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Yahoo Sports’ Jason Cole Says Warren Sapp Should Be Fired by NFL

Posted on 22 March 2012 by WNST Staff

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Terps DL Vellano Named AP All-American

Posted on 14 December 2011 by WNST Staff

Monroe, Vellano Earn More Postseason Accolades

Vellano a second-team AP All-American; Monroe secures spots on two more freshman All-America teams

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Defensive linemen Andre Monroe and Joe Vellano continue to rack up postseason honors.

Vellano was voted a second team All-American by the Associated Presson Wednesday. The junior, who leads the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in tackles by a defensive lineman (7.8 per game), earned a spot on the second team of the Walter Camp All-America squad last week.

Monroe was chosen a second team freshman All-American by two outlets – Phil Steele Publications (on Wednesday) and Yahoo! Sports (on Friday).

Monroe was placed on the College Football News (CFN) Freshman All-America team last week.

He played in just nine games (four starts) due to injury, but ranks second in the FBS in sacks among freshmen (0.56 pg). The Upper Marlboro, Md., product leads the ACC in tackles for loss (0.83 pg) by a freshman and is also sixth overall in the league in sacks per game.

A two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference choice (second team in 2010; first team in 2011), Vellano posted 94 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries this season. He had a career-high 20 tackles vs. Georgia Tech (Oct. 8).

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Bumpy road ahead to new NFL CBA agreement

Posted on 22 July 2011 by Chris Pika

ATLANTA—As word leaked out that the NFL owners had voted 31-0 on their proposal for a settlement of legal issues and the terms of a new CBA last night, rumors that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith had been on the phone during a prolonged (and unplanned) dinner break by the owners seemed to suggest that there was an agreement in principle in place.

As we found out not more than 15 minutes after the NFL’s press conference at the Atlanta Gateway Marriott announcing their vote and going over the particulars of the league’s proposal, the howls of protest via social media by players and leaking of two NFLPA emails from Smith and NFLPA general counsel Richard Berthelsen seemed to suggest that the players were blindsided by the owners.

It should have been clear (but wasn’t at the time) that the men lined up behind Goodell during the press conference — NFL Executive VP of Labor/League Counsel Jeff Pash, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, New York Giants owner John Mara, Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II and Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt — never once smiled, even wearily, as the months of negotiations were at an end.

They knew what we were finding out. The road to ratification is filled with bumps that could still derail the process. It’s easy (in some respects) to get 32 people to agree to a proposal (the supplemental revenue sharing deal brokered during the day between the owners was a bigger story that got lost in the later events). It’s harder to get 1,900 people to share one vision, especially when there are competing personal interests inside the group.

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Nets Select Maryland’s Jordan Williams in Round 2

Posted on 23 June 2011 by WNST Staff

Williams Picked by Nets in Second Round

Maryland center led ACC in rebounding in 2010-11

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Jordan Williams, who earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition after leading the league in rebounding as a sophomore, was chosen by the New Jersey Nets in the second round of the NBA Draft Thursday night.

Williams, a 6-foot-10 center, was the 36th selection overall in the draft and was the Nets’ second selection of the night.

I’m excited for Jordan that he realized a longtime dream of his to have his name called in the NBA Draft,” said new Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. “It’s a testament of his hard work and the great opportunity he had to play college basketball at Maryland.  We wish Jordan the best as he begins his professional career, and we will follow him closely as he adds his name to the long list of Maryland alumni to play in the NBA.”

Williams averaged 16.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game for the Terrapins, who went 19-14 in the 2010-11 season. He set a school record with 13 straight double-doubles this season and ended the year with 25, which was second in the nation.

With 388 rebounds, he finished second on the single-season rebounding list at Maryland and was only the seventh sophomore in the history of the ACC to grab at least 600 career rebounds (672). He finished third nationally in rebounding and was the first Maryland player to lead the ACC on the glass since Joe Smith (1993-94).

He was a third team All-America pick by Yahoo! Sports and FoxSports.com, and earned honorable mention All-America consideration by the Associated Press.

Williams’ selection gives the Terrapin men’s basketball program picks in back-to-back seasons for the second time since 2007. Greivis Vasquez, the ACC Player of the Year in 2010, was selected on the first round by the Memphis Grizzlies and was the 28th pick overall in last year’s NBA Draft.

D.J. Strawberry (2007) and James Gist (2008) were the most recent back-to-back picks, while Maryland had players taken in 2001 (Terence Morris), 2002 (Chris Wilcox, Juan Dixon, Lonny Baxter) and 2003 (Steve Blake).

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Ray Lewis, Deer Antlers, and one very important lesson .....

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Ray Lewis, Deer Antlers, and one very important lesson …..

Posted on 20 January 2011 by Rex Snider

I have spent a considerable portion of my adult life in and around different drug cultures. I have bought drugs, sold drugs, seized drugs and arrested offenders connected to virtually every type of offense involving drugs.

From loudmouth punks who get caught with a dirty bowl, to teenage ‘slingers on a street corner, to addict/junkies who’ll pawn their kid’s video games, to KINGPIN offenders who import marijuana in hundreds of pounds, I have dealt with every type of offender.

So, when I hear stories about athletes being tied to performance enhancing drugs, I naturally take notice and pay particular attention. Such topics will always interest me …..

In total disclosure, I must admit that I haven’t had much exposure to PED’s. And, to be honest, given the criminal environment and violence tied to street drugs (heroin, cocaine, meth), law enforcement agencies tend to emphasize their efforts on such problems, as opposed to ridding society of steroids.

However, given the undermining subculture of performance enhancing drug usage in America’s professional sports landscape, I always look for the parallels between athletes who use, or allegedly use such drugs and the people who recreationally use narcotics in daily life.

Both groups usually conceal such usage with a “deeper” desire to avoid exposure …..

Both groups consistently have a “deeper” issue than a simple habit …..

Both groups usually get caught – especially as they spiral “deeper” into this world …..

So, when I first encountered last night’s Yahoo Sports story regarding Hue Jackson and Ray Lewis’ alleged tie to a supplement company that distributes substances banned by the NFL, I developed an immediate interest.

From the perspective of knowing topics that impact Baltimore’s sports environment and its athletes, to my attraction to DRUGS, I’m spending my morning learning as much I can about “Deer Antler Velvet Extract” and its relationship to the human body.

Look, I’ve never heard of the stuff and on the surface of the discussion, I’m having a difficult time discerning the value of a deer’s antlers for anything other than fighting another deer …..

But, if there is any correlation to ANTLERS and their VELVET to the propensity to earn CASH, I will be petitioning Nestor to rethink his adamant opposition to popping some of the biggest bucks I’ve ever seen, from the WNST studio’s window.


I have no doubt that plenty of on-air and informal conversations will transpire from this story. And, such discussions will be far-reaching. To a point, I’m glad to see this story developing after the Ravens season has ended.

If Ray remained in the public eye and available to reporters, he would be besieged with questions about the article and his alleged relationship to the affected company, Sports With Alternatives To Steroids (S.W.A.T.S.). The situation would’ve become a likely distraction, and inquiries would’ve created a roundabout undermining of the upcoming game.

Let’s also be honest about Ray Lewis and any alleged connection to illegal or prohibited conduct. An overwhelming amount of people – especially outside of Baltimore – are always going to pre-judge him. He will be cast as a villain and performance enhancing drug user by THOUSANDS, as soon as they hear of the story.

That’s wrong. But, it’s also the impulsive and sensationalist way of many sports fans.

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Blog & Tackle: NFL’s message control Twittered away

Posted on 05 August 2009 by Chris Pika

The rise of Twitter from social networking novelty to full-blown breaking news source in the sports world was cemented in recent days, not in general acceptance, but in the attempts to control its reach by some NFL clubs.

The team-media relationship is mostly controlled by league-mandated access to players and coaches each week. The NFL has steadily added media access for in recent seasons, despite push back from some teams.

And as the NFL controls the access, the teams mostly control the message. Team PR representatives do an excellent job coaching key people (head coach, GM, top players) on what kind of questions might be asked and the best way to answer them, especially in losing situations. But they can’t control every info outlet.

Some of the ways journalists bypass club control is by reading major team message boards for rumors, talking to players’ personal PR reps and logging onto public player Facebook pages. Now, add Twitter to that mix. Twitter, in its’ own 140-character way, has further blurred the lines between players and fans.

Position battles and effect of injuries rule talk radio and the internet during training camp, and Twitter fuels that fire.

Sites such as SportsIn140.com do a great job of compiling legit player accounts (as opposed to fakes) in the major sports and the media. Tech-savvy fans can follow players, agents and media and decide which sources they want to follow.

For instance, Ravens fans can follow WNST’s Twitter page along with other media sources and Ravens’ players, and the real-time info flows into your mobile device.

Even the NFL itself has a large Twitter presence with Roger Goodell and several PR people tweeting regularly. PR/website employees at the Ravens, Falcons, Saints, Broncos, Chargers and other clubs have active accounts.

But Twitter’s immediacy makes some clubs nervous. Nine NFL teams (the Saints recently relented) have banned the use of Twitter by media attending public training camp practices. Fans in the stands can tweet, but media is restricted from using devices on the field (cellphones, PDAs, etc.) or tweeting from workouts. This has upset many media members, with a story by Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star in USA Today highlighting the fact that the Twitter genie is out of the bottle, and teams will have to deal with that fact eventually.

In some cases, players’ use of Twitter is an issue. Several clubs banned tweeting from team functions (meetings, etc.) under threat of fines. San Diego’s Antonio Cromartie was fined $2,500 for tweeting that the club served “nasty food.” Star players with big contracts might decide to tweet anyway just because they can and one club’s reported $1,700 fine for tweeting at functions equals the fine for being late to practice.

The media follows these players on Twitter to get information they can quote in stories and use in interviews. Ultimately, star players know they, not the clubs, hold the control on access.

One point: Once practices are closed to the public for the regular season, media has restrictions on what info they can disclose on any platform, plus many teams close practice to media after a certain point (usually before team drills; media can see who is out at practice or missing during individual drills), then let them back in at the close of practice for interviews. So, game day becomes the next Twitter playground, especially for fantasy football players.

The use of cell phones and PDAs on the sidelines or locker rooms during game day (including halftime) by clubs is banned by the NFL for competitive reasons, so Twitter is out of the question (no Shaquille O’Neal-type halftime tweets).

The league also restricts in-game content flow from media outlets and web sites. According to the NFL’s 2009 credential terms, “Game Information must be time-delayed and/or limited in amount (including while a game is in progress) as set forth … and may not, under any circumstances, constitute, serve as a substitute for, or otherwise approximate, play-by-play accounts of a game in any medium.” That seems to include Twitter, but the sheer volume of real-time info from press boxes will test those limits.

NFL clubs aren’t the only ones to wrestle with Twitter’s growing popularity.

ESPN decided to formalize a policy that says employees are held to the same standards on Twitter than they would be on air or online. No problem. ESPN is also trying to figure out how to get tweets to publish on ESPN.com and other network platforms and push links and content back to Twitter. Good idea. “The first and only priority is to serve ESPN-sanctioned efforts, including sports news, information and content,” the policy says. Still no issue. But then comes this: “If ESPN.com opts not to post sports related social media content created by ESPN talent, you are not permitted to report, speculate, discuss or give any opinions on sports related topics or personalities on your personal platforms.”

All of the tweeting about inside NFL stuff from ESPN talent – now (maybe) off limits. No speculating – that’s the oversaturation coverage ESPN usually loves to spread over all of its platforms every time there is a huge story. Just don’t look for trade rumors or quarterback speculation on ESPN’s Twitter pages.

ESPN’s competitors see it differently. SI.com’s Peter King, in his Aug. 3 column, wrote: “It’s a weird media world we’re in right now. My allegiance, obviously, is to SI.com, but I know if I take 10 minutes right now to dictate the item to someone on the news desk, the story will get up in 20 minutes, and we’ll probably be too late.”

And even more telling was a tweet from Yahoo’s Charles Robinson after ESPN’s policy became public: “ESPN says no more job-related tweets from reporters? Too bad. Follow Yahoo Sports reporters. We’re tweeting around the clock.”

What King, Robinson and other outlets, including WNST, know is that speed and accuracy drive web traffic to web sites and stories in the Twitter Wild West. You can’t say much in 140 characters, but you can give fans a place to learn more.

The real winners in the Twitter battles are the fans, who will always migrate to online sources, regardless of platform, that consistently deliver the best info and react fast and accurately to breaking news.

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Bart Scott vs Hines Ward

Posted on 07 December 2008 by caseywillett

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, who is a frequent visitor on WNST, recently wrote an article about the 5 worst bad blood rivalries in the NFL.  Bart Scott versus Hines Ward was voted the best bad blood rivalry in the NFL.This should add some fuel to the fire to next weeks game if the Ravens take care of business tonight versus the Redskins.


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