Anyway, here it is…the Phil Dawson Blog-Cast Experience…take a trip with me through the ups and downs of the sports landscape…I’ll bring you thoughts on “our” teams, some off the cuff topics that nobody else touches, that I’m a fan of (I Will talk MMA on here)..and a variety
of the best from the web, plus- interviews in and outside of the sports world…where everything important in your life is concerned.
It will be a long and hopefully strange trip. Let’s do this thang……
Phil Dawson the morning sports anchor for News/Talk 1310 WIBA and The Big 1070. He came to WIBA in 2006 to head up the Rapid Traffic Center. He is a Madison native who attended Verona Area High School before studying broadcasting at Winona State Universtiy, where he was sports director at KQAL for two years and part of the 2004 National Broadcasting Society chapter of the year. He also was the sports director of ESPN Radio in La Crosse for two years before making it back home. Phil also does play-by-play for high school football, is the back up voice for Wisconsin Badger Basketball, and is the in-house contest and game host at the Kohl Center, and if there is one man that can challenge Mike Heller as a Wisconsin Sports homer...that'd be Phil.
Outside of watching sports on tv, Phil enjoys putting down your favorite band. Playing video games for hours on end, and finding new places to throw-down on some food. He lifts, but only his chest and biceps, plus, you don't want him on your City League Hoops Team....BALL HOG!!! He is a certified rib-tasting judge, pig wreslter, and has an affinty towards Erin Andrews.
Journal Sentinel Online writer, Rob Reischel, joins the Mike Heller Show to talk about the Packers and what needs to improve during the offseason, after a one-on-one interview with Mike McCarthy earlier this week.
Reischel on the Packer’s toughness:
They seem to believe inside that organization, and the players themselves, that they are tough enough. I think guys just probably need to get better and they need better personnel.
I don’t believe they were quite tough enough last year, but I also don’t think they had the top five or top ten defensive personnel either. Their belief right now in the organization is
that some of these second or third year guys are going to take a pretty big jump and help them get to that. Obviously from our perspective, it’s just a wait and see on that.
Reischel on the importance of the run game:
[They need a] better balance there, and they’ve never had much of a balance under McCarthy. I think their average since McCarthy came in ’06 is 24, which puts them in the bottom quarter of football. On the flip side, it’s a quarterback driven offense, that’s what McCarthy wants; he wants to throw the ball 65% of the time. I think he realizes that he’s much better off [balancing] the pass/run ratio. I think it helps them not only this year, but it could extend Rodger’s career a little bit too, where he’s not taking 50 sacks a year. If he wants Rodgers at 34, 35, 36 he’s got to protect him a little more.
Reischel on the release of Desmond Bishop:
I think it’s all risk and no reward at this point. Why not let him put on the pads in late July and if, by the end of August, you realize he’s not the same player then you release him then and let him going hook on with somebody else? To me, there was no upside, except maybe the reps he was going to take away from other players that they want to see this summer. I guess that would be the only upside is that he’s stealing reps from the younger guys, but in 2010 and 2011, if he’s not your best defensive player then he’s in your top three or four. He’s the only guy on your defense with a real nastiness to him and if you’re stressing that toughness situation, the move itself makes no sense. Let him go head to head with Hawk and Jones and keep the best two at the end of the day, if you don’t want to pay three guys starter money. I think more to the story is going to come out in terms of what exactly went into that situation.