Just Musing, Pondering and Pandering

Pressure is an interesting thing. Many great athletes succumb to it at times, the best in the world embrace it. Those of us who don’t deal with it in any way, shape or meaningful form have no idea.

The start of college football these days always makes me chuckle when I realize The Big 12 has ten teams and The Big Ten has fourteen

People with terrible voices should not be allowed to participate in radio or television broadcasts

The first week of the Olympics is better than the second

Golf in the Olympics has neither been as good as some would have you believe nor as bad as many had predicted

Speaking of the Olympics… there were 306 events in 28 sports. That’s too many. I’m not advocating that we go back to 1896 (43 events in 9 sports) but please place me firmly in the camp of “If the Olympics is not considered the pinnacle of the sport, it should not be in the games.”

I am also perfectly fine with U.S. Olympic medal winners getting taxed. Why is their accomplishment more meaningful, important or impactful than people serving their country in the military, teaching children and adults with physical and mental disabilities or other valuable, noble pursuits that actually help people?

I remember when Facebook was a place where you could “catch up with old friends” and see pictures of their kids

As football still starts I’ll still maintain baseball is the best

Have you tried a Bit-O-Honey lately?




About Keith Hirshland

My name is Keith Hirshland and I am a four decades television veteran who has spent time both in front of and behind the camera. During nearly forty years in broadcasting my path has crossed in front of, behind and alongside some of the best in the business... And some of the worst. Many of those people I count as friends while others wouldn't make the effort to spit on me if I was on fire. This television life started early watching my Mom and Dad found, fund and run a local affiliate TV station in Reno, Nevada. As a teenager approaching adulthood I worked for them, first as an on-air sports reporter/anchor and later as a director and producer. Jobs in the industry took me across the country and then to many places around the world. Sports is my passion and putting it on TV has been my business. Production credits include auto racing, baseball, basketball, bowling, college football, field hockey, soccer, volleyball and water polo but the majority of my time "in the chair" since 1990 has been invested in the game of golf with both ESPN and The Golf. Channel ( I was one of the first forty people hired by TGC in 1994 ). I am a fan and I watch TV sports as a fan but I also have hundreds of thousands of hours watching from inside a production truck. I think that makes me qualified to comment, my hope is you agree. I have written four books, Cover Me Boys, I'm Going In (Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat), a memoir that is a tribute to my parents, the hard working, creative people who started ESPN2 and The Golf Channel and a look back at my life in television. Cover Me Boys was awarded the “Memoir of the Year” in 2017 by Book Talk Radio Club. In February of 2019 it was released anew by Beacon Publishing Group. My second book is a novel, Big Flies, and is a mystery that tells the story of a father and a son with four of the world's most notorious unsolved robberies as a backdrop. Big Flies was named “Solo Medalist” in the True Crime category by New Apple Awards. My third book, another mystery titled The Flower Girl Murder, was published in 2018. Book number four might be the most fun I ever had on a writing project. Murphy Murphy and the Case of Serious Crisis is a mystery, a love story, and an homage to good grammar. It is both the Book Talk Radio Club BOOK OF THE YEAR for 202 and a TopShelf Awards first prize winner in the mystery category. All four are available at Amazon. Book five is in the capable hands of the good people at Beacon Publishing Group and should be available soon. I look forward to sharing new thoughts about golf, golf television, sports in general and the broadcast industry with you. The views expressed here are mine and mine alone. They are not connected to nor endorsed by any other person, association, company or organization.
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