Sports reporters and editors: The U.S. Open what?

Sports reporters and editors: The U.S. Open what?

It's summer, and it's time for all sorts of tournaments. The World Cup is gaining publicity, but still needs some extra reminders and explanations for those of us who don't follow soccer (football, to some readers) and don't have a player in the family. I keep seeing and hearing those explanations, and it helps my interest.

But I've had it with stories about "The U.S. Open" that just go on and say who won, who lost, and don't even mention what sport they are playing. Radio's especially at fault, but not alone.

Sports journalists may find this hard to believe, but there are those out here who don't follow either tennis or golf. (That includes yours truly.)

The courtesy of mentioning the actual sport would be very much appreciated. Make that Seriously appreciated.

Margaret Serious has a page on Facebook.

What game's on next? Word games, of course! Subscribe and find out which ones.Type your e-mail address in the box and click the "create subscription" button. My list is completely spam-free, and you can opt out at any time.

Filed under: Uncategorized


Leave a comment
  • I think that if nobody follows the sport, those people don't care. Basically, with golf, if Tiger isn't charging into the 18th with the lead, nobody but Barry Rosner cares. Well, maybe enough that someone who sponsors the U.S. Open Scoreboard Update Minute thinks someone cares.

    By the same token, in the approximately 50 years the Black Hawks were out of it, I don't recall anyone complaining that no one referred to it as the Stanley Hockey Cup. And I really don't care if anyone other than Steph Curry knows what the Larry O'Brien Trophy is for.

    At the moment, the only thing that holds my interest on sports radio is the daily Florida or Ohio competition on Waddle and Silvy at 3:48 p.m.

    BTW, there was a story yesterday that someone was selling titles of nobility and plots of land in Scotland, but didn't say if the plot in Glencoe came with a parking pass to the Botanical Gardens. Nor whether the Battle of Bannockburn was fought near Deerfield High School.

  • In reply to jack:

    OK, there's a lot to cover here, Jack. I'm just trying to encourage sports journalists to occasionally mention the sport. Even in the years when the Stanley Cup playoffs ended short of the cup itself (1961-2010, so well done on the number), I don't remember anyone going without mentioning the word "hockey" in talking about the playoffs. They'd more often avoid mentioning the trophy's name.

  • As for the Scottish story, I saw that; it was a company selling very small "plots" of land in the original Glencoe, the one in Scotland (not the one in Illinois). It has a very important battlefield, not a botanic garden. The "plots" were being sold to raise funds for conservation in the area. Perhaps a silly idea, but a worthy result.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Would you call your comments a shot of Scotch across Jack's bow?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I don't need to now that you've called them that, do I? Thanks for the smile.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I only had an ice tea when watching some History Channel show on the Battle of Bannockburn at some [former] rotisserie chicken place about 3 miles south in Deerfield. True.

  • In reply to jack:

    OK, thanks for picking up the teetotaling part, Jack. But Bannockburn is nothing to joke about to me. Like Glencoe, the town in Illinois is named after a very important place in Scotland's history.

Leave a comment