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Ray Rice tells Dundalk that Ravens are ready for Houston

Posted on 14 January 2012 by WNSTV

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Morning Reaction Picks and Comment – Divisional Round

Posted on 13 January 2012 by Luke Jones

Here are this weekend’s picks as Drew Forrester and Luke Jones forecast the divisional round in the NFL.

Drew finished the regular season with a 163-89 record and went 2-2 last weekend. Luke took home the title for the regular season with a 166-86 record and was 3-1 in the wild card round. Official standings were only kept for NFL games during the regular season.

To hear the full explanation of their picks, click HERE.

Texans at Ravens: Baltimore 20-14 (Drew), Baltimore 26-17 (Luke), Baltimore 24-13 (special guest Rob Fahey)
Saints at 49ers: New Orleans 27-20 (Drew), New Orleans 24-17 (Luke)
Broncos at Patriots: New England 31-17 (Drew), New England 28-17 (Luke)
Giants at Packers: Green Bay 33-26 (Drew), Green Bay 31-20 (Luke)

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Pitta brings the American Express home to Perry Hall with WNST

Posted on 07 January 2012 by WNSTV

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With dominating win over 49ers, Ravens continue on unfamiliar path

Posted on 25 November 2011 by Peter Dilutis

If it wasn’t clear before the Ravens took the field on Thanksgiving night, it should be clear for all to see and realize now…

This version of the Baltimore Ravens has no ceiling. There are no limits.

We all know this team has lost to three below average teams in the Titans, Jaguars, and Seahawks. But they’ve also proven on numerous occasions that they can hang with the best teams in the NFL, and Thursday night was no exception.

At 8-3, the Ravens have the Colts, Chargers, Bengals, and two games against the Browns left on their schedule.

The Ravens are staring down a 12-4 or 13-3 season. If they drop one more game, they will need to hope that the Patriots and especially the Steelers do the same. If the Ravens are going to reach their ceiling in 2011, they will likely need at least the first round BYE.

But with the position they are in now, the overall #1 seed in the AFC is the clear goal at this point.

This isn’t your grandfather’s Ravens team. Yes, the Ravens have been good more than they’ve been bad this past decade, but aside from maybe 2006, they’ve never been THAT team. They’ve never been a clear favorite for anything, even when they made their Super Bowl run in 2000.

With five games left against inferior teams, this team can create January magic that this city hasn’t witnessed since football came back to Baltimore in 1996.

The Ravens are five games (and they’ll be clear favorites in each) away from having just two home games standing in the way of a trip to the Super Bowl.

That’s pretty legit stuff right there. No more #6 seed. No more having to win three road games in crazy atmospheres in the playoffs.

This is a different team and a different year.

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Towson football playoff game time announced against Lehigh

Posted on 22 November 2011 by WNST Staff

Making their NCAA FCS Playoff debut, Towson University (9-2) will host Patriot League champion Lehigh University (10-1) on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Johnny Unitas Stadium at 3:30PM.

The game will be broadcasted on ESPN3 and AM 1570 WNST and WNST.net

The Tigers are one of five CAA teams that earned spots in the NCAA FCS playoffs but the only team to earn a home game in the second round. Old Dominion (9-2), Maine (8-3), New Hampshire (8-3) and James Madison (7-4) were also selected.

Due to the start of the game, the Towson-George Mason basketball game will tip-off at 7:30PM on Saturday, December 3rd instead of the regularly scheduled time of 7PM which will also be broadcasted on AM 1570 WNST and WNST.net

 

 

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With beatdown of Steelers, monkey is off Ravens’ backs

Posted on 11 September 2011 by Peter Dilutis

Tom Brady and the Patriots used to play the role for Peyton Manning and the Colts.

The Celtics used to play the role for Lebron James.

And until September 11, 2011, Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers played the role for Joe Flacco and John Harbaugh.

The role of the monkey on their respective backs.

Goodbyeeeee monkey!

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No one around Baltimore would admit it. Everyone wanted to believe that the Ravens would win their season opening game against the hated Pittsburgh Steelers.

But until we actually saw it play out in front of our eyes on a glorious afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium, was there any reason to expect the Ravens to clear their biggest hurdle since John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco arrived in town some four seasons ago?

Think about it. The Ravens were 2-6 against the Steelers coming into Sunday. Their two wins, one in 2009 and one in 2010, were against Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch led Steelers teams.

And as all Ravens fans know, Big Ben and his Steelers have sent the Ravens home from the playoffs two of the past three seasons.

In those eight games, Joe Flacco has struggled mightily. Harbaugh has been out-coached. Cam Cameron went vanilla. The defense gave up big plays at the worst times.

Yes, the Steelers were the monkey on the backs of everyone in the Ravens organization.

All of that is erased with Sunday’s win. Long gone is the pain of those heartbreaking playoff losses in 2008 and 2010. Say goodbye to the notion that Joe Flacco can’t perform well against the Steel Curtain, or the thought that Cam Cameron is afraid to open it up against Dick LeBeau’s defense.

That’s all in the past.

What an afternoon this was for Ravens fans. Rather than a competitive football game, Baltimore football fans were treated to a 60 minute party filled with both relief and joy. It’s as though the monkey was placed in the middle of M&T Bank Stadium while 70 thousand passionate purple fans took turns bashing its head in with a bat.

Yes, it was that good. It almost had to be this good. If this current group of players and coaches were going to erase the demons that the Steelers have created over the past three seasons, this win had to be extraordinary.

If this organization was going to fully move on from their complete meltdown last January, this couldn’t have been just a mellow, 20-17 statement. It had to be a smackdown of epic proportions.

And the Baltimore Ravens delivered.

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Was Todd Haley serious Friday night?

Posted on 20 August 2011 by Peter Dilutis

Late in the fourth quarter of Friday’s preseason game (yes, PRESEASON GAME) against the Chiefs, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh decided to keep attacking late in the fourth quarter with his team up 24-13. He called timeouts with the ball and the Ravens up 11 with 34 seconds left in the game, and then again with eight seconds left.

After those timeouts, Anthony Allen carried the ball two times. First, he got seven yards. With the second carry after the timeout, he scored a TD. Those two carries topped off Allen’s productive game in which he ran five times for 34 yards.

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After the game, Todd Haley predictably had an issue with Harbaugh’s actions. I say predictably not because John did anything wrong, but because Haley has proven over the years by going gorilla-man on Anquan Boldin in the playoffs, wagging his finger like the principal from Matilda at Josh McDaniels, and just being a complete tool in general that he can be an inexplicable hothead at times.

Harbaugh claims Haley said something like “I don’t know about that” after the game when head coaches are supposed to shake each others hands and wish the other good luck. Are you being serious right now Todd Haley?

You, as a head coach in the National Football league, do not understand the importance of getting these second, third, and fourth string players a chance to prove what they can do?

I don’t want to overstate what Anthony Allen did tonight, but make no mistake about it…he opened some eyes. At the very least, he’s going to get more extended looks over the next two preseason games.

Without Harbaugh preserving time at the end of the game, Allen wouldn’t have gotten the chance to do what he did Friday night. And that would have been a shame.

It would have been a shame for John Harbaugh not to want as many looks at guys like Anthony Allen and David Reed as he can get. It would be stupid. That would be bad coaching.

But John Harbaugh is a good coach. He knows what he’s doing. Common sense says that coming off a lockout with much less preparation time for these rookies than usual, you need to get extra looks at guys. Bottom-line.

Anthony Allen got some of those looks tonight. He capitalized. And regardless of what Harbaugh said after the game as he tried to massage the ego of a clear egomaniac, he would do it again if he could. Harbaugh might have found his third running back. Really.

And if Todd Haley was any kind of coach, he would have told his third and fourth team defenders to man up, buckle up their straps, and show him what they can do in a goal-line defense.

Instead, Haley wanted to crawl into a ball and walk off the field a loser. Again. Just as he did in January when his Chiefs got absolutely drubbed by John Harbaugh’s Ravens…on his home turf.

Think that had something to do with Haley “not knowing about that” tonight?

Hey Todd…Go win a playoff game before you start wagging your finger at Josh McDaniels or questioning the integrity of John Harbaugh.

Seriously.

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Blog & Tackle: A look at Ravens-Steelers PR game notes

Posted on 13 January 2011 by Chris Pika

Every game of the NFL Divisional Playoff Weekend is a regular-season rematch as both of the AFC games are between division opponents — the first time since 2000 that two games feature teams playing for a third time in a season.

The nastiest matchup of the weekend is the first on the docket: Baltimore at Pittsburgh. The teams have waged wars in the AFC North over the years, and 2010 was no exception. Each team scored 27 points total in the two games, and the games are as physical as any in the NFL over the previous decade.

The Ravens continued to have playoff success on the road as they beat Kansas City last Sunday 30-7 in New Arrowhead. It was the third straight season with at least one playoff victory for Baltimore, the only club in the NFL to do so over the period. QB Joe Flacco joined Bernie Kosar (1985-87) and Dan Marino (1983-85) to start a playoff game in each of their first three seasons in the league. The Ravens will try to advance to the AFC title game for the first time since the 2008 season.

Pittsburgh survived the loss of QB Ben Roethlisberger to a four-game suspension to get to a 3-1 start which included a home loss to the Ravens. The Steelers won six of their last seven games, including a road win at Baltimore for the division title. Roethlisberger Has thrown a personal-best 158 straight passes without an INT, the longest for the Steelers since QB Kordell Stewart had a streak of 159 consecutive pass attempts without an interception in 2001.

The teams split the regular season meetings, with the Ravens winning in Pittsburgh 17-14 in October, and the Steelers winning in Baltimore 13-10 in December.

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All Pittsburgh bustrips and major purple party on sale now!!!

Posted on 09 January 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

With the Ravens moving on to Pittsburgh for a 4:30 p.m. AFC Divisional Playoff game this Saturday, WNST proudly continues out tradition of taking you to the game and planning the best purple pre-game parties on the planet.

You can buy tickets for our bustrip ($350 all inclusive) or our Purple Playoff Pep Rally & Indoor Tailgate Party at the Pittsburgh Westin ($12) here now…

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Yes, we’re doing a bustrip to Kansas City for Ravens playoff game

Posted on 02 January 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

It takes a special individual to join us on these crazy adventures, but we are planning a once-in-a-lifetime Miller Lite Purple Playoff Roadtrip via bus to Kansas City this weekend.

The trip is on sale here at WNST.net NOW…

Here are all of the details on the trip, which is “priced to fly” considering that flying to Kansas City this weekend would cost almost $600 alone on Southwest Airlines:

Sure, it’s a long ride but we’re doing our best to get you to Kansas City!

KEEP COMING BACK HERE FOR MORE UPDATES ON THIS TRIP!!!

PLANS ARE EVOLVING but this will be another great WNST.net classic!

Our Miller Lite Purple Playoff Express will depart Baltimore at 5 a.m. Friday from White Marsh with a stop at I-70/Security at 5:30 a.m. and we’re off to Kansas City for three days of fun and adventure.

We’ll have parties planned for Saturday and you’ll have a full day to recoup and enjoy your stay in the Country Club Plaza area, a beautiful area of Kansas City.

We will depart for Baltimore immediately following the game on Sunday afternoon for Baltimore. We will return home sometime mid-morning on Monday.

Trip includes:

Snacks and Miller Lite en route to Kansas City

(Two) 2 nights hotel TBA in Country Club Plaza area

Upper deck game playoff ticket for Baltimore-Kansas City

Ride on comfortable Gunther Motorcoach to Kansas City w/tons of great movies en route!

Admission for Saturday WNST Miller Lite Purple Pep Rally in Kansas City

SINGLE: $600

DOUBLE: $500

TRIPLE: $450

QUAD: $400

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