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JOIN US NOW!!! Ravens-Redskins Purple Haze chat…enter here!

Posted on 21 August 2010 by Luke Jones

LANDOVER, Md. — Training camp may be over, but the Ravens hope to improve their preseason mark to 2-0 when they travel to FedEx Field to take on the hated Washington Redskins on Saturday night. Despite only being a preseason game, there’s always a little more spice when the team from D.C. is involved.

Glenn Clark and I are live from Landover to bring you all pre- and post-game coverage at WNST.net, and we’ll have the Purple Haze chat underway at 7:00 p.m. Join us to talk about tonight’s game as a plethora of WNST.net personalities will be checking in as well. It’s the newest and best way to enjoy the game other than actually being at the stadium yourself!

If you haven’t done it already, remember to sign up for the WNST Text Service to receive all breaking news including injury updates prior to tonight’s game. It’s our best feature at WNST.net, and it’s free!

Stay right here for updates (time-stamped below) leading up to the start of the Purple Haze chat at 7:00 p.m.!


6:30 p.m. — Despite not being listed as inactive, cornerback Lardarius Webb remains on the PUP list and will not play this evening. It was simply an oversight.

6:20 p.m. — The Redskins only have two players on the inactive list: wide receivers Malcolm Kelly and Mike Furrey (who was placed on Injured Reserve earlier this week).

Larry Johnson will get the start at running back ahead of Clinton Portis for the Redskins.

6:10 p.m. — If you’re on the WNST Text Service, you’ve already received the Ravens inactives for tonight’s game, which include Oniel Cousins, K.J. Gerard, Marcus Paschal, David Hale, Daniel Sanders, Stefan Rodgers, and the four players on the active PUP (Lardarius Webb, Ed Reed, Matt Lawrence, and Brendon Ayanbadejo).

Tony Moll will start at right tackle in place of Jared Gaither and Oniel Cousins. Of course, Tom Zbikowski will start at free safety in place of Ed Reed.

5:57 p.m. — Mark Clayton just did some work on the field but wasn’t suited up to play. The receiver has battled a sore ankle this week and missed practice on Thursday.

We’ll learn the inactives shortly.

5:47 p.m. — Chris Carr is not suited up as he does some running on the field. No official word whether he’s playing or not.

If Carr cannot go, Travis Fisher would presumably start in his place opposite Fabian Washington in the starting defense.

5:35 p.m. — The Redskins will wear white jerseys with burgundy pants while the Ravens will sport their purple jerseys with white pants tonight at FedEx Field.

Lardarius Webb is doing some conditioning work on the field. With John Harbaugh saying he was “very close” to coming off the physically unable to perform list, it will be interesting to see if the second-year cornerback is back on the practice field in Owings Mills this week.

5:00 p.m. — Tonight’s game marks the sixth time the Ravens and Redskins have met in the preseason, with Baltimore holding a 3-2 advantage in the series. The Ravens bested Washington 24-10 in the 2009 preseason.

Of course, the Ravens have also dominated when it actually matters with a 3-1 all-time record against the Redskins in the regular season. Their most recent meeting was a dominating 24-10 victory for the Ravens in a nationally-televised Sunday night affair on Dec. 7, 2008.

Both teams won their preseason openers, with the Ravens beating the Carolina Panthers, 17-12, and the Redskins scoring 41 points in a victory over the hapless Buffalo Bills.

4:50 p.m. — Glenn Clark and I have arrived in the FedEd Field press box and have been seated at the corner of the end zone.

Upon arriving, Glenn sais to me, “You know what’s great about this place? … Nothing.”

What a funny guy. He truly loves D.C. or Landover or Raljon or whatever they’re calling this place these days.

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 20 August 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because my boy Mike Polk (who did the EXCELLENT Cleveland tourism videos) is back with another song that I’m sure will be a SMASH hit in The Comeback City. It has something to do with a guy who used to play for the Cavaliers. The language is probably NSFW-unless of course you work for me. In which case, the language is basically how I say hello. (Thanks Deadspin!)…

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Matusz sharp as Orioles dropped Texas Rangers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Brian Matusz was MASTERFUL last night.

Masterful to the point that after the Orioles had scored one run, I almost pulled a Drew Forrester and declared the game ‘over’ on Twitter (follow us @WNST).

Here’s the question: can Brian Matusz pitch like that (or at least consistently good) over a consistent stretch of the season? If he can, he’ll be the pitcher that Orioles fans hoped for. In fact, he’ll be a pitcher that could have made even Dave Trembley look like a real manager.

It’s nice to see it every now and then, as it makes you think it’s possible. But until I see it with regularity, it’s actually just frustrating.

You know what ISN’T frustrating? Winning. That’s awesome. Let’s keep doing that.

2. The AP/WNST.net provide numerical evidence of loss

There’s plenty good to look at here…which is strange. Matt Wieters, Corey Patterson, Brian Roberts and Felix Pie were all solid at the plate-and Koji Uehara finished things off in the 9th.

All of these are good things.

So go ahead and look at the numbers today. After you do that-take a look at Alessandra Torresani; who apparently posed for FHM…and my heart. (Thanks Guyism!)


3. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Ty Wigginton, Andres Blanco engaged in spat after play at third in Birds’ win

This is why I can never be a “baseball guy.”

The stupid “unwritten rules”, the “baseball stuff”, etc.

Ty Wigginton blocked third base-which seemed smart enough to me. He didn’t want the guy who had just crushed a double to be able to reach third base. I didn’t either. So I was happy that Ty Wigginton blocked third base.

The guy that crushed the double thought it was a bad move baseball-wise. There are probably a least a handful of folks who feel the same way.

The discussion is so ridiculous to me that we might as well be discussing someone’s VORP while we’re at it.


4. Washington Post’s Dave Sheinin says O’s believe there’s ‘no coincidence’ they started playing better when Buck Showalter showed up

I’m well aware that Buck Showalter didn’t come to Charm City, flip over tables, yell at everyone in earshot and threaten immediate firings if the team didn’t start winning games.

But there is no doubt in my mind that Buck Showalter’s arrival reflected a mentality in players that their roster spot wasn’t going to be guaranteed moving forward just because they were part of Andy MacPhail’s “plan.”

Unlike under Trembley (or Juan Samuel), it appears clear that Showalter isn’t going to keep someone on the roster come Opening Day 2011 just because Andy MacPhail wants to see what they have in the player. The best 25 guys are going to make the roster.

The pitchers who have shown signs of being good but haven’t been consistent (Brian Matusz and Brad Bergesen of course top the list) are going to have to prove that they’re amongst the Top 25.

That’s as good an explanation as any as to why this team has played better since Showalter arrived. The laziness of another losing summer has made way for an understanding that every man on the roster is going to have to earn anything they might get moving forward.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Robert Andino homered for Norfolk Tides in loss to Durham Bulls on farm

And before we move on from the Orioles, a couple of things…

-The Birds and Rangers continue their 4 game set tonight at OPACY; with Jake Arrieta facing C.J. Wilson. First pitch is at 7:05pm and the game can be seen on MASN2. Brad Bergesen and Kevin Millwood wrap the series for the Birds, they’ll face Cliff Lee and Tommy Hunter respectively.

-A reminder that tomorrow’s game is not on MASN or MASN2-but instead on FOX. That’s two straight Saturday FOX games for the Birds. Earlier in the year I would have preferred watching “That 70’s Show” reruns, but the Orioles have been downright watchable recently. I’d still prefer “That 70’s Show” reruns, but who wouldn’t???

6. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Ravens coach John Harbaugh believes Lardarius Webb ‘very close’ to returning from PUP list

I’m really interested in exactly how this plays out next week in Owings Mills. Having Webb part of the 53 man roster is good for multiple reasons. First of all, it gives the Ravens DESPERATELY needed depth amongst their top corners. Secondly, it may help them avoid having to keep someone on the 53 man roster that they might not necessarily want to keep-like a Cary Williams or Prince Miller.

Now, Webb has to get on the practice field at 1 Winning Drive first-and then has to prove that he’s ready to play in a game. Even if the Ravens choose to hold him out against the New York Giants next week and the St. Louis Rams in 2 weeks; he has to prove that he’s game ready for September 13 against the New York Jets.

If he does that, everything about this roster improves.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Ed Dickson, Mark Clayton expected to play vs. Washington Redskins Saturday night; Oniel Cousins unlikely, Chris Carr ‘unknown’

I expect to see at least a bit of Carr on the field at FedEx Field tomorrow night, probably about as much as we’ll see from Fabian Washington. It will likely be the Travis Fisher/Cary Williams/Prince Miller show in the secondary again-and almost no doubt there will be more of Chris Hawkins and Doug Dutch as well.

At tackle, expect to see plenty of Tony Moll tomorrow night. I’m a bit surprised the Ravens didn’t make a move to bring in an extra body this week at tackle. Even more surprised knowing Louisa Lytton is not currently on another NFL roster. (Thanks Don Chavez!)…


8. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says record 112,000 fans attended Training Camp at McDaniel College in Westminster

And before we move on from the Ravens, a couple of things…

-The Ravens are walking through today, but you cannot see it live and in person as it is closed to both the media and public. They’ll face the Skins tomorrow night at FedEx Field in Landover (the city formerly known as Raljon), kickoff is at 7pm and the game can be seen live on WBAL11 and Comcast SportsNet (the CSN version is the DC broadcast). Luke Jones and I will be live at FedEx Field, hosting a “Purple Haze” chat here at WNST.net.

-Did you miss Le’Ron McClain live with Thyrl Nelson Thursday on “The Mobtown Sports Beat” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today to check it out. Other things available in the Audio Vault include…

  • Graham Gano (Redskins kicker and former Raven)-who joined Rex Snider Thursday afternoon to preview tomorrow night’s game
  • Audio from all around Westminster-including John Harbaugh, Chris Carr, Lardarius Webb and Dannell Ellerbe
  • Greg Aiello (NFL PR Director)-who joined Rex Thursday to discuss all things Roger Goodell
  • Tom Grieve (Rangers color Analyst)-who discussed Josh Hamilton and all things Rangers with Rex as well
  • All of the Baltimore sports media auditions with Nestor Aparicio on “The Morning Reaction” Friday

It’s all there in the Audio Vault, so you have your day planned. I’m really much too good to you.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland reserve LB Ben Pooler likely to miss season after tearing ACL in camp

While not necessarily devastating news for Ralph Friedgen’s Terps, it certainly isn’t good news either.

The Terrapins will need some LB depth, and I think Jacqueline Kirby might be the perfect choice. (Thanks Uncoached via Busted Coverage!)


10. LA Times’ Lisa Dillman says Michael Phelps failed to make final in 400 meter individual medley at Pan Pacifics

I’m not too terribly worked up by this, as this is not particularly easy.

In fact, it’s almost as tough as trying to remember the names of all of Antonio Cromartie’s kids. (Thanks HBO via Fanhouse and YouTube!)…

And finally, I leave you with this.

So apparently I was duped on “The Skinwich” yesterday. It ISN’T something KFC is planning on rolling out now or anytime in the future.

BUT…that doesn’t mean that all food in the world is healthy and NOT delicious. Thanks to The Smoking Jacket, I offer you some other ideas. One if IHOP’s Pancake Cheesecake Sandwich…


Another is Friendly’s Mac ‘n Cheese Quesadilla…


You know what, I’m going to need a minute here…

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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Ravens-Panthers Purple Haze Chat Tonight at 8!

Posted on 12 August 2010 by Glenn Clark

BALTIMORE – Greetings from a (now) sunny M&T Bank Stadium; where the Baltimore Ravens will open their exhibition season with a nationally televised (ESPN) contest against the Carolina Panthers.

The Ravens will unveil a new offensive attack; as they traded for Pro Bowl WR Anquan Boldin and signed troubled free agent WR Donte’ Stallworth. They also drafted TE’s Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta to bolster their attack.

The Panthers are hoping to grow under starting QB Matt Moore; but former Notre Dame star Jimmy Clausen is waiting in the wings and fans in Charlotte are looking forward to seeing him make his NFL debut tonight.

The Ravens will be without a number of players tonight who are either on the PUP list or inactive for the game:

S Ed Reed (PUP-Hip)
CB Lardarius Webb (PUP-Knee)
CB Chris Carr (hamstring)
CB Marcus Paschal (leg)
CB Fabian Washington (knee-precaution)
RB Matt Lawrence (PUP-knee)
S KJ Gerard (hamstring)
LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (PUP-quads)
OT Jared Gaither (back)
OL Tony Moll (concussion)

Oniel Cousins will start for Gaither, Tom Zbikowski for Reed, Cary Williams & Travis Fisher for Chris Carr & Fabian Washington.

The Panthers will also be without a number of players:

CB Chris Gamble
CB Aaron Francisco
RB Jonathan Stewart
RB Mike Goodson
LB Jordan Senn
LB Thomas Davis
OT Garry Williams
OT Jeff Otah
WR Charly Martin
WR Trent Guy
WR Steve Smith

Kenny Moore will start for Smith, Geoff Schwartz for Otah, Captain Munnerlyn for Gamble.

We will be opening our “Purple Haze” chat tonight at 8pm. You can check it out here.


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Purple Haze Training Camp Edition: Right Now!

Posted on 06 August 2010 by Luke Jones

The Ravens are providing a unique opportunity for those unable to make the trek to Westminster on Saturday when they hold a full-squad practice at M&T Bank Stadium at noon. Admission is free with parking available for only $5.

With the interruption in the daily training camp routine, WNST.net is opening up the Purple Haze chat room for those who cannot make it down to the stadium for Saturday’s practice. In lieu of our daily “Live from Westminster” blog, I’ll be bringing live updates from the press box at the Purple Palace as well as taking your thoughts and questions about the upcoming 2010 season.

If you were a part of our Purple Haze chats last season or have stopped in the Orange Crush during Orioles games this season, you know our live chat is the newest—and best—way to watch the action aside from actually being in the stadium.

We’ll be opening the Purple Haze cyber bar throughout the football season, so we figured Saturday afternoon would be a great tuneup for the preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.

Just follow the link and join us for the tailgate as the Ravens bring training camp to M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday!

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Blog & Tackle: Tripleheader chat starts at 6 pm

Posted on 23 April 2010 by Chris Pika

It’s day two of the 2010 NFL Draft, and our Purple Haze On Draft live chat for the second and third rounds of the NFL Draft will begin at 6 pm. And, as an added bonus, we two other events going on at the same time – the Red Rocks as the Caps try to close out the Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Orange Crush as the Orioles try to break out of a 2-14 start with the first of four games at the Red Sox.

You get all three of these events at one time in just one place: The WNST.net Live Chat room, starting at 6 pm. The WNST/WNST.net cast of hosts & bloggers will check in, and you will get the most up-to-date information from Twitter feeds for the NFL, Capitals and Orioles.

Tell your friends, and join us at 6 pm for the Purple Haze On Draft/ Red Rocks/ Orange Crush chat by clicking here.

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because it’s the culmination of “Green Week”, and I really feel as though I’ve made a difference. I don’t get involved with too many causes, but I think the picture of Ashley Greene, the video of Green Day doing “I Fought The Law”, the video of Al Green & Dave Matthews Band doing “Take Me To The River” and the video of Seth Green as “Special K” in “Can’t Hardly Wait” have really helped promote whatever the cause is behind “Green Week” in Charm City.

And-as you could have guessed, it wouldn’t be “Green Week” for me unless I tied it up with the picture of Diora Baird as the sexy Orion from “Star Trek”…


I LOVE “Green Week.”

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Ravens traded 25th overall pick to Broncos for 43rd, 70th, 114th overall picks

Clearly, the decision to trade out of the 1st round left a number of football fans in Baltimore with a feeling comparable to when they were 16 and their girlfriend told them “I’m not ready yet.”

It’s not just disasppointment. It’s ABSOLUTE discomfort.

I think NFL fans across the country are probably a bit more fond of the NFL Draft’s move to primetime this morning than fans in Baltimore. I think there’s a handful of fans in Baltimore who are probably thinking to themselves, “Damn. I missed 30 Rock for THIS?”

It’s hard to keep big picture perspective when most of us want nothing more than instant gratification. The good news is that we can safely assume that this IS a big picture here…unlike some other local sports franchises that have failed to give us ANY level of gratification in recent years.

I’ll do my best to leave that alone at this point.

2. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Ozzie Newsome and company sent ‘mixed signals’ by trading out of 1st Round of NFL Draft

I’ve heard a lot of fans/analysts make statements about how it must be remembered that trading the 3rd & 4th round picks initially landed the team Anquan Boldin, so it could be said that the team dealt their 1st round pick for Anquan Boldin and a 2nd round pick.

That sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

But what I wrote about last night has much more to do with the idea that the team is working under the premise of “need to win now”, and trading out of the 1st round may not necessarily be the best reflection of that premise.

And if the goal is to do everything possible to make sure the 2010 season culminates with John Harbaugh hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy at Cowboys Stadium, I wonder if the combination of Anquan Boldin and Dan Williams, Anquan Boldin and Kyle Wilson, or Anquan Boldin and Sergio Kindle (who is still available) would have ultimately proved to be a better Draft haul than the group of players the Ravens end up walking away with.

Again, the idea is that the team “needs to win now.”

On Friday morning, I don’t feel as though the team is in better shape to do that than they were 24 hours ago.

Hopefully I’ll have a different feeling 24 hours from now.

3. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens had chance to trade up and select Dez Bryant, say they ‘probably’ wouldn’t have taken Bryant at 25

And in poking around, I get the sense that they were being honest. It looks like Denver’s offer was too much (in their minds) to ignore. As Eric DeCosta said last night, and as both Drew Forrester and I speculated all along, they wanted more picks.

Dez Bryant was clearly the most complete receiver on the board, despite the fact that Demaryius Thomas was selected ahead of him. Dez Bryant may be as talented as Michael Crabtree (or MORE talented), and if he turns out to be a rock star, the organization may regret not making the swap to pair him with Anquan Boldin for the next 4 years.

But I don’t think it would be fair to judge this decision simply on the fact that the Ravens DIDN’T end up with Dez Bryant. Maybe it would have been fair to do so if he had slipped to 25, but not given where he was picked.

4. CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco mocks Alabama DT Terrence Cody, Oklahoma CB Dominique Franks to Ravens in Round 2

And each are likely choices.

Terrence Cody is ABSOLUTELY a mountain of a man. He is ABSOLUTELY a gap stuffer, and would ABSOLUTELY fit in with the “Play Like a Raven” mentality.

So why is it that so many of us have been uneasy about the thought of him donning purple?

I’ll say Virginia CB Chris Cook and Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski are the 2nd round choices myself, but that could be wishful thinking. It is VERY possible that both players are gone before the Ravens make their respective picks-especially with both Kyle Wilson and Devin McCourty coming off the board late in the 1st round-leaving teams like the Vikings more suited to take Cook.

They’re going to get talent. If it ends up being Sergio Kindle, do I still get my chinese lunch?

If so, I’m choosing the Orange Peel Chicken…


5. Fanhouse’s R.J. White gives Ravens “B+” for 1st Round trade

I don’t know that I would give them ANY sort of grade yet, but I guess I can get behind a “B+.” Using the Jimmy Johnson NFL Draft trade value chart, they picked up 776 points and traded away 720. If you’re a nerd, that will mean something to you.

I’ll tell you who’s AT LEAST a B+ (but probably better). Jessica Jane Clement, who Guyism.com found some video of….

Before we move on from the Draft, a reminder that Round 2 starts at 6 tonight, with coverage on both ESPN & NFL Network. I’ll be out at Owings Mills to collect the scuttlebutt, and we’ll be discussing the Draft in our “Purple Haze”/”Orange Crush”/”Red Rocks” live chat at WNST.net. I’ll be more than willing to discuss any of those things, except of course the Washington Capitals. The Ravens are scheduled to make the 43rd, 57th and 70th overall picks.

6. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says O’s players defensive of Dave Trembley

And why wouldn’t they?!?!? As long as he’s the manager, they don’t really have to try!

I’ve said before that I don’t think Andy McPhail is interested in making a managerial change this season. I still don’t think he’s interested. At some point he’s going to have no choice, but I don’t think he wants to actually hire someone until the end of the season at EARLIEST.

The weirdest thing about this story was when Andy McPhail called Dave Trembley to say “Don’t worry Dave…you’re safe” and Trembley responded “are you sure you don’t want to reconsider?”

7. STATS’ Nicolino DiBenedetto previews Orioles-Red Sox series opening tonight at Fenway Park

I’d usually like to take this time to stir up some old fashioned Boston hate, but what’s the point? They’re struggling, but they’re still much better than the Birds.

Instead, I’ll celebrate Boston. Not the place of course-because the place is so dreadful I can’t even begin to put it into words. Instead, I’ll celebrate the band.

And a note from our pal Steve Melewski, who pointed out (in all seriousness), that if the Orioles were to sweep the Red Sox this weekend, they’d be just a game behind Boston for 4th place in the AL East.

That’s solid analysis, Steve.

And if pigs were to fly out of my ass, my ass would probably hurt.

8. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Billy Rowell homered, Brandon Erbe struggled for Birds on farm

I feel like the Orioles have been waiting on Billy Rowell longer than I’ve been waiting on Busted Coverage to post pictures of Dorota Gardias, who is some sort of weather person in Poland…


Staying on the Orioles, Jeremy Guthrie faces Jon Lester tonight-first pitch is at 7:10 and the game can be seen on MASN.

9. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Adam Jones wants to be ‘role model’ for young African-Americans

I would prefer that Adam Jones would choose to be a role model to other baseball players by actually being…you know…good.

And before we leave the Orioles completely, a hearty congratulations to Jen Royle from 105.7 for being named today’s “Apologist of the Morning.” Her thoughts included:

“To lose 14 of the last 16 games and have a record of 2-14… something, to me, just isn’t adding up.

The answer of course is wins. She adds…

“Let me quote my favorite movie, Bull Durham: “A good friend of mine used to say, ‘This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.’ Think about that for a while.”
– Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh

Luke Scott said he’s praying things get better — I think the entire city of Baltimore is as well. If things were only as simple as the movies, huh?”

Certainly would. For example, if things were as simple as the movies, I’d of course be with Mila Kunis…


10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Terps Grant Catalino, Ryan Young, Brett Schmidt, Brian Phipps named to All-ACC lacrosse team

I have a special place in my heart for Brian Phipps. He’s a big Ravens fan, and came to our AFC Championship Game party in Pittsburgh last year. He even let me borrow his iPod when I was looking for music.

I also have a special place in my heart for Erin Normoyle. Thanks Barstool Sports!


11. UMTerps.com previews ACC Tournament opener with North Carolina tonight at Byrd Stadium

This is big for Dave Cottle’s team tonight. If they want to prove that they are a contender to win a NCAA Championship, getting revenge on the Tar Heels would be a good way to start.

Winning a NCAA Championship would be a good way to follow up, for the record.

And finally, I leave you with this…

Here’s the Madden 11 cover with Drew Brees. It’s pretty awesome…


Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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Sunday Afternoon Purple Haze at 12:30 pm for Ravens-Steelers

Posted on 26 December 2009 by Chris Pika

The Ravens play a crucial AFC game this Sunday in Pittsburgh against the Steelers, and you can join WNST for a special Sunday Afternoon Purple Haze live chat starting at 12:30 pm.

Drew Forrester and Glenn Clark will report from the Heinz Field press box, Nestor Aparicio will be in the stands with the Purple Road Trip gang, and all of your favorite WNST hosts and personalities will add their comments and answer your questions during the game.

Ravens-Steelers Purple Haze live chat

The Purple Haze is an interactive chat room with comments from our panelists, polls, tweets from local and national media covering the game, and your comments. Grab your favorite beverage, fire up your laptop and join us at 12:30 pm.

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Ravens-Bears Pregame: No Reed, Clayton, K Washington, Gooden or Gaither Today

Posted on 20 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

4:05-That’s it for me here…..make sure you head over to WNST.net for our Purple Haze live chat during the game!

3:24-Clearly WR depth will be an issue today. Ravens will have only Justin Harper behind Derrick Mason and Demetrius Williams, although David Tyree could be pressed into emergency duty today. With Todd Heap and LJ Smith apparently healthy enough to play, one of them could be flexed out wide; as could Ray Rice if necessary.

3:14-Here are your starting changes…..

Michael Oher starts for Gaither at LT
Oniel Cousins starts for Oher at RT
Demetrius Williams starts for Clayton at WR
Dannell Ellerbe starts for Gooden at LB
Tom Zbikowski starts for Reed at FS

(Reed was out here this afternoon trying to get ready before the game.)

For the Bears, Devin Aromashodu will start for Devin Hester at WR, Anthony Adams will start for Marcus Harrison at DT.

3:00-Here are today’s scratches, starting with the Ravens:

QB John Beck (3rd QB)
OT Jared Gaither (foot)
WR Mark Clayton (hamstring, knee)
WR Kelley Washington (ankle)
S Ed Reed (foot, groin, etc. etc.)
LB Tavares Gooden (groin)
S KJ Gerard (thigh)
OL David Hale


WR/KR Devin Hester
WR Juaquin Iglesias
S Craig Steltz
CB DJ Moore
OT James Marten
DT Matt Toeaina
OT Orlando Pace
DT Jarron Gilbert

1:49-The snow-covered sections in the upper deck have SLIGHTLY improved, but fans will likely still be greeted with piles of snow when they get into the stadium. Please do not use this as an excuse to act like an idiot.

Bill Leavy and his crew will officiate today’s game. No update on the story CBS reported this morning about officials arriving late; but they were supposed to be able to make it on time no matter what.

A reminder that today’s game is on FOX-with Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Chris Myers on the call.

12:39pm-Greetings from M&T Bank Stadium in downtown Baltimore, where the Baltimore Ravens will play the Chicago Bears today. I got here about 25 minutes ago, and the parking lots and sidewalks were a bit of a concern getting in. However, once I got into the stadium, I was BLOWN AWAY by what great shape it was in…..


Absolutely amazing. As you can tell, the field is in PERFECT shape, and the stadium is mostly clear, with only a few sections in the upper deck still filled with show. Over 1,700 workers were at the stadium this weekend to get it into shape, and they are STILL here, clearing what’s left of the snow and salting the steps and walkways in fear of the melted snow re-freezing. It is just absolutely outstanding.

I’ll be back shortly with more before our “Purple Haze” live chat opens.


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LIVE PURPLE HAZE CHAT: Watch the Ravens game with us today at 4:15

Posted on 20 December 2009 by WNST Staff

Once again, we are opening our special WNST Purple Haze chat room for today’s game. Our traffic has been enormous when we’ve done these during the games and with so many folks glued to their couches today and the 21 inches of snow on the ground in the area, we hope you pull the old laptop out and watch the Ravens-Bears game with us.

Drew Forrester and Glenn Clark will be monitoring the action from the press box and Nestor Aparicio will be in Sect. 513 Tweeting, blogging and getting you all of the latest from M&T Bank Stadium.

Come back at 4 p.m. and join us in the WNST LIVE CHAT…

We’ll watch the game together!

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If you missed Lunchtime With Drew

Posted on 17 December 2009 by WNST Staff

Today, we debuted a new live chat on WNST.net – Lunchtime With Drew. Comcast Morning Show host Drew Forrester hosted an online chat from 12:30-1:30 pm, where he answered questions about the Ravens, Orioles, Tiger Woods and more.

If you didn’t have a chance to join in, you can read Drew’s chat in its entirety by clicking the link below. Remember we also do a weekly Purple Haze Live Chat on Sunday nights from 7-10 pm, where we talk Ravens and NFL each week.

Let us know what you thought, and what you’d like to see as part of our live chat schedule here on WNST.net.

Lunchtime With Drew 12-17-09

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