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The NHL Needs To Fix How Goals Are Scored

Posted on 28 December 2010 by Chad Lamasa

“We have instrumentation that we put into the system called Eye on the Ice that we monitor; (it) sends us signals all the time,” NHL ice chief Dan Craig said. “Every 15 minutes we’ll log and trend it so we can graph what’s happening on any given day. And every city we go to, we have a complete weather breakdown of our area so we know what (weather) systems are coming through.”

The above quotation came from an article by Alan Robinson, AP Sports Writer, in reference to the upcoming Winter Classic being in jeopardy due to bad weather. This is fantastic technology. Which brings me to the point of this blog.

If the NHL can do something like this, why can’t they insert a chip in the puck and some sort of sensor in either the goal line or on the camera inside the net?

This arises from the fact that many goals are washed out because the ref can’t see the puck in the goalie’s glove, underneath the goalie or if it’s swept out quickly by either a defensive player or the goalie.

For those not as familiar with the rules of hockey, unlike football, it’s not a goal until the puck is completely across the goal line. So if the puck is stopped before it clears the line the goal is waived off. So, often questions arise about where the puck is in relation to the goal line.

Case in point, Mike Green’s (what would have been a game winning) goal in over time against the Penguins on December 23rd.

In the above video (which is clearly pro Penguins) you can see Marc-Andre Fleury’s glove is beyond the goal line with the puck underneath it. Even after review from the NHL offices in Toronto, the no goal stood.

I understand the ref waiving it off as it was bang bang and very hard to see at real speed. But in several of the replays I’ve seen, you can see the puck through the netting in Fleury’s glove past the line. The Caps went on to lose in the shootout thus losing a vital point in the standings.

Whether this goal should have counted or not isn’t the issue. The issue is that things like this could be avoided with some technology.

The NHL tends to be proactive with this kind of stuff. They tried the glowing puck on FOX broadcasts, maybe that was a creation of FOX Sports but I’m sure the NHL had to sign off on it.

The intention was to help novice viewers learn to follow the puck and keep up with the fast pace. Unfortunately, to the experienced viewer it was just a distraction that took your eye away from the game.

Just because that didn’t work doesn’t mean that this couldn’t work.

Every store you go in has a sensor attached to every product. If you try to leave without paying it sets off an alarm. So why can’t a sensor be placed inside the puck that would trigger the goal horn when it crosses the goal line?

Maybe it wouldn’t be cost effective to do that considering how many pucks are used over the course of an NHL season. Maybe something can be added to the cameras inside the net. There are only 60 of those (30 teams, two goals each).

Try it at a practice facility or in the Research & Development camps before the season starts, if it doesn’t work, the idea can be scrapped. But something should be done to ensure the proper call is made and not left up to judgment.

It could be the difference of a team getting eliminated from a trip to the post-season or from a series in the playoffs.

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Capitals In 7 Game Slide: Boudreau Must Go

Posted on 17 December 2010 by alanzlot10

Most of you are saying calm down amateur electronic media boy. Streaks like this happen to every team and last year the Caps won 14 in a row at one point and look what happened to them anyway.

Yes it’s true, during the long NHL season many teams endure winning and losing streaks. This one is different, this is a different kind of a team, one that is stacked with talent and the numbers inside this streak are ugly and alarming.

You know the names, Ovechkin, Backstrom, Semin and Green. The Caps have enough talent to win 40 games without anyone standing at the back of the bench telling them what to do. Instead of playing golf in late April, a change behind the bench could propel the Caps into June.

Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau has done his job and has done it well. The following comments are not meant to be derogatory toward the coach but Bruce Boudreau belongs in the NHL’s top minor league system, The American Hockey League.

He was a head coach in the AHL for parts of nine seasons and won almost 70 percent of his games there, compiling a record of 216-56-43. As an AHL player, he was one of the league’s most prolific scorers and was inducted into the AHL Hall Of Fame in 2009.

He won a Calder Cup Championship for the Capitals’ top minor league affiliate, The Hershey Bears in 2006, doing it with many of the players he coaches right now in Washington.

Under Boudreau, the Capitals have had their best three-year regular season stretch in franchise history. They are 159-68-31 during that time. So, how can I even justify replacing him, you ask?

Boudreau’s specialty is developing talent. The Washington Capitals have a ton of talent that Boudreau helped develop himself while in Hershey as the head coach. Even if Boudreau is trying to give the discipline these young Caps require, they are showing signs of no longer buying into his system.

If you watched the HBO 24/7 special then you saw what I saw, a team that simply did not respond to a coach that was putting it on the line for them. Boudreau chewed a lot of butt’s and did a lot of cursing at the Capitals and none of it worked, none of it. In fact it just got worse, following one locker room rant then Caps would go on to lose to the Rangers 7-0 last Sunday night. The loss on Sunday was their worst defeat since the 05-6 season.

With his time in Hershey and Washington, Boudreau has been around most of these players for almost seven seasons. Coaching systems as well as a coach’s message can get stale in that amount of time.

The Capitals have not started fast in the first period this season; they have been outscored 28-23 and rank in the bottom ten in the league when it comes to winning games after scoring the first goal. Seven times this year, the Caps have given up the tying or go-ahead goal after the halfway mark of the third period. Three times, they have surrendered three goal leads in the third period alone.

A head coach must have his team prepared to play. In hockey, the first five minutes are crucial. With their youth, speed and talent, the Caps should be scoring quick first period goals jumping on top of teams to start the game. Good teams must have a finishing and killer instinct in them. The Capitals allow teams back into hockey games almost nightly.

It’s time for this organization to bring in someone that has been there before at the NHL level.  Someone with a Stanley Cup pedigree. While it would be a great story if the Capitals could do it with Boudreau, it seems unlikely. His past three post-season appearances with Washington were a mirror image of past Capitals post-season collapses.

Last year, as the No. 1 seed and Presidents’ Trophy winner, Washington blew a 3-1 series lead to the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadians, losing on home ice in seven games. Boudreau is 1-3 in four game sevens as Washington’s coach. The Capitals were the  first number one seed (in NHL history) to blow a 3-1 series lead and lose to an eighth seed. Considering the miserable playoff history of this team that’s an accomplishment the Caps could have left off of the resume.

The Caps are still very young and have their two core players, Ovechkin and Backstrom locked up for years to come. It would behoove upper management to consider a few more deals at the trading deadline. Dealing one of the big names may be a must. Alexander Semin for LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has been rumored.

The recent acquisition of veteran defenseman Scott Hannan was a step in the right direction for this year’s post season, but a few more veterans may be needed to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup. They must acquire a veteran goalie regardless of what GM George McPhee and Boudreau say about their young netminders.

It’s not unprecedented that a winning team fires its coach and makes a change mid season. During the 2008-09 season, the Pittsburgh Penguins fired Michel Therrin and replaced him with Dan Blysma. Blysma and the Penguins would go on to win the Stanley Cup.

The Capitals are winless in their last seven and 4-10 in the last 14 games. After being shutout just four times combined in the last two seasons, the Caps have been shutout four times since November 19th.  They  have been outscored 45-30 in the last 14 and have scored three or less goals in ten of those games. This is supposed to be an offensive juggernaut that at the very least, if losing games, should be losing them 6-5 or 5-4.

The last Caps losing steak of this nature is what brought Boudreau to town. On November 21st, 2007 the Caps lost their fifth game in a row and their eighth in nine tries. Coach Glen Hanlon was fired and replaced by Boudreau. The Caps would win 11 of their last 12 games that season and finish 37-17-7 under Boudreau, reclaiming the Southeast Division title.

Boudreau doesn’t seem to be able to motivate the Capitals. If HBO’s cameras showed me anything Wednesday night it showed me that if Boudreau hasn’t lost this team, he is very close to losing them.

I believe in order to spare a whole generation of new Capitals fans the playoff misery of the past, it is necessary to cut the head off the snake now, in mid December.

Waiting until they finish the season with 110 points and blow another playoff series wouldn’t do much good. To most diehard Caps fans, that would be another wasted season.

Replacing Boudreau now would send a clear message to the core of this team that only a Stanley Cup is acceptable. With every star player 28 years or younger, it’s definitely not too late to continue to develop and mold them. The result of last year’s playoffs isn’t acceptable, nor is being shutout four times 14 games games.

There are some talented coaches available that would do well in Washington. Craig MacTavish could do lot with this talent, he lead a talent-less Edmonton Oilers team to game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals back in 2006. MacTavish won five Stanley Cups playing for Edmonton.

Former Montreal Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau has a pedigree Washington could use in the organization. Carbonneau won three Cups as a player and was a finalist for the coach of the year in 2008, when he led the Canadiens to a first-place finish atop the Eastern Conference.

This trend of the snake bitten playoff tradition must not continue with the Great Eight and company. It sounds selfish to write that a coach who has won 62 percent of his games for your team should be fired, but the time is now. Boudreau must go.

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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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