(Mostly in fun)
Comment: There is a new Husky dog in Storrs. The popular likeness of a friendly, loveable breed now looks ready to take a bite out of anyone who even offers him a biscuit. This could cause a problem for the person who interacts with fans at basketball and football games while dressed in a costume that resembles the affectionate mascot, Jonathan.
Question: Should there be two versions of Jonathan─ the old Husky in the costume and the new one in the logo?
Comment: It was good to see Connecticut spelled out on the baseball team’s uniforms during the NCAA regionals. However, the intention orchestrated by Nike is for the name Connecticut to be phased out and replaced by UConn, for all sports. Downplaying the name of our state has this Nutmegger rather annoyed. Most inhabitants of the world are not involved in sports or close to us geographically, and have no idea what UConn means.
Question: If they hear Uconn spoken, aren’t they more likely to think first of that arctic Canadian territory (the Yukon), which has the same sound?
Comment: Conn is hardly used as an abbreviation these days. The modern short way to write the state’s name is CT.
Question: Why not UCT instead of UConn? Or if we can get the name of our state changed to Conn, would that make UConn correct?
Comment: During many televised baseball games, such as on NESN, the directors seem too anxious to show replays almost immediately after a home run. This doesn’t allow us to see the reactions of teammates when they greet the player as he approaches and enters the dugout.
Question: Why the big hurry to show the replay instead of a live, human interest dugout scene? The replay can usually be worked in between pitches to the next batter.
Comment: There’s a similar situation in basketball telecasts, when the players exchanging high fives, fist pumps, etc. at the start of a game are not shown. Instead, we are forced to watch a taped segment, statistical graphics or tight close ups of individual players.
Question: Why can’t we watch what is happening on the court leading up to the tip-off, the same as what the fans at the game can see?
Comment: A baseball catcher will handle more pitches in an inning, sometimes to just one batter, than the chances other players get to field a ball in an entire game. Yet during the June 8th Angels-Red Sox telecast on FOX, Tim McCarver wondered why a passed ball is not scored as an error, as would be charged against a player muffing a ground ball or making a bad throw, etc.
Question: Isn’t a passed ball a concession to those who wear the “tools of ignorance?”
Comment: Joe Castiglione of Hamden is the excellent radio voice of the Boston Red Sox. Yet about half the time he doesn’t even start and finish a game. On broadcasts for other teams the lead announcer describes the first pitch and the last pitch (unless there are extra innings).
Question: Why do Red Sox broadcasts march to a different drummer?
Comment: Some radio and TV baseball announcers such as John Sterling (Yankees), Gary Cohen (Mets) and Don Orsilo (Red Sox), not to mention those on network and cable TV, describe every inning of a game. They do this even though the moment must come, as it does to all of us, when Nature calls and cannot wait. Unlike the 15 to 20 minutes at halftime in football and basketball, and the intermissions between periods in hockey, the short break between innings may not be long enough to get to the facilities, take care of the need, and then return to the microphone.
Questions: How do these do-it-alone announcers answer Nature’s call without missing a pitch? How do the umpires, who are on the field for an entire game, deal with the same predicament?
Comment: Every baseball team from Little League to high school to American Legion to college, etc. has a coach in charge of its games. But in professional baseball that person is known as a manager.
Question: What is the difference between a coach and a manager, and why can’t baseball agree on who is what and why?
Comment: Don’t know how many of our SportzEdge readers are old enough to remember, but years ago the fielders would leave their gloves on the edge of the outfield grass at the end of an inning.. This undoubtedly caused injuries and freak plays if someone tripped on a glove or a glove was struck by a batted ball.
Questions: Did they have glove rules in addition to ground rules? Was it too much to expect players to carry their gloves all the way to the dugout between innings?
Comment: It is a popular belief that a baseball game cannot begin until the plate umpire orders the teams, in a loud and decisive voice, to PLAY BALL. Yet the rule only requires the umpire to say PLAY, and most umpires say only that.
Question: What’s wrong with the umpire saying exactly what he means, which is, simply, to play ball?
Comment: Basketball coaches are not attired in shorts while sitting on the bench, and hockey coaches have shoes on, not ice skates, while standing behind the bench. In fact, most all basketball and hockey coaches dress for games in a suit or sport jacket (in the case of male coaches), as if they are on a business appointment. And football coaches don’t cover their heads with helmets and wear shoulder pads while on the side lines.
Question: Why is it that only in baseball are coaches and managers required to wear uniforms to resemble those who are playing in the game?
Comment: A batter who gets a game winning walkoff hit is usually the center of a great celebration, landing him on the ground, as if his team has just won the World Series. But the pitcher who closes out a win merely gets something like high fives while walking the line.
Question :Since the hitter who drives in the winning run is treated like a conquering hero, what does that make the successful closer?