talk should be on the air
Where is a good local
sports talk show when you need it?
I mean, weíve got UNH
erroneously nationally ranked number one in I-AA football. The Central
football dynasty is under siege and ó in Pinkerton, Salem and Nashua
North ó it has three more wannabes coming at them next month. West,
which delivered a hit to the Green, is undeniably on the rise. The
Patriots are facing their annual rash of injuries that threaten to wipe
out the year. And the playoff-bound Bengals are moving past the Ravens,
while wearing the ugliest uniforms in sports.
Thatís just football.
Baseball has a wild card race that proves I was wrong and they were
right when they came up with the idea. It looked like the National
League would have the 1967-like race but now the American League has a
Weidacherinan Question floating about: what happens if the Yanks,
Indians and Red Sox wind up in a three-way tie? Then thereís the little
matter of the Yankees and Red Sox hurtling toward Armageddon this
Iím begging some smart
radio tycoon to wake up, smell the Kool-Aid and put on a local sports
talk show. I havenít even gotten to the Monarchs becoming one of those
three jersey teams this year or the F-Cats being on their second owner
already. St. Anselm and SNHU both have legitimate shots to make it to
the Elite Eight. And how can Sean McDonnell be making a lot less at the
U than basketball import Billy Herrion?
Iím talking about a
call-in show with an 800 number so the shut-ins from the fellowship of
the miserable can say their piece. In my (not so) humble opinion, itís a
no-brainer. If someone does see the light and needs a host, hereís how I
might handle it when those knuckle draggers, er, callers are on the
Peterborough: How bad are you going to feel when the Yanks eliminate
the Red Sox in Fenway Park on the final day?
Dave: Well, Phil,
probably not as bad as they felt in Gotham when the Yanks got run out of
their own building 10-3 in the worst big game disappearing act since the
Raiders got smoked by Tampa Bay in the Super Bowl.
Phil from Peterborough:
Then who do you think will win if it gets to a final game on Sunday?
Dave: Well, thatís a
horse of a different color. Especially if you believe in karma, since
Sunday will be the 27th anniversary of the Bucky Bleeping Dent game.
Although when he threw out the first ball in Game Seven last year, it
didnít work too well. Depends on whoís healthy and rested, and if George
can get a last-minute eligibility rule change. Then he can drop the $20
million in walking around money on a spot starter, like Pedro, since he
now lives cross town.
Cheefe Phann, IV from
Durham: Youíre so negative: How can you possibly say the UNH football
team shouldnĎt be rated number one?
Dave: Hold on, Cheefe
... I didnít say they werenít good enough to be number one, and Iím
hoping they will be. But when an I-AA team loses to Auburn, as Western
Kentucky did Saturday, you shouldnít drop in the rankings. Itís not an
indication of I-AA strength. It does work the other way though. I-AA
knocking off I-A says youíre pretty good ó like when the U knocked off
Rutgers to start this little joy ride.
Vincent Sylvia from
Wakefield: Why donít you think the Pats are a dynasty?
Dave: I see a dynasty
as a length of time, not number of titles. Many call the Packers of the
í60s a dynasty. I donít. They had the best one-team football run Iíve
seen, winning five in eight years. But when core guys like Bart Starr,
Forrest Gregg, et al, got old, it crumbled. John Havlicek [Boston
Celtics] bridged the gap from Russell to Cowens. Cowens was there when
Bird arrived and the Celtics kept winning through three generations of
stars. Thatís a dynasty.
Mike from the Ledge,
Litchfield: So, when do you really think someone will be smart enough to
put a local sports talk show back on the air?
Dave: Well, Mike, turns
out Joe Graham at WGIR-AM is a smart guy. Apparently he had an epiphany
in the middle of this column and decided, starting Monday at 6 p.m. on
610 AM (plug, plug) to put just such a show on the air. Either that, or
he really thinks the Yankees are going to beat the Red Sox for the AL
East and wants to gloat about it to a larger audience than just
chortling about it over the PA to the staff like he did last year.
And the part that makes
him really smart is that he put yours truly in the big seat. Gosh, IĎm
flattered. So call me at 645-6161 and let me hear what youíve got, about
these and anything else. Especially the dynasty issue.