“I gotta be honest with you, when the team loses I hate talking about this football team. And then you lose in epic fashion like you did on Sunday; you’re a bunch of losers and there are a lot of people who need to be called out today.”
That is the opening to Bob Fescoe’s rant on 610 Sports regarding the Chiefs’ recent playoffs loss. I like that Fescoe doesn’t sugar coating anything. He actually went to Indianapolis with a couple other on-air personalities from 610, including Danny Parkins. And I think maybe 610’s Carrington Harrison was also trapped in the car on the way to and from the nightmare.
Fescoe kind of showed his age by complaining about how his younger cohorts spent the entire trip texting or Facebooking during the drive. He said that drove him crazy, while Parkins was upset about Fescoe’s long rants on what must have been an excruciating drive home in really bad weather.
In case you hit your head really hard or something, you probably know the Chiefs blew a 28 point lead and lost their playoff game with the Colts with a final score of 45-44. It was the second biggest playoff collapse in NFL history.
I’ll get back to that.
What’s most important is that while many younger radio listeners have tuned out to what were once their favorite music radio stations, they’re tuning in to sports talk in droves. And as we all know, sports – especially football – is the number one entertainment form in the country.
Case in point, had the Chiefs won they would have faced New England Saturday night and the streets of Kansas City would have been empty. There would have been less traffic than if the polar vortex had dropped four feet of snow. I can’t think of any other event that could accomplish such a feat today.
At long last 610 Sports has found its audience and is growing by leaps and bounds.
The 610 morning show is headed up by Fescoe and Josh Klingler. They’re the station’s elder statesmen and they have a great rapport and come up with unique angles not only on sports but other entertainment news.
Their producer, twenty-something Steven Spector, takes all the calls and is the brunt off many fun-loving jokes and attacks from both Josh and Fescoe. Recently they’ve even had a few big name celebrities on like Tom Arnold and Louie Anderson from Stanford’s.
Fescoe’s clearly a huge Chiefs and Royals fan but isn’t shy about letting listeners know that both teams need to be in the post-season AND win now.
No more excuses.
He’s even said the Chiefs should fire Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton ASAP.
“Somebody has to take the blame for having one of the worst defenses in the NFL,” Fescoe told listeners. “That’s our Chiefs. Even Indy said the Chiefs defense is predictable. He needs to go and I agree.”
Jay’s one of the hardest working sports guys in town and Binkley fills in regularly on other shows when someone is sick or on vacation. You can also see Jay on local television announcing high school football and other sporting events. He’s come a long way in the past two years with 610.
And he can be edgy regarding the ups and downs of both the Chiefs and Royals.
Henry Lake likes to paint a rosy picture as best he can and looks for the cup half full more often than the cup half empty. They have a very upbeat show are not only funny but right on target.
Parkins is on top of everything – from stats to who’s who from both baseball and football. And now that we’re in basketball season, he and C-dot (Carrington’s nickname) are all over that.
I recently learned that Danny and I both when out with the same hot blonde.
Some chick named Kat. And that impressed me. Worse yet, Carrington had more dates with Channel 5’s Kelly Jones than I did – a lot more. I don’t know if that so much impressed me or upset me. Oh well, she’s gone.
Collectively these three teams have listeners calling in all day long.
We’re nearing the end and my goal was to break 60 wins and stay in the 30s on losses.
New Orleans Saints (+14) over the Seahawks on a tease with the Colts (+14) over New England.
San Francisco (+5) over Panthers teased with San Diego (+16) over Denver.
You can hear the entire Fescoe rant on the 610 podcast Monday morning online.
Shameless Comedy Plug
Drop by Stanford’s tonight or Saturday and check out Kira Soltanovich.
She’s been doing the Tonight Show for the last eight years and will make her last appearance January 14th with Jay because he’s leaving. And next week the Legendary Jimmy ‘JJ’ Walker is here, Wednesday through Sunday.
Follow me on Twitter @KCKingofSting and have a great weekend.