- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 30, 2008

 No sooner had Sir Scribble turned on his computer, cracked open his first bottle of Dasani and set his iPod on the Beastie Boys (“Sounds of Science,” Disc 1) and started counting the minutes until Vanderbilt-Maryland, an NCAA representative handed me a contract.

 A blog contract.

 Scrib isn’t making this up. Yes, the NCAA is concerned with how often reporters are blogging during their tournament games.

 An excerpt of the contract: “The following is the NCAA’s policy for the number of blog posts allowed during a men’s or women’s basketball championship competition or session (i.e., where more than one contest takes place under the same admission ticket): Five times per half, once at halftime and two times per overtime period.”

 Next thing, newspapers will have to pay to get into the event. …

 The weather remains a big story locally. It started snowing downtown Friday night some of the biggest flakes Sir Scribble has seen since in a long time. Scrib has quickly become addicted to the local traffic channel (yes, Spokane feels the need for a traffic channel). Throughout the city, 27 cameras monitor the traffic. …

 The snow meant truckers had to pull over and put chains on their tires, but cars were fine as long as they had traction tires. We had never heard of those before. A quick Google search revealed that they are allowed on Washington state highways from Nov. 1 to March 31. Metal studs are embedded in the tires. The road conditions prevented Scrib from taking the 30-minute drive east and knocking Idaho off his states-never-visited list. …

 Regardless of Maryland’s result last night, Sir Scribble faces a dilemma tonight: the Washington Nationals opener on ESPN or searching the local sports bar scene for WrestleMania. The early favorite is Mania.

Ryan O’Halloran

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