On the usual Tuesday afternoon, I spend an average of three hours waiting.
I wait in the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex to interview UT football
players and coaches.
But unlike a line at an amusement park, the wait is never worth the effort.
It is not that I do not like waiting for the UT football crew, because it
is a fundamental part of my job, one which I enjoy.
I am one of the first to hear Fulmer's prognostication on the upcoming
game, one of the first to hear Tee humbly provide details of his great
plays and honestly recall the pain of his defeats, and I am fortunate to
spend a few minutes each week with Spencer Riley, a man too candid to ever
hold a government job.
Yet, as fortunate as I am, there are still problems. Many of the UT players
and coaching staff seem to think of media day in the same light I thought
of high school study hall, a repetitive bore. Consequently, their
attendance is about as stellar as mine was in study hall.
In all fairness to the team, I hardly believe that the players are out in
the woods sneaking a cigarette or running off to Burger King for an illegal
Nevertheless, their absenteeism makes the reporter's job difficult and
often times frustrating. I try to avoid editorializing, but in a situation
where quotes are as elusive as a UT bike cop, the situation can become
But, this week the Vols will rest and prepare for the upcoming battle with
Alabama. Hence, I had an opportunity to relax on Tuesday and ponder of few
of the current events that constitute the landscape of sports.
The Red Sox may have finally nixed the horrific curse of the Bambino
when they beat the Cleveland Indians to face the New York Yankees in the
In the National League, the, surprise, Atlanta Braves are facing the
up-and-coming New York Mets.
Despite the astronomical odds, I am hoping to see a Mets vs. Red Sox World
Series. The media blitz that would accompany an all-New York series would
rival the Joey Buttafuoco drama and would certainly keep me tuned out.
The new WWF
The NBA started their preseason schedule recently and I don't care. The
way the rules are set up in this terrible league, the games have come to
more closely resemble a professional wrestling match than a basketball
A few suggestions to whoever is in charge of the fledgling league: zone
defense is a great thing that can equalize a great player's ability to
dominate; in fact, any defense would be a welcome change.
Players have tired of media attention
Published: Thu Oct 14, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:59 p.m.