Kallas Remarks By Steve Kallas
THE QUOTE OF THE YEAR (TO DATE): Seth Davis of CBS Sports is on WFAN on Monday to discuss the NCAA tournament. The subject of sweet-shooting Stephen Curry of Davidson comes up: Why wasn’t he recruited by the major schools? After correctly explaining that recruiting is more art than science, here’s what Seth Davis said: “The one thing that you never know in recruiting is what’s inside a guy’s head, what’s inside a guy’s heart and what’s inside a guy’s shorts. Stephen Curry is three for three in that regard.” You can’t make this stuff up.
CBS NEEDS HELP IN NCAA COVERAGE: You could never (and never will) properly cover 32 NCAA games in two days on one TV channel. You can’t even cover eight games in one day if CBS insists on starting them at similar times (at least stagger the starts 20 minutes apart, not five or ten). The absurdity of it all came home to roost on Sunday as CBS didn’t know what to do with the amazingly exciting Butler-Tennessee game, which went into overtime, while at the same time 10 seed Davidson was stunning 2 seed Georgetown. First CBS essentially ignored the Georgetown game but once Butler-Tennessee went OT, they had no choice and proceeded to switch back and forth so many times as to give one a headache. During all of this time, a very close, exciting (I think, we never saw it) game between 12 seed Western Kentucky and 13 seed San Diego was never shown down the stretch by CBS.
What can CBS do? Well, there are a few things. Besides staggering the start times in a more intelligent way, CBS should really consider using a second channel to show the tournament (imagine what ESPN could do – you’d have to think they’d have the ability to get to every big part of every game on one station or another (or another, or another)). If necessary, as it clearly was on Sunday, CBS could have gone with a split-screen, showing both the Tennessee overtime and the end of Georgetown. Personally, I don’t like split-screens (Direct TV’s four-in-one screen, offered for $19.95 a day, was poor because approximately one-third of the screen was devoted to other scores and, of course, commercials), but, in this instance, someone at CBS with a brain and some power should have been bold and put up both at once.
THE KNICKS JUST NEED HELP: If you’re a Knick fan, it’s very sad what’s happened at and to the Garden. I went to the Grizzlies-Knicks game last Friday (I promised to take my son at least once a season – stupid me) and it’s like a morgue. Sitting downstairs, they give you those stupid thunder sticks at half-time to distract the opposition – disappointing that a New York crowd would stoop to that. But that’s how it is nowadays at the Garden. The on-the-court problems are much worse: this is an Elias Sports Bureau question, but the Knicks have to be one of the only (maybe the only) teams in the history of the NBA to score 18 points in a row and STILL be losing (69-50 at the half, 69-68 after 18 in a row). Worse than that, the Knicks went “young” at the end of the game (translation: no chance of winning). Here’s who they put on the floor in the fourth quarter: Mardy Collins, Wilson Chandler, Renaldo Balkman, Jared Jeffries and Randolph Morris. Who, of this group, can throw the ball in the ocean, let alone the basket? If they’re really “watching” the young guys, as opposed to trying to improve their lottery position, they can’t like what they are seeing from this group. Hard to believe there was a good NBA player on the floor for the Knicks during that time. For sure, there were no future NBA All-Stars. Donnie Walsh (if it is Donnie Walsh) has a virtually impossible task.
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