Friday, October 01, 2004

Don't Forget the Orioles Now!

We begin by talking about the Indians pitcher shot while on the team bus and wearing the cheerleader outfit. The post ran a picture of the guy with him mom, while WEARING the cheerleader costume. TK wonders about why this guy's hazing took almost at the end of the season.

As for TK's column, he doesn't want Washingtonians to abandon the Orioles completely, even though the Expos are coming to town. While Baltimoreans didn't embrace the Skins when the Colts left, they do have an emnity to the District that folks in DC don't have back.

People apparently didn't agree with the column, with one guy leaving a voicemail telling him to "move back to China." that's funny, I thought Kornheiser was Swedish.

TK was on Mitch Albom's show in Detroit where nice guy Mitch was apparently nasty about DC getting a team (after losing a team twice).

The mayor was said today that the average ticket price at RFK would be $25, which TK thinks is a little high. Czaban brings up the specter of the PSL. But TK wonders just how many people will really want to go to the games and there won't be any buildings coming up around the old stadium.

And TK said that baseball is great in that you can leave early (in TK's case, to go home and go to bed) and no one minds, since there's always another game the next day.

Mark Coale
Odessa Steps Magazine

Thursday, September 30, 2004

El Riggo

Since baseball is still topic du jour, TK talks with El Riggo about his baseball memories growing up in Kansas.

John was talking about watching the KC A's, and what a highlight it was a couple times a year it was to see them play live.

Riggo tells a story about shagging fly balls with Catfish Hunter, when he was at a try-out camp.

In other news, Listen Up was #25 for the week. If the show is successful, TK's job will be "to stand underneath and catch all the money." TK mentions how Chuck Yeager in the Right Stuff, and he'd like to make that kind of cameo, if it can be worked out, on the show.

Mark Coale
Odessa Steps Magazine

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

baseball in DC -- For Real this time!

Tony was on earlier in the day, during a show Andy Polley did about baseball returning to DC. They replayed it in TK's usual slot.

TK has been beating this drum for 6 months, so he's not surprised. HE still won't believe it until he actually sees them on the field. TK is tight with the chairman of the DC sports authority, so he's been hearing positive spin for a long time.

TK, who lives in the District, still plans to go to both stadiums.

As for what the Post will do? If TK were running the sports section, they would cover both teams, but the Washington team would get more coverage. If they cover the Ravens and the Redskins, why wouldn't they continue to cover the Orioles in the paper?

As for the name? TK think Senators is the logical choice, but if it were up to him he'd name them the Bullets. As long as they don't have "a phony, rigged contest" like Abe Pollin did when Lez Boulez became the Zards.

TK said, at some point in the future, he'd love to throw out the first pitch and possibly hit the mascot, as he did in Syracuse. And he would, of course, want to be someone's guest.

Mark Coale
Odessa Steps Magazine

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

They stink.

That was TK's initial reaction to the MNF game. The Skins lost to the two "easier" division rivals and don't look like they have any chance to beat Philly.

TK brings up Parcells' past by mentioning how Joe Morris and Dave Maggett used to throw the halfback pass,as Dallas FB Richie Anderson did last night.

Czaban wants TK to exert his influence and get the replay guy fired. TK said he might volunteer for the job, since he has nothing to do at night.

Mark Coale
Odessa Steps Magazine

Monday, September 27, 2004

Bonus Tony

Tonight, we also get Tony on the pregame show before Skins/Pokes on MNF.

Topic 1 - Brunnell. Tony thinks they might be better off with Ramsey.

Topic 2 - Gibbs. Gibbs has been trying to deflect attention from himself. TK says that just won't happen.

Topic 3 - Tuna vs. Gibbs - Tk talks about the interview they did on PTI with Al Michaels. In terms of historical importance, how can you really choose between Gibbs, Walsh and Parcells. Each was successful in their own way and different than the other two.

Topic 4 - Listen Up. It is monday, right? 8:30 ET.

Mark Coale
Odessa Steps Magazine

golf tournament, the aftermath

Today was all about the Golf tournament.

If you read my report (and I assume you did, since you're reading this), you got the gist of most of what TK talked about today.

Well, TK and Czaban did get geeky, talking about golf formats, which you really don't need to read about today, now do you?

Mark Coale
Odessa Steps Magazine

Sunday, September 26, 2004

The golf tournament

Sorry this is a day or so late. Had to spend time at work to catch up for when I was gone and then today was football.

Friday was the second annual TK/MW Golf tournament, created by the Post's Don Graham, for DC Cap program. There were plenty of celebrites there, from Riggo (who again drove the beer cart) to MD coach Gary Williams to many sportswriters, like David Aldridge and (Aunt Bea) Christine Brennan.

Since TK had a full compliment of people in his foursome this year, I didn't get to ride in the cart with him. I was, however, literally, a hanger-on, as I clung to the back of the golf cart as Mr. Tony and partners went around the back nine.

I missed going on with them on the front nine, so I sat at the Clubhouse and listened to James Brown do his mid-day talk show heard on Sporting News radio. I also spend some quality time talking with Andy Polley, ranging from his newly-licensed daughter (did that account for all the gray hairs he'd gotten since I saw him last) to some "inside baseball" radio gossip to how all the Jewish folks at the tournament were going to make it home before Sundown (since the tournament was being played on the beginning of Yom Kippur).

I can say that Mr. Tony played much better than last year. Quite a few times, he ended with the best drive or fairway shot for his partners to use (the format was scramble at the tournament). However, he didn't make any super-long putts, as he did a year ago.

Also, the weather was much, much nicer. You may recall, listeners of TK's late radio show, that the tournament had to be rescheduled after Hurricane Isabel. (the make-up day was in October and it was chilly and dank that day.) This year, it was in the 80s and sunny and I was NOT the only person wearing shorts this time. (see picture for TK and MW showing some skin)

After the golf, there was a GREAT lunch, done by the fine folks at Outback Steakhouse: some beef tips, grilled chicken and a sickeningly-rich chocolate cake. Then there was a silent auction, headed by Wizards broadcaster (and Sports Reporters regular) Steve Buckhantz. There were many great prizes (including going to a PTI taping and then dinner with the boys) auctioned off. I was bidding for a Capitals sweater signed by the team, but quickly got outpriced.

Then, there was the horror of the Beltway. You DCers know this all too well. Let's just say that I spent almost all of The Reporters on the Outer loop, going from 270 to the Mixing Bowl. It was not fun, especially considering how much iced tea I had drank while eating lunch.

And a special shout out to Maureen and her assistant (whose name I still don't know) for scoring me a golf shirt. I promise that my donation to DC Access will be in the mail this week.

Mark Coale
Odessa Steps Magazine