Did you catch Deadspin's Will Leitch and AJ Daulerio subbing in for Dan Patrick this morning on his radio show?
Here is the power of expectations: Given that the duo had never hosted a radio show before -- let alone the most prominent national radio show in the country -- they did incredibly well.
No, I am not blowing smoke -- something like that is really hard, and they actually pulled it off.
The signature moment was the interview with Jason Whitlock -- on-again/off-again Deadspin critic -- and the whole thing was fairly chummy and reasonable. (Would have liked just a wee bit more conflict, but the notion of the three of them talking live was enough.)
The interview with Tim Cowlishaw was another highlight, although I would have liked to see them ask Tim -- since he himself put it on the table as an issue -- whether he thinks he has a drinking problem. If he says he does, the logical question is: "And you don't think you need help?" If he says he doesn't, his column was disingenuous at best and a cry for help at worst.
I think it helped to have a pro's pro guest like Richard Deitsch lead things off, and they benefited from the steady hand of DP executive producer "Mr. Paulie."
And I loved that they were able to bring on Michael Schur (aka Ken Tremendous of Fire Joe Morgan).
On a relatively slow sports day, they had a couple of fun ongoing topics: What would you ask Mike Vick? (Who should interview Mike Vick?) What's on your sports bucket list?
The instant reviews on Twitter were (mostly) favorable -- I would be curious to hear what DP's average listeners in non-blog/non-Twitter country were thinking about it.
One piece of constructive advice for their next guest-hosting stint -- and they deserve one, either on DP's show or elsewhere -- I love listening to Will wax, but who else wants to hear more AJ?