WWN YEAR IN REVIEW

Here are some highlights of the first year of William World News.

  • I GOT ENGAGED – October 16, 2004

    This is the first post I made about getting engaged to Erica on October 1, which is even better than the Nats.

  • VICTORY – September 29, 2004

    The post-announcement post. I was at the press conference that day. I have a gallery too.

  • JOY – December 21, 2004

    The first post after the D.C. council made it official. You can see the follow up on the next day here.

  • A FEW THOUGHTS – December 17, 2004

    Ranting and raving about D.C. and the betrayal to the Nats and their fans.

  • NATS SCORECARD – December 15, 2004

    A rundown on what bloggers and columnists thought about the Nats surviving Linda Cropp.

  • THEY Q%&#$@!-ING BLEW IT! – December 15, 2004

    The day after the amended ballpark bill passed and MLB announced they would pull out of the deal if it was not altered.

  • MUCH ADO ABOUT FUNDING – December 11, 2004

    Guest analyst D. Berg Pisarcik makes a contribution.

  • 29 – 1 – December 4, 2004

    The owners vote in favor of D.C. having the team. Guess who disagrees?

  • OFF THE CUFF NATS NOTES – December 2, 2004

    Sacarstic suggestions and observations about the process, including my idea to ambush an anti-ballpark rally.

  • DON’T MESS WITH CHARLIE AND NATS HATS – November 23, 2004

    Former p.a. announcer Charlie Brotman goes to the mat for the Nats and the new hats are released.

  • IT IS OFFICIAL: WASHINGTON NATIONALS – November 22, 2004

    MLB makes official the worst kept secret in Washington and unleashes what Ryan Moore called, “Our Long Nationals Nightmare.”

  • CONGRATULATIONS SAM – October 18, 2004

    Foolishly, I bet on the side of Vinny Testaverde in my bet with Sam over the Dallas vs. Stillers game. Some day, I may even get the opprutunity to pay it off.

  • PAYING OFF MY BET – September 26, 2004

    Only a highlight if your name is Brenda or you also went to Wisconsin.

  • Fête du Travail – September 6, 2004

    My first international post. The next one, HALLO AMÉRICAINS, is here.

  • BALTIMOREAN OF THE YEAR – July 1, 2004

    Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley announces he favors D.C. baseball. For that, I named him Baltimorean of the Year.

  • ANOTHER BALTIMOREAN OF THE YEAR – July 12, 2004

    Less than two weeks after O’Malley is named BOTY, Brooks Robinson is named Co-Baltimorean of the Year for his support.

  • The first D.C. baseball post – April 9, 2004

    My first D.C. baseball post. It’s buried below other headlines. I was not planning on drinking the D.C. baseball Kool-Aid this year after being dissapointed so many times previously. You can see how long that lasted.

  • BATTLE FOR 29TH PLACE & BROOMBALL – March 31, 2004

    A recap of the epic showdown between the Caps and Pengyunz, follwed by the even more epic broomball showdown between the Penn State alumni chapter and the Pitt alums. I was the left wing and I scored the first goal in a 3 – 2 win. You can see about couple of photos in this post.

  • BOB EDWARDS CANNED?! – March 24, 2004

    The first of many posts about the inexplicable and indefensible removal of Bob Edwards as Morning Edition host. He bolted for XM later in the year.

    GROAN

    New council seen as threat to ballpark dealThe Wash. Times

    An article on what we are all thinking and fear in the ballpark law — a new council torpedoing the deal.

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  • BALLPARK LEGISLATION SIGNED

    Baseball’s return becomes officialThe Wash. Times

    It is official for this year. There is a clause in the legislation that requires the council to find a new location if the cost review, done around March 15 (beware the Ides of March!) exceeds a certain amount. So, there is still the possibility of trouble beyond 2005. Hopefully, it will not come to that point and they can make it happen. You probably already saw the article from The Post yesterday.


    Nats, Perez in Holding PatternThe Post

    Not much has changed in the pursuit for P Odalis Perez. Former Reds star Jose Rijo is reported to be recruiting him, an indication that he will be named to the Nats coaching staff next week.

    Nationals’ Siegle no stranger to politicsThe Wash. Times

    Tony Siegle, the Nationals’ assistant general manager is profiled. Throughout his baseball career he has been involved with politicians, so Washington seems like a natural fit to him.

    CAGERS GO 1 – 1 IN ARIZONA

    Smith’s career high leads Nittany Lions to victoryCDT

    The Nittany Lions men’s basketball team went 1 – 1 at the ASU/azcentral.com Hoops Classic to bring the season record to 6 – 6 with one non-conference game remaining. Hopefully, they can win 10 games this year, with the mediocre record to date, a winning season would seem impossible.


    ‘BURGH EX-PATS

    Ex-Pittsburghers see more activity, diversity in Washington, D.C.Post-Gazette

    Ever notice that every other person you know around here claims to be from Pittsburgh? Here is an article from a series about why, from the paper of record in the steel city.

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    ODDS & ENDS

  • On Monday, I went in search of an official Nationals road cap, size 7 1/2. I looked all over D.C. and was unsuccessful, but I did get a Christmas ornament, shot glass, and mini pennant at the team store. It was great to visit RFK and walk around, I don’t think I have been there since the 1996 HFStival. RFK may be the prototype for the round, cookie-cutter stadiums of the 60s and 70s, but it still has a decent amount of character, equaled only be the post-football Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Hopefully, the Nats can make it rock again.

  • Mayor Anthony Williams is featured in the latest Washingtonian as a Washingtonian of the Year. He is photographed standing at the future location of home plate. I have to believe that this was done before December 14. He is quoted as saying he is willing to stake his political career on baseball. Guess what Tony, you just did. He also signed the ballpark legislation today (The Post), making it official.
  • I updated my D.C. baseball portal. There are more links, a few more images and links to some of my favorite blog posts on the subject. There will be a blog-wide “best of 2004″ (I hope) in a few days. Also, last week I added a bunch of other Nats blogs to the navigation.
  • Eddie Layton, longtime organist at Yankee Stadium died on Sunday (The Times). He retired last year. He started with the Yankees back when my mother worked for them. NPR has a couple of reports on him here and here.
  • Marion Barry (file photo) is profiled by The Post. His record of incompetence is included. I like to think that the fact he is against D.C.’s ballpark bodes well for it being built.
  • If you can find it, check out “Backfire” on public radio. It is a great satirical program that runs every year and includes an ABC correspondent, plus Buck Henry, Jane Curtain, and Tony “Really, I’m not Chris Hitchens” Hendra, aka Ian Faith in “This is Spinal Tap.” It is very funny, dry, humor. Let me know if you find out when it will be broadcast.
  • Joe Queenan’s new book, “Queenan Country,” was reviewed in The Times on Sunday.
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  • BOXING DAY!

    WWN wishes you and yours the very best Boxing Day.


    NATS FIRST CHRISTMAS

    Broadcast Interrupted For Nationals’ SpotlightThe Post

    Another profile of the trigger-happy GM of the Nats, Jim Bowden. He’s better than Pat Gillick, how?


    George SolomonWith the Shenanigans (Hopefully) Over, It’s ‘Play Ball’The Post

    Our favorite Nats cheerleader lets us know what Shirley Povich, Sam Lacy and Morrie Siegel would have thought about the struggle to bring the Nats here.

    Baseball fight full of lessons for D.C.The Wash. Times

    A breakdown of what went down with the ballpark process.

    Potential Nats Owners Are Going to BatThe Post

    A number of groups want in, but demands by Peter Angelo$ loom large.

    The Nats online store now has a batting jersey for sale. Sure, it’s garish, but it does have the interlocking D & C, so that is very cool. If they get a blue one, well, I would not be able to control myself and I would have to buy one. Also, if you are trying to go to the store at RFK, you cannot enter the parking lot from the SE Freeway entrance, it is still closed. I tried to go there on the way up to Pennsylvania the other day and was turned back.

    GUESS THE COLUMNIST

    So, here’s a column dedicated to the principles set forth and furthered by my 85-year-old mom in Columbus. Her motto and I’ll try to get it verbatim: “It doesn’t cost you anything to be nice to people.”

    See, I’ve always objected to that philosophy. Being blindly nice costs me. I can’t complain. I can’t find blame. And I come from a long line of blame-placers. These are intrinsic qualities that I must constantly be on alert to douse.

    But I can do it for one day.

    So, did you figure out who wrote this column? Confirm your suspicion here.


    MORE ON THE LIONS

    Ron BrackenNittany Nation looking at Williams as this year’s program saviorCDT

    Esteemed CDT sports editor Ron Bracken throws some cold water on those who think the recruitment of Derrick Williams will make autumn Saturdays in Happy Valley important on a national scale again. He cites examples of recruits who panned out and ones who did not and reminds us all what a crapshoot this whole thing is in the end.


    Nittany Lions freshman looks to lead teamCDT

    Meanwhile, on the hardwood, frosh G Mike Walker is making things happen, they say. The inevitable Joe Crispin comparison was made only once.

    OVERPROTECTIVE PARENTS

    Trek to school not like it used to be USA Today

    This is an article from last week about how kids no longer walk to school. A number of reasons are noted, mainly overprotective parents. This is just stupid, let the kids walk to school so they can learn some independence and self reliance. I walked to school for seven years and preferred that over the bus any day. It is a great way to stay in shape too. When I stopped walking to school, I put on weight for a few years.

    We need to make playgrounds more dangerous too. Not super dangerous of course, but put in some risk so kids might scrape their knees and learn about physical risk without serious consequences. It will pay off in the end.

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    BACK TO WORK FOR THE NATS

    Nationals seek to make up for lost timeThe Wash. Times

    The rush to get things in order for April 4 is on. They have to get RFK into playing shape, get a broadcast deal, find major sponsors and figure out the traveling for this season.


    Now it really gets toughThe Wash. Times

    More on the transformation of RFK into a MLB worthy facility. It is going to come down to the wire.

    Nats Get Back to Baseball BusinessThe Post

    C Brian Schneider has been signed for another year. He could be an all-star this year.

    Nat-tily AttiredThe Post

    Here are some graphics of the uniforms, including the numbers that we do not see on the ones in the online store. I am not crazy about them, they are nothing special, but they are not terrible either. The important thing is we have a blue hat for road games. I wonder how long until it becomes the regular hat.


    EditorialA Vote to Play BallThe Post
    It might even, we’d hope, overcome some of the distrust and division between city and suburb that marred this month’s arguments over the stadium

    Ha! How can The Post be so naive? D.C. residents love to find something to be upset about and all these suburbanites and their money means gentrification, if only for three hours a night.


    HUGE RECRUITING COUP FOR NITS

    And the Winner Is . . .The Post

    After a Long, Arduous Recruitment, E. Roosevelt Star Chooses Penn St.

    I do not get into recruiting for a number of reasons. One, I have interests other than Penn State football (and hard to believe, they include more than just the Nats too). People who get into recruiting are the same people who can only find games interesting if they have money on them. I say, if you have to do that to make it interesting, why not do something else? Anyhow, the biggest reason I do not get into recruiting is because it is ultimately a crapshoot on whether all of these “can’t miss” phenoms ever play meaningful football. So many things can happen that get in the way. If you really want some insight, read Ken Denlinger’s “For the Glory.” He is/was a Post sportswriter who was given complete access to Penn State’s football program, starting with the freshman class of 1988. He is also a PSU grad — ’64 journalism, I think. All of this being said, it does look good for Penn State that top recruits still think it is a special program.

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    MORE ON THE BALLPARK WIN

    This is what I tried to post earlier. Here are the lead articles from The Post:Amended Deal on Stadium Approved and The Wash. Times: Deal puts District back in the ballgame.


    David BroderTake Them Out to the BallgameThe Post

    The dean of Washington’s political columnists, Dave Broder rarely writes a sports column, but when he does, it is always good. He thinks that Congress got a lot less friendly after Bob Short moved the Senators in ’71 because they could no longer go to games together and put the politics aside for an evening. Along a similar line, I bet the schools were a lot better then too.

    Thomas BoswellA Big Reality CheckThe Post

    A little cold water from Tom Boswell is kind of surprising and you may not want to read it, though there is a photograph of councilman Vincent Orange holding a Ricky Henderson picture, which will no doubt delight one blogger. Boswell thinks we are looking at 2009 for a ballpark opening. I think I could live with that, couldn’t you?

    NOTE TO THE OMBUDSMAN

    Let me tell you, on April 4, it’s getting personal, real personal.


    IN OTHER NEWS: TROUBLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

    Truck Explodes on I-395The Post

    A tanker truck exploded a few blocks from my apartment early this morning. Somehow, I slept through that, though I do remember a car alarm going off for a long time. My commute got delayed somewhat, but not too badly. I could smell the fumes though and the air was hazy.


    PENN STATE BRIEFS

    • The Lion cagers lost to Buffalo last night, which is really bad and a reminder the team has a loooong ways to go. – CDT
    • Kelly Mazzante was honored by PSU at the BJC. – CDT
    • WR Terrance Phillips is done at Penn State. I guess this will give someone we know something to talk about the next time he runs into Terrance’s dad at Safeway. – Patriot-News
    • Yesterday was Joe Paterno’s 105th birthday. No, really, it was his 78th.
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    HOME OPENER IN 114 DAYS!

    Nationals back in businessnationals.com

    Woo hoo! Now we can back to worrying about Jim Bowden screwing up, rather than the D.C. council. We can buy lots of Nats merchandise without fear of it being obslete in a few days. Oh and I recommend that we buy that Nats merchandise in the District. While we have had our differences with the city, they have now made our dream come true and we should reward them by spending money there — they are building the thing after all.


    MORE LATER

    Just my luck, but Blogger had a problem right after I hit the publish button and all was lost. I will update more at lunch or after work.

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    JOY

    D.C. Council Approves Deal to Finance StadiumThe Post

    Well, I have gotten all that I want for Christmas, though a size 7 1/2 Nats hat would be pretty cool too. How we got here is now water under the bridge, though I stand by my previous statements (rants). Ah, this feels good. I really did not expect this day to come, nor did I expect it to happen so early in the day. I was doing a training session via conference call when I saw the news. I had to interupt the session to read the story; fortunately, the fellow I was training was understanding. Ah, to bask in the glory of our own baseball team, what an idea. I guess the bachelor party at RFK is probably going to happen now. Sweet.

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    BALLPARK DEAL?

    Williams, Cropp Reach Deal to Finance BallparkThe Post

    I will believe it when I see it.

    More from The Wash. Times: District strikes stadium deal


    Thom LoverroBallpark talk out of this world The Wash. Times

    I am really starting to like Thom Loverro and you will too after you read this column. Won’t someone PLEASE THINK OF THE ASTRONAUTS!

    Nationals re-sign TuckerThe Wash. Times

    Dare we talk about personnel?

    Nats May Be Back in BusinessThe Post

    Tavares, Bowden Cautiously Optimistic

    I like that headline, it assumes nothing, which is something that everyone should have learned. I cannot yet say that I am cautiously optimistic though. Also, the last line is pretty funny, but I half expect it to throw off the deal.

    Sorry I have not been around for the last few days. I did a little bit of traveling on Sunday and my internet connection has not been great either.
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