Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Fanarchy: What a Train Wreck

Maybe you thought Artie Lange on "Joe Buck Live" was a train-wreck. That had nothing on "Fanarchy," a new TV show on Versus last night that was originally announced with the terrific premise that fans can be just as good at sports punditry as the so-called "pros."

Or, as it turned out, just as awful.

There was so much potential there (I liked that they had partnered with Yardbarker) -- but, oh god, the show was a trainwreck from the first minute.

I feel compelled to admit that I could only take about 3 or 4 minutes of it before I had to turn it off; I had seen enough. It was unwatchable, with every terrible stereotype of the "avid fan" -- Painted Face Guy, Loud New Yorker, Guy in Basketball Jersey, Hottie.

Incorporating the fan perspective into sports TV is a great idea -- and I'm not just talking about the patronizing "BlogBuzz" segment/ghetto on the morning SportsCenter. As I have mentioned before, I have incredibly high hopes for ESPN2's upcoming "SportsNation."

The devil is in the details. Or, in the case of "Fanarchy," hell was on my TV screen.

-- D.S.

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