Posted: Monday December 5, 2005 2:44PM; Updated: Monday December 5, 2005 2:44PM
While it's easy to single out the bad sports announcers, my vote for best football crew, pro or college, goes to CBS's Verne Lundquist and Todd Blackledge. Verne's a veteran and he sticks to calling the action, sprinkling in the occasional colorful story. (Although I love it when a big hit happens and Verne goes, "Hello!") Meanwhile, Blackledge may be my favorite color commentator in all of sports. He's funny (he does the "Aflac!" duck sound effect during the weekly trivia question) and he knows a ton about the game. Still, my favorite thing about Blackledge is how he never says "um" or "uh." Ever. This man is a walking Strunk and White.
-- You know how coaches are always taking their teams to see a movie the day before a big game? They try to get them pumped up by seeing something like Rudy or perhaps Gladiator. Well, I wonder which coach will be the first to take his team to see Brokeback Mountain? Just wondering.
I know, it's fun and easy to pick on the Knicks right now, but they're going to be a pretty good team by the end of the season. These days Larry Brown is like a mad scientist, mixing and matching, prodding and poking -- for instance, Matt Barnes, their opening night small forward, was released Saturday.
But it's been interesting to watch Brown break the players down. Of course, I'm assuming he's going to be able to build them back up. Either way, the Knicks are one of the most intriguing NBA teams to watch on League Pass right now. Starters play five minutes, guys are inactive then start the next night ... fun stuff.
Not knowing a ton about Kansas State, I think it's safe to assume that with purple as their predominant color and anew coach named Prince, someone should immediately start the "Purple Reign" promotional campaign.
Ah, the Atlanta Hawks. As almost certainly the lone media member that has watched every Hawks game this year, I wish I could give you some insight into their futility ... but I can't. They're just way too young to compete in the NBA right now. One thing I do know: Tyronn Lue has no business getting major minutes, much less starting.
Set your Tivo: The World Cup draw is live on ESPN2, Friday afternoon at 3:00 ET. See if the U.S. gets screwed in favor of someone else.
I've seen LaDanian Tomlinson play dozens of times now, and I still don't think I could recognize him if he was sitting next to me on a plane. Unless he was wearing his jersey, of course.
Holiday gift alert: Saw this in DaveBarry's annual holiday gift guide column, and as a person who lives in the city and has to walk my dog and clean up after her, this seems completely unnecessary yet strangely intriguing.
Finally, as a service to everyone who managed to read to the end of the column, wanted to point out that according to my cable listings, CBS's annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which airs Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET, will be airing in HD this year! Now we can finally see which girls have mustaches and cellulite. (At least that's what I'm telling my wife.)