Bleacher Bits: It's great having more eyes, ears
Well maybe there is something to all this "newfangled" technology after all, because it has already prevented me from making a couple of mistakes and the seasons have barely started.
For those of you who have not yet visited, the Tri-County Newspapers sports department has its own page on Facebook at TCN Sports, and is now also on Twitter @TCNvarsity.
"Like" the Facebook page if you choose, but I promise I'll refrain from doing any Sally Field "They like me, they really like me" impersonations. The real value to the Facebook and Twitter accounts is that they make it easier to exchange information with a larger number of people.
On Thursday of last week I had posted on Facebook that my plans for the day and evening were to first go to Orland for Colusa versus Orland tennis, and then over to Los Molinos for the volleyball match between Los Molinos and Corning.
Except the location was changed.
Before I left for the day someone had replied to the post telling me that the volleyball match was now being played in Corning, and I called the school and confirmed the change. It not only saved me the needless mileage, but most likely kept me from using a few words I probably shouldn't upon arriving to an empty gymnasium.
Comments to stories that I've posted online have also been instrumental in catching misspelled names in time for them to run correctly in print, and to be changed so they also appear correctly online.
While I do my best to get official rosters from the schools in time for the first games of the season, they are not always available and some game reports that are faxed to me include hand-written notes and names that may or may not be spelled correctly.
I've also gotten phone calls from angry grandparents who insisted they knew better how to spell the family name than the roster I had been provided. And of course they were right.
Mistakes can happen anywhere along the lines of communication, and when the mistakes are mine I am glad to admit them. It doesn't mean I particularly enjoy making them, it just means I'm human, and that I want to make sure what's online or in print is right.
That's why I appreciate the feedback I get from people in the communities we serve. I only have two eyes and two ears, but with your thoughtful assistance I am seeing and hearing so much more!
CONTACT Craig Purcell at 824-1036 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Like us on Facebook at TCN Sports; follow us on Twitter @TCNvarsity.