Sunday, July 20, 2008

Finally, A Good Program

Here's some random thoughts from ESPNs broadcast of the ESPYs tonight. I should have done a "Running the Clock", but I don't have that kinda energy tonight. So here in no particular order are some viewer highlights ( and lowlights ) of the first program in a long time that ESPN didn't fark up.
  • Justin Timberlake is KILLING as host. It seemed like he was trying a little too hard for the first few min, but then settled into a rhythm. The crowd seemed to be playing a bit of a prevent defense on him, and the extra pressure seemed to rattle him for a bit. But he was perfect for the role. I'm stealing a line here, but I'm secure in my manhood to say that he's great.
  • One minute into the program, and we have a Favre joke.
  • Two minutes into the program, and we have a virginal Eli Manning joke.
  • Timeberlake hugging Aaron Rodgers, "It's gonna be okay man."
  • The stroking of Favre continues early in the evening with Brett getting the "Best Record Breaking Performance". He even smoothly delivers a canned joke.
  • Aaron Rodgers is almost getting more face time than Timberlake.
  • Appalichan State did NOT win for best upset. I know the fans vote this one in... but c'mon. The Giants were the best the NFC had to offer, and the Pats were good. But App state isn't even in the same division as Michigan. The walk-ons at Michigan were better players in high school than the STARTERS of App State. And yet, they walked into the Big House and won. First injustice of the night.
  • Timberlake keeps a few running jokes through the night. One is that Eli was prolly a virgin till he just got married. The other is his disappointment in the Memphis Tigers losing in the championship game to the Kansas Jayhawks. He even does a great free throw demonstration that killed.
  • Greg Oden is one funny 47 year old. ( see, that's a joke about how Oden looks. For those of you who don't like sports, Oden is like 19... but looks like he's 64. )
  • Even my boy, Brady Quinn, is getting some face time. If he doesn't get into a game for the next couple of years, I wonder how long he'll be famous outside of South Bend ( and my household )?
  • The New York Giants are winning any award that they're up for. If they win "Best Team", I'll assume that the votes weren't counted outside of the Big Apple.
  • Kate Walsh has some great legs.
  • And Danica Patrick looked FANNNNNTASTIC on stage.
  • Will Ferrell makes a couple of appearances. He even hops up on stage to accept an award for an absent Tiger Woods. I sure hope he doesn't overstay his welcome as a leading funnyman. I like Will Ferrell, but he has to be careful not to attention-whore himself out. Not that I ever thought Jim Carrey was as funny, but there was a time when Jim Carrey was everywhere, and on every program possible, and to the point of annoying. Now, Carrey is just wearing Jenny McCarthys swimsuit on the beach. Lets hope the same never happens to Will Ferrell.
  • All is well with the world. The Giants didn't win "Best Team". The Celtics did.
  • They are dropping confetti at the end of the show. Is there any thing on TV anymore that doesn't have giant confetti explosions at the end?
  • Also at the end, there is a little box at the bottom of the screen that says "Special Thanks To:"... and then lists people and companies. You want to know what the first name in the box was? - - - Justin Timberlake. WTF? Why does he need "Special Thanks"??? There's no way he DIDN'T get paid to host the show, shouldn't that be THANKS enough???


At 6:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could only manage about 5 minutes of the ESPYs. I thought Justin Timberlake was absolutely terrible.

But this is just hilarious:

It's Greg Oden's "audition tape" for hosting the ESPYs.


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