Title in solidarity to the Domebeer-aholics. We support you in your efforts.
That's it, that's all. Moral sustenance should be like cheap soup. Thin.
Well, fuck it, let's offer our two cents. It's a sports radio monopoly in Calgary. We get who we get, in other words. There is no outside force that is going to compel Rogers to make changes with its personnel. If you like to listen to sports radio, your choices are satellite radio, over-the-internet radio (TSN, for example), or the local show. And if you like sports radio and you like the Flames, then the other two choices don't really serve. The consumer is stuck.
So we don't begrudge Kelly Kirch for not making changes to his lineup. Quite simply, he doesn't have to.
Honestly, that is what it boils down to. Until there is another sports radio station in this city, the current one will have no impetus to change.
But again, we want to add our two cents. We have no idea if the new morning show is a hit or not, we don't listen to it for more than 10 minutes most days. Our alarm clocks are still set to it, a holdover from the Mike Richards era. What we do know is that the morning show is now running ads for sex shops and cougarlife.com. While we think that may be a sign they are getting desperate for advertisers, we have not seen the ratings (although a good Domebeer-aholic should email them to us), so we can't say for sure.
Allow us to humbly suggest that maybe it is time to change the personality mix? Unless dildo shop commercials are indeed the advertising clientele that Rogers is seeking to cultivate.
We think it is obviously time that Doug Kirkwood be re-hired. The morning show needs a severe injection of 'zanyness', of fun, and Doug Kirkwood is an already known supplier of these. No need to develop or anything. We would pair Kirkwood with Pat Steinberg. Notwithstanding the wholesome act, Steinberg is Mike Richards. He likes to drink and he likes women (not sure on the gambling). Kirkwood and Steinberg would get the morning show back in the 'zoo' direction. And then dildo advertisements wouldn't seem so out of place.
The afternoon show, if we aren't hiring anybody new (except our Kirkwood exception. HIRE KIRKWOOD!) we would then reunite Boomer and Kerr in the afternoons. Pretty obvious, that one.
Which leaves Walker without a spot. Walker does have one attribute nobody at the station has, and that is he has the best radio voice at the station. Let him use it. Put Walker on updates (and put him on during the weekends, where the current voice guys can't get through a read without making 20 pronunciation mistakes). His voice is best served there. Walker and Rick Lafitte can also go on in the 1 o clock hour. And finally, we would make Walker the host of 'Overtime'. Kerr and Boomer are too veteran to do it, and if we are moving P-Sizzle to mornings, he can't do Overtime anymore. So give it to Walker.
Anyways, those are our thoughts, not yours.
OK, on to what we wanted to talk about.
We like Arizona. We like the people of Arizona. That is our bias.
Jeff Blair is a Toronto coffee house liberal. That is his bias.
This column by Jeff Blair is just stupid. Also, it's prejudiced.
Blair wants to talk about Latinos and immigration. Probably because he is trying to fuck some brainless undergrad.
He writes: "(Arizona's) state’s law that requires all immigrants to obtain or carry immigration registration papers, a handy tool for any police officer interested in doing a little racial profiling."
Which is pretty inaccurate. But that is ok. All people born below the Mason Dixie line are racists, eh Jeff Blair? The Arizona law simply allows for a police officer, when arresting someone, to ask to see the suspects identification. Illegal immigrants who commit crimes are to be deported anyways, and this law allows the officer to identify people as such. It does not, as has been characterized, allow for the state of Arizona to deport an illegal immigrant if he gets pulled over for, say, speeding.
But whatever. Jeff is a liberal lion. He fights back against oppression, be it imagined or otherwise.
Anyways, after showing he can't read a law and calling everyone in Arizona a racist (which, by the way, is really stupid. Who knows if Jeff has ever been to Arizona, or if he has, if he has ever left the comfy confines of Scottsdale, but we actually got a place down in south Arizona. Everyone, or at least a good chunk of the people, in south Arizona are of Mexican heritage. These evil Mexican hating Mexicans and their anti-immigrant laws.), he then goes on to bring up the Gabrielle Gifford's shooting, and tries to link it, somehow, someway, to the immigration issue.
Jeff had a retard sandwich for breakfast, didn't he? Gabrielle Gifford's shooter was a loser left winger. A left winger, Jeff. He didn't shoot Gabrielle Giffords over immigration, he shot her because he was a failure at life, and Marx told him too. Crazy people do crazy things, in other words.
Anyways, why is Jeff Blair mischaracterizing the Arizona immigration law, and trying to tie up the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, which had nothing to do with immigration, with it? Because Jeff wants to imply that Latino players are under threat when they go to Arizona! Watch out for Whitey!
He writes: 'Never mind hoping one of the players has the stones to channel their inner Jackie Robinson or Curt Flood – let’s just hope every Latino player has his handy.'
Has 'his' handy, Jeff Blair? In case someone tries to shoot them for being Latino (in Arizona of all places), or something?
Just stupid. And the Globe and Mail publishes this trash. Hey, it's their reputation.
Jay Feaster spoke.
A quote: "We've seen some good things from some of our kids already at development camp this week. T.J. Brodie is a guy who was knocking on the door last year in camp."
Flames fans, your (figurehead) GM thinks you are stupid.
T.J. Brodie was terrible last year. That's why he lasted about a week in the NHL. He was noticeably playing scared. People play scared when they think they are over their heads. So T.J. Brodie himself thought he wasn't ready, indicated by his play. If we were to be intellectually honest, we would say that isn't quite 'knocking on the door', now is it?
Anyways, don't worry about the fact that this team does not have a 3 or 4 on the blue line. T.J. Brodie is 'knocking on the door' and prepared to play 18 minutes a night. Oh, Butler is here too. He is so good that Buffalo, a team intent on making a Cup run, got rid of him. He can be penciled in for 18 minutes a night, too.
But the money quote is, obviously, "We'll make the playoffs this year."
Fuck, these people just don't get it. The goal isn't to make the playoffs. This year, fine, ok. But the goal of the organization should be to win a championship. Not to simply make the playoffs. Making the playoffs was a laudable goal in the '90's when everyone knew the Flames didn't have the budget to compete for Cups. But now? Now the team is a top spender. The goal, now that the Flames have about as even a playing field as they have ever had, thanks to the CBA, should be to win a Stanley Cup, period.
So no, we aren't going pom-poms over 'We will make the playoffs this year'. They should. They should have made it last year and the year before that, too. Big whoop. If Feaster wants to impress, how about guaranteeing a Cup within, say, the next five years?
Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.