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Steele discusses what it means to be a “real” Republican in America

Posted on 17 July 2020 by WNST Audio

Nestor is pretty succinct in this one, calling former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele his “favorite Republican.”

We still greatly miss all of our live visits and long-form chats with our Baltimore Positive guests at State Fare and Faidley’s from earlier in our Season One of intelligent conversations with community leaders but we’re forging ahead with some of the coolest conversations during a hot, pandemic summer here in the Charm City.

As Don Mohler always points out: it’s never a straight line with our guests or platform. Just two curious people seeking deeper knowledge and wisdom from wise people. We’re about to bring forward a wide variety of guests and topics as we navigate all of the aspects of life during a pandemic.

Michael Steele is no stranger to any of us who follow politics and media in Maryland. We had a wide-ranging chat with him about his party, the future of Donald Trump in America and how the country can navigate its way out of this pandemic and economic disaster.

And, yes, we talked about the credentials of leadership and Dr. Anthony Fauci and a potential vaccine as well.

Because we haven’t been able to sit down and eat a proper crab cake at Faidley’s at Lexington Market or have some chicken and waffles at State Fare in Catonsville with our guests, we have been doing one longish episode rather than our customary three shorter blocks of conversation.

Given the current state of America in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and protests on our streets and throughout the world, we will be focusing on race and the future moving forward in many of our upcoming July episodes.

Clearly, we voted last month. And we hope you voted, too, and are ready to vote again in November!

We are all in this together and this is a time to educate, unite and keep each other safe. But we also have some extra time to read and learn and educate ourselves in many ways.

We will continue to produce high-quality, intelligent conversations with thought leaders as our citizens try to readjust to this pandemic during the summer at Baltimore Positive.

Please subscribe to Baltimore Positive and stay with us.

We’ll try to keep you cool.

 

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A bright purple idea to replace The Ray Lewis Squirrel Dance with a new thing

Posted on 30 October 2019 by Nestor Aparicio

Because most of you know I turned the Ravens bye week into a “buh-bye” week at WNST and served up a healthy dose of Baltimore Positive conversations, I had some time to digest the Ravens win in Seattle in many ways from the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

The incredible win at The Link in The Emerald City was certainly a statement win for the 2019 version of the Ravens but also for the franchise and its new leader Lamar Jackson, who has electrified the sport and suddenly reinvigorated the football energy in Baltimore. This kind of Sunday night against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots is everything you’d want for our city and our stadium as Light City – the coolest idea our city has had to bring people back to the Inner Harbor since Governor Schaefer built Harborplace – kicks off in earnest in my ‘hood.

(This is your official invitation to come back downtown and participate in what is great about Baltimore! I will be happy to show you around!)

One thing that a puke green weekend 3,000 miles away in the rain in Seattle showed me was how rowdy a city hungry for football can still be – but also how really inspired the brilliant “12th man” brand they have created for the Seahawks is on game day as a real home field asset. The fans and locally chosen Seattle celebrities and dignitaries and former greats get to raise the flag and make the crowd go berserk at kickoff.

I remember what that was like in Baltimore when Ray Lewis danced every Sunday to ignite an energy that made 33rd Street feel like a bingo hall.

You don’t have to be a rock and roll fan to know that seeing Mike McCready of Pearl Jam stoke the crowd is pretty bad ass. (Of course that didn’t help the Seahawks players tackle Lamar Jackson 20 minutes later but I think you get my point, especially if you ever attended a game where No. 52 did the Squirrel Dance and the hair on the back of your neck stood up. I remember to never forget!)

I have been wanting to write and discuss this for a month now but there was NOTHING that has happened at a Ravens game recently that surpassed that moment when Brian Billick came out of that tunnel holding up the Lombardi Trophy against the Browns on that day they put him into the Ring of Honor.

It occurred to me that we had 105 players (and lots more significant humans if you count coaches, staff and other “ring wearers” from the organization and front office) on the field who won the Super Bowl as Baltimore Ravens and deserve to hoist that silver trophy for the fans one more time.

If Brad Downs and the folks over at the purple palace want my best idea for free, here it is:

Bring back a Super Bowl 35 or 47 champion EVERY week for as long as they are alive and have them lifting the Silver Betty (or its 12-year baby brother “Joe”) and make that our “12th man” or some kind of replacement for the irreplaceable and never to return Ray Lewis Squirrel Dance.

Anquan Boldin came out and took a bow two weeks ago. Was the Lombardi Trophy unavailable that day? Imagine how nuts the crowd would’ve gone?!?

We once had Nelly and “Hot in Herre” and a transcendent football player who now has a statue at the gate. That ain’t coming back any more than the Johnny Unitas statue next to it is walking back into Memorial Stadium in black high tops.

In Baltimore, Maryland, we have trophies that should be shown off more often than the humble Ravens have cared to do so in recent years – and that should change.

I’d never let a team walk into our stadium and not know and FEEL it ever again.

I know it didn’t go well against the Cleveland Browns after the Billick silver “sky spear” than it went for the Seahawks two weeks ago at Century Link Field, but it is a moment worth replicating and certainly better than anything goofy Terrell Suggs ever did in the aftermath of the Ray Lewis Squirrel.

The Ravens could sell it and stock it with players who were a part of a championship team. And then encourage it for the alums who made big plays in January that led to those Super Bowl parades. And every one of them was on the field for many a Ray Lewis Squirrel Dance and a confetti shower.

THAT’S the way to kick off a game against Tom Brady – or anyone for that matter – if you want to intimidate the opponent. If Billick can roll out of the tunnel with Silver Betty then why not James Trapp or Mike Flynn from Tampa? Or Michael Oher or Bryant McKinnie from New Orleans?

We are 23 years into this thing and the Baltimore Ravens are always chasing their own greatness and higher standards than the orange puke across the parking lot where they canceled their own offseason fan festival and still treat the fans like an ATM. As a guy who has dedicated his life to the passion around Baltimore sports, I have seen how hard the Ravens franchise and its human beings have had to work in the aftermath of London and the aging

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Mike Harmon dishes on NFL in LA

Posted on 17 August 2016 by WNST Staff

Mike Harmon of Fox Sports caught up with Nestor this week to discuss all things NFL, including the preseason debut of the Los Angeles Rams.

Who will start for the LA Rams? Which golden rule was broken by a Rams WR during the first Hard Knocks episode?

To hear Nestor’s full conversation with Mike Harmon, listen here:

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Don Banks: Sense of Urgency for Ravens in 2016

Posted on 17 August 2016 by WNST Staff

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated caught up with Nestor Aparicio this week as the NFL regular season continues to get closer.

Don was out in Owings Mills recently and he had some positive observations to share about Joe Flacco.

“I was using the words locked in, because the day I was there, I barely saw the ball touch the ground,” Banks said. “He told me that the knee is not really on his mental radar screen. He feels like he can trust it, and hasn’t really had to clear much of a hurdle on that front. He’s excited. I feel like he’s poised for a big bounce back year. The question is, how many others on Baltimore after that injury plagued year are ready to bounce back as well.”

Don sees 2016 as a key season for the Ravens, and he sees them being in a position that they haven’t found themselves in for quite some time.d

“They are a very interesting team this year Nestor,” Banks said. “I think we’e always kind of known what to expect from Baltimore, but last year altered the perception a little bit. I think a lot of us are wondering ‘Does this team pick up where they left off, always a playoff perennial contender, 10-11 wins? Or was last year in any way the first sign of a team on the decline, and getting a little older in some key spots?’ That’s what this year is about. I think there’s a little bit of a sense of urgency in Baltimore that there hasn’t been in a number of years, to kind of continue the program the way it has been under John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome.”

To hear Nestor’s full chat with Don Banks, listen here:

 

 

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Ira Kaufman: Bucs will go defense with ninth overall pick

Posted on 25 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Ira Kaufman covers the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the Tampa Tribune, and the Bucs have undergone some major changes this offseason as they promoted Dirk Koetter to offensive coordinator, and hired former Ravens coach and Falcons head coach Mike Smith to be their defensive coordinator.

The Buccaneers also have a Top 10 pick in next week’s draft as they prepare to select ninth overall. Which side of the ball are the Bucs targeting, and who does Ira think they will ultimately select?

To hear Nestor’s full conversation with Ira Kaufman, listen here:

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Rick Ballou: Jags could take Tunsil if still on board at #5

Posted on 25 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Rick Ballou covers the Jaguars and joined Nestor on WNST to discuss their draft plans as they are due to pick one slot ahead of the Ravens as they hold the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Who does Rick think the Jaguars will select, and will they snag someone that the Ravens really would like to grab at number six?

To catch Rick Ballou’s full conversation with Nestor, click here:

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Charean Williams: Cowboys keep draft plans close to vest

Posted on 24 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Charean Williams covers the Dallas Cowboys and thus is always subjected to the media circus that constantly surrounds what many consider to be American’s Team.

That said, there is one time of the year that the Cowboys keep things unusually quiet…

“They have pulled some surprises, and really, this is the one thing they do that they keep their cards close to their sleeve,’ Williams said. “When it comes to the draft, you really don’t know what the Cowboys are going to do and this year is another example of that.”

“The obvious need is defensive end, there’s no question about that, “Williams said. “Everyone thinks they’re going Joey Bosa, but I don’t think anybody would be surprised if they come out of this draft with Jalen Ramsey if he’s there or Ezekiel Elliott if he’s there.”

To hear Nestor’s complete conversation with Charean Williams, click here:

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Mark Eckel: Lots of people affected by Eagles trade

Posted on 24 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Mark Eckel has been covering the Philadephia Eagles for a long time, and there are not many moments that have created as much buzz as the Eagles trading up to the #2 spot in the 2016 Draft in an effort to, by all indications, select quarterback Carson Wentz.

When a trade of such magnitude is made, the ramifications are sure to be felt well into the future. Eckel touched on some of those possibilities.

“The future of a lot of people were affected by that trade,” Eckel said. “Obviously quarterback Sam Bradford’s future is up in the air. He won’t be an Eagle for much longer, maybe this year. The head coach Doug Pederson and GM Howie Roseman, both of their careers are kind of on the line with this pick, if it is Carson Wentz as we all have kind of come to the conclusion that it is. If Wentz is not the answer, if he is another Ryan Leaf, then Doug Pederson is not going to be a head coach for very long, and Howie Roseman probably won’t be involved in personnel very long.”

Mark went on to share many more in-depth thoughts regarding this blockbuster trade. To hear his complete conversation with Nestor, listen here:

 

 

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Nestor Aparicio: Trades have created “dream scenario” for Ravens

Posted on 24 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Nestor Aparicio joined Howard Balzer’s radio show in St. Louis to discuss the Baltimore Ravens draft outlook as the 2016 NFL Draft is less than a week away.

With two quarterbacks expected to go with the first two picks, the Baltimore Ravens will have the opportunity to draft one of the best non-quarterback players in the draft. Will Jalen Ramsey, the top rated cornerback from Florida Sate, still be available, and if so, will the Ravens definitely take him? What are some other options for the Ravens at the sixth spot? Nestor dishes on some Ravens possibilities as the draft quickly approaches.

Also, who does Nestor believe was the biggest free agent signing for the Ravens this offseason?

To hear Nestor Aparicio’s full conversation with Howard Balzer, listen here:

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Ed Frankovic: Capitals took it to Flyers in Game 6

Posted on 24 April 2016 by WNST Staff

It wasn’t as easy as it appeared to be when the Caps held a 3-0 commanding lead in their first round series against the Philadelphia Flyers, but they were able to defeat the Flyers in 6 games following a 1-0 road victory in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.

Although the Caps lost in Game 5, they dominated most aspects of that game, and Frankovic talked about how they were able to carry that over to Game 6.

“I was thrilled with the way the team played,” Frankovic said. “I thought they followed up on a dominating performance from Thursday, when they lost, but I thought they carried that right over and really took it to the Flyers. They played physical and didn’t sit back like they did in Game 4.”

The Capitals now move onto the second round to play the red hot Pittsburgh Penguins as they attempt to move onto the Eastern Conference Finals or the first time since 1998.

To hear Ed Frankovic’s full conversation with Nestor Aparicio, click here:

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