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?
NCAA lacrosse season is underway, the Orioles are getting closer to Opening Day and local college basketball teams made headlines -- some good and some bad -- with their play last week. But it was Joe Flacco and the Ravens who became the biggest story in Baltimore sports, earning the top spot in this week’s power rankings.
100. Maryland men’s basketball: The Terps continued to let their NCAA tournament hopes slip away when they lost to Georgia Tech last Wednesday. They rebounded to beat Wake Forest on the road this weekend, but they have left themselves with no margin of error heading into the final two games of the regular season and the ACC tournament.
99. Nolan Reimold: Oft-injured outfielder Nolan Reimold suffered another setback when he left Friday's game with a sore right shoulder. He is on track to return to the lineup as the designated hitter Tuesday, so it might just be a minor thing, but any injury he now suffers is going to cause concern.
5. Maryland men’s lacrosse: Led by four goals from junior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk, Maryland dominated Duke in a 16-7 win Saturday. The undefeated and top-ranked Terps aren’t likely to relinquish that top spot.
4. Adam Jones: The 27-year-old gets to live out a lifelong dream by representing the United States in international competition. He will be patrolling the outfield for Team USA in the third World Baseball Classic, which begins Tuesday. Pretty cool.
3. Brian Roberts: The veteran second baseman continues to swing a hot bat. With his three hits Saturday, he has seven in 13 spring at-bats. Plus, one of those three hits was a home run, his first in nearly two years.
2. Towson men’s basketball: The Tigers capped off their season with a four-game winning streak. And with Saturday's win, Towson, my second alma mater, completed the biggest single-season turnaround in NCAA history. After going 1-31 in Pat Skerry's first season, the Tigers were 18-13, their first winning season in 17 years.
1. Joe Flacco: There are 120.6 million reasons for the Ravens quarterback to get the top spot. After agreeing to terms Friday night, Flacco will sign his new contract later today and become the NFL’s highest-paid player.