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1.     How long have you been playing competitively in the NKY/Cincy area?

  Brandon Johnson:
 
I AM ONLY 23YRS OLD , SO I WOULD SAY 6YRS



2. Other than Nky Softball.com what other teams have you played for or been associated with throughout your career?

   BJ: I HAVE BEEN PLAYING FOR NKY/ANGILO?S SINCE I STARTED PLAYING THIS GAME.




3.  Brandon what is the biggest difference that Bill  Chard has made with you guys compared to years before when you guys were without him?

   BJ:
I THINK THAT BILL BRINGS A LOT OF STUFF TO THE TABLE BESIDES DINNER?..LOL LOL!! HE IS VERY ORGANIZED AND HE BROUGHT THE BASH FOR CASH THAT WAS OUR MAIN SPONSER FOR THIS YEAR. I THINK HE IS DOING A GREAT JOB



4.  Brandon gonna hit you with a tough one here. You also play competitively with the mixed couple team Playin' Dirty. To those who dont know,  Playin' Dirty consists of players from NKYSoftball.com and the Base Bandits along with some of the finest women players in the area.  Last year you guys finished 3rd in Worlds and things seemed to be taking off.  Now the word on the street is this team maybe taking a hit at the end of the year. I have heard that most of your guys are taking theyre ballbags elsewhere.   Is theyre any truth to this?
 

     BJ:    I AM NOT SURE WHAT THE OTHER GUYS ARE DOING AT THE END OF THE YEAR BUT I CAN TELL YOU WHAT I AM DOING. AS FAR AS THE END OF THE YEAR FOR COED I WILL BE PACKING IT IN NOT FOR ANY PURPOSE OTHER THAN I HAVE A WIFE AND A TWO YEAR OLD SON THAT DESERVES MY ATTENTION AT HOME. AND PLAYING THREE NIGHTS A WEEK AND EVERY WEEKEND AFFECTS MY TIME WITH THEM.
5.   Another question from rumorville. Is theyre any truth that you are picking up the center fielder and middle fielder that plays for the North End dogs?  (For those who dont know who they are the center fielder is probably the best all around softball player this side of the moon.  In my opinion he is better than Kevin Hall which is an accomplisment in itself.  They last played in the NIT at Rivershore back in May and finished 2nd next to Crative Glass out of Michigan.) Again is theyre any truth to this?
 

     BJ:   HERE IS WHAT I HAVE TO SAY ON THAT..I THINK THAT WE NEED TO PICK UP A PITCHER FOR NEXT YEAR SO WE CAN LET JD RETIRE. WE HAVE MORE THAT ENOUGH TALENT IN BOTH THE INFIELD AND THE OUT FIELD AND DO NOT NEED ANOTHER PLAYER OTHER THAN A PITCHER FOR NEXT YEAR





6.  What is your opinion on the 2003 Metro?  Last I heard NKYSoftball/Angilos wasnt to thrilled with the new equiptment  rules and threatened to sit out. 

          BJ:  
THE METRO IS THE BIGGEST TOURNEY OF THE YEAR OTHER THAN THE WORLD TOURNEY.. I THINK IT IS A SHAME THAT HE WOULD BAN ALL THOSE BATS BUT THE WORTH BATS? I THINK HE IS A LITTLE ONE SIDED BUT THEN AGAIN IT IS HIS TOURNEY IF HE WANTS TO STACK THE DECK THEN LET HIM. IT IS THAT MUCH SWEETER WHEN YOU SHOW HIM UP !!!!!!


7.   Below are a list of topics I will ask you to answer with members of NKYSoftball/Angilos. This is strictly for fun.  By each topic, put the teamate that best fits in your opinion.  You cannott use yourself.

BJ: 
Team Clown
     EDDIE WEINBERG
Vocal Leader  
CRAIG JOHNSON (NOONE CAN OUT TALK HIM)
leader by example
JOHN DRAKE
best hair
  CRIS YOUNG ( MY BALD  BROTHER)
worst hair
JOHN OWENS
clutch hitter
CRAIG JOHNSON (CLUTCH JOHNSON)
player most likely to be ejected from a game
RUSTY BEATTY

player with most hustle KEVIN GREENE
most under rated Angilo player
MIKE SNIDER( DEFENSE: DOES WHAT HAS TO BE DONE)
Brandon Johnson's 2003 NKYSoftball/Angilos MVP
  KEVIN GREENE


8.   Who would you say is NKYSoftball/Angilo biggest rival and why?

     BJ: 
FREEZE THEY MAKE US BRING OUR BEST GAME EVERYTIME WE PLAY THEM?.YOU CANT GET ANY BETTER BY PLAYING AGAINST LESSER COMPETITION? THESE GUYS ARE THE BEST!!!


9.  Brandon go ahead and give me your top 5 in  the NKY/Cincy area.

BJ:

1.
FREEZE
2.
PERKINS
3.
LUCKE
4.
NKY
5.
REDS BOYS


10. Below are a list of positions. Without using any of your team mates put the best player that in your opinion best fits each position. This would be Brandon Johnsons 2003 all star team.

BJ:

1B
KINNETT (EMR)
2B 
BRANDON CHESTNUT (DLB)
SS
DERON JOHNSON
3B
HOMER ( FREEZE)
P
BOBBY NOETH
C
JOHN JAMISON
2 Outfielders
JAMIE ( NASTY BOYS) & KEVIN LARISON
AH
KEVIN HALL
Coach
JIMMY ARNOLD (DLB)

11.   If you could change one thing about the game of softball what would it be?

     BJ: 
THE FACT THAT EVERY PLACE YOU PLAY YOU HAVE TO PAY $2 TO GET IN AS A PLAYER ( I THINK FANS SHOULD PAY, BUT OYU CHARE THE TEAMS HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS FOR LEAGES AND TOURNEY ANYWAY LIVE WITHOUT THE $2)
12.  What is your most embarrasing moment while playing softball throughout your career?


        BJ:  
I WOULD HAVE TO SAY IT WAS LAST YEAR IN THE CO-ED WORLD WITH PLAYIN DIRTY I WAS PLAYING SS AND DOVE FOR A BALL AND MY ZIPPER BROKESO I HAD TO STAND AROUND WITH NO ZIPPER IN MY PANTS FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS


13.   Who would you say is the most under rated player in the game of softball today?


      BJ:
THERE ARE MANY PLAYERS OUT THERE THAT DON?T GET ENOUGH CREDIT FOR GOING OUT EVERY DAY AN WORKING THERE BUT OFF SO I WILL HAVE TO SAY ALL OF THEM

14.   Brandon is theyre a player who you would like to play with that you havent had the privedge to do so?  If so who would it be?

     BJ:  NO THERE ISNT A PLAYER I WOULD PREFER TO PLAY WITH, I JUST WANT TO PLAY WITH ANGILO?S AND BEAT EVERYONE

15.  Below are a list of softball parks. Next to each one give me a rating from 1-10, with 1 being a dump and 10 being the best, and give an explanation of why you rate them as such.
BJ:

Huddy Park
  6                  


Expressway 
9



Riverstar 
2


Rivershore 
8


Rumpke 
7


Eggelston 
7


Pastime 
4

Township 
4


Queen City 
5



16.   Brandon the game we love and play needs help. If it was put on your shoulders to fix the game of softball how would you do it?

BJ:
YOU KNOW I THINK THE ONLY THING WRONG WITH THE GAME TODAY IS THAT WE HAVE A LOT OF TEAMS THAT CANT AFFORD TO PLAY IN ALL THE HIGH PRICED TOURNEYS. ITS JUST SO HARD TO FIND A SPONSOR FOR ALL THAT MONEY. SO I GUESS I WOULD HAVE TO SAY LOWER THE PRICES AT THE BALL PARKS

17.    If your career was over today how would you like people to remember Brandon Johnson as a player?

     BJ:  
I AM A GUY THAT IS VERY DEPENDABLE, NEVER MISSES A GAME, I TRY TO PRODUCE RUNS WITH SMART HITTING

18.    Below are a list of names and things relevant to yourself and the game of softball. Next to each one list one word in your opinion that best describes each topic.

BJ:

Brandon Johnson
DEPENDABLE
Easton Synergy 
HOT
NKY Softball/ Angilos  WATCH OUT
Playin'Dirty 
DANGEROUS
Craig Johnson 
SHUT UP
Freeze
COMPETITION
Kevin Larison  
FAST
Cincy Metro 
HILL
Huddy Park 
LAUNCHING PAD
Bill Chard 
ORGANIZED

19.     Hers one for ya.  On which side of the river is the better softball played?  KY or Ohio?   Who is better?

      BJ: 
I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THAT THE BALL IS PRETTY EVEN BUT THERE ARE MORE TEAMS IN OHIO SO OHIO IS OVERALL BETTER

20.   Okay, this ought to be fun.   I wanted to ask your brother Craig this and forgot so I am going to ask you. Not trying to start any family turmoil here but which one of you are better ?  You or Craig?

      BJ:  
WELL THAT?S A TOUGH ONE. I HAVE TO SAY WE ARE BOTH SO DIFFERENT IN STYLE IT IS HARD. IF YOU WANT A HR, RBI,  GAP HITTER, AND 650 AVG YOU WANT ME. IF YOU WANT A GUY THAT WILL PROBABLY LEAD THE TEAM IN AVG, USE AND ABUSE THE RIGHT SIDE, GET IN POSITION TO SCORE RUNS, THEN U PROBABLY WANT HIM !!! NO AS FAR AS FIELDING EXPIERIENCE ALWAYS WIN SO I HAVE TO SAY HIM. EVEN THOUGH I THINK I AM BETTER.