Posted on 12 January 2013 by WNSTV
Posted on 10 January 2013 by WNSTV
Posted on 17 December 2012 by Nestor Aparicio
Many in the Baltimore Ravens fan base had a community online celebration last Monday morning when offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was fired by head coach John Harbaugh via owner Steve Bisciotti.
“That’ll fix it,” some of the unsophisticated eyes said. “Clearly, Cam was holding Joe Flacco and the offense back.”
It felt like scapegoating then and it feels even less satisfying after yesterday’s 34-17 loss to the Denver Broncos in a game where the final score wasn’t indicative of the lopsided nature of the day.
Fifteen days ago the Ravens were 9-2 after the “Hey diddle, diddle” miracle in San Diego. This morning, they’re 9-5 and the beneficiary of a playoff berth by virtue of backing in via the overtime loss of the Pittsburgh Steelers last night in Dallas.
It was hardly a time for celebration.
Hard times have come to the land of pleasant living and I don’t mean the tax rate hike.
Where to begin to assess the train wreck loss to Peyton Manning and the Broncos?
Harbaugh called it a “team loss” and he’s right about that. No sense in moving any particular names above the fold.
Quarterback Joe Flacco will shoulder the lion’s share of the blame, as it should be for the quarterback who is playing for a contract amidst what can only be deemed as chaos right now. The offensive line is in tatters, consistently getting beaten on failed run plays and often enough in the passing game to make it difficult for No. 5 to make plays. He hasn’t helped himself with poor judgment and errant throws.
The receiving corps continues to be depleted with the disappearance of Ed Dickson and a concussion suffered by Torrey Smith yesterday.
But the Flacco Pick Six interception to Broncos’ DB Chris Harris at the goal line in the waning seconds of the first half on Sunday will forever be Ravens’ fans remembrance of an afternoon they’d sooner love to forget.
It was the worst pass of Flacco’s career and soon left him 100 yards away, winded, flailing, gassed and beaten by his own poor judgment. “I made a mistake,” he said. “There’s no other way to put it.”
Not only is Flacco’s stock teetering based on his dismal overall performance over the past month but the whole organization is dancing on the brink of the playoffs and extinction seemingly all at once.
And we’re only halfway through the “Manning Holiday Tour” as Eli Manning comes to Baltimore this week as the only guy getting more abuse than Flacco. The defending world champs were thoroughly trounced
Posted on 16 December 2012 by WNSTV
Posted on 16 December 2012 by WNSTV
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
Posted on 31 January 2012 by WNSTV
Nestor and a band of Indianapolis media corner Peyton Manning at the Media Center this afternoon:
Posted on 08 December 2011 by Nestor Aparicio
Originally published on March 28, 2010, I think this is appropriate for this week’s game. (nja)
Twenty-six years ago today I awoke to see my father crying in my kitchen in Dundalk. It was one of two times that I ever saw him cry. The Baltimore Colts’ infamous ride of the Mayflowers out west on I-70 just two months after I started interning at The News American defined the end of my childhood at 15 and the beginning of my lifelong education about money and the real world of sports for the remainder of my sports fan and business life as a journalist.
It’s been a tumultuous quarter of a century plus a year for my feelings of anger, anguish, desperation, loss and bad vibes about the Colts leaving Baltimore on March 28, 1984. My Pop died in 1992 and never got to see the Ravens come back to town to avenge the loss of the horseshoe. I never got to go to one more football game with my father. And over the years, it’s really been a civic badge of honor to hate on all things Irsay and Indianapolis.
I’ve been to Indianapolis more times than I can count since 1996 – always for a football game or the annual March combine. There’s never been a time that it hasn’t taken me 15 minutes on the ground there to get ill seeing the horseshoes and “Go Colts” kind of marketing that is ubiquitous in Indy from the minute you land at the airport. It drives my wife batty — my almost irrational instant anger, ranting and self-inflicted torture when I’m in Indianapolis. I’ve always figured that I’d proudly be like the old dudes in Brooklyn, still pining away about the Dodgers 50 years later.
Here’s an example:
It’s taken me years of internal therapy and self soothing to calm myself when I see the game day experience there in Indy as those Midwestern hillbillies parade around in my father’s stolen laundry. In many ways, our “friend” Merton From Indianapolis (and no, none of us has any idea who he is or where the whole gimmick started – honest to God!) sort of exemplifies the entire experience of dealing with their fans when you travel to the “friendly heartland.”
My loathing of all things Irsay and Indianapolis is a bit legendary – there are plenty of pictures of me carrying Bob Irsay’s head on a stick through the streets of Indy — and my rants and raves throughout the 1990s are all very “on the record” and still accurate. What happened to this community at the hands of Bob Irsay and how I saw it affect my father and the psyche of the citizenry here will never been forgotten. The degrading and demoralizing “begging” to get back into the league that fell on Herb Belgrad. Paul Tagliabue’s “build a museum” expansion declaration in Chicago. All of it…I’ll remember those feelings and emotions for the rest of my life. Most Baltimoreans older than me — and I was born in 1968 – still can’t begin to imagine a world without the Colts of that generation. If you’re from Baltimore, sports is etched into your DNA.
(And if you doubt those feelings, imagine how you’d feel if the Ravens packed up and left tomorrow morning and never played another game here? For you young’ins that’s essentially what happened here in 1984…)
But after long and careful consideration – and as today’s 26th anniversary of the dastardly
Posted on 30 June 2011 by WNST Staff
ANNAPOLIS, Md.-Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo released the names of the 2011 Navy football recruits on Thursday evening as 52 prospects representing 16 states went through induction ceremonies and began plebe summer.
“We are very excited about the group we have coming in this year,” said Niumatalolo. “If they work hard and do the things they are supposed to do in Bancroft Hall, in the classroom, in the weight room and on the practice field they have a chance to be a part of something special.”
The state of Florida produced the most prospects with eight, while six incoming recruits hail from Texas. Georgia, Tennessee and California produced five prospects each.
Navy football season tickets are currently on sale at the Ricketts Hall Box Office, by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or by logging on to the web at www.navysports.com. Navy opens the 2011 campaign on Sept. 3 against Delaware. The Mids will play five games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this fall, including an Oct. 1 date with Air Force, and will play host to Army at FedExField in Landover, Md.
NAVY FOOTBALL CLASS OF 2015
Name Position Hgt. Wgt. Hometown/High School
Kody Akers QB 5-10 190 Delaware, Ohio/Rutherford Hayes
Colin Amerau PK 6-2 185 Alexandria, Va./Mount Vernon
Adrian Barnaby DL 6-1 275 Deltona, Fla./Trinity Christian Academy
DJ Beard DB 6-0 180 McDonough, Ga./Ola
Pablo Beltran P/K 6-2 200 Humble, Texas/Atascocita
Jimmy Britton DB 6-2 210 Togers, Ark./Heritage
Greg Bryant Jr. QB 6-2 185 Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt
Allen Caldwell DL 6-3 250 Crestview, Fla./Crestview
Joe Cardona LS 6-3 200 El Cajon, Calif./Granite Hills
Ruben Carson SB 5-8 170 Hoover, Ala./Hoover
Noah Copeland FB 5-10 205 San Antonio, Texas/Brandeis
Kyle Cregge OL 6-2 279 Alpharetta, Ga./Milton
Aaron Davis DL 6-0 265 Manvel, Texas/Dawson
Jordan Drake OLB 6-4 210 Douglasville, Ga./Chapel Hill
Brendan Dudeck QB 6-0 188 Hamilton Square, N.J./The Hun School
Chris Ferguson DB 6-2 195 Angier, N.C./West Johnson
Tanner Fleming OL 6-2 260 Deltona, Fla./Deltona
Parrish Gaines DB 6-2 185 Smyrna, Tenn./Smyrna
Daniel Godkin DL 6-4 230 Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde
Bradyn Heap OL 6-3 265 South Jordan, Utah/Bingham
John Hendrick QB 6-1 185 Tampa, Fla./Sickles
Sam Holguin WR 6-3 195 Pacific Palisades, Calif./Saint Monica
Dale Howard DL 6-0 275 Baxley, Ga./Appling County
George Jamison DB 6-0 190 Memphis, Tenn./Evangelical Christian
Chris Johnson OLB 6-1 205 Cape Coral, Fla./Cape Coral
Eric Johnson SB 5-10 185 Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt
James King WR 6-2 195 Orinda, Calif./Miramonte
Anthony Lewis OLB 6-0 210 Salt Lake City, Utah/Cottonwood
Carrington Lewis OLB 6-3 197 Helena, Ala./Pelham
Marcus Lewis SB 5-8 170 Cape Coral, Fla./North Fort Myers
Austin Marshall OL 6-3 300 Rossville, Tenn./Evangelical Christian
Isaiah McElrath DL 6-2 280 Milton, Fla./Pace
Brice Musgrove DL 5-11 275 Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill
Chris Nurthen DL 6-3 226 Phoenixville, Pa./Great Valley
Nate Otto OL 6-2 265 Houston, Texas/Clear Lake
Togasii Peko DB 6-0 177 Henderson, Nev./Bishop Gorman
Maika Polamalu FB 6-0 200 Pottstown, Pa./Pottsgrove
AJ Pouncy DB 6-1 190 Humble, Texas/Atascocita
Paul Quessenberry DL 6-2 230 Carlsbad, Calif./LaCosta Canyon
Lonnie Richardson DB 5-11 195 Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven
Vinny Rider DL 6-4 260 Athens, Ohio/Athens
Dan Ring DL 6-2 270 Lighthouse Point, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons
Shakir Robinson DB 5-10 190 Brunswick, Ga./Brunswick
Quinton Singleton FB 6-0 190 Manning, S.C./Scotts Branch
Will Strauss OL 6-5 245 Brentwood, Calif./Heritage
Josh Tate DB 5-11 180 Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood
David Thurston LB 6-1 225 Broomfield, Colo./Arvada West
Obinna Uzoma OLB 6-3 215 Wake Forest, N.C./Knightdale
Kody West QB 6-2 195 Murfreesboro, Tenn./Riverdale
Geoffrey Whiteside SB 5-10 177 Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Hartley
Ryan Williams SB 5-8 170 Helena, Ala./Pelham
Jake Zuzek OL 6-0 290 Brookhaven, Pa./West Philadelphia Catholic
Posted on 11 January 2011 by Michael Schwartz
A rematch of last year’s AFC Championship where the Colts killed the Jets 30-13. The Jets were looking for revenge and of all people Rex Ryan was talking trash. He did the same thing last year, but his team lost. However, this year he kept his word by beating Peyton Manning and the Colts. They did it with defense, which is one of the best in the NFL. The Jets defense held the Colts to 16 points, and this is key since their offense is not very high scoring. The Jets shutdown Reggie Wayne the entire game by putting Darrelle Revis on him. Wayne was held to one catch on one target. The catch was for one yard, so he was no factor in the game. The Jets knew that they were going to have to get pressure on Manning, or make him uncomfortable if they wanted to win the game. They did this for much of the game and that is one reason the Colts couldn’t score much. The Colts had three field goals, including one that took the lead with 53 seconds left, and then one touchdown. The Colts running game had been pretty good in the past couple of weeks, but they couldn’t run on the stringent Jets defense. Joseph Addai was held in check for the whole game and this meant that the Colts had to be one dimensional. The Colts are known to be a passing team, but when the play action doesn’t work Peyton Manning has to try to force things. Manning is one of the best quarterbacks off all time, but when the defense is getting pressure and everyone knows your passing then it’s very difficult to win. The Colts offense took the lead with 53 seconds left when Adam Vinetari hit a 50 yard field goal.
On the kickoff, Antonio Cromartie ran the ball back to the 40 yard line. The Jets had two timeouts, and with 20 seconds remaining Braylon Edwards came to the huddle and said he had one on one coverage. He told Sanchez to throw it to him, like a jump ball and he did. They let the clock run to three seconds before calling their last time out. Nick Folk trotted out and kicked the game winning field goal as time expired. Jim Cadwell made a huge mistake with 30 seconds by calling a timeout, and Peyton Manning’s face told the story. He was in complete disbelief, because the Jets would have had to get to the line quick but instead they had time to set up a play. This is something that confused many people, myself included. This was not the only reason they lost, if they hadn’t let Cromartie return the ball 40 yards then they would have had to go a longer distance. This is something that was just shocking to the announcers, fans, and players. The Jets offense didn’t really play a good game; they relied on L.T for their two touchdowns. They did enough to win and in the playoffs that is good enough. Teams will be happy to get a little lucky as long as it puts them into the next round. Rex Ryan and the Jets have a lot to do since they play the Patriots. Rex Ryan will talk a lot this week, and Brady and the Patriots will just ignore it and play the game on Sunday.