Podcast Discussion - "Thelonius Monk's Table?" - 7.1.20

Bill Lehecka

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Tony opens the show by talking to Jeanne McManus about the passing of Carl Reiner. Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated calls in to talk about how college sports are trying to deal with coming back this Fall, Gary Braun calls in to catch up with Tony about how his kids are handling school and what his daughter Sydney plans to do about her upcoming Freshman year, and Tony closes out the show by opening up the Mailbag.



Songs : Dan Bern "You Cannot Be Serious" ; River Iris "Bet On Your Love"
 

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During the mailbag, Tony mentioned he has a DC area priest who prays for him. I'm imagining what Carl Reiner or Mel Brooks would say.
 

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During the mailbag, Tony mentioned he has a DC area priest who prays for him. I'm imagining what Carl Reiner or Mel Brooks would say.
This atheist happily accepted prayers and good wishes from Christians, Muslims, Mormons, followers of Judaism, and even a Baha’i dude during the two unfortunate liver incidents.

It ain’t ever bad to have folks putting good thoughts out there for you. I’m not as thrilled about the college friend who always prays that I will change my sinful beliefs, but there you go.
 

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This atheist happily accepted prayers and good wishes from Christians, Muslims, Mormons, followers of Judaism, and even a Baha’i dude during the two unfortunate liver incidents.

It ain’t ever bad to have folks putting good thoughts out there for you. I’m not as thrilled about the college friend who always prays that I will change my sinful beliefs, but there you go.
One day at the gym, some dude was praying for every guy's assorted maladies in the sauna. Luckily, I sniffed out what was happening from the jump and since I already had my earbuds in I just closed my eyes. This made it easy to pretend I didn't hear him when he eventually--and inevitably--tried to engage me. We were the only 2 remaining, so he got bored and left; most likely in search of someone else to bother. Pray for me all you want, but not in front of me. I may as well do it myself, if that's the case.
 

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This atheist happily accepted prayers and good wishes from Christians, Muslims, Mormons, followers of Judaism, and even a Baha’i dude during the two unfortunate liver incidents.

It ain’t ever bad to have folks putting good thoughts out there for you. I’m not as thrilled about the college friend who always prays that I will change my sinful beliefs, but there you go.
Whatever fairy tale gets you through the day.
 

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Not a bad episode. No golf talk, no opening mailbag. Except that it was basically the same conversation with Gary that he's had with him the last four times he's been on.

As an aside, if you like college sports (even casually), listen to Forde's podcast with Dan Wetzel and Pete Thamel that he referenced. It is freakin funny.
 
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Not a bad episode. No golf talk, no opening mailbag. Except that it was basically the same conversation with Gary that he's had with him the last four times he's been on.
I laughed out loud when Super G dropped the Bethesda Bagel read. That said, I agree with your point about his appearances of late. Basketball analogy, Gary isn’t the type of guy who creates his own offense. He relies on reacting to what’s going on with the other players on the court to get his points.

I don’t like bagging on Michael because he seems like a decent dude but the show is better without him around. TK is more focused on being Mr. Tony when Michael isn’t around. Mr. Tony is good for the show’s energy. When Mr. Tony is intermittently replaced by Michael’s dad, the energy just gets sucked right out of the show (ie. My boy shot a 66. This coming from a guy who mocked littles for coming up to him and talking about what their kids know/can do).
 

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Nail on the head there. In my opinion, the quality of the show dipped significantly once Michael became a regular.

As you said, probably a nice guy but boring as hell.
He's be good on like "All Things Considered" or some other NPR show. Except for Car Talk. They're funny.

Also for what it's worth Carl Reiner was not involved in When Harry Met Sally - that was his wife in the deli scene, but the movie was written by Norah Ephron.
 
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