Last vacation time for the family before school year and football season begins!
Heading out to Los Angeles and Disneyland to do all the tourist things.
I'll return to Buck and Kincade on Monday, August 10th.
I'll be back with the JK Show on CBS Sports Radio on Sunday, August 9th.
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What bothers me most is the glee with which many of my peers are enjoying picking at the carcass of Colin Cowherd as he exits ESPN amidst controversy. Unlike the vast majority of them, I know the man. I also know that most of the "picking" comes from the personal insecurity many have that live behind a microphone.
What Colin Cowherd did was to speak rather recklessly. Whatever point he was trying to make got lost in his zeal to make it more colorful. In our profession, that can happen to anyone at anytime. A single thoughtless moment can undo years of good will. I've seen it first hand with co-workers at my own station. Good men who failed in a moment that have been able to dust themselves off to entertain once again.
It would have been better for Colin to have just apologized after the Thursday incident. The mob was at the door and they were thirsting for blood. I tuned in purposely to see how he would handle it. I will admit that he disappointed me. Instead of just admitting that it was a poor choice of words, he doubled down with studies to back up his opinions. That was a miscalculation.
I got to know Colin Cowherd in the five years that I filled in on his program as guest host. He was always very gracious and appreciative of my efforts. I will go down in history as the answer to a trivia question, Who is the only person to ever co-host "The Herd" with Colin? He was kind enough to share his stage for the Jimmy V Auction for a few years and let me drive the bus. We raised a ton of money and had a blast.
When we say things behind the microphone, there are ramifications. We are subject to relentless harassment (mostly anonymous harassment) from listeners who will attack you personally and professionally over your "opinions". It is part of the job and if a host can't handle it they better find another line of work. What is taking it too far are those in my business who just thirst for the blood of another peer who finds themselves in one of these situations. They must lead very empty lives.
I will decribe them to you. They believe they are every bit as talented as Cowherd, but have just not had his "lucky breaks". That is what they will say quietly. In truth? They are inadequate either personally or professionally and won't rest till they see his career trashed. Maybe they are on a rival network and don't have his audience. It might be the fact that their talents can't demand his paycheck or platform. Whatever it is, it disgusts me.
Discussion and debate over what Cowherd said and his subsequent actions are fair game. The endless drumbeat to destroy a man over a moment is quite sickening. If these jackals spent half as much energy on getting better at THEIR jobs, they might find more joy and success. Until then, they will just attempt to use their "Microphone Muscles" to destroy the career and reputation of another. That is until they stumble and will be hoping that someone else throws them a lifeline and some sympathy for their plight.
CF Can Still Get Even Better
It is OK to want to see a good thing get even better! Don't just settle because we finally have gotten a CF Playoff system that allows 4 teams to decide on the field who the champion is. I am also not talking about expanding the playoffs to eight teams as I realize that will still be a few years away.
My plan is simple. It will take effect in three years, the Fall of 2018.
Every conference must first play eight conference games.
Every conference must also have a conference championship game.
Each team in those conferences will have 2 out of conference games they can schedule against only same level CF programs and they can both be at home if they wish.
Finally, the CF Playoff Committee will implent a formula that will schedule each teams last 2 out of conference games based on last years finish. Example, the Big Ten Champion would host the SEC Champion and travel to play the Big Twelve Champion. The Second Place teams in each conference would also follow a formula.
No longer will we have these programs afraid to travel out of their region. No longer will we have teams scheduling only cupcakes and eight home games. This method will force teams to challenge themselves for greatness. It also will allow the committee to evaluate teams on a more even schedule basis.
If needed, I will be to assist in implementation. Any feedback? leave it at email@example.com
BRAVES need to focus on 2017
It is far easier for a sports talk show host than a GM to say focus on 2017, but I love the plan that John Hart has put into motion and I want to see it get even more aggressive.
What do you have to do to trade Chris Johnson? Get it done. This team does not need a veteran closer this year, so trade one. The Braves veteran players should all be up for sale if the offer is right. You can always replace players to fill the roster next season. it appears 2016 will be another year of great transition, but the young Braves pitching is rounding into form nicely. Maybe we see a few arms moved to get the position players roster to be far stronger by March.
Falcons Camp opens on the 31st
Buck thinks that I am drinking the Kool Aid for Dan Quinn. I prefer to see it as the guy has a spirit and message that resonates with me. Whatever it is, the 2015 Falcons have a lot of questions to answer during the pre-season.
Camp Quinn will be your first chance to see the plan come together. If you have not ever visitied Flowery Branch, let me tell you that it is worth the drive.
Thanks for once again making me the top twitter follow in the city of Atlanta. If you have not jumped on board check it out @johnkincade
The BIG Podcast with SHAQ
If you have not given the SHAQ Podcast a listen all of the episodes are available for you at PodcastOne.com or at I-Tunes Podcasts. Exciting news of yet another podcast project will be announced in the coming weeks!