Covering sports and talking about it on the radio was always a dream of mine. I was fortunate enough to achieve that dream and have been doing it for the past twenty some years!
The games on the field, the strategies used by managers and coaches. These are the things I love discussing. How a GM builds a team. How a manager handles a bullpen or a pitching staff, (really, in my mind, the only thing that makes them important at all!). Why veteran players still don't seem to understand the fundamentals of the game they are paid quite well to play. How a basketball coach can overcome an injury to a key player and beat a superior squad.
Unfortunately, over time, I have been forced to discuss salaries, steroids, court cases, murder trials, how sports should deal with national tragedy, teams spying on each other, and now, how air pressure was "allegedly" taken out of footballs.
I have heard the reports of how a football is easier to grip by the QB and thus, probably easier for the receivers to catch. I DON'T CARE! The QB, Tom Brady, in this case, must still throw the ball, to the proper point where his receivers can catch it. He must throw it out of the reach of defenders. He did all this, no matter how much air was or wasn't in the football.
The national obsession with "Deflate-gate" is beyond ridiculous! Numerous listeners have requested I please don't talk about it on the shows I hosted this past weekend. Unfortunately, the passing of a baseball great, Ernie Banks, took care of that for me.
Mr. Cub was one-of-a-kind! He dealt with discrimination coming up through the Negro League and finally made it to the Chicago Cubs in 1953, where he stayed until he retired on the field in 1971. He belted 512 home runs, was an All Star 14 times, and won the MVP award in back-to-back seasons, 1958 and 1959. He coached with the Cubs for a couple of years to follow, and has always been a true ambassador of the game, and his beloved Cubs!
No one had a bad word to say about this man, who only wanted his Cubs to win! It never happened. Now that he is gone, his favorite club appears to be close to putting together an organization that can make things happen at Clark and Addison.
There will be many tributes to the great Mr. Banks throughout the 2015 season. Hopefully not just from the Cubs, but also from Major League Baseball itself.
These I WILL care about and look forward discussing whenever I get the chance behind the microphone!