“I don’t disagree with you at all regarding the role of sideline reporters. Most of the time, I find those interviews to be fairly useless,” a nationally relevant sideline reporter
once told me years ago.
The opinion I expressed and she agreed with was “sideline interviews serve no purpose.” In our off-the-record chat, I stated further, “We never needed these practices to begin with.”
And we have the testimony of NFL
Network and Notre Dame
reporter Alex Flanagan.
This exchange between Flanagan and The Sherman Report
says it all.
Sherman: “You know what the critics say about the value of sideline reporters. CBS doesn’t even use them. What’s your response?”
Flanagan: “I’m often asked to defend the job of the sideline reporter
. I think of myself as an accessory. I don’t know if you can appreciate this, but I tell my female friends, ‘When you get dressed up in that great outfit, the one thing that can top it off is a great accessory. Like a necklace or ear rings.’
Are we a necessity for a telecast?
No. But I can see a lot of things that happen on the field that (the announcers) can’t see from up high.”...
It's official: Colin Cowherd to WMVP 1000, ESPN radio. So says the (Sherman Report).
Colin Cowherd, the former co-host of Sports Nation with Michelle Beadle
and Charissa Thompson, (have to link to a Charissa Thompson photo gallery
whenever mentioning her name) will be heard more on ESPN’s local stations, including Chicago.
Since WMVP-AM 1000 fired Harry Teinowitz
from its afternoon team with Carmen DeFalco and John Jurkovic, you knew a line-up shuffling was in the mix.
The station is also trailing it's main rival, 670 The Score in the ratings department, so they have to do something to shake things up. Maybe Colin Cowherd is the answer. Colin Cowherd means one less hour of local programming, in exchange for an hour of national programming.
ESPN 1000 will move the Tom Waddle-Marc Silverman duo from 9 a.m.-1 p.m mid morning
to the afternoon drive 2-6 where they will compete directly with Boers and Bernstein. (Who currently have a new goofy segment going intended to increase listener interaction
). It's the the afternoon demographic that ESPN 1000 is strategically looking to improve upon the most. Carmen DeFalco and John Jurkovic will shift to the 10 a.m.-1 p.m. slot.
The 'Herd, the national show of Colin Cowherd will air from 9-10 a.m...
dating Chicago Bulls
bust and current ESPN analyst Jay Williams? The Big Lead
reports it is so. Charissa may be the new Erin Andrews, as EA career stock is something I would advise selling off.
and Charissa Thompson
are friends; unlike EA and Michelle Beadle (who's position at ESPN Thompson replaced) who allegedly fought over some guy according to the ESPN book.
I met Charissa Thompson
once, at the 2010 Big Ten
party. She was really nice, seemingly to a phony level, one of the few "hired-mostly-for-her-looks" journalists I've talked to in person. Thompson was like all the other model/cheerleader-turned-journos I've met: over-the-top nice. And it doesn’t often seem very genuine. But Charissa Thompson also seemed smarter about sports than the other sideline princesses I've met.
I asked Thompson to do an interview for my website, and she agreed. And then she passed me on to some publicist/agent who totally blew me off when I later contacted him. The interview never happened (maybe that was her intention in sending me to that guy). By the way, here's a video of her doing the splits
during one of her shows. Still, it was a fun party, and seeing a model like her next to all these troll-like figures who cover the league on a regular basis made for an interesting juxtaposition.
The current host of ESPN Sports Nation has allegedly been a couple with Williams, a current ESPN NBA analyst, for a few months now. The story was broken open by a tweet from some guy who observed them holding hands during Super Bowl weekend in New Orleans. That's how the sports blog world first sleuthed Charissa Thompson dating. Numerous other NBA sources have confirmed to TBL...
continues to dumb down it’s audience and make people less informed about sports. Today the network actually posed this question for its panel “How much do you blame Jay Cutler
for RG III’s injury
?” Yes, this is not parody but a serious attempt at “journalism” by the WWL. What a way to “cover” the Robert Griffin III surgery
that took place today.
screen grab courtesy of Twitter @WaneDog
Charles Barkley’s SI interview
with Richard Deitsch continues to get around the interwebs. This time, Chuckles speaks of physical discrimination in sideline reporting (and the overall value of the job as well) and says “If you are an ugly woman, you have no chance of getting a TV job.” Here’s the full exchange…(and Charissa Thompson pictured above, is the polar opposite of ugly)...
–Michelle Beadle has left ESPN for NBC and NBC Sports. And who will replace her on the WWL’s SportsNation show? Charissa Thompson word is (pictured above). Here’s more photos of Thompson. So where does that leave ESPN’s other big name free agent, Erin Andrews? -(Sherman Report) With the conclusion of the 2011-12 television season this... Read more »