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No shortucuts in life...or sportscasting. - 07/01/14

It's Tuesday night and after the news I'll begin a "staycation" for a few days.  With that in mind, I can't tell you how tempted I was to take a shortcut tonight.

TV news departments subscribe to feeds that provide video that we can run in our newscasts.  It's a way for us to have access to video that we might not otherwise have.

But when it comes to the highlights I run in my sportscast, I always try to record the games myself.  I do this for a couple of reasons.  One - I like to edit my highlights a little "looser" than the feeds do.  Two - the quality of the video is a lot better when I record it directly from cable.

So back to tonight.  I was about to edit my World Cup highlights.  And I have to admit, I was VERY CLOSE to using highlights off the feed.  It was going to be much easier, and honestly, I could use a break.  I'm a little fried.

But in the end, I didn't.  And I'm happy that I resisted the urge.

Bottom line - there are no shortcuts in life...or sportscasting.

 

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JETS-REX-BUMGARNER

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Michael Vick? Geno Smith? New York Jets coach Rex Ryan knows who he wants as quarterback for his limping team. Ryan jokes they're "gonna go with that Bumgarner guy." Madison Bumgarner is the San Francisco Giants ace and World Series MVP. Bumgarner secured the Giants a Game 7 series victory with a five-inning save. He had two series wins as a starter, too. The Jets are 1-and-7 this season, including seven straight losses. Bumgarner likely won't be available for the Jets on Sunday, so Ryan says he's going with his own lefty, Vick.

WHISKEY WAR

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- It's Jack versus George in Tennessee -- in a battle over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey. The parent company of Jack Daniels supports the law that includes requiring Tennessee whiskey to be made from 51 percent corn, aged in new charred oak barrels and a minimum of 80 proof. The British corporate parent of George Dickel contends those regs are too restrictive. A state subcommittee heard testimony on the issue yesterday. Lawmakers are expected to consider changes to the Tennessee whiskey law in January.

DALLAS ZOO-GIRAFFE

DALLAS (AP) -- He's an awfully big newborn -- six feet tall and about 120 pounds. But this big, little guy has an even taller mom. The Dallas Zoo has a new giraffe. The healthy male calf was born Sunday and the birth was announced Wednesday. The calf doesn't have a name yet. The Dallas Zoo's giraffe herd has now grown to a dozen.

COYOTES-QUEENS ZOO

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City has five new residents. They're orphaned coyote pups who have a new home at the Queens Zoo. The animals were rescued in Massachusetts, where they were taken to a wildlife rehabilitator. Now, the coyotes have their own exhibit in Queens. The Wildlife Conservation Society's Queens Zoo specializes in animals from the Americas. The pups are the only coyotes on exhibit there.

 
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