Category Archives: Athletics

Awkward Things Sports Reporters Say

If you have watched a sports broadcast over the past five years, then you have most likely heard the sideline reporter, who reports on a player’s status after an injury. My wife and I get a chuckle from this report. Not because a player is hurt! There is nothing funny about that. But it is the  shorthand language that sideline reports use to report these injuries which makes us smile.

“He has a right knee,” says the intrepid reporter. This is meant to report the player has a right knee injury. A casual listener would think it is a good thing the player has a right knee. But alas, in sports lingo, having a knee (right or left) is actually a bad thing.

Other standard injury reports include:

He has a shoulder… He has an ankle… He has an ACL … He has a concussion…

The casual listener would want all of these except the concussion. Granted, there is very little time for sideline reporting when each sports broadcast must include some or all of the following: shots of some player blowing snot out his nose, cheerleaders, people spilling beer in the stands, a kid in the stands sleeping, a player spitting, a close up of some player’s crotch, a super hot woman in the stands, drunk people dancing in the stands, commercial breaks, and references to games coming up later today or next week.

I have not watched enough women’s sports to know if sideline reporters do the same thing for those broadcasts. With all that said, is it possible to give sideline reporters .2 seconds more airtime so they can say the word “injury” when doing their sideline reporting?

ABC Award – Awesome Blog Content

abc-award awesome blog contentI received the ABC Award–Awesome Blog Content Award (thank you Chronicles of a Public Transit User): This award is simple – to ‘accept’ the award you just add the ABC award logo to your blog – the links are at the bottom of this page for you… and then you can share something about yourself with your readers and then pass the award on to other worthy bloggers – there’s no limit to how few – or how many – other bloggers you can send this to.

To share something about yourself – you will need to go through the alphabet and choose a word or phrase for each letter and use that to describe yourself – it might be something about you, something you like, or a place or thing you dream about. And that’s all – no long descriptions or detail – just create a new post, add your shiny new blog award badge and alphabet words and let your readers enjoy finding out a little more about you.

And then have fun choosing the other blogs you would like to award this to…. Send them an e-mail and the link to this award logo and watch the fun begin! (rules cited from The Thought Palette)

About Me

A – Adventurous
B – Brainy
C – Creative
D – Determined
E – Environmental
F – Funny
G – Genuine
H – Honest
I – Intelligent
J – Jokes
K – Kind
L – Loving
M – Moving
N – Nerdy
O – Organic
P – Painter
Q – Quiet
R – Runner
S – Studious
T – Tenacious
U – Uber
V – Vintage
W – Wolverine
X – X-Files
Y – Youthful
Z – Zen

abc-award awesome blog contentMy nominees for this award are all running blogs (or a blog by the wife of a runner):

Ranting about Rectangles (a.k.a., my wife)

Fit for a Year

Running Sunflower

Pudding the Damage On

My Journey to Qualify for the Boston Marathon

Race for all 50 States

Racing the States…

RunGirls Ramblings

Running for Reachout

See Nancy Run

75 days to…

Some of these blogs are strictly about running, while others are like mine… showcasing running and other parts of their lives. Marathon runners, 5K running, weekend runners… whether you are a casual runner, or a beast that runs over an hour a day, some of these blogs will be exactly what you are looking for. Thank you for following my blog, thank you for reading!

Have a wonderful day 🙂

Marathon Training Day 316: Run, Run, Run

In nearly 4 weeks I will be running my second half marathon, the Canby Dahlia Run. I feel like my leg has fully recovered from the injury, but I am still a little behind on training. Tonight I planned to run 13.5 miles, but instead ran 8 miles because I didn’t want to be out too late. I will (hopefully) attempt 13.5 miles this Wednesday.

I felt really good when I stopped running tonight after 8 miles, so that is a good sign. I did not run fast … it took 84 minutes to run 8 miles. While that is much slower than my half marathon pace, it was injury free so I’ll take it!

I am raising money for Womenspace, a domestic violence and advocacy group in Eugene Oregon. If you have not done so already, I would love your support. None of the money goes to me… it goes to Womenspace. My Eugene Marathon, the Canby Dahlia Run, and the full Seattle Marathon are all being used to help raise money for Womenspace. Click the image below to visit my fundraising page… whether you give $5 or $1000, everything helps.

My Fundraising Page for Womenspace
My Fundraising Page for Womenspace

Marathon Training Day 302: Update on my Leg Injury

The 2013 Eugene Marathon, images

Above is a photo of me in the Eugene Marathon. I am in the silver shorts and the purple shirt, on the left side of the photo.

I finished the half marathon in 1 hour, 54 minutes, 45 seconds. For those of you who are unsure how far that is, a half marathon is 13.1 miles. I finished the race without stopping to walk. That Eugene marathon now seems decades ago because I am recovering from a leg injury. I am training for the Canby Dahlia Run, a half marathon, which happens on Saturday August 24th. But as many of you know, my ultimate goal is to run in my first full length marathon… a bucket list item that I started prepping for on September 17th, 2012.

I plan on running in the Seattle Marathon on December 1st of this year, the full marathon. Because the Seattle marathon is my ultimate goal, that means I am now approaching the Canby Dahlia Run with lowered standards. Originally the Canby Dahlia Run was supposed to be part of my training as I geared up to run my first full marathon in Seattle. But with my leg injury I missed a lot of training time. Today I know I could not run a half marathon. I have approximately 6 weeks to train for Canby, but I am not pushing myself because I don’t want to re-injure the leg.

Every time in the past, when I have trained for a marathon, some stupid injury happens and I do not run it. I do not want this muscle injury to be a bucket list “buster.” For that reason I have lowered my goals for the Canby Dahlia Run. My goal is to finish it, without hurting my leg… even if I have to stop and walk. I am not sure I will be in shape to run the whole thing by August 24th. To get my leg healed took nearly two weeks of not running and just resting it 😦

The full Seattle Marathon is my ultimate goal for this year… and running it without stopping to walk.

What are your thoughts?