I don't care much about the whole Jay Leno - Conan O'Brien tussle. It's all past my bedtime anyway. But one programming ukase I'd like to issue is to ESPN. First, retire Dick Vitale. He's a negative to any game he's calling to such an extent that it's preferable to mute the game than to listen to his irritating verbal tics and pointless reminiscences from 20 years ago.
My second order would be to have Bobby Knight do every possible game, especially the Duke games. I was watching my beloved Blue Devils last night and realized that listening to Bobby Knight call a game is like a class at the feet of a master. As my husband commented, it's like getting all the value of the coaching without any of the screaming. If I were a player, I'd DVR the game and go back and take notes on every comment Knight made about my playing. If I were an aspiring player, I'd do the same thing. I learn so much about the game of basketball from listening to his comments. I so wish that he did more games. I'd listen even if I didn't care about the teams just to learn more about the game.
Why ESPN will put Vitale on the more signature games instead of Knight. Whom at ESPN HQ does Vitale have blackmail info on to keep from being sent out to pasture? Don't any of those honchos actually watch a game that the guy calls? Can't they see why Knight is so much better and should be their premier guy?