Even though I always knew Uncle Buster watched too much sports on TV, I assumed maybe he took a break once in a while. This week's Sportztyme! proves me wrong.
Think no one misses the NHL? Ask the folks who are the programmers at ESPN.
They have had to rely more on the "E" in their name and less on the "S" on weeknights lately. ESPN was the home (such that it was) of the Stanley Cup playoffs... better known as the time of year when fans either started paying attention to the sport, or started asking each other "they are STILL playing???"
But since the NHL's work stoppage, the playoffs have been cancelled, leaving the boys and girls in Bristol to run scrambling for something to fill the black spaces between commercials. And you might not believe what they have stooped to showing.
First up is a game show called Teammates
. Host Stuart Scott goes through a lengthy discussion of the rules of the game, until the viewer realized this is a Newlywed Game
ripoff, except these folks ain't hitched.
Next up is Bowling Night
. Athletes from other sports grab their ballz and head to the alleys. No word on whether the shoes are comped. I can tell you there are several reasons why most of these athletes didn't join the PBA tour.
They have also started to fill time by extending SportsCenter to 90 minutes on some nights. It almost lends itself to a number of SportsCenter
spinoffs that you can see rumbling toward you like John Kruk toward a sundae buffet. How about these:SportsCenter: Behind the Music
(Stone Phillips shows only)SportsCenter: Special Victims and Disgruntled Fans Unit
(and I think they are there already)
Thankfully, baseball is back for these guys. But why have we not seen any replays of the World Series of Poker
? That is watchable any day of the year, with an unlimited shelf life. ESPN, I know you're scrambling, but please, the less of Stuart Scott asking athletes: "Where's the most athletic place to make whoopee?" the better.Sportztyme!, considered by many to be TVGeekSpeak's beer frame, airs every Thursday.For daily TV Headlines, features, and trivia, tune in to your inner geek at TVGeekSpeak.com!