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I’m going to need your help with this week’s #WNSTSweet16

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I’m going to need your help with this week’s #WNSTSweet16

Posted on 16 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. We like celebrations, so we’re doing it for the entire year. Yeah. Our celebrations are better than your celebrations.

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

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

It comes back around to me here in Week 11, and I’ll admit I’m a little overwhelmed by this one. I’m going to be leaning on your guys perhaps more than I ever have before.

Not everything in sports can be measured be stats. That’s exactly what makes this week’s #WNSTSweet16 list so difficult.

As you know, Monday is St. Patrick’s Day…or St. Patty’s Day…or St. Paddy’s Day…or whatever the folks on social media tell me it is. No one on this week’s list will have driven snakes out of anywhere-but I’m not certain we know St. Patrick did either.

In recognition of March 17 (and also nicely timed with the annual Ed Block Courage Awards), this week’s topic is “Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back.”

There are a few ways this can go. In fact, I thought of essentially three different categories that someone could fall into when it comes to this list.

1-An Orioles/Ravens/Colts/etc. player who gave back with their money.

We’re certainly aware of athletes who have made major contributions to charitable endeavors. Todd Heap’s name immediately came to mind when I thought of this category-specifically considering the $1 million donation he recently made to Franklin Square Hospital. There are a number of others whose giving has been well known over the years, but many of the better known sports-related philanthropists are not actually athletes (see: Angelos, Peter or Modell, Art).

2-An Orioles/Ravens/Colts/etc. player who gave back with their time.

I feel like this is going to be a category where we’re going to find more of our “saints” for this list. A number of players are well known to have taken countless hours to help in this community. Matt Stover famously seemed to appear at just about every possible community event there was (and still does!). If I had to guess right now, Lenny Moore is probably currently attending some sort of community gathering as long as he’s feeling well enough to do so. Brooks Robinson was certainly well known to frequent things like Lions Club meetings to help fundraising.

But giving back with time doesn’t have to be driven by charity alone. Part of the legend of Cal Ripken surrounds his willingness to stay after games at Memorial Stadium or Camden Yards to sign autographs and greet kids. On top of his other kindness, that certainly qualifies for this list.

3-Athletes originally from the area who have made a point of taking care of those in their hometown.

This category is perhaps my favorite of the group. Not every athlete who has given back to Charm City has ever played for a team in the area. While Tommy Polley did eventually spend some time with the Ravens in his career, it is far from what he’s best known for. Athletes like Carmelo Anthony, Sam Cassell, Antonio Freeman, Kurk Lee, Keion Carpenter, Denny Neagle and others are from Baltimore and have shown just how much they care about Baltimore.

But who else? And how to rank them? Who is Baltimore’s greatest sports “saint”? Who has given back to our community the most?

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

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

Stats won’t help me with this one. The mostly “saintly” local sports figure may have been by no means a Hall of Famer or even a star. Who needs to be recognized? Let your voice be heard!

-G

 

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For this week’s #WNSTSweet16, we appreciate Terps who haven’t been

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For this week’s #WNSTSweet16, we appreciate Terps who haven’t been

Posted on 16 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

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

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

Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”

We’re into Week 7 of the #WNSTSweet16 list and I’m back on the clock. Of course, I don’t really want to think about “the clock” all that much considering how it ran out on Maryland Saturday night against Duke just after Charles Mitchell’s turnaroud hung tantalizingly on the rim.

It was a final (scheduled) dramatic moment between Maryland and Duke, a rivalry that has seen a number of great players on both sides. While Jake Layman played well in the field half and Dez Wells was outstanding in the second half Saturday, I doubt we’d even consider labeling any of the players on the court in black and red Saturday night “great”.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re all fully appreciated.

This week’s list looks at exactly that topic. The Sweet 16 “Underappreciated Maryland Basketball players”.

Our first six topics have been much more broad, allowing for multiple local teams/athletes in multiple sports to be considered for each list. This is our first (but won’t be the only) to focus individually on one particular team.

“Underappreciated” is an interesting term. “Appreciate” is defined by Webster’s as “to understand the worth or importance of something or someone”. In that vain, those that are underappreciated have not been fully credited for their value.

I started thinking about this list a few weeks ago and have still struggled to determine who might end up cracking the Sweet 16. In order to be underappreciated, you must have been good enough to deserve appreciation. So there are two major pieces of criteria involved in this conversation: 1-Was the player good enough to deserve appreciation? and 2-Did the player receive the level of recognition/appreciation he deserved?

Drew Nicholas’ name has certainly come to mind for a me a few times as I’ve considered the topic. He’s a player who is remembered for one (amazing) shot but not particularly remembered for the very solid career and exceptional senior campaign he had.

Similarly, Sarunas Jasikevicius is someone I have thought of in regards to the topic. One of the better shooters in Maryland history, he is likely more remembered for the fact that his name would have collected a great Scrabble score than for what he accomplished on the court.

Names like Keith Gatlin, Mo Howard and Derrick Lewis have also come to mind as players who were very good but perhaps not remembered in the way they deserve to be in Terrapins history.

What Terps am I missing? Who else was better than history would lead you to believe? Who hasn’t received the recognition they are worthy of receiving? My age doesn’t necessarily allow me to have vivid memories of many payers before the Gary Williams era, which makes fully compiling the list much more difficult.

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

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

Let’s show some appreciation to some former (or current) Terps who haven’t received enough. Let me know what direction that appreciation should go!

-G

 

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“The Reality Check” Final Regular Season NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 01 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Houston Texans (Last Week 32)

Bill O’Brien plus Teddy Bridgewater seems like a pretty solid equation.

31. Washington Redskins (31)

No solid equations to be found.

30. Oakland Raiders (30)

You’d assume most coaches that are still employed a few days after the season ends are safe…unless they coach the Oakland Raiders.

29. Cleveland Browns (29)

Can we just get to the part where they hire Romeo Crennel already?

28. Atlanta Falcons (28)

Jadaveon Clowney would fit REALLY well here.

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (27)

Oh hey look-anything else!

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26)

Not Greg Schiano sounds like an improved equation to me.

25. Buffalo Bills (23)

They were interesting at times.

24. Detroit Lions (22)

Jim Schwartz did a nice job there, but it was an absolutely unthinkable end.

23. Minnesota Vikings (25)

Some new coaches inherit one quarterback. The new Vikes coach will inherit negative three.

22. New York Giants (24)

Their record was one game worse than the Ravens’.

21. St. Louis Rams (19)

Would Jeff Fisher take a chance on Jay Cutler?

20. Tennessee Titans (21)

Would Mike Munchak/next Titans coach take a chance on Jay Cutler?

19. Miami Dolphins (13)

Knicks-like choke.

18. Chicago Bears (16)

Stupid to take that chance on Jay Cutler.

17. Dallas Cowboys (14)

And what could have been. (Probably nothing.)

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Bengals

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Bengals

Posted on 31 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This would be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule…except this time there is no next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 34-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Joe Flacco pass intended for Dennis Pitta in endzone incomplete (1st quarter)

After Dalton’s second interception…an opportunity to go up 10-0. 

4. Joe Flacco pass intended for Jacoby Jones in endzone incomplete (1st quarter)

After Dalton’s first interception…an opportunity to go up 7-0.

3. Matt Elam drops would-be Andy Dalton interception on pass intended for Dane Sanzenbacher (4th quarter)

After the Bengals went up 24-17, the last hope to keep it a one possession game.

2. AJ Green 53 yard touchdown catch from Andy Dalton (1st quarter)

Everything turned here.

1. Chris Crocker intercepts Joe Flacco pass intended for Torrey Smith after Michael Johnson tip (4th quarter)

Essentially ended things. 

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Our Ravens/Bengals “Slaps to the Head”

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Our Ravens/Bengals “Slaps to the Head”

Posted on 29 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

After Baltimore Ravens victories, Ryan Chell and I award players who made positive contributions with “Pats on the Ass” during the Creative Deck Designs Postgame Show on AM1570 WNST.net. (Tim Horsey filled in for Ryan this past week.)

The Ravens fell to the Cincinnati Bengals , meaning there were no Pats to be awarded.

So instead of offering “Pats on the Ass”, Tim and I offered “Slaps to the Head” postgame. A slap on the side of the head from a coach tends to come along with them saying something along the lines of “you’ve gotta do better than that.”

Same rules as there were with Pats. Two offensive players, two defensive players, and a Wild Card (Special Teams player, coach, or another Offensive or Defensive player). One player gets “two slaps” (or a slap on both sides of the head), it’s the opposite of a “Player of the Game” honor.” Ryan and I select five different players/coaches after each game.

Here are our five Ravens that have “gotta do better than that.”

Glenn Clark’s Slaps…

5. AQ Shipley

4. Haloti Ngata

3. Marshal Yanda

2. Joe Flacco

1. Terrell Suggs (Two Slaps)

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“The Reality Check” Week 17 NFL Power Rankings

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“The Reality Check” Week 17 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 25 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Houston Texans (Last Week 32)

Yup.

31. Washington Redskins (31)

But at least you didn’t lose to a guy playing through a season ending back injury or anything.

30. Oakland Raiders (30)

Less interesting than the “Best of” shows some radio stations air on Christmas.

29. Cleveland Browns (29)

There’s a chance they’ll be involved with the playoff race.

28. Atlanta Falcons (28)

But for a moment.

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (27)

Thank God I won’t have to write about them again.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26)

Kinda remarkable they’ll finish in the top 30 when you think about it.

25. Minnesota Vikings (22)

Thanks for nothing.

24. New York Giants (25)

There’s DEFINITELY no way they can still make a Super Bowl run, right?

23. Buffalo Bills (24)

That should’ve been more helpful.

22. Detroit Lions (18)

I probably shouldn’t drop them this far. Also, I don’t really care that much.

21. Tennessee Titans (21)

Calm down. They only beat Jacksonville.

20. New York Jets (23)

We’ve never been bigger fans.

19. St. Louis Rams (20)

And with the number two pick.

18. Green Bay Packers (16)

But I think they get in.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers (19)

No freaking way this can happen, right?

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Patriots

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Patriots

Posted on 24 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This will be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 41-7 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Joe Flacco pass intended for Dennis Pitta incomplete on 4th & 10 (4th quarter)

The “ender”.

4. Jimmy Smith called for 34 yard pass interference after Tom Brady pass intended for Julian Edelman incomplete (1st quarter)

Got everything started. 

3. Logan Ryan breaks up Joe Flacco pass intended for Jacoby Jones on 4th & 3 (3rd quarter)

Questionable decision, more questionable execution.

2. Logan Ryan intercepts Joe Flacco pass intended for Jacoby Jones after Dont’a Hightower tip (1st quarter)

Didn’t take long to make it 14-0. 

1. Ray Rice runs for no gain on 4th & 1 (3rd quarter)

There was no (realistic) coming back from this. 

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Our Ravens/Patriots “Slaps to the Head”

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Our Ravens/Patriots “Slaps to the Head”

Posted on 22 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

After Baltimore Ravens victories, Ryan Chell and I award players who made positive contributions with “Pats on the Ass” during the Creative Deck Designs Postgame Show on AM1570 WNST.net.

The Ravens fell to the New England Patriots 41-7 Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, meaning there were no Pats to be awarded.

So instead of offering “Pats on the Ass”, Ryan and I offered “Slaps to the Head” postgame. A slap on the side of the head from a coach tends to come along with them saying something along the lines of “you’ve gotta do better than that.”

Same rules as there were with Pats. Two offensive players, two defensive players, and a Wild Card (Special Teams player, coach, or another Offensive or Defensive player). One player gets “two slaps” (or a slap on both sides of the head), it’s the opposite of a “Player of the Game” honor.” Ryan and I select five different players/coaches after each game.

Here are our five Ravens that have “gotta do better than that.”

Glenn Clark’s Slaps…

5. Lardarius Webb

4. Jimmy Smith

3. Michael Oher

2. John Harbaugh

1. Joe Flacco (Two Slaps)

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“The Reality Check” Week 16 NFL Power Rankings

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“The Reality Check” Week 16 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 18 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Houston Texans (Last Week 32)

I thought they were contracted.

31. Washington Redskins (31)

The Ravens have seen everything you can see of a football field. Washington FC has seen everything you can see OFF a football field.

30. Oakland Raiders (30)

Perhaps the most irrelevant team in all of football.

29. Cleveland Browns (28)

Perhaps also in the above argument.

28. Atlanta Falcons (29)

Picked up a win because the outcome was meaningless to the other team.

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (24)

Oh right, THOSE are the Jacksonville Jaguars.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (25)

Is Bobby Rainey an option for Championship Week though?

25. New York Giants (23)

Remember when they had turned things around for a minute?

24. Buffalo Bills (27)

Could still mess things up.

23. New York Jets (21)

Still messed up.

22. Minnesota Vikings (26)

Matt Asiata. That is all.

21. Tennessee Titans (20)

Shame no one was watching, that was kinda fun.

20. St. Louis Rams (22)

Set up VERY well this offseason.

19. Pittsburgh Steelers (19)

Would move them up, but over who?

18. Detroit Lions (15)

Stunning collapse if they weren’t the Lions.

17. Dallas Cowboys (11)

Stunning result if they weren’t the Cowboys.

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Lions

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Lions

Posted on 17 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This will be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 18-16 win over the Detroit Lions Monday night at Ford Field…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Louis Delmas called for unnecessary roughness after Joe Flacco pass intended for Marlon Brown incomplete on 3rd down (2nd quarter)

Ended up giving the Ravens three points in a spot where they would have gotten nothing.

4. Daryl Smith sacks Matthew Stafford for five yard loss at Baltimore 47 (1st quarter)

Lions had moved the ball at will on first two drives until this play, game appeared to be headed to a shootout or even a blowout.

3. Matt Elam intercepts Matthew Stafford pass intended for Nate Burleson (4th quarter)

The “ender”.

2. Jacoby Jones 27 yard catch from Joe Flacco on 3rd & 15 (4th quarter)

The significance of this play has somehow been lost.

1. Justin Tucker 61 yard field goal GOOD (4th quarter)

I still don’t believe it.

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