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For this week’s #WNSTSweet16, we appreciate Terps who haven’t been

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For this week’s #WNSTSweet16, we appreciate Terps who haven’t been

Posted on 16 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Perhaps you haven’t heard that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. What’s that? You haven’t?

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already six lists into the year, here’s a look back on them if you’ve missed any.

Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”

We’re into Week 7 of the #WNSTSweet16 list and I’m back on the clock. Of course, I don’t really want to think about “the clock” all that much considering how it ran out on Maryland Saturday night against Duke just after Charles Mitchell’s turnaroud hung tantalizingly on the rim.

It was a final (scheduled) dramatic moment between Maryland and Duke, a rivalry that has seen a number of great players on both sides. While Jake Layman played well in the field half and Dez Wells was outstanding in the second half Saturday, I doubt we’d even consider labeling any of the players on the court in black and red Saturday night “great”.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re all fully appreciated.

This week’s list looks at exactly that topic. The Sweet 16 “Underappreciated Maryland Basketball players”.

Our first six topics have been much more broad, allowing for multiple local teams/athletes in multiple sports to be considered for each list. This is our first (but won’t be the only) to focus individually on one particular team.

“Underappreciated” is an interesting term. “Appreciate” is defined by Webster’s as “to understand the worth or importance of something or someone”. In that vain, those that are underappreciated have not been fully credited for their value.

I started thinking about this list a few weeks ago and have still struggled to determine who might end up cracking the Sweet 16. In order to be underappreciated, you must have been good enough to deserve appreciation. So there are two major pieces of criteria involved in this conversation: 1-Was the player good enough to deserve appreciation? and 2-Did the player receive the level of recognition/appreciation he deserved?

Drew Nicholas’ name has certainly come to mind for a me a few times as I’ve considered the topic. He’s a player who is remembered for one (amazing) shot but not particularly remembered for the very solid career and exceptional senior campaign he had.

Similarly, Sarunas Jasikevicius is someone I have thought of in regards to the topic. One of the better shooters in Maryland history, he is likely more remembered for the fact that his name would have collected a great Scrabble score than for what he accomplished on the court.

Names like Keith Gatlin, Mo Howard and Derrick Lewis have also come to mind as players who were very good but perhaps not remembered in the way they deserve to be in Terrapins history.

What Terps am I missing? Who else was better than history would lead you to believe? Who hasn’t received the recognition they are worthy of receiving? My age doesn’t necessarily allow me to have vivid memories of many payers before the Gary Williams era, which makes fully compiling the list much more difficult.

I want your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email me via glenn@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, I will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and I will discuss it with Drew Forrester and Luke Jones on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. I will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Chevrolet”.

Let’s show some appreciation to some former (or current) Terps who haven’t received enough. Let me know what direction that appreciation should go!

-G

 

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#WNSTSweet16 remembers those who broke our hearts ahead of Valentine’s Day

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#WNSTSweet16 remembers those who broke our hearts ahead of Valentine’s Day

Posted on 09 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Perhaps you haven’t heard that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. What’s that? You haven’t?

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already five lists into the year, here’s a look back on them if you’ve missed any.

Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes

In Week 6, our #WNSTSweet16 list is holiday-driven. Whether you enjoy Valentine’s Day or find it to be an event contrived by the greeting card industry, February 14 is a major event. Just ask your wife, girlfriend or both!

Drew Forrester makes the quick turnaround for this week’s Sweet 16 list, the #WNSTSweet16 local sports heartbreakers.

These heartbreakers can fall into one of two categories. The first category is local athletes/sportspeople who broke our hearts for one particular reason or another. Former Baltimore Ravens like Billy Cundiff and Lee Evans certainly come to mind when you think about this category, as does former Baltimore Orioles P Mike Mussina for leaving Charm City (even if-like me-you don’t fault him for the decision).

Former Orioles 1B Aubrey Huff may have broken your heart when he labeled Baltimore a “horse-sh*t town”. Former 1B Kevin Millar may have as well when he went on national TV and openly rooted for the Boston Red Sox despite playing for the Birds.

The second group of heartbreakers that comes to mind are the group of local sports opponents who found ways to break our hearts. Would-be Baltimore Colts QB John Elway would probably qualify as part of that list for forcing himself to the Denver Broncos. I’d almost bet money that Drew will remind us of a heartbreaker named Korie Lucious, who knocked down the buzzer beating jumper to lift Michigan State past Maryland in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

And we haven’t even mentioned the name Jeffrey Maier yet.

Who else?

Who hasn’t Drew thought of yet that would qualify as a “heartbreaker” in local sports history? Who was the thorn in the side of the Baltimore Bullets? Who always seemed to do in Johns Hopkins lacrosse?

We want your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email him via drew@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Drew will unveil his list here at WNST.net and will discuss it with Luke Jones on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will check back in at 4pm Tuesday with me on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Toyota Scion” to discuss the list further.

Who broke your heart most as a Baltimore sports fan? Let Drew know before he makes the list!

-G

 

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Before we get to Socchi, our #WNSTSweet16 recognizes local Olympic sport athletes

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Before we get to Socchi, our #WNSTSweet16 recognizes local Olympic sport athletes

Posted on 02 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

If you’ve missed the first month of the #WNSTSweet16, you’ve missed a lot.

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already four lists into the year, here’s a look back on them.

Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t

Which brings us to our fifth week.

The 2014 Winter Olympics are set to get underway this weekend in Socchi, Russia. There aren’t a whole lot of local connections to this year’s Olympiad, but that hasn’t always been the case. The state of Maryland has been well represented over the years.

For this week’s #WNSTSweet16, Luke Jones looks over the Greatest Local Olympic Sport Athletes.

You might have caught something in there. Yes, that’s right. Olympic SPORT athletes. The athletes included on this list are not required to have won anything at a particular Olympics or to have even competed in one. They just have to have competed in a sport that is known as an “Olympic sport”.

This is where things get interesting for Luke, isn’t it?

Look, we all know who is going to be at the top of the list-so it does take a good bit of the drama out of this-but not all of it. Plenty of other athletes have represented the state of Maryland in the Olympics besides Michael Phelps. Most recently, basketball stars like Carmelo Anthony and Angel McCoughtry have brought gold back to Charm City. Kimmie Meissner not only competed in an Olympics but won a World Championship in an Olympic sport (figure skating).

But if you’re like me, we’re not far into the list and we’re already struggling to name more. Tommy Hannan won a gold medal out of Mt. St. Joe. Dominique Dawes is from Maryland and has won four Olympic medals.

Who else?

Remember, they don’t have to have won anything in the Olympics or EVEN PARTICIPATED in them. They just have to have competed in an “Olympic Sport” (Note: baseball is no longer an Olympic sport.)

This is easily the toughest list anyone from our crew has had to tackle yet.

So Luke needs your help. Leave your ideas here in the comments or email him via luke@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Luke will unveil his list here at WNST.net and will discuss it with Drew Forrester on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will check back in at 4pm Tuesday with me on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Toyota Scion” to discuss the list further.

Who are we missing? Who do we need to know about? You need to tell us now!

-G

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Harbaugh insulted by false reports about Bisciotti involvement in OC search

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Harbaugh insulted by false reports about Bisciotti involvement in OC search

Posted on 31 January 2014 by WNST Audio

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Ravens Ihedigbo against removing extra points and medicinal marijuana in NFL

Posted on 31 January 2014 by WNST Audio

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Before new champions crowned, our #WNSTSweet16 recognizes those who never were

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Before new champions crowned, our #WNSTSweet16 recognizes those who never were

Posted on 26 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

It’s time for our fourth installment of our #WNSTSweet16 topics in 2014. If you missed the first three, here’s a look back.

In Week 1, I took on the greatest debuts in local sports history. In Week 2, Luke Jones tackled the greatest playoff moments in local sports history. In Week 3, Nestor Aparicio handled the local sports people who “had a dream” in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

We’ve had great discussion about all of these topics thus far and we’re looking forward to continuing the conversation every week throughout the year. As you may already know, we’re celebrating our 16th year of being Charm City’s sports media leader here at WNST. We’re taking those “water cooler” topics that we’ve discussed throughout the history of the company and attempting to make “definitive” lists with your help.

Drew Forrester gets his first crack at a #WNSTSweet16 list this week. You’ll be listening to our coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII live from Radio Row in New York all week. The NFL will crown a champion Sunday in New Jersey when the Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks in New Jersey. A number of players will become NFL champions for the first time, some having significant careers to this point without winning one.

Champ Bailey of course stands out from that group, a future Hall of Famer who has yet to even play for a title. Wes Welker has been there but has yet to win one. Marshawn Lynch and Percy Harvin are extremely high level players with five or more years of experience looking for their first titles as well.

So this week’s #WNSTSweet16 honors those who have played for some time and are still looking for their first championship. The topic is “Sweet 16 Local Athletes Who Deserved to Win a Championship But Didn’t”.

It’s going to take you a minute or two to think about I’m sure. I’ll give you a few to chew on.

The first modern names that jumped out at me were Baltimore Ravens Derrick Mason, Todd Heap and Kelly Gregg. All were very good football players, good citizens and good examples for the organization. Mason and Heap would definitely be in the Top 5 offensive players in franchise history, Gregg perhaps one of the more under-appreciated players in franchise history.

Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis probably jump out most in recent Baltimore Orioles history, but Melvin Mora would have to be on my list as well. He was the only then-current Oriole to attend Elrod Hendricks’ funeral and represented a garbage organization with dignity. He deserved better.

Some of the older names that came to mind for me included former Baltimore Colts DL Joe Ehrmann (what a stunning example of class) and quarterback Bert Jones. Len Bias was perhaps the greatest player in Maryland basketball history but played in an era that made it much more difficult to reach the NCAA Tournament and win a title.

Who are the athletes Drew might not have thought of? Which athletes deserve to be higher on the list than others? Let us know here in the comments or via email-drew@wnst.net. You can discuss your thoughts via social media for the next couple of days using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16 on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll be discussing on-air from The Big Apple throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net.

Drew will unveil his list here at WNST.net Tuesday morning and he and Luke will break it down at 8am Tuesday on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction”. Drew will then stop back by Tuesday afternoon at 4pm to discuss the list with me on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Toyota Scion”.

Who are your local athletes that deserved to win a title and didn’t?

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In midst of postseason football, this week’s #WNSTSweet16 discussion is fitting

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In midst of postseason football, this week’s #WNSTSweet16 discussion is fitting

Posted on 12 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

If you missed it, we debuted our #WNSTSweet16 discussion topics last week-fittingly-by looking over the greatest debuts in local sports history.

We’re celebrating 16 years as being Baltimore’s local sports media leader here at WNST, and every week we’re attempting to make the definitive list when it comes to a particular “water cooler” topic in Charm City sports history.

In the middle of the NFL Playoffs, it seems fitting that in our second week we look back over some of the all-time great postseason moments in area sports history. In fact, that’s the title this week-”Sweet 16 Best Local Sports Playoff Moments.”

So how does Jeff Reboulet’s home run in ’97 stack up against the 1958 NFL Championship Game? What about Drew Nicholas’ shot to beat UNC-Wilmington in the NCAA Tournament vs. Ray Lewis taking the ball off of Eddie George’s hands and running it back to lead the Ravens past the Titans in Nashville? Or Johns Hopkins miraculously winning a face-off and scoring the game-tying goal in just 12 seconds against Virginia in 2005 or even Joe Saunders pitching the Birds past the Rangers in a one-game playoff in 2012?

Luke Jones is in charge of making our “official” list this week and is looking for your feedback. What postseason moments might we not be thinking about? A high school playoff moment? Something from the Baltimore Clippers/Skipjacks/Blast/Stallions/Stars? Maybe something involving a lesser sport at one of the area colleges? Or even another O’s/Colts/Ravens/Bullets moment not listed above?

He also wants to know how you’d rank these moments as he makes the list. If you think one DEFINITELY has to be above another, let him know. You can tell him here in the comments, via email luke@wnst.net, @WNST or @BaltimoreLuke on Twitter or via Facebook.

We’ll be discussing this topic throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We encourage you to get in on the conversation by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16. On Tuesday morning, Luke will officially unveil his list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Drew Forrester at 8am on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” on WNST. Luke will check back in with me at 4pm on “The Reality Check Driven By Jerry’s Toyota Scion” so that I can tell him what he got wrong share my thoughts as well.

We’re enjoying the playoffs, even if they don’t involve the Ravens this time around. Sunday was the one year mark of one of the greatest playoff moments in Ravens history. How do these moments rank? Time for you to tell us.

-G

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Introducing our weekly #WNSTSweet16 discussion topics

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Introducing our weekly #WNSTSweet16 discussion topics

Posted on 05 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

As you may have heard, 2014 marks the 16th year for WNST.net, a remarkable accomplishment for a sports media company that our competitors have written off time and time again during the span.

To celebrate our “Sweet 16″, we will be discussing a group of topics each week that we hope to make definitive lists for when it comes to local sports-”water cooler” type topics if you will. Every Sunday night I will introduce that week’s topic here at WNST.net. We’ll discuss the topic here, on-air via AM1570 WNST and via social media on Facebook and Twitter. Then each Tuesday morning-one WNST personality will unveil our list both here at WNST.net and on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am with Drew Forrester and Luke Jones.

As you discuss the topic on Twitter and Facebook, use the hashtag #WNSTSweet16 to make your voice heard and your thoughts included in the debate.

The lists will be related to either something currently going on in sports or will be based on the date.

First up? In honor of the “debut” of our Sweet 16 discussions and the “debut” of the year 2014, we’re going with the “Sweet 16 Debuts in Local Sports History”.

“Debut” could mean a number of things. It could mean a first game (or day), a first season, a first at-bat, a first fight, a first week or anything else that you can spin into a “debut”. It could be a debut for a rookie or a debut for a new player or a debut for a stadium or an arena or a coach or a new team altogether. It’s wide open.

We’re calling it “local” sports debut because we want to include not only the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens, but also Maryland, Navy, Towson, UMBC, Loyola, Morgan State, Coppin State, Johns Hopkins, the Blast and other current and former area sports teams as well as high schools and individual local athletes.

I’m handling the first list. You’ll see my post Tuesday morning at WNST.net and I’ll join Drew and Luke Tuesday morning at 8am to discuss it. We’ll tackle the list again at 4pm on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Chevrolet”.

I’ve thought about those locals who have won “Rookie of the Year” awards like Ron Hansen, Curt Blefary, Al Bumbry, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Gregg Olson, Vernon Maxwell, Peter Boulware, Terrell Suggs, Ray Felix, Earl Monroe and Wes Unseld. (You probably forgot about or were completely unaware of a few of those names. I know I was!)

I’ve certainly thought about the first game in Ravens history, the first game for John Harbaugh, the first game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and even more.

But what haven’t I thought about?

What is our list incomplete without?

Like I said earlier, I want this to be as definitive a list as possible. I don’t want to exclude anything that deserves mention. Is there an area high school athlete who blew up very quickly upon arrival? Is there a jockey who hopped on a horse for the first time at Pimlico and quickly became a household name? Who had an incredible first season for the Baltimore Thunder or Baltimore Bayhawks or Baltimore Stallions that others either forgot about or never really knew about?

I’m looking forward to taking this trip down memory lane with you. We’ll be having these conversations and making these lists every week to celebrate a “Sweet 16″.

Let me know what I need to be thinking about, Baltimore. 2014 is going to be a lot of fun.

-G

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“The Reality Check” Final Regular Season NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 01 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Houston Texans (Last Week 32)

Bill O’Brien plus Teddy Bridgewater seems like a pretty solid equation.

31. Washington Redskins (31)

No solid equations to be found.

30. Oakland Raiders (30)

You’d assume most coaches that are still employed a few days after the season ends are safe…unless they coach the Oakland Raiders.

29. Cleveland Browns (29)

Can we just get to the part where they hire Romeo Crennel already?

28. Atlanta Falcons (28)

Jadaveon Clowney would fit REALLY well here.

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (27)

Oh hey look-anything else!

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26)

Not Greg Schiano sounds like an improved equation to me.

25. Buffalo Bills (23)

They were interesting at times.

24. Detroit Lions (22)

Jim Schwartz did a nice job there, but it was an absolutely unthinkable end.

23. Minnesota Vikings (25)

Some new coaches inherit one quarterback. The new Vikes coach will inherit negative three.

22. New York Giants (24)

Their record was one game worse than the Ravens’.

21. St. Louis Rams (19)

Would Jeff Fisher take a chance on Jay Cutler?

20. Tennessee Titans (21)

Would Mike Munchak/next Titans coach take a chance on Jay Cutler?

19. Miami Dolphins (13)

Knicks-like choke.

18. Chicago Bears (16)

Stupid to take that chance on Jay Cutler.

17. Dallas Cowboys (14)

And what could have been. (Probably nothing.)

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Fanfare perhaps dimmed, but no doubting Flacco as “Local Sportsperson of the Year”

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Fanfare perhaps dimmed, but no doubting Flacco as “Local Sportsperson of the Year”

Posted on 31 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

After leading the Baltimore Ravens to their first Super Bowl title in 12 years with a brilliant 11 touchdown, zero interception performance in the playoffs, quarterback Joe Flacco was a near unanimous choice as WNST’s annual “Local Sportsperson of the Year” for 2013.

This probably would have been a more exciting announcement had we made it in April or May. Charm City sports fans are well aware of the up and down 2013 season Flacco had that ended with the team missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2007 season-making the conversation leading up to the award perhaps a bit more interesting than it should have been considering exactly what Flacco accomplished in the first five weeks of calendar 2013.

It actually even lead to a bit of a surprise in WNST voting, as one WNST voter voted for Orioles 1B Chris Davis instead of voting for Joe Flacco. That voter will explain their decision in the coming days, but was the reason why Flacco was only a “near” unanimous choice instead of a completely unanimous choice.

For the rest of the WNST voters, the decision was quite simple. Here is a reminder of the criteria for our yearly honor.

First, the person must be local. They must be an athlete, coach or front office member for a pro, college or high school team in the state of Maryland. Individual sport athletes who represent the state of Maryland also qualify.

Second, the person must stand out from other people over the course of the 12 calendar months. The accomplishments of that individual must be comparable to if not greater than the accomplishments of others in the area.

And finally, that person’s year must stand out from other years during their tenure/career in the area.

It’s fairly simple criteria that has guided the choice made each year. Flacco joins Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps (2008), Morgan State basketball coach Todd Bozeman (2009), Former Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez (2010), Towson football coach Rob Ambrose (2011) and Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter (2012) as winners of the award. Flacco is the first Baltimore Raven to receive the honor since inception.

Flacco beat out fellow finalists Davis, Stevenson lacrosse coach Paul Cantabene, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and Towson RB Terrance West in claiming the title.

In the first few years of WNST determining a “Local Sportsperson of the Year”, D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction host Drew Forrester said something about a particular vote that has resonated in years that followed in making the decision. Forrester identified who he was voting for and then said “he made more people smile this year than anyone else.”

It was that thought process that made the choice of Flacco fairly easy to most at WNST. For all of the accomplishments of the other finalists-Cantabene guiding a team to the first national championship in ANY sport in school history, Davis crushing a team record 53 home runs, West crushing the record for most records broken in a single season (Editor’s note: that might not be factual. It just certainly feels that way)-none did more for the city of Baltimore than the quarterback did to start the year.

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