Green: "You gotta make sure where's what."
Osborne: "Your first run, the counter cut for a touchdown, how long was that? Do you remember?"
Green: "I don't know. Thirty maybe?"
I'll say this: The show wasn't scripted.
WHERE SELDOM IS HEARD....
So many bouquets are tossed around on coaches' shows that the participants should wear helmets—excuse me, football helmets. But the irredeemable lovefest that is The John Blake Show deserves special mention. During a recent show that included a feature called "Behind the Scenes of Sooner Vision," an inside look at Oklahoma's scoreboard, host Steve Neumann praised the Sooners' home field. Memorial Stadium, both for its new scats and for having "the best lights in the nation," while Blake opined that Oklahoma has "the best president, the best athletic director, the best head coach and the best fans." Blake also noted that thanks to Sooner Vision, "there's never a dull moment during the game." Wish I could say the same for the show.
THE BEST COACHES' SHOWS
The successful ones conjure up in some way—albeit some small way—the rambling brilliance of the Bryant show. I like the coaches who are enthusiastic without being falsely boosterish, the coaches who don't seem aware of being on television. Duke's Fred Goldsmith, for example, gets so involved watching game footage that, as former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer used to do, he pleads with players as he narrates the action. While describing a 60-yard punt a few weeks ago, Goldsmith suddenly hollered, "We gotta cover better, men! Oh, we gotta cover better than that!"
The Bobby Bowden Show is wonderful, if only for the Florida State coach's struggles to remember the names and numbers of his players while endeavoring, Bryant-like, to mention the hometown and at least one relative of every Seminole who breaks a sweat. As with Ford, I might not have known Bowden had been at the game except for his frequent appearance in sideline shots. But he's endearingly enthusiastic in his ignorance.
"Who got that sack back there?" Bowden asks host Gene Deckerhoff. "It wasn't Larry Smith, was it?"
"Tony Bryant. Number 40. From Marathon," answers Deckerhoff, also a geography buff.