Forgot to mention that I dig ESPN using the Clash's "Train in Vain" as the background music on Rome's promo. Can't go wrong with that.
And I love hearing the Replacements' "My Little Problem" as a bumper on his radio show when I get to hear it, which isn't often as where I work, I can't pick up any AM stations (Deep inside a large building).
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On the road, I often try to catch Rome's show. Just awesome. I've been to both his Green Bay and Madison tour stops...simply epic. One of the best times me and a buddy have ever had. Of course, the tailgating and liquor (no-selling stupid Dane County ordinances RULES) might've helped. :-)
I highly recommend The Jungle...can't wait for his ESPN show. Betcha Fox Sports Net execs are cursing under their breath, though.
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Originally posted by odessasteps I still don't like Around the Horn.
I think it's a waste of Ryan and Charley Pierce.
At least they have the sense to use Ryan instead of Shaugnessy from the Globe.
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... Rome's radio show is great from about :07 to :15 of each hour, when he has a chance to just comment on sports -- without the phone calls and inane athlete interviews. If he limited calls to just 10 minutes per hour, and limited his interviews to zero (except for guys like Mark Grace), it would be a terrific show.
He knows a helluva lot more about sports than he lets on, and you find that out when you get a chance to just yap with him off the air -- which was possible when he limited his tour stops to Southern California. The lowest common denominator makes him the money, and he knows how to simplify his takes in order to cater to them.
I love Kornheiser, don't get me wrong, but the skits of his people mocking Rome are utterly pathetic and I'm surprised he associates himself and his show with them. What's Rome ever done to Kornheiser?
Anyway, it'll be interesting to see what kind of format Rome's new show will have. Yeah, I'll be watching.
History IQ was like an automatic 'must-watch' show for me. It took a bit to get used to Marc Summers as a serious game show host (if you've ever seen him hugged by slime-covered contestants on Double Dare, you'd understand my difficulty too)