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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 18 April 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Mixed Martial Arts-Bellator Fighting Championships 42 (Saturday 9pm from Concho, OK live on MTV2); Arena Football: AFL Kansas City Command @ Chicago Rush (Friday 8pm from Chicago live on NFL Network); Soccer: MLS-New York Red Bulls @ DC United (Thursday 8pm from RFK Stadium live on ESPN2); Tennis: ATP Barcelona Open BancSabadell (Friday 6:30am, Saturday & Sunday 4pm from Barcelona on Tennis Channel); Golf: PGA Tour The Heritage (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Hilton Head, SC); Champions Tour Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (Friday 12:30pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on CBS. All golf from Savannah, GA)

10. Rush (Friday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena); Coheed and Cambria (Tuesday 7pm Rams Head Live, Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Crack The Sky (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); Rooney (Wednesday 7pm Bourbon Street); John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head On Stage, Thursday 8:30pm State Theatre), Bret Michaels (Thursday 8pm Rams Head On Stage); Michael McDonald (Thursday-Saturday DC Improv); Charlie Sheen (Tuesday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Stephen Kellogg (Friday 8:30pm Jammin’ Java-Vienna); Soulive (Saturday 9pm State Theatre); Local H (Sunday 8:30pm Rock & Roll Hotel), J Roddy Walston & The Business (Wednesday 8:30pm Rock & Roll Hotel); Saliva (Monday 7pm Jaxx); Gorillaz “The Fall” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’m ABSOLUTELY done with the Charlie Sheen fascination. I’m done even with the morbid curiosity. Unless he’s donning a Cleveland Indians jersey and hurling fastballs, I’m simply not interested.

I AM interested however in a Charm City appearance by the holy trinity…

Love Blues Traveler? You’re a good American. I loved Blues Traveler myself and will absolutely admit that I’m all in on John Popper’s new project…

Want to hear something that TOTALLY kicks ass? Here are Soulive and Robert Randolph doing Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”…

I’m not sure if anyone is still in the band, but I know Local H at least USED to be pretty awesome…

9. Glenn Clark’s Easter Plans (Sunday)

Here’s what I know. I DEMANDED Cadbury Cream Eggs Benedict from my girlfriend last year and she failed. It had better not happen again…


This is proof that God exists…I think.

8. Mortal Kombat available on Playstation3/XBox360 (Tuesday)

11 year old Glenn Clark is FREAKING OUT RIGHT NOW.

If Streetfighter Turbo comes next, I might be in full blown panic mode.

While we’re on the subject of video games, how many folks do you know that are Grand Champions in NFL Blitz 2000?

The answer is at least one.


7. College Football: Navy Blue-Gold Spring Game (Friday 7pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on CBS Sports)

I won’t be able to make it out to Annapolis Friday night, but I do have a couple of thoughts related to College Football.

1-Alabama fans have to be at least a LITTLE embarrassed by the Nick Saban statue that was unveiled in Tuscaloosa, right? Of course, the more embarrassing part is that I’m SURE this means Auburn is rushing to get a Gene Chizik statue erected too.

2-Cliff Tucker is trying is hand as a receiver for the Maryland football team now that the whole hoops thing is over, huh? Seems like a good option, but I feel as though maybe I would have gone with Competitive Cheer…


6. NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals-New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics (Game 2 Tuesday 7pm from Boston live on TNT, Game 3 Friday 7pm from New York live on ESPN, Game 4 Sunday 3:30pm from New York live on ABC); Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic (Game 2 Tuesday 7:30pm from Orlando live on NBA TV, Game 3 Friday 8pm from Atlanta live on ESPN2, Game 4 Sunday 7pm from Atlanta live on TNT); Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers (Game 3 Thursday 7pm from Indianapolis live on NBA TV, Game 4 Saturday 2:30pm from Indianapolis live on TNT); Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers (Game 3 Thursday 8pm from Philadelphia live on TNT, Game 4 Sunday 1pm from Philadelphia live on ABC); Western Conference Quarterfinals-Portland Trailblazers vs. Dallas Mavericks (Game 2 Tuesday 9:30pm from Dallas live on TNT, Game 3 Thursday 10:30 from Portland live on TNT, Game 4 Saturday 5pm from Portland live on TNT, Game 5 Monday from Dallas TBD); Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Game 2 Wednesday 8pm from Oklahoma City live on TNT, Game 3 Saturday 10pm from Denver live on ESPN, Game 4 Monday 10:30pm from Denver live on TNT); Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs (Game 2 Wednesday 8:30pm from San Antonio live on NBA TV, Game 3 Saturday 7:30pm from Memphis live on ESPN, Game 4 Monday from Memphis TBD); New Orleans Hornets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (Game 2 Wednesday 10:30pm from Los Angeles live on TNT, Game 3 Friday 9:30pm from New Orleans live on ESPN, Game 4 Sunday 9:30pm from New Orleans live on TNT)

Let’s be honest…NBA basketball is AWFUL in the regular season and just sorta okay in the playoffs.

But Dwyane Wade and Jalen Rose (and Kyle Korver) did some pretty impressive things over the weekend…

5. NHL Playoffs: Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers Game 4 (Wednesday 7pm from New York live on Comcast SportsNet & VERSUS), New York Rangers @ Washington Capitals Game 5 (Saturday 3pm from Verizon Center live on NBC), Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers Game 6 if necessary (Monday TBD from New York live on Comcast SportsNet)

I know there are a few folks in Baltimore who have gone to the dark side and are rooting for the hockey team down in the Nation’s Capital.

That’s their choice…I won’t judge them. Much. I MIGHT however buy them a new Washington Redskins shirt to wear this football season while we’re all donning purple at M&T Bank Stadium.

To those that are still on the fence, I encourage you to root for the Rangers. If you’re not familiar with Sean Avery, let me introduce you to a few young ladies who ARE familiar with Mr. Avery…

Hilary Rhoda


Elisha Cuthbert


Lake Bell


And “Stacy’s Mom” herself, Rachel Hunter


You seriously don’t think this guy is worth rooting for?!?!?

4. Charm City Heroes (Friday-Saturday Pikesville Hilton)

With no offense to Frank Robinson, Mike Curtis, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, Earl Weaver, Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson, Roberto Alomar, Lenny Moore, Gino Marchetti, Art Donovan, Raymond Berry, Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, Brian Roberts, Buck Showalter or anyone else scheduled to attend this event (holy hell that’s quite the list), it’s not complete.

I mean…seriously…how about our city’s greatest Olympic champion?


Could anything say “hero” more than that picture?!?!?

3. Ravens Pre-Draft Luncheon (Tuesday 12:45pm 1 Winning Drive, airing 5:30pm on AM1570 WNST), Brian Billick Live! Pre-NFL Draft Show (Tuesday 7pm Mother’s Federal Hill)

I guess the excitement surrounding the NFL Draft has been a bit dampened because of the lockout. But that’s only because we haven’t spent time watching NFL DRAFT PORN!

I want all of them.

2. Boxing: Top Rank-Roberto Marroquin vs. Frankie Leal (Saturday 11pm from Thackerville, OK live on Fox Sports Net nationally, Comcast SportsNet locally); Joseph Agbeko vs. Abner Mares (Saturday 10:30pm from Los Angeles live on Showtime); Friday Night Fights: Breidis Prescott vs. Bayan Jargal (Friday 8pm from Uncasville, CT live on ESPN2)

Of course this makes the list because Ravens S Tom Zbikowski is scheduled to fight on the undercard of the Marroquin-Leal fight.

By the way, if you haven’t seen “The Fighter”, you might as well just admit you hate America. How AWESOME is this clip?

1. College Lacrosse: Navy @ Johns Hopkins (Saturday 8pm from Homewood Field live on ESPNU); Hobart @ Loyola (Saturday 12pm from Ridley Athletic Complex live on ABC2/ESPN3.com); Vermont @ UMBC (Saturday 1pm UMBC Stadium); ACC Lacrosse Tournament: Maryland vs. North Carolina (Friday 5pm from Durham, NC live on TheACC.com), ACC Championship Game (Sunday 3:30pm from Durham, NC live on Comcast SportsNet); CAC Tournament: St. Mary’s @ Stevenson (Wednesday 4pm Caves Athletic Complex), CAC Championship Game (Sunday 2pm from Caves Athletic Complex if Stevenson wins Wednesday)

I’ve posted this before I’m sure. I don’t care. Suck it, UNC!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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A "tough love" message about Orioles baseball

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A “tough love” message about Orioles baseball

Posted on 28 March 2011 by Rex Snider

A little more than a week ago, Nestor approached the WNST bloggers with an idea about conveying our LOVE for the Orioles and Baltimore baseball; through our writings in the week leading up to Opening Day. To boot, he granted each of us with a specific day to feature our words regarding the spirited topic.

Today is my day …..

Since I’m on the big stage, I will not waste the grand opportunity, nor will I spare the feelings or emotions of anyone who reads this piece. From readers and listeners, to my very brethren at WNST, everyone is fair game for my message and view on the unconditional value attached to actually loving something or someone.

For me, the expression of LOVE is not always a warm and emotional message. Nope, it’s not typecast in a Valentine’s Day greeting or heart shaped box of candy. Call it what you will, but loving anything can be frustrating, if not a heart-wrenching experience.

Love can be tough …..

But, “tough love” has opened the eyes of many misguided or conflicted souls. It has also caused many good people to accept and realize their current path is not productive. Indeed, dolling out a good dose of our toughest brand of love has saved many relationships and lives.

Today, you’re gonna get TOUGH LOVE and the intent behind it. If you’re my friend or foe, co-worker or colleague, boss or blood, it doesn’t matter – I’m heaping every single soul who proclaims a love for this city and its baseball team into one collective crowd.

If you don’t like such a stance or preached words, just stop reading. But, a message must be conveyed, and it’s quite simple:



And, for God’s sake, please take these words to heart:


Everybody who colors their baseball loving soul in black and orange understands how frustrating its been to wander aimlessly through more than a decade of misdirection and defeat. It has been an era none of us will ever forget in the totality of our lifetimes.

But, beyond our collective and personally observed memories of such a downtrodden time, what value can be found in continuing to dwell on it?

One of the primary lessons to be learned through the history of anything, including sports, is that yesterday has no real bearing on tomorrow. Tomorrow can still be affected, and yesterday cannot be changed, period.

Yet, as we welcome the start of a new baseball season and immediate era brimming with a true optimism, some of us are unable or unwilling to leave yesterday – the one thing that will never, EVER change, in the past.

We know such predictable pessimism when we see it, too …..

If you want a prime example of how a decade of dysfunction can grip ahold of someone’s soul, just look at the way some of Baltimore’s faithful sports souls are turning their teeth on Buck Showalter, because of comments he made in a recent Mens Journal article.

I get it, the Orioles skipper made some controversial remarks about the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Such statements about baseball’s most prestigious and relevant franchises will reap rebuttals from national media, as well as Bronx and Beantown supporters.

But, the criticisms of Showalter have emerged from Baltimore, as well. We’ve encountered such ramblings in blogs, message boards, web articles and social forums where “140 words or less” are the mandate.

Have those who’ve taken the Orioles manager to task even read the article? Probably, not. After all, there has been no mention of additional article highlights, which include Showalter’s obsessive preparation for umpiring crews, 4-5 weeks in advance, or his whiteboard session in the days that followed his acceptance of commanding this team.

Here is a question for the doubters …..

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Counterpoint: Bordick not amongst Orioles’ best, but I’m fine with induction

Posted on 20 March 2011 by Glenn Clark

Upon hearing that former SS Mike Bordick had been elected to the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame Saturday morning, I will admit that at first I thought to myself, “huh?”

But after a few minutes of thinking about it, it struck me that Mike Bordick is a fine choice for what isn’t a particularly significant honor.

Many Baltimore sports fans are particularly disappointed when they look towards the Baltimore Ravens’ Ring of Honor at M&T Bank Stadium and see the name Earnest Byner listed with the young franchise’s best players (Jonathan Ogden, Peter Boulware, Michael McCrary); the man who returned football to Charm City (Art Modell) and the players who represented the Baltimore Colts franchise that captivated this city for over 30 years.

Earnest Byner was a marginal contributor for two seasons and an assistant coach for a few years after that. It is well known that Modell wanted to honor Byner and decided the Ring of Honor was the way to do just that.

When Ravens fans in ten years see the names of Ray Lewis, Todd Heap, Jamal Lewis, Chris McAlister, Matt Stover and Brian Billick honored at their “Purple Palace”, Byner’s inclusion will seem out of place at best, but could be somewhat embarrassing when opposing fans visiting town ask “Byner? Why don’t you go ahead and put Kyle Boller up there too?”

The reality of Bordick’s induction to the Orioles Hall of Fame is that the honor itself isn’t significant enough to warrant such opposition. The Orioles honor their greatest players in franchise history by retiring their numbers and featuring them with figures outside Orioles Park at Camden Yards and commemorative signs inside OPACY as well.

As an organization, the O’s do a good job of separating the all-time greats (Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, Earl Weaver, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken) from those who simply warrant a “thank you” for their time in orange and black (BJ Surhoff, Harold Baines, Rick Dempsey, Mark Belanger).

Make no mistake. Mike Bordick does not deserved to be remembered in the same way as some other Birds who have received Hall of Fame status. Ken Singleton, Boog Powell, Dave McNally, Mike Flanagan and others had a much more significant impact on the franchise than Bordick.

Instead of being featured prominently at The Yard, Bordick will only receive mention on a small Eutaw Street wall plaque. The Orioles will hold their annual luncheon and pre-game ceremony for fans to thank Bordick, then he will mostly be a name on a list.

They’re not trying to compare Bordick to Ripken-even if Bordick was the player to replace the “Iron Man” at shortstop.

With the only criteria for induction being that the player must have played for the team for at least three seasons, Bordick (parts of six seasons) qualifies. He’ll be remembered for his All-Star Game appearance in 200 and a stellar defensive season in 2002. He’ll be remembered by myself as being the piece that brought Melvin Mora to Baltimore from the New York Mets.

For these reasons, I applaud Bordick’s election. It will be nice for me to clap for one of the few players I have enjoyed watching during these dreadful 13 seasons of Orioles baseball.


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Illinois LB Martez Wilson Top Inside Backer in Draft

Posted on 08 March 2011 by Brian Billick

Martez Wilson entered the combine as the top rated MLB prospect, and he backed up the hype with his workout.  Checking in at 6’3 3/4 250 lbs, he ran an eye popping 4.49 40-yard dash.  That time was best among all linebackers, both inside and out.  That speed is also on display when you watch WIlson’s tape – he easily runs with TE’s and receivers up the seam and plays well in man to man pass coverage.  He closes in quickly on the ball carrier and gets from sideline to sideline to make plays all over the field.  Wilson uses his length to his advantage and often gets his long arms on ballcarriers even when engaged by a blocker in the hole.  With that said, his read and react skills will need improvement to take his game to the next level.  He often got drawn in on play action and was easily fooled on misdirection plays.  In the college game, he made up for those false steps with his overall speed and quickness, but that will be magnified and exposed in the NFL.

Martez Wilson has all the physical attributes to be an impact player in the NFL, and he will continue to improve with better coaching and increased film study.  I look for him to be the first ins backer selected in the draft, but probably not until the middle of the 2nd round.

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Ravens Observation: Disappointed in Stallworth

Posted on 08 March 2011 by Brian Billick

In addition to player analysis and specific team needs, I will also try to include 2/3 specific Ravens observations per week.  Please check back here frequently and feel free to post a comment or follow me on twitter @coachbillick.

I was disappointed to see Ravens WR Donte Stallworth rip into the Ravens coaches for “not using me properly”.  I understand that every receiver wants the ball and thinks whatever system the team is running is wrong unless he is the primary focus.  It is also standard operating procedure for a player who is on the market, to lash out at his existing team if he wants other teams to know he is available and interested in leaving.  I get all this.  But Stallworth came to the Ravens under the most severe of circumstance after having been banished from the league after being involved in a vehicular death.  The Ravens took a major risk on signing Stallworth and it would have been nice to see a player, regardless of his current position, show some gratitude to the organization.  He could have accomplished his purpose without venting to Peter King about his under productivity.

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Ravens Finalize Extension With Harbaugh

Posted on 14 February 2011 by Glenn Clark

Baltimore Ravens President Dick Cass announced Monday the team has finalized a contract extension with Head Coach John Harbaugh.

Details of Harbaugh’s extension were not immediately available, but initial reports indicated the deal gave Harbaugh an additional three years to the year left on his initial contract. Harbaugh’s extension would keep him in Charm City through 2014.

“(Owner) Steve (Bisciotti) said that we want to make sure John remains as our head coach and we reached a new agreement late last week and Coach signed it this morning,” said Cass in a statement. “Having John increases our opportunity to compete for the NFL championship every year, which is our goal.”

Harbaugh has gone 32-16 in the regular season since replacing Brian Billick in 2008. Harbaugh has collected at least one playoff victory in each of his first three seasons, with the Ravens receiving an AFC Wild Card playoff berth in each campaign. He has posted a 4-3 postseason record overall.

“This is much appreciated and I am thankful to Steve,” said Harbaugh in a statement. “I want to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with him, (General Manager) Ozzie (Newsome), Dick (Cass), our players and everyone else in the organization as we work to bring championships to Baltimore. We have a lot of great people who are Ravens. I’m proud to be part of this. We all push each other and pull together. I said it when I came here: ‘It’s about the team.’ And, we plan to be a championship team.”

Harbaugh’s brother (Jim Harbaugh) recently signed a five year, $25 million deal to leave Stanford and become the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith also received a three year extension this offseason.

Harbaugh’s deal is not believed to be as lucrative as his brother’s, but likely closer to the deal Smith signed.



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At a crossroads ....

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At a crossroads ….

Posted on 08 February 2011 by Rex Snider

Take a few moments and slide into the “wayback machine” to February 8, 2001.  Our sports world was a distinctly different place ten years ago, huh?  From nearly every aspect imaginable, looking back just a mere decade paints a different picture for most of us.

From a local perspective:

Baltimore was still basking in the glow of a Super Bowl championship.

Brian Billick and Trent Dilfer were two of the most popular guys in town.

The Orioles were headed to Spring Training, with hopes of ending a 3-year losing skid.

Cal Ripken was entering his final season in uniform.

From a national perspective:

The Oakland A’s, St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Indians, Oakland Raiders and Seattle Mariners were near or atop their divisions.

Cellar dwellers included the likes of the Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Falcons, Texas Rangers, New England Patriots and Minnesota Twins.

Highlight footage was dominated by players such as Sammy Sosa, Allen Iverson, Jason Giambi, Marshall Faulk and Daunte Culpepper.

Names like Lebron James, Tom Brady, Albert Pujols, Jimmie Johnson and LaDainian Tomlinson didn’t resonate with most of us.

You get the point, right?

I think it’s pretty amazing to see how much any culture, including the AMERICAN SPORTS CULTURE changes in such a relatively brief span of time.  After all, we’re only talking about ten years ….

Another striking phenomenon of our sports world, in 2001, was the popularity of NASCAR.  I think it’s pretty safe to say this highest form of stock car racing was cresting atop its wave of popularity ten years ago.

The sport was dominated by a young Californian named Jeff Gordon.  Major brand sponsors were fighting to get their logos plastered on a hood or quarter-panel.  And, the kickoff to another season was just ten days away.

What could go wrong?

Unlike any other American sport, auto racing poses the threat of death for its competitors.  It’s a reality those same competitors accept. It’s also a reality that proved very true just ten years ago.

NASCAR’s biggest star was killed in the 2001 Daytona 500 ….

The fallout from Dale Earnhardt’s death was immediate and it spurred debate among nearly everyone with an opinion on sports entertainment.  As always, some such opinions were informed and others were both ignorant and ridiculous.

Those who really understood auto racing embraced a need for increased safety technology, while still realizing auto racing is not SAFE and it never will be SAFE.  Conversely, dissenting opinions ranged from outlawing the sport or slowing it down.

However, something that was lost amid all the sensationalism of Dale Earnhardt’s death was the profound effect his absence would have on the popularity of NASCAR.  In each successive year, since 2001, the sport has lost small slices of ratings and overall exposure.

Today, NASCAR is a drastically different environment and entity than it was 10 years ago ….

A playoff system or “Chase” now exists

Cars are fabricated by ideal template of design

The points system or standings has been restructured a couple times

Yet, NASCAR still appears to be losing ground.  Do those who control it realize such losses?  Sure – and they’ve even tried to “replace” the lost character of a Dale Earnhardt.

His son has been “whored” out in every possible marketing campaign.

The participating networks orchestrate supposed feuds among young guns, like Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and Brad Keslowski.

Rock stars have replaced country stars.

Trust me, there has been a long list of endeavors aimed at finding NASCAR’s next “American Idol” and propelling the sport back toward popularity.  To date, it hasn’t happened …..

In a couple weeks, NASCAR will host its latest edition of the Daytona 500 – the 10th such edition, since the death of Dale Earnhardt.  This year, Daytona International Speedway features a brand new racing surface and a great event is expected.

But, the core problem still exists.  NASCAR is losing popularity.  The defending champion has won the crown five consecutive times – and he has the personality of a cardboard box.  The most talented driver hasn’t found a checkered flag in two years.  The most popular driver is shaping up to be quite average, at best.

And, they all belong to the same racing organization – Hendrick Motorsports.

Right now, NASCAR is at a crossroads.  Aside from competition and exciting finishes, they must find a CHARACTER.  They must find the next Dale Earnhardt … without replacing Dale Earnhardt.

According to TV ratings and racetrack attendance, time is running out.

If NASCAR doesn’t find an answer soon, it might be relegated to obscurity ten years from now.

Just count me as a guy who hopes that doesn’t happen.

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Serving Up Purple Kool-Aid

Posted on 20 January 2011 by Tom Federline

Did anyone indulge this afternoon? Anyone catch the end-of year “press conference” by the powers at be from the Ravens Castle? Is every one’s lips purple? Is everyone all revived? Everyone bought into – the best is yet to come, 100% effort doesn’t mean 100% results, I trust my guys, we hear the fans andthe media, we understand your frustration, this is a game of stats, blah, blah, blah, blah………..Was that Brian Billick with a Steve Bisciotti mask on? I did not drink the Kool-aid. I turned it off after 5 minutes. I have heard excerpts since and my thoughts – Let’s Go Terps. Bring on O’s spring training.

The Ravens went 12-4, made the playoffs, commendable. “Super Bowl or Bust” got busted. The Ravens organization blew this year, just like they blew creating a potential dynasty in the early part of the last decade. With the latter, they let a championship team disintegrate. This time they are supposedly keeping most of the coaching staff/engine that was responsible for their failure. The only coach they should have kept is gone. Horribaugh = High School Coach. Take away the Ray’s and Joe Flacco, ten bucks says Little Johnny H. doesn’t have a job or a record or stats for Brian Billick, I mean Steve Bisciotti, to gloat over. Hey Steve, what are you smoking up there in your double suite of the “non-smoking” stadium bowl?

Does Bisciotti really care? His “business plan” is thriving. He knows his target audience, he has semi-competent propagandist serving up the Kool-aid and people are buying it. The whole organization is riding the Ray Lewis wave. That wave may be headed out to sea. And even if it isn’t, the wave is not as big or powerful as it once was. The waves popularity and legacy is still there – it’s just not at that “rare ultimate level”. Actually, the defense played beyond expectations.

It was the offense, top to bottom. For the hundredth time, the talent level on the field and bench exceeded the capabilities of the coaches and upper management. It is tough to say and tough to write, that a team with a 12 -4 record was disappointing. Have we become to spoiled? From what? 10 years ago? Since then, there has always been the Colts and the Steelers to cut us down to size. Did we expect to much? Sure. But when you add the offensive weapons that the Ravens did, why wouldn’t you expect positive results from the offensive side of the ball.

Has anyone seen Marc Bulger? Jared Gaither? Sergio Kindle? Oh that’s right – providing guidance, perpetually hurt and still partying. Why did Joe Flacco play every QB offensive down this year? Why do you run Ray Rice 3 times in a row and punt? Or better yet, why do you call Ray Rice’s number for a third times in a row after a 18 yard screen pass and 30 yard burst? Why did you pick up Anquan Boldin, T.J. Houshmanzadeh and Dante Stallworth? Why is Willis McGahee on the team? Why do Cam Cameron, Jim Zorn and Horribaugh still have jobs?

Besides drinking to much Purple Kool-Aid, me thinks there may be to much “Purple Haze” – (Jimi Hendrix), being passed around the Castle. Whatever is going at the Ravens Castle – keep it there – I don’t want any. Anyway, I drink plenty of Orange Kool-Aid. I don’t know what loss was worse, this past Sunday or the Dolts playoff loss a few years ago? Tough year. Hey, they won more than they lost. I’m glad it’s over. Go Terps. Go O’s.



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Welcome Chuck Pagano! Now, let me be the first to tell you…

Posted on 19 January 2011 by Drew Forrester

Welcome aboard Chuck.

I’m not sure if you know this or not, but Royal Farms has a sale on THICK-SKIN.  They’re selling two tubes for $9.99.  If I could make a suggestion to you…take advantage of the buy-2-get-1-free deal and get yourself six tubes.

You’re gonna need it, pal.

Let me be the first guy to give you a reality-check.  It goes like this:  If you can’t go to the Super Bowl, you’re going to be fired by the community-of-popular-opinion.

You’re the new God today, because you’re replacing Greg Mattison.

You’ll be the new Bum this time next year if you’re not the coordinator of the defense that’s heading to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl.


Probably not.

But that’s how we roll here in Baltimore.

You either win or you pack your bags.  We’re not known for our patience when it comes to the football team.  Three years ago, everyone in town wanted Brian Billick fired after a 4-year run of 33-31 and only one playoff appearance in that time.  The man who replaced him – John Harbaugh…your boss – has gone 32-16 with THREE playoff appearances in THREE years…and this week, idiots around town want HIM gone too.

I’d suggest to you another thing, Chuck: Rent, don’t buy.

Oh, and one other issue that you’re going to find a tad important as you start your gig here: You better beat the Steelers.  If you’re part of a coaching staff that lets those clowns beat the Ravens again next season, you’re walking the plank.

Another thing, Chuck: You need better players on your side of the ball.  I know you don’t exactly control that, but I’m here to remind you that the current group of defensive players you have isn’t good enough.  If I’m you, I’d be making my wish list now for some fast, strong chase-the-quarterback monsters who can make life miserable for that guy in Pittsburgh or the two champions in Indianapolis and New England.

I think there’s a chance you’ll enjoy this ride as the Ravens Defensive Coordinator.

As long as you win the Super Bowl.

Anything short of that and you’ll be fired by the community-of-popular-opinion.

Just like Matt Cavanaugh.  And Jim Fassel.  And Mike Nolan.  And Rick Neuheisel.  And Brian Billick.  All of those guys got the witch-hunt treatment in Baltimore.  Some of them, it should be noted, were chased out of town after having success and some where chased out of town after not having success.

John Harbaugh is getting witch-hunted right now by goofs around town because he said “I’m proud of my football team” after the game instead of saying, “F**king Anquan Boldin has to catch that f**king ball in the end zone.  That drop was un-f**king-acceptable!!”

And that gets back to my point I made earlier.

You have to beat the Steelers, Chuck, or you’ll be on I-95 heading north or south…to another team.

It’s just a matter of time with this fanbase, chief.

And that’s part of Baltimore’s charm, actually.  Maddening?  Sure.  But it’s one of the reasons why Baltimore is a unique place to live and work.  We love ourselves a winner here.  We, like most cities, don’t really know how to handle losing.  You’ll find that out firsthand if your defense ever gives up 28 points in a loss to the Bengals.

I wish you well, Chuck.

Bury your head in your work over at The Castle.  Don’t listen to talk radio.  Don’t read the newspaper.  Don’t surf the internet. If you can shield yourself from what the fans and the media think, you just might maintain your sanity.

Oh, and make sure you beat the Steelers.

If you can’t do that, we don’t have any use for you.

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Top 5 moments of the Ravens-Steelers rivalry

Posted on 12 January 2011 by Luke Jones

Saturday marks the 33rd meeting (including playoffs) between the Ravens and Steelers in the 15 years since the NFL returned to Baltimore.

With Pittsburgh holding a 20-12 all-time edge and always coming out on top when the stakes are at their highest, the highlights are admittedly scarce from the Baltimore perspective despite the matchup blossoming into the most intense rivalry in the NFL. A conflict bred from off-field venom and disdain (circa 2001) has morphed into mutual respect and even tighter competition in recent years as the last six meetings in the regular season have been decided by four or fewer points (the Steelers won 23-14 victory in the 2008 AFC Championship).

The divisional-round encounter will add another memorable chapter to Baltimore-Pittsburgh lore, but before looking ahead to potential triumph or bitter disappointment, we look back at the top 5 moments (with a couple honorable mentions added for good measure) in the history of Ravens vs. Steelers — from the Baltimore perspective.

And for our Pittsburgh brethren lurking and ready to chime in, be sure to check back later in the week for the five worst moments in the Ravens-Steelers rivalry.

Honorable mention >>>

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