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Dear Football, Please Just Come Back Already

Posted on 15 June 2011 by Glenn Clark

Dear Football-

It didn’t hit me until Tuesday night. To be totally honest with you, I’ve been really enjoying some of the other things going on in the world of sports since you left my life in February.

My favorite NHL team (the Phoenix Coyotes) were quickly swept out by the Detroit Red Wings, but the Stanley Cup playoffs have been really good otherwise. Most of the cities I don’t like have already seen their teams eliminated (Pittsburgh, Washington, New York) and the Vancouver Canucks have the opportunity to deliver the most painful heartbreak to Boston Wednesday night, with a chance to win a Game 7 at home against the Bruins.

There’s been a ton of scoring but still a ton of close games, and the hockey playoffs in general have been pretty good.

My favorite NBA team (the Phoenix Suns) didn’t even qualify for postseason play, but it had little effect on how exciting the NBA playoffs were. Between the Los Angeles Lakers getting swept out, Greivis Vasquez and the Memphis Grizzlies getting within a game of the Western Conference Finals and the riveting series the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat played in the NBA Finals, the postseason was thrilling.

Even those of us that don’t spend too much time watching regular season hoops found ourselves making postseason games destination television.

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Lack of Reverence For Preakness in Baltimore Appalling

Posted on 20 May 2011 by Glenn Clark

The Preakness Stakes will never mean to Baltimore what the Kentucky Derby means to Louisville.

I will start my thoughts by offering an acceptance of that fact.

I couldn’t honestly say I understood the difference between the two Triple Crown races until attending my first “Run For The Roses” in 2010. It’s a different world. It truly cannot be replicated in Charm City.

Perhaps veteran horse racing columnist Jerry Izenberg of the Newark Star-Ledger said it best in 2010…

“Here in Crab Cake City, there is one thing that all of them — infielder, grandstander and the jacket-and-tie set, that actually know the words to “Maryland, My Maryland” — have in common. They all know how to treat a horse race like, well, a horse race.

Greater Baltimore is too big and too honest, and its people work too hard and wear out too many blue collars for it to be otherwise. It understands exactly what this race is. It is a break in the calendar when the Orioles will not be the lead story. It is an event that the town respects but does not worship.”

It’s hard to argue his point.

In fact, year after year the romanticism and celebration of the “Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” appears to be lessened throughout the city.

It’s not just because patrons were barred from bringing their own alcohol into the infield, either.

The fact is that it is safe to question at this point whether or not Baltimore truly even “respects” the Preakness, more or less reveres the city’s most significant event.

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According to the Baltimore Sun, the 2010 Preakness spending generated roughly $1.3 million in 2010 in state and local taxes. The event was as significant if not more to area businesses including hotels, restaurants, bars, taxi and limo services, entertainment venues and grocery/convenience stores.

What can’t be measured beyond that is the value brought to the area by the exposure that comes with Preakness. NBC and VERSUS will combine to dedicate nearly eight hours of coverage this weekend from Old Hilltop, while HRTV and ESPN have also reported and broadcast from the track this week as well.

The Maryland Jockey Club said over 1,000 media members were credentialed for this year’s event, generating coverage in newspapers and on websites throughout the country and the world.

There is simply no arguing the significance of Baltimore’s biggest annual event.

While an argument could be made that a Baltimore Ravens playoff game could provide nearly as much exposure for the city, it would be difficult to picture a NFL game reaching the vast demographic group that the Preakness is able to touch.

Baltimore’s most significant annual moment happens just off Northern Parkway on the third Saturday of May.

As Bob Ehrlich told Drew Forrester this week in an interview on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, “For me, (the Preakness) was a wonderful day. It’s the best day of the year to be governor.”

Or as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told Rex Snider in an interview on “The Afternoon Drive” also on AM1570 WNST, “It really gives us a chance to showcase the city in a big way.”

It is hard to imagine a resident of our fair city not understanding how significant Preakness Saturday is annually.

Imagine my frustration when I was asked this question by a friend (and lifelong Baltimore resident) recently:

Everyone is getting together at Riverwatch for dinner Saturday because Tuesday is my birthday. You’ll be there, right?

After allowing the bewildered look to finally disappear from my face, I had my own question for my friend:

You’re aware they didn’t cancel the Preakness this year, right?

Even more troubling at the same time was my realization that the Baltimore Orioles were not only playing at home, but they were playing at 4:05pm.

Given that the average Major League Baseball game lasts two hours and fifty-one minutes (according to MLB.com in 2010) and the post time for the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes is 6:19pm-a conflict exists.

A source from the Maryland Jockey Club (who asked not to be identified) told me that the MJC reached out to the O’s after learning of the scheduling conflict, but the club deferred to Major League Baseball. Emails sent to the Orioles and MLB requesting further comment were not returned.

To be fair, the Orioles have to play on the third Saturday of May. But in the last 10 years, the Orioles have not played a game that directly conflicted with the Preakness despite playing seven times at home on Preakness Saturday.

It seems stunning that the Birds (and Major League Baseball) would allow a game to go off at the same time as the city’s signature event instead of altering the time of the game. The Boston Red Sox play an 11am game annually at Fenway Park as part of the city’s “Patriots Day” celebration. The Orioles could start at a similar time on Preakness Saturday to make way for Preakness, or could start later in the evening (around 8pm) to allow fans to attend both events.

In fact, they could even label the game as “the official post-Preakness party” and offer ticket discounts to attendees of the Preakness should they work in concert with the Jockey Club.

It would be the type of arrangement that could perhaps encourage out of town enthusiasts to “make a day of it” in Baltimore, seeing the sights of one of America’s classic sporting events and also viewing breathtaking Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

It’s a shame the city hasn’t worked with both parties to encourage such a partnership.

But the lack of reverence towards the Preakness in Baltimore is more appalling than even a baseball game.

Many Baltimoreans have simply told me in recent weeks that they feel no connection with the event despite understanding the overall significance of the event.

The reality is that some Baltimoreans are simply more interested in other events.

The problem with that attitude is that Baltimore doesn’t have anything else this significant. There is no PGA Tour stop. There is no LPGA, ATP, WTA Tour stop either.

The NBA & NHL Playoffs are irrelevant in Baltimore unless a fan chooses to root for a team from out of town. The NCAA Tournament might include a team from Baltimore, but the days of Tim Duncan and company playing March Madness games on the floor of what is now known as the 1st Mariner Arena have long passed.

The UFC has never staged a major Mixed Martial Arts event in Baltimore. There hasn’t been a significant prize fight in Baltimore in my lifetime. NASCAR has never come to town, and while the IndyCar series will hold the inaugural “Baltimore Grand Prix” in Baltimore this Labor Day weekend, the event has exactly enough significance that it was not picked up by the series’ network partner (ABC).

The Baltimore Ravens have never played more than nine meaningful home games in a season. The Baltimore Orioles haven’t played a significant home game after Opening Day since 1997.

In Baltimore, we have the Preakness and not much else.

But there’s no reason for that to be so depressing.

It would certainly bode well for the event if the sport of horse racing could make a “comeback” in Charm City. Pimlico has been outdated about as long as the Arena has, and it doesn’t serve well to generate excitement. The fact that racing only happens at the track for about a month out of the year hurts too.

No one has to be a horse racing fan to support Preakness, however.

The majority of the 100,000 or so fans that pack the track Saturday will likely not know the names of more than a few horses running in the actual race and even fewer could quickly answer “Lookin At Lucky” if asked who won last year’s event.

That being said, the folks who attend the event are at least expecting a good time-whether they’re watching Train on the infield or screaming at ponies from the grandstand.

There’s nothing wrong with being a Baltimorean and not attending the Preakness. The dirty secret in Louisville is that more locals actually attend Kentucky Oaks day on Friday than the actual Derby. (Which is aided by the closure of schools, government and many offices in general). The simple idea is that the city should somehow partake in the event in general-or at least feel more positive than negative energy in association with the event.

At the very least, everyone in Baltimore should ABSOLUTELY know that the third Saturday of May is Preakness Saturday.

It’s a shame that isn’t currently true.

-G

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7: Greatest Sports Collapses

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7: Greatest Sports Collapses

Posted on 17 May 2011 by Glenn Clark

In honor of what happened Monday night to the Baltimore Orioles against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, today’s Tuesday Top 7 topic was “The Top 7 Greatest Sports Collapses.”

Once again, it’s pretty self-explanatory, correct?

Glenn Clark’s list…

7. “Gone in 54 seconds” Maryland vs. Duke

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6. Yankees blow 3-0 lead to Sox in 2004 ALCS

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5. Jean Van De Velde 1999 British Open

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4. Tony Stewart runs out of gas (2010 New Hampshire)

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3. Smarty Jones 2004 Belmont Stakes

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2. Portland blows 15 point 4th quarter lead to Lakers (2000 Western Conference Finals Game 7)

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1. 2005 Baltimore Orioles second half

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Drew Forrester’s list…

7. 2007 Mother’s Day Massacre

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6. Ghana’s Gyan misses penalty kick in 2010 World Cup

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5. Bruins blow 3-0 series lead, 3-0 Game 7 lead in 2010 NHL Playoffs

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4. Miami blows 31-0 halftime lead to Maryland

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3. Jana Novatna blows 4-1 3rd set lead at Wimbledon to Steffi Graf

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2. Greg Norman blows six stroke lead in final round of 1996 Masters

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1. Van De Velde collapse on 18 at Carnoustie

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If you missed the explanation of why these players made the list on “The Morning Reaction” Tuesday on AM1570 WNST, hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Join us Tuesday night at Harborplace for a toast to William Donald Schaefer

Posted on 25 April 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

As most of you know, I live near the Inner Harbor and have for almost a decade now. And I love Baltimore probably more than any man should. I also pass Gov. Schaefer’s statue every day, waving to the tourists and “welcoming” them to Baltimore, and I always seem to be drawn to it.

So on Tuesday night, we’re going to honor the late, great William Donald Schaefer with an old-fashioned gathering for happy hour drinks in his honor at the place he’s most famous for building, Harborplace. The party starts at the bar at Phillips Restaurant at 5 p.m. and we’ll stay until sunset.

Bring a rubber duck, wear some Baltimore sports paraphernalia, drink a $2 Natty Boh, have a crab cake and do it in the house that The Guv built – Harborplace — for a sunset tribute to the man himself.

We’ll be about 50 feet from the statue as we watch the sunset on the last night his body will be spent above the ground with us. If you’re coming downtown to City Hall to pay your respects to the man who gave us Camden Yards and the Baltimore Ravens, drop by and see us and share a laugh and a memory.

The folks at Phillips will have some half-price appetizer specials and I have no idea how many people will show up but I know that the Harbor could use the business and the Red Sox are in town so the place will be jumping with tourism and people with wicked, funny accents.

Come one, come all. And celebrate the life of Gov. Schaefer at the place he loved the most – Harborplace.

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Trip to Arizona Reminds Me 2011 Orioles Just Need to Win

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Trip to Arizona Reminds Me 2011 Orioles Just Need to Win

Posted on 30 March 2011 by Glenn Clark

When Nestor Aparicio told me Wednesday would be the day I would scribe my Baltimore Orioles preview piece, I chuckled a bit. I’m sure he had no idea of the symbolism involved.

If you listen to “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST (and you certainly should), you probably know that Wednesday marks the first time I’ve taken a vacation since returning to the Charm City airwaves in 2008.

I’m headed to Phoenix, which is where I lived and worked for two years after leaving CBS Radio here in Baltimore.

Just before departing CBS for the Valley of the Sun, I heard that Nasty was organizing an event called “Free The Birds”. I will admit now that upon hearing of the event, my thoughts (in my head and on-air) were along the lines of “what a blowhard.”

It wasn’t until I got to Arizona that I truly understood what Nestor was doing.

My only full season of MLB coverage in Arizona came in 2007. I was there for the end of the 2006 season and half of the 2008 season-but ’07 was my only full year of covering baseball-specifically the Arizona Diamondbacks.

It you’ll remember, 2007 was the year the D-Backs went on an improbable run to the NL West crown and a trip to the NLCS (where they would ultimately be dismissed by the Colorado Rockies).

The 2007 Diamondbacks were a special group. They were a young team (CF Chris Young, RF Justin Upton, SS Stephen Drew, 1B Conor Jackson and 3B Mark Reynolds were all at the beginning of their careers) with a few “journeymen” type veterans (1B Tony Clark, 2B Orlando Hudson and LF Eric Byrnes) sprinkled in.

Their pitching staff (led by stars Brandon Webb and Randy Johnson) was clearly what carried them to October, but even that group included some journeymen, as Doug Davis and Livan Hernandez held down rotation spots.

They were a fun team that found success from Opening Day until the postseason, and it made the entire summer in Phoenix sort of magical.

Every game in every series at Chase Field (and away from Chase Field) mattered. Every game had a story line. Every game had underlying drama.

Every game was discussed by sports fans the next day on radio, around water coolers and on social media accounts (MySpace was the most popular at the time) throughout the state.

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As someone who wasn’t from Phoenix (and who actually went to Chase Field for three games in June looking like the above and below pictures), I had no emotional ties to the D-Backs. Yet as the season continued, I found myself more and more emotionally invested as the city where I resided came down with a case of Diamondbacks fever.

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I even found myself in a public fight with Diamondbacks President/CEO Derrick Hall before NLDS Game 1 against the Chicago Cubs-arguing with him that the team shouldn’t play “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the 7th Inning Stretch because it would give too much encouragement to the Cubs fans in attendance.

I REALLY didn’t care in my heart whether or not the Diamondbacks won the series. My team (the O’s) had just polished off their 10th consecutive losing season. Yet for some reason, the magic of the Diamondbacks’ accomplishment had touched even a dyed-in-the-wool Birds fan like myself.

It was then…in October of 2007…that I finally understood what Nestor (and company) were trying to say.

I hadn’t experienced that type of feeling as an Orioles fan in a decade.

I haven’t experienced it since then of course either.

The last time a meaningful game was played in Baltimore was in October of 1997, when Tony Fernandez crushed both Armando Benitez and the dreams of every 14 year old kid at Perry Hall High School like myself.

I at least got to see a meaningful game as a high school freshman. We’re now approaching a time where area kids will enter high school having not been alive for a single meaningful baseball game.

It’s real.

After seeing the Diamondbacks’ magical run and the way even a transient city like Phoenix was carried away by a season of baseball-I knew that “Free The Birds” was about the desire to finally see the city of Baltimore again experience the same thing.

And we all know just how much the city of Baltimore really needs to experience something like that.

That brings us to the 2011 Baltimore Orioles.

What’s happened with this franchise since 1997 isn’t the fault of President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail, Manager Buck Showalter, DH Vladimir Guerrero or any other player, coach or front office member…with one glaring exception-but we’ll leave Peter Angelos alone this time.

Just because the past 13 seasons aren’t the fault of the overwhelming majority of the principles involved in 2011 season doesn’t mean that the issues surrounding the past 13 seasons can suddenly be ignored.

Whether they like it or not, the 2011 Baltimore Orioles carry the burden of the failures of recent teams.

Just as the 2010 Baltimore Orioles did…and the 2009 Baltimore Orioles did…and the 2012 Baltimore Orioles will if this team doesn’t succeed.

The team (and most notably CF Adam Jones, who recently made some colorful comments to the Baltimore Sun) will be reminded of that when they report to Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Friday, April 22nd to open a six game homestand against the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.

It will be a somewhat painful reminder that what happened between 1998-2010 is still very much an issue to fans in Baltimore today.

The 2011 Baltimore Orioles will have to accept the desperation of a fanbase deprived of a winner for 13 cities every time they step on a baseball diamond.

We’ll find out over the next six months whether or not they can handle the responsibility.

The early returns have been questionable. Jones has popped off about the fanbase, Showalter took time in an interview to worry about the money Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is spending and how Yankees SS Derek Jeter stands at the plate.

The Orioles (and Orioles fans) cannot afford to waste their time this season worrying about anything other than winning baseball games.

They’re fighting a battle that won’t be easy. While most pundits agree this team is better than they have been in recent years-few believe they will be better than the Yankees, Red Sox or even the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. Few believe that meaningful games will return to OPACY after the All-Star Game this season.

The Orioles will look to do their best to prove those pundits wrong, and it won’t be easy.

In the meantime, they’ll have to try to win back an entire city. There will always be a group of hardcore fans that will support a team emotionally and economically no matter what the results are-but this team will look to re-establish a broader level of support beyond that group.

To do so-the only thing they can concern themselves with is winning.

In fact, the Orioles would be wise to channel Al Davis and consider a “Just Win, Baby” mentality for 2011.

If they do so-Jones won’t have to worry about who is in the stands when the Yanks come back to town this August. Showalter won’t have to worry about how much money any other team in Major League Baseball spends.

The 2011 Baltimore Orioles just need to worry about winning.

Nothing else.

If they can win even enough to have their name on the Wild Card race list when the Yanks visit this August-the feeling at those games will be even more special than what I experienced at playoff games in Phoenix in 2007.

-G

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7: Sports Figures Who Owe An Apology

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7: Sports Figures Who Owe An Apology

Posted on 29 March 2011 by Glenn Clark

In honor of Buck Showalter’s apology to Boston Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein, today’s Tuesday Top 7 topic was “The Top 7 Sports Figures Who Owe an Apology”.

*We agreed to leave Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos off the list, as both Drew and I figured his inclusion basically went without saying.

Glenn Clark’s list…

7. Daren Stone

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6. Armando Benitez

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5. Shawn Michaels

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4. Dan Devine

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3. Michael Jordan

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2. John Calipari & Jim Calhoun

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1. Bill James

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Drew Forrester’s list…

7. Robert Horry

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6. John Gilchrist

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5. The Masters (to Gary McCord)

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4. City of Chicago (to Steve Bartman)

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3. Jim Irsay

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2. Roger Clemens

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1. Barry Bonds

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If you missed the explanation of the list on “The Morning Reaction” Tuesday on AM1570 WNST, hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7: Most Improbable Sports Moments of Your Lifetime

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7: Most Improbable Sports Moments of Your Lifetime

Posted on 22 March 2011 by Glenn Clark

Given the improbable nature of this weekend’s NCAA Tournament action, I thought it would be appropriate to make today’s Tuesday Top 7 subject “The Most Improbable Sports Moments of Your Lifetime.”

You know, the “I really can’t believe that actually happened” type of moments.

Glenn Clark’s list…

7. Tiger Woods wins his first Masters by 12 strokes

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6. Hasim Rahman knocks out Lennox Lewis

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5. David Tyree’s catch in Super Bowl XLII

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4. Coppin State beats South Carolina in NCAA Tournament

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3. Buffalo Bills stun Houston Oilers in NFL Wild Card playoff

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2. Arizona Diamondbacks beat Mariano Rivera in World Series Game 7

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1. The NFL FINALLY returns to Baltimore

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Drew Forrester’s list…

7. Morgan State beats Maryland in College Park

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6. Larry Mize chips in to beat Greg Norman

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5. Red Sox-Mets Game 6 9th inning

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4. Yankees blow 3-0 lead to Boston in ALCS

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3. Nestor Aparicio beats Dan Wilcox, Haloti Ngata, Kyle Richardson, Matt Stover in free throw shooting contest

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2. Drew loses some goofy golf tournament

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1. Billy Chapel pitches a perfect game for the Tigers

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If you missed the explanation of why these players made the list on “The Morning Reaction” Tuesday on AM1570 WNST, hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 22 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because Joaquin Phoenix is back on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight on CBS. Why is this a big deal? You may remember their last get together…

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says NFL fined Ravens coach John Harbaugh $15,000 for striking official in Sunday’s loss to Cincinnati Bengals

I know a lot of folks are fired up because New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs only got a $10,000 fine for throwing his helmet in the stands. I wouldn’t be so fired up. The league has to make a statement that it is not okay to make physical contact with an official. The way they do that is by levying heavy fines.

John Harbaugh knew he was wrong when he made physical contact with an official. It doesn’t mean his argument wasn’t valid, it doesn’t mean he was trying to harm the official he made contact with.

It just means he was wrong to do it. He’ll remember that the next time he approaches an official with frustration.

2. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Jared Gaither not expected to play Sunday vs. Cleveland Browns

And if I was in the Baltimore Ravens’ front office, I would admittedly be getting frustrated with not having Jared Gaither on the field. If this was supposed to be a 6 week injury, it is hard to stomach him not being able to get back out on the field.

That being said, no one in the organization is debating whether or not Gaither is hurt. He’s clearly dealing with a fairly significant injury, or at least an injury to a significant part of his body.

At this point, the Ravens probably must consider getting Oniel Cousins and/or Tony Moll on the field more. Marshal Yanda is still expected to be the starter with Chris Chester at RG, but thus far the results of that experiment have been uneven at best.

3. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Ravens released OT Devin Tyler, CB David Pender from practice squad

We’ll always have the memories.

Looks like the Ravens will need some practice squad help this week. NFP said Tuesday the team tried out OL Xavier Fulton and Marc Dile; as well as CB’s John Bowie, Coye Francies and Ray Fisher.

But if the Ravens REALLY need practice squad help, I think Helen Lindes would make a fine option. (Thanks Guyism!)

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4. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Tavares Gooden could miss 4-6 weeks with shoulder injury

And a few more things before we move on from the Ravens…

-There was no announcement regarding the roster move made by the Ravens to activate CB Cary Williams from suspension. There was a 4pm deadline yesterday. The team hasn’t said a thing. I’m sure we’ll find out by the time John Harbaugh speaks to the media today.

-The Ravens return to practice at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills today, with their focus shifted to their home opener Sunday against the Browns at M&T Bank Stadium. We will have full coverage throughout the day on AM1570 WNST, at WNST.net and on Twitter (@WNST). We’re expected to hear from Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis and many more Ravens players; as well as conference calls with Eric Mangini and Joshua Cribbs. Make sure you stick with us!

5. The AP’s Howard Ulman says Ty Wigginton homered as Orioles crushed Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park

They didn’t just win, they punished the Red Sox in every single way. So much so that even Glenn Clark managed to drag himself away from the season premiere of “Glee” to watch the game a bit.

I’m kidding. I didn’t watch any of Glee last night. It’s still waiting on my DVR.

What else can I say here? This late summer version of Spring Training has been a lot of fun. When they play another real game, I hope it’s just as exciting!

6. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of win

The Birds got help from some other folks besides Wigginton last night.

Brad Bergesen gave up just one run on five hits in six innings (plus four walks) to improve to 8-10.
Adam Jones was 3-4 and scored a pair of runs.
Nick Markakis was 2-5 and also scored a pair of runs.
Brian Roberts went 1-3 and walked twice, also scoring two runs.

So go look at the numbers. Then come right back here. Divya Lalitha will be waiting for you. (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)

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7. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Brian Roberts injured shoulder but didn’t exit Tuesday night win over Sox

And before we move on from the O’s, a couple of things…

-INF Julio Lugo rejoined the team last night in Beantown after dealing with a pinched nerve. According to MLB.com, Buck Showalter is in no rush to get him back on the field.

-The Birds will try to polish off a sweep of the Sox tonight at Fenway Park. First pitch between John Lackey and Kevin Millwood is at 7:10pm and the game can be seen on MASN.

8. Baltimore Business Journal’s Ryan Sharrow says M&T Bank Stadium awarded 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Final Four

Did you miss Drew Forrester’s chat with Maryland Office of Sports Marketing director Terry Hasseltine Wednesday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net to hear Hasseltine’s thoughts on the Final Four, the World Cup, IndyCar racing, etc.

Some other things you can hear in the Audio Vault include:

  • Rich Dubroff (Carroll County Times)-who talked Ravens and Orioles with Drew Wednesday morning
  • Mike Wilkening (Pro Football Weekly)-who went around the NFL with Drew Wednesday morning
  • Rex Hoggard (Golf Channel)-who previewed the TOUR Championship and Ryder Cup with Drew Wednesday morning
  • Matt Mitrione (UFC Fighter) and Reed Harris (WEC General Manager)-who joined John Rallo and Thyrl Nelson on “The MMA Report” Tuesday
  • Johnny Rhodes (Former Terrapins Guard)-who discussed the upcoming Gary Williams event at Sports Legends at Camden Yards with Thyrl Tuesday
  • Gregg Rosenthal (ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports)-who went around the NFL with Rex Snider Tuesday

It’s all in the Audio Vault. Once again, I’ve planned your day for you. Just send all checks to 1550 Hart Rd.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland OL Justin Gilbert out for season, RJ Dill and Pete DeSouza to start at OT

Clearly Ralph Friedgen’s Terps could use some help on the O-Line. I think they should seriously consider Christina De Kerpel. (Thanks Busted Coverage!)

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10. NavySports.com says Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland to host Midshipmen clash with Notre Dame in 2012

I’d REALLY like to go on this trip. Mostly for this reason…

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And finally, I leave you with this.

It’s time to think about “The Greatest Song of All Time This Week.” Here’s my new version of TGSOATTW; as John Legend and The Roots got together to record a new cover album called “Wake Up!” The song is called “Hard Times”, and it is QUITE good…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOgkRniSNTs[/youtube]

And the “retro” version of The Greatest Song of All Time This Week? In honor of Barry Aparicio’s 26th birthday today-he told me his favorite Michael Jackson song of all time is “Man in the Mirror.” It’s a good song, he’s a good man, so happy birthday Barry…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9lq8oaK5Mw[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 07 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me, as I got the chance to see “Get Him To The Greek” this weekend, and it was really freaking funny. Russell Brand isn’t ALWAYS funny, but the Aldous Snow character is hilarious, and the Infant Sorrow band concept is hilarious as well. The “Furry Walls” song might only be funny if you saw the movie…but I saw the movie. And I’m more important…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKPhi-kr6cA[/youtube]

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Markakis got game winning hit in 11th as Birds topped Red Sox

OH THANK GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I thought there was half a chance Stephanie Rawlings-Blake might orchestrate a victory parade through the Inner Harbor area and on to City Hall last night to celebrate.

Just be honest. Knowing the Yankees and Mets were set to stroll into Charm City over the next week, raise your hand if you thought there was at least half a chance the losing streak might end up reaching 17.

My hand is raised.

When MASN flashed Miguel Tejada’s career numbers against Hideki Okajima, it made total sense for the Sox to walk him and take their chances against Markakis. That being said, Nick Markakis is like the ONLY hitter you would trust in the Baltimore lineup to actually come through with a hit in that situation.

It was fun. That being said, it was one win.

Hopefully it won’t be 10 games before we’re talking about another.

2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of win

Brian Matusz was not bad at all yesterday, giving up just 2 runs on 4 hits (although he did walk 4) and striking out 7. That being said, he lasted just 5 and 2/3 innings and threw 117 pitches. Frankly, given the edict from the top of the organization to care more about pitch counts than trying to win, I was surprised Matusz was even allowed to pitch INTO the sixth inning.

He’s going to have to get more pitch efficient, and work deeper into games. I’m still of the belief that he is going to be the team’s best pitcher sooner than later, but he needs to be the best pitcher for 7 innings.

3. Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Juan Samuel enjoyed first victory as Orioles manager

Juan Samuel DESERVES to celebrate a managerial win, especially considering…well…I’m not so sure how many he’s going to get during his tenure as manager.

I didn’t necessarily expect him to go the Dave Trembley route and puff on a cigar in the post-game press conference, but I understand why he kept the scorecard to celebrate.

You know how I’d celebrate my first managerial win? I’d probably call Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and see if that’s the type of thing she’d be interested in knowing… (Thanks Guyism!)

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4. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Andy MacPhail ‘can’t whiff’ on next managerial hire

Or in other words, Garrett Atkins wouldn’t be a good managerial hire.

I totally understand what Drew is saying, but there’s a small issue here. The issue is that due to the unbelievable 13 years of desperation, there ISN’T a former player or coach that is primed to become a manager anywhere in MLB-with the exception of former Arizona Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin, whose tenure in Baltimore was forgettable at best.

There are two categories to select from. One is the category of guys in baseball who are either former managers or primed to become mangers shortly. Melvin, Tom Kelly, Willie Randolph, Don Mattingly, Eric Wedge, Clint Hurdle, Ryne Sandberg, Larry Bowa and Phil Garner are some of the more well known names on that list. None of those guys are guys who are more interested in being the ORIOLES manager than they are in just being a manager ANYWHERE.

The second category is a group of former Orioles who we believe may be interested in becoming a manager, or who would like to see be interested in becoming a manager. Guys like Rick Dempsey, Mike Flanagan, BJ Surhoff, Billy Ripken, Cal Ripken, Mike Bordick, Ken Singleton and others are part of that list.

There’s really no crossover.

As far as I’m concerned, I just want whoever is best for the job. Problem is, I’m not really sure who that is. I’m not sure anyone else does either.

5. Virginian-Pilot’s Jared Diamond says Norfolk Tides pitcher Jake Arrieta ‘frustrated’ by strange Saturday night

And appearing frustrated might be enough for the Orioles to wait 3 more months before bringing up Arrieta.

The organization has screwed around with Arrieta over the last few years, getting mad at him for complaining about the Spring Training facilities and keeping him in the minors while they promoted the likes of Brad Bergesen, Chris Tillman and David Hernandez. Of course-of that group, only Tillman had the pedigree of Arrieta.

I hope Arrieta gets the call soon. I’m not convinced he’s going to set the world on fire, but I’d like to see what he has to offer. Bergsen would be the guy he would replace, but there’s always the chance Kevin Millwood or Jeremy Guthrie gets dealt before July 31 as well.

6. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Orioles expected to choose Manny Machado or Jamison Tallion depending on who Pirates pick in tonight’s MLB Entry Draft

A couple of things before we move on from the O’s…

-Make sure you are signed up for our WNST Text Service. We will not text out every draft pick over the next couple of days, but we will text out the first round pick tonight. I don’t think Bryce Harper will slip to the Orioles at #3, but everyone appears to be very high on Manny Machado and Jamison Tallion as well. In fact, MLB Network analyst John Hart (and you can watch the draft live tonight on MLB Network) told Drew Forrester this morning on AM1570 WNST that Machado compares favorably to a player like Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki. I’d take that!

If you missed Hart’s appearance on “The Morning Reaction” this morning, make sure you head on over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net and check it out. Other guests this morning included Belmont Stakes winning rider Mike Smith (who admitted that he stayed in his hotel after riding Drosselmeyer to a win to complete his career Triple Crown), former Maryland basketball coach Lefty Driesell (who looked back on the life of the great John Wooden), VERSUS NHL reporter Bob Harwood (who checked in on his way to Chicago for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals) and Baseball Prospectus’ Will Carroll. They’re all in the Audio Vault as well.

-Thanks to MASN for the colossal gut punch reminder that the O’s lost their 2nd round pick in the Draft when they acquired Mike Gonzalez from the Atlanta Braves. UGH.

-The Orioles are off tonight before opening up a 3 game set against the New York Yankees tomorrow. Kevin Millwood, Chris Tillman and Jeremy Guthrie are slated to face Phil Hughes, CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett during the series.

-Congratulations to our “Apologist of the Morning” Rick Dempsey, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator” today. Dempsey and Jim Hunter did the teaser for the “O’s Xtra” postgame show following Will Ohman’s blown save in the middle of the ninth inning. Hunter said “well Rick, a blown save for Will Ohman” to which Dempsey responded “Yeah, another blown save, but you gotta give the Orioles credit.”

You sure do. Congratulations, Rick!
7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens rookie DT Arthur Jones has ‘no regrets’ regarding trying last 12 months

And if you were out at Casey’s in Towson for our annual Miller Lite Purple Rookies Show last week, you’d know just how incredibly likeable Arthur Jones is. His story is worth the read if you get the chance to check out what Aaron had to say.

As another note, I have “no regrets” about spending my morning checking out Barstool Sports’ pictures of Amit Freidman…

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8. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says UNLV UFA WR Rodelin Anthony ‘intriguing prospect’ due to size

It’s hard to argue this. In fact, as I wrote last night in my first edition of “Mocking the 53“, NO team in the NFL can really ignore a 6’5″ receiver. Anthony is intriguing, but it is REALLY unlikely that he manages to stick around. As of right now, he’s behind not only Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason, Donte’ Stallworth and Mark Clayton on the depth chart; but also David Reed, Demetrius Williams, Justin Harper, Marcus Smith and even Eron Riley.

The practice squad seems like the most likely destination for Anthony-where he’d have an important role playing taller receivers like Antonio Bryant or Braylon Edwards in practice.

The Ravens are practicing again this week-with a Passing Camp at 1 Winning Drive. We’ll be out in Owings Mills tomorrow with full coverage of practice football.

9. InsideMDSports.com’s Seth Hoffman & Jeff Ermann say Maryland getting ‘pit bull’ in Bino Ranson

The reaction to the word that Bino Ranson is expected to be hired to join Gary Williams’ staff in College Park has been pretty positive from Terrapins fans. Ranson will face high expectations as far as recruiting in Baltimore, especially working alongside a Baltimore legend in Keith Booth.

It isn’t official yet-but we’ll be watching for an announcement over the next few days.

10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Johns Hopkins’ Michael Kimmel and Steven Boyle amongst locals selected in MLL Draft

So…yay!

Congratulations to the former Blue Jays and all of the former local players who found out where their lacrosse future will lead them.

It’s not that I’m not interested, I’m just MORE interested in Collien Fernandes’ pictures at Busted Coverage…

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And finally, I leave you with this.

Ray Allen’s incredible Game 2 in the NBA Finals made me think of Jesus Shuttleworth going off in “He Got Game.” It then made me think more about Public Enemy’s semi-awesome song “He Got Game”, the one that featured the sample of “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FmPskTljo0[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 04 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because…well…because it’s Friday. Sure, I got kicked out of Yankee Stadium yesterday just for being an Orioles fan…which SHOULD be an “ejectable offense” the more I think about how silly it is to root for this team.

Before we get to “Trembley Watch 2010″, how about we start this thing on a positive? Deadspin posted a soccer goal the other day that makes me think even I could participate in the World Cup…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p1Eq1AOoTo[/youtube]

I can play goalie AT LEAST as well as that guy.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s Mike Fitzpatrick says A-Rod homered, Rivera closed out solid Sabathia start as Yanks finished sweep of Birds

Well, the few innings that I got to see of it-it looked just like Orioles baseball to me.

It was hard to even be excited when Luke Scott and Adam Jones homered, as we knew it meant a rally wasn’t coming. Kevin Millwood wasn’t up to the level of effectiveness that we’ve come to expect from him this season, but who can blame him?

Plus, the Yankees ARE really good. Alex Rodriguez wasn’t even TRYING to hit a homerun when he did. They have a lineup that is so good that a guy who would quite possibly be the AL MVP right now (Robinson Cano) is hitting 5th! They have a lineup that is so good Mark Teixeira is barely hitting better than Mark Wahlberg thus far, and the team is mostly unconcerned.

It doesn’t make it unfair that the Orioles have to compete against the Yankees in the AL East. It makes it unfair that the Orioles don’t TRY to compete against the Yankees in the AL East.

2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of sweep

Three hits again yesterday. Or in other words, fewer hits than Third Eye Blind had…ON THEIR FIRST ALBUM.

(Edit from GMC: Of 3eb’s hits, my personal favorite was “How’s It Gonna Be”…)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuAGVr-O-3E[/youtube]

And by the way, don’t take a look at the MLB standings at any point (unless for some strange reason you absolutely have to). The only thing you’ll see is that the Birds are currently 15.5 games back…of FOURTH PLACE.

Can’t we just start Training Camp tomorrow?

3. ESPN.com says Trembley to be fired, Juan Samuel to take over as manager

So…get excited!

In the end, there will be no crying over the end of Dave Trembley’s tenure, as no one REALLY thinks Dave Trembley is a good manager. That being said, he was never given a respectable group of players capable of actually winning…anything.

No sadness today for Dave Trembley, who might well be a nice guy (as Roch Kubatko said), but never really showed himself to be capable of managing.

As far as Juan Samuel is concerned…umm…okay? I know this isn’t a permanent move, but it isn’t inspiring long term OR short term. The Orioles will presumably start looking for a manager in the Bob Melvin/Buck Showalter/Tom Kelly/etc. crowd, although there is an argument that they should let Samuel finish the season and then actually conduct a FULL search in the offseason.

For the record, I’d sign off on Bob Melvin being hired. Having covered him in Phoenix when he managed the Arizona Diamondbacks, I’ve seen him take a team to the NLCS whose best players were Chris Young and Eric Byrnes. That being said, no one should have any reason to believe the team will get any THIS season under any manager. They’re not a good team, and some of the players who HAVE performed may well be shipped elsewhere.

Hopefully there will be both a respectable manager in the dugout and a respectable team on the field come Opening Day 2011. In the meantime, this remains hopeless no matter who’s managing.

4. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says if Trembley fired, Andy MacPhail replaces him on hot seat

And I had him on my hot seat even before now.

The blood is on MacPhail’s hands. He’s in charge, and he didn’t give the manager a REAL chance to win-despite the fact that the manager really wasn’t any good.

MacPhail’s “plan” looks almost laughable at this point, with only the young pitchers (and Nick Markakis) looking like actual major league players right now. This is a CRUCIAL offseason for MacPhail, as the team HAS to be better next season for there to be any reason for any of us to believe that MacPhail actually does know what he’s doing in Baltimore.

Yes, I’m talking about the offseason 54 games into this season. What else would I do?

It’s like a broken damn record, but GOD does it ever suck to be an Orioles fan right now.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says night on farm headlined by Tides’ Brandon Erbe falling to 0-9

And before we move on from the Orioles…

-Congratulations to “Apologist of the Morning” Peter DiLutis, who we have decided that we will also “fire” from AOTM consideration today. Peter has toed the line of “Apologist” and “Idiot” for the better part of the season, and today’s thoughts that the Trembley firing would “spark fan interest” went down the “idiotic” role. Drew Forrester “The Great Arbitrator” selected him over Roch Kubatko AND Dave Trembley, and I will apologize to both of them for being mentioned in the same sentence as the kid.

-The Orioles actually DO play again tonight, but only because they have to. They’ll open a weekend set with the Boston Red Sox; with first pitch on MASN from Oriole Park at Camden Yards at 7:05pm. Chris Tillman makes the start for the Birds, Clay Buchholz opposes him for the Sox. I’ll assume a sweep-but I would probably assume a sweep against just about anyone.

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens sign kicker Shayne Graham, give him $1.5 million base salary

Finally.

As I said yesterday via Twitter (follow us @WNST), it is safe to call Graham the favorite in his competition against Billy Cundiff this summer in Training Camp; but he’ll have to show that he’s moved past the issues that lead him to miss two big kicks in the Cincinnati Bengals’ Wild Card loss to the New York Jets. If he struggles, Cundiff will still have a chance to leave Westminster with NFL employment.

Graham has the chance to make up to $2.5 million this season via incentives. Hopefully those incentives include NOT MISSING KICKS.

And with all of this said, there’s still another part of the equation here. Matt Katula HAS to have a better season snapping the ball. If he struggles again, this could look very similar to the Steve Hauschka – Graham Gano competition from a year ago.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says John Harbaugh believes ‘pass coverage’ Sergio Kindle’s “Achilles’ heel”

Which is sorta why my expectations (FOR THIS SEASON) are higher for Terrence Cody than they are for Sergio Kindle. He has to learn a new position (as he was mostly a pass rusher at Texas) that is particularly complicated. I think Sergio Kindle is going to be a very impressive player, I just don’t know that it’s going to be at the Rookie of the Year caliber level that he is hoping to perform at this season.

By the way, if you missed Sergio Kindle (and Terrence Cody and Ed Dickson and Arthur Jones) at our Miller Lite Purple Rookies Show Wednesday night at Casey’s in Towson; you can hear from ALL of them in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault right here at WNST.net.

8. WNST.net’s Ryan Chell says Texas State QB Brad George tried out Thursday at 1 Winning Drive during Ravens Rookie Camp

Brad George’s chances of making the team?

Let’s just say I have a better shot at getting to know Karina Flores (Thanks Busted Coverage!)…

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9. Inside Lacrosse’s John Jiloty says Gary Gait not a candidate to replace Dave Cottle as Maryland lacrosse coach

Not that he ever really WAS a candidate this time around. Gait has done a nice job coaching the women at Syracuse, but his coaching experience just really doesn’t fit the bill of what’s necessary for the Terps as they look to replace Dave Cottle.

Also cross Rick Sowell off the list, as the Stony Brook coach received a contract extension to stay put there.

The list is still LONG. Kevin Corrigan, Mike Pressler, Jeff Tambroni and Don Zimmerman are still probably the most likely candidates…probably. At least maybe.

You know…who knows???

10. UMTerps.com says Terrapins senior Caitlyn McFadden claimed Women’s Tewaaraton award

And Duke’s Ned Crotty won the award on the men’s side. Crotty was clearly the best player in the game this year, I just couldn’t have voted for him because I am particularly opposed to the 5th year Blue Devils.

That being said, both are very deserving honors for the best players in college lacrosse.

And we’re very deserving of looking at pictures of Rose Byrne from GQ, as posted by Guyism…

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11. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland-Morgan State will kickoff at 6pm on ESPN3.com, Maryland-West Virginia will kickoff at 12pm on ESPNU

Effing ESPN3.

I understand why ESPN3 if good for the ACC and company, but the league needs to work out a way that games shown on ESPN3 can also be shown over the air in local markets. For example, if the game is on ESPN3 (the old ESPN360)-there should be an option for Comcast SportsNet to carry the ESPN broadcast.

ESPNU is good for no one…unless of course you have ESPNU. I do not. And I’m the most important person here.

12. WNST.net’s G.Q. picks Fly Down to win tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes

For a differing opinion, Rick from Reisterstown selected the favorite (Ice Box) to win when he called the race this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. I’ll pick Make Music For Me, mostly because he has the best name in the race.

If you missed Rick this morning, you can hear it in the Audio Vault. It will be available later via WNSTv. Other guests from this morning you can hear in the Audio Vault include Baseball America’s Jim Callis, NBC Sports’ Craig Calcaterra (HardBallTalk) and NESN Sox pre-game host Tom Caron.

I prefer Rick myself.

And finally, I leave you with this.

“Get Him To The Greek” opens today. I have fairly high hopes…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kbLFrbDeic[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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