Ever have one of those days when the theme song from the Garfield and Friends stuck in your head (because you watched an episode, what, 3 weeks ago? all the incidental music is rushing back now, that’s no good) and that’s a relatively less annoying thing than many others going on. C’mon to the place where the fun never ends…
I listen to the Dan Patrick radio show (over the wherever possible, because before long, all ESPN Radio network shows will be reduced to 2 minute windows on ‘MVP).
Since the World Series, he’s been repetitively talking about a conversation with a player there, who had played for the Cubs and hit less than five home runs, was drug tested 5-6 times, while Sammy Sosa was never tested.
Dan never says the name to conceal the confessor’s identity.
Except, it’s Lenny Harris. It can be no one else. He’s the only guy who was on the Cubs this season and in the World Series. Lenny Harris will talk to anyone – he’s kept around for that, not because he can actually hit or something. It’s blatantly obvious to anyone with a freaking clue.
Dan continues with the description. Oblivious? Annoying!
SAY THE MAN’S NAME ALREADY. He ain’t Beetlejuice or nothing. (I sure hope not, or me typing Lenny Harris will cause him OH NO HE’S HERE)
Either truly conceal the man’s identity (he could’ve said “a well known power hitter who’s been near the top in home runs for the last decade” instead of the tell of Sosa – kinda wrong to be saying what other people are saying Sammy did without actually asking the man himself, too) or just say the guy’s name already. Don’t half do it and pretend you’re not a moron. Because I know. Oh ho ho, I know.
Salisbury dying via laughter on air kinda makes up for it, though. If your last name was Pound, wouldn’t you consciously learn to use “Richard” or “Rich” and definitely not “Dick”? I can’t believe they let a guy with that poor decision making being in charge of something in the Olympics.
The drug suspension system is a utter joke, but I wonder about that % – remember in Spring Training, where a bunch of White Sox were thinking about refusing to take a test, as to assure there’d be enough to get to 5% and make it a permanent deal? They backed down then, but I wonder if that came up during the season again, and we just didn’t hear about it..
Please don’t think I mean that all – or even a great amount of – tests were refused/failed on purpose. Just wonder if ended up playing a part in after all. There’s definitely a division about testing among the players, and it may be the only hope of getting a policy with actual teeth in place.
I’ll actually, you know, talk about the site, give links to stuff you’ve already seen or don’t care about, not hype up my guest writers as much as they deserve and ramble about how the Rundown’s lack of success hurts SmackDown! more then people realize.
But before I forget – I’m incredibly annoyed but sadly not particularly let down by the WWE not mentioning Crash’s death. It occurred to me the other that a great deal of the people who still watch probably don’t even realize that Crash isn’t working for the WWE anymore; he was only gone a few months ago, and guys like Nathan Jones disappear for months on times without any official explanation. Kanyon’s a regular part of the roster, and we can go a month or two without ever seeing him, and that’s just on Velocity. The people who watch SmackDown only probably don’t even know – NWA/TNA’s not that big, and the Internet’s not that big (unless it’s causing a problem.)
The only actual sign that he ever left was his place in the Velocity open being swapped out for Rhyno (I think) a while back.
A large part of the business is based on fans connecting to a character, and if a guy who was a supporting character can not only leave, but die without a trace, without the company meaningfully mentioning the end of your existence, well, it doesn’t say connecting to those supporting people is worth all that much.
Which may not mean much to you, because you’re still watching for Austin or Jericho or Angle or Benoit or (god forbid!) Triple H or not watching at all, but because I’m the guy who watches for people like Crash, like Steven, like Shannon Moore, like Funaki, well, that tells me that I’m watching for no good reason at all.
As if I needed to hear that same message…