Sunday, May 11, 2008
(posted by One More Dying Quail)
Two thoughts immediately ran through my head after seeing this story about Hannah Storm (via The Big Lead's Patrick Imig):
1) Why didn't ESPN have a morning SportsCenter already? You could probably argue that not enough happens overnight to create an entirely new show the next day, but local TV stations don't just rerun the 11 o'clock news the following morning, do they?
2) A story from a few years ago talked about how Bill Belichick watches SportsCenter like six times, from the late show right on through the next day, so by late-morning, he knows all the jokes. He's gonna be pissed about this. You don't mess around with a man's daily routine like that.
I really, really like the idea of ESPN doing a morning SportsCenter (even though I don't watch TV in the morning). With Cold Pizza/First Take, they were trying to break into the morning show market by doing something new and obviously uncomfortable; in this case, they're taking their bread-and-butter, signature show and building off of that. I like it.
Oddly enough, Storm co-anchored CBS' The Early Show for five years. If they ever decide to try something Cold Pizza-esque again, a direct competitor to Today and Good Morning America...watch your back, Jacobsen. Storm knows her stuff.
My opinion is nice and all, but I'm sure AA will likely be available for much more informed ramblings early in the week. An official announcement of Storm's hiring is expected on Tuesday.