Why is Sean Salisbury on the Radio?

Sean Salisbury from ESPN had a failed radio show in Chicago on Espn1000, where he was paired with Steve Rosenbloom from the Tribune on a show called 'Salisbury and Rosenbloom'.  It lasted about 9 months.  It failed for a number of reasons and there's a lot written out there that people can Google if they want.

One thing that I never saw anyone write about was the sheer unprofessional behavior of Salisbury in his chronic inability to actually show up for work on time (I'm not talking about the planned absences due to his father's illness, of course).  There were numerous times where Steve would open the show as 'And Rosenbloom' because Sean hadn't shown up for one reason or another.  It's pretty clear the guy had issues that made him a better candidate for an afternoon drive slot.  If you know what I mean, and I think you do.

Anyway, today, I got to listen to him on ESPN Radio with John Clayton on the show called 'The Huddle', a show Salisbury was on before the Chicago gig.  They were discussing the new ban in the NFL on alcohol on planes, locker rooms, and team functions, and the question was posed "Is this over-reaction or the right thing to do?"  Sean's answer was "Both."  Okay, that's fine.  Anyway, Sean was going on that while it was over-reaction, it was okay, because he believed in prevention.  Okay, that's fine.  He was arguing this in his normal stuttering, rambling, completely un-able to speak a complete sentence for at least 45 seconds annoying manner, when he laid out this gem (paraphrasing since I don't remember the exact words, but it was basically this bad):

"It's kind of like when one of your kids brings home a test with a 'B' grade.  So, that's why I believe in prevention."


*What?*  What the hell does that mean?  Is there even a germ of an idea in there?

So, after this rambling monstrosity, Clayton answers (paraphrasing again) "Of course, it is an over-reaction.  If you have a team function, what are you going to serve, milk and cookies?"  To which Salisbury does a virtual 180 and then discusses how the ban is bad, that it is unenforceable, that grown men will drink, etc.  In the same incoherent manner, for something like 45 seconds.

When he's on Sportscenter and talking about football, and has to answer short questions with short sentences, he's tolerable, and he knows a lot about the game.

But on the radio, he's about the worst thing.  Ever.

posted on Saturday, June 02, 2007 8:18 PM Print
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