Love the Sports, Hate the Coverage


Well, it’s that time of year when sport’s fans go a little crazy. Football is already in its third week and baseball is about to begin the playoffs and World Series. Basketball won’t be far behind.

Now I love sports, but what has happened to the coverage of sports is very troubling. My late father would always say the coverage of football should begin with the kickoff. He was right. Currently we are treated to at least an hour of pregame analysis that is usually way off target. We get pop or rap artists before the game and at half-time, and a group of former players and coaches giving their opinion before, during, and after the game. That is interspersed with occasional trips back to the studio where another group can “break it down” for us. Did I leave out the female sideline reporters who spend the entire game waiting to ask a harried coach one or two insipid questions. It usually goes something like,”Coach, your team gave up a lot of points in the first half, what do you need to do in the second half?” “Play better defense.” “Thanks coach, back to you in the booth.”

This is by no means a criticism of the young ladies on the field. They are simply doing a job they are hired to do. But who needs it? Who needs five guys on the field and another five in the studio decribing what you just saw with your own eyes. Besides, isn’t it time for the Black Eyed Peas to do another number?


Keep this number with you or in your cell phone:

U. S. State Department Emergency Assistance 

202 501- 4444.


Many airports and train stations now have water stations with purified water. Carry a light plastic water bottle with you to save money and stay hydrated.


Airlines have recently reported making billions from their ever-increasing baggage fees. Domestic flights are strict and foreign carriers weigh your carry-ons and have a zero tolerance overage policy. I would never advise anyone to cheat an airline, but you are certainly allowed to wear a coat, and on a recent trip to Europe, I was surprised at how many pairs of underwear, socks, and other necessities fit into the large pockets of my coat.

Thank You

In my last blog I wrote about my wife Trisha’s birthday. Thank you to all those who sent her a greeting. She had a great day and is just as beautiful as the day I met her.

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After a sports filled weekend with every kind of football bowl game possible (my favorite has always been the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl), I want to make a suggestion intended for all television sports directors. Enough with the up close and personal shots first employed by ABC Sports and ballyhooed by Howard Cosell.

The picture quality is so good now days, we don’t need to be looking up the nose of every baseball pitcher, football coach, or even the occasional fan in the stands. I have actually squirmed in my chair while watching a camerman zoom in on a baseball pitcher looking for the sign. It starts with a full body shot, then rapidly closes in on his face for a view which should be reserved for only those with whom he shares an intimate relationship. Ugh! As a matter of fact, the way a baseball game is covered now days, if you had never seen a game in person you wouldn’t know what was going on. First we get the pitcher’s eyes (and sweat), then the batter’s face (and spit), then if the ball is hit, a close up of the player making the play. Is there a field? Was that grass I saw?

When watching a football game, which is not quite as bad, I still long for the days when we could see all the players at once. Wouldn’t it be fun to watch the reciever’s run their patterns as the quarterback decides who to throw to? Just because technology allows us to see every skin flaw doesn’t mean we have to do it. Please Mr. Sports Director, back off just a little. Let us see the field of play. Let us watch plays unfold more naturally. Thank you.

As for the cheerleaders, you”re doing a hell of a job!


Years ago before my wife and I had children, I read the results of a research study conducted at UCLA. The researchers were trying to determine why some families were successful at maintaining close relationships, and why others were not. The results of this study, like much academic research, seemed so obvious. The primary reason was that the successful families all had a common interest. In the United States, the number one common interest was an interest in sports.

Of course. Families who play together stay together. Isn’t that the old saying? I was reminded of this study during the weekend. With baseball winding down to the playoffs and football just getting underway, our family communication, even though our “kids” are all adults, seemed to center on the sports scene.

I was reminded further when I received these photos of our youngest grandson Liam taken at a Charlotte sports restaurant. He is only 11 months, but already an avid Dolphin fan.

Of course, the topic of interest isn’t as important as the fact that each family needs some common focus. As retired persons, this is something we all probably learned along the way. It’s nice to know that younger folks, in this case Mama Michelle and Daddy David, already employ the principle in several areas of family life. Whether it’s church, books, school, etc., the future bodes well. And I can’t wait to take Liam to a Dolphin game.

In Memoriam

We lost a dear friend this last week. Dougie Trierweiler, beloved wife of Jim, passed away suddenly. Our love and prayers go to Jim and the Trierweiler family. Dougie was a wonderful wife, mother, and friend. She will be missed.

Fund Raiser

Yesterday, my wife Trisha and our good friends Lyn and Herb Schub, participated in a fund raising 5K run/walk to help research for the purpose of defeating lung cancer. Our team, Team Frank, led by Larree Renda was dedicated to her late husband Frank Renda who recently passed away due to this horrible disease. Our team was joined by the entire Cal baseball team and coaches. Several thousands from other teams participated in this wonderful event which took place shortly before sunset as the San Francisco fog rolled in. Larree said our team took in over $54,000 dollars. Bravo to all of those who participated and/or contributed.


This will be the last blog for a while. Trisha and I are ready to embark on a long-planned travel adventure. Bon Voyage