MEDIA WATCHDOG: Stash, Nasty and The Coach

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Former 98 Rocker “Stash” Back Behind Bars

Remember “Stash” from 98 Rock? Whatever happened to that guy? Last I remember, he was on Brett Hollander’s pre and postgame coverage of Ravens games, where, in my opinion, he didn’t add much of substance. His constant interjections about meaningless topics and rocker gimmicks were simply not my cup of tea.

David Anderson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Gregory “Stash” Smith was denied bail during a hearing in a Harford County District Court after a probation violation. “Stash” was behind bars for six months in 2012 following a drunk driving accident and he’s back there again after a series of other traffic charges. Two years ago, he was involved in a three-car crash on Route 24 in which five people were injured. 98 Rock fired him after the incident.

This time, Smith was pulled over for speeding, failing to display his vehicle registration and had removed his vehicle equipped “interlock” device that prevents the car from starting if the driver’s breath reveals they are intoxicated.

“The state’s primary concern is the danger to the community,” Assistant State’s Attorney Cameron Legg told the judge.

No kidding.

What’s Next For Brian Billick?

Former Baltimore Ravens head coach and Super Bowl XXXV champion Brian Billick is out at Fox Sports after serving as a color analyst for six seasons. I can’t believe it’s been that long since Billick was on the Baltimore sideline.

Billick’s contract expired after the 2013 season and Fox Sports spokesman Dan Bell confirmed to The Big Lead that he will not return this fall. “We appreciate Brian’s contributions to the NFL on Fox over the years and wish him the very best,” Bell said.

Personally, I’ve always loved Billick so perhaps my fandom blinded me from the fact that he wasn’t a good commentator. I always enjoyed hearing and reading his analysis, he’s an incredibly educated and well-spoken guy.

DCRTV’s Dave Hughes speculates that Billick may jump to CBS Sports with Dan Dierdorf retiring. He’s still doing some work with NFL Network.

Don’t feel too bad for the guy, he was paid $5 million annually for three years after being canned by Steve Bisciotti in 2007 because he signed a contract extension the year prior. Still no word on when the Ravens will finally induct Billick into their Ring of Honor. There will be a statue of the Super Bowl XXXV MVP before a banner of the winning head coach’s name will be displayed.

Nestor Aparicio Returns To Airwaves/Internet

The always controversial Nestor Aparicio returned to 1570 AM WNST and WNST.net on April 1 to host a mid-day show from 3-6 PM. Aparicio hasn’t been an on-air personality since 2004 when he moved to a station manager position and focused on building up WNST’s web presence.

Last year, Aparicio wrote a book about the Ravens Super Bowl winning season, “Purple Reign 2”, he also currently penning a “tell all” piece about Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos. I’m sure you’re surprised.

Despite what I think of Aparicio’s on-air style and my many disagreements with his opinions of the Orioles, I want to send my well wishes to his wife Jenn, who was diagnosed with leukemia in March. We’re all praying for Jenn and sending our well wishes to her and the Aparicio family.

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