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The latest #WNSTSweet16 is a laughing matter

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The latest #WNSTSweet16 is a laughing matter

Posted on 25 March 2014 by Luke Jones

Championship trophies tarnish and the details from box scores fade from memory over the years, but the way our sports figures made us feel is never forgotten as this week’s #WNSTSweet16 examines some of the biggest sports personalities to grace the Charm City with their presence.

This week’s list is not only open to local athletes but managers, coaches, broadcasters, and even super fans who gained notoriety from their unique personalities. Many were known as goofballs because of their naturally-comedic traits while a few may have qualified through actions that merely came across as humorous in the eyes of others.

There are no statistics for humor on which to rate these individuals, but there’s no shortage of goofballs who still resonate with the local community years after their time in the public eye — and even on this earth, in some cases — has come to an end.

With April Fools’ Day only a week away, we honor the #WNSTSweet16 local sports goofballs who were as memorable for their personalities as anything else they accomplished:

Continue to next page for No. 16

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 isn’t a goof, just a celebration of them

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 isn’t a goof, just a celebration of them

Posted on 23 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Maybe you’ve heard, but we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. And since we’ve been leading the way in sports media, we figured we should follow suit by leading the way in celebrations. With that in mind, we’re celebrating all year long. That’s right. ALL YEAR LONG.

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 eleven lists into the year, here’s a look back on them if you’ve missed any.

Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
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

Luke Jones begins a “residency” of sorts in terms of Sweet 16 honors, as he’ll have both this week’s list and next week’s compilation as well. This one sets up to be one of the more fun lists we’ll tackle all year.

We’re not far from the start of April (frightening, yes) and with the first of the month comes not only an upcoming schedule shift here at WNST but of course also April Fool’s Day.

We thought about making a list of local sports fools, but the connotation is certainly much more negative and doesn’t reflect the positive nature of the list we had hoped to create. Our list is meant to celebrate those who are silly-not necessarily foolish.

The topic this week is Sweet 16 “Local Sports Goofballs and Personalities”.

We’ve certainly been blessed to have quite a few of these types over the years in Charm City. Once again, I fear this is a race for #2-as I cannot fathom there being anyone on top of the list other than the incomparable Artie Donovan. But this is not “my” list, it belongs to the WNST community and will simply be posted by Luke.

Luke has expanded the criteria for this week’s list to include not only athletes but also coaches, front office personnel and even sports media types. Based on that criteria, I would imagine former Orioles skipper Earl Weaver and Charley Eckman (how would you even begin to describe Charley Eckman?) would also have to end up somewhere near the top of the list.

But who else needs to make the cut? Does Billy “F*ck Face” Ripken get a spot over Sopranos star and part time Ravens Super Bowl champion Tony Siragusa? Is there room on the list for former Loyola coach and Maryland assistant Jimmy Patsos-who was once so crazy he coached a game while sitting in the crowd? And let’s not forget that perhaps the greatest goofball in baseball history-Roger McDowell-pitched for the 1996 O’s team that would get back to the postseason for the first time since 1983.

There are probably hundreds of solid candidates to make Luke’s list, but he can only pick 16 from this incredibly broad field.

Luke wants your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email him via luke@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, Luke will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Drew Forrester on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday with me on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Toyota Scion”.

Much like last week, stats won’t help Luke much in putting together this week’s list. Help remind him of some of the biggest “characters” in local sports history or weigh in on how those all of us remember should end up being ranked. Let your voice be heard!

-G

 

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 06 August 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLS-DC United @ Philadelphia Union (Saturday 8pm from Chester, PA live on NBC Sports Network); MLL: Charlotte Hounds @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 7pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on ESPN3.com); WNBA: Connecticut Sun @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on NBA TV/Monumental Network)

10. Justin Timberlake/Jay-Z (Thursday 7pm M&T Bank Stadium); Peter Frampton/B.B. King/Sonny Landreth (Thursday 7pm Pier Six Pavilion), Dark Star Orchestra/The Bridge (Saturday 6pm Pier Six Pavilion), Slightly Stoopid/Atmosphere (Sunday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Keith Urban (Thursday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), The Killers (Saturday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); American Idol Live (Friday 7:30pm Patriot Center); Matchbox Twenty/Goo Goo Dolls (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Under The Sun feat. Gin Blossoms/Sugar Ray/Smash Mouth/Vertical Horizon/Fastball (Tuesday 7pm Wolf Trap), Don McLean (Friday 8pm Wolf Trap); Matt and Kim (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); Jason Isbell (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Todd Rundgren (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Angie Stone (Friday 8pm & 10:30pm Howard Theatre); Jimmy Eat World (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Star & Micey (Saturday 9:30pm Hill Country Barbecue); The Civil Wars “The Civil Wars” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I just found out I’m free Thursday night. So you know, if you have an extra ticket.

I should be ashamed of how much I enjoy Keith Urban. But since we already established I’m free Thursday night, I will also accept tickets to this.

I saw The Killers at Merriweather after Hot Fuss came out. They had three songs that had been on the radio at that point. The place was a mob scene and was whipped into a frenzy when they proclaimed they had soul.

There’s a new Civil Wars record out today. Act accordingly.

9. Havre de Grace Seafood Festival (Friday-Sunday Downtown Havre de Grace); Howard County Fair (Tuesday-Saturday Howard County Fairgrounds); The Gathering: Food Truck Rally (Friday 5pm Baltimore Museum of Industry); We’re The Millers (Wednesday) and “Elysium (Friday) out in theaters; Oblivion“, “Mud” and “Community Season 4” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I’m sure their seafood festival is nice and all, but it’s not as good as The Clark Family’s annual seafood festival. No chance.

And reminder…the movie where Jennifer Anniston looks like this comes out this week.

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Funeral arrangements announced for Art Donovan

Posted on 05 August 2013 by WNST Staff

The funeral for Hall of Fame former Baltimore Colts DL Art Donovan will take place Friday at 11am at The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. The cathedral is located at 5200 N. Charles St.

According to reports from ABC2 and others, there will be no viewing for Donovan and the internment will be private.

Also according to ABC2, In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Believe in Tomorrow (6601 Frederick Road Baltimore Md. 21228) or to Doctors without Borders (PO Box 5022 Hagerstown, Md. 21741).

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Reactions pour in to the passing of Baltimore icon Art Donovan

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Reactions pour in to the passing of Baltimore icon Art Donovan

Posted on 04 August 2013 by WNST Staff

A number of luminaries have offered their reaction to the death of former Baltimore Colts DL Art Donovan, via AM1570 WNST.net, Twitter or press releases. Here are a few of the reactions:

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti:
“We lost a friend, one of the finest men and one of the greatest characters we were fortunate to meet in this community and in this business. Baltimore is now without one of its best and someone who was a foundation for the tremendous popularity of football in our area. The world is not as bright tonight because we lost someone who could make us all smile.”

Former Baltimore Colts teammate and Hall of Fame wide receiver Raymond Berry:
“He’s one of the greatest people that I’ve ever been around. What he brought to a crowd was a very positive, uplifting experience. If he didn’t have a story, he’d make up one in a few seconds. It wasn’t any problem.”

“He is one of the most influential people in that what he brought to a group, what he brought to an individual, what he brought to a crowd was just a very positive and uplifting experience. When you were in his presence for any amount of time you benefited from the experience.”

Former Baltimore Colts teammate and tight end Jim Mutscheller:
“We lost a great guy. He was one of those people that always made you feel good and kept you smiling. He loved to play the game. He was strong, he was quick. He was a good football player that kept you in the game.”

“He would say things to keep you on your toes and keep you from getting a big head or thinking you were better than you really were. He kept people in the ballgame as far as their heads were concerned. He was a true football player.”

Former Baltimore Ravens DT Tony Siragusa:

Ravens RB Ray Rice (via Facebook):
“RIP Art Donovan – truly a great player and a great man…a legend and someone to really look up to. Sometimes it seems like they just don’t make ‘em like that anymore.”

Former WJZ sportscaster John Buren:
“Has there ever been a better fit for a television product and a town? He was wonderful. He was an absolute gift and I felt like I was undeserving of the gift, but by God I appreciated it. He had a great comedian sense of timing.

“Art Donovan knew who he was. He knew he was a star, but he never lost his interest in real people. He was just interested in talking to people. Artie didn’t big-foot anybody.”

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay:
“On a weekend when the NFL welcomed more players into the Hall of Fame, we lost one of its most significant enshrinees, Art Donovan. Art was the first Colts player to be inducted into the Hall, and his roots date back to the very start of the franchise. Art was a battle-tested veteran who stood among the giants in helping lead the Colts to their first two world championships. While many later knew Art as a colorful ambassador to the sport because of his personality, those who played alongside and against him attest to his grit and greatness. Art is a beloved figure to many and is the only player to wear number 70 in Colts history. His number is retired among Colts greats. Art truly is an unforgettable figure in our sport, and we extend our sympathies to his family.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame Vice President Joe Horrigan (Per NFL.com):
“One of the great, great players. Not only a great player, but a great person. Everybody loved him. Great sense of humor. Great human. Art was also in the Marine Hall of Fame. He fought for his country in World War II — distinguished himself there.

Art came to Baltimore in kind of an odd way. He came from the Dallas Texans, which went defunct. They went belly up and they ended up in Baltimore. Baltimore was looking for a football team back then in 1952. And they got this football team, and Art became this cornerstone along with a guy named Johnny Unitas a little bit later. Took them to that famous 1958 championship game. He was the first defensive character that the fans rallied around and loved. Even in his later years, he was a guest on late night talk shows. Just had this great personality. His father was a great boxing referee. He was a character, one of the true characters in sport.”

Baltimore actor and star of “The Good Wife” Josh Charles (via Twitter):
“Art Donovan was passionate about the game he loved, but never took himself too seriously. I only wish more athletes of today followed suit.”

Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller (Per NFL.com):
“It’s a great loss to the league. He was part of those teams with (Johnny) Unitas and Lenny Moore. And our careers just about crossed each other. Just was a great player was a hard worker. Was the kind of a guy I think his teammates got to know him personally and his antics and all of the stuff before the rest of the world did. The rest of the world learned that he really was a fun guy to be around, but he was a great tackle, a great player.”

Former Baltimore Colts RB Tom Matte:

“Artie was such an integral part of football in this town…he was an icon in his day and a character all by himself.  He was the personality of the team..he kept us loose…he was a character. He’s great spontaneously coming up with stuff.   The fans loved him because they identified with him…it made it really special how we blent into the city.”

Former Baltimore Colts DB Bruce Laird:

“We lost Art Donovan last night. The world lost a member of the Colts 1958 and 1959 NFL Championships, an NFL Hall of Fame player, a successful businessman, a character, a favorite of David Letterman’s, and an advocate for retired players.”

“I soon came to know Arthur J. Donovan and throughout our friendship of 41 years, he surprised me not only with his sharp wit, but also with his kindness, his generosity, his spirit, his commitment, and his enjoyment of life. Art became a mentor to me and to other Colts, entertaining us with his stories, guiding us with his wisdom and holding us accountable. He treated with respect each person he encountered, whether it was a young fan seeking his autograph, a patron at his liquor store or country club, a teammate or friend, or a secretary in the Colts’ front office.”

Maryland Football Coach Randy Edsall:

“He was a guy full of character. All about hard work, blue-collar.  But also, not taking yourself too seriously.  He loved being around people and wanted to let people know how good Baltimore was…he epitomized what Baltimore was all about. Not only with how he played the game, but how he interacted with people.  How he made people feel.  He could make you laugh.  I remember watching him when I was a youngster.  The enthusiasm he had for playing the game; that, to me, was special.  He stayed here and was involved in the community.  He gave back and made a difference in a lot of people’s lives.  He made you want to root for the Colts because of who he was.”

Colts WR Jimmy Orr, who played with Donovan in the 1961 season:

“He always had a funny story. When you ran into him, you just had to start laughing.  He was always joking around…he was always having fun. He was already big-time and well-known in Baltimore when I got there because he knew everyone.”

Hall of Fame coach and former Colts DB Don Shula:

When I first met him, I only knew him as a teammate. It took awhile to get to know him outside the team…everyone wanted [Art] to tell stories. You could always get him to do that. As a teammate and football player, he was great. As a teammate, everyone wanted to be around [Art].” His personality was always happiness. There was always a smile, a chuckle, and a laugh”


David Letterman, host of “Late Night with David Letterman”

“We always looked forward to Art coming on the show because he would not only tell a great story, he just made you happy he was there. He was always humble and self-effacing, a guy from a different era of professional football who could make anyone laugh. We will miss him.”

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Here are some smiles as I remember Art Donovan the entertainer

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Here are some smiles as I remember Art Donovan the entertainer

Posted on 04 August 2013 by Glenn Clark

There will be no “Your Monday Reality Check” column this week. Instead, I wanted to offer you some sights and sounds to help remember the life of the incomparable Art Donovan.

As a 30 year old, I don’t have the pleasure of having Art Donovan football memories. My memories of the man who called himself “Fatso” are more of him as an entertainer. I lose many hours of sleep a night watching clips of Donovan making legendary appearances on late night talk shows with the likes of David Letterman and Johnny Carson. These next few are absolutely “must-watch”.

I also discovered a clip of Artie trying his hand as a WWF announcer (with little success) a few years back and have lost a number of hours watching this one as well.

Nestor Aparicio has shared a number of Art Donovan pictures on his personal and the WNST.net Facebook pages. Of all of them, this one (with former WJZ sports anchor John Buren) is probably my favorite.

Nestor also shared this video from the tribute to Art Donovan at Martin’s West back in 2008.

I found this picture from the Kinnear family’s website. It’s something Art Donovan was known to do, sign empty cans of Shlitz for fans.

Artie had a great commercial a few years back to help you with your “cock-a-roaches”, one that Buren and WJZ’s Denise Koch couldn’t stop giggling over.

You may also remember the show “Braase, Donovan and Friends” he hosted with former teammate Ordell Braase. He was pure gold.

Here’s a bizarre story Artie told NFL.com. I don’t know how else to set it up.

I also found my last interview with Art Donovan. It was in November 2011 and he was talking about an upcoming event. He was 87 and he was still incredibly entertaining.

My friend (and former WNST.net contributor/Ravens PR staffer) Sam Angell suggested what the Baltimore Ravens could do in 2013 to honor Artie Donovan.

As I find more I’ll share it here to help remember a great man and a Baltimore institution.

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