Of radio, football and baseball players coming back
Then, a comment.
(Yeah, maybe a bit unfair but it’s what we do here, isn’t it?)
Anyway, it’s not very often that I spend a lot of time listening to all-sports radio; I’d rather have music as white noise or a car companion and, besides, I don’t seem to have an awful lot of idle time.
So, having said that …
I heard it was the 20th anniversary this week of The Fan or whatever they’re calling it now and, you know, in some way it’s become a rather integral part of the sports landscape here in Toronto and wherever it might be that people listen it.
Kind of got me thinking about what all-sports radio should be and whether The Fan is there and whether it truly serves the public and the listeners.
And I’d say, yeah, for the most part.
(Oh, another aside and point of full disclosure: Yes, I do a bit of work there, some paid, some unpaid, some to help friends out, some because I actually enjoy it)
What you want, and deserve, from all-sports radio is to be entertained and informed. You want good hosts with insight and personality and the ability to break news if it’s possible. What you don’t want are screamers who rant and rave for no other reason than to make their name, you don’t want people who are confrontational simply because it’s fun to be confrontational. It’s easy to sit back and rip all the time, to me it’s a sign of absolute laziness.
I think The Fan has that kind of staff now, it’s taken some time to weed out pretenders but, from what I’ve heard, the three key shows – the morning drive, the afternoon, the early-evening drive – provide that.
Now, I also fear that too often still the programming is dictated by callers and while I understand the need to engage the public and give them a chance to get on the air, I think you can over-do it quite easily. No one except Bill In Burlington or Sam In Scarborough or Dave On A Car Phone On The 401 cares a whit what they think; the fewer hours dedicated to taking calls from anonymous fans, the better. If I get in the car and I’m flipping through the dial and hear that it’s Caller Hour, the station immediately gets changed.
I’ve been in more than a few cities with all-sports radio and have listened to my fair share of the ESPNs out there; I can say this without reservation:
For the most part, The Fan is as good as anything out there; the station’s come a long way in two decades and spawned some extraordinary talent.
Toronto’s lucky to have it. If all-sports radio is your cup of tea.
So it’s Roger Waters’ birthday and I’m hearing “Money” on Q107 when I’m typing this early in the morning (it’s the only radio station I listen to with any regularity and I’d put Kim Mitchell among the best DJs anywhere because of the ease and clarity with which he explains all things music) and I’m thinking, sure, that’s a nice little ditty but it’s not nearly the Pink Floyd song I want to hear.
And since Comfortably Numb should be the phrase on my business card if I had one …
I’m thinking two questions all of yesterday isn’t going to cut it, folks.
Help a fellow out, would you?
No, I didn’t watch the NFL opener last night, it was evaluation night for kids who might be Mighty Red Tigers next year and we were out checking out the throwing, catching and fielding abilities of a couple of dozen teens.
So, what’d I miss?
Oh, I see my man Not Grace Kelly is off to a rousing 0-1 start.
Wish I could mock more but I’d probably have taken the home team, too.
Not sure if we’ll have any of last season’s give-and-take off those weakly picks, with a real NBA season coming time is going to be an issue.
Maybe we can do a little something in the regular Monday morning fare on a more casual basis.
There are going to be under-employed pucks scribblers, maybe one of them can be pressed into action.
Boss? Whaddya think?
So I see JP Arencibia’s coming back, Hobbs Lawrie looks like he might be close and the TOD are going to give Romero some extra days between starts.
I would imagine if you were a professional baseball player who’d been hurt like the catcher and the third baseman, the last thing you’d want is to be shut down for the last month or so of the season. For no other reason than to get back into the feel of the game, to maybe finish strong, to get used to seeing major league pitching again, I bet you’d be itching to get in as many games as possible even in a season that’s been circling the toilet bowl for at least a month.
Now, I can see resting regulars every now and then to see what the September callups have (and no, that’s not tanking, is it?) but the two injured players need to get more work than they’d usually get in the final month of the season so they can end the year, hopefully, with some good feelings.
I’m not sure what extra rest is going to do to help him. I kind of agree with his point made in Zorro’s piece today; the last thing I’d want if I was him would be to sit around a day or two more between starts wondering what kind of stuff, if any, I’d have when I get back out there.
I think everyone’s agreed it’s not a physical, injury issue with him; it’s location and perhaps a crisis of confidence that’s been brewing for a long time. I think they should trot him out on his regular rest for the remainder of the season in the hopes that as quickly as his good stuff disappeared it can come back again.
But that’s just me.