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In Memoriam of my dear friend Papa Joe Chevalier

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In Memoriam of my dear friend Papa Joe Chevalier

Posted on 05 June 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

In a former life, I used to be “Nasty” Nestor Aparicio. And even though I don’t talk about it much or brag on as I probably should, I was a nationally-syndicated sports talk host on 425 radio stations across the United States back at the turn of the century. And every night when I was done my four hours of laughs and conversations, I handed the baton to a far better man than I named “Papa” Joe Chevalier.

Chevalier died yesterday at the age of 62 in Las Vegas from the complications of a stroke he suffered in March.

Papa Joe was a simple man. He’d always come booming into the offices about 90 minutes before his show and always with a hearty laugh and always penning his opening monologue and script on a legal notepad and rehearsing it on those who would hear him. Sometimes, I’d run into the bathroom to take a leak at the 5:40 break and he’d forever be trying out some one-liner on me or engaging me in sports talk – even if it was calling the Ravens “jailbirds” or digging some fun at something Baltimore-related.

Papa Joe Chevalier was old school – and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. He KNEW sports. He KNEW gambling. He KNEW the mentality of big business in sports and where the money came from. He was no fraud when it came to sports knowledge. He was the real deal!

Because I broadcast the majority of my shows from the second story bedroom at my house on Springhouse Circle in White Marsh, I didn’t get to see Papa Joe every day. But I heard his show every day because my station here at WNST-AM 1570 in Baltimore carried his show even before I ever met him or knew him. And the really sad part is that because we always crossed shifts, I never really got to go out for a beer after work in Chicago with him other than at work functions, when he truly held court with the staff of young producers. Everyone in that building liked Papa Joe.

He would always send me outta the studio when his shift would begin with a standard phrase: “I love ya, kid!”

And I think he did, too, even when I was on the backend of a few “Bite Me Wednesday” segments, which was his “airing of the grievances” and beefs.

My unique “broadcast from Baltimore” contract language created a scenario for him that opened the door for him to do shows back in his adopted Las Vegas. So my negotiating and hardcore “I’m not leaving Baltimore” stance with management at SNR bought him some leeway that he loved.  And it seemed like he was in Vegas every weekend so I never got to go to Wrigley Field or Comiskey Park with him but that would’ve been a real hoot.

That Sporting News Radio circle of people in Chicago was really a wonderful team of  great sports fans in retrospect. It was truly like a WKRP family of people, most of whom I really, really LIKED. I would start naming names but because they’ll all wind up reading this it I want to be careful not to leave anyone out. But there are at least a dozen people whom I keep in very regular contact with because I liked them so much and those memories are so dear to me as I learned a lot about the big corporate world during that period of my life when big money and agents were trying to “make Nasty Nestor a star.”

Chevalier, however, didn’t really care whether he was a “star” or not. He was a quirky old bird, indeed.

Our programming leader Matt Nahigian would implore “Papa” Joe to simply say his name before and after every break – a very typical, simple radio request that allegedly helped Arbitron ratings and “brand familiarity” but Chevalier wanted no part of it.

“I do the damned show every night,” he would squeal. “They all know who the hell I am!”

And who was he? A throwback – a real old-timer from Pittsburgh whose Steelers’ swagger didn’t play so great with me during those years because the Ravens won the Super Bowl on Jan. 28, 2001 when I was sitting in the national sports talk chair and I really had the upper hand on him every time during that fragile period in the Baltimore-Pittsburgh wars of two centuries. Anytime the Pirates and Orioles would come up he’d start pretending to blow the whistle of Omar Moreno’s wife to drive me nuts. And he’d routinely play “We Are Family” and send it as a “shout out” to me on national radio.

And while most of my angst against Pittsburgh and all people from Pittsburgh is legendary, I can honestly say his ribbing never bothered me because it was part of the beauty of our friendship.

We bet a dinner at Bern’s Steakhouse in Tampa on the radio every time the Ravens and Steelers played and he lost a LOT. And he never, ever paid up! And for that I’m really, really sad! I would’ve loved a three-hour dinner talking sports with Joe over some sloppy steaks and red wine and we probably would’ve slipped upstairs for a café and a nightcap of ice cream and whiskey amidst conversations of Clemente and the Robinsons, Unitas and Bradshaw. And that would’ve been one helluva sports conversation, he and I — especially if we had added a few drinks and some microphones.

I found out he died late Saturday night from my pal Bernard Bokenyi on Facebook via this Las Vegas newspaper obit and writing about him makes me feel good and brings a smile to my face. Just thinking about the fuss we’re all making over him would make him bristle.

He was a really neat old guy and I never spent a moment with him that I didn’t enjoy. And his audience was immense, loyal and loved his charm. He created a fan “Bill of Rights” during the baseball strike of 1994 and had people all over the country send in baseball cards that he destroyed.

He was a man of the people and he was truly the same dude in real life as he was on the radio. Full of loveable bluster and an unending source of sports information!

In a media world fraught with frauds, phonies, liars, cowards and fools he was a man who had knowledge, integrity, an incredible sense of humor and we had a mutual respect that was unusually genuine.

I really LIKED Papa Joe. And he really liked me. It was a cool relationship and one that I probably didn’t cultivate or appreciate quite enough.

I hadn’t talked to him in a few years but I loved that old man. And I’m going to miss him and his soft voice. He was a really good man!

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Here’s why Adam Jones and anyone who thinks like him is a nitwit…

Posted on 14 April 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

Two weeks ago Adam Jones, the starting centerfielder for the Baltimore Orioles who also fancies himself a free spirit, world social media maven and loose-lipped athlete, repeatedly told our local fans to come back to the ballpark in 2011 and “knock the s**t outta Yankees fans” when they bring their money to Camden Yards.

Being the only real journalist left in Baltimore with a free voice (and, conversely, no Orioles press pass), I wrote a scathing blog here about this very public pronouncement made by Jones on video at www.baltimoresun.com that cost me a local sponsorship and got me roundly slammed by the morons, apes and trolls on various “hangout” message boards and web blogs for “being too negative” about the Orioles.

Well, it turns out, a couple of Los Angeles Dodgers fans took the “advice” of Adam Jones and now a 42-year old paramedic named Bryan Stow – same age as me, by the way – is in a coma in a Los Angeles hospital and his two children might never have a father again.

Think I was a little too hard on Jones now?

Or were the other local “media” members, afraid for their jobs and press passes and encouraged by their bosses to “just pretend Jones never said anything that dumb,” a bunch of cowards in not writing the truth about Jones’ overt and brazen stupidity in recommending that our fans get violent with Yankees fans in Baltimore?

This has been the biggest sports story on the West Coast this week, with Giants and Dodgers fans speaking out about the  violence and the senseless pain of this not-so-random attack.

Today, perhaps I come to you as a blogger or entrepreneur or social media critic or washed up sports talk show host, but just know one thing: I’m a REAL fan. I’d be willing to bet you any amount of money that I have sat with visiting team gear on in the upper decks of more out-of-town ballparks and arenas than you have in my 42 years on the planet – 27 of them covering sports as a journalist and fan.

And I’ve seen it all. I’ve had dog bones thrown at me in the upper deck in Cleveland. I’ve been punched in the back of the head in New York while standing at a urinal. I’ve been cursed and MF’ed in Philadelphia. I even somehow managed to find a**holes in Green Bay and Nashville, who made it thoroughly unenjoyable to watch a football game in their “hospitable” stadiums with purple gear on in the stands.

As recently as four days ago in my home ballpark with the same black and orange jersey on as the home team I was accosted by a fan, who crossed the line between passion and abuse.

On Sunday afternoon in the bucolic and mostly empty confines of Camden Yards, as I was exiting the stadium in Sect. 32 with my Baltimore jersey on, holding hands with my wife and walking next to my son and his girlfriend – in seats amidst Orioles wives, families, etc. in a stadium where you can literally hear a pin drop most of the time – I was accosted by an angry Orioles fan who stood up, pointed at me from five feet away and screamed in his loudest voice, “Nestor you’re a F**KING JERK!”

As I wrote two weeks ago when the largest media conglomerate in the country (if not the world) had one of its pathetic, in-over-her-head employees sue me and two of my employees for

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An Open Letter to Ed Reed

Posted on 13 January 2011 by Mark Suchy

Dear Ed,

I wanted to write and wish you well this week.  Not this Saturday, but today, and yesterday, and every day since the terrible moment you heard the news about your brother.  I want to extend my sympathies to you and your entire family.  I want you to know that you are not alone, that many people can understand and sympathize and wish you comfort and love and healing through this passage of your life.  You should understand that at times like this, you are viewed as a man, a son, and a brother, more than as the wonderful and talented football player you have always been.

For all the blessings and joy we can count in our lives, tragedy and its consequences is unavoidable.  Nobody is immune to it.  There is no singular trait we possess to escape it.  The sorrow and shock of sudden loss has touched everyone.  Whether it’s natural disaster, an auto accident, a heart attack or some other form, there is simply no way to prepare for it.  All that can be done is to accept it as part of our journey through life.  Of course there are the unanswered questions, the anguish, the lingering doubts as to what could have been done differently to change the course of fate, but as you’ll discover, these will fade over time.  And over time, your head and your heart will be filled with the joyful memories of the one you loved.

I know all about brothers, Ed.  I have two of them myself, in addition to three wonderful sons.  Don’t ask me anything about daughters, though, as I have none, or any sisters.  Strange how life can work that way in some families, isn’t it?  So I’m deeply familiar with the bonds that brothers build and carry through life.  It’s unique and special and something I am always thankful for every day.  And even though we may be spread apart in years and in miles, each of them is only a phone call away.  Whether it’s happy news to be shared or personal problems to unload, they always take the time to listen, to counsel, to understand and to respond, just as I do for them.  We are each unique in our talents and abilities, and as we’ve grown, I know we’ve come to appreciate those differences more and more.  I take great pride in their accomplishments, just as I’m certain Brian did in yours.  It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to turn to someone and say, “Yeah, that’s my brother.”  Just as it’s wonderful to watch my sons grow and prosper and begin to develop their own personalities and differences.  I even find myself smiling at their quarrels and rumbles ( well, most of the time, at least, until there’s blood drawn! ).  I know you can relate.

As I wrote earlier, we all know the pain of loss, Ed.  Perhaps it’s not a brother, but another relative or dear friend.  For me, it was my father dying last February of a sudden heart attack during the first blizzard of that crazy week.  He was my family’s leader and my greatest influence, especially when it came to my love of sports, and Baltimore’s teams.  I have no doubt that I care as much as I do about your success, and your team’s, because of him. 

Emotion is the most powerful force in life.  It can lift us up, drag us down, make us great or belittle us, depending on the circumstances.  It is up to each of us to determine how to best handle it, given the time and the place.  For a while after my father died, I was certain he was controlling events that, rationally speaking, could not be controlled.  The Saints victory over the despised Colts in last year’s Super Bowl was, I was utterly convinced, his doing.  Until Korie Lucious sank that heartbreaking three-pointer to end his beloved Maryland Terrapins’ basketball season.  Then I realized how I was allowing my emotions to control my day-to-day living without him.  As painful as that lost basketball game was to me, it was a much needed wake-up call to get back to the business of living my life the best I could every day, especially for those who needed that the most from me. 

Much has already been written and said about this weekend’s playoff game in Pittsburgh.  I’m not writing to shed any further light on what it means to everyone involved on both sides of this great rivalry.  And honestly, you know about it better than any of us, having not only lived it, but played it all these years now.  Take your emotions and channel them in the best way you see fit, Ed.  Lean on your brothers in that locker room for support and understanding and comfort.  Be your best, give your best, and never forget that regardless of the outcome, you are admired and supported by many of your fans as much more than a football player.  I’m sorry that it takes a tragedy such as this to understand that, but I felt you should know.

Before I close, there are two more thoughts I wanted to share with you:  First, I gave my younger brother a black #20 jersey for Christmas this year, which thrilled him immensely, as you are his favorite Raven, and as he didn’t own a Ravens jersey.  He’ll be watching and wearing it on Saturday in Boulder, Colorado, and you’ll probably be able to hear his cheers from there.  Second, my father passed away on February 6th last year.  I just checked my calendar, and it appears there’s a football game scheduled for that exact date this year.  In Dallas.  It sure would be cool to see his favorite team ( and mine, and my sons’ ) playing in it.

Best of luck to you and all your brothers in achieving your dreams, Ed.

May God Bless You and Your Family,

Your Friend and Fan,

Mark C. Suchy

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Are you headed to Kansas City? We have two great Saturday parties for you!

Posted on 03 January 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

Are you going to Kansas City? We have two great purple pep rallies set for Saturday!

As always, WNST.net has scouted the local terrain and we’ve put together two fabulous Miller Lite Purple Pep Rallies in Kansas City on Saturday. We’ll consider it a “day-night doubleheader” for all of the traveling fans of the Ravens who want to convene and have some Baltimore-style fun.

You can buy tickets for the events in Kansas City HERE!!!

Here are the details:

Saturday 810 Zone Sports Bar Meet And Greet (11 a.m. ‘til 3 p.m.)

We’ll gather at Kansas City’s No. 1 sports bar, The 810Zone, at Country Club Plaza for some pre-game food, cocktails, spirit in a great, friendly Midwestern environment. The folks at the 810 are owned by local radio station WHB-AM, who we consider our best radio friends in America.

We’ll have a great buffet all afternoon and all of the games in the game room are included in the purchase price.

MENU includes:
Nacho Bar
Cordon Bleu “Purple Balls”
Wings done different ways
Baked Ziti
Pot Stickers
Queso and chips
Veggie and fruit tray
Spinach Dip

Many Miller Lite & cocktail specials as well

ADMISSION: $15 in advance, $20 at door

………ALSO…….

Saturday Night “We hate Indy AND New York” viewing party at Monaco (6:30 ‘til 10)

We hope it looks something like this:

For the folks arriving later into town this is a great way to spend the Saturday night in Kansas City with the football game on the big screen (starts at 7 p.m. CST) and dance tunes and great BBQ, beer and fun in one of the local area’s cool district known as Martini Corner Entertainment District with several other great establishments within walking distance for when the party ends at 10-ish.

Directions .. . . . http://www.martinicorner.com/directions/
Monaco Party Pictures . . . . . http://martinicorner.squarespace.com/gallery/
Martini Corner (homepage) . . . . . http://www.martinicorner.com/
Facebook page . . . . http://www.facebook.com/martini.corner

Saturday Night Dinner Menu:
K.C. BBQ Buffet
Pulled pork
Beef brisket sandwiches
Baked beans
Potato salad
Cole slaw
Fries
And all the trimmings

MANY Miller Lite and cocktail specials
Great House DJ
A No. 52 Danceoff like this:

ADMISSION: $15 in advance, $20 at door

IF YOU ARE COMING TO BOTH PARTIES:

ADVANCE ADMISSION: $25

You can buy tickets to either or both of our Kansas City events HERE!!!!

Simply Print your Pay Pal receipt and have it with you in Kansas City.

We’ll have your name under the credit card you ordered your tickets and we can’t wait to see you!

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The biggest story in Charlotte wasn’t on the field — it was in the stands!

Posted on 24 November 2010 by Nestor Aparicio

It’s been an interesting couple of days of meltdowns, chill outs and re-energizing the batteries for me since the wild weekend in Charlotte when our Baltimore fans essentially went down there and took over the entire city. After a 48-hour marathon of parties, beer drinking, tailgates, football and bus rides my plan on Monday was to do as little as Andy MacPhail for a day and I can honestly say I failed.

Even when I wasn’t trying, I STILL got more done than the Orioles did on Monday and Tuesday.

But seeing the “old media” coverage of the magnificence of the events in Carolina was almost laughable given how many miles I put on the tread seeing Baltimoreans of all walks of life come to life in Charlotte on Saturday and Sunday. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, I’ll show you what I’m seeing and when I see it.

This is what I saw Saturday night:

It really occurred to me as I perused the field from the 20-yard line and saw thick swaths of purple throughout the teal building and everywhere in concourses and stands that Sunday was a transcendent day for Baltimore fans and sports.

It was a “jump the shark” kind of day for the Baltimore Ravens as a franchise of relevance – moving from being a team with a small local fan base to becoming one that is becoming far more of a “national” brand when the franchise is picking up hardcore fans from other cities who descend upon road games as well and mix and mingle with Baltimore residents.

Displaced Baltimore fans make up a nice percentage of the users to WNST.net and our Baltimore sports web community. Through the magic of the internet I can even see where my visitors come from and it’s all over the map when you consider that over the last 15 years there have been many Baltimoreans who have had to leave town

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Ravens insitutute kid friendly autograph policy in Westminster

Posted on 13 July 2010 by WNST Staff

The Ravens will institute a new autograph policy at training camp, which begins at McDaniel College on July 27, the first day practices are open to the public.

(Rookies and selected veterans report to “Ravens Training Camp, Connected by Verizon” on Monday, July 26, and this group practices twice each on July 27 and 28. Veterans report on July 28, and the first full-team practices open to the public will take place on July 30. There is an “Administrative Day” on July 29 that is not open to the public or media.)

Players will sign autographs for children only after all morning practices. Autographs will not be available following afternoon practices.

Safety is the key factor for the change. “We have considered changing the way we do autograph signings for a few years,” team president Dick Cass said. “Our crowds for the morning practices have become so large that we’ve had safety situations with people pushing each other to try and get closer to the players. Often times, children would be put in difficult positions with the rush for autographs, especially from our most popular players.”

Many NFL teams select a few players each day to sign a limited number of autographs in a designated area. “We want to keep the spontaneity and closeness we have with our fans who come to training camp,” Cass added. “The connectivity we have with our fans at camp is important to us and a Ravens’ tradition. We know that every person who comes to camp and wants an autograph cannot get one because of the players’ schedules. Under our new system, more children will have the opportunity, and that’s important to us.”

Children ages 6 through 15 will be allowed on the field after each morning practice. Children must wear a Ravens-issued wristband to enter the autograph area. There will be a tent adjacent to the fields where wristbands will be issued. Children can bring one item to be autographed, and adults will not be allowed to enter the autograph area.

Please note that two-thirds of the team has a post-practice football activity after every morning session. One-third of the team is required to lift weights. Another third is required to attend “Back School,” which is a core workout usually done outside. The other third is available to sign autographs. Team schedules are subject to change, and not every child is guaranteed an autograph.

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Maybe now Cleveland will leave Art Modell alone?

Posted on 09 July 2010 by Nestor Aparicio

I’m not an expert about much but Cleveland is something I know a lot about. As much as I like to have some fun with our cousins to the Midwest – it’s been a healthy rivalry ever since Art Modell stepped foot into Parking Lot D in Nov. 1995 – today a little piece of me is angry for them.

It’s true – anger is to Cleveland what fake breasts and sunshine are to California. People in Cleveland are perennially angry. They hate the Browns. They hate Art Modell. They hate losing. They hate whoever is the quarterback of the Browns. They hate that they haven’t won a championship.

They hate me.

And this morning, for the first time since Modell brought us the Ravens, they have a right to be burning 23 jerseys and “M-F-ing” Lebron James into perpetuity.

Sure, “King James” had the freedom to play wherever he wanted to play. Sure, Miami has prettier girls (although I always had a good time in Cleveland, wink, wink) and more sunshine and Chris Bosh and Dewayne Wade and Pat Riley.

But Cleveland held something intrinsic and legitimate that Lebron James sold away in one sentence last night, something that can’t be bought with a check from South Florida (even if it’s just with the tax money saved and put back into his deep, Ocean Drive pockets).

It’s called authenticity.

Lebron had it the way Cal Ripken had it and Tony Gwynn had it. The way Derek Jeter, despite being an outsider, will always have it in New York and Kobe Bryant will have it in Los Angeles, just like Magic Johnson before him.

But even more so, Lebron James was “one of them.” He was an Akron kid who never left home and created a basketball craze in Cleveland that you’d have to see to believe. There’s a whole city of commerce and bars and jerseys and enthusiasm in a forever depressed and decaying community.

It gave people in Cleveland the most precious commodity that sports provides and one this is sorely lacking in Baltimore regarding baseball: hope.

In my private times with Art Modell, it’s the one thing he always talked about that was essential for any fan of a sport or a franchise. If you have hope, you have something that gets people interested.

I don’t need to tell you that Cleveland has been the armpit of America for years and hope is a wonderful thing for depressed communities.

This is where I should tell you that I really love Cleveland. I’ve gone there religiously for almost 20 years and despite having some of the worst sports fan in country (only contested by Philadelphia, in real terms) I pull for Cleveland to at least not be a doormat.

Cleveland and Baltimore are a lot alike. And it wouldn’t take you a few hours there chatting with the people to see it and feel it.

In my humble opinion, “Cleveland rocks!” (Just don’t tell anybody I said that…)

Cleveland was spurned last night. And they’re angry. And they’re burning jerseys. And they should. Hell, it’s what I’d be doing if I gave my soul to Lebron James and the Cavaliers over the last five years.

For the same reasons we collectively booed Mark Teixeira last Opening Day at Camden Yards, the people of Cleveland will forever hold a special place in their hearts for the anger and outrage of what Lebron James has chosen to do.

Like any other self-interested mega-star who is treated like a “King,” Lebron James eschewed any civic responsibility and chose to abandon his community.

Tsk, tsk…

Most of you know, I used to be a pretty huge NBA fan. The last 10 years I’ve chosen to ignore it and it’s been a fine decade for me. I think the players come off as a bunch of collective douche bags, the games are awful to watch and I have zero interest in the personalities or the standings.

But, this isn’t about Lebron James or basketball or the NBA. This is about doing the right thing. The thing that’s bigger than you. The thing that REALLY makes you “special.”

Lebron James chose selfish. And any 25-year old is allowed that privilege.

But Cal Ripken didn’t run off to the Dodgers. And Tony Gwynn didn’t run off to the Mets.

And they will forever reap the rewards of their “sacrifice.”

Lebron James, the man, will forever be remembered for an absurd evening of a July “Lebronathon” on ESPN where he took every negative stereotype consistent with “Rod Tidwell-ish” behavior and displayed it on worldwide TV and chose THE WRONG PLACE!

There was no Jerry Maguire, no happy landing for this imbecile. Wait’ll that first Christmas Day when the Miami Heat come to Cleveland to play a lunch time game. Just wait…

There will be a price to pay for the rest of eternity for Lebron James, even if he wins seven rings and surpasses Michael Jordan — and only time will tell how that script will be written.

But last night was memorable – for all of the wrong reasons. The NBA jumped the shark for a lot of people last night with that display.

I know I’ll always cheer against him. The Miami Heat are interesting to me because they’ll be my least favorite team in my least favorite sport.

The ultimate price for Lebron James will be that he can never go home again.

Somewhere in Northern Baltimore County Art Modell has felt the weight lifted from him.

Lebron James will be the guy they burn in effigy in Cleveland for the next 20 years.

Maybe Lebron should give Art a call for some advice.

Last night, Cleveland – the city that hates — was given a fresh, new gaping wound that will probably never be healed unless the next Lebron James is on some playground in Parma Heights right now.

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (12/3/09)

Posted on 03 December 2009 by Jack McManus

9:43-

Drew describes his confrontation with Steve Melewski last night. The two talked about Drew’s previous “Cheap Shot” at Melewski. Melewski told Drew to not come back when the Orioles are good again.

9:25-

A caller brings up the possibility of Tiger’s wife going to jail, if the truth involves her assaulting Tiger. This causes Drew to talk about the double standard involving domestic violence. When a man beats his wife it is a disgrace, while when a woman beats her husband it is often considered funny. The same caller also discusses the issue of rowdy fans. Drew reminds him that the athletic department must not offend the students while telling them to simmer down a bit.

9:07-

Gary Van Sickle from Sports Illustrated is the next guest. He is also on to talk about the Tiger controversy. He thinks everything will become even more interesting when more women come out about past affairs. He states that we have crossed the line from news to gossip. He next talks about The Golf Book which was written by the editors of Sports Illustrated. Van Sickle made contributions to the book. He calls it a perfect gift for Golf fans this holiday season. It will contain multiple never before seen photos. On the topic of what is next for Tiger, Van Sickle believes that in reality Tiger can still do whatever he pleases.

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8:50-

Phil Mushnick of the New York Post is now on with Drew to talk about his article about Tiger Woods. Mushnick’s point is that Woods has been given special privileges since the start of his career. He believes that nothing will change regarding Tiger’s golf game or the treatment his fellow golfers give him.

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8:43-

Old Man Mattison calls in to talk about his defense. Drew asks him if he is proud of how well his defense is doing. Old Man Mattison explains that he HAS been told that his group has been playing well. He also lets everyone know that Bart Starr has never seen the “dipsy doodle” before.

8:40-

Nestor calls in to talk with Drew. He continues on the topic of college fans. He explains that the schools must do more to not allow intoxicated students into sporting events.

8:32-

Another caller who was at the Towson game last night talks with Drew. He discusses the behavior of fans at the game. He explains that he has not seen something like that at the Towson Center before. He also talks about the prospects of Towson’s season.

8:27-

A caller chimes in on Drew’s earlier cheap shot. He wants to put more blame on the high members of the athletic department.

8:13-

Brian Billick now makes his weekly appearance. He will at the Detroit-Cincinnati game this weekend. He starts off by talking about the New Orleans Saints. Instead of talking about the high-powered offense, he focus on the defense, that he calls very physical. Brian now moves on to the job openings that will inevitably open around the NFL. He does not believe that as many coaches will lose their jobs as last season.

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Drew is now taking his “Cheap Shot from the Bleachers.” He talks about the unacceptable behavior of fans at college basketball games. He also places blame on the administration for not addressing the issue either. He explains that fans are sometimes uncontrollable. He asks what is wrong with people who make the games a bad experience for everyone else in attendance.

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7:40-

John Feinstein joins Drew this morning. He talks about this weekend’s BB&T Classic Basketball Tournament. He is a major contributor for the event that raises for the Children’s Charities Foundation. Feinstein also discusses other newsworthy events in sports, including the Tiger Woods situation.

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WNST announces major roadtrip San Diego party for Saturday

Posted on 17 September 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

People have been emailing from all over the country asking where our party will be in San Diego on Saturday. (Yes, WNST.net has users from the purple kingdom outside of the 695 ring!)

After much negotiation, we’ve decided on ONE central place in Gaslamp District to gather and it will be Tilted Kilt in the San Diego East Village (Downtown right next to Petco Park). VERY easy to find!

THIS IS A FREE PARTY!!!!!

The party starts at 9AM Saturday morning for a special purple brunch to start the day of college football, West Coast-style with morning action from the East Coast…continuing into the night with the UFC Fights in the bar later that evening (7 p.m. start). The bar is open until 2 a.m.!

This is a sample of wait staff at the Tilted Kilt, which is an Irish-themed, Hooters-style sports bar that Glenn Clark says is “fabulous.” I’ll take Glenn’s word for it.

Tilted Kilt

Address:
310 10th Ave.
San Diego, CA, 92101
(619) 814-KILT

website: http://tiltedkilt.com/california/san_diego/index.html

Here is the lineup of specials for the day:

Beers are $4, Bloody Marys with a fix it yourself bar, $5.50 20oz Miller Lite and Coors Light drafts, bucket of 5 domestic beers for $17.00, $4.00 Miller Lite and Coors Light bottles, Raven juice shots $4.00 and Raven cakes $4.99 (Blueberry pancakes).

If you click the website I think you’ll see that we’ve elected a winning location and a great partner in the heart of all of the action to act as the Purple Headquarters all day on Saturday for a before-game purple takeover.

Here’s some evidence of our last two soirees in Nashville and Pittsburgh:

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Sadly, Orioles force cancellation of “See The Birds”

Posted on 08 September 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

UPDATED 10:43 p.m.: After we had already elected to cancel the “See The Birds” event next week, WNST just received an official “cease and desist” letter from some attorney at MLB telling us that we’re not allowed to help the Orioles fill a few thousand of their 40,000 empty seats next Tuesday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

So much for gratitude or fan friendliness. I guess they don’t want to see real Orioles fans in their upper deck.

Well, they are who we thought they were. Their shady business practices are on full display this morning.

Sadly, the WNST effort to bring 1,000 people to the Orioles-Rays game for next Tuesday night has been thwarted by the team, who refused to sell our group their heavily advertised $1 tickets (which, as we pointed out last Friday, don’t really exist).

We will be refunding more than $1,000 collected today to the many who wanted to come to the game with a fun group and donate to Nick Markakis’ Foundation.

I’ll be writing more about this sad turn of events later (or maybe not — I’m a little wrung out with these clowns), but many had been inquiring and trying to rally groups of friends to come down to the ballpark. I think we might’ve been able to top the 2,000 mark if we had the whole week to promote the event and mobilize the fans. We had more than 500 today before lunchtime and we hadn’t even really started getting the Twitter and Facebook thing going.

It’s just sad…but “See The Birds” is over — at the legal urging of Peter G. Angelos and his staff. They don’t want our money. They don’t want our fans. What can I say? I did my best to help them and support these young players.

We are still encouraging people to join us down at The Nest for a beer next Tuesday night but I will not be attending the game.

At least everyone at WNST can say, “We tried!” We really DID TRY and we thought of it as a “no lose” proposition for them and a way for them to reach out to our substantial audience at WNST.net in their 12th consecutive year of losing.

We wanted to come and cheer for their young players. They obviously want us to stay home.

As predicted, they always want to fight and be difficult and be mean-spirited.

As some had predicted, it would end with a MLB “Angelosian” legal missive from the gutless people printing money by the millions at the lowest point in the history of the franchise.

These are the same people who ban legitimate media members with 20 years of sportswriting experience from covering their team.

On a night when they managed five hits and lost in a what-would-be-embarrassing for any other franchise 10-0 defeat at Fenway Park, I’m frankly out of words to convey my disgust.

I’ll just turn my cheek and join the rest of the city in turning my attention toward the Ravens and a very exciting and promising NFL season.

The Orioles don’t want us at the ballpark next Tuesday night and their $1 ticket claim is fraudulent.

We’re going to tell dozens of kids, Little League players and charitable groups that we’re not taking them to the Orioles game next week. Fathers and sons, friends and co-workers once again doing what we’ve been doing for years — staying away from the ballpark.

All we wanted to do was have some fun and do something nice for a local baseball-related charity before the Orioles go into hibernation for the winter. And show some support for these players that the MASN commercials like to portray as “family.”

Once again, the Orioles continue to expose themselves for what they are — not very nice and not very fan-friendly.

And NOT very smart…

I’m going to bed…

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