(1) The Hardline has been brilliant the last few days. Mike says it truly: There is nothing more to say about this game, time to play. Yet Mike, Corby, and Danny manage to be extremely entertaining for the entire show. The passion and anguish of the fan. The crosstalk with Diamond Talk has been great.
This is Mike Rhyner at his absolute best. When he's interested and engaged, there is simply no more listenable broadcaster in the metro. This puts Corby in his natural position, with Danny lubricating the whole thing.
We've heard that the CTO and Mike have a mutual loathing society going. The past couple of weeks is good evidence of why they will come to terms. The Ticket needs Mike Rhyner, and Mike Rhyner needs The Ticket. I don't care what either side says.
(2) Did Bob Sturm really hijack Diamond Talk the other night, or were the accounts on the other shows exaggerated? Witnesses? I like Bob and in the past I've been inclined to dismiss charges that he's the Sports Bully, but that would qualify. Unless, of course, it were 30 minutes of unrelieved brilliance, which is entirely possible. But 30 minutes of droning qualifiers and subordinate clauses would be a bit much.
(3) Been disappointed with the quality of the Ticket tweets tonight (Game 6). Too many nothingburger interjections with no content or cleverness. A few gems, mostly retweets.
(4) If The Ticket had not sent any shows to St. Louis for either segment of the Series there, would we have noted a significant difference? I did not hear any of the Joe Buck encounters -- maybe that added some local color. The Ticket didn't bother to send The Hardline the second time around. I guess the station gets some PR benefit about saying that they sent some showgrams and the other stations didn't. Hey, I don't mind them going, it certainly doesn't make their broadcasts any worse (technical issues aside). But since Our Heroes aren't really news guys -- with the exception of Gordon, who gets some local sound from time to time -- no one is really covering the sports scene. Their presence in St. Louis (or Detroit, or Florida) hasn't much for me one way or t'other. Not unlike the playoffs and Series last year.