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A day in the life of a sports Junkie

By May 10, 2013 One Comment
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dan-patrick-showWhat’s the daily sports talk radio and sports viewing routine for someone who is a complete sports junkie who’s running a start-up that is hopefully going to turn into the awesomest sports media company ever? Glad you asked.

6:51 am: Wake Up. I have no commute so I’m lucky and can get up later than most of you regular 9 to 5 ers. I also wake up at “51” because I don’t like waking up on a 0 or 5. Ya, I’m weird like that and do the same thing for putting time on the microwave.

7 am: Turn on Sportscenter on mute while I drink coffee and read. I figure that I’ll absorb some of the stats just by having the TV on and occasionally glancing up.

8 am: Watch the Dan Patrick show. Dan’s silky smooth voice combined with the antics of the Danette’s are as good of a combination as a souped up Honda Civic and tinted windows. One of my goals in life is to have a mancave like Dan Patrick’s so seeing this on a daily basis is great motivation. By the way, my order of favorite to least favorite Danette is Seton, Fritzy (I find it hilarious when he sings Hall & Oats), Paulie, then McLovin. McLovin may not be a fan favorite but he’s a great antagonist. Years of watching old school WWF has taught me that for every The Rock you also need a Papa Shango.

10 am: Go to the gym and shoot hoops and/or workout. Gotta keep those free throws sharp and make 10 in a row before I leave the gym. I play in a pick-up game on Tuesday’s and you have to shoot for teams so being able to knock em’ down from the charity stripe means I’m gonna be playing more. While working out I almost always listen to ESPN’s Fantasy Focus Baseball podcast with Nate Ravitz (who sounds like Eric Karabell looks) and Matthew Berry. They have just the sort of quirky randomness with fantasy knowledge mixed in that works for me. Fantasy analysis is a crap shoot and their job is to keep you updated on the up’s and down’s of things and then you can make your decisions from there. You are an idiot if you blame them for your fantasy team’s poor performance.

As a random side note. We are in the process of interviewing interns and one girl that applied dropped two Matthew Berry references in her cover letter. I have to imagine there aren’t too many other gigs where you drop Matthew Berry’s name and it’s thought of as bonus points. In the event that the girl who dropped the Matthew Berry references reads this and mentions to me when we speak that she saw that I gave her a shout out in this post then she can have the internship on the spot (no joke).

11 am: Check to see if there is a new Jalen Rose Report out on the Grantland Network. If you aren’t listening to Jalen and Jacoby then you are missing out on what is the best sports podcast in all of the land. Jalen gives you the insight about the stuff that you really want to know about (ex. athletes entourage’s, champagneing and campaigning, what goes down with player fights). He’s got the credibility since he was a baller, and he’s got the swag to keep things trill.

If there’s not a new episode of the Jalen Rose report then I listen to the BS Report. I dig Bill Simmons pop culture references, his crazy sports fandom, and what he’s done with his career. People who complain about Bill Simmons being such a Boston homer are the “Chris Gardoki has never had a punt blocked” of sports media critics. We all know Simmons loves Boston, get over it, it’s part of who he is. Inside all of us is the homer that loves to talk and root for our favorite team. It just so happens that his outlet is ESPN, Grantland, and National TV so we are all exposed to it.

12 pm: Listen to the Jay Mohr show, the freshest and funniest sports talk radio show out there. I used to be a clone that listened to Jim Rome and when the Slam Man would fill in he would crush it like Rome crushes cheddar cheese Lays or Bombay Sapphire. His show has a ton of fan interaction (especially on Twitter), he’s a comedian so some of his interviews and takes are funnier than Andy Reid trying to do the high jump, and it’s a breath of fresh air from some of the cynical sports media personalities out there. He also gets bonus points for talking MMA.

4 pm: Watch Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network. I’ve dug Erik Kuselias since back at his time with the mothership and he keeps things rolling at NBC Sports. Football information has no offseason and Kuselias and Mike Florio definitely bring the heat. For those that haven’t watched, NBC Sports has a good thing going on. Give them a watch.

4:30 pm: Watch PTI (as long as Tony and Wilbon are on). Bret Hart was supposed to be “the best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be” but I was never really a big fan of Bret Hart. In his prime he was maybe number 3 or 4 in the WWF. The best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be goes to either the Ultimate Warrior or Hulk Hogan. Hulkamania was bigger than anything that the Ultimate Warrior did but the Warrior was significantly better in interviews and in the ring. Tony and Wilbon are the best of the best and the gold standard for sports talk shows. Since I live in Chicago I love that Wilbon is such a Chicago homer (of which Tony calls him out on all the time).

5 pm – sleep: Watch a combination of Sportscenter, NHL Network, MLB Network, and any games that are on. I don’t watch the news ever (no joke, I haven’t watched the news in probably 15 years and even then I can’t tell you the last time I watched. It’s all negative stuff so I’d rather watch sports) and on the occasion that there’s no good games on I’ll watch something along the lines of Locked Up Abroad, Gangland, Workaholics, or Archer. I repeat this routine every day.

So if you ever wonder how I can tell you the seating capacity at the United Center (20,500), drop a Damon Jones, Dean Palmer, or Freddie Mitchell reference, or let you know which college Norris Cole went to (Cleveland State) like it’s second nature that’s why.

I want to hear from you. What’s your daily sports routine like? What’s the coolest sports podcasts or shows that I need to check out? Holla in the comments or on Twitter @BaconSports.

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Rob Cressy

Rob Cressy

Sports loving free throw specialist and yinzer living in Chicago who is awesome most of the time, has run with the bulls in Spain, and is a graduate of Second City's Improv program.