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Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Goodyear or Bust

The Cincinnati Reds are considering moving their spring training home from Sarasota to Goodyear, Arizona.

Spending a week watching spring training is one of the top remaining unfulfilled dreams on my list. It has never quite worked out, what with kids in school and all, and moving it all another thousand miles away makes it seem a little less likely.


at 1/23/08, 6:34 PM Blogger EOCostello said...

Quite a few spring-training shifts going on, the Dodgers being first and foremost in my mind. Spring training brings in a great deal of revenue (tourists doing what you dream of doing, the week-long thing), and I'm sure Goodyear, AZ has put all sorts of things the Reds' way to encourage them to come.

at 1/23/08, 8:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i miss pete rose and marge schott; it was more fun

at 1/23/08, 9:18 PM Anonymous No Fan of Blackmail said...

Just another case of a professional sports team strong arming the taxpayers for something they feel they 'deserve'.

Waahhh! Give us a new stadium or we'll go somewhere else!!

I say good riddance.. Stay away from Cincinnati as well, give us a chance to build some kind of 'professional' team that can actually win a game.

at 1/24/08, 9:35 AM Blogger DanThoms said...

I am a big fan of yours and just found your blog. I like it, good stuff. Your editorial cartoons are great but I like Zits even better.

at 1/24/08, 1:46 PM Anonymous mr. whig said...

When did the Reds get so paunchy?

at 1/24/08, 5:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon Jim, the flight out west is only a little longer than the flight to Florida, and as a guy who's watched spring training in both locales, I can guarantee you that Arizona is preferable. This is more reason for you to take the plunge, not less. BTW, did I mention that I'm a Reds fan living in Phoenix.

at 1/24/08, 9:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey no fan, I agree

the most important thing is that they catch the ball and hit the ball; I like how the Red Sox do it; the beauty of america is that you can be any team's fan (it's in the constitution)

at 1/24/08, 10:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's called freedom

at 1/24/08, 10:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

teach it to your kids

at 1/25/08, 8:39 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

there are cities (like goodyear, az) that are more than willing to pay for these facilities because of the tourist dollars they generate. so if you're the red's, and you can choose between brand new facilities at no cost or paying $9 million to rebuild an old stadium what would you do?

it seems to me that the red's have gone out of their way to try and make sarasota work - but AZ is taking over spring training.

at 1/25/08, 10:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thankfuly they have these new inventions called airplanes that allow you to make the trip to Arizona quickly.

at 1/25/08, 2:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yanks set another payroll record
The Yankees did finish first in something last year -- spending. While their streak of AL East titles ended at nine, the Yankees wound up with a record payroll of $218.3 million. The Red Sox were No. 2 at $155.4 million. (AP, 1/23/08)

at 1/25/08, 2:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

January 23, 2008 USA Today

Crash of popular Boeing 777 scrutinized; Engines caused jet to miss London runway
by Alan Levin
USA Today

British investigators are sifting through mounds of flight data to find out why a jet's engines suddently refused to increase power, causing a Boeing 777 to crash just short of a runway at London's Heathrow Airport.

Flight 038 from Bejing to London had 152 people aboard, 19 of whom suffered injuries. The jet slammed to the ground just past an airport fence on Thursday, ripping off the plane's landing gear and severely damaging the two engines and wings.

The accident is drawing worldwide attention because the 777 is a popular jet. There are 687 of them in service around the world, 224 of which are operated by US carriers, Boeing said.

at 1/25/08, 5:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Report on Santana frontrunners
The Mets, and not the Red Sox or Yankees, remain the front-runner as the team most likely to succeed in pulling off a trade for Minnesota ace Johan Santana.

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at 1/26/08, 9:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

at 1/26/08, 11:45 AM Anonymous Ryan said...

I posted the same thing in Doc's blog a few days ago, but the jist of it applies here (and to that cartoon) as well:

I can see why the Reds would want to leave Sarasota for "greener" pastures in metro Phoenix, but they wouldn't have anywhere near the support other midwestern teams like the Cubs, White Sox and Brewers have (seeing as how the majority of midwestern transplants living in Phoenix are from Illinois and Wisconsin). H*ll, even the Indians make sense because there's a sizeable population of Cleveland transplants living in Phoenix, for whatever reason.

There aren't, however, very many Ohio transplants living in Phoenix from anywhere south and west of Medina County. I'd reckon most people from Columbus and Cincinnati know parts of Florida (Sarasota, for instance) better than they do their own cities.

And while it would be great to go to a spring training game in March to cheer on my beloved Reds in Goodyear, I figure myself, my father, and possibly the five other people from Cincinnati who somehow ended up in Phoenix would be the only Reds fans showing up to support their hometown team. We would be overwhelmed by the Cubbies, Brewers, Indians and AL and NL Western division teams' fans who'd go to the Goodyear park to support their teams because oddly enough, spring training tickets to places like Mesa's HoHoKam Park (where the Cubbies practice) are ridiculously hard to come by.

The Reds would be gone for even "greener" pastures in five years time as there would be absolutely no support for the Reds in Phoenix, should they actually decide to leave Florida for Arizona.

And while its hard to tell what the weather will be like on a day-to-day basis in places of Florida (and Cincinnati) in the late Winter, the temperature in Phoenix in February and March can be anywhere from 75 to 80 degrees with zero humidity and abundant sunshine. Spring Training is long over before the real heat arrives in The Valley (which comes in late May/early June).

Sorry for such a long rant, the concept of the Reds moving Spring Training to Arizona just bugs me, even as a lifelong Reds fan, and I live in Phoenix.

at 1/26/08, 10:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only thing in Arizona that matters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Calm before the storm
Greetings from Phoenix, where the Globe's Mike Reiss has filed the first of his daily Patriots mini-mailbags.
reiss's pieces Murals of Brady, Strahan in Phoenix

at 1/27/08, 3:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

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at 1/27/08, 3:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

you forgot the violence

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at 1/28/08, 1:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

at 1/28/08, 2:47 PM Anonymous CC said...

There is something very Sparky Schultz about the baseball stuck on the cactus...I love it! I kind of expect to see Snoopy's brother Spike coming out to say hi.

at 1/29/08, 3:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

countdown to spring training

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at 1/29/08, 9:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

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at 1/30/08, 8:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Cincinnati.Com » The Enquirer » Sports » Bengals » Chad: 'It’s been bad'
What's wrong with Cincinnati? They did the same thing to Ken G. Jr, Casey and ...

Last Updated: 7:39 pm | Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Chad: 'It’s been bad'

Q: Are you happy in Cincinnati?

A: I’m not allowed to say. I get the blame, the so-called best player, I’m the problem. Someone in-house is spreading this. Maybe they want me to quiet down (and) stop being me. That is not going to happen. I can’t function that way. I tried it. It sucked. There was no excitement.

Q: Can they make it right with you?

A: I think I could be here all season long, on your show.

Q: Is it blown up or fixable?

A: I’m leaving that to Drew. It’s been bad (with the Bengals). I’m the scapegoat. A lot of stuff in-house is happening I’m not fond of. It doesn’t sit well with me. I have fun. I’m a little outlandish. I produce. I do everything to help us win.

at 1/31/08, 8:26 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

who's the greatest athlete of all time? tb

at 1/31/08, 8:29 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

how can Ohio afford 4 major teams? at least Ohio State can look up to the Patriots; most of the bengals are criminals; where does osu go when they graduate???? moeller, xavier vs bengals? there's a comparison...!

at 1/31/08, 9:26 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Red Sox
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Manny Ramirez, who is in Arizona working out, is headed to see the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The Sox slugger is said to be in great shape this winter. (1/30/08)

at 1/31/08, 9:35 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard the Giants are already complaining about the turf for the Super Bowl. Apparently, there's too much Moss in the end zone.

at 1/31/08, 9:37 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

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at 1/31/08, 9:39 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

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at 2/2/08, 11:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Colleges, bars join effort to keep students in check
Revelers celebrated around a bonfire in Kenmore Square after the Patriots' Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers in February 2004. (THE BOSTON GLOBE/FILE)

Email|Print| Text size – + By Donovan Slack
Globe Staff / February 2, 2008
It is becoming almost routine: the parking restrictions, the street closings, the beefed -up police presence. The city once again rolled out its championship-game security plans yesterday, complete with stern warnings against postgame mayhem, as New England prepares for a sixth major sports championship game in as many years.

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College and university officials are hosting alcohol-free celebrations on campuses. Bars are pledging to make extra efforts to avoid over-serving patrons. Mayor Thomas M. Menino said the city will not tolerate drunken destruction.

"We are all very excited that the New England Patriots are playing in Super Bowl XLII and battling for an unprecedented 19-0 season, but public safety remains our number one priority," Menino said at a press conference.

The city has avoided tragedy associated with championship sporting events in the last several years, but it hasn't always been so. Since the death of two young people during celebrations in 2004, city officials say they have learned a lot about crowd control. And, some say, fans may have even learned to celebrate more responsibly.

"Maybe as a Bostonian we're getting used to this," said Austin O'Connor, chief operating officer of the Briar Group, which owns several bars in the city.

Menino says he will never forget the first death in February 2004. He was sitting in a booth at an International House of Pancakes in Houston when the call came: revelers celebrating the Patriots Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers had spiraled out of control, and someone had died. A drunken driver plowing through a crowd on Symphony Road had killed 21-year-old James Grabowsky.

The acting police commissioner at the time, James M. Hussey, was off duty, watching the game with family and friends. His deployment plan was thin and inadequate, city officials later admitted.

"At that time, I think it was done on the back of an envelope," Menino said yesterday.

Eight months later, there was a new police commissioner, Kathleen M. O'Toole. She was on duty Oct. 21, monitoring celebrations after the Red Sox beat the New York Yankees to win the American League pennant.

But again, crowd control went awry. Police trying to clear Lansdowne Street next to Fenway Park accidentally killed Emerson college student Victoria Snelgrove, 21, with a pepper-pellet gun. The city later paid the largest wrongful death settlement in its history, $5.1 million, to Snelgrove's family.

Since her death, the city has regularly called meetings with college and university offcials to urge them to severely punish students caught being unruly, including overturning cars and setting fires on city streets.

The Boston Licensing Board and the Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs & Licensing has put bars and restaurants on notice about over-serving and overcrowding during games. The city has randomly dispatched inspectors to make sure they are in compliance.

And the Police Department now deploys maximum manpower during major championship games. It has adopted new strategies, such as keeping revelers separated with columns of riot police so they can't gather in crowds thousands strong.

"From the mechanics of running a big event, we're getting better at crowd control," Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said.

Tomorrow's Super Bowl between the Patriots and the New York Giants is scheduled to kick off at 6:17 p.m. EST.

Security measures will begin at 9 a.m., with parking restrictions in Brighton and the Fenway, city officials said. Signs have been posted on the affected streets, and cars found in violation will be ordered towed.

Davis said he has asked for help from the State Police and departments in neighboring cities and towns.

Many local colleges and universities are hosting on-campus events to prevent students from flooding the streets and wreaking havoc, including Boston College, Boston University, Emerson College, and Northeastern University.

Suffolk University officials have a form letter they send to students before any big game, letting them know about campus events and warning of disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion, for misbehaving.

"We all get better at this with each celebration," said John Nucci, Suffolk vice president for government and community affairs. "We're keeping this letter on file for the Celtics in June."

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