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Richard Dent to help present Lombardi Trophy to SB winner

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Pro Football Hall of Famer to Participate
In Vince Lombardi Trophy Presentation

 

The NFL will salute former Chicago Bears legend and Super Bowl XX MVP RICHARD DENT during Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3, 2013, it was announced today.

 

Dent, who played the majority of his 14-year career with the Bears at defensive end, will participate in the Vince Lombardi Trophy ceremony at the conclusion of Super Bowl XLVII. Dent will carry the trophy to the stage and deliver it to Commissioner ROGER GOODELL who will present it to the Super Bowl champion. The ceremony will be televised live by CBS at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

 

Dent, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011, joins ROGER STAUBACH, LEN DAWSON, RAYMOND BERRY, JOE NAMATH, DOUG WILLIAMS, DON SHULA and BART STARR as legends saluted in previous Lombardi Trophy ceremonies. The ceremony was expanded in 2006 to include a great from a prior Super Bowl and features the “Lombardi Theme,” special music scored by NFL Films.

 

An eighth-round draft choice out of Tennessee State in 1983, Dent was one of the most feared pass rushers in NFL history and collected 137.5 sacks, including eight seasons in which he recorded a double-digit sack count.  One of Dent’s signature performances came Jan. 26, 1986 in Super Bowl XX at the Superdome where he accounted for three tackles, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in the Bears’ 46-10 win over the New England Patriots. He was also a member of the San Francisco 49ers’ Super Bowl XXIX championship team, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Following Dent’s retirement in 1997, he started his own consulting firm RLD Resources, helping clients optimize their electricity purchasing decisions. He also founded the Make a Dent Foundation, a Chicago-based not-for-profit that facilitates the advancement of inventive ways to help people help themselves and those around them lead productive and satisfying lives.

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Part 2 of 5: How does WNST measure up to other Baltimore media?

Posted on 28 January 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

This blog was originally published two years ago. We’ll be revisiting this with a three-part series and updating these thoughts with a new WNST “State of Baltimore Sports Media” survey next week while we broadcast live from Indianapolis all week. This is Part 2 of 5: The State of Baltimore Sports Media (circa 2010).

A friend of mine in San Franciscio has an awesome bar called Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant on Geary Street in the Richmond District. It’s one of my favorite places on earth. Full of chips, salsa, guacamole and stiff margaritas, the night before the AFC Championship Game in 2001 we hung out there with more Ravens fans than the place can hold. I was there three weeks ago and have shot several video segments for wnsTV from Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant over the years.

Over the Bay Area’s largest tequila bar, my pal Julio Bermejo (the U.S. Ambassador & world expert on 100% agave tequila) has a bunch of fun signs with slogans and axioms.

Here’s my favorite:

“Tommy’s encourages you to visit our competitors!”

I just love that. Because it’s exactly how we feel at WNST.net. Go ahead and scan the dial, surf the web, Facebook and Twitter away with our competitors – you’ll come back to us.

It’s our solemn goal and daily mission to make it mandatory that you come back to WNST.net every day for your Baltimore sports news, information and conversation because we think our content and observations are the best in the market.

The sign at Tommy’s is a symbol of excellence and the ultimate statement of self-confidence in one’s own product/expertise/value. It ain’t bragging if you can back it up, right?

It says we’re so good, you’ll remember us — and you’ll be back because we have the best information, the most accurate information and the most informed opinion, analysis and insights in the marketplace.

Oh, and unlike the others who are being paid “hush money” to cough and look the other way by the teams that they’re ostensibly asked to assess, evaluate and analyze with “integrity,” you always know you’re always going to get the truth from us.

For the first time in the history of WNST as a company dating back to 1998, we’re finally getting a fair shake on the measurement of our product on the web to know just how many people really are “coming back” each day.

I’ve been doing sports radio for 18 years. I have never read an Arbitron report that says we have more than 500 listeners. Most times, it lists us as the 52nd radio station in the market and sometimes we’ve fallen to ZERO listeners in their antiquated and useless monthly surveys. One local advertising agent has spent the past two decades calling us a “little station with a ‘cult’ following.” (After 18 years, nothing could be more insulting or further from the truth.)

And if you check the latest Arbitron numbers – we lovingly call them the “arbitraries” – you’ll see that once again NONE of you seem to listen to WNST.

Yep, we’re back at “zero point zero” – kind of like Bluto in “Animal House.”

But to the amazement of everyone in the Baltimore media world, suddenly, we’re so far ahead of the pack in every WEB measurement that it defies all of the “millions of dollars of research” that Arbitron has invested in proving that places like WNST-AM 1570 and brands like WNST.net aren’t effective.

But somehow, we have well over 40,000 people in our sphere here in Baltimore (at least that’s how many we’ve been able to account for so far) and displaced local sports fans across the country who’ve been kind and trusting enough to give us their email, mobile number, Facebook or Twitter access. We’ve got over 10,000 on our registration to the website and more 12,000 in our Facebook sphere alone! And there are certainly thousands of other folks who just “lurk” in our sphere, reading but never commenting, registering or playing any of our games for cash and prizes. Just like the thousands of you who have been listening to WNST-AM 1570 for years and have never received a dairy to fill out.

Every day thousands of you are coming regularly to WNST.net – via our website, Twitter, Facebook or a myriad of other connections — for any of the variety of media and information we offer.

Against the marketplace over the past dozen years, WNST has been cheated out of millions of dollars of market revenue but the game is “fixed” — at least as far as radio is concerned. Arbitron’s reporting is so fundamentally flawed and skewed that it’d be laughable if it didn’t cause me to fire people and lose money on a measurement system that is so antiquated I find it hard to believe that anyone could take it seriously.

For the first 17 years of my radio existence and as recently as last spring, Arbitron was sending out a paper diary in an envelope with a stamp via snail mail and the USPS to various (and random) home mailboxes with a $1 bill (and later $2) inside asking you

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Ravens Playoff Tickets Available Tuesday Morning

Posted on 02 January 2012 by WNST Staff

RAVENS DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF TICKET SALES

A few thousand tickets for the Baltimore Ravens’ Divisional Playoff game will be available for public sale beginning this Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 10 a.m.

The tickets can be purchased via BaltimoreRavens.com, TicketMaster.com, by TicketMaster phone charge or at any TicketMaster Outlet.

The game will be played on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 1 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium.

Websites:

www.baltimoreravens.com

www.ticketmaster.com

TicketMaster Phone Charge numbers:

410-547-SEAT (7328)

1-800-551-SEAT (7328)

A list of outlet locations can be found at www.ticketmaster.com

Note: There will be no ticket sales at the M&T Bank Stadium box office.

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Baltimore Ravens Announce Breast Cancer Awareness Month Initiatives

Posted on 28 September 2011 by WNST Staff

The Baltimore Ravens will promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month through a variety of initiatives, beginning this Sunday (10/2) at the Ravens vs. Jets nationally-televised primetime game.

GRAMMY Award winner and country music superstar Martina McBride will sing the National Anthem at Sunday’s game. McBride’s new single, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” offers hope and inspiration to those who have been affected by breast cancer.  McBride will be joined by close to 50 women, a combination of breast cancer survivors and those currently undergoing treatment, during the pre-game tribute.

Ravens staff, family members and volunteers from the American Cancer Society will distribute 40,000 pink ribbons to fans as they enter stadium gates on Sunday evening. In collaboration with the American Cancer Society, the initiative, called A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives, reminds women 40 and older about the importance of having an annual mammogram. In addition, close to 20,000 fans in the stadium bowl will take part in a card stunt, showcasing the team and NFL’s support of breast cancer awareness and prevention, just before the singing of the National Anthem.

The Ravens will incorporate many pink elements into Sunday night’s game. Ravens players and coaches will wear pink-themed items throughout the game, including cleats, gloves, wristbands, jerseys, Gatorade towels and more. Ravens cheerleaders will sport pink pom-poms, and members of Baltimore’s Marching Ravens will wear pink plumes. Official mascot Poe will also don an enlarged pink ribbon in tribute. In addition, the cover of the Ravens Gameday magazine will feature a pink hue.

Game-worn pink merchandise will be auctioned at www.nfl.com/auction, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. In 2010, the NFL and its players donated more than $1 million to breast cancer awareness, prevention and research efforts as a result of the A Crucial Catch campaign, with the majority of the donation coming from the sale of pink NFL Auction items.

The Ravens will light several elements of RavensWalk and Gate A in pink, including the 98 Rock stage on Johnny Unitas Plaza and the Johnny Unitas statue.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the City of Baltimore will also light the town pink during the month of October, in honor of those who have been affected by breast cancer and Healthy City Days. Baltimore’s well-known buildings, including City Hall, the Washington Monument and World Trade Center, will all be lit pink throughout the month.

The Ravens have further collaborated with the American Cancer Society in its efforts to create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays through support of the nonprofit’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event on Sunday, Oct. 16. Fans can visit www.stridesbaltimore.org to join Team Purple. All participants of Team Purple will receive a commemorative t-shirt as a thank you gift. Over the past two years, Team Purple has donated more than $30,000 to the cause, with close to 200 participants each year.

For more information on Ravens’ initiatives in our community or Breast Cancer Awareness month activities, please visit www.BaltimoreRavens.com/community.

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Ravens Single Game Tickets On Sale Next Friday

Posted on 28 July 2011 by WNST Staff

For Immediate Release

RAVENS ANNOUNCE SINGLE-GAME TICKET SALES

Single-game tickets for the Baltimore Ravens’ 2011 home games at M&T Bank Stadium will go on sale next Friday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m.

Tickets can only be purchased online or by phone. Online, tickets will be available through www.BaltimoreRavens.com or www.ticketmaster.com. By phone, the local number to call is 410-547-SEAT.

The stadium box office will open starting on Monday, Aug. 8, and will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through the conclusion of the season. Additional hours will be offered on game days and on Saturdays prior to a Sunday home game.

Since 2001, single-game tickets for regular season games have sold out within the first 15 minutes of the start of sale. Preseason games have sold out within a few days from the beginning of the sale.

M&T Bank Stadium, the home of the Ravens, has a capacity of 71,008. After earning a third-consecutive playoff berth last season with a 12-4 record, the team has again seen a strong renewal rate from season ticket holders.

“Once again, over 99 percent of our permanent seat license owners are back and ready for football,” Ravens vice president of ticket sales and operations Baker Koppelman said. “It’s been an amazing and enthusiastic response from our invested fans.”

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Blog & Tackle: Revisiting 2008 draft intrigue: Ryan or Flacco

Posted on 10 November 2010 by Chris Pika

With the focus this week on the quarterbacks in the Thursday night game – the Ravens’ Joe Flacco and the Falcons’ Matt Ryan, I was reminded of a piece I wrote after the 2008 NFL Draft evaluating SI.com’s Peter King’s reporting of draft-day intrigue involving the Ravens, Falcons and Rams.

Tuesday, King re-visited the 2008 NFL Draft weekend in his SI.com MMQB Mail blog on Tuesday, and he repeated his reporting from that time that the Ravens had offered St. Louis their first-, second- and fourth-round picks in 2008 plus a third-round pick in 2009 for the No. 2 slot in 2008, which King presumes the Ravens would have selected Ryan in that spot.

BaltimoreRavens.com writer Sarah Ellison made mention of King’s article Wednesday in her “Late For Work” blog on the club’s website, and it is worth mentioning that Kevin Byrne, the club’s VP of Public & Community Relations shot down that particular piece of reporting in his draft day blog of April 27, 2008. Byrne’s key observations in the “The Byrne Identity”:

I started thinking: Am I out of the loop on my team? I just left my guys and there was no indication this was happening. The reality: St. Louis was leaking info that the Ravens wanted the 2nd pick to select Matt Ryan. Why? They wanted the Falcons to react and give them a draft choice to move one space to make sure they got Ryan. Ah, the games continue.

I mention this here because the Flacco-Ryan debate and the choice both the Falcons and the Ravens faced was very hot in the days before and after the 2008 NFL Draft. It is my contention now that either quarterback would have achieved the same results in the other’s huddle.

Flacco was expected to be the “quarterback of the future” in Baltimore and back up either Troy Smith or Kyle Boller in 2008. With Smith’s viral infection and Boller’s shoulder injury, Flacco became the man earlier than expected and seized the job. Flacco inherited a playoff-ready club with a veteran defense in 2008, and did not have to carry the team with his arm.

Not so in Atlanta. The Falcons decision on who to take had far-reaching implications for a franchise in turmoil in the wake of the dual Michael Vick (indicted) and Bobby Petrino (abandoned team for Arkansas head coach job) sagas, as King reported in Sports Illustrated the week after the draft. Ryan had to beat out just Chris Redman for the starting job, and it was no secret that he was the better man very early in training camp.

Both Flacco and Ryan are solid quarterbacks and solid citizens. And because of the comparisons of both coming out of college, both are tied at the hip when anyone discusses the quarterbacks of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Since King re-visited the Ravens “offer” to St. Louis, you get a chance to re-visit my estimation on what actually happened that weekend. The key portions from my “Blog & Tackle” April 28, 2008 WNST.net blog “Interesting Moves And Disinformation”:

Now for the intrigue. (Kevin) Byrne said he had been in the Ravens’ draft room and that there was no indication of a deal working between Baltimore and St. Louis. His verdict was that St. Louis leaked the “trade” info to get the Falcons to move one space from No. 3 to No. 2 to secure Ryan and for St. Louis to gather picks.

Two things of interest here: Rams’ VP of personnel Billy Devaney was the former assistant GM of the Falcons until February of this year and (Peter) King worked from the Falcons’ media area in Flowery Branch and had access to the Falcons’ decision makers (who may have leaked or confirmed the “trade” details given by the Rams). Devaney, knowing his former bosses and some of the Falcons’ early draft plans, probably knew how to push some buttons in Atlanta.

The way it goes down is much like a poker game. The Rams call the Falcons and say in a nutshell, “Baltimore really wants Matt Ryan and has offered trade terms X. We are interested because Chris Long is our guy, we don’t need a QB and we could use the extra picks. What do you want to do? ” If you believe Byrne’s version, and I do, then the whole thing is a bluff by Devaney to get the Falcons to panic and jump one spot. In the end, Atlanta stood firm and the top three went off the board in the order most expected.

But regardless whether there was an offer or not, depending on who you believe, King’s final statement on the matter in his MMQB Mail piece Tuesday rings true for all involved:

So believe me, Atlanta’s happy Baltimore didn’t make the deal, and Baltimore’s happy the Rams didn’t take the deal. Baltimore has Flacco and Rice. Atlanta has Ryan. Both teams are living happily ever after.

Thursday night, both Flacco and Ryan lead their respective teams in what could be the best game of the NFL’s Week 10 schedule. But just for a moment, imagine Ryan in a Ravens jersey and Flacco in a Falcons one — would the paths the two franchises have taken since the 2008 NFL Draft been any different?

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Ravens tidbits

Posted on 16 May 2008 by caseywillett

Here are a couple of Ravens interviews from on the team website and other websites:
 
Terrell Suggs talked to NFLPA about his passions outside of football. Terrell is a big movie buff and has plans to start his own movie production company. During the season he will review movies for the team’s website.
 
Todd Heap recently sat down with Rich Eisen from NFL Network and discussed everything from his injuries last year to Brian Billick and John Harbaugh.
 
Mike Duffy who writes for BaltimoreRavens.com does his best job of shooting a Cloverfield/Blair Witch Project video recently at the Fiest 5k. (WARNING: Not for those with a weak stomach)
 
James Walker from ESPN.com was at Ravens mandatory camp and has an article on Ray Lewis.
 
Also if you want to check out the Ravens cheerleaders while they are doing a swimsuit calendar shoot, BaltimoreRavens.com has a ton of videos, articles, and blogs.
 
 Wonder when we are going to do a WNST swimsuit calendar?
 
Here is an interesting article about Keon Lattimore and Ray Lewis from the Star-Telegram.

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