Posted on 04 February 2012 by WNSTV
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Posted on 04 February 2012 by Glenn Clark
It was another incredible week of Super Bowl coverage for us here at AM1570 WNST.net. Both “The Morning Reaction” with Drew Forrester and Luke Jones as well as “The Reality Check” with Glenn Clark emanated from Radio Row at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis every day. “Nasty” Nestor Aparicio was also part of the daily fun.
In case you missed anything we did, here is a list of the guest segments available for your consumption right now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net.
–Adam Sandler (Actor)
–Matt Birk (Baltimore Ravens C)
–Chuck Pagano (Indianapolis Colts Head Coach, former Ravens DC)
–Curt Schilling (Former Baltimore Orioles/Boston Red Sox/Arizona Diamondbacks/Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher)
–Shannon Sharpe (Former Baltimore Ravens/Denver Broncos Hall of Fame TE, CBS)
–AJ Green (Cincinnati Bengals WR)
–Ingrid & Sarah Harbaugh (Wives of John & Jim Harbaugh)
–Jim Schwartz (Detroit Lions Head Coach)
–Mike Smith (Atlanta Falcons Head Coach)
–Marcus Allen (Hall of Fame RB)
–Larry The Cable Guy (Comedian)
–Priest Holmes (Former Baltimore Ravens/Kansas City Chiefs RB)
–Vanilla Ice (Musician/Actor)
–Will Forte (Actor/Comedian/Saturday Night Live alum)
–Lynn Swann (Former Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame WR)
–Greg Ballard (Mayor of Indy)
–Dustin Keller (New York Jets TE)
–Jason Taylor (Former Miami Dolphins DE)
–Frank Caliendo (Comedian)
–Jay Mohr (Actor/Comedian)
–David Feherty (Golf Channel)
–Mike Haynes (Former New England Patriots Hall of Fame CB)
–Brian Billick (Former Baltimore Ravens coach FOX/NFL Network)
–Herm Edwards (Former New York Jets/Kansas City Chiefs coach, ESPN)
–Dick Vermeil (Former Super Bowl winning St. Louis Rams coach)
–Marv Levy (Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame coach)
–Joe Theismann (Former Washington Redskins QB, NFL Network)
–Lorenzo Neal (Former Baltimore Ravens/San Diego Chargers FB)
–Rich Gannon (Former Oakland Raiders QB, CBS)
–Antonio Pierce (Former NY Giants LB)
–Jack Youngblood (Los Angeles Rams Hall of Fame DE)
–Dhani Jones (Former Cincinnati Bengals LB)
–Robbie Gould (Chicago Bears Kicker)
–Morten Anderson (Former New Orleans Saints/Atlanta Falcons Kicker)
–Bonnie Bernstein (ESPN/University of Maryland alum)
–Peter King (SI/NBC)
–Lesley Visser (CBS)
–Sal Paolantonio (ESPN)
–Laura Kaeppeler (Miss America 2012)
–Chrissy Teigen (SI Swimsuit Issue model)
–Will Witherspoon (Tennessee Titans LB)
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Posted on 31 January 2012 by Glenn Clark
Honorable Mention: College Lacrosse scrimmage-Penn State @ Johns Hopkins (Saturday 1pm Homewood Field); Mount St. Mary’s @ UMBC (Saturday 1pm UMBC Stadium); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Isaac Chilemba vs. Edison Miranda (Friday 10pm from Las Vegas live on ESPN2), Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Marco Antonio Rubio (Saturday 10pm from San Antonio live on HBO); Women’s College Basketball: Boston College @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center), Maryland @ Georgia Tech (Monday 7pm from Atlanta live on Comcast SportsNet); Soccer-MISL Norfolk SharX @ Baltimore Blast (Wednesday 7:35pm 1st Mariner Arena); High School Basketball: Perry Hall @ Eastern Tech (Wednesday 6:30pm), Perry Hall @ Patapsco (Friday 7pm); Pro Wrestling: Ring of Honor (Saturday 7pm Du Burns Arena)
10. Lacuna Coil (Tuesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Sebastian Bach (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live), Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Saturday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Third Eye Blind (Monday 6:30pm Rams Head Live); Dierks Bentley (Sunday 3:30pm Recher Theatre); Rise Against (Sunday 7pm Patriot Center); Augustana (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (Sunday 10pm 9:30 Club); Marc Broussard (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere), Yardbirds (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere)
If Jimi Haha is reading this, can you please leave me two for Saturday night? Thanks…
Third Eye Blind had way more good songs than you realize they did…
I heard a guy on 98 Rock say the other day “if you need your face rocked clean off, Rise Against is the way to go.” He might have been right…
Here’s Bone Thugs n Phil Collins. Not only did this happen, but I really enjoyed it.
9. Demetri Martin (Friday 8pm Warner Theatre); Carrie Fisher “Wishful Drinking” (Tuesday-Sunday France-Merrick Performing Arts Center-Hippodrome); Chocolate Affair (Thursday 6pm Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel)
Carrie Fisher is coming to town. This is a fantastic time to remind everyone that Adrianne Curry once dressed up as Princess Leia…
I would follow this up with another thought, but clearly my brain is no longer in operation.
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Posted on 30 January 2012 by Glenn Clark
I had handled it much better than I ever did in the past.
Unlike the last three seasons, I wasn’t on hand to see the Baltimore Ravens’ season come to an end last Sunday in the AFC Championship Game. Instead of making the trip to Foxborough, I stayed in studio at 1550 Hart Rd. in Towson for “The Nasty Purple Pregame Show” and “The Nasty Purple Postgame Show.” I watched the game only with my producer Ryan Chell and I IMMEDIATELY hit the airwaves after Billy Cundiff’s kick sailed wide-not allowing me much time to stew over the dramatic end.
After fighting with a caller who labeled quarterback Joe Flacco as “a bum” following the crushing loss to the New England Patriots, I genuinely felt as though I had moved on. It only took about 30 minutes. No eight hour drive home with other miserable Ravens fans for me, just a 25 minute drive home to Monkton where playing with my dog quickly made me feel better about a tough loss.
On Sunday afternoon the WNST crew (Drew Forrester, Nestor Aparicio, Luke Jones and myself) touched down in Indianapolis for week-long coverage of Super Bowl XLVI festivities at Radio Row. We do it every year, no matter when/where the Ravens’ season comes to a close. Immediately upon landing at Indianapolis International Airport, we were greeted by vendors selling Eli Manning and Tom Brady t-shirts. Everywhere we turned in Indy for the first 12 hours was remarkably similar.
New York Giants stuff here. New England Patriots stuff there. Live NFL Network video of Bill Belichick getting off the plane. Quotes filling up my GMail inbox from Tom Brady and Jerod Mayo as transcribed by the National Football League staff here on site. A replay of Super Bowl XLII following Australian Open coverage on ESPN2.
It all hit me like a ton of bricks. This was SO close to being the Ravens. Perhaps a Cundiff kick, perhaps a Lee Evans catch, perhaps a John Harbaugh timeout, perhaps Joe Flacco not throwing an interception to Brandon Spikes.
We could have gotten off the plane in Indy and been greeted by Ray Lewis t-shirts instead of seeing Alex Flanagan try to get Lewis to change his mind about retirement on the sideline during NBC’s coverage of the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. We could have been covering the first media gathering of the week for the AFC champs instead of sitting in the hot tub at the J.W. Marriott or celebrating Forrester’s birthday at Buca di Beppo. (Both of these things were nice…but we’d rather not be there.)
It wasn’t as painful to arrive for Super Bowl coverage the last couple of years as there was really no argument that the Ravens may have been the best team in the AFC. Two years ago they were clobbered by the Colts here at LucasOil Stadium. Last year there was the feeling they let one go against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, but at least the loss didn’t come with a Super Bowl trip on the line.
This time there was a REAL feeling that we should be spending Media Day tomorrow chatting up Terrell Suggs instead of trying to track down Matt Birk for five minutes later in the week when he comes to promote the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
It wasn’t the only wound re-opened however.
As you can read about in Monday’s Indianapolis Star, there’s already a bit of a “friendly” back and forth going on between us and some of the folks in “The Friendly Heart of the Midwest.” While most of our comments have been made in jest, there is no doubt that seeing horseshoes everywhere I look and staring at a sign for the “Jim Irsay Collection” at the Indiana State Museum across the street have left a bad taste in my mouth.
The team my father fell in love with is now the reason why a city hundreds of miles from Charm City is experiencing a financial boon. The likes of Johnny Unitas, Lenny Moore and Art Donovan left sweat and blood on the field at Memorial Stadium, the value of which has allowed governor Mitch Daniels to make millions of dollars-which will in no way benefit the city of Baltimore.
We don’t REALLY want the Colts back in Baltimore as I joked with the Indy Star reporter. We want an entire civic injustice reversed. We know it’s impossible.
The wounds are fully re-opened here. We’ll make it through (covering a Super Bowl in Indianapolis is STILL better than having to cover the Baltimore Orioles), but there will be a number of times this week where I’ll look over and say “damn.”
Posted on 30 January 2012 by WNST Staff
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Posted on 18 January 2012 by Glenn Clark
I can’t believe I’m going to write this.
As a sports talk radio host, my life is basically dependent on getting sports figures to talk. As you’ve seen this football season, it’s been particularly beneficial (at least in terms of viral recognition) when folks like Ralph Friedgen or Joe Flacco have answered my questions in colorful ways.
At the beginning of every week, WNST Executive Producer Ryan Chell and I run through a list of folks we can reach out to for that particular week in hopes of having them appear on my radio show-or any of the other shows here at AM1570 WNST.net.
As Ryan and I were chatting Monday, I mentioned to him that I knew New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski a little bit. I had covered his brother (Cleveland Browns TE Dan Gronkowski) for awhile when he played for the University of Maryland and had stayed in touch a bit since then. I also spent time chatting with Rob at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in 2010 and we exchanged phone numbers as I had reason to believe he was a legitimate target for General Manager Ozzie Newsome and the Baltimore Ravens in the upcoming NFL Draft.
(Of course, that was well before we found out the monster tight end had failed a physical with the team leading up to the Draft.)
Ryan reached out to Gronkowski Tuesday morning and got a call back from him just after “The Reality Check” hit the airwaves Tuesday afternoon. When Ryan asked him if he would be available to chat with me later in the show, the former University of Arizona star politely declined (he did offer to chat again after the season was over) and deferred to the Pats’ media availability this week.
While I was disappointed, I fully understood. To keep peeling back the curtain, I never allow myself to get too angry when a sports figure doesn’t end up on the air with us. I always tell our staff “they don’t owe us anything” and look forward to the next opportunity to chat.
Baltimore Ravens DL Arthur Jones took us up on the opportunity to chat Tuesday on the show. As much as I tried, I couldn’t get him to divulge information on what kind of pass rush the Ravens would offer in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.
I tell this long-winded story because it ties into some other comments made this week that have lit up Charm City.
Ravens S Ed Reed appeared Monday on SiriusXM’s NFL Radio. You’ve read many of the quotes elsewhere on the internet, including…
“Joe was kind of rattled a little bit by that defense. They had a lot of guys in the box on him and they were giving it to him. I think a couple of times he needed to get rid of the ball. It just didn’t look like he had a hold on the offense.”
“He can’t play like that. One specific play that sticks out to me was when Ray Rice came out and got pushed out of the backfield and (Flacco) still threw him the ball and he had Torrey Smith on the outside. I can say that sitting on the sideline or sitting in the stands. You don’t know what someone else is seeing.”
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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…
Posted on 04 January 2012 by Glenn Clark
Glenn Clark’s Rankings…
32. St. Louis Rams (Last Week: 32)
At least Indy has their coach?
31. Indianapolis Colts (LW: 31)
Best loss ever.
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 26)
This was historic.
29. Minnesota Vikings (LW: 30)
I hope they have faith in Christian Ponder.
28. Cleveland Browns (LW: 28)
You’d imagine they’ll spend a lot of time looking at a certain Heisman Trophy winner.
27. Washington Redskins (LW: 27)
Need a lot.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 29)
What if Blaine Gabbert really isn’t any good?
25. Buffalo Bills (LW: 24)
That win over the Pats earlier in the season could go down as the last great moment in Buffalo Bills history.
24. Carolina Panthers (LW: 23)
23. Miami Dolphins (LW: 21)
The Matt Moore situation is intriguing.
22. Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 22)
Neither Kyle Orton nor Matt Cassel is a long-term option.
21. Seattle Seahawks (LW: 17)
Marshawn Lynch is a nice piece to build around at least.
20. Arizona Cardinals (LW: 20)
Step 1-who’s your quarterback?
19. New York Jets (LW: 16)
I think they have to stick with Mark Sanchez.
18. Chicago Bears (LW: 25)
They have real reason to have high hopes for 2012.
17. Tennessee Titans (LW: 15)
Matt Hasselbeck might be the better quarterback, but they’ll need to turn to Jake Locker next season.
16. Oakland Raiders (LW: 12)
This Hue Jackson/new GM situation could be interesting.
15. Dallas Cowboys (LW: 13)
I’m not sure how they go about improving.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 19)
Right move to bring back Andy Reid…I think.
13. San Diego Chargers (LW: 18)
How in the hell can Norv Turner stay employed?
Posted on 02 January 2012 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…
Perhaps Flynn’s success had much more to do with the Green Bay Packers’ scheme & wide receivers and even the Detroit Lions’ less than exceptional defense than the former LSU quarterback himself. But as he enters free agency, Flynn may have just made himself a viable option for teams that won’t enter 2012 with Andrew Luck on their roster.
Of course, 80 of his 480 yards and one of his five touchdowns came on this play to Ryan Grant. I’m pretty sure Ryan Chell could have made this throw…
The Packers can sit back and wait to find out who they’ll play in the divisional round while the Lions get to visit the Superdome next weekend. But I’d say it’s pretty much a toss-up as to who has the more difficult road ahead.
In an unrelated story, the Packers went with Pat Lee as their kick returner for the New Year’s Day game. He did something stupid…
And one more-here’s Packers LB Brad Jones handling a fan who ran out onto Lambeau Field…
Much like the Fins a week earlier, the Buffalo Bills worked Charm City into a lather with hopes of ruining the Pats’ run to the Number 1 seed. Also much like the Fins, the Bills for some reason must have thought New England would quit when they fell behind early. But after spotting the Bills 21 points, the Patriots would go on to score the next 49.
But they can’t possibly win the AFC of course because their defense isn’t good enough.
You’ll see a lot of funny things in 2012. I’ll go ahead and guess that there won’t be many funnier than this Drayton Florence flop…
Also of note in this game was Bills WR Stevie Johnson, who exposed a “Happy New Year” message on an undershirt after scoring a touchdown…
It’s a shame Tom Brady didn’t have a “Happy 28 Point Beatdown” undershirt to respond with. For a semi-decent receiver, Johnson is about a full-fledged clown.
Before departing his Offensive Coordinator gig at Auburn, Malzahn pulled out a bunch of tricks (including a Statue of Liberty Play of all things) to help beat Virginia in the Georgia Dome…
Elsewhere on New Year’s Eve Levi LaVallee and Robbie Maddison were doing extreme sport jumping of some sort on ESPN that may or may not have been amazing. None of us really know and none of us really bothered to watch. But technically it happened!
How did I spend my NYE you ask? At a place I can’t name because they aren’t a sponsor. They ARE however the home of Sweet Potato Tots and the “Billy Goat’s Gruff”…
It was a 14 out of 10.
I’d show you video of the play, but it’s not available on YouTube. Instead, those of you who REALLY wanna see it can check it out here and the rest of you can look at this picture of Elsa Hosk. We’ll all meet back at the local saloon.
The San Francisco 49ers clinched the #2 seed in the NFC thanks to their win over the St. Louis Rams. In Baltimore, we just want to say Thank You again. We can’t really say it enough.
The Rams will fire Steve Spagnuolo according to reports. Also according to reports, it will be cold this week.
The Houston Texans didn’t need to beat the Tennessee Titans Sunday for any tangible reason. They didn’t, thanks to Kubiak’s decision to go for 2 late (a decision that backfired after a Joel Dreessen false start and a snap sailed over the head of QB Jake Delhomme-who replaced a banged up T.J. Yates). Let’s take a look at the video board…
Earlier in the game, Bryan Braman made an awesome play…
The Texans host the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the postseason. If they win, the Texans visit M&T Bank Stadium in the divisional round. I would think most of us would be pretty happy with that matchup, especially considering the Steelers could be another option.
Here’s video of the Aggies’ win over Northwestern in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. You voted it “the video I’m least likely to watch this week” in an informal poll I just took…
Here was Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald’s reaction when he found out I was going to show the highlights of the game…
Of course, that’s the only if Michael Vick stays healthy…and we all know that’s a significant “if.”
The highlight of the day in Philly happened well before Philly kicked the tar out of the Washington Redskins. It happened when Skins OC Kyle Shanahan tried to pump his team up before the game. It was HILARIOUS…
Kyle Shanahan makes Cam Cameron look popular.
Posted on 22 December 2011 by Glenn Clark
Glenn Clark’s Rankings…
32. St. Louis Rams (Last Week: 31)
With Kellen Clemens at quarterback, the Rams are absolutely the worst team in the National Football League.
31. Indianapolis Colts (LW: 32)
They won’t win another one…at least I don’t think they will.
30. Minnesota Vikings (LW: 30)
Could actually be worse than Indy.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 24)
Why did they get so many primetime games?
28. Cleveland Browns (LW: 29)
Much better with Seneca Wallace at QB than Colt McCoy.
27. Washington Redskins (LW: 28)
The Giants lost to them twice. The ball isn’t round.
26. Carolina Panthers (LW: 25)
That was a pretty fantastic performance against a top defense.
25. Buffalo Bills (LW: 22)
Chan Gailey doesn’t really look like a NFL head coach to me.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 27)
So…maybe Raheem Morris doesn’t like being a NFL head coach?
23. Miami Dolphins (LW: 23)
Reggie Bush. Unfreakingreal. Athletes have tended to perform better WHILE dating Kim Kardashian than after.
22. Chicago Bears (LW: 19)
They were at one point a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
21. Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 26)
Romeo Crennel could have never posted a more significant victory.
20. Arizona Cardinals (LW: 21)
They might be better than this.
19. Tennessee Titans (LW: 14)
Now does Jake Locker play?
18. Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 20)
They’re zombies in the Keystone State.
17. Oakland Raiders (LW: 16)
That one will be painful for some time.