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Terps receive commitment from Baltimore’s Sam Cassell Jr.

Posted on 26 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Building upon an already-impressive incoming recruiting class, the University of Maryland will welcome Baltimore native Sam Cassell Jr. to College Park in the fall.

The former St. Frances guard chose the Terps over reported offers from Connecticut, Florida State, Villanova, Washington, and Dayton. After leaving Baltimore for Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. following his junior season, the 6-foot-4 Cassell spent two seasons catapulting himself from a consensus mid-major candidate to one with the ability to play in a major conference.

Maryland assistant Bino Ranson developed a rapport with Cassell while following the young guard’s participation with the Nike Baltimore Elite AAU program. Of course, Cassell is the son of Sam Cassell, who was a standout for Dunbar High School before attending Florida State and eventually playing 15 seasons in the NBA.

Cassell is ranked a three-star prospect by ESPN and joins a hefty recruiting class that also includes fellow guard Seth Allen, small forward Jake Layman, and big men Shaquille Cleare, Damonte Dodd, and Charles Mitchell.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 13 December 2011 by WNST Staff

Honorable Mention: High School Basketball-Bel Air @ Perry Hall (Wednesday 6:30pm), St. Frances @ John Carroll (Wednesday 7pm); Mixed Martial Arts: Strikeforce-Gilbert Melendez vs. Jorge Masvidal (Saturday 10pm from San Diego live on Showtime)

10. Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live); Bret Michaels (Wednesday 7pm & 10pm Rams Head on Stage); Pietasters (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Virginia Coalition (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Devo (Thursday 8pm State Theatre), Phil Vassar (Sunday 8pm State Theatre); Chris Isaak (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Anthony Hamilton “Back to Love” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I am not a Lyle Lovett fan, but I am a human being. Because I am a human being, I am ABSOLUTELY a fan of this tune. One of the happiest days in my life may have been the day I walked off a hangover into the DC Farmers’ Market and saw a folk band playing the song. If it hadn’t been in DC it would have been the HAPPIEST…

Is there any chance I could go see Bret Michaels and skip everything besides this?

I saw the Pietasters most recently at Artscape this summer. They were fantastic. They always are.

Virginia Coalition is ABSOLUTELY the best band you’re not listening to. Unless you’re not listening to U2. There aren’t people that don’t listen to U2, are there?

9. Glenn Clark’s Christmas Party (Saturday 8pm undisclosed location in Monkton); “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” & “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol out in theaters (Friday); Christian Finnegan (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv)

This is how last year’s Christmas party ended…

That’s my girlfriend cleaning up vomit. The vomit happened to be on the ceiling. It is what it is.

Oh…and last year’s party also involved the following….

Ours were of course much manlier than this, but you get the point. This is not to be missed…like…say…ever.

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Basketball legendary coach John Wooden dies

Posted on 05 June 2010 by Genna Wittstadt

One of college basketballs greatest coaches died today, Friday June 5 in the early morning after suffering a massive heart attack among other medical issues over the past few years.

John Wooden, 99, holds the record for one of the most winningest coaches in Division I college basketball. One of the greatest coaches of all time, Wooden’s stats will prove that he not only deserves to be known as such, but his character also is one to remember.

Wooden had 88 consecutive games during the 1971-1974 seasons as well as 38 consecutive NCAA tournament games between 1964-1974. Wooden to this day holds those records.

Wooden also led the UCLA Bruins to 10 NCAA championships — at one time winning seven in a row — during a 27-year run that ended with his team cutting down the nets one last time in 1975.

Wooden coached basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton among many others and also had a few Neismith award winners under his regime.

Walton told The Associated Press from the NBA Finals that he last visited with Wooden a few days ago at the hospital.

“He’s the greatest,” Walton said, his voice catching. “We love him.”

Even in retirement he remained a beloved figure and a constant presence at U.C.L.A., watching most games from a seat behind the home bench at Pauley Pavilion.

Fans of Wooden often snaked their way and formed lines to his seat in Section 103B. Wooden always obliged his fans, until “the university and his family requested that he be granted privacy in January 2008, when he was 97.”

John Robert Wooden was born into a Dutch-Irish family on Oct. 14, 1910, in Hall, Ind., and grew up in a farmhouse that had no electricity and no indoor plumbing.

His first basketball was a black cotton sock his mother had stuffed with rags. The hoop was a tomato basket until his father forged a rim from the rings of a barrel.

Wooden later led Martinsville High School to three consecutive state finals, winning in 1927.

Wooden went to Purdue University, even though it had no athletic scholarships. To get tuition money, he spent summers doing construction work.

n 1932, he led Purdue to the Helms Foundation’s unofficial national championship and was named national player of the year. An English major, he also had the highest grade-point average of any Purdue athlete that year.

He earned a teaching degree and taught at Dayton High School in Dayton, Ky., where he also coached almost everything, including tennis and baseball.

Two years later he moved back to Indiana, to South Bend Central High School, where for nine years he taught English and coached basketball. In his 11 years as a high school basketball coach, his record was 218-42.

In 1948, U.C.L.A. wooed him away as basketball coach for $6,000 a year. His success at U.C.L.A with his well-known “perfect” zone defense brought him a nickname he hated but still has today: the Wizard of Westwood.

Wooden was 64 when he retired in 1975 and left with a 620-147 record in 27 years at U.C.L.A. and a 40-year head coaching record of 885-203.

Ironically, today at Seacrets, I gave John Wooden trivia out to see if people could guess his name; sadly only my sober co-workers could answer the question as all the drunk fools in the bay proved they knew nothing more than when their next drink might possibly be coming.

In all serious though, remember this man. Sure, Bobby Knight, Mike Krzyewski, Dean Smith, etc. are up there with being some of the greatest. But Wooden is a legend and a man to never forget. He helped make basketball what it is today.

“We decided that we would not declare his obituary now, other than to say that he’s the winningest coach in our history, four 30-0 seasons, and the ultimate aficionado of our game,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said right before Wooden passed away. “We hope he’s in peace right now, and we’ll wait on events.”

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Duke remains the giant on top after defeating Butler in the national basketball championship

Posted on 07 April 2010 by Genna Wittstadt

Duke University has always been one of the top teams in basketball, and on Monday night proved why as they snagged another national championship away from underdog Butler University.

With many people vying for the cinderella team from Indiana to rise up and push the giant off their mountain, Butler pushed hard and played with intensity.

But in the end, Duke overcame Butler 61-59.

The game, though, is what was most impressive.

This is Duke’s head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s fourth national championship. His record of winning that game now stands at 4 of 6. The last time Duke won was in 2001.

Coach K also has a 77-22 record of wins and losses in the tournament, which leaves him with the most wins in the NCAA tourney.

Coach K is also now tied for 2nd in most wins overall in the tournament with Adolph Rupp. The only other coach that is probably one of the best coaches of all time is John Wooden.

Wooden’s UCLA team won 10 national championships in 27 years. Ten in 27 years. Amazing. That is an about 37% winning streak.

But last night, it was the men on the court that fought hard to prove who deserved to win.

That small Indiana college didn’t get rolled over by Duke. In fact, there were 15 lead changes throughout the game and five ties. The largest point lead all game was only by six.

This was also the first time since 1989 that a national championship game was decided by two points or less.

At halftime, the Bulldogs trailed the BlueDevils 33-32.

When they came back for the second half, the game got kicked up a tempo.

Butler played great defense and limited the ‘big three’ (Jon Scheyer, Kyler Singler and Nolan Smith) in their points; notably held Scheyer to only one shot beyond the 3-point range.

Butler played terrific, especially considering they only shot for 34%. But they also turned 14 offensive rebounds into 13-points.

They turned 14 Duke turnovers into 12-points.

And they gave the big powerhouse of Duke a run for their money; especially with that last attempt by Gordon Hayward who shot from about midcourt with :05 seconds left—only to have the ball hit the rim and bounce off.

As the ball fell away from the basket, many hearts in Indiana and around the country who were routing for the underdog fell with it.

But it was the Blue Devils and their fans in Durham, NC who earned the win and took the trophy.

The big three, especially Singler, controlled the ball for the devils. Singler was named Most Outstanding Player of the game with 19 points. Singler also held back Hayward 2-11 with his many blocks on the player from Butler.

Brian Zoubek, the montrous senior center for Duke, also stood out in blue. He averages about 10 rebounds a game. Duke had 11 offensive rebounds for 11 points last night, a lot resulting from Zoubek.

They also out rebounded Butler 20-11 in the second half which was a big factor to the win.

Nolan Smith, one of the big three, now joins three other father-son national championship winners. In 1989, his father won with Louisville; other father-son winners are Scott and Sean May, Henry and Mike Bibby, and Marques and Kris Johnson.

In their press conference after the game, Coach K was joined by the big three and Z. Coach K, a classy and good sport (win or loss) praised the efforts by Butler, and claimed out of all the games they played in his 30 years, this was the toughest of them all.

Many hoped for a movie-esq win (with Butler on top) especially if Hayward had made that buzzer beating shot–a shot, if made, would have been one of the best game winning shots probablay in the history of college basketball.

But even though Duke won, Coach K said “those kids from Butler had dreams, but so do these boys” as he gestured to his team. And he is right.

Boys from around the country will look at this game to inspire them despite who they were routing for.

The infamous Dick Vitale last night put it best.

“Chase your dreams. Believe. And good things will happen.”

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Breaking down the Final Four teams in the NCAA tournament

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Breaking down the Final Four teams in the NCAA tournament

Posted on 29 March 2010 by Genna Wittstadt

Out of about 4.8 million people who filled out brackets online at espn.com, only 200 people correctly guessed the Final Four.

Only 200 people.

That is 0.0046% of people were right. Crazy.

And not one person has a perfect bracket.

The last four teams are #1 #5 Michigan State, #5 Butler and #2 West Virginia.

Duke is the only #1 seed left in the tournament. This is the first time they have made it to the Final Four since 2004: it is also the 15th time they made it this far and the 11th appearance under Coach K (only UCLA and UNC have had more trips).

But it was not an easy ride, especially after Sunday’s game against Baylor.

Baylor kept the blue devils on their toes as they went on a 10-3 run in the first half. Baylor, who had 28 wins all season, played a great game. They tied it up against Duke a few times, but couldn’t hold onto the lead as Duke turned 23 rebounds into points and made 15 out of 18 of the games last points.

But give Baylor credit; they held Jon Scheyer pointless all game: not an easy accomplishment from this normally high scoring Blue Devil.

West Virginia, who beat out the young Kentucky team is playing Duke next. The Mountaineers aren’t a team that is willing to let go of a game easily. They fight hard. Tough. Angry. Aggressive.

This is also the first appearance in the Final Four in 51 years for Dub V. Coach Bob Huggins coaches smart basketball. They don’t rush and don’t seem to get phased when their opponents take the lead. The mostly junior and senior cast on this team understand how to end the game in their favor.

The two teams that knocked out many people’s brackets are the other two teams to make it this far. The two #5 teams, Michigan State and Butler have been interesting to watch.

Michigan State somehow manages to sneak into the tournament it seems. They impressively have had six appearances in 12 seasons; how many people expected them to make it this far again?

Mich St. also has made it far without their point guard Kalin Lucas, who tour his Achilles’ tendon in the second-round against Maryland, but the team has pushed through and torn up the court against Maryland, N. Iowa who took out #1 Kansas and beat out Ohio State.

Butler ready to continue the magic to beat Mich State Saturday.

And Butler is the Cinderella story team of the year, and considering this team plays in the same arena as the team in the movie “Hoosiers”, a lot of attention has been put on the team that is six miles away from the arena they are about to play Mich. State.

As I mentioned in my last post, this team has shown a lot to fear and this team will be playing in their home city.

Again, the last team that had that happen was UCLA in 1972–when UCLA also won the whole tournament.

What are some of your predictions for these last few teams? If you could start a new bet with just these four teams, who would you pick?

I might add another contest if people seem interested since this years brackets were so whacked out.

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What you need to know in the rest of the mess of March Madness

Posted on 27 March 2010 by Genna Wittstadt

Many of you have already thrown away your brackets.

A few of you have been so embarrassed by how you did, you don’t even want to watch the rest of the games.

“I did something I promised myself I wouldn’t—I looked at my bracket which I haven’t done since the end of the second round. I’m out,” said a loyal follower of the sportaholic, Mark Huber.

Do you feel this same sentiment? Well, don’t feel alone. This tournament brought an immense amount of upsets that there is not one perfect bracket left in America.

Even that autistic kid in Chicago is out after his winning team, Purdue,  lost to Duke last night during the last game of the sweet 16.

But there is no denying the excitement, the energy and craziness this years tournaments have ensued.

I don’t care if you are a basketball fan or not–it is games like these that make even the most anti-sports fan pause and actually get caught up in the yelling from the people standing in front of the TVs.

I think the biggest game so far that had me going nuts was the Kansas State vs. Xavier game. This was the first double over time game played in a sweet 16 in over ten years and the combined points (101-96 = 197) is the second highest amount of combined points in a sweet 16.

This game was intense. There were 17 lead changes. There were 13 ties.

And there was eventually a winner decided about one in the morning on Thursday night.

If you missed this game, I am truly sorry; games like this are why I got so into sports in the first place.

The drama. The energy. The excitement and movement.

The fast acting changing of who might win which changes just as much as the passing of the basketball itself. It is more climatic than any movie you might see in theaters.

If you didn’t at least stop and see why this game was so insane, then you might as well stop reading now.

Because a game like that is the best way anyone can ever get involved in sports.

The rest of the elite 8 games are set, and some have already been played. Here are some key points to remember while watching the last half of the NCAA tournament. Continue Reading

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (11/20/09)

Posted on 20 November 2009 by Jack McManus


Andy Behrens from Yahoo! Sports is on to offer his weekly fantasy advice. To get all the details on who to start make sure you check out the audio vault.  


A caller informs us that the release of Steve Hauschka made his week and that no one could be worse. He also asks Drew why the Ravens did not bring back Chris McAlister. Glenn points out that Billy Cundiff could be much worse than Hauschka.


The Colts’ sideline reporter, Kevin Lee is now on to talk about the Ravens-Colts matchup this weekend. He first reminds everyone that any team can win on every given Sunday. He next describes the differences between Tony Dungy and Jim Caldwell. Lee explains that the two are very similar although, Caldwell will occasionally get more heated during practices. He moves on the injuries depleting the Colts secondary. He points out the strong safety play that has kept the Colts defense strong. On the topic of Matt Stover, he believes that Stover could return to Baltimore if and when he is released after Adam Vinatieri returns from injury.



Randy Monroe, head coach of the UMBC basketball, is the next guest. He first talks about the coaching he did at the end of the game against the Loyola Greyhounds. He is not second guessing his decision to wait to call a timeout in the final seconds. Monroe states that he is always telling his players that they must maintain throughout games. He talks about the adjustments his team has been forced to make after losing Jay Greene and Darryl Proctor. He knows that the team will improve with time. Monroe next discusses the idea of a Baltimore-area showdown.



Mike Florio is now talking some football with Drew. He talks about the Bengals’ signing of Larry Johnson. He states that as long as Johnson behaves himself, the gamble should be worth it for the Bengals. Florio believes that if the Buffalo Bills brings in a quality coach, the team could turn around very quickly. He explains that the team needs to have a plan that every part of the organization agrees with. He also states that each of the undefeated teams this weekend need to be careful with their opponents.



Merton now joins us from Indianapolis. He promises to call in at 8:30 on Monday regardless of the result of the game on Sunday. He makes a wager with Drew. If the Colts win Drew and Glenn must sing the Colts’ fight song. If the Ravens win, Merton will personally apologize Bob in Parkville.  


Bill Herrion, head coach of the New Hampshire Wildcats men’s basketball team is on with Drew. His team will face off against the Terps tonight at the Comcast Center. Herrion begins by talking about his difficult road schedule early in the season. Besides playing Maryland the Wildcats will also go up against Pitt and Hofstra. He next brings up his teams experience level. He explains that even though their is only one senior on his roster, many of the other players have significant on-court experience.


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Huge Opening Night for Local College Hoops

Posted on 13 November 2009 by Chris Bonetti

Now that’s how you start a college basketball season!

Last night was the opening night of the ’09-’10 hoops seasons for Loyola, Towson, Coppin State, and Morgan State.

And just how did our Baltimore schools fare?

Four locals… four winners.

And away we go…


Harvey Scores 23 As Loyola Men’s Basketball Opens Season With Win Over Vermont


Tigers Drop RedHawks 82-71 in Opener Behind Calvin Lee’s Career High 25

Coppin State:

Eagles Take Down Lincoln (PA) 76-69 in Coppin State Classic Opener

Morgan State:

Reggie Holmes Drops Game-High 23 Points As Bears Win Over Albany, 69-65

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (11/12/09)

Posted on 12 November 2009 by Jack McManus


Finally this morning we have Drew and Glenn’s picks for the game tonight.

Drew: 49ers 24 – Chicago 20

Glenn: 49ers17 – Chicago 12


Sean Salisbury is now on to talk some football. Sean begins by talking about the Cincinnati Bengals. He calls the Bengals’ defense “impressive.” He is still hesitant about the team because of its past history. There is still a chance the “Old Bengals” could resurface. Drew states that he is starting to give up on the Denver Broncos. Sean agrees that the Broncos are not a great team. He thinks they could easily lose to a team like the Raiders late in the season. Moving on, Sean believes that Miami Dolphins are an under-the-radar team. When looking at the roster, it is clear that the team has talent. They are a team that Sean would not want to go up against. Sean next talks about the rumors about Michael Vick possibly going to Buffalo. Sean explains that Buffalo would be a good place for Vick to continue to rebuild his career.


Ron “Fang” Mitchell, the coach of the Coppin State basketball team is the next guest. He first talks about the changes to his roster for the upcoming season. The team must fill the void left by Tywain McKee who was the MEAC Player of the Year last season. He next discusses how his team will be playing more home games this season than in previous ones. This is partially due to the team’s new arena. He finishes by explaining the importance of this year for himself. After a long tenure at Coppin, Mitchell wants to prove those who do not think the team will have a good season wrong.



Another caller laments the fact that the Ravens have become a passing team when they have more weapons win the running game.


Two callers present different views about the Ravens beating the Steelers. The first thinks that the Ravens will be able to win in Baltimore. The second does not see how the Ravens defense can contain the weapons of the Steelers, particularly rookie Mike Wallace.



A caller asks about the idea of carrying two kickers. Drew agrees that this may be the right choice in this situtation. However, he states that the roster spot and salary may not be worth it.


Head coach of the Charleston Southern basketball team, Barclay Radebaugh joins Drew to talk about college basketball. He starts off by discussing his guard Jamarco Warren. Warren is a prolific scorer, and Radebaugh states that he only must improve his defense to be a complete star. He goes on to say that his team’s upcoming game against Maryland will be a good learning experience. The Bucs were picked to finish 9th in the Big South, but Radebaugh believes that other coaches and the media may be underestimating his team. Drew brings up the schools’ very poor record against the ACC (1-40). Radebaughexplainsthat Charleston Southern can play withthe perimeter players of the ACC, but struggles to compete with the stronger and larger players inside.



A caller supports Drew’s assertion that members of the local media need to do more in regards to college teams. He points out that many fans are not able to afford to go to University of Maryland games very often, and these local colleges can provide quality games for much less money and time.


Drew now takes a shot at Jerry Coleman. Coleman allegedly states that listeners are listening to John Harbaugh’s press conference “exclusively” on Fox 1370. Drew wants to tell Coleman to “stop fibbing.” He follows up Glenn’s remarks he also makes a low blow at other members of the media, who do nothing to cover local college basketball teams. This not only offers support for the teams, but also aids the athletic departments. In fact Drew explains this is a fact, not just a low blow.


Glenn starts off “Cheap Shots From the Bleachers” by calling out the entire sport of college basketball. This sport is the only major sport that does nothing to promote the start of the season. Instead of having marquee national matchups that are widely televised, top tier teams face cupcakes in games that are difficult to access. He calls the entire first week of college basketball terrible. He explains that schools and conferences need to focus on promoting the start of the season.

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Glenn Clark’s Low Blow Commentary

Posted on 16 October 2009 by Bryan Powell

Yesterday on the morning show Glenn Clark did a commentary on rooting for one college in all sports not just one particular sport. I agree with most of what he said. You shouldn’t be a Duke basketball and a USC football fan. Here is the part I have a problem with. I didn’t attend a 4 year college so I don’t have an alma mater to root for.

I have lived in Annapolis for 26 years so Navy is my team I root for in every sport. However when I was a little kid I played basketball in the neighborhood and on a couple of teams. By no means was I or am I good.

When I watched college basketball I liked to Quint Synder, Bobby Hurley, and Chris Corchiani, and Doug Wojick play among others because they were caucasian guards and that’s who I tried to model my terrible game after. As a result I became a Duke basketball fan. I have been a fan since the mid 1980’s. I have  not and will not change teams. By the way the Terps have a more recent championship than Duke does. I don’t say “we” when I refer to Duke because I didn’t go to school there. 

That doesn’t mean I can’t root for them as long as I stick with them and don’t change teams every other year.

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