Ramble On Sports

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The Million-Dollar Man? Go figure.

Posted by bdowd625 on March 3, 2009


I’m not breaking any new ground here with this post, but something that Chad Finn (Boston Globe) wrote on his OT blog caught my attention last week. It seems Mr. Finn has taken issue with Sports Radio WEEI and what the station considers to be quality programming.

All I can say is, thank you, Chad. I have waited for someone with some credibility to give the personalities on that station the tongue-lashing they deserve. And I’m not talking about Dale & Holley (by far my favorite show during the week), nor am I referencing Dennis & Callahan (though I do get a little sick of their frequent conservative tirades). I am, of course, talking about The Big Show with “The Big O,” Glenn Ordway. As many of you said in the Comments section of Finn’s blog, the yelling and screaming over one another on that show has caused my ears to bleed on more than one occasion. Not only are they loud, but they also spew meaningless drivel. How many morons does it take to talk sports? Apparently three, as long as Ordway, Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie are in-studio. And when it comes to Pete Sheppard, well, I’d never bash a fellow Bishop Hendricken grad.

But seriously, what’s the deal with those three? Between Ordway mouthing off, Smerlas pining to get into the NFL Hall of Fame and DeOssie talking about his son, I’ve just about had enough. Luckily for them I keep tuning in to listen to… Oh wait, there’s nothing of value there whatsoever. Thank God I have plenty of Pink Floyd in the car to fill the time.

When Ordway was in a contract dispute with the station at the end of 2008, I only hoped that the station would decide to head in another direction. Instead, they brought Ordway back for a million dollars a year. To steal a line from SNL’s Amy Poehler and Seth Myers, Really? You’re going to bring back this loud-mouth blowhard to keep clogging up your airwaves? Really? What does he bring to the station again? Let me know when you find out.

Just look at that face up there. That’s the kind of image that haunts small children in the night. Certainly not the mug of someone who should be earning a million dollars a year.

For some reason, though, people just keep listening to this guy and his cronies. I, for one, have had enough. Too bad the suits at WEEI don’t feel the same way.


3 Responses to “The Million-Dollar Man? Go figure.”

  1. P. Diddy said

    Look, at the end of the day, people in this state have no choice but to listen to WEEI if they want a sports fix…..that is, unless they want to spend some cash.

    BD, seriously, send the money and get Sirius. You can still listen to Dale and Holly (two of the best talk show personalities on the air, period) and you get Mad Dog in the afternoon.

    I like The Big Show a lot, but only when they are tackling serious subjects with serious tones. Too often, the show becomes a shouting match and that’s not fun for anyone.

    At the end of the day, though, the lack of FREE options all but forces people to tune in for their sports fix and as long as that happens, WEEI’s afternoon drive show will continue to be #1 and as long as that happens, the Big O is going to be paid whatever he wants to keep it that way.

  2. Buff1 said

    I am a WFAN addict. I love sports talk radio — but hate Mike Francessa ‘s show. Arrogant and abrasive when confronted and disagreed with, he is pompous. However, he does get good ratings so I am somewhat alone in my disapporval. That is unfortunately the lay of the land (and not Paris Hilton) — listeners (and I do listen) pay the freight and conflict and loudness and audacity get ratings- me, I prefer considered discussion

  3. cjflan32 said

    I choose to listen to music or Buddy. Dale and Holley the exception I can’t stand WEEI. It’s a tossup between who’s a bigger bunch of idiots, the callers or the hosts. ESPN Radio on AM 1450 is trash too, especially Mike & Mike.

    However, I do prefer them to the imbeciles that used to be on in RI. Cordischi, Morey, Gresh, Zolak, all horrible. Cordischi’s Saturday radio show is a waste or air time.

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