Ruthless bitch slap or meaningless love tap?
You make the call. With Anthony Weiner‘s package in the rear view mirror, the Royals in the toilet and the Chiefs in limbo it almost had to be a slow sports news week. So much so that the local sports blogosphere jumped for joy over back-to-back call ins by all-but-forgotten former Star sport Jason Whitlock to 610 Sports afternoon host Nick Wright’s show.
Did Whitlock really take Wright "to the woodshed" or "bitch slap" him as one blogger breathlessly panted?
"No way," says KCC movie guy Jack Poessiger who listened to both broadcasts. "He tried, but he never was able to. It was just an on-air stroking of the mind. There was no bitch slapping on either side."
On a scale of one to ten – 10 being a major league bitch slapping, what would Poessiger rate it?
"Oh, maybe a four, or a three. I didn’t think (Whitlock) had much going for him – he was just fishing. I think Nick had the better comebacks. I hadn’t listened to Nick very much before and I was impressed by how intelligent and very well spoken he was."
Marketing maven and Kansas pol Tracy Thomas’s take?
"My answer is a one," Thomas says. "It was just a conversation. It was an interesting conversation, but it wasn’t a bitch slap at all."
The key elements of "bitch slapping" missing from Whitlock’s dialogue?
"Name calling, viciousness, complete putdowns – it wasn’t even clever," Thomas says. "I think Jason was ineptly trying to coach Nick, but it sure as heck wasn’t a bitch slapping.
"I think it was a slow news day and they were bored. Just like Greg Hall making a big deal out of something that he missed the point on – it’s like nevermind."
OK, put yourself in the mindset of the anti Nick Wright dudes who so delighted in Whitlock’s critique.
"You’re a hater and you’re looking for a reason to hate and then you pile on," Thomas says. "You’re like the guy watching a bar fight and you’re not going to join the fight. You’re just going to take a swig of your beer and say you were there."
Bottom line: One thing both agree upon – including Wright’s detractors – is the exchanges were highly entertaining. Which hardly qualifies as "disastrous" or implies in any way that Wright was censured by 610.