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    Re: What's up with NST?



    Without sounding like an ESPN apologist, which I know this will inevitably come off as, I would like to make one point. Everyone saying that at least NST has someone on the ground actually reporting FACT unlike other local radio stations. Case in point, the McAlister knee injury. When Anita Marks reported that CMac hurt his knee and would be out 6-8 weeks, everyone jumped all over her. Well, low and behold, he was injured, and everyone that was talking smack wound up with egg on their face. So really, we have to take all of the radio with a grain of salt. But NST, and more specifically Nestor, has taken the most offensive stance, and it has been a topic of conversation fairly often on the station recently




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    Re: What's up with NST?

    Quote Originally Posted by festivus View Post
    I have heard of it. I know they have it. I also guessed correctly you don't listen, as you confessed, and my question did not call for sarcasm on your part.


    You make a lot of general comments like this, and I suppose as opinions you are entitled to them. But their info is right, pretty much always, as anyone who actually listens to the station knows.

    You are entitled to your opinion, even if you never listen to the station.
    Mr. Sarcasm himself is somehow troubled about sarcasm directed back at him.

    Ratings say it all, my purple-bleeding friend. And thank you for allowing me to be entitled to my opinion.
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    Re: What's up with NST?

    Quote Originally Posted by bmorefan83 View Post
    Without sounding like an ESPN apologist, which I know this will inevitably come off as, I would like to make one point. Everyone saying that at least NST has someone on the ground actually reporting FACT unlike other local radio stations. Case in point, the McAlister knee injury. When Anita Marks reported that CMac hurt his knee and would be out 6-8 weeks, everyone jumped all over her. Well, low and behold, he was injured, and everyone that was talking smack wound up with egg on their face. So really, we have to take all of the radio with a grain of salt. But NST, and more specifically Nestor, has taken the most offensive stance, and it has been a topic of conversation fairly often on the station recently
    Local sports radio, like anything consumer-related, is looking for that edge. NST and ESPN are no different so I dont fault them there.

    Nestor has drive and a great idea, but his bias gets in the way, IMO. He seems to think since the front office over at Camden Yards is bad, then the FO at 1 Winning Drive must also be bad. I am fine with that actually as long as the show is focused more on the entertainment factor as opposed to being factual.

    Where I fault Nestor and the folks over at NST is that rumor and speculation seems to become "facts" in their head and then comes acros as such on their shows. Marks isnt innocent in this either. But to satisfy folks like Festivus, I will give them a weeks-worth of listening again.

    That's why I find Steve Davis a breath of fresh air. He will report the same rumor but will say it as such. He is far more responsible with his broadcast. His show on a part-time sports station draws far more listeners than ESPN and NST (combined, I think). A lot of that may have to do with the lead-in from Ron Smith, granted. But the quality of the show is superior, IMO.
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    I like the radio station (when I can get it tuned it...) but that Web site is a mess. That Web site is a good case study for how NOT to do a Web site.. it is impossible to find anything on there .. TOO MUCH CRAP!!




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    NST's blogs have become personal as of late but it also goes in cycles. Later in the year we'll get the O's vs NST blogs but around those we'll get some good thoughts and opinions on what's going on with the O's and Ravens.

    ESPN 1300 needs to dump Anita Marks. Her show is just horrible to listen too. She tries to act cutesy and like "one of the boys" and it comes across as lame and desperate. At times she acts like your buddie's girlfriend who is trying to fit in with the group. She also drops names way too much. I don't care that you used to have dinner with Alex Rodriguez and that you're going to Jonny Ogden's birthday bash. Big woopie! Give me some sports, talk, and opinions on the matter at hand.

    Don't give Viviano a free pass either. His show is also hard to listen to as the over opinionated Damon Yaffe opens his mouth one too many times. And I've said for years that Viv can't give the "whole truth" as he'll lose any credibility he has on WJZ and in the locker rooms.

    WBAL may have the better signal but Steve Davis, Keith Mills, and Peter Schmuck are horrible to listen to when they do a show together. Steve comes across as smug and many times has the sound of "I'm better then you" in his voice. There is a reason he was demoted from full time to weekends at USA 9 in DC when he took the Head Sports Department position. And this was within three weeks of working there. Schumck is just that. And Keith is a local guy that at times needs to stop trying to be funny and just tell the facts. His jokes, at times, get in the way of the news he's trying to deliver.
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    I've got to agree with Alex...

    Especially the Anita Marks part. That show is unlistenable. I only switch to her during commercial breaks on the better stations. She stutters and stammers worse than Porky Pig . .how did she ever get a broadcasting job?

    I'm guessing these had something to do with it...




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    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRaven View Post
    Mr. Sarcasm himself is somehow troubled about sarcasm directed back at him.

    Ratings say it all, my purple-bleeding friend. And thank you for allowing me to be entitled to my opinion.
    I try to respond to good manners with good manners, but whatever, as far as the sarcasm goes, do what you want.

    Ratings don't say it all, unless you are a fan of professional wrestling, and you absolutely are entitled to your opinion, however well (or otherwise) informed it may be.

    Also don't go listening to NST on my account, I really couldn't care less.
    Festivus

    His definitions and arguments were so clear in his own mind that he was unable to understand how any reasonable person could honestly differ with him.




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    Re: What's up with NST?

    Nestor has drive and a great idea, but his bias gets in the way, IMO. He seems to think since the front office over at Camden Yards is bad, then the FO at 1 Winning Drive must also be bad.
    Not at all the case. For quite a long time he compared the two front offices and gave the Ravens high reviews while appropriately crapping on the Os' front office.

    When the Ravens deserved it he called them out. The facts are Billick was not handled well at all and the coaching search was not clean and smooth like a fan would hope. Please don't try and sell me that shit sandwich and call it tuna salad.




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    Re: What's up with NST?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravens23 View Post
    . .how did she ever get a broadcasting job?

    I'm guessing these had something to do with it...
    OUCH!!
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    Re: What's up with NST?

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
    Not at all the case. For quite a long time he compared the two front offices and gave the Ravens high reviews while appropriately crapping on the Os' front office.

    When the Ravens deserved it he called them out. The facts are Billick was not handled well at all and the coaching search was not clean and smooth like a fan would hope. Please don't try and sell me that shit sandwich and call it tuna salad.
    Ok. I agree with you. I wasnt making that particular comparison. Like I said, I have not listened in some time. I remember a time when early last season Nestor was railing on and on about Ozzie for some reason (the actual reason escapes me) when not one other journalist was reporting the same. That particular rant was the tipping point for me as far his constant comparisons (at the time) between the fuck-stick that's running the O's and Bisciotti. I had enough.

    For the example you bring up, the handling of Billick is a matter of opinion, not fact. Was it bad form that Bisciotti changed his mind last minute? Sure. But that one incident does not reflect on the orginization as a whole. There are many glaring examples of FO's run MUCH worse then ours.

    I wouldnt try to sell you on anything, Greg. Well, maybe to get you to change your drink du jour to Grand Marnier instead of Banana Rum!
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    I don't necessarily disagree with Nestor's views, especially as they pertain to the Orioles, but almost every time I hear him on the radio, he comes across like a raging egomaniac. He may be a very nice guy, and I admire his passion, but he just seems to be too wrapped up in himself. He talks about himself so much that he eventually gets to a point where it's hard to take his opinions seriously, even if he has a legitimate point.




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    If I win the lottery tonight Im gonna start my own radio station.

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    get sirius radio you will never go back
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    Re: What's up with NST?

    Quote Originally Posted by braven98 View Post
    get sirius radio you will never go back
    Had it. Hated it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by braven98 View Post
    get sirius radio you will never go back
    I used to say that. But I did go back.

    I got Sirius originally because of Howard Stern. But Stern was dishonest about not having commercials. His show has a couple decent commercial breaks per hour. And they play the lamest, sleaziest spots you can imagine ("We'll help you cheat on your spouse!") On top of that, Stern never told his loyal listeners that he was only going to work four days a week. Plus he takes literally 10 weeks of vacation a year.

    And when he does work, he spend most of his time bitching about having to work and looking forward to retiring. The best part of the old show was the interviews and guests. They absolutely can't get a guest on the new show. Zilch.

    All in all, Howard, Robin and the rest of them have become over privledged, over complaining, under working bores.

    As for the rest of Siruis, there were some music channels I enjoyed. But there are more and more HD local stations and there's always the iPod. The sports programming is a big disappointment. It's basically the same ESPN shows on regular radio, with the same commercials.

    The one bonus is the NFL network.

    But it's hard for me to tell someone to buy the hardware and the monthly subscription to listen to NFL network.

    I guess I should add, I simply stopped listening to Sirius and gave my wife the unit.


    As for WNST, I agree with a lot of what's been said.

    Drew Forrester, the leading critic of the Ravens, has made a couple valid points, but he's gone way farther than I can agree with in making his conclusions.

    He points to the fact that Bisciotti told Billick and the media that Brian was staying. They were stating it publicly as late as 3 days prior to firing Brian.

    Drew points to that and says, "They Lied!!" I don't see it. I believe the Ravens story that Bisciotti simply changed his mind. A lie means Bisciotti purposely mislead. Where's the evidence that he intended to screw Brian all along? Don't see it.

    The second accusation Drew makes is that this reversal of field on Bisciotti's part was not only a lie, but an orchestrated plot by the "business people" to thwart the better judgment of "the football people." This is where the Angelos comparison comes in. Drew claims that he has it on good authority that Dick Cass has teamed up with Bisciotti to start making football decisions, while ignoring the GM and the heads of pro and college scouting.

    When callers have inquired how he knows this, Drew says that he has connections inside the Castle and they tell him this. But he can't reveal the connections or the details. So we're just going to have to believe him.

    Very Prestonesque.

    Frankly, I'm sick of hearing him throw out this accusation, again and again and again with his smug little chuckle, as if to say he knows more than we do and anyone who doubts him is an ill informed dolt.

    He may have a good source, but you know what, it's lousy reporting to base weeks and weeks of morning shows and blogs on non-information.

    You can report it once maybe--my source says that Ozzie's first choice was not John Harbaugh--but don't build a month's worth of whining on one incident, blown up to be something more than you're willing to prove.

    The Orioles have dozens and dozens and dozens of these small incidents that establish a clear pattern. Okay, a reasonable person has to concede that the club is badly managed.

    But Drew's taken an awkward firing, and perhaps some internal disagreement on the relative merits of various replacement candidates, and blown it up to be the same thing as these nine years of Orioles aimlessness.

    You gotta give me a lot more than "trust me, I have a source" if you want me to sit and nod my head as you trash the organization for a month.




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