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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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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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A few quick Red Sox notes…

Posted by bdowd625 on July 18, 2010

*  Boston’s 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers last night was HUGE. Yes, it was only one game, but wins like that have a way of turning things around. The Sox were in danger of falling to 51-40 – a measly 11 games over .500 – and surely the complaints about their lackluster lineup would have grown even louder. Instead, Kevin Youkilis saves Boston with a clutch two-out double off of Cliff Lee in the ninth, and wins it with a sacrifice fly in the 11th.

John Lackey actually pitched well for once – hanging with the devastatingly filthy Cliffy from the start – and the bullpen did its part with scoreless innings from Daniel Bard, Jonathan Papelbon and Manny Delcarmen (surprise!). All in all, it was an excellent win at a dire time.

*  Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett both had rehab starts for Pawtucket this weekend, and neither was overly impressive. Buchholz got knocked around a little bit, only threw 33 strikes out of 60 pitches and committed a balk. Beckett, meanwhile, said he wasn’t as sharp as he wanted to be. And here we are getting excited about their imminent returns to the big club. Maybe it’s not going to go as smoothly as we had all hoped.

*  This last point is in response to a reader comment (which we would like more of, so please send us your thoughts) about Jerry Remy. Remy – a Red Sox legend – has been in the broadcast booth since the late 1980s and recently overcame a bout with cancer. The reader wondered who would be next in line to replace Remy as color commentator when he calls it quits, ultimately saying he thought Lou Merloni would be his successor.

Merloni, a local guy and former Red Sox infielder, has been a mainstay on WEEI’s The Big Show during the last few years and has made a pretty smooth transition from player to media member. He’s definitely a viable option because he knows the game and the ins and outs of the organization.

To that end, Nomar Garciaparra would also fit the bill. Garciaparra’s departure from the team at the trade deadline in 2004 was unceremonious, so it would be hard to see the team bringing him back in any capacity, let alone having him in the broadcast booth every night. But Garciaparra has also made the transition into the media – taking an analyst position with ESPN – so it’s hard to rule him out completely. He has the exact type of charismatic phoniness that would make him a great commentator.

And finally, for my sleeper pick for the job: Kevin Millar. Millar has the personality and knowledge of the game to be a great color guy. The only problem? He may be too much of a clown. Millar, who created the “Cowboy Up” slogan back in 2004, was the perfect guy to help Boston end it’s 86-year World Series drought. But can he be professional enough to be taken seriously in the booth? That remains to be seen. Still, he’s made some appearances in studio on NESN and Fox and brings the right presence to the broadcast. Maybe I’m just seeing him through rose-colored glasses because he was part of my favorite Red Sox team of all time.

So who do you think will end up replacing Jerry Remy when he finally decides to hang it up? Leave your suggestions here.

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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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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.

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