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Who Would You Shut Down in Sports?

by Chris Lingebach
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Talk show host Regis Philbin looks on with ESPN broadcaster Stephen A. Smith as the Los Angeles Lakers host the Boston Celtics on February 26, 2006 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Credit: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Talk show host Regis Philbin looks on with ESPN broadcaster Stephen A. Smith as the Los Angeles Lakers host the Boston Celtics on February 26, 2006 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Credit: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - With the government shutdown shutting down the government on Tuesday, many might have wondered, ‘How will this be worked into local sports talk radio?’

While it’s incredibly unfortunate that so many govt employees have to continue to work without being paid, all because our elected officials are in a high-stakes game of poker, using peoples’ livelihoods and paychecks as chips, the show must go on.

Traditionally, sports talk radio tends to shy away from political issues, because, as cliché as it sounds, sports are an escape from the divisive issues which divide us elsewhere in our lives on a daily basis.

But with so many people being affected by the shutdown, especially in Washington, D.C. where the decision to shut everything down was made, it’s virtually unavoidable.

So how does one navigate the treacherous waters of relating such a polarizing topic back to sports, without offending anyone?

A gentle hand and a little self-deprecation help. With that, let’s hand if off to Holden and Danny on 106.7 The Fan.

“Obviously now I know the government is shutdown,” Danny Rouhier said. “If you could just wave a magic wand and shut something down in sports, what would it be?”

“Probably us,” Holden Kushner returned. “Probably this show.”

Danny: Just to start things off to make sure?

Holden: Yea, just shut down hours number two, three and four, leave us with one hour.

D: Pay is the same.

H: Pay us more.

D: Or more, yea.

H: Seriously, what would I do? And if you want to tell us you’d shut me down, or Danny – actually, don’t say Danny, because Danny will get upset. If you want to shut the show down, or me down, or anybody down, go ahead and do so: 800-636-1067. Who would you shut down in sports?

H: Stephen A. Smith. His mouth. Not the person, he can live all he wants, but his mouth needs to stop.

Nicely done, boys. Here’s to hoping a resolution can be reached swiftly so everyone can get back to work sooner, rather than later.

Until then, engage with us and let us know: Who would you shut down in sports? Please, save the Strasburg jokes.

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