My work travels took me to San Francisco this week. On my Airtran flight and in my rental car, I had XM radio. So I got a good earful of Russo this week. Despite all the Dog love on this blog, I think it's time for a little reality check. He has been spotty this week.
His big problem is that he hasn't figured out how to do a national show yet. He's still leaning on New York stuff. And granted, a lot of that stems from the callers. My rough estimate puts 80% of the callers either from the NY metro area or used to be from there. And of course, they want to talk New York stuff.
Chris makes a big effort to talk about national topics, but this is a struggle. Basically because that ain't in his wheelhouse. One of the worst segments was with Marty Schottenheimer on Monday. We all know he overuses the word 'scenario', but this was too much. He would just throw out a team, stumble for a question and then end with 'scenario'. It went like this, "Marty, the Bills blah blah blah blah, what do you think about that scenario." He literally did this 5 times in a row. Marty is not good radio, but this made him worse. He wasn't given a specific question, so he just spat out generic comments like, 'Any week any team can win' or 'They need to play better defense.' It was a brutally painful segment. It just highlighted the fact that in an attempt to cover NFL teams across the country, he spread himself thin on the knowledge front.
Just like Francesa, Russo really needs a producer to help structure his show. His show jumps all over the place like some meth head. And whenever he talks about New York, he makes these qualifying statements like, "For those of you in Nebraska that want to talk about the Missouri game, we'll get to it. Right now, we have to talk about Yankee Stadium."
I think I need to call into him today to take him to task for this bullshit criticism of Johan Santana from yesterday. I will alert you when I call in. Is anyone beside KBill listening to the angry puppy?
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