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Join WNST and Ravens rookies tonight at Greene Turtle Owings Mills for live radio show & season preview

Posted on 06 September 2011 by WNST Staff

With the offseason being a locked out blur, we lost one of our annual traditions in June when we couldn’t do our Ravens Rookies live show with Miller Lite but we’ll be changing that tonight as we’ll host a number of the purple youth to the Greene Turtle in Owings Mills for a special 7 p.m. live show on Ustream and WNST.net.

We invite a myriad of young players and we have commitments from Torrey Smith, Jah Reid, Tandon Doss, Pernell McPhee, Chykie Brown, Anthony Allen, Tyrod Taylor and LaQuan Williams. There’s also a chance a few veterans will join us including Sergio Kindle, who was the star of the June 2010 show we did at Casey’s.

It’s always good to kick the season off with a full house and we hope you’ll join us at the Green Turtle in Owings Mills tonight for some Miller Lite, great food and purple cheer as “Pittsburgh (Still) Sucks” week gets underway in Baltimore.

Come and meet the future of the Ravens and enjoy some community cheer with WNST and fellow Baltimore sports fans.

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What the hell do these people want from Joe Flacco?

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What the hell do these people want from Joe Flacco?

Posted on 28 July 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

I love it when Joe Flacco talks dirty. Somehow it hasn’t raised a lot of eyebrows or created a ton of conversation just yet but Joe Flacco’s “Welcome Home” meet up with the media on Wednesday afternoon sure created some stir in my mind. Perhaps a lot of folks haven’t heard it yet or really processed it the way I did but you can listen here.

About his skills, Joe Flacco said: “I’m pretty damned good.” And you know what? I agree with him. And his perspective on the whole situation – “there’s only one good quarterback and 31 others who aren’t” – is dead on.

Joe Flacco “gets it.”

Look, I was as dumbfounded as the rest of you when the Ravens picked him three years ago, especially when on draft day the organization managed to keep it a state secret about their affection for the pride of Newark and all of Blue Hendom. Small school kid, almost geekish in his passion for football, sports and very little else, but he’s made everyone in the scouting department look like a genius with three consecutive January road playoff runs and wins every year.

He’s done everything that Kyle Boller — and everyone before him and like him, botched first-round picks in tons of cities around the NFL — have failed to do. Flacco has instantly won football games and given his team a chance every January to win a Super Bowl. He’s been nothing but a winner since he’s been here.

OK, so he hasn’t won the Super Bowl but neither have most any other quarterbacks just three years into their tenure. And I already like his odds better than some “successful” quarterbacks like Philip Rivers, Carson Palmer, Matt Ryan, etc.

As I watch this furious action around the league and see the likes of Donovan McNabb and Matt Hasselbeck being given more starting opportunities, I’ve come to the grand conclusion that I’m happy  having “the other No. 5” on our side.

I’m a Joe Flacco man. I’m a Joe Flacco fan. I believe he can win a Super Bowl (or four) here in Baltimore. I think the Ravens made a good choice picking him and I think they’re wise to count their blessings for what they have and continue to support him in winning a championship here.

And it might’ve taken his rant on Wednesday to convince me because sometimes he seems a bit shy, reserved, unaffected but I’ve never really doubted his fire. And maybe that’s because I stand next to him three days a week and I can pull him up after the game and chat with him. He’s anything BUT “not affected” after losses. He just handles the wins and losses like a grown up and not like a maniac.

It’s the Joe Flacco way.

Joe Cool.

That’s really a PERFECT nickname for him. He’s always cool.

I’ve seen and heard him drop massive F bombs, swearing a blue streak

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Orioles Draft Hometown Hitters Knight and Velleggia, 14 Other Marylanders Get Name Called

Posted on 10 June 2010 by Corey Johns

In the 50-round First-Year Player Draft, the Baltimore Orioles called the names of two Marylanders, Austin Knight and Joe Velleggia.

In the 37th round, with the drafts 1,108th pick, former Boy’s Latin Standout, Knight was selected by the Orioles out of Palm Beach Community College.  The switch hitting second baseman hit .347 in 150 at bats in 13 games.  He totaled eight doubles, two triples, 2 home runs, 38 runs, and 28 RBIs.

Three rounds later, with the 1,198th pick, Velleggia, the Monkton native and Calvert Hall Standout.  During his senior season at Old Dominion he only hit .211, but hit six home runs with 12 RBIs.  But it was behind the plate that the catcher shined.  In 27 games he recorded zero errors.   He totaled just five errors in 79 games over his four year career.

Other Marylanders to be drafted in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft:

Adam Kolarek, LHP, Maryland/Catonsville HS- Pick 332 (New York Mets)

Andrew Pevsner, LHP, John Hopkins- Pick 502 (Los Angeles Dodgers)

Kevin Jacob, RHP, Georgia Tech.Parkville HS- Pick 565 (New York Yankees)

Brandon Glazer, SS, Clear Spring HS- Pick 719 (Kansas City Royals)

Jacob Brown, LHP, Georgia Southern/North Harford HS- Pick 785 (Oakland Athltics)

Keith Hessler, LHP, Coastal Carolina/Springbrook HS- Pick 841 (Arizona Diamondbacks)

Ryan Rivers, OF, UNC Charlotte/Eastern Tech HS- Pick 1,084 (Los Angeles Angels)

Neal Davis, LHP, Virginia/Catonsville HS- Pick 1,101 (Philadelphia Phillies)

Jeremiah Meiners, LHP, Francis Marion/St. Albans School- Pick 1,203 (Houston Astros)

Ian Marshall, RHP, Richmond/Gaithersburg- Pick 1,214 (Atlanta Braves)

Drew Permison, RHP, Towson/Oakland Mills HS- Pick 1,266 (Toronto Blue Jays

Michael Turner, LF, Chesapeake College/St. Michaels- Pick 1,344 (Los Angeles Angels)

Harris Fanaroff, LHP, Winston Churchill HS- Pick 1,496 (Washington Nationals)

Jake Ross, LHP, Wor-Wic CC- Pick 1,513 (Detroit Tigers)

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 15 May 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are your weekend picks……

Hopkins 11, Virginia 10 (OT)

Don’t call me a homer-I’m a Maryland fan. I hate Hopkins. I just don’t pick against Dave Pietramala this late in the season.

Syracuse 13, Maryland 8

Love Brian Phipps, just not feeling it tomorrow.

Stevenson 10, Gettysburg 7

I’m going. They better not let me down.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Bob Haynie says Orioles improved to 15-20 with win

G. Q. says Leparoux good choice for Jockey Challenge

Glenn Clark not necessarily buying Ravens’ love of Marcus Smith, Demetrius Williams

Matt Duggins says Birds missed chance to pick up momentum

Ed Frankovic says Caps have ‘bright future’

HORSE RACING:

Preakness Official Site says Rachel Alexandra just walked on her first day at Pimlico

Preakness Official Site previews Preakness undercard

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Casanova Move has chance to win graded stakes race with Rachel Alexandra not running Black-Eyed Susan

Daily Racing Form’s Marcus Hersh says Rachel Alexandra not first filly to run Triple Crown race

Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty says NTRA safety panel thinks Pimlico needs ‘further upgrades’ before getting full accreditation

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Take the Points owner Lucarelli not thrilled with decision to run Rachel Alexandra

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Mine That Bird trainer Woolley not used to so much attention

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Woolley has Clint Eastwood-like image

Thoroughbred Times’ Bob Ehalt says Big Drama ‘best value’ in field

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Woolley enjoying attention now since winning Derby

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says Woolley happy with ‘class’ Borel has shown

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says Red Bullet, Bernardini only non-Derby starters to win Preakness in last 25 years

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says Terrain has ‘less fanfare’ during Pimlico workout

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Mike Smith ‘excited’ to ride Mine That Bird

The Sun’s Brent Jones and Sandra McKee say assistant trainer Blasi reports Rachel Alexandra will gallop today

The Sun’s Brent Jones says Laurel’s Komlo gets Preakness chance with Tone It Down

The Sun’s Jill Rosen says liquor stores hurt by MJC decision to ban alcohol from infield

Examiner Steve DeClue says alcohol ban keeping him from infield

The AP says Baffert hoping Pioneerof The Nile can bounce back from Derby loss with Preakness win

Washington Post’s Andrew Beyer says weak field improves Rachel Alexandra’s chances

Washington Post’s Zach Berman says owner Jess Jackson thinks Rachel Alexandra has ‘appetite, skill to compete’

Washington Times’ Bob Cohn says rivalry between Lukas, Baffert has ‘simmered’

ESPN The Magazine’s Rick Reilly says Baffert thinks Rachel Alexandra ‘freak of all freaks’

ESPN.com’s Paul Moran says sport ‘needs’ Triple Crown winner

ESPN.com’s Bill Finley sees ‘no reason’ not to pick Friesan Fire again

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Robert Falkoff says Guthrie ‘wasn’t at best’, but bats picked him up for win in Kansas City

The Official Site offers numerical evidence of win

MLB.com’s Robert Falkoff says Eaton, Birds get chance to face Greinke, Royals tonight

MLB.com’s Robert Falkoff says Rich Hill to rotation, Hendrickson to bullpen

MLB.com’s Robert Falkoff says Trembley going with Reimold based on health of Orioles’ other outfielders

Royals Official Site’s Dick Kaegel says Meche, pen battered by Orioles’ offense in loss

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Izturis gets 2 hits, 3 RBI batting from 2nd spot in win

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Reimold picked up first big league hit in win

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Hill will start Saturday, Uehara will go day late Sunday

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Wieters homered twice for Tides in win

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Greinke due to struggle sometime soon

Examiner Jay Trucker thinks Birds will take 2 of 3 from Royals

The AP says Markakis collected 3 RBI in win

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Rowell continuing to progress with Keys

Washington Times’ Tim Lemke says MASN holding casting call for “Birdland” commercials May 30 at Camden Yards

Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton says 24,431 see Royals fall at Kauffman Stadium

SI’s Ted Keith has Orioles 23rd in power rankings

Sporting News’ Chris Bahr says Jones ‘best player you’ve never heard about’

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Washington must pass physical, sign contract

The Official Site’s Matt Palmer says Gooden, J. McClain both ready to step in for Bart Scott

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Rosburg thinks both Gano, Hauschka ‘good young kickers’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says neither kicker ‘stood out’ in minicamp

ESPN.com’s James Walker says 2001 Ravens part of “Hard Knocks” ‘curse’

Sporting News RealScouts says Flacco 16th best QB in NFL

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Terps’ Groot facing hometown team Syracuse

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps bring ‘momentum’ into showdown with Orange

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Phipps stays in cage, not splitting with Carter

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps-Orange headed to ESPN2

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps getting 3 and a half vs. Orange

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps one of record-tying 4 ACC teams left in Tournament

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks ‘Cuse 12-10

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says trip to Boise just part of roller coaster season

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Robinson (VA) LB Laiti getting interest from Terps

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Terps will be ‘second half of the year-type team’

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Phil Costa amongst top O-Linemen in ACC

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles LB prospect Javarie Johnson (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles Northern Guilford (NC) HS athlete prospect (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh profiles WR prospect Shakim Phillips (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says would-be Terps Gus Gilchrist, Tyree Evans had solid seasons

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says scholarship offered to Painter could go to JUCO, be held for ‘10

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter profiles North Carolina prospect McCarter (must subscribe)

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Wharton’s status ‘unclear’ for Virginia game

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Pietramala looking for 7th Final Four in last 8 years

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cavs enter JHU game coming off thorough performance in win over Villanova

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 2,500 fans saw Jays’ opening round win over Brown at Homewood Field

STEVENSON LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Mustangs to face Gettysburg in first ever national semifinal Sunday

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says life of former Mid Gansz to be honored at Alumni Hall

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says ATH Ben Bostick will enter freshman season coming off broken fibula

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

The Official Site says Palace returns to UMBC tonight for contest with Western Mass

SWIMMING:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Phelps trying new events at Charlotte UltraSwim

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Good luck Rich Hill. Really…..

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Maryland, Hopkins, Stevenson, Salisbury Keep Title Hopes Alive

Posted on 10 May 2009 by Glenn Clark

A great weekend of College Lacrosse action; with 4 teams from the state of Maryland in action at the D-1 level, and 2 state teams at the D-3 level all in Tournament action.

At the D1 level Saturday, UMBC fell to North Carolina 15-13 behind Billy Bitter’s 8 goals. Carolina will go on to face Duke in the quarterfinals, as the Blue Devils blew out Navy 14-5 after getting out to a 10-0 lead.

Better luck for Johns Hopkins, as the Blue Jays used an OT goal from “Big Shot” Brian Christopher to beat Brown 12-11 at Homewood Field. Dave Pietramala now remains undefeated in home games during the NCAA Tournament at his alma mater.

On Sunday, the Maryland Terrapins won their biggest game of the year; beating previously undefeated Notre Dame 7-3 in South Bend thanks to 9 saves from Brian Phipps (Severn HS); who is a BIG Ravens fan and attended WNST’s AFC Championship Game party in Pittsburgh. LOVE Brian Phipps at NST.

The Jays will get a chance to face Virginia on a VERY neutral field; as they will play the nation’s #1 team Sunday in Annapolis for the right to go to the Final Four. The Terps will face the nation’s #2 team Syracuse Saturday at Hofstra. I imagine there will be a less impartial crowd there (although there are MANY Maryland alums in New Jersey); but the winner of that game will also advance to Foxborough. Face-off times are not yet set; but both games will be aired on ESPNU.

At the D3 level, Saturday was historic for the Stevenson University Mustangs, who survived an 8-7 nailbiter over Cabrini. The win was the first ever NCAA Tournament victory for the Stangs. Meanwhile, Salisbury was also a winner Saturday; crushing Haverford 16-10.

This sets up a 3rd showdown between the Mustangs and the Sea Gulls; who split their two regular season matchups. Stevenson was a 12-8 winner at Salisbury on April 4; while the Gulls bounced back to beat the Stangs 13-5 just 15 days later in Owings Mills for the CAC Championship. The two teams will meet Wednesday at Caves Athletics Complex. Face-off is set for 4pm. The winner plays the Denison/Gettysburg winner Sunday for the trip to the National Championship Game at Gillette Stadium.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 07 May 2009 by Glenn Clark

They SHOULDN’T have played last night’s game. That being said, Ron Gardenhire can’t really complain that they did. Major League Baseball rules dictate that a game is official after 5; and his team was losing at that point.

But clearly they shouldn’t have been trying to play baseball last night. Officials probably didn’t think they could get 2 games in today given the questionable weather, but that’s probably why series aren’t usually scheduled for 2 days.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Orioles, MLB had ‘embarrassing disregard’ for fans with rain game last night

Glenn Clark says Ravens ‘can use all the help they can get’ at WR

Gary Quill likes Spank The Brat today at Pimlico

Nestor Aparicio offers David Steele’s tale of Camden Yards firing

Glenn Clark and Drew Forrester offer favorite “Birdland” moments

Bob Haynie wonders who 2nd best manager in Orioles history is

Ed Frankovic says Pens ‘back in series’ with OT win over Caps

Drew Forrester says Letang scored winner for Penguins in OT

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds beat Twins in 5 innings after 4 rain delays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Bergesen, O’s go for mini-sweep tonight vs. Perkins, Twins

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Izturis, Birds struggling defensively

Twins Official Site’s Jeff Seidel says Slowey touched up early as Twins fall to O’s

The Sun says 10,000 see Birds beat Twins at Camden Yards

The Sun says Markakis homered for Birds in win

The Sun says Freel agreed to extend rehab for two days to get more at bats

The Sun says former Oriole Olson called up by Mariners

The Sun says MASN Ripken show had access restricted by Chinese officials

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Twins manager Gardenhire ‘wasn’t thrilled’ umpires squeezed in half game in bad conditions

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Tillman, Pauley throwing for Tides today in doubleheader

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Arrieta roughed up in short outing for Baysox

Examiner Jay Trucker says only 200 fans stuck through rain delays

Examiner Jay Trucker wonders why fans should watch O’s this summer

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Scott added homer, 2 RBI for Birds in win

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Alfredo Simon underwent Tommy John surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Brian Bass credited with first win of season in relief

St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Phil Miller says Gardenhire thought Twins paid ‘final price’ for umpires’ decision to play game

Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s La Velle Neal says Gardenhire not sure of whether to be angry at umpires, Orioles, or Major League Baseball

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Peerman brings ‘toughness’ to Ravens

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Ravens to work out Jerry Porter, Hackett, Washington, Tab Perry

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham offers another picture of a girl in a bikini

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Porter believed to be ‘beyond his prime’

Examiner Tony Wisniewski thinks Anthony Wright deserves more credit than he gets amongst Ravens’ backup QB’s

The Sun says Harbaugh reports Gooden, J. McClain competing for Bart Scott’s old job

The Sun’s Mike Preston says ‘honeymoon period’ over for Harbaugh

The Sun says Ravens could sign ‘all or none’ of receivers trying out

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Yanda to be on PUP list, Mason won’t participate in mini-camp as precautionary measure

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Washington, Hackett had each received contract offers from Redskins

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens could find ‘veteran help’ with this weekend’s tryouts

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Gano gets ’50-50 chance’ to make team

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Muhtadi getting ready to play with Packers, trying to finish school at same time

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Quinton McCree had ‘best hands’ of any ACC receiver this Spring

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Virginia TE prospect likes Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Williams mum on disappointing Academic Progress Report

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez’s return ‘overshadows program’

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks out 2011 prospects at I-95 Challenge (must subscribe)

STEVENSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site
says Mustangs get Cabrini in NCAA Tournament Saturday

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Ricci amongst best players in country

Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says Mike Sawyer amongst best freshmen in country

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Koppens also honored by ECAC

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says ESPN’s Kessenich thinks Tar Heels ‘vulnerable’ against Retrievers

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Brown goalie Jordan Burke facing Jays reserve goalie, brother Steven Burke Saturday at Homewood Field

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Chris Grady says Kylor Berkman amongst “Players to Watch” in D3 playoffs

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says DL Justin Lawrence named preseason All-American

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Sun says Tim Paul returning just in time for showdown with Blue Devils

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Rocket Digest’s Brian Nowicki says Mids agree to home and home series with Toledo

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Steve Andersen says Talamo’s life ‘back to normal’ after Derby

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says I Want Revenge won’t return until at least Fall

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Coa to ride Musket Man again in Preakness

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Jess Jackson buys Rachel Alexandra, could run her in Preakness

Thoroughbred Times’ Ed DeRosa says Stonestreet Stables would have to pay $100,000 to run Rachel Alexandra at Pimlico

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Big Drama will be ‘fresh presence’ at Preakness

Thoroughbred Times says General Quarters, Musket Man, Terrain all in for Preakness

Preakness Official Site says Big Drama first horse to arrive at Pimlico

The Sun says Big Drama has most ‘intrigue’ of ‘shooters’ in Preakness

The Sun’s Candus Thomson says Borel rode both Rachel Alexandra, Mine That Bird

Examiner Steve DeClue says reason for sluggish ticket sales due to alcohol ban without drop in ticket prices

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Rachel Alexandra would make the Preakness even more interesting. I hope she runs, although I doubt Calvin Borel could even consider taking the ride.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 05 May 2009 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: NASCAR Racing at Talladega (Saturday 7pm FOX), Stevenson hosts D3 Lacrosse Tournament (Saturday 1pm Caves Athletics Complex)

10. World Hockey Championships Quarterfinals: USA vs. Switzerland (Wednesday 2:15pm Universal Sports from Bern, Switzerland)

Do I believe in miracles? Maybe, but probably not from a team who has like 3 guys I’ve heard of on it. (Thank God for working in Phoenix, or I might not know who Keith Ballard or Al Montoya are either.)

But that’s not the point here. The point here is that these colors don’t run. And my great grandparents didn’t risk life and limb and change our family name to come to America to watch a bunch of Eastern Europeans prance around and celebrate hockey titles. Then again, my great grandparents didn’t really risk life and limb to come to America. They just got in a boat and peaced out of Italy. But they did change our name……and how much cooler does “Callucci” sounds than “Clark”?

9. Indianapolis 500 Pole Day (Saturday 12pm VERSUS)

I actually think it’s really cool that the entire sport of IRL spends the entire month in Indianapolis gearing up for their biggest race. But I mostly think that because no one really cares about the IRL, and no one really cares about Indianapolis, so they might as well hang out there. Plus, maybe having some D-level celebrities in town will encourage our friend Merton from Indianapolis and his family to actually take a shower.

You know what else I like about the Indy 500? The milk. I’ll admit it. I think the milk is cool. Of course, this….

dixon

…..isn’t quite as much fun as this…….

milk

8. NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers vs. Hawks (Tuesday 8pm TNT, Thursday 8pm ESPN, Saturday 8pm ABC, Monday 7pm TNT); Nuggets vs. Mavericks (Tuesday 10:30pm TNT, Saturday 5pm ESPN, Monday 9:30pm TNT)

The only reason I’m rooting for the Cavs is because Joe Smith plays for them. But the more I think about it, Cleveland probably could use a nice day. I recently went to Ask.com to enter the question “What does Cleveland have to offer?” I was really caught off guard by these very nice tourism videos I found. Maybe Cleveland isn’t so bad after all….

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7. Frank Caliendo (with Bill Engvall Saturday 8pm Patriot Center)

If you don’t think this is funny, I don’t think we can be friends. Of course, I didn’t really want to be friends with you to begin with. What, with all of those things you said about Bea Arthur. Bet you don’t think they were funny now, do you Fred?

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6. Boxing: Chad Dawson vs. Antonio Tarver (Saturday 9:30pm HBO from Las Vegas)

I’m not trying to say that boxing is going to suck until the inevitable Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown, but do you realize that Chad Dawson is fighting the man who nearly lost to a 90 year old Rocky Balboa????

rocky

5. UEFA Champions League Semifinals Leg 2: Manchester United @ Arsenal (Tuesday 2:45 ESPN2), Barcelona @ Chelsea (Wednesday 2:45pm ESPN2)

In Leg 1 of the Champions League semis, the four squads combined to score a grand total of ONE goal. Maybe I’m not as excited as I originally thought I was…..

4. Caps-Penguins (Game 3 Wednesday 7pm, Game 4 Friday 7pm, Game 5 (if necessary) Saturday 7pm Verizon Center, Game 6 (if necessary) Monday 7pm; all games on VERSUS)

Game 1…..the save. Game 2…….dueling hat tricks. Game 3…….Mario Lemieux returns to save the Penguins? I won’t claim to be a Caps fan; but I WILL claim to enjoy every game I can watch in any sport that involves teams competing at a high level.

Plus, I imagine this person is probably a Penguins fan…..

steelers

3. The Players’ Championship (Thursday & Friday 1pm Live on Golf Channel; Saturday and Sunday 2pm Live on NBC from TPC Sawgrass)

Look, I think I’ve made my feelings about golf particularly clear. But I think there IS something we can all get behind……when well-off people get their comeuppance. Welcome to the 17th hole, jackass!

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2. NCAA Lacrosse Tournament Opening Round: Brown @ Johns Hopkins (Saturday noon Homewood Field, Live on ESPN2); Maryland @ Notre Dame (Sunday noon Live on ESPNU), UMBC @ North Carolina (Saturday 2:30pm Live on ESPNU), Navy @ Duke (Saturday 7:30pm Live on ESPNU)

I’ve had a lot of great weekends in my life. Let me try to remember some of them….
-That weekend when I was 12 and I first discovered what it was that Cinemax showed after my parents thought I was in bed
-That weekend when I was 14 and I found out that 2nd base wasn’t just a baseball term
-That weekend when I was 16 and I found out that my father’s car could go faster than the numbers on the speedometer
-That weekend when I was 18 and I found out that some places didn’t always ask to see ID’s
-That weekend when I was 20 and I found out why everyone liked going to “Lookout Point” so much
-That weekend when I was 22 and I found out that they had a $4.99 prime rib special in Las Vegas
-That weekend when I was 24 and I found out my girlfriend REALLY liked hanging out with her friend Katie….

But mark my words. If Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, North Carolina, and Duke could somehow all lose this weekend, it would officially be the greatest weekend of my life.

1. Ravens Mini-Camp (Friday-Sunday 10:30am, 1 Winning Drive)

I don’t care what you think about this; but this is FOOTBALL.

What will John Beck’s arm look like?
Will Derrick Mason collapse after every catch?
Is Willis McGahee 100%?
Has Michael Oher’s life story gotten suddenly MORE interesting?
Will Anquan Boldin Terrell Suggs show up?
What is God telling Ray Lewis about the Ravens’ upcoming season?
Are Ed Reed’s head and neck still on his body?
Do we have someone who can kick?

And most importantly; please, dear God, is someone protecting this man’s eyebrows????

flacco

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 04 May 2009 by Glenn Clark

I filled out my “homer bracket” for the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament this morning; and I have Hopkins, UMBC, Navy, and Maryland all winning in Round 1. I then have Hopkins and UMBC going to the Final Four (which actually departs from my Maryland homerism, but stick with me here); and I have Hopkins falling to Syracuse for the NCAA Championship.

As a Maryland alum, I despise Johns Hopkins. But there’s no argument about Dave Pietramala’s abilities late in the season. He just doesn’t lose. He’s like a machine.

Of course, a Virginia-Cornell-Duke-Syracuse semifinals seems more likely, which means I will spend the final weekend AWAY from Foxborough.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say……

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says Borel told WNST he’s coming to Pimlico

Drew Forrester thinks Birds will cut Freel after he returns from DL, bring up Reimold

Drew Forrester says Birds take 6 game losing streak to Tampa

Glenn Clark says “Birdland” particularly exciting this year

Chris Bonetti says Homewood Field only local venue hosting NCAA Tournament on first weekend

Cliff Saunders says horse racing ‘needs’ story like Mine That Bird

Bryan Powell says Gulls will likely have to beat Mustangs twice in Owings Mills this season to win title

Ed Frankovic wonders if anyone bet on Mine That Bird just because of #8

Rex Snider enjoyed NASCAR race with WNST fans

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Larry Millson says 20,000 see Jays sweep Birds at Rogers Centre

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

MLB.com’s Larry Millson says Sarfate heads to DL due to ‘circulatory problem’

MLB.com’s Larry Millson says McCrory called up, joined team in Toronto on 27th birthday

MLB.com’s Larry Millson says Montanez, Jays’ Snider met in last year’s Eastern League Home Run Derby

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says Scott Richmond now 4-0 after giving up 3 runs in 7 innings

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Trembley ejected in 5th inning of loss for defending Huff’s strike three argument

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Carl Crawford brings 17-17 stolen base attempts into series with O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Sherrill’s closer job now ‘day to day’

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Keys’ Waring amongst best power hitting prospects in organization

The AP says Wells, Rios homered for Jays in win over Birds

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Reimold hit over .400 in April

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Norfolk’s Salazar has hitting streak snapped at 18 games

Toronto Star’s Morgan Campbell says Jays finished off first 3 game sweep of season

Toronto Sun’s Mike Rutsey says Richmond has become Jays’ 2nd best starter

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Mason didn’t take receiver discussion ‘personally’

Examiner Phil Macek says Beck signing could be ‘stroke of genius’ by Ravens

ESPN.com’s James Walker doesn’t think Mason situation will ‘intensify’

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens will get deal done with Suggs this offseason

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Terps to open NCAA Tournament at 7th seeded Notre Dame

Inside Lacrosse’s Jon Brand says Terps only team having to fly to face first round opponent

Inside Lacrosse’s Chris Grady says Terps got in as ‘bubble’ team

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Yeatman facing former team when Terps visit Irish Sunday

Inside Lacrosse’s John Jiloty says Terps might not have gotten in without win over Duke

Examiner Steve DeClue says Cottle will have ‘hot’ seat with loss to Notre Dame

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps ‘finished strong’ with win over Yale

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps-Irish winner will face Syracuse-Siena winner next

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says wins over Duke, Carolina got Terps IN

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Rivals.com’s Mike Farrell says Terps get commitment from PA QB prospect (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Tyler Radecki says Terps ‘in picture’ for OT prospect Leifheit

Turtle Sports Report’s Tyler Radecki says TE commit Sean Fitzpatrick looking to ‘put on weight’ during offseason

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Retrievers to open NCAA Tournament at 6th seeded North Carolina

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Zimmerman facing Carolina team he almost ended up coaching

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says 8th seeded Jays to host Brown on ESPN2 in first round of NCAA Tournament

Inside Lacrosse offers official NCAA Tournament bracket

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cavs likely waiting for Jays if they get through first round

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cavs’ 3rd #1 seed still 8 behind Hopkins’ record

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Mids to open NCAA Tournament at 3rd seeded Duke

Washington Post says Meade knows showdown with Blue Devils will be tough ‘transition’ game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Mids, Devils playing for first time since 1999

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Niumatalolo ‘encouraged’ by Mids in Spring (must subscribe)

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says Hounds left out due to lack of quality wins

Inside Lacrosse’s John Jiloty says win over Syracuse or Notre Dame would have gotten Hounds in Tournament

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Hounds miss Tournament for first time in 3 years

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Toomey thinks committee needs to set up more uniform parameters for Tournament selection

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Loyola was ‘tough decision’ for selection committee chair Pavlechko

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hounds might be best team since ’02 to miss Tournament

STEVENSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Stangs to host Montclair State-Cabrini winner in first ever NCAA Tournament

Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon says Stangs, Gulls could show down in quarters

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Stevenson-Salisbury quarterfinal would be Wednesday, May 13

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Gulls to open at Haverford in 21st consecutive NCAA Tournament

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:

The Official Site says DiBartolo, Brendan Flanagan named to All-MAAC Tournament team

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says co-owner Mark Allen ‘will run’ Mine That Bird in Preakness if healthy

Thoroughbred Times’ Mike Curry says Papa Clem will definitely run Preakness

Thoroughbred Times’ Tim Nichols says father of Mark Allen involved in scandal

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Grindstone (’96) last Derby winner to skip Preakness (injury)

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Preakness would benefit if Mine That Bird still has shot at Triple Crown

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Woolley came off as having ‘chip on shoulder’

The AP says ‘speed-biased’ Preakness might not suit Derby winner so well

Washington Post’s Andrew Beyer says Mine That Bird should have been 200-1 long shot

ESPN.com’s Paul Moran says Federico Tesio Stakes winner Miner’s Escape could be entrant for Preakness

ESPN.com’s Bill Finley calls Mine That Bird’s win ‘impossibility’

New York Post’s Ray Kerrison still can’t believe Mine That Bird pulled stunner

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Why WOULDN’T they run Mine That Bird at Preakness? I’m not saying he’ll win, but he certainly should run (as jockey Calvin Borel told Drew he would).

-There is no fix to the Orioles. When you put together a bad baseball team, you get bad results. The Orioles’ only other trick this season will be bringing Wieters up, which will get them some excitement for like…..a day.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Men’s Lacrosse: Blue Jays, Terps, Retrievers, and Midshipmen reach May Madness

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Men’s Lacrosse: Blue Jays, Terps, Retrievers, and Midshipmen reach May Madness

Posted on 03 May 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The 2009 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament field has been announced and we now know the sixteen programs left to compete for the national title.

Four local schools, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, UMBC, and Navy, all made the cut and Hopkins will host their first-round game against Brown at Homewood Field in north Baltimore.

Here the the first round match-ups:

#1 Virginia v. Villanova
#8 Johns Hopkins v. Brown

#4 Princeton v. Massachusetts
#5 Cornell v. Hofstra

#3 Duke v. Navy
#6 North Carolina v. UMBC

#7 Notre Dame v. Maryland
#2. Syracuse v. Siena

The top-8 seeded teams will play host to their opponents next Saturday or Sunday and all games will be televised on ESPNU.

The tournament comes to a conclusion Memorial Day weekend at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA with the National Semi-finals on Saturday, May 23 and the championship game Monday, May 25.

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Caps Game 7 History is Not Good. Will tonight be different?

Posted on 28 April 2009 by Ed Frankovic

As this Caps team gets ready to play a game 7 for the second straight season (Note: WNST “Rock the Red” viewing party is at the Silver Spring Mining Company in Perry Hall!)  it should be noted that Washington’s game 7 record is not good at all, at 1-5. I’ve been at every game 7 this team has played in franchise history and seemingly have seen it all from hot goalies (remember Ken Wregget and Kelly Hrudey?) to missed offside calls to horrible officiating.

Here is a quick look back at those Game 7′s, in order:

1987: The Caps race out to a 3-1 series lead on a banged up New York Islanders team. Washington’s goaltending struggles through the series and Bryan Murray eventually pulls Pete Peeters for Bob Mason in Game 6, which New York wins 5-4. Game 7 is the legendary four overtime special that is ended by Pat Lafontaine at 1:55am on Easter Sunday. My most vivid memory of that game is defenseman Greg Smith hitting the cross bar in the first overtime and then suffering a broken knee cap in the second overtime. I was a young 22 year old doing statistics for the team that night. I had the duty of keeping track of Islanders time on ice – before we had computer software to track the visiting team. After the second overtime Murray told us to stop logging the ice time because everyone was tired and it didn’t matter anymore.

1988, Round 1- Still my all time favorite Caps memory.Washington trailed Philadelphia in this series three games to one after Clint Malarchuk and the team blew a 4-1 lead at the Spectrum with just under 10 minutes left to lose to a Murray Craven goal in overtime in game four. The Caps, however, dominated games 5 and 6 and then rallied from 3-0 down in regulation to win 5-4 in overtime on Dale Hunter’s goal through the legs of Ron Hextall. Bob Gould was a big hero in that series for drawing Flyers enforcer Dave Brown into a five minute major in Game 6 in Philadelphia.

1988, Round 2- The Caps went into round two against the Devils as the favorites but when Pat Verbeek cut Rod Langway’s calf with his skate late in a 3-1 Caps victory in game one this then became an even playing field. Jim Schoenfeld was the coach of the Devils and New Jersey got physical and this series turned ugly at times. Patrick Sundstrom had a great game three in a 10-4 Devils rout but then the Caps struck back for a 4-1 win in game four (do you remember Pete Peeters getting hit in the head with the puck and Malarchuk getting injured forcing rookie Shawn Simpson to have to rush down and get dressed and sit on the bench?). Game five was a turning point as Schoenfeld put Bob Sauve in net and he stoned the Caps. A Washington rout ensued in game 6 (7-2) and Schoney turned back to Sean Burke who played great in game seven. The winning goal, by John Maclean with under 10 minutes remaining, came on an offsides play that linesman Kevin Collins missed.

1992- The Caps pretty much bury the defending Stanley Cup Champion Penguins in the first four games of this series as they take a three games to one lead. Washington likely would have swept if not for some awful officiating by Don Koharski in game three in Pittsburgh. Dino Ciccarelli has a hat trick in a Caps 7-2 rout in game four but then the great Scotty Bowman changes his team’s defensive strategy and the Penguins go on to win the next three games in relatively easy fashion. The only chance the Caps had was in game six when they were up 4-2 midway through the second period but Mike Ridley’s bad cross ice pass in the neutral zone was intercepted by Joey Mullen, who went in alone on goalie Don Beaupre to cut the lead to one and give the Penguins the momentum. Game seven was uneventful as Pittsburgh dominated.

1995- The Caps take a 3-1 series lead again on Pittsburgh thanks to two 6-2 blowouts of the Penguins at the Capital Centre in games three and four. Jim “Ace” Carey, who a couple of years later would tell Schoenfeld and assistant coaches Keith Allain and Tod Button that he didn’t really want to play hockey, appears poised to win his first ever playoff series in his rookie season (this was the lockout shortened season). However, Washington gives away game five in Pittsburgh after leading, 4-3, past the halfway point of the third period. Luc Robitaille wins game five in overtime for Pittsburgh (who can forget Francois Leroux going around Ken Klee to set up a Pens goal?). Game six is a 7-1 Pens rout at the Capital Centre as Wregget gets red hot and he carries that into game seven as Pittsburgh shuts out Washington, 3-0, at the Igloo.

2008- The Caps win game one on Alexander Ovechkin’s highlight real goal, 5-4, but then drop the next three contests to Philadelphia (game four was in overtime). A 2-0 score wins for Washington in game five and then the Great #8 takes over the third period of game six to force game seven. Referee Paul Devorksi then allows the Flyers first goal in game seven to count despite clear goaltender interference on Cristobal Huet and then Don Koharski calls Tom Poti for tripping in overtime and Joffrey Lupul wins it for the Flyers on the power play. The Caps expended a lot of energy just making the playoffs and then even more trying to come back in the series.

So will 2009 be different? This team now has playoff experience and should have much more in the tank than they had for game seven last year. They are a superior team to the Rangers, when they play their game and not get too cute with overpassing and cross ice passes, but New York has potentially the great equalizer, Henrik Lundqvist, in goal. If the Caps play well they won’t need to worry about the officiating (btw, Koharski will not be refereeing tonight, he is now retired). Will Ted Leonsis get his first ever playoff series win as owner and Bruce Boudreau get his first NHL playoff series win as head coach? Tune in tonight to find out as game seven’s are the best the NHL has to offer, but they have historically not been good to the Capitals.

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