I was listening to Chuck Barkley speak on the Mike and Mike show this morning, and Barkley made a comment, referring to some NBA players as “idiots.” Then I heard Colin Cowherd say that you are what you watch. By the way, it was weird that he was giving his mother advice instead of the other way around. You ever try to tell your mother what to do; give her life lessons? Mr. Cowherd is apparently quite arrogant.
By the way, I have a master’s degree but I watch trash TV. Anyway, I thought about it for a second and realized why are these guys like Chuck Barkley dumping on players for being idiots, when the players might actually listen to sports talk radio?
Have you ever listened to sports talk radio? These are supposed to be voices of reason, but they’re not. They are there to generate ratings. Ratings don’t come from reasonable. We watched The Celebrity Apprentice last night. Kenya Moore, bless her beautiful heart, deserved to get fired. She didn’t because her presence guarantees ratings. Kate got the boot because she tried to be professional. The goal of the show isn’t to be professional, it’s to get eyeballs on NBC. Trump understands that, so he fired Kate. The same is true with sports talk radio. Ratings come from stupidity.
I had to laugh at JT The Brick’s show last night. He was talking about how important the ball inflation subject was. You know, “national TV news was leading off with the story.” I watched national TV news last night. It was a subject but it certainly wasn’t leading off. I think this snowstorm rates as a pretty big deal, since Boston is under 20 inches of snow. The current president is in Saudi Arabia, talking to the new king, who presides over 20% of the world’s oil. Sorry JT, that possibly rates even higher than a football being 1 lb under the minimum pressure. I would have listened to JT’s show, but I don’t think listening to a bunch of grown men yelling at the top of their lungs like they are doing something important. They are not.
Let us not forget who’s keeping the ball inflation thing alive: Jets Media. You know, the Mike and Mikes, ESPN as an entity, and the rest who love the Jets. If the Jets can’t actually beat New England (and they can’t — and won’t as long as Bill Belichick is running the show up there), why not trash the franchise? Especially since King Rex is gone. Rex is gone and we don’t have him spouting crap. JetsFan loved Rex spouting crap, right?
Rex Ryan might be the most polarizing figure in New York right now. When he talks, everyone listens. The Jets fans love him because of where he has brought this team in just three short years. The opposition hates him because they feel disrespected. The media loves him because it gives them something to talk about. There is even one person in the media that has used Ryan’s comments to get through five and a half hours of drive time radio on WFAN
Too bad Rex never won anything except the “We Beat New England in the Playoffs once” bowl. Maybe he’d still be there. Now that Rex is gone, we have ball inflation. Let’s say it again: The ball inflation thing is minimal. Frankly, we’d like to see the league get concerned about knife blocking and a lot of dirty play going on. Some fans I know, fans above the sports talk radio level were livid over that hit Clay Matthews put on Russell Wilson. Not only that, they were even more angry Wilson avoided getting treatment, even though there’s allegedly a concussion protocol. You ever notice sports talk media never pays attention to the things that get players injured? Unless the injured player plays for the Cowboys?
The whole point of this blog post is pointing out the absurdity of sports talk radio. It’s perfectly synchronized with the athletes playing it. If we’re going to say how ignorant the players are, we have to also mention the high stupidity level of broadcasters and sports talk radio. You have to acknowledge sports talk radio is juvenile if you’re going to say players are idiots. If you acknowledge sports talk radio is juvenile, you have to wonder about the people listening to it.