Friday, February 6, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Rizz reads my email on-air

Each morning during the final 30 minutes of Tony Rizzo's show the syndicated Bloomberg Sports Business Update runs. The Update runs around three minutes and provides news about one or two major business sports items. The anchors that do the update have a very Ted Baxter-ish delivery and are apparently unaware of the humor their updates generate.

Last month when the Cleveland Browns fired head coach Romeo Crennel there was a piece about it on the Update. But the anchor mispronounced Crennel's last name [putting the emphasis on the first sylable instead of the other way around]. This became a running joke on Rizzo's show and they would play a drop of the anchor's mispronunciation anytime someone on Rizzo's show mispronounced a name or encountered a name with a difficult pronunciation.

This morning the Update was about Michael Phelps continuing fallout over the photo of him that made the rounds last weekend:
The report covered Phelps' three month suspension by the US Swim Team. But then the report got better.

Phelps appeared on boxes of Kellogg's Corn Flakes and the cereal company was none too thrilled about the photo. They cancelled their endorsement agreement with Phelps. When the Update covered this development they began with "Phelps also took a hit". I was in near tears I was laughing so hard. I couldn't believe that the anchor read that with a straight face. So I sent the following email to Rizz:
Hey Rizz...Who writes the scripts for those sports business updates? Those little updates consistently provide some hearty laughs. The Crennel mispronunciation from last month...and now today's. The guy's reading about Michael Phelps being photographed appearing to smoke a marijuana pipe. Then later in the same story he starts a sentence with "He also took a hit" and I laughed hysterically. Play that again...THAT'S funny.
And he did. And they laughed and played the Crennel drop and assorted water pipe sounds. It's good to be alive!!!

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