Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Scattershot Thoughts

At the suggestion of many, I will try--TRY--to write some thoughts on this blog each and every day I work, instead of every few days, or even weekly. I won't always make it because in addition to my duties managing a sports department and preparing nightly sportscasts, I also have to answer Andy's fan mail (3 hours daily), pick-up after Chris (2 hours), and listen to Shawn talk about the wonder that is Pearl Jam (1 hour). But I will try...

This Drake story is good for everyone. It's just nothing but positive energy. No one hates Drake. When the Hawks do well, many Cyclone fans hate it, and vice-versa. But Drake is Switzerland...

Drake "gets it". Of course the Bulldogs noticed all the fans and media started showing up when Drake started winning, but the Dogs aren't mad or resentful... They're appreciate and thankful. That's what you should do, enjoy the ride. Too often when a team starts receiving coverage and sold out crowds, players or coaches or ADs grumble, "Oh sure, now that we're winning, you care." Well, yeah. Hello. The more people interested, the more everything. That's just the way it works. See how much coverage ESPN gives the Timberwolves this week...

Loved Cotman and Dolph's call of the last-second win over Bradley. Couldn't really understand it, but that's what was great. Unadulterated joy...

Just received my copy of Mark Meisenheimer's new book No Pants Required. Chapter 9: What's Bugging Andy Now? It's targeted toward people thinking about getting into sportscasting, but it's so peppered with people you know (Andy, Todd Bailey, John Walters, Zubin Mehenti, Paul Burmeister, Mark himself), that anyone who follows local sports broadcasting should enjoy the inside stories. More info at www.nopantsrequired.com
We'll have Mark on SoundOFF soon to talk about the book. I think it might go over better than the immortal Green Fields...

Loved the anecdote from the Register's Randy Peterson about Iowa coach Todd Lickliter making the Hawks go back and clean up after themselves in the visitor's locker room after winning at Michigan. I'm a father. I can relate...

How did tennis go from one bland Superstar, Pete Sampras, to another, Roger Federer. These guys have everything but charisma. Federer is beyond belief. And boring...

So what if Tom Brady had a cast on his foot, he can't move anyway. He could beat the giants with a leg cast on...

I understand Albert Pujols being upset he was falsely linked to the Mitchell report for a few hours, but he needs to practice a little forgiveness. The anger won't serve anyone well, especially Pujols...

I'm not the LT fan I was in the past. I can't get on him for not playing---how would I know how hurt he is or isn't---but he deserves criticism for not supporting his teammates more...

Did you see Tom Coughlin's face? I haven't seen mild frostbite like that since Steve Martin and John Candy rode in the back of that pick-up truck...

I'll try...

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Add helping Chris shop for new clothes. Where on earth does he find those sweaters????

Matt said...

chris wears some kicken nice sweaters.

Sara said...

How can Shawn fit the wonder that is Pearl Jam into just an hour? Last time I tried, it took at least two hours... did he include samples?

Roger Federer is pretty dull. John McEnroe should take him through some Superbrat Training Camp.

I'd be all for a blog every day, but don't feel like you have to sacrifice quality for quantity. You're worth waiting for, Keith.

Matt said...

i agree with sara. waiting to hear from you keith is worth waiting for

Jt said...

I'll have to agree with Sara and Matt. Your blogs are always worth waiting for.

I think maybe the length between each entry is what makes them so good, Keith.

Anyone else looking forward to the new seasons of House and Ghost Hunters?

Jt said...

I just remembered I have one other question. Every time I call home I forget to bring it up and being stationed down here in Wichita makes it pretty hard to get the news back home.

Anyways...what's become of my old sheriff Brian Gilbert? Has the man started serving his time yet?

If I'm way outdated with this question, I apologize, but the military keeps me busy.

travis said...

PEARL JAM HAS BEEN A DISAPPOINTMENT SINCE VITALOGY.

Anonymous said...

Keith, once a week is plenty. We all know what to "Who wants to be a millionaire" when that show was on multiple times a week... burnout.

Sara said...

I'd hardly call it a new season of House... they've got something like 3 episodes left? But I am excited about it. House had a great line last night: "You've got three choices. Be good, get good or give up."

A. said...

I say this as a proud Hawkeye alum and fan: I am happy to see Drake on such a great streak, and truly I think it's awesome for them that it came at a time when both my hawks and ISU are having lackluster seasons. It's nice to see "Switzerland" ;) get the spotlight all to themselves, for once. Best of Luck, Dogs.

JT said...

Sara, that's true. It is only 3 new episodes, but I'm still ready for it. That was a great line.

I'm also ready for new episodes of "How I Met Your Mother". That shows is great.

Anonymous said...

Keith, just get Andy, Chris, and Shawn to write a blog once a week and then we'll have something 4 days a week. Once a week is plenty. I mean, how much can you say (blog) EVERY day? I agree with others, once a week is worth the wait. Don't over-do it.

Matt said...

maybe Andy should get a blog, that way Keith doesnt have to spend 3 hours checking Andys fan mail.