Just some random thoughts from a man that hasn’t blogged for about a month and I truly apologize for that.
Very excited that we were finally able to let everyone know about our change of WFLR studio location from Dundee to Penn Yan, hopefully by the end of the year. Of course, the change comes with mixed emotions as we will be leaving a location that WFLR has called its studio home since first going on the air in 1956. On a personal note,our Dundee location is the only place I know when it comes to working in radio. But, change is inevitable and change is a good thing and this is one that I am looking forward to.
Its important to remember that with the change, NOTHING is going to change in terms of local news and sports coverage for our Dundee audience. The only thing that is changing is the location of the rear-ends that will deliver the local news to you 24 hours a day on your hometown radio station.
Pretty exciting start to the fall football season for the Penn Yan Mustangs. They have rolled over their first four opponents, including this weekend’s 37-8 win over Midlakes. Penn Yan has a very talented team with Dylan Stape really standing out right now for his play on both sides of the football. Could this be the year the Mustangs win their first sectional title since 1983? As they say in radio, “stay tuned!”
On the flip side, the Dundee Scots are off to a rough 0-4 start, but in reality, they could be 3-1. They have losses by scores of 8-0 in OT, 30-24 and 46-43. Coach Sheldon Gibson has this team playing hard and as a coach, that’s all you can ask for. A couple of bounces here and there and they’d be talking about returning to Sectional play in a few weeks. Unfortunately, the breaks haven’t gone their way but the kids have nothing to hang their heads about. We look forward to calling their next game Saturday at Red Jacket.
Pretty pumped to see the New York Yankees back in the playoffs! I’ve been a diehard fan since the days of Henderson, Mattingly and Winfield and I didn’t even expect this team to make the playoffs this year with the recent influx of young talent. What a pleasant surprise this has been. They will likely host Minnesota in next Tuesday’s AL WildCard play-in game.
I don’t really want to get too much into the whole kneeling, protesting controversy from over the weekend in the NFL, other than to say I HATE how politics has now entered the world of sports. Make no mistake about it. With all the controversy yesterday, there is only one player that made an impact yesterday and that was this guy:
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva was the only player on his team to stand for the national anthem on Sunday. The rest of the team remained in the locker room as part of a league-wide protest.
Oh, and a quick memo to Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors: “Grow up!”
As many of you know, professional wrestling has been my number one form of entertainment since I was about 5 years old. It was around that time when “Hulkamania” was running wild after Hulk Hogan defeated the Iron Shiek in Madison Square Garden for the WWF title. I fell in love with the over-the-top-characters, the presentation, the crowd cheering their favorites, and booing the hated villains. It was every emotion you can feel mixed into one! And I loved it! But there was one guy who I hated and loved at the same time. I hated Bobby “The Brain” Heenan because he and his men, King Kong Bundy and Big John Studd, had just broken the sternum of Andre the Giant in Toronto, Canada and also cut his long hair. Andre was my guy and I was MAD at Heenan for seemingly leading the charge to hurt Andre and then worse, gloat about it!
But there was a Bobby “The Brain” Heenan that I LOVED too. That was when he served his role of color commentator along with Gorilla Monsoon on WWF programming and when he did interviews. He was called the “Johnny Carson” of pro wrestling and I think that was an insult to Heenan. “The Brain” was a lot funnier that Carson and he didn’t have a team of writers! Heenan was the BEST at what he did as a manager and as a commentator. His sense of humor and delivery were very influential on me wanting to become a broadcaster. We always hear the old saying “they broke the mold when they made so-and-so.” Well, they certainly broke the mold when they made Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Bobby passed away at the age of 73 last week after a 12-13 year battle with oral cancer. He couldn’t even speak in the last few years of his life, which is a cruel irony once you think about how important his voice and mouth was to his success. There will never be another Bobby Heenan, which is too bad. He made us boo, he made us laugh, he made us cry and he even made us cheer, once in a while. Now, he and Monsoon are in Heaven, calling matches again side-by-side, Gorilla playing the straight man, of course. On behalf of wrestling fans all over the world, we will NEVER forget Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Thanks Brain, for all of the memories! I will always be proud to say I was one of your “humanoids.”
(Lucas Day is the WFLR News and Sports Director and can be heard daily starting at 6 a.m. When he’s not rooting for the Yankees or Lakers, he’s watching the WWE Network. Questions or comments for Lucas can be left below or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org)