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Have you heard Ray Lewis team up with Pharrell yet?

Posted on 25 August 2013 by Glenn Clark

If you missed it, late last week a mixtape hit the interwebs under the title “Natural Born Hitters”. The concept is simple. Grammy award winning producer Pharrell Williams (Neptunes, N.E.R.D. and the man behind the biggest mega-hits of the summer-Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”) “collaborated” with former Baltimore Ravens LB (and future Hall of Famer) Ray Lewis. The producer laid beats underneath Ray Lewis speeches to make them sound like songs.

The entire mixtape is roughly only 4:30 and includes three tracks-”Training”, “Practice” and “Pregame”. You can listen to all tracks in the video below.

You can listen to the tracks individually here via Soundcloud. The collaboration cannot be considered surprising, as football players in recent years have admitted to have Lewis speeches on their iPods. It does humorously come on the heels of Ravens QB Joe Flacco telling ESPN The Magazine he didn’t always understand Lewis’ speeches.

“I love Ray, and I love how he always spoke from the heart, but if you listened to those speeches, a lot of them didn’t even make sense. He meant everything he was saying, but I didn’t know what he was talking about 90 percent of the time.”

Maybe Flacco will understand better when he listens to them over Pharrell’s beats?

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 20 August 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Abner Mares vs. Jhonny Gonzalez (Saturday 10:30pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime); Soccer: Exhibition College Soccer-St. John’s @ Maryland (Saturday 7pm Ludwig Field), American @ UMBC (Friday 3pm Retriever Soccer Park); MLS: Toronto FC @ DC United (Saturday 7pm RFK Stadium); WNBA: Chicago Sky @ Washington Mystics (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network), Atlanta Dream @ Washington Mystics (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network)

10. Toni Braxton (Wednesday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion), Gladys Knight/the O’Jays (Thursday 7:30pm Pier Six Pavilion), Styx/REO Speedwagon (Friday 7:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Toby Keith (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Cheap Trick/Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo (Tuesday 7:30pm Wolf Trap); Shawn Mullins (Sunday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Modern English (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); The Cult (Tuesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Goodie Mob (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Dru Hill (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), Eve (Monday 8pm Howard Theatre); Lupe Fiasco/Travis Porter (Saturday 9pm Bender Arena); Carly Rae Jepsen/The Wanted (Sunday 7:30pm Timonium Fairgrounds); Tedeschi Trucks Band “Made Up Mind“, John Mayer “Paradise Valley” and Jimmy Buffett “Songs From St. Somewhere” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

One-Toni Braxton is the most important thing to ever come out of Anne Arundel County. Two-the “You’re Making Me High” video taught 13 year old Glenn Clark things about sex he probably would have otherwise never learned.

I wouldn’t pay for tickets, but if someone wanted to offer me free tickets to Modern English, I’d honestly go.

Carly Rae Jepsen isn’t actually a thing anymore, but her return allows me the opportunity to post this amazing Third Eye Blind mix again…

There is no partnership more significant…in the world…than that of Tedeschi and Trucks.

9. Maryland State Fair (Friday-Monday Timonium Fairgrounds); Baltimore County Summer Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Sunday); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); Baltimore Summer Antiques Show (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Convention Center); Tracy Morgan (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Ian Bagg (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Epic” and “Scary Movie 5” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); The World’s End” out in theaters (Friday)

Tracy Morgan will never jump the shark. Week.

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ESPN’s Van Valkenburg says closer change should happen just for sake of change

Posted on 16 August 2013 by WNST Staff

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Maryland/Ohio State tip-off time announced

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Maryland/Ohio State tip-off time announced

Posted on 15 August 2013 by WNST Staff

ESPN has finalized the network and time assignments for the 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods on December 3 and 4. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 12 games of the two-day event matching top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioners Cup.

The 2013 schedule is highlighted by eight teams in an ESPN.com early preseason top 25, including six of the top 11 teams: No. 3 Michigan State, No. 6 Duke, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 9 Syracuse, No. 10 Michigan, No. 12 North Carolina, No. 20 Indiana and No. 25 Iowa. Three of the games will pit ranked teams against each other: No. 10 Michigan at No. 6 Duke, No. 12 North Carolina at No. 3 Michigan State and No. 20 Indiana at No. 9 Syracuse.

Every game will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on Apple TV to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

All 12 Big Ten teams and 12 of the 15 ACC teams will participate in the 2013 Challenge, including the three newest ACC members Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Clemson, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest will not play in the 2013 event.

The ACC and Big Ten split last year’s Challenge with six wins each. In the event of a tie, the Commissioner’s Cup remains with the conference that won the previous year, which was the Big Ten in 2011. The ACC holds a 10-3-1 Challenge record, winning the first 10 events (1999-2008) while the Big Ten won the next three (2009-2011).

Tuesday, Dec.
Indiana at Syracuse: 7:15 p.m. ET/6:15 p.m. CT (ESPN)
Illinois at Georgia Tech: 7:15 p.m. ET/6:15 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
Penn State at Pittsburgh: 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
Michigan at Duke: 9:15 p.m. ET/8:15 p.m. CT (ESPN)
Notre Dame at Iowa: 9:15 p.m. ET/8:15 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
Florida State at Minnesota: 9:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

 

Wednesday, Dec. 4
Maryland at Ohio State: 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT (ESPN/ESPN2)
Wisconsin at Virginia: 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT (ESPN/ESPN2)
Northwestern at North Carolina State: 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
North Carolina at Michigan State: 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT (ESPN)
Boston College at Purdue: 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
Miami (Fla.) at Nebraska: 9:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

• Tourney Teams: 14 teams between the two conferences played in the 2012 NCAA Tournament: Duke, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse from the ACC, and Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin from the Big Ten.
• First Challenge Matchups: Seven of the 12 games will mark first-time Challenge matchups: Michigan at Duke, Maryland at Ohio State, Miami at Nebraska and Boston College at Purdue plus the debut of the three new ACC members Syracuse against Indiana, Notre Dame at Iowa and Pittsburgh against Penn State.
• Syracuse and Indiana have met five previous times with Syracuse winning the past four games, including last season’s NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen matchup.
• Duke is 21-8 all-time against Michigan, including victories in the 2011 NCAA Tournament and 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational.
• In addition to first-time Challenge games, several of the teams are infrequent opponents: Nebraska holds a 3-1 record against Miami; Purdue won both previous meetings against Boston College; Ohio State and Maryland last played in 1985 with Ohio State winning three out of the five overall games; and Notre Dame will play Iowa for the first time since 1990 and holds a 8-5 series record.
• Pennsylvania rivals Pitt and Penn State will meet for the first time since 2005 with Pitt winning the past five contests.
• Following a First with a Rematch: Illinois and Georgia Tech and Wisconsin and Virginia will follow their first-time Challenge meetings in 2012 with a rematch in the 2013 event. Illinois defeated Georgia Tech and Virginia beat Wisconsin in last year’s Challenge.
• Best Three Out of Five: North Carolina and Michigan State and Minnesota and Florida State will meet in the Challenge for the fifth time with each program holding a 2-2 record against their opponent.
• North Carolina, with an 11-3 overall record against Michigan State, won games in 2008 and 2009. Michigan State won the games in 1999 and 2000.
• Minnesota won the Challenge games in 2000 and 2012 and Florida State in 2004 and 2007.
• Rubber Match: Northwestern and NC State will square off in the Challenge for the third time. Northwestern won in 2009 and NC State in 2002.

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Maryland gets two ESPN “Big Monday” games in 2013-2014

Posted on 07 August 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK,  Md. – The University of Maryland will be featured on a pair of ‘Big Monday’ games during the 2013-14 season announced today by ESPN.

Maryland, which finished 25-13 and advanced to the NIT Final Four last season, will be at Virginia on February 10 at 7 p.m.   The Terps will host Syracuse on February 24 at 7 p.m. at Comcast Center.

Men’s basketball season tickets are available for sale.  Season tickets are $589 in Terrapin Club seating areas.  A discounted option in the upper level corners is also available for $445.

Tickets for the Maryland-UConn game to be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn are also on sale.  Terrapin club members have three seating options – lower level sideline for $110, lower level corner for $65, or lower level end zone for $45.  The general public may purchase upper level tickets to the UConn game for $20.

To order tickets for men’s basketball, please visit http://ev9.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetGroupList?groupCode=SG&linkID=umd&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode= or call the Terrapin Ticket Office at (301) 314-7070 or 1-800-462-TERP.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 16 July 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-San Antonio Silver Stars @ Washington Mystics (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network), Indiana Fever @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network); Pro Lacrosse: Boston Cannons @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Thursday 7:30pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on CBS Sports Network); Boxing: Mickey Bey vs. John Molina (Friday 10pm from Las Vegas live on Showtime)

10. Lil’ Wayne/T.I./2 Chainz (Wednesday 7pm 1st Mariner Arena); Sublime with Rome (Wednesday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion), The Beach Boys (Saturday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion); fun. (Saturday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Eagles (Monday 8pm Verizon Center); 311 (Friday 6:30pm Jiffy Lube Live), Blake Shelton (Saturday 7:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (Monday 8pm Wolf Trap); P.O.D./Flyleaf (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), Pentatonix (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live); Howie Day (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Rehab (Sunday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Lyfe Jennings (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Jars Of Clay (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Artscape feat. North Mississippi All-Stars, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Wailers (Friday-Sunday Mount Royal); Robert Randolph and the Family Band “Lickety Split” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

No Brian Wilson for the Beach Boys this summer. What a summer it was last year…

I still enjoy fun. Go ahead, judge away.

Wait. Lacey isn’t the singer from Flyleaf anymore? Just quit. Her voice was THE BEST.

I enjoyed rootsy Robert Randolph, but I have quite the fondness for rock and roll Robert Randolph. Happy that one is back.

9. Artscape (Friday-Sunday Mount Royal); “The Gathering” (Friday 5pm Du Burns Arena); Turbo (Wednesday) and Red 2 (Friday) out in theaters

If Robert McClintock has a table at Artscape again, there isn’t a price I wouldn’t pay for this particular piece…

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 01 July 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionGolf-PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Sulphur Springs, WV); WNBA: Seattle Storm @ Washington Mystics (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Allan Green vs. Eleider Alvarez (Friday 9pm from Hartford live on ESPN2)

10. Daughtry/3 Doors Down/Halestorm (Saturday 7pm Pier Six Pavilion); Doobie Brothers (Saturday 8pm Wolf Trap); Gregg Allman (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); The Maine (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Wild Feathers (Thursday 7:30pm West Mount Vernon Park); The Verve Pipe (Thursday 3:30pm Long Bridge Park); The Polyphonic Spree (Saturday 8pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); African American Festival feat. Patti LaBelle (Saturday & Sunday M&T Bank Stadium); Jay-Z “Magna Carta Holy Grail” available in stores/on iTunes (Sunday)

I’m more than a bit embarrassed by how much I enjoy Chris Daughtry…

The Doobie Brothers made the most important music video of all time that wasn’t “Virtual Insanity” by Jamiroquai…

Go see Wild Feathers. Now.

I dare you to watch this whole Verve Pipe video and not cry.

9. Michael Winslow (Wednesday 7:30pm & 9:45pm Baltimore Comedy Factory); Tom Papa (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Despicable Me 2“, “The Lone Ranger (Wednesday) and “The Way, Way Back (Friday) out in theaters; Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration (Thursday 9:30pm Inner Harbor), Annapolis 4th of July Parade (Thursday 6:30pm Downtown Annapolis), Kingsville Independence Day Parade (Thursday 10am “Downtown” Kingsville)

There is no more American way to celebrate the 4th of July than to watch “The Sandlot”…

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Phelps, Flacco, Ravens lead way in ESPY nominations

Posted on 28 June 2013 by WNST Staff

BEST MALE ATHLETE

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

  • AL MVP was the first player to win the Triple Crown in baseball since 1967
  • Led the AL with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs

LeBron James, Miami Heat

  • Won his fourth NBA MVP, second straight Finals MVP
  • Led the Heat to a second straight NBA title and franchise-record 66-16 mark
  • Only player to lead his team in scoring (26.8 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg) and assists (7.3 apg)

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

  • NFL MVP rushed for 2,097 yards, second most in league history
  • Averaged 6.0 yards per carry, scored 13 TDs and caught 40 passes

Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimming

  • Won four golds and two silver medals at London Olympics
  • His gold in the 200 IM made him the first man to win the same individual swimming event at three straight Olympics

 

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE

Gabby Douglas, Olympic Gymnastics

  • Won gold medal in Women’s All-Around at London Olympics
  • Was a member of the gold medal-winning USA gymnastics team
  • First American to win gold in both the Team and Individual All-Around

Missy Franklin, Olympic Swimming

  • Won four gold medals and a bronze at London Olympics
  • Won a gold in the 100 backstroke and set a world record in the 200 backstroke
  • Became the second American woman to win four swimming golds at single Olympics, joining Amy Van Dyken in 1996

Brittney Griner, NCAA Baylor Women’s Basketball

  • Swept all major player of the year awards
  • Ended her career as the NCAA’s top shot blocker (748)
  • No. 2 on the NCAA Division I women’s scoring chart with 3,283 career points.

Serena Williams, Women’s Tennis

  • Won the 2012 Wimbledon and US Open singles championships
  • Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles
  • Won the 2013 French Open singles title

 

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE

Joe Flacco, Super Bowl MVP

  • Earned MVP honors in Super Bowl win over 49ers
  • Completed 22-of-33 passes for 287 yards and three first-half touchdowns

LeBron James, NBA Finals MVP

  • Led the Heat to an NBA title in 7 game series over San Antonio Spurs
  • Averaged 25.3 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 7.0 apg over course of Finals
  • Had 32 pts, 10 reb, 11 assists in Game 6, 37 pts and 12 reb in Game 7

Brad Keselowski, NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion

  • Career high five victories including two wins during the Chase for the Sprint Cup
  • Set career bests with 13 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes as well as 735 laps led

Pablo Sandoval, World Series MVP

  • 3 HR in Game 1 of World Series, first to do so in his first 3 plate appearances
  • Hit .500/.525/1.125 over the 5 game series

 

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

  • Became the starting QB in Week 11 and led the Niners to the Super Bowl
  • Threw for 1814 yards, 10 TDs and only 3 INTs while rushing for 415 yards and 5 TDs in the regular season
  • Had 798 yards and 4 TDs passing, 264 yards and 3 TDs rushing in the playoffs

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M football

  • Won 2013 Heisman Trophy, first freshman in history to do so
  • The first freshman in FBS history, and just the fifth player ever, to have 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season

Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

  • First player in MLB history with 34 hits, 7 HR in first 20 games
  • Through 20 games hit .442 with 14 RBI

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

  • First player in MLB history with at least 30 home runs, 45 steals and 125 runs scored in a season
  • AL Rookie of the Year led league with 129 runs scored and 49 stolen bases, second in batting average at .326

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

  • 3rd round pick led Seattle to playoffs, and tied rookie record with 26 TD passes
  • Threw for 3118 yards with a 100.0 QB rating, rushed for 489 yards and 4 TDs

 

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE

Drew Brees breaks Johnny Unitas’ record for consecutive games with a TD pass

  • Broke Unitas’ record with a touchdown pass in 48 straight games
  • Unitas held the mark for a half-century
  • Brees’ streak extended to 54 games

Calvin Johnson breaks Jerry Rice’s single season receiving yardage record

  • Passed Rice’s mark in Week 16, finishing the season with 1,964 receiving yards
  • The record had stood since 1995

Michael Phelps most decorated Olympian

  • Finished his career with 22 medals spanning three Olympics
  • Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina held the previous record of 18

Abby Wambach sets international scoring record

  • Broke Mia Hamm’s record of 158 goals by scoring four against South Korea
  • Wambach scored 160 goals in only 207 international matches, while Hamm scored 158 in 275 matches

 

BEST UPSET

Florida Gulf Coast over Georgetown, NCAA men’s basketball tournament

  • 15th-seeded FGCU beat 2nd-seeded Georgetown 78-68
  • The Eagles went on to become the first 15 seed to make the Sweet 16

Louisville over Baylor in Sweet 16, NCAA women’s basketball tournament

  • Top seeded Baylor entered the game 34-1, having won 32 straight
  • 5th-seeded Louisville went on to the national championship game

Juan Manuel Marquez over Manny Pacquiao, Boxing

  • In their fourth meeting, Marquez finally scored a victory over Pacquiao
  • The 6th round knockout was the first of Pacquiao since 1999

Texas A&M over Alabama, College football

  • #15 Texas A&M upset #1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, 29-24
  • Alabama’s lone loss of the season

 

BEST GAME

Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos, AFC Divisional Playoff

  • Justin Tucker kicked a 47-yard FG in the 2nd OT to give the Ravens a 38-35 upset victory over the Broncos
  • Jacoby Jones caught a 70-yard touchdown pass with :38 left in regulation that brought the Ravens back from the brink

Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 7

  • Down three goals midway through the third period, Patrice Bergeron scored in the closing minute of regulation to tie it, then won it in the extra session
  • The Bruins became the first team in NHL history to win the seventh game of a playoff series after trailing by three goals in the third period

Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs, NBA Finals Game 6

  • Spurs had a five point lead with 28 seconds left in the 4th quarter
  • The Heat rallied and tied the game on a Ray Allen 3-pointer with 5 seconds left
  • Heat went on to win in OT 103-100

 

BEST MOMENT

Jack Hoffman touchdown run in Nebraska Spring game

  • Hoffman is a 7-year old die hard Cornhusker fan battling brain cancer
  • After befriending Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead, he was invited to participate in the Huskers’ spring game, and ran for a long touchdown in the 4th quarter

Alex Morgan’s game-winning goal vs. Canada in Olympic semifinal

  • The US tied the game on an Abby Wambach penalty kick in the 80th minute
  • Morgan sent the US to the finals on a header in the 123rd minute, in the second period of extra time

Andy Murray finally winning at Wimbledon, with a gold medal in Olympics

  • 4 weeks after a heartbreaking loss to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, Murray met Federer again at the All England Club in the gold medal match
  • Murray beat the world number one in straight sets, becoming the first British man to win singles gold in the Olympics since 1908

Chuck Pagano returns to the Colts

  • The first year head coach was diagnosed with leukemia after Week 3
  • Pagano’s battle with the disease inspired an improbable Colts playoff run
  • Pagano returned to coach the team in Week 17, leading the Colts to a 28-16 victory over the division champion Houston Texans

 

BEST TEAM

Alabama football

  • Won the BCS Championship in a 42-14 win over Notre Dame
  • It was their third BCS title in four years

Baltimore Ravens, NFL

  • Defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 to win the Super Bowl
  • Beat the top seeded Broncos and 2nd seeded Patriots en route to Super Bowl

Chicago Blackhawks, NHL

  • Defeated the Boston Bruins in six games to win the Stanley
  • Started the season with 24 straight games without a loss in regulation, the best start in NHL history

Miami Heat, NBA

  • Won second straight NBA Finals in seven games over San Antonio Spurs
  • Had franchise record 66-16 record, included 27 straight wins

Oklahoma Softball

  • Won the WCWS championship by sweeping Tennessee in finals
  • Finished the season 57-4

San Francisco Giants, MLB

  • Swept the Detroit Tigers in the World Series for their second title in three years
  • Rallied from the brink of defeat to beat the Reds in the NLDS and Cardinals in the NLCS

US Women’s Gymnastics Team

  • The “Fierce Five” of Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney captured the team gold medal by beating Russia
  • First gold medal in women’s team gymnastics for the US since 1996

 

BEST COACH/MANAGER

Bruce Arians, Indianapolis Colts/Arizona Cardinals

  • Took over the Colts for Chuck Pagano after Week 3,
  • Led the team to a 9-3 record before Pagano returned in Week 17
  • 2012 AP Coach of the Year

Geno Auriemma, UConn Women’s Basketball

  • Led the Huskies to their 8th national championship with a 35-4 record
  • Beat Notre Dame in Final Four, avenging three previous losses to Notre Dame

John Danowski, Duke Lacrosse

  • Won his second national championship in four years
  • After losing 4 of their first 6 games, bounced back to win 14 of next 15

Rick Pitino, Louiville Men’s Basketball

  • First NCAA Division I coach to win a championship with two different schools
  • Led Louisville to a 35-5 record

Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat

  • Led Miami to second NBA title
  • Had franchise record 66-16 record
  • 27 game winning streak, second best in NBA history

 

BEST COMEBACK

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

  • Missed entire 2011 season due to neck injury
  • Threw for 4,659 pass yards, and 37 TDs with 68.6 completion percentage
  • AP Comeback Player of the Year

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

  • Tore his ACL and MCL in Week 16 of 2011 season
  • Started Week 1 just 9 months after surgery
  • NFL MVP rushed for 2,097 yards, second most in league history

Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

  • Only played 45 games in 2011 due to injuries sustained in a home plate collision
  • In 2012 became 1st player since Frank Robinson to win a league MVP, batting title (.336) and World Series in the same season

Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

  • Misssed most of 2012 season after tearing an ACL during batting practice
  • Returned in 2013 at age 43, among the league leaders in saves

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE

Usain Bolt, Athletics

  • Won three gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics
  • First to win back-to-back 100m golds since Carl Lewis in 1984 and 1988

Novak Djokovic, Tennis

  • First player to be year-end No. 1 in consecutive seasons since Roger Federer achieved four straight World No. 1 finishes from 2004-07
  • Won 2013 Austrailian Open singles championship

Juan Manuel Marquez, Boxing

  • In their fourth meeting, Marquez finally scored a victory over Manny Pacquiao
  • The 6th round knockout was the first of Pacquiao since 1999

Lionel Messi, Soccer

  • Awarded the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the 3rd consecutive year
  • Scored 91 goals in a calendar year, shattering a 40 year old record
  • Led Barcelona to a Copa del Rey league cup title and La Liga season title

Cristiano Ronaldo, Soccer

  • Led Real Madrid to a Spanish Super Cup Chamiponship
  • Scored 62 goals in 62 games for club and national teams

 

BEST NFL PLAYER

Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

  • Set single-season record with 1,964 receiving yards
  • Had 122 receptions and 5 TDs

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

  • Threw for 4,659 pass yards, and 37 TDs with 68.6 completion percentage
  • AP Comeback Player of the Year

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

  • NFL MVP rushed for 2,097 yards, second most in league history
  • Averaged 6.0 yards per carry, scored 13 TDs and caught 40 passes

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

  • Led NFL with 108.0 QB rating
  • Threw for 4,295 yards and 39 TDs to only 8 INTs

J. J. Watt, Houston Texans

  • Led NFL with 20.5 sacks
  • AP Defensive Player of the Year

 

BEST MLB PLAYER

Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

  • AL MVP was the first player to win the Triple Crown in baseball since 1967
  • Led the AL with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs

R. A. Dickey, Mets/Blue Jays

  • First knuckleballer to win 20 games in a season since 1980
  • NL Cy Young award winner, led league in strikeouts and shoutouts

Buster Posey, Giants

  • 1st player since Frank Robinson to win a league MVP, batting title and World Series in the same season
  • Led NL with .336 batting average

David Price, Rays

  • AL Cy Young award winner, led AL in ERA (2.56)
  • 20-game winner

Mike Trout, Angels

  • First player in MLB history with at least 30 home runs, 45 steals and 125 runs scored in a season
  • AL Rookie of the Year led league with 129 runs scored and 49 stolen bases, second in batting average at .326

 

BEST NHL PLAYER

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Appeared in 36 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2012-13 regular season, and helped lead the Penguins to first place in the Eastern Conference
  • Tied for third in the league in points (56), second in assists (41), and first in points per game (1.56).

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

  • Posted 24-16 record and 2.05 goals against average during regular season

Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

  • Led the league in goals (32) to win his third “Rocket” Richard Trophy
  • Tied for third in the league in points (56), ranked first in power play goals (16)

Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Led the league in points (60) to win his second career Art Ross Trophy
  • Ranked first in assists (43), second in points per game (1.25)

John Tavares, New York Islanders

  • Finished third in goals with 28, had nine power play goals and five game-winning goals
  • Helped the Islanders return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007

 

BEST DRIVER

Ryan Hunter-Reay

  • 2012 IndyCar Series Champion, first American since 2006
  • Won three straight races, and four overall

Tony Kaanan

  • Won 2013 Indianapolis 500
  • Kanaan passed Ryan Hunter-Reay in lap 198 to win his first Indy 500

Brad Keselowski

  • Career high five victories including two wins during the Chase for the Sprint Cup
  • Set career bests with 13 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes as well as 735 laps led

Sebastian Vettel

  • Captured his third consecutive Formula One title
  • Became the youngest triple champion in series history

 

BEST NBA PLAYER

Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

  • Led NBA in scoring in 2012-13 season (28.7 ppg)
  • Led Knicks to first playoff series win since 2000

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

  • Averaged 27.3 ppg. during 2012-13 regular season
  • Averaged 5.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Was second-leading scorer in 2012-13 NBA regular season (28.1 ppg)
  • Averaged 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game

LeBron James, Miami  Heat

  • Won his fourth NBA MVP award, second NBA Finals MVP
  • Only player to lead his team in scoring (26.8 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg) and assists (7.3 apg)

Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs

  • Helped lead Spurs to the NBA Finals
  • Averaged 20.3 ppg and 7.6 assists per game

 

BEST WNBA PLAYER

Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever

  • Led the Fever to its first WNBA championship
  • WNBA Finals MVP

Tina Charles, Connecticut Sun

  • Led WNBA in rebounding during regular season (10.5 rpg.)
  • Fifth in scoring at 18.0 ppg
  • Captured her third straight rebounding title

Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream

  • Led WNBA in scoring during regular season (21.4 ppg)
  • Averaged more than 20 points per game for the third straight year

Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks

  • Averaged 17.4 ppg during 2012 regular season
  • Averaged 9.7 rpg

Lindsay Whalen, Minnesota Lynx

  • Led the WNBA in assists during regular season (5.39 apg.)
  • Dished out five or more assists in 22 games

 

BEST FIGHTER

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Boxing

  • Beat Austin Trout to unify 154-pound title

Danny Garcia, Boxing

  • Moved to 24-0 with 15 KOs with a 4th-round upset of Amir Khan to unify the light-welterweight title
  • He went on to KO Erik Morales in his next fight

Jon “Bones” Jones, MMA

  • Defeated Chael Sonnen in most recent title defense

Floyd Mayweather, Boxing

  • Moved to 44-0 with a unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero

Anderson Silva, MMA

  • Defeated Stephan Bonner in most recent title defense
  • Last loss was in 2006

 

BEST MALE GOLFER

Rory McIlroy

  • Eight-shot victory in the PGA Championship
  • Won the money title and had the lowest adjusted scoring average in 2012
  • Youngest player to win PGA Tour player of the year since Tiger Woods in 1997

Justin Rose

  • Won 2013 US Open
  • Five top 10 finishes in 2013

Adam Scott

  • Won 2013 Masters
  • Runner-up in 2012 British Open

Brandt Snedeker

  • Won the FedEx Cup title
  • Won The Tour Championship

Tiger Woods

  • Returned to No. 1 ranking for first time since 2010
  • 4 tour victories in 2013 and five top 10 finishes

 

BEST FEMALE GOLFER

Stacy Lewis

  • 2012 LPGA Player of the Year
  • Won the HSBC Women’s Champions event in 2013

Inbee Park

  • Led the LPGA in money earning with $2,287,080 in 2012

Jiyai Shin

  • Won the 2012 women’s British Open by nine shots
  • Produced the biggest margin at the British since it became a major in 2001

Na Yeon Choi

  • Won 2012 Women’s US Open

 

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER

Novak Djokovic

  • Clinched the year-end No. 1 ATP Ranking, becoming the first player to accomplish the feat in consecutive seasons since Roger Federer achieved four straight World No. 1 finishes from 2004-07
  • Won 2013 Austrailian Open singles championship

Roger Federer

  • Won his record 17th Grand Slam singles championship and record-tying seventh Wimbledon singles championship

Andy Murray

  • Captured his first Grand Slam singles title when he beat Novak Djokovic in five sets to win the 2012 U. S. Open
  • Won the Olympic gold medal, beating Roger Federer in the finals

Rafael Nadal

  • Became first man to win the same Grand Slam tournament eight times when he won 2013 French Open

 

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER

Victoria Azarenka

  • Finished 2012 as No. 1 ranked player in WTA
  • Lost in the finals of the 2012 U. S. Open

Maria Sharapova

  • Equaled her best season to date, finishing number two in the world
  • Won three WTA titles

Serena Williams

  • Earned her fourth U. S. Open singles title in 2012
  • Won her fifth Wimbledon singles title in 2012
  • Won the 2013 French Open singles title

 

BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Trey Burke, Michigan basketball

  • Won nearly every major college basketball player of the year award, including the Naismith, Wooden, Oscar Robertson and the Associated Press award, plus winning the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard
  • Led the Wolverines to the national championship game

Kyle Dake, Cornell wrestler

  • Etched himself into wrestling history with a fourth NCAA championship at an unprecedented fourth weight.
  • Dake outlasted defending 165-pound champion David Taylor 5-4

Drew LeBlanc, St. Cloud State hockey

  • Won Hobey Baker Award as top college hockey player
  • Bounced back from injury last year to register 13 goals and 50 points

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M football

  • 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, first freshman in history
  • The first freshman in FBS history, and just the fifth player ever, to have 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season

 

BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Kara Cannizzaro, North Carolina women’s lacrosse

  • Named NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • Helped the Tar Heels to claim the school’s first-ever NCAA title with a 13-12 victory against top-ranked Maryland

Crystal Dunn, North Carolina soccer

  • The midfielder led the Tar Heels to a 4-1 victory over Penn State at the 2012 NCAA Women’s College Cup
  • She scored goals in the first four games of the tournament and assisted on goals in both College Cup games, including the game-winner against Stanford

Brittney Griner, Baylor basketball

  • Swept all of the nation’s player awards the last two seasons and ended her four-year career as the NCAA’s top shot blocker (748) and female dunker (18) and ranks No. 2 on the NCAA Division I women’s scoring chart with 3,283 career points

Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma Softball

  • Led Oklahoma to the national championship
  • Named Most Outstanding Player in the WCWS
  • Finished the season with a 35-1 win/loss record

 

BEST MALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE

Pedro Barros

  • Has three straight X Games SKB Park gold medals

Nyjah Huston

  • Dominating win at the X Games Street League Skateboarding contest in Foz do Iguaçu
  • Gold medal at X Games LA in Real Street in 2012
  • Gold medal at X Games Barcelona in Street League Skateboarding

Mark McMorris

  • Gold medal in X Games Aspen Slopestyle
  • Won Slopestyle at Burton US Open and Dew Tour Breckenridge event
  • Claimed overall World Snowboard title in slopestyle and third  in Big Air

Ryan Villopoto

  • Returned from ACL surgery to claim 2013 AMA Supercross title
  • In 2013 AMA Motocross, has won 8 of 10 motos and 3 of 5 overalls

 

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE

Kelly Clark

  • X Games SuperPipe gold at both Aspen and Tignes
  • Overall titles on the FIS World Cup and World Snowboard Tour series

Leticia Bufoni

  • X Games gold in Women’s Street at Foz do Iguaçu and in the Real Women video competition at Barcelona
  • Women’s Street silver medal at X Games LA
  • Claimed overall 2012 World Cup Skateboarding crown for women’s street

Stephanie Gilmore

  • Won her 5th ASP World Tour points crown in 2012

Laia Sanz

  • 2013 X Games Enduro X gold medals at Foz do Iguaçu and Barcelona
  • Won FIM Women’s Enduro World Championship and FIM Women’s Trial World Championship in 2012

 

BEST JOCKEY

Javier Castellano

  • 321 wins, over $22 million in earnings, 31 graded stakes wins (eight Grade 1)

Ramon Dominguez

  • 329 wins, over $25 million in earnings and 25 graded stakes wins (10 Grade 1)

Joel Rosario

  • Rode Orb to the Kentucky Derby title
  • Also won the $10 million event in Dubai

John Velasquez

  • 185 wins, over $19 million in purse earnings and 34 graded stakes wins (14 Grade 1)

 

BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Jeremy Campbell, Athletics

  • Set a Paralympic record en route to his second consecutive Paralympic Games gold medal in the men’s discus
  • At the Triton Invitational in San Diego, Campbell threw 60.19 meters, a new world record in the men’s discus (F44)

Jeff Fabry, Archery

  • After shattering his bow in the men’s compound W1 semifinals competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Jeff Fabry prevailed to make it to the gold medal match, where he became the first American archer to win a Paralympic gold medal since 1984

Raymond Martin, Athletics

  • Wheelchair racer won four gold medals at the 2012 Paralympics, 100, 200, 400 and 800m
  • Prior to the Games, he also took first place honors in the 200, 400 and 800m races at the 2012 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships, and also set the world record in the men’s T52 200m.

Bradley Snyder, Swimming

  • Won gold medals in 100m freestyle and 400m freestyle at the 2012 Paralympics
  • Won a silver medal in the 50m freestyle

Tyler Walker, Skiing

  • Took home the men’s sitting speed event trophy at the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing

 

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Victoria Arlen, Swimming

  • Won four medals at 2012 Paralympics, a gold and three silvers
  • Set a world record in the 100 meter freestyle

Muffy Davis, Paracycling

  • Won three gold medals at 2012 Paralympics, two in individual events:  women’s H1-2 time trial and H1-3 road race, and a third in the H1-4 team relay

Jessica Long, Swimming

  • Won eight medals at the 2012 Paralympics (five gold, two silver and one bronze)
  • Set two world records (400m freestyle & 100m freestyle) and the five gold medals were in 100m butterfly, 400m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, 100m freestyle

Tatyana McFadden, Athletics

  • Won three gold medals at 2012 Paralympics, 400, 800 and 1500m events. She also won bronze in the 100m sprint
  • Also won the women’s wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon hours before the deadly explosions near the finish line.
  • Six days later, she won the London Marathon in the same division.

Shirley Reilly, Athletics

  • Captured gold in the women’s marathon at the 2012 Paralympics with a time of 1:46:33

 

BEST BOWLER

Jason Belmonte

  • Won USBC Masters for his first major title and sixth career Tour title

Scott Norton

  • Won Earl Anthony Players Championship for third career title
  • Won Chameleon Championship at Geico World Series of Bowling IV

Pete Weber

  • Won Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions
  • First player to complete PBA Triple Crown for a second time
  • Oldest player to win Tournament of Champions

 

BEST MLS PLAYER

Thierry Henry, Red Bulls

  • 15 goals and 12 assists in just 25 matches, helping New York qualify for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.

Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes

  • Tied the MLS record for goals in a season with 27, helping San Jose finish first in the Western Conference

Graham Zusi, Sporting Kansas City

  • The midfielder had five goals and an MLS-high 15 assists to lead Sporting Kansas City to first place in the Eastern Conference.

 

BEST MALE US OLYMPIC ATHLETE

Ashton Eaton, Athletics

  • Won the Olympic decathlon gold medal by 198 points

Ryan Lochte, Swimming

  • Won five medals (including two gold) at 2012 Olympics
  • Won the Men’s 400m IM … (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze); seventh male swimmer with five or more medals at single Olympics

Michael Phelps, Swimming

  • Won gold in the 200m Individual Medley, making him the first man to win the same individual swimming event at three straight Olympics
  • Phelps won a 17th gold in 100 butterfly, his final individual race in London.

 

BEST FEMALE US OLYMPIC ATHLETE

Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics

  • Won the gold medal in the all-around
  • Was a member of the gold medal-winning USA gymnastics team
  • Became the third straight American to win Women’s All-Around gold
  • Is the first American to win gold in both the Team and Individual All-Around.

Missy Franklin, Swimming

  • Finished with four golds and a bronze at London Olympics; became the second American woman to win four swimming golds at single Olympics, joining Amy Van Dyken in 1996
  • Won Olympic gold medal in women’s 100m backstroke
  • Set a world record in the 200m backstroke

Aly Raisman, Gymnastics

  • The first American to win the gold medal in the floor exercise
  • Also earned gold as a member of the U.S. team all-around winner

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 25 June 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLL-Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Hamilton Nationals (Saturday 7pm from Hamilton, ON live on YouTube); WNBA: Phoenix Mercury @ Washington Mystics (Thursday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network), Tulsa Shock @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network/NBA TV); Boxing: Gennady Golovkin vs. Matthew Macklin (Saturday 9:45pm from Mashantucket, CT live on HBO)

10. Heart/Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience (Tuesday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live), Kid Rock (Friday 6:45pm Jiffy Lube Live), Brad Paisley (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Counting Crows/The Wallflowers (Tuesday 7pm Wolf Trap), The Temptations/The Four Tops (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap), Straight No Chaser (Sunday 8pm Wolf Trap); Ballyhoo!/Authority Zero (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Jason Isbell (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Taproot (Saturday 7pm House of Rock); Lunar Bay Music & Arts Festival feat. moe., Keller Williams (Saturday & Sunday Susquehanna State Park); Dundalk Heritage Fair feat. Three Dog Night/Jefferson Starship (Friday-Sunday Dundalk Heritage Park); Mavis Staples “One True Vine” and Wale “Gifted” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’m going on vacation next week, but apparently the music world picked this week? I mean, the Counting Crows used to be really good but their show might as well be in Eastern Europe…

I love the idea that Ballyhoo! might be Charm City’s next significant band…

Jason Isbell is a rock star, but again…how far can I go to see him?

Mavis Staples…Mavis Staples…I could sing of my love for Mavis Staples…

9. Tracy Morgan (Saturday 8pm Warner Theatre), Guy Torry (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv), Paul Mooney (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); White House Down” and “The Heat” out in theaters (Friday); “The Gathering” (Friday 5pm McHenry Row/Penn Station Plaza)

I’m just going to suggest you watch this Tracy Morgan/David Letterman interview on repeat…

I think I might start my own food truck for “The Gathering.” I’ll probably call it “Historic Pigtown”…

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 18 June 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Mixed Martial Arts-Bellator MMA (Wednesday 8pm from Thackerville, OK live on SpikeTV); Boxing: Paulie Malignaggi vs. Adrien Broner (Saturday 9pm from Brooklyn live on Showtime), Friday Night Fights: Rances Barthelemy vs. Fahsai Sakkreerin (Friday 10pm from Minneapolis live on ESPN2); WNBA: Washington Mystics @ Phoenix Mercury (Friday 10pm from Phoenix live on Monumental Network/NBA TV); MLL: Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Charlotte Hounds (Saturday 5:30pm from Charlotte live on CBS Sports Network); Motocross: Red Bull Budds Creek National (Saturday 1pm live on FUEL TV 3pm live on NBC 4pm live on NBC Sports Network. All motocross from Budds Creek Motocross)

10. The Postal Service/Ra Ra Riot (Tuesday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Zac Brown Band (Saturday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Bruno Mars (Saturday 8pm Verizon Center), Rolling Stones (Monday 8pm Verizon Center); Melissa Ethridge/Eric Hutchinson (Tuesday 8pm Wolf Trap), Billy Idol (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap); Umphrey’s McGee (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), Fitz and the Tantrums (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live); Josh Krajcik (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Molly Hatchet (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Rancid (Wednesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Courtney Love (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Wale (Sunday 8:30pm Howard Theatre); Dawes (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Dwight Yoakam (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Travis Tritt (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Harry Connick, Jr. (Wednesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Buddy Guy (Sunday 8pm State Theatre); Kanye West “Yeezus” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Drew Forrester and I are big Ra Ra Riot fans. For good reason.

I’ll be at ZBB Saturday night. I hope he does this again.

The smartest thing the Stones have EVER done is (apparently) hire Gary Clark Jr. to join the band. He’s the best. Ever.

I haven’t begged for FATT tickets yet, but I will. They’re the other best. Ever.

9. Daniel Tosh (Friday 7pm & 9:30pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Seth Meyers (Friday 8pm Warner Theatre); Carlos Mencia (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Monsters University” and “World War Z” out in theaters (Friday); Baltimore Dragon Boat Challenge (Saturday 8am Tide Point Marina)

After hanging out with Jay Pharoah last week, I sorta feel like part of the SNL family. Oh wait, did you not hear? I hung out with Jay Pharoah last week…

And Seth Meyers is hilarious. Hilarious.

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