CrabAppleLane Sunday - June 8, 2008 Issue

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R.I.P., Jim McKay. I liked him a lot and I suspect most sports fans would tell you he was hard not to like. His coverage of the 72 Summer Olympic Games and the 80 Winter Olympic Games are memorable for several reasons. His live coverage in 1972 of the wonder of Mark Spitz and the horror of the murders of the Israeli team are incomparable in sports journalism. In 1980, he was somehow able to maintain ABC's scheduled "delayed" television coverage of the Olympics with a straight face even though he knew the outcome of the USA-USSR hockey game. Cable was still in its infancy at the time and Reuters had a scrolling live feed on one of the cable channels. I also knew the result because of that but had to see it on TV. Every time the coverage would break away to another event or a commercial, I'd go crazy. Are you guys out of your minds? Don't you know how big this is? I know almost nothing about hockey but I know this is historic. How's McKay maintaining his sanity while you guys try to stick to a schedule that should have been thrown out the window? You can show that other stuff later, can't you? He somehow did it and I remember that as much as I remember Al Michaels "Do you believe in miracles? Yes.". A class act.

Sunny, the turtle, provides smiles and more than a little joy over at Pitcherlady's. I'm a big fan of both of those lovely ladies.

I offer one from the CrabAppleLane front yard. The bee flew in at the last moment. She must have known something was missing from the shot or maybe she's just a ham.

CrabAppleLane Crepe Myrtle - June 8, 2008
CrabAppleLane Crepe Myrtle - June 8, 2008

Today's BOTD is of particular interest to me because of Friday night's visit.

88 days until football season ...

Quote of the Day
Unhappy with how much she was being charged, Cooney made out the check for "My Right Arm and Zero Dollars" and in the memo wrote for "Robbing Customers Blind."
Jason Cato, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "The usual hunting technique is to stalk the animal and allow it to come within twenty to thirty feet as the cat lays crouching in wait."

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Rob-You get some of the best insect/flower shots. I really am impressed.

I listened to that USA-USSR hockey game live on the radio in the basement of my parent's house. How McKay kept a straight face until it aired on TV I'll never know. He was a pro.

Thanks, Dave. In this case, I set the camera to "dumb luck" and clicked.

Another beautiful photo. Thanks for sharing. :)

Was that the last game, the one we raced home from church to watch? And you're saying the announcer knew the results already because the game had been transmitted earlier? I had never heard that before. I wonder how he could maintain his composure, knowing what would happen next. Amazing.

Thanks, Lana.

No, the USA team played the USSR team on Friday morning/afternoon but it wasn't aired on TV until Friday night. The Sunday game you refer to was against Finland and that one was carried live to all except a few markets that refused to move scheduled programming. Thankfully, ours wasn't one of them. It was for the Gold Medal.

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