Pardon the Interruption is a daily program on ESPN TV (simulcast on ESPN radio) where two TV blowhards (they literally scream all the time)–Tony Kornheiser, an American football commentator (they call that “play-by-play” here) and his colleague at the Washington Post, Mike Wilbon– “discuss” sports events in rapid-fire segments of one minute each, from a drop down menu.
I enjoy it sometimes when I am tired and need to sit down around 5.30pm somedays.
But I struggle through their discussions when they turn their attention to football, or soccer as Americans call it. You can see where this is going: sadly, it is about the ignorance of US sports announcers when it comes to football or soccer. (FOX Soccer Channel is an exception, but over there you’d think football is only played in the UK, down to the Fourth Division).
But back to Pardon the Interruption.
Yesterday, Kornheiser and Wilbin decided to discuss the controversial Chelsea-Barcelona UEFA Champions League semi-final.
Sadly I don’t have the video. (If we did, you would notice that one of their producers used Espanyol’s logo to identify Barcelona (if you can find the video of yesterday’s broadcast).
But the audio will do to for my point here. Listen (below) about three-quarters in. After conceding that neither knew anything about football, they still feel compelled to make fools of themselves.