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Bring back Norm Macdonald

July 5, 2011


As labor disputes threaten to wipe out the next professional football and basketball seasons, it’s time to consider other viewing options.

With any luck, one of the billion cable channels will decide to bring back The Sports Show with Norm Macdonald, canceled in June by Comedy Central.

Macdonald, the former Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchor, sat at a desk and did a 23-minute sportscast that mocked all that needed to be mocked.

His brand of humor isn’t for everybody. For example, the humorless won’t find him funny because they aren’t happy unless they’re angry.

Macdonald packs a politically incorrect punch and because of that does far more to expose and ridicule the ridiculous stereotypes that created political correctness in the first place.

A sampling from one May episode of The Sports Show with Norm Macdonald:

“After public accusation, Laker guard Shannon Brown tweeted this weekend that he did not sleep with teammate Pau Gasol’s girlfriend. You know, how come if a guy goes on Twitter to say that he didn’t sleep with another guy’s girlfriend, it makes you think, ‘Hey, I bet that guy slept with that other guy’s girlfriend?’ ”

Macdonald stayed with the Lakers, who didn’t have the decency to put personal feuds aside and send Phil Jackson out a winner: “With the Lakers out of the playoffs, Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom will be spending a lot more time together, which has inspired Lamar’s new fragrance, ‘Kill Me Now.’ ”

As a video of a famous skateboarder zipping down a thin railing played, Macdonald commented, “Seattle, Washington, Nyja Houston, so difficult and so very, very uninteresting.”

Naturally, Macdonald weighed in on Michael Jordan’s bizarre facial-hair choice for his Hanes Underwear commercial.

“I am certainly not the first one to point this out,” Macdonald said. “As a matter of fact, if you google ‘Hitler mustache,’ Michael Jordan appears on the first page. Let’s get to the bottom of this. The question is, ‘What did Hanes know about Jordan’s Hitler mustache and when did they know it?’ ”

Macdonald put forth the possibility Hanes didn’t know about it until Jordan showed up for the shoot.

“The director sees Michael for the first time and he says to himself, ‘Good Lord, his upper lip is sporting the most universally recognized symbol of evil ever known to man. Oh well, we’ll work around it.’ ”

Elsewhere, Charles Barkley, who called Jordan’s mustache, “one of the stupidest things I’ve seen in a long time,” pointed out that it proves how much bigger a star Jordan is because nobody hesitates to critique Barkley’s appearance when he shows up for a commercial.

If the NBA shuts down into the season, Macdonald might want to team with Barkley on a show that could make everyone forget about the lockout.


Jüstin Mössman 6 years, 6 months ago

what is this article? i think keegan has been smoking pot

Kawatchi 6 years, 6 months ago

If he's not bashing someone associated with KU Athletics, he's writing nonsense about Norm McDonald and underhanded free throws. This is like a bad joke. Get it together, Keegs.

BigAl 6 years, 6 months ago

Keep it up Keegan. I enjoyed this article. By the way, great idea on Macdonald and Barkley doing a show together. Watching those two would far surpass watching the Royals..!

Jim Williamson 6 years, 6 months ago

Norm MacDonald's show was one of the weirdest and funniest things I've seen in TV in a long time.

I wonder what Sad Bill Cosby thought of the show's cancellation.

truman1902 6 years, 6 months ago

Sportsshow was canceled---and Workaholics is STILL filling space on Comedy Central?? If ANY segment of life needs barbs & jabs at its self-righteous backside--it's professional sports! NFL, PGA, LPGA, MLB, NHL, NBA, WNBA need someone to hold their lofty stature to the fire now & then. T'was only 30 minutes a week...Was that meager slot of time really in need of ANOTHER useless adolescent animated series. Take a look back at the early days of the Colbert Report then tell me that Norm's efforts weren't worthy of further commitment. Short-sighted, focus group evaluation number crunchers..A few of THEM should've been shown the door!

Sean Mawhirter 6 years, 6 months ago

i couldn't agree with truman1902 more. no one should doubt the stature of norm in the world of comedy in the last 20 years. it was a great concept and, like all things, had diminishing returns as the season pressed on but, like pryor's late-70s cbs show, it's a far better thing to get a sampling of greatness than to prolong something by watering it down. where else, after all, could you find a sports commentator throw out the word WH*RE so often? we hardly knew ye norm but it looks like your going to have to join comedy central shows' like THE ONION and CHOCOLATE NEWS that deserved far more.

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