Off the Wall
by Ken Dunkin
For most of my life I have criticized athletes who left their teams before finishing what they started for the organzation.
Everyone from Jack Clark, Brett Hull and Roger Clemens, to any scrub that left as a free agent - everyone was a target. I think I changed my mind, though, with the end of my talk show recently.
I have gone through both roles. At The Current I have stuck out five long years. I have written for nearly every section, taken photos, and done lots of other fun things.
With my talk show, Bodyslam (www.bodyslamradio.com) it has been a nice year-and-a-half run.
The differnce between the two is great. At The Current I have done pretty much what I have wanted to do. Next year I will fulfill my final want here when I become the managing editor of the paper. I love the place and when I finally decide to walk away I will know that I have done what I wanted to do. I did it my way and to me that has been the most fulfillng part of my time here.
With Bodyslam it has been an entirely different kind of era of my life. The show came to end in Columbia, Mo. last Monday. While I have tired of driving well over 100 miles every Monday, there is something rewarding about doing a job well done.
The thing is it wasn't my choice to end the show. My co-host Chris Gough, or Big Country as he is known on the show, is going to work for the World Wrestling Federation in Stamford, Conn. His move left me up a creek without a paddle.
With his move the show was done.
Like all the athletes that I had complained about who had left for greener pastures when they hadn't finished the job they started, this time I had to learn to let the feeling go. For once, I won't have closure on a job.
Finally, I understand why the players have bailed out on otherwise great situations. When you're in the same situation, it is tough. There are many upset people in Columbia. Many want the show to continue. But Bodyslam as we had done it, was finished.
It just couldn't continue the way it was. Just like the Chiago Bulls, once one of the pieces leaves the show, it may as well be busted to pieces. It just wouldn't have been right. Things change and that I guess is something that I will forever have to get used to.
I'm not saying that I like change, in fact I hate it with a passion. I would rather have things stay the same way for the rest of my life, well maybe not live with my parents forever but you get the point.
So all in all, it comes back to sports. Sports at UM-St. Louis has been great to me. Through it I have proved what I can do, for better or worse. Most of all, I have met some really great people and had great times. UM-St. Louis athletics have been good to me and I wish the same to every sports editor who will follow in my shoes. If they can have half as much fun as I have then it is going to be one hell of an experience for them.
Which brings me to my latest dilemma. Do I let the show die the death that it ultimately should? Or do I continue the show to delvelop the same closure that I have with The Current? I'm not really quite sure yet, but if you hear a rather odd wrestling show on your favorite radio station don't change the station. Just know that Dunkin and Bodyslam have struck again.