Adam Jensen: The search for crooked numbers |

Adam Jensen: The search for crooked numbers

Baseball and snowsports don’t share many similarities.

I mean, I guess sitting in a dugout between innings can be compared to sitting on a chairlift between runs, but even that is a stretch.

There is at least one thing baseball fans and snow enthusiasts certainly share, though — a love of crooked numbers.

In the sometimes anemic San Francisco Giants offense, announcers Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow, as well as fans, are always looking for crooked numbers when it comes to runs. Anything more than one counts as crooked, but something like five, six or seven is ideal.

Likewise, when a storm is headed to Lake Tahoe, skiers and snowboarders are looking for a crooked number in terms of snowfall. It’s here where the snow-minded get even greedier than baseball fans. Five, six, or seven inches of snow is fine, but any skier or snowboarder worth their salt would rather have something like 12, 24, 36 or 48 show up on a snow report.

Coming into work early Wednesday morning, I had emails in my inbox reporting 7.5, 10, even 16 inches of snow from storms this week. In the words of right fielder Hunter Pence and pro wrestler Daniel Bryan: Yes! Yes! Yes!

Baseball season may be over, but the ski season is just getting started, and it’s good to see some crooked numbers up on the board early in the game.

More snow may be on the way in the near future. Hopefully it’s a rally.

Adam Jensen is the editor of Lake Tahoe Action. He can be reached at

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