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Friday Morning's Crab Cakes and Light Beer

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Friday Morning’s Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 20 March 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The Swinging Bunt

Maryland marches on!  Gary Williams, Greivis Vasquez, and the rest of the Terps are headed to the 2nd Round of the NCAA tournament.  That’s an amazing statement considering where this team has come from this season to get to this point.  The entire season has been one giant thrill ride, with ups and downs around every turn.  Maryland never threatened to crack the top-25 after their home loss to Morgan State in the first week of January and now is 1 of the final 32 teams still competing for a national championship.  It really is an amazing credit to Gary and his guys, that every player on the team is maximizing their talent levels.  As Glenn would say, “Don’t worry, Gary gets it.”  If nothing else, this team has certainly quieted the critics!

OV’s stick is too hot!  In last night’s Caps’ 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning Alexander Ovechkin became just the third player in NHL history to register 50 goals in 3 of his first 4 seasons in the league.  However, what seems to have gotten the most attention is what The Great 8 did to celebrate hitting the half century mark.  He laid his stick down on the ice and proceeded to fan it off with his hands as if the stick was on fire.  Mental images of track star Maurice Green taking a fire extinguisher to his running shoes after winning a 100 meter dash.  Personally, I didn’t think it was too much, I liked it.  I’m a casual 23-year old hockey fan and Ovechkin is by far my favorite player in the league… a sentiment shared by many of my friends.  Whether people like it or not, he’s got the best chance for making the NHL as mainstream as it possibly can be, and whether it’s premeditated goal celebrations or the flare he plays with every night… he’s electric and charismatic, and the MAN.

Scanning the Blogosphere

College Hoops.net continues their outstanding coverage of the NCAA Tournament.

Vent about Sports has a very accurate list of 10 things we learned from Day 1 of the NCAA Tournament.

Men’s Journal says Alexander Ovechkin is one of the ugliest athletes in professional sports.

CMS video of the Day

Last night Oklahoma Sooners dominated Morgan State by 28 and were led by soon-to-be named National Player of the Year, Blake Griffin’s 28 points and 13 rebounds.

Don’t worry though Morgan State and Ameer Ali took care of business… BY GIVING GRIFFIN A BODY-SLAM TO THE FLOOR!

Look for an Ali-Griffin rematch at Wrestlemania XXV… ooooohhhhhhh yeeeeeeah!

The Morning’s Final Thought

Manny being Manny … on the cricket pitch?!?!  That was a wicked googli!

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Billick’s blog: Welcome to My World

Posted on 24 October 2008 by Brian Billick

This is the first of what I hope will be many blog entries on my web page with WNST.net. I am truly excited about partnering with Nestor Aparicio and WNST, bringing to Baltimore an original Baltimore-based perspective about sports, community and this great city we live in.

The reason I chose to work with WNST was because of its commitment to being a grass roots outlet for what the fans of Baltimore want to talk about, not what someone else thinks they should be talking about.

The other major outlets for this type of interaction are all corporately owned, which means they do business here in Baltimore the same way they do business in Chicago, Philly, Memphis, Salt Lake City, Sacramento and every other place their company owns a radio and or TV station.

My wife, Kim, and I made our decision a long time ago that this was going to be our home, regardless of what lies ahead professionally for me. I hope that I don’t offend anyone when I refer to myself as a Baltimorean, but it is with this type of loyalty to our hometown and the great fans of this city that we launch this site.

It is my plan to offer blog observations about all things NFL. I have really enjoyed my work with Fox TV and the Sunday games I have been doing with Dick Stockton, Brian Baldinger, Laura Okmin and Thom Brennaman. It has afforded me a chance to visit with coaches, players, GM’s and owners in a way that would not be possible if I were still coaching. Fox does a great job of providing a number of materials about all the games that are played in a given week in getting us prepared for our broadcast.

In addition to my TV work I am currently writing a book with Michael MacCambridge, the author of “America’s Game”. If you have not read this book I strongly suggest it. Michael did an incredible job of not only chronicling the phenomenal rise of the NFL as the preeminent game in this country but also tapping into the emotional connection the NFL has created with its fans. As it has been said many times, “Baseball is still America’s pastime, but football is its passion”.

The book Michael and I are writing is about the future of the NFL. We are at pivotal cross roads for the NFL with the change in ownership profile, the need for a new collective bargaining agreement and a fascinating transition on the field in the style in which the game is played. The research for the book has led me to a number of conversations with the movers and shakers of this league and the plans being put in place for its future.

I hope to access all of these avenues in bringing you mine, and other perspectives about this game. It is important to note that the opinions I put forth here are just that: my opinions. I have learned, while doing the games, that once the play-by-play man gives who throws to whom, or who carried the ball, or who made the tackle, everything after that is nothing but opinion. Some right, some wrong but just an opinion. Hopefully, after close to 35 years in the business, 20 years in the NFL and 9 years as the Head Coach of the Baltimore Ravens, the opinions I offer will have some semblance of validity to them. I will offer up my opinions and the opinions of others I come across that I think is worth discussing. I want to hear from you, the fans, as well, as to what is important to you and what you want to talk about.

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USC/Ohio State (Hail, Hail the BCS!)

Posted on 12 September 2008 by Mark Mussina

Remember; when you sit down to watch the Ohio State/USC game Saturday night, along with every other red-blooded man in America, that this game would not be a big deal if it wasn’t for the BCS. LONG LIVE THE BCS! A playoff system….phoey!
I heard a national radio guy make this analogy when comparing college basketball with college football. If college basketball was a movie, it would essentially be pretty boring right up until the end. The first four months of the season are essentially meaningless, and everything is decided in the last three weeks. Football, on the other hand, has plot twists at every turn.  It’s suspenseful from start to finish, and the ending, while not being perfect, is almost always very good.
Each week, every contender  holds their national championship hopes in the balance. How about last year when Stanford beat USC? And of course Appalachian State beating Michigan. These games change the landscape of the sport for the entire season. In basketball, when Michigan State loses to Gardner Webb, or whoever the heck it was, it really doesn’t affect them at all in the long term, other than the embarrassment.
College football is the one sport remaining in America where every week matters. Last season, college basketball had a high powered, non-conference game like this. It was Memphis and Tennessee. It was a great game to watch, other than the fact that neither team could shoot that night. Fans gathered in bars, everyone watched it, but it didn’t matter. Essentially, it was nothing more than a glorified exhibition.
Saturday night in Los Angeles ain’t gonna to be no exhibition. Remember that in November when you’re whining about there being no playoff.

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Orioles post game notes and observations

Posted on 15 April 2008 by caseywillett

 From Orioles 4-3 win over the Blue Jays
  • Matt Albers picks up the win after going 5 innings giving up 5 hits and only allowing 1 run. Albers had over 40 pitches after the first two innings, but settled down and was able to provide the O’s with a solid performance in a spot start.
  • Dave Trembley continues to speak very highly of the job that Jim Johnson has done for the team so far.
  • The more that I see George Sherrill pitch, the more I am convinced that he will be the closer of the future for the Orioles. Interesting that after the game he was wearing a “Boomer Sooner” shirt. He is from Memphis, TN and went to Austin Peay University.
  • Jay Payton suffered a cut high up on his shin after his collision with Greg Zaun in the bottom of the 8th inning. Dave Trembley said Payton is OK and should not have to get stitches for the injury.
  • Adam Jones came through for the Orioles tonight with a three-hit performance. Adam had been in a slump coming into the game and hit some pitches he had been missing in the past.
  • Kevin Millar also broke out of the slump that he has been in lately with a 2-for-4, 3 RBI performance tonight including a homerun in the 5th inning that put the O’s up for good.
  • Millar has a Kenny Chesney Orioles jersey hanging in his locker. Millar is friends with Chesney and invited him to spring training to take batting practice. Just for those of you keeping score, it is a No. 7 on his jersey.
  • Several of the Orioles hitters were impressed with Dustin McGowan of the Blue Jay. Kevin Millar went as far as to call him a “little John Smoltz.”
  • While in the clubhouse tonight, every Orioles in the clubhouse was watching the Sox-A’s game while eating their food.
  • Tonight’s announced attendance was 11,510
  • Here is a interesting note from the Blue Jays game notes. Frank Thomas has now had 9,836 at bats without a sacrifice bunt, which is the major league record. With 9 more sacrifice flies, he will pass Eddie Murray (128) for the all-time lead.
  • Alex Cintron has yet to play in the minors, but is expected to play in Norfolk in the next day or so.
  • This time last year the Orioles were 6-6  and tied for third place
  • Final game of two game series vs. the Blue Jays tomorrow as Steve Trachsel (1-1 3.00) will face Shaun Marcum (1-0 2.57).

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