15 year 300 million dollar contract
Sign CJ Wilson to 8 year 130 million dollar contract
Teagarden becomes the starting cather
O's select a fan out of the seats to become the third base coach for each game
Brain Roberts hits .520/30 rbi's/20 stolen bases in the month of April
Buck resigns, Jim Duquette becomes manager
Orioles win 120 games

Ravens 24, Browns 13

Ravens win 17-13 with Rice rushing for 115 yds with 55 receiving yds and 1 touchdown.
Mets make biggest splash and O's as usual will be very quiet in these meetings.

Browns 23, Ravens 15

Browns 20
Ravens 10


Yeah, everything Mike said.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.


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