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Five things I hate about Mut & Merloni

Posted by bdowd625 on November 16, 2011

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It’s time to debut a new feature here at Ramble On, one I’d like to call “Five Things.” Today’s edition centers around Mut & Merloni, WEEI’s midday radio show. I was driving around earlier this afternoon, doing my usual flip-flopping between WEEI and 98.5 The Sports Hub, when I landed on Mike Mutnansky and Lou Merloni bitching about David Ortiz’s contract situation. The duo was having the most pathetically bland conversation you could possibly imagine, which prompted me to come up with my inaugural topic for “Five Things.” Away we go:

* Merloni brings zero to the table except for a little bit of baseball knowledge, and even that’s sketchy at best. He often provides more questions than answers. Hey, Lou, we’re listening to you to get some insight on the local sports teams, not to hear the following: “What’s going to happen in the Red Sox clubhouse next year? Will there still be beer? Will the starting pitchers be forced to sit in the dugout all game? Will I still have a job at this radio station next year? I really don’t know. We’re just going to have to wait and see.” Here’s an idea. Get off your ass and go find out for us.

* Mutnansky would rather talk to New England’s pro athletes about their Twitter accounts instead of asking actual thought-provoking questions. “Hey, Patrick Chung, why haven’t you tweeted about the Oregon Ducks’ latest crappy uniforms?” Newsflash, Mut. No one gives a shit.

* Troy Brown always has to be in studio when they interview any of the Patriots, because he’s the only one who has a clue about football. Thank God we don’t have to listen to the two of them talk to Bill Belichick. That would be unnecessarily painful.

* The constant references to the University of Connecticut (Mut’s alma mater) and Providence College (Merloni’s) make me sick. Congrats, guys, you went to college. So did most of us – we just don’t get paid six figures a year to lull people to sleep on the radio every day.

* The Penn State scandal has forced these two to recycle and regurgitate the same played-out news that we’ve been hearing for the last two weeks. Why don’t you try to focus on a new viewpoint when it comes to this topic? Nevermind, I just changed the station.


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A tale of two pitchers

Posted by bdowd625 on August 31, 2010

Words can’t even begin to express how deliriously happy I am right now, and, miraculously, it’s because of something the Red Sox did. Boston traded reliever Manny Delcarmen to the Colorado Rockies earlier today, bringing an end to a six-year reign of terror in the bullpen. On the surface, Delcarmen’s story is one you can get behind. He’s originally from Hyde Park, a hometown kid playing out his baseball dreams down the street at Fenway Park. But before I start to sound too much like Bill Reynolds of The Providence Journal, I’ll snap you back to reality. Delcarmen was AWFUL with the Sox. I can remember maybe one span – one! – during his time in Boston where I felt confident when he came into a game. For the majority of his time here, though, it’s been a bunch of 90-mph fastballs right down the dick that ended up getting swatted into the bleachers. Good riddance, Manny. I can’t wait to see how far those gopher balls travel in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.

At the opposite end of the spectrum we have Pedro Martinez. Martinez did an interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub tonight, bringing back fond memories of his ridiculously dominant run as a member of the Red Sox. Chances are we’ll never see anyone else like Pedro again and, honestly, I’m OK with that. In his prime, there was no one better. I’ll forever be thankful for what he and his teammates did in 2004 to end an 86-year World Series drought. Pedro genuinely enjoyed pitching in Boston and watching him was something I won’t soon forget.

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WEEI vs. 98.5 The Sports Hub – Who ya got?

Posted by bdowd625 on August 10, 2010

There was a great article in yesterday’s Boston Globe about the ongoing battle between WEEI and 98.5 The Sports Hub, the two sports radio powers in the region. Apparently The Hub has stolen a lot of the old establishment’s listeners since hitting the airwaves a year ago, leaving WEEI to fudge some of its ratings numbers. I can’t tell you how happy this whole thing makes me. I absolutely LOATHE Dennis & Callahan and The Big Show with Glenn Ordway, two staples in WEEI’s lineup that I think everyone would be better off without.

WEEI’s only saving grace, in my opinion, is the midday show, Dale & Holley. Dale Arnold might be a know-nothing blowhard, but Michael Holley is all right in my book. He has the newspaper background and inside contacts that make him much more knowledgable than his counterpart. Other than that, I’ve officially converted into a Sports Hub believer. They’re funnier, less political and they don’t act like they’re better than everyone that calls into the station. It’s a breath of a fresh air and I hope they continue to swindle listeners from The Dark Side.

What are your thoughts?

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This is the face of a broken man

Posted by bdowd625 on December 23, 2009

Hey guys hey. I want to start out by saying that I never used to mind Gary Tanguay. Then again, we were never inundated with the guy like we are now. Everywhere you turn, this surly character seems to have his paw prints all over the Boston sports scene. It’s one thing to be dedicated and thorough in your work, but my God, does Tanguay ever take time off?

Here’s a typical day in the guy’s life:

6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – Listen to 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich eviscerate him, while using his audio clips to mockingly interview unsuspecting guests.

9:00 to 10:00 a.m. – Prepare for his midday show with that idiot Scott Zolak on 98.5. Zolak might be the only member of the Boston sports media that’s even more intolerable than Tanguay himself. Oh wait, I forgot about WEEI’s John Dennis, Gerry Callahan, Glenn Ordway, Steve DeOssie and Fred Smerlas. My bad, fellas.

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Talk over Zolak for four hours, while Zolak pretends he knows something about the Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics. Hell, Zolak was a backup quarterback for the Patriots when they were downright awful, so how does he suddenly become knowledgeable enough to talk about all four of the major sports? Listening to him talk all day would wear me out too if I were Tanguay. But I digress.

2:00 to 6:30 p.m. – Prepare for Sports Tonight on Comcast. I think Tanguay might have taken a minute or two off to snort a Pixy Stick and hit the bathroom in there somewhere, but I’m not positive.

6:30 to 7:00 p.m. – Shoot the live edition of Sports Tonight with “fill-in-the-blank idiot” as his co-host.

7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. – Provide pregame, halftime and postgame coverage for the Celtics game. Donny Marshall talks, while Tanguay tries not to slip into a coma or go postal on everyone on the Comcast set.

12:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. – The robot goes home, plugs himself into a wall to recharge for six hours and repeats the previous routine all over again the next day.

Wow, that took a lot out of me just writing it, so I can only imagine how Tanguay feels living through it each and every day.

I’ll conclude with this. Tanguay is lousy at his job to begin with, but when you’re only on TV every so often your flaws aren’t as magnified. With all Gary Tanguay all day, though, his shortcomings are there for all to see. And I’m starting to get sick of it. Take an extended vacation, pal. And just make sure that moron Zolak goes with you.

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