What was once a private party for fans of one baseball team out of Flushing, NY, Meet The Matts has grown up… And has shed its barriers, cliques and VIP areas. To that end, our MTM Family now includes as fine, witty, informed and eclectic a team of daily contributors as you’ll find on the vast Information Super Highway.
Monday: West Coast Craig reports from Hollywood with an endearingly laid back style. A happily married father of two little 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.
Tuesday: Grote2DMax pushes the envelope of the politically correct and sometimes enlists the help of The Onion and Larry King in his Grote’s Gripes. His urban white trash posse of Angry Ward, Cheesy Bruin and The Public Professor are life-long friends from Marble Hill in the Bronx. G2DM also suffers from Angry Ward’s Bronx/Mets Syndrome (see below), inexplicably loves the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Rams and the Celtics. His life pretty much ended with the birth of his twin baby boys, yet he somehow remains the Cliff Lee of the MTM starting rotation.
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 Mitt Romney. While the Vikings tease him incessantly with flirtations of success, the Golden State Warriors, “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.
Thursday: Sexy New Yorker Lori Levine rotates with Missouri’s Cam Purcell (Ram Rules). As different as they are, they’re one in the same with their wink, wink call-it-as-they-see-it style.
Lori 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.
Cam hails from Missouri and is a down-the-line St. Louis fan: Rams, Cards, Blues… Thus his Ram Rules… He hates Kansas basketball, been a wrestler, dabbled in Ultimate Fighting and now plays hardball for a team based out of Harlem – and he’s Opie white.
Friday: Another perfect platoon of Connecticut’s fetching Cookie (Cookie’s Corner) and cunning Cornell grad/rugby player, Different Matt.
Cookie, 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.
“Diff” joined us just after the switch from being “Mets only” to an all-sports stop. He’s a Yankees fan; thus he was different. Aside from the Yanks, he’s a diehard NY Giants, NY Rangers and NY Knicks fan. He also likes long walks on the beach and cappuccinos and nearly died in Las Vegas.
Saturday: Mattville’s George Plimpton, The Public Professor, is indeed a real, honest-to-goodness, legitimate professor at a major Maryland university. But because he doesn’t have a cell phone or cable, he’s crazy enough to be with us. A member of Angry Ward’s Urban Spur Posse, the terrorized Bronx graffiti artist’s by correcting their grammar. His loves? The Yankees, Knicks, NY Rangers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also has a real website: ThePublicProfessor.com (http://www.thepublicprofessor.com/).
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.
Junoir Blaber: Junoir is from Ghana but was transplanted in Brooklyn 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 what the MTM Big Wigs thought – a cool African name. Instead, he typed “Junior” wrong on his Facebook page and was too embarrassed to own up to it. But proving that two wrongs indeed do make a right, he has embraced his new persona – [June-noire]. Manute Bol is his uncle and his teams are the Mets, Jets, Knicks & NY Islanders… And Aresenal. He knows soccer. Yuck.
D.J. Eberle: The youngest of our team, D.J. is also the largest. Offensive Tackle Large. In fact, this Albany native is playing OT for Western New England University – right now. Like Junoir Blaber, he’s a regular on Rugby Wrap Up – 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 Heat.
Bronx-raised Tall Matt burst onto the scene as an Original Matt. At 6’2″ he dwarfed the other original Matt, who is 5’11” 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. Without question, he is a NY Mets fanatic. But like Grote2DMax, he is inexplicably a Rams fan and rounds out his fandom by rooting for the NY Islanders (tee hee), Knicks and Chelsea Soccer club. Tall Matt sometimes comments but that’s as rare as a platypus siting because he’s computer-handicapped.