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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