Melo Trimble, Ryan Ripken, Brian Billick and Griff Whalen all chimed in on Glenn Clark Radio this month.
"Yeah, I think about it ... what if I came out my freshman year when I was really hot? [But] I feel like I came out at the right time. I wasn't really ready my freshman year to be where I wanted to be in the NBA. Unfortunately, now, I didn't get drafted. But I'm not hanging my head or regretting not coming out. I'm just being humble and waiting for my opportunity. I was young, and I wouldn't have been able to take not playing, not starting, because I had been starting all my life. Me being in school for three years and going to the Pan American games [in July 2015], I was able to just learn that when I do get to the next level, it's not going to be my team, and I've got to get in where I fit in. Things aren't going to be great all the time."
- Former Maryland point guard Melo Trimble July 6 on whether he regrets not leaving school earlier after going undrafted
"There definitely is the family connections and expectations regardless of which team I ended up being with, but specifically the Orioles … and this is how [it has] been my entire life. You know, really proud of what my family has accomplished, but at the end of the day I just want to be known for Ryan and whatever I can do to build my own legacy and people to have their own interpretations of me."
- Aberdeen IronBirds first baseman Ryan Ripken July 13 on moving into the Orioles' organization this season
"As solid as this defense has been, I don't necessarily see that. I don't see that dominance on the inside. Good, solid players on the inside. [Nose tackle] Brandon Williams can obviously be a presence, but I don't know if I would put him in that 'dominant' category. We have [linebacker Terrell] Suggs, who is obviously at the point of his career where [his age is] going to be an issue. C.J. Mosley has played very good at linebacker and [Kamalei] Correa is going to be solid. A good, solid across-the-board defense, but it's hard to point out the dominant player that could take over at any one of those levels."
- Former Ravens coach and preseason radio analyst Brian Billick July 14 on whether the Ravens could have a dominant defense this season
“It's a funny situation. It happens a lot, so I have to explain. They're like, 'What happened?' So I have to go through and kind of explain what we were trying to do and what the miscommunication was and where it went wrong. Yeah, it comes up a lot. I don't know. I don't have a bad attitude about it, though. I just kind of chuckle when it comes up. Walking off the field [that day], I wasn't sure [what went wrong] because I had just done what I was told to do."
- New Ravens wide receiver Griff Whalen July 24 on how often he's asked about the infamously disastrous fake punt play he ran against the New England Patriots while he was with the Colts in 2015
Issue 236: August 2017