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Based in Atlanta, GA - Rick Limpert is an award-winning writer, a best-selling author, and a featured sports travel writer.

Named the No. 1 Sports Technology writer in the U.S. on Oct 1, 2014.

Wednesday
Dec092009

Amazon Now with Wish List Button for Kindle Books

 

Amazon has now made it easier to add a Kindle Book to your Amazon Wish List.  The button is now available without having to go search for it.   

The problem is people cannot gift you Kindle Books yet.  So adding Kindle Books to your Wish List is kind of wasted energy.

Amazon needs to fix this.  I think they are working on it.  The only way to give the gift of Kindle Books right now ir with an Amazon Gift Card.

 

Wednesday
Dec092009

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me in Atlanta Tomorrow Night

National Public Radio's "Wait Wait ...Don't Tell Me" will be making a stop in Atlanta tomorrow at the Cobb Energy performing Arts Centre. 

Tickets were priced at 30 - $65 and sold out in mere moments.  The AJC's Rodney Ho has good piece with Peter Sagal today at http://blogs.ajc.com/radio-tv-talk/2009/12/09/interview-with-peter-sagal-host-of-nprs-wait-wait-dont-tell-me-taping-dec-10-at-cobb-energy-centre/

Panelists will include: Roy Blount Jr., Charlie Pierce and Amy Dickinson. The celebrity guest will be CNN's Rick Sanchez. 

Should be a fun event.

Wednesday
Dec092009

The Unboxing of a Nook Ebook Reader

Len Edgerly of The Kindle Chronicles Podcast shot an unboxing video of his new Nook ebook reader yesterday.

Looking forward to Len's impressions of the Nook on this weeks podcast.

In the meantime here's the unboxing and first impressions:

http://podchronicles.blip.tv/file/2949845/

Tuesday
Dec082009

The Life of a College Basketball Ref: 26 Games in 27 Nights

The quality of officiating in sports is always under scrutiny, but in the age of instant replay and a rogue NBA referee, I think we need to take a look at the schedule of those officiating major college basketball, and are they working too much. 

In the 2007-08 season official Steve Welmer worked an astounding 106 games.  last season David Hall worked 104 games.  Keep in mind that teams play somewhere around 35-37 games at the most.  So that means workhorse officials are working almost everyday, and every game is a road game for these refs.

Let's look at David Hall so far this season.  The college basketball season isn't even a month old and Hall has worked 26 games in 12 states.  Hall even worked 2 games in one day in two different states; on November 13, his schedule shows he worked the UTEP/Texas Southern game in El paso, TX and then worked the BYU/Bradley game in Provo, UT.  How is this possible? 

The only day Hall has not worked a game this season is November 26, Thanksgiving.  I guess he took the day off to reintroduce himself to his wife and grab aturkey sandwich before heading out the door to Richmond, VA.  Hall mainly works Missouri Valley and Pac 10 games, but before conference play starts he works games all over the country. 

These referees are human and sooner or later these schedules have to catch up with them.  And that could happen come the end of the year, when it is most critical these officials are on top of their game.

In one five day stretch from 11/19 to11/23 Hall worked consecutively in California, Hawaii, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Oregon.  Where did he sleep, on planes?    How fresh and alert could he have been in Laramie, Wyoming after taking a red eye from Honolulu?

These refs are independent contractors so no one can tell them how much or little to work, but something needs to be done out of fairness to the players, coaches, and fans of these colleges and universities. 

I say these refs should be limited to a 5 game limit per week.  A regular work week to you and I.  They would be fresher in conference play and at the end of the year.

Here is David Hall's schedule for the first 27 days of 2009.

I see where top refs like Ed Hightower, John Higgins, and Ted Valentine work about 20% less games than the busiest refs.  I would trust these refs in big games because of that.  Let me know how you feel about this issue.  rclimpert003@yahoo.com

 

 

Tuesday
Dec082009

College Football Bowls Hand out the Gifts

The holiday gift giving season is here, and that means the College Football Bowl Games are playing Santa.

Bowl Games can give up to $500 in gifts to up to 125 players or members of each team. Some bowls are known for giving better gifts than others. Many this year are providing gift cards or a "Suite Party", where the players can pick and choose items they want off a menu from the likes of Sony, Garmin, and Bose.

Here's what The Sports Business Journal has compiled so far:

New Mexico Dec. 19, 4:30 p.m., Albuquerque, N.M., ESPN Sony gift suite Oakley beanie, Oakley Antix sunglasses Ogio wheeled garment bag, Oakley Surf Pack backpack

St. Petersburg Dec. 19, 8 p.m., St. Petersburg, Fla., ESPN iLuv iPod/DVD player Oakley Holeshot 3-Hand watch Oakley Eyepatch sunglasses Oakley Surf Pack backpack

R&L Carriers New Orleans Dec. 20, 8:15 p.m., New Orleans, ESPN Pure Digital Flip mini-camcorder Balfour ring Oakley Antix sunglasses Oakley Panel Packbackpack

MAACO Las Vegas Dec. 22, 8 p.m., Las Vegas, ESPN Sony gift suite Fossil watch New Era cap Ogio Fugitive laptop pack

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Dec. 23, 8 p.m., San Diego, ESPN Flo TV television, 1-year of service; Best Buy gift card Tourneau watch Sports Tek hooded sweatshirt, cap

Sheraton Hawaii Dec. 24, 8 p.m., Honolulu, ESPN Kahala Aloha shirt

Little Caesars Pizza Dec. 26, 1 p.m., Detroit, ESPN Sony gift suite Timely Watch Co. watch Football

Meineke Car Care Dec. 26, 4:30 p.m., Charlotte, ESPN Choice of Bose gift packages or iPod touch, speakers and $20 gift card Fossil watch Ogio duffle bag Commemorative Richard Petty Driving Experience photo

Emerald Dec. 26, 8 p.m., San Francisco, ESPN Fossil watch

Gaylord Hotels Music City Dec. 27, 8:30 p.m., Nashville, ESPN RCA HD camcorder Fossil watch Majestic fleece pullover,New Era hat Ogio Metro laptop pack

AdvoCare V100 Independence Dec. 28, 5 p.m., Shreveport, La., ESPN2 Sony gift suite Timely Watch Co. watch New Era hat Football

EagleBank Dec. 29, 4:30 p.m., Washington, D.C., ESPN Slingbox SOLO with Slinglink Turbo 1 Port, Powermat charging station Visions Marketing Hat Football, Kanata tailgate blanket

Champs Sports Dec. 29, 8 p.m., Orlando, ESPN Party at Best Buy($420 limit) Timely Watch Co. watch Roadys

Humanitarian Dec. 30, 4:30 p.m., Boise, Idaho, ESPN Sony gift suite, Garmin GPS Parka, Nike pullover, gloves, hand warmers, skull cap Ogio Fugitive laptop pack Football

Pacific Life Holiday Dec. 30, 8 p.m., San Diego, ESPN Flo TV personal television (includes one-year of service), Best Buy gift card Tourneau watch Sports Tek hooded sweatshirt, cap

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Dec. 31, Noon, Fort Worth, Texas, ESPN Sony gift suite Timely Watch Co. watch Camouflaged knit cap Ogio Metro laptop pack, luggage tag Football, calendar

Brut Sun Dec. 31, 2 p.m., El Paso, Texas, CBS Sony gift suite Timely Watch Co. watch Majestic fleece pullover, VP Sports cap Ogio Politan laptop pack Brut hair dryer; coin

Texas Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m., Houston, ESPN $300 Best Buy gift card Fossil watch Under Armour shirt and hat; Bowl T-shirt Under Armour backpack Belt buckle

Insight Dec. 31, 6 p.m., Tempe, Ariz., NFL Network Sony gift suite Fossil watch Hat Ogio Bounty Hunter or Hermit laptop pack

Chick-fil-A Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., Atlanta, ESPN $250 Best Buy gift card Fossil watch Russell Athletic knit cap Russell Athletic travel bag Football, Chick-fil-A gift card

Outback Jan. 1, 11 a.m., Tampa, ESPN Best Buy gift card Pro-Swiss watch, Jostens ring Hat Outback Steakhouse gift card

Capital One Jan. 1, 1 p.m., Orlando, ABC Party at Best Buy($420 limit) Timely Watch Co. watch

Konica Minolta Gator Jan. 1, 1 p.m., Jacksonville, CBS Fossil watch Oakley Antix sunglasses

Rose Bowl presented by Citi Jan. 1, 4:30 p.m., Pasadena, Calif., ABC 19 Sharp television combo Fossil watch New Era 59Fifty fitted hat Ogio Fugitive laptop pack Plaque

Allstate Sugar Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m., New Orleans, Fox Sony, Apple, Trek, Garmin and Weber gift suite Timely Watch Co. watch New Era cap Ogio Politan laptop pack Lane recliner

INTernational Jan. 2, Noon, Toronto, ESPN2 Electronics package Timely Watch Co. watch Football

Papajohns.com Jan. 2, 2 p.m., Birmingham, Ala., ESPN RCA HD mini-camcorder Oakley Surf Pack backpack

AT&T Cotton Jan. 2, 2 p.m., Arlington, Texas, Fox Would Not Disclose

AutoZone Liberty Jan. 2, 5:30 p.m., Memphis, Tenn., ESPN Westinghouse 19 LCD HDTV/computer monitor Fossil watch Nike training shoes, Nike sport sandals, Nike sunglasses Football

Valero Alamo Jan. 2, 9 p.m., San Antonio, ESPN 32-gig iPod Touch, Dr. Dre Monster Beats headphones Fossil watch Oakley Antix sunglasses Shutt mini-helmet,panoramic photo

Tostitos Fiesta Jan. 4, 8 p.m., Glendale, Ariz., Fox Sony gift suite Fossil watch,Tourneau watch Hat Ogio Hermit checkpoint friendly laptop pack

FedEx Orange Jan. 5, 8 p.m., Miami, Fox Sony gift suite Tourneau watch New Era cap Ogio Politan laptop pack

GMAC Jan. 6, 7 p.m., Mobile, Ala., ESPN RCA HD mini-camcorder Timely Watch Co. watch Cap Garment bag with dop kit Football Citi

BCS National Championship GameJan. 7, 8 p.m., Pasadena, Calif., ABC Sony gift suite with Trek and Garmin Fossil watch New Era 59Fifty hat Ogio Politan laptop pack