It's comforting to see ESPN's Colin Cowherd as a mutant, mainly because he acts like one. But he's also an incarnation of a whole horrible and highly successful way of thinking, talking, and yelling about sports. None of it is good, but the last bit's worse.
More than perhaps any other sport on television, golf is a visual experience. It's the same way on an actual course. So why would there even be a radio broadcast of the Masters? And who would've imagined that it would be so illuminating and even fun to listen to?
It seemed reasonable to expect a mess from FYI, the low-budget "vodcast" hosted by former Detroit Tigers misfits/miscreants Dmitri Young and Robert Fick. But while the show itself was kind of a mess, it was also oddly earnest and endearing. And that was before they started telling Matt Anderson stories.
Mike Francesa is not just the most powerful and self-confident and ham-like personality in sports radio, although he is that. He's also a recognizably New York type, and a state of mind. So, yeah, definitely someone worth talking about.
A couple weeks ago, human veal chop and sports radio legend Mike Francesa was screaming like someone who really cared about the New York Mets. Yesterday, he fell asleep on camera while a guest talked about the New York Yankees. It's all pretty much the same for this guy.
On his long-running, wide-ranging radio show, Jean Shepherd talked about whatever he damn well pleased, however he felt like doing it. Occasionally, all that eloquent rambling led him to Shea Stadium, and the Mets.