Like you, I am heartbroken and devastated by the news out of Las Vegas with reports of 50 people killed and more than 400 taken to the hospital following a shooting at a concert on the Strip. My thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones, those who were wounded, and everyone who was impacted by last night.
My job is to communicate. The very definition of this show, and really of who I am, is that I have words. You can’t have a radio show without words, but at the moment, I don’t have words. Truthfully, because there are none. Not when you read the accounts of eyewitnesses or see the videos from the event. There is nothing to say to that or about that.
I’ve been to Las Vegas countless times. Most of you listening probably have as well. I’ve walked the Strip, I’ve been in the Mandalay Bay and the Luxor. Las Vegas has always been a very special place to me.
To see it as we’re seeing it now, is a nightmare, but that is nothing compared to the nightmare for those who lost someone last night and for those who survived last night. Even saying the phrase “thoughts and prayers” seems hollow and empty now, because it feels like it’s something I’ve said on this show too many times after too many mass shootings.
As I’ve said before, this is a sports show. We talk about sports here, but as I’ve also said too many times lately, there are a lot of things that are bigger than sports, and while sports can be a welcome distraction and escape at times, it also seems utterly ridiculous to be talking about the Patriots defense or the Texans offense at a time like this.
This is a sports show. It’s not a news show. Or a political talk show. But I hope you’ll agree that it’s also not an ignorant show.
We’re not going to plug our ears and just talk sports no matter what, especially when something like this happens, when so many lives are lost and countless more shattered.
So I’ll do the show.
We can talk about sports, or at least we can try, but I also want to open it up to you. If you want to call, or email, or tweet the show about how you’re feeling or what you’re thinking, I’m open to that. Aside from the interviews, I don’t know what this show will look like or how it will feel, because this isn’t a normal show and this is not a normal day, and to act like it is, would be foolish.
I will say, again, Las Vegas is a city that so many of us have been to. There was a time when I’d go 3 times a year both for business and pleasure. I’ve had some of the best times of my life, professionally and personally in Las Vegas. When I first got my chance in the early 90s, my boxing coverage helped me get some traction. We did numerous shows from Vegas prior to the biggest fights; some of our best shows, in fact, because we had great access to fighters and trainers.
I even sat ringside with Al Bernstein once to do play by play of the Terry Norris-Meldrick Taylor fight. One of my favorites memories ever: boxing play by play on the radio: first and only time I did that. And there’s almost nothing like being in Vegas the week of a big fight; those of you who have been there for it, know what I’m talking about. And then personally, there have been countless couples trips and trips with the guys that have always been legendary. So when I think of Vegas, I think of some of the best times ever. So having been there so many times and having had some of the best times ever there, it’s so hard to see it as the site of absolute horror and tragedy.