About Us: Meet The Matts has grown up, literally, on the web to bring you engaging and intelligent Sports Reporting – Sometimes With A Wink…and *parody.
With an all-inclusive philosophy, we have no barriers, cliques or VIP areas.
Our staff includes:
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
Ben Whitney. Big Ben is a hockey & rugby playing sports encyclopedia with a qick wit and knack for calling things as they are. The married father of twin girls dotes in them NEARLY as much ad he does the Yanks, Giants, Rangers and Knicks.
Big Ben Whitney comes from journalistic stock. Aside from his brothers, rumor has that his great-great grandfather was the youngest brother of Eli Whitney and covered the earliest “rounders” games. Big Ben is also another New York Rugby Club player/pal of Different Matt, Short Matt and Junoir Blaber. He likes film noir discussions, has twin girls and took up ice hockey after retiring from rugby. He likes the Yankees, Rangers, Giants and Knicks.
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.
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
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?!
“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 sports nut.
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…
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*We use parody in our daily sports reporting to keep things light and from the greedy grip of lawyers, as we all contribute for the love of the game.