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CBS Sports to Air Morgan State-Grambling Documentary

Posted on 12 September 2011 by WNST Staff

CBS SPORTS NETWORK TO AIR DOCUMENTARY ABOUT
FIRST HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL
GAME PLAYED IN NEW YORK CITY

“1st & Goal in the Bronx: Grambling vs. Morgan State 1968” Debuts
Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 PM, ET

CBS Sports Network presents 1ST & GOAL IN THE BRONX: GRAMBLING VS. MORGAN STATE 1968, a documentary about the monumental game played between Grambling and Morgan State, the first historically black college football game played in New York City.  The one-hour documentary airs on Wednesday, Sept. 28 (7:00 PM, ET), exactly 43 years after the game was played at Yankee Stadium in front of more than 60,000 fans.  Actor Keith David narrates the program.

A clip from the documentary can be viewed via: http://bit.ly/oJEkYz

Through the lens of this historic game, this documentary explores the history of black college football and its struggles in segregated America, as well as the political and cultural sub-text surrounding this match-up.  The show features numerous interviews with players from Grambling and Morgan State including Shack Harris and Raymond Chester, as well as current Grambling coach Doug Williams, Willie BrownWillie Lanier, Eddie Robinson’s widow Doris Robinson and veteran sports columnist Jerry Izenberg, among others. Overall, 31 players involved in the game were drafted to the NFL or AFL.

The game has been played every year since 1968 and officially became the New York Urban League Classic in 1971, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The New York Urban League Classic was played at Yankee Stadium until 1987, when it moved to the Meadowlands.

Alexis Arguello and Brian Davis produce.  Emilie Deutsch is Vice President, Features and Interstitials, CBS Sports Network.  For more information, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

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It’s time for the Orioles to stop catering to out-of-towners

Posted on 28 April 2011 by Drew Forrester

I flipped out a little bit this morning.

Actually…I flipped out last night when I got THIS text from listener/friend-of-the-show Chris:

“Drew, they’re updating the Bruins/Montreal game here at OPACY for all the Sox fans that are here.”

I didn’t believe him.  I sent a reply that basically said, “C’mon man…don’t try pulling that one on me.”

He shot back, “I’m serious.  They’re giving updates of the game on the scoreboard.  Seriously.”

Enough is enough.

I won’t go ballistic again like I did this morning.  You can hear it HERE if you want to listen to me go off the deep end about the Orioles and their obvious and consistent efforts to appease both New York and Boston sports fans whenever they visit the cozy confines of Camden Yards.

Like I said at the outset of today’s “Cheap Shot”, I’ve been bleeding black and orange more than usual this spring, because I’ve said since January I think the team is improving and they have a reasonable chance to at least reach .500 this year and show a little progress in the win/loss column.

I’m on board.

But I’m not on board with catering to those out-of-town creeps.

Selling Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano shirts IN BALTIMORE?

Are you kidding me?

Putting the Bruins score up on the scoreboard to keep the masses up-to-date with how the Boston hockey team is faring?

Really?

We’ve sunk to that level in Baltimore?

Yeah, yeah, I know “it’s nothing new”.  Yeah, yeah, I know we’ve been catering to them for a long time.  Yes, I’m quite aware that the main reason they charge “premium game prices” is to extort money from those goofs in Beantown and the Bronx.

I get it.

But I’m tired of it.

And you know what, I guaran-friggin-tee you the players are tired of it too.

It’s time to “Baltimore up”.

I don’t really care what they think in Boston or New York, frankly.

Stop selling “their” gear in Baltimore.

That’s a start.

The Orioles need to take this issue seriously.  And please understand, because given the situation in Los Angeles earlier this month, it bears repeating and stressing.  I’m NOT saying for us – as fans and human beings – to be disrespectful to opposing fans who buy a ticket and enter the ballpark.  No, no, no.  I’m not saying that at all.  What I’m saying is that the ballclub should stop bowing down to them and making them feel “at home” when they come to Baltimore to root for their team.

You’d never see the Ravens sell a Hines Ward jersey in Baltimore and gobs of those miscreant Steelers fans slither their way into M&T Bank Stadium every year.

This is about the Orioles making a stand, not the fan base making a stand.

And if Major League Baseball tries to pull rank and questions them on why the merchandise sales are lower, they need only tell the truth.  ”We got tired of seeing half the stadium prance around the place in a Dustin Pedroia shirt, acting like their poop doesn’t stink.  In Baltimore.  In our stadium.  Making it difficult for OUR players to perform to their highest level.”

We all know the dirty little secret here.  Hell, I’m a dummy and I can figure this out.  Those 18 home games that bring in New Yorkers and Boston-folk are the Orioles meal ticket.  Tickets go through the roof, revenue is generated and, for one of the few homestands in the season, a large profit is turned.

But, as you’ve seen with the two crowds in the Red Sox series thus far (18k, 16k, approx), they’ve chased so many Orioles fans away by giving the Boston people back rubs over the years that the ONLY people brave enough to go to Yankees or Red Sox games are THEIR fans.

Something has to give.

A decision has to be made.

When those two teams come to town, treat them like you would if they were the Rangers or the Mariners or the A’s.

They’re just a baseball team.

With a different uniform.

And stop pretending like we – Baltimore people with a brain – don’t know what’s going on, because we do.

We know the truth.

And we also know this:  They’d NEVER, EVER do anything for us in New York or Boston.

And that’s even more reason to stop french-kissing THEIR fans in Baltimore.

They all have cell phones.  Let them find out the hockey score the way most of us do, by going to our phone.

They all have the internet.  Let them buy their David Ortiz or Mariano Rivera t-shirt on-line.

Enough is enough.

And by the way, as a 2011 season ticket holder, I have even more of a reason to be angry about what happened during this recent homestand where the Orioles again laid down the red carpet for the out-of-towners.

As a Baltimorean, I’m offended.

And so were the 33,000 who didn’t show up last night.

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7: Sports Experiences That Have Left You Less Than Impressed

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7: Sports Experiences That Have Left You Less Than Impressed

Posted on 19 April 2011 by Glenn Clark

In honor of the comments Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau made about Madison Square Garden following his team’s Game 3 loss, today’s “Tuesday Top 7″ topic was “The Top 7 Things About Sports That Have Left You Less Than Impressed.”

Do I need to explain further?

Glenn Clark’s list…

7. Fedor Emelianenko (vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva)

6. X Games

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5. Las Vegas prize fight

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4. The ACC Tournament

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3. Pittsburgh Steelers fans

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2. The Old Yankee Stadium

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1. Live NASCAR racing (at Dover)

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Drew Forrester’s list…

7. Tiger Stadium

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6. Old Trafford

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5. Live NASCAR racing

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4. NCAA Tournament 1st round (in person)

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3. Little League World Series

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2. Los Angeles Forum

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1. Live Cricket

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If you missed the explanation of why these players made the list on “The Morning Reaction” Tuesday on AM1570 WNST, hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Orioles-Yankees game postponed, no makeup date announced

Posted on 12 April 2011 by Luke Jones

Tuesday’s opener of a three-game set between the Orioles (6-3) and New York Yankees (5-4) was postponed due to heavy rains in the Bronx. No makeup date has been announced, and rain is again in the forecast for Wednesday.

After much discussion over who would start Wednesday’s game — the recently-demoted Brad Bergesen or the man who replaced him, Chris Jakabauskas — Tuesday’s scheduled starter Chris Tillman will pitch Wednesday night, leaving the Orioles without the need for a fifth starter until Sunday in Cleveland.

The club wants to get Bergesen back on track after infrequent work at the end of spring training and the opening of the season, but the right-hander needs to pitch somewhere to do it, whether it’s with the Orioles or down at Norfolk. If Bergesen is recalled in place of the injured J.J. Hardy, who will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, he can work out of the bullpen before making Sunday’s starts against the Indians. Should he not work at all in long relief, it will have been 10 days since Bergesen last pitched.

The Orioles and Yankees are scheduled to return to the diamond at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday night with Tillman facing New York’s scheduled starter for Tuesday, A.J. Burnett.

Tuesday marked the second time in five nights that the Orioles had a game postponed, the other coming last Friday at home against the Rangers.

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Orioles Series Preview: Away vs. Yankees April 12th- April 14th

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Orioles Series Preview: Away vs. Yankees April 12th- April 14th

Posted on 11 April 2011 by John Collingsworth

The Baltimore Orioles (6-3) battle against the New York Yankees (5-4) in a 3-games series beginning Tuesday.

These two teams have not a played a meaningful series in New York (in the Orioles eyes)… well… since This tragic moment in Baltimore history.

With the first full week of the MLB season in the books, it is still premature to make predictions, but the Orioles have impressed many around the league and may even break the 13-year consecutive losing seasons this year (who said it was too early to make predictions). Oh yeah, here is one more prediction… This ‘Already’ retired player will be the next to be linked to steroids… can’t you tell!!!

The Birds enter the mid-week series atop of the AL East, and the Pinstripes in second place. But with superb outings by their young starting pitching, timely hitting, and strong defense, it is no coincidence that the O’s have an early 1-game lead.

RHP Chris Jakubauskas joined the Orioles 25-man roster as the club sent RHP Brad Bergesen down to AAA-Norfolk Saturday. Jakubauskas is in the running to make his first 2011 start this Wednesday against the Bronx Bombers. He made only one start in 2010 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and went 6-7, with a 5.32 ERA in 35 games for the Seattle Mariners during the 2009 campaign.

SS J.J. Hardy is inevitably heading to the 15-day DL, mostly likely early Tuesday, with a strained left oblique, leaving INF Cesar Izturis and INF Robert Andino to hold down the position during his absence. Buck Showalter has said that the two will split time until Hardy returns. The club plans on bringing up another pitcher to fill the roster spot left by Hardy, many are speculating that RHP Brad Bergesen, who was just sent down to AAA-Norfolk, is the choice and the front-runner to start Wednesday’s contest.

(6-3)                                                                              (5-4)

 

 

Tuesday, April 12th 7:05pm EST

Orioles @ Yankees- Yankee Stadium

Chris Tillman (0-0, 3.38 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (2-0, 4.09 ERA)

 

 Wednesday, April 13th 7:05pm EST

Orioles @ Yankees- Yankee Stadium

Chris Jakubauskas (0-0, 15.00 ERA) or Brad Bergesen (0-1, 4.91 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (0-1, 16.50 ERA)

 

 Thursday, April 14th 7:05pm EST

Orioles @ Yankees- Yankee Stadium

Jake Arrieta (1-1, 8.68 ERA) vs. Ivan Nova (1-0, 6.10 ERA)

 

 

Baltimore Orioles Projected Lineup and 2011 STATS

1. Brian Roberts- 2B

.189 AVG. / 1 2B / 2 HRS / 8 RBIS

2. Nick Markakis- RF

.250 AVG. / 1 2B / 1 HRS / 3 RBIS

3. Derrek Lee- 1B

.219 AVG. / 1 2B / 1 HRS / 2 RBIS

4. Vladimir Guerrero- DH

.270 AVG. / 1 2B / 1 HRS / 3 RBIS

5. Luke Scott- LF

.167 AVG. / 1 2B / 0 HRS / 0 RBIS

6. Adam Jones- CF

.212 AVG. / 0 2B / 2 HRS / 5 RBIS

7. Mark Reynolds- 3B

.241 AVG. / 3 2B / 1 HRS / 8 RBIS

8. Matt Wieters- C

.192 AVG. / 1 2B / 0 HRS / 2 RBIS

9. Cesar Izturis- SS

.167 AVG. / 0 2B / 0 HRS / 1 RBIS

 

 

New York Yankees Projected Lineup and 2011 STATS

1. Brett Gardner- LF

.167 AVG. / 1 2B / 0 HRS / 2 RBIS

2. Derek Jeter- SS

. 206 AVG. / 1 2B / 0 HRS / 2 RBIS

3. Mark Teixeira- 1B

. 182 AVG. / 0 2B / 4 HRS / 10 RBIS

4. Alex Rodriguez- 3B

.321 AVG. / 2 2B / 3 HRS / 5 RBIS

5. Robinson Cano- 2B

.324 AVG. / 4 2B / 2 HRS / 5 RBIS

6. Nick Swisher- RF

.219 AVG. / 1 2B / 0 HRS / 6 RBIS

7. Curtis Granderson- CF

.172 AVG. / 1 2B / 2 HRS / 3 RBIS

8. Jorge Posada- DH

.138 AVG. / 0 2B / 3 HRS / 6 RBIS

9. Russell Martin- C

.300 AVG. / 1 2B / 3 HRS / 8 RBIS

 

 

 

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For upstart O’s, chance to rebound and make presence in AL East comes against Yanks

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For upstart O’s, chance to rebound and make presence in AL East comes against Yanks

Posted on 11 April 2011 by Ryan Chell

The Orioles recently finished their first home-stand of the early 2011 season, finishing 3-3 overall after dropping the final two games against the American League champion Texas Rangers by a combined score of 16-1.

Adrian Beltre

But, with the rest of the AL East struggling at this point-the Orioles still remain atop first place in the division with a 6-3 record with a pivotal three-game series coming up against the second-place New York Yankees.

The Orioles really showed a lot in the weekend’s series against the Rangers,  and despite the bats cooling down late in the series, the Birds showed that their pitching-when managed correctly-can keep them in a game or two.

Orioles rookie Zach Britton built on his debut in his first ever home start on Saturday, pitching into the eighth inning and keeping a potent Rangers lineup(which showed up in the second game of the double-header) off the scoreboard.

Jeremy Guthrie then piggy-backed on Britton’s performance on Sunday, and after having been on IVs only days earlier, pitched six strong innings while only allowing one long bomb to third baseman Adrian Beltre.

Jeremy Guthrie

Those two showed that even if fellow starters Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta, and Brad Bergesen struggle every other start, manager Buck Showalter for now can at least sit down in the dugout without having to pace back and forth every two out of five games.

And let’s not forget. Even with Arrieta struggling Saturday night, the Rangers came into Saturday as the league’s only undefeated team before Britton handcuffed their lineup.

They were the defending AL Champs for a reason, and a team that already had a potent lineup with MVP Josh Hamilton Beltre, and one of the hottest hitters in the league in OF Nelson Cruz.

The O’s were competitive for the relative length of the series-at least until they threw Chris Jakubauskas to the wolves in Saturday’s late game to keep the rest of the bullpen fresh.

The Orioles also learned first-hand that Texas could also maybe have the best left-handed starting rotation in the league, and they didn’t even see C.J. Wilson.

Traveling to Yankee Stadium for the first time this season could be a big opportunity to prove they’re here for the long haul, especially with New York reeling after losing two of three to Boston, giving the Red Sox their first two wins of the year.

It’s another opportunity for the Orioles to break away from the pack in the AL East (with Toronto and the Yankees 1GB at 5-4) and put more quality wins on their resume building on the momentum of their early success.

We’ve seen the MASN commercial where Showalter says the Yankees and the Red Sox don’t get three runs to start off the game.

Let’s see how that goes with Tillman, likely Bergesen, and Arrieta slated to start the three games in the Bronx.

It’s true…the Yankees can’t start off the game with three runs like Showalter said, but with the home team batting in the bottom of the inning combined with the way Tillman, Bergesen, and Arrieta all pitched in their last starts, the Bronx Bombers could very well get three runs by the start of the second inning.

A-Rod

And if the Orioles are to lose the series to the Yankees, let’s do it the way the team has played in eight of the nine games this year where the Orioles didn’t throw in the towel-or as my colleague Drew Forrester says-”don’t lay down on their back like Paris Hilton and just take it”.

Plus, the Orioles need every win they can take before taking on the powerhouse Cleveland Indians (7-2 record, 2nd best in MLB) this weekend.

Can’t look past the Yankees because of the anticipation of taking on those “winners” in Cleveland.

-Chell

ryan@wnst.net

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They could’ve made a movie about this story …..

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They could’ve made a movie about this story …..

Posted on 07 October 2010 by Rex Snider

Later today, I will be devoting a substantial portion of the AFTERNOON DRIVE to discussing the upcoming matchup between the Ravens and Broncos. Pitting the NFL’s top-rated passing offense against its top-rated passing defense should produce an exciting game on Sunday.

However, we’ll take a slight detour during the 3 o’clock hour, as I chat with Hollywood producer, Mark Ciardi. Our conversation coincides with Mark’s latest release Secretariat, which debuts in theatres tomorrow. The movie, starring Diane Lane and John Malcovich, centers on the life story of Penny Chenery, an inexperienced stables heiress who would eventually rise to prominence as owner of horse racing’s greatest competitor.
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While I will certainly enjoy talking about the movie’s debut, I’m really looking forward to learning more about Mark Ciardi, himself. In full disclosure, I must take this opportunity to thank Glenn Clark for booking the segment. While the story and movie are a compelling topic, Glenn had no idea that Mark and I share a unique tie.

One of my very best friends is also a friend of Mark Ciardi. My friend and Mark played baseball, together, at the University of Maryland. Both gentleman went on to play professionally, as well. However, they’ve fallen out of touch over recent years. Today, I’ll have a special opportunity to reminisce, with Mark, about his baseball career, modeling and his eventual transition into producing.

His college teammates called him “Chief.” He probably hasn’t heard that nickname in years …..

In addition, we’ll examine the prospect of producing a true-life sports story into a Hollywood blockbuster. Mark has produced numerous successful box office hits, like Invincible, The Rookie and Miracle. A producer is tasked with finding the right story or screen play, financing it and hiring the director, along with a portion of the cast.

Is Mark working on another Vince Papali-type project? Was Dennis Quaid his first choice to portray Jim Morris? Did making Miracle bring about the same emotional reaction we felt when witnessing the actual event? We’ll find out today.

In fact, I’m devoting a portion of my morning to brainstorming some real-life sports stories for Mark’s consideration. Hey, this is my shot. Maybe, I can become part of the production staff. Yep ….. I could easily live in SoCal – especially when considering the weather we’re likely to endure over the next six months.

As for my ideas, I’ve thought of a few storylines. I’m sharing them, below. Feel free to email your own suggestions. Here’s my ideas …..

Jay Gibbons

I can imagine the initial impression developed when you see Jay Gibbons heading my list. He’s not inspirational. He’s not a great talent. He hasn’t overcome odds of life’s making. Fair enough …..

However, Jay may very well be the most compelling figure from Major League Baseball’s steroid era. In the sense of a complete story, he’s pretty much it. He was a marginal big leaguer, who used steroids and became substantially more productive. He was awarded a multi-million dollar contract based on tainted achievements.
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Jay Gibbons was caught, he admitted his guilt and eventually his deflated play resulted in a departure from the game. While so many other ex-ballplayers have met a similar fate, Jay Gibbons didn’t let go. He continued to work at his craft and bounced around with some independent organizations. He also wrote letters to each Major League Baseball owner – asking for their forgiveness and another chance.

In those letters, Jay promised to donate his salary to charity if he ever returned to the big leagues. The Los Angeles Dodgers came calling last off-season. They gave him a shot and he performed quite well with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate, in Albuquerque. Jay Gibbons was promoted to Los Angeles and joined the Dodgers, in August.

He played decently, hitting .280 with 5 homers over the final 37 games of the season. What does the future hold? We shall see. But, he has chosen not to donate his salary to charity. Could this be the factor that deters any movie consideration. It surely won’t look good.

Dale Earnhardt

I would imagine an authentic Earnhardt movie will never happen anytime soon. After a hastily packaged ESPN effort, starring Barry Pepper, and a few years of jamming the NASCAR legend’s likeness down our throats, I think it’s safe to say the American viewing audience has experienced enough Earnhardt remembrances for years to come.

That’s the way our society works, right? An iconic legend dies, unexpectedly, and the crush of anything and everything related to them simply swamps our collective culture. It happened with Elvis Presley. It happened with John Lennon. It happened with Princess Diana. It happened with Michael Jackson.

And, it happened with Dale Earnhardt.
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In the days following his death, Earnhardt’s image was plastered on the covers of Time, People and Sports Illustrated, along with every tabloid and newspaper across the nation. It was the top news story for several days and ESPN ranked it the #1 sports event of the last 25 years.

But, lost in all the hoopla of a violent crash and death stands the real story of Dale Earnhardt. He was beyond an aggressive and fearsome competitor. Earnhardt was an entrepreneur; living the American dream the HARD WAY. He was a 9th grade dropout, who revolutionized the marketing strategies of NASCAR. He sold himself on t-shirts, toy cars and caps. Throw in jackets, posters and coffee mugs, too.

Dale Earnhardt embraced the “Man In Black” image.

Yet, he was also a privately generous dude. Many accounts of his charitable vices have circulated since his death. Those stories would’nt dare be leaked during his life. Dale Earnhardt owned a racing organization valued at more than $100 million. His endorsements and merchandising efforts also raked in hundreds of millions.

But, he lived his life simply. Cowboy boots, a pickup truck, horses and cows on a farm. That was him. Yeah, he had his jets and fancy boats. Everyone has splurging pleasures, I suppose.

That ESPN movie was not a fair or vivid view of Dale Earnhardt. Unfortunately, it’s probably the only account the public will ever see.

Josh Gibson

We’ve seen The Natural and A League Of Their Own, why not make a movie based on the life of the “Black Babe Ruth”?

That’s how many baseball historians remember the life and career of Josh Gibson. Like many phenomenal black ballplayers, Josh Gibson was forbidden from playing in the big leagues, because of the color of his skin. His exclusion will be Major League Baseball’s loss, forever.
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While there are few documents certifying Gibson’s statistics, many witnesses watched him and several accounts were written, at the time. Major League Baseball has officially cited his lifetime homerun total at “near 800″, along with a .359 batting average. Undocumented references have him hitting the only fair ball out of Yankee Stadium.

What more could Hollywood want?

I would like to see a serious, credible movie based on the authentic history of the Negro Leagues. Of course, there would be a degree of sadness and dismay, especially at reenactments of racially provoked hatred and discrimination. But, it’s a history that should be told.

I hope to see the life of Josh Gibson and heritage of the Negro Leagues on the big screen someday.

Ric Flair

Yes, I know Mickey Rourke starred in a movie loosely based on a wrestling character, a couple years ago. But, I’m talking about a REAL LIFE story from cradle to wherever he ends up when the movie’s script is written.

Can you think of a more interesting life of choreographed hype than Ric Flair? For the record, the story would begin by following the childhood of Richard Morgan Fliehr, in a suburban Minnesota community.
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Ric Flair’s life really does envelope the career and character of the prototypical professional wrestler, albeit from a more successful side. Unlike many others, he didn’t die young or end up crippled before his 50th birthday. Flair is no longer wrestling, but he stays in character and has made quite a living marketing his “Nature Boy” image.

He counts several celebrities among his close friends, and he’s managed to engage millions of people while flip-flopping from HEEL to BABYFACE more times than a chameleon. With the extravagant, glittery robes, white-blond hair and his trademark “woooooo”, Flair is recognized wherever he goes.
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And, that’s what really separates him from other senior citizen-aged performers who usually just blend into the fabric of their resulted economy.

Forget the feuds with Hulk Hogan, Sting and Nick Bockwinkel. In fact, everything in the squared circle is well known, at this point.

I would be more interested in seeing the real life of Flair, beyond the ring. Failed marriages, absentee parenting, blown finances, regained finances, renewed relationships. I would imagine it’s a high-charged version of VH1′s “Behind The Music.”

No doubt, it would be interesting.

Well, that’s my ideas. I will be certain to run them past Mark Ciardi, this afternoon. Have a GREAT Thursday …..

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The Single Greatest Sign Of Steinbrenner Excess Ever ….

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The Single Greatest Sign Of Steinbrenner Excess Ever ….

Posted on 21 September 2010 by Rex Snider

Have you ever known someone who wanted the BIGGEST and BEST of everything? You know, the kinda dude who needed to feed his ego with extravagance or a domineering public persona …..

I’ll assume all of us have gathered friends or acquaintances who possessed such self importance, in one way or another.

Whether it was the guy who had to have the most expensive car on the parking lot or the woman who needed to be noticed by way of the flashiest jewels at a party, we’ve all met these kind of people.

The world of professional sports undoubtedly spawns such personalities. And, to be honest, the same can be said for Hollywood, the music industry and any other profession that yields instant millionaires.

Many men and women come from humble, meager backgrounds before making it BIG. More times than not, fame and fortune change them. I suppose it’s quite human in some ways, and I would likely fall in line if I ever stood in their shoes.

But, every once in a while, one personality stands out above all others when it comes to promoting themselves and dominating their own little facet of society.

That’s how I will honestly recall the legend of George Steinbrenner.
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Unlike many celebrities, who claim their wealth and prominence by the means described above, George Steinbrenner was born into financial security. And, by most accounts, he lived his life with such an ego.

Over the past couple months, I’ve met my share of people who actually knew or met Steinbrenner and their recollections were hardly positive. I might add that I know these individuals and I honestly trust their word.

I suppose this is probably the most justifiable point to certify that I have no desire to question the life of George Steinbrenner or any other human being. That judgement awaits all of us.

But, from my minion-like perspective, I do wonder why a man (or woman) is fueled by such obsessive desires to be more successful than everyone else. Such a trait exceeds anything tied to the spirit of competitiveness within the sports world.

George Steinbrenner carried a very public reputation of NEEDING to own the best baseball team. He NEEDED to spend the most money to achieve such goals. And, he NEEDED to do things his own stubborn way – even if it violated laws or the integrity of the game.

To an extent, I think we’re obligated to respect such a personal drive to succeed. But, when does it become excessive? When does it undermine what’s best for the greater good?

Before he died, I wrote a blog regarding Major League Baseball’s FUTURE Hall Of Famers. George Steinbrenner was on that list and I still harbor the same feelings.

I think he was an instrumental figure in ushering the game into its most modern era, which includes a financial vibrance that exceeded previous generations. He was a marketer and promoter of the product; there’s no doubting it.

However, I think most of us would’ve respected and appreciated a more humble version of “The Boss.” After all, great leaders or BOSSES don’t necessarily need to be so flamboyant, right?

This really leads me to last night’s unveiling of George Steinbrenner’s memorial plaque in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park …..
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Be assured, I really don’t care about the happenings of the New York Yankees. And, I couldn’t really give a damn about their franchise’s recognitions and ceremonial distinctions.

However, this is different. It offends the history of the game.

Last night, George Steinbrenner joined a collection of baseball’s immortals. In fact, he stood out among them – with the unveiling of his highway “billboard,” in contrast to their “Wacco For Flacco” signs.

When a visitor encounters Monument Park, they’ll find plaques for a small collection of men who really made the game. It’s a very small and distinct group – Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe Dimaggio and Mickey Mantle. (note – Miller Huggins is included, as well)

Yet, that same visitor will undoubtedly be deterred from seeing the true LEGENDS, while first being blinded by the grandiose view of George Steinbrenner’s gaudy, 760 pound plaque. It measures 7X5 feet and greets every single visitor, at its entrance.

In case you’re wondering, Steinbrenner’s plaque is more than THREE TIMES the size of the plaques dedicated to the men who are actually considered among the greatest to ever play the game.

What a shame. What a sham. Whatever you want to call it, it’s a sad dedication to someone who never played the game. To think an owner could ever upstage Babe Ruth …..

But, that was George Steinbrenner, I suppose. And, it’s a clearly a tradition or arrogance his family is bent on fulfilling as they discharge their daily decisions. Good for them.

Events like last night’s ceremony, serve as a vivid reminder for guys like me. I’m happy and quite content in “Small-timore”. Regardless of the current state of our baseball team, I like the way we do things.

I look at how we memorialize our legends.

We keep it simple. We keep it traditional. It’s just the way I like it …..
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Live From Owings Mills: Emotions of Ravens-Jets Coming to Forefront

Posted on 09 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Given the number of former players and coaches employed by their first opponent, it is not a stretch to assume that the Baltimore Ravens will be facing a more emotional test when they visit the New York Jets Monday night at New Meadowlands Stadium.

In fact, the only really surprising part has to be the fact that it took until four days before the Monday Night Football showdown in East Rutherford for any member of the Ravens to really speak their mind. Of course, it isn’t particularly surprising that the one to do it was future Hall of Fame LB Ray Lewis.

“We’re talking about the Jets like we’re talking about the Saints” said Lewis. He added “until they play tonight, (they’re) the only people that can be dethroned-Drew Brees and the Saints, not Mark Sanchez and the Jets.” Lewis unloaded on his former Defensive Coordinator Rex Ryan and company. “All this pressure (Ryan) wants to put on his team, I hope they can cash the check that he writes” said the Pro Bowler.

Lewis’ entire rant can be heard currently in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net.

The Jets have captivated the attention of the NFL world and the pop culture world in general as they were profiled on this season of “Hard Knocks” on HBO. Television clip shows like E!’s “The Soup” featured clips of Ryan and CB Antonio Cromartie during Training Camp and leading up to the start of the regular season. Ryan has been no stranger to the spotlight since leading his team to an appearance in the AFC Championship Game last year, as he gained plenty of attention (not always for the right reasons) when he made offseason appearances at a Strikeforce fight in Miami, a Carolina Hurricanes game and Yankee Stadium.

Ryan wasn’t particularly concerned with Lewis’ comments, saying “I’m laughing” when asked about them during a Thursday afternoon conference call with Charm City media members. Ryan said he’s not concerned about talking too much himself or as a team, saying “we don’t have to sneak up on people to tell them what we think.”

The Jets and Ravens have both been amongst media favorites to win the AFC and reach Super Bowl XLV in Dallas/Arlington.

ROSTER MOVES
: The Ravens released practice squad QB Hunter Cantwell Thursday just four days after signing him. Cantwell is replaced on the practice squad by former Miami Dolphins and Georgia Tech OT Andrew Gardner. Gardner told reporters he was “really happy to have the opportunity” to join a team like the Ravens.

When asked about who his emergency 3rd quarterback would be with just two on the roster, coach John Harbaugh said it would “probably” be WR Anquan Boldin. Boldin played QB at Pahokee High School in Florida and was pressed into emergency duty for Florida State in the 2003 Sugar Bowl against Georgia.

The Ravens also reached an injury settlement with FB Mike McLaughlin. McLaughlin had been placed on IR over the weekend due to a hip flexor issue and sports hernia.

PRACTICE NOTES: WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot), DT Terrence Cody (knee) and OR Jared Gaither (back) were not present during the portion of practice open to the media. All three have been officially ruled out for Monday night according to the team’s Injury Report.

OT Oniel Cousins (concussion) and CB Lardarius Webb (knee) were again active participants in practice, both listed as having fully participated. Harbaugh said of Cousins “I think he’s come along and I think he’ll be able to do something over there.” Webb fielded punts during practice, along with S Tom Zbikowski and RB Ray Rice. Zbikowski is listed as the punt returner on the team’s official depth chart.

Stallworth met with reporters in the locker room, saying he got his cast off earlier in the day. He said the prognostication for return was eight weeks, but his doctor informed him one “crazy guy” had made it back in four weeks. That “crazy guy” was New Orleans Saints TE Jeremy Shockey, who Stallworth reached out to for tips on how to get back quicker.

DE Paul Kruger (shoulder) did not participate in practice according to the Injury Report. His status for Monday night is unknown.

Jets LB Calvin Pace (foot) has been ruled out Monday night. S Brodney Poole (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday and DE Shaun Ellis (knee) was limited in practice.

NOTES: Hear from Lewis, Harbaugh, Boldin, Stallworth, QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice, LB Jarret Johnson, DE Trevor Pryce and WR Derrick Mason NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Lewis received good natured ribbing from his teammates regarding his popular new Old Spice commercial. He said teammates have poked at him, including leaving suds in front of his locker room. “I’ve just gotta weather the storm” said Lewis……OL Marshal Yanda joined Drew Forrester Thursday morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. If you missed the chat, you can hear it in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault. New CB Bryan McCann is scheduled to join Forrester Friday morning at 6:30am.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because I get to name two new “Greatest Song(s) of All Time This Week.” There’s few things I enjoy this much in the world.

The Retro version? This is too easy. We went drunkpin bowling for my birthday Saturday night, and “Mo Money Mo Problems” nearly got me thrown out. Absolutely the greatest hip hop song of all time…

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Here’s the NEW version of the GSOATTW…Lil’ Wayne & Drake…Language probably not safe for work…

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says new Ravens WR Houshmandzadeh ‘entertaining’ during introductory press conference in Owings Mills

Just go ahead and say it. “Championship”…

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TJ Houshmandzadeh was plenty entertaining at 1 Winning Drive Tuesday-whether it was saying Cincinnati Bengals coaches were “nervous” before facing the Baltimore Ravens or saying his departure from Seattle had “nothing to do with football.” He was intelligent and engaging, and made a press conference interesting.

Unfortunately, an impressive press conference doesn’t count for any wins in the AFC North standings. What happens on the field will matter MUCH more than anything that happens in any press conference.

Unless of course something like one of these happens at a Ravens press conference this season. That WOULD be newsworthy…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRBfZna8QlA[/youtube]

2. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says LB Sergio Kindle believes he’ll be able to return this season

If the Ravens don’t get Sergio Kindle back this season, the decision to trade Antwan Barnes to Philadelphia looks more and more foolish to me.

I have a bad feeling that pass rush will be an area of concern within a month or so of the start of the season. Bringing in Josh Wilson improves the secondary, but the secondary will only be as good as the pass rush will allow it to be.

Terrell Suggs and Trevor Pryce are the most important puzzle pieces, but the team will need to be able to get a rush from elsewhere. The number of injuries the team could help Paul Kruger or Edgar Jones be active against the Jets Monday night, and if so they’ll need to show some ability to get to the quarterback to stay active.

I just feel like it’s going to be a concern. Getting Kindle back between Week 6 and Week 9 could help that.

3. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens worked out former Atlanta Falcons, LSU CB Chevis Jackson Tuesday

Jackson wouldn’t be a player they’d be looking at for the active roster (which could have something to do with why he didn’t join the team Tuesday), but instead to join the practice squad after Prince Miller signed with the New England Patriots.

The real question is-if the Ravens are conducting tryouts, why wouldn’t they give Alyssa Pallett a look??? (Thanks, The Smoking Jacket!)

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4. The Sun’s Tim Smith says Lyric Opera House to be renamed after former Ravens owner Art Modell and wife Pat Modell

I know nothing about opera and less about donating millions of dollars. With that being said, I think this is an awesome story shared between two Charm City institutions.

The first performance at the new Modell Center? A Ray Lewis/Old Spice musical extravaganza…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxqlw3cKZHA[/youtube]

5. Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer says Brian Baldinger, Steve Beuerlein, Ron Jaworski, Steve Largent, Joe Theismann, Marcellus Wiley amongst former NFL players who think Ravens will reach Super Bowl

A few things before we move on from the Ravens…

-As you already know, Jaworski will be part of the broadcast team Monday; as he, Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Suzy Kolber and Michelle Tafoya will have the call for ESPN from the new Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford.

-The Ravens return to the practice field today for a “bonus day” in Owings Mills. We’ll be out there live, and I’ll check back in with Thyrl Nelson at 12:30 on “The Mobtown Sports Beat” and Rex Snider at 4:30 on “The Afternoon Drive” to let you know what’s going on in Ravensland.

6. The AP’s Howie Rumberg says Orioles got to CC Sabathia early in win over New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium

Look-you don’t have to even bother asking if I watched last night. I played in my weekly Tuesday night Kickball/Ultimate Frisbee showdown in Bel Air, then I came home to watch Kim Clijsters and Rafael Nadal in Flushing Meadows.

And since I haven’t been watching the games, I will admit that I’m always skeptical when I check back to see the scores. I mean, the O’s can’t REALLY be on the verge of a sweep in The Bronx, can they? They couldn’t REALLY have beaten CC Sabathia last night thanks in part to a Nolan Reimold homer, could they?

There’s so much evidence that it almost HAS to be true, but I’ll continue to admit that I’m skeptical. Can you blame me?

7. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of win

So many good things to look at here:

-Jake Arrieta went 6 and a third last night, allowing just 2 earned runs on 8 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 3.
-Not only did Reimold homer, but Ty Wigginton went 2-4 with a double, run scored and RBI; Nick Markakis went 2-4 with a run scored and RBI; and Brian Roberts went 2-5 with a run scored.

So-as has become a new custom around here-I encourage you to ABSOLUTELY go look at the numbers, but then come back to check out Jodi Gordon courtesy of The Beer Goggler via Busted Coverage…

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8. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Troy Patton, Pedro Viola called up; David Hernandez activated Tuesday

And before we move on from the Orioles, a few things…

-The Birds and Yanks wrap their 3 game series this week with a matinee showdown at Yankee Stadium. Brad Bergesen takes the hill against Ivan Nova, first pitch is on MASN at 1:05pm.

-Did you miss Bowie Baysox manager Brad Komminsk wrapping up the season with Drew Forrester this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today here at WNST.net to check it out. Some other things you can find in the Audio Vault include…

  • John Harper (New York Daily News)-who talked Orioles, Yankees and Buck Showalter with Drew Wednesday morning
  • Justin Gimelstob (Tennis Channel)-who went around the U.S. Open with Drew Wednesday morning as well
  • Lorenzo Neal (Former Ravens, Bengals FB)-who discussed his former teammate TJ Houshmandzadeh with Rex Snider Tuesday afternoon
  • Bob Glauber (Newsday/ESPN First Take)-who discussed the New York Jets before the Monday Night Football showdown with Rex Tuesday afternoon
  • Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Champion)-who joined Thyrl Nelson and John Rallo on “The MMA Report” Tuesday
  • The entire TJ Houshmandzadeh press conference (with an introduction from WR Coach Jim Hostler) from Owings Mills, and the entire Kevin Anderson press conference (with incoming school president Wallace Loh and acting president Nariman Farvardin) from College Park

It’s all in the Audio Vault, make sure you check it out today. Then you can send me a card. Or a fruit basket. I’d love a fruit basket.

9. The AP says new Maryland AD Kevin Anderson wants to take Terps from ‘good to great’

There’s no question that Debbie Yow left the Terrapins’ athletic program in very good shape-both on the field and economically.

That being said, the school would clearly like to see their “money” sports competing at a more consistent national level.

That’s where Kevin Anderson comes in.

There are two pieces in place now with Dr. Loh established as President and Anderson as Athletic Director.

Now everything shifts to the football program.

A win over Navy was nice, but Ralph Friedgen and James Franklin know exactly what they’re up against. The leadership of the school and the department will have to decide what they’re looking for, and whether the current head coach and/or the head coach in waiting can meet those expectations.

They might not be coaching for their jobs-but I don’t think it’s unfair to say they very well could be.

10. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Terrapins DT Joe Vellano, S Kenny Tate amongst ACC Players of the Week

Trust me, I asked-this type of honor is nice but does NOT earn you a date with Tal Berkovich. (Thanks Guyism!)

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It really should though.

And finally, I leave you with this.

The Big Lebowski meets The Matrix. The Dude abides…

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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