Technology adds spice to the sporting life

My column from Monday’s Star:

I have to be careful when I start listing my greatest gifts ever received.

You could easily count my wife and son as gifts from God, so I guess I’ll say the best material gifts just to be on the safe side.

My wife, Shanna, is a tremendous gift giver. She’s thoughtful and totally in tune with what I want, which is usually something with which I can watch or listen to more sports.

This Christmas, she delivers an XM Radio, which she told me for months I wouldn’t be getting.

It’s a satellite radio and, along with Sirius, they’ve got the sporting market cornered.

For $12.99 a month — plus tax as we discovered recently — I get to listen to ACC, PAC 10 and Big Ten games, NHL contests (if I were so inclined), PGA events, NASCAR races and, coming soon, every regular season MLB contest.

That’s hot.

I’ll take that selection over Sirius, which offers the NFL (OK, I’d like that), NBA and other assorted events.

My Roady lets me listen in the car and at home, and the whole setup is less than $75.

It’s money well spent.

YOU HAVE to say this about Gardner-Webb men’s basketball coach Rick Scruggs, he has a sense of humor.

Saturday night, he has his players decked out in the road red uniforms for a home game against Jacksonville. Considering that the Runnin’ Bulldogs had dropped four in a row at home while winning four in a row out of Cleveland County, I’m surprised he didn’t spend the night in Charlotte and have the team bused in for the game.

The officials made GWU change back into the home whites and the ’Dogs won anyway.

The current four-game winning streak has put Gardner-Webb back in the race for the conference championship, and don’t look now, but the rest of the Atlantic Sun is backing up a bit.

Lipscomb is playing well and leading the way at 9-2. The Bisons — yeah, that’s wrong but they like it that way — visit here on Feb. 18.

Kennesaw State is 9-3 while Florida Atlantic and East Tennessee State are 8-4. Belmont is 7-4, just a half-game in front of the Bulldogs.

Every team I just listed has a game left with Gardner-Webb, so a successful defense of their regular season title, and a high seed in the A-Sun Tournament in early March are still within reach.

We won’t have to wait long to find out how the stretch run will go either. After tonight’s home game against North Florida, the ’Dogs play at FAU on Feb. 4, at KSU on Feb. 9 and on the road at ETSU on Feb. 11 before coming home to meet Belmont on Feb. 16.

A 13-7 league record was good for a share of the league championship last season. Anything close to that this season is bound to have a team in the running.

And you know what the best thing is?When I’m driving to Johnson City, Tenn., for the A-Sun Tourney, I won’t have to scan the AM dial for a sports station, thanks to my new radio.


5 Responses to “Technology adds spice to the sporting life”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Does it get Saturday Sports Talk?

  2. Randy Capps Says:

    Amazingly enough, that show hasn’t been picked up for satellite yet.

    And it’s XM’s loss, too.

  3. Tinman1982 Says:

    XM rocks, when I found out you were going to get on for Chrstmas I figured you would love it. Have you checked out the talk radio stations yet? They are right up your alley. I know you like the 80’s station. You know you can listen through your computer at

  4. Randy Capps Says:

    I guess everyone knew what I was getting except me…

    Yeah, the talk stations are cool. I even listened to a little bit of that liberal guy the other day…

    I’m trying to branch out, you know…

  5. Tinman1982 Says:

    Mrs. Padgett would be so proud.

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