Thursday, September 16, 2010

We're moving!

The newspapers where I work has a new web site (, www.cvfrmerandminer,com,, with plenty of room for such things as blogs and public comment.
It's good news professionally. It's not good news for this spot. We're going to have to move.
So come on over. We'll still do the same things we've always done – gripe, whine, praise, discuss. We just have to do it in a difference place.
See you at the new home ...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

It's all in the headline

It won't sit well with sports talk radio – or its fans.
Some background is in order. "Galarraga" is Detroit pitcher Armando Galarrga, he of the 28-out perfect game in early June. "Joyce" is umpire Jim Joyce, who forced the 28-out no-hitter with a blown call at first base with two outs in the ninth inning.
Here's the headline.
"Tigers' Galarraga says Joyce reunion not big deal."
It shouldn't be to anyone with something to do.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Not a Tweeter yet

Former champ and now tennis commentator John McEnroe offered up this comment the other night about the social networking site, Twitter.
"I'd rather Tweet in skin-tight tennis shorts and wooden rackets."

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Have to know the territory

Saw this item during the Rockies game last night ---
Seems a deaf Giants pitcher -- who communicated in sign language -- was thrown out of a game in 1908 for using foul sign language in front of an umpire.
Who also happened to be deaf.
Robert Preston and his friends in "The Music Man" were right.
You've got know the territory.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Let the picture tell the story

Quite a contrast in play-by-play styles Monday night.
On the one hand, there was the Rockies TV team that could not keep its mouths shut. Every second of available quiet time was filled with something verbal – and not necessarily important to the flow of the game.
On the other hand, a Dodgers' pitcher was throwing a no-hitter, which meant a chance to listen to Vin Scully, thanks to ESPN's practice of showing the late stages of no-hitters. At one point, Scully commented that the picture told the story of the drama before us and that (translating), aside from some limited play by play, it was time for him to be quiet just like we were.
Note to the Rockies announcers. Try it sometime. It's less harmful on ear drums, and it lets your audience play along with the subtleties of the game.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Ramirez and Guillen in Chicago

The mere thought of Manny Ramirez and Ozzie Guillen trying to co-exist in Chicago for 30-something games boggles the mind.
I'm not sure why the White Sox jumped all over the chance to get the moody slugger from the Dodgers. It won't cost them a lot -- about $4 million or so for the rest of the season.
Anyone with thoughts?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Lots of "I" in Anthony

Carmelo Anthony is a good basketball player.
But his ego could very well get in the way of a pretty decent career.
He's demanding a trade from the Nuggets, and he has a list of teams in mind.
Denver doesn't need that sort of headache.