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Coppin-Illinois To Air Sunday Night on ESPNU

Posted on 09 December 2011 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE — The Coppin State men’s basketball at Illinois on Sunday (Dec. 11) will be televised live on ESPNU and ESPN3 the network announced.

The Eagles will meet the 24th-ranked Fighting Illini at 8 p.m. in Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill.

Coppin State, which is 3-4 overall, will bring a two-game winning streak into the contest having defeated West Virginia Tech and Rio Grande in its last two games.

Illinois is currently ranked 24th in the Associated Press Top 25 and is undefeated on the season with a 9-0 mark.

This will mark the fourth all-time meeting between the Eagles and the Fighting Illini with Illinois having won all three of the previous games.

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Faust Restores Swagger, Makes Key Contribution in Maryland Win

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Faust Restores Swagger, Makes Key Contribution in Maryland Win

Posted on 07 December 2011 by Glenn Clark

COLLEGE PARK — After Maryland’s November 29 loss to Illinois in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon expressed concern about freshman guard Nick Faust (City College).

“He’s lost his confidence” Turgeon said. “Nick needs to get his swagger back.”

After a three point, three turnover, zero assist performance days later in the Terrapins’ 78-71 BB&T Classic win over Notre Dame, concerns lingered about the team’s prize recruit out of Baltimore. A wing in high school, Faust was struggling mightily with a switch to point guard before the start of the season.

The concerns were significant enough that Turgeon felt the need to meet with Faust Tuesday, one day before the Terps would meet Mt. St. Mary’s at Comcast Center.

“I talked to him and told him his offense can’t affect the rest of his game” Turgeon said Wednesday night. “He has to rebound and make guys around him better.”

The result of the conversation? A 13 point, six rebound, five assist performance (and two key blocks down the stretch) as Maryland (5-3) hung on for a 77-74 win over Mt. St. Mary’s (1-7).

Like Kanye West in his hit song (with Jay-Z) “Otis”, I guess it’s safe to say Faust has his “swagger back.”

“Truth.”

Faust helped hold Maryland together after blowing what was once a 16 point lead against the Mountaineers. As The Mount felt more and more confident in the second half, the Terrapins clearly needed contributions from players other than guard Terrell Stoglin. Stoglin was fantastic again, scoring 23 points and making shot after shot late, but Faust offered help. He canned a three from the corner with 6:41 to play after MSM had taken a 63-61 advantage, then came up with two blocks in the final four minutes of the game. His block of Julian Norfleet with 20 seconds to play came at a time when the Terps were clinging to a one point lead.

It was by far Faust’s best performance since the team’s 78-71 win over Colorado November 18th in the 5-hour Energy Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

“He went to the rim and got to the foul line” Turgeon added. “He made a three because of his confidence. He still took some bad shots but hopefully he grows out of that. I thought he played with great effort. He didn’t give up on the last play (his block), and a lot of kids would have. That lay up would have given them a one point lead. I was pleased with him tonight.”

“It definitely was a confidence booster for me” Faust said after the victory. “I wasn’t starting off so well this year. (I’m) just starting to play basketball, let things come to me.”

Turgeon said his meeting with Faust was about changing the way he played the game.

“Kids get so caught up in scoring and their shot. They see their numbers and what people are saying and it affects him. We tried to simplify the game for him. Defend, rebound, get the foul line and get shots for Terrell (Stoglin) and (G/F) Sean (Mosley). He did that tonight, he had five assists. We told him if he is going to score get to the rim. His first two free throws bounced in rather than out, that is huge for him.”

Faust said the meeting lead to him playing his most “relaxed” game of his young career.

“He told me to stop pressuring about scoring because he knows I’m a scorer. Just let the offense come to me, try to get my teammates open, kind of let things come to me through defense. I tried to do a great job on defense and rebounding. That’s one of the keys.”

The possible return of G Pe’Shon Howard should help take pressure off of Faust in the backcourt, but in the meantime he’ll have to continue to shoulder a heavy load. Wednesday night was the fifth game where the freshman played 30 or more minutes (37) already. Stoglin has handled the bulk of the scoring for the Terrapins, but they must continue to get help on both ends from other guards.

Faust will ultimately look to develop as a more consistent scorer, but his all-around ability to contribute can be very key for a team that won’t be described as “deep” for some time.

Maryland should have played better (especially defensively) than they did in their close win over an ‘Eers team that had scored more than 63  points just once this season. They shouldn’t have been forced to hang on for dear life against a team that had just dismissed senior guard Lamar Trice earlier in the day.

Maryland should have been better in a number of ways. But Faust WAS better, even in a nailbiter of a win.

In a season where progress might not always be evident, it was a positive step.

-G

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Mt. St. Mary’s Invades Comcast Center Wednesday Night to Face Terps

Posted on 07 December 2011 by WNST Staff

Mount St. Mary’s (1-6) at Maryland (4-3)
Wednesday, Dec. 7 | 8 p.m. | Comcast Center
ESPN3 | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland begins a six-game homestand with a matchup against local rival Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday night. The Terrapins are 4-3 after a 78-71 win over Notre Dame on Sunday in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center. The Mount is 1-6 after having lost five straight, including a pair of Northeast Conference games last weekend at home to St. Francis, N.Y., and Long Island.

  • The Terrapins won at Verizon Center on Sunday for the third time in the last eight games in the BB&T Classic. The Terps got a game-high 31 points from sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin, who fell one point short of his career-high set earlier this year in a victory over Colorado in San Juan, P.R. Senior guard Sean Mosley added 17 points, six rebounds and three assists, while junior forward James Padgett earned the first double-double of his career with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Stoglin earned Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week honors for averaging 28.0 points per game over Maryland’s previous two games. In addition to the 31 against the Fighting Irish, Stoglin led the Terps with 25 against Illinois, which has climbed into the national rankings with an 8-0 record. Stoglin is the leading scorer in the ACC with a 22.4 ppg average and is ninth nationally with that mark. He is the only ACC player averaging better than 20 points a game and is the only player in the league who has hit the 30-point plateau twice so far this season.
  • Mosley has continued his consistently strong all-around play for the Terrapins. One of only two Terps to have started all seven games so far (Nick Faust is the other), Mosley is second on the team in scoring (11.0 ppg), third on the team in rebounding (5.4 rpg) and second with five blocked shots. Mosley has improved his shooting percentage from the floor this year from .413 a year ago to .472 so far. The improvement is more substantial behind the 3-point line, going from .269 last year to .480 this year. Mosley’s 12 3-pointers in seven games this year are only two short of the season-long totals of 14 he had in each of the last two years.
  • Padgett has developed into an offensive force recently, having scored in double figures in each of the last three games. He scored a career-high 16 against a good Illinois front line. Better accuracy from the free-throw line has helped Padgett recently, as he is 14-for-21 at the line in his last three games after beginning the season 3-for-11. A solid finisher around the basket, Padgett has been strong on the offensive glass. Of his 45 rebounds this year, 30 have come off the offensive glass, and he leads the ACC in offensive rebounding (4.3 rpg).
  • Maryland’s game on Dec. 14 against FIU has been moved to a 7:30 p.m. starting time and will be telecast on ESPN. The Terrapins are home through the rest of December and into the new year. The Terrapins first game at an opponents’ venue this season will come at the end of the homestand, Jan. 8 at NC State. 

    Scouting the Mountaineers

  • Mount St. Mary’s enters Wednesday’s matchup with a 1-6 record on the season including a 0-2 mark in the Northeast Conference… Robert Burke (Haverford, ’88) is in his second season as the head coach at the Mount…
  • Senior forward Danny Thompson is coming off a career-best 21-point performance in the Mount’s 85-76 loss to Long Island on Saturday… Thompson, one of two players to start all seven games, leads the team in scoring (10.1 ppg) and ranks second in the Northeast Conference with 8.4 rebounds per game… The 6-foot-7 Springdale, Md., native also ranks second in the league in blocks (2.0 pg)…
  • Junior forward Raven Barber has joined Thompson in the starting frontcourt in six games and ranks fourth on the team with 9.6 ppg, and first in field-goal percentage (28 of 51, .549)…
  • Sophomore guard Julian Norfleet is the other Mountaineer to have started every game and is averaging 10.0 ppg… Norfleet leads the team in 3-point attempts (44) and makes (15)… Sophomore guard Josh Castellanos is hitting .444 from 3-point range, while Freshman guard Kelvin Parker is connecting at a .400 mark from 3PT.
  • The Mount has played a difficult schedule thus far, with games at Marquette, Minnesota and Navy… It’s lone win came over Siena, 65-53, on Nov. 19, and, on the season, the Mountaineers are averaging just 56.4 points per game. 

    Upcoming

    Maryland will play its next six and eight of its next nine games at Comcast Center in a stretch that has the Terps mostly home through mid-January… The Terrapins’ next game away from the area is on Sunday, Jan. 8 at NC State.

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Terps G Stoglin Named ACC Player of the Week

Posted on 05 December 2011 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland’s Terrell Stoglin has been named ACC Player of the Week while Miami’s Shane Larkin earned ACC Rookie honors following their outstanding performances this past week.

Stoglin averaged 28.0 points and 4.0 rebounds as Maryland split a pair of games. The Tucson, Ariz., native opened the week with a 25-point, three-rebound effort in a 71-62 loss to Illinois. In Sunday’s 78-71 win over Notre Dame, Stoglin poured a game-high 31 points, hitting on 11-of-20 from the floor and pulling down five rebounds. The ACC’s leading scorer (22.4) on the year, Stoglin, shot .514 (19-for-37) from the floor in the two games, including 7-for-13 from behind the arc.

In Miami’s two games this past week, Larkin averaged 15.0 points, 2.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds. The Orlando, Fla., native was 9-of-18 from the floor (.500), including 6-of-7 (.857) from 3-point range and 6-of-6 (1.000) from the free throw line. Larkin had 16 points and two assists in Tuesday’s 76-65 loss at Purdue and 14 points and four rebounds in Saturday’s 83-75 win over Massachusetts.

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Maryland Battles Notre Dame Sunday at Verizon Center

Posted on 03 December 2011 by WNST Staff

Notre Dame(5-3) vs. Maryland (3-3)
Sunday, Dec. 4 | 4:45 p.m. | Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
MASN | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

 

  • Maryland travels to downtown Washington, D.C., for the 17th annual BB&T Classic, benefiting the Children’s Charities Foundation. This year, the Terrapins will play Notre Dame in the second game of a doubleheader, with George Washington playing VCU at 2:15 in the opener.
  • The Terrapins come into Sunday’s game at 3-3 after losing 71-62 to Illinois on Tuesday. Sophomore Terrell Stoglin scored 25 points, taking advantage of 4-for-9 shooting from 3-point range. Junior forward James Padgett had a career-high 16 points and five rebounds.
  • Maryland has played in each edition of the BB&T Classic and comes to Verizon Center this year with a 14-11 record all-time in the event. The Terrapins lost, 64-61, last year to Temple and have lost back-to-back games in the BB&T (12/6/2009, Lost 95-86 to Villanova). The Terps are 2-5 since the tournament went to a single-day format in 2004. Maryland has faced Notre Dame twice in the BB&T Classic, losing 79-69 in 2002 and losing 81-74 in 2006.
  • Stoglin leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring at 21.0 points per game. The sophomore is the only ACC player currently averaging more than 20 points per game. Stoglin is 28th in the nation in scoring average through games of 11/27. He already has four games over the 20-point plateau, including a career-high 32 against Colorado in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
  • James Padgett has started each of the last two games for the Terrapins. He had career-highs in points (16), free throws (6) and free-throw attempts (9) in Tuesday’s game against Illinois. Padgett leads the ACC with 4.3 offensive rebounds per game, and all five of his boards vs. Illinois were on the offensive glass.

    Scouting the Irish

  • After starting the season 4-0, Notre Dame has dropped three of its last four games and sits at 5-3 on the year after a 73-53 loss at Gonzaga Wednesday night… Tim Abromaitis, a fifth-year senior forward who was Notre Dame’s leading scorer, was lost for the season after suffering a torn ACL on Nov. 25…
  • Eight different players have been in the starting lineup for the Irish, with sophomore guard Jerian Grant and senior guard Scott Martin the only two to start all eight contests… Sophomore guard Eric Atkins has started six games and, at 13.8 ppg, is the leading scorer along with Grant… Martin contributes 10.4 ppg and the backcourt trio accounts for 54.4 percent of Notre Dame’s scoring on a per-game basis…
  • Grant is among the top 3-point shooters in the Big East, having connected on 13 of 26 attempts this season and his 3.1 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks second in the conference… Freshman guard/forward Pat Connaughton also shoots well from beyond the arc, connecting at a .440 mark, and is fourth on the team in scoring (9.5 ppg).
  • With the absence of Abromaitis, the Irish have relied mostly upon guard-heavy lineups… They started five guards in a 84-59 win over Bryant on Nov. 27 and most recently used four guards and one forward against Gonzaga, as junior guard Joey Brooks and junior forward Jack Cooley joined Grant, Atkins and Martin… Cooley leads the team in rebounding with 7.0 rpg.

    Upcoming

    Following Sunday’s trip downtown, Maryland will play its next six and eight of its next nine games at Comcast Center in a stretch that has the Terps mostly home through mid-January… The Terrapins’ next game away from the area is on Sunday, Jan. 8 at NC State… NOTE THAT THE GAME VS. FIU ON 12/14 HAS BEEN MOVED TO A 7:30 P.M. START AND WILL BE ON ESPN.

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Loss Disappointing, But Terps Showed Positive Signs Against Illinois

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Loss Disappointing, But Terps Showed Positive Signs Against Illinois

Posted on 29 November 2011 by Glenn Clark

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — There are a lot of times when a 5:11 assist to turnover ratio and 15/25 performance at the free throw line would be cause for panic at the University of Maryland.

The 2011-12 version of the Terrapins (3-3) however showed enough positive signs in their 71-62 loss to the University of Illinois Fighting Illini (7-0) Tuesday night at Comcast Center that even their coach wasn’t focusing on the troubles after the game.

“I thought we did a lot of great things tonight” head coach Mark Turgeon said after the Big Ten/ACC Challenge defeat. “Our improvement since Puerto Rico is tremendous.”

Turgeon was referring to his frustration with a team that lost two of three games in San Juan just more than a week earlier in the 5-hour Energy Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament. Following the team’s finale at the event (a brutal 89-63 at the hands of Iona), Turgeon had expressed frustration about his team’s unwillingness to play disciplined basketball.

Turgeon still voiced concerns after his team saw a halftime advantage disappear at the hands of the Illini, but his comments were drastically different than the frustration shown after being blown out by the Gaels.

“To me, the players have to care more than they are now. I think there is immaturity and we need confidence and the willingness to be good. It’s hard to be good. It’s easy to not be good.” 

The Terps played 20 minutes of their best basketball in the first half, establishing a 35-31 advantage at the break. The Terps worked the ball inside to C James Padgett for six early points and showed an ability to move the ball in a half court offense unlike they have regularly shown in the early part of the season. “We executed better than we’ve executed all year” Turgeon said of the first half. For their effort, the Terps made 12 of 23 field goal attempts (52.2%) and earned 15 free throw attempts (they made only eight).

That execution seemed to disappear after the intermission, thanks in part to adjustments made by Illinois head coach Bruce Weber and a (more) veteran team. The Illini ultimately forced the Terps into bad shots (Maryland made just nine of 27 field goal attempts) and only ten free attempts. These problems allowed the Illini to outscore the Terps 40-27 after half en route to victory.

Although Turgeon dismissed the possibility of fatigue in the second half, some of the team’s struggles can fairly be attributed to the fact that they are still playing with just seven healthy scholarship players. Five Terps again played more than 25 minutes in the loss, three (Guards Nick Faust, Terrell Stoglin and Sean Mosley) played more than 30.

For as much as the lack of depth is a concern, the lack of experience the team has is equally troubling. With would-be PG Pe’Shon Howard sidelined with a broken foot, the Terps have turned to Faust (City College) to run the point. The freshman had no previous point guard experience before the season, and has struggled at times to adjust to defensive looks. Turgeon said Stoglin also ran the point at times in the second half when Faust showed signs of fatigue. Unfortunately for Maryland, Stoglin appeared just as fatigued in the second half and the bad shots appeared contagious.

Maryland wanted to work the ball in to Padgett early. ”I told the team we were going to throw the ball to James to start the game and we were going to go right after (Illinois’) big guy (Meyers Leonard)” Turgeon said. “I thought that was big.”

And as much as the early play from Padgett was positive, Turgeon also noted that more production was necessary.

“James made his first two free throws and made some plays, but then (he) didn’t keep doing it. You’ve got to do it for 40 minutes. I’m proud of James, but I expect a lot out of James. James can give us more. He’s got to defensive rebound. If you do it on one end, you’ve got to be able to do it on the other.”

There were other positive signs in the defeat, including some solid minutes in the first half for guard Mike Parker and good team defense for stretches.

But it wasn’t hard to see why Maryland couldn’t maintain their positive play for 40 minutes and come away with a victory.

This team still has much to improve on to be at all competitive in their first season under Turgeon, and a date with Notre Dame in the BB&T Classic Sunday at Verizon Center won’t provide much relief.

After that test, the schedule opens up a bit and the team will be only a few games away from the end of big man Alex Len’s suspension.

Those factors and more experience should help a lot.

This team isn’t going to be very good this season, but perhaps they won’t be quite as bad as some feared.

-G

Hear from Turgeon, Padgett and Stoglin following the game in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net.  

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Maryland Hosts Illinois Tuesday Night in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Posted on 29 November 2011 by WNST Staff

llinois (6-0) at Maryland (3-2)
Tuesday, Nov. 29 | 7:30 p.m. | Comcast Center
ESPN | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland plays host to Illinois in this season’s Big Ten / ACC Challenge. The Terrapins have won six straight games in the series, including last season’s 62-39 victory at Penn State, and are 9-3 since the inception of the series. The Terps’ last loss in the series was a 69-64 defeat at Wisconsin in 2004.

  • Maryland is 3-0 against Illinois in the Challenge, including wins in 2001, 2006 and 2007. The Terrapins lost to Illinois in a matchup last season in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. The Illini prevailed 80-76 in a game at Madison Square Garden in New York. Illinois is receiving votes in both pols this week.
  • The Terrapins are coming off a 73-67 win over Florida Gulf Coast last Friday. Terrell Stoglin led the Terrapins with 24 points, giving him three games with at least 20 points in Maryland’s first five of the season. Stoglin, a sophomore guard, leads the ACC in scoring at 20.2 points per game and is the only player in the league over a 20-point average coming into this week’s Challenge.
  • James Padgett scored 11 points in 15 minutes against the Eagles and added four rebounds, an assist and a steal. The junior forward is third on the team in scoring (8.0 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.0 rpg), but leads the ACC with 4.2 offensive boards per game. Of his 30 rebounds this year, 21 have come at the offensive end.
  • Senior guard Sean Mosley also averages in double figures for the Terrapins, putting up 11.0 points per game. He has hit nine 3-pointers so far to lead the team and is 9-for-19 (.474) behind the arc. Mosley is averaging 5.6 rebounds per game.
  • Freshman guardNick Faust is one of two Terrapins (Mosley) to have started all five games this season, as head coach Mark Turgeon juggles his starting lineup. Faust leads the Terrapins in assists (13) and steals (7), while scoring 6.8 points per game.

    Scouting the Illini

  • Illinois comes into Tuesday night’s game with a 6-0 record, having outscored its opponent by an average margin of 18.8 points per game… Bruce Weber is in his ninth season as the head coach and will be seeking his 200th career win at Illinois on Tuesday night.
  • The Illini returned just one starter – D.J. Richardson – from last season’s 20-14 team which reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen… The junior guard leads the team in scoring (13.5 ppg) and is connecting at a .405 mark from 3-point range.
  • Joining Richardson in the backcourt is junior Brandon Paul and newcomer Sam Maniscalco… Paul leads the team in assists (3.0 apg) while Maniscalco is third in scoring (11.5 ppg) and is shooting 54.8 percent from the field.
  • Meyers Leonard, a 7-foot-1 center, and Tyler Griffey, a 6-foot-8 forward, comprise the starting frontcourt… Leonard is second on the team in scoring (12.3 ppg) and leads the Big Ten in blocks (3.2 pg)… Griffey is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game, second on the team behind Leonard’s 6.8 rpg…
  • Freshman Nnanna Egwu, a 6-foot-11 forward/center, is another defensive threat… He has 10 blocks on the season and, as a team, the Illini lead the Big Ten with 6.8 blocks per game.

    Upcoming

    Maryland next plays on Sunday, Dec. 4 against Notre Dame in the nightcap of the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C… The Terrapins and Irish follow the opener with George Washington hosting VCU…

    Following the trip downtown, Maryland will play its next six and eight of its next nine games at Comcast Center in a stretch that has the Terps mostly home through mid-January… The Terrapins’ next game away from the area is on Sunday, Jan. 8 at NC State…

    NOTE THAT THE GAME VS. FIU ON 12/14 HAS BEEN MOVED TO A 7:30 P.M. START AND WILL BE ON ESPN.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 29 November 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Auto Racing-NASCAR Awards Show (Friday 9pm from Las Vegas live on SPEED); Golf: PGA Tour Qualifying School (Saturday & Sunday 4pm, Monday 3:30pm from La Quinta, CA live on Golf Channel), PGA Tour Chevron World Challenge (Thursday & Friday 1pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 12pm live on NBC. All golf from Thousand Oaks, CA); Women’s College Basketball: Big Ten/ACC Challenge-Michigan @ Maryland (Wednesday 7pm Comcast Center), Maryland @ American (Sunday 1pm Bender Arena); Tennis: ATP Tour Davis Cup Final (Friday 8am Saturday 10am Sunday 7am from Seville, Spain live on Tennis Channel)

10. Andrea Bocelli (Friday 8pm Verizon Center); Erykah Badu (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live); Dashboard Confessional (Saturday 7pm Recher Theatre); All Mighty Senators (Saturday 7pm 8×10 Club); Aaron Neville (Monday 8pm Rams Head On Stage); Robin Thicke (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club); String Cheese Incident (Wednesday 8pm Lyric Opera House), Ryan Adams (Sunday 7:30pm Lyric Opera House); J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Friday 9pm Ottobar); Mac Miller (Thursday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Ra Ra Riot (Friday 7pm Ritchie Coliseum College Park); Tori Amos (Monday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Adele Live at Royal Albert Hall available on CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/iTunes (Tuesday)

I really shouldn’t like Robin Thicke all that much. I just can’t help myself…

Dude, Ryan Adams has made so many great tunes but are any of them greater than this?

I feel like I should be a bigger J Roddy Walston fan than I am…http://wnst.net/wordpress/wp-admin/post.php?post=185164&action=edit

I don’t know if Adele sounds BETTER at Royal Albert Hall…but I know this much…no CHANCE she doesn’t sound amazing…

9. Washington Monument Lighting (Thursday 7pm from Mt. Vernon Place live on WBAL11), Mayor’s Christmas Parade (Sunday 2pm Hampden/Medfield); Gary Valentine (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Steve-O (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Jim Norton (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House)

Is there any chance that when Stephanie Rawlings-Blake flips on the lights at the monument the scene looks anything like this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ar-__ub0rc

And since I’ve already invoked Christmas Vacation, I think it’s only appropriate that we do this…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk74WprmZxY

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The 15-7-0 Is Feeling Rather Presidential This Week

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The 15-7-0 Is Feeling Rather Presidential This Week

Posted on 28 November 2011 by Glenn Clark

You know how it works. 15 positive football observations, 7 “not so” positive football observations and one “oh no” moment from outside the world of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

15 Positive Observations…

1. The Towson University football team didn’t play a game this weekend, but somehow it will likely go down as the greatest of their lives.

The scene at the Towson Center Saturday afternoon rivals some of the most incredible I’ve seen in Charm City sports history, but sports had very little to do with it.

The most special moment of the visit from President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama (Michelle’s brother Craig Robinson is the head coach of the Oregon State team that crushed the Tigers Saturday afternoon) came at halftime.

Athletic Director Mike Waddell introduced Head Coach Rob Ambrose & the CAA Champion football team, who were enjoying a week off as they prepared for their FCS playoff showdown with Lehigh next Saturday at Unitas Stadium. The President walked out to greet the team, then posed for a picture to the absolute delight of the young men.

It was the type of moment that induces chills. Wow.

2. I’m really jealous of the Cincinnati Bengals for having AJ Green on their roster.

Oh, and Jermaine Gresham too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFByq1hpVGE

They duo (and Cincy QB Andy Dalton) were vital in the Bengals’ come from behind win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday in a game that judging by the attendance no one in the Queen City knew was happening…

Can’t help but notice a few empty seats in the background there, gang. This is a team fighting for AT LEAST an AFC Wild Card spot, not completely out of the AFC North race. This is the best you can do? Maybe “Los Angeles Bengals” has a nice ring?

Since we’re here, here’s a picture of Colt McCoy Tebowing…

3. Rob Gronkowski is not the only reason the Patriots are good, but something tells me there’s a correlation between 11 TD catches and a 6’6″ frame.

To be fair, the way New England was playing Sunday it’s possible a 4’6″ receiver could have caught a TD from Tom Brady Sunday at The Linc…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwO47-nf1lM

Vince Young threw for 400 yards in the defeat, basically because he had no choice but to throw the football every time the Philadelphia Eagles had the ball.

That SHOULD put the final nail in Philly’s “Dream Team” coffin. Andy Reid’s has been sitting open for awhile now outside the City of Brotherly Love. Will it be nailed down as well? We’ll see.

4. Robert Griffin III’s injury might be just enough to default the Heisman Trophy back to Andrew Luck somehow.

The other candidate in the mix (and perhaps the frontrunner) is Alabama RB Trent Richardson, but we’ll get back to him.

After an incredible performance a week earlier against Oklahoma, the Baylor QB might have been one more spectacular performance away from locking up the chance to hear his name called in New York in two weeks. Unfortunately, RG3 was taken out of the game in the second half (probably for a concussion) and had to watch the second of the Bears’ win over Texas Tech from the Cowboys Stadium sideline…

So…Stanford QB Andrew Luck (the preordained winner of the Heisman before the season) was back in the picture with the chance to lock the thing up. Luck was good but not great in the Cardinal’s win over Notre Dame and left the thing up for grabs again.

As I searched YouTube for a recap video of Luck’s final game at Stanford Stadium I believe a Fighting Irish fan summed it up well by channeling M*A*S*H…

I don’t even know what that means!

The (regular) season is over for Richardson so he won’t have another chance to make a statement. Luck’s Cardinal don’t get another chance either since Oregon won the Pac-12 North. Baylor will play host to Texas next week in Waco, but Griffin’s status is up in the air due to his injury.

If none play again, I think I’d vote Luck. Someone will yell at me for that. Go ahead.

5. Houston is a Conference USA Championship Game win over Southern Miss away from playing in a BCS Bowl.

Fourth on the list (of three) candidates to win the Heisman is Cougars QB Case Keenum, who shredded Tulsa Friday in a manner similar to the way he’s shredded everyone else he’s played this season.

If the Cougars top the Golden Eagles in next week’s C-USA title game, they’ll become the first ever team from the conference to make a BCS bowl. Teams from the WAC and Mountain West have played BCS buster, but never C-USA.

Someone will call the occasion “historic”. Those people won’t really know what the word historic means.

6. Another reason why I like Tim Tebow? Sabermetricians would hate him.

He effing did it again, huh?

You know what’s the ONLY THING IN THE WORLD that could make us not spend the entire week talking about the Denver Broncos’ QB? How about a picture of San Diego Chargers kicker Nick Novak peeing on the sidelines at Qualcomm Stadium?

Thanks CBS!

7. Mark Sanchez also really pissed off a lot of haters Sunday.

The New York Jets’ QB threw for four TD’s, including a game winner to Santonio Holmes in their win over the Buffalo Bills…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJtRuC19Ab8

We’ll of course remember the game as the time Bills WR Stevie Johnson insisted on making a complete ass out of himself…

…again.

Dan Marino was asked about what he thought of Sanchez Sunday, but he was too busy checking out Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge’s boobs to respond…

And here’s my cue to post another VS picture of Aldridge…

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Hopkins QB, Coach Honored by Centennial Conference

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Hopkins QB, Coach Honored by Centennial Conference

Posted on 15 November 2011 by WNST Staff

2011 All-Centennial Football Team Get Acrobat Reader

LANCASTER, PA – The 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins football team landed the Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year in senior quarterback Hewitt Tomlin (Jackson, TN/Trinity Christian), had a school-record 10 players earn First Team All-Centennial and a total off 14 Blue Jays earned a spot on the 2011 all conference team, which was announced today. In addition, head coach Jim Margraff was selected as the league’s Coach of the Year after leading the Blue Jays to a 10-0 record and their third straight conference championship.

Headlining the honorees for Johns Hopkins is Tomlin, who becomes the third straight Johns Hopkins player to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors and was also a unanimous First Team All-CC selection. Tomlin is 194-of-282 (.688) for 2,459 yards with 23 touchdowns against just five interceptions on the year. Despite missing two games, his 23 TDs rank as the second-best single-season total in school history, while his 2,459 yards are fourth best. He threw for more than 200 yards in seven of the eight games he played in, threw for more than 450 yards twice and becomes the first Johns Hopkins quarterback to earn First Team All-Centennial honors in consecutive years.

Joining Tomlin as repeat First Team All-Centennial selections are senior wide receiver Sam Wernick (Dallas, TX/Dallas Jesuit), senior center Ed Rodger (Glen Ridge, NJ/St. Peter’s Prep), senior linebacker Ryan Piatek (Sewell, NJ/Bishop Eustace) and senior safety Michael Milano (Allentown, PA/Allentown Central Catholic).

Selected to the first team for the first time in their career are sophomore wide receiver Dan Wodicka (West Lafayette, IN/West Lafayette), sophomore tackle Armand Jenifer (Teaneck, NJ/Bergen County Academies), senior tackle Roland Massimino (Lake Barrington, IL/Barrington), senior defensive end Kale Sweeney (Schnecksville, PA/Parkland) and senior linebacker/defensive end Tyler Brown (Huntington Station, NY/Walt Whitman).

Rounding out Johns Hopkins’ All-Centennial selections were junior running back Jonathan Rigaud (Pembroke Pines, FL/Pembroke Pines), junior linebacker Taylor Maciow (Marlton NJ/Cherokee), senior cornerback Sam Eagleson (Reading, PA/Governor Mifflin) and senior offensive lineman Doug Drummond (White Plains, NY/Iona Prep). Rigaud, Maciow and Eagleson all grabbed second team honors, while Drummond earned honorable mention status.

Impressively, seven of Johns Hopkins’ All-Centennial selections were also among the Blue Jays recently named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Team. Piatek, Milano, Eagleson, Wernick, Drummond, Sweeney and Massimino all garnered Academic All-District honors and are currently on the ballot for national Academic All-America honors.

Wernick, the 2010 Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year, has 71 receptions for 644 yards and eight touchdowns on the year. His 71 receptions are a career-high and rank as the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. He recently became just the second player in school history to top 3,000 career receiving yards (3,023) and the third to top 4,000 career all-purpose yards (4,053).

Rodger is the latest in a long line of outstanding centers at Johns Hopkins and is making his third appearance on the All-Centennial team after a second team nod in 2009 and a first team selection in 2010. He anchors the line from his spot in the middle and leads the way for an offense averaging 42.6 points and 500.3 yards per game. Like Tomlin, he also was a unanimous selection.

Piatek is also making his third appearance on the team with a second team selection in 2009 followed by last season’s first team nod. Despite missing three full games and parts of two others with an injury, he still ranks fifth on the team in tackles (41) and counts two interceptions to his credit. He is JHU’s career active leader in tackles with 234.

Milano has quietly put together one of the best careers by a safety in school history as this is his third straight selection to the first team. He joined Tomlin and Rodger as a unanimous first team selection and currently ranks sixth on the team in tackles (40) and also counts four tackles for losses, four pass breakups and one sack to his credit. He has 183 career tackles to his credit and is the first Johns Hopkins defensive back since Matt Campbell (2002-04) to earn First Team All-Centennial honors three times. In addition, he is just the seventh Johns Hopkins player – regardless of position – to earn First Team All-Centennial honors three times.

Wodicka teams with Wernick to give the Blue Jays one of the top wide receiver tandems in the nation. He has enjoyed one of the best seasons in school history by a wide receiver as he counts 75 receptions for 1,162 yards and six touchdowns to his credit with six 100-yard games and two 200-yard games to his credit. The 75 receptions are just three shy of the Johns Hopkins single-season record, while his 1,162 yards rank second best.

Jenifer and Massimino join Rodger as Blue Jay offensive linemen on the first team as they bookend the line from their tackle positions. Jenifer was the only non-senior offensive lineman named to the first team and the duo has been a key part of an offense that ranks among the national leaders in scoring (42.6) and total offense (500.3). The Blue Jays have allowed just 11 sacks in 401 pass attempts on the year with Jenifer and Massimino playing key roles from their spots.

Brown and Sweeney round out JHU’s first team selections as they fuel a defense that is allowing just 12.1 points and 229.1 yards per game. Brown, who moves up to the first team after second team (2009) and honorable mention (2010) selections the last two years, has split time between defensive end and linebacker and ranks fourth on the team in tackles (46), second in tackles for loss (6.0), tied for third in sacks (3.0) and tied for second in pass breakups (4). He also has a pair of fumble recoveries to his credit.

Sweeney made the full transition to defensive end this season and has been a force up front. He counts a career-high 57 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and five sacks to his credit. His 10 tackles for loss and five sacks both lead the team, while his 57 tackles are 25 more than any other defensive lineman on the team and rank second overall on the squad.

On a team that is among the most effective in the nation at passing the ball, Rigaud has provided a breakaway threat at running back. He leads the team in rushing with a career-high 768 yards and counts 11 touchdowns to his credit. Three of his 11 TDs have come on runs of 65 yards or longer and he is averaging a robust 6.2 yards per carry. He also has 11 receptions for 120 yards to his credit.

Playing on a senior-laden defense, it’s Maciow who sits at the top of the Blue Jay tackle charts with a career-high 77 stops to his credit. He also counts 5.5 tackles for losses, 4.0 sacks, four pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble to his credit. He is one of just two non-senior linebackers who earned a spot on the first or second team.

Eagleson grabs Second Team All-Centennial honors for the third straight year. A mainstay at cornerback since the start of the 2009 season, he ranks seventh on the team in tackles (33) and leads the team in pass breakups (5) and interceptions (3). His three interceptions this season improve his career total to 14, which ranks fourth all-time in school history.

Drummond is the fourth Johns Hopkins offensive lineman to earn All-Centennial honors this season with his honorable mention nod. A standout at guard, Drummond helps lead an offense averaging 42.6 points and 500.3 yards per game. The Blue Jays have been equally effective passing (319.1 ypg.) and running (181.0) the ball and have allowed just 11 sacks in 401 pass attempts this season.

Johns Hopkins’14 All-Centennial selections this season are tied for the third-highest total in school history with the 10 first team selections ranking as a school record.

Johns Hopkins is currently 10-0 and riding a school-record 15-game winning streak. The Blue Jays will open play in the 2011 NCAA Division III Playoffs on Saturday, November 19 with a first round game at Homewood Field against St. John Fisher (8-2). The winner of the Johns Hopkins-St. John Fisher game will play the winner of the Delaware Valley-Norwich game in the second round on Saturday, November 26.

Johns Hopkins’ 2011 All-Centennial Selections

First Team: Tyler Brown (LB/DE), Armand Jenifer (OL), Roland Massimino (OL), Michael Milano (S), Ryan Piatek (LB), Ed Rodger (C), Kale Sweeney (DE), Hewitt Tomlin (QB), Sam Wernick (WR), Dan Wodicka (WR)

Second Team: Sam Eagleson (CB), Taylor Maciow (LB), Jonathan Rigaud (RB)

Honorable Mention: Doug Drummong (OL)

Offensive Player of the Year: Hewitt Tomlin (QB)

Coach of the Year: Jim Margraff

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