If Roger Goodell has a real sense of humor, he will order the Giants to report for duty and star in the next edition of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”
As an HBO reality show, Big Blue would be even bigger box office. This production is run by the seat of Dave Gettleman’s pants. At least that’s what they are saying inside the Valley of the Stupid and other media precincts. But does anyone know who really is calling the shots?
Gettleman works for co-owner John Mara. Now, we’re not suggesting Mara is working from James (Guitar Jimmy) Dolan’s playbook, but we’re starting to wonder.
It has been so long since the Giants were known for sustained, or any other kind, of consistency that the time is right to turn the organization upside down. Yet, all VOS Gasbags are concerned with, and asking, is “What’s the plan? What is Gettleman’s plan?” Who cares! It doesn’t matter if “the plan” came to Gettleman — or is it Mara — via a message in a bottle or from the mouth of Margo The Medium, a 42nd Street fortune teller. Just be thrilled they actually are doing something — anything.
This is a team lost in the ozone. The Giants are stumble-bumming their way along a highway to nowhere. Radical change is needed.
Nonetheless, The Spin Crowd, is upset because Gettleman “lied” to them when he swore that you don’t give up on “talent,” or something like that. Why would anyone be surprised the GM “lied” through his teeth?
Part of the GM job description states: Must be adept at lying. And it was comical hearing the all-knowing wig over Gettleman having the onions to say Odell Beckham isn’t going to be traded before shipping him off to Cleveland.
Wow, Gettleman lied again. Stunning. The man is just doing his job.
His grade is “incomplete.” And what if he fails to succeed? There’s always another gig waiting doing standup (Isn’t that what he’s doing now?) on the stage of Lenny’s Laugh Machine. Instead of trashing Gettleman, give him, or is it Mara, credit for blowing things up.
What no one in the media, at least publicly, can figure out is what specifically happened between the time Beckham signed his $90 million contract and when Mara/Gettleman decided to trade him. Giants’ scribes and others entangled up in blue reported it came down to OBJ being a pain in the ass (i.e. France, the net, Pee-Dogging in the end zone, etc.), who finally became too much of a headache/distraction to live with.
That’s extremely hard to believe considering the Giants kept a kicker on the roster who beat-up his wife for a prolonged period of time.
ESPN’s Anita Marks attempted to introduce a fact on the radio Wednesday night when she said things were a lot worse between Pat Shurmur and OBJ than anyone thought. “Twice on the sidelines during a game Odell told Shurmur ‘FU’,” Marks told host Alan Hahn.
Also, during an appearance on “The Michael Kay Show,” Russ Salzberg, host of the Giants’ pregame program on Fox 5, said in his “recent” discussions with OBJ, he sensed the wideout was unhappy. Salzberg said he kept asking Beckham “why are you unhappy” and “felt Odell may have believed it was time for a divorce.”
Oh, what a tangled web. … But we will gladly take the circus that now defines who the Giants are.
“Hard Knocks,” indeed.
THE DOWN SIDE OF SHORTER ADS
With MLB now having the right to cut commercial breaks to 2 minutes (down from 2:05 for most games and 2:25 for national telecasts) will the broadcast and viewer be impacted?
Well, that depends how many commercials you mind seeing during a game.
The 2-minute breaks will speed up the game, but industry sources say they will also force rights-holders — including YES and SNY — to be more creative with spots they air inside the body of a game.
That means fans will likely see more of those 10-second “roll-ins,” introduced by a play-by-play voice saying “Now a word from The Widget company …” Then the screen is split to air the commercial and the game simultaneously. There also will be more virtual reality inserts of sponsor names on the field, walls and dugouts.
The bottom line: There will be many more paid messages transmitted to viewers, in a variety of ways, than before. That doesn’t mean the outlets will make as much money as they did under the 2:05 system.
Between the rights fees and production costs, airing baseball on TV is an expensive proposition. If MLB local outlets lose money because of a shortfall in commercial time it may be only a matter of time before the outlets will be forced to cut back on equipment and/or personnel.
The quality of the broadcasts could be damaged. And that’s not a good thing.
DOLAN-ING OUT THE LOVE
James (Guitar Jimmy) Dolan has his share of media “friends,” more than just Mike (Sports Pope) Francesa who blessed the Garden boss’ cockeyed regime long ago.
Two of the newest members of Dolan’s fan club are ESPN-98.7’s Chris Canty and Rick DiPietro. Their partner, Dave Rothenberg, set them up with questions about Dolan’s stop-chat-ban-from-MSG conversation with the fan who said “sell the team” and the two Gasbags wound up throwing Dolan a Pity Party.
It went something like this: Dolan has spent heavily on the team.
Dolan reacts impetuously because the team is losing. And Dolan now has the right people in place to run the organization.
We could go on but why bother. If DiPietro/Canty want to ignore Dolan’s consistent record of failure that’s fine. Continue living in a Knicks fantasy world. Continue believing everything will get better in the offseason. Continue believing at your own risk.
SELECTING NAP TIME
CBS, ESPN, and whoever else has a “Selection Show” Sunday night have all become predictable.
For many “observers” the biggest story is will the committee brackets be leaked to someone on the internet before the shows air, creating another scandal. That’s what this annual exercise in college hoops bloviating has become.
Even Vitale vs. Bilas has simmered down. So, what viewers are left with are teams celebrating their invites via a four-second delay and “debate” over the small schools who got shafted. Sleep inducing.
AROUND THE DIAL
Good things come to those who wait. Just ask Daily News Giants beatman Pat Leonard. He was way out front – like last year – on the OBJ trade and got battered in many other media precincts. So, when the deal went down last week, Mr. Leonard was totally vindicated. And while Fox’s Jay Glazer was accepting pats on the back for “breaking” the story it was Pat who deserved to take the victory lap. … So Charles Barkley, who each year fights off on-air sleepiness while trying to be a college basketball analyst, is miffed at critics who say he often comes up empty in CBS/Turner’s March Madness studio. The criticism isn’t without merit, but it’s clear Sir Charles is not as free-wheeling on CBS as he is working TNT’s NBA studio. … Almost as entertaining as Dolan during the Kay show interview, was Kay’s analysis of those who analyzed the spot. It leads to the following question: Who’s more sensitive, Kay or Dolan?. … Amazin’ Mets Alumni Podcast continues turning out good stuff. Up last week was Mike Piazza and dropping on March 22, Darryl Strawberry. … Nice of FAN/CBSSN’s Gregg Giannotti to throw Bart Scott under the bus by reporting that the B in CMB was working in the morning on a competing TV outlet. Maybe Mark Chernoff should put Scott on WFAN’s morning drive show to alleviate this “problem.”
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DUDE OF THE WEEK: MATTHEW BOYD
Changing a person’s life. Admirable goal. How about 36 of them? The Tigers’ pitcher and his wife went to Uganda and essentially adopted 36 young women to save them from sex slavery. Through their non-profit “Kingdom Home,” the Boyd’s provide housing, clothing, schooling and other essentials for the young women. “We can end child sex trafficking in Uganda. The bad guys aren’t smarter than us,” Matthew Boyd told the Detroit Free Press. “… We can beat them to these kids. We can protect them.”
DWEEB OF THE WEEK: JAMES DOLAN
For is inability to walk on by. Instead, the Garden boss thought it was a swell idea to engage a fan who asked him to sell the team. Dolan, walking through the tunnel after last Saturday’s Knicks game, stopped to tell the fan he was being “rude” before banning him from MSG. Dolan doubled-down telling “The Michael Kay Show” that he was the victim of a set-up orchestrated by the fan and TMZ. Dolan’s “evidence” isn’t exactly rock solid. Neither is his logic.
What Le’Veon Bell said: “In all reality, the Jets were kind of the team that I kind of had in the back of my mind where I wanted to go.”