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January 21, 2011 10:04 AM   Subscribe

NPR's Carl Kasell reads the pregame pep talk from Any Given Sunday.
posted by me3dia (34 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
I love you, Carl Kasell.
posted by The Michael The at 10:12 AM on January 21, 2011 [4 favorites]


Here's hoping it doesn't work.
posted by drezdn at 10:20 AM on January 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh gosh, the concept is great, but I feel like the team, upon hearing this, would crawl under a pile of coats and take a nap.
posted by wackjobbery at 10:24 AM on January 21, 2011 [4 favorites]


It amuses me how much this works as a standard, navel-gazing NPR piece. :)
posted by Mr. Excellent at 10:29 AM on January 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


Wait Wait Don't Tell Me has been ruined for me since this 2006 comment about how perfectly middle-brow it is.
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 10:32 AM on January 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Sharks went on to lose, 57-10.
posted by boo_radley at 10:32 AM on January 21, 2011


Now can he do it on my home answering machine?
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 10:33 AM on January 21, 2011


I love Carl Kasell's voice, and am considering using this as a great background noise piece for my work listening. As wackjobbery points out, it's so smooooth.

Derail: anyone know other places to get recordings of him that aren't "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me?" clips?
posted by wenestvedt at 10:34 AM on January 21, 2011


I love Carl Kasell. He donated to the non-profit I chaired. We needed the money, but we happily would have accepted his voice on our answering machine. Thanks Carl!
posted by infinitewindow at 10:42 AM on January 21, 2011


Sweet. Now have Ira Glass do it, then play it over the loudspeakers at the beginning of the Super Bowl so everyone watching it on TV will turn it off and decide never to watch football again.
posted by The World Famous at 10:47 AM on January 21, 2011 [4 favorites]


...I feel like the team, upon hearing this, would crawl under a pile of coats and take a nap.
We can only hope.
posted by Floydd at 10:55 AM on January 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


These Premises Are Alarmed: "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me has been ruined for me since this 2006 comment about how perfectly middle-brow it is"

That comment can bite me. Middle-brow or not, I love that show.
posted by brundlefly at 10:56 AM on January 21, 2011 [7 favorites]


No problem; I totally shave my middle-brow.
posted by found missing at 10:59 AM on January 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


That comment can bite me. Middle-brow or not, I love that show.

Not to mention, championing "Whad'ya Know?" instead? That show is like Prairie Home Companion on sleeping pills.
posted by kmz at 11:00 AM on January 21, 2011 [5 favorites]


Wait Wait Don't Tell Me has been ruined for me since this 2006 comment about how perfectly middle-brow it is.

It hasn't ruined it for me. On the contrary, I like my Saturday middle-brow NPR pablum, including Paula Poundstone's softly snorting laughter. The white noise all helps me doze off and take a good mid-afternoon nap.
posted by blucevalo at 11:04 AM on January 21, 2011


Relevant to this post and this comment, I also love the Alec Baldwin NPR pledge promos. They make me have all these feelings about Alec Baldwin that I've never had before.
posted by liketitanic at 11:05 AM on January 21, 2011 [5 favorites]


If WWDTM isn't cutting it and you like your accents English, try The News Quiz.
posted by boo_radley at 11:05 AM on January 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


oh, previously, I guess.
posted by liketitanic at 11:06 AM on January 21, 2011


Those promos are great, liketitanic. Thanks for the link!
posted by brundlefly at 11:17 AM on January 21, 2011


A B P. ALWAYS BE PLEDGING.
posted by liketitanic at 11:23 AM on January 21, 2011


I'd just like to say, yes, I do have Carl Kassel's voice on my answering machine*. Well, actually, not anymore, because I got remarried and, despite Carl Kassel's voice, Wifey wouldn't be happy being left off the message. I wonder if Carl will do a re-do if life circumstances change...just don't tell him I'm rooting for the Packers this weekend. Wifey is from Wisconsin, so I'm obligated; it was in the vows.

Huh. Wifey seems to ruin everything Carl Kassel does these days.

* Sorry, it's RealAudio; I was on WWDTM way back in 2001...
posted by AzraelBrown at 11:31 AM on January 21, 2011 [3 favorites]


AzraelBrown, this totally makes you MeFi's Own(TM) to me.
posted by liketitanic at 11:33 AM on January 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Sharks went on to lose, 57-10

Dammit people, know your crappy movies. The pep talk inspires the Sharks to beat the Knights in the last game shown in the movie. As the final press conference scene unfolds you figure out that they won the conference then lost in the not-Superbowl. I'm guessing Al delegated not-Superbowl pep talk duties to Carl Kassel.
posted by IanMorr at 11:40 AM on January 21, 2011


"Because that’s what living is. The six inches in front of your face."

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THATS WHAT SHE SAID!
posted by pjaust at 11:49 AM on January 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


brundlefly: " That comment can bite me. Middle-brow or not, I love that show."

Same here. :)

Brian Williams' Bill Clinton impersonation in this segment was hilarious.
posted by zarq at 12:01 PM on January 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


IanMorr: "I'm guessing Al delegated not-Superbowl pep talk duties to Carl Kassel."

That was the joke, thank you for beating it to death while explaining why you were beating it to death.
posted by boo_radley at 12:04 PM on January 21, 2011


Dammit people, know your crappy movies.

I think the joke is that this version of the speech is so uninspiring that the Sharks would have gotten blown out in the conference championship game and never even made it to the Not Superbowl.
posted by nathancaswell at 12:04 PM on January 21, 2011


(I do still prefer WWDTM to Whattaya Know. That Feldman is an inane twit.)
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 1:45 PM on January 21, 2011


I began to notice that if I had been on Metafilter before listening to "Wait wait don't tell me", I knew all the answers. Good sign or bad? You decide.
posted by acrasis at 4:33 PM on January 21, 2011


(I do still prefer WWDTM to Whattaya Know. That Feldman is an inane twit.)

Whattaya Know always struck me as what you'd get if an NPR executive went insane and gave Garrison Keillor a game show.
posted by Johnny Assay at 4:39 PM on January 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


Hey, I'm back! I listened to "Wait, wait" and I totally got the answer right about the gangster nicknames thanks to Metafilter. But here's what I want to say about Carl Kasell after 24 hr of thought on the topic. What we really love about him is that he's not very good at acting things out. We appreciate his *gameness*, his willingness to entertain us, which he will do no matter what.
posted by acrasis at 8:52 AM on January 22, 2011


Your plan backfired, Carl.
posted by drezdn at 6:19 AM on January 24, 2011


Perfectly middle-brow? It's a frickin' game show, not Gilbert & Sullivan!
posted by infinitewindow at 10:03 PM on January 24, 2011


Sorry, I suppose. But it really is a terrible terrible show.
posted by Mid at 5:41 PM on January 27, 2011


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