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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 May 2012 by WNST Staff

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Antonio Tarver vs. Lateef Kayode (Saturday 9pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime), Gabriel Rosado vs. Joel Julio (Friday 9pm from Bethlehem, PA live on NBC Sports Network); WNBA: Minnesota Lynx @ Washington Mystics (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Pro Lacrosse: MLL Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Denver Outlaws (Saturday 9pm from Denver live on ESPN3.com)

10. Zac Brown Band (Thursday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Capital Jazz Fest feat. Indie.Arie, Bill Cosby (Friday-Sunday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Radiohead (Sunday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Miranda Lambert/Jerrod Niemann (Sunday 4pm Jiffy Lube Live);  City and Colour (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Smile Empty Soul (Saturday 5pm Recher Theatre); Crossfade (Monday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Dandy Warhols (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); The Used (Wednesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Victor Wooten (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Dr. John (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); Rhett Miller (Monday 8pm Jammin Java)

I’d watch ZBB do just about anything, but this was as good as anything I’ve seen them do…

My favorite tune from Thom Yorke and the boys?

For more traditional country folk, I sorta dig this Jerrod Niemann tune…

I wish I didn’t have to admit to digging this tune…

9. Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival (Saturday & Sunday 12pm Oregon Ridge); Guy Torry (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Corey Holcomb (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “Man on a Ledge” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Glenn Clark’s first ever “Hogfest” (Saturday)

That’s right. For the first time in my (still?) young life, I will be roasting a pig Saturday. It’s all thanks in part to ABC Rental Store in Rosedale. A talented young man I listen to on the radio is always talking to me about them. I think his show is called “The Reality Check.” I PRAY my results make me as happy as George W. Bush…

Also, I will be hosting a qualifier for the Olympic KanJam team Saturday (more on Twitter @OlympicKanJam). I expect the day to look much like this…

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Future Terp Layman Selected to National Team Camp

Posted on 19 April 2012 by WNST Staff

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 19, 2012) — Twenty-four players have accepted invitations to attend the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team Training camp June 5-12 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., including one player with college experience and three players who represented the USA in the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit. The USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team committee issued the player invitations.

While rising sophomore Jarnell Stokes (University of Tennessee/Memphis, Tenn.) is the lone collegian attending camp, graduating high school seniors Gary Harris (Hamilton Southeastern/ Fishers, Ind.); James Robinson (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Mitchellville, Md.);and Rasheed Sulaimon (Strake Jesuit College Prep/Houston, Texas) suited up for the USA at the 15th annual Nike Hoop Summit.

Also from the Class of 2012 are: Ryan Arcidiacono (Neshaminy H.S./Langhorne, Pa.); Robert Carter (Thomasville H.S./Thomasville, Ga.); Sam Dekker (Sheboygan Lutheran H.S./Sheboygan, Wis.); Kris Dunn (New London H.S./Oakdale, Conn.); Shaq Goodwin (Southwest Dekalb H.S./Decatur, Ga.); Jerami Grant (DeMatha Catholic/Bowie, Md.); Montrezl Harrell (Hargrave Military Academy/Tarboro, N.C.); Joel James (Dwyer H.S./West Palm Beach, Fla.); Jake Layman (King Phillip Regional H.S./Wrentham, Mass.); Devonta Pollard (Kemper County/Porterville, Miss.); Rodney Purvis (Upper Room Christian/Raleigh, N.C.); Marcus Smart (Marcus H.S./Flower Mound, Texas); Robert Upshaw (Edison H.S./Fresno, Calif.); and Adam Woodbury (East H.S./Sioux City, Iowa).

Participants set to graduate in 2013 include: Jabari Bird (Salesian H.S./Vallejo, Calif.); Nathaniel BrittII (Gonzaga H.S., D.C./Upper Marlboro, Md.); Aaron Harrison (Travis H.S./Richmond, Texas); Andrew Harrison (Travis H.S./Richmond, Texas); Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian Academy/ McKinney, Texas); and Troy Williams (Phoebus H.S./Hampton, Va.).

The 2012 USA U18 National Team will be led by a trio of experienced and successful college coaches at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, including Billy Donovan (University of Florida) as head coach, with Mark Few (Gonzaga University) and Shaka Smart (Virginia Commonwealth University) as assistant coaches.

“It will be important to learn to play together as a team in a short amount of time,” Donovan said. “We need to demonstrate great focus and teamwork and bring a high level of energy and effort every day in order to have success both in training camp and throughout the competition.”

Following the first three or four days of training camp from June 5-12 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., finalist for the team will be selected by the USA Men’s Junior National Team Committee and will continue to train at the USOTC.

“We have a very talented group of young players that will have a great chance of bringing home a gold medal in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship,” said Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University and Hall of Fame coach and chair of the USA Junior National Team Committee. “As is the case each year, our USA Team will be up against the best players in their age group in the world. They will face great competition from the other participating countries.

The official, 12-member 2012 USA Men’s U18 National Team will be selected prior to the team’s departure for the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be played June 16-20 in Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1994.

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Navy Puts Win Streak On Line Friday Night Against Lehigh

Posted on 30 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Game Preview
• Riding its longest winning streak since 2009, the Navy men’s lacrosse team (5-3, 3-1 Patriot League) will play host to seventh-ranked Lehigh (9-1, 2-0 Patriot League) Friday evening in a nationally-televised broadcast … face off is set for 7:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.
• Navy is coming off a huge upset victory over 12th-ranked Colgate last Saturday after sophomore attackman Sam Jones slipped the defense on the crease with 3.4 seconds left in the game to lead the Midshipmen to a 12-11 victory … while the Mids ran their winning streak to four in a row, they snapped the Raiders’ streak at five straight.
• Lehigh, meanwhile, scored its program-record eighth-straight victory when it dealt Holy Cross a 12-3 loss last Saturday in Bethlehem … junior attackman David DiMaria paced the Mountain Hawks with a seven-point effort that featured a career-high four goals.
• Friday’s contest will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan (play by play) and former Syracuse All-American defenseman Steve Panarelli (analyst) calling he action.

Taking the Field In …
10    Navy has lost just five games (51-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 5-0 this season when reaching 10 goals … Lehigh has scored 10 or more goals in five of its 10 games, winning all five.
9    Senior attackman Taylor Reynolds owns nine-career multi-point contests, including each of the last six games.
8    Tucker Hull in one of only three players in program history to post three eight-point games in a season – 6-2 vs. VMI, 3-5 at Lafayette and 3-5 vs. Holy Cross … he joins Mike Buzzell (1978) and Dennis Nealon (1990) … no Navy player has ever recorded four eight-point games in a season.
7    Sophomore long pole Pat Kiernan has produced nine points on seven goals and two assists over his career … the seven goals are tied as the most by a defenseman in school history, along with Bucky Morris (2001-04) and Zack Schroeder (2007-10).
6    Since 2004, Navy owns an amazing 54-2 record when holding its opponents to six or fewer goals, including a 12-1 mark in the last four seasons combined … Lehigh has scored seven or more goals in just three (2004, ‘09, ‘11) of the previous 30 games.
5    Looking to add to its four-game winning streak, the last time Navy was able to put together five-consecutive wins was in 2008 when the Mids captured wins over Mount St. Mary’s, Lafayette, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Bucknell and Colgate from Feb. 29 to March 23.
4    Attackman Sam Jones led Navy with four goals and an assist in last year’s Lehigh contest.
3    At least one Navy players has scored a hat trick in seven of the eight games this season … Towson is the lone game in which a player did not reach three goals.
2    Tucker Hull is ranked No. 2 in the country in points per game, averaging 5.13 … his is also ranked 15th in goals per game (2.63) and fourth in assists per game (2.50).
1    Over the last four seasons, 24 (10-14) of the Mids’ 68 contests have been decided by one goal … Navy had lost five-straight one-goal games prior to last week’s 12-11 victory over No. 12 Colgate.

More on the Mountain Hawks
• Off to its best start in program history, fifth-year head coach Kevin Cassese has led Lehigh to a 9-1 record including a 2-0 mark in Patriot League action this spring … the nine wins are the most by any Div. I team this season, however just a handful of teams have played 10 games to date.
• The Mountain Hawks’ lone setback of the season was a 17-7 loss to Villanova in the second week of the season … Villanova, ranked 12th in the country this week, is coming off a huge win over Syracuse last weekend … since that loss on Feb. 18, Lehigh has won eight in a row, including wins over nationally-ranked programs Penn (10-4), North Carolina (9-8), Yale (11-7) and Penn State (9-5).
• Lehigh owns a balanced offensive arsenal that including five players with 10 or more goals and seven players with double-digit points … anchoring the offense, however, is junior attackman David DiMaria who leads the team in points (33), goals (16) and assists (17) … none of DiMaria’s goals have been scored when a man up.
• Junior attackman Dante Fantoni has been nicked up this season … despite missing three games, he is the team’s second-leading scorer with 18 points on 10 goals and eight assists.
• Junior Ryan Snyder has had a fine season at the faceoff “x” where he has won 54.3 percent (82-151) of his draws … additionally he leads the team with 62 ground balls.
• Collectively, Lehigh’s defense is ranked No. 1 in the country, surrendering just 5.6 goals per game.
• Freshman goalkeeper Matthew Poillon has made a case to be named this year’s Patriot League Rookie of the Year … he owns a stingy 5.57 goals-against average, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation, and has turned away 62.6 percent of the shots he has faced, which is No. 2 in the country.
• Junior defensive midfielder Noah Molnar and junior defenseman Mike Noone are atop the league’s leader board in caused turnovers with Molnar pacing the team with 14 and Noone has contributed 13.
• Lehigh is one of the second-ranked extra-man unit in the country, scoring goals on 20 of its 31 attempts for a 64.5 scoring percentage … attackmen Adam Johnston and Kyle Stiefel have been the go-to guys for Cassese this season … the two have combined for 12 of the 20 extra-man strikes with Johnston leading the way with seven.
• The Mountain Hawks have limited their turnovers this season … they are ranked No. 4 nationally, turning the ball over 13.0 times per outing.

Series History
• Friday’s contest between Navy and Lehigh marks the 31st game in a series that began in 1910 … the Midshipmen own a commanding 28-2 series advantage.
• The Mids won the first three contests before suffering their first loss in the series, a 4-3 decision in 1913 … Navy had won 25 in a row against the Mountain Hawks until last year’s stunner in Bethlehem when Lehigh dealt the Mids a 14-10 loss in Bethlehem.
• Friday’s game marks the first time Navy and Lehigh have met in Annapolis since 2008 … the two played one  another three-straight years in Bethlehem … four of the last five games, in fact, have been contested in Bethlehem.
• Navy owns a 21-1 series advantage in games played in Annapolis … the Mids’ lone loss at home was the 1913 game.
• Since Navy joined the league in 2004, the Mids have scored double-figure goals in six of the 10 contests … Navy has produced nine goals in three of the other four games during that stretch.
• Navy and Lehigh have met twice in the Patriot League Tournament, 2005 and 2006, with the Mids winning both.

2011 Navy-Lehigh Recap
• Lehigh outscored Navy 8-2 over the final 24 minutes and went on to defeat the Midshipmen, 14-10, at Ulrich Sports Complex in Bethlehem, Pa. in what was both teams’ league opener.
• Navy, which trailed 6-5 at the half, took an 8-6 lead early in the third quarter on a goal by senior midfielder Andy Warner (13:40) and two straight by freshman attackman Sam Jones (9:41 and 9:04). The second goal by Jones was his fourth of the night.
• Lehigh stopped Navy’s run with 7:47 left in the third on a goal by Jonathan Stumpf and then tied the game at eight when Stumpf assisted on a Dante Fantoni goal. Lehigh would take the lead for good with 1:06 left in the third when Fantoni scored his second goal of the night and then Ryan Snyder won the faceoff and went right down the field and fired a shot by goalkeeper RJ Wickham to give Lehigh a 10-8 lead heading into the fourth.
• The Mountain Hawks would make it six-consecutive goals on back-to-back tallies by David DiMaria and Adam Johnston to make it 12-8 and the Mids would never pull closer than three goals the rest of the way.
• Navy outshot Lehigh, 35-32, but the Mountain Hawks dominated the faceoff (18-9) and the ground ball (32-24) statistics. Navy was just 1-5 (.200) on extra-man opportunities.
• Jones led the Mids with four goals, while Warner had two. Jay Mann, Brian Striffler, Nikk Davis and Michael Jones, who saw his first action in a Navy uniform, scored one goal apiece. Tucker Hull, Sam Jones and Warner each added an assist. Meanwhile, Wickham produced 11 saves between the pipes for the Mids.

Program Ties
• First-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell has a handful of connections with the Lehigh coaching staff.
• Sowell served as an assistant coach for the goal-medal winning Team USA squad at the 2010 World Championships in England … a team in which Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese was a member.
• All three of Lehigh’s assistant coaches graduated from Stony Brook with Sowell having coached 2007 grad Brendan Callahan and 2011 grad Tom Compitello … Callahan, an All-East goalkeeper, served as team captain in 2007, Sowell’s first season as head coach at Stony Brook … Compitello was an All-American as a junior, producing 37 goals and 35 assists to help lead the Seawolves to the NCAA Quarterfinals … Errol Wilson graduated in 2006 from Stony Brook.

Mids Join the Rankings
• Coming off a 12-11 victory over 12th-ranked Colgate this past Saturday, the Navy men’s lacrosse team has entered the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll for the first time since March 8, 2010 … the 5-3 Midshipmen have won four-straight games to position themselves as the No. 19 team in the country according to the weekly media poll.
• While Navy has received votes from the media over the last two seasons, the last top-20 ranking the Mids received was No. 13 in week four of the 2010 campaign.
• Navy, who finished the 2010 season with a 7-8 record and the program’s first losing season since 2003, fell out of the rankings on March 15 following a 15-8 loss to Lafayette … the Mids would later avenge that loss against the Leopards in the Patriot League Tournament, but fell short of claiming the title with an 11-8 loss to top-seeded Army.
• Six of Navy’s 12 opponents are ranked among the nation’s top 20 in this week’s installation of the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, including top-ranked Johns Hopkins … additionally, four of the seven Patriot League teams stand among the top 20, led by Lehigh at No. 7, followed by Bucknell (16), Colgate (17) and Navy (19).

Jones Chosen as Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week
• For the second time this season, Navy sophomore attackman Sam Jones has been named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, picking up this week’s citation after scoring the game-winning goal on Saturday against 12th-ranked Colgate.
• In addition to Jones, Lehigh’s Mike Noone (defense) and Matt Poillon (Goalkeeper) along with Bucknell’s David Dickson (rookie) were among those players recognized by the conference office as players of the week at their respective positions.
• Jones paced the Mids with a three-goal, two assist performance against Colgate, but it was his goal with 3.4 seconds left in the game that led to Navy’s first victory over a ranked team since snapping its 36-game losing streak to Johns Hopkins on April 24, 2010.
• Jones, who is Navy’s second-leading scorer with 24 points on 13 goals and 11 assists, came into the game having scored just two points in games played away from Annapolis this season.  Meanwhile, Colgate was the lone team to hold Jones without a point a year ago.

Navy-Colgate Rewind
• Navy sophomore attackman Sam Jones slipped the defense on the crease with 3.4 seconds left in the game to lead the Midshipmen to a 12-11 victory over 12th-ranked Colgate last Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y.
• The win gave the Mids their first four-game winning streak since 2009 when Navy claimed victories over Mount St. Mary’s, Lafayette, Lehigh and Holy Cross.
• Navy snapped a four-game losing streak when the opponent has picked up more ground balls … Colgate owned a slight 29-24 advantage.
• The win marked the program’s first one-goal victory since Navy earned a memorable 9-8 overtime win against Johns Hopkins on April 24, 2010 in Annapolis.  The Mids lost all four one-goal games a year ago and dropped a disappointing 9-8 decision to North Carolina earlier this season after the Tar Heels scored the game’s final four goals.
• The win was also Navy’s first win over a ranked team since that same victory over Hopkins … the Mids had lost five in a row against ranked programs.
• Just eight of the 23 goals were assisted in the contest, four by each team.
• The game was played without a single penalty by either team … the last time Navy was not penalized was the Feb. 12, 2011 game against VMI … the last time a Navy opponent was not flagged was the May 9, 2009 NCAA Tournament game against Duke.
• Senior faceoff specialist Logan West struggled at the “x”, but scored his first-two collegiate goals.
• Sophomore midfielder Erik Hoffstadt saw his five-game point-scoring streak snapped against Colgate after being held without a shot.

One-Goal Wonders
• Navy has played 70 one-goal games (of 235) since the start of the 1996 season, winning just 29 (41.4) of those contests.
• Among those 70 games, 25 of them have gone into extra minutes with Navy winning 11 (44.0).
• Over the last five seasons, 24 of the Mids’ 64 contests have been decided by one goal and Navy has produced wins in just 10 of the 24.
• The Mids had lost five-consecutive one-goal decisions dating back to 2010 before Sam Jones’ goal with 3.4 seconds left lifted Navy over 12th-ranked Colgate on March 24.
• Navy is now 1-1 this season in one-goal decisions, giving up a four-goal advantage over No. 4 North Carolina (2-25) to lose, 9-8.
• Outside of this year, which is yet to be completed, Navy has played at least three one-goal games every year since 1996 … in 2007, Navy played a program-record seven one-goal games, including five that were decided in overtime.
• Last spring, the Mids were 0-4 in one-goal decisions, dropping a 9-8 decision at Loyola (2-19), a 12-11 double-overtime loss at Bucknell (3-7), a 5-4 heart breaker to Colgate and a 9-8 decision at Georgetown … three of the four one-goal losses were on the road.

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Am I wrong to not cry over U.S. Soccer women’s loss to Japan?

Posted on 18 July 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

Well, it took me about 5 minutes but I got over the loss of the U.S. Soccer women’s team on Sunday afternoon live from Frankfurt, Germany. It sucked. They shoulda, coulda, woulda won — but in the end, it was a biblical choke by our ladies in a heartbreaking penalty kick loss to Japan.

Honestly, it was the kind of choke that if the men’s team pulled in the same fashion in the waning moments of the World Cup final that it would’ve been a devastating loss for the ages. It would’ve been the biggest patriotic disaster in the history of modern sports, really. And that’s considering that almost no one in this country pays attention to the U.S. Men’s Soccer team, either, which is probably considered our biggest national mystery to anyone who has ever been outside of America to feel the passion the rest of the world has for “the beautiful game.”

I opined moments after the loss on Facebook and Twitter that had this really have been the men’s final vs. Japan, I might’ve been suicidal at the notion of that kind of loss. Or at the very least truly heartbroken and devastated for days/weeks/months/forever- – ya know, like when the Ravens lose to the Colts or Steelers every year.

That’s REAL pain. This U.S. women’s soccer pain is almost imaginary. I’ve gotten mosquito bites where the pain has hurt more and lingered far longer. That’s not disrespect for women’s soccer. Quite the contrary- – it’s just the reality of the lack of our national passion for soccer in general and women’s sports in particular.

Women’s soccer was last significant in my life in 1999 when Brandi Chastain disrobed and I watched it then and enjoyed it as much as I did yesterday. These finals are smartly plotted for the “dead” time of the sports calendar in July, made even worse if you live in Baltimore and are a baseball fan. There was very little choice yesterday between watching the U.S.A.-Japan World Cup championship game vs. another Orioles slapdick starter giving up three runs in the first inning and chasing me to the soccer game by 2 p.m.

While I’m on the topic of women’s soccer and its lack of national significance, let me also say that it was a pleasure to watch the game of soccer played by clean athletes who weren’t diving all over the field like a bunch of pussies. I’m sick of watching the men’s game become a flop fest and a faux stretcher convention. It’s an insult to the fans, the game and themselves but in many countries and cultures around the world this is considered shrewd gamesmanship and cheating and lying are not considered “taboo” the way they are in our culture.

So, kudos to both teams for playing hard, well-executed, spirited soccer and giving us all a thrill for a few hours and days. And I hope that Abby Wambach and company regroup and come back in four years and continue to the grow the game and sport of soccer in America.

But somehow, I feel kinda bad that I don’t feel worse than I do – especially given the way they lost the game.

But I don’t.

And there’s also a little side of me that’s happy for those ladies from Japan, who showed some true “American” values in never quitting, always trying hard and never believing what the critics have to say. And the U.S. ladies were especially respectful and dignified in defeat. I think I see more tears when men lose games than the ladies.

And as nice of a “feel good” story it is for the rising star given the tsunami disaster and the subsequent fallout, I have a feeling most people in Japan weren’t even aware they were playing women’s soccer yesterday in Germany.

Someday the women’s games might overtake the consciousness of the public but we’re not there yet.

Yesterday’s loss hurt — and it will always be memorable — but no one in America is carrying it around today the way Baltimore carries around a Ravens’ loss in January.

It’s kind of odd the way we get our hearts involved in sports, don’t you think?

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50 words or less .... Monday, May 2nd

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50 words or less …. Monday, May 2nd

Posted on 02 May 2011 by Rex Snider

Well, another weekend comes to an end, but not without some very telling observations:

The Ravens are looking better …..

The Orioles are certainly playing better …..

And, Americans wake up feeling better …..
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GREAT, GREAT NEWS
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By now, the world knows Osama Bin Laden has been killed by U.S. Special Forces in Pakistan. It doesn’t take a situation such as this one to inspire words about patriotism and love of nation.

But, this operation absolutely serves as another reminder that U.S. NAVY SEALS ARE BAD ASS DUDES !!!!
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A Minor Adjustment ???
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If you’re down on Mike Gonzalez’s contributions to the Orioles bullpen, have a little faith, okay? The struggling reliever is changing his windup in an effort to overcome his disastrous struggles.

Gonzalez’s 13.50 ERA is about to be a figure of the past. By all accounts, it should be down to 9.00 by the All Star break.
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Welcome to Baltimore, Mr. & Mr. Smith
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On Saturday, the “Jimmy and Torrey Show” rolled into Owings Mills for the very first time. In a draft distinction, lets hope the newest Ravens will be tied together in a Ray Lewis/Jon Ogden, Joe Flacco/Ray Rice kinda way.

While these rookies will be on opposite sides of the ball, they share many similar characteristics in size and speed. When is the last time a pair of pure athletes were the first draft-day additions for the franchise?

Aside from all the analysis of what they can do on the field, it’s appearing Jimmy might be able to follow one of Torrey’s off-field strengths; the kid is a damn sharp dresser !!!!
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Yikes
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I’m certain this is an obvious revelation for the diehard fantasy baseball fans. But, for the remainder of the sports loving world, have you noticed the cache’ of formidable American League sticks that continue to struggle into May’s first week?

Alex Rios – .155 avg., 1 hr
Jorge Posada – .133 avg., 6 hr
Nick Markakis – .206 avg., 2 hr
Adam Dunn – .171 avg., 3 hr
Carl Crawford – .168 avg., 1 hr
Kevin Youkilis – .218 avg., 5 hr

Time to panic? Nope. Every single one of these guys has produced and will produce, again. This is the perfect time to BUY in fantasy leagues, and if you’re a fan just enjoy some upcoming hot streaks.
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Egg-cellent
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I’m not a proponent of fans assaulting each other, or even getting physical in any capacity. I also believe the idiots who run on a field of play should be issued some “Mike Curtis Justice”.

Quite frankly, I don’t like spectators affecting an outcome or disturbing another’s enjoyment of a performance …..

But, to the Australians who pelted Justin Bieber with eggs at his Saturday night concert, I’d like to say “THANK YOU” !!!!
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Five For Fighting
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In the waning days of Spring Training, I made a bold prediction:

The AL-East could feature 5 teams with .500 or better records. I honestly believe this is a possibility, especially given the improved potential with the Orioles and Blue Jays.

As May begins, the Yankees, Rays and Orioles are at .500 or better. The Red Sox and Blue Jays are within a few games of breaking even and it’s obvious to assume both clubs will play better as the season stretches toward summer.

Remember my prediction …. I’ll chat with you, this afternoon, at 2pm !!!!

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Some Sound Weekend Advice .....

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Some Sound Weekend Advice …..

Posted on 25 June 2010 by Rex Snider

It’s the first weekend of SUMMER and that means everybody tends to “unwind” a little more on their Saturday and Sunday sabbatical, right?

Whether you’re headed to the beach, boating on the bay, watching a couple last place teams at Camden Yards (who didn’t foresee that when the schedules came out) or simply enjoying HUMID BALTIMORE HEAT, we’re all ready to coronate summer.

Especially after the hellish, awful memories of just four short months ago …..
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I absolutely hate winter and those feelings were strong long before we suffered three blizzards, since last December. Most people forget the sh*tload of snow that fell on our city just a week before Christmas, last year. Not me. It cost hundreds of thousands to shovel out M&T Bank Stadium for the home finale, and watching the Chicago Bears on the field – after finally making it to town – gave new meaning to the old phrase “like watching a monkey @#&% a football.”

I’m ready for SUMMER. That said, I’ll continue my recent habit of laying low – I’m still recovering from Vegas. And, its my mother-in-law’s 85th birthday ….

But, I have plenty of advice for YOU, going forward.

Just consider the following …..
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RELAX – DON’T DO IT …..

Yeah, Frankie Goes To Hollywood made the phrase famous, but it really does apply to Ravens fans, this weekend. It’s been a somewhat hectic week in Owings Mills and as Ravens-faithful do during the off-season, we’re trying to decipher the team’s decisions.

That’s exactly what we did when the news of Marc Bulger’s imminent signing became public, right?
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I’ve heard every possible “spin” when it comes to virtual scenarios. As Glenn Clark said yesterday, “THERE IS ZERO CHANCE MARC BULGER IS COMING HERE TO CHALLENGE JOE FLACCO.” It ain’t happening.

Indeed, he’s coming to town to take another guy’s job – but it ain’t Joe’s ….

Here is my reasoning on Bulger’s addition ….. he is simply the best fit to serve as the backup to #5. He’s at that point in his career. He’s a better choice than Troy Smith.

Bulger has the experience to mentor and advise Flacco, if such a situation arises. Troy Smith doesn’t ….

Bulger has the on-field credibility to ensure he’ll do the right thing. Troy Smith doesn’t ….

Bulger wants to be here. Troy Smith doesn’t ….

There you go. It’s the backup job – nothing more, nothing less. Don’t sweat it ….
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Umm …. okay. I’m not worried about Bulger, unless he picked up any bad habits from his buddy in St. Louis.

Take my advice, don’t worry about the Ravens’ quarterback situation over the weekend.
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DON’T DO DRUGS

Yep, this is a famous phrase, too. “Hi, this is Dwayne Stomp of Blacktooth ….”

Do you remember that ???

Enjoy an ice cold beer, this weekend. Whether your inner-NASCAR personality shows up and craves a bottle of Bud …. or you crack a Dos Equis, while envisioning yourself as “the most interesting man in the world,” have at it. Just be responsible. Don’t drink and drive – and don’t do drugs. You don’t wanna look like this, do you …..
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Okay, so the “don’t do drugs” line is corny. But, when I saw these photos, I had to figure out a way to get ’em in a blog. Wow !!!!

You can find a full selection of such comparisons HERE

But, be warned …. an empty stomach will fare much better when viewing the submissions.

Take my advice, don’t do drugs this weekend.
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It’s USA vs. Ghana – Join WNST @ Looney’s In Bel Air !!!!

Thanks to Landon Donovan, the U.S. team is still alive in the World Cup. The next game is tomorrow at 2:30 pm and WNST is hosting a viewing party, at Looney’s in Bel Air.

If you’re not headed out of town, stop by Looney’s and enjoy the game. Nestor and other WNST personalities will be on hand to cheer the RED, WHITE and BLUE. As I’ve said many times, even if you’re not a big soccer fan, the World Cup certainly offers that PATRIOTIC feel for sports fans.

Looney’s provides the very best atmosphere for the game, while enjoying great food and fare. I’m a big fan of Looney’s signature CRAB TOAST, as well as the CHEESE STEAK SUBS.
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And, did I mention FIFTY TELEVISIONS throughout Looney’s entertainment area? Indeed, you’ll be afforded every possible view of Saturday’s sports action around the world.

WNST and WNST.net is your home for all World Cup coverage, and tomorrow’s party is just the “next stop” on our celebration of soccer.

Take my advice ….. come to Looney’s for some Saturday afternoon fun.
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Don’t Hang With Bears …. If You Wanna Live To See Next Summer

I was watching yesterday’s nightly news when I saw one of the strangest and STUPIDEST ventures, ever. A segment of the episode was devoted to a guy from Montana, who has taken up the habit of befriending a Grizzly Bear as an everyday pal.

Yup, before I type another word about this story, we all know how it’s gonna end, right?

Naturalist Casey Anderson evidently doesn’t have enough HUMAN FRIENDS. So, he struck up a relationship with a bear cub, a while back. Well, that cub has grown into an 800 pound, adult Grizzly Bear – naturally equipped with razor-sharp 8-inch claws and a trademark set of chompers.
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We’ve seen acts like this a few times. And, as cute as it seems right now, history promises that a bloody demise is in the future.

Whenever man screws with wildlife something bad results. Thus, I have no doubt that Casey Anderson will not be long for this earth, if he doesn’t start evaluating his “friendships.”

Grizzly Bears are not pets. They’re behemoth creatures who usually spend their day KILLING something to eat. But, not Brutus. He eats donuts and mashmallows – for now.

And, while I’d like to believe Casey Anderson’s insanity is isolated, I’m no sure. Hell, his entire family is now enjoying this quirky relationship …..
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I guess the family enjoyed their REALITY TV exposure, last Thanksgiving. But, just wait ’til Brutus develops a taste for that Turkey on the table. Look closely at the picture. Yup, he’s gonna lop that girl’s head off and maul that ZZ-Top lookin’ dude in his devotion to devour that roasted bird in a couple bites.

Maybe, this story doesn’t continue ’til next November.

Casey is currently training Brutus to swim and catch salmon. That’s right the damn bear has been so domesticated that it can’t even develop its inherent traits.

So, Casey is gonna teach him. Then, they’re planning a trip to visit a few long lost Kodiak neighbors for some fishing …..
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If, for some reason, Brutus the Grizzly Bear doesn’t EAT Casey Anderson before they travel to Kodiak Island to meet MORE BEARS, I’m gonna predict Casey doesn’t return from the Alaskan experiment.

We know the stories ….

Man lives among bears …. man eats with bears …. man sleeps with bears …. man DISAPPEARS one day and the bears don’t !!!!

You recall the story of Timothy Treadwell (aka Grizzly Man) right? Here’s the last photo of him …..
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He was the outdoors enthusiast who was living among Grizzlies and documenting the footage on his video camera. Treadwell and his girlfriend were attacked and eaten by their “FRIENDS”. The video camera still has audio evidence of the attack, but it has not been released.

That’s what happens when you hang around with wild animals who eat MEAT and kill their meal everyday.

Good luck to Casey Anderson. Live it up – enjoy the goofiness of your Grizzly buddy …..
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Just mark my words …. I think this whole story ends badly.

So, take my advice ….. don’t hang with BEARS this weekend – or EVER !!!!
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If You’re Headed To Camden Yards, Give Nick Markakis A Nice Round Of Applause

That’s right, I said it. I realize I’ve been pretty critical of the Orioles rightfielder, especially as it regards his diminished power numbers and basepath aggressiveness. And, I leveled some calculated criticism in response to his public remarks regarding the team, last week.

I was concerned about Nick’s plight and if an alterior motive (wanting out of town ???) was really fueling the incident of public revelation; it’s very Non-Nick to see any comments that can be construed as controversial.

However, we’re now learning that he requested and was granted a meeting with Orioles owner, Peter Angelos, earlier this week. He wanted to “clear the air,” while ensuring that he is committed to the Orioles franchise and that he LOVES living in Baltimore.
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That’s music to my ears. In fact, that’s exactly what I want to hear …. as a fan and stakeholder in this community.

I really like hearing that players make a home here, while supporting and energizing the local communities.

Are we starting to see a spirit of leadership from Nick Markakis? It sure looks like it. Requesting a meeting with the BOSS – to set things straight, “eye to eye” is exactly how to do it. Good for Nick …. and good for the Orioles.

Yes, this franchise still has a very long way to go – and a severely deep hole to escape. But, seeing accountability and commitment from the veteran members is inspiring from a foundational perspective.

This goes beyond homeruns and stolen bases. Yeah, I still want more of them …..
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But, I’m really impressed to see how Nick is handling these recent circumstances surrounding the team. It’s indicative of leadership – something the Orioles need.

So, if you’re headed to the Orioles/Nationals series, give Nick a hardy hand when he steps to the plate. Let him hear it.

Take my advice – heck, I’m taking it. I’ve been harder on him than anyone. But, he really deserves some acknowledgement.

Have A Great Weekend !!!!

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (1/27/10)

Posted on 27 January 2010 by Jack McManus

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Bob Woods, asistant coach of the Washington Capitals now joins Drew. He talks about the team’s win last night. The team got a balanced effort, scoring 7 goals while not getting a point from Alex Ovechkin.

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David Downs, the Executive Director of the USA Bid Committee is the next guest. He begins by talking about how MLS attendence is only a  small factor in deciding which cities will have World Cup games if the USA becomes the host country. He points out that although Baltimore does not have and MLS team, the game played at M&T Bank sold out and drew lots of national attention. Downs states that about 12 cities will host games. Those cities will not be determined until about 5 years before the World Cup would take place in America. Downs also explains that all 18 cities still in the running have an equal opportunity right now.

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Sideline Reporter for the Colts, Kevin Lee is now up. He starts off by talking about the idea of resting players in the regular season. The Colts and the Saints were both proven correct by reaching the Super Bowl. Indy fans still contend that the Colts should have played for the perfect season. Lee states that he is happy with how things have worked out. He next explains how the Colts reacted to being down 11 points before halftime. The bench was still calm during the entire game despite the deficit. Lee also explains that most, if not all, of the injured Colts will be able to play in the Super Bowl.

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Shaka Smart joins Drew early this morning. Smart is the head coach of the VCU basketball team. His Rams will face off against Towson tonight. Smart agrees with Drew that the top of the CAA is terrific this season. He also points out that his team has improved during the season and he hopes to finish conference play strong. He calls Towson a “dangerous” team to play.
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Crabcakes and Streakers

Posted on 29 June 2009 by Patrick Staso

Alright alright so there’s not really streakers in this post. I said that for 2 reasons. 1 – so that more people might read this blog. and 2 – cause I don’t know what else to call a guy who runs onto a field during a sporting event if they’re not naked. Any ideas? Wall jumpers? Field Runners? If there is an official term out there that I’m not aware of please comment. Either way, I hope this Red Sox fan shows up for the game tonight.

And for those of you like me who had a busy weekend and couldn’t catch the USA v Brazil confederations cup game spoiler alert:we lost 🙁 But we put up a good fight and after watching the hilight video here and a small recap here you can see we did pretty well and I’m not sure what Drew said about soccer today on the air cause I slept in, but he can prooooobably shove it.

Last but not least “the goose” is going to be hosting his own internet show as recapped here on awful announcing. Very clever of Fox Sports to pair Goose with Moose…….. I have a few better ideas for them.

In this time of economic Crisis Fox Sports should be supporting the failing American Auto Industry and hire
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The Ford Maverick.

No one can compete with one ton of steel and over 300 horsepower

Next choice: What better way to promote conservative  views than on the fox networkMcCain Maverick

John “Maverick” McCain

My next two possibilities are tied, especially when quoting the Media Week statement from the article “theres no rules on the internet, the possibilities are endless”
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Mel Gibson
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Tom Cruise

….”Endless”……… Crazies

Ok now that i’ve completely over done the goose maverick joke…. I’ll say goodbye and hope you all listen to tomorrow morning’s comcast show.  If you call in make sure to say Hi to me specifically.

-Pat

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Revisiting ‘Warrior’

Posted on 24 September 2008 by roblong

Earlier this week, I made a comment about the players in the NFL being warriors. I won’t back away from that comment, but I do understand some may have been offended by those comments.

First of all, I served in the Armed Forces, and would never make light of the efforts of those who put their lives on the line for this country.

However, even the dictionary recognizes warriors in other walks of life. I got an e-mail from someone who’s serving in the Armed Forces now, and he understood where I was coming from.

Again, I’m not backing up from my comments, these guys are warriors. But that does not excuse me from the responsibility to clarify myself. Thanks for reading my blogs.

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