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Rice says Ravens didn’t make it easy in Miami

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Rice says Ravens didn’t make it easy in Miami

Posted on 06 October 2013 by Nestor Aparicio

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Ravens-Dolphins: Inactives and pre-game notes

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Ravens-Dolphins: Inactives and pre-game notes

Posted on 06 October 2013 by Luke Jones

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Hoping to win their first road game of the 2013 season, the Ravens look to put the bad taste of last week’s loss in Buffalo behind them as they take on the 3-1 Miami Dolphins.

However, they’ll have to do it while being severely undermanned at the wide receiver position as Jacoby Jones (knee) and Marlon Brown (hamstring) were both ruled inactive for Sunday’s game. It wasn’t surprising to see Jones held back for another week after just returning to the practice field from an MCL sprain that’s sidelined him since the season opener, but Brown appeared to be moving well during Friday’s practice and told reporters he was feeling good after the workout.

Couple those inactives with Saturday’s release of veteran wideout Brandon Stokley and the Ravens were down to just three active wide receivers on Sunday as Torrey Smith, Deonte Thompson, and Tandon Doss are available. Thompson sustained a concussion in the Week 4 loss in Buffalo but was cleared over the weekend to make his return.

The Ravens also decided to deactivate newly-acquired left tackle Eugene Monroe after only two days of practice time in Owings Mills. It was always going to be a major stretch for the fifth-year lineman to absorb enough of the playbook to be able to start against the Dolphins, but coach John Harbaugh had left the door open for the former Jaguars lineman to play in Miami if he felt comfortable enough with his preparation over the weekend.

This means veteran left tackle Bryant McKinnie will start against a Dolphins defensive front that will include returning defensive end Cameron Wake, who was out last week with a knee injury.

The good news for the Ravens is that cornerback Lardarius Webb is active after missing most of last week’s game against the Bills after tweaking his hamstring in the first half. Rookie linebacker Arthur Brown (pectoral strain) is also active and will make his return following a two-week absence due to injury, which should help the Baltimore pass defense.

The Ravens are 3-5 in the all-time regular-season series with the Dolphins and are 1-4 in Miami, which doesn’t include their two postseason wins at Sun Life Stadium. Baltimore won the last meeting between these teams in 2010, a 26-10 final at M&T Bank Stadium.

The referee for Sunday’s game will be Carl Cheffers.

The forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-80s with a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms in Miami.

The Ravens will be wearing purple jerseys with white pants while Miami will go with an all-white look for Sunday’s game.

Here are Sunday’s inactives:

BALTIMORE

WR Jacoby Jones

WR Marlon Brown

T Eugene Monroe

NT Terrence Cody

OL Jah Reid

C Ryan Jensen

DE Marcus Spears

MIAMI

QB Pat Devlin

RB Mike Gillislee

CB Dimitri Patterson

CB Will Davis

LB Josh Kaddu

G Danny Watkins

G Dallas Thomas.

Follow WNST on Twitter throughout the afternoon for updates and analysis as Nestor Aparicio brings live coverage from Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

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Ravens-Dolphins: Five predictions for Sunday

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Ravens-Dolphins: Five predictions for Sunday

Posted on 05 October 2013 by Luke Jones

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The Ravens face a tough road challenge to avoid falling below the .500 mark for the first time since the 2008 season when they take on the 3-1 Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon.

Much discussion this week centered around the surprising acquisition of Jaguars left tackle Eugene Monroe for two draft picks, but it’s difficult to argue with general manager Ozzie Newsome’s desire to shake up an offensive line behind which the Ravens are averaging only 2.6 yards per carry. It remains unclear how big of a role Monroe could serve against the Dolphins after just two days of practice and little time to absorb the Baltimore playbook.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins are overcoming a humbling 38-17 defeat at the hands of undefeated New Orleans on Monday night, but Miami’s front seven will pose a challenge to an offensive line struggling to open running lanes and to hold up consistently in pass protection.

It’s time to go on the record as these teams meet for the ninth time in regular-season history with the Dolphins holding a 5-3 edge. However, Baltimore is 2-0 in postseason meetings with both games being played in Miami. The Ravens are 1-4 in the regular season at Sun Life Stadium after winning the last regular-season game played in Miami in 2008 and also won the last overall meeting between these teams, a 26-10 final at M&T Bank Stadium in 2010.

Here’s what to expect as the Ravens continue to look for their first road win of the season …

1. Bryant McKinnie will receive the start at left tackle, but Monroe will factor into the game in some capacity. Coach John Harbaugh and the Ravens would love Monroe to be ready to play against a talented front that could include the returning Cameron Wake at defensive end, but it’s nearly impossible to imagine the fifth-year tackle being comfortable enough to play. The Ravens are in a tough spot weighing whether to play an understandably-disenchanted McKinnie, who knows he will be losing his job sooner rather than later, or an underprepared Monroe. My guess is McKinnie receives the nod, but Monroe will be active to serve as a tackle-eligible blocker in the jumbo package — blocking tight end Billy Bajema was also released earlier this week — and could spell McKinnie if his performance isn’t up to par against the Dolphins.

2. Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace will test the Ravens secondary deep and catch a long touchdown pass. Cornerback Lardarius Webb is questionable for Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury but is expected to play, so Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman should test the Ravens’ top defensive back early and often. Miami has been criticized for being too conservative in its offensive approach with a young quarterback this season, but the Dolphins will be aggressive at home as Wallace catches a long touchdown. Wallace is only averaging 4.4 receptions and 60.9 receiving yards per game in seven regular-season contests against the Ravens, but his speed will burn what’s been a vulnerable secondary for the second touchdown of his Dolphins career.

3. Running back Ray Rice will crack 100 total yards in a game for the first time this season. The Ravens’ rushing game has been so bad that it’s unlikely to expect much success against the league’s 10th-ranked run defense, but offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell should have been paying attention to the way Saints running back Darren Sproles exploited the Miami pass defense for 114 receiving yards and a touchdown last Monday. Rice isn’t a carbon copy of the speedy Sproles, but the Ravens must find ways to get him the football in open space as a receiver if the running game continues to be such a non-factor. The Ravens will feature a stronger commitment to the running game — you can’t get much worse than last week’s nine attempts — but Rice will be rediscovered by quarterback Joe Flacco in the passing game, giving Dolphins linebackers problems and Rice his first productive game of the season.

4. Linebacker Terrell Suggs will continue his early-season sack streak with 1 1/2, which will include a forced fumble against Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The key to crippling a Dolphins offense that has some talent at the skill positions is to pressure the second-year signal caller, who hasn’t handled the heat very well this season. Tannehill has been sacked 18 times and has fumbled six times this season, losing three of them. The strength of the Baltimore defense is its front seven that has collected 13 sacks in four games to help what’s been an inconsistent secondary. With the Ravens struggling so much offensively, they would benefit greatly from a takeaway or two by the defense to set them up on a short field. Suggs is off to a great start in 2013 and continues his streak of having a sack in each game with a strip of Tannehill to set the Ravens up deep in Miami territory.

5. In a game that looks like a coin flip, quarterback Joe Flacco and the defense bounce back in a 21-20 Ravens win. There’s not a lot to like about the Ravens playing away from M&T Bank Stadium right now, but Flacco will not allow a five-interception performance in Buffalo last week to affect him. The potential availability of wide receivers Jacoby Jones and Deonte Thompson would bring some much-needed speed to complement Torrey Smith in the passing game, but the offense will once again hope to simply be efficient on third down as it was in the second half in wins against Cleveland and Houston. I’ll buy stock in Flacco and the Baltimore defense to rebound with strong performances and Rice to reappear to provide just enough to take away a narrow win over the Dolphins to improve to 3-2 on the season.

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Webb, J. Jones, seven others listed as questionable against Dolphins

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Webb, J. Jones, seven others listed as questionable against Dolphins

Posted on 04 October 2013 by Luke Jones

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens were making final preparations for the Miami Dolphins on Friday and listed a total of nine players as questionable on the final injury report of the week including cornerback Lardarius Webb and wide receiver Jacoby Jones.

Webb and wide receivers Deonte Thompson and Marlon Brown were listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report after they missed practices on Wednesday and Thursday while recovering from injuries sustained last Sunday, but they all worked on a limited basis in the final full workout of the week. Webb sat out the second half against the Bills after suffering a hamstring injury but was doing some backpedal work and riding the stationary bike during the portion of practice open to media.

“Very encouraging [to have them back at practice],” coach John Harbaugh said. “It was good to see those guys out there, and [it] made for a better practice, too.”

Also dealing with a hamstring injury all week, Brown was doing plenty of running and appeared to be moving well during the special-teams part of practice. The rookie wideout said he felt good with the hamstring following Friday’s practice.

Jones (knee) was present and working for the third straight day of practice after being sidelined since Sept. 5 with a right MCL sprain, but the Pro Bowl return specialist was noncommital regarding his status against the Dolphins.

“I don’t know. I’ll leave it up to the trainers and the coaches,” Jones said. “You’re trying to get me in trouble with John Harbaugh — I can’t answer that question. I’m trying to ease the process [of coming back].”

Thompson was on the field for the first time since sustaining a concussion in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s game, but he was suited up and participating during the special-teams portion of practice. Harbaugh said after practice that Thompson had passed the concussion protocol test, but he hadn’t yet been fully cleared for Sunday’s game.

“He’s got to go through the practice,” Harbaugh said. “Then, we’ve got to check his symptoms out.”

In addition to those four, wide receiver Brandon Stokley, linebackers Arthur Brown and Albert McClellan, defensive lineman Marcus Spears, and running back Shaun Draughn were all designated as questionable to play in Sunday’s game.

The Ravens were without five players during the opening portion of Friday’s workout as Stokley (groin), Spears (knee), McClellan (shoulder), defensive tackle Terrence Cody (knee), and offensive lineman Ryan Jensen (foot) weren’t participating. Stokley had practiced on a limited basis all week after being inactive for Week 4, and Spears appeared on the injury report for the first time on Thursday after he walked off the field gingerly at the start of practice.

Cody and Jensen were both listed as doubtful on the Friday injury report and aren’t expected to play in Miami.

The Dolphins listed standout defensive end Cameron Wake (knee) as questionable for Sunday’s game after he practiced on a limited basis all week. Former Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (knee) is probable against his former team.

As for the status of newly-acquired left tackle Eugene Monroe, Harbaugh said they haven’t made any decision in terms of his availability to play against the Dolphins. The 26-year-old stayed at the team’s Owings Mills facility late into the night on Thursday to work with the offensive line staff in hopes of getting up to speed as soon as possible, according to Harbaugh.

“The main thing is how he feels about it, if he feels confident that he can execute,” said Harbaugh, who acknowledged not being sure what the realistic timetable is to get Monroe on the field for the Ravens. “The good thing is he know what it’s like to play. If he gives us feedback, and he says he’s comfortable and can go, I would think we’d be very confident that he knows what he’s talking about.”

An encouraging sign for the Ravens during Friday’s practice was the presence of Dennis Pitta, who was catching passes from the Jugs machine. The fourth-year tight end was dressed in a T-shirt and shorts and was able to twist his body as he caught passes from the machine, but he did not do any jogging or running during the session.

Pitta remains on injured reserve with the designation to return, making him eligible to return to practice after the first six weeks of the regular season and to play in games after eight weeks. However, it is not believed that Pitta would be able to return until later in the season after he dislocated his hip on July 27, an injury that forced him to undergo immediate surgery.

“I’m pretty impressed,” Harbaugh said. “He’s running quite a bit on these machines, and he’s out here catching passes. [A potential return] is a ways away, time-wise. Every time I see Dennis, I guess I have mixed emotions. I’m happy that he’s doing well, and I’m not happy that he’s not already out there playing right now. He’s doing a good job.”

The referee for Sunday’s game between the Ravens and Dolphins will be Carl Cheffers.

The forecast in Miami calls for temperatures in the mid-80s with a 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms.

Here’s the final injury report of the week:

BALTIMORE
DOUBTFUL: DT Terrence Cody (knee), C Ryan Jensen (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Arthur Brown (shoulder), WR Marlon Brown (thigh), RB Shaun Draughn (ankle), WR Jacoby Jones (knee), LB Albert McClellan (shoulder), DT Marcus Spears (knee), WR Brandon Stokley (thigh), WR Deonte Thompson (concussion), CB Lardarius Webb (thigh)

MIAMI
OUT: CB Dimitri Patterson (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Brandon Gibson (ankle), S Don Jones (elbow), LB Jason Trusnik (rib), DE Cameron Wake (knee)
PROBABLE: CB Nolan Carroll (ankle), S Chris Clemons (glute), LB Dannell Ellerbe (knee), LB Jonathan Freeney (shoulder), LB Koa Misi (shoulder), DT Paul Soliai (knee)

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Picks and Comment – Week 5

Posted on 04 October 2013 by Luke Jones

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Here are this weekend’s picks as The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will pick every NFL game this season.

Luke Jones finished Week 4 with a 9-6 record while Drew Forrester was 7-8 on his picks. Entering Week 5, Jones is 38-25 on the season while Forrester is also 38-25. Official standings are based only on the NFL picks.

Jones and Forrester both correctly picked Cleveland over Buffalo to win the Thursday night game to kick off Week 5.

You can listen to Friday’s “Picks and Comment” segment HERE.

Ravens at Dolphins: Baltimore 23-16 (Drew), Baltimore 21-20 (Luke)
Chiefs at Titans: Kansas City 24-21 OT (Drew), Tennessee 23-20 (Luke)
Jaguars at Rams: St. Louis 28-6 (Drew), St. Louis 23-10 (Luke)
Patriots at Bengals: Cincinnati 27-23 (Drew), Cincinnati 24-20 (Luke)
Seahawks at Colts: Indianapolis 24-23 (Drew), Seattle 20-14 (Luke)
Lions at Packers: Green Bay 37-32 (Drew), Green Bay 31-24 (Luke)
Saints at Bears: Chicago 31-27 (Drew), New Orleans 21-20 (Luke)
Eagles at Giants: New York 20-17 (Drew), New York 27-23 (Luke)
Panthers at Cardinals: Arizona 24-13 (Drew), Carolina 24-21 (Luke)
Broncos at Cowboys: Denver 38-28 (Drew), Denver 27-24 (Luke)
Texans at 49ers: San Francisco 34-24 (Drew), San Francisco 31-20 (Luke)
Chargers at Raiders: San Diego 27-17 (Drew), San Diego 30-21 (Luke)
Jets at Falcons: Atlanta 33-17 (Drew), Atlanta 27-16 (Luke)
Maryland at Florida State: Seminoles 30-25 (Drew), Seminoles 27-14 (Luke)
Air Force at Navy: Midshipmen 27-23 (Drew), Midshipmen 27-20 (Luke)
New Hampshire at Towson: Tigers 31-20 (Drew), Tigers 34-16 (Luke)
Florida A&M at Morgan State: Rattlers 44-10 (Drew), Bears 17-16 (Luke)
Glen Burnie at Chesapeake: Gophers 38-6 (Drew), Cougars 27-13 (Luke)
Susquehannock at West York: Bulldogs 33-0 (Drew), Warriors 14-13 (Luke)

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 01 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: U.S. Open Cup-DC United @ Real Salt Lake (Tuesday 9pm from Sandy, UT live on GolTV), MLS: Chicago Fire @ DC United (Friday 8pm from RFK Stadium live on NBC Sports Network); College Soccer: Tulsa @ Maryland (Tuesday 7pm Ludwig Field), Boston College @ Maryland (Friday 7:30pm Ludwig Field); Delaware @ UMBC (Tuesday 7pm Retriever Soccer Park); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator MMA (Friday 9pm from Visalia, CA live on SpikeTV); Fall Ball Lacrosse: Play for Parkinson’s feat. Towson, Loyola, Air Force, Georgetown (Saturday 10am Episcopal School Alexandria); Navy @ UMBC (Saturday 12pm UMBC Stadium); Boxing: Miguel Cotto vs. Delvin Rodriguez/Wladimir Klitschko vs. Alexander Povetkin (Saturday 9:45pm from Orlando/Moscow live/on HBO)

10. Flaming Lips/Tame Impala (Friday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Raheem DeVaughn (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Take 6 (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Bodeans (Thursday & Friday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Phil Vassar (Saturday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Portugal. The Man (Tuesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), All Time Low (Monday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Big Boi (Wednesday 8pm Howard Theatre); Boyce Avenue (Friday 6:30pm 9:30 Club), The Naked and Famous (Sunday & Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Colin Hay (Friday-Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Grouplove (Tuesday 7pm U Street Music Hall); Daryl Hall & John Oates (Wednesday 8pm Warner Theatre), Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck (Saturday 8pm Warner Theatre); Two Door Cinema Club (Friday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall), The Weeknd (Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Justin Timberlake “The 20/20 Experience Part 2 of 2″, Lorde “Pure Heroin” and Rush “Vapor Trails” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’ll be in Fed Hill Saturday night for Sister Sparrow. Jay-Z used to be the best thing to come from Brooklyn.

Support our friends from All Time Low. They represent Charm City in a tremendous way.

I’d drive down to DC to see The Naked and Famous. They’re fun.

There’s no such thing as too much Justin Timberlake.

9. Amy Schumer (Friday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Aries Spears (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Richard Lewis (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Fells Point Fun Festival (Friday-Sunday Fells Point); Sugarloaf Crafts Festival (Friday-Sunday Timonium Fairgrounds); DogFest (Saturday 10am Baltimore Humane Society); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); “This Is The End” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Gravity“, “Runner Runner” and “A.C.O.D.” out in theaters (Friday)

Amy Schumer is a Towson alum. She’s the third best (1-My fiancee, 2-Rob Ambrose). Questionable for work.

“This Is The End” was the funniest movie of the summer. In fairness, it wasn’t a very funny summer.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 18 June 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Mixed Martial Arts-Bellator MMA (Wednesday 8pm from Thackerville, OK live on SpikeTV); Boxing: Paulie Malignaggi vs. Adrien Broner (Saturday 9pm from Brooklyn live on Showtime), Friday Night Fights: Rances Barthelemy vs. Fahsai Sakkreerin (Friday 10pm from Minneapolis live on ESPN2); WNBA: Washington Mystics @ Phoenix Mercury (Friday 10pm from Phoenix live on Monumental Network/NBA TV); MLL: Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Charlotte Hounds (Saturday 5:30pm from Charlotte live on CBS Sports Network); Motocross: Red Bull Budds Creek National (Saturday 1pm live on FUEL TV 3pm live on NBC 4pm live on NBC Sports Network. All motocross from Budds Creek Motocross)

10. The Postal Service/Ra Ra Riot (Tuesday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Zac Brown Band (Saturday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Bruno Mars (Saturday 8pm Verizon Center), Rolling Stones (Monday 8pm Verizon Center); Melissa Ethridge/Eric Hutchinson (Tuesday 8pm Wolf Trap), Billy Idol (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap); Umphrey’s McGee (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), Fitz and the Tantrums (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live); Josh Krajcik (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Molly Hatchet (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Rancid (Wednesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Courtney Love (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Wale (Sunday 8:30pm Howard Theatre); Dawes (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Dwight Yoakam (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Travis Tritt (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Harry Connick, Jr. (Wednesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Buddy Guy (Sunday 8pm State Theatre); Kanye West “Yeezus” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Drew Forrester and I are big Ra Ra Riot fans. For good reason.

I’ll be at ZBB Saturday night. I hope he does this again.

The smartest thing the Stones have EVER done is (apparently) hire Gary Clark Jr. to join the band. He’s the best. Ever.

I haven’t begged for FATT tickets yet, but I will. They’re the other best. Ever.

9. Daniel Tosh (Friday 7pm & 9:30pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Seth Meyers (Friday 8pm Warner Theatre); Carlos Mencia (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Monsters University” and “World War Z” out in theaters (Friday); Baltimore Dragon Boat Challenge (Saturday 8am Tide Point Marina)

After hanging out with Jay Pharoah last week, I sorta feel like part of the SNL family. Oh wait, did you not hear? I hung out with Jay Pharoah last week…

And Seth Meyers is hilarious. Hilarious.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 11 June 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Indiana Fever @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 2pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network); MLL: Denver Outlaws @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 6:30pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on CBS Sports Network); Boxing: Bryant Jennings vs. Andrey Fedosov (Friday 8pm from Bethlehem, PA live on NBC Sports Network), Arash Usmanee vs. Art Hovhannisyan (Friday 10pm from South Orange, NJ live on ESPN2), Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Manuel Lopez (Saturday 10:45pm from Dallas live on HBO)

10. Sting (Wednesday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion), Darius Rucker (Saturday 7pm Pier Six Pavilion); Of Monsters And Men (Tuesday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), The xx/Grizzly Bear (Sunday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Alice Cooper/Marilyn Manson (Monday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); The Go-Go’s/The Psychaelic Furs (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap); The Dan Band (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); Cold War Kids (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Cris Jacobs Band (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club), Rebirth Brass Band (Sunday 8pm 8×10 Club); The Zombies (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Aaron Lewis (Tuesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Hanson (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Animal Collective (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Kings of the Mic feat. LL Cool J, DJ Z-Trip, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, De La Soul (Wednesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); The Olms (Wednesday 6pm U Street Music Hall); David Byrne & St. Vincent (Thursday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Mac McAnally (Friday 9pm State Theatre); KC & The Sunshine Band (APG Federal Credit Union Arena); Mike Doughty (Thursday 8pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Black Sabbath “13″, Jason Isbell “Southeastern”The Lonely Island “The Wack Album”, Goo Goo Dolls “Magnetic” and Jimmy Eat World “Damage” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’ve posted this video of Darius Rucker doing “Wagon Wheel” with Old Crow Medicine Show before, but just to remind everyone that I’m a Rucker guy-I’m posting it again. It’s the type of thing that doesn’t suck.

For not being remotely American, there’s quite a nice amount of Americana about Of Monsters And Men…

You may remember Rebirth Brass Band from their performance at the Howlin’ Wolf as part of WNST.net’s massive purple parties in New Orleans. I vividly remember the weekend as “The Greatest Weekend of My Life”…

Everything Kevin Van Valkenburg says is more important than everything I say. Kevin Van Valkenburg wants you to listen to Jason Isbell. For what it’s worth, so do I.

9. Bill Cosby (Saturday 8pm Wolf Trap); Frank Caliendo (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); George Wallace (Saturday 8pm Lincoln Theatre); Jay Pharoah (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Oz The Great And Powerful” and “House of Cards Season One” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); This Is The End (Wednesday) and “Man of Steel (Friday) out in theaters

You know Bill Cosby and I are close personal friends, right? Because we are. Almost as close as Caliendo and I…

Also, I would like to see “This Is The End”. It’s a comedy that might actually be funny. In 2013. Just cancel the awards shows.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 04 June 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionAuto Racing: NASCAR Party in the Poconos 400 (Sunday 1pm from Long Pond, PA live on TNT); IndyCar Firestone 550 (Saturday 8:30pm from Fort Worth, TX live on ABC); Golf: PGA Tour FedEx St. Jude Classic (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Memphis), Champions Tour Regions Tradition (Thursday 6:30pm Friday & Saturday 12:30pm Sunday 2:30pm from Shoal Creek, AL on Golf Channel), Wegmans LPGA Championship (Thursday & Friday 12:30pm Saturday & Sunday 3pm from Pittsford, NY live on Golf Channel); Boxing: Chad Dawson vs. Adonis Stevenson (Saturday 10pm from Montreal live on HBO), Marcos Maidana vs. Josesito Lopez (Saturday 10pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime); MLL: Chesapeake Bayhawks @ New York Lizards (Thursday 7pm from Randalls Island, NY live on CBS Sports Network); WNBA: Minnesota Lynx @ Washington Mystics (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network)

10. Pretty Lights (Saturday 5pm Pier Six Pavilion); The National/Dirty Projectors (Thursday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Capital Jazz Fest feat. Chaka Khan, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds (Friday-Sunday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Earth, Wind & Fire (Tuesday 8pm Wolf Trap), Widespread Panic (Wednesday 7:30pm Wolf Trap); Dirty Heads (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); “Weird Al” Yankovic (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Metric (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), Mint Condition (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live), Social Distortion (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Foals (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Alpha Rev (Thursday 6:30pm Mt. Vernon Park); Toad The Wet Sprocket (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Cris Jacobs Band (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club); Edwin McCain (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Beach House (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Cut Copy (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Tricky (Sunday 10pm 9:30 Club), Animal Collective (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Marc Cohn (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); The Heavy (Monday 8pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Queens Of The Stone Age “…Like Clockwork” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Frank Turner is the guy that does that song you don’t even realize how much you love.

Everyone I know who likes good music likes Foals. So…umm…maybe you should like Foals?

I would really like to have someone go with me to Alpha Rev Thursday night. Anyone available?

Also, if you’d like to drive me to DC to see The Heavy; I’d like to discuss that as well.

9. Honfest (Saturday & Sunday Hampden); St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival (Thursday-Sunday Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church); Annapolis Arts and Crafts Festival (Saturday & Sunday Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium); Tommy Davidson (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Bobby Slayton (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); A Good Day to Die Hard“, “Warm Bodies” and “Identity Thief” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); The Internship” out in theaters (Friday)

The Internship appears as though it’s probably garbage; but it doesn’t change anything about the history of Wedding Crashers. Wedding Crashers was freaking fantastic. That will never change no matter what amount of hot garbage is involved in this not-so-sequely sequel.

Also, if I can’t make it down to Saint Nicholas; could someone bring me just about as much of this as possible?

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Former Ravens QB Testaverde, Navy coach Hardin to enter College Football HOF

Posted on 07 May 2013 by WNST Staff

NFF Proudly Announces Stellar 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Class

12 players and two coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision to enter college football’s ultimate shrine.

NEW YORK, May 7, 2013 – From the national ballot of 77 candidates and a pool of hundreds of eligible nominees, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced today the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision Class, which includes the names of 12 First-Team All-America players and two legendary coaches.

2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS
Players
· TED BROWN – TB, North Carolina State (1975-78)
· TEDY BRUSCHI – DE, Arizona (1992-95)
· RON DAYNE – RB, Wisconsin (1996-99)
· TOMMIE FRAZIER – QB, Nebraska (1992-95)
· JERRY GRAY – DB, Texas (1981-84)
· STEVE MEILINGER* – E, Kentucky (1951-53)
· ORLANDO PACE – OT, Ohio State (1994-96)
· ROD SHOATE (deceased) – LB, Oklahoma (1972-74)
· PERCY SNOW – LB, Michigan State (1986-89)
· VINNY TESTAVERDE – QB, Miami, Fla. (1982, 1984-86)
· DON TRULL – QB, Baylor (1961-63)
· DANNY WUERFFEL – QB, Florida (1993-96)

* Selection from the FBS Veterans Committee

Coaches

· WAYNE HARDIN – 118-74-5 (61.2%); Navy (1959-64) and   Temple (1970-82)

· BILL McCARTNEY – 93-55-5 (62.4%); Colorado (1982-94)

 

“We could not be more proud to announce the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Class,” said Archie Manning, NFF Chairman and a 1989 College Football Hall of Famer from Ole Miss. “These players and coaches are some of the greatest to have ever participated in our sport, and we offer our most sincere congratulations to each of them for this incredible achievement. Gene Corrigan and the NFF Honors Court deserve the utmost respect for selecting another tremendous group of inductees.”

The 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Class will be inducted at the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 10, 2013, at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. They will be honored guests at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 2, 2014 and officially enshrined in the summer of 2014.

Today’s announcement was made from The NASDAQ OMX MarketSite in Times Square, which has hosted the event for the past five consecutive years. XOS Digital produced the NFF digital broadcast for the third consecutive year, and ESPN3 carried the event live for the third year as well.


2013 Football Bowl Subdivision

College Football Hall of Fame Class Notes


PLAYERS
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· SEVEN unanimous First Team All-Americans (Bruschi, Dayne, Gray, Pace – 2x, Shoate, Snow, Testaverde)
· SEVEN consensus First Team All-Americans (Brown, Bruschi, Frazier, Gray, Shoate, Trull, Wuerffel)
· SEVEN multi-year First Team All-Americans (Bruschi – 2, Dayne – 3, Gray – 2, Meilinger – 2, Pace – 2, Shoate – 2, Wuerffel – 2)
· FOUR members of national championship teams (Frazier – 2, Shoate, Testaverde, Wuerffel – 2)
· THREE Heisman Trophy winners (Dayne, Testaverde, Wuerffel)
· SIX winners of college football major awards (Dayne – Walter Camp, Maxwell, Doak Walker; Frazier – Johnny Unitas; Pace – Outland, Lombardi – 2; Snow – Butkus, Lombardi; Testaverde – Walter Camp, Maxwell, Davey O’Brien; Wuerffel – Walter Camp, Maxwell, Davey O’Brien – 2, Johnny Unitas)
· SEVEN conference player of the year honorees (Bruschi, Dayne, Frazier, Gray – 2, Pace, Shoate – 2, Wuerffel – 2)
· SEVEN members of conference championship teams (Dayne – 2, Frazier – 4, Gray, Pace, Shoate – 3, Snow, Wuerffel – 4)
· TWO NFF National Scholar-Athletes (Trull, Wuerffel – Campbell Trophy)
· EIGHT offensive players (Brown, Dayne, Frazier, Meilinger, Pace, Testaverde, Trull, Wuerffel)
· FOUR defensive players (Bruschi, Gray, Shoate, Snow)
· FIVE decades represented: 1950s (1) – Meilinger; 1960s (1) – Trull; 1970s (2) – Brown, Shoate; 1980s (3) – Gray, Snow, Testaverde; 1990s(5) – Bruschi, Dayne, Frazier, Pace, Wuerffel

COACHES:

· ONE national championship (McCartney)
· THREE conference championships (McCartney – 3)
· 12 bowl berths (Hardin – 3, McCartney – 9)
· FIVE top five finishes (Hardin – 2, McCartney – 3)
· NINE top 20 finishes (Hardin – 3, McCartney – 6)
· 23 First-Team All-Americans coached (Hardin – 5, McCartney – 18)

· SEVEN major award winners coached (Hardin – Joe Bellino, Steve Joachim, Roger Staubach; McCartney – Deon Figures, Chris Hudson, Rashaan Salaam, Alfred Williams)

· THREE NFF National Scholar-Athletes coached (Hardin – Joe Ince, Navy; McCartney – Jim Hansen (Campbell Trophy), Eric McCarty)

SELECTION CRITERIA
1. First and foremost, a player must have received First Team All-America recognition by a selector organization that is recognized by the NCAA and utilized to comprise their consensus All-America teams.

2. A player becomes eligible for consideration by the Foundation’s honors courts ten years after his final year of intercollegiate football played.

3. While each nominee’s football achievements in college are of prime consideration, his post football record as a citizen is also weighed.  He must have proven himself worthy as a citizen, carrying the ideals of football forward into his relations with his community and fellow man.  Consideration may also be given for academic honors and whether or not the candidate earned a college degree.

4. Players must have played their last year of intercollegiate football within the last 50 years*.  For example, to be eligible for the 2013 ballot, the player must have played his last year in 1963 or thereafter.   In addition, players who are playing professionally and coaches who are coaching on the professional level are not eligible until after they retire.

5. A coach becomes eligible three years after retirement or immediately following retirement provided he is at least 70 years of age.  Active coaches become eligible at 75 years of age.  He must have been a head coach for a minimum of 10 years and coached at least 100 games with a .600 winning percentage*.

* Players that do not comply with the 50-year rule may still be eligible for consideration by the Football Bowl Subdivision and Divisional Honors Review Committees, which examine unique cases.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME QUICK FACTS

· Including the 2013 FBS class, only 930 players and 202 coaches, have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly 4.92 million who have played or coached the game during the past 144 years. In other words, only two one-hundredths of one percent (.0002) of the individuals who have played the game have been deemed worthy of this distinction.

· Founded in 1947, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame inducted its first class of inductees in 1951. The first class included 32 players and 19 coaches, including Illinois’ Red Grange, Notre Dame’s Knute Rockne, Amos Alonzo Stagg and Carlisle’s Jim Thorpe.

· 294 schools are represented with at least one College Football Hall of Famer.

· Induction for this class of Hall of Famers will take place December 10, 2013 at the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City’s historic Waldorf=Astoria.


TED BROWNNorth Carolina State

Tailback, 1975-78
One of the truly great runners of his era, Ted Brown dominated the Atlantic Coast Conference in the late 1970′s. He becomes the fifth member of the Wolfpack to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

Brown left Raleigh as the most accomplished rusher in ACC history, holding the league’s career records for rushing yards (4,602) and touchdowns (51) – marks which he still holds today. The 1978 consensus First-Team All-America led N.C. State to three bowl games, including victories in the 1977 Peach Bowl and 1978 Tangerine Bowl, in which he garnered MVP honors. He capped off his senior year by rushing for his third consecutive 1,000-yard season and amassing 27 career 100-yard games. He was the first player in league history to earn First-Team All-ACC distinction all four years and was named the conference’s Rookie of the Year in 1975. Brown played under legendary Hall of Fame Coach Lou Holtz and coach Bo Rein.

The High Point, N.C., native was chosen in the first round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He spent eight years in the professional ranks, all with the Vikings. He finished his career as the fifth-leading rusher in franchise history (4,546 yards and 53 TDs).

He currently works as a juvenile probation officer in the Ramsey County (Minn.) court system and enjoys helping at-risk youth throughout the state. Brown was a 1995 inductee into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, and his No. 23 jersey was the first football jersey retired at N.C. State.

TEDY BRUSCHI
University of Arizona
Defensive End, 1992-95

One of the most feared defenders of his era as a member of the storied “Desert Swarm” defense, Tedy Bruschi concluded his career at Arizona tied for the NCAA FBS record in career sacks with 52 quarterback takedowns. He becomes the fourth Wildcat to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

A two-time All-American (1994 – consensus, 1995 – unanimous), Bruschi’s celebrated senior season included the 1995 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year title and winning the Morris Trophy as the league’s best defensive lineman. He was a two-time finalist for the Lombardi Award and graduated with 74 tackles for loss, which ranked sixth in FBS history. Bruschi was named all-conference three times, and he led the Wildcats to three bowl berths under coach Dick Tomey.

The San Francisco native was a third-round selection by the New England Patriots in the 1996 NFL Draft. Bruschi enjoyed a 13-year career, winning three Super Bowls with the franchise. The Pro Bowler was named the Associated Press’ Comeback Player of the Year in 2005 following a stroke.

A committed spokesman and advocate for stroke survivors, Bruschi founded Tedy’s Team, in conjunction with the American Stroke Association, which has raised more than $1.5 million. He wrote a book, “Never Give Up: My Stroke, My Recovery, and My Return to the NFL,” detailing his NFL comeback after his own stroke in 2005. Bruschi is also an active participant in the Make-A-Wish Foundation, granting wishes for numerous children through the organization. Bruschi currently works as an NFL analyst on ESPN.

RON DAYNE
University of Wisconsin
Running Back, 1996-99

Concluding his career with 7,125 career rushing yards, Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne set a new standard for running backs when he became the all-time leading rusher and first player to reach the 7,000-yard plateau in FBS history during the 1999 season. Dayne becomes the eighth Badger to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Dayne won the 1999 Heisman Trophy in a landslide, after topping the 2,000-yard mark for the second time in his career. The three-time First-Team All-America (1997, 1998 – consensus, 1999 – unanimous) also claimed the Walter Camp, Maxwell and Doak Walker awards, and he was named the National Player of the Year by numerous outlets his senior season. He led the Badgers to four consecutive bowl games, earning MVP honors in three of those appearances, including back-to-back Rose Bowl titles in 1999 and 2000. The Big Ten’s first three-time rushing champion in league history, Dayne led Wisconsin to two conference titles under Hall of Fame Coach Barry Alvarez.

Drafted in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, Dayne played seven seasons in the pro ranks with the Giants, Broncos and Texans. He helped New York to a 2001 Super Bowl appearance.

The Berlin, N.J., native was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 2011, and he became a member of the University of Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. Dayne actively volunteers in numerous community events and fundraisers, placing a special emphasis on initiatives involving children or children’s groups and serving as an ambassador for the University of Wisconsin.

TOMMIE FRAZIER
University of Nebraska
Quarterback, 1992-95

A legend among legends in a long line of transcendent Big Eight quarterbacks, Tommie Frazier helped College Football Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne and Nebraska to back-to-back perfect national championship seasons in 1994 and 1995. He becomes the 16th Cornhusker to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

The 1995 consensus First-Team All-American and Johnny Unitas Award winner was runner-up for the 1995 Heisman Trophy and a finalist for the Walter Camp and Maxwell awards. Frazier led Nebraska to four consecutive bowl appearances, claiming MVP honors in the 1995 Orange and 1996 Fiesta bowls en route to the national title. Frazier missed seven games during the 1994 season due to blood clots, but the junior was able to return and direct Nebraska’s come-from-behind win over Miami in the national title game. The 1995 Big Eight Player of the Year set a conference record with a 33-3 overall career record as a starter. Frazier won the Big Eight title in all four of his seasons, posting three straight years of undefeated league play.

Frazier played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 1996 before trying his hand at the coaching profession. He coached  at Baylor and Nebraska before being named the 32nd head coach at Doane College (Neb.), spending two seasons at the school.

Coached by legendary Hall of Famer Tom Osborne, Frazier was named to Sports Illustrated’s All-Century Team, and his jersey has been retired by Nebraska. Following his football days, the Bradenton, Fla., native settled in Omaha, Neb., where he works for a healthcare foundation.

JERRY GRAY
University of Texas
Defensive Back, 1981-84

Known as one of the fiercest defensive stalwarts of the old Southwest Conference, Jerry Gray was instrumental in helping the Texas defense shut down some of the decade’s most high-powered offenses. He becomes the 15th Longhorn to be selected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

A two-time First-Team All-American (consensus – 1983, unanimous – 1984), Gray led Texas to four consecutive bowl games, including a 1982 Cotton Bowl victory and a No. 2 final national ranking. He was a two-time Southwest Conference Player of the Year (1983, 1984), and he helped the Longhorns win the 1983 conference title under coach Fred Akers. The two-time team MVP recorded 297 career tackles, 16 interceptions, and 20 pass breakups during his time in Austin.

Taken in the first round of the 1985 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, Gray enjoyed a nine-year career, playing for the Rams, Houston Oilers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and appearing in four Pro Bowls. Following his playing days, Gray spent time as a position football coach in both the college and professional ranks. He has served as the defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans since the 2011 season.

The Lubbock, Texas, native established the Jerry Gray Foundation for underprivileged youth, which provides athletic and academic scholarships. He also founded and coordinated the Jerry Gray/Young Life Skills and Leadership Football Camp, and he is active in the Boys and Girls Club of Orchard Park and the United Way. Gray became a member of the Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1996.

STEVE MEILINGER
University of Kentucky
End, 1951-53

One of the most acclaimed two-way stars of the mid-20th century, Steve Meilinger gained fame as “Mr. Anywhere” for his versatility and value to the Kentucky football program. He becomes the fourth Wildcat to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

The two-time First-Team All-America (1952, 1953) selection, under Hall of Fame head coach Bear Bryant, Meilinger led Kentucky to victory in the 1952 Cotton Bowl over TCU. The three-year All-Southeastern Conference honoree played end, halfback and quarterback on offense, while covering end, linebacker and defensive back on defense.  He also served as the Wildcats’ two-year starting punter while returning punts and kickoffs.

A first round selection by the Washington Redskins in the 1954 NFL Draft, Meilinger played six seasons in the league for the Redskins, Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers. He spent the entirety of his non-football life in military or public service. Immediately following his selection by the Redskins, Meilinger served two years as a tank commander in the U.S. Army’s 100th Tank Battalion of the 1st Armored Division before embarking on his pro football career. From 1962-83, Meilinger was a United States Marshal, and he was one of the original six marshals who founded the U.S. Federal Witness Protection Program. He also served two stints as a property valuation officer for the state of Kentucky.

The Bethlehem, Pa., native is a member of the State of Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, the University of Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, the Fork Union Military Academy Hall of Fame, the Lehigh Valley (Penn.) Hall of Fame and the Liberty High School Hall of Fame.

ORLANDO PACE
Ohio State University
Offensive Tackle, 1994-96

Known as the “Pancake Man” for flattening his opponents with his exceptional blocking techniques, Orlando Pace finished fourth in the 1996 Heisman balloting, the highest finish for a lineman since 1980. Pace becomes the 24th Buckeye to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

A two-time unanimous First-Team All-American (1995, 1996), Pace was the first player in history to repeat as the Lombardi Trophy winner, earning the honors as a sophomore and junior. In addition, Pace claimed the 1996 Outland Trophy while leading Ohio State to a share of the Big Ten title. He did not allow a sack during his final two seasons, blocking for Hall of Fame and 1995 Heisman Trophy-winning running back Eddie George as well as NFF Campbell Trophy winner Bobby Hoying. The 1996 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year started every game of his career, and he led the Buckeyes to three straight bowl appearances under Hall of Fame coach John Cooper.

Chosen with the first overall pick by the St. Louis Rams in the 1997 NFL Draft, Pace enjoyed a decorated 13 seasons in the league, culminating with the Rams’ Super Bowl XXXIV Championship in 1999. Pace was named All-Pro five times, and he earned seven Pro Bowl selections.

The Sandusky, Ohio, native has been a spokesman for Our Little Haven’s ‘Safe & Warm’ expansion project since 1998, and he assists with the efforts for the Diversity Awareness Partnership. Pace also regularly purchases NFL tickets for underprivileged youth.

ROD SHOATE
University of Oklahoma
Linebacker, 1972-74

Combining the speed of a running back with exceptional strength, Rod Shoate became a dominant defensive force at perennial football powerhouse Oklahoma in the early 1970s. Shoate becomes the 20th Sooner to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

A two-time First-Team All-American (consensus – 1973, unanimous – 1974), Shoate guided OU to a perfect 11-0 season and the National Championship in 1974, building on a 10-0-1 record the year before. The Sooners went 29-4-1 during Shoate’s career, never finishing with a national ranking lower than No. 3. He was twice named the Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year as the Sooners claimed the conference crown in each of those seasons. As a freshman, he led Oklahoma to a 14-0 shutout of Penn State in the 1972 Sugar Bowl.

Shoate led the Sooners in tackles for three straight seasons and currently ranks sixth in school history with 420 career tackles. He was the second player in OU annals to be named a three-time All-American (Second Team, 1972) while playing for coach Chuck Fairbanks and Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer.

Picked by New England in the second round of the 1975 NFL Draft, Shoate enjoyed a six year career with the Patriots before playing two seasons in the USFL. The Spiro, Okla., native passed away on Oct. 4, 1999.

PERCY SNOW
Michigan State University
Linebacker, 1986-89

The first player in college football history to win both the Butkus and Lombardi trophies in the same season, Percy Snow served as the backbone of Michigan State’s famed “Gang Green” defense in the late 1980s.  Snow becomes the seventh Spartan to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

Voted a unanimous First-Team All-American selection as a senior, Snow led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons, and he still ranks second all-time in total tackles (473) at MSU. Snow was a three-time all-conference selection, helping the Spartans to the 1987 Big Ten title and a 1988 Rose Bowl win in which he earned MVP honors after recording 17 tackles against Southern California. He also led MSU to the Gator and Aloha bowls under head coach George Perles after the 1988 and 89 seasons, respectively. The winner of the MSU “Governor of Michigan” award as the team MVP, he reached double figures in tackles 11 times as a senior, including a career-high 23 versus Illinois.

Selected in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft by Kansas City, Snow played in the NFL for four seasons with the Chiefs and Chicago Bears.

Active in the community, he has volunteered as an assistant coach for a little league flag football team, and he has served as a longtime assistant coach in the Babe Stern Youth Baseball League. The Canton, Ohio, native was inducted into the Michigan State Hall of Fame in 2010.

VINNY TESTAVERDE
University of Miami
Quarterback, 1982, 1984-86

One of the most celebrated players in a Hurricane program stocked with mythical talent, Miami’s Vinny Testaverde claimed virtually every major award during his senior season in 1986. He becomes the sixth Hurricane to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

As a senior, Testaverde earned unanimous First-Team All-American honors, and he won the Heisman Trophy, the Walter Camp Player of the Year, Maxwell, Davey O’Brien and UPI Player of the Year awards. He led the Canes to three consecutive bowls, including the 1987 Fiesta Bowl National Championship game. He finished his collegiate career with more than 6,000 passing yards and 48 touchdown passes, and he still ranks in the top five in virtually every passing category in school history. Testaverde, who was a redshirt on Miami’s 1983 national championship team, went 23-3 as a starter playing for legendary coaches Howard Schnellenberger and Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson.

Tampa Bay selected Testaverde as the No. 1 overall selection in the 1987 NFL Draft, and his pro career spanned 21 seasons with seven different teams. The 1998 All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowl selection finished his NFL career seventh all-time in passing yards (46,233) and eighth in touchdowns (275).

The Elmont, N.Y., native currently resides in Florida where he plays an active role with the Children’s Cancer Center of Tampa. Testaverde remains among only four Hurricanes to have their jerseys retired at Miami.

DON TRULL
Baylor University
Quarterback, 1961-63

Passing for more than 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns in his career, Don Trull left an indelible mark on the Baylor record books while becoming the school’s first-ever NFF National Scholar-Athlete. Trull becomes the seventh Bear to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

A 1963 First-Team All-American and First-Team All-Southwest Conference selection, Trull led the nation in touchdowns and passing yards his senior season. He was a two-time winner of the Sammy Baugh Award for leading the country in completions (1962, 1963), and he finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting as a senior. A trailblazer on the field and off, Trull became Baylor’s first two-time First-Team Academic All-American honoree in 1962 and 1963 as well as the school’s first NFF National Scholar-Athlete (1963). Trull led the Bears to the 1961 Gotham Bowl and the 1963 Bluebonnet Bowl under coach John Bridges.

The Oklahoma City native enjoyed an eight-year career in the professional ranks, playing for the Houston Oilers and Boston Patriots as well as the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos. Following his playing days, he served as an assistant coach at Arkansas from 1972-74.

Trull is the 2013 president-elect for the NFF Touchdown Club of Houston Chapter. His many other roles include NFL Alumni Director, vice chairman of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and a member of the Fort Bend County Water Board of Directors. Trull is a Baylor Hall of Fame inductee, and he was named to the school’s all-decade team.

DANNY WUERFFEL
University of Florida
Quarterback, 1993-96

The first player in history to win the Heisman as well as the NFF’s William V. Campbell Trophy, Danny Wuerffel dominated the college football landscape both athletically and academically during his senior season. He becomes the seventh Gator to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

A two-time First-Team All-American, Wuerffel claimed the 1996 Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Player of the Year, Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Unitas Golden Arm and the Sammy Baugh Trophy. The two-time SEC Player of the Year and First-Team All-SEC selection posted a 45-6-1 career mark, leading the Gators to the 1996 National Championship. Wuerffel finished his career with nearly 11,000 passing yards and 33 school records, taking Florida to bowl games in each of his four seasons under coach Steve Spurrier (a 1986 Hall of Fame player inductee himself also at Florida). In addition to the 1996 Campbell Trophy, Wuerffel was named a two-time Academic All-American and two-time Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He now becomes the first winner of the Campbell Trophy to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

The Ft. Walton, Fla., native was drafted in the fourth round of the 1997 NFL Draft by New Orleans, and spent six season in the league with the Saints, Packers, Bears and Redskins.

Wuerffel became executive director of Desire Street Ministries after Hurricane Katrina, currently leading the organization’s various community outreach activities. He was a presidential appointee to the White House Council for Service and Civic Participation from 2006-08; a member of the Board of Directors for Professional Athletes Outreach; and a national spokesman for Caps Kids. As the quintessential student-athlete and humanitarian, the All Sports Association established the Wuerffel Trophy in 2005, which recognizes a college football player for his exemplary community service.

WAYNE HARDIN
United States Naval Academy, Temple University
Head Coach, 118-74-5 (61.2%)

The most successful coach in Temple football history and the coach of Navy’s only two Heisman Trophy winners, Wayne Hardin created a Hall of Fame career, leading the Midshipmen and Owl programs to unprecedented accomplishments.

Navy’s head coach from 1959-64 Hardin coached Hall of Famers and Heisman Trophy winners Joe Bellino (1960) and Roger Staubach (1963).  Hardin ranks fifth all-time at Navy in wins (38), and his teams beat archrival Army in five of his six seasons. His five consecutive defeats of Army stood unsurpassed until 2007. He took Navy to the 1960 Orange Bowl and the 1963 Cotton Bowl, and he twice led the Midshipmen to a top five ranking (No. 4, 1960 and No. 2, 1963). He also coached NFF National Scholar-Athlete Joe Ince (1963).

The all-time leader in wins at Temple, Hardin served as head coach of the Owls from 1970-82. He led Temple to its only 10-win season in program history during the 1979 season, finishing at No. 17 in both major polls and beating favored California in the Garden State Bowl. Hardin also mentored Owl quarterback Steve Joachim who led the nation in total offense and won the Maxwell Trophy in 1973.

Hardin attended the College of the Pacific, playing football for College Football Hall of Fame coach Amos Alonzo Stagg. A 1998 Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Hardin earned 11 varsity letters before graduating college in 1948.

BILL McCARTNEY
University of Colorado
Head Coach, 93-55-5 (62.4%)

The Colorado head coach from 1982-94, Bill McCartney guided the Buffaloes to their first national title and to more bowl games than any other coach in CU football history.

McCartney and the Buffs finished in the Top 20 in each of his last six seasons in Boulder, including the 1990 national crown and back-to-back appearances in the 1989 and 1990 title games. He claimed unanimous 1989 National Coach of the Year honors, and his extraordinary accomplishments include leading the Buffs to nine bowls in 13 seasons and to three Big Eight titles. His 1988-92 teams went 25 consecutive games (23-0-2) without a loss in league play, the fourth-longest streak in conference history.

McCartney coached 1994 Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam; Hall of Famer and 1990 Butkus winner Alfred Williams; two Jim Thorpe award winners, Deon Figures (1992) and Chris Hudson (1994); 1992 Campbell Trophy winner Jim Hansen; and 1987 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Eric McCarty.

The three-time Big Eight Coach of the Year was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1999, and he was enshrined in CU’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. Active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he was voted the 1986 FCA’s “Man-of-the-Year” in Colorado.

 

 

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