Category Archives: Broadcasts

Craig Sager postgame interview with Ron Artest

Nobody does better postgame interviews than TNT’s Craig Sager.  After interviewing Kobe Bryant following the Lakers’ Game 5 win Thursday, Sager caught up with the clinically insane Artest.  The goal: Get some sort of an explanation from Artest on why he took a 3-pointer with 22 seconds on the shot clock and the Lakers up with a minute remaining and the Lakers up by three.

The end of the interview was absolutely priceless. Artest:  “Say Queensbridge!” Sager: “Queensbridge, where they don’t play with a 24-second clock.”

Game 6 should be a blast.

Phil Jackson to Chicago? ESPN’s Broussard stirring up the rumor mill

If you believe the ESPN report, the Bulls are making a behind-the-scenes run at Phil Jackson. (AP Photo)

In what could be viewed as an attempt to attract LeBron James, the Bulls are reportedly making advances towards Phil Jackson, ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported late Monday night.

Go ahead, read the story. Then, read the following brief summary of Broussard’s detailed reporting work:

He (Broussard) heard from a source close to the Bulls that the organization is going through a source close to Phil Jackson to determine if the Lakers’ coach would be interested in a return to Chicago. Enter source number two, which tells Broussard that the Lakers would like to pay Jackson considerably less than what he is making this season–$12 million–to remain on the bench.

Now that is reporting. It could be true, or it could be completely fabricated. It also could be true even though Broussard doesn’t actually know that is true. He might suspect it to be true, strongly suspect it to be true, really, really, really strongly suspect it to be true–but not know for sure.

The scenario makes sense; Jackson’s contract expires after this season. Any team would be crazy not to pursue him. Furthermore, he would probably be excited to coach LeBron–having of course already coached the likes of M.J. and Kobe.

Here’s the problem: some random sports writer in North Dakota could author an article with as many tangible facts as ESPN’s so-called NBA insider. There’s simply no verifiable truth in Broussard’s report.

Enter the always-valuable “unnamed source close to the team.”

Monday was a relatively slow news day in the sporting world, with the Flyers advancing to the Stanley Cup with a win over the Canadians, four Major League Baseball games and a very uninteresting Magic win over the Celtics.

In the rat-race to “report” on where LeBron will decide to go, Monday was the perfect time to place the latest square into the patchwork quilt of suppositions and rumors.

True or false, Broussard’s report will spark interest, debate, and most importantly make ESPN look good. That’s really all that matters.

How far journalism has fallen in recent years.

Charles Barkley talks about LeBron’s effort in Game 5

The Chuckster had some strong remarks regarding LeBron’s no-show Tuesday in the 32-point drubbing to the Celtics.

Barkley is never one to mince words, but also is rarely critical of star players or coaches. At halftime, he called out Mike Brown, blaming him for the Cavs’ woeful offense on the slow style of play.

Game 6 will be very interesting to say the least.

Utter Chaos: ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft a complete disaster

Berman isn't the only one to blame for ESPN's horrendous coverage of the First-Round of the NFL Draft Thursday. (Pic via awfulannouncing.com)

With the highly publicized move of the 2010 NFL Draft to Thursday night, the sporting world cast its eyes on ESPN in primetime.

The Boo-Ya network promptly delivered one of the worst sports productions in television history.

The brass at ESPN should be both ashamed and embarrassed with the production staff and the so-called “talent”, headlined by a flustered, sweaty, and angry Chris Berman.

Berman is widely known for being huge prick, with little respect for his colleagues. His rants—presumably leaked by a member of ESPN’s staff—gave the public a glimpse into his idiotic personality:

Watching him trying to lead an organized discussion Thursday was like trying to watch JaMarcus Russell play quarterback—lots of angry glares at his teammates and finger-pointing along the way to a complete failure.

Boomer had no control over who talked when or what was said during the broadcast. He repeatedly was forced to scramble; certainly not his specialty. Much like JaMarcus trying to escape the pocket, he had no chance.

The highlight of the chaos came midway late in the first round, when ESPN returned from break. While the cameras focused on members of the United States Military on stage being honored by the NFL, viewers were treated to 30 seconds of bumbling bonus-analysis by the commentators, who had no idea their mics were live and they were actually on the air. The director cut to Berman, who upon finally realizing the panel was live, gestured wildly before stammering some cheesy comment regarding the work of the military.

Here it is, with apologies for the horrible audio:

Boomer wasn’t the only person to struggle Thursday. The addition of Jon Gruden to the seasoned veterans of draft coverage added another layer to the debacle.

Gruden would not shut up. He always had to get the first word in after a pick was made, constantly praising the picks while offering little actual analysis of the players ability—aside from obvious comments like “C.J. Spiller is fast.” Really? America had no idea.

Chucky sounded like a guy trying to make some friends in hopes of landing another coaching gig.

Colleagues Steve Young and Tom Jackson would love for that to happen. Both jumped at the chance to talk once Gruden stepped off his pulpit. They interrupted each other constantly—neither was willing to give in—resulting in both men talking simultaneously throughout the night.

And then there was good ole Mel Kiper. Once known as an annoying talking head, Kiper endeared himself Thursday by making good points. More importantly, he made timely points—dropping relevant knowledge on his clueless counterparts. He attacked the Broncos’ selection of Tim Tebow, only to be bombarded with the value of character and work ethic, the usual argument among moronic fans and apparently NFL draft “experts” in support of Tebow.

Kiper was strangely silent from that point forward, like a child who had just been scolded, spanked, slapped, and sent to the corner after getting its mouth washed-out with soap. At one point late in the first round, when asked his opinion regarding the Pats’ selection of CB Devin McCourty, he simply shrugged his shoulders and kept his mouth shut.

Awkward.

ESPN should hold itself to a higher standard. Sadly, a virtual monopoly on the sports broadcasting industry suggests that may never happen.

In the meantime, I encourage you to tune into the NFL Network for your draft coverage.

This is Charles Barkely using the Shake-Weight

I missed this bit of broadcasting hilarity the other night on TNT.  Better late than never…

Game 2 between Charlotte and Orlando is just dreadful to watch.  Currently, Larry Brown has Larry Hughes AND Tyrus Thomas in the game.  Yikes.

This is Butler coach Brad Stevens on Letterman

Letterman offers a year of his salary to get Stevens to coach Ball State and tells the Butler head coach his team’s offense was tough to watch. I couldn’t agree more.

It’s nice to see a young coach who isn’t an arrogant jackass for a change.

This is Jennifer Hudson “singing” One Shining Moment

The 2010 NCAA Tournament left me feeling confused and wanting more. So maybe it’s fitting that CBS replaced Luther Vandross with Jennifer Hudson, who screamed her way through the tournament’s signature song, forcing me to hit the mute button.

The real tragedy of Hudson’s performance is that it could mark the last time CBS ever airs the song. The NCAA is likely to opt-out of its TV deal with CBS, opening the door for ESPN to swoop in and grab coverage of what will be a bizarre 96 team tournament.

The NCAA Tournament on ESPN–now that would be annoying.