8-23-10: Mock Mailbag

Hello again everybody...

Welcome back from your weekend. Hope it was a good one.

Me? I got to introduce my dad to Target Field. I wasn't able to score seats that were quite as nice as those I had when I got to bring my mom to the park for the first time. But I think he enjoyed the experience (minus the dog of a game) as much as she did!

Thanks for coming dad... it was fun!

Plenty happened around the world of sports over the weekend too. And what better way to recap all that happened than with a Mock Mailbag?

I can't think of a better one either. So let's break out the bag...

Right after the quote.

”Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers.”
- Jimmy Breslin (1930 - ), American journalist and author

I might substitute “passion” for “rage” in the sense of my blogging. And since rage is really just a form of passion, I might be splitting hairs. But I'll stick with “passion”, thanks!


8-20-10: DFTU

Hello again everybody...

We've done it again! It's the end of another work week. Well... for you. Me? I'm already done and enjoying a well-earned day off.

Which is why I don't feel the least bit guilty for not posting on Wednesday. Stuff happens folks. We'll all be okay, right?

Speaking of work, I wanted to wait until I had a specific date, but since that doesn't seem likely any time real soon, I'm going to go ahead and let the cat out of the bag.

I've been promising a work-related announcement for a while, and since the fine folks at the local American Federation of Radio and Television Artists have finally ratified a new three-year contract with CBS Radio, I can finally deliver.

My job isn't changing drastically, but it is changing. Recently my shift moved up an hour (12p-8p instead of 1p-9p) and that was done for a specific reason. It now lines up the Studio Coordinators so that their shifts don't overlap on a single show. The reason that's important is because in the very near future, the Coordinators are going to finally be allowed to open their microphones, talk on the air and unleash their talent on the world.

Or something like that.

Like I said, I wish I had a specific date for you, but I don't yet. The contract's been ratified, but still needs to be signed by AFTRA national and CBS corporate. Once that's done, the bosses will give us the official okey-doke and away we'll go.

Trust me, as soon as I know when, I'll let you know the date.

For me, it means that Chad Hartman, Michele Tafoya and Mike Max will all have the opportunity to bring me on-air as they see fit for a “limited” dose of the rambling nonsense you all have enjoyed reading here.

I'm trying very hard to not get over-excited about the whole thing, but I'm certainly anxious since I haven't done any regular air-work in over nine years.

I'm determined, however to make the most of it. To whit, I want to make sure you all have the opportunity to enjoy the wonder of my craziness.

If you'd like to listen to WCCO Radio online (when I'm in-studio, or even if I'm not), you can do so here. Just follow the instructions to sign up (don't worry, there are no viruses or spyware), and make sure you tune in between noon and 8pm central time if you want the opportunity to check me out.

Also, I've created a new Twitter account. My personal account (@dcook93) will still be very active. But you can also follow my new work account (@DanCookWCCO) to get links to podcasts and breaking news and information from the WCCO website.

I figure if I'm going to be a presence on a 50,000 Watt flame-thrower, then I'm going to get as much out of the opportunity as I can!

Again, I'll let you know when the fun will start, just as soon as I find out.

Preamble rant, fin.

Because you didn't come here on a Friday for all that shameless self-promotion! No, you came here for my shameless sharing of sports inanity in the form of my weekly Update column.

And Updated you shall be!

Right after the quote...

”No matter how rich you become, how famous or powerful, when you die the size of your funeral will still pretty much depend on the weather.”
- Michael Pritchard

… and perhaps on the traffic as well. I'm just sayin'.


8-16-10: To No-No, or Not to No-No...

Hello again everybody...

Welcome back. Hope you have a restful weekend. Mine was as laid-back as I've had in a while and it couldn't have come at a better time.

Don't get me wrong, it was great hanging with the family last weekend. But it'd been a few weeks since I had a full 48 hours of nothingness to occupy me, and I was more than happy to chill on the couch for a couple of days.

What made it even better than usual? Three words... Star Wars Marathon.

Thank you Spike-TV!!!

Oh, and the Twins swept Oakland. That certainly didn't hurt!

Included in that sweep, was a very interesting game yesterday with one particular decision that caused something of a kerfuffle amongst Twins fans.

And if you're thinking that it might be a good topic for a column... you'd be right!

I'll explain...

Right after the quote.

”Accomplishing the impossible only means that the boss will add it to your regular duties.”
- Doug Larson (1926 - ), American newspaper columnist

With all due respect to my fine readers who occupy management positions, Mr. Larson couldn't be more right!


8-13-10: DFTU

Hello again everybody...

Seems like just yesterday I was typing “well, we've fooled them again”...

Wait, that was just two columns ago! No wonder!

But we have fooled them again, and made it through another work week. I promised an announcement about my employment situation a couple of weeks back, and sadly, it's been delayed yet again. I hope to have more information for you in a week or two, but I promise... it's coming!

Let me also say at the outset that if this column ends up being more brief than usual, it's because I got a late start due to being out watching my cousin's band play last night. He's got a CD coming out in the not too distant future, and as soon as I get details on where you can check it out, trust me, I'll be passing that along as well.

Okay. Apologies and details are out of the way. Let's get to the Updating shall we?

Yes we shall...

Right after the quote.

”The forceps of our minds are clumsy forceps, and crush the truth a little in taking hold of it.”
- H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946), English author

I think this one can be understood in several different ways. Me? I'm going to understand it as, “if I concentrate really hard, I can crush stuff with my mind”!


8-11-10: Mock Mailbag

Hello again everybody...

Did you miss me?

Judging by the emails I got, at least some of you did. Though, the tenor of those emails suggested more “annoyance” at my absence on Monday rather than “fond disappointment”.

Still, I'll take that as evidence that some of you out there like my work... you really do!

(Or you just need something to print out for throne-time reading!)

Whatever it is, I'm glad to be back and I'm glad you're back to check it out. Lots of things to get caught up on today, and I thought I'd do it Mock Mailbag-style.

Let's get to it!

Right after the quote...

”I believe professional wrestling is clean and everything else is fixed.”
- Frank Deford (1938 - ), American sports writer and author

Think about it. At least wrestling *admits* it's staged. As for some other things? Well, that leads me right into my first letter in this week's...


8-6-10: DFTU

Hello again everybody...

Don't tell anybody... but we fooled 'em again!

That's right, we've made it to the end of yet another week, and it dawns on me that Summer is winding down in a hurry. What caused this rude awakening? Yesterday, I got got asked by the bosses to work overtime at the Fair again this year.

Yep, that's right, the Minnesota State Fair is right around the corner. Doesn't quite seem possible does it? But yes, eleven of the most annoying days of my work year are not that far away.

In the interest of maintaining whatever level of sanity I've managed to cling to, I'm going to attempt not to dwell on it. Suffice to say that if it's a Saturday, and you're at the State Fair, there's a better than average chance I'll be there too. Feel free to stop by and point and laugh a little if you like. Just try not to think about the fact that I'll be getting paid time-and-a-half to be there, while you'll be spending more money that could possibly seem reasonable!

Ah, the Great Minnesota Wallet Crusher! Er, I mean “Get Together”! Yeah... that's it!

But you didn't come here on a Friday to read about all that!

No! You came here to get yourself Updated, and Updated, my dear readers, you shall be!

Right after the quote.

”Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.”
- Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804), German philosopher

And sports blogging is organized nonsense!


8-4-10: 2010 Peek at the Picks, Vol. 3

Hello again everybody...

Welcome to a Wednesday!

Let me get this out of the way...

I'm not doing a whole column on Favre. I know I've talked about him in the past, and there's every possibility that I'll discuss him in the future.

But today, I'm just going to say this: we don't know anything more today than we knew 24 hours ago, or 48 hours ago, or 48 days ago for that matter.

Somebody told somebody something that may or may not be true.

The bottom line is that Favre's no closer or further away from returning today than he ever has been. We've seen this movie too many times before to believe anything else. When the Vikings begin the season against the Saints, and Favre is either in or out of a Vikings uniform, then we'll know for sure - and not before.

Until then, whatever happen is merely fodder to fill the 24/7 sports-talk cycle. And frankly, I'm not interested in perpetuating it.

I am however interested in checking in on how my MLB picks are doing!

If you're not, I suggest tuning back in on Friday, because that's all that's left in today's column...

Other than the quote.

”The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.”
- George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Irish playwright

Get it? Got it? Good...


8-2-10: AL Central Trade Deadline Recap

Hello again everybody...

Have a good weekend?

You'll get no complaints from me! I got a little cushy overtime at a Little League tournament broadcast on Saturday, and got to see Francisco Liriano pitch a gem on Sunday.

Hard to top a weekend like that! (Not that I won't try...)

In news of a slightly less personal - yet infinitely more relevant - nature, the MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline came and went on Saturday, and the three (though it may soon be only two) contenders in the AL Central were all involved in deals leading up to it.

Seems like a good excuse to recap things, no?

Thought you might agree.

And I'll get to that...

Right after the quote.

”Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.”
- Henri-Frederic Amiel (1821 - 1881), Swiss philosopher, poet and critic.

Ah, the pleasant philosophy of the Swiss!

Actually, what really connected with me regarding this quote was the memory of a recent Delmon Young interview. The guy's hitting the snot out of the ball, but man, come on Delmon! Can you show just an ounce of pleasant personality once in a while? I know you have it in you!


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