KO has plenty of solo experience behind the desk from his most recent run at MSNBC. Personally, I did not watch his program, due to the fact that studying and arguing politics is not something I enjoy. But for those who did watch him, and liked his style and are interested in sports, then this may be a new late night program for you. I think he could benefit from a better air time, say 10pm, right before SC, but its only one night so we will see how things go from here.
To open the show, he started with about 15 minutes or more about the New York Jets/Mark Sanchez/Rex Ryan. Specifically, blasting the media and their inability to do any actual, genuine reporting. KO focused on Daily News Jets beat writer Manish Metha, who cited his own tweet for his source in saying that Rex Ryan might be fired. Cutting edge Metha, real cutting edge.
Not being a reader of the NY Daily News, for obvious reasons, I was unaware the real issue behind Rex Ryan's post game interview meltdown after a win. For that I give the Olbermann Show kudos, but on the other hand, it did seem to be a little drawn out for my liking, especially because I do not believe the Jets are "news." It's easy to see why he focused on the NY media so much in his first show, too - over KO's shoulder there is Times Square. The show is done from ABC studios right there in the heart of NYC.
From there, KO brought on his first guest, Jason Whitlock, donning a dapper denim number, to talk about the state of sports reporting. The show went on with a few more segments, trying to see which ones work and which ones fail. They included KO going over a few highlights and his now sports-centric "Worst People in the World." Another small segment is "this day in Olbermann," where he shows a clip of himself on SportsCenter some 16 or more years ago. Cool segments, but look to see more thrown at the wall in these opening weeks to see what sticks.
Olbermann debuted at a perfect time, college football starts this week and the NFL next week. ESPN may have found a great counterpart to SportsCenter, but nothing will top SCs ratings for sports viewership at that time slot. If you enjoy a good debate about sports, and loathe the likes of Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith, and the clowns on Around the Horn, then stay up late and try to catch some of Olbermann. The rhetoric and language may be a little higher than you are used to, but it's sure better than watching two idiots scream at each other over a third string quarterback.
Lately, ESPN has put not the best sports reporters on TV, but the loudest sports reporters. It's time for someone who is knowledgeable (not Skip) and articulate (not Stephen A.), can ask the hardest questions, and is comfortable doing so on air/in person (not behind a microphone on the radio) to be on your televisions.
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