Our Mission & Team
About Us: Meet The Matts has grown up, literally, on the web to bring you engaging and intelligent Sports Reporting – Sometimes With A Wink…
With an all-inclusive philosophy, we have no barriers, cliques or VIP areas – unless you’re offering cash (then all bets are off).
Our Mission? To grow from your browser yo your TV, as The Daily Show for Sports.
To that end, our Our Team includes as finely-tuned, witty, informed and eclectic a team of daily contributors as you’ll find on the vast Information Super Highway. (Thanks be to Al Gore).
Here they are:
Monday: A platoon of West Coast Craig (WCC), who reports from Hollywood, and DJ Eberle, who reports from Hollywood East… or Albany.
WCC is MTM’s 2nd-longest tenured pundit and a younger version of Jeff Bridges, replete with an endearingly laid-back style. A happily-married father of two young boys, WCC has an avocado tree in his yard, plays the hot corner in a “Valley” hardball league and always manages to take cool sports-related mini road-trips, often with his immediate clan. He hails from Oneonta, NY but has been “So very L.A.” for twenty years, so his sports teams are the Yankees AND the Dodgers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the L.A. Lakers and the Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques. WCC loves bacon-wrapped hotdogs and can touch his heel and his ear… with his hand. Follow him on Twitter: @WestCoastCraig
DJ Eberle is the youngest of our team – and largest. Offensive Tackle Large. In fact, this Albany native played OT for Western New England University and, consequently, loves pancakes. Like Junoir Blaber, he’s aslo a regular on Rugby Wrap Up – as his dad played rugby with The Matts. His cross to bear, however, is his love for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. As for baseball and basketball, it’s the Yanks and Atlanta Hawks. Follow him on Twitter: @DJEberle66
Tuesday: Big Al Sternberg/Fake Sandy Alderson is from a not-so-nice part of Queens. But through grit and elbow-grease finds himself living on Long Island in Suburban Bliss with his bride and twin 13-year-old sons. He is a sports encyclopedia… and a loose cannon. In fact, Michael Baron of Metsblog.com blocked him on Twitter. You can find The Blocked One’s Tweets here: @AldersonFake
Angry Ward Wednesday: Angry Ward, who has admirers at the NY Times, is the quintessential angry sports fan but one exception… he’s flat-out funny. And the angrier he gets, the more amusing his work becomes. Psychiatrists say, “Angry Ward’s ‘anger’ is a direct result of “Bronx/Mets syndrome: growing up in the Bronx as a Mets fan.” As if that weren’t enough, his Minnesota North Stars abandoned him for Dallas, forcing him to embrace The Wild, the way conservatives embrace Ted Cruz. And while his beloved Vikings tease him incessantly with flirtations of success, the Golden State Warriors, his reluctant pick a NBA team to root for, had him say, “Don’t have a enough short, white angry guys but I don’t dislike them… that much.” A-Dubya is MTM’s longest-tenured indentured servant, its Larry David and quite simply, The Franchise. Follow him on Twitter: @Angry_Ward
Friday: Another platoon of Cornell grad Different Matt (aka Brian Tyler) brings a “different” perspective to MTM, specifically during baseball season. Why is he “different” – you ask? Aside from being smarter than the rest of the staff, he was the first non-Mets fan to be a “Matt” and is a fanatic for those Damn Yankees. His saving grace, however, is his ability to bowl over people on the rugby pitch and on the ice in hockey. His other teams? The Rangers, Giants and Knicks, respectively. He also likes long walks on the beach and cappuccinos and nearly died in Las Vegas.
Saturday: Junoir Blaber is from Ghana but was transplanted to the Bronx as a young lion chaser. Blaber is the Rain Man of Meet The Matts and is a featured contributor on MTM global partner, Rugby Wrap Up. The name “Junoir” is not a cool African name. Instead, Blaber mis-typed “Junoir” on his Facebook page. But proving that two wrongs indeed do make a right, he embraced his new persona – [June-noire]… Manute Bol is his uncle and his teams are the Mets, Jets, Knicks & NY Rangers… And Manchester United. He knows soccer. [Vomit]. P.s… He has webbed toes and came be followed on Twitter here: @JunoirBlaber
Sunday: A man amongst men. Cheesy Bruin kicked cancer to the curb – twice. The Cheese Man’s a big, tough teddy-bear who survived the Bronx despite being an unabashed Boston Bruins fan and Sargent-At-Arms for Angry Ward’s Urban Spur Posse. Nuff said. Doctors have taken most of this throat and had to make him a new tongue from thigh-meat (his own) and still he won’t shut up about the Bruins, Cowboys, Pirates and Cleveland Cavaliers. And yes, his kids do love him.
Replacement Matt: He’s bald and white, so he was the guy that filled in for our original Matts at events, including getting hit in the nuts playing cricket in Brisbane, Australia… where he morphed into Aussie Matt. But who knew he could write?!
Tuesday: “Grinding Ax” Walter Hynes (GAW) comes from the same Sports Royalty bloodlines as Short Matt… He’s heaving hatchets off the heads of any deserving Sports Personalities… His favorite teams are the NY Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Dallas Cowboys, NY Jets and Manchester United… A suburban husband and father of two, Walter understands what it takes to be a second-guessing, sideline-heckling parent and coach.
Connecticut’s fetching Cookie (Cookie’s Corner), like 7 fifths of the MTM staff, was brought in by The Franchise (Angry Ward). They met sitting near each other at a NY Rangers game. She’s our Angelina Jolie in “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” – by day the fetching wife and young mother of two little boys; by night the hot, sports fanatic that mixes in triathlons and X-Treme sports with her love for the Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, NY Rangers and… Denver Broncos. She is, like most of the rotation, more than a bit sassy, bakes like nobody’s business and is one smart… Cookie. She too, needs to be in a bikini as often as possible. She’s on Twitter, too: @Cookies_Corner
Sexy New Yorker Lori Levine is one of those people who should always be in a bikini. Don’t be fooled by the fact that Howard Stern voted her his Hottest Fan, though. Her “degenerate dad” raised her at the track in New Jersey and watching the Yankees, NY Giants, NY Rangers and Knicks. She knows sports better than 99.9% of us and she’s a wise-ass with the brain to make it all work. Her Twitter handle is @Lori_Levine
Bronx-raised Tall Matt burst onto the scene as an Original Matt. At 6’2″ he dwarfed the other original Matt, who is 70 1/2 inches tall but has the posture of a monkey and is now referred to by some as Short Matt. Tall Matt basically retired after the initial pitch meetings with a cable network failed to ink a deal for a Mets-based show. Save for the occasional on-camera cameo, he’s blissfully crazed in the real world trying to balance his kids, work as a film producer and foot modeling gigs. His Twitter account is @TheTallMatt and without question, he is a NY Mets fanatic…
Grote2DMax is also inexplicably a Rams fan and rounds out his fandom by rooting for the Boston Bruins (tee hee), Knicks and Chelsea Soccer club. Like Tall Matt, he’s from the Bronx. In fact, he grew up with white-trash pals Angry Ward and Cheesy Bruin. He sometimes comments but that’s as rare as a platypus sighting, because his young twin boys like pouring honey on his keyboard. He’s a dead-ringer for Jack Bauer, by the way and can be found [sometimes] on Twitter: @Grote2DMax
Dr. Diz is that rarest of birds; a New Englander living in Texas – and loving it. He chimes in with college football updates, NASCAR news and general stuff from a Lone Star State perspective. He’s tall and plays rugby as well.
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God Bless Al Gore.