Sports Reporters Crush Vinny Cerrato
Maybe you read Jason La Canfora's report last night that Vinny Cerrato will soon host a two-hour, twice-a-week radio show on ESPN 980? Well, some ESPN 980 hosts heard it, and, well, let's just say they weren't exactly rolling out the burgundy carpet for their newest colleague.
No, actually, let's not just say it; let's extensively quote from their opening segment this afternoon in which they devoted 13 minutes to absolutely crushing their new co-worker. And let's also note that, whatever the final result of Daniel Snyder's local media buy-up, it has at least produced a week of the most entertaining local sports talk I can remember. I'll keep loving this right up until the day that Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin and Brian Mitchell and all the rest are shipped off to the Marty Schottenheimer Retirement Community.
Andy Pollin: Vinny Cerrato...is executive vice president of football operations of the Redskins, a title he was given on January 22, 2008. In the Redskins media guide this is how Vinny's job is described: "Cerrato assumes all aspects of the team's football organization, including personnel, directing the Redskins' draft, identifying free agency needs and acquisitions, coordination of all pro and college player evaluations, and the day to day football operations of the organization." Now does this sound like a man who has time for another job, particularly during the football season?
Steve Czaban: Well I'll say Andy, that's a pretty big job....This is a big title. Biiiig job right here. VP of football operations....
Pollin: Well apparently all those duties made him kind of bored, because Vinny has now begun moonlighting on this station. And starting tomorrow he will begin a regular 10 to noon show on this station called "Inside the Red Zone with Vinny Cerrato."
Sound Effect: GOOD GOD!
Czaban, in ironic voice: Now Andy, wait a minute, doesn't he have football operations to operate?
Pollin: You would think.
Czaban, in naive voice: Where will he find the time to do all that AND do a radio show?
Pollin: He seems to have found the time in his busy day which includes all these duties to host a show on Mondays and Fridays from 10 to noon....Now I don't know anything about being the vice president of football operations but I do know something...
Czaban: ...About doing a radio show.
Pollin: Yes. And I've done one for about 30 years, and the general rule of thumb--as suggested by our boss, the CEO of Red Zebra, Bruce Gilbert--is one hour of preparation for every hour on the air, at least that.
Czaban: Are you saying that Vinny's gonna have to spend at least two to four hours prepping for this show on Mondays and Fridays?
Pollin: So I would think if he wants to do a good job its not four hours of radio a week, it's eight hours of radio a week....As a Redskins fan for 40 years, 42 years, I am angry about this because I like to see my team, the team I have rooted for, the Washington Redskins, WIN GAMES. And management of the Redskins and ownership is telling us that positive spin on what they are doing is more important than spending time helping the team to win.
Czaban, in confused voice: Oh Andy, you don't know if it's gonna be spin on the Vinny Cerrato Show. It might be straight talk, hard hitting, "unfiltered"--as the team likes to say--insight into what's going on with the team....
Pollin: On a Monday from 10 to 12, Vinny is liable to be talking to Bob from Bowie or Steve from Silver Spring or Frank from Falls Church, and might not know that Ryan Grant is available and needed at the running back position.
Czaban, in churlish voice: Oh what are the chances that somebody calls with a trade offer between 10 and noon, that would never happen. He's got voice mail, he'll just pick it up after the show....
Pollin: At the end of the year, if the Redskins don't win the Super Bowl, it is 100 percent completely fair to say that part of the reason they didn't win it was because the general manager--I'm sorry, the vice president of football operations--was spending four hours a week on the air flapping his gums instead of seeking out talent to help the team to win games....
Czaban: All I say is this: I want some control of the team dammit. If Vinny can do two hours on Mondays and Fridays, just give me a small slice of the team to control.
Well, yeah, welcome indeed. Later, Czaban suggested that the reason this show will suddenly debut in week three of the NFL weeks after Red Zebra took over 980, is because the shows hosts have been too critical in recent days. Well, if that's the case, today's program should have put those concerns to rest, huh?
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