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Defense Gets Best of Offense in Maryland Football Spring Game

Posted on 22 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Hartsfield leads defense with 12 tackles, sack

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Demetrius Hartsfield finished with 12 tackles, including two for loss and a sack, to lead the Red Team to a victory over the White Squad Saturday in Maryland’s Red-White Spring Football game.

The Red Team was the Terrapin defense and outpointed the White (offense) 67-53 in a modified scoring system. The defense could score points with plays such as sacks, turnovers, tackles for loss and drive stops. The offense earned points for long plays, first downs and regular scoring plays.

“The guys had a lot of fun out there today, and they had the chance to go out there and play the game again with their teammates,” head coach Randy Edsall said after the two-hour game which had four 15-minute quarters, but a running clock in the second half. “Overall I thought we’ve had a really good spring. I thought they guys have done a really good job since January, getting started doing all the things we need to do to be better come August [for the start of preseason camp].”

Maryland’s offense generated three scoring plays in the game.

Brandon Ross scored on a 1-yard run late in the first quarter, capping an 18-play, 67-yard drive. On the next offensive possession, backup quarterback Ricky Schultz hit freshman Nigel King with a 9-yard scoring pass, finishing a 75-yard drive that included a 43-yard pass from Schultz to Ryan Schlothauer.

After a punt on the next possession, Michael Tart hit a 48-yard field goal midway through the second quarter.

Junior quarterback C.J. Brown, who is expected to get the starting nod in the fall, hit 17 of 33 passes for 199 yards. Schultz threw for 146 yards on a 13-for-19 day.

Justus Pickett was the game’s leading rusher, gaining 70 yards on 18 carries, with Ross gaining 46 yards on 14 rushes.

Tight end Matt Furstenburg had five catches for 53 yards, with freshman receiver Levern Jacobs also getting five receptions for 44 yards.

The defense, aided by a one-hand touch rule on the quarterbacks, had 13 sacks in the game, including two each by L.A. Goree, Nate Clarke and Justin Anderson. Goree had eight tackles for the Red Team, while Dexter McDougle had seven and an interception and Bradley Johnson also had seven tackles.

Terp Notes:

Team Captains: The Terps announced team captains for the 2012 season on Saturday. Wide receiver Kevin Dorsey and quarterback C.J. Brown will represent the offense, while defensive lineman Joe Vellano and linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield will be the defensive captains. Vellano will be a team captain for the second-straight year.

Season-Opening Game Time Announced: Maryland will open the 2012 season at home against William & Mary on Saturday, Sept. 1. Kickoff has been set for 3 p.m.

Players to Lift for Life: The Maryland Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its third annual ‘Lift For Life’ event on Saturday, April 28, as part of the Maryland Day activities. The fundraising strength and conditioning competition begins at 10 a.m. and will feature members of the Terrapin football team who have chosen to help fight cystic fibrosis, a rare disease that affects near 30,000 Americans. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic rare disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. For more details, go to: http://www.umterps.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/041612aad.html

Edsall to Play in Chick-fil-A Challenge: Randy Edsall and former Terp quarterback Stan Gelbaugh will compete in the sixth annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament which is scheduled for April 29 – May 1 at the Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta. They will vie for shares of the $520,000 scholarship purse for their respective universities.Edsall and Gelbaugh are teaming up for the second straight year. For more details, go to: http://www.umterps.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/041212aab.html

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Navy Lax Opens Patriot League Play Saturday Against Bucknell

Posted on 03 March 2012 by WNST Staff

2012 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 4 Navy (1-2, 0-0 PL) vs. Bucknell (0-3, 0-0 PL)
Date and Faceoff March 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)

Game Preview
• Navy will look to snap its two-game losing skid on Saturday when the Midshipmen open Patriot League action against Bucknell … it marks the first time in program history that Navy will open Patriot League play at home, playing its previous eight openers on the road … meeting for just the 12th time in series history, the two will face off at 12:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The Mids are coming off a disappointing 9-8 loss to fourth-ranked North Carolina last Saturday in Annapolis that saw Navy hold a comfortable lead early in the game … the Mids held a held a 3-0 advantage after the first and maintained it’s three-goal advantage with a 6-3 lead at the half … the Tar Heels rallied in the fourth, outscoring the Mids 4-0, to squeeze past Navy … meanwhile, the stat of the game for a second-straight year was Carolina winning 18 of the 20 draws … in the last two games against the Tar Heels, Navy has won just six of the 42 faceoffs.
• Bucknell is coming off its second overtime loss of the season, a 13-12 decision on the road against No. 9 Villanova … the Bison were down by as many as three goals in the first half, but a goal by Todd Heritage with 1:22 to play in the game sent it into extra minutes … Villanova capitalized on an early penalty by Bucknell in the extra frame to win the game.

Taking the Field In …
10    Navy has lost just five games (47-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 1-0 this season when achieving that feat.
9    Nikk Davis (3), Tucker Hull (4) and Sam Jones (2) combined to score nine of Navy’s 12 goals in last year’s overtime loss to the Bison … in four games, Davis has scored three goals and added five assists against the Bison.
8    Eight different players have provided points for the Mids this season, including Sam Jones and Pat Durkin who have scored goals in all three contests.
7    Sophomore attackman Sam Jones pushed his point-scoring streak to seven-straight games after his one-goal, two-assist effort against North Carolina last Saturday … he opened the season with  a remarkable nine-point (5-4) effort against VMI … it’s the most points scored by a Navy player since Dennis Nealon produced 12 points against Washington College  on March 20, 1991.
6    Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull has recorded six hat tricks in his 16-game Navy career, including two this season … he led the Mids with six goals against VMI in the opener on Feb. 11 … it’s the most goals by a Navy player since Taylor Harris scored six against Holy Cross on March 26, 2006.
5    Each of the last five games between Navy and Bucknell have been decided by one goal … the Mids are 3-2 in those contests
4    In the fourth quarter this season, the Mids have been held to just three goals … they have been outscored 7-3 in the final quarter this season with that four-goal margin coming in last week’s loss to No. 4 North Carolina.
3    Three of Navy’s 2012 opponents are ranked in the 2012 USILA Coaches Poll – Johns Hopkins (2), North Carolina (4) and Maryland (5) – while Army and Colgate are receiving votes.
2    Senior midfielder Nikk Davis scored two goals in the final 18 seconds (0:18, 0:07) of last year’s Bucknell game to send the contest into extra minutes.
1    Over the last four seasons, 23 (9-14) of the Mids’ 63 contests have been decided by one goal … Navy has lost five-straight one-goal games.

More on the Bison
• It’s been heartbreak city for the Bison this season, dropping three games by a combined four goals, including overtime losses to nationally-ranked Delaware (11-10) and Villanova (13-12).
• Seventh-year head coach Frank Fedorjaka has put together a tough early-season schedule for the Bison, playing three of their first four games on the road … Saturday’s contest against the Mids marks the third-straight road game for Bucknell.
• The Bison turned in a 14-3 record a year ago and claimed the Patriot League Regular-Season and Tournament crowns.
• Fedorjaka returns seven starters from last year’s team, including First-Team All-Patriot League Billy Eisenreich who has moved from the midfield to attack this season … the senior is pacing the team with 11 points on six goals and a team-high tying five assists.
• Attackman Todd Heritage was one of the team’s top rookies a year ago and has returned to form this season where he has scored a team-best seven goals … meanwhile, rookie midfielder David Dickson has recorded nine points on four goals and five assists for the Bison this season … Dickson picked up Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors this past Monday after a two-goal, three-assist effort against Villanova.
• Junior Kyle Feeney has returned to the goal where he has surrendered 34 goals (11.29), while making 39 saves (53.4).
• Junior Ryan Gutkowski has taken over the faceoff duties this season, winning 28 of his 56 draws (50.0), while picking up a team-high 13 ground balls … his backup, rookie Gavin Sullivan, has won seven of 18 (38.9) draws.

Series History
• Saturday’s contest between Navy and Bucknell marks the 12th game in a series that began in 1996 … Navy holds a 7-4 advantage, including wins in five of the last seven contests.
• Navy had won three straight in the series before rookie Charlie Streep’s goal as time expired snapped the Mids’ winning streak in 2009 during the regular season.
• However, the Mids got sweet revenge on Bucknell’s home field when they scored a 9-8 win in the 2009 Patriot League Championship Game to earn an automatic bid to play in the NCAA Tournament.
• Seven of the 11 games in the series have been decided by one goal, including each of the last five … three of the seven one-goal contests have entered into extra minutes, including each of the last two … in 2010, midfielder Patrick Moran stuck his shot 1:20 into overtime to lead the Mids to an 8-7 OT win … meanwhile, last year scored four goals in the fourth, including a pair by Nikk Davis in the final 18 seconds of the game to send it into overtime … rookie Todd Heritage, however, found an opening and scored the game-winner for the Bison.
• Navy holds a 4-1 advantage in games played in Annapolis, including wins in each of the last four … the only game the Mids have dropped to Bucknell in Annapolis was the series’ inaugural game on April 3, 1996 … no surprise, the Bison edged the Mids by one goal, 6-5.

2011 Navy-Bucknell Recap
• Bucknell attackman Todd Heritage took a feed from Billy Eisenreich and tucked it past Navy keeper RJ Wickham to lead the Bison to a dramatic 12-11 double-overtime victory over Navy at Christy Mathewson Stadium.  The Mids scored four goals in the final 3:47 of regulation, including two in the final 18 seconds to send the game into OT.
• After Navy midfielder Nikk Davis scored the game’s opening goal at the 12:49 mark in the first period, Bucknell went on a four-goal scoring spree that featured three goals in just over a minute (7:46, 7:14, 6:29). The Mids, however, fought their way back, thanks in part to winning a handful of faceoffs.  In fact, an extra-man goal by freshman Sam Jones, followed by a nicely set up play by Jones to fellow rookie Tucker Hull pulled Navy to within one by the end of the first quarter.
• Navy tied the game at 4-4 just over two minutes into the second quarter when Jones found Brian Striffler cutting up the middle.  Over the next six minutes the two teams traded goals, but back-to-back goals by Bison senior Ryan Klipstein gave Bucknell 7-5 advantage heading into halftime.
• Bucknell pushed its lead to four at 9-5 with back-to-back goals to open the third stanza.  Heritage scored just 44 seconds into the second half, while Eisenreich gave the Bison their largest lead of the game with a 10-yard shot up the gut with 12:41 remaining in the third.
• The Mids climbed back into the game when Hull scored his third and fourth goals of the game.  The second of the two was generated by a save from Wickham who brought the ball up the field.  Wickham found Jones who then passed it off to short stick defensive middie Jordan Seivold who quickly sent the outlet to Hull who then cranked it in and got the Mids to within two once again at 9-7.
• Navy’s defense played a solid in the second half, keeping the Bison off the scoreboard for nearly 20 minutes.  At the 10:30 mark in the fourth, defensive midfielder Brye French attempted to throw his clearing pass across the field, but instead threw it right into the stick of Bucknell’s Charlie Streep at the top of the offensive box.  With the goal left vacated by Wickham, Streep sent a shot to the wide open goal.  Navy defenseman Michael Hirsch, however, made a spectacular play, diving at the shot and deflecting it away in what would have been a sure goal for the Bison.
• Mike Danylyshyn gave Bucknell its first goal since the 12:41 mark in the third period when he used a roll dodge to break free of Navy defensive midfielder Marty Gallagher to give the Bison a three-goal cushion with 7:54 to play in regulation.
• Navy simply would not quit, as it ralled over the final four minutes to force overtime.  Senior midfielder Andy Warner sent a hard shot with nearly no angle that caught the inside of the pipe at the 3:47 mark.  With 1:59 left, Warner found Jones cutting to the goal with Jones sticking the shot to bring the Mids to within one (10-9).
• However, a push by midfielder Jay Mann would prove costly for the Mids, as Navy surrendered an extra-man goal to Bucknell’s Chase Bailey with 1:15 to go.
•Draw specialist Logan West, who had struggled mightily over the previous few weeks, won back-to-back faceoffs to put the ball in the Mids’ hands.  In fact, in the fourth quarter he won five of the seven draws.
• With 18 seconds remaining, Warner sent a high pass to Davis who was forced to make an acrobatic catch and then punched it in for the goal.  West won the ensuing faceoff and the Mids went racing down the field where Hull found Davis for the game-tying goal with just seven ticks left on the clock.
• West continued to own the “x” coming up with the faceoff again, but an errant pass between Davis and Warner put the ball back into Bucknell’s hands. The Bison brought the ball down the field and worked it around.  Navy’s defense slid and left Heritage wide open on the crease for the game-winner.

League Openers
• Navy heads into its ninth season as a member of the Patriot League where it has put together a 38-11 (77.6) record.
• The Mids own a 5-3 record in Patriot League openers, including a 1-2 mark against Bucknell.
• Remarkably, Saturday’s contest marks the first time Navy has opened its Patriot League season at home … the Mids have played seven openers on the road and one, vs. Bucknell, in San Diego.

Patriot League Success
• Since joining the Patriot League in 2004, Navy is 49-13 (79.0) against conference members, which includes an 11-2 mark in the Patriot League Tournament … the Mids are 38-11 in regular-season action.
• The Mids have lost regular-season contests to …
Army (3)    2008, ‘10, ‘11
Bucknell (3)    2005, ‘09, ‘11
Colgate (3)    2006, ‘09, ‘11
Lafayette (1)    2010
Lehigh (1)    2011
… and dropped the program’s first Patriot League Tournament contest at the 2008 semifinals against eventual champion Colgate and its second to Army in the 2010 championship contest.
• Ten of the 13 losses were in games played either at the opponent’s field or at a neutral site.
• Navy owns a 26-3 record at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium against Patriot League competition since joining the conference in 2004 … the Mids are 20-3 during the regular season – dropping a 10-9 decision to Colgate in 2009, a 5-4 loss to the Raiders in 2011 and a 14-9 decision to arch rival Army in ‘11 – and 6-0 in the conference tournament.
• The Mids have produced undefeated marks in conference action twice, 7-0 in 2004 and 6-0 in ‘07.
• Navy has won at least a share of the Patriot League regular-season title in five (2004-05-06-07-08) of the seven years it has been a member of the league.
• Additionally, the Mids have claimed the league’s tournament crown five times (2004-05-06-07-09).
• 31 different Midshipmen have garnered All-Patriot League recognition, while 19 of the 31 have earned honors multiple times.
• In 2008, three-time All-American Jordan DiNola was selected as the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year … though Navy has fielded the nation’s top-ranked scoring defense five times since joining the league, DiNola was the first Mid to be named the league’s top defensive player.

Meet the Mids
• Navy will hold its annual “Meet the Mids” event on Saturday, March 17, following its game against Holy Cross (12:00 pm) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Members of the Navy men’s lacrosse team will be available for autographs on the Blue Concourse, with the first 300 kids in line for the postgame autograph session receiving a Navy lacrosse “Meet the Mids” t-shirt, compliments of Beach Boys Papa John’s and Chick-fil-A.

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Feeling spirit of holidays with Antonio Freeman

Posted on 14 December 2011 by Glenn Clark

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There Is No Bye Week For The 15-7-0

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There Is No Bye Week For The 15-7-0

Posted on 10 October 2011 by Glenn Clark

You know how it works. 15 positive football observations, 7 “not so” positive football observations and one “oh no” moment from outside the world of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

15 Positive Observations…

1. I guess it’s safe to say Rob Ambrose made the right decision to not redshirt Terrance West

Especially seeing as how his 4TD’s helped Towson improve to 4-1 on the season with their win over Richmond Saturday night at Unitas Stadium….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cT4vlLi_vWo[/youtube]

The Tigers are now 2-0 in the CAA for the first time EVER. Remember when they were picked to finish last in the conference? Nice call there.

(Editor’s note: Spiders QB-and USC transfer-Aaron Corp completed 31 of 34 attempts Saturday night. I still can’t figure out how Towson was ever able to stop them. How does someone go 31 or 34 and win???)

2. When they weren’t fighting, there was a pretty fun football game being played between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers

For some reason, Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins decided to fight about a pretty impressive Steve Smith touchdown from Cam Newton…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sq7gVv7I4MA[/youtube]

…Yeah I really have no explanation for that. I will reiterate what I’ve been saying about the Saints all season however. You can tell me all you want about their defense not being great. Based on how good Drew Brees and company are, they’re fine.

3. We want to write the Pittsburgh Steelers off, but Ben Roethlisberger just won’t let us

Sitting on my fantasy football bench, Big Ben managed to toss FIVE touchdowns for the Steelers in the win, pissing off everyone in the world who has no connection to the Steel City. Oh, and Daniel Sepulveda executed a perfect fake punt just to rub it in…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rChOUXR7JyQ[/youtube]

Jonathan Dwyer also ran for over 100 yards as the bad guys beat the Tennessee Titans. That answers the age old question, “who is Jonathan Dwyer?”

4. BCS apologists might get their chance to say LSU-Alabama and Oklahoma-Oklahoma State ARE a playoff system for college football

We’ll start with LSU’s big win over Florida, a blowout that included a would-be touchdown on a fake punt-had it not been for a taunting call that we can all agree was questionable at best…

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

Seriously?

Next, The Crimson Tide started the season with a quarterback controversy. In their big win over Vanderbilt Saturday night, AJ McCarron reminded everyone why that didn’t last very long…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQrJYCbUFK0[/youtube]

Oh yeah. Trent Richardson is still pretty good too.

Elsewhere, Texas came into the Red River Rivalry this year with higher hopes based on the (Case) McCoy-(Jaxson) Shipley Combo Part 2. Landry Jones quickly ruined those hopes…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7BEMeOhYwQ[/youtube]

The path to the BCS Championship Game is also easier for the Sooners this year based on the fact that there is no more Big 12 Big 12 Championship Game.

Which leads us finally to Oklahoma State, who finished on the good end of a 70-28 beatdown of Kansas Saturday…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fgH624Jn-Y[/youtube]

Before you pencil Oklahoma into the national title game, a reminder that the Cowboys host this year’s “Bedlam” game in Stillwater. It’s significant.

5. Kellen Moore remains atop my “Heisman Trophy watch” personally, but I understand why everyone is so hot and bothered by Andrew Luck

Here’s my problem. Everyone always beats up the Boise State QB because the Broncos don’t play top-notch competition. For example, they shredded Fresno State most recently…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Moapfuyqut4[/youtube]

…but thus far, the best team Stanford has beaten all season is Duke-and Duke was NOT playing with Miles Plumlee, Mason Plumlee, Marshall Plumlee or any other Plumlee anywhere on the planet…that I know of.

The Cardinal’s victim Saturday night was a less than impressive Pac 12 newcomer-Colorado. You only know anything about the game because Tiger Woods took a break from being crappy at golf to show up and watch the thing with John Elway…

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Woods finished tied for 30th this weekend at an event won by some dude named Bryce Molder. Tied for 30th. Bryce Molder. Oh…and some dude threw a hot dog at him while he was playing. REALLY…

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

6. Cincinnati Bengals defense plus AJ Green equals late season games could be more interesting for Ravens than we want them to be

AJ Green was immediately more popular just for NOT being Chad Johnson or Terrell Owens. Now it looks like he’s really good to boot…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-FUlm0MGeI[/youtube]

I don’t think Cincy can stay in the AFC playoff race all season by any stretch of the imagination, but it looks like they’re not going to fall apart either. Marvin Lewis’ team will have two chances to make life miserable in Charm City later this season.

7. Sooo….maybe Jim Harbaugh WAS worth all that money?

Until this point, I have refused to believe in the San Francisco 49ers despite their early season success. After their blowout win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, I might have to start buying stock…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59UTGUCaWo0[/youtube]

I’d say the Josh Morgan injury would hurt them, but they play in the NFC West. I get the feeling they could lose half their roster and still be in the mix.

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The 15-7-0 Wants To Kick Floyd Mayweather’s Ass Too…

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The 15-7-0 Wants To Kick Floyd Mayweather’s Ass Too…

Posted on 19 September 2011 by Glenn Clark

You know how it works. 15 positive football observations, 7 “not so” positive football observations and one “oh no” moment from outside the world of football.

You might be able to guess what it is.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Ravens analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

15 Positive Observations…

1. Navy won’t want to hear it, but they SHOULD take a moral victory from their loss to South Carolina

I get it. No one likes moral victories. But the Midshipmen went to Columbia, faced a completely legit Top 10 Gamecocks team and had them on their heels throughout.

Unfortunately for the Mids, they didn’t have Marcus Lattimore. He’s apparently pretty good…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yePpMCe5jlQ[/youtube]

2. Tom Brady and Drew Brees are good at football. Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about them?

I feel like everyone’s always talking about stars like Bruce Gradkowski and Alex Smith. Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about the little guys in New England and New Orleans?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X51CGE5F3SE[/youtube]
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mtolk6obLaA[/youtube]

I of course picked San Diego to beat the Patriots. But really, what the eff do I know about football anyway?

If you enjoy watching fat men run (and who doesn’t?), have another look at Vince Wilfork’s interception…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa8TXMrxtwA[/youtube]

3. Since appearing on WNST, Baltimore native Jim Schwartz has seen his Detroit Lions outscore their opponents 48-3

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

Of course that’s because the Mt. St. Joe grad joined Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” Friday before the Lions put the 45 point pounding on the Kansas City Chiefs.

Also this weekend Justin Verlander won his 24th game and the Detroit Tigers clinched the AL Central. In Charm City this weekend we watched the Ravens lose to the Titans and we have no freaking clue what the Orioles might have done.

Am I really feeling jealousy towards the Motor City?

4. I’m gonna go ahead and stop picking against Boise State now

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIJI2Bz5iZM[/youtube]

In three games this season, I’ve picked Boise State to lose twice. I thought a SEC power like Georgia would teach them a lesson in Atlanta. I thought an upstart like Toledo would pull the stunner at home after nearly toppling Ohio State.

Look, we call my picks segment “Everybody Beats Glenn” for a reason.

5. Jesse Holley is the greatest* Wide Receiver to ever win a TV reality show

If you don’t know the story, Jesse Holley won Michael Irvin’s SpikeTV reality show “4th & Long” to get a spot in Dallas Cowboys Training Camp. He went from that to the practice squad, from the practice squad to the active roster, from the active roster to making his first NFL catch, from making his first NFL catch to coming within a foot of beating the 49ers…

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

…from coming within a foot of beating the 49ers to holding a celebration that I believe is still going on at this moment.

Oh yeah, Tony Romo played this game with a fractured rib. We’re not going to talk about that though because it doesn’t involve him humping Jessica Simpson. (But it should!)

6. The Buffalo Bills are all that’s right with America…or something like that

I have no idea if the Bills are any good, but Ryan Fitzpatrick is fun to watch and I can support the idea of the Oakland Raiders losing.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eA7aQhdvF0[/youtube]

The Bills have more wins thus far this season than Lee Evans does. Chew on that.

7. Oklahoma was about as much better than Florida State as everyone thought they were

Why don’t my teams ever make plays like the one Sooners QB Landry Jones and WR Kenny Stills made the other night?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca3alwOeKb0[/youtube]

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 29 August 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: College Soccer-Stanford @ Maryland (Friday 7:30pm Ludwig Field), Radford @ Maryland (Sunday 7pm Ludwig Field); Holiday Inn Express BWI Classic: St. Francis @ UMBC (Thursday 7pm Retriever Soccer Park), Fairleigh Dickinson @ UMBC (Saturday 7pm Retriever Soccer Park); Boxing: Jan Zaveck vs. Andre Berto (Saturday 10:30pm from Biloxi, MI live on HBO); WNBA: Atlanta Dream @ Washington Mystics (Thursday 7pm Verizon Center), Washington Mystics @ Atlanta Dream (Friday 7:30pm from Atlanta live on NBA TV), Connecticut Sun @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV)

10. UPROAR Festival feat. Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Sevendust (Wednesday 2pm Jiffy Lube Live), Jimmy Buffett (Thursday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live), Stevie Nicks (Saturday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live), Journey/Night Ranger (Sunday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Lyle Lovett & His Large Band (Tuesday 8pm Wolf Trap); Olivia Newton-John & Terrell Owens host Cancer Awareness Event feat. Kelly Bell Band (Saturday 6:30pm Rams Head Live); The Hold Steady (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Umphrey’s McGee (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); B.B. King & Buddy Guy (Tuesday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall), The Script (Thursday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Fuel (Friday 7pm Jaxx); Blake Shelton (Saturday 7:30pm Timonium Fairgrounds), All Time Low (Sunday 7:30pm Timonium Fairgrounds); Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Friday 8:15pm Baltimore Grand Prix Party Zone), The Bridge/Collective Soul (Saturday 7pm Baltimore Grand Prix Party Zone); Red Hot Chili Peppers “I’m With You”, Lil’ Wayne “Tha Carter IV”, Counting Crows “August & Everything After: Live From Town Hall”, Lenny Kravitz “Black And White America” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I won’t make the rescheduled version of Jimmy Buffett either, but somewhere in the comfort of my own home I’ll probably be singing “Fins”…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNrM7DnYz4Y[/youtube]

Drew Forrester plays tunes from The Hold Steady sometimes on “The Morning Reaction”. I’m a fan…

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I’m so bitter that all of the good shows are in DC this week. Men shouldn’t admit to enjoying The Script as much as I do…but I REALLY enjoy The Script. A lot…

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WNST intern Ryan Morrison hooked me up with an advance copy of Tha Carter IV…I hope I’m not getting him in legal hot water by mentioning that. There was a humorous moment during Hurricane Irene where everyone in my house was singing along to this song. Don’t play it if you’re at work. Unless you work at The Gold Club. If you do, could you bring a Chap’s sandwich by the station Monday?

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9. Maryland State Fair (Tuesday-Monday Timonium Fairgrounds); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday-Monday RennFest Fairgrounds Crownsville); Glenn Clark’s Kickball Championship Round (Thursday 6:45pm Carsins Run Aberdeen)

I’m not sure which yet, but either Friday night or Monday early afternoon I’ll be at the fair. I have two goals. ONE-watching something get born in the Birthing Center and squirm like hell. TWO-Re-enact this picture…

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Glorious. Re-enacting THIS picture would also be an option…

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There’s a good chance I win the Breeders Cup at some point in the future.

Oh-I’m playing for a kickball title Thursday night in Aberdeen before the Ravens game. The hell with the Ravens game, no one that matters is playing. I’m playing for a kickball title. I’d love to have you guys come support us. You really owe me at least that much considering all I’ve done for you.

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Since I Already Know You, I Guess I Don’t Need to “Get To Know You”

Posted on 18 August 2011 by Glenn Clark

I’ve taken a number of jobs in my short radio career.

Having gone from station to station, format to format, time slot to time slot and market to market, I’ve had more than one occasion in my life where I’ve had to say something along the lines of “hi, I’m the new guy.”

In this case, I’m grateful because I don’t feel as though that will be necessary this time.

As you may have heard Thursday morning on “The Morning Reaction” with Drew Forrester and Luke Jones or read in Nestor Aparicio’s column today at WNST.net, there’s a change in my life.

After more than three years of getting up early and hanging out with Drew, I’ve been rewarded with an opportunity to sleep in a bit.

I have taken over as the afternoon show host (2-6pm) on Sports Talk 1570 WNST.

I’m incredibly excited.

As I’ve shared multiple times, I was a WNST listener when I was younger. Before I realized “Nasty” Nestor Aparicio was the father of one of my classmates (and friends) at Perry Hall High School, I had been handed a “Get Nasty” sign and was familiar with Charm City’s most well known sports talk host.

My familiarity as a WNST listener made my decision to leave KDUS in Phoenix much easier a few years back.

This is the next step for me, and I’m looking forward to it. I’m grateful for the time I’ve been able to spend with Drew every morning for the last few years, and for everyone else in the WNST family (and the numerous others I’ve worked with during my time) for everything they’ve taught me.

As my headline would indicate, the fact that I’ve been able to get to know you guys means I don’t think you need to know much more about me.

I listen to a lot of O.A.R. & Robert Randolph. I’m much too defensive about Roberto Alomar & Gary Williams. I’ve never met a fruit-flavored craft beer I didn’t at least try if not immediately add to the collection. I’m probably going to get banned from Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square at some point soon because I spend more time there than I do my own home.

You probably knew all of that.

I have plenty of other thoughts that I’ll be looking forward to share moving forward.

I have a few simple thoughts about local sports radio.

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On This 4th of July, I’m Grateful For WNST’s “Independence”

Posted on 03 July 2011 by Glenn Clark

I know a thing or two about format flips.

I remember exactly where I was sitting in January 2005 when I heard the final bars of “Last Goodbye” by Jeff Buckley (one of the greatest songs in music history) before hearing the following come from my radio…

“WHFS. Annapolis. Washington DC.” It was immediately followed by a lot of Spanish, but I think I remember the words “Siempre de Fiesta” and “Noventa-nueve punto uno eff eme.”

It was followed by some sort of latin song that if I knew I would curse it to this day.

21 years old at the time, I can honest to God say that the day 99.1 WHFS became 99.1 El Zol was one of the saddest days of my life. It honestly felt like losing a friend.

In my teenage years, I camped outside of Harford Mall, White Marsh Mall and even on York Road in Towson to get HFStival tickets. I tuned in late at night to hear Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew Pinsky (one of the greatest teams in broadcast history) sign off Loveline at 1am with Adam’s trademark Hawaiian “Maholo.” (I found out at an older age “maholo” actually meant “thank you”, not “goodbye.” I will admit that I am still confused as to why he used it.) I stayed tuned in to hear if at 1:05 Neci would play my favorite songs from Everclear, Stone Temple Pilots, Beck or Pearl Jam.

Hell, I even called and emailed Neci repeatedly hoping she would play the Candyskins’ version of “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield. I really did. There was nothing cooler to me in my life than when I became friends with Neci on MySpace. It was hard for me to admit that to her after we started working together.

It was my dream as a teenager to be a WHFS disc jockey. I ultimately got the chance to live that dream, but I still swear to God I shed a tear the moment I realized the latin sounds from my radio meant 99.1 WHFS was gone forever.

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Truth Be Told, I Don’t Think I Can Complete Chicken Mini Challenge

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Truth Be Told, I Don’t Think I Can Complete Chicken Mini Challenge

Posted on 30 June 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honestly…I don’t think I can do it.

40 chicken minis from Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square in 15 minutes? I just don’t think it’s possible. Not for me.

Maybe a trained athlete like Joey Chestnut…

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…but not me. I don’t think so anyway.

Friday morning, I’ve agreed to participate in the first ever “Chicken Mini Challenge”, brought to you by our friends at Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square.

At 7:30 Friday morning live from the WNST studios at 1550 Hart Rd. in Towson, I will attempt to consume 40 delicious Chicken Minis in just 15 minutes.

You will hear the Challenge live on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST & WNST.net, Nestor Aparicio has said we are going to broadcast video live on UStream, and the contest will DEFINITELY be available later in the day to watch on WNSTV and our WNST YouTube account.

Needless to say, it’s an endeavor. Rick from Reisterstown stopped by the studio Thursday morning to give me an idea of exactly what 40 chicken minis looked like…

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…and I panicked. I ate six of them in about 10 minutes and my stomach responded with a polite “that’s all for me today.”

This will sound shocking to some folks, but I’m not an athlete. Chestnut is an athlete. He told us in an interview Wednesday morning that he intends to reach 75 hot dogs and buns Monday on Coney Island as he goes for a fifth straight Nathan’s Famous 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest title.

Joey Chestnut is an American hero. I just want to be a guy that can eat 40 chicken minis.

I have serious doubts that I’ll be able to do it.

A year ago I faced a similar challenge. I was challenged to devour 12 hot dogs and buns in ten minutes. For a week, I played up the idea that I was nervous and didn’t think I could succeed.

But in all honesty, I knew I could do it. And despite the severe pain, I succeeded.

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I’m not confident this year AT ALL, no matter how much confidence Drew Forrester has in me.

I honestly don’t believe I can do it. In fact, I really wonder if anyone can do it.

Chicken minis are DELICIOUS. They’re amongst the top five inventions in the history of food. I like to include chicken minis in my rotation at LEAST once a week. And I’ve spent more time at Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square than I have at the home of any gal I’ve EVER dated.

But this really ISN’T a good idea.

I’ll do it anyway, because it’s the right thing to do.

We’re hoping that you’ll support the cause. We’re raising money for two very worthy charities via the Challenge. The first is the Helping Up Mission on Baltimore Street. On their website, HUM says they “transform broken men.” Drew and I saw that first hand in Decemeber after the WNST community collected over 300 coats to drop off during Holiday season.

HUM is an incredible place. I’m very grateful for their existence, as a close friend of mine has found himself in a place in his life where he has needed to admit he was broken and needed the help HUM could provide.

We’re also raising money for “BMORE Free Programs“, the charity started by former Poly and Green Bay Packers star Antonio Freeman. Freeman is spending his summer providing meals for city children, as well as working with them via a summer reading program. I’ve been particularly touched by the good things Charm City athletes like Freeman, Aaron Maybin, Keion Carpenter, Bryant Johnson and Tommy Polley have done recently-so I thought Freeman’s charity was a noble cause.

I’m getting involved by eating Chick-Fil-A. I’m hoping you’ll get involved by donating. You can donate via PayPal (drew@wnst.net is the account), or by sending a check or dropping it off at 1550 Hart Rd. Towson, MD 21286. I actually hope you’ll split your donation and send two checks, one each made out to BMORE Free Programs and Helping Up Mission.

We’ll be accepting donations through the end of next week. I’m asking that you consider a donation of $1 per chicken mini-or a total of $40…even if I fail to reach the 40 mark (which I assume I will.) If you can donate more than that, we’d be grateful. If you can’t quite donate that much, we’ll be happy to take anything.

We NEED your support.

Thanks to Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square for their support, as well as to the great Dennis Schocket, who will provide a soundtrack to the Challenge tomorrow morning. In honor of America, Dennis is going to be playing covers of John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and more.

I’ll likely need someone to hold my hand as my body “reverses”, or perhaps even goes into shock.

I don’t think I can do this, but I hope you’ll support me anyway. It’s going to be a fun morning…well…maybe not for me.

-G

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Trivial Thursday Thoughts ….

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Trivial Thursday Thoughts ….

Posted on 10 February 2011 by Rex Snider

Just a small list of stories and issues that we’ve covered on the “Afternoon Drive” over the past couple days …..

-  If you were among the 111 MILLION people watching the Super Bowl, there is a good chance you caught the shot of Cameron Diaz feeding A’Rod in a luxury suite.  Evidently, the Yankees star didn’t think it was very cool to televise it and he “flipped out” on Fox executives.

My blunt advice to A’Rod and other celebs – if you’re gonna take free tickets to sit in a suite, you’re fair game for any and every camera.  If you weren’t comfortable with such a reality, I know of at least 400 people who would’ve traded places …..

-  My latest on-air conversation with Allen McCallum regarded a plethora of different topics.  However, our most spirited conversation regarded “who bats 2nd in the Orioles lineup”.  Al and few callers like the prospect of slotting Adam Jones in the spot.

I can’t agree with the logic.  Jones carries a .319 career OBP, and he averages 124 strikeouts, per season, while only walking 30 times.  Show me a team with a #2 hitter meriting such numbers and I’ll guarantee you they’re a LOSER. 

Adam Jones simply lacks the eye and plate discipline of Nick Markakis – the obvious choice.

-  As you probably know, February is “Chick-Fil-A Month” at WNST.  Our friends at Chick-Fil-A are providing FREE BREAKFAST on Thursdays, throughout the month.  Everybody loves eating Chick-Fil-A, right?

Well, some of us LOVE the taste of Chick-Fil-A more than others.  In fact, some of us can probably be described as ADDICTS when it comes to the tasty menu.  This list would absolutely include Glenn Clark ….

During yesterday’s WNST Staff Meeting, I made the foolish decision of trying to eat a Chick-Fil-A breakfast sandwich in the presence of Mr. Clark.  For the first time in my life, I sensed what it must feel like to be a wildebeest in the world of a lion ….

It was “contentious” moment, to say the very least.  For a few moments, I was certain my Glock was going to make its first public appearance at the WNST studios.  The man is absolutely obsessed with Chick-Fil-A.

-  Admittedly, I’ve been a little surprised by the modest moaning and groaning over Vlad Guerrero’s age.  The newest Orioles designated hitter is 36 years old, and some fans want to hand him an AARP card.

Are they panicking in New York?  Alex Rodriguez will be 36 this season.  Are they panicking in Los Angeles?  Bobby Abreu will be 36, too.  Are they panicking in Boston?  Yep, David Ortiz will be 36, as well.

Give it a break, Vlad will be fine.  He is a consistent producer – period.

On yesterday’s program, former Orioles outfielder, Mike Young stopped by for a few moments and we chatted about his career.  One of the questions I asked regarded getting hit by a Major League pitch.

Mike was plunked 20 times during his career.  He couldn’t recall a specific incident that proved more painful than others.  As he said, “they all HURT ….”

But, this inspires me to ask, if you had to suffer one of these consequences, would you rather be drilled by an Aroldis Chapman fastball …..

Clocked by a Mike Tyson right jab …..

Or, sacked by a full speed version of Ray Lewis?

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