Tony Kornheiser appeared on The Locker Room with Kevin Sheehan on ESPN 980 today, though he kept insisting that he was not, in fact, in a locker room. Specifics aside, it was a 17-minute reminder that there is no one in Washington D.C. who can talk better about sports on the radio. Would that he were podcasting for this here site.
Anyhow, the specifics were plenty fun as well. Let's divide it into three parts; a fourth part included his comments about Monday Night Football, how the show had improved, how they had the best football broadcast on any TV network last year, and how he'll miss it. Read about that on The Sporting Blog.
His D.C. Radio Future
Kornheiser said when people stop him on the street, they always say two things: they loved him on MNF, and they miss his radio show and want to know when he's coming back on the D.C. dial.
"And I thought, 'Gee, I don't think we would have had 0.0 ratings if this many people actually listened,' but it was great to hear," Kornheiser said, concluding that "I'm open for business."
Aren't we all. Of course, my business is free-lancing blog posts to The Sporting Blog for one-seventh the amount of money I'd get for three segments on Washington Post Live, but whatever. Someone just sign him up already.
"A lot of business people want me to do syndicated national radio," he said. "I don't care about syndicated national radio. If they want to syndicate a local show that I do, I'm happy to do it, but I want to local radio. I want to get on the air and talk about something that happened on a particular intersection in town, that 100 percent of the people who are listening to me by choice, they know where it is. That's what I want to do. So all I need are a couple of radio stations, three or four radio stations to step up and say we'd like you to work for this, because again, can't stress this enough, I am open for business."
How many business people are interested?
"Not enough yet," he said. "But maybe in an hour. Maybe in an hour."
Another audio file, another rant about Gilbert Arenas. (First rant here.) On this, he and I will never come together. He's insane if he thinks Eddie Jordan made the Wizards relevant. Gilbert Arenas made the Wizards relevant. Period. Hard return. And Gilbert's knee explosion made them irrelevant again.
"I'd like to see them trade Gilbert Arenas," Kornheiser said. "They're not gonna do that, are they? Well, the team has been torpedoed, it's just been totally torpedoed. I mean, firing Eddie Jordan was ridiculous, it made no sense. I mean, you have money locked up in this great player, except he doesn't actually play. You know, this is like having a painting and putting it in a closet so no one can see it. You buy a Renoir and nobody can see it, it's in the shop. It's getting a new frame. So I'm one of those few people who wonders, what have they done the last three years, what have they done to get better? And I don't really see them getting better over the last three years."
Then he said that they won't draft a point guard on Thursday because they have Gilbert. Well, he's been busy lately, we understand.
On The Washington Post
I always figure if I don't post a transcript of my ex-co-worker mouthing off about my employer, someone else will, and there's no reason for us to forfeit that traffic, so here goes.
Monday Night Football, he said, "ended much better...than my tenure at The Washington Post, which haunts me to this moment, this very moment, which upsets me and irritates me and saddens me greatly."
So Sheehan later asked him what he meant.
"Because I was dumped," Kornheiser said. "I mean, I was just dumped from The Post. You know, I took the buyout when I did, and then I had a contract, and I was informed my contract would not be renewed....I had a contract to do Web site stuff; I did what the contract was, and the contract wasn't gonna be renewed.
"And my own feeling--and I'll never work there again after I say this out loud, and that's fine, because I'm a big boy and I know what I'm talking about--my feeling was that if Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser are not a brand for The Washington Post, what is? What exactly is? I mean, are we not big enough together? Are we not liked enough together? Are we not familiar enough together that people don't want to watch us on this Web site, which is what this Web site does, it provides video for people.
"I found that hard to believe. Not only did I found that hard to believe, I find that hard to believe. And then there has been some talk about me writing....I don't really want to write a weekly column. I wanted to do something else, I guess for the new part of media, whatever the new part of media is. So that's what I wanted to do. And who knows what'll happen down the road. I have wonderful memories of that place. All my memories are wonderful except the ending."