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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Greeting from Chain of Lakes Park

I'm here in the press box at Chain of Lakes Park coming to you via dial-up. Computer wizard Gary Schatz got his wireless working by changing some settings. I'm not going to risk that. The score from yesterday's game was 7-3 as some you pointed out. I plead guilty to failing to pay attention in the ninth.

I'll up date during the game.

Made it over here in less than two hours, thanks to the light Saturday traffic. My fervent hope is to make back to the Key in time to catch Miami's game in the MAC finals. Charlie Coles is the single favorite coach I've ever covered. It be nice to see him get the Large Dance one more time.

Quick Charlie story: When I was covering the RedHawks one year, Wally Szczerbiak got hurt. Their only other decent scorer was Damon Frierson. But he was playing point because Rob Estes (think that's the right name) was hurt. After a loss, I asked Charlie about someone else playing point, so Frierson could score more. Charlie jumped me. He was pissed off about losing, and he really didn't need my advice on his offense.

I didn't think anything of it. (I had covered UC, so I was used questions being questioned).

Next day, the phone rings, "John, Charles Coles, I want to apologize. I don't want you think I'm a (jerk)." We talked for a few minutes. I told him it was no big deal. Before he hung up, he said he was going to try using someone else at point.

Typical, Charlie. Good luck tonight.


at 1:11 PM Anonymous Matt said...

I think it was Rob Mestas.

Love and Honor...

at 1:18 PM Blogger John Fay said...

You are correct, Sir. John Estes was the SID in part of my tenure covering Miami.

at 1:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Charlie Coles go to Yellow Springs High School?

at 3:03 PM Blogger John Fay said...

He did indeed. Believe he led the state of Ohio in scoring with like 41 points a game.

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