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The Big Show II
2008-07-07 18:00
by Will Carroll

Hollywood loves a sequel.

Getting Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick together seems like such a good idea ... but is it? Finding two guys who are at the top of their game *and* seem to catch the zeitgeist in their hands doesn't happen too often. Dan Rather never really 'replaced' Walter Cronkite and replacing him has been even harder.

ESPN has grown to be a behemoth money-making machine willing to parody itself, expand to having cricket on it's front page in hopes of capturing the "next soccer" and a growing Indian presence on the web, and distanced itself from the must-watch nature of late-night SportsCenter replays. We would watch to hear their interplay, to see Olbermann occasionally crack up, Harvey Korman style, when Patrick hit his mark, and to have fun watching highlights.

That's not what they'll do for NBC. Highlights, yes, but football was never their forte. Quick name a highlight, a catchphrase from The Big Show era. If it's football, are you sure it wasn't Chris Berman, who's always handled the prime football package for the Worldwide Leader?

NBC has done a nice job making Sunday Night the prime night for viewing. Michaels and Madden continue to be the defining voice for the NFL, Bob Costas handles the studio like no one else, and the mix of analysis and news from Peter King has been solid. Jerome Bettis seemed a bit lost last year with the presence of Tiki Barber, especially when Barber added nothing. If an ex-player is a necessity, Bettis is better suited. I'd personally like to see more from Peter King, especially on site of the game as something of an even-more-inside Andrea Kramer.

Which leaves us with Patrick and Olbermann. Once all the Republicans change the channel at the site of the "biased" Olbermann, does having two of the best ever make any more sense than having two ex-players? I'd like to think it does, but both have moved on. ESPN isn't what it was and neither are these two. I think it will be good, but I can't see it being great.

I mean, when's the last time an old timer's game was compelling? This is the sportscaster's version of a reunion show or worse, a remake.

2008-07-08 10:51:32
1.   jgpyke
the "biased" Olbermann

So...putting something in quotes makes it not true?

I mean, are you claiming that KO is some kind of objective newsman instead of an ideologue/commentator, or are you saying that it's silly to dismiss his sportscasting acumen because of his politics? If the latter, I'm with you. If the former, your foil hat is showing.

2008-07-08 11:07:20
2.   Will Carroll
Quotes are just quoting. I can't remember the last time I heard a right-wing person refer to Olbermann as anything but biased.

Hey Pyke, could you go one post without attacking me?

2008-07-08 13:52:09
3.   jdsbc98
What blogger hops on 16 minutes after the first poster to whine about being "attacked." Just sit back and let people post. Secondly, how about some proofreading here. It's "sight," the first "sight...," not "site." No one changes at the "site of something." Classic. I look forward to your response except that i won't see it since I am only here b/c linked to it.
2008-07-08 13:53:04
4.   jdsbc98
This websight needs some work.
2008-07-08 13:53:18
5.   jdsbc98
Do not lose cite of the big picture.
2008-07-08 13:53:36
6.   jdsbc98
And always site your sources.
2008-07-08 14:32:03
7.   Will Carroll

an area of ground on which a town, building, or monument is constructed : the proposed site of a hydroelectric dam.
• a place where a particular event or activity is occurring or has occurred : the site of the Battle of Antietam | materials for repairs are always on site.

I think I did it right. And 16 minutes? I'm slipping.

2008-07-08 15:14:05
8.   George Y
These Olbermanwatch people are as bad as the Clay Aikens maniacs.

Maybe they're the same group?

Yeah, Will, let people post. It's not like it's your blog or something. It belongs to the commenters. They'll prove it by posting 4 comments in a row.

2008-07-08 15:55:43
9.   Scott Long
I can tell you if this jdsbc98 was standing in front of me at a concert, I would coldcock him. Douchebag who is part of a olbermannwatch website. Seriously, get a life.
2008-07-09 11:25:37
10.   jdsbc98
Which leaves us with Patrick and Olbermann. Once all the Republicans change the channel at the site of the "biased" Olbermann,

Yeah you did it wrong. I'm just busting ur chops in good fun. It was slow day of surfing yest. I like the site.

Scott Long- You tell me to get a life, yet you fantasize about punching people from behind at a concert. Ok buddy, sound like a coward to me. Nice use of the word "a" before another word which starts with a vowel. Maybe you should coldcock "a english book."

2008-07-09 13:45:41
11.   Todd S
If I'm not a Republican, can I still think Olbermann is biased?

I look forward to anything that means less camera time for "ex-players roundtable, which adds very little to the Sunday night show. I'm to the point where I fast forward through all of the non-highlight stuff on Sunday night; what a terrible job NBC does with that show.

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