JE Skeets joins the show to talk about The Basketball Jones and the move for the entire crew – Skeets, Tas, JD and Matt – over to The Score. It’s an incredible situation for them, and as we’ve stated before, we could not be happier for the crazy Canadians.
But first…Skeets was in the hospital getting his severely sprained ankle looked at, which leads to a conversation about the waiting room happenings, including a homeless guy in a wheelchair who asked for a bite of Skeets’ sandwich. Why isn’t this a reality show? Like Cops, with freak injuries and blurred out faces of horrified people in the ER waiting room just looking to get a few stitches. If it is, I need to find this show.
Turns out, Skeets loves the idea, and hospitals in general. He actually had a PAPER ROUTE inside a hospital when he was a kid. INSIDE A HOSPITAL.
Okay, onto the Jones. We discuss the swanky new set, and how long it will take for one of their friends to start showing up every day, standing outside the enormous city street-view windows with signs making fun of them. Three days in and I’m shocked it hasn’t happened yet. We also discuss the potential changes he expects now that they are part of The Score. Will we get more comedy bits in addition to the daily show (and rumored weekly audio-interview show)? Is he at all concerned that he’ll need to be more of a comedian now that they’ll (possibly) be expected to come up with more funny bits? Oh, and of course, when’s the TV time gonna start?
We also talk about his departure from Yahoo, and if he’s concerned that he went from one of the most trafficked basketball blogs in America to relative anonymity in the States working for a Canadian TV company. Sure fans of the Jones will still go, but what about the Yahoo traffic that would watch the show’s embed? What about his itch to blog? Will that be part of the gig at The Score? And — his words — how stupid is he to leave Yahoo?
But there’s a flip side. How stupid is Yahoo — my words — for letting him go? Why does The Score see the value in the future of podcasts like The Jones, but Yahoo didn’t? Or maybe Yahoo sees the value, but didn’t feel it was worth the money of bringing in four people. So is The Score forward thinking, or overvaluing the concept of podcasts? This leads to a brief and hopefully not haughty conversation about the future of our little industry and how it fits with MSM sites.
Congrats again to the Jones. Yahoo’s loss is Canada’s gain.
We jump from the conversation with Skeets to an email asking if we’d talk about Mike Dunleavy’s situation. No. We won’t. But we do use that to jump to a discussion about why in the world anyone would be a Clippers fan. We run — more like a slow jog — through the list of cities with two teams in the same sport to try and figure out why you’d root for one and not the other. It makes sense why you’d be a White Sox fan in Chicago, especially if you live on the South Side. It makes sense why you’d be a Mets fan in New York if you live in Brooklyn (former Dodger/anti-Yankee country) or Queens. Even in the surrounding areas, if your family used to root for those teams, it makes sense to keep allegiances. But why a Clippers fan? There’s no history or geographical breakdown (like, say, the Jets and Giants even) that would make you a Clips fan. Is it cheaper ticket prices? Hatred of the Showtime persona?
We spin this to a talk about Manchester United, and how all the fans of United hate the Glazer family, much like Clips fans hate Donald Sterling. The difference, and the reason why Man City hasn’t stolen all of their fans…Man Utd wins. A lot.
For more on the Glazer situation, including Beckham’s role after the Champions League match yesterday, read it at The Sporting Blog.
Torii Hunter thinks that…well, here’s the quote:
“People see dark faces out there, and the perception is that they’re African American. They’re not us. They’re impostors,” he told Bob Nightengale. He added, “As African-American players, we have a theory that baseball can go get an imitator and pass them off as us…. It’s like, ‘Why should I get this kid from the South Side of Chicago and have Scott Boras represent him and pay him $5 million when you can get a Dominican guy for a bag of chips?’”
It’s actually a pretty good line. And he’s not entirely wrong (/dances on egg shells). We discuss if it’s nothing more than the diversity of sports in America. Do we play too much to succeed at certain sports? If we spent an entire generation just playing one major sport — say soccer — would we be more competitive? To Hunter’s point, if more kids started playing baseball instead of basketball or football, would there be so many “imposters?” It’s not really their fault for being good, right?
Did you hear “Donavon Mcnabb” was traded to “San Fransisco”? Did you believe it? Some people did. We run through the whole situation and how it happened yesterday, starting with our post at TSB (and independent work from other sites as well) and ending with a huge apology from the owner of Gridironfans.com
One more point about yesterday…comparing on of our best athletes to a terrorist is not funny. Ever. Bad day for the internet yesterday. And no, you’re not getting a link to that one.
Thanks to Skeets and thanks for listening.