I know he is still a member there, even though he could probably buy the entire subdivision it is contained in.
My wife says that I am like the movie character Forest Gump who would repeatedly run into famous Americans. My best:
- Sitting at a bar with Mrs T, Steve Bisciotti (then the minority owner), and one of his business associates who we have known for decades. Steve espoused that he would learn the trade as minority owner, but not engage full-time as owner until his sons matured past teens because that was the time that boys needed their father and he knew that running the Ravens would take up all of his time. Very impressive as a father.
- Awaiting a Southwest flight to Albuquerque at BWI, Mike McCrary was in the special line for youngsters, elderly, and crippled. Mike's knee was so bad at that time that he had to stretch it out while sitting on the floor. He told me that it was essentially bone on bone.
- Another McCrary tale was when leaving an event in Annapolis, he spotted a cool looking Ravens baseball cap. He turned to his Mom Sandy for the $5 to buy the hat. IIRC, some combination of Greg, the Fanatic, and Ravenous52 were there chuckling at the multi-million dollar free agent who had to borrow money from his Mom.
- Billy Kilmer - former DC Redskins QB who lived in New Orleans. That guy could really party at a New Orleans bar which I used to frequent. He also was a gentleman who showed a lot of respect for the Colts and Baltimore fans.
- Walking down Bourbon Street during a Mardi Gras, my wife was grabbed and given a unexpected warm embrace by a huge guy wearing a Colts hat. She asked: who are you and why are you hugging me? He pointed to her Colts jersey, and showed his Super Bowl ring. She was embarrassed not to recognize him, asking for his name. He stated "Smith". She said: "you are a little too light-skinned to be Bubba". Bill Ray then poured on the southern charm to make her feel comfortable for not recognizing him. Honestly, pre-internet, I only recognized his face myself, but couldn't make the match of his name either.
- John Steadman, former sportswriter for the Baltimore News American, IMHO our best ever journalist. Both of us changing planes in Pittsburgh in the early 90s, Steadman pontificated on the upcoming NFL expansion derby that we would never get an expansion team in Baltimore due to Jack Kent Cooke's influence. He predicted that there would be enough interest among NFL owners to either sell to Baltimore investors or to move a team outright.
- Player who shall remain nameless was drunk/stoned at a bar, passing his SB ring around to other bar patrons who were strangers. Idiot!
- Rode transcontinental sitting next to ABC sports analyst Jim Palmer flying business class (somehow I got upgraded). 4 hours were spent yacking about raising teenagers, perhaps only 1/2 hour on his career with the Orioles.
- Multiple road trips, just hang out with Ravenous52 to get many of the Ravens starters engaged with the crowd. I don't know how he does it, but the players see him and will divert from walking to the team bus, or even come out of the bus, to come over to our group at the beckoning of Ravenous52, for photos and horsing around. This has included Reed, Lewis, Ogden, Boller, Gregg, Heap. They all apparently knew him.:laugh:
Watched the recent Super Bowl win at Mothers. McCrary was there at the end. We exchanged high-fives. That's all I got :)
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I live in NY so I'm not as fortunate or close by to get the opportunity to see some Ravens but I did one year go down to Orioles spring training. I wanna say it was 2008.
I remember meeting Kevin Millar who was funny as usual (love the guy on Intentional Talk)...wearing a Yankees hat and the guy doesn't even crack a joke. He actually wears the hat on the show to piss off Sox/O's fans all the time lol. Daniel Cabrera, Jeremy Guthrie, Omir Santos...all were polite and nice to talk to. I feel bad for Nick Markakis who I remember annoying the crap out of to get his autograph.
I remember when walking out of the stadium, I was with a buddy of mine who is a Mets fan and we saw Steve Trachsel and they chatted for a bit, and he made fun of my Yankees hat (don't blame him, was expecting a bit more than just him).
I don't know if Brian Roberts was in a bad mood that day but he must have ran to his car as fast as he could and zipped right out of there...wasn't even going to try to interact with fans. Aubrey Huff if I recall also wasn't in the talking mood. Back then I was pissed at them but...can you blame them? It's kind of inconvenient and annoying when this is happening everyday.
Also went to Mets/Cardinals spring training that year (Talked to David Wright and Chris Carpenter among others...both amazing players and human beings). That was a fun week.
Sat next to Jamal Lewis at the bar at TGI Fridays for a Monday Night Football game.
I have seen Jamal, Chris McAlister, JO, McNair, Jason Brown, Kemo, and probably others out and about town, usually Babalu Grill and Aqua, roughly 5 years ago.
Lived 3 doors down from Chester Tay;pr for 2 years.
Was in lin behind Jared gaither at EB games in Owings Mills. Chuckled when he was asked for id that matched his CC, turned and smiled when I asked the clerk if the name read 'Jared Gaither"
Did the finance Paperwork for Kemo's Dodge Ram.
Talked to Zeus while he was waiting for his Bimmer 7 Series to get back from cleanup at Northwest BMW
Talked with Travis Taylor briefly abotu a Dodge Ram.
Watched Jim Fassel hit on the youngest looking girls in several different bar/clubs(Ruth's Chris Pikesville, Rams head live)
Met Jacoby Jones at Playoff's in reisterstown this past year
I think that's it... not once did i ask for a picture or autograph. Always let them be... drank shots with Kemo and the boys a couple of times.
I met Flacco at camp. It was his second one and I tried to get an autograph but he wouldn't give it to adult males - only kids and females. I said come on Joe, I'm honoring your name on a message board and spend over $100 pr game to watch you play and he didn't even look at me, just kept signing for the little kids. I didn't have any but the fathers got their kids to get his autograph.
Man, I was pissed. I was close enough to whack Joe in the side of the head and give him a concussion and knock him out for the season and go to prison and be the most hated man in Baltimore-lol.
My brother had an experience with him too. He sells Apple computers in Christiana Mall which is next door to U of Delaware. Joe obviously hangs out up there and walked into
the store to buy a computer. The sales staff tripped over themselves to wait on Joe who
seemed a little arrogant to my brother. He just laughed and said JOe had a real attitude.
Meanwhile, the same day Joe refused to sign, Ray signed my #52 which is hanging in
my man cave and my Super Bowl 35 hat and so did Ed Reed.
I also met Billick at camp years ago. It was an hour after everyone left and I was walking
on the practice field taking pics and someone yelled, hey, get off that field. I looked around
and it was Billick-lol.
I said sorry coach as SAFE ran over to escort me out of the place but I said how about a pic with me coach and he said sure. The safe guy took it. A couple of years later I took it to the Roosts bull roast where I sat with Admin Greg, Fanatic and Mista T of this board. Billick was one of the guests but Steve Schlossberg told me he wasn't coming.
Bisciotti asked him to go to a Terps basketball game with him and sent his limo. Billick left
2,000 people stranded and he was roundly booed by all the Skins fans down there.
He got what he deserved for leaving us stranded. He didn't even tell anyone he wasn't coming but that pic is hanging in my cave anyway.
That's a great story and here's the history behind Arty's liquor stores. He had no idea
what he was gonna do when he retired. Like he told Letterman, I went to college to play
football, not get an education. He had no education or experience at all but he had a fan
whom he didn't even know who loved him and left him those stores when he died.
One was on Rt 40 I think and the other was across town. Art managed one and his wife
managed the other. They were successful his wife sold them and bought the Maryland Country Club on Stevenson Lane in Towson. They still own it. Once Arty fell in the
swimming pool while it was empty when he was trying to clean it and it took the entire fire dept to pull him out. True.
MY Brother in Law works at the five guys near Stevenson's field... He says Joe is not only a regular, but down to Earth and very approachable. Lot's of Raven's in and out fo there.
The problem is the adult male asking fo ran autograph. I wouldn't sign for adult males either... creepy, to bordering on questioning if the person was getting it to sell
Yea, a lot of players don't like to sign. McNair wouldn't sign for us either. There were a bunch of fans behind the bench yelling Steve, Steve and he just waved and walked by. Some players think every adult male is gonna sell their autograph and some actually do and might get $25 or more.
Matte was the coolest former Colt I ever met. He was at the Ravens draft day party they used to have at the stadium broadcasting the draft with Tom Davis, another cool dude. After everyone left I talked to him and he let me try on his SB ring. It was like a monument to the hand and not even as big as the Ravens ring which I also tried on and that was after I asked him if SB 3 was fixed. Matte said yea, and Bubba fixed it. He hated Bubba after he wrote a book that the game was fixed and Bubba wasn't invited to the 25th anniversary party of the game and people think Pollard has an attitude-lol. Bubba just died in his late 60s.
Nest 1 always had tons of Ravens drop in to speak. The used to come for free and then they got greedy and we had to pay them $300 even though we raised over $100,000 for charity in their name. DeCosta came every year a week after the draft. We're only allowed one question each but I got about 20 questions in one sentence. The president said TRap,
you covered the entire draft and get more info than anyone in the club. Now we know that
Ozzie had no intention of drafting weapons for Flacco. He wanted Oher. He's my favorite player.
Jeff Mitchell came to one of our parties after SB 35 and I said you guys have it easy. You can use your hands. When I played we couldn't on the line. He said yea, I know and he held up his fists and mimicked blocking with the fore arms. I told him my coach gave us marbles to hold in practice and if he saw any on the ground it meant we were holding and he laughed. Several years later Mitchell got called out for steroids use with the Panthers.
We didn't have them back in the 60s either-lol.
Speaking of Tom Davis, he used to hang out with us at Wurlitzers in Hunt Valley during the 90s. It was the yuppiest place in town. Guys used to dress up then in 3-piece business suits and gals actually wore dresses. I wasn't one but walked the walk and talked the talk and my Vette got me a lot of dates. He had the best looking blonde in the place too and he was flashing $100 bills around the bar. He does the Orioles shows for ComCast now.
The day I talked to Matte, I said Tom, you used to hang out at Wurlitzers and you had the hottest blonde in the place. All I want to know is, do you still have the blonde and he said yea. He looked at Matte and laughed his ass off.
King Singleton used to come in there too after he retired and he was really cool to talk to.
He was broadcasting games then and said baseball looks a lot slower up here folks. LOL
Yes that was always true. It was during the Heap draft and I had my nephews at the draft day party at the stadium and Jordan who was 8 got Ray's autograph. He gave him a paper for me and a man behind him hit him and pushed him down. Ray saw it and walked away from everyone. I would have killed him if I saw it.
But Ray and Reed always signed. They stood out in the blistering heat that day signing when Joe wouldn't and Reed love to hold babies and have his pic taken with them. Heap always signed as did Jamal.
I was about to get Jamal's autograph when SAGE walked up with a TV camera and mike to interview him and I said come on Sage, we're trying to get his autograph. I got his on my SB 35 hat.
I got both the winning and losing coach's signatures on the hat which is also in my cave. Also got Ozzie's when he walked by me before practice started. After Faisel arrived he left practice and walked up the steps by the gym where I always sat and he signed the hat.
I said coach, when are you going to get Boller to stop telegraphing his throws. He said what makes you think he's doing that. I said he stares down the receiver. Every fan in town knows that. That was the day after Reed intercepted 2 passes in practice and Reed said he just followed the QB, ie, his eyes.
So Faisel said well he's not telegraphing his throws and left but I couldn't understand why he left practice when his unit went into the gym to eat. He must have been trying to line up his next coaching job because Billick fired him like HARBs fired CAM.
Anyway, Im watching Comcast the next night and Faisel and Boller were wired and Faisel said today we're gonna get you to stop telegraphing your throws.
It's pretty bad when a fan describes in detail how you're telegraphing.
What do you think the defenses are doing?
ILMAO - He was talking about me.
Faisel was a cool dude though. I know some fans who flew out to a game in Indy and
were waiting for a cab. Faisel stood near them waiting for a limo and he saw them
staring at him. When the limo arrive he yelled jump in and I'll give you a lift and he
took them to their hotels.
When he coached NY during 911 he adopted the kids of a firemen who died in the
building. He had 9 kids and Faisel said he would always pay for all their expenses
for the rest of their lives including their college tuitions.
Hell of a nice guy.