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Joey Styles quits the WWE
[May 1st, 2006]

In 2005, the WWE held the first ever ECW One Night Stand pay per view event, in which the company showcased superstars from the former Extreme Championship Wrestling roster. Some of which were employed by WWE, and some were only brought in for the event. Joey Styles is one who was only brought in for one night, as he was the sole commentator on many of ECW’s events. However, come Taboo Tuesday some 4 months later, Styles would return to the broadcast booth, where he subbed for Jonathan Coachman as “The Coach” had a match that night. The following month, Styles signed a contract with the WWE to begin working for the company as a commentator.

After being left off of WrestleMania 22 (save for one match featuring Edge and Mick Foley in a hardcore bout), frustration began to build for Styles, even more so when he was left off of the Backlash commentator’s panel. The following night on Raw, The Spirit Squad made Styles the target of their amusement, which was soon followed by Styles’ commentary partner Jerry Lawler poking fun at Styles for not having any spirit. What followed was Styles slapping Lawler across the face, getting shoved to the ground, and quitting his job with the WWE. In less than two months’ time, Styles would return to the WWE, only working for the ECW brand under his former boss, Paul Heyman.

  ‘Some nights if she found herself alone and restless, she liked to call in to one of the radio stations and chat with the all-night disc jockey. She would as the dj to play one of her favorites. The song she most frequently requested was Gershwin’s wistful “Someone to Watch Over Me”—in later years it would be “Lush Life,” Billy Strayhorn’s world-weary ode to a life of “jazz and cocktails.” Sometimes she would go to the station and sit in the studio and just quietly listen to music. “She did that a lot,” recalled Johnny Grant, a North Carolina native and in the period a top disc jockey in Hollywood, for a time broadcasting life from a booth at Ciro’s. “She absolutely loved music, and she would just come by and sit while you played the records. She didn’t want to talk on the air or anything or have you mention she was there. You’d have a little chitchat during a break, but she just like to come and listen to the music. I played the regular stuff, Dorsey, Artie Shaw and all, but she liked to hear a lot of the harder jazz, and there was another guy, a disc jockey named Don Otis she liked to drop in on quite a bit because he played a lot of the music she liked. They had a very good friendship. It wasn’t a romance or anything, as far as I know—well, it could have been, who knows?”’

— 'Love Is Nothing’ by Lee Server.

Remembering Robin Williams’ Visits to Shea

Comedian and actor Robin Williams made two visits to Shea Stadium to take in a Mets game while filming in New York over his career. 

His first visit came in July of 1989 with friend and fellow actor/comedian Billy Crystal and was filled with a nice surprise for Williams, who was attending the second baseball game of his life after going to his first a few weeks earlier in San Francisco. Williams and Crystal were invited up to the TV booth with broadcaster Tim McCarver for the Reds-Mets contest and during the bottom of the fourth, Williams was fortunate enough to grab his first foul ball thanks to Kevin Elster. As Williams and Crystal were providing colorful play-by-play and commentary, Elster his a laser up to the booth that sent the folks in it scurrying for cover. In the end it was Williams who came up with coveted souvenir. 

After Elster was retired to end the inning, Williams can be heard jovially thanking Elster for the foul ball as the telecast went to commercial. 

In July of 2007 William made a return to Shea with actor Jon Travolta to root on the Mets and film the movie “Old Dogs.”

Before the game, Williams was invited to join the team for batting practice. Mets staff that were around him on this day in 2007 said he was “his typical self.” Robin was constantly joking around with the players and they really enjoyed being around him. 

Before the game, Williams was invited to join the team for batting practice. Mets staff that were around him on this day in 2007 said he was his typical self — constantly joking around with the players —  and they really enjoyed being around him. 

Williams’ allegiances were with a team by the bay, but it was great to have one of the funniest people on the planet around the Mets organization for a few games.

“When the final game was over, Jean Beliveau had finished the 1971 playoffs with 22 points in 20 games, and he led all players with 16 playoffs assists. There had been a rumor that he was going to retire. Nobody had said anything. He hadn’t. I remember spending a good part of that night in the broadcast booth wondering, "Am I watching Jean Beliveau play for the last time?” And, indeed I was. I’ll never forget that scene of him skating off the ice for the last time with the Stanley Cup. That was an absolutely fitting way for him to end his career and it’s exactly the way it should have been: Jean Beliveau, going out a champion.“
~ Legendary hockey broadcaster Dick Irvin

One of the best in the business, Bob Miller, is taking a medical leave of absence. He has to undergo a heart bypass surgery.

So this is to you Bob, we’ll miss you dearly but we understand that your health is the priority. Get through the surgery and recovery as soon as humanly possible. We are all sending you good thoughts. The broadcast booth will be waiting and so will we. Thanks for all you do. Can’t wait to hear you back doing the play by play sometime soon. Singed, LA Kings Fans