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Best Sports-Talk Radio Host Minneapolis 2009 - Dan Cole, KFAN

Dan Cole, KFAN

1600 Utica Ave. S

Minneapolis, MN 55416

651-989-1130

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Luckily for local sports fans, the Common Man Dan Cole, a local sports media institution, survived last year's layoffs, which didn't spare longtime KFANer Chad Hartman. The corporate-ordered cull, coupled with Jeff Dubay's firing for a drug arrest last year, leaves Cole as the last of the KFAN old guard, making his self-deprecating, in-joke-laden, occasionally insightful, and often hilarious "progrum" all the more important to local airwaves. Whether he's breaking down the U of M football season, mocking local pro sports ownership, or (more likely) analyzing his own golf game, Cole is a shot of amusing cynicism and humor that sports-obsessed desk jockeys need to get through the day.
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Dik LaPine
Dik LaPine

Dan,

I couldn't believe my ears over the discussion that you had with Rosie about the basketball player who confessed the ball went off of him. The commercial depicts how I coached. Sure, I only coached at the junior high level in a school in Michigan, but our high school coach that I was under also coached the same way. We coached in the model of John Wooden. The purpose of the sport was to train boys to develop character of manhood. I was ashamed of Rosen after I heard his take on it. The team trumps truth seemed to be his motto. That's ridiculous! The score doesn't matter, but the character is the bottom line. If you coach right, the team would be also of that same character and would have fully understood why the player confessed. It was because it was the truth. I also don't understand how Tennebee believed it usurpt the authority of the referee. Authority in the referee that will refuse to overturn a call is prideful and ignorant. I also refereed in another time in my life. My mentor taught me that humility was the best trait for a referee. We wanted the right call to be made at all costs. If a ref doesn't see a call, he asks for help from the other ref. To tell you the truth, I have even had to stop the game and ask for a parent's video camera from the stands to help me make the call. The best referee is one who doesn't call attention to himself, but makes the right call even if it hurts his reputation or his authority. The call is all that matters. When I coached Little League I reversed tons of calls against my team. After all, most referees at that level are young kids and don't know how to get in position to make calls or can be intimidated. So, I ask Rosie, "Do you live by the ethics you learned in your life of sports?" I love you, Common. I have grown to appreciate you more each day. You give me hope for the future that there are men like you who want to raise up honest, truthful men. Tell Rosie to read John Wooden on Leadership, and then tell us we are wrong.

AL  THOMPSON
AL THOMPSON

NEW OUT DOOR STADIUM,, EASY, SAVE MONEY AN TAKE THE DOME OFF, EQUALS OUTDOOR STADIUM AN ITS DIFFERENT AN NEW,,

JOEL
JOEL

I HAVE A BET WITH MATT A FRIEND OF MINE ON WHAT THE MUSIC YOU PLAY IS DURING YOUR MENTAL MIND BREAKS? CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT WE ALL PASS THAT LITTLE DIDDY OF TIME WITH IS CALLED?

wet willie
wet willie

His show is UNLISTENABLE. Tired bits used over and over and over..I guess his fans must think it's charming - I just think it's boring, repetitive and unimaginative. Like fingernails on a chalkboard. BTW, the homersota website was not Cole's - but he got a lot of tired mileage out of it! The 'Ialways' bit he stole from PA and is irritating to no end! He's the worst of the line-up - except for maybe Cove and Lake.

Paul Allen
Paul Allen

Common clearly carry's this station! Sometimes I can't even stand my own homerism so Common is the perfect follow up to balance out the world! The radio station actually starts getting interesting at noon after hours of terrible shows!

DanCole
DanCole

I can't stand Dan Cole I don't know how he lasted the layoffs. I change the channel when it's 12 and pick back up at 3. Barreiro is great. If i ranked KFAN personalities in order: 1. Barreiro 2. PA 3. Cory Coves 4. Henry Lake/The Packer Dude ... last place is Morning Show Producer with Dan Cole a close 2nd to last. The morning show producer needs to just produce. Stop singing and stop talking about Nascar. I don't mind Dan's takes when he calls in on other shows. However it's just too painful to listen to him for extended periods of time.

Jamaal Gilbert
Jamaal Gilbert

The Common Man is clearly the best sports radio personality in the count---, in the regi---, in the mid-level Twin Cities market.

I always love that one.

Hopefully our boy wins for 13, 14 more years in a row.

Glarbtron
Glarbtron

I ALWAYS I ALWAYS I ALWAYS LOVED THAT ONE.

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