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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 14 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because for the first time ever, I’m going to name CO “Greatest Song(s) of All Time This Week”.

And in one of those historic moments-I’m going to name both a hip-hop and a country song.

(Edit from GMC: Insert your own joke here about “that just means you’re replacing your six pack with a 40 in your pickup truck” or something like that. But be sensitive in the process. We’re always appropriate here.)

First, I will admit that my love for Hootie & The Blowfish might make me jaded, but Darius Rucker is ABSOLUTELY one of the greatest things to have ever happened to country music. This is “Come Back Song”…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIVtvgc8BPw[/youtube]

On the flip side, a lot of folks have said a lot of things about Kanye West in recent years. Not among them would be that his new single “Power” isn’t really freaking good…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96tTu9-aW9k[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. MLB.com’s Doug Miller says Wigginton played, didn’t hit in American League’s All-Star Game loss

I legitimately watched MAYBE six outs of the ASG last night. I was watching “Wipeout” on ABC, then flipped over to see Ubaldo Jimenez get a double play to get out of the 2nd; and I tapped out to go see “Despicable Me.”

So…my thoughts on “Despicable Me” are that it was GOOD…but your kids will enjoy it more than you will.

Thoughts on the All-Star Game? It happened. Brian McCann may have helped himself, as the Atlanta Braves have at least a chance to reach the World Series. As far as Ty Wigginton is concerned, he’ll always be able to tell folks he was a Major League Baseball All-Star.

So was Robert Fick. So was Ron Coomer. So was Steve Trachsel.

That’s all I’ve got for you.

2. Wall Street Journal says Peter Angelos believes George Steinbrenner ‘as synonymous’ as any great Yankees player

Kudos to “GNicks1024″ on Twitter (you can follow US @WNST) for the response of the day to Angelos’ statement:

Steinbrenner on Angelos “his name is as synonymous with losing as anyone to ever put on…well anything”

I think there’s a relevant discussion about the reaction to George Steinbrenner’s death in comparison to what the reaction would have been had the news been yesterday that Peter had passed away.

Not that I think that Peter will necessarily see the moment as a sort of “A Christmas Carol” situation and will suddenly wake up and decide that he needs to be a better person/baseball owner. But I guess there’s at least a hope that maybe “Ebenezer Scrooge” Angelos will see that just because your legacy looks bad right now, it doesn’t mean there’s no hope for you to be remembered in a different way at the end of your life.

Maybe.

He’ll have a long way to go to be remembered positively here in Charm City.

3. The Daily Record’s Liz Farmer says Birds ranked 20th of 30 MLB teams in Harris Interactive popularity poll

The real question is “how embarrassing must it be for the 10 teams that are somehow LESS POPULAR THAN THE O’S?”

I also thought it was a bit awkward when the teams MORE popular than the Orioles included…

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4. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Mike Gonzalez gave up run, 2 hits; Mike Flacco drove in game winner for Aberdeen Ironbirds on farm

Well, we had hoped to catch up with Mike Gonzalez this morning, but we missed him. Hopefully he’ll hook up with Thyrl Nelson later today.

Guests who DID appear on “The Morning Reaction” today with Drew Forrester included John Feinstein (Washington Post), who previewed the U.S. Open and also discussed LeBron James and George Steinbrenner with Drew. Check him out at FeinsteinOnTheBrink.com and pick up his new book “Moment of Glory.” Former Oriole Ken Singleton-now a Yanks TV analyst for the YES Network also joined Drew to remember “The Boss.” Those interviews can be heard in the Audio Vault as well.

And before we move on from the Birds, I want to address Roch Kubatko’s note that the Orioles are interested in Mark Prior…

“TO DO WHAT?!?!?!? CERTAINLY NOT TO PITCH, RIGHT?!?!?!?”

Andy MacPhail’s undying fascination of players he was involved with in the Chicago Cubs organization has AT BEST been unhelpful for the organization; and has arguably HURT the organization. This….this is absolutely INSANE.

5. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens introduce new Training Camp autograph policy

The policy basically states that autographs are only available for children 14 and younger, and that players will only sign autographs after the morning sessions during Camp; none after the afternoon sessions. In fairness, the team had no REGULAR autograph signing sessions in the afternoon; but players would often wander over to the crowd in the past following the PM sessions.

Here’s what REALLY matters to me. If Nina Senicar were to show up at Training Camp, can I still get an autograph from her??? (Thanks Guyism!)

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6. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says new autograph policy in Westminster might send ‘wrong message’

And it might.

The reality is that there’s nothing wrong with a group of incoming seniors at Eastern Tech wanting to come over and grab autographs from Terrence Cody and Joe Flacco. In fact, that demand is EXACTLY what the organization should want.

Clearly there has been trouble with adults trying to bullrush kids for the chance to breathe near Sam Koch or Edgar Jones. I understand the organization’s need to address that. But there is a risk that if a group of high school or college students that WOULD have come out to Camp chooses NOT to come to Camp because they feel like they aren’t welcome to get autographs.

I’ve always thought that setting up some sort of “picture booth” would probably be the right way to do this. What’s popular with young people now is getting a “picture” with a pro athlete or celebrity-mostly so they can post it on Facebook. Hell, even I have an old picture with Ray Lewis somewhere amongst my Facebook pics. The difference is, there’s no real value in a “picture” to anyone besides the person who is IN the picture-so the unreal demand to get multiple signatures on multiple pieces of memorabilia.

It gets rid of the folks who are pushing to get autographs so they can sell them on eBay. It gets rid of the folks who want 10-15 things signed.

It still allows adults to get face time with the pro athletes they love. In fact, the Ravens could even handle all of it in-house with a photographer, and post the pictures at their official website; which helps their brand even more moving forward.

Ravens VP Kevin Byrne joined Drew this morning to explain the policy-if you missed it, make sure you hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net to check it out.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says rookies Ed Dickson, Arthur Jones officially signed deals

Also yesterday, the Marc Bulger deal was officially signed-so it was good news all around in Owings Mills!

It was even better news, Dania Ramirez is on the cover of August’s Maxim. Wait, that’s not news? News to me…

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8. Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager thinks Walt Harris will win battle for #2 CB job at McDaniel College

Okay…with no offense to Peter Schrager, I think he’s missing something here.

1-The actual “competition” will be between Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington if both are healthy.

2-If they’re not; Harris, Chris Carr and Travis Fisher would all be in the mix.

3-Assuming a 36 year old corner who didn’t play at all last season can beat out much of anyone is probably not the safest of bets at this point.

If he’s healthy, the easy assumption is that Lardarius Webb will be the guy. If not, I’d rank the group:

Fabian Washington
Chris Carr
Walt Harris
Travis Fisher
Cary Williams
Prince Miller

9. The Sun’s Erica L. Green says Michael Phelps to give free swim lessons to Baltimore City summer school students this afternoon

This is a very good thing. I’ve said ever since he dominated the 2008 Olympics in Beijing that Phelps had some level of responsibility to return to Baltimore and be visible and involved in the community.

I know he’s been visible at Ravens games; and his Foundation has done some things for the community. But I haven’t been OVERLY impressed with his dedication (or his team’s dedication) to making that a priority.

You know what I HAVE been overly impressed with? Jenna Pietersen (Thanks Uncoached/Busted Coverage!)

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10. Inside Lacrosse’s John Jiloty says Iroquois Nation will try to travel to FIL World Championships in Manchester, England one more time this afternoon

This story is crazy if you haven’t been following it. The Iroquois Nation plays in the World Championships every 4 years, but there is a passport issue this year that is preventing them from being able to fly into the United Kingdom. They don’t want to have to get U.S. passports because they have laws that protect them as a sovereign nation.

It’s unreal.

Speaking of unreal, how does GEICO keep making awesome commercials? The Randy Johnson snowball commercial is a CLASSIC…

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

And finally, I leave you with this.

Apparently this is some sort of riveting video of Terrell Owens getting dunked on at Rucker Park in Harlem that a lot of folks are worked up about. I’m clearly not the target audience for this video. (Thanks With Leather!)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVGaJam4J80[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because I’m still recovering from a trip to HersheyPark Friday. Dave Matthews Band was great (of course), but I’m gonna spend a few minutes first gushing over Zac Brown Band-who opened for DMB. If you missed Zac Brown at Preakness (and if you did, shame on you), you may think they’re little more than another forgettable country act you’d be unlikely to listen to on WPOC.

Not exactly.

Their song “Free” might come off a bit too much “CMT”…but when they cut to “Into The Mystic” by Van Morrison during the bridge; it’s an absolute SMASH. They did it Friday night, but no one got the video. Here’s an older performance of it…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Xwq3X0CTjc[/youtube]

As I also pointed out on Facebook (add me as a friend-just search “Glenn Clark” and look for a goofy pic of a clown in a seersucker suit at the Kentucky Derby), that wasn’t the only impressive thing they did Friday night. Channeling Rage Against the Machine was also pretty impressive…

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

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s Stephen Hawkins says Arrieta impressive as Orioles finished off four game sweep of Texas Rangers in Arlington

This is equally as puzzling (if not much MORE puzzling) than when the Birds swept the Boston Red Sox earlier in the season. HOW IS IT POSSIBLE?!?!?

Since when are the Orioles a team that can pitch comfortably past high powered offenses like the one found at the Ballpark in Arlington? Since when are the Orioles a team that can save face with a game-tying grand slam from Corey Patterson in the 9th?

Maybe it was just the heat in the Lone Star State, but it was an awfully goofy weekend.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it immensely. But given what we know about the team otherwise, there’s no reason to really think things like “maybe the team has finally turned the corner” or “the All-Star break is coming at the wrong time.”

Remember, this is the same team that was swept by the Detroit Tigers earlier in the week. They’re a TERRIBLE team. The worst team in all of baseball.

It just so happens that the worst team in all of baseball pulled off a miraculous weekend sweep of a good team that we thought would get better with the addition of Cliff Lee.

I’ve described the season via Twitter (follow us @WNST) before as a “season long kick in the nuts.” This was like sitting down and getting an icepack between kicks.

It was a great feeling.

2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of sweep

Wait a second…you mean…you might actually MIGHT want to look at the numbers this time???

Maybe Arrieta wasn’t “brilliant” the way Chris Tillman was Saturday night, but he was damn impressive. 6.1IP, ER, 6H, 3K, 2BB looks like a line I’d take 10 times out of 10 from a starting pitcher.

Julio Lugo continued his recent hot streak-giving the team a better chance every day of maybe being able to steal SOMETHING for him by July 31. It’s still not particularly likely-but it does look better every day as Lugo collects extra base hits (he was 2-4 with a double, RBI and run yesterday).

Even Craig Tatum got another hit and scored another run, despite having to play during a day game following a night game due to the injury to Matt Wieters.

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD?!?!? This is supposed to be the part of the blog where I say something like “You don’t really want to look at this. Instead, look at this picture of Kelly Brook dressed up as Princess Leia as posted by Guyism…”

You know, you should still go look at that anyway…

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3. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says timing ‘fishy’ as Fox Sports reporting Buck Showalter nearing deal, Sun reporting Juan Samuel to manage after All-Star Game

So how long until the “Not Buck Showalter” or the “UnBuckShowalter” page pops up on Twitter?

By the way, to whoever was running the Dave Trembley page-it sucks now. There could still be plenty of great shtick there if you really tried. Also, whoever is doing the “Nestor Aparicio” page has never been funny. The guy is the easiest target on the face of the planet….how can you possibly do a page without it being funny?

Back to the point-I don’t think that Dan Connolly and Ken Rosenthal necessarily offered OPPOSING reports, as Peter Angelos and Andy MacPhail could very well be nearing a deal with Buck Showalter but believe Juan Samuel will be the manager when the team plays the Toronto Blue Jays Friday.

I just hope it isn’t because Showalter is hired but is serving in some sort of “advisory” role until he takes over as manager. That’s so unbelievably dumb I just can’t possibly imagine the team would consider it.

Of course, I should REALLY think that it is so unbelievably dumb that I know the team WILL be doing it.

I just really don’t want to believe that.

4. MLB.com’s Todd Wills says Mike Gonzalez could return to Baltimore after ASG, Luke Scott won’t

So….HOORAY! Or something…

I have to assume that Mike Gonzalez won’t be returning to the closer role when he gets back to Charm City, so that gives me hope that maybe Rick Kranitz can find a role that he can be effective in. I’m absolutely not convinced that Alfredo Simon should be the team’s closer of the future, but I think it’s safe to say they’ve already learned their lesson when it comes to Gonzalez.

Right?

Right?

5. Fanhouse’s Frankie Piliere says O’s prospect Zach Britton had ‘standout’ arm at Futures Game in Anaheim

Which is ABSOLUTELY the most excited I’ll be about anything that happens at Angels Stadium this week.

With no offense to tonight’s Home Run Derby (I’m sure the Nick Swisher-Vernon Wells showdown will be really compelling to….someone?) or tomorrow night’s Mid-Summer Classic (My prediction? Ty Wigginton strikes out), I’ve lost all juice surrounding this event. It used to be exciting to me, and after that it was still at least the “only thing on.”

Tonight WWE Raw is on and the Counting Crows are at Pier Six. I doubt I’ll pass up on either to watch guys hit home runs.

Tomorrow night? Maybe I’ll go see “Despicable Me.” I stayed home to watch last year’s event in St. Louis and the highlight was an Adam Jones sac fly. Never again will I plan around it.

Hell, if I REALLY need something to do I could always just look at pictures of Doutzen Kroes from Russia’s version of Vogue (Thanks Uproxx/NextRound.net!)…

doutzen

6. NorfolkTides.com says Armando Gabino impressive as Tides finished first half on farm with win over Durham Bulls

And before we move on from the Orioles, a couple of things…

-The Birds are clearly off the next four nights as baseball celebrates the All-Star Game in Southern California. They are going to hold a closed workout at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Thursday night, which I’m sure is exactly what players wanted to hear instead of getting a 4 day break. Of course, when you’re the worst team in baseball DESPITE a 4 game winning streak-it’s hard to make too many demands.

-When the Birds get back, the rotation will line up Brad Bergesen-Jeremy Guthrie-Brian Matusz-Chris Tillman-Jake Arrieta. Obviously the team will have to make a tough decision when Kevin Millwood is ready to return from the DL.

-Congratulations to our buddy Chris Stoner-who will again take home “Apologist of the Morning” honors-although this time the honor is web only, as we were caught up in discussion about Buck Showalter, LeBron James and the red hot Birds on this morning’s show. Chris was back to beating the drum of Nolan Reimold playing 1B in Baltimore; despite the fact that Nolan Reimold has done nothing to show that he’s ready to return to the major league level-and has played only a handful of games at first base at the AAA level. The drum beats on…

7. Pro Football Weekly’s Mike Wilkening says Ravens LB Terrell Suggs believes despite not being in Owings Mills for offseason, own workouts will have him ready for Training Camp

Well, when it comes to someone like T-Sizzle, his track record says we should just take him at his word, right?

Suggs can say whatever he wants; but everyone will be looking to see what type of shape he’s in when the team reports to Westminster at the end of the month. There is a LOT of pressure on him to live up to the contract he DIDN’T live up to a season ago-and saying “I was working hard in Arizona this offseason” won’t be enough if he’s not ready mentally or physically to get after the likes of Mark Sanchez, Carson Palmer, Dennis Dixon and Ben Roethlisberger this season.

The bigger issue is that the Ravens don’t really HAVE any other natural pass rushers on the roster-with MAYBE the exception of Sergio Kindle, whose body probably isn’t ready to make him a dedicated rusher at the NFL level just yet. There’s pressure on Kelly Gregg this season, but that’s because there’s another guy (Terrence Cody) ready to take his spot.

Suggs doesn’t necessarily have that pressure-yet the team is REALLY counting on him. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

8. NFL.com’s Michael Lombardi says Ravens still facing ‘cover corner’ issues

This is an interesting subject. We all know that the team LACKS a true “cover corner”, but we also know the roster features a number of potentially CAPABLE corners. Domonique Foxworth really played well during the 2nd half of the season last year, and if it weren’t for his contract; we probably wouldn’t really consider him a disappointment at all.

Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington each played well at times, but are both coming off of injuries. Chris Carr was steady if not spectacular. The team doesn’t really know what they’re getting from veterans Cary Williams, Travis Fisher or Walt Harris.

The reality is that the effectiveness of this group will be directly impacted by the team’s ability to rush the passer. If the team can rush the passer, this group will look MUCH better. If they can’t, this group will look awfully similar to the group that struggled to start last season.

They just won’t have Frank Walker anymore for fans to blame for the struggles. Not that he wasn’t deserving at times…

9. South Bend Tribune’s Curt Rallo says former Maryland Terrapins star Vicky Bullett headed to Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Vicky, who was an exceptional player under fellow Hall of Famer Chris Weller in College Park.

As you know, the Terps are still looking for an Athletic Director to replace Debbie Yow, and Len Elmore is part of the Search Committe (along with Gary Williams, Kevin Plank, Brenda Frese, Sasho Cirovski, etc.) to find the next “Top Terp.” Len joined Drew Forrester this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST to discuss the search, if you missed it-make sure you check it out today in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net.

Also joining us this morning were Loyola soccer coach Mark Mettrick (who wrapped up Spain’s win over the Netherlands to capture the World Cup) and Baseball Prospectus’ Jay Jaffe-who went around MLB. Both are available in the Audio Vault as well.

10. Swimming World Magazine says Michael Phelps posted solid time at NBAC event

You know what I would do if I posted an impressive time at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club? I’d immediately turn to the first person I saw and ask “Do you think Anissa Holmes is impressed?” (Thanks Busted Coverage/NextRound.net!)

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And finally, I leave you with this.

On Saturday night at a private residence (Thank you Liz Kort) in Owings Mills, I discovered something that has forever changed my life…

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This is a Love Sac. My birthday is September 6. I’m just saying…

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Born, Died & The Dirt …..

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Born, Died & The Dirt …..

Posted on 30 June 2010 by Rex Snider

If you’ve listened to the afternoon show, you’re probably familiar with the NEWS segments @ 4pm. Along with breaking sports stories, we’ve also devoted time to birthdays, deathdays and a salacious story, or two.

Today, I’ll change it up a bit and give you a sampling of such historic events and storylines for your daily reading. We’ll still mention a few of these things during the ‘NST NEWS @ 4pm. However, the NEWS will now become more condensed and emphasized on the day’s breaking sports topics. We’ll still include an “On This Day” feature on the back end, and fit a birth and death in there ….

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Died Today
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THE DIRT
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I guess it should come as no surprise that Tiger Woods headlines our inaugural edition of THE DIRT. Well, he sorta headlines it …..

One of Tiger’s shag-dolls has a new movie coming out. Of course, that would mean it’s Jocelyn James ….as she’s trying to CASH IN on her tie to Tiger, once again. This girl makes Glenn Close’s character in “Fatal Attraction” look like Mother Teresa. To date, James’ digs at making a few bucks off Tiger have been pretty lame. However, she’s finally hit a funny note …..

Her newest pornographic flick, THE 11th HOLE, is being released and the promotions trailer/images are finally out …..
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I can’t admit to finding much humor in the whole Tiger debacle. That said, the above promo photo is HILARIOUS !!!!

Have a GREAT DAY – we’ll chat with ya 2pm !!!!

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because after a weekend in Ocean City, I spent the evening literally BATHING in aloe vera. I’m not kidding, I think I looked like Justin Bartha in “The Hangover”…

justinbartha

The thing is, it doesn’t hurt until you’re sober.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Miguel Tejada singled home winning run to lift O’s to sweep of Nationals

I didn’t think it was possible.

I especially didn’t think it was possible after Julio Lugo doubled with one out in the 8th and then proceded to get picked off 2nd base by Wil Nieves.

Shows what I know.

I’m well aware that it was the Nats, but it’s still a sweep. Around here, that’s almost as good as winning the World Series.

It’s been particularly nice to see the Birds put together some rallies and come back from early deficits in these games-but it would be nicer to see starting pitchers be a bit more effective. We’ll get back to that.

2. The AP/WNST.net provide numerical evidence of sweep

Jeremy Guthrie wasn’t bad yesterday. 6 innings, 3 earned runs on 3 hits with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. He certainly wasn’t GREAT, but he wasn’t bad. Compared to some of the other starting efforts we’ve seen at Camden Yards recently, it was really good.

Only Tejada had two hits amongst Orioles players yesterday, but that’s all that was needed. Maybe these guys are hitting better because Nick Markakis called them out publicly. Maybe they’re hitting better because they know the July 31 trade deadline is coming up and this is their chance to get out of Charm City.

I don’t really care why they’re hitting better. I just want them to keep doing it.

3. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Buck Showalter told ESPN Orioles have ‘some great pieces’

Yeah…like Markakis…and….ummm….Adam Jones for a week?

Clearly having watched the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks win World Series titles AFTER he left has made Showalter badly want another MLB gig. Of course, if he thinks he’s going to reach that level under Peter Angelos, he’ll probably be disappointed.

You know who DOES have some great pieces? Zaira Nara. (Thanks Guyism/Remix Magazine!)

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4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Andy MacPhail finally cut ties, DFA’ed Garrett Atkins

I’m trying to figure out the right way to say this. Nick Markakis and Brian Roberts were here before MacPhail got here. Adam Jones has been marginally successful. Matt Wieters, Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta all look like they’re talented but haven’t necessarily shown it yet.

As far as a “face” of the MacPhail era is concerned, umm….Atkins is about as good a choice as any.

This was a failure from Day 1. It represented the fact that the team decided to sign a lesser player instead of going out and actually signing a real impact player. That’s the real impact of the MacPhail era.

Maybe the marketing folks at the Warehouse should put together a “Mt. Rushmore”-type photo of Atkins, Rich Hill, Adam Eaton and Koji Uehara (who returned with the Atkins DFA). Could be a hot seller this Christmas. If I was better at Photoshop, I’d do it for them.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Felix Pie 2-4 with RBI, two runs for Frederick Keys on farm

Me, I’d put Felix Pie on the “Mt. Rushmore”, but someone would try to convince me that his 8 hits earlier this season mean he’s a good player. If Jake Fox was an offseason acquisition, he’d make it for sure. In the meantime, a few more things before we move on from the Orioles…

-Congratulations to our “Apologist of the Morning”, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester. “Heath” from Dempsey’s Army is no stranger to the AOTM-but this morning he received the award for citing Fangraphs in opining that Juan Samuel was wrong for trying to have Matt Wieters bunt last week. I don’t often credit Drew for being funny, but labeling a group of people as “Fangraph-sexuals” was pretty damn humorous.

-The Orioles are off today, but return to action tomorrow night opening a 3 game series against the Oakland Athletics at OPACY. Matusz, Kevin Millwood and Arrieta take the hill for the Orioles; Dallas Braden, Ben Sheets and Trevor Cahill go for the A’s.

-Thanks to Joe Sheehan from Baseball Prospectus for joining us this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST to talk some baseball. If you missed it, head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today to check it out. Other guests this morning were SI’s Jon Wertheim (live from Wimbledon) and UMBC soccer coach Pete Caringi (who went around the World Cup). It’s all up in the Audio Vault.

6. National Football Post’s Matt Bowen says Ravens without Ed Reed would be like Pittsburgh Steelers without Polamalu

As a commenter eloquently scribed after Bowen’s piece (why do all of the good commenters post at NFP?), the Ed Reed situation really IS the “elephant in the room.”

If the Ravens are going to be Super Bowl contenders (and I believe they will be), it is hard to imagine them doing it with Dawan Landry and Ken Hamlin at safety. They need Reed to be some sort of difference maker in the secondary.

My assumption remains that Ed does intend to come back, and will sit out the majority of Training Camp-part for health reasons and part because he probably doesn’t have that much interest in spending his August sweating it out in Westminster.

We know Ed WANTS to return. It SEEMS like he’ll be healthy enough to return. Now we just need to keep our fingers crossed that he IS.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says new LB coaches Dean Pees, Ted Monachino making impact in offseason

Maybe so, but even the Arizona State connection couldn’t help Monachino get Terrell Suggs to Owings Mills this offseason.

You know who’s REALLY made an impact this offseason? Wendy Braga. (Thanks Don Chavez/Busted Coverage!)

wendy

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens has Maryland 68th in offseason college football rankings

Boy.

I have had a bad feeling about this Terrapins club since the end of last season.

I know that luck played a role in 2-10 last season. I know that they lost close games throughout the season, and certainly had a chance to beat the likes of Middle Tennessee State, Rutgers, Virginia, Duke, etc. That being said, they still have a real lack of talent at crucial spots (namely O-Line and D-Line), and Jamarr Robinson is unproven at best under center.

There is talent on this team. A team with as many decent running backs (Da’Rel Scott, Davin Meggett, Caleb Porzel, D.J. Adams, Gary Douglas) and WR’s (Torrey Smith, Emani Lee-Odai, Tony Logan, Quintin McCree, LaQuan Williams, Ronnie Tyler, Adrian Cannon, Kevin Dorsey, Kerry Boykins) as Maryland does, they should really be better offensively.

If this IS Ralph Friedgen’s last season in College Park-it COULD be a long one.

9. Testudo Times’ Ben Broman says Eric Hayes will join Washington Wizards’ Summer League roster, Landon Milbourne joins Atlanta Hawks’ Summer League roster

And as I passed along yesterday via Twitter (follow us @WNST), Morgan State’s Reggie Holmes will join Greivis Vasquez with the Memphis Grizzlies’ Summer League team in Las Vegas. I should also know about Jermaine Dixon (who graduated at Pitt but is from Baltimore and is the younger brother of Juan Dixon) and his NBA future later today.

I will obviously be rooting for all of these guys this summer, but understand it will be a longshot for any of them to end up on a roster (other than Vasquez of course). The one thing that could help Hayes or Holmes is if their respective squads just simply want a player who can come off the bench and provide deadly accuracy from beyond the arc. I don’t know how those guys would do defending NBA guards, but I certainly know they can shoot against anyone.

And geez-the ‘Zards have Quinton Ross and James Singleton on their roster. You mean to tell me Eric Hayes isn’t better than THEM?

10. The AP’s Samuel Petrequin says Michael Phelps received ‘wakeup call’ at Paris Open meet

I’d personally prefer my own wake-up call in France to come from Emanuelle Chriqui from “Entourage” (Thanks Barstool Sports!)…

chriqui

And finally, I leave you with this.

I know that Team USA’s loss to Ghana in South Africa really limits the excitement fans have about soccer; but I’ll pass along these YouTube clips anyway for the 4 or 5 of you who haven’t already seen them.

Here’s the epic “world reaction” to Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria. ABC used it in the setup for the Ghana match…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbn3rOPmR9w[/youtube]

Now here’s Andres Cantor calling the Donovan goal…

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

Is the awesome Andres Cantor GEICO commercial available on YouTube yet? I could really use it.

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 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. John Duddy (Saturday 9pm from San Antonio live on Pay-Per-View); MLL Lacrosse: Toronto Nationals @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Thursday 7:30pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium); WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks @ Washington Mystics (Thursday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Phoenix Mercury @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); “Grown Ups” and “Knight and Day” out in theaters (Friday)

10. Carole King & James Taylor (Wednesday 8pm Verizon Center), Peter Frampton & Yes (Thursday 7pm Pier Six Pavilion), Phish (Saturday & Sunday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Carbon Leaf (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live), Bruce in the USA (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live), Adam Lambert & Orianthi (Sunday 7pm Rams Head Live), Thrice (Saturday 7pm Recher Theatre), Hole (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Sister Hazel (Friday 8pm Rams Head On Stage), Silversun Pickups (Wednesday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Eminem “Recovery“, Robert Randolph & The Family Band “We Walk This Road” and The Roots “How I Got Over” available in stores and iTunes (Tuesday), Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band “London Calling: Live in Hyde Park” and “Stones in Exile” available on DVD & Blu-Ray (Tuesday)

Well then, where to start? Columbia might look like one big Michael Phelps house party this weekend. The thing is…Trey Anastasio and company are sometimes really REALLY good, and not JUST when they’re hanging out with Jay-Z…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om2EQ7YXork[/youtube]

If you’ve never seen Carbon Leaf, I can’t recommend it enough. And not JUST because I’ve sobbed uncontrollably into a Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day while “The Boxer” was playing in the background. Don’t judge me…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt-HCioAWkY[/youtube]

Believe it or not, Sister Hazel actually had more than one good song. “All For You” is one of the greatest songs EVER…but “Happy” wasn’t too bad either. If you’re in the Annapolis area, they might just play it for you. Tell them I asked them to. It won’t help, but I’ll think it’s cool…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nZ3GCESf7Q[/youtube]

I got a hold of the new RR&TFB disc today. Don’t bother me for a while. I wish I could find a video for a song on the record that wasn’t a commercial for a TNT show (Memphis Beat) that looks like it will go down as a worse decision than “Alvin & The Chipmunks” for Jason Lee, but you can only work with what you have…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKQlyUtBaX4[/youtube]

9. Volleyball: AVP Belmar Open (Sunday 2pm live on ESPN2, 4pm live on Universal Sports. All beach action from Belmar, NJ)

I was thinking to myself last week “Why is it that a sport whose action looks like this…

boxing

always makes the Top 10, while a sport whose action looks like THIS…
volleyball

Has a way of finding itself in “Honorable Mention”?

As you can see, I’ve corrected my mistakes. Also, a plug for the Barefoot Wine “AVP Next” events that go on at the “Baltimore Beach” near Rash Field in the Inner Harbor. And by “plug” I really mean “a suggestion.” My suggestion be that the competitors consider attire more similar to the picture of Misty May and Kerri Walsh above. This is Charm City, ladies. Visitors to town deserve to be charmed! That is all.

8. Indoor Football-AIFA: Reading Express @ Baltimore Mariners (Saturday 7pm 1st Mariner Arena), AFL: Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings @ Tampa Bay Storm (Friday 8pm from Tampa Bay live on NFL Network)

Sadly, I will be in Ocean City this weekend-so I will again miss out on the Mariners, who I really want to see. Especially considering they beat New Jersey last week by something like 654 points. 654? I think it was 654. It might have been more. When it comes to beating New Jersey, that’s really God’s work.

Of course, that means that while you’re checking out QB EJ Nemeth’s beard…

nemeth

…which is awesome, don’t get me wrong….I’ll be in the same town as WNST’s own Intern Genna…

genna

…a girl who recently changed her Facebook name to “IronLiver.” Yes. “IronLiver.” If you’re a company who ISN’T interested in hiring this girl, I would NEVER want to work for you.

7. Auto Racing: NASCAR Lenox Industrial Tools 301 (Sunday 1pm from Loudon, New Hampshire live on TNT)

Let’s cut the crap here. I could pretend I know anything about what’s going on this year on the Sprint Cup series, or we could watch Ricky Bobby’s prayer scene from “Talladega Nights”.

I figured we would agree…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A0-u85aAYg[/youtube]

6. Golf: PGA Tour Travelers Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Cromwell, Connecticut.); LPGA Championship (Thursday & Friday 12:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 4pm from Pittsford, New York live on Golf Channel); Champions Tour Dick’s Sporting Goods Open (Friday 6:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 1pm from Endicott, New York live on Golf Channel)

Coming off the excitement of Graeme McDowell winning the U.S. Open, I bet at least 3 people in the Old Line State (not named Drew Forrester) will watch Golf this weekend.

The LPGA Championship is the event that used to be held at Bulle Rock until McDonald’s dropped the sponsorship. I know that there aren’t a whole lot of you that would have wandered up to Harford County to watch the ladies play golf this weekend, but it certainly isn’t a good thing to have the event gone. Partly because it brought money to the area.

More because it means Melissa Reid won’t be coming to town…

reid

5. NHL Entry Draft (Friday 7pm live on VERSUS, Saturday 1pm live on NHL Network from Los Angeles), NHL Awards Show (Wednesday 7:30pm from Las Vegas live on VERSUS)

“And the award for the biggest chokejob in the NHL Playoffs goes to…..”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzR7Vy48zHA[/youtube]

Heehee.

4. MMA-Strikeforce: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabricio Werdum (Saturday 10pm from San Jose live on Showtime), Bellator Fighting Championships XXIII (Thursday 8pm from Louisville live on Fox Sports Net)

Of course, the whole Mixed Martial Arts world is buzzing about the chance that former WWE wrestler Dave Batista may be headed to Strikeforce himself. I’m as much of a fan of “The Animal” as anyone else, but I will admit that I’m not so sure how excited I am to see a 40-some year old former wrestler suddenly try his hand at combat fighting.

That being said-if he DOES make the move, won’t EVERY opponent he ever has remind him about the whole “Deacon Batista” bit he had with “Reverend D-Von?”…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boqSq7oYzd8[/youtube]

3. Tennis: Wimbledon (Tuesday-Friday 7am & 12pm live on ESPN2, 9:30am & 2pm live on ESPNU; Saturday 7am live on ESPN2, 12pm live on NBC; Monday 6:30am & 1pm live on ESPN2, 10am live on NBC. All tennis from London.)

Do you have any idea how close we were to seeing Roger Federer eliminated while Andy Roddick rolled on Day 1 of the fortnight? I would have given ANYTHING for that.

Also, props to my buddy BJ for this. With both major events going on at the same time-it’s worth wondering. Have we ever seen John Harkes and Mary Carillo in the same room at the same time? Let’s start with Harkes, he’s the 2nd voice you hear in these highlights after JP Dellacamera…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1gH3wrfVDw[/youtube]

And now here’s Mary Carillo…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZDn0U0w78k[/youtube]

I’m just sayin’….

2. NBA Draft (Thursday 7pm from New York live on ESPN)

Here’s what we know about the NBA Draft:

1-The Wizards will take Kentucky’s John Wall with the #1 pick.

2-Whenever he’s picked, former Terrapins guard Greivis Vasquez will cry.

3-No one will look dumber than Joakim Noah did in 2007…

noah

1. Soccer-World Cup: Mexico vs. Uruguay (Tuesday 10am from Rustenberg, South Africa live on ESPN), France vs. South Africa (Tuesday 10am from Bloemfontein, South Africa live on ESPN2), Nigeria vs. South Korea (Tuesday 2:30pm from Durban, South Africa live on ESPN2), Greece vs. Argentina (Tuesday 2:30pm from Polokwane, South Africa live on ESPN), Slovenia vs. England (Wednesday 10am from Port Elizabeth, South Africa live on ESPN2), United States vs. Algeria (Wednesday 10am from Pretoria, South Africa live on ESPN), Ghana vs. Germany (Wednesday 2:30pm from Johannesburg, South Africa live on ESPN), Australia vs. Serbia (Wednesday 2:30pm from Nelspruit, South Africa live on ESPN2), Slovakia vs. Italy (Thursday 10am from Johannesburg live on ESPN), Paraguay vs. New Zealand (Thursday 10am from Polokwane live on ESPN2), Denmark vs. Japan (Thursday 2:30pm from Rustenberg live on ESPN), Cameroon vs. Netherlands (Thursday 2:30pm from Cape Town, South Africa live on ESPN2), North Korea vs. Ivory Coast (Friday 10am from Nelspruit live on ESPN2), Portugal vs. Brazil (Friday 10am from Durban live on ESPN), Switzerland vs. Honduras (Friday 2:30pm from Bloemfontein live on ESPN2), Chile vs. Spain (Friday 2:30pm from Pretoria live on ESPN), Knockout Round Games (Saturday & Sunday 10am live on ESPN, 2:30pm live on ABC; Monday 10am & 2:30pm live on ESPN); NASL: NSC Minnesota Stars @ Crystal Palace Baltimore (Saturday 7pm UMBC Stadium); MLS: DC United @ Columbus Crew (Saturday 7:30pm Columbus live on MLS Direct Kick & Comcast SportsNet)

I know I’ve posted this before. Probably multiple times. But when it comes time for a crucial moment in American history, nothing prepares me for the moment quite as much as the gang from “Team America: World Police.” Video is NSFW. Unless you work at a place that loves America so much it makes you use the F-word.

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

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Here Are Your 20 Candidates In “A Month Of Jerks”

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Here Are Your 20 Candidates In “A Month Of Jerks”

Posted on 28 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Over the past month, Drew Forrester and I have nominated a local sports “jerk” from the state of Maryland each day on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. Now that we’ve reached the end of the month, we want to know your thoughts on our list and we hope you’ll help us whittle the list down to the Top 10 over this Memorial Day weekend.

(Edit from GMC: Please remember-we did this in fun. If you’re offended by this, you’re not getting the point. This was lighthearted.)

Here are my 10 nominees…

Maryland Basketball Coach Gary Williams

gary

Sun Columnist Mike Preston

preston

Navy Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk

chet

Ravens QB Troy Smith

troysmith

WJZ’s Damon Yaffe

yaffe

Orioles Owner Peter Angelos

angelos

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh

harbaugh

Orioles Manager Dave Trembley

trembley

Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow

debbieyow

Aegis Columnist Randy McRoberts

steelers
(Edit from GMC: I do not believe that to be Randy McRoberts. But Randy McRoberts IS a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and that was the picture I found when I Google Image Searched “Steelers fan.”)

And Drew’s 10 Nominees…

WBFF’s Bruce Cunningham

bruce

WNST’s Nestor Aparicio

nestor

Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps

phelps

WVIE’s Jerry Coleman

jerry

North Harford Football Coach Ken Brinkman

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(Edit from GMC: I assume the kid in the picture ISN’T a jerk. This was just the only picture I could find. Moving on…)

WNST’s Glenn Clark

glenn

WNST’s Drew Forrester

drew

Ravens LB Terrell Suggs

suggs

WNST’s Ray Bachman (on behalf of all Orioles fans who booed Mike Gonzalez on Opening Day at Camden Yards)

bachman

Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates Michael Busch

busch

There you have it. If you’re not sure of why a certain nominee made it to the list, an explanation of each is available in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net, just click the “Audio” tab at the top of the page. The reasons range from:

-Chet Gladchuk trying to stop the Navy/Maryland series because the Terps played a bowl game in Orlando

-Ken Brinkman thinking it was appropriate to bring the Pittsburgh Steelers to Harford County and Randy McRoberts promoting it

-Debbie Yow undermining her basketball coach and engaging him in a public feud with the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post; despite the fact that he’s a bit of a jerk himself

-Michael Phelps’ legendary run-ins with other human beings, including a famous incident in Ann Arbor where he allegedly said he was “majoring in” female anatomy at Michigan

-John Harbaugh bristling at the idea of being asked…well…anything at all…

-Jerry Coleman and Bruce Cunningham being…Jerry Coleman and Bruce Cunningham…

-Damon Yaffe enjoying the role of “jerk” so much he decided to be known as “The Bulldog”, while Nestor Aparicio enjoyed it so much he decided to be known as “Nasty”

-Michael Busch working to make sure slots wouldn’t come to the state of Maryland

It’s all there.

While Drew and I don’t know a whole lot about every subject in sports, this is certainly something we know all about. There’s an argument that no one in Baltimore knows more about being a jerk than we do. In fact, that’s why we’re both nominated on the list.

And by no means do we think that being a jerk is necessarily a bad thing. When it comes to head coaches and athletics directors, you sometimes NEED to be a jerk to get the job done.

We feel the same way about morning radio personalities.

Think about it, and let me know who your top choices are. We’ll announce the Top 10 after we return from our Memorial Day break.

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 10 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Tennis-Madrid Open (Tuesday-Saturday 8am, Sunday FINAL 12:30pm from Madrid live on Tennis Channel); Golf: PGA Valero Texas Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS. All golf from San Antonio.), Champions Tour Regions Charity Classic (Friday & Saturday 6:30pm, Sunday 7pm from Hoover, AL on Golf Channel), Bell Micro LPGA Classic (Thursday 6:30pm, Friday 12pm, Saturday & Sunday 4pm from Mobile, AL live on Golf Channel); Soccer: MLS-Colorado Rapids @ DC United (Saturday 7:30pm from RFK Stadium live on Comcast SportsNet); Women’s NCAA Lacrosse Tournament: Marist @ Maryland (Saturday 12pm College Park), Towson @ Virginia (Sunday 1pm Charlottesville); MIAA High School Lacrosse: Loyola Blakefield @ Boys’ Latin (Wednesday 4pm), Mt. St. Joseph @ St. Paul’s (Wednesday 4pm); Robin Hood out in theaters (Friday)

10. Swimming: Charlotte UltraSwim (Friday-Sunday 6pm from Charlotte live on Universal Sports)

Do I have a “Michael Phelps is headed back to the pool so I should make a pot joke” joke prepared? I do not.

Instead, I pass this along. I don’t know who Chloe Sutton is (you know, other than the fact that she’s a swimmer participating in this Charlotte event), but I think I like her…

sutton

…you know, she seems nice.

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

Reasons to watch a TNA Pay-Per-View:

A. Rob Van Dam is AWESOME.

B. Jeff Hardy is also AWESOME.

C. The chicks are hot.

D. WOOOO!!!!!

flair

8. Auto Racing: NASCAR Autism Speaks 400 (Sunday 1pm from Dover live on FOX)

If you’re piling on the Rex Snider bus and headed up to The Monster Mile this weekend, please say hello to this guy for me while you’re there…

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

Oh, and then ask Dad to try to remember to wear pants on Mother’s Day next year…geez.

7. NHL Playoffs: Blackhawks/Canucks (Game 6 Tuesday 9:30pm from Vancouver live on VERSUS, Game 7 if necessary Thursday 8pm from Chicago live on VERSUS); Canadiens/Penguins (Game 7 Wednesday 7pm from Pittsburgh live on VERSUS); Bruins/Flyers (Game 6 Wednesday 8pm from Philadelphia live on VERSUS, Game 7 if necessary Friday 7pm from Boston live on VERSUS)

You mean to tell me the Habs have a chance to make BOTH the fans in the Steel City AND the fans in Washington completely miserable in the same postseason?!?!?

I have never supported anything from Canada they way I now support the Canadiens. Like my pal Sam Angell said via Facebook, do it for Youppi!!!

youppi

6. NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers/Celtics (Game 5 Tuesday 8pm from Cleveland live on TNT, Game 6 Thursday 8pm from Boston live on ESPN, Game 7 if necessary Sunday 3:30pm from Cleveland live on ABC)

Boy, the 2nd round of the NBA Playoffs have sure been…uhh…dreadful???

I was gonna root for the Atlanta Hawks because Joe Smith is down there-but…apparently no one informed them that they beat the Bucks and actually ADVANCED to the next round. You would have thought a courtesy call would have at least been nice.

You don’t need to wonder about who I AM rooting for, as it is rather obvious. VIVA.LOS.SUNS!!!!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJa0SJlEZRk[/youtube]

5. MMA-Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery (Saturday 10pm from St. Louis live on Showtime), Bellator Fighting Championships XVIII (Thursday 8pm from Monroe, LA live on Fox Sports Net); Boxing-Amir Khan vs. Paulie Malignaggi (Saturday 9:45pm from New York live on HBO)

BRETT ROGERS BRETT ROGERS BRETT ROGERS BRETT ROGERS BRETT ROGERS BRETT ROGERS!!!!!!!!!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoePu0dpUxM[/youtube]

Look, I’m well aware that he lost to Fedor, but let’s be honest here…he DIDN’T lose my heart. I LOVE “The Grim.”

4. NCAA Lacrosse Tournament: Hofstra @ Maryland (Saturday 12pm from Byrd Stadium live on ESPNU), Johns Hopkins @ Duke (Saturday 12pm from Durham live on ESPN), Loyola @ Cornell (Saturday 2:30pm from Ithica, NY live on ESPNU), Mt. St. Mary’s @ Virginia (Saturday 7:30pm from Charlottesville live on ESPNU); D3 Tournament: Cabrini/Denison winner @ Stevenson (Saturday 1pm Caves Athletic Complex)

I don’t mind that the Terps got Hofstra in Round 1 at all. Folks on Long Island are fairly easy to dislike, so I’ve got that under control. But…Hopkins playing Duke? Is there any way BOTH teams can lose???

(Edit from GMC: Of COURSE I’d prefer the Blue Devils lost, I just have to keep up appearances as a Blue Jays-hating fan of the Terrapins. It’s how things work.)

So with that in mind…you’re going down, Duke!!!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImvjOVOh_30[/youtube]

3. Preakness Week Events: Pee Wee Preakness (Tuesday 11am Federal Hill), Preakness Frog Hop (Wednesday 12pm Patterson Park), Preakness Alibi Breakfast (Thursday 9:30am Pimlico), Preakness Crab Derby (Thursday 12pm Lexington Market), Hot Air Balloon Festival (Thursday & Friday 3pm Turf Valley), Preakness Parade (Friday 8:30pm Inner Harbor)

This is what I know…I’ll be enjoying about 3-4,765 of THESE this week…

bes

And while we don’t have a WHOLE lot of things going on better than the Kentucky Derby; I do know this much…

Black-Eyed Susans >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Mint Juleps

2. Infieldfest feat. O.A.R., Zac Brown Band, Collective Soul & Mr. Greengenes (Saturday all day Pimlico), Sugarland (Sunday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Corinne Bailey Rae (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live), Puddle of Mudd & Adelita’s Way (Thursday 8pm Power Plant Live), Pearl Jam (Thursday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live), Sister Hazel (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club)

EVERYTHING to like on this list…

First of all, the Maryland Jockey Club couldn’t have done better than O.A.R. EVER for Saturday…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH3t5ScK2Oc[/youtube]

Plus, Zac Brown Band is pretty good too…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB8Nkn3Xjes[/youtube]

And Mr. Greengenes can even DO O.A.R……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_rPXjlvc8U[/youtube]

And as far as Sister Hazel is concerned…I mean…come on…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f46ulX6uwGc[/youtube]

1. Preakness (Saturday 6pm from Pimlico live on NBC), Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (Friday 5pm from Pimlico live on HRTV), Preakness Post Position Draw (Wednesday 5pm Turfside Terrace live on HRTV)

I’ll save you my “I’m picking Sarah Jessica Parker this year” comments. I mean, I AM…but it’s completely irrelevant.

The only real question left for me is whether or not to wear the same attire to Pimlico Saturday that I wore to Churchill Downs. Your call…

derby

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 19 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because it’s a big weekend. I think I might check out Carmelo Anthony against the Wizards tonight (not because I give even a HALF a crap about the Washington team, but because I love all things Baltimore-and ‘Melo is Baltimore); I’ll definitely be at the Maryland-Georgia Tech game tomorrow afternoon, and I’ll either be at John Mayer tomorrow night at Verizon Center or I’ll be checking out Minotauro Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez at UFC 110.

And while part of the reason I’m excited about UFC 110 is because I got to know Velasquez a bit when I was working out in Phoenix (he wrestled at Arizona State), but also because I am a BIG fan of Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste (thanks to NextRound.net/UFC Magazine)…

celeste

I wonder if she’s Team Lysacek or Team Plushenko?

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. Georgia Tech Official Site previews tomorrow’s trip to College Park to face Terps

Georgia Tech is the type of team that Maryland SHOULD be able to have success with. While they’ll be tough inside with Derrick Favors and Gani Lawal (similar to how Duke was tough inside a week ago), but they just don’t have the guard play and shooters to carry them on long scoring runs that finish off the Terps. In fact, if Maryland is able to get up by 8-12 points, I think it will probably be ballgame.

Of course, Paul Hewitt is a MUCH better coach than some in the ACC (specifically Sidney Lowe and Dino Gaudio; he’s also a MUCH better in-game coach than Roy Williams), so the Wreck will make the adjustments they need to compete.

My call? 80-74 Terrapins.

2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens thinks Terps need 3 more wins to feel ‘really safe’ on Selection Sunday

I think we’re discussing semantics here. I’ve maintained that Maryland will get in the NCAA Tournament if they go 10-6 in conference play (and 9-7 if the other win comes against the Blue Devils). However, if they want to feel SAFE, getting another win would be helpful; especially considering that the committee won’t even look at their win over Division II Chaminade out in Maui.

But they’ll get in at 10-6. With the Pac 10 likely being a 1 bid league this year and other leagues not being as deep as most years, the committee won’t be able to turn down a 10 win ACC team. Also, to get to 10 conference wins, they’ll have to beat Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Clemson or Duke-any of which would be a better win than their best two currently (the Florida State sweep).

3. Murray State Official Site previews tomorrow’s ESPN BracketBusters showdown with Morgan State on ESPNU

This is a REALLY tough task for Todd Bozeman’s Bears. The Racers are 25-3 on the season, they’re perfect at home in front of the Regional Special Events Center crowd; they’ve won 16 in a row, and their only losses are to Western Kentucky, Louisiana Tech and a 5 point loss to Cal. They’re good. My guess is that they’ll beat Morgan State. But Reggie Holmes and company have surprised me before (even though both Drew Forrester and I picked them to win at Arkansas).

All of this being said, I think it’s fine time that a local sports hero had a University named after him….

eddie

4. LaxPower previews Johns Hopkins’ lacrosse opener tonight vs. Manhattan at Homewood Field

I love this idea. A 5pm start against the Jaspers, then a night out on the town. In fact, if you were looking for a cheap date tonight, I’d suggest taking a gal over to the Walters Art Museum around 3:30, then going to see the Blue Jays open their season with a win, and adding dinner (wish the Spice Company was still open) after the game. I’m starting to question whether or not my decision to see the Wiz and Nuggets tonight was a good idea after all.

For the record, Dave Pietramala’s Jays SHOULDN’T struggle tonight at all. That being said, Duke shouldn’t have struggled with Bucknell last week either.

5. The Sun’s Mike Preston says Loyola, UMBC will need strong 1st quarters in tomorrow’s lacrosse openers against Navy, Delaware respectively

I think the Retrievers have a really good chance to beat the Blue Hens and open the season 1-0. I’m not sure if I feel the same way for the Greyhounds against Navy. The Midshipmen remain a tough defensive squad under Richie Meade, and while the Hounds will likely have more success than the 5 goals VMI scored in Annapolis last week; it won’t be easy.

The real shame is that somehow this is the first time the Mids and Hounds have met since 1993. Good for Coach Meade and Charley Toomey for getting these teams back together.

6. The Diamondback’s Kate Yanchulis previews Maryland’s lacrosse opener at Belarmine tomorrow

Did you know that lacrosse was played in Louisville, Kentucky? Neither did I!

This season begins very similarly to last season for Dave Cottle’s team. They have plenty of talent, and they have to translate it into victories. They were able to save some face by beating Notre Dame in the first round of the Tournament last year, but they were a team with Final Four talent. They’re plenty talented again this year, and they’re back inside Byrd Stadium, which should allow them to get a bit more comfortable.

The talent in College Park starts with attackman Will Yeatman, a monster of a man who should be an offensive superstar. But he’s not the only one, and it is Dave Cottle’s responsibility to make the unit work cohesively.

7. Stevenson Official Site says season opener at Widener pushed back to Sunday, moved to Eastern University due to lingering blizzard effects

Does this have any impact on the Mustangs? I don’t think so. BUT, the weather (at least temperature wise) will effect every lacrosse team that plays this weekend, as having cold fields will change the way the ball bounces for sure.

The ‘Stangs shouldn’t have much of an issue in their opener, but sometimes less talented teams can win games in weird situations. This might be a weird situation Sunday.

8. Ravens Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Derrick Mason will only return to Baltimore if he gets 2 year deal

Derrick Mason has EVERY RIGHT to look at Ozzie Newsome, Eric DeCosta and John Harbaugh and say “I’m not Patrick Johnson. I’m not a scrub. You HAVE to show me some respect.”

And on the flip side, the Ravens brass has every right to either say “okay, no problem; we want you here” or “sorry, we just can’t do it.”

My guess will still be that he ends up coming back.

9. ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports’ Mike Florio mocks Florida DE Carlos Dunlap to Ravens

What an interesting mock this is. This is the first (legitimate) NFL source that has mocked Dunlap to the Ravens, and there’s no doubt he’d be a hell of a talent. Given his personal issues, I don’t think he’d be a guy the Ravens would take-but they just signed a player in Donte’ Stallworth after a DUI manslaughter.

It will be interesting to see how Dunlap’s personal troubles affect where he ends up in the NFL Draft. My guess? He slides into the second round.

But he’s intriguing, no doubt about that.

10. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Orioles 2B Brian Roberts expects to be ready for Spring Training next week after battling back spasms

What a weird story. ESPN.com’s Buter Olney reported B-Rob had kidney stones? Then Dave Trembley said “no, I think it’s back spasms”?

I’m not sure there isn’t a level of truth somewhere in between. If Roberts is ready to go in Sarasota next week, I guess this isn’t an issue. But it sure seems strange.

11. USA Today’s Michael McCarthy says Michael Phelps signs endorsement deal with Under Armour

The ONLY thing I could think when I heard this was “What took so long?” I would have assumed Kevin Plank would have sunk his teeth into a sports star like Phelps from Charm City some time ago.

If he’s smart, Plank will gobble up Amanda Beard next….

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12. The Sun’s Glenn Graham previews Blast’s matchup with Monterrey La Raza tonight at 1st Mariner Arena

This is pretty close to “must win” for the Blast, who are mired in a really troubling losing streak.

And finally, I leave you with this.

I have a new clubhouse leader for “Best Song of the Decade.” It’s “In My Head” by Jason DeRulo….

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Absolutely excellent.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 19 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me, mostly because I saw a picture of Christina Hendricks from the TV show “Mad Men” at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards….

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I can’t figure out what it is I like about her… (Thanks WWTDD for the picture)

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says final 5 minutes killed Ravens throughout season

Don’t believe me? Take a look at the season breakdown I included in the blog. In all 8 losses this season, the Ravens lost the final 5 minutes of each half. That’s 16 halves where the team shot themselves in the foot in the must crucial stages-all of which lead to losses.

I can’t make this stuff up.

Look, the handful of people (and it’s not NEARLY as many as you think) who really think John Harbaugh should be fired are INSANE. But the people who think John Harbaugh is above criticism are also off-base. The final 5 minutes of a half are EXACTLY the place where the head coach is most necessary; as he has to be able to manage the situations while the coordinators make the calls.

Also, I’m NOT rooting for Rex Ryan. Mostly because I want to know that the Ravens made the right choice.

2. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Mason retired, then didn’t, then did, then didn’t, and we’re pretty sure he isn’t

But he might be.

Seriously, this was by far and away the STRANGEST press gathering I could have imagined Derrick holding. Please check it out in the Audio Vault at WNST.net.

I wasn’t really surprised AT ALL when Derrick opened his gathering by saying “I’m done.” Frankly, there was a part of me that expected it. I still think that in order of likelihood; retirement, returning to the Titans and returning to the Ravens are the only things Mase will do at this point.

But I have no idea what he was thinking yesterday. You really have to hear it.

3. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Flacco standing by story that injuries ‘didn’t affect’ how he played

And I’m standing by the story I told my ex-girlfriend that I only slept with my friend Christina once when I was drunk.

I’ll try one more time to get John Harbaugh to talk about this today. After that, we’ll just have to wonder what was really going on with Joe.

4. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says aside from Mason; Clayton, K Washington and D Williams all face uncertain futures

Which means I can introduce a new segment to my blogging. In the past, I of course included Hot chick “porn” and Food “porn”, but I now add Wide Receiver “porn”…..

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Yeah, that’s hot.

5. SI’s Peter King “really hopes” Ed Reed won’t retire

Which makes two of us.

And it’s not the first time Peter King and I have been compared favorably, either.

The Ravens are NOT as good with Tom Zbikowski playing as they are with Ed Reed, no matter what some people in town (who I’m only guessing are still wearing their Notre Dame pajamas right now) have tried to exclaim.

The Ravens are an IMPOSING defense when Ed Reed is in the secondary.

6. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Crede, Tejada options for Orioles at 3rd base

This is sorta like the flip side of the Ravens’ “Wide Receiver porn” segment. Over in Andy MacPhail’s office today, here’s the “Corner Infield porn” they’re looking at….

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Not exactly hot.

In fact, it would be kinda like finding out you have a friend in 9th grade who is taping up pictures of Amy Winehouse in their locker…

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While everyone else has pictures up of Kyle Boller’s girlfriend….

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7. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Josh Thornton’s 23 not enough for Towson to hold off St. Joseph’s in Philly

Not that anyone expected Towson to beat St. Joe’s; but if there was ever going to be a year where the Tigers could go to Philadelphia and beat Phil Martelli’s bunch-this would have been the year.

The other news is that Troy Franklin has left the team-which can’t be surprising either considering the fact that Troy hasn’t been playing recently.

So, there’s that.

8. The AP says Chauncey Gilliam lead Retrievers with 24 in loss to Stony Brook

Again, at some point-this season for UMBC is going to be about little more than trying to get an America East win for Randy Monroe’s bunch. It’s a trying season, and it makes Drew Forrester’s commercial sound even more ridiculous-which makes me giggle.

9. Maryland Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with Longwood

Yes, this should be a 30 point pounding-but no, nothing is given. Especially considering the fact that the Lancers will be starting 2 players from the Old Line State tonight-and will be playing others from the DC area who likely dreamed of playing for Gary Williams and on the Comcast Center floor. It is always tough to gauge a group of players who think that their next game is the Super Bowl against a group of players who think their next game is against a team with a funny name.

Of course, it IS a funny name.

10. ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi says Terps amongst first four teams OUT of NCAA Tournament right now

Which is exactly where they should be…..right now.

The good news is that Maryland will completely control their postseason destiny. As long as they don’t finish 8-8 or worse in an ACC that is pretty open, they’ll be fine. But as of right now, their best win is over Florida State. You can’t call that a Tournament-worthy resume just yet.

11. Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra won Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year

Which was the right choice. With no offense to Zenyatta and a big win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Rachel Alexandra’s run for the Black Eyed Susans and her dominance in the Kentucky Oaks as well was more than enough for me to say she was a worthy winner.

12. Universal Sports says Michael Phelps wrapped up SoCal Grand Prix with gold, bronze on Monday night

Michael Phelps athletic accomplishments < Michael Phelps sexual conquests and recreational drug use.

At least until the 2012 Olympics anyway.

And finally, I leave you with this.

I’ve been hot and cold on The Ting Tings since they first hit the scene, but their performance of “That’s Not My Name” on Saturday Night Live KILLED.

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

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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The Most Intriguing People Of The Decade …..

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The Most Intriguing People Of The Decade …..

Posted on 30 December 2009 by Rex Snider

If you read yesterday’s blog, I mentioned those WORTHLESS LISTS that pop up at the end of a year, or decade. Yup, this is one of those lists ….

It’s my MOST INTRIGUING PEOPLE OF THE DECADE blog – and while I think it’s responsibly concluded, I think it’s also open to debate. And, that’s the spirit of such an effort.

WARNING – THIS BLOG IS NOT TOTALLY ABOUT SPORTS …..

Here ya go …..

15) Barry Bonds
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In the span of a decade, Barry Bonds garnered four consecutive MVP awards, broke the single season homerun record (73) and all-time homerun mark (762). Yet, he’s remembered for steroid usage and lying to a Federal Grand Jury.
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Bonds has directly influenced the media scrutiny and the growing public skepticism toward America’s sports landscape. It’s as if we watched Barry Bonds “GROW UP” before our eyes – literally …..
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14) Simon Cowell
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Ten years ago, hardly anyone knew the name SIMON COWELL. Yet, today, just about everyone knows him – regardless of whether you’ve ever watched an episode of the decade’s most popular television program …..
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Simon Cowell has brought a vividly fresh schtick to TV ….. “blunt honesty.” If a young wanna-be singer’s voice sucks, Simon tells them. Perhaps, the trait of truthfulness really has been watered down over our generations. Imagine if these guys could’ve figured out the popularity of the TRUTH …..
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13) LeBron James
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Exactly TEN YEARS AGO today, LeBron James was celebrating his 15th birthday. Today, he’s arguably the greatest basketball player walking the earth. And, in addition to his on-court prowess, the Cavaliers star is a pretty successful pitchman …..
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Have you considered the status he might carry on his 35th birthday – TEN YEARS from today …..
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Umm …. not a freakin’ chance.
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12) JK Rowling
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She spent the decade earning hundreds of millions, while writing books about a goober kid – who runs around casting spells with his with magical powers. At least that’s what I’m guessing her books are about. All I know is this dork kid was a bad influence on future athletes …..
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Instead of playing pickup games of baseball, basketball and football, American kids have been chasing each other around like idiots …..
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11) Michael Phelps
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From a personal perspective, this is the choice I would’ve omitted. While it’s obvious Mike Phelps has inspired many aspiring swimmers and local kids, he’s also shown his rear-end to just as many people …..

Reckless Socializing …..
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Acting Like He’s Brad Pitt …..
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Wrong Place & Wrong Time …..
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I realize Michael Phelps captured the attention and overwhelming support of a nation. It was magical stuff. But, his masterful performance lasted two weeks. We’re now approaching two years since that Olympian effort and Mike has done very little for the betterment of his community.
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Indeed, beyond a few photo ops with celebrities – and while using his hometown as the backdrop, Michael Phelps has done very little in his community. At least his “snub” of local media and causes has included everyone.

But, he’s been intriguing, nonetheless.
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10) Rush Limbaugh
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He spent the latter part of the decade proving you’re never dead until they cover your ass with dirt. He entered the decade as the biggest “talking head,” in American media. But, he crashed and burned amid drug problems and criminal conduct.
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Yet, he’s back to selling record amounts of his prime product ….. HIMSELF. In fact, he’s got such a dominating platform, the NFL said “NO” to Limbaugh’s pursuit of an interest in ownership of the St. Louis Rams. Bad officiating on Sunday and three hours of Rush venting on Monday – before a radio crowd of 3 millon+ ??? That ain’t happening …..
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9) Jessica Lunsford
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It’s hard to believe a 9 year old girl could inspire so many people; sadly through her violent and untimely death. Jessica never experienced her 10th birthday, after being brutally raped and murdered, near her Homosassa, Florida, home.
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However, her death inspired citizens and lawmakers to address existing child abuse laws around the nation. Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, signed and introduced “Jessica’s Law” – which mandates a 25 year prison sentence for offenders who sexually assault children under 12 years of age.

As of today, 42 states have passed mandatory sentencing for child abuse offenders.
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8) Roger Goodell
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In August, 2006, Paul Tagliabue called it a career – much to the delight of Baltimore’s football fans. His successor, Roger Goodell, wasted little time in establishing his own resume’, while determining to clean up the image of the NFL, which was blemished by the criminal actions of a few distinct offenders …..
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Critics asserted Goodell was too heavy-handed, but his method of progressive discipline has worked and the game’s reputation has improved. Teams scrutinize the backgrounds of prospects more closely, than during Tagliabue’s reign. And, the arrest percentages of NFL players has decreased significantly since Roger Goodell assumed office.

It is what is …..
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7) Clint Eastwood
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A surprise ??? I think so. In fact, I doubt many movie-goers would have predicted that Clint Eastwood would have a significant hand in providing big-screen entertainment, over these last ten years. But, he has been the dominant force – while combining skills behind and in front of the camera.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a DECADE like Eastwood’s – from a cinematic perspective. If you haven’t seen at least one of the above movies, move that rock above your head …..
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6) Oprah Winfrey
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Once again, I’m not a fan ….. but, Oprah Winfrey motivates millions of American Women/Metrosexual Men to her professional missions and causes. Buy Oprah’s favorite book? Done. Patronize Oprah’s celebrity friends? Done. Vote for Oprah’s Presidential candidate? Yup, DONE.
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Heck, if Oprah told her kool-aid drinkers to logon to WNST.net, our website would crash this afternoon.
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5) Mark McGwire/Sammy Sosa (TIE)
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Both of these guys did their “on-field damage” during the 1990′s, but the destructive “off-field” ramifications of their “Juiced Up Tour – Summer of 1998″ has spread like a horrendous disease in this decade. Don’t kid yourself ….. Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro and Roger Clemens followed the McGwire/Sosa machine. And, legions of other players throughout the sports world, jumped into the fray, as well. A discerning eye is cast on many personalities …..
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The common factor ??? Virtually everyone has been cast under the microscope after the Mark McGwire/Sammy Sosa circus. Both guys had a chance to do something positive in front of Congress (2005), and they FAILED.
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4) Alexandra Scott
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Did you ever dream a little girl could inspire people to donate more than $25 million? In 2000, “Alex” opened a Lemonade Stand on her front lawn, with a desire to raise funds and help children fighting cancer. Alex, herself, was terminally ill. She operated the stand until her death, at age 8. At the time of her death, her charity had raised more than $1 million, in donations. And, this charitable effort spawned others, nationwide.
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Today, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has raised more than $25 million toward aiding children fighting cancer, and the organization continues to grow and prosper. On a personal note, I’ve scanned a dozen major “Inspirational Lists” of the decade, and all of them forgot this little girl.
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3) Steve Jobs
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Perhaps, the most insprational person from a “technological perspective.” The co-founder of Apple has truly impacted the world at our fingertips, and “i” really mean it ….. iPhone, iPod, iTunes, iCantfreakingbelieveit ….
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It’s very plausible to suggest Steve Jobs’ products have touched the lives of more than 99% of Americans, in the past decade.
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2) Barack Obama
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He has transcended barriers never encountered, and at an unbelievable rate. A true non-partisan view has to be one of amazement and pride for humanity. His election is evidence that people can overcome prejudice and as Americans, we are evolving beyond racial boundaries.
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Think about it ….. imagine on January 1, 2000, I asked you “when will we see an African American President?” NOBODY would have said “2008.” Not a chance. Regardless of political affiliations, witnessing President Obama’s election has been a tremendous step toward looking beyond the color of someone’s skin.

But, if he really wants to impress me – get re-elected after the Public Health Care mess.
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1) George W. Bush
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Once again, looking beyond partisan politics, it’s virtually impossible not to render a U.S. President as the most influential person of a decade, especially when he served for 8 years and under such tremendous pressures. President Bush influenced Americans for a myriad of reasons, most of which regarded the nation’s security.
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I supported some of his policies and disagreed with just as many. However, I have no doubt he (as with President Obama) held/holds America’s best interests in his heart when making decisions. President Bush had the hardest job anyone could hold over these past 10 years, and I can still do everything I want – and feel safe about it. That really sums it up.

Happy New Year !!!!

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