I should have been a baritone saxophone player in a studio band. Not a sports writer turned blogger.
I loved jazz. I could hold down the bass line and also rip it a solo. I had a colossal, bad-ass baritone sax named Maddie. I named her after Cybill Shepherd’s character in “Moonlighting.” That’s how cool I was.
My music dreams died when we moved to Carolina from Colorado.
My high school here didn’t have a jazz band. I chose another elective: Astronomy. No one else did, though. Garinger High canceled the class, and made my elective choice for me: Intro to Journalism. I became a staff writer on the student paper, The Rambler.
I didn’t realize it at the time. The universe had just pulled a bait-and-switch for my stars.
It didn’t have the excitement of this one by Indiana Jones.
1. How much does a reed cost?
I played in the concert band for two years at Garinger. It just wasn’t the same, though.
Dr. Maddox, our band instructor, sold reeds out of a manila envelope on the honor system. Pick the one you need, and leave the cash. It worked until the money grew past $10. It always disappeared at that point. We canceled a band trip after the money got ganked.
You can get a box of 10 Rico alto saxophone reeds for $21.49 online. That’s a 3 strength reed, my reed of choice. We paid Doc a buck a shot. Turns out we paid a stealth student a buck a shot.
2. Do you need to get one of each foot in bounds for a catch to count in football?
In high school and college, you need just one foot in bounds for a catch to count. In the pros, you need both feet in bounds.
Hopping twice on your right foot doesn’t count. If you’re named Santonio Holmes, in the waning moments of Super Bowl XLIII, one foot in will do. I guess I’ve brought this up a time or two.
The Arizona Cardinals, Marie’s Arizona Cardinals, were ahead in a Super Bowl. What if they’d held on? Talk about a day to change your stars.
3. Are they in the blimp for aerial shots?
Yes, and the blimp didn’t get a shot of Holmes play.
Blimps beat the hell out of jets for aerial shots of NFL stadiums. *zip* That’s Heinz Field!
A helicopter would be all choppy. That’s great for tracking white Broncos on California highways. That’s lousy if you hope to capture the feel for Lucas Oil Stadium and the surrounding neighborhood.
MetLife named its blimps Snoopy One and Snoopy Two.
Remember Gabe? He played on Grace’s U8 soccer team. The blimp flew over our match one day on its way to the Wachovia Championships on the PGA Tour. Gabe blurted out an astonished “holy shit!” when it hovered overhead. Hey, it’s a big deal, the blimp.
It’s holy-shit big.
4. How many people have died of Ebola?
It depends on who you ask.
The death toll ranges from 4,800 to 15,000. The World Health Organization can’t be sure of exact numbers. The deadly Ebola virus reached outbreak status in West Africa in 2014. It reached the U.S. and Europe with high-profile infections of medical personnel.
Scores might have died without medical care. Or who couldn’t get a bed in all the overcrowded facilities.
If 42 days pass from the last patient becoming negative, a nation becomes officially Ebola-free. That’s according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
It struck me today, the lonely nature of Ebola. When you treat an Ebola patient, you must do so without touch. When you’re an Ebola patient, you’re on your own in the battle. You’re alone, or with others who are sick. It’s Heartbreak Hill in real life. What a horrible ordeal.
5. Do football players wear cleats?
Yes, and they’re not like your soccer boots.
Football spikes screw into the shoe. Teams switch to longer or shorter spikes according to field conditions. Molded-bottom soccer cleats have spike cleats beat for comfort.
Certain fields, like Lambeau Field in Green Bay, play soft. I’d guess you’ll switch to a longer spike in a soft surface.
I could be wrong. Maybe you could land both feet in bounds, even, with the right cleats.
Maybe Santonio Holmes had them on one cleat.
Can we check the blimp footage on that one?