More ad hoc thoughts about sports

Have you noticed that during the three NBA Finals games in Los Angeles ABC showed the player introductions, went to commercial and, when they returned, the players were still on the court warming up? WTF? After player introductions, ballers strip off their sweats, come out to the center jump circle and the game begins — that’s just the way it’s done.

Did the NBA configure it that way in L.A. so the announcers could do some more pre-game gabbing? Is that really necessary? Isn't there enough chatter during the pre-game show? Keep a watch out and see if they do the same thing in Boston.

That said, I think that the announcing team of Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy is doing a particularly good job. The color guys aren't shy about criticizing players, even superstars, and play-by-play man Breen doesn't mind challenging his cohorts. The arguments the trio have on the air are playful and fun, not annoying.

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Eric Snider

Eric Snider is the dean of Bay area music critics. He started in the early 1980s as one of the founding members of Music magazine, a free bi-monthly. He was the pop music critic for the then-St. Petersburg Times from ‘87-’93. Snider was the music critic, arts editor and senior editor of Weekly Planet/Creative...
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