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MobTown Sports Beat Thursday Agenda

Posted on 29 December 2011 by Thyrl Nelson

Here’s what’s on the agenda for Thursday’s edition of the MobTown Sports Beat. Check us out streaming here from 10am-2pm and chime in by phone (410-481-1570), by email (thyrl@wnst.net) or on Twitter ( @Thyrl or @WNST )  


Great Guests

Terps Color Analyst Chris Knoche will join me at 10:30 to talk about the arrival of Alex Len, the Terps win over Albany on Wednesday and what we might expect of them from here.


Luke Jones will join me at 12:30 to update this week in playoff preparation with a Ravens report.


Nick Minnix from KFFL.com will join me at 1:00 to put a wrap on another fantasy football season and maybe to look ahead at fantasy baseball season too.


…and you never know who else might drop in.



The Big Three Questions


It’s the Miami Heat of radio segments as not only will it be tough to expect it to live up to the hype but also because you’ll never get a 4th out of me (I might be running out of time to tell that joke).



Question #1: Is Baltimore a Wizards town…or an NBA town at all?


Question #2: Can Turgeon’s Terps make the tourney…or finish in the top half of the ACC?


Question #3: Is it fair to name Alabama the National Champion if they narrowly beat LSU? Does anyone care?



Nickel and a Nail


Five timely topics of conversation for the day and a jab for someone who deserves it.


Ravens Playoff Push Begins


Week 17 and home field and a bye in the playoffs are on the line against an up and coming Cincinnati team that may be knocking on the playoff door a year ahead of schedule. Of course we’re talking Ravens football today.



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Loyola Hoops Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

Posted on 16 September 2011 by WNST Staff

Men’s Basketball Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball will open its 2011-2012 season at Wake Forest and then play at 2011 Final Four participant Kentucky later in the season, Head Coach Jimmy Patsos announced today.

The Greyhounds will take on the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Demon Deacons in Lawrence Joel Coliseum on Friday, November 11, in their first game of the season. The schedule is subject to change, and game time and Loyola television information will be released on LoyolaGreyhounds.com in the next several days.

Just before Christmas, Loyola will play college basketball’s all-time wins leader, Kentucky, in Rupp Arena, on Thursday, December 22. The games against Wake Forest and Kentucky are two of the 10 non-conference games the Greyhounds will play before delving into the heart of their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference slate.

“We have put together a very competitive schedule,” Patsos said. “This is a tough schedule with games that will test us early in our non-conference schedule. We know that playing teams in marquee conferences helps us in recruiting, and it also prepares us for the league.”

Loyola’s first intercollegiate contest will be Thursday, November 3, when it hosts Indiana (Pa.) in an exhibition game at Reitz Arena. Following the Wake Forest tilt, Loyola returns home for its regular-season home opener on Monday, November 14, against Coppin State.

A two-game road trip awaits the Greyhounds from that point. They travel across Baltimore to face UMBC on Thursday, November 17. Loyola will then take a pre-Thanksgiving trip to New England where it will face New Hampshire on Sunday, November 20.

Florida Gulf Coast comes to Reitz Arena on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 27, for Loyola’s final game of the season’s first month.

MAAC action opens a few days later as Loyola hosts Marist on Thursday, December 1. The Greyhounds head to Central New York on Saturday, December 3, to face Siena.

A game in the Nation’s Capital against George Washington on Wednesday, December 7, brings the Greyhounds back into non-conference play. After that contest, they will play at Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday, December 10, before taking an 11-day break for final exams.

The Kentucky game will be the penultimate of 2011, as Loyola closes the year on the road at Bucknell on Wednesday, December 28.

League play dominates the next eight weeks, starting with a three-game homestand against a trio of MAAC opponents. Niagara is first up on that agenda on Monday, January 2, followed by a Thursday, January 5 game versus Manhattan. The Greyhounds close the homestand with a Saturday, January 7 match-up against Canisius.

The Greyhounds’ first roadtrip of 2012 may prove to be one of its most difficult, as they leave Baltimore to face teams that finished first and tied for second in last year’s MAAC standings. Fairfield will host Coach Patsos and his side on Friday, January 13, and Iona greets Loyola on Sunday, January 15.

Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for a pair of games, Thursday, January 19 against Siena, and Sunday, January 22 versus defending MAAC Champion Saint Peter’s, before heading back on the road for two more.

The Greyhounds will make their annual two-game swing to Western New York for games on Friday, January 27 at Niagara and Sunday, January 29 at Canisius.

Loyola returns to Reitz Arena on Friday, February 3, to host Rider before going to Jersey City to play at Saint Peter’s on Super Bowl Sunday, February 5.

The Greyhounds then welcome Iona and Fairfield on Friday, February 10, and Sunday, February 12, respectively, and head to Marist on Wednesday, February 15.

The final home game of the season will take place on either Friday or Saturday, February 17 or 18, when Loyola hosts a BracketBuster game at Reitz Arena. In the past, the Greyhounds have faced the likes of Towson,Drexel, New Hampshire, UC-Davis and Tennessee State in those contests.

Loyola closes the regular-season with three consecutive road games. It visits Marist on Wednesday, February 15, followed by a trip to Rider on Friday, February 24, and Manhattan on Friday, February 26.

The league will host the 2012 MAAC Championships in a new location this year, playing the tournament at the Basketball Hall of Fame and the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. Maac-achusetts begins on Thursday, March 1, and the conference champion will be crowned on Monday, March 5.


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Terps Williams: Should He Stay or Should He Go?

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Terps Williams: Should He Stay or Should He Go?

Posted on 03 May 2011 by Thyrl Nelson

As the lingering excitement caused by the Terps spring football game last weekend and the beginning of the Randy Edsall era now dissipates temporarily, Terps fans can look ahead to this weekend, specifically May 8th for an indication of what’s to come for the basketball program. That’s because this Sunday, is the last day that college basketball players who have declared for the NBA draft but not hired agents can withdraw their names and return to college basketball for another season. The NBA actually grants players until June 13th to make the decision, but the NCAA will only recognize the eligibility of the players who withdraw before this Sunday’s deadline.

If I had to bet, guess or gauge from the rumors that have surrounded the situation since Jordan Williams elected to throw his own name into the proverbial ring of the NBA draft, I’d say that Williams has played his last game as a Terp. By Sunday we’ll all know for sure.


I’ve been tough on Williams draft prospects while remaining high on his potential contributions at the college level going forward. At the college level he’s a gifted and strong post presence with soft hands and an uncanny ability to get position for rebounds and to finish at the rim. As a pro, he’s undersized with questionable strength. His range is limited, with few if any consistent back to the basket weapons, his potential in a heavy pick and roll offense is limited by his inability to shoot from outside or to make opportunities for himself off the dribble. Although his hands are soft, I don’t think they’re big, as Williams rarely controls the ball one handed and rarely finishes strong. The lay-up opportunities available to Williams at the college level will be few and far between in the pros, he’ll have to dunk more to be a finisher at the next level. Significant minutes in an 82-game schedule would likely thin Williams’ frame out in a hurry adding to concerns about his strength and his ability to maintain it. At the end of the day, he’ll have his work cut out for him in trying to convince NBA execs that he’s worth a spot on their roster much less in their rotation.


All of that said however, most of those things are unlikely to change anytime soon under any circumstances and especially while Williams is cast as an unnatural 5 in an under stocked Terps frontcourt. And while the timing given the impending lockout may seem less than ideal for most, that may be what makes it ideal for Williams to jump now. If all or most of the bantered about prospects elect to remain in college, as many have already decided to do, then as a result you’d have to believe that Williams best chance at getting drafted highly (or at all) would be now, while the getting is good. That would be even truer if labor peace projects to change the minds of most of those who stay next year. In simple terms this year’s draft is as weak as the draft projects to be for the next few years, while next year’s draft could already be shaping up as one of the strongest.


If Williams ultimately projects to be a Lonnie Baxter type, he’ll make some money and likely have a more storied European career than he will in the NBA anyway…and there’s nothing wrong with that. If he too is already resigned to that reality then a chance to sneak into the draft and relevance, along with the chance to begin developing as a pro and as a natural 4, in that role, as a 4 in the pros…somewhere, makes sense now for seemingly every reason. If so, then the decision will be an easy one, although none too easy on fans of the Terps.

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Towson's AD Waddell: "We appreciate the past, but we are excited about the future"

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Towson’s AD Waddell: “We appreciate the past, but we are excited about the future”

Posted on 11 March 2011 by John Collingsworth

After seven seasons as Towson University head men’s basketball coach, Pat Kennedy resigned from his position this past Monday. As his Tigers went 4-26 this season, and winless in the competitive Colonial Athletic Association, Kennedy joined Drew Forrester on the “Morning Reaction” Tuesday to discuss his departure from the program.

“That’s all part of the business,” Kennedy explained. “As I take a look at the group of players I inherited seven years ago and look at the group of players that will be left here for the new coach, it’s a positive. We left the university and the program actually in good shape in terms of the level of players that are here.”

The 2010-2011 season capped Kennedy’s 31st as a Division 1 head coach, with previous stints at Iona, Florida State, DePaul, and Montana. His 488 career victories rank in the Top 25 among active head coaches on the Division 1 level. Kennedy is also the winningest coach in CAA, along with his ten 20-plus win seasons, but could never eclipse the 15 game-mark while at Towson compiling a 71-144 record during his tenure.

Towson University’s Athletic Director, Mike Waddell, also joined Drew Forrester on the “Morning Reaction” Tuesday to talk about Kennedy’s resignation.

“You go into every interaction with a co-worker hoping it’s going to lead to great things and be a long term relationship and in this case, Pat was with us for seven years. [He] put his heart and soul in it and at the end of the day it just didn’t work out.”


With speculations looming during mid-season about a possible coaching change, Kennedy was quick to note, that never crossed his mind. “As a coach, you are concerned about how your guys are playing and what we are doing every day in practice,” he told Forrester. “Quite frankly…this is probably one of the best coached teams I have ever put on the floor… I always felt going through the entire year that we were playing very good basketball at times.”

Kennedy admitted to Forrester the one thing he would have changed as head coach at Towson. “I probably would of just brought in groups of freshman. Like three or four freshman one year, three or four the next… what we did is that we had some opportunities that we thought [would] be great [bringing in transfer student-athletes],” Kennedy said. “One thing I would recommend to the new coach is don’t try to do it too fast. Get your freshman groups in there and develop them.”

As Towson sets in his rear view mirror, Forrester asked Kennedy what his next step would be. “Coaching is definitely something I really want to do,” he explained. “The NBA down the road as an assistant with an NBA organization, maybe start on the bench or do some scouting…A lot of opportunity in the media… which has already happened. I’m going to be a national analyst for Sporting News Radio. I feel blessed to have three or four very clear avenues that I can pursue.”


Mike Waddell is excited and focused for the future of Towson basketball. His job now is to find a new head coach that will lead the program to the top of a very powerful CAA, which Waddell described as the “Big East of Mid-Majors.”

Forrester asked Waddell specifically, what kind of coach he wants at Towson. “I’m looking for someone that has great passion for being around young people, that can relate to young people and lead them,” the AD enthusiastically said. “Players want to play where they can have a good time, where they can be treated the right way in terms of respecting their opinions… we are looking for a leader.”



The head coaching position is wide open and Waddell was not afraid state that fact. “I would consider anybody right now. When we say we are having an open search, we are going to have an open search. Are there people on the radar screen? Absolutely there are,” he said. “The interest already… has been very impressive. Some of the names people hear ‘here and there’ have reached out. You are looking for the best fit for our program across the board.

During the fall, football dominates the Baltimore area, and baseball consumes folks during the spring and summer. In the winter however, basketball has been an after-thought for the locals, and the Towson AD has a vision for that to change. “It’s a wide open landscape in the winter time, that basketball has to be the lead sport at Towson University,” Waddell announced. “That no other team in this market, that no other school has captured the imagination of the market to make them Baltimore’s team.”


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Posted on 10 March 2011 by Tom Federline

“I’m Winning” – Steve Winwood. Ok, had to get that out of the way, so that song can play in your head throughout this blog. Win – “to succeed by striving or effort, to gain victory.” I had to remind myself and now I have reminded you the dictionary meaning of the word – winning. The St. Johns basketball team – last night and Carlos Irwin Estevez (Charlie Sheen) – rant last week, peaked my interest in rekindling the actual meaning of the word. Who is “winning” in your book? Who is losing? Boy this one is loaded, isn’t it?

Winning – the Orioles, UNC bball, UConn (men) – just knocked off Pitt, Ohio State bball, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks, NFL owners, NFL players, Johnny Vegas, Rickie Fowler, Danica Patrick – all winning at their specific games. Now the St. Johns mens basketball team claimed victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights last night………..with help from the referees. Oh yeah, they blew this one. I first have to thank the refs for reinforcing “The Fix”. Their problem was they did to blatantly. If you haven’t seen it, find it and watch it. They “missed” two fouls prior to the ” travel/time still on clock/end of game” debacle. Can’t have the home boys going down early at the Garden. Apparently those 3 refs have “withdrawn” themselves from the Big East Tournament. So what? They made their money. Oh and Big East Tournament? You can’t call that a tournament when 4 teams are receiving “double byes”. It’s just wrong man.

Losing – NFL fans, Villanova (mens bball), Terps bball (ok they could pull something out tonight) – but they have been losing, Washington Wizards, Miami Heat, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Tiger Woods, Charlie Sheen – all on the downswing. Charlie Sheen? Had to address that train wreck. His claim to “winning” could be interpreted as – he did “succeed by striving or effort” to claim top spot on the Internet/social media medium. But losing your job, your family, “banging seven 8-balls of cocaine”, 2-3 day drinking/sex binges and disrespecting your family………cannot be construed as winning by any stretch. And to think that goofball gets 2.5 million dollars+ for a TV sitcom. It’s just wrong man.

Winning? What a topic – ACC Tourney mens (UNC), NCAA mens (Ohio State), NBA (San Antonio), NHL (whoever has hotest goalie), World Series (Baltimore Orioles), Super Bowl (try 2012 season). Winning? “Follow the money!” Winning? I’m about surviving. You win some and you lose some and that ain’t no big deal. Show me character. Show me truth. Most of us are winning and we don’t even know it. And yes, I did say – Baltimore Orioles World Series Champs – gotta lay off the orange Kool-Aid.



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Maryland Assistant Bino Ranson: “Main Focus Is Going Down [To] Greensboro and Beating NC State”

Posted on 09 March 2011 by John Collingsworth

The Maryland Terrapins are not making their road to the NCAA Tournament this season a very smooth ride. With the team losing their last three games, the most recent defeat coming this past Saturday on ‘Senior Day’ to the University of Virginia 74-60, they will have to travel down to Greensboro, North Carolina and knock off some heavy weights in the ACC Tournament to even be considered for the ‘Big Dance.’

With the players and coaches frustrated over their dismal performances, University of Maryland’s Men’s Assistant Basketball Coach, Bino Ranson, joined Thyrl Nelson and Glenn Clark on “The Mobtown Sports Beat” Tuesday to discuss how the team has responded following these disheartening losses.

“They responded in a positive way, a way in which you want them to respond,” Ranson told Nelson. “They want to win…their main focus is going down Greensboro and beating North Carolina State.”

Having emotions play a major role towards the end of the season, especially for the seniors, Adrian Bowie, Dino Gregory, and Cliff Tucker, this is their last opportunity to make a run at something special. Coach Ranson expressed his feelings about seeing his players upset and distraught at practice this week.

“You want to see that… as a coach when you see that, it gives you things to work with… if no one is showing any type of emotion then it’s hard for you to get up,” Ranson said, “so when they show emotion and show they’re upset… it shows us that they are here and want to do this.”

Head Coach Gary Williams, in his 21stseason at Maryland, realizes that at some point you have to look towards the future of the program and see what players you have that will make you a championship caliber contender consistently. Ranson acknowledged this fact, but was also quick to point out that there are still games to be won this year.

“You have to be careful, but also have to play to win. And Coach [Williams] is going to play the guys that is going to give us the best opportunity to win and I think that is what coach has been doing all year long,” Ranson went on to say. “Who are the five going to be out there to give us the best chance to win.”

One of those five has been freshman forward Mychal Parker, from Washington, North Carolina. A 4-star prospect according to Rivals.com last year, Parker looks to play a larger role in the upcoming ACC Tournament, and Coach Ranson agrees too.

“What Mychal has done is that he has worked hard, he has never gotten frustrated in terms of upset with us [the coaching staff]. He has come to practice every day and did what we asked him and now he is getting the opportunity,” Ranson explained.

With Parker showing signs of greatness for the future in College Park, two other players have been recognized for their outstanding play this season for the Terps.

Freshman Terrell Stoglin was named to the ‘Freshman All-ACC Team’ and sophomore Jordan Williams was named to the ‘All-ACC First Team’ and also ‘Third Team All-America’ by FOXSports.com & Yahoo! Sports this week.

Terrell Stoglin (11.6 PPG, 3.3 APG) has stepped up this season for Gary Williams and the folks down at Maryland in a big way. “From day one, I have seen Terrell grow,” Coach Bino Ranson told the guys. “In practice… we played one-on-one, he kind of got the best of me and I was like ‘That’s a fluke!’ But he kept doing it over and over and over again in terms of coming to practice and competing. I’ll tell you what, Terrell is a competitor and I love coaching him and I think the best is yet to come for him.”



The sensational Jordan Williams (16.9 PPG, 11.6 RPG) has lived up to the expectations this season, and then some. He was the only underclassman to be selected to ‘All-ACC First Team’, and was the second leading point’s receiver behind Duke’s Nolan Smith this year. With his nearly 12 rebounds a game (Side Note: He led the ACC in rebounds and was ranked 3rd nationally during the regular season), Williams has flourished for the Terps, and into a top NBA prospect in the near future.

SPOKANE, WA - MARCH 21: Jordan Williams #20 of the Maryland Terrapins listens to head coach Gary Williams against the Michigan State Spartans during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Spokane Arena on March 21, 2010 in Spokane, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

“First of all, Jordan is a great kid,” Ranson explained to Clark and Nelson. “When you have those kind of expectations and you have to go live up to them and you actually live up to them, that’s a testament in itself of how Jordan has handled it.”

With all the personal accolades passed out, it is now time to focus on the job at hand, playing for an ACC Title, starting with NC State.

Upcoming Game Notes:

Maryland (18-13, 7-9 ACC), the 7th seed will face North Carolina State (15-15, 5-11 ACC), the 10th seed Thursday night at 7:00pm in Greensboro on ESPN 2 in the First Round of the ACC Tournament. The winner will play the Duke Blue Devils (27-4, 13-3 ACC), the 2nd seed Friday night at 7:00pm in the Quarterfinals.

These two teams are limping into the ACC tournament as the Terps have lost their last 3 games and the Wolfpack have lost 4 out of their last 5 games.

In the last matchup between these two squads, Maryland was victorious with a 87-80 win on February 20th in the Comcast Center.

The last time Maryland faced off against NC State in the ACC Tournament was in 2009, when the Terps edged the Wolfpack 74-69.


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Monday 3-Pointer: The Real NBA MVP, Riley's Angels Reeling & NFL Winning While Losing

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Monday 3-Pointer: The Real NBA MVP, Riley’s Angels Reeling & NFL Winning While Losing

Posted on 07 March 2011 by Thyrl Nelson

Monday 3-Pointer

 #1 – The Real NBA MVP


As the NBA post-season nears and conference seedings become realized, the debate over who should walk away with the league’s MVP trophy is picking up traction too. While there are plenty of good candidates to speak of, and the closing weeks of the season will certainly decide it, it’s hard to make a case right now against the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose.


The Bulls like lots of other teams were left on the outside looking in on the LeBron sweepstakes last summer, left like the rest to pick through the post-Heat remnants of the summer’s free agent bounty, landing eventually on Carlos Boozer. This despite the fact that they reportedly had enough to sign all of Miami’s power triumvirate, in addition to the perfect components in Rose and Joakim Noah to compliment them as well. Add to that the fact that many believed the Bulls only motivation in hiring head coach Tom Thibodeau was in attempting to lure James into the mix, and the Bulls were as good a candidate as any to go through the 2010-11 season either egg-faced or in desperate pursuit of Carmelo Anthony or some other trade deadline elixir.


Instead the Bulls have rallied whatever healthy bodies they have been able to muster behind Rose’s night-in and night-out brilliance and remain as a result viable for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. And as a result, Rose should not only be the top candidate for the league’s MVP hardware, but also may be in the argument for most improved, all while seemingly dispelling the notions that you need a team of superstars to win consistently and that Rose is anything but an ideal facilitator, leader and point-guard.


If you caught this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated and its glowing assessment of Rose’s season, you may also have noticed that Rose credits a lot of the progress he’s made this season to the off-season work that he put in with Rob McClanaghan. It goes on to list McClanaghan’s mini-camp roster of Rose, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, and Minnesota’s Kevin Love…arguably the three most improved players in the league this season. Begging the question: who is Rob McClanaghan?


Beyond his bio on Facebook, it’s hard to say really. What might be the better question is who’s working with Rob McClanaghan? Given the upside he’s drawn out of the three aforementioned players, it’d be prudent to see whom he spends next summer with before drafting your next fantasy basketball team. Give McClanaghan my vote for league MVP.



#2 – Riley’s Angels Reeling


The Heat had another disappointing weekend dropping games 125-95 to San Antonio and 87-86 to the Bulls in a 3-day stretch. Despite being within striking distance of both the Bulls and Celtics for the top spot in the east, the Heat are still a disturbing 15-18 against winning teams this season, and a downright depressing 2-8 in games decided by 3 points or less. These stats do not speak to deep runs into the playoffs.


Clearly the Heat are talented and interested when sprinting up and down the floor against lesser teams, but to say that they’re lost in the half court would be an understatement. The Heat has no clear direction in the half court, seeming to defer to etiquette for 3 ½ quarters of play, but in the clutch and when it matters they still have a lot to figure out.


Teams have players and they have playmakers, and some like the Heat have both. While it’s a safe bet that Kobe will get the ball in crunch time in LA and Durant will get it in Oklahoma City, pay too much attention to either and a teammate will just as likely burn you. Look no further than Oklahoma City and San Antonio against the Lakers last season in the playoffs. In each series Kobe took and end game shot to win a game and missed, and in each case an LA rebounder took advantage of the attention being paid to Kobe to get themselves a game-winning put back.


In Miami, when it comes to crunch time the big 3 becomes the big two, as Bosh is seemingly no longer an option. Whichever of the remaining big two gets the ball first is likely to shoot it. In recent games opponents have taken to single covering both Wade and James seemingly figuring one or the other will take an off balance attempt at a winner.


They have until playoff time to figure it out or they’ll get a whole summer (and possibly a lot longer) to think about it. While initial questions about the potential cohesiveness of the Heat centered around who would get the big shots, questions now abound as to who can make them. Maybe the pressure of trying to establish themselves as the defacto-options have left Wade and James with even more pressure to bear in end game situations. Until they figure it out it’s clear that the Heat can be beat, and in a 7-game series against a good team it seems almost like a sure thing.




#3 – NFL Still Winning PR Battle?


Maybe it’s the inherent doldrums of the Terps disappointing season that has cast a shadow of local disinterest over college basketball coupled with anxious anticipation about the Orioles upcoming season (the first deserving of any real level of anticipation in years) but the amount of attention being paid to the behind closed doors negotiations of the NFL and its players’ association is still somewhat surprising to me.


For now, the draft is scheduled to go off as planned, and yet while it usually feels like we’re up to NFL mock draft 5.9 or so by now, the draft anticipation of seasons past has seemingly been replaced by labor negotiation updates and speculation.


I get that we as a nation have grown to love our football year round, and maybe I’m underestimating the fervor that we’re missing with the usual round of free-agency not taking place right now, but have the machinations of NFL labor strife given us another avenue to pursue our devotion to the league or does it just seem that way?


If nothing else, last week’s extension should give fans hope that football will begin on time next year, how long it takes to get to that point is really inconsequential as long as games aren’t compromised. So until then who cares? Yet still we the sporting public seem more consumed with their legal back and forth than we are with the developing March Madness fields, the familiar sights and sounds of spring training and the most interesting looking NBA playoff field in recent memory. Maybe that’s where the league has taken us these days, to the point where even something as boring as what they’re going through right now has all but trumped actual games and seasons still taking place. Perhaps it’s exactly the reason why they’re fighting so hard. The league’s “cash pie” will continue to grow and those inconsequential looking decimals will add up to big bucks….clearly they’ve got us right where they want us.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Soccer-NASL: Vancouver Whitecaps @ Crystal Palace Baltimore (Saturday 5pm Paul Angelo Russo Stadium-Calvert Hall), MLS: DC United @ Toronto FC (Saturday 4pm from Toronto live on Comcast SportsNet and MLS Direct Kick); Mixed Martial Arts: Shine Fights (Friday 9pm from Oklahoma live on Pay-Per-View)

10. Lady Gaga (Tuesday 8pm Verizon Center); Buckcherry/Flyleaf/Charm City Devils/Sick Puppies (Thursday 6pm Power Plant Live), Blues Traveler (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); Kottonmouth Kings (Saturday 7pm Rams Head Live), Toadies (Sunday 7pm Rams Head Live), Seether (Monday 7pm Rams Head Live); Pat McGee (Saturday 8:30pm Rams Head On Stage), Ozomatli (Monday 8pm Rams Head On Stage); Big Boi (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Blondie (Wednesday 8:30pm State Theatre); Deadliest Catch Live (Wednesday 8pm Lyric Opera House); York Fair (Friday-Monday York Fairgrounds); Maryland Seafood Festival (Friday-Sunday Sandy Point State Park); In The Street Festival (Saturday 11am Market Street & Carroll Creek Linear Park Frederick)

I’m leaving Lady Gaga alone. I’m probably the only one in the world who will do that. Trust me, I find her just as fascinating as the rest of you-but there’s NO chance I’d pay money to go see her live.

You see what you made me do? I spent 42 words on Lady Gaga. Ugh.

Moving on, I’m a much bigger fan of Flyleaf than you’d ever realize…

I WILL be attending Blues Traveler after the Purple Party Friday night. John Popper and I are kindred souls…

“Possum Kingdom” might be the only song I’m really interested in seeing the Toadies do, but it’s really a hell of a song…

I LOVE Outkast in a way that doesn’t fit the love I feel for a lot of other things in the world. Big Boi’s new record is freaking TREMENDOUS, if not necessarily Safe For Work…

9. EA Sports NHL 11 available in stores for XBox 360/PS3 (Tuesday)

If I had time to play NHL 11, there is no doubt that I would somehow find a way to make Viktor Tikhonov the greatest player in the league.

By the way, if I DID play NHL 11-there would be a 100% chance you’d see a Jason Lee/Jeremy London type moment from “Mallrats” with me…

“Hartford, the Whale? They beat Vancouver once, maybe twice in a lifetime.”

If you get the reference, you’re a winner. And I offer this to you as a prize. Oh but once again, it isn’t necessarily the type of prize that has language completely safe for work…

8. Golf: PGA Tour FedEx Cup Playoffs-BMW Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday 12pm Sunday 2pm live on NBC. All golf from Lemont, Illinois); LPGA Tour P&G NW Arkansas Championship Presented by Walmart (Friday 12:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 4pm from Rogers, Arkansas live on Golf Channel); Champions Tour Posco E&C Songdo Championship (Friday-Sunday 6:30pm from Songdo, Korea live on Golf Channel); Team USA Ryder Cup Selection Show (Tuesday 10:30am Golf Channel)

A week after some dude named Matt Kuchar won a golf tournament, some dude named Charley Hoffman won the next one. I’m not even kidding about this-when I heard Charley Hoffman had won a playoff event, I thought “Brandt” from The Big Lebowski had somehow been victorious.

Oh and also, Tiger Woods is still mediocre. Which is (I guess) enough to warrant coverage on SportsCenter. Frankly, I’d prefer more table tennis highlights myself…

7. Auto Racing-NASCAR Air Guard 400 (Saturday 7:30pm from Richmond live on ABC)

I’d like to pretend I care about this. I know Rex Snider is taking some sort of bus trip down to Richmond Saturday, but it just isn’t my type of thing. Not because I’m shallow-minded, but more because I just like to actually be ENTERTAINED when I spend my entertainment dollar.

Speaking of entertaining, this Oregon Trail-related photo qualifies (Thanks Gorilla Mask!)…


6. High School Football: Southern @ Glen Burnie (Friday 6:30pm), Overlea @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm)

Uh oh.

You mean to tell me that Overlea-home of the Falcons-is facing Perry Hall-home of the mighty Gators-Friday night?



You’re going down, dad.

5. Basketball: FIBA World Championships-Team USA vs. Russia quarterfinal (Thursday 11am from Istanbul, Turkey live on ESPN), Semifinals and Final (Friday-Sunday from Istanbul live on ESPN)


Let’s do to them what we did to Ivan Drago…

4. Pro Wrestling: WWE Smackdown (Tuesday 6:45pm from 1st Mariner Arena-airs Friday 8pm on MyNetwork24)

Despite the fact that there’s way too much Jack Swagger, Big Show, Rey Mysterio and Cody Rhodes on Smackdown, I still kinda dig it. Undertaker is a rock star, Kane is underrated, and the combination of CM Punk, Matt Hardy and Christian is completely underused.

And oh yeah-they also have Rosa Mendes…


3. College Football: Morgan State @ Maryland (Saturday 6pm from Byrd Stadium live on ESPN3.com); Georgia Southern @ Navy (Saturday 3:30pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on CBS College Sports)

The Terrapins may have been fortunate to survive the “Crab Bowl Classic” against the Midshipmen; but the fact remains that they ARE 1-0.

The other fact remains that Kenny Tate has earned himself a few free dinners in the future…

2. Tennis: U.S. Open (Tuesday-Thursday 11am live on Tennis Channel 7pm live on ESPN2, Friday 12:30pm live on CBS, Saturday 12pm-mens semifinals 8pm-Women’s Final live on CBS, Sunday 1pm Women’s Doubles Final live on ESPN2 4pm Men’s Final live on CBS. All tennis from New York)

At this point, I think it’s fair to say I’m COMPLETELY FREAKING OUT about heading up to Flushing Meadows Sunday. There’s roughly 0.1% chance an American will be there (no pressure Sam Querrey), but if it’s Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal everything will be cool in my book.

And you don’t even need to bother asking. I WILL be purchasing a few of these while I’m in The Big Apple…


1. NFL: Monday Night Football-Baltimore Ravens @ New York Jets (Monday 7pm from East Rutherford, New Jersey live on ESPN); WNST “Purple Friday” Pep Rally (Friday 5pm Sports Legends at Camden Yards)


Oh. Thank. God.

Me personally, I think it will be cool not only to see the Ravens back in action Monday night, but also to see some of my favorite reality TV stars like Antonio Cromartie and Rex Ryan…

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 30 August 2010 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: College Football-Towson @ Indiana (Thursday 7:30pm from Bloomington, Ind. live on Big Ten Network), Bowie State @ Morgan State (Saturday 6pm Hughes Stadium); Auto Racing: NASCAR Emory Healthcare 500 (Sunday 7:30pm from Atlanta live on ESPN), IndyCar Series Kentucky 300 (Saturday 8pm from Sparta, Kentucky live on VERSUS); Soccer: U.S. Open Cup-Columbus Crew @ DC United (Wednesday 7:30pm RFK Stadium), MLS-Columbus Crew @ DC United (Saturday 7:30pm from RFK Stadium live on Fox Soccer Channel)

10. Budweiser Superfest feat. Anthony Hamilton (Tuesday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion), The O’Jays & Ron Isley (Friday 7pm Pier Six Pavilion), REO Speedwagon & Pat Benatar (Saturday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Disturbed & Avenged Sevenfold (Tuesday 4pm Jiffy Lube Live), Jimmy Buffett (Thursday & Saturday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live); Tantric & Adema (Tuesday 7:30pm Bourbon Street); Cowboy Mouth (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); NAS & Damien Marley (Tuesday 8pm Sonar), 30 Seconds to Mars (Wednesday 7pm Sonar); Bret Michaels (Wednesday 8pm Maryland State Fair), Justin Bieber (Sunday 7pm Maryland State Fair); Hot Hot Heat (Saturday 9pm Ottobar)

This list is MUCH better than it probably looks like at first. I won’t make it to Buffett Thursday night because the Ravens are playing. If I was there, I’d probably just keep yelling “SOUTHERN CROSS!!!!!!!!!!!!” anyway….

I used to do radio broadcasts for the Arizona Rattlers during my time in Phoenix; and they once brought Tantric by during the first half. They didn’t leave at any point during the game. I’m pretty sure there were both hookers AND blow….

I’m not really a big Nas fan, but “One Mic” is one of the greatest songs in hip-hop history. Note-lyrics NSFW…unless of course you work at Jo-Ann Fabrics. We all know the deal there…

I can’t freaking STAND Jared Leto, but damnit if “Kings and Queens” isn’t amongst the Top 10 songs of 2010…

9. Glenn Clark’s Birthday (Monday)

I don’t usually like to make this all about me, but I figured I could offer a plea here. I rarely ask you all for anything, but I would REALLY like this Robert McClintock piece for my birthday this year. Just consider it an investment on future brilliant material from “The Tradition”…


8. Golf: PGA Tour FedEx Cup Playoffs-Deutsche Bank Championship (Friday & Saturday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Sunday 3pm Monday 2pm live on NBC. All golf from Norton, Massachusetts), Champions Tour Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach (Friday & Saturday 6:30pm, Sunday 7pm from Monterey, CA live on Golf Channel)

Some dude named Matt Kuchar won the first event in the playoffs. I’m reasonably certain we were in Mrs. Lutz-Itzoe’s 3rd grade class at Chapel Hill Elementary School together.

Seriously, can’t Tiger Woods just ACTUALLY be “back” one of these weeks?!?!?!

I’m reasonably certain this guy is gonna end up winning the 2nd playoff event in Boston…


7. Pro Wrestling: WWE Raw (Monday 9pm from Verizon Center live on USA Network); TNA “No Surrender” (Sunday 8pm from Orlando live on Pay-Per-View)

As a veteran of plenty of live WWE, WWF and WCW events, there are a few things you need to know before you head to the arena:

1-If you bring a sign, make it funny. If it just says “The Champ is Here” because you’re a John Cena fan-you had better be 12 years old. If you’re closer to my age and want to bring a sign, it better be something creative-like Sheamus’ face with the words “You Can’t See Me.” You see, it’s clever because Sheamus is an albino and it uses another of John Cena’s catch phrases. Taking notes?

2-Bringing your own championship belt might seem lame-but it isn’t. Bring yours, and carry it over your shoulder. Wear sunglasses too. Championship belts around the waist-again-are for kids.

3-I liked Stone Cold Steve Austin as much as anyone. But chanting “What?” after everything that is said is grounds for the guy behind you to “accidentally” spill two beers on you. Don’t be lame.

4-Remind your kids they shouldn’t do this type of stuff at home. Unless of course they want to be like Ric Flair. In which case, let them do whatever the hell they please…

6. Basketball: FIBA World Championships-Team USA vs. Iran (Wednesday 12pm live on ESPN), Tunisia vs. Team USA (Thursday 9:30am live on ESPN2; both games from Istanbul) Round of 16 games (Saturday-Monday from Istanbul live on ESPN & ESPN3.com)

Is Tunisia where the Tasmanian Devil is from?!?!?

I’m really torn on this whole Team USA hoops thing. I mean-on one side, I love America. I’m much like Glenn Beck in that way. We’re a couple of patriots. Maybe it’s a name thing. But like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, I love this country. Not like that Barack Obama fella-I heard he isn’t even FROM this country!

On the flip side of patriotism, I completely despise everything about Coach K. Is there anything LESS American than a Duke coach coaching our boys in Europe? We might as well scribble out a map for terrorists that says “your target is here.”

Oh and another thing. I was going to attend the World Championships this year, but couldn’t find Istanbul on a map. All of my and Craig Ferguson’s maps said “Constantinople”…

5. High School Football: Joppatowne @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm), Glen Burnie @ South River (Friday 6:30pm)


Look, I’m sure there are plenty of other important games this weekend (the first full weekend of High School action here in the Old Line State) involving teams like Calvert Hall, Gilman, Boys Latin, Bel Air, Fallston, Parkville, Dulaney, etc. etc. etc.; but don’t bother me with those. I went to PHHS, and ol’ Drew Forrester went to Glen Burnie-so there are only two teams that I root for. Perry Hall…and whoever is playing the Gophers.

This week, there’s NO ONE I love more than South River! Go you….Seahawks, go!

That’s how I roll.

4. Tennis: U.S. Open (Tuesday-Friday 11am live on Tennis Channel 1pm live on ESPN2, Saturday-Monday 11am live on CBS 7pm live on Tennis Channel. All tennis from New York)

And with that in mind, don’t even bother asking me if I can do something for the next 14 days/nights. You already know the answer.

Need an excuse to watch? Well, Caroline Wozniacki IS the top seeded woman at Flushing Meadows…


3. Maryland State Fair (Tuesday-Monday Timonium Fairgrounds)

The new young lady in my life…we call her “Boomer Sooner”…tells me that at the Texas State Fair, they have introduced Deep Fried BEER this year. I’ll admit there was a bit of jealousy inside me, but I then reminded her that we have something even BETTER in Maryland…

I will be there early evening Friday. I’ll be wearing the black Under Armour hat. It’s a dollar a race. You KNOW you can’t afford to miss this.

2. Baltimore Ravens @ St. Louis Rams (Thursday 8pm from St. Louis live on WBAL11)

Speaking of “Boomer Sooner”, I immediately have more interest in a 4th preseason game than I EVER should. You see, as a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, ol’ Boomer Sooner has adopted the Rams as her second team-thanks to her undying affection for QB Sam Bradford. The whole thing just disgusts me.

But Sam Bradford won’t be the only Heisman Trophy winner on the field Friday night. That’s right, we’ve got one of our own here in Charm City….


Attention Troy Smith: I’ve never asked you for anything before. You’ve always lived up to those expectations. Please don’t change now. The city needs you. And by the city, I mean “me.” And I really only need you for one night, but don’t get caught up in semantics. Hugs and kisses. -G

1. College Football: Maryland vs. Navy (Monday 4pm from M&T Bank Stadium live on ESPN); Virginia Tech vs. Boise State (Monday 8pm from FedEx Field live on ESPN)

Not only is Monday my birthday-but it is also Labor Day. And I can think of no way better to honor the working men and women of American than to have our Terrapins absolutely DESTROY the men who will go on to serve our country during times of unrest in the “Crab Bowl Classic” there at “The Bank.”

In all seriousness, there are only a few things I’m hoping for in Monday’s game. 1-Awesome Spirit videos from the Midshipmen like this one…

2-An atmosphere and game so great that either a Terps player (or a Mids player) ends up finding himself in folklore the way that one Lance Ball has…

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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Hayes: “I’m Not Expecting to Get Drafted…But You Never Know”

Posted on 22 June 2010 by Ryan Chell

Eric Hayes
Four years ago, Maryland Terrapins guard Eric Hayes came to College Park knowing what kind of coach he was going to work for in Gary Williams.

He knew his coaching style, his work ethic, his practices, and how he treated his players.

“I think coming in I knew what to expect.,” Hayes told Drew Forrester of “The Morning Reaction” Tuesday morning. “I knew his coaching style coming in as a freshman. I knew what he did for players prior to me getting there.”

Now with a four year career as a Terp in the books, the former Potomac High School star is ready for the next step in his basketball career, which hopefully means becoming a member of an NBA team.

But he is still unsure of his future, and knows that the next level may be an adjustment for him.

“I think every time you go to a higher level, there’s going to be better and stronger athletes, which results in more of a physical game… the physical nature of the NBA is a lot more difficult than a college game.”

Hayes, much like fellow grads Greivis Vasquez and Landon Milbourne, have been traveling the country working out for several NBA franchises in preparation for Thursday’s draft, and recently, Hayes visited the Chicago Bulls after also trying out for the Washington Wizards earlier this month.

By first glance at his statistics over four seasons under Gary Williams, his resume is very impressive. He finished with over 1200 points and also dished out over 500 assists.

Seeing the court as a starter mostly for the last three years, he averaged over 10 ppg in his junior and seniors years. His senior year was the most impressive of all, a season in which he dished out four assists a game to go with a .502 shooting percentage.

But what really set Hayes apart, and what might make his play valuable to an NBA team is his precision from beyond the arc. During the Terrapins run into the NCAA Tournament this year, Hayes hit from 3-point land 45% of the time this year.

Those numbers, along with his gritty play and a strange resemblance, had even legendary Terps play-by-play man Johnny Holliday mistaking the 6’4, 180 Hayes with another guard that passed through at Maryland, Steve Blake.

Hayes is honored to have that misrepresentation placed on him though.

“Throughout my career, I definitely get the comparisons a lot. We look pretty similar-about the same size, same weight, and we have similar games.”

“You hear a lot, and it’s a pretty nice honor to be compared to someone like him.”

And now that he is trying to get to the NBA, where Blake has made a career of being able to pick up an offense quickly and run the point, Hayes may have to adapt some of his game in order to be drafted this week.

It is that rawness on his part that makes Hayes feel like that he may not be entirely ready for a team to use one of its two picks on him.

“I’m going into the draft pretty realistic about it. I’m not expecting to get drafted, but you never know.”

Hayes has actually had a pretty level head about him, and he also knows that if he doesn’t get drafted, there are other opportunities to present itself not just to get into the NBA, but to still continue playing basketball.

One option that seems to be popular among Terrapin grads from Williams’ program is going overseas to play. If Hayes were to go that route, he would join former Terps John Gilchrist, Drew Nicholas, Bambale Osby and a host of others who continued to play the sport outside the US.

“I think there’s a lot of great opportunities over there, and a lot of money to be made over there as well. If it don’t work out here, I’ll definitely consider it.”

But no matter where he plays, he knows that Coach Williams prepared him to be the best basketball player he could be, and to be more than ready to adjust to the next level or whatever new path came his way.

Gary Williams, Eric Hayes, and Greivis Vasquez

“He really pushes you and gets you better every year. That was true for me.”

“I think I improved over my four years, and I give a great deal [of credit] to him pushing me in practice and not giving up on me.”

Another change for Hayes? Not hearing Coach Williams barking at him anymore, for the first time in four years, is going to take some time, Hayes said.

“It’s going to be weird,” Hayes laughed. “But there’s new guys coming in who can take it.”

Tune into “The Morning Reaction” with Drew Forrester and Glenn Clark Monday through Friday from 6-10 AM on Sports Talk 1570 WNST!

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