Join Chuck White (UCLA), Patrick Whitmer (Kentucky), Jim Bachman (Villanova), and myself (Duke) as four public address announcers for these high profile basketball programs go "behind the mic." If video doesn't load correctly, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq9-mgPLH1Q Audio for those who just want to listen.
On June 24th (and 25th) in 1988, I experienced something that very few have had the opportunity. From my seat in the dugout of the Burlington Indians of the Appalachian League affiliate, I was part of history; history, to this day, that is unmatched. Here is - part - of my story.
I stood at the urinal and, looking to my right, I noticed the Executive Chef. “Nice job tonight,” I offered gently. Turning over his shoulder he said, “Thank you. Wahdyah have?” I am in Boston. I stared at the porcelain tiles ahead of me and, at that moment, I realized that everything I had heard 74 hours ago – all that I had been struggling with – finally made sense. My wife and I come here every eighteen months or so, just to change our scenery and to visit our old haunts, to eat good food and to share the [...]
It happened over three years ago and the impression still lasts. In November 2012, my wife dispatched me to the hardware superstore to purchase a cleaner for our granite counter tops. When I returned home it was made very evident that I bought the wrong product. She wanted the can that was wrapped in the image of granite not the trigger spray purple plastic bottle that was in my hand. With head hung, I hopped back in the Jeep for the return run. With the correct can in hand, I walked through the back door of the house and handed [...]
And now, I climb upon my soapbox. Please bear with me for two minutes. My wife and I recently traveled to Washington, DC. While in the district, we had lunch at a hopping spot, a restaurant filled with power brokers and tourists. I watched one table as a waitress refilled the iced tea of a customer that I figured to be in his mid-twenties. He continued to talk as she continued to pour. As she left the table, he didn’t flinch in her direction. He kept on talking to his lunch mate. Today, I walked into a stationary and gift [...]
For fifteen years I only knew Mike Cleary for fifteen minutes at a time, not nearly enough looking back on it now that Mr. Clearly has gone away. While he knew me, I don’t think I ever really knew him. It wasn’t until his obituary over the New Year’s weekend that I realized the breadth of his influence, the depth of his vision, and the height of his popularity. He recognized my face each June, whether we would shake hands in Florida, California, Texas or any of the other stops of the NACDA and affiliates convention. He was the founder [...]
I thought it might be fun at the end of the college basketball regular season to poll a few college marketing administrators to discover some of the unique regional variables that weigh in on decisions about their basketball schedule. Many institutions have to either leverage their opportunities or steer clear of outside influences in order to maximize their attendance numbers. Here is what I learned and I hope you enjoy the insight. Montana State: No early or late afternoon games on a Saturday. So many people are on the slopes that the Bobcats attendance would be wiped out if they [...]