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Say it aint so!!

Written by Ken Weinman on April 1st, 2010 @ 7:19 am

Loyola basketball coach Jimmy Patsos was on with us on the Ed Norris show this morning (weekdays 5-9am).  He said that not only is the NCAA tournament going to expand to 96 teams, but its going to happen next season.  I don’t really disagree with his reasoning for why they’re going to do it, but I’m worried that they are going to mess with perfection just for more money.  This season’s tournament has been the most exciting one that I can remember.  This is all the more reason to keep things the way they are.  You’ve heard it a 1000 times: If it aint broke dont fix it.

Go to the Ed Norris Show page on www.1057thefan.com to hear the entire Jimmy Patsos interview

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Police Helicopters

Written by Ed Norris on March 31st, 2010 @ 9:46 am

I would just like to take a moment to inform people regarding the recent discussions about dissolving the Baltimore Police Department’s Aviation Unit, otherwise known as Foxtrot. What may seem to be a logical budget cut in terrible economic times is in reality a very bad move.  Helicopters are not just used to report traffic conditions or even simply routine patrol.  They serve many functions besides the two I just mentioned but none more important than supporting other officers during pursuits.  Helicopters can stay with any vehicle trying to evade the police reducing the danger of death or serious injury to both the police and the public during high speed chases.  During my three years as Police Commissioner of Baltimore I had the sad task of burying seven police officers. The majority of those officers died in vehicle crashes.  I never play the “what if ” game especially with subjects as serious as this so I wont revisit each one and ask if it could have been prevented had we an aviation unit from the start of my term.  I do know that it took tremendous effort and sacrifice by many members of the BPD as well as other city agencies to fund the helicopters you now see patrolling the skies above our city.  I feel if the rumors of grounding Foxtrot are true it will just be a matter of time before someone is killed during a high speed police chase that perhaps need not occur.

I don’t know who in City Hall is advising Mayor Rawlings Blake but they really need to thoroughly research this issue.  I feel that whomever is leading her in this direction is doing her and this city a major disservice and unfortunately the only person who will be left holding the bag when the stuff hits the fan is her.

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You have to work 99 days just to pay your taxes….

Written by Maynard on March 31st, 2010 @ 8:47 am

This morning, as you’re slaving away at a job you hate, I want you to know that THIS is what you’re working for . . .

According to a group called The Tax Foundation, the average American has to work for 99 days to make enough money to pay their taxes. 

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Chris Tillman

Written by Ken Weinman on March 31st, 2010 @ 8:20 am

In a minor surprise, the Orioles announced their five man regular season rotation yesterday, and Chris Tillman was not in it.  Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Matusz, Brad Burgesen, and David Hernandez are your five starters.  No need to panic though O’s fan, Tillman will be in the rotation before long.  You go with who gives you the best chance to win and eventually, that will be Tillman.  He’s still in the clubs long term plans, and the Orioles hope he will be in their rotation for years to come.

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Scarface with kids. No, Seriously.

Written by Maynard on March 30th, 2010 @ 9:03 am

A crazy director had a bunch of little kids do "Scarface" as their school play. 

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The Madness Continues

Written by Ken Weinman on March 26th, 2010 @ 7:19 am

The best NCAA basketball tournament in recent memory continued last night, and another #1 seed was eliminated.  This time Syracuse was sent packing by Butler.  Butler (like Gonzaga and Xavier) can no longer be considered a mid major because all they seem to do is win consistantly every season.  Now, they’re a win away from the final four.  If the Terps couldve made a deeper run, and if somehow Purdue beats Duke tonight, this wouldve been the best tourney ever!!

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Regrets

Written by Ed Norris on March 25th, 2010 @ 8:15 am

Today we discussed the top ten regrets as per Askmen.com   I didn’t have most of the regrets listed.  I played team sports from the time I was a boy through my college years as a football player, so that’s no regret.  Dream girls never attained was number one…hmmm I really can’t think of someone I was pining for that I didn’t get but maybe I was just realistic or lucky. I have dated beautiful, smart women and although it eventually ended, I married a woman who was much better looking and better educated than me. I really out-kicked my coverage on that one.  I have maintained friendships with a few childhood friends throughout my life so no regrets there.  Although I like cars I really never longed for a particular car so  again no regrets.

The one thing that has always haunted me was a decision I made at 19 years old. I was at a crossroads in my life when I could no longer afford the University of Rochester because the scholarship that covered almost everything my freshman year didn’t come close to doing so by my junior year . Remember it’s a Division Three school and full athletic scholarships aren’t given so I cobbled together a package of scholarship money, loans and student employment.  The only way I could have stayed was if I signed up with the Marine Corps in the ROTC program. My other choice was to finish school part time and join the NYPD.  Both appealed to me very much . Obviously we know which way I went and while I still love the NYPD and my career within I have always wondered what would my life have been like as a Marine. United States Marines have always been my heroes and although I have no regrets at all about becoming a NYC Police Officer I do sometimes wonder ….

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The “Slaughter Rule”

Written by Maynard on March 25th, 2010 @ 7:23 am

Some people have been talking about how congress was going to push through the health care bill without actually voting on it.  It didn’t happen, but if it had the constitutionality of it would have been iffy at best.

 Nicknamed the “Slaughter Rule” after legislator Karen Slaughter who was on the committee that adopted it.  It’s actually called “Deem & Pass” or as the “Self-executing” rule.  Check it out comepletely HERE:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-executing_rule

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GW wipes his hands on Clinton

Written by Maynard on March 25th, 2010 @ 7:18 am

W wipes his hands on Clinton's shirt.  Check this video, about 50 seconds into it.

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Waiting for R. Bowe

Written by Ken Weinman on March 25th, 2010 @ 7:16 am

Its funny, I always thought boxers were the most reliable people.  Unfortunately, events that transpired yesterday sullied my opinion of boxers forever.  Those of you who listen to the show know we were supposed to have former Heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe in studio yesterday at 8am.  Well, 8 came and no Bowe, 8:30 still no Bowe.  Our show ends at 9.  Thats fine we decided we’ll just tape something with him and run it the next day.  Sadly though 9 came and went.  So did 9:30, 10am, 10:30, and 11am with no Riddick Bowe.  There were rumors that Lennox Lewis had flown out of Heathrow in London to do the show that morning and he was going to beat Bowe to the radio station.  Finally at 11:15 we all had other business to attend to so we had to give up.  Thank god for a fun evening of world class hockey to make me forget a morning of nothingness. 

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