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Monday, 6 April 2015

Expert Opinion

Part E of the 2015 A-Z Blogging Challenge

The main radio station I listen to is called Triple M. It's a classic rock station that also has a heavy emphasis on sport. Their current breakfast and drive-time announcers are all ex-AFL footballers and all they ever talk about on-air is sport. A few years ago, I was listening to the weekend show with Mark Ricciuto, Andrew Jarman and KG Cunningham. KG was a fiery, opinionated old man who would often go on stuttering rants like the stereotypical old man he was. Jarman (known as "Jars") was just as loud, but more of the beer-sculling, everything's-a-joke-especially-me kind of loud. Mark had retired from football only fairly recently and was much more even-tempered. But his opinions were very well respected and well received.

On this particular day, they were talking about the Adelaide Crows and how since their captain had retired, they needed a new one. Nobody on the team seemed to be a good candidate, so they asked for listeners to call in with their suggestions. People were calling in and throwing up names, which the experts would shoot down as not being old enough or not being leadership material. I made the rare decision to weigh in myself. I had an idea which nobody had brought up yet.

'...Okay, we have Michael on the line, who do you think should be captain of the Crows?'
'Hi boys, well the Crows are notorious for not taking advantage of trade week. What better time to embrace it? Bring in a ready-made captain from another club!' There was a second of silence before KG incredulously said
'Who??' I was prepared for that question.
'Captaincy would be a great incentive to bring Matthew Pavlich home.' Pavlich was a South Australian boy who had played his whole decade-long career in Perth. Everyone knew he wanted to come home to SA, but he had a strong sense of loyalty and didn't want to abandon the club that had taken him in and made him a hero.
'Nah mate, Matty's done-and-dusted,' said Jars. 'He's about to sign a new contract and he'll spend the rest of his career in Fremantle.' Then Mark piped up.
'Well I can see where he's going with that. Sometimes bringing in a marquee player gives the rest of the team someone to rally around. Carlton did it with Chris Judd, look what he's done for their team.'
'Yeah that's a good point, I like your line of thinking Michael!' conceded Jars before they thanked me and hung up. I felt pretty good about myself, having given my opinion to a group of very opinionated men and have it accepted even after initial skepticism. I was buoyed for the rest of the day.

The next weekend, the boys had a new topic to talk about. Apparently Matthew Pavlich still hadn't signed his new contract and it seemed to the media that he was dragging it out. This, they said, was a sure sign that he was once again considering coming home to SA. The three hosts were all in agreement - the Crows had to do anything within their power to secure him. KG was ranting again...
'They need to offer him everything! Outbid the Dockers! Drop other players' pay if you have to! They need to give him Aami Stadium!' The others were throwing in their comments of agreement and I smugly wondered if my phone call last week had anything to do with their positions now. Then a listener called up...
'Hey boys, I just wanted to remind you that I called last week about this. I said they should get hold of Pavlich and you boys were skeptical Guess who was right?'
'Alright, well done Darren,' they conceded and, satisfied, Darren hung up.
What? That bastard stole my credit! What gives him the right - or even the desire - to call up and take credit for someone else's suggestion? And how could they have believed him? He sounded twice my age! I learned an important lesson that day - opinions are like ass holes. Everyone's got one and they're all full of shit.

25 comments:

  1. Maybe slip such people some ex-lax and they'll be too busy releaving themselves of that shit to steal the credit?

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  2. Go ahead and take that credit back! Remember they identified you the first time you called, as "Michael." maybe they made a list or took notes. You never know. Darren can just go peeve himself. And that's my expert opinion :)

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    1. But if I call back it seems REALLY petty :P

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    2. You don'y have to call anyone. It should be on the program tapes... "the next caller is Michael..." you're already taped in history.

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    3. I also don't think the station really cares ;)

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  3. Not on topic but I loved your comment on my last post, Michael! Laughed my ass off.

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    1. Hahaha well that's a welcome change of topic, thank you!

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  4. That was really crappy! You should've called them and let them know that was an imposter. Not to get the credit but to show then YOU aren't an arrogant jerk.

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    1. The thing is if I did call back I WOULD have seemed arrogant :P

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  5. You were brave to call in to begin with... I steer clear of the overly opinionated. My husband LOVES to listen to, or if given the chance, banter with them though. Sorry the dude called in to take your credit. What a bum.

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    1. I usually like listening to them, but I can often tell that they're just taking opposing sides so that it gets discussion going.

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  6. Ah, man...that was arrogant of Darren the Dullard. Let's hunt him down and shake our collective fingers at him.

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    1. I think it's the first time I ever uttered the phrase "Why I oughtta..."

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  7. Bahahaha, that's phenomenal advice. Expert opinions are like ass holes. Awesome.

    Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
    http://pensuasion.blogspot.com

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  8. What a pity that Darren had to steal an expert opinion to make himself feel good. What an Expletive he is.

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    1. I know, how did he decide that would be okay?

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  9. LOL. Great conclusion you drew from that. What a jerk to take credit for that.

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    1. I'm glad there could be a lesson learned from it :P

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  10. So true! ;-) New follower here. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z" challenge, and I look forward to visiting again!

    Sylvia
    www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Sylvia, I'll com and visit you soon :)

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  11. Darrin sounds like a real punk. I think some people just get off on negative attention. He knew he pissed you off, and probably enjoyed doing so. Not cool.

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    1. Hm, I don't think he was trying to piss me off, I just think he wanted recognition from people he admired.

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