Posted on: March 20, 2010 3:20 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2010 3:22 pm

Anagrams for you

Ok ... here you go. My buddy from high school, who isn't as sports savvy, was given a list of anagrams that could be rearranged into athletes who play either football, baseball or basketball. He needed to find the answers for his Boy Scout troop. Once the players are determined, he has to find their jersey numbers. The numbers lead to another clue.

He called upon me to solve these mysteries. It required about an hour and 20 minutes of my time to figure them all out. I can tell you that I found some terrific resources on the internet. Also aiding me was my general knowledge of athletes.

Here you go ...

"My mean tickle"
"trombone re elect"
"a tiny ok arm"
"betray knob"
"roman owner"
"lunar hog pun"
"ice brook ninjas"
"jive ruling us"

I'll provide the answers next week.

Category: General
Tags: Anagram
Posted on: July 6, 2009 11:02 pm

Another car chase

What is it about car chases that we find so compelling?

There was another car chase today, this time in Houston, Texas. And ... everytime the national News networks (CNN, MSNBC and Fox News) break into coverage of one, everyone at the office stops what they're doing. With eyes glued to the TV today, we watched, talked amongst ourselves and tried to provide constructive advice to the police cars chasing the bad guy in the white van.

We scream out to the police: "Oh man! Why didn't you side-swipe the maniac? Flatten his tires with that spike strip! Come on! You can do it!"

We ask all kinds of questions ...

Will this crazy person get away? What can the Police do to improve their situation? What got the bad guy into this high-speed chase in the first place? What compelled him to drive at high speeds through busy traffic and what compelled the bad guy, or one of them, to jump off a roof to another roof 40 feet below?

Meanwhile, Shepard Smith always seems to be starting his shift at Fox News. The tone in his voice always seems upbeat as he provides play-by-play. It seems like he, more so than any other person, enjoys these things. That's probably not true, but the tone in his voice suggests otherwise. He called today's bad guy Mr. Speedy. It's laughable.

Also, it appears to me that these car chases typically occur in South Florida, Los Angeles and Texas.
Does that mean bad people are doing more bad things in these locales?

Inevitably, the good guys get their man (or woman in some instances), which is good. However, I would love to have someone explain to me why we are so interested in these damn things. 

Regardless, it truly is compelling television. I can't wait for the next one. I hope the police always get the bad guy and I hope the innocent bystanders stay safe.

Category: General
Tags: Car chases
Posted on: June 1, 2008 6:07 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2008 6:11 pm

Love the Spelling Bee

My co-workers and I love watching the Spelling Bee and did so on Friday afternoon. How enjoyable is it to see children spelling words that none of us will probably use in a sentence during our lifetime?

We've even become familiar with some of the contestants. This year, we rooted for Tia Thomas and Matthew Evans, who were returning veterans. We remembered them from previous years.

Thomas, who advanced to the final three, was eliminated in Round 13 after incorrectly spelling the word opificer (epificer). Oh, she was so close! She lost to eventual champion Sameer Mishra, who correctly spelled the word guerdon to win the whole thing.

Mishra was funny and had a great personality. You can't help but wonder if all these kids do is lock themselves in a room and study the dictionary all day long. So when one displays a sense of humor, it makes us feel a little more at ease knowing that they do indeed have a life outside of the dictionary..

It's one thing for a kid to spell an impossible word, but it's even more impressive to see that they can crack a joke while nervously trying to come up with the correct version of the word. Oh the pressure they're under. It makes for great television.

I was proud that I heard of the word schnecke, which was spelled correctly by Zachary Zagorski in Round 5. I heard that word a lot growing up in Milwaukee, Wisc. My older German relatives used to refer to pastry as such. Heard of it, I say. If you asked me to spell it, I would have done so as follows: s-c-h-n-e-c-k, which is how we pronounced it in the Bromberg household back in the day.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to next year's event.

Posted on: February 18, 2008 10:32 am
Edited on: February 18, 2008 10:49 am

What would you do? I'm not sure (Part II)

I appreciate the comments from those who have responded to my question. I would like to add a postscript to the events that took place after the game on Saturday.

First, my niece is doing fine. Kids are pretty resilient and I think she was able to cope with the loss a lot better than I would have, and for that I applaud her.

Second, I noticed after the game that the coach from the opposing team approached my niece. I wasn't close enough to hear what he was saying to her, but it appeared to me that he was offering some nice words of encouragement. However, as I learned the next day, he was very unhappy with my niece because she elbowed his daughter in the closing seconds of the game. The coach took the opportunity to not offer words of encouragement, but instead to scold my niece, who was already feeling pretty bad about the loss. Suffice to say, his words didn't help Marisa's emotional disposition and they shook her up even more.

In getting Marisa's side of the story, the young girl apparently shoved my niece, who responded with the elbow. Now, this all probably seems funny and childish as you're reading it, I'm sure. I don't deny that my niece elbowed the girl. If Marisa takes after my side of the family, we've got fiery German blood coursing through our veins and we are very competitive.

However, what this coach on the other team failed to see was his daughter's original push. He only witnessed the back end of the play, which was my niece's elbow. But what this coach failed to understand is that things are going to happen in the heat of battle and, in my opinion, you let them slide off your back with that knowledge.

For him to single out my niece I think was wrong. If I would have heard what he was saying to Marisa, I don't think I could have been held accountable for the things I probably would have said and done in defense of my niece. Well, maybe I would have. LOL. Anyway, I would love to get your opinion as to whether this guy was in the right to approach my niece? Or, do you feel my niece was wrong to defend herself by throwing the elbow.

Category: General
Tags: Soccer
Posted on: February 16, 2008 3:48 pm

What would you do? I'm not sure

My 10-year-old niece, Marisa, plays soccer in a girl's league that takes place in Boca Raton, Fla. Her team advanced into the playoffs, but was eliminated following a loss on Saturday in sudden-death overtime. Marisa was the goalie who allowed the winning score to pass through the net. I don't need to tell you that she broke down in tears and was heartbroken following the game. I felt really bad for her and her teammates.

After the game, I was encouraged by family and friends to cheer Marisa up and give her an uplifting talk, but I truly don't know how to act or what to say to someone after a game ends like that one did. The first thing that came to mind is that my niece needed to experience a loss like that, remember how bad it felt, and then use it as motivation to improve and never let it happen again.

But, there's nothing that can be said in the short term to make someone feel better about a loss outside of allowing time to pass. I remember when I was a little kid, I can recall with vivid detail the losses that stung a little bit more than others. I can say that there wasn't anything anyone could say or do that would cheer me up or make me feel better. Being consoled just made me angrier and it always seemed so contrived and annoyingly condescending. It would typically take a day or two for me to recover and it was something I had to always work out on my own accord and timeframe. 

I'm curious to hear how others would have responded in a situation like that.

Category: General
Tags: Soccer
Posted on: February 14, 2008 10:44 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2008 12:05 am

To remember or misremember...that is the question

I've been hearing Earmark a lot lately in political debates and discussions, and it sounds like a pretty important word. An Earmark is not as exciting of a word, I presume, as misremember, which is a word I hadn't heard until Roger Clemens spoke it a few days ago. I suspect, however, that the word Earmark could play a very important role in this year's political race, which is why I feel a certain urgency to understand its meaning.

All I can say is that I hope that I do eventually remember to not misremember what an Earmark is, because that would be bad. But then again, how can one misremember what an Earmark is if one hasn't even remembered what it was in the first place? That's the question I pose to you.

And speaking of misremembering, I would venture to say that it can be applied to all demographics, but even moreso to our older generation. A guy like Andy Pettitte can rest assurred that he's not the only one misremembering things these days. 

For instance, my dearly departed Grandpa, Otto Johan Henry Bromberg, most likely misremembered some things in his elder years. But his ability to misremember (or inability to remember) was simply a product of his age (He lived 87 years), and it was, in my opinion, nothing to be ashamed of.

My dad, Robert James Bromberg, confided to me that he's starting to misremember some things, but I have assured him that his mind is still very sharp, even though he's in his mid 70s.

Me? Why I'm in my mid 30s and I'm misremembering things all of the time. For instance, I left my car running for four hours at work the other day. True story ... I left the key in the ignition upon returning from lunch and burnt a quarter of a tank of gasoline in the process. I simply misremembered to turn the engine off. But, I assure you that there was a time when I was a very good rememberer. I think the older I get, the more I become a misrememberer.

Sorry ... I misremembered what the point of all of this was.

Posted on: January 15, 2008 12:32 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2008 7:59 am

The Stadium/Arena experience: Marlins Games

I will provide my insight from time to time on the Stadium/Arena-going experience. This inaugural installment focuses on the Florida Marlins and my experiences attending games.

Concessions: Living down in South Florida, I've been subjected to less than average food and drink at Marlins games, which are played at Dolphins Stadium. In South Florida, the beer is often cool when I purchase it and warm by the time I make it back to my seat. The variety of food is limited and so I typically purchase a hot dog and a beer. The hot-dog bun is not soft, but crunchy. The hot dog, itself, is not hot, but a mix between warm and slightly cold. Sometimes I'll have nachos and cheese and the combination isn't all that bad. The nacho chips are sometimes stale, but the concession folks keep the chips warm, which somewhat disguises their lack of freshness.  Rating on a scale of 1 to 10: 5.

Atmosphere: The Marlins don't draw big crowds and so plenty of good seats are available. The cool thing about that is that, for me, plenty of good seats are available. Not only can I get a good seat, but I can hear everything that's being said on the field because it's so quiet in the stadium. The bad thing about a lack of crowd is that there isn't much atmosphere at Marlins games. They're not exciting in as much as they are relaxing. There always seems to be one or two people in the crowd who are pretty boisterous, which would normally be drowned out in stadiums with larger crowds. So those one or two guys are more annoying in quiet setting. Rating on a scale of 1 to 10: 6.

Ultimate Experience: Because the Marlins attract smaller crowds, it's easy to drive in and out of the stadium. There are plenty of good seats available and the games are relaxing. There is neither grilling nor much tailgating going on, which takes away from the ultimate experience. The fans that do show up regularly are extremely loyal, which is a positive. Some of my lady friends are not fond of the Marlins Mermaids, but I have no complaints with them. Billy the Marlin, the team's mascot, does an okay job. I give him credit for walking around in 90 degree-plus weather. The food offered lacks variety and freshness, and the beer isn't cold enough. I typically attend 10 to 20 games a season, and pay for tickets in about 75-percent of the games I go to. Rating on a scale of 1 to 10: 6.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or