Everyone who’s everyone (well, almost)

July 24, 2007 | Drew Forrester

was at Chestnut Ridge CC today…

In what has become one of the staple Baltimore sports events of the summer, most of the city’s athletic/media celebrities and over 120 golfers converged on Chestnut Ridge CC today for the annual Leukemia/Lymphoma Charity Golf Tournament, run by two very good friends of mine – Vince Fiduccia of the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society (my former PR Director with the Blast/Spirit) and Richard Sammis (aka, “Mr. Nobody”), whose daughter passed away from leukemia back in the early ’90’s and has been spearheading that great event at Chestnut Ridge for the last decade or so.

What a day we had today!  I’m not sure where my team finished in the standings, but we had a great time.  I think we were either 8-under or 9-under, but in the post-round food and drink fest, I heard rumors of some -13’s and -14’s, so I know we weren’t prize claimers at the end of the night.  But the golf course was in great shape and Larry Head and his staff at Chestnut Ridge always do such a great job of having everything just perfect for the players and celebrities on hand.  Congrats to them for another outstanding day of golf and friendship.

As for the “who’s who” of Baltimore sports, let me start with the noteworthy guest speaker and tennis competitor, Ravens Head Coach Brian Billick.  I stopped by the tennis courts as my foursome went down the 18th hole and heckled Brian and ex-WJZ-TV sportscaster John Buren and Colts kicker Toni Linhart…they were breaking a sweat on the courts and looked very intense.  Rumor on the street is that Brian played ex-Baltimore tennis star Elise Burgin in a tennis match that involved Ravens coach Jedd Fisch, and somehow Billick came out on the losing end to the tune of a $4,000 donation to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.  6 days before his team starts an 8-month, 24×7 grind, and the coach of the Ravens is playing in a charity tennis event to raise money for Leukemia/Lymphoma – and he’s donating $4,000 himself.  Says a lot about the man, doesn’t it?

Aside from the aforementioned Buren and Linhart (by the way, Toni says he COULD see the goalposts in the “fog game” against Miami), Scott Garceau (Channel 2 Sports) was on hand to emcee tonight’s festivities.  I also talked baseball with Dave Johnson of ex-Orioles fame (now with MASN) and briefly greeted WBAL Radio’s Stan White and Steve Davis at the driving range.  The best goalkeeper in the history of indoor soccer in Baltimore was there today as well – and that would be, naturally, Scott Manning.  Tony Seaman (Towson University lacrosse coach) and I shared some conversation and a beverage afterwards and I bumped into WJZ’s Marty Bass, who was VERY proud of his team’s accomplishments today.  Peter Schmuck of The Sun nearly hit someone with a ball, and no, it wasn’t O’s Communications Director Greg Bader (although I would have donated money to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society to see that – but just a shot on the shin – I don’t want Greg to get SERIOUSLY injured, of course).

And the Ravens…well, they were there in full force.  In addition to Billick, I chatted with Rick Neuheisel (he’ll be on the show Tuesday morning with me around 7:30 am) and Kevin Byrne and I know Jedd Fisch was there as well, along with a couple of other Ravens coaching staff members.

As for the Orioles – they had ZERO representation there today.  Couldn’t send over 120 Ripken bobbleheads as goody bag give-away items, huh?  What a shame.  NO ONE there from the club (except for Dave Johnson, who handles some broadcasting duties for MASN post-game).  The team was off today.  No coaches, players, staffers, etc. were available?  Amazing…

All in all, another GREAT tournament and an amazing outpouring of charitable support – all going to the great people with the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.