Saturday, April 25, 2009

Checking out the Stadium

I had the pleasure recently of watching a game at the new Yankee Stadium. (I hope to get a chance to see the Citi Field sometime this year.)

It is very disappointing to see empty sections of seats that could not been sold, but the Stadium itself is magnificent.

As a person who had seen his share of games at the old Stadium over the years, the biggest difference I noticed was you can see the field from pretty much anyplace in the stadium's lower bowl.

For those of you who had been to the old Stadium, you probably will remember how closed off the main concourse was from the seats and the field.

There are plenty of places to eat, shop and everything else there and there is kind of an old-time feel to the place.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Enough blame to go around

After a very relaxing vacation, I was watching ESPN the other day and saw an interview with the girls basketball coach from Texas, who was fired a couple of months ago when his team won a game 100-0 and he refused to apologize for the score.

In this interview, which ESPN said was his first since the incident, the coach remained unapologetic, saying his team stopped pressing in the first quarter and that they played the game the "right way."

There was video that one of the fathers from that team provided where is basically shows the losing team throwing the ball the away or having it stolen from them and the winning team running down for easy layups. Since the video was a glorified highlight package you really couldn't tell whether the winning team indeed take the press off after the first quarter.

Then you come to find out that this losing team hasn't won a game in something like four years, which asks the question of who I blame more for this.

While I absolutely believe that know coach in our area would ever let a game get that out of hand, as that coach from Texas did, I have to think why is this losing team allowed to play varsity basketball in the first place.

I'm all for giving everyone the opportunity to play competitive sports, I have to believe there comes a time when common sense has to rule. Maybe if it did here -- on both sides -- we wouldn't have had the national mess this story became.