Friday, August 05, 2005

Quite Frankly, I won't watch

posted by Rob at 12:06 PM

Some numbers are in on ESPN's latest overly-hyped talk show, "Quiet Frankly" with Stephen A. Smith. According to USA Today:

... the debut of Stephen A. Smith's hourlong Quite Frankly ESPN2 talk show Monday drew 0.3% of U.S. cable TV households, 0.1% on Tuesday and 0.3% on Wednesday. That's slightly below what ESPN2 averaged in the show's 6:30 p.m. ET time slot for July — and below ratings for ESPN/ESPN2's recent coverage of the U.S. Open of Competitive Eating.

Sports Illustrated had an article last week on Smith headlined, "Stephen A. Smith is misunderstood." I would beg to difer. Smith is simply Ahmad Rashad with an attiude - a suck-up sports reporter basking in the glow of those he covers.

I first saw Smith during the 2004 NBA playoffs. It was not a great first impression. The Finals featured the underdog Pistons vs. the Shaq/Kobe Lakers. Smith - who at the time I simply referred to as "that angry preacher-sounding guy - was ruthless in verbally raping the Bad Boys.

The series hasn't started but Smith said it was over. Done. Complete. Just skip the four-game sweep and hand Phil another trophy. This is a paraphrase, of course. He was much more brutal in his actual comments.

Well, like curent ESPN2 viewers, the Pistons refused to listen to Smith. They handily won the series. Smith sheepishly admitted his error, but in my mind the damage was done.

I hope the best for Smith and his show, but - like anything with Jim Rome - I won't be watching.

UPDATE - Brilliant idea for a sports show over at The Sports Frog. I'd watch it!!!


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