What a difference a year or two or 15 make!
October 1, 2012 5:14PM
These days, he’s a sport-talk show host on Chicago radio station ESPN-1000 (the old WCFL station, if you are an oldie, but goodie). | Sun-Times Media file
SPORTS-TALK RADIO: plenty TALK ... Few seem to listen
Back in the day, Tom Waddle was a wide receiver for the Chicago Bears.
These days, he’s a sport-talk show host on Chicago radio station ESPN-1000 (the old WCFL station, if you are an oldie, but goodie).
Last Thursday morning, he said something on the air that made zero sense — maybe less than zero — and yet nobody who called the show to talk with him ever challenged his statement.
Which supports the theory that people who call in to talk sports on the radio aren’t listening to what the host is saying. Rather, they’re thinking about what they’re going to say on the air.
Because this was one time when Waddle (pictured her doing an interview in 2010) was way off base.
This was the morning after the Sox lost 6-4 to Cleveland and fell a game behind Detroit in the race for the AL Central title.
Waddle said — several times, mind you — that he was “all in on the Sox.”
The Sox were his team, and he was certain they were going to win the division title.
OK. Nothing wrong with that statement.
But everything was wrong with the next thing he said.
He said that the night before, he’d going to bed at 9 o’clock and had gotten up at 5 the next morn and watched the “Sunrise” sports-news show that airs at that time.
Which means the following: Someone who claims to be “all in on the Sox” went to bed while the team he’s “all in” on was tied in a tense game against Cleveland and the evil Tigers were tied in their game with Kansas City.
There is no way — NO WAY — an all-in White Sox fan was going to shut the TV, radio and computer off in the middle of those games.
Which leads us back to Waddle being “all in on the Sox.”
We know he can talk a good game, it’s just that his actions don’t back up his words.
As for the listeners, not a single caller went on the air and scorched him for lying about being “all in.”
Which may be the saddest commentary of all about sports-talk radio.
In any case, Waddle needs to surrender his White Sox cap ... Maybe send it to a real “all in” fan.
Like Waddle actually has a Sox cap to even give away.
Updated: November 3, 2012 6:05AM
News you can use ... or maybe not.
■ An intriguing point to ponder regarding the Warren Jr. Blue Devils boys travel basketball program, which held tryouts for its 2012-2013 teams last week:
It was noted in a story about the tryouts in this paper that the season will run from November through March and the cost for players who make the team is $400.
Now, read the following story, which also appeared in The News-Sun:
“Tryouts for the Warren Jr. Blue Devils basketball program will be held on Sunday ... in the main gym at Warren High’s O’Plaine Campus in Gurnee.”
That item appeared in print on Friday, Dec. 12, 1997.
Which means that 15 years ago, the boys basketball feeder-program tryouts were to be held on Dec. 14 in 1997.
Further, the story said that the season would start on Jan. 3 and that the cost to play would be $175.
We’re not picking on the Jr. Blue Devils here because the Jr. Feeder Program system is what it is and the dates are what they are.
It’s just interesting to note that a program that used to have tryouts in mid-December is now having them the third week of September, and that a season that used to last 2.5 months now lasts five months.
Any more questions on whether basketball is king?
■ Definition of “delusional:” Having false or unrealistic beliefs or opinions.
Now read this from a longtime area high school sports fan:
“I noticed that Grayslake North and Grayslake Central both played non-conference football games against teams in the NSC Prairie.
“Isn’t it time!!!!!!! Shouldn’t they be in the North Suburban Conference?
“Grant (the largest school currently in the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division and growing larger) should be in the Lake (big-school division).
“They are competitive in a multitude of sports and they can be adding sports with their growth. They have done a great job with adding facilities for the athletic programs.
Isn’t it finally time to forgive Grayslake ... (for bolting from the Northwest Suburban, which left Round Lake, Grant and Wauconda stranded without a league to play in for several years before the North Suburban Conference came along and rescued them)?”
The situation regarding this is as follows:
If the two Grayslake’s came into the North Suburban Conference to make it a 16-team league, then one of the smaller-division schools — Grant has been volunteered by our fan — would have to move from the small-school Prairie Division to the big-school Lake Division to accommodate the two Grayslake high schools joining the small-school division.
Here are two words and two numbers on that:
Stevenson 42, Grant 7.
That was the football score when big-school power (Stevenson) played small-school power (Grant) two Fridays ago.
Anyone who thinks Grant is going to raise its hand and volunteer to move from the small-school division to the big-school division — and completely sabotage its football program in the process— is ...
■ North Chicago High School’s quest to qualify for the football playoffs has now reached global proportions, thanks to the extraordinary bond that has developed between the current team and the very first Warhawk football team, which went 5-3 back in 1954 after splitting off from Waukegan High School.
Dick Wirtanen, a Waukegan Bulldog back in the day, checked in from Europe, noting that he’s following the semi-miraculous exploits of this year’s North Chicago football team on the internet.
Wirtanen wrote: “I’m following your emails here in Germany. From an outside perspective, the current team knowing the support they’re getting from the old-timers is making them believe in themselves and therefore play to their max. From an old Bulldog. ... Dick W.”
Even more extraordinary is the relationship between the Warhawks’ first football coach — Chuck Mills, now lives in Hawaii — and current Warhawk coach Glen Kozlowski.
Mills sent along the following words of wisdom recently:
“A bit of forgotten trivia: In 1964, I was head coach at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy ... our QB was Stan Wrona, I would guess he was about a ’61 Warhawk graduate.
“The team’s start is just spectacular. I hope those NC players realize every time they win, players from the past also win.
A little less emotion because they didn’t have to play ... but the same satisfaction a win brings when the emotions calm down. Ask any of them ... they never say ... the team won ... because they are still part of the team. It is always, “WE WON!!!” Then, feel satisfaction and in a way, accomplishment.”