Monday, May 21, 2012
This year's hot topic is the migration of HD into their work flow and moving forward from the 40 schools who experimented with it in 2011 with outstanding results. The Big Ten led the way in 2010 starting the progress of finding a viable HD solution. Over the past two years other schools also worked towards this better quality solution and demanded that of their Sports Network providers. At this year's CSVA, those coordinators who adopted HD spoke of its benefits, and the major players in the solution (XOS Digital, DVSport, Sony, Panasonic) discussed of how each other worked towards this new standard for origination and exchange. Those conferences who will fully be HD in 2012 are the Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC.
CSVA also recognizes excellence in the field. Each conference selects their Video Coordinator of the Year. Upon winning this award they are then put into the field for National Video Coordinator of the Year. I was fortunate to be the recipient a year ago for both awards, and this year's honor went to Chris Luke (a one-time contributor to SportsFanEngy) at North Carolina. The Association also took time recognize excellence in the field of video editing with highlight videos meeting different criteria. And the Hall of Fame included Jeff Pons of the New York Jets
Another highlight of the event are the tours of the different sporting facilities. Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indianapolis Colts facility were two arenas that gave the video staffs an inside look to their operations. A visit thru Bankers Life Fieldhouse was also scheduled, but was unavailable due to Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semi-finals between the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat.
Next year's event will take place in Tampa, Florida.
Friday, May 18, 2012
|Photo Courtesy: Chicago Tribune|
In front of an all-Chicago crowd as the White Sox began interleague play on Chicago's North Side, Kerry Wood went to the mound in relief to throw three pitches, all strikes, and leave the field with one last strikeout. He then left crossed the third base line, and headed towards the home team dugout only to be met by his son and a standing ovation of fans from both teams.
Wood will always be a Cub favorite. In his fifth start for the Cubs, Kerry Wood struck out twenty Houston batters - a game I remember watching at home with my Dad, one of our last together in his living room. With every pitch, every strike I became captivated and the look on my Dad's face was priceless as the team he cheered for his whole life was doing something he had never seen before. And when the last Astro batter was retired on strikes we looked at each other happy for the accomplishment, and excited to have shared it together.
As Wood's Cubs years went by, the success that many had hoped for didn't necessarily occur. He was traded to Cleveland and acquired by the New York Yankees, but Cubs fans always kept an eye on what #34 was doing. Then one off-season Wood had a brief discussion with then General Manager Jim Hendry to get a deal done to bring him home. It may not have been the money he could've acquired elsewhere, but it was important for him to pitch for the Cubbies, in whatever role they could use him. Whether it was closer or long-relief, he wasn't afraid to take the ball, and wasn't afraid to meet the media if the results weren't what the Cubs fans were looking for. 2012 was tough for Chicago fans to watch, and tougher for Wood. He realized it was time to retire. News broke prior to the first game in the Cubs - White Sox Crosstown Classic, and Wood wanted one more time to come in from the bullpen. Three pitches, three strikes and one K, the only way Kerry could end his Chicago Cubs career.
Monday, May 7, 2012
To begin with, the starting pitchers of each time had no-hitters going for the first few innings. However the Cubs' Casey Coleman's bid was erased on an infield single by his opposing moundsman, Alex Sanabia in the third. Sanabia didn't only have a no-hitter going into the sixth, but it was also a perfect game. However that ended when Casey Coleman doubled off the right-field wall with two outs. Both pitchers didn't let those hits deter their play, but Coleman was taken out after seven only allowing 2 hits and striking out 9.
A total of four hits were allowed in this nine-inning affair, one each from the starting pitchers. Sanabia stayed strong into the 8th as he had seven strikeouts over the course of the 8 innings, but with runners on the corners and one out, Sanabia got his spike stuck in the mound while in his motion and balked in the winning run. And that was the final, 1-0 Iowa Cubs.