I grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey, right across the river from Manhattan. That is why I am a Rangers hockey fan and a New York Knicks fan. I have always loved basketball and really love broadcasting it, especially in venues like this past Saturday when the Bear River Lady Bruins played Bradshaw Christian for the section title at Sleep Train Arena. Makes me feel like I am Marv Albert broadcasting a game. For a Knicks Fan, our greatest moment..and there is no argument, was Willis Reed returning from a devastating knee injury, to play in game 7 against the Lakers and hitting his first two shots and leading the Knicks to the 1970 NBA title. We will always love Willis Reed for his courage and inspiration. And, then there is Kaitlyn Reina, leading scorer for the Lady Bruins. She goes down in the third quarter with a severe ankle injury, leaving her writhing and crying in pain on the hardwood of what became a very quiet Sleep Train Arena. She could not walk off without assistance and looking down at the bench minutes later, she was being comforted by her Dad and helped by the coaching staff. She must be done for the game…right?? Wrong! About five minutes later, I look up and see Kaitlyn talking with Coach Bickmore and I could tell it was about going back into the ballgame. And…she went back in! And then…she hits a three pointer to give her team the lead!!!! Did I just see that?? Yeah…the Lady Bruins eventually lost…and Reina fouled out with a few minutes left. But, Kaitlyn is part of basketball royalty for this fan. Her return to the game was one of the most courageous things that I have seen in sports and I can pay her no bigger compliment that to call her Willis. Now….Go Lady Bruins…next game is this Saturday night.
AdministratorTom Fitzsimmons is the Station Manager for Nevada County Broadcasters, and morning show host at KNCO NewsTalk 830, but his favorite job is being father to his daughters, Katie and Kelly. Tom has also remarried and his love is Roxanne, a RN at Sierra Nevada, with two great kids, Tyson and Megan. Tom and Roxanne just became grandparents with the birth of Megan's daughter, Hazel Virginia. Tom also is the voice of High School Football and Basketball play by play. His hobbies include playing and watching all sports and taking long hikes both locally and in the Sierras with his dog, Angel. He also has taken up distance running and just completed his second half marathon.
Posted: Mar. 4, 2013 11:09 AM PST