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QOTD – October 7 – NPR vs Sports


I pulled up to work this morning, parked my car in my usual parking space, turned off the ignition, and listened to the radio for just a few more minutes to catch the rest of the story. Two other teachers were seemingly doing the same thing. At 6:50, the radio moved to a commercial break, and we all turned off our cars, and stepped out into the parking lot. I was greeted by another teacher who asked, “Were we all listening to the same NPR story?”.

Nope. I was listening to sports talk radio. Dan Patrick was talking to Tony Dungy about Josh Freeman signing a one-year deal with the Vikings. That, frankly, is much more important to me than anything NPR might have to offer this morning. I am a Vikings fan, and I’m pretty upset by how terrible their quarterback situation has been since Brett Favre decided he was done – after he had decided he was done the year before, and the year before that.

When I told my co-worker what I was listening to, he gave me a very questioning look. Now, he’s not a big fan of sports, but all the same, he was curious why I wasn’t listening to the news. With the exception of a few episodes of Car Talk, or Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, I don’t think I’ve ever turned on NPR to listen to the news. I know, blasphemy! It’s not that I don’t have an interest in what’s going on in the world – actually, it’s completely the opposite. I’m a political junkie, but I prefer to read my news, rather than listen to news talk radio. I want to be able to analyze what’s going on, rather than have someone else opine about the current government shutdown, or the situation in Syria.

All I really want to listen to is whether or not Tony Dungy believes Josh Freeman is the answer at QB for the Vikings. He doesn’t. I respect Tony Dungy’s commentary because he was a coach for 28 years, and he has the expertise to tell me if my favorite team is going to suck for the rest of the year. They will. It’s true.

I don’t think that just because I’m a high school teacher, that I need to listen to NPR in the morning, or ever for that matter. I have my own opinions about what’s going on in the country, and if I need more information, I have newspapers, BBC Online, and a myriad of other sources. So, no, I wasn’t listening to that NPR story. I was listening to sports.

Question of the Day:

Be honest, what is more important in your world: NPR or Sports?

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

3 comments on “QOTD – October 7 – NPR vs Sports

  1. Patricia
    October 7, 2013

    Um. Neither. Music. Music on my radio. =)

    • Patricia
      October 7, 2013

      Why is that face my icon. I do not like the face. Just saying.

  2. Mess
    October 8, 2013

    NPR. Until Dirk’s baby is born…

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