One of the worst things about living on the East Coast is how late sporting events run. Last night's game didn't start until nearly 11 pm and the game was so tight and exciting there was no way I could go to bed before it was over. Which means I was up until nearly 2 am. The game ended before that but I was so wound up I had to watch the post-game show and discuss the game with my parents.
I have to vent about how much I dislike TNT. Their camera work is irritating, sometimes they shrink the screen into a corner to show stats, at one point they showed Reggie Miller (who was one of the broadcasters) highlights and they didn't switch from the final minutes of the excrutiatingly boring Pistons Bulls game to show the Jazz tip off. What is worse, throughout the entire game the announcers would not stop fawning all over Golden State, especially Baron Davis and his stupid hamstring. If all you heard was their commentary during the fourth quarter, you would have thought the Jazz were hopelessly behind and didn't stand a chance to win. They didn't have much to say in the final minute when the Jazz put the Warriors away.
The one redeeming thing about TNT is Charles Barkley in the post-game show. I loved Charles Barkley when he was a 76er, a Sun and even as a Houston Rocket. He was always a tough match-up with Karl Malone and he always has something crazy to say. Last night he was the only one who believed in the Jazz and flat out said how great they are. At one point one analyst was saying "how would you describe this game" and Barkley cut in and said "Excitin'!" They ignored him. But he was the first to laude praise on the Jazz for their rebounds (afterall, he is the "Round Mound of Rebound") and Kirilenko (who was described in an article as a "6-9 pogo stick") for his 7 blocked shots. But the best line of the night by Sir Charles was just before a commercial break as I stood up to turn off my tv and go to bed. The other analyst was explaining they would show highlights from the Pistons Bulls match-up after the break and Barkley started whining about having sat through that already and after someone told him it was for the viewer's at home, he said "they don't want to see that lame-ass game either." I couldn't have said it better myself. Thanks for telling it like it is Charles.