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Watching the Rangers game tonight on TIVO and I am getting a definite grumpy vibe from Rhads n TAG. TAG was touchy about Cookie Time and Rhads went on and on about "Radio talk-show complaints about KIns" popping up all the time and how hard he was working and his uppercut swing wasn't his fault. Kind of funny I guess everyone complaining about Rhads is getting to them.
IIRC, Kinsler stopped appearing on BaD Radio after he grew annoyed at the criticism that followed such baseless remarks as "[the fans] don't want to come out to support us." I know he does Ben and Skin regularly now, but I'm uncertain as to their interviewing M.O. with Ian.
My first thought when Rhadigan was talking about people bashing Kinsler on sports talk radio is that Rhadigan would probably be better off not listening to sports talk radio. Maybe he's a masochist.
I hear you, m. I don't know if the chemistry between TAG and Rhads is better or worse than that between TAG and Lewin. But this season has certainly provided a TON more cringe-worthy moments for the audience than last season did. It seems like TAG has to restrain himself every single time Rhads makes a bone-head call. He used to make a subtle correction for every one of Rhads blunders, but now it seems like he's too frustrated to bother. And TAG lacks the enthusiasm for a big play that he had last year because he can't overshadow the PBP guy who sounds like he is forcing his excitement rather than geniunely being excited.
I have to say this, and I think most of the people on this forum feel the same way. I personally have nothing against Rhads. He was perfectly fine reading a teleprompter in the studio and I think that he was the ideal candidate for hosting Rangers Live. But he will never be an adequate PBP guy because he obviously didn't grow up a true baseball fan. Sure, he knows 90% of the rules and is more than familiar with the team. But when he makes mistakes on the other 10%, he really makes a fool out of himself. Whether it is failure to anticipate a HR off the bat, mixing up R-center with L-center, or not knowing that GiDP cannot result in an RBI, he just lacks the instincts to make the call in a timely manner... Which is something that die-hard baseball fans have no problem with.
The reason Ian doesn't do BaD Radio is because they suck. They're interviews are half-assed filled with "comedy" that only insiders understand. Whether you want to believe it or not, the Ticket doesn't appeal to the mainstream sports talk listener driving on 635. You have to be in the club to understand those guys which is why I can't listen to them. It's unlistenable radio. ESPN is 10 times better than the Ticket and it's a shame they don't get the credit they deserve.
Not only does it hurt fan retention, but it doesn't make any "business" sense, as it can do damage to TV ratings. If a typical company is searching for a new CFO, they aren't going to hire somebody who has been an HR manager for 20 yrs with limited accounting experience, hoping that he will catch on over the course of a year. They are going to hire a CPA with several years of related work experience. It shouldn't be any different here. The front office and FSSW should have determined that Rhads wasn't right for the job after reviewing his work experience, let alone after his pitiful perfomance during Spring Training. That should have been enough to make them beg to have Lewin back. Hell, even Jerry Jones can admit a mistake, fire a slacking head coach, and release TO. And Nolan's ego doesn't even compare to Jerry's.
Speaking of the Cowboys, every season I have to listen to Kenny Albert call 5 or 6 Cowboys games and and I loathe every word that comes out of the man's mouth as he constantly kisses Moose's ass. Then on Saturday, he and TAG call the Rangers/Phillies game and I am RELIEVED to find out that Kenny Albert will be in the booth instead of Rhadigan. TAG and Kenny Albert. Two guys who have probably only met a few times in the past. Yet their chemistry was better than TAG's and Rhad's has been all season. And as much as I despise the sound of Albert's voice, I admit that he still provided a superior viewing experience in a shutout loss to my least favorite NL team than Rhadigan has done for any Ranger win this season. Why? Because Albert has the natural charisma that qualifies him to be a PBP broadcaster. And Rhadigan doesn't. Plain and simple.
David G., I thought the same thing on Saturday. I really don't like Albert...the sound of his voice drives me nuts, like he is being strangled or something. But it was still one of the better broadcasts of a Rangers game that I have seen this year.
I am tired of beating the same dead horse and I am sure everyone is tired of me beating it too. I want to like Rhads and just get over it but no matter how hard I try to tune out his deficiencies and just deal with it, I just can't. As soon as I am starting to think he is coming around, he growls in his loud 'excited' voice AFTER a play/ inning or he calls the bomb that Nelly hit last night a 'fly ball' until it lands 15 rows deep...only then does he growl loudly in excitement. ESPN used to use Lewin's calls behind Rangers highlights all the time, now they use Nadel or nobody. That says something, right? Again, I wish I could just let it go, but I love watching Rangers games every night and he is poisoning that thing I love so much EVERY NIGHT so I can't avoid it no matter how badly I want to. I intentionally don't tune in until around 7:10 so I can avoid the horrific "Time to play ball y'alll" because I am trying to delay the anger as long as possible.
Thank God Josh and Nelly are back...hopefully winning can ease my pain. Or maybe I need therapy.
BAD Radio is the most HARDCORE sports segment that THETICKET has because Sturm is a hardcore sports fan. yeah they do bits but the show is headlined by Sturm and he talks about higher level sports issues than the simple stats and final score and really knows his stuff. Its the best show that that station has IMO and Sturm is the best sports guy the city has....
All one has to do is find out what "radio elites" are allowed to travel with the metro teams and you'll find the 'given' credibility. DFW radio is basically entertainment. Hardcore Sports Talk can't make it full bore in DFW. Mike & Mike aren't local. Norm? too polarizing, as is Galloway. Sturm may be the better part of good sports talk, but he has Dan the Goof, in a yin/yang bit.
There's plenty to listen to, for local... most, as I, just skip around or do more web surfing.BBTiA is a great place, with true fans. MLB.com, is like Match.com of sports yap... *full of fake mulit-profiles and personalities/commenter's- mostly hired - mostly from West Coast, as in Seattle, etc. Strangely at MLB.com, they (he) all leave at the same time, on schedule.It's become Muppet City, with Geppetto the moderator, pulling strings in stealth & free form. Sports yap, in DFW, is a mishmash and cornucopia, in shot gun form. Somehow it finds the target.
The ticket made a decision over 10 years ago they wanted to be a PG Howard Stern talk radio station that feature sports. They moved Durham & Miller to mornings, fired Skip Bayless, moved Norm from 570. Norm has more sports knowledge than anyone in D-FW. That doesn't make him the best radio personality. Sturm is a very knowledgeable & likeable guy, but BaD isn't the more sports driven than Norm's show it's just goes down easier.
I can't resist adding two recent Rhadisms. "Strike three . . . strike two." And, "He now has 37 RBI" (instead of RBIs -- trying to jump in bed with the announcers who were all about "run and hit" rather than "hit and run," and "intercepts" rather than "interceptions." Not getting better.
Pryor, you are right ESPN is the station to go to for sports. The ticket is for laughs, however Norm is mostly sports and BaD Radio is somewhat sports. All of the shows do a checkerboard format in that one segment is sports one is entertainment. The Hardline can be un-listenable at times when Rhyner lets Corby take over, he like Rhads needs to be in small doses. My point was that after I listened to a days worth of pretty pointed critisism of Rhads on the Ticket they come out in your face with cookie talk and Ian is a superstar just misunderstood.
The proper term is RBI, not RBIs. Redundancy is redundant.
Sorry, trey3216, you're just wrong. In baseball, as in all things, common parlance trumps after more than a hundred years.
I'm not just wrong. Runs Batted In, not Runs Batted Ins. It's almost like when listening to an English soccer match and they say "Chelsea have a good team" because they're referring to the collective, not the singular. You have a collection of RBI, not RBIs. Either way, that's how the cookie bounces. I hate Rhads as much as anyone (in the booth, not in general), but I won't nitpick about that because it's technically correct. I've never said RBIs though, that's just how my English go.
Dan McDowell is a sports lightweight with an irritating presentation. He should go back to the front office.
Goodbye RhadZ... it was "real Interesting" while you WERE... the Ranger PBP Guy.
It's perfectly acceptable to say "RBIs"
Would you say: "There were seven POW held captive."
Rhadigan had his shortcomings for sure, but at least stick to the legitimate ones...not nitpicks in which either option is perfectly acceptable both grammatically and in the common parlance of baseball.
1 goose landed on the lake.10 geese landed on the lake.1 deer ran into the woods.13 deer ran into the woods.1 mouse ate some cheese.7 meese ate some cheese.
Wait, what? Damn you, language...
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