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Posted January 29, 2015 11:29 am

I’d cringe, but I’d still like to know

I happened to have a national weather program tuned in my television Monday. I was interested in what was developing weather-wise across the northeast with winter storm Juno. The forecast held hurricane-force winds, feet, not inches, of snow and sub-freezing temperatures for New Jersey northward.

My interest stemmed from two things. One, I am a weather geek. I tend to keep up with the weather with an ardor similar to many Georgians passion for the Dawgs. Secondly, I have relatives who live in the projected path of the storm.

I listened and watched for a while, it was all quite interesting but then I got an unexpected bonus. I got to hear a media/news/weather person say something I thought was so stupid it made me laugh.

The commentator urged people living outside the path of the storm to call their friends and relatives who would be directly affected by Juno to make certain they had made the necessary preparations to ensure they were good-to-go for the next few days.

For some reason it struck me as funny that someone who thinks any temperature below 45 degrees is frigid and sees snow about as often as the Dawgs win an SEC title, would call my relatives in Nova Scotia — for the geographically challenged that’s a part of Canada that sticks out in the North Atlantic Ocean like a Vienna sausage — to make certain they knew a winter storm was on the way and advise them as to how to prepare for it. In Nova Scotia the month of June is spring, July is their summer and August is fall, the rest of the year is winter.

Snow storms with high winds and freezing temperatures are almost as common to them as 90 degree days, thunderstorms and gnats are to us.

Me advising them on winter storm preparations would make about as much sense as me giving Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski a call to tell him how to win games.

The weather person’s comment triggered the memory of two sports reporter gaffes.

Years ago Jacksonville University, led by center Artis Gilmore, was facing the UCLA Bruins for the NCAA basketball championship. While the teams were warming up one of the commentators exclaimed he’d bet Gilmore could touch the top of the backboard if he jumped high enough.

That was certainly true, Gilmore was 7-feet, 2-inches tall. But the same could be said for 5-foot, 0-inch Danny DeVito, or anyone else for that matter. We could all touch the top of the backboard if we jumped high enough.

Here’s another one.

Several years ago after Chris Evert won one of her 157 career professional tennis titles, reporter Bud Collins shoved a microphone at her and asked something along the lines of, “Chrissy, don’t you ever get tired of winning?”

I don’t recall Evert’s verbal response but the image of the dumbfounded look on her face remains in my memory today.

Anyway, all that goes to show that just about anyone can say something silly if given a chance. I am pretty sure we at Bryan County Now are not immune to it either. While I hope we can refrain from saying things that don’t make sense or that are just plain stupid, if you catch us doing it give me a call (652-0277) or an email (jamie.parker@bryancountynow.com).

 

As much as I’d cringe, I’d still like to know.