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STP's BLOG 08/14/15 "Off To LA!"

BJ and I are off to LA…going to WWE Summerslam baby! Be sure to listen all morning tomorrow as we will be broadcasting live from Lucky Strike in Los Angeles…and we will be talking to a bunch of WWE Superstars. If you don't recall…I did this last year, and it was a blast! Here is the video I made of some of the highlights from last year!



Summerslam is this Sunday at 5pm. It's available on the WWE Network or on Pay Per View. Get more info at WWE.com .

Speaking of wrestling…here is part 2 of our interview with WWE Superstar Roman Reigns…he joined us in studio on Tuesday to promote Smackdown…which airs tomorrow night!

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STP's BLOG 08/13/14 "WWE Smackdown!"

So yesterday was awesome for this Wrasslin' fan! The morning started off with a great interview with one of my favorite WWE Superstars, Roman Reigns.

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Roman is quickly becoming a huge star in the world of sports entertainment, and in my opinion he is the future of the WWE (along with a couple others)… BELIEVE THAT! If you missed our interview with Roman, here is part one…



After the interview I recorded the STP-CAST (listen and subscribe on iTUNES or STITCHER), and a listener named Utchay sat in and watched…plus he surprised me with this awesome sign that he made and was planning on showing off at Smackdown!

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After that was done… I met up with my bud "The Jay Mac", and we grabbed dinner & drinks at Shawn Kemp's place in Queen Anne called "OSKARS" – awesome spot, and the bartender ruled!

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We then made it into the Key Arena, and we got to sit RING SIDE!

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I have been lucky to experience sitting ring side in the past, and it never grows old…I still geek out like a 12 year old as I absolutely love the WWE, and they did not disappoint…Smackdown (and Main Event – they taped that too) was awesome…be sure to watch it on Friday night. Be sure to look for my bald head…hell… Mark Henry saw me and even pointed at me! Thanks to @ProperJam for the pic!

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The best part…Utchay was sitting 6 rows behind the announcers…so I think we will see the sign on TV! You rock Utchay!

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Here are some pix I took…

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STP's BLOG 08/12/14 "RIP Robin Williams"

Man…if you were on Twitter or any social media you are well aware of the passing of Robin Williams. Robin was found dead of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. I tweeted this about it…as I was at a loss for words, and this one stung more than most celebrity passings.

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I think this might be the biggest celebrity death of our generation. All of us grew up with his movies…his comedy entertained us through the years, and he had this likeable charm that I think made us all feel like we knew him. If you ask 10 people, you might get 10 different answers as to what their favorite Robin Movie is… from films like Hook, Good Morning, Vietnam, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, One Hour Photo, Aladdin, Jumanji, Mrs. Doubtfire, the list goes on and on.

For me…my favorite will always be Popeye! I was a huge Popeye fan as a kid…I watched the cartoons all the time, and Robin nailed it when they brought it to life!



I also loved a small cameo he made in one of my favorite films… Shakes The Clown…he played Jerry The Mime, and was AWESOME in it. Speaking of Bobcat Goldthwait … if you haven't seen him in the dark comedy, World's Greatest Dad, you should check it out. It's a dark but funny film!

My friend Jonna from the Showbox wrote a great post on her Facebook page about Robin…if you have a second, read this…asd it's a great story.

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STP's BLOG 08/11/14 "Morning Radio Convention"

What an awesome time in Chicago for our morning radio convention!

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All of us went to the Windy City to be inspired…and one of us actually did the inspiring! Who was that? Hot Kyle of course…he inspired me to never pack a suitcase full of Chicago Based beer to bring home…he did this, and learned a valuable lesson in packing things as the suitcase was leaking beer when he pulled it off the baggage claim conveyer belt!

OK…in all seriousness, this will be the one time this year I have something nice to say about our leader, BJ. BJ knocked it out of the park with an opening address for everyone that atrtended. Many thought BJ's opening speech was going to be what he is known for at these conventions…him yelling at people in a sugar fueled rage…but that wasn't the case. BJ had us all hanging on to every one of his words…and the words "Give Up Never" hit close to home for all of us. I know "Give Up Never" sounds like some sort of Yoda-speak, but what he was saying is that we need to give up saying we can never succeed, be respected, inspire, etc. It was very cool…Props to you BJ!

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We put together a cool video to use to into BJ, starring our bud Duff McKagan…check it out:



Some of the other things I learned or noticed:

You never know when a picture posted on our Instagram will be blown up on a big screen and be used in a presentation about Social Media! Look at me enjoying, "coke"!

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It's always a smart idea to photo bomb pictures when your radio friends are taking pictures with people you don't recognize. It turns out we ate at a place that is run by a guy from the Iron Chef, and he came out to say hi. Here I am with Masaharu Morimoto.

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When bored…I decided to post this drawing I made on my phone before calling it a night…a few people on Twitter assumed that I took mushrooms while there! I can't see why…

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Many of us were using the Hashtag #MSBC26 on Twitter while there. One industry Twitter page, found one of my Tweets to be the most poignant from day one!

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Yup…that's the White Castle menu…which led to the best exchange between me and the cabbie when he realized that we wanted him to go through the drive-thru. The cabbie said: "How long will this take?" My reply… "well, it's fast food…so I'm assuming…FAST".

If you want awesome food…we had a great meal at an Italian food place called Mia Francesca! Here is the whole crew getting our grub on…

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BJ's son, Joe, got his grub on a few times at the Chic Fil A right by our hotel…

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The Boys Town area rules…lots of great bars and places to eat…it's where Wrigley Field is, and some places have a great sense of humor about the Cubbies!

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We were in that area because of Market Days, which is a HUGE Pride festival…it was a great time!

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On Friday, our lunch entertainment was Steve Byrne, Roy Wood Jr, Ahmed Ahmed, Owen Benjamin…they are the stars of TBS's Sullivan & Son, which is a super funny show! The guys will be at The Parlor Live at the end of this month…go see them if you can as they are hilarious. Owen Benjamin is one funny dude!

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Congrats to Alaska Airlines for being awesome...they now have chargers on the seats in front of you!

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It was agreat weekend, but I was glad to get home and relax and watch TV with Lulu!

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STP's BLOG 08/05/14 "UFC Press Event Turns Into A UFC Fight!"

I know there will be some UFC / MMA purists that were disgusted by what happened at the press event yesterday with Jon "Bones" Jones and Daniel "DC" Cormier…but I LOVED it. Call it my obsession for wrestling, and the art of building up a match (yes I know wrestling and UFC are different)…but what happened yesterday has made me very excited for this bout!



Look I know that there is supposed to be respect in the world of martial arts…but these guys clearly hate each other, and this gets me pumped to watch them go at it on September 27th.

The two of them apologized for their actions, and I bet they will get a stern talking to from UFC officials, but I would have to think behind closed doors the UFC its counting the money these two just made them. Every hard core UFC fan will get this PPV regardless, but if you don't think that marginal UFC fans aren't going to make arrangements to see this…you are crazy!

Now if we can get them to cut some WWE style promo's and maybe one of the guy paints his face like the Ultimate Warrior, we would have the best of both worlds!
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STP's BLOG 08/04/14 "No Theaters For Me"

Over the weekend I guess Guardians of the Galaxy just dominated at the box office, and all the reviews have been very positive… Rotten Tomatoes gave it 93% (users gave it 96%)…so BJ wondered what "Stevie Tomatoes" (my own movie review imaginary site) would give it. I told him it would have to wait until it comes out On Demand. This surprised BJ…but the more we talked, the more he realized that it's been ages since I actually went to a movie.

I used to LOVE the movie going experience…mainly because I REALLY love getting theater popcorn. It's the best…you can't replicate that unhealthy buttery treat that is movie theater popcorn. My issue is that the older I get, the more of a curmudgeon I become. I hate the people that go to movies. The people that check their phone and I have to be distracted by the light. The people that sit near me and won't shut up. The people that bring their kids with them, and are oblivious to the fact that their hyper kid has been kicking my chair since the opening credits.

I know this makes me sound like a miserable human being…but when I started doing the math…it was nearly 40 bucks to go see a film (2 tickets, concessions)…why waste that much money to be uncomfortable?

No on the other hand…I love going to concerts…yes, some of the same things that happen at a theater could apply to the concert going experience, but my expectations at a show are different…part of the concert going experience is the people watching. I especially love when people are really "into" the show…it's fun to watch people jam out…like this woman.



I think this woman rules… what's that saying? "Zero Eff's Given" – she is the epitome of that saying, and I respect her for that!
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STP's BLOG 08/01/14 "A Tribute To Bob!"

Bob Rivers is retiring next Friday, and is well known for his "Twisted Tunes" – well, our very own Mono-Nick decided to pay tribute to Bob with a parody song of his own…here is Mono-Nick's rendition of "Jane Says" by Jane's Addiction…he calls this "Bob Says".



I love that Bob actually tweeted this song out to his fans…

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Speaking of Tweeting…yesterday I watched Sharknado 2…and I was stoked to see wrestler Kurt Angle in it…so much so that I sent out this tweet…

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Here is my review of Sharknado 2: It was EFFing AWESOME! The opening plane scene was incredible. The took the ridiculousness to a whole new level! Syfy will re-air the movie this Saturday and Sunday. A third movie is already in the works . . . but there aren't any details on it yet.
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STP's BLOG 07/31/14 "Relax Texter"

Sometimes the texters just seem like a bunch of miserable human beings.  What is it about the concept of typing something and firing it off that makes people just reek of negativity?

Today’s example…

Hey bj, act like a man and slap the f*** out if mono nick and steve for constantly disrespecting your daughter .

Hi texter…act like a man and take a joke.  This is what we do…we give eachother crap about anything and everything.  We dish it and take it, and none of us are going to “act like a man” and hit someone…if anything, we would say something if someone was truly crossing the line.  Lighten up buddy…the world would be a better place for you if you didn’t have such a miserable attitude.  Plus, BJ once jokingly referred to his own daughter as a “ho” – anyone with a brain in their head knows that it’s just a joke…if you take the stuff we say so seriously maybe you are missing the point of what we do. 
 
That being said…as soon as I see that text, the next 2 texts that show up re-affirm that most people that listen “get it”:

Hey Steve! Don't you think all the Rockaholics should enjoy Fifty Shades of Shea on this beautiful Thursday morning? –GingerF

Steve can we piss off bj and play 50 shades of shea again? #yesyesyes

 
So for all of these texts…including Mr. Poopy Pants that wants us to slap eachother…here you go:


 
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STP's BLOG 07/30/14 "TMNT!"

It’s always fun when we get cool promotional stuff in the mail…like this!  Thanks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
 
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The movie looks like a blast!  Have you seen the Trailer?  The film comes out next Friday!
 



Speaking of moviews…Did you know that there is another “50 Shades” inspired film…and it stars BJ daughter, Sara! Check it out!

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STP's BLOG 07/29/14 "Fist vs. Shake"

It’s time for a stupid rant from yours truly….

A new study in the "American Journal of Infection Control" found that a fist bump is way more hygienic than a handshake…a fist bump passes about 95% fewer germs than a handshake.

We all need to get on board with how we great each other because I’m getting sick of it.  We just don’t know what to do.  That’s great that fist bumping passes less germs…but next time I go in for a “fist”, the other person will probably go in for the “shake”…then there is that awkward moment where I switch to “shake” and they switch to “fist”, and then the next thing you know I’m shaking their fist.  Then there are times that someone goes in for the bro hug and you aren’t prepared for it…or vice versa, and then someone if feeling odd for awkwardly pulling another person closer to them.  Then there is the fast slap shake thingy…someone inevitably is “that guy” that grabs the hand going in for just a slap.

My point…it’s a dumb one, but it’s still a point….we need the President's help on this.  We as a country need to have one set way of greeting each other.  Why do we even need to touch each other any way?  Let’s be like Japan…lets bow…or let’s make it our own and just have a simple head nod as a greeting.  We know what to expect and we will stop these awkward greetings all together.
 
Bam.  Off my soap box.
 
Now here is something funny.  Dogs never seem to learn their lesson no matter how many times they do something…this video is a great example… a mailman in Oklahoma posted a 12-second video of a bulldog running face first into a FENCE trying to get to him.  He says it does it every single day.
 

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