I Wish I Wrote That - One of the great descriptions of a baseball player was penned by Roger Angell of The New Yorker.
He was describing Hoyt Wilhelm throwing a knuckleball and wrote, ''...he delivers the pitch with approximately the same effort as a man tossing a pair of socks in to the laundry hamper.''
What a perfect description of a knuckleball and I always wished I had come up with that line.
Now I've come across another great line about golfer Fred Couples in the May issue of Golf Digest. Steve Rushin was writing about Couples' smooth and effortless swing and described it as,''so smooth, like a man scooping soft vanilla ice cream.''
There is another one I wished I had thought of.
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It's A Game - When you think of Couples, you think of a talented and successful golfer who doesn't take the game too seriously.
Unlike the old Tiger Woods, when you look at Couples you can't tell if he is over or under par.
Charlie Rymer of Golf Channel described it perfectly during a recent discussion about golfers and their tendency to grind. He stressed that golf is a game and you play a game.
And he emphasized play.
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Celebrate Or Not? - The Chicago Blackhawks wrapped up the best record in the National Hockey League on Wednesday night and for that they will be awarded the President's Trophy.
And with the trophy is the curse.
The Blackhawks fans know. They won the President's Trophy in 1990-91 and were eliminated in the division semifinals.
Their coach, Joe Quenneville, also knows. He was the coach of the St. Louis Blues when they won the President's Trophy in 1999-2000. Those Blues were eliminated in the conference quarterfinals.
The President's Trophy was established in 1985-86 and only seven teams that have won it have also won the Stanley Cup.
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Radio Memories - I became a hockey fan when the NHL expanded from six to 12 teams 1967 and like baseball at the time, you could search the AM radio dial for game broadcasts.
The Buffalo Sabres were on WGR, St. Louis Blues on KMOX, the Philadelphia Flyers on WCAU, the Blackhawks on WGN and the Minnesota North Stars on WCCO.
There was something added when you listened to North Stars broadcasts with Al Shaver and Larry Jagoe in the booth. There were microphones all over the rink and you felt like you were right there. You could hear players yelling, the puck hitting the boards and the players blades scrapping across the ice.
Sometimes you would almost duck when you heard a slapshot hit the boards.
The North Stars moved to Dallas in 1993 and the NHL returned to Minnesota with the Wild in 1997. By that time, a majority of NHL teams no longer have their games broadcast on a 50,000-watt AM station, but instead on FM which you can only pick up on radio locally. But you can listen to games on the internet and for Minnesota, the team name is different, but the radio coverage isn't.
They still have those mikes all over the rink and you still feel like you are right there.
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Where Did The Runs Go? - We have this happen quite a bit when we receive youth sports reports.
For instance, we'll ask the caller what the score was and he or she will say it was 14-2, but ask us to say the score was only 8-2. That's when we reply we'll either run the real score or no score at all.
On Friday it happened again, but it was in high school baseball.
We had a game reported as having a 7-0 final score, but that was about two hours after a photographer returned from the same game and informed us the score was 16-0 after 1 innings!
I wonder where those runs went?
It's one thing when a false score is reported for a youth league game attended by mostly parents who might have no idea what the score is. But it's a bit different when it is a high school game played in front of a fans at a stadium with a scoreboard in use.
Those fans might have also wondered where those runs on the scoreboard went.