Played like a fiddle, I barely made the party

May 8, 2012 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

I got sideswiped, hoodwinked, victimized, exploited and preyed upon.

Honestly, I don't mind. But I really didn't see this one coming.

But I fell for it, hook, line and sinker.

We had a lot of sports to cover this last weekend. Our readers know that nobody else covers sports, and especially high school sports, like The Ranger. We believe it is important, that our readers appreciate our coverage, and we enjoy immensely what we do.

And Saturday was a busy day.

There was Rick and Peggy Bergstedt's final Riverton home soccer match after a quarter century of coaching to cover. It was their Lady Wolverines' last home game of the season before they, along with their RHS boys soccer counterparts who also played Friday and Saturday, head to regional tournament play this week.

County track teams were dueling it out at the annual Shane Brock meet in Lander on Saturday, and we wanted pictures and results for Sunday's paper.

American Legion baseball threw out its first pitches in Lander Saturday, where the Raiders played Evanston in a spring day double dip.

We also had to tidy up results from Lander's boys and girls soccer teams and a small-school track meet that was held in nearby Thermopolis the day before.

We should count sometime, but it's likely that we cover more than 1,000 county sporting events, games, practices and ancillary stories every year.

In fact, we cover more local high school sports teams and Central Wyoming College athletic events than any other media outlet in Wyoming by far.

Generally, sports editor Bruce Tippets climbs in his Explorer and gets to Lander to cover the action in southern Fremont County.

And here is where my gullibility will shine through.

It's also NBA playoff time, and the Utah Jazz had a home game on television at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Bruce and I have evolved into a routine of alternating who has the Saturday late shift to fire up Quark XPress, the software tool we use to design and paginate the Sunday sports pages for our readers.

It was Bruce's turn Saturday.

But we are flexible with our schedule, and when Bruce came over to my desk Tuesday and said that he had soooo much work to do in Lander Saturday and asked if I would pleeeeze paginate this weekend, I said, "Of course."

Thirty minutes later I had an invitation to an 8 p.m. Saturday party at Bruce's house in the "man cave" for Game 3 of the playoffs between the Jazz, Bruce's favorite team, and the Spurs.

I had been played like a fiddle.

Bruce and his other guests were diving into the pizza well before tipoff Saturday night. We made it for the fourth quarter.

At least, as he promised, he saved me one piece of pizza.

During the next couple of weeks, we'll be all over Wyoming letting you know how our local boys and girls wrap up this school year with their athletic events and teams.

We'll write the stories and get the pictures for you. We hope you'll enjoy our coverage.

Thank goodness for me, the Jazz really aren't that good this year, and they have already been eliminated from the NBA playoffs.

Have a great sports week. Go Big Red!

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