Back in 2001, Mike "Paz" Pasley swung for the fences during a promotional event at a Quincy Gems game. Paz has lost more than 200 pounds since a gastric bypass procedure.
EVERYBODY HAS A Paz story.
Mike Pasley, former Herald-Whig sports part-timer and legendary PA announcer for Quincy Notre Dame and John Wood Community College, left his mark on Quincy. You can read more about him here.
Paz is pictured with one of his four young daughters in August.
Here’s our list of top Paz stories of all-time. They are all true.
IN THE EARLY 1990s, The Whig got a group of employees together to go to a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game on a Sunday afternoon. Paz agreed to pick up Matt Schuckman house after he went to church at St. Peters. Paz pulled up in front of the house, got out of his car and dropped his pants in the middle of Holiday Drive. Thankfully, he had khaki shorts on underneath. And he tells his buddies that his mom wouldn’t let him wear shorts to church so he put on khaki pants over his shorts. Remember — Paz was 26 or 27 years old at the time.
DURING CATHOLIC SCHOOLS Week in 2002, Paz was in charge of the Student Appreciation Day pizza party at QND, basically handing out pizza to all of the students for lunch. A ton of Dominos pizza was ordered. There were three lunch periods at the time, lasting from almost 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, so 2 1/2 hours. After the last lunch period, he stumbled into Coach Bill Connell’s office, leans his head against the wall and says to Jay Zanger, “Ahhhhh, I don’t feel so good.” Zanger asked him what he ate. Paz’s reply was “Ahhhhhh, two large pizzas, a dozen sugar cookies and two 2-liter bottles of soda.” Connell remembers it more as 10 pizzas and 25 cookies. But who was counting?
IN 2002 or 2003, on the first morning of QND football two-a-days, head equipment manager Chris Keller brought Texas-sized donuts for the coaches. No one had more than one or two except for Paz, who had six. Afterwards, he went up to John Lavery and said “Ahhhhh, I don’t feel so good. Rub my belly and tell me what you think.” Unbelievably enough, later on that day, Paz went to the hospital for what was diagnosed as a double hernia and he had surgery a few days later.
IN 1994, THE QND football team made their yearly trip to a major college football game. Since Holden, Mo. was on the schedule, the team went to the UAB-Kansas game the next day. It was a rout. It wasn’t a very big crowd to begin with and by the time the fourth quarter rolled around, very few people were in the end zone stands where the QND team was sitting. As soon as Kansas scored to make the score 60-0, Paz started jumping up and down saying “Ahhhh, I want to see 70, I’ve never seen 70!!!” Sure enough, they made it to 70. The final was 73-0. Just after the last touchdown, Paz was jumping up and down and yelling “Ahhhh, I want to see 80, I’ve never seen 80!!!”
NOT LONG AFTER Paz married Sara in the summer of 1996, Paz was in the Herald-Whig editorial department and seemed down in the dumps. When asked what was wrong, he said, “Ahhhhh, she made me turn off SportsCenter!” Paz also uttered the immortal line, “Once you dip your toe into Lake Pasley, you’ll never want to take it out.”
IN THE 1995 football preseason, Paz had an appointment with Connell to interview him for the QND football preview. The appointment was at 11 a.m. A few minutes before 11 that day, Paz pulls up in the QND back parking lot in his red Escort. But when he got out of his car, he was bleeding profusely from a spot between his upper lip and his nose. He explained he had cut himself shaving. Connell told him he would’ve understood if he had waited to come until after he had stopped bleeding but of course, Paz felt like he needed to be on time.
QND PLAYED AT Greenville in the first round of the 1997 football playoffs. Paz was on the sideline covering the game. The game was still fairly close in the third quarter when Dominic Tamberelli broke a long run. (Connell says it was actually on a ‘Bloomin’ Onion’ kickoff return). Everyone on the sideline was running downfield toward the spot where the run ended. All of a sudden, there was a big crash and there Paz was, laying on the ground. He had lost his footing while running downfield. Connell turns around and asks “Paz, are you okay?” Paz jumps up and all he said was “Just win! Just win!”
THE DAY AFTER QND’s regular season finale in 1998 at LaMoille, the team went to the Army-Notre Dame game in South Bend. Paz went along also. A couple of hours before kickoff, Mike Bruns, former QND player Matt Lavery, Paz and Frank Cash were walking around campus. The Irish Guard was performing outside of the library. One thing to know … the Irish Guard members are all tall and slender and somewhat muscular, which Paz wasn’t at the time. They also march very well and are very disciplined. All of a sudden, Paz remarks very loudly so everyone can hear him, “Ahhhhh, if I ever go back to school to get some sort of advanced degree or whatever, I want to be one of those guys!”
NOT LONG AFTER Paz and Sara got married, Culver-Stockton SID John Schild made the trip to the Pasley house “to break bread with them,” as Schild says. Sara fixed fried chicken and all of the trimmings. Paz is talking and eating at the same time and the more he talks, the faster he eats. All of a sudden, Sara barks out “Michael, smaller portions!!!.” She caught Paz so much by surprise that all he could reply with was “Ahhhhhhh … ”
ONE SUNDAY MORNING in the late 1990s, Paz was preparing for a day of announcing football games at the YMCA. Just before kickoff of the first game, there was a small trash fire at the YMCA. Someone yelled at Paz, who was in the press box, to call the fire department. Paz replied with “Ahhhhh, I can’t find the phone book!”
DURING A JOHN Wood Community College basketball game at the old CYO Gym at Seventh and Broadway, Paz was doing the PA and leading the crowd in The Stomp when he was ejected by the officials from the game.
ONE NIGHT IN 1996 or 1997, Paz showed up at The Whig very late after covering a JWCC hoops game in Moberly, Mo. He was holding a piece of wood and explained that it was part of the old gym floor. Seems he was doing The Stomp when he literally broke it off of the floor. A few days later, a distraught Paz was asked about the treasured item. “Ahhh, Sara threw it away,” he sadly said.