Initially, I found myself dreading turning on the station the morning after a Pirates or Steelers loss. I certainly didn't want to relive the experience on the drive in. I noticed, however, that very little of the sports radio show is actually about...well...sports. They'll mention a game in passing, sure, but it's mainly filled with process stories. The Ray Rice/Roger Goodell saga, the cap space required to sign Russell Martin, the patterns going forward for teams, the cadence of a post-game interview, the warning signs from a win, the positives from a loss, and the nature of penalties, rules, and NFL branding all fill the airwaves to such a point that it's easy to think that that is the reason people watch sports in the first place. For some sports it makes sense. Hockey doesn't start for another month so they need something to talk about until then. Football only plays once a week and there's only so much pre and post game analysis one can do. Baseball plays daily, so one would think there'd be plenty to discuss each morning and afternoon, yet we still get hung up in "what roster moves will the Pirates make in six weeks?" The show isn't about sports, it's about sports-related ideas.
Of course, that's the "'problem" in any field, especially in education. Much of what I, other teachers, and students do each day has nothing to education. There's clerical work, the management strategies, extra-curricular advertising, lunches, delivering instructions, lesson plans all which seem like teaching...but they're really just teaching-related. At the end of the day, it's always important to consider if learning actually took place. If not, then we may as well just open a radio station and start complaining for a living. I hear they do quite well.