Most of the time, it is a huge advantage to be based in the New York area as a sports media scribe.

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But there are benefits to being elsewhere. For example, Hoffarth's regular access to Vin Scully in L.A.

Here is a Q&A in which Vin addresses a variety of topics as a new season begins.

Enjoy that, and enjoy the women's championship game tonight. Maybe Stanford will make a halfcourt heave at the buzzer and shock the world.

Or maybe it will bounce harmlessly off the rim.

I am going to write a story about Jim Nantz for the newspaper now.