SportsCenter has seen its fair share of lowlights and bloopers this year, but the above video is ESPN's Event Horizon. It's so brutally awkward, cringeworthy, and amazing it has to be seen to be believed. Anchor Mike HIll interviewed actor Liam Neeson, who appeared on SportsCenter yesterday to promote his movie "Taken 2." By itself, this is nothing new, celebs come to SportsCenter all the time.
Naturally, the first place Hill went with Neeson was the New York Jets and Tim Tebow. Because to do otherwise would be to send Planet Earth hurtling out into deep space, never to return to the solar system we once called home. Neeson's reaction is the most priceless thing I've seen in sports this year. He asks to start the interview over and depressingly says "oh shit" because he has no idea what Hill is talking about.
Neeson is from Northern Ireland and was at the Jets-49ers game Sunday, but it was only his second NFL game ever. When Hill presses with the mandatory Tim Tebow question, Neeson says "you're speaking ancient Arabic to me buddy." What a brilliant response. Once Hill gets to sports Neeson knows a thing or two about, the interview turns around and is actually pretty good.
But when you're at ESPN, you can't talk enough Tebow... even to people who have no idea who he is.
(via The Blaze)
"I don't know who Tim Tebow is. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for analysis, I can tell you I don't have the knowledge. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a great guest for people like you. If you don't let go of Tim Tebow now, that'll be the end of it. I will not sit with you, I will not talk to you. But if you do, I will talk to you, I will answer you, and I will entertain you."
@awfulannouncing @d_hill1013 this is must watch TV!! The man say I don't know anything about your sport and you f/u with Tebow?!? Classic!!!
@awfulannouncing That was that awkward feeling u get when Daddy just hit Mommy at the dinner table, & ur really not sure what to do!
I consider this a bigger fail by Mike Hill. It's ridiculous that ESPN brings in these actors to begin with, especially those that don't know anything about sports and don't like sports. But it's what ESPN does and they're going to keep doing it, so the anchors need to deal. First, could Hill not have found Neeson for 30 seconds before the segment to ask him what sports he likes and can discuss? Second, when Neeson is visibly shaken by the first NFL question, Hill doesn't even remotely veer from his scripted questions and goes ahead and asks some more specific NFL questions. #awfulannouncing ... truly.
@awfulannouncing it must have confused Neeson because he, unlike Tebow, has a particular set of skills ...