And The Ticket throws out some great Sunday broadcasting.
I heard a fair amount of That Shake Joint Thang this morning, and it was very sports heavy. Very solid sports talk by Jake and Sean. Both of those chaps, to my ear at least, do their homework -- including studying Bob's blog, which they graciously acknowledge -- and the result is a pre-pregame program that is very worthwhile. It's fresh (despite the partial debt to Bob) and does not step overmuch on the Bob-and-Rich pregame.
Then there's Bob and Rich, joined for part of the show by another Ticket host. I really enjoy the Bob/Rich interaction. I know not everyone who visits this site shares my high opinion of Rich as a sometime host, but I really like his contributions and the way he and Bob deal with one another.
Today's guest was, as Bob and sometimes I refer to him, "Craig 'Junior' Miller." Good stuff from Da Joonz, as usual. There was a very interesting moment later in the show, after Craig reported on some historical research he'd done on the old Dallas Texans, and the nexus between football in Dallas and Kansas City. I wish I had a transcript of what Bob said, but he praised Junior as a "sensitive" guy -- the kind of guy he, Bob, said he also believes himself to be -- who digs down and looks behind stuff. My opinion, too, and I wish there were an opportunity for Craig to serve more often with the Stat Men on the station like Bob and David Newbury. Craig doesn't ignore tendencies, but he reads between the lines of the recent performances on the field and comes up with some arresting insights. Interesting contrast, and interesting that Bob made note of the flavor of Craig's contributions.
After the game, there's Norm and Donovan. I continue to find myself puzzled sometimes by Norm's analyses -- I've written in the past that Norm will be slagging the Cowboys one moment, and in the next defending them against some caller on what seems to me like the same point. If one were to break these instances down, I'm sure one would find that Norm is not being inconsistent. Perhaps he's just instinctively challenging with callers. In any event, I'm usually on board for the whole post-game.
Time to go rake some leaves, yellow, brown, and red.
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