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.

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The War? 10 Reasons Why WEEI Will Remain on Top Despite the Emergence of 98.5 the Sports Hub

A few weeks ago, I heard the only mention of this new station on the airwaves of AM 850 WEEI.  They called it ‘the war’ because then WBCN morning hosts Toucher and Rich were taking shots at the hosts of the Big Show in WEEI’s 2-6PM slot.  They said it only a few times, each time it was met with genuine laughter from everyone on the air.

Many sports junkies in the area are watching with interest, wondering which station (if either) will dominate the other.  Some have a favorite, some don’t.  Personally, I could not care less.  Both stations have their strong points, both have irritating shortcomings.

But the fact is, WEEI is going to win this ‘war.’  It is so one-sided that I don’t expect it to take a full year.  Here are 10 reasons why.

10. The Whiner Line

It’s a small part of a day’s programming.  It is not very substantive, nor is it labor intensive for the station.  But let’s face it; the Whiner Line is the best 15 minutes of sports radio in the market every Monday through Friday.

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