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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7: Sporting Events You Would Have Camped Out To Have Great Seats For

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7: Sporting Events You Would Have Camped Out To Have Great Seats For

Posted on 22 June 2011 by Glenn Clark

Today’s Tuesday Top 7 (on a Wednesday) topic was generated in honor of the folks who camped out at M&T Bank Stadium Tuesday night to get the best spots on the field to see U2.

The topic was “The Top 7 Sporting Events You Would Have Camped Our To Have Great Seats For.” As always, it seems pretty self-explanatory.

Glenn Clark’s list…

7. USA-USSR “Miracle On Ice” 1980 Olympics

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6. Colts/Giants 1958 NFL Championship Game

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5. Secretariat dominates 1973 Belmont Stakes

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4. Kentucky/Texas Western 1966 NCAA Championship Game

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3. 1998 NBA Finals Game 6-Michael Jordan over Bryon Russell

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2. Hulk Hogan body slams Andre the Giant at WrestleMania III

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1. Andre Agassi/James Blake 2005 US Open

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Drew Forrester’s list:

7. Toni Linhart “field goal in the fog” 1975

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEJhi_f-nV8[/youtube]

6. 2007 Winter Classic Penguins @ Sabres

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5. 2004 ALCS Game 7 Red Sox @ Yankees

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4. Jason McElwain scores 20 points in four minutes

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3. Dale Hunter beats the Flyers 1988 NHL Playoffs

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2. Jackie Robinson’s first game 1947

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1. Miracle On Ice

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If you missed the explanation of why these players made the list on “The Morning Reaction” Wednesday on AM1570 WNST, hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 23 May 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Byron Nelson Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Irving, TX), Champions Tour Senior PGA Championship (Thursday & Friday 12pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Louisville, KY); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Tony Thompson vs. Maurice Harris (Friday 9:30pm from Reno, NV live on ESPN2); Brew at the Zoo, and Wine too! (Saturday & Sunday 1pm Maryland Zoo); Arena Football: AFL Utah Blaze @ Iowa Barnstormers (Friday 8pm from Des Moines, IA live on NFL Network)

10. New Kids on the Block & Backstreet Boys (Sunday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena); Raphael Saadiq (Tuesday 7pm Rams Head Live), The Maine/Augustana (Friday 6pm Rams Head Live); Steve Ranazzissi & Bryan Callen (Saturday 8pm & 10:30pm Recher Theatre); Slick Rick (Saturday 7pm Bourbon Street); Sister Hazel (Sunday 1pm Rams Head On Stage); Paul Simon (Friday 6pm 9:30 Club); America (Thursday & Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Friday & Saturday 7:30pm Ottobar)

Boy…not a whole lot going on here this week, is there?

I don’t care for KNOTB or BSB, but that’s only because I have male genitalia. But you know who I DO like? Justin effing Timberlake.

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There’s a young lady I know who thinks this song is as meaningful as I do…

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I know there’s no Art Garfunkel on this tour, but Paul Simon is still one of the greatest things there is about music…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJBhdKrwTOc[/youtube]

Like The Strokes? J Roddy Walston is better. Maybe MUCH better…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s3HS4zf5y4&feature=fvst[/youtube]

9. NHL Playoffs: Western Conference Finals-San Jose Sharks vs. Vancouver Canucks (Game 5 Tuesday 9pm from Vancouver live on VERSUS, Game 6 if necessary Thursday 9pm from San Jose live on VERSUS, Game 7 if necessary Saturday 8pm from Vancouver live on VERSUS); Eastern Conference Finals-Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (Game 6 Wednesday 8pm from Tampa Bay live on VERSUS, Game 7 Friday 8pm from Boston live on VERSUS)

I’m assuming that at this point you HAVE to have seen the video of the Canucks fan flashing Ben Eager in the penalty box, right? No? Impossible…

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If you click on THIS link, there’s a real picture. BUT!!!! Understand that this picture is NOT for children, it is NOT for the workplace, and it does NOT suck to be Ben Eager.

8. NBA Playoffs: Western Conference Finals-Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Game 5 Wednesday 9pm from Dallas live on ESPN, Game 6 if necessary Friday 9pm from Oklahoma City live on ESPN, Game 7 if necessary Sunday 9pm from Dallas live on ESPN); Eastern Conference Finals-Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls (Game 4 Tuesday 8:30pm from Miami live on TNT, Game 5 Thursday 8:30pm from Chicago live on TNT, Game 6 if necessary Saturday 8:30pm from Miami live on TNT, Game 7 if necessary Monday 8:30pm from Chicago live on TNT)

You mean to tell me there are things happening in basketball that DON’T involve ping pong balls? Color me stunned!

I honestly don’t know who I’m pulling for at this point. I never liked the Bulls growing up because I was kinda sick of seeing Michael Jordan winning every year. I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to root for the Heat in this country unless you live on South Beach.

With the Eastern Conference teams out, I’m stuck trying to figure out which of the Western Conference teams to root for. I thought it might be the Thunder, but this whole Kevin Durant/Russell Westbrook “I’m better than you-NO, I’m better than you!” argument has been insufferable.

That being said, I attended a Mavs game this year. We were in Texas for the Super Bowl, and they were hosting the Washington Wizards.

Two things were accomplished that night. One-the ‘Zards lost, so Redskins fans were unhappy. I can ALWAYS get behind that. Two-they gave me a Rodrigue Beaubois bobblehead doll.

Not kidding. I have no idea if the thing ever made it back from DFA (there was a snowstorm disaster that week), but I got one-despite the fact that I had never (and still haven’t) heard of Rodrigue Beaubois.

And before I move on from hoops, umm….how did I miss this video of Blake Griffin dunking over A TIGER?!?!?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YyqsfecWAzM[/youtube]

7. Tennis: ATP Tour & WTA Tour French Open (Tuesday-Monday 5am live on Tennis Channel, Tuesday-Friday & Monday 12pm live on ESPN2, Saturday & Sunday 12pm live on NBC. All tennis from Paris)

A quick episode of “which would you rather?”

Would you rather spend a week in Paris with Caroline Wozniacki…

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Or spend a week in Belgium with Paris Hilton???

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I’ll wait anxiously for your reply.

6. Baltimore Ravens Informal Practices (Tuesday-Thursday Unitas Stadium)

This event had no steam to begin with, but lost any potential steam it could have when they decided the public wouldn’t be able to attend due to commencement events at Towson that day.

That being said, I’m not really sure how there could have been any excitement in watching players (not wearing jerseys I assume) run around in 7-on-7 drills…but when the baseball team in town stinks I guess I can understand.

Of course, a practice session at Unitas Stadium might be the perfect place to show off a new toy…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ09qVDQf2k[/youtube]

5. Mixed Martial Arts: UFC 130-Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Matt Hamill (Saturday 9pm from Las Vegas live on Pay-Per-View)

Rampage Jackson is a humorous MMA superstar. He’s REALLY good (I was actually in Vegas the night he destroyed Chuck Liddell) but he’s an absolute clown. Remember, he was the same guy that did THIS during an interview…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYmYA4ZPsIM[/youtube]

I feel like I pull for him…I’m just not really sure why.

4. “The Hangover Part II” out in theaters (Thursday)

Well, if this isn’t awesome I’m pretty sure I’ll just hate movies forever.

In the meantime, here’s Ed Helms’ song from the first one. There better damn well be another one in this one…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpOdCWaTsIk[/youtube]

3. Soccer: UEFA Champions League Final-FC Barcelona vs. Manchester United (Saturday 2pm from London live on FOX); MLS-DC United @ Portland Timbers (Sunday 5pm from Portland live on Comcast SportsNet)

And here it is, the Super Bowl of European soccer. Every hipster this week will tell me why this is more important than anything else that ever happens in sports.

They’re wrong…but it IS a big deal.

I guess I’ll be pulling for Barcelona Saturday. I mean…they DO have Lionel freaking Messi…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZnUr8lcqjo[/youtube]

2. Auto Racing: IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 (Sunday 11am from Indianapolis live on ABC); NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 (Sunday 6pm from Charlotte live on FOX)

Ahh…the Indy 500 is Sunday. So here…for absolutely no reason…are gratuitous pictures of Danica Patrick…

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1. College Lacrosse: NCAA Tournament Final Four-Denver University vs. Virginia (Saturday 4pm from M&T Bank Stadium live on ESPN2), Maryland vs. Duke (Saturday 6:30pm from M&T Bank Stadium live on ESPN2), NCAA Championship Game (Monday 3:30pm from M&T Bank Stadium live on ESPN); Division III NCAA Championship Game: Salisbury vs. Tufts (Sunday 7pm M&T Bank Stadium); Division II NCAA Championship Game: Adelphi vs. Mercyhurst (Sunday 4pm M&T Bank Stadium); Women’s College Lacrosse: NCAA Tournament Final Four-Maryland vs. Duke (Friday 5pm from Stony Brook, NY live on NCAA.com), Northwestern vs. North Carolina (Friday 7:30pm from Stony Brook, NY live on NCAA.com), NCAA Championship Game (Sunday 4pm from Stony Brook, NY live on NCAA.com)

Since it will be a few months before we can do this again during hoops season, so let’s channel Peter Rosenberg for both Terrapins’ lax teams…language of course NSFW. Go Terps!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYOgC2Qbqh4[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7: Sports Figures Who Owe An Apology

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7: Sports Figures Who Owe An Apology

Posted on 29 March 2011 by Glenn Clark

In honor of Buck Showalter’s apology to Boston Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein, today’s Tuesday Top 7 topic was “The Top 7 Sports Figures Who Owe an Apology”.

*We agreed to leave Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos off the list, as both Drew and I figured his inclusion basically went without saying.

Glenn Clark’s list…

7. Daren Stone

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6. Armando Benitez

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5. Shawn Michaels

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4. Dan Devine

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3. Michael Jordan

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2. John Calipari & Jim Calhoun

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1. Bill James

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Drew Forrester’s list…

7. Robert Horry

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6. John Gilchrist

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5. The Masters (to Gary McCord)

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4. City of Chicago (to Steve Bartman)

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3. Jim Irsay

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2. Roger Clemens

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1. Barry Bonds

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If you missed the explanation of the list on “The Morning Reaction” Tuesday on AM1570 WNST, hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 21 February 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Virginia Tech @ Maryland (Thursday 7:30pm Comcast Center); Boxing: Miguel Acosta vs. Brandon Rios (Saturday 10pm from Las Vegas live on Showtime), Friday Night Fights: Juan Carlos Burgos vs. Cristobal Cruz (Friday 9pm from Tulsa, Oklahoma live on ESPN2); Tennis: ATP Tour Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (Saturday 2pm & 7pm, Sunday 1pm & 3pm from Delray Beach, FL live on Tennis Channel), Abierto Mexicano Telcel (Wednesday 4pm & 8pm, Thursday 2pm & 8pm, Friday 6pm & 10pm, Saturday 10am from Acapulco, Mexico live on ESPN3.com), Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (Monday-Friday 5am & 10am, Saturday 10am from Dubai, United Arab Emirates live on ESPN3.com)

10. Bon Jovi (Sunday 7:30pm Verizon Center), Lady Gaga (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center); Pat Green (Saturday 7pm Rams Head Live, Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Robert Cray Band (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head On Stage); David Gray (Tuesday 7:30pm Strathmore); Charlie Murphy (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Pat McGee Band (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); Ryan Cabrera (Monday 8pm Jammin’ Java); G. Love “Fixin To Die” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I saw Bon Jovi a few years ago at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona. I was disappointed. He played country pop songs. I didn’t pay to see that. I actually didn’t pay at all. But if I had, THIS is what I would have wanted to see…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40UQDEtRxp8[/youtube]

I like Pat McGee AND Pat Green. I also like Pat Sajak, but I don’t like Pat Boone necessarily.

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Even our buddy Rob Fahey (of Ravyns fame) says he’s most impressed by David Gray of current musicians. That’s high praise…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMxfKuft8x4[/youtube]

And even without the “Special Sauce”, I’d recommend picking up the new G. Love…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCPH3dPQkIc[/youtube]

9. NBA: Indiana Pacers @ Washington Wizards (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Philadelphia 76ers (Wednesday 7pm from Philadelphia live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Miami Heat (Friday 7:30pm from Miami live on Comcast SportsNet), Dallas Mavericks @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 8pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS), Chicago Bulls @ Washington Wizards (Monday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet)

It used to be that when the Chicago Bulls would come to play the ‘Zards (or the Bullets, really), the games would actually mean something.

Now…they’re just the next team on the schedule…that will probably beat the Wizards.

That being said, they still have SOMETHING going for them…in fact, the best player in the history of NBA Jam…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkM0BE-Iu6M[/youtube]

Benny the Bull was better than Michael Jordan.

Probably a better golfer, too.

8. Auto Racing: NASCAR Subway Fresh Fit 500 (Sunday 3pm from Phoenix live on FOX)

With the fellas on the Sprint Cup Series headed into Arizona, I’d take a second to remind everyone that Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne and company will have a few of their own “distractions” to deal with…

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I’ve had the water out there. There IS something in it.

7. Golf: WGC Accenture Match Play Championship (Wednesday 12pm, Thursday & Friday 2pm, Saturday 12pm, Sunday 9am live on Golf Channel; Saturday & Sunday 2pm live on NBC. All golf from Marana, AZ); PGA Tour Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun (Thursday-Saturday 6:30pm, Sunday 7pm from Playa del Carmen, Mexico live on Golf Channel); LPGA Tour HSBC Women’s Champions (Thursday & Friday 11am, Saturday 10am, Sunday 2pm from Singapore live on Golf Channel)

This will be the only week all year that I give half a crap about Golf. Why? Because I get to fill out brackets! You could put together a Pokemon card tournament-if it had brackets, I’d fill them out.

I mean, I’m not going to WATCH the thing…holy hell does that sound terrible. But I’ll check at the end of the day to see how my brackets hold up. And I’ll of course pick  Chi Chi Rodriguez to win. He’s going to have to break through one of these weeks.

6. NHL: New York Rangers @ Washington Capitals (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS & NHL Network), Washington Capitals @ New York Islanders (Saturday 7pm from New York live on Comcast SportsNet)

Meanwhile, Glenn Clark will be making the trip up I-95 to Philly to see the Philadelphia Flyers become JUST ANOTHER VICTIM for the Phoenix FREAKING Coyotes, who enter the game winners of seven in a row!

It’s just a shame the game isn’t in Arizona, cause I’d love to hear the Black Keys pump through the Wells Fargo Center…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfYLr3IIVkQ[/youtube]

5. Monster Jam (Friday-Sunday 1st Mariner Arena)

Monster Jam is one of those events that comes around all the time that I have no REAL idea what it is and if it’s sorta white trash but really cool or REALLY white trash and only sorta cool.

Either way, I THINK Grave Digger is pretty cool….right???

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4. Mixed Martial Arts: UFC 127-BJ Penn vs. Jon Fitch (Saturday 10pm from Sydney, AUS on Pay-Per-View)

After the last card (Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort) and the next card (Jon “Bones” Jones vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua), I will admit that I’m not really all that upset that I’ll be missing this card while I’m in Indy.

But if I was a MMA writer/reporter headed Down Under, I know damn well I’d take a minute to seek out whoever Bliss N Eso are. Their Citizen Cope cover is pretty legit…

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3. College Lacrosse: Loyola @ Towson (Saturday 12pm from Unitas Stadium live on ABC2/ESPN3.com/AM1570 WNST); Rutgers @ UMBC (Saturday 1pm UMBC Stadium); Siena @ Johns Hopkins (Saturday 1pm from Homewood Field live on ESPNU); Georgetown @ Maryland (Saturday 3pm from Byrd Stadium live on ESPNU); Mary Washington @ Stevenson (Wednesday 3pm Caves Athletic Complex), Kean @ Stevenson (Saturday 1pm Caves Athletic Complex)

I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I see “Georgetown” and “Maryland” next to each other, I can really only think about Keith Booth and Joe Smith. Hoyas fans probably won’t be happy for the reminder…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-WoPhVNffA[/youtube]

I guess I have one other memory. It involves Lonny Baxter and the NCAA Tournament if I remember correctly…

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2. College Basketball: Florida State @ Maryland (Wednesday 9pm from Comcast Center live on ACC Network-WNUV 54 locally), Maryland @ North Carolina (Sunday 7:45pm from Chapel Hill, NC live on Comcast SportsNet-Fox Sports Net nationally); Delaware State @ Morgan State (Wednesday 7pm Hill Field House), Morgan State @ North Carolina A&T (Monday 7pm from Greensboro, NC live on ESPNU); Drexel @ Towson (Saturday 4pm Towson Center)

I hope the Terps beat the snot out of the Seminoles Wednesday night. But I will admit that FSU will always have at least a small place in my (and Brett Favre’s) heart(s)…

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Jenn Sterger wore a cowboy hat to a football game in Tallahassee five years ago and became a household name.

What a great country we live in.

1. College Football: NFL Scouting Combine (Thursday-Monday from Indianapolis live on NFL Network)

5.2 million people watched the Scouting Combine from LucasOil Stadium last year.

Of those 5.2 million, not a single one tuned in to see how Rich Eisen did in the 40 yard dash. But he did it anyway, and almost beat Ravens DT Terrence Cody!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar5nlv6ZPX0[/youtube]

That might seem surprising, but consider this…if hundreds of college-aged GIRLS were to descend upon a football stadium and run around in the underwear, how many MORE people would be watching?

You know, especially if one of them was SI swimsuit model Kate Upton…

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Thursday 3-Pointer: Save The Hornets, Smith Can’t Win & Buck Can’t Walk On Water…I Hope He Can Swim

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Thursday 3-Pointer: Save The Hornets, Smith Can’t Win & Buck Can’t Walk On Water…I Hope He Can Swim

Posted on 17 February 2011 by Thyrl Nelson

Thursday Three Pointer

Point #1 – The Burden of Being Buck

 

As we list the multitude of reasons to be excited about the potential of the Orioles 2011 campaign, the most interesting (and possibly troubling) for me has been the apparent acceptance by the fans at large that Buck Showalter is some kind of magical savior who’s poised to show these young O’s the way to contention and professionalism. Although I too would love to simply believe that, I’m having a hard time fathoming it. The question I have is how many games can a MLB manager win or lose for his team in the course of a season?

 

Baseballreference.com lists last years WAR leaders as Evan Longoria (7.7) among hitters and Ubaldo Jiminez (7.1) among pitchers, essentially saying that the most impactful players in baseball last season effectively delivered their teams less than 8 wins (4.9% of the total season) more than an average AAA replacement player. So how much more or less impact can we say that a manager has on the outcomes of games over the course of a season, as opposed to an average, credible replacement?

 

Take nothing away from what Showalter did for the O’s last season, but be careful to keep in mind too, that historically over the course of a 162-game baseball season, while statistical anomalies arise from time to time, things generally have a way of eventually evening out, and falling in line with historical expectations. In short, as bad as the Orioles were last season, there were few who’d look at the roster and count them amongst the handful of the worst teams in the history of Major League Baseball. Clearly the O’s were bad, but not all-time bad; for the better part of the first 2/3 of last season though, that’s the tune they were playing to.

 

You can certainly argue, and I would, that the O’s were due a market correction at some point, and that to some degree Showalter was the beneficiary of that. Combine that with the returns of a few key players, the maturation of a couple of others, and confidence begins to build. What’s more, the players were provided an excuse, if not a pair of scapegoats to explain away their early season struggles, and to their credit they responded.

 

The only thing it seems that any fans have taken exception to Showalter with so far was his decision not to live here full-time and ingratiate himself to the community a little more this winter. Hindsight might show that decision to have been Buck’s loss, as he’ll likely never enjoy a higher level of esteem and confidence from the masses than he did this winter. Can he now possibly live up to the expectations that have cast him as a pseudo miracle worker? Could anyone?

 

Fans are expecting him to walk on water…he’d better at least be able to swim.

 

Point #2 – Save the Hornets

 

If we haven’t gotten used to this yet, in a few weeks time we’ll be seeing through silly statement like the NBA’s consideration of contracting a franchise (possibly the New Orleans Hornets). This, like the multitude of issues that we’ve gotten from both the NFL and it’s players union should be taken with a grain of salt, as the NBA like the NFL is headed to the collective bargaining table at season’s end. What the NBA, and all of the major professional leagues need to do is not to consider contraction, but to vow at least to stop expanding until the talent pool has caught back up.

 

With that said, expansion in all of the major sports was fun, and novel when I was a kid, but in the process of blowing out their leagues, there’s no doubt that the respective talent pools have suffered. As it relates to the NBA, I’ve often said (Jordan hater that I am) that part of the Jordan legacy was perpetuated by the expansion of the NBA. The league after all went from 23-29 teams during the Jordan era (now 30). And pretty quickly with the addition of 90 or so new jobs, the depth of championship caliber teams went thin. NBA Champions went from teams like the Lakers, Celtics and Pistons of the late 80′s with 7 or 8 players who contributed and whose names and games you can easily remember, to the Bulls who were built around 2 stars and a workhorse in each of their 3-peat campaigns, or the Rockets who won their first behind Hakeem Olajuwon and a cast of role players, with no other real stars.

 

In looking at today’s NBA though, it’s not hard to argue these days that the overall talent level is much higher now than it was in the 80′s; parity however is something else. I’ll blame the NBA’s lack of parity on the uber-athletes pervading the basketball landscape that were simply non-existent a couple of decades ago. The gateway to Europe and the progress of the European game have more than filled the talent gap in the league they’ve expanded it; what’s more, they brought with them a new European mentality that allows for 7 footers to go out and stroke 3-pointers with regularity.

 

While NBA teams may have appeared deeper back then, the parity in athleticism overall may have been more to blame than anything else. There simply were no Dwight Howards or Shaqs or Blake Griffins or LeBrons in the 80′s. Heck there weren’t even many JaVale McGees or DeAndre Jordans back then. And there sure weren’t any Dirk Nowitzkis or Kevin Durants back in the day. While those two represent the best of the best, how may teams now have guys who are 6’10″ or better and who also have the green light from downtown? They simply didn’t make guys like that pre-Arvydas Sabonis.

 

In the NBA, I’d say, behind the ever increasing standards of athleticism and the wave of uber-athletes  the league is more talented than ever but still out of competitive balance, retracting a single 15-man roster won’t change that much though. The NBA hands out more than 15 of it’s infamous 10-day contracts annually, so retracting 1 team keeps a few of those guys out of the league, there’s no tangible impact there. What they, and the rest of the leagues need to do is simply hold the line and wait for the talent to catch up. It’s gaining at an exponential pace already.

 

Point #3 – Is DeMaurice Smith in a No Win Situation?

 

Speaking of labor turmoil, maybe one day we’ll thank both the NBA and NFL for an education in American Labor law, as both are likely to give us countless lessons going forward. As it relates to NFLPA Union boss DeMaurice Smith, and his impending battle with the league you have to ask if there’s any possible way he can come out of this a winner.

 

A number of people have already begun speculating about where Smith’s future plans may lead him, but if he’s looking to build his resume off of this negotiation, it’s a hopeful proposition at best.

 

We’ve already talked at length about the simple mathematics involved in pitting millionaires against billionaires, as well as the NFL’s track record in the fields of marketing and PR. As if that weren’t enough to deter Smith however; how could he not consider that his predecessor the late Gene Upshaw was cast as a loser by vocal members of the union itself as well and many in the media after the last round of collective bargaining? That “loss” for Upshaw ultimately produced the agreement from which the owners just opted out because they found it to be oppressive in the players’ favor. It stands to reason that whatever Smith walks away from the table with, it will be less than Upshaw got. How can that be considered anything but a loss?

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Remembering All Kings …..

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Remembering All Kings …..

Posted on 16 August 2010 by Rex Snider

I’m one of those “older” guys who can still recall THAT day. I was 10 years old and playing in my front yard with friends, as my Uncle Rudy walked thru the front gate.

He ensured all of us heard his message, as he shouted the news that would figuratively bring the daily happenings in this country to a STOP, for several days. We were kids, so it really didn’t resonate with us.

I think we stopped doing whatever we were doing for a second or two (it was 33 years ago …. I don’t recall every detail), before going back to doing more of it. But, here I stand three decades later, and I remember that moment.

A little while later, I ran inside my house for some reason and found my mother laying on the sofa, crying. Of course, this garners a feared reaction from any kid. Ultimately, I would learn that my uncle shared the news with her …. and she was able to verify it, as the news now blared on our television.

Elvis Presley, the “King Of Rock & Roll”, was DEAD.
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That was my first real exposure to music’s most iconic LEGEND.

Years later, I’ve looked back on that day and thought, “WOW …. how can another man be so popular and revered throughout this world?” With due respect to the Beatles, I was just 3 years old when they broke up, so I can’t really paint a picture of that event.

But, when we think of music legends and influences, the first two words that surface for MOST PEOPLE are “Elvis” and “Beatles”. Sure, there are people who didn’t care for the music of one or both acts. But, they must have done something special …. something that set them apart.

Elvis Presley revolutionized music. He challenged stereotypes and cultural barriers. He defeated ignorance. He denied established decorum. He exercised his will. He pioneered an era. He defined an entire facet of life. He is considered the GREATEST of all. And, he was a humbly, authentic guy.

Everybody knows it.

But, did Elvis have any contemporaries? Specifically, did he share such an impact with athletes? Can you think of any men or women who had similar effects on certain sports, perhaps, by exercising one or more of the above qualities?

I think it’s safe to say no athlete has ever approached Elvis Presley’s popularity. But, I do think certain athletes have impacted their respective sports in some similiar ways. Below, find my list of 10 athletes, who had an Elvis-type effect on sports …..

Jim Brown
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Ted Williams
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Michael Jordan
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Joe Louis
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Henry Aaron
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John Unitas
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Dale Earnhardt
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Muhammad Ali
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George Herman Ruth
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Are there plenty of other KINGS? Absolutely. In fact, you might disagree with this list, for one reason or another. We can discuss it today …. along with hitting on the latest Ravens news from Training Camp, and we’ll take a look at the Orioles vs. Mariners series.

It all starts at 2pm …..

Email me (rex@wnst.net) with your Elvis requests !!!!

Long live the KING …..
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Regarding LeBron: How Would We Have Felt?

Posted on 13 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

If I chime in on LeBron James, does that officially mean that EVERY columnist/blogger in the world of sports media would have dedicated print/type to the subject?

I will admit that I have much less moved by the LeBron James saga than the large majority of this country. I was unmoved by his free agent courting process, I was unmoved by ESPN’s “The Decision” special, I was unmoved by his decision to bolt Cleveland for Miami, and I was unmoved by Dan Gilbert losing his mind Thursday night.

I will also admit that rarely am I particularly moved in any way by a subject in sports that doesn’t garner any sort of emotional investment from me. With no offense to the Boston Celtics or Los Angeles Lakers, my level of involvement in the NBA Finals was minimal at best. If I was home and the games were on, I watched them. I certainly did not plan my month of June around making sure I was home to see Kobe Bryant go up against Paul Pierce.

I have no emotional investment when it comes to LeBron James. I have enjoyed watching him play at times (his masterpiece against the Detroit Pistons in the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals was special), but I have never been much too concerned about what he was doing on or off the floor.

Apparently I’m one of the few.

The most compelling thing about the LeBron saga for me has been the reaction-both in Cleveland and across the country. Be it fans burning LBJ jerseys in “The Comeback City” or Jesse Jackson forcing himself into the topic, I have been intrigued by all of the attention that has been placed on the subject.

Heck, even my partner on “The Morning Reaction” Drew Forrester has been inspired to talk about the NBA, a subject I couldn’t even ask him to discuss the other 11 months of the year.

Obviously the most irrational reaction has come from the shores of Lake Erie, where sports fans have not only burned jerseys; but have made much more dangerous threats and have compared the man they previously called “The King” to their other most despised sports figure-former Baltimore Ravens majority owner Art Modell.

Also amongst the reaction have been the inevitable comparisons to heartbreak-or potential heartbreak-in other cities. For example, Yahoo! Sports’ Les Carpenter (formerly of the Washington Post) wrote a column comparing James’ decision to depart Cleveland to the decision Cal Ripken made in 1988 to re-sign with the Baltimore Orioles.

It’s a fair comparison. Both were local products who achieved great success early in their career with their hometown team. There are also key differences.

Had Cal Ripken walked away from Charm City following the 1988 season, he would have been doing it in an era where fan reaction would have been much more difficult to gauge.

There were no sports talk radio stations in Baltimore in 1988. Blogging didn’t exist. Only the columnists at the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post would have REALLY had a chance to express the feelings about Ripken’s decision in a way that could have been knowledge to the man who would eventually become a Hall of Fame-caliber player.

There are also career differences-as Cal Ripken had helped lead the Birds to victory in the 1983 World Series, while LeBron James had never reached the mountaintop with the Cavs. Cleveland fans are starved for a championship at this point considering the many near misses of not only the Cavs, but also the near misses of the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians over the last 25 years.

Part of the angst felt by Cleveland fans certainly has something to do with the fact that they had to be convinced James would be part of the solution to finally end the city’s title drought. In reality, it’s hard for fans in ANY city in the country to really understand the mental makeup of a fanbase that hasn’t claimed a major pro sports title since 1964. Heck, in Baltimore alone we’ve won 5 titles since then, despite having only two pro sports-one of which was missing for over a decade.

However, I don’t necessarily think it’s unfair to try to consider how we’d feel in the situation. It’s with that in mind that I offer this hypothetical, which may or may not have any real validity in the big picture.

Let’s imagine that the Baltimore Bullets never left town. Instead of moving the team to Washington, Abe Pollin was granted an expansion team in DC and sold the Bullets to local ownership. Let’s also consider that instead of the Bullets franchise winning the 1978 NBA Championship; the “Washington Wizards” expansion team won the title.

Stay with me.

Let’s continue with the hypothetical and say that the Baltimore Bullets franchise during the 80′s and 90′s had about the same success level as the team that ACTUALLY moved in the nation’s capital did. The Bullets/Wizards franchise made just one playoff appearance between 1988 and 2004-a 1st round sweep at the hands of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in 1997.

Now let’s consider that in the mid-1990′s, the team had moved out of the clearly defunct Baltimore Arena and into a new building, potentially where M&T Bank Stadium now sits. The building is now known as the “Under Armour Center”, but was previously known as “PSINet Arena.”

Still with me? I hope so. I’ve laid the groundwork for the “Baltimore Crabs” (the NBA still forced a name change due to the violent nature of the name “Bullets”); a team that has existed since 1963 without winning a NBA Championship and has at times struggled to survive given the organization’s struggles and the level of pro competition in both Baltimore and DC.

Now, let’s have that organization meet a significant player. Let’s say that Towson Catholic graduate Carmelo Anthony decided that instead of going to Syracuse, he would follow in the footsteps of fellow Catholic League star Juan Dixon and could commit to Maryland. During the ’02-’03 season; ‘Melo would join with Steve Blake and Drew Nicholas to lead Gary Williams’ Terrapins to a 2nd consecutive NCAA Championship and then bolt to the NBA.

Look, I said this was a hypothetical. I probably should have said “dream sequence.” But let’s not split hairs here. I know Carmelo was BORN in New York and has always been fascinated with The Big Apple, but let’s pretend he was MORE fascinated with staying home. It works better here.

Being one of the poorer teams in the ’02-’03 season, the Crabs obtained the #2 (or #3) overall pick in the NBA Draft; where they were able to select Carmelo after the Cavaliers selected LeBron James.

Suddenly, a franchise with no direction and no hope becomes a team with a local star player-a player that would quickly develop into a perennial All-Star and would lead his team to the playoffs year in and year out.

Games at the Under Armour Center are now sold out before the season after previously being attended at O’s-like rates. Businesses near the Inner Harbor boom 50+ nights a year when the Crabs are at home. Crabs jerseys with the Number 15 on them are as popular sellers as Ravens jerseys with the Number 52.

On top of all of that, the Crabs really put things together in 2010-2011, and Carmelo eventually leads the Crabs to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history-where they unfortunately lose to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Did you stay with me?

It’s the summer of 2010. The Baltimore Crabs have acquired some solid players, but were fortunate to get past the Miami Heat in ’11 because Chris Bosh was hurt early in the season. With a healthy Bosh teaming with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the Heat are again viewed as the significant favorites to win the East. Amare Stoudemire had a stellar season for the Knicks, and rumors swirl that New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul will join him at Madison Square Garden to try to make a run at the Heat.

Carmelo Anthony is now facing free agency. He’s beloved in Baltimore, where his family and friends have enjoyed watching him play night in and night out. The people of Baltimore view him as an icon, but he’s not sure he can get over the hump and win a championship given the commitment level from ownership.

With all of that in mind, Carmelo bolts. He signs a max deal to join Amare and Chris Paul in New York, where a welcome party is held in Times Square and he’s given a key to the city by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Now here’s the question.

How do you feel?

Are you burning a jersey in the street?

Are you calling Carmelo a “coward” or a “traitor” or “Benedict Anthony”?

Are you ready to picket outside the Carmelo Anthony Youth Center?

Or are you willing to say “he’s still a hometown guy, and I’ll always be grateful for what he did here”?

I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer.

The reality is that I might be closer to “burning a jersey in the street” than I would be to “thanking him for the years he gave to the city.”

How would you react? How would Baltimore have felt if this were OUR star?

It’s worth considering.

-G

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Forbes’ Most Powerful Athletes …..

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Forbes’ Most Powerful Athletes …..

Posted on 29 June 2010 by Rex Snider

As the fiscal year draws to a conclusion, the fine folks at Forbes Magazine have decided to delight us with their MOST POWERFUL lists. Of course, these lists are broken down by profession, and include …. Actors, Musicians, Entrepreneurs, Media Personalities and Athletes.

While I found each list interesting – and certainly controversial – I was inspired to ask myself the very same question for the umteenth year of Forbes lists ….

WHO IN THE HECK COMES UP WITH THESE LISTS ???

Yeah, the standard, sensible criteria is cited as a method for determining the list rankings. According to the official Forbes disclaimer, the order of rank is determined through a combination of “annual earnings (+ potential) and resulting fame.”

The MONEY portion is really attributed to how much they’ve earned, while considering how much they’re likely to earn through future endorsements and increased visibility.

The FAME portion is deciphered by Google searches and official website visits, as well as social media relevance, like Facebook and Twitter. This certainly makes sense to me.

That said, I still came away from each list with the conclusion that a very loud and powerful voice at Forbes is out of touch with the reality of 2010. Perhaps, they’re stuck in 1999 – Tom Cruise is ranked ahead of Leonardo DiCaprio on the list of POWERFUL ACTORS, and one my very favorite bands – AC/DC is ranked several spots ahead of Kenny Chesney on the list of POWERFUL MUSICIANS. While I prefer the music of Angus and his cronies, they don’t have Kenny’s clout.

Enough of the other lists, lets talk about the MOST POWERFUL ATHLETES. Once again, I disagree with alot of these choices. Perhaps, the Forbes crew is trying to be global and diverse. However, the list is supposed to be based on the American market – which renders the rankings even sillier. Agree? Disagree? Here ya go …..
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1) Tiger Woods
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I’m not arguing this one. However, I do wonder how many of the GOOGLE SEARCHES were related to Tiger’s personal life over the last 7 months. He’s every bit as INFAMOUS as he is FAMOUS. But, he’s still raking in cash – much of which he’ll be paying back out, as his divorce settlement is rumored to be in the neighborhood of $750 million.

I do find it pretty poignant that our MOST POWERFUL ATHLETE is also the guy with the most screwed up life, as we sit here today. But, I don’t disagree – I still think he’s on top.
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2) Kobe Bryant
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Umm …. I guess so. I can attest to his popularity in the Los Angeles area, which is also the “Media Capital” of our society. I was in L.A. a couple weeks ago and it’s pretty challenging to walk around without seeing the name “Bryant” affixed to some kid’s back. And, the Kobe billboards are everywhere.

It’s hard to believe Kobe Bryant has reinvented his image, reputation and career in about 5 years time. That’s amazing. I guess it gives Tiger hope, huh? Wait a minute ….. he’s still ahead of Kobe !!!!
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3) Michael Jordan
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Not a bad ranking for the MOST POPULAR ATHLETE EVER, huh? And, he hasn’t played a game in more than 7 years. Is there really anything else to say? Well, if I was WNST’s Chris Pika, I would be holding out hope that MJ remembers his Birmingham Barons cohorts in his will …..
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4) Lebron James
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This stuff is easy – I could write this list from the top of my head. And, I’ve gotta funny feeling he’ll be ranked even higher on next year’s Forbes findings. In fact, he could shoot directly to the top !!!!
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5) Floyd Mayweather
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This is just a STUPID decision. I’m guessing somebody at Forbes really loves boxing …. or they’re totally overestimating the fighter’s actual cut from a purse. Nearly all of them end up with financial problems after retiring and I don’t see ANY of them making commercials.

When is the last time we saw Floyd Maywether on television, at all? If any sports talk show made FLOYD MAYWEATHER the day’s topic, freakin’ crickets would be chimed up. Absolutely ridiculous ….
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6) David Beckham
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Is this supposed to be a calculated, discriminative list? Or, did Forbes just pick names based on some inflated salary figure? I can’t fathom David Beckham yielding more Google searchesor social media hits than Peyton Manning. Heck, does he even merit the web traffic of Eli Manning? Well, maybe ….

By the way, David Beckham poses for more freaky photos than any person on this list. I’ll definitely give him that award.
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7) Phil Mickelson
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If anything, I thought he would be ranked higher on the list. Silly me ….. I guess Floyd Maywether is just a little more marketable. I have ZERO doubt Phil Mickelson is making plenty of money and he’s regularly featured on televisions, from Thursday thru Sunday.

By the way – and certainly outside the Forbes discussion – I talked about Phil Mickelson’s generosity during yesterday’s show. He quietly paid for former NFL player Conrad Dobler’s children to attend college. Dobler is disabled as a result of his football injuries and his wife is a parapalegic. Mickelson has never acknowledged this act of generosity – he won’t address it. But, Dobler is quite humbled by it. A very nice story …..
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8) Cristiano Ronaldo
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Who? I guess all those Tom Brady endorsements are being mistakingly attached to Ronaldo. This might be the most asinine entry on the entire list.
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9) Alex Rodriguez
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I’m kinda torn on this one. A’Rod is raking in a salary $32 million, but Derek Jeter is making $21 million. Yeah, that’s a tangible difference. But, I think Derek Jeter garners much more face time on TV pitches and such.

It seems like Jeter is much more marketable and relevant, especially in the social media aspect. But, I’m not really in disagreement with this selection.
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10) Shaquille O’Neal
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It’s amazing what hanging with Michael Phelps for a day will do for a guy, huh? I’m a little surprised Shaq is still carrying this clout. And, I’ll imagine this is the last year he’ll qualify for the Top-10 list. As much as he’s enjoyed an amazing career, the last year hasn’t been near his best.

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Well, that’s your list of the TEN MOST POWERFUL ATHLETES. If you’re curious about the athletes that nearly cracked the Top-10, it includes in order from #11 thru #16 ….. Serena Williams, Derek Jeter, Lance Armstrong, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams and Danica Patrick.

Are the Williams’ sisters and Sharapova really more powerful than Roger Federer? I’ve gotta question that finding. And, Danica Patrick? That’s pretty funny. There are easily a handful of NASCAR drivers who make more money and garner more pop culture appeal. To suggest Patrick has more power or clout than Dale Earnhardt Jr. is hard to defend. He appears in many more endorsements. Oh yeah …. Earnhardt made $34 million in the last year, and Patrick made $7 million. You tell me ….

I was very surprised to see Peyton Manning, who is easily the most recognizable face in the American sports landscape, missing from the list. Also absent – Tom Brady, Alex Ovechkin, Roger Federer, Jeff Gordon and Michael Phelps.

I wonder what this list will look like in 5 years? That’s a blog for another day …..

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 08 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-New York Liberty @ Washington Mystics (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Boxing-Friday Night Fights: David Lemiuex vs. Elvin Ayala (Friday 8:30pm from Montreal live on ESPN2); AHL Calder Cup Finals: Hershey Bears/Texas Stars (Game 4 Wednesday 8:30pm from Austin, TX live on Comcast SportsNet, Game 5 Friday 8:30pm from Austin, TX live on Comcast SportsNet); Golf: PGA Tour St. Jude Classic (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Memphis), LPGA State Farm Classic (Thursday-Saturday 6:30pm, Sunday 7pm from Springfield, IL live on Golf Channel)

10. Foreigner & Styx (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live), Carole King & James Taylor (Tuesday 8pm Verizon Center), They Might Be Giants (Saturday 1pm Rams Head Live), Chubby Checker (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head On Stage), Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek (Wednesday 9pm Sonar), Rob Schneider (Friday-Sunday DC Improv), Drake (Sunday 9pm 9:30 Club), Conan O’Brien (Tuesday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall), Jimmy Cliff/Sly & Robbie (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap)

There are somethings to like here. For example, I could probably repeat every word of the Styx episode of Vh1 Behind The Music. Even I was pissed when Tommy Shaw made fun of “Lady” during Damn Yankees concerts. Oh, and “Renegade” is a FREAKING.GREAT.SONG.

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I sorta hated Chubby Checker growing up because every time I heard “Limbo Rock” I was reminded that I was a fat kid with no flexibility. Think I had issues? My best friend Matt Besche and I also walked around the halls of Chapel Hill Elementary School grabbing each other’s cheeks and saying “Chubby Checker” for no reason. It was our own secret handshake. Don’t judge, a-holes.

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Saying I own the Talib Kweli/Mos Def disc gives me street cred, right? No. Damn. Do I just pretend like I don’t like him then?

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9. Honfest (Friday-Sunday “The Avenue” in Hampden), Great Grapes! (Saturday & Sunday 12pm Oregon Ridge Park)

In Southern California-girls in bikinis are celebrated.

In Las Vegas, girls in negligee are celebrated.

In Alabama, girls in sexy sundresses are celebrated.

In New York, girls in tight shirts and short skirts are celebrated.

In Hampden….big glasses and bigger hair???

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And to think, some folks wonder why people never leave Charm City…

8. “The A-Team” out in theaters (Friday)

You can say whatever you want. I’m excited. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson might not be “Mr. T”, but I still get excited whenever I just hear the music…

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7. Auto Racing: NASCAR Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 (Sunday 1pm from Brooklyn, MI live on TNT)

I have no idea what is going on in the world of NASCAR. I really don’t. I know Kurt Busch won the races in Charlotte, but I don’t know who won the races at Pocono. TNT showed “Talladega Nights” throughout the day Sunday after they showed the race, and it reminded me that when I saw the trailer for Will Ferrell’s new movie “The Other Guys” before I saw “Get Him to the Greek” Saturday night, I was fairly impressed…

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He’s fooled me before, but I have a good feeling about this one. At least a better feeling than I had about “Kicking and Screaming.” Ugh.

6. Ravens Passing Camp (Monday-Thursday; availability Tuesday 1 Winning Drive)

PLEASE SOMEONE LET ME KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON WITH DIGGER BUJNOCH!!!

Another radio person in town…who is not REALLY a sports person but does sports now…was out in Owings Mills for Rookie Camp last week. When I asked him why he was there, he said “I love football. I’d watch anyone play football.” He then proceeded to tell me he couldn’t see enough of the field. There were about 25 players on the field. If we’re lucky, a third of them will ever play a snap for the Baltimore Ravens.

Sadly, it remains at LEAST as relevant as anything the Baltimore Orioles are doing right now, including dismissing their manager.

5. Pro Wrestling: TNA Slammiversary (Sunday 8pm from Orlando live on Pay-Per-View)

There are a couple of reasons to watch TNA’s biggest PPV event of the year, even if your name isn’t Kris Cumberland.

A-I love everything about Rob Van Dam. Seriously, the guy is about as good as it gets.

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B-The more I found out about Lacey Von Erich (thus far only via image), the more I think I like her…
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4. Mixed Martial Arts: UFC 115: Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin (Saturday 10pm from Vancouver live on Pay-Per-View); Bellator Fighting Championships XXI (Thursday 8pm from Orlando live on Fox Sports Net)

The reason none of you told me Eric “ButterBean” Esch was fighting in MMA was???

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Word is he’ll be on “The MMA Report” with John Rallo Tuesday afternoon on AM1570 WNST. In the meantime, the UFC 115 main event was only exciting because Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell like legitimately hate each other. Rich Franklin and Chuck Liddell are just legitimately old.

3. NBA Playoffs-NBA Finals: Lakers/Celtics (Game 3 Tuesday 9pm from Boston live on ABC, Game 4 Thursday 9pm from Boston live on ABC, Game 5 Sunday 8pm from Boston live on ABC)

You mean to tell me that the Nate Robinson that is contributing for the C’s these days is the same Nate Robinson that once shot on the wrong basket in New York and pissed off Mike D’Antoni???

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How am I supposed to feel good for the guy? At least he did something cool with David Letterman once…

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2. NHL Playoffs-Stanley Cup Finals: Flyers/Blackhawks (Game 6 Wednesday 8pm from Philadelphia live on NBC, Game 7 if necessary Friday 8pm from Chicago live on NBC)

I’m sort of ASSUMING that the Blackhawks will clinch the Cup in Philly Wednesday night, but it wouldn’t stun me if the series made it back to the Windy City. If it does, I have half a feeling Michael Jordan will hit the game winning shot to finish things off. It’s just what happens at United Center.

No matter what happens, Patrick Kane better have cooler ideas for what to do with the Cup than Mario Lemieux did…

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1. Soccer: Baltimore County World Soccer Festival (Saturday 7:30am, throughout day-Patriot Plaza in Towson); World Cup-South Africa vs. Mexico (Friday 10am from Johannesburg, South Africa live on ESPN), Uruguay vs. France (Friday 2:30pm from Cape Town, South Africa live on ESPN), South Korea vs. Greece (Saturday 7:30am from Port Elizabeth, South Africa live on ESPN), Argentina vs. Nigeria (Saturday 10am from Johannesburg live on ESPN), England vs. United States (Saturday 2:30pm from Rustenburg, South Africa live on ABC), Algeria vs. Slovenia (Sunday 7:30am from Polokwane, South Africa live on ESPN), Serbia vs. Ghana (Sunday 10am from Pretoria, South Africa live on ESPN), Germany vs. Australia (Sunday 2:30pm from Durban, South Africa live on ABC), Netherlands vs. Denmark (Monday 7:30am from Johannesburg live on ESPN), Japan vs. Cameroon (Monday 10am from Bloemfontein, South Africa live on ESPN), Italy vs. Paraguay (Monday 2:30pm from Cape Town live on ESPN); MLS-DC United @ Seattle Sounders (Thursday 10pm from Seattle live on ESPN2)

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That is all.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 23 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Below are the top seven question Glenn and Drew would ask a current sports figure if the answer had to be truthful.

Drew’s List

7. Did you use steroids? – Brady Anderson
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6. In 2001, did you ever wish you kept Trent Dilfer? – Brian Billick
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5. Are you proud that you lied? – Orioles PR Staff
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4. Did you tell Steve Bisciotti that he had to fire Brian Billick? – Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis
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3. Did you always give 100% on the field? – Eddie Murray
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2. Were you forced to take a year off from basketball? – Michael Jordan
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1. Have you faced the possibility that you won’t win another major? – Tiger Woods
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Glenn’s List

7. When did you decide to leave? – John Gilchrist
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6. Was your head somewhere else during the 09 PGA? – Tiger Woods
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5. Have you given steroids to pro wrestlers since the Hogan trial? – Vince McMahon
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4. Did Baltimore ever have a chance? – Paul Tagliabue
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3. Was it the gambling? – Michael Jordan
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2. Were you always trying? – Andre Agassi
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1. Do you regret any of it? – Peter Angelos
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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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