OTC: Is Boxing Worthy Of Local Sports Talk Coverage?

 

“Let’s be honest, nobody talks about boxing but me and they want me down there (to watch the pay-per-view fights).”
Steven St. John, on why he attended the Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito fight at a local venue, 810 AM
GH: I am not sure who SSJ is referring to when he says “they” but my guess is the area boxing fans. Read on.
“For those of you that say boxing is dead… YOU ARE F*CKING WRONG!!!! Look at that crowd!”
Steven St. John, on the crowd in Dallas for the Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito fight, Twitter
GH: Boxing might not dead but it’s barely breathing when it comes to popularity. Sure, a marquee fight light this will bring out a crowd and create some buzz but there is almost no media coverage of anything but the very elite fights. The once popular heavyweight division is all but expired. There are fans for every sport but minor sports like boxing don’t deserve air time on local sports radio shows.
“This is why boxing has fallen down the ladder so much. All this damn drama on fight night, are u kidding me?!? Plz, somebody kick someone.”
Jay Glazer, commenting about all the pre-fight ceremonies prior to the fight, Twitter
GH: And Glazer is a huge boxing fan. Even he knows national interest in boxing is circling the drain.
“Absolutely not! Absolutely not! Every time I talked to (Weis) he’s happy. I think all three of the three-headed monster out there of Haley, Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel are all on the same page.”
Tim Grunhard, when asked if there is a problem between Haley and Weis, 810 AM
“We’ve got all these conspiracy theories out there now. Everybody’s trying to make a name for themselves one way or another that they’re breaking the news story, which is a bunch of malarkey. There’s a supposed power struggle (between Charlie Weis and Todd Haley).”
Tim Grunhard, on Nick Wright and Bill Maas reporting that the public bickering between Haley and Weis is causing a problem with the players, 810 AM
GH: I found it interesting the Grunhard would take a poke at his old Crunch Time cohort, Maas. His target may have been the young upstart Wright but Maas is the one with the credibility who is pushing this theory.
“I know it to be a fact. … All the players who have talked to me about it see it on the practice field.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Wright tosses the phrase “I know it to be a fact” with far too much abandon for my taste. He played an audio clip from Vrabel that was supposed to support his bickering theory but all it did was make Wright look like he was reaching. Even Wright admitted Vrabel may or may not have been addressing the supposed issue. There are plenty of solid storylines to pursue about the Chiefs. Wright should concentrate on those and back off looking for the Zapruder film clips.
“What is the hand waving in the face?”
Soren Petro, on many of the Broncos’ skill-position players waving a single hand in their own face to celebrate a big play, Twitter
GH: I took it to mean the Bronco players were delivering a “facial” to the opposition…or maybe a “smell me” message to the Chiefs. Lil’ Wayne has a similar signature move so maybe they are all trying to break into the entertainment biz. Whatever the gesture means, it’s not even close to Benny Thompson’s famous and most creative dog-on-a-hydrant move performed as a Chief on MNF against the Packers in 1993. I still laugh when I think of that pose.
“It’s not mandatory that you shake the other coach’s hand.”
Herm Edwards, 810 AM
GH: I have heard this mention in defense of Haley since he yanked his hand away from McDaniel and pointed a menacing finger at the Broncos’ coach. If you don’t want to shake an opponent’s hand, don’t go looking for him. Haley erred and apologized because I believe he knows he erred. Next time he’ll just head to the locker room.

“This moment will define (Haley). No matter what happens you’ve got to shake the other guy’s hand.”
Jeff Chadhia, NFL reporter for ESPN, 810 AM
GH: I’m not so sure this “moment” will define Haley. It could slip into Chiefs/Broncos lore much like the Elway comebacks and the Montana win but I don’t see this turning into a Woody Hayes moment for Haley.

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9 Responses to OTC: Is Boxing Worthy Of Local Sports Talk Coverage?

  1. olathecat says:

    Shaking hands
    I remember watching Bears/Packers games as a kid and Ditka and Bart Starr hated each other so much that they never shook hands after their games. When the clock hit zero, they each headed straight to their locker rooms.

  2. Cliffy says:

    Bronco hand wave
    WWE rassler John Cena started it long ago … "you can’t see me" … it’s old.

    Just keep beating that handshake drum, Greg (yawn).

  3. Ptolemy says:

    Disturbing
    I’m not sure what disturbs me more, my favorite column leading with a boxing rant (boxing isn’t even popular enough for a rant on its low popularity to get top billing), or that GH knows of a gesture that lil wayne does.

  4. Tim says:

    Once again with the no handshake
    And once again i will bring up Bobo and him doing the same to Snyder. AND once agin you will know I am right and will not comment, just like the other two articles you wrote about it.

  5. Greg says:

    Bobo update
    GH: Tim, Where did you get the idea I am a Bo Pelini apologist? Yeah, I grew up in Nebraska and I am a Husker fan. But I am not your average root-root-root-for-the-home-team kinda fan. Bo is about as crude as they come as far as D1 head coaches and I have stated this in the past. He didn

  6. bschloz says:

    Bo Knows
    Pellini takes the term snot nosed kid to a whole new level.

  7. Rainbow Man says:

    Boxing is cool.. but where is it?
    I love boxing but I have no idea who the contenders are and the fights are inaccessible. I used to buy the fight and have friends over to watch. But who are the fighters and where are they? Boxing is becoming obscure and only for the "in the know" crowd. Bring me a heavyweight bout on HBO with some Don King spin on it and I will watch it. I do not wish to watch a couple of emaciated tatooed Central Americans. Bring the good versus evil heavyweights.

  8. JimmyD says:

    MMA is killing boxing because
    there are many more ways to finish an opponent and they know how to build fights. They create stars with reality tv and give people a reason whether to like or dislike that individual. The UFC dominates PPV buyrates with several huge draws every year. Boxing has two draws right now, Manny and Floyd…nothing else

  9. Tim says:

    Greg…Bobo
    My point is, you dedicated two articles about how Haley is a douche yet I never see you call out Bobo. Hell, even in you comment aboove you justify his behavior by calling it reckless, uncontrolled passion. Passion? Haleyi s a douche but Bobo is "passionate". Do you not even see this?

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