February 23, 2004

I've Found a New Reality Show: ESPN's Dream Job

POST #    781

Contestant, Mike Hall and Barry Sanders (the one with the ugly shirt).

Damn the SportsCenter lead-in. Last night, when I should have gone to bed, I got caught up watching the re-broadcast of Dream Job. It's reality television and sports in the same program, how can you go wrong?!? Dream Job takes 12 finalists that want to be the next SportsCenter anchor. They compete in what I'm sure will be various tasks, but tonight they presented some highlights for a SportsCenter segment. They all wrote their own segments and were critiqued by the panelists.

I have two problems with the show (what would a post be without me bitching about something?) - Stuart Scott and LaVar Arrington. I'm not sure I can take much more of Stuart saying "Your SportsCenter begins in 3!...2!...1!" or, "Hugs and hand-pounds." And what the hell is LaVar Arrington doing on the show? His comments seem to be the same as all the other judges. He keeps saying, "I agree," can't he come up with some of his own opinions? Surely there must have been another athlete that could have contributed to this program.

I think I have to pull for the Asian-Jew, Aaron Levine. Oh, so smooth. But seriously, Aaron, Mike Hall, and Nick Stevens have been the standouts so far.

Posted by tien mao in Sports, TV at 8:56 AM



That was an oddly addictive show and not to sound like LaVar, but I gots to agree with you, Aaron's got my vote. Although, I was pulling for the girl from my ala mater, she really was too twitchy for me.

Posted by: Matt at February 23, 2004 4:57 PM

matt, how do you think mike hall got the most votes from the viewers? were you irked by his comments? i thought he was pretty good.

Posted by: tien at February 23, 2004 6:23 PM

I really liked Aaron Levine and really hated the very last guy (can't remember his name). Now, it's possible I hate him only because ESPN ran the snippet from his audition 12 million times but I think it's more likely that I hated him because he seemed smug and he thought he was much more clever than he actually was.

Posted by: Michelle at February 24, 2004 11:52 AM

the last guy was nick stevens, but i also liked him. i kind of think that many of the "great" anchors on sportscenter would have given an audition like his.

Posted by: tien at February 24, 2004 4:10 PM

Hi, you don't know who I am but I'm a good friend and classmate of Mike Hall's. I decided to do a google search for his name to see what people thought of him after the show. I can tell you he's an awesome guy, really down to earth. On Tuesday he told me he was really surprised that "America" voted him off too (I guess people didn't take his Strug joke the way he meant them too). Michelle, I'm with you when you say you didn't like the last guy. Mike is too nice to say anything mean about any of the other contestants but I personally thought Nick was too arrogant.

Posted by: Sara at February 26, 2004 12:24 AM

Was doing a search "Aaron Levine" after seeing him on ESPN's Dream Job. I knew this guy in college and he's really awesome... so nice, smart and an awesome announcer for the women's volleyball games. And what a cute smile!!

Posted by: KT at February 26, 2004 4:52 PM

Great debut by Mike on Monday. Did anyone pick up on the "He's myyyy Butler" comment? Mike, if you read this, I was very impressed with the Seinfeld reference!! Keep it up!

Anyone know an email for Mike?

Posted by: Kristin at March 31, 2004 3:00 AM

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