Man, I had another article started, but I don't want to hex the mojo, know what I mean?
I don't have any new thoughts to share about Ben & Skin's contract situation. I don't have any new thoughts to share about the predicted demise of RaGE. No new musings on the peripatetic Greggo. Other than thinking that the half-hour I spent listening to the G-Bag Nation a few weeks ago was my most painful aural experience since they stopped using chalk on chalkboards, I don't have much to say about The Fan's overall presentation. Since it is not possible for me to care less about ESPN, none of its changes, including Ben & Skin's departure, are quickening my pulse. Nope, can't think of anything new to say about these things.
But I'll bet you can.
I'll get you started and I'm going to leave this thread up for a few days. I think the rumblings are going to start getting closer to the surface.
I thought Ben & Skin were OK on The Ticket, and I know a lot of Confessors like them a lot. I regret to say I don't think I heard more than ten minutes of their show on ESPN -- when I had discretionary radio time midday, I was building up my BaD listening hours. My problem with them at the time was that while they were both really likable guys and the show was real sportsy, and they had a great intro, they spent way too much time commenting ironically on their own commentary, frequently getting stuck in a spiral of self-reference that brought the proceedings to a halt. And the show suffered from what I came to call Ben & Skin Disease -- hosts that sound too much alike, a malady that I'm only now starting to get over on Cirque. I am certain that a daily show probably required a more, shall we say, direct approach to broadcasting and if they pop up somewhere I'll be tuning in for a shakedown cruise.
Which I have selected as the hook for this open thread.
A commenter on the last thread gave a very nice multi-part analysis on why he thinks RaGE may be in the decline-and-fall mode, and there was a report that The Hardline had stated in terms that The Fan was looking for a new afternoon drive show. And there has been some suggestion in these pages that that show might feature Messrs. Rogers and Wade.
Now, as I said a bit ago, my recent speculations have crashed and burned, so I'm not predicting that this hypothetical will take place. But I will ask you to assume that Ben & Skin replace RaGE and compete against the last hour of BaD, WTDS, and all of The Hardline (if they time the shows at The Fan as they do now).
Do you think you might switch your allegiance from The Hardline (or 2-3 BaD) to Ben & Skin even after the initial curiosity wore off? Of course, we don't know what a Ben & Skin show on The Fan would consist of, but assuming that you are somewhat favorably disposed to B&S, do you think they would give The Hardline a run for its money?
OK, what if they kept Sybil?
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