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Ravens add undrafted free agents, invite others to rookie minicamp

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Ravens add undrafted free agents, invite others to rookie minicamp

Posted on 12 May 2014 by WNST Staff

The Ravens completed their 2014 draft on Saturday, and moved to the next stage of the rookie talent management process Saturday night into Sunday, as the team signed and invited several NFL rookies to their Owings Mills facility to participate in their rookie minicamp.

Below is a list of players signed to rookie free agent deals, reported by the Baltimore Sun.

James Hurst, OT-UNC

Hurst, a 6’5, 295 OT, was coming off a broken leg suffered in the Belk Bowl at the end of December, was projected to be a top-to-mid-round pick before the injury. Missed both the Senior Bowl and the Combine due to the rehab from his injury.

Sammy Seamster, CB-Middle Tennessee St

Seamster had several visits in the NFL draft process, and the former track star runs a 4.44 40-yard dash.

Xavius Boyd, LB-Western Kentucky

The Ravens have had some success finding players from Western Kentucky-most notably RB Bobby Rainey-in the rookie free agent process. They hope that lighting strikes twice with Xavius Boyd, the reigning Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year who had over 100 tackles and 8.5 sacks in 2013.

A.J. Pataiali’i, DT-Utah State

Standing at 6’3, 307, this nose guard out of the Mountain West could continue to be another lineman the Ravens try and develop and stash on the practice squad.

Terrance Bullitt, LB-Texas Tech

 

Jace Davis, WR-Northern Colorado

Finished with 673 yards and five touchdowns for the Bears in his senior year.

Richie Leone, P-Houston

A Ray Guy Award semifinalist who excels at getting punts inside the 20-yard line. Averaged 43.1 yards a punt.

Parker Graham, OT-Oklahoma State

Played both left tackle and right guard for the Cowboys this season. Named both AP and Coaches Big-12. Stands at 6’7 315.

Brett Van Sloten, OT-Iowa

A right tackle for the Hawkeyes that only allowed 15 QB sacks in 2013.

Derrick Hopkins, DT-Virginia Tech

6’0, 311-lb defensive lineman played considerable action over his four years in Blacksburg (started 40 games). Finished 2013 with 54 tackles and five sacks.

Jake Sinkovec, Boston College H-Back

A solid blocker, played eight games at fullback for Boston College in 2013.

Jamie Meder, DT-Ashland (Ohio)

Played well enough for the NFLPA game to get a look…

Jeremy Butler, WR-Tennessee-Martin

Zach Orr, LB-North Texas

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Watching the Wizards — from a distance

Posted on 08 May 2014 by Tony Wisniewski

It’s hard not to watch the Wizards’ playoff run.

They’re young.  They’re exciting.  They’re from Washington.

This is Baltimore.  Just down Interstate-95, about 35-minutes south, is Washington.  Baltimore isn’t Washington–and the Wizards aren’t the hometown team.

For a decade, the Civic Center–Baltimore Areana/First Mariner Arena–housed the red-white-and-blue uniforms that represented the city’s NBA franchise.  And then, after the 1973 season, they whisked away to the greener pastures of the Washington DC suburbs of Landover.

And, like that, the Bullets were no longer property of Baltimore.

Though the franchise made an effort to travel to Charm City for several home-games each year, it was never quite right; almost like having dinner with an ex-girlfriend who says she’s confused and needs space, but you know she’s been sleeping with some other guy for quite some time.

On a personal level, a kid like me never knew any better.  Born in 1983,  I knew nothing other than vivid memories of Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, told to me by my basketball-crazed father.

Sure, as a kid we watched the Bullets on Home-Team-Sports (big-time throwback), and we went to any games that the team played in Baltimore–even though it was routinely against bottom-feeders like the Barkley-less-Sixers, the Laettner-led Timberwolves, or the JV team that used to be the New Jersey Nets.

Rex Chapman bombing threes over Hersey Hawkins, or Pervis Ellison going body-to-body with Dwayne Schintzius, wasn’t exactly a premier brand of basketball–but it was all Baltimore had.

As a kid, it was perfectly acceptable to run around the Bear Creek and West Inverness playgrounds with a handmade Tom Gugliotta jersey while bellowing out “Guuuuuuuugs.”

Ah, but ignorance is bliss.  As time went on, it became more and more apparent that the Bullets couldn’t really care less about Baltimore.

Even though mainstays like Wes Unseld and Phil Chenier claimed love for Baltimore and its fans who created a college-type of atmosphere, the organization decided that in 1997, it was the end of the yearly trips to Baltimore–officially closing the door on memory lane.

By 1998, the re-branded Wizards took to the court at the newly constructed MCI Center in the heart of one of the worst crime-laden neighborhoods in our Nation’s Capital.  And, even though Baltimore has been the backdrop of drug-infested war-stories like HBO’s The Wire, try and convince a Dundalkian, Overlean, or Parkvillian to venture into DC.

You’d have a better chance of convincing a Fallston girl to leave a Fed Hill bar and go to a keg-party in a Dundalk basement.

And that’s just it.  It’s not that Baltimore and its fans lost interest in the Bullets-turned-Wizards.  It’s that the franchise lost interest in its roots.

The official statements that the organization made and would continue to make if anyone still asked the question, would be that they aren’t going to keep piling into a dilapidated arena when they have a newer facility less-than-an-hour away.

But there’s more to the story than that; perhaps most importantly, it’s not the arena that the Bullets-Wizards franchise shunned, it’s the fans.

The fans of Baltimore who had memories of Gus Johnson and Elvin Hayes.  The fans who clamored to get tickets to watch a couple of games per year from obstructed view seats.  The fans who still think that the Wizards are part of Baltimore.

And that’s what it’s become.  A fallacy of what once was.

These days, as a kids who never really knew the Bullets like my dad did, I watch the Wizards and appreciate their youthful enthusiasm and the growing chemistry of budding superstars like Bradley Beal and John Wall.

But I look at them as I look at Oklahoma City’s franchise; or Indiana’s, or Brooklyn’s.

This is Baltimore.  And while it’s certainly understandable to like the Wizards and enjoy their run in the playoffs, it’s important to remember, they’re Washington’s team–not Baltimore’s.

Baltimore is watching–albeit from a distance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seth Allen says Turgeon, Terps will be fine without him

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Seth Allen says Turgeon, Terps will be fine without him

Posted on 06 May 2014 by WNST Audio

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They Might Be Ravens: Taylor Lewan

Posted on 02 May 2014 by Tony Wisniewski

He’s big, smooth, and funny.

Yea, Taylor Lewan can crack up a room.  During his tenure at Michigan, he became well-known for his finger-mustache “Englishman” impression.

The down-side is that he has a bit of legal baggage stemming to an alleged fight last December.  According to Lewan, speaking on his own behalf, he denies any altercation, dismissing the notion that he was doing anything beyond breaking up a fight between others.

It’s plausible, the only problem is that he faces three charges–one which includes the more serious tag of “aggravated assault.”

For now it’s a he-said-he-said incident, but it’s a red-mark heading into the draft; not to mention that there is chatter out there about a past incident of intimidating a rape victim.  Certainly not the type of SEO Tags you’d want as a first-round pick.

The Good:  Being a former d-lineman, he’s quick and possess above-average foot-work.  Much has been said about his mean-streak, which is a great thing when it comes to offensive tackles.  He’s big enough and athletic enough to play either side of the line.

The Bad:  Legal issues aside, he’s only been playing offensive tackle since his senior year of high school.  There’s a question over whether or not he’s willing to work at his craft, as–with many gifted athletes–he relies a lot on his flat-out talent, rather than developing the necessary skill.

The Reality:  Lewan will like go in the top 15 picks–perhaps even as high as mid-top-10.  While it initially looked like he’d be a possibility for the Ravens at pick 17, it seems as if that idea–or as Ozzie Newsome would say,”ship”–has sailed.

 

See the initial “They Might Be Ravens” post here.

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In the Sterling-Silver Saga, NBA was wrong

Posted on 30 April 2014 by Tony Wisniewski

Donald Sterling is a racist–didn’t you know?

Apparently he’s been a racist, bigot, sexist, and virtual scumbag for decades.  Just ask Elgin Baylor and Danny Manning.

But if you think that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the right decision, I’m sorry, but you’re wrong.  You’re wrong because you’re letting emotion cloud your judgement and your ability to look at the ramifications.

Should Sterling have been booted from The League?  Sure, but as my good friend Brian put it, “it should have happened years ago, but not for this.”  Oh, and in case you’re wondering, yes, Brian is African American.

In fact, allow me to share his full thoughts on the matter.  Brian and I often banter back-and-forth that white people tend to use the “I have black friends” card when approaching a topic of race.  In some ways, sharing his thoughts is my way of playing that card–but only for the fact that he’s one of the smartest and level-headed dudes I’ve ever met.  In essence, I don’t respect his opinion and share it because of his skin color, rather it’s because of his societal acumen and natural intelligence.

Unfortunately race is a sensitive issue, still, even in 2014.  But that doesn’t mean we should shy away from it.  In fact, it’s incumbent upon anyone involved in sports to hit racial issues head on.  Here’s what Brian had to say via email:

“Ok now onto Sterling.. This is going to get long so you may want to use the restroom, take care of personal phone calls first, etc. Ok with Sterling I FEEL NO SYMPATHY AT ALL!!! and this is an example of “chickens coming home to roost” Sterling has a 30 year history of being a despicable vile racist. And not the oh my gosh he said something crazy on radio for ratings type racist (I’m looking at you Imus and Limbaugh) but a did real damage to real people with institutional racism. I remember reading about his antics and history back in ’06 when they covered his not one but two historical housing discrimination suits that he lost (he didn’t admit guilt just paid a California record in damages) But the sworn testimony is jaw dropping. And if you read the testimony from his other lawsuits you sit back and go man this guy is a scumbag. Now does this mean he should have his team stripped b/c he essentially told his jump off to stop embarrassing him in front of his country club friends by flaunting the fact that she is banging every young black athlete this side of Adam Jones? No he shouldn’t lose it for that (sidenote: I had no problem with the tape – I was actually a little disappointed b/c knowing Sterling’s history when I heard racist rant I thought he was going to go grand wizard on his and drop every slur know to man like Uncle Ruckus from the Boondocks- he didn’t even use a slur). So no in a vaccuum he should not lose the team for that. Now he should lose the team for the other stuff. This is Al Capone going to jail for tax evasion and not the hundreds of people he killed.”

So to sum up, it is kind of messed up that he is banned for life and losing his team for THIS!! But he has a trunk full of evil deeds that can be substituted. I wish I was mature enough to stand up for the rights of the most despicable out there but I’m not (at least not in a lot of cases). But sometimes I just give in to street justice. For example I could see 4 cops  batoning the hell out of a handcuffed Jerry Sandusky I would not only walk by and not say or report anything but I would probably testify in open court that he attacked them first. That is the wrong side to be on b/c rules should apply to everyone and the past crimes of a person doesn’t mean they waive away their present “rights” I just hope there are more mature people then me to weigh in on that and do the right thing. But for me and with Donald Sterling I say turn him over to the mob and let them do as they wish.

Like he said, Sterling deserves what he gets, but not for this incident. If the NBA needed to make this move to remove a classless bigot, it should have referred to the continued problems and issues, rather than giving into public pressure, player outcry, and the media.

 Adam Silver made the wrong decision simply because it wasn’t his decision.  It was a decision that was made under pressure and one that paved the way the “slippery slope” that Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, alluded to, Drew Forrester opined about this morning  to and I wrote about yesterday.

Donald Sterling doesn’t deserve sympathy.  In fact, this isn’t even about Donald Sterling.  It’s about the preservation of the freedom to say and think the way you wish and desire–even if it’s something that most of us don’t support or condone.

If I don’t like people that wear blue shirts, it isn’t right to take my house away.  If I hate cat ladies and all they stand for, you can’t confiscate my dog.  And, if I don’t want to support gay marriage, or in contrast, I am married to a man, you can’t just up and take my business away and tell me I’m not allowed to be part of the rotary club.  It doesn’t work that way, not in 2014.  And, the decision to yank Sterling’s franchise from him is as irresponsible and antiquated-in-logic as saying that “minorities shouldn’t come to games.”

Should Donald Sterling have been punished?  I guess.  But more in the way of advertisers choosing not to affiliate with him, players refusing to sign in LA, and coaches–like Doc Rivers–refusing to work for him.  In fact, just last week, the NAACP planned on giving Sterling a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Interesting, considering that Sterling has been a racist and well-known bigot for a long, long time.

Organizations shunning a guy and pulling their ad dollars is more than appropriate.  Fining a guy over private comments and confiscating what purchased with his own money, that’s flat-out wrong because it opens the door to absolute power and dictation.

You might ask, does Sterling deserve to own a professional sports franchise? That’s really not up for debate, simply because if you have the money–as Snoop in The Wire would say–”deserve’s got nothin’ to do with it.”

Adam Silver was wrong.  The NBA just opened the door to dictating thought and opinion; and that’s a scary and dangerous path to go down.  Donald Sterling is a racist.  He doesn’t deserve sympathy.

He doesn’t deserve anything–and that includes having his franchise taken from him for this incident alone.

 

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The Donald Sterling Story isn’t a tragedy — Yet

Posted on 29 April 2014 by Tony Wisniewski

Forget what you’ve heard about the Donald Sterling story; the tragedy hasn’t happened yet.

Racism, bigotry and prejudice are merely a backdrop to what’s coming.

The remarks made by the embattled Clippers owner are disappointing, but hardly earth-shattering. At the end of the day, the world–friends of Sterling and everyone else–discovered that Sterling isn’t who they thought he was.

Much like the world didn’t think Tiger Woods was a sex addict, didn’t realize that Ben Roethlisberger was the type of guy who would assault a woman in a hotel room, and never would have imagined that Lance Armstrong was a stone-faced liar.

People, especially those we only think we know, often turn out differently than we expected. The Sterling-saga isn’t the first of its nature and it surely won’t be the last. Remember Don Imus and the “nappy-headed hos” comment? It was stupid. Just like what Sterling said–stupid.

And the only thing that can make this whole situation more stupid, and potentially tragic, would be to force the sale of the LA Clippers franchise.

Suggest the sale? Sure, that’s fine. Recommend the sale? Yea, that’s fair. Force the sale? Oh, wow, that’s a major, major problem.

By forcing the sale of a professional sports franchise, based on recordings recovered by gossip-based media outlets like TMZ would be irresponsible, stupid, and essentially tragic. Yes, tragic; it could be that bad.

If professional sports leagues–or any sort of organization–were to have the power to start dictating who must sell or forfeit their privately-owned businesses and teams, based on their words, thoughts, and beliefs, it would be a major infringement on our culture and a dangerous challenge to freedom.

Let’s backtrack for a minute. Did Donald Sterling threaten anyone? Did he specifically use words and slang terms that could incite retaliation and potential violence? Did he violate any labor laws?

The answer to all of these questions is “no, no, and no.”

Is Sterling–by most accounts–a racist? Yes. Is he half off-his-rocker? Sure seems like it. Did he offend the general public and essentially sever any and all relationships, both public and private? You betcha.

But he didn’t kill anyone. He didn’t put anyone in danger. He didn’t violate anyone’s personal rights. He made ignorant statements that exposed a narrow-minded view of the world. If ignorance is the new Litmus Test for whether or not an owner should have to forfeit his business or his team, than we’re in incredibly troubling times.

Racism exists in society and so does stupidity. Neither are tragic, they’re merely unfortunate and intolerable to the point of disassociation. But neither are grounds for forfeiture of rights or businesses.

If this is the new precedent, it paves the way for power to drastically fall into the wrong hands. It promotes a lack of diverse thinking and opinion among members of society–even though, in this case, we’re dealing with an opinion and view that the majority of us don’t appreciate and aren’t willing to tolerate. That’s the beauty of freedom, no one truly has to believe or support anything he or she doesn’t want to.

If Donald Sterling wants to be a racist, what’s the issue with that, other than the fact that you and I don’t choose to agree with him?

There’s an easy solution to all of this. Simply don’t tolerate it. Don’t go to Clippers’ games. Don’t buy jerseys. Write letters to advertisers and persuade them to take a stand against Donald Sterling and drop their marketing deals. That’s all part of free speech and the beauty of having your own opinion and the ability to exercise what you believe and think to be right.

There’s a major difference in putting pressure on someone to do something and forcing their hand legally.

The only thing that would trump Donald Sterling’s stupidity and ignorance would be the decision to force him to give up his franchise based solely on the things he said in a private conversation. That’s when this whole situation goes beyond being stupid.

That’s when it shifts toward tragedy.

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In Ozzie we Trust, in #WNSTSweet16 we recognize no one is perfect

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In Ozzie we Trust, in #WNSTSweet16 we recognize no one is perfect

Posted on 29 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

The list belongs to me this week. Not all of our lists are going to be pleasant. Some are going to be like this one. Here’s the list preview if you missed it.

Our list this week is the #WNSTSweet16 worst Draft picks in Baltimore Ravens history. Here’s what I’ve got. It’s brought to you by Jerry’s Automotive (Jerry’s Chevrolet and Jerry’s Toyota Scion).

16. Michael Oher

I had a bunch of folks suggest I include him. I really didn’t want to but ultimately decided I could justify it. The 23rd pick overall in 2009 has had a much more legitimate career already than most of the others on this list and was a starter for a Super Bowl championship team. But the Ravens traded up in ’09 to find their left tackle of the future and Oher was just never that guy. The former Ole Miss standout will have further opportunity to justify being worthy of his spot as his career continues in Tennessee, but with the door closed in Baltimore his career just did not make him worthy of the pick.

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Are you a real Baltimore sports fan? The Quiz-Answer Edition

Posted on 29 April 2014 by Tony Wisniewski

Spoiler alert.

If you haven’t taken the quiz and jogged your Baltimore Sports Fan memory, go here now.

If you’re ready for the answers, here they come.

Before jumping into the answers, though, shout out to Will from Parkton, Paul from Middle River, and Justin from Dundalk for doing considerably well on the quiz.  Second shout out to Teddy from Dundalk, Stephie from Owings Mills, and Brian from Abingdon for essentially admitting defeat.

On a side note, when I gave the quiz to my wife, she was less-than-thrilled by the difficulty and considerably more aggravated by my reaction to her less-than-thrill-ed-ness; it ruined our entire weekend.

But, if you ask me, she should know these things.  Like I told her, at least I didn’t make her pass the prenuptial Baltimore Colts Exam that was featured in the classic Baltimore-based flick, Diner.

Here are the answers to the Baltimore Sports Quiz–straight from Tony, the Baltimore Sports Wiz…

#1  In what year did the St. Louis Browns move to Baltimore?

1954

#2  What was Rex Barney’s famous tag-line?

“Thank youuuuuuu”

#3  What is the significance of Cubs GM Theo Epstein to Baltimore?

He was a summer intern with the Orioles, starting in 1992.

#4  Who was the first player to enter the Ravens’ Ring of Honor?

Earnest Byner (nice guy, but years later, it’s clear that he probably doesn’t belong there)

#5  Baltimore had three minor league hockey teams, what were their names?

Clippers, Skipjacks, Bandits.

#6  Baltimore’s USFL team’s nickname was?

Stars.

#7  Which player won a Grey Cup with the Stallions and a Super Bowl with the Ravens?

O.J. Brigance.

#8  Who was the starting quarterback for the Baltimore Stallions during their Grey Cup victory?

Tracey Ham.

#9  Who owned the Baltimore Stallions?

Jim Speros.

#10  Former Maryland Terps Basketball Coach, Bob Wade, has what significance to Baltimore?

Prior to UM, he coached at Dunbar.

#11  Which former Orioles’ pitching prospect had vanity license plates that read “24KTARM”?

Matt Riley (what a waste of talent).

#12  Which Orioles’ third baseman won Sporting News’ AL Rookie of the Year Honors in 1989?

Craig Worthington.

#13  Cal Ripken Sr. wore which jersey number as a coach for the Orioles?

7.

#14  Which two former Orioles make up two of only four members in MLB history to record more than 3,000 hits and 500 home runs?

Eddie Murray and Rafael Palmeiro (joining Hank Aaron and Willie Mays).  Incredible that Raffy will likely never make it to Cooperstown. 

#15  Which movie was filmed at Camden Yards?

Major League II.

#16  Which movie was filmed at Ravens Stadium?

The Replacements.

#17  Which owner played a major role in Baltimore not being awarded an expansion team over Jacksonville and Carolina?

Redskins owner, Jack Kent Cooke.

#18  Who was the owner of the fashion store Merry-Go-Round, who also played a key role in the  ”Give Baltimore the Ball” campaign?

Boogie Weinglass–who was actually portrayed in the aforementioned Diner by Mickey Rourke.

#19  Which receiver holds the Ravens’ single-season record of 14 touchdown receptions?

Michael “He-He” Jackson.

#20  Who was “Zeus”?

The late Orlando Brown.

#21  Who was “Full Pack”?

Oriole closer, Don Stanhouse earned the name because it was rumored that Earl Weaver would smoke a full-pack of cigarettes as Stanhouse struggled to effectively close-out games without a good amount of drama in the ninth inning.

#22  Which Orioles’ favorite was known for eating Froot Loops before games?

Birds’ catcher, Mickey Tettleton.

#23  In the 1989 season, in the fateful series in Toronto to finish the season, what strange injury caused Pete Harnish to miss his scheduled start?

Walking back to the team hotel, he stepped on a nail.

#24  Which former Oklahoma Sooners basketball star was once thought to be the heir apparent to Cal Ripken?

Ryan Minor.

#25  Who was “Iron Hands”?

The late and legendary Ernie Tyler, who sat to the left of the on-deck circle and handed new mud-rubbed baseballs to the umpire during the games at Memorial Stadium and Camden Yards, every day from 1960 to 2007.

#26  Who returned the blocked Al Del Greco field goal for a touchdown in Tennessee, paving the way for the Ravens to move on to the AFC Championship in January 2001?

Defensive tackle Keith Washington blocked it, safety Anthony Mitchell returned it 90-yards to pay-dirt.

#27  Which Ravens’ defensive back fueled much of the Steelers-Ravens rivalry by stepping on Plaxico Burress’ head during a scuffle?

James Trapp.

#28  What is significant about the Esskay sign in right field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards?

It starts blinking when it’s hit by a ball.

#29  Who is Len Burrier?

The “Big Wheel.”  Essentially the Colts and Stallions version of fan-mascot “Wild Bill” Hagy.

#30  Which long-time NFL punter went to Towson University?

Sean Landeta.

#31  Which Dunbar standout played alongside of Joe Smith, Exree Hipp, Johnny Rhodes and Duane Simpkins?

Keith Booth.

#32  What number did Deion Sanders wear as a member of the Ravens, and why?

37.  It was his age at the time.  And, by-and-large, he played like it.

#33  What is it customary to hold up as visiting opponents’ lineups are being announced at the University of Maryland basketball games?

Newspapers.

#34  Which former O’s pitcher lost 21 games in 1954, and went on to throw the only perfect game in World Series history two years later as a member of the New York Yankees?

Don “Gooneybird” Larsen.

#35  Why would a true Baltimore fan despise the number that precedes this question?

Number 35 was worn by Mike Mussina, who defected to the Bronx Bombers in 2001.  In his defense, had owner Peter Angelos ponied-up and matched the money that the Yankees were offering, Mussina would have likely never left Baltimore.  

 

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 topic is the absolute “worst”

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 topic is the absolute “worst”

Posted on 28 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

It’s year 16 for us here at WNST and we’re doing everything in our power to make it sweet.

We’ve been thrilled to be your local sports media leader for roughly a decade and a half and we look forward to many more years of the same.

We’re making our 16th year by looking over some of the “water cooler” topics that have been debated on the airwaves at WNST, right here at WNST.net and via social media @WNST on Twitter and WNST.net on Facebook. We’re then giving definition to those topics with our “#WNSTSweet16″ lists.

In fact, we’ve already made it 16 lists into the year. What’s that? You only remember 13 of them by heart? I understand, that’s why I have this refresher here to help you.

(The “Sweet 16″ is driven by our friends at Jerry’s Automotive-Jerry’s Chevrolet & Jerry’s Toyota Scion!)

Week 16: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest players in Washington Capitals history
Week 15: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 games we’ve been treated to
Week 14: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 Masters moments of the last 30 years
Week 13: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 greatest pro wrestling moments in Baltimore history
Week 12: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports goofballs/personalities
Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

There are a few major sporting events coming up in March that we’ll be reflecting here in the #WNSTSweet16, starting with the NFL Draft. That will be our focus for the next two weeks of the #WNSTSweet16 in fact.

The Baltimore Ravens have had a remarkable history in the NFL Draft, starting with drafting two Hall of Famers (Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis) with their first ever selections in franchise history back in 1996. In fact, the Ravens’ amazing history of selecting players has lead to a mantra of “In Ozzie (Newsome) we trust” in Charm City.

But not everything the Ravens have done in the Draft has always been flawless.

This week’s topic reflects the misses in the nearly two decades of Ravens history. The list is the #WNSTSweet16 “Worst Draft Picks in Ravens history”.

#1 on the list appears to be locked up quicker than you can say “that quarterback from California…you know, the one that dated Tara Reid”.

It’s not really the top of the list that I’m worried about. The top handful of “busts” will roll of your tongue fairly quickly-including Travis Taylor, Mark Clayton and obviously Sergio Kindle. It’s getting to sixteen that seems to be the greater task for me. Every team misses on picks in mid-to-late rounds of the NFL Draft-it’s hard to consider that group among the worst. So have there been sixteen really bad picks in Ravens Draft history?

In order to get there, I may need to re-consider how I gauge “worst”. There have certainly been picks made early in the NFL Draft by the team that have panned out as starters and/or contributors but who perhaps have not panned out to quite be the star players that perhaps the organization would have hoped they were going to become when they selected them so early in the Draft. A certainly tackle who now plays for the Tennessee Titans comes to mind in this group.

Now who else?

I want your suggestions. 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 then discuss it with Drew and Luke on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. I will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday on “The Happy Hours” with Nestor Aparicio.

The Draft conjures mostly positive memories in the minds of Baltimore Ravens fans-but not exclusively. Help us remember those picks that didn’t quite go as well as hoped. Make your voice heard!

-G

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Pineda’s Pine Tar Gaff, Phelps’ Return, and in other news…

Posted on 25 April 2014 by Tony Wisniewski

  • Yankees pitcher, Michael “Sticky Fingers” Pineda,” feels sad” for getting caught playing with his pine tar smothered neck in between pitches.

In other news…When talking to reporters, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Pineda wasn’t “trying to cheat.” He then could be heard phoning in a bulk order of “three cases of Vaseline, two rolls of sandpaper, and a year-supply of rubber cork.”

  •  Baltimore-native, Michael “Human Fish” Phelps, made a dramatic return to swimming yesterday, losing to fellow Olympian Ryan Lochte.

In other news…98% percent of American sports fans recently learned that competitive swimming actually took place outside of the Olympics.

  •  The Baltimore Ravens re-signed ex-Terps receiver LaQuan Williams yesterday, a year removed from releasing him with an injury settlement.

In other news…Terps’ diehards brace for another looming heartbreak when the Ravens realize they can only keep 53-players on the roster.

  •  Former Oriole, and former manslaughter suspect, Alfredo Simon is accused of raping a woman last spring in DC.

In other news…Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon makes a surprise visit to Pittsburgh to consult with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (#neverforget #scumbag)

  •  Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin will drive the pace card for tomorrow’s Richmond NASCAR race.

In other news…public officials and historians brace for tomorrow’s monumental event in Richmond where it’s reported that for the first time ever, an African American will attend a NASCAR event.

 

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