A word from Station Management

So if you wander around the radio dial looking for good sports talk, shame on you.  We proudly bring you the best quality programming every day here on Sportsradio Corpus Christi and don’t want you to ever leave.  However from time to time people check out what is out there and we understand. You probably know there recently was an ESPN radio affiliate up the dial on 1440.  Emphasis on the was.  Apparently they have decided there are greener pastures if they were the second political station in town.  Now in fairness, it appears they had their ESPN affiliation yanked by the Mother Ship. In fact, we had received notification they would try and do Fox Sports.  We’ve always loved the water temperature in the sports talk pool and have always extended a warm welcome to anyone who wants to come in. A couple have tried, but so far there’s only one left standing.  No one can ever foretell the future, but we’ve seen competitors come and go and we really try not to become just the flavor of the month.  KSIX started with sports in 2002 when we got ESPN (Which was actually pretty decent at the time).  During the day we had Dan Patrick, Tony Kornheiser, Jim Rome and Astros baseball. We did Islander basketball and The Spurs.  Over the years we have pretty much retained our flavor.  Rome is on a different network, Dan Patrick is on a different network but we found a way to keep them on. The Texans came online and we returned to the Rockets. And then there were the Aviators.  In that time, our neighbors down the dial have retooled their news format several times as well as tried ESPN and now whatever.  We are relatively certain there will be someone else trying ESPN Radio in the future here in Corpus Christi. History tells us “That dog won’t hunt”.  Good luck to them.  Meanwhile the Astros are heading to the playoffs, The Rockets were IN the playoffs, and the Texans are looking at another great year.
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Friday Night Lights

The only ninth inning he had ever seen was from the bench. Over 33,000 had purchased seats but no one was using theirs now. I couldn’t help… but think of Nolan Ryan, who was in the house, the last Astros’s pitcher to no-hit the Dodgers on September 26, 1981. Our guy would face Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, in his Dodger debut, and Justin Turner with history on the line. Every pitch had a purpose now since Minute Maid had never hosted a no-hitter. It had been only nine days since the last no-hitter had been thrown in Seattle, could lightening strike again so quickly?   Thirty-year-old Mike Fiers was the other guy in the Carlos Gomez trade. He was remembered more for hitting Giancarlo Stanton last year. Fiers had been a 22nd round pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009. Now he was standing on the loneliest place on the diamond, the pitchers mound. His catcher, Jason Castro, had reminded him between innings to breathe.   On Friday night, August 21st, Mike Fiers threw 134 pitches for the first time ever in a Major League baseball game. He struck out ten while walking three, but more importantly, he gave up no hits. His team had scored three runs, compliments of Jake Marisnick and Evan Gattis home runs. It was the first time Fiers had ever pitched in the ninth inning or thrown more than 120 pitches. He had also never had his jersey ripped off. The score: Astros 3, Dodgers 0, It was the 11th no-hitter in Astros history. The Friday Night Lights shown brightly in Houston.  They call those fireworks.

Pre-Game Speech

Pre-Game Speech

 

 

One of the oldest rituals in sports is known as the pre-game speech, especially in the game of football.  There have been many coaches who have specialized in revving up their team before taking the field.  Knute Rockne, Don Coryell, Lou Holtz and Barry Switzer come to mind.  Frank Broyles of Arkansas was known for his fiery pre-game speeches where he would end his rant by asking one of his better players to say a prayer, before game time.  On this particular occasion, Broyles asked his team to hit their knees and said to his All-American tackle, Billy Ray Smith, “Would you say the Lord’s Prayer, Billy Ray?”  “Sure Coach” said Billy Ray.  Then Billy Ray kneeled with the rest of the team and said, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.”  Then he looked up and said, “How did I do Coach?”  “You did great Billy Ray, now let’s go get’em,” shouted Broyles.

Now that was funny, but there is one pre-game speech that the old pros still talk about from the 1958 NFL Championship game played in New York between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts’.  Colts’ Head Coach, Weeb Ewbank, was an interesting man.  He was usually quiet, meek, and mild-mannered in his command of the team.  But on this day, Ewbank used the very essence of reverse psychology on a team that had dominated the league that year.  The Colts led the entire league in offense and defense, and clinched their division three-quarters of the way into the season.  It had been a runaway.   Ewbanks seemed not to care about their success up to that point and opened his speech by saying that they were nothing more than a bunch of castoffs.

“Ameche:  (Alan Ameche) I didn’t like you.  I didn’t want you.  We had to draft you because the Bears didn’t take you, because they didn’t want you.  But we took you, so get it done.  Go see if you can do it,” said Weeb.  “Unitas:  (Johnny Unitas) Pittsburgh didn’t want you.  We got you for a seventy-five cent phone call.  You’ve had some success here, but I don’t know if it’s temporary or not.  We’ll see.  Taseff:  (Carl Taseff) We tried to trade you; they didn’t want you.  Lipscomb:  (Gene Lipscomb) The Rams were glad to get rid of you.  We got you for a hundred bucks.  You’ve been a problem here.  See if you can straighten yourself out today,” screamed Ewbanks.   Myhra:  (Steve Myhra – kicker) You’ve been awful.  You’ve had an awful year.  You’ve got to put those balls through the uprights.  Joyce:  (Don Joyce) The Cardinals couldn’t control you.  They were glad you came here.  Nelson:  (Andy Nelson) You were too small.  No one wanted you.  You weren’t big enough to play this game, but we gave you a chance.”

Nobody said anything while Ewbanks spoke; they just listened.  He went right down the line, made it sound like they were all a bunch of guys nobody wanted to have.  Weeb continued.  “Marchetti:  (Gino Marchetti) They said you weren’t going to get any better, but you did.  See if you can show up today. Berry:  (Raymond Berry) You aren’t fast.  One of your legs is shorter than the other and your back is bad,” said Weeb.

Weeb Ewbanks closed his pre-game speech after chewing everyone out by saying, “Remember this:  If you want to do anything, you got to do it inNew York.”  There was really nothing else to be said. “That was some speech,” said Gino Marchetti.  “It worked like charm.”

On December 28, 1958, everything changed for professional football as 45 million people watched the first televised NFL Championship game.  For the first time ever the game had to be decided in “sudden death” overtime.  The Baltimore Colts outscored the New York Giants, 23-17.

 

 

Andy Purvis

www.purvisbooks.com