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Published continually since 1998 -it was a Blog before there was such a word! Presenting news and views - often outrageous, always thought-provoking - on a wide variety of topics, usually related in some way to coaching, to leadership, to citizenship. Items cover coaching, football, football history, education, parenting, kids, other sports, leadership, patriotism - even, sometimes, my Double Wing!
flagTUESDAY,  AUGUST 26,  2014“'Impossible' is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.”    Napoleon Bonaparte

*********** I've long noted how much I despise the tendency of the TV people to conduct interviews or just chat away while a game's going on, as if they're the hosts of a radio talk show.

But from what I've observed, and from what others have told me, it's getting even worse.

A kid lay injured on the turf in a high school game Sunday, but the press box buffoons  went on and on about the movie they're promoting, "When the Game Stands Tall."  Only after a couple of minutes of the blather did one of them say, "There's a player injured…"

I missed the telecast of the Eastern Washington-Sam Houston State game (on ESPN), but I'm told that a major part of it was devoted not to what was happening on the field, but - with a whole season still to play - a discussion of who's going to be in THE PLAYOFF (brought to us, of course, by ESPN).

I used to wonder why ESPN would pay good money for the rights to televise a game, and then proceed to let their announcers and sideline reporters act as if the game itself didn't matter.  But not any longer - now, it's clear that they only bought the rights to the game as a vehicle to promote future programming.  They draw us suckers in to watch a game, and then we're a captive audience for their non-stop jabbering about an upcoming ESPN special or - expect to hear this over the coming weeks until you're ready to retch - THE PLAYOFF!

By the way, it is VERY important to them that you know that it is "Playoff" (singular), NOT "Playoffs" (plural).

You've been told.



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