NY Sports Radio Lacks IntelligenceNovember 20, 2009
Daily News media critic Bob Raissman loves to call New York Sports Radio as the Valley of the Stupid. He use that moniker on them for the way the hosts and callers act stupid on the radio.
It's been years since this New Yorker listened to sports radio. He stopped listening in 2000 after he got tired of hearing ignorance from the fans and the talk-show hosts when it comes to sports in this city.
Surfing through the message boards the other day, the drive-time talkies on WFAN and WEPN talked about how they encouraged Allen Iverson to go play for the Knicks by saying the team has nothing to lose by going after him, and fans drink it up.
No wonder New York sports fans get their stupidity.
One wonders if these hosts did their research about Iverson in the last few years. All they said was that Iverson would create a buzz to an irrevelant team, so he's worth the signing.
If that's their reasoning to get him, well, then it shows that sports radio lacks credibility.
It's disappointing to hear alleged basketball junkie Brandon Tierney campaigning for Iverson, but then Tierney is not exactly the smartest guy on talk radio, and it shows if anyone watched him on Sportsnet New York's Wheelhouse.
Michael Kay said those exact same words along with Mike Francesa.
Talkies always talk about buzz when they need to sign a player. It should never be about that.
Iverson showed in the last couple of years that he offers nothing to a team. He never adapted well playing for couple of great teams, and he struggled to fit in with the team.
His skills deteriorated to the point he does not have the blazing speed to get past defenders. That happens when he took so much beating on his body by exerting himself a lot in his first few years in the league.
So in that regard, it's funny to hear these well-paid hosts talk about why Iverson would be valuable. No one is going to get excited to see a washed-up guy doing nothing on the court no matter how much he accomplished something in the game.
It makes one wonder why sports radio attract folks when these hosts don't know what they are talking about, and we see this too often from them. They act like cheerleaders when they talk about teams in town; often times, they show lack of knowledge about the other teams.
The hosts showed zero respect to the other teams during the Yankees playoff run. It was all about Yankees good and everyone else bad.
When Cliff Lee pitched a shutout against the Yankees in Game 1 of the World Series, no one talked about him. They savaged the Yankees for coming up lame against him. Talk about ignorance right there.
Lee should have been praised for his work not being derided.
It's got to the point now where blogs and message boards provide better analysis than the radio. It's a sad commentary.
Sports radio should be about doing their due diligence and being knowledgeable about this topic not spewing from the mouth because it drives ratings.
It's about reporting and finding the truth by being at the games not watching the game from the sofa and then jotting out talking points.
Unfortunately, it's a different era than what it used to be.
It's no wonder why sports radio here turned out to be the Valley of the Stupid.