No No-No’s

I’ve been broadcasting sports over the air for almost eight years now, and there are really only two things that I’ve never seen that I would really like to. The first, and I suppose more important, of the two is a championship. I don’t think I’m the first broadcaster on earth to desire announcing a championship, although it does make me feel a little greedy. The other is a no-hitter. That one only counts in baseball, I guess.

I have been incredibly lucky over the last eight years. I have covered high school basketball for both boys and girls for three years, college basketball for four years, college football for four years, major league soccer for one year and minor league baseball for two years and I have never witnessed a losing season. But I have never seen a championship.

Sure, I’ve seen conference or division titles, but I want to see the big thing. There have been a lot of close calls:

  • In 2005 the Fenwick High School girls’ basketball team made it to the Elite Eight.  They were heavy favorites to win that game, but they didn’t. Very disappointing.
  • In 2006, the Fenwick girls’ basketball team was ranked third in the country. They didn’t lose a game in the state of Illinois all season…until the playoffs. Scratch that one off.
  • Again in 2006, the Saint Xavier football team made the national semifinals, where they lost by 30 points.
  • In 2007, the Chicago Fire reached the MLS semifinals, but lost a devastating 1-0 final.
  • Again in 2007, the Saint Xavier football team made the national quarterfinals, where they lost by 40 points.
  • In 2009, the Saint Xavier women’s basketball team made the final 16 and looked to be cruising to the national quarterfinals. Then they didn’t score a point in the final four minutes. I went home.
  • Later in 2009, the ThunderBolts went to the Frontier League playoffs, but got swept out of the first round.
  • Later still in 2009, the Saint Xavier football team made the national semifinals again, where they lost by 40 points.
  • In 2010, The Saint Xavier women’s basketball team was ranked second in the country and made the national quarterfinals. They lost a nail-biter.
  • Finally, in 2010, the ThunderBolts won their division and went into the playoffs as the hottest team in the league. They won the first game in the playoffs but lost three in a row.

If you think me very whiny right now, that’s because I am. No one who has experienced as much in a relatively brief broadcasting career as I have should be complaining about his aints. And in full disclosure, my dream is to be on the play-by-play for a championship. In several of the above examples, I covered the team in a different capacity.

As for my other complaint, I want to see a no-hitter. That is the only individual athletic accomplishment that I really want to see that I never have. It’s been on my mind recently because of two close calls. Two ThunderBolt pitchers took a no-hitter into the seventh inning within the last eight days. They both lost them on infield hits.

Again, I feel like it wouldn’t really be proper to moan about my misfortune. I’ve seen a lot and I’m insistent on seeing a lot more, but sometimes I just can’s help but quote Hank Hill: “I hate infield singles.”

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