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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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Monday, March 31, 2008

It's raining

I'd guess we won't start at 2:10. It's pouring. But it is supposed to clear up, which reminds of favorite rain delay story. It was in the late 1980s when the Reds would wait out every rain storm to get games in.

The legendary Bill Ford returned from lunch and asked the slot editor, a former Reds employee: "Why are the still trying to get that game in?"

The slot guy: "Bill, they think it's going to stop."

Bill: "It usually does. The record's 40 days."


at 1:35 PM Blogger Pokey Reese said...

ha. thats good.

at 2:05 PM Blogger MJ said...

I've been to a few rain delayed opening days in my youth. Wow what a cold miserable day that always was but having it opening made it somewhat tolerable. There is nothing like attending to the festivities of opening day.

at 2:25 PM Blogger Joe said...

Estimated game time is now 3:00pm per Marty, Thom and Cowboy. But I suspect everyone knew that.

at 2:52 PM Blogger MJ said...

I love the fact that all Reds players and coaches are wearing Nuxhall Jersey's today. Very touching gesture and shows the great respect the Reds Nation has for its beloved announcers. God Bless Nuxie, there won't be another like him. He was as unique as they come. He will be missed dearly.

at 12:50 AM Blogger Joe Perry said...

John --

Nice to see Bill Ford remembered.

My mom still lives in Hyde Park. Bill was a classmate of her's at St. Mary grade school in Hyde Park.

I worked in UC's Sports Information Dept. in the early 1980s and had the opportunity to meet Bill a few times when he did stories on UC.

Bill definitely came across as a classic old school sportswriter.

Joe Perry

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