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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 24 September 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Mixed Martial Arts-Bellator MMA (Friday 9pm from Portland, OR live on SpikeTV); Boxing: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Bryan Vera/Adonis Stevenson vs. Tavoris Cloud (Saturday 10:15pm from Carson, CA/Montreal live on HBO); Golf: Champions Tour First Tee Open at Pebble Beach (Friday & Saturday 6:30pm Sunday 7pm from Monterey Peninsula, CA live on Golf Channel); College Basketball: All teams allowed to begin practice (Friday)

10. Ke$ha (Friday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion); Sunday In The Country feat. Gary Allan, Brantley Gilbert, Florida Georgia Line, The Henningsens (Sunday 1pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Lionel Richie (Wednesday 8pm Patriot Center), Atoms For Peace (Monday 8pm Patriot Center); Rascal Flatts (Saturday 5pm Jiffy Lube Live); Reel Big Fish (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); Carbon Leaf (Thursday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Kix (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (Thursday 8pm 8×10 Club); The Unlikely Candidates (Wednesday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Wild Feathers (Sunday 12pm Rams Head on Stage); Jimmy Cliff (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre); Walk The Moon (Thursday 7pm Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), ZZ Ward/The Wild Feathers (Saturday 5:30pm 9:30 Club), Bastille (Saturday 10pm 9:30 Club); Joe Satriani (Wednesday 8pm Warner Theatre), Earth, Wind & Fire (Sunday 8pm Warner Theatre); Rock The Bells feat. Kendrick Lamar/Wale/Wu-Tang Clan/Kid Cudi/J. Cole/Bone Thugs N Harmony (Saturday & Sunday RFK Stadium); Jack Johnson (Wednesday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); KT Tunstall (Saturday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Biffy Clyro/Morning Parade (Sunday 8pm U Street Music Hall); Kings of Leon “Mechanical Bull” and Drake “Nothing Was The Same” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I wish Carbon Leaf played here once a week…

If for some reason you’re not legally allowed to come to the Bryant McKinnie Show Wednesday night, go see Unlikely Candidates…

Would you guys be so upset if I skipped the Creative Deck Designs pregame show to catch The Wild Feathers in Annapolis Sunday instead?

Kind of a big record for KOL. They don’t want to be the band that was SUPPOSED to be the biggest thing ever.

9. Kevin Nealon (Friday & Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Gary Valentine (Thursday-Saturday DC Improv); “Don Jon” out in theaters (Friday); “Iron Man 3″ available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Season TV Premieres: “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (Tuesday 8pm ABC), “Modern Family” (Wednesday 9pm ABC), “South Park” (Wednesday 10pm Comedy Central), “Parks and Recreation” (Thursday 8pm NBC), “Saturday Night Live” (Saturday 11:30pm NBC), “The Simpsons” (Sunday 8pm FOX), “Bob’s Burgers” (Sunday 8:30pm FOX), “Family Guy” (Sunday 9pm FOX), “American Dad” (Sunday 9:30pm FOX); St. Demetrios Greek Festival (Thursday-Sunday Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church); “The Gathering: Food Truck Rally” (Thursday 5pm Maryland Historical Society, Friday 5pm McHenry Row); Baltimore Book Festival (Friday-Sunday Mt. Vernon Place); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds)

Don’t be surprised to see me poke over to the Greek Festival this weekend for a lot of THIS.

It’s good that Parks & Recreation is coming back. I need more time to prepare my Bert Macklin costume for Halloween.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 17 September 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Soccer: MLS-DC United @ New England Revolution (Saturday 7:30pm from Foxborough, MA live on MLS Direct Kick); College Soccer: Navy @ UMBC (Tuesday 7pm Retriever Soccer Park), UMBC @ Loyola (Saturday 7pm Ridley Athletic Complex); WNBA Playoffs: Washington Mystics vs. Atlanta Dream (Game 1 Thursday TBD from Atlanta live on ESPN2 Game 2 Saturday 7pm from Atlanta live on Monumental Network/NBA TV Game 3 if necessary Monday TBD from Atlanta live on TBD)

10. Willie Nelson & Family (Sunday 7pm Pier Six Pavilion); Imagine Dragons/The Neighbourhood (Friday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Virgin Mobile FreeFest feat. Robin Thicke/Vampire Weekend/MGMT/City & Colour/Avett Brothers (Saturday 12pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Michael Buble (Sunday 8pm Verizon Center); Steely Dan (Friday 7:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); Robert Randolph & The Family Band (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), Scotty McCreery (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live), Local Natives (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Pepper (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Mickey Hart Band (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Hed PE (Sunday 6pm Baltimore Soundstage); Dan Deacon (Saturday 9pm Ottobar); Mint Condition (Thursday 7:30pm Rams Head Center Stage); Yellowcard (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Michael Franti & Spearhead (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Jamey Johnson (Sunday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Alt-J (Wednesday & Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Stereophonics (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Pet Shop Boys (Thursday 8pm Strathmore); Montgomery Gentry (Saturday postgame Nationals Park); MGMT “MGMT”, Elvis Costello & The Roots “Wise Up Ghost” and Jack Johnson “From Here To Now To You” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

You may recognize Imagine Dragons as the band that performs EVERY SONG YOU’VE HEARD IN 2013.

I’ve lost so many hairs on my arms to Robert Randolph shows over the years. I could share any number of his songs, but I just learned that he once did “Up On Cripple Creek” with Joe Walsh so that will be the play.

J. Roddy Walston and The Business are the Biz. Ness.

Wait. Elvis Costello and THE ROOTS? Elvis Costello and The Roots.

9. Maryland Wine Festival (Saturday & Sunday Carroll County Farm Museum); Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention (Thursday-Saturday Hunt Valley Wyndham); The Gathering: Food Truck Rally (Friday 5pm Penn Station); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); Prisoners” out in theaters (Friday); Erik Griffin (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Dave Attell (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); World War Z” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Grand Theft Auto V” available for XBox360/PlayStation3 (Tuesday)

Is Erik Griffin not coming to you? Are you a Workaholics fan? If not, you should be.

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Former Notre Dame G Rodgers joins Towson staff

Posted on 05 September 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Former Notre Dame goalkeeper Scott Rodgers has joined the Towson Lacrosse staff as a volunteer assistant, Head Coach Shawn Nadelen announced.

“I am excited to have Scott join our Towson staff,” said Nadelen. “Scott is an exceptional goalie who possesses the ability and passion to teach the techniques needed to excel in the cage.  He has a great rapport with those he has worked with and Scott’s personality, work ethic and attitude will allow him to fit in well with our culture of Towson Lacrosse.”

A member of the Tewaaraton Trophy watch list and a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award finalist, Rodgers was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 NCAA Championship. A two-time All-America honoree, he was the 2009 Great Western Lacrosse Player of the Year.

He led the nation in goals-against average (6.14) and save percentage (.663) in 2009 and in save percentage (.605) in 2010 in addition to ranking third in goals-against average (7.56) in 2010. Rodgers finished his stellar career with a 6.77 goals-against average and a .642 save percentage, making 371 saves and allowing 207 goals.

Rodgers was selected by the Toronto Nationals in the second round (seventh overall pick) of the 2010 MLL Draft and then was taken by the Minnesota Swarm in the second round (15th overall pick) of the 2010 NLL Draft.

Rodgers holds goalkeeping camps and clinics all around the United States. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s in sociology.

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Maryland women release 2013-2014 schedule

Posted on 28 August 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland women’s basketball team released its full 2013-14 schedule Wednesday. It features 16 Atlantic Coast Conference games, including home games vs. Notre Dame, Florida State, Syracuse and Georgia Tech.

The Terrapins will open their ACC slate at North Carolina on Jan. 5 in a game shown on ESPNU. Then, Maryland will return home for a three-game home stand with matchups vs. Wake Forest, Syracuse and Georgia Tech Jan. 9 through Jan. 19. Maryland will play at Virginia Jan. 23 in an RSN-televised game.

ACC newcomer Notre Dame will come to Comcast Center for the first time since 2007 on Jan. 27 in an ESPN2 Big Monday game. To close the month of January, the Terrapins will play at NC State on Jan. 30 in a game shown on ESPN3.

Maryland’s first game in February will be at Syracuse on Feb. 2, then the Terps will host Pittsburgh and Clemson on Feb. 6 and Feb. 9, respectively. Next, the Terrapins will make a roadtrip to Miami on Feb. 13. Maryland will play at Duke in its second Big Monday matchup of the season on Feb. 17.

The Terps will host 2012 NCAA Tournament team Florida State on Feb. 20. They will take on Georgia Tech in Atlanta in an ESPN2 game on Feb. 23, then travel to Boston College on Feb. 27. Maryland will host Virginia Tech in its final regular season game on March 2.

The Terrapins will play in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. March 5-9, with the NCAA Tournament beginning March 22. Sites for the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament have not been determined, with the Final Four April 6-8 in Nashville, Tenn.

For the Terrapins’ full schedule, log on to www.umterps.com.

In the earliest preseason polls, the Terrapins are ranked No. 5 nationally. They went 26-8 in the 2012-13 season and advanced to the program’s fifth Sweet Sixteen in head coach Brenda Frese’s 11 years. This year, the Terps return four of five starters, two-time ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas, and bring on four talented newcomers inLexie Brown, A’Lexus Harrison, Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.

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Maryland announces 2013-2014 basketball schedule

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Maryland announces 2013-2014 basketball schedule

Posted on 22 August 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland opens regular season against Connecticut; Schedule features home games against Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Virginia 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland men’s basketball team announced Thursday its 2013-14 schedule, which features the regular season-opener against Connecticut at the Barclays Center, a matchup with Ohio State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and a nationally-televised Big Monday home contest with 2013 Final Four participant Syracuse.

The Terrapins will play an 18-game conference slate, highlighted by home-and-home series with ACC newcomer Pittsburgh, Virginia, Florida State and Virginia Tech.

In addition to hosting Syracuse, the Terps have conference home games against Miami, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Notre Dame. Maryland will also travel to Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, Boston College and North Carolina State in its final season in the ACC.

Maryland will play eight teams that participated in last season’s NCAA Tournament. The Terps are currently slated to be featured on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU on 14 occasions, the ACC Network six times with their final regular season game against Virginia on March 9 to be televised nationally on CBS.

“Our schedule features many of the top basketball programs in the country and we are excited to compete against these outstanding teams,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said. “We have a number of challenging early season matchups, which will prepare us for a very competitive conference schedule.”

The Terps will open the season with an exhibition matchup against Catholic on Nov. 3 before traveling to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., for the second consecutive season to play Connecticut on Friday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The Terps face the Huskies for the first since the 2002 NCAA Tournament, when Maryland defeated Connecticut, 90-82, in the Elite Eight en route to the 2002 national championship.

After a pair of home games against Abilene Christian on Nov. 13 and Oregon State on Nov. 17, the Terps travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam. Maryland will open the tournament against Marist on Nov. 22 and play two additional games in St. Thomas.

Maryland will host Morgan State on Nov 29 as part of the Paradise Jam tournament and will follow with a road game at Ohio State on Dec. 4 in the aforementioned Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Terrapins will then play George Washington in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center before opening their ACC slate on the road against Boston College on Dec. 12.

The Terps conclude the month of December with a four-game homestand vs. Florida Atlantic (12/14), Boston University (12/21), Tulsa (12/29) and N.C. Central (12/31).  Tulsa’s head coach, Danny Manning, is a former University of Kansas teammate of Mark Turgeon.  The Maryland-Tulsa game is scheduled to be televised on ESPNU.

Maryland opens the New Year hosting Georgia Tech on Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. on the ACC Network and travels to play at Pittsburgh onJan. 6 at 7 p.m. on ESPN 2. Maryland is at Florida State on Jan.12 at 8 p.m. on ESPNU and hosts conference newcomer Notre Dame on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.  Maryland has its lone meeting against N.C. State at Raleigh on Jan. 20 at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.

The Terps host consecutive home games at Comcast Center against Pittsburgh on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 and meet Miami on Jan. 29 at noon on the ACC Network.

During the month of February, Maryland’s schedule features four road contests at Virginia Tech, at North Carolina, at Virginia and at Duke and has a pair of national-televised games on Big Monday on ESPN (at Virginia and vs. Syracuse). The Terps head to Virginia Tech on Feb. 1 at noon and follow with their only meeting at North Carolina on Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. Both contests will be televised on the ACC Network.  Maryland hosts Florida State on Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. on ESPN2 and then features consecutive road games at Virginia on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. on ESPN and its lone matchup at Duke on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN 2.  Maryland, who won two of its three games against Duke last season, was the lone team in the country to beat the Blue Devils twice.

The Terps will host Wake Forest on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. on RSN and will have their second appearance on Big Monday (first at home) against Syracuse, a 2013 NCAA Final Four participant, on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Maryland meets Syracuse for the first time since 2007 and leads the all-time series 5-2.

Maryland will tip off the month of March at Clemson on March 2 at 1 p.m. on the ACC Network and will conclude its regular season with a pair of home games against Virginia Tech on March 4 at 8 p.m. on the ACC Network and versus Virginia on March 9 at noon with a nationally-televised game on CBS.

Regional broadcast times for non-conference games will be announced at a later date.

Men’s basketball season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets cost $589 in Terrapin Club seating areas and $445 in the upper level corners.  A five-month payment plan is available as a great option for fans to spread out their overall cost.

To order season tickets, contact the ticket office at 800-462-TERP or online at  http://ev9.evenue.net/cgibin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=MB&linkID=umd&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=&format=grpMenu

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2013-14 MARYLAND MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Day     Date                Opponent                                                                                  Time                   Television

Sun.    Nov. 3             CATHOLIC (Exhibition)                                                           TBD                    TerpsTV

Fri.       Nov. 8              vs. Connecticut (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.)                      6:30                     ESPN2

Wed.   Nov. 13           ABILENE CHRISTIAN                                                               TBD                    TBD

Sun.    Nov. 17           OREGON STATE                                                                       TBD                    ESPNU

Fri.      Nov. 22           Marist (Paradise Jam – St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands)            TBD                     TBD

Sat or Sun.Nov.23 or 24    TBD (Paradise Jam – St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands)            TBD                     TBD

Mon.    Nov. 25            TBD (Paradise Jam – St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands)              TBD                     TBD

Fri.       Nov. 29            MORGAN STATE                                                                       TBD                     TBD

Wed.    Dec. 4              at Ohio State (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)                                      7:00                     ESPN2               

Sun.     Dec. 8              vs. George Washington (Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.)     TBD                     TBD

Thurs.  Dec. 12            at Boston College*                                                                       7:00                     ESPNU

Sat.     Dec. 14           FLORIDA ATLANTIC                                                                TBD                    TBD

Sat.     Dec. 21           BOSTON UNIVERSITY                                                              TBD                    TBD

Sun.    Dec. 29           TULSA                                                                                        TBD                    ESPNU

Tues.  Dec. 31           N.C. CENTRAL                                                                          TBD                    TBD

Sat.     Jan. 4              GEORGIA TECH*                                                                       2:00                     ACCN

Mon.    Jan. 6              at Pittsburgh*                                                                               7:00                     ESPN2

Sun.     Jan. 12            at Florida State*                                                                          8:00                     ACCN

Wed.    Jan. 15            NOTRE DAME*                                                                          7:00                     ESPN2

Mon.    Jan. 20            at N.C. State*                                                                              9:00                     ESPNU

Sat.     Jan. 25            PITTSBURGH*                                                                           6:00                     ESPN 2

Wed.   Jan. 29            MIAMI*                                                                                        9:00                     ACCN

Sat.      Feb. 1              at Virginia Tech*                                                                          Noon                   ACCN

Tues.   Feb. 4              at North Carolina*                                                                       8:00                     ACCN

Sat.     Feb. 8             FLORIDA STATE*                                                                     3:00                     ESPN2                               

Mon.    Feb. 10            at Virginia*                                                                                   7:00                     ESPN

Sat.      Feb. 15            at Duke*                                                                                      6:00                     ESPN/2              

Tues.  Feb. 18           WAKE FOREST*                                                                        7:00                     RSN

Mon.   Feb. 24           SYRACUSE*                                                                               7:00                     ESPN

Sun.     March 2           at Clemson                                                                                  1:00                     ACCN

Tues.  March 4          VIRGINA TECH*                                                                         8:00                     ACCN

Sun.    March 9          VIRGINA*                                                                                    Noon                  CBS

March 12-16                at ACC Tournament (Greensboro, N.C.)

March 18 & 19             at NCAA First Round (Dayton, Ohio)

March 20 &22              at NCAA Second & Third Rounds (Buffalo, N.Y., Milwaukee, Orlando, Spokane, Wash.)

March 21 & 23             at NCAA Second & Third Rounds (Raleigh, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis)

March 27 & 29             at NCAA Regionals (Memphis, Anaheim)

March 28 & 30             at NCAA Regionals (New York, Indianapolis)

Apr. 5 & 7                    at NCAA Final Four (Arlington, Texas)

 

* – Atlantic Coast Conference game

All times and dates subject to change (times for non-conference home games subject to change with regional TV selections);

All times Eastern and P.M.; Home games played at Comcast Center (17,950) listed in BOLD CAPS

 

Radio – All games on the Maryland Sports Radio Network (Flagships: ESPN 1300, WJZ-FM 105.7, ESPN 980) and umterps.com

TV Key – CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU – national broadcasts; ACC Network (ACCN), Regional Sports Network (RSN), – regional broadcasts. TerpsTV available via live stream on www.umterps.com


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Maryland’s final ACC basketball opponents revealed

Posted on 23 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Most ACC teams released their home and away opponents for the 2013-2014 basketball season Tuesday, allowing the University of Maryland’s opponents to be determined fairly easily.

Notably, Maryland will not host long-time conference rivals Duke or North Carolina (or North Carolina State)in their final conference season. They will play all three teams on the road only. The Terrapins do however get the benefit of playing all three incoming ACC teams (Pitt, Syracuse, Notre Dame) at Comcast Center in their final season before departing for the Big Ten. Their four home and home series are with Pitt, Florida State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Here is the list of the Terps’ ACC opponents for the season:

HOME
Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

ROAD
Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State, Pitt, Virginia, Virginia Tech

The other things we know about Maryland’s 2013-2014 schedule are that they open the season November 8 against UConn in Brooklyn; they face Marist in the Thanksgiving week “Paradise Jam” event (which also features Morgan State, La Salle, Providence, Vanderbilt, Northern Iowa and Loyola Marymount); they face George Washington at the Verizon Center in the BB&T Classic and they will host Oregon State (per the Washington Post).  

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Te’o Lied, Sports Journalism Failed

Posted on 23 January 2013 by Brett Dickinson

So the story is the craziest, EVER, in sports history.  Manti Te’o met a girl online, spoke with her on the phone every night, while she first recovered from a car accident, and then struggled with Leukemia.  Te’o’s grandmother passes, only to hear hours later that Lennay Kekua, his “girlfriend,” lost in her fight to cancer as well, on the same day.  Te’o went on to have the one of the greatest season of all-time at Linebacker, came in second for the Heisman Trophy and led Notre Dame to a National Championship appearance.  Great story, not 100% true; which leads to an even greater story.

Let’s all be honest, nobody was hurt from this story, no one broke the law, no one died (well in real life at least).  Yet sports journalists attached themselves to this story, condemned a 22 year old kid and questioned everything from his future, his integrity to his sexuality.  No one would believe that this story could possibly be real, that Te’o was that naïve, that he did not do this for publicity.

Well, as more evidence has been revealed, we now know that Te’o did not have involvement in the hoax and was actually the victim in “someone’s sick joke (his own words).”  Roniah Tuiasosopo admitted to creating the scam, apologizing to basically everyone he directly involved.  Jeremy Schaap, probably the world’s greatest sports investigative journalist, sat down with Te’o and was convinced by his side of the story.  And now Te’o has not only shown physical evidence to Schaap (text messages, Facebook messages, and tweets) but has given up his phone records to prove the thousands of hours he spent on the phone with “Kekua.”

This is not an unprecedented event; if the Catfish documentary (and now MTV show) has taught the world anything, it’s not to trust anyone on the internet.  This same situation occurs every day to mass amounts a people in all walks of life.  So when sports journalists basically called Te’o a dumbass, they insulted thousands of people who live with the same stress and embarrassment.

Now for those who are angry that Te’o lied and exaggerated the truth about a relationship with a female.  Well, then you must have been cut off from society for I don’t know, FOREVER, because everyone has stretched the truth at some point of their life in regards to the opposite sex. He continued the lie because he did not know how to handle disappointing an entire fan base of not just Notre Dame, but football in general.  At 22, no one can say they were mature enough to deal with that kind of scrutiny.

And while you are busy questioning Te’o’s integrity and trust, real life scumbags play each and every week, in every sport.  There are thousands of stories the public let slide, by all athletes and celebrities, but the lies Te’o continued is where the line is crossed.  This NFL season, players on several respected organizations, which many question whether he could be trusted to play beside, have been found as criminals on a regular basis, yet garner less attention combined, than Te’o, the past couple weeks.

Terrell Suggs drug his girlfriend down the street by her hair, in his car, in front of their children (this was after he dumped bleach on her in 2009); that story was not trending on Twitter.  Jay Ratliff and Michael Turner both received DWI’s (that’s the more serious offense for being wasted while driving), when the NFL supplies a driving service for all its members, including players (a story we here about every year).  Or when was the last time you heard the name Josh Brent; the Cowboys Defensive Lineman charged with manslaughter after driving drunk and killing his own teammate.  How many Facebook posts were made about that? Dez Bryant was charged with assault after slapping/hitting his own mother, yet was praised for maturing in his third season.  Michael Crabtree was just charged last Thursday for sexual assault; haven’t heard anything about the story since the 49ers made the Super Bowl.

Yet Te’o is the one that does not belong on an NFL roster.  He lied about what he knew and when he knew it; by far the greatest crime in humanity.  It is an absolute, if you asked any of those criminals about their situations; they may throw a couple of lies in their story too.

So in the end, I blame sports journalism for their lack of integrity in what has transpired with this entire story.  They blew up the story in the first place (Peter Thamel of Sports Illustrated), without probably checking sources; Te’o didn’t go running to the presses with his personal life.  And when Deadspin.com properly reported the twists in this tale, sports journalists were the first to again judge, without knowing the facts. It is time to not only get the priorities straight in this business, but start becoming accountable for the work not only in print but in social media as well.  Grow up sports journalism, grow up.

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Navy announces 2013 football schedule

Posted on 16 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy Announces 2013 Football Schedule

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The Navy football team, coming off an 8-5 campaign that saw the Mids win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the eighth time in the last 10 years and appear in a bowl game for the ninth time in the last 10 years, will face a challenging 2013 schedule that includes seven bowl teams from 2012 including a Notre Dame team that played for the BCS National Championship.

 

The Mids have an attractive five game home schedule in Annapolis that includes games against Service Academy rival Air Force, Pittsburgh, in its first year in the ACC, on Homecoming and Football Championship Subdivision power and local rival Delaware.  The annual Army-Navy Game Presented by USAA, which is the greatest rivalry in all of sports, will be played on Dec. 14 in Philadelphia.

 

“This will once again be an incredibly challenging schedule for our football team,” said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo.  “With seven teams on our schedule that went to bowl games a year ago and with four teams from BCS conferences on the schedule, our young men will have to work extremely hard this offseason to accomplish all of our goals next year.  I think we have a great home schedule and I hope our fans and the Brigade will be excited about the quality games we are playing at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, as we will need that home field advantage.”

 

Navy kicks off the 2013 campaign on Sept. 7 when the Mids travel to Bloomington, Ind. to take on the Indiana Hoosiers of the Big 10.  It will be the latest Navy has started a season since 1998 when the Mids opened at Wake Forest on Sept. 10. Meanwhile, it will mark Navy’s first trip to Bloomington since 1986.   Last year, Navy rallied for a thrilling 31-30 victory over Indiana in Annapolis.

 

The Mids return to Annapolis the following Saturday (Sept. 14) to take on Delaware in the home opener.  This will be the sixth meeting between the two squads since 2003 with Navy holding a slim 3-2 advantage over the Blue Hens.

 

After an off week, Navy travels to Bowling Green, Ky. to take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and first-year head coach Bobby Petrino.  Western Kentucky was 7-6 last year including a loss to Central Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.  Western Kentucky will be the first of six-straight opponents that participated in a bowl game a year ago.

 

Air Force comes to Annapolis (Oct. 5) the following week as Navy will look to defend its title as the top Service Academy football team in the first game of the round-robin competition between Navy, Air Force and Army for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.  Navy defeated Air Force last year, 28-21, in overtime.   The last 10 games between these two rivals have been decided by an average of 5.2 points per game with the last two games going to overtime.  Air Force finished last year 6-7 after losing to Rice, 33-14, in the Armed Forces Bowl.

 

The Mids will hit the road the next two weeks playing at Duke on Oct. 12 and at Toledo on Oct. 19.  Duke is coming off its most wins (six) since 1994 and played Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl, while Toledo finished 9-4 in 2012 and played in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl where it lost to Utah State.

 

The Mids return home to face a Pittsburgh squad on Homecoming (Oct. 26) that is coming off a six-win season and an appearance in the BBVA Compass Bowl against Ole Miss.  Pitt will be in its first season as a member of the ACC.

 

The Mids travel to South Bend, Ind. the following week (Nov. 2) to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  Notre Dame is coming off a season that saw it go undefeated in the regular season and play Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game.

 

Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo’s alma mater, Hawai’i, will come to town on Nov. 9 to take on the Midshipmen, while South Alabama will travel to Annapolis the following week (Nov. 16) to play Navy for the first time.

 

The Mids will travel to San Jose State on Nov. 23. The Spartans are coming off an 11-2 season and a victory over Bowling Green in the Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman, 29-20.  San Jose State has beaten Navy in each of the last two seasons.

 

The Mids will cap off the 2013 season on Dec. 14 against Army at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field.  The Mids won last year’s game in thrilling fashion, rallying for a 17-13 victory.  It was Navy’s 11th-straight victory over the Black Knights, which is a series record.

 

CBS has the rights to all of Navy’s home football games and either CBS or CBS Sports Network will televise all five home contests. Navy’s game at Notre Dame will be televised by NBC, while CBS is home for the Army-Navy Game.  Game times and television information for the rest of the road schedule will be announced at a later date.

 

With six wins in 2013, the Mids will appear in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Ft. Worth, Texas.  A date has not been set for the bowl game.

 

2013 Navy Football Schedule

Sept. 7                        at Indiana                                    Bloomington, Ind.

Sept. 14            Delaware                                    Annapolis, Md.

Sept. 28            at Western Kentucky                        Bowling Green, Ky.

Oct. 5                        Air Force                                    Annapolis, Md.

Oct. 12                        at Duke                                    Durham, N.C.

Oct. 19                        at Toledo                                    Toledo, Ohio

Oct. 26            Pittsburgh (Homecoming)            Annapolis, Md.

Nov. 2                        at Notre Dame                        South Bend, Ind.

Nov. 9                        Hawai’i                                    Annapolis, Md.

Nov. 16            South Alabama                        Annapolis, Md.

Nov. 23            at San Jose State                        San Jose, Calif.

Dec. 14            vs. Army                                    Philadelphia, Pa.

 

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 31 December 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Friday Night Fights: Rances Barthelemy vs. Arash Usmanee (Friday 10pm from Miami live on ESPN2); Women’s College Basketball: Florida State @ Maryland (Sunday 1:30pm from Comcast Center live on ESPNU); High School Basketball: Perry Hall @ Dundalk (Wednesday 6:30pm), Perry Hall @ Chesapeake-Anne Arundel County (Friday 7pm)

10. Badfish (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Ryan Cabrera/Teddy Geiger (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Wale (Tuesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Delta Rae (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Pat McGee Band (Friday & Saturday 7:30pm Birchmere)

I wish I could say I wasn’t familiar with Ryan Cabrera. I wish more that I could say I didn’t enjoy this song.

Wale is a Redskins fan. As much as that bothers me, I still enjoy this tune.

Delta Rae likely the best band you weren’t listening to in 2012…

I genuinely enjoy Pat McGee.

9. “Looper” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “Texas Chainsaw 3D” out in theaters (Friday); Cirque Eloize iD (Saturday 8pm Sunday 1pm & 5:30pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Glenn Clark’s New Year’s Day plans (Tuesday parts unknown)

Honestly, you really don’t want to know what I do to celebrate the New Year. I’ll give you a hint. It doesn’t involve pants.

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Navy, Notre Dame to meet at FedEx Field in 2014

Posted on 13 December 2012 by WNST Staff

Navy And Notre Dame To Meet At FedExField In 2014

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The 2014 Navy-Notre Dame game will be played on Nov. 1 at FedExField in Landover, Md. it was announced today by Redskins Chief Marketing Officer Mitch Gershman and Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk.

 

This will be the first meeting between the two schools at FedExField since 1998.  Navy last played at FedExField on Dec. 10, 2011 when the Mids defeated Army, 27-21.

 

“FedExField did a fine job of hosting the Army-Navy game and we are looking forward to another sold out event in 2014,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk.

 

“The Navy and Notre Dame game highlights two outstanding collegiate programs,” said Gershman. “We are excited to welcome both teams back to FedExField and are looking forward to hosting one of the most competitive and nationally acclaimed matchups in the country.”

 

Gladchuk and Notre Dame Director of Athletics and Vice President Jack Swarbrick announced last fall that Navy’s football series with Notre Dame, which is the longest continuous intersectional rivalry in college football, had been extended to 2026, which will be the centennial year for the series.

 

The Irish and Mids meet in South Bend on odd years; while on even years the contest is Navy’s home game, customarily played at regional NFL venues.  The two schools, which have played every year since 1926, met for the 86th on Sept. 1 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.  Next year’s game will take place on Nov. 2 in South Bend.

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