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.
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.
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.
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.
I don’t watch FS1 much but I did catch a glimpse of their show (whatever they call it with all the highlights) and they had this logo history deal on the right. FS1 likes to share notes about each team and there are two ways I approach this:
1 – Either they want to expand their notes about each team to more than just stats and numbers
2 – The Ducks are so boring (or they know little about them) that they came up with this fact to share.
What do you think?
Our happy little crew with Don Shula. and his wife Mary Anne.
Having been part of the NFL Network for over a year, I don’t actually get to watch a show in studio as it airs live. Since I am usually in the newsroom working with lots of news and information, rarely am I am in the studio doing television production. But it was nice to come in when I wasn’t on the clock to watch Don Shula tell stories on “A Football Life: Backstory” live in person.
Sitting there as we watched the cameras roll, the show go live and clapping on cue was really neat.
What was even sweeter was that even though I knew how everything operated during a live show, it was really exciting for me. We would watch the camera rotate around, then the hosts talk with the guest and just back and forth. Since it was a studio audience, laughing along and cheering was encouraged.
Too much Lakers.
I know that ESPN wants to promote the popular storylines and so forth, but almost completely ignoring the Jazz and just talking Lakers all morning on SportsCenter isn’t great. This is no surprise, but all this coverage of the Lakers isn’t healthy.
Of course, this is their style so I can’t do anything about it. It was just shocking that it made it seem like the Lakers were the only team fighting for a playoff spot. A few brief mentions of the Jazz and Rockets doesn’t really balance it out evenly.
But that’s what we have and it’s hard to really follow SportsCenter when it’s constantly talking about the same sorry team the whole time.
Luckily, there was one change of subject in this rundown bar when I took this photo. But an hour earlier, it was filled with all Lakers. It’s just too much and I don’t want any more of it.