Posted on 18 November 2011 by WNST Staff
Posted on 06 November 2011 by Glenn Clark
I’m simply calling this my “Top 10 Most Memorable.” Not my “Top Ten Most Memorable Games” or my “Top Ten Most Memorable Moments”, just my “Top 10 Most Memorable” in the history of the Baltimore Ravens/Pittsburgh Steelers Rivalry…
10. Jamal2K (December 28, 2003-Ravens 13, Steelers 10 OT)
The game didn’t really end up meaning anything for either team, as the Ravens clinched the division earlier in the day with a Cincinnati Bengals loss. That said, the atmosphere remained electric for the Sunday Night Football matchup as Brian Billick stuck with his starters. RB Jamal Lewis fell short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record (live shots of Dickerson from ESPN during the broadcast actually added to the excitement), but he DID surpass the 2,000 yard mark and the Ravens claimed victory of their AFC North foe.
9. Ravens won’t defend (January 20, 2002 Steelers 27, Ravens 10)
Despite an up and down 2001 season, there was still a feeling that once the Baltimore Ravens reached the playoffs, they’d somehow figure out a way to defend their Super Bowl XXXV crown. Kordell Stewart and Amos Zereoue did little against the Ravens defense, but three Elvis Grbac picks ensured the Ravens’ title hopes would be dashed at Heinz Field.
8. Flacco’s coming out party (September 29, 2008 Steelers 23, Ravens 20 OT)
After a surprising quick start to the 2008 season with first year head coach John Harbaugh and rookie quarterback Joe Flacco, the Ravens entered their Monday Night Football showdown in the Steel City undefeated. They took a quick lead in the game, but some mistakes allowed the Steelers back into the game. The game would ultimately be won by the Steelers in overtime, but Ravens fans who made the trip felt good about the hopes for the coach and QB moving forward in the series.
Posted on 23 September 2011 by Peter Dilutis
Many of you probably know me from reading my blogs here on WNST.net. Some of you may have followed my writing when I was keeping up with “Charm City Sports Talk” or when I did some stuff for Fox 1370 and Sports With Coleman. Or perhaps the only thing you know about a Peter associated with WNST is that Pete the Professor kid that Drew rambles on and on about on random mornings when he wakes up on the wrong side of the bed.
But there is a lot more to the story of my young life, and starting tomorrow (September 24th) you’ll begin to learn a little bit more about me each and every weekend. I’m very excited and proud to announce the start of a new Saturday morning show on WNST 1570 AM and WNST.net. Every Saturday from 10-noon, WNST newcomer Jed Gamber and I will be discussing all things sports with you on “The Jed and Pete Show” (we figured we’d use our names in the title of the show until you become more familiar with us…then maybe we’ll come up with a fancy title).
I’ll introduce Jed Gamber tomorrow morning, but I’ll just say a few words about him right now. Look, I don’t pretend to know everything about sports. In fact, being in this business for more than a year has humbled me a great deal.
But I do have a knack for quickly picking out those who really do know what they’re talking about regarding sports, and those who frankly just don’t get it. You know, the kind of sports “fans” that swear they are diehard Orioles fans but couldn’t tell me who the O’s drafted in the first round in 2003.
I could give more analogies, but I think most of you reading this understand what I mean, and you can tell the difference between someone who knows what they’re talking about and someone who doesn’t.
Obviously, you will make your judgments every Saturday morning, but Jed gets it. He really does. Say 2006 Ravens, and Jed will immediately respond with Steve McNair, 13-3, awful loss to Colts. Say Sidney Ponson trade, and Jed will start talking about the failures of Damian Moss and Kurt Ainsworth.
Jed is a true Baltimore sports fan and he’s extremely knowledgeable. Plus he’s an awesome guy.
Needless to say, I’m excited to talk sports with Jed every Saturday morning on the station that NEVER stops talking Baltimore sports.
And I couldn’t be more grateful to the fine people that work together each day to make WNST what it is today. The opportunity that Nestor Aparicio, Paul Kopelke, Ashley Bishoff, Glenn Clark, Drew Forrester and everyone else associated with the company has provided me is one that I’ll never take for granted and never forget. And I cannot thank them enough for giving me a chance to do something that I’ve dreamed about since I was a little kid.
Posted on 18 September 2011 by Luke Jones
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The Ravens will be without a key member of their offensive line on Sunday as Ben Grubbs will miss the first game of his five-year career with a toe injury. The former Auburn product was expected to be replaced by newcomer Andre Gurode at the left guard spot, but swing linemen Mark LeVoir took more reps at guard with the starting line during pregame warmups.
Baltimore will also be thin in the secondary as cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (high ankle sprain) and Chris Carr (hamstring) had already been ruled out. Rookie Chykie Brown has been deactivated in lieu of the newly-promoted Danny Gorrer, who was on the practice squad before the Ravens waived linebacker Jason Phillips on Saturday.
Wide receiver Tandon Doss, linebacker Sergio Kindle, and defensive tackle Brandon McKinney are also inactive for the second straight week.
G Ben Grubbs
CB Chris Carr
CB Jimmy Smith
CB Chykie Brown
LB Sergio Kindle
WR Tandon Doss
DT Brandon McKinney
QB Rusty Smith
WR Damian Williams
S Chris Hope
CB Chris Hawkins
C Kevin Matthews
OT Byron Stingily
DE William Hayes
Posted on 04 September 2011 by Glenn Clark
BALTIMORE – I’m well aware that there were a number of frustrating things about Sunday’s inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix.
The traffic issues were painful. The construction made navigating Charm City difficult. At times during the last twelve months the Inner Harbor has been an eyesore for visitors and residents alike.
There have been plenty of bumps on the road to the BGP, an event some doubted would ever actually take place.
On Sunday, the only apparent bumps were the ones that took out half of the IndyCar Series field around Turn 3 by the Maryland Science Center.
Sunday’s event was tremendous, both in person and on television. (I uniquely experienced both thanks to Nestor Aparicio’s hospitality.)
The event itself allowed a festival atmosphere for folks who simply wanted to be at the “it” event for the region and didn’t really know anything more about Will Power (the event’s first winner) than Will Hunting (who got her number…I don’t particularly like those apples). There was live music, plenty of food and alcohol, good looking girls, celebrity appearances and giveaways.
For those who were truly interested in racing or just had a fascination with cars, the Baltimore Convention Center was a playground, filled with cars, gear and the opportunity to get up close and personal with the drivers themselves.
It was hard to complain about anything that was going on during the event. Perhaps there were times when the crowds made it difficult to maneuver around the track quickly, but that was to be expected.
The event on television (it aired on VERSUS) was significantly more enjoyable than a typical auto racing event. Instead of simple (boring) left turns, the views of Baltimore provided a lovely backdrop. With many more turns than a track like Dover or Richmond, the race was easier to follow than a typical NASCAR race. With only 75 laps (and lasting only two hours), there was never a feeling of “will this thing ever end?”
I can’t stress how much I enjoyed this thing. I’ll call it a pleasant surprise, as I was mostly uninterested in the event before the weekend. I did not officially decide to attend until Saturday night and was prepared to not enjoy the event whatsoever.
I was wrong. The event was tremendous and easily enjoyable for just about anyone.
Some things about the event can improve before 2012. Sunday’s music lineup was less than impressive (locals Jah Works were the most known act to take the stage). While Jimmie’s Chicken Shack and Collective Soul were legitimate headliners on the first two nights of the weekend, the event could have used a national headliner on Sunday, specifically after the race was over to keep fans from bailing as soon as the checkered flag waved.
It would be great if betting could somehow be incorporated into the event (it’s a great part of the Preakness experience), but sadly laws would have to be changed to make it possible. It is of course very unlikely we see that.
The fencing along the road course was difficult to see past, perhaps clear screens would be a better option in the future.
That’s about it.
The event was great. I had a great time.
I’m looking forward to making the event a part of my Labor Day weekend plans for 2012 and the years following.
Posted on 29 August 2011 by Glenn Clark
Honorable Mention: College Soccer-Stanford @ Maryland (Friday 7:30pm Ludwig Field), Radford @ Maryland (Sunday 7pm Ludwig Field); Holiday Inn Express BWI Classic: St. Francis @ UMBC (Thursday 7pm Retriever Soccer Park), Fairleigh Dickinson @ UMBC (Saturday 7pm Retriever Soccer Park); Boxing: Jan Zaveck vs. Andre Berto (Saturday 10:30pm from Biloxi, MI live on HBO); WNBA: Atlanta Dream @ Washington Mystics (Thursday 7pm Verizon Center), Washington Mystics @ Atlanta Dream (Friday 7:30pm from Atlanta live on NBA TV), Connecticut Sun @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV)
10. UPROAR Festival feat. Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Sevendust (Wednesday 2pm Jiffy Lube Live), Jimmy Buffett (Thursday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live), Stevie Nicks (Saturday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live), Journey/Night Ranger (Sunday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Lyle Lovett & His Large Band (Tuesday 8pm Wolf Trap); Olivia Newton-John & Terrell Owens host Cancer Awareness Event feat. Kelly Bell Band (Saturday 6:30pm Rams Head Live); The Hold Steady (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Umphrey’s McGee (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); B.B. King & Buddy Guy (Tuesday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall), The Script (Thursday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Fuel (Friday 7pm Jaxx); Blake Shelton (Saturday 7:30pm Timonium Fairgrounds), All Time Low (Sunday 7:30pm Timonium Fairgrounds); Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Friday 8:15pm Baltimore Grand Prix Party Zone), The Bridge/Collective Soul (Saturday 7pm Baltimore Grand Prix Party Zone); Red Hot Chili Peppers “I’m With You”, Lil’ Wayne “Tha Carter IV”, Counting Crows “August & Everything After: Live From Town Hall”, Lenny Kravitz “Black And White America” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)
I won’t make the rescheduled version of Jimmy Buffett either, but somewhere in the comfort of my own home I’ll probably be singing “Fins”…
Drew Forrester plays tunes from The Hold Steady sometimes on “The Morning Reaction”. I’m a fan…
I’m so bitter that all of the good shows are in DC this week. Men shouldn’t admit to enjoying The Script as much as I do…but I REALLY enjoy The Script. A lot…
WNST intern Ryan Morrison hooked me up with an advance copy of Tha Carter IV…I hope I’m not getting him in legal hot water by mentioning that. There was a humorous moment during Hurricane Irene where everyone in my house was singing along to this song. Don’t play it if you’re at work. Unless you work at The Gold Club. If you do, could you bring a Chap’s sandwich by the station Monday?
9. Maryland State Fair (Tuesday-Monday Timonium Fairgrounds); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday-Monday RennFest Fairgrounds Crownsville); Glenn Clark’s Kickball Championship Round (Thursday 6:45pm Carsins Run Aberdeen)
I’m not sure which yet, but either Friday night or Monday early afternoon I’ll be at the fair. I have two goals. ONE-watching something get born in the Birthing Center and squirm like hell. TWO-Re-enact this picture…
Glorious. Re-enacting THIS picture would also be an option…
There’s a good chance I win the Breeders Cup at some point in the future.
Oh-I’m playing for a kickball title Thursday night in Aberdeen before the Ravens game. The hell with the Ravens game, no one that matters is playing. I’m playing for a kickball title. I’d love to have you guys come support us. You really owe me at least that much considering all I’ve done for you.
Posted on 24 August 2011 by Glenn Clark
I wandered down to College Park Monday night to see the Maryland Terrapins unveil their brand new Under Armour football uniforms at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
The entire event was highlighted by Terps DL AJ Francis, who delivered a Ric Flair-style entrance and then capitalized by giving his best WWE promo to WNSTV…
(If you’re interested in more pictures of players in the uniforms, UMTerps.com has a gallery, including the photo of QB Danny O’Brien below.)
In the 24 hours following the unveiling of the uniforms, I’ve heard/read a ton of responses. Just amongst WNST staff members, I’ve seen Nestor Aparicio use terms like “tacky” and “ugly” while our youngest contributor Peter DiLutis described the threads as “SICK” via Twitter.
For the most part, bloggers and analysts have been less than positive in their comments about the new duds, while younger Maryland fans and the players themselves have offered overwhelmingly positive feedback.
(For what it’s worth, I think some of the uniform schemes are fine-in fact some are pretty cool. Some of the color combinations however should just be avoided altogether. I’m not particularly enamored by the font or the numbers, but I like the state flag use and I will admit that I dig the turtle shell helmet scheme. That being said, I’m a Maryland fan. It’s unlikely they’d create a uniform scheme I completely hated.)
One of the most common themes in the light of the uniform unveiling, which included significant involvement of UA CEO and former Maryland Special Teams captain Kevin Plank, was that it appeared as though Maryland was trying to become the “Oregon of the East.”
Oregon athletics have been widely known to receive significant financial support to Ducks alum and Nike CEO Phil Knight. A high profile part of Nike’s involvement with Oregon athletics has been the school’s ever changing football uniforms, which Baltimore Ravens TE Ed Dickson and his former teammates prominently displayed in pictures like the one below…
We’ve had plenty of fun pointing out the over the top nature of Oregon uniforms in recent seasons. The uniforms they wore for the BCS Championship Game this past January were the subject of a number of giggles throughout the sports world, including a few comments about how parts of the uniform appeared to be designed by highlighter.
Sounds like a nice problem to have, doesn’t it?
You see, critics of the Oregon uniforms were complaining about the threads the Pac 10 champions wore while they were PLAYING FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
Posted on 18 August 2011 by Glenn Clark
If you missed it, I was officially introduced as the new 2-6pm host at Sports Talk 1570 WNST on Thursday.
Just 24 hours later, I’m already committing to working overtime.
We’ll call them the “Nasty Purple Pregame” & “Nasty Purple Postgame” shows. (Who knows if that name will stick, but under the gun we’ll go with it.)
The “Nasty Purple Pregame” show will start during tomorrow afternoon’s show, roughly around 4pm. Ryan Chell and I will take the pre-game show up to 7pm, before making way for the Baltimore Ravens-Kansas City Chiefs contest at M&T Bank Stadium.
During the pre-game show, we’ll get a live report from WNST Ravens Insider Luke Jones at “The Bank” to find out who’s in and who’s out for the Ravens as they prepare for their second preseason game.
Also during the pre-game show, we’ll check in with a number of Ravens players. While you’re in your car on the way to the game or in the parking lot before kickoff, you’ll hear from DL Arthur Jones, P Sam Koch, TE Ed Dickson and DL Cory Redding. It will provide a great chance to know the latest from the players before you head into the stadium.
We’ll run down our goals for the Ravens in the game and we’ll take your calls on what you’d like to see the team accomplish with Head Coach John Harbaugh expecting starters to play “well” into the 2nd quarter.
We’ll also chat with WNST NFL Analyst Chris Pika about the latest football headlines and more.
After the game (or perhaps during the 4th quarter), Ryan and I will hit the airwaves again. We’ll host a two hour post-game show featuring post-game audio from Ravens players and Harbaugh. We’ll also hear from WNST’s Drew Forrester, Nestor Aparicio and Luke Jones who will all be on-site at the stadium.
We’ll also take your phone calls at 410-481-1570 as you dissect how the Ravens took a step forward, stepped back or offered a repeat effort from their preseason Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
If you miss Friday night’s post-game show, it will replay Saturday & Sunday as part of WNST’s “Purple Weekends.”
I’m only a day into this. I already feel like I need a vacation.
Look forward to chatting with you tomorrow.
Posted on 18 August 2011 by Glenn Clark
I’ve taken a number of jobs in my short radio career.
Having gone from station to station, format to format, time slot to time slot and market to market, I’ve had more than one occasion in my life where I’ve had to say something along the lines of “hi, I’m the new guy.”
In this case, I’m grateful because I don’t feel as though that will be necessary this time.
As you may have heard Thursday morning on “The Morning Reaction” with Drew Forrester and Luke Jones or read in Nestor Aparicio’s column today at WNST.net, there’s a change in my life.
After more than three years of getting up early and hanging out with Drew, I’ve been rewarded with an opportunity to sleep in a bit.
I have taken over as the afternoon show host (2-6pm) on Sports Talk 1570 WNST.
I’m incredibly excited.
As I’ve shared multiple times, I was a WNST listener when I was younger. Before I realized “Nasty” Nestor Aparicio was the father of one of my classmates (and friends) at Perry Hall High School, I had been handed a “Get Nasty” sign and was familiar with Charm City’s most well known sports talk host.
My familiarity as a WNST listener made my decision to leave KDUS in Phoenix much easier a few years back.
This is the next step for me, and I’m looking forward to it. I’m grateful for the time I’ve been able to spend with Drew every morning for the last few years, and for everyone else in the WNST family (and the numerous others I’ve worked with during my time) for everything they’ve taught me.
As my headline would indicate, the fact that I’ve been able to get to know you guys means I don’t think you need to know much more about me.
I listen to a lot of O.A.R. & Robert Randolph. I’m much too defensive about Roberto Alomar & Gary Williams. I’ve never met a fruit-flavored craft beer I didn’t at least try if not immediately add to the collection. I’m probably going to get banned from Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square at some point soon because I spend more time there than I do my own home.
You probably knew all of that.
I have plenty of other thoughts that I’ll be looking forward to share moving forward.
I have a few simple thoughts about local sports radio.
Posted on 03 July 2011 by Glenn Clark
I know a thing or two about format flips.
I remember exactly where I was sitting in January 2005 when I heard the final bars of “Last Goodbye” by Jeff Buckley (one of the greatest songs in music history) before hearing the following come from my radio…
“WHFS. Annapolis. Washington DC.” It was immediately followed by a lot of Spanish, but I think I remember the words “Siempre de Fiesta” and “Noventa-nueve punto uno eff eme.”
It was followed by some sort of latin song that if I knew I would curse it to this day.
21 years old at the time, I can honest to God say that the day 99.1 WHFS became 99.1 El Zol was one of the saddest days of my life. It honestly felt like losing a friend.
In my teenage years, I camped outside of Harford Mall, White Marsh Mall and even on York Road in Towson to get HFStival tickets. I tuned in late at night to hear Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew Pinsky (one of the greatest teams in broadcast history) sign off Loveline at 1am with Adam’s trademark Hawaiian “Maholo.” (I found out at an older age “maholo” actually meant “thank you”, not “goodbye.” I will admit that I am still confused as to why he used it.) I stayed tuned in to hear if at 1:05 Neci would play my favorite songs from Everclear, Stone Temple Pilots, Beck or Pearl Jam.
Hell, I even called and emailed Neci repeatedly hoping she would play the Candyskins’ version of “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield. I really did. There was nothing cooler to me in my life than when I became friends with Neci on MySpace. It was hard for me to admit that to her after we started working together.
It was my dream as a teenager to be a WHFS disc jockey. I ultimately got the chance to live that dream, but I still swear to God I shed a tear the moment I realized the latin sounds from my radio meant 99.1 WHFS was gone forever.