Weekend rants and raves: May 11-13

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Looking back to the past from the privileged vantage of the present, humans have done many peculiar things. However, I can totally see why so many cultures worshipped the sun (pictured above).

I mean, seriously, this was a beautiful weekend for me: plenty of fun times, pleasant visitors and other sunny perks enjoyed while it was actually very sunny.

Sometimes it's the small things - petty nuisances, if you will - that really get me...

Issue 1: Three Creeks Metro Park

Rave: I've been talking a lot about this South Side nature preserve [more], and I finally did some fishing there this Saturday. I saw healthy carp, schools of minnows and what looked to be yellow perch - but man, things were hot. (In fishing lingo, that means nothing was biting.)

The water is crystal clear and flowing at a perfect pace. The foliage and wildflowers have exploded, making even the shortest hike worth the drive out to Groveport.

Rant: Whenever I talk to anyone about chilling in the water anywhere around Columbus, people make one of several comments: I am stupid, diseased or both. Part of the Scioto River that runs through Downtown is muddy, so everyone thinks that the geography of central Ohio is incapable of holding clean water.


There's a difference between muddy (stirred up) and filthy (polluted by man). And the bodies of water that exist at the borders of the city are lovely. Absolutely gorgeous. I've been wading, splashing and fishing in them for years - and I'm fine.

Issue 2: ESPN

Rave: Color men aside, Sunday Night Baseball is one of my very favorite weekly programs on the network. Yesterday was especially nice: After working outside, I sat on my couch with the windows open and the sun setting, and watched my favorite sport.

Like hot dogs and apple pie, rock music and Monday Night Football, SNB is one of the great things about this country. Plus, you get regular updates from Peter Gammons, who should be up in the broadcast booth.

Rant: Why are they rerunning the Sunday human interest feature during the Monday broadcast of SportsCenter? I'm all for the touching stories about how a sports team helps someone overcome a crippling life problem.

Just not when I have to get ready for work.

These features require a 15-minute watch and engulf a show that is designed to give busy people insight into what they were supposed to be watching over the weekend. Condensation, not exposition, is the key.

Unfortunately, not on Monday morning, which sucks.