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ESPN Turned Kentucky-Monmouth into Baseball Tonight

As Kentucky turned on the jets to take commanding first half lead over Monmouth, ESPN’s commentators were hardly paying attention.  Instead of calling the game, they were talking to the New York Yankees’ new manager, Aaron Boone.

And that was just two minutes of their talk with Boone.  This went on for an entire segment between the eight and four-minute TV timeouts.

It became excruciatingly painful down the stretch.  While they waited for a dead ball, Boone was asked about every question imaginable until they reached, “How are you spending the holidays?”  The segment concluded with the former ESPN color analyst giving an uncomfortable, albeit emphatic description of a deep Quade Green three.

The gimmicks didn’t end there.

When the game really got out of hand, ESPN producers sent the sideline reporter outside to report in the snow.  With thousands of Santas walking the snowy Manhattan streets for Santa-Con, it’s not a bad idea to get a look of the surreal scene.  We got a look, but that’s it.  She didn’t even talk to the Santas.  Instead, the guys at the tables busted her chops.

The ESPN producer had the right idea, but not the talent to properly execute it.  If Aaron Boone is in the audience and the Yankees just made a blockbuster trade, you gotta ask him about it.  It all fell apart when Kentucky went on an 11-0 run and they remained focused on Boone.  They didn’t interrupt Boone during big plays, they just mentioned the game-defining run after the fact.

It was a blowout, but the Kentucky audience doesn’t care about the Yankees.  All we care about is basketball and the four-letter network failed to deliver.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

18 Comments for ESPN Turned Kentucky-Monmouth into Baseball Tonight



  1. timewilltell
    5:07 pm December 9, 2017 Permalink

    Not one of ESPN’s better broadcast today. Cameras were on the GM while KY scored a basket.



  2. DrSayre
    5:17 pm December 9, 2017 Permalink

    They could’ve at least asked him a question about playing for the Reds.



  3. Hancock73
    6:10 pm December 9, 2017 Permalink

    Wasnt thete a basketball or football game in which they talkes to Monte Teo for like half of the broadcst. Very annoying



  4. GM1978
    6:12 pm December 9, 2017 Permalink

    It’s ESPN….enough said….UK sports are the only times I can stomach that network anymore



  5. wildcat2012
    6:21 pm December 9, 2017 Permalink

    And they talked about Duke for damn near five minutes in the second half too. Get so damn tired about commentators having to talk about duke every game we play



  6. sprtphan
    6:24 pm December 9, 2017 Permalink

    Face it. It was a boring game like most of the rest so far this season. Be so glad when the cupcakes have all been eaten.



  7. 3 fan
    6:27 pm December 9, 2017 Permalink

    Maybe if UK was playing a team worth a shit it would be competitive and people would pay attention
    Sick of this crap schedule. Boring as hell so far this year



  8. Irish son
    6:30 pm December 9, 2017 Permalink

    That was actually the best part of a horribly boring game. I’m tired of playing directional schools, unheard of schools,barely above Junior College schools



    • UK Big Board Update
      6:48 pm December 9, 2017 Permalink

      Kansas in the Champions Classic? UCLA? Louisville (although they are gonna suck as bad as Indiana now), AT West Virginia…? You act like we’re the only school who plays a few so-so teams athe beginning of the season.



  9. Lip Man 1
    6:52 pm December 9, 2017 Permalink

    Wait till you see what ESPN does when the baseball season starts concerning the Yankees, it’ll be worse than when Tebow was around.



  10. scwhite9
    6:54 pm December 9, 2017 Permalink

    I tried to complain to ESPN on their facebook page and was told I did not have the privilege/authority of posting. The announcing was a joke.



  11. serdi
    7:02 pm December 9, 2017 Permalink

    Turn down the sound.

    Listen to Tom Leach and Mike Pratt. Do that, I did not hear one second of what you are talking about. I heard the play by play of the game. This the way you do not have to listen to the ESPN agenda.

    I have played around with with a number of devices. I use my IPAD turned on to the Monticello network station and it is nearly synced.

    Put yourself out of misery. Turn down ESPN and stop worry what the hell they say.



  12. az1006
    9:08 pm December 9, 2017 Permalink

    Idk who the new play-by-play man is, but he’s been on multiple UK games, and I’ve seen him on a dozen or so other games. He’s HORRIBLE. Boring, lacks knowledge, and points out things ten minutes after the fact (He pointed out Brad Calipari had checked in after he’d played two minutes already).



  13. Cincy Cayt
    9:25 pm December 9, 2017 Permalink

    I actually saw this as a good thing for UK basketball. Biggest offseason move in years for one of the most successful teams in all sports, but the manager and GM could not pass up seeing the Cats play terrible Monmouth. Boone was even too busy watching the game to answer a question. They should have been in the office finalizing the deal or at a party celebrating it – nope – they needed to see the Cayts first.



  14. runningunnin.454
    10:19 pm December 9, 2017 Permalink

    I CARE ABOUT THE YANKEES; I laugh every time they get beat.
    “Best team money can buy since 1919”



  15. Wildcat72
    6:18 am December 10, 2017 Permalink

    ESPN is headed toward bankruptcy. This is why.



  16. CPACAT
    8:54 am December 10, 2017 Permalink

    I’ve been saying this for years. Spend about $70 on a “Sports Synch” radio. It looks like an old transistor radio us older folks remember…but has a sliding button which lets you adjust the delay; up to 17 seconds. I listen to Tom Leach and Mike Pratt every game and turn down those ridiculous announcers who know less about UK than I do. Works like a charm!
    http://www.sportsyncradio.com/?gclid=CjwKCAiA07PRBRBJEiwAS20SIIuELCgb9iL_iDOTftUs2q5mtuVLH_zDSXiWQcfMfJAqdx0FoDwmcBoCTDoQAvD_BwE