I was running around doing the messages when I caught a little of Scott Van Pelt calling into his show and saying how Darren Clarke’s win yesterday at the Open was bad for golf. It was inane.
Maybe not, but this bloated, horribly edited column has no central claim, makes no effort to do anything but talk down to anyone who’s ever seen, never mind played, a hand of Hold ‘Em, and is posted while tWWL is running the Main Event, almost live, on two channels.
@Punte and I were talking about this last week, and I’m still thinking about it. Basically, we decided that (money being no issue, because of course it isn’t) live sporting events should have more audio options. Basically, and this was Punter, a show like MNF is set to ‘beginner.’ Because the powers that be have decided that football must be ‘event television,’ which is a completely out of date concept—but I digress, announcers must work to pull in the so-called casual observer. Therefore, nothing too complicated or technical.
But why? How many ‘casual observers’ sit down on a Monday night to watch a game between two teams they probably don’t follow except maybe if they play FF. In which case, the viewer is probably better informed than a ‘casual observer.’
What if I want complicated and technical? I want an ‘expert’ stream—give me an analysis of the lines, of the defenses’ tendencies—do they play a lot of man, zone, mixed, press coverage? When they go to nickle and dime, tell me why you think they might be doing that. Has the QB found a weakness in their regular coverage? Or is nickle really their base defense, but because TV has decided that the defense must be listed as either 3-4 or 4-3, no matter if the team only rarely plays out of that set, the players MUST be introduced that way?
And for the love of jeebus, stop fixating on the stars. I know Revis is good. But what do the Jets do to maximize his impact and make sure that the other guys Revis isn’t covering aren’t making the Jets pay.
So give the viewer another set of announcers that they can choose to listen to. But that would be crazy—everyone knows that the announcers are why people tune in! Mike and Mike doing the game, oh! I have got to see that!
That’s a good point. Boomer and Marv are good.
But basically, I want ESPN to loosen the reins on Chucky—it’s not like he doesn’t know what’s going on and could explain things on a highly technical level. Bring it, I say.
If I don’t get it, that’s my fault. I need to educate myself. I didn’t understand why ABC put Dennis Miller on, and knew he’d fail, because Miller’s pre-GOP conversion/brain tumor act never pulled its punches. If you didn’t get his reference to Being and Nothingness or The Birth of Tragedy, that’s on you, pal.
Matt Millen and Steve Young with a coach like Billick would be an incredible learning experience on an ‘expert channel.’
This has to be the most ESPN thing ever.
Picture of Favre looking supremely self-satisfied even though he helped set back the Vikings at least 2 seasons? Check.
Bringing up Favre when NO ONE wants him brought up? Check.
Linking article written by Rick Reilly who: a) NO ONE with an ounce of critical thinking skills wants to read ever again, and b) might just rival Favre when it comes to being self-satisfied? Check.
I can’t wait to read the comments.*
*I will not be reading the comments.
Discussion by whom? Who is leading this discussion? Mike and Mike? The Shrutebag? Van Peezy?
It’s absurd. ESPN is talking about this so they have something to talk about.
I know, stop the Internet.
But I start the car up this morning, the station was already on, and before I change the station, I catch him raving about how Cowboy fans can’t kill Tony Romo for the fumble and interception that killed their chances on Sunday night.
So, that’s Shrutebag’s claim. It’s not good. Let’s move to his support. It’s worse.
So I was in Mellow Mushroom winning trivia last night, and ‘Catching Hell’ was on the TVs because we can’t have nice things like the MLB network on so I could watch the BoSox try to finish their latest Mama Cass act, but here’s my review:
What in the blue hell does Bill Buckner, Calvin Schiraldi, Bob Stanley, and the rest of the 86 Red Sox team have to do with the 2003 Chicago Cubs absolutely choking because 16 fans reached for a foul ball?
It was cheap. It was not all that illuminating about scapegoats, the so-called redemption by the 2004 Red Sox was ridiculous, and really, we need Denis Leary mugging for cameras ONE. MORE. TIME?
And Steve Bartman should do Craig Ferguson and come out, drop his pants and tell all of Cub-dom, FOX Sports, Moises Alou, and America in general to KISS HIS ASS. He never should have gone into hiding (but my lands do I understand why he did—death threats on his mother? What is wrong with people?), and he should simply walk proud. He didn’t make an E-6 on a routine ground ball. He didn’t fail to get one out.
He was a goofy looking guy all by himself at a Cub game, which is the saddest part of all. Where were his buddies to stand up for him and point out the dozen other fans who reached for that ball? That always makes me sad, that he was at Game 6 of the NLCS by himself.
Blame awesome for being so awesome? Don’t stop ruining sports, ESPN. Don’t ever stop.
I am rooting hard for the Razorbacks Friday just so the BCS will die all the more quickly.
Oh, it’s Division 2.
Because we can’t have nice things in D1.
Screw the BCS, Screw the Bowls’ lock on control of post-season D1 football, and Screw the NCAA most of all for chasing the dollars and lying to us that the student-athletes can’t possibly play another game or two because of their studies.
I’ve taught golfers, basketball players, and worst of all, baseball and softball players at the D2 and D3 level. It’s ridiculous what their travel and game schedules are. Baseball and softball play 3 to 4 times the number of games that basketball—never mind football—does. It’s absurd.
Go Wayne St!?
Do we really need to hear a woman’s 911 call about her son’s dying victim?
It’s exploitive and demeaning to Kasandra Perkins’ life. It is in no way news-worthy.
Just stop it.
[edit: It was the murderer’s mother who called 911, not the victim’s mother.]
I don’t want to know people who would listen to a 911 call like that. I won’t listen to it, and I won’t link to the story or click the link or watch SportsCenter’s broadcast of it. And I hope you’ll do the same.
Kasandra Perkins deserves better than this kind of exploitation, and deserves to be remembered as woman whose life was cut short because this culture of ours refuses to acknowledge or deal with the fact that we are addicted to guns and violence and misogyny.
Oh, Stabby is joining ESPN? That’s a fantastic reason to continue to watch only live events on tWWL.
Ye gods, Reilly is just the worst.
I was staring at a lifetime of standing outside the gate next to Gary McCord when I happened to see Augusta National chairman Billy Payne, whom I knew from his running of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. “Billy! Save me!” And he did. But he’s not going to save you.
Oh, you’re not a personal friend of Billy Payne? Pity that. Plebian. GET OUT.
Also, behind the 13th tee, they can get to the pee bush, which is out of sight of both spectators and cameras. Now you know.
Rick Reilly! Such an insider! He knows where to pee!
the Eisenhower cabin, built in the 1950s to the exact standards of the Secret Service. I slept there once. It’s not much. A sitting room and six bedrooms with twin beds. There was a rather pedestrian painting on the wall above my bed. I had a hunch. I checked the signature in the corner. Yep. Painted by Eisenhower.
Oh, you haven’t been inside the Eisenhower Cabin? Little known fact: Reilly stole the towels.