Can We Report This News?

Wayne struggles with the sports journalist's ultimate conundrum

April 13, 2009, 4:40 PM

By: Wayne Drehs

Ted Lilly

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Ted Lilly

So when is it safe to say it? When is it OK to put those two words together, back-to-back, in a sentence? Because right now I can't type it. Right now I can't say anything about it.

I'll just say that Ted Lilly is pitching really, really well right now. I'll just point out that none of the Colorado Rockies has reached base beyond second. And I'll mention that if you're a Cubs fan, you might want to find a television and turn it on. That's it.

In fact, my wife just e-mailed me and asked me how the game is going. I just told her the Cubs are winning 2-0. that's it. Ross Jacobson, a Cubs fan and Northwestern student, is following the blog and watching the game at home and we're on the same page. He can't even ask the question.

Wrote Ross:

Wayne, I'm a Cubs fan and Northwestern student watching the game on WGN. Ted Lilly's only baserunner allowed is a walk. What's the policy in the press box among sports writers and media members when talking about this current pitching performance? Is it the same for most fans where the mere mention of the word is bad karma?

Well Ross, I can't speak for the entire press box, but I can tell you that nobody else around me has said those two words. We're all casually browsing through great Cubs pitching performances, bringing up a few names of famous pitchers from Cubs history, but nobody has leaned over to the guy next to him and gone, "Hey, dude -- did you see? Ted Lilly has a …" I haven't heard those two words once. And I hope I don't for at least another hour.

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