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?
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.