Title Track (4.22.07)

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

Tara saved me this magazine she found because Mar was on the cover. The first thing she said as she handed it to me was, “Mar could have bought a lot of watches with that much money.”

Best minor league baseball team: Augusta Green Jackets

This week on Dateline, :
Chris Hanson: We were provided with a chain of emails Peter Ryan sent last week, in them, we see just how twisted he really was. In separate emails, Ryan says:

“I would like to smack J’s T’s. Why don’t u stop banging Caroline in the bathroom. I love T’s. Bah I’m winded. Dmo is a mooncricket”

J’s T’s expert, Jim$, was called in to analyze just what Ryan was talking about. In a statement he said: “As I reported last year, J’s Ts are much more myth and folklore then they are reality. We discussed this last year; however after about five minutes of living in a world where J’s Ts are not that massive, someone falls back into the legend and starts talking about them again.”

Arena football walked away from NBC because they thought they were getting a raw deal. They signed on with that four-letter word which is synonymous with televised sports and thought they were doing a great thing for their brand. I’ll agree that they are now on Sports Center but the telecasts are getting a .2 rating. That’s a little over 230,000 households. On NBC they were doing a 1.0, also known as 1,100,ooo households. Do the math.

Who will be the greater champion once it is all said and done: Tiger or Federer?

Regardless of which side you are on, Yankees Red Sox games are fun. I may be on the Yankee side here, but it is entertaining to watch Manny hit home runs. If I was a kid playing sandlot ball I would be all over that imitation. And why is it that baseball mangers seem like they don’t do anything…

Abbreviated list of places I want to go before I die: Fenway, Rome, Wrigley, Pacific Coast Highway, Hawaii….

Derek Jeter hits a home run. I say that I am not impressed by Dice K. Dice K strikes out Abreu and Rodriguez with six pitches and makes Giambi look silly. Whats the moral? I should keep my mouth shut.

My heart is empty without you, sometimes you don’t know what you do, and I need you tonight, I’ll fall asleep and it’s alright, close my eyes and I’ll be by your side. And maybe in my dreams you won’t beat me in mini-golf.

…And that is all that matters

Just wow…

There is nothing I can say about the V-Tech tragedy that hasn’t already been said. As the days have gone by, the situation has become more and more surreal.

I was glued to the TV all day, so I was staying pretty up-to-date with the info. It was interesting to see how the information was traveling throughout the company. My bosses would come back from meetings and stop by with a twisted version of the old story. For example, when I said that Cho lived in Centreville, VA since he was in elementary school, everyone else thought he was a Korean immigrant straight off the boat.

The gun control debate that is going to spark from this is going to be enormous. The way I feel, what is the point of needing a gun? For protection. If no one was allowed to have guns who would you need protection from? Bad people will always get their hands on guns. But if you hold gun makers and law enforcement accountable for distribution….I’m not going to debate myself.

The multimedia manifesto delivered to NBC is absolutely ridiculous and makes the local authorities on the scene look even more inept. Some of the video and pictures were taken on Monday! (OK, I admit, it’s possible that he took the pictures and made the videos at and earlier date and used television production like magic, but he still had to mail it on Monday between shootings) In the manifesto he compares himself to the two guys from Columbine. How did he take these pictures and videos and print them out without anyone seeing any of this?

I was watching Hardball today, and it was hard to tell if Chris Matthews was asking stupid questions to cater to people who aren’t as informed or if he is just completely out-of-touch with everyday life. Some questions he asked include:
“What was it like roomating with Cho?”
“Have you ever heard of a kid who wouldn’t talk to you? […] If we had a roommate who never talked at all we would have asked for a new roommate.”
“I feel for you buddy”

As the minutes go by, I find it harder and harder to wrap my head around what really happened. There are a million questions that will arise from this that can’t be answered by a panel of professional analysts. I’ll end with this quote from the convocation speech:
We are strong and brave and innocent and unafraid. We are better than we think, not quite what we want to be. We are alive to the imagination and the possibility we will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears, through all this sadness. We are the Hokies! We will prevail, we will prevail! We are Virginia Tech!”

Episode Three.

It would have been awesome if this game actually happened. The girls were both college basketball players. The guys were retarded

I didn’t want to explain this video, but consider this the directors commentary.
But please, read this after watching the video. In fact, if you haven’t already, watch all three videos. If you look at the sidebar to my left, click on “Battle of the Sexes” in the “Labels” section.

This video begins with Ostrowe and I missing every shot we take. This prompts Ostrowe to whip out his best Caruso imitation for some inspiration (really, it’s pretty good, here is the real deal). As you can see our form of practice is a little unorthodox, but it works. We finally make a shot, however, it is in a video game. Doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate!

Eye Ninety-Five

In the days of yore, before you and I, the preferred means of transportation was horse and carriage. If the computer has taught me anything, long distance travel back then would involve fording three rivers, buying supplies at trading posts, and a pretty good chance of one member of your party dying of dysentery.

Then along came Henry Ford. His assembly line would revolutionize how people would travel. In addition, he ushered in the era of individualism by allowing people to have any color car that they wanted; so long as that color was black.

The Automobile made it easier for people to travel throughout the country. If you wanted to go from Maine to Florida, or any where in between, all you had to do was hop on Route One and you were on your way. Unfortunately between Maine and Florida there are over 2000 lights that you have to compete with. Not fun.

During his Presidency, Dwight D. Eisenhower alleviated this problem. Under his authority the Interstate Highway System as we know it today was developed (it is in fact named after him. There are still signs in some places that make note of this). However, like most changes, it too faced some detractors.

“Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across
the country from coast to coast without seeing anything. ” – Charles Kuralt

So, I don’t know who Charles Kuralt is, but the point is, I can’t even imagine life without Interstate Highways. They rank up there with television, the Internet, and that plastic spout on orange juice cartons.

Now to get to Florida all you have to do is hop on I-95. (But unlike the lamp in the ikea commercial, Route One was not kicked to the curb, it just isn’t used for long distance travel anymore.) Ever since I have started driving, I have had a lot of contact with I-95. I have been on it during rainstorms, snow storms, blackouts, and even sniper shootings. But now I finally reach the point of all this fluff:

The Five Most Memorable Moments on I-95.
5. The White Van: On our return from College Park one year, Mar and I were cruising up the fast lane, when we were cut off by a white van. At the first moment we had a chance, we sped up and gave the driver the finger. Unbenounced to us, the driver and passenger were two African Americans who then proceeded to tail gate us among other dangerous maneuvers. I took this time to write a note to whom it may concern informing them that if we were found dead on the side of the road, it was more than likely due to this type of white van with the license plate [whatever it was].

4. Nutmegger: While stuck in traffic one weekend, Mar and I found some paper in the car and a sharpie and started the tradition of making signs for other drivers on the road. On this maiden voyage we pulled up alongside a young lady and showed her a sign reading: “Quit playing with my emotions.” She smiled. Since we were still very socially retarded we got very excited. We sped up to catch up with her and noticed that she took her hair out of her ponytail. This prompted our sign reading: “You look good with your hair down.” After she blushed we spent the next 50 miles or staying side-by-side with her trying to figure out our next move. When she got off the highway she instantly became the girl that got away and got herself into Piccinich lore.

3. People Know Us: When driving down to the 2005 Preakness, we stopped of at a rest stop in Jersey to get gas. Once again a sign came into play. By this point we were bringing a ream of paper with us in the car, and on this trip we had signs to go through the entire Anchorman People Know Me Monologue. While sitting at the gas pump, Ostrowe proceeded to show a woman who was sitting at the adjacent pump all of the signs. For some reason she believed us and 10 miles down the road she rolled down the window to tell us, while driving, that she told her husband about us and that he had heard of us.

2. Poison Ivy Gate: That same year after the Preakness Ostrowe, being hammered, decided that he had to pee. As documented in the running diary, he rolled down the window and angled himself towards the door. I asked him if he was trying to pee out the window and he arrogantly responded that he was. I immediately pulled over and Ostrowe matriculated his way into the woods to relieve himself. A week later he had the worse case of poison ivy I have ever seen.

1. Pawsox: Last summer “I was going to see a Pawsox game” so since I was in Rhode Island I decided to stop off and see Tara at work. “Jon who was supposed to come to the game with me” called up and said he couldn’t make it so I was “stuck in Rhode Island with nothing to do.” That night I stayed at Tara’s house and the rest is history.

The Wonders of Television

Television: A medium – so called because it is neither rare nor well done.

That’s not my quote, but it sounds good. While it may be debatable I don’t think there are two many other things that have benefited more from the creation of television than sports. With the advent of television the reach of sporting events expanded exponentially. One may argue that people may not want to go to the park if they can watch a game on TV. Not true. For one, the demand for tickets most places is huge, maybe not for the Royals, but they don’t count in this argument. Television also increases the exposure of a team, which can lead to increased merchandise sales among other things. And don’t forget all the added revenue a team gets from advertisements and enormous national television contracts.

At NBC Sports, we have 600 hours of programming scheduled for 2007. Next year that number will jump over 700 due to the Olympics. That sounds like a lot of hours to fill, but think, the worldwide leader has 8760 hours to fill every year. When you factor in the deuce, ESPNews, ESPNU & ESPN Classic that is 43800 hours of sports programming. AND I left out ABC Sports. All of these hours lead to a lot of random sports programming hitting the airwaves. One thing that has found its way to TV is the Press Conference. Over the years many athletes have delivered memorable press conferences and for this I am thankful.

So without further ado, some of the most memorable press conferences the Internet has to offer:

We’re talkin’ bout practice?: