+ + +There have been some interesting comments in the prior thread about ESPN's pairing (unclear whether this is temporary or permanent) of Jean-Jacques Taylor and Nate Newton. One Confessor confesses that he is having a hard time making out what they're saying. Others hearken back to earlier black sports-talk voices, mostly positive recollections. That was before my time.
Awhile back, I speculated on who would create the "First Black Ticket." I heard Coop/Nate a week or so ago and while I was unimpressed with the content, I didn't have any particular difficulty understanding Nate. I can see, however, that if a coupla brothers got together to broadcast, the patois might take a decidedly more, shall we say, ethnically distinctive turn that we pasties might find difficult to make out.
I'm not an affirmative-action guy by any means, but I support experiments like JJT/NN, if that's what it is. Local competition for The Ticket isn't succeeding with what it's slinging out there, so why not try something a little spicier?
I went back and read my "First Black Ticket" piece and thought it held up OK. There were some excellent comments there that I commend to you as well. Don't have any further Great Thoughts on it, but thought I'd throw it out there since the JJT/NN pairing has caught folks' attention.