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An orange video postcard from Citi Field

Posted on 18 June 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

We had another soldout WNST Orange Roadtrip this evening to Citi Field in Queens, N.Y. While the outcome wasn’t positive for the Orioles, we did have a hearty group rooting on Jake Arrieta and the Orioles.

Here’s my video postcard of an evening at the site of the former Shea Stadium…

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Join us for WNST Purple Roadtrip to Houston (Oct. 19-22)

Posted on 24 April 2012 by WNST Trips

WNST presents a return engagement deep in the heart of Texas to Houston for the Baltimore Ravens date with the Texans on Oct. 21 at Reliant Stadium. As you know, the folks in red are looking for revenge after being ousted from the NFL playoffs in January in Baltimore.

All WNST Purple Roadtrips are sponsored in 2012 by our friends at Jiffy Lube and Miller Lite. Not only will we be again enjoying ice cold Miller Lite on all trips we’ll be giving you a 15.70% discount to use at Jiffy Lube this season to keep your car or truck going.

Everyone who goes on a WNST Purple Roadtrip this fall saves money on their next oil change in Baltimore!

Our WNST Purple Roadtrip will depart on Friday, Oct. 19 via Southwest Airlines to Hobby Airport and we’ll stay three nights at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Houston, centrally located for all Texas events, including our signature WNST Saturday Purple Pep Rally.


Roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines (leaving BWI on Oct. 19, returning on morning of Oct. 22)

Three nights deluxe accommodation at Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Houston

Upper deck game ticket for Texans-Ravens

Party admission for Saturday’s WNST Purple Pep Rally


SINGLE: $1,249

DOUBLE: $1,099

TRIPLE: $999

QUAD: $899
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Join us for WNST Purple Roadtrip to Kansas City (Oct. 5-8)

Posted on 24 April 2012 by WNST Trips

WNST presents a three-night trip to the friendly heart of the midwest as the Baltimore Ravens travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs this fall.

All WNST Purple Roadtrips are sponsored in 2012 by our friends at Jiffy Lube and Miller Lite. Not only will we be again enjoying ice cold Miller Lite on all trips we’ll be giving you a 15.70% discount to use at Jiffy Lube this season to keep your car or truck going.

Everyone who goes on a WNST Purple Roadtrip this fall saves money on their next oil change in Baltimore!

Our trip departs on Friday, Oct. 5 and will arrive in Kansas City in time for you to enjoy a steak, the Negro Baseball Hall of Fame or legendary Jazz Museum in the downtown area.

We will be staying three nights at the Q Hotel and Spa, where we enjoyed our stay during the 2011 victorious playoff run for the Ravens. Plenty of bars, restaurants and shopping are nearby.

WNST will host a Saturday event along with The 810Zone Sports Bar in the Country Club Plaza and admission will be included for all WNST Purple Roadtrip travelers.



Trip includes:

Roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines (leaving BWI on Oct. 5, returning on morning of Oct. 8)

Three nights deluxe accommodation at Q Hotel & Spa in Kansas City

Upper deck game ticket for Chiefs-Ravens

Party admission for Saturday’s WNST Purple Pep Rally


SINGLE: $1,199

DOUBLE: $1,049

TRIPLE: $949

QUAD: $849

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Join us for WNST Orange Roadtrip to see Orioles-Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York (Aug. 1)

Posted on 23 April 2012 by WNST Trips

WNST is proud to continue to take Baltimore Orioles fans on the road to see new stadiums, new places and the joy of Major League Baseball.

Our WNST Orange Roadtrip on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 will leave White Marsh Mall at 7 a.m. and arrive in The Bronx near Yankee Stadium around 11 a.m. for the 1:05 p.m. game. Bus will leave 30 minutes after last pitch and we expect to arrive back in Baltimore around 9 p.m.


Roundtrip transportation on Gunther Motorcoach

One outfield/reserved game ticket

Breakfast snacks & donuts

Limited amount of beer, soda for the ride

We’ll also have some fun videos and giveaways for the trip.

COST: $99 per person

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WNST offers many options to go to New England and party with Ravens fans

Posted on 21 January 2012 by WNST Trips

You want to go see the Baltimore Ravens play the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots on Sunday and we want to take you with us or party with you in Providence and Foxboro.

This incredible weekend of fun has been purposely designed to be “hassle free” as we take away all of the issues of the weekend if you want to jump on our WNST Miller Lite Fustivus Roadtrip. You just sign up, pay below via credit card and we’ll see you at 7 am this Saturday.  (We are also offering a 4am Sunday roadtrip if you just want to go up & back without the Saturday night hotel stay.)

WNST has taken over 10,000 people on roadtrips over the past 16 years and no one does it like we do on the road. All of the videos from our previous trips are available HERE with a simple YouTube search and our trips are the best and most crowded every year with Baltimore Ravens maniacs from coast to coast.

Our parties have been legendary since Whiskey Joe’s in Tampa in 2001.

If you’re a Baltimore Ravens fan, you will have a great time on our trip right up until kickoff and then we let the guys on the field control our destiny!

Because we get so many requests we’re accommodating many different factions of traveling Baltimore Ravens fans this weekend with the ability to help you get a room, game tickets with friends and party plans with us so we can keep the Purple Nation together. Game seats are NOT guaranteed to be in large groups but we can accommodate special requests for 4-6-8, etc.

So, even if you’re flying to New England or finding other transportation, you can still stay with us, party with us and experience a magical weekend of purple memories with the WNST crew.

The bus ride to Providence is less than 7 hours. We always recommend doing our Saturday/Sunday primary package and have priced this trip to fill quickly with many extras and bonuses and meals! So, please act as early as possible because we do not have unlimited space!



SINGLE : $625 pp
DOUBLE (2 in room): $575 pp
TRIPLE (3 in room): $550 pp
QUAD (4 in room): $525 pp


Upper Deck Game Ticket for Championship in Foxboro

Full deluxe motorcoach transportation from White Marsh Mall area to Providence Marriott and to Foxboro and back to White Marsh. Bus leaves on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7am White Marsh – Arrive Providence around 2pm. Leaving Foxboro 90-minutes after end of game and returning to White Marsh approx. 4am Monday.

WNST will provide a limited amount of delicious Miller Lite (you must be 21 & have legal ID) available on the motorcoach as well as breakfast by Chick-Fil-A

One night hotel stay at Providence Marriott (1 Orms Street, Providence, RI 02904)

Full WNST Purple Pep Rally at Providence Marriott ballroom ticket including dinner, snacks. Cash bar.

Full buffet breakfast is included on Sunday at Providence Marriott.

Tailgate boxed lunch is included for pre-game at Gillette Stadium parking lot. Limited supply of Miller Lite and other beverages will also be available for chilly pre-game tailgate. Bus will leave Providence Marriott at 11am for Foxboro and depart 90 minutes after game for White Marsh.

Each member of your party will receive an awesome #5F Fu 5 Fighters For Flacco T-shirt. (Please provide sizes of your guests) and FIVE DOLLARS FROM EVERY TRIP WILL BE DONATED TO LIVING CLASSROOMS FOUNDATION

*** Your Pay Pal receipt is your confirmation for the trip. We will email final details on Thursday to all fans who purchase with last-minute details and updates.

Fine Print: ALL PRICING SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE!!! Once purchased, all trips and packages are NON-REFUNDABLE. All sales are FINAL!
Purchase now to lock the current price as ticket demand fluctuates and the market changes very quickly!

If you have any questions, please email: nasty@wnst.net



HOTEL ROOMING (per person)
#5F Fu Flacco T-Shirt (included)
#5F Fu Flacco T-shirt (2nd in group)
#5F Fu Flacco T-shirt (3rd in group)
#5F Fu Flacco (4th in group)
Mobile Contact: (MANDATORY!)
1 Bed or 2 Beds? (Double only)




HOTEL ROOMING (per person)
#5F Fu Flacco T-Shirt (included)
#5F Fu Flacco T-shirt (2nd in group)
#5F Fu Flacco T-shirt (3rd in group)
#5F Fu Flacco (4th in group)
Mobile Contact: (MANDATORY!)
1 Bed or 2 Beds? (Double only)




Mobile Contact: (MANDATORY!)







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Loyola Looking For 2-0 MAAC Start Saturday at Siena

Posted on 03 December 2011 by WNST Staff

Opponent Siena Saints
Date Saturday, December 3, 2011
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Albany, N.Y. | Times-Union Center
TV Time-Warner Cable Sports
Series Record Siena leads, 36-16
Last Meeting Loyola 76, Siena 69 – February 7, 2011 at Siena

On The MAAC Road

Saturday marks the first road game of Loyola University Maryland’s 2011-2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule when the Greyhounds travel to Albany, N.Y., for a 7 o’clock game against Siena College.

The game will be played at the Times-Union Center in downtown Albany.

Streak Snapping

Loyola’s 76-63 victory over Marist on Thursday night snapped the Greyhounds’ five-game skid in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference openers. They are 1-0 in the league for the first time since 2005-2006.

Through Six

Loyola improved to 5-1 in 2011-2012 with its win over the Red Foxes, matching its best start through six games since the 2005-2006 season when the Greyhounds held the same record through six contests.

At 5-1, this Greyhounds’ team is tied for the best start in Loyola’s NCAA Division I history (the school joined Division I in 1981-1982). It is also tied for the fifth-best start in the 102 years of basketball at the school.

Series History

Saturday’s game will be the 53rd all-time meeting between Loyola and Siena with the Saints holding a 36-16 advantage in the all-time series.

In the last meeting, on February 7, 2011, Loyola snapped a six-game losing streak to Siena with a 76-69 victory at the Times-Union Center. Prior to the Saint’s six-game winning streak, Loyola won four in a row in the series.

Last season, the teams split, each winning on the other’s home court.

In the game at Siena, Justin Drummond made back-to-back threes to start a 12-0 Loyola run late in the game that saw the Saints lead by eight with just over 12 minutes to play. Five Loyola players scored in double-figures, led by 15 from both Robert Olson and Erik Etherly. Shane Walker and Drummond both tallied 13, and J’hared Hall contributed 11.

Television In The Empire State

Loyola fans in the state of New York can watch the game on Time-Warner Cable Sports. It will air in the Albany area, as well as in New York City, the Hudson Valley, Central and Northern New York.

Last Time Out

Loyola used second-half runs of 9-0 and 15-3 to rally from as many as seven down against Marist and defeat the Red Foxes, 76-63, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener for both teams on Thursday night in Reitz Arena.

R.J. Williams picked the pocket of Marist’s Devin Price and fed Robert Olson who knocked down a shot from 16 feet to put Loyola in front, 49-48, with 11:16 remaining. After a turnaround jumper by Erik Etherly and two Red Foxes misses, Olson drained a three to extend Loyola’s advantage to six, 54-48, with 10:22 on the clock. The teams traded turnovers before Isaiah Morton missed on the offensive end for Marist, and Justin Drummond dunked for Loyola to cap the 9-0 run.

Marist twice cut the Loyola advantage to four, the second time with 6:03 left, but Olson canned another three, sparking the 15-3 run that allowed the Greyhounds to pull away for good.

Dylon Cormier led five Greyhounds in double figures with 15 points, while Etherly had 14 and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the year. Drummond also had 14, while Shane Walker and Olson each added 11.

Threes Starting To Fall

After starting the season cold from behind the 3-point arc – the Greyhounds made just 11-of-56 (.196) in their first four games – Loyola made 14-of-31 (.452) in its last two contests.

The Greyhounds were 6-of-16 (.375) against Florida Gulf Coast, and they were then a season-best 8-of-15 (.533) form behind the arc in the Marist tilt.

Robert Olson has led the improved shooting in the two games, making 5-of-8, while Justin Drummond is 3-of-6, and R.J. Williams is 2-of-3.

Consistency Is The Key

Three Loyola players – Dylon Cormier (13, 20, 20, 16, 14, 15), Shane Walker (12, 15, 12, 15, 10, 11) and Erik Etherly (11, 15, 27, 11, 15, 14) have scored in double figures in each of the Greyhounds’ six games this season.

The last time three Loyola players scored 10 or more over a six-game stretch was the 1997-1998 season when Mike Powell, Jason Rowe and Roderick Platt accomplished the task in consecutive games from January 25-February 15, 1998. Loyola was 5-1 in those games.

The Greyhounds had not had the same three players score 10 or more in four-straight games since Gerald Brown, Marquis Sullivan and Michael Tuck did it against Rider, UC-Davis, Canisius and Marist from February 18-March 2, 2008. Loyola was 3-1 during that stretch.

Doubled Up

Erik Etherly recorded his third double-double of the season on Thursday night against Marist, going for 14 points and 10 rebounds. Loyola is 3-0 in the games this season when Etherly has a double-double after going 2-3 last season when he accomplished the feat.

Through six games, Etherly is second on the Greyhounds in scoring (15.5 ppg) and tops in rebounding (8.7 rpg).

R.J. Racks Up More Minutes

Freshman R.J. Williams made the third start of his young college career Thursday night against Marist, and for the first time, he led the team in minutes played.

Williams saw 31 minutes of action, matching the total played by Shane Walker for team-high honors, after playing 34 minutes last Sunday against Florida Gulf Coast.

With the increased playing time, Williams has also seen more productivity. After scoring eight points in the first four games of the season, he has scored eight in each of the last two. Against the Red Foxes, he finished with a career-high six assists, the most by a Loyola player this season.

Four of Williams’ assists came in the final 11:16 of the game as Loyola outscored Marist, 29-15, during that stretch.

Attacking The Offensive Glass

Loyola pulled down a season-high 25 offensive rebounds Thursday night, continuing a trend the Greyhounds have started this season. Loyola has posted 15 or more offensive boards in all but one game this year (13 at UMBC), and the Greyhounds have 105 total this season.

So far, Loyola has grabbed offensive rebounds on 53.3-percent of its missed shots (197).

Spreading The Wealth

Five Loyola players scored in double figures on Thursday night against Marist, the second time this season (Coppin State) the Greyhounds have had five score 10 or more.

In the first six games of the season, at least three Loyola players have scored 10 or more in every game. In all but one, four or more have topped the 10-point mark.

Four Greyhounds are averaging 11 or more points per game this year after seven finished the year averaging 8.1 or more last season.

In the Greyhounds’ January 30 victory last year over Iona, six players scored in double-figures, and the team’s top two scorers at the time did not even dress for the contest. It was the first time that a Loyola team had six players score in double figures since December 6, 1991, when the Greyhounds matched the feat in a 98-84 overtime home victory against Mount St. Mary’s.

CollegeInsider.Com Mid-Major Poll

In the November 28 edition of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, Loyola was one of three MAAC schools to be receiving votes. Iona was fourth in the current edition, while Fairfield is just outside the top 25 with 47 points. The Greyhounds are in the mix with 12 points.

Running Away

Runs have been a big part of the Greyhounds’ success early this year. Here is a look at some runs of note:

Opponent Run Start Finish
Coppin State 10-1, 4:26 31-32, 1:36 (1) 41-33, 17:11 (2)
UMBC 16-4, 8:08 35-31, 19:16 (2) 51-34, 11:08 (2)
FGCU 22-5, 6:53 15-16, 8:08 (1) 37-21, 1:11 (1)
Marist 9-0, 1:50 47-48, 11:16 (2) 56-48, 9:26 (2)
Marist 15-3, 5:47 61-57, 6:03 (2) 76-60, :16 (2) 

First Time For Everything

Sunday’s victory over Florida Gulf Coast was the first time in 2011-2012 that the Greyhounds have been outrebounded in a game this season. The Eagles controlled a slight 36-33 advantage on the boards. Florida Gulf Coast’s 17 offensive board were also the most by a Loyola opponent this season. The Eagles were, however, able to score on less than half of their offensive rebounds, converting them into just 16 second-chance points.

Olson Big On Both Ends Of The Court

Loyola trailed Florida Gulf Coast, 16-15, with 8:08 to play in the first half before Robert Olson tied the score with a free throw 18 ticks later. He then hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions for the Greyhounds, going on a personal 7-0 run that put Loyola in front for good.

Olson later hit a three at the 4:38 mark as part of a 22-5 Greyhounds run, tallying all 10 of his first-half points in the span of 3:12.

Olson did not make a field goal in the second half, but he knocked down a pair of free throws with 83 seconds on the clock to put the Greyhounds up seven, and he made 1-of-2 from the stripe with 27 seconds left to make it a five-point game.

The junior guard also came up big on the defensive end, making two stops for the Greyhounds in the last minute and a half. He caused a Bernard Thompson turnover and logged a steal at 1:23, setting up the first of his two free throws, and he then blocked a Christophe Varidel 3-pointer with six seconds left, sealing the victory.

Triple Digit Blocks

Shane Walker’s block of a Kevin Cantinol layup 1:25 into the second half against Florida Gulf Coast was the 100th rejection of his Loyola career. He is now one of three Greyhounds all-time to log 100 or more blocked shots, joining Brian Carroll (217, 1997-2001) George Sereikas (117, 1989-1993).

Century Mark

Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road. Patsos, who is in his eighth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.

Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 102 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981 

Two Of A Kind

Although unofficial, research shows that Jimmy Patsos is one of only two coaches in the last 20 years to take over a team that won just one game the year prior to his arrival.

Brigham Young finished the 1996-1997 season with a 1-25 record. Steve Cleveland took over the following season and tallied 138 wins until his departure for Fresno State after the 2004-2005 season.

Rebounding Advantage

It’s only been six games, but Loyola is +54 in the rebounding column this year, averaging 9.5 more than its opponents per game.

The Greyhounds have outrebounded three teams by 13 or more, pulling down 22 more than Coppin State, 13 more than New Hampshire and 25 more than Marist.

Two Over Twenty

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier both hit, or exceeded, the 20-point plateau at UMBC with Etherly scoring 27 and Cormier chipping in 20.

It marked the first time since January 3, 2009, a stretch of 80 games, that a pair of Greyhounds scored 20 in the same game. On that date, Jamal Barney poured in 41 at Canisius, while Brett Harvey had 22.

Must Be The Mask

Just over a week after breaking his nose in practice, Erik Etherly scored a career-high 27 points at UMBC. The junior forward made 9-of-15 shots from the field and converted on 9-of-14 free throws while wearing a mask to protect his injured nose.

Etherly was injured in practice on Tuesday, November 8, and although he did not practice from that point until prior to the season-opener on November 11, he scored 11 points and had nine rebounds at Wake Forest.

He then returned to the starting lineup on Monday against Coppin State and scored 15 points while pulling down 11 rebounds for his sixth career double-double.

Thursday night at UMBC, Etherly had a game-high 10 rebounds for his second double-double in a row.

With 11 at New Hampshire and a team-best 15 against Florida Gulf Coast, Etherly has now scored in double-figures for 16-straight games, dating back to January 30, 2011. Prior to scoring 10 that night against Iona, Etherly was averaging 8.8 points in his first season with the Greyhounds, but he lifted his average to 10.8 by the end of the year.

In Loyola’s last 14 games, 11 to close 2010-2011 and three this year, Etherly is averaging 14.9 points per game, tops on the team.

Cormier To The Charity Stripe

Although his shot was not falling at UMBC, Dylon Cormier still found ways to be productive on the offensive end of the floor. The sophomore guard was just 2-of-9 from the field, but he went to the free-throw line 17 times, making 15, and finished with 20 points.

Cormier’s 15 free throws made are tied for sixth in Loyola single-game history, matching the total made by Mike Powell at Saint Peter’s on December 6, 1997, and Donovan Thomas against Marist on February 23, 2003. The 15 makes were the most by a Loyola player since Jamal Barney set the school record with 18 on January 14, 2009, against NJIT. His 17 attempts rank tied for sixth all-time.

Getting To The Line

As a team, Loyola went to the free-throw line 46 times at UMBC, making 31. The 46 attempts are the sixth-most all-time and most since the 2004-2005 squad attempted 53 on December 5, 2004, against Niagara.

Loyola’s 31 free throws made rank 11th on the school single-game chart and were the most since making 32 on January 14, 2009, versus NJIT.

Cormier At His Best Against City Competition

Dylon Cormier matched his career-high with 20 points on Monday night in the win over Coppin State, and he matched that total, also finished with that same total on Thursday against UMBC.

The pair of 20-point performances match his freshman-year high of 20, also against UMBC, in the second game of his collegiate career.

Through three games this season, Cormier is averaging 17.3 points after leading the Greyhounds with 13 in the opener against Wake Forest. He is shooting 51.6-percent (16-of-31) from the field, third on the team.

Olson Provides Late-Game Punch

Robert Olson knocked down 3-pointers on consecutive possessions with 5:18 and 4:51 to go in the second half against Coppin State, extending Loyola’s lead to 11. He also made 3-of-4 free throws in the last 90 seconds against Florida Gulf Coast, had a steal and blocked a shot with six ticks on the clock.

Last season, Olson made it somewhat of a habit to hit bit shots late in games. In an overtime win against Iona, Olson drained a 3-pointer from the corner to tie the game with 7.2 seconds remaining and force overtime. He then made a driving layup with 41.4 left in extra time to give Loyola the lead for good.

Earlier in the year, he scored 19 points in the final 8:22 of the Greyhounds’ win over Marist, and he scored nine points in 83 ticks of the clock at Morgan State to give Loyola the lead for the remainder of the game.

Latham Granted NCAA Waiver For Immediate Eligibility

Sophomore transfer Jordan Latham was granted an NCAA waiver and will be immediately eligible to play for the Greyhounds in 2011-2012 rather than having to sit out the typical year-in-residency.

Latham returned to his home city when joining the Greyhounds. The 6-foot-8 forward played high school basketball a mere 2.5 miles from Loyola’s campus at the storied Baltimore City College, a high school that has produced two sitting U.S. Congressmen (Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md.) and a U.S. Senator (Ben Cardin D-Md.).

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Three players – sophomore guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), sophomore forward Jordan Latham (City) and freshman guard R.J. Williams (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.

Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Shane Walker & Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Justin Drummond, Riverdale Baptist, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9.

What’s Next?

The game at Siena is the first of six-straight away from Reitz Arena where the Greyhounds will not return to until January 2. Next up is a 7 o’clock game on Wednesday, December 7 at George Washington in nearby Washington, D.C.

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Construction of Brooks Robinson statue finally underway for Baltimore

Posted on 25 July 2011 by WNST Staff

The Dorothy L. and Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr. Foundation and The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation today announced that construction for the statue paying tribute to Baltimore Orioles’ legendary third baseman and National Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is underway. Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr., a friend of Robinson’s for over 30 years, is spearheading the project, while the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation is providing administrative support and expertise relative to the statue’s sports heritage integrity.

Robinson established a standard of excellence for modern-day third basemen. He played 23 seasons for the Orioles, setting Major League career records for games, putouts, assists, chances, double plays and fielding percentage. A clutch hitter, Robinson totaled 268 career home runs, at one time an American League record for third basemen. He earned the league’s MVP Award in 1964 and the World Series MVP in 1970, when he hit .429 and made a collection of defensive gems. Robinson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983 after receiving 344 votes of 374 ballots cast (91.98%). Highly regarded for his defensive ability, he was named as the third baseman for the Rawlings 50th Anniversary All-Time Gold Glove Team. Over his career, Robinson won 16 Gold Gloves.

The bronze statue will stand about nine feet tall and depict Robinson at third base doing what the “Human Vacuum Cleaner” did best…preparing to throw out a runner at first base. It will weigh over 1,500 pounds and be positioned on the plaza between Washington Boulevard and Russell Street, directly across from the northwest side of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Its base is approximately 25’ X 25’ and will include a series of risers leading to the pedestal, which is just over four feet high. Both the risers and pedestal will feature text about Brooks and his career. The sculptor is Baltimore native and world-renowned artist, Joseph Sheppard, who is presently completing work on the statue in Italy. The statue will be unveiled in Baltimore at a ceremony on October 22, 2011. Upon completion, the statue will be gifted to the City of Baltimore.

“Brooks is more than just a baseball player, he’s an iconic figure who is a tremendous ambassador for the City of Baltimore,” stated Rosenberg. “While Brooks was a phenomenal ballplayer, he’s an even greater human being. From player to broadcaster, philanthropist to local resident, Brooks has been a pillar of this community for generations and we wanted to give fans and people in general an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ by erecting this statue in his honor.”

Added Mike Gibbons, executive director of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, “Brooks Robinson defined the third base position in baseball and we are pleased to be involved in helping preserve his standing among the greats in our state’s sports heritage. It’s fitting that this statue honoring ‘Mr. Oriole’ will be positioned in an area that enables Brooks to welcome fans as they arrive in Baltimore and to the ballpark.”

While The Dorothy L. and Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr. Foundation is spearheading the creation of the statue, opportunities exist for fans, corporations and others to support the project. Major sponsorship levels exist at the $10,000 and $25,000 levels, and those key sponsors will be immortalized with the statue as their names will be listed on a bronze plaque that will be affixed to the pedestal. Anyone interested in supporting the project at any monetary level can visit www.BRMStore.org or contact the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation at 410.727.1539 ext. 3029. Benefits will be available at certain levels and contributions are tax-deductible, to the extent afforded by taxation laws.

You can also follow the statue project at www.BrooksRobinsonStatue.org; www.facebook.com/BrooksStatueMD;
www.Twitter.com/BrooksStatueMD; and www.YouTube.com/BrooksStatueMD.

About The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation
The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to perpetuating Maryland’s storied sports heritage. This mission is executed through the celebration and preservation of the historic legacy of Baltimore-born Babe Ruth, the Baltimore Ravens and Colts and Baltimore Orioles, as well as local and regional sports at the amateur, collegiate and various professional levels. Preserving, exhibiting, interpreting and augmenting the Museum’s collection enables the organization to chronicle and tell the story of the State’s rich sports culture for diverse audiences and future generations. The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation owns and operates both Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards and the Babe Ruth Birthplace.

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Confessions of a lifetime of hatred for Pittsburgh from a real Baltimore sports fan

Posted on 12 January 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

It’s a big, emotional week of football in Baltimore and the reason it’s so significant is because of our civic desire to have another purple parade at the Inner Harbor and the sheer nausea we all feel in the pits of our bellies about the fact that at 8 p.m. on Saturday night this could be the worse loss of our lives all over again.

Just like all of our January losses to the likes of Indianapolis and Pittsburgh and Cleveland and New York.

Or, it can potentially extinguish the 40 years of domination from the city of Pittsburgh, but specifically the Steelers and their arrogant, obnoxious fan base here in the region.

This is an epic throwdown between two cities that don’t like each other but a rivalry that is so embarrassingly lopsided that it makes the Roadrunner look like a winner.

I’m up to my eyeballs in rattlesnakes throwing parties, organizing bus trips and running WNST.net – 12 hours of radio, the daily newspaper, text service plus all of our social media endeavors on Facebook and Twitter that truly is Baltimore’s best and most comprehensive sports coverage in the world. And for those of you who know me, you know what a massive time commitment it is being a washed up sports talk show host and new media entrepreneur of the station that no one listens to but the website and social media that everyone in Baltimore seems to visit and read.

This whole “Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore” thing takes on such a personal, vitriolic part of my inner soul that it’s almost best that I not focus on it too much and keep my head down and wait for the game at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday to release that part of my energy.

But some jackasses from the “out of town media club” (which encompasses the greater part of the whole local scene outside of WNST.net) have written, said and defended their typically insensitive and uneducated remarks just to remind us how out of touch and clueless they really are about what this community is about and WHY the Ravens are important in the first place.

Nothing in the local sports community divides like Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh. The Colts thing, while far from dormant, is now a distant second place. And the “I Hate Washington Club” is shrinking because the Redskins and Nationals are weak and irrelevant and the Capitals are the fastest growing brand in Baltimore and I have statistics to prove it.

And the out-of-town media geniuses all talk about expertise, ethics and journalism while all taking a chunk of your Orioles/MASN money to hush up criticism of an oozing, open sports cancer in Baltimore while waving purple pompoms in January like they really care about the Ravens and like they invented Festivus.

To anyone with half a brain from Baltimore, it’s insulting.

I attended a Smart CEO event last Thursday night where I was summarily subjected to a pair of morning show faux sports imposters from Boston and New York standing in front of a room full of mostly Baltimore upper-crust businessmen and patronizing them

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Blog & Tackle: NFL labor wars

Posted on 20 November 2010 by Chris Pika

In this version of “Stories you may have missed…”, I take a look at six pieces written in the last week that you should file away until the labor negotiations between the NFL and the NFLPA begin in earnest sometime after the start of 2011.

There will be a lot of posturing between now and then, but some of the key issues are starting to get attention in interesting ways.

First up, the 18-game schedule proposed by the league, and counterproposed by the NFLPA late October. There has been a lot of discussion on this point because of the amount of injuries that occur over the course of the current 16-game schedule, and how much or little offseason workouts or bye weeks the new agreement will have.

FOXSports.com’s Alex Marvez broke down the breakdowns on each NFL roster at midseason, and with the recent emphasis on player safety rules, adding to the amount of regular-season games is getting a lot of backlash from players and the media.

In “Injuries are becoming more common“, Marvez writes:

“But as it stands now, a 16-game docket seems rough enough. Dating back to the offseason, NFL teams have already placed 34 more players on injured reserve through 10 weeks (311) than at this point last year (277). The final numbers will assuredly be the highest since the NFL began playing with 32 teams in 2002.”

Of the five teams Marvez lists as “On Life Support”, three are playoff contenders: Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and San Diego. All five clubs in his “Intensive Care” section – Baltimore, Green Bay, Miami, New York Giants and St. Louis – are in the playoff mix.

One of the senior writers who covers the NFL, Clark Judge of CBSSports.com, says that current and former players should be involved in how discipline for hits on the field should be judged.

In his “Simple fix for NFL’s tough hits problem: Listen to players“, Judge writes:

“Look, I don’t care whether you agree with players’ complaints or not, but you can’t deny there are a lot of people out there who don’t understand what passes for good, clean, aggressive tackling anymore. So make them understand.

How? I thought you’d never ask. Assemble a panel that includes more than just members of the NFL officiating and operations offices. In essence, do what Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu suggests and include current and former players in the review process. Then maybe, just maybe, we start getting somewhere.

First of all, you’d have players join league officials in formulating a clear and consistent message. Second, you’d make a conciliatory gesture that could have repercussions in current and upcoming labor talks. I mean, if more players believed they were being heard by the NFL then maybe more players would be receptive to what the league had to say.”

Earlier this week, the NFL Players Association held a conference call with labor/union/issue bloggers to discuss the state of the negotiations between the league and the players’ association.

George Atallah, the NFLPA’s assistant executive director and NFLPA President Kevin Mawae made the presentation.

The full transcript, available, on NFLLockout.com (a site put together by the NFLPA), goes over the recent talking points. Atallah, in his opening remarks said this:

“We consider things like health and safety, employee work place issues, financial transparency, all of the things that come up in everyday conversations in businesses across America are the same conversations that we’re having on a daily basis. It’s gotten to the point now where we’re 107 days away from the expiration of the CBA and while we continue to talk with the league about the possible fair deals, and things of that nature, we still believe a lockout is coming, unfortunately. It’s gotten to the point now where we as a union, as players, and as fans, frankly, need to do everything we can to prevent it.”

Mawae, on the impact of a lockout on the community at large in NFL cites, said:

“What I’ve found out is our players are heavily involved and they’re very educated on our issues. I think that’s been one of our key initiatives over the last four years is to get our players up-to-date and educated on everything that’s happening in collective bargaining. They’ve done that. Some of the biggest concerns are the fact that we won’t play, that we won’t have a job, that our players won’t have a job next year when it’s time to kick-off to 2011 season. Another concern is what does it do to all the personnel that make an NFL game happen? That includes the stadium workers, the police officers that provide support and security, concession workers and the community as a whole, not just a national but in every NFL city. Those are real concerns for the players.”

As a point of emphasis, the league has their own web site where the NFL’s views on the state of the negotiations are posted: www.NFLLabor.com.

One of the NFL owners, the Dolphins’ Stephen Ross, was a featured speaker at this week’s Sports Business Journal’s Sports Media & Technology conference in New York. His remarks at the event made news in the labor wars, and might give some insight into how some of his fellow owners feel about where the game is going.

A blog on the South Florida Sun Sentinel by Sarah Talalay, “Dolphins owner talks NFL expansion, labor and the Super Bowl” gave some insight into Ross’ remarks, especially on expansion into Los Angeles or the move of a current NFL team into that market or internationally:

“On expansion: Ross said he believe there needs to be a team in Los Angeles, and perhaps two to make the economics a stadium there work.

“I think it’s important to the NFL to have a team in Los Angeles, you have the second largest media market in the country,” Ross said. “The question is how you pay for a stadium. There’s no money available for the stadium and the cost will be over $1 billion.”

Beyond LA, Ross suggests Toronto as a market to potentially land the Buffalo Bills.”

Ross also made several remarks about the proposed 18-game schedule that caught the attention of the NFLPA. From Talalay’s story, “Dolphins’ Ross still believes team can make playoffs“, this nugget:

“The additional games, the studies show will not really increase injuries,” Ross said. “We’re still playing 20 games, we’re eliminating two preseason games and adding two regular-season games, which is really what helps with the revenues, and make the fans a lot happier and those games will be a lot more meaningful. But in terms of the players, they’re still playing 20 games.”

And almost immediately, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith pointed out that Ross had lost two quarterbacks in the same game last week due to injury. The league defended Ross in statements from NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, repeated in this post from NFLLabor.com.

“‘Mr. Ross made basic factual points that have been made repeatedly — that we are not proposing to add to the current 20-game season and that the overall injury rate per game remains consistent,’ said Aiello. ‘DeMaurice Smith knows very well that the health and safety issues of converting to the proposed 18-2 season are being addressed with the union in a comprehensive way encompassing the year-found football calendar …”

As the regular season stretches into the final six weeks, there will be more reporting on these subjects. What you have read above will all play into a final agreement, whenever that is reached. And depending on who you believe, that agreement could come quickly, or NFL fans could miss on several weeks of the 2011 season.

Stay tuned …

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So this kid wrote me a letter…

Posted on 15 April 2010 by Nestor Aparicio

I love these kinds of letters that inspire me to blog. I’m really, really busy running the company right now and so involved in a huge expansion for WNST that I’m a little removed from day-to-day blogging here. You’re MUCH more likely to find me at a business networking event or in social media at Facebook and Twitter than in the actual blogging part of my life. But I’ll start writing more when things slow down and I can focus on my book. But I’m easy to find in the WNST Live Chat almost every night, during every game and will be again tonight during Caps-Habs or Orioles late night from Oakland.

(And rest assured, Free The Birds 3 is on my mind a lot given the Orioles ineptitude this week to suck the life out of baseball one more time in Baltimore…)

So today I got a “good news” baseball-oriented note from a kid on Facebook and I thought I’d just post it to see how many people would respond:

Here goes…

Dear Mr. Aparicio,
My name is Cody Gelvar, and I am a Junior in high school at the Batlimore Polytechnic Institute (Poly for short) I am also on the varsity baseball team. This friday at 3:45 there will be two city schools, playing at Camden Yards. It will be my school, Poly vs. Digital Harbor. I believe it would be incredible if you could say something on one of your shows, or on your website. High school baseball in the city never recieves attention from anybody, and it will be an incredible experience for both the Poly and Digital Harbor teams. Entrance into the stadium is FREE and the stadium opens at 3.
This game is the biggest game of any of our lives, the more poeple (sic) to come to the Yard, the better.

A Loyal Listener,
Cody Gelvar

Is anyone going to the game?

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