ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd is in love with Denver – even if Denver isn’t so wild about him.
Local guy turned National NFL expert, Cecil Lammey tweeted last night that he was in LODO with ESPN’s Adam Schefter (who covered the Broncos for years before becoming the four-letter Network’s lead NFL story-breaker) and radio jock, Colin Cowherd. When I read Cecil’s tweet I thought to myself “I am going to have to tune in Cowherd’s show tomorrow.”
I normally don’t. Ever since Front Range Broadcasting made the decision to cancel their local programming in the mornings (Lammey’s show, Ridin’ Shotgun, was one casualty), and replace it with the National ESPN feed, I have tried to abstain from listening to 102.3 – at least until 3 pm when Nate Kreckman comes on.
Like many local listeners, I was ticked off that the move cost Denver the Vic and Gary show (which is still yet to find a new radio home despite rumors that is could be coming to Mile High Sports). It was a cost-cutting measure that displaced Denver favorites in favor of Mike and Mike in the Morning and the “Herd” with Colin Cowherd. Despite out-bidding other stations for those two shows, Front Range still saved by eliminating live studio talent and the costs associated with delivering original programming.
Because the National shows must appeal to the largest markets first, Denver fans find little talk about their teams on these shows. Now that Tim Tebow’s gone they will find even less.
But today Colin Cowherd broadcasted from Lower Downtown st Jackson’s Sports Grill. I knew that it meant Cowherd would be talking Denver Sports so I made equal time for his show along with Morning Mayhem on Mile High Sports and Evans and Klatt on the Fan. My pre-sets got a workout.
I have to admit that it was nice to hear such a polished and experienced broadcaster speak so highly of our city and our sports teams.
Cowherd gushed about Denver and the LODO scene. He also praised the Colorado Rockies organization up one side and down the other, talked about the ski resorts, interviewed Eric Decker and allowed Adam Shefter to declare that the Broncos will be good and ready to play week one of the NFL season.
What a nice change of pace. Usually when I flip to Cowherd he’s talking about the Yankees, the Red Sox, the Lakers, Knicks or the Heat. I found myself truly enjoying his show today becuase, for once, our city was at the center of Cowherd’s national viewpoint.
Better, he wasn’t in town to talk about Tebow. Denver got more that it’s share of the spotlight when Timmy was in town. Everyone loves to talk about that guy. But today ESPN sent their power hitter here to talk baseball. Timmy is gone – but we still got our moment in the sun.
Three cheers to ESPN Radio and to Colin Cowherd. Denver is a fantastic place – and a great sports town. We deserve the attention – but that does not mean we don’t appreciate it. This blog will continue to hate on the Herd in the future because it’s what we do – but it was cool to have Colin Cowherd say such nice things about the City we love so much.
Happy Opening Day.