Archive for the ‘Road Trips’ Category

Media Row Tour with Ray Rice

February 9, 2011

On Friday, DirecTV hooked us up with a “mystery” Ravens player for a tour of media row in Dallas.  That mystery man turned out to be none other than #27 Ray Rice.  Rice was a blast, hanging with us for about four hours (two longer than he was obliged to) and keeping us laughing and smiling the entire time.  Goob was on local (105.7 the Fan, WNST) and National (Jim Rome, Tony Bruno, Two Live Stews, ProFootballTalk, others) radio shows with Rice talking about the Ravens and his DirecTV Ultimate Displaced Fan win.

Once Ray left, our press passes were still good, so we wandered around and got some more interviews for B’More Birds’ Nest purposes.

On the whole, just an incredible, incredible day.  Check it out:

Ravens Fan Scores TD, Does Ray Lewis Dance in Celeb Beach Bowl

February 8, 2011

That Ravens fan was, of course, our very own Goob Theoharris. Here’s the highlight reel…fast forward to 1:30 for the TD and dance.

Good Day for the Nest

February 7, 2011

Did we have a good day Sunday?  You tell me…

More on the way…

Goob and Ray Rice on Pro Football Talk

February 6, 2011

On Friday, Goob and Ray Rice sat down with Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com for one of their many interviews.

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B'More Birds' Nest Live from the Super Bowl

February 5, 2011

Here’s a little teaser video from yesterday’s Radio Row action. We’ll be back later with the full product, but for now, whet your B’More sports whistles with this:

For now, we’re off to the DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl!

Goob and Ray Rice on WNST in Dallas

February 4, 2011

Hey Gang – Check out Goob with Ray Rice on WNST in Dallas!  More will follow…

Scouting the Celebrity Beach Bowl – Part 2

February 1, 2011

Yesterday, we looked at Goob’s competition in Saturday’s DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl as far as former NFL players go. Today, we’ll look at some potential opponents he is likely to have much more success against. These coddled celebrities are usually the artsy-fartsy type, and have the athletic ability of a high school band geek (as most of them probably were). Sure, some of these dudes may be all ripped up and have abs on top of abs – but for the most part they’re going to be all “show” and no “go.” Goob, a former soccer and lacrosse player, could find himself significantly outplaying some of these celebs; alternatively, they could drop a ball at the worst time and cost his team the game.

Let’s look at the pretty people:

Chace Crawford – Crawford is from Lubbock, Texas, so he may actually have some football skill.  From the above picture though, I’m gonna go ahead and say that he throws like a girl. A GOSSIP GIRL! Ba-zing!  Crawford used to date country singer Carrie Underwood, who Goob had a little school girl crush on for years.  Is “HEY, I BEAT IT TO YOUR EX GIRLFRIEND” an effective taunt?  Only time will tell.

Kellan Lutz – Speaking of abs.  Apparently this guy is one of the werewolves vampires from that Twilight crap.  According to his Wiki, “in Lutz’s free time, he likes to take part in extreme skateboarding, weight training, track, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, swimming, tennis, racquetball, badminton, snow skiing, snowboarding, dance..” If true, Lutz would probably be a good teammate to have.  If he’s on the other side, Goob may want to – in addition to avoiding standing next to him in general – look to cover somebody else.  Somebody like…

Hayden Panetierre – Hayden is probably best known for her role on Heroes as the Cheerleader Who Catches on Fire or something like that, but in my mind she’ll always be the curly haired little coach’s daughter from Remember the Titans.  If she remembers anything from that role, she’d probably be as good of a coach as damn Eli Manning or Colt McCoy will be.  I think Hayden is like 4’6″, so she probably matches up best with Barry Sanders.

Joe Manganiello – Oh look, more abs!  Here’s something fun for Goob: “Manganiello was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Mt. Lebanon, a suburb south of the city.” Guess who’s a Steeeeelers faaaaan?  At least he comes by it honestly, but Goob should definitely plan on taunting the hell out of this mountain of man-meat for being a towel-waving douche canoe.  And then on running away as fast as possible.

Ya know, on second thought, it might be safer to just direct all ire toward that skidmark Merril Hoge.  Manganiello is one huge dude.

Jerry Ferrara – Hey, finally someone that more closely resembles Goob as far as physiques go – “Turtle” from Entourage. Also like Goob, Ferrara bats way out of his league when it comes to women, dating gorgeous ladies such as Jamie Lynn Sigler of The Sopranos. Chances Ferrara plays the game without a New York Yankees hat on (backwards)? Roughly 3%. Maybe Goob should rock this old classic to mess with Turtle:

(Yankees Suck)

Kevin Dillon – Another Entourager, this time “Johnny Drama.”  The less successful younger brother of Matt Dillon, Kevin has made his name as the dim-witted meathead Drama.  Other than “everyone on entourage should be punched in the face,” I have nothing to say about Kevin Dillon.

Marisa Miller – Great googily moogily Marisa Miller.  I’ve been on the MM bandwagon since way back in 2002, when she first appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.  As a result, I feel more than qualified to speak to her many talents.  However, were I to actually speak my mind on what may be the perfect physical specimen of the female human, they probably wouldn’t let me anywhere near the Celebrity Beach Bowl this Saturday.  So let’s just look at Marisa some more shall we?  Like they say, a picture is worth a thousand restraining orders words.

Chord Overstreet – Who?  So wait a minute…this dude is on Glee…where he sings.  And his name is “Chord?”  You’ve gotta be kidding me.

“Chord has stated his unusual name is because ‘my dad is in the music business as a songwriter. I was the third one in my family born, and there are three notes in a chord, so that’s how they came up with my name.”

Oh holy hell that’s the lamest thing I’ve ever heard.  Let’s see – Goob was the first one born in his family, and according to Sammy Hagar, there is one way to rock, so…Goob, your new name is “Rock.”  Or maybe, since we’re playing football and teams only keep one punter on the roster…”Punt.”  This is so asinine it doesn’t even lend itself readily to easy mocking.  Just make fun of his lips, Goob.

Matt Bomer – This guy has been in some soap operas (Guiding Light), some TV shows (Chuck, White Collar) and three movies (Flight Plan, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Now), but I wouldn’t recognize him if I saw him at the grocery store, that’s for damn sure.  His father was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1971, but never played a game for them.  According to his wiki, Bomer plays football, baseball, and tennis, though, so he could be a nice sleeper pick for Goob’s team.

Although originally from Texas, Bomer graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, so he’s probably also a damn Steelers fan (“I hate the Cowboys cuz they didn’t let my dad play, so I was a Steelers fan growing up, honest! WAHHHHHHHH!”)

Hunter Parrish – “Silas” from Weeds.  But it seems to me there is a distinct lack of abs there, Mr. Parrish.  Better step up your game.  My only beef with Parrish is that he got to make out with Baltimore girl Julie Bowen on screen – bastard.  Like Crawford, he hails from Texas so he might have some football skills.  Unlike Crawford – and despite being on the show Weeds – he’s never been busted for Marijuana possession.

Nicole Scherzinger – Lead singer of “The Pussycat Dolls.” Another one I wouldn’t recognize walking down the street.  Apparently she’s an attractive lady though, a regular on Maxim Magazine’s “Hot 100″ list.  I’m old and out-of-touch.

Michael B. Jordan – Wallace from The Wire! Sure, he’s been in some things since then, but Jordan will always be best known to Baltimore folk as poor Wallace, who was murdered in a crying sniveling mess by his supposed “friends” Bodie and Poot in season 1 of the best show of all time.  I named my dog after a dude that shot you on TV, Michael B. Jordan!  Kinda creepy.  Anyway, Goob needs to let the Wire references flow freely whenever Jordan is in earshot.

Jordan lines up to cover Goob – “You gonna cover me? SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEIT.”

*Goob runs by and farts on Jordan* – “Damn son, I think ‘Poot’ shot you again!”

*Goob gives Jordan a cheap shot* – “All in the game, yo.”

And so on.

Dominic Fumusa – Who the hell are these people?  This guy is apparently on the Showtime series Nurse Jackie.  He’s been on some other shows, but never for more than 1-2 episodes.  We’re scraping the bottom of the “celebrity” barrel here, DirecTV.  How about we drop this guy and let ME play?

Brie Larson – Larson looked quite young in all the Google image results, so I was relieved to find out that she is 21.  She’s in United States of Tara and was in the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.  She is also a musician.  I’m guessing Larson will be on whichever team Panetierre isn’t, so Goob will likely be grabbing at one of the two trying to rip their flag off at some point.  Don’t worry Goob – they’re both of age.

“And many more” – Rumor had it that “The Rock” (That’s the real “Rock,” Duane Johnson, not Goob’s new Chord Overstreet-style persona) was set to play in the game, but his name isn’t on the press release.  Hopefully he shows up – Goob has a bit of his own medicine planned for him with the B’More Birds’ Nest microphone….

If you have DirecTV, be sure to tune in to Channel 101 Saturday at 1:30.  The game will also be on 3D on DirecTV’s n3D powered by Panasonic. Additionally, the game will be broadcast on all of Fox Sports Network’s Regional Sports Networks and affiliates and DIRECTV’s Regional Sports Networks, so check your local listings, and be sure to watch for Goob hobnobbing with all of these celebrities and more.

Scouting the Celebrity Beach Bowl – Part 1

January 31, 2011

Sure, we’re just six days away from Super Bowl XLV, but seeing as how “the team that shall not be named” is participating, we have much bigger priorities around here this week. First off, on Satuday our own Goob Theoharris is taking part in the DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl. He’ll need to be in top form as he faces up against former NFL greats and other various celebrities. We’re going to take this opportunity to scout the game, and hopefully give Goob a leg up on his competition.

Now, Goob doesn’t yet know which team he’ll be a part of, or who his teammates will be, so we’ll just have to go through the lineups one by one and discuss how each could benefit/hinder Goob’s performance.

TEAM CAPTAINS

Warren Moon – Moon, a 2006 Pro Bowl inductee, went to 9 Pro Bowls in his NFL career, in addition to winning the Grey Cup (CFL’s version of the Super Bowl) five times. He threw for nearly 50,000 yards and 350 touchdowns during his time with the Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Kansas City Chiefs. One of the teams will be led by Moon. Hopefully Goob’s. Because the other team will have…

Jesse Palmer – Palmer is best known for being “The Bachelor.” He threw three touchdowns and four interceptions as a member of the New York Giants after being drafted in the fourth round from the University of Florida in 2001. If Moon doesn’t want Goob on his team, Palmer will be forced to give our boy a rose. Hopefully if he picks Goob, their relationship will turn out better than the one where he picked Jessica Bowlin. ZING!

COACHES

Eli Manning – One of the coaches will be Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning. I’d expect Eli will be too busy eating Oreo cookies and wondering where his mommy is to do a whole lot of actual coaching. Should Goob find himself on Elisha’s team, drawing his own plays in the dirt seems like the way to go.  And, knowing Goob, he’ll do at least one thing to elicit this response from his coach:

Colt McCoy – The other coach is Browns’ QB Colt McCoy. In this case, Goob will have to avoid the urge to make fun of Colt for throwing two interceptions to Ed Reed and just being generally awful back in Week 16 when the Ravens visited Cleveland. On top of that – it’s Colt McCoy. Given the choice between a relatively unaccomplished rookie who performed decently at times or a former Super Bowl winner – even if it is the aforementioned Elisha – we have to hope that Goob gets placed on Manning’s team.

POTENTIAL OPPONENTS/TEAMMATES

Former NFL Players

Merril Hoge – Hooooo boy. We’ve often remarked here at the Nest just how much we think of the unabashed Steeler-loving/Raven-hating Hoge. Here’s hoping Goob gets lined up on the opposite side of Hoge, and gets in a cheap shot as the former fullback looks the other way. Then he can just say he learned it from watching Hoge’s girlfriend, Hines Ward. Though, if Hoge’s “uniform” from last year’s bowl is any indication, he’s more likely the girl in the relationship.

Daryl Johnston – What is this, the Celebrity Beach Former Fullback Bowl? “Moose” will likely be on the opposite team of Hoge.  Johnston went to two Pro Bowls during his career, while most Steeler fans don’t even remember Hoge playing for them.  Moose is the one we want on our team.

Eddie George – Another player that Goob will be able to taunt for being a Ravens’ whipping boy. “Don’t drop this one like you did that pass in the 2000 AFC Divisional Game, Eddie!” should be a nice little bit of smack talk to get in the former Ohio State Buckeye and Tennessee Titan’s head. Of course, Eddie and the Titans smashed the Ravens’ dreams in 2003, winning a playoff game of their own at M&T Bank Stadium. Still, in general, the Ravens have always owned the Titans when it matters. If all else fails, Goob can ask the alien-looking George when his spaceship is coming back to take him home.

Barry Sanders – I have a Barry Sanders replica jersey that I won in a bar contest back when I was like 14 (being the only sober one playing definitely helped), so I know what I’ll be wearing to watch the game. Sanders’ slick moves will probably be less effective in sand than they were on artificial turf back in his playing days, but I, for one, am still very much looking forward to Barry juking the hell out of Goob and leaving him in the dust/sand. I promise to get it on camera for your viewing and mocking pleasure.

Darren Woodson – Woodson was on the Cowboys team that handed Pittsburgh their only (to date) Super Bowl loss, back in Super Bowl XXX, so the first thing Goob needs to do is thank him for that. In addition, they can make fun of the Buffalo Bills together, both having a bit of a history with that franchise. Woodson was also on the Super Bowl XXVII and XXVIII teams that both defeated Buffalo, while Goob has his own interesting relationship with the fine people of Buffalo. Otherwise, Goob will be wise to avoid Woodson, one of the hardest hitting players to suit up back in the 90s.

Tomorrow: Part 2 – Celebrities (i.e. Marisa Miller, Brie Larson, Hunter Parrish, Jerry Ferrara, more)

ON FIELD with the RAVENS!

November 15, 2010

Not only did we have the best time ever tailgating in Atlanta (if you haven’t seen the video, click the previous post) but I also got hooked up with on field passes. This was easily one of the coolest things to ever happen to me.

I got to meet Gerry Sandusky and Qadry Ismail before I got onto the field. I was surprised by one of my favorite Ravens while we were walking out and Mrs. Goob and I got to meet Quentin Aaron who played Michael Oher on “The Blind Side”. Willis McGahee and T-Sizzle slapped my hands and we also got to thank a ton of troops for their service on Veterans Day.

In non Ravens sightings, actor Jason Bateman and the NFL Commish were walking around as well. During all filming, no one wanted to wear my beak hat and get a picture with me :(

Ravens Fans Invade Georgia Dome

November 15, 2010

On Thursday, I, along with thousands of other Ravens fans, invaded the Georgia Dome to watch the Ravens hopefully beat the Falcons. Unfortunately, we all know the way the game turned out but I seriously have to say, this was one of the most fun times I’ve ever had a football game.

I would have to say that about 20% of the stadium was filled with Ravens fans and our tailgate by far dominated the Falcons. Check out my video to see for yourself how awesome it was.

Special thanks to G.P. from “The Ravens Roost of the South” for creating such an event. It was one for the ages and we hope to do it again next Sunday against the Panthers on the road.


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