I would say that The Bodeans are the best band you’ve never heard of but you’ve probably heard the song, “Closer To Free” because it was a TV show theme song for “Party Of Five.”
I never watched that show but I had loved the band for years before it ever made them #AlmostFamous.
That notoriety came later in their career – and it was always weird when the nouveau crowd would always go nuts for it at a live show – but “Home” is the third album in their catalog, back when they were considered a Rolling Stone magazine up-and-comer. The Bodeans were the heartland rock band that had Everly Brothers vocal blends with good power pop and rock song sensibilities.
Kurt Neumann and Sammy Llanas made some beautiful music together despite an infamously unstable lineup of album and touring musicians over two decades. Eventually, they had the nastiest split you can imagine. Google that one at your own risk…
The history of this band and their choppy relationship with each other and various members of the band can’t muddy up the beauty of their incredible body of music.
I discovered them upon the release of this album and, quite simply, they became my favorite band.
I will always love the music of The Bodeans – a soundtrack to a really formative part of my life and journey.
I fell in love with their first two albums but “Home” was a more mature version of their sound. And despite some overproduction, “Black And White” captures their songwriting and the early influence of T-Bone Burnett and Jerry Harrison and then David Z in harnassing a powerful musical blend.
I have watched and shared the home work of Kurt Neumann during the COVID quarantine and the good things on my #MusicalNes journey come flooding back.
I saw the Bodeans all over the country in all sorts of weird little bars, clubs, theaters – and the first time I saw them was at the Hampton Coliseum opening for U2 on “The Joshua Tree” tour.
Go find a really great version of “You Don’t Get Much” and you’ll see why Chicago and Milwaukee people will tell you that The Bodeans were the greatest band you never saw.
And anyone who ever went on a date with me or hung out with me for the next 15 years after hearing this album in 1989 was subjected to the souls of Sammy and Kurt.
They wrote great songs!
Grab a beer and turn up a song called “Good Work.” You’ll start tapping your toes…
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This is Chapter 12 of the upcoming book, “The Peter Principles.” This lengthy excerpt is a prelude to a WNST report on ten years of MASN money and how Washington baseball has affected Baltimore baseball over the past decade. The first three chapters of the book are available here:
The Washington Nationals were the greatest thing to ever happen to Peter G. Angelos
“We’re going to be watching very carefully to see what’s going to happen with some of the efforts to put a baseball franchise in Washington or in Northern Virginia. And I’m gonna tell ya straight up: we don’t think there should be a baseball franchise in Northern Virginia or in Washington. Because you would have a repetition of what you have in Oakland and San Francisco. In Oakland and San Francisco you have the same kind of population mix that you have between Baltimore and Washington. And those two teams kill each other off. Both of those teams drew, last year, less than two million fans. Together, they drew 3 million fans. But because they’re so close to each other and they’re both part of one metropolitan area – mega metropolitan area – they are literally killing themselves at the gate. We have argued, I think to this point, successfully, that there should not be another Major League Baseball franchise 30 to 40 miles away from Baltimore. It isn’t that we would deny the people that live in those areas the recreational pursuit of baseball. We think baseball is a great game for everybody. But when we look at the experience of Boston, Philadelphia, Oakland, San Francisco – Boston and Philadelphia and St. Louis had two ballclubs. The history of baseball dictates that you can’t put two teams that close together. We are opposing that. We think Orioles baseball is plenty good enough for us as well as the people in the Washington suburbs and we thank them for that support and we want to retain that support.”
Peter G. Angelos
The Barn, March 1997
WITH THE BIG MONEY SPLURGE OVER the winter, Peter G. Angelos believed he’d solved most of his 2004 problems on the field with the Orioles. But, truly, the team on the field or how it performed in the spring was the least of his big-picture problems with the franchise. Angelos was far more focused on its future viability in Baltimore if his Major League Baseball partners were going to acquiesce to mounting civic pressure from Washington, D.C. and move the fledgling, all-but-homeless Montreal Expos to the capital of the free world to openly compete in a marketplace that had solely been the territory of the Orioles since the early 1970s.
Once again, a decade into his ownership of the Orioles, Angelos found himself knee-deep into circumstances that went far beyond the boundaries of the normal business of simply running a baseball team and trying to win and turn a profit. For the first time in modern baseball history – the last team that moved was the Washington Senators to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 1972 – a MLB team was going to being uprooted and potentially moved directly into the territory of an existing franchise.
While he picked many of battles over years with political figures, media members, Orioles players, agents, partners, insurance companies and big businesses, this was certainly a battle that found Angelos. He was a natural fighter. But this was not a fight he ever wanted.
When Camden Yards was flooded with fans in his early days he always maintained that there was no way two teams could survive and thrive in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. He was always adamant – if not even enthusiastic and animated – in his protests of anything related to Washington having a Major League Baseball team.
Washington baseball was his worst nightmare.
And he saw the clouds were forming very clearly heading into 2004.
Angelos saw where this might be going, and despite his work on an amicable relationship and pro bono efforts during the 2002 labor negotiations on behalf of Major League Basbeall, he still truly believed that commissioner Bug Selig would never cross him and his daily struggle to keep another MLB team out of the nation’s capital. He called Selig “a friend” at one point and indicated his staunch belief that Washington baseball would never happen.
“Washington has a baseball team,” Angelos would say. “They’re called the Orioles.”
You can hear him discuss this topic at length here from March 1997:
If anything had been proven over the years it was that Peter G. Angelos loved a good fight. He was now more than $150 million upside down in his ownership of the Orioles – reports would say at this time that the team was worth $325 million, which would’ve more than cleared up his losses. But, having lost money every year for 10 years and reaching into his personal vast fortune annually to financially support the team was an unnerving reality. But, given his reputation and track record, it was his own doing by chasing away large chunks of revenue streams with a myriad of poor decisions and poor civic form.
Now, as a mostly unpopular figure through both cities’ baseball fan bases, he was bunkering …
Milwaukee – The parking lots are named for Brewers heroes. They’re also filled with brats and beer and a convivial tailgate and picnic that makes the whole thing feel very summery and baseball-like. But, then, you enter an airplane hangar. I’ve seen many games there over the years and when the roof is open, it’s OK but it’s still baseball in a barn. Oh, and Bud Selig bent over the entire state of Wisconsin in a power play for hundreds of millions to get it built. My advice here is to arrive early on a nice summer day and make friends with the locals in the tailgating community. The stadium is a nice, clean, open facility but they’ve downgraded since Bernie Brewer no longer comes down the slide in the beer mug after dingers. In theory alone, that’s a sad concept. Remember to drink Wisconsinably…
On Sept. 8-9-10, I will be releasing an extensive essay documenting my 30-30 MLB #GiveASpit journey of 2015. You can read it and all of my work here: http://wnst.net/author/nestoraparicio/
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Big Ten & SEC Men’s Hoops Doubleheader Highlight ESPN Super Tuesday
16 Games Feature At Least One Preseason-Ranked Team
ESPN’s 2015 Super Tuesday schedule – showcasing a game from the Big Ten and SEC each Tuesday – will matchup top teams in the nation beginning January 6. The doubleheader will feature a game at 7 p.m. ET and 9 p.m., with the conference contests switching between the timeslots on varying weeks, concluding the nine-week series on March 3.
Sixteen games featured have at least one team ranked in the ESPN.com men’s preseason top 25 poll. Highlights:
The potential of two top-25 Big Ten matchups featuring No. 25 Iowa at No. 4 Wisconsin on January 20 and a battle between 2014 Elite Eight participants and in-state rivals No. 18 Michigan State at No. 24 Michigan on February 17.
· Wisconsin, which earned a 2014 Final Four berth, is featured on the schedule four times including road games at Nebraska on February 10 and at first-year Big Ten member Maryland on February 24, as well as at home versus Indiana onFebruary 3.
· Michigan also plays at Ohio State on January 13 and at home against Nebraska on January 27.
· Iowa also appears in the Super Tuesday finale at Indiana on March 3.
· Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell leads the list for the ESPN 100 Top Shooting Guards.
Overall, ESPN networks will offer a full slate of games from both conferences during the 2014-15 season. Full conference schedules will be announced at a later date. ESPN’s 2013-14 season was the most-viewed and highest-rated regular season ever.
All Super Tuesday telecasts will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
ESPN’s Super Tuesday Schedule (all games on ESPN; subject to change)
Arkansas at Georgia
Ohio State at Minnesota
No. 24 Michigan at Ohio State
Missouri at No. 1 Kentucky
LSU at No. 9 Florida
No. 25 Iowa at No. 4 Wisconsin
Nebraska at No. 24 Michigan
No. 9 Florida at Alabama
Indiana at No. 4 Wisconsin
No. 9 Florida at Vanderbilt
No. 1 Kentucky at LSU
No. 4 Wisconsin at Nebraska
No. 1 Kentucky at Tennessee
No. 18 Michigan State at No. 24 Michigan
No. 4 Wisconsin at Maryland
No. 9 Florida at Missouri
No. 25 Iowa at Indiana
No. 1 Kentucky at Georgia
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The homecoming matchup against Iowa is scheduled for noon on October 18
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten announced scheduled kickoff times Tuesday for Maryland’s homecoming date with Iowa on October 18and its trip to Madison to take on Wisconsin on October 25. Both games are scheduled for a noon start.
The Terps and Hawkeyes will be broadcast on ESPN/ABC or BTN, while their matchup with the Badgers will be carried on ESPN/ABC or BTN, as well. Television designations will be determined either 12 days or six days prior to the game.
Maryland will celebrate homecoming with a visit from Iowa. It will mark the first all-time matchup between the Terps and Hawkeyes. Iowa finished 8-5 last season earning a trip to the Outback Bowl.
The Terps and Badgers will also be meeting for the first time in 2014. Last season, Wisconsin finished 9-4 and received a bid to the Capital One Bowl.
Times and television information for the remainder of the Terps’ 2014 schedule will be announced at a later date.
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Big Ten Announces 2014-15 Men’s Basketball Home and Away Opponents
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Big Ten Conference announced on Friday the Maryland men’s basketball conference home and away opponents for the 2014-15 season.
The Terrapins’ inaugural Big Ten season features an exciting docket of home games, including five teams that qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tournament: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Terps will also play Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers at home.
Maryland will play five home-and-home series, featuring Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers. It will also face Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue on the road.
The Big Ten currently has five teams ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 – the most of any conference in the nation.
For ticketing information or questions, contact the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-462-8377.
Below is Maryland’s home and away opponents for the 2014-15. Dates and times for the games will be announced at a later date.
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Former University of Maryland and University of Wisconsin quarterback Danny O’Brien has found a new college home.
The former Terps and Badgers QB will spend his final season of eligibility at Division II Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. The news was first reported by Scout.com. O’Brien’s final college home will not be far from Kennersville, NC-where O’Brien played at East Forsyth High School.
O’Brien spent two years of eligibility with the Terrapins in 2010 and 2011, claiming ACC Freshman of the Year honors in 2010. O’Brien was 192/337 that season, throwing for 2,438 yards and 22 TD’s while helping to lead the Terps to their most recent bowl appearance, a win over East Carolina in the Military Bowl.
At the end of the 2010 season, then Maryland Offensive Coordinator/Head Coach in Waiting James Franklin left for the head coaching job at Vanderbilt and the school chose to successful head coach Ralph Friedgen. O’Brien chose to stay at Maryland for his sophomore season under new head coach Randy Edsall, finishing his degree at the University in the process. O’Brien began splitting time with fellow sophomore QB C.J. Brown before having his season cut short when suffering a broken arm in a blowout loss to Notre Dame.
After his sophomore season, O’Brien elected to take advantage of a NCAA rule that allowed graduate students to transfer without penalty to a school that offers graduate programs not available at the previous University. O’Brien was originally blocked from seeking a transfer to Vanderbilt by Edsall, but then released to seek transfer to any non-ACC school. Edsall however did file a complaint accusing Franklin of having improper contact with O’Brien before the quarterback had decided to transfer.
Ultimately, O’Brien chose to transfer to Wisconsin. He played in just seven games during his junior season in 2012, being replaced both by freshman Joel Stave and later by senior Curt Phillips as then Badgers head coach Bret Bielema cited struggles with turnovers.
O’Brien was once viewed as a legitimate NFL prospect. Only a few former Indians have ever reached the NFL Draft, including former Baltimore Colts OT David Taylor (1973).
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland and the University of Wisconsin have agreed to a two-year home-and-home football series.
Maryland will travel to Madison, Wis., on Sept. 12, 2020 for a game with the Badgers. Wisconsin will make the return trip to Maryland on Sept. 11, 2021 for a game inside Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
“We’re excited about adding Wisconsin to the upcoming football schedule,” said Kevin Anderson, director of athletics. “These will be much anticipated games for both our future student-athletes and for our fans.”
It will be the first time in history the two schools have met in a football game.
– Terps –
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The 14th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods on Nov. 27-28 will be highlighted by North Carolina at Indiana, Ohio State at Duke and North Carolina State at Michigan, six programs expected to be highly ranked entering the 2012-13 season. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 12 games of the two-day event matching top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioners Cup.
All 12 games will also be available via WatchESPN, which delivers live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 on PCs, smartphones and tablets to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks or Verizon FiOS TV.
The 2012 Challenge involves nine teams ranked in an ESPN.com early preseason top 25, including five of the top nine: No. 1 Indiana, No. 5 Michigan, No. 6 NC State, No. 8 Ohio State and No. 9 Michigan State.
The ACC won the first 10 Challenges while the Big Ten captured the Commissioner Cup for the third consecutive event, including an eight to four win advantage over the ACC last year. In the event of a 6-6 tie, the Commissioner’s Cup will remain with the conference that won the previous year. 2012 Challenge highlights:
Off a Ratings High: ESPN’s telecast of Ohio State’s 85-63 victory over Duke last year was the highest-rated and most-viewed Challenge game ever, averaging a 2.6 rating and 2,618,000 households. The telecast propelled ESPN to its most-viewed Challenge, averaging 1,555,000 households, based on a 1.6 rating.
One more Shot at the Dozen: Duke, which has won 11 of its 13 Challenge games, will host Ohio State in its quest for an event-record 12th victory. Duke lost to Ohio State last year and to Wisconsin in 2009.
First Challenge Matchups: Four of the telecasts will feature first-time Challenge matchups: Virginia at No. 22 Wisconsin, Maryland at Northwestern, No. 9 Michigan State at Miami and Georgia Tech at Illinois.
In addition to first-time Challenge games, several of the teams are infrequent opponents: Michigan State and Miami have never met; Northwestern and Maryland played one other time, a Northwestern victory in 1958; Virginia and Wisconsin split its two games, Virginia in 1975 and Wisconsin in 1999; and Illinois has defeated Georgia Tech in six of its seven games, including the last one in 2001.
Tourney Teams: Eleven teams between the two conferences played in the 2012 NCAA Tournament: Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia from the ACC, and Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin from the Big Ten.
Following a First with a Rematch: Boston College and Penn State and Nebraska and Wake Forest will follow first-time Challenge meetings with a second consecutive showdown in the event.
Boston College, which won its first five games, lost to Penn State last year, while Nebraska lost its Challenge debut to Wake Forest.
Threepeat: Five of the games will mark three-time Challenge matchups: North Carolina at Indiana (Indiana win in 2001 and North Carolina in 2004), NC State at Michigan (Michigan win in 2003 and NC State in 2006), Ohio State at Duke (Duke win in 2002 and Ohio State in 2011), Iowa at Virginia Tech (won by Virginia Tech in 2006 and 2009) and Purdue at Clemson (Purdue win in 2003 and Clemson in 2007).
Three and one more: Minnesota and Florida State will meet for the fourth time (Minnesota won in 2000 and Florida State in 2004 and 2007).
2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule (times and networks are to be determined):
Tue, Nov 27
No. 13 North Carolina at No. 1 Indiana
No. 6 NC State at No. 5 Michigan
No. 25 Minnesota at Florida State
Maryland at Northwestern
Iowa at Virginia Tech
Nebraska at Wake Forest
Wed, Nov 28
No. 8 Ohio State at No. 15 Duke
Virginia at No. 22 Wisconsin
No. 9 Michigan State at Miami
Purdue at Clemson
Georgia Tech at Illinois
Boston College at Penn State
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