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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 26 May 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-New York Liberty @ Washington Mystics (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Los Angeles Sparks @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Golf: PGA Tour the Memorial Tournament (Thursday & Friday 2:30pm live on Golf Channel Saturday 12:30pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS Sunday 12pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Dublin, OH), Champions Tour Principal Charity Classic (Friday 7pm Saturday & Sunday 5pm from Des Moines, IA on Golf Channel), ShopRite LPGA Classic (Friday 12pm Saturday 2:30pm Sunday 2pm from Galloway, NJ live on Golf Channel); Boxing: Carl Froch vs. George Groves (Saturday 4pm from London live on HBO)

10. Bruce Bruce (Tuesday 8pm & 10pm Rams Head on Stage); Tim Meadows (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Artie Lange (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Michael McDonald (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Maryland Craft Beer Festival (Saturday Carroll Creek Park); Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival (Saturday & Sunday Oregon Ridge Park); Taste of Three Cities (Saturday 11am M&T Bank Stadium); A Million Ways to Die in the West” and “Maleficent” out in theaters (Friday)

I never went and saw Tim Meadows’ “Ladies Man” movie because it looked terrible to me. I have to admit however this made me chuckle.

I’m not proud.

9. Luke Bryan (Friday & Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live), Journey & Steve Miller Band (Sunday 6:45pm Jiffy Lube Live); Foxy Shazam (Monday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Manchester Orchestra (Tuesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Ballyhoo! (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Rusted Root and The Wailers (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Old 97’s (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); T-Pain (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); Matisyahu (Sunday 7pm Lisner Auditorium); Neil Young “A Letter Home” available (Tuesday)

I know ZERO about Luke Bryan. So here’s Luke Bryan playing an Adele song. I have absolutely nothing else to say.

There are people whose opinions about music I respect and they enjoy Manchester Orchestra. That’s what I’ve got for you.

I consider Rhett Miller from the Old 97’s a close personal friend after we hung out in Dallas a few years ago. I have no idea how he feels about the whole thing.

Matisyahu’s show down in DC is acoustic. This might be really good.

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Capitals trade G Halak to Islanders for draft pick

Posted on 01 May 2014 by WNST Staff

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have acquired a fourth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft from the New York Islanders in exchange for the rights to goaltender Jaroslav Halak, assistant general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. The fourth-round selection was acquired by New York from Chicago.

Halak, 28, posted a 29-13-7 record with five shutouts, a 2.25 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in 52 games with Washington and St. Louis this season. The Bratislava, Slovakia, native was acquired by the Capitals from Buffalo with a third-round choice in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Michal Neuvirth and Rostislav Klesla on March 5, 2014. Halak has registered a 144-85-29 record in his career with 30 shutouts, a 2.38 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 will get you “ice’d”

Posted on 21 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

We’ve been doing this for nearly four months now. I think you know how it works.

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. We’re having some fun with our own Sweet 16 by tackling some “water cooler” topics that we’ve discussed during the course of the WNST era.

Oddly enough, this is the 16th week in our 16th year and we’re tackling our 16th topic. Also odd? My favorite actress is Molly Ringwald! Would you believe that?

If you missed any of our first 15 topics, here’s a look back.

(The “Sweet 16″ is driven by our friends at Jerry’s Automotive-Jerry’s Chevrolet & Jerry’s Toyota Scion!)

Week 15: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 games we’ve been treated to
Week 14: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 Masters moments of the last 30 years
Week 13: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 greatest pro wrestling moments in Baltimore history
Week 12: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports goofballs/personalities
Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

So we have to admit this didn’t really play out the way we had hoped it would up to this point. You see, when we cooked up these #WNSTSweet16 ideas we thought the Washington Capitals would be in the throws of a first round matchup in the NHL Playoffs. I mean, it’s been seven years since this has happened and all. We were pretty confident that hockey would be fresh on the minds of a number of Baltimore sports fans.

So can we just pretend like that actually happened? It will make this list a bit more relevant.

The NHL Playoffs have been GREAT thus far, with many overtimes allowing fans additional time to figure out where CNBC is on their cable package. Despite the Caps falling short of the postseason, this week’s list has a hockey twist.

Drew Forrester takes the reigns again for the #WNSTSweet16 this week, recognizing the Sweet 16 “Greatest Players in Washington Capitals history.”

You don’t necessarily HAVE to be a Caps fan to be able to get in on the fun-you simply have to have an opinion.

How does the team’s current MVP (Alex Ovechkin) rate against some of the franchise’s best ever-like Dale Hunter, Rod Langway, Yvon Labre or Mike Gartner? Where does Peter Bondra fall on this list? What about goaltenders like Olaf Kolzig or Jim Carey? Who else from the Ovechkin-era Capitals needs to be a part of the sixteen? Nicklas Backstrom? Mike Green? Alex Semin?

Drew cares about this type of stuff as much as anyone I know but he needs your help. As always, we’re not just trying to make Drew’s list, we’re trying to make something as close to an “official” list as we’re capable of.

Drew wants your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email him via drew@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Drew will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Luke on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday on “The Happy Hours” with Nestor Aparicio.

Consider this one final opportunity to enjoy Caps hockey for the season. And considering how things went, this will probably end up being much more enjoyable than anything else that happened during the course of the year. (As Drew and Ian Eagle might say: “It’s not a low blow, it’s just a fact.”)

This is your chance to make your voice heard. Who are the greatest players in the history of the Washington Capitals? Let Drew know!


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Brett & Barry react to the Yasiel Puig defection news, NHL having the best playoffs and a 20 year old age limit in the NBA.

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B&B Rapid Fire on Puig, NHL Playoffs & NBA Age Limit

Posted on 19 April 2014 by WNST Staff

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WNST’s Frankovic believes the Capitals will not retain GM George McPhee

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Audio

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionMixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night-Roy Nelson vs. Minotauro Nogueira (Friday 2pm from Abu Dhabi live on UFC Fight Pass); Auto Racing: NASCAR Southern 500 (Saturday 6:30pm from Darlington, SC live on FOX); Tennis: ATP Tour U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships (Thursday 7pm Friday 2pm Saturday 3pm from Houston live on Tennis Channel)

10. Katt Williams (Friday 8pm Baltimore Arena); Lewis Black (Thursday-Saturday Warner Theatre); Mick Foley (Tuesday 8pm Baltimore Comedy Factory), Guy Torry (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Privateer Festival (Friday-Sunday Fells Point); The Gathering: Food Trucks Rally (Friday 5pm War Memorial Plaza); Bay Bridge Boat Show (Friday-Sunday Bay Bridge Marina); Decanter Wine Festival (Saturday & Sunday Pimlico Race Course); Draft Day“, “Oculus” and “Rio 2” out in theaters (Friday); The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug“, “August: Osage County“, “Grudge Match” and “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a trailer that has made me want to see a movie LESS than Draft Day. But since Monday was the 25th anniversary of a REALLY good movie about a Cleveland sports franchise, let’s just remember that.

9. Avicii (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Aaron Lewis (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Phil Vassar (Friday 6:30pm Rams Head Center Stage); Carolina Chocolate Drops (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Ashley Monroe (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Emmylou Harris (Friday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Rick Ross (Friday 9pm Echostage); Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Southern Soul Assembly feat. Marc Broussard/JJ Grey/Anders Osborne/Luther Dickinson (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre)

You know what drives me nuts? I hate the idea of Avicii but I actually like some of his tunes.

I love Carolina Chocolate Drops. I also love Charm City Devils. I feel like if someone started a band called Cool Colorado Demons, I’d probably like them too. It’s a CCD thing.

I could use much more Dirty Dozen Brass Band in my life.

Marc Broussard is a totally unfair type of talented.

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Bovada gives Capitals 1/10 odds to miss playoffs

Posted on 02 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).


Odds to win the 2014 Stanley Cup (Teams in red have longer odds from last month, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)     

                                                Odd on 3/6/14               Current

Boston Bruins                           15/2                              9/2

St. Louis Blues                          5/1                                5/1

Chicago Blackhawks                 13/2                              13/2

Pittsburgh Penguins                  13/2                              7/1

San Jose Sharks                       10/1                              8/1

Anaheim Ducks                         15/2                              10/1

Los Angeles Kings                    12/1                              12/1

Philadelphia Flyers                    33/1                              14/1

Colorado Avalanche                  20/1                              20/1

Montreal Canadiens                   25/1                              22/1

New York Rangers                     20/1                              22/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                 28/1                              25/1

Detroit Red Wings                     40/1                              33/1

Columbus Blue Jackets             50/1                              40/1

Minnesota Wild                         33/1                              40/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                 25/1                              50/1

Dallas Stars                              50/1                              66/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       66/1                              66/1

Washington Capitals                  40/1                              66/1

New Jersey Devils                     66/1                              150/1


Odds to Win the 2014 Eastern Conference

Boston Bruins                           8/5

Pittsburgh Penguins                  11/4

Philadelphia Flyers                    8/1

Montreal Canadiens                   10/1

New York Rangers                     10/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                 12/1

Detroit Red Wings                     16/1

Columbus Blue Jackets             20/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                 25/1

Washington Capitals                  33/1

New Jersey Devils                     75/1


Odds to Win the 2014 Western Conference 

St. Louis Blues                          5/2

Chicago Blackhawks                 7/2

San Jose Sharks                       17/4

Anaheim Ducks                         5/1

Los Angeles Kings                    13/2

Colorado Avalanche                  10/1

Minnesota Wild                         20/1

Dallas Stars                              33/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       33/1


Odds to win the Presidents Trophy

Boston Bruins               1/3

St. Louis Blues              5/2

Anaheim Ducks             10/1


Playoff Odds

Will the Detroit Red Wings make the playoffs?

Yes      1/5

No        3/1


Will the Columbus Blue Jackets make the playoffs?

Yes      1/4

No        5/2


Will the Dallas Stars make the playoffs?

Yes      1/3

No        2/1


Will the Phoenix Coyotes make the playoffs?

Yes      2/1

No        1/3


Will the New Jersey Devils make the playoffs?

Yes      4/1

No        1/6


Will the Toronto Maple Leafs make the playoffs?

Yes      6/1

No        1/10


Will the Washington Capitals make the playoffs?

Yes      6/1

No        1/10

Odds to win 2014 NBA Championship (Teams in red have longer odds, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same) 

Odds on 3/4/14             Current Odds

Miami Heat                                11/5                              9/4

San Antonio Spurs                    11/1                              7/2

Indiana Pacers                          5/2                                9/2

Oklahoma City Thunder              15/4                              9/2

Los Angeles Clippers                12/1                              8/1

Houston Rockets                      16/1                              18/1

Golden State Warriors               20/1                              20/1

Brooklyn Nets                           66/1                              33/1

Portland Trailblazers                  20/1                              40/1

Chicago Bulls                            50/1                              50/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     66/1                              66/1

Toronto Raptors                        66/1                              75/1                             

Dallas Mavericks                       66/1                              100/1

New York Knicks                       250/1                            100/1

Phoenix Suns                            75/1                              100/1

Washington Wizards                  100/1                            150/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     500/1                            300/1

Atlanta Hawks                           250/1                            500/1


Odds to win 2014 NBA Eastern Conference

Miami Heat                                5/7

Indiana Pacers                          13/10

Brooklyn Nets                           14/1

Chicago Bulls                            25/1

New York Knicks                       40/1

Toronto Raptors                        40/1

Washington Wizards                  66/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     100/1

Atlanta Hawks                           250/1


Odds to win 2014 NBA Western Conference

San Antonio Spurs                    7/4

Oklahoma City Thunder              2/1

Los Angeles Clippers                9/2

Houston Rockets                      8/1

Golden State Warriors               11/1

Portland Trailblazers                  20/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     28/1

Dallas Mavericks                       50/1

Phoenix Suns                            50/1


Odds to win 2014 NBA Atlantic Division

Toronto Raptors                        1/2

Brooklyn Nets                           3/2


Odds to win first seed in Eastern Conference

Miami Heat                                2/5

Indiana Pacers                          7/4


Playoff Odds

Will the New York Knicks make the playoffs?

Yes      3/1

No        1/5


Will the Atlanta Hawks make the playoffs?

Yes      1/5

No        3/1


Will the Memphis Grizzlies make the playoffs?

Yes      1/6

No        4/1


Will the Dallas Mavericks make the playoffs?

Yes      1/2

No        3/2


Will the Phoenix Suns make the playoffs?

Yes      5/6

No        5/6


NBA Draft Odds

Andrew Wiggins – Will he be selected #1 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft?

Yes                  -400     (1/4)

No                    +250     (5/2)



Free Agent Specials – Total Receiving Yards in the 2014 Regular Season – DeSean Jackson           

Over/Under                    1000½


Free Agent Specials – Total Receptions in the 2014 Regular Season – DeSean Jackson      

Over/Under                    72½


Free Agent Specials – Total TD’s in the 2014 Regular Season – DeSean Jackson    

Over/Under                    7


Specials – Who will record more TD Passes in the 2014 Regular Season?

Nick Foles (PHI) QB                  -5

Robert Griffin III (WAS) QB        +5


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Bovada gives Caps 40/1 odds to win title, Wizards 100/1

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

NHL Odds

Odds to win the 2014 Stanley Cup (Teams in red have longer odds from last month, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)     

                                                Odd on 2/4/14               Current

St. Louis Blues                          6/1                                5/1

Chicago Blackhawks                 11/2                              13/2

Pittsburgh Penguins                  6/1                                13/2

Anaheim Ducks                         7/1                                15/2

Boston Bruins                           9/1                                15/2

San Jose Sharks                       10/1                              10/1

Los Angeles Kings                    16/1                              12/1

Colorado Avalanche                  20/1                              20/1

New York Rangers                     25/1                              20/1

Montreal Canadiens                   33/1                              25/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                 28/1                              25/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                 20/1                              28/1

Minnesota Wild                         40/1                              33/1

Philadelphia Flyers                    25/1                              33/1

Detroit Red Wings                     33/1                              40/1

Washington Capitals                  40/1                              40/1

Columbus Blue Jackets             40/1                              50/1

Dallas Stars                              75/1                              50/1

NBA Odds

“After looking at the rest of the schedule for the Philadelphia 76ers, it is possible that they will not be favored in any games for the rest of the regular season. We currently have them projected as small underdogs for their home game against Utah on Saturday. Seeing as Utah is probably one of the weaker teams left on their schedule, and they are still not favorites to win, we think the Sixers may be barking the rest of the season.”

Kevin Bradley, Bovada.lv Sportsbook Manager


Will the Philadelphia 76ers win another game during the 2013-2104 Regular Season?

Yes                  1/5

No                    3/1


Odds to win 2014 NBA Championship

Miami Heat                                11/5

Indiana Pacers                          5/2

Oklahoma City Thunder              15/4

San Antonio Spurs                    11/1

Los Angeles Clippers                12/1

Houston Rockets                      16/1

Golden State Warriors               20/1

Portland Trailblazers                  20/1

Chicago Bulls                            50/1

Brooklyn Nets                           66/1

Dallas Mavericks                       66/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     66/1

Toronto Raptors                        66/1

Phoenix Suns                            75/1

Washington Wizards                  100/1

Atlanta Hawks                           250/1

Cleveland Cavaliers                   250/1

Detroit Pistons                          250/1

Minnesota Timberwolves            250/1

New York Knicks                       250/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     500/1

Boston Celtics                          750/1


Odds to win 2014 NBA Eastern Conference

Miami Heat                                10/13

Indiana Pacers                          11/10

Chicago Bulls                            25/1

Toronto Raptors                        28/1

Brooklyn Nets                           33/1

Washington Wizards                  50/1

Atlanta Hawks                           100/1

New York Knicks                       100/1

Cleveland Cavaliers                   125/1

Detroit Pistons                          125/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     200/1

Boston Celtics                          400/1


Odds to win 2014 NBA Western Conference

Oklahoma City Thunder              5/4

San Antonio Spurs                    9/2

Los Angeles Clippers                11/2

Houston Rockets                      15/2

Golden State Warriors               9/1

Portland Trailblazers                  9/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     28/1

Dallas Mavericks                       33/1

Phoenix Suns                            40/1

Minnesota Timberwolves            100/1


Odds to win 2014 NBA Atlantic Division

Toronto Raptors                        1/4

Brooklyn Nets                           5/2


Odds to win 2014 NBA Northwest Division

Oklahoma City Thunder              1/7

Portland Trailblazers                  4/1


Odds to win 2014 NBA Pacific Division

Los Angeles Clippers                1/7

Golden State Warriors               9/2

Phoenix Suns                            15/1


Odds to win 2014 NBA Southwest Division

San Antonio Spurs                    1/5

Houston Rockets                      3/1


2013-14 NBA MVP

Kevin Durant (OKC)                   1/3

LeBron James (MIA)                  2/1


2013-14 Rookie of the Year      

Victor Oladipo (ORL)                 5/7

Michael Carter-Williams (PHI)      1/1


Odds to make Playoffs

Will the Atlanta Hawks make the playoffs in the 2013-14 season?

Yes      1/6

No        4/1


Will the Detroit Pistons make the playoffs in the 2013-14 season?

Yes      4/1

No        1/6


Will the Dallas Mavericks make the playoffs in the 2013-14 season?

Yes      1/4

No        5/2


Will the Phoenix Suns make the playoffs in the 2013-14 season?

Yes      5/7

No        1/1


Will the Memphis Grizzlies make the playoffs in the 2013-14 season?

Yes      1/1

No        5/7


Will the Minnesota Timberwolves make the playoffs in the 2013-14 season?

Yes      2/1

No        1/3

2013-14 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship – Odds to Win (Teams in red have longer odds, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)         

      Odds on 2/17/14           Current Odds

Florida                          6/1                                5/1

Arizona                         9/1                                8/1

Kansas                         15/2                              8/1

Wichita State                 14/1                              9/1

Duke                            9/1                                10/1

Syracuse                      6/1                                10/1

Michigan State              17/2                              12/1

Louisville                      12/1                              14/1

Virginia                         25/1                              14/1

Kentucky                      14/1                              16/1

Creighton                      25/1                              20/1

Wisconsin                     25/1                              20/1

Michigan                       22/1                              22/1

Oklahoma State            33/1                              22/1

North Carolina               50/1                              25/1

Villanova                       28/1                              28/1

Iowa State                     40/1                              40/1

Ohio State                    40/1                              40/1

Cincinnati                      40/1                              50/1

Connecticut                   50/1                              50/1

Iowa                             25/1                              50/1

San Diego State            33/1                              50/1

St. Louis                       40/1                              50/1

UCLA                            66/1                              50/1

VCU                             75/1                              66/1

Oklahoma                     150/1                            75/1

Pittsburgh                     66/1                              75/1

Memphis                       100/1                            100/1

New Mexico                  150/1                            100/1

SMU                             100/1                            100/1

Texas                           50/1                              100/1

UMass                          150/1                            100/1

Oregon                         150/1                            150/1

Xavier                           200/1                            150/1

Arizona State                150/1                            200/1

George Washington       200/1                            200/1

Gonzaga                       100/1                            200/1

Kansas State                150/1                            200/1

Stanford                       300/1                            200/1

Tennessee                    150/1                            200/1

LSU                              150/1                            200/1

Baylor                           250/1                            300/1

California                      200/1                            300/1

Colorado                      500/1                            300/1

Florida State                 250/1                            500/1

Georgetown                  250/1                            500/1

Harvard                         250/1                            500/1

Indiana                          250/1                            500/1

Minnesota                     250/1                            500/1

Missouri                        250/1                            500/1

Ole Miss                       300/1                            Off the Board   

Arkansas                      500/1                            Off the Board   

Clemson                       500/1                            Off the Board   



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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 25 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MISL-Baltimore Blast @ Pennsylvania Roar (Sunday 4:05pm from Reading, PA live on YouTube); Women’s College Basketball: Virginia Tech @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center); Boxing: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Bryan Vera (Saturday 9:45pm from San Antonio live on HBO)

10. David Koechner (Saturday 9pm Black Cat); Eddie Griffin (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Thor: The Dark World“, “Gravity” and “Nebraska” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Non-Stop” out in theaters (Friday); Canton Irish Stroll (Saturday 1pm Canton Square)

I find David Koechner to be a humorous individual.

Also, I might like this t-shirt, you.

9. Eagles (Saturday 8pm Verizon Center); Robin Thicke (Thursday 8pm Patriot Center), Avett Brothers/Old Crow Medicine Show (Friday 8pm Patriot Center); Young The Giant (Tuesday 9pm Rams Head Live), ZZ Ward (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); Nelly’s Echo (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Los Lobos (Friday 6:30pm & 9:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Flogging Molly (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Shaggy (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Brett Dennen (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), St. Vincent (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Talib Kweli (Sunday 9pm Howard Theatre); Band of Horses (Thursday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre), Josh Ritter (Friday & Saturday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Beck “Morning Phase” and The Fray “Helios” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I wish I could tell you I’d be in Fairfax Friday night. I fully support this tour.

Not familiar with OCMS? You probably know more about them than you think.

Couple of good shows in Charm City this week as well.

ZZ Ward is just so marvelous.

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For USA Hockey, Sochi Memory will Sting

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For USA Hockey, Sochi Memory will Sting

Posted on 24 February 2014 by Nick Dorsey


Perception can be amazingly unstable in sports. One day you can be on top of the world and the next, rock bottom. Perception of the USA hockey team entering the Olympic semi-finals in Sochi was that the Americans could potentially bring back the gold.

Team USA went undefeated through the preliminary round match-ups, including a thrilling shootout victory over the Russian’s. That victory on top of being the highest scoring team entering the semis, had people convinced that the Americans were ready to earn the respect from the rest of the hockey world.

You had a good feeling about this US team entering the semi final game versus their border rivals. Even though the Americans had a good showing going into the semis throughout the tournament, they were a huge under dog to the reigning champions. If team USA wanted to be taken seriously across the world, they would have to defeat the team that took away their gold medal in 2010.

The first period was competitive both ways, but the tides turned quickly. Canada defeated team USA 1-0 in the semi-final round. It was a hard fought match by both teams, but the game was a bit more lopsided than the score indicated.

Jonathan Quick was remarkable throughout the sixty minutes, keeping his team alive until games end. He was the sole reason why team USA always had a chance to get back into the match. The team that entered this round as the highest scoring nation could not find the back of the net.

The Canadians defense was smothering all game long. The Americans were unable to find holes through the neutral zone to utilize their great team speed. Once in the offensive zone, USA could not get off the boards. With the bigger ice surface in Sochi, they were not a threat to score from the boards. They could not get near the slot to give themselves a better chance on Carey Price.

Carey Price posted a shutout with 31 saves, but he was not nearly as battle tested as Quick was on the opposite end. There are only a handful of golden chances that Price denied of the Americans to find the back of the net.

The defense was considered the weaker part of Team USA heading into Sochi, but they held up their end of the bargain against Canada. Canada is stacked with forwards across all lines, but they were held to just one goal. USA had seven 20+ goal scorers in the NHL on their roster, but was unable to muster one goal against Canada.

It was a tough defeat for team USA, there was so much hope for this team coming into their match up vs. Canada. Having the chance to break the hearts of those that did the heartbreaking just four years ago. It was difficult, but they had a chance to move on and play for a bronze medal the next day.

Team Finland knocked off Russia in the quarterfinals led by Tuukka Rask. Rask had an illness the day of their semi-final game against Sweden, so he was unable to go. If he had not been ill facing team Sweden, they could have won. Instead, Finland fell 2-1 to Sweden.

Finland gave everything they got to receive the Bronze medal. Finland went on to a  5-0 rout over team USA. The first period of action was competitive, but Finland scored two goals within 11 seconds in the opening minutes of the second frame. Once Patrick Kane missed two penalty shots in the game, the air was sucked out from the USA bench. This same USA team that came into the semis as the highest scoring team, failed to score one goal in their final two games.

So perception of team USA entering Friday’s semi final game was promising. They were perceived as a team that could make a gold medal run. Perception of the same team just two day’s later, a complete failure.

When everyone look’s back at the 2014 Sochi Winter games, they will remember T.J. Oshie and his amazing shootout performance. They will remember defeating Russia on their home ice in a nail biter. They will also remember losing to their archrivals in Canada while failing to score one goal in the two most important games of the tournament.

This will be a painful memory for the Americans because they had a golden chance to earn respect everywhere by making a run. Instead, they overwhelmingly underachieved when it counted the most.

NHL play resumes this Tuesday with a make up game from earlier in the season. It will be interesting to see how the majority of these players play right after the Olympics. Some players will thrive off of the excitement they had playing in Sochi for their countries. Some of them will have painful memories of what could have been at the Olympics. These athletes will need to get it all together quickly because this is the most important stretch of the season.

Playoffs are near upon us and some teams are in need of making a run just to get there. Which players will be able to get past the Olympic games and put their sole focus just on their teams chances at a post-season birth? We have the months of March and April to see just that.

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