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.

Trisha Parker

Trisha Parker

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