Seen & Heard – Monday, June 17, 2013

by Rob G

A number of things caught my eye/ear this past weekend and today, and it covered all ranges of the emotional spectrum. Common sense, or the lack thereof is athe common thread today. In no particular order, let’s begin.

First, shame on Atlanta radio station AM 790 The Zone, in particular the “Mayhem in the Morning” crew. Their inept attempt at humour on their show this morning was to say the least pathetic, let alone wrong on every level. They had a pretend interview with former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason, who is currently battling ALS. Thankfully, the station has acted quickly, firing the morning show crew. First step before the “Mayhem in the Morning” crew tackles their next job – take a course in common sense.

On a related note regarding Gleason, do yourself a favour and read his post as a guest on Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback on SI.com. Gleason is a guy that lays it on the line – it is a raw, emotional, and poignant essay that demonstrates what a wonderful view on life he has despite the challenges, and it reminds me how lucky the majority of us are to live the life we do.

While on the subject of raw, Fox Sports writer Jason Whitlock posted a “not your typical” Father’s Day column this past weekend. For those familiar with Whitlock, reading this came as no surprise from the standpoint that he never does anything but share all he’s thinking – the good, bad, and the ugly. Whitlock’s father passed at the end of May, and his column was, while mostly loving about his father, wasn’t always the feel good story we often read on a yearly basis.

Finally, back to another lack of common sense story. Dean Blundell, host of 102.1 The Edge’s morning show, is often in danger of crossing the edge in his attempts at humour, and he crossed that line regarding the recent death of Edmonton Oilers prospect Kritians Pelss. Pelss, from Riga, Latvia, went missing last week. Latvian media reported yesterday that his body had been recovered from the Daugava River, but it’s not clear whether he intended to commit suicide or if it was a stunt gone wrong. Regardless the reason, the lame attempt at humour isn’t worth repeating, but at least Blundell has apologized for using Pelss’s death for a punchline.

Common sense is a wonderful asset to have. Unfortunately, there are talented people in this world that don’t always possess this important attribute.

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