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Blast Drop Season Opener to Syracuse

Posted on 13 November 2011 by WNST Staff

Here is the recap from WNST.net’s John West…

Blast Lose Season Opener 18-7 to Syracuse Silver Knights

The 2011-2012 MISL Baltimore Blast season has finally arrived and the Blast are looking to avenge their loss in last year’s MISL Championship Game and take back what is rightfully theirs which is the MISL Championship Trophy.  Tonight is the Blast season and home opener against league new comer Syracuse Silver Knights.  The First Mariner Arena always has a familiar feel to it (it’s been around since the Baltimore fire) but a Blast season opening game feels a little new and special.  With a nice home opener crowd of 8, 078 there is a lot of excitement to start the season.

A big off-season story this year has been the expansion of the MISL.  Last year the League had 5 teams.  This season the MISL has grown to 8 teams, with Syracuse being one of the new teams to the league.  It says a lot about how well the league is run and how much fun you can have at a game when, in this economy, your league can have that kind of impressive growth in one off-season.

For the second year in a row you can watch all Baltimore Blast games for free over the internet.  You can go directly to misllivesoccer.com or go to the Baltimore Blast website and get the video from there.  Either way it is an easy convenient way to follow the Blast this year when they are on the road or if you can’t make it downtown to the First Mariner Center for the home games.

The game got off to a bad start for the Blast as Syracuse Forward took a bad pass in the Blast defense and scored a goal less than 3 minutes into the game.  Things continue to start tough for the Blast as Knights forward Andre Berenzon knocked in a great shot with 6:51 left in the first quarter.  The Blast played well but had 2 early letdowns and the Knights took advantage of both of their scoring opportunities.  The first quarter ends with the play about even but the Knights scoring on both their opportunities and has a 4-0 over the Blast.

The Blast start off the 2nd quarter with several really good scoring chances and cannot connect on any of them.  Knights goalie Eric Reed is playing fantastic.  Most of the possession time in this quarter is with the Blast, but they can’t seem to get any goals.  There is a growing sense of frustration with the Blast that 1 goal could fix.  With 4:37 left in the quarter the Knights commit a penalty, too many men on the field and the Blast get a 2 minute power play.  That wasn’t enough to help as the Blast could only get a couple of average scoring chances during the penalty and couldn’t convert on any of them.  Halftime score is Knights 4-0 lead over the Blast.

As the 3rd begins with hope and a lot of decent play by the Blast, that wasn’t nearly enough to stop the early onslaught by the Knights.  Andre Berenzon scored a 3 point goal on a direct kick early in the quarter.  The Blast respond by getting a 2 minute tripping penalty.  Not the Blast’s finest effort.  Not long into the penalty the Knights score again.  With 8 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter the Knights have a big 9-0 lead over the Blast.  Plenty of general sloppy play makes up the rest of the 3rd quarter until the Knights score again with 1 minute to go in the quarter.  11-0 Knights as I haven’t ever seen the Blast play this bad.  It reminds me of the Ravens game against Jax earlier in the year.  Just ugly and unexpected.  3rd quarter ends with the Knights leading 11-0.

The Knights get another goal and go ahead 13-0.  Seconds after that goal the Blast get their first goal of the year.  Blast forward Max Ferdinand scores an unassisted goal and the Blast are down 13-3 with 12 minutes to go in the game.  2 minutes later and the Blast score again.  Mike Lookingland score on a set play and gets the score to 13-5 with 10 minutes to play.  With 5:16 Carlos Garcia scored and brought the score to 13-7 Knights.  The stadium is really make some noise as the fans are starting to think this could be a great comeback.  With 3:36 to play the Blast pull their goalie and put in defender Mike Lookingland.  Essentially this is a 1 man advantage the rest of the game.  That of course leaves an empty net and the Knights got a 3 point goal with 1 minute to go.  That was followed up with another empty net goal with 9 seconds to go.  Final score is 18-7 Syracuse Silver Knights over the Baltimore Blast.

Overall the play of the Blast was a little slow and lethargic.  A sloppy game and a resounding loss to the Knights.  The Blast have all season to rebound from this opening night loss and I hope they do.

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July 30, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - CARRIE UNDERWOOD on NBC

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Uggla goes to Braves for ‘NUTS; MacPhail evidently doesn’t have any …..

Posted on 17 November 2010 by Rex Snider

I would love to know where Andy MacPhail spent his Tuesday afternoon. Enjoying Space Mountain @ Disney World? Shopping for a new red sweater vest? Planning his Thanksgiving holiday?

I’ll imagine Major League Baseball’s annual General Managers meetings, in Orlando, are a rather dull affair. Can you bear the thought of eating a big lunch and being subjected to a mid-afternoon speech by Bud Selig?

But, I’m very curious about Andy MacPhail’s day and exactly how it unfolded.

Maybe, he was distracted. Maybe, he was agonizing over his stay in Central Florida, especially as one of his favorite musical artists was rolling into Baltimore and priming for a big Tuesday night concert, at 1st Mariner Arena …..

July 30, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - CARRIE UNDERWOOD on NBC's ''Today'' Show Toyota Concert Series at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on 07-30-2010. I14930KBA. © Red Carpet Pictures

Seriously, Andy, please just tell us your phone never rang.

Can you confirm a call from the Florida Marlins never arrived?

Tell us Larry Beinfest didn’t at least shoot a quick email or text message to gauge your interest in Dan Uggla.

Heck, we’ll even accept something crazily convenient, like the “I didn’t know he was available” excuse …..

Tell us ANYTHING, except “we weren’t interested.”

To be honest, when yesterday’s news of Uggla’s trade to the Atlanta Braves became public, my first reaction was anything, but surprising. We heard he was being shopped and rumors circulated around the Toronto Blue Jays as a possible destination for the power-hitting infielder.

I even discussed those rumors with Blue Jays’ radio voice, Alan Ashby, during yesterday’s AFTERNOON DRIVE.

Ashby speculated on Toronto’s interest and he indicated the team would likely move Uggla to 3rd base, if acquired. They already have a 2nd baseman in Aaron Hill, but they need to fill a vacancy at the hot corner.

When Uggla was ultimately dealt to Atlanta, yesterday, I reasoned Toronto’s offer wasn’t good enough.

I understand the business of baseball. And, like I said, I really didn’t have much of a reaction to news of the trade.

However, when I learned what the Braves gave up in acquiring Uggla, I did wonder what the Blue Jays offered for him.

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Bachman Overdrive: Baltimore Street fossil full of memories

Posted on 11 March 2010 by raybachman

Back in 1962, the Baltimore Civic Center opened for business. Today, that same building is called the 1st Mariner Arena. Arenas around the country have come and gone, but here in Baltimore, the fossil on Baltimore Street still stands.

A few weeks ago on the Rex & Ray Show, Rex Snider and I got on the topic of a new downtown arena. Through the years, the people of Baltimore talked about the need for a new arena. I will not disagree with that. However, I would like to mention a few selfish reasons why Baltimore doesn’t necessarily need an expensive state-of-the-art building.

For old time’s sake, I will even refer to it as the Civic Center. Sorry, it is kind of hard to call something by a different name after calling it something else for 20+ years.

The Concerts: The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, George Strait, Jay-Z, U2 and Miley Cyrus have all made the Civic Center a tour stop over the past few years. These acts are currently selling out arenas and stadiums all over the world. I understand that some of these acts added Baltimore onto the last leg of their tours, but they still stopped in Charm City.

By the way, Billboard magazine recently named the Civic Center (I mean, the 1st Mariner Arena), the top arena of its size in the United States.

The History: With all of the new arenas around the country, Baltimore is one of the only old buildings left standing. That can be a positive for sentimental reasons. The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Elvis Presley played on that eyesore that we refer to as the permanent stage.

Springsteen was able to play a building that he played 35 years ago. Van Halen with David Lee Roth reunited on a stage that they last played on 25 years before. Motley Crue stood on the stage where they recorded “Jailhouse Rock Live” 22 years earlier.

Events of all types have taken place in those ancient walls, from a stirring 1966 speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to basketball’s 1969 NBA All-Star Game, and even pro wrestling – including a NWA title change in 1990, when Sting beat “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

I am a fan of pop culture and history, and the history made in the that building is pretty cool.

Easy Access: It only takes me five minutes to get there. It is centrally located in the heart of downtown. The light rail drops you off at the front door. I-95 puts you right there. There are plenty of parking lots surrounding the building. Plus, the Inner Harbor, Little Italy, Fells Point, Canton and Federal Hill are all a short walk or cab ride away. Dinner, nightclubs and things to do are right there for me before and after an event.

The Memories: I remember shaking Andre the Giant’s hand, going to the Jim Crockett Memorial Cup, seeing the Harlem Globetrotters, taking in a Skipjacks game on a Saturday night, watching Dominique Wilkins windmill dunk on a fast break against the Bullets, seeing my first concert, getting a chance to see Stan “The Man” Stamenkovic run circles around everyone for the Blast and taking my daughter to her first circus. I could go on and on.

Again, Baltimore could definitely use a new arena, but I don’t recall a single time when I sat in that building watching an event and saying to myself, “Man, this building sucks.” Regardless whether you think the same way I do or not, the Civic Center/1st Mariner Arena is uniquely Baltimore.

What is your opinion on a downtown arena? Keep the old building, or build a new one? Tell me what you think below in the comments section & listen to the “Rex & Ray Show” weekday afternoons from 2-6 pm.

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If's And But's .... And Some Classic Baltimore History

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If’s And But’s …. And Some Classic Baltimore History

Posted on 23 July 2009 by Rex Snider

“If” Derrick Mason would’ve informed the Ravens of his feelings and potential desire to step away from the game when the inner thoughts originally surfaced six months ago, would the Ravens have pursued a certain BIG NAME talent, again?

We are led to believe the Baltimore Orioles are getting better under the leadership of Andy MacPhail – who assumed control nearly two years ago. Adam Eaton – check, Rich Hill – check, Mark Hendrickson – check, Pedro – ummm. “But,” more importantly, the Orioles record on July 23rd over the past 6 years is …..

2004/ 43-51
2005/ 50-45
2006/ 44-55
2007/ 44-54
2008/ 48-51
2009/ 41-53

“If” given a choice, would you spend next Tuesday at McDaniel College, watching the Ravens rookies OR would you prefer an evening witnessing the big league debut of Chris Tillman, at Camden Yards?


I’ll be on vacation next week, which means I’ll be missing young Mr. Tillman, the Ravens first few days of camp and the WWE Smackdown Event at 1st Mariner Arena, on Tuesday. “But,” this really means I’ll be missing the special cage match between Lil Wayne, umm I mean, Lil Glenn Clark and the Fabulous Moolah.

“If” I have the choice between going to a soccer game on a gorgeous Friday night, in July, OR getting my fingernails clipped, you’ll find me with clippers in hand. Indeed, I’m gonna find out if these “nail clipping sessions” experienced by the Non-NASCAR fans are really something special.

I’m with Ray Bachmann, Jim Rome, Thyrl Nelson and many others – I’m happy the soccer fans, in the Mid-Atlantic area are being treated to Friday’s exhibition at M&T Bank Stadium. “But,” I still can’t get excited about a game dominated by players from foreign cultures and with a very low scoring ratio. Alas, I’m not the only one !!!!

“If” the economy is so BAD, why is the American Idols Tour stop @ 1st Mariner Arena, on August 5th nearly sold out? No, I have never attended such a show, but it might just inspire me to attend a soccer exhibition.

Ravens fans are probably feeling pretty excited about home games against the Chiefs, Broncos and Colts. “But,” scalpers are undoubtedly disappointed the team is on the road against some pretty big names.

“If” the new Dover Downs Sports Betting Parlor lays odds on Dave Trembley returning as the Orioles manager, in 2010, I’m likely to equate the possibility to the chances of me being mistaken for Brad Pitt, anytime soon.

And, finally, today might just be an ordinary July 23rd to the rest of the world. “But,” on July 23, 1851, the first wholesale version of ice cream was manufactured and sold, in Baltimore, Maryland !!!!!

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