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Baltimore Sports Quiz — for real Baltimore sports fans

Posted on 24 April 2014 by WNST Staff

You can fake a lot of things.

People can have thousands of Facebook friends and fake popularity.  Men can wear a power tie and fake success.  Women can fake orgasms.

It’s just the way of the world.

But you can’t fake sports.  In fact, it might be the one true thing you can’t fake.  And if you want to know what “faking” sounds like while it’s happening, tune in and listen to a Cast-off New York Cop and the Smartest Guy in an Empty Bathroom bumble through their idea of local sports talk every morning.

Last night, at Buffalo Wild Wings in Owings Mills, as part of the Baltimore Sports Media Superstar Competition, WNST proved why it’s the only sports media outlet who has the right to call itself “real” Baltimore sports talk.

The quiz that Nestor and the crew drummed up was the type of stuff that would make even the most seasoned historians, like Bob in Parkville, shudder before going into one of his classic historic tirades.  In fact, I’d be willing to bet that most of the sports media in this town wouldn’t come near any sort of respectable score on the WNST quiz.

I’ve taken a lot of local sports quizzes from outlets like The Sun–and I’ve aced them all without so much as breaking a sweat.  WNST’s was the toughest I’ve ever seen and I loved every minute of it.  It was exactly what you’d expect from real sports people.  The ones who don’t fake it.

In order to join in the festivities, I’m tossing out a quiz of my own quiz this evening.  If you can pass this with an “A,” you can call yourself a Baltimore Sports Fan.  If you struggle, well, I suggest you rectify your sins by taking a deep-dive into the past works of Steadman, Rosenthal, Eisenberg, McMullen, Aparicio, and Vecsey.  Ok–just kidding on the Vecsey thing; those of you who lived through and endured that horror will understand the sarcasm.

 

Here’s the Wiz Quiz–straight off the top of my head…

#1  In what year did the St. Louis Browns move to Baltimore?

#2  What was Rex Barney’s famous tag-line?

#3  What is the significance of Cubs GM Theo Epstein to Baltimore?

#4  Who was the first player to enter the Ravens’ Ring of Honor?

#5  Baltimore had three minor league hockey teams, what were their names?

#6  Baltimore’s USFL team’s nickname was?

#7  Which player won a Grey Cup with the Stallions and a Super Bowl with the Ravens?

#8  Who was the starting quarterback for the Baltimore Stallions during their Grey Cup victory?

#9  Who owned the Baltimore Stallions?

#10  Former Maryland Terps Basketball Coach, Bob Wade, has what significance to Baltimore?

#11  Which former Orioles’ pitching prospect had vanity license plates that read “24KTARM”?

#12  Which Orioles’ third baseman won Sporting News’ AL Rookie of the Year Honors in 1989?

#13  Cal Ripken Sr. wore which jersey number as a coach for the Orioles?

#14  Which two former Orioles make up two of only four members in MLB history to record more than 3,000 hits and 500 home runs?

#15  Which movie was filmed at Camden Yards?

#16  Which movie was filmed at Ravens Stadium?

#17  Which owner played a major role in Baltimore not being awarded an expansion team over Jacksonville and Carolina?

#18  Who was the owner of the fashion store Merry-Go-Round, who also played a key role in the  “Give Baltimore the Ball” campaign?

#19  Which receiver holds the Ravens’ single-season record of 14 touchdown receptions?

#20  Who was “Zeus”?

#21  Who was “Full Pack”?

#22  Which Orioles’ favorite was known for eating Froot Loops before games?

#23  In the 1989 season, in the fateful series in Toronto to finish the season, what strange injury caused Pete Harnish to miss his scheduled start?

#24  Which former Oklahoma Sooners basketball star was once thought to be the heir apparent to Cal Ripken?

#25  Who was “Iron Hands”?

#26  Who returned the blocked Al Del Greco field goal for a touchdown in Tennessee, paving the way for the Ravens to move on to the AFC Championship in January 2001?

#27  Which Ravens’ defensive back fueled much of the Steelers-Ravens rivalry by stepping on Plaxico Burress’ head during a scuffle?

#28  What is significant about the Esskay sign in right field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards?

#29  Who is Len Burrier?

#30  Which long-time NFL punter went to Towson University?

#31  Which Dunbar standout played alongside of Joe Smith, Exree Hipp, Johnny Rhodes and Duane Simpkins?

#32  What number did Deion Sanders wear as a member of the Ravens, and why?

#33  What is it customary to hold up as visiting opponents’ lineups are being announced at the University of Maryland basketball games?

#34  Which former O’s pitcher lost 21 games in 1954, and went on to throw the only perfect game in World Series history two years later as a member of the New York Yankees?

#35  Why would a true Baltimore fan despise the number that precedes this question?

 

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Baltimore still loves to “hate” Hines Ward

Posted on 23 September 2012 by WNST Staff

Apparently, former Pittsburgh Steelers WR Hines Ward is still persona non grata in Baltimore. With the return of NBC’s Sunday Night Football to the Charm City for Ravens vs. Patriots, Ward is in town as part of the pre-game broadcast crew.

He posted on his Facebook page yesterday that he has not received a friendly welcome here in Baltimore:

From Hines Ward:

I had to share this with all of you, my loyal fans:

Heading to Baltimore tonight to do the Ravens-Pats game and as I’m at the gate heading to Baltimore, a flight attendant comes up to me and asks me, “You are Hines right?” and I said “Yes.” He says, “I HATE you!” So… I’m on the plane and the guy next to me says, “Are you Hines?” I say “Yes”. He says “I HATE you!” I’m thinking I’m about to have to fight this guy. As I’m flying, I’m praying the good Lord above isn’t a Ravens fan (Haha). When I get off the plane in Baltimore, the fine people at NBC have the car service guy hold up a sign under an alias name because they don’t want people to see my name in Baltimore. I get to the hotel and the lady hands me my key to my room and says, “thank you for staying with us today Mr. Ward, and by the way I HATE you” (Haha). I go to my room and the cleaning lady recognizes me from DWTS. She congratulates me but says, “I still don’t like you” (wow). Now I love crab cakes. It’s one of my favorite foods and Baltimore is known for their awesome crab cakes. But I’m too scared to order any from room service because I don’t want to be poisoned or have someone spit on them. I’ll starve myself today I guess. Guess what Ravens fans: I HATE you too but I will miss you guys the most. I had a great 14-year run here and besides the Super Bowls, I will always cherish the Ravens-Steelers rivalry. THANKS for the great memories Ravens fan. But I’m part of a new team now, NBC. I’m even picking you guys to win tonight because I know how hard it is to play in the LION’s DEN. But come on, I really just wanted to taste some of your great crab cakes. Can’t we all just get along? (Haha) – Hines

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UMBC Lacrosse Partners With Charm City Youth League

Posted on 12 April 2012 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team will attend league games of the Charm City Youth Lacrosse League on Sat., April 14. The entire Retriever team and coaching staff will be on hand to support the participants at 9:00 a.m. at Carroll Park in Baltimore.

The four-year old Charm City Youth Lacrosse League provides lacrosse skills training, league play, and mentoring to underserved Baltimore City youth at no cost. The League also aims to help program participants identify and pursue team play and scholarship opportunities available to them at area schools. The League provides recreational enrichment to our City’s most vulnerable and underserved youth, builds the leadership skills that come through organized youth athletics, offers valuable positive social interaction, and enables participants to forge relationships with leaders from both the Baltimore area business community and civic community.

The Retrievers host America East rival Stony Brook that evening at 7:00 p.m.  Both teams enter the game at 2-0 in league play.

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Maryland Looks For First ACC Road Win Wednesday at Miami

Posted on 01 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland (13-7, 3-3) at Miami (12-7, 3-3)
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 | 8 p.m. | Miami, Fla.
ACC Network (WNUV 54 in Charm City) | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland begins a road-heavy February with a trip to south Florida to face Miami. The matchup features a pair of teams in a three-way tie for sixth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 3-3 records prior to Tuesday’s games (Clemson is the third team at 3-3). The Terrapins face six road games in the month of February against only three home contests, including a return match against the Hurricanes on Feb. 21.
  • The Terrapins snapped a three-game losing streak with a 73-69 victory last Saturday against Virginia Tech. Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half to lead the Terrapins and post his 14th 20-point game of the season. Maryland is 10-4 when Stoglin scores 20 points or more in a game. Stoglin is sixth in the nation in scoring through last Sunday’s games with a 21.3 ppg average. He is one of only 14 players who were averaging 20 points or better in the Division I statistics.
  • Senior guard Sean Mosley added 15 points against the Hokies on Saturday, including a 5-for-5 performance at the foul line. Mosley is now 19 points away from becoming the 50th Terrapin in history with 1,000 career points. He is in line to become only the eighth Terrapin in history to combine 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 120 steals in a career. He hit the 3,000-minute plateau with his 32-minute effort on Saturday against Virginia Tech.
  • The schedule also stiffens in terms of competition for the Terrapins from this point on, as only three of Maryland’s final 10 games are against teams above 70 in the RPI. Five games are against nationally ranked teams down the stretch.

    Scouting the Hurricanes

  • After winning back-to-back conference road games, Miami is 12-7 this season with a 2-2 mark in the ACC… Under the direction of Jim Larranaga, who is in his first season at Miami after a 14-year stint at George Mason, the Hurricanes have an 8-2 home record.
  • Senior guard Malcolm Grant leads the team in scoring with 13.2 ppg and is one of four Hurricanes averaging double figures… Junior guard Durand Scott (12.6 ppg), junior forward/center Kenny Kadji (12.5 ppg) and junior center Reggie Johnson (10.1 ppg) are the others… Grant also ranks sixth in the ACC in 3-point FG percentage (.347) and as a team, the Hurricanes are second in the conference (.368).
  • Johnson, who earned All-ACC honorable mention accolades a year ago after averaging 11.9 points per game and 9.6 rebounds per game, leads the team in rebounding again with 6.7 rpg… Kadji, a 6-foot-11 native of Cameroon, has a team-high 35 blocks including 3.0 bpg in conference play.

    Upcoming

  • Following the trip to Miami on 2/1, the Terps then return home to face nationally ranked North Carolina on 2/4…

    The Terps will then play five of their next seven on the road… Maryland has only three home games and six road contests in February.

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What did Flacco REALLY Tell WNST at Monday Night Live?

Posted on 17 December 2011 by WNST Staff

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco’s appearance on “Monday Night Live” with teammate Brendon Ayanbadejo, Glenn Clark, Nestor Aparicio and Luke Jones has been of great interest around the country. The interview has appeared at ESPN, NFL Network, NFL.com, SI, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, Comcast SportsNet and countless other places around the internet and other forms of multi-media.

Heck, even a certain FM sports talk station in Charm City referenced the interview on-air and online, although they wouldn’t mention where it came from.

The opinions of Flacco’s comments have varied from analyst to analyst, fan to fan and even from WNST contributor to WNST contributor.

So here is the transcription of some of Flacco’s more interesting answers from Monday’s show at Hightopps Backstage Grille in Timonium. You can hear the segment in question here.

(Thanks to our friends at SportsRadioInterviews.com…)

On fans reacting and sometimes overacting to wins and losses:

“Yeah it’s pretty hilarious. I mean everyone reacts week to week and I mean most people really have no idea what really went on in the game and how everybody played and what was supposed to be happening. I can look at an NFL game and say ‘hey this is what I thought should have happened’ but I can be way off base because I don’t know what they game planned for the week and things like that. It’s funny to see all these things. I mean look at Tim Tebow. I like Tim, but you have a tendency to want to, I don’t want to see Tim do bad, but look what happens after he wins a football game. If you watched Sportscenter today it was Tim Tebow then something else, Tim Tebow then something else, and Tim Tebow then something else. When we beat the Steelers were we on TV? No. I couldn’t even find a Baltimore Ravens highlight. I think that’s kinda the way it is around Baltimore. We don’t always get our respect but you gotta deal with it and go out there every week and just win football games.”

On the idea that there are hurdles that he needs to get past to gain peoples respect:

“It’s pretty funny. It really means nothing at the end of the day. We beat the Steelers. Just because Ben wasn’t playing doesn’t mean anything. All those games are just as important. To be honest with you, in the regular season since I’ve been here we’re .500 against those guys and if you were to ask people they would probably say we have just one win against them. It’s funny to hear that kind of thing. It just kinda goes with the territory. You just have to continue to take it, deal with it, and not really worry about it. As far as winning the big one we’ve won a lot of big games around here. The other thing is quarterbacks are not the only guy on the team to win football games. When we do win football games I don’t seem to think that a lot of people say ‘hey Joe Flacco won that football game.’ When we lose the football game that might be the case but obviously that’s not all reality. As a quarterback it’s your job to go in there and realize that and be the guy that goes out there and plays the same way every week and puts your team in position to win football games. That’s what I’ve been doing I think and that’s why we’re 10-3.”

Whether or not he pays attention to other QB’s around the league and what they are doing:

“I don’t necessarily pay attention and every week look at that and see that. I guess every now and then you do and just see kinda what they’re doing but I don’t watch the TV shows a lot. Like I said every now and then you see it and you hear it. You just do. You can’t help yourself a little bit.”

Whether or not he heard the criticism before the season started about him being the reason the Ravens didn’t have a better season:

“Last year we were a 12-4 football team. I mean we didn’t win the division because Pittsburgh had a tiebreaker and we won a playoff game. Yeah it’s not what everybody wants to hear and we didn’t win the Super Bowl but it was a pretty good year by our football team and I had a pretty good football season myself. You go home and all you want to do is not be criticized and it does seem like that. And hey my standpoint is I just think we’re disrespected as an organization when it comes to the media. We’re not a very big market, the bottom line is we don’t need a lot of help because we have a great fan-base every week and we win football games. We’re not a losing football team that needs to be out there in the media and be talked up like we are all-world. We are. We go out there and play and win football games. People usually look for a reason to put us down and where does that go to? It goes to the quarterback because we have a good defense. Teams want to see us run the ball and they want to see our defense win games. When we don’t do that and don’t win a football game where does the blame fall? Onto the quarterback. What are you gonna do? You’re the quarterback. You’re one of 32 guys that has the position that you have and it’s really not even that much because not everybody plays every week. Hey that’s why most of these guys, including myself get paid the way we do because we’re the guys that have to deal with it at the end of the day. When we don’t win they’re going to put it on us and that’s the bottom line.”

Whether or not he feels like his role in the offense has continued to evolve:

“The biggest thing for me is just the fact that when you come in as a rookie you don’t know a lot of guys, you’re a little bit uncomfortable, and you’re put in the starting spot and you’re just trying to play well. As you’re around a team, as you’re around guys you become more and more comfortable in your own skin and you become more and more comfortable to voice your opinion. Now we have a lot of young guys on the team so you have to do that. Before we were a pretty veteran offense and a pretty veteran team and a lot of those guys have developed those skills ten plus years in the NFL. It’s not my job to come in here and tell them to change something or something like that but it is my job to kinda get these young guys up to speed and mold them into the kind of player that I want them to be and they want to be. I think I’m able to be more comfortable in my own skin and voice my opinion a little bit more.”

Here’s the video…

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MLS Wants to Know: Can Baltimore Support a Team (Maybe DC United)?

Posted on 02 November 2011 by WNST Staff

Major League Soocer (MLS) Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Russ Findlay blanketed Baltimore sports fans Tuesday with an email survey in an attempt to find out the viability of the league in the market.

There has been reported interest between the league and the city about a soccer specific stadium in the Westport area. Earlier this year, MLS Commissioner Don Garber described Charm City as a “viable option” for a potential relocation of Washington’s DC United franchise-which has been struggling to find a new stadium deal to replace their aging home RFK Stadium.

The message from Findlay read as follows…

Dear MLS Fan,

As the Major League Soccer playoffs build toward MLS Cup, we are busy looking ahead to the future of our League. As a part of this planning, we are conducting research in Baltimore to help determine the viability of the market as a potential future home of an MLS Club. As a soccer supporter from that area, we’d appreciate a few moments of your time to complete the attached survey. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Click here to take survey now.

Sincerely,

Russ Findlay
Chief Marketing Officer
Major League Soccer

The survey, hosted by the website “Turnkey Surveyor” appears to be live for anyone, not just those included on Findlay’s mass email.

The questions in the survey are very specific about the interest of the sport, the interest of the league, the interest of DC United and the interest of a team playing in the Westport neighborhood in general.

So, Baltimore-this is your chance to answer the question. Is Baltimore a viable option for DC United/MLS?

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Ravens Announce Death of Former OT Orlando “Zeus” Brown

Posted on 23 September 2011 by WNST Staff

Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh announced Friday that former OT Orlando “Zeus” Brown died at the age of 40.

No immediate details about the cause of death were available.

Brown played for the Ravens from 1996-1998 and again from 2003-2005. His National Football League career also included two stints with the Cleveland Browns (1993-1995 and 1999-2000). Brown was born in Washington, DC and played college football at South Carolina State.

His NFL career included a three year hiatus after an incident where he was hit in the eye by a penalty flag in 1999. Referee Jeff Triplette accidentally hit Brown with the flag during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Brown sued the NFL over the incident and received a reported $25 million settlement.

After his NFL career, Brown opened a Fatburger franchise in the Maryland suburbs of DC. He was a longtime resident of the Harborview community in downtown Baltimore. He owned an outsized custom built monster truck, which was a ubiquitous sight throughout Charm City.

WNST.net’s Luke Jones reports that no foul play is suspected in Brown’s death, but the investigation is ongoing.

Ravens LB Terrell Suggs said “he was a beast on the field and a great friend off it. It’s a shame he had to leave us so young” according to the team’s official Twitter account.

As more details are available we will report them on-air (AM1570 WNST), online (WNST.net) and via Twitter (@WNST).

Here are statements from several members of the Ravens family:

Executive Vice President and General Manager Ozzie Newsome

“There was no better friend, no one more loyal than Zeus was to his teammates and those in the Ravens. If he felt that you respected him, that you were willing to teach him or showed him care, you had a loyal friend for eternity. Loyalty is one of the first words I think when Zeus pops in my mind.

“As a player, he came in very raw, but he had a lot of physical ability, that size, and he was naturally strong – and got stronger with his hard work. He had one of the greatest work ethics I’ve ever seen in a player. He was tireless in his passion to become a player. He loved being part of the team.”

Head Coach John Harbaugh

“I want to give our heart-felt condolences to the family of Orlando Brown – to his three sons. I think everybody knows what he meant to this organization, to this team and to the Ravens. He’s still a big part of us. He’s been coming around a lot, working with some of our young players, and we’re forever grateful just for everything he did for the Ravens organization. What he did for the present team, that’s just who he is as a person and who he’s been. I just can’t express our sorrow enough, on behalf of our team and our organization, for his loss today.”

Former Ravens Head Coach Brian Billick

“Orlando will always be one of my favorites. I just told a story about him at our production meeting [with FOX-TV] last week. He brought such passion and physicality to practices and games. There is no way to quantify his heart, his actual love to play football. The game was so important to him. This is such sad news. He was bigger than life. You just feel for his family right now.”

LB Ray Lewis

“I just saw him a few days ago. He’s one of the greatest men I know – really a gentle giant away from the game. He was the original Raven. He set the tone for how we were going to play tough and physical, backing down from no opponent. When you heard his voice on the field, you knew things were going to be all right. He would say: ‘Keep playing. Keep fighting. Do it for us. Do it for your teammates. “Lew,” “Lew,” keep it up!’ I can almost hear that voice right now. And, oh, how he loved his sons. They lost a great father. So sad, just so sad.”

S Ed Reed

“Sadness, this is a sad day. Zeus was a fire-starter. His energy – he would get us going at practices, in training camp and games. How he loved to play football. Heck, he looked like he could still play. I send prayers to his family, to his boys. Be strong. God has their father in a better place.”

OLB Terrell Suggs

“The man you saw on the field wasn’t the person who he was off of it. He was definitely a gentle giant who always had a smile on his face. I’m not really sure what to say right now; I’m just in awe. My heart goes out to his family.

“In terms of football, his first season back in Baltimore was my rookie year [in 2003]. He definitely showed me several ‘welcome to the NFL’ moments. He never went easy on me, and he made me work hard to become better every day.”

OLB Jarret Johnson

“My first image of the NFL was when I first saw Zeus. I thought, ‘They’re sure a lot bigger here.’ He had that dark visor on his helmet, wearing those throwback jerseys under his pads. He was most intimidating and dared you to back down from him. If you did, you were done. He embodied what the NFL – what the Ravens are all about. His willingness to battle along with you – the way he stood up for his teammates – was special.

“This sounds corny, but he was literally the first on the field and the last off. He’d be out there before practice with his helmet on working on something to make himself better. He’d find teammates to stay with him after practice to work on his pass blocking. He challenged me every day and made me a better player. I’ll always be thankful for that.”

T Ramon Harewood

(Brown had spent a significant amount of time training with and mentoring the second-year Harewood.)

“I am at a loss right now. When I think of Zeus, I just have to smile. He was always there to pick you up on a bad day and always had a smile on his face. He was a gentle giant and always seemed to be able to put anyone around him in a good mood.

“He took time out of his busy schedule over the last couple of months to work with me to help me grow as a player. To have a player and man of his stature do that for a young player like myself says all you need to know about him. He was always upbeat, always encouraging and would never let me get down on myself.

“We had similar backgrounds, with me only playing football for four years and him having to work his way into the NFL the hard way. He was an inspiration both as a player and as a human being. I will miss him, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. “

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Details Emerge For NBA Superstar Showdown in Baltimore Tuesday

Posted on 29 August 2011 by WNST Staff

A team of Baltimore NBA superstars and friends of Towson Catholic’s own Carmelo Anthony will face Kevin Durant and a team of Washington, DC superstars in a basketball battle Tuesday night at Morgan State University’s Hill Field House.

The details on the event have been sketchy, but the Washington Post’s Michael Lee was able to nail down some specifics from former Towson University star Kurk Lee, now the athletic director of the “Melo Center” here in Charm City.

The Baltimore team will feature Anthony (New York Knicks F), Miami Heat F LeBron James, New Orleans Hornets G Chris Paul, San Antonio Spurs G Gary Neal (Towson/Calvert Hall/Aberdeen), Sacremento Kings F Donte Green (Towson Catholic), Memphis Grizzlies G Josh Selby (Lake Clifton), Los Angeles Clippers G Eric Bledsoe and former Knicks F/C Eddy Curry.

The DC team will feature Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder F), Boston Celtics F Jeff Green, Sacramento Kings C DeMarcus Cousins, Milwaukee Bucks G Brandon Jennings, Denver Nuggets G Ty Lawson, Washington Wizards F Trevor Booker, Detroit Pistons F Austin Daye, Los Angeles Lakers C/F Ater Majok, former Syracuse C Arinze Onuaku and Goodman League players Anthony “Gumby” Williams & Omar Weaver.

Lee reports tickets will be available first-come-first-served at the door. Tickets $40 for general admission, $100 for reserved floor seats. Doors will open at 6pm with the game starting at 7pm. Ticket revenue will go to support various charities.

There will be no television/radio broadcast of the event. WNST plans to cover the event via Twitter (@WNST), WNST.net and WNSTv.

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Colts Hall of Fame TE John Mackey Passes Away at 69

Posted on 07 July 2011 by WNST Staff

NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Executive Director DeMaurice Smith confirmed Thursday morning via Twitter that former Baltimore Colts TE John Mackey had passed away overnight. Mackey was 69.

Mackey was selected in the 2nd round of the 1963 NFL Draft by the Colts out of Syracuse. He remained in Charm City until 1972, when he finished his career playing one season with the San Diego Chargers.

During his time in Baltimore, Mackey was a five time Pro Bowl selection (1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968) and three time All-Pro (1966, 1967, 1968).

He was a member of the Colts team that defeated the Dallas Cowboys 16-13 in Super Bowl V. In the game, he was involved in one of the more memorable plays in Super Bowl history, catching a twice deflected Johnny Unitas pass and scampering 75 yards for the Colts’ only TD of the game.

The Queens, NY native finished his career with 331 catches for 5,236 yards and 38 TD’s. He added 17 postseason catches for 296 yards and 2 TD’s. His career was sadly cut short due to leg and knee injuries.

Mackey was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992, becoming just the 2nd pure tight end to be elected (Mike Ditka). In 2010, the NFL Network listed Mackey 42nd on their list of the Top 100 players in league history, the highest ranking of a Tight End on the list.

In the later years of his life, Mackey endured a very public battle with dementia. In a 2007 interview with the Baltimore Sun, wife Sylvia Mackey (who was taking care of Mackey in the later years of his life) said Mackey asked her “Who’s that wearing my number?” when watching Marvin Harrison of the Indianapolis Colts on television. (Harrison wore #88 in Indy, the same number Mackey wore in Baltimore.)

In response to his health battles, the league and NFLPA  created the “88 Plan”, providing retired players with up to $88,000 per year for medical and custodial care resulting from dementia, including Alzheimer’s. Mackey served as NFLPA President from 1969-1973, he was succeeded by former Colts teammate Bill Curry.

As more details are available regarding Mackey’s passing, we will make them available via AM1570 WNST and WNST.net. Also stay tuned to AM1570 Thursday, as we will chat with folks who knew Mackey well.

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Sunday Lax: Maryland Stuns Syracuse to Advance to Final Four in Baltimore

Posted on 22 May 2011 by WNST Staff

After the heartbreak of Johns Hopkins’ stunning loss to Denver University Saturday, the University of Maryland made sure Charm City wouldn’t be without a state team in the Final Four for a second straight year by stunning Syracuse in overtime. Here’s the official recap courtesy of the Terrapins’ Sports Information Department, as well as the official recap of Salisbury’s win over Roanoke; which advanced the Sea Gulls to next week’s Division III NCAA Championship Game next Sunday.

Terps Move On To Final Four With 6-5 Win


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. –
Senior Grant Catalino scored with a low-to-high rocket from the right wing with 0:32 left in the first overtime to give the University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team a 6-5 victory over No. 1 seed Syracuse in front of 14,122 Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

The victory gives the Terps a 12-4 overall record this season and sends them to their first Final Four since 2006.

The overtime period started with sophomore Curtis Holmes winning his 11th face-off of the game on a big groundball by senior Dan Burns. But the Terps couldn’t get the game-winner on that possession and the Orange had a chance for the win with just under 2:00 to go in OT.

Syracuse’s Kevin Drew scooped up a loose ball and carried it into the Maryland zone. Drew dodged down the right alley on the transition chance, but his shot sailed right of the goal and the Orange failed to back-up the shot, giving possession pack to the Terps.

Maryland cleared the ball easily and set-up a play that started with senior Scott LaRue dodging from the far left wing. The Orange defense stepped up and forced LaRue to move the ball to senior Ryan Young behind the Syracuse goal. Young quickly followed the play and moved the ball to Catalino, who popped out on the right wing and he buried the game-winner from nine yards out.

As exciting as the game ended, it was slow going for both offenses in the first half.

A Maryland turnover caused by Syracuse’s Joel White led to the only goal of the first quarter as Jeremy Thompson scored at the 3:03 mark of the first to give the Orange a 1-0 lead.

With 4:45 left in the second Jovan Miller scored unassisted to make it a 2-0 lead for Syracuse, but the Terps broke through a stingy Orange defense at the 3:58 mark to cut the deficit back to one.

Senior Ryan Young ripped a pass from the high right alley to the left side of the crease where junior Drew Snider was waiting and Snider bounced a shot past SU goalie John Galloway for the goal.

That seemed to awaken the Maryland offense as the Terps tied the game at 2-2 less than two minutes later. Senior Scott LaRue dodged hard from the left wing and got under SU short-stick Tim Harder. LaRue went hard to the crease and put a shot inside the far pipe for his second goal of the season.

Maryland continued its scoring run into the third quarter when the man-up unit came through with a goal after the holding call on Syracuse’s Stephen Kehoe expired. Junior Jake Bernhardt caught his defender ball-watching and cut to the crease where senior Travis Reed found him with a pin-point pass. Bernhardt then one-timed a dunk to give the Terps their first lead of the game, 3-2, at the 9:37 mark.

The man-up unit struck again after a double-penalty on the Orange expired. This time it was Reed scoring the goal, placing a low-to-low shot inside the far pipe from the right wing, making it a 4-2 Maryland lead with 7:42 to go in the third.

Syracuse got back to within a goal on JoJo Marasco’s unassisted goal at the 1:46 mark and SU looked to be in line to take the last shot of the quarter but a procedure violation gave the Terps the ball with 10 seconds remaining.

Young had the ball in the far left corner of the restraining box as the clock ticked down. His desperation heave to the crease paid off when LaRue redirected the ball past Galloway to give Maryland a 5-3 lead going into the fourth.

An illegal body check on senior Brett Schmidt gave the Orange an extra-man opportunity early in the fourth and Thompson converted with his second goal of the game to make it a 5-4 Maryland lead with 10:53 to go.

A save by Galloway with just over 2:00 to go in the fourth gave Syracuse the ball with a chance to tie. After an Orange timeout, Miller dodged the right alley and scored on a high shot with 1:05 left to make it a 5-5 game.

The Orange had the momentum and then got the ball on the ensuing face-off when White picked up the loose ball. The Orange used their final timeout of the second half to set-up a play with 0:55 left.

Syracuse went to Miller again, but this time senior Brian Farrell was able to get his stick on Miller, disrupting the shot, which enabled redshirt freshman Niko Amato to make the biggest of his nine saves of the game.

The Terps advance to the Final Four in Baltimore and will play No. 5 Duke, which defeated No. 4 Notre Dame, 7-5, in the second quarterfinal game at Gillette Stadium. The Terps/Blue Devils match-up will be the second game of the Saturday doubleheader that features No. 6 Denver meeting No. 7 Virginia in the first game at 4 p.m.

Game Notes:
• With the 6-5 win Maryland is now 9-6 all-time vs. Syracuse.
• Maryland is now 44-31 all-time in NCAA tournament games and is 2011 in the quarterfinals.
• The Terps are now 19-21-3 all-time in overtime games and 5-3 in overtime games in the NCAA tournament.
• With three points on three assists, senior Ryan Young now has 48 multi-point and 29 multi-assist games for his career.
• Young’s three assists give him 96 for his career, moving him past Mike Mollott (95, 2000-03) and tying him with Jack Heim (1965-67) for eighth on the Terps’ all-time assists list.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, senior Grant Catalino now has 46 multi-point games for his career.
• Catalino’s two points give him 177 for his career, moving him past Pete Worstell (175, 1977-81) for 14th on the Terps’ all-time goals list.
• Catalino’s goal was the 10th game-winner of his career and is his second game-winner in an overtime game.
• With two points on a goal and an assists, senior Travis Reed now has 36 multi-point games for his career.
• Senior Scott LaRue’s two goals give him the first multi-goal and second multi-point game of his career.

Baltimore Bound With 16-7 Victory Over Roanoke; Gulls Will Play Tufts For Second-Straight Year

SALISBURY, Md. The top-ranked Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team is heading back to Baltimore for its second-straight and 13th overall NCAA Division III national championship game after capturing a 16-7 victory over No. 7 Roanoke College on Sunday at Sea Gull Stadium.

Salisbury (20-1) will play Tufts University, which defeated Rochester Institute of Technology 16-12 in the North Region semifinal, next Sunday at 7 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The maroon and gold will be competing for the program’s ninth national championship. The Jumbos and Sea Gulls met in the 2010 national championship game, with Tufts claiming a 9-6 victory to earn its first national championship in program history. Please visit www.suseagulls.com in the coming days for information regarding the national championship contest as it becomes available.

After 10 minutes of scoreless play, the Sea Gulls tallied the game’s first goal as junior attackman Matt Cannone took a feed from sophomore midfielder Ryan Clarke and finished it into the net for the 1-0 lead with 4:57 left in the first quarter. The Sea Gulls won the ensuing face-off, with sophomore midfielder Corey Nowak picking up the ground ball; the Ballston Lake, N.Y., native burst past his defender and ripped a shot on frame and into the net to hand Salisbury two goals in a span of 10 seconds. After gaining possession nearly a minute later, Roanoke (17-4) called a time-out with 2:06 remaining in the quarter. During the time-out, officials flagged a member of the Maroons (17-4) for an illegal stick, handing SU a three-minute man-up advantage. The Sea Gulls closed out the quarter with man-up goals from junior attackmen Kyle Quist and Tony Mendes.

Salisbury’s man-up advantage continued to start off the second quarter, and the Sea Gulls took full advantage with junior attackman Erik Krum tallying an unassisted goal with 14:37 to play in the half. Over the next several minutes, the maroon and gold would tack on three additional goals, including another man-up goal from Krum, to extend the lead 8-0 in favor of the hosts. Roanoke got on the board with 10:14 remaining in the second quarter, as Jeff Keating recorded an unassisted goal. The Sea Gulls would outscore the Maroons 3-1 to close out the first half.

At the halftime break, Salisbury outshot Roanoke 23-10, picked up 21 groundballs compared to 11 for the Maroons and won 8-of-13 face-offs.

The Sea Gulls kicked off the third quarter with goals from Krum and Mendes before Roanoke ended the quarter with four-straight markers to cut the deficit to 13-6.

Krum added an unassisted goal just 23 seconds into the quarter to hand Salisbury a 14-6 lead and record his fourth and final goal of the contest. The Sea Gulls would take advantage of slashing penalty on the Maroons, their fifth of the contest, with Cannone scoring off of a pass from Quist. Roanoke’s Conner DuBois scored the team’s final goal of the game with 9:01 remaining before SU sophomore midfielder Sam Bradman closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal with 7:01 remaining.

Cannone led the way in the contest for Salisbury with a game-high six points on three goals and three assists. Krum (four goals) and Mendes (three goals, one assist) finished with four points, while Quist (two goals, one assist) followed shortly behind with three points.

SU senior goalkeeper Johnny Rodriguez notched 13 saves, one caused turnover and three groundballs to earn the win before being relieved by senior goalkeeper Tim Swinburn to a standing ovation from the Salisbury faithful.

Two Salisbury players deserving of special recognition are senior defender Collin Tokosch and Nowak. The two combined for 18 of the team’s 45 groundballs in the victory.

Keating posted a team-high two goals for the Maroons, while Justin Tuma collected one goal and one assist.

Roanoke goalkeeper Charles Pease finished with seven saves in nearly 54 minutes of action, with Mike Hardon recording six minutes of playing time and staving off one Salisbury shot.

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