I can’t get enough of Tony Kornheiser.
There might be something wrong with me. I record his well-known “PTI” show on ESPN every weekday and that’s not enough, so I follow Kornheiser via @MrTonySays on Twitter even though he doesn’t tweet. Most importantly, I podcast “The Tony Kornheiser (radio) Show.”
Kornheiser is a great listen because he doesn’t just talk sports. He gets engaging guests who can talk sports, politics and entertainment. He has former Bill Clinton adviser James Carville pick football games. How great is that? Torie Clarke, a former Donald Rumsfeld staffer, is a frequent co-host. He also has the Washington Post movie critic talk about films on Fridays, and he often has writers from the entertainment and political arenas in addition to the ink-stained sports wretches you would expect on a sports talk show.
His take on movies: “ ‘The Artist’ is the best silent film of 2011.” On politics: “Newt Gingrich is great because there’s no middle with him. Everyone already either loves him or hates him, and it’s great because he just doesn’t care.” And, oh yeah, on sports: “Phil Mickelson ripped out Tiger’s heart and ate it in front of him.”
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Kornheiser also believes in what he calls the animal revolution. Animals, fed up with urban sprawl and humans polluting their environment, are out for revenge, he says. During news segments, there frequently are stories of animals attacking in unusual ways, which are read to the delight of Mr. Tony and the panel.
Even though the show often focuses on the Washington, D.C., area — since that’s where the station is — the show’s reach is worldwide, leading to what is typically the best segment, “Tony’s Mailbag.” Listeners, Mr. Tony’s loyal Littles from around the globe, write hilarious responses to topics discussed on the show, cracking up Kornheiser and his panel. Chances are, if you see this loyal Little laughing uncontrollably while running on the treadmill at the Y, it’s Mr. Tony’s fault.
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