Written by: Astro Mike Ganis aka Mike In DA
Date Posted: 6/29/2010
Today’s review is of the John and Lance Morning Show (6-10 am) on KGOW (1560The Game) on Tuesday, June 29.
John said it was okay for players to conspire to play together because they want to win championships, as that’s usually a superstar player’s primary goal (that is, next to hefty paychecks and a plaque at the Basketball Hall of Fame – my words). What ticked off John was the fact that a bunch of teams have to go to Ohio or wherever LeBron will be at the time to “recruit” LeBron. This is just like college hoops recruiting. Maybe LeBron's mom will give soup to the King's suitors.
JG asked Lance which big-name free agent will sign first. JG thinks Amare Stoudemire (New York?) while Lance thinks it’s LeBron.
7:03 – Jose thinks Chris Paul is a better choice for the Rockets than Bosh. Lance thinks Morey will load up to try to get Paul in a sign-and-trade. JG said New Orleans may not trade to a team in its division, but Lance said that is a lot of crap. He sees no problem if a team trades a player to a team in the same division, as long as they got good value for him. He said if the Astros traded Oswalt to the Cubs, he has no problem with it, if they got value in return.
1. He'd move the Super Bowl to Saturday in order to let fans better enjoy the game, since they won't have to worry about work and school the next day. But if the league adds two regular-season games and continues to start the season the weekend after Labor Day, Winston possibly would get his wish, since the Super Bowl would likely land on President's Day weekend, when Monday is a holiday for a number of people.
2. He'd make a radical change to the conference format and schedule, dumping the divisions and having each team play the other teams in its conference once, with one game against a rival from the other conference for a total of 16 games.
There are some potential problems here. First, it would essentially wipe out most interconference play. Second, by putting the top six of 16 teams from each conference into the postseason, the idea of giving every team a plausible path to the playoffs by giving them a one-in-four crack at a division crown is gone. Lastly, division rivalries which make up much of the sport's popularity would be gone under this proposal.
3. Winston wants a larger roster and a minor league. Young players who otherwise sit on the bench would benefit from a chance to use live reps against other NFL-caliber players as a way to improve.
4. Winston favors a sensible rookie wage scale. He proposed a four-year deal for first-rounders and three-year contracts for rounds two through seven, with no franchise tags or other restrictions. I don’t expect that to happen unless in exchange for that arrangement, all player salaries are reduced.
At 8 AM, John finally mentioned the Astros’ 9-5 win last night when he gave the day's Sports headlines, which weren't that many.
8:04 – Alex said safeties’ should count more than two points. Lance disagreed, saying that the team gets the ball back in decent field position after the safety. I e-mailed in some interesting data on safeties, but the guys never read it over the air. But Lance did get to read Rene’s e-mail that his wife had searched “Cristiano Ronaldo – Nude” and he didn't know if he should confront her about it.
The 8:30 segment got back to NBA free agent talk between the guys. It’s 8:30 now, so the phone calls should pick up according to Lance’s earlier statement.
In the last two segments, Brian McTaggart, the Astro beat writer called in from Milwaukee to discuss the Astros. JG said it’s a shame how much the Astros have fallen over the past several years.
9:39 – John called in to ask Brian how serious are the Astros at trading big-name players like Oswalt, Lance Berkman, etc. Brian said the Astros want a lot for Roy and won’t take on salary unless it’s someone really attractive.
The show started off with a lot of energy with Lance calling out Chris Bosh and Eric Winston had some good interesting ideas during his segment that will probably never happen, but the show then started to bog down after that.
Once again, the callers failed to show up. A talk show usually gets the calls it deserves. If the host(s) are informed, entertaining host(s), they get informed entertaining calls. And vice versa. It adds to a show when there are callers, especially knowledgeable ones. Even unknowledgeable ones sometimes. At the end of the show, Lance personally thanked the callers, all half-dozen of them.
80-89 Very Good
60-69 Below Average
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