Felger is the Voice of Boston: A Long Overdue Mea Culpa

Some guy just called the Sports Hub and said, “For everybody listening out there, Felger has become the voice of Boston.” He was damn right.

Back in August 2009, I wrote that “The War,” as the clowns on WEEI called it, would not be much of a fight.

As I pick back through this old piece, which is creeping up on its second birthday, I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been more wrong about anything. I tried to think about it. The only two things I’ve come up with that are close are that in 2007 I was against trading Al Jefferson and somewhere early in Jon Lester’s development, I was in favor of trading him for a Twin (I believe it was Johan Santana).

Neither of those things were published anywhere (although a funny email about the Jefferson thing won me some front row seats to a Revolution game) so this is far and away my worst failure.

If there was ever a sign that a ship was sinking, was it not last week when Jason Wolfe decided to pull Dale Holley for the afternoon and try to take on Felger heads up?

This guy clearly has become the voice of Boston. He’s entertaining, he makes lucid points, and he’s hilariously self-deprecating. If there was anything he needed to do to further ingratiate himself with the 18-24 demographic in this town, he’s done it several times; letting it be known that he’s a fan of the tastemaker.

As I see it, the sky really is the limit for Felger and Mazz. I don’t know if the rest of the lineup gets it done, but there are a couple of certain things in there.

One thing that surprised me was that the last ratings analysis I could find without my head spinning says that WEEI wins the night. Really? I’m kind of shocked because Damon Amendolara is a rock. He can wear on you a little bit, but I don’t know anybody in my demo who would listen to Mike Adams over him. Has to be skewed by the Red Sox, right?

Also, I can’t really stand Toucher and Rich, but they have three things going for them. First of all, they have built a massive following of diehards from before the Sportshub was even an idea. Secondly, the bits they produce are top notch. Brandon Meriweather is referred to as “big bang clock” all over twitter, by people who have nothing to do with Boston. Last but not least, the WEEI morning show sucks so hard there should be a warning not to wear a necktie around it, lest you get swallowed up by it and spit out in pieces (If I want right wing political vitriol, I’ll wait until 2 PM and throw on Jay Severin).

The midday is a mess on both sides, but if WBZ is winning everything else, won’t they have the resources to bury the other guys there too? Plus, there’s some muscle memory involved in which preset button you press first…

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