TKF Pod #35: Excalibur of PWG

This week the guys sit down with Excalibur from Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, the premier independent wrestling company in Southern California. They discuss the ins and outs of organizing a working wrestling organization, the recent news surrounding Daniel Bryan, and the overall health risks that wrestlers face. Then they break down Super Bowl 50 and take a look back at the 1992 Tom Selleck baseball vehicle Mr. Baseball.

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Some Links from Episode:

Siskel & Ebert clip mentioned in episode.

Ernie Ladd

PWG YouTube

Daniel Bryan’s Kids Charity

Joey Ryan on Highly Questionable

TKF Pod #34: Andrew Keatts

This week the guys are joined with Andrew Keatts, a reporter at voiceofsandiego.org and co-host of the Voice of San Diego Podcast. They talk about Andrew’s childhood in Baltimore as a Orioles fan and the semi-surprising revelation that the Chargers are staying in San Diego for another year. They also continue The Kept Faith Off Season Baseball Film Series with Million Dollar Arm and A League of Their Own.

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TKF Pod #33: Ghost of RAK

This week the guys sit down with @GhostofRAK for a fun chat about the upcoming 2016 San Diego Padres season. They get into the All Star Game, predictions about the NL West and the job the Ron Fowler ownership group has done so far. Later in the episode they talk about the 1996 Tony Scott joint The Fan. It’s a bad movie, but they talk about it anyways.

Ghost of Ray Kroc’s baseball movie list mentioned in the episode.

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TKF Pod #32: LA Chargers TM

This week Dallas is back on the pod with Travis and Nick and they get into the STILL impending Chargers move to LA. They talk about what it will be like to have pro football out of their lives and how the Bolts will survive as the 2nd team in the big city if they leave. Then they go over the moves the Padres made recently and introduce a new Baseball film series they will be doing leading up to Opening Day.

Bill Plascke LA CHARGERS Piece

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TKF Pod #31: Oh Dean

This week Travis and Nick are joined with Nicholas Burmeister AKA @padreshaiku to talk about the crazy day that was in San Diego Sports. The guys talk about the Chargers failed plan to get to Carson and what it means for the Spanos family to become Stan Kroenke’s tenant. Then Haiku weighs in on Travis’ Trevor Hoffman rant from last week and breaks down the state of the Padres shortstop situation.

RIP David Bowie!!!

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TKF #30: The Faith Awakens

This week Nick, Dallas, and Travis get back in the swing of things with a look back at the last month of the rough 2015 season for the San Diego Chargers. They break down the Dean Spanos LA relocation video and talk about how the players and fans are caught in the middle of the mess. Then they discuss the Trevor Hoffman Hall of Fame snub. 2016 is going to be a fun year!

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TKF Pod #29: SD Social Summit

This week Nick, Travis and Dallas talk about the SD Social Summit thrown by the Padres. The new uniforms were revealed and the guys have their takes. Then they get into the Yonder Alonso trade and what it means for the upcoming MLB Winter Meetings. Dallas and Nick discuss the beauty that was the Gulls game they went to and compare it to the feeling that the Chargers are leaving them with. Finally the guys discuss Kobe’s retirement!

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TKF Pod #28: LTeezus

This week Nick, Dallas, and Travis give thanks for comedy stylings of JJ Watt. They also look back at LT’s career and chat about Mark McGwire coming to the Padres. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Padres Canon: Nevin Klesko Giles

Nick Burmeister AKA @padreshaiku and I get into it over the legacies of Phil Nevin, Ryan Klesko and Brian Giles. Should one, all, or none be in the Padres Canon? It’s an important discussion to have. We’re both in our mid 30s, looking back at our early 20s and the players that were in our lives. Please weigh in and use #PadresCanon on Twitter.

NICK MCCANN November 16th 9:30am

I’ve been thinking a lot about the post Tony Gwynn transition into the Petco Park era for the Padres. Recently, with the speculation that Phil Nevin was given consideration for the Padres manager job I started to look back at those days when the franchise went all in on Ryan Klesko, Brian Giles and our boy Phil. It feels like one of them should be in the Padres Canon. What do you think about that period?

Maybe we put them all in as a three headed monster (which they kind of were). It needs to be represented somehow.

NICHOLAS BURMEISTER November 16th 3:41pm

This was a weird time for our Padres. This is the transition time between Andy Ashby and Jake Peavy. Those first few years after Tony Gwynn retired were like this historical hole in the franchise. Petco Park was still under construction, the uniforms in 2002 and 2003 were worse than they are now, and the team was awful. I always link this time with Kevin Towers the most. He had all kinds of good will from the city after the 1998 pennant, the new stadium approval was going forward and he had big name players like Kevin Brown, Greg Vaughn, and Caminiti. But they could never seem to keep anyone here except Mr. San Diego. Still, people had faith in Towers.

Our boy Phil is a big reason why we believed as well. Nevin was the first example of the “he needs to play everyday” guy I can think of. He had ho-hum numbers in Detroit and Anaheim, but he wasn’t playing that much. When He came to San Diego, he played every day and his numbers exploded. Now he’s known mostly for complaining about Petco Park’s dimensions and having the road home splits to prove it. He was a really great player on some really bad teams. If we’re putting in players to represent this era, Nevin is probably the guy.

Giles is a Pirate.

Klesko’s facial hair goes into the Canon for sure. Even if Klesko doesn’t make it, that sideburn goatee thing belongs in Cooperstown next to Rollie Fingers’s moustache, Oscar Gamble’s fro, and Pedro’s Jheri curl. Klesko was an excellent player for the Braves; I don’t think he warrants entry into the Padres Canon.

What about Mark Loretta?

NICK MCCANN November 17th 8:21am

I like the the term “Historical Hole”. That’s exactly what it was. I remember being at Qualcomm during this period and watching Rickey Henderson break Babe Ruth’s walk record with like 10,000 people.

To me, Klesko and Nevin are the some person in a lot of the ways. Sure, Nevin was undeniably better, but both were big investments at the same time that didn’t pan out. Nevin was always pissed off and Klesko’s sideburns were being prominently featured in Petco ads (Mark Loretta is another Canon discussion).

The last memory I have of Nevin as a player was the stink he made about the organization pushing to have Sean Burroughs start at third base. Nevin was the first pick in the draft and was widely considered a bust for most of his career. When he got to the Padres he had success and I think it went to his head. There was an air about him that suggested that he was always great and the baseball community had to figure it out (See: Kanye West for an example of this in music).

I would say Nevin over Klesko. However, Giles is significant. He was a local boy who at the end of his career denied a trade to the Red Sox because he wanted to ride off into the sunset (or back to El Cajon) on a losing team over playing for a then contender. Electing for the San Diego discount and exposing a lack of competitive spirit might be a whole other Padres Canon discussion, but hey, it’s just Giles, a guy most known for his antics while naked in the clubhouse.

NICHOLAS BURMEISTER November 17 5:21pm

Was staying in San Diego supposed to endear Giles to the hearts of the faithful? Was he supposed to carry the “San Diego Forever” torch after Tony left? I remember thinking Giles should go and just come back to Padres after a Boston rental. He didn’t and I just thought he was dumb. Padre fans would have rooted for him in the playoffs, and instead he just kept drawing walks in Mission Valley. I’m a no on Giles.

“Not panning out,” is a good way to describe Klesko and Nevin. “Bust” is too harsh a term because both were pretty good but not great. This was Towers’s track record. Roll the dice and hope it works out like Caminiti and Vaughn.

Nevin was sort of a cry baby in general, about Burroughs and the new ball park. He hated the size of the outfield and he made the Padres re-build the batters eye at Petco because he didn’t like the way the ball came out of one or two pitchers hands (one was a Rockie, but I forget his name).

I think you could make an argument for either. Or neither, if you want to get grumpy about it. Maybe the answer is you have to put in both? If it has to one, I agree, Nevin. Klesko had production with Atlanta and was an all-star but he isn’t Canon.

I’m standing by Klesko’s sideburns being in the Canon. That’s a gimmie.

NICK MCCANN November 18th 7:55am

I say put Phil Nevin in. I think the buzz around town at the prospect of him getting the manager job proves what he means to the fan base. Ryan Klesko can give the induction speech at his canonization ceremony held at the Tilted Kilt. Giles can come, but he has to wear clothes.

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TKF Pod #27: Farm Building

This week Dallas, Nick, and Travis talk about the big week that was in PrellerLand. The Pads got some new prospects and the guys break them down. They also talk about the dying animal that is the 2015 San Diego (for now) Chargers. Follow us on Twitter @thekeptfaith.

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