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Please Baltimore – don’t let the NFL and Ravens turn you on the Orioles

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Please Baltimore – don’t let the NFL and Ravens turn you on the Orioles

Posted on 20 March 2013 by Drew Forrester

The longer “Opener-Gate” drags on, the more disappointed I am in the Ravens.

I expect the NFL to show their true colors and expose themselves as the greedy stuffed suits that they are, but I’m shocked that Steve Bisciotti and the Ravens have allowed the league to play them like they have this week.

My first reaction to the NFL trying to force the Orioles to move their September 5th home game vs. the White Sox is RIGHT HERE and nothing has changed since I authored that piece on Monday.  If anything, I’m even more convinced that the NFL has created this mess nearly all on their own and, even more bothersome, they’ve tried to get the Ravens to do their dirty work by having the football team put pressure on the baseball team to “do the right thing”.

I can’t afford the Napa Valley bottle of Silver Oak the way Roger Goodell can, but that doesn’t mean I’m stupid or naive to what’s really going on here.

This saga over the Ravens opening game in September is all about the NFL and NBC wanting to maximize the amount of money they make on the game.

That’s it.  Nothing else is an issue.  It has nothing to do with the Jewish community in Baltimore, it has nothing to do with the baseball team having a game here and it has nothing to do with the football fans in town “deserving” to have the season opener played in the stadium occupied by the defending Super Bowl champions.

Those are all elements of an argument conjured up by the NFL to take the spotlight off of one simple fact:  By playing the game on Wednesday night in Baltimore – or Tuesday night, even – they stand to generate less money in TV revenue from NBC.

The specifics of how the rates vs. ratings formula are discreet, naturally, but NBC goes out and sells the NFL product based on “expected ratings” and those numbers are derived from gobs and gobs of data they’ve accumulated over the years.  They then lean on the NFL to give them the best possible TV schedule (dates, opponents, etc.) so they can sit in front of the folks at Budweiser and Bridgestone and Toyota and and Wranger and say, “Here are the 20 NBC games in 2013…you’ll be paying us $7.3 million for two 30-second ads in those games and here are the ratings you can expect, starting with that THURSDAY NIGHT season opener that has turned into a rating’s bonanza.”  They’ll then explain that clients are expected to fork over $233,000 (a made-up number) for a 30-second spot in that game because “the data” shows that 18.3 million people watch a Thursday night affair as compared to 14.4 million on a Sunday evening.  In other words, NBC charges $184,000 for a Sunday night commercial but for that special season opening Thursday night contest, they can bilk the advertisers out of $233,000.

That’s good business if you can get it.

But you can’t get that “Thursday night rate” if the game is played on Wednesday night.  Why?  Because that data shows – as most recently as last season when the Giants hosted the opener on a Wednesday evening – that fewer people are tuned in on Wednesday evenings.  So, instead of $233,000 for a commercial, the Wednesday rate is more like $143,000.

And then NBC gets irritated that the NFL is circumventing the contract between the two and, obviously, hurting their ability to generate advertising revenue (which, of course, pays the bill that the NFL sends them) based on the Thursday night game they THOUGHT they were going to have which turned into a Wednesday night affair.

In summary, NBC might only generate $74.3 million in NFL-related revenue this season instead of $73.1 million.  Boy, I wonder which executives will have to take out a second mortgage because of that loss?

All because that petty baseball team in Baltimore wouldn’t just give up their Thursday night home game, right?

Well, that’s what the NFL wants you to believe.  And, I bet, it’s what the Ravens are going to continue to want you to believe as well.  That’s why Steve Bisciotti’s quote from Monday bothered me so much.  You know, the one that ended with him saying, “The Orioles could get this done if they wanted to get it done.”

Wrong, Steve.

You had the sentence right, just had the villains incorrectly portrayed.

“The NFL could get this done if they wanted to get it done.”

There, Mr. B., I fixed that for ya.

The league could just move the game to Wednesday or Tuesday, even, and that would be that.

Oh, and remember the NFL has already tried to use the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah, as the “perfect excuse” for not wanting to play on Wednesday in Baltimore.  That theory was debunked in about 8 minutes by folks with the internet – and a brain – who quickly figured out the NFL has never before cared about any Jewish holiday when it comes to matters of scheduling.

No, folks, the game CAN be played on Tuesday or Wednesday in Baltimore and nothing about that would be wrong.

Same game, same hoopla, same chance for the fans to “revel with their championship team”.  If the game gets played on Tuesday or Wednesday in Baltimore, NOTHING at all changes about the celebration and/or the functional aspects of putting on a mammoth event such as the NFL season opener.

Nothing changes.

Except the NFL will hear some squawking from NBC, who won’t be able to get their desired “Thursday night rate” for a Tuesday or Wednesday broadcast.

It’s just greed, people.

That’s all it is.

And there’s also been some smarmy, smart-assness thrown in for good measure by the NFL and Roger Goodell.  I’m hearing he sent a message to the Orioles through a baseball executive that didn’t sit well with the folks at Camden Yards.  It went something like this:  ”You remind the Orioles that no matter what happens here, they’re going to be embarrassed.  If they don’t change the game and the Ravens are forced to go on the road, they stand to receive considerable backlash from the community.  And if they do play that home game on Thursday night and the Ravens play at 7pm on the road somewhere – on that Thursday night – they’ll have no one in the stands in Baltimore to watch the baseball game.”

Talk about bush-league, huh?

That’s your football Commissioner, playing hard-ball, because HE entered into a TV contract and HE promised the network they’d have a Thursday night game to open the season and HE just assumes everyone is going part the seas for him when he says, “get out of our way.”

There’s a solution to all of this and none of it involves the Orioles or White Sox, neither of whom should be forced to alter their September schedule for a football game.

Play the game in Baltimore on Tuesday or Wednesday.  Done deal.

In the meantime, I can’t finish this by reiterating how disappointing it is to see the Ravens adhere to the gang-up-on-the-Orioles mentality that the NFL kick-started on Monday.

This. Is. Not. The. Orioles. Problem.

Period, full stop.

I’m not much for predictions, mind you, but here’s one you can file away for kicks and giggles: There’s a chance the NFL will do the dumb thing and send the Ravens on the road to start the season.  The Orioles, of course, will get hammered for that by the people in town who aren’t sophisticated enough to see how this master plan has been drawn up by the NFL.  The Birds will get unfair criticism and lots of “those clowns just don’t get it” commentary from now until the football season begins.  Well – IF that happens — IF that happens — don’t be surprised if sometime in mid August the Orioles announce they have decided to move the Thursday, September 5th start date to 3:05 pm.  They’ll reach out to the White Sox and explain – like the NFL said way back in March – that “no one is going to come to the baseball game on September 5th if the Orioles are playing at the same time as the Ravens.”  They’ll slide the White Sox a $40,000 check for being nice, they’ll play the game at 3:05 pm, and then make it a point to remind their fans how “PR minded” they’re being by allowing them to watch baseball and then get home in time to watch their beloved Ravens kick off the season in (insert city here).

Wouldn’t that be a hoot?

Yes, it would.

Would it also be justified?

Yes, maybe it would.

 

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 21 January 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS); Women’s College Basketball: North Carolina @ Maryland (Thursday 8:30pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS), Maryland @ Clemson (Sunday 5pm from Clemson, SC live on YouTube); Soccer: MISL Rochester Lancers @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from 1st Mariner Arena live on MISLtv.com), Missouri Comets @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:3pm from 1st Mariner Arena live on MISLtv.com); Boxing: Lucas Matthysse vs. Michael Dallas Jr. (Saturday 10pm from Las Vegas live on Showtime), Friday Night Fights: Sergiy Dzinziruk vs. Brian Vera (Friday 9pm from Verona, NY live on ESPN2)

10. Miranda Lambert/Dierks Bentley (Thursday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena); The xx (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Little River Band (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), The English Beat (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Ra Ra Riot (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Cowboy Mouth/All Mighty Senators (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), The Used (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Sister Hazel (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Friday 8pm Strathmore); Bryan Adams (Saturday 8pm National Theatre); Tony Bennett (Saturday 8pm Warner Theatre); Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite “Get Up!” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

The xx? In the words of Joe Flacco, “I don’t know.”

Forrester and I have gone to see Ra Ra Riot a few times. What of it?

Sister Hazel should legally be forced to play a show here once a week.

This Ben Harper/Charlie Musselwhite thing is a “yes.”

9. Baltimore County Winter Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Sunday); Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters“, “Movie 43” and “Parker” out in theaters (Friday); John Witherspoon (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory), Todd Glass (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge (Saturday Sandy Point State Park)

The Polar Bear Plunge is a FINE reminder that…it’s been awhile since we’ve seen bikinis around here…

Now we should check in on Jennifer Lopez in Parker…

Okay. Nothing to see here obviously.

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Loyola/Maryland NCAA title rematch to air on NBC Sports Net

Posted on 17 January 2013 by WNST Staff

NBC Sports Network To Televise Men’s Lacrosse Vs. Maryland

 

NEW YORK – NBC Sports Network will televise the February 23 match up of teams that played in the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Game when Loyola University Maryland hosts the University of Maryland, the network announced today.

Faceoff is set for 1:30 p.m. (ET) from Loyola’s Ridley Athletic Complex in what will be the Greyhounds’ home opener and the first regular-season meeting between the teams since 1989.

The teams played in last year’s title game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., where Loyola won its first NCAA championship. The Greyhounds set a title game record by allowing just three Terrapin goals in the 9-3 victory.

Loyola and Maryland are ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively, in the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook preseason media and coaches polls. The Greyhounds tied an NCAA Division I record last year with 18 wins.

NBC Sports Network is available in nearly 80 million homes nationwide. The network is also televising the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic from Jacksonville, Fla., the weekend prior to the Loyola-Maryland game.

The game against Maryland is one of at least four that will be broadcast this season for Loyola.

The Greyhounds will face the U.S. National Team on January 27 from the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 at 11 a.m., and a tape-delayed airing of the game will show on ESPNU on Monday, January 28, at 12 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Loyola’s March 16 game against Air Force in Inside Lacrosse’s Whitman’s Sampler Mile High Lacrosse Classic in Denver will also be broadcast on ESPNU.

The Greyhounds’ April 27 game at Johns Hopkins will air live on ESPNU, as well.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 13 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Carl Froch vs. Yusaf Mack (Saturday 3pm from Nottingham, ENG live on Pay-Per-View); NBA: Washington Wizards @ Charlotte Bobcats (Tuesday 7pm from Charlotte live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Dallas Mavericks (Wednesday 8:30pm from Dallas live on Comcast SportsNet), Utah Jazz @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Indiana Pacers @ Washington Wizards (Monday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Gymnastics: Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions (Thursday 7:30pm Verizon Center)

10. Rick Ross (Saturday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena); The Who (Tuesday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Civil Twilight (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Yellowcard (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live), Chrisette Michele (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Kreayshawn (Tuesday 7pm Recher Theatre), Rome (Wednesday 7pm Recher Theatre), Smile Empty Soul (Friday 6:30pm Recher Theatre); Joe Budden (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Marc Cohn (Thursday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Yeasayer (Wednesday & Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), G. Love and Special Sauce (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Dan Deacon (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Dangermuffin (Tuesday 8pm Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge); Heart (Tuesday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall), Ray LaMontagne (Friday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall), Aretha Franklin (Saturday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Chris Isaak (Tuesday 8pm Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts); Ballyhoo (Friday 8pm Looney’s College Park); Lyfe Jennings (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Green Day “Dos” and Soundgarden “King Animal” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I STILL haven’t stopped hearing from everyone who went to the last Civil Twilight show at RHL…

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis provide some real, thought-provoking hip-hop. Genuine…

Dangermuffin-good name, better band.

If I’m telling the truth, I swoon a bit every time I hear this Ray LaMontagne tune…

9. Tom Green (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Bob Marley (Wednesday-Sunday DC Improv); Craig Ferguson (Friday 7pm & 10pm Warner Theatre); Anthony Bourdain (Saturday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); “Lincoln” out in theaters (Friday); “Brave” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I’m not going to lie…I used to be SO in on Tom Green. For example, this was a GREAT bit…

I’d like to see Lincoln. I’d like to see THIS even more…

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Baltimore still loves to “hate” Hines Ward

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Baltimore still loves to “hate” Hines Ward

Posted on 23 September 2012 by WNST Staff

Apparently, former Pittsburgh Steelers WR Hines Ward is still persona non grata in Baltimore. With the return of NBC’s Sunday Night Football to the Charm City for Ravens vs. Patriots, Ward is in town as part of the pre-game broadcast crew.

He posted on his Facebook page yesterday that he has not received a friendly welcome here in Baltimore:

From Hines Ward:

I had to share this with all of you, my loyal fans:

Heading to Baltimore tonight to do the Ravens-Pats game and as I’m at the gate heading to Baltimore, a flight attendant comes up to me and asks me, “You are Hines right?” and I said “Yes.” He says, “I HATE you!” So… I’m on the plane and the guy next to me says, “Are you Hines?” I say “Yes”. He says “I HATE you!” I’m thinking I’m about to have to fight this guy. As I’m flying, I’m praying the good Lord above isn’t a Ravens fan (Haha). When I get off the plane in Baltimore, the fine people at NBC have the car service guy hold up a sign under an alias name because they don’t want people to see my name in Baltimore. I get to the hotel and the lady hands me my key to my room and says, “thank you for staying with us today Mr. Ward, and by the way I HATE you” (Haha). I go to my room and the cleaning lady recognizes me from DWTS. She congratulates me but says, “I still don’t like you” (wow). Now I love crab cakes. It’s one of my favorite foods and Baltimore is known for their awesome crab cakes. But I’m too scared to order any from room service because I don’t want to be poisoned or have someone spit on them. I’ll starve myself today I guess. Guess what Ravens fans: I HATE you too but I will miss you guys the most. I had a great 14-year run here and besides the Super Bowls, I will always cherish the Ravens-Steelers rivalry. THANKS for the great memories Ravens fan. But I’m part of a new team now, NBC. I’m even picking you guys to win tonight because I know how hard it is to play in the LION’s DEN. But come on, I really just wanted to taste some of your great crab cakes. Can’t we all just get along? (Haha) – Hines

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 18 September 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Gabriel Campillo vs. Sergey Kovalev (Friday 9pm from Bethlehem, PA live on NBC Sports Network); WNBA: Indiana Fever @ Washington Mystics (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on NBA TV), Washington Mystics @ Chicago Sky (Saturday 8pm from Chicago live on NBA TV)

10. Autumn Equinox feat. Seether/Sick Puppies/Charm City Devils (Saturday 2:30pm Pier Six Pavilion), Avett Brothers (Sunday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Florence + The Machine (Wednesday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Mr. Greengenes (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); Kix (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live), All American Rejects (Saturday 7:30pm Rams Head Live); Rodney Atkins (Monday 7pm Recher Theatre); Big Krit/Slim Thug (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Leon Russell (Friday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Grizzly Bear (Thursday 7pm Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Ed Sheeran (Saturday 5:30pm 9:30 Club), Stars (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Ray Manzarek/Robby Krieger (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Foghat (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Animal Liberation Orchestra (Friday 7pm U Street Music Hall); Metric (Friday 8pm Strathmore); Lynyrd Skynyrd (Saturday 6pm Six Flags America); Arrested Development (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); Wye Oak (Sunday 8pm Black Cat); Third Eye Blind (Saturday 7pm Towson Center); “Sunfest” feat. Sha Na Na, Lonestar, Bret Michaels (Thrusday-Saturday Ocean City Inlet); The Killers “Battle Born” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

How difficult would it be for me to do the pre-game show Sunday, leave the studio to watch the Avett Brothers’ set and be back to Towson in time to host a postgame show about a game I didn’t watch?

I actually think you’ll find your boy in Columbia for FATM Wednesday night…

I’ve seen Arrested Development more times than others would care to admit…

Remember when it seemed like the Killers were falling off the face of the planet? I’m so glad that didn’t last…

9. Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday Revel Grove); Charlie Murphy (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Darrell Hammond (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Dredd 3D” and “End of Watch” out in theaters (Friday); “Prometheus” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I just heard Charlie Murphy was going to be on the show Wednesday. I’ll assume we’re talking a little basketball, right?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaKHR6oe52Q

Does Hammond do his whole show as Sean Connery? I’d pay to see that…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1SvsOWQlAA

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Towson battles William & Mary in nationally televised home opener

Posted on 14 September 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – More than two weeks after opening their season at Kent State University, Coach Rob Ambrose and the No. 12-ranked Tiger football team returns to Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium when the Tigers host Colonial Athletic Association rival William & Mary (0-2, 0-0) on Saturday, September 15 at 12 noon.

The Towson-William & Mary game will be nationally-televised on the NBC Sports Network. Todd Harris is the play-by-play announcer while Ross Tucker will handle the color commentary. Carolyn Manno is the sideline reporter.

The game will also be aired on the Tigers’ web site, www.TowsonTigers.com with Spiro Morekas and Ron Meehan calling the action. The Tigers’ internet broadcast also features a one-hour pre-game show.

When the Tigers host William & Mary on Saturday, they will be seeking their eighth consecutive win in a home opener. Towson has not lost its home opener since 2004 when Northeastern beat Towson. The Tigers have an all-time record of 33-10 in home openers.

Saturday’s game will be “Hometown Heroes Day” with members from the Maryland National Guard, Wounded Warrior Project, Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, Towson University Veterans Services, Fort Meade, and Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments participating in a special pre-game ceremony honoring America.

Prior to the National Anthem, members from the participating organizations will walk out onto the field holding a piece of American History – the National 9/11 Flag. Found in the aftermath of World Trade Center attacks on September 11, the National 9/11 Flag has been experienced by over 300 million Americans. The flag has been on a journey across America, stopping in each of the fifty states to be stitched back together by local heroes.

The National 9/11 Flag is steeped in history stemming out of the tragic 9/11 attacks. It has been stitched by survivors of the 2009 shooting at Ft. Hood in Texas, by World War II veterans on the deck of the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor, and by the family of Martin Luther King, Jr. It has also been stitched by Members of Congress and by thousands of everyday service heroes nationwide. Recently, a piece of the flag that Abraham Lincoln was laid to rest on was stitched into the fabric of this truly meaningful flag.

At the conclusion of the pre-game ceremony, the National 9/11 Flag will be on display on the South Concourse located inside Unitas Stadium.

Saturday’s game will also be Banner Day as the Tigers’ 2011 Colonial Athletic Association championship panel on the scoreboard will be unveiled.

The Tigers, who posted a 9-3 record last season and won the CAA with a 7-1 mark, had their bye week after their season-opening loss at Kent State. Coach Ambrose said the bye week was very beneficial to the team.

“The bye week was actually good for us,” says the Tigers’ fourth-year coach. “We spent the time working on focus, fundamentals and ball security. We also got a few players healthy. These are guys who weren’t able to play at Kent State.”

Last season, the Tigers beat William & Mary in Williamsburg, handing the Tribe its first-ever loss to Towson. Prior to the Towson victory, William & Mary had beaten Towson seven times in a row.

When the No. 15 Tigers handed No. 14 William & Mary a 38-27 last year, they improved to 6-1 overall and reached the halfway mark of their CAA schedule with a 4-0 record.

The Tribe comes into Unitas Stadium with an 0-2 record. William & Mary has dropped a pair of close games, dropping a 7-6 decision at Maryland and falling to Lafayette, 17-14.

“William & Mary’s defense is very good,” says Coach Ambrose. “At Maryland, their defense played out of its mind. They were truly impressive. Their loss to Lafayette doesn’t reveal too much because of the weather issues. We expect William & Mary to come into Unitas Stadium fully revved up to make everyone forget we actually beat them once.”

Turnovers and special teams mistakes were very costly at Kent State. The Tigers turned the ball over six times as Kent State converted those turnovers into 27 points. On special teams, the Tigers gave up 155 yards on kickoff returns and fumbled twice.

Senior quarterback Grant Enders (right) led the Tiger offense at Kent State. He completed a career high 26 passes in 36 attempts. Enders threw for 251 yards and a touchdown.

After falling behind by 17-0 in the opening ten minutes at Kent State, the Tigers didn’t run the ball as much as they planned. Although sophomore Terrance West was held to 36 yards on 14 carries, he did score two touchdowns. In 2011, West led NCAA FCS with 29 touchdowns scored. West has scored at least two touchdowns in his last nine games and now has 31 career touchdowns.

On defense, senior defensive end Romale Tucker and sophomore linebacker Kenton Powell led the Tigers in tackles at Kent State. Tucker and Powell are tied for the team lead with six tackles each.

The Tigers’ game against William & Mary is the first of two consecutive home games. Next week, Towson hosts its Homecoming Game against St. Francis (Pa.) at 7 p.m.

TIGER TALES:  Saturday’s game is the second of six Tiger games that are scheduled to be televised … It is also the Tigers’ first appearance on the NBC Sports Network … Towson’s games at Villanova and Delaware later this season will also be televised by NBC Sports Network.

Although the Tigers dropped a 41-21 contest to Kent State, they actually outgained the Golden Flashes … Towson had 331 yards of total offense while Kent State had 267 yards … Towson also had 20 first downs while Kent State had 15.

With 273 yards of total offense at Kent State, Enders ranks second in the CAA in that category … He is also second in the CAA with 251 passing yards.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 August 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Soccer-MLS DC United @ Sporting Kansas City (Saturday 8:30pm from Kansas City live on Comcast SportsNet); Pro Lacrosse: MLL Denver Outlaws @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 7pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on ESPN3.com); Charm City Roller Girls (Saturday 5:30pm Du Burns Arena)

10. Evanescence/Chevelle (Tuesday 4pm Pier Six Pavilion); American Idol Live feat. Phillip Phillips (Thursday 7pm First Mariner Arena Wednesday 7pm Verizon Center); O.A.R. (Friday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); System of a Down/Deftones (Tuesday 8pm Verizon Center); Linkin Park (Saturday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live), Aerosmith/Cheap Trick (Sunday 7:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); Steve Miller Band (Friday & Saturday 8pm Wolf Trap), Joe Walsh (Monday 8pm Wolf Trap); Little Feat (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Howie Day (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Lucinda Williams (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Alternate Routes (Friday 8pm Jammin’ Java); Boston/Kansas/Grand Funk Railroad (Saturday 7pm Aberdeen Proving Ground); Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw (Sunday 4:30pm FedEx Field); The Wailers (Sunday 8pm State Theatre); Silopanna feat. Cake, Citizen Cope, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, G. Love & Special Sauce, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Saturday Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds)

You may not have heard this, but I enjoy the tunes of the band Of A Revolution…

Do you think the Bosstones ultimately fell off because they just couldn’t shake the stigma that came with being the band from Clueless? They were so freaking good…

I’m looking forward to seeing Citizen Cope Sunday in Annapolis…

I’m looking forward to seeing Robert Randolph even more…

9. Chris Tucker (Saturday 7pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Ian Bagg (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Mike Birbiglia (Tuesday-Thursday DC Improv); Michael McDonald (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Baltimore County Summer Restaurant Week (Friday-Monday throughout Baltimore County); “Nitro Circus The Movie 3D” (Wednesday), “The Bourne Legacy” and “The Campaign” out in theaters (Friday)

I pray “The Campaign” doesn’t suck. There’s been far too much good thus far.

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NBC’s Epic Fail

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NBC’s Epic Fail

Posted on 06 August 2012 by Brett Dickinson

The Olympics, on video alone, have been everything anyone could ask for; excitement, drama, scandal and glory wrapped into about a half a month. The ratings have done well, while a rivalry has brewed between the U.S.A and China; other than politics and general stance of human decency. We have seen history made with Phelps, Bolt and several others, with still about a week left.

Bob Costas has been the front man for the coverage by NBC and as one of the most respected Sports Journalists in the country, has lived up to expectations. But that is the peak for NBC, as the rest of their coverage has really fallen flat to such a colossal event.

The tape delay is an issue into itself but witnessing Andrea Kramer’s post-swim interview after every race in the pool has been nothing short of terrible. After Ryan Lochte’s devastating fourth place finish in the 200M Freestyle, (where he is the outright favorite in basically any event not involving Phelps), Kramer had the tenacity to ask “Are you disappointed in your finish?”; it is actually surprising he didn’t throw her in the pool.

And that is the only the beginning. The gymnastics announcers put the jinx on the top rated, Mykala Maroney, in the vault by declaring her the winner before she even made her first attempt; Maroney finished with a Silver medal. Top notch journalism.

But the worst comes from the fact that Ryan Seacrest is even reporting in London; a guy who brought the world the Kardashians should not be covering the ultimate athletic competition. NBC obviously is floating him out there to gain younger viewership but loses respectability in the process. It is surprising he was not there to cover who Kobe Bryant hooked up with, or what underage athletes are caught drinking. In 2016, Joan Rivers will be reporting on Missy Franklin’s bathing suit.

Rio may have a lot more issues ahead then they expected, if this is NBC’s idea of Sports Journalism.

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Olympic Bombardment

Posted on 01 August 2012 by Tom Federline

From a sports standpoint – there is absolutely no excuse to be experiencing the “Summertime Blues” – Eddie Cochran (1958), (rock version – The Who 1967, Blue Cheer 1968). Unless you are in seclusion or deprived with no access to computer or television, you should be in seventh heaven with the Olympics sports coverage. You can nit pick NBC’s coverage saying it’s to dramatic, to many commercials, Bob “Cosmetics” Costas is wearing to much make-up or has to much hair color, etc. etc. Bottom line – you have options. Due to the 5 hour time difference, you have the choice of whether to know the outcome of an event, wait for tape, run through the DVR.  The television and written media is almost at a point of being over whelming. The availability of  numerous sporting events and background insight is 24/7. My DVR is full and I have to tape over or delete. Bring on the Olympics.

The Good – All of it. Depending on your TV/computer package,  there is potential of up to 6 TV channels covering the events. And if you miss something, anything, you can find a replay of it somewhere, via the information highway. It’s fast, it’s furious, it’s entertaining and it’s only been 4 days. My highlights – Womens gymnastics - team gold, Phelps – medal #19, womens swimming – all of it, USA in anything. Extended coverage of the less popular sports: archery, table tennis (ping-pong at a serious advanced level), synchronized diving, badminton, rowing, etc. How about those Fab 5 Golden Girls

The Bad – Ryan Lochte over-load. Looks like NBC jumped on that bandwagon a little to early of that self-indulged individual. Way to blow the lead in the 4 x 100 freestyle swimming relay, Ryan. Take your arrogance and silver grills and go tryout for a numbnut on some bogus TV reality(?) show. I do not agree with the top 2 gymnasts from each country in qualifications advancing to determine the title of Best All-Around. The attempt of a “Fix” and the throwing of badminton matches – Chinese, South Koreans and Indonesia taking tournament into their own hands – http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/badminton/highlights-badminton-players-try-to-throw-match.html.

The Ugly – The Fix. Subjective judging – gymnastics, diving, boxing. I saw clear evidence of “The Fix” in each of these events and it is shameful. Gymnastics – did you see McKayla Maroneys vault last night? It was perfect, even in super slow motion. It stopped me dead in my tracks. I do not believe I have ever seen a more perfect execution of a gymnastics event. And neither had the commentators - Tim Dagget – “I would like the judges to explain where were the deductions?” Synchronized diving - identical dives, same degree of difficulty, Chinese NOT synchronized (85 points) - Mexicans nail it (72 points). It’s just wrong man. Columbia soccer player cold cocking USA player during match and the referees missing it -  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/30/lady-andrade-suspended-abby-wambach-punch-ban_n_1720132.html?ref=topbar.

The Olympics positives and negatives are running the gambit. Highs – USA womens skeet shooter Kimberly Rhode winning a gold medal (99 out of 100 clays) and medaling in her 5th olympics. Disappointments – Michael Phelps not winning his 3rd gold medal in his signature event - the 200m butterfly. Drugs (accusations) - 16 year old Chinese swimmer knocking 5 seconds off her best time and taking home the gold. Highly questionable. Unfortunately, there will be more on PED’s. The Thrill of Victory – Missy Franklin and Allison Schmitt and their swimming accomplishments. USA womens synchronized diving gold. What are your impressions of the games so far?

I am still waiting to catch Brooks ”The Tuna” Velour in the 50m freestyle swimming sprint final – http://mdlottery.com/mdlottery-tv/medal-madness-featuring-brooks-velour/  – best darn commercial I have seen in quite some time. Good, Bad or Ugly  – The London Summer Olympics 2012 – what a nice break.

D.I.Y.

Fedman

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