Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Me, Myself, and Identifying

A couple of weeks back, a commenter asked the question:  With which Ticket personality do you identify?   At the time I asked whether this was a different question from "Which Ticket personality do you like the most?" which is also a worthy question, but not quite the same.

I've been thinking this over myself.

At first I thought -- no contest:  Craig Miller.

He takes a wry view of things, digs beneath the stats to try to discern the human element that is sometimes ignored, is fearless in his frequent predictions and, if he remembers them, is quick to note when they do not pan out.  He has an offbeat sense of humor.  As the Fred Astaire of The Ticket, he has a very elegant style of public discourse, although perhaps uses fewer words than Your Plainsman to get his point across.  He hasn't vomited in many years.  He is an avid cyclist.  He goes a long, long time between blog entries.  (http://juniormiller1310.blogspot.com)  And he is devastatingly attractive when he puts on the dog for a dressy function:



Then I thought:  no; no.  Gotta be Gordon Keith.

You may not find this particular site amusing, but I've done a fair amount of humorous writing and performing in my time.  I wrote and performed the songs for a parody band in Chicago called Lower Wacker Overdrive that got a lot of airplay on the Jonathan Brandmeier morning show on WLUP ("Got a Black Magic Johnson," about 20 others, including lead-ins to traffic and news; keyboards and vocals, a little guitar).  He's a voracious and omnivorous reader.  He is very keenly interested in the Kennedy assassination and perceives, correctly, that Oswald acted alone.  He has struggled with his weight from time to time.  And, of course, he frequently assumes a false identity:



But that still wasn't quite right.

Then, I got it.


The Ticket personality I most identify with is Jeff "Cat" "Catman of the Americas" "The Pan-American Catman" Catlin.

Youthful.  Natty.  Only one image of him available on the Internet.  Favors Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep products (witness his inaugural endorsement of Pat Lobb Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep in Frisco).   Recipient of occasional praise and frequent, and angry, criticism, which he accepts with aplomb as going with the territory.  But his characteristic that puts him over the top is his task of wrangling a large number of talented and intelligent but strong-willed and sometimes naughty men who must sometimes be reined in and, on rare occasions, um, deleted.

Yours?

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ThePlainsman1310@gmail.com
@Plainsman1310

52 comments:

Gopher said...

Cat was the producer for Ron Engelman at 1190 KGBS back in the days of the Great Waco Turkey Shoot and BBQ. Very much in the Gribble mode back in the day

DoktorStrangelove said...

Danny. No doubt, Dan "In the Can" Balls.

Anonymous said...

George Dunham. I can really relate to him more than the others. Listening to his personal stories and the events of his life, I find myself remembering similar situations in my youth.

Anonymous Ron said...

As I said elsewhere, I identify mostly with Mike Rhyner. But I don't think he's my favorite host. That used to be Greggo, but . . . well . . . you know.

Trying to listen to the Dwaine Caraway interview over the webcam is painful - lots of buffering. But I did get to hear Dwaine drop an S-bomb.

And why is there a picture of Jim Morrison on this thread?

Anonymous said...

Half Bob, half Dan... if I had to choose one I would say Dan (although I've never smoked marijuana in my life), but it would definitely be one of those two. Favorites are the same.

Autocorrect said...

I probably identify mostly with Sturm with the exception that I didn't marry a hispanic woman, adopt a kid, know anything about the Super Bowl, and not like the same things. But a lot of everything else, I'm with him on. I even ask long winded questions that are typically answered yes or no.

blergoyen said...

I was frequently accused of igniting a conversational fire and stepping away to watch it burn long before The Ticket was a glimmer in Mike Rhyner's eye. I've made up voices for my dogs that reflect their personalities and, when people pet my dogs, I talk back to the people as if the dog is speaking. I'm constantly imitating others in my social circle. I like guns. I probably listen to the Ticket more for the music and pop culture than the sports discussions.

All that said, I'm not sure with whom I most closely identify.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know why GIML has become a ghost town? Is it because Grubes left the little Ticket? I know the Plainsman didn't like the babyarms over there, but it used to be a good place for Ticket talk.

Jason from Allen said...

So, just got back from being over in Iraq for the past 7 months and I turn to the Fan and Ben and Skin are on!? What happened to Richie and Greggo? Would someone mind clueing me in real quick?

Thanks,
Jason

Anonymous said...

First and more importantly, thank you for your service.

Several months ago, ESPN did not re-up with B&S, so the boys were in limbo till they found a gig once their non-compete expired.

Meanwhile, RAGE continued to have horrible ratings, so the PD told Richie, Sybil and Greggo the old "we are going in another direction" speech. Everyone in North America knew the ratings were horrible...except Richie and Greggo as they actually were suprised by getting canned.

Ben & Skin were then available and the Fan plugged those boys in. Richie is now in a business venture on pizza delivery and Greggo is sitting at home, wallowing in self-pity and becoming the poster-child for mental illness.

Anonymous said...

Good thoughts for the Old Grey Wolf - was told he should come home to be with his mother (according to Corby).

East Texas P1 said...

Jason from Allen - Go to the very first three posts of Greggo's new blog and read what he had to say.

http://greggosgiganticblogandcafe.com/

And then go to Richie's first five entries for his version.

http://www.dfwsportatorium.com/

Anonymous said...

No offense East TX, but I believe we all went down that road some time ago. Unless either there's something there we missed (if so, please do tell), or if there's something new (again, if so, please do tell).

East Texas P1 said...

Anon 5:05

Jason from Allen (three posts above mine) indicated he was out of the country for 7 months. Since he didn't know about RaGE I figured he probably didn't know about the new blogs.

IJS

T4 In Rockwall said...

Regarding GIML, a couple of blog posts back someone posted a new site that was the full shannigans that GIML had become. I went to that site and tried to register, but it looks to be pretty restricted because I couldn't get an email to confirm my registration. That or they knew who I was from this site because there has been a couple of words from members back and forth...not sure really?!? If anyone has visited such site, please fill us it if it's a "Ticket" site or just another GIML spinoff.

East Texas P1 said...

T4 - It is a lot like GIML but a little (lot?) less ticket-centric. I registered and visited a few times and got zero percent out of it.

You clearly have to be on the "inside" to get anything from it (IMHO).

The Plainsman said...

Why does Gordon need a conceal carry permit? I already know the wiseguy answer ("because Gordon has pissed off so many people etc. etc. etc."). Any other?

Gopher said...

Why does anyone need a drivers licenses? We unfortunately have to pay the state of Texas a fee to exercise a constitutional right. It's better to have a tool and not need it than need it and not have it. Maybe he has a small pecker and needs to compensate.

State law allows you to carry one in your vehicle without a CHL. You just need the paperwork to carry on your person. Do you need a vehicle that has 400hp and can run 130mph? Do you need a car stereo that can break a glass with it's volume?
Bill of rights not a bill of needs.

It's a personal choice. YMMV

Anonymous said...

Because the guy who used to put on an exaggerated hickoid accent whenever he'd talk about gun-toters now is a gun-toter himself. What? A Plainsman, a veritable high plains drifter has an issue with conceal and carry? Has this shattered your image of sensitive, tears of a clown, genius artiste Gordo? I hope not.

Anonymous said...

Wow you gun people are ridiculously sensitive. I should carry a grenade around with me just in case I need it, amirite? I think people should mostly be able to do what they want but I don't see much of a reason to carry around a gun in civilized society (that's not to say I don't think people should be allowed to, it's just not something I would ever feel the need to do).

michael in Irving said...

You're right, 1024. Whatever you feel is best IS best for all. Typical progressive. I know what's right for you because I'm, well, right. OK, no, actually I'm Left. Lemme get this straight. Someone brings up legitimate questions or concerns about a topic, and if you don't agree with them, you shove it off to the side by saying they're being "ridiculously sensitive." You're a genius. Heads I win; tails you lose. Isn't that how the game's played? Oh wait. You did make the astute observation that all weapons by virtue that they are weapons are equal (grenade). Again, you're brilliant. Now please go back to your bubble.

Anonymous said...

@1024
Sorry, bud, this isn't an Observer combox. Please kindly direct your opinions as such to that site.

michael in Irving said...

People can do mostly what they want. . . unless I disagree with it. Then it's bad. I second 12:06. Take your prescriptions for society and weak arguments---if you'd even call them arguments---to the Observer. They'll love ya. But I'm sure that's your regular haunt anyway.

Oh no. Am I being ridiculously sensitive?

Anonymous said...

I am 88% Bob, 6% Jake, 6% Donovan.

Anonymous said...

FFS learn to read guys! My post clearly states that I don't think carrying a weapon should be disallowed (everything else you're projecting based on some preconceived boogeyman). That's your problem, you're so over sensitive that you couldn't even make it to the end of the post! I know your guns are fun little toys that you don't want taken away but *I* don't see a reason for them in my day to day civilized life (maybe my hero fantasy imagination isn't active enough).

Anyway this discussion started with Pman being jumped upon because he simply stated he doesn't know why Gordon needs to carry. I don't see anything wrong with that unless you're caught up in the defensive gun culture.

BBQ said...

@238
Look man, I'm not going to get into a discussion about guns with you or anyone here. This isn't the forum for it--no matter what your position is.

I think it's the way in which you put your comment that has cheesed off some people. It does come across as knowing better than others. I think the "ridiculously sensitive" part of it did the trick. Not sure if what was said prior to your comment about Gordo and guns warranted your dig. Because you made that dig (and have continued to so in your follow up), it also appears that you've mistaken one comment that stated a fact (viz, that Gordon used to make fun of the gun crowd, but now has become one), and another that stated a fact regarding licenses as well as an opinion for some sort of attack on Plainsman. I don't believe either were.

It seems to me that within a four comment span, this thing is already starting to spiral out of control--on both sides. At least as far as this site goes. Excepting a couple of trolls that rear their heads from time to time, it's rather civilized here. It's one of the many reasons why we love this site. Neither you nor michael in irving are as right as either of you think you are. I'm not talking about a side of the issue, but rather in your arguments against one another. So please, both of you, take this conversation (if that's what you'd call it) somewhere else. Or better yet. Let's talk Ticket!

Anonymous said...

Here, here, BBQ! Amen to ya, brutha. Scart sculling and let's tahk Ticket.

deezy said...

Plainsman - my wife told me earlier this week that one of "my people" (that's what she calls the Musers, as she's not a P-1) was talking about getting their CHL, and I honestly thought she was talking about George (I wasn't able to listen that morning). I really thought Gordon already had his, to tell the truth.

To answer your question, however...actually, I won't. I will say that I respect his decision, but to go any further, even in civilized society such as MTC, is to incite a flamewar.

the radish said...

RW is making all sorts of veiled and not so veiled radio times are about to change (some small, some large) over at his blog today. For what it's worth. I guess if you throw the entire pot of pasta against the wall to see if it sticks, and something does, you get to say you "scooped" a story. He also claims that since his firing he's gotten to finally do things for himself, to be, in his own words, selfish. Talk about a person with zero self-awareness.

the radish said...

Plus 1

@deezy
Thanks for keeping your gun HSO to yourself. I have one too, but I also have chosen the "it's not for this site" path.

@BBQ
Nailed it.

Anonymous said...

RW may be referencing a discussion topic over on the DFW radio board.

http://radiodiscussions.com/smf/index.php?topic=238001.0

cactusflinthead said...

Hmm. Will venture out of my corner and sign on to the moratorium on gun talk. Yep, I have an opinion on it too and I see no need to express it here. I do not want to see MTC devolve into a debate on guns. Plenty of arenas for that without bringing it here.

I can't say there is one host that I most identify with.

And welcome back to DFW Jason.

Anonymous Ron said...

Sorry Mike has some issues with his mom, but a four-hour penalty kill with Corby, Danny, and the Musers - that's some entertaining radio right there.

And if you didn't hear the Hardline today, they burned a segment on Danny's bar.

Gopher said...

Sorry for the gun rant. Hot button issue for me. Forgive me for bringing it up here, this isn't the forum for that.

I identify more with Norm and Mike and enjoy Bob just as well. Norm reminds me of my Dad and I grew up listening to Mike from his days at KZEW. Also remember his short stint at WBAP.

The Danny segment may be a foreshadowing of things to come. IF, it takes off and becomes a money maker I can see him giving up his radio gig. His saturday gig is short lived for sure.

Anonymous said...

Dang. I missed the Danny's bar segment. Can anyone provide a synopsis? If so, it'd be much appreciated, pal.

Anonymous said...

http://www.theunticket.com/usave-it/

There ya go.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Does anyone know why GIML has become a ghost town? Is it because Grubes left the little Ticket? I know the Plainsman didn't like the babyarms over there, but it used to be a good place for Ticket talk.

July 24, 2013 at 2:20 PM
In a nutshell, GIML is comprised of a cliquish group of heavy handed mods who seemed to revel in Internet powers of post deleting, name calling, banning people, and if you didn't like it, telling you to "go start your own forum." After a popular member was banned and others questioned why and were met with strong armed and rude responses a new forum was born and there was a mass exodus. Yes, this is all very silly.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and hi gopher. And T4.

Anonymous said...

Oh, oh, and in regards to this topic, i identify w/ the Junes.

Shaggy said...

I'm definitely a Bob guy. Almost identical age, kids around the same age, believer, white, likes rap...

oliver'sarmada said...

I don't necessarily identify with any of the hosts, but there are a couple with whom I think I'd like to be friends.

1. Bob: I share a lot of his values and interests.

2. Jub: The guy you know you could call in the middle of the night with a problem and he'd be there for you, no questions asked. And you'd do the same for him.

3. Mike: The insights, the stories, the experience and wisdom, and the over all "getting it" or at least trying to get at "it." My kind of dude.

4. Dan: Take Gordo and take away the self involved aspect of Gordo's personality and add what I said about Jub...and then you have Dan. Enough said.

No list:
Junes: He seems very focused on realizing his desires. Would make for a great softball or cycling group teammate/have some beers after the game friend. But not a real pal.

Gordo: Too high maintenance. Great meet up for a few cold ones and some conversation and laughs. Not someone I'd want to have regular interfacing with, though. Besides, he seems very self involved.

Corby: Not my kind of person to begin with, but, like Junes, he'd probably be a decent hang after a softball game. Then again, he might be the annoying guy whom you wished would find another team to play on.

Danny: I already have enough friends that are exactly like him. 40 somethings going on their mid 20s (you know, arriving at the "now it's time to grow up" smack in the face that is the 25th birthday for some--but not being able to pull away from the party).

Norm: Seems like a good man, but I think he's too much of a high roller for me to hang with. Can't afford either Bob's or fantasy vacays.

Rob said...

Very sad that Kidd Kraddick passed away and it was really touching seeing all the Ticket guys tweet about it. Both Kidd Kraddick and The Ticket rose to dominance in their respective genres over the same course of time in the last 20 years. I'm only 28 years old so for me, those two powerhouses have defined DFW radio for my entire life.

ausgang said...

Very sad indeed, Rob. By all accounts he was a great guy who gave so much back to the community. R.I.P. Kidd Kraddick.

I'm sure Gribs, who worked for him, will have some great insight and anecdotes Monday afternoon.

Russ T. Nail said...

I relate to Jub-Jub 100%...and some Rhynes.

Anonymous said...

Friday's Hardline was amazing, and I have had that feeling all too rarely in the last 18-24 months. Friday felt like a glimpse into the future. If a Muser and Mike leave, I'd like to see Corby join the Musers, BaD Radio move to 3-7, and the Shake Joint move to noon to 3.

Anonymous said...

Craig "Junior" Miller's not throwing up streak ended sometime last year after a run in with some bad chicken. It was big news with the Musers.

Anonymous said...

@1045
You're telling us this because...

Shaggy said...

Read the main entry again.

Russ T. Nail said...

I was watching the Ranger game tonight, and when CJ threw the wild pitch that let Nellie score and the pitching coach went out to talk to him, Chuck Morgan played the Chris-Chris theme.
I don't remember hearing Chuck play that before when a visiting pitcher is in trouble.
I know Morgan is a ticket listener, I am hoping that is why the homage to Chris-Chris Wilson.
Even if it isn't, sure was appropriate and funny.

Anonymous said...

Chuck has done that to CJ several times since he took his talents to Anaheim. Its an admitted Chris Chris nod.

cactusflinthead said...

In the Pro Bowl...

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