Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Brian Sweeney has been the author of “Here’s the Scoop” for more than 20 years. The column usually deals with the lighter side of life and the writer has been known to mix a bit of fiction in with the facts. Brian has received six awards for his column in the annual New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

Here's the Scoop: April 22, 2009

What are the chances?
Some stunning news was reported this week on my Home Page. It seems that “only half the population understands what a precipitation forecast means well enough to make a fully informed answer to that tricky question of whether or not to bring an umbrella.”
That leaves half of us all wet, I guess. Or not — depening on one’s luck.


Here's the Scoop: April 15, 2009

Now who’s the dork?
For years, I have started my mornings from early spring through early fall with a review of the box scores to check the progress of my Fantasy Baseball players.


Here's the Scoop: April 8, 2009

It’s a handful
My wife is fond of watching TV programs and reading books about different cultures. This is a good way to gain an understanding about the ways that others live their lives. She’s learned a lot of important information. And, while not among the top facts she’s picked up, she has discovered that people in many other countries favor eating with the hands.


Here's the Scoop: April 1, 2009

Enjoy the holiday, kids...
Among the growing number of things that I can never understand is why so many symbols associated with “fun” holidays are — what’s the term? — not fun. I’m reminded of this each year at this time when the Easter Bunny hops into the picture for a few weeks. Real bunnies, as a general rule, are furry and cute. And small. I think that’s the major difference between an Easter Bunny and a Non-holiday Bunny. Easter Bunnies are, more likely than not, big. Huge even.


Here's the Scoop: March 25, 2009

Taking the tour
I think it’s fairly common to live somewhere and not fully appreciate the resources that are around us. For instance, I’ll bet there are tons of people who live in New York City who have never been to the top of the Empire State Building. Likewise, I’m sure that many residents of the Catskills haven’t been to the top of Slide Mountain, the region’s highest peak.