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Posted on 04 October 2009 by Bryan Powell

Let me state for the record I am a New England Patriot fan. I am from Annapolis and I was 7 when the Colts left so I had to look elsewhere for a team to cheer on. Unfortunately that meant the Redskins who have become the NFL’s version of the O’s. Dan Snyder and Peter Angelos have a lot in common.  However when I found out Bill Belichick and I attended the same high school,  I immediate;y started following him when he was in Cleveland and that has continued in New England. I do respect the Ravens and what they have built. This being said here are my thoughts on today’s game.

The officiating was bad but they were only doing what they were told to do by the league. If you want to be angry at the league for protecting the quarterbacks that is fine but the refs are only enforcing those rules. The Suggs and Ngata calls were bad so was the unnecessary roughness call on the Patriots but Flacco’s INT in the red zone bailed them out. One question I have though is why does Baltimore/Washington area think referees in every sport are against them. Whether it is baseball, college basketball, college football, or the NFL, fans in this area think the refs are out to get them. I am including  Redskin fans in this also.

Back to the game, after the Patriots stopped the Ravens on third and fourth down they tried to give the Ravens the game. They only took 1:30 off the clock and the punt went into the end zone meaning no run back and the ball on the 20. The Ravens were a dropped pass away from making the Pats pay dearly for that.

I think these two teams will meet again on a snowy January day. I am hoping it is in New England because M&T isn’t a fun place to visit.

Good luck the rest of the way until they meet the Pats again.


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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (9/25/09)

Posted on 25 September 2009 by Jack McManus


Andy Behrens from Yahoo! Sports comes on the show to offer his weekly fantasy football advice. He advises Drew to stay away from most Titans as they play the Jets who have not allowed an offensive touchdown. He tells me to go with Jay Cutler over Trent Edwards, Ryan Grant over Darren Sproles, and Roy Williams over Donald Driver. Finally, he tells Glenn to start Leon Washington over Knowshon Moreno and Mike Bell, and Eddie Royal or Torry Holt above Steve Breaston.


Jeremy Bloom, who will be on the broadcast team for the Maryland-Rutgers game is now up. He calls Da’Rel Scott one of the best backs in the ACC. He goes on to state that he thinks Maryland has a great chance to pick up a much-needed victory tomorrow. He explains that the Terps need to improve their discipline in order to turn the season around. Bloom moves on to talk about how he had success in both skiing and football. Bloom next describes the The Jeremy Bloom Wish of a Lifetime Foundation. The program aims to grant wishes for low-income senior citizens. For more information on this cause click here.


Andre Knott is the next guest. He is a sideline reporter for the Cleveland Browns. Knott admits that the Browns may be taking many bad losses this season with their current talent level. Knott states that it appears as though Jamal Lewis will not play this Sunday. Instead Jerome Harrison and James Davis will take the majority of the carries. Neither back is as big and strong as Lewis. Knott explains that not all of the Cleveland players have bought into Eric Mangini’s coach philosophy. He moves on to talk about how many fans in Cleveland still have bitter feelings towards the Ravens, despite the fact that the city has another team.


Steve Tasker, CBS Sports Broadcaster, makes an appearance on the show. He will call the Ravens-Browns match-up on Sunday. He states that the Browns do not stack up to the Ravens on either side of the ball. He explains how many NFL teams see the Ravens as a measuring stick for success. Therefore, if the Browns compete with the Ravens, some will be satisfied. He goes on to say that the change of scenery for Kelley Washington has greatly helped him find his way to contributing on the field. He also believes that Ray Lewis could be the best inside linebacker ever. Tasker talks about the Patriot’s early season struggles. He thinks the team will still be strong, but will have to fight to win many of their games. The one 0-2 team that Tasker thinks is not as bad as they look is the Jacksonville Jaguars. He describes how the blame should be placed on the players, and not the head coach.


This morning Glenn and Drew participate in the picks and comment segment. Each set of picks is posted below.


Ravens over Browns 28-13

Titans over Jets

Giants over Bucs

Texans over Jags

Vikings over 49ers

Pats over Falcons

Lions over Redskins

Packers over Rams

Bears over Seahawks

Bills over Saints

Chargers over Dolphins

Steelers over Bengals

Raiders over Broncos

Cardinals over Colts

Cowboys over Panthers


Ravens over Browns 34-10

Titans over Jets 23-17

Giants over Bucs 31-15

Texans over Jags 37-7

Minnesota over 49ers 24-20

Patriots over Falcons 27-24

Lions over Redskins 20-17

Packers over Rams 24-19

Bears over Seahawks 23-20

Saints over Bills 34-24

Chargers over Dolphins 33-17

Bengals over Steelers 20-17

Raiders over Broncos 17-14

Colts over Cardinals 31-27

Cowboys over Panthers 34-24

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (9/23/09)

Posted on 23 September 2009 by Jack McManus


Victor Rojas from MLB Network is now on to talk some baseball. The first topic is the American League playoff picture. Rojas calls the Texas Rangers a team of overachievers. He explains that his provides hope for the future of the team. He moves on to the Boston Red Sox pitching situation. The group’s inconsistency could be a problem in the postseason. On the National League side, Rojas states that the Phillies are the front-runners. Rojas next talks about the AL Cy Young competition. He agrees with Drew that Zach Greinke will win the award, particularly after his performance last night. In the NL, Rojas thinks the award will be given to either Adam Wainwright or Chris Carpenter, teammates on the St. Louis Cardinals.   


Now, Fergus calls in. Fergus will be playing at the Baltimore Country Club in the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. Fergus talks about the use of the long putter in golf. He argues that for many this is the most effective way to putt. He goes on to talk about the quality of the course at the Baltimore Country Club. He also mentions how thankful he is for the opportunity to play on the senior tour and prolong he career.    


Keith Fergus, a professional golfer appears next is not reachable, and will therefore not be on the show.


Newsday columnist, Bob Glauber is the next guest. He starts off by stating that a Giants-Jets Super Bowl in extremely unlikely. He goes on to talk about the impressive performance thus far of Eli Manning. He believes that the Giants are legitimate Super Bowl contenders. He also thinks that the NFC has more quality teams than the AFC this year. The topic next moves to Rex Ryan. Glauber explains the positive impact that Ryan has made on the media, players, and fans. The players have totally bought into Ryan’s system. He moves on to Mark Sanchez. He states that Sanchez has had not had a difficult time adjusting to being in the largest media market in the country. He next talks about how just because a team is currently 0-2, judgements should not immediately passed. Drew and Glauber agree that Drew Brees could very well be the best quarterback in the league. However, Glauber states that he would not trade Joe Flacco straight-up for any other QB in the league, while yesterday Drew named a number of players better equipped to win now.


Glenn is up with a Ravens report. He talks about the roster moves the team made yesterday. The team traded LB Prescott Burgess to the Patriots for a 7th round draft choice. In a corresponding move, the team signed TE Tony Curtis. He will provide insurance for the thin TE group and also contribute on special teams. Also, the Browns confirmed that Brady Quinn will the starting quarterback against the Ravens this week.


An Orioles fan calls in to talk about the bullpen’s recent problems and the organization’s handling of Michael Aubery. Another caller brings up how Gary Thorne discussed the attendance problems in Toronto for the Orioles game last night. He points out how Thorne would never bring up the Orioles similarly small attendance.


Donald Hill-Eley, head coach of the Morgan State football team is next up. He starts off by explaining how the new-found success of the sports teams at Morgan have greatly improved the morale around campus. He next talks about his quarterback Carlton Jackson. He explains that Jackson’s decision-making skills have greatly improved this year. However, Hill-Eley states that the running game must improve in order to have more offensive success. Finally, he describes the importance of the game this weekend against Towson and its importance to the local sports scene.


Towson’sfootball head coach, Rob Ambrose calls in to talk on the show. He discusses how he became very animated towards the officiating crew on Saturday. He says he later had a conversation with the head referee. He goes on to talk about how the Tigers have multiple players that can play different positions. Next he talks about the “buzz” in the stadium during the game. He felt that all the fans were very excited and truly believed the team could win the game. This is important to the success of the team, because Rob admits that the road to having a strong team may be rocky.


Mike Gathagan, a spokesman from the Maryland Jockey Club makes and appearance on the show. He talks about the upcoming Jim McKay Maryland Million day at Laurel Park. He also describes the Two Rings for OJ event held on OJ Brigance’s 40th Birthday. For more information on giving to this charitable cause, click here.

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Now that’s a double-header

Posted on 15 September 2009 by Eric Aaronson

I just got home from our WNST Neighborhood Tour Night which concluded “Dundalk Week” at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood on Holabird Avenue. Thank you to all of those that came out for the cold Coors Lights and two great Monday Night Football games! We at WNST appreciate your support of our Neighborhood Tour, Dundalk, and Jummy’s Famous Seafood.

It was a great night filled with plenty of good times and great games (including the Men’s U.S. Open Finals), however it may take several weeks for me to forget the images from our wing eating contest. Congratulations to our winner Don who was able to muster enough stomach capacity following the Bills loss, one which supposedly cost him plenty. However he stayed focused enough to eat 15 wings in record time! In fact it was obvious to all those in attendance that Don’s performance was Hall of Fame compared to that of T.O., who was unspectacular to say the least in his Buffalo Bills debut. In fact, Don didn’t hesitate to finish off the remaining wings left over from the rest of the participants. Great job Don! Look for the video from the wing eating contest on wnst.net to see for yourself.

For those of you that weren’t able to make it out to Donna’s Tavern on Thursday or Jimmy’s Famous tonight for the Coors Light WNST Neighborhood Tour Nights, I can’t encourage you enough to mark your calendar for next Monday night, as we’ll be calling Cockeysville home and hanging out at Piv’s Pub on York Rd. There isn’t a better way to watch the game and hang out with your favorite WNST personality then during our 17-week tour. Thanks again to Jimmy’s Famous Seafood for hosting all of the fun tonight and I can’t wait to see the video from the wing eating contest! I hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed seeing it live.

Here’s the evidence:

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Stevenson to Field Football Team in Fall 2011

Posted on 10 August 2009 by Stevenson Athletics

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson University has announced that it is adding football to its roster of 19 NCAA Division III varsity sports for men and women. The University will recruit 40 to 50 student athletes for a developmental season to start in fall 2010 and kick off intercollegiate play in fall 2011.

The team will compete against current Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) members Frostburg State, Salisbury, Wesley and Gallaudet, and looks forward to cross-conference play.

“Football is a great fit for Stevenson and reflects our commitment to Division III sports and educating student athletes,” said Paul Cantabene, Associate Director of Athletics in charge of men’s sports. “Current students, alumni and prospective students have all expressed a strong desire in having football here.”

Stevenson has witnessed tremendous growth over the past decade, building a new campus in Owings Mills and increasing its undergraduate population to nearly 2,700 students. The University intends to grow that number to 4,000 and expects that the excitement and interest that football creates will be key to attracting a greater number of students, especially male students.

“Football is such a popular sport and we really believe it is something that will add vitality to our campus,” said Director of Athletics Brett Adams.

“Football will complement our existing athletic programs well and expenses will be offset by gains in admissions,” added Cantabene.

The institution expects to attract 40-50 students representing strong local and regional high school football talent for its fall 2010 developmental season and at least 40 additional students by fall 2011 for its first varsity season.

“Our geographic location is perfect,” said Tim Campbell, Executive Vice President for Financial Affairs and Chief Financial Officer. “Numerous high school students want to continue to play at the college level and there aren’t enough Division III opportunities.”

In an odd coincidence, Stevenson is bringing football back to the practice facility that was once the home of the Baltimore Colts and later the Ravens. It purchased the Owings Mills facility from Baltimore City and the Ravens in 2006. The University has existing practice fields on its two campuses and plans for new stadium on its Owings Mills campus.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 3,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult accelerated degrees at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.

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FINALLY…Baltimore gets a World Soccer match!

Posted on 24 March 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

Over the past decade fans in New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. have been treated to a European “friendly” football matchup and finally Baltimore and M&T Bank Stadium will get ours: Chelsea will face A.C. Milan on July 24 in downtown of the Charm City.

Here’s the press release from the Ravens, who are promoting the event.

Chelsea vs. AC Milan to play at M&T Bank Stadium!

On Friday, July 24th at 8:00 p.m, Chelsea, of the English Premier League will take on AC Milan, of Italy’s top division Serie A at M&T Bank Stadium. This match will mark the first soccer event to be played at M&T Bank Stadium.

A sell out crowd is expected and as a PSL Owner, we would like to offer you the first opportunity to purchase tickets for this exciting event before tickets go on sale to the general public. General public sales begin today, Tuesday, March 24th at 12:30 p.m. Special VIP hospitality packages are also available on both an individual basis and for groups of 30. VIP package, club level and lower level midfield purchasers will get access to a private practice session on Thursday, July 23rd from 6-9 p.m

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Who is Tired of The Kurt Warner Story?

Posted on 02 February 2009 by Bryan Powell

Let me start by saying last night probably sealed Kurt Warner’s place in Canton and he won the NFL Man of The Year award which shows how much he does in the community but I am getting tired of hearing and reading about his story. We all know what he has been through so why do we have to keep hearing about it. Why do we have to keep seeing shots of his wife everytime he did something? Did we see Santonio Holmes’ family after his catch or Big Ben’s family after one of his great plays? No we didn’t. He has used two great sets of offensive weapons and one weak division to get two teams to three Super Bowls with a 1-2 record. I am sure there were other players on the field last night with unique stories of their own but all we heard was about Kurt Warner. I am not saying ignore the story completely but the last few weeks have been unbearable.

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As 2008 comes to an end…the last Random Thoughts from me..

Posted on 24 December 2008 by KZ

1. First like everyone else….I’d like to wish everyone a happy and peaceful Holiday season…It has been a fun year for me getting to know caller and emailers and bloggers and look forward to an even better 2009…whether we agreed or not it was always entertaining.

2. I was bummed for about 12 hours after Teixiera signed with the Yankees. I said all along I thought he really wanted to come home and be an Oriole. I was disappointed in him and the O’s for those 12 hours. Not that his signing would mean a winning team but he would have been another piece to a 3 or 4 year puzzle. Now that he is with the Yankees…so be it…the Yankees, as much as I dislike them, are simply playing by the rules…I wish our ownership group would use the same win at any cost idealology.

Saying all that…I am an Orioles fan…I was born that way…the Orioles will always be my team. I may not go to as many games as I use to, but they are the home team. In 2008 they actually made some solid strides to rebuilding a solid organization. They made some good trades, they played some young players and made some good draft choices. The next 12 years will be better then the last 12…I know that is not saying much, but if they continue to bring in talent to the system, maybe they can be a Marlins or Rays..maybe…time will tell…but in the end how can you fault a team for not overpaying greatly for a guy that didn;’t want to be an Oriole. It’s not an Oriole problem…its a baseball problem.

3. The Ravens…what else can be said…for many it has been a tough year, but at least the Ravens provided a great escape for many, each and every Sunday…no matter how this team ends the 2008 – 2009 season…we know a few things we have not been able to say maybe ever…We have our QB of the present and future, and for that matter our backup QB as well. Our OLINE is not the number 1 priority of the off-season. Our secondary needs another solid player but Fabian Washington has been a find. Whether or not you agreed with the offseason moves of firing the coach or draft day…you can’t argue with the results…cograts to the Ravens and Thank you!

4. The NFL is FUN…but let the players have some of the fun as well…Wes Welker gets finded for making a snow angle after a touchdown….he was having fun…not trying to show up the other team. This is still a game…grown men playing a game like they did when they were kids…take the kids away and you have no game.

5. I will be pulling for Miami this weekend…great story and if they win some justice in the world…Pennington over Farve, in maybe Farve’s last game. I respect Brett Farve but can no longer stand his act…he is a selfish me first guy. no matter what everyone says. I’d love for him to one time when asked about if he is returning next season say this: “its not about me, I am not thinking about it, all we are thinking about as a team is a win this Sunday”. We NEVER hear that from him…retire Brett, I am tired of you and your act!

6. San Diego gets to right the biggest wrong of the NFL season this Sunday…Denver will start Tatum Bell…I like SD.

Some predictions:

Ravens win by 2 TD’s Sunday

Dallas beats Philly to make the playoffs

Miami wins and wins the East…NE goes 11 – 5 and misses the playoffs..sniff sniff…

The Vikes beat the GMEN to win the NFC north


Have a nice holiday all…and to all a good night.

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Ravens – Steelers

Posted on 14 December 2008 by caseywillett

This will be a tremendous football game in my opinion today. There will probably not be 40 points combined scored in the game. This will be a hard hitting, physical, old school type football game between two very similar teams.

Here are a couple of keys in my opinion to today’s game:

Put Them Away– I think the Steelers will be in this game all day long, so it is so important that when the Ravens get a chance to put points on the board and put the game out of reach that they do so. To many times this year the Ravens have let teams hang around that should not be able to hang with them. Now, part of the time the other team has made a mistake to seal their fate, but this is a Steelers team that if you give them a chance to hang around they will hurt you. You see it almost week after week with the Steelers they find a way to get back in a ball game if you do not take advantage of the opportunities to score when they are there.

Keep Joe Standing –Seems like I say this every week, but this is going to be a huge factor today. The Steelers are a team that loves to get after the quarterback and get sacks. The Ravens offensive line has to give Flacco time to throw the football today. The Steelers secondary is not that great, with the exception obviously being Troy Polamalu, so if the Ravens can give him time to throw the football Flacco can take advantage of this secondary.

Run Willis– This could be a big day for Willis McGahee, now I am not expecting him to run for 100 yards or anything, but he has to have consistently solid carries, because without Ray Rice today, it will be up to Willis and LeRon McClain to carry the load of the running game.Plus I think McGahee will be a little motivated after his performance last week.

Convert 3rd downs – At the end of the day, the 3rd down stats might tell the difference in the football game. The Ravens offense has to convert on 3rd downs and keep the Steelers defense off of the field and hope that you can wear them down and finish them off in the 4th quarter.

No 3rd quarter letdown– The 3rd quarter could be a huge part of this football game. The Ravens defense has only allowed 200 points this season, with 66 of them in the 3rd quarter,which is the most they have allowed in any quarter this season. On the other side of the football,the Steelers have scored 77 points in the 3rd quarter while only allowing 19. This could be an interesting part of the game to tell which way this game is going to be decided.

Finish Strong– If the Ravens can keep their heads above water during the 3rd quarter, there is no better team than them in the 4th quarter. The Ravens have score 98 of their 316 points on offense in the 4th quarter which is the quarter they have scored the most points all season. Meanwhile the defense has only allowed 33 points in the 4th quarter which is the fewest of any quarter all season for the Ravens. The Steelers have given up 61 points in the 4th quarter which is the most points in any quarter they have given up this season. The Ravens have proven that the 4th quarter is when they are arguably at their strongest.

This will be a close game, but since the Ravens are at home, I like them to win this game 17-13.

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How Will Baltimore Feel About This?

Posted on 12 December 2008 by Bryan Powell

As you may know ESPN is going to show a replay of the 1958 NFL Championship game between the Colts and Giants on Saturday night. Tonight on the 11pm SportsCenter they showed a preview for the show. They show a colorized version of the game with people talking about it as it goes along. They have Raymond Berry, Pat Summerall and some other players who played in the game. They also have Mike Tirico talking to the guy who called the game in 1958. The part that may bother Baltimore is that they have some current NFL players and coaches that are also involved. The part they showed tonight had Steve Smith of the Giants but for the Colts they had Tony Dungee and Adam Vinitari. That seemed a little weird to me. I get that they are current members of the Colts but that team plays in Indianapolis now. Should they have gotten John Harbough or Matt Stover to represent Baltimore? I am interested to see how Baltimore football fans feel about this.

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