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Are you ready for a Fenway Park trip with your Orioles gear via WNST?

Posted on 05 September 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

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Join us for WNST Orange Roadtrip to Fenway Park & Boston (Sept. 21-23)

Start:
September 21, 2012
End:
September 23, 2012
Venue:
Fenway Park
Phone:
617-226-6666
Address:
4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA, United States, 02215
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE WNST TRIP TO FENWAY PARK

Join the WNST crew as we we take our first-ever Baltimore baseball roadtrip to Boston to see the Birds battle the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sept. 21 & 22.

WNST has been in existence since 1998. We’ve taken more than 11,000 Baltimore sports fans on roadtrips over the years and we’ve NEVER taken a playoff-push September on-the-road-to-the-postseason trip until now!

We’re very excited about the opportunity to see meaningful baseball at Fenway Park in the fall!

Our WNST orange charter bus will depart White Marsh Mall area at 6am on Friday, Sept. 21 and arrive in Boston for a late lunch. We’ll provide transportation to and from Fenway Park for Friday’s 7:05 p.m. game and again on Saturday for a 1:05 p.m. contest.

Our trip will return early Sunday morning and we hope to be back in Baltimore in time for lunch on Sunday afternoon (and of course, the Ravens home game that night with the New England Patriots).

WNST Fenway Roadtrip includes:

Roundtrip motorcoach transportation provided by Gunther Motorcoach

One outfield seat to two (2) Baltimore at Boston baseball games (Friday & Saturday)

Two (2) nights hotel accommodations at Holiday Inn Express-Waltham

Food, beer, light snacks for ride to Boston on Friday morning

PRICING:

SINGLE ($475)

DOUBLE ($350) two people in each room

TRIPLE ($325) three people in each room

QUAD ($300) four people in each room

 

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Your Monday Reality Check-What a difference a week makes?

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Your Monday Reality Check-What a difference a week makes?

Posted on 11 June 2012 by Glenn Clark

Perhaps you’re not familiar with WNST.net MLB analyst Allen McCallum. Allen was once the Ballpark Reporter at WNST, covering the Baltimore Orioles on a daily basis. He’s remained with us in the years since then, appearing once a week in studio (currently with Thyrl Nelson on “The Mobtown Sports Beat”) to talk Major League Baseball and Baltimore Orioles.

Allen is a really good dude, but is decidedly un-American in my book. You see, Allen doesn’t like football. I don’t understand it either, trust me. I have every reason to believe he celebrates the 4th of July and enjoys a good slice of Apple Pie, but he loves baseball and just doesn’t care about our national pastime.

Despite this obvious flaw, I’ve maintained a level of friendship and (as much as is possible for someone who I have to imagine may be a communist) respect for Allen. I don’t dislike him, I just don’t understand how someone like him can exist in this country. You see, football is our beautiful game. It’s a game fathers play in the backyard with sons. Baseball is okay when there aren’t real sports to watch, but is clearly inferior to football in every way.

I’m kidding. Well I’m kidding a LITTLE bit anyway.

The reason my lede is about our resident purveyor of Orange Kool-Aid is because Allen likes to make a point during the course of baseball season that is relevant to both sports. As Birds fans have a tendency to freak out over the results of a couple of games (or one game…or a couple of innings…or a single at-bat), Allen likes to send out a reminder that “this isn’t football. There’s 162 games to be played.”

It hasn’t always been good news in Charm City that the O’s have to play 162 games, but the point he makes is relevant. During Ravens season we tend to overreact to one particular game, but we do that knowing that one game reflects roughly six percent of the season. While a NFL team can certainly recover from a stretch of two or three bad games, a bad streak can quickly spiral into killing a quarter of a football season. At the same time, a bad streak of three or four games during baseball season does not even represent the same six percent of the season that one football game represents.

Let me try to step away from math for a second. A single football game is more significant than a single baseball game. But you already knew that.

Seven days ago (which as I type this would have been June 4), there was reason for great concern amongst Baltimore baseball fans. After getting off to a 27-14 start, the Birds were mired in a streak that saw them drop 10 of 13 games. Sitting at 30-24, the Birds had appeared to already be well into their annual “June swoon” and seemed destined to find themselves on their way to the cellar of the AL East.

But something funny happened in the six games that followed. Instead of continuing their free fall, the Birds stabilized. They won two of three against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, then returned home to take two dramatic extra inning contests against the Philadelphia Phillies at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in front of thousands of stunned supporters who had made their way down I-95 from The City of Brotherly Love.

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Red Sox 7, Orioles 0 (final boxscore)

Posted on 07 June 2012 by WNST Staff

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Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox

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Now That Was A Roadtrip

Posted on 08 May 2012 by Tom Federline

From the blown foul/fair ball call by Bob Davidson last Monday evening in the Bronx to Chris Davis being the winning pitcher at Fenway Paaaaaaark, I was glued to the O’s. It has been awhile since I have made it an effort to make sure I caught at least some of the games by radio or tube. It was more than an effort, it was modifying schedules, like I did back in ’96/’97, ’79-’83, ’69-’73. I had to watch the games. I had to watch the highlights. I had to hear Fred Manfra and Joe Angel make the calls. And the O’s won. They pitched. They hit. They pitched again. They won again. They never gave up. I remember those days. Are they back? Who cares? Baltimore just had seven days of Oriole magic.

The O’s took 2 of 3 from the Yankees. And it may have been a sweep. Hard to make that presumption at this point because of a blown call early in the first game of the series. I can say one thing though, that blown fair ball call, which was clearly foul, gave steroid boy Teixeira a hit, kept the inning going, with a home run that followed and a score of  Yankees 2- O’s 1. That’s how the game ended. A blown call by Bob Davidson (not the car salesman), whom is a challenged/past his prime umpire that should be dismissed. It’s not the first time this guy has “blown” a call, not “missed” a call – but “blown” a call. Ask A Marlins fan about Bob Davidson. Accountability – a lost word, a forgotten policy, shunned integrity in this day and age – all wrong.

The play in question was a ball hit down the first base line with a great camera angle. I had the pleasure of being in Buffalo, NY and listening to Ken Singleton make the call for his beloved Yankees. Ken Singleton announcing for the New York Spankmees - add that to the list of things that are  just “All Wrong”. Singletons commentary - ”It must have caught the corner of the bag. That’s a real tough call for an umpire. The Yankees need a few calls to go their way.” Davidson was watching it happen 15 feet in front of him, while he was standing on the line. Worst part about it, no other umpires were consulted. Fire them all. Ok, suspend the other 3 without pay. Accountability.

Then there was Wednesday evening, Jake Arietta mowing down the Spankmees and beating that Ivan “over-rated” Nova guy 5-0. Orioles shutting them down! During this last game, Yankee fans and stadium personnel reclaimed themselves as one of  the Major Leagues top classless acts out there. Did you see the peanuts and beer being thrown over the top of the dugout as the Orioles would circle the bases and head back into the dugout? This coming from supposedly full season ticket holders with seats that are well over $300/ticket/game. Another example of how money can’t buy you everything. The worst part about this one, it happened all game without recourse from Yankee security or ushers. Boston fans play the “obnoxious/arrogant” role. Yankee fans still just don’t get it.

Onto Beantown. A 13 inning win Friday, unfortunately not breaking that “winning” streak against the O’s by Jon Lester, but still a win. Friday night after a tough week at work, I was glued to the game as if it were a playoff game in October. Then on Saturday simply whooping up on the Blowsox. Annnnnd thennn…….. there was Sunday….. an Oriole Classic. There was the win on the final day of the season last year keeping the Blowsox out of the playoffs and thennnn there was Sunday. The cool thing about this one is, that all Oriole fans have a story of where they were, what they were doing and how they reacted to the marathon. On their turf, a 3-game sweep, 39 innings played, our first baseman/DH shuts them down in the last 2 innings. You kiddin’ me? O’s come home with a 5 -1 roadtrip and the baseball world is talking.

It may all come tumbling down. It may not last. Who cares? It’s May 8th, the Orioles are tied for first place in the toughest division in baseball. It has been a different spring in B-town. Their defense is questionable (except for Jones to Hardy to Weiters – anyone who tries will be out at home). Their hitting is sporadic, but recently timely. Their pitching (except for last night and one other inning this year), darn near lights out. Buck-Buck has them playing and Buck-Buck be managing. They are under the radar. They are becoming a confident team. It sure would be nice to be singing and listenin’ on the radio to -  ”Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” – (McFadden and Whitehead), come September/October. I know one other thing, it sure was a fun first week of May. Go O’s.

D.I.Y.

Fedman

 

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Lack of Reverence For Preakness in Baltimore Appalling

Posted on 20 May 2011 by Glenn Clark

The Preakness Stakes will never mean to Baltimore what the Kentucky Derby means to Louisville.

I will start my thoughts by offering an acceptance of that fact.

I couldn’t honestly say I understood the difference between the two Triple Crown races until attending my first “Run For The Roses” in 2010. It’s a different world. It truly cannot be replicated in Charm City.

Perhaps veteran horse racing columnist Jerry Izenberg of the Newark Star-Ledger said it best in 2010…

“Here in Crab Cake City, there is one thing that all of them — infielder, grandstander and the jacket-and-tie set, that actually know the words to “Maryland, My Maryland” — have in common. They all know how to treat a horse race like, well, a horse race.

Greater Baltimore is too big and too honest, and its people work too hard and wear out too many blue collars for it to be otherwise. It understands exactly what this race is. It is a break in the calendar when the Orioles will not be the lead story. It is an event that the town respects but does not worship.”

It’s hard to argue his point.

In fact, year after year the romanticism and celebration of the “Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” appears to be lessened throughout the city.

It’s not just because patrons were barred from bringing their own alcohol into the infield, either.

The fact is that it is safe to question at this point whether or not Baltimore truly even “respects” the Preakness, more or less reveres the city’s most significant event.

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According to the Baltimore Sun, the 2010 Preakness spending generated roughly $1.3 million in 2010 in state and local taxes. The event was as significant if not more to area businesses including hotels, restaurants, bars, taxi and limo services, entertainment venues and grocery/convenience stores.

What can’t be measured beyond that is the value brought to the area by the exposure that comes with Preakness. NBC and VERSUS will combine to dedicate nearly eight hours of coverage this weekend from Old Hilltop, while HRTV and ESPN have also reported and broadcast from the track this week as well.

The Maryland Jockey Club said over 1,000 media members were credentialed for this year’s event, generating coverage in newspapers and on websites throughout the country and the world.

There is simply no arguing the significance of Baltimore’s biggest annual event.

While an argument could be made that a Baltimore Ravens playoff game could provide nearly as much exposure for the city, it would be difficult to picture a NFL game reaching the vast demographic group that the Preakness is able to touch.

Baltimore’s most significant annual moment happens just off Northern Parkway on the third Saturday of May.

As Bob Ehrlich told Drew Forrester this week in an interview on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, “For me, (the Preakness) was a wonderful day. It’s the best day of the year to be governor.”

Or as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told Rex Snider in an interview on “The Afternoon Drive” also on AM1570 WNST, “It really gives us a chance to showcase the city in a big way.”

It is hard to imagine a resident of our fair city not understanding how significant Preakness Saturday is annually.

Imagine my frustration when I was asked this question by a friend (and lifelong Baltimore resident) recently:

Everyone is getting together at Riverwatch for dinner Saturday because Tuesday is my birthday. You’ll be there, right?

After allowing the bewildered look to finally disappear from my face, I had my own question for my friend:

You’re aware they didn’t cancel the Preakness this year, right?

Even more troubling at the same time was my realization that the Baltimore Orioles were not only playing at home, but they were playing at 4:05pm.

Given that the average Major League Baseball game lasts two hours and fifty-one minutes (according to MLB.com in 2010) and the post time for the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes is 6:19pm-a conflict exists.

A source from the Maryland Jockey Club (who asked not to be identified) told me that the MJC reached out to the O’s after learning of the scheduling conflict, but the club deferred to Major League Baseball. Emails sent to the Orioles and MLB requesting further comment were not returned.

To be fair, the Orioles have to play on the third Saturday of May. But in the last 10 years, the Orioles have not played a game that directly conflicted with the Preakness despite playing seven times at home on Preakness Saturday.

It seems stunning that the Birds (and Major League Baseball) would allow a game to go off at the same time as the city’s signature event instead of altering the time of the game. The Boston Red Sox play an 11am game annually at Fenway Park as part of the city’s “Patriots Day” celebration. The Orioles could start at a similar time on Preakness Saturday to make way for Preakness, or could start later in the evening (around 8pm) to allow fans to attend both events.

In fact, they could even label the game as “the official post-Preakness party” and offer ticket discounts to attendees of the Preakness should they work in concert with the Jockey Club.

It would be the type of arrangement that could perhaps encourage out of town enthusiasts to “make a day of it” in Baltimore, seeing the sights of one of America’s classic sporting events and also viewing breathtaking Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

It’s a shame the city hasn’t worked with both parties to encourage such a partnership.

But the lack of reverence towards the Preakness in Baltimore is more appalling than even a baseball game.

Many Baltimoreans have simply told me in recent weeks that they feel no connection with the event despite understanding the overall significance of the event.

The reality is that some Baltimoreans are simply more interested in other events.

The problem with that attitude is that Baltimore doesn’t have anything else this significant. There is no PGA Tour stop. There is no LPGA, ATP, WTA Tour stop either.

The NBA & NHL Playoffs are irrelevant in Baltimore unless a fan chooses to root for a team from out of town. The NCAA Tournament might include a team from Baltimore, but the days of Tim Duncan and company playing March Madness games on the floor of what is now known as the 1st Mariner Arena have long passed.

The UFC has never staged a major Mixed Martial Arts event in Baltimore. There hasn’t been a significant prize fight in Baltimore in my lifetime. NASCAR has never come to town, and while the IndyCar series will hold the inaugural “Baltimore Grand Prix” in Baltimore this Labor Day weekend, the event has exactly enough significance that it was not picked up by the series’ network partner (ABC).

The Baltimore Ravens have never played more than nine meaningful home games in a season. The Baltimore Orioles haven’t played a significant home game after Opening Day since 1997.

In Baltimore, we have the Preakness and not much else.

But there’s no reason for that to be so depressing.

It would certainly bode well for the event if the sport of horse racing could make a “comeback” in Charm City. Pimlico has been outdated about as long as the Arena has, and it doesn’t serve well to generate excitement. The fact that racing only happens at the track for about a month out of the year hurts too.

No one has to be a horse racing fan to support Preakness, however.

The majority of the 100,000 or so fans that pack the track Saturday will likely not know the names of more than a few horses running in the actual race and even fewer could quickly answer “Lookin At Lucky” if asked who won last year’s event.

That being said, the folks who attend the event are at least expecting a good time-whether they’re watching Train on the infield or screaming at ponies from the grandstand.

There’s nothing wrong with being a Baltimorean and not attending the Preakness. The dirty secret in Louisville is that more locals actually attend Kentucky Oaks day on Friday than the actual Derby. (Which is aided by the closure of schools, government and many offices in general). The simple idea is that the city should somehow partake in the event in general-or at least feel more positive than negative energy in association with the event.

At the very least, everyone in Baltimore should ABSOLUTELY know that the third Saturday of May is Preakness Saturday.

It’s a shame that isn’t currently true.

-G

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7: Greatest Sports Collapses

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7: Greatest Sports Collapses

Posted on 17 May 2011 by Glenn Clark

In honor of what happened Monday night to the Baltimore Orioles against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, today’s Tuesday Top 7 topic was “The Top 7 Greatest Sports Collapses.”

Once again, it’s pretty self-explanatory, correct?

Glenn Clark’s list…

7. “Gone in 54 seconds” Maryland vs. Duke

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6. Yankees blow 3-0 lead to Sox in 2004 ALCS

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5. Jean Van De Velde 1999 British Open

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4. Tony Stewart runs out of gas (2010 New Hampshire)

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3. Smarty Jones 2004 Belmont Stakes

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2. Portland blows 15 point 4th quarter lead to Lakers (2000 Western Conference Finals Game 7)

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1. 2005 Baltimore Orioles second half

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Drew Forrester’s list…

7. 2007 Mother’s Day Massacre

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6. Ghana’s Gyan misses penalty kick in 2010 World Cup

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5. Bruins blow 3-0 series lead, 3-0 Game 7 lead in 2010 NHL Playoffs

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4. Miami blows 31-0 halftime lead to Maryland

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3. Jana Novatna blows 4-1 3rd set lead at Wimbledon to Steffi Graf

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2. Greg Norman blows six stroke lead in final round of 1996 Masters

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1. Van De Velde collapse on 18 at Carnoustie

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If you missed the explanation of why these players made the list on “The Morning Reaction” Tuesday on AM1570 WNST, hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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It’s time for the Orioles to stop catering to out-of-towners

Posted on 28 April 2011 by Drew Forrester

I flipped out a little bit this morning.

Actually…I flipped out last night when I got THIS text from listener/friend-of-the-show Chris:

“Drew, they’re updating the Bruins/Montreal game here at OPACY for all the Sox fans that are here.”

I didn’t believe him.  I sent a reply that basically said, “C’mon man…don’t try pulling that one on me.”

He shot back, “I’m serious.  They’re giving updates of the game on the scoreboard.  Seriously.”

Enough is enough.

I won’t go ballistic again like I did this morning.  You can hear it HERE if you want to listen to me go off the deep end about the Orioles and their obvious and consistent efforts to appease both New York and Boston sports fans whenever they visit the cozy confines of Camden Yards.

Like I said at the outset of today’s “Cheap Shot”, I’ve been bleeding black and orange more than usual this spring, because I’ve said since January I think the team is improving and they have a reasonable chance to at least reach .500 this year and show a little progress in the win/loss column.

I’m on board.

But I’m not on board with catering to those out-of-town creeps.

Selling Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano shirts IN BALTIMORE?

Are you kidding me?

Putting the Bruins score up on the scoreboard to keep the masses up-to-date with how the Boston hockey team is faring?

Really?

We’ve sunk to that level in Baltimore?

Yeah, yeah, I know “it’s nothing new”.  Yeah, yeah, I know we’ve been catering to them for a long time.  Yes, I’m quite aware that the main reason they charge “premium game prices” is to extort money from those goofs in Beantown and the Bronx.

I get it.

But I’m tired of it.

And you know what, I guaran-friggin-tee you the players are tired of it too.

It’s time to “Baltimore up”.

I don’t really care what they think in Boston or New York, frankly.

Stop selling “their” gear in Baltimore.

That’s a start.

The Orioles need to take this issue seriously.  And please understand, because given the situation in Los Angeles earlier this month, it bears repeating and stressing.  I’m NOT saying for us – as fans and human beings – to be disrespectful to opposing fans who buy a ticket and enter the ballpark.  No, no, no.  I’m not saying that at all.  What I’m saying is that the ballclub should stop bowing down to them and making them feel “at home” when they come to Baltimore to root for their team.

You’d never see the Ravens sell a Hines Ward jersey in Baltimore and gobs of those miscreant Steelers fans slither their way into M&T Bank Stadium every year.

This is about the Orioles making a stand, not the fan base making a stand.

And if Major League Baseball tries to pull rank and questions them on why the merchandise sales are lower, they need only tell the truth.  ”We got tired of seeing half the stadium prance around the place in a Dustin Pedroia shirt, acting like their poop doesn’t stink.  In Baltimore.  In our stadium.  Making it difficult for OUR players to perform to their highest level.”

We all know the dirty little secret here.  Hell, I’m a dummy and I can figure this out.  Those 18 home games that bring in New Yorkers and Boston-folk are the Orioles meal ticket.  Tickets go through the roof, revenue is generated and, for one of the few homestands in the season, a large profit is turned.

But, as you’ve seen with the two crowds in the Red Sox series thus far (18k, 16k, approx), they’ve chased so many Orioles fans away by giving the Boston people back rubs over the years that the ONLY people brave enough to go to Yankees or Red Sox games are THEIR fans.

Something has to give.

A decision has to be made.

When those two teams come to town, treat them like you would if they were the Rangers or the Mariners or the A’s.

They’re just a baseball team.

With a different uniform.

And stop pretending like we – Baltimore people with a brain – don’t know what’s going on, because we do.

We know the truth.

And we also know this:  They’d NEVER, EVER do anything for us in New York or Boston.

And that’s even more reason to stop french-kissing THEIR fans in Baltimore.

They all have cell phones.  Let them find out the hockey score the way most of us do, by going to our phone.

They all have the internet.  Let them buy their David Ortiz or Mariano Rivera t-shirt on-line.

Enough is enough.

And by the way, as a 2011 season ticket holder, I have even more of a reason to be angry about what happened during this recent homestand where the Orioles again laid down the red carpet for the out-of-towners.

As a Baltimorean, I’m offended.

And so were the 33,000 who didn’t show up last night.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 18 October 2010 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: FallBall College Lacrosse: Maryland @ Loyola (Friday 7pm Ridley Athletic Complex); “Paranormal Activity 2″ opens in theaters (Friday)

10. Darius Rucker (Friday 7pm Pier Six Pavilion), 311 (Saturday 7pm Pier Six Pavilion); Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Martin Sexton (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live), Matt And Kim (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live), Bad Religion (Sunday 7pm Rams Head Live); Jenny & Johnny (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); All Time Low (Saturday 8pm Recher Theatre); Helmet (Friday 8pm Sonar); Yonder Mountain String Band (Saturday 10pm 9:30 Club); Buddy Guy (Tuesday & Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Louis CK (Friday 7:30pm & 10pm Warner Theatre); Guster (Saturday 7pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall), Lifehouse (Sunday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Kelly Bell Band (Saturday 8pm Field House); Tom Papa (Saturday 8pm Stevenson University); B.o.B. and Wale (Sunday 7pm Towson Center); Kings of Leon “Come Around Sundown” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I don’t care how you feel about country music. I’m going to see Darius Rucker Friday night. And as I told Boomer Sooner already, I will NOT be held responsible for my actions if he channels Prince…

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If anyone has some extra 311 tickets Saturday night, I know a certain doughy sports DJ that would be willing to take them off your hands…

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Since I’m going to be at Darius Rucker Friday night I’m going to miss Robert Randolph. (It’s okay, I’m going to see him a week later in DC. I know you were worried.) For those of you who WILL be at Rams Head Friday night, you’ll be in for a treat…

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So…I have some friends who go to Towson. Can they please explain to me why none of them have invited me to the B.O.B. show Sunday night?!?!?

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And finally, my copy of “Come Around Sundown” better be ready on iTunes before sun UP on Tuesday. That is all…

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9. Cirque Du Soleil “OVO” final week (Tuesday-Sunday National Harbor DC)

If I’m going, Paul Rudd better be bringing me some shrooms for the event. (You REALLY don’t get the reference? REALLY? Please check here…)

Seriously though, the whole thing just looks like an acid trip to me…

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8. Soccer: MLS-Toronto FC @ DC United (Saturday 7:30pm from RFK Stadium live on MLS Direct Kick); College Soccer: Colgate @ Maryland (Tuesday 7:30pm Ludwig Field), Wake Forest @ Maryland (Saturday 7pm Ludwig Field); Hartford @ UMBC (Saturday 1pm UMBC Soccer Stadium)

Apparently this is Jaime Moreno’s final match with DC United-which is apparently meaningful somehow. I’d tell you how if I knew, trust me. I’m not just being a jerk and withholding information from you. I genuinely don’t know.

Now…if it was Jamie BRADFORD’s final match with DC United, I’m pretty sure I would understand the significance…

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7. NHL: Boston Bruins @ Washington Capitals (Tuesday 7:30pm from Verizon Center live on VERSUS), Washington Capitals @ Boston Bruins (Thursday 7pm from Boston live on Comcast SportsNet & NHL Network), Atlanta Thrashers @ Washington Capitals (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet)

As you know, I’m not a Caps fan. They play in Washington-which I’m sure you’re aware is the same place where the Redskins play. I dislike both of them.

That being said…I probably hate Boston just as much if not more. Especially considering the fact that the Ravens just lost to the New England Patriots. Eff Boston. Eff New England. Eff Papa Gino’s. Eff Bill Simmons. Eff Fenway Park. Eff Sweet Caroline.

Unless it’s Dave Matthews playing Sweet Caroline. At Fenway Park. Then we’ll momentarily enjoy it and then pretend to be mad about it later.

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6. High School Football: Perry Hall @ Dulaney (Saturday 1pm), Severna Park @ Glen Burnie (Friday 6:30pm)

You know…I was feeling a bit dejected about the fact that my Gators couldn’t hang on Friday night and beat Franklin. I really was. It was Homecoming, and a loss to the Indians really kinda hurt.

But…at least I don’t root for the Gophers like a certain other personality on “The Morning Reaction” that I know.

That’s right, ol’ Drew Forrester’s alma mater had a hell of a night Friday night. Final score? Old Mill 83, Glen Burnie….zero.

83-0?!?!?

I think Old Mill would have gotten better competition from THIS team…

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5. Auto Racing: NASCAR Tums Fast Relief 500 (Sunday 1pm from Martinsville, VA live on ESPN)

NASCAR races really aren’t my thing-even when they reach their “playoffs.”

But while I’ve never actually been to Martinsville, I get the feeling that this is probably more exciting than what folks USUALLY do in town…

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4. Pro Wrestling: WWE Bragging Rights (Sunday 8pm from Minneapolis live on Pay-Per-View)

I usually offer you one good reason to watch WWE’s monthly PPV event. This time, I have two. Those reasons are named Brie Bella and Nikki Bella…

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Ahh yes, the Bella Twins. They’re wrestlers. Or something. Apparently. Lord, I don’t know. They’re hot. Isn’t that enough for you people?

3. Mixed Martial Arts: UFC 121-Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez (Saturday 10pm from Anaheim live on Pay-Per-View), Strikeforce Challengers-Roger Bowling vs. Bobby Voelker (Friday 11pm from Fresno, CA live on Showtime); Bellator Fighting Championships 33: Roger Huerta vs. Eddie Alvarez (Thursday 8pm from Philadelphia live on Fox Sports Net)

The entire sport of MMA is much better for having Brock Lesnar part of it. Why’s that? Well…remember when he and Big Show did THIS???

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2POmlpVREWI[/youtube]

2. College Football: Maryland @ Boston College (Saturday 1pm from Chestnut Hill, Mass. live on ESPN3.com), Navy vs. Notre Dame (Saturday 12pm from East Rutherford, NJ live on CBS), Delaware State @ Morgan State (Saturday 1pm Hughes Stadium)

This is great. I like the Midshipmen and I don’t like the Fighting Irish. In fact, I REALLY don’t like the Irish. GO MIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0Y7yjxJVlc[/youtube]

1. NFL: Buffalo Bills @ Baltimore Ravens (Sunday 1pm from M&T Bank Stadium live on CBS)

You almost feel bad making fun of the Buffalo Bills. I mean, hasn’t that group of fans suffered enough? They might lose their team to Canada! CANADA! I sorta just feel bad for them.

Oh well.

I present to you the Top 3 most significant moments in Buffalo Bills history…

#3 was actually a decent play…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE1G-Dn7nUs[/youtube]

#2 was a minor miracle…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2I4_UP8_2M[/youtube]

#1 was…I’m just sorry Bills fans….

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

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because I ventured over to the “Get Spicy Nuggets” website yesterday and went ahead and made a reservation to try out the new product at Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square next Tuesday…

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The best part about the reservation? I got an email RIGHT BACK from the great Steve Pavlovsky telling me he was “excited” to have me come by that week. Love it!

I’m hoping the Spicy Nuggets will go well with the Christian Moerlein Golden Helles I picked up in Cincinnati last weekend…

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I don’t have much positive to say about the Queen City, but this was definitely a good decision.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Ravens released S Ken Hamlin to make room for CB Cary Williams on roster

The only surprising thing about the Ken Hamlin decision is that we had heard from a few different sources that the player getting cut was more likely to be DT Lamar Divens.

But everything about cutting Ken Hamlin really does make sense. The word was that Hamlin was holding a roster spot just until (if?) Ed Reed comes back. The Ravens got value from Hamlin in the secondary and on Special Teams; but Cary Williams is expected to also give them some value in the secondary and on Special Teams.

It’s semi-surprising. It certainly isn’t stunning.

2. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester doesn’t think Derrick Mason media ban any sort of ‘big deal’

And it isn’t.

There’s an argument that Derrick is better off NOT talking to the media right now as he can likely only be frustrated with his role in the offense and the offense in general. Instead of saying something silly about Cam Cameron, Joe Flacco or Anquan Boldin; it might be better for Mason to keep his mouth shut.

Now-it is CERTAINLY hypocritical of Mason to choose not to talk to reporters but still talk on WBAL on his radio show. That’s completely lame, and he should be reminded of that.

3. National Football Post’s says Jared Gaither says notions of holdout ‘foolish’

There’s NOTHING about having a player try to NOT play in order to make more money that makes sense to me. I understand the frustration with Gaither not being on the field, but I have NEVER doubted whether or not he was hurt.

You know what else would be foolish? NOT posting this picture of Lisa Morales. (Thanks DJMICK via Busted Coverage!)

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4. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Donte’ Stallworth, Tavares Gooden OUT; Le’Ron McClain, Derrick Mason, Jared Gaither, Browns’ Jake Delhomme DNP in practice Wednesday

And before we move on from the Ravens, a couple of things…

-The Ravens are back on the practice field today at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills. We are expected to hear from Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron, Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison and Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg and LB Ray Lewis today as well. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter (@WNST) and tuned in throughout the day on AM1570.

-Did you miss Ravens OL Chris Chester this morning with Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head on over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net to check it out. Some other things you can find in the Audio Vault include…

  • Steve Beuerlein (CBS Color Analyst)-who previewed Ravens/Browns with Drew Thursday morning
  • Sean Salisbury (“Sean Unfiltered”-Voice America Radio)-who went around the NFL with Drew Thursday morning
  • Our “Morning Reaction Cheap Shots” from Thursday morning, including Drew’s shot at Rex Ryan
  • Rhea Hughes (610 WIP Philadelphia)-who discussed the Eagles’ Michael Vick/Kevin Kolb/Andy Reid situation with Rex Wednesday
  • Kevin Lempa (Terps Safeties Coach)-who joined Thyrl Nelson Wednesday for the “Terrapins Coaches Report”
  • Les Carpenter (Yahoo! Sports)-who talked Braylon Edwards, etc. with Thyrl Wednesday
  • Mario Cristobal (Florida International Head Coach)-who previewed FIU’s visit to College Park with Thyrl Wednesday
  • PLENTY of audio from Owings Mills Wednesday, including John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Haloti Ngata, Matt Birk, TJ Houshmandzadeh and Jarret Johnson

It’s all there in the Audio Vault. Make sure you check it out today-and shower me with praise for handling your daily plans.

5. The AP says David Ortiz, John Lackey helped Boston Red Sox avoid sweep at hands of Orioles at Fenway Park

I guess Kevin Millwood serves to prove that there IS some sort of immunity to Buck Showalter in Charm City. I wouldn’t have believed it otherwise. 5IP, 6ER, 7H (and 1BB) don’t get the job done.

Earlier in the year I said this jokingly, but now I genuinely mean it. You can’t win them all. Games like last night will happen-even to Buck Showalter!

6. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of loss

You REALLY don’t want to look at these numbers, especially if your name is Matt Wieters (we’ll get back to him).

Instead of looking at the numbers, look at Brittany Dailey. It will be a much more pleasant experience…

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7. CSNBaltimore.com’s Pete Kerzel says O’s Wieters has ‘room for growth and improvement’

And before we move on from the Birds, a couple of things…

-Make sure you check out Jay Trucker’s Brian Roberts blog today at WNST.net. I think it’s pretty interesting; as 2005 was the last time baseball fans in Baltimore had any level of excitement.

-The Orioles are off tonight, they head up to Canada (hopefully Adam Jones won’t have any trouble) to open a series with the Toronto Blue Jays tomorrow night. Chris Tillman will face Brett Cecil in the first game; and Jeremy Guthrie will go for the Birds Saturday night. Otherwise, we don’t know much about the pitching matchups.

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland, Texas agree to football series in 2017-2018

The best number Patrick points out in his blog? Maryland is 0-3 all time against the ‘Horns; and have been outscored 102-0 in the three games.

Yikes.

A lot could change between now and the trip to Austin in 2017 or the return at FedEx Field in DC in 2018. Will Muschamp will likely be the head coach for Texas; and who knows what will happen in College Park as they try to sort out Ralph Friedgen and James Franklin.

But I don’t think everything will change. I’m no betting man, but if the early line was Maryland (+28), I don’t know if I could bet the Terps.

9. TowsonTigers.com says visit from Princeton, trips to George Washington and UMBC highlight Tigers’ hoops schedule

I remember Bob Ehrlich made an appearance in Catonsville when Princeton visited UMBC a few years back. I think he was still governor then.

I wonder….eh, I’ll leave that alone for now.

It’s always cool to have celebrities sitting courtside at big games. Maybe the visit from Princeton would even be cool enough for Erin Heatherton to sit courtside. (Thanks Guyism!)

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10. Inside Lacrosse’s Danielle Bernstein says former Navy lacrosse player Brandon Looney killed in Afghanistan

This goofy blog is much too irreverent to do justice for this terrible loss. Brandon Looney (like so many of the young men who we’ve lost in Afghanistan and Iraq) won’t get the attention that a Pat Tillman did; but he deserves a great deal of honor.

We thank Brandon Looney for giving the greatest sacrifice, and we wish the best to his family, friends and everyone in the Midshipmen family.

God bless.

And finally, I leave you with this.

30 Rock is back tonight. That pleases me.

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

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Red Sox Nation: Best fans in baseball?

Posted on 22 September 2010 by Domenic Vadala

Every fan base in every sport will argue that they’re the best fans in the world. We do it at Camden Yards, and odds are they do it at every other sports venue in America. The Boston Red Sox take this to another level with the whole “Red Sox Nation” movement and so forth. We’re all sick of their fans coming to Camden Yards and acting like it’s their home park. That’s why these past couple of nights at Fenway have struck me so much. Anyone that’s watched the O’s and Red Sox on MASN the past two nights has noticed something that’s not normally seen at the Fens during Red Sox games: red seats.

Gary Thorne even pointed it out on MASN on Monday night. While the games are listed as sellouts because the tickets were already sold, this is a phenomenon known around sports as no-shows. The funniest thing to me is that while the Red Sox are probably destined for an early winter just like the O’s, they’re technically still in contention. That means that some people bought their tickets and decided not to come to the game(s) since they were essentially meaningless. Hmmm…is it possible that Red Sox Nation is truly no better than any other country around MLB or sports? That sounds a lot like Oriole fans not wanting to come out to the yard to see a team out of contention. The only difference s that the Red Sox have already sold the tickets so they still get the gate revenue. However they don’t collect as much concessions money, souvenir sales, etc.

Each time the Orioles have set Camden Yards all-time attendance lows, it’s generally been an early season game early in the week and early in the season where it’s been cold. However that doesn’t stop the media (ie-ESPN) from reporting the fact that the Orioles set an attendance low for an entire day. Does anyone among us think that any national media outlet is going to highlight the Red Sox no-shows? Probably not, especially seeing that the game is listed as a sellout. However anyone that watched Monday’s game heard Gary Thorne and Jim Palmer highlight how chilly it was in New England, and saw people bundled up in the stands. So apparently if you combine cold weather with a team that’s probably not going anywhere, even New Englanders might not necessarily be interested.

I’m not trying to pile on the Red Sox as much as you might think. I’ve seen the O’s at Fenway Park, and it’s one of the most amazing places in sports. Furthermore, to anyone that’s never seen a game there I’ll tell you that the Fenway Faithful are nothing like the pink hatters that come to Oriole Park to root on the Red Sox. Not only was I not taunted for wearing my Oriole cap and pullover (it was mid-April when I went in 2009 so it was cold), but many people came flying up to me to literally welcome me to their ballpark and their city. I might agree that the fans at Fenway Park are some of the best in baseball. My point is that as much as teams like the Orioles are made into laughingstocks about attendance (or lackthereof), not even the mighty Red Sox are above issues in this department.

Admittedly, the Red Sox “attendance problems” are not anything like what we see at Camden Yards. The Orioles at times struggle to put 12k people in the seats during mid-week series’. However, the premise is pretty much the same; most people don’t want to see an uncompetitive team. (I’ve been to at least twenty Oriole games thus far this year, but most casual fans won’t come out to the games unless the team’s in contention.) I take heavy umbrage when hear people say that Baltimore isn’t a very good baseball town, or that the community doesn’t support the team. The fact is that Baltimore is a baseball town, and it’s as good as any other. However the team’s fallen on lean years, which will eventually turn people away (and don’t get me wrong, a column on bandwagon fans is a whole other argument, but that’s for another day).

If the Orioles were to start winning again, I think that people would return stronger than ever. Time loves a hero, and the people of Baltimore will latch onto this team in coming years if the trend of the second half continues into 2011. I even noticed an absence of the normal “die-hard” Red Sox fans at Oriole Park when Boston was in town a few weeks ago. Similarly, when the Yankees weren’t going to the playoffs a few years ago their fans didn’t fill the yard either. (The difference was that hey did sell out continually at home because it was the last season in Yankee Stadium.) So am I trying to say that Boston Red Sox fans aren’t as good as Oriole fans? No, not in the least. But the fact is that they’re no different in that when the team’s not in contention people (casual fans) just might decide to do something else as opposed to going to the ballpark.

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