Rome: I Don't Puke Lava Takes

There's a difference between strong opinions and hot takes; Jim Rome has built his career on the former, not the latter

The DA Show
June 07, 2018 - 12:28 pm

Jim Rome has been nominated for induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame, and for Damon Amendolara, this is long overdue. Rome, DA said, has “defined sports talk radio for more than 20 years” and is “the godfather for what we do.” 

Rome, of course, is perhaps the most recognizable voice in the industry. He has built his career on strong opinions. Not hot takes – or lava takes, as he calls them – but strong, direct, lucid opinions.

“I think there’s a difference between a take and lava, (a) difference between a point of view and a hot take,” Rome said on The DA Show. “My take is my angle. My take, hopefully, is a well-thought-out aggressive opinion. To me, a hot take is just verbal clickbait. It’s a way to get people to look at you. It’s a way to get people to react to you, regardless of whether or not you even believe the crap that you’re spewing.”

Rome doesn’t do that. He thinks before he speaks. And then he speaks – with strength, humor, and eloquence.

“It’s kind of cliche, but I really do say what I mean and I mean what I say,” Rome said, “and I think about it before I say it. I don’t roll in here four hours before the show and sit around thinking, ‘Damn, what is the most absurd thing that I can say right now that’s going to get the most people to look at me?’ So no, I don’t puke lava for the eyeballs and the ears. It’s not where I live. 

“But I want to be very clear about this,” Rome continued. “I don’t want people to think I’m railing against anybody who does; I’m just focused on what I’m spitting into my mic and not what others are spitting into theirs. If I’m annoyed by anything, it’s people being lazy and not taking the time to discern between strong takes and hot takes.”

From June 4-18, listeners nationwide can vote for Rome to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. They can vote for Rome online or by texting “800” to 96000. Winners will be announced June 25. Induction takes places Nov. 15 in New York City. For more information, visit the National Radio Hall of Fame website.

You can listen to Rome weekdays on CBS Sports Radio from 12-3 p.m. ET.