by Ryan Meehan
Almost every sports fan has listened to sports talk radio at some point. I’m a huge fan myself, and one of the shows that I’ve been listening to pretty religiously over the past few years is the Dan Patrick Show on Fox Sports Radio.
Like most guys my age, I grew up watching Dan on SportsCenter next to Bob Ley, Craig Kilborn, or someone as equally crocked enough to do the sports news at One AM after the only goddamned Padres game of the year on Sunday night finally wraps it up in extra innings. I’ve always been a huge fan of his because I think he has a great voice, great camera presence, and asks great questions. But lately…(Actually, it’s been going on for quite some time now) I’ve been having a problem with the content of Dan’s radio show.
Patrick decided that in 2007 that he could go elsewhere and maintain a stable career in sports broadcasting. That’s legitimate and he had every right to see what was available to him elsewhere. But within about a couple years after he’d been separated from ESPN, he was on the air almost everyday bashing them and using a lot of terminology that most people don’t understand because most people don’t get the chance to work for the biggest sports television channel in the world.
Then, he started referring to them on his radio show as “The Mothership”, and “The Four Letter”. It seemed funny the first couple of times, but then he started to really, REALLY sound bitter and he hasn’t stopped. Part of it may be some kind of psychological thing where people enjoy hearing a guy talk shit about his old boss. If that’s the case, I get, it’s just a tired angle.
Now I’m not pretending to know any of what the unprinted or communicated facts about why he has such a hatred for them in the first place. I would think all sports being exciting would be great business for everybody, and nobody that listens to Patrick’s show will even stop watching ESPN to begin with, so what difference does it make?
The point here is, we’re losing content. Yes, I’m complaining about the aggregate content of free radio and I realize that’s completely ridiculous. But seriously, when there’s all sorts of developments all around the world in sporting events, wouldn’t you want to go into that instead of complaining about your ex-employer to a bunch a listeners who for the most part have no idea what the hell you’re talking about?
Don’t bite the hand that fed you. You can’t expect that hand to keep feeding you once you’ve eaten everything.
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