That was the beginning of the end
That stuff was damn funny. I used to be on those boards alot back then and Amarone and Bam Bam would get under Tom's skin some bad.
Tom had some real thin skin and it showed with how he would get into it with people on his message board.
Like others have said, he is a pretty good source of information, but you have to know when he is pimping his favorite friendly advertisers a little too much.
I can't stand hearing him get pissed off on people who call in and give bad restaurant reviews about his long time favorites. His snide little comment about "that's never happened to me" just shows how out of touch he is a little about the arse kissing the restaurants give to him.
You want to really get him fired up, talk about chains or make a wise crack about him not really being a Jesuit graduate.