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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 09 July 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Cycling-Tour de France (Stages 10-15 Tuesday-Sunday 8am live on NBC Sports Network); Auto Racing: NASCAR Camping World RV Sales 301 (Sunday 1pm from Loudon, NH live on TNT), IndyCar Honda Indy Toronto (Race 1 Saturday 3pm from Toronto live on NBC Sports Network Race 2 Sunday 3pm from Toronto live on NBC Sports Network)

10. TGT feat. Tyrese, Ginuwine, Tank (Friday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion); Warped Tour feat. The Used/Reel Big Fish (Wednesday 11am Merriweather Post Pavilion), Belle and Sebastian (Friday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Phish (Saturday & Sunday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Barenaked Ladies/Ben Folds Five/Guster (Monday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Train/Michael Franti & Spearhead (Friday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live), Lynyrd Skynyrd/Bad Company (Sunday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Los Lobos/Los Lonely Boys (Tuesday 8pm Wolf Trap), She & Him (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap), Boz Scaggs/Michael McDonald (Monday 8pm Wolf Trap); Sister Hazel (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); The Specials (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Chris Isaak (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Paul McCartney (Friday 8pm Nationals Park)

Here’s Ben Folds playing “Army”. I enjoy this.

I’ve noticed a few more “dispensaries” popping up around town. In what I’m sure is an unrelated story, Phish is coming!

I have kickball Thursday night. But I’d give anything to be able to skip and go see Sister Hazel instead…

The bad news for you if you’re going to see Macca Friday night in DC is that I don’t THINK The Boss will be there with him…

9. Keenen Ivory Wayans (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); John Witherspoon (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); The Gathering: Food Truck Rally (Friday 5pm Keswick Castle); Caribbean Carnival Festival (Saturday & Sunday Lake Clifton Park); Annapolis Irish Festival (Friday & Saturday Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds); Spring Breakers” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Grown Ups 2” and “Pacific Rim” out in theaters (Friday)

Is there any chance that KIW could put together a complete In Living Color reunion this weekend?

The release of “Spring Breakers” probably means this is my last chance to post this picture…

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 27 May 2013 by Glenn Clark

We’re doing things backwards a bit this week because of the holiday. The “Monday Reality Check” will now be a “Tuesday Reality Check.” T10BD reflects the week beginning tomorrow, May 28 through Monday, June 3rd. And before we get started, this feels appropriate.

Honorable Mention: MLL-Hamilton Nationals @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 7:30pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on CBS Sports Network); WNBA: Atlanta Dream @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm Verizon Center)

10. Tim McGraw (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Kelly Rowland & The Dream (Tuesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Pop Evil (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live); Aaron Neville (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Bacon Brothers (Friday & Saturday 6:30pm & 9:30pm Rams Head on Stage), Candlebox (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Fall Out Boy (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Flobots (Sunday 7pm U Street Music Hall); John Fogerty “Wrote A Song For Everyone” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Not much to like here. I mean, I’m not a Tim McGraw guy but I’ve had a few BBQ stains in my day…

Dear Aaron Neville-thanks for letting us borrow your city to win a Super Bowl. Cheers!

I hate how much people my age know every word to every Fall Out Boy song. But damn if I’m not one of them.

John Fogerty + Foo Fighters + “Fortunate Son” = I might watch this video all night.

9. Artie Lange (Saturday 7:30pm & 10pm Howard Theatre); Kevin James (Wednesday 7:30pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Hal Sparks (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); After Earth” and “Now You See Me” out in theaters (Friday); Artfest (Saturday 12pm Boordy Vineyards); Great Grapes! Wine and Food Festival (Saturday & Sunday 12pm Oregon Ridge); “A Taste Of Two Cities”-Baltimore vs. DC Food Trucks (Saturday 12pm Rash Field)

I feel like Baltimore should EASILY win a competition against DC in terms of food. All you do is show up with some sweet corn and lather it in Old Bay. Competition over. The Clark Family did a bit too much of that over Memorial Day weekend…

Competition still going? We shove Peppermint Sticks in lemons around these parts, son. What now?

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 26 March 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: NBA-Washington Wizards @ Oklahoma City Thunder (Wednesday 8pm from Oklahoma City live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Orlando Magic (Friday 7pm from Orlando live on Comcast SportsNet), Toronto Raptors @ Washington Wizards (Sunday 6pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Boxing: Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado (Saturday 10:15pm from Las Vegas live on HBO); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator MMA (Thursday 10pm from Tampa, FL live on SpikeTV)

10. Florida Georgia Line (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Friday 6:30pm Recher Theatre); Cris Jacobs Band (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club), All Mighty Senators (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); The Pietasters (Thursday 7:30pm Ottobar); Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Family Of The Year (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); DJ ?uestlove (Saturday 11pm Howard Theatre); Gloriana (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell (Friday 8pm Strathmore); The Strokes “Comedown Machine” and Lil Wayne “I Am Not A Human Being II” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Any day where I get to post a JCS video in T10BD should be considered a good day. No…it should be considered a freaking FANTASTIC day.

The Pietasters are fun. That was a sentence.

Every time Emmylou Harris comes to town I get excited because I know I’ll post the video of her doing “Long Black Veil” with Dave Matthews at a Johnny Cash tribute show.

I enjoy music made by The Strokes. Insert your own witty comment here.

9. Creed Bratton (Friday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Aziz Ansari (Friday 7pm & 10:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Gary Gulman (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Kevin Pollak (Thursday-Saturday DC Improv); Lincoln” and “Killing Them Softly” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” out in theaters (Friday); Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents Dragons (Wednesday-Sunday 1st Mariner Arena); Glenn Clark’s Easter plans (Sunday Time & Place TBA)

In a tradition unlike any other, this is the part of the year where I demand my fiancee make Cadbury Cream Eggs Benedict Sunday or risk this being our final Easter together.

(I actually have absolutely no idea if I would even enjoy this.)

We can all agree Staburst jelly beans >>>> Jelly Belly jelly beans, correct?

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Orioles’ Jones to play for Team USA in World Baseball Classic

Posted on 11 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has accepted the opportunity to play for the United State in the World Baseball Classic in March.

It is unknown how many other Orioles players might play in the tournament, but closer Jim Johnson turned down an invitation to play for Team USA earlier this winter.

Jones confirmed the news via his official Twitter account on Friday afternoon.

“Yep it’s official. Get to play for #TeamUSA. Couldn’t be prouder to play for my country #WBC #StayHungry IM AN AMERICAN,” the 27-year-old wrote.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 14 August 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionGolf: PGA Tour Wyndham Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Greensboro, NC), Champions Tour Dick’s Sporting Goods Open (Friday 12:30pm Saturday & Sunday 3pm from Endicott, NY live on Golf Channel), LPGA Tour Safeway Classic (Friday & Saturday 6:30pm Sunday 7:30pm from North Plains, OR live on Golf Channel); WNBA: Washington Mystics @ Indiana Fever (Thursday 7pm from Indianapolis live on WNBA.com), Washington Mystics @ Minnesota Lynx (Friday 8pm from Minneapolis live on NBA TV), Chicago Sky @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Chicago live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV); Auto Racing: NASCAR Pure Michigan 400 (Sunday 12pm from Brooklyn, MI live on ESPN)

10. My Morning Jacket (Saturday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); John Prine/Emmylou Harris (Wednesday 7:30pm Wolf Trap); Cinderella (Friday 7:30pm Rams Head Live); Bob Schneider (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Soul Asylum (Saturday 8:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Dirty Projectors/Wye Oak (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Chrisette Michelle (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Howard Theatre); Jane’s Addiction (Tuesday 7pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Hot August Blues feat. Trombone Shorty/Gov’t Mule/Cris Jacobs Band (Saturday 11:30am Oregon Ridge); Nonpoint (Monday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage)

Dude I’ve probably watched the video of Emmylou Harris playing “Long Black Veil” with Dave Matthews SIX MILLION TIMES in my life….

Bob Schneider does a song called “Honeypot” that as far as I’m concerned is just the bees knees…

Jane’s Addiction taught me so much about prostitution when I was a young man…

If you’re into Trombone Shorty you’re just likely not into anything human beings should possibly enjoy…

9. Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Thursday-Sunday throughout Baltimore County); Baltimore Improv Festival (Thursday-Sunday Creative Alliance); Wayans Brothers (Tuesday & Wednesday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Godfrey (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); “The Expendables 2″ in theaters (Friday); Shark Week (Tuesday-Thursday Discovery Channel)

A recommendation. Go to Jimmy’s Famous Seafood during Restaurant Week. Order the Kung Pao Shrimp Tacos. Don’t bother wearing pants.

And since it’s Shark Week, here’s Tracy Morgan…

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 24 July 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Pro Lacrosse-Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Boston Cannons (Saturday 2pm from Boston live on ESPN3.com); Boxing: Robert Guerrero vs. Selcuk Aydin (Saturday 10pm from San Jose live on Showtime), Friday Night Fights: Hank Lundy vs. Raymundo Beltran (Friday 10 from Atlantic City live on ESPN2)

10. BSO presents “The Music of Michael Jackson” (Thursday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion), BSO presents “The Music of Led Zeppelin” (Friday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Vans Warped Tour feat. Taking Back Sunday, All Time Low, Yellowcard (Tuesday 11am Merriweather Post Pavilion), Santana & The Allman Brothers (Monday 5pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Flo Rida/Cee Lo Green (Wednesday 7pm Verizon Center), Rod Stewart & Stevie Nicks (Friday 7:30pm Verizon Center); 311/Slightly Stoopid (Saturday 6:30pm Jiffy Lube Live), Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival feat. Motorhead, Slipknot, Slayer (Sunday 1:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); Summerland feat. Everclear, Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray, Lit (Wednesday 7pm Wolf Trap); Fuel/Filter (Tuesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Aaron Lewis (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live), SOJA (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), The Dan Band (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Dick Dale (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Toad The Wet Sprocket (Monday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Kenny Loggins (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); Passion Pit “Gossamer” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Let’s just go All 90′s here. I once jumped live on stage with Art Alexakis at an Everclear show at 1st Mariner Arena (it might have been Baltimore Arena then).

And yet I’d be equally excited to see the Gin Blossoms…

You’ve definitely found yourself humming a FUEL song at some point in your life…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0QMfK9hzgA

I have no shtick tonight. I enjoy Filter music. That’s what I’ve got.

9. “The Watch” out in theaters (Friday); Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week (Friday-Monday throughout Charm City); Otakon (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Convention Center); Brian Regan & Dennis Regan (Thursday DC Improv), Rob Schneider (Friday-Sunday DC Improv)

I could post some pictures of food porn in honor of Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week, but I had a feeling you wanted to see some pictures of scantily clad Otakon-goers…

I’ll require a thank you card.

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Towson’s Zoppo helps USA to nice start at FIL Championships

Posted on 16 July 2012 by WNST Staff

ZOPPO AND TEAM USA OFF TO A 2-1 START AT FIL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Towson midfielder and Team USA Captain has netted a goal and dished out an assist

TURKU, Finland – Towson University midfielder Robby Zoppo, a captain of the United States Men’s National Under-19 Team, has scored a goal and dished out an assist as Team USA is off to a 2-1 start at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Turku, Finland.

Team USA started pool play with a 24-6 win over Australia on July 13. Zoppo posted a goal and an assist in the victory.

Team USA was upset though on the second day of the tournament, falling to Canada, 11-9 in overtime. Canada became the first team to defeat the U.S. in U19 international play since sanction competition began in 1988. The U.S., which has won all six gold medals contested, is now 38-1 all-time.

Zoppo and Team USA did bounce back on Sunday though, cruising past England, 20-1, in its third pool play game. The team will have its first day off on Monday before facing the Iroquois at 1 p.m. local time and 6 a.m. in Turku on Tuesday. It will be the final pool play game of the competition.

Stay tuned to TowsonTigers.com for more updates on Zoppo and Team USA throughout the competition.

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Hopkins’ Enright part of U19 National Team

Posted on 10 July 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Current, past and future members of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team have been very busy this summer. With the Fourth of July holiday now in the rear-view mirror, here’s a quick look at the some of the highlights surrounding the Blue Jay lacrosse program as the 2012 summer unfolds.

Enright Heading to Finland with U-19 Men’s Team
Current Blue Jay Rob Enright, who recently completed his freshman year at JHU, is one of 23 players who will represent the United States at the FIL Under-19 Championships in Turku, Finland later this week. Enright and his Team USA teammates will open play at the U-19 Championships on Friday, July 13 when the red, white and blue take on Australia. Other games for the US in the round robin portion of the tournament include games against Canada (July 14), England (July 15) and the Iroquois Nationals (July 17). The playoff round will follow with the tournament scheduled to conclude with the championship game on July 21.
Enright played in 10 games with two starts on defense for Johns Hopkins during the 2012 season. He was one of just five freshmen to play in 10 or more games for the Blue Jays in 2012 and grabbed three ground balls on the year.
A 2011 graduate of Massapequa High School, Enright is the latest in a long line of Johns Hopkins players who have played for the United States’ U-19 Team. Since the inaugural U-19 Championships in 1988, 17 active or future Blue Jays, including Enright, have participated in the event, which the United States has won all six times the championship has been contested.

The Future Looks Bright
Johns Hopkins fans were provided with a glimpse of the future as five incoming Blue Jays participated in the Under Armour All-America Game on Saturday, June 30. The five future members of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program included attackmen Ryan Brown (Calvert Hall) and Mikey Morris (Salisbury School), midfielders Kelton Black (Calvert Hall) and Connor Reed(Gonzaga) and goalie William Ryan (Avon Old Farms). All five will arrive at Johns Hopkins in September.
Brown, Black and Reed all played for the victorious South All-America Team, which pulled out a 12-11 victory largely on the efforts of the trio of future Blue Jays. Brown and Black both scored a pair of goals, while Reed added one assist and three ground balls.
The North trailed 10-5 early in the second half, but rallied to make it a one-goal game with Morris and Ryan playing key roles in the comeback. Morris scored twice in the fourth quarter and Ryan took over in goal in the third quarter and allowed just three goals after the South had crafted a 9-5 halftime lead. Ryan finished with three saves.

Four Shine in MLL All-Star Game
The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team was well represented at this year’s MLL All-Star Game, which took place at Florida Atlantic University on Saturday, June 30. The MLL All-Star Game ran simultaneously with the Under Armour All-America Game, allowing Johns Hopkins fans to flip from ESPN2 to ESPNU to catch the past and the future in action at the same time.
Playing for “Old School” (players who entered the MLL prior to 2009), Paul Rabil and Jesse Schwartzman helped their team to an 18-17 victory in a game that saw at least seven combined goals scored in every quarter.
Rabil, who currently leads the MLL in scoring with 18 goals (including four, two-point goals) and 29 assists for 51 points, scored twice with one two-point goal to his credit, while Schwartzman started in goal and registered a game-high 10 saves before turning the net over to Brett Queener in the second half.
The “Young Guns” team included defenseman Michael Evans and faceoff specialist Matt Dolente. As with most All-Star games, defense takes a back seat to offense so Dolente was a busy man. He won 17-of-35 faceoffs and grabbed seven ground balls, while Evans had a pair of ground balls to his credit.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 10 July 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Pro Lacrosse-MLL Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Rochester Rattlers (Saturday 7pm from Rochester live on Comcast SportsNet/ESPN3.com); Boxing: Amir Khan vs. Danny Garcia (Saturday 11pm from Las Vegas live on HBO); Friday Night Fights-Glen Johnson vs. Andrej Fonfara (Friday 10pm from Chicago live on ESPN2); Soccer: MLS DC United @ Houston Dynamo (Sunday 9pm from Houston live on Comcast SportsNet); Auto Racing: NASCAR Lenox Industrial Tools 301 (Sunday 12pm from Loudon, NH live on TNT)

10. Def Leppard/Poison (Tuesday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Scorpions (Thursday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Jason Aldean/Luke Bryan (Sunday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Roger Waters (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center); Toby Keith (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Seal/Macy Gray (Tuesday 8pm Wolf Trap), Barenaked Ladies/Big Head Todd and the Monsters (Wednesday 7pm Wolf Trap), Buddy Guy (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap); Mr. Greengenes (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); 10 Years (Tuesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Saving Abel (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live); Yonder Mountain String Band (Thursday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Shawn Mullins (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Rhett Miller (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Neon Trees (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Morris Day & The Time (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Zac Brown Band “Uncaged” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Def Leppard makes quality rock and roll tunes. If you’re into that sorta thing…

Do people not dig Neon Trees as much as I do? The world is confusing.

You think I had never heard of Morris Day before Jay & Silent Bob? You’re absolutely accurate.

I’m so stoked for new ZBB. I also love America. The two are synonymous, you see.

9. Paul Mooney (Friday & Saturday Howard Theatre); Cirque du Soleil “The Immortal: Michael Jackson” (Friday-Sunday Verizon Center); Flip Orley (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “American Reunion” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “Ice Age: Continental Drift” out in theaters (Friday); Caribbean Carnival Festival (Friday-Sunday Clifton Park)

I really wanted American Reunion to be something I would enjoy. I was wrong.

Making life more difficult? I recently found out Shannon Elizabeth was 38. #Suicidal

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Towson M Zoppo named national team captain

Posted on 09 July 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON’S ZOPPO VOTED AS A CAPTAIN OF UNITED STATES UNDER-19 MEN’S LACROSSE NATIONAL TEAM
Robby Zoppo of Towson, Stephen Jahelka of Harvard and Zach Oliveri of UMass voted  tri-captains for team USA

TOWSON, Md. – Towson University midfielder Robby Zoppo was voted as one of the captains of the 2012 United States under-19 men’s national lacrosse team, head coach Tim Flynn revealed. Zoppo along with defenseman Stephen Jahelka of Harvard and goaltender Zach Oliveri of UMass will serve as tri-captains of the squad.

The captains were selected by a player vote at the team’s training camp at Bryant University in Rhode Island, where the 23-player group has been since Friday. The team will continue to train through Monday, when it leaves from New York for Finland, site of the FIL Under-19 World Championships.

The tournament begins July 12th in Turku, Finland, with opening ceremonies and runs until July 21 with the championship game. The U.S.’s first game is against Australia at 7 p.m. local time Friday, noon Eastern Standard Time.

Jahelka, Oliveri and Zoppo represent different areas of the field for Team USA, thus leadership will be spread around, although no attackmen were among the group voted captains.

Zoppo, a Baltimore native who played at Calvert Hall (Md.), is one of the older members of the team as a rising redshirt sophomore at Towson, where he played in 14 games during the 2012 season. For Team USA, he’s been used as a short-stick defensive midfielder and has shown an ability to play both ends of the field, using speed to his advantage.

The U.S. has won six straight gold medals since sanctioned U19 world competition began in 1988. In the most recent championship game in 2008, Team USA defeated Canada 19-12 behind 19 saves from Adam Ghitelman and three goals and two assists from then-captain Craig Dowd.

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