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The Basketball’s Great. The Announcing and Officiating not so much.

It’s that time of the year. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship runs all day, every weekend and nothing could possibly be more enjoyable.

Then, of course, I have to turn on the TV.

First of all the officiating in the tournament is brutal beyond all description. I am now convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that the reason the govening bodies of amateur basketball have put three referees on the floor is to get the total IQ up over 100.

The officiating is so bad that if I were an inveterate Vegas gambler I might be incensed. However, it is so bad in the favour of the big TV teams that it’s easy to figure out which team is going to win — Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, UConn, Kentucky, Florida, BYU  — are going to get all the calls, in all the important situations. And they did.

Meanwhile, I’m so sick of the CBS color analysts speaking in absolutes when the game still has 10 minutes left to play, that the only thing good about this tournament is the mute button. And, frankly, I like all the play-by-play guys. However, I’ve reached the point now where I watch the tournament mumbling things like, “that should have been a foul,” or “if that call at the other end was a foul, then that’s a foul,” or “My goodness, that was six steps, why wasn’t that a travel?”

I must admit, I did feel better, when I was watching the TBS panel on Sunday, and Charles Barkley called the officiating “in many games, terrible.” Thanks Charles, I always knew you had it in you.

In the meantime, here is the Sweet Sixteen: in the East, Ohio State will face Kentucky and Marquette will take on North Carolina; in the West Duke will meet Arizona and Connecticut will play San Diego State; in the Southwest Kansas will play Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth will meet Florida State; and in the Southwest, Butler will play Wisconsin and Brigham Young will meet Florida.

I believe that Ohio State, North Carolina, Arizona, San Diego State, Kansas, Florida State, Wisconsin and Florida are the best teams. I don’t believe they will win. The officials will screw half of them

Nice Work PGA Tour. Allow Your Fans to Walk Through the Bunkers. Idiots.

The PGA Tour hit a new low on Sunday afternoon. The knuckleheads who run golf’s biggest tournaments have now decided that having ropes doesn’t make any sense anymore and they’ll just let the fans trample through bunkers now.

On the 18th hole on the final day of the 2010 PGA championship, leader Dustin Johnson hit a tee-shot straight right. It was a lousy shot, right into the gallery.

Little did Johnson know, however, that the PGA Tour decided that all bunkers are no longer part of the playing area of the golf course and allowed the fans to trample through them. That’s right. “We’ll hide a bunker under the gallery just so some unknowing bastard who hits it right will be ripe for a two-shot penalty.”

So when Johnson hit it into what he thought was a gallery, a gallery that for a week had trampled down everything in its wake, it turned out that the Tour had allowed the galleries to trample through an actual sand trap. What a collection of idiots.

Johnson didn’t know it was a bunker and grounded his club. Automatic two-shot penalty. Sadly, nobody but the Tour rules nazis knew it was a bunker. CBS even had to explain to viewers that in this shit-hole of trampled dirt and rough their could have been a bunker there. “Maybe. Like, maybe a week ago, OK?” CBS even sent out Feherty to explain that “maybe that was a lip.”

Meanwhile TVs two biggest PGA Tour sycophants, Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo, went on about how Johnson shouldn’t have grounded his club anyway because it was kind of sandy. Hey boys, you protect idiots, you sound like idiots.

Johnson paid the price, finished nine under and was kicked out of a playoff. The PGA Tour looked stupid and lazy because they didn’t rope off their hazards and bunkers.

A shaky Tiger Woods hasn’t been the entire cause of the PGA’s TV ratings demise. Idiots have played a part in it, too.

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Monday morning:

Watched the PGA Tour rules official defend allowing galleries to trample through bunkers by saying players were given one-page sheets saying all bunkers would be treated as bunkers.

Now there’s a comment that makes you go “Hmmmm.”

There was never a greater ass-covering comment in the history of golf. This doofus essentially said, “We’ve decided to allow the galleries to trample down the bunkers – even bunkers that are 20-30 yards or so off the fairways – and we expect you, as players, to suddenly become golf course architects and memorize where Pete Dye placed every bunker on this golf course. Even the ones we’ll hide under the sneakers of the fans.

Hope that guy’s running for office. He’s not only full of crap, he’s good at covering his worthless butt. He’s a dream politician.

Steelers are Seven-point Favourites in World’s Most Popular Game

NFL Super Bowl Report No. 2, Sunday Jan. 25, 2009

TAMPA — Three things rattling around in my cranium as I wait in sunny Florida for the Super Bowl teams to arrive…


1) I’m told here in Tampa that Jon Gruden’s firing as the head coach of the Buccaneers’ last week came as a surprise to a number of people around the NFL. Not sure I know why that is, but I certainly know now that it wasn’t a surprise for Bucs players. In fact, former CFL star, now Bucs quarterback Jeff Garcia was one player who said a change absolutely, positively had to be made.


Garcia told reporters in Tampa on the day we arrived that he felt Gruden’s lousy relationship with the folks in the locker room played a key role in his dismissal. According to my friends at the Tampa Tribune, the veteran quarterback had a long-running feud with Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen. As a result of the Bucs’ preseason love affair with Brett Favre and its reluctance to renegotiate Garcia’s contract last summer, the quarterback didn’t have much a relationship with either of the since-departed Bucs bosses. 


In fact, you might say that if there was one player responsible for Gruden’s firing, it was Jeff Garcia.


2) As we get set for Super Bowl XLIII, ever wondered how popular the NFL is?


Here in Tampa’s media centre, the NFL last out pages and pages of quotes and information. I picked this one up Sunday morning, it kind of answers the previous question: 225 million Americans watched NFL games during the 2008 regular season – nearly 100 million more than the record number of Americans who voted in the 2008 presidential election (131.2 million). 


NFL games on broadcast TV (CBS, FOX and NBC) averaged 16.6 million viewers. On cable, NFL games on ESPN averaged 12.0 million viewers and 4.9 million viewers on NFL Network. 


Super Bowl XLII was the most-watched TV program ever (148.3 million total viewers). The 17 most-watched programs in TV history are all Super Bowls. And Super Bowl XLII was watched in 223 countries and territories in 30 different languages. 


Hmmm. Pretty popular game.


3) With the NFL Experience going strong today, Super Bowl Week has officially begun here in Tampa. The teams arrive this afternoon and by 1:30, the first official Super Bowl interviews will have begun.


Just to set the record straight, Arizona will wear their home reds on Sunday, Pittsburgh will wear road whites. NFL legends Lynn Swann, Roger Craig and John Elway will flip the special 24 kt. gold two-tone coin while Joe Namath will present the Vince Lombardi Trophy.


As of this morning, the Steelers are seven-point favourites.


Quit cheerleading you cretins!!!!

Coverage of NFL football on CBS hit rock bottom at 3:10 CST on Sunday during the Minnesota-Atlanta game when the announcing team of Dick Stockton, Brian Baldinger and Brian Billick actually changed out of their suits and put on Atlanta Falcons cheerleading skirts. 

Granted, I usually watch the NFL with the mute button on. Most play-by-play announcers are blind and most colour commentators just talk for the sake of talking. After awhile, the whole thing just gets annoying and it’s so much more peaceful and sane with no announcers. 


But on Sunday, I made the huge mistake of actually listening to Stockton, Baldinger (yap, yap, yap) and Billick. It would have been more comfortable sticking hot pokers in my ears.


Here’s what drove me nuts…


1) The three of them were more interested in the crowd noise than the play on the field.


2) Until the third replay, Stockton tried to maintain that Visanthe Shiancoe’s reach for the end zone was a fumble. 


3) Finally, the outright cheerleading for the Falcons reached such a crescendo that it was time to hit the mute button.


Why can’t these guys just call the game? They make millions and not one of them could call his dog, let alone a football game…. mute!




Oh my gawd! I just turned the volume back up and Baldinger is talking about the crowd again. Brian, buddy, the drunk in the fourth row at the Metrodome can’t run for a first down. The crowd has nothing to do with anything. You’re an idiot!!!!


Sorry. I promise I will mute the TV for the remainder of my football day.