Sunday, June 25, 2006


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Having attending college and beginning my media career in Dallas, it was rather painful watching the Dallas Mavericks
lose to Miami in the NBA finals this past week. It was also disappointing for many here in the states to see USA eliminated from the World Cup. Though unlike the NBA, there are still two more weeks of FIFA play until the final championship match July 9th in Berlin.
However, if you are missing NBA play, why not try watching the WNBA? The league is celebrating its 10th anniversary season. I got to experience the professionalism of the women of the WNBA while doing a news segment with the Connecticut Sun. For my weekly fitness segment, I interviewed Megan Mahoney
while having her show me some drills. She made it look so easy that when I tried the same "simple" moves with the ball while speaking, let's just say there was a "take 2."
Of course America has its favorite sport- BASEBALL. Living here in New York City, I hope to make it out to several Mets and Yankees games. I'm not a huge fan of either, I just like the excitement and rivalry of the game, no matter who is playing.

Pic_3 Check out the picture of my seats at Yankee stadium. I wasn't trying to save money, it was a Yankees - Mets game and it was the best I could get. However, the picture I was taking is of the vendor. I know it’s difficult to tell, but he is selling a box of Crunch 'n Munch. Remember back in June of 2004 when the Yanks decided to sell Crunch 'n Munch instead of Cracker Jacks? Of course fan outcry led to the return of the original within a month. Tastewise Munch might have been okay, but it just didn't sound right. I mean, along with the "beer here" chants, I was also hearing "Crunch 'n Munch." It just didn't work. I'm upset, though. I had a better picture of him posing with a box so you could read the lettering on it, but I can't find that one.

Pic_2 I became interested in baseball while covering the 1999 and 2000 induction weekends out at The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. I was working for an NBC affiliate in upstate New York. One of the controversies I dealt with then continues today. Should Pete Rose be inducted? Well, regardless what they decide, his name is everywhere in the hall. As you walk in, stats and records are posted. All over the wall you see P. Rose., P. Rose., P. Rose. He just doesn't have a plaque. However, there is a small independent museum down the street from the Hall dedicated just to him. The Pete Rose Museum. Oh, Cooperstown! If you get a weekend take the kids to the Hall. Glimmerglass Opera - lake Otsego - coined "Glimmerglass" in James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales, the Ommegang Brewery, Cooperstown Brewing Company, Danny's Deli on Main Street where you have to try the "Chicken Dilemma." If you can't afford the glorious Otesaga with its lake view and renowned golf course, stay at one of the many bed and breakfasts.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Friday was Bring Your Dog to Work Day. Mena72Hist_04

I didn't know until I heard it on the radio while driving in and it was too late to fetch Ms. Willamena. However, I was really close to bringing her in Friday morning anyway. I was going to use her as a prop in my "What's To Do Report." I had even written the script. But at the last minute I decided to leave her at home because she really isn't too helpful at the office and its too hot and cruel to make her wait in the car.

I should introduce you to Willamena. She is an eight-year-old Menacarfull-blood NEWSHOUND. She was a rescue pup and is said to be a mix of Lab, German Shepard and Rottweiler. Whatever she is, she enjoys digging up good news stories!

SheMenafsb once tried her paw as "Willamena with the Weather" at another Connecticut news station, but she likes using her nose to uncover truth, justice and whatever food is left out on the sidewalk.

Yes. Willamena has a boyfriend. His name is Otis and lives in Menaotis_1Black Rock.