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Thursday’s PM Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 01 April 2010 by Chris Bonetti

Suggested Reading

WNST.net: “Wigginton has 2 hit, 2 RBI in Orioles win.” Jake Arrieta, who’ll start this season at Triple-A Norfolk, tossed four innings and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out four in the Birds 4-3 win over Tampa today in Port Charlotte.  Tomorrow’s game in Tampa against the Yankees will be shown on ESPN starting at 1:05pm.

WNST.net: Glenn Clark was at the Donte Stallworth Introduction Press Conference today.  You can hear it all live in the Buy-a-Toyota.com Audio Vault.

SI.com:  It’s April Fools Day.  Here’s George Plimpton’s, “The Curious Case of Sidd Finch.” I can still remember my Dad telling me the story and reading it for the first time.  Awesome stuff.

SI.com: Senior Baseball Writer Tom Verducci, like myself a Seton Hall Preparatory School alumnus, give us his, “Top 10 for ’10: What I’m most looking forward to this season.” Rookies Jason Heyward of the Braves and the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg are Tom’s #1 and #2 storylines respectively.  My take on that… hmmm not sure.

FanHouse: Ed Price compiles an incredible list of, “Baseball’s Best Promotions of 2010,” while offering his own one liners that make the giveaways sound even more ridiculous than they already are.  Some favorites: “Orioles, April 11th – Plush Chick-Fil-A cows. Mooo rhymes with booo.”  “Reds, April 24th – Grow your own pot of Great American Ball Park turf.” Tim Lincecum doesn’t need it, thank you.”  “White Sox, Sept. 17th – Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day. Green White Sox caps given away. Ozzie O’Guillen throws out the first pitch.” “Nationals, Sept. 24th – Team photo and “early bird” 2011 schedule. Because it’s always better for Nats fans to look ahead.”  It’s a long list.

CBSSportsline.com: Breaking News here late… more “behavior” issues for the NFL.  “Browns’ Rogers bust at airport for loaded gun in luggage.” Good.  That’s good.

Deadspin.com:  “Last night’s Winner: Newark, NJ,” I’d just like to say… good for you, Newark, NJ.

Video of the Day

Kevin Garnett thinks Kevin Durant is, “Michael f*cking Jordan.”  Yikes not for the kids!  I don’t think his tone was complimentary there.  KG was clearly not happy with his team (and the refs!) giving up 37 points, including 15-15 FT shooting, to Durant on the parquet.

Tweets of the Day

The Nasty One himself, Nestor Aparicio – WNST

Nestor: Never ceases to amaze me that #Capitals have grown fan base like this. The sea of red here in D.C. is a marvel! #Ovechkin #Caps

Comcast Morning Show Producer, Glenn Clark – WNST

GMC: By the way, Greivis #Vasquez WAS officially announced as Bob #Cousy Award winner-nation’s top point guard. #Terps

Live from the Donte Stallworth Press Conference at 1 Winning Drive today, Glenn Clark – WNST

#Stallworth: “I’ve become a better decision maker”…”making one bad decision can snowball into a whole terrible incident.” #Ravens

The Sporting News Senior College Basketball Writer, Mike DeCourcey – tsnmike

Can’t imagine a better way to spend 90 minutes than watching “The Street Stops Here.” What an impressive film. If it’s rerun, don’t miss.

CBS College Basketball Analyst, Seth Davis – SethDavisHoops

Worst AD in America? Holy Cross’s Richard Regan Jr. fired coach Sean Kearney after ONE season. Since Regan hired him, he should resign too.

FoxSports.com Senior College Basketball Writer, Jeff Goodman – goodmanonfox

Wake Forest’s Al-Farouq Aminu has declared for the NBA Draft AND will hire an agent.

New York Newsday New York Knicks Beat Writer, Alan Hahn – alanhahn

Either the BlazerDancers are unquestionably loaded with nines or this has already been a looong road trip.

ESPN Personality, Skip Bayless – RealSkipBayless

Rams should take Suh, then hope Colt there top of 2nd. Bradford little better than Colt, but Suh much better than Sam. Colt tough leader.

ESPN NFL Insider, Adam Schefter – Adam_Schefter

Herm Edwards on NFL Live suggested 49ers trade for Donovan McNabb AND Brandon Marshall. And they still would have a leftover 1st-rd pick!

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Wednesday's PM Crab Cakes and Light Beer

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Wednesday’s PM Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 31 March 2010 by Chris Bonetti

The Swinging Bunt

Eagles falling apart in Philly.  You know, I guess I can understand the Eagles’ hesitance in trading Donovan McNabb.  Over the last decade the Philadelphia Eagles have been, if nothing else, one of the most consistent franchises in the National Football League.  Coming off a 3-13 record in ’98, team owner Jeffrey Lurie finally put in place the integral pieces of a puzzle that would result in 5 NFC East Titles, and 8 Playoff births over the next 12 years.  He hired Andy Reid as Head Coach, who in turn hired Jim Johnson as Defensive Coordinator, and the organization selected Donovan McNabb with the #2 overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft.  By 2001 Brian Westbrook was an undrafted rookie making an impact and the Eagles were on their way to 5 NFC Championship Games.  On January 18th, 2008 it seems the Eagles franchise officially began their rebuilding faze.  They lost 32-25 to the Arizona Cardinals that day in the desert and a tumultuous two year time span has ensued.  In the summer of ’09 Jim Johnson, after 40 years of service to the game of football, passed away after a bout with cancer and Brian Westbrook, due to continuous concussion issues, was released by the team this off-season after 10,000 yards and 66 TD’s combined rushing and receiving.  Andy Reid is still the head coach; and yes, he and McNabb are still attached at the hip… for the moment.  But as rumors, speculation, and proposed ‘front’-runners’ for McNabb’s services continue to emerge, it seems all the more likely his football marriage with Philadelphia appears headed for divorce.  It’s a shame, too.  If Jeffrey Lurie hadn’t decided to bring Michael Vick back into the league as his third-string quarterback and paid his $1.5M roster bonus this off-season, McNabb might stand in a better position with the only team he’s ever played for.  But as it stands now, Jeffrey Lurie, the man who facilitated bringing in the foundation of Reid, Johnson, McNabb, and Westbrook in the first place, may now have to hammer home the last spoke to break apart the final two, all by trading the best QB in Eagles franchise history.  Must be a tough trade trigger to have to pull.

Suggested Reading

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: “Steelers are no better than the Bengals.” Strong headline from Ron Cook, who’s not talking about talent, or even winning games, on the field.

Deadspin: Editor Will Leitch takes a look at Baltimore’s very own Orioles in, “The Stacked Deck.” While the title gives the impression of a very positive, upbeat write-up, Leitch comes to this by the end, “Is this what this new plan is leading to? A 78-win season in 2013? That’ll sell some tickets.”  Haha.

SI.com:  Thirteen Sports Illustrated Baseball Experts give their predictions for the 2010 season in their very appropriately named, “2010 MLB Preseason Predictions.” In case you’re wondering, Matusz was named as A.L. ROY on 7 of 13 ballots.

New York Post:  More Tiger details from David K. Li in, “The naked truth on tomcat Tiger.” Apparently we’ll have a long ‘Vanity Fair’ cover story on Tiger’s mistresses coming up very soon.  The Post scoops in for a preview.

Deadspin: Barry Petchesky looks at, “The (other) Least Desireable Gig in College Basketball.” I gave St. John’s a hard time, but it seems they ended up doing decently for themselves with Lavin.  Who does DePaul turn to?

Video of the Day

Who doesn’t love ‘Ridiculous Shots That Don’t Count’ videos?  Here’s Flip Murray’s from last night… pretty incredible.

Tweets of the Day

WNST Comcast Morning Show Producer, Glenn Clark – WNST

GMC: #Ravens vs. #Carolina 8/12 on #ESPN; @ #Skins Aug. 20 or 21; vs. #Giants 8/27 or 8/28; @ #Rams 9/2 in preseason

WNST NFL Correspondent, Chris Pika – WNST

Chris Pika: Former #Maryland hoops player/asst. coach Dave Dickerson is out as #Tulane head coach after 5 seasons, according to media reports.

New York Times College Basketball Columnist, Pete Thamel – PeteThamelNYT

Theme song from Indy: “Its the end of the world as we know it.” Jim Delany (Big Ten Commissioner) tells USA Today that expanded tourney “probable.”

ESPN College Basketball Insider, Andy Katz – ESPNAndyKatz

News conference at Pitt this afternoon to announce coach Jamie Dixon — getting an extension. Not leaving for Oregon as expected.

D1scourse Blogger, Patrick Stevens – D1scourse

So, if Carolina wins tomorrow, will the banner in the Dean Dome read “NIT champion” or “A-10 semifinalist”?

Baltimore Sun National Baseball Writer, Dan Connolley – danconnollysun #Orioles getting clubbed in 5th inn by Red Sox, 9-1. Lester has allowed 2 hits. Maybe both clubs are ready for the season

ESPN NFL Insider, Chris Mortensen – mortreport

Next QB Class: Washington’s Jake Locker, Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett could all be top 5 picks in 2011.

ESPN NFL Insider, Adam Schefter – Adam_Schefter

Waiting on Donovan McNabb gives us something to do while we’re waiting on Brett Favre.

Sports Illustrated Soccer Columnist, Grant Wahl – GrantWahl

Wayne Rooney out 2-4 weeks w/ankle sprain. Could impact ManUtd in Prem/CL, but not England for WC. http://bit.ly/9sIbeJ

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Tuesday’s PM Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 23 March 2010 by Chris Bonetti

The Swinging Bunt

Joe Mauer, the $184M Man.  Must be pretty good to be a Minnesota Twins fan right now, like a spoiled rich-kid, I’ll say.  Not since the long distant days of Kirby Puckett and Kent Hrbeck have things been so good on the diamond in the Twin Cities.  As Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci points out, the Twins as an entire organization and the people of Minnesota as an entire fan-base will celebrate the two greatest moments in the club’s last 18 seasons in a span of 21 days.  Yesterday the American League’s Most Valuable Player, 3-time batting champ, and 2-time gold glove catcher Joe Mauer officially signed an 8-year $184 million contract to remain in the only place he’s ever lived and be cheered by the same fans who’ve watched him perform since he was in high school.  In exactly three weeks from that press conference, and just 20 days from now, downtown Minneapolis will unveil it’s brand new $522 million ballpark, Target Field, when the Twins host the Boston Red Sox, April 12th.  Man, pretty exciting stuff; like a 17-year old with a new driver’s license getting a Mercedes on Christmas morning!

OK, so two arguments I’ve heard against the deal: Mauer now takes up too much percentage of payroll, and thus Mauer won’t be able to be surrounded by enough talent to win a championship; and that Mauer overall is not a top-3 player in baseball, and thus unworthy of a $180M-plus price tag.  The latter is a debate for another time; come with all the numbers, VORP, WARP, RISP, and other Sabermetric Stats you want.  Simply put, Mauer’s the man!

Last season the Minnesota Twins spent about $65M on player salaries.  This season alone that number jumps over 30% to $95M, while the Twins already have $68M on the books for 2011.  In just this off-season alone the Twins went and re-signed, including Mauer, five of their own to long-term extensions.  Twins fans get used to seeing Mauer and Justin Morneau knocking in Denard Span for runs in support of starters Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn… because you’ll be seeing all those guys through at least the 2013 season.  Quite the nice foundation, I’ll say.  Folks, read between the lines!  It may sound crazy, but the Twins are just NOT the organization threatened by contraction less than a decade ago, the same way they’re not the Washington Senators anymore.  The Sports Business Journal projects that between different sportscape features such luxury seats, club seats, and Target Co’s naming rights, the Twins can expect at least a $50M increase in revenue next season.  In sharing the Metrodome sans modern amenities with the Vikings as co-tenants they could have never generated such a stream of income.  As Verducci points out, if the organization follows through on their philosophy of spending just over 50% of revenue on payroll, than the club can feasibly withstand a $110M payroll in the very near future without spending a penny more than their current ideology calls for.

I agree, when a franchise makes the decision to spend $184M on a single player, they cannot miss.  If Joe Mauer blows out his knee in August and never gets back to his All-World level catching, playing left field, DH-ing, whatever… than egg on Minnesota’s collective face.  However, as an organization, your fans’ best interest is just as important as the teams’ in certain circumstances – like this one.  The club needs their fans to go through the turn-styles, watch the games on T.V., buy the merchandise, etc… all for any type of countable revenue.  The Twins know that.  Please, they’re not dumb; again, case specific, the Twins realize they needed the fans’ hard-earned dollars totaling over $500M to get Target Field built in the first place!  Threatened by contraction, legislators and the public (granted some willingly or not in these types of votes) stepped up and made it pretty clear what they wanted… for the Twins to be a successful ball-club on the field, and for them to also be viable revenue generating resource for the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, as well.

Twins fans, team ownership, and their front office have all put their money on the line for Joe Mauer to stay in Minneapolis.  Is it a risk?  Sure… but ask anyone in Minneapolis, and I’ll bet they’ll tell you, Joe Mauer is their best bet.

Scanning the Blogosphere

WNST.net:  Jeremy Guthrie yields 2 runs over 5 innings; O’s fall to Marlins 5-2.

SI’s Photos: From 2006, “Cribs: Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer”

SI’s Michael Rosenberg points out, “The Big Ten may not look pretty, but conference produces winners.”

SI’s Andy Glockner gives his “Complete Sweet 16 Breakdown.”

The Bleacher Report ranks the “Top 10 Hottest Baseball Reporters.”

ESPN.com: Pat Forde looks at, “Tourney’s Early Winner and Losers.”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution: Columnist Mark Bradley wonders, “Paul Hewitt to St. Johns? The New York tabliods are abuzz.”

Video of the Day

Two for your viewing pleasure this evening.

First — “Hello! … Amare Stoudemire! Elevates and Detonates!  A devastating dunk here in Oakland.  Maybe the top dunk of his career, that was savage! … Holy Goodness!”

And second — “I know what good dancing looks like, I just hope I can do it!”

Tweets of the Day

ESPN NFL Insider, Adam Schefter – Adam_Schefter

RT @SpreadHDGFX someone better tell McNabb about the new OT rules … Hey, someone better tell all the players. Someone won’t realize.

NFL Network Insider, Jason LaCanfora – JasonLaCanfora

i luv the new OT changes. Hope we see it in regular season, too. incentives for going for the throat to end a game. Good stuff.

New York Times NFL Insider, Judy Battista – judybattista

Here we go: Rex Ryan said he would consider deferring the OT coin toss because he has so much confidence his defense could hold.

Bloomberg Television Sports Business/Media Reporter, Michele Steele – MicheleSteele

Nike sponsors 13 of the Sweet 16 teams; Adidas sponsors 3 that are still in it – Tenn, Baylor and St.Mary’s ; E and W regions all Nike now

–CBS College Basketball Analyst, Seth Davis – SethDavisHoops

Gotta love Samhan RT @OmarSamhan: I’m trying to win sweet 16 gm and have to be up till 2am finishing paper for class! Gotta love mid majors

–Newark Star Ledger Columnist Steve Politi — NJ_StevePoliti

College coaches amaze me. McCaffrey makes 800K at Siena and can win 20 a year rest of his life. He wants to mess with Seton Hall why?

–New York Times Best-Seller, ESPN Radio 1050 New York, Ian O’Connor – Ian_OConnor

great line by Letterman on the benefits of new health care: “It covers the Kansas Jayhawks’ choking”

–ESPN NFL Insider, Chris Mortensen – mortreport

If Ben gets charged, along with the other incident in which he wasn’t charged, his status as a two-time SB winning QB won’t get him a pass. mortreport Steelers are prepared to go with Dixon, if necessary; not ready to jettison Ben even though their concerns are real; Maybe Leftwich.

NFL Director of Media Relations, Michael Signora – NFLfootballinfo

Today’s USA Today snapshot: What is America’s favorite sport? Pro Football at 35%, followed by pro baseball, 16%.

SI NBA and Boxing Writer, Chris Minnix – ChrisMannixSI

700,000 PPV buys for Pacquiao-Clottey

— WNST Comcast Morning Show Producer, Glenn Clark – WNST

GMC: Sun reports #Magna auction called off, #Magna‘s parent company (MI Developments) will pay off creditors, own #Pimlico & #Laurel

— WNST Comcast Morning Show Host, Drew Forrester – WNST

Drew: Only in Maryland…people like #JeffSeder and #DavidCordish wanted to BUY the two race tracks with real cash and now they can’t.

— TheBigLead.com Editor, Jason McIntyre – TheBigLead

Preakness in B’More lost 35k fans last year due to infield rules. This year: Unlimited beer refills 4 infield partiers: http://is.gd/aUmx2

The Day’s Final Thought

The University of Oregon Athletics Department is, in every way shape and form, a program for the 21st century.

It’s got everything a potential stud student/athlete or sought after coach could ask for: a big-time conference affiliation in the Pac-10, recent success in both football and basketball, outstanding facilities – perhaps the best in the NCAA, and above all, they’ve got “The Swoosh.”

So why is Oregon, proud wearers of all shades green, proving to be kryptonite for a stable Athletics Director and a big-time basketball coach?  Despite a co-Pac-10 Championship and Rose Bowl appearance for the football team last season and a brand new $200 million basketball arena set to open next year, UO Athletics is facing more issues than ever.  Last year’s starting QB, Justin Masoli, has been suspended for the entire ’10 season after pleading guilty to burglary charges and last year’s star RB, LaMichael James, has been suspended for next year’s opener for pleading guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge.  And, of course, we remember LaGerrette Blount’s actions in Boise early last season.  On the hardwood, in Mike Bellotti’s final move as Athletics Director last week, UO alum Ernie Kent was dismissed after 13 seasons and two Elite 8 appearances after failing to meet “program” expectations.  Bellotti’s tenure at Oregon ended with his resignation last Friday after spending the last 20 years in Eugene serving as Offensive Coordinator and Head Coach of the football program and the last academic year as A.D.

Oregon currently has an Athletics Program with no leadership, but there is someone pulling its strings.

Perhaps as a true sign of the times, program decisions are not made without the consultation of its highest spending boosters, in UO’s case, Phil Knight, Oregon alumnus and Nike co-founder and Chairman.  Don’t get me wrong, without a doubt, its Knight’s Nike’s that have kept Oregon from being, well, Oregon State in terms of relevance in sports over the past 10-15+ years, but is it really healthy for major University decisions to be made only accounting for the self-interest of one person?  We’ll find out.

Let’s not be naive, Oregon isn’t the only place boosters have major, major influence over a program.  It goes on all over the country.  T. Boone Pickens, oil tycoon, has become synonymous with Oklahoma State University and the tremendous improvements in facilities for which his contributions are directly responsible.  And I’d guess Under Armour founder and former Terp Kevin Plank and Baltimore Ravens owner and Comcast Center regular Steve Bisciotti are on Debbie Yow’s speed dial at Maryland.

All I’m saying is that as we push forward in a new age of college athletics where the mighty dollar controls absolutely EVERYTHING… no matter whose it is… the University of Oregon’s upcoming personnel decisions will be an interesting case-study.

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"STEWPID" .... Comes To The World Of Twitter

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“STEWPID” …. Comes To The World Of Twitter

Posted on 07 October 2009 by Rex Snider

At 42 years old, I realize I’m starting to turn the pages on the subsequent chapters of my life. I’m nowhere near cashing in on my AARP privileges, but I’m starting to develop some tendencies that would indicate my tolerance for childish jocularity is waning …..

It’s not that I’m opposed to GOOD juvenile humor – I’ve got “Dumb & Dumber,” “The Waterboy” and “Old School” on my list of ALL-TIME CLASSICS. And, on a good night, I’ll leave a flaming bag of dog-poo on the neighbor’s step, without thinking twice.

I’m good with practical jokes and being umm ….. a smartass.

But, I do think there is a time and place.

To that extent, I’m not so sure our modern-day venues of communication – the instantaneous thoroughfares of public baring – are the places for ignorant or self-deprecating humor, especially if you’re not acting !!!!

Look at the way we communicate with each other on a daily basis. Then, look back at how we did it just five short years ago …..

Very few people sent TEXT MESSAGES …..

FACEBOOK FRIENDS – or enemies – did not exist …..

TWITTER was nothing more than a nerd’s dream …..

Today, most of us are heavily invested in one or more of these forms of communication. They’ve become our social means of collaborating with others.

The texting remains a simple means of messaging. However, Facebook and Twitter offer us the ability to devote some personality and character into a publicly shared setting. And, as with many things in life, some of us make potentially poor decisions in such excursions.

It’s funny when Jim Carrey makes a fool of himself in a movie. It’s also funny when Chris Rock stands in front of thousands and playfully dissects race. And, there is even a sadly funny tone to Dave Letterman’s confession of sex with co-workers – while poking fun of himself for being so selfish.

But, these episodes of laughter have some common traits – the actors are just that ….. ACTORS. It’s a public persona, of sorts. And, each actor is paid for their efforts. Even in Letterman’s case, he’s getting paid as he lays it out there.

Heck, they’re making more money than most of us can fathom.

Yet, the very public displays of humor, character or simply “screwing around” on Twitter and Facebook are much different. In fact, I think some people will ultimately damage their future reputations by what they’re currently doing or writing, on a daily basis.

And, they’re not even being paid for it.

Of course, I’m talking about pro athletes.

Yesterday, I read a pretty interesting article on the Baltimore Sun’s website. It regarded some Twitter posts by Bengals’ receiver, Chad Ochocinco (Johnson), and the Ravens’ Fabian Washington.

You Gotta Love This Guy – He’s Different !!!!

First, let me say I understand Twitter and its informal, lighthearted structure. I also realize an author has a limited amount of letters/numerals to work with …..

That said, upon reading Ochocinco’s and Washington’s “TWEETS,” I was left scratching my head. I wasn’t offended or disappointed, in any possible way. That would be ridiculously hypocritical, based on some of the things I’ve done.

However, I do look at both guys as being pretty juvenile for no purpose other than BEING PRETTY JUVENILE.

Does This Guy Really Crave Attention, Or Is He Misunderstood ???

The following conversation, between Ochocinco and Washington has been copied directly from the Sun’s article – they copied it directly from Twitter …..

Chad Ochocinco (OGOchoCinco) to Fabian Washington (FABEWASH31) at about 10:30 p.m. Monday night: “bruh you in trouble Sunday, you gone kiss da baby, this ain’t a threat it’s a promise. I’m shutting the front door on you!!!!!”

Ochocinco to Domonique Foxworth (Foxworth24): “cmon son, how you cover me with a last name like fox<—you ain’t Vivica son! It’s on Sunday,I’m not being cocky, i’m that good!”

Washington to Ochocinco: “trust me home boy it’s going down. Believe dat”

Ochocinco to Washington: “don’t do that, don’t talk back son, know yo competition son, this ain’t madden, you really hit to see me”

Ochocinco to Washington: “tell Vivica Foxworth he better just sit this game out!!!”

Washington to Ochocinco: “this water running up hill. Str8 pressure”

Ochocinco to Washington: “huh!!! Shut the front door!! You betta pray you got help every down, watch the clevland film, 2 man every down<—WTF!!!”

Washington to Ochocinco: “really if u watched the film u can c I had no help. But good night it’s past my bed time”

I don’t really care what Chad Ochocinco or Fabian Washington do with their time. And, I really don’t care if they damage or destroy their respective images. For the record, I don’t think the above “Tweets” are damaging to respective images, at all.

How Can You Possibly Damage This Image …..

But, I do wonder what inspires a grown man to write and act like a teenager.

I have a 13 year old daughter – the Ochocinco/Washington conversation honestly looks like something that would occur between some of her peers. And, that would be perfectly understandable. They’re kids.

If I’m acting like a prude, so be it. But, I don’t see the likes of Donovan McNabb, Wes Welker, Philip Rivers, Patrick Willis or Joe Flacco posting public messages that obliterate the English language.

And, yeah, they’re just a handful of guys who came to mind.

If the Ochocinco/Washington exchange was a private conversation, nobody would know about it. But, they posted their scripture of silliness for the world to see.

I’m certain this happens every day – between much more relevant personalities. But, it still doesn’t excuse their recklessness.

It’s a simple set of standards, and we all know the risks …..

You can go to a Fells Point bar, drink a few gallons of beer and act like a complete jackass, while walking a few blocks of Broadway. When it’s over, it’s likely over.

But, you can also logon to Twitter, while totally sober, and type some ill-advised messages. Once you hit “enter” it can be viewed by the suits in a Manhattan tower, as well as a few sherpas, taking a break at their base camp, in the Himalayas.

There is no taking it back …..

Look, I made “sum priddy stewpid mistakes wen I wuz 20sumtin 2 – but da world didn’t c it” ….. you know what I mean?

Unfortunately, Chad Ochocinco and Fabian Washington won’t have such a luxury. Perhaps, this is the price paid for celebrity.

This Guy Is A Celebrity …..

Better yet, it’s just the potential price paid for acting like a teenager on the internet.

The world is always watching …..

And, while I’m at it, please remember to follow WNST on Twitter. In fact, this blog will make it’s way there !!!!

Finally, I just want to take an opportunity to offer some hospitality, this weekend. The Cincinnati Bengals will be in town. If Chad is looking for something to do, he’s warmly welcome and invited to our home for dinner, on Saturday night. He can hangout with my daughter and her friends – they can TWITTER, TEXT AND FACEBOOK …. and play video games.

Note to Chad – just bring some popcorn !!!!

Oh, that’s right, wrong guy ……

The invitation is still open. We’d love to have you, Chad !!!!

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NFL 2009 Forecast

Posted on 12 September 2009 by Luke Jones

Alright, I’m a couple days late, so I guess I lose points much like a high school kid turning in a research paper two days late.  What can I say? I’m a procrastinator.

I had to take out my fearless prediction of Steelers safety Troy Polamalu going down with an injury on Opening Night, because no one would believe me.  Trust me, it was there. I’ve also included a random thought for each team, some of them serious and others not so serious.

AFC East:
1. New England – The Belichick kool-aid tastes like rancid milk, but I’m still drinking it.
2. Miami – Anyone else surprised at the lack of attention the biggest story of 2008 is receiving?
3. New York Jets – Rex Ryan is either a perfect fit for the Big Apple or a disaster waiting to happen.
4. Buffalo – T.O. will be looking for a payday after the season, so he’ll behave himself…and hate it.

AFC North
1. Baltimore – Ray Rice will be one of the breakout players of 2009, but Willis McGahee will also contribute.
*2. Pittsburgh – Ben Roethlisberger looks terrible early in the game but makes his money in the fourth quarter.
3. Cincinnati – A healthy Carson Palmer and an underrated defense makes this a dangerous team.
4. Cleveland – Anyone else get the feeling Eric Mangini will be Chris Palmer IV?

AFC South
1. Indianapolis – Dungy will be missed, but Peyton has always run the show.
*2. Tennessee – Can Kerry Collins keep it all together for another great season?
3. Houston – The sexy surprise pick by many prognosticators, but I don’t see it.
4. Jacksonville – No sellouts in 2009? A fine choice for NFL expansion over Baltimore and St. Louis in 1993.

AFC West
1. San Diego – This team is too talented to do anything but succeed, but we’re talking about Norv Turner.
2. Kansas City – Matt Cassel will find things don’t come as easily without the New England personnel around him.
3. Denver – Has a head coach ever needed less time to turn his team upside-down?
4. Oakland – I didn’t know the Orioles played football!

NFC East
1. Philadelphia – What happens if McNabb goes down and Vick lights it up in the City of Brotherly Love?
*2. New York Giants – Regardless of what they say, this team will still miss Plaxico Burress.
3. Dallas – You think T.O.’s bloated ego would have hit the new video board too?
4. Washington – Another sterling year in the NFC East for the burgundy and gold.

NFC North
1. Green Bay – Aaron Rodgers will make Packers fans happy that Favre is no longer the quarterback.
2. Chicago – Lovie Smith needs to have a big season after the Bears’ surrendered two first-round picks for the franchise quarterback.
3. Minnesota – “I’m not going to lie to you. I’m not physically or mentally 100%.” Aren’t you glad he’s finally on your side, Vikings fans?
4. Detroit – Jim Schwartz is a great choice to rebuild this team, but asking for more than 3 or 4 wins would be a stretch.

NFC South
1. Atlanta – How good can Matt Ryan be in this league?
*2. New Orleans – Drew Brees is too good to find himself out of the postseason again, right?
3. Carolina – I’m no longer a believer in Jake Delhomme…or the defense.
4. Tampa Bay – With Derrick Brooks and company gone, it’s tough to recognize this team anymore.

NFC West
1. Arizona – Will the Cardinals avoid the Super Bowl loser jinx? They will in this division.
2. San Francisco – It’s great seeing Vernon Davis back in the good graces of the head coach, but now he’s a captain?
3. Seattle – I know Matt Hasselbeck is healthy, but does anyone really like Jim Mora as a head coach?
4. St. Louis – It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since the original “Greatest Show on Turf.” It feels even longer for Rams fans.

* = Wild Card

Wild Card Round:
Pittsburgh over Indianapolis
San Diego over Tennessee
Atlanta over New Orleans
NY Giants over Arizona

Divisional Round:
Baltimore over Pittsburgh
New England over San Diego
Atlanta over Philadelphia
Green Bay over NY Giants

AFC Championship:
New England over Baltimore

NFC Championship:
Green Bay over Atlanta

Super Bowl XLIV:
New England over Green Bay

MVP: Tom Brady
Defensive Player of the Year: DeMarcus Ware
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Knowshon Moreno
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Brian Orakpo
Coach of the Year: Andy Reid

Check back in January—or even four weeks from now—for a great laugh.

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Lunch With A Philly Fan ….

Posted on 22 January 2009 by Rex Snider

I’ll admit, for years I’ve been buying the storied reputation of the typical PHILLY FAN.  You know, the foul-mouthed, hometeam heckling, battery chucking, Santa hating neighbors to our immediate north? 

In my 41 years on this earth, I’ve been to Philadelphia once ….. and I never left the train.  I can’t give you a vivid recollection of the Spectrum or Veterans Stadium.  And, to date, I’ve missed out on the ‘Linc and Citizens Bank Park. 

There really isn’t a good excuse ….. I’m an American League guy and I’ve always been indifferent about the Eagles and Phillies.  And, yes, I’ve allowed the feared warning about dealing with the passionate fan base to discourage me from ever considering a trip up I95. 

To a point, many of my uninformed feelings changed over just one meal.  A couple days ago, I settled in for a mid-winter lunch with a lifelong Philly guy.  And, I’m not talking about a snot-nose kid who considers Allen Iverson “old school.” 

Nope, I met OLD SCHOOL ….. and I liked it.  As we sat in MaGerks and ate some pretty tasty food, while loosely monitoring the inaugural activities, I absorbed every subject, from the Ravens – to cancer research – to the Phillies – to Barack Obama ….. and finally, to the famed “Wing Bowl,” which is evidently a Philly tradition. 

My source of information and recollection is named “Earl,” and in just an hour’s time, he diffused my uneducated opinion of Philadelphia’s faithful.  To hear some known personalities and fans say it, the only good things to come out of Philly is the “whiz” on cheesesteaks, the O’Jays and several dollars – according to the stamp. 

In chatting up Earl, I learned Philadelphians are really no different than us ….. they battle cancer and other diseases, they love their sports teams and they truly want what’s best for our nation.  Of course, we talked about Obama ….. he was plastered on the 47 tv’s throughout the joint.  Earl’s message ….. “I just want him to fix it.” 

Throughout our conversation, I learned Andy Reid is not Earl’s guy – not a chance.  Yet, he likes Donovan McNabb.  As for Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie – Earl said, he doesn’t even live in Philly !!!!  Can you imagine that? 

I also learned that Philly people don’t dislike Baltimore, which really confused me after attending the Ravens/Eagles game, earlier this season.  Remember that affair ….. about 5,000 hooligans in Eagles jerseys, acting like a hybrid breed of Dingoes and Gremlins. 

I didn’t relate my recent Eagles experience to Earl, but I sensed it could’ve been an isolated incident.  After all, it’s not as if we don’t have 5 – 10 – or 20,000 asshats, in Baltimore.  If you doubt me, just try wearing a Steelers jersey while walking down Ostend Street, on gameday.  You’d think the dude was wearing bombs ….. 

In Earl, I found a guy who’s grown to like the Ravens, since he’s been in Baltimore.  He likes Joe Flacco and the new direction of the team.  Who could argue with that?  I certainly expected the likelihood of a little trash-talk, when the Ravens came up. 

I never did get that “typical Philly feeling” I’ve been warned about for years and years.  Thus, I’m inclined to ask if Earl is the consummate Philly fan or simply a lucky, rare find?  I guess I won’t really know until I meet more of them. 

But, I’m glad I met Earl ….. and I didn’t pay for lunch, either.

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2008 Ravens Top 20 Moments: Nos. 10-6

Posted on 21 January 2009 by Alex Thomas

Let’s hop right into the top 10 moments of the 2008 Ravens season. Which of these moments are in your top ten? I’d love to hear from the readers as we finish this thing up.

You can read moments 20-16 by clicking here.

You can read moments 15-11 by clicking here.

10. Wild Card Win vs. Dolphins – The rematch at Dolphins Stadium…well, pretty much went like the first game. Led by their defense, the Ravens beat Miami in the Wild Card round of the playoffs to advance to the divisional round. Ed Reed broke a 3-3 tie in the second quarter with an impressive 64 yard interception return for a touchdown. He added another pick late in the game as the Dolphins were driving down the field which all but sealed the game for the Ravens. Reed and Co. forced five turnovers by Comeback Player of the Year QB Chad Pennigton–the Dolphins had only turned the ball over thirteen times total in the regular season. Most of us thought that it was a foregone conclusion that the Ravens would emerge victorious, which is why this moment didn’t break into the top five.

9. Cry Eagles Cry – The Ravens lambasted the visiting Eagles in week 12 36-7, highlighted by 24 fourth quarter points that left Eagles fans boiling mad. Of course, this was the game where the infamous benching of underappreciated quarterback Donovan McNabb occurred. After this game, the outcry in Philadelphia could be heard in Elkton. There were hateful calls to local radio stations, where Eagles fans attacked Andy Reid, Donovan McNabb, and the Eagles defense. Although the sack-happy Eagles got to Joe Flacco three times, Flacco still managed to throw two touchdown passes and didn’t turn the ball over. Le’Ron McClain had a big day, rushing 18 times for 88 yards and a touchdown. But the lasting memory from this game was the sweet, sweet sound of crying Eagles fans. What made it even sweeter was the fact that the Ravens were the reason for their sorrows.

8. Mason Mans Up – The win in Dallas was special for many reasons, and one of those reasons was the play of Derrick Mason. Still battling a dislocated shoulder that had plagued him since the Texans game, Mason played the entire game with one arm. Despite not being able to lift his arm above his shoulder, he recovered a Le’Ron McClain fumble that kept a drive alive and eventually led to a touchdown pass that would be caught by…guess who? Mason’s ability to perform so well with such a painful injury was one of the main reasons that Baltimore picked up a key win in Dallas. Mason put on one of the grittiest performances in the history of the NFL, as he had to come out of the game several times to get work done on his shoulder. And it’s strange to say that about a wide receiver, which is a position that is usually occupied by divas and cry babies.

7. Sunday Night Smackdown – The Ravens beat up on the Redskins on national television back in week 14 by a score of 24-10. Ray Lewis and the staunch Ravens rush defense held Clinton Portis to just 30 yards on the ground and forced two Jason Campbell interceptions and a Portis fumble. Ed Reed ripped the ball away from Portis, scooped it up, and returned it for a touchdown. I’m sure we all remember #20 back-peddling into the end zone after bouncing off several poor tackling attempts by the burgundy and gold. The Ravens rushing attack rolled over the Redskins, amassing 147 yards on the ground against an overrated Redskin rush defense. Le’Ron McClain led the way with 61 rushing yards and a touchdown. Hail!

6. Flacco’s Opening Day TD Run – Who would have thought that Joe Flacco’s first professional touchdown would be made with his legs and not his arm? Well Bazooka Joe shocked the purple faithful on opening day by scampering 38 yards down the sideline, and aided by some good down field blocking, dove for the endzone to give the Ravens a 17-3 lead. His numbers that day weren’t spectacular by any stretch (15/29 for 129 yards), but he didn’t turn the ball over and looked calm and poised in the pocket. It was too early to know for sure, but after week 1 there was definitely a buzz around Baltimore. “Maybe this kid from Delaware is for real.” 

Check back later for the final five.

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Blog & Tackle: Championship game predictions

Posted on 18 January 2009 by Chris Pika

Here is my quick take on how the two conference title games will play out today.

NFC Championship (Philadelphia at Arizona): Philadelphia has become a better team since RB Brian Westbrook came back from his injury. QB Donovan McNabb has been excellent in the playoffs so far, and the Eagles defense will blitz on any down and distance. Arizona suddenly discovered a run defense it did not have during the regular season, and QB Kurt Warner is one of the best against the blitz. The Cardinals stop Westbrook and force the Eagles into a shootout. Prediction: Arizona 27, Philadelphia 24.

AFC Championship (Baltimore at Pittsburgh): All of the reasons the Ravens won’t win in Pittsburgh (too banged up, too many weeks playing in a row, can’t solve the Steelers’ offense) have all been laid on the table by the national media. Why the Ravens will win today? Because the defense slows down RB Willie Parker and forces QB Ben Roethlisberger out of the pocket and into mistakes when Pittsburgh has the ball. The less you hear Hines Ward’s name called, the better the Ravens’ chances. The Baltimore run game has to get big chunks early to keep the offense out of third-and-long situations. Has Joe Flacco seen enough of what the Steelers did to him in the first two matchups to figure out the coverages? This will be a game very similar to last week against Tennessee, and I see the same score. Prediction: Baltimore 13, Pittsburgh 10.

Last week’s record: 3-1. Total for the playoffs: 5-3.

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Ravens & Redskins Are MILLIONS Of Miles Apart …..

Posted on 15 January 2009 by Rex Snider

On a good day, a typical motorist can drive from the Baltimore Ravens team headquarters to Redskins Park in about 90 minutes, right?  After all, it’s a straight shot down I95, to the DC Beltway.


A mere 80 miles separates these two facilities.  However, they might as well be on opposite sides of the earth, because the product being produced at each facility shares no respective similarities.


In fairness, I’m going to concede I’ve never been to Redskins Park.  And, my trips to Winning Drive have been limited.  Yet, I’ve heard and read enough to know these two buildings are governed with differing paths ….. while they both hope to find the same destination.


I’ve never had an “all-access” privilege to the Ravens complex.  But, I’ve heard Casey Willett, Drew Forrester and others rave about the professionalism and decorum exhibited, daily, inside this building.


Do you recall Drew’s recent take regarding the overwhelming courtesy displayed by Ravens staff and employees?  I have been in management, and I know this behavior is learned ….. from the top.  And, it’s expected as a standard.


Maybe Redskins employees act in a similar way.  I don’t know.  But, I do know there aren’t as many of them roaming the halls of Redskins Park, these days.  And, I’d bet this is just the tip of the iceberg – when drawing differences between the two teams.


In Ashburn, they’re laying-off employees, to include those committed to player development.  In Owings Mills, I’d bet they’re further enhancing the same staffs ….. especially, those committed to the future of the franchise.


In this era of the NFL, how does a team eliminate its Director of Player Development?  Forget the scouting bit ….. but why would you forsake the guy who oversees players making that transition from college to the pro game?


It doesn’t take a shrewd thinker to realize the luxuries of an NFL player’s life are also riddled with thornbushes and traps.  Just look at the names ….. PacMan Jones, Chris Henry, Tank Johnson, Antonio Bryant, Santonio Holmes, Ricky Manning, Maurice Jones-Drew, Ben Roethlisberger, Kellen Winslow and ….. should I go on?


There are also players who come from troubled backgrounds and have experienced legal consequences, in college.  Yep, for every Joe Flacco, Tom Brady and Donovan McNabb, there’s a Christian Peter out there.  And, for every Mark Clayton, Greg Olson and Steve Slaton, there’s a Peter Warrick coming through the system.


To be honest, it seems like NFL teams should be adapt at ensuring a staff aimed at helping young men to make good decisions is fully realized.  Would you be surprised to see some Redskins make bad, personal choices over the next couple years.  And, if they do, who’s gonna counsel them ….. Danny Snyder ???


There is also the consideration of an array of additional support staff being laid off by the Redskins.  According to published reports, the ‘Skins had a bad revenue year.  Really ???  They SOLD OUT every freakin’ game.


And, the employees let go were forced to sign CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENTS to ensure their severance packages.  Such measures are not taken to protect an employers integrity ….. it’s just a bullish way of guaranteeing severed personnel don’t start coughing up the TRUTH.


You see, the Redskins and Ravens are nothing alike ….. on the field or off it.  Lets make this as painless, as possible.  Redskins fans – just buy a purple jersey and embrace your neighbors to the north.  There is plenty of room for you.


And, don’t think it’s gonna get better.  Take it from US ….. in April, we start following Baltimore’s version of dysfunction and despair.  It’s Hell – get out now !!!!  

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Blog & Tackle: Sunday Divisional predictions

Posted on 11 January 2009 by Chris Pika

Two down, two to go in the NFL Divisional Playoffs. Let’s take a look at Sunday’s action to see who might join the Ravens and the Cardinals in the conference title games next Sunday.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants: Bitter division rivals get together for the third time this season. The Eagles were the most dangerous team in the final month of the season, getting some help to make the playoffs. Donovan McNabb, who was benched in Baltimore, found his fire again. And more importantly, his teammates realized that McNabb represented their best chance to win. Also, the return of Brian Westbrook helped take some pressure off McNabb. The Giants did not have a Super Bowl hangover in 2008, as Tom Coughlin kept his group on an edge most of the season. But the loss of Plaxico Burress to stupidity, has taken the Giants from the designation as the best team in football for most of the ’08 season to one that seems vulnerable.

The weather will be cold, and wind could be a factor. Both teams play in these types of conditions regularly, so there is no edge to be gained. The big question is whether the Eagles run defense can stop the Giants’ “Earth, Wind and Fire” group, and can Eli Manning find a bit of the postseason magic of a year ago. I think the Eagles’ defense finds a way in a slugfest. Prediction: Philadelphia 21, New York 17.

San Diego at Pittsburgh: All of Baltimore will tune in for this one as the Ravens find out where they are heading next Sunday to play for the AFC title. In reality, the Chargers have played five consecutive “playoff” games as they needed to win the last four to qualify, and they beat the Colts in a great game last week. The Steelers’ defense is as good as any in the NFL. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is still recovering from a concussion suffered in the final regular season game. How well he plays will determine if the Steelers advance. This will be a battle of defenses against two solid runners: the Steelers’ Willie Parker and the Chargers’ Darren Sproles. Back on Nov. 16, Pittsburgh won 11-10 without benefit of an offensive touchdown. The Chargers are playing with a lot of confidence, and if a couple of early breaks go San Diego’s way, there might not be much towel waving in Heinz Field.

Pittsburgh needs to control the clock with its ground game early, and force Chargers QB Philip Rivers into throwing the ball toward the Steelers’ talented defensive backs. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Chargers win, especially if Roethlisberger struggles and San Diego punter Mike Scifres can consistently pin the Steelers back like he did to Indianapolis. But, I think the weather and field conditions play havoc with the Chargers too much. Prediction: Pittsburgh 17, San Diego 10.

Something to think about: If the Chargers win, two of the teams in their respective conference title games will come from the two worst NFL divisions in 2008: The AFC West and NFC West.

(NOTE: Yesterday, I went 1-1 — got the Ravens, and missed on the surprising Cardinals; officially, I’m 3-3 going into today’s two games. Should be great football again today.)

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