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memyselfI
12-07-2004, 03:27 PM
I could swear he's made this rant before. Must have been prior to last year's 13-3 fluke season.


http://www.kcchiefs.com/news/2004/12/07/dawes_sports_talk_caller/

DAWES: "SPORTS TALK CALLER"
Dec 07, 2004, 3:12:31 AM by Media Watch by Rufus Dawes

“For people who like this sort of thing, this is just the sort of thing they like.“
- Liz Braun, movie critic


Movie critic Roger Ebert, in a review a couple of years ago of the dreadful movie, Just Married, referred to one of the protagonists – the husband – as “an example of the emerging subspecies Sports Bar Man.” Ebert’s Sports Bar Man has a direct link to Sports Talk Caller. In truth, he is one in the same.

A normal human being, wrote the British novelist and essayist George Orwell, is a mix of the noble and the ignoble, “of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.” Sports Bar Man, or Sports Talk Caller, is what Orwell referred to as the Sancho Panza type, who, he writes, covets “soft beds, no work, pots of beer, and women with ‘voluptuous’ figures.” If Mr. Orwell were with us today he would no doubt see the similarities.

Now, this is not to say that every single person who has ever listened to or hosted sports talk radio, or talk radio of any kind, is a complete idiot. Some of sports talk radio can be entertaining to a wide range of listeners, but know who the projected audience is for such programming.

Sports Talk Caller is ruled by his appetites and inclinations, among them ball – any kind of ball – and the notoriety he believes comes from being heard on the radio. Sports Talk Caller has such a flimsy sense of self that he derives his identity from listening to or being heard on a radio station.

He is capable of detached malevolent humor at the expense of others; indeed, he often relishes these experiences with his buddies. He is typically inarticulate, responding to the talk show host’s most outrageous and antagonistic comments. For his part, the host, who enjoys hanging with Sports Talk Caller and who covets his approbation, seldom talks about issues preferring to stay right on the surface. When he does raise questions he does so most of the time without answering them himself. He more often hollers about what is wrong without suggesting a course of action short of firing someone. In short, he is the ultimate backseat driver who doesn’t have anything to say except that the current driver isn’t good enough.

More often, his talk centers around his obsessions. Irrational obsession is a dominant theme of one Kansas City sports talk show. The show is consumed by a series of unrelated obsessions: the host’s drive to develop a love life, his need to drop names, his dislike or disrespect for one public figure or another, his need for public recognition. Tune in elsewhere and hear another host’s self-absorbed ranting about his favorite college, about conspiracies involving nearly every sports entity, about how he knows things that no one else knows, and so on. Their silly on and off the air arguments about one another resemble two bald men fighting over a comb.

Sport was once thought to bring out the best in people. Sports talk radio does just the opposite. It delights in negativity; it tears down sports institutions and sports people. And it does one more thing: it requires its primary listener, Sports Talk Caller, to pay attention to individuals whose lives are no more interesting than his own.

BigChiefFan
12-07-2004, 03:34 PM
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DAWES: "SPORTS TALK CALLER"
Dec 07, 2004, 3:12:31 AM by Media Watch by Rufus Dawes

“For people who like this sort of thing, this is just the sort of thing they like.“
- Liz Braun, movie critic


Movie critic Roger Ebert, in a review a couple of years ago of the dreadful movie, Just Married, referred to one of the protagonists – the husband – as “an example of the emerging subspecies Sports Bar Man.” Ebert’s Sports Bar Man has a direct link to Sports Talk Caller. In truth, he is one in the same.

A normal human being, wrote the British novelist and essayist George Orwell, is a mix of the noble and the ignoble, “of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.” Sports Bar Man, or Sports Talk Caller, is what Orwell referred to as the Sancho Panza type, who, he writes, covets “soft beds, no work, pots of beer, and women with ‘voluptuous’ figures.” If Mr. Orwell were with us today he would no doubt see the similarities.

Now, this is not to say that every single person who has ever listened to or hosted sports talk radio, or talk radio of any kind, is a complete idiot. Some of sports talk radio can be entertaining to a wide range of listeners, but know who the projected audience is for such programming.

Sports Talk Caller is ruled by his appetites and inclinations, among them ball – any kind of ball – and the notoriety he believes comes from being heard on the radio. Sports Talk Caller has such a flimsy sense of self that he derives his identity from listening to or being heard on a radio station.

He is capable of detached malevolent humor at the expense of others; indeed, he often relishes these experiences with his buddies. He is typically inarticulate, responding to the talk show host’s most outrageous and antagonistic comments. For his part, the host, who enjoys hanging with Sports Talk Caller and who covets his approbation, seldom talks about issues preferring to stay right on the surface. When he does raise questions he does so most of the time without answering them himself. He more often hollers about what is wrong without suggesting a course of action short of firing someone. In short, he is the ultimate backseat driver who doesn’t have anything to say except that the current driver isn’t good enough.

More often, his talk centers around his obsessions. Irrational obsession is a dominant theme of one Kansas City sports talk show. The show is consumed by a series of unrelated obsessions: the host’s drive to develop a love life, his need to drop names, his dislike or disrespect for one public figure or another, his need for public recognition. Tune in elsewhere and hear another host’s self-absorbed ranting about his favorite college, about conspiracies involving nearly every sports entity, about how he knows things that no one else knows, and so on. Their silly on and off the air arguments about one another resemble two bald men fighting over a comb.

Sport was once thought to bring out the best in people. Sports talk radio does just the opposite. It delights in negativity; it tears down sports institutions and sports people. And it does one more thing: it requires its primary listener, Sports Talk Caller, to pay attention to individuals whose lives are no more interesting than his own.

The opinions offered in this column do not necessarily reflect those of the Kansas City Chiefs.


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Prodigiously well-researched, informative and opinionated, Rufus Dawes examines media coverage of the Chiefs and football as well as offering a take on the culture of sports. He writes weekly throughout the season and occasionally during the off-season.

Dr. Facebook Fever
12-07-2004, 03:36 PM
heh heh....you got owned by Denise on this one...



ROFL

Demonpenz
12-07-2004, 03:37 PM
MY TABLE HAS NO SALSA

SPchief
12-07-2004, 03:38 PM
ROFL

morphius
12-07-2004, 03:41 PM
I wonder what he thinks of people that spend their time on internet chat room, or worse yet, people who have the free time to read his stuff on a sports web site...

Of course, most callers do sound like complete moron's, and I hear that Phobia guy sounds pretty gay.

The Bad Guy
12-07-2004, 04:16 PM
Sports Talk radio is the worst enemy of the PR guy.

Which is why Bob Moore writes this shit.

I wish our scouting department spent as much time on their jobs as Moore does reflecting criticism for a 4-8 team.

If they did, we'd have a couple of defensive all-pros.

Dr. Facebook Fever
12-07-2004, 04:21 PM
Sports Talk radio is the worst enemy of the PR guy.

Which is why Bob Moore writes this shit.

I wish our scouting department spent as much time on their jobs as Moore does reflecting criticism for a 4-8 team.

If they did, we'd have a couple of defensive all-pros.
Bob Moore is the real name of Rufus eh? Pussy name.

suds79
12-07-2004, 04:24 PM
What's funny is that if sports talk radio show callers are so low, such scum, then why does he even bother listening to them or better yet, writing a column about them?

A little touchy about the Chiefs now a days isn't he?

The Bad Guy
12-07-2004, 04:42 PM
Bob Moore is the real name of Rufus eh? Pussy name.

Bob Moore is the head of the PR department.

He'll deny he's not Rufus to the highest heavens, but I know he is from people I've worked with.