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Ravens to rename practice facility Under Armour Performance Center

Posted on 08 June 2012 by WNST Staff

Baltimore, MD (June 8, 2012) – The Baltimore Ravens, who play at M&T Bank Stadium in Camden Yards, and Under Armour (NYSE: UA), the leader in performance apparel, footwear and accessories, whose global headquarters are located downtown at Locust Point, are joining forces in a wide-ranging collaboration that will feature multiple community-focused initiatives. The ten-year agreement also includes naming rights for the Ravens’ practice facility in Owings Mills, which will be renamed the Under Armour Performance Center.

These dynamic organizations are led by nationally-recognized business and civic leaders.  Both Steve Bisciotti, owner of the Baltimore Ravens, and Kevin Plank, the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Under Armour, have enjoyed tremendous success both in the United States and abroad.

“I love the Under Armour brand and am proud that it is Baltimore-based,” Bisciotti said. “They started with football wear that players wanted, and still do. They produce great products. Under Armour is the only partner for our training center. Their success has been off the charts, and this partnership will serve as a long-term platform that will showcase to the nation the best of what two of Baltimore’s strongest companies have to offer.

“We’ve enjoyed a great relationship with Steve and the Ravens over the years.  The Under Armour Performance Center is a facility that reflects our shared commitment to making all athletes better and to help the Ravens players excel on game-day,” said Plank. “We are even more excited that our partnership extends off-the-field, and will allow both of us to implement meaningful changes in the community.”

While both the Ravens and Under Armour have been active in improving the community, the two companies will combine to empower local youth and schools through football initiatives.  Specific youth football programs include the creation of annual grants, multiple clinics and statewide competitions.  Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and his assistants will play an active role in some of these programs, including a free Under Armour-sponsored clinic for over 400 Carroll County youth on June 16 at McDaniel College.

The creation of an annual 7-on-7 high school flag-football tournament, which already has attracted registration from 72 schools and more than 1,400 students for 2012, highlights the competitive elements of the agreement.

A visible component of the partnership is the renaming of the Ravens’ practice facility to the Under Armour Performance Center, which will host local and national media throughout the year and will showcase two of the city’s most successful corporate entities.

Under Armour recently announced the launch of a local community-based empowerment program, entitled “WIN Baltimore.” The platform is designed to spark positive social change throughout Baltimore and its surrounding neighborhoods by fueling the social, educational and physical advancement of the boys and girls who will serve as the future business and community leaders of the region.

The Ravens franchise, founded in 1996, won Super Bowl XXXV in January of 2001. The team has earned playoffs berths in five of the last six seasons, and they are the NFL’s only team to appear in the playoffs in each of the last four seasons – posting at least one victory in each of those postseasons. Long recognized for their community involvement, the Ravens’ mission is to win football games, serve their fans and be a positive force in the community.

About Under Armour, Inc.

Under Armour® (NYSE: UA) is a leading developer, marketer, and distributor of branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and worn by athletes at all levels, from youth to professional, on playing fields around the globe. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland, with European headquarters in Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium, and additional offices in Denver, Hong Kong, Toronto, and Guangzhou, China. For further information, please visit the Company’s website at www.ua.com.

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Traditionalists (perhaps) beware, changes coming to Terps football field

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Traditionalists (perhaps) beware, changes coming to Terps football field

Posted on 23 May 2012 by Glenn Clark

The University of Maryland is making some changes to the playing surface at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park. This much we know for sure.

How much more we don’t fully know yet. I reached out to a spokesperson at the school and was told this…

“Construction has started on a new surface at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The project is being funded with private donations and will be completed in time for the upcoming season. Further details will be available soon.” 

Via Facebook/Twitter/message boards, a rumored look at what the field could look like has been making the rounds…

I have to stress that this is only a RUMOR at this point. I’ve poked around with a few other sources in College Park and have received responses like “I’m pretty sure there’s going to be turtle shells on the field” and “they’ve definitely talked about changing the color of the field.”

The most famous football field perhaps in the world belongs to Boise State University, as Bronco Stadium’s blue turf would be recognized just about anywhere…

BSU isn’t the only school to do something significant with their turf. Eastern Washington University’s Roos Field is known as “The Inferno” thanks to this color…

The NFL has actually implemented a “Boise State rule” preventing teams from changing turf colors from the traditional green.

The Terrapins would not be making their first cry for attention, as they garnered PLENTY of buzz on Labor Day last year when they introduced these Under Armour duds in a win over Miami…

For the record, I don’t much care what the Terps wear or what kind of field they play on. As I told former Maryland/Baltimore Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth in an interview last year, if the Terps were competing for a BCS Championship I’d sign off on them wearing Duke uniforms for the game.

But…what do you think? Is the rumored look of the field too much?

-G

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Loyola lacrosse players celebrate commencement before NCAA quarterfinals

Posted on 17 May 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – The Loyola University Maryland men’s and women’s lacrosse teams gathered Thursday afternoon to celebrate a special commencement ceremony since they will miss Saturday’s school-wide festivities to play in their respective NCAA Championships.

Nine student-athletes – five from the men’s team and four from the women’s – received their Loyola diplomas from University President Rev. Brian Linnane and other members of the Loyola faculty and administration.

“This is one of the most special events we have the privilege of celebrating at Loyola,” said Jim Paquette, Loyola’s Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics. “Our student-athletes see this as another way to stay together as a class, advancing far enough into the NCAA Championships so they graduate in a special way as a team. The graduates and their families get to celebrate the event in a small, intimate setting that has a true family and team atmosphere.”

Kip Fulks, Chief Operating Officer of Under Armour and a former lacrosse All-American at the University of Maryland, delivered the commencement address.

Ana Heneberry, Kellye Gallagher, Kerry Stoothoff and Virginia Weber received their degrees, while their counterparts from the men’s team – Pat Byrnes, J.P. Dalton, Dylan Grimm, Eric Tillman and Alex Yackery – accepted theirs.

Also honored at the ceremony were three seniors who are members of Loyola’s golf team: Ryan McCarthy, Patrick McCormick and Jay Mulieri. The trio is currently leading the Greyhounds at the NCAA Regional in Athens, Ga., and will not attend graduation ceremonies on Saturday.

Both teams will be in action Saturday as their classmates are graduating from the school. The women, who are the No. 6 seed in their Championships, will play at No. 3 Maryland in a 12 noon game in College Park, Md., and the top-seeded men will take on the University of Denver in Annapolis, Md.

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Towson Returns to Action Tuesday Against Navy on WNST

Posted on 13 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
Towson will be looking to win consecutive games for the first time this season as the Tigers host Navy at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Tuesday evening. The game, which is sponsored by Under Armour, will be broadcast on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
Now 2-2 on the season, the Tigers will be looking to remain perfect at home after topping Mount St. Mary’s 10-8 in their home opener March 3. Sophomore Thomas DeNapoli tallied a team-high three goals to lead Towson past The Mount and the midfielder is now second on the squad with seven goals. Senior attackman Sean Maguire tallied his third multi-goal game of the season in the win and he now leads Towson with eight goals and 10 points.


Scouting the Midshipmen

Navy snapped its three-game losing streak Saturday by topping Lafayette, 12-7, on the road. After opening the year with a win at VMI, the Midshipmen dropped contests against Jacksonville, No. 4 North Carolina and Bucknell. Navy’s only common opponent thus far with Towson is Jacksonville. The Midshipmen lost by a 13-7 score while the Tigers upended the Dolphins 12-10 in their season opener. Both games were played in Jacksonville. Navy is led by standout sophomore Tucker Hull, who has a remarkable 27 points on 15 goals and 12 assists. Classmate Sam Jones is second on the squad with 16 points on nine goals and seven assists.

Last Year’s Towson-Navy Meeting
After four lead changes and five ties Navy executed a late 6-0 run to rally from a three-goal third quarter deficit and hand Towson a 14-11 loss in Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. The 10th meeting between the two schools on the lacrosse field more resembled a ping-pong game with back-and-forth lead changes and momentum swings. But Navy mounted the final charge that erased an 11-8 Tigers’ lead with 3:04 left in the third quarter that lifted the Midshipmen to victory. Matt Hughes led the Tigers with three goals in the loss.

Towson-Navy Series History
The Tigers and Midshipmen will be meeting for the 11th time on the lacrosse field tonight. Navy owns a 6-4 advantage in the series, but Towson has won two of the last three meetings.

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Loyola Announces Partnership with Under Armour

Posted on 09 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Under Armour Named Official Outfitter Of Loyola University Maryland Athletics

Greyhounds Sign Multi-Year Agreement with Athletic Performance Leader

BALTIMORE (Thursday, February 9, 2012) Loyola University Maryland and Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE:UA) announced today that the Baltimore-based leader in performance apparel, footwear and accessories will become the official outfitter of the Greyhounds beginning with the 2012-2013 seasons.

The multi-year agreement gives Under Armour the right to provide on-field and training gear to each of the school’s 18 varsity sports. Additionally, Under Armour will outfit all members of the athletic department, including coaches and staff.

“Under Armour is a world-class brand, and we are thrilled to partner with them,” said Loyola Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Jim Paquette. “Their products give our student-athletes a competitive advantage, and this partnership helps strengthen the Loyola athletics brand with consistent, high-performance gear from head-to-toe.

“Several of our teams have worked with Under Armour in the past, but this strengthens our relationship with the company as Loyola’s first all-sports agreement where all of our student-athletes will represent Loyola under one brand. Under Armourtakes pride not only in being a leader in the industry, but also in the Baltimore and Maryland areas. We believe that is an important part, too, ofthis agreement, as we work closely with many businesses in our backyard.”

The University’s new department-wide outfitter agreement includes marketing entitlements that will complement the brand’s marketing campaigns through print and on-field presence at Loyola.

Under Armour® products are sold worldwide and worn by athletes at all levels, from youth to professional, on playing fields around the globe.

Here is what Loyola coaches are saying about the partnership with Under Armour:

Jen Adams, Loyola Women’s Lacrosse Coach:

“Our relationship with Under Armour stretches far beyond the performance-based apparel and footwear that our athletes wear. It’s about belonging to a brand that is as passionate and innovative about lacrosse as we are here at Loyola. Under Armour has set new standards in the college athletic apparel industry and continues to create inspired products that are always of the highest quality. Sharing a hometown of Baltimore, we could not be more proud to wear their logo here at Loyola University Maryland.”

Brian Loeffler, Loyola Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving Coach:

“I am excited for all of our teams to partner with Under Armour in the coming years. Under Armour’s passion forexcellence is something that we share, and this relationship has great potential to spotlight two Baltimore assets – Under Armour and Loyola University Maryland.”

Joe Logan, Loyola Women’s Basketball Coach:

“As a school and as a program, we want to be able to support the local businesses of Baltimore. Partnering with an outstanding local company like Under Armour is a great opportunity both for Loyola women’s basketball and the athletic department as a whole.”

Rick McClure, Loyola Men’s & Women’s Tennis Coach:

“It is very important for every sport at Loyola to be represented in a similar clothing style, and that is what Under Armour will do with outstanding design and performance ideas. Our teams are excited and looking forward to wearing Under Armour’s gear in the coming years. The brand’s proximity will make it convenient to make orders and get a quick response. Our future look will be appealing, and the gear will be comfortable for our athletes to wear.”

Jimmy Patsos, Loyola Men’s Basketball Coach:

“We have been fortunate to wear Under Armour jerseys and gear for the last several years, and they are becoming the leader in the industry. Student-athletes recognize the brand and see it as what they want to wear, and that is something that is very important to us. It is even better that Under Armour is based here in Baltimore, and we are very excited to create a lasting and special partnership.”

Charley Toomey, Loyola Men’s Lacrosse Coach:

“Our experience with Under Armour for the past several years has been terrific. They believe strongly in putting our student-athletes in gear that meets the highest performance standards, and we are proud to continue our work with them. Under Armour is a company that is a leader worldwide, but it means even more to me as a Maryland native that they are based right here in Baltimore.”

Katherine Vettori, Loyola Women’s Soccer Coach:

“This is an exciting opportunity for Loyola athletics and the women’s soccer program to partner with Under Armour. As we begin this relationship, it has become obvious that the Under Armour brand has had an impact on Loyola student-athletes and the young women we see while recruiting.”

About Under Armour, Inc.

Under Armour® (NYSE: UA) is a leading developer, marketer, and distributor of branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories. The brand’s moisture-wicking synthetic fabrications are engineered in many different designs and styles for wear in nearly every climate to provide a performance alternative to traditional natural fiber products.  The Company’s products are sold worldwide andworn by athletes at all levels, from youth to professional, on playing fields around the globe.  The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland, with European headquarters in Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium, and additional offices in Denver, Hong Kong, Toronto, and Guangzhou, China. Forfurther information, please visit the Company’s website at www.UA.com.

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Towson Battles First Place Drexel Saturday on WNST

Posted on 03 February 2012 by WNST Staff

ON AIR: Saturday’s game can be seen live on ESPN3 with Ted Sarandis handling the play-by-play duties and Charlie Woollum providing analysis. The contest can also be heard live on WNST-AM (1570) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

SETTING THE STAGE: The Tigers are set to host CAA-leading Drexel Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Towson Center Arena. Towson will be looking to win its second straight game at home after upending UNCW last Saturday, 66-61. Saturday’s game is being sponsored by Under Armour, the official outfiter of Towson athletics. The game is also a Pink Out to raise breast cancer awareness.

SERIES HISTORY: Towson knocked Drexel out of the 2009 CAA Tournament, but since then, the Dragons have rattled off six straight wins over the Tigers. Drexel owns a 45-13 all-time record against Towson, incluidng a 19-4 mark on the road. The Tigers and Dragons will be meeting for the 58th time tonight. Towson has only played Loyola (70) and Delaware (66) more often in its history.

SCOUTING THE DRAGONS: After dropping its first two CAA games of the year, preseason CAA favorite Drexel (18-5, 10-2 CAA) has won 10 straight and is part of a four-way tie atop the league standings. Sophomore Frantz Massenat leads the Dragons with 12.5 points per game and his 3.8 assists per game ranks third in the CAA. Drexel boasts the top defense in the CAA, allowing just 54.3 points per game.

LAST TIME OUT: Hofstra scoring duo Mike Moore and Nathaniel Lester combined for 47 points to lead the Pride past Towson, 74-49, at the Mack Sports Complex Wednesday evening. The Tigers were led by sophomore Erique Gumbs, who posted 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Senior Robert Nwankwo scored nine points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds and freshman Kris Walden tallied 10 points to go along with a game-high tying six assists.

FRESHMEN IMPACT: Towson freshmen Deon Jones and Kris Walden have been two of the most impactful freshmen not only on the team, but in the CAA. Both have started every game this season and average over 31 minutes per game. Jones is seventh among all CAA freshmen in scoring (7.4 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (4.5 rpg). Jones tied his season-high with 15 points against UNCW last Saturday. Walden leads all CAA freshmen and ranks seventh overall in the CAA with 3.3 assists per game. Walden dished out a season-high eight assists against Coppin State and had seven dimes at Georgia State. As the only point guard on the team, Walden is seventh in the CAA averaging 33.9 minutes per game.

RELYING ON ROB: Tiger senior Robert Nwankwo has posted a double-double in five of his last seven games. The senior ranks in the Top 10 in the CAA in blocks (3rd), double-doubles (4th), rebounds (4th) and field goal percentage (10th). He is also quickly moving up in the Towson career record books. Nwankwo is currently fifth all-time in Towson history with 697 career rebounds. He’s 91 boards behind Lawrence Hamm for fourth place. The senior forward has 208 career blocks, the third most all-time in Tiger basketball history. He only trails John James (229) and Pat McKinley (244).

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The 15-7-0 is Italian. It’s Pronounced FRA-GEE-LAY.

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The 15-7-0 is Italian. It’s Pronounced FRA-GEE-LAY.

Posted on 26 December 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…

1. Jerome Simpson is HOLY CRAP THAT TOUCHDOWN WAS SO AMAZING I DON’T KNOW HOW TO FINISH THIS SENTENCE.

The ESPY Awards are an annual event put on by ESPN that you’ve never watched from start to finish despite the fact that the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” promotes them for about 6 months.

And since you likely won’t be watching next July, I’ll prevent the suspense. Jerome Simpson’s TD catch for the Cincinnati Bengals against the Arizona Cardinals Saturday wins SOMETHING.

As our own Brian Billick said on FOX, “you don’t get style points in the NFL but that oughtta be worth eight.”

Or more.

Oh, and don’t look now but Cincy is playing great football just before they welcome the Ravens to Paul Brown Stadium next Sunday with the fate of the AFC North hanging in the balance. I don’t want to talk about that right now though. Perhaps never.

2. You just can’t help but be thrilled for Jim Schwartz and the Detroit Lions.

As someone who roots for a baseball team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 1997, I know a thing or two about what it must have felt like for fans in the Music City to watch their team clinch a Wild Card spot in the final moments of their win over the San Diego Chargers Saturday night…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTwsmzTk7Lc

The Bolts were finally eliminated from the playoffs, which you would assume will lead to Norv Turner’s firing. They may or may not have already interviewed Bill Cowher for Turner’s job, and Jon Gruden may or may not be next.

In the meantime, if you’re going to lose at least do it with amazing hair like SD DE Antonio Garay…

3. Kellen Moore and Boise State deserved much better than blowing out an Arizona State team that didn’t bother to try before Christmas in Las Vegas.

It was the final win of a record-setting career for the Broncos quarterback, it was just really unfortunate it happened in this venue instead of in a BCS bowl, as America would have enjoyed watching them play a team that actually gave a s**t…

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

The win came as rumors swirled that Penn State was interested in hiring BSU coach Chris Petersen. In a related story, I am interested in being hired by Saturday Night Live.

Petersen obviously is not interested in replacing Joe Paterno in State College. And if you were living as large as this dude is, why would you take ANY job?

4. Cam Newton totally Cam Newton’ed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday.

In the Carolina Panthers’ win over the Bucs Saturday, Newton broke National Football League records for rookie passing yards (Peyton Manning) and quarterback rushing touchdowns (Steve Grogan). He did it in pretty spectacular fashion…

Things couldn’t be worse for the Bucs. Head coach Raheem Morris apparently “sent home” DE Brian Price after getting a 15 yard personal foul call and the team’s freefall continued on toward what looks more and more likely to be Morris’ ultimate firing.

I kinda feel bad for them. Perhaps I should offer some of my mom (the great Karen Clark)’s holiday stuffed shells…

Kick rocks, ham.

5. I don’t know if David Akers’ record for the most field goals in a single season should be considered “significant”, but he owns it either way.

Akers broke the record with FIVE field goals in the San Francisco 49ers’ win over the Seattle Seahawks, moving the Niners a step closer to clinching the Number 2 seed in the NFC.

The Seahawks’ slim postseason hopes may have disappeared, but Marshawn Lynch HAS THE GREATEST PAIR OF KICKS I HAVE EVER SEEN…

Perhaps Foster the People has a follow up ready?

But as amazing as they are, perhaps Under Armour & Brandon Jennings did one better with their “Rudolph” inspired kicks…

Okay…synthetic fur? I HAVE to get back into the shoe game.

6. You might have survived the insanity to get the Air Jordan XI Concords, but USC fans still got a better Christmas gift than you.

Matt Barkley returning to Southern California is confusing because we know he would have been a potential Top 5 pick in the NFL Draft, but we also know what could be ahead. Heisman Trophy, Pac 12 & BCS Championship hopes and bevies of hot chicks.

I mean, the guy can play Jason Mraz on the guitar. He must be dodging panties every day he walks around Los Angeles. Tough life there…

Of course, he’s also been filmed doing this…

7. I’ll ask for the 8th time. Can everyone please stop telling me about the New England Patriots’ defense?

With the Pats trailing the Miami Dolphins 17-0 at halftime Saturday, Facebook and Twitter were alive in Charm City with hopes of the Ravens still having a shot at the #1 seed in the AFC.

I however looked at my executive producer Ryan Chell and said “when Tom Brady decides to start playing I think they’ll be fine.”

They were. The Pats charged back from the halftime deficit to beat the Fins and are now a win away from clinching the #1 seed in the AFC. Apparently none of that is enough for owner Robert Kraft to get a high five…

Also, this looks like a good holiday film/way to make sure you don’t struggle in the red zone…

Of note for Miami, Reggie Bush remarkably ran for 100+ yards AGAIN in the defeat and we learned this weekend his mom does not want him to get back together with Kim Kardashian. That’s fine, I think Catalina Otalvaro would be a better catch anyway…

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 20 December 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-UMBC @ Navy (Tuesday 7pm Alumni Hall)

10. Kix (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live); Cinder Road (Friday 7pm Recher Theatre); Mint Condition (Thursday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Cris Jacobs Band (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club); Carbon Leaf (Thursday 8pm Friday 3pm & 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Chuck Brown/Wale (Wednesday 6pm 9:30 Club); Common “The Dreamer, The Believer” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Judge me all you want. I went to see Mint Condition (and Boyz II Men actually) on the 4th of July a few years ago in Phoenix. It was AWESOME.

Knowing CJB is playing in Federal Hill Friday night only makes me sad thinking about The Bridge…

I’m such a nerdy fan of Carbon Leaf…

Honestly, I don’t think much of Wale’s new record. But his first was a freaking JAM…

9. John Waters Christmas (Wednesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center-Lyric); “Warrior” available on DVD/Blu-Ray (Tuesday); “The Adventures of Tintin” (Wednesday) & “War Horse” (Sunday) out in theaters

If I can’t make it to The Lyric Wednesday night, I’d be willing to settle for watching old clips of John Waters talking to David Letterman…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRJ-CZAnQNs

“Warrior” was the best movie of the year you didn’t see. Did you enjoy “The Wrestler”? “The Fighter”? Yeah…that realm.

Oh, and “War Horse” is the movie your girlfriend REALLY wants to see but is also REALLY afraid might be very sad so she’s thinking about not seeing it.

Wait. Strike that.

“War Horse” is the movie MY girlfriend REALLY wants to see but is also REALLY afraid might be very sad so she’s thinking about not seeing it.

It’s confusing. Here’s this!

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The 15-7-0 Is The Ultimate Performance Enhancer

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The 15-7-0 Is The Ultimate Performance Enhancer

Posted on 12 December 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…

1. I’d use new terms to describe Tim Tebow’s most recent comeback win but I don’t own a thesaurus.

Drew Forrester, Nestor Aparicio had a late celebratory dinner with our fantastic attorney Sunday night at Fogo De Chao. As I walked in, I said to Drew “is Tebow going to do it again?” He responded “nah…it’s like 10-0 at the end of the game.”

I responded “um…actually it’s 10-7.”

Within moments we were all doing this…

So that I’ve covered myself here, a LOT of credit for the Denver Broncos’ win over the Chicago Bears has to be given to the fact that Marion Barber absolutely fell apart late and Matt Prater’s UNREAL game-tying boot. In fact, Prater’s boot was so incredible it deserves another look…

Just stop already. Just stop. Frank Reich might want to go ahead and make the congratulatory call to Tebow, because you KNOW “The Mile High Messiah” is going to eventually break his record for the greatest comeback in National Football League history.

As far as the Bears go, it’s over for them. You have to have a quarterback. It would be over in Charm City if Tyrod Taylor had to play.

That is…of course…ENOUGH about the Bears. Tim Tebow played Sunday. We’ll be talking about it until next Sunday.

2. My gut tells me it can’t last, but it’s hard to not feel good for the Houston Texans right now.

Perhaps I was wrong. Maybe you DON’T have to have a quarterback. Maybe T.J. Yates is enough…

With Andre Johnson sidelined, Kevin Walter was the hero. I’m so confused by everything happening here. I know the other teams barely tried, but aren’t the Texans supposed to screw this up so that these t-shirts are never printed???


A large crowd welcomed the AFC South champs back to Reliant Stadium Saturday night. No word on whether or not they had all sent Peyton Manning Thank You cards or not.

3. While Navy’s win Saturday over Army was the closest margin in years, it makes their dominance no less impressive.

Even if I had to make a trip to Landover and that AWFUL dump known as FedEx Field, it was worth it for Army/Navy.

My highlight this year? The press box (which Dan Snyder and company placed in the WORST possible location otherwise) was directly behind the brigade of Midshipmen, allowing me to hear every word of “The Goat is Old and Gnarly.”

If you’re not an Annapolis regular, you might not be familiar. Here’s a 4 year old singing it…

The Mids were 27-21 winners thanks to 4th quarter heroics from kicker Jon Teague. The game (as always) was “more than football”. Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama attended, watching one half of the game on each side. At halftime, he was walked from side to side through a tunnel formed by members of each branch. The word “goosebumps” fits.

4. With their season perhaps on the line, Matt Ryan & the Atlanta Falcons really manned up Sunday.

Down 23-7 at the half and watching their Wild Card hopes crumble, the Falcons became energized and clinched a win with this 75 yard TD to Julio Jones…

After finishing the win over the Carolina Panthers, the Falcons had quite the scare when coach Mike Smith felt chest pains and was taken off the team flight and instead to a Charlotte hospital. When reached for comment, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger described Smith as a “pansy.”

5. I warned you a week ago. The San Diego Chargers are still dangerous.

Crap. Crap crap crap.

The Bolts are pretty healthy and playing really well just in time for a date with the Ravens on Sunday Night Football. Phillip Rivers is playing well. Vincent Jackson is playing well. Ryan Matthews is playing well. Antonio Gates is playing well. They kept their slim playoff hopes alive while ruining any hopes the Buffalo Bills had Sunday.

Crap.

WNST will be in San Diego next weekend, partnering with Los Angeles Ravens fan club The West Wing. That means Perry Hall High School alum Daniela Pane will be in the house…

It’s a shame she has to compete with me every year for the “most popular alum” award. Otherwise she’d probably have it nailed down.

(Also-I know flights aren’t cheap…but…you know…)

6. Robert Griffin III’s run to the Heisman Trophy was one of the more improbable in the history of the award.

Before the season began-what, maybe 10% of college football fans could name the Baylor Bears quarterback? Just before Christmas, RG3 has not only won the sports’ highest honor, he’s also started a craze in footwear…

Superman socks. Actually quite awesome. Everyone else is so much cooler than me.

7. For as much as everyone thinks the Greg Jennings injury will hurt the Green Bay Packers, I just don’t get that feeling.

There were a handful of goofs who thought the Oakland Raiders could give the Packers a run for their money. Here are some highlights-or at least the best I could find on YouTube…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbtul3e5l60

If Greg Jennings really does have a torn ACL, the Packers are hurting. But this is a team that has Aaron Rodgers, Jermichael Finley, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, ah you get the point. They’re going undefeated and they’re probably going to win the Super Bowl.

Have a Happy Monday!

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Edsall Must Change On Field And Off In Maryland Future

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Edsall Must Change On Field And Off In Maryland Future

Posted on 01 December 2011 by Glenn Clark

As Drew Forrester has said here at WNST.net, Randy Edsall is going to be the football coach at the University of Maryland in 2012.

The #FIREEDSALL trend on Twitter is certainly alive and John Feinstein absolutely shredded the coach this week in the Washington Post, but neither will have an effect on his job status.

Despite a 2-10 record in Edsall’s first season with the Terrapins, Athletic Director Kevin Anderson has every intention to stick with the man he hired after firing 10 year head coach and Maryland alum Ralph Friedgen nearly a year ago.

He’ll be doing that for a few reasons.

The first of those reasons is because no one is fairly considering how significant a role injuries played in the team’s downfall. The team was decimated by injuries throughout the season, forcing defensive coordinator Todd Bradford to turn to a number of redshirt and even true freshmen throughout the season. Competing for an ACC Championship was a tough task to begin with, but nearly impossible as injuries mounted.

It of course doesn’t forgive the nature of how the team finished with just one win over an opponent at the FBS level (their season opening Labor Day victory over a depleted Miami squad), but it has to be considered.

Another of the reasons why Edsall will return is well known. Maryland is in a LOT of financial trouble at the moment. The athletic department is on the verge of cutting eight varsity teams due to financial issues and has admitted that the football program must generate more money to sustain the 17 programs that will remain. With Edsall only one year into a six year deal worth $12 million, Maryland does not have the financial ability to get out from under such a costly deal.

The notion that Under Armour CEO/Maryland alum Kevin Plank could pony up the $10 million necessary to buy out Edsall is preposterous. Plank has become one of the most successful businessmen on the face of the planet buy making good decisions. Giving away $10 million wouldn’t qualify as such a thing.

(Just to inject here. There have been some rumors that Edsall would be a candidate for the Jacksonville Jaguars opening after the team fired Jack Del Rio. I think we can move on from those rumors about as quickly as they appeared.)

But money and injuries are not the only reasons why Randy Edsall will remain as the school’s football coach. The more significant reason why Edsall will not be let go by the school is because coaches who receive six year deals just aren’t dismissed after one season.

When Anderson hired Edsall away from the University of Connecticut, he absolutely did not tell him “if you leave the Huskies, you’ll have one year to make things work in College Park.”

Had Anderson done such a thing, Edsall’s response would have been something along the lines of “I would never leave UConn. UConn is my dream job.”

It’s safe to say that when hiring Edsall, Anderson made it clear the former Connecticut coach would be able to build his program as necessary, despite the success the team celebrated (nine wins including a Military Bowl victory, ACC Rookie of the Year in QB Danny O’Brien) the season before his arrival.

As Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant pointed out this week, there were reasons to believe Edsall’s reputation in Storrs exceeded his actual accomplishments. During an appearance on “The Reality Check” Wednesday on AM1570 WNST.net, Jacobs referred to something he had written in January just after Edsall’s departure from the area…

There was something unnervingly self-serving in Randy Edsall’s words in the month leading up to his BCS Bowl spanking. As he talked about all the milestones the program has reached since the days of working out of the trailers, Edsall wondered if there were any more notches in the belt he could cut at UConn.

The answer to Edsall’s question about notches in the belt, of course, was there were plenty left. And we’re not talking pie-in-the-sky national title. For starters, how about an outright Big East championship? Or how about getting to a BCS Bowl game where you aren’t automatically penciled in as a hopeless underdog the moment you qualify for it.”

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