May 05, 2010

Old Guy TV

Another sports highlight from my trip to Minnesota- I watched "The Sports Show," the weekly Sunday night sports wrap show featuring elderly local media figures Sid Hartman, Patrick Reusse and Dark Star. Listening to these guys sit around and mumble about sports reminded me of my grandfather and a couple of his friends bitching about the Vikings over an early-bird special at Denny's.

I don't know what was my favorite part about this low-production values affair- when a dog (I'm not kidding) wandered onto the set mid-show, or when the conversation drifted to Ryan Howard's contract and Star opined to Hartman that Howard "is going to be an old man" when the contract runs out. When that happens, Howard will be 36. Dark Star is in his 70s, and Hartman is 90.

I was laughing at it, until I realized that Sid and Reusse are still probably the two most influential sportswriters in town.

Posted by Stephen Silver at May 5, 2010 02:21 AM

It's just astonishing that this show is still on the air in 2010. The production values are lower than your typical cable access show, whereas Sid and Dark spend 90% of the show mumbling incoherently and 10% screaming incoherently at each other.

I'm sure you caught it, Steve, but Sid's latest threatened locale for a Minnesota sports team (the Vikings, in this case) to move to if they don't break ground for a new stadium by Friday is Birmingham, Alabama. Sid is never happier than when he can proclaim doom and relocation for one of the local teams.

Posted by: Tyler at May 5, 2010 02:57 PM
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