The Eclectic

Time moves in one direction, memory in another. – William Gibson

Cory Lidie and Ohio State football not on TV. Or the closest I’ve come to being on the radio

Posted by David Leslie on October 12, 2006

I did something today I last tried when I was a kid listing to an interview with Otto Graham. I called into a sports talk show. In this case, The Big Show with Bruce Huley on WBNS 1460 The Fan.

Now if you know me, you know that I hate Ohio State football and the sheer arrogance of Buckeye fans. However that’s not why I was going to call in.

No, I wanted to talk about the death of Cory Lidle. Lost in the reporting so far was two eery events involving crashes and the Yankees.

Well needless to say after making it past the call screener (who reminded me it was Wilson who was Mo’s best friend) I waited and when I got picked up after 45 minutes my cell phone barfed.

The first was the death of Thurman Munson in much the same way Cory died. In a airplane crash with his flight instructor at 32. I can still remember where I was when I saw the report that Thurman was dead. I was 9, in my grandparent’s room watching a newscast out of DC. I wasn’t a Yankees fan but I loved his name and the way he played. He was why I wanted to be a catcher.

The other was the story captured in Buster Olney’s excellent book, The last night of the Yankee Dynasty. The story is that had the Yankees won game 7 of the 2001 World Series, Enrique Wilson would have been on American Airlines flight 587 that crashed in Queens. However because of the loss, Wilson caught another flight. Telling the story to Mariano Rivera who took the loss in game 7, Rivera replied that he was glad to have lost the World Series than lose a friend. The irony here is that if the Yankees had won one of the games in Detroit, Cory would still be with us.

Most of the calls were about Buckeye fans losing their minds about not being able to see the game without getting a satelight dish. The level of freakout is unreal given the following:

1. The game is vs. Indiana. Who should play the Buckeyes close until just after the coin flip.

2. Its the only game not on either ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC or WBNS TV all season

3.The game is going to be on ESPNU so its not like it isn’t on TV, just that none of the cable companies carry this channel. However you can get it on both of the dish services.

4. If anyone had noticed, theirs a war going on. While Cory’s death is tragic, think about the folks who are dying everyday in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

5. Keep in mind that some fans like those of the University of Hawaii Warriors can only get their games on pay per view

Oh well, gave me something to blog tonight…

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