Thursday, April 26, 2007


I remember when I first heard of the concept of Press Box I said to a colleague, “Now that is a blueprint for failure!” The Baltimore sports media had been down a similar path once before and it tanked. Why would Press Box be any different?

I’m happy to say I’ve been proven wrong. Baltimore needs Press Box. It is a nicely designed tabloid that covers the entire Baltimore sports scene in one read. During the course of its first year Press Box has been my lunch companion on many Thursdays down at John’s in Canton. It’s an enjoyable and easy read and includes the work of several engaging sports media personalities.

Even though one of those personalities claims to lose more football knowledge with each of his bowel movements than I’ll ever have, my intent today isn’t to pick any bone yards but rather to say congrats to Stan Charles, Larry Harris, John Coulson, Kevin Heitz, Rick Marsalek, Joe Platania, Matt Zenitz, Paul Mittermeier, Keith Mills, Jim Henneman, Rob Long and newcomer Amber Theoharis. May the past year be the first of many successful years for Press Box.

I look forward to many more lunch dates with my trusty companion.


Anonymous said...

Tony, I wouldn't worry about the boneyard bulldog, clearly a legend in his own canine mind. Besides, Press Box is better now that they've apparently sent the Bone Yard to the junkyard and replaced it with a more enjoyable and lucid column from Amber Theoharis.

Congrats to the Press Box.

Oh by the way, where is John's?

Tony Lombardi said...

John's Carryout is on the southwest corner of Potomac and O'Donnell.

As for Amber's column, I liked today's piece entitled "God Gets Call When Athletes Find it Useful."

THAT was spot on!

TalkinWillis said...

Mark Viv is great...smooth, solid pro...Yaffe is a tool! Old Mr. X & O last year suggested that the Ravens should consider rotating offensive linemen. What a joke! Just like him. Maybe he should start his own paper since he knows so it the Tool Box.

Sorry to get away from the topic...but that dude serves only one make Viviano look even better. Trouble is he just makes WNST sound better.

Anyway, good going Press Box...Happy B-day and many more!

Purple Haze said...

LOL! Gotta give the guy credit...he's certainly confident...wrong but confident.

Anyway, Press Box...nice let's step it up! Happy Birthday.

Dawan Song said...

Amber does write well. I enjoy her pieces in Press Box more than the sideline fluff on MASN.

Good luck PB

MB Genius said...

I like the way the Press Box reaches out to cover all local area sports. Today there was even a piece on fishing. Hey, where's Bill Burton? Anyone seen Bill Tanton? Wait was Burton his name? You know, the salty dog looking guy.

Speaking of dogs, that Bulldog, oh well why bother to go there? Amber is an upgrade to the paper and she's even a little better looking than Yaffy.

Anonymous said...

Funny how these things take on a life of their own. TL, you started this thing I think to send out props to Press Box. But your mention of Yaffe and what he allegedly told you is just too hard to resist.

If there was ever a bigger blowhard on the Baltimore airwaves, I've yet to hear him or her. He takes shots at everyone and as soon as he's challenged he hangs up on people. Maybe his massive ego will shrink along with his massive frame if he sticks to this new diet he's pimping nowadays.

And as for him knowing more football than you don't worry about it. A team that is 0-7 and has been outscored by opponents in a mind boggling way DEMOTED him. I guess being an assistant coach at Boys Latin isn't the most prestigious football coaching position after all.

How this guy keeps his job is beyond me. At least the Press Box recognized his lack of talent early enough. So for that and your first successful year, here's to the Press Box!


Tony Lombardi said...

Everyone is entitled to his or her opinions and that's what blogs and such are for...expressing them. If you put yourself out there, you are vulnerable to criticisms and that's need to be able to take it particularly if you are going to dish it. It's the nature of the beast.

The Press Box took a chance. They held themselves open to criticisms. They were told sports only papers have a low survival rate yet they stared adversity in the face and weathered the storm. I respect Press Box and I tip my fedora to them!

Maybe one day I'll earn the respect of that lovable canine talking head provided I step up my game. If not, maybe I should start sifting through the Back River treatment center for those morsels of lost football knowledge.

Anonymous said...

Walk the high road and avoid the treatment center. What you will find won't be worth the stench.

Hey Press Box is on it's way and Amber T gave it a boost. TL, can you hook a brother up? If she gives me a chance, I can make Amber a very happy woman.

Tony Lombardi said...

First, how can I hook up an anonymous brother? Sign in, get yourself a blogger user's easy.

That said your question immediately brought back memories from a scene towards the end of the hysterical movie Dumb & Dumber:

Lloyd: What are the chances of a guy like you and a girl like me... ending up together?
Mary: Well, that's pretty difficult to say.
Lloyd: Hit me with it! I've come a long way to see you, Mary. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?
Mary: Not good.
Lloyd: You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?
Mary: I'd say more like one out of a million.
Lloyd: So you're telling me there's a chance.

Anonymous said...

Tony...thanks for the love! I can't believe we made it a year either, but now that we hit that milestone there's no stopping PressBox!
Kevin Heitz

Anonymous said...

I think it is hilarious that the goof is promoting a diet pill at the same time he is promoting johnsonville brats!!...can anyone say John Candy or Chris Farley? saying for Damon...JUST DONT EAT BABY!!

Anonymous said...

To be honest I never read PB b/c I want my sports even for local sports I go to radio or web.

I am glad PB is doing well and I will prolly check it out to see what they do for NCAA lax finals here in Baltimore.

As for Yaffe...never liked him and his mantra of "I am a football God and know all and you couldn't possibly understand football like I do" just a load of crap. Hey Damon...4 words...SHUT UP & SLIM FAST!!!


John Coulson said...

TL -
Thanks for the 'Happy Birthday.' We are working hard to build PressBox into a real sports media source for Baltimore fans. There are some very big things in the near future for us!
I really appreciate the help and support we have gotten from Ravens ooops... Football 24x7!! - John C.

MB Genius said...

I think it is hilarious that the goof is promoting a diet pill at the same time he is promoting johnsonville brats!!...


Anonymous said...

Look, the guy has a serious inferiority complex but that is for him to deal with...not any of us. What he and Viv put out on the radio is entertaining. I could give a rat's you know what, what he looks like, what he eats, what he doesn't eat and what he craps out. All I know is when I'm in the car between 10-1, I'd rather hear them than the same guests over and over and over on Bob Haynie's show.

By the way, this response was not paid for by the Damon Yaffe Fund For Higher Football Learning.

And by the way how many of YOU have a sandwich named after you?

MB Genius said...

Ok let's consider the facts...Damon Yaffe gets the boot from Press Box and is replaced by Amber Theoharis...Win Press Box...Damon Yaffe gets demoted by Blackbirds after a 0-7 start and the first game following his demotion the Blackbirds win their first game...


Maybe if Yaffe gets the boot from 1300 Mark Viviano will win an Emmy!

TalkinWillis said...

MB, I'm down with that! Unless of course he's replaced by the Ultimate Sports Chick. Nice "breaking news" there on Saturday about the Redskins/Bears trade that never happened. What a joke!