Monday, July 30, 2012

OPEN THREAD: Oxnard and Elsewhere

I like it when a host runs into some luminary at one of the road trips.  Gordon's stories of encounters with Garrett and Jones were fun this morning.

But what's your impression of how The Ticket does overall on these junkets?   Now, maybe Norm and BaD have more vigorous news-scounting organizations, I don't know, and they're broadcasting during the active practice hours.  The Musers, of course, are broadcasting in the very wee hours on the West Coast, although I guess they've snagged Bill Callahan this morning.  The Hardline -- might as well be broadcasting in Thule, not that I mind.  No one listens to The Hardline for sports information, so who cares if Danny isn't badgering Caleb McSurdy for an interview?

When I was listening to the post-Jerry round tables yesterday, I couldn't figure out why Norm's sound was so bad -- I assumed he was on a telephone feed.  I'm sure it takes a heroic engineering effort to get the station going halfway across the country at all.  Killer got some bouquets on The Musers this morning, which he doubtless deserves, from the looks of things.

Overall, I don't get the impression that these trips do much to enhance either the hosts' insight into the team, or ours.  Don't misunderstand me:  Got nothing against the junket.  Maybe the station uses it as some kind of a fringe-benefit team-building thing -- these guys seem to have a helluva time out there unrelated to coverage of camp, and that can kick up a fun story or two.  And, as noted, there's the odd interview here and there that you wouldn't get if you were back in DFW.  There's also the PR aspect -- just to be able crank out some promos to say that you're going/you're there/you went.

On the merits, though, I've never thought the the traveling added much to the sportsy aspect of the presentations themselves, compared to with how much this must cost.  Had this feeling with the Super Bowl and World Series junkets as well.

As always, thread is open for all topics.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you're covering sports in Dallas then you damn sure better be at anything and everything cowboys related.

James said...

I used to think these trips were waste, also. Then one year, Norm made an observation around 10:00 a.m. He noticed that starting QB Quincy Carter was nowhere to be found. He speculated that something was going on. He was the first to do so. As it turns out, that morning, the team canned Quincy for failing drug tests. If Norm hadn't been onsite, it might have been several more hours before this became public knowledge.

The Plainsman said...

I could probably figure this out by turning on my radio but it's easier to ask you: What are KRLD and KESN doing the next week or two?

Anonymous Ron said...

The Cowboy Computer is back.

Anonymous said...

If the Cowboy Computer is back, and if it is, I assume it had a segment this morning, then ap, would you mind doing yet another solid for us P1s and post it up?

Anonymous said...

I want to know more about Dan's tweet:

"George and Craig sitting on opposite sides of the presser. Reminds me of the final days of Mike and Greg."

Jer said...

No Big Black Offensive Cowboys Computer segment today. I think he got lost in transit, but he's back tomorrow, I think.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update, Big Strong. Can't wait to hear BBCC tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

6:21 Anon: There are two ways that tweet could be taken. One, as a funny line from a funny guy. Or two, as a sign that George and Craig now hate each other and want to leave The Ticket. Take a wild guess which side this site will take.

The Plainsman said...

I can think of several other ways that Tweet can be taken, both the line and the guy.

T4 In Rockwall said...

You know, hearing Corby do wireless this week reminds me of the good ole days when the Hardline was great. That's the role I would love to see Corby in, back in the yuck monkey role, doing E-News, wireless, etc. Basically doing about 3 segments a day instead of full time for 4 hours. One can only dream.

The Plainsman said...

What was that Sturm drive-by at 4:36 p.m. on The Hardline all about?

Yes, I do understand that nothing that either Bob or Dan ever says should be examined for meaning.

Now, with that understanding: Did Bob just blow off The Hardline for some reason? Corby or Mike invited him to put on some headphones. It sounded like he directed some question to Danny about something or other, asked "are you in?" then got up and abruptly left without another word.

Anyone hear it differently?

East Texas P1 said...

osuniePlainsman - That is the way I heard it.

BTW - A couple of shots of Kristin Goodspeed who was on yesterday and featured again today

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBh3CVVLjEA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90FbDU8EzXQ

ausgang said...

I love it when The Ticket crew travel to the Super Bowl or to Cowboy training camp. It's as close as we'll ever get to the old days. Where the guys were constantly coming on or calling in to each others shows, going out drinking and to ball games together, and telling us listeners about it the next day. So the upshot is, I think you're looking at this from the wrong perspective, Plainsman. (Though you touched on it a bit towards the end of your post, I don't' feel as if you got the force or importance of the thing.)

Anonymous said...

From what I understand, Greggo is at Cowboy Camp this week and next week as well. Has there been any reports from our guys regarding any interaction or path-crossing with the Hammer?