Call it mercy: Boot Hampton from the radio waves

I always used to chuckle whenever I’d hear former Chicago Bear Dan Hampton shilling for some auto dealer on the radio. It was hard to get Hampton’s DUI arrest out of my mind.

I don’t laugh when I hear Hampton’s voice now. I cringe. Then I turn the dial.

Hampton is part of the largely unlistenable “Hampton & Holmes” radio show that runs from 10 a.m. until noon on Chicago sports radio talker the Score, 670 AM on your dial.

The problem is that Hampton stutters, a lot. He also rarely says anything original. And when he has to talk about anything besides the Bears? It’s not pretty. Listening to him analyze the Blackhawks’ postseason run has been damn painful.

I like Hampton as a football player. He was an invaluable member of those great Bears’ defenses of the mid- to late-1980s. (Anyone else remember how the Bears’ defense, and the team, fell apart after Hampton suffered a serious injury in 1989? A team that started the season 4-0 ended up a surprising 6-10.)

I hate him as a radio host. Please, someone at the SCORE do the right thing: Boot Hampton from the radio booth.