Nine Innings with
Bob Mumma of UMBC
Nine Innings with Nino Giarratano of San Francisco
Innings with Sherman Reed
By Phil Stanton
week, we will have head coaches from the Baltimore and San
Francisco areas give their thoughts on Sunday’s Super Bowl
between the Ravens and the 49ers.
Today we begin with Sherman Reed (left), in his
third season as head coach of the Coppin State Eagles after
working as an assistant coach at the school for two years. In
2008, Reed assisted head coach Harvey Lee. A year later, he
worked with Mike Scolinos.
A native of Baltimore, Reed played at Towson from
1979-83 for head coach Billy Hunter. Reed played independent
baseball for 10 years before starting his coaching career.
Reed has coached at several different levels,
including Western Tech, Catonsville High School, and Cal Ripken
Sr. Collegiate League. He was director of the Yankee Rebels
Baseball Club from 2005-10, the oldest amateur baseball club in
Reed gives us his perspective on the AFC
Champion, the Baltimore Ravens.
Inning – Did you root for the Baltimore Colts when they were in
Yes, I was a very big Baltimore Colt fan growing
up. As a hotdog vendor in the late 70’s and early 80’s, I would
arrive at the players’ gate entrance (which was the same
entrance for vendors) at Memorial Stadium early to witness the
players’ arrival. What was shocking was to see guys like Roger
Carr and Bert Jones limping as they made their way into the
stadium, but played and appeared 100% when the game whistle
Second Inning – Did it take long to become a
Not at all, I followed all of the news and rumors
pertaining to the prospects of Baltimore having a team returned
to the City religiously the entire time we were without an NFL
Team. I quickly became an original Raven Season Ticket Holder
from Day 1 of their existence.
Third Inning – Did you think all season that
this was a Super Bowl Team?
No, I honestly thought that with the many
injuries and age setting in on our defense that we weren’t
destined to go far in the playoffs. Ironically, I felt the same
way in the 2000-01 season when we last won the Super Bowl. I
thought we were a year away in 2001 and I thought our best
chance recently was the 2011-12 season.
Fourth Inning – What makes John Harbaugh such
a successful head coach?
John is not afraid to make major decisions (even
if it goes against the grain) if he thoroughly believes it will
help improve his football team, e.g. cutting popular players
Todd Heap, Derrick Mason, and Willis McGahee after the 2010
season and changing Offensive Coordinators at the three-quarter
mark of this season. Oh, and I almost forgot, he totally
revamped his entire offensive line one game prior to the
playoffs. ALL have worked out rosy for Coach.
Inning – Which Raven do you think would be the best baseball
Ed Reed roaming center field
Sixth Inning –
Who on your team would make the best
Raven, and what position would he play?
Center fielder Chris Kashangaki. Running back
with deceptive power and explosive speed in the open field and
one who wouldn’t run from battle
Seventh Inning –
Who is the biggest Baltimore Fan on
Catcher Alex Brown, who isn’t afraid to don his
Raven apparel on CSU Campus.
Eighth Inning – Which player from the 49ers do
you fear most?
Former Maryland Terrapin, tight end Vernon Davis
Ninth Inning – Why will the Ravens win? What
will be final score?
With the possibilities of Ed Reed, Anquan Boldin,
Matt Birk, and others playing in their potential last game as a
Raven, they’ll find a way to will themselves to victory. Ray
Lewis will walk off the field for the final time as champion.
Ravens 24, 49ers 20
Extra Innings –
What should we expect from the Coppin
State Eagles this season?
A (still) very young ball club that learned to
walk in 2012 and now is prepared to take those quicker larger
steps in 2013. Vast overall improvement in defense and pitching.
(photos courtesy of Coppin State Media