Producer of the Wes McElroy Show from 3pm - 6pm
Jesse has been with Clear Channel Media & Entertainment since 2010. He considers himself a Richmond transplant as he has lived in the River City for over 10 years now but grew up in the Western Maryland area. Deciding to attend VCU he studied Broadcast Journalism and English while spending time working at radio stations WVCW and WRIR. Jesse is currently the producer for the Wes McElroy Show as well as other shows for Sports Radio 910. Being from the Maryland area he is a diehard fan of the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Capitals. Besides his work at Sports Radio 910 he also writes a blog for VCU basketball’s radio website.
This weekend one of the oldest professional sports trophies will be on display here in Richmond. On October 18th At Gus’s Bar and Grill on Broad Street, D.C. United will make the next stop in their tour of showing off the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open trophy. The U.S. Open is the longest running soccer competition in the United States, and the world’s third-longest-running, with its origin dating back to 1913-14. It was a miraculous run for United to the 2013 U.S. Open championship which was the clubs 3rd title. For Kickers fans you may remember this year’s edition because they tied D.C. 0-0 in the third round back in May, but lost on penalty kicks 4-2. So go check out one of the oldest trophies in professional sports and stay for the viewing party Gus’s is holding for D.C. United’s match against Sporting KC. Also the Richmond chapter of the American Outlaws, which is team U.S.A.'s official fan group, is hosting a food drive at the event for FeedMore Richmond and the Central Virginia Food Bank, so if you come by drop off some food, remember the holidays are right around the corner.
Gus Bar and Grill 2701 W Broad St Richmond, VA 23220, 7-10 pm
The college basketball season is right around the corner, and it looks like it’s going to be an exciting year down on Broad Street for VCU fans! The first initial top 25 poll is out as USA Today/ESPN released their coaches’ poll. For the first-time ever the Rams find themselves in the preseason poll in at 15th, but fans may want to pay attention to the poll and see that UVA will also start the season ranked at the 25th spot. The two teams will meet November 12th in Charlottesville, and it could be the first-time they meet as ranked opponents. Below I posted the official press release from VCU Athletics.
RICHMOND, Va. – With three of its top four scorers returning from last year's squad that went 27-9 and reached the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 for the third straight season, the VCU men's basketball team entered preseason practice with high expectations.
With the release of the USA Today Preseason Top-25, it's obvious those expectations aren't limited to just the student-athletes and coaching staff. For the first time in school history, VCU will start the year ranked in the top-25 at #15.
"We've always had high expectations within our program and we want to be at a place that there is high expectations for us and that's the way VCU is," Head Coach Shaka Smart said. "I think it says a lot about our returning players, but it really doesn't change much in terms of our approach. The bottom line is that everyone starts the year 0-0."
VCU's earliest top-25 ranking prior to this year came in 1983-84 when the Rams were slotted #20 in the second poll of the season.
Overall, the Black & Gold have been in the top-25 of the Associated Press Poll or USA Today Coaches Poll 20 times. Nine of those times came during the 2012-13 season.
VCU finished last year ranked #23, marking the second time in the past three seasons that the Rams have finished the season in the Top-25.
What a game Buffalo and Cleveland gave us to start off Week 5, bet you never thought you would hear those words. Here’s how I see the rest of the NFL weekend playing out, my pick for the game is in bold.
New England at Cincinnati: I feel the Bengals are going to come into this game like a wounded animal desperately needing to get back on the winning track.
Detroit at Green Bay: The NFC North is so hard to pick especially when they play each other, I think the Lions started something with that win over the Bears last weekend.
Seattle at Indianapolis: While the Seahawks are probably the best team in football, I don’t think anyone can go 16-0 these days. It’s going to be fun watching Russell Wilson take on Andrew Luck; I like Indy at home though.
Baltimore at Miami: Much like the Bengals the Ravens need a win to get back on track. While I do believe Miami will put up a fight, I think Baltimore’s defense can take care of Ryan Tannehill.
New Orleans at Chicago: The Saints look dangerous right now. Drew Brees and Sean Payton look like they are on a mission, and don’t look now but Rob Ryan has got their defense playing lights out.
Philadelphia at NY Giants: Much like Seattle, but on the reverse side, I don’t think anyone can go 0-16 these days. There is some talent on the Giants’ offense and Philly’s defense is terrible.
Kansas City at Tennessee: This is going to be a better game than most think. The Titans are 3-1 and look like they’re on the upside of things but Jake Locker going down for a little while is going to hurt.
Jacksonville at St. Louis: Do I really have to pick this game??? I guess the Rams because Jacksonville is just awful.
Carolina at Arizona: Well were not putting this game in the category of must watch game. I guess the Cardinals since they are 2-2 and the Panthers are a mess.
Denver at Dallas: This will probably be the game of the week and could be more of a shootout than people think, but how can you pick against Peyton Manning right now. Especially since Big D lost pass rusher Anthony Spencer for the season.
Houston at San Francisco: Both of these teams desperately need a statement win for the way their seasons have started. Expect this game to have the feel of two junkyard dogs going at it, but I like the 49ers chances better at home.
San Diego at Oakland: In a game that nobody on the East Coast will care about and probably won’t watch with its 11:35p start time Sunday night. Phillip Rivers looks like he’s trying to tell the league he’s not finished. For Oakland, while they have a decent defense, they have no protection for Terrell Pryor or Darren McFadden.
NY Jets at Atlanta: Who would have thought that the Jets would be 2-2 and the Falcons would be 1-3 when this game was first scheduled. Atlanta is in the same boat as Houston and San Francisco, so I expect them to attempt to turnaround their season with this game.
Lee Sterling, our resident handicapper from Paramount Sports gives you his favorites for the football weekend including:
LSU at Georgia (-3)
Baltimore (-3 ½) at Buffalo
Washington (-3 ½) at Oakland
He also tells you where you can find his game of the weekend: New England at Atlanta (-1 ½)
1 – Fall Beers! – The football season is always the biggest sign that fall is here. For us in the Mid-Atlantic we need this sign because it can still stay warm for a few weeks. Recently though, the temperatures have been dropping so it’s time to retire those light summer lagers in favor of fall ones. These beers give you a little bit more a full and warm feeling during tailgating or couch-gating. Of course the big hits of this season are pumpkin beers so here’s a few of my favorites;
2 – Eagles-Chiefs – Who would have thought that a game between these two teams would be one of the most anticipated of the early season? Of course the biggest story line is the return of former Eagles head coach Andy Reid to Philly but on the rival sideline. It will be interesting to see how the Philly fans react to his return; Reid did win 6 divisional titles and lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl appearance, but remember that this is a fan base that cheered when Michael Irvin broke his neck. Under Chip Kelly the Eagles’ offense has lived up to its offseason hype, but he has also shown his newness to the NFL with some poor clock management in what could have been a win over the Chargers. Also don’t look now but the Chiefs are 2-0 behind what seems to be a rejuvenated Alex Smith and one of the best run defenses in the league.
3 – They’re Not Sleepless In Seattle – Unbelievable atmosphere for the Seahawks crushing defeat over the 49ers; I don’t think a crowd has been that loud, in that city, since the grunge days. If that continues it’s going to be very hard for any team to beat them at home; actually they look hard to beat if you were playing them on a deserted island. In two games the Seahawks have limited two high octane quarterbacks (Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick) and their offenses to only 10 points. Seattle’s secondary is currently the best in the league, like I said before the season, statistically only allowing an average of 113 passing yards a game. With a very easy stretch of the schedule coming up, outside of a road meeting with Houston in week 4, this team could be 9-1 when they meet the Falcons in week 10. Also for their next game, a home game against Jacksonville, some Vegas sports books have them as a 20-point favorite!
4 – The Dreaded 0-2 Start – While 0-2 may not seem like a bad start with a 16 game schedule, since 1990 only 22 of 190 teams starting the season 0-2 have made it to the playoffs. While it’s not surprise that teams like Jacksonville, Cleveland, Carolina, and Tampa Bay have started the season this way, there are some teams out there that may need to go back to the drawing board
5 – The Deceiving 2-0 Start – On the flipside of the 0-2 start there’s the 2-0 start. While since 1990 63 percent of the teams that have started the season this way have made the playoffs, there are a few teams out there at this mark that are still surrounding by questions.