If you thought a Wednesday night All-Star game on a channel many people still can’t find would equal a ratings bonanza, well, you were sorely mistaken. The NHL All-Star game had a 0.7 rating — which means 484,000 households watched the West slather goals all over the East in a 12-9 victory. We’re not sure, but we think that’s neck-and-neck with our old cable access TV show. What, you don’t remember Purple Funk?
Cold Pizza, ESPN2′s “cornerstone morning show” (their words, not ours) will shift to the studio in Bristol, Ct., away from its previous home under the bright lights of the Big Apple, ESPN announced about, oh, 20 minutes ago. 1st and 10, a talk/debate show on ESPN, will also make the move. “This move will make both shows better,” ESPN executive vice president Norby Williamson said. Anyone who has seen both shows should know that seems to be an admirable, easily attainable goal.
Note: The Big Lead speculated on this yesterday, and they were right on. Good job, kids. And, for those scoring at home, this move could be a precursor to both shows being cancelled. So don’t get too attached, Cold Pizza fan(s).
That’s all we can glean from what seems to be Leno’s maiden journey into the world of breaking sports news. On The Tonight Show Tuesday, guest Jeff Garcia said he would be testing the waters of free agency. The media has enough problems, Jay. Leave our scoops alone, and quit stealing our jobs. Of course, As MJD points out over at the Fanhouse, Garcia was an odd choice of guests considering the Eagles were bounced from the playoffs in the first round. We can only hope for an odder choice next week, like perhaps Jeff Kent — the baseball player, not the dwarf rabbit (check the “about me” section).
Deadspin has a great still shot of Stephen A. Smith on the set of General Hospital, the soap opera on which he will make a guest appearance Feb. 2. ESPN has followed up with a description of his role (“a reporter covering a hostage situation”) and this quote from Stephen A., who says he has been a fan of soap operas since he was 5. “I grew up with four sisters, so it was either watch General Hospital or watch nothing,” Smith said. “I’ve been an avid viewer for 30 years. Let this be a lesson to all the ladies out there: there are men who love the soaps.” We’ll tune in, but only if he shouts at the hostages.
2nd update: Pro Football Talk now has audio. Have a listen. Sounds like “Jew,” though the context is still very strange.
The message boards were in a lather today, and Deadspin also picked up on the story, but our according to an ESPN official, Sean Salisbury used the phrase “chew,” as in to chew clock, to describe a Peyton Manning drive, not “Jew,” as had been speculated. We still don’t have any audio-visual confirmation, but it sounds reasonable enough. This nugget of information, by the way, was brought to you by our own Judd Zulgad, who proves every day that it is possible to be two — or even 17 — places at once.
Update: ESPN called Zulgad back and played the sound bite for him. Zulgad writes to RandBall, “It does sound like ‘Jew,’ but he could have mixed up ‘juke’ and ‘chew.’” … That’s a more generous benefit of the doubt than before in our book.