Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sports Radio and Me

This morning, as I was driving into the office, I tried three different sports radio stations:

1.  On Mad Dog Radio (XM Channel 86), they were arguing about whether a Red Sox pitcher had deliberately hit Alex Rodriguez in a baseball game last weekend.  (At this point, coolstandings.com gives the Yankees a 6.9 percent chance of making the playoffs, so talking about A-Rod is an even bigger waste of time than usual.)

2.  On WJFK-FM (106.7 FM), they were arguing about whether to make Cal Ripken (!) the next manager of Natstown.  (Cal Ripken has never managed before, is not likely to start with the Nats, and would not be likely to succeed if he got the job.  This is exactly the sort of sports story that the D.C. media loves, as it appeals to people who know very little about sports.  It also explains why the Redskins -- with full support from the local press -- thought they were doing the right thing by replacing Marty Schottenheimer with Steve Spurrier.)

3.  On ESPN Radio (XM Channel 84), they were arguing about how injuries in New England would affect Tim Tebow's chances of playing.  (I think every segment on ESPN Radio has to cover either Tim Tebow or Johnny Football.)

I spent the rest of my commute listening to bluegrass music.  But I would love to know more about why so much of sports radio -- which should be fun -- is simply unpleasant.


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  2. Thanks for reading the HP, Helena!

    I agree about sports radio so often being unpleasant. I was driving all day on the Sunday of the British Open and was relegated to flipping among various sports-talk stations, hoping to follow the scores. The only one I could find that was talking about it at all was a guy who spent the entire time making fun of about how rough of a weekend Tiger Woods was having. Simultaneously, Phil Mickelson was making one of the great comebacks in golf history, but I could hardly find any mention of this as I scanned around the dial.