Peter Gammons Unplugged
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When it was over, he said to me repeatedly, "You know, I actually feel free now." He stopped trying to be perfect and stopped trying to pretend. He's a human being and little frail, and I found him very likeable. We are all human and we all have our frailties and as he admitted it, I found him likeable rather than the statue and monument that I think that he tried to be.
After the interview I would say Alex was exhausted. When he came out, he did make the mention that "this will free me." I really think that he was a captive of his own image. I don't know if any of us could live with that and Alex does not have to worry about that now. People have pretty much now think," Okay, he admitted it." I maintain that if it were not for Alex there is no way
I have had some people say to me: "Don't you dislike such and such." I say, "No, why worry about that?" I learned that from all the time covering the Red Sox for the Globe. When I was first on the road with the Red Sox, we had a morning Globe and an afternoon Globe, which meant a morning notebook of some length and then you would have to write two more stories for the afternoon paper. A couple of times the players were upset about things I wrote and what you have to do is explain to them that it is a professional thing and not a personal thing. I found most players could accept that. I'm sure there are still guys out there mad at me about something but I think most guys could accept that reasoning. A great example of that was
Steve Czaban always reminded me of the high school friend you didn't agree with but couldn't stop listening to, either. He's a mixture of odd, crass, and intense, but also engaging, informative and funny. If you're anything like me, you value such voices.
I was tremendously disappointed upon hearing that Czaban will no longer be doing his national show for Fox Sports Radio because the airwaves will be an emptier place without him. His was one of the few sports-talk shows I listened to daily, and if I couldn't listen live, I recorded it on my portable satellite radio.
Czaban was a terrific entertainer but he also challenged listeners to consider different viewpoints, mostly about sports but also subjects away from it. (Who wants homogenized radio?). He was passionate about the NFL as he was about The Simpsons. He also was strangely averse to text-messaging, MySpace and Facebook like some octogenarian technophobe, but I enjoyed such old-school quirkiness.
I've been an avid listener to sports radio since the embryonic days of the format in the 1980s and today's sports-talk show landscape is littered with too many wannabes, snoozers and flat-out losers. With Czaban, you never felt cheated. You never felt like he mailed in a show. He always sounded like someone who prepared and cared. Now Czaban is gone, replaced by (groan) Stephen A Smith.
Ironically, Czaban was an advocate of the "A.L.E." theory, which suggests "always leave early" from sporting events to avoid traffic. For me, "The Czabe" is leaving the national airwaves much too early.