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Pardon The Makeup Eruption: PTI, Around The Horn Going HD Next Week

Holy gigantic fifty gallon drums of makeup foundation, Batman!

Buckle up, kiddos, because beginning next week, you will finally be able to experience the 1080i (or 720p) wonder of watching Tony Kornheiser, Michael Wilbon, Tony Reali, and (gah!) Woody Paige as well as all the other cast of characters who appear on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption and Around the Horn in high definition glory. The transition to HD, originally announced last year, coincides with the two shows moving to the ABC News studios in Washington, D.C.

From Sports Business Journal (via Sports Media Watch):

While “[m]ost everything is going to look unbelievably similar,” according to executive producer Erik Rydholm, Pardon The Interruption will get a smaller, “glossier” desk and Around The Horn will move into a “spaceship for a studio.”

Overall, the moves are the “first significant visual [changes]” for the two shows since they debuted in the early 2000s.

A spaceship for a studio? Now that sounds intriguing, especially when one considers Woody Paige’s peculiar resemblance to Heaven’s Gate cult leader Marshall Applewhite.

By the way, when is the next time the Hale-Bopp comet will visit our solar system? Not until 4385, huh? That’s a shame. Nevertheless, if at some point in the near future we notice that the panelists on Around the Horn are all sporting brand new black-and-white Nike Windrunner athletic shoes and wearing armband patches which read “Heaven’s Gate Away Team,” it might be time to start worrying. Or not.

PTI, Around The Horn Go HD Next Week [Sports Media Watch]