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Belmont Stakes Day Strange Betting Stories; TV Ratings Up

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Belmont Stakes Day Strange Betting Stories; TV Ratings Up

Posted on 16 June 2011 by Gary Quill

On Belmont Stakes Day (June 11, 2011) if anyone was watching TVG (one of the horse racing networks) you may have seen this… co-hosts Ken Rudolph & Todd Schupp were on set at Belmont Park talking about the Late Pick-4 (races 10-13) when a guy walks behind them yelling, “Play all the Joses!!!”. Translated, in each of those four remaining races on the card, there was at least one jockey with the first name of “Jose” with a mount.

 

Race 10 had two Joses… Lezcano on #2 Bold Hawk (25-1) and Espinoza on #1A Mission Approved (21-1).  Race 11 (Belmont Stakes) had Jose Valdivia, Jr. on #3 Ruler on Ice (24-1) and Lezcano on #7 Monzon (28-1).  In the 12th race Lezcano was on #5 Dr. W (8-1) while Espinoza was aboard #8 Russian Sage (7-2). In the finale, race 13 Lezcano rode #6 A Rod (6-1) and Espinoza #7 Austerity Measures (44-1).

 

Jose Espinoza        Jose Lezcano      Jose Valdivia, Jr.

Jose Espinoza               Jose Lezcano                             Jose Valdivia, Jr.

Source: Horseracingnation.com

 

So if you would have taken the subtle hint from the loud mouth, a $1 Pick-4 Part-Wheel bet on 1, 2 w/ 3, 7 w/ 5, 8 w/ 6, 7 cost a total of $16. Well, race 10 (1st Leg) was won by Jose Espinoza on #1A Mission Approved then race 11 (2nd Leg), Ruler On Ice won the Belmont Stakes with Jose Valdivia, Jr. in the irons.  

 

In the aftermath of the Belmont Stakes, while the TVG on-air personalities discussed what has just occurred and killing time prior to the next race, the “Play all the Joses” guy appears in the background again, this time yelling at them, “I told you… ALL THE JOSES’!!! “.

 

So you know what’s coming… in the 12th and 13th races, jockey Jose Lezcano is aboard both winners, #5 Dr. W in the 12th and #6 A Rod in the 13th.  The winning late Pick-4 combination of 1-3-5-6, based on a $1 wager returned $56,349.

 

There was another oddity that played out a few races earlier at Belmont that day, also involving the Pick-4 wager. Starting in race 8 and ending with the Belmont Stakes (race 11), for the minimum amount (50 cents) if you were eccentric and wanted to guarantee winning this Pick-4 bet, thus having every horse in all 4 races (i.e. ALL-ALL-ALL-ALL ticket), costing a mere $2,430 you would have won $35,524.25. Go figure.

 

If you have any similar stories from Belmont Day or any day at the track I’d like to here them, so please comment.

 

Onto the television ratings, that from year to year can be very misleading. Every year on the first Saturday in May, when thoroughbred horse racing takes center stage for the running of the Kentucky Derby, fans of all levels of interest have hope that this will be the year we witness the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. Then two weeks later the anticipation turns to anxiety as we desperately hold onto hope that the Derby winner can prevail in the Preakness. If he does, then it’s a ratings bonanza for the network covering the Triple Crown. But if he doesn’t, the Belmont could sink into ratings hell.

 

Even though the Belmont could not offer a Triple Crown possibility, they could offer the next best thing, a rubber match between the Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Preakness winner Shackleford. That’s what NBC Sports sold and the public bought it.

 

The overnight rating for the race portion was a 4.8, up 55 percent over the overnight for the race portion of the broadcast last year on ABC. The pre-race portion of the broadcast, from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. EDT, received a 2.6 rating, up 86 percent over the pre-race last year of 1.4.

 

NBC is in the first year of a five-year contract to broadcast all three races of the Triple Crown. That’s great news for both NBC and thoroughbred horse racing, not so much for ESPN and its parent ABC. In addition, ESPN bit itself “where the sun don’t shine” on Memorial Day, the day the Indianapolis 500 is run.

 

The ESPN website poll question was “What is your favorite race?” There were 3 answers to chose from… Daytona 500, Indy 500 or Kentucky Derby. The results showed…

     Kentucky Derby   43%

     Daytona 500         36%

     Indy 500                21%

 

So much for the theory that thoroughbred horse racing only appeals to a very small audience.    

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 13 June 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Connecticut Sun @ Washington Mystics (Thursday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Lacrosse: MLL Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Long Island Lizards (Thursday 7:30pm from Hempstead, NY live on ESPN2/ESPN3.com); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Fernando Guerrero vs. Grady Brewer (Friday 9pm from Austin, TX live on ESPN2), Canelo Alvarez vs. Ryan Rhodes (Saturday 10:30pm from Guadalajara, Mexico live on HBO)

10. Sade & John Legend (Thursday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena); Katy Perry (Wednesday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Owl City & Mat Kearney (Saturday 5:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Rascal Flatts (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Patti LaBelle (Tuesday 8pm Wolf Trap), Elvis Costello & The Imposters (Wednesday 8pm Wolf Trap), Daryl Hall & John Oates (Monday 8pm Wolf Trap); Musiq Soulchild (Tuesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Michael Franti & Spearhead (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live), Pop Evil/Crossfade (Sunday 6pm Rams Head Live), Good Charlotte/Yellowcard (Monday 6:30pm Rams Head Live); The Bridge (Wednesday 8pm 8×10 Club); Pat McGee (Friday 6:30pm & 9:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Mark Curry (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Aziz Ansari (Friday 7pm & 10pm Warner Theatre); “The Green Lantern” opens in theaters (Friday)

I was digging John Legend way before I ever heard his cover of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.” That being said, it DOES make me like him more…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrQ4njrnnsI[/youtube]

When David Letterman had eight heart attacks, apparently Elvis Costello filled in for him one night and introduced himself as the musical guest. This is why YouTube exists, folks…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XYFJUP84lE[/youtube]

If you’re not listening to Michael Franti, this is on you at this point. Get on it.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh-8mw9MKbQ[/youtube]

Seeing Pat McGee playing solo makes me wonder what Pat McGee Band is doing. That being said, he’s pretty good on his own too…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzTL2woRzrI[/youtube]

9. Harford County Restaurant Week continues (Tuesday & Wednesday throughout Hazzard County)

Ho.ly. Crap.

You mean to tell me there’s a Chiapparelli’s in Havre de Grace and NONE of you a-holes told me?

Look, it will never replace the O.G. in Little Italy (which is actually closer to me), but it’s a potential refreshing change of pace when I need a fix.

Yes, I have an addiction…to Chips salad.

chips

What are everyone’s plans Wednesday night? I’m in if you are…

8. Charm City Roller Girls (Saturday 5:30pm Du Burns Arena)

You might not know this, but I’m a HUGE fan of the Roller Girls.

It isn’t just because the first time I went to see them I was greeted with Chipotle and Pabst Blue Ribbon, although I will admit it helped.

It’s also about the players’ names. For example…

Minnie Piledriver
Reckless Ndangerment
Frenzy Lohan
Duchess of Torque
Flo Shizzle
Coach Ballbricker
Dolly Rocket
Joy Collision
Pistol Whip

I offer one solid dollar for someone to come up with my own CCRG name. Not just a dollar…a SOLID dollar. Keep that in mind.

7. Auto Racing: NASCAR Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 (Sunday 1pm from Cambridge Township, MI live on TNT); IndyCar Series Milwaukee 225 (Sunday 3:30pm from West Allis, WI live on ABC)

I know some people are into this, but I’ve made no mistake that NASCAR and Auto Racing in general just aren’t for me.

You know how it WOULD be for me? If Rick From Reisterstown could call the races!!!!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlmJsosYi_Y[/youtube]

Rick took the collar this year when Ruler On Ice claimed the Belmont instead of Shackleford. Seriously though, if you took your betting advice from Rick-I’ve got nothing for you.

6. NHL Playoffs: Stanley Cup Finals-Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks (Game 7 if necessary Wednesday 8pm from Vancouver live on NBC)

You’re thinking to yourself “Glenn, why is a potential Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals only number 7 on your list instead of being number 1???”

The answer is-of course-because if there’s a God (and I believe there will be), the Canucks will parade around Beantown with the Cup Monday night and Vancouver will simply be recovering from a 48 hour hangover Wednesday night.

If they win (either Monday OR Wednesday), we all agree that as a show of thanks for vanquishing the evil from Boston, we dress up like this on Friday, right?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4ICMRAUEoE[/youtube]

5. Tennis: ATP Tour & WTA Tour Wimbledon (Opening Round Monday 7am from Wimbledon, ENG live on ESPN2/ESPN3.com)

The thing I like most about the fortnight is the chance to really watch the prettiest players in the sport go at it…

roddick

What did you think I was going to do? Post a picture of Caroline Wozniacki? This is the one grand slam event that Andy Roddick is actually (kinda) good at! Let me have SOMETHING!

By the way, I’m going to REALLY go out on a limb and say Rafael Nadal wins Wimbledon this year. Stunning, I know-but I hear he’s pretty good.

4. Soccer: Team USA vs. Guadeloupe (Tuesday 9pm from Kansas City live on Fox Soccer Channel); MLS-DC United @ Real Salt Lake (Saturday 9pm from Salt Lake City live on Comcast SportsNet)

What happened to Team USA against Panama Saturday night in Tampa Bay was nothing short of a debacle. Playing Van Halen tunes won’t make me feel a THING better about it, despite what some of your wisenheimers have tried doing on Facebook (search “Glenn Clark”) and Twitter (@WNST & @GlennClarkWNST).

There was SOMETHING good that came out of soccer this weekend though. If you haven’t seen the goal Eric Hassli scored for the Vancouver Whitecaps yet, thank me later.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8Vfdx7LEh4&feature=player_embedded#at=48[/youtube]

3. Mixed Martial Arts: Strikeforce Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament-Allistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum (Saturday 10pm from Dallas live on Showtime)

The disappointing part about Saturday’s event is that Gina Carano had to pull out of her fight.

Yes, that sentence WAS written in a way that would allow me to giggle about using the words “Gina Carano” and “pull out”.

I’d tell you more about the guys who ARE fighting, but wouldn’t we all just rather take another gander at the infamous weigh-in picture???

carano

Yep. Pants smaller.

2. Pro Wrestling: WWE Capitol Punishment (Sunday 8pm from Verizon Center live on Pay-Per-View); WWE Monday Night Raw (Monday 7:15from from 1st Mariner Arena live on USA Network)

Here’s the deal. Kelly Kelly will be in Baltimore Monday. If somehow she manages to leave town Tuesday, we’ve all failed.

kellykelly

1. Golf: PGA Tour/USGA U.S. Open (Thursday & Friday 10am & 5pm live on ESPN, 3pm live on NBC Saturday 2pm Sunday 1:30pm live on NBC. All golf from Congressional Country Club in Bethesda)

Harrison Frazar comes into the event red hot, having won the St. Jude Classic in Memphis. That inspires the question, “who the hell is Harrison Frazar?”

It inspires the additional, significantly more important question “did Harrison Frazar manage to get his family back after the win?”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9GwtRsOYSI[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 06 June 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Washington Mystics @ Atlanta Dream (Thursday 7pm from Atlanta live on ESPN2), Chicago Sky @ Washington Mystics (Saturday 7pm Verizon Center); Boxing: Lateef Kayode vs. Matt Godfrey (Friday 11pm from Santa Ynez, CA live on Showtime), Hector Sanchez vs. Vincent Arroyo (Saturday 10:35pm from New York live on Showtime), Friday Night Fights-Kenny Galarza vs. Irving Garcia (Friday 8:30pm from New York live on ESPN2); Arena Football: AFL Philadelphia Soul @ Spokane Shock (Friday 8pm from Spokane live on NFL Network)

10. Mumford & Sons (Thursday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Phish (Saturday & Sunday 4:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Decemberists (Monday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ronnie Dunn (Friday 6pm Pier Six Pavilion); Glee Live (Thursday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Portugal. The Man (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Scissor Sisters (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live), Cowboy Mouth (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live), NOFX (Saturday 7pm Rams Head Live), Sully Erna of Godsmack (Sunday 7pm Rams Head Live); George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic (Monday 7:30pm Recher Theatre); The Bridge (Wednesday 8pm 8×10 Club); Marcy Playground (Saturday 5pm Dark Horse Bel Air, Monday 8pm Rams Head On Stage); U.S. Air Guitar Championships-DC Regional (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (Wednesday 8pm Wolf Trap), Go-Go’s (Friday 8pm Wolf Trap), Bright Eyes (Saturday 7pm Wolf Trap), Indigo Girls (Sunday 8pm Wolf Trap); Chelsea Handler (Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Duncan Sheik (Saturday 7:30pm Birchmere), Natasha Bedingfield (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Bobby McFerrin (Saturday 7:30pm Warner Theatre); “True Grit” available on DVD & Blu-Ray (Tuesday); “Super 8″ opens in theaters (Friday)

You can be certain that I’ll be at Mumford & Sons Thursday night. Intern Timmy Hendrix tried to fail my ticket purchases, but he came through in the end. If you’re not there, I just feel bad for you.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd1GWaQf9Yk&feature=fvst[/youtube]

I wish I could say I was going to Phish as well. I’d go, but I have a bad feeling I might have to pass a drug test at some point in the future.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2izuYgnHukc[/youtube]

I will admit that I have no idea how Marcy Playground is still around 14 years after the ONLY song they ever had on the radio, but I kinda think it’s cool they’re playing in Harford County…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KT-r2vHeMM[/youtube]

And you know what, make fun of Glee all you want—but I am at least man enough to admit that I dig this.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbZcYy6AAGg[/youtube]

Okay, maybe I shouldn’t have admitted that.

9. Honfest (Saturday & Sunday Hampden); St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival (Thursday-Sunday St. Nicholas Church); Ocean City Air Show (Friday-Sunday 16th Street Ocean City); Ocean City Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Monday throughout OC)

Can someone call Denise Whiting and make sure I’m allowed to call the event “Honfest”?

You see what I did there? That’s called REGIONAL current events humor. Take note, aspiring low-paid doughy morning sports jocks.

Can we all just agree to put aside the controversy and again enjoy Honfest this year? I mean, I’m hoping to do “The Creep” with John Waters myself…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLPZmPaHme0[/youtube]

8. Auto Racing: NASCAR Pocono 500 (Sunday 1pm from Tunkhannock Township, PA live on FOX); IndyCar Series Firestone Twin 275s (Saturday 8pm from Fort Worth, TX live on VERSUS)

Lots of interesting stuff happening here. For example, have you ever heard the word “Tunkhannock” in your life before? And they’re holding two IRL races on the same night in the Lone Star State. That’s interesting, right?

No. Okay, well here’s a picture of Caity Lotz I saw the other day at Guyism. It’s not related to Auto Racing, but it’s definitely interesting-which is something Auto Racing has never provided…

caitylotz

7. Golf: PGA Tour FedEx St. Jude Classic (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Memphis); Champions Tour Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn (Friday 12:30pm Saturday & Sunday 1pm from Conover, NC live on Golf Channel); LPGA Tour State Farm Classic (Thursday-Saturday 6:30pm, Sunday 7pm from Springfield, IL on Golf Channel)

Speaking of excitement, here’s the weekend golf events.

So…ummm…anyone have some tumbleweeds we can watch blow around?

There’s good news from the golf world though, as David Feherty’s new Golf Channel show is about to debut…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-rN4-ES968&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

I’m so confused. Is it supposed to be a comedy?

6. Pro Wrestling: TNA Slammiversary (Sunday 8pm from Orlando live on Pay-Per-View)

TNA is trying to sell the idea of “wrestling” because WWE banned the word from being used.

I have a better idea for TNA. Sell the idea of Mickie James. Repeatedly.

mickiejames

5. Soccer: Team USA vs. Canada (Tuesday 8pm from Detroit live on Fox Soccer Channel), Team USA vs. Panama (Saturday 8pm from Tampa Bay live on Fox Soccer Channel); MLS-San Jose Earthquakes @ DC United (Saturday 7:30pm from RFK Stadium live on Comcast SportsNet)

I know we got our asses kicked by Spain Saturday, but we can’t effing lose to Canada, can we? I mean, aren’t the Canadian soccer players going to be too distracted by the Stanley Cup Finals to even show up for the game at Ford Field?

I could post a lot of things here, but NOT posting the epic South Park song would be a mistake…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAYMJnO9LBQ[/youtube]

4. Mixed Martial Arts: UFC 131-Junior Dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin (Saturday 9pm from Vancouver live on Pay-Per-View)

Boy, this event was SIGNIFICANTLY more exciting when it involved Brock Lesnar, wasn’t it?

No offense to Carwin or Dos Santos, who….are both fighters?

Seriously, everything is better when Brock Lesnar is involved. For example, Rikiski weighed 425 pounds. Remember what Lesnar did to him?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sqFambBnAM[/youtube]

3. Horse Racing: Belmont Stakes (Saturday 5pm from Elmont, NY live on NBC)

I’m not going to lie. The Belmont is my favorite of Rick’s calls all year, if only because he actually knows the song he’s supposed to sing before the race…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMZ0XIioWWY[/youtube]

By the way, I’ll give you a dollar** if you can name the 2010 Belmont winner off the top of your head*.

(*You checked Wikipedia…you had no idea a horse named Drosselmeyer ever existed.)
(**You and I both know I don’t have a dollar to give you.)

2. NBA Playoffs: NBA Finals-Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks (Game 4 Tuesday 9pm from Dallas live on ABC, Game 5 Thursday 9pm from Dallas live on ABC, Game 6 if necessary Sunday 8pm from Miami live on ABC)

Despite LeBron James missing another big shot in the closing moments of a game, America was saddened to see the Heat take a 2-1 lead in the Finals Sunday night.

But take heart America, we still have a lot of great things happening for us. For example, we stole Nina Dobrev from Bulgaria! (Thanks, WWTDD!)

dobrev

1. NHL Playoffs: Stanley Cup Finals-Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins (Game 4 Wednesday 8pm from Boston live on VERSUS, Game 5 if necessary Friday 8pm from Vancouver live on NBC, Game 6 if necessary Monday 8pm from Boston live on NBC)

I can’t believe how much of a big deal I made about Team USA against Canada in soccer earlier only to turn around and remind everyone that the Canucks are doing God’s work against those *ssholes from Beantown in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Words could never express how much I despise Boston. Thank God Steven Tyler hasn’t made good music in 20 years or else I might feel bad about how much I’m forced to dislike him by proxy.

Seriously, Boston sucks. Just ask Tina Fey…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdwqXQr-UFM[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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50 words or less …. Ray Lewis is right about crime

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50 words or less …. Ray Lewis is right about crime

Posted on 23 May 2011 by Rex Snider

So, I’m starting this blog on Sunday evening, enroute to a Monday morning delivery for your consumption. Did anything happen over the weekend? Did gloom and doom accompany Kegasus’ arrival at Pimlico?

Indeed, a few distinct things impacted Baltimore during the last 72 hours. Here’s a Readers Digest view:

The Orioles were handed their heads on Friday night, but bounced back to beat a bad Nationals team in the final two games of this irrelevant “Beltway Series.”

Shackleford is a Preakness champion and his trainer, Dale Romans is undoubtedly grateful Saturday’s big race wasn’t on the longer confines of Belmont Park.

And ….

For better or worse, Ray Lewis will be finding himself in a rare compromising position with NFL stakeholders and media, regarding comments he made during a weekend interview with the World Wide Leader.

I give you the Monday edition of “50 Words Or less ….”
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Is Nestor Getting Nervous?
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Jump in the wayback machine to Tuesday, May 11th, for just a moment. During that day’s edition of the AFTERNOON DRIVE, Nestor popped in-studio for a couple moments and by the time he departed, we agreed to wager based on the Orioles/Cardinals series, in June.

If the series’ attendance is 75,000+ over three games, Nestor will owe me and Ryan dinner at Crush Restaurant. And, if the attendance is lower, I’ll spring for our grub.

Do, I feel optimistic? Well, I had some doubts …. but I still think nice crowds will be drawn to see Albert Pujols make his first-ever trip to Camden Yards. And, as evidenced by this past weekend’s numbers for the Nationals series, I’m a little more inspired.

The total for 3 days of baseball against a bad local team? 91,175 …..
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Say What ???
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Ray Lewis has maintained a public persona as stealth as the likes of Cal Ripken Jr. and Peyton Manning when it comes to conveying a bland, but stellar image over this last decade. Aside from tormenting opponents, he has established himself as the public face of the Baltimore Ravens and he participates in numerous charitable initiatives.

Over the past 10 years, Ray has taken countless routes of the high road, as he’s rebuilt and forged an image that’s bound to carry him beyond the football field. But, with an interview that aired over the weekend on ESPN, he appeared to stray from his norm of avoiding controversy.

Or did he?

In the interview, which is based on NFL labor strife, Ray made some questionable comments about a perceived correlation between a CANCELED NFL SEASON and CRIME. In a portion of the exchange, he suggested crime will increase without a season, because “there’s nothing to do.”

Don’t make the mistake of simply reading the print version of the conversation.  WATCH THE INTERVIEW.  He was not referring to players committing crimes to coincide with a lost season.  His reference was toward the very people he’s trying to help – who have no professional tie to the National Football League.

In blunt honesty, he’s probably right. Without football, I will assume those who find trouble as a means to doing something “constructive” when their favorite teams aren’t playing …. well, they’ll find trouble.

And, while he’s likely right, we know the predicted and forecasted behavior is not RIGHT. Thus, I’m assuming Ray would like to have a “do over” on the interview. From a national perspective, he’s gonna get crushed for the comments, fair or not.

Here’s the interview: RAY LEWIS SPEAKS
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It’s Shackleford By A …..
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All is well that ends well, right? I’m certain such words would’ve been met with less than a receptive reaction by anyone affiliated with Animal Kingdom following Saturday’s loss in the Preakness.

Trust me, I had every reason to hope Animal Kingdom won that race, and if it was just a little further distance, perhaps, it would’ve happened. But, Pimlico is the shortest of the three Triple Crown tracks and Shackleford was the first to cross the finish line, albeit by less than a length.

Of course, we all know what this means, huh? Yep, for the third consecutive year, Belmont will simply stand as a backdrop of irrelevance, while absent the intrigue of the possible coronation of a Triple Crown champion for the first time, since 1978.
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Paranoid Predictions Find Failure
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I have a simple message for the wackos who forecasted an abrupt end of the world, and the Baltimore-lovin’ purists who envisioned the character, Kegasus, as a cross between breeds of Larry Flynt and Bad, Bad Leroy Brown …..

YOU WERE WRONG

The weekend ended with oceans, continents and its living souls unscathed, and ironically, the same thing can be said for the Preakness infield and its inhabitants.

Horses went unpunched. Urinals remained upright and used for the purpose. The ‘ole shotputted beer became a little more distant in memory. And, nobody died.

Heed the lesson my friends ….

“A very small portion of any respective population is generally responsible for an overwhelming abundance of that group’s problems”

So, as another week begins, I’m just glad our world still exists (my birthday is just 8 days away) and to be proven correct in my assessment of the Kegasus’ marketing appeal. It was a grand success.

Believe me, the Baltimore Police Department was confident that Saturday’s infield event would be a peaceful, orderly semblance of partiers.  Did isolated incidents of misconduct occur.  No doubt …. but those who were arrested were FEW in numbers, and they were responsible for MOST of any problems.

Got it?

I will talk with you at 2pm …. HAVE A GREAT MONDAY.

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7: Greatest Sports Collapses

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7: Greatest Sports Collapses

Posted on 17 May 2011 by Glenn Clark

In honor of what happened Monday night to the Baltimore Orioles against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, today’s Tuesday Top 7 topic was “The Top 7 Greatest Sports Collapses.”

Once again, it’s pretty self-explanatory, correct?

Glenn Clark’s list…

7. “Gone in 54 seconds” Maryland vs. Duke

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhoAuSamgr4[/youtube]

6. Yankees blow 3-0 lead to Sox in 2004 ALCS

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5. Jean Van De Velde 1999 British Open

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dR1pkCGY80[/youtube]

4. Tony Stewart runs out of gas (2010 New Hampshire)

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3. Smarty Jones 2004 Belmont Stakes

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8s_iIIJiOY[/youtube]

2. Portland blows 15 point 4th quarter lead to Lakers (2000 Western Conference Finals Game 7)

shaq

1. 2005 Baltimore Orioles second half

palmeiro

Drew Forrester’s list…

7. 2007 Mother’s Day Massacre

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6. Ghana’s Gyan misses penalty kick in 2010 World Cup

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9FamXhzu0A&feature=related[/youtube]

5. Bruins blow 3-0 series lead, 3-0 Game 7 lead in 2010 NHL Playoffs

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4. Miami blows 31-0 halftime lead to Maryland

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyuLXhHg8Cg[/youtube]

3. Jana Novatna blows 4-1 3rd set lead at Wimbledon to Steffi Graf

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ObApMX_wLo[/youtube]

2. Greg Norman blows six stroke lead in final round of 1996 Masters

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwSXgLc_QIA[/youtube]

1. Van De Velde collapse on 18 at Carnoustie

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If you missed the explanation of why these players made the list on “The Morning Reaction” Tuesday on AM1570 WNST, hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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MJC Renews TV Deal with NBC, adds VERSUS

Posted on 22 February 2011 by WNST Staff

NBC SPORTS GROUP REASSEMBLES TRIPLE CROWN

Multi-Year Agreements to Renew Preakness Stakes and Reacquire Belmont Stakes

Previously Announced Kentucky Derby Extension Now Includes Increased Programming

More Than 25 Hours of Triple Crown Coverage on NBC and VERSUS

NEW YORK – February 22, 2011 – The NBC Sports Group will broadcast all three legs of horse racing’s prestigious Triple Crown, renewing the rights to the Preakness Stakes and reacquiring rights to the Belmont Stakes. As previously announced, NBC and Churchill Downs, Inc. renewed rights to the Kentucky Derby. This marks the first time that all three races will be on one network since NBC aired them in 2005. The agreements were announced today by Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Sports Group, Tom Chuckas, President and Chief Operating Officer, Maryland Jockey Club, and C. Steven Duncker, NYRA Chairman. Like NBC Sports’ agreement with Churchill Downs, each agreement announced today gives NBC exclusive rights to the Preakness and Belmont through 2015.

The agreements include coverage of the Black Eyed Susan Stakes and other Preakness-day and Belmont-day programming on VERSUS.  Additionally, expanded Derby week programming including the Kentucky Oaks and Derby day programming will air on VERSUS. In all, the NBC Sports Group will broadcast more than 25 hours of Triple Crown coverage (detailed schedule to be released at a later date). Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

“Everyone at NBC Sports Group is delighted that the Triple Crown has been reassembled. We are now uniquely positioned to significantly expand the reach of these iconic events with extensive coverage on VERSUS,” said Ebersol. “As we previously announced, we are continuing our long-standing partnership with the Kentucky Derby. To add this extension with the Preakness while reacquiring the Belmont gives our new NBC Sports Group the three most important events in thoroughbred racing. And we want to thank Churchill Downs Incorporated and CEO Bob Evans for his leadership in paving the way for the Triple Crown to return to NBC.”

“We are pleased to renew our broadcast partnership with NBC Sports,” said Chuckas.  “Our relationship with NBC allows us the opportunity to reach more than just sports fans.  The partnership not only affords us the stature and exposure of a continued presence on network television but provides the added benefit of NBC’s consistent promotion through the Kentucky Derby leading into the Preakness.”

“We are thrilled to return our premier race to NBC Sports,” said Duncker. “They have done a terrific job covering horse racing, including their Kentucky Derby and the Preakness broadcasts over the prior decade. With an excellent production team that has pioneered innovative camera angles, and a tremendous group of on-air talent that offers unique insights into the races, NBC Sports will be a great partner for the Belmont Stakes.”

NBC SPORTS AND HORSE RACING: The NBC Sports Group is now the exclusive home to Horse Racing’s Triple Crown.  This marks the first time that all three races will be on one network since NBC last aired the Triple Crown in 2005.  NBC has been the exclusive home of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes since 2001.

KENTUCKY DERBY: In the 10 years that Churchill Downs and NBC Sports have been together the event has experienced remarkable growth. The Kentucky Derby is now seen by 7.4 million more viewers than the last Kentucky Derby broadcast by ABC in 2000 (16.5 million vs. 9.1 million, up 51 percent). The shared vision of Churchill Downs and NBC Sports’ successful ‘Big Event Strategy’ to assemble the broadest possible audience led to the 2010 Kentucky Derby being the most-watched Kentucky Derby in 21 years, in addition to the year prior which was the most-watched Derby in 20 years.  Last year’s Kentucky Derby averaged 16.5 million viewers, the most watched Kentucky Derby since 1989 when Sunday Silence won the Derby (18.5 million).

PREAKNESS STAKES: Since NBC Sports began broadcasting the Preakness in 2001, every Preakness telecast on NBC over that period attracted more viewers than any Preakness telecast on ABC in the previous seven years.  Viewership for the Preakness is up an average of 69% in the 10 years on NBC compared to the previous seven years on ABC.

BELMONT STAKES: NBC Sports broadcast the Belmont from 2001-05, including three straight years in which the Belmont had a Triple Crown at stake.  The 2004 Belmont featuring Smarty Jones racing for the Triple Crown was seen by 21.9 million viewers, the most for a Belmont broadcast since Seattle Slew captured the elusive Triple Crown in 1977.

Since its involvement in the Triple Crown, NBC Sports has been honored with 11 Eclipse Awards for its thoroughbred racing coverage, Preakness (2002-03-05-06-08), Kentucky Derby (2007), Belmont (2004) and Breeder’s Cup (2001).  Additionally, NBC Sports has won three Eclipse Awards in the features category: 2002 on War Emblem (Preakness broadcast), 2005 Afleet Alex (Kentucky Derby broadcast) and 2009 Mine That Bird (Preakness broadcast), and the 2005 and 2006 Preakness broadcasts were nominated for the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Special.

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Not JUST a Cheap Shot-But a Low Blow AND a Fact

Posted on 09 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

I will be enjoying my first day off in some time today; as I will be headed up to HersheyPark with some family during the day, then on to see Dave Matthews Band with friends tonight. Some might say I don’t deserve it, but to you I say…yeah…yeah, you’re probably right.

If you missed out “Cheap Shots From the Bleachers” segment yesterday, I responded to the fact that some in town (including 105.7 and the Baltimore Sun) were about 4 days late in getting to the “Ed Reed wants a new contract” story that we found out about during an interview with Ed last Friday with Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. (Which you can of course hear in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net.)

As I pointed out yesterday, it really doesn’t bother me if others in town give us credit when we have something first-whether it’s an interview, story, or anything else. I understand the way things work in Baltimore. There are partnerships-The Orioles have partnered with the Sun, MASN, WJZ 13 and 105.7. The Ravens have partnered with the Sun, MASN, WBAL Radio/WBAL 11 and 98 Rock. Therefore, those folks need to give each other backrubs. That doesn’t bother me, it really doesn’t.

Instead, it reminded me that maybe some folks TRULY believed that by listening to other folks in town, they would be the first to get info or hear interviews. That’s simply not the case. If you want to hear from a sports newsmaker in Charm City, WNST IS the place to turn. Consider just these things from the Spring and Summer of 2010…

-WNST.net was the first media source to talk to new Ravens WR Anquan Boldin. We posted comments from Anquan via the website and Twitter (follow us @WNST) less than 15 minutes after the Ravens acquired him from the Arizona Cardinals; and before even BaltimoreRavens.com had posted comments from the receiver. Boldin appeared with us on WNST for a live interview after being introduced in Owings Mills.

-WNST was also the first media outlet to talk to DT Cory Redding after he was acquired by the Ravens. Redding, Shayne Graham, Ken Hamlin and now even Walt Harris (who appeared with Drew Forrester Friday morning on AM1570) have all since did their first Baltimore interviews with us on WNST. Dwan Edwards did his first interview after leaving Baltimore for the Buffalo Bills with us as well.

-While WBAL’s partnership with the Ravens allowed them to speak to certain members of the Ravens 2010 Draft class before anyone else; WNST was the first station in town to speak to ALL members of the Ravens draft class-Sergio Kindle, Terrence Cody, Ed Dickson, Dennis Pitta, David Reed, Arthur Jones and Ramon Harewood. We also spoke live on-air with the undrafted free agents who have the best shot at making the roster out of Training Camp-CB Prince Miller and FB Mike McLaughlin.

-Did I mention the Ed Reed thing?

-It isn’t just that we’re first with the Ravens though. Following Selection Sunday, WNST was the first to talk live with Morgan State’s Reggie Holmes and Todd Bozeman, as well as Maryland’s Eric Hayes and Gary Williams. In fact, all 4 made live radio appearances on WNST within 13 hours of the Selection Sunday announcement.

-Since then, WNST was the first place to hear from Hayes, Landon Milbourne and Greivis Vasquez as those Terps prepared for the NBA Draft.

-Before that, WNST was the first place to hear from football Terrapins like Nolan Carroll, Chris Turner, Terrell Skinner and Bruce Campbell as they prepared for the NFL Draft.

-Also, WNST has been the first station to talk to Debbie Yow after she departed College Park for NC State, as well as Maryland interim Athletic Director Randy Eaton. We were also the first station to talk to new Maryland lacrosse coach John Tillman, new Loyola AD Jim Paquette and Towson interim Athletic Director Ted Zaleski Jr. After breaking the news that Xavier assistant Bino Ranson would be leaving Cincinnati for Maryland, WNST was also the first media outlet in town to talk to him.

-There’s more than that. After winning the Kentucky Derby and while looking towards the Preakness, both Calvin Borel and Todd Pletcher did their first Baltimore interviews with WNST. After winning the Belmont Stakes, both winning jockey Mike Smith and first time Triple Crown race-winning trainer Bill Mott did their first Baltimore interviews with WNST.

There’s more, but we’ll leave it at that for now. None of these were locker room sessions, press conferences, or a case where one of our hosts stuck a mic in someone’s face and got a comment. These were all LIVE radio interviews, and they were the first interviews done in town by important newsmakers in Baltimore sports.

Clearly, the Baltimore Orioles are missing from the list. That being said, the Baltimore Orioles have been missing from the field for the better part of the season as well. I could point out that WNST was the first to talk to Frederick Keys pitcher Nathan Moreau after he threw a no-hitter, but I’m not sure that would matter much. The relationship between the O’s and WNST is well-documented, and I’m not interested in re-igniting that fire here.

The reason I wrote this isn’t to “trash” other media outlets in town. I think a lot of folks in town do a really good job. I would know, as I have checked out the archives of every outlet on a daily basis to make sure that I wasn’t lying about any interview I claimed WNST had “first.” In fact, I’d encourage you to check out our own Audio Vault at WNST.net, and then check out the archives of other outlets in town (105.7, 1370, 1090) to confirm for yourself. Of course, you’ll learn exactly what I wrote above.

The reason I wrote this is to remind you that the BEST place to go to hear from sports newsmakers in Baltimore is AM1570 WNST and WNST.net.

Some other outlets like to tell you that they’re the “Sports Leader.” I’ll just encourage you to check our work.

A lot of folks in town do a great job of talking to folks ABOUT the news. But there is one CLEAR choice when it comes to hearing from the folks who are MAKING news.

It’s all there.

-G

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Winning Trainer in Belmont Bill Mott: “We’ll Work Our Way Backwards”

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Winning Trainer in Belmont Bill Mott: “We’ll Work Our Way Backwards”

Posted on 08 June 2010 by Ryan Chell

Bill Mott has been a widely-known and prestigious trainer in the horse racing business, and has been racing horses since he was 15 back in 1968. He has over 3000 wins with his horses in his career, but over his illustrious career on horse tracks, he had never won any legs of the Triple Crown.

On Saturday at the Belmont Stakes, with jockey Mike Smith atop his project, Drosselmeyer, a 13-1 shot to win the race, got both his trainer and his jockey the victory and finally added a prestigious accomplishment to the two’s resumes.

The win gives Mott his first ever Triple Crown race. Now all he has to do is win the other two. Mott said its kind of funny that the first one he won was the last leg of the three big horse races.

Bill Mott, now a Triple Crown leg winner.

“I said Saturday we’ll work backwards,” he laughed. “We’ll get the Belmont first, then the Preakness, then the Derby last.”

Mott knew he saw good things out of his horse coming into the final leg of the Triple Crown based on his previous races.

“The one thing I know is that he came off a really good workout the week before the Belmont,” Mott said. “He looked good.”

Mott has had success on this track before. His most widely known horse, Cigar, who brought home his first 16 races he raced (including Pimlico and the Breeders Cup) in 1995-1996, won its final race at the Belmont. Before that, Cigar had earned maybe the nation’s biggest prize for a horse, the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year.

Mott continued, saying that it was just about time for this horse, in this case Drosselmeyer, to have their hard work pay off.

“The timing of everything is so right,” Mott said. “That’s so important in any sporting event, especially horse racing, to make sure the horse is peaking at the right time.”

Mott said that while the horse did have to improve some here and there, they were confident that if the horse could hold with the big boys for the majority of the race, it’s speed down the stretch would put him in the winner’s circle, and it sure did on Saturday.

“He’s a horse that we felt like if he got into the race with a quarter of a mile to go, he’d a factor.”

Another factor turned out to be the winning combination of Drosselmeyer and the jockey, Mike Smith, who is widely regarded as one of the top jockeys in the sport. Mott said a ton of the credit should go to the Smith for bringing the best out of the horse and knowing how to use its talents.

“He’s a good athlete and he’s got a feel for horses,” Mott said of Smith, who also won his first Belmont Stakes race on Saturday. “He’s got a tremendous amount of experience. He’s been at this a long time, and he’s won a lot of races.”

Mott said that just like the horse, Smith was on a hot streak of his own, and combined with his horse’s success, the two could do no wrong together.

” He’s been on a great swing right now…and he’s kind of coming back into his own. He was on a high point, and he’s peaking at the right moment.”

Will we see this triumvirate-Mott, Smith, and Drosselmeyer-try and continue their success at the Belmont soon, or ever again?

Mott says to wait and see. Keep an eye out for them at the Breeder’s Cup.

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because I really find Aziz Ansari from “Parks and Recreation” to be quite funny. Not enough to spend hours watching the MTV Movie Awards, but certainly enough to head over to YouTube and giggle at this clip of him and Zach Galifianakis…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4T__lCzZgk[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Orioles picked Miami Brito HS SS Manny Machado with 3rd overall pick in MLB Entry Draft

It isn’t that I’m not excited about Manny Machado, it’s just that I’m not really excited about any 17 year old anywhere.

(Edit from GMC: Please spare me your “Jailbait” comments. I’ve already thought of all of them.)

I hope that at some point Machado becomes a Baltimore Oriole, and if he does I hope he turns out to be a really good player. I also hope that Machado isn’t sitting in Frederick in 4 years the way Billy Rowell currently is.

I guess I’m just trying to keep things in perspective. Believe me, even I think it’s crazy that I’M trying to offer perspective-but getting excited about a kid who isn’t even old enough to VOTE might be okay for NBA fans, but not for baseball fans.

Hopefully we’re ALL excited about him in a few years though. It burns the HELL out of me that fans in Washington have something to be excited about tonight.

2. Miami Herald’s Manny Navarro says Machado has been compared to A-Rod, will now try to be next Cal Ripken

I pray to God that Manny Machado is a THIRD of the player either one of these guys has been.

The Orioles will continue making picks in the MLB Entry Draft today, starting with the 85th overall pick-the 3rd pick in the 3rd round. Luke Jones will check in with profiles on the players the team selects throughout the day.

I would do it myself…but…umm…I’d rather sit and watch clothes circle around my washing machine??? Hell, I’d rather watch the Orioles play.

If you need a distraction, consider Lorraine Van Wyk-who Busted Coverage let me know existed yesterday…

vanwyk

3. STATS’ Kate Hedlin previews O’s-Yankees series starting tonight at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

First pitch tonight is at 7:05pm at OPACY, Phil Hughes faces Kevin Millwood-if you’d like to avoid the 20,000 New York fans who will be in attendance you can check the game out on MASN. Luke Jones will be hosting our “Orange Crush” chat tonight at WNST.net.

I’d say I was picking the Orioles to win tonight…If I thought the Orioles were capable of winning tonight.

If you missed YES Network Yanks analyst Ken Singleton this morning with Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault and check it out. Other guests this morning included Baseball Prospectus Draft analyst Kevin Goldstein and Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, who won his first Belmont Stakes (or Triple Crown race at all) with Drosselmeyer Saturday.

4. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Troy Patton, Rhyne Hughes had big night for Birds on farm

And before we move on from the Orioles, a couple of things:

-Brian Roberts’ return has been delayed…again…and I get the feeling I’m not the only one who’s wondering if Brian Roberts will EVER be the same. In his Sun blog, Peter Schmuck pointed out that surgery is commonly an option with those dealing with herniated discs. If surgery is an option for B-Rob at this point, I have NO IDEA why the organization wouldn’t just have him go ahead and get it done.

-Congratulations to our “Apologist of the Morning”, from the Weaver’s Tantrum Blog…”Dave Mc”, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator”. Dave wrote something comparing Will Ohman this year to George Sherrill last year in terms of trade value. Here’s what he said in closing…

“I think we will find that Sherrill gets a healthier return than Ohman, but there are still plenty of teams that will put together a quality package for Ohman this year.”

And if by “quality package” he meant “player to be named later”, I think I’d agree with him.

5. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Ravens lose a week of OTA practices due to ‘inadvertant’ whistle-blower

Well…this is weird.

There was rampant speculation yesterday about who in the locker room out in Owings Mills may have been the one to blow the whistle on John Harbaugh and staff; with guesses ranging from Jared Gaither to Willis McGahee to even Rex Ryan. The word is that NONE of them were the guilty party, and that’s why I was a bit uncomfortable with speculating to begin with.

I’m really unmoved by this. A number of teams have been accused of running practices too long, or being too tough in practice, or something along those lines. In fact, a number of Cleveland Browns players were unhappy with Eric Mangini for something along those lines.

The only real issue here is whether or not John Harbaugh has run the risk of losing the locker room by being particularly tough in practice. It doesn’t appear as though that’s the case, so this shouldn’t REALLY end up being much of a big deal.

Credit where credit’s due: there’s a fake Juan Samuel on Twitter (@NotJuanSamuel) who Tweeted us last night (follow us @WNST) to say “Do not think too much “intensity” in practice will be a problem for my team. Or games for that matter.

Well done.

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Jared Gaither signed one year restricted tender

Which means Gaither should get a week of practice in now after injuring his foot, and before the team heads over to McDaniel College to get back to work at Training Camp in late July.

Apparently Gaither’s deal is worth $2.396 million. If I had $2.396 million, I feel like I could impress Catrinel Menghia. Maybe??? (Thanks Guyism!)

menghia

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s John Eisenberg says Lardarius Webb looking at injury as ‘blessing in disguise’

There’s always a right way to say everything.

Before we move on from the Ravens, a reminder that we’ll be out there today at 1 Winning Drive for Passing Camp; and you will be able to hear all of the thoughts from John Harbaugh, as well as the players who are gathered out there today. Make sure you’re tuned in with Rex Snider and Ray Bachman throughout the day. Despite it now being the final week of OTA practices, I’m not expecting to see the likes of Ray Lewis and company present today.

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Cornell’s Jeff Tambroni off Maryland lacrosse candidate list

Which will be a sign to some that maybe the Maryland job wasn’t quite the “anyone would want this job” gig some in College Park thought it might be.

In fact, in talking with Patrick and others who cover lacrosse, I’ve heard a few times that folks really believe the Big Red job is a BETTER job than the one that Dave Cottle just left.

It might be tough to stomach, but considering the fact that Cornell has reached the last two Final Fours and has clearly shown they are capable of winning a NCAA Championship; I think I might believe it.

9. The Sun’s Mike Preston says Stevenson coach Paul Cantabene has not been contacted regarding Terrapins job

Most in the lacrosse circles believe Cantabene, Albany coach Scott Marr and Syracuse assistant Lelan Rogers to be the three top candidates now that Tambroni and Mike Pressler have passed. I would assume that Maryland will get ONE of those three guys, but I’m guess Cantabene is probably third on the list.

My guess? Scott Marr gets the gig.

10. Testudo Times’ Ben Goldstein says former Terps forward Tahj Holden taking assistant job at Monmouth (via Adam Zagoria)

With Holden being a New Jersey guy, everything about this makes sense. Tahj is VERY bright, and should do a good job transitioning into the coaching profession.

A better fit than Tahj Holden taking a gig in the Garden State? How about the bikini Hayden Panettiere wore to the beach? (Thanks again, Guyism!)

haydenp

And finally, I leave you with this.

Deadspin posted some sort of video of Mexican Wrestling today. I don’t understand it, but I love it…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH7SXtpj9SE[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 07 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me, as I got the chance to see “Get Him To The Greek” this weekend, and it was really freaking funny. Russell Brand isn’t ALWAYS funny, but the Aldous Snow character is hilarious, and the Infant Sorrow band concept is hilarious as well. The “Furry Walls” song might only be funny if you saw the movie…but I saw the movie. And I’m more important…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKPhi-kr6cA[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Markakis got game winning hit in 11th as Birds topped Red Sox

OH THANK GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I thought there was half a chance Stephanie Rawlings-Blake might orchestrate a victory parade through the Inner Harbor area and on to City Hall last night to celebrate.

Just be honest. Knowing the Yankees and Mets were set to stroll into Charm City over the next week, raise your hand if you thought there was at least half a chance the losing streak might end up reaching 17.

My hand is raised.

When MASN flashed Miguel Tejada’s career numbers against Hideki Okajima, it made total sense for the Sox to walk him and take their chances against Markakis. That being said, Nick Markakis is like the ONLY hitter you would trust in the Baltimore lineup to actually come through with a hit in that situation.

It was fun. That being said, it was one win.

Hopefully it won’t be 10 games before we’re talking about another.

2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of win

Brian Matusz was not bad at all yesterday, giving up just 2 runs on 4 hits (although he did walk 4) and striking out 7. That being said, he lasted just 5 and 2/3 innings and threw 117 pitches. Frankly, given the edict from the top of the organization to care more about pitch counts than trying to win, I was surprised Matusz was even allowed to pitch INTO the sixth inning.

He’s going to have to get more pitch efficient, and work deeper into games. I’m still of the belief that he is going to be the team’s best pitcher sooner than later, but he needs to be the best pitcher for 7 innings.

3. Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Juan Samuel enjoyed first victory as Orioles manager

Juan Samuel DESERVES to celebrate a managerial win, especially considering…well…I’m not so sure how many he’s going to get during his tenure as manager.

I didn’t necessarily expect him to go the Dave Trembley route and puff on a cigar in the post-game press conference, but I understand why he kept the scorecard to celebrate.

You know how I’d celebrate my first managerial win? I’d probably call Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and see if that’s the type of thing she’d be interested in knowing… (Thanks Guyism!)

rosie

4. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Andy MacPhail ‘can’t whiff’ on next managerial hire

Or in other words, Garrett Atkins wouldn’t be a good managerial hire.

I totally understand what Drew is saying, but there’s a small issue here. The issue is that due to the unbelievable 13 years of desperation, there ISN’T a former player or coach that is primed to become a manager anywhere in MLB-with the exception of former Arizona Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin, whose tenure in Baltimore was forgettable at best.

There are two categories to select from. One is the category of guys in baseball who are either former managers or primed to become mangers shortly. Melvin, Tom Kelly, Willie Randolph, Don Mattingly, Eric Wedge, Clint Hurdle, Ryne Sandberg, Larry Bowa and Phil Garner are some of the more well known names on that list. None of those guys are guys who are more interested in being the ORIOLES manager than they are in just being a manager ANYWHERE.

The second category is a group of former Orioles who we believe may be interested in becoming a manager, or who would like to see be interested in becoming a manager. Guys like Rick Dempsey, Mike Flanagan, BJ Surhoff, Billy Ripken, Cal Ripken, Mike Bordick, Ken Singleton and others are part of that list.

There’s really no crossover.

As far as I’m concerned, I just want whoever is best for the job. Problem is, I’m not really sure who that is. I’m not sure anyone else does either.

5. Virginian-Pilot’s Jared Diamond says Norfolk Tides pitcher Jake Arrieta ‘frustrated’ by strange Saturday night

And appearing frustrated might be enough for the Orioles to wait 3 more months before bringing up Arrieta.

The organization has screwed around with Arrieta over the last few years, getting mad at him for complaining about the Spring Training facilities and keeping him in the minors while they promoted the likes of Brad Bergesen, Chris Tillman and David Hernandez. Of course-of that group, only Tillman had the pedigree of Arrieta.

I hope Arrieta gets the call soon. I’m not convinced he’s going to set the world on fire, but I’d like to see what he has to offer. Bergsen would be the guy he would replace, but there’s always the chance Kevin Millwood or Jeremy Guthrie gets dealt before July 31 as well.

6. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Orioles expected to choose Manny Machado or Jamison Tallion depending on who Pirates pick in tonight’s MLB Entry Draft

A couple of things before we move on from the O’s…

-Make sure you are signed up for our WNST Text Service. We will not text out every draft pick over the next couple of days, but we will text out the first round pick tonight. I don’t think Bryce Harper will slip to the Orioles at #3, but everyone appears to be very high on Manny Machado and Jamison Tallion as well. In fact, MLB Network analyst John Hart (and you can watch the draft live tonight on MLB Network) told Drew Forrester this morning on AM1570 WNST that Machado compares favorably to a player like Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki. I’d take that!

If you missed Hart’s appearance on “The Morning Reaction” this morning, make sure you head on over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net and check it out. Other guests this morning included Belmont Stakes winning rider Mike Smith (who admitted that he stayed in his hotel after riding Drosselmeyer to a win to complete his career Triple Crown), former Maryland basketball coach Lefty Driesell (who looked back on the life of the great John Wooden), VERSUS NHL reporter Bob Harwood (who checked in on his way to Chicago for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals) and Baseball Prospectus’ Will Carroll. They’re all in the Audio Vault as well.

-Thanks to MASN for the colossal gut punch reminder that the O’s lost their 2nd round pick in the Draft when they acquired Mike Gonzalez from the Atlanta Braves. UGH.

-The Orioles are off tonight before opening up a 3 game set against the New York Yankees tomorrow. Kevin Millwood, Chris Tillman and Jeremy Guthrie are slated to face Phil Hughes, CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett during the series.

-Congratulations to our “Apologist of the Morning” Rick Dempsey, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator” today. Dempsey and Jim Hunter did the teaser for the “O’s Xtra” postgame show following Will Ohman’s blown save in the middle of the ninth inning. Hunter said “well Rick, a blown save for Will Ohman” to which Dempsey responded “Yeah, another blown save, but you gotta give the Orioles credit.”

You sure do. Congratulations, Rick!
7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens rookie DT Arthur Jones has ‘no regrets’ regarding trying last 12 months

And if you were out at Casey’s in Towson for our annual Miller Lite Purple Rookies Show last week, you’d know just how incredibly likeable Arthur Jones is. His story is worth the read if you get the chance to check out what Aaron had to say.

As another note, I have “no regrets” about spending my morning checking out Barstool Sports’ pictures of Amit Freidman…

amit

8. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says UNLV UFA WR Rodelin Anthony ‘intriguing prospect’ due to size

It’s hard to argue this. In fact, as I wrote last night in my first edition of “Mocking the 53“, NO team in the NFL can really ignore a 6’5″ receiver. Anthony is intriguing, but it is REALLY unlikely that he manages to stick around. As of right now, he’s behind not only Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason, Donte’ Stallworth and Mark Clayton on the depth chart; but also David Reed, Demetrius Williams, Justin Harper, Marcus Smith and even Eron Riley.

The practice squad seems like the most likely destination for Anthony-where he’d have an important role playing taller receivers like Antonio Bryant or Braylon Edwards in practice.

The Ravens are practicing again this week-with a Passing Camp at 1 Winning Drive. We’ll be out in Owings Mills tomorrow with full coverage of practice football.

9. InsideMDSports.com’s Seth Hoffman & Jeff Ermann say Maryland getting ‘pit bull’ in Bino Ranson

The reaction to the word that Bino Ranson is expected to be hired to join Gary Williams’ staff in College Park has been pretty positive from Terrapins fans. Ranson will face high expectations as far as recruiting in Baltimore, especially working alongside a Baltimore legend in Keith Booth.

It isn’t official yet-but we’ll be watching for an announcement over the next few days.

10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Johns Hopkins’ Michael Kimmel and Steven Boyle amongst locals selected in MLL Draft

So…yay!

Congratulations to the former Blue Jays and all of the former local players who found out where their lacrosse future will lead them.

It’s not that I’m not interested, I’m just MORE interested in Collien Fernandes’ pictures at Busted Coverage…

fernandes

And finally, I leave you with this.

Ray Allen’s incredible Game 2 in the NBA Finals made me think of Jesus Shuttleworth going off in “He Got Game.” It then made me think more about Public Enemy’s semi-awesome song “He Got Game”, the one that featured the sample of “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FmPskTljo0[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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