Couple of thoughts from the broadcast day:
(1) 20 Generations. In discussing the new Lisa Kudrow show about searching for ancestors, Corby (jokingly, I think) talked about going back "20 generations." That isn't so crazy, necessarily, since 20 generations is about 500 years, which takes us back to the 1500s, which isn't that far from when Danny's ancestors came over on the Mayflower, or whatever it was he was claiming. However, if one really did try to go back 20 generations, he would be examining a large number of people -- 2 to the 20th power, to be exact. That works out to 1,048,575 people.
(2) What Were the Rangers Thinking? In listening to today's conversations about why the Rangers didn't fire Ron Washington, I didn't hear this one (but I usually don't get to hear Norm or BaD Radio, so they may have touched on it): The Rangers were for sale at that tme. Disarray and lack of discipline would have made the team (admittedly, only marginally) less attractive to purchasers, and that would have been an issue only if Washington had been fired (since the the whistleblower was not blabbing at the time). There was no likely successor to Wasington in place at that time. So it made more sense to stay the course and disclose Washington's issue to shoppers at such time as they were doing their "due diligence" on the Rangers.
(3) More Ron Washington. Gordon sensibly asks, "wasn't the world a better place without HR?" Sure. But HR didn't explode on the scene in the last 25 years all by itself. It was compelled by the interference of courts and legislatures in hiring and firing decisions. Some of this interference has been necessary (ending certain kinds of discrimination), but a whole helluva lot of it has been absolute nonsense (forbidding employers from making reasonable distinctions between good and bad employees and imposing their own notions of "fairness" on the hiring and firing process). My point here is that you can bet that the Washington situation was far more drenched in legal considerations than HR considerations.
(4) Another Unbelievable Bear-Trap. The one Gordon just told about the guy who was holding forth on "Wayne" as a middle name. It was going fine until the wife says "Didn't I tell you his father killed his mother and went to the chair"? He said, "no, I don't remember that." First, if this were true, of course she would have told him. And this supposedly wasn't the first time they were getting together. Second, if she had told him about it, one of them would have remembered. Third, there were very few executions taking place during the time when that mother and father would have been alive. Fourth, the electric chair was not a common method of execution during that period. Fifth . . . hell, it doesn't make any sense and it didn't happen the way the bear-trap guy says it did, if it happened at all.
The Bear Trap Contest is starting to become like Hypothetical Thursday -- what I call "NPR Moments," because that's when I am compelled to change the channel for a few minutes until the inauthentic broadcasting abates.
(5) Junior v. Keith. No, not that Keith.
Junior said he feared Keith Olberman's intellect. He needn't worry. Olberman is glib but his intellect is a mile side and an inch deep. Junior's intelligence is far more subtle and penetrating. He could hold his own and, after enduring a verbal barrage or two, would prevail in any debate. Any debate about cycling, anyway.
(6) Baby Doll Ad. I was really disappointed to hear this ad a little after 5 pm Wednesday. I've heard other sports-radio stations (other markets) run these ads for "gentlemen's clubs." The station will run them for awhile, then station management awakens to how awful they sound and how cheap they make the station seem. And the station stops accepting those ads. Put aside the content -- the chicks they get to read that copy all sound stupid and amateurish. Same with The Ticket. Those smarmy ads never fit in with The Ticket and after awhile they went away. Then there was the Baby Doll ad yesterday, which was the sleaziest, smuttiest ad for a strip joint I have ever heard. Same stupid amateur chick reading it. It came as close to a soliciation for prostitution as you're ever going to hear on the radio. It almost makes me wonder if, despite the great numbers for The Ticket, the economy has made it hard to get the rates The Ticket needs to pay all the on-air talent.
I wish all Confessors a fine weekend.