23 things you should know about sports TV

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Monday, December 20, 2010; 12:20 AM

These are 23 (more) facts, tried and true, about the widening world of sports television:

1. Have I ever mentioned that ex-jocks in the booth are sort of the athlete's foot of broadcasting?

2. If replay is going to involve coaches' challenges, somehow Regis Philbin should be part of the whole deal.

3. I was in a bar the other night and the barflies voted, 4-3, to put hockey on the TV instead of "Dog the Bounty Hunter."

4. Sports talkers these days have mastered a specious skill: raising their voices without saying a thing.

5. If the eTrade baby replaced Tony Siragusa in the Fox end zone, I can't say there'd be a big drop-off in deep thought.

6. The Jewish Channel has "Rabbis Roundtable." It's pretty much "Around the Horn" with guilt.

7. ESPN's "30 for 30" series is a critical success (and deservedly so), but each time I graze upon any HBO Sports documentary, it reminds me those folks still set the gold standard.

8. By installing a flat screen in my shower, I never miss "SportsCenter" anymore.

(Column Intermission I: Earlier this autumn, serial author John Feinstein blurted an obscenity when involved in a fender bender while on an ESPN 980 radio show in Washington. This marks the third different decade in which Feinstein has uttered a profanity on live airwaves, which, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is a U.S. record.)

9. New drinking game: Every time ESPN's Rob Stone says "hambone" during a Pro Bowlers Tour telecast, I swig a PBR and crush the can.

10. It is inexplicable that some suit at Fox signed off on its new NFL in-game score box where the viewer must decipher team logos to figure out who's playing.


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