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Join us in London for Fall 2017 Purple Roadtrip to see Ravens play Jaguars

Posted on 16 December 2016 by WNST Trips

We are excited to announce our 2017 Purple Roadtrips to London with the Baltimore Ravens next fall. Thank you for your continued interest in traveling abroad with WNST!

Please read all of the details of our European adventure carefully.

Because of the two possibilities for the dates of the Ravens-Jaguars game – Sunday, Sept. 24 OR Sunday, Oct. 1 – we want you to be fully aware of your itinerary so you can buy your trip right now with the full confidence and ease of the more than 12,000 Baltimore sports fans we’ve taken all over the continent since 1996.

We can’t tell you how excited we are to offer this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at these introductory rates. Please be aware that we have a VERY limited inventory due to early airline space and the flexibility of our itinerary based on when the Ravens play in London.

EITHER WAY, YOU ARE GOING TO LONDON TO SEE THE RAVENS IF YOU BUY THE TRIP NOW!!!

We are also offering a $100 discount for all who emailed us this week and all orders placed BEFORE midnight on Christmas night – December, 25, 2016. We expect this trip to sell out very quickly with the additional holiday discount!

As you’ll see when comparing our trip to the marketplace, we will be offering the most affordable trip available so if you are definitely planning on traveling with us to London, we recommend booking it ASAP to secure these great rates. Given the demand and interest I’ve seen, we’d be shocked if these last past Christmas weekend.

WNST is offering two travel options – both consisting of five (5) nights in London.

Our introductory rates for the initial are based on hotel occupancy.

Single Occupancy: $2400 ($50 more pp using PayPal)

Double Occupancy: $2100 ($50 more pp using PayPal)

Triple Occupancy: $2000 ($50 more pp using PayPal)

Quad Occupancy: $1950 ($50 more pp using PayPal)

*** REMEMBER TO TAKE $100 OFF PER PERSON IF YOU BUY THIS HOLIDAY WEEK ONLY!!!!

All trips include:

  • NonStop overnight travel from Dulles Airport to London Heathrow on a major international airline with a mid-day return after the game
  • A 5-night stay at a 4-star London hotel close to the subway
  • One entry per person on the London Eye as well as our WNST London Thames River Cruise. (https://www.londoneye.com/)
  • Admission to WNST Saturday purple pub pep rally
  • Admission to WNST Sunday purple pre-game tailgate event
  • Upper deck game ticket for Sunday Ravens-Jaguars game

We are also planning some other surprises and memories ­– just like we did in Tampa in 2001 at Whiskey Joe’s and in New Orleans with our 2:52 march to the Superdome!

IMPORTANT: The above rates (minus $100 holiday early bird discount) are valid if you are able to pay via check. As an additional incentive this week, anyone who pays via check will also receive a free autographed copy of Purple Reign 2, our 6-CD set of “WNST Purple Memories” and a free appetizer coupon from Ruth’s Chris Steak House. You will also receive a $50 voucher good for any future WNST purple football road trip. (*This is another $100 value for buying the trip during the holiday week using a check!!!)

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We are offering two identical options for folks planning to join us in London:

TRIP A (Tuesday-Monday)

Leaves from Dulles to London Heathrow on Tuesday evening with Wednesday morning arrival and returns from London Heathrow to Dulles on Monday mid-afternoon.

The two possible itineraries for flights are:

Tuesday, Sept. 19 returning Monday, Sept. 25

Or

Tuesday, Sept. 26 returning Monday, Oct. 2

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TRIP B (Wednesday-Tuesday)

Leaves from Dulles to London Heathrow on Wednesday evening with Thursday morning arrival and returns from London Heathrow to Dulles on Tuesday mid-afternoon.

The two possible itineraries for flights are:

Wednesday, Sept. 20 returning Tuesday, Sept. 26

Or

Wednesday, Sept. 27 returning Tuesday, Oct. 3

 

Some notes:

We expect to finalize our four-star hotel accommodation before Christmas. It will be near a subway because this will almost certainly be your primary means of transportation in London. (For those who haven’t made the trip to the U.K., think in similar terms to New York. It’s just easier and sensible!)

We are not offering ground transportation in London because we don’t think it’s affordable or sensible given the size of the group – and it’s proven to slow down every step of the journey in the past!

If you’ve never traveled to Europe on an overnight flight, you should expect a little jet lag on the first day so we’ve added the “fifth day” to the trip because we want everyone to have free time to explore before or after the purple festivities. It’s too long of a trip to make for a shorter weekend, especially given the time changes. We think we’ve timed these trips perfectly for those who want to walk Abbey Road, bring golf clubs or see the countryside for a day.

We do not need the names or passport numbers upon purchase. You are simply holding seats on the plane and hotel/ticket space.

These trips are NON-REFUNDABLE but can be transferred until August 1, 2017. You will be able to adjust names up until then!

Please make sure you have a valid passport! You have eight months to get this done! If you are not an American citizen, please indicate that upon purchase so we have all of our information together for the TSA, airport and airline.

Once the game day in London is finalized in mid-April, we’ll reach back to get more information so we can finalize your itinerary, our parties/locations/etc. We expect this to go very smoothly! We love to make these trips memorable ­– as many of you have seen over the past two decades!

Here’s how to buy the trip right now:

If you want to take advantage of the $100 discount (and save the $50 Paypal fees) and get the goody bag with Purple Reign 2, Ruth’s Chris appetizer and $50 WNST Purple Roadtrip future discount, please immediately send your check to:

WNST

1550 Hart Road

Towson, MD 21286

Please include:

Single Occupancy (1 person in room): $2300 per person

Double Occupancy (2 people in room): $2000 per person X 2

Triple Occupancy (3 people in room): $1900 per person X 3

Quad Occupancy (4 people in room): $1850 per person X 4

ALSO: Please send us an email with the subject line: “CHECK IS IN THE MAIL” to nasty@wnst.net and some autograph instructions and I’ll get the book personalized, CDs and discount coupons to you this week for Christmas!

If you’re in Harford County, you can also BRING us a check this Tuesday, December 20th when we’re swabbing for the bone marrow registry and There Goes My Hero at Adams Jeep in Aberdeen with Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace. You can also get swabbed!

 

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If you are not able to pay via check and prefer to pay immediately via credit card, we will have to charge an additional $50 per person due to payment processing fees. We are delighted to accommodate you with the click of the mouse below – but please be aware of the additional $50 cost that is reflected on the buttons below.

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We expect a wide variety of unique questions to come our way. For any questions, please email nasty@wnst.net AND peter@wnst.net and we will respond ASAP. We cannot answer trip-related questions effectively using our social media. We prefer email so we can stay organized during what we expect to be a busy week with this offer.

Thank you again for your interest and we can’t wait to take you all to London to see the Ravens beat the Jaguars!

 

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Ravens being considered to play in London next season

Posted on 29 November 2016 by Luke Jones

The Ravens may have an especially long road trip in 2017.

The NFL has informed the organization that it’s being considered for a game in London next season. The Ravens have never played a game outside of the United States, but owner Steve Bisciotti has embraced the possibility of going to London for one of his team’s road games.

Next season, the Ravens are set to play Jacksonville, who has an agreement in place to play one home game per season at Wembley Stadium through 2020. As part of their agreement with the Maryland Stadium Authority, the Ravens are not allowed to play any “home” games away from M&T Bank Stadium.

Only seven other teams have yet to participate in the International Series since it was introduced in 2007: Arizona, Carolina, Cleveland, Green Bay, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Tennessee.

The league has yet to announce its slate of international games for 2017, but the dates and teams for the three London games played this season were announced last November.

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Dom Cosentino talks the NFL popularity in London

Posted on 05 October 2015 by WNST Staff

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 30 June 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Indiana Fever @ Washington Mystics (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV); Golf: PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from White Sulphur Springs, WV); MLL: Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Ohio Machine (Friday 4pm from Columbus live on CBS Sports Network)

10. Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration (Friday 7pm Inner Harbor); 4th of July Parades (Friday various times Arbutus, Kingsville, Towson, Bel Air, Dundalk, Catonsville, Glyndon, etc.) Joan Rivers (Wednesday 7:30pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Tammy” out in theaters (Wednesday)

When you watch “The Sandlot” Friday, please tag me in your photos. You WILL watch “The Sandlot” Friday.

9. Beyonce & Jay-Z (Monday 8pm M&T Bank Stadium); Goo Goo Dolls/Daughtry (Saturday 6:45pm Jiffy Lube Live); Crosby, Stills & Nash (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap), Counting Crows/Toad The Wet Sprocket (Saturday 7pm Wolf Trap); Neko Case (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Ed Sheeran (Tuesday 5pm Power Plant Live); Juicy J (Thursday 10pm Echostage); A Capitol Fourth feat. Frankie Valli, Phillip Phillips, Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald, Jordin Sparks (Friday 8pm from US Capitol live on PBS); Old Crow Medicine Show “Remedy” available (Tuesday)

I mean, Beyonce could perform…OR…they could just show the “Partition” video on the screens at the stadium…

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1dg1u7_beyonce-partition-explicit-video_music

Speaking of Mrs. Carter, Ed Sheeran does a pretty solid Mrs. Carter.

Remember how good the Goo Goo Dolls used to be?

Almost as good as the Counting Crows.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 24 June 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Legends Football League-Atlanta Steam @ Baltimore Charm (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Arena); WNBA: Connecticut Sun @ Washington Mystics (Friday 7pm Verizon Center), San Antonio Silver Stars @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm Verizon Center); MLL: Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Florida Launch (Saturday 7pm from Boca Raton, FL live on YouTube); Boxing: Tori Nelson vs. Nicole Williams (Saturday 6pm Du Burns Arena); Auto Racing: NASCAR Quaker State 400 (Saturday 7:30pm from Sparta, KY live on TNT); Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night Nate Marquardt vs. James Te Huna (Saturday 5am from Auckland, New Zealand live on UFC Fight Pass), UFC Fight Night Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens (Saturday 10pm from San Antonio live on Fox Sports 1)

10. Great American Backyard Campout (Saturday 6pm Oregon Ridge); Transformers: Age of Extinction“, “Snowpiercer” and “They Came Together” out in theaters (Friday); 300: Rise of an Empire” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

None of this means much of anything for me-so instead I’ll post this new photo of Sofia Vergara that came out Monday. You can thank me later.

9. Thank You Festival feat. Tiesto (Thursday 4pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Katy Perry (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm Verizon Center); OneRepublic/The Script (Friday 7pm Jiffy Luve Live), Toby Keith (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live), Avicii (Sunday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Ben Folds (Wednesday 8:15pm Wolf Trap); Ballyhoo! (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); Say Anything (Wednesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Drive-By Truckers (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live); Diana Ross (Saturday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Dr. John (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Air Supply (Friday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Primus (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Lake Street Dive (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Jamestown Revival (Sunday 8:30pm Gypsy Sally’s); Rebirth Brass Band (Sunday 2pm DC Jazz Festival); Ed Sheeran “X”, Phish “Fuego” and Clutch “Earth Rocker Deluxe” available (Tuesday)

I’m including Katy Perry this week. Let’s just go ahead and move on so we don’t have to talk about it any further.

Say hello to Kevin Van Valkenburg at the Truckers’ show.

Lake Street Dive is rather enjoyable.

Someday I’ll be coming home…to see Jamestown Revival.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 17 June 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Washington Mystics @ Atlanta Dream (Wednesday 12pm from Atlanta live on NBA TV), Washington Mystics @ Seattle Storm (Sunday 9pm from Seattle live on NBA TV); Boxing: Robert Guerrero vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai (Saturday 10pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime)

10. Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival (Saturday Inner Harbor); Mike Epps (Friday 8pm Baltimore Arena); Bob Saget (Friday 8pm Warner Theatre); Hal Sparks (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Mick Foley (Tuesday & Thursday DC Improv), Steve Rannazzisi (Friday & Saturday DC Improv); Jersey Boys” and “Think Like A Man Too” out in theaters (Friday); The Lego Movie” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Yes. You DO know Steve Rannazzisi.

Think Like A Man Too does not look like a film I’d enjoy viewing. This picture however does. Isn’t that odd?

9. Foreigner/Styx (Friday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live), Zac Brown Band (Sunday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); John Butler Trio (Wednesday 7:30pm Wolf Trap), Daryl Hall & John Oates (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap); Matisyahu (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); Devo (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Hank 3 (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live); Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (Saturday 9pm Baltimore Soundstage); Cara Kelly and the Tall Tale/The Herd of Main Street (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Johnnyswim (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Marc Broussard (Sunday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Scott Stapp (Tuesday 8pm Howard Theatre); Kaiser Chiefs (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Bacon Brothers (Saturday-Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Playing For Change (Tuesday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Robert Randolph & The Family Band (Saturday 5:45pm National Capital BBQ Battle); Steve Aoki (Saturday 9pm Echostage); Willie Nelson “Band of Brothers”, Linkin Park “The Hunting Party”, Sam Smith “In The Lonely Hour” and David Gray “Mutineers” available (Tuesday)

I enjoy the work of the Zac Brown Band.

The Herd of Main Street is a talented band from this area that you should REALLY BE LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW.

Hey look! It’s both Johnnyswim AND Daryl Hall!

Marc Broussard is deliciously Broussardian.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 01 July 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionGolf-PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Sulphur Springs, WV); WNBA: Seattle Storm @ Washington Mystics (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Allan Green vs. Eleider Alvarez (Friday 9pm from Hartford live on ESPN2)

10. Daughtry/3 Doors Down/Halestorm (Saturday 7pm Pier Six Pavilion); Doobie Brothers (Saturday 8pm Wolf Trap); Gregg Allman (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); The Maine (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Wild Feathers (Thursday 7:30pm West Mount Vernon Park); The Verve Pipe (Thursday 3:30pm Long Bridge Park); The Polyphonic Spree (Saturday 8pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); African American Festival feat. Patti LaBelle (Saturday & Sunday M&T Bank Stadium); Jay-Z “Magna Carta Holy Grail” available in stores/on iTunes (Sunday)

I’m more than a bit embarrassed by how much I enjoy Chris Daughtry…

The Doobie Brothers made the most important music video of all time that wasn’t “Virtual Insanity” by Jamiroquai…

Go see Wild Feathers. Now.

I dare you to watch this whole Verve Pipe video and not cry.

9. Michael Winslow (Wednesday 7:30pm & 9:45pm Baltimore Comedy Factory); Tom Papa (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Despicable Me 2“, “The Lone Ranger (Wednesday) and “The Way, Way Back (Friday) out in theaters; Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration (Thursday 9:30pm Inner Harbor), Annapolis 4th of July Parade (Thursday 6:30pm Downtown Annapolis), Kingsville Independence Day Parade (Thursday 10am “Downtown” Kingsville)

There is no more American way to celebrate the 4th of July than to watch “The Sandlot”…

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 25 June 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLL-Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Hamilton Nationals (Saturday 7pm from Hamilton, ON live on YouTube); WNBA: Phoenix Mercury @ Washington Mystics (Thursday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network), Tulsa Shock @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network/NBA TV); Boxing: Gennady Golovkin vs. Matthew Macklin (Saturday 9:45pm from Mashantucket, CT live on HBO)

10. Heart/Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience (Tuesday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live), Kid Rock (Friday 6:45pm Jiffy Lube Live), Brad Paisley (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Counting Crows/The Wallflowers (Tuesday 7pm Wolf Trap), The Temptations/The Four Tops (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap), Straight No Chaser (Sunday 8pm Wolf Trap); Ballyhoo!/Authority Zero (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Jason Isbell (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Taproot (Saturday 7pm House of Rock); Lunar Bay Music & Arts Festival feat. moe., Keller Williams (Saturday & Sunday Susquehanna State Park); Dundalk Heritage Fair feat. Three Dog Night/Jefferson Starship (Friday-Sunday Dundalk Heritage Park); Mavis Staples “One True Vine” and Wale “Gifted” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’m going on vacation next week, but apparently the music world picked this week? I mean, the Counting Crows used to be really good but their show might as well be in Eastern Europe…

I love the idea that Ballyhoo! might be Charm City’s next significant band…

Jason Isbell is a rock star, but again…how far can I go to see him?

Mavis Staples…Mavis Staples…I could sing of my love for Mavis Staples…

9. Tracy Morgan (Saturday 8pm Warner Theatre), Guy Torry (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv), Paul Mooney (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); White House Down” and “The Heat” out in theaters (Friday); “The Gathering” (Friday 5pm McHenry Row/Penn Station Plaza)

I’m just going to suggest you watch this Tracy Morgan/David Letterman interview on repeat…

I think I might start my own food truck for “The Gathering.” I’ll probably call it “Historic Pigtown”…

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My best 2012 Baltimore sports story is Jessica Long…and yours will be too!

Posted on 31 December 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

Perhaps you already know parts of the story of local swimming sensation Jessica Long. Maybe you’ve seen her on the evening news or you’ve seen her honored locally or even nationally on the ESPY’s or as the 2006 James Sullivan Award winner.

As a journalist here for 29 years, I’ve had the privilege of knowing some special athletes and people around sports. The Baltimore connections and heroes are among some of the greatest names in the sports universe from Johnny Unitas and Brooks Robinson to Ray Lewis and Cal Ripken not mention from Michael Phelps back to Babe Ruth. But the story of Jessica Long is better than any of them because of what she doesn’t have.

Jessica Long doesn’t have legs.

While all eyes and focus were on Baltimore’s worldwide star Michael Phelps this summer during the Olympic Games from London, another local swimmer & world-class competitor was waiting in the wings to make her third splash in the Paralympic Games, which followed the Closing Ceremonies in England.

Jessica Long first gained local and national attention as a 12-year old at the 2004 Athens games and now has been through the Beijing and London games and is emerging as a model, spokesperson and inspiration to people all over the world. Oh, and she’s turns 21 in February but her eyes have seen the world in a big way and this past year and this unfolding story I’m about to tell is incredible, heart-warming and still doesn’t have an ending – happy or otherwise.

Then again, almost everything surrounding Jessica Long always seems to turn out with an immense level of happiness and smiles all around. This blog will end with a video of her surrounded by Ray Lewis, Ray Rice, John Harbaugh draped with her Paralympic gold medals and you’ll see her mantra for the coach in regard to the Baltimore Ravens’ playoff run:

“Pressure is a privilege,” she says.

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The Paralympics Games attract an all-too-small fraction of the attention of the sports and media spotlight so it’s up to people like me in places like Baltimore to tell you about my favorite sports story of 2012 and hope to inspire you as we enter 2013.

My favorite Baltimore sports story of 2012 is about Jessica Long and you’ll soon find out why.

This story is lengthy because it needs to be and contains various links and pictures that I personally hope you check out and read as you begin another year. Your 2013 will probably begin with two legs so think about the courage of Jessica Long and her amazing narrative

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Olympic Recap

Posted on 16 August 2012 by Tom Federline

Brooks “The Tuna” Velour….. it did not matter how many times I saw that Maryland Lottery Medal Mania commercial – I laughed. The dolphin kick as he entered the water – priceless. On a serious note, I was engaged with the Olympics from start to finish. I believe what set this Olympics apart from previous viewings was: a) channel options b) the DVR and c) choice of knowing outcome or waiting until event coverage. NBCSN is even capitalizing on post airings, with “Return to London…” all this week, featuring the highlights of the more coveted sports. The replays are buffeting any immediate Olympic withdrawal symptoms.

Yes, the primetime commercials were to many and to long. Yes, some of the background stories were to drawn out and dramatic. Yes, some of the interviews immediately following the event were to mundane and elementary. And yes, I threw my sofa cushions at the tube, after the 50th time I saw Matthew Perrys’ face and whatever new show of his they were jamming down our throats. They did such a good job, I don’t even know the name of the supposed upcoming sitcom. We had options………….. click.

What I dug the most was, Neil Peart drum roll please………….the camera angles/video coverage. I know it’s not new and I am getting old but, for some reason being with the athlete as they competed in their event blew me away. I was all about – the under water 50m pool shots, following the diver into the pool, running with the gymnast down the runway, surging across the mat, running with the track stars, the super slow motion replay, etc. etc. The under water on the floor of the pool looking up shots – extremely cool. Were we ever able to follow them during the race before from below? Maybe it’s the new HD flat screens? I don’t know, I’m old, I appreciate the little things alot more now. I will say, I am not a fan of the “in-your-face” camera shots immediately following their performance or while they wait for their scores. No reason to be a foot from their face when I believe there is a lens option called “zoom”. The video coverage enhanced my viewing time.

                                                           

Number 2 on the “what I really dug” meter………….. Boxing analyst – Teddy Atlas. His commentary pre, during and post fight was unprecedented. He had the knowledge, he had the flare, he had the honesty and freedom to call it like he saw it. Analogies I had never heard before or would have ever dreamed of interjecting into a boxing match. FAN-tastic. Even though the boxing was for the most part – “fixed” – at least Ole Teddy Atlas was on board with it. “Some of these decisions, are making Olympic boxing a joke/no credibility.” “If they give it to the blue corner – I’m on a plane out of here.” Blue corner received the win……”Where do I go get our tickets.” (They didn’t leave).  His play-by-play man, Bobby Papa, was right there with him. “Where are they getting these judges? The judging at these games is why this sport is considered a farce.” FAN-tastic coverage, with so many more examples. If they ever come out with a DVD of the boxing coverage for the London 2012 Olympics ………….buy it………it’s a classic.

Number 3 – minimal bad press. Besides the inevitable “Fixes” – (badminton you kiddin’ me)? There were only a couple positive drug tests (so far). Really only one, that being the “she-man” shot putter from Belarus. Let me tell you, you saw it………there were plenty more of the “she-men” running around.  The other positive drug test didn’t really count. That was the American judo guy – he inadvertently ate some marijuana brownies back in the states prior to going over. Uhhhhhhh yeah right. I wonder if the IOC uses the same testing labs as MLB and the NFL? There were minimal reports of  misdemeanors. There were no terrorists attacks, no Munich of 1972 from 40 years earlier. Nice job – British and friends security teams – give them a gold medal.

Number 4 – the USA women in anything. I heard the USA women alone, would have come in fifth for total medals vs. the rest of the world. The gals swimming was the surprise. In the last race of the meet, the 4 X 100 medley relay, the USA had 4 gold medal winners at their particular specialty, won at various distances. Soccer, water polo, basketball, beach volleyball (final match -both teams- USA), tennis, rowing, track, etc. You go girls.

For most of these athletes it’s a “Once in a Lifetime” – (Talking Heads), type deal. Although, for those at the top of their game, it seems as if there are more and more repeaters. When the Olympics changedthe participation status requirements from amateur to include professional – a new era was born. Now the athletes can recognize the potential income and sponsorship they can receive for their efforts. Stay off the drugs and go for it.

I encourage you to offer your top moments. Looking forward to 2014 Winter games in Sochi, Russia and 2016 Summer games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A.

D.I.Y.

Fedman

 

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