Sports talk radio here in Baltimore is in the crapper. It’s not Scott Garceau’s fault. It’s not Steve Davis’ fault. I don’t even think it is Bruce Cunningham’s fault. There’s just so much topical redundancy that sports talk has become one homogenous dose of stale Melba toast.
Over at 105.7 The Fan they have a deep roster of capable sports talkers who collectively burn through 18 hours of non-stop chatter over the same two topics:
1. The Orioles Suck!
2. When will the NFL Lockout end?
It has become the equivalent of Vuvuzela FM!
So for me and probably many of you, Cerrato had an uphill climb.
And then there’s that cackling laugh to get over – like nails on a chalkboard.
But you know what? Cerrato tackled that climb — successfully. I like Vinny now and saying that is a quasi-shock to my system. But it’s true. Even if he was on a good day a substandard NFL GM he does bring a perspective that Weinman or any of his compatriots can’t. Cerrato delivers the NFL through the eyes of a sports executive and that is unique for Baltimore and captures my interest.
Plus, like him or not as a GM from a fan perspective, he seems to be well liked by the national media and others connected to the NFL. And those connections expose us all to guests we otherwise wouldn’t have access to and it sheds a different light on the world of sports.
And God knows we need that here in B’more.