Old Habits Are Hard To Break - After a quick count, I find I've owned nine cars and just purchased the ninth recently.
The first car was a hand-me-down from my parents in the spring of 1967, a Ford Falcon station wagon with a V8 engine.
Yes, a V8. You should have seen the looks from mechanics when they popped the hood and saw that engine crammed in there.
The first thing I did when I took control of that car was set the radio program buttons and the first one on the far left was always set to 1020, KDKA in Pittsburgh. That was so I could quickly turn on a Pirates game almost no matter where I was driving.
For every car I owned after that, I did the same thing. The first AM radio button was always set for 1020.
In the mid-1990s I set another button to 760, WGR in Detroit. That way I could quickly find a Detroit Tigers game and hear how former Jamestown Jammers were doing.
But it was not long after that when flagship stations for major league baseball teams began disappearing from AM radio and moved to FM. And those FM stations had nowhere near the coverage area of a 50,000-watt AM station.
After more than 50 years, the Pirates on KDKA became history in the fall of 2006 and on my last car, which I owned for 9 years, I finally changed that first radio button for AM from 1020 to something else.
A few weeks ago when I was driving my new car home, I began programming the radio buttons and for the first AM station, I was trying to figure out what to pick. I couldn't help it; I set it at 1020 anyway.
Old habits are hard to break.
I should note the Pirates are back on KDKA, but on FM.
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Heads Up Photographer - Valory Isaacson tooksome photos at a travel soccer game last week and I wasn't surprised when I opened her email and discovered a shot of a player heading the ball.
It was perfectly timed with the ball in the frame.
Other times she has submitted shots with the ball still on the player's head.
I have taken photos at quite a few soccer games and always hope to get a header shot and have accomplished it maybe twice. Usually I end up with the ball out of the frame and simply have one or two players suspended in air.
But it seems like for every header shot I miss, Isaacson has taken two or three.
She definitely is a heads up photographer.
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Very Qualified Caller - The major story before the third round of The Masters was about Tiger Woods' improper drop in the second round. What made it more major was because a television viewer had called in to report Woods' violation.
We've heard a lot of grumbling about that. It was another case a someone at home watching TV changing the status of a golf tournament.
One of the most famous cases of a TV viewer reporting a violation was in 1987 when Craig Stadler placed a towel under his knees while kneeling to hit a shot at the Andy Williams Open. More than one TV viewer reported Stadler's rules violation.
In 1991, a TV viewer blew the whistle on Paul Azinger for moving loose impediments from around his ball.
Now it has become a joke about the guy sitting on his couch with a beer watching golf on TV. He notices a rules violation, calls the tournament and it ends up costing a golfer thousands of dollars or more.
Fortunately, the TV whistler-blower for Woods' violation wasn't your typical couch potato. It was David Eger, a former PGA Tour and USGA tournament official and a current player on the Champions Tour.
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Too Much Of A Good Thing - It was unique when the National Hockey League decided to play one game a season, the Winter Classic, outdoors. This season it was scratched because of the lockout.
On Wednesday it was announced two NHL games will be played at Yankee Stadium in January, but that only added to the list. The plan is to have a total of six games played outdoors.
Who knows, maybe in a few years the NHL will be announcing something unique for its upcoming season - several games being played indoors!