Contrary to your own opinion, of course. Hey, that’s understandable.
Who does whoever it is think they are? What kind of journalism is that, letting a die hard KU fan air his thoughts in a public forum? And what does an effing comedy club owner know about sports, anyway? On and on it goes.
Well, newsflash: what does anybody really know about sports?
It’s not like there’s a gene or academic degree that somehow endows someone with the ability to divine the truest essence of football, basketball or soccer.
Unless of course the so-called “expert” happens to be a learned player of the game, like Matt Donnelly. But does that rule out former yell leaders like Kevin Kietzman of WHB sports talk radio?
Face it, the gift of gab or the ability to write and a basic interest in the subject at hand is easily amounts to the lion’s share of the “sports expert” game.
St. John’s ticket to ride was being hired for peanuts by another talk radio ingenue named Greg Hall, who went by handle Husker. I helped convince the Star to let Greg write a weekly soundbites column which lead to the shortest career in the history of talk radio before Hall was fired by the WHB guys for joking about former Chiefs QB Len Dawson and announcer Bill Grigsby.
Yep, the big, bad, self-proclaimed local sports talk radio kings were such wussies they didn’t dare risk offending a couple of over-the-hill sports oldsters .
That left MU Dog – a glorified intern – to pick up the pieces on Hall’s newly-minted radio show and later try to keep former Star sports scribe Jason Whitlock on message and out of trouble. Whitlock’s subsequent free agency again left the Dog in the catbird seat at WHB and the rest is history, as they say.
Rendering St. John’s status as a sports expert basically accidental.
Practically everybody in the Star sports department felt that Hall was a poser who didn’t deserve to be there. But you know what? Hall could write and he had a clever way with words and taking soundbites out of context and then making fun of or hammering them.
Posing the question of whether this green thumb gardener-turned software staffer is God’s gift to sports journalism?
You make the call.
Kevin Kietzman, Brandon Leftridge, Gary Lezak, Greg Hall, Steven St. John, Craig Glazer, Brett Mosiman – who among them are the least or most worthy? Obviously those of them that are fortunately enough to land full time jobs pursuing their hobby have the upper hand information-wise.
I say, take your pick – it’s more fun to hate on them anyway, isn’t it?