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They'll never have a parade but at least they still have a nice baseball stadium in Cleveland...

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MLB #GiveASpit Ballpark Ranking: No. 19 Cleveland Indians

Posted on 21 August 2015 by Nestor Aparicio

Cleveland – If most stadiums in the 1990s were knockoffs of Camden Yards, this Cleveland model is most closely re-constructed in Philadelphia and Washington. They’ve ripped out a bunch of seats in the upper reaches of right field and they’ve added a garden feel to centerfield. The left field bleachers are still kinda intimidating and cool. And the third base club level still looks like a clubhouse at a horse racing track. In the end, there’s very little that’s memorable about this place but it’s still a nice place to watch a baseball game and a big upgrade over The Mistake on The Lake. Now, if Lebron James could only hit a baseball…

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You don't have to be sitting in the front row to appreciate baseball in Wisconsin...

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MLB #GiveASpit Ballpark Ranking: No. 20 Milwaukee Brewers

Posted on 20 August 2015 by Nestor Aparicio

Milwaukee – The parking lots are named for Brewers heroes. They’re also filled with brats and beer and a convivial tailgate and picnic that makes the whole thing feel very summery and baseball-like. But, then, you enter an airplane hangar. I’ve seen many games there over the years and when the roof is open, it’s OK but it’s still baseball in a barn. Oh, and Bud Selig bent over the entire state of Wisconsin in a power play for hundreds of millions to get it built. My advice here is to arrive early on a nice summer day and make friends with the locals in the tailgating community. The stadium is a nice, clean, open facility but they’ve downgraded since Bernie Brewer no longer comes down the slide in the beer mug after dingers. In theory alone, that’s a sad concept. Remember to drink Wisconsinably…

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A bit of an airplane hangar but it's got the best air conditioning in MLB...

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MLB #GiveASpit Ballpark Ranking: No. 21 Arizona Diamondbacks

Posted on 19 August 2015 by Nestor Aparicio

Arizona – You can’t really keep Milwaukee and Phoenix apart on this list because they both play in virtually the same stadium. As Curt Schilling pointed out on WNST recently, it sure is nice to come inside and play baseball when it’s 114 outside and 72 inside. But it’s a big, hollow, chilly (well, from a mojo standpoint) place and other than the pool in right field it’s a generic building that feels almost abandoned when no one is in the seats on a weeknight. It’s a nice enough building but it’s hard to find anything unique here besides the heat on the outside. Oh, and whatever they were thinking in changing the color scheme of the uniforms was very short sighted. The new uniforms and logos suck. I attended a Throwback Thursday night. I’m glad the Diamondbacks weren’t wearing the maroon of their football cousins in Glendale.

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Why is Yankee Stadium so low on our stadium rankings? Well, because it sucks...

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MLB #GiveASpit Ballpark Ranking: No. 22 Yankee Stadium

Posted on 18 August 2015 by Nestor Aparicio

New York Yankees – So, why so far down the ranking scale for this giant, sprawling mall of a rebuild? Well, it sucks compared to the real thing. Ask anyone. Sure, it took billions of dollars and the painstaking reassembling of every nook and cranny and archway from across the street. They tried but failed. This is very simple – the new stadium has very little to recommend it as being better than the original. Less than 10 miles away, some engineers found a way to take the shell of Madison Square Garden and make it better. Here in The Bronx they had so much money that they believed a wrecking ball and a fresh plot of land would improve Yankees baseball. It hasn’t. It has simply increased the revenue, raised the cost and lowered “the experience.” Yankee Stadium makes you very happy that no one in Boston or Chicago got the bright idea to rebuild Fenway Park or Wrigley Field while promising to increase the space and the nightly receipts. The whole spirit of Yankee Stadium died when they tried to “go Vegas” with this monstrosity that is a monument to how having more money and “improving on the original” being a sad, stupid idea. Someone called it the “video game experience” of Yankee Stadium. I said it was kinda like going to “New York, New York” in Las Vegas once the Billy Joel “Miami 2017” experience happens. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. For the most part, as new stadiums go, this one sucks. I’d rather just go to a real mall rather than one disguised as a kingdom of baseball royalty.

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Everything is bigger in Texas. But is it better?

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MLB #GiveASpit Ballpark Ranking: No. 23 Texas Rangers

Posted on 18 August 2015 by Nestor Aparicio

Arlington – There’s not much to recommend any outdoor activity in Texas in the middle of the summer and this ballpark is just one hot, exceedingly large place. Other than the obvious knockoff elements of Camden Yards in the seating bowl, this place is swallowed up by its own grandeur (much like its big football twin, the world of Jerry Jones, in the adjacent parking lot). Everything is bigger in Texas and here’s your proof. The Rangers Hall of Fame is so well done that you shouldn’t miss it. The BBQ and nachos in Arlington have been legendary since Brooks Robinson did the color commentary in the old ballpark. Just don’t expect much relief from the heat. And don’t expect a seat to close to the field. It’s just big and wide open. A nice ballpark but nothing special…

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Welcome to Toronto – the dome that time forgot.

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MLB #GiveASpit Ballpark Ranking: No. 25 Toronto Blue Jays

Posted on 16 August 2015 by Nestor Aparicio

Toronto – I remember when this joint jumped. I was about fifty feet away from where Joe Carter’s home run landed on that fateful night in October 1993 when baseball was celebrated and ultimately died in downtown Toronto on Yonge Street. Now, it’s almost like they’re closer to joining the Montreal Expos than to galvanizing the baseball gods of the Great White North. Sure, Geddy Lee wasn’t at Rogers Centre on my night in Canada but the baseball “experience” of Toronto has been left to the ghosts of “Ok Blue Jays” in the seventh inning stretch and the pink suits of my pal Gregg Zaun. I can’t really pick on this dome any more than it’s been decimated over the past two decades. Oh, every time the ball hits the turf a giant blast of black plastic shrapnel leaps into the air. It’s like fake baseball. Only, it’s real. Honestly, if you go, you might want to consider watching the game from the bar/restaurant at the Renaissance Hotel attached to the dome. It’s a nice seat. And it’s free with a tab or dinner. Buy dinner, get the game free. And, honestly, you wouldn’t be missing much here.

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FANS FANTASY FOOTBALL RANKINGS

Posted on 22 July 2008 by KZ

FANS FANTASY FOOTBALL RANKINGS 2008…JULY 21, 2008

QUARTERBACKS:

1. Tom Brady

2. Tony Romo

3. Peyton Manning

4. Drew Brees

5. Carson Palmer

6. Ben Roethlisberger

7. Derek Anderson – RISK

8. Jay Cutler

9. David Garrard

10. Matt Hasselbeck

11. Donovan McNabb

12. Matt Schaub

13. Jon Kitna

14. Philip Rivers

15. Aaron Rodgers

16. Eli Manning

17. Marc Bulger

18. Jason Campbell

19. Vince Young

20. Alex Smith – Martz makes fantasy studs everywhere he goes….

Others to watch: Who wins the QB situation in Arizona (Leinart or Warner) if Warner…he is a top 10 guy. Jake Delhomme has proven he can be a top 10 guy if healthy. Jamarcus Russell, has some weapons in Oakland.

RUNNING BACKS:

1. LaDainian Tomlinson

2. Brian Westbrook

3. Steven Jackson

4. Joseph Addai

5. Adrian Peterson – yes I have him 5…

6. Marian Barber

7. Clinton Portis

8. Frank Gore

9. Marshawn Lynch

10. Willis McGahee

11. Maurice Jones-Drew

12. Ryan Grant

13. Larry Johnson

14. Lendale White

15. Willie Parker – RISK…loses touches this year

16. Earnest Graham

17. Brandon Jacobs – Could be a top 10 guy if stays healthy

18. Jamal Lewis

19. Laurence Maroney

20. Kevin Smith

21. Reggie Bush

22. Edgerrin James

23. Selvin Young

24. Rudi Johnson

25. Darren McFadden

26. Thomas Jones

27. Michael Turner

28. Justin Fargas

29. Fred Taylor

30. Matt Forte

31. Jonathan Smith

32. Ronnie Brown

33. Julius Jones

34. Chester Taylor

35. Ahmad Bradshaw

36. Jerious Norwood

37. DeAngelo Williams

38. Deuce McAllister

39. Tatum Bell

40. Ladell Betts

41. Ricky Williams

42. Chris Brown (HOU)

43. Adrian Peterson (CHI)

44. Felix Jones

45. Rashard Mendenhall

46. Kenny Watson

47. Ray Rice

48. Warrick Dunn

49. Michael Pittman (DEN)

50. Leon Washington

Others: Michael Bush, Ahman Green, Ryan Torian, Kevin Faulk, Chris Johnson (TENN) and Kolby Smith.

WIDE RECEIVERS:

1. Randy Moss

2. Reggie Wayne

3. Larry Fitzgerald

4. Terrell Owens

5. Andre Johnson – Injury Risk

6. Chad Johnson

7. Brandon Marshall

8. Braylon Edwards

9. Tory Holt

10. TJ Houshmandzdeh

11. Marques Colston

12. Roy Williams

13. Steve Smith

14. Santonio Holmes

15. Greg Jennings

16. Wes Walker

17. Dwayne Bowe

18. Plaxico Burress

19. Roddy White

20. Anquan Boldin

21. Bobby Engram

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In Response To…

Posted on 27 December 2007 by roblong

I’ve received lots of response to the WNST NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. Trust me, I’m very thankful for that. In fact, whether you agree or not, I encourage the feedback.

Some of the e-mails and responses I’ve received has been in disagreement with the Power Rankings. People have given their opinions as to where a team should be.

That’s what I love about this system, it has nothing to do with “opinions.” It’s all based on a 50 point system that I put together. I don’t think people really care about a system that is based on what someone thinks. That’s why college football’s system is criticized so much. Even with the BCS, opinions are a part of it.

The WNST NFL Power Rankings are not based on what I think. If you’ve followed the rankings, you would have notice the way points are distributed. I think fans’ anger with the Ravens has caused them to believe the team is at the bottom of the League. The system doesn’t think so. If I could take this time to defend the point system, three teams that the Ravens beat are currently ranked below them. The top 14 teams in the rankings were either play-off or play-off contenders as we entered week 16. There are no play-off or play-off contending teams ranked beneath #15.

The system has notice teams that were about to peak before they actually peaked. The Chargers and the Jaguars were noticed by the system before they went on long winning streaks. Based on the rankings, the system said the Lions were never very impressive, even with an impressive record early in the season. The system told me that the Bears were not going to have a good season because they never rose above the bottom feeders of the League.

Now, the system does have a flaw or two. Browns fans could say the system never truly gave that team any real respect, but their defense never really gave us any cause to give too much respect. Until recently, I think the WNST Rankings gave the Eagles too much respect. Personally, I believe the Tampa Bay Bucs are given too much respect, but they are divisional winners.

Is the system perfect? No. I do believe it’s pretty accurate. I just want to remind listeners that it is not about what I think with this. Points are distributed based on a formular I put together last May. Still, keep the e-mails flowing. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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WNST NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 26 December 2007 by roblong

It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for the WNST NFL Power Rankings, brought to you by Bernie’s Liquors. The rankings are determined on a 50-point system. Each winning team get 10 points. You also can accumulate points for scoring over 20 points and holding your opponents under 20 points. Points are generated for rushing for 115 yards and holding your opponent under the same total. 200 yards passing earns points, and holding your opponents under that total gets you points. If you cause two or more turnovers, you get points, and if you commit under two turnovers, you get points.

The teams that have been climbing up in our Power Rankings are teams who have become dangerous around the League

1. Patriots 39.6 (1)

2. Colts 37.6 (2)

3. Cowboys 33.9 (3)

4. Jaguars 30.6 (5)

5. Packers 30.4 (4)

6. Chargers 30.1 (6)

7. Steelers 29.2 (9)

8. Seahawks 28.7 (10)

9. Bucs 28.3 (7)

10. Redskins 27.8 (13)

11. Vikings 27.8 (8)

12. Browns 27.3 (12)

13. Giants 26.8 (14)

14. Titans 26.6 (15)

15. Texans 26.1 (11)

16. Eagles 24.5 (17)

17. Saints 24.5 (16)

18. Lions 23.8 (18)

19. Bengals 22.7 (19)

20. Cardinals 21.4 (21)

21. Broncos 21.1 (20)

22. Bills 19.5 (23)

23. Panthers 18.9 (22)

24. Bears 18.3 (27)

25. Ravens 18.3 (24)

26. Jets 18.1 (25)

27. Raiders 17.1 (26)

28. 49ers 16.8 (30)

29. Rams 16.2 (28)

30. Chiefs 16.1 (29)

31. Falcons 15.6 (31)

32. Dolphins 13.8 (32)

Give me a call, 410-481-1570 or e-mail me at rob@wnst.net

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WNST NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 18 December 2007 by roblong

It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for the WNST NFL Power Rankings, brought to you by Bernie’s Liquors. The rankings are determined on a 50-point system. Each winning team get 10 points. You also can accumulate points for scoring over 20 points and holding your opponents under 20 points. Points are generated for rushing for 115 yards and holding your opponent under the same total. 200 yards passing earns points, and holding your opponents under that total gets you points. If you cause two or more turnovers, you get points, and if you commit under two turnovers, you get points.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been moving up in the polls for three weeks now. They made our polls look really good by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here are the rankings for the week of Tuesday, December 18th.

1. Patriots 39.6 (1)

2. Colts 37.1 (2)

3. Cowboys 33 (3)

4. Packers 32.1 (4)

5. Jaguars 30.4 (5)

6. Chargers 29 (8)

7. Bucs 29 (9)

8. Vikings 28.6 (10)

9. Steelers 28.5 (6)

10. Seahawks 27.8 (7)

11. Texans 27.6 (14)

12. Browns 27.5 (13)

13. Redskins 27.4 (12)

14. Giants 26.6 (11)

15. Titans 26.4 (15)

16. Saints 25.2 (17)

17. Eagles 23.7 (20)

18. Lions 23.4 (16)

19. Bengals 22.5 (19)

20. Broncos 22.3 (18)

21. Cardinals 20.8 (21)

22. Panthers 20 (25)

23. Bills 19.5 (23)

24. Ravens 19.3 (22)

25. Jets 18.1 (24)

26. Raiders 18 (26)

27. Bears 16.8 (27)

28. Rams 16.2 (28)

29. Chiefs 15.8 (30)

30. 49ers 15.8 (31)

31. Falcons 15.3 (29)

32. Dolphins 14.2 (32)

Give me a call at 410-481-1570 or e-mail me at rob@wnst.net.

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