The waves swept in gently, a soft and lyrical backdrop to the setting sun. Seagulls swooped over the fading day, dancing magically in the sky. The ocean air was intoxicating, a whiff of wet and wonderful life, with the rich beads of sand tickling the toes. It was a fleeting moment of unbridled beauty. I turned toward Mimi, and while running my left hand through her smooth, silken hair, I reached back with my right hand and flicked on my battery-charged, solid-state, lightweight, quick-start, cable-ready-with-glare-free-sunscreen, auto-control-color Sony 5-inch TV set. The Jamie Farr Toledo Classic was under way, and I had to see it.

Ah, to be young and free and alive and able to watch TV golf at the beach, with a girl at your side and the ocean at your feet.

Yes, it's time for the latest sights and sounds from the world of sports broadcasting, or How I Spent My Summer Vacation:

Technology Is Wonderful, but Penmanship Is Irreplaceable: Because of a computer problem, Home Team Sports couldn't show its Stroh's Scoreboard during the Orioles-Indians telecast Aug. 10. So, Tom Davis kept us up to date between innings with some old-fashioned ingenuity, using pen, paper and a clipboard. He kept crossing out old scores and writing in new ones -- sloppy, but serviceable.

This Obviously Isn't the Guy to Ask for Directions to College Park: During FNN/Score's "Sports Watch" Aug. 2, a caller asked host Byron Day about Maryland football. First, Day said he didn't think the Terrapins would repeat as Atlantic Coast Conference champions (they didn't win the conference title last year); a little later, Day commented that the Terrapins' bowl chances are helped by the fact they almost always bring a large contingent of fans (they almost always bring a small contingent of fans to bowl games).

You've Got to Respect a Man Who Lies to You, Then Tells You That He's Just Lied to You (And By the Way, He's Bald): Orioles broadcaster Jon Miller, after telling listeners during a recent Memorial Stadium game that he resembled Frank Gifford, then said: "I can look like anyone I want. This is radio."

If a Big Wind Kicked Up, This Thing Could Have Destroyed Homes: WRC-TV-4 might have the biggest sports budget in town, but you wouldn't know it from the backdrop it has used for its Carlisle, Pa., reports -- a laughable, oversized football billboard propped up by two posts, with the words "Training Camp '87" and a Redskins insignia visible. It looked like a beached blimp.

We Probably Wouldn't Complain If Peter Marshall Was Still the Host: Ahmad Rashad, studio commentator on NBC's NFL pregame show, last was seen this summer on "The Hollywood Squares" game show. He wasn't even the middle square.

We Probably Wouldn't Complain If Richard Dawson Was Still the Host: Joe Namath, newly signed analyst for NBC's NFL games, last was seen this summer taping a new "Family Feud" game show pilot. He was the show's host.

For Some Real Automotive Laughs, They Should've Filmed Rush Hour on the Beltway: On Sunday, The Nashville Network will present "Motor Mania," a 60-minute special "looking at the humorous side of motor sports," featuring summer snowmobile racing on the grass in Wisconsin, mud bog drag racing in Houston and a farm combine demolition derby in Fargo, N.D.

Isn't It Ironic That He Played a Reporter Better on Film Than He Can in Real Life?: The next time you see the Sylvester Stallone film "Cobra" on cable or home video, you might notice ex-WTTG-TV-5 sportscaster Joe Fowler, a former actor, in a bit role as an intense TV reporter asking hard-hitting questions of a cop after a violent shootout. And the cop (Stallone) finally does to Fowler what many Channel 5 viewers would've liked to have done -- grab him by the collar and knock some sense into him.

He Did Everything but Interview the Bulls, Who Probably Had the Good Sense Not to Talk to Him: ABC's "Monday SportsNite" -- largely an enjoyable, well produced show -- stumbled recently when it had Sam Posey present a seemingly never-ending report on the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. It even had a commercial break, almost qualifying it for miniseries status.

Radio Replays Brighten Radio Days: WHUR-FM-96.3's Glenn Harris has added a nice touch to many of his sportscasts -- replaying memorable or interesting play-by-play calls of game-ending homers and the like from the previous night's baseball games.

If Par Is 72, ABC Sports Shot Close to 100: Despite the presence of nine announcers and 28 cameras during its U.S. Open golf coverage, ABC Sports kept missing shots, misreported scores from time to time and generally ignored much of the contending field other than the leaders and those one or two shots back. Combined with its below-par PGA Championship coverage, ABC just completed its worst golf season in recent memory.

At $22.95, It's Cheaper Than a TV and Commercial-Free: Must reading for baseball or broadcasting fans is Curt Smith's wonderful new book, "Voices of The Game," an overview of baseball broadcasting from 1921 to the present.

It's Hard to Find Announcers With Such a Keen Sense of History: ESPN Arena Football analyst Lee Corso, commenting during the Washington-Denver game in Week 2 of the new league: "It looks like the strategy of the Washington team is to put more pressure on {Denver quarterback Stuart} Mitchell this week than any other time."