50 words or less …. Maryland’s new coach must beat Duke

May 06, 2011 |

Well, we’re collectively putting another week behind us. But, there is plenty of sports action to occupy our weekend …..

The Orioles host Joe Maddon and his Tampa Bay Rays, as well as some very tough pitching matchups.

NASCAR invades the TRACK TOO TOUGH TOO TAME, for a Saturday night special, in Darlington, South Carolina.

Manny Pacquiao and Sugar Shane Moseley collide in Vegas.

And, the 137th running of the Kentucy Derby rolls off tomorrow afternoon.

Alas, today’s edition of 50 Words Or Less ….
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Find A Way …. PERIOD
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When the dust settles from the WE-LOVE-GARY schmoozefest, a heavy decision will be weighed at the University of Maryland. Who replaces Coach Williams?

I have a distinct feeling this process will dwarf anything we saw following the dismissal of Ralph Friedgen and entry of Randy Edsall. A variety of bigwigs and no-names will probably be debated publicly for the foreseeable future.

For me, the dominating question in the interview is “CAN YOU BEAT DUKE?” Over the past 4 seasons, the Terps are 1-7 against the Blue Devils. The red kool-aid drinking loyalists talk from both sides of their mouths. We hear the “Terps are beloved in Baltimore” and we also hear “Maryland can’t be expected to be on the same level as Duke.”

Well, if the Terps are gonna be beloved in Baltimore, they MUST find a way to be on the same level as Duke. That’s how we roll in this town …..

That’s what we expect of the Ravens, right? Let John Harbaugh and his staff experience an era of being an AVERAGE team. And, let them go a dismal 1-7 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, over a 4-year period. Job security? Not hardly …..

Like I said, “CAN YOU BEAT DUKE?”
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1-5
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If you EVER trust anything Rex Snider says, this is definitely such an occasion. The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals are not good baseball teams. I don’t care about their records following the first six weeks of the season.

Both teams will finish below .500

Thus, it’s unacceptable to lose 5 of 6 games against such clubs. But, this is exactly what the Orioles have done in their visits to both Central division cities. Shameful ……
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Now, He’s Funny

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Don’t miss today’s edition of the AFTERNOON DRIVE, as we’ll welcome Norm MacDonald for a lighthearted conversation and promotion of his new program, Sports Show With Norm MacDonald, on Comedy Central.

We’ll also spend an hour with Gary Quill, WNST’s horseracing expert. Gary will breakdown the Kentucky Derby and provide a vivid preview of the Triple Crown picture.
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I Told You So
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Well, it didn’t take long for Rashard Mendenhall to feel the financial wrath of his ill-advised tweets, earlier this week. The running back’s sole corporate sponsor, Champion Sports, has dumped him.

Hopefully, this situation serves as a lesson to other young public personalities, who use social media as an outlet for their feelings. Some thoughts are better left unsaid, especially when such comments are dimwitted.
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Say Hey
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Today marks the 80th birthday of one of baseball’s greatest players. Willie Mays will always be remembered as the true 5-tool player, and his varied accomplishments were attained during an era when performance enhancing substances did not impact the game.

I can certainly count him among the players I would’ve liked to see, in person. The grainy footage of his talents cannot really represent the greatness of his game. Happy Birthday, Willie.
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Where There Is Hope
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We’ll finish up the week for a good, heartwarming story. Katie McCollum is a pretty special kid …. uhh, I mean she’s a pretty special young lady. Through tragedy, she was forced to forsake being a “kid” and embrace being a provider.

Her story is pretty special. No need for me to ruin it for you …. just follow the LINK

Have a GREAT WEEKEND. I’ll be on-air today at 2pm …..

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