Potrykus said that the Terps upset win over Wisconsin during the 2014-2015 season acclimated the Badgers to the atmosphere in College Park.
“It’s interesting because the UW who went there last year loved that environment,” Potykus said. “They said even though they lost that game, it was a great environment to play in and enjoyed the atmosphere, and the guys this year were prepped for it.”
Potrykus believes taking the crowd out of the game was a big key for Wisconsin this time around.
“Two things happened. One, they got off to a fast start, and once Wisconsin built a double digit lead, they took the crowd out of the game,” Potrykus said. “Maryland made some surges in the second half and the crowd got into it, but Maryland was never able to get the crowd enough, and Wisconsin had some answers to make that a quieter place than most people are accustomed to.”
Jeff Potrykus went in to talk about the Badgers adjustment from Bo Ryan to Greg Gard, their NCAA Tournament hopes, and much more.
Listen here to his full chat with Nestor:
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Our good friend Marty Conway joined Nestor this week to talk all thing sports business, and one of the main topics of conversation was the Baltimore Orioles substantial increase in their season ticket prices.
Marty found it to be very unusual that the Orioles waited this long to announce their price change for 2016.
“This was very unorthodox and probably more than likely reflects the current management structure in the organization where Peter Angelos will be signing off on this to the point where he needs to see it and feel it,” Conway said.
“It’s also very unorthodox, I would think, to reference in the press statements about it, the signing of players and things like that,” Conway said. “Everybody understands that, you do not have to articulate that in your releases with respect to ticket prices. Unfortunately what they ended up with was headlines that say two things. They say a 20% ticket increase, that’s the number one headline, and the second headline talked about this being the result of signing players.”
To listen to Marty Conway’s entire discussion with Nestor Aparicio, click here:
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Mike Ashley of the Terrapin Times joined Nestor to discuss the Terps loss to Wisconsin over the weekend.
While Ashley admits that “the student flash mob was executing better than the Terps” at one point in the first half, he believes that Terrapins fans need to tip their hat to the Badgers in this case..
“I think you have to give Wisconsin a lot of credit,” Ashley said. “That’s a team that’s won seven games in a row, have overcome losing Bo Ryan early in the year as their coach. I think they’ve really adapted.”
“I think it’s more a situation where you have to give Wisconsin credit than talk bad about the Terps at this point.”
As for the rest of the season as we inch closer to March, Ashley does believe that the Terrapins need to toughen up a bit if they’re going to reach all of their goals.
“One thing that I took away was the Diamond Stone incident before the half,” Ashley said. “There was a little bit of badass that this team might need to get to the next level. They have got to play with more of a chip on their shoulder when things get rough with them.”
“Sometimes they have to be able to flip that switch and play a little bit madder, a little bit meaner, and that to me is the missing component to these guys,” Ashley said. “They’ve got Final Four talent but we’ve seen them out-toughed in some key games this year.”
Hear Mike Ashley’s full chat with Nestor Aparicio right here:
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Bob Kravitz checked in with Nestor and gave his thoughts on the Peyton Manning story that has come out about his time at the University of Tennessee.
Kravitz had a couple issues with the way the information was released…
“The issue I had with it is that it was a facts of case document, the 74 page document which I’ve read twice now,” Kravitz said. “Which is by definition, a biased one sided document. I mean it’s supposed to be. That’s what she pays a lawyer for.”
“It is a one-sided document that is going to express the very worst in Peyton Manning or whoever happens to be being sued in this particular situation, and there was nothing from the Manning side, “Kravitz said. “There was no document, no facts of case, there was nothing from the judge. That was the issue that I had with it. There was no real effort made to try and balance the story. ”
Bob also is a bit skeptical as to the consistency of Jamie Naughright’s story.
“The story has changed some, and I don’t mean to be victim shaming here,” Kravitz said. “I’ve got two daughters and I understand what that’s all about, but there seems to be a lot of inconsistency and one-sidedness in this particular report.”
To hear Nestor’s full chat with Bob Kravitz, listen here:
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Our WNST All-Star beat reporter Luke Jones checked in this week to to discuss the state of the Ravens, Orioles, and Terps.
Will the Orioles end up signing Yovani Gallardo, and does Luke agree with their pursuit of him given his declining K-rate?
How will the Terps home loss to Wisconsin impact the rest of their season as they chase a Big 10 Championship?
Which route will the Ravens take in free agency? How much cap room do they have to potentially make some moves to upgrade the roster? Which of the Ravens own free agents will they prioritize as the offseason begins to heat up?
Get answers to all of those questions and much more!
Luke Jones on the Baltimore Orioles:
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The Washington Capitals are off to one of the best starts in their storied history, and we at WNST will be joined by head coach Barry Trotz as we Rock the Red at Buffalo Wild Wings Bel Air on Monday, February 29th at 730PM.
There’s something special about February 29th. It only comes around once every four years, and with the Capitals leaping towards the Stanley Cup this season, it’s only fitting that we spend this special evening with Coach Trotz and all you Caps fans out there!
We’ll talk to Coach Trotz about his second year in the district and how this team compares to all of the teams that he’s coached both in Nashville and Washington. Why should we believe that the Caps will finally move past the second round of the NHL playoffs? Coach Trotz will answer all of these questions plus many more! We’ll also have some very special Washington Capitals giveaway items for you to win.
Furthermore, There Goes My Hero Foundation will be on hand swabbing in an effort to add as many people as possible to the bone marrow transplant database. We’ve done some amazing work with them since March of 2014, raising thousands of dollars and swabbing thousands of people in our effort to save lives!
A big thanks to our good friend Carl Delmont and our presenting sponsor Freedmont Mortgage for their continued support of our mission here at WNST. We also appreciate the support of Joe Enoch, Rick Donovan, and the good folks at Enoch Office, as well as everyone involved with Planet Fitness, the official gym of WNST. Also, we’ve now had a several year partnership with our friends at Buffalo Wild Wings Bel Air, and somehow, the food just gets better and better!
We hope that you’ll rock your red and join us as we hang out with Coach Barry Trotz on this very special leap day. The puck drops at 730PM. Come hungry with an appetite for delicious food and a night of Caps fun!
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So many memories of Ted Marchibroda. They started with me on Bank Street in Dundalk taking the No. 22 bus to Memorial Stadium to see his Colts teams play in 1975-76-77. Then, watching as our team was gone as he led the K-Gun offense in Buffalo.
Then, of course, I got to know Ted Marchibroda when he was named the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens and had a press conference on February 15, 1996.
Marchibroda called my show that day and the audio is here and in the Buy A Toyota Audio Vault.
He also spent an entire evening with a group of fans at The Barn in May 1997. That chat is also here and will be presented on WNST.net & AM 1570 radio this week.
We join everyone associated with both the Colts and Ravens organizations in wishing Ted Marchibroda an eternity of peace and happiness in football heaven.
Ted Marchibroda passed away on January 16th, 2015, at the age of 84.
Marchibroda coached the Baltimore Colts from 1975 through 1979, the Indianapolis Colts from 1992 through 1995, and was hired to coach the newly relocated Baltimore Ravens in 1996. He coached in Baltimore for three years, and was considered by many Baltimore football fans as the perfect head coach to serve as a bridge as the team transitioned from Indianapolis to Baltimore. Known as an offensive innovator, Marchibroda is a highly respected figure in the game.
My first chat with Ted Marchibroda in February of 1996 before the Ravens had ever played a game in Baltimore – before they even had a name!
Hear us discuss Vinny Testaverde, Art Modell, expectations for the Ravens in year 1, and look ahead to the draft which ultimately produced Ray Lewis and Jon Ogden.
In May of 1997, Ted sat down with me once again after having coached the Ravens to a 4-12 record in their inaugural season in Baltimore.
Listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of their conversation here:
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Brandon Stokley is one of Peyton Manning’s closest friends, and he joined Nestor to discuss #18 and the Broncos heading into their matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Brandon felt that the time off for Manning as he recovered from his injury may have benefitted him mentally as much as physically…
“He knows what kind of team they have, and he doesn’t have to win the football game anymore,” Stokley said. “That doesn’t have to be his mindset heading into the playoffs. You’ve got the best defense in the NFL. So if you need to throw the ball away or take a sack, that’s fine.”
Although Manning has established himself as one of the best quarterbacks of all time, the question of whether he has three good games left in him persists across the nation. What does Brandon think?
“That’s a very valid question, and I guess we all will see,” Stokley said. “I think he does. I really do. I think he’s going to come out and play great. I know the guy well, and there’s nobody that’s going to go out and fight and claw and compete like him. He’s going to be prepared and he’s going to lay it all on the line. I think he’s going to go out and have a great game and play well. Obviously I think they’ll win, and it’ll make for a great AFC Championship game.”
“It’ll make for a fun ride for him, to see him in possibly his last playoffs ever.”
To hear all of Brandon Stokley’s chat with Nestor, listen here:
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Our Indianapolis pal Bob Kravitz joined us and gave his thoughts on the surprising extension given to Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, calling the Pagano/Grigson relationship “a marriage of convenience.”
Bob also talked about Sean Payton’s reported interest in the Colts job.
“How many opportunities do you get to work with a guy like Andrew Luck? This would have been a very, very attractive job offer, especially if he would have gotten complete control over personnel,” Kravitz said. “And that’s something that I believe he would have wanted.”
Furthermore, Kravitz made a bold prediction when it comes to Nick Saban potentially leaving Alabama.
“I believe that if Nick Saban wins this national title game against Clemson, I believe that Nick Saban will be going to the New York Giants.”
You can listen to the full interview here:
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