Training Camp Commute - 07/30/14

The Tennessee Titans are off today.  No practice.  No meetings.  No putting on the pads.  It's their first break since training camp kicked off last week.  I imagine the players are enjoying their time away from "barking" coaches.  Ha!

This time of year, I'm always reminded of how lucky we are in the FOX 17 Sports Department.  When it comes to covering training camp, we have it so good!  True story.  If we had to, we could WALK to Saint Thomas Sports Park from our station.

Many of my friends who work in television have to drive to other cities to report on their NFL teams.  My buddies at WUSA in Washington, D.C. go all the way to Richmond, Virginia for Redskins training camp.  People I know in the Dallas market travel all the way to Oxnard, California to cover the Cowboys!

Meanwhile back in Nashville, as you'll see in the video below, it's a short commute for Dan Phillips, Dave Foster, and me.  Literally - if we left for practice five minutes before it started, we'd be early.

 

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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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