Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Flags of Many Lands™ and a Guilty Pleasure

Welcome to viewers from Germany, Canada, Guam, Italy and the United Kingdom. (Yeah, I know Guam isn't officially a foreign land, but it still feels a little exotic for a statesider.) I welcome you by discussing an American TV show that most of you will never see, though it probably can be seen in Guam and on each show, one of the hosts waves a Canadian flag and says "Goodnight, Canada!"

The show is Pardon The Interruption, a sports talk show on ESPN featuring the two guys in the picture above, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. Tony and Mike are both reporters for the Washington Post and have been friends for many years. The show is obviously staged, but it is supposed to reflect their actual relationship, which is often contentious. They sometimes have reasoned discussions, which is good, but it sometimes gets into screaming matches (on TV! Who knew?) that sometimes seem real and sometimes seem wink, wink.

The show also has Tony Reali as Stat Boy, a real-time ombudsman who corrects errors made by the hosts at the end of the show. I'd like to see this on more TV yapfests, but that's a blog for another day.

I call this a guilty pleasure, because as much as I respect their sports knowledge, their taste in pop culture is fracking abysmal. Tony L-O-V-E-S American Idol, that unavoidable cancerous growth on American culture. Mike hates it, to his credit, doesn't watch it and won't discuss it. Point to Mike, you would think, and quite correctly.

Negative points to Mike for his choice of favorite singer of all time, Celine Dion, and his favorite comedian, Andrew Dice Clay.

I came for the sports talk. I stay very begrudgingly through the idiot views of pop culture.

Matty Boy says check it out. Sort of. With a disclaimer.

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