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 20, 2011

Are you questioning me?
In recent years, a number of news stories have revealed that some journalists either “borrowed” the works they offered as their own or they “enhanced” the subject matter of their “non-fiction” pieces.

Such a story broke again this week when charges were leveled on “60 Minutes” that Greg Mortenson, author of the hit book Three Cups of Tea, may have applied some slight exaggeration to his retelling of his work to establish a series of schools in Pakistan.


Here's the Scoop: April 13, 2011

Common denominator
I walked in on an interesting office discussion the other day. It seems several staff members were debating the pros and cons of certain brands of toilet paper (TP). I’m sure it was a work-related topic, in case you were wondering.

As the conversation progressed, I felt obligated to put in my two cents. Surprisingly, no one told me to butt out. This was apparently an area where the staff felt I had some expertise.


Here's the Scoop: April 6, 2011

I did it, OK?
Let me get this out of the way up front: I did take steroids. Imagine all the expense and ridicule a simple statement like that would have saved for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens?

My steroid use was the result of the allergic reaction detailed in this space last week. I’m pleased to report that I did not have to undergo secretive shots in my butt or naval as part of an effort to boost my home run hitting and/or pitching efforts. Just a few days’ worth of little pills to put my body back on track.


Here's the Scoop: March 30, 2011

Zoo story
Like most people, I wasn’t really itching to go to the hospital. Well, that’s not entirely true. I guess I was, but I didn’t know it at the time.

You see, what started as some innocent itching landed me in the hospital last week. It wasn’t like I wandered into a patch of poison ivy, began feeling some discomfort and then realized I was surrounded by a sea of this irritating weed.


Here's the Scoop: March 23, 2011

A game of chance?
I was recently introduced to Quelf. You may be asking yourself why I’m not using spell-check. I am, but I had to add “Quelf” to my list of accepted words, because this was an unfamiliar term for my computer.

I’m guessing that many of you have not heard of Quelf either. If you’re trying to figure out what Quelf is and you think it sounds like a new energy drink or something, please keep reading.
However, if you are actually familiar with Quelf, I know that you’re automatically extending sympathy in my direction.