Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
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Frigid Appleton, Wisconsin was the last place you’d expect to find a stylin' and profilin', limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin' n' dealin' son of a gun this past weekend. But that’s where pro wrestling superstar Ric Flair turned up.
“The Nature Boy” made a surprise visit to the San Francisco 49ers’ hotel the day before their playoff battle against the Green Bay Packers to give a pre-game pep talk. No surprise that many 49ers are Flair fans. So they were ecstatic when Flair walked into the room accompanied by his customary entrance music, the Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
On the controversy-meter this hardly registers, a story sportscasters can chuckle about on set. However, the flamboyant multi-champion of the squared circle made a remark that did register thousands of miles away.
“Ric Flair’s heart is with the 49ers all the way to the end.”
He didn’t really say that, did he?
Backing the 49ers?
To the end?
Yes he did.
And there’s the problem. Flair hails from Charlotte, North Carolina where he’s revered (He no longer lives there). His fandom includes members of the Carolina Panthers football team. Some were stunned and taken aback by Flair’s sudden allegiance to San Francisco.
It was like Milwaukee’s favorite son, “The Crusher” popping into the Chicago Bears locker room on a motivational mission.
Tom Sorenson in a column in the Charlotte Observer writes, “Although he was a star worldwide, Charlotte was home. Flair was a regular at Charlotte Hornets games and bought Panthers season tickets from former Panthers linebacker Kevin Greene, an occasional pro wrestler. The Panthers used to flash Flair’s image on the scoreboard at Bank of America Stadium…”
Remember, Flair professed love for the 49ers “all the way to the end.” The 49ers in their next playoff game this Sunday just happen to play…at Carolina. So what’s it gonna be, Nature Boy?
No big deal, you say? In an online poll, the Charlotte Observer found well over 80% are not about to forgive Flair for his Appleton excursion.