Pardon the Interruption (2001– )
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More people should watch it! See how cool Wilbon and Kornheiser are!!
Since I want to be a sportscaster, this is a great show!! I would LOVE to do this show for a living!
I also love the fact that the show features a Jewish man, a black man, and an Italian man-and that Michelle Tafoya, when she's been a guest, has demonstrated that the woman can hold there own with the men. But there's nothing like Mike and Tony, because of the fact that the show is an outgrowth of their 20 plus year friendship.
Even though he gets on my nerves, when Dan Lebartard fills in it's quite interesting. I do miss Steven A. Smith. Even if you're not a sports fan, you'll love PTI.
Yes! Finally, a sports commentary show that doesn't have to use scantily clad women and crude humor (Best Damn Sports Show Period) or childish, insults to get viewer attention by using "shock value" (anything with Jim Rome). Tony and Michael have amazing chemistry. They play so well off each other and play to each other's strengths, which only strengthen the show itself.
The format of PTI is easy to understand and fast-paced, which is good. Too often, sports shows drag a particular subject on and on for eternity and beat the dead horse even further. PTI usually allows 2:00 for each subject and then moves on, no matter where Kornheiser and Wilbon are in discussing it. The two tackle the big headlines in sports and even shift to other areas (like Paris Hilton, Saddam's capture, etc.), but mix it perfectly with their meal ticket of sports.
The hosts have a perfect mix of argument, agreement, criticism, and praise. The rapid-fire delivery and organization make PTI the best sports show on TV today. While the hosts fire at each other, Stat Boy delves into the numerical arguments that are being heaved and deciphers which are accurate and which need correction. I love that feature. Rather than banter on about a subject and invent numbers to support a position, PTI corrects itself every show.
Bottom line is- if you are a sports fan, WATCH THIS SHOW. You will not be disappointed.
I could still put up with abrasive shouting of co-hosts Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbons but it's the other things, really, that made me lose interest in this show. What things? Ridiculous bias on the part of the hosts, particularly Kornheiser, who cannot stop interjecting his ultra-Liberal political beliefs. I lost track how many times this idiot had to give me his two cents on which candidate he liked best (the looniest, of course) during all the primaries. What has that got to do with sports? Nothing.
Also, after awhile, the show's introduction in which Kornheiser feels he has to try to imitate Howard Stern with some raunchy joke, gets tiresome fast...and is another reflection on the absolute moral bankruptcy of this so-called "sports guy." Hey, I like a laugh or two along with my sports commentary, too, but too often his jokes are tasteless.
Wilbons? He just isn't interesting enough to make any comments about here. Nor are the substitutes in this show, all of whom, by the way, have the same twisted values as the regular hosts. This could be a very good show if you had two more mature guys who always were a little more balanced in their reporting and a little classier in their humor.
I continue to watch "Around the Horn," but have stopped watching or recording "Pardon the Interruption." BTW: If you like to be insulted and called a knucklehead by Tony Kornheiser right off the top of the show you will like PTI. Kornheiser is simply awful and Wilbon is right behind that.