Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bob Ryan Needs To Get Out More

[Bob Ryan] is a long-time sports columnist for The Boston Globe.  He is also a fairly frequent competitor on [ESPN’s Around The Horn], which will be the focus of this piece (kinda, sorta).

Okay, I suppose calling Around The Horn, which airs at 4 p.m. CDT M-F, a completion is a stretch.  For the show involves four sports journalists trying to make points (both literally and figuratively) on a number of different sports-related topics, with the one with the lowest total being eliminated each round.  Subsequently, the last one left standing is declared the winner, and they are given 30 seconds to mouth off about anything they want.

Considering the fact that ESPN doesn’t even have a specific section for Around The Horn on their website, you may come to the conclusion that it is not to be taken all that seriously.  I do find it rather entertaining most of the time, however.

Much of this has to do with the “competitors” often taking shots at each other, and [Woody Paige] is usually a hoot and a half.  [Bomani Jones] is another favorite of mine.

On the other hand, you won’t be seeing Ryan having too much fun on the show.  Well, at least not as far as appearances go.  For his face stays in the same stoic expression as in that picture of him over there.

No, I do not think that it is a Boston thing.  For [Jackie MacMullan] hails from the same area, and she has come close to cackling with laughter more than a few times on the show.

Besides, I have seen Ryan acting almost gregarious on ESPN’s [The Sports Reporters], which airs at 8:30 a.m. on Sundays, and [Pardon The Interruption], which airs at 4:30 p.m. CDT M-F.  Hence, the title to this piece.

Of course, after searching for the specific sections for The Sports Reporters and Pardon The Interruption, I may have unfairly portrayed Around The Horn in a poor light.  For with there apparently being none to be found, it looks like the powers that be at ESPN aren’t taking any of their individual shows all that seriously.  Yeah, maybe I am the one who needs to get out more?

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