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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 May 2012 by WNST Staff

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Antonio Tarver vs. Lateef Kayode (Saturday 9pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime), Gabriel Rosado vs. Joel Julio (Friday 9pm from Bethlehem, PA live on NBC Sports Network); WNBA: Minnesota Lynx @ Washington Mystics (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Pro Lacrosse: MLL Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Denver Outlaws (Saturday 9pm from Denver live on ESPN3.com)

10. Zac Brown Band (Thursday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Capital Jazz Fest feat. Indie.Arie, Bill Cosby (Friday-Sunday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Radiohead (Sunday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Miranda Lambert/Jerrod Niemann (Sunday 4pm Jiffy Lube Live);  City and Colour (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Smile Empty Soul (Saturday 5pm Recher Theatre); Crossfade (Monday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Dandy Warhols (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); The Used (Wednesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Victor Wooten (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Dr. John (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); Rhett Miller (Monday 8pm Jammin Java)

I’d watch ZBB do just about anything, but this was as good as anything I’ve seen them do…

My favorite tune from Thom Yorke and the boys?


For more traditional country folk, I sorta dig this Jerrod Niemann tune…

I wish I didn’t have to admit to digging this tune…

9. Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival (Saturday & Sunday 12pm Oregon Ridge); Guy Torry (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Corey Holcomb (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “Man on a Ledge” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Glenn Clark’s first ever “Hogfest” (Saturday)

That’s right. For the first time in my (still?) young life, I will be roasting a pig Saturday. It’s all thanks in part to ABC Rental Store in Rosedale. A talented young man I listen to on the radio is always talking to me about them. I think his show is called “The Reality Check.” I PRAY my results make me as happy as George W. Bush…

Also, I will be hosting a qualifier for the Olympic KanJam team Saturday (more on Twitter @OlympicKanJam). I expect the day to look much like this…

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Longtime Regular WNST Guest, Iconic Boxing Analyst Bert Sugar Dead at 75

Posted on 25 March 2012 by WNST Staff

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. (AP) — Bert Sugar, an iconic boxing writer and sports historian who was known for his trademark fedora and ever-present cigar, died Sunday of cardiac arrest. He was 75.

Jennifer Frawley, Sugar’s daughter, said his wife, Suzanne, was by his side when he died at Northern Westchester Hospital. Sugar also had been battling lung cancer.

“Just his intelligence and his wit and his sense of humor,” Frawley said when asked what she will remember about her father. “He was always worried about people. He was always helping people.”

Sugar was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005. According to the hall’s website, Sugar wrote more than 80 books, including “The 100 Greatest Boxers Of All Time.” He also appeared in a handful of films, including “The Great White Hype” starring Samuel Jackson.

“Around ringside, it’s not going to be the same with Bert not there,” said Jack Hirsch, the president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Sugar was born in Washington, D.C., in 1936. He graduated from Maryland and went to law school at Michigan. He passed the bar in his hometown and worked in advertising in New York City before he got into writing in the 1970s.

“Bert was obviously a showman in the way he did things outwardly, very flamboyant, but in quiet moments I found him to be an extremely modest individual,” Hirsch said.

Frawley said arrangements for a memorial service are still pending and anyone wishing to honor Sugar should make a donation to the boxing hall.

“He was really a brilliant man,” she said.

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Crews Eliminated, Douglas Stays Alive at US Olympic Boxing Trials

Posted on 17 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Associated Press

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. — Flyweight Marlen Esparza, lightweight Queen Underwood and middleweight Claressa Shields advanced to the finals of the U.S. Olympic women’s boxing team trials with victories in the winners’ bracket Thursday night.

Underwood won the most thrilling bout of the landmark tournament, weathering hundreds of punches from 19-year-old N’yteeyah Sherman before pulling out a 25-24 victory with a strong fourth round.

Esparza, a six-time national champion, meticulously stuck to her game plan in a 13-10 win over longtime rival Christina Cruz, while the 16-year-old Shields survived a physical fight from Tika Hemingway for a 23-15 win.

The three winners must win again Saturday in the double-elimination tournament to advance to the world championships in May. If they finish in the top eight in China, they’ll head to London for the first Olympic women’s boxing tournament.

The level of competition clearly rose on the fourth day of the first U.S. women’s trials, with the nation’s best amateur boxers fighting for prime position or to avoid elimination.

“This tournament does take a toll on your body, but I’m experienced, and getting better and better,” said Underwood, the five-time national champion.

Underwood and Sherman were in a brawl from the opening bell, with the 6-foot Sherman throwing wide-angled punches as Underwood replied with more powerful shots. Underwood knocked out Sherman’s mouthpiece in the first round, but Sherman replied with a vicious combination after the break.

Although Sherman is an impressive volume puncher whose major height advantage invites comparison to Paul Williams fighting at 147 pounds, Underwood was stunned only once by a shot near the end of the first round. Underwood blocked many punches and ducked around others while connecting on the inside.

With neither fighter completely certain who was ahead, the bout culminated with relentless action exchanges in the fourth round. Underwood sighed in dismay when her cornermen told her she trailed by a point, but responded with a tenacious round that kept her on track for China.

When the announcer read the verdict, Sherman yanked her wrist away from the referee and shook her head vigorously.

“There’s things I can review and improve for the Saturday competition,” Underwood said. “I’m sure we’ll fight again.”

Sherman, a Barberton, Ohio, boxer and a straight-A student at Kent State, could earn a rematch with Underwood on Friday by beating Mikaela Mayer, who eliminated Tiara Brown with a 23-18 victory.

Shields earned her third straight victory and moved to the brink of an impressive title, but the teenage slugger was left sullen and sulking after the fight, disappointed in the judging and refereeing — and possibly rattled by Hemingway’s physical game plan.

Although she claimed Hemingway hadn’t been inside her head, Shields repeatedly had to be reminded by her coach, Jason Crutchfield, that she had just moved one step away from a trip to China.

“I don’t know what they’re talking about, 23,” Shields said, referring to her score. “I never scored 23 in my life. She gave me a hard fight, (but) I wanted to stop her. … And she kept head-butting me, and the ref didn’t say nothing.”

Shields came out much more cautiously than in her first two fights, when she aggressively tore through two elite opponents. Hemingway cagily tied up the teenager inside and eventually angered Shields, who returned to her usual ferocious game plan in the third round.

The referee had to separate the fighters after the third-round bell, and he cautioned them against trash talk before the fourth.

Hemingway’s next bout is against San Francisco’s Raquel Miller, who eliminated five-time national champion Franchon Crews 26-15 in the final fight of the night.

While Underwood and Shields won emotional fights, Esparza was clinical in her dissection of a longtime rival. Esparza was more aggressive from the opening round, frequently engaging Cruz and then ducking away before Cruz could counterpunch.

Esparza also largely stuck to her plan to keep her left hand up near her head, negating Cruz’s dangerous straight right.

“She throws the same thing over and over, the right hand and the left hook,” Esparza said. “It’s really basic. I think this was the first time she ever threw an uppercut, right now.”

After three rounds in which few of Cruz’s punches landed, the Manhattan native picked up her attack in the fourth round, but Esparza’s impressive conditioning usually kept her out of trouble.

Cruz is still in the tournament, and will have a rematch Friday night with Tyrieshia Douglas, who eliminated Virginia Fuchs 31-19.

“I love that win, and I could win a million times against her and it would never get old, because she’s my only loss,” Esparza said. “You can’t change your past, but it feels good making a statement over and over. That’s always the best for me when I beat her, because she took a lot out of me when she beat me.”

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Rice, Suggs Make Bloomberg List of Most Powerful Athletes

Posted on 25 January 2012 by WNST Staff

New York, NY, January 25, 2012– The New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees (No. 1), Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers (No. 2) and New England Patriots’ Tom Brady (No. 3) top the Bloomberg Businessweek/Horrow Sports Ventures 2012 Power 100 ranking of the most powerful professional athletes in the U.S. To determine who the 100 most powerful athletes are on- and off-the-field going into 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek teamed up with Rick Horrow, host of Bloomberg TV “Sportfolio,” and CEO of Horrow Sports Ventures; CSE, a leading integrated marketing agency that created the Power 100 list for the third consecutive year using proprietary methodology; and the Nielsen/E-Poll N-Score.

As the business of sports continues to grow, endorsement contracts increasingly impact players, teams, and the industry. These contracts take into consideration many of the same factors as the Power 100 ranking – performance, name awareness, appeal, influence, trustworthiness and overall popularity, among other things. Social media, for example, played a role in boosting the rankings of such athletes as LeBron James (No. 4) and Shaquille O’Neal (No.7).  The Power 100 rankings are based 50 percent on these on “off-field” measurements, and 50 percent on “on-field” performance using a variety of industry statistics.

The most notable drops this year include injury-plagued Peyton Manning dropping from No. 1 to No. 51 and golfer Phil Mickelson dropping from No. 4 to No. 18. Due to the individual dominance of its top athletes, tennis commands ten percent of the spots on this year’s list, with the top female athlete on the list being American tennis stalwart Serena Williams (No. 25).

In addition, this year’s Power 100 rankings also emphasize the importance of team sports, with the NFL dominating the list with 26 players ranked in the top 100. The National Basketball Association came in second with the most athletes on the Power 100, with 20, followed by MLB baseball (16), tennis (10), golf (8), NASCAR (6), Olympics (4), soccer (4), hockey (3), boxing/MMA (2), and action sports (1).

“This is the third year of the Power 100, and it continues to be a cutting-edge tool to measure the power and value of athletes,” says Horrow, who will devote an entire “Sportfolio” episode to the special report on January 25.  “CSE’s consistent methodology provides the industry’s only analytics to provide integrated on field and off field attributes.”

Top 20:

1-Drew Brees-Football

2-Aaron Rodgers-Football

3-Tom Brady-Football

4-LeBron James-Basketball

5-Rafael Nadal- Tennis

6-Roger Federer-Tennis

7-Shaquille O’Neal-Basketball

8-Shaun White-Action Sports

9-Novak Djokovic-Tennis

10-Calvin Johnson-Football

11-Luke Donald-Golf

12-Tiger Woods-Golf

13-Kobe Bryant-Basketball

14-Dwight Howard-Basketball

15-Eli Manning-Football

16-Dwyane Wade-Basketball

17-Kevin Durant-Basketball

18-Phil Mickelson-Golf

19-Lee Westwood-Golf

20-Troy Polamalu-Football

All NFL players on list:


Athlete Sport

Pro Team / Hometown


Brees, Drew Football

New Orleans Saints


Rodgers, Aaron Football

Green Bay Packers


Brady, Tom Football

New England Patriots


Johnson, Calvin Football

Detroit Lions


Manning, Eli Football

New York Giants


Polamalu, Troy Football

Pittsburgh Steelers


Foster, Arian Football

Houston Texans


Peterson, Adrian Football

Minnesota Vikings


Turner, Michael Football

Atlanta Falcons


Jones-Drew, Maurice Football

Jacksonville Jaguars


Fitzgerald, Larry Football

Arizona Cardinals


Stafford, Matthew Football

Detroit Lions


Rice, Ray Football

Baltimore Ravens


Woodson, Charles Football

Green Bay Packers


Ryan, Matt Football

Atlanta Falcons


Manning, Peyton Football

Indianapolis Colts


Willis, Patrick Football

San Francisco 49ers


McCoy, LeSean Football

Philadelphia Eagles


Allen, Jared Football

Minnesota Vikings


Rivers, Philip Football

San Diego Chargers


Matthews, Clay Football

Green Bay Packers


Gronkowski, Rob Football

New England Patriots


Suggs, Terrell Football

Baltimore Ravens


Welker, Wes Football

New England Patriots


Anderson, James Football

Carolina Panthers


Wallace, Mike Football

Pittsburgh Steelers


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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 13 December 2011 by WNST Staff

Honorable Mention: High School Basketball-Bel Air @ Perry Hall (Wednesday 6:30pm), St. Frances @ John Carroll (Wednesday 7pm); Mixed Martial Arts: Strikeforce-Gilbert Melendez vs. Jorge Masvidal (Saturday 10pm from San Diego live on Showtime)

10. Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live); Bret Michaels (Wednesday 7pm & 10pm Rams Head on Stage); Pietasters (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Virginia Coalition (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Devo (Thursday 8pm State Theatre), Phil Vassar (Sunday 8pm State Theatre); Chris Isaak (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Anthony Hamilton “Back to Love” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I am not a Lyle Lovett fan, but I am a human being. Because I am a human being, I am ABSOLUTELY a fan of this tune. One of the happiest days in my life may have been the day I walked off a hangover into the DC Farmers’ Market and saw a folk band playing the song. If it hadn’t been in DC it would have been the HAPPIEST…

Is there any chance I could go see Bret Michaels and skip everything besides this?

I saw the Pietasters most recently at Artscape this summer. They were fantastic. They always are.

Virginia Coalition is ABSOLUTELY the best band you’re not listening to. Unless you’re not listening to U2. There aren’t people that don’t listen to U2, are there?

9. Glenn Clark’s Christmas Party (Saturday 8pm undisclosed location in Monkton); “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” & “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol out in theaters (Friday); Christian Finnegan (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv)

This is how last year’s Christmas party ended…

That’s my girlfriend cleaning up vomit. The vomit happened to be on the ceiling. It is what it is.

Oh…and last year’s party also involved the following….

Ours were of course much manlier than this, but you get the point. This is not to be missed…like…say…ever.

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The Wednesday Morning CMS Top-5: 'Best Sports Atmospheres'

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The Wednesday Morning CMS Top-5: ‘Best Sports Atmospheres’

Posted on 04 March 2009 by WNST Interns

Welcome back for another edition of the Wednesday Morning CMS Top-5.

Today the topic was what has been the best environment you’ve ever seen sports live in.  Historic Stadiums, great games, wild crowds, all factors to be considered.  Simple subject, let’s see what CMS Host Drew Forrester and CMS Producer Glenn Clark had to say.


5.  League Championship Series Baseball

4.  The Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, Coney Island, New York

3.  University of Maryland @ John’s Hopkins, Men’s Lacrosse on a Friday Night at Homewood Field in Baltimore, Maryland

2.  UFC/Boxing World Championship Title Bout, Vas Vegas, Nevada

1.  A major January 1st College Football Bowl Game

As usual, Drew’s was a little different, he even gave a bonus pick!

BONUS:  August 31, 2005 – Dodger Stadium.  Derek Lowe gets the win in a complete game shutout allowing just 1 hit… in a Brooklyn Dodger uniform nonetheless… throwback unis only make the feel of the game a little retro and different.

5.  April 27, 2002 – Fenway Park, Boston Massachusetts.  Derek Lowe pitches a No-Hitter against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

4.  Spring 1990 – Edsel Ford High School Field, Dearborn, Michigan.  Derek Lowe throws his first scholastic no-hitter as a senior.

3.  October 1, 2008 – Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois.  Derek Lowe gets a Game 1 win over the Cubbies in the NLDS pitching 6 innings, and striking out 6 as well.

2.  October 6, 2003 – Network Associates Stadium, Oakland, California.  Derek Lowe picks up a save in the deciding Game 5 of the ALDS for the Red Rox advancing his team to the American League Championship Series… he also ‘disrespected’ Miggy Tejada by grabbing hit crutch in celebration after the striking out the final batter.  Pretty funny stuff.

1.  October 20, 2004 – Yankee Stadium, New York, New York.  Derek Lowe takes the ball in Game 7 for the Red Sox and after 6 inning giving up just 1 earned he led the way to the ’04 World Series and a baseball championship in Boston since 1918.

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Whatever the case might be

Posted on 03 March 2008 by WNST Staff

Here are some random thoughts from the weekend:
-If you are a fan of college basketball, there were some great games that took place this weekend. There was everything from teams blowing leads to game winning shots and everything in between, a great weekend to start to get everyone ready for March Madness.
-I am not convinced that Jeremy Guthrie will have that great of a season for the Orioles. I will say the over under for him is 13 and I will take the under. In fact I will say that he will be closer to 10 wins than 13. Daniel Cabrera will have another and possibly final mediocre season for them. If he has not gotten it (whatever that is), by now then he never will.
-Non sports related, but I just saw it on the web that the Van Halen tour looks like it is over with. I know they were scheduled to come to Baltimore next Sunday, but it does not look very promising at this point. I was never a big Van Halen fan and actually prefer Sammy Hagar to DLR, but there is no way I would pay the type of money they are asking for a ticket. Rather see Hagar with Kenny Chesney at M&T Bank Stadium.
– Speaking of the Ravens, make sure you check out the team’s official website. They have redone it and it is pretty impressive looking.
-There was a rumor floating around this weekend that Ray Lewis was close to agreeing to a deal with the UFC. I see no way that it is possible for a couple of reasons : A) I know Ray was a all state wrestler in high school and I  have seen him first handle wrestle guys like Ed Hartwell and have them tied up like a pretzel. I also am aware that Ray does some boxing and kickboxing stuff as a part of his conditioning. B) Last year there was talks that Ray was going to wrestle on TNA Wrestling against Frank Wycheck and there were people who stepped in. Now maybe Ray does UFC type fighting after his career is over but not while he is under contract.
-Mike Flynn deserves more credit than what he gets for the way he played the game. Now was Mike the most talented or athletic guy out there? Probably not, but no one was going to work harder than him or give more effort than him. Does Mike belong in the ring of honor? That is not for me to decide, but he is a guy that meant a lot to this organization and will be missed by not only his teammates, but the staff of the Ravens, and several members of the media. Will Flynn ever play again? I am not sure; he has a young son now and probably knows that the end is near one way or another. He has made a nice living playing this game and played longer than a lot of people do, and has the one thing that every NFL player past, present, or future, plays for…a Super Bowl ring. I think Mike Flynn deserves credit for what he did not only as a football player, but also as a guy that was always in the community. Stay tuned.
So that I don’t forget, for my number one fan out there, that is what I think about sports or WHATEVER THE CASE MIGHT BE.

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