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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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We’re announcing “Local Sportsperson of the Year” Tuesday. Here are the finalists.

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We’re announcing “Local Sportsperson of the Year” Tuesday. Here are the finalists.

Posted on 30 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

We’ll make our annual “Local Sportsperson of the Year” announcement Tuesday here at WNST. The announcement is scheduled for 3pm Tuesday on “The Reality Check” here on AM1570 WNST.net.

We discussed a slew of names for Local Sportsperson of the Year this year. Here is a reminder of our previous winners.

2008-Michael Phelps
2009-Todd Bozeman
2010-Greivis Vasquez
2011-Rob Ambrose
2012-Buck Showalter

We discussed a number of names for “Local Sportsperson of the Year” in 2013. As a reminder, there are only three qualifications when it comes to the award.

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.

Here are our five finalists for 2013 in alphabetical order by last name.

Paul Cantabene (Stevenson Lacrosse Coach)

Cantabene guided the Mustangs to the Division III National Championship, the first national championship of any kind in school history. Cantabene has steadily built the program as a major national power since his arrival in Owings Mills and has himself become a very hot commodity in the world of college lacrosse coaching. Cantabene is not a native Baltimorean but is about as close as can be, having coached at Johns Hopkins, Towson and Maryland after finishing his playing career at Loyola.

Chris Davis (Baltimore Orioles 1B)

Davis finished third in AL MVP voting in 2013 and was named “Most Valuable Oriole” by local media after a remarkable season that saw him break Brady Anderson’s club single season home run record with 53. Davis was far from a one trick pony, adding 42 doubles to hit .286 with a .370 on base percentage and added 138 RBI. Davis also played a high level of defense in his first full season at first base, helping the Orioles to a winning record for a second straight season.

Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens QB)

While Flacco’s (and the Ravens’) 2013 season sputtered following the signing of a long-term contract extension, it cannot be forgotten how Calendar 2013 began. Flacco’s remarkable 11 touchdown, zero interception postseason run ended with the quarterback claiming Super Bowl XLVII honors and bringing Charm City their first championship in over a decade. Despite Flacco’s underwhelming numbers, he was still a finalist for Most Valuable Raven in the 2013 season and came up with a number of spectacular throws during the season.

John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens Head Coach)

The conversation surrounding Flacco must also include Harbaugh, who deftly guided the Ravens to that Super Bowl title. Harbaugh’s run of reaching the playoffs in every season as head coach ended in 2013, but the calendar year began with the coach finishing his finest season since replacing Brian Billick.

Terrance West (Towson RB)

West is the only native Baltimorean to be named a finalist in 2013, leading the Tigers to the NCAA FCS Championship Game January 4. West seemingly smashed every school record in the process, being named All-American, CAA Offensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Walter Payton Award-FCS’ equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. The junior back is Baltimore through and through, having attended Northwestern High School and growing up watching and rooting for the Baltimore Ravens.

(Other candidates who were considered for this year’s honor included Ravens K Justin Tucker, Orioles 3B Manny Machado, UMBC soccer coach Pete Caringi, University of Maryland midfielder/Tewaaraton Trophy winner Katie Schwarzmann, Former St. Frances basketball player Tevon Saddler and more.)

Who do you think should receive the annual WNST honor? We’ll make the announcement Tuesday afternoon.

-G

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In 2013, the WNST community was once again my Christmas miracle

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In 2013, the WNST community was once again my Christmas miracle

Posted on 25 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

To those who celebrate, I’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas. To those who don’t, I hope you enjoy/enjoyed your holidays/Winter celebrations.

I don’t have a lot for you today, but what I have is important.

You guys never cease to amaze me. Never. I wandered downstairs Monday morning at The Zone Superstore Studios in Towson and looked around and just felt dumbfounded.

The picture I snapped wasn’t even CLOSE to a reflection of how many coats/jackets/hats/etc. you all had collected. It was incredible. It was overwhelming. I was truly moved. I never know how our charity events/drives are going to go and I’m probably a bit more obsessive than necessary when it comes to these things.

It’s personal for me. Personal in that I’ve known people-in fact I’ve known people well-who have gone to facilities just like The Helping Up Mission. Truth be told, I’ve had close friends who have needed to right their life at The Mission.

This is Baltimore. This is “Smalltimore”. It’s Christmas, forgive my emotions. This really is something that matters that much to me. I’m grateful to find myself roughly a decade into my career as a sports talk host at a station I grew up listening to, but I am not capable of funding or lifting up these places on my own.

To have the opportunity to lend my voice and my heart to places like The Helping Up Mission…I can’t really describe it. But as Drew and I always say, these events aren’t about “us”, per se. We’re not the WNST community. We’re merely the members of the WNST community with the microphones in front of us.

The WNST community is made up of local sports fans-people who care deeply about the Orioles, Ravens, Capitals, Maryland, Towson, Navy, UMBC, etc. More importantly, the WNST community is made up of people who care DESPERATELY about our community. People who aren’t in Charm City because they have to be-people that are here because this is HOME.

The scene at The Helping Up Mission Monday was overwhelming. Hundreds of men came through the Conference Room to sift through those thousands or items to find clothes for themselves and for their families. For many of the men, this was their only opportunity to provide a Christmas for their loved ones.

Each man stopped to say “thank you” and “Merry Christmas”. Like every year, it was incredibly moving. After the residents came through, the staff of the Helping Up Mission brought dozens more Baltimoreans in RIGHT OFF THE STREET to find those coats that could help keep them warm. The items that were leftover after that point were then sent to other shelters throughout Baltimore.

You saved Christmas, WNST community. You guys are heroes. Every single one of you.

Even after these thousands of items were taken to the HUM, roughly a thousand more were headed to Goodwill as well.

An unscientific poll from WNST/Enoch Office Equipment and the Mission determined the 2013 Coat Drive (our fifth) to be significantly our most successful. That’s what the WNST community is. That’s what the WNST community does.

That’s why I’m so damn grateful to be a part of the WNST community this and every holiday season. You collected THOUSANDS of canned goods and non-perishable food items for SARC in Harford County and just a month later collected thousands of coats and winter weather items. Who does that?

You guys rock. I don’t know what else to say. You’re my Christmas miracle once again.

Please let me use this space to thank all of those who have helped us. Drew Forrester envisioned this five years ago. His idea at the time was to simply drive downtown and start handing out coats. Tony from Rosedale wisely directed us instead to HUM, where Barry Burnett has coordinated with us every year.

Rick Donovan and Sherrie Jones from Enoch Office Equipment have been a vital part of this since Day 1. There’s a reason Joe Enoch has been able to put together such a successful business. His crew is amazing. They help us transport the coats, they collect coats, they advertise the campaign, they set up the “shopping” time and Rick and Sherrie walk around with each man in the Mission to help them find exactly what they need.

Peter DiLutis, Nestor Aparicio, Luke Jones, Thyrl Nelson, Ryan Chell, Paul Kopelke, Ashley Bishoff, Brett Dickinson, Barry Kamen, Shawn Credle, Max Buchdahl, Ethan Felderstein, Nick Dorsey, etc. etc. etc. make up the WNST crew that attacks this drive at a level comparable to breaking a story about the Ravens or fielding a paying client. They’re awesome at EVERYTHING they do-especially when it comes time to do the right thing for the community.

Buffalo Wild Wings in White Marsh, Bel Air and Owings Mills all went out of their way to host drives this month-sometimes even risking fire code! Ravens LB Jameel McClain, LS Morgan Cox, OT Eugene Monroe, WR Marlon Brown, WR/KR Jacoby Jones and DL Chris Canty all kindly signed footballs to give away in exchange for gear. The WWE and Baltimore Arena provided tickets to give away, as did Rams Head Live and The Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric. Jason Butt and Triumph Books donated incentives, as did The Zone Superstore, Freedmont Mortgage, Gary S. Williams & Ronnie Lott, Press Box and more.

If I’ve forgotten anyone I apologize profusely. An undertaking of this size doesn’t happen without the support of many.

But it’s you the listeners-the WNST community-that have come through the most. This drive ONLY happens because of you. The WNST community is amazing. The WNST community is the best representation of our city I could ever possibly imagine.

God bless you all. Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays. Thank you…from the bottom of my heart…thank you.

I truly love you all.

-G

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Not even a blow-out loss can change how special today is in Baltimore

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Not even a blow-out loss can change how special today is in Baltimore

Posted on 23 December 2013 by Drew Forrester

Well, isn’t this just the best day ever?

Seriously.

This, today, is becoming one of my favorite days of the year, right up there with the opening Thursday morning of The Masters.

It almost seems sort of weird to be in such a good mood after what happened late yesterday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens were soundly whipped by the Patriots.  For my post-game thoughts on that mess, you CAN GO HERE and read my blog from Sunday evening at WNST.net.

OK, so you’re confused, right?

It’s rainy and yucky out.  You haven’t started your shopping yet.  The Ravens may have cost themselves a playoff spot yesterday.

Why is today a great day?

Today is the day we make our annual trip to Helping Up Mission in downtown Baltimore to distribute all of the coats and winter apparel you — our listeners and readers — have supplied us with over the last month or so.

This is our 5-year anniversary with Helping Up Mission.

We’ve found them to be an incredible partner, with the 700 or so men we see each year showing extraordinary respect and appreciation for something as small — to us, perhaps — as a winter coat, a Ravens sweatshirt or a nice pair of perfectly-fitting gloves.

We couldn’t do this without you, our extended WNST family.  In fact, we do it BECAUSE of you and FOR you.  This, today, is actually the result of your generosity and kindness.  We just happen to be the guys lucky enough to drop off the stuff and see the smiling faces.

This year, we flexed our muscles a bit and decided to donate some of the apparel to Goodwill of Maryland.  Splitting up the donation would have normally been a concern, except for the fact that you all stepped up again and provided us with nearly 3,000 coats, sweatshirts, hats, gloves and socks.  There’s plenty to go around, both to Helping Up Mission and Goodwill of Maryland.

We’ll be taking roughly 2,000 pieces of clothing to Helping Up Mission right after my show this morning.  A huge thank you goes out to our great friends at Enoch Office Equipment, who have not only collected apparel for us in the last few years, but they’ve loaned us their vehicle, too, to help get the gear to downtown Baltimore.  If you see Joe Enoch, Rick Donovan or Sherri Jones of Enoch Office Equipment, give them a “thank you” and holiday hug for all that they do to help make this a success.

Helping Up Mission is an extraordinary facility in Baltimore.  The men in there have stumbled in life, but they’re working their way back up.  I only wish all of you could be there today so you could see their faces when they realize they, too, will be getting a holiday gift or, in some cases, they’ll be able to take that jacket or sweatshirt or pair of gloves and give it to a loved one as gift they couldn’t otherwise afford.

If you want to know more about Helping Up Mission, just GO HERE.

Today is a great day at WNST.

I understand it’s not such a swell morning around Baltimore after yesterday’s football game, but the men at Helping Up Mission are involved in something much more important.

You’ve made their Christmas special with your donations.

You’ve also made mine special, again, which I greatly appreciate.

We’ll go downtown today and drop off YOUR generosity and kindness.

Just saying “thank you” doesn’t stress how overwhelmed we are at your support of this annual partnership we’ve developed with Helping Up Mission.

But, thank you.  Again.

 

 

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It’s approaching “last call” for coats, so let’s have a holiday open house!

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It’s approaching “last call” for coats, so let’s have a holiday open house!

Posted on 20 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

I can’t thank everyone enough for coming out last night to Buffalo Wild Wings White Marsh with coats to donate for our annual WNST.net holiday coat drive. We have THOUSANDS of coats here at The Zone Superstore Studios, but when it comes to charity-we will have to admit we’re greedy.

We need more and we only have until 10am Monday to collect them.

So here’s my final hurrah. We’ve gathered all of the stuff we have left over from our various giveaways and events in recent weeks (and actually added some new stuff in as well!) and we’re giving you one final chance to trade us winter gear for it to help the great people at Helping Up Mission and Goodwill of Maryland.

There’s a lot of stuff on our swag table. Let me give you a rundown.

Five coats (or jackets/sweaters/hats/pairs of gloves/snow boots/ski pants/etc.) will get you one of the following:
-A “Crush 19″ t-shirt
-A “Free The Birds” t-shirt
-A copy of “100 Things Ravens Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die” by Jason Butt
-An autographed football from Ravens LB Jameel McClain (a couple are also signed by LS Morgan Cox)
-A pair of tickets to see “Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime” at Rams Head Live January 4
-A pair of tickets to see “Masters of Illusion” at The Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric February 11

Ten coats will get you a copy of Gary S. Williams’ book “The Art of Retirement” autographed by Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott.

The first person to bring 25 or more will get a copy of “Jonathan Ogden: Baltimore’s First Raven” autographed by the Hall of Fame former Raven himself!

All giveaways are while supplies last.

And everyone who brings by even ONE coat will be registered to win a pair of tickets to WWE Monday Night Raw January 6th at Baltimore Arena.

And this is the part that will probably be most interesting to more than a few of you. For a second straight year, my buddy Zack Merrick from the band All Time Low is graciously offering to come by and co-host this afternoon from 3-6pm. He’s willing to meet and greet/take pictures with/sign autographs for anyone who brings by at least FIVE winter weather gear items.

Here’s Zack from last season quizzing Ravens TE Dennis Pitta during one of our weekly player shows.

This is what Zack helped us raise a year ago…

So today’s the day. It all goes down this afternoon at The Zone Superstore Studios…1550 Hart Rd. in Towson. If you have any questions, email me glenn@wnst.net or call our office 410-821-9678. You can start coming by IMMEDIATELY and Zack will be here at 3pm.

As with every good Open House, we’ll have some great guests calling in on “The Reality Check”, including Dennis Pitta, Ravens DL Chris Canty, Maryland football coach Randy Edsall, former Raven Mike Flynn and “Nasty” Nestor Aparicio will make his weekly football picks with us.

Happy Holidays

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We’ve got one incredibly big event left in our annual coat drive

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We’ve got one incredibly big event left in our annual coat drive

Posted on 15 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Perhaps this week should be renamed “Buffalo Wild Wings Week” at WNST.

We’ll be at BWW locations throughout the area this week for various major events all leading up to the culmination of our annual coat drive here at WNST, which this year is benefitting The Helping Up Mission downtown and Goodwill of Maryland.

And this Thursday night is our big event.

Come out to Buffalo Wild Wings White Marsh Thursday night for our annual holiday coat drive event. The whole WNST.net crew (Drew Forrester, Luke Jones, Glenn Clark, Ryan Chell, Nestor Aparicio and more) will be there hanging out enjoying a cold beer and chatting about all things Baltimore sports.

We need coats, but we also need jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, gloves, mittens, hats, snow pants, scarves, boots, earmuffs and anything else you can think of to help keep folks warm this Holiday season. We need them for men, for women, for kids, even for babies. New or previously owned, we need as many as you can bring.

Everyone who brings at least five winter weather gear items (pairs of gloves count as one item) Thursday night we win one of our many giveaways. Our giveaways include…

Roughly 10 of the above pictured “Crush” t-shirts. Sure the Baltimore Orioles don’t have any new players, but he’s still pretty good.

There are roughly 15-20 footballs in this box (footballs provided by Freedmont Mortgage) signed by some of your favorite Baltimore Ravens, including Jameel McClain, Chris Canty, Marlon Brown, Eugene Monroe, Morgan Cox and Jacoby Jones.

We also have four pairs of tickets to see Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime at Rams Head Live in January.

Again, five or more winter weather gear items gets you one of the above items while supplies last. Everyone who brings out even ONE coat will get a $5 gift certificate from Buffalo Wild Wings to take care of their first eight boneless wings that night. And everyone who brings two or more coats will be registered to win a pair of tickets to WWE “Monday Night RAW” at Baltimore Arena January 6th.

PLUS, we have two copies of the recent “Baltimore’s First Raven” Hall of Fame retrospective magazine signed by Jonathan Ogden. The first two people to bring us 20 or more winter weather items will receive those.

You guys have always come through for us in the past. We need you to come through once more before we make the coat donation Christmas week. There are a lot of people that need help in our community this holiday season. Please help us help them while we enjoy yet another run towards the postseason from the Ravens. Get your holiday shopping done while you’re out.

It’s going to be a great week throughout the WNST community. We can’t wait to see you.

-G

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The Sun gets the treatment I said they’d get from The Orioles

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The Sun gets the treatment I said they’d get from The Orioles

Posted on 06 December 2013 by Drew Forrester

If my Thursday edition of Drew’s Morning Dish here at WNST.net was a post-touchdown-celebration, this is what you’d be hearing from the referee.

“There are two penalties on the play, both occurring after the touchdown.  There’s a 15-yard penalty for excessive celebration AND a 15-yard penalty for taunting.”

Did I call that one, or what?

As you can read RIGHT HERE, I opined on Thursday that the Orioles would reach out to Peter Schmuck of The Sun by nightfall to chastise him for his Wednesday column in which he wrote, essentially, that the Jim Johnson trade on Monday night “had the fingerprints of ownership all over it.”

Reach out they did.  They had the owner AND the general manager get a hold of Schmuck to “straighten him out”.  In fact, they straightened him out TWICE on Thursday.  His Thursday piece at The Sun was edited twice yesterday (and the headline changed, too) when Peter Angelos and Dan Duquette both contacted him to make sure he got their story right.

I’m a Peter Schmuck fan, by the way.  I think he’s very well sourced in town.  Actually, I know he’s very well sourced.  And, I think Peter knows sports and knows the way things work in this city when it comes to matters of the Orioles.

I also know – with all due respect to Brett Hollander who is doing a fine job as the host at WBAL – that Schmuck would be hosting a lot of WBAL’s nightly local sports coverage if the Orioles approved it a few years ago when the opening first existed.

Yesterday, though, was so “Orioles-ish” it’s remarkable.

I’ve certainly experienced it ten-fold over the years.  Greg Bader once told me in the Camden Yards press box “only one person listens to you”, but whenever they wanted my access restricted (twice, now, in the last six years) they simply took my media credential away and said, “You can’t come in and cover the team…”

Schmuck got different treatment yesterday.  Once he posted his piece on the The Sun website, the Orioles THEN reacted to it.

They’re as easy to read as a copy of Playboy in the men’s bathroom at your local athletic club.

You try to reach out to the Orioles to get some sort of comment from them on any matter and they don’t return your calls or your emails because…well, because they just don’t feel like wasting their time with you.

Until you write or say something they don’t like.

Then, suddenly, their phone or email works.

It’s reprehensible, really, that a “professional” organization operates in such a fashion, but the Orioles have showed over the years an amazing ability to do things completely on the other side of Planet Professional.

This, by the way, is just beginning.

What I mean by “this” is an uprising of sorts from a fan base that is starting to put pressure on the baseball team to step up to the next level and operate their franchise at a level commensurate with the revenue they’re generating from the community.

It’s not that different than what’s going on in the country these days with regard to President and the government in general.  Folks have grown tired of this charade that’s been going for five years and are starting to demand real answers and real accountability.

We, here, at WNST have been demanding answers and accountability from the baseball franchise for about seven years now.

Throughout that time, we were the subject of scorn from “real” baseball fans in town — those at Orioles Hangout, season ticket holders and die-hards alike — who criticized us for our supposed “agenda”.

Now, the worm has turned.

Orioles Hangout looks like it’s been set on fire with a huge number of their sheep having discovered what WNST knew and communicated all along.  There’s outrage over there as they now – in 2014, almost – are starting to hold the owner’s feet to the fire for the on-field product.

Peter Schmuck held the Orioles accountable this week and look what it got him.

Phone calls, revisions and, in general, an orange finger wagged in his face that said, “Don’t you be writing those things…”

I love it, personally.

If the Orioles were more honest from jump street – with the media, the fans and themselves – this sort of stuff wouldn’t happen.

But, they’re not.

And, so it now begins.

The Orioles vs. everyone else.

Only this time, there’s a lot more of “everyone else” than there has been in the past.

Weird how that works, huh?

 

 

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I’ve got a hell of an offer for you to help our annual coat drive

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I’ve got a hell of an offer for you to help our annual coat drive

Posted on 06 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

After another tremendous canned good drive, our annual WNST.net Coat Drive is underway. Once again this year we’re benefitting the amazing Helping Up Mission downtown-this year we’ll also be taking care of Goodwill of Maryland.

We’ll be announcing an upcoming coat drive event in the coming days-try to keep the night of Thursday, December 19th clear on your calendar if you can. In the meantime, we need you to start bringing coats/jackets/gloves/hats/scarves/mittens/sweaters/sweatshirts and all other warm weather gear (new or used) to us. We’re at The Zone Superstore Studios (1550 Hart Rd. Towson, MD 21286) 6am-6pm Monday-Friday and we have plenty of upcoming events (including “The Best Seat In The House” with Nestor Aparicio Monday night at Buffalo Wild Wings Owings Mills and “Strictly The Truth” with Baltimore Ravens LB Jameel McClain and special guest Bernard Pierce Tuesday night at Greenmount Station in Hampstead) where you can also bring the gear.

If you come by the station, I have plenty of giveaways to exchange with you-including tickets to see Mannheim Steamroller next week at The Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric and more.

But I have another offer to make to you now that I hope you’ll take me up on.

The WWE and the Baltimore Arena have kindly donated some GREAT tickets to the first Monday Night Raw of 2014 (January 6) to us as a part of our annual drive.

I can tell you that the seats are in Section 113. I would tell you more-but apparently tickets aren’t as hard to replicate as I would otherwise like to think.

Want the pair of tickets? Bid me some coats.

How many coats/jackets/hats/pairs of gloves/winter weather items would you be willing to donate to go see the likes of John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Kane, CM Punk, Big Show, Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, etc. pummel each other on the Road to Wrestlemania?

Bidding is in the neighborhood of 30 to start. I KNOW we can do much better than that.

Place your bid in the comments or e-mail me glenn@wnst.net.

As always, we’re going to do our best to take care of those that need it most in the Charm City area this year. We need your help. You’ve always come through for us in the past and we have no idea you will again.

The tickets are up for grabs. I know I want them. How much do you want them as well?

Let me know with a bid.

-G

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Giving thanks to…Glenn Clark

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Giving thanks to…Glenn Clark

Posted on 27 November 2013 by Drew Forrester

The older I get, the more I bask in the glow of seeing others who I know or have worked with take off on their own and have success.

I suppose that’s part of becoming a Dad, a coach and – well – just plain older…your triumphs are minimal compared to those you are raising or trying to lead.

I saw that first-hand last spring when the thirteen players I inherited at the Calvert Hall golf program played the best golf of their lives while winning the MIAA A-Conference championship for the first time since 1997.  I knew from the first time I met them they were special young men.  I had no idea if they could play high-level golf, but when I heard how many of them were involved in school activities, the Peer Ministry group, etc., I knew they were “special men”.

Turns out I was right about all of them.

I was right about someone else too.

Five years ago, when Glenn Clark was handling the producer’s role for the Morning Reaction, I started a holiday-themed campaign that essentially turned into “Coats and Cans”.  My plan was to get cans and non-perishable foods donated from listeners before Thanksgiving — and then to get coats and clothing donated prior to Christmas that we could distribute to those in need.

Glenn bought into it right away.  I remember driving with him to the Canton Baptist Church when we had 2,000 cans in the back of a friend’s truck and offering him the reasoning behind the campaign.  I told him, “This kind of stuff is what we should be doing as a local radio station.  We can talk sports all day…and we do…but making a difference in the community is what we really should be doing.”

I didn’t come up with that theme on my own.  My mentor in the 1980′s, Kenny Cooper, instilled that in me when he showed up in Baltimore to coach a soccer team and treated the city like it was own birthplace.

So, the “Coats and Cans” campaign began and the listeners came through with flying colors.  Year two was bigger.  Year three was bigger than that.  Glenn and I collaborated on every campaign and had turned it into a great triumph for the community, all because the listeners responded to our begging.

Then, Glenn left me.

He didn’t “leave” per-se, he just moved up in the world, to host his own show from 2-6pm here at WNST and take on additional programming duties as well.

Yesterday, we finished our 2013 “Cans” portion of the campaign by dropping off 2,500 cans to SARC in Harford County.  I won’t tell you all about it — you can read Glenn’s piece right here and it all gets explained to you.

Make no mistake about it, though.

This year, and I say it with great pride, the Cans campaign was Glenn Clark’s baby.

He made it a success.

Others helped out, don’t get me wrong.  Ryan Chell was a huge assistant.  Brett Dickinson lended a whopper of a helping hand.  Everyone associated with WNST gets involved and rallies around our charitable efforts.  Lots of listeners to the D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction contributed cans (and coats, too, so far), so I’m thankful that Luke and I made a contibution as well.

The people at WNST understand our role in the community.  From Paul Kopelke to Ashley Bishoff to Nestor Aparicio, everyone in the building at 1550 Hart Road “gets it”.  We’re only as good as the listeners make us.  Every year when I run my charity golf outing, the station donates up to $5,000 in radio advertising to help make it a success, even though the station itself gets zero financial benefit from the event itself.

But, without Glenn Clark this year, the Cans campaign doesn’t kick the major ass that it did.

Five years ago, I drove down to Canton with Glenn Clark and 2,000 cans and told him “this is the kind of stuff that’s really important when you do radio.”

He clearly listened.

For an old man like me, there’s really nothing better than seeing someone “leave the nest” and improve something you started.

Thank you, Glenn.

 

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