Enabling Clay Travis’ race-baiting

September 18, 2018

Hello hello I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello Hello hello I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello – John Lennon & Paul McCartney Federal Express had been “FedEx” for at least a couple of years before I noticed that the empty space between the E and x formed that arrow. Someone had to point it out to me and they did so while…


A Ratings Travis-ty? Nobody is watching Fox Sports new gambling show

September 13, 2018

Leave Clay Travis alone! Just kidding. Bust Clay’s chops all you want. Clay brought the scorn and derision about LOCK IT IN’s ratings on himself. I’m not rooting for LOCK IT IN to fail. I was rooting for Clay to be spared the ignominy of low ratings by Fox Sports never rewarding his behavior with a TV job to begin with. Had Fox not hired Clay I think the show…


Roger Goodell makes ESPN tap dance while allowing Fox Sports to moon the NFL?

September 10, 2018

  There’s a moon in the sky and it’s called the Moon but here I’m thinking more of Fox Sports as Randy Moss pantomiming dropping its drawers in the end zone and shaking its ass in the NFL’s face. Isn’t that what Fox is doing to the NFL by putting the decisively divisive nitwit Clay Travis on its airwaves? Sure, the show is on a network and in a time slot…


NFL TV Ratings: expect them to go down & expect the NFL to shrug

September 2, 2018

Prediction: NFL’s TV ratings this season will be down 5-10% Prediction: the NFL will spin that by noting that the national NFL windows were the most-watched programming on TV by a wide margin. Both are easy predictions. The ratings prediction might  be wrong but until that trend reverses I’m riding with it. I wouldn’t worry too much about the TV ratings if I were the NFL. I’d worry more about…


Mailbag: Why target Fox Sports’ nonsense instead of ESPN’s?

August 31, 2018

Scott from Phoenix writes: I’m not political. I watch both Fox Sports & ESPN programming. Focusing on Fox Sports in this example doesn’t make sense. ESPN isn’t innocent when it comes to ginning up divisive nonsense. Why pick on Fox exclusively? Scott asks a reasonable question. I’m not nearly as sure my answer is reasonable. But just like I have it in me to grab a pair of binoculars at 4AM…


High Noon (Alaska Time)

August 9, 2018

h/t @vlime286 for the naming convention. Backchannel messages expressing disbelief that I’m delighted by HIGH NOON’s move to 4pm?  I has them. I’m not talking about idiot minions who follow intellectually dishonest doofus “Boobs” characters on the Internet either. I’m talking about reasonable people who I know and like asking me why I’m shilling for ESPN about HIGH NOON moving and getting shortened to 30 minutes. I’m not doing the…


HIGH NOON (9AM Pacific) Debut

June 4, 2018

  I love Bomani & Pablo and no matter what my personal opinion of their show is I’m rooting for their success. The debut show’s production aesthetic triggered my 1992 Wolfenstein 3D brain.  Where do I have to run? What’s trying to kill me? Where do I have to shoot? Even the soundtrack of the first segment had a Wolfenstein vibe. It completely distracted me from the most important part of…


Mailbag: Stick with The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis! (ESPN & Politics)

May 25, 2018

This is the only time I can remember disagreeing with @bryancurtis regarding a media criticism. I was fine with the headline/story *because* ESPN execs seemed very consumed by politics for what was at best a fourth- or fifth-tier issue when it comes to the declines. https://t.co/KhmrOkrVUR — Sports TV Ratings (@SportsTVRatings) May 24, 2018 No actual particular e-mail here. If only one person had reached out to me I’d ignore…