Thursday, April 30, 2015

Draft Coverage Quick Hits

Grumble all you want about the latter-day Ticket, but the draft coverage is magnificent.  Three quick hits and then you can have at it:

(1) Roger Goodell is an idiot and has a bad face.  How can he not know how to pronounce Marcus Mariota?



(2) I forgot my second quick hit.


(3) Danny is right:  Junior Miller is the flat-out craziest host -- the craziest human -- at The Ticket.  Think about the time it takes to compose those jewels  that are the capsule descriptions of the top picks.  Folks, that isn't just craziness, it also shows respect for The P1.    Still waters pedal deep.


And he's apparently also involved in a sex scandal.  How to Tell If Your Dog Is Involved in a Sex Scandal
Go.


77 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amen on #1 PMan.

Anonymous said...

We've got Norm, we've got Bob, we've got George, we've got David Moore.

Corby? Really?

The Plainsman said...

Hey, I think Corby's been fine. Offering some yuks, the occasional insight. He fits.

Warren Md in Fort Worst said...

The Corby hate is really over the top. I believe this is the exact same lineup as last year, and follows a typical show format.

Granted there are two experts (Bob and Norm), Corby is there for being a yuk monkey laughs and little tid bits, not give huge insight. Heck, if anything George was the dead weight, but no one has an axe to grind with him on this site.

Remember, last year it was Corby's huge overreaction on not drafting Manziel last year that was the Ticket promo for a month after the draft, and it was great radio.

When Saturday comes, Donovan will be on the draft show, also not major insights, but to add the yuk.

Overall, I thought it was a good, not great show, but that's because the draft didn't have the drama with the two qb's going 1 and 2. It wasn't because of any hosts.

Bayern Munich said...

Corby's been very good tonight. And it only makes me more irritated with him: why can't he broadcast like this on a daily basis? THL would quickly get back to its former ass kicking self. Mike would be forced to re-engage.

Where's David Newbury? His voice is missed. Anyone know the story?

Joonz is the jewel of The Ticket. He still gets what made the station great. Still uses the old lingo--at least more than any other host.

Norm's done a fabulous job, as he always does when it comes to draft day.

A successful evening all around for the station, I'd say.

gunther said...

I was on a plane until the presser so only got to listen for the short time they were on post-presser. Corby was a non-factor most of that time and the 2 times he offered a thought, punctuated by his typical "clearly!", he was very politely but soundly shot down by Bob. So, I don't think he closed the show well.

I'm not a regular Corby basher, except to say he's out of his element as a host and really was built to be a yuk monkey. So, glad to hear that's the role he played last night and with success. He still has genius in him, he's just miscast.

Anonymous said...

My Corby-fatigue was based on just having listened to him filibuster for 3-plus hours.

Anonymous said...

This is getting insane. Corby is mostly a beating; that much is true. Really, he's exclusively a beating on THL. But he did a nice job last night. He in no way filibustered for three hours.

Anonymous said...

Hey Gunther,
I fly 40 weeks out of the year. The planes have wireless internet capability now. In plane is NO EXCUSE to not be listening to the Ticket 24/7. Come On...

The Plainsman said...

1127, although 712 was not entirely clear, I believe he is referring to having listened to 3 hours of Corby's Hardline filibuster, which OverCorby'd him before he even got to draft coverage.

He was not accusing him of filibustering the draft coverage.

DA said...

1- I enjoy their draft coverge too, but Norm talking over the Star Spangled Banner was uncomfortably funny. It also illustrates how little they work on their daily shows and content. Their upside is that the camp-pound is next week with the extemporaneousness.

2- Their “College Football Blowhard” has moved on from only talking about who played for/against either TCU or Oklahoma to for the las three years to sometimes include a team from the SEC. A player from the B1G, ACC (not Jameis), AAC, Corby was clueless outside of height/weight and sacks or rush/rec yards. Blowhard could tell listeners as much about a Pac-12 player as much he can tell us about the LPGA...one person deep.

3- TC did not read a player profile until Melvin Gordon. I take it that is because if he had done more, they would never have been completed in time as he would fumble over the words he wrote over and over and over. His Gordon read was the shortest of the first 15. Ironically, he also read for Phillip Dorsett since Dorsett can't catch and TC can't read or would slip over his tongue if a dessert was present!

Camp-pound may be their finale as the station becomes harder to listen to daily as when every show gives the P1, or as TC would say, “the listener”, national sports stories from blogs (Deadspin/The Big Lead/Awful Announcing) 24-72 hours late.

Anonymous said...

I got into my car at 3:10 out in east Texas Thursday afternoon to launch off on trip with my wife. I pulled into Love Field parking at 4:30. I did not listen to 100% of all the segments but I think there was only one segment about sports during this whole time.

We started and the subject was Corby passing gas on some lady at their Wednesday outing. I had to punch out because the SO (and myself, to a lesser extent) did not want to listen.

When I circled back around it was talking about the Allman Brothers vis a vis the Greatful Dead. As we came into Dallas proper was the segment on how bad the Rangers are.

The Chris Rock segment was interesting but I don't count it as "sports". Feel free to let me know if I missed something because I was punching out and circling around more than usual.

But, IMO, going 1:15 with little sports is what is lowering THL. If they are really reaching out the younger demo, how relevant is the Allman Brothers and Dead?

East Texas P1 (It would not let me post with my name.)

KP in Dallas said...

I listened to the whole draft show last night and I loved it. Initially I wasn't crazy to have Corby on it because he doesn't bring any educated analysis in this area but I thought last night he did a good job and he brought some funny to the show.

Quite frankly I think I'd much rather listen to The Ticket draft coverage than ESPN or NFLN. The guys do a good job of focusing on Cowboys needs while having enough unintentional comedy to keep it really entertaining.

T4 In Rockwall said...

Agree.

Anonymous said...

Well said DA. Agreed on all points.

The Plainsman said...

(1) Is anyone else having trouble posting under their nom de MTC? East Texas P1 reported he could not post under his usual moniker.

(2) The Chris Rock baseball thing was very weak Chris Rock. Overpraised by Corby/Danny.

(3) Goodfellas was and is a great movie but the overheated enthusiasm by Corby/Danny was kind of icky. Corby misidentified the character in "Raging Bull" (Jake LaMotta, not Jack Dempsey) and repeatedly got the author of "Wiseguy" (the book on which "Goodfellas" was based) wrong (Nicholas Pileggi, not "Piggelio" or whatever it was he was saying). I tend to be a Corby supporter and I dislike nitpicking, but it just doesn't reflect credit on segment prep to be wrong or uninformed about stuff as often as they are.

Anonymous said...

P-Man is correct. I was planning to listen to the first couple of picks and then seek other enlightenment until it was time for the Cowboys to pick. But as soon as I heard Corby weighing in I punched out. So if Corby was brilliant I missed it because I was tired of listening to him.

Anonymous said...

I did not hear this the other day when Norm did a "Choo Energy" bit based on his failed Choose Energy live spot. The Musers played it this morning along with the original spot, and I was struck by the noticeable difference in Norm's voice. Maybe he was just tired, but even the Musers commented on it.

Anonymous said...

I worry about Norm. I know he's getting older (70), but his slurring of S's and slurring in general, along with his voice sounding weak at times, makes me wonder if he needs to either cut back on activities--work and otherwise--or seriously think about hanging up the daily show. Perhaps doing draft, horse racing, fantasy specialty shows, NFL and MLB previews, pre and/or post game Cowboys, and the draft itself would be enough to satisfy him?

DA said...

Thanks Anon; May 1 1:39

So far, this pre-Draft Ticket Friday has been classic 2010-15 lazy:


Their spot which there is a jab taken at Bruce Jenner's transition illustrates their overall tone-deafness of the in their station “attempt” to get younger and more diverse.

TC takes on Floyd Mayweather regarding the importance of regarding literacy? Unreal.

Mike, the "music guy", goes blank on Ben E. King being a part of The Drifters and Corby falsely tells the P1 that Phil Spector was the songwriter of “Stand By Me”, plus Mike's not remembering of The Drifters coincided with my phone having issues with the iHeart app, but it was rightly so since he “forgot”. The P1 correcting them was the right thing to do, but it shouldn't have been.

@Anon 3:10PM,
Norm will be fired by Cumulus before he decides to retire/quit. They've pushed out the old and disabled sports host before...see Ralph Barbieri.

gunther said...

11:57. I don't think AA's Gogo allows streaming but the WiFi is brutally slow so I seldom connect anyway.

Brings me to another point: since early Feb, I've been flying to DC to work every week. Every morning the 1st thing I do is connect to the Ticket. I need to listen to those boys in the morn, makes me feel at home.

But, you know what? I never attempt to listen at any other point in the day. Not trying to bash the other shows but none of them have anything I want to hear.

To be fair, in my 18 yrs of listening, I never really listened midday but I used to be a HL junkie. Corby was my favorite personality on the show (and I even told him that once at a remote). No more, I just kind of organically grew out of it, don't feel connected to them, don't care about em. Just the way it developed. Pretty sad cuz there's really no alternative except politics so that's what I do during pm drive now, home or away.

From what I'm reading here and the ratings, guess I'm not a lone wolf on this front.

Arky P1 said...

Man, Norm was so butthurt over the Cowboys taking Randy Gregory. The same Norm who was telling us how great a guy Dave Bliss is a few weeks ago.

Anonymous said...

Gunther,
1157 here. I fly AA exclusively and although Gogo sucks for actual video streaming, the DFW sportsday app works fine so I can listen to the Ticket live while in flight. Occasional buffering but not bad. Can also do iMessages and emails at same time.

Anonymous said...

Where is this dumb ass family going for brunch in the Kingsford ad? Two hour drive? In what reality does Mother's Day cause apocalyptic traffic?! Also want to punch father and son in the face. Horrible horrible ad.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Norm's stance on Gregory was so myopic. Last time I checked he didn't cover up a murder.

Anonymous said...

The thing with Norm and the draft is.....it's not truly about Gregory's character, it's about the Cowboys not choosing (energy) the player NORM thinks they should've. It's about Norm not looking like a Goose-like guru. That's why he reacted the way he did--i.e., like a pouty child. His attitude is "I put all this work into it, and they go and SCREW IT UP!"

Look, I know it was a prank, and we've all heard/known about it in the past, but the prank pulled on him Thursday and the way he was going to "tell" Cat/the station/the Stars how it was going to be tells you all you need to know. The draft is Norm's baby, at least it is in his mind, and if certain aspects of it don't fall into line for him, he pouts at best, makes impossible demands at worst.

With the prank and the Gregory pick, we witnessed both ends of that spectrum.

Anonymous said...

Love the Kingsford ad.

I sympathize with the dad and if he is exaggerating a little because the occasion is such a beating, I'm OK with that.

At least he doesn't direct you to a website to type in a "special" code. (In case you didn't know, you can type in your favorite obscenity and it will work)

sanskrit said...

I thought the draft coverage was great. Though Norm's inability to let the Gregory pick go became silly. It was as if once Bob was no longer there, he was going to try to convince the rest of the guys he was right. Other than that, Norm and everyone else, including Corby, were excellent.

I'm so glad The Ticket does this. I'm also glad they're slowly but surely beginning to fill the weekend up with local shows. I dig The Kick Around, and I can't wait for the hockey show (about time!). I'll be sad to see The Four Pointer gone, but I'm sure it'll be back next season. Though I have to admit I'm not a fan of the music show. I don't care for DJ Mark. And I don't care for about 90% of what he plays.

pk said...

That kingsford commercial has been around so long, that kid may be 20 by now.

Anonymous said...

So long FSSW girls. You will no longer ruin Rangers, Mavs, and Stars games for me.

Anonymous said...

Condolences to Gordon on the loss of his mother.

A Potamus said...

I'm certainly not going to criticize Norm for having a different take on Randy Gregory than everyone else. But most people who are on an island like that would step back and at least think about how the other side may have a point. Instead, Norm yells at his producer for disagreeing.

The Plainsman said...

SPECIAL TO ALL CONFESSORS -- You don't have to do this right this minute, but sometime over the next few days you may want to grab holt of those certain 'ttocks.

Now there's a tease for you. I'm reasonably certain this one will pay off.

But you never know about these things. Especially if I never tell you.

But do stay tuned, whether you elect to hold or not.

Anonymous said...

It got to be Norm or Corby going.

Shaggy said...

Unrelated to said butt-grabbing, but some TicketChicks (Krystina, Celina, Andrea) have started a podcast, "Girls and the Game".

https://soundcloud.com/girls-the-game

gunther said...

Damn, that's cold-blooded Pman.

Anonymous said...

First off, I'm so sorry for Gordon and his family. I've never met him, much less his mother, but I'm a D1P1, so in many ways he's a dear old friend. My thoughts and prayers are with him. I didn't hear the reason why he was out today (I didn't know about his mother's passing at the time), so I was wondering why 1. there was no stand in yuk monkey for his regular segments, and 1. why those segments were sportsy/straight. Now I know why. "Funny," but that's how The Musers used to mostly sound before Gordo became a permanent member. He used to float between DnM and THL. DnM would have bits on a regular basis, but not on a daily one. Which leads me to Pman's 'ttocks statement.

I think the news is going to pertain to Gordon. I'm not going to get into a blind speculative armchair psychological analysis of why, but I'm thinking what he's gone through with his mother, her passing, and all the rest of his conflicted nature (between serious writing and Ticket Gordo), he might be taking an extended sabbatical to figure out his next move (stay at The Ticket or move on). Or. He might've already made up his mind and is moving on.

The Plainsman said...

Heh, heh.

I won't keep you hanging (or holding) long.

Anonymous said...

The Fan's draft coverage was leaps and bounds better than the Ticket's. This is one place where it's no contest. Norm was fumbling for paper and thinking David Moore was in the bathroom.

egg or walrus? koo koo ka choo said...

My guess is that Cat or someone, influential, CTO-wise is gone. There has been a not so subtle change in programming content going on in each show (sans Norm) over the past several months. It's been, at least to my ears, barely perceptible until now. Anyone notice that the station is getting more sports oriented of late? It has. It shows itself, as well, in the sudden growth spurt of weekend programming that is sport-specific in nature. I think someone else is being brought aboard (perhaps from the past...Laddy! It's tiiiime, buddy. It's time) to shepherd this thing back to dominance. If this is the case, then yes, it's definitely butt-holding-worthy news.

Me, I like it. A lot. Indeed, though only one segment in, I'm digging today's HL like I haven't in a long time. Mike's Mind was about the Rangers. They've already said the show was going to be sports intensive. Sure they'll do CQHs and Enews. And that's fine.

My gut tells me we are going to have a renewed emphasis on sports over guy talk. In other words, a return to the, Mike's term, by the way, "halcyon days" of The Ticket. At least where the ratio of sports to guy talk is concerned.

gunther said...

Kookoo, not sure you're seeing the beginning of a trend or the fact that this was just a tremendously sportsy weekend. Hope you're right as it relates to THE but not sure Corby can hang in that environment and I know Danny can't.

I wouldn't want it to affect the Musers, however. I think they have a perfect blend right now, notwithstanding GSCTT, which is a useless segment every week.

Anonymous said...

Although I know many who frequent this blog would prefer TC to be getting the axe, I also agree it's more likely to be a shake up at the top. Too many questionable decisions made over the past few years. Would be interesting if there was a retirement or resignation in the works. My cheeks are clenched Plainsman.

Dustinwb said...

Could someone explain why any of you listen to the station if every comment is about how much you hate the hosts?

The reason I listen is because the hosts aren't all the same and don't share the same interests and have different things that they are experts or things that they follow closely.

DA said...

Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey just got a new, three year contract early last week.

But later in the week, their Q1 earnings were lower than last year by 7% and the stock is considered a "SELL".

http://www.thestreet.com/story/13135560/1/cumulus-media-cmls-stock-falls-on-revenue-miss.html

Anonymous said...

The Kingsford kid is no kid. That's an adult trying to sound like a kid and it's the creepiest damn thing I've heard in a while. Kingsford needs to find a new ad agency. The ass clown calling his friend who moved to Minnesota was the beating of a lifetime.

Warren Md in Fort Worst said...

I've got the answer!

Finally someone told Jake Z. how to pronounce Macallan Skotch...

It's not "Mic-cal-en", it's "Ma-cal-en."

(This has bothered me for months, because this scotch is so smooth.)

debased said...

Maybe the glute grabbing is because Pman has news about this site? Just throwing that out there.

Anonymous said...

Hyperbole much, Dustinwb?

I guess the same question could be asked of yourself: Why do you read, much less bother to comment on, a site that you find to be populated by "haters" and folks in general who see things differently than yourself?

Tom's exwife's parrot said...

@Dustinwb
You paint with awfully broad brush strokes. Unfair, mischaracterizing ones, at that.

Anonymous said...

DUG the hockey show!!! Bruce pulls no punches, and Owen is great as his calming partner.

Anonymous said...

I'm sitting here watching the Rangers game. They suck. They suck balls. I could list what's wrong with every player on the team. And I watch every game. Because I am a fan.

So maybe the loyal P1 (redundant?) just wants to take advantage of the platform the Plainsman has provided to express frustration with the direction the station has taken, and to speculate on missteps by the staff that may have sent it down its current path.

We know that at least some of what is written here makes its way into the building.

Rhinosaur said...

Not to be a big jerk...but do you have an ETA on the "big news?" Asking because there's been some cryptic "something big's gonna happen" talk here before that turned out to be...well...less than advertised.

Anonymous said...

What is up with the Norm ads that step all over the stream? Are they necessary? Living in Arkansas I am strictly a stream listener. It is beyond frustrating and it is the same ad over and over. "Hi, this is Norm Hitzges...."

Anonymous said...

My guess is that Danny is gone. The Orphanage exit was the first order of businesses. Now, the rest.

I say this, not because I have any inside info specific to the supposed butt holding, but rather because I do know for certain that his bar, The Twilight Lounge, will be opening up at least two new locations. The process for this is already well underway. As I said, this much is absolutely happening.

So, my thought is that Danny is leaving on order to make his business his full-time business.

Anonymous said...

It's Cat. Pman gets fed little nuggets from him from time to time. Guarantee he gave Pman a heads up. Though he might have done it via an anon email. Mike just spent five minutes bitching about the new way show presentations are to be run. Changes have been afoot for some time now, they're only getting more obvious. All of which points towards Cat's departure.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the 'ttocks holder news is about MTC. He basically says as much in the comment. My stab at it: He's bringing a partner aboard who can attend to the site, wrote articles, etc. Or he's passing the baton to someone else. Or he's closing up shop. Or he's putting together a MTC Confessor appreciation party, meet and greet.

KP in Dallas said...

Anyone else take notice of Mike's sarcastic comments at the start of WTDS about changes being made and driving away their remaining listeners as a result? He didn't sound happy at all. Even Dan seemed uncomfortable after Rhynes made the comments and tried to get things back on track.

gary gnu said...

Norm really lost his shit yesterday. It began on Saturday when he couldn't accept the fact that others disagreed with him; that indeed, no one agreed with him. His yelling at Sirois was so over the top and over the line, I don't know where to begin. And then to come back with some b.s. about "that's the sort of conversation that goes on in draft rooms" in order to make it psychologically OK in his head/make an excuse for himself/aka CYA statement was laughable. Sirois was the one trying having a conversation. Norm wasn't. Norm just wanted to be agreed with, told that he was in the right all along, and that those who disagree with him see it wrongly. He went so far as to exaggerate stats to back up his point. Norm's always calling for others to apologize (and in a way that's agreeable to Norm's sensibilities--so much so that he says on air what he'd like to hear them say) and do the right thing. It's time Norm did. He should apologize, on air, to Sirois. And perhaps Bob, as well. Because all of this pertains to him being steamed at Bob for not agreeing with him and (Bob) standing his ground. Norm wasn't really yelling at Sirois, he was yelling at Bob. But Bob is (i) a co worker/equal, and will not sit there and take it like a producer will, and (ii) he knows Bob actually knows the stats and the goods, and can not only go toe to toe, but most likely "win."

It's been a bad few days for Norm. Which sucks, because usually this is time of the year when he shines (draft, Kentucky Derby).

Colorado P1 said...

@12:32 THANK YOU for bringing this up. It has gotten really, really bad in the last few weeks. When I was listening to The Shake Joint on the stream last Sunday, Norm's PSA Announcement from a bathroom, about how he and his wife Mary "very recently" donated THEIR vehicle, interrupted the broadcast at least a half dozen times in just the first 20 minutes. I finally just give up attempting to listen to the show, because it was so unbelieveably frustrating. It happened multiple times again today when I was trying to stream BaD Radio for a bit during my lunch hour.

Cumulus/Ticket management: is no one aware of this problem? Or is it just that no one cares enough to get it fixed? How long will we be forced to endure show content being constantly interrupted by a random PSA ? What a bizarre technical problem. Sometimes I wonder if someone at the Ticket is just trolling us remote listeners with this stuff.

Anonymous said...

Could somebody please tell Corby that the typical semi-automatic firearm is not a "machine gun" He sounds like an idiot when he says it. "Assault rifle" is bad enough, but machine gun? The guy has probably never held a firearm in his life.

Anonymous said...

Too bad Corby and Danny aren't on the Garland ISD board. They seem to have such a clear, uncluttered understanding of the issues.

(I was using air quotes when I typed this, you know, sarcasm)

Arky P1 said...

I wonder if Gordo is going to make it to the Comp-out? I would certainly understand if he didn't, but he would certainly be missed.

Charles Golden said...

Jake's 'Spaulding' character is greatness, that is all.

Anonymous said...

I have a STD I'm about to let loose. I have a long article on x, y, z I'll be publishing later this week. Hold on to your 'ttocks...

All Pman promises. And none of it ever happens.

Beginning to wonder if the anons, et alia, who make inside info claims are actually Pman trying to generate hits, keep the site relevant?

Anonymous said...

1033 here. I meant to add a wink to my comment. As in I'm joking.

Anonymous said...

Haven't been around MTC long enough to know if these "hold onto your butts" proclamations are frequent, but I'm curious how often they have come to fruition. Count me as one that didn't think the Orphanage was "butt holding" worthy news.

Speaking of things not coming to fruition: whatever happened to that girl trying to pass herself off as a sports reported that said Wash sexually assaulted the Asian reporter? Haven't heard anything on that front or about her since.

T4 In Rockwall said...

I wish Sirois and Danny were allowed to make the Campound with the 9 hosts. They would make it greatness.

The Plainsman said...

Check the site this evening. Should have confirmation of matters of interest to Confessors by 9 PM.

Bayern Munich said...

Boy oh boy, you're making me nervous, Plainsman. Since you seem to be controlling the message---at a time of your choosing---I have to think it's MTC related, not Ticket 'ttock holding stuff.

I'm hoping if this is the case, that it's gong to be good news, like a Confessor get together or something like that. The pessimist in me thinks it might not be so good. Hoping like mad for the former, though.

You have my attention. . . .

P1 Dan said...

Just posted this to reddit forum to generate some more excitement and of course more wild speculation.

http://www.reddit.com/r/theticket/comments/352zpe/breaking_news_to_be_revealed_at_9pm_over_at_mtc/

Anonymous said...

How do Corby and Mark Cuban know my T numbers when I don't.

Anonymous said...

T4, at 11:45--"I'll kick your ass at tent setup!"

birq said...

It's Campound day. I get the feeling Gordo won't be there this time, so there won't be as many decomposing deer throwings this year, but I'm excited to see what the whiskey has in store for us this year.

Anonymous said...

The country music bit is more stale than Emmitt or Barry. I thought the campout was a time for fresh, experimental radio.

Anonymous said...

Country music bit is far from tired. It is great. Shows just how horrible country music has become when hacks like Luke Bryan & Florida Georgia Line can get top billing.

Curious how many listeners does The Ticket lose when the BaD Radio producer & ticker guy are on the air?

Anonymous said...

Did Danny really ask "where's Gordon?"

T4 In Rockwall said...

Exactly. ..they're missing out by not letting them go.