It’s a new day for me as a broadcast freelancer, it really hit me yesterday as I sat and watched Oklahoma take batting practice in Norman. Soonervision has contracted me for 16 baseball and softball games this spring and I’m really excited for the opportunity, but I must admit it felt…different. While I have no plans to leave Wichita State (sorry viewers), I am trying to expand my play-by-play horizons. I’ve already done four events for the SEC and a couple for the Valley and I’m handling seven WSU baseball games and ten games in the Valley Baseball Tournament at the end of May. There’s a chance---wait for it---that I could end up doing the Tulsa Shock in the WNBA this summer. My goal, since you asked, is to have a full schedule of events for the next school year starting in late August. Basketball will be my primary focus; it’ll be interesting to see what I can come up with.
Coach vs. media---
Did you see the exchange between Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and ESPN’s Andy Katz after Wednesday’s upset of the Orange by UConn? Boeheim called him names stemming from an interview that the two did over a year ago. The two have different memories of that interview, Boeheim claiming that he couldn’t talk about allegations by two former ballboys that they had been molested by former ‘Cuse assistant Bernie Fine. Katz claims that there were no agreement about Katz related questions. All of this sparked a couple of e-mails from viewers asking me if I’ve ever had a moment like that…not exactly, but close.
Remembering Mike Cohen---
At the end of Mike Cohen’s tenure as Wichita State head coach, he was getting some support from fellow coaches around the Valley. Nobody was more vocal that Indiana State’s Tates Locke, whose main claim to fame was hiring a young assistant named Bobby Knight when he was head coach at West Point. As you might guess, Locke was an irascible type, one who had no problems picking a fight. One night after his team had beaten the Shockers in Wichita he launched into the local media about the ‘witch hunt’ we were on for Cohen’s job. It wasn’t just a passing comment, but an angry reprimand that went on longer than it should. Finally, having had enough, I said—loud enough for him to hear; ‘I’m sure you would like to see Mike Cohen continue (at Wichita State where he was). It got me a glare, but I was never banned from Terre Haute.
South African tragedy---
Olympic hero Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee dubbed the Blade Runner, has been charged with murdering his girlfriend in South Africa. Pistorius made history and fortune by becoming the first amputee track athlete to compete in the Olympics. He is alleged to have fired four shots into Reeva Steencamp around 3:00am yesterday at his house. Beyond the act, the most chilling part of this story is his Nike ad with the caption: “I am the bullet in the chamber”. Creepy. It’s been an interesting run for Nike what with recent controversies surrounding Kobe Bryant, Michael Vick, Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong.
Feeling the Heat---
Normally, you don’t give much weight to a regular season game in the NBA, but Miami’s demolition of Oklahoma City last night signals danger for the Thunder. Not only have the Heat swept the two-game season series, but they’ve won six straight in this matchup rivalry dating back to last spring’s NBA Finals. If the Thunder do get back to the NBA Finals, how can they have any confidence against Miami?