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Ravens-Jets: Inactives and pre-game notes

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Ravens-Jets: Inactives and pre-game notes

Posted on 24 November 2013 by Luke Jones

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BALTIMORE — It’s rare to find a game with playoff implications between two teams lacking a winning record, but that’s exactly where the Ravens and Jets find themselves in the muddled AFC wild-card picture in late November.

The 5-5 Jets come to Baltimore currently holding the No. 6 seed in the conference by way of a tiebreaker over the Miami Dolphins, but a Ravens win would pull them even with the Jets and Baltimore already holds a head-to-head tiebreaker against Miami with the Week 5 win over the Dolphins. Of course, the Ravens view the start of a three-game homestand as a golden opportunity to not only climb back to and above the .500 mark but to solidify their chances of advancing to the postseason for a sixth consecutive season under coach John Harbaugh.

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (knee) will play after being listed as questionable and being deemed a game-time decision on Friday. The Pro Bowl nose tackle went through a pre-game warmup with defensive line coach Clarence Brooks, firing out of a three-point stance several times to test the explosiveness and stability of his left knee.

It will be interesting to see how the Ravens handle his workload considering he logged only one practice this week and another game awaits in just four days with the Steelers coming to town Thanksgiving night.

As we learned Saturday, tight end Dennis Pitta (hip) remains on injured reserve with the designation to return after the Ravens elected not to place him on the 53-man roster for Sunday’s meeting with the Jets. Pitta practiced all week, but the organization wants to take its time in determining that Pitta is healthy and ready to return to live-game action.

As expected, cornerback Lardarius Webb (abs) and inside linebacker Daryl Smith (hamstring) are active and will start despite being listed as questionable on the final injury report of the week. Neither player’s status was really in doubt after they practiced on a limited basis all week.

Wide receiver Brandon Stokley (groin) is active for the first time since Week 3, which might be a sign of the Ravens emphasizing the short passing game with the high winds expected throughout the game. Fellow receiver Deonte Thompson is inactive for Sunday’s game.

Meanwhile, the Jets will be without top receiver Jeremy Kerley (elbow), who was ruled out on Saturday after initially being listed as doubtful against the Ravens.

For the third straight game in which the Ravens have been involved, high winds will be a factor as temperatures are only expected to rise to the mid-30s. Winds will be as high as 26 miles per hour, but at least the Ravens should be used to such conditions after the brutal weather in Chicago last week.

Sunday marks the ninth time the Ravens and the Jets have met in the regular season with Baltimore holding an impressive 7-1 record in the all-time series. The Ravens have won seven straight while New York has never beaten them in Baltimore and last won a game over the Ravens in 1997.

The Ravens are wearing purple jerseys with black pants while the Jets will don white tops with white pants on Sunday afternoon.

The referee for Sunday’s game will be Jeff Triplette.

Here are Sunday’s inactives:

BALTIMORE
CB Asa Jackson
S Omar Brown
RB Bernard Scott
OL Ryan Jensen
WR Deonte Thompson
LB John Simon
DT Brandon Williams

NEW YORK
QB David Garrard
WR Jeremy Kerley
RB Alex Green
LB Garrett McIntyre
G Will Campbell
T Ben Ijalana
OL Oday Aboushi

Follow WNST on Twitter throughout the afternoon for updates and analysis as Drew Forrester, Nestor Aparicio, and I bring live coverage from M&T Bank Stadium throughout the day.

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Ravens receive environmental recognition for stadium

Posted on 19 November 2013 by WNST Staff

RAVENS AND MARYLAND STADIUM AUTHORITY RECOGNIZED

The Baltimore Ravens, in partnership with the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA), have earned a LEED-certified “Gold” designation for M&T Bank Stadium from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). (LEED is Leadership inEnergy and Environmental Design. LEED strives to deliver energy- and water-efficient, healthy, environmentally-friendly, cost-saving buildings, homes and communities.)

M&T Bank Stadium becomes the first existing outdoor professional sports facility in the United States – including all NFL and Major League Baseball stadiums – to receive USGBC’s Gold rating. A LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building.

“I’m pleased to celebrate the LEED-certified Gold designation with our World Champions,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Working together, we’re meeting some of the most ambitious energy reduction goals in the nation, fostering innovation and job creation that will lead to a better, more sustainable future for our children.”

“In conjunction with and support from the Maryland Stadium Authority, the Ravens wanted to step forward as a leader in the stadium industry by pushing the envelope with efficiency and sustainability,” Ravens president Dick Cass said. “Our staff, headed by Roy Sommerhof [Ravens vice president of stadium operations], used creative strategies that produced significant energy and maintenance efficiencies and cost savings.

“One of the highlights of this effort was the cooperation we received from the MSA staff, its workers, our partners and our vendors while implementing these green and sustainability programs,” Cass added.

Some of the major sustainability projects at M&T Bank Stadium highlighted by LEED include:

  • ·       43% water reduction with the installation of over 400 waterless urinals
  • ·       27% above the national average in energy efficiency
  • ·       Offset 123,070 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions
  • ·       Electricity at the stadium has been reduced from 15,952,984 kilowatt hours in 2005 to 10,881,579 in 2012, a savings of 5,071,405 kilowatt hours. (That savings can heat about 440 homes for a year.)
  • ·       71% of regularly occupied spaces have access to outdoor views

“One of the benefits of these efforts and this recognition is that the Ravens and the MSA set a standard for existing stadiums, allowing us to help educate the public about the importance of retrofitting existing structures to help the environment,” Sommerhof explained.

Maryland Stadium Authority chairman John Morton III noted: “Achieving LEED status does more than showcase our commitment to the environment. This standard of excellence enhances the value of our stadium. For many sports and entertainment entities, sustainability is a key factor in selecting venues. This designation improves our chances to attract these events.”

“We congratulate the Maryland Stadium Authority and the Baltimore Ravens on the significant accomplishment of becoming the first LEED Gold certified football stadium in the country,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president/CEO and founding chair of USGBC. “Under Governor O’Malley’s leadership, the state of Maryland has and continues to be a leader in sustainable building, with this certification being an impressive example. The Maryland Stadium Authority and Ravens are pushing forward an important mission toward healthier, energy-saving stadiums that we hope to see replicated throughout the world.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell offered his thoughts on the Ravens’ involvement: “The Ravens attempt to set a standard in everything they do, both on and off the field. Working hard to stay green and sustainable at M&T Bank Stadium is another example of the Ravens doing the right thing in their community at a consistently high level.”

Among the efforts at M&T Bank Stadium that helped earn the Gold recognition from LEED are:

1.        The stadium recycles 31% of its regular waste and is working to increase this percentage.

2.        The stadium saves over 3 million gallons of water per year with waterless urinals and water-efficient restroom fixtures throughout the building.

3.        All purchases for M&T Bank Stadium follow the Sustainable Purchasing Policy to include recycled, renewable and Energy Star-labeled products for the building.

4.        The stadium implements a “Green Cleaning” program that improves air quality and reduces waste with green cleaning products and materials.

5.        Both the Ravens and Maryland Stadium Authority encourage the use of public and alternative transportation to stadium events. 10% of Ravens fans use the MTA Light Rail service to travel to and from games. Another 2% use buses through the “Ravens Ride” program.

6.        38% of M&T Bank Stadium staff use alternative transportation to work, contributing to the stadium’s carbon footprint reduction of 123,070 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

7.        The stadium’s efficient irrigation system and adaptive vegetation reduces 30% of its potable water for outside irrigation.

8.        Environmentally friendly operations and maintenance programs are used in all pest, landscape and hardscape management programs for the stadium.

Along with the LEED designation, the USGBC presents a plaque saluting this honor. The plaque will be placed prominently at M&T Bank Stadium.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 19 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios (Saturday 9pm from Macau, China live on HBO PPV); Golf: ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf (Wednesday & Thursday 9pm Friday & Saturday 8pm from Melbourne, AUS live on Golf Channel), LPGA Tour CME Group Titleholders (Thursday-Sunday 1:30pm from Naples, FL live on Golf Channel); Women’s College Basketball: George Washington @ Maryland (Tuesday 7pm Comcast Center), Maryland @ Towson (Saturday 8pm SECU Arena), Drexel @ Maryland (Monday 7pm Verizon Center); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator MMA (Friday 9pm from Bethlehem, PA live on SpikeTV)

10. Kanye West (Thursday 7:30pm Verizon Center), P!nk (Sunday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Keith Urban (Saturday 7pm Patriot Center); India.Arie (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live); Gin Blossoms (Tuesday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage), Blues Traveler (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Slayer (Tuesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Mazzy Star (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Smash Mouth (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), ?uestlove (Friday 11pm Howard Theatre), Lyfe Jennings (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Sleigh Bells (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Stephen Kellogg (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), M. Doughty (Friday 7pm 9:30 Club), Twenty One Pilots (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Amos Lee (Wednesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Elvis Costello (Friday 8pm Lisner Auditorium); Chris Cornell (Saturday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Bela Fleck (Saturday 7pm & 9pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Saturday 7pm Carroll County Arts Center); Daughtry “Baptized”, Jake Bugg “Shangri La” and A Perfect Circle “Three Sixty” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

It’s apparently 90′s week in Annapolis. That’s not a problem.

Seriously. Not a problem ONE BIT.

I had no idea Mazzy Star was still a thing. I’m STOKED.

If you haven’t taken any of my 100 previous suggestions to go see Sister Sparrow, take this one. PLEASE.

9. D.L. Hughley (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Bob Marley (Wednesday-Sunday DC Improv); Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Delivery Man” out in theaters (Friday); We’re The Millers“, “Planes“, “The World’s End” and “2 Guns” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Elf The Musical (Friday-Sunday Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); “Dazzle Dash Weekend” (Saturday & Sunday Symphony Woods); WNST Canned Good Drive (Thursday 7pm Buffalo Wild Wings White Marsh)

We NEED your cans. No excuses.

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Bengals

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Bengals

Posted on 12 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This will be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 20-17 (OT) win over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Justin Tucker 46 yard field goal good (Overtime)

4. James Ihedigbo 37 yard return of Andy Dalton interception intended for Tyler Eifert, Mohamed Sanu called for 11 yard personal foul (2nd quarter)

3. Reggie Nelson draws 48 yard pass interference on Joe Flacco pass intended for Jacoby Jones (1st down)

2. Terrell Suggs and Corey Graham tackle Andy Dalton for no gain on 4th & 1 (1st down)

1. Giovani Bernard -11 yard catch from Andy Dalton on 4th down, tackled by Corey Graham (Overtime)



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Ravens warn of traffic issues for those attending Sunday’s game

Posted on 06 November 2013 by WNST Staff

GAME-PLAN RAVENS GAMEDAY TRAVEL

Sunday’s game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium is the first since there have been road and lane closures near the stadium. Access to and from the stadium has been impacted.

Ravens fans are advised to review the following changes and plan accordingly.

“Until our fans find new routes and make adjustments to these closures, those who drive to the stadium area should plan on arriving a little earlier and note that it will likely take longer to leave the stadium area after games,” said Roy Sommerhof, the Ravens’ vice president of stadium operations.

It is recommended that ticket holders go to www.baltimoreravens.com/streetclosures for suggestions on the best ways to reach and depart the M&T Bank Stadium area.

Here are the streets affected:

  • ·       A block of Warner Street, located directly south of the stadium, has been permanently closed due to the new casino being built in the area. This closure extends between Worcester Street and Bayard Street. Fans heading north on Russell Street, who would normally turn right on either of these streets, can now turn right on Worcester Street, which connects to Warner Street.
  • ·       To prevent wrong turns on gameday, both Haines Street and Bayard Street will be blocked at Russell Street to encourage fans to turn right on Worcester Street. (Local traffic to this area, including to the Greyhound Bus Station, will be allowed past the barricades.)
  • ·       Fans should note that one lane in each direction on Russell Street between Bush Street (south of Camden Yards) and M&T Bank Stadium will be closed for the remainder of the season. These closures are expected to create delays after games when fans are traveling at the same time.
  • ·       For fans parking in Lots A, B and C who come from the I-95 corridor, it is recommended to utilize Exit 53 to I-395 and take the Russell Street exit in order to avoid the construction zone.

“Historically, traffic to our home games is staggered,” Sommerhof explained. “Some fans come early to tailgate. Others like to come into M&T when the gates open, and some like to arrive as close to kickoff as possible. We anticipate that traffic will be more impacted leaving our games because everyone is traveling at the same time.”

The City of Baltimore is making the following adjustments to help efficiently move post-game traffic:

  • ·       The ramp from southbound Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to southbound Russell Street will be closed after games. Motorists on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard will have to continue south to I-395 to access I-95.
  • ·       Fans who park in lots along Hamburg Street west of Russell Street will be directed to exit westbound (away from Russell Street). Signs will direct motorists to Washington Boulevard South for access to I-95 South, or Washington Boulevard North for access to I-95 North/South via Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard/I-395.
  • ·       Fans who park in lots that exit to Lee Street will be required to turn right onto northbound Russell Street. Signs will then direct those wanting to go south to make rights on either Camden Street or Pratt Street and then proceed to I-395 South.

“We also suggest fans consider using the Light Rail and our Ravens Ride buses,” Sommerhof added.

Those schedules can be found on www.baltimoreravens.com/streetclosures.

Attached are releases and maps from the City that advise fans for Ravens home games. Additionally, here are Twitter handles to be utilized for gameday traffic advisories:

Traffic Advisory Twitter Handles:                @MDSHA            @BmoreCityDOT             @TheMDTA

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 05 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Loyola @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center); Auto Racing: NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Advocare 500 (Sunday 3pm from Avondale, AZ live on ESPN); College Soccer: Stony Brook @ UMBC (Wednesday 7pm Retriever Soccer Park); High School Soccer: MPSSAA 4A Quarterfinal-Blake vs. Perry Hall(Tuesday 4pm Honeygo Park), State Semifinals (Saturday 12pm Richard Montgomery High School); Boxing: Rocky Martinez vs. Mikey Garcia (Saturday 9:30pm from Corpus Christi, TX live on HBO)

10. John Fogerty (Wednesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Paramore/Metric/Hellogoodbye (Saturday 7:30pm Patriot Center), Lynyrd Skynyrd (Sunday 7:30pm Patriot Center); Taking Back Sunday (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Less Than Jake/Anti-Flag (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live), Parachute/Plain White T’s (Saturday 7pm Rams Head Live); The Wild Feathers (Sunday 8pm Ottobar); Streetlight Manifesto (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Living Colour (Sunday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Reel Big Fish (Wednesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring), New Found Glory/Alkaline Trio (Thursday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Toad The Wet Sprocket (Thursday 6pm 9:30 Club), J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Thursday 10pm 9:30 Club); Grouplove/Saints of Valory (Friday 8pm Bender Arena); Mavis Staples (Friday 8pm Kay Theatre); Rebirth Brass Band (Friday & Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton), Aaron Neville (Sunday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Eminem “The Marshall Mathers LP2″ and M.I.A. “Matangi” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

You know damn well I’ll be at The Lyric Wednesday night for Fogerty. Greatness is greatness, y’all.

I will also be at The Ottobar Sunday night to enjoy the Wild Feathers. And probably drink and try not to think about football.

J. Roddy Walston might well have the Album of the Year. I mean that.

Mavis Staples could convert you. To anything.

9. Kevin James (Wednesday 7pm Warner Theatre), John Oliver (Friday 7:30pm & 10pm Warner Theatre); Bill Burr (Thursday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Pauly Shore (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Thor: Dark World” out in theaters (Friday); White House Down” and “Grown Ups 2” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Maryland Irish Festival (Friday-Sunday Timonium Fairgrounds)

You may know Thor better as “The Avenger you didn’t give a crap about but then your fiancee found out he existed”.

Oh my God-you guys remember when Pauly Shore was a thing???

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On Halloween weekend, perhaps it’s fitting to have a schedule-gate horror sequel

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On Halloween weekend, perhaps it’s fitting to have a schedule-gate horror sequel

Posted on 02 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

The Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII will obviously go down as the biggest sports story of 2013 here in Baltimore. But for those of us who live in Charm City-we truly know the story that has actually been the most discussed.

The Ravens opened on the road in 2013-getting absolutely crushed by the Denver Broncos in the process-due to the fact that the Baltimore Orioles were previously scheduled to play the Chicago White Sox on September 5-a date that was traditionally held for the defending Super Bowl champs to open at home.

The debate that occurred between when the Ravens won the Super Bowl and when they played the Thursday night opener in the Mile High City was one of the historically contentious debates our city has ever seen. Instead of debating what was best for the city, the debate became more about allegiances. The common question was about whether you supported the Ravens or the Orioles-the National Football League or Major League Baseball-and who you thought the bad guys were in the process.

What was so rarely discussed was what was best for Baltimore and what needed to happen to ensure such issues wouldn’t occur moving forward. As I mentioned in a column this March, this issue wasn’t as uncommon as some wanted to paint it. I reported then that the 2012 Baltimore Marathon was dangerously close to being cancelled because the O’s could have ended up hosting Games 1 and 2 of the ALCS had they won the AL East. (They would have still needed to win the ALDS to host the first two games of the Championship Series, but the race would have been cancelled prior to that because of the possibility.)

As I reported in March, the Birds had the power to force such a cancellation because in their lease agreement for the Camden Yards complex with the Maryland Stadium Authority-they have been granted not only the first right to dates available, but they have essentially been granted ALL rights to dates available. They have the exclusive power to decide they want a date for a game (or an event), preventing the Baltimore Ravens or another entity from using the complex.

I told you then this situation wasn’t going anywhere. I told you then this was an issue that needed to be addressed in a bigger picture scope than just adjusting a football game. I wasn’t kidding.

The situation already looms as a factor twice in 2014. The Orioles are scheduled to be home against the Cleveland Indians over Memorial Day weekend-the same weekend the Ravens are scheduled to host the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four at M&T Bank Stadium. Then on Labor Day weekend the Birds are scheduled to be home against the Minnesota Twins-the same weekend Ohio State is scheduled to face Navy at the home of the Ravens. The scheduling complexities of that weekend have already lead to the cancellation of the Grand Prix of Baltimore for at least the next two years if not longer. No solutions have been determined for those events-instead the parties involved appear to simply be hoping those events will work out.

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Here’s why Baltimore doesn’t care about Maryland football

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Here’s why Baltimore doesn’t care about Maryland football

Posted on 16 October 2013 by Drew Forrester

This past Saturday evening, listener Steve sent me the following e-mail:

Drew,

I just got home from College Park after attending today’s game between Maryland and Virginia.  On the way home, the four of us in the car decided you would be the best guy to answer the question we had been discussing for about 45 minutes.  The question was this, “Why doesn’t Baltimore care about Maryland football?”  Here’s our background if that matters.  And we all agreed that would be one of the first things you would ask when you read this.  Where are you guys from?  Did you go to Maryland?  All four of us are Baltimore guys.  All born and raised here.  Only one of the four of us went to Maryland.  We have varying opinions on why there’s no passion for Maryland football in Baltimore and thought we’d see what you have to say.  Thanks alot.

Steve

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My reply to Steve comes in the form of today’s edition of Drew’s Morning Dish.

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Why doesn’t Baltimore care about Maryland football?

For starters, I need to pinpoint what I believe Baltimore’s level of interest actually is in the Maryland football program.  To say “Baltimore doesn’t care about Maryland football” isn’t fair.  Some folks in Baltimore DO care about the Terps football program.  But, the interest level here is admittedly minimal.  In rating the “level” of interest, let’s say this.  As a sports community, it’s fair to say Baltimore’s interest in the Ravens is a 9.5  The only reason it’s not a “10″ is that there are sports fans in town who, for reasons only they know, either aren’t Ravens fans or football fans.  Still, to me, the sports community in Baltimore is a 9.5 when it comes to the Ravens.  I’d say Baltimore’s level of interest for the Orioles is 8.  While clearly not as interested in the baseball team as they are the football team, Baltimore is still engaged with the Orioles to a large degree, particularly when they’ve been competitive over the last couple of years.  Maryland basketball probably comes in at a 5 or 5.5 on the rating scale.  While nowhere near as popular or “followed” as Ravens football or Orioles basketball, Terps basketball is still a “player” in the Baltimore market.

So, where does that leave Maryland football on my scale?  I’d say they’re a 2.5…in Baltimore.

How is it, then, that the state school’s football program creates so little interest in the biggest city in the state?

Here’s the easy answer, but one that requires a lot more discussion and thorough review of the last twenty five years or so:  Maryland football isn’t important in Baltimore because the folks in College Park have never really marketed the sport here.

On a large scale, Terps football has no footprint at all on the sports landscape of Baltimore.  If you stopped fifty people in Towson Town Mall today who acknowledged they were sports fans and asked them who the Ravens play this Sunday, I’d say 40 of the 50 know it’s the Steelers.  If you asked those same people who Maryland plays this Saturday, I’d say five would be the maximum number who would know the Terps are at Wake Forest.  And five might be high, honestly.

I was at a restaurant in Timonium this past Saturday night while the Terps were finishing up their exciting 27-26 win over Virginia.  Interestingly enough, I hadn’t even seen Steve’s e-mail but something struck me as I sat down with golfing friends and enjoyed a meal and some drinks while the game was on in the background.  No one in the restaurant or the bar was watching the Maryland football game.  Two of us in my group – me and my friend Dale Williams – were glued to the TV.  No one else at the tables and no one in the bar area was fixed on the TV screen that had the STATE SCHOOL playing a key conference game.  I intentionally got up at one point and canvassed the bar, where 20-25 people were stationed, and no one was paying attention to the Maryland game.

The absence of Terps football marketing isn’t really a new trend here.  In my lifetime – all of it spent in Baltimore – Maryland has never really marketed the football program to anyone outside of the general College Park/D.C. area.  Even when the team was good back in the early part of the Ralph Friedgen era, there wasn’t much in the way of marketing and promotions in the Baltimore market.  Ralph would begrudgingly make the 45-minute drive up the parkway once a year to chat with 100 or so Maryland die hards at a swanky downtown Baltimore restaurant and then he wouldn’t be seen again until the following September.  Aside from some regular coaches interviews on WNST, there was no regular media presence from Maryland at all during the Friedgen era.  The same, I’m sure, can be said for the 80′s and 90′s when head coaches popped in and out of College Park and no one in Baltimore knew what they looked like or when the Terps home opener was every September.

I can’t ever remember Maryland athletics making a concerted effort to actively recruit football fans in Baltimore to College Park five or six times a year.

Over the last 15 years, the program has been bad, very good, good, not-so-good, downright awful and now, on the road to maybe being good again.  And yet, even in that time, interest in Baltimore hasn’t really changed all that much.  Let’s say for argument sake that Maryland would have gone down to Tallahassee two weeks ago and stunned Florida State 29-23.  Would the Maryland ticket office be inundated with calls from “443″ or “410″ asking how they can get tickets to the big Clemson home game coming up in a couple of weeks?  I doubt it.

Would more people throughout the state have increased interest in Maryland if they were 6-0 right now?  Yes, perhaps.  But, would the home games be complete sell-outs between now and the end of the season?  Nope.

I bring up “winning” to counter any claims of “if they win in College Park, fans will come…”  More fans might come, actually, if Maryland football becomes a powerhouse, but my guess is those people will be streaming in from Bethesda, Rockville, Wheaton, Germantown and Bladensburg — not Baltimore.

In Baltimore, there’s so little interest overall in Terps football that nothing short of a national title would probably get the city to get off its rear end and caravan down the BW Parkway to College Park for a football game.

It’s not up to the sports fans here in town to change the way they think about Maryland football.

It’s up to Maryland to pull them in.  Market to them.  Advertise your product.  Promote your kids and the coaching staff.

Act like you care about the Baltimore market and folks might respond by buying a ticket.

One thing for certain:  Ignoring Baltimore isn’t doing anything of value.

I can only speak for my radio show and not the others that have been on in this market for the last decade or so while I’ve been on the air.  Since I do twenty hours of live radio every week, I assume it’s fair to use what I do for a living as a fair barometer for gauging the interest level of Maryland football.  Other shows in town could do the same thing, but since I haven’t listened to them all, I can’t.  This much I do know.  Despite promoting nearly every game of Maryland football so far this season with guests from either the broadcast team, the visiting media or the Washington D.C. or Baltimore media that regularly covers the Terps, do you know how many Maryland football calls I’ve received since Labor Day this year?  What’s your guess?  How about this:  Two. And since I’ve been doing the show on my own in 2006, I would say, honestly, I’ve received a total of ten phone calls – in about eight years – on Maryland football.

In contrast to that data above, Terps basketball calls come in regularly during their season.  It’s not anything close to Ravens or Orioles calls, but within the walls of their season I’ll field Maryland hoops calls every single week.  I go months and months without hearing from one Maryland football fan about last week’s game or this week’s big ACC showdown with (insert team here).

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Some of what’s happened to Maryland football in Baltimore is NOT the University’s fault.

It’s been the ACC’s fault.

The conference’s desperate reach for television dollars has disabled schools who otherwise might be able to have their games aired in their home market.  Think about this:  Maryland football doesn’t have a local TV “home” in either Baltimore or Washington.  Their games are almost non-existent in Baltimore unless you have a laptop with you.  The possibility certainly exists that none of the local stations would “invest” in a Maryland football package, but I have to think someone in town would gamble on a partnership with Terps football if the ACC didn’t have such a stranglehold on the program’s live broadcast rights.

And, because of the TV schedule, kick-off times for Maryland football are rarely known more than two weeks in advance of the game.  I’m not sure how you’re supposed to sell tickets to games when you can’t tell folks what time to be there, but somehow Maryland (and other schools) seems to do it anyway.

In Baltimore, though, the absence of a TV broadcast partner where the games are always on and the station itself is dedicated to promoting the football program is most certainly one of the reasons why the sports community here isn’t engaged with Maryland.

Things aren’t likely to improve next season when the Terps join the Big Ten.  With their own lucrative TV network, the Big Ten isn’t going to allow any of their schools to “cut their own deals” within their marketplace.  Maryland won’t suffer financially, of course, because the Big Ten Network generates money for each of the conference schools.  But, it will suffer in the same area it suffers now in Baltimore, namely in exposure and marketing.  These problems aren’t an issue in Columbus, Ohio, where everyone in town knows the Buckeyes football schedule backwards and forwards.  Lack of exposure and marketing isn’t a problem in Ann Arbor or Lansing or Happy Valley.

Baltimore, only 40 miles from College Park, should be a proverbial “hotbed” for college football interest in our state, particularly as far as the Terps go, but there’s nothing in town connecting potential Terps fans with the actual product itself.

Television is the ultimate connector, of course.

And there’s just no connection in Baltimore when it comes to Maryland football on your TV screen.

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One of the most obvious “issues” facing Maryland and its “Baltimore problem” is the mere fact that College Park is situated comfortably alongside the Washington D.C. beltway.

Yes, it’s the state school.

But geography doesn’t lie.

College Park is a suburb of Washington D.C.

If, for instance, the University of Maryland was situated on the land that is currently occupied by UMBC, Maryland would be a “Baltimore school” and all of this argument would be moot.

And, to juxtapose the current situation, I can’t imagine the Washington Post and the four D.C. TV stations would cover Maryland sports the way they do now if UM was off Wilkens Avenue in Catonsville.

This is also where I should note – quickly – that Navy Football does far more marketing in Baltimore than Maryland football.  There are Navy billboards up in town, Navy radio ads on the air and Navy even purchases in-stadium signage at Oriole Park that you see both in person and during MASN TV broadcasts.  Navy Football tries to market to the Baltimore sports fan.  They really do.

Now, back to Maryland:  Part of Baltimore’s lack of interest in Maryland football isn’t necessarily Randy Edsall’s fault — after all, he’s not the one who decided the state school would be on the outskirts of Washington D.C. and not in the heart of Baltimore.

That said — Edsall and his football program do play a role in the marketing of the product in Charm City.  Perhaps this issue goes above the coach’s paygrade, but if Maryland really valued Baltimore and wanted to go overboard in their marketing efforts here, they would schedule one home game per-season at M&T Bank Stadium.

For all we know, the dirty little secret in College Park might be that Baltimore is more of a nuisance than a help.  They might completely object to playing one home-game per-season “up there”.  Edsall might say, “So, you actually want me to play five home games, a neutral site game, and six road games…”  As a coach, he’s only concerned about winning, and rightfully so, I might add.

That’s where someone above him has to say, “Yes, we know playing in Baltimore once a year presents a unique problem in that we’re potentially affecting your chance to win and lose games, but for the benefit of the football program and athletic department as a whole, it’s mandatory we schedule a game there every Fall.”  It doesn’t have to be Ohio State or Michigan every year, either.  Throw in Purdue or Minnesota or Illinois and give Baltimore an “A opponent” once every four or five years.  Having a Maryland football game in Baltimore should be an annual “ritual” that the sports community learns to embrace and celebrate.

It’s a problem that requires a head coach and his staff to truly “get it” and understand without hesitation that catering to Baltimore isn’t just something you do in recruiting…but it’s also mandatory you do it with the way you market your program and help increase its visibility every single season.

Randy Edsall has done a nice job himself of connecting with Baltimore.  He brought the team to Dunbar for an open practice and he’s occasionally been seen at various high schools in the area watching games.  They’ve recruited Baltimore kids at Maryland…and that, too, is an important connective step for Edsall and his staff.

But on a scale of 1-to-10, that’s about a “3″ in terms of making Baltimore as a whole feel warm and fuzzy about Maryland football.

Again, not speaking for anyone but my own show, I look at the fact that Randy Edsall hasn’t appeared on my show once this season and say, “No wonder we don’t get any calls about Maryland football…”.  How many other sports talk shows in town has Edsall appeared on this Fall to spread the word about his program and our state school?  My guess:  Very few.

By the way, that’s not necessarily Randy Edsall’s fault.  He’s a football coach.  He shouldn’t be concerned about appearing on radio shows in Baltimore.  Someone, though, in the Maryland athletic department should be looking at Baltimore as a market and making it his or her job to get Edsall on the air here and at the other sports-dominated radio programs in town.  And that person then says to Randy, “In a couple of weeks, we’re going to need you for an hour one Tuesday morning to do five or six phone interviews from your office to talk about the upcoming home game.”

Maryland’s athletic department does nothing at all to connect with the Baltimore sports fan when it comes to Terps football.

That, in and of itself, is one of the biggest obstacles and roadblocks that Maryland has created over the years with regard to Baltimore.  They’ve simply stopped caring.

Actually, they never STARTED caring about Baltimore.  Not enough to make a major impact, anyway.

And that’s why people like Steve sent me that e-mail on Saturday.

 

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Packers

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Packers

Posted on 15 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This will be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 19-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Eddie Lacy 4 yard run on 3rd & 2 (4th quarter)

This “ended” the game, but Ravens would have needed a miracle even if they stopped the run.

4. Sam Koch punts for 37 yards, touchback on 4th & 9 (1st quarter)

An exchange of 17 yards of field position instead of a field goal try? Or going for it? Or taking a penalty?

3. Datone Jones recovers Joe Flacco fumble forced by Nick Perry at Ravens’ 13 (2nd quarter)

Just an absolute disaster that lead to free points.

2. Jermichael Finley 52 yard catch from Aaron Rodgers on 3rd & 3 (4th quarter)

The play that really ended things.

1. Jordy Nelson 64 yard TD catch from Aaron Rodgers (3rd quarter)

In watching film, no play seemed to turn things more dramatically. Ravens had made it one possession again only to fall behind by two TD’s. 

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Our Ravens/Packers “Slaps to the Head”

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Our Ravens/Packers “Slaps to the Head”

Posted on 13 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

After Baltimore Ravens victories, Ryan Chell and I award players who made positive contributions with “Pats on the Ass” during the Creative Deck Designs Postgame Show on AM1570 WNST.net.

The Ravens fell to the Green Bay Packers 19-17 Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, meaning there were no Pats to be awarded.

So instead of offering “Pats on the Ass”, Ryan and I offered “Slaps to the Head” postgame. A slap on the side of the head from a coach tends to come along with them saying something along the lines of “you’ve gotta do better than that.”

Same rules as there were with Pats. Two offensive players, two defensive players, and a Wild Card (Special Teams player, coach, or another Offensive or Defensive player). One player gets “two slaps” (or a slap on both sides of the head), it’s the opposite of a “Player of the Game” honor.” Ryan and I select five different players/coaches after each game.

Here are our five Ravens that have “gotta do better than that.”

Glenn Clark’s Slaps…

5. James Ihedigbo

4. Lardarius Webb

3. Gino Gradkowski

2. Juan Castillo

1. Ray Rice (Two Slaps)

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