The Mitchell Report: A stinky stadium and a rush to judge
Posted September 9, 2012
Updated September 10, 2012
This will serve as my weekly column for notes about things I find interesting outside the Triangle. Enjoy my insights. I will enjoy sharing them ...
-The New York Jets are the latest example of why we should always wait until the regular season to make a judgment on a team. I was in New York after one of the Jets preseason losses and everyone was screaming "what's wrong with the offense?!?". The coaches and players kept saying they were not showing the entire playbook during those games, but people in my business didn't listen. The Jets scored 48 points during the first real game of the season. Glad we spent all of that time analyzing what was wrong with a team that wasn't actually choosing to run its full offense. I'm not ready to jump on the Mark Sanchez bandwagon now. I believe in waiting. I think it's wise to see how they do with a couple of games and judge off a body of work. The preseason is fun for predictions and grand statements but it's getting old. We should practice patience when analyzing a performance. RGIII looked fabulous opening weekend. Let's see how he looks week 12.
-I am becoming a big time Rory McIlroy fan. I think Rory really enjoys being Rory and I find that very cool. He should enjoy being a young millionaire who plays golf for a living and dates a hot tennis player. Rory won his second tournament in a row this week at the BMW. He's playing great golf and he's doing it with personality. He's an entertaining follow on twitter at @McIlroyRory . Last week, he tweeted "winner"---with a photo of himself holding the trophy. Most of us would love to have a cool job like that. We hate it when guys seem to take that for granted. He appears to embrace all that comes with being a star. Good for him.
-If you haven't heard, Rice upset the great Charlie Weis and Kansas on Saturday. Apparently the Jayhawks were not the only ones stinking up the stadium. According to a Kansas TV reporter covering the game, stadium officials had to trap a skunk that was trapped on the third level before the game.The skunk made its way around the stadium the night before leaving various "deposits" for the fans. The critter was eventually caught, but his aroma made its way to the press box. The skunk seemed to be the only one in Lawrence with a "decided schematic advantage" on Saturday.
-NASCAR's chase for the championship is set to begin. Matt Kenseth is in the sport's version of the the playoffs. He is currently driving a Roush-Fenway car but is already set to join Joe Gibbs Racing next year. This remains the biggest mystery to me about the sport of NASCAR. Can you imagine someone who plays for the Red Sox but is signed to play for the Yankees in 2013? It is crazy! I don't understand how a sport built so much on secrets and strategy can let this happen. How can this possibly be good for anyone involved to have a driver actively negotiating with another team?
-My behind the scenes note of the day involves the highlights you see on TV. There is no "magic highlight fairy". It is often a challenge to get video of our local teams when they are playing far away. For example, we were one of the only stations around that was able to access a good quality feed of the NC State/UConn game. We had to dial this up on a satellite which was not easy because WRAL was carrying tennis AND a college football game at the same time. Kudos to our folks in master control for getting this done. I had stations all over the state calling me to ask if I would share my video because they couldn't get it. It's amazing how tough this can be in the year 2012.