--Jay, Fergus Falls, Minn.
SG: Wait, wait, wait ... you can't give A-Rod and Lemieux credit for that face. Didn't you just describe every interview with every NHL player from the past 30 years? After the Falcons-Jets game on Monday night, I was sifting through e-mails and forgot to change the channel when Rob Fukuzaki's "Sports Zone" postgame show came on -- the filler show that Los Angeles' ABC affiliate airs after the Monday Night game. It's not a bad show, with the bonus that Rob carries himself like a grown-up version of one of the "Better Off Dead" announcers. Anyway, poor Rob was stuck carrying the Niedermeyer brothers for about 4-5 segments as he showed Falcons highlights, other sports highlights and even sports bloopers, replete with exchanges like this:
Rob: "Let's go to the third quarter -- that's right, another fumble by Vinny Testaverde. Have you guys ever seen anything like that? Isn't this incredible?"
(Awkward silence as the Niedermeyer brothers look at each other, waiting to see who should speak. Finally ... )
Ahh, A-Rod -- or as he's known at the Arroyo house -- Slappy McSlaperson.
Brother No: 1 (face scrunching, followed by a monotone): "Well, Vinny's been in the league a long time, he knows how to bounce back from a bad game, and you just have to deal with those things as a professional athlete."
(Brother 1 purses lips and makes the A-Rod Face, followed by Brother 2 scrunching his face. That's followed by another awkward second of silence. And then ... )
Brother No. 2 (monotone): "Yeah, we all have our good days and our bad days, and Vinny certainly has experience with both types of days."
(Brother No. 2 purses lips and makes the A-Rod face. They're done talking. Cut to a rattled Rob ... )
Rob: "Um, later on the third quarter, watch this pass by Michael Vick ... "
And it went on that way for a good 40 minutes, followed by Rob covering himself in diesel gasoline and lighting himself on fire. Fortunately, I saved it on my TiVo.
But while we're here, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that the Niedermeyers were wearing matching $35 Polo-style shirts and jeans for their TV appearance, which got me thinking ... screw the NBA, why isn't the NHL the league that instituted a dress code? At least some NBA players take pride in their clothes -- thanks to MJ, many were already wearing suits and stuff after games -- whereas most NHL players dress like college kids on a Sunday afternoon who just woke up and haven't decided whether they should clean up the puke in the kitchen yet. Plus, all the coaches dress like movie ushers. You're telling me the NBA needs a dress code more than the NHL? Is there an NHL coach who wears a suit that costs more than $125? Forget about Abboud or Zegna ... when Pat Burns coached the Bruins, I think he was sponsored by K-Mart. What an outrage.
Edited by Devs25, 27 October 2005 - 05:11 PM.