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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 02 September 2013 by Glenn Clark

(We’re off Monday, so T10BD comes a day early. Enjoy. Celebrate. Don’t labor. Cheers. For week of Tuesday, 9/3 to Monday, 9/9.)

Honorable Mention: Golf-Champions Tour Montreal Championship (Friday-Sunday 6:30pm from Sainte-Julie, Canada on Golf Channel); Boxing: Chris Arreola vs. Seth Mitchell (Saturday 10:30pm from Indio, CA live on Showtime); WNBA: Chicago Sky @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network)

10. Keith Urban (Thursday 7:30pm Inner Harbor); Anthony Hamilton/Marsha Ambrosius (Saturday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion); Alan Jackson (Friday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Maroon 5 (Friday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Old Man Brown (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club); Eddie Monday (Friday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); The Romantics (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Blondie/X (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Carolina Chocolate Drops (Tuesday 7:30pm The Hamilton), Dangermuffin (Thursday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Marc Roberge/Richard On (Friday 7pm National Zoo); Butch Walker (Monday 7pm U Street Music Hall); Bastille “Bad Blood”, John Legend “Love In The Future” and Nine Inch Nails “Hesitation Marks” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I really don’t want you to know that I’m WAY into Keith Urban. Honestly. Please don’t tell anyone.

Hopefully my affection for Old Man Brown will help to make you forget my previous statement…

How much do you think it will cost me to have Carolina Chocolate Drops play my wedding?

I’ve been using “Pompeii” by Bastille as a rejoiner recently. Are you in?

9. Glenn Clark’s 30th Birthday (Friday 2pm-6pm Noble’s Federal Hill); Kevin Pollak (Sunday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head Center Stage); York Fair (Friday-Monday York Fairgrounds); Baltimore Comic-Con (Saturday & Sunday Baltimore Convention Center); Drew Carey (Friday & Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Godfrey (Thursday-Saturday DC Improv); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); Maryland Seafood Festival (Saturday & Sunday Sandy Point State Park); Bikemore: Music to Your Gears (Saturday 3pm Druid Hill Park); Riddick” out in theaters (Friday); Now You See Me” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I’ve said publicly that there are two options for birthday gifts for me-which I’m sure you’ve been thinking about for awhile now. One is the hat my friend Tara is holding in this picture…

The other can be found on eBay…

Like I said, either is fine.

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Early Maryland football game times announced

Posted on 23 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland Football Early Season Game Times Announced

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference on Thursday announced the start times for Maryland’s first two games of the 2013 season.

The Terrapins open the 2013 season on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 12:30 p.m., against Florida International University at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The following week they will face Old Dominion, a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) quarterfinalist in 2012, at 4:00 p.m.

Remaining game times will be announced at a later date. League home games are selected on a 12-day option by ESPN or the ACC Network. During the season, ESPN can choose certain ACC games on a six-day window. Times for early-season nonconference home games are announced in the summer.
2013 University of Maryland Football Schedule

Aug. 31            FIU

Sept. 7             OLD DOMINION

Sept. 14            at Connecticut

Sept. 21            vs. West Virginia (M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md.)

Sept. 28            Open

Oct. 5               at Florida State

Oct. 12             VIRGINIA 

Oct. 19             at Wake Forest

Oct. 26             CLEMSON

Nov. 2              Open

Nov. 9              SYRACUSE                                    

Nov. 16             at Virginia Tech

Nov. 23             BOSTON COLLEGE

Nov. 30             at NC State


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Towson tried to snap losing skid Wednesday at Old Dominion

Posted on 29 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Tigers Seeking Ninth Road Win of the Season

 – The Towson men’s basketball team will look to get back on track after three straight losses as the Tigers take on Old Dominion at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The game can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

After winning six of seven games, Towson (10-12, 5-4 CAA) has dropped three straight, including a 63-56 loss at William & Mary on Saturday.

Despite the recent slide, Towson is still 3-1 in road CAA games this year and will be attempting to win its ninth game away from home on Saturday, its most since the 1995-96 season.

The Tigers are one of only two teams to rank in the Top 5 in the CAA in both scoring offense (65.9 ppg) and scoring defense (65.6 ppg).

Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon ranks first nationally in double-doubles (14) and third in rebounding (11.5 rpg). Benimon, along with juniors Marcus Damas and Mike Burwell and freshman Jerome Hairston are all averaging double figures since the start of CAA play.

Old Dominion, which has won two of the last three CAA Tournaments, is struggling this season. The Monarchs enter Saturday’s game with a 2-17 overall mark and are winless in seven conference games.

ODU, which is just 1-10 at home this season, is led by senior DeShawn Painter. The center leads the Monarchs in both scoring (11.2 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg).

Towson and Old Dominion are the two best rebounding teams in the conference. The Tigers rank first in both rebounding offense (39.2 rpg) and rebounding margin (+4.9), while the Monarchs are second in both rebounding offense (37.5 rpg) and rebounding margin (+4.3).

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UMBC tops ODU, advances to face UNC in NCAA Soccer Tournament

Posted on 15 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Norfolk, Va.- The UMBC men’s soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA College Cup as the Retrievers played Old Dominion to a 0-0 double overtime draw, but advanced, 4-2, in penalty kicks.

UMBC is now 11-4-6, while Old Dominion’s season comes to an end at 11-3-3.

UMBC junior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) played the starring role for the second consecutive game, stopping a pair of penalty kicks.

After senior Milo Kapor (Toronto, Ont./Emily Carr) converted the first kick, Saunders saved ODU goalkeeper Victor Fracoz’ attempt.  UMBC’s Mamadou Kansaye’s (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) and Monarchs’ forward Chris Harmon matched successful kicks,  but UMBC senior back Liam Paddock’s (Worcestershire, England) attempt was saved by Francoz.

But on ODU’s tying attempt, Saunders again dove to his right and stopped the effort of Jordan LeBlanc. Both UMBC’s Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y.) and ODU’s Ivan Militar converted, setting up Retriever senior Dave Vaeth (Dundalk, Md./Patapsco) for the game-winning opportunity. Vaeth buried his attempt into the upper left corner of the goal, setting off a wild celebration by the visitors.

UMBC will advance to the second round for the second time in three years and will compete at defending national champion North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

UMBC junior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) was unable to start and played only the final 26 seconds of regulation and final 20 seconds of overtime after a free kick opportunities. Caringi suffered an ankle injury early in the America East championship game vs. UNH and did not return.

The first half was evenly-played, as both teams managed only three shots each. The Monarchs’ best opportunity was their first, as Gideon Asante hit a shot wide right from eight yards out in the 18th minute. UMBC’s best chance came late in the half, as Dacres hit a rising shot from 17 yards out on the left wing which went over just the crossbar.

In the second half, Kansaye’s 50-yard free kick had to be parried over bar, giving UMBC its first corner of the match in 58’ The Retrievers attempted four corners in the second stanza, but the best chance, an Oumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) header in the 59th minute went wide of the near post.

Old Dominion outshot UMBC, 10-6. Saunders and Francoz both made three saves in 110 minutes of play. Saunders recorded his fourth consecutive shuout.

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UMBC opens NCAA Soccer Tournament with trip to ODU

Posted on 12 November 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- The UMBC men’s soccer team, champions of the America East Conference will meet Old Dominion in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup in Norfolk, Va. on Thursday, Nov. 15. The game time has yet to be determined.

The winner of that first round contest will meet defending national champion North Carolina (15-3-2) in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Sunday, Nov. 18.

“We are all very excited to see our name on the screen,” said Head Coach Pete Caringi ,Jr. “This is something that we worked hard all year long for. We have a lot of respect for ODU, but we are going to prepare to go down there and play well.”

UMBC captured its second America East crown in the last three seasons at Retriever Soccer Park on Saturday, Nov. 10. The second-seeded Retrievers and No. 5 New Hampshire Wildcats played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, but UMBC prevailed, 4-2, in a penalty kick shootout.

UMBC (11-4-5) enters the tournament on a seven-game unbeaten streak.

Old Dominion (11-3-2) received an at-large bid to the tournament. They competed in the Colonial Athletic Association this year, but were ineligible for the conference tournament. The Monarchs enter the tournament with three wins in their last four outings and capped the season with a 1-0 home win over Northeastern on November 2.

UMBC has only met ODU twice, and the Monarchs have a win and a tie vs. the Retrievers. Old Dominion won the latest meeting, capturing a 2-0 decision in Norfolk in 2003. The Retrievers have never faced North Carolina in the sport of men’s soccer.

This will be UMBC’s third NCAA Tournament appearance. The Retrievers faced No. 1 Duke in 1999 and fell, 4-3, to the Blue Devils in overtime. In 2010, UMBC defeated No. 10 Princeton, 2-1, but were unable to advance past No. 7 William & Mary, as they were ousted in penalty kicks.

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Morgan faces UTSA, ODU, Holy Cross at Liberty Tax Classic

Posted on 08 November 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State men’s basketball team will open the 2012-13 season with a trio of games at the Liberty Tax Classic this Friday-Sunday, Nov. 9-11, in Norfolk, Va. The Bears will face the University of Texas-San Antonio at 5 p.m. on Friday, host Old Dominion at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday and Holy Cross at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday.

Morgan State at Liberty Tax Classic
Game #1 — vs. UTSA •   5 p.m. • Friday, Nov. 9
Game #2 — vs. Old Dominion Manarchs •   7:15 p.m. • Saturday, Nov. 10
Game #3 — vs. Holy Cross Crusdaers •   4:15 p.m. • Sunday, Nov. 11
Ted Constant Convocation Center (8,472) •  Norfolk, Va.
Live Stats: odusports.com

Bear Bits:
• Morgan State will play the University of Texas at San Antonio, Old Dominion and Holy Cross for the first time in school history.

• Morgan State is 2-1 vs. Conference USA opponents. The Bears are 1-1 against East Carolina and defeated Marshall 72-67 during the 2008-09 season in their only match-up.

• Morgan State is 15-19 vs. Colonial Athletic Association opponents.  2-0 vs. Hofstra; 1-8 vs. James Madison; 12-10 vs. Towson; and 0-1 vs. William and Mary.

• Morgan State is 3-3 vs. Patriot League opponents. 3-1 vs. American and 0-2 vs. Navy

• The Bears had 10 games decided by 1-4 points during the 2011-12 season… The Bears held a 1-9 record.

• DeWayne Jackson scored a career-high 33 points against Norfolk State on Jan. 14, 2012.  He added 4 rebounds, 3 assist, 2 blocks and 2 steals.

Morgan State entered the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament winners of four of their last five games. However, the Bears’ struggles with converting field goals was their undoing this Tuesday afternoon. Hampton found their stride with their three-point shooting and Darrion Pellum stepped up late to help them defeat the Bears 69-65 in the first round action of the MEAC Tournament. The loss ended what was a tough season for head coach Todd Bozeman and his Bears.
“It’s tough to take a loss on the first day. It’s been the most challenging season I’ve ever had in my career,” said Bozeman, whose Bears finished the season 9-20.
MSU was very much in the game despite converting only four of 32 field goals in the first half. It was because of their rebounding, particularly on the offensive end.  The Bears outrebounded Hampton by a 48-35 margin that included 21 offensive boards.
The game was nip and tuck for most of the second half. Kevin Thompson (12 pts, 17 rebs) gave MSU their final lead of the game, 55-54, on a three-point play with 2:40 remaining.
Hampton (11-20) scored the next 10 points and sealed the Bears’ fate. The run started when Jasper Williams, who scored 20 points, hit an off-balanced three-pointer. Williams hurt the Bears from long range, nailing five of seven shots three-pointers. It ended on Darrion Pellum’s four consecutive free throws. The last two with 39 seconds left put the Pirates up to stay at 64-55.
Pellum led everyone with 23 points on the afternoon. But he wasn’t the sole focus for Morgan State defensively according to Bozeman.

The Bears are 17-30 in season openers since 1963-64. Todd Bozeman is 2-4 in season openers at Morgan State. The last time the Bears won a season opener was during the 2010-11 campaign when they posted an 81-79 victory at Loyola Marymount.

Morgan State was picked to finish third in the 2012-13 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind Savannah State and Delaware State.

Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

DeWayne Jackson is the lone returning senior who saw action for Morgan State last year. In fact, he is just one of two seniors on the Bears roster. After transfer Anthony Hubbard, who transferred to Morgan State from Iowa and sat out the 2011-12 campaign, there are six (6) juniors, four (4)  sophomores and two (2) freshmen on the Bears roster.

The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s dismal season in which the Bears recorded a 9-20 finish. It marked Todd Bozeman‘s worst season as a head coach, and it was Morgan State’s worst season since going 4-26 in 2005-06.

Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

DeWayne Jackson (1,156, 384 rebs., 107 asts) needs just 14 points to supass Billy Newton (1,169 points) to become the school’s No. 16 all-time leading scorer. Jackson is one of three Bears on MSU’s all-time scoring list who have been coached by Todd BozemanKevin Thompson (2009-12) ranks No. 9 (1,487 points) and Reggie Holmes (2007-10) is the school’s all-time scoring leader with 2,051 points.

Morgan State has eight players from the Metropolitan-D.C. area, including one from Baltimore. Senior DeWayne Jackson (Bowie High) and sophmore Blake Bozeman (Solebury Prep) are both from Bowie. Transfer guard Daryl Traynham is from Melwood (Wise High), walk-on Daon Riley is from Severn (Old Mill High), and Cedric Blossom is from Columbia (Montrose Christian). Anthony Hubbard is a product of Woodbridge (Va.), while junior Justin Black attended DeMatha High and Donte Pretlow was a standout at Dunbar High in Baltimore.

Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .566 (111-85) after 196 games at Morgan State. That winning mean is the second highest among 15 head coaches in the history of the Morgan State men’s basketball program. Nathaniel Frazier’s winning percentage of .578 (166-121) is the highest percentage in Morgan State history.

The Bears will travel to face the University of South Carolina at 7 p.m. on  Friday, Nov. 16.

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Powerful ODU visits Towson Saturday night

Posted on 19 October 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Coming off a 24-19 victory over the University of Maine, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Tiger football team will host explosive Old Dominion University (5-1, 2-1) at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium in a Colonial Athletic Association game on Saturday night, October 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Another large crowd is expected at Unitas Stadium as Towson University celebrates T-Club Night. Saturday night’s game will also be the Tigers’ “Black Out” game with fans encouraged to wear black to support the Tigers.

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

Towson and ODU will be meeting for the second time on Saturday night. A relatively-new program, ODU is starting its fifth season as a varsity program. Under the direction of Coach Bobby Wilder, ODU has compiled an impressive 32-9 record.

Saturday night’s game is a matchup of the top passing team in NCAA FCS against one of the top defensive teams in FCS. Led by sophomore quarterback Taylor Heinicke, ODU averages an amazing 49.2 points per game. Heinicke leads the nation by averaging 420 passing yards per game. He has completed 185 of 277 passes for 2,520 yards with 23 touchdown passes and only seven interceptions. Senior Nick Mayers is ODU’s top receiver with 30 receptions for 585 yards and eight touchdowns while sophomore Antonio Vaughan has 29 catches for 436 yards and four TD’s.

ODU opened its season with five consecutive wins. After wins over Duquesne (57-23), Hampton (45-7) and Campbell (70-14), the Monarchs came from behind to edge New Hampshire, 64-61. In the win over UNH, Heinicke passed for an NCAA record 730 yards.  After a 45-37 win over Richmond, ODU was upset by Villanova last week, 38-14.

While facing one of the toughest schedules in FCS football, the Tigers have a 3-3 record. Among their losses are setbacks to a pair of FBS teams, Kent State and Louisiana State. Those two teams have a combined record of 11-2.

“I like the way we are playing right now,” says Coach Ambrose, the Tigers’ fourth-year coach. “Against Maine, we had a much better team effort in all three aspects of the game. We re-focused last week and came out with a good result. We did throw the ball more than usual but that was due to Maine. They came in here wanting to stop the run so we took advantage of the chances to throw.”

Towson counters with one of the top defensive units in NCAA FCS.. After six games, the Tigers are ranked second in the nation in pass defense, allowing 139 yards per game. Allowing 285.3 total yards per game, the Tigers are ranked fifth in the nation in total defense. Towson also leads the CAA in total defense.

“The best thing about our defense is that we have a team approach,” says Ambrose. “Everyone is playing together and working hard. They are doing a very good job.”

Five different Tigers have made at least 30 tackles this season. Sophomore cornerback Tye Smith leads the Tigers with 39 tackles and four pass breakups while junior linebacker Monte Gaddis is second on the team with 38 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for lost yardage. Freshman linebacker Bryton Barr has made 37 tackles and leads the Tigers with two fumble recoveries.

Senior safety Jordan Dangerfield, a Pre-Season All-American, has made 35 tackles with three pass breakups. Junior linebacker Telvion Clark, a transfer from Virginia Tech, has made quite an impact on the defense. He has 34 tackles, fifth on the team.

Senior quarterback Grant Enders leads the Tigers’ offense. In the Tigers’ win over Maine, he accounted for 358 yards of total offense. Enders is fifth in the CAA as he averages 239.3 yards per game.  He has completed 106 passes in 166 attempts for 1,115 yards and six touchdowns. He is also the Tigers’ second-leading rusher with 321 yards on 55 carries, a 5.8 average. He has scored two touchdowns.

Sophomore Terrance West leads the Tigers with 533 rushing yards. He has also scored a team high eight touchdowns.

Last season, the Tigers and the Monarchs met in a classic college football game. In a game with four lead changes, Towson came from behind in the fourth quarter to win, 39-35. Enders threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to senior Tom Ryan with 1:07 remaining on a fourth down-and-29 play, putting Towson ahead. Against ODU, Enders threw for a career high 314 yards and two touchdowns.

Towson won the 2011 CAA championship with 7-1 CAA record. ODU tied for second in the CAA with a 6-2 mark. Both teams advanced to the NCAA FCS playoffs.

After hosting Old Dominion on Saturday night, the Tigers are back on the road for two more CAA games. On Saturday, October 27, Towson visits Villanova for a 3:30 contest. On November 3, the Tigers visit Delaware.

TIGER TALES:  Ryan became the 20th player in the history of the Tiger football program with 100 career catches when he had four receptions for 85 yards against Maine … He enters Saturday’s game with 100 receptions for 1,193 yards and six touchdowns.

Towson is ranked fourth in NCAA FCS in average time of possession … Towson averages 34:10 in time of possession this year … Defending national champion North Dakota State is ranked first (34:44) … To date, the Tigers have run 411 offensive plays while their opponents have 354 plays … Towson is also outgaining its opponents in total yards, 2,309 yards to 1,712 yards … The Tigers have also rushed for 1,194 yards while allowing 878 yards.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 15 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour The McGladrey Classic (Thursday-Sunday 11am from Sea Island, GA live on Golf Channel); WNBA Finals: Indiana Fever vs. Minnesota Lynx (Game 2 Wednesday 8pm from Minneapolis live on ESPN, Game 3 Friday 8pm from Indianapolis live on ESPN2 Game 4 if necessary Sunday 8pm from Indianapolis live on ESPN2); Boxing: Danny Garcia vs. Erik Morales II (Saturday 8pm from Brooklyn live on Showtime)

10. Rebelution (Thursday 8:30pm Rams Head Live), Indigo Girls (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Flobots (Tuesday 7pm Recher Theatre); All Mighty Senators (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Blues Traveler (Sunday 8:30pm Rams Head Center Stage), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Passion Pit (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Ben Kweller (Friday 7pm 9:30 Club), Pietasters/Spring Heeled Jack (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Jonny Lang (Tuesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage Wednesday & Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Three Days Grace (Tuesday 7pm U Street Music Hall); John Oates Blues Band (Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Anberlin “Vital” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’ll start by saying there is absolutely ZERO about Blues Traveler that doesn’t kick ass…

SNL might have been your first chance to get a taste of Passion Pit. That doesn’t make you a bad person. No, no it does…

You say you haven’t heard of Ben Kweller? Yeah you have…

Holy hell Spring Heeled Jack is still a thing? My 10th grade year was so much better because of them…

9. Baltimore Beer Week (Friday-Monday throughout Charm City); Russian Festival (Friday-Sunday Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday Revel Grove); Aries Spears (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory);  Kathy Griffin (Friday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Kevin Hart (Saturday 8pm Verizon Center); Jay & Silent Bob Get Old (Tuesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Bill Clinton (Tuesday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Mike Birbiglia (Thursday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); “Moonrise Kingdom” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

If there’s anything worth devoting an entire week to around these parts, I’d say beer would be about #1 to #20 on the list. My fall go to?

And say whatever you want, Jay & Bob were a defining part of my adolescence. I still make conversational references to “The Amy Story” or “Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season” at least once a week…


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Towson picked to repeat as CAA champs

Posted on 25 July 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. – What a difference a year makes for the Tigers’ football team.

For the first time ever, the Tigers have been selected as the Colonial Athletic Association pre-season favorites, it was announced by CAA officials at the annual CAA Football Media Day at M & T Bank Stadium on Wednesday morning.

In a poll of the 11 CAA coaches and sports information directors, the Tigers received 12 of a possible 22 first place votes. Towson edged Old Dominion University for the top spot in the pre-season. ODU received seven first place votes. Ironically, last season Towson was picked to finish 11th in the pre-season while ODU was picked to finished 10th. The Tigers and the Monarchs finished one-two in the final CAA standings.

James Madison was picked to finish third with one first place vote while New Hampshire (two first place votes) was picked fourth. Delaware was picked to finish fifth and was followed by Maine, William and Mary, Villanova, Richmond, Rhode Island and Georgia State.

“It is a humbling honor to have earned the respect of the football community in being picked as the top team in our incredible league,” says Towson Coach Rob Ambrose who led the Tigers to their first-ever CAA championship last season.  “It’s great that we have been recognized for what we did last year but in truth, last year is gone.  Every game is a war in this league and when we strap it up, rankings, predictions and accolades mean very little.”

Last year, the Tigers were predicted to finish last in the CAA. Towson had posted a 1-10 record in 2010 and was winless in the CAA. However, the “Turnaround Tigers” were the most improved team in Division I football, improving by 7.5 games. The Tigers, who entered last season with 26 losses in their 28 previous CAA games, won the CAA titles with a 7-1 record, beating six nationally-ranked CAA teams on their road to the championship. The Tigers clinched the CAA title with a 28-17 victory at Rhode Island on November 19.

When the Tigers earned the CAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA FCS playoffs, Towson became the first program ever to earn NCAA post-season bids at the Division II, Division III and FCS levels.

One of five CAA teams to earn an NCAA FCS playoff berth in 2011, the Tigers finished the year as the ninth-ranked team in NCAA FCS football.

While the Tigers were tabbed as the CAA’s pre-season favorite, sophomore running back Terrance West, senior defensive end Frank Beltre and senior defensive back Jordan Dangerfield represented Towson on the Pre-Season All-CAA team.

The only Tiger named to the Pre-Season All-CAA offense, West was named as the CAA Pre-Season Offensive Player of the Year. As a freshman, West was honored as the winner of the Jerry Rice Award, which is presented to the top freshman in FCS football. West, who was also the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2011, rushed for 1,294 yards as a first-year freshman and averaged 6.7 yards per carry. The second-leading rusher in the CAA, he scored 29 touchdowns to set an NCAA FCS record for freshmen. The top scorer in the NCAA FCS last season, he also set a Towson single season record with 29 TD’s. He was also named as a Walter Camp first team All-American.

A repeat selection as an All-CAA Pre-Season selection, Beltre is a third-year starter at defensive. Last season, he ranked among the team leaders with 68 tackles. He also led Towson with 12 tackles for lost yardage and had four sacks. Beltre, who has made nearly 200 tackles in his college career, was also named to the All-CAA first team after last season. He was also named to the 2012 Pre-Season All-America team by The Sports Network.

A two-year starter at free safety, Dangerfield (below) has led the Tigers in each of the last two seasons. Despite missing two games last season, he led the team with 93 tackles, a mark that placed him second among all CAA defensive backs. He also intercepted two passes, forced two fumbles and recovered a pair of fumbles. Honored as a pre-season All-American third team selection by The Sports Network, Dangerfield was one of the Tiger co-captains last season. A first team All-CAA selection last year, he made a team-leading 96 tackles as a sophomore.


Delaware, Old Dominion and Maine led all schools with five selections on the Pre-Season All-CAA team. James Madison had four honorees while Towson had three. New Hampshire, William and Mary and Villanova each placed two players on the Pre-Season All-CAA team.


TIGER TALES: This marked the sixth consecutive season that the CAA held its Football Media Day in Baltimore … Prior to being selected first this season, Towson had been predicted to finish last four years in a row … Last season, William and Mary was the pre-season favorite … Villanova was the pre-season favorite to win the 2010 CAA championship.


While West was chosen as the CAA’s Pre-Season Offensive Player of the Year, linebacker Matt Evans of New Hampshire was the CAA’s Pre-Season Defensive Player of the Year … In January, both Evans and West were in Frisco, Texas where they earned two of the top awards in FCS football … Evans was the winner of the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in FCS football while West was honored as the winner of the Jerry Rice Award … Coach Rob Ambrose of Towson was also honored as the winner of the Eddie Robinson FCS Coach of the Year in Frisco.


With the selection of Beltre, Dangerfield and West as Pre-Season All-CAA selections, it marked the first time that Towson had more than one representative on the Pre-Season All-CAA team.


Towson opens its season on August 30 at Kent State at 7 p.m.


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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 06 March 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Orlando Salido vs. Juan Manuel Lopez (Saturday 10pm from San Juan, Puerto Rico live on Showtime); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator Fighting Championships 60 (Friday 8pm from Hammond, IN live on MTV2); Soccer: MISL Eastern Division Final-Rochester Lancers @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm 1st Mariner Arena, Leg 2 Monday 7pm in Rochester); Tennis: ATP Tour/WTA Tour BNP Paribas Open (Saturday-Monday 2pm from Indian Wells, CA live on Tennis Channel); Charm City Roller Girls (Saturday 5:30pm Du Burns Arena)

10. Black Keys/Arctic Monkeys (Friday 8pm Verizon Center); Boyce Avenue (Wednesday 6:30pm Rams Head Live), Pat Green (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live), moe. (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live), Orgy (Sunday 6:30pm Rams Head Live); Cris Jacobs Band (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club), Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Kindred the Family Soul (Friday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Playing for Change Band (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Mutemath (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club), Young The Giant/Grouplove (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Experience Hendrix feat. Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Tuesday 8pm Strathmore); Travis Tritt (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere); North Mississippi All-Stars (Saturday 9pm State Theatre); Bruce Springsteen “Wrecking Ball” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

The Black Keys sold out the Verizon Center. That’s amazing. I’ll most look forward to the part where the place that usually houses smelly Caps fans turns into one large Phoenix Coyotes rally…

Boyce Avenue is not an act I should ever voluntarily admit to enjoying. I should ABSOLUTELY never admit to enjoying their cover of Rihanna’s “Umbrella”…

The PFC band is fantastic. You’ll probably remember this…

Young The Giant authored perhaps the single most underrated song of 2011…

9. Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Kevin Pollak (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Todd Glass (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade/Shamrock 5K (Sunday 1:15pm Inner Harbor/Downtown Baltimore); “Friends With Kids” opens in theaters (Friday)

One-I love a good St. Patty’s Day throw down a week before the 17th. In honor of that, I think I’ll make a stop at the Tilted Kilt in White Marsh after the parade…

Note: I’m aware that’s a Scotish thing. It’s late. I’m tired.

Note 2: Does it really matter anyway?

And since we’re here, I actually think “Friends With Kids” has a bit of a “watchable chick flick” feel. It also has Jon Hamm. As in THIS Jon Hamm…

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