We turn the show upside-down today and lead off with some Housekeeping.
A heartfelt congratulations to the fine folks at The Basketball Jones, who will now be doing the show on a full-time basis for The Score. There have been only a few times I can remember where I was as genuinely happy to hear news like this…for someone else. We wouldn’t be doing a daily show if they didn’t show me it’s possible…even if it does make you insane…and we congratulate and salute those Canadian bastards for not only doing things the “right” way, but also for doing it their way. They earned this by doing their show the way they wanted to do it, and that deserves the most applause.
While we’re patting friends on the back, a hearty congratulations to John Gonzalez of the Philadelphia Inquirer and a contestant in Blogs with Stones. He’s joining Vai Sikahema every weekday from 10-2 on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia. I had issues with that time slot in the past, but not anymore. Good for them.
Also, last bit of housekeeping…JOIN OUR BABY POOL. We’re turning it into a show contest, with the winner getting half the pot and the other half going to charity. Sign up at http://babylevy2.babypool.com and tell your friends.
You’ve likely heard about the news that Senator Jim Bunning is blocking unemployment benefits. We’re not getting into that. But we do discuss the fact that Bunning is a former Philadelphia Phillie, which leads to a discussion about athletes with specifica political leanings and if we have to root for them because they’re wearing our favorite uniform.
Do liberal Jets fans root for Jay Feely? Do Jews in Florida pull for Tim Tebow? Or does it matter when the player is on the field? Take, however, the extension of success on the field. What if Tebow runs for governor of Florida one day? Would liberals be that happy with his college career at that point, considering his success on the field is what got him elected. Or even something like Jimmy Rollins openly backing President Obama on the campaign trail. Should conservative Phillies fans be happy about that…or want to root for him?
Can we separate politics and sports? Should we? And should we when some athletes don’t? Oh, and can some other team sign Bunning so they can stop associating him with the Phillies?
Our friends at Rush the Court have a post about how the huge game tomorrow night between #2 Kansas and #5 Kansas State will not be on any of the national ESPN networks. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? I’d think it can’t be ESPN on this one, as they have a Big 12 game at 9pm they’d surely swap with this game. So is it the Big 12 office? The local affiliates who were promised the game on the Big 12 Network? How is this happening?
Also, on the court, could Georgetown NOT make the NCAA tournament? It’s ridiculous, but stranger things have happened with the NCAA selection committee. We talk about that, the overall strength of the BIG EAST — the 11th seed is a tournament team and the 12th is a bubble team right now — and if hte league can survive like this.
Thanks to everyone for listening.