If you think political talk radio is a brutal place, you should try sports talk radio. In the world of news talk, you have a biased hosed with a political agenda attempting to spin current events to make you see them his way. In the world of sports talk, you largely have a field of minds so jammed with statistics and dates that they are unable to form a point of view on anything other than a simple Vegas line, let alone manage to try to find a way to spin the event for the mindless masses who tune it. This can make listening to channels like Mad Dog Radio on Sirius and XM Radio an exercise in frustration. Yet it is an exercise that I perform almost daily, and occasionally I call in to try to straighten some of these guys out. My latest beef? The New York Knicks.
I've been rummaging through some top stories of the decade to try to pick a favorite. CNN has a list of top ten tech stories. MSNBC tries to pick the best TV series of the decade. FOX has the best and worst politics of the decade. ESPN sorts out the decade's best. The Chicago Tribune picked Obama's election as the top story of the decade.
So, what will I pick as my top story of the decade? I'm a bit conflicted here. Half of me wants to hold out, and the other half has already decided. I'm going with the second half. So, without further ado...
The Axis Of Stevil Show's Top Story Of The Decade
How about the fact that every major media outlet in the Country seems to have no idea when a decade ends.
This is so basic as to make one wonder how it can go unnoticed. Our calendar goes from 01 B.C. to 01 A.D. hence, there is no "zero" year. Since a decade is ten years, the first decade ended on December 31st of year ten. So perhaps the runner up story would be the dumbing down of America to the point that even major news networks are either unaware of this fact or do not care.
Some writers like to point out that since the common calendar starts from the year 1, its first full decade contained the years from 1 to 10, the second decade from 11 to 20, and so on. The interval from the year 2001 to 2010 could thus be called the 201st decade, using ordinal numbers.