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Oriole Diversions

Posted on 20 July 2010 by Chad Lamasa

Since it’s not my job and I don’t have to talk about the Orioles every day for a living, I don’t feel bad about not watching them. Here are some things that have diverted my attention. Yes I’m stealing Glenn’s idea. Thanks Glenn.

Persons Unknown – Besides the gorgeous Daisy Betts,




this show is fantastic.

It’s the kind of show that you want to watch on DVD or DVR (after taping a few episodes). The cliffhangers every week, make you want to be able to watch the next episode without waiting a week. Originally on Mondays NBC just moved it to Saturday nights, starting this past week.

Friday Night Lights


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 Hands down the best writing on TV, one of my favorite shows.

Lego Harry Potter for the Wii –



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My son and I have played all the Lego themed games together. The games based on movie franchises, (Star Wars, Indiana Jones and now Harry Potter) follow the movies pretty closely. The Batman game was not based on any of the various movies or TV shows, but was still a lot of fun.

How about a couple sports related diversions.

Capitals Fanfest – Yeah we had to drive to Arlington, but so what? My first love is hockey. It’s kind of a shame that I’m so excited for a season that is still three months away, but that’s what happens when you have the Orioles as your baseball team.

Development camp was going on for the rookies and younger guys in the system.

Brooks Laich was signing autographs. When it was my turn he said “Time out, I want to watch this fight.” So I got to watch a fight with a Cap. That was pretty cool. Not sure who the combatants were, but they were going after each other pretty good.

If you don’t know about him, google the story about how he changed a flat tire for a fan on the way home, after being eliminated by the Canadiens in game seven of the first round of the playoffs.

Ravens training camp – Starts next week. I was already approved to take off work on August 6th, so that I can take my annual trek out there with my son and some buddies. As far as I’m concerned that’s the official end of the baseball season.

LeBron flips out on fans -Then there is this video that my friend Stan sent me. Someone has way too much time on their hands but this is pretty funny.


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Evgeny Kuznetsov

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Caps GM on Top Pick Kuznetsov: “As Long as He’s Playing at a High Level Somewhere, That’s Fine With Us”

Posted on 30 June 2010 by Ryan Chell

Washington Capitals GM George McPhee wants his team to be next year’s version of the Chicago Blackhawks, hoisting the Hart Trophy.

“Our teams are similar,” McPhee told Drew Forrester Tuesday on “The Morning Reaction.” “We’re both exciting teams to watch. If you build momentum and you get playing the way you can, you can win the Cup. And they did it, and I sure would like it to be us next year.”

All that is dependent upon how the Capitals do in this off-season to ready themselves for their schedule next season.

Last week, the Capitals may not have made a move to improve themselves this year, but a move that could bring bolster a championship squad two years from now.

The Capitals selected 18-year old Russian center Evgeny Kuznetsov, one of the top players in the Russian-European Kontinental Hockey League. He made his professional debut last year in the league and scored a total of 9 points in one of the toughest leagues in the world.

Evgeny Kuznetsov

The Capitals ranked him as the 12th best player on their board, and at 26, the Capitals jumped all over him. But McPhee reminded us that he is just a prospect and he probably wont be in a Washington uniform for at least two more years.

“From our standpoint, I don’t want 18 or 19 year old kids playing in the American League very often. For the most part, it’s a tough league and its the second best league in the world. To put young kids in there, I worry about them getting hurt and getting eaten up in that league. It’s like taking an eighth grader and putting them in 11th or 12 grade.”

“You have to be careful. We’ll let him progress at his own rate. He seems to be doing fine in the league that he’s in, so we’ll leave him alone.”

As long as he’s playing somewhere next year, McPhee is going to let him be.

“He’ll be playing against men over there. As long as he’s playing at a high level somewhere, that’s fine with us.”

They don’t have to give Kuznetsov any money now, but he has already said he is ready to sign with the Caps.

But some may question why a team that is a few pieces away from having a championship caliber team would take a flier on someone who probably wont be able to help this team for a few more years.

McPhee feels like his team only has a few holes in the lineup and they have young guys coming up soon to fill those vacancies. And he said that Kuznetsov now becomes one of those guys, and once in awhile, you have to take a flier on someone.

“He really wants to play in the NHL. Our philosophy in the draft is to pick the best player available, but you also swing for the fences and try to hit home runs and get the best talent you can get.”

And when it comes to the off season with free agents, McPhee doesn’t see the Caps being big players in free agency.

Why? For that same reason. McPhee isn’t going to sign free agents, or even guys that they got at the trade deadline last year, for 3 or 4 year deals if a young player is coming up.

“All we wanted to [do was] reinforce our lineup for the playoffs, and those players want the long term deals. Big money and long term…we’re not going to play that game.”

“I dont want to get in a situation where you sign someone to a 3 or 4 year deal and within a year you’re looking to move it because you have some kids that are ready. But you cant move it, then you stunt the growth of the kids. We drafted and developed really well, so we’ll go with those guys if we can’t get the right deals with people.”

If you look at it so far, the team looks like it is really trying to get that bad taste out of their mouth when it comes to their early playoff exit to the Canadiens. That loss still haunts McPhee and the team.

“I’m not sure we are. You learn to live with it I guess. But it was really tough. There is no shame in losing in the playoff. There is no shame losing to the Montreal Canadiens.  They’re better than people thought because they had so many injuries during the year and they got healthy going into the playoffs and they were good.”

“It’s when you get up 3-1, you have to close it out. You cant miss opportunities like that. When you’re up 3-1 in an NHL playoff series, you’ve got to win it.”

Keep tuning into WNST for more news about the NHL and the Caps! We  Never Stop Talking Sports, even if its out of Baltimore!

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Posted on 10 May 2010 by Chad Lamasa

As the Capitals, were unceremoniously excused from the playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens,I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect back on the regular season. Not in terms of  wins or losses (Ed does a phenomenal job of that) but rather my experiences as a rookie season ticket holder.
I went to four or five games during the 2008-2009 season, and dealt with a great ticket agent, for all but one of those games. The one exception was Penguins tickets that were a gift from my wife.
After we got to know each other a bit and he could see my level of passion for the Caps, he kept trying to get me to buy season tickets and I kept declining, thinking I wouldn’t be able to afford them. To his credit he kept pushing and after he laid out the options it made more sense for me to do it than to not.
I had always wanted to be a season ticket holder for something. I’d thought about the Ravens but that’s only 10 games not 43 (including preseason in both cases). The Caps have a monthly payment plan as opposed to having to pay everything up front. There is no PSL either. Not to mention hockey being my favorite sport, it was a no-brainer.
For me the season started with the Capitals Convention. The first (of what I hope becomes an annual event) was held at the beautiful, Gaylord Convention Center at National Harbor, a place so new it didn’t even come up on my Garmin. This was a fantastic event, and the few minor complaints I had, I’m sure will be ironed out in time for the second one. 
Opening night was next. The Caps opened with a victory in Boston, before coming home to play the Maple Leafs. I went with my wife and a close friend and enjoyed the 6-4 victory. It was really cool sitting in seats I knew where mine for the entire season.
The annual season ticket holder party, came about a week into the season. This event alone was enough to make me want to renew my tickets.
The best part of the season for me, was the bonding time I got with my son. He will be seven in a couple of weeks. My wife and I took him to his first Caps game ever, the 11/1 tilt versus the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was a bit apprehensive at first but started to get into it by the end of the game.
As the season progressed, he became very vocal. He did all the cheers and high fived people when the Caps scored. He has become a fan now. His favorite players are Nick Backstrom and Mike Knuble. He watches NHL on the Fly without me being home.
My ticket agent, gave me a picture of Ovechkin with the MVP trophy, and a piece of the net in which he scored his 65th goal during the 07-08 season. My son was given a framed mini jersey signed by Nick Backstrom.
Drew used this quotation from Ted Leonsis in one his blogs recently.

Leonsis: “Suddenly, when the Redskins (win) on Sunday, Monday there’s a happy day in Washington D.C….that our team has been doing so well.  And I think that’s a big responsibility.  I don’t just want (the Caps) to make the playoffs.  I don’t even want our team just to win a Stanley Cup.  I want to make millions and millions of lifelong memories between fathers and sons and mothers and daughters.  I want immortality for our team.  Nothing brings a city closer together than a winning sports team.

This is exactly the feeling I have about going to games, practices, appearances involving the Caps. I want those kinds of memories with my son. I never bonded with my dad over…well… anything really. I want to be able to look back and talk about how great the team was and how cool it was to meet Mike Knuble at ESPN Zone, etc. We’re well on our way to having those memories. Thanks to guys like Ted Leonsis, George McPhee, and all the great players.
On the final day of the season, we were permitted into the penalty box to watch the pregame warmups. We got to meet Wes Johnson. Along withbeing a great PA announcer, he seems like a genuinely nice guy. Before he had to start prepping for the game he spoke to Parker for a couple of minutes, and took a photo with him.
So even though, the end of the season was disappointing, overall it ranks right there with some of the best times of my life.

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Blog & Tackle: Tripleheader chat starts at 6 pm

Posted on 23 April 2010 by Chris Pika

It’s day two of the 2010 NFL Draft, and our Purple Haze On Draft live chat for the second and third rounds of the NFL Draft will begin at 6 pm. And, as an added bonus, we two other events going on at the same time – the Red Rocks as the Caps try to close out the Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Orange Crush as the Orioles try to break out of a 2-14 start with the first of four games at the Red Sox.

You get all three of these events at one time in just one place: The WNST.net Live Chat room, starting at 6 pm. The WNST/WNST.net cast of hosts & bloggers will check in, and you will get the most up-to-date information from Twitter feeds for the NFL, Capitals and Orioles.

Tell your friends, and join us at 6 pm for the Purple Haze On Draft/ Red Rocks/ Orange Crush chat by clicking here.

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Blog & Tackle: Purple Haze On Draft Live Chat tonight

Posted on 22 April 2010 by Chris Pika

You know the drill if you are a fan watching the NFL Draft. Keep the remote close to flip back and forth between ESPN and NFL Network, have plenty of food and drink on hand and maybe a few football-crazy friends. Well, add opening your laptop to the list. Tonight, we will have the first of three Purple Haze On Draft live chats starting at 7:30 pm.

Purple Haze On Draft Live Chat

All of the WNST/WNST.net crew (hosts and bloggers) will be in the chat, and we will have at least 20 Twitter feeds from national media streaming in with the latest picks, trades and rumors. But most importantly, your comments are a big part of this. Let us know what you think the Ravens should do with their first-round pick, and which players you want to see in purple this fall.

Friday at 6:30 pm, we have a tripleheader on tap with the second and third rounds of the NFL Draft, the Orioles’ series opener in Boston and the Capitals trying to close out Montreal in the first round of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. Saturday, the NFL Draft finishes up, and the Orioles take on the Red Sox.

It’s easy to be a part of the Purple Haze On Draft live chat. Just click here to enter, and starting at 7:30 pm, we will give you a new way to watch the NFL Draft with us at WNST.net.

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Thursday's PM Crab Cakes and Light Beer

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Thursday’s PM Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 01 April 2010 by Chris Bonetti

Suggested Reading

WNST.net: “Wigginton has 2 hit, 2 RBI in Orioles win.” Jake Arrieta, who’ll start this season at Triple-A Norfolk, tossed four innings and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out four in the Birds 4-3 win over Tampa today in Port Charlotte.  Tomorrow’s game in Tampa against the Yankees will be shown on ESPN starting at 1:05pm.

WNST.net: Glenn Clark was at the Donte Stallworth Introduction Press Conference today.  You can hear it all live in the Buy-a-Toyota.com Audio Vault.

SI.com:  It’s April Fools Day.  Here’s George Plimpton’s, “The Curious Case of Sidd Finch.” I can still remember my Dad telling me the story and reading it for the first time.  Awesome stuff.

SI.com: Senior Baseball Writer Tom Verducci, like myself a Seton Hall Preparatory School alumnus, give us his, “Top 10 for ’10: What I’m most looking forward to this season.” Rookies Jason Heyward of the Braves and the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg are Tom’s #1 and #2 storylines respectively.  My take on that… hmmm not sure.

FanHouse: Ed Price compiles an incredible list of, “Baseball’s Best Promotions of 2010,” while offering his own one liners that make the giveaways sound even more ridiculous than they already are.  Some favorites: “Orioles, April 11th – Plush Chick-Fil-A cows. Mooo rhymes with booo.”  “Reds, April 24th – Grow your own pot of Great American Ball Park turf.” Tim Lincecum doesn’t need it, thank you.”  “White Sox, Sept. 17th – Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day. Green White Sox caps given away. Ozzie O’Guillen throws out the first pitch.” “Nationals, Sept. 24th – Team photo and “early bird” 2011 schedule. Because it’s always better for Nats fans to look ahead.”  It’s a long list.

CBSSportsline.com: Breaking News here late… more “behavior” issues for the NFL.  “Browns’ Rogers bust at airport for loaded gun in luggage.” Good.  That’s good.

Deadspin.com:  “Last night’s Winner: Newark, NJ,” I’d just like to say… good for you, Newark, NJ.

Video of the Day

Kevin Garnett thinks Kevin Durant is, “Michael f*cking Jordan.”  Yikes not for the kids!  I don’t think his tone was complimentary there.  KG was clearly not happy with his team (and the refs!) giving up 37 points, including 15-15 FT shooting, to Durant on the parquet.

Tweets of the Day

The Nasty One himself, Nestor Aparicio – WNST

Nestor: Never ceases to amaze me that #Capitals have grown fan base like this. The sea of red here in D.C. is a marvel! #Ovechkin #Caps

Comcast Morning Show Producer, Glenn Clark – WNST

GMC: By the way, Greivis #Vasquez WAS officially announced as Bob #Cousy Award winner-nation’s top point guard. #Terps

Live from the Donte Stallworth Press Conference at 1 Winning Drive today, Glenn Clark – WNST

#Stallworth: “I’ve become a better decision maker”…”making one bad decision can snowball into a whole terrible incident.” #Ravens

The Sporting News Senior College Basketball Writer, Mike DeCourcey – tsnmike

Can’t imagine a better way to spend 90 minutes than watching “The Street Stops Here.” What an impressive film. If it’s rerun, don’t miss.

CBS College Basketball Analyst, Seth Davis – SethDavisHoops

Worst AD in America? Holy Cross’s Richard Regan Jr. fired coach Sean Kearney after ONE season. Since Regan hired him, he should resign too.

FoxSports.com Senior College Basketball Writer, Jeff Goodman – goodmanonfox

Wake Forest’s Al-Farouq Aminu has declared for the NBA Draft AND will hire an agent.

New York Newsday New York Knicks Beat Writer, Alan Hahn – alanhahn

Either the BlazerDancers are unquestionably loaded with nines or this has already been a looong road trip.

ESPN Personality, Skip Bayless – RealSkipBayless

Rams should take Suh, then hope Colt there top of 2nd. Bradford little better than Colt, but Suh much better than Sam. Colt tough leader.

ESPN NFL Insider, Adam Schefter – Adam_Schefter

Herm Edwards on NFL Live suggested 49ers trade for Donovan McNabb AND Brandon Marshall. And they still would have a leftover 1st-rd pick!

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 16 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

This morning Drew and Glenn both decided on seven things they would take in exchange for Duke winning the NCAA Tournament.

Drew’s List

7. A driving range in back of the station (only for WNST employees)

6. The Ravens make the AFC Championship Game in 2010

5. Towson and Loyola make the NCAA Tournament in 2011

4. Tiger Woods wins the 2010 Masters

3. Morgan State wins 2 games in the tournament this year

2. The Washington Capitals make the Stanley Cup finals

1. The Orioles are within 5 games of the playoffs on 9/1/10

Glenn’s List

7. A date with Becky Cox

6. A Chick-Fil-A opens in the basement of the WNST studios

5. Roberto Alomar makes the Hall of Fame this summer on a re-vote

4. The Terps win the 2010 Lax National Title

3. The USA makes the World Cup Final

2. Andy Roddick wins Wimbledon

1. A new 18,000 seat arena is built in Baltimore; U2 plays the first show

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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Mike Knuble Charms Charm City

Posted on 02 March 2010 by Chad Lamasa

Washington Capitals, Right Winger, Mike Knuble paid to a visit to EPSN Zone in downtown Baltimore last night. Arriving shortly after 7 pm he answered questions from an enthusiastic crowd. Then signed autographs and took pictures with the fans, including my son and his friend.
He has been my favorite acquisition of the past offseason. He fills a need for those gritty, ugly, in front of the net, type goals the Caps were missing the last couple of years.
As a member of the Red Wings, Rangers, Bruins and Flyers he always seemed to have big moments against the Caps. So it’s nice to have him getting those moments as a Cap now.
During the Q&A, a question was asked about what he did with the Cup the day he got to have it. He said he took to his high school to show it off and then charged a couple of bucks to have a picture taken with it. He said all that went right into his pocket, laughed and then said he gave all of the proceeds to his alma mater.
Then he made a side note and said that the Stanley Cup holds 17 and 1/2 beers, which besides getting a laugh, could maybe help me win a bar bet.
After the Q&A there was a trivia contest for a few hats and t-shirts he had signed.
One of the questions was, what NHL record does Mike Knuble hold? The answer is… the fastest to two goals from the start of a game, at 27 seconds.
As a member of the Detroit Red Wings he won two Stanley Cups in the late 90s. Which included a win over the Caps in 1998. 
He said that he doesn’t feel like he earned them, since he only played in the earlier playoff rounds and not the finals either season. Now he wants a ring he feels he has earned.
In the autograph session, I told him I had him on my fantasy team and he laughed. Then I told him since I added him back to my team (I dropped him when he was out with a broken finger), I reclaimed first place in the league. His response was “Cool”. I’m sure he didn’t care, but it was nice to interact with him a little bit.
Something I noticed about him, was that he seemed genuinely happy to be there. He talked to the kids and had patience with them.
My son’s friend, told him the Caps won 14 games in a row and then lost three in a row. Obviously he knows that. He sat and listened to him and instead of talking down to him, he said “Yeah, we need to try harder.”
Most of the time you hear negative things about athletes, but Mike Knuble, seems to be one of the good guys. And I hope he gets a ring with us this season and he feels like he’s earned it.

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me 1-because I’ve been out of Indianapolis for nearly 36 hours. No offense, but it ain’t good.

2-Nobody decided to drive their car into a tree this morning and knock out power to the radio station and everyone else who resides on Hart Rd…

3-It may have not been in time for National Chili Day, but our buddy John West delivered with one of the greatest breakfasts in the history of AM1570 WNST yesterday morning….


Yeah, that’s lump crab meat, and it’s called “Chesapeake Chili”…and it’s better than what you had for breakfast today.

Let’s see what everyone has to say……

1. Maryland Official Site says Terps 22nd in AP poll, 23rd in ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll

It’s funny, because Patrick Stevens (follow him on Twitter @D1scourse) had him 18th in his weekly poll this week-and I first thought to myself “that seems high”…I actually thought they should be in the range where they are in the polls…somewhere in the low 20’s. That being said, I haven’t been NEARLY as concerned about Maryland cracking the Top 25 as everyone else in town apparently is, as I know that racking up wins will get a team the respect it needs moving towards the NCAA Tournament.

That being said, what else can be said about this team right now? The win Saturday night was just tremendous. Being “gutty” is as important if not more important than being “good.” This team has more “Guts” than Mike O’Malley and Moira Quirk….


If you get that reference, marry me. (Edit from GMC: If you’re a female. Or if you’re Andy Roddick.)

2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Greivis Vasquez named ACC Player of the Week, Jordan Williams named ACC Freshman of the Week

At this point, I’m not sure why they don’t just call it the “Greivis Vasquez ACC Player of the Week Award.” I guess Jon Scheyer could still win ACC Player of the Year (especially if Greivis were to struggle against the Blue Devils Wednesday night), but I don’t think I could necessarily agree with it. He’s been the best player in the conference all season, there just really isn’t any doubt about that. Now-the bulk of the media that votes for the award is based in North Carolina. Like it or not, they’ve probably seen more of Scheyer.

It will be an interesting vote.

Also worth noting, I was given confirmation that Greivis Vasquez’s jersey number will NOT be honored in the Comcast Center rafters tomorrow night. The school is choosing to honor all 3 seniors (Vasquez, Landon Milbourne and Eric Hayes) the same way tomorrow night, which makes sense considering all three have been major contributors to the program.

I assume (although it has yet to be confirmed) that Vasquez’s jersey WILL enter the rafters next to Steve Blake’s, but it looks like they will wait until early next season to do so. This could help them get some juice for an early season game against Bethune-Cookman…or Longwood…or Long & Foster…or whoever they play.

3. The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Maryland fans desperate for tickets to Duke game Wednesday

This is ABSOLUTELY the biggest game in College Park since the 2005 game against Duke-the Saturday night game when ESPN’s “College Gameday” did a live broadcast, John Gilchrist went off, 5 Blue Devils fouled out, the Terps won in overtime and went on to miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time after 11 straight appearances.

There have been exciting games in College Park since then (including North Carolina a season ago), but none have been this big, and CERTAINLY none of them have been this significant. A chance to split the ACC regular season title is on the line, as well as an OUTSIDE chance at an outright title and the top seed in the ACC Tournament (if UNC can beat Duke).

It’s a big deal. Big enough that Erin Andrews is showing up (with Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas) before her Dancing With the Stars gig…..


4. ESPN.com’s Andy Katz says Gary Williams continues to “maximize what (Terrapins) players can do”

That Andy Katz….classic Gary Williams apologist.

I won’t go down the “I told you so” route when it comes to those of you who called for Gary Williams’ head a season ago, mostly because I wasn’t even slightly moved by the argument. Some people say things like “fire the coach” out of panic, because they don’t really know how to analyze a situation. I actually sympathize with those people. While I’ve never called for Maryland to fire Dave Cottle as lacrosse coach, I remain on the “he has to win” campaign.

Gary Williams is winning. A lot of people expected he would. It will be a struggle again a season from now, there’s no doubt about that. That’s the mark of a Gary Williams program in this era of college basketball.

But as Katz pointed out, there’s just no way in the world that anyone not named Gary Williams should be coaching this team right now.

5. The AP says Reggie Holmes’ 32 lead Morgan State to win over North Carolina A&T at Hill Field House

Have you been to see Reggie Holmes yet? I don’t ask because I want to say “shame on you” for not getting out yet, I ask because I’m sorry you haven’t had the chance. He’s REALLY one of the best players on the entire east coast. He’s just been so special to watch for four years now, and he’s obviously changed Todd Bozeman’s entire program.

You’ve got one more chance to see him here locally. The Bears host Coppin State in a “bucket list” type of rivalry game Thursday night. If you love Baltimore sports, you really owe it to yourself to get to a Morgan-Coppin game at least once. I’ll be there for sure, and can’t wait for the game.

6. The AP says Michael Harper’s 14 not enough as Coppin State fell to Norfolk State in home finale

The story of my first trip to the Coppin State Physical Education Complex wasn’t the team (which is just missing a lot of pieces right now), but the building itself. The building is PHENOMENAL. I mean, it’s absolutely unreal. If you ever attended a game at the Coppin Center, you won’t BELIEVE what a world of difference there is now at the CSPEC. It’s night and day-really. It’s just a bright, beautiful, state of the art facility that deserves to have outstanding teams and big crowds fill it.

That being said, Fang Mitchell’s Eagles are tough to watch. They go long stretches without scoring, they lack leadership and poise, and they have no go-to players. It is obvious that they miss Tywain McKee, who was one of the greatest players in school history a season ago, and Fang was quick to point out that they’ll get Lee Jordan back next season to help with a lot of that.

Can Coppin make a run in the MEAC Tournament similar to what they did two seasons ago? I don’t think so. They might win a game in Winston-Salem, but they have too many holes to push for a title.

7. Burlington Free Press’ John A. Fantino says Binghamton out of America East Tournament, UMBC to face Vermont

Which means that the Retrievers are guaranteed to remain in Hartford until Saturday, and all but guaranteed to be gone by Saturday night.

It is ABSOLUTELY the right thing that Binghamton is not participating in any sort of postseason contests this year, and there need to be many more sanctions moving forward. What happened with the Bearcats last season is so UNBELIEVABLY reprehensible that I’m not certain how they even fielded a team this season. In fact, it’s embarrassing that they did.

And while I love Randy Monroe, I just don’t give his team much of a chance to beat Mike Lonergan’s Catamounts.

8. Ravens Official Site’s John Eisenberg thinks team should really think about pursuring “divas” like Terrell Owens, Brandon Marshall, Anquan Boldin and Antonio Bryant

Apparently a local blogger in town tried saying that John Harbaugh was “laughing” when he talked about the Ravens’ interest in T.O. Maybe that local blogger shouldn’t talk about things he doesn’t know about….

Look, John Harbaugh was just as condescending in Indy as he is any other time. BUT-the organization IS interested in Terrell Owens. John Harbaugh saying it publicly is NOT the first time we found that out. If you followed us on Twitter (@WNST), you’d know that we had gotten word about the team’s interest from other sources late last week, and Drew Forrester wrote about it Saturday morning.

Are the Ravens MOST interested in Terrell Owens? No. Would they like to find another wide receiver INSTEAD of Terrell Owens? Yes. But are they going to AVOID Terrell Owens? Absolutely not. They need receivers, and there are only so many available. Owens is 6’3″, and still played well in Buffalo a season ago. If the likes of Anquan Boldin, Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd, etc are too expensive or just won’t work (which is a total possibility), they might end up going with Owens.

Those are just the facts.

9. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens expected to give high tenders to RFA’s Sam Koch, Jared Gaither, Le’Ron McClain, Fabian Washington, Mark Clayton, Marshal Yanda and Troy Smith

The interesting point here is a reminder that while fans in Baltimore don’t seem to think that highly of Troy Smith, the organization absolutely DOES. John Beck is expected to get a low tender, meaning that while the Ravens would like to have him back, they are much more concerned about bringing back Smith than Beck.

Once again, those are just the facts.

10. ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says George Kokinis seen with Ravens contingency at NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis

Yeah, but take it from me-don’t ask John Harbaugh about it.

I guess the secrecy surrounding George Kokinis’ role with the Ravens has something to do with his departure from Cleveland, but it’s very strange. If he’s back, welcome back. If not, I don’t know exactly what to say.

11. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta amongst O’s pitchers who impressed in intrasquad scrimmage

It IS a good sign that Tillman’s back is apparently holding up well in his early Spring Training work.

That being said, I think Ingrid Ulrich had a better on Busted Coverage Monday than Tillman, Arrieta or even Jim Palmer ever could have…


12. The Sun says former Bird BJ Surhoff to be inducted into College Baseball Hall of Fame

I don’t have much analysis to add here, other than to say congratulations to one of my favorite O’s of all time.

And since I don’t have any more analysis here, I’ll instead offer the video for the song “Bedrock” by Young Money. I like it.

And finally, I leave you with this.

I promise that this will be the last time I write about anything Olympics-related. I PROMISE. I just missed yesterday’s post-so I have to get this all out of me.

Did it bother me that Canada topped Team USA in hockey Sunday? Damn right it did. I might not live and breathe hockey, but I sure as hell live and breathe the red, white and blue. (Until I re-adopt Italy again in the World Cup this summer if and when Team USA is eliminated. Look, I’m Italian-so spare me.) Does it bother me that Sidney Crosby got to be the hero in the process? Sure. Not because I root for Alexander Ovechkin or the Capitals, but because Pittsburgh sucks, and everything that comes from Pittsburgh should be a failure-not a great success.

That being said, for our friends to the north-you might have won the gold medal in hockey, but we won the gold in the bobsled, which we all know is more important. While you have Roberto Luongo-we have Steve FREAKING Holcomb, who I’m hoping I can go out for 2-375 beers with very soon….


But-since this is your big week, enjoy it with some Our Lady Peace. You see, I don’t hate everything from your country….

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7 Sports Letdowns

Posted on 02 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Following the example set by the USA Olympic Hockey Team, Drew and Glenn have listed their top seven sports letdowns.

Glenn’s List

7. Hasim Rahman’s Title defense vs. Lewis

6. Team USA – 1998 World Cup

5. Dan & Dave – Olympics 1992

4. Andy Roddick – post-2003

3. Jeffrey Hammonds

2. Maryland vs. Duke – Final 4 2nd Half


1. Ravens vs. Colts – January 2007

Drew’s List

7. Greg Norman Loses 1996 Masters

6. Blast Loses to San Diego in game 7 (1989)

5. Ravens vs. Colts – January 2007

4. Patriots Losing to Giants in the Superbowl (18-1)

3. Washington Capitals Lose to Flyers (2008)

2. Team USA – World Cup 2006

1. Juan Dixon’s NBA Career

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