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Harbaugh Named Salute to Service Award Finalist

Posted on 30 January 2012 by WNST Staff

NEW YORK – With Super Bowl XLVI around the corner and the spotlight on the field, the NFL is recognizing excellence off the field by announcing today the two finalists for the League’s inaugural Salute to Service Award presented by USAA.

USAA, a leading provider of insurance and other services to members of the U.S. military and their families, is the NFL’s first Official Military Appreciation Sponsor.

Tennessee Titans owner K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr. and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh were selected for their exceptional efforts to honor and support members of the military community. The first Salute to Service Award will be presented to one of the finalists at the inaugural NFL Honors event that will air on NBC Saturday, February 4 at 9 PM ET. In addition, a $25,000 contribution will be made by USAA in the winner’s honor to the aid societies representing all five military branches.

“We should never take for granted the tremendous sacrifices made daily by our nation’s military,” said Steve Speakes, executive vice president of USAA’s external affairs and a retired Army lieutenant general. “Together with the NFL, we are launching the Salute to Service Award as a way to recognize those in the NFL community who appreciate and honor that sacrifice, enrich the lives of military members and encourage others to do the same.”

An ardent backer of the military in his 52 years as owner, Bud Adams’ enthusiasm for the military began with his service in the U.S. Navy from 1942-46.  His commitment to supporting the military followed him and the franchise to Tennessee where he focused his efforts on recognizing the service men and women of nearby Fort Campbell, home to the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, as well as the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Night Stalkers) and the 5th Special Forces Group (Green Berets).

Since 1999, more than 11,000 Fort Campbell soldiers have been guests of Adams at Titans home games, and it’s very common for Adams to host military members in his suite and award game balls as a tribute to their service. Adams’ support at Fort Campbell includes directing the team to make several visits during the year where Titans players, cheerleaders, and staff can participate in autograph sessions at the PX, greet patients at the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, provide programs to the on-base middle school and visit with the on-base high school football team.

Similarly, John Harbaugh’s dedication includes frequent base visits, and he relishes interaction with the military community. His passion for supporting the troops was felt immediately by the Ravens’ organization after being named head coach in 2008. Harbaugh was the main driver in the team’s decision to institute a Military Appreciation Day, an annual event which was established during his first training camp with the team. Since then, an estimated 2,000 service members have enjoyed preferred seating and opportunities to meet with players and coaches during Ravens’ camp.

Away from the field, Harbaugh often recruits Ravens players and coaches to join him during base visits, and even took members of his team to the Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado, Calif., last December in the middle of the Ravens’ playoff run. He has also spent significant time and funds putting together care packages for soldiers overseas, and caches of school supplies for military families.

In December, 22 NFL clubs nominated for this award coaches, active and retired players, and team executives and personnel who best demonstrated support for the military community. The submissions were evaluated by a panel of judges based on the positive effect of the individual’s efforts on the military community, the type of service conducted, the thoroughness of the program and level of commitment.

The panel of judges, consisting of representatives from the U.S. military, the NFL and USAA, includes:

*         Roger Staubach, Naval Academy graduate, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and Super Bowl MVP

*         Chad Hennings, Air Force Academy graduate, three-time Super Bowl champion

*         Rocky Bleier, U.S. Army veteran, four-time Super Bowl champion

*         Jim Mora, Sr., Marine Corps veteran, former NFL head coach

*         General Stephen Speakes, U.S. Army veteran, USAA executive vice president

*         Eric Grubman, Naval Academy graduate, executive vice president-NFL Ventures and Business Operations

“Bud and John’s efforts demonstrate how members of the NFL family can inspire us both on and off the field,” said Roger Staubach. “Their service to the military community is a reminder that we can never do enough to show our appreciation for all the men and women in uniform who defend and protect us.”

All Salute to Service nominees are listed below:

KS Bud Adams Jr. Tennessee Titans Founder, Owner, Chairman of the Board

Jared Allen Minnesota Vikings Defensive End

Jason Baker Carolina Panthers Punter

Tom Coughlin New York Giants Head Coach

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Kris Dielman San Diego Chargers Left Guard

Mark Dominik Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager

Anthony Fasano Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver

Mike Flood Seattle Seahawks Vice President, Community Relations & Special Projects

Drayton Florence Buffalo Bills Defensive Back

John Harbaugh Baltimore Ravens Head Coach

Robert Wood Johnson IV New York Jets Chairman & CEO

Gary Kubiak Houston Texans Head Coach

Lonie Paxton Denver Broncos Long Snapper

Troy Polamalu Pittsburgh Steelers Strong Safety

Marco Rivera Green Bay Packers Guard (Retired)

Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns Offensive Lineman

Charles Tillman Chicago Bears Cornerback

Chad Walker Detroit Lions Community Affairs Coordinator

Washington Redskins Cheerleaders

Roddy White Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver

Kurt Wisenbaugh Jacksonville Jaguars Manager, Events and Game Operations

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Let’s Back Our Way Into the 15-7-0

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Let’s Back Our Way Into the 15-7-0

Posted on 02 January 2012 by Glenn Clark

You know how it works. 15 positive football observations, 7 “not so” positive football observations and one “oh no” moment from outside the world of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

15 Positive Observations…

1. Matt Flynn may have just earned himself a boatload of money Sunday.

Perhaps Flynn’s success had much more to do with the Green Bay Packers’ scheme & wide receivers and even the Detroit Lions’ less than exceptional defense than the former LSU quarterback himself. But as he enters free agency, Flynn may have just made himself a viable option for teams that won’t enter 2012 with Andrew Luck on their roster.

Of course, 80 of his 480 yards and one of his five touchdowns came on this play to Ryan Grant. I’m pretty sure Ryan Chell could have made this throw…

The Packers can sit back and wait to find out who they’ll play in the divisional round while the Lions get to visit the Superdome next weekend. But I’d say it’s pretty much a toss-up as to who has the more difficult road ahead.

In an unrelated story, the Packers went with Pat Lee as their kick returner for the New Year’s Day game. He did something stupid…

And one more-here’s Packers LB Brad Jones handling a fan who ran out onto Lambeau Field…

2. The New England Patriots scored 49 unanswered points Sunday. I’m not really sure how to follow that up.

Much like the Fins a week earlier, the Buffalo Bills worked Charm City into a lather with hopes of ruining the Pats’ run to the Number 1 seed. Also much like the Fins, the Bills for some reason must have thought New England would quit when they fell behind early. But after spotting the Bills 21 points, the Patriots would go on to score the next 49.

But they can’t possibly win the AFC of course because their defense isn’t good enough.

Right.

You’ll see a lot of funny things in 2012. I’ll go ahead and guess that there won’t be many funnier than this Drayton Florence flop…

Also of note in this game was Bills WR Stevie Johnson, who exposed a “Happy New Year” message on an undershirt after scoring a touchdown…

It’s a shame Tom Brady didn’t have a “Happy 28 Point Beatdown” undershirt to respond with. For a semi-decent receiver, Johnson is about a full-fledged clown.

3. I still have no idea why he’s headed to Arkansas State, but Gus Malzahn made the Chick-Fil-A Bowl a lot of fun to watch.

Before departing his Offensive Coordinator gig at Auburn, Malzahn pulled out a bunch of tricks (including a Statue of Liberty Play of all things) to help beat Virginia in the Georgia Dome…

Elsewhere on New Year’s Eve Levi LaVallee and Robbie Maddison were doing extreme sport jumping of some sort on ESPN that may or may not have been amazing. None of us really know and none of us really bothered to watch. But technically it happened!

How did I spend my NYE you ask? At a place I can’t name because they aren’t a sponsor. They ARE however the home of Sweet Potato Tots and the “Billy Goat’s Gruff”…

It was a 14 out of 10.

4. There’s something about David Akers throwing a touchdown that I really enjoy.

I’d show you video of the play, but it’s not available on YouTube. Instead, those of you who REALLY wanna see it can check it out here and the rest of you can look at this picture of Elsa Hosk. We’ll all meet back at the local saloon.

The San Francisco 49ers clinched the #2 seed in the NFC thanks to their win over the St. Louis Rams. In Baltimore, we just want to say Thank You again. We can’t really say it enough.

The Rams will fire Steve Spagnuolo according to reports. Also according to reports, it will be cold this week.

5. Credit Gary Kubiak for not kicking an extra point Sunday. Now it’s time to go win a Wild Card playoff game.

The Houston Texans didn’t need to beat the Tennessee Titans Sunday for any tangible reason. They didn’t, thanks to Kubiak’s decision to go for 2 late (a decision that backfired after a Joel Dreessen false start and a snap sailed over the head of QB Jake Delhomme-who replaced a banged up T.J. Yates). Let’s take a look at the video board…

Earlier in the game, Bryan Braman made an awesome play…

The Texans host the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the postseason. If they win, the Texans visit M&T Bank Stadium in the divisional round. I would think most of us would be pretty happy with that matchup, especially considering the Steelers could be another option.

6. Texas A&M’s Ryan Swope is probably the best receiver you didn’t talk about this season.

Here’s video of the Aggies’ win over Northwestern in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. You voted it “the video I’m least likely to watch this week” in an informal poll I just took…

Here was Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald’s reaction when he found out I was going to show the highlights of the game…

7. For as much as we laughed at them this season, the Philadelphia Eagles look capable of being dangerous in 2012.

Of course, that’s the only if Michael Vick stays healthy…and we all know that’s a significant “if.”

The highlight of the day in Philly happened well before Philly kicked the tar out of the Washington Redskins. It happened when Skins OC Kyle Shanahan tried to pump his team up before the game. It was HILARIOUS…

Kyle Shanahan makes Cam Cameron look popular.

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Stevenson Lax Coach Cantabene Named to Baltimore Chapter of Hall of Fame

Posted on 29 December 2011 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse eighth-year head coach Paul Cantabene was recently named to the Greater Baltimore Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame Class of 2012. The ceremony will be held on January 21, 2012 at The Hillendale Country Club in Phoenix, Maryland.

Cantabene is the third member of the Stevenson athletics department to be inducted, joining former head women’s lacrosse coach and current administrative coordinator M.C. McFadden, Class of 2003 and Director of Physical Education Dick Watts, Class of 1998.

Joining Cantabene in the Class of 2012 will be Sheehan Stanwick Burch, Courtney Martinez Connor,  Lisa Dowling Costello, Betsy Givens Economou, Kathy Altemus Franz, Tim Hormes, Jeff Jackson, Robert
Francis Lindsey and Jim Wilkerson.

Cantabene was inducted in the Rochester Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2003 and was honored with the President’s Medal at the University’s graduation on May 21, 2010.

Regarded as one of the greatest face-off specialists of all-time, Cantabene has bulit Stevenson into one of the elite programs in Division III. In seven seasons, he has totaled a 97-30 record while leading the Mustangs to three consecutive NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship appearances, the 2010 CAC title and the 2006 ECAC South Championship.

Cantabene has led the Mustangs to a school record for wins in six of his seven seasons, six conference championship games.

During that time, the Mustangs have appeared in five conference championship games, made two appearances in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship, won its first conference title in 2010 and an ECAC championship in 2006.

Stevenson has also been ranked in the top 20 the last five consecutive seasons, including at No. 1 the last three. Since 2008, the program has had 26 All-America selections, including 17 the last two, while boasting two USILA Attackman of the Year awards, one Outstanding Player of the Year and one Outstanding Defensive Player.

The Mustangs have also posted five Scholar All-Americans since 2009.

In 2009, Cantabene was named College Coach of the Year by the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association and in 2010 was an assistant coach for the U.S. national team that won the 2010 world title with a 12-10 victory over rival Canada at the FIL World Championship in Manchester, England.

A long-time assistant coach at the Division I level, Cantabene spent nine combined seasons at Maryland, Towson and Johns Hopkins before coming to Stevenson. He began his coaching career at The McDonogh
School where he spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator in 1994 and 1995.

A 1993 graduate of Loyola (Md.), Cantabene played four seasons for the Greyhounds, earning second team All-America honors as a senior before embarking on what was a 13-year professional career on the indoor, outdoor and club levels.

Cantabene played 11 seasons in the National Lacrosse League from 1994-2004 and was a three-time NLL All-Star and 1999 All-Star Game MVP.

Cantabene began his outdoor career in Major League Lacrosse when he was drafted in the seventh round of the 2001 MLL Inaugural Draft by the Baltimore Bayhawks. In six seasons in the league, he played in five championships, winning three in 2002, 2004 and 2005.

In addition, Cantabene was a five-time All-Star, two-time All-MLL selection and 2002 recipient of the SoBe Iron Lizard award. He still holds the MLL career record with 1,015 face-off wins and 538 ground
balls and is also the single-season record holder with a .633 face-off percentage and 156 ground balls.

On Aug. 21, 2010, Cantabene was named to MLL’s 10-Year Anniversary Team and in its August 2008 issue, Lacrosse Magazine named him as one of the top 10 players in the history of the MLL.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Cantabene is married to the former Tracey Whetstone and the couple currently resides in Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania with their two children, daughter Lilly, and son, Curry.

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The Reality Check Week 16 NFL Power Rankings

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The Reality Check Week 16 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 22 December 2011 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. St. Louis Rams (Last Week:  31)

With Kellen Clemens at quarterback, the Rams are absolutely the worst team in the National Football League.

31. Indianapolis Colts (LW:  32)

They won’t win another one…at least I don’t think they will.

30. Minnesota Vikings (LW:  30)

Could actually be worse than Indy.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW:  24)

Why did they get so many primetime games?

28. Cleveland Browns (LW:  29)

Much better with Seneca Wallace at QB than Colt McCoy.

27. Washington Redskins (LW:  28)

The Giants lost to them twice. The ball isn’t round.

26. Carolina Panthers (LW:  25)

That was a pretty fantastic performance against a top defense.

25. Buffalo Bills (LW:  22)

Chan Gailey doesn’t really look like a NFL head coach to me.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW:  27)

So…maybe Raheem Morris doesn’t like being a NFL head coach?

23. Miami Dolphins (LW:  23)

Reggie Bush. Unfreakingreal. Athletes have tended to perform better WHILE dating Kim Kardashian than after.

22. Chicago Bears (LW:  19)

They were at one point a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

21. Kansas City Chiefs (LW:  26)

Romeo Crennel could have never posted a more significant victory.

20. Arizona Cardinals (LW:  21)

They might be better than this.

19. Tennessee Titans (LW:  14)

Now does Jake Locker play?

18. Philadelphia Eagles (LW:  20)

They’re zombies in the Keystone State.

17. Oakland Raiders (LW:  16)

That one will be painful for some time.

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Vellano Named Terps MVP At Annual Banquet

Posted on 11 December 2011 by Glenn Clark

Vellano and Gonnella take home the hardware

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland officially capped the 2011 football season Sunday afternoon at Stamp Student Union with its annual banquet.

The Terps said a final goodbye to 16 student-athletes who completed their eligibility in Randy Edsall’s first season as head coach.

Despite having a roster made up of mostly players from the state of Maryland, it was a pair of New York natives who collected the most hardware.

Joe Vellano led the way by taking home three awards. The junior from Rexford, N.Y., was named the Ray Krouse Award winner as team MVP, best defensive player and top lineman.

Vellano racked up 94 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries this season. He was a first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference choice and a second team Walter Camp All-American.

Gonnella, a native of Monroe, N.Y., secured the George C. Cook Memorial Award for the senior with the highest grade-point average and the C.P. “Lefty” McIntosh Public Service Award.

Gonnella’s final season was cut short due to a knee injury suffered against Georgia Tech (Oct. 8).

Seniors Austin Walker (top special teams performer), Tim Downs (Alvin L. Aubinoe Award as the unsung hero) and Trenton Hughes (A.V. Williams Award for Outstanding & Conspicuous Sportsmanship) also picked up awards.

Davin Meggett, who ranks seventh on the Maryland career rushing list (2,411), was named the team’s top offensive player.

Johnny Holliday, who just completed his 33rd year as the play-by-play voice of the Terps, served as master of ceremonies for the event.

2011 Maryland Football – Postseason Team Awards

Top Special Teams Performer – Austin Walker

A.V. Williams Award for Outstanding & Conspicuous Sportsmanship – Trenton Hughes

George C. Cook Memorial Award for the senior with the highest GPA – Andrew Gonnella

George Boutselis Memorial Award for letterman with the highest GPA – Ryan Schlothauer

Alvin L. Aubinoe Award as the unsung hero – Tim Downs

C.P. “Lefty” McIntosh Public Service Award sponsored by Don & Terry Wilson – Andrew Gonnella

James M. Tatum Award for Lineman of the Year – Joe Vellano

Dr. John E. Faber Award for Iron Man – Kevin Dorsey

Most Valuable Offensive Player – Davin Meggett

Most Valuable Defensive Player – Joe Vellano

Ray Krouse Award for Most Valuable Player – Joe Vellano

Distinguished Contributor Award – Larry and Cheryl Grabenstein

Captains Award – Andrew Gonnella, Davin Meggett, Kenny Tate, Joe Vellano

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Towson Announces Hoops Recruiting Class

Posted on 09 November 2011 by WNST Staff

Towson Men’s Basketball Announces Stellar 2012-13 Recruiting Class

Tigers Ink Four Standouts During Early Signing Period

TOWSON, Md. – Towson University head men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry announced Wednesday that power forward Barrington Alston, combo guard Jerome Hairston, point guard Frank Mason and forward Timajh Parker-Rivera have signed national letters of intent to attend Towson and compete for the Tigers. The incoming quartet signals the start to the early signing period, in which recruiting analysts predict Towson’s class to rank as one of the best in program history.

“This is a major day for Towson men’s basketball,” Coach Skerry said. “These guys are going to be cornerstones of the program for quite some time. We’re expecting them to make immediate impacts on the floor. They have all proven to be high character guys with great work ethic both on the court and in the classroom.”

BARRINGTON ALSTON
Forward, 6-8, 220
New Hampton School/Wilmington, Del.

Alston is a three-star prospect according to both Rivals.com & Scout.com. The Wilmington, Del. native is the third-ranked player in the state of Delaware by ESPN.com and is listed as the 37th best power forward in the class of 2012. Alston is a strong and very athletic left-handed power forward. He excels in transition due in large part because of his ability to finish above the rim over or around defenders. Alston played AAU basketball for one of the top programs in the country, Team Takeover (DC), coached by Keith Stevens.

Skerry on Alston: “We’re really excited about Barrington. He’s a long, powerful and very athletic lefthander. He comes to us from the New Hampton School, coached by Pete Hutchins, which plays in arguably the most competitive league in the country. We expect him to have an immediate impact on the defensive end of the floor. He’s a tremendous shot-blocker and rebounder and a high character guy.”


JEROME HAIRSTON

Guard, 6-3, 185
Christ School/Roanoke, Va.

Hairston is a Rivals.com Top-150 member, who is rated as the No. 114 overall prospect in the country. Scout.com ranks Hairston as the 18th best point guard in the country and he is listed as a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. The Roanoke, Va. native was a First Team All-State selection in Virginia in 2010 and he played AAU ball for East Coach Fusion (Va.), coached by Cade Lemcke. Although he’s a natural point guard, Hairston can score the ball, especially in transition where he is extremely dangerous. Hairston was selected to participate in the exclusive NBPA Top-100 camp and the Chris Paul CP3 All-American Point Guard camp in 2011.

Skerry on Alston: “Jerome is a versatile guard that can play the one or two spot. He’s an exceptional athlete that can shoot, score and pass. He’s a Rivals Top 120 player and we beat out some high level programs to get him. Jerome has the opportunity to be a major impact guy for us right away.”

FRANK MASON
Guard, 6-0, 170
Petersburg High School/Petersburg, Va.

Mason is a three-star prospect by Scout.com who ranks as the 26th best point guard in this class, according to ESPN.com. He led the state of Virginia in scoring last year, averaging 27.4 points per game. Mason scored over 30 points 13 times, including a career-high 46 points in one contest. Additionally, he averaged 5.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.5 steals per game at Petersburg High School in 2010. The Petersburg, Va. native was named First Team All-Met, All-Conference and All-State in Virginia as a junior. Mason is a true point guard with excellent ball-handling skills. He pushes the ball aggressively in transition and does a great job of getting to the rim. The guard played AAU ball for Team Loaded (VA), coached by Ty White.

Skerry on Mason: “As a junior, Frank led the state of Virginia in scoring. He’s a jet with the ball and gets wherever he wants on the court. He’s built like a fire hydrant. I love his competitiveness. He’s a guy that’s a great talent and gets after it on the court. His talent will give us an immediate boost.”

TIMAJH PARKER-RIVERA
Forward, 6-7, 210
St. Joseph High School/Bridgeport, Conn.

Parker-Rivera is rated as the No. 2 player in the state of Connecticut by ESPN.com and is a three-star prospect according to Scout.com. He is a two-time All-State selection in Connecticut as well as a two-time All-FCIAC performer. The Bridgeport, Conn. native averaged a double-double with 17.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game in 2010, leading St. Joe’s to a state championship and earning tournament MVP honors along the way. Parker-Rivera was invited to the Reebok All-American camp in 2011 and played for the Connecticut Basketball Club, coached by J.R. Hargreaves.

Skerry on Parker-Rivera: “T.J. Parker is a versatile forward who can play inside and out. His perimeter game is improving and he’s physically ready for this level. T.J. has a really good feel for the game and he was sought after by many Atlantic-10 schools. He’s a warrior type of a guy who we are really excited about.”

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Hey Peter Angelos: If you can’t honor Brooks Robinson, why the hell do you own the Orioles?

Posted on 23 October 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

After attending the amazing and memorable Brooks Robinson statue unveiling in front of Pickles Pub on Saturday afternoon my emotions left me two choices – either speak out about the painfully obvious and disgraceful lack of participation by Peter G. Angelos and the Baltimore Orioles or do what the rest of these phonies in the local bought-off media have done: turn a blind eye to the biggest and smelliest orange elephant in the middle of downtown Baltimore and refuse to ask the tough questions.

So today is a day when I again unleash my raging fury regarding this sham on Baltimoreans everywhere perpetrated by the smallest of small men of our time in Maryland – Peter G. Angelos.

There were roughly a thousand hearty Orioles fans and Brooks admirers at the feet of that gorgeous statue this weekend for a man who literally lifted the first shovel in erecting the modern era of professional sports in Baltimore. Brooks Robinson is a walking living legend and civic treasure and one whose inherent goodness and decency has been wasted over the past 20 years by this awful, mean-spirited and petty ownership group and the Angelos ownership reign of terror that has turned its back on this community.

That’s not my feeling. That was the feeling of virtually every participant in Saturday’s festivities who were all asking the same glaring, obvious questions:

1.    Why wasn’t this done a long time ago?

2.    Why isn’t that statue on the Camden Yards property where the Baltimore Orioles actually play baseball? (Although, I must admit, the notion of Brooks Robinson greeting every person who comes into Baltimore and drives past that stadium on Russell Street is pretty cool. You can make an argument that Angelos’ anti-Brooks stance actually makes the monument even more visible and relevant.)

3.    Why hasn’t Brooks Robinson been involved with the Orioles during the September of his days and his life in baseball?

4.    Why didn’t the Orioles build a statue for Brooks Robinson long ago?

5.    Where was Peter Angelos or any representative or player from the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday? (No Angelos, no Showalter, no players, no orange…the stadium was locked shut and Orioles representatives reportedly were telling fans to call Pickles Pub for more information because they didn’t have any information about the proceedings.)

Let me ask one more serious question and I want you to answer this in your own mind:

Has there EVER been a more beloved Baltimore sports figure than Brooks Robinson?

You can argue for Johnny Unitas — and maybe Cal Ripken or Art Donovan — but Brooks was by far the most personable, likeable and accessible superstar of our lifetime. He also spent an extra two decades coming to life on my living room television with baseball in my life every night, all summer long. His relationship with Crown Central Petroleum was indeed a crowning achievement for both he and Henry Rosenberg, who made sure this statue was built for a man who is so richly deserving of every morsel of the immense praise and outpouring of love he was given by the Orioles diehards on Saturday.

Maybe some of these other gutless (or in some cases, witless and/or from out-of-town) journalists think it’s uncouth to take shots at Angelos after such a glorious fall day for a statue unveiling of the greatest living sports legend in our community but I think the timing is perfect.

These are the occasions when Angelos memorably shows that he’s classless, clueless and petty when it comes to the treatment of his fellow human beings on the planet.

Of all of the sins of Peter Angelos that has led to the decimation of the reputation of the Orioles in our community – and the list is so long  that it’s not even worth itemizing or detailing any more –  nothing says “I’m an gigantic, collosal a**hole” more than turning your back on someone like Brooks Robinson in the deep autumn of his life as civic treasure.

To publicly ignore Brooks Robinson or to disrespect him is akin to fighting with Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama or Santa Claus.

It’s unthinkable. It’s unconscionable. And it’s wrong.

But I’ll be the only one pointing out the obvious this week in regard to Brooks, the Orioles and Angelos. And you can tell me what you think in the comments below…that’s why we’re here at WNST.net.

Oh, there was plenty of childlike joy on Saturday of the memories of World Series’ past and plenty of you will say this blog somehow “takes away from a great day for Brooks” but that’s not the point. All of the “great day” parts of the statue unveiling and its eternal charm and beauty at the foot of Russell Street as folks drive into Baltimore and past Camden Yards will long outlive both Brooks Robinson and this dark, ugly era of Orioles baseball that Peter Angelos has profiteered from over the past two decades.

If you want to know how Saturday looked and felt, I covered all of that in this blog and honestly most of you weren’t there for the statue unveiling.

But I think today is a perfect day to examine what’s gone on here with the once-proud Baltimore Orioles and where their place will be in the hearts of this city in the future, especially once Angelos is done raping the community of its spirit for baseball and sports in the summertime downtown.

I don’t really know what Brooks is thinking these days but I know he was left all but broken down, overwhelmed and speechless at the end of the confetti, unveiling and the heartfelt words of his admirers on Saturday.

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His health is not good. That much we know. We all pray for No. 5 but his innate happiness and joyful emotions on Saturday seemed to be overflowing and he looked the part of a man who fully realizes that he’s captured and retained the heart of this city for all of his lifetime.

Time will NOT dim the glory of HIS deeds, that’s for sure….

But I know Brooks Robinson deserved better than this from his lifetime of

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Unveiling of Brooks Robinson statue very emotional for No. 5

Posted on 22 October 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

It was like a scene out of a movie today in downtown Baltimore, as Brooks Robinson was feted with a lifetime of community contributions with a beautiful statue at the foot of Russell Street on the plot of land in front of Pickles Pub. Visitors coming from the south will be greeted by a barehanded, throwing Brooks Robinson in the motion of cutting down another runner.

Come with us now at WNST.net via the amazing world of WNStv and take in an afternoon in honor of Brooks Robinson from the statue site. Enjoy these incredible stories of how No. 5 helped shape our lives in sports in Baltimore.

Here’s the entire speech from Brooks Robinson:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2WfCI4V59Y[/youtube]

Here’s the unveiling of the statue:

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

Josh Charles amazing speech:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kMS6gUaDac[/youtube]

Barbara Mikulski’s incredibe authenticity, passion and humor:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnc03DqJWaA[/youtube]

Henry Rosenberg, former CEO of Crown Central Petroleum and great friend and business partner with Brooks. He is the one who got this amazing statue built and deserves all of the credit:

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

World-renowned sculptor Joseph Sheppard of Baltimore talks about why he made Brooks Robinson statue and all of the fun facts:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzbzh1P-Yss[/youtube]

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The Return of 15-7-0…Where We’re Still Looking For More Dogs and Less Cats

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The Return of 15-7-0…Where We’re Still Looking For More Dogs and Less Cats

Posted on 12 September 2011 by Glenn Clark

Some of you (the diehards) will remember my extremely popular 15-7-0 blogs from a few years back.

Well….they’re back!

Sorta.

As I explained Monday afternoon on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net, 15-7-0 will now be interactive, both in blog form and in radio form.

You hear Drew Forrester and Luke Jones share “Scores And Comment” every Monday on “The Morning Reaction” to recap the weekend’s football action. This will be a lot like that. The format for 15-7-0 will be as such…

I will make 15 positive observations from the weekend in football (NFL & College Football), seven NOT so positive observations and one moment from outside of football that made me go “oh no.”

It’s like the old 15-7-0 in that I have to do a lot of work. It’s not like the old 15-7-0 in that I have no freaking idea how it’s going to come over on the radio.

The 15-7-0 won’t reflect on the Baltimore Ravens. We’ll save that for Tuesdays when Ryan Chell and I introduce our new “5 Plays That Determined the Game” segment.

Here are 15 positive observations from the weekend in football…

1-I couldn’t have had a better time at the Towson football game Saturday night

I made a late week decision to attend Towson/Villanova Saturday night at Unitas Stadium with my girlfriend (“Lucky”). Thank God I did.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts5ve0peTE0&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

It was cool seeing the Tigers stun the Wildcats. It was cooler seeing Towson students rush the field after the game. Rob Ambrose and Mike Waddell are doing their damndest to create a football atmosphere over there. I’m all in.

2-The only bummer about being at Towson Saturday night was that I missed the magic at Stevenson

I’m very excited for what the Mustangs are doing out in Owings Mills. I wish I could have been there Saturday night for the grand opening of Mustang Stadium.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3-9YGURdOE[/youtube]

Clearly it was more significant because the Stangs were able to get their first victory in school history thanks to a double overtime thriller over Christopher Newport. It’s awesome what they’re doing out there, I’m happy for SU/Villa Julie students/grads/fans everywhere.

3-Much like Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher isn’t “too old”

A pick, a fumble recovery and a touchdown for the Chicago Bears in their blowout win over the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InznVn2GNDQ[/youtube]

I don’t feel so good anymore about picking the Falcons to win the Super Bowl. Yep, I’m freaking out after one week. It’s what we do in this country. I also think Bruce Gradkowski will be MVP. 

4-Cam Newton was the most impressive losing quarterback not named Drew Brees this weekend

You can’t sneeze at 422 yards passing. The Carolina Panthers are going to struggle to win games all season, but they’ll steal a few if Newton plays like this…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITZJnI3LqnU[/youtube]

Insert your own “he made less money Sunday than he did at Auburn” joke now. I’m above all of that personally.

5-Alabama’s win over Penn State further proof of just how much better SEC is than everyone else

Penn State isn’t a bad team. They’ll make noise in the Big Ten this season. There was a ton of emotion in Happy Valley Saturday afternoon, as students held a blackout to try to support the Nittany Lions.

It wasn’t enough. AJ McCarron was too good. Trent Richardson was too good. The Crimson Tide were too good. The SEC is just too damn good.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSVW9krMm5s[/youtube]

6-For a second straight week, I’m so damn grateful for Friday Night college football games

A week after the TCU-Baylor thriller, we were treated to another thriller, this one in Tempe. Arizona State stopped Missouri in overtime, and it was a lot of fun for me to watch after “Lucky” and I got home after a night out.

I would really appreciate having a game like this to watch every week.

The only question is, why were there ASU fans in blackface at the game??? (Thanks, The Big Lead!) 

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7-He wasn’t “lights out”, but Michael Vick IS an exceptional quarterback

14-32 for 187 yards and 2 TD’s (plus 10 rushes for 98 yards) doesn’t truly qualify as “lights out” (which is how Vick labeled his performance after the game), but he was exceptional.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYk_xvzJz40[/youtube]

All of us who picked the Rams to win the NFC West are freaking out a bit today, seeing as how everyone who plays for St. Louis had an icepack on them after the game.

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Towson Lacrosse Adds Gilardi to Staff

Posted on 08 September 2011 by WNST Staff

ANTHONY GILARDI NAMED AS ASSISTANT COACH AT TOWSON

Ohio State Graduate Joins Tigers After Three Years at Navy

TOWSON, Md. Anthony Gilardi, who spent the last three years as an assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy, has been named as an assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Towson University, it has been announced by Head Coach Shawn Nadelen.

A 2004 graduate of Ohio State University, Gilardi will serve as the Tigers’ offensive coordinator.

“I am ecstatic to have Anthony Gilardi and his wife, Jess, become part of our Towson family,” Nadelen said. “Anthony brings a great deal of passion, energy and knowledge for the game of lacrosse to Towson. He will challenge our young men every day to increase their work ethic as well as teach them the proper way to work efficiently.

“Anthony possesses tremendous knowledge and resources in regards to recruiting and is tenacious in his efforts to find the best person and player for our program,” Nadelen added. “I have complete trust in knowing that everything he will instill in our personnel will allow us to be very dangerous in every game we play. I couldn’t be more pleased to have Anthony join our staff.”

In three years at Navy, Gilardi helped the Midshipmen earn a pair of Patriot League Tournament appearances and the 2009 Patriot League championship. As the Mids’ offensive coordinator, he guided a Navy offense that ranked fourth in the Patriot League by averaging 9.08 goals per game last year. In addition, Navy ranked third in the Patriot League by scoring 19 extra-man goals in 13 games, a 1.46 average.

Prior to joining the Navy staff, Gilardi spent four years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, helping the Buckeyes to the 2008 NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes ranked third in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 13.18 goals per game. They also scored on 32.7 per cent of their extra-man opportunities, which also ranked third in NCAA Division I.

In 2005, the Baldwin, N.Y. native helped Denison College reach the NCAA Division III Tournament as the Big Red’s co-offensive coordinator. He was responsible for creating game plans and film breakdown while developing and implementing speed and agility programs.

A two-time All-Great Western Lacrosse League selection, Gilardi led the Buckeyes to NCAA Tournament appearances as a junior and senior. The Buckeyes’ Offensive MVP in 2004, he ranks 13th in Ohio State history with 133 points after scoring 75 goals with 58 assists. He is also ninth on the Buckeyes’ all-time assist list.

In addition, Gilardi was a scholar-athlete who received Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2003 and 2004. He earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in History and was the recipient of the prestigious Corwin A. Fergus Postgraduate Scholar-Athlete Scholarship from Ohio State.

Gilardi also played for the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse for two seasons, helping the Lizards reach the 2005 MLL Championship Game.

I am extremely excited and thankful for the opportunity to be a part of Towson University and the Tiger men’s lacrosse program,” Gilardi said. “I am looking forward to working with Coach Nadelen and Coach [Dan] Cocchi as we embark on writing the next chapter of Towson lacrosse through hard work and dedication.”

Gilardi is married to the former Jessica Coridan.

For Transactions: Anthony Gilardi named as assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Towson University.

www.towsontigers.com

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