OK. I'm not in a good mood. I just spend an hour of my Friday typing up a blog about my experience at the Akron Quad tonight. Then poof, with an errant click of the mouse, my post was erased. I hate life.
Track and field coach Dennis Mitchell invited me to the Akron Quad a couple weeks ago after I wrote that track is a boring sport. Both Akron men's and women's teams won over Ohio, Pittsburgh and Seton Hall. Here are the highlights from my experience...
Gary Estwick of the Beacon Journal wrote a good story about university presidents' roles in athletics. If you haven't noticed, Estwick is one of the ABJ's best sportswriters. I enjoy his stuff.
Speaking of the ABJ, Bob (a person who posts from time to time on this blog) said the paper wasted a bunch of space on the Antonio Pittman/Chris Wells story. I understand why he might think that. However, let me fill you in on a dirty little secret of journalism and page layout: Every newspaper front page must have a centerpiece art, whether it's a photo or illustration. And it must take up about a quarter of a page. As a result, editors and page designers must give some stories more prominence than they deserve because they are lacking another centerpiece. Case in point: Did you see the huge picture of a figure skater a few days back? The Buchtelite does it all the time, too. My least favorite was when we ran a shot of a member of The Real World about three columns on A1. Ugh!
Oh yeah. I have placed a ban on all classic rock banter for one week. Between The VP, Hixenbaugh, SDK, Bob, Eric, Brett and I, there were over 15 comments about Paul Rodgers, Brian May, Steve Augeri, Steve Perry, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour and Eric Clapton. At least we came to one consensus: nobody likes the song "Magic Stick." If you do, wait until the one-week hiatus to expire before you complain about this post.