Terrible Towels at Half Mast: Myron Cope Dies today

Terrible Towels at Half Mast: Myron Cope Dies today

This saddens me to an unbelievable degree. Unless you grew up in Pittsburgh listening to his classic voice and announcing style, and have been waving terrible towels since Pittsburgh’s dynasty decade of the 70s, you probably think of him as not much more than a wierd Pittsburgh icon. But he was much more than that:

Cope’s tenure from 1970-2004 as the color analyst on the Steelers’ radio network is the longest in NFL history for a broadcaster with a single team and led to his induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2005.

“His memorable voice and unique broadcasting style became synonymous with Steelers football,” team president Art Rooney II said Wednesday. “They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and no Pittsburgh broadcaster was impersonated more than Myron.”

Regarding his colorful vocabulary:

With a voice beyond imitation – a falsetto so shrill it could pierce even the din of a touchdown celebration – Cope was a man of many words, some not in any dictionary.

To Cope, an exceptional play rated a “Yoi!” A coach’s doublespeak was “garganzola.” The despised rival to the north was always the Cleve Brownies, never the Cleveland Browns.

Cope gave four-time Super Bowl champion coach Chuck Noll the only nickname that ever stuck, the Emperor Chaz. For years, Cope laughed off the downriver and often downtrodden Cincinnati Bengals as the Bungles, though never with a malice or nastiness that would create longstanding anger.

Read the Full Story by AP reporter Alan Robinson

Doc Shazam buying a home?

Could it be that finally after 4 decades, Doc Shazam is buying a house?


2/26/8: Look at a house with a friend/real estate agent.  Say to self, “I could live here.”  Time: 30 minutes

 2/27/8: Call mortgage broker whose business card I got when I overheard him in a coffee shop talking to clients.  Get pre-approved over the phone, says he’ll send me a letter tonight.  Duration of phone call: 10 minutes (or less)

Stay tuned.

“The Fonz” testifies regarding John Ritter’s death

So this really seems like an unnecessary witness providing niether fuel nor water for either side of the case.

Henry Winkler recently took the stand to testify in John Ritter’s death. Newspaper reports simply say that they talked about their upcoming lines and the days filming and that was it. Later in his testimonly, Winkler was asked what he thought John’s children would miss the most about their father.

What in the world does that have to do with his medical condition and subsequent treatment?

Well, it’s really kind of non-news, but the fact that this type of testimony is present in medical malpractice cases just gives me even more encouragment to get really good at my options trading.

It took me a second reading to see that this comment was off the record outside the courtroom:

Outside court, Winkler told reporters he still cannot comprehend that Ritter’s life ended so swiftly. He had no comment on whether he believed the doctors were to blame.

Thanks for your exert testimony, Fonzie.

Read the full story here on the Press Enterprise website.

Spontaneous Pneumothorax – Just like House did it

Today, my favorite x-ray tech emerged with a chart from a patient whom he took from the waiting room to do a chest x-ray.  Waiting times in our ER today were 3-5 hours long, so a little bit of time is saved by taking patients straight from the waiting room to the x-ray area.

So Curly the tech came out waving a chart.  “Somebody needs to put a chest tube in this kid,” he nonchalantly stated to nobody in particular.  He ceremoniously spun a slow 360 degrees to see if anyone was listening, then shrugged his shoulders, dropped the chart off to the charge nurse and went back to his dark room, his job was done.

A colleague who ended up with his chart a few minutes later asks, “How would you like to to a chest tube in 10, while I do a spinal tap in room 11?”

Hmmm…when was the last time I put a chest tube in?  It’s been awhile…I think in Colorado last summer when a lady who was choking developed a pneumothorax after receiving the heimlich maneuver.

After evaluating the young man, I wrote some brief orders to get things started.  The problem was, none of the nurses had ever done a chest tube before!

We recruited two nurses from other zones, one of whom has done countless chest tubes in our ER, the other has worked at a trauma center before, but it was her first day at our hospital.

So without going through all the details of putting in a chest tube, the process was quickly completed.  His nurse administered sedation was perfect, he fell asleep while I made the initial incision and placed the tube.  As the nurse were joking to themselves the patient started laughing.  He was asleep, but listening and laughing at our jokes!

Curly repeated the chest x-ray and it looked beautiful with a fully expanded lung.   Another life saved.

Bush is simply an idiot

I guess it’s more important to kill 1,000,000 innocent civilians in Iraq for a threat that never existed than it is to be certain that healthcare services are available for your family members when they are ill:

Bush’s proposed Medicare budget would cut $15 billion over five years through a reduction of annual updates for inpatient care. It would also cut $25 billion from payments to hospitals serving large numbers of poor people, and $20 billion from payments for capital projects such as putting up new buildings and buying equipment, the New York Time reports

Read the rest of the store on the Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog

With Bush certain to leave and Edward’s out of the race, I’m more than happy with anyone else to fill the spot.