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As only the Olbyloons can, they are just full of theories about why Dan Patrick is really leaving ESPN.
I present to you the unedited remarks of Keith's biggest fan: Orinenglish/BerryBush/Kathy/Tru, straight from the wacky state of Ohio where all of Keith's craziest fans come from:
Wow. Just when people were doubting he had something big to announce. It was obvious from the start of his show today that he was going to announce his departure. When, and for what, if anything, was still open. And the " for what" part still is.Catalyst? Funny you should ask what the catalyst was, Kim. Because I get the funniest feeling that once again, somewhere back in the bowels of The Worldwide Leader, someone is pounding a fist and saying "That Damn Olbermann! I KNEW letting him in the back door was a mistake." Why? Not because I think Keith necessarily dropped any hints in Dan's ear that he should leave. But because I find myself wondering exactly how much Dan, the Loyal Company Man, the man who could have retired from ESPN with a gold watch if he wanted to, found himself reexamining his life merely by being once again in regular contact with Keith at a time when Keith was achieving unprecedented success in his life after ESPN. When Keith first left, the morality tale seemed obvious. It was the story of the Prodigal Son, who was going to abandon his "family" out of some vague sense of discontent, wander the world, try to find a better life, squander his talents and skills, and most likely end up either crawling back home on hands and knees begging to be taken back, or end up coming to no decent end. Meanwhile, Dan, the Good Son, was going to stay home and continue to tend the family farm and keep everyone, including himself, happy. But how did that story really end, anyway? As Keith peregrinated from MSNBC to Fox and out again to part-time work at CNN and eventually back to MSNBC on a fairly low-rated, unhyped show, there was no reason to assume that he was suddenly going to taste as much, if not more, success than he did at the zenith of his powers cohosting SportsCenter with Dan. But in the past year or so, things started to gel for Keith in a whole new way. Suddenly his ratings were up, his praises were being sung, he was the topic of one news article after another, and he was re-signing with MSNBC to the tune of more money and even more exposure.
My, you'd almost think that Ms. Orinenglish/Tru/Kathy/BerryBush had a degree or six in psychology wouldn't you? She must be that Psych chick who used to run the QT galpal forum she seems such an expert at psychoanalyzing Mr. Patrick doesn't she? Of course, it's fairly clearly she's absolutely ignorant where the term "success" is concerned--who defines success as coming in third in the all-important key-demo? Who would define success as never having, not even once, beat Fox News overall or in the key-demo over the course of four years on the air? But facts never get in the way of the Olbyloons where their beloved Olby is concerned. Back to Orinenglish/Tru/BerryBush/Kathy/Psych:
And it all happened while Dan Patrick, loyal water carrier for the same boss for forever, sat by and watched. I wonder how much the daily drip, drip, drip of information and publicity about the Man Who Was Saving the Democracy caused Dan to rethink his own career. Whether or not he didn't feel just like the Good Son did when the Prodigal Son returned and Dad killed the fatted calf for him. Only in this version of the story, the prodigal didn't return as a desperate wretch, but as a surprising success. It's easy to imagine Dan, a man in midlife who had become comfortable, but maybe a little too comfortable, with his job, asking himself "Is this all there is?" "Are there other things I can do?" And How am I ever going to find out if I don't step out of my comfort zone and step off a cliff like Keith did?"
It's apparently very easy for Orinenglish/Kathy/Tru/BerryBush/Tru to imagine quite a lot isn't it? Why it's almost like she's Dan's best friend (and part-time psychoanalyst)! Or maybe instead of hearing voices in her head she thinks that she IS the voice inside of Dan Patrick's head.
Keith may not have said a word to Dan to provoke any of this. But I wouldn't be at all surprised if, when these thoughts ran through Dan's head, he didn't first share them with Keith. Maybe even before admitting them to his own wife.
If Dan is discussing career matters with Keith before his wife or his agent, I hope that Patrick spends at least some of his new found time in marriage counseling and seeking our a new agent!
What if I do what you did, Keith? What if I decide to take the chance? Am I being an idiot, throwing away everything I've built up over 18 years? Or is it worth it, just so I find out what could have been if I hadn't stayed safe? And if I do it, what do I say when people come up to me and yell "You idiot, why on earth did you quit every manâ€™s dream job?" It's tough for anyone, especially a man with a wife and children who count on him, to make a midlife job or employer change. It's even tougher when he's worked for so long in the same place. And tougher yet when he's not being forced into it, but choosing it, so that everyone questions his sanity. And tougher still when he doesn't even have a new job lined up. Being Dan Patrick probably doesnâ€™t make it a whole lot easier, famous name and likely financial cushion aside.
What would Keith do? Is the new mantra of the radical left? Or just everyday life for the Olbyloons? And yes Kathy/Orienenglish/Tru/BerryBush/Psych: I'm just so sure that a laid-off factory worker would agree with you that Dan Patrick's plight is so much tougher.
But I have faith in Dan. He's got talent, he's got likability, he's got what it takes and he can take it many places. I could see him hosting his own syndicated talk show, for example, and not just on sports. Or even a network show. Men and women would watch him. I think his opportunities are wide open. Now he won't have to be nagged by the question "What if?" anymore. And wherever he goes, whatever he does, heâ€™ll have the comfort of knowing that when he does so, he'll do it with the full support of a guy who knows exactly what itâ€™s like to hear the words "You CHOSE to leave ESPN? Why????" God bless ya, Dan. I'll be watching to see what happens.
Well, just so long as Orinenglish/BerryBush/Kathy/Tru/Psych has faith in Dan's career choices, I'm sure he'll be fine! And yes, Keith Olbermann has been a career model for many. Why I'm sure that aspiring broadcasters want to be just like Keith, fired and washed up and out from how many networks is it? ESPN, Fox Sports, MSNBC (the first time), and how many local stations? And so many people when getting their own show on a network aspire to being THIRD in the all-important key-demo! For the record, since leaving ESPN television, Dan Patrick has been the host of ABC's basketball coverage including the NBA playoffs and finals. Dan made it to the broadcast network level years before Olbermann did but of course, in this elaborate (and we do mean elaborate) Olbyloon scenario, it's Olby-won who is dispensing career advice to the hapless Dan Patrick. Only in Olbyworld kiddies, only in Olbyworld!
Another loonatic theory:
I agree with Orinenglish on this. All day I was thinking "I bet KO influenced this", even if not intentionally. I also thought of two additional possibilities. First, that Keith had told Dan he could not do the Big Show come the fall once he starts the football gig and that influenced Dan that this was a good time to end the show, and also that possibly Keith has some connections outside of sports (maybe MSNBC but also other places) that Dan has spoken with so DP knows he is marketable and was more secure in making the leap.
Yes, Dan Patrick has only been doing the radio show since 1999, I'm just so sure that he can't possible begin to even think of doing a show without Olbermann!
Recently on the show, Keith DID gently needle Dan about having had only one employer his whole life. I wondered at the time where that came from. They must have been talking about it behind the scenes, as Dan bounced the pros and cons of leaving or staying off his friend. Keith's success seemed to fuel the friendly competition theyve always had going.
Wow--seems Olbermann forgets that Patrick worked at CNN before he went to ESPN and had jobs in local radio and television prior to that. Olbermann get a fact wrong? So if Keith can't even get his friend's career history straight, how is he supposed to be able to dispense career advice exactly? I guess the same way he dispenses career advice to Bush/Cheney and the GOP on a nightly basis, based on nothing but the voices in his head, and the advice of convicted felons like John Dean!