Showing posts with label Keith Olbermann. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Keith Olbermann. Show all posts

Monday, June 16, 2014

Come Monday...Olbermann

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of (or commentary about) websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).

If you do not get (or just do not watch) [ESPN], you may not know that [Keith Olbermann] has a relatively new show on the network.  His new gig was a homecoming of sorts for him.  For he was one of the most popular Sports Center anchors ESPN has ever had, and when partnered with [Dan Patrick], they flat-out crushed the competition from other sports outlets.

Oh, but he longed for something more—perhaps even an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of even those who did not care much for sports.  So, he turned up with a political commentary show on MSNBC, and that is where much of his luster started to fade.

To put it mildly, Olbermann is a very polarizing person, and when I am in agreement with his take on an issue, I wish his diatribes would keep going for a lot longer than they usually do.  Be assured that it is just the opposite when he’s off on a tangent that is going in the wrong direction to me.  The two videos clips below serve as examples of what I am talking about, with the first one being something I whole-heartedly love while I think he might have taken the wrong pill before launching into the second one.

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Well, it was just brought to my attention that the two video clips were set to start playing automatically, and I could not find a way to turn that off.  So, I deleted them.  If you would like to see them anyway, [this] will take you to the diatribe I loved and [this] will take you to the one I didn’t (I hope).

It was the same with his MSNBC show until he came all of the way out of the bleeding-heart liberal closet and left all pretence of being in touch with reality far behind. Hey, after MSNBC ran him off, not even [Al Gore] could work with him for more than around 13 months!

If you have a way of recording his ESPN show, it should be safe to watch.  For you could always zip past where he is ripping into something that you think should be left alone, and the rest of the show is usually well worth seeing.  On his MSNBC show, he had a regular segment where he would name the worst three persons in the world, and he now does the worst three persons in the sports world, which is usually highly entertaining.  That is, unless he is picking on someone you love, of course.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Come Monday...Dan Patrick

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of, or commentary about,  websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).


Back while I was still trucking coast-to-coast, one of the highlights of my day was catching a broadcast of [The Dan Patrick Show] on [ESPN Radio].  For he sounded like a man’s man, who could joke around about different sporting events and players without getting too silly, as well as get serious when it was warranted.


The opening to that SportsCenter serves as a good example.  For that’s Dan doing the monologue.

Yes, that was [Keith Olbermann] sitting next to him, and they made quite a team until Olbermann started suffering from delusions of grandeur.  In fact, many would argue that they, along with [Chris Berman], were the main reasons why ESPN rose to the top of the sports programming world as quickly as it did, but since Dan and Keith are no longer with ESPN, I don’t think any of the network’s executives would be counted amongst them.  Well, at least not publicly.

Patrick now has his own syndicated sports show, which can be caught on both radio and TV.  It comes on at 8 AM (CDST) on [FoxSports Net Midwest], which is what I watch when I can, and it is a running joke on the show that The Mother Ship (ESPN) is bound and determined to see him fail.  Despite several statements to the contrary from both sides, since ESPN will not allow their personnel to be guests on his show, Dan may have a point.  After all, other networks, such as Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated and The NFL Network don’t seem to have a problem with their people coming by on a regular basis.

I don’t know if it is me or him, but I don’t seem to enjoy the show as much as I did.  Much of this has to do with the interaction between Dan and [The Danetts], who make up his on-air staff.  For much of it is plumb silly, and 2-3 times per show, it rapidly descends into practiced stupidity.  Yes, I well aware of how old and decrepit I am getting.

Nonetheless, The Dan Patrick Show is still well worth watching on TV or listening to over the radio—especially with the NFL being back in business!  Oh yeah, I am so ready for some football.

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