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Bob Kravitz on Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson feud

Posted on 16 September 2015 by WNST Staff





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Ozzie Newsome gives a wide-ranging info on Ed Reed, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and more on Friday

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Ozzie Newsome gives “State of Baltimore Ravens” update at Indy combine

Posted on 24 February 2012 by WNST Staff

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Harbaugh talks Ed Reed and 2012 with Glenn & Nestor in Indy

Posted on 24 February 2012 by WNSTV

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Breaking news to Baltimore about glories of modern-day Indy & Jim Irsay isn’t easy

Posted on 09 February 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

As many of you might remember, my dear friend and mentor John Steadman would often channel Babe Ruth and write wacky letters to Baltimore sports fans from The Bambino in heaven.

So, on the eve of what would’ve been my father’s 93rd birthday, I’m writing an open letter to Steadman – and my Pop (and maybe even to Charlie Eckman) – to tell them what my eyes have seen in the years since their deaths in regard to the legacy of the Indianapolis Colts. I now realize in many ways I only really saw the Baltimore Colts and their glory through their eyes because other than three years of Bert Jones from 1975-77 when I was a kid, the Colts of Robert Irsay weren’t worth having in Baltimore.

The Baltimore Colts packed up the Mayflower vans on March 28, 1984. Twenty-eight years later and about that many trips to Indy over the years have taught me many life lessons about greed, loss, regret, hatred, football, forgiveness, civic responsibility and pride.

I spent nine days in Indianapolis last week and I’ll be back there again in 14 days for the NFL Combine. I’ll probably be going to Indianapolis for the rest of my life – or as long as they have the Colts – and I’m finally gaining some appreciation, clarity and personal growth for my adventures in the “friendly heart of The Midwest.”

Dear John & Pop:

I know you’re going to have a hard time believing this – and you might even think old Nasty Nestor has gone soft – but I have a very hard, long-term and deep-seated admission I’m going to make and you’re probably going to be very disappointed with me.

After all of these years, I have to admit that I like Indianapolis.

And I like Jim Irsay.

And I even like the Mayor of Indy, Greg Ballard, who I introduced to Chuck Pagano on our WNST set last week in Indy.

And I have to make the tough, honest admission that the Indianapolis Colts have become one helluva success story for the NFL and for their community in Indiana.

I know you might not have liked my “pardon” of all things Irsay and Colts and Indianapolis almost two years ago now, and you’re probably flipping over in your respective graves as you read this but the people of Baltimore almost found out last week what Indiana and “Hoosier Hospitality” is all about.

It’s a shame, really, because the people of Baltimore would’ve been there to see firsthand just how far Indianapolis has come in 28 years if Ravens’ WR Lee Evans would’ve just held onto a sure-touchdown pass from this scrappy kid named Joe Flacco up in New England in the AFC Championship Game. Half of the Charm City would’ve been packing up the family for Indiana like Jed Clampett going to Beverly Hills if the Ravens would’ve pulled out that win over the Patriots.

And that trip might’ve once-and-for-all “healed the war” between Indy and Baltimore. And it might’ve gotten us what we really want — pictures like THIS taken off the walls of local taverns like Kilroy’s because they are as disrespectful as a Confederate flag is to some men in their symbolism:

(And if you’re reading in Indy: Stop selling the Johnny Unitas jerseys in the Circle Center Mall downtown. And stop pushing Raymond Berry’s sorry ass onto the national platform as your own because he’s foolish enough to play along with the charade.

This stuff STILL bothers all of us in Baltimore! A lot…

Do that, and perhaps, all will be totally forgiven.)

But as much as it is hard for anyone from Baltimore to admit it — but time and facts have proven it all true — you have to give Jim Irsay some immense and serious credit. He inherited one of the most screwed up situations this side of Peter Angelos and his boys when he woke up as a 28-year old general manager in India-No-Place 

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From Baltimore to Indy: Pagano says last 10 days have been whirlwind

Posted on 04 February 2012 by WNSTV

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Live from Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis tune into WNST crew from Radio Row all week

Posted on 30 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Live from Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis tune into WNST crew from Radio Row all week

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Jim Irsay tweets support for Ravens’ Super Bowl win in Indy

Posted on 10 January 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

Everyone knows I love Twitter and while I’m not a captured and enraptured follower of too many sports personalities or pundits, I do follow Indianapolis Colts’ owner Jim Irsay because his feeds are the most lively of anyone on the web — NFL owner or not.

Irsay is known to randomly tweet lyrics to his favorite rock songs, instant giveaways of Colts tickets and merchandise and he even gives injury reports on his team before the P.R. department releases the news.

Today, he tweeted this:

“I’d love 2c Steve B get the Trophy and Baltimore n Indy…got tons of friends there n it’s only fitting with my good friend R Berry n tow!”

A nice gesture and one that’s certainly heartfelt.

I’ve spent some time in recent years with Jim Irsay and as much angst as his last name has created in my life and the lives of many Baltimoreans over the past three decades and I can say for sure that he’s a peaceful man who believes strongly in karma and good deeds.

He’s built a model franchise in Indianapolis since the death of his oft-inebriated father, Tiger Bob.

His sentiments are now on the table.

And for once, I don’t think anyone in Baltimore can disagree with an Irsay…

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Colts Hall of Fame TE John Mackey Passes Away at 69

Posted on 07 July 2011 by WNST Staff

NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Executive Director DeMaurice Smith confirmed Thursday morning via Twitter that former Baltimore Colts TE John Mackey had passed away overnight. Mackey was 69.

Mackey was selected in the 2nd round of the 1963 NFL Draft by the Colts out of Syracuse. He remained in Charm City until 1972, when he finished his career playing one season with the San Diego Chargers.

During his time in Baltimore, Mackey was a five time Pro Bowl selection (1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968) and three time All-Pro (1966, 1967, 1968).

He was a member of the Colts team that defeated the Dallas Cowboys 16-13 in Super Bowl V. In the game, he was involved in one of the more memorable plays in Super Bowl history, catching a twice deflected Johnny Unitas pass and scampering 75 yards for the Colts’ only TD of the game.

The Queens, NY native finished his career with 331 catches for 5,236 yards and 38 TD’s. He added 17 postseason catches for 296 yards and 2 TD’s. His career was sadly cut short due to leg and knee injuries.

Mackey was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992, becoming just the 2nd pure tight end to be elected (Mike Ditka). In 2010, the NFL Network listed Mackey 42nd on their list of the Top 100 players in league history, the highest ranking of a Tight End on the list.

In the later years of his life, Mackey endured a very public battle with dementia. In a 2007 interview with the Baltimore Sun, wife Sylvia Mackey (who was taking care of Mackey in the later years of his life) said Mackey asked her “Who’s that wearing my number?” when watching Marvin Harrison of the Indianapolis Colts on television. (Harrison wore #88 in Indy, the same number Mackey wore in Baltimore.)

In response to his health battles, the league and NFLPA  created the “88 Plan”, providing retired players with up to $88,000 per year for medical and custodial care resulting from dementia, including Alzheimer’s. Mackey served as NFLPA President from 1969-1973, he was succeeded by former Colts teammate Bill Curry.

As more details are available regarding Mackey’s passing, we will make them available via AM1570 WNST and WNST.net. Also stay tuned to AM1570 Thursday, as we will chat with folks who knew Mackey well.

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IRL comes to Baltimore in August 2011

Posted on 02 June 2010 by WNST Staff

Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Racing Development (BRD) formally announced today that the Baltimore Grand Prix will be part of the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule beginning in 2011. The inaugural event has been scheduled for August 5-7, 2011 and will be contested on a temporary street circuit around the scenic Inner Harbor area of downtown Baltimore.

BRD also announced that the event will be an annual fixture on the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule for at least five years, thanks to multi-year contracts with the Indy Racing League and City of Baltimore.The announcement follows the unanimous approval earlier this summer of both a Baltimore City Council resolution and a vote of the Maryland Stadium Authority to formally support BRD’s efforts to pursue bringing an IZOD IndyCar Series race to Baltimore.

“This is an historic day for Baltimore and the State of Maryland, as well as the entire East Coast Region, as we have finalized plans for the IZOD IndyCar Series racing in Baltimore in 2011,” said Jay Davidson, CEO of the Baltimore Grand Prix and Baltimore Racing Development. “When we began our pursuit of this race over two years ago, we had a number of major steps to accomplish and are so thankful to the State, City and the community for embracing our efforts. This three-day festival of speed will not just include car racing, but will feature family-friendly activities, offer great entertainment and much, much more.”

Among those joining Davidson for the announcement today at the Baltimore Convention Center were Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Indy Racing League President of the Commercial Division Terry Angstadt, IZOD IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser, Jr. “This is an extraordinary opportunity for Baltimore to shine in the national spotlight, and benefit from the millions in tourism dollars it will bring to our State,” said Governor O’Malley.

“The Baltimore Grand Prix will add to the impressive list of exciting and significant sporting and entertainment events Maryland is home to every year.”“In August 2011, our City will be the home for one of the most exciting sporting events in the world,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “I want to thank the Governor, BRD and IndyCar officials for your role in making this race a reality for Baltimore. In addition to filling City hotel rooms and restaurants, this street race will change the way the world sees Baltimore as a result of global media exposure to millions of Indy Racing League fans who attend similar events in San Paulo, Long Beach and St. Petersburg.”

The Indy Racing League is the sanctioning body for the IZOD IndyCar Series, North America’s premier open-wheel racing series. The IZOD IndyCar Series is predicated on the history, heritage, passion and intense competition of the Indianapolis 500, referred to as the “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The IZOD IndyCar Series schedule is the most diverse in all of motorsports, featuring races on traditional oval tracks, road courses and temporary street circuits. Among the IZOD IndyCar Series’ diverse lineup of drivers are Marco Andretti, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Danica Patrick, Graham Rahal and Dario Franchitti.Open-wheel racing refers to a classic type of racing involving fender-less cars with wheels outside the body and one seat. Open-wheel cars are built specifically for racing and are generally the most technologically advanced racecars in the world, with many capable of reaching speeds in excess of 220 mph.

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (1/19/10)

Posted on 19 January 2010 by Jack McManus


Andy Glockner, Sports Illustrated bracketologist is the next guest. He starts off by discussing William & Mary who Glockner has as a 7 seed in his latest bracket. Glockner explains that the Tribe has already built a very strong resume. He next talks about the Terps. He states that Maryland is probably better than their resume at this point. He says that at this point they have nothing good to put on their profile. Maryland must compile quite a few quality wins to get back in the NCAA picture.


Rick is next up. Drew tells Rick that he must pick a station at some point. Rick makes it clear that he will choose WNST. He wants to talk about Martin Luther King Day yesterday. He calls it “wonderful” that we are able to celebrate.


Merton is next up. Drew mentions that Merton refrained from calling the week before the game in case his team lost. Merton wants to make sure that those in Baltimore know that the Colts will get revenge for Super Bowl III.


Ed in Park Heights calls in to talk about the Orioles increase in ticket prices. He and Drew discuss the responsibilities of an owner. He also talks about the Ravens briefly. He explains that he does not understand why so many are talking about Rex Ryan being a better coach than John Harbaugh. Harbaugh reached the AFC Championship in his first season as well.


Patrick Stevens joins Drew. He firmly believes that the Terps will walk over Longwood. He thinks it will be a big night for James Padgett. Gary Williams insists that Padgett will be an important part of the rotation despite his lack of play time this far. He thinks that it may make sense for Dino Gregory to lose a few minutes in favor of Padgett. Stevens next moves on to Jordan Williams. He compares Williams to Lonny Baxter. Stevens also discusses the CAA with Drew. At this point, it seems likely that two teams could get into the NCAA tournament.



Bob in Parkville calls in. He talks about the CBA talks going on in the NFL. He points out that the players are already getting 60% of every dollar. The players also do not need to worry about profit. Bob explains that he would lock the players out. He next moves on to the news that the Orioles will charge an extra fee for those who walk up to buy tickets for games. He rips this and many other decision my owner Peter Angelos.


Mike Gillian, head coach of the Longwood basketball team is on to talk with Drew. He discusses his team’s game against the Terps tonight. He talks about the importance of these games against big conference teams like Maryland. He also brings up the fact that his currently independent team belongs in the Big South conference.

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