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Here’s why we made changes at WNST.net…

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Here’s why we made changes at WNST.net…

Posted on 29 August 2014 by Nestor Aparicio

This past Tuesday began a new chapter in my life and my media career. I’m glad you’re reading this and hope you plan to join us and stay engaged in the next phase of WNST’s evolution as my personal Baltimore radio and sports journalism brand expands and goes “old school.”

I’m very proud to own a local business that connects other local businesses and that serves my hometown and Baltimore sports fans all over the world. And I’m eternally grateful that you’ve supported me over the past 16 years.

As you might have heard at 5 p.m. on WNST.net & AM 1570, I’m going back to the basics here at the radio station but continuing to evolve with the best ongoing civic conversation about sports ever created in Baltimore. I’m now in my 31st year of “talking sports” with the community I love and I’m very appreciative to have a chance to take you along on my next journey.

Upon announcing earlier this week that we’ll be changing our WNST radio format I thought it would be better to expound upon some of the reasoning and spirit of my decision because I’ve seen the internet chat rooms and the scuttlebutt from my wife’s bedside at Johns Hopkins Kimmer Cancer Center this week and, quite frankly, I haven’t read anything that is even remotely close to accurate. And, somehow, even when I write the truth while my wife spends her 55th night in a hospital room over the past 167 days, it somehow gets twisted into something that paints me as a villain.

First, let me restate that over the past six months my wife has been battling leukemia and the side effects of a bone marrow transplant where an anonymous donor from Germany saved her life.

Do yourself a favor and read his letter to her here.

My family and our personal happiness and the prosperity of WNST – my life’s work and my sole investment on earth – is paramount for my survival amongst a ruthless bunch of corporate monoliths in the media space in Baltimore.

My love/hate relationship inside the media circle – and all of the fallout of awfulness and polarization – comes with the disappointment in the way I’ve seen the industry (and large parts of the implied integrity of the inner circle) deteriorate over the past 30 years.

All I ever wanted to do with my life was write or talk about Baltimore sports. That’s why WNST exists. I wrote nearly 4,000 words last week trying to explain why I do what I do and that still didn’t suffice for some of the nastier folks who are looking for some deep, dark secret about my intentions for my own well being and prosperity.

Somehow, saying that you’re “looking for happiness” is now subject to scrutiny and outrage? That’s insane, but then again, nothing shocks me anymore.

This all started with me wanting to get a press pass in Dundalk in 1984 and working at The News American and The Evening Sun before venturing solo into an already dinosaur AM radio business model in 1991 and a world where the political machinations and advertising world are so perversely incestuous, it’s as much of a miracle that WNST exists after 16 years as it is that my wife’s life was saved by an anonymous 21-year old donor in Germany.

I covered the long odds for our survival in last Friday’s blog.

WNST exists because of the local businesses and their owners who have supported me and my endeavors, events and spirit. It exists because my audience has

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Glenn’s Drew’s Morning Dish: We’re off to a great start. Keep it up.

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Glenn’s Drew’s Morning Dish: We’re off to a great start. Keep it up.

Posted on 15 August 2014 by Glenn Clark

Glenn’s Drew’s Morning Dish is brought to you by Koons Baltimore Ford BECAUSE I SAY IT IS.

We had an awesome Thursday on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” with our Adam Jones Appreciation Day events. The highlight of Thursday was (unquestionably) this moment, when Justin from Owings Mills’ two year old Desmond came in studio at 1550 Hart Rd. to pie me after his parents donated $50 to the ALS Association as part of our modified #IceBucketChallenge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAzdrPlBCL8

It was awesome all around. Desmond is a huge Adam Jones fan-while I’m a huge fan of both doing good for the community AND pie. We call that a “double win”, or maybe even-this might sound crazy-a “win win” if you might.

But we were just getting started. We want to raise much more money Friday (and throughout the next week) for the Brigance Brigade-in honor of Baltimore’s favorite son O.J. Brigance and his continued fight against ALS.

Our guy Steve from Dundalk has already committed to coming by the studio Friday morning to donate at least $50 in order to pie Morning Show regular Luke Jones. That’s awesome. Our pal Simon Habtemariam is going to stop by and let me pie him because I’m going to make a cash donation myself. That’s awesome as well. Dan from Overlea is in for $50 himself and he doesn’t want to pie anyone. He just wants me to piss off Drew Forrester by replacing “Fridays With The Boss” with “Fridays With The Fab Four”. Done. And awesome for sure.

But I’m willing to get pied again if you’re willing to pony up the dough…and the filling.

If anyone else wants to stop by 1550 Hart Rd. in Towson between 6-10am, I’ll let them hit me with the pie of their choice. (The chocolate meringue Desmond went with Thursday was actually quite tasty.) You have to make a donation of AT LEAST $50 (checks made out to “Brigance Brigade” this time) to plant the confection on my face. It’s the perfect combination of showing off your Orioles support (via the pie), your Ravens support (by donating to the Brigance Brigade) and just doing good for those who need it. It seems to me like it’s even more beneficial than just dumping a cold bucket of water on your head on a summer day.

But wait-there’s more!

You might be familiar with our resident “rock star”, Zack Merrick from the band All Time Low. He’s been a part of our last few coat drives at WNST and as a Baltimore County resident himself, he’s ALWAYS been the guy to step up to the plate and ask me what he can do. There are few people who love our community and want to help more than Zack.

So Zack (who also happens to be a pretty big O’s fan) has offered to get pied as many as TWENTY times in the next week to help raise up to a thousand dollars for the Brigance Brigade.

Whoa.

Here’s the scoop. We’re looking for $500 worth of donations from All Time Low fans who want to deliver a pie to this good-looking face.

So…either one All Time Low fan can donate $500 to pie Zack, two can donate $250, five can donate $100, ten can donate $50 or TWENTY can donate $25. That’s the minimum donation to plant a pie in Zach’s face. We’re going to do the Pie Throw next Friday afternoon, so keep your schedule clear after 3pm to be in Towson for the event (I’m thinking 3:14 because, you know, pie).

Zack is going to match the total donated up to $500. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that means that if YOU ALL commit to donating $500 and he matches it-that’s a $1,000 donation to the Brigance Brigade and their fight against ALS-which is ABSOLUTELY more helpful than ice.

So let’s get to it, Charm City. Make your commitment. Either stop by with your pie on Friday morning to hit me in the face or let us know (via glenn@wnst.net) that you’re in for next Friday afternoon and let us know how much you’ll be donating to slap Zach with a pie.

Life is pretty damn good in Baltimore right now. Let’s keep making it better for everyone.

-G

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 69-77)

Posted on 27 June 2014 by Luke Jones

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

(Editor’s note: Glenn Clark filled in for Forrester on Friday’s show.)

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

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 6-3 mark?
Glenn: Worse
Luke: Worse

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Glenn: MVP – Steve Pearce; LVP – Miguel Gonzalez
Luke: MVP – Steve Pearce; LVP – Ryan Flaherty

3. Biggest surprise
Glenn: The Orioles winning three straight series for the first time all year
Luke: The Orioles winning games in which Masahiro Tanaka and Chris Sale started

4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch
Glenn: Chris Davis and Nelson Cruz providing late-inning heroics in the White Sox series
Luke: The Orioles bouncing back to win the Yankees series after the crushing loss in the opener

5. Nine games from now…
Glenn: The Orioles will begin looking for another catcher to add to the roster
Luke: Miguel Gonzalez will be on his way to the bullpen with Bud Norris returning from the disabled list

6. Record in the next nine games
(four with Tampa Bay, four with Texas, one at Boston)
Glenn: 5-4
Luke: 6-3

7. Stock rising/falling over the next nine games
Glenn: Rising – Chris Tillman; Falling – Caleb Joseph
Luke: Rising – J.J. Hardy; Falling – Steve Pearce

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 69-77
Glenn: B
Luke: B

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 comes faster than a speeding “Bullet”

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 comes faster than a speeding “Bullet”

Posted on 08 June 2014 by Glenn Clark

We certainly got some people fired up last week.

We’re 22 weeks into our #WNSTSweet16 celebration, and we’re a week removed from perhaps the most controversial list of the year. It’s going to be a hard act to follow. The rest of our staff is grateful Nestor Aparicio handled last week’s prep list so that we could avoid the heat-and the difficulty.

If you’re not familiar with what I’m talking about (I mean…there’s always one), 2014 marks our 16th year of serving the Baltimore community as sports media leader here at WNST.net. We’re celebrating by taking a different “water cooler” topic every week and dissecting it before declaring an “official” list every Tuesday.

We then continue the celebration by yelling, screaming, name calling and then ultimately agreeing to hug it out. Well, most of us do anyway. Luke never really gets involved with the name-calling. Actually one time he did. He said “I have to be honest, I respectfully disagree” and then apologized for such an outburst.

If you’ve missed any of our #WNSTSweet16 lists thus far this year (including Nestor’s hotly debated list from a week ago), here’s your chance to catch up. (The #WNSTSweet16 is brought to you by Jerry’s Automotive!)

Week 22: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 all-time greatest local high athletes
Week 21: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 greatest local lacrosse players of all time
Week 20: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 most unsung Orioles
Week 19: Gary Quill-Sweet 16 all-time Maryland horse racing moments
Week 18: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 most important picks in Ravens draft history
Week 17: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 worst draft picks in Baltimore Ravens history
Week 16: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest players in Washington Capitals history
Week 15: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 games we’ve been treated to
Week 14: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 Masters moments of the last 30 years
Week 13: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 greatest pro wrestling moments in Baltimore history
Week 12: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports goofballs/personalities
Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

And in Week 23, we’ve got the NBA on our mind here at WNST.

I’m in the cockpit for this week’s #WNSTSweet16 for the second time in three weeks. We’re in the throws of the NBA Finals, with the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat offering a couple of classics to start the series.

With that in mind, we thought this week would be appropriate to look back on the area’s own professional basketball history. Our topic this week is the “Sweet 16 best ever Baltimore/Washington Bullets/Wizards”.

Sure, that sounds like a disjointed topic title, but we have to imagine you understand why. The pro franchise that currently plays down in DC’s Chinatown neighborhood once called Charm City home-beginning their existence playing games at the historic Baltimore Arena. We wanted to recognize Baltimore’s pro history (albeit brief) and then also recognize the players who played for the franchise in Washington since there are a number of Wizards fans in our area as well.

This means that not only are Earl “The Pearl” Monroe and Wes Unseld eligible for our list, but so are John Wall and Bradley Beal-and everyone in between.

I’m struggling already with the list. There are a couple of Hall of Famers that immediately go to the top of the list-but how does the list shake out after that? There were a number of players during the Bullets/Wizards’ lean years in the District that were good for a short time, but not for an extended period of time. Where does Gilbert Arenas fit into this picture?

These aren’t easy determinations to make.

I want your suggestions. You can leave them here in the comments on this blog post or email me (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 and Luke on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. I will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday with Nestor on “The Happy Hours”.

I need to hear from old Baltimore Bullets fans and (frankly) younger Washington Wizards fans alike for this one. Who are the greatest players in franchise history? Make your voice heard!

-G

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And this week we’ll have a #WNSTSweet16 for all of the bros

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And this week we’ll have a #WNSTSweet16 for all of the bros

Posted on 25 May 2014 by Glenn Clark

16 years, lists of 16. It’s a pretty simple concept, right?

Unless you’ve spent the first four and a half months of 2014 helping CNN look for a missing plane, you’re probably aware that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. And no, we’ve never been kissed but thanks for asking.

To celebrate our 16th birthday we’re looking over some of the “water cooler” topics of the WNST era and doing our damnedest to try to “define” them with “Sweet 16″ lists. Some lists have been better than others. For example, Drew Forrester has only been involved in a couple-so that’s good.

Here’s a recap if you’ve missed any of our first 20 lists thus far this year.

Week 20: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 most unsung Orioles
Week 19: Gary Quill-Sweet 16 all-time Maryland horse racing moments
Week 18: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 most important picks in Ravens draft history
Week 17: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 worst draft picks in Baltimore Ravens history
Week 16: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest players in Washington Capitals history
Week 15: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 games we’ve been treated to
Week 14: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 Masters moments of the last 30 years
Week 13: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 greatest pro wrestling moments in Baltimore history
Week 12: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports goofballs/personalities
Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

Which brings us to Week 21…and back to your favorite WNST personality.

I actually wrote this preview Saturday while sitting in the press box at the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four between Duke’s win over Denver and Notre Dame’s win over Maryland. I won’t be there to see the Blue Devils face the Fighting Irish Monday for the title, but I have no doubt that Satan will enjoy watching his two favorite teams closely.

This area certainly has a long history with the game of lacrosse at every level and we intend to recognize that with this week’s #WNSTSweet16 list. This week’s topic is the “Sweet 16 All-time Greatest local lacrosse players”.

This list would be WAY easier if I could minimize it to one of the three qualifiers we’re using for the list. Unfortunately for me, I have to combine all three groups to try to make one definite list. Here are the qualifiers.

A-Player played college lacrosse at a school in Maryland. Any of the area schools are options-Johns Hopkins, Loyola, Maryland, UMBC, Towson, Navy, Mt. St. Mary’s or even a Division III school like Salisbury or Stevenson.

B-Player played professionally for an area team. Certainly the most prominent pro teams in the area have been the now defunct Baltimore Thunder of the indoor game or the Baltimore/Chesapeake/Washington Bayhawks of the MLL on the outdoor side.

C-Player must have been originally from the immediate area and/or played lacrosse in high school locally. This means anyone who played either for a MIAA program or public school in the Baltimore area can be considered even if they went on to play at the college level outside of the area.

My head hurts just thinking about all of the possibilities. Ugh.

(For the record, I’m going to limit this to the greatest MALE players. It’s just to difficult to compare male vs. female lacrosse accomplishments. We will have opportunities to recognize female contributors to the sport in a later list.)

I’m pretty sure I know the greatest players in Thunder history as well as Johns Hopkins and Maryland history. I could probably use some help in EVERY other area of this list AND in trying to compare players in one group to players in another.

I want your suggestions. You can leave them here in the comments on this blog post or email me (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 and Luke on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. I will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday on “The Happy Hours” with Nestor Aparicio.

In the midst of Championship Weekend here in Baltimore-who are the greatest lacrosse players in the history of the area? Make your voice heard!

-G

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 topic is the absolute “worst”

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 topic is the absolute “worst”

Posted on 28 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

It’s year 16 for us here at WNST and we’re doing everything in our power to make it sweet.

We’ve been thrilled to be your local sports media leader for roughly a decade and a half and we look forward to many more years of the same.

We’re making our 16th year by looking over some of the “water cooler” topics that have been debated on the airwaves at WNST, right here at WNST.net and via social media @WNST on Twitter and WNST.net on Facebook. We’re then giving definition to those topics with our “#WNSTSweet16″ lists.

In fact, we’ve already made it 16 lists into the year. What’s that? You only remember 13 of them by heart? I understand, that’s why I have this refresher here to help you.

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

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

There are a few major sporting events coming up in March that we’ll be reflecting here in the #WNSTSweet16, starting with the NFL Draft. That will be our focus for the next two weeks of the #WNSTSweet16 in fact.

The Baltimore Ravens have had a remarkable history in the NFL Draft, starting with drafting two Hall of Famers (Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis) with their first ever selections in franchise history back in 1996. In fact, the Ravens’ amazing history of selecting players has lead to a mantra of “In Ozzie (Newsome) we trust” in Charm City.

But not everything the Ravens have done in the Draft has always been flawless.

This week’s topic reflects the misses in the nearly two decades of Ravens history. The list is the #WNSTSweet16 “Worst Draft Picks in Ravens history”.

#1 on the list appears to be locked up quicker than you can say “that quarterback from California…you know, the one that dated Tara Reid”.

It’s not really the top of the list that I’m worried about. The top handful of “busts” will roll of your tongue fairly quickly-including Travis Taylor, Mark Clayton and obviously Sergio Kindle. It’s getting to sixteen that seems to be the greater task for me. Every team misses on picks in mid-to-late rounds of the NFL Draft-it’s hard to consider that group among the worst. So have there been sixteen really bad picks in Ravens Draft history?

In order to get there, I may need to re-consider how I gauge “worst”. There have certainly been picks made early in the NFL Draft by the team that have panned out as starters and/or contributors but who perhaps have not panned out to quite be the star players that perhaps the organization would have hoped they were going to become when they selected them so early in the Draft. A certainly tackle who now plays for the Tennessee Titans comes to mind in this group.

Now who else?

I want your suggestions. 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 and Luke on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. I will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday on “The Happy Hours” with Nestor Aparicio.

The Draft conjures mostly positive memories in the minds of Baltimore Ravens fans-but not exclusively. Help us remember those picks that didn’t quite go as well as hoped. Make your voice heard!

-G

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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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