Gary Gelfand, The Sports Show
The only redeeming feature of “The Sports Show,” CBS13’s new half-hour sports show featuring Arran Andersen and Gary Gelfand, is that it occasionally features sports footage. While I originally thought this show had premiered in September (based on reporting of its original launch date on 21Q), I managed to completely by chance catch the premiere broadcast on Friday night. (Hat tip to new reader anaughtymouse)
Let me start with the inexcusable logo, which is either a blatant ripoff of The Man Show’s logo, or a cheap reference to that show’s logo (see what I’m talking about in the lower right corner of the screenshot). Either way, seriously, that’s all you’ve got?
Arran Andersen seems like a competent sports reporter, and his gimmick of jump-cutting from one sport to another–college hoops to NFL to rodeo, mostly with a local angle–might actually work eventually, but for now it is extremely awkward. Props though, on digging up the local sports highlights.
Gary Gelfand’s vox pops coverage–Friday he was covering the scene at a suburban sports bar–is cringe-worthy. He kept pretending that he couldn’t hear Andersen’s toss-backs (I’m making up that word) because it was so loud and crazy, assertions for which he was 0 for 2. It was more of a nacho-poppers and polite bored conversation crowd. He talked to a classic Kings fan who remarked that the Kings were better off when they had newest Detroit Piston Chris Webber, and needed to get him back. (C-Webb is playing for the league minimum in Motown. And that’s debatable anyway.) And then there was a special appearance by Mark S Allen, whose annoyed and combative onscreen persona makes for some of the most uncomfortable local television you’ll ever see.
The fact that this show’s premiere was apparently pushed back from September is belied by the fact that Andersen made frequent reference to the makeshift nature of his reporting set, which consisted of a couch. He made a few on-air requests to viewers to write in and donate a couch. I will go ahead and give him the benefit of the doubt on that one, it must have been a joke.
And then there were in-depth stories on local prep, college, and minor league athletes, including a story on the surging Jesuit Marauders hoops team led by my fellow SHS and Jesuit alum Greg Harcos. And that’s the part that I can’t really snark on, because I loves me some prep sports coverage. (BTW anybody else out there a big “Friday Night Lights” fan? Me and Mrs. Cool can’t get enough. OMG Street is totally going to propose to Lyla tonight I think!!!)
So if you like your local sports coverage choppy with a heaping side of depressing sports bar footage, “The Sports Show” is the sports show for you.