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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 will get you “ice’d”

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 will get you “ice’d”

Posted on 21 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

We’ve been doing this for nearly four months now. I think you know how it works.

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. We’re having some fun with our own Sweet 16 by tackling some “water cooler” topics that we’ve discussed during the course of the WNST era.

Oddly enough, this is the 16th week in our 16th year and we’re tackling our 16th topic. Also odd? My favorite actress is Molly Ringwald! Would you believe that?

If you missed any of our first 15 topics, here’s a look back.

(The “Sweet 16″ is driven by our friends at Jerry’s Automotive-Jerry’s Chevrolet & Jerry’s Toyota Scion!)

Week 15: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 games we’ve been treated to
Week 14: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 Masters moments of the last 30 years
Week 13: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 greatest pro wrestling moments in Baltimore history
Week 12: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports goofballs/personalities
Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

So we have to admit this didn’t really play out the way we had hoped it would up to this point. You see, when we cooked up these #WNSTSweet16 ideas we thought the Washington Capitals would be in the throws of a first round matchup in the NHL Playoffs. I mean, it’s been seven years since this has happened and all. We were pretty confident that hockey would be fresh on the minds of a number of Baltimore sports fans.

So can we just pretend like that actually happened? It will make this list a bit more relevant.

The NHL Playoffs have been GREAT thus far, with many overtimes allowing fans additional time to figure out where CNBC is on their cable package. Despite the Caps falling short of the postseason, this week’s list has a hockey twist.

Drew Forrester takes the reigns again for the #WNSTSweet16 this week, recognizing the Sweet 16 “Greatest Players in Washington Capitals history.”

You don’t necessarily HAVE to be a Caps fan to be able to get in on the fun-you simply have to have an opinion.

How does the team’s current MVP (Alex Ovechkin) rate against some of the franchise’s best ever-like Dale Hunter, Rod Langway, Yvon Labre or Mike Gartner? Where does Peter Bondra fall on this list? What about goaltenders like Olaf Kolzig or Jim Carey? Who else from the Ovechkin-era Capitals needs to be a part of the sixteen? Nicklas Backstrom? Mike Green? Alex Semin?

Drew cares about this type of stuff as much as anyone I know but he needs your help. As always, we’re not just trying to make Drew’s list, we’re trying to make something as close to an “official” list as we’re capable of.

Drew wants your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email him via drew@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Drew will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Luke on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday on “The Happy Hours” with Nestor Aparicio.

Consider this one final opportunity to enjoy Caps hockey for the season. And considering how things went, this will probably end up being much more enjoyable than anything else that happened during the course of the year. (As Drew and Ian Eagle might say: “It’s not a low blow, it’s just a fact.”)

This is your chance to make your voice heard. Who are the greatest players in the history of the Washington Capitals? Let Drew know!

-G

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 1-9)

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 1-9)

Posted on 11 April 2014 by Luke Jones

During the 2014 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will provide the “9-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, evaluating the club in nine-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next nine games on the schedule.

To hear the full explanation of the inaugural “Orioles 9-Game Scorecard” during Friday’s show, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 4-5 mark?
Drew: Better
Luke: Worse

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Matt Wieters; LVP – Ubaldo Jimenez
Luke: MVP – Matt Wieters; LVP – Ryan Flaherty

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: Chris Davis not having a single home run so far
Luke: The impressive performance of Zach Britton out of the bullpen

4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch
Drew: Tommy Hunter hasn’t experienced any failures in the closer role yet
Luke: Managing a series win in the Bronx to conclude a 3-3 road trip with Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy missing so much time

5. Nine games from now…
Drew: Ubaldo Jimenez will still be struggling
Luke: Ubaldo Jimenez will have two wins under his belt

6. Record in the next nine games
(three with Toronto, three with Tampa Bay, three at Boston)
Drew: 5-4
Luke: 6-3

7. Stock rising/falling over the next 10 games
Drew: Rising – David Lough; Falling – Nick Markakis
Luke: Rising – Chris Davis; Falling – Matt Wieters

8. Grading Buck Showalter in the first 10 games
Drew: B-
Luke: B-

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 sets up to be “Master-ful”

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 sets up to be “Master-ful”

Posted on 07 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

2014 marks our 16th year serving the community as Baltimore’s sports media leader. But you already knew that because you threw us that AMAZING quinceanera last August. By the way, I feel as though I haven’t fully explained just how amazing that waltz was that you did with your parents at the event. It was beautiful.

Believe it or not, there are a few people who actually weren’t aware we’re celebrating year sixteen at WNST. To mark our 16th year, we’ve been looking over some of the more significant “water cooler” topics of the WNST era and trying to settle the arguments using a group of lists we’ve called the #WNSTSweet16. There have already been 13 weeks and 13 lists, here’s a look back if you missed any of them.

(The “Sweet 16″ is driven by our friends at Jerry’s Automotive-Jerry’s Chevrolet & Jerry’s Toyota Scion!)

Week 13: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 greatest pro wrestling moments in Baltimore history
Week 12: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports goofballs/personalities
Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

Drew Forrester is back in the driver’s seat for this week’s list. It’s with that in mind that I should mention I’ll be joining Luke Jones on the D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction this coming Wednesday morning?

Where’s Drew going to be? Well…where do you think? I’ll give you a hint, there may be a pimento and cheese sandwich in his immediate future.

That’s right, Drew is headed to Augusta to take in the final practice round at The Masters. At least that’s what he tells us. I think we all know well enough to know he’s really going to Augusta to follow Jim Nantz around all day and discuss wines together. (He’ll be back Thursday morning and then presumably glued to his television for the rest of the weekend.)

With Drew’s trip in mind, this week’s Sweet 16 list steps outside of Charm City and to the place where the azaleas are always in bloom. This week’s topic is “Sweet 16 Masters moments of the last 30 years”.

I think we all know at least a few of the moments that will make Drew’s list. Tiger Woods’ dominant win in 1997 to claim his first major title seems like a pretty safe bet to crack the compilation. Jack Nicklaus’ stunning 1986 triumph comes in just under the wire to be eligible for the list. Bubba Watson’s hook shot just a couple of years back could likely end up being the most recent moment on the list and that Eldrick fella also made a pretty significant chip shot in 2005 that I’d have to imagine would be a consideration.

What else makes the list? Victories from Adam Scott or Angel Cabrera? A certain well known Greg Norman collapse? I’m glad Drew is handling this one because…well…we all know this probably wouldn’t go well if I was left in charge. In fact, in case I forget to mention it Wednesday morning when I’m in for Drew-I’m going to let it be known now that my pick to win this weekend in Augusta is Chi Chi Rodriguez. It’s bound to work out at some point.

Drew wants your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email him via drew@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Drew will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Luke on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday with Nestor Aparicio on “The Happy Hours”.

Which memories of green jackets, the Butler cabin and Flowering Crab Apples have stood out the most for you over the course of the last three decades? Make your voice heard!

-G

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction 2014 MLB Predictions

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction 2014 MLB Predictions

Posted on 28 March 2014 by Luke Jones

With the Orioles scheduled to begin the 2014 season on Monday, The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction offered its Major League Baseball predictions on Friday morning.

For a full breakdown of what Drew Forrester and Luke Jones had to say, click HERE.

LUKE JONES

AL East
Tampa Bay 93-69
*Boston 92-70
*Baltimore 90-72
New York 83-79
Toronto 74-88

AL Central
Detroit
Kansas City
Cleveland
Minnesota
Chicago

AL West
Texas
Oakland
Los Angeles
Seattle
Houston

NL East
Washington
Atlanta
Philadelphia
New York
Miami

NL Central
St. Louis
*Pittsburgh
Cincinnati
Milwaukee
Chicago

NL West
Los Angeles
*San Francisco
Arizona
San Diego
Colorado

* = Wild Card berth

AL MVP: OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles
NL MVP: C Yadier Molina, St. Louis
AL Cy Young: David Price, Tampa Bay
NL Cy Young: Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco
AL Rookie of the Year: SS Xander Bogaerts, Boston
NL Rookie of the Year: OF Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati

ALCS: Detroit over Tampa Bay
NLCS: Los Angeles over Washington
World Series: Los Angeles over Detroit, 4-2

See Drew Forrester’s predictions on the next page >>>>>

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Tuesday Top 7 things that need to happen for the Orioles to contend

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Tuesday Top 7 things that need to happen for the Orioles to contend

Posted on 18 March 2014 by Luke Jones

In honor of the start of the 2014 season being less than two weeks away, The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction used this week’s Tuesday Top 7 to ponder what exactly needs to go right for the Orioles to seriously contend for their first American League East crown since 1997.

Obvious notions such as staying healthy were assumed, but Luke Jones and Drew Forrester each tackled their own list of items that need to take place for Baltimore to not only earn its third consecutive winning season for the first time since 1992 through 1994 but to return to the postseason.

To hear Jones’ full explanation, listen HERE. You can listen to Forrester’s analysis HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 …

7) David Lough needs to be an upgrade over Nate McLouth in left field.
Lough

The Orioles have raved about Lough’s defense in left field, but the former Kansas City Royal would go a long way toward keeping Nelson Cruz at the designated hitter spot if he can best McLouth’s .209 average against left-handed pitching and .729 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) overall from the 2013 season.

6) Chris Davis still needs to hit 40-plus home runs.
Davis

Expecting Davis to hit 53 home runs again is setting yourself up for disappointment, but the slugging first baseman needs to remain one of the most feared hitters in baseball and an MVP candidate if the Orioles want to compete to have the best lineup in the American League.

5) Nick Markakis needs to put up 2012-like numbers over the entire season.
Markakis

Because two freak hand injuries limited Markakis to 104 games, people forget just how productive he was in 2012 with an .834 OPS — his highest mark since 2008 — and 44 extra-base hits in 471 plate appearances, numbers the 30-year-old would like to rediscover after bulking up this winter to bounce back from the worst season of his career.

4) Another starting pitcher needs to make a Tillman-like leap in 2014.
Gausman

Whether it’s an incumbent starter such as Wei-Yin Chen or Bud Norris or someone not projected to be in the Opening Day rotation like Zach Britton or Kevin Gausman, the Orioles need another hurler to find a higher gear to help push the starting pitching into the top half of the American League, sparing the bullpen in the process.

3) Tommy Hunter and Darren O’Day need to be better against left-handed hitters.
Hunter

Left-handers hit .294 with 11 home runs against the new Orioles closer in 2013 while setup man Darren O’Day saw southpaws hit .309 against him, numbers that must improve if manager Buck Showalter wants to not only protect late-inning leads but keep his bullpen viable through September and beyond.

2) Ubaldo Jimenez needs to live up to the billing after receiving a $50 million contract.
Jimenez

Projecting Jimenez to match his 2013 earned run average of 3.30 in the AL East would be asking a lot, but the Orioles need the 30-year-old right-hander to keep his ERA south of 3.80 to not only justify the financial investment but to quell annual concerns that the rotation is made up of too many fourth and fifth starters.

1) Manny Machado needs to be himself whenever he returns to action.
Machado

It doesn’t matter that the All-Star third baseman is all but certain not to be ready by Opening Day, but when he does return, the Orioles need Machado to be the player he was prior to the knee injury as he’s their best all-around asset and still has plenty of room for improvement at the tender age of 21.

CONTINUE TO NEXT PAGE FOR DREW FORRESTER’S TOP 7 >>>>>

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Ahead of Madness, #WNSTSweet16 tackles Baltimore’s greatest college hoopsters

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Ahead of Madness, #WNSTSweet16 tackles Baltimore’s greatest college hoopsters

Posted on 02 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Perhaps you haven’t heard that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. What’s that? You haven’t?

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already six lists into the year, here’s a look back on them if you’ve missed any.

Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

We’re into Week 9 and Drew Forrester is once again responsible for this week’s Sweet 16 list, which is a bit more defined than some of the lists we’ve tried in recent weeks. We’re on the cusp of March Madness here in Charm City. Two local college hoops teams (Towson and Morgan State) have legitimate chances to make the NCAA Tournament-one Tournament bid will be determined here in Baltimore in eight days when the CAA Tournament Championship is decided at Baltimore Arena.

We’ve discussed the Terps once already here in the Sweet 16, and considering their effort against Clemson Sunday it’s probably not worth discussing them again in the future. Instead, let’s focus in on the five most direct area teams.

This week’s topic is “The Sweet 16 Greatest Baltimore College Basketball Players”. There is an important distinction to be made here. The list is NOT for the greatest college hoops players to have been born in Baltimore, but instead for the greatest players to have played in Baltimore-at either Towson, UMBC, Morgan State, Coppin State or Loyola. (I’ll allow Drew’s discretion if he thinks players from lower level schools like Johns Hopkins or Stevenson should be considered as well.)

If the player also just so happens to have been from Baltimore originally (like former Morgan State star Reggie Holmes or former Towson standout Kurk Lee), so be it. Both are going to be in the argument to be near the top of this list. As is former UMBC standout Jay Greene, who lead the school to their only ever NCAA Tournament appearance. “The Human Eraser” Marvin Webster is probably the most accomplished NBA player to have played at a Baltimore school-he has to be considered near the top of the list. Tracy Bergan helped the Loyola Greyhounds make their first ever trip to “The Big Dance”, he would have to be considered. Perhaps even likely two-time CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon will be near the top as he tries to lead Towson back to the postseason in the waning stages of his college career.

The fun part about this list for me is that I legitimately don’t know who will end up being number one-which hasn’t always been the case early on this year. I can make an argument for a few of those guys. It will also be interesting to see how Drew measures the stats a player compiled versus the accomplishments or winning games/conference titles/reaching the NCAA Tournament.

Who do you think deserves to be on the list? Who should be at the top?

We want your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email Drew via drew@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Drew will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Luke Jones on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. Drew will then re-visit the list with me at 4pm Tuesday on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Toyota Scion”.

Who was the greatest player you ever saw at a Baltimore-area college? I’ll save you the trouble in trying to do shtick and let you know I don’t think Tamir Goodman is going to end up making the list.

But who else?

-G

 

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Tigers Looking to Finish Strong As CAA Tourney Nears

Posted on 14 February 2014 by Robert Canady

The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) consists of nine teams from Charleston, SC to Boston, MA.     Each one of those cities has been pounded by winter storm PAX this week, throwing  travel plans into chaos, postponing games and having everyone think about warmer times ahead.

Hopefully those warmer times will begin the first weekend in March as all nine teams travel to Baltimore for the CAA conference tournament, but more on that later, we still have half of February left…sigh!!

This morning during the Towson Basketball Report on WNST.NET, I was asked by morning host Drew Forrester what Towson (16-9, 7-3 CAA) needs to do in its last six games to be ready for the tournament.  He prefaced this by saying this year’s tournament is what Towson has been building toward for two years, given they were ineligible last year, are stacked with seniors and were picked as the Preseason No. 1 team by the CAA Media, SIDS and Coaches.

Pat Skerry Has Tigers Playing Solid Defense-courtsey of Towson Athletics

I avoided the simple answer of saying, win its last 6 games and take their chances that a 13-3 league record would be good enough for the No. 1 seed. However, even that might be a stretch as the University of Delaware currently sits atop the CAA with an unblemished 11-0 record in league play, and posses the league’s most potent offensive attack.

Instead, what I said is simply Towson needs to avoid the trap it sometimes finds itself falling into.  And that’s forgetting to run the offense and settling for quick outside shots, many times hoisting up three-point attempts soon after crossing half court.  In its three league losses,  Towson has shot an unimpressive 35% from the field.  In two of those losses, (Northeastern 26% and Delaware 24% from the field) the damage was done in the first half.  In both those games the Tigers had double digit deficits at halftime.   As a matter of fact Towson has trailed by an average of 13 points at the half in the three losses.   Conversely in the seven wins, the Tigers have led by an average of 5 points at intermission.

Head Coach Pat Skerry has said since he arrived at Towson three years ago, that they need to do two primary things to win, that is play good defense and rebound.   Towson sits atop the CAA Statistical rankings  in both those areas.   For the season teams are only shooting .39% against them currently good enough for 22nd in the county, and Towson has not allowed any team to shoot better than 43% in any game since North Dakota State, a span of 13 games.   The Tigers have been just as impressive controlling the boards with a league best +6.1 rebounds per game margin.

So where the Tigers have struggled is in games where they have an off night shooting the ball.  I say off nights, due to the fact that Towson actually is second in the league in field goal shooting percentage at 44.8%.  However, in its most recent loss to UNC-Wilmington—a game that had been postponed from an earlier date due to an ice storm, this time  the game was played before the storms rolled in—Towson shot only 34.5% overall and 15% from three-point range.

Senior Benimon has 16 double/doubles this year tied for 1st in the country-Courtsey of Towson Athletics

In the losses to Delaware and Northeastern, the starting backcourt of Mike Burwell and Four McGlynn struggled to a combined 2-12 shooting effort.  However, they both bounced back the next two games going a combined 11-18 from the field.   In both those game outsides shots came as a result of first penetrating inside with the ball and then kicking it back out for a better look.

In speaking about the patient offense shown in those games,  Skerry said afterward that it was due to the seniors knowing what needed to be done.   For at least one night down in Wilmington the Tigers and the seniors forgot that recipe of success.

The CAA season has two weeks and six games left for the Tigers.  The stretch run begins on Saturday as they travel a couple hours down the road to Williamsburg and face William & Mary (15-8, 7-3 CAA) which is currently tied with Towson for second place in the CAA.   In a bit of a scheduling quirk, this will be the first game of the year between the Tigers and the Pride, yet Towson has already completed league play against, Drexel and Wilmington.  Towson will spend the majority of the next two weeks on the road, as they finish with only two home games at SECU Arena among the final six games.

Sophomore Tamajh Parker-Rivera Tigers Best Defensive Player according to Skerry-Courtsey Towson Athletics

The William & Mary game is important for a couple reasons.  Primarily, Towson would like to put the Monday night loss behind them with a solid win heading into Monday night’s home game with Delaware.  Since Towson last saw the Blue Hens they have had two starters suspended until March 1st for a violation of team rules.  A suspension that occurred two days after a Blue Hens win over Towson on January 25th.  One of those starters was Jarvis Threatt, who leads the league in steals and assists.  Delaware often plays full court pressure defense and Threatt was the key to that press.    However, the loss of Threatt and forward Marvin King Davis has not slowed the Blue Hens as they have won five straight without the duo.

In addition to getting back on the winning track, a win over the Tribe would put Towson in control of second place in the CAA.   A finish of second place in the league, would put the Tigers in the opposite bracket of the Blue Hens when the CAA teams storm into what is hoped to be balmy (well at least an unfrozen) Baltimore in three weeks.

 

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#WNSTSweet16 remembers those who broke our hearts ahead of Valentine’s Day

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#WNSTSweet16 remembers those who broke our hearts ahead of Valentine’s Day

Posted on 09 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Perhaps you haven’t heard that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. What’s that? You haven’t?

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already five lists into the year, here’s a look back on them if you’ve missed any.

Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes

In Week 6, our #WNSTSweet16 list is holiday-driven. Whether you enjoy Valentine’s Day or find it to be an event contrived by the greeting card industry, February 14 is a major event. Just ask your wife, girlfriend or both!

Drew Forrester makes the quick turnaround for this week’s Sweet 16 list, the #WNSTSweet16 local sports heartbreakers.

These heartbreakers can fall into one of two categories. The first category is local athletes/sportspeople who broke our hearts for one particular reason or another. Former Baltimore Ravens like Billy Cundiff and Lee Evans certainly come to mind when you think about this category, as does former Baltimore Orioles P Mike Mussina for leaving Charm City (even if-like me-you don’t fault him for the decision).

Former Orioles 1B Aubrey Huff may have broken your heart when he labeled Baltimore a “horse-sh*t town”. Former 1B Kevin Millar may have as well when he went on national TV and openly rooted for the Boston Red Sox despite playing for the Birds.

The second group of heartbreakers that comes to mind are the group of local sports opponents who found ways to break our hearts. Would-be Baltimore Colts QB John Elway would probably qualify as part of that list for forcing himself to the Denver Broncos. I’d almost bet money that Drew will remind us of a heartbreaker named Korie Lucious, who knocked down the buzzer beating jumper to lift Michigan State past Maryland in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

And we haven’t even mentioned the name Jeffrey Maier yet.

Who else?

Who hasn’t Drew thought of yet that would qualify as a “heartbreaker” in local sports history? Who was the thorn in the side of the Baltimore Bullets? Who always seemed to do in Johns Hopkins lacrosse?

We want your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email him via drew@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Drew will unveil his list here at WNST.net and will discuss it with Luke Jones on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will check back in at 4pm Tuesday with me on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Toyota Scion” to discuss the list further.

Who broke your heart most as a Baltimore sports fan? Let Drew know before he makes the list!

-G

 

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Before new champions crowned, our #WNSTSweet16 recognizes those who never were

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Before new champions crowned, our #WNSTSweet16 recognizes those who never were

Posted on 26 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

It’s time for our fourth installment of our #WNSTSweet16 topics in 2014. If you missed the first three, here’s a look back.

In Week 1, I took on the greatest debuts in local sports history. In Week 2, Luke Jones tackled the greatest playoff moments in local sports history. In Week 3, Nestor Aparicio handled the local sports people who “had a dream” in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

We’ve had great discussion about all of these topics thus far and we’re looking forward to continuing the conversation every week throughout the year. As you may already know, we’re celebrating our 16th year of being Charm City’s sports media leader here at WNST. We’re taking those “water cooler” topics that we’ve discussed throughout the history of the company and attempting to make “definitive” lists with your help.

Drew Forrester gets his first crack at a #WNSTSweet16 list this week. You’ll be listening to our coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII live from Radio Row in New York all week. The NFL will crown a champion Sunday in New Jersey when the Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks in New Jersey. A number of players will become NFL champions for the first time, some having significant careers to this point without winning one.

Champ Bailey of course stands out from that group, a future Hall of Famer who has yet to even play for a title. Wes Welker has been there but has yet to win one. Marshawn Lynch and Percy Harvin are extremely high level players with five or more years of experience looking for their first titles as well.

So this week’s #WNSTSweet16 honors those who have played for some time and are still looking for their first championship. The topic is “Sweet 16 Local Athletes Who Deserved to Win a Championship But Didn’t”.

It’s going to take you a minute or two to think about I’m sure. I’ll give you a few to chew on.

The first modern names that jumped out at me were Baltimore Ravens Derrick Mason, Todd Heap and Kelly Gregg. All were very good football players, good citizens and good examples for the organization. Mason and Heap would definitely be in the Top 5 offensive players in franchise history, Gregg perhaps one of the more under-appreciated players in franchise history.

Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis probably jump out most in recent Baltimore Orioles history, but Melvin Mora would have to be on my list as well. He was the only then-current Oriole to attend Elrod Hendricks’ funeral and represented a garbage organization with dignity. He deserved better.

Some of the older names that came to mind for me included former Baltimore Colts DL Joe Ehrmann (what a stunning example of class) and quarterback Bert Jones. Len Bias was perhaps the greatest player in Maryland basketball history but played in an era that made it much more difficult to reach the NCAA Tournament and win a title.

Who are the athletes Drew might not have thought of? Which athletes deserve to be higher on the list than others? Let us know here in the comments or via email-drew@wnst.net. You can discuss your thoughts via social media for the next couple of days using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16 on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll be discussing on-air from The Big Apple throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net.

Drew will unveil his list here at WNST.net Tuesday morning and he and Luke will break it down at 8am Tuesday on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction”. Drew will then stop back by Tuesday afternoon at 4pm to discuss the list with me on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Toyota Scion”.

Who are your local athletes that deserved to win a title and didn’t?

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Picks and Comment – Conference Championship Weekend

Posted on 17 January 2014 by Luke Jones

Here are this weekend’s picks as The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will pick every NFL game this season.

Luke Jones finished the divisional round with a 4-0 record while Drew Forrester was 3-1 on his picks. Jones is 5-3 in the postseason and was 157-98 in the regular season while Forrester is also 5-3 in the playoffs after finishing 149-106 in the regular season. Official standings were based only on the NFL picks.

You can listen to Friday’s “Picks and Comment” segment HERE.

Patriots at Broncos: New England 30-26 (Drew), Denver 28-24 (Luke)
49ers at Seahawks: San Francisco 23-17 (Drew), Seattle 17-16 (Luke)

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