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  • While it mostly sticks to news stations, even ESPN couldn't avoid bringing in a few of their own
  • A show with nothing but polls doesn't sound all that interesting, but this is one of the more entertaining shows on television
  • If the show were hosted by anyone else I don't think I would find it as entertaining as I do
  • If you're looking for an entertaining way to kick back and enjoy an hour of television, than I recommend this show as it definitely makes fun a priority


    • by David Finniss

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      There are a lot of “talking head” shows on television nowadays. While it mostly sticks to news stations, even ESPN couldn’t avoid bringing in a few of their own.

      Earlier this year, they launched a new show called Sportsnation. Unlike other shows, this would get the fans directly involved with the show. Fans could contribute either through the show’s website or Twitter page to voice their opinions.

      It’s one of those ideas that sounds nice in theory, but has a strong liklihood of failure. A show with nothing but polls doesn’t sound all that interesting, but this is one of the more entertaining shows on television.

      This is in large part due to the two hosts, Michelle Beadle and Colin Cowherd. They play well off of each other and achieve that fine balance between serious discussion and goofiness. They take the topics seriously while not taking themselves too seriously.

      Both hosts have their own quirks and peccadillos that shine through. Colin is the


      more serious of the two, though he is prone to making bizarre statements from time to time. Michelle’s the more laid back and affable of the two.

      Even the camera crew chimes in, cheering on the hosts in various games or just laughing at the antics.

      This gives the show an element of fun that is lacking in other talk shows that are all business. Speaking of fun, it’s pretty clear that the two do enjoy their jobs and that lighthearted excitement transfers to you as you’re watching it so that you too can have some fun.

      While polls are taken, they try to utilize the stats gathered in various ways. Some segments are a straight up poll, they’ll ask a question, discuss it for a minute or so before going to the results, but they also add in poll based games that challenge the hosts’ knowhow.

      There also the three cheers/jeers/ and tears segments where they showcase sports highlights that deserve either a cheer,


      • jeer, or tear depending on the nature of the clip being shown.

        One of the highlights of the show is the “weird web videos” segment. Staying true to the internet roots of the show, the hosts take a break from professional sports to discuss a handful of bizarre youtube videos. Most involve either a crazy stunt or animals doing bizarre things. Some of the videos have been downright bizarre. There was one video of a car that doubled as a boat and another video of a guy who drove a million dollar car into a lake. The most well known one is the monkey waiters as Michelle had that video play everyday for a week.

        Sportsnation is also notable for giving NBA star, LeBron James the nickname of “The Akron Hammer”. Michelle made it up and, a bit surprisingly, it caught on. Colin isn’t a fan and retorted by coming up with a nickname for Kobe Bryant, “The Italian Isolationist”. It didn’t catch

        on as well as Michelle’s. It makes less sense considering Kobe has a nickname already, “The Black Mamba”.

        The show won’t appeal to everyone. I do suggest checking it out. I find it highly enjoyable and while it follows a format, they do manage to make every episode fun to watch. If the show were hosted by anyone else I don’t think I would find it as entertaining as I do. The interplay between the two hosts is really what makes the show work as well as it does. They’re both charming and affable in their own ways and that’s what will inevitably draw you back to tune in everyday.

        If sports are serious business for you and you see no room for funny business than this might not be the show for you. If you’re looking for an entertaining way to kick back and enjoy an hour of television, than I recommend this show as it definitely makes fun a priority.



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