For those of you in the Baltimore area, WNST radio is holding a listener poll for the ‘King of Baltimore Sports’, and Gary Gait who played club ball for Baltimore based Team Toyota and Mt. Washington as well as playing for the defunct Baltimore Thunder indoor team and coaching for the Baltimore (now Washington) Bayhawks before retiring.
After Gait was voted the No. 4 overall figure in the contest’s original vote, the powers that be at WNST scrapped the vote, citing irregular voting for the only lacrosse figure on the poll.
Now, he is a vote in candidate on a list that also includes Mark Belanger, Paul Blair, Peter Boulware, Mike Curtis, Rick Dempsey, Bert Jones, Tom Matte, Earl Monroe and Ken Singleton.
In the past few days, the hosts of the radio program have lambasted the sport, saying that a guy like Gait widely regarded the greatest player in the game’s history has no place amongst the sports legends in the contest (Gait’s first round opponent in the 32 player bracket if he wins is Baltimore icon Johnny Unitas).
Here’s your chance to show those folks that lacrosse has a pretty big fan base of its own.
Go here and vote for Gait before the contest runs out of time.
Looks like y’all got the Syracuse coach in (or at least, some of you). We, however, didn’t see the fine print on the contest, and it was actually four people that got into the bracket, with GG making it in to face not Baltimore Colts legend Johnny Unitas, but Baltimore Orioles jerseys legend Cal Ripken.
Should be a much simpler first round (Heavy, heaping sarcasm).
From WNST’s website and radio personality ‘Nasty’ Nestor Aparicio:
And Gary Gait has moved onto the next round and into the Round of 32 in the King of Baltimore Sports.
Along with Bert Jones, Ken Singleton and a late charge from Paul Blair that pushed him past Mike Curtis, they ll match up this way for the first round of the KOBS competition:
Bert Jones vs. Brooks Robinson
Keeping with the spirit of crossing sports legends in the first round, we think these are interesting match ups and the dropoff from 1 to 32 when we can find so many All Star Games, Pro Bowls, championships and class amongst the four play in guys speaks volumes for how great of a sports tradition we have. Jones, Gait, Singletn and Blair can all play on my team any day!
Gary Gait is the rage of the lacrosse boards (and I wished I d had the foresight to see the passion on that community but we re certainly feeling it and welcoming more positive discussion of lacrosse). I’ve been trying to do a lacrosse show on Saturdays on WNST for two years. I can’t find anyone who wants to do one or anyone who will sponsor it! So, if you guys love lacrosse so much, we should find a way to do a show on lacrosse and have it be popular, sponsored and loved by the lacrosse community. I’m all for ir!
Bert Jones and Ken Singleton were extremely strong and consistent over the last week and Paul Blair (Bob Haynie s all time favorite Oriole, no less) edged out a bunch of greats as well.
I guess that s the most disappointing part of this tournament thus far the extreme negativity I m feeling about comparing these athletes. Sure, you can be critical of Brooks Robinson s speed in the 1970 s or the fact that mlb jerseys from china Johnny Unitas didn t win a championship after 1959 or mention Ray Lewis’ transgressions or Cal Ripken’s batting average in the late 1980s, but this tournament was set up to HONOR these great men for all of the thrills they ve given us through the years.