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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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Bubba Watson Wins Dramatic Playoff For Emotional Masters Title

Posted on 08 April 2012 by WNST Staff

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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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President’s Cup: The best show you’re not watching this weekend

Posted on 08 October 2009 by WNST Interns

If you’ve never played a $2 Nassau, quit reading now.

If you’ve read on, you know that match play http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Match_play IS golf, pure form.

The President’s Cup begins today.  Kind of a big deal.  It’s no Masters, no US Open, no PGA.  It’s no Ryder Cup…but it’s pretty close.

The best of the U.S. will be there at Harding Park (San Fran). So will the best of the rest of the world, save Europe.  The U.S. is an enormous favorite, but for those of us who play golf the RIGHT way, we know that anything can happen.

Of course there’s more important stuff to watch come Saturday (and Sunday), but I’m telling you…this is going to be fun…and it’s on network…with a lead into Sunday Night Football…and really, who could turn down Johnny Miller on a Sunday afternoon in October?  Know for sure, these guys WANT TO WIN…tune in.

There will be 34 matches over the course of the four day weekend, all worth one point.   Thursday’s matchups look like this:


All times are Pacific (that means add three hours)



International Team


USA Team

Match 1

12:10 p.m.

Mike Weir/Tim Clark


Anthony Kim/Phil Mickelson

Match 2

12:22 p.m.

Adam Scott/Ernie Els


Hunter Mahan/Sean O’Hair

Match 3

12:34 p.m.

Vijay Singh/Robert Allenby


Lucas Glover/Stewart Cink

Match 4

12:46 p.m.

Angel Cabrera/Camilo Villegas


Kenny Perry/Zach Johnson

Match 5

12:58 p.m.

Geoff Ogilvy/Ryo Ishikawa


Tiger Woods/Steve Stricker

Match 6

1:10 p.m.

Retief Goosen/Y.E. Yang


Jim Furyk/Justin Leonard


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Y.E. vs. Some Other Guy

Posted on 18 August 2009 by WNST Interns

This is what we call a man’s blog. I say what I think, and while it may not be pretty all the time, it’s usually right. Most of the time I will hit on the topics of either the NFL or college basketball, with special attention to the local teams. This opener is all about my summer love affair, the PGA Tour. For a long time now I have been complaining of the notion that ESPN, Golf Channel, CBS and NBC sell the professional circuit short with how they cover the Tour. Tiger, a little Phil, and no on else. Well I’m hoping yesterdays outcome at Hazletine changes some of that. Shot after shot, hole after hole, someone other than Tiger kept us on edge. Granted that someone was playing with Tiger, but he kept the gas on the world’s Number 1 and beat him at his own game. This wasn’t a double-digit victory at Pebble Beach or at Augusta for Mr. Woods. No. It was a chance for the little guy to say enough’s enough to the bully in the red shirt.
But this is more than my dislike of the Tiger-hyping media. It’s a chance for the biggest segment of the world’s population to get on board with a sport that for a long time has been associated with the elite of the socio-economic spectrum. What Y.E. Yang did by stomping on the throat of Tiger and pressing the issue and defeating him on a Sunday, in the final group, coming back against ‘Jesus with Golf Clubs’ was finish off what guys like Isao Aoki, T.C. Chen, Tommy Nakajima, and K.J. Choi couldn’t do themselves; be the first Asian to win a major championship. Asians are dominant in individual sports like table tennis, badminton, and gymnastics. There is a nobility in winning and defending your honor and being victorious in that part of the world, probably more than any other.
What is more noble than overcoming someone, who according to the mass golf media, is the Messiah of the Majors? (Lest we forget he still hasn’t won the most Majors ever, and will never come close to Jack’ Nicklaus’ 18 1st place finishes and 19 2nd place finishes) Getting 2 billion people who you represented in overcoming God is a huge accomplishment. The Chinese and the Koreans have joined the Japanese in an obsession with golf. Tons of courses are being built and former major champions like Nick Faldo and Ian Baker-Finch have opened golf clinics in that part of the world.
For me the professional golf season is over. The Fed Ex Playoffs are a joke and then the fall season is just an opportunity for guys to get into the top 125 so they don’t have to go to Q School. But there is something to take away from this year. The four winner of the Majors this year exemplify why golf is no longer a sport for the rich and privileged Anglo’s. Angel Cabrera with his cigarettes and his duck-like waddle brought back memories of Seve Ballesteros winning at Augusta years before. Lucas Glover showed what gems the Tour has to offer the casual fan, as he dueled fellow young gun Hunter Mahan on Monday at Bethpage. Stewart Cink took his name off the “Greatest Player to Never Win a Major” List at The Open, going toe to toe with legend Tom Watson. And Y.E. Yang gave us the biggest thrill of the PGA season, taking down the Creator of Golf at Hazeltine. Boy its nice that someone remembers that the professional golf is not just Tiger.

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Help us find the next Baltimore sports media superstar…

Posted on 10 April 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

Let the games begin! I’ve been talking about the “Coors Light King (or Queen) of Baltimore Sportstalk” competition for two months and today we will finally begin the tournament where the challenge is to cover Baltimore sports in the new media universe at WNST.net like the professionals do every day. After watching “American Idol” in its totality for the first time this season, I got very inspired about finding creative ways to find Baltimore’s next great sports media stars.

Perhaps I’m biased, but I firmly believe WNST.net is the best sports media company in the marketplace for Baltimore sports news, conversation and information. Everyone at WNST works nonstop to be the best – to set us apart from amateur internet bloggers and from “out of town” corporate entities who do not have the best interests of our community at heart. Our hard work is justified and rewarded when our www.Alexa.com reports continues to show us as BY FAR the most-visited sports website in the region on a daily basis. And we continue to battle it out with WBAL.com as the top two sites for radio – AM or FM – in the marketplace.

I take my business seriously. I must, because everyone in my company who wants to feed their family in this incredibly difficult economy also needs my vision and energy to keep WNST strong. And quality companies are comprised of quality people. We are always searching for the best writers, sports talk show hosts and reporters and journalists in Baltimore. My only personal goal remaining after 25 years of being a sports journalist locally and nationally is to make WNST.net the premier place for Baltimore sports fans to congregate and have fun.

We want to be the place you come every morning with a cup of coffee to read up on what’s happening in Baltimore’s sports world. We want you to join our text service. We want you to call into AM 1570 and chat with our hosts during the day. We want you following our live game blogs this summer during Orioles games.

Along with my partners and staff and former Ravens head coach Brian Billick, we are excited about making our company something you’re proud of as well.

This “Coors Light King (or Queen) of Baltimore Sportstalk” competition, which will end with a pair of live shows on May 13 and May 27, is not for a “job” at WNST — but instead it’s a contest with a grand prize of a trip for two from Baltimore to Bermuda on the Royal Caribbean ship we always see parked down in Port Covington in the spring. (Special thanks to The Cruise Lady, who has been doing Orioles cruises for years and she hooked us up with a super prize for our winner).

The last time I did a similar competition — in November 2006, before the legitimate era of internet sports blogging and social media — we found a myriad of nice people who, just like us, love Baltimore sports and wanted to investigate a career in sports journalism. Our current evening host, Thyrl Nelson, didn’t win our competition but used it as a springboard to becoming a daily host on WNST after 2 1/2 years of honing his craft. (We think Thyrl is great! You should check out his blog and radio show as a guideline for what we’re looking to accomplish with this contest.) Rex Snider and Mark Suchy were also “discovered” in that pool of talent and have been great additions to WNST. I am a kid from Dundalk. Drew Forrester is from Glen Burnie. Bob Haynie claims several Baltimore locales. Ray Bachman is from South Baltimore. Glenn Clark is from Perry Hall. We think a company full of people who are from Baltimore just makes sense!

And, we were all amateurs and “first timers” at one point. Now, we’re “professionals.” It’s not easy, but it’s possible as we’ve proven over the last 11 years.

I’ll be writing a lot about the competition and weighing in with some helpful hints and some frank feedback about what I think – I’ll try to be a little more kind than Simon Cowell, but I’m sure I’ll be called a jerk as well – and I hope all of the WNST.net readers and users will be checking out nearly 30 competitors’ writing, video and audio bits over the next two weeks.

We’ll begin the online voting for your favorites next week, with the top three vote-getters receiving automatic bids to the second round of the competition.

We will begin the second round the week of May 4th. There will be many surprises, celebrity visits and twists and turns — not unlike what we deal with every day in a 24-hour live sports media environment.

Here is the tentative schedule for the next week of competition:

Friday, April 10: Barry Barnes, Justin Keys, Geoff Peckham,

Monday, April 13: J.D. Jackson, Neal Bortmes, Rick Crabbe, Andrew Frank, Luke Jones,

Tuesday, April 14: Todd Salkowski, Jeremiah Moyer, Chris Allsep

Wednesday, April 15: Ryan Sebring, Christopher Stoner, Marco Romanell, Christina Tarleton, Tom Clayton, Bryan Knouse, John McKay,

Thursday, April 16: Vic Ganderson, Lawson Lambert, Mike Williams, Brian Swoboda

Friday, April 17: Ken Phillips, Rick Moore, Francis Lucia

Several other folks not listed here have also requested entrance in our competition but do not have confirmed audition times for next week. We currently have a sea of men and one woman in the competition, hence the “King” or “Queen” status. (Good luck Christina!) Most of the competitors I’ve never even met so this will be fun!

We also have a pair of “under 21” college hopefuls — Peter Dilutis and Troy Shuman – who are not officially in the competition and are not eligible for the grand prize but who want to write and do some radio and we’re going to allow them the opportunity to “show their stuff” as well in our main blogosphere.

In the spirit of WNST, we hope this competition is compelling, exciting and helps some of these folks follow their dream of a being a Baltimore sports journalist in the new millennium and in the amazing era of new and social media. We’d love for you to read their stuff, watch their video and listen to their live “auditions” over the next few weeks.

And with the Orioles’ fast start and the Ravens’ draft prospects so wide open over the next few weeks — not to mention golf, NASCAR, tennis, MMA, NHL and NBA seasons in full swing — there will be plenty of material for these folks to opine about on a daily basis.

Good luck to all!

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