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Sunday, August 20, 2017

YES: Epic Don La Greca Rant

Responding to a caller blaming Girardi for not pinch hitting for Judge in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Mets. (Seriously.)

You’re a clown, Steve. I’m tired of the clown show! Tired of it! You’ve got a playoff team. You’ve got a team that’s won three in a row and you’re miserable because you love being miserable. Because that’s what you’re about. You’re a clown, Steve. I’m tired of it! I’m tired of you wasting our time on the air with your clown shoe garbage! Tired of it.

Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend Posted: August 20, 2017 at 07:29 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Leroy Kincaid Posted: August 21, 2017 at 06:20 AM (#5517711)
An example of why I haven't listened to sports-talk radio in about 10 years.
   2. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: August 21, 2017 at 07:59 AM (#5517724)
Co-sign #1. I know a lot of people (including folks here) listen to sports radio regularly and I just don't understand. The ratio of "can you believe what this moron said" to "I heard such a fascinating discussion" I hear from friends who listen is well over 100:1. I just don't understand what is enjoyable about it.
   3. Howie Menckel Posted: August 21, 2017 at 08:21 AM (#5517726)
I listen to Francesa on WFAN in NY for the same reason that other people like The Three Stooges or Benny Hill. except those shows are an act and I don't find them amusing. to listen to a guy say in all seriousness that "fungible means 'not easily replaceable.'" - that's entertainment, my friends. and he makes 7 figures and is utterly unaware of what a buffoon he is.

he once lambasted a caller during a Yankees-Tigers playoff series for making up the name of a reliever as "Al Alburquerque." during the commercial break, when Mike is told that there really is such a player, his defense later becomes, "well, I only know him as Albert." (his full first name is Alberto, fyi)

so "I don't understand" works as long as one doesn't like the Stooges or Benny Hill, either.
   4. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: August 21, 2017 at 08:38 AM (#5517728)
Actually I don't like the Stooges.

Reading what you said about Francesa though...I mean I still don't understand the appeal. I'm not sure what's amusing about that. "Hey this guy doesn't know what he's talking about" seems like a pretty thin premise for enjoyment. To each his own of course. If you enjoy it good for you but I just can't grasp the interest.
   5. Tim D Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:22 AM (#5517756)
I turn on sports talk once in awhile. Usually lasts for about 10 minutes.
   6. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: August 21, 2017 at 02:04 PM (#5517967)
I turn on sports talk once in awhile. Usually lasts for about 10 minutes.

This is me too. Maybe once every few months, and I only get about 5 minutes in - I have a short drive from work to home. So, if I don't feel like synching my phone with the stereo I'll listen to the radio and if NPR is in a pledge drive, I'll go the sports-talk. And then curse myself for doing so. My favorite is when it's football season. I don't know anything at all about football except the most high profile players, so it's like I'm listening to Lord of the Rings or something with fictional characters and fights between different's insane.

Then I go back to the NPR pledge drive.
   7. TDF didn't lie, he just didn't remember Posted: August 21, 2017 at 02:14 PM (#5517974)
I didn't read the article.

That being said, the quoted text isn't really that surprising to me. It seems that these shows get the same callers often - I know here in Detroit I hear phrases like "the last time you called" or "like I said last week" often. So in my limited experience (I only listen in the morning, and then only rarely) I would say a host finally having enough of a caller sounds believable.
   8. Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend Posted: August 21, 2017 at 02:21 PM (#5517979)
I didn't read the article.
There's no article, just the clip.
   9. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: August 21, 2017 at 06:47 PM (#5518141)
Actually I don't like the Stooges.

"There's a James Osterberg on line two, and he's not happy!"
   10. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: August 21, 2017 at 08:24 PM (#5518173)
Against my better judgment, I listened recently to a 30 for 30 podcast about Francessa and Russo. It was basically "they got along until they didn't." And how much they were copied by the lesser markets.
   11. Joe Bivens Recognizes the Kenyan Precedent Posted: August 21, 2017 at 08:46 PM (#5518183)
Russo and Francessa both think the other is a boob and they're both right.
   12. Leroy Kincaid Posted: August 21, 2017 at 08:59 PM (#5518191)
Of course it wasn't all bad. I like how Ed Coleman handled a caller when Billy Wagner was having a rough stretch (which for fans and the media can be one appearance) as the Mets' closer. The guy was a regular and a bit of a smug, know-it-all. He asked if Wagner threw a 4-seamer (or 2) and when Coleman answered that he did, the caller said something like "See? Billy should switch to the 2-seamer (or 4)". Coleman said (just before hanging up on the guy) "Yeah, that's brilliant. I'm sure that never occurred to Billy, or the pitching coach, or the manager. That's some great insight you've got there." (paraphrasing)

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