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(1) I was wrong in previous comment about freshman Tickerman Mitchell Kerasik (sp) no longer broadcasting. He's doing Tickers this morning.
(2) I try always to listen to the Bob Sturm/Rich Phillips Cowboys pre-game. Always strong, and I like the teaming of Bob and Rich.
This season they've been required to feature other Ticket hosts. If anyone knows why the CTO believes this is necessary, please advise. Are they concerned about Sturm monopolization of two hours of broadcasting? Do they think there's not enough variety in the two-hour show? They already have David Newbury, David Moore, Norm doing the numbers, and pre-recorded George doing some keys to the game (although I'm thinking that maybe they don't do that last one anymore; I may be thinking to past seasons).
Why they make Mike R do stuff like this is a mystery. He has almost nothing to say. Junior had a good segment prepared. But the best, so far, has been -- Dan McDowell, last week. The best BaD broadcast I've heard in awhile, with some Dick Hicks spice in the bargain.
(3) Those George/Gordon Raising Cain's ads are effective. I've written in the past how utterly mediocre the Raising Cain's chicken product is, but the other day I was hungry and saw a Cain's up ahead so thought, hey, for George and Gordon, I'll give it a fifth try.
As usual: Friendly, fast, spotless, fresh/hot, and chicken utterly, 100% without flavor. And, in this case, under-battered, although it scarcely matters. What do they marinate it in for 24 hours? Water? And how they manage to develop a recipe for a batter that does not register on the tongue at all is a mystery of modern culinary science. Tip: salt.
(3) I'm liking MaSS. One way I judge showgrams is whether they get me interested in topics I know nothing about or otherwise have no interest in. This morning, MaSS did just that with its "local beer" segment.
We smack the CTO around a fair amount, but it must be said that it's made a good effort to come up with solid weekend programming. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I'd rather listen to MaSS than any other show on either of The Ticket's competitors, weekday, drive, or otherwise. The Ticket conversational formula must be impossible to duplicate, since no one has been able to do it, yet the CTO seems to identify the right types to put on a show that fits in The Ticket sound and broadcast theory. For that, they deserve some credit.
Those hits weren't as quick as I'd expected.