Sunday, April 19, 2009

SportsCenter for CSPAN

This really should have happened already, and I'm not sure why it hasn't yet.

There's some really important and interesting topics being discussed on the floor of the capitol building these days. The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), a Border Czar, the bailouts. It's big stuff. Important stuff. And you can check it all out on C-SPAN.

But have you ever actually watched C-SPAN??

Oh, I know you have. You've scrolled over it just to see what it was. That one time. The only thing more incredulous about someone watching C-SPAN is someone watching C-SPAN2, or C-SPAN3.

The solution: SportsCenter for C-SPAN. Heck, I'd watch!

Imagine Scott Van Pelt and Kenny Mayne going through the day's highlights of Hilary Clinton meetings or review the new international monetary fund lending programs? Can you just imagine the boisterous Chris Berman rolling through the day's top 10 highlight reel... of things Press Secretary Robert Gibbs regrets saying?! Imagine Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon analyzing the Hill's discussion of how to handle the restructuring of GM and Chrysler. Heck, we'll bring back former SportsCenter anchor Keith Olbermann back to do some news updates. (Ha! You didn't think the SportsCenter jocks could handle the politics did ya).

And imagine the potential social implications. No longer would water cooler chatter among dudes at work be about how bad the Nationals are this year, or how the Redskins are faring. Phrases like, "Did you see clip of the high school girl dunking?!" might be replaced by "did you see that clip of that weird senator from Iowa totally slam dunking on that panel speaking of the role of the federal circuit appeals court?!"

And take some real life scenarios, like when Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) held up a large jar wrapped in yellow police tape stamped "Caution" and filled with some of the 1,900 peanut products that have been recalled as a result of the contamination. "I'm going to ask Mr. Parnell if he'd like to open this and sample some of the products that he thought it was okay for others to eat," Walden said. How great would that be to watch in a highlight clip of crazy things congresspeople do?

Or like yesterday, when President Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon discussed an agreement to expand drug enforcement efforts by blocking the flow of guns and money into Mexico. Can you just imagine the Corona Light Six-Pack of Burning Questions segment there?

Actually, the more I think about it... it's sounding like a beefed up version of the Daily Show with John Stewart.

1 comment:

Damo said...

Sounds like a Vlog/YouTube Channel waiting to happen and I want in!