Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ticket Sports Saturday Quick Hit

Your Plainsman is working the entire holiday.

Why am I telling you this?

Because it means lots of time in the SRT listening to off-hours Ticket.

I caught Ticket Sports Saturday this afternoon.  It was David Newbury and some other guy.  I'm not sure I caught his name.  Was it Ken Daley?   I didn't catch the name and that may not be right.  But he was a pretty relaxed cat.

Ty and Sean are plenty good, but I thought these two guys were really outstanding.  Nice calm, knowledgeable talk about a range of local teams.  Nobody saying anything was the greatest or the worst, just sober, knowledgeable analysis.  Nobody yelling at me, nobody trying and failing to be clever.  It was just a pleasure to listen to.   I assume these guys were filling in for Ty and Sean (again, no complaints about them, just don't catch them very often). 

I continue to be impressed by The Ticket's local weekend programming.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ken Daley is a former baseball writer, who covered the Dodgers for many years. He's a vast improvement over the other guy, especially on Diamond Talk. I don't know much about the weekend programming because I don't have time to listen much but the Newberry guy is awful.

The Plainsman said...

Can't agree about Newbury. He's not flashy but he's solid and knowledgeable. I liked him with Mike Bacsik and he's the only thing that keeps Matt McClaren from going completely into orbit when they work together.

Anonymous said...

Did you hear him on Diamond Talk? I'm not arguing because I haven't heard him much on the weekends, but I did hear him a lot on Diamond Talk and his baseball opinions were just stupid most of the time. It seemed like he was just really egotistical and served nothing more than a derailment to what Sean was saying.

Doug said...

I too noticed Newbury dragging down Diamond Talk all season. You could tell that Sean had to fight through it a lot. Whenever Ken Daley filled in it was worlds better. I really don't get Plainsman's affinity for David by the way.

The Plainsman said...

Never once caught Diamond Talk except after Game 5, which doesn't count. Only on Sports Saturday. Can you be a little more specific about your issues with DB? I'll listen more closely.

ap said...

Off-Topic, but Ticket Sports Sunday has taken a major hit (in this Confessor's opinion) as Mark Elfenbein has announced via twitter (@IAmElf) that he is leaving the little Ticket after 18 years of good-strong-clean duty.

Christy said...

Whoa to AP's post! Wow, that's why he wasn't hosting the Mavericks post game show.

A little back on topic - I listened to most Diamond Talks this season. I started out liking Sean Bass, but as the season wore on, my thoughts on him shifted. I thought he had the same negative qualities as Bob Sturm - the ones you, Mr. Plainsman, pointed out - sports bullyish, not much of a sense of humor, "thin-skinned[,] and peevish." He talked over his usual Diamond Talk co-host David Newbury or undermined David's points. He always had the last word. I found these as unappealing traits.

But Anonymous raises a point that has completely changed my perception. I enjoyed Ken Daley every time he was on Diamond Talk. Perhaps Sean just needs a partner who knows what he's talking about (case in point - tonight's Mavericks post game show with Sean and Mark Followill). I guess the traits I found unappealing in Sean was just him trying to offset David Newbury's (supposed) ineffectiveness (I didn't have a problem with David during baseball season, but I'll listen closer now).

Anonymous said...

I was just doing a quick search to see if I could find any other information about Elf going to The Fan and this came up which I thought was interesting (from Whitt's blog):

At the risk of ruffling more Ticket feathers, the station treated one of its first-time, long-timers like shit rudely during its recent gaggle of 15th anniversary celebrations. The way I remember it, Mark Elfenbein was one of the station's original voices. Pretty sure he's been doing weekends for the full 15 years. He's even hosting their Mavs post-game show this season. Considering that loyalty and seniority, I was shocked that Elf had neither a spot on stage for The Ticket's birthday party at the House of Blues nor a vignette in The Ticket anniversary book: Full Disclosure. Oi Vey. (Attention 105.3 The Fan management: If I hang around doing weekends until 2024 and then get excluded from our 15th birthday party, there'll be hell to pay.)

Anyway, I've never intentionally listened to his show so I won't notice. Not hard to understand why he'd be leaving for a weekday gig.

ap said...

And KTCK loses another tangential personality this morning as Todd Archer just announced (via twitter) that he'll be moving over to ESPN Dallas.

T4 In Rockwall said...

Anyone know who does the Ranch Report now? I haven't bothered to look on The Ticket's website, although I don't know if they ever had a mention for it on their website before.