Freedarko's answer to Oscar Night
We promise. The SAS posts will be over soon once the dust settles, but we would be remiss not to remind our readership (AS IF THE FEW OF YOU DONT ALREADY KNOW) that this Thursday, 630 PM EST on ESPN2's Quite Frankly:
(This man right here needs no introduction)
Now, on a very related note, the ESPN "Ombudsman" has taken it upon himself to criticize SAS on the front page of ESPN.com. Now let me just lay down the race card Royal Flush right now. Has any network, on their own website, publicly gone out of its way to criticize one of its own shows and question whether it can live up to the hype? THE VERY FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THIS IS BULLSHIT:
I saw more attitude from Smith than opinion, and I sensed Iverson and Pittsburgh's holdout wide receiver, Hines Ward, were getting a friendly forum in which to air their views. Smith has the ability to elicit revealing comments from guests, but to be taken seriously, he has to stop telling guests how much he "loves" them, as he did with Iverson. For example, Smith's byplay with Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb worked well precisely because McNabb chose to needle Smith rather than seek his love.
Smith became more combative when taking questions from the audience during the week and seemed to jab at a would-be agent who offered a pro-management slant on some issues. I would suggest to Stephen A. that if you're going to be tough, be tough on the big stars as well as the little guys. Also, more shows like the one last Friday about Chicago's fascination with the Cubs aren't likely to hold viewers for a full hour.(exit music: It Takes a Nation of Millions...)