Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Random Wednesday Quick Hits


(1)  Sometimes I think the world is divided into George people and Junior people.  Love George, no major issues, but where they differ I usually find myself on the Junior side.  This morning, for example, in the hugely underrated and sadly underheard 5:30 segment, we learned that Junior is an Amy Poehler person and George is a Tina Fey person.  QED.



(2)  The real story at KTVT is not the departure of Babe Laufenberg, but Karen Borta's departure from the 10 PM news to CBS mornings.  Very, very sad.

Quite sad indeed.


Yes, sad.

(3)  Junior made an OK case for the non-averageness of Jason Garrett today.  I dunno, man, I'm still not entirely buying it.  He didn't get the defense to behave itself.  He didn't finally get Romo to stop jumping around behind the O-line like Nureyev and option out of every play.  He didn't cut down on the penalties or finally get some of his players to learn the plays.  How do I know this?  I don't, but I surmise it because he hadn't done any of these things in his prior years here.  And I still think he's afraid of his players, lets them boss him around.   But Junior persuades me that he's OK at communicating a consistent message and walking around.

(4)  Now completely out on all "catch" talk.  Don't mind Cowboys talk generally.

(5)  Understand the "keep Dez, care less about Murray because hard to find stellar wide receivers and not so hard to find satisfactory running backs" argument.  Still  .  .  .  anyone else interested in taking a real, real hard look at giving Dez a galaxy-class contract?  Got a bad feeling about him, despite his growth on the field.   And, of course, the Cowboys' long-term maladroit cap management enters into the discussion here.

(6)  You think Cumulus would sell My Ticket Confession a booth at Ticketstock?  Anyone out there know how much a small booth in an undesirable corner of the Irving Convention Center would cost?  Any Ticket sales people reading this?  Drop me an email.

(7)  Favorite Kevin Costner movies:  "Silverado" and "Malibu Hot Summer," nka "Sizzle Beach, U.S.A."

(8)  Scattershooting, wondering why Ticketstock is returning to the Irving Convention Center.  

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69 comments:

blergoyen said...

Plainsman, I agree with you on Garrett. I don't get the 180 Junior AND Sturm have made on him. He's got almost 4 years of .500 history prior to this season to make a determination. Neither host can point to anything TANGIBLE that would convince me. This season appears more likely the result of all the changes made prior to this year. I can't see that Garrett was the primary driver in ANY those changes. Give the Coordinators a raise if they will stay, and give the O-line AP Royal Oak Offshores or whatever is trendy this year, but don't give Garrett $30M.

Anonymous said...

They are returning to Irving because they never wanted to go to Dallas in the first place. Someone missed up and did not confirm Irving last year in time.

Bob said...

Agree about Garrett. Glad to hear other folks feel the same. Was thinking it was because I can't stand the Cowboys. Honestly think they caught a break this season. The NFC East was down. Eagles lost their starting QB. Don't trust that Jerrah will address the weakness on the defense in the draft. I see 7-9 or 8-8 in the future.

If it were my money there is NO way I'd give Dez $16 million a year. He's a Terrell Owens starter kit. Yes he's an amazing athlete but he's a head case. Just a matter of time before he's suspended for a year.

Big fan of The Junes over Jub Jub. Junes can carry a segment on his own. He's funny. He's smart. I think he has great chemistry with Gordo. Jub could retire and the show wouldn't miss a beat.

James said...

Agree about Garrett, sorta. that is, he has improved in 4 years. But this team only beat one or two good teams this season. they had a favorable schedule.

James said...

Kevin Costner is one of the most boring actors I have ever seen, and his continuing popularity baffles me. I did like him in "A Perfect World", though.

I prefer Tina over Amy. Amy strikes me as someone I wouldn't like if she were a co-worker or neighbor.

Anonymous said...

"He didn't get the defense to behave itself."

He and Marinelli got way more out of the defense than anyone could've reasonably expected. Strike one.

"He didn't finally get Romo to stop jumping around behind the O-line like Nureyev and option out of every play."

Firstly, calling out the defensive scheme to the line is Tony's job. Every QB does it, Tony just does it more "actively." And yes, he most certainly DID cut down on "kill kill kill." Way, way less of it this year. Strike two.

"He didn't cut down on the penalties or finally get some of his players to learn the plays. "

Penalties were WAY down this year. Did you even watch the games? Strike three. You're out.

"How do I know this?  I don't..."

Then why are you opinionating about it?

"And I still think he's afraid of his players, lets them boss him around."

Based upon WHAT?

I'm not a Redball apologist, and just kinda feel "meh" about him, but your admittedly ignorant claims are turning me into a defender, just for the sake of logic.

Anonymous said...

"You think Cumulus would sell My Ticket Confession a booth at Ticketstock?"

They'll sell a booth to anyone that's not a neo-nazi organization. Why ask them to email you in a blog post they probably won't see? Just call the office and ask for sales. If you're offering moeny, they'll take the call. I gar-on-tee.

The Plainsman said...

1059, you missed my point pretty much entirely, but I can see why -- I should have been clearer.

It's not that those good things didn't happen, which you seem to think I was saying -- it's that Garrett wasn't chiefly responsible for them. My proof for that is only circumstantial, which is that those good things didn't happen in the several years when he had a lot more control over them than he exercised this season. 'Kay?

Brad Gilbert said...

In my mind, Garrett gets credit as a head coach because he seems to be doing what a head coach should: manage the game (he's greatly improved), manage the players (they've always played hard for him), surround himself with his type of coordinators (BAD had a good 1pm segment on this), and works well under the parameters the FM/owner has set. Would a different setup work better? Yes. Will it ever happen under Jerry? No. So, Jason does good making changes/giving input where and when he can. In my mind, he has somewhat slow-played the situation & we are now starting to see the results of his "process."

Anonymous said...

"But this team only beat one or two good teams this season."

Oh jeeze, not this again...

There are only so many good teams in the NFL. Should The Cowboys have to play only .500 and above teams? Most playoff teams only beat a few good ones. Look at The Patriots - easiest division in football. I bet the chowderheads don't have to hear this lame argument.

pk said...

The Musers without Jub? It's not just what opinions he brings, it's the chemistry. Who's going to call Gordon an idiot one minute, then do a touchdown brothers with him the next? Gotta have all three, although Gordon can wear on me.

Anonymous said...

Corby sure does seem to know a lot about Richard "Linkletter".

Gypo Nolan said...

Hold on to your butts...big things brewing at the Mothership.

deezy said...

I don't think I've ever heard anyone swallow their sneeze before (Corby just now in E-news). That was great through headphones, lemme tell ya.

Anonymous said...

You don't even have to look at final scores to see that the Cowboys have improved.

Fewer delay of game penalties.

Fewer too many men on the field penalties.

Those things reflect positively on Garrett's game management.

Anonymous said...

Corbles knows a lot about EVERYTHING, buddy.

Anonymous said...

Geez Lou Wheeze, OK Gypo, what's the dealio? I'm going to assume there MIGHT be something in the works since Pman let your comment pass through moderation. Perhaps Pman has been tipped off to the possibility but not yet certainty that something's going down and has thus let it through?

If you're gonna get into the game, at least throw a pass our way. In other words, can you point towards a direction?

Anonymous said...

I'm preparing myself to be underwhelmed.

In the biggest of ways.

kmclain3 said...

Pardon me for possibly changing the topic at hand....a few thoughts on radio flagship agreements...

1)heard recently the Rangers are leaving ESPN for the Fan. I rarely listen to 1053 (sometimes during commercials if Ben and Skin are on) but know we have had some defenders/moles for k and c masterpiece. So how does this affect them? That's quite the interruption of a 7-? Show for 6 months of the year.

2) haven't noticed it as much this season, but that may be due to my listening habits changing. Have we had a discussion in the last 14 months about the NHL changes and its impact on the Hardline? Many more 6 pm games with the EST road trips cutting into THL. As not much of a hockey fan I find this annoying. Could this have an impact on future negotiations when that contract comes up (I have no idea when that may be).

cactusflinthead said...

Since nobody has mentioned it I'll bring it to the table.

Is Gypo talking about a new weekend late night show with Big Bob Wilonsky bringing us the new music of the DFW?

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2015/01/1310_the_ticket_needs_local_music_show.php


"According to Danny Balis, producer of The Hardline, there's only thing that's stopping The Ticket from having a quality music show -- "laziness." A few months ago, Balis approached program director Jeff Catlin about bringing his turntables to the station for an hour-long vinyl listening session, but he hasn't yet done it. Now, it would seem, it is officially time to light a fire under Balis' ass and talk these guys into bringing Dallas the local music show that it so desperately needs."

and from the comments

rwilonsky 19 hours ago
@cactusflinthead Fine. Saturday night work for you?

Oh and plenty of trolls in the comment section over there too.

Bigdumbbobanddan 11 hours ago
Self serving c&^%, that's what the ticket b*&%$) is all about.......

Haters gonna hate. I for one would welcome a show on local music on the little Ticket. Whether it is Big Bob Wilonsky or Gimarc or somebody I don't know right now. Replace Network feed late night on the weekends? What is there to lose?



Anonymous said...

Starting to wonder if we're even gonna get a Ticketstock song this go around.

Brad Gilbert said...

Listen to the Muser's uncomfortable Troy interview today at 8am. Makes it seem like Trou was more or less putting up with Gordon all year & not so much bro g funny/into the bit. Fluster George enough to cause an eBrake on the dismount.

The Plainsman said...

Brad: I heard some of that and I had the same thought -- man, Troy is not playing along with this affront to his dignity.

bayern munich said...

Half of me thinks Troy was giving back to Gordo what he's been giving to Troy all season; half of me thinks along yours and Brad's line of thought: Troy's put up with this all year and has decided "enough." Truthfully, if the latter, I don't blame Troy. It's one thing to have a sense of humor about oneself, it's another to be a willing punchline. I have to wonder if Gordon's imitation of "Where's my money?" dumb dumb Troy's laugh directly before he came on (which you know he heard) played a role in Troy's attitude toward Gordon? I can see where such a gratuitous, unnecessary jab (even if in so-called "good fun") might set a negative disposition on Troy's part toward Gordo.

And let's not forget that Troy has had his buttons pushed of late: There's a little article in the DMN about Skip accusing him of being gay. Let's just say that Troy could've handled the question a bit more tactfully---specially in this day and age.

I just hope this hasn't soured the relationship between Troy and The Musers/The Ticket. I enjoy their weekly show.

James said...

"Boyhood" just got a bunch of Oscar nominations. Apparently the filmmakers' strategy of having the Ticket hosts talk about this movie incessantly has paid off. Who knew all those Oscar voters were P1's?

DRW1961 said...

Yep. Tension at a Lee Corso level this morning with Troy. Next Thursday will be interesting.

Anonymous said...

I don't know how much a booth costs at Ticketstock but a booth at Wolf-Fest a few years ago cost $2000. I would guess it's close to that. Some advertisers get a booth thrown in as "added value" with their buy schedule.

Charles Golden said...

1 - Never thought about George vs Junes and even though I'm not much of a Musers fan, I guess I'd go with George. And I mainly base that on George at least acting like he's more "country" than Junes.

2 - Can't tell you last time I watched the nightly news.

3 - In a "what have you done for me lately" world I get that we all have to praise Garrett and laud him as a great coach. Of course most of us were ready to run him out of town at the beginning of the season and I suspect a bad season in 2015 would flip the script again. It's th way it goes.

4 - Totally agree, done with "catch" talk.

5 - Meh, I'm already tired of "Dez and Murray" talk too. I think they need to keep them both but hey it's not my money.

6 - ?

7 - Dead tie between Tin Cup and 3000 Miles to Graceland

8 - ?

MoronDog said...

I missed out on the Troy Aikman awkwardness. Can't wait for The UnTicket to post it. It's interesting that they spent the entire 9:15 segment talking about it. You'd think if Troy was still listening that he would have called back in.

Anonymous said...

"And let's not forget that Troy has had his buttons pushed of late: There's a little article in the DMN about Skip accusing him of being gay. Let's just say that Troy could've handled the question a bit more tactfully---specially in this day and age."

You're about 20 years too late on that one. Not news, nothing new to Troy.

Anonymous said...

I think bayern is pretty on target regarding the Troy e-brake today. I've thought for the last few months that Troy tolerates the Gordo stuff but is leary of it and what Gordo may ask. Also, Gordo started off by insulting Troy's commercial which obviously annoyed him at the onset.

The Joe Buck question was stupid and quite frankly it's a tired bit now from Gordo. Even I groaned when he chose to ask that question. He's gone to that well with Troy so many times now that I don't blame Troy for having had enough of it. My problem with Gordo is he's asked some good questions to get insightful answers from Troy lately so why waste everyone's time with such a beaten down joke that won't generate any interesting discussion or answer.

Anonymous said...

Why do people trust the aimless half sentence shock posts of GYPO NOLAN but shut down others who come over here with actual details?

If you pay $2,000 for a booth, you're getting ripped off.

Babe L. said...

Moment of silence for the Troy Aikman Show

Anonymous said...

Homer call is a sad happy segment. Happy because the homer calls are great. Sad because we have to deal with way too much Jake & TC in the segment.

"WE LOVE YOU! WE LOVE YOU FOREVER AND EVER!"

BuffaloPrinter said...

A large part of the Musers' success is due to their chemistry. But I do find the shows where one is on vacation quite interesting. If I had to pick, give me Junior over George. IMO, Junior is more bipartisan about anything Cowboys related, and George just comes off as a fan. My least favorite George is "Cowboys/NFL apologist George" where, to him, pro football can do no wrong.

deezy said...

I guess I'm going to have to accept the fact that we're going to get at least one Jake/TC jab per thread, whether the original post has anything to do with them or not.

Sigh.

Shaggy said...

Troy v Skip is back in the news

http://www.si.com/nfl/2015/01/13/troy-aikman-fox-nfl-analyst-qa

Anonymous said...

Gordo doesn't care any more. His bit is getting tired and he knows it. He'd rather write his weekly column or sip coffee while writing his screenplay on his mac book OR buy LHO memorabilia.

Lucky Jim said...

I missed the Troy / Gordo segment and it appears theunticket is, for the moment at least, down. Can someone give a general paraphrase of what was said? Why was is so tense?

bayern munich said...

Thanks, Shaggy. That's exactly what I was referring to in my comment. To the Anon who "gotcha'd" me: Yes, I know the original story is old old news. It was recently brought up again. If you go to the DMN site and read it, you'll see what I mean about Troy's response (to the latest question regarding Skip).

T4 In Rockwall said...

While listening to the Costner interview I noticed Gordon said his mother was in the room and he somewhat introduced him to her. She was never mentioned again or talked about. Was Gordo goofing because I assumed his parents still lived in Mississipp? Not quite sure of the Gordo time line when he moved to the area.

pk said...

I'm Tony Romo, I'm Plainsman, oh wait, I'm TC. He's a treasure trove for the other Ticket hosts. He might rank only below Greggo and Norm for misspeaks. Possibly still ahead of Rosengarden.

Shaggy said...

In "Getting Real with Troy" Gordo asked if Troy would be willing to give up 2 of his Superbowl rings for a do-over on the Beats Solo selfie commercial. He then asked Troy if would give up all 3 rings for the opportunity to NOT to have to work with Joe Buck every week.

Troy seemed to take offense at the shot being taken at his booth mate. Troy laid out for a good 3-5 seconds and started his answer with, "You know Gordo, I have put up with these questions for a long time...." He then went on to praise Joe Buck and told Gordo that he could learn a thing or two from him and that he thought whatever Gordo was paid was too much. It started out tense and ended with a few awkward laughs.

cactusflinthead said...

And to think I used to actually kinda like Skip when he was on the sports page. Troy has every right to be pissed off about a crap story. I don't care one way or the other about somebody's sexual orientation, I do care about dishonest reporting. Skip throws outrageous BS out there. He's trolling the sports world.

Gordo pushes the envelope, it pushes back sometimes. No big deal. It was a classic e-brake though. Big chunk of dead air before Troy replied.



Shaggy said...

You can hear it here:

http://usave.it/media/rec-Z6G0RkfFt3830Zh90MB5.mp3

2:43:30

Anonymous said...

Once again Junes nails it. Jerry winning "Executive of the Year" is a joke. They gave him an award for letting everyone else do the work as Junes said. He wanted Manziel everyone fought him and they drafted Martin and it worked out. Cheapens the award to give it to Jerrah.

Once again hope all you TC defenders heard the e-brake this morning. Guy can't even get his own name right in a tease.

#Ragonk #Force #Teremy #IamTonyRomo

Anonymous said...

I wonder if certain advertisers (Gas Monkey) realize their over promotion is actually hurting their product.

I've always been indifferent towards The Bouncing Souls but good lord I'll the be the happiest person alive if I never heard their name or a song of theirs again.

birq said...

The Troy e-brake didn't sound like anything other than him sparring with Gordo a little bit. If he were truly fed up he would've just hung up. It really didn't sound like that big a deal to me.

I missed the e-brake this morning but I assume it won.

debased said...

T4 - There's video and pics from the Costner interview over on theticket.com. Gordo's mom was indeed there.

Anonymous said...

Barely beat out TC thinking he was Tones Romes.

Shaggy said...

T4,

Gordon and parents have been in Dallas forever. Not sure exactly when they arrived, but Gordo went to Richardson High School. (He was even in their inaugural Hall of Fame class)

Anonymous said...

Norm just had one of the more unfortunate misspeaks on the station, if I heard him correctly.

He was trying to say "chew gum" but thats not what it sounded like coming out of his mouth.

No pun intended.

Anonymous said...

IIRC, a couple of years ago the Musers brought up the Skip Bayless thing to Troy and he as much as said that if he is ever in the same room with Skip that he will punch him out.

Shaggy said...

yes

“I will tell you this. I’ve not seen — I’ve not physically seen Skip Bayless since that time. That was in ’95. And I still kind of wonder what I might do to him when I do see him.”

Dan McDowell, the co-host of BaD Radio, pressed him on the point.

“You certainly will say something,” McDowell said.

“Oh, yeah. Yeah,” Aikman replied.

“But you don’t think it will get physical, do you?” McDowell said.

“Well, I mean, I don’t know. I don’t know,” Aikman said.

http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2011/08/troy-aikman-hints-that-he-migh.html/

Shaggy said...

(It was with BaD radio though)

Anonymous said...

@12:58
@1:25
@1:26

It was BaD Radio

Anonymous said...

Boy, TC just completely stopped down BaD Radio with a really dumb joke referencing a story no one knew about. Even if everyone else knew what he was talking about it was a really, really poor effort at humor.

There are many funny people at the station, and TC is not one of them.

Anonymous said...

Donovan Lewis is an over laugher

Dick Poop said...

I have just discovered how much I enjoy listening to Donovan. I like his energy with THL already. Danny even seems to be glad to be at work. Apart from his normal gig, Donovan meshes with everyone seamlessly, regardless of who asks him to sit in or fill in as replacement host. He always seems willing to work and gives great show to the P1. Post game talk with Norm is great, and anytime he's every been with one or more Musers it seems like great chemistry. Just my opinion - this Hardline presentation is pretty good.

Anonymous said...

I've always thought Donovan was the best broadcaster on the station. He can fill any role and he works well with anyone on the station. Which makes sense; he is the only one who has "real" broadcasting experience.

Go on with your bad self, Bone Brotha.

Gypo Gypo said...

Im bored at work. cant leave for another half hour. Im gonna start a rumor about the ticket. so hold on to your buts because something big is coming.

The Plainsman said...

The Hardline replayed the "Gettin' Real with Troy" segment. Mike reported that they were not able to replay the segment for a couple of days after it took place, but that now "everything has been smoothed over," suggesting to my ear that some CTO has been on the phone with Troy or, more likely, one of his people promising them that Gordon won't be quite so Gordon in future calls. Followed by a CTO call to Gordon or one of his people, if he had any.

I heard that Sturm thought this was no big deal, that Troy was just giving Gordon something back in the spirit of jolly fun. (My words, not Bob's.) And a Confessor above had the same impression.

Having finally heard the full thing on today's Hardline: Not me. Troy was disgusted, offended, and not playing along.

With Gordon, you take the occasional bad with the frequent good. That particular bit was not only bad judgment, it was not even a clever shot -- "which three rings would you give up not to have to broadcast with Joe Buck every week?" -- not funny, just deeply insulting to Buck, someone Gordon had zero reason to believe Troy had the same sniggering disregard for that he (Gordon) has.

Troy was right to lay out and embarrass Gordon. It will be kid gloves with Troy for the next, oh, season or so, I'd reckon.

Anonymous said...

I had always assumed that the Musers was just one of many shows Troy did during the week. But today THL was discussing what transpired Thursday and I thought I heard Mike say something to the effect that their arrangement was exclusive. Did he mean exclusive to this market or exclusive nationally?

He also said something about them not having been allowed to play the clip before then.

I think I heard all that correctly, but it is Friday and happy hour was well under way.

gunther said...

Yep, someone earlier said it best: "RIP Gettin Real with Troy." Too bad tho, I really enjoyed that 1 or 2 min every week.

I put it a little on Troy, he plays along pretty well and I guess I can understand his annoyance but I think he over-reacted a bit. Think he realized it too and tried to bring it back a little but generally, yes, there is no question he was peeved.

Anonymous said...

You do know that The Musers, including Gordon, are on very friendly terms with Joe Buck, don't you? They tease Joe in the exact same manner - both about Troy and Joe's own air of self-satisfaction. Joe is a great sport about it. Both Joe and Troy play recordings of Fake Jerry, Wade, Garrett, and others for the FOX crew. Thus it isn't as if Gordon's joking was from out of nowhere and even inconsistent with his usual joking - either with Troy or Joe.

I think Troy started out pissed, quickly realized that he'd overreacted, and began to soften. I also think Troy was in a touchy mood to begin with due to the very recent dredging back up of the old Skip Bayliss pack of lies. I have a feeling that if that hadn't of taken place a day or two prior to Friday, none of this would've happened. Troy was in a sensitive and in some ways vulnerable mood.

Anonymous said...

Wondering while scattershooting:

Why exactly are we holding onto our butts? And for how long ought we to hold them?

It's looking like there isn't going to be a Ticket Stock song. I wonder why? P1 backlash from the month+ long beating of it being played on an endless loop? Maybe they'll unveil one closer to the event, saving us P1a from prolonged torture?

Speaking of which, I'll be interested to see how well attended it is. Seems to me that so far, the extent to which Ticket Stock is being promoted pertains to revenue-generation. "Booth space for sale, contact X, Y, and Z," and a general sales pitch to potential booth purchasers and advertisers seems to be the gist of all the station promos. At least so far that's the case. In every year past, while these types of ads were in the mix, by far and away the most frequent promos were those that actually promoted the event, its guest stars, and of course the Time Wasters. This time around the only thing we hear about on that front is that the Time Wasters are playing Friday and The Old 97s, Saturday. It's almost as if they're trying to build in an excuse for low attendance; as if they're anticipating it. Perhaps due to the apparent lessening of Ticket market domination? Perhaps it's not a blip on the radar after all?

I could be, and probably am, totally wrong, but it seems to me that we are witnessing the last days of the Roman Empire. The Vandals, Goths, Ostrogoths, and other sundry Teutonic horde are at the gates, yet the consul and proconsul, senate, and emperor refuse to acknowledge them--thinking if they pretend they're not there, they aren't. If this is so, which I think it is, then I ask again my initial question: Why are we holding onto our butts?

Shaggy said...

Last Supper.

Anonymous said...

'The last supper' was when Mike was on the brink of leaving for the Fail back in 2009. Care to elaborate Shaggy? Mike announcing his retirement after Ticketstock? Tell us! Tell us! Tell us!

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/sportatorium/2009/02/breaking_un-news_mike_rhyner_a.php

Anonymous said...

Actually, Shaggy, despite its snarky intention, your comment is closer to right than wrong. At least in the sense that the daily lineup that's been in effect for now nearly 16 years is indeed dining at the table for what's getting near to the last time.