#WNSTSweet16 looks into “must” events for Baltimore sports fans

March 09, 2014 | Glenn Clark

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already nine lists into the year, here’s a look back on them if you’ve missed any.

Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 Greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

We’re officially into Week 10 on the #WNSTSweet16 and this one is going to require you to think a little bit.

Nestor Aparicio is back from vacation and back in charge of the Sweet 16 this week. This week’s topic actually stems from a conversation Drew Forrester and I had a few years back when someone called in and asked “what does it take to be a Baltimore sports expert?”

Drew and I came up with our own ideas. Who are the people you need to know? What history must you be aware of? But another question we found ourselves asking was “what events must you have attended?”

With that in mind, this week’s WNST Sweet 16 topic is “The Sweet 16 Events a Baltimore Sports Fan Must Attend”.

I was reminded of the topic in reading Drew’s list here last week. You see, there’s absolutely no doubt that Morgan State/Coppin State basketball would be damn close to the top of my list. As Drew was telling the story of Reggie Holmes’ Senior Night against the Eagles, he referred to it as one of the greatest events he’s ever attended in sports and I couldn’t have agreed more. There’s something special about Morgan/Coppin that’s uniquely Baltimore and every Charm City sports fan needs to experience it at least once.

We’re in the middle of a recent addition as far as Baltimore sports events are concerned, and the CAA Tournament may already be moving up the list for many fans.

I’m glad I’m not in charge of this list-because while I’ll imagine most of you are probably thinking about events like Orioles Opening Day or Ravens/Steelers, there is no doubt that Army/Navy (which returns to Baltimore this fall at M&T Bank Stadium) would easily take the top spot on my list.

The neat part about this list to me will be to see which unique events different sports fans include. Some folks might find the Preakness infield to be a “must”, while others might be more inclined to say Maryland Million Day is better. The annual Calvert Hall/Loyola “Turkey Bowl” football game is a logical choice to make the list, but what about the Maryvale/Mercy girls’ basketball game? And while I love Army/Navy, maybe others think Towson/Delaware is the most important college football game in the area.

We haven’t even mentioned lacrosse yet. Or soccer. Or boxing. Or MMA. Or Pro Wrestling. Or any litany of other sports whose events are unique/special to those of us in Baltimore.

Perhaps I could best paint the picture for this topic by asking “if you had a friend who was moving to Baltimore and you had 12 months to indoctrinate them to the sports scene, which events would you see to it they be a part of?” It’s certainly a broader topic than some of the others we’ve tackled this year, which should make for a fascinating list.

And be specific! If you think it’s important to sit in a certain section at a Ravens or O’s game, say where. If you think it’s important to see UMBC play a specific opponent-tell us which one.

We want your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email Nestor via nasty@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Nestor will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Drew & Luke Jones on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. Drew will then re-visit the list with me at 4pm Tuesday on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Toyota Scion”.

What are the events a Baltimore Sports fan MUST attend? Let your voice be heard!