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Hey Peter Angelos: If you can’t honor Brooks Robinson, why the hell do you own the Orioles?

Posted on 23 October 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

After attending the amazing and memorable Brooks Robinson statue unveiling in front of Pickles Pub on Saturday afternoon my emotions left me two choices – either speak out about the painfully obvious and disgraceful lack of participation by Peter G. Angelos and the Baltimore Orioles or do what the rest of these phonies in the local bought-off media have done: turn a blind eye to the biggest and smelliest orange elephant in the middle of downtown Baltimore and refuse to ask the tough questions.

So today is a day when I again unleash my raging fury regarding this sham on Baltimoreans everywhere perpetrated by the smallest of small men of our time in Maryland – Peter G. Angelos.

There were roughly a thousand hearty Orioles fans and Brooks admirers at the feet of that gorgeous statue this weekend for a man who literally lifted the first shovel in erecting the modern era of professional sports in Baltimore. Brooks Robinson is a walking living legend and civic treasure and one whose inherent goodness and decency has been wasted over the past 20 years by this awful, mean-spirited and petty ownership group and the Angelos ownership reign of terror that has turned its back on this community.

That’s not my feeling. That was the feeling of virtually every participant in Saturday’s festivities who were all asking the same glaring, obvious questions:

1.    Why wasn’t this done a long time ago?

2.    Why isn’t that statue on the Camden Yards property where the Baltimore Orioles actually play baseball? (Although, I must admit, the notion of Brooks Robinson greeting every person who comes into Baltimore and drives past that stadium on Russell Street is pretty cool. You can make an argument that Angelos’ anti-Brooks stance actually makes the monument even more visible and relevant.)

3.    Why hasn’t Brooks Robinson been involved with the Orioles during the September of his days and his life in baseball?

4.    Why didn’t the Orioles build a statue for Brooks Robinson long ago?

5.    Where was Peter Angelos or any representative or player from the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday? (No Angelos, no Showalter, no players, no orange…the stadium was locked shut and Orioles representatives reportedly were telling fans to call Pickles Pub for more information because they didn’t have any information about the proceedings.)

Let me ask one more serious question and I want you to answer this in your own mind:

Has there EVER been a more beloved Baltimore sports figure than Brooks Robinson?

You can argue for Johnny Unitas — and maybe Cal Ripken or Art Donovan — but Brooks was by far the most personable, likeable and accessible superstar of our lifetime. He also spent an extra two decades coming to life on my living room television with baseball in my life every night, all summer long. His relationship with Crown Central Petroleum was indeed a crowning achievement for both he and Henry Rosenberg, who made sure this statue was built for a man who is so richly deserving of every morsel of the immense praise and outpouring of love he was given by the Orioles diehards on Saturday.

Maybe some of these other gutless (or in some cases, witless and/or from out-of-town) journalists think it’s uncouth to take shots at Angelos after such a glorious fall day for a statue unveiling of the greatest living sports legend in our community but I think the timing is perfect.

These are the occasions when Angelos memorably shows that he’s classless, clueless and petty when it comes to the treatment of his fellow human beings on the planet.

Of all of the sins of Peter Angelos that has led to the decimation of the reputation of the Orioles in our community – and the list is so long  that it’s not even worth itemizing or detailing any more –  nothing says “I’m an gigantic, collosal a**hole” more than turning your back on someone like Brooks Robinson in the deep autumn of his life as civic treasure.

To publicly ignore Brooks Robinson or to disrespect him is akin to fighting with Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama or Santa Claus.

It’s unthinkable. It’s unconscionable. And it’s wrong.

But I’ll be the only one pointing out the obvious this week in regard to Brooks, the Orioles and Angelos. And you can tell me what you think in the comments below…that’s why we’re here at WNST.net.

Oh, there was plenty of childlike joy on Saturday of the memories of World Series’ past and plenty of you will say this blog somehow “takes away from a great day for Brooks” but that’s not the point. All of the “great day” parts of the statue unveiling and its eternal charm and beauty at the foot of Russell Street as folks drive into Baltimore and past Camden Yards will long outlive both Brooks Robinson and this dark, ugly era of Orioles baseball that Peter Angelos has profiteered from over the past two decades.

If you want to know how Saturday looked and felt, I covered all of that in this blog and honestly most of you weren’t there for the statue unveiling.

But I think today is a perfect day to examine what’s gone on here with the once-proud Baltimore Orioles and where their place will be in the hearts of this city in the future, especially once Angelos is done raping the community of its spirit for baseball and sports in the summertime downtown.

I don’t really know what Brooks is thinking these days but I know he was left all but broken down, overwhelmed and speechless at the end of the confetti, unveiling and the heartfelt words of his admirers on Saturday.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2WfCI4V59Y&feature=channel_video_title[/youtube]

His health is not good. That much we know. We all pray for No. 5 but his innate happiness and joyful emotions on Saturday seemed to be overflowing and he looked the part of a man who fully realizes that he’s captured and retained the heart of this city for all of his lifetime.

Time will NOT dim the glory of HIS deeds, that’s for sure….

But I know Brooks Robinson deserved better than this from his lifetime of

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Unveiling of Brooks Robinson statue very emotional for No. 5

Posted on 22 October 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

It was like a scene out of a movie today in downtown Baltimore, as Brooks Robinson was feted with a lifetime of community contributions with a beautiful statue at the foot of Russell Street on the plot of land in front of Pickles Pub. Visitors coming from the south will be greeted by a barehanded, throwing Brooks Robinson in the motion of cutting down another runner.

Come with us now at WNST.net via the amazing world of WNStv and take in an afternoon in honor of Brooks Robinson from the statue site. Enjoy these incredible stories of how No. 5 helped shape our lives in sports in Baltimore.

Here’s the entire speech from Brooks Robinson:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2WfCI4V59Y[/youtube]

Here’s the unveiling of the statue:

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

Josh Charles amazing speech:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kMS6gUaDac[/youtube]

Barbara Mikulski’s incredibe authenticity, passion and humor:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnc03DqJWaA[/youtube]

Henry Rosenberg, former CEO of Crown Central Petroleum and great friend and business partner with Brooks. He is the one who got this amazing statue built and deserves all of the credit:

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

World-renowned sculptor Joseph Sheppard of Baltimore talks about why he made Brooks Robinson statue and all of the fun facts:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzbzh1P-Yss[/youtube]

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Here’s why Adam Jones and anyone who thinks like him is a nitwit…

Posted on 14 April 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

Two weeks ago Adam Jones, the starting centerfielder for the Baltimore Orioles who also fancies himself a free spirit, world social media maven and loose-lipped athlete, repeatedly told our local fans to come back to the ballpark in 2011 and “knock the s**t outta Yankees fans” when they bring their money to Camden Yards.

Being the only real journalist left in Baltimore with a free voice (and, conversely, no Orioles press pass), I wrote a scathing blog here about this very public pronouncement made by Jones on video at www.baltimoresun.com that cost me a local sponsorship and got me roundly slammed by the morons, apes and trolls on various “hangout” message boards and web blogs for “being too negative” about the Orioles.

Well, it turns out, a couple of Los Angeles Dodgers fans took the “advice” of Adam Jones and now a 42-year old paramedic named Bryan Stow – same age as me, by the way – is in a coma in a Los Angeles hospital and his two children might never have a father again.

Think I was a little too hard on Jones now?

Or were the other local “media” members, afraid for their jobs and press passes and encouraged by their bosses to “just pretend Jones never said anything that dumb,” a bunch of cowards in not writing the truth about Jones’ overt and brazen stupidity in recommending that our fans get violent with Yankees fans in Baltimore?

This has been the biggest sports story on the West Coast this week, with Giants and Dodgers fans speaking out about the  violence and the senseless pain of this not-so-random attack.

Today, perhaps I come to you as a blogger or entrepreneur or social media critic or washed up sports talk show host, but just know one thing: I’m a REAL fan. I’d be willing to bet you any amount of money that I have sat with visiting team gear on in the upper decks of more out-of-town ballparks and arenas than you have in my 42 years on the planet – 27 of them covering sports as a journalist and fan.

And I’ve seen it all. I’ve had dog bones thrown at me in the upper deck in Cleveland. I’ve been punched in the back of the head in New York while standing at a urinal. I’ve been cursed and MF’ed in Philadelphia. I even somehow managed to find a**holes in Green Bay and Nashville, who made it thoroughly unenjoyable to watch a football game in their “hospitable” stadiums with purple gear on in the stands.

As recently as four days ago in my home ballpark with the same black and orange jersey on as the home team I was accosted by a fan, who crossed the line between passion and abuse.

On Sunday afternoon in the bucolic and mostly empty confines of Camden Yards, as I was exiting the stadium in Sect. 32 with my Baltimore jersey on, holding hands with my wife and walking next to my son and his girlfriend – in seats amidst Orioles wives, families, etc. in a stadium where you can literally hear a pin drop most of the time – I was accosted by an angry Orioles fan who stood up, pointed at me from five feet away and screamed in his loudest voice, “Nestor you’re a F**KING JERK!”

As I wrote two weeks ago when the largest media conglomerate in the country (if not the world) had one of its pathetic, in-over-her-head employees sue me and two of my employees for

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Point: I love Mike Bordick…just not in Orioles Hall of Fame

Posted on 20 March 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

I guess this is what happens when your franchise has atrophied to the point of having few fans, few glaring All Stars and no hope of playing baseball in October for 14 consecutive years. When it comes to time to find Orioles “Hall of Famers” you begin to stretch and reach and embarrass the honor itself by attempting to find the next candidate to appear at your annual rubber chicken luncheon in August for the Oriole Advocates.

I like Mike Bordick. I like Mike Bordick more than I like most people who have ever put on an Orioles jersey. Great baseball man, great family guy and a guy teacher of the game.

But, if we’re considering numbers and contributions and Orioles “Hall of Fame” worthiness, then Mike Bordick can’t be taken seriously as a candidate or an honoree.

Bordick played parts of six mostly-forgettable seasons of Orioles baseball and was once dealt away in the heart of the pennant race to play in the 2001 World Series with the New York Mets.

He hit .236, .260, .277, .285, .249 and .232 in those five seasons. He was a wonderful role player and served as the man who replaced Cal Ripken at shortshop. He was a team leader, a good fielder and what most teammates would call “a gamer” — a real baseball gym rat who loved the game more than most.

But a Hall of Famer? Not really…

I’d put Bordick in the “Hall of Nice” — as I wrote @WNST on Twitter yesterday, but not any serious Hall of Fame.

This is the problem with all of the Hall of Fames in every sport in America. They’ve all become a pandering situation, where the media, sponsors or “powers that be” need their egos (or wallets in some cases) stroked in order to bestow the honor upon even the worthy. In this case, the Orioles simply don’t have any warm bodies from the last 15 years who haven’t been busted for steroids or fallen out of the good graces of Peter G. Angelos to the point where it would be uncomfortable for them to return for an honor.

The baseball Hall of Fame doesn’t have the greatest hitter of the century (Pete Rose) in it. It won’t have the greatest player of this generation (Barry Bonds) in it. It also won’t have any of the single-season home run kings (Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Bonds) in it. And if Roger Clemens goes to jail over the steroid scandal, I’m assuming he won’t get elected, either.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just announced its 2011 candidates. Somehow, Kiss, Rush and Def Leppard have been left off the docket while the Beastie Boys and Bob Geldof have somehow found their way into consideration ahead of bands that changed the landscape for their genre.

And the Pro Football Hall of Fame has become a limited country club for the less-than-50 voters who work their agendas, grievances and politics into the selection of the NFL’s best players of our generation under a heavy microscope each Super Bowl weekend. And in my opinion, most years they seem to induct worthy candidates into Canton but overlook many others who are yellow-jacket worthy.

And speaking of football, it would be inappropriate and unfair to not mention that the Ravens “Ring of Honor” was tarnished upon its conception when Art Modell unilaterally made Earnest Byner the first member of the club. Every time I look over onto that wall and see his name, it makes the entire institution feel like a joke, really. But give the purple birds some credit — they have held the line in a big way ever since, only allowing players who have made a Pro Bowl eligibility into the “Ring” and I think that’s a standard that’s the very lowest bar that should be set. (Although, I could make a case for Edwin Mulitalo, Mike Flynn and a few others who served the team capably for many years but I sort of like that the Ravens have now made it a REAL honor and a difficult club to enter.)

This isn’t an Orioles problem. Or an Orioles Hall of Fame problem.

For me, its an endemic part of ANY Hall of Fame, the phoniness, crony-ness and screwiness that these “highest honors” awards have become.

Who gets in and who doesn’t? And how can we argue the point when the criteria is either non-existent or so vague as to be obtuse to anyone who would have to justify their vote?

And who are the “qualified” voters or judges?

In this case, the Orioles talent pool has been so shallow for so long that they’re doing the only thing they can do at this point.

If you suffered through enough losing seasons as an Orioles player and you’re a “nice guy” and you don’t say anything bad about Angelos, you get your Hall of Fame passport stamped at The Warehouse.

Either way, I’ll be at the luncheon this year with Aunt Pat and delighted to shake Mike Bordick’s hand.

But I wouldn’t have voted for him.

But then again, if they’re going to have a luncheon each year the Orioles have to honor SOMEONE and clearly they’ve just run out of names and worthy people at this point.

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 11 August 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because myself, the lovely “Boomer Sooner”, “The Luckiest Dang Roommate on the Face of the Planet” and “The Luckiest Dang Roommate’s Girlfriend on the Face of the Planet” all wandered up to Camden, New Jersey (which might be the single WORST place on the face of the planet) to check out the great Jimmy Buffett.

I would sit here and sing the praises of Jimmy Buffett (and/or the multiple Coronas we downed beforehand), but you already know just how great he is. Instead, I’ll let you know that my personal favorite Jimmy Buffett live song is “Southern Cross”…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7Ah-Ch8NQ4[/youtube]

And yes, you ARE allowed to pick a cover as your favorite song to see live. Of course, now that I found out that it is ALSO Boomer Sooner’s favorite song; I think I’m going to have to consider another. I mean, this is still relatively new for me. I can’t let her think that I respect/value her opinion, can I? She’s a girl!

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says Birds crushed 4 homers against Justin Masterson, bullpen in win over Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field

WHO ARE THESE GUYS?!?!?!?

Felix Pie, Corey Patterson, Matt Wieters and Luke Scott all homered last night (Luke Scott did something on the road?); and the team survived a shaky performance from Jake Arrieta to win their 7th in their last 8.

I don’t know what else to say. The fact is it DOESN’T matter as the team has won 7 of 8 but STILL has the worst record in Major League Baseball-although they’re just a half game in front (behind) of the Pittsburgh Pirates in that race. However, it is really nice to have a stretch like this. They’re not going to win 87.5% of their games the rest of the way; but if they can compete to stay around .500 the rest of the way, we’d all be entertained.

But it still wouldn’t REALLY matter.

What matters is what happens this offseason, and what happens next spring.

But if we’re going to have to watch the games, I guess we might as well be entertained. It’s either this or watching YouTube clips “Come On” highlights from Arrested Development and South Park…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5BMQ-xpTog[/youtube]

Okay, that clip was more entertaining. Sorry to the O’s…

2. The AP/WNST.net provide numerical evidence of another win

By the way, Arrieta’s final line last night was 6IP, 6R (5ER), 6H, 2BB, 3K. I feel like I’m going to hear someone describe his start as “gutty” at some point today.

You know the (new) drill here. You actually DO want to look at the numbers now, which is stunning. Do that, then look at this picture of Nikki Mitchell from The Smoking Jacket/Busted Coverage. Win/win I call it!

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3. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Mike Gonzalez, Koji Uehara could take save opportunities from Alfredo Simon

I know Buck Showalter is all about winning games (and trust me, I’m GRATEFUL for that); but I don’t think Uehara makes sense.

Uehara’s 2 year, $10 million deal ends in a month and a half; and I just can’t fathom Andy MacPhail having future plans for him in Charm City. Then again, MacPhail was the guy who gave him stupid money and a stupid promised start in the rotation originally.

If Showalter wants to find out whether or not he has a closer on the roster for next season (and I’m guessing he doesn’t), he should go with Simon and Gonzalez. If he’s just hellbent on making sure Steve in Homeland loses his bet with Drew Forrester; maybe it’s worth taking a shot on ol’ “Sideburns.”

4. Seattle Times’ Geoff Baker says former Mariners manager Wakamatsu could join Buck Showalter’s Orioles staff

Apparently these two have a history that dates back to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and this would be a natural fit. I’d be fine with it, but I’d prefer they go out and get an actual PLAYER from the Emerald City. For example, is Ichiro available?

This of course is part of the question surrounding what the Orioles’ staff will look like a season from now. Few in Baltimore would be saddened to see Terry Crowley depart, but baseball minds will tell you he’s still amongst the better true hitting coaches in baseball. There’s an argument that the young pitchers on the Orioles staff would be better suited to have Rick Kranitz stick around for continuity, but there’s also an argument he hasn’t earned that right just yet.

With no offense to Gary Allenson, T-Bone Shelby or Jeff Datz; those jobs really aren’t significant enough to worry about who handles them. Should Buck Showalter have someone from his past (Toronto Blue Jays 3B Coach Brian Butterfield comes to mind) that he wants to fill the role; that’s fine. Should he decide to keep one or more of the current guys in place, that would be fine as well.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Scott Moore homered in Norfolk Tides’ loss to Indianapolis Indians on farm

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

-The Birds and Tribe face off again tonight, with first pitch from the Comeback City at 7:05pm on MASN. Brad Bergesen faces Josh Tomlin-whoever that is.

-Did you miss Hall of Famer Earl Weaver with Drew Forrester this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Drew and Earl talked about Buck Showalter, the anniversary of Cal Ripken’s MLB debut and much more. Head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today to check it out. Some other things you can hear in the Audio Vault include…

  • Chorye Spoone (Bowie Baysox pitcher)-who joined Drew this morning to discuss his season in the O’s system
  • Orlando Alzugary (WQAM Miami)-who previewed the Miami Dolphins as we continue to preview AFC East teams this week in our look at the Baltimore Ravens’ schedule
  • Purple reports from Westminster with Luke Jones; as well as sound from McDaniel College Tuesday with John Harbaugh, Jameel McClain and Tom Zbikowski
  • Chris Chester (Ravens OL)-who joined Thyrl Nelson following practice Tuesday
  • Ken Singleton (YES Network)-who discussed the anniversary of Cal’s debut and some New York Yankees baseball with Rex Tuesday
  • Ryan Couture (Strikeforce fighter, son of Randy Couture) and Reed Harris (WEC General Manager)-who both joined Thyrl Nelson and John Rallo Tuesday during “The MMA Report”

It’s all there in the Audio Vault, meaning once again you have your day taken care of for you. As always, you’re welcome.

6. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Chris Carr, Jared Gaither likely to miss Ravens preseason opener tomorrow night vs. Carolina Panthers

We still don’t know about some of the other question marks on the roster, including Fabian Washington-who could be sat to protect him from the M&T Bank Stadium turf.

If Washington & Carr can’t play, it would be likely that Travis Fisher and Cary Williams would start. Wow.

They could still go out and make an acquisition. For example, I believe Paulina Stanek is available. (Thanks Don Chavez!)

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7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Domonique Foxworth underwent knee surgery Tuesday performed by Dr. James Andrews

That’s right, the ugliest name in all of sports medicine-which also so happens to be one of the best.

It’s a long road back from an ACL tear-but there’s no question in my mind that Domonique can handle it both mentally and physically. Because of the timing of it, he should be in good shape to be back in time for Training Camp next season.

In the meantime…umm…does he maybe have a cousin who can come play for the Ravens???

8. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Shayne Graham, Billy Cundiff to alternate kicks tomorrow night

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

-Training Camp is CLOSED to the public (and to the media) today, so if you head up to Carroll County-a trip to Chick-Fil-A will be about your only option. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Luke Jones will still be checking in throughout the day with Thyrl Nelson and Rex Snider today on AM1570 WNST as we prepare for the Ravens’ preseason opener tomorrow night.

-This morning’s “Training Camp Top 5″ was “If you were to get in a fight with Pittsburgh Steelers fans in the upper deck at Heinz Field, which current or former Ravens would you want on your side?”

Here’s my list:

  1. Orlando Brown
  2. Steve McNair
  3. Bart Scott
  4. Tom Zbikowski
  5. Arthur Jones

Here’s Drew’s list:

  1. Rex Ryan
  2. Kelly Gregg
  3. Ray Lewis
  4. Jarret Johnson
  5. Frank Walker

And via Twitter (follow us @WNST), here’s Nestor Aparicio’s list…

  1. Orlando Brown
  2. Bob Sapp
  3. Sam Adams
  4. James Trapp
  5. Ray Lewis

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Terrapins De’Onte Arnett, Taylor Watson to miss Training Camp in College Park

The Terps held their football Media Day yesterday at Byrd Stadium, and you will be able to hear from plenty of players (including Jamarr Robinson, Da’Rel Scott, Alex Wujciak, Poly’s LaQuan Williams, Antwine Perez, Torrey Smith and more) via WNSTv in the next few days/weeks.

It was a slightly awkward day at Media Day yesterday, as the cloud of last year’s 2-10 record and the uncertainty surrounding Ralph Friedgen and James Franklin (the man tabbed to be the program’s next head coach) remains. It will remain that way until (unless?) Maryland turns things around this season.

The other news to come out of Media Day was that LB Avery Murray has left the team for personal reasons, and Zach Kerr & Ronnie Tyler are still in summer school.

Patrick and I discuss Maryland’s O-Line, preview North Carolina and North Carolina State; and get into a spirited discussion regarding Navy football in this week’s “D1scast”-which you can hear now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault.

10. LA Times’ Chris Dufresne names Navy 24th best team in country

What Patrick and I discussed yesterday surrounded the nature that this is CLEARLY the best team in Annapolis since maybe as far back as the Roger Staubach era; but all of the positive feelings could go away should Ken Niumatalolo’s Midshipmen lose just the season opener against Maryland.

Their schedule doesn’t allow for them to make too much noise the rest of the way (they face other ACC bottom-feeders like Duke and Wake Forest as well as a Notre Dame team that may or may not be a factor in the BCS this season). Should they suffer an early costly loss, it will be hard to maintain a Top 25 (or Top 25-range) status.

That being said, this is a FANTASTIC problem for the Mids to have.

You know who won’t have trouble staying in the Top 25 this season? Sophie Reade. (Thanks Guyism!)

sophie

And finally, I leave you with this.

I named “The Greatest Song of All Time This Week” earlier this week on Facebook (you can add me as a friend-just search for “Glenn Clark” and add the goofy looking guy sipping Orange Kool-Aid because he lost a bet to Ed in Park Heights). “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison isn’t just A comeback song, it is THE comeback song…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB1D9wWxd2w[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because despite the fact that I have to go to the cesspool that is Washington DC to do it, but I AM going to see Dave Matthews Band tonight.

With DMB taking off next summer, I’m planning on it being 24 months until I can see them again. I no longer consider myself to be some sort of obsessed Dave Matthews fan, but I HAVE seen them just about 50 times in my life. So as far as tonight’s show at Nationals Park is concerned, I’d like to request a few tunes for the band to play before they take this hiatus. I’ll limit it to three requests.

First, “Louisiana Bayou” would be great even without Robert Randolph…

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

Second, “Seven” was the best song on Big Whiskey & The GrooGrux King. I’ve yet to see them play it, as Barry Aparicio and I wandered in about 3 songs late to Camden, New Jersey last September…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HvR9duHljg[/youtube]

And it’s a long shot; but if there’s ANY chance of it happening; I’d absolutely LOVE to hear “So Right” tonight…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgoCo3VPJLQ[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Carl Pavano shut down Orioles as Twins cruised to 5-0 win at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

I’ll get to the ejections.

In the meantime, Kevin Millwood was once again terrible in the first inning, the Orioles offense did NOTHING (including an 0-8 from Felix Pie and Miguel Tejada at the top of the lineup) and there was little or no effort at any point during the game.

Carl Pavano would probably run away with the Cy Young Award if he got a few more games against the Orioles this year.

Ugh.

The sad part is that I looked at the Twinkies’ lineup before the game (without Justin Morneau obviously) and thought to myself, “this is a totally beatable team. They just benefit from playing in the AL Central.”

The flip side that we don’t want to really admit is that the Orioles COULDN’T take advantage of the AL Central. They’d be in last place there too.

You know what I haven’t mentioned in awhile? It really sucks to be an Orioles fan these days.

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

Jake Fox had a double. So did Cesar Izturis.

And that’s about that.

Look, we all know what I’m going to do here. You don’t want to look at this. Instead, I offer this photo of Jillian Beyor from NextRound.net. This will be a much more pleasurable experience for you…

beyor

3. Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Ty Wigginton, Juan Samuel, Rick Kranitz all ejected in Birds’ loss

And with that in mind, I’d like to congratulate Rick Kranitz on his first ever “Apologist of the Morning” award, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester…kinda.

“Yeah you know I shouldn’t have done that. It wasn’t the right thing to do, but you know, you get frustrated. Especially when Kevin’s been on the mound, crazy things have happened when he pitched. And he was on a pretty good roll on the time, it was reaction, shouldn’t have happened.

“Crazy things have happened” when Kevin Millwood has pitched, huh? Crazy things like the dude not being able to get anyone out in the first inning?!?!?

The fact is-Gary Darling DID get the call wrong at first base. BUT-there was absolutely no reason for Ty Wigginton (and then Juan Samuel) to lose their minds the way they did, other than the fact that they both play for the Orioles-which is the type of slow torture I wouldn’t wish on much of anyone.

If you haven’t seen the video yet-here it is courtesy of MASN and DailyMotion…

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4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Brian Roberts ‘likely to return’ to O’s lineup this weekend

B-Rob, we love you and trust me when I say we’ve missed you.

That being said-are you sure this is a good idea?

I mean, there are PLENTY of other things you could be doing with your time this summer. You could go to Pier Six Pavilion tomorrow night like I am (with my parents) and check out the Beach Boys, or you could even go to the movies. I mean, “Ramona and Beezus” opens this weekend. How could you miss that?!?!?

The point is-nothing good is happening here. There’s just no reason for you to be in a rush to get back to this mess. If today you decided that you wanted to go to Dewey Beach instead of Charm City; no one would be resentful towards your decision.

As far as who would be sent down if Brian were to be called up today? I’ll say Matt Albers or Scott Moore. Make sure you’re signed up for the WNST Text Service, as we’ll send out the info as soon as it’s available.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Nolan Reimold had big night, Zach Britton struggled for Norfolk Tides on farm

Before we move on from the Orioles, a few things…

-Game 2 of the 4 game set between the Birds and the Minnesota Twins is tonight at OPACY. First pitch between Brian Duensing (who replaces Nick Blackburn) and Jeremy Guthrie is at 7:05pm; and the game can be seen on MASN. I’ll take the Twins-mostly because they’re playing the Orioles. The other pitching matchups this weekend are Scott Baker vs. Brian Matusz tomorrow and Kevin Slowey vs. Jake Arrieta Sunday.

-Did you miss Twins color analyst Bert Blyleven on “The Morning Reaction” today on AM1570 WNST? Yes, we invited him on DESPITE the fact that he was on the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates team. You can hear it in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net. Other guests this morning were Bowie Baysox SS Greg Miclat and NBCSports.com “HardballTalk” MLB writer Craig Calcaterra. Both are in the Audio Vault as well.

-Juan Samuel is still the manager. Buck Showalter is still unemployed. Just in case you were wondering.

-Does anyone want to man up and admit that this was you? It’s fine by me. Actually an impressive time! (Thanks Busted Coverage!)

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6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens CB Cary Williams suspended two games for violating personal conduct policy

Given the fact that the Ravens acquired Walt Harris and Travis Fisher this offseason and Prince Miller is going to compete as an undrafted free agent; it seemed unlikely that Cary Williams would end up making the roster anyway.

He’ll still have the chance to make it, and the organization says they were aware this was an issue before they even signed Williams; so it shouldn’t make much of a difference as far as his chances of making the roster are concerned.

If the Ravens do end up letting Williams go-I’d really like for them to consider Mafalda Teixeira. Mafalda appeared on the cover of GQ in some sort of foreign country, and is proof that you don’t need to hate everyone with the last name Teixeira (Thanks Brosome!)…

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7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says John Harbaugh standing by Ed Reed

Established.

Me personally, I’m over all of the Ed Reed stuff. I saw the WBAL interview with him saying that the team wouldn’t give him game film to watch. I was unmoved. I don’t know what to make of ANYTHING Ed Reed says.

I wouldn’t be surprised if halfway through Training Camp, Ed just said “you know what…I can’t do it anymore.”

I’m just done with “Ed Reed week” at this point. He’s a goofy dude. I was surprised when he told us 3 weeks ago today that he wanted a new contract; but I let it go after I realized the team wasn’t going to give him a deal. All of the other interviews he’s done since then have just been…well…maybe even goofier.

8. BaltimoreMariners.com’s John Wolfe says Lenny Moore will serve as honorary captain for Sunday’s AIFA Championship Bowl

Don’t forget-the game is Sunday at 4pm at 1st Mariner Arena. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster. It’s going to be a great time, and I can’t recommend you head out and root the Mariners on to what would be the 1st indoor football title in Baltimore history.

And again-what else would you be doing this weekend? Watching the Orioles? I didn’t think so…

9. San Antonio Express-News’ Jeff McDonald says former Towson guard Gary Neal signed with Spurs

This is just absolutely awesome. A Harford County kid (Aberdeen to be exact) who as far as I know does NOT root for the Steelers who put in tough years with the Tigers and then on forward to Europe now gets the chance to play in the NBA with what appears to be a guaranteed three year deal. As Gary himself said on Facebook yesterday…

“Today was one of the best days of my life…”

That’s awesome. And hey, you can “like” WNST.net on Facebook or “friend” myself (just search “Glenn Clark”). I’m not quite as cool as Gary Neal, but I DO know soon-to-be TV celebrity and celebrated Perry Hall Gators alum Daniela Pane…

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(Edit from GMC: She’s on the left. Like it matters…)

10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says RB Caleb Porzel will transfer from Maryland due to academic issues

And if you’ve been listening to the “D1scast” weekly (why WOULDN’T you be?), you would know that Patrick has said on multiple occasions that it was very possible Porzel wouldn’t be part of this team this season. Turns out he won’t be part of the team AT ALL moving forward.

The frustrating part here (as I said last night on Twitter-follow us @WNST) is that Porzel (Good Counsel) is CLEARLY talented. He was never going to be an every down RB in the ACC; but he had the potential to be a guy that could make an impact in multiple ways…on the ground, catching the ball out of the backfield, and in the return game.

Ralph Friedgen’s Terrapins didn’t need bad news this season. There’s really no other way to say that…

And finally, I leave you with this.

As I mentioned-I’ll be headed to Pier Six tomorrow night with the great Tom Clark and Karen Clark to see the Beach Boys-and will be equally excited for “Kokomo”, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “Be True to Your School.” I’ll be MORE excited for John Stamos-who will be sitting in with the Beach Boys this weekend.

Why will I be MORE excited? Are you kidding? Full House? Jesse and the Rippers?!?!?

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Free The Birds event is set for May 17th…

Posted on 07 May 2010 by Nestor Aparicio

The official “Free The Birds 2010 — The Reunion” is underway now with planning and events scheduled for Monday, May 17th. To make us aware of your attendance, please sign up for the event via Facebook and our events page here.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. at Phillip’s Harborplace where we’ll have some happy hour specials and fun.

Feel free to buy the cheapest tickets possible and come downtown to make your voice heard regarding the state of the Baltimore Orioles, circa 2010.

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Posted on 21 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

As a reminder, we don’t include the Ravens in this. The Ravens get their own “Tuesday Top 7″ every week, so we’ll worry about them then.

You deserve props:

1-Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson, Frank Gore, Michael Turner, Drew Brees and Marques Colston, and Kurt Warner

Elsewhere in the NFL Sunday, ummm…….Jeff Reed Sucks.

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HAHAHAHAHA! STEELERS SUCK! YOUR KICKER SUCKS!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Ehh, it’s Week 2. Let me be excited. You guys always ruin everything for me.

2-Floyd Mayweather

Not that anyone was surprised. With no offense to you Juan Manuel Marquez, the fact that your trip to Las Vegas didn’t end THIS way should probably be enough to make you feel like the whole thing wasn’t a wash……

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3-Jason Bay, JD Drew and Clay Buchholz

I swear to God you would have been hard pressed finding 5 people in the city of Baltimore who would have gone to see the Orioles play the Red Sox today, no matter circumstances. Thanks again to the fans of the city of Boston, who came in thousands to support our city. You guys are the worst human beings of all time, but we need your money. Since you don’t come back again this season, I hope you drown in your chowder.

(Editor’s note: Apparently I’m not supposed to say that. Or feel that way. WTF? Is this a blog or a damn Public Service Announcement?)

4-Michal Neuvirth

PRESEASON HOCKEY, WOO!

Did you know that Neuvirth (a Capitals goalie prospect) is from the Czech Republic? Did you also know that Megan Fox appeared in a recent issue of the Czech Republic’s version of “Esquire”? Crap, I lost you at Megan Fox, didn’t I? Okay…..

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5-Vitor Belfort and Josh Koscheck

I will admit this. I didn’t watch UFC 103 Saturday night. Not because I’m not a manly dude, but because I was at a Dave Matthews Band concert. Oh, crap.

Anyway, here’s video of Brock Lesnar training for something. I don’t know what it is, but I’m gonna guess saving the world????

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Evyox0Rsu8[/youtube]

6-Kip Wells, David Price, Yovani Gallardo, Kevin Correia, Ian Snell, Ubaldo Jimenez, Ronnie Belliard, Matt Garza, CC Sabathia, Scott Kazmir, Brett Anderson, Brian Duensing, Luke Hochevar and John Buck

Elsewhere in baseball, Cubs OF Milton Bradley was suspended the rest of the season for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

Namely…..trying to win?

If that’s true, the O’s should probably just go ahead and not bother…..

7-Mark Martin and Scott Dixon

I would tell you more about NASCAR or IRL, but you and I both know we don’t give a crap about any of this. So I’m gonna stretch here. I was in the locker room at 1 Winning Drive one day last week, and Terrell Suggs had “Fast and Furious” playing in his locker. I’m not sure how or if that movie had anything to do with racing, but Jordana Brewster was in it, and I can now post a picture of her and forget that we were ever talking about racing…..

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8-Jeremy Avery, Evan Royster, Ty Jones, Jahvid Best, Dane Sanzenbacher, Landry Jones, Russell Wilson and CJ Spiller

Elsewhere in College Football this weekend, the University of Minnesota (who never could figure out a way to slow down Jahvid Best), announced that they will be doing SOMETHING to curb excessive drinking by students who attend games. I’d tell you more about what they were doing, but I would have had to have read the entire AP story.

I do know that this almost HAS to be the first time in the history of the Associated Press that the words “get blirzed” had news worthiness. But what does “get blitzed” mean, anyway? Not something I’m familiar with……

9-The Czech Republic and Spain

I’m pretty sure no one in the world was watching the Davis Cup this weekend, but…..it happened? The Czechs and Spaniards will now meet in the final.

To celebrate, I Google Image searched “Spain Sexy.” We can all now celebrate appropriately.

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10-Steve Sarkisian

Relax USC, you still have this……

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11-30 Rock

Did I watch the Emmy’s? No, but I DVR’ed them so I could watch later why the hell would I watch that crap?

The point remains. If you don’t think Tina Fey is sexy/awesome, get bent Steve.

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12-Sergio Kindle

Is Taylor Potts still alive?????

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSsLkBG_64Y[/youtube]

Somewhere right now, none of these people are amused…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C69SNL5IdT4[/youtube]

13-Female Sports Fans

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I always wondered how Nestor Aparicio made it work with a life-long Red Sox fan. I always imagined that would be the breaking point for me. But I had a realization this weekend. I was watching Sunday Night Football with some friends, including one who is a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan. This presented a unique scenario, as I have REGULARLY been the person who told everyone else to shut up while I was watching some sort of sporting event. But this time, I felt myself trying to have a conversation while my friend the Cowboys fan (who just so happens to be a LOVELY young lady) was wholeheartedly uninterested in ANYTHING I might have to say. And the only word I could use to explain it would be…….

Sexy.

Hey, I don’t give a half a crap about the Cowboys, but I couldn’t help but find such attention to football hot.

But maybe it’s just me.

14-Stoplights

You know Barry brought to the Glenn Clark compound Sunday afternoon? How do these delicious treats do you?

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You might not think that a Ritz Cracker, McDonald’s pickle, aged cheddar cheese, and pepperoni sounds that good; but they went DELICIOUSLY with the 187 Blue Moons we downed until Ray Lewis made our day complete.

15-“Alligator Pie” by Dave Matthews Band

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I hadn’t seen Dave Matthews Band in 5 years until Saturday night. Okay, maybe 2 years. Or maybe I saw them last summer. Or last week. Seriously, you guys ask too many freaking questions. Can’t you just let me live my damn life? I was gonna tell you so much funny stuff about Alligator Pie and the show Saturday night-but instead-get bent. I do so much for you people.

You got lucky:

1-Anyone who wants Glenn Clark to be wrong

I got exactly ONE of the 4 games I picked Friday right. To make that worse, I picked the Patriots. And the Steelers. And the Packers. And the Browns (I think). And the Eagles. And the Panthers. And the Chiefs-I think. And the Titans. Jesus.

But here was my face just seconds after I found out Maryland had fallen to Middle Tennessee State……

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More on the location of the picture later.

2-Rex Ryan and Chad Ochocinco

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h1Xxk3VS_E[/youtube]

Note to the Packers fans who gave the middle finger while Chad Ochocinco did his Lambeau Leap-I get that you were wholly embarrassed by the fact that the Bengals came to Green Bay and kicked your ass; but this is now the ONLY way you will be remembered in the future.

3-Anyone who has ever wanted to officiate a NBA game

I think they should go with her personally…..

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4-Ryan Lochte

This guy was named Swimmer of the Year by USA Swimming.

Yeah, there’s probably no one else who was more deserving of that award at all……

Nah.

5-Everyone who WASN’T affected by the floods in Dundalk

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Thanks to The Sun for the picture. Props to everyone in Dundalk for avoiding violence and looting during this. For your suffering, you get the Poop Plant this year. Congratulations.

6-Washington Redskins fans

I didn’t realize Ray Bachman had switched allegiances…..

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Your team beat the Rams 9-7. And what’s worse, FOX is forced to show the game in our market; meaning we missed whatever ACTUAL NFL games might have been being played at the same time.

7-Khloe Kardashian

It’s not that Khloe Kardashian is unattractive. She’s lovely, really.

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But, do you think Lamar Odom was aware that she had a sister named Kourtney?

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Or a sister named Kim?

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I mean, they’re on TV……they have like 100 shows. The one used to date Reggie Bush. And Ray-J. Well, maybe she wasn’t dating Ray-J, but they seemed awfully comfortable together in this one movie I saw. Anyway, what was I talking about? Eh, who cares, there were boobs above.

You’re a zero……

East Philadelphia/South Jersey

Usually, I get behind a place that has a store like this…..

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But if I want 12 beers, and don’t want to pay 30 bucks for them; I don’t want to have to go back to Delaware to do it. New Jersey is quite possibly the WORST place of all time; and the fact that I had to drive WEST off of 95 to get to the EAST part of town is easily the strangest thing I have ever experienced ever. Sell your beer at a liquor store. Charge 8 bucks for a 6 pack of something decent. Not the 15 they tried charging me at a diner.

And Camden, NJ-I’m not sure how they get people out of Merriweather Post Pavilion so easily, but I would suggest maybe you consider learning how to do the same thing. The 2 and a half hours I spent sitting outside the Susquehanna Bank Center were about as pleasant as the rest of your miserable state’s existence. I hope Maryland beats Rutgers by 80 next week.

(Editor’s note: I know they won’t.)

-G

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Were you one of the few Orioles fans amidst sea of red this weekend?

Posted on 02 August 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

Well, it’s all over. The Orioles were once again swept in Baltimore by the Red Sox. Once again, thousands of New Englanders and supporters raided the city and brought millions of dollars of civic kindess on the metropolis while they continued to point out the biggest crime of Peter Angelos’ tenure as the owner of our baseball team.

I ventured to Camden Yards today. Instead of writing about everything I saw and did, I shot a video for you.

If you like my radio show, maybe you’ll like my lengthy set of views, observations and comments while I spent my day watching Jason Berken and Orioles pitchers give up 23 hits and 18 runs.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNQtAwg-nGI[/youtube]

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Triple losses: First the Caps, then the Orioles, then Danny Gokey

Posted on 14 May 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

Despite the fun we had in Dundalk last night with an evening of 12 semifinal auditions at Donna’s Tavern, it was an ugly night for local sports. The Capitals fell behind early and had one of the most disappointing Game 7 efforts in recent memory. The Orioles got clubbed by the Rays while Adam Jones left the game early with a hamstring pull.

And, adding insult to the injury that effectively ended my hockey season, my favorite American Idol contestant Danny Gokey got bounced by the American public in a shocking turn of events. (Somehow, I think Kris Allen got through just because he looks like Brian Roberts!)

The Capitals played the entire postseason from behind and last night it finally caught up with them. Simeon Varlamov’s magic ended quite early last night and Bruce Boudreau and the troops must be devastated – if not embarrassed – by that performance in a Game 7 last night. It’s always hard getting eliminated, but not showing up prepared to compete in a game like last night is unacceptable.

The home-ice advantage was nullified pretty early last night in D.C. and it will be a tough offseason after losing a game in that fashion.

The Orioles and Rays combined for 30 hits last night and the teams scored eight runs in the 9th inning, taking turns using each other’s bullpens as piñatas. Bob McCrory got a rough big-league initiation last night, giving up four runs in 1 2/3 innings and Troy Percival entered the game with an 8-2 lead and came close to allowing the Orioles to force extra innings.

Obviously, with Adam Jones leaving the game with a hamstring tweak after losing Luke Scott and Felix Pie to various ailments earlier in the week, it was an ueasy night at The Yard. The Orioles (14-20) will take to the road now for 10 games in 11 days in Kansas City, New York and Washington, D.C.

Nolan Reimold is the “next man up” and McCrory is headed back to Norfolk.

More roster decisions are coming for Rich Hill at some point this weekend and the inevitable Matt Wieters call-up and the need for better starting pitching continue to loom for the franchise.

And, last but not least, the loss of Danny Gokey was probably the biggest shocker of the night. Given that the American Idol competition is a pure “viewer vote” it’s almost impossible to handicap who will actually like these singers and then go through the rigors of voting for them.

So, while Adam Lambert and Kris Allen are clearly talented guys, it’s almost like having a phone vote for U2, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. Who knows which one would get the most votes? It’s a big crapshoot.

Either way, I hope Gokey does well in the “real” world because he seemed like an affable, talented guy with a great story to tell. I’d buy an album by Danny Gokey. I can’t say the same for Lambert or Allen.

Meantime, we had our own “American Idol” competition in Dundalk at Donna’s last night. I’ll blog a little later with those results and we’ll get the videos into wnsTV soon.

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