Category Archives: Media

The Bell Tolls In Bristol

If, at any time in the last several years, you invested heavily in ‘ESPN/schadenfreude’ futures, then last week was the moment when you became a very wealthy person.

I, of course, preferred to wait a decent period to comment on last week’s layoffs, out of respect for those…

Oh, who am I kidding? I was laughing my ass off over “The Worldwide Leader” and its problems. Not so much over the people laid off; most of them deserved better, I’m sure, and for the ones who were just doing the job of covering their beats–like Ed Werder or Ethan Sherwood Strauss–I have varying degrees of actual respect. They weren’t the ones who were creating the clown show; they just happened to be the ones who paid for it.

No, the main theme is a simple one: ESPN brought a lot of its woes upon itself–and if you tuned in to last night’s Sunday Night Baseball–while the ink on the pink slips was still not dry–you could see exactly why the network is having its problems.

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The Awful Whinge Is A Raider

By now you’ve all heard the news that the Oakland Raiders will, eventually, drop the first half of that name and trade it in for the city and the brand that is Las Vegas. You’ve probably seen plenty of video clips of reactions to the news; most of those reactions from fans local to Oakland have, most likely, been a mixture of anger, sadness, disappointment, etc. No surprise there.


Las Vegas Raiders fans: a soon-to-be burgeoning breed

However, it might be illuminating to give some attention to reactions from those who, presumably, would have a more sophisticated point of view–namely, people involved in some way with the Raiders’ organization. Since I live in the East Bay, I’ve had the chance to hear some semi-official thoughts on the subject of the team’s relocation, mainly through the venue of the team’s (current) official media outlet, 95.7 The Game.

Let’s just say, some of these reactions have been “interesting,” to say the least.

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“On The Fly” Gets Swatted

For several seasons, baseball fans have been able to enjoy a nightly dose of Quick Pitch, a condensed, no-nonsense highlight reel that covers all the day’s action without the blather and waste that plagues today’s other sports wrap-up shows (**cough** SportsCenter **cough**).

Jamie Hersch in

On The Fly‘s Jamie Hersch: “Explain it me, Mr. Random Hockey Guy! Tee-hee-hee!” (photo from NHL.com)

Now, the NHL Network has gotten into the act with their own show built on the Quick Pitch model, On The Fly. So hockey fans get to enjoy the same fast-paced, (mostly) fluff-free highlights package the baseball fans have come to know and love, right?

Well…let’s just say, leave it to the NHL to screw up a good thing.

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Schadenfreude alert: News has come down that HBO has canceled Bill Simmons’ show Any Given Wednesday.

I can’t say I’m surprised, given my reaction to the two episodes I tried to watch back when the effort was first born. The show just wasn’t very good. But this is just a minor setback, right? Simmons is sure to land on his feet somewhere, isn’t he?

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The Ups And Downs Of Color Commentary

Thanks to being swamped with work these past few weeks, your correspondent has had to take an imposed vacation from The DFR.

Did I miss anything important while I was away?

Kidding. I kept connected enough to know that ESPN’s adopted house team–the Red Sox West Chicago Cubs–won it all. But I would be remiss if I did not note, even this many weeks past the conclusion of Game 7, something else¬†important that happened this past post-season, something that had little to do with what went down on the field.

For all the excitement surrounding Chicago’s victory, it was one of the Connecticut Clown College’s rivals–FOX Sports–that may have achieved the more important and lasting victory, because it looks like the network has finally found the color analyst their broadcasts have been looking for forever: John Smoltz. And Smoltz’s¬†ascendancy into the upper ranks of national sports broadcasters may provide clues to the formula for finding the best announcers for the games we watch.

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