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Chalk Talk, Chalk Talk

Post by TC » Sat, 10 Jul 1999 04:00:00


Instead of the fluff pieces filling WNBA broadcasts, I'd like to see some
clips of chalk talk by coaches, technique tips by players, or even rules
explained by refs. There are a lot of newbie fans tuning in who have great
enthusiasm but little knowledge of the game; they don't know pick & roll
from pickle roll. The new viewers might enjoy the game more if they knew
more about what was going on besides the ball went in/the ball didn't go
in.

What do you think newsgroupies?

Lor

 
 
 

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Post by SheWh » Sat, 10 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Instead of the fluff pieces filling WNBA broadcasts, I'd like to see some
> clips of chalk talk by coaches, technique tips by players, or even rules
> explained by refs. There are a lot of newbie fans tuning in who have great
> enthusiasm but little knowledge of the game; they don't know pick & roll
> from pickle roll. The new viewers might enjoy the game more if they knew
> more about what was going on besides the ball went in/the ball didn't go
> in.

> What do you think newsgroupies?

I remember something similar during the last summer Olympics, where the
announcers would explain the basic elements and rules of particular events.  I
liked it, and I wished they had done something similar during the last World
Cup, because I didn't know anything about soccer and found it a little hard to
follow.  I also like it when football broadcasters explain a particular term
or strategy; it enhances my enjoyment of the game.  Maybe more sophisticated
viewers roll their eyes, but I like it.

Karra

 
 
 

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Post by SMMfa » Sun, 11 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
>Instead of the fluff pieces filling WNBA broadcasts, I'd like to see some
>clips of chalk talk by coaches, technique tips by players, or even rules
>explained by refs. There are a lot of newbie fans tuning in who have great
>enthusiasm but little knowledge of the game; they don't know pick & roll
>from pickle roll. The new viewers might enjoy the game more if they knew
>more about what was going on besides the ball went in/the ball didn't go
>in.

There was a show on Thursday afternoon, around 2:00 EDT on ESPN2 -- kind of a
WNBA "week in review."  In it, Kym Hampton & Sue Wickes demonstrated step by
step boxing out a shooter on a jump shot.  It was most informative, and I plan
to teach that exact technique this coming fall.  It was the first time I'd ever
seen the show, but I assume they have those little demonstrations regularly.

Jim

 
 
 

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Post by COS20 » Sun, 11 Jul 1999 04:00:00

<<Instead of the fluff pieces filling WNBA broadcasts, I'd like to see some
clips of chalk talk by coaches, technique tips by players, or even rules
explained by refs.>>

Listening to the ever-annoying Mary Murphy debate with Christine Brennan
whether women's weights should be shown on rosters and programs certainly made
my evening :)

Who the heck thinks up this dribble? Not to mention the mindless troika that
did the game play by play -- I was especially annoyed when they made a remark
about Rizzotti coming from the ABL and not being good enough to start in the
wNBA -- of course Jen then proceded to light it up -- didn't anyone tell those
numbskulls that SEVEN of the twelve starting points in the league are EX-ABL
players?

Cooper crying on the bench, Miller getting thrown out the game, Gillom's
brother and the announcers at half-time insinuating that something was wrong in
Phoenix and Reggie commenting on Cooper and Swoopes not supporting each other
(where have you been for the last two years?) -- it sounded more like a soap
opera than a basketball game....which probably made the sponsors happy. Too
ugly for words.
COS

"Life is meant to be celebrated not endured"

 
 
 

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Post by Ardvar » Sun, 11 Jul 1999 04:00:00

I completely agree!  I am one of those basketball newbies, and that would
really help me.  Starting the summer of 1997, I literally didn't know a pick &
roll from a pickle roll!  Maybe they need to realize that they've been
successful in creating some new basketball fans out there, and help us learn a
little bit... although hopefully not to the extent that the b-ball veterans
get bored to tears.  but judging from some of the complaints, I gather even
the vets would rather listen to ball lessons then some of the ***they're
spewing.

Quote:

> Instead of the fluff pieces filling WNBA broadcasts, I'd like to see some
> clips of chalk talk by coaches, technique tips by players, or even rules
> explained by refs. There are a lot of newbie fans tuning in who have great
> enthusiasm but little knowledge of the game; they don't know pick & roll
> from pickle roll. The new viewers might enjoy the game more if they knew
> more about what was going on besides the ball went in/the ball didn't go
> in.

> What do you think newsgroupies?

> Lor

 
 
 

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Post by Ardvar » Sun, 11 Jul 1999 04:00:00

I suggest you e-mail the WNBA and ask them to do this.  I almost did it, but
since it was YOUR idea...
 
 
 

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Post by TC » Sun, 11 Jul 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> >Instead of the fluff pieces filling WNBA broadcasts, I'd like to see some
> >clips of chalk talk by coaches, technique tips by players, or even rules
> >explained by refs. There are a lot of newbie fans tuning in who have great
> >enthusiasm but little knowledge of the game; they don't know pick & roll
> >from pickle roll. The new viewers might enjoy the game more if they knew
> >more about what was going on besides the ball went in/the ball didn't go
> >in.

> There was a show on Thursday afternoon, around 2:00 EDT on ESPN2 -- kind of a
> WNBA "week in review."  In it, Kym Hampton & Sue Wickes demonstrated step by
> step boxing out a shooter on a jump shot.  It was most informative, and I plan
> to teach that exact technique this coming fall.  It was the first time
I'd ever
> seen the show, but I assume they have those little demonstrations regularly.

> Jim

Those are retreads of spots shown in the past during game breaks. I wish
they'd reinstitute them. Since other posters have responded affirmatively
to the notion of more sports, less sappy filler, I gotta ask-

WNBA & NETWORKS: DO YOU HEAR US?

How about a savvy sponsor who would attract viewers by pimping its
products between tech spots?

Lor

 
 
 

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Post by TC » Mon, 12 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> I suggest you e-mail the WNBA and ask them to do this.  I almost did it, but
> since it was YOUR idea...

Why either/or? The more letters on this topic the better our chance for an
affirmative response.
Lor
 
 
 

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Post by John & Karen Doggett » Mon, 12 Jul 1999 04:00:00

The issue of "showcasing" was equally prevalent in the just concluded "world
cup."  In one of the ESPN writer's comments she eluded that the focus was on
player identification whether or not they understood the rules of soccer.
While I totally agree with the earlier writers, I would predict you have ad
and promotional executives who are promoting a different WNBA revenue
product.   Many scribers have noted a preference for Jay Bilas, the former
Duke guard, as an announcer because he knows and discribes basketball.
 
 
 

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Post by Ardvar » Mon, 12 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Duh... good plan!
Quote:


> > I suggest you e-mail the WNBA and ask them to do this.  I almost did it, but
> > since it was YOUR idea...

> Why either/or? The more letters on this topic the better our chance for an
> affirmative response.
> Lor

 
 
 

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Post by TC » Tue, 13 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Duh... good plan!



> > > I suggest you e-mail the WNBA and ask them to do this.  I almost did
it, but
> > > since it was YOUR idea...

> > Why either/or? The more letters on this topic the better our chance for an
> > affirmative response.
> > Lor

Better still, perhaps, letters to sponsors?

Show of hands, please, who else can play that Buick Regal "Free Ride" ad
in their sleep? It was cute the first 5000 times, but catchy as it is,
it's getting old, and I think a not too small niche of viewers would be
grateful to Regal for sponsoring Chalk Talk.
http://www.regal.com/buickhome/project/talk_with_us/talk/ta_index.htm

Is anyone else over Buddy Lee?
http://www.leedungarees.com/

Maybe Sears/Champion could sell more apparel if it were worn by players
during a "Tip Time" slot.
www.sears.com
http://www.championforwomen.com/htm/reach.htm

Some of the Nike ads are too subtle for viewers to realize what product
they are pimping unless you are in the biz and notice that stuff, and last
year's little Nike girls are a hard act to follow, so how about something
to garner viewer gratitude, like "Rules of the Game", explained by the
refs?
www.nike.com

lc

 
 
 

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Post by a.. » Thu, 15 Jul 1999 04:00:00


Many scribers have noted a preference for Jay Bilas, the former

Quote:
> Duke guard, as an announcer because he knows and discribes basketball.

Yes, yes, yes to Jay Bilas!  He's an excellent sportscaster and shows an
appreciation for well-played basketball.  For those of you who don't
know--Jay was in the class at Duke which began the Duke/Coach K dy***.
That team won the Championship with tough team man-to-man D plus solid
pick & roll offense.  His appreciation for the players of the WNBA is
genuine:  they play the same type of game Jay played at Duke.

#1Duke&StingFan

 
 
 

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Post by Kelsaw Lin » Fri, 16 Jul 1999 04:00:00

One minor correction, Jay Bilas was on the 1986 Duke team that lost to
Louisville and "Never Nervous" Pervis Ellison in the finals. Being a diehard
Tar Heel fine I couldn't let any Dukie get credit for a title that he hasn't
won... :-)

KL


Quote:


> Many scribers have noted a preference for Jay Bilas, the former
> > Duke guard, as an announcer because he knows and discribes basketball.

> Yes, yes, yes to Jay Bilas!  He's an excellent sportscaster and shows an
> appreciation for well-played basketball.  For those of you who don't
> know--Jay was in the class at Duke which began the Duke/Coach K dy***.
> That team won the Championship with tough team man-to-man D plus solid
> pick & roll offense.  His appreciation for the players of the WNBA is
> genuine:  they play the same type of game Jay played at Duke.

> #1Duke&StingFan