“You sound like a deep philosopher.”

So there me was (to quote a caveman in an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force) just now listening to sports radio, specifically to Mike and The Mad Dog doing an interview with Tiki Barber. And Christopher Russo says this to Tiki: "You sound like a deep philosopher." And I lose it. Spit take, coffee over the computer screen, and I realize it is for moments like these that I listen to sports radio. The Mad Dog was trying to say that Tiki seemed very thoughtful. In Russo’s world, thought equals philosophy, and so we get "You sound like a deep philosopher."

I learn nothing when I listen to the radio these days. New York sports radio is bereft of insight and interesting analysis, but I say who cares! It is purely an aesthetic experience to listen to this show and others like it. When I want a distraction from all the anxiety and stress (and booze is not an option), sports radio does the job of shutting off my brain. So, call me a phillistine. Call me a sports reactionary. Call me the reason why sports discourse in America is immature and stupid. But I can’t help myself. Mike and the Mad Dog are a necessary part of the my daily grind.

What? You disagree?

17 comments… add one
  • Not one bit, Nick.
    I listen to EEI, and the Denver station all day while in the lab. Sometimes, I’ll not even hear it; filler noise is probably a better description. I don’t know that if I listened seriously I could handle the eight straight hours of HGH talk and Michael Vick. It’s a way to hear something that is out of the norm of a business day without really getting away, and it’s a way to stay at least quasi-informed about whats going on while at work.
    FWIW, the callers who call these morons are the absolute best. One can never feel better about himself upon hearing some guy from Salem or Washington Heights(sorry, Nick) complaining about Chad Pennington or Rodney Harrison (who is also, undoubtedly, a cheater and should be treated such), and how the Giants or Yankees suck.
    I love it. It’s so stupid that it’s hilarious. But, then I spend half a day here while not working, so who am I to talk…ha.

    Brad September 7, 2007, 5:10 pm
  • Speaking of Denver…. Where are you Spidey? A new chapter opens on half of this years AFC championship game on Sunday!

    Brad September 7, 2007, 5:12 pm
  • I disagree – I wrote this recently here and got critiqued for it, but I find Mike and the Mad Dog full of good debate and even some insight into sports. Russo is about as articulate as my pet cat, and is more a foil for Francesa than anything else, but I much much much prefer these two to almost any other sports show I listen to.
    What bothers me much more is stupid personal cutesy jokes like you get on Mike an Mike in the morning on ESPN radio – a show that spends AT LEAST 50% – and that is no exageration – on stupid cracks and running jokes about respective hair-dos and hygiene of the hosts. Mike and the Mad Dog do interesting interviews with athletes, managers, and others in the sports world and I have to admit to enjoying the call-ins. Nothing like Vinny from the Bronx calling.
    So while I agree that Russo can be idiotic to a startling degree, I like that show probably more than any other in the NY area.

    IronHorse (yf) September 7, 2007, 5:12 pm
  • ugh…sorry, IH. ha.

    Brad September 7, 2007, 5:14 pm
  • On the ATHF note:
    “What happened to courtesy? Did it just…disappear?”

    QuoSF September 7, 2007, 5:14 pm
  • nice, Quo.

    Brad September 7, 2007, 5:16 pm
  • I think we agree, IH, at least to a degree. For one thing, they have access to a lot of people in sports because they are hugely successful. So, undoubtedly you’ll get interesting interviews from people like Tiki or a David Stern or a Brian Cashman just because these people will come on their show to reach a big audience. And I much prefer the show to Mike and Mike, although Mike is sometimes insightful. But, the banter between the two is pretty weak. No, Mike and the Mad Dog are incomparable in that regard. They are like an old married couple, or a comedy duo who are so what they are, it is impressive.

    Nick-YF September 7, 2007, 5:17 pm
  • Okay, time to leave work and be a fanboy for a few hours, with my other group of fanboy friends, while being fanboys who drink beers. Then tomorrow, I’m doing some fanboy Walleye fishing, so have a good couple games everyone!

    Brad September 7, 2007, 5:17 pm
  • What’s funny (to me) is I was going to make a joke about talking to Brad being like pulling truth from a slaveboy’s mind. But since I knew he would never get it (and get enraged at the mention of a slaveboy), I quickly deleted it.
    Philosophy and baseball belong together. There’s enough time for it between pitches.

    Pete September 7, 2007, 5:22 pm
  • Brad, be sure to get down on yourself if you catch *only* a 30-pounder tomorrow, and analyze the reasons for it objectively.
    Happy fishing.

    IronHorse (yf) September 7, 2007, 5:23 pm
  • I agree 100%, Nick.
    The other thing I find absurd about sports talk radio (and talk radio in general) is that 99% of hosts have accepted the conventional wisdom that the way to boost ratings is to pick just one or two ideas per hour, and to repeat them over and over and over and over again.
    Mike and the Mad Dog do it. Jim Rome (sp?) does it. Right-wing talk show hosts do it.
    Perhaps they just lack enough ideas to fill each hour. But I get the sense that this is a conscious choice… They figure people either don’t tune in for more than 10 minutes at a time, or else they think we’re so dense that we won’t get the point unless they hammer at it relentlessly, without adding any depth or nuance on each iteration, all through the segment.

    Anonymous September 7, 2007, 5:27 pm
  • Nice, IH.

    Devine September 7, 2007, 5:29 pm
  • Nick, Agreed – but I also have to admit that I like the fact that Russo hates the Yankees so much because a. it makes for good banter, b. they consistently do well so he usually ends up eating crow, and c. he will whale on Cashman’s decisions, including with Cashman on the line, in a way that makes for very interesting debate (I still remember him killing Cash on the “I don’t trade for Bobby Abreu if Cory Lidle isn’t in the deal also”).
    On the Tiki thing, is it true that Troy Aikman said that Tiki was one of the reasons the Giants didn’t win more in his lasst year with them?? I heard this while listening to – yes, I admit it – Mike and Mike in the Morning today. If that’s true, OUCH. That is not something guys usually say so openly about each other and I think coming from Troy it would hurt a bit more – he is not the spouting type and is I think pretty respected league-wide. Tiki’s transition to commentary certainly seems rough. But can anyone verify that Aikman actually said this?

    IronHorse (yf) September 7, 2007, 5:29 pm
  • Never get it?
    Wait, I don’t get it:)

    Anonymous September 7, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • I personally love Mike & Mike in the Morning. I realize that I usually learn absolutely nothing new from it except when Golic is giving some insights into what it’s like to actually play football, and the only baseball analysis they ever have is from Steve Philips *gag*, but sue me — I enjoy their banter and humor. It’s a nice, mellow way to start the day…

    Paul SF September 8, 2007, 4:26 am
  • Sports radio is a nice diversion at times. For me, when I drive home to Boston I switch to EEI (which I generally detest) for the familiar names of Boston athletes, for the banter about the teams I love. But it’s a limited fascination. Within a few minutes there is usually a call from some lunatic suggesting the Sox trade some scrub for Miguel Cabrera, and then my brain explodes. Living in New York, the diversion is really only truly enjoyable when the Yankees aren’t doing so well, and that hasn’t worked out very well for, oh, about a decade.
    One thing I really don’t like about sportsradio: Mike and the Mad Dog discussing golf.

    SF September 8, 2007, 8:15 am
  • My guilty please with Mike and the Mad Dog is when they talk about movies. It just blows my mind every time.
    Mike- “‘Seabiscuit’ is one of these award films, you know?”
    Dog- “Right. So there’s gonna be alot of the talking scenes?”
    Mike- “Right. But, it’s not that they don’t have the race scenes, but you’re gonna get alot more of the personal stories of the guys…you know the jockey was an alcoholic–”
    Dog- “–I didn’t know that–”
    Mike- “–he had some kind of vision problem…you know, all kinds of things he had to get thru to ahh, you know, get him to the point where he’s winning the race with Seabiscuit. So, there’s going to be alot of that stuff. It’s got an A-List cast–”
    Dog- “–that Tobey MaGwire’s in it. I don’t know much about him–”
    Mike- “–he was in the Cider House Rules–”
    Dog- “–Which I didn’t see but I heard good things about–”
    Mike- “–he was very good in that. Very good. Then you have Chris Cooper. He was in ‘American Beauty’–”
    Dog- “–Which I didn’t see but people seem to love it–”
    Mike- “–it’s a very good movie..”
    and on and on.

    walein September 10, 2007, 5:36 pm

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