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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 20 September 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: High School Football-Milford Mill @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm), Glen Burnie @ Broadneck (Friday 6:30pm), Coolidge (DC) @ Calvert Hall (Saturday 1pm); Rugby World Cup: Team USA vs. Australia (Friday 4:15am from Wellington, New Zealand live on Universal Sports); Lingerie Football League: Baltimore Charm @ Cleveland Crush (Friday 10pm from Cleveland live on MTV2); Canadian Football League: Montreal Alouettes @ Edmonton Eskimos (Friday 9pm from Edmonton live on NFL Network), BC Lions @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (Saturday 4pm from Saskatchewan live on NFL Network)

10. John Prine (Friday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Fleet Foxes/The Walkmen (Friday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Jason Mraz (Saturday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Wilco (Sunday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Brad Paisley/Blake Shelton (Saturday 4pm Jiffy Lube Live); Anberlin (Saturday 7pm Recher Theatre); Stryper (Tuesday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Pepper (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), The Head and The Heart (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Foster The People (Monday 6pm & 9:30pm 9:30 Club); Blondie (Tuesday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Darius Rucker (Thursday 7:30pm Frederick Fairgrounds-Great Frederick Fair); Moby (Thursday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center/Hippodrome); Living Classrooms “Maritime Magic” feat. The Bridge (Friday 7pm Frederick Douglass-Isaac Maritime Park)

I really dig Anberlin actually. They did a cool cover of New Order’s “True Faith”, but I think I enjoyed “Feel Good Drag” even more…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4sqFmSqrSc&ob=av2e[/youtube]

If it’s particularly feminine that I enjoy The Head and the Heart, I’m particularly feminine. Yeah, I just said that.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjoA4nYBD5U&ob=av2n[/youtube]

Darius Rucker effing RULES. It’s still a LITTLE odd hearing him put together country versions of Hootie & The Blowfish tunes though…

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

It bothers me greatly that The Bridge is breaking up. Ugh. I can’t wait to see them Friday night AND help support Living Classrooms…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQP7u0fn6oA[/youtube]

9. Baltimore Book Festival (Friday-Sunday Mt. Vernon Place); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds Crownsville); Second City: Charmed & Dangerous (Tuesday-Sunday Center Stage); “Bridesmaids” and “Modern Family” Season 2 available on DVD/Blu-Ray (Tuesday); Season Premieres: “The Office” (Thursday 9pm NBC), “Parks and Recreation” (Thursday 8:30pm NBC), “Modern Family” (Wednesday 9pm ABC), “Saturday Night Live”-Alec Baldwin hosts (Saturday 11:30pm NBC), “Family Guy” (Sunday 9pm FOX), “American Dad” (Sunday 9:30pm FOX), “Cleveland Show” (Sunday 8:30pm FOX), “The Simpsons” (Sunday 8pm FOX)

These are television programs that I enjoy. If you enjoy chuckling, I feel as though you would do.

If you were listening to Monday’s edition of “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net, you would have heard me chatting with “Moneyball” star Chris Pratt. He plays Andy Dwyer the show Parks and Recreation. I find him to be humorous…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yknG2cRW_c[/youtube]
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMvfXue_Mwo&feature=related[/youtube]

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Our Ravens-Titans “Slaps On The Head”

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Our Ravens-Titans “Slaps On The Head”

Posted on 18 September 2011 by Glenn Clark

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

To just about everyone’s surprise, there were no Pats to be given following the Ravens’ game Sunday, as they fell 26-13 to the Tennessee Titans at LP Field in Nashville.

So instead of offering “Pats on the Ass”, Ryan and I instead offered “Slaps on 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).

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

Glenn Clark’s Slaps…

Bryant McKinnie

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With Ben Grubbs out, the Ravens needed McKinnie to play BETTER than he did against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Needless to say, they didn’t get it. He was embarrassed on Jason Hall’s sack.

Joe Flacco

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Joe was on the run for a good part of the day Sunday, but still made multiple poor decisions. The good vibes surrounding him after Week 1 will turn back into lingering questions following Week 2.

Jameel McClain

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That’s an old picture. I had to use an old picture because I don’t think Jameel McClain did anything Sunday. I’m using him to represent the entire LB corps, which was TERRIBLE in coverage.

Lardarius Webb

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He has to stop playing so far off receivers. He also has to improve his decision making in punt return situations.

John Harbaugh (two slaps)

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I don’t care what his justification was. The decision to send on Billy Cundiff when the Ravens trailed by 13 was a losing decision. Also, Harbaugh has created a college football-like atmosphere around this team but couldn’t keep emotions high in the defeat. It has to fall on him.

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A Note to Chris Johnson, Casey Hampton, Etc: “Quit Yer Bitchin”

Posted on 16 September 2011 by Glenn Clark

I remember it like it was yesterday.

It was the summer of 2000. I was between my junior and senior years at Perry Hall High School. I was on a leadership camp trip in the mountains of Pennsylvania, playing volleyball and hanging out with friends.

It wasn’t a very big group of us there, in fact the group was small enough that we were all staying in one vacation house. As we were all still not even 18 years old, the guys on the trip were staying on one floor while the girls on the trip were staying on the other.

Upon coming home from swimming (or some other activity), the group of guys on the trip noticed one of the girls was using the bathroom on our floor-which we were all trying to use to take showers. As boys that age are known to do, we immediately began hassling the girl from outside the bathroom.

It was at about that moment when the leader on the trip (who we all respected) walked into the hallway and proclaimed loudly, “BOYS! QUIT YER BITCHIN’!”

For some reason, that moment was always stuck with me.

As I’ve read comments from Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson and members of the Pittsburgh Steelers defense (including DT Casey Hampton) this week about various things related to the Baltimore Ravens, the term “quit yer bitchin’” has come back to mind.

Johnson told reporters in Nashville this week that the Ravens-particularly LB Ray Lewis, S Ed Reed and DT Haloti Ngata-were “trying to hurt” him in their January 2009 AFC Divisional Round playoff matchup. Johnson ultimately was forced to leave the game with a sprained ankle, but all parties involved agreed the player popularly known as “CJ2k” was injured on a clean play.

Hampton (and other Steelers defenders) complained this week about illegal cut blocks and chop blocks from Ravens Offensive Linemen (namely RG Marshal Yanda) in the Ravens’ Week 1 35-7 victory at M&T Bank Stadium.

(A note to Ravens fans: be prepared to see a lineman called for SOMETHING during Sunday’s Week 2 contest with the Titans. It’s usually how things like this work in the NFL.)

Perhaps there’s some truth to some of the accusations made by Johnson and the Steelers. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Ravens players said to themselves in 2009 “we’ll have a much better chance of beating this team if the dude from East Carolina isn’t running for 200 yards.”

But unless Johnson could point to a play when Reed or Lewis offered a Hulk Hogan style “Atomic Leg Drop” on him after the whistle, his claims of foul play are largely without merit. Football players are historically known for being scrappy even after a play. There’s no doubt in my mind that many High School football players in the area have suffered Indian Burns, eye pokes or other simple injuries at the end of a play.

It’s part of the game.

Similarly, the Steelers’ complaints about cut blocks and chop blocks may be relevant to some extent. Blocks below the waist are often a part of football, whether safe or not. It’s a thin line as far as determining when someone is in front or in back of you, whether the block hit at or below the waist, where the block was meant to hit before a player moved/flinched/fell or whether you were truly engaged in a block with the player or not.

It’s a lot to determine. It’s even more when you consider these plays often end in piles of players, as was the case on Ray Rice’s game opening 36 yard run-a play Yanda was excused of throwing an illegal block during.

Maybe he did. Maybe he didn’t. Maybe he threw a block that could have been argued as illegal without having any illegal intent. Maybe he had the intent to throw an illegal block but actually landed a clean one based on how the play developed.

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Caps game in Baltimore gives local red a chance to party with WNST

Posted on 15 September 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

The big Baltimore NHL game and celebration is just a few days away and WNST will be throwing a pre-game “Rock The Red” soiree at Pickles Pub across from Camden Yards and just four blocks from First Mariner Arena.

Party starts at 4 pm and there’s no admission and plenty of goodies:

2 for 1 drafts

$3 rail drinks

$2.50 domestic bottles

$6 16-inch pizzas

$5 dozen wings

$2 Natty Boh cans

Come and Rock YOUR Red with us before the Washington Capitals takes on the Nashville Predators in Baltimore!

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Alex Ovechkin To Throw First Pitch at Camden Yards on Friday

Posted on 14 September 2011 by Ed Frankovic

The Washington Capitals announced today that Alexander Ovechkin will be at Camden Yards this Friday, September 16th to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the O’s games against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim that starts at 7pm. The fun loving superstar winger will fire away from the mound around 650pm, likely wearing Orioles gear. The Caps open training camp this Saturday at Kettler IcePlex in Ballston, Virginia but nearly all of the Caps have already been in town skating and working out. Caps strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemisch stated last week that the Great 8 is in the best shape he’s ever seen him and apparently Ovie weighed in recently at 225 pounds, down eight pounds from last year’s listed number.

There is lots of pressure externally on the Capitals to produce in the post season this spring but based on what I’ve seen and heard from being around the organization, no one is putting more pressure on the Caps than the team itself. The moves made by General Manager George McPhee this summer added leadership, grit, skill, and a quality goaltender (Tomas Vokoun), not to mention a potentially high choice pick in next year’s draft (the Caps have the first round pick of the Colorado Avalance via the Semyon Varlamov trade).

The Caps will be in Baltimore on Tuesday night, September 20th to open their pre-season slate against the Nashville Predators at 7pm. Fewer than 1,200 tickets are still available for this great event in Charm City.

Last week I mentioned that the top six defensemen to start the season will likely be Mike Green, Dennis Wideman, John Carlson, Roman Hamrlik, Karl Alzner, and Jeff Schultz. John Erskine is recovering from shoulder surgery and if healthy, will be the seventh defensemen. I don’t expect Tom Poti to be medically able to play at all in 2011-12, or at least for the first half of the season. There are a number of defensemen, who due to injury, could see some time in Washington to include Sean Collins, Patrick McNeill and 2009 2nd round draft choice, Dmitri Orlov. Orlov has enormous offensive skill and talent but learning how to play defense in the North American game is not trivial so he will benefit from a lot of time in Hershey in the AHL this upcoming season.

Up front, my top 12 forwards who will most likely make the team out of training camp, in no particular order are as follows:

Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Semin, Brooks Laich, Joel Ward, Mike Knuble, Troy Brouwer, Marcus Johansson, Jason Chimera, Jeff Halpern, Jay Beagle, and Matt Hendricks

The 13th choice would likely be Mathieu Perreault, who has been up and down with the big club the last couple of seasons. Longer shots to make the club are 2009 3rd round pick Cody Eakin, Mattias Sjogren (23 year old rookie free agent signed this summer from Sweden), 2010 3rd round pick Stanislav Galiev (on 2011 Memorial Cup winning squad), and Christian Hanson (signed as a free agent this summer and the son of Dave Hanson from Slap Shot).

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 13 September 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Auto Racing-NASCAR Geico 400 (Sunday 2pm from Joliet, IL live on ESPN), IndyCar Series Indy Japan 300 (Saturday 11:30pm from Motegi, Tochigi live on VERSUS); High School Football: Towson @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm), Glen Burnie @ Northeast (Friday 6:30pm), Hereford @ Franklin (Friday 7pm); Tennis: Davis Cup-France @ Spain (Friday 6am Saturday 9am Sunday 6am from Cordoba, Spain live on Tennis Channel); NHL: Washington Capitals Rookie Camp (Tuesday & Wednesday 10:30am Kettler Capitals IcePlex)

10. Chris Brown/Kelly Rowland/T-Pain (Saturday 7pm Verizon Center); KEM (Saturday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Lupe Fiasco/Wale (Friday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), HFStival feat. Avett Brothers, Flogging Molly, Gin Blossoms (Saturday 10am Merriweather Post Pavilion); Mr. Greengenes (Friday 6pm Power Plant Live); 10 Years (Friday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Legwarmers (Saturday 7pm Rams Head Live); Mobb Deep (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Virginia Coalition (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club); Rhett Miller (Saturday 1pm Rams Head On Stage); Mary J. Blige (Thursday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Bruce In The USA Bruce Springsteen Tribute (Friday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring), John Legend (Saturday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring), BlackStar (Sunday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring)

I like Lupe Fiasco. I LOVE Wale. I love him even more for rapping about Terrapins QB Danny O’Brien…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsNrinr4SDM&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

The thing they’re doing at Merriweather CERTAINLY isn’t an HFStival (even the HFS people know that), but it would have been a semi-decent event if they had charged 15 bucks for tickets. The Avett Brothers are quite good…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t43VgJ4U9_Q[/youtube]

And don’t you DARE say a negative word about the Gin Blossoms, who mean more to me than some family members…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah5gAkna3jI&ob=av2e[/youtube]

I hate singing the praises of a DC rapper (Wale) and then following it up by praising an act from Northern Virginia (Virginia Coalition), but VACO is freaking awesome…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Orrs6LeIbWQ[/youtube]

9. Maryland Wine Festival (Saturday & Sunday Carroll County Wine Museum); Monster-Mania Con (Friday-Sunday Hunt Valley Marriott); Second City: Charmed & Dangerous (Thursday-Sunday Center Stage); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds Crownsville); “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” Season 7 premieres (Thursday 10pm FX)

To be honest, the first couple of these things aren’t for me. The only wine I know I enjoy is Boordy Jazzberry, but I’m not sure they’d even have that out at the Wine Festival.

I’ve enjoyed a scary movie or two in my day, but the Monster thing…no thanks.

You already know I enjoy RennFest. If you don’t, you simply haven’t been paying attention to me swigging beer from goblets or throwing axes. I’m all in.

I saw Second City the last time they invaded Charm City. They were outstanding. I recommend going to see them.

But of all of these things, I’m ABSOLUTELY most excited about the new season of Always Sunny. WILD CARD!!!!

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

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Gigantic purple pep rally set for Nashville on Saturday night

Posted on 11 September 2011 by WNST Staff

Thanks for being patient. Our original bar changed ownership and we had to move our location. It’s now solid and set for THIS SATURDAY NIGHT in the Music City.

Here’s the link to buy tickets for our WNST Gigantic Purple Pep Rally in Nashville:

http://wnst.net/wordpress/section/trips/?happening=112

All details are there and here:

WNST Gigantic Purple Party in Nashville (Sept. 17) NOW ON SALE!!!!

We’ll be partying at Buffalo’s in Nashville on Saturday, Sept. 17th from 4 pm til 10 pm (and beyond) as we prepare for the Ravens to start the season 2-0 in Tennessee on Sunday.
The admission for the event is just $15 and includes:
Best wings in Nashville
Rock star BBQ and all the trimmings for our Ravens guests.
Special drink pricing all night long and featured $3 Miller Lite beverages all night.
Bar features a bunch of  55-inch LED TV’s with college football pumping all afternoon
Free pool, darts and shuffle board in Nashville’s most upscale sports bar located right downtown in the heart of the action and a with a full view of the stadium on 1st.
Buffalos has the best view of the Cumberland River and is considered the ultimate sports grille in downtown Nashville.
And it’s ALL PURPLE!!!!
An if you want to see how we roll on the road, just click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmFkwqWtvP4
This is from the last “throwdown” in The Music City…
And if you want to see Buffalo’s direct website, just click here: http://www.buffalosnashville.com/index.php?pr=Buffalos_At_A_Glance
ADMISSION: $15 (includes unlimited buffet and entrance)

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Maryland Basketball Schedule Announced

Posted on 24 August 2011 by WNST Staff

Terps play 16 games against postseason participants

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A home-and-home series with Duke and North Carolina, as well as non-conference matchups with postseason participants from the Big East, Atlantic-10 and Big Ten highlight the 2011-12 University of Maryland men’s basketball schedule announced Tuesday by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Terrapins will play at least 16 games against teams that participated in the NCAA or NIT postseason tournaments a year ago. Maryland is currently scheduled to play 12 times in the regular season on national television.

A limited number of season tickets are available for sale to the general public. Fans can take advantage of a six-month, no-interest payment plan and can become a season ticket-holder for as low as $77 per month per ticket. For more information, fans can call the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP.

““We have a very challenging schedule set up for this season,” said first-year head coach Mark Turgeon. “The non-conference games will showcase a lot of different styles of play and levels of teams that will help prepare us for the ACC. With a loaded Puerto Rico Tip-Off plus Illinois, Notre Dame and Temple, we should have a solid RPI heading into league play.”

Highlighting the non-conference schedule is a home matchup with Illinois on Nov. 29 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Terrapins’ next game, on Sunday, Dec. 4, will mark their annual trip to play in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center in Washington, with this year’s opponent being Notre Dame.

Maryland also faces a non-conference battle with a postseason participant from a year ago on Jan. 21 when it plays Temple at the storied Palestra in Philadelphia.

This year’s early-season tournament is the Puerto Rico Tip-Off from Nov. 17 through 20. The Terrapins open with Alabama in the first round, then will face either Colorado or Wichita State in the second round. All three of those teams reached the NIT semifinals last year.

In addition to Duke and North Carolina, Maryland will also play ACC home-and-home series against Virginia, Georgia Tech and Miami. The Terrapins will play one game each at home against Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Boston College, and will make trips to play their only regular-season meetings with NC State, Florida State and Clemson.

Maryland will play six straight home games between Dec. 7 and Jan. 3 before its conference opener at NC State on Sunday, Jan. 8. The homestand includes a Saturday matinee matchup on New Year’s Eve with Samford University.

Regional broadcast selections for non-conference games will be announced at a later date, with the game times for those contests potentially changing. All conference games carried by either the ACC Network or another regional sports network will also be available on the Internet on ESPN3.com.

The Terrapins make their first Comcast Center appearance under Turgeon on Friday, Oct. 14 when they host Maryland Madness. There will be an exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 4 against Northwood in advance of the regular-season home opener against UNC Wilmington on Nov. 13.

2011-12 MARYLAND MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Day Date Opponent Time Television

Fri. Nov. 4 NORTHWOOD (Exhibition) 8:00 –

Sun. Nov. 13 UNC WILMINGTON 8:00 TBD

Thu. Nov. 17 vs. Alabama (Puerto Rico Tip-Off) 5:00 ESPN2

Fri. Nov. 18 vs. Colorado or Wichita State (Puerto Rico Tip-Off) TBD –

Sun. Nov. 20 vs. Third-Round Opponent (Puerto Rico Tip-Off) TBD ESPN/ESPN2

Fri. Nov. 25 FLORIDA GULF COAST TBD TBD

Tue. Nov. 29 ILLINOIS (ACC/Big Ten Challenge) 7:30 ESPN

Sun. Dec. 4 vs. Notre Dame (BB&T Classic, Washington, D.C.) 4:45 MASN

Wed. Dec. 7 MOUNT ST. MARY’S 8:00 TBD

Wed. Dec. 14 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 8:00 ESPNU

Fri. Dec. 23 RADFORD 8:00 TBD

Wed. Dec. 28 ALBANY 8:00 TBD

Sat. Dec. 31 SAMFORD 1:00 TBD

Tue. Jan. 3 CORNELL 8:00 TBD

Sun. Jan. 8 at NC State* 6:00 ESPNU

Wed. Jan. 11 WAKE FOREST* 7:00 RSN

Sun. Jan. 15 GEORGIA TECH* 1:00/4:00 ACC Network

Tue. Jan. 17 at Florida State* 9:00 ESPNU

Sat. Jan. 21 at Temple (Palestra) TBD ESPNU

Wed. Jan. 25 DUKE* 9:00 ESPN

Sat. Jan. 28 VIRGINIA TECH* 2:30 ACC Network

Wed. Feb. 1 at Miami* 8:00 ACC Network

Sat. Feb. 4 NORTH CAROLINA* 4:00 ESPN/ESPN2

Tue. Feb. 7 at Clemson* 7:00 ESPNU

Sat. Feb. 11 at Duke* 4:00 ESPN

Thu. Feb. 16 BOSTON COLLEGE* 9:00 ACC Network

Sat. Feb. 18 at Virginia* 1:00 ACC Network

Tue. Feb. 21 MIAMI* 8:00 ACC Network

Sat. Feb. 25 at Georgia Tech* 2:30 ACC Network

Wed. Feb. 29 at North Carolina* 7:00 ESPN/ESPN2

Sun. Mar. 4 VIRGINIA* 2:00 ACC Network

March 8-11 at ACC Tournament (Atlanta, Ga.)

March 13 & 14 at NCAA First Round (Dayton)

March 15 & 17 at NCAA Second & Third Rounds (Albuquerque, Pittsburgh, Portland, Louisville)

March 16 & 18 at NCAA Second & Third Rounds (Columbus, Greensboro, Nashville, Omaha)

March 22 & 24 at NCAA Regionals (Boston, Phoenix)

March 23 & 25 at NCAA Regionals (St. Louis, Atlanta)

March 31 & Apr. 2 at NCAA Final Four (New Orleans)

* – Atlantic Coast Conference game

All times and dates subject to change (times for non-conference home games subject to change with regional TV selections);

All times Eastern; Home games played at Comcast Center (17,950) listed in BOLD CAPS

TV Key – ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU – national broadcasts; ACC Network, Regional Sports Network (RSN); Comcast SportsNet (CSN); Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) – regional broadcasts. TerpsTV available via live stream on www.umterps.com

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WNST Purple Football Roadtrips now on sale to San Diego, Jacksonville, more…

Posted on 02 August 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

With all of the frenzy of the lockout and the ensuing fallout of free agency and mayhem, I’m getting tons of requests for the WNST Purple Football Roadtrip information. It took a week to put it all together but we proudly announce four total roadtrips for your selection and we’ll also be throwing our traditional Purple Pep Rallies and Parties in virtually every city on the road in 2011.

Our first trip is next Thursday to Philadelphia to see the Ravens first game of the preseason. It’s just $89 for the entire evening of fun in the City of Brotherly Love.

If you are interested in a specific party on the road and you’ve already made your travel plans, simply drop me an email: nasty@wnst.net and I’ll get you on the “first information” list once the parties go on sale next week.

To purchase seats for all of our roadtrips, simply click on the TRIPS tab at www.wnst.net or here.

If you want to see what our Purple Parties look like, just click here to see the evidence from Charlotte last fall:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA0xYf3IeQk[/youtube]

Here’s a full lineup of all of our trips for 2011:

2011 Purple Roadtrip to Jacksonville (Oct. 22-25)

You asked for a more inexpensive way to get to Jacksonville for the HUGE PURPLE PARTY so we’re offering our longest busride of the year — but they’re always kind fun, really — down to North Florida for the Baltimore game the weekend of Oct. 22 through 25.

THIS IS OUR FEATURED TRIP FOR 2011!!!!!

We’ll leave White Marsh Mall area on Sat. Oct. 22 at 6 am with a quick stop at I-95 UMBC Park and Ride at 6:30 am and will set sail for the 764-mile journey straight down I-95. We expect to arrive in time for dinner on Saturday night. You’ll have all day Sunday and most of the day Monday for the gigantic WNST Purple Party.

The game isn’t until Monday night so we’ll have plenty of time to roam, gather in purple masses and tailgate before the big game.

Our WNST bus will leave Jacksonville at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, Oct. 25th and return to Baltimore later that night.

WNST Purple Roadtrip includes: bus ride on Gunther Motorcoach plus beer, soda & Chick-fil-A for the ride down, three nights hotel at Courtyard Marriott in Jacksonville, WNST Purple Party ticket, plus an upper deck seat for the Jacksonville-Baltimore game.

SINGLE: $575

DOUBLE: $450

TRIPLE: $400

QUAD: $375


2011 Purple Roadtrip to San Diego (Dec. 15-19)

The best trip in the sports — bar none — takes place during the holidays as WNST takes purple fans to sunny Southern California for four days in San Diego for the Baltimore date there on Sunday night, Dec. 18th. Our trip leaves on Thursday morning via Southwest Airlines at BWI and we’ll arrive at the Sofia Hotel in The Gaslamp District for four nights of sun, beaches and purple parties.

Our trip returns on Tuesday, Dec. 19th to BWI.

Many more details are coming regarding our downtown parties on Saturday and our partnership with The West Wing in San Diego for the Sunday tailgate.

Trip includes: RT air via Southwest Airlines (BWI-SAN), four nights at the Sofia Hotel in The Gaslamp District, upper deck game ticket for Baltimore at San Diego and entrance to WNST Purple Party on Sunday.

SINGLE — $1,399 per person

DOUBLE — $1,099 per person

2011 Purple Roadtrip to Pittsburgh (Nov. 6)

Join us as the purple warriors travel to Pittsburgh to take on the black and gold on Sunday, Nov. 6. Our bus will leave White Marsh Mall Area at noon with a stop at the I-70 West Park and Ride at 12:30 p.m. We’ll have a limited supply of beer, snacks for the ride up to Pittsburgh.

Our bus will leave immediately following the game and return to Baltimore at approximately 4 a.m.

Trip includes ride on Gunther Motorcoach, game ticket, drinks and snacks for the ride.

Price: $250 per person

2011 Purple Roadtrip to Cleveland and Canton Pro Football Hall of Fame (Dec. 3-4)

Join us on a special holiday trip to Ohio as we see the Pro Football Hall of Fame plus Baltimore at Cleveland on the weekend of Dec. 3-4.

Our bus will leave White Marsh Mall area at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 and depart for Canton, where we’ll spend the afternoon checking out the hallowed Hall of Fame. Late that afternoon, we’ll make our way up to Cleveland and stay at the Holiday Inn Express downtown. On Sunday, we’ll provide upper deck seats for the game and the bus will depart immediately following the 1 p.m. game. We expect to return to Baltimore around 11 p.m.

Trip includes: bus ride on Gunther Motorcoach, limited beer, soda and Chick-fil-A breakfast for the ride, upper deck game ticket in Cleveland, plus admission to Pro Football Hall of Fame & hotel in Cleveland for Saturday night.

$375 — Single (going it alone!)

$325 — Double (2 people in hotel room)

$300 — Triple (3 people in hotel room)

$275 — Quad (4 people in hotel room)

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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 ….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J74y88YuSJ8&feature=related[/youtube]

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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