Perhaps it was the media hoopla on the Team 1040 that made me overlook this, but upon further review it turns out that Tom Larscheid did not decide to retire, rather the Team 1040 decided for him. Team 1040 program director Rob Gray stated that the Team 1040 wanted to “look to the future”.
It sounds like Larscheid is not bitter about being let go, but that’s not the point. In my opinion, a true legend like Larscheid should get to decide his own future. If Larscheid was losing it, like someone like Bob Cole has for years, I could understand this decision a little bit more. But when a living legend is still producing, it shows a total lack of class to let him go.
Dave Tomlinson takes over and will probably do a good job, but he wasn’t going anywhere. There was no danger in losing him to some other network. Why not let Larscheid decide in a year or two that it’s time to retire?
In my view, the Team 1040 looks even worse for pretending like Larscheid decided to retire under his own volition. The radio station did not once mention that Larscheid was let go and mislead the public (not even their website tells the whole story). It purposely misrepresented the story to make the station look good. Well, 1040, you don’t look good in my eyes and I truly hope there is a public backlash against the sports radio giant.