The San Francisco Giants TV broadcast team of Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow is a quality act. The former Giants are humorous, knowledgeable and generally enjoyable to listen to, with Kuiper’s monotone (but not boring) play-by-play and Krukow’s colorful analysis and quips on the side. In recent seasons, however, the pair seems determined to butcher the English language. Most notably, both insist on using the word good in place of well. “He played good,” they’ll say, every single time, as if absolved from speaking proper English. Who gave them a pass to degrade the language we speak? I’ve known grandmas who would slap a kid’s lips off for such an offense. There’s no excuse for it. Giants broadcasters should not be allowed by their employers to continue spewing bad grammar to thousands (millions?) of listeners. It’s insulting, frankly. Baseball fans are not dumb jocks. Clean it up, gentlemen.
LeBron James looks like a man among boys on a basketball court. He’s a beast. The best player in the NBA. And it’s not even close. That is, during the regular season. Come playoff time — as we are reminded every year — the NBA’s most freakishly talented player suddenly looks human, clanking bricks from point-blank range, air-balling wide-open looks from the perimeter and sheepishly dishing off to any teammate he hopes can bail him out in the most crucial moments. It’s kind of embarrassing to watch (he did the same in this year’s All-Star game). And yet, here we are nearing the end of another regular season, and once again, LeBron is the obvious candidate for the league’s MVP award — aka, the best player of the regular season. But if the NBA wanted to truly award the most valuable player, it would wait until the season is complete, after its biggest talent tanks in the playoffs while other, more clutch players excel when their teams need them most. Maybe LeBron will shake free of his choke-artist reputation and start hitting big shots this year — like he did that one time. But until then, he’s simply the most valuable player of non-pressure situations.
— Sylas Wright is the sports editor of the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.