If you are acquainted with the sports radio scene in Chicago you may know there is likely no one as refreshingly bright, articulate and most times entertaining than Dan Bernstein...longtime afternoon partner of savvy veteran Terry Boers on 670 The Score. Dan recognizes that what happens on the various playing fields and arenas is essentially entertainment, not to be taken overly seriously, even if the callers do. Of course, with exception to Mike from Milwaukee. When truly significant stories arise Dan excels. Witness his well informed, illuminating work on CTE/ head trauma/concussion issues and more recently, his bitingly accurate commentary on all things Penn State/Sandusky/JoePa. (though I have grown tired of the constant use of 'anal rape')
Bernstein has often expressed his disdain for women’s sports, doing so once again on this past Friday’s show. Nothing wrong with expressing “opinion” as in “There is no reason whatsoever to watch women’s sports”, but sweeping generalizations are often troublesome. Citing the obvious & vast gulf between the WNBA & the NBA is completely valid. No comparison. It’s like comparing Laila Ali to her father in his prime. Clearly these are contests where male superior size, strength & speed are unquestioned.
But, after glossing over women’s tennis, “I guess some people like it”, Dan went on to deride the LPGA, “ The course setups are easy, they aren’t out there shaping shots!” Here Dan is out over his proverbial skis. The major difference between the men’s & women’s game is distance. The ability to “shape” a shot, control ball flight, play from a short side bunker, and putt well is not exclusive to the PGA.
I would love if Dan would attend an LPGA event. The U. S. Women's Open runs July 5-8 and is being held at Blackwolf Run, Kohler WI. A stay at the five-star resort is reason enough to go but I'm certain the level of golf will surprise him. Or at the very least, I ask Dan to actually watch a women's tournament on one on his flat screens before developing a conclusive opinion. He, like most of us, is better when he is well informed.
I remain optimistic about Dan's opinion of the LPGA. Heck, there was a time when Dan didn't want to be involved with the sensation known as Twitter. And now he is has become one of the more prolific tweeters in the city...even uses it to challenge his followers to complete his NYT crossword puzzles. I look forward to the day I hear Dan say he is on Team Lincicome!