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Pineda’s Pine Tar Gaff, Phelps’ Return, and in other news…

Posted on 25 April 2014 by WNST Staff

  • Yankees pitcher, Michael “Sticky Fingers” Pineda,” feels sad” for getting caught playing with his pine tar smothered neck in between pitches.

In other news…When talking to reporters, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Pineda wasn’t “trying to cheat.” He then could be heard phoning in a bulk order of “three cases of Vaseline, two rolls of sandpaper, and a year-supply of rubber cork.”

  •  Baltimore-native, Michael “Human Fish” Phelps, made a dramatic return to swimming yesterday, losing to fellow Olympian Ryan Lochte.

In other news…98% percent of American sports fans recently learned that competitive swimming actually took place outside of the Olympics.

  •  The Baltimore Ravens re-signed ex-Terps receiver LaQuan Williams yesterday, a year removed from releasing him with an injury settlement.

In other news…Terps’ diehards brace for another looming heartbreak when the Ravens realize they can only keep 53-players on the roster.

  •  Former Oriole, and former manslaughter suspect, Alfredo Simon is accused of raping a woman last spring in DC.

In other news…Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon makes a surprise visit to Pittsburgh to consult with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (#neverforget #scumbag)

  •  Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin will drive the pace card for tomorrow’s Richmond NASCAR race.

In other news…public officials and historians brace for tomorrow’s monumental event in Richmond where it’s reported that for the first time ever, an African American will attend a NASCAR event.

 

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 May 2012 by WNST Staff

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Antonio Tarver vs. Lateef Kayode (Saturday 9pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime), Gabriel Rosado vs. Joel Julio (Friday 9pm from Bethlehem, PA live on NBC Sports Network); WNBA: Minnesota Lynx @ Washington Mystics (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Pro Lacrosse: MLL Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Denver Outlaws (Saturday 9pm from Denver live on ESPN3.com)

10. Zac Brown Band (Thursday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Capital Jazz Fest feat. Indie.Arie, Bill Cosby (Friday-Sunday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Radiohead (Sunday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Miranda Lambert/Jerrod Niemann (Sunday 4pm Jiffy Lube Live);  City and Colour (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Smile Empty Soul (Saturday 5pm Recher Theatre); Crossfade (Monday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Dandy Warhols (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); The Used (Wednesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Victor Wooten (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Dr. John (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); Rhett Miller (Monday 8pm Jammin Java)

I’d watch ZBB do just about anything, but this was as good as anything I’ve seen them do…

My favorite tune from Thom Yorke and the boys?

For more traditional country folk, I sorta dig this Jerrod Niemann tune…

I wish I didn’t have to admit to digging this tune…

9. Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival (Saturday & Sunday 12pm Oregon Ridge); Guy Torry (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Corey Holcomb (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “Man on a Ledge” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Glenn Clark’s first ever “Hogfest” (Saturday)

That’s right. For the first time in my (still?) young life, I will be roasting a pig Saturday. It’s all thanks in part to ABC Rental Store in Rosedale. A talented young man I listen to on the radio is always talking to me about them. I think his show is called “The Reality Check.” I PRAY my results make me as happy as George W. Bush…

Also, I will be hosting a qualifier for the Olympic KanJam team Saturday (more on Twitter @OlympicKanJam). I expect the day to look much like this…

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Rice, Suggs Make Bloomberg List of Most Powerful Athletes

Posted on 25 January 2012 by WNST Staff

New York, NY, January 25, 2012– The New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees (No. 1), Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers (No. 2) and New England Patriots’ Tom Brady (No. 3) top the Bloomberg Businessweek/Horrow Sports Ventures 2012 Power 100 ranking of the most powerful professional athletes in the U.S. To determine who the 100 most powerful athletes are on- and off-the-field going into 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek teamed up with Rick Horrow, host of Bloomberg TV “Sportfolio,” and CEO of Horrow Sports Ventures; CSE, a leading integrated marketing agency that created the Power 100 list for the third consecutive year using proprietary methodology; and the Nielsen/E-Poll N-Score.

As the business of sports continues to grow, endorsement contracts increasingly impact players, teams, and the industry. These contracts take into consideration many of the same factors as the Power 100 ranking – performance, name awareness, appeal, influence, trustworthiness and overall popularity, among other things. Social media, for example, played a role in boosting the rankings of such athletes as LeBron James (No. 4) and Shaquille O’Neal (No.7).  The Power 100 rankings are based 50 percent on these on “off-field” measurements, and 50 percent on “on-field” performance using a variety of industry statistics.

The most notable drops this year include injury-plagued Peyton Manning dropping from No. 1 to No. 51 and golfer Phil Mickelson dropping from No. 4 to No. 18. Due to the individual dominance of its top athletes, tennis commands ten percent of the spots on this year’s list, with the top female athlete on the list being American tennis stalwart Serena Williams (No. 25).

In addition, this year’s Power 100 rankings also emphasize the importance of team sports, with the NFL dominating the list with 26 players ranked in the top 100. The National Basketball Association came in second with the most athletes on the Power 100, with 20, followed by MLB baseball (16), tennis (10), golf (8), NASCAR (6), Olympics (4), soccer (4), hockey (3), boxing/MMA (2), and action sports (1).

“This is the third year of the Power 100, and it continues to be a cutting-edge tool to measure the power and value of athletes,” says Horrow, who will devote an entire “Sportfolio” episode to the special report on January 25.  “CSE’s consistent methodology provides the industry’s only analytics to provide integrated on field and off field attributes.”

Top 20:

1-Drew Brees-Football

2-Aaron Rodgers-Football

3-Tom Brady-Football

4-LeBron James-Basketball

5-Rafael Nadal- Tennis

6-Roger Federer-Tennis

7-Shaquille O’Neal-Basketball

8-Shaun White-Action Sports

9-Novak Djokovic-Tennis

10-Calvin Johnson-Football

11-Luke Donald-Golf

12-Tiger Woods-Golf

13-Kobe Bryant-Basketball

14-Dwight Howard-Basketball

15-Eli Manning-Football

16-Dwyane Wade-Basketball

17-Kevin Durant-Basketball

18-Phil Mickelson-Golf

19-Lee Westwood-Golf

20-Troy Polamalu-Football

All NFL players on list:

Rank

Athlete Sport

Pro Team / Hometown

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Brees, Drew Football

New Orleans Saints

2

Rodgers, Aaron Football

Green Bay Packers

3

Brady, Tom Football

New England Patriots

10

Johnson, Calvin Football

Detroit Lions

15

Manning, Eli Football

New York Giants

20

Polamalu, Troy Football

Pittsburgh Steelers

23

Foster, Arian Football

Houston Texans

27

Peterson, Adrian Football

Minnesota Vikings

36

Turner, Michael Football

Atlanta Falcons

39

Jones-Drew, Maurice Football

Jacksonville Jaguars

41

Fitzgerald, Larry Football

Arizona Cardinals

43

Stafford, Matthew Football

Detroit Lions

44

Rice, Ray Football

Baltimore Ravens

47

Woodson, Charles Football

Green Bay Packers

50

Ryan, Matt Football

Atlanta Falcons

51

Manning, Peyton Football

Indianapolis Colts

57

Willis, Patrick Football

San Francisco 49ers

59

McCoy, LeSean Football

Philadelphia Eagles

61

Allen, Jared Football

Minnesota Vikings

67

Rivers, Philip Football

San Diego Chargers

72

Matthews, Clay Football

Green Bay Packers

77

Gronkowski, Rob Football

New England Patriots

91

Suggs, Terrell Football

Baltimore Ravens

95

Welker, Wes Football

New England Patriots

97

Anderson, James Football

Carolina Panthers

98

Wallace, Mike Football

Pittsburgh Steelers

 

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Top Ten Reasons Breeders Cup Is Better Than…

Posted on 01 November 2011 by Gary Quill

The Breeders’ Cup is thoroughbred horse racings “Fall Classic”. For the past 25 years during this time of year, the Breeders’ Cup has represented the very best in the sport of horse racing. For the past 40+ years I have followed thoroughbred horse racing with a passion that rivals the most ravenous Ravens fan, the most die-hardest Orioles fan as well as the most Capitals ice hockey, Maryland Terp and NASCAR fan.

                               Breeders' Cup logo

So with tongue in cheek, for the first time in over three years of blogging on WNST.net, I offer up my very first “list”. Something you have come accustom to when listening to 1570 AM in Baltimore and/or reading other blogs on this website.

 

 Animal Kingdom and Graham Motion   Strike and Lockout photo

#10 – Thoroughbreds never go on strike and horse owners never lockout their athletes
          from the training facilities (re: any professional sport over the past 30 years).

 

 Racing in the rain    Charlie Brown baseball rainouts      

 #9 – No rainouts (re: MLB)

 

 Churchill Downs race into first turn     NASCAR photo

 

 #8 – 15 exciting chase scenes (re: NASCAR just one real long one)

 

  pari-mutuel tickets       Cartoon Bookie

 

#7 – When you make a wager and win, you ALWAYS get paid off (re: your bookie of choice)

 

Uncle Mo scratched from Derby      NBA player injured

 #6 – No injury reports to worry about (re: all Fantasy Games). Sure, horses get scratched,
         but horseplayers just pick the next best selection to play.

 

 Looking At Lucky winning the Preakness      John Harbaugh arguing with referee

 

#5 – No bad calls or Instant Replays to delay action (re: NFL, MLB and NBA)

 

 

        Suck 4 Luck

 #4 – Horses won’t suck on purpose since there is no draft (re: NFL and Andrew Luck)

  

Zenyatta and Blame phto finish    Texas Rangers choke       

 #3 – When a horse gets beat at the wire, those who bet on him/her never complain that
         their horse “Choked” (re: Texas Rangers)

 

 

 Best entertainment   Movie theatre

Football fans fighting   Ice Hockey Fan fighting

#2 – Best entertainment value: Breeders’ Cup offers over 10 hours of action and 
        numerous chances to WIN money, compared to…
        … 90 minute movie… 2 tickets + popcorn + 2 sodas = $50

        … 3½ hour MLB game…2 box seat tickets + 2 hot dog + 4 beers = $125

        … 3 hour NFL game… 2 tickets + 8 beers + hearing unlimited “F Bombs” = $450

        … 2 hour NHL game… 2 tickets + nachos + 4 beers = $180

        … 2 hour NBA game… Oooops, there are none!

   

 Kegasus                  Oriole Bird Sad 

 #1 – You will never have to endure 14 straight losing seasons (re: Baltimore Orioles)  

 

 

 

 

After watching the stretch drive from the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic, maybe then you might get just a bit curious and checkout the Breeders’ Cup races this weekend?

 

Follow me on Twitter @HorseRacingNut

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50 words about Matusz, Heap, Mason, Steelers-D ... and prayers

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50 words about Matusz, Heap, Mason, Steelers-D … and prayers

Posted on 27 July 2011 by Rex Snider

Ahh, we’re just a couple days into renewed peace around NFL circles and we’re already being provided with enough storylines to finally disregard the lists of “BEST OF …” and “WORST OF …” that served as filler for radio programming, blogs and Twitter topics for the past few months.

Indeed, football is back …..

So, too, will be my “50 words” blogs, albeit on a random basis. After all, having such a format will give me opportunities to cover an array of topics, while maximizing your limited time to spend on blogs during breaks in the workday.

It’s a WIN-WIN, right?

So, without further delay, here’s your renewed edition of 50 words …..
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Sobering Reality For A Couple Ravens

As the news of Derrick Mason and Todd Heap becoming salary cap casualties in the process of molding the 2011 edition of the Ravens, I have begun to draw a few distinct conclusions.  However, the most telling from my perspective is we are probably witnessing the first time these two players have been cut by any team  ….
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All of us have experienced “the axe” at one intramural level or another, right?  Yet, Mason and Heap are probably feeling the effects of such a staunch rejection for the first time in their entire lives.  I would imagine it’s a tough pill to swallow ….
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Another Night, Another Loss

While many of us are primarily focused on what’s happening at One Winning Drive, along with an occasional eye glanced at the Orioles (they actually won, last night), there is another story or situation worth watching ….
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The tale of Brian Matusz is becoming more bewildering with the passing days.  Last night, Matusz found himself in immediate trouble, as he surrendered 3 walks and threw almost 30 pitches in the first inning of his start for the Norfolk Tides.  His final line:  5IP, 3ER, 7H, 3BB, 0K ….
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Thanks, Steelers

Many of us awakened to learn the Pittsburgh Steelers blessed us with a big favor, last night.  That’s right, they gave Ike Taylor a new 4-year deal to remain part of the team’s secondary.  But, if you think Baltimore fans are happy, there’s a great chance a member of the Ravens is ecstatic ….
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Quarterback, Joe Flacco, was all smiles as he learned the news.  Then again, any quarterback would be overjoyed to learn the archrival was bringing back a cornerback who is best described as one step up from a sawhorse on training wheels.  Many thanks, Mr. Rooney ….
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I Wanna Thank Jesus … For My Smokin’ Hot Wife

Even the casual NASCAR fan knows the green flag of each race is preceeded by an invocation by a clergyman.  That said, what transpired at Nashville Speedway, prior to last Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide event was simply priceless ….

I hope you weren’t drinking anything while watching the video of Pastor Joe Nelms delivering his rendition of a prayer.  Regardless of anyone’s religious beliefs, I think it was pretty cool to witness such a lighthearted expression of words.  Oh yeah, and did you catch Carl Edwards’ reaction?

Happy Wednesday …. tune in this afternoon at 2pm !!!!

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Memorial Day Weekend .... O's run outta wins, Tressel runs outta time & Earnhardt runs outta gas

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Memorial Day Weekend …. O’s run outta wins, Tressel runs outta time & Earnhardt runs outta gas

Posted on 31 May 2011 by Rex Snider

I suppose one of the true benefits of doing these daily “bullet blogs” is that a three-day weekend usually offers up a host of stories and topics to re-cap when beginning a new – and abbreviated week.

That’s right …. just 4 days until we kick off another Saturday/Sunday combination !!!!

In looking back over the Memorial Day weekend, as well as to the week ahead, there are numerous noteworthy subjects to cover. I’ll get to many of them during this afternoon’s show.

In the meantime, here’s a handful for your enjoyment and response:
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Remember This Guy ???
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When yesterday’s news regarding Jim Tressel’s resignation started seeping thru social media and every known sports-related news source, one distinct impression resonated in my mind:

The man simply ran out of places to take cover and people to hide behind …..

Of course, suggesting that Tressel is a living example of Warden Samuel Norton of Shawshank Redemption fame is an inequitable and stretched comparison. However, some similarities exist, to include, preaching the good book and operating by another guide, and orchestrating a supposed transparent system for one’s selfishly clandestine desires.

Speaking of books …. I’m pretty certain the final edition on Jim Tressel’s career is far from reaching the depths of his true influence on an era at THE Ohio State University.
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Junior Goes Down In Fumes
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To say Dale Earnhardt Jr. needs a win is a huge understatement. Its been a long time for the namesake of a legend. To be exact …. Junior has gone nearly three years since his last visit to victory lane, on June 15, 2008.

In Sunday’s Coca Cola 600, it appeared the drought was coming to an end. What happened? Well, it would’ve helped if the folks at Coke preferred a 599 mile race, as Junior ran out of gas on the last turn of the final lap.

If you’re a casual viewer or constant critic, you’re probably wondering “HOW IN THE HELL DOES A GUY RUN OUT OF GAS ???” Well, you can throw your rational thinking cap away on this one …..

NASCAR has a revamped points system that heavily rewards victories. Combine such a reality with the complicated art of computing gas mileage to the fraction of a lap, especially at high speeds, and a hunger to win and you’ll find that some guys are better off taking a risk.

After all, he still finished in 7th place.
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Many Happy Returns? I hope so …..
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Today will mark the first time I have ever been on-air for my birthday. Yes, I’m actually one of those screwballs who looks forward to this day … or any day that emphasizes on ME.

I have been acting like this for 44 years and counting …..

Indeed, I share this day with some distinct individuals, to include Clint Eastwood (81 yrs), Joe Namath (68), Brooke Shields (45), Jenn Aparicio and my dad – who is celebrating his 68th birthday.

I’m quite blessed with a beautiful family, fantastic friends and a career that I cherish. Thus, I don’t want for anything. But, I’m also not above pandering for gifts. Ideas would include, Three Olives Cherry Vodka, unused gifts cards of any variety, key lime pie and suggestive pics of Jen Aniston.
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Scratching My Head
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As a custom, I try to refrain from criticizing sports executives and coaches for their professional decisions. They know more than me, YOU and the next guy.

That said, they can be wrong in their decision making. And, I don’t think anyone who gets paid to do something is beyond reproach.

I’ll be blunt …. penciling in a leadoff hitter (Felix Pie) who has NO WALKS in more than 60 plate appearances sounds like a recipe for losing baseball to me. I’m also a bit perplexed by the demotion of Chris Tillman. One of the final appealing qualities to Tillman’s prospects is he had one minor league option remaining.

Translation: if the Orioles spend the off-season peddling Tillman’s services to bidders, every big league executive will know Andy MacPhail is in a tough spot …..
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A Lack Of Class
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Well, you didn’t think I would finish this up without citing some reference to the true meaning of Memorial Day, did you? I never take the sacrifices of our true heroes for granted …..

Thus, I was a little disturbed to see Sarah Palin exploiting the significance of Memorial Day with her publicity stunt and bus visit to Ft. McHenry. This is not a political blog or statement …. and I’m a registered Republican.

Leave the holiday (especially at our monuments) to our nation’s fallen; who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Just my two cents …..

Have a GREAT Tuesday, and remember …. I will be collecting birthday gifts between 2pm and 6pm at the WNST studios !!!!

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50 words or less .... 5 bold guarantees

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50 words or less …. 5 bold guarantees

Posted on 26 May 2011 by Rex Snider

I rarely make GUARANTEES. Whether it’s my interest in sports or any other social subject, I find it hard to guarantee anything that bears no control on my part. But, I will occasionally focus on a few things that I just KNOW are gonna happen …..

It’s not as if I’m wishing good or bad luck on anyone. I’m not a big believer in luck; beyond the belief that good and/or bad fortune usually finds the appropriate destination, especially as it relates to competition.

And, most importantly, I wholeheartedly acknowledge the reality that history repeats itself, over and over …..

Based on the above considerations and with guidance from my Magic 8-Ball, I’m casting FIVE GUARANTEES that will absolutely come true. As always, each one will be shared in “50 words or less …..”
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Cleveland will be CLEVELAND
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The attention being garnered by the Indians certainly serves up as the “feel good story” of the early stages of this 2011 Major League Baseball season …..

Listen to me !!!! Don’t buy into the hype and don’t believe in a product we’ve seen fade many, many times. Go back just one year and recall the surprising San Diego Padres.

The Indians are comprised of stars who cannot stay healthy and subpar talent that has overachieved for two months. The truth eventually surfaces; Cleveland will not host any baseball games, in October.
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Keep Your 2011 NFL Schedule
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Don’t despair and don’t fall for the ludicrous castings that our world will come to a crashing end … or gas will soon be $5 per gallon … or the NFL will cancel the 2011 season.

Not happening …..

Neither side has lost a thing … yet. And, when push comes to shove and July rolls around, NOBODY will simply resolve to missing mortgage and vehicle payments.
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A Very Rich Summer
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Yep, I know U2 is coming to Baltimore. I will be at that show …..

And, I know Kenny Chesney is coming to Fed Ex Field. I will not be at that show …..

However, I guarantee that as both of these traveling circuses spend their summer blanketing the United States, it will be Kenny Chesney’s “Goin’ Coastal” tour that nets the biggest haul of cash.
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20 x 5 =
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When the regular season comes to an end, the Orioles will finish with 5 players hitting 20+ homeruns.

Who? That’s too tough to predict. Remember, I’m making guarantees.

But, it’s coming.
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Bad Decision
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On Wednesday, Danica Patrick announced she’s headed to NASCAR for a full-time ride, 2012. Will she be successful in switching to stock cars?

Nope.

Danica has displayed a propensity for not wanting to “mix it up” when it comes to the beatin’ and bangin’ nature of the NASCAR culture. She is accustomed to open wheel racing, where cars making contact is a VERY BAD THING.

Ironically, so is her decision to join NASCAR.

I’ll talk with you at 2pm …. have a GREAT Thursday !!!!

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50 words or less .... Orioles are paying Bobby Bonilla more than Zach Britton

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50 words or less …. Orioles are paying Bobby Bonilla more than Zach Britton

Posted on 16 May 2011 by Rex Snider

Another weekend comes and goes, which means we’re still alive to look forward to the week ahead. A great sports week on tap? You bet …..

The Orioles will be playing the Red Sox and Yankees. The Preakness hype builds thru Friday. And, the NFL season is a little closer.

Okay, so 2 out of 3 ain’t bad, huh? By the way, today’s title is not misleading, just read to the very end …..
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The Better Pitcher
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When the Orioles put a wrap on this brief two-game trip to Boston, tomorrow, they’ll be sending their most effective pitcher to the mound. Zach Britton owns a 5-2 record, with a 2.40 ERA and 1.019 WHIP. And, he has been dominating against some very good lineups.

Meanwhile, this evening, Britton’s contemporary begins his road back to the birds rotation. In a much smaller venue, 454 miles from Fenway Park, Brian Matusz will pitch for the Frederick Keys, tonight. If everything goes as hoped, he’ll make a start at Norfolk, before joining the Orioles before month’s end.

A year ago, Matusz owned a 2-3 record with a 4.18 ERA. And, Britton was anchoring the Bowie Baysox staff. Who’s the better pitcher? Time will tell …. but it’s a great question to consider.
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What’s The Big Deal?
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Unless you spent the weekend tucked away in a remote wilderness campsite, there’s a great chance you’ve already heard about the Jorge Posada vs. Yankees domestic quabble.

Can you think of a more meaningless situation?

A 39 year old DH, who happens to be hitting .165 was pissed to be batting ninth. Hey, the Newark Bears can use a 40-ish catcher, with a slow bat, to sell tickets.
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Legally Dumb
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I cannot claim responsibility for this topic, as my good friend, Trevor Taylor, posed it on Facebook …..

What’s the big deal with these Kardashian sisters? Yep, they’re smokin’ hot – albeit with much more junk in the trunk than Rex Snider prefers. But, can they act, sing, dance (not on a pole ….) or write from a creative standpoint?

Nope. Their claim to fame, to date, is evidently tied to attracting pro athletes for courtship and beyond. Only in America …. go get ’em girls !!!!
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Concrete Love
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Matt Kenseth is a Sprint Cup Series champion, and in yesterday’s victory, he claimed the 20th win of his career. A surprise? No, not really. He’s among the dozen drivers reasonably capable of winning each week …..

AND, HE ABSOLUTELY LOVES DOVER.

Yesterday’s race featured the likely observation throughout much of the 400 miles, as Jimmie Johnson led most of the race. But, Kenseth used some pit strategy and his love for the unique concrete surface to tame the Monster Mile.

Kenseth is a good citizen and representative for NASCAR. But, the guy honestly has ZERO personality. Thus, yesterday’s win won’t help sell tickets – and that’s a sobering reality.
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10 Days & Counting
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Well, it’s been quite a while since I counted down the days to a movie’s release. In fact, the last such occasion was when I welcomed the debut of “Dumb & Dumber 2”, back in 2003.

We know how that trainwreck unfolded. It was one of only a few movies that inspired me to walk out of the theatre.

Trust me, this won’t happen when “The Hangover Part II” floods cinemas, next Thursday. I will take delight in the juvenile humor …. my wife will “ooh and ahh” at every onscreen action by Bradley Cooper …. and the entire world pretty much believes the sequel will be half as entertaining as the original.

And that’s good enough for me …..
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Money For Nuthin’
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It’s already good to stand in the shoes of Bobby Bonnilla, but it’s about to be even better …..

In the near future, Bonilla will start cashing in on his deferred deals with the Mets and Orioles. That’s right, he hasn’t played in a decade …. but, beginning next month, Bobby-Bo will start cashing annual paychecks of $1.2 million from the Mets and $500,000 from the Orioles.

Peter Angelos is only on the hook for 5 years, whereas, the Mets are compelled to honor Bonilla’s yearly stipend for the next 25 years. In total, the Mets will pay their former slugger nearly $30 million, by 2035.

How badly did the Mets want rid of Bobby Bonilla, in 2000? Well, they deferred $5.9 million and worked out this new deal, just to sever ties. A bad deal? Well, it is time to start paying that tab, huh?

I’ll chat with you today at 2pm …..

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50 words or less .... who is America's most influential athlete?

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50 words or less …. who is America’s most influential athlete?

Posted on 11 May 2011 by Rex Snider

Are you a little tired today? Those 13 inning affairs are not good for one’s sleep schedule, that’s for sure. But, it is Wednesday and we’re halfway to reaching another weekend.

The Orioles and Mariners will hit the field at 7:05pm for tonight’s second game of the series. And, tonight’s task for the birds lineup will likely be even tougher, as they face Felix Hernandez. The Orioles will counter with Chris Tillman.

Yep, some situations seem very unfair. But, that’s the game. And, here’s your daily dose of “50 Words Or Less” …..
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All too often, those of us who have a platform for expressing opinions and predictions, will proudly boast when we’re right …. but, we conveniently forget to acknowledge when we’re wrong …..

Right now, JJ Hardy is proving my forecast for him to be inaccurate, and I’m more than okay with it. I hope that when September rolls around, I can have my FONZIE MOMENT, and say …. “I was wr-wr-wr-wrong”.

And, no, I won’t be getting any input from Adam Jones.
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An Influence ??? (Bonus – 100 words)
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I don’t think I’ve ever hidden my love for NASCAR and motorsports. But, I’m also a realist and stock car racing does not have a huge following in this area. That said, most sports fans are familiar with NASCAR’s biggest personalities …..

But, when you hear Jimmie Johnson’s name, does it give cause to think INFLUENTIAL dude? I’m more likely to describe Johnson as a WINNER, DOMINATOR and perhaps, HUMBLE beyond most others.

Influential? According to the good folks at Forbes Magazine, Jimmie Johnson’s ability to court corporate sponsors and appeal to a loyal fan base makes him #1 on the overall list.

Well, you can certainly rest assured he won’t get arrested at 3am for driving after drinking too much. He won’t fail a urinalysis or find himself in compromising situations with women other than his wife. Oh yeah, and he won’t be spouting hogwash on Twitter, in the near future.

So, I get it. Jimmie Johnson really is an influential guy. But, more importantly, he’s a good person. Here’s the Forbes ARTICLE
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30 Short Years Ago
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On May 11, 1981, I was in 8th grade at George Fox Middle School. Cal Ripken was starring on the stage, at Rochester. And, Ray Lewis was finishing up kindergarten.

A long time ago, huh?

It was also one of the darker days in music, as Nesta Robert Marley left this world. An absolute legend? No doubt. We’re now 30 years removed from his death and Bob Marley’s music is still a popular staple of our music loving culture.

“One bright morning when my work is over I will fly away home”
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Meanwhile, In Arizona
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Have you checked on David Hernandez lately? Yep, that David Hernandez …..

He’s carving a nice relief role for the Diamondbacks, with a 2.16 ERA and 16 strikeouts thru as many innings. Groundbreaking stats? Nope …. and his numbers were even more impressive before he surrendered a run, last night.

I gotta feeling we’re gonna see David Hernandez’s name next to a 30 save season in the near future. Stay tuned …..
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A Really GREAT Grandfather
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Quick, take a look at your family tree and see if Wellington Burt’s name is anywhere within its roots. If so, you could have MILLIONS coming your way …..

Mr. Burt died in 1919, but his estate was cast to reward his great-grandchildren, 20 years after his last grandchild’s death. And, now is the time …..

Of all the damn luck ….. and to just get a windfall of money from a dude you never met? Yup, I would be okay with it. Here’s the STORY
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Unlucky Sports Events
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We’re just two days away from “Friday The 13th” and all the tales of black cats, broken mirrors and bad luck. So, we’re dedicating Friday’s AFTERNOON DRIVE to the “Unluckiest Moments In Sports”.

Do you have a suggestion for one of those moments? Would you like to hear from a certain guest? There’s plenty of sports action to cite, from Baltimore and beyond.

Email me with your ideas (rex@wnst.net). I’ll chat with you, today @ 2pm ……

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50 words or less …. College Station vs. College Park

Posted on 10 May 2011 by Rex Snider

Well, the search comes to a pretty interesting end as the University of Maryland has nabbed their man. Okay …. so he was a few “men” down on the list. Nonetheless, Mark Turgeon is the Terrapins new coach.

If he wins, nothing else matters. Funny …. that’s what we keep preaching about the Orioles, huh?

Welcome to Tuesday, here’s today’s edition of “50 Words Or Less ….”
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The Future
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The Orioles lineup is likely to have its hands full tonight. Given the team’s early season woes, such an assessment might not mean much, but the birds will face a very talented rookie, in Seattle’s Michael Pineda.

How impressive? Well, he’s been better than even Zach Britton. At 6-5″, he brings heat in the mid/high 90’s, which is complimented by a nice changeup. Pineda has amassed 39 strikeouts in 38 innings, while compiling a 2.58 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.

Any predictions on Mark Reynolds’ strikeouts tonight? I’m going with 3 …..
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College Station, Texas
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So, Mark Turgeon is leaving Texas A&M University for the opportunity to coach in the ACC and fill Gary Williams’ legendary shoes. A significant step up? A slight step up? A lateral move?

One thing is for certain …..

This could be a bit of a culture shock for Coach Turgeon. After all, he’s leaving the friendly community confines of the “11th Most Educated City In America” for Prince George’s County. Good luck, coach.
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Breaking Out The Razor
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Follow me on this one …..

Mike Fisher plays for the Nashville Predators. He is also married to Carrie Underwood. That’s right, the smokin’ hot Carrie Underwood of American Idol and country music stardom.

During a recent postseason run, Fisher unified with teammates and grew a “playoff beard”. Underwood is not a fan of facial hair, and “intimacy” came to a halt.

No offense to my team, but if I stood in Fisher’s shoes, I would’ve shaved my face with a jag of broken glass. Ironically, the Predators were eliminated, last night. And, I suspect Mike Fisher has a smoothly shaven face, this morning.
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15 Minutes Of Blame
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Everyone’s favorite tattoo-faced heavyweight champion was in the area, last weekend. Yep, Iron Mike Tyson appeared at an autograph signing on behalf of a boxing gym, in Bethesda. He posed for photos and scribbled his signature for a full 15 minutes …. but, he was retained to appear for an hour.

The problem? Well, here’s the statement from the gym and promoters:

“Unfortunately, the schedule and behavior of our guests is outside of our immediate control, Mr. Tyson’s abrupt departure was unexpected, regrettable and unfortunate.”
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Tuesday Top-7
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I heard Drew and Glenn discussing “things in sports that used to be a big deal, but aren’t any longer” during today’s Tuesday Top-7. Thus, I’ve decided to contribute and eat some humble pie. My pick:

NASCAR

We’re nearly a decade beyond stock car racing’s explosion on the American sports scene. While I think numerous reasons exist for the sport’s reduced popularity, my assessment is the two guys, pictured above, are essential to Victory Lane.

Without their contributions to the competitive balance, nearly 80% of fans lose interest. It is what it is …..
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More Rock & Roll Fallout
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Whenever the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame’s induction process is analyzed, many music lovers question the absence of KISS, Hall & Oates, Rush and Deep Purple. Such arguments are warranted and deserving of answers.

In recent years, artists who don’t necessarily contribute to the “rock element” have gained entry among the so-called immortals. Madonna, Abba and Run DMC all gained induction over the last decade, regardless of their prominence in other genres.

Yet, true pioneers, such as, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson (he’s written a lot of hits) remain on the outside. Sinatra? Are you kidding me? That’s a bigger snub than any of the earlier mentioned acts.

I’ll chat with you, at 2pm …..

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