I'm trying to accommodate Confessors who get to hear more ot The Ticket than I do, or perhaps listen at different times. We did a BaD segment a couple of weeks ago, so now I'd like to give Norm's show some attention.
I am not a heavy-duty sports fan, so I don't have an answer to the question posed in today's headline. I got to Dallas in 2004 and began listening to The Ticket shortly thereafter. I was under the impression that Norm was a fairly revered sports broadcaster in DFW.
In recent weeks, I've been surprised by some comments and other Internet postings I've happened onto that treat Norm with something less than sportsy respect. One blogger has offered three articles in 2007 and 2008 positing that Norm is, in fact, an asshole, mainly based on the way he treats callers and colleagues. (Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3)
Personally, I have always liked his show, and from time to time he'll have some original reporting or sports theory that at a minimum shows that he thinks about the subjects on which he broadcasts. He seems like a pretty good sport about pranks and, despite his age and infirmities, hangs in there pretty well with the Compound and Campout stuff. But I've also heard that he's a difficult colleague, death on interns, and the like. (The Norm/Dan dynamic is of particular interest.) His short fuse with certain callers is the stuff of legend, of course.
But the product that emerges during his two hours has always struck me as pretty darned good personality-driven radio. The Ticket has even managed to make show-biz hay out of his grandiosity -- they've turned him into a drop Vesuvius and, to his credit, he doesn't seem to mind.
The one thing I've always wondered about Norm is whether he is actually much of a sports analyst. It seems to me that despite his repuration for grand pronouncements, he has a hard time taking a position on some fairly clear-cut issues -- the one that comes to mind is Wade Phillips's competence, where he was all over the lot.
And for all his analytical efforts, his skill as a prognosticator would seem to be in considerable question. When I pondered this before, I heard from a commenter who said that he'd been with Norm at a horse race where Norm gave out his tips, and the commenter came out ahead, so maybe racing's his thing. But didn't I hear this week that Norm's brackets were almost dead last in the pool, and that that is usually the case?
As I say -- I like Norm's show a lot and I think he brings a lot to The Ticket. He's a first-rate radio broadcaster.
But what do people in the know about sports think about Norm as a sportsy guy?