In fact, I doubt that Norm finds it all that arduous to do 18 hours. He's a professional talker, and he talks and talks and eventually he stops. I didn't hear very much of it this year, unfortunately, but what I heard was interesting. I liked the interview with Randy White. I just wasn't able to stay by the channel much of Monday, unforch.
As far as Norm as a general propposition is concerned: Great, great broadcaster. Always interesting to listen to. Like the way he interacts with his producers. Mike S makes a worthy on-air companion.
I'll just get off one short blast, and then let you all tell me about the Normathon, or Norm generally -- or Rich Phillips, or Corby D, or Dan M, or the Geminid meteor shower, or whatever you want to comment on. The short blast is: I'm not sure Norm is an extremely astute observer of the sports scene. He knows an awful lot about many sports, but sometimes his opinions leave me scratching my head. In the first place, he seems to hold contradictory views simultaneously -- was Wade Phillips a bad coach, or was he an OK coach because he once went 13-3? Norm seems to hold both views. In the second place, his picks don't seem to me to be particularly accurate. (Anyone know how he does on the ponies?) I'll tell you what I'd like to see: Norm picking against Craig Miller and George Dunham in their weekly picks.
One more short blast: Norm has got to be one of the hardest-working guys at the Ticket. It's only a two-hour show, but his show prep is amazing (with his grundoons' assistance), he fills in all over the broadcast day, he does the Cowboy post-game. And he did that great piece on the Cowboys' financial condition a couple of months back.
So:: Two weathered Plainsman thumbs-up for Norm. But think twice before you give him your money to play with. Give it to him to donate to the wonderful causes he supports.
So let me hear from you, Confessors: How was the Normathon?