Baseball Crank
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January 2, 2009

I watched the ball drop New Year's Eve on CNN (we decided we'd had enough of Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Deathbed Watch), and I have to say, the co-hosting team of Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin had to have the worst chemistry of any on-air partners since the heyday of Monday Night Football's bad booths. I'm not a terribly big fan of Cooper, but he's a Jennings/Brokaw type, a newsman who tries to take his job seriously and has a dry, deadpan sense of humor - and they had him matched up with the unwatchable and unfunny Griffin, whose shtick is slapstick and saying inappropriate things. All she did was step on and undermine his lines, and I swear on several occasions Cooper looked like he wanted to punch her in the mouth, and I'm not sure too many of the viewers wouldn't have sympathized with him. Talk about terrible programming. (She added insult to injury with some heavy-handedly staged flirting with Cooper - a little semi-flirtatious banter is sort of expected in a male-female TV pairing like that, but c'mon, at least half the audience knows Cooper is gay). Meanwhile they sent Erica Hill, Cooper's usual co-host and who normally is on the same wavelength with him, down to the street in a vain effort to get frozen revelers to say something interesting (one area where Griffin's shtick as a provocateur might have at least caused something unexpected to happen). Terribly incompetent TV.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 1:57 PM | Pop Culture | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

I managed to avoid all of the midnight shows.

Crank, waht do you think of MLB Network so far. My teenage pitcher and I are going to watch the replay of Larson's perfect game tonight.

Posted by: maddirishman at January 2, 2009 6:19 PM

'S prolly George Bush's fault, Crank. When St. Barack of Chitown takes over, it's all gonna be Summerall & Madden for 8 years.

Posted by: mikeski at January 2, 2009 8:48 PM

I'm finding myself stopping on MLB network more than I thought I would...I, too, am curious as to Crank's thoughts on the matter...and I missed Larson's replay...I guess I didn't even realize they had the full tape from the game...I've seen the game ending out, but not the whole game...that's incredible...

Posted by: Astros Fan at January 5, 2009 4:49 PM

I'm truly enjoying the spectacle of Coleman turning to the activist courts to overturn the will of the voters. How rich. Early on his lawsuits were aimed at stopping the counting of improperly rejected absentee ballots, now that he's behind he's suiing to include even more ballots. So much for principle, he's simply doing anything to win, popular will be damned.

Posted by: seth soothsayer at January 6, 2009 12:47 PM
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