OTC: That Dent In My Couch Is About To Get Some Time To Heal Itself

My Off The Couch column and the comments section that follows each column has always been a source of pride. I enjoyed the chance to share my thoughts with those who bothered to read my work. I write with a pointed opinion and I expected nothing less from those readers who agreed or disagreed with my stance on a subject.

The comments from readers – both pro and con – were just as entertaining for me and many of my readers.

Somewhere along the way that changed.

Instead of attracting intelligent, passionate and humorous repartee, my OTC column comments section has recently devolved into mostly immature blather. It just is not something with which I or my column wants to be associated. There are plenty of websites that welcome drivel – and even mine can handle some. But this constant deluge of dunces embarrasses me.

I am not much of a proponent of censoring those who read my work so shutting down the comments or blocking particular contributors is not an option. It might simply be time to move on.

There are a number of other writing projects I have wanted to spend more time on and this appears to be as good a time as any. I will continue to be active on Twitter and even occasionally post here on this website. But for now it appears time for me to get off the couch.

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About Greg Hall

Software guy who has been writing my Off The Couch column in KC newspapers, publications and websites since 1994. Has been bounced from some of the finest media establishments this side of State Line Road. Dad first and everything else second...and there are a lot of everything elses.
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164 Responses to OTC: That Dent In My Couch Is About To Get Some Time To Heal Itself

  1. Gassedup says:

    OMK. Keep poking Greg with a stick. Maybe he’ll share some secret dirt about radio personalities?

    • Old Man Kissel says:

      I’m just giving him the same treatment he says he gives the members of the media.

      810 scoops 610 once again.

      • Who is Old Man Kissel? says:

        I always wondered where the name “Old Man Kissel” came from. Turns out it is a character from an obscure movie Big Money Hustlas, and the character originated as Kissel on the Jerky Boys albums. Given the fact that several people at WHB are big Jerky Boy fans, I think we might have narrowed it down to who Old Man Kissel is. By the way, continuing to post insults at Greg’s old website is kind of pathetic behavior….

        • Old Man Kissel says:

          Don’t like what I say??? Then OF COURSE, I must be an 810 employee.

          By the way, sorry if I’m giving your hero the same medicine that he gave members of the media for almost twenty years. But unlike Hall, if I did it…I would of made money doing it.

          Oh and doing detective work on an anonymous internet poster is as you would say, “kind of pathetic behavior…”

          810 scoops 610 once again…

          • Phaedrus says:

            “would of”??

            Your a brite one, arnt yu Mr. Kissel.

            Just a guess, but you either work in radio or are a used car salesman.

            • Old Man Kissel says:

              Don’t like what I said…of course I must work in radio.

              Isn’t radio another thing Greg bombed at?

              810 scoops 610 once again…

              • TiberiusGracchus says:

                So Kissel you want us to believe that you are just a passionate FAN of KK(not 810 as you have let us know that you hate Petros crew). And not an employee or family member of KK…that is soo delusional that I am beginning to think you are actually KK.I still love you though…you are one of a kind. Keep on keepin!

                • Old Man Kissel says:

                  Don’t like what I’m saying? OF COURSE…I MUST BE KK.

                  Alot of news going on in the world of sports. Too bad Greg couldn’t make enough money doing this so we can know his takes on what people who are in the media think of it.

                  810 scoops 610 once again…

  2. 810 scoops 610 once again.. says:

    Sometimes, I wonder why no one takes me seriously.

    See, I have this compulsion, after every single thing I write anywhere, I can’t help but to include “810 scoops 610 once again…”

    Grocery list? “Milk, eggs, bread.

    810 scoops 610 once again…”

    Christmas cards? “Happy Holidays!

    810 scoops 610 once again…”

    Funeral book? “So sorry for your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to comfort you in this challenging time.

    810 scoops 610 once again…”

    Since I’m clearly an employee of 810, they love it. Most other people think it’s weird, but since I work for 810, they just kind of deal with it.

    I mean, you know, 810 scoops 610 once again…

    810 scoops 610 once again…

  3. 810 scoops 610 once again says:

    Sometimes, I wonder why no one takes me seriously.

    See, I have this compulsion, after every single thing I write anywhere, I can’t help but to include “810 scoops 610 once again…”

    Grocery list? “Milk, eggs, bread.

    810 scoops 610 once again…”

    Christmas cards? “Happy Holidays!

    810 scoops 610 once again…”

    Funeral book? “So sorry for your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to comfort you in this challenging time.

    810 scoops 610 once again…”

    Since I’m clearly an employee of 810, they love it. Most other people think it’s weird, but since I work for 810, they just kind of deal with it.

    I mean, you know, 810 scoops 610 once again…

    810 scoops 610 once again…

    • Old Man Kissel says:

      Can’t stop laughing. People still think I’m an 810 employee.

      Lies, half truths, taking things out of context and lack on nuance. Yep, that’s Hall in a nutshell.

      810 scoop s610 once again.

      • 810 scoops 610 once again says:

        Exactly. I, too, feel the need to include “810 scoops 610 once again…” constantly for no reason! It’s like we’re kindred spirits. In every single discussion, 99% of which it would have absolutely no relevance, I still have to say, “810 scoops 610 once again…” I’m not sure *why* I feel the compulsion to constantly say, “810 scoops 610 once again…” repeatedly, but, you know, it’s there. I mean, hardly anybody actually cares in almost any way, but since 810 keeps scooping 610 (once again) it should probably be said every time I say anything. I also make sure to manually type it in just to make sure it gets included. Sometimes I’ll do dumb typos like “scoop s610” and stuff like that, but it’s worth it.

        810 scoops 610 once again…

        • TiberiusGracchus says:

          +1

        • Old Man Kissel says:

          Guys since Greg couldn’t make any money off this site. And then gave us the lame excuse that it was the comments that caused him to quit. I’m thinking about doing my own SOFA Awards.

          If Greg could do it, anyone can.

          810 scoops 610 once again.

          • 810 scoops 610 once again says:

            What’s the point? I mean, if it was me, I would just do a greatest hits of every time 810 scooped 610. It’s kind of like, they spend so much time scooping the shit out of the other radio station, we should probably just be treated with that list instead.

            810 scoops 610 once again…

          • TiberiusGracchus says:

            Yes,yes,yes….do it Kissel…let’s keep keep this train rollin! I honestly don’t remember the sofa awards of years past but lets do it!

  4. I for one will miss ya while you’re away, Greg, since you’re one of my favorite writers on this Internet thing that Larry Smith never had. But I bet you’ll be back (if not here, then somewhere else). I get why comments are so important these days (page views and perceived buzz and shit), but here’s a suggestion: If you must allow comments, pay no attention to them. In my experience, there’s at least 500,000 fools for every good writer out there, and sometimes one just has to express and not too pay much attention to what all the louts of the world have to say in response. Let Them Eat Cake! And in the Meantime, Just Keep Writing, Baby!!!

    • Old Man Kissel says:

      Hall’s writing has been lackluster for a few years now. From reading all of Herne Christopher’s columns, I understand why? He simply couldn’t make money from it. Why do it if you can’t make a buck.

      But I find it kind of hypocritical that he bashes announcers, talk shows and athletes for doing the same lackluster work he has been doing since 2010.

      His readers called for excellence, and Hall never provided that. Maybe he would…if he could make a dime off it.

      Anyway Hall is gone, hopefully never to return. The expert of all things KC media, even if he wasn’t very good at it, is gone.

      As the story goes, if you can’t do it critic it.

      810 scoops 610 once again.

      • I think Greg’s always been excellent, but he obviously picked on someone or something close to you (Can’t Have That!). And if he doesn’t return, what forum will you have for your Greg obsession or mama’s basement-style retorts? Methinks you need him a lot more than the vice versa, asshole. BTW, I really wish the Jerky Boys would come after you for illegal appropriation of name. You’re about 1/1000th as funny as the real Kissel, and he was like one of the least funny JB characters ever. On the bright side of things for you, I could most def picture you much better as “Rosine.” Seems to fit, No? Regardless…

  5. Old Man Kissel says:

    By the way. I was going to do the SOFA Awards this year. But I couldn’t get any money out of it so I’m not going to do it.

    Do I look like Greg Hall? I’m not going to do anything for twenty years and not get a dime from it.

    810 scoop 610 once again…

  6. spelling bee champ 1982 says:

    it’s “critique”

  7. donkeypunch says:

    these pretzels are making me thirsty

  8. Mikey V says:

    I’m lactose intolerant. I have no patience for lactose, and I won’t stand for it!

  9. Old Man Kissel. says:

    A lot going on soon. Will we see any new columns?

    Big 12 tournament this weekend, maybe for the next to last time?

    Will we see that tired “Baseball Is” column for opening day?

    With the Big 12K, will we get any more boring marathon columns?

    I guess we will if Greg can find out to make a buck from it.

    810 scoops 610 once again.

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