So spoiled! - 05/22/14

Dave Foster, Dan Phillips, and I really have it good in sports.  Not only do we get to work with some great co-workers in our newsroom, we also don't have to travel far to do our jobs.

The Tennessee Titans practice facility is literally 8-tenths of a mile from our station.  If we leave for practice five minutes before it starts, we get there early!  Compare that to someone who covers the the New York Giants.  Well...it probably takes him or her five minutes just to get out of their parking lot!

We certainly don't have far to travel for this week's Spring Fling either.  State champions will be crowned in sports like baseball, softball, tennis, soccer, and track and field.

I realized the TSSAA didn't have TV folks in mind when choosing a location for its annual spring showcase.  But many thanks to the governing body for picking the middle portion of the state.

Murfreesboro isn't 8-tenths of a mile from our station.  But compared to our counterparts at stations in Memphis and Knoxville, our travel to the games is easy.

As the blog headline says, we are SO spoiled!

 

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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.

 
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