OK, here's the deal. I went under the knife this morning. All well, not life-threatening. Thanks in advance for your good wishes. Mrs. Plainsman has ordered me not to email as I recuperate whilst drugged. I don't think she cares if my blog work is narcotics-influenced. But I've got nothing to do except to listen to Dallas-Fort Worth Sports Radio. So you may be getting lots of little observations of varying coherence over the next few hours.
And right now, I'm listening to Ben and Skin's inaugural showgram.
I haven't heard Ben and Skin since their weekend Ticket show. But it doesn't sound like the show I remember.
These guys are talking very fast, very animatedly. I am recalling a much more relaxed presentation those several years ago. Haven't yet heard any Ironic Observation on the Just Previous Ironic Observation.
I missed the Derek Holland interview (and a brief clip sounded interesting, where DH reports that he's still DH-like, even sang a little song), Now they're talking to Dirk and it's a real nice conversation. Greggo can sneer at their strategy of endearing themselves to athletes, but this is pretty good stuff. I'm waiting for their actual sports talk -- looks like one more segment with Dirk.
They’re running CBS Sports Minutes reported by Jim Rome.
Now they’re talking to some old-timey-sounding sports guy but I missed who it is. [LATER: Mike Fisher.]
And they’re rolling out DeMarcus Ware at 4:30. [LATER: Fun interview with him.]
Next is a segment called “The Other Part of the Paper”—non-sports stories. Apparently some guy – they later identified him as an intern -- named Brendan – they later identified him as Smith -- is going to report on these stories, and I can’t believe it but they managed to find yet a third guy that sounds just like the two of them, especially now that they’re talking faster. They’re talking about a bobcat sighting. Needs some fine-tuning. I'm resisting the thought that this may be Community Quick Hits.
Unusual jazz piano trio background music, kind of nice. In fact, all of the background music is quite unusual. I was so intrigued by it, I found myself listening to the music and not the talking.
I’ve been listening for an hour and I haven’t heard an actual Ben and Skin segment. I’ll tell you, I’m very startled by the near-manic pace of the segments. Trying hard to have a goodo time. Opening-night jitters? Or a deliberate move to a new style of broadcasting? I would appreciate if one of you familiar with their more recent work would report on whether this is a different sound for them.
|You know . . . the show sounds just like this.|
Oh oh. Oh oh. Someone -- I have no idea who – said “My favorite segments are the one where all four of us (B, S, KT, and Brendan Smith) are talking.” Through my drug-induced haze, I can’t tell if he was kidding. Confidential to Ben and Skin: I hope so.
Hmm. Looks like a fairish amount of rap flavoring.
OK, here we go. Ranger talk. One thing I can say about it is that it is definitely Ranger talk. I’m getting a Yahoo Sports Radio vibe.
I want to get this posted and let you guys have your say. Small sample size but . . . man, there is just not much distinctive about the sound of this show. I’ll look forward to a future shows when they’re not leaning on the interviews – four so far -- wait, five, looks like they're going to wedge Jon Daniels in before 6 PM – and talking about putting the show together. (Or maybe the show will rely heavily on interviews all the time. That would be unfortunate.) As I sign off, they’re playing the intros they’ve created for Emily Jones, Tim Cowlishaw, and others.
And – I swear – they all kinda sounded the same.
Hey, listen -- this show deserves a more thoughtful review than this. Really. I don't want to be down on these guys after one show, it's not fair and the opening show isn't going to be representative of the day-to-day performance. So take this drug-addled rambling for what it's worth.
WAIT: They're giving KT a shot for the next segment, can't sign off just yet. He teased news about Beyonce and Barbara Walters. I'm resisting the thought that this might be E-News.
Time for more narcotics.
And to check in on The Hardline.
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