Posted on 02 December 2011 by Ryan Chell
Posted on 02 December 2011 by Ryan Chell
Posted on 01 December 2011 by WNST Staff
Posted on 29 November 2011 by Glenn Clark
Honorable Mention: Auto Racing-NASCAR Awards Show (Friday 9pm from Las Vegas live on SPEED); Golf: PGA Tour Qualifying School (Saturday & Sunday 4pm, Monday 3:30pm from La Quinta, CA live on Golf Channel), PGA Tour Chevron World Challenge (Thursday & Friday 1pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 12pm live on NBC. All golf from Thousand Oaks, CA); Women’s College Basketball: Big Ten/ACC Challenge-Michigan @ Maryland (Wednesday 7pm Comcast Center), Maryland @ American (Sunday 1pm Bender Arena); Tennis: ATP Tour Davis Cup Final (Friday 8am Saturday 10am Sunday 7am from Seville, Spain live on Tennis Channel)
10. Andrea Bocelli (Friday 8pm Verizon Center); Erykah Badu (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live); Dashboard Confessional (Saturday 7pm Recher Theatre); All Mighty Senators (Saturday 7pm 8×10 Club); Aaron Neville (Monday 8pm Rams Head On Stage); Robin Thicke (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club); String Cheese Incident (Wednesday 8pm Lyric Opera House), Ryan Adams (Sunday 7:30pm Lyric Opera House); J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Friday 9pm Ottobar); Mac Miller (Thursday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Ra Ra Riot (Friday 7pm Ritchie Coliseum College Park); Tori Amos (Monday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Adele Live at Royal Albert Hall available on CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/iTunes (Tuesday)
I really shouldn’t like Robin Thicke all that much. I just can’t help myself…
Dude, Ryan Adams has made so many great tunes but are any of them greater than this?
I feel like I should be a bigger J Roddy Walston fan than I am…http://wnst.net/wordpress/wp-admin/post.php?post=185164&action=edit
I don’t know if Adele sounds BETTER at Royal Albert Hall…but I know this much…no CHANCE she doesn’t sound amazing…
9. Washington Monument Lighting (Thursday 7pm from Mt. Vernon Place live on WBAL11), Mayor’s Christmas Parade (Sunday 2pm Hampden/Medfield); Gary Valentine (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Steve-O (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Jim Norton (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House)
Is there any chance that when Stephanie Rawlings-Blake flips on the lights at the monument the scene looks anything like this?
And since I’ve already invoked Christmas Vacation, I think it’s only appropriate that we do this…
Posted on 22 November 2011 by Glenn Clark
Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour World Cup of Golf (Wednesday-Saturday 10:30pm from Shenzhen, China live on Golf Channel); Boxing: Canelo Alvarez vs. Kermit Cintron (Saturday 10:30pm from Mexico City, Mexico live on HBO); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator Fighting Championships 59 (Saturday 9pm from Atlantic City live on MTV2); College Soccer: NCAA Tournament Louisville @ Maryland (Sunday 5pm Ludwig Field); Women’s College Basketball: St. Joseph’s @ Maryland (Tuesday 7pm Comcast Center)
10. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (Friday 8pm 1st Mariner Arena); The Bridge Farewell Show (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Staind (Sunday 6pm Rams Head Live), Reel Big Fish/Streetlight Manifesto (Monday 6pm Rams Head Live); Crack The Sky (Saturday 8pm Recher Theatre); Airborne Toxic Event (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), They Might Be Giants (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Leon Russell (Tuesday 8:30pm State Theatre); Kirk Franklin (Saturday 7pm Lyric Opera House); Daughtry “Break The Spell” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)
I can’t go to Bob Seger Friday night. It’s an incredibly long story (my family celebrates holidays a day late) that I don’t want to talk about. But in honor of the festive weekend, I’ll just go ahead and assume he’ll break out “Little Drummer Boy”…
I can’t believe this is the last time Cris Jacobs and the boys from The Bridge will be playing together. It’s almost impossible. The show is sold out. I might tear up a bit.
I don’t know if I’m an Airborne Toxic Event “fan”, but I know I’m a fan of this tune…
Kirk Franklin is a legendary gospel performer. In one of the most inexplicable moments in music history, he had a smash hit on MTV/Pop radio in 1997. You know you know the words…
9. Glenn Clark’s Thanksgiving Plans (Thursday); Festival of Trees (Friday-Sunday Timonium Fairgrounds); Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Thursday 9am from New York live on NBC); “The Muppets“ & “Arthur Christmas” out in theaters (Tuesday); Judah Friedlander (Friday & Saturday DC Improv)
I spent much of my adolescence wanting to be Fozzie Bear. If you don’t sing along to this you’re just a bad person…
Also, I’m looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with the Clark family, but I’ll admit I’m a bit confused by why it is that my mother has requested my girlfriend bring buffalo chicken dip to dinner this year. It’s just kinda weird. Whatever we consume, I know one thing. This Saturday I’ll be enjoying a “Thanksgiving Sandwich.” Wheat bread, turkey, potatoes and barbeque sauce. It sounds weird to you, but trust me on this one.
Posted on 18 November 2011 by WNST Staff
Posted on 14 November 2011 by Glenn Clark
You know how it works. 15 positive football observations, 7 “not so” positive football observations and one “oh no” moment from outside the world of football.
(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)
15 Positive Observations…
Terrance West ran for 265 freaking yards as the Tigers beat the New Hampshire Wildcats Saturday. They’re now a win over Rhode Island next week away from claiming the CAA title…
This can’t be right, can it?
I don’t know what’s more embarrassing for New York Jets fans-the fact that Mark Sanchez was eaten alive by some dude named Rob Nankovich or that Deion Branch owned Fireman Ed after catching a touchdown…
Rob effing Nankovich. A dude named Rob Nankovich just played hero for the New England Patriots. Maybe Bill Belichick really is better than the rest of us.
It’s crazy how much the Niners are different under Jim Harbaugh. Justin Smith is playing like a Defensive Player of the Year, Carlos Rogers is playing like a capable National Football League cornerback and Alex Smith…wait, Alex Smith is still playing semi-respectable football? No way…
I’m trying to put a Ravens-related spin on some of the things in the 15-7-0 this week. For example, the 49ers are a GOOD team, so when they play the Ravens on Thanksgiving we can be certain the Ravens will win, right?
After a big performance in Oklahoma State’s rout of Texas Tech Saturday, Weeden’s Cowboys are now two wins away from the BCS Championship Game…
The Wildcats and Aggies played a four overtime thriller IN Manhattan. It was way more fun to watch than the game I was at Saturday night…
The Nittany Lions fell short against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but this pre-game moment will probably be more memorable…
Elsewhere in the Big Ten…you know there wasn’t all that much going on elsewhere in the Big Ten. Well, Goldy Gopher DID attempt to frog splash Bucky Badger through a table; but not much else.
Let me get this straight. The Cowboys beat the Bills 44-7 and after the game the only thing anyone was talking about was the ONE Bills TD???
The story is that Bills WR David Nelson caught a TD and then gave the ball to his girlfriend Kelsi Reich, who is a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. This is a fantastic reason for me to post a picture of Kelsi Reich…
Included in the Bears’ huge NFC North win was (inexplicably) ANOTHER punt return TD for Devin Hester…
What’s the worse idea? Predicting the Orioles will sign a significant free agent or kicking the ball to Devin Hester?
With things clearly not going their way, the Detroit Lions started fighting with the Bears. It’s weird
because nothing about the team made me think they’d do something like that for no reason.
Posted on 14 October 2011 by Ryan Chell
The 40th anniversary of Maryland Midnight Madness starts tonight at the Comcast Center at 9:30PM, and while most occurred under Gary Williams’ tenure at College Park, Mark Turgeon is ready approach his first as basketball coach of the Terps.
Festivities include the Alumni Game, featuring several prominent members of the 2002 National Championship Team including Juan Dixon, Steve Blake, Chris Wilcox, and Byron Mouton.
The game is set to honor the ten year anniversary of the National Championship-the school’s first in program history.
Terps from other squads include Steve Francis, Greivis Vasquez, Johnny Rhodes, Eric Hayes, Dave Neal, and Eric Hayes.
“We’ll be having a really good list of players playing,” Hayes (2006-2010) said to Thyrl Nelson Wednesday. “With guys like Steve Blake, Juan Dixon, Wilcox, Steve Francis…I’ve heard Greivis is coming to play…it should be a pretty star-studded alumni game.”
“It’s definitely going to be great going back to see those guys,” Chris Wilcox (2000-2002)-a key piece of the National Title team-told Glenn Clark on “The Reality Check” Thursday. “It’s going to be a great re-union, and it will be a great time.
Some of them-like Wilcox and Grizzlies guard Greivis Vasquez-are current NBA stars, and with the league in labor limbo, this is the only basketball they’re able to experience at this point.
“It’s working out and getting better,” Vasquez said. “Obviously it’s affecting me, but all of us wants to play and unfamiliar…this is something that I’m not used to.”
“Tomorrow is going to be special,” Vasquez added. “I was there for Maryland Madness the last time and now I’m going for the first time not as a college player. It’s going to be fun, and I know it’s going to be a great environment.”
“It gives me an opportunity to work on my game more, so I won’t complain,” Wilcox said. “But at the end of the day, I definitely wouldn’t mind playing and getting the season started.”
Hayes meanwhile,-who has played overseas in Lithuania and Spain since leaving College Park-it’s an opportunity to come home.
“It’s one of those nights that you look forward toward participating in,” Hayes added.
While in College Park, all of them have been asked by new coach Mark Turgeon and some of the current Terps to pass on his knowledge and insight of the game having been in the league for 11 seasons.
“I’ll be down here for a couple days so I can get a chance to just go in there,” Wilcox said. “They’re going to have a couple practices and maybe I can get in there and just work out with them. I need to work out too…so maybe I can help them out.”
Wilcox was also one of those who felt like it was important for the old players to maintain close relationships with Turgeon and the new regime as opposed to holding a grudge or taking time to develop a relationship.
“They have invitations set up at Walt Williams’ house for everybody to come in and greet the new coach,” Wilcox explained. “I had a lot of time on my hands from this lockout that I was like, ‘Well, hey, let me go up there and meet the new coach’.”
Wilcox said with the pressure of replacing a legend in Gary Williams, Turgeon already has his hands full and Wilcox felt like he needed all the help he could get.
“I wanted to give him our support,” Wilcox said, “to let him know that we were backing him.”
Eric Hayes agreed, and sees good things out of the new coach.
“I am real excited,” Hayes said. “He has a great first couple months at Maryland recruiting-wise. He has done a great job and in a short period of time we’ll end being a good team.”
If anything, bringing a compilation of the 22-year run of Gary Williams at Maryland all at once should be quite the tribute to their former Coach Friday night.
“It’s about time,” Hayes said. “I think with him retiring and all the things he has done for the school…I think it’s only fitting.
There probably isn’t a player coming back Friday night that doesn’t love Gary more than Greivis Vasquez.
“I hope to see Gary there,” Vasquez said. “I haven’t seen Gary in a long time. I want to talk to Coach and say, ‘what’s up?’ I want to see the fans and everybody there. It’s going to be a big time and I’m really excited about that.”
“Gary is the most legendary character in Maryland to me, so that’s big time. I’m happy for him. Gary and I are always friends, and he’s like a dad to me. I’m always going to support him no matter what.”
And playing in the game will allow guys like Wilcox to dust off the championship rings and show them off one more time.
“I usually just keep it tucked away,” Wilcox said. “I don’t even wear it…just in case someone starts talking trash.”
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Posted on 06 October 2011 by Ryan Chell
Linebacker Jarret Johnson left for his home in Florida content in his team’s performance in the 34-17 beatdown of the New York Jets Sunday night, but he found quite the surprise on his doorstep when he landed in the Sunshine State.
Johnson was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 4, and it came as quite the surprise to the Raven linebacker who recorded just three tackles against the Jets but returned a Mark Sanchez fumble caused by Haloti Ngata for a touchdown.
The 26-yard fumble recovery made it 27-7 Ravens in a crazy second quarter, and he was also praised for his performance rushing the passer and dropping back in coverage.
“I wasn’t expecting it,” Johnson told Thyrl Nelson on “The Mobtown Sports Beat” Thursday. “You don’t know anything about it until they tell you, then you get it.”
Johnson was honored by the achievement, and it felt even better for Johnson because he felt like there were others-especially some of his fellow teammates-were more deserving than he was.
“This is my first one but I did think it was pretty cool even though I think there have been better defensive performances before…I will definitely take it.”
Johnson told Nelson that he felt like beating his former boss in Rex Ryan was going to be the highlight of the week.
“It’s always good to see those guys,” Johnson said. “They’re fun to compete against, and it’s always an emotional game.”
When asked who he felt was the most emotional Sunday night in the locker room following the beatdown, Johnson said the answer was easy.
Without a doubt-it was coach John Harbaugh, who despite three full seasons in Baltimore has brought the team three playoff appearances-can’t seem to make fans forget Rex Ryan.
Hopefully with the defense beating up Ryan-that helps Harbaugh get the monkey off his back.
“Anytime there is an emotional side to it, the stacks are a lot higher and the guys are a little more pumped up,” Johnson said. “Games like that get guys pretty pumped up.”
What also gets Johnson pumped up and full of confidence are the comparisons already to the great Ravens defenses of this decade-the 2000 and 2006 defenses.
Johnson said that given the preparation defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano and the tremendous start he has the defense out to, people were going to draw that line.
“It comes with success,” Johnson said. “Any time you play good defense that’s who you’re going to be compared to because they set the bar and that’s the standard.”
He told fans to wait for the entire season and the body of work to be completed, but he’ll never turn down a compliment.
“Anytime you’re mentioned with those guys, it’s a pat on the back for you.”
And that’s what he plans on doing this bye week-lying on his back.
“The main thing is I’m rehabbing,” Johnson said. “I’m just trying to take advantage of the time to get good lifts in and do all the rehab things so that when we come back, we will be able to roll.”
WNST congratulates Jarret Johnson on his achievement and hopes to continue to have these awards stay in Baltimore! WNST-We Never Stop Talking Baltimore Sports!
Posted on 01 September 2011 by Ryan Chell
Tonight’s final preseason test for the Baltimore Ravens against the Atlanta Falcons may be more of a challenge for those on the outside looking in when it comes to the 53-man roster, but several members of the Ravens linebacking corps are looking at tonight for different motivations.
In most instances, starters-both on offense and defense-play little to not at all in the fourth and final preseason game-so guys like Jarret Johnson-who joined Glenn Clark on “The Reality Check”-are circling September 11th versus Pittsburgh on their calender.
“We haven’t played in the last preseason game the last three years, so I assume it will be the same this week,” Johnson said. “We’ll get a good four days leading up to the game, and start gearing up for the Steelers.”
But at the same time, Johnson said he knows how much a game like this means to the younger players and for the entire team when it comes to confidence and their competitive edge.
“Any time you know you’re on the field when you’re a professional, you’re a competitive guy,” Johnson said. “The atmosphere doesn’t matter…and when you get on the field, you’re going to want to compete and you’re going to want to win. Even when you lose preseason games-even if you play well-and it may still be a preseason game, it still hurts. You still don’t want to lose.”
Fellow linebacker Tavares Gooden-who may be playing for a roster spot after struggling early in preseason (he played in significant time in the 34-31 victory against the Redskins and didn’t record a tackle)-joined Thyrl Nelson as well to talk about his reasoning for tonight’s contest.
In a sense, his fellow teammates may be his friends and comrades in action, but he still needs to perform well in his own right if he wants to remain a Baltimore Raven.
“You can only be told what you’ve been told,” Gooden said. “If there’s guys that you’re competing against that arent’ taking their job seriously, that’s always a plus for you as a player who has been taking it seriously. The strength level, the dominance level, it’s going to be on different services and I think I took advantage of my training this off-season and get ready for this season so that I could have a dominant season.”
But he knows that pressure to keep a roster spot and have every member of the team playing at the highest level possible is the best thing for a team wanting to reach the ultimate goal of a Super Bowl.
“We all love to compete,” Gooden told Nelson, “so we’re going to try our hardest to lead this team and to help out in any role we have to try and get the ultimate goal, and that’s to bring another championship back to Baltimore.”
Johnson said that after Saturday when the roster is trimmed down to 53 guys, he and the other Raven veterans will know what their team will look like both on the football field and in the locker room morale-wise.
“As far as starters with me and Ray, and then with some of the younger guys coming on, there was no new additions. We do have some young competition right now. We have a real stacked group, and our room is full of great players. There is a lot of competition right now, but as far as being used to each other and stuff like that, it’s business as usual.”
To sum it all up, tonight is a good use of time for the starters to rest themselves for the long run that is the regular season with the ultimate goal of getting first and second Super Bowls for a Ravens team not getting any younger.
“There’s always pressure on you to win, and to produce-especially with the talent that we have,” Johnson said. ” The expectations are always high. With everyone having some years under them now, and you know teams can’t stay together forever, you do want to get a Super Bowl together.”
“You want Ray to get that second championship and all those great defensive players that came through here, we all want to get our first. We want to do it as a group.”
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