When we started this site, the scary world of blogging was just too intimidating to jump into headfirst, so I wanted to keep a bit of anonymity to my posts. Well, with Andy Ratner’s feature on BMoreBirdsNest.com in the Baltimore Sun (January 2009, link no longer available), all anonymity was tossed to the wayside.
And so, you now can all see who we are.
“Nestminder” (right above) is actually Derek Arnold. I was born in B’More, then grew up in, and currently live in, this fine town. I attended this institution. I’ve been told many a time that I look like this guy. Along with my fierce love for the Ravens and my constantly strained relationship with the Orioles, I am also a huge fan of this, this place, and these guys, and I am a Dad to one of these (and more recently, one of these).
I don’t do all this shiz alone though. Nick-a-What!?, as he has been known, takes care of the technical aspects of the Nest, including that ever-changing banner you see up there, the Photoshop wizardry, and makin sure the search engines can find us. I’ll let him tell you a bit more about himself.
As I, Nick-A-What!?, take the reins here, I feel that I should tell you that I am every bit the sports nut as Nestminder… juuuussst without the dramatic punching the hole in the wall thing. I have been known to throw a cat or two though. I’m Nick Onorato. I grew up here and moved to Columbia, MD after graduating from the very same fine University as Nestminder. I used to be in a band with the lead singer of this band (before they started touring the world..whoops) when we lived in Fells Point. I’m also a huge fan of this, this and this.
Phil Backert grew up in Rising Sun, Maryland loving the Orioles, Ravens, and Terps. After going away to college outside Philadelphia and playing baseball for four years, he moved back to Maryland, and currently resides in White Marsh. Phil interned with Sports Talk 1570AM, WNST during college which eventually led to producing “The Fighting Ungers” on Saturday mornings after he graduated. When FOX Sports 1370AM launched, Phil jumped on the opportunity to produce full-time. He produced “The Rob Long Show” from 2008-2011 until management decided to flip formats from sports talk to news. Phil is currently an Associate Producer for SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio.
Goob (real name Kris Jones) is a displaced Baltimorean currently residing in Raleigh, NC. Despite living five hours away, he and his extremely high BAC can be found heckling fans and players from visiting teams at M&T Bank Stadium on the regular. Goob, a non-Retriever, was educated at another Baltimore college – one that produces “Jersey Shore” cast wannabees and Super Bowl Champion Left Tackles.
Moving away from the Ravens sucked. However, living in North Carolina proved to be one of the best things that could have ever happened to Goob, as he was named DirecTV’s 2010 Ultimate Displaced Fan! As a result, Goob and NestMinder invaded Super Bowl XLV (a.k.a. “The SteelersloseFEST”) and not only got to go to the Super Bowl, but also got to hang out with Ray Rice for about four hours at Media Row. Goob and Ray were interviewed on all sorts of local and national radio/web/television shows, including Pro Football Talk, the Jim Rome show, the Tony Bruno show, Two Live Stews, FoxSports.com, WNST, and more.
Goob also played in the DirecTV celebrity Beach Bowl, where he caught a touchdown pass from NFL legend Warren Moon and proceeded to do the Ray Lewis dance on national TV. Admit it, you’re jealous.
O’s blogger Matt Kelly has been a proud Charm City native since 1992 (when I was born). I discovered my passion for sports when I was 13. Growing up I didn’t play sports until high school where i played 4 years of Varsity Tennis as I was too small and no where not nearly enough to make a football or baseball team. Still, I enjoyed watching professional sports. The NFL was my first love and the Ravens quickly became my team (after a brief misguided adventure in Eagles fandom). After a couple years following the Ravens, my passion for Baltimore and all of its sports teams grew as I dove headfirst into Orioles Baseball. You could tell me they would lose 150 games every year and (though I might believe you) I would still watch and attend as many games as possible. Because of the O’s struggles, I know many Baltimore natives have jumped ship to cheer for a winner such as the Yankees or Red Sox. Not me. I say we Baltimoreans should be proud of our baseball history, and we should support our current team no matter how hard they may make it at times. I enjoy watching almost any sporting event, as I am also a huge fan of tennis and the Anaheim Ducks of the NHL.
AJ Gersh was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland. He is the founder, editor, and lead blogger of The Orioles News and hosts his own online radio show. AJ has attended Sports Broadcasting Camp. He is an avid football and baseball enthusiast, following the hometown teams the Orioles and the Ravens, and never misses a game. AJ loves diving deep into the statistic side of baseball by using sabermetrics in his writing. He enjoys sharing his sometimes controversial opinions and loves writing.
So, that’s us. Thanks for reading!
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