I promise, Craig James' first attempt at a budding political career is almost over with the Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate in Texas a little over a month away. Despite his last attempt at staying relevant, James's long-shot run doesn't look like it's set to end with anything but a whimper. However, one of the guilty pleasures of James' campaign run have been his painfully amateurish online campaign videos. We've already brought you Craig James on his involvement (at least from his own delusional version of events) in the Texas Tech scandal and the Pony on starting his career in broadcasting.
But now, AA's investigative staff has unearthed two more campaign gems from the self-appointed mayor of "Real Street." The first video somehow takes the public access feel of the James campaign to stunning new highs. Watch and learn, then the quiz will follow.
Did you notice all of that? First, you can see a cameraman next to Jessica James as she's asking the candidate a question. Does James suddenly relate to voters because 95% of them could make a more polished campaign video? The only thing missing is James getting hit in the head with a boom mic. Second, honest to God... John Q. Texan... seriously? John Q. Texan?! Are we sure the people making this video aren't secretly related to Mike Leach? Third, this video was obviously made before Craig James's political soulmate dropped out of the Republican Presidential Primary. And finally, like in most of life, there is a Simpsons clip that relates to James' grand Washington plan.
The next video we have to offer doesn't exactly require much analysis. Here Craig James expounds on his time at SMU and the education he received there. James surprisingly allows the issue of the infamous "death penalty" to be broached in the following video. Of course, James has danced around the SMU issue for years, so how does he address his college days by using his skill as a superior revisionist historian...
Somehow James tries to excuse the SMU scandal as part of the "era of craziness" and the "way of business" of college football back in the 80s. Sure, that's why SMU was slapped on the wrist with THE DEATH PENALTY. Also, James once again claims the money he took at SMU was "insignificant" although he certainly doesn't provide any details. At least he's consistent on one issue. Predictibly, James claims to have nothing to do with the actual transgressions that were uncovered during the SMU scandal, and that he and fellow star Eric Dickerson are only guilty by association although that has been brought into question on many occasions.
We've now seen James cover SMU, Texas Tech, broadcasting, and the mysterious John Q. Texan in these amazing online campaign videos. We can only hope there are more topics left to cover (world peace, the hatred of the blogosphere, a certain number of hookers who may have met their demise) as the 4th quarter of James' first foray into politics comes to a close.
No, Not true, last year Greg Gumbell, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Greg Anthony worked the !st four from New York on Tuesday and they work most,maybe all of the Pre and Postgame shows on CBS!
The crew in Atlanta i know hosts some of the Halftime shows, did you know that starting with the night games in 2002 that the 1st team 30 second timeout turns into a media timeout in the 1st half for the Men's NCAA tournament only, all of the other timeouts are 30 seconds longer and that Halftime of the Men's NCAA Tournament was extended from 15 to 20 minutes??
You better get used to the endless commercials because when just CBS had it, they weren't nearly as many commercials as there are, now that 4 networks cover the Men's NCAA Tournament untill 2024!
You would think that once, just once, CBS would allow Verne and Raftery to call a final 4. Even if you're among the minority who feel that Nantz/Kellogg is a more enjoyable and informative listen, it's not like CBS's #2 team hasn't earned it based on their longevity alone. Sadly, the networks just don't work this way. Of course, Marv Albert who is arguably the finest play-by-play announcer in the history of the sport is also available but there is even less chance that Marv would get to call a final on CBS.
Great analysis. I wish this blog would do this more often. I think this column overrates Jim Nantz. I was listening to Verne Lundquist call the Missouri-Kansas game yesterday with Clark - it was great. Jim is so boring. He is really in his element at the Masters, not March Madness.
Steve Kerr was great last year. I look forward to him joining Nantz and Kellogg again. I also love Kevin Harlan and am happy to see that he got the promoted. Also, the Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel team is really good. Ian is becoming one of the best announcers in the country.
I wish they would take Charles Barkley off. Not only is a jerk, he admitted last year that he didn't really know too much about college basketball. I thought I heard CBS/Turner say after last year's tournament that they would probably remove him?
Greg Gumbel comes across as very arrogant during the cbs coverage of the tournament.He almost makes it sound like we should be grateful to cbs.Kellogg is always trying to throw around big words.Get ready for the endless commercials.
Remember it isn't unusual for a Baseball PBP man to also work College Basketball too, because Paul Splittorff used to work Collerge Basketball for ESPNU,Gary Thorne used to work College Basketball for a while for CBS and has worked College Basketball for ESPN,Dave O'Brien works College Basketball for ESPN, Don Orsillo has called College Basketball for the Big East Nerwork, Tom Hamilton works College Basketball for the Big Ten Network, Steve Physioc works College Basketball nationally for FSN,Dave SIms has worked College Basketball for ESPN and CBS Radio,Dave Barnett has worked College Basketball for ESPN,Marty Brennaman has worked the Men's NCAA Tournament for CBS Radio,Thom Brennaman has worked College Basketball for CBS Radio and worked for 3 years as the #1 PBP voice for FSN's ACC Sunday Night Hoops,Eric Collins has worked College Basketball for ESPN before,Gary Cohen has worked the Men's NCAA Tournament for CBS Radio before,Tom Mccarthy works College Basketball for CBS Sports Network and CBS Radio,Tim Neverett works College Basketball for The MTN. and NBC Sports Network, Ted Robinson has worked College Basketball for NBC Sports Network and CBS Radio before, Dan Mclaughlin has worked College basktball before,Dick Enberg has worked College Basketball before, Bob Carpenter has worked College Basketball for ESPN before, Jon Sciambi is working college basketball for ESPN,Scott Graham has worked College Basketball before,Dewayne Staats has worked College Basketball for ESPN before,Roxy Bernstien works College Basketball for ESPN,Michael Reghi has worked College Basketball before and Dave Flemming works College Basketball for ESPN right now too!
Anderson has been doing college basketball for Big Ten Network so far this season. I think he'll do just fine.
Call me old-fashioned, but I don't like the mixture of the NBA guys with the college guys. I thought Smith and Barkley's antics really overshadowed Greg Anthony in the studio last year. And due to Smith/Barkley's lack of knowledge, Anthony was left to awkwardly clean up their messes time after time. And this isn't a knock on Smith or Barkley. They have their own thing going on w/ the NBA and it works for that audience. I think the NCAA Tournament is a little different (and broader) audience and a large majority of people just don't 'get' it.
With all of that said, I do really like Steve Kerr on the color-side. Very insightful. Wenzel and Bonner are not the most sound color commentators, but to me, March Madness would not be the same without them. They are both a little goofy, and easily get caught up in the moment, but I think that is both part of their appeal. (I think of them both as a poor man's Billy Raftery). Along those same lines, I thought Steve Lappas, who does color for the prime games on CBS Sports Network, would find a way to get in to the tourney this year, but the NBA holdovers shut him out.
Glad to see Spero Dedes return as a play-by-play guy. He is quickly becoming one of the best young announcers out there. I was secretly hoping CBS would bring back Mike Gorman (Celtics TV play by play guy) to replace Gus Johnson in the first rounds. Anderson will do fine, but Gorman did the tourney a couple times in the 90's and was great.
Overall, a good job by CBS, despite the fact that they mixed in the NBA guys, however, March Madness, without Gus Johnson, will be like going into a bar and ordering a water---it just won't feel right.
I swear I'm not sure I can take another Final with Nantz, and the totally inept and useless Clark Kellogg
@Real_DWM Then don't. Put the mute button on the TV and turn on the Dial Global call. Omaha sports personality Kevin Kugler does an awesome job at the Final Four, along with John Thompson and Bill Raftery.
Remind me: What networks feature the New York studios and which networks feature the Atlanta studios?
@crippenstation From what I saw last year, the First Four is hosted entirely from Atlanta. Once they get into the main part of the tournament, I'm pretty sure the New York group handles the halftime reports for all of the networks (which is possible thanks to the start times usually being staggered by a half hour or however long it is), and the Atlanta group handles the pre- and post-game shows. (I think these were usually on TruTV last year but might have appeared on TBS or TNT at least a few times) That's how it worked in the early rounds, at least. Does anyone know if this changes once they get into the Elite Eight? Obviously the Final Four will be hosted on-location at the arena and will feature that enormous desk full of an infinite amount of analysts. (that's what it feels like!)
Anderson debuts on CBS this weekend with UCLA-Arizona and next week doing LSU-Auburn. No Shaq at all during the tournament is a good thing.