This is the first of what I hope will be many blog entries on my web page with WNST.net. I am truly excited about partnering with Nestor Aparicio and WNST, bringing to Baltimore an original Baltimore-based perspective about sports, community and this great city we live in.
The reason I chose to work with WNST was because of its commitment to being a grass roots outlet for what the fans of Baltimore want to talk about, not what someone else thinks they should be talking about.
The other major outlets for this type of interaction are all corporately owned, which means they do business here in Baltimore the same way they do business in Chicago, Philly, Memphis, Salt Lake City, Sacramento and every other place their company owns a radio and or TV station.
My wife, Kim, and I made our decision a long time ago that this was going to be our home, regardless of what lies ahead professionally for me. I hope that I don’t offend anyone when I refer to myself as a Baltimorean, but it is with this type of loyalty to our hometown and the great fans of this city that we launch this site.
It is my plan to offer blog observations about all things NFL. I have really enjoyed my work with Fox TV and the Sunday games I have been doing with Dick Stockton, Brian Baldinger, Laura Okmin and Thom Brennaman. It has afforded me a chance to visit with coaches, players, GM’s and owners in a way that would not be possible if I were still coaching. Fox does a great job of providing a number of materials about all the games that are played in a given week in getting us prepared for our broadcast.
In addition to my TV work I am currently writing a book with Michael MacCambridge, the author of “America’s Game”. If you have not read this book I strongly suggest it. Michael did an incredible job of not only chronicling the phenomenal rise of the NFL as the preeminent game in this country but also tapping into the emotional connection the NFL has created with its fans. As it has been said many times, “Baseball is still America’s pastime, but football is its passion”.
The book Michael and I are writing is about the future of the NFL. We are at pivotal cross roads for the NFL with the change in ownership profile, the need for a new collective bargaining agreement and a fascinating transition on the field in the style in which the game is played. The research for the book has led me to a number of conversations with the movers and shakers of this league and the plans being put in place for its future.
I hope to access all of these avenues in bringing you mine, and other perspectives about this game. It is important to note that the opinions I put forth here are just that: my opinions. I have learned, while doing the games, that once the play-by-play man gives who throws to whom, or who carried the ball, or who made the tackle, everything after that is nothing but opinion. Some right, some wrong but just an opinion. Hopefully, after close to 35 years in the business, 20 years in the NFL and 9 years as the Head Coach of the Baltimore Ravens, the opinions I offer will have some semblance of validity to them. I will offer up my opinions and the opinions of others I come across that I think is worth discussing. I want to hear from you, the fans, as well, as to what is important to you and what you want to talk about.