Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Updated -- This week's radio segments (The Sports Reporters, The Gas Man, Tony Kornheiser Show)

I made my regular appearance on The Sports Reporters with Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin in the normal timeslot (5:25 ET on Wednesday's) this evening. Click the permalink, then the link below, to listen to the segment on a variety of topics, including the Redskins hiring of Mike Shanahan and the situation with the Wizards' Gilbert Arenas.

Click here to listen to Wednesday afternoon's segment: The Sports Reporters


I also made my regular appearance on The Gas Man at 5:25 PT on Wednesday. In this segment, we spoke about the Redskins, Gilbert Arenas and the Baseball Hall of Fame election.

Click here to listen to the segment: The Gas Man


Thursday morning at 11:05 I made my regular call-in to the newest Tony Kornheiser Show. As usual, it was a good discussion and we had plenty to talk about, including Gilbert Arenas and we spent a large amount of time discussing the BCS/Playoff issue.

Click here to listen to the segment (my spot starts in the first minute): Tony Kornheiser Show


Anonymous said...

I'm not a Seattle guy, but I enjoy those segments with The Gas time you are on there ask him about Seattle (University) - how in the world did they beat Oregon State by 50+? Are they even in a D1 conference yet (not too long ago they were D2, right?)? They do have history, but I didn't know they were back.

Man, PAC 10 basketball is bad bad bad this year. Kind of like ACC football bad.

Anonymous said...

John - Very interesting comments from you regarding Pat Cash and Greg Norman.....any stories you can relate to us that illustrate your point?


Anonymous said...

Hi John. Listening to your suggestion to Tony Kornheiser for a 12-team playoff, and although I agree that such a playoff would be far better than the current money-grab, to me, suggestions for 8- and 12-team playoffs miss the biggest point: unless EVERY team in Division I-A has an equal opportunity to play for a championship, then that championship remains mythical. If each team within a given competitive entity (i.e., Division I-A football) doesn't have the same chance to win that entity's championship, than the entity doesn't really have any competitive integrity. A system that reserves spots in a tournament for 8 conference champs and 4 at-large teams is barely more fair than a system that reserves bowl spots for 6 conference champs and 4 at-large teams. And yes, it seems unlikely that MAC, Sun Belt, and WAC teams would ever be able to beat teams from the other 8 conferences...until we remember that Boise State is in the WAC, that CAA teams can go to the Final Four, that WAC teams sometimes win the College World Series.

I'm ripping off Dan Wetzel's annual column from yahoo sports right now, but a sixteen-team playoff with eleven conference champs and five at-large bids would last the same number of weeks as a 12-team playoff, and, as in a 12-team playoff, the so-called "integrity of the regular season" would be enhanced, not diminished, because teams would be playing for seedings. (So not only would they want to win out, they would want to schedule real teams, to enhance their football RPI, so maybe we wouldn't have any more games against I-AA team.) Programs that thought of themselves as legit national title contenders would all consider a first-round home game against the Sun Belt or MAC champ to be a de facto bye, and most of the time it probably would be, but, as in basketball, the mere possibility of an upset would bring in viewers in droves. My guess is that ratings for a game in which a 16 seed just stayed close into the second half would dwarf those for the vast majority of bowl games.

Thanks for indulging, and keep up the great work; reading this blog first thing when I get to work each day has become one of the highlights of the day.