Do you think the on-air personalities at ESPN try too hard (Except you, Scott Van Pelt)? Good. Me too. Tonight's the season preimere on The Onion's "SportsDome" on Comedy Central. If you enjoy mocking the general douchiness/kabuki theater of The World Wide Leader and SportsCenter as much as I do (read: a lot), you'll get a kick out of this tongue-in-cheek sports magazine show. But, then again, we're not all dickhead bloggers who enjoy their deadpan quips at ESPN's expense with a strong shot of snark (and tequila).
Here's a simple test for gauging whether or not you'll find this show funny, via two quotes from the guys who slapped this show together: “People just don’t know enough about Major League Baseball, or the NFL, or any of those things" and “ESPN also, they need to get more of a presence out there in the sports world.” Funny stuff, right? If you get the sarcasm, you'll find SportsDome hilarious. If you fail to see anything humorous at all, you're hopeless. Hop on a train to Bristol and continue drinking Stuant Scott's Kool Aid. Earlier today The New York Times offered prase for a segment on The Great Pujols, the Slugging Chosen One of St. Louis: "It’s funny to think of the mayor of St. Louis’s giving the home-run hitter Albert Pujols the skeleton key to the entire city — “Our homes, our cars, our Internet access, our showers and whatever’s in our fridge. All of it is yours, Albert” — but hearing it read by an anonymous actor is probably less funny than reading it yourself would have been." The “Who Would You Kill?”part is particularly enjoyable, as is their commentary on a very fake Rodney Harrison tell-all. Check out the show tonight at 10:30 PM on Comedy Central. Anyway, here are a few of my favorite segments from the show so far.