Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Update: Congratulations to Kevin Thomas, formerly of WEEK, winner of the Market 117 FFL.
So we made it through... although we still have yet to celebrate with my parents. They went to san Diego, then Vegas to celebrate. My brother, who lives in Colorado, made it out just in time, but was unable to return in time for work cause of the snow. He worked yesterday, which begs the question "who goes out for sushi on Christmas?" Whatever.
One of my favorites part of the week is singing "Silent Night" while holding candles at church. Of course the kids are focused heavily on Santa. At this point it's so much more fun for me to see how excited they are opening gifts. They're still pretty young, but even now I'm starting to think about ways for them to start understanding the true meaning in the future.
Shannon's big gift was a Roomba, which somem of my friends found to be an odd choice. It was going to be an iPod, but she was actually quite excited by the little robot vaccum. She also got some perfume and a popcorn maker. I think her real gift was not having to shop with me. I left the pain of my running through the mall and not stopping to look at anything to my oldest and my friend Pinky.
Santa brought the kids all they wanted, but we tell them he only brings one or two things which apparently they've taken to heart. At preschool, the teachers helped my daughter and her classmates with lists, which they hang up before they bring home. Most kids apparently had 1,2,3,4 things listed... my daughter's list read:
"Dear Santa, I want a Dora castle. That's what I want and I want it really bad..."
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
I suppose I could go with her, but it would ruin her fun.
Some random thougts from my buying excursion yesterday...
I got rock star parking outside of Sears at Northwoods. The first spot. There's something special about getting that spot, isn't there? It's almost like I could rationalize looking around a little longer (even though it is against my nature) cause I had that spot.
And when I left, I was very excited for the person who was waiting... about to get my spot.
I dig the massage recliners at the mall... but people, if you're not going to put money in... you really shouldn't be sitting in em for ten or fifteen minutes. Just a pet peeve.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
I played Trent Green thinking KC would score at least two TDs tonight and with LJ going, I thought that would assure me of both. Turns out they were held to 3 FGs.
I'm up about 32 points facing Rudi Johnson and TJ Housh tomorrow night. Basically I can survive a combination of 200 yards and 2 TDs or 140 yards and 3 TDs from those two. And in a shootout with Indy, it'll be tough. Let's go Ocho Cinco.
In the other league, where I share a team with Josh, we're up by 20 points with Marvin Harrison going against Cincy kicker Shayne Graham. We're basically in the finals, but will face the Tomlinson lead team next week. Guh.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
In the third league, I'm up 17 going into Monday night... my opponent has the Bears defense and Bernard Berrian, so it looks like I'm done there. I would probably have won if Saints coach Sean Payton didn't call three plays inside the five for fullback Mike Karney... three plays that usually would have gone to my running back, Deuce Mcallister... thre plays that went for touchdowns.
The one I thought he had was called back on a false start... and at 23 up, I think I would have had a chance. Now, I can only watch from my reserved seat at BW3 as the Bears tee off on the Rams. Guhhh.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
We're also starting adult leagues come January, so e-mail me if you're interested.
I don't know what it is, but they're something very satisfying about putting stamps on a stack of cards.
Unfortunately in the MARKET 117 league, I'm playing a team that has beaten me twice already. Not that any one game in fantasy has anything to do with another... it's all stats. But his team has been scoring well and has the Bears defense which killed me last week. I'm actually going against the Bears D in two of the three leagues. Yikes.
But doing this can get you into some odd sports conflicts. In my second league league, I'm starting Chad Pennington, Maurice Jones-Drew, Anquan Boldin and Lee Evans. And in my third league I'm going against the same four players.
And people across the country found out what they're having live on national televison this week. Marc works for ivillagelive which is syndicated in many major markets and on Bravo locally.
They're about six months pregnant and took part in various pregnancy related segments leading up to finding out the sex of their baby at the end of a recent show.
Click the link to find Thursday's episode.
So I didn't expect to win when two girls in Bears gear asked me to enter my name in a drawing at Buffalo Wild Wings on Monday night. The contest was for "Best Seat in the House."
But when they drew a name at halftime... it was mine.
$40 in free food and a reserved seat for the Monday Night Bears/Rams game.
"Throughout my career, the part I've always enjoyed most is working with young professionals and students," Gee said. "It's important that students get a good start in journalism because there are so many pressures and changes going on in the industry."
WSIU was recently recognized for the state's top student newscast by the Illinois Broadcasters Association.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Saturday is my birthday. I totally forgot. Not that I make a big deal about my birthday. But to actually forget it... that's a new one.
I don't know if that's just how busy and preoccupied I am or if I'm just getting old...
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Josh Klingler, known at WMBD radio as Josh Kelly, is doing sports radio in KC and is the father of two six week old twins. Congrats, man! He's playing soccer again too. Josh played in college and spent one season with the Airwaves.
And thanks to Monica Landeros for keeping me in mind when she knows Packer tickets are up for grabs. She's in Green Bay now.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Took the kids to see "Happy Feet." I was pretty disappointed. It's like the filmmakers couldn't make up their minds... is it about being different or is it about saving the environment?
The best told stories are the simple ones and while it had entertaining moments, it fell short for me. My daughter fell asleep and that about said it all.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Stay positive people!
When I filled in, I always had the worst fear I'd oversleep...
This was recently in the New York Daily News (click the link for the full story):
Steve Bartelstein's bumpy run at WABC/Ch. 7 has hit another pothole.
The popular morning news anchor was not on the air yesterday and has been suspended "indefinitely," according to multiple Ch. 7 sources.
Bartelstein, it seems, was suspended after showing up for work 20 minutes after the start of Monday's morning newscast, sources said.
News is one of those jobs where they really notice when you're late...
He had felt a little warm when I got home... then seemed out of sorts after dinner (hot dogs - daddy's specialty) so I let him lay down on our bed. Then I hear the uhhh... uhhh... and out came dinner... and bits of what we had for dinner the other night.
For those of you who know me personally, you know how bad I am with messes... and with this I'm the worst. I bring him to the toilet, like you would a college kid who had too much to drink... (father of the year, I know) and of course he's crying and doesn't understand what's going on...
Then he starts throwing up again... but instead of into the toilet, it lands on the floor and all over his shirt.
I finally got him settle down... but I think it's going to be a rough night.
The past two weeks, TiVo has stopped/cut off what I'm guessing is the last 30-45 seconds of the show.
Save the cheerleader, save the world...
NBC was running a Deal or No Deal promo, where they gave away how far a woman was going to get. Why? A big part of the fun of watching mindless game shows is you don't know what's going to happen. Did some genius figure... well, we'll let people know she'll get this far with 1$1,000,000 still on the board... that'll get more people to watch.
It took away from my enjoyment of that episode.
As I've written a little before, being a coach is in many ways like being a parent. And as happy as I was for my girls the past few games, I felt their pain on Saturday. I was tearing up on the way home after seeing two of the toughest girls I've known leave it all on the field and come off in tears.
But they gave Iowa Western its best game of the year and they can be proud that this is the best an ICC women's team has ever done.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Thanks to the PJStar, WHOI and WMBD for coming out.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Realzing this, and apparently not wanting to stop or let someone go first... the person taps the breaks a good ten yards before the stop sign, then rolls on through with their left turn. And the funny part is part of me actually gets what they were going for.
Update: Soccer lost in the quarterfinals to Neenah, football lost to Riverside.
The older two had a great time. At the second house, we were offered a fire, hot dogs and chilli. Not in a bag, mind you... they were having a get together. Great offer, but we had to decline as the kids would have revolted if we had stopped at one house.
We went to several houses before my duaghter gave up and retired to the stroller.
Funny thing that struck me... parents tell kids "never take candy from strangers." Then Halloween comes. And by the way, there's nothing fun about "fun size" candy.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
After going down 1-0 in the second half, two of my former PCHS players led the comeback. Aimee St. Andre scored the equalizer on a beautiful header. Minutes later, her sister Chantal scored the game winner off a beautiful ball from Jenni Schoon.
Thanks to Donnie/WHOI and Rob/WMBD for their coverage of an exciting game.
Criminal is a remake of a 2000 Argentine film and is about a very intricate con. John C. Reilly, (who most people probably know from Boogie Nights or Talladega Nights) stars. George Clooney produced and it had an Oceans Eleven feel with out the glitz.
Shannon and I enjoyed Click, probably because we both didn't expect a lot. The message was a good one... and you could pretty easily catch the references to Scrooge and George Bailey. Without going Roger Ebert on you, I think the problem for me was I didn't know what kind of movie I was watching. Was it classic Adam Sandler or something that was supposed to make you think. I'm a big Sandler fan, but there was probably too much dog/stuffed duck humor that took away from the sentiment.
We watched The Break-Up last night. I think we had more expectation of this one. I thought many of the scenes just seemed to drag. And I got what they were trying to go for with the photos at the start setting up their relationship, but I think for me it was hard to be invested in their relationship with just that and they "how they met" scene. One of my favorite movies, When Harry Met Sally, does a great job of set up, passage of time... could have been more like that.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Currently they're ranked fifth in their region (Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin) and defeated the 12th ranked team tonight.
Update: The Hilltoppers are going to state after a 5-1 win over Greenfield. They've had another great season that has included wins over Rockford Boylan, Gurnee Warren and Palatine Fremd, with the first two teams still alive in the IHSA tournament.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
I feel so bad for her... she's freaked out enough about bad things happening to her teeth and she never had anisthetic before, but she made it through and is now resting.
On the way home, had to deal with two boneheads. First, as I'm driving on 74, some woman is on my butt, despite the 45 mph signs and all the construction. You can see she's getting impatient, even though there's no room in front of me. Finally on the bridge she passes me and gives me a dirty look. These are the people you wish would get pulled over. The extra 60 seconds you save are not worth hitting a worker.
We stop at Panera in EP on the way home. I'm in the parking lot and stop to turn into a space. There's a guy who just parked, talking on his cell phone as he slowly walks across my path. He even looks at me, then continues to walk, but now even slower. Now clearly, if I'm not going to blow through construction, I'm not in a hurry, but come on.
And then I pass him as I go in he's loudly swearing about something into the phone. I know they're a necessary evil in society today, but I can't stand cell phones... almost as much as I can't stand the self absorbed.
Monday, October 23, 2006
He chose soccer.
So Saturday morning, before getting the tux on and all that comes with prepping for a wedding, we sat at the breakfast table wondering how he was doing. And we called to find out the great news. As we'd see on video later... he scored two goals to lead his team to a 2-0 win and the tournament title.
As a parent who coaches and played, it is so much fun for me to watch. The goals happend like this: on one, the opposing team's goalie made a save then started running towards the left side to get rid of it. In the video you can see my son anticipate and sprint towards where he thought the ball would end up. He controlled it, dribbled into the box, past the defenders and the goalie, then kicked it into an open net.
Later, he took a pass at midfield... dribbled around three defenders, but then it seems the ball was getting too far ahead... and headed out of bounds. The goalie comes out to pick it up, but at the last second, he cuts it back and it goes into the goal.
Clearly, like his father, he isn't able to shoot from more than five feet out, but hey... whatever works, right?
Boy the kids' eyes got big as the crew backed one of its vehicles in. They learned some basic fire safety, until a call came in and cut the tour short.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Of course I have the TV on to keep me company... sucked into a horrible movie: Shocker.
It's your pretty basic horror/killer flick that takes a horrible turn at the end, but maybe gave birth to the concept for the Adam Sandler movie Click.
Monday, October 16, 2006
I had a nightmare last night... that my son got off the bus and no one was here to meet him. Probably because that's my job today and it never is.
I was also in charge of lunch. We bought lunch meat and bread last night, but he also had me get some Lunchables. I was going to make him a sandwich, but he opted for that instead. I'm wondering if mom would approve.
He's very into school... he keeps asking me, "how many more minutes till the bus comes?" I was never the greatest student, but I never dreaded going to school like some kids... hope this attitude sticks with him.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Nights like these are so much fun... I know this time will go fast, so I'm trying to savor it.
From the Chicago Sun Times...
Ignoring the commitment Gordon gave to Weber last November after he was hired at
Indiana in March, new IU coach Kelvin Sampson, who preached integrity when he
was president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, put a
full-court press on the 6-4 guard, who is listed as the nation's No. 1 prospect
by recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons.
''To lose the nation's No. 1 prospect is
totally devastating to Illinois recruiting,'' Gibbons said. ''They had hoped to
sign Eric Gordon and [Simeon's] Derrick Rose at one time. Now Illinois has lost
them both. The impact is unfortunate because Bruce Weber is a good guy who does
things the right way. All he could do was hope [Gordon] would stick to his word.
So much for ethics.''
Among the tactics that raised eyebrows, Sampson hired
Jeff Meyer, who was the elder Gordon's coach at Liberty University, as an
assistant. Sampson, who was sanctioned for breaking NCAA rules at Oklahoma by
making myriad recruiting phone contacts, also hired Travis Steele, a coach for
the younger Gordon's AAU team, as a video coordinator.
It's disappointing as a fan... and probably hurts the team/coach's reputation more than it has an on the court impact (most expect Gordon to be off to the NBA after one year).
Analog finished off the season with a 4-2 win over the Titans. With the win, Analog ends up in first place, going a perfect 8-0 on the year.
The game was tight early. Missing our starting two defenders hurt... having only one sub didn't help. Vito got things going with a shot from the left side that their keeper couldn't handle and the 1-0 lead held till halftime.
Early in the second, I got a good lead pass, cut it back then put one left footed in the left corner. I had another as did Jose before they got on the board twice.
Game was marred by bad sportsmanship. Midway through the second half, I get the ball in the midfield and send it up. The ball is maybe 15-20 yards away, when one of their women, wearing some kind of helmet/head gear just unloads with two arms and the helmet and tries to take my head off.
She tried to apologize, but to me that's kind of hollow. I mean, I don't condone hurting anyone at all, but if you're going to do something like that, at least pretend like you're going for the ball.
I laughed it all off and this apparently honked her off even more. If I understood her crazed rantings, I think she got hurt on my knee brace earlier in the game and she turned that into I tried to hurt her. So this was apparently her chance to get me back. What a psycho.
Funny, usually something like this would push me to play harder, but all I could think was my wife is out of town. If this woman had hit me square in the head with the headgear, and I had gotten knocked out... it would have been pretty scarry for my five year old who was watching on the sidelines. But if I have learned anything... I know that people like that just don't care.
So the psycho leaves the field at some point later, starts screaming and talking trash to another one of our players... until the ref blows the whistle, and tells her to knock it off. That was about right.
So all that aside, Analog finished off a great year, giving up only three goals on the season. With two more goals today (twenty on the year), I was able to raise $500 for the Pekin Pride Soccer Club. Thanks to P&W Builders for their support.
Indoor starts soon and while I'll still do the organizing, but injuries have really caught up to me and I'll be out for a while. I probably wouldn't have played the second half of this season if it weren't for the opportunity to raise money for the kids.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
I've written about them a little bit... and really saw the fruits of my labor in a few moments today. Some of them have really started to embrace the concept of passing and it's amazing how just one or two passes in bumble bee soccer really opens things up.
It is a lot of fun. I make sure the kids get a lot of positive reinforcement, lots of high fives and answer all their questions. I tie shoes in the middle of the field and make sure they're having fun.
My son scored the first two goals. He's been playing really well all year, and even better as of late. He finished up indoor at Mossville with six goals in two games.
So here's where the struggle starts for me. Anyone who knows me knows that I have great passion for the game. And as much as I stress fun... I work hard to make sure I don't even hint at becoming like this guy's father.
But here's the thing. After I got up from a rare nap this afternoon, my son says to me: "daddy, if I clean up the front room, can we practice soccer in there?" He wanted to do more after dinner too... and right before bed.
So what do I do. The season is over next week. I don't want to push him this young. I really don't. But am I failing him if I don't nurture his passion... find him more places to play? I don't know.
Having worked and lived with Brent, I can tell you that you'd be hard pressed to find someone who loves this area more.
If he accepts it, this will be a great challenge and one I think he'll do well with, although to be fair it is unchartered territory and there will be a tough learning curve coming from television.
Update: heard through the grapevine that the move was announced to 31 staffers.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Larry Johnson is on all three of my teams, so you can imagine, in addition to being scared for the guys health, that my season looked to be over for a few moments.
Three teams is really a challenge... thankfully I'm only co-owner of the third.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
He writes, "C’mon HOI you can do better than that."
Generally speaking, I think all three stations are pretty fair when it comes to political coverage, but Scott seems to feel that WEEK gave him a more balanced take.
Frank Mackaman has done a great job since taking over for Lyn Howard, but isn't planning on running in April. I of course have mixed feelings about this. As I've written in the past, from a truly selfish standpoint, I like having him around with more free time. My father in law is a great guy and I enjoy spending time with him.
On the other hand, this type of service truly suits him. He loves this place and has worked hard to help it grow. As a reporter covering him (before I even knew he had a daughter I'd end up marrying) I was so impressed with his demeanor and attitude... the way he worked with a wide range of people. Agree or disagree with him, but he is truly someone who does his homework, thinks critically about the issues and casts votes he feels are in this town's best interests.
The opportunity for him to run for a state office has been there, but he continues to make Pekin his priority and I will support him in every way I can.
I was thinking about this the other day after being bombarded by ads in the governor's race... read Jonathan Ahl's post... said better than I could have.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Is this how they're trying to compete now? We're going to have Gray's Anatomy run over two minutes and maybe mess up you getting ER, for example. This, as my friend Brett likes to say, is bush league.
This isn't like what TBS used to do, having everything start at five minutes after the hour... that was there thing.
This feels like a cheap way to get people not to watch other shows. Weak. Knock it off.
Just produce good shows... we'll decide what we watch.
For those of you haven't seen him, Nikolai Valuev is almost straight out of Rocky IV. He's 7 feet tall and 320 some pounds. He is a mountain of a man who looks a bit like the late Andre the Giant... and it was actually fascinating to watch him fight. He fought a guy named Monte Barrett who was 6'3, 222.
To put this into perspective of more mainstream sports, imagine if Shaq and Dwayne Wade stepped in the ring for a fight. That is essentially the size differential.
To see Valuev throw a punch from what seemed like the other side of the ring was astounding. And Barrett was trying really hard, but it was almost as if he had to jump to land something solid. And Valuev isn't plodding like you'd expect someone that size to be, he has a fair amount of quickness.
Valuev won by TKO when Barrett's manager stepped in to stop the fight, which he should have as his guy was in real trouble. Valuev is now 45-0 and really worth checking out.
Analog played its toughest game of the season. We entered the game 6-0. Our opponents, the Nomads, also came in 6-0 and our respective teams were tied for first place.
A few thoughts…
Yes, first and foremost this is rec league. My assumption is all of the players on both teams have played in bigger, more meaningful games in their youth… but on a fall Sunday afternoon, at our ages and places in life, this was the big game and the players on both sides approached it that way.
One thing that was pretty clear from the start, our opponents have a couple of players who just won’t stop whining… it started a minute into the game and continued till the end. And one of those players, was just a complete tool the entire game. In honor of former teammate Beth Krug who coined the term… he was what she would call a “wamper” and in fact, let’s refer to him as Wamper for the rest of this post.
I was offsides early on. I knew it and would have been fine if the ref called it. But the he missed it and so, Wamper wamps to the ref and he wamps about me… hanging by the last defender all game, he just won’t let it go even minutes later as the ref points out to their team. Later, he gets called for offisides and continues to wamp at the top of his lungs, even though some of his teammates agreed with the ref.
I had a couple of good chances in the first half, but rushed the shots. Mid way through the half, DJ gets the ball in the middle… I break outside left… he looks my way, then shoots and puts it in the left corner. Wamper starts wamping about how what we just did sucked. Nice. Just a few weeks ago, when they were playing Digital, he was in rare form, screaming to the ref to call an illegal pass back to the goalie… only the goalie didn’t pick up the ball, she kicked it. That’s not illegal when you’re six… or when you’re an adult. So the whole wamping thing is pretty much his standard approach.
The game was intense to say the least. Hard fouls… lots of pushing. But good passing and defense too. The ref at one point says to me that this is the best 7v7 game he’s ever seen. And the tempers and whining really started kicking in... and to be fair… on both sides. At one point, another one of their players was about to send the ball… and I challenged sticking my leg out to block a pass. He kicks my shin, dings up his foot, then starts complaining to the ref… who points out that there was noting illegal about that.
We’re ahead 1-0 at half, but they come out strong in the second and had a couple of good early chances.
Later, there was a great sequence when we get the ball on the left side… and I drop as close to their goalie as I can. Jimmy makes a great throw, and they start screaming for offsides. There is no offsides on a throw in. Not for six year olds, not for adults. But this is par for the day.
Now don’t get me wrong… there were some class acts on their team. After I took a pretty hard foul, a couple of them rushed over to make sure I was okay. But Wamper just kept running his mouth…
So with less than ten minutes to go, they were working so hard to tie it up and had a few solid chances, but at some point, I got a breakaway on the left side… cut it right and blasted the ball home from point blank (another $25 from P&W Builders to Pekin Pride soccer, BTW). And all the emotion built up over the course of the game came out as I screamed with elation. I’ll admit it definitely wasn’t the most sportsmanlike of reactions, but at that point I had heard and had enough. This is something I struggle with though... as a coach I work hard to discourage this attitude, but as a player, there's only so much I can stomach and the competitiveness just takes over. I had taken his garbage the whole game and Wamper was going to know who slammed the door shut.
Of course on my way back to our side of the field, he started mocking me, which was fine. I wrote a few weeks ago about the five year old telling my son how “he’s a loser” and how “he sucks” after he scored a goal. My theory is Wamper is what happens when kids like that grow up and keep playing. Whatever.
So in the end, Analog celebrated a hard fought, 2-0 win. We improve to 7-0 with one game to go.
I’m pretty beat up tonight, but it really does hurt less when you win.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Guilty pleasure... Deal or No Deal... I'll admit it. Even I could be on that game show.
What is it about some of these game shows where you get sucked in and just live and die with total strangers getting a chance at money for nothing.
So I was thinking about who I'd take on the show to be my three person support system...
Right now I'm at Shannon, Steve Scheuer (for his "experience") and my sister... the voice of reason in our family.
Unless I could get Shania, Ashley Judd and Reese Witherspoon...
Who would you take?
Tonight I tied three shoes in the middle of the field. This was a season low.
Here are some phrases that have actually come out of my mouth the past couple of weeks:
"Guys, no lying down on the field."
"Don't tackle your teammates."
"No sticking your tongue out at other kids."
Still... it's a lot of fun and a good experience. Like tonight, the other team kicked the ball towards one of our players and as she stood in the goal area. It hit her arm and dropped. The ref blew the whistle and called a hand ball.
Before they took the kick, I very calmly explained to him that I wasn't going to argue his call, but I did want to point out why the call is incorrect. If a player handles the ball deliberately, a rule is broken. He explained that they were told to call it anytime it hit a hand and that was good enough for me.
The other team scored on the PK, but I felt really good about being able to help explain the rule. He's a nice guy... voluntering his time... and I hope he found it helpful too. The only way these kids are going to learn the rules is if all the adults are on the same page.
Of course later, when the other team's goalie ran out of the box with the ball, and I pointed it out... the other team's coach was upset because "they haven't been calling that in other games." We did it over, which was fine... but continuing with the theme... I think the adults need to be on the same page.
I wasn't about to say, "we shuld get a free kick." I wanted them to do it over... because if it's true that it hasn't been called, then we need to teach... not just let it go for the sake of one team's advantage. They're five and six... half of them don't know if they won when the final whistle blows.
The teaching and learning that goes on is really the neatest thing about it. Yes, the babysitting aspect of it can be a challenge. Much of it is herding.
But tonight, I saw the beginings of a light bulb go on for one of my players. He's a really good dribbler, but has struggled to pick up the concept of passing... as is the case with the great majority of kids this age. But on a kick off, I encouraged him to pass it as hard as he could to his group of teammates. My son got the ball and scored. Same thing happened later on and we ended up winning 2-1.
But that was the least important aspect of the night. In the end, I really reinforced with the kids that the biggest reason my son scored those goals was because of the passes his friend made... and sharing the ball is very important... and you could start to see the nods and the other little light bulbs. We'll most likely be back to bumble bee soccer come Saturday, but I'm planting seeds.
Monday, October 02, 2006
I have really mixed feeling about the game. On the one hand, I was disappointed cause they've traditionally been a really strong team... we tied with them for first last year in the B league. I also feel kind of bad that the scoring got out of hand, but to be honest some of the goals were deflected in by their own people. In the end, I had four ($100 more for Pekin Pride soccer - $425 for the season for those of you following along), Vito had three, Crystal had three, Jim, Karen, Jose and DJ each had one.
Really looking forward to next weeks game. We play the other undefeated, first place team... The Nomads with each team led by former Bradley soccer teammates (Vito for us, Steve for them).
Digital played Ag Lab United to a 2-2 tie, but officially lost. Please see this post from "Ahl Things Considered" for a pretty humorous take on what happened in their game.
Murv was always pretty funny... but after moving on from Milwaukee, he reported at a couple other stations, then followed his heart and is now a full time stand up comedian.
Got to take in his show on Saturday night... really good stuff. Talked to him for a while afterwards... I really admire what he's doing. This is something I always wanted to try... and probably should have when I live in LA...
It takes a lot of guts to get up there and put yourself on the line... he talked about the challenges and the struggles, but to get paid to make people laugh... wow... I would find that incredibly rewarding.
Hoping I can figure out a way to get him booked for a gig around here.
Coached E's Boys and Girls Club soccer team... game got done at 12:30...
Went home, packed... Shannon drove up to the outlet mall in Kenosha (I got her gift certificates for her birthday) with our girl and met a friend for a day of shopping... while the boys and I stopped earlier on 55 to watch Pekin Pride play in the Best of the Midwest tournament. They beat a team from Chicago on Saturday afteroon.
Drove up to Kenosha... handed off the baby and drove on to Milwaukee...
Dropped my oldest off with my parents, then cruised down to Brady Street to JD's Comedy Cafe... to see a friend of mine perform.
Got home at midnight... hung with mom for a while, then crashed.
Woke up at 6... was going to stop and see the girls third tournament game, but 794 was closed and before I could figure out the alternate route... I was to far west to adjust... so I headed for home.
Dropped my oldest off at home... layed down for ten minutes, then got back in the car...
Went to Peoria, played soccer... went home...
Watched some football before starting to snore on the couch... but only for a little bit as we had friends over for dinner.
Friday, September 29, 2006
It's something people in markets from New York City and Orlando to Chicago have in common.
But with the announcement of all the area Wendy's closing, it looks like more breaks from making a difference will be taking place at Steak and Shake.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Rebecca was part of a series of layoffs at her station in Sacramento earlier in the year and decided to try something different and I think it's great. She'll be based out of LA for a while.
In one of his first posts he digs into the economics of Captain Feathersword... the friendly pirate of "The Wiggles" fame.
Don't worry man... my wife thinks a lot of the things I think about are silly...
Monday, September 25, 2006
Digital lost to Just Kickin Around 6-1. Don't have details yet, but the team was again missing several key players.
Saturday, September 23, 2006
I'm also helping out more with Pekin Pride. They're playing in the Morton tournament this weekend. They beat Metamora 5-0 last night and beat Springfield, a team that has beaten them several times in the past, 1-0. Great effort tonight.
Plus, I play tomorrow at 1:45, so even though, unlike the girls season, I don't have something every night of the week, it isn't the laid back time of year for me that Shannon is used to.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
His team was getting killed. But down eight or nine to nothing, there he was... taking the ball from half towards the goal. For those of you who have played with or against me, it looked like a miniature version of his dad... his little legs churning... letting him fly like the wind. He loses the ball for a second, then gets it back, goes around the defenders and pops it into the goal.
It was his first, and I of course was beaming.
But that's not what I was proud of. Minutes later, his friend Eric saves the ball and he runs back to congratulate him... but in the process, a little blonde kid from the other team turns and shoves my son with two hands and says something. For the rest of the game this continues, this kid in his face... my son shaking his head and pushing the kids hand away.
At the end of the game, the kid is still on him and I yell "hey" to get them to stop. In talking to my son after the game and hearing from others... apparently this other kid was going up and down the field telling mine how "he sucks" and how "he's a loser." I asked my son what he said back... and he said, "Daddy, I told him to just play the game and get your head in the game."
I was amazed.
As a coach, I really stress the importance of good sportsmanship and he's picked up on that... although the actual line "get your head in the game" I find out later came from a scene in Disney's High School Musical. As a player, the kind of crap my son was taking would (and still does) get my blood boiling. As a player, pull that on me and I become an even bigger jerk. I won't play dirty... at this point in life, I'm pretty lazy as a player, but I'll work really hard the rest of the game to score or set up as many goals as my broken down body will let me... and my ultimate goal becomes to make the offender feel like they've wasted their afternoon (my brother and sister like to tease me for this, but I've come to accept that at this point in life, its who I am).
As a parent, I went through a whole range of emotions those last few minutes... mostly anger and outrage. And here's my son... who ignored it all and continued to play for the joy of playing.
I wanted to say something to the mean kid's father after the game, but refrained. Maybe it would have turned out okay, but maybe not. If this is the way his kid is at five, how much has he has contributed to that? Would we have gotten into a screaming match... or would he have just hit me? And then what would my son have learned?
As a parent you want to protect your kids, stick up for them when they need it, but in that moment, I realized this is just another one of those moments where you have to let go, let them deal, let them learn. Shannon wasn't there, but I showed her video of the first incident. She can't believe kids this age are like this... but maybe this is just a symptom of where our society is headed.
Still, I have to say my son handled himself with such grace... and on the way home I told him how proud I was... he at first thought it was because he scored, but I made sure he knew that while that was great, I was most proud of how he handled himself with that other boy.
He must get this from his mom ;)
Sunday, September 17, 2006
I'll get a Digital score and update this tomorrow.
District 150, Irving principal Mike Illuzi and the Irving teachers, students and volunteers, Methodist Medical Center, CEFCU, 5 Star Water, Apples Bakery,
Jim McComb Chevrolet, Running Central, Illinois Valley Striders, Joseph and Hishon Chiropractic, Indiana University Alumni Association, Village of Peoria Heights and our media sponsors WMBD-TV and 104.9 The Wolf.
And thanks to WEEK, WOAM and WMBD Radio, Peoria Journal Star, Washington Courier, Washington Times Reporter and the Peoria Pundit for their coverage leading up to the event.
We did a lot of looking yesterday. Why is it, when you just want to look, you get bombarded with help... and when you actually want to buy, it's like you're invisible? We looked at a Mazda 6 Wagon... but Shannon just couldn't picture it... I drove a Miata when she met me and thought this might just be the natural evolution. Plus, this wagon would ensure all my soccer crap... errr... gear would stay out of our closet and in my car.
But we kept looking...
I had test driven this Camry before... compared it to others around here via the internet and it was a at a signficantly lower mileage. Thanks to all who shared their two cents in person and via email.
Friday, September 15, 2006
But of course, being so early, I didn't eat breakfast. And when I sat down to wait for the interview, what do I hear? Grumbling stomach. That's the worst. Sitting there... thinking at any minute whatever your saying is going to be interrupted by borborygmi - the technical term defined as rumbling sounds caused by gas moving through the intestines.
Thankfully I made it through without incident... and nobody knew... well except anyone reading now.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
My wife would like me to read his most recent column closely. She says you too, Josh Simon.
I know I'd fail this quiz...
You know you have a fantasy football problem when you:
a) break off cable signals to have two extra televisions so that in addition to the Sunday Ticket, you have access to the two local games (this was before getting local channels via the dish, local games are blacked out)
b) you run one league and manage teams in two others
c) you spend half an hour working with the lady at the printer to turn a simple spreadsheet into a giant draft board (that was last year, this year CBS Sportsline gave us a free one)
d) you don't take losses by your team (Packers) nearly as hard because players on teams you don't care about are getting catches in garbage time (Shannon actually sees this as a positive)
e) all of the above
Sadly, the answer is "e." At least I still leave to play soccer the first six weeks of the season... which leaves "Uncle Josh" in charge of three. Hey Phil... there's nothing wrong with you... and there's room on the Sandoval couch. You may have to change a diaper, though.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Kimberly, by the way is the currently most searched for person that leads people to my blog. The WKMG web people would be smart to get her bio up ASAP.
She says she's loving it there.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
On Thursday and Friday of this week, the most well read blog in Central Illinois will be known as:
"Can Do 4:13 Walk/5K Run this Saturday, 9AM Tower Park"
Listen and look for the fund's founder, Jennifer Wilfong, on WMBD radio on Wednesday morning, WMBD TV on Thursday morning, and WEEK TV on Friday morning.
I would encourage any of you looking to get some exercise and help out a great cause, please join us on Saturday morning. I've had a chance to spend some time with a number of these kids (check out a video I produced on our the Can Do website) and they are terrific. Our goal is for these kids to become positive forces in our community. You can find more info about our group on the Can Do website.
Soccer at this age is often described as "bumblebee" soccer where all the kids are swarming around the ball. It's a lot of fun, but I'm having to work really hard on getting my son to understand that it's important to have fun as he is obsessed with winning. Everything from getting up the stairs first to finishing dinner is a contest to him.
But he does enjoy playing and always wants to know when he gets to play again.
One last thing... I do find it funny that at work I have magnets holding up my schedule and his next to each other.
Two of my teams scored tops in their leagues in week one... one scored second most points, but still lost. This is the way it goes.
As for the team I've rooted for since childhood, the Packers, it's going to be a long 17 weeks.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Digital won its first game of the season... a 5-1 victory over Wild Card. Gus Kormah was a welcomed addition to the team. He had a goal, as did Bill, Fred and Dave... not sure about the first one.
Analog gave up its first goal of the season, but won its third straight, beating JustKickin Around by a score 6-1. Vito had one, DJ had two, I had three... bringing the P&W soccer challenge tally to ten for the season and $250 for the Pekin Pride girls soccer team. Nice job by Jim in goal filling in for Glenn and of course our ladies continue to rock... especially Lesley getting back on defense.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Sunday, August 27, 2006
WMBD has hired two more meteorologists. Josh Stone is doing mornings and the noon show. Rachel Stein will join the team next month. The station is proudly touting the distinction of being the only one to have three meteorologists on staff.
Katie Burcham is the latest addition to the CBS 31 news team.
When Monica left, I asked her if she'd please keep an ear open for tickets... and when someone from her station had some for sale, she e-mailed me right away. I suppose I could have asked her to mail them, but this was better.
So the guy from her station gives the tickets to Monica. She in turn gives them to her boyfriend who works at State Farm. Her boyfriend gets them to Bill Fischer who I used to work with at 25 and is married to Gina Morss. Bill passes them to Gina, who brings them to the station and leaves them with Josh, who gave them to me at our fantasy draft last night. Whew.
So instead of a stamp, these tickets exchanged hands five times before getting to me (number six). I think this was more fun.
Analog won again... 3-0 over Lou's Drive Inn and some fillers. Analog improves to 2-0 with its second straight shutout. Vito scored our first. I scored two in the second half. If you're keeping track, two more goals means to date... a total of $175 for Pekin Pride girls soccer. Their goalie played well as we kept the pressure on, but I should have had two more on breaks that I pushed just past the left post. Sorry girls... I'll keep trying!
Friday, August 25, 2006
Thursday, August 24, 2006
As I was getting ready for last week, the guy I hired to shoot mentioned to me that he was coming from Chapel Hill. I didn't realize where we'd be working was that close to the University of North Carolina.
For those of you who don't know much about women's soccer... Anson Dorrance is the most successful women's soccer coach ever... and some might say the most successful coach ever in any sport... coaching 16 national champions (the NCAA has only had women's soccer for 23 years) and leading the US to the title in the first women's World Cup.
So of course, as soon as I realized I'd be in the neighborhood, I e-mailed him... asked if I could buy him dinner and pick his brain for thoughts about improving what I'm doing with my program. To my surprise, he replied the next day and said sure.
Chapel Hill, for those of you who have never been is beautiful... exactly what a college would look like if you had to imagine one at its most beautiful. And there was a buzz on campus as kids were packing the book store and wandering around.
Anticipation hit me too... as I was about to get one on one time with the coach who has set the standard for excellence. We met at 6:00 at 411 West... this cool little Italian place in the center of town. He was very gracious, answering what must have seemed like a machine gun of questions...
I told him about my program and the very bright future I see with our town's first ever traveling team coming up in a couple of years.
We talked about how our culture and how the socialization of young girls doesn't match with the culture of athletics and what he does to combat that. We talked about the differences between boys and girls in sports... and about building a culture of competition where girls don't have to acquiesce and settle for the expectation... where they don't have to feel bad about wanting to compete... wanting to succeed on the field.
We talked tactics and strategies related to some of the challenges I anticipate facing in the coming years. For a soccer coach, it was like getting to sit down with a Nobel Prize winner. He had a speaking engagement at 7:00, so the fact that he took time to meet... spoke volumes to me... and it left me with a lot to think about for the future.
Tried to get on an earlier flight, but couldn't and it ended up getting delayed by three hours anyway. Go to the airport in Raleigh two and a half hours before my flight, but for some reason, United only had one person working the counter. I was fifth in line, and didn't think much of it. Then ten minutes went by and the line hadn't moved. Then twenty. Then thirty.
Finally someone else comes out and yells to everyone... the line now being about forty people deep... that they can use the automated machines. Fine. So I'm the first. And I push the right buttons and nothing. No boarding pass comes out. So the woman who is directing everyone has to print mine up anyway.
Then, as I'm starting to ask for help... some guy behind me... sees that it didn't print for me... starts using the machine anyway. And his didn't print. And somehow he's surprised. Whatever.
So I get to the gate and my flight is delayed 20 minutes. Apparently there were storms in the Chicago area. Then it's 40 minutes. Finally it's an hour and someone gets on the PA and says there will be no more delays. She was right... but I don't think I'd ever say anything definite when dealing with air travel.
We land at O'Hare at 3:55, but end up circling on the ground. Captain comes on and says there's a plane still at our gate. Finally, 20 minutes later we get to the gate, which isn't good because with the hour delay, by the time we get off, I'm going to have 20 minutes till the plane takes off.
Of course, wouldn't you know it... the flight to Peoria is canceled. So is the flight to Bloomington. The airline says the last flight out is in four hours... but they can only put me on standby. I ask if I can just get my bag and drive... and the woman behind the counter tells me yes, but it could take as long as three hours to get my bag.
So my bag flew home... I hope... and I drove through rush hour to get to 55 and home at 9:00 tonight. Good times.
Monday, August 21, 2006
The Analog Airwaves team is made up of people from work and people who know/play with/are related to Angie Blasek.
The Digital Airwaves is made up primarily TV/radio people and former PCHS girls players.
Analog won its game 9-0 over Wild Card. I had a breakway change early, but had my legs taken out from behind as I was shooting. It was like deja vu as that same defender did the exact same thing when we played last year. The free kick was blocked, but Vito scored on the rebound. Vito ended up with two goals... DJ and Trey each had one. I finished five. I think I had five all last year, but I was especially motivated after the hack. Our women played great defense in helping Glenn post a shutout.
Digital lost it's first game, 4-3 to the Titans, one of the better teams we'll see this year. Bill Fischer had two goals and Jonathan Ahl scored what I'm told was an awesome goal off a corner kick. Bill reports that Brooke had a great game in goal and helped keep it close. No subs for Digital today.
Friday, August 18, 2006
As many of you readers know, we moved into a new house this past spring. My builder, Dave Whitehurst, has graciously taken up my challenge and is pledging $25 for each goal I score in the upcoming Peoria Park District soccer season, with all the money to be donated to the Pekin Pride Soccer Club and our effort for 501c3 status.
We'll see if I can stay healthy this year. Over the next nine weeks, I'll be posting about how it's going. If you know of anyone else who's interested in helping out... shoot me an e-mail. Our first game is Sunday at 3:00 at Bielfeldt Park.
Thanks, Dave. The house has turned out great... beyond all our expectations.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Saturday, August 12, 2006
And wouldn't you know it, they were going to buy it. Not that I feel like I missed out. We looked it over... wasn't exactly what I was looking for... although it was at a good mileage and a good price.
The search continues.
Friday, August 11, 2006
So I traded in the Focus for the BMW. And of course it has had it's share of problems, but I love how it looks and it runs great when healthy. Michael, Doug and the folks at Kauth and Mayeur do a great job.
In recent months, it has taken a bad turn... need a new muffler... after getting it replaced just three years ago. The windshield is cracked... the glovebox fell off and now... the driver's side door won't open from the inside. Still, I love this car and I'm having a hard time letting go. It's kind of like breaking up with someone (that's a joke people).
But here's the deal. It's paid for. If I buy a new car, that's going to mean a down payment and a monthly payment that I don't want to do with the new and improved house payment that comes with building a bigger house. Shannon wants me to get a new car. Mostly because she loves me, but also I'm sure because two years ago at Christmas, I suprised her with a Honda pilot in the driveway... and I'm sure it pains her to see her husband having to roll down the window to open his door, then roll it up before turning off the engine.
So I'm on Autotrader tonight... we'll see what comes of this.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
No offense... but next year I'm holding out for an Amy Paul glossy.
Congrats to Christina Wall. She is working on air at WCIA after finishing up her graduate degree at Northwestern (I had U of I, but she has since corrected me). Christina worked part time doing weather graphics for Jim Barnett when I was anchoring weekends at WEEK.
She's a textbook example of how to move in and move up. She started as an intern while at U of I... then worked as an AP at channel 3.
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Anyone from 19 who reads this, please post a comment to give the shooter credit. Great stuff!
Friday, August 04, 2006
Over the past few months, we've gone from big pile to big pile surrounding the furniture we managed to get in there to finally, we can see the floor. Of course it meant filling up three garbage bags, but it's nice to have it done.
Some internet cleaning guru has come up with the concept of clutter "hot spots." The guest room was one big one until last night... but now that it's clear, we'd like to invite any friends we haven't seen for a while to come on down.
So anyway, I have this conspiracy like theory that different Chili's will order different crispers... maybe to save money. See, when you get the good ones, they're big. Not like chicken tenders you'd order at any other place. And they're moist. They melt in your mouth... and the breading is the same.
But sometimes you'll get the crispers and they'll be small and tough... and really not that enjoyable. I had the bad ones for lunch... so I thought I'd share.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Welcome also to two new reporters at at WHOI-TV, two new reporters are on the scene: Nishi Gupta from KSL-TV in Salt Lake City which also gave us Kimberly Houk (who continues to bring people to my blog weekly based on a check of search engines) and Ian Schwartz who comes to Central Illinois from Arizona State University.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
He says "I will always be a radio guy, but this should be a fun change of pace on the side for a while."
His first show is September 7th.
Best of luck, Jonathan!
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
We're at 12 people for the Market 117 Fantasy Football League. If you're interested in getting in, we need to add in increments of two people... up to 16. E-mail me if you'd like to play this year.
Just FYI... on July 12, 2006... a good six weeks before the draft and the first shot of smack was fired by Kevin "Jimmy" Thomas... congratulating me on "taking second this year."
Jimmy... in the imortal words of Ric Flair... to be the man, you've got to beat the man. Whooo.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Just found out recently one of my classmates from college is a staff writer for the show. Congrats to Tim Griffin... you've made it!
Peoria Park District league... our flagship if you will... starts up mid-August. Any of you TV folks who are interested in joining, shoot me an e-mail.
I'm suffering from an injury that I won't get into... thankfully we have some time off.
Talked to him after the show. He's doing well... been there four years now, moving up the ranks starting as morning producer a few years back. Didn't get a chance to see him report, but if that's in line with the anchoring, he should be able to make a pretty decent jump when he wants to.
It was pretty cool... we went with some friends who also have small kids and made a day of it. Quite a few cool tube slides... although we didn't make it on the big one you see from the highway... line was too long. Big wave pool... buzzer goes off and everyone ooohs and ahhhs. Food was reasonably priced too. Had dinner at a really cool Mexican restaurant... Habeneros.
Suburban Rockford, what a pleasant suprise.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Included on this list is Josh Bradshaw.
For those of you who know Josh, you'll see why it's funny right away... Josh is a photographer at... the Pekin Daily Times and has been for I want to say since I moved here the first time in 1996, but don't quote me on that.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Yup, still around for now. I have indeed left WCIA and am taking a few
weeks off before moving on to new challenges. I'm looking at possibilities both
in and out of broadcast news, both in and out of Illinois. This is as good a
place as any to thank the many of you who have called or e-mailed with your
support the last two weeks. I've had several career leads and even one offer of
temp work. It's flattering! As to my future with this organization, I notified
the board when I parted ways with WCIA. I intend to continue to serve as
vice-president until I make my next career move or the election in October.
Obviously, if I am not actively working as a broadcaster in October, I will not
run again. People are welcome to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Take care,
all! -- Gee
I had recently seen what I thought was Lee's myspace page and left him a message there saying of course I'm more than happy to contribute again and I ask Josh to have him respond to my message.
Only, I come to find out that Lee doesn't have a myspace page. Apparently someone has assumed his identity on myspace and has a Lee Hall page. The real Lee has apparently sent an e-mail to myspace for help, but as of today, the Bizzaro Lee Hall page is still up and running.
Doc just started as a media consultant position with a group called ShareBuilders in suburban Peoria. ShareBuilders is a company that former WMBD sales manager Don Locke started up about five years ago. According to Doc, they help TV and radio stations, along with cable groups and networks, decide what they should charge their advertisers and have 100+ TV stations coast-to-coast and plenty of high profile radio stations too.
He'll also continue to do high school games on WOAM and some writing on the side,
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Never underestimate the power of personality when it comes to television.
I've been saying this for years. Hopefully viewers who may have left HOI will give Tim McGinnis a chance. Having three stations that people will watch is good for everyone and pushes each news department to be better.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Thursday, July 06, 2006
This comes as Brock Spencer replaces Nick Stroman on the assignment desk as reported by Peoria Pundit.
Congrats to both!
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Took our oldest golfing at the public course across from where my parents still live. I'm not much for golf, but when the holes are as short as they are it's fun for everyone. Still it felt different. Not the same place where I, a soccer player with no golf lessons, spent a chunk of one summer trying something different. Not the same place I fell for one of my cousin's best friends after meeting randomly at Summerfest.
Shannon and I took the kids to the playground where I spent much of my childhood, only the old school metal swings have been replaced with the wood play systems you see in every park across the country. Same spot, different feel. Maybe it was the sense of horror we felt when our daughter slipped away to the bathroom and didn't answer when we were yelling her name. When I was growing up... kids wandered off... kids came back. Today, that innocence is hard to come by.
The myspace thing has me looking for old friends from grade school thru college. Reconnected with a buddy of mine that I rode the bus with from kindergarten through eighth grade. He went on to high school where we went... I transferred to the Catholic school in town. But he and the same group of guys he ran around with in high school get together for Summerfest every year.
It was pretty surreal. One of them owns a bar across the street from two of the places I used to work in high school (two places that no longer exist, I might add) and I joined them for drinks. I hadn't seen these guys since eighth grade, but it was easy enough to pick back up and catch up on people. Neat to see these guys still together.
Everytime I go home something is different. On the east side... it's condos. I swear, all the cheap places that people had to choose from are all being replaced by high end condos. Even the office building where my mom works... it and its parking deck have great views of the city's big fireworks display. But even it is going to be torn down in the next year or so.
And eventually, when my parents retire and sell the house I grew up in, home I think will cease to be home... and while I don't look forward to that, the more I look around, the more I realize I'm almost there...
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
They cover Patrick O'Bryant's entry into the NBA and then decide that for fun, they'll make a couple of signs and try to get on The Today Show the next morning. Only, their sign, congratulating O'Bryant is missing an "r" so instead of "congrats," it reads "congats." And of course Al Roker zings them for it.
Josh was just on Markely and Luciano telling tales of a big "r" getting left on his desk and Lee Hall asking about the Badley Baves... all in good fun. And while Jamie and Phil asked him about the heat he'll take around town in the coming months... this, while not intentional, will end up being a genius move.
Yes, he'll take some crap, but his level of recognition with people is about to jump and as I've said before, being able to make a connection with the audience is very important. As the number three sports guy, anchoring infrequently it isn't easy. This will help.
Props to the guys for getting out of bed... Shannon and I had a chance to do this back in the day when we were out there for a wedding... we chose to sleep in.
This, by the way, is the cue for the shortsighted dork to post a comment about journalism... and how "it's not a story" blah, blah, blah. Of course they're probably working at a station that did packages that tie in to a reality show on their network or they're running a kicker on the waterskiing squirrel.
Update: After the story ran at 10 and they came out of weather, Dimmick cracks Shangraw's spelling ability too. It's getting ugly over there. ;)
Update 2: My theory was proven Friday night. Steve Scheuer, Josh and I were out for a little bit on Friday night and not ten seconds after walking in, someone yelled "CONGATS!" He came over to Josh and had a ball talking about it.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Gethuman.com offers a database to help you navigate quickly to get to an actual person. If anyone uses the advice they give, let me know.
And I had been meaning to give the Wolf's morning crew a call when they first got here, because like me they came from the Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz market. In fact, Shannon and I used to listen to their old station, KTOM, all the time when we lived out there... a big reason why we're both into country music to varying degrees. But, during soccer season, I lose track of everything... and now they've been here four months. Better late than never...
A little bit of verbal back and forth between the team and Peoria Pundit Bill Dennis, as you can see from the link. Bill cracked them out of anger after some friends of his got fired... but to his credit, he did apologize after they posted to his blog.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
We've played them before and while most of their team is cordial, they have one guy I can't stand. He pushed Trey in the back and to the ground in front of the goal and tackled Jim out of bounds after Jim had cleared the ball. Brings out the best and worst in me.
Friday, June 23, 2006
Despite an attempt by one investor to block the deal, Granite Broadcasting has secured regulatory approval of the sale of two stations the company desperately needs to complete by next Friday to avoid Chapter 11. The Federal Communications Commission Friday signed off on the transfer of its WB affiliates WDWB Detroit and KBWB San Francisco.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Heard about this on the Greg and Dan show recently. It seems Dustin Diamond, the guy who played "Screech" on "Saved By The Bell" has hit some hard times and could lose his house... according to his website. He's selling t-shirts to help save his house.
Apparently this honked off some guy who has started his own anti-Screech website.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Hopefully, someone at my alma mater is working on an ad campaign, starring former Marquette star Wade... ads to be well placed... like on the NBA Draft next week... something many undecided high school stars are watching.
Monday, June 19, 2006
Former main anchor Frank Vascellaro is back in the saddle. After leaving KARE-TV in December, Frank will soon be anchoring the 6:00 with his wife, Amelia Santaniello at WCCO-TV.
We had dinner with friends Friday night... all four couples have kids (now three) who were born within a month of one another. It's amazing to see how fast and how much they've grown.
Had a family get together on Saturday... Shannon's dad's side... I commented to one of my relatives, while watching all the little ones, that one day, all these kids will be driving themselves to the family events.
I'm afraid to blink sometimes...
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Though he struggled with his shot through the first three quarters, he ended with 43 points and something like 20 in the 4th quarter/OT.
I don't think anyone should be comparing him to Jordan like the "media" is doing this week, but this Marquette grad (shameless plug) is putting on one heck of a show.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Amazing comeback by the Miami Heat, led my Marquette grad Dwayne Wade on Tuesday night. Although, I have to say the end had a little WWF feel with David Stern playing the role of Vince McMahon. A 90% free throw shooter misses, breathing life into a series that would have tanked in the rating faster than a speeding bullet (Superman plug). Not that I think the NBA is rigged, but Hollywood would have struggled to write that ending.
Mostly members of the older crowd... no biggie. But then I started thinking. In music for I don't know how long now, it's just assumed that an act does an encore. Way, way back in the day, I want to think encores were done when the crowd really wanted one and was going crazy... but now it's just something everyone does.
Fine. But what if, and I'm not saying I felt this way at Sheryl Crow, cause I didn't, but what if no one clapped and screamed. Would the band just call it a night? Would they be bummed out or not care?
I love that she plays guitar and piano and is much more a musician than many of the teeney boppers that are making big money nowadays.
I know most casual listeners know the song "All I Wanna Do..." but really, I think that may be one of the worst songs she does. She has a strong voice and great range it's mostly talking. But it opened doors for her, so I guess she can't totally abandon it, right?
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Update: Wade had an amazing game... 35 points on 13 out of 17 from the field... 9 for 11 from the line, 8 boards, 4 assists, 2 steals and a block... and a reference to Marquette on Sports Center.