The “Sunday Morning Blitz” Comes To An End …..

February 22, 2010 |

As much as I’ve loved crafting the SUNDAY MORNING BLITZ, I just knew this day would come, sooner or later. And, to be quite honest, I really thought the circumstances would be a little different.

While I’m an optimistic soul, I pretty much just assumed the appeal of the ‘Blitz would eventually run it’s course, or Jason Jubb and I would find LIFE seeping further into our respective Sundays. I’ve always knew it would end. But, I didn’t think it would happen so soon.

I cannot begin to convey my gratitude to Nestor and Brad Howard for the chance to further my ambitions on the daily afternoon show, with Ray Bachmann. It’s an endeavor I’ve always targeted – while making the weekend trek.

So, I’m relishing the new, vivid role at WNST. Meanwhile, Jason Jubb is selflessly giving his Sunday mornings back to his family. I’m not surprised; he always does the right thing. Jason’s baby boy greeted this world amid the span of our little Sunday morning radio venture. And, while he missed a couple shows, Jason has continued with the ‘Blitz. I know a huge part of his heart felt better, as he woke up with his son, yesterday morning.

I cannot rightfully describe my sincere gratitude to Jason for his dedicated and innovative efforts to WNST’s weekends. I know Nestor and Brad share in these feelings.

To be bluntly honest, Jason is very much responsible for my successes, at WNST. He helped me prepare for the “So You Wanna Be A Sports Talk Show Host” contest ….. he’s lent a wide ranging expertise to the show’s format ….. he’s blogged and attended events ….. he’s gone well beyond the boundaries of friends helping friends.

Heck, he stayed awake and on-air for 24 straight hours, for a very noble cause – and with very little recognition …..
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I’m a better sports mind and person, because of Jason’s friendship. I’m just glad he knows how I feel.

Over these last 3 years, we have covered some of Baltimore’s biggest sports stories, as well as some nationally recognized events. We’ve strived to present good analysis and content – while offering listeners and fellow fans an opportunity to lend a hand.

From the friendly demeanor of “Billy in Columbia” ….. to the perennial dissent of “Wayne in Timonium” ….. to the senseless rambling of “Rick in Reisterstown” ….. to the downplayed real-life experiences of “Rico in Towson” ….. to the reliable doom and gloom forecasts of “Dave in Hamilton” ….. to the personal connection of “Tommy in Pasadena” ….. to the Angelosian love of “Tom in Rising Sun” ….. to the quirky ideas of “Dan in Fallston” ….. to the fiscal suspicions of “Bob in Herfeord” ….. to the discerning wonder of “Lou in Phoenix” ….. to the unconditional love of “Dale in Rosedale” ….. to the thorough, five minute responses of “Justin in Highlandtown” ….. to the blunt realities of our patriarch, “Bob in Parkville” ….. the SUNDAY MORNING BLITZ has been a forum for any and every Baltimore sports fan.

In fact, it’s always been about the fan.

The very first edition of the SUNDAY MORNING BLITZ took place on Sunday, April 15th, 2007. For myself and Jason, as well as the WORLD, alot of things have changed since that day …..
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The Orioles Make A Huge Decision
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Ravens Get A New Boss, Too …..
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Local Kid Dominates the World
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Ravens Find Their Future …..
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Cal Gets His Day
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Ravens Come So Close …..
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Orioles Start To “Rebuild” …..
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While we always strived to make the show about BALTIMORE, the global realities and impact of sports was a weekly factor. Regardless of the coverage we desired to give the Orioles and Ravens, bigger stories sometimes dominated.

Michael Vick went to prison for dogfighting.

Roger Clemens stared down a steroids scandal.

The New England Patriots were nearly perfect.

These stories dominated radio for weeks and months. And, the Sunday Morning Blitz was not immune to such dialogue. However, such stories usually broke on weekdays – which relegated Jason and I to try twisting the topic in an original way, if possible.

Hey, that’s Sunday radio.

However, there were a couple times when the Sunday Morning Blitz served as the first landing spot for Baltimore’s initial sports discussion on a morning after something HUGE happened. Both events happened, in 2009. One was joyful and the other was quite sad …..
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January 10, 2009
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The Ravens went into Nashville and beat the heavily favored Tenessee Titans. The win earned the Ravens a berth in the AFC Championship game. Since the game was played on a Saturday evening, we seized first crack at breaking down the win and chatting with jubilant fans, the next morning. It was a GREAT day.
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July 4, 2009
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I recall standing on a pier, in Canton, on a beautiful 4th of July afternoon. I received the WNST text message. Steve McNair was found dead, in Nashville. As Saturday afternoon turned to night, numerous details emerged. It was a homicide. The following morning, Jason and I had the tough job of helping Ravens fans mourn. It was a surreal experience – no laughter, joking or light hearted fun. But, it was an important couple hours.

Each and every edition of the Sunday Morning Blitz was it’s own “animal.” We had some good shows and GREAT shows. We also had lackluster performances and fumbled the microphone on numerous occasions. Sunday was always an experience …..

From finding a snake outside the studio (BTW – that was a bit) …..

To hosting a “Man’s Baby Shower” …..

To losing every on-air wager I made …..

The last three years have been a fantastic ride and I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve forged some special relationships and learned the ropes, so to speak. Along the way, many people had a hand in making the Sunday Morning Blitz a respectable weekend show. Such support came from many …..
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Katie Browne
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Josh Hall
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Chris Bonetti
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Jason Siemer
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So many people gave time and energy to making the Sunday Morning Blitz a success. To everyone – THANK YOU. I have no doubt that Jason and I will reconvene someday for a new show. Who knows when that day will happen? In the meantime, we’ll get together, on occasion, during the “Rex & Ray Show.”

Yesterday, I woke up for the first time, in three years, without any Sunday commitments. It was an odd feeling and I found myself looking for something to do. So, I sat in front of the computer and wrote this blog.

Maybe, I’ll just start a regular Sunday morning column, on WNST.net – or I’ll just learn to relax …..

To be honest, I’m gonna follow Jason’s lead and just give Sunday’s back to my family. Over the last three years, my wife and daughter have sacrificed a lot of weekend opportunities. They have given up so much, in an effort to let me pursue these radio ambitions.

While I’ve credited Jason with helping me craft my on-air talents, my wife has obliged every single move and decision I’ve made. So, while I’ll miss the Sunday Morning Blitz, I’m glad to give her weekends back and just in time for spring and summer.

In fact, I really do think our families deserve most of the recognition for their understanding and unconditional support …..
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In truth, Paula, Amy, Cheyenne and Ryan have given more than anyone – simply so a couple of good friends could share their love for Baltimore’s sports, on Sunday mornings. We’re both lucky guys, indeed.

I have a feeling Jason and I will do a show, again, someday. Until then, thanks for listening …..

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