Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-08-29

By Bradford Doolittle | Filed in Uncategorized
  • @Puntchy But then they'd decide that Pulaski was too crusty to deal with athletes, and Crusher would be back. in reply to Puntchy #
  • Injuries are the worst part about sports. I wish we could invent a Beverly Crusher device and just fix all of these things on the spot. #
  • RT: @DraftExpress JaVale McGee is a freak of nature. Body looks amazing. So talented. Going to have a monster year if he stays focused. #
  • The Jordan '30 on 30' literally gave me goosebumps. #
  • Spent too much time thinking about this, but if I'm Utah, I forget about Fesenko and offer Amundson rest of my MLE. Hey, it's not my money. #

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At the Buzzer: Episode No. 16 Review

By Brian Doolittle | Filed in NBA, NBA Radio Show

"Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart!" ... I had a fantastic time doing the show last week. Though I had just a little bit of a rough start as I was finding the proper volume levels for my studio monitor (headphones), I was pleased that the issues were on my end - and were barely noticeable in those first couple of minutes.

Once I got settled in, I dived into my story about re-connecting with my high school and junior varsity head coach. As I stated, I tend to talk very little about myself, so it was kind of nice to personalize the show. That first segment improved as it went, and given that it was my first in an entirely new environment, I felt encouraged as we moved forward. The new studios are in Webster Groves off of Big Bend Boulevard rather than Laclede's Landing, so my drive time has been cut in half, which is very cool. However, it also unfortunately means less time spent downtown.

My opening commentary, and news and notes concluded with a  Team USA breakdown and then we segued into segment No. 2, which I was very excited about.  It featured an interview with University of Akron head coach Keith Dambrot, who is much better known as LeBron James' first high school coach. Dambrot also mentored LeBron for two years prior to high school. We spent a lot of time discussing those St. Vincent/St. Mary days, and his perspective on what is currently going on with James.

The show wrapped up with another enjoyable interview with Denver Nuggets writer Jeremy Wagner, who helped lend a point of view from Nuggets nation on the rapidly developing and changing circumstances involving Carmelo Anthony's free agency. Anyone interested in anything regarding the Nuggets, and also Jeremy's use of video to complement his analysis, can check out his fine work at roundballminingcompany.com.

I slipped in a few quick notes to wrap up the show and signed out ... and continue to feel positive about this endeavor. I'll have a full six months under my figurative belt when the 2010-2011 season kicks off - and anyone who had their doubts about the show as I battled through those first couple of challenging months hopefully continued their support as I found my way!

I look forward to another Saturday summer evening with Producer John this week as he is helping me to establish cohesion with this adventure. Plus, he's fun to work with. We will break down the incredible impact that the University of Kentucky had on the 2010 NBA Draft, and stay on top of the FIBA World Championships that begin on Saturday. To stay updated with the show and find our Podcasts, RSS feed, audio archives and more, please click here.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-08-22

By Bradford Doolittle | Filed in Uncategorized
  • @SteveKays Agree, but this just shows what a golden era it is for point guards. in reply to SteveKays #
  • @SteveKays Agree, but this just shoe in reply to SteveKays #
  • @SteveKays agree, in reply to SteveKays #
  • Tonight shows why it doesn't pay to get excited about young pitchers. At least Strasburg could have had a Doc Gooden season or three. #
  • Must remember not to ask Lou Piniella if the Cubs are going to zone up or about Carloa Marmol's jump shot. #
  • Taking a few hours off of work on Pro Basketball Prospectus '10-11 for a one day stint covering the Cubs for mlb.com ... #
  • Answer couple of Whitlock ?s that came my way: I don't know the guy at all. Judge him only by his work. And weight comments are just wrong. #
  • Here's the thing about Whitlock that is too often ignored: He's a hack. His popularity is ... I'll never understand it. #
  • Did they pull Whitlock off the air? Few in local media had as sweet of a gig as he had at the KC Star. What a dick. Good riddance. #
  • Wow. Six weeks shy of turning 30, former No. 1 overall pick Bryan Bullington has 1st career win (8 shutout innings, 2 hits vs Yankees). #
  • Ned Yost pulled Bullington after eight. I understand the decision, but still disappointed. Will be lots worse if Soria blows save. #
  • @JPosnanski Tough call, but he's been waiting 8 years for this. I'd let him start the inning and have Soria ready. in reply to JPosnanski #
  • As @aarongleeman mentioned, Slowey has had elbow trouble, and it looks like he's coming out. Turning attention back to Bryan Bullington. #
  • An Edwin Jackson situation for Gardy. Twins' Kevin Slowey has thrown 7 no-hit innings, but has burned through 106 pitches. #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-08-15

By Bradford Doolittle | Filed in Uncategorized
  • @SarahSpain Noise pollution. It freaks my dog out. in reply to SarahSpain #
  • Sure sounds like Larry Drew is doing a lot of tweaking to an Atlanta offense that posted 2nd-best offensive efficiency in NBA last season. #
  • @espnchijon A sports bar! Just what that neighborhood needed. in reply to espnchijon #
  • Either they're practicing for this weekend's air show outside, or we're being invaded a la "Red Dawn" #
  • @JohnGasaway Yep. Da'Sean Butler was drafted despite an awfully ugly knee injury. in reply to JohnGasaway #
  • At Basketball Prospectus: a treatment of yesterday's trades in the NBA. http://bit.ly/9K3AKi #
  • Awesome! RT @pfref: FB Blog: Welcome to College Football at Sports-Reference.com http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/blog/?p=9 #
  • @ProfessorParks You forgot predatory, exploitive, community-wrecking and just generally evil. And then there's David Glass... in reply to ProfessorParks #
  • I was critical of the Mike McGlone/Geico commericals at first, but they're getting pretty clever. Love the one with Abe Lincoln. #
  • Rangers win! Great game in Texas. Love the last two months of the baseball regular season. Well, even more than the first four ... #
  • @serhatugur Yep, a formula glitch missed a few of the Hawks' B2Bs. Rest of the data looked fine. Correction made. Thanks! in reply to serhatugur #
  • Kind words! RT @BQRMagic: Now that schedule's out, next big NBA event (for me) is release of this year's Pro Basketball Prospectus. #
  • @KCJHoop Here's a link to the full list: http://bit.ly/97QpWO in reply to KCJHoop #
  • Here's a post with the back-to-back data in one list at Basketball Prospectus Unfiltered: http://bit.ly/auPB3b #
  • My quick and unofficial count of NBA back-to-backs by team: 26. SAS 18; 27. ATL 17; 28. OKC 17; 29. PHX 16; 30. LAL 15. #
  • My quick and unofficial count of NBA back-to-backs by team: 21. TOR 19; 22. UTA 19; 23. GSW 18; 24. NO 18; 25. SAC 18. #
  • My quick and unofficial count of NBA back-to-backs by team: 16. ORL 20; 17. BOS 19; 18. DEN 19; 19. MIA 19; 20. MIN 19. #
  • My quick and unofficial count of NBA back-to-backs by team: 11. IND 21; 12. MEM 21; 13. NY 21; 14. WAS 21; 15. DAL 20. #
  • My quick and unofficial count of NBA back-to-backs by team: 6. NJN 22; 7. PHI 22; 8. POR 22; 9. DET 21; 10. HOU 21. #
  • My quick and unofficial count of NBA back-to-backs by team: 1. CHI 23; 2. MIL 23; 3. CHA 22; 4. CLE 22; 5. LAC 22. #
  • I'd hate to be "Spencer" today, or ever. http://bit.ly/ajUFKe #
  • Has potential to be highly addictive. RT @SebastianPruiti: Introducing NBAPlaybook’s Player Scouting Reports - http://tinyurl.com/247a6ys #

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At the Buzzer: Episode No. 15 Review

By Brian Doolittle | Filed in Uncategorized

As I give the topic some brief in-depth consideration, it is amazing how I've went from the brink of panic attacks and anxiety-ridden experiences to a relativley smooth and enjoyable way to deliver my weekly NBA radio show to St. Louis each Saturday.

Going from being a first-time radio show host attempting to navigate the various technical obstacles involved with doing live remote broadcasts from an active sports bar setting ... to the quiet comforts of a professional studio setting is an enormous contrast. As I've mentioned, I am settled into doing my show from the Sports Radio 1380 AM studios at Laclede's Landing in downtown St. Louis. I'm really enjoying it, and feel like I have much to look forward to each week. BIG THANKS to the new co-producer of At the Buzzer ... Producer John!

After almost four months of constant production, the show had its first week off at the end of July as I enjoyed a family vacation in Daytona Beach, Florida. It was a great time! But I found myself very eager to get back to doing the show, and was very pleased with what we came up with this past Saturday.

The challenge I am facing is to get past these next two months before diving into season previews, preseason action, and the upcoming regular season. To me, this is not so much of a challenge as it is an opportunity to show just how much news is going on day-to-day, and how much perspective and insight is available to entertain us each week.

Episode No. 15 was really smooth, as I feel great about a new interview technique I've implemented. Using a high-quality USB microphone, Skype and a good audio-editing software (such as Audacity or Adobe Audition) I can create a studio-like recording from my home office with much ease.

I delivered my weekly opening commentary, with notes on the Chris Bosh controversy, David Lee, Team USA, Mike Krzyzewski and much more. I mentioned that At the Buzzer is now available via iTunes and Podcast, as well as an RSS feed. So, many ways to check on this developing show.

Our final two segments featured a very revealing and substantive interview with Toronto Raptors writer Zarar Siddiqi from RaptorsRepublic.com, who details the Bosh point-of-view from the heart of Toronto hoops culture. We wrapped up with some very solid content about St. Louis native David Lee and his new team, the Golden State Warriors, as well as some other Warriors-related topics with Mike Arnoldi (Olympic Mike) from GoldenStateofMind.com.

GSOM was kind enough to promote our show this week: click here.

For everything related to ATB, please visit my web site - the new Sports Radio 1380 web site is not yet finished.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-08-08

By Bradford Doolittle | Filed in Uncategorized
  • Sometimes, I think guys get labeled as good defenders simply because they're lousy on the other end. Gotta be a reason they're in the L ... #
  • The Bogans signing doesn't do it for me. Never liked his game. Bulls still need shooting. #
  • The Rodney Dangerfield of Twitter. RT: @buzzbissinger Actually I have a terrific marriage with wife no. 3. She just doesn't know it. #
  • @AnnaUndercover Lewis Carroll. Nice. Henry Miller, my favorite writer, does a brilliant send-up of Carroll called "Jabberwhorl Cronstadt." in reply to AnnaUndercover #
  • A number of people in my stream are watching Jersey Shore. I'm having serious doubts about you people. #
  • Why does it seem like the Padres and Dodgers are wrapping up like an eight-game series? Do they play anyone else? #
  • Too f'n funny ... RT: @jazayerli Going bald is just one humiliation after another. Today's episode: I just got a mosquito bite on my scalp. #
  • RT: @Kevin_Goldstein Spent a lot of time sketching out a 25-man roster for 2013 #Royals results tomorrow at baseballprospectus.com #
  • @Nick_NoHeart Exactly what it means. Yes! in reply to Nick_NoHeart #
  • @yanks08701 Last year was $19.95 for hard copy or $9.95 for pdf in reply to yanks08701 #
  • The Royals have designated Jose Guillen for assignment. Finally, KC will (mostly) field a lineup worth watching. #
  • At Basketball Prospectus: The books are back! http://bit.ly/9iJ0ga #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-08-08

By Bradford Doolittle | Filed in Uncategorized
  • Sometimes, I think guys get labeled as good defenders simply because they're lousy on the other end. Gotta be a reason they're in the L ... #
  • The Bogans signing doesn't do it for me. Never liked his game. Bulls still need shooting. #
  • The Rodney Dangerfield of Twitter. RT: @buzzbissinger Actually I have a terrific marriage with wife no. 3. She just doesn't know it. #
  • @AnnaUndercover Lewis Carroll. Nice. Henry Miller, my favorite writer, does a brilliant send-up of Carroll called "Jabberwhorl Cronstadt." in reply to AnnaUndercover #
  • A number of people in my stream are watching Jersey Shore. I'm having serious doubts about you people. #
  • Why does it seem like the Padres and Dodgers are wrapping up like an eight-game series? Do they play anyone else? #
  • Too f'n funny ... RT: @jazayerli Going bald is just one humiliation after another. Today's episode: I just got a mosquito bite on my scalp. #
  • RT: @Kevin_Goldstein Spent a lot of time sketching out a 25-man roster for 2013 #Royals results tomorrow at baseballprospectus.com #
  • @Nick_NoHeart Exactly what it means. Yes! in reply to Nick_NoHeart #
  • @yanks08701 Last year was $19.95 for hard copy or $9.95 for pdf in reply to yanks08701 #
  • The Royals have designated Jose Guillen for assignment. Finally, KC will (mostly) field a lineup worth watching. #
  • At Basketball Prospectus: The books are back! http://bit.ly/9iJ0ga #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-08-01

By Bradford Doolittle | Filed in Uncategorized

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At the Buzzer: Episode No. 14 Review

By Brian Doolittle | Filed in NBA, NBA Radio Show

This past installment of my NBA radio show was bound to go smoothly. After all, there were no pounding thunderstorms on my way to the radio station, I actually had a key with me to get into the building and ... I had a plan.

With 45 minutes for final show preparations, and having already coordinated with producer John, I was eager for the show to begin. With July being so heavy with NBA news and developments, I have yet to run into any lack of content issues. My opening segment focused on setting up Team USA's scrimmage last Saturday in Las Vegas, and previewing this USA roster and the FIBA World Championships in Turkey next month.

Four years ago, Team USA was stunned by Greece in the semifinals, and eight years ago Team USA finished a mind-boggling sixth in the World Championships. Only one player from the gold-medal-winning 1994 team, Shaquille O'Neal, remains an active NBA player, and and each of the 12 players from the 2008 USA gold-medal team has withdrawn from this year's team.

I discussed how Kevin Durant was just five years old in 1994, yet is now the new face of USA basketball.

St. Louis native David Lee (finger injury), who was recently traded to the Golden State Warriors, suffered an injury to the middle finger on his right hand last week during practice in Las Vegas. He will wear a splint for six weeks and is expected to make a complete recovery prior to the start of training camp in September. However, Lee will not be playing in Turkey, unfortunately.

The fact that Celtics PG Rajon Rondo is not a lock to make Team USA's roster was discussed; Rondo is not a solid perimeter shooter, lacks positional flexibility and has incredible backcourt competition on this team.

It has been 16 years (1994) since Team USA grabbed the gold medal in these championships and Saint Louis University head coach Rick Majerus was an assistant coach under Don Nelson during the 1994 games. Coach Majerus was kind enough to record a 20-minute segment for the show, and we talked all about Team USA, his experiences with Don Nelson and Saint Louis University's decision to play at Duke this season.

Our final segment featured Nuggets writer Jeremy Wagner, who helped to break down the current situation regarding Carmelo Anthony’s potential contact extension in Denver. Other topics going on around the Denver Nuggets includes head coach George Karl battling throat cancer, and ex-Missouri star Linus Kleiza leaving Denver for the Toronto Raptors.

I will have my Podcasts going soon, and hope to have studio-quality interviewing methods at my home office very soon. After one week off, we will be back every Saturday and I look forward to it. For everything related to the show, please click here.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-07-25

By Bradford Doolittle | Filed in Uncategorized
  • @Kevin_Goldstein Free Kila! in reply to Kevin_Goldstein #
  • @Greg_Schaum A ticket home in reply to Greg_Schaum #
  • Len Kasper with a Lee Sinins reference on the Cubs' broadcast. Kind of forgot about that guy. B-Ref trumped his encyclopedia. #
  • Jints win. Not the pitcher's duel we expected, but a great game--classic Giants/Dodgers. Too bad no Vin Scully on Xtra Innings tonight. #
  • Never seen that call before. #
  • Is Bochy a lawyer? -- Rule 8.06: "... visit to mound (concluded) when mgr or coach leaves 18-foot circle surrounding the pitcher’s rubber" #
  • Good news--Moose off to slow start in AAA. RT: @Swanee54 Mike Moustakas has just hit his first AAA home run ... #
  • Second this RT: @Kevin_Goldstein If you think Ryne Sandberg is managerial answer for Cubs, you are still blinded by homer off Bruce Sutter #
  • Second that! RT: @tomhaberstroh Proud of my man @BQRMagic for calling foul on the Barnes deal last night. http://3.ly/vz6B #
  • CJ losing money as night goes along RT: @KCJHoop C.J. Watson's contract is a 2-year deal worth $6.5 million and non-guaranteed third season #
  • Bad hop to Vizquel conjures bad memories ... Had my nose rearranged by similar hop playing 3B in high school. Lacked Omar's reflexes. #
  • RT: @AlexKennedyNBA C.J. Watson's deal with Chicago is three years, $10.2 million with the third year non-guaranteed, source confirms. #
  • Always been partial to that album RT: @FO_BBarnwell Pixies perform "Doolittle" and assorted B-Sides in Boston -- http://bit.ly/cSnAew #
  • Seeing conflicting info on Watson's deal w/ Bulls. It's either $10.2 million for 3 years or $7 million for 2 ... Good value either way #
  • Former Royal Donnie Murphy just hit a game-ending 2-run shot for Florida off Huston Street. #
  • Yeesh RT: @bobfescoe So on the day when the #royals trading soria rumors float around so does the rumour of them signing Isringhausen #
  • Great pickup for Bulls ... Watson an explosive second unit PG who can play w/ DRose at times. Fantastic ... Still need another 3pt shooter #
  • Bad news for Tigers: Brandon Inge hit in hand by pitch, out 4-6 weeks with a fracture. I think that's bad news anyway. #
  • Crunching some NBA data ... according to 82games, Corey Maggette played 31% at PF, 18% at SF, 2% at C. ... Don Nelson=Dr. Bernardo. #
  • Crap. Mike Stanton just hit a 3-run bomb off Jimenez, who is coming out. So much for win #16 Rookie has some serious pop. #
  • Big guns are blazing. In last 10 minutes. Pujols and Miggy have homered; Rox have taken the lead for Ubaldo. #
  • Intriguing. Any guesses? Moving to Kansas City? RT: @ValleyoftheSuns The Suns will be making a "major annoucement" tomorrow at 11:30. #
  • @MatthewHLeach Correct. Online only for us out-of-markters. in reply to MatthewHLeach #
  • Need to stop talking RT @NBAFanHouse: Wade: "If we lose a couple in a row ... it will be like World Trade (Center) is coming down again." #
  • Man, what a bad weekend for Chicago closers. The Twins are alive and well. #
  • Nice sentiment, but I think that one was on Marmol. RT @ESPNChicago: Cubs' Soto: Blame me for loss to Phillies http://es.pn/c72Ndk #

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