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(1) Why is the phrase "Keep doin' whajja doin', playboy, and chase that money" a Ticket drop? I read on a Reddit thread that it came from an interview with Quentin Ross on K104 conducted by DJ Bay Bay, but how did it end up on The Ticket? Was it featured in a Norm bit or something?
(2) Is Mike Rhyner aware that his "good friend" Rodney Anderson of Supreme Lending is now a competitor of The Norm Hitzges Program with his show from 11 AM - Noon on KRLD 1080 AM?
CORRECTION: Thanks to readers for pointing out that Anderson is not on KRLD weekdays. His 11-noon show weekdays is on 1190 News Talk Radio. His KRLD show is on 9-10am Saturdays.
(3) Favorite Super Bowl Ads:
-- Chevy Colorado Pickup, the one with the fake TV malfunction. I'd never heard of the Chevy Colorado, now I'll never forget it.
-- The Coke-in-the-computer ad. A great concept, and visually arresting.
-- BMW i3 with Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel, neither of whom I like. But a great plot and punch line.
(4) Roger Goodell looked awful after the Super Bowl. Still think the guy is a juicer.
(5) It wouldn't surprise me if Brady didn't have anything to do with deflating the balls in that single game against the Colts. Reason: I think he's been dirty for a long time, that there was a plan in place stretching back for quite some time to treat the balls when the conditions were adverse and maybe all the time. Then I saw this article:
Patriots' Unbelievable Fumble/Bad-Weather Stats
And this one:
Bet on Pats in Bad Weather, sez NY Times
The evidence is circumstantial, but murderers can be convicted on circumstantial evidence. The Pats have been doing something to change the odds for a long, long time. Deflating the ball is consistent with both anomalous trends, although not proven thereby.
(6) An email correspondent notes that before The Hardline hit drydock before Christmas, Mino replayed Mike's musings from the campout a couple years back on the uncertainty of his future at The Ticket. Those musings were possibly, just possibly, alcohol-fueled. But interesting that Mino would play it and that Mike would allow it.
Having said that, I think Mike is in for at least the medium haul. He's not going to depart with The Ticket on a downswing -- he'll do whatever he can to right the ship (if the next book or two indicates the need for righting) and get the ratings back where they were. (I'm still not convinced we won't see a bounceback now that football season is over.)
Are we in agreement that Mike has been more energized, active, participatory in the show over the past several months? But even that is a two-edged sword. While it makes the show noticeably better (my view), by contrast it more or less proves what many listeners have been saying for a long time, that Checkout Mike put on those headphones too often for too long.
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