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Hey, where did my stats and game notes go?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by kingcreole, Mar 4, 2007.

  1. kingcreole

    kingcreole Active Member

    I had never been so pissed off than I was last night. Covering a juco basketball game in Bumblefuck, the men's game ends at 10 p.m. I write quickly to send for our first edition, making deadline by 10 minutes. By 10:30, I'm in the locker room talking to the coach. By 10:45, I'm done. I go back to the scorer's table ... and all my stuff is gone except for my computer. Laptop bag, briefcase, even my fucking coat were all gone.

    Luckily, the coach from the other team knows me and he mentioned to the asshat that was ready to toss my stuff into the lost and found that he thought it was mine. So he held it for me on the bench and waited for me to come back out, where he actually walked over and gave all my stuff to me.

    Problem was, the fucking cleaning people threw all my stats away. My game notes, my boxscores, my running-score total, my pregame packet, everything. Fortunately, I had enough play-by-play in the first edition to give me enough information on the game itself, and luckily there was enough other stuff to write about, but for fuck's sake, in seven years this has happened to me only one other time, and I was lucky enough to find all my stuff at the top of a nearby trash can. The gym last night was spotless when I came out of the locker room. I never would have found my stats.

    End of rant.
  2. chazp

    chazp Active Member

    I've been there and been through that. I always put my notes back into my laptops side pockets and zip everything up expect what I'm holding in my hands. I do this every time I leave the gym floor at a game. It's unlikely, but possible, the cleaning crew would throw away a laptop bag.
  3. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Well-Known Member

    It's entirely possible members of the cleaning crew would take a liking to a laptop bag and the laptop that's likely inside it.
  4. hockeybeat

    hockeybeat Guest

    I was at a hockey game a couple weeks ago, writing a feature. After the game, I went into the locker room to do a couple interviews. When I got back to my seat, my legal pad and pen were gone.
  5. chazp

    chazp Active Member

    I guess we'll have to pack everything up and tote it with us to the locker rooms from now on.
  6. markvid

    markvid Guest

    Why wouldn't you anyway, it's not a press box, leaving a laptop out like that in plain sight in a high school just screams "TAKE ME!"
  7. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    I lost my all-time favorite Real Army Surplus jacket from press row at a Western Kentucky game.

  8. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    I'd bet a legal pad and pen that Norm MacLean was at that game.
  9. Oz

    Oz Well-Known Member

    king, I've been there before. I understand where the cleanup would want to get home ASAP, but the jacket and the stats by the laptop should be a dead giveaway for them now that we're at the end of the season. They know better than that.
  10. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    i hope you'll make a phone call.
  11. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    They're cleanup people. They assume that when the game is over, everyone is going home. They're laughing at some dumb ass leaving his coat and some kind of damn machine behind. Just more work for them.

    If you're working in Bumblefuck, don't assume they run the place like Madison Square Garden.

    My experience has been that if fans pass by, they love to take any kind of stat or note sheets.
  12. leo1

    leo1 Active Member

    and media guides. those are always the first to go missing
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