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Nadal leading, French Open final suspended until Monday

Posted on 10 June 2012 by WNST Staff

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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?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKd06s1LNik

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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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:

Rank

Athlete Sport

Pro Team / Hometown

1

Brees, Drew Football

New Orleans Saints

2

Rodgers, Aaron Football

Green Bay Packers

3

Brady, Tom Football

New England Patriots

10

Johnson, Calvin Football

Detroit Lions

15

Manning, Eli Football

New York Giants

20

Polamalu, Troy Football

Pittsburgh Steelers

23

Foster, Arian Football

Houston Texans

27

Peterson, Adrian Football

Minnesota Vikings

36

Turner, Michael Football

Atlanta Falcons

39

Jones-Drew, Maurice Football

Jacksonville Jaguars

41

Fitzgerald, Larry Football

Arizona Cardinals

43

Stafford, Matthew Football

Detroit Lions

44

Rice, Ray Football

Baltimore Ravens

47

Woodson, Charles Football

Green Bay Packers

50

Ryan, Matt Football

Atlanta Falcons

51

Manning, Peyton Football

Indianapolis Colts

57

Willis, Patrick Football

San Francisco 49ers

59

McCoy, LeSean Football

Philadelphia Eagles

61

Allen, Jared Football

Minnesota Vikings

67

Rivers, Philip Football

San Diego Chargers

72

Matthews, Clay Football

Green Bay Packers

77

Gronkowski, Rob Football

New England Patriots

91

Suggs, Terrell Football

Baltimore Ravens

95

Welker, Wes Football

New England Patriots

97

Anderson, James Football

Carolina Panthers

98

Wallace, Mike Football

Pittsburgh Steelers

 

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Who Ya Got?

Posted on 26 January 2011 by WNST Interns

It’s snowing, there’s nowhere to go, the fire is stoked and I’ve got some questions.  Your opinions are welcome and encouraged.  What else are you going to do on a night like this?

1.  Today marks the 25th Anniversary of the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl Championship.  In the history of the NFL during the Super Bowl era, they are remembered as one of the most colorful and dominant teams for any single season.  Two days from now, here in Baltimore we’ll celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the 2000 Ravens Super Bowl Championship.  That team broke those Bears’ defensive records in several categories, most significantly in points allowed.  Try to be as objective as possible, folks.  ’85 Bears vs. ’00 Ravens: Who ya got?

2.  Jordan Williams has broken Len Elmore’s Maryland basketball record of consecutive games with a double-double, now at 13.  Elmore set it in 1974.  The Terrapins have had their fair share of quality big men through the years, with Buck Williams, Joe Smith and Lonny Baxter, to name a few.  Should Williams elect to stay for at least his junior year, it’s fair to argue his place as the all-time best big man in school history.  There’s certainly no argument he’s the best player on this year’s team.  Let’s assume he stays for another year: Best center in Terps history?  Jordan Williams, Buck Williams, Joe Smith, Lonny Baxter: Who ya got?

3.  I watched some Australian Open tennis last night (I know, I know).  But seeing Rafael Nadal lose in his quest for a fourth straight Grand Slam men’s singles title, and his 10th overall, got me thinking about his place in the history of the sport.  Roger Federer has 16, and it looks as if his path to a 17th just got a smidge easier.  In the Open era of professional tennis, these two men have certainly earned their place in the discussion of all-time greats.  But there’s Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, and Pete Sampras to consider as well.  So, of these mentioned (and yeah, it’s tennis, I easily could be forgetting someone), greatest player of the Open era: Who ya got?

4.  Blake Griffin or Kevin Durant?  Who ya got?

5.  You’ve been kidnapped by terrorists.  The only way to save yourself and all your loved ones is to switch allegiances as a fan to one of these three teams: Duke basketball, Pittsburgh Steelers, or New York Yankees.  The terms of your freedom require you to move to the area, buy season tickets, and wear their swag every day for the rest of your life.  Who ya got?

6.  And since it’s a snowy night and I’m thinking warm thoughts of summer and vacation, where do you prefer your free time: Mountains or beach?  Who ya got?

Let’s have some fun.  I look forward to your answers, and I’ll give you mine tomorrow afternoon on-air with Rex Snider at 2 p.m. on The Afternoon Drive.

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More “BIG NAMES” For This Weekend’s Fundraiser …..

Posted on 10 July 2009 by WNST Interns

The list contiues to fill up. And, we’re looking toward a nice slate of guests when the 24-Hour Marathon, benifiting Harbor Hospital’s HarborView Cancer Center, kicks off. Recent additions, include:

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Kyle Richardson – You remember the Ravens’ punter from the SUPER BOWL season, right? We’ll catch up with Kyle and see what’s going on in his life, today.

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Marvin Lewis – That’s right, we’ll spend a few minutes with the former Ravens D-Coodinator and current Head Coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Pam Shriver – Ahh yes, it’s so refreshing to look back on those who remember where they came from – and Pam Shriver fits THE mold. We’ll talk about her annual tournament and life on the WEST COAST.

More names coming – stay tuned …..

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