Thursday, August 29, 2013

Not a Big Fan

I'm not a big Fight Night fan.  I like to be on the same side as the P1 in most things, but this is one where I take a side tour into Weenieland.

Back in the days when I wrote short pieces, I wrote this (2009):

"Isn't The Ticket taking a big risk with stuff like this? I'm sure they make everyone use appropriate gloves and headgear, but isn't it inevitable that when you get amateurs of varying degrees of skill biffing it out with one another, someone is really going to get seriously hurt?

"Try to imagine what would happen to The Ticket if someone died as a result of a fight that it sponsored.  It wouldn't kill the station, but that shadow would hang over the yucks and frathouse good times for months.

"I guess the good news is that Fight Night means that lawyers aren't running The Ticket."

And the broadcast itself too frequently devolves into simultaneous screaming, with everyone saying "OOOhhhh" when someone gets smacked a good one.

WAIT:  Of course, I did write a longer Fight Night piece where my weenosity came to full flower.  You can read it here:  Longer Fight Night Piece


28 comments:

cactusflinthead said...

Uh Pman, that link to the earlier piece is busted for me. Is it set to private or somesuch.

Oh and weenosity. Gonna have to add that to the vernacular.

The Plainsman said...

Working for me on non Plainsman terminal. Sorry if yr having a problem.

blergoyen said...

That 2009 link gives me the msg: "Your current account ... does not have access to view this page."

I am in agreeance with what you quoted in the most recent thread Plainsman. Do fraternities even do Fight Night anymore? They might as well put a dunking booth next to the boxing ring and raise the "Oooh" factor.

BTW, did someone ask the whereabouts of Kevin Scott these days? http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kevin-scott/41/659/853

blergoyen said...

I meant the older (not 2009) link above

Anonymous said...

I can't stand Fight night because of the hype the station forces on us not to mention the interviewing of the fighters. I don't care!! Then it's the recap the next day from every show. Boring. Instant punchout for me, pun intended.

Gopher said...

The asshattery from all the host make it a punch out for me too. The drunker the host get the worse it gets. :)

Arlington P1 said...

To me, it's become a tired bit. Judging from the crowd shots, however, it looks to be better attended than tonight's Cowboys preseason game.

On another front, did anyone catch the McCartney segment? I missed it, but it sounded from the tease that they were about to skewer Sir Paul's new record.

Anonymous said...

I detest fight night. Worst radio of the entire year. Four hours of screaming. Frat boy carp. Norm is the only one who can actually give some semblance of PbP. This is the one time per yr when I agree with the Gordo haters. Want to strangle him. Yuck.

Anonymous Ron said...

@Arlington P1

They were kinder to Paul's song than I thought they would be. I didn't care for it much.

Musical expert Corby informed us that John Lennon wrote "Wild Honey Pie."

Anonymous said...

Anyone know what happened to "Truth or Dara Tara", the traffic chick? Killer said something on his twitter in the last week or two about her being gone.

The Plainsman said...

I listened to a fair amount of Fight Night. Sorry, I just think the station gives a poor account of itself in this broadcast, quite aside from whether having people bashing away at each other is a good idea. It's well-attended, so maybe it's a cool live event, but the broadcast is one long batch of tired double-entendres and inarticulate P1's and hosts hollering simultaneously.

The good news: It was better than the Cowboys game.

Speaking of which: I did switch over to it once in awhile. Sounded like someone had calmed Brian Broaddus down, and he was a lot better.

Anonymous said...

this is Black P1 Ervin

Plainsman, this is me and my wifes first missed Fight Night (newborn baby) in 7 years.Its definitely an experience Live. radio does not do it justice. Mixing and mingling with other drunk P1's while watching a fight is quite cool. When the sun goes down its a nice vibe knowing your at an outside event in Dallas,Tx walking around in cargo shorts and sandals. if this was held inside a venue like TicketStock it wouldnt be the same.

The Plainsman said...

A big wet MTC welcome to Black P1 Ervin.

Fair enough, Black. Maybe next year I should plan a field trip to the show to experience it firsthand.

Although, as I've written in the past, while I'm not an anti-boxing guy at all, I have severe misgivings about this event and that would probably color my experience.

But I'm very glad to hear from someone who was there and enjoyed it and would like to hear from more.

P1 James said...

I'm a big P1 and love all the shows on the station, but I HATE station events. I just want to listen to these guys talk about sports, music, news, their lives, etc. on the radio. I don't care to ever see any of these guys in person. I wish they would stop cramming this stuff down our throats!

Anonymous said...

Lately it feels like they're doing a station event every two weeks, and it's a really tired bit. I have to agree with those comments as to what a really bad idea an amateur boxing event is liability wise. Does Cumulus even have a legal department? I'm really not interested in meeting or hanging out with a bunch of AM radio hosts, I just want to listen to them on the radio... Which I do, quite a bit.

Steve said...

I have no interest in listening to anything related to fight night. I don't care about the safety angle of it -- the people are adults and know what they're getting into -- I just don't see any entertainment value in it. Glad it's over so I don't have to be beaten down by it anymore... hopefully for the last time!

The Plainsman said...

I have no issue with "events," remotes, and the like. Nor, in general, do I mind broadcasts from them. In fact, I think they're a positive thing for the station.

They're great public relations boosters, and I'm sure sponsors love them. And I believe hosts when they say, some of them, that they enjoy getting to press the flesh with the P1's. I see no reason to doubt their sincerity on this, and we hear time and time again about hosts taking the opportunity to chat with P1's (if they're not in the middle of a broadcast or prepping between segments).

So I'm fine with events and remotes and charity initiatives and whatnot. Just don't care for Fight Night on the merits, and the broadcast is a thrashin'.

And -- sorry 1228 -- while certain annual events have been recycled out of the Bit Drawer, I think Fight Night is here to stay.

Arlington P1 said...

Thanks for the summary, Anonymous Ron. I give Corby credit for even recognizing Wild Honey Pie as a Beatles song..not many in his generation know even that much.

I heard Gordon's scary depiction during today's O-deck of the one fighter who was knocked out. He didn't come out and say it, but it seemed like beneath the surface he was wondering the same thing as Plainsman. Anyone else get that impression?

Makes me wonder when the station is going to stop running the risk of someone becoming permanently disabled or killed at this event.

Anonymous Ron said...

Let's not forget that there was a little trouble at Summer Bash a few years ago that resulted in some money changing hands.

On another subject . . .

Corby + wireless + drunk SMU girls = radio gold of Marconi proportions

Anonymous said...

Of course Corby + drunk sorority girls is radio gold. He's in his element. Corby is a frat boy, through and through. It's the reason he actually has knowledge of college football, tennis, and golf. It's the reason he thinks he can b.s. his way through any subject. As long as he's not called out on it, he's "right." It's why, at this age in life, he still makes judgments on people by the way they look; as if being attractive means being squared away, upright. It's why he "identifies" with the likes of Tom Brady. He thinks he not only resembles him, but that they are cut from the same cloth. I mean "sharp" guys are "sharp" guys (if you've ever been around the frat scene you know what the term "sharp" means). Thing is, the vast majority of Ticket listeners are indeed frat and ex-frat boys. You can take the boy out of the frat, but not the frat out of the boy--no matter if said boy is now a middle-aged man.

Anonymous Ron said...

The best part of Corby on wireless is the comments from Mike and Danny. What frats did they belong to?

T4 In Rockwall said...

I agree with everyone's comment on listening to Fight Night. I'm out on that. But it is a goal of mine to someday make it down to one in person. That sounds like a blast.

Anonymous said...

815, you must be or was once in a frat. It's the only means by which to explain away your slow-drip thought-process. Non sequitur much, "brah"?

Anonymous Ron said...

11:59:

Not sure why you had to make it personal. Feel better?

Anonymous said...

Do you now feel better by trying (unsuccessfully) to make me feel little, Anonymous Ron?

Anonymous Ron said...

You started it, BRAH.

Anonymous said...

Uh, no, you did, Anonymous Ron. You did by sticking your nose into a conversation between two commenters. This is obviously difficult for you to understand. And I can see where you might be frustrated with yourself right now. Thus you take out your frustrations on others. Math is hard for you, isn't in, Anonymous Ron? I imagine a lot of things in life are difficult for you; things that for others come quite easy, quite naturally. It's OK, little buddy brah, by hook or by crook you'll get by.

Chris said...

ANY live remote is a punchout for me. I don't want to listen to loud crowd noises while the hosts are talking. It's very distracting from a radio aspect and I've been to enough remotes (used to go to them the first 5 years of The Ticket) to know that the crowd is not listening to the hosts anyway, hence, thats why its loud.