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The Meck Radio Show w/ Paul Finebaum - Writer and Talk Show Legend. 12/19/06
www.TheMeck.com Posted 4:55a ct. Show Time: 45 Mins.
Meck visits with his friend .. Paul Finebaum.
An in-depth interview with the host of The Finebaum Radio Network.
Re article on Football in Alabama: The New York Times called Finebaum:
'The State's most influential sports columnist and talk show host.'
Fans read Finebaum and listen all over the south and the country. www.Finebaum.com
Finebaum shares about his father. 'We were like best friends.'
' First memory ..'Playing out in the front yard with the ball.'
'Age 7 or 8 - We lived in Memphis - drove 500 miles to Chicago for my first Major League game.' - PF
'Sports was our life. He took me to Yankee Stadium when I was 10 or 11.'
"I could probably tell you more about what I did with my Dad [when I was 8]
than yesterday's talk show.' - Paul Finebaum
' My mother was the drill sergeant.'
' She took me to my little league games. I played every sport. Not sure I was good at any.'
' Her role really took off when I was 15.' [ Dad died]
'She taught me a little humility . Don't take yourself so seriously.'
Finebaum talks about their close friendship ..
Her calling him many times in a press box in the deep south.
He got his up-front honesty from his mom.
'There was room for discussion I guess .. unless my mother was talking.' - PF
''I'm almost a mix of both. Brutal honesty of my mother.
Suttleness, sense of humor, low key, from my Dad. I think it works.' - Paul Finebaum.
Remarkable story from Paul re his Mother. [Just before flying to New York.]
[ Ignoring reminder note to cut grass] 'You are not leaving until you cut the grass Paul.'
'I took off my maroon polyester suit and cut the grass.'
' I learned .. No matter how important you think you are ..
You are not more important than your mother's admonitions.' - PF
Meck asks Paul .. What's it like to have so many people dislike you?
' For a while you thrive on it. You do get sick of being hated.'
' It's taught me a lot about life.' I've learned from it.
You learn to take the flattery with the criticism.' - Paul Finebaum
Enjoy Most .. Writing or being a talk show host?
Paul talks about his memories of Coach Bryant. A classic John Forney conversation.
[Interv. with Coach Bryant every week.]
The day after he died. Visiting his office. Coach Bryant's secretary. The telephone message in his box.
'The best story sometimes is away from the brightest lights and people.' - PF
Riding in the funeral procession from Tuscaloosa to Elmwood. [ Reporting for the Post-Herald]
'Witnessed The Most Extrordinary 45-50 mins. I've ever had. The throngs of people.'
'Talking into a tape recorder .. tears rolling down my cheeks. Like everyone - crying my eyes out.' - PF
Since Coach Bryant and Coach Stallings ..
What's missing most from Alabama football - the last 10 years?
' Commitment to Excellence.'
' Coaching Staff, Media, Fans find excuses .. instead of demanding and expecting the best. Lowered their standard.' - PF
Fav Interv ? ' One is Arnold Palmer.' - 1984 PGA Championship [35-40 min. interv.]
Football - ' Eddie Robinson. He isn't appreciated enough.' - PF
On Donald Watkins: 'Probably the smartest and most interesting man I've ever met.'
' Dream foursome .. Tiger and Donald. He's never played. I could take his money.'
' Everytime I'm around him [Donald] .. I'm mesmerized.'
'He has the Charisma of the greatest evangelist. The Wit of a comedian.
The Passion of a motivational speaker. The quiet Charm of an every day guy.
Merge that together and you have a Real Genius.' - Paul Finebaum.
Paul talks about dinner with Spurrier and Pat Sullivan and their Heisman discussion.
Golf - ' Go out there and everything else seems secondary.'
'I play with my wife because no one else will play with me.'
'She's never heard of the rules of golf.' - PF
Your callers. Christmas present for Shane ?
' For my own sanity - A Rag. He's funny. He knows everything.'
I-Man ?' I admire a guy who will call every day and get pummeled. He's loyal.'
Jim from Tuscaloosa ? 'The Best Caller in Radio. Passion. Intelligence. 150 mph at all times.' - PF
Music .. ? Lionel Richie .. Phil Collins .. Neil Young .. Bruce Springsteen.
Music with a message. - PF
' If the radio gig doesn't work out .. I'm thinking about being a Hip-Hop star.'
- Paul Finebaum.
Thanks Paul for your honesty and insight.
Thanks for your T I M E and taking us way behind the microphone.
On the net: www.Finebaum.com
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Throw me the ball Daddy
I've been waiting all day
I'm so glad you're home and we got some time
So Let's go out and play
Just me and you
It's my favorite thing to do
Daddy I'm tellin' the truth
T I M E time
Spells L O V E love
And Love is the one thing
This world needs more of
The choice is up to you
So what will you do
With your T I M E Time
and your L O V E love
I'll never forget you Daddy
You taught me the game so well
It's taken me places I never dreamed
So many stories to tell
How the time has come and gone
And now I have a son of my own
And I'm making sure your memory lives on
I've heard it said a time or two
This game of life can take from you
But I found out love isn't really love
Till you give it away