My disdain for local sports talk show host Steve Duemig of 620 WDAE is no secret to any of the readers of this site. This is one of the most hyprotical men on the face on the face of the earth, and on top of that, just a generally terrible sports talk show host. Duemig is callous, hard-headed and stirs up controversy for no other reason than he has nothing else to bring to the table besides garbage. His predictions, prognostications, statements and general gossip are routinely laughed at by those who aren’t suckered in by the mere fact that he occupies the drive home time slot on the biggest sports talk show station in the Bay Area.
This is a man who has blown relationships with local writers, national writers (all will name unmentioned) and supposedly got into a fistfight with a local (very big) writer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and a respected member in the Tampa Bay community. This is the same man who openly campaigned for the release of TE Jerramy Stevens due to his past transgressions, than subsequently was arrested weeks later for an alleged DUI, cue the “all people mentioned in this post charged with crimes are guilty until proven innocent” line. HIS THIRD INVOLVEMENT WITH FREAKING DUI’S! Duemig also was the same genius who broke the story about the Buccaneers being moved to Los Angeles in 2000, about Phil Mickelson’s alleged gambling debts, and in all of these scenarios, his “unnamed sources” always take the fall for his preposterous musings.
There is one thing I’m sure of…he has had it out for Jon Gruden since the day he replaced Tony Dungy. The only time in which this stance was not apparent was when interviewing Gruden, he would act like he liked him (coward), but with no Gruden around he made no bones about hating the man. No matter the results on the football field, the campaign remained strong…to run Jon Gruden out of town. Well, apparently his venom finally got him his wish.
It is being reported now from the St Pete Times, unabashed Gruden haters as well, that the Glazers not only sought the advice of a few players on the football team, but also sought the advice of the fans.
“We talked to a lot of people, but we not only talked to the players, but (also) out in the community getting a feel for the team,” co-owner Bryan Glazer told the Times today at the Super Bowl media center in Tampa, Fla. “We get opinions and we mix them all together. We just took our time making that decision.”
“Our fans are our stockholders. They’re what we play for — the people in our stadium and the ones that watch on TV. That’s what it’s all about: winning and how they feel about the team. If they don’t feel good about the team, then there’s something wrong. . . I think you all know the sense that’s out there. It was time for a change.”
“I THINK YOU ALL KNOW THE SENSE THAT’S OUT THERE!” – That is classic. The funny thing to me, is I’ll give the man credit for the first time in my life. Although he helped me personally propel a cause I had undertaken (the ouster of ex-Rays owner Vince Naimoli via Oust Naimoli) to a national stage, by allowing me to talk about Oust Naimoli on the air, I never liked the guy, and never will. He did accomplish his goal though, Jon Gruden and Bruce Allen are gone, let’s see how long he gives the new regime before calling for their heads for 4 hours a day, 5 days a week.