Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Notes, quotes, anecdotes

-- Football headline I thought I'd never read: "Stony Brook beats Army".

-- Played golf at Grossinger's in Sullivan County. Course is in excellent condition. Much too tough for a hacker like me. Biggest shock, however, was seeing the remains of the once-famed hotel-resort's other facilities. Looks like they were hit by bombs.

-- Speaking of golf, it's hard not to get caught up in the Ryder Cup. Match play is nearly always compelling. But I remain a critic when it comes to the over-enthusiastic jingoism attached to what noted commentator John Feinstein calls the game's "most emotional" event. I'm also not down with raucous fans turning golf into wrestling by cheering when someone misses a putt or otherwise makes a poor shot.

-- Keep an ear on WAMC Northeast Public Radio during the on-going fund drive for news of a "Media Project Reunion", which will for a second time bring together current and past "projectiles" (as we call ourselves) for an hour-long program in front of a live crowd at The Linda in Albany.

-- Speaking of WAMC, is there a better celebrity interviewer than Joe Donahue?

-- Hope tradition and decorum prevail at the presidential debates and the audience is warned about hooting, hollering or otherwise interfering once the questioning has started.

-- Can't deny the extra wild card extends interest in the baseball season to fans in more cities. In that regard, it's a success. But, just like in the other major sports, Major League Baseball has largely diminished the importance of being the best team over the course of a long regular season. The World Series will be won by the hot team, not necessarily the best team.

-- Don't mean to be a name-dropper, but I've had the opportunity to see Seth MacFarlane work up close a couple of times. He may be an unconventional pick to host the Oscars, but I'm here to tell you he is an uber-talented entertainer.

-- I've been there (long ago, I dare say), so take my word for it: When commentators write or broadcast either, "It will be interesting to see ..." or "Stay tuned," it usually means they weren't able (or were too lazy) to come up with a clever, point-specific ending.

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