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I love the sound of the cars qualifying. That's the first thing I noticed.
I love hearing Ray in the booth but I think there's too much yakking so far!
Brad K...is there an explanation asto why ESPN keeps calling him that?Noticed qualifying is on a delay...
Really like the TV schedule being posted on the main page. It's a great help to see what's on and when. I enter ‘Wal’ in the Find on this Page search feature and wherever a ‘Wal’ shows in the schedule I know what NOT to watch. It has been well documented that the announcers/analysts who belong to the ‘Hole in the Wal’ gang leave something to be desired and I will not subject myself to their self promotion, buffoonery, etc. any more. I can find better things to do while they blather on and on.
This was a great Cup qualifying broadcast... if you enjoy watching videos, helicopters, golf carts and sports science explanations comparing the size of IMS to a football field. Not a great broadcast if you wanted to watch all the cars' qualifying laps. Especially as a Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne fan.Same crap different year. I gave ESPN one chance at a clean slate and it's already been soiled.
Love Rick DeBruhl. Glad they're using him.
No TV coverage of the 2:00 Cup practice session for the 2nd biggest event of the year??? Oh, that must mean it's ESPN's first week back covering the Cup Series. BOOOOOO!!!!!!
I can't imagine anything more boring than watching a warmup lap at Indy. What's wrong with telling stories, promoting the biggest racing story of the week, and looking back at history. I would much rather see it all on qualifying than in the race on Sunday.
Even on huge TV the cars take up a small portion of the screen. Not great coverage.Carl E still asked about the wreck...enough with the redundancy.Why do I even try to watch this stuff.
There is tennis on instead of NASCAR and this is the same game that played the longest match ever.
Well, here we go again. 3:30 on ESPN2 is supposed to be Happy Hour. And here we are with the tennis match going long. Deja Vu all over again.I feel pretty much like cussing right now.
Nice comments from the snobby British dude covering Tennis ..."IF you joined us for NASCAR Sprint Cup Happy Hour ... Uhhhhhhh ... We've got tennis here" ... With the emphasis going towards "how dare you expect for cars to be on this channel and think that we'd actually fit in our time slot" ... ESPN also skipped the first Nationwide practice today ... Wish SPEED would've been picking up what Mickey Mouse wasn't ...
It's clear to see where ESPN's priorities are today. Happy Hour is scheduled to start at 3:30 ET on ESPN2. And what do we have? A stupid tennis match. Is this a hint at what we're in store for the rest of the year with ESPN?
Am I missing something OR are we missing YET another NASCAR show that was to be shown on ESPN!Why I even try to watch I don't know.
No Happy Hour PST yet, still on tennis. Good call ESPN.
Happy hour is supposed to be on ESPN2 right now but we are watching tennis. Watching a fuzzy ball go 100 mph is way better than watching a stock car go 175 mph. Thanks ESPN. Idiots!
Imagine Tennis running long during College Football season
WOW! Week 1 NASCAR love - Tennis 1 good to know espn cares about NASCAR fans.
Coverage of Happy Hour delayed because of Tennis. Almost 4 PM ET and still tennis. Announcer keeps saying, "NASCAR to Follow." I don't get ESPN Classic anymore, it isn't on ESPN or ESPNEWS, and of course they can't put it online.....
whats up with happy hour - tennis is running late amd happy hour not on classic?Happy was going o be live so why didnt espn move it - Isner matches have a history of going three days.90 minutes of NHRA at 6:30 PM - likely it will be broadcast then.
Who's happy with this Happy Hour coverage? Only 2 hours for an Isner match? Should allot days.
This is definately BS from espn. Happy hour practice isn't on and it seems that a tennis match with hardly anyone watching in person is preempting a scheduled program.Kudo's to espn for really fiu. Great start espn!!!!!
well, it appears that NASCAR fans are getting the short end of the stick from ESPN once again. NASCAR needs to mandate that SPEED covers ALL the practice and qualifying sessions. I cant stand to watch anymore of this BS, bogus tennis match wating on happy hour. I dont get it, ESPNCLASSIC is showing the 2009 world series of poker, why not show us live happy hour over there. ESPN needs to get it in gear if they want to keep covering NASCAR. This is absoutely redicolus, this tennis match is never gonna end, I am absoutely furious right now, I need my NASCAR on NOW.
Yes everyone (well except for a couple folks) have been screaming on Twitter all afternoon. The few who haven't "don't care" about practice since it's only practice. IF it were isolated it would be one thing but this happens all the time and they feel that we're complaining over something so "minor". Some folks actually care about practice some like to hear what's going on and get (hopefully) information that charts can't tell them. They feel that the reporters who are telling what's happening is "good enough". Well not everyone uses twitter for whatever reason.And I read the BS from that ESPN PR guy...
Preview of 2morrows race...Marty Reid: Were comming to 2 laps to go, but A-Rod is at bat and might get HR #600, were gonna leave you to go to live coverage of A-Rod at bat, then we will be back to wrap up the Brickyard 400.
if you go over and read the tennis.blog, "The Daly Raquet ", tennis fans might be thanking ESPN for staying to see the end of their event. We hated moving channels last year. Why would.you expect other sports to get lesser treatment?
I find it interesting that EESPN News keeps rerunning Marty Smith's commentary about the Brad-Carl incident without any mention of Carl's going to be giving post-race commentary for L'EESPN.Enjoyed Raceday Friday and what I saw (about last half) of Cup qualifying.
Lots of jumping around for those of us used to watching SPEED handle practice.Did I just hear Marty Reid sigh?
46 frickin' minutes late coming on the air and instead of catching us up on the 1 hour and 46 minutes of practice we'd missed we're instead greeted with more long videos and Tim Brewer telling us that there's a hose that "literally" blows air into the driver helmets.With the exception of Nationwide Happy Hour ESPN has been a mess today.
Marty Reid sounds pompous and bored. Dale Jarrett just sounds like a country bumpkin.
I decided to watch The Pacifier instead. Never seen it before. Gee, are there any other bad movies on tonight that I can watch tonight instead of the race?
Thank you Mr. Tim Brewer, I now know that blowing any kind of cool air on your feet will help cool them down. Where would I be without these lessons from Mr. Brewer.
Looks like ESPN is satisfied showing a tape-delayed broadcast of Happy Hour, since it was over at 4:30. Guess that means Nationwide qualifying will be tape delayed too?
Ann_Ominous -- LOL -- let me know if you find one. I came inside expecting HH and oh look its tennis. Went back out to mow the lawn.yep, ESPN is back with its NASCAR coverage. Same old, same old
I'm MORE interested in the rehab that JJ Yeley has gone through after breaking HIS NECK ... than Dennis' alleged left ACL tear ... And the tennis match was with the guy who set the record longest match ... at Wimbledon ... Good thing he learned to speed things up ...Oy vey on Shannon ... still drooling all over Carl ...
As a NASCAR fan and a tennis fan, I get the double whammy! Tennis gets shuffled around more than NASCAR. :)I don't care for Reid so I'll be glad for them to put someone else in the booth for Nationwide. Don't understand the talent search ESPN has going. They have the best PXP person and are keeping him on their all-important anchor desk.Hope everyone can enjoy the racing this weekend!
Tape delayed NNS quals yet TV STILL skipped 3 of the first 11 drivers. And it's only bound to get worse when the lesser known drivers go out I'm sure. Very forgetable day for the four letter network!
Kylie didn't sound overly thrilled by Shannon's questioning ... LOL
I agree and Rick DeBruhl is getting looks from drivers like "who are you?"
Says something about what ESPN thinks of AB that they let him host specials with the SportsCenter branding.
Shannon thinks Colin Braun had a good run last week?!?! Yet all 3 Roush cars were tore up because of their dumb teammate ...
Also, Rick is @consumerrick on Twitter.(His day job was a consumer affairs reporter on local TV in Arizona)
I googled this Rick person and never heard of him. Apparently I was asleep during the "selected" N'wide races he covered because I don't remember him at all....hmmmmmmmmmm. If he's getting weird looks from the drivers they musta missed those races too or weren't on his interview path.
Bestwick is good at everything he does on-air. Says a lot about ESPN that they think the anchor desk and a few minutes on Sports Center is more important than having their best person in the booth during a race.Ah well, I think of ESPN as HYPE anyway. :)
Rick also did a lot of work for Speed during its Barrett- Jackson coverage. He usually handled reports from the outdoor staging areas.
Who's the marketing genius behind "ice water in the veins" I wonder??Same guy who made the Digger theme by Keith Urban?Legit.
okay, the ice thing w/JJ was just stupid, imo.
New post is up for the NNS race live blog.
Just got home from College Station and watched the end of qualifying and also am cooking dinner. Our David is racing and starting in 14th spot! Go David! Drove by Texas World Speedway and it looks desolate! What a great track. Can't wait for the race!
Massaro thinks the 60/60/$25k penalty is "hard" ?!?!? That was a tap on the wrist ...
DeBruhl's been doing the IRL races ... Where's everybody been? LOLCarl makes me vomit ... Why is he still double dipping?? Six straight years is kinda overkill ...
well 60 points may be a slap on the wrist unless he losing the title by 60 points. Then it might hurt a little.Ask Mark Martin
Ouch!! I knew it'd be in the wrong key from the start ...
Forgive me - but since i coined the name " Worstwick " here goesAlan is theeee happiest guy on theplanet today. He gets to talk moreand more and more like Back in theday when he went to Broadcastingschool !! He is especially annoying when hechanges his tone of voice !! Fromloud to not so loud to almostSCREECHING loud up the decibel scale... to the softer side of alanworstwick. Expect no more chatter from metoday. JabberJarrett has thatcovered I
New for Marty Reed :He asks a question instead of simply making a statement :Will he come to the pitsCan he catch the car in frontWill he be able to get byYou get the idea ... It almostmakes me wish for Weber.
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