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Locals Barton, English selected in NBA Draft

Posted on 28 June 2012 by WNST Staff

PORTLAND, Ore. — (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers selected guard Will Barton out of Memphis (Lake Clifton) with the 40th overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft.

The Conference USA player of the year last season as a sophomore, the 6-foot-6 Barton averaged 18 points and 6.5 rebounds.

The Blazers also took point guard Damian Lillard out of Weber State with the sixth pick and 7-foot-1 center Meyers Leonard out of Illinois with the 11th overall selection Thursday.

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Wizards Draft Preview: Who to take at #3

Posted on 28 June 2012 by ryankerr

NBA Draft Day 2012 is upon us. Talented, yet inexperienced players lead the list of those who will likely be taken in the top half of tonight’s draft. Who will the Washington Wizards select with the 3rd pick? Let’s break down their roster and the players available at #3 to find out who fits best.

The Washington Wizards are dead set on surrounding PG JohnWall with more perimeter talent.Having acquired Nene in the JaVale McGee trade and Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza for the expiring contract of Rashard Lewis — Washington has a veteran, defensive minded front line that will hopefully create more opportunities for John Wall & Co.  Who that company may be is the better question.  Second year guard Jordan Crawford showed flashes, but needs to find more consistency with his 3pt. shot and show greater defensive tenacity if he wants to be the full time starer. Aside from Wall and Crawford, there are no major perimeter scoring threats on this Wizards roster.  Expect this to be addressed in Round 1.

What about the rest of the roster? They have NBA quality starters in Nene and Okafor with solid depth in second year PF Chris Singleton and the surprising Kevin Seraphin – who finally showed flashes of developing at the end of 2011.  Ariza brings veteran experience and defensive leadership to the small forward position, giving second year forward Jan Vesely time to develop at his own pace (remember it took Dirk Nowitzki three years before he established himself as a consistent player).  I’m not even going to talk about SF/PW Andray Blatche, the main clubhouse cancer and holdover from the old regime.  The sooner Blatche is amnestied the better. The Wizards lack playmakers and should focus on drafting a player who can not only put theball in the net from the outside, but can create off the dribble and play solid defense.  If it sounds like its asking a lot, it is.

Assuming that Kentucky PF Anthony Davis is the #1 pick in tonight’s draft, here are the top prospects expected to be available for the Wizards at #3.

Michael Kidd-Gilcrist, SF, Kentucky: Smooth, athletic wing player does everything to help his team win.  Can get to the basket, plays solid on-ball defense and is a leader on the court.  Would combine with Wall to make one of the more athletic fast break combo’s in the league, however lacks the 3pt. shot to spread the floor.  Top tier prospect

Bradley Beal, SG, Florida: Long, athletic shooting guard would help Wall spread the floor.  Some compare his shot to Ray Allen’s – though I’m not going to put him there just yet.  Has the ability to create his own shot and is long enough to defend the biggest of 2-guards.   A bit raw but has an extremely high ceiling. Top prospect

Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina: Barnes averaged over 17ppg for the Tar Heels this pasty ear while improving his 3pt. shot and play making ability.   Highly touted out of high school, some have wondered why Barnes didn’t dominate at UNC.  My guess – he’s more of a team player than coaches give him credit, letting his All-American teammates at UNC get their shots as well.  Less high of a ceiling than Kidd-Gilcrest or Beal, Barnes has a more polished game and is NBA ready.  Top prospect.

Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas: Extremely athletic big man, Robinson is NBA ready now.  He scores in the post, rebounds, and plays high quality defense.  There’s no reason Robinson won’t be an All-Star within in three years.  Top prospect.

Wildcard: Austin Rivers, SG, Duke: The son of NBA coach Doc Rivers, Austin has the moxy to be a superstar in the NBA. Early comparison are to Kobe Bryant , though I don’t believe he posses Kobe type athleticism.  Needs to work on his defense and strength, but with the right coach and system, should thrive in today’s NBA.

Who should the Wizards take?

Harrison Barnes.  He gives John Wall an instant #1 option on the wing, has the ability to play shooting guard if necessary and gives Jordan Crawford one more year to develop.

Who will the Wizards take?

Beal.  He’s got more upside than Barnes and could develop into one of the most athletic two guards in the league.

Hard to argue with either pick, but if I were GM, Barnes would be my choice.  But that’s what is great about the NBA Draft, you just don’t know.

This article was written by Ryan Kerr, contestant in the ‘So you want to be a sports journalist competition’.

 

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Where do the Wizards stand before the 2012 NBA Draft?

Posted on 27 June 2012 by Christopher Cook

On the eve of NBA Draft night, the Washington Wizards sit in a position where they can add another young piece to their rebuild. It’s a process that started in February of 2010 when the Wizards shipped out all-stars Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison while Gilbert Arenas sat at home serving his season long suspension. Then John Wall, Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker came to the Wizards by way of the 2010 draft. Shortly thereafter, Arenas was moved to Orlando early in the 2010-2011 season for some guy pretending to be Rashard Lewis and the Wizards acquired Jordan Crawford from the Hawks for Kirk Hinrich. The Wizards also seemed to be the winners of last year’s draft where they added “The Dunking Ninja” Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack.

The pieces were all in place this past season, but the Wizards failed to live up to our moderate expectations. Sitting at the 10-32 mark on March 15, Ernie Grunfeld decided it was time to ship off notorious knuckleheads JaVale McGee and Nick Young for proven big man Nene. The Wizards were forced to let go of two young athletes with lots of potential to add some stability and experience.

We were treated to some impressive efforts from Kevin Seraphin and James Singleton, but left disappointed by another Trevor Booker injury and too many Brian Cook three-pointers. Such are the ups and downs of being a Wizards fan. The season ended on a six game winning streak leaving the Wizards a mere 26 games behind the first place Heat. I’m not sure what was reasonable to expect from a young team coming into a lockout-shortened season without the benefit of a normal off-season or pre-season. I’d say 20 wins sounds about right.

The Wizards managed to snag a little bit of press in the post-season when Grunfeld orchestrated a deal with the New Orleans Hornets, proud owners of the number one pick in tomorrow’s draft, that sent the grossly overpaid Rashard Lewis and a second round pick (one of two the Wizards had in the second round) for the moderately overpaid Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza. All that brings us to where we are now, June 27, the night before the NBA Draft.

The Wizards added the front-court depth they needed with Nene and Okafor. They are looking at a starting line-up right now of Nene and Okafor in the paint, John Wall and Jordan Crawford at the guard spots and Ariza holding down the wing. Depending on the way tomorrow night goes, Crawford could be out of a starting job at the beginning of next year. Shelvin Mack will be backing up Wall again. Trevor Booker and Seraphin will be the front-court back-ups and Chris Singleton will be the back-up small forward.

The Wizards haven’t made the sexy move that the casual fan is looking for, but they’ve added some quality players to their draft picks and have gotten rid of any semblance of the Gilbert Arenas “big three” era, with one big exception. That elephant standing in the room is indeed number seven for your Washington Wizards, ANDRAY BLATCHE!! After signing an extension in 2010, Blatche turned in a decent 2010-2011 campaign. He then showed up for the 2011-2012 season in terrible shape and played in just 26 games before being shut-down for conditioning issues in March. Surprisingly, the Wizards were unable to find anyone interested in trading for Blatche. He will likely be the Wizards’ first victim of the new NBA amnesty clause. No matter how they do it, the Wizards need to get rid of Blatche.

John Wall didn’t make the progress fans expected in his second year, but he showed us more of that incredible speed and athleticism we’ve come to love while reminding us that he has a bit of work to do before he is a legitimate perimeter threat. He should be the only untouchable player on this roster.

Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin made the greatest strides this year. They both showed fans that they could score in a variety of ways and that they belong in the rotation. Jan Vesely will have to steal some minutes from Booker and could be an important player if Booker gets bit by the injury bug again. Vesely did a lot of the little things this year and, as cliche as it sounds, those things didn’t show up in the stat sheet. Okafor and Nene should be solid as starters and they eliminate the need to add more big men to the roster. Chris Singleton was slightly disappointing in his rookie season. He wasn’t able to score and often looked lost on defense which was supposed to be his specialty. The arrival of Ariza clears up the confusion about who is going to start on the wing next season. Singleton is cut from the mold of Trevor Ariza, primarily a defensive player with some ability to slash to the basket and finish at the rim. Ariza is most well known for making some big steals for the Lakers in the 2009 NBA Playoffs. Wizards fans will hope for meaningful moments like that from Ariza this year as they look to make a push to get back in the post-season.

The big question for the Wizards is “Who will do the scoring next year?” Nene has the ability to score in the paint, but the Wizards need a legitimate perimeter threat. Jordan Crawford showed flashes of being that guy last season. He also put together a historically bad stat line. A lot of the pressure was on Crawford to take shots while he was on the floor because guys like Wall, Singleton, Vesely and Mack were passing on open looks. Ariza and Singleton aren’t reliable shooters and whether or not D-league call-up Cartier Martin will return to the team is unclear.

The answer for the Wizards could be found with the number three pick in the draft tomorrow night. Shooting guard Bradley Beal seems to be the most viable solution to the Wizards’ shooting woes. While comparisons to Ray Allen may be a bit premature, Beal has solid mechanics and would certainly benefit from work-outs with NBA trainers. Beal would fit in great with the young athletic players in D.C. and could replace Jordan Crawford as the starting shooting guard.

It’s been a long, painful process, but the Wizards are finally back in a position where they can contend for the 6-8 seed in the Eastern Conference. With the benefit of a full off-season, expect great improvements from Shelvin Mack, Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton, as well as a better relationship between John Wall and his running mates. When Wizards fans tune into the draft tomorrow night, they will hopefully be watching the team make a lottery pick for the last time before the rebuilding process inevitably begins again eight years from now. With the addition of any of the prospects in this year’s class, the Wizards will be getting another high character player with great work ethic to add to the quality players and quality people they already have.

While last year’s results looked a lot like the results from the past few losing seasons, any one who watched the games can tell you that effort was not the issue last year, as it has been in the past. New coach Randy Wittman had everyone working harder and playing to the last minute of every game. With the right pick in tomorrow’s draft, and a lot of hard work and practice, the 2012-2013 Washington Wizards may look a lot different than the product we’ve seen the last few years. Ted Leonsis and his team may finally be able to start some “New Traditions” in the District after all.

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Brandon Roy To Attempt Comeback

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Brandon Roy To Attempt Comeback

Posted on 27 June 2012 by ryanhiken

Brandon Roy was drafted with the 6th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by Minnesota and immediately traded to the Portland Trailblazers for the draft rights to Randy Foye.  The pick was highly criticized at the time.  Many believed that Roy’s lack of athleticism would make it difficult for him to perform at an elite level in the NBA.  Many believed that Roy’s four year college career had maxed out his skills and that there was not a lot of room to grow as a player.  Some were concerned that he was not even the best player on his team in college.  Roy attended the University of Washington and played alongside Nate Robinson.

Brandon Roy entered the NBA and immediately began proving critics wrong with a monster rookie year.  He average 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists per game.  His performance would earn him rookie of the year honors.  Roy followed up his rookie season with three consecutive appearances in all star games.  In 2009 Roy made the NBA all second team and in 2010 he was voted to the NBA all third team.  Roy had surgery on his right knee in April of 2010 and came back only eight days after surgery and led the Trailblazers to victory.  In January of 2011 Roy had arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees.  Roy came back later in the season, but played a limited role off the bench.  Roy announced his retirement at the beginning of the 2011-2012 season.  Roy’s knees had degenerated so much that he lacked the cartilage between the bones in both of his knees.

Roy proved all of his critics wrong, but his NBA career was short lived.  As Lee Corso would say, “Not so fast my friends”.  Brandon Roy recently announced that he is attempting to make a comeback.  It is being reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Golden State Warriors, the Chicago Bulls, the Dallas Mavericks and the Indiana Pacers are all interested in signing Brandon Roy.  While it is being reported that five teams are seeking the services of Brandon Roy and his scoring ability, that still leaves 25 teams that lack interest.  That means that 80% of the NBA doesn’t believe in Brandon Roy.  The critics are back and so is Brandon Roy, trying to prove them all wrong.

The first time around I believed in Brandon Roy and I rooted for him.  This time, I think its a big mistake for him to make a comeback, but I will still be rooting for him.  A lot of time we see former NFL players who can barely walk at the end of their careers, but its very rare to see NBA players with the same problems.  I respect Brandon Roy for believing in himself and attempting to do something that everyone says he can’t do, but it seems illogical.  If he does make a comeback, I believe he would be the most successful as a sixth man off of the bench who plays 20 minutes a game.  If he thinks that he is going to comeback and play 35 minutes a night against guys like Kevin Durant and LeBron James then I think hes crazy.  Tomorrow night is the NBA Draft, six years ago around this time Roy was drafted.  Its six years later and Roy finds himself trying to answer the critics again, but this time the questions are different.

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Houston Rockets Make Moves to Acquire Superstar Player

Posted on 26 June 2012 by ryanhiken

The NBA Draft is Thursday night, but the Houston Rockets have already begun making moves for the big night.  Currently, the Rockets have the 14th, 16th and 18th picks in the draft.  They acquired the 18th pick today from the Minnesota Timberwolves for Chase Budinger and the rights to Lior Eliyahu.  It is also rumored that the Rockets are seeking to trade their point guard Kyle Lowery, their 14th pick in the draft and their 16th pick in the draft to Sacramento for Tyreke Evans and their 5th overall pick in the draft.

The Rockets have been very busy and remain aggressive in their pursuit of an NBA superstar.  The Rockets were part of the trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers and Pau Gasol to Houston at the beginning of last season that was later rejected by the NBA.   Many believe that these moves are being made to collect enough assets to acquire Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic.  Dwight Howard is currently under contract through the 2012-2013 season.  Howard has said on numerous occasions that he would like to stay in Orlando, but many believe that he would like to be traded to a bigger market such as New York or Los Angeles.

I respect Houston for being aggressive in going after an NBA superstar, but they should be realistic here.  If they trade for Dwight Howard they will be doing a sign and trade with either the Lakers or the Nets a season from now.  There are also reports out there that the Rockets are still interested in acquiring Pau Gasol from the Lakers and potentially acquiring Josh Smith from the Atlanta Hawks.  The Houston Rockets finished last season 34-32 and finished one spot out of the playoffs.  They have spent the last few years stocking up on players and draft picks that could be used as trade bait.  They are ready to take the next step in their search for their first NBA title since 1995 when they had Hakeem Olajuwon.  Their current head coach is former Celtic great, Kevin McHale.  He was a dominant big man in his day and could potentially do wonders for Dwight Howard’s career.  Olajuwon still lives in Houston and worked with Dwight Howard one on one during last off season.

The potential blockbuster trade makes sense, but only if Dwight Howard plans on staying in Houston for the next 5 or so years.  I expect Howard to eventually end up in Brooklyn with Jay Z and Deron Williams.  I imagine that the Rockets will end up settling for Josh Smith from the Atlanta Hawks and teeter around the 8th seed of the playoffs for years to come.  In the end, only time will tell and we will just have to wait and see what plays out between now and Thursday night.

 

 

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The Wizardry of Mediocrity

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The Wizardry of Mediocrity

Posted on 26 June 2012 by Brett Dickinson

The Only Wizards AssetWith the NBA draft on Thursday night, Wizards fans are all but reminded of the incompetency of the organization; Kwame Brown over Pau Gasol and Tyson Chandler, Jared Jeffries and Juan Dixon over Tayshaun Prince and Carlos Boozer, Oleskiy Pecherov (who???) over Rajon Rondo, just to name a few.

The most recent blunder could be more damaging than all of those past failures, combined. Since Ted Leonsis took over, the goal has been to build with youth. The team actually made the smart basketball decision taking John Wall with the top pick two years ago (even if it was the logical move), but since then it has been back to ineptitude. Picking Jan Vesely last year over Kawhi Leonard can at least be considered explainable (at best), but the moves since have completely destructed the only asset the Wizards possess worth a damn (outside of Wall of course) in their financial flexibility.

Removing the knuckleheads from the locker room made all too much sense; they were actually more detrimental to their stud point guard’s progress. But the way the front office went about the process has completely shattered their cap consciousness. Not to the mention, they basically received nothing for Nick Young and gave up a high second round pick in one of the deepest drafts in the past decade. Adding the hefty contracts of Nene, Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza all but ensures the team will not be players in free agency for the foreseeable future.

In the upcoming seasons, James Harden, Serge Ibaka, Eric Gordon, Dwight Howard, Al Jefferson and Josh Smith are most likely to test the free agent market; the Wizards will not be players for any of them. Instead the team is stuck with large, unmovable contracts for two injury prone undersized (and under performing), aging centers with similar skill sets and a small forward with a lack of a perimeter game.

Everyone now believes the Wizards have all but ensured picking Bradley Beal Thursday night, the sharp shooter from Florida, but with this franchise’s draft history, anything can happen. Unless they hit a home run with the third pick (and with their track record the chances are slim), the Wizards will again muddle in mediocrity until John Wall leaves and the rebuild starts all over again.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 26 June 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Seattle Storm @ Washington Mystics (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on ESPN2), Connecticut Sun @ Washington Mystics (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Phoenix Mercury @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV); Auto Racing: NASCAR Quaker State 400 (Saturday 6:30pm from Sparta, KY live on TNT); Pro Wrestling: Ring of Honor (Friday 7:30pm Du Burns Arena); Cycling: Tour de France (Stage 1 Saturday 8am from Liege, BEL Stage 2 Sunday 8am from Liege, BEL to Seraing, BEL Stage 3 Monday 8am from Vise, BEL to Tournai, BEL. All cycling live on NBC Sports Network)

10. Kaskade (Friday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena); Dierks Bentley (Thursday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion), Ledisi/Eric Benet/Chrisette Michelle (Friday 6pm Pier Six Pavilion), Crosby, Stills and Nash (Monday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Iron Maiden (Saturday 7:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); Norah Jones (Wednesday 8pm Wolf Trap); Eric Hutchinson (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Lumineers (Sunday 7pm Rams Head Live); Anberlin (Tuesday 7pm Recher Theatre); Pietasters (Friday 9pm Ottobar); Jimmy Cliff (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Reel Big Fish/Goldfinger (Tuesday 6pm 9:30 Club), The Head and The Heart (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Scissor Sisters (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Chris Isaak (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Fiona Apple (Tuesday 8pm Warner Theatre); Smithsonian Folklife Festival feat. George Clinton/Ivan Neville (Wednesday National Mall); Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers (Saturday 7pm State Theatre); The Jacksons (Sunday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Linkin Park “Living Things” and The Offspring “Days Go By” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I may only LIKE Norah Jones, but I LOVE this Norah Jones tune…

I quite much enjoy the tunes of The Lumineers…

Wait, The Offspring and Goldfinger in the same section of T10BD? Is this 1996?

For the record, the new Offspring tune is pretty good. They clearly decided they wanted to sound as much like the Foo Fighters as possible. That’s not a bad thing…

9. Erik Griffin (Friday & Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory), Aisha Tyler (Friday & Saturday DC Improv); “Ted” out in theaters (Friday); “21 Jump Street” & “The Artist” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

There are humorous things going on here. One-I actually think Ted looks fairly funny. Seth McFarlane and Mark Wahlberg kinda nail this one…

Also, 21 Jump Street was almost unquestionably the most pleasant surprise of the last year the last five years the last decade my life? Honestly this was a quality flick. Language NSFW…

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Former Morgan F/C Thompson gets Wizards workout

Posted on 13 June 2012 by WNST Staff

WASHINGTON, DC – The Washington Wizards will conduct pre-draft workouts on Wednesday, June 13th at Verizon Center.

The following players are currently scheduled to participate in tomorrow’s workout:

  • Al’Lonzo Coleman – F – Presbyterian College – 6’7, 255 lbs
  • Thomas Robinson – F – Kansas – 6’10, 237 lbs
  • Kevin Thompson – F – Morgan St. – 6-9, 240 lbs

Thompson was one of the premiere big men in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference over the last four seasons. He helped lead the Bears to two MEAC Tournament championships and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. His MSU teams reached the MEAC Championship Game three times in his four seasons.

As a senior Thompson averaged 10.8 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game. As a junior he averaged 13.1 points and 9.1 rebounds. As a sophomore he averaged a double double, 12.7 points and 11.8 rebounds. Even as a freshman Thompson averaged a respectable 8.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

Thompson’s former Morgan teammate Reggie Holmes was signed by the Memphis Grizzlies after the 2010 NBA Draft and played for the team in the NBA Summer League.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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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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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 22 May 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Ft. Worth, TX), Champions Tour Senior PGA Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Benton Harbor, MI); High School Lacrosse: MPSSAA Class 2A/1A Final-Fallston vs. South Carroll (Tuesday 6pm UMBC Stadium), Class 4A/3A Final-Westminster vs. South River (Wednesday 4pm UMBC Stadium), Class 3A/2A Final-Hereford vs. Glenelg (Wednesday 8pm UMBC Stadium); WNBA-Tulsa Shock @ Washington Mystics (Wednesday 7pm Verizon Center)

10. Drake (Friday 7pm Verizon Center); One Direction (Thursday 7:30pm Patriot Center); Corey Smith (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Jason Isbell (Saturday 1pm Rams Head on Stage); Garbage (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Collective Soul (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Thrice (Wednesday 7:30pm Howard Theatre); John Mayer “Born and Raised” and Garbage “Not Your Kind of People” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

You know that I’m a “money over everything, money on my mind” type of guy, right?

I used to have the biggest crush on Shirley Manson. Hell, I probably still have  huge crush on Shirley Manson…

If you don’t want to go see Collective Soul we probably wouldn’t be much of friends…

John Mayer is apparently doing country music now. This is a classic example of when “success just simply isn’t enough.” See below.

9. Men in Black III” and “Chernobyl Diaries” open in theaters (Friday); Bob Marley (Wednesday-Sunday DC Improv); Cedric The Entertainer (Saturday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Brew at the Zoo (Saturday & Sunday Maryland Zoo in Baltimore)

There’s simply no chance MIB3 is something I’ll want to go see. And while Cedric the Entertainer is funny, I’d rather talk about beer.

I have no idea whether or not Flying Dog Brewery will be unleashing canned Underdog Atlantic Lager on the Zoo this weekend, but I DO know that the campaign they used to roll it out in our nation’s capital was simply fantastic…

Brilliant.

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