Tuesday, March 15, 2011

VOICE OF THE NATION: Open Forum on Norm and Mike S

I'm out of town and out of touch and out of time, but thought I would follow up on a commenter's suggestion to allow open posting from time to time.

I like Norm's show when I hear it and enjoy Norm at other times, but I hear the show so seldom that it doesn't get much notice here.  I regret that, so maybe you all can fill in the midday hole on this site.

As always, you can post on any topic you like, but I thought I"d get things rolling with a suggestion.  Mike Sirois has been with Norm for awhile now, after Friedo's long tenure.  How do we all think it's going?  My very brief exposure to the team leaves me with a pretty good feeling.  Mike S doesn't have a distinctive broadcast voice, but he's smart and quick and the Norm/Mike combo seems to be clicking.

Your thoughts?

Back in a few days.

19 comments:

ap said...

I'm going to do an UnTicket post when I find time detailing what appears to have been Mike S's initiation into the Ticket weekday brotherhood last week -- namely, Gordo making fun of MS's 'lazy-talk' during a mix (which I don't really hear), Bob and Dan making fun of MS's favorite number (#24) during another mix, and The Hardline having MS on during CQH to talk about what it is like to work for Norm. I believe Christy thought the ribbing MS took last week was somewhat mean-spirited, but I think (hope) it was all in good fun because Sirois seems to be a very likeable dude much in the same way Donny is (disclaimer: I'm biased, for both cases)

Regarding the original point: I would easily skip Norm's show altogether if it weren't for Mike S and Jer chiming in and doing their own sub-show underneath Norm's weekly offering.

And no, this isn't Mike Sirois (or Cash, or Mike's mom, or Mike's wife).

Anonymous said...

The show with Mike and his brother is the best fill in show and best weekend show besides the orphanage.

cancer monkey said...

I'm with ap on this. I can barely listen to Norm at all, but I like what Sirloin brings. One of the best things about his show lately is Jer and Mike doing a completely separate show parallel to what Norm is doing, and of which he is completely unaware.

Aaron said...

The Mike and Jeremy show going on behind Norm makes me laugh. Makes NFL draft talk bearable.

Aaron in Carrollton

The Plainsman said...

A little surprised at the Norm comments. I didn't think there was a whole lot of strong feeling out there about Norm, but perhaps I was wrong. Should have made it a Norm-only thread. But liking the quality of these commetns, I'd never have picked this stuff up myself.

ap said...

Don't get me wrong, Plainsman, there is nobody I'd rather listen to for Cowboy postgame coverage and NFL draft coverage. If I gambled, I might be interested in Picks of the Pole as well. But around this time of year, I find Norm tends to reach a bit for interesting sports-only content, and instead deals with sports hypotheticals (i.e. several segments were spent on the possibility of trading Devon Harris back to the Mavs...really?) I find it just gets to be a bit much after a while. Just my opinion though.

Douglas Sutherland said...

I'm a big Sirois fan. Ever since he started schticking up his weekend Tickers like 5 years ago, I've loved his broadcasting. The thing that Sirois brings to Norm's show is he gets Sean and even Jer involved. He also does a great job of keeping things light hearted. He provides a great balance.

The Plainsman said...

OFF TOPIC URGENT: OK, Confessors, what am I doing wrong?

I was telling Mrs. Plainsman about a particular drop that related to something we were talking about. I go to the www.theticket.com drop page and find the drop. Click on it. Wait forever. The page that comes up is a "www.mp3twit.com" site that is apparently some GoDaddy site, with absolutely no hint on how to play the drop in question, if, indeed, that site bears the slightest relationship to the drops in question. In fact, it transpires that ALL of the drop links take you to this site.

Am I doing something wrong, has the drop page been hacked, or has The Ticket sold out to GoDaddy?

Thanks to our digitally hip Confessors.

Shaggy said...

Grubes used to post some sound clips on mp3twit.com via twitter. It seems mp3twit may be down or its registration expired or somesuch.

The Plainsman said...

Thanks, shaggy. I've steered clear of Twitter and so hope that one doesn't doesn't need to be . . . twitterate in order to play drops henceforth.

Christy said...

"...um, in the Pro Bowl yesterday..."

Norm has the Crossword Puzzle Champion on today. Do you think he's reaching here? Ya know, I don't understand why he doesn't just burn a segment talking hockey. He doesn't generally talk Dallas Stars, but they're in a tight play-off race so why not now?

To Douglas Sutherland's point: Ah, that explains it. I always thought when Sirois would ask Sean to chime in on baseball stuff - or what have you - it meant he didn't know the topic thoroughly enough and needed Sean to cover.

To me, I'm lukewarm on the guy: his bits and creativity are good, but he's had a few "blonde/later Greggo" moments that have made me raise an eyebrow. The only one I can think of is when he asked where would the Mother Ship be when they move to Victory Park. The guys had to gently explain it to him that the Mother Ship is wherever the Ticket's headquarters is.

If Sirois gets to go camping (and it's not just confined to the 9 hosts), it'll be interesting listening to this wild other side of him when he's had a few in him (as was referenced many times during The Hardline when they were out in Surprise, AZ last week).

Off-topic:
Mike Rhyner said all the programs for today are forced to have on a member of the Dallas Stars. Apparently, he wasn't impressed with any of the Stars players they had on during Ticketstock - (former players Craig Ludwig and Jere Lehtinen and current players Loui Eriksson and Kari Lehtonen) - because they didn't know how to be interviewed. I wonder what BaD Radio would have to say about that. Or, was he doing a bit? The Hardline will talk to Coach Mark Crawford and if this doesn't pan out, they will never, ever interview a Dallas Stars person again. So he says. I don't remember any of their interviews, but the worst Stars interview I've heard is the one with BaD Radio and Jamie Langenbrunner right after he got traded here this year. It was soooo bad, and I'm surprised nothing was made of it.

Anonymous said...

The Ticket/Stars collaboration is made of FAIL and... um... more fail.

Regularly interrupting the highest-rated drive time radio show in DFW for flippin' hockey pre-game!? Give me a break.

This garbage can't end soon enough.

-Anon B

Anonymous said...

Not too mention that several Cowboy postgame shows were scratched due to the Stars (including the last game of the season). It's just not a good fit.

Christy said...

There's a fight going on on The Hardline between Danny and Corby...again, I never know if it's for real or not.

Anonymous said...

As usual, Danny is right. Or should I say, Corby is wrong?

T4 In Rockwall said...

It's got to be a contractually obligated deal for them to cut whatever is going on to bring a Stars game. If they had a good signal, they could broadcast Rangers, Mavs, and Cowboys games. No offense to hockey fans, but around here, they're low man on the totem pole, and thanks to the sorry signal, The Ticket has 'em.

Anonymous said...

The HL has only been cut short 10 times this season due to Stars hockey with the last time coming back on Feb 24 and it won't happen again during the regular season.


Hockey on the radio is quite the enigma but if you're a hockey fan, the relationship between the Ticket and the Stars is a strong one. I can't think of another pro sports franchise that would include Ticket bits in the wording of their season issued media credentials.

T4 In Rockwall said...

Rhyner just mentioned that they're going to cut out early today for hockey.

Christy said...

Norm's re-telling of his own interview with the cross word champion (Wordplay is a good movie, btw) that happened moments ago was much better than the actual interview.