The Drama Behind the Michael Sam Drama

The Drama Behind the Michael Sam Drama

Samuel:

So glad it happened the way it did. Perfectly captured and perfectly executed on the television side.

Originally posted on The MMQB with Peter King:

“This is a crazy story, so follow me,” says ESPN coordinating producer Seth Markman, who is explaining the behind-the-scenes drama of how Michael Sam’s reaction to being drafted by the St. Louis Rams ended up on ESPN.

Or nearly didn’t.

“In our production truck outside of Radio City, we had a camera on Michael all day Saturday from noon to after 6:30 p.m.,” Markman explains. “I watched him on his couch. I watched him walk around. I watched all the people who were with him all day.

“So it’s now a little past 6:30 p.m. and all of a sudden I look up and the feed from where Michael is disappears. Gone. Totally black. And there are only a few picks left in the draft. We’re in the truck in New York basically freaking out. It turns out Bristol [ESPN’s headquarters] had thunderstorms that had come through and knocked our…

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NBC is doing you a favor by tape delaying the Olympics

NBC is doing you a favor by tape delaying the Olympics

Samuel:

This is probably one of the worst written things I’ve seen advocating for tape delay. Not only is NBC condensing out things from other countries and all the extras, but who actually enjoys watching sporting events later in the day when we already know what happens? Let me watching something live so I can see the result unfold instead of waiting five hours already knowing that USA won and for me to see how they won. Who wants tape delay like that?

Originally posted on For The Win:

(USA TODAY Sports Images)

(USA TODAY Sports Images)

To everyone who complains about NBC’s lack of live coverage for marquee Olympic events: Be careful what you wish for. The Winter Games can get pretty boring when you’re sitting through endless figure skating routines, alpine skiing runs and curling matches.

Those edited primetime highlight shows you deplore are a blessing. Instead of wading through hours of tedious action that has no bearing on medals, then running the risk of missing the pertinent action because you went channel surfing, the tape-delayed package gives you the important stuff you need. The existence of highlights tells you that there are plenty of lowlights out there too.

Why wouldn’t you love the primetime package? Everything you love on TV is edited. You have Netflix so you can enjoy House of Cards. Yet you’d cancel your subscription in an instant if the show consisted of Kevin Spacey going through six…

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Comedian Jordan Peele Highlights the Best Names of National Signing Day

There was also Poona Ford that wasn’t included. But seriously, a kid’s name is Lion King?

‘Roundball Rock’ is the greatest sports TV theme ever thanks to Bob Costas and Marv Albert

This post is inspired by this list by Deadspin.

Iconic image for a young basketball fan in me.

I think everyone can agree that John Tesh’s “Roundball Rock” is the greatest sports television theme of all time. The NBA on NBC is synonymous for this theme. It gives everyone the warm fuzzies who was privileged to watch the NBA during that time period.

The praise for this song is well-deserved. It’s catchy, it’s simple but it’s so powerful. It’s not so loud and in your face but it pumps up any fan of the game.

But why do we love this song so much? Is it just because it was the theme during a period where we got to see Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller and numerous other NBA stars in their prime? Or is it because of something else?

The way I see it, at least for me, it had everything to do with the presentation. And we can pinpoint that right to Bob Costas and Marv Albert.

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The Simpsons did not predict the Seahawks and Broncos Super Bowl matchup

It’s a fun joke the show tweeted out. But people actually believe that it is true. Yes, in the 2005 episode “Bonfire of the Manatees,” Homer was watching a game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. However, that is it. Nowhere in the episode did they predict that it was a Super Bowl. If you actually watch the episode, or read the script, they stated that the game was played at the Broncos’ home stadium. Also, Homer bet on another game later in the episode.

But people decided to run with it as if it was real.

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The WWE Network is a dream come true for everyone

There had been discussions about this for some time. I had heard it but wouldn’t believe it until I saw it happen. I didn’t expect that the announcement would feature so many great things. Is this for real?

As a WWE fan, I can say that what the WWE Network is offering is a dream come true. I’ve always wanted easy access to everything WWE at my own convenience. Not only that, I want to learn more about the history of wrestling. I can watch classic matches that shaped my fandom of wrestling.

I can see old matches of Chris Jericho, Bret Hart, Stone Cold, Roddy Piper and all the legends. I can see classic ring entrances of DX, The Undertaker and even Shawn Michaels coming down the cable in Wrestlemania.

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Colin Kaepernick’s Beats by Dre commercial really makes Seahawks fans look uncivil

I suppose if you want to portray the image that the headphones blocks out the outside noise, it works. Although I would think that the fans (who are wearing Seattle neon green) would be a bit more civil.

But of course, you wouldn’t be selling and marketing something well if you weren’t over the top, right?

Well, at least one thing is for certain: This commercial alienates the Seattle market. But I’m sure they’ll find a way to make it up to them.