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Member Since: 9/1/2006
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New Regional Coverage on score:0    

Posted On: 8/20/2007 4:37:22 AM       Comments (1)

There are several new things coming your way on this year. The biggest is the new Regional Coverage sections. I split the state up into four regions - North (D 1&2), West (D3), South (D4) and East (D 5&6). New Regional Coverage features include Articles, PrepCast interviews, Student Athlete of the Week, "Get To Know" Q&A, and Player Profiles.

The north is being covered by Ryan Collingwood, formerly of fame. The east is being covered by Reed and Deana Packer of Blackfoot. The west and south are being covered by myself and whoever I can get to help me out. I am looking for someone to help out with the South coverage especially. If you are interested, email me at

If you go to now, there is some information already up in the Regional Coverage sections. Ryan did a heck of a job with the North in this first week of coverage. As the week goes on, there will be more info in the other sections, so check back often!

The Student Athlete of the Week is selected from submitted nominations. There is a nomination form for you to fill out, so please take a minute and nominate a qualified Student Athlete from your area of the state!

To get to the Regional Coverage sections, there are links in both the left and right menu bar on

We hope you enjoy the new coverage!



Covering High School Kids Online score:1    

Posted On: 5/1/2007 3:57:23 PM       Comments (2)

My buddy up north, Ryan Collingwood from received an email recently that I thought I would share with the rest of the class. I have posted the entire text of the email, as it was given to me, word for word without changing a thing.

"this page is like petafile paradise, seriously you go around taking pictures of kids, maybe if your lucky they've reached 18, so your legal there, but seriously how do parents not see this! awesome the kids are getting spotlighted on a web page for thier preformance, but whats so different about the press, the inlander, the review. the difference is, you go out of your way to snap pictures of thes kids and write about them and get paid thru sponsors, that is so wrong in my eyes view. when my child reaches the age, which is in a few years, i better believe it, that i will be fighting this website. you are no better than a petafile. you just cover it up thru "sports" get a life. you are sick in the head young man, and if you have not heard that before, i am proud to be the first one! and you will not post this, because you can not handle the negative. you sicken me"

While this particular email was sent to, I have received my share of similar comments over the year from our coverage on In the early days, when became one of the first online media sites to publish photos of high school games and events (gratuitous plug), I had a sit-down with then-Executive Director of the IHSAA Bill Young. I asked him what he thought about publishing images and video of hs school kids online and what the legalities were. He response was simple. These kids are participating in public events, making it completely legal for photographers, TV guy, newspapers, etc. to cover them.

If it wasn't legal to take pictures at HS sporting events think of what would have to happen. No more newspaper photogs at games. No more TV cameras at games. No more parents taking pictures of their kids during games, no more parents video taping their kids during games. ESPN would have to get signed waivers from everyone in the stands at the Staples Center what they show highlights of Kobe Bryant. The Statesman would have to get releases from everyone hwo walks in the gate at Bronco Stadium before every home game if they want to post any pictures in their newspaper or online.

Like, all Ryan is trying to do at is cover high school sports and the athletes who compete in them. he is doing a good thing. My guess is that the person who wrote him the above email is either a disgruntled ex-girlfriend ticked off the site is doing so well, or a kid who hasn't been covered yet and is upset about it.

I do think that this bears discussion by the members of the board here at SB. All comments are welcome.



New Stuff Happening score:0    

Posted On: 4/9/2007 6:16:35 PM       Comments (0)

Believe it or not, I am going to try and keep this blog a bit more updated than I have in the past. I was surprised to find out that there are actually a few of you out there that actually read what I write.

A lot has been going on. Some I can can tell you about, the rest is going to stay on the down-low for the time being. I can tell you this:

Coming soon -

Remember, if you are a registered member, your account comes with your own blog. Don't be afraid to use it!

Until next time.



Wrestling Dads score:2    

Posted On: 12/19/2006 1:27:46 PM       Comments (1)

I am not picking on wrestling. I promise. I titled this post wrestling dads because that is the example I am using, but my main point applies to every on..

Last Saturday I had the oppotunity to web cast the Gladiator World Championship from the Idaho Center. There were 673 wrestlers there from 14 different states. All were K-9th grade.

While I am web casting wrestling I have a tendency to let my gaze wander beyond what I am showing on the camera. I am a people watcher. What I saw, more than once, on Saturday made me sick.

A wrestler, MAYBE 8 years old lost his match. I have no idea where this little kid was from. His dad was right there waiting for him when he came off the mat. He grabbed his little arm, and right there started yelling at him for losing. He was telling him everything he did wrong and that it was his stupid mistakes that cost him the match. The dad then walked away shaking his head, throwing his hands up, and then came back for round two of yelling at his son. He did this twice more before telling him to get behind the curtain and get changed. The kid was visibly crushed and I am sure very embarassed.

He just lost his match and the one person in the world that should have been there supporting him was absolutely verbally abusing him in front of hundreds of people. This same dad paced around while the boy was getting changed until he finally ripped open the curtain and yelled at him to hurry up.

I lost track of them as I was still trying to cover the wrestling action, but I felt terrible for that little guy. I took a break and got me some over-priced nachos. I sat down on a cement slab by the concession stand, right where people walk by coming in from the main arena. I was ther for maybe two minutes when a little boy, about the same age as the other kid, came walking by with his dad. I overheard what the dad was saying to his son and it was basically this, "This is a tough sport isn't it bud? That guy was really good. You did a lot of things right, but to be really good at this sport takes a lot of practice and time on the mat. You'll get there. You have some really good coaches and you need to make sure you listen to them. What do you say we get something to eat?" That was pretty much word for word what was said.

I saw the best and worst in sports parenting that day. Which one are you?


Oh, what a day... score:0    

Posted On: 12/7/2006 1:26:53 AM       Comments (0)

What a day.

Today really didn't seem to start off that bad. I got up, helped get the kids off to school and started working early. Later in the morning I get a call from my father in law asking what I was planning on doing tonight. "Why?", I asked. "Because it is your anniversary."

Great. The streak is alive. Another forgotten anniversary.

Luckily my wife isn't too upset as she is just as busy as I am these days. She is starting up her own company and has been staying up later than me most nights. She didn't feel like staying up tonight though..I'll get to that.

Then I spent a few hours at the IHSAA trying to trouble-shoot some laptop a wire, etc. I spend a little too much time there and have to hurry home. In my hurry, I dump my Mt. Dew in my lap as I pull away from a stop light. I think my car was trying to tell me something.

I get home in time to help my wife get ready for her appointment. I then spend the next 2 hours refereeing 4 little kids. I get a call from my wife who says she thinks it would be nice if she picked up dinner and we have some semblance of an anniversary. The next call I get, I can tell something is wrong. She says she is going to be late because the guy in front of her slammed on his brakes and she didn't have time to stop before she plowed into the back of his car. Did I mention that I forgot to put the insurance card in the the car and her license expired on her October?

She is able to drive what's left of the car home. The front right corner is crushed. Fender, bumber, hood, etc. I am sitting here at 1:30am wondering if I put full coverage or just liability on that car....

Then to top things off, I am sitting here typing on my computer in the middle of the night on my anniversary, which I am clearly remembering now.

What a day. Can't wait for tomorrow.



Media Polls - How I voted: 11/29/06 score:0    

Posted On: 11/29/2006 9:39:04 AM       Comments (0)

Each week I am invited to vote in the state-wide media polls. Why, I am not sure. Apparently there were no retarded monkies available so I got the call. I may have lost some credibility the last week of football when I voted Marsing #1. (I wanted to be the ONLY guy to ever vote Marsing #1 in football.)

Regardless of everything, I am asked to cast my votes and I do. (When I remember before the deadline...)

I decided that each week I would put how I voted here in my blog. Besides generating lots of feedback and comments, it will help me keep my blog active and current. (My last blog post was submitted at the end of September.) are my votes for this week's state-wide media polls, due out in your local newspaper tomorrow as well as online in the Insider Zone on


Mt. View
Twin Falls


Marsh Valley
South Fremont

Soda Springs
New Plymouth



Soda Springs
New Plymouth
Butte County
Raft River



Posted On: 9/27/2006 9:02:12 AM       Comments (1)

If Laurie, Linda, Elizabeth and Barbara go out for lunch, they will call
each other Laurie, Linda, Elizabeth and Barbara. If Mark, Chris, Eric
and Tom go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy,
Godzilla, Peanut-Head and Scrappy.
When the bill arrives, Mark, Chris, Eric and Tom will each throw in a
$20, even though it's only for $32.50. None of them will have anything
smaller and none will actually admit they want the change back. When the
women get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.
A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs. A woman will pay $1 for a $2
item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.
A man has five items in his bathroom: a toothbrush, shaving cream,
razor, a bar of soap, and a towel from the Marriott. The average number
of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337. A man would not be able
to identify most of these items.
A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says after
that is the beginning of a new argument.
Women love cats.
Men say they love cats, but when women aren't looking, men kick cats.
FUTURE: ; A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A
successful woman is one who can find such a man.
A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't. A man
marries a woman expecting that she won't change and she does.
A woman will dress up to go shopping, to water the plants, empty the
garbage, answer the phone, read a book, and read the mail. A man will
dress up for weddings and funerals.
Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed. Women somehow
deteriorate during the night.
Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about
dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret
fears and hopes and dreams.
A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.
Any married man should forget his mistakes. There's no use in two people
remembering the same thing


IdahoStatesman Policies score:3    

Posted On: 9/19/2006 10:22:29 AM       Comments (8)

Here's my opinion....

Last year I asked The IdahoStatesman, along with every other media outlet in the state, to publish our web casting schedule for the state football championships. I thought that there were a lot of parents and fans who would not be able to make the drive to the games, but would still like to watch. Mike Prater, Sports Editor of the Statesman, informed me that it is against their policy to list web cast schedules in their newspaper. However, they have no problem listing TV and radio broadcast schedules.

In today's sports section of the Statesman, there is an article about how local HS football games are being broadcast on TV. Mt. View does a great job producing them. I watched the game last Saturday on TV and it was very well done. I wish more schools would follow their lead. They also report that CableOne is broadcasting a football game every week to local CableOne subscribers. They list the times and dates the games are replayed as well as the rest of the season schedule.

Why were the weekly web casts on left out of the article? Our games are available to a MUCH larger audience (world-wide in fact) and fans can watch the games over and over, whenever they want, for free. Isn't it a little ridiculous not to inform their readers about everything available to them? Should we as reader and subscribers really believe that publishng web casts is truly against Statesman Policy? If it is...why? If it isn't, why tell me it is?
Our web casts were broadcast to all 50 states and over 30 countries last year, and that was just the state basketball championships last winter. We web cast football, basketball, wrestling, and state track. We hold the exclusive Internet Broadcasting Rights to every state championship sanctioned by the IHSAA. I get emails from Ethiopia, New Zealand, Taiwan, England, Iraq, Germany and the list goes on and on.....from people saying how grateful they are that they can watch their sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, or just their old team, even though they live far away.
I have sent numerous emails to the managing editors of the Statesman asking why the sports department, led by Mike Prater, refuses to inform their readers about the service we provide. I have never received a response. Gary Jones, the Voice of GameStreams sent a letter to the editor, which was published, about how unprofessional he felt it was that the Statesman refuses to inforn their readers about the wb casts on, but are willing to print notices about TV and radio broadcasts.
It seems to me that broadcasting Idaho high school sports to the entire world is at least as newsworthy as CableOne showing a few games to local subscribers.
What's everyone else's opinion? Am I too touchy about all this?


Web Casting score:0    

Posted On: 9/18/2006 11:05:56 AM       Comments (0)

Friday's web cast at Caldwell HS went a little less than stellar. With about 45 left until gametime, I was left to try and connect to the school's wireless router after the school tech could not figure out why my router would not work. I was able to ping out and to ftp into our server, but all http access was being blocked. He was late for a date so he left and I tried to get things working for a while until, finally, I gave up and headed out to the field to get set up.

We did the web cast (which is now available to watch in the GameStreams on-demand archives on but it wasn't live. I wasn't a happy camper. We are guessing it was a MAC address issue that he hadn't thought about with their system.

This is the perfect example of why I need Dustin to be able to help me with full-time. Which would mean he would have to move back to Idaho. Which would mean he would have to be able to get paid. looks like he will be staying in Utah for a while.

This week I am hoping we can do the New Plymouth vs Parma game @ New Plymouth. I know I can GET Internet there, I just don't know if I can use it yet. It is from a private citizen who lives across the street. After last year's fiasco with trying to get it from the school, I prefer to try my luck with Scott across the street from the field.

I know that the Fruitland vs Weiser game would be the "better" game to do since it will probably be the SRV championshiop, but I just moved from NP a month ago and promised I would do a game for them. This is the only week the schedule works out. Anyway...look around the on-demand archives from this year and last year. We will be doing a basketball game every week this year too.



Pay attention people! score:2    

Posted On: 9/13/2006 1:52:27 PM       Comments (5)

First-year students at Texas A&M's Vet School were receiving their first
 anatomy class, with a real dead cow. They all gathered around the
 surgery table with the body covered with a white sheet.
The professor started the class by telling them, "In vet medicine, it is
 necessary to have two important qualities as a doctor: 
The first is that you not be disgusted by anything involving the animal
 body. For an example, the Professor pulled back the sheet, stuck his
 finger in the butt of the dead cow, withdrew it and stuck it in his mouth.
 "Go ahead and do the same thing," he told his students. The students 
freaked out, hesitated for several minutes. But eventually took turns
 sticking a finger in the anal opening of the dead cow and sucking on it.
When everyone finished, the Professor looked at them and told them, "The
 second most important quality is observation. I stuck in my middle
 finger and sucked on my index finger. Now learn to pay attention."


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