I owe you folks an apology.
I saw the recent news about David Pollack joining the broadcast staff at 790 The Zone, gave him a mental ‘attaboy for the gig and didn’t think much more about it.
Quite frankly, I blew it. I forgot about the most sensitive fanbase in North America and how it would react to someone like Pollack being hired to appear on its team’s “flagship” station. His “irrelevant” comment in particular doesn’t seem to be sitting too well with the Tech faithful.
Nor did I anticipate the opportunity the AJ-C would see in this controversy, namely, to take a cheap shot at people who had nothing to do with the decision to hire Pollack in the first place.
… What do you think UGA fans would do if Joe Hamilton or George Godsey were suddenly added to a big sports talk show on a “flagship” UGA channel and it was broadcast from George O’Leary’s house? The aggitation (sic) in the GT fanbase would pale in comparison to the outrage and ugliness you’d see from the “dawg nation”. Just look at the silliness over the Moreno “hurdle” this past week. (You didn’t see GT fans get upset when PJ Daniels hurdled a Clemson defender a few years ago…talk about a thin-skinned fan base…)
So, in response, let me start by taking a cheap shot of my own: has this guy heard Joe Hamilton lately? I don’t know why Tech fans would want to listen to him, for God’s sake.
Seriously, I’m not sure what the most ironic part of all this is – that disgruntled Tech fans threaten to take their listening business over to Buck Belue, of all people, or that they demand that the Tech AD find another “flagship” station to accomodate the enormous throngs of Yellow Jackets listeners.
And to spell it out for Mr. Boggs, the reason 790 The Zone is considered Tech’s “flagship” station is because it paid for the privilege, not the other way around. And the reason it’s hired David Pollack at the risk of displeasing its loyal Georgia Tech audience is because it doesn’t feel like it’s getting a sufficient return on that investment. In other words, if you’ve got a problem with the hire, look in the mirror, sport.
That is all for now. I’ll do better next time, I promise.