Hello, friends. Nice to see you. How has your week been? I can’t hear your response because I clearly wrote this question at a time prior to you reading it just now, but I’m going to assume you just said “It’s been great, thanks,” aloud to your computer screen wherever you’re reading this, and wherever I am right now, I’m glad to hear that.
Friends, welcome to post-Tourney America. Been a little quiet? Sure. Let’s see. What’s going on? Opening Days all around the country for baseball, sure. We can get to baseball in the next couple of months. Trust me. We’ve got nothing but time until anything’s really happening around here again. If you’re wanting your baseball fix, however, feel free to check out these vintage episodes of the “Baseball Roundup” from KSR’s halcyon days at Sports/Mexican AM radio here. (Please excuse some of the mispronunciations, things were moving quickly and some of these guys weren’t yet household names).
What else? Oh, yes. Our illustrious comrades Matt and Drew are covering the Masters for Izod at the Maxim House in Augusta. Pretty swank digs, indeed! It’s always fun to cover leisure sports when you have sponsors and a house full of models to kick around in, and if you’re following Matt and Drew on Twitter and here, you can tell they’re living it up. You know, being a fake-award-winning journalist myself, I’m no stranger to the same sort of scenario in my long and illustrious career. I don’t want to steal the thunder of my friends Matt and Drew, but I thought I might boast a little today about my own accolades in a piece I’ll happily call Sports I’VE Covered. I hope you don’t mind, friends. After all, it’s pretty dead around the Kentucky sports landscape right now, which means it’s really only going to get sillier from here on out. You might as well get behind me now. Welcome to non-sequitur summers with your friend Tomlin, everyone! And I’ll see you here again next week.
Professional Bowling Association’s Round I Japan Cup at the Hot Rod Magazine House (2012)
Checking into the Hot Rod Magazine house was a moment I’ll never forget. Everywhere one turned there were issues of Hot Rod Magazine sitting on tables for me to read, and a couple of posters of hot rods on the walls. I’ll never forget the semi-final match between Yoshihiro Kaji and Osku Palermaa; but you all remember that. I still use my free Hot Rod Magazine keychain today.
The Men’s World Artistic Gymnastics Championship at the New York Review of Books Apartment (2007)
If you know me, you know there’s no two things I like more in the world than parallel bars and metahistorical fiction narrative. Talk about two worlds coming together. I’ll never forget watching Russian phenom Alexander Safoshkin’s rings performance with Joyce Carol Oates while discussing the literary implications of the disintegration of the American Family. Don’t tell anybody, but we totally hooked up.
West Highland Yachting Week at the Civil War Times Magazine Tent (2010)
Covering Scotland’s greatest regatta with a team of confederate soldier re-enactors remains one of the most special moments of my journalism career. You probably by now have read my Anne Vondeling Prize-winning essay comparing the skiffs pulling into Tobermory with West Virginia’s Battle of Carnifex Ferry, so I won’t bore you with the details. But you know what I’m talking about.
The American Skeet Shooting Finals at the Facilities Design & Management Magazine House (2008)
This was a little bit of a mislead. I thought I was going to cover the skeet shooting finals, which I was very excited about, but instead was asked to critique the utilities and services of a small ranch house rented by Facility Management & Maintenance Magazine which just happened to be near the skeet shooting event. For what it’s worth, the facilities there were very well designed. And managed.
The Angola Prison Rodeo at the Cat Fancy Booth (2011)
Louisiana’s iconic event and America’s longest running prison rodeo is exciting enough. Add some kittens and I think you know what’s up. Masters at the Maxim House? Please.